Thursday, February 28, 2013

EU Is Pro-Finality Settlement

No.  Not "settlements" of the Jewish variety, in Judea and Samaria.

Especially after the vicious report the local consuls leaked (here), which drew this comment:

“Israel's settlement campaign is the single most significant threat to the two-state solution, and now is the time to exercise the political will that is required to hold Israel accountable before any and all chances for peace are destroyed,” Dr [Hanan] Ashrawi said.

But the EU does have something called:

Settlement Finality

What is it?

The Settlement Finality Directive adopted in May 1998 is aimed at reducing the systemic risk associated with participation in payment and securities settlement systems, and in particular the risk linked to the insolvency of a participant in such a system. The Directive applies to payment and securities settlement systems as well as any participant in such a system, and to collateral security provided in connection with the participation in a system, or operations of the central banks of the Member States in their functions as central banks  (and here).

Well, that does have something to do with Jewish communities in Yesha.

We provide security and our participatory functions include assuring the Zionist realization in the Jewish homeland.

And we do seek finality - no Arab terror, no Arab inventivity, no Arab identity theft.


'Palestinian' Anthropology

American Indians?

(You have to see the picture there)

Oh, South American Indians:-

Jewish Agency concerned with attracting Jews of the world to live in Palestinian occupied lands has been facilitating the arrival of group of American Indians, living on the banks of the Amazon River, claiming they have Jewish origin. Hebrew media revealed that a group of 100 American Indians, who are currently living in the city of Iquitos located on the banks of the Amazon River, are expected to arrive to the occupied territories.

According to Israeli media claims; these people are part of a “unique” Jewish community, originated from the late nineteenth century when a group of Jews migrated from the Maghreb, and settled in this town, located in the jungles of the Amazon basin, where they worked in rubber trade – as alleged by the Hebrew source.

After all, what do the Pals. really know about geography, anthropology, history, etc. that they don't make up?


Who Knew? Pro-Pal Porn Pervert

Porn star [UPDATE: Former porn star] Sasha Grey

[is or was?] not afraid to make pro-Palestine statements, but she's gone far beyond just wearing a kafiyah [or not anything - YM]. In the latest [May 14, 2009] issue of Rolling Stone she proclaims that she, "wants to appear on [Howard Stern]'s program with a Palestinian flag wrapped around her breasts to confront the man she believes is a closet racist."  Source

By the way, that Rolling Stone story called her

Sasha Grey, The Dirtiest Girl in the World
and she herself admits:

I wish her a lot of luck with the norms of our local Arab society.  Whatever her porn politics.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

US Consul Murdered in Beirut ... in 1937

From an Australian newspaper:

The trial the next month from the Palestine Post November 8, 1937:

A 1954 story:

On James Theodore Marriner.


The Mufti and Nazi Links

From this article:

Nobody had a greater influence on the early history of the Middle East conflict than the Mufti, who as president of the Supreme Muslim Council was not only the supreme religious authority but also the central figure in Palestinian nationalism. In the 1930s, there were countless Arab nationalists who viewed Germany as an ally against the British without concerning themselves with the nature of the Hitler regime. Things were different where the Mufti was concerned: he knew what the regime was about and was attracted to it for that very reason. 

As early as spring 1933, he assured the German consul in Jerusalem that "the Muslims inside and outside Palestine welcome the new regime of Germany and hope for the extension of the fascist, anti-democratic governmental system to other countries."8 The youth organization of the party established by the Mufti operated for a time under the name Nazi Scouts and adopted Hitler Youth-style shorts and leather belts. During the 1936-1939 Palestinian revolt, the swastika was used as a mark of identity: Arabic leaflets and graffiti were liberally decorated with it, Arab children welcomed each other with the Hitler salute, and vast numbers of German flags and pictures of Hitler were displayed even at celebrations of Mohammed's birthday. Anyone obliged to travel through areas involved in the Palestinian revolt would attach a swastika to their vehicle to ward off attacks by Arab snipers.9
However, until the summer of 1937, this support was awkward for the German government. Berlin politely but firmly rejected the Arab officers of cooperation. While, on the one hand, Hitler had already stated his belief in the "racial inferiority" of the Arabs in Mein Kampf and contemptuously rejected their "Holy War,"10 on the other, the Auswärtige Amt (German Foreign Office) was extremely anxious not to jeopardize British appeasement of Berlin prematurely by activities in the Middle East, especially since the Mediterranean fell within the sphere of responsibility of Germany's Italian ally. 

Berlin revised this approach for the first time in June 1937. The trigger was the proposal from the British Peel Commission for the division of the Palestine Mandate territory into a smaller Jewish and a larger Muslim-Arab state. The formation of a Jewish state "is not in Germany's interest," was the instant response of Foreign Minister Konstantin von Neurath, since such a state "would create an additional position of power under international law for international Jewry. Germany therefore has an interest in strengthening the Arab world as a counterweight against such a possible increase in power for world Jewry."11

Strengthening the Arabs against the Jews - it is true that Berlin initially pursued this new course surreptitiously, lest it alienate London. Nevertheless, the scale of the operations now set in motion was impressive. Students from Arab countries received German scholarships, firms took on Arab apprentices, and Arab party leaders were invited to the Nuremberg party rallies and military chiefs to Wehrmacht maneuvers. An "Arab Club" was established in Berlin as the center for Palestine-related agitation and Arabic-language broadcasting.12
Under the direction of the German Propaganda Ministry, the Deutsche Nachrichtenbüro (German News Agency - DNB), whose regional headquarters in Jerusalem had set up an Arab service in 1936, stepped up its work. The head of DNB-Jerusalem, Dr. Franz Reichert, who had excellent links not only with the Mufti but also with the Arabic press, bribed journalists and brought dissident newspapers back on board with lucrative advertising orders. 

In September 1937, two members of the Jewish Department of the SS' secret service (Sicherheitsdienst - SD), one of them Adolf Eichmann, carried out an exploratory mission in the Middle East lasting several weeks. Extended visits by the leader of Hitler Youth, Baldur von Schirach, and the head of the Abwehr (counterintelligence service), Wilhelm Canaris, followed. Finally, in April 1939 the head of the Foreign Office's Oriental Department, Otto von Hentig, also spent time in Palestine and Egypt. 

8. Yehoshua Porath, The Palestinian Arab National Movement: From Riots to Rebellion, Vol. 2, 1929-1939 (London, 1977), p. 76.
9. Ralf Balke, Die Landesgruppe der NSDAP in Palästina, thesis, Universität- Gesamthochschule Essen, 1997, pp. 214, 216 (German); Tillmann, Deutschlands Araberpolitik, p. 78 (German); Francis R. Nicosia, The Third Reich and the Palestine Question (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1975), p. 98. See also Iwo Jordan, Araberaufstand. Erlebnisse und Dokumente aus Palästina (Vienna-Leipzig, 1943), pp. 3, 97 (German). Jordan reprints an example of an Arab-Palestinian leaflet with swastikas.

10. Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (Munich: Verlag Franz Eher Nachfolger, GmbH, 1934), p. 747 (German).
11. Tillmann, Deutschlands Araberpolitik, p. 66. Italy did not seem reliable enough for the anti-Jewish project. In the last analysis, according to the German Foreign Ministry, Italy's rejection of the Peel Plan was motivated "less by antisemitic animosity than by fear that Britain might make the foundation of a Jewish state in Palestine the basis of its Mediterranean policy." See Melka, The Axis, pp. 70.
12. Melka, The Axis, p. 53.


What Temple Is Missing?

Read this and ask yourself - is something missing?

The Department of Bible, Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is convening a conference:

Temples and Cult in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin During the Bronze and Iron Ages

Thursday 7 March, 2013, 

Minkoff  Senate Hall, Ayerton University centerMarcus Family Campus, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva

10:40 The Bronze Ages
Keynote Address: Gods and Rulers in Mycenaean Citadels: A Very Special Relationship, Prof. Josef Maran, University of Heidelberg (English)
Aspects of Temples and Cult in the Early Bronze Age in the Land of Israel, Prof. Pierre de Miroschedji, CNRS, Nanterre (English)
The Cultic Precinct at Nahariyah: New Aspects of Cult during the Middle Bronze Age in the Land of Israel
Dr. Sharon Zuckerman, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (English)

13:30 Afternoon Session
The Bronze Ages
Hathor in Canaan in Light of the Decorations on Jewelry Boxes, Prof. Amnon Ben-Tor, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
The Temple Precinct at Megiddo; A New Look after Twenty Years of Excavations, Prof. David Ussishkin, Tel Aviv University
The Temple and the City: The Cases of Jericho and Batrawy in the Bronze Age, Prof. Lorenzo Nigro, Universita degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza” (English)
Distribution of Cultic Implements in the Tel Haror Temple: Spatial Analysis, Pirhiya Nahshoni, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
15:30 The Iron Age
Evidence for Cult and Religious Activity in the 9th and 10th Centuries at Tel-Rehov, Prof. Amihai Mazar, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
The Arad Temple and its Cancellation: A Reevaluation, Prof. Zeev Herzog, Tel Aviv University
Popular Belief and Popular Art: Sacred Implements from the Favissa of a Philistine Temple at Yavneh
Dr. Irit Ziffer, Eretz Israel Museum

Where is Jerusalem?

The city has nothing to do with temples?


I'm inquiring.


When The Scots Were in Silwan

An incident during the Revolt of 1936-1939:-

The British response to the assassination of two Black Watch Regiment soldiers near Jerusalem's Jaffa Gate on 5 November 1937 is a case in point. In what would be classed as an "official" account, General Sir Archibald Wavell, the overall commander in Palestine, remarked on the restraint shown by the Black Watch (coincidentally, his old regiment) on a subsequent operation against Silwan, the village south of the city blamed for the attack, although he did note that a suspect died "falling over a cliff".

In Ha'Aretz (the Land) it was reported how after tracker dogs led the authorities to the village, a villager was hospitalized after falling off a cliff, while soldiers shot dead one man and wounded another. The authorities then sealed the village, forbidding villagers to leave without a permit and requiring all males to report every evening to the police. The village was also forced to pay for a twenty-man police post.

More graphic accounts of what happened in Silwan are to be found in the private papers of soldiers present at the scene. A North Staffordshire Regiment officer recorded in his diary that Black Watch men beat twelve Arabs to death in Silwan with rifle butts.

The assailants had apparently left the two dead soldiers face down with their kilts raised and buttocks exposed, further enraging their comrades: "An insult the local Arabs suffered for." Another British officer recalled that the "Jocks" (slang for the Scottish) were uncontrollable after their comrades’ deaths and so the high command gave them eight hours to "search" Silwan without rifles: "a lot of Arabs were very sorry that it had happened."


From the Palestine Post, November 7, 1937:-

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mount Moriah Music

The things you learn.

There's a group called Mount Moriah and their second album is called Miracle Temple.

R: What’s the best and worst way you’ve heard your music described?

HM: You know, when someone asks me, I don’t really know what to say. If I’m back home and one of my dad’s friends is like, “Well, whaddya sound like?” I think about what other people might have for their frame of reference. So sometimes I’ll be, like, “Oh, it’s country.” But offhand I don’t like the word “alt-country.” I don’t know what that means, and, honestly, I don’t really know what “Americana” means, but I’ve said it. When [Mount Moriah] first started I said we were secular gospel. I have since felt very weird about that, so I’ve kind of taken that off, because I’m trying to get in touch with my spiritual side. And that’s part of [this question of] how do I intersect with this world that I grew up in? I was bitter for a long time about religion; I didn’t let anything in. Now I feel like my heart is really open and my mind is open, and I think gospel is gospel. And if I’m feeling the spirit, that can mean a lot of different things. So I stopped saying we were secular. It felt kind of pretentious.

Here's a cut from their first.And here's a video:


My Distant Royal Cousin To Give Birth

The news:

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent to become grandparents for the first time: 
Royals' son expecting child with actress wife

Sophie Winkleman, who stars in hit US sitcom Two and a Half Men*, is four months pregnant and is set to give birth in August – less than a year after claiming she and Lord Windsor had no plans to start a family.
Photo credit: Robert Voets/Warner Bros

* She plays Zoey Hyde-Tottingham-Pierce.  Her official title, by the way, is  Lady Frederick Windsor.

As for being my relative, start here and work backwards to here..

Oh, mazaltov!

(thanks to CR)


More 'Storming Jews'

From here:

and excerpts from the Mona Qasami (what a rocket she is) report:-

...tension and arrests after storming Aqsa
Chairman of the Awqaf, Sheikh Abdel Azim Salhab warned today that dozens of extremists raided al-Aqsa mosque guarded by policemen, and this is police intervention in the freedom of worship and worshipers access to their mosques. He described what happened today as dangerous and leads to very serious consequences.
Salhab said, "We have dozens of extremists stormed the al-Aqsa mosque, and police assaulted the young men and prevented them from entering the Al Aqsa Mosque, and narrowed the students terraces science and booked the identities of a number of them."
"What the Israeli police is an attack on the right of the congregation and their access to their mosques, and prevent the freedom of worship which Israeli police claims that it provides." He noted that it does not take into account any rights of worshipers and attack on the mosque and stab it.
He stressed that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the doctrine of a billion and a half billion Muslims, and what is happening is a provocation for Muslims in their holy places and this is very dangerous.

And the numbers of the "stormers" (including non-Jews):

Witnesses reported that 44 Israeli settlers stormed the site, and also 4 intelligence officers and 1117 tourists during the so-called morning of tourism, and in the afternoon stormed 40 settlers into the yards Mosque and 300 more tourists, and they toured the precincts and corridors guarded by police, amid condemnation

This Nazereth resident, Saher Ghazzawi, came to make trouble 

and was arrested and prohibited from entering for a period.

Holy Sh*t

You'll remember that 2012 story of Israel flooding Gaza with sewage:-

A Palestinian environmentalist says the Israeli regime is engaged in systematically destroying the environment in the Gaza Strip by dumping sewage into the Gaza Valley and its surrounding areas, Press TV reports.

Something similar occurred in 2007 and Israel, though not at all to blame, was somehow dragged in to the cesspool of anti-Semitic accusations about it even two years earlier:-

Before leaving Gaza in 2005, it is alleged that Israeli settlements diverted sewage water and also industrial and chemical waste into the underground water resources. These sources are managed and operated by the Coastal Water Municipality facility funded by the European Union and other donors.

And then there was the 2008 Hari story (thanks to HR), when he wrote about:

  a remembered smell fills my nostrils. It is the smell of shit.

and claimed he wrote that after a sewage overrun in Gaza. I countered him later.

Well, what wasn't true then is true now, but Israel isn't involved:-

Egypt Flushes Out Gaza Tunnel Diggers With Sewage! | February 26th, 2013

Besides the really terrible new factor, the consequences for the environment are as equally yuck: the Egyptian army is looking to stall and stop Gazan smugglers from digging tunnels from the Gaza Strip to Egypt’s Sinai have found a new and dirty way to flush out smugglers: they are pouring raw sewage into the underground tunnels. Leaders in Gaza are trying to figure out how this tactic bodes for future relations with the Islamic leaders in Egypt.

So much crap.


Words of Wisdom

Most of us, despite the outrage we may feel...still identify with our country. We take pride in being citizens of a self-invented, self-reforming, enduring constitutional democracy...Many of the exceptions to this rule are found in colleges and universities, in the academic departments that have become sanctuaries for left-wing political views...

...But there is a problem with this left: it is unpatriotic. In the name of "the politics of difference," it refuses to rejoice in the country it inhabits. It repudiates the idea of a national identity, and the emotion of national pride. This repudiation is the difference between traditional American pluralism and the new movement called multiculturalism...Academic leftists who are enthusiastic about multiculturalism distrust the recent proposal by Sheldon Hackney, chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities, to hold televised town meetings to "explore the meaning of American identity." Criticizing Mr. Hackney on this page on Jan. 30, Richard Sennett, a distinguished social critic, wrote that the idea of such an identity is just "the gentlemanly face of nationalism," and speaks of "the evil of a shared national identity." 

...a nation cannot reform itself unless it takes pride in itself -- unless it has an identity, rejoices in it, reflects upon it and tries to live up to it. Such pride sometimes takes the form of arrogant, bellicose nationalism. But it often takes the form of a yearning to live up to the nation's professed ideals. can feel shame over your country's behavior only to the extent to which you feel it is your country. If we fail in such identification, we fail in national hope. If we fail in national hope, we shall no longer even try to change our ways...If in the interests of ideological purity, or out of the need to stay as angry as possible, the academic left insists on a "politics of difference," it will become increasingly isolated and ineffective. An unpatriotic left has never achieved anything. A left that refuses to take pride in its country will have no impact on that country's politics, and will eventually become an object of contempt.

Richard Rorty,
Professor of Humanities