The 9th memorial of the Disengagement Plan from Gaza (2005) in which Israel unilaterally withdrew, dispossessed and destroyed its Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip will be marked this coming Thursday, July 31, 2014. That controversial historical event remains relevant to this day as rockets and underground terrorist tunnels from Gaza target Israel.
A new book review on the novel Grains Of Sand The Fall Of Neve Dekalim has come to my attention. Might you run it? I've attached a copy of the book cover for your use if it's a go.
"...Thanks to this book I could enter and experience what life was like there. I connected with Efrat worrying about her test grades and studying for the bagruts. I could relate to her being frightened from projectiles because here in Ashdod we’ve also been hit by rockets – ..."
Operation Protective Edge marches on apace. I've heard it again - people at the end of their tether saying, with tears in their eyes, "I can't stand to see children harmed." This is all very noble, but it would be no normal human being who could say the opposite or confess indifference. Nothing could be worse than viewing the suffering and death of little children. But it's what often follows this comment that irritates me, it's usually something directed against the Jews of Israel, accusing them of being evil and heartless child-killers, that the Jews are simply not like us compassionate folk. Haven't these people stopped to consider that the Israelis are, at the very least, as traumatised as they are? Jews have always excelled in the area of medical care, the nurture of life; they are a highly-sensitive and civilised people. Can such people be oblivious to suffering who daily receive their enemies and their enemies children into their hospitals for medical care? The worthy people who publicly and vociferously express their sympathy for the suffering children should also find some shred of solicitude for the Jews who have been forced into the position of inflicting suffering for the sake of self-defence.
I'm afraid that the seeming-virtuous sympathizers are overlooking two critical - and proven - facts.
The first is, Hamas view children as expendable, they are daily targeting Israeli children and positioning their own children in harm's way - intentionally. This is a fact, not debatable.
The second is, there is not one instance of the IDF deliberately targeting a child. The deaths and injuries of children are due to Hamas using them as shields so that they may publish the shocking photographs to garner naïve world opinion for their unholy cause. Again, this is a concrete fact, not open to debate. Incidentally, it is the never-ending debate which is causing more deaths. That children have been killed and that it was Israeli armament that did it is acknowledged, but the sole reason that it has occurred is because of the inhuman modus operandi of Hamas. This entire bloody business must be firmly - and angrily - laid at the doorstep of Hamas and those who voted for a Party whose chosen name is 'Violence'.
That is the underlying premise of this brief essay and if the reader doesn't accept these proven facts then I politely suggest that he/she goes and reads something that they would find more credible, such as Grimm's Fairy Tales. Golda Meir, former PM of Israel, famously stated, "We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children." The people who are self-righteously wringing their hands should stop and consider the dreadful truth of these words and the depth of pain behind them. Hamas recently strapped explosives around a donkey and sent it to its death. It should come as no surprise that the Israelis were upset by the disregard for life. “This cruel incident is the most recent attempt by Gaza terror organizations to make such an abominable use of animals as explosives couriers,” the IDF said on its website. These same people, the Jews, have a special New Year for Trees! They even have a day on which they celebrate the birthday of the world! And we are expected to believe that they couldn't care less for little children because they're not Jewish children. Well, the donkey wasn't Jewish either, neither are the trees or the world.
"Whoever saves a life, saves the world; whoever takes a life, takes the life of the world." No prizes for naming the people who coined such a phrase, born out of a reverence for all life, be it tree, animal, or human being. The amazing fact is that the Jews were valuing life when the Spartans were abandoning their naked 'unsuitable' babies in the snow for the good of society. My goodness, the Jews even have a special blessing if one happens to see another human being who has a deformity. Deformed, yes, but infinity is in his heart! He too is to be reverenced, so bless God who made him. Yet we are expected to believe that such people are content to kill and injure little children. It won't wash.
Today's descendants of the Spartans may be sincere when they gasp at the suffering of the infants in Gaza - expressing a compassion that they were taught by the God of the Jews - but how would they react if they were to see the Gazan children, adorned in explosive belts and indoctrinated into destroying themselves in the name of allah? And would they feel compassion for the large percentage of Israeli children who are suffering long-term psychological damage due to spending hours and days in their shelters and often having 15 seconds to reach those shelters? In spite of the millions of dollars which have poured into Gaza by UNWRA, Europe, America and Israel, the shelters are built for missiles, not children.
. There is an enigmatic little verse in the Bible, Dt.26:6, which is commonly translated, "The Egyptians dealt ill with us..." But I have learnt from a good source (the Chief Rabbi of the UK) that it can be translated, "The Egyptians made us do bad..." In other words, because of the wickedness of the Egyptians and their now-legendary cruelty to the Jews, the latter were forced to do things that were contrary to their nature. An interesting thought, and intensely relevant to today's situation between Gaza and Israel. As Gregory Peck says in the Guns of Navarone, "If you think I'm enjoying this, you must be out of your mind!"
Today's Jews of Israel are suffering two crucifixions. The lesser is the suffering of thousands of rockets raining down on their homes, schools, hospitals and beaches, together with having to endure the lies and hatred of the world against them. This crucifixion is the one we can see and the one to which so many of us are, reprehensibly, contributing.
The greater crucifixion, unseen, was summed up in the words of Golda Meir quoted above, together with the Biblical quote. Combined, they say, "We can cope with the sorrow of losing our children but how do we cope with the bad that you've made us do? How do we go on living with the damage to our own souls?"
How many of those people who are offended at the pictures (and that's all they see) of dead or suffering children have considered what it must be like to be forced to do these terrible things? The inner, mental pain may be unseen but it is no less real and excruciating. This is the unseen crucifixion, the one that murders sleep.
The Jews are abrave people and have proved their readiness to suffer whenever necessary; this is the least of their problems. They can and will deal with this without help from us, and with dignity. But the suffering of a sensitive soul made to do the unspeakable in order to protect his own loved ones, who can help then, who can help?
Again, Golda Meir affords us a precious glimpse into the heart of the Israeli Jew, "We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel."
UPDATE: 10 minutes about living on the Gaza border. Every Single Person Needs To Hear This Girl Speak! (ISRAEL VIDEO NETWORK)
We do not want Mitt Romney to run for President again, but this poll is interesting:
Washington (CNN) - If a rematch of the 2012 presidential election were held today, GOP nominee Mitt Romney would top President Barack Obama in the popular vote, according to a new national survey.
But a CNN/ORC International poll also indicates that if Romney changes his mind and runs again for the White House, Hillary Clinton would best him by double digits in a hypothetical showdown. [snip]
According to the poll, if the 2012 election were somehow held again, Romney would capture 53% of the popular vote, with the President at 44%. Obama beat Romney 51%-47% in the popular vote in the 2012 contest. And he won the all-important Electoral College by a wider margin, 332 electoral votes to Romney's 206. (continue , hat tip Weasel Zippers)
* This paper is dedicated to the memory of Sara Ann Smart (nee Doss), 7/25/1951 to 12/13/2003 and represents the personal views of the author and does not reflect any organization, business, or affiliate of Mr. Godlewski.
To say that the world remains a very dangerous place remains the understatement of the millennium. Where once the world worried about tyrannies, despotism, omnipotent bureaucracies, radicalism, and terrorism as largely segregated subjects, 2014 highlights the morphing of these threats into both a homogenous and hegemonic adversary aligned against freedom loving peoples everywhere. Nevertheless, despite the broad reach of these threats, their existence focuses upon two distinct targets: the United States of America and Israel. Any periphery is simply considered collateral – and, therefore, highly acceptable – damage by those seeking to attack either nation.
Before we begin to analyze the respective victims of this globalization of evil, we must first address the intentions of that Evil itself. For its role, Israel represents an abomination for the Arabic peoples. Hamas (Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya – also Arabic for “zeal”) “leadership rejects peace with Israel on religious, nationalistic, and ideological grounds” and fully believes that the land usually referred to as Palestine remains “consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgment Day.” Other Islamist groups, such as Hezbollah (“Party of God”), were formed for intentions far greater than attacking the modern state of Israel: “In its manifesto, Hezbollah blames the United States for all the region’s catastrophes, describing it as the foremost enemy of all the Muslims of the world.”
Because America and Israel represent literally the opposite sides of the size equation, their potential futures remain diametrically opposed. For Israel, the Islamic jihadists see only the complete destruction of the Jewish State. For the United States, they hope to bleed the slumbering giant sufficiently enough to vacate its attention on the greater Middle East until they can literally turn America into a land of dhimmis and appeasers. Fortunately, however, each nation rests upon the belief that it remains under the protection of a covenant with God. This notion provides each country with a sense of profound duty to protect its citizenry and the relative freedoms that each nation enjoys.
We can now begin to define the rationalization of each nation’s defense against radicalized Islam and those communities of nations that remain either anti-Semitic or anti-American in nature.
I read the news this morning that a mission group from the First Congregational Church of Hamilton, Massachusetts were 'robbed and assaulted' earlier this weekin Guatemala. I found the wording of reports lacked certain details of the event, so I searched further. There are indications that in addition to one van being carjacked, the adults and teenagers on board were robbed and some of the assaults were of a sexual nature.
“On the way back to Guatemala City Tuesday night they were carjacked, one of the vans was carjacked. They were robbed and assaulted but we’re happy to say they’re safely home,” Dorington Little, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Hamilton, said.
Sources tell 7News some of the assaults were sexual.
“I can’t comment on that because everything that happened right now is private and being handled by our church. Everyone is safe and everyone is sound and everyone is healthy right now,” Krason said.
Krason said she wasn’t in the van that got attacked but the group had just spent eight days in a rural village building houses and leading bible study groups.
Her husband says the congregation is coming together to support each other.
“At first there’s going to be lots of grief and process. It’s a bad thing, when you see this it’s bad. But God is good and we’re going to come together as a church like we never have and we’re going to be there for each other,”David Krason said.
New procedures will be put in place if the trip occurs again next year.
“They were driving at nine at night, so we decided we will never drive at night again. When you do this kind of work, it doesn't guarantee safe passage so you do everything all of the time to make sure everything is safe,” Gail Hull, one of the trip organizers, said.
The group reported to the attack to the US Embassy in Guatemala and they said Guatemalan police would be handling the incident. (WHDH News)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people involved. They went to Guatemala to build a house for a homeless family, to conduct Bible studies, to conduct Vacation Bible School for the children, to share the love of God, and to do whatever labor was needed in the village.
Please keep these adults and youth in your prayers.
There is evil in this world no matter where you go and no doubt Satan uses evil people to try and stop the spread of God's Word.
Additional thoughts and questions I would like to see answered:
I realize this was first reported as a local story until Drudge posted a link. This should be a world news story. I would like to see the following questions answered:
Who were the perpetrators of this attack?
How many attackers were there?
What weapons did they have?
What exactly are the local Guatemalan police doing to find the criminals?
What will the process be in the Guatemalan legal system to try and punish these evil people?
What can be done in the future to stop such vile attacks on missions groups, not just in Guatemala but in other mission fields around the world?
(The following is a letter concerning Israel, written by Kevin O'Neil to Samuel Phillip Gyimah, a British Conservative Party politician, elected as MP for East Surrey in 2010. Two years later he became private secretary to David Cameron and was appointed a Government Whip in October 2013)
25th July 2014.
Thankyou for your letter of the 17th July 2014.
I am pleased to read that 'Britain will stand with Israel as it seeks to bring to justice those responsible' for the murdering of the three Israeli boys, and that you found the act 'appalling and inexcusable'.
However, within the body of your letter you state that you support 'a two-state solution' with a divided Jerusalem. Are you aware that you are supporting the establishing of a situation which will ensure that such 'appalling' incidents will be a regular occurrence? Please understand that the naively named 'two-state solution' is a recipe for certain disaster and the continuance of this problem into the distant future.
The Israelis have repeatedly made it clear that they are longing to live in peace. They are not the obstacle to peace. By contrast, the Palestinians have stated equally clearly that they will work for the destruction of Israel as a Jewish State, they have never retreated from this position and it continues to be a central tenet of the Palestinian Authority. How do you live in 'security and prosperity' alongside a people devoted to your destruction? This is the true obstacle and the Gordian's Knot which prevents peace in the region.
Gaza is the perfect example of what your policies would produce if put into effect. Firstly, Israel is pressured to withdraw from an area and, as a direct and rapid result of the withdrawal that area becomes a launch site for terrorism. Make no mistake, the exact same pattern would occur if Israel were to withdraw from the so-called West Bank and from the Golan Heights. Such a move would expose the entire country to rocket attacks. Indeed, Tel Aviv Airport would be rendered unusable. In other words, it would ensure the final death of the one and only Jewish State in the entire world and guarantee the 58th Muslim State.
The 'two-state solution' and a 'secure and prosperous Israel' are mutually exclusive.
As for refugees, I am sure that you are aware of the 850,000 Jewish refugees who were forcibly evicted by the neighbouring Arab States from 1948-72, and yet we hear nothing of these people because they were sheltered and cared for by the Jews themselves. Again, in stark contrast, the 400 - 700,000 Arabs who left Palestine on the advice of the Arab leadership have been cynically allowed to remain in refugee camps on Israel's doorstep as bargaining pawns in this game, the object of which is to take full possession of Israel and to absorb it into a future Caliphate. If Israel can care for its refugees, why can't the fabulously rich Arabs? The answer is obvious.
Your policies, Mr.Gyimah, with all respect, are high-sounding on paper but in reality they not only make no sense whatsoever but will guarantee that countless more Israelis will be murdered. This will be intolerable.
Israel deserves peace and, in order to reap the benefits of that peace, she must be allowed to maintain secure borders. For this she must be permitted full control of the high ground of the Golan and the so-called West Bank, and the ancient Jewish capital of Jerusalem must remain undivided.
I make no apology for my title. The Jews have much to answer for, especially the Jews of Israel – and there’s no letting up.
I write from England, this precious stone set in the silver sea, where our forefathers were nourished on the blessed freedoms of a robust paganism. We relished our ever-inventive superstitions and gloried in unbridled passion. We made our choice between 14 gods, worshipped devils, and were in lifelong bondage to an inexorable fate known sinisterly as Wyrd. Standards there were, agreeably low.
Sure, hopeless ruffians were we, shackled to a changeless decree of the gods, but we felt mostly good about our brute lives and ourselves. We were all in the same boat, no better and no worse than the next bloke.
However, like the distant rumblings of an approaching rainstorm, the Jewish Messiah’s teachings had reached our shores in the 1st century, and their voice was growing louder. The Jewish Messiah and the Jewish Bible would become our nemesis and break open our little world.
What followed is well documented and one may Google for the relevant facts, but, for us, it meant that we could no longer enjoy the life of unbridled paganism. The bar of morality had been raised. It was a rude awakening; our stone of shelter was overturned.
Now I am reminded of a friend back in the 70s, who was employed for a few days in a factory that manufactured long, electro-plated metal rods. Turning out nearly 300 of these things every day, he was approached by the Foreman. "Look 'ere, son you're working too 'ard. The rest never do more’n 250 and you're makin’ ‘em look bad. Before we know it, everybody will be expected to do 300. Now, toe the line, there's a good lad." He was in no forgiving mood.
Similarly, are we seriously expected to forgive the Jews for turning out more ethics and ever-higher standards of morality than the rest of us? Ideas like love your neighbour as yourself, in place of the good old traditional do it to him before he does it to you ethic. It takes only one do-gooder to make the rest of us look bad. We might be living under a stone, but it's our stone.
20 centuries have passed and we’ve managed, with varying degrees of success, to not merely get used to this higher morality, but also to convince ourselves that we thought of it in the first place and that it had nothing to do with the Jews, their Messiah and their Bible. But prior to this Jewish education we were like Caliban in the unwholesome fen, satisfied with his water with berries in't. Ah, the savage at liberty.
We know who’s to blame for this, the Jews. What were they trying to do, for Pete's sake, bring heaven to Earth? Behold this dreamer cometh. If not for the Jews, God would most likely have remained in heaven, His Place, and never come to Earth to make us uncomfortable, by awakening in us a desire for more than berries in water.
Heaven is God's and the Earth would be ours, if not for the Jews. Unforgiveable.
Now, back in 1948, between 400,000 and 700,000 Arabs vacated their homes on the advice of their warring brethren from neighbouring lands. But, between 1948-72, 820,000 Jews were forcibly driven from their homes in the Arab countries, 200,000 finding refuge in Europe and North America, most of the others, in the State of Israel. The Muslims have sucked at the breast of the UN for 66 years whilst the Jews, from Day One, were fed and sheltered at the expense of their fellow Jews. And where are they now? Look for them and their children in the halls of academia, on the stage, in the hospitals, in the hi-tech milieu and in the Apollo Space Shuttle. Those vexatious Jews have pride and dignity! They make the rest of us feel bad whilst the Arabs are enough to make any of us feel good about ourselves. There was a glimmer of light when I heard the State of Israel excoriated for being apartheid. Ah, a serious flaw, I thought, but was disappointed, for the Arabs of Israel have full citizenship and enjoy equal rights with their Jewish neighbours, in fact the Arabs of neighbouring countries receive free medical care in Jewish hospitals.
And, as if this were not enough, in response to thousands of rockets lobbed from Gaza to Israel, Jews are putting their own young people at risk in a ground offensive in order to spare the lives of possibly innocent Palestinians. What’s more, they actually drop thousands of leaflets to warn the Gazan citizenry to flee the area of an impending attack. Then, they fire a rubber warning missile to knock on the roof five minutes before the real one. Finally, if the women and children have not departed, the Israelis call off the strike.
Furthermore, Israel has opened an emergency clinic near the battle zone to treat injured......Palestinians! This includes a gynecology unit. Isn’t that childbirth?!
Am I dreaming? Somebody pinch me.
During the bombing of Dresden in 1945, it took a mere 3 days, to drop 3,900 tons of high explosives and incendiary (none of them rubber), destroying two-and-a-half square miles of the city centre and killing between 22,700 and 25,000 people, mainly civilians. Compare this with the 11 days that the Israelis have taken to kill 274 people, despite their having more powerful weaponry than we had in the 40s. The Israeli restraint is downright perplexing and irritating to the hypocrites in the UN.
Did we warn Dresden? No, of course not! Was a dummy hydrogen bomb dropped in advance of the real one? No! Did we burn people, blow them to smithereens, starve them? Yes. And we didn’t issue an apology to Germany or Japan for disproportionate warfare! War was war, and we insisted on ending it sooner rather than later.
How do you respond to an enemy that vows to destroy you and your way of life, rape your wife and enslave your children? You kill 'em, that's what you do! And because we were all doing it, nobody felt bad about it.
But these irksome Jews, with their raising the bar ever higher, are attempting to civilise war itself, resisting the temptation to carpet bomb and visit hell on the enemy once and for all, relinquishing the crucial element of surprise by leafleteering and calling Palestinians on their cell phones first.
And the torn metal from the missiles that land in Israel? Transformed into works of art to adorn your mantlepiece. The Jews seek to bring order and civilisation right up to the gates of Gehenna itself. If it were possible, hell itself would be abolished by these sons of David.
Col. Kemp, a British officer who served in all the major conflicts between 1977-2006, said of the Israelis, "Based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: during operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defense Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in the combat zones than any other army in the history of warfare."
The Jews are again leading the way to higher ground, making us uncomfortable with our double standards and our odious hypocrisy.
ISIS was painting Christian-identified homes in Mosul, Iraq, with the red marking in the photo above. The black Arabic lettering next to it was a brave show of support by local residents — “We are all Christians.”
The last Assyrian Christian family left Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul on Saturday. Assyrians have lived in Mosul for over 6,000 years, becoming one of the first communities in the world to convert to Christianity at the dawn of the religion.
... the Christian community in the Mideast is collapsing by the force of Islamic terrorists and Islamic-run nations.
IS fighters took control of Mosul and swathes of north and west Iraq in a sweeping offensive that began last month. Their leader has since then declared a “caliphate” straddling Iraq and Syria.
The group claims its goal is to return the lands they conquer to a state approximating that of early Islam, in which Jews and Christians who did not convert had to pay a “jizya” tribute to their Muslim rulers.
“From one old woman they took $15,000 (11,100 euros). She asked for just $100 of it so she could reach Dohuk. They told her that these are the funds of the Islamic State, and we cannot give it to you,” Fadi said.
Robbed of their cars and cash, many Christians were forced to walk to safety.
Some of Mosul’s Christians might be able to afford to pay the jizya, but they appear unwilling to take their chances living under the thumb of rulers notorious for executing and crucifying their opponents.
ISIS already decimated the Syrian Christians for siding with President Assad over the Islamic terror group. Syria once held one of the largest Christian communities in the Middle East. The ISIS terror campaign against them has resulted in over 800,000 Christians having to flee Syria or give up their property to ISIS.
For over 200 years, the United States has always tried to stand up the “little guy” — the underdog — throughout the world. Though maybe too slowly, we have garnered international support to stop genocide in Kosovo, Africa, Southeast Asia, South America and even helped nudge the Middle East toward liberal democratization. We have been Israel’s staunchest and sometimes lone ally as a fellow democracy and nation that respects all religions.
So what is our nation doing while one of history’s “big guys” — Christians — are being systematically hunted down and massacred? Practically nothing.
We hear NOTHING from our president and his administration about the persecution of Christians around the world -- not one word. This should tell us a lot about Barack Obama.
We hear all about the moral equivalency between Hamas terrorists and the nation of Israel. Obama always sides with the Muslim terrorists.
Christians in the United States take for granted the freedom we have now and assume that it will always be so. Not necessarily. Not with the direction this government is taking us. Something to think about.
When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, there were at least 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Over the last ten years, significantly in the last few months with the emergence of ISIS, that figure has dropped to about 400,000.
In a region where Christians predate Muslims by centuries, over one million Christians have been killed or have had to flee because of jihadi persecution, while America is basically standing by and watching. ...
...“in the last 48 hours, ISIS, which is now called the Islamic State in Mosul, has painted the letter “N” for Nazarene on the houses of all the surviving Christians in the city. ISIS has basically given an ultimatum to all the Christians left: You can either flee or convert to Islam, or we will kill you.” (continue at Breitbart)
We've seen people in the US taking to the streets in support of the 'Palestinians', (Hamas terrorists actually). Very few speak out for the Israelis who are being targeted with missiles, suicide bombers, tunnels into their neighborhoods, and kidnapping. Two Americans who were soldiers for the Israel Defense Force were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip.
I don't see any taking to the streets for Christians around the world.
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