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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Evidence of Weapon Smuggling on Ships

Nadene Goldfoot
Two years ago the Israeli Navy found 500 tons of weapons; rockets and  missiles hidden in 36 large shipping containers behind hundreds of sacks of polyethylene on the German merchant ship, Francop which flew the flag of of Antiqua and Barbuda.  The crew claimed they knew nothing.  The shipment came from Iran meant for Hizbollah terrorists in Southern Lebanon.  The ship was taken to Ashdod for searching as it cannot be done in waters.  This was largest amount of weapons that Israel has ever found in one ship.  Israel invited heads of other countries to come and see just how much they had found. 

This year in March the ship Victoria was searched and found to have 50 tons of weapons. They were carrying anti-ship missiles along with other types which are considered very dangerous.   Again, the crew knew nothing.  The weapons were headed to Gaza. 

This is why Israel must search all ships.  Hamas terrorists have lots of sympathizers and Hamas is getting weapons somehow.  This is one way they try to bring them in.  Even if all the "passengers" have not been the providers of weapons, they can still be boarded on such a ship by other terrorist sympathizers.  These very weapons could be the cause of many deaths in Israel.  The government is legally in the right to search all ships.  The law states that if the ship clearly intends to illegally enter another country's waters, it is in the wrong as soon as it leaves its port of origin.  So as soon as this flotilla leaves Greece, it's in the wrong.

The problem last year with the May 2010 flotilla was that the action supposedly took place 70 nautical miles (130 kilometers ) from the coast, inside international waters, and then 9 activists on the Mavi Marmara were killed.  Turkey thought Israel was in violation of international maritime law. 

The San Remo Manual of 1994, a legally recognized but nonbinding document from the International Institute of Humanitarian Law dealing with blockades and armed conflicts, the international standard for blockades, explains the law. 

Israel is following the rules.  It has given prior ntice and has informed shipping companies and other countries where and when the blockade is being enacted.  No ship, peaceful, commercial or otherwise, can enter the area of the blockade for any reason.  It cannot block neutral ports or waters.  Here it would be Egyptian ports.  It cannot use a blockade to deny the civilians items essential to their survival.  This is what the flotilla organizers are trying to use as a reason.  However, Israel is constantly trucking in supplies with 300 trucks per day into Gaza.  They have more supplies than most American cities.  The people are thriving.

The world has had a lot of blockades:
3. Vietnam War
4. Sri Lanka
5. NATO uses it against Libya

Gaza is not a country.  Israel has sovereignty of the area and up to 12 nautical miles from its coast.  The blockade goes to 20 nautical miles from the coast or 37km.  A nautical mile used on the ocean is 1.852 km. 

Reference: on Victoria

Money Funding Flotilla Are Hamas Connected

Nadene Goldfoot
Money from sources that are connected to Hamas have been found funding the flotilla. 

!.  The European Campaign to End the Siege or ECESG have been linked to Hamas.  In fact, the group is illegal in Israel. 

2. The ship, Switerzland-based Droit Pour Touse,  and the Italian based ABSPP are also known to be funding the Hamas and flotilla organizers and participants. 

The Swiss, who have the reputation for being inpartial in wartime, have a Swiss Human Right Association who were planning on arresting Israel's President Shimon Peres when he went to Switzerland for war crimes against humanity.  This appalls me.  Israel has been under attack for much of its 63 years with recent constant shelling from Gaza and not once did anyone step up to the plate to criticize the Arabs for attacking Israel.

The association of Palestinians in Italy, in Italian as Associazione benefica Di Solidarieta Con II Popolo Palestinese are also connected with the "Union of Good" a group of Islamic charities.  They are connected with Hamas in Damascus and are calling for donations to their cause.

Yet, when Israel finally defended itself, it gets the "war crime against humanity" accusation.  If this isn't a show of anti-semitism, I don't know what is.   Wasn't it France who had to depend on the USA to rescue them in WWII?  I guess they just couldn't defend themselves at all.  Israel is so small, yet had to defend itself by itself, and with ammunition it had to buy and pay for as well, and Switzerland  said, "we just don't mix in."  Brilliant!  I suggest that Switzerland get busy and start reading some history books for a change. 


Flotilla and More Problems

The Saoirse, an Irish ship, has had its  engine damaged while in port in Turkey waiting to join the flotilla.  Of course Israel has been blamed.  This is the second ship to face problems. 

Jordanians and other international people have joined together to buy a ship for $800,000 to join the flotilla. 

In the meantime Greece is experiencing strikes at their ports. 


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Flotilla Delayed and Dwindling

Nadene Goldfoot
Our prayers haven't hurt that the flotilla would disappear and not bring havoc to Israel.  I for one will keep it up. 

The Flotilla 2 has had its problems.  Originally planned with1,500 people participating, it's now down to 350.  Ten ships are still trying to get their act together in Greece.  Two ships from France have already sailed towards Gaza but the rest hope to set out by next week.

First, there have been insurance problems.  That's not finished.  Greece has presented them with lots of red tape to deal with.  The combined Swedish/Greek ship, Juliano's propeller shaft was cut and the passengers are blaming Israel for that.  With ten ships coming, I doubt if it was that important to disable just one of them. 

That leads to the news from good sources that the passengers on one or more ships were planning to dump bags of sulphur on the young IDF soldiers when they boarded the ships.  That is a chemical and highly explosive if a match was struck.  It's beyond horror.  Passengers of course are now denying it. 

Ships in the flotilla are already in Greece and represent Ireland, the Audacity of Hope from the USA, Canada, Sweden, Greece, with two Swedish/ Greek cargo ships carrying 3,000 tons of unneeded supplies, Italy and France.  One of the spokesmen is Ewa Jasilwicz of Poland, so there may be others from countries not mentioned.  All countries involved have been apprised of the IDF plans and why.  The UN has already come out advising against the flotilla  in that it is against the law and needless.  The reasoning is obvious to all of us; the instigators and participants are eager to cause a provocation to Israel if not the death of the soldiers. 

If amongst that 3,000 tons of supplies or any package meant to go into Gaza our IDF finds one missile, rocket or mortar or even handgun, the passengers are going to be in mighty big trouble.  They'd better all hope and pray that none of them has tried to do such a thing.  Aiding and abetting an enemy is a serious charge.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Investigation of Israel's Legal System Coming

Nadene Goldfoot
Judaism perfected the humanitarian situation going on in the world over 3,000 years ago.  The 10 commandments given by Moses was a complete ratification of the then present day laws of the land, and then he came up with 613 more to make life even more perfect.  I've always been amazed with them as deep down they teach reverence for life.  You don't have to be a psychologist to understand the concept. 

Jews were led to the land of Caanan by Moses and Joshua, and Israel and Judea were later developed.  The law and Torah have been the main elements of our society. We have always been taught that  all humans are sons of G-d and thus most important.  We don't take life lightly. 

Though we lost our G-d led land in 70AD, we have continued our laws for 2,000 years, always discussing and perfecting them.  We are a most lawful but small group of people, making up less than 1% of the world population.  That's because we don't proselyze.  Religion is not something to be forced upon people.  It has to come from the heart.  Ours started with Abraham and Sarah, so it started as a family belief.  It still is for most of us. 

Now Israel is the only democratic state in the Middle East.  Its small population of about 7 million people is made up of over a million Arabs of Muslim and Christian faiths as well as Jews and others from all 4 corners of the world.  You will see Blacks from Ethiopia and the USA as well as Orientals from China, Japan and others who have been given a homeland rescued from the oceans as well as the lost tribe of Manassa, found in India near Burma and Caucasians from every country including the USA and Russia.  A preferred occupation of many have been  becoming lawyers and doctors.  To be a lawyer in Israel one needs to have the equivalent of a PhD as it is made up of hodgepodge of legal systems left over from the Ottoman Empire. 
Our American lawyers may be overwhelmed with the complexities of it all. 

Israel will be undergoing a yearly review of their legal systems as many countries have been having this review as well.  This may mean that we are now a member of the nations being we get this treatment.  I just wonder if the results won't awe the people doing the investigating, for I've never seen such a wonderful society, myself.  I know that our forefathers who worked on creating Israel in the late 1800's through the 20's and 30's were bent on creating a wonderful Utopia in their ancient homeland and were  high-minded idealists.  Perhaps it's just as well that they did not live to see how our "others" reacted to good treatment of our people and have caused nothing but surrus for us all.  Yet they still hold onto their beliefs of  not treating them badly as we had been treated badly in other countries for the past two thousand years. 

Israelis are not angels but they strive to do the angelic thing.  It's in their genes.  Their ancestors have been like this for the longest time.  Perhaps this review of Israel's legalities will open up the eyes of the investigators as to just what Israelis and Jews are all about.  We're a good people.  Don't kill us off. 

The investigators have found that so far every country has its faults, even Sweden.  I just pray that this investigation will not be as corruptly put together as the Goldstone Report was about Israel.  It's time to have an honest report.    Israel has strived to be the light of the nations and was told they would be in the bible.  No other nation has been constantly attacked for the length of its life  and yet continues to shine in so many respects.  So many are still striving to put out its light.  Hopefully with many prayers this will be an impossibility, for without this light we will all be stumbling about in the darkness. 


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Manassah, One of 10 Lost Tribes Found

Nadene Goldfoot
Who would have guessed that the tribe of Manassah would wind up on the border of Burma and Bangladesh in the Indian states of Mizoram and Manipur, but they had been found in 2007.  1,700 of them have already made aliyah to Israel and are integrated into the society with 50 serving in the army.  Considering that they are new immigrants into a very different society, it is wonderful that 96% are employed.    7,232 are waiting to join them and soon will do so.  The reason the rest hadn't followed suit was because Ehud Olmert's goverment had frozen their making aliyah then. 

The Bnei Menashe were exiled by the Asssyrian Empire 27 centuries ago  in 723 BCE and were "lost."  That's almost 3,000 years agom but they hadn't forgotten who they were.  They've prayed 3 times a day for all these years to be returned to Zion.    Because they had been cut off from their mainstream Jewish life, those already in Israel have gone through a conversion and the others coming will do so, also. 

They have been  practicing Judaism and were known as the Kuki-Chin-Mizo Jews or Bnei Menashe  in NE India. Both Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Absorption Minister Sofa Landver are behind the  immigration of the remainder's move to Israel next month, but there could be problems in the way.  Not only is this a precarious time but money is tight and absorption of over 7,000 will be costly to the government.  However, this is what Israel was created for, so it should take place and will be a great day for Israel. 

Comment  and picture from Egypt 6/27/11 from Cousin Denise re: Menassah, One of the 10 Lost Tribes Found
"You do know that Menassah and Ephraim were the sons of Joseph, Vizier of Egypt, and they were blessed by Jacob and
pronounced as a tribe of Israel. It is interesting to note that this "lost tribe" of Israel has been found in NE India in a state
called MIZORAM - EGYPT IS KNOWN AS "MISR" / "MIZR" and in Hebrew it is pronounced MITZRAIM which I believe ties
up with MIZORAM and indicates that the lost tribe of Menassah is descended from Joseph's son who came out of EGYPT."

Friday, June 24, 2011

England's Murder of Jews in 1100's-1200's: Antisemitism

Nadene Goldfoot

Jews entered England with William the Conqueror inviting them in 1066.  A few could have been there during the Roman times. 

The Crusades took place from 1095 to 1291 with King Richard, The Lionhearted of England taking part in the 3rd Crusade from 1187 to 1192.  Crusaders, in their zeal to get to the Holy Land and chase out the Muslims didn't mind murdering Jews along the way. 

The 12th and 13th Centuries were bad times for Jews in Europe.  They were often murdered, persecuted or faced banishment from counties.  This was a time when Jews could not buy land, and the only occupation they were allowed to work in was money-lending as this was not only distasteful to Christians but not allowed to them.  Jews actually had been invited by the King to serve as money lenders.  As it happened, the Jews were making money from this occupation.  The Christians resented this and the fact that they were profitting from a business which did not include physical labor made them even angrier as they didn't consider it work. 

In 1190, the Jews of York, which was a center of Torah learning, were burned to death by a church mob.  The rabbis had to proclaim a prohibition to live in that city. 

Jews were executed in the 1230's after people falsely blamed them for kidnapping a Christian child.  In 1290 there were murders of Jews and pillaging of their homes.  King Edward II then banished the Jews from England.  Many drowned in the sea trying to leave. 

The remains of 17 Jews were  found in 2004 at the bottom of a medieval well in Norwich, England.  Norwich had been  thriving Jewish community since 1135.  Many had lived near the well.  The condition of the skeletons told the scientists that they were probably murdered or forced to commit suicide, being victims of persecution.  This was reported on the BBC.

The DNA suggests that five of them  were probably members of a single Jewish family.  Forensic anthropologist, Professor Sue Black of the U of Dundee led the investigation team and realized this was a case of persecution and ethnic cleansing. 

11 of the 17 skeletons were children from age 2 to 15.  The 6 adults were men and women.  They were thrown down the well head first. and then the children were thrown in. 

After being ousted in 1290, Jews did not return to England until 1655-57.  By 1690 3,000 had settled there.  There were some Sephardic Jews found to be living in England around 1753.  In the 1800's they were treated badly.  Daniel O'Connell in 1846 tried to make Jews wear identifiable Jewish clothing there. 
Resource: Arutz Sheva by Elad Benari: "Jewish Bodies Found in Medieval Well in England "

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Israel's Villages, Towns, Cities of Judea and Samaria Legal

Nadene Goldfoot
Do you really think that Israel, a land of much respect for law and of not doing to others that which you would not wish them to do unto you,  would break a law purposefully in living on land  that they did not have a legal right to be on?

Israel was reborn in 1948.  From 1949 to 1967 they were forbidden to live in Judea and Samaria, their old homeland.  Originally they were to have much more than the piece they were allotted through dealings with England and had to settle for much less.  During this time the Arabs refused to make peace with the new Israel. 

The surrounding nations of Israel attacked her in 1967 hoping to put an end to her, and they lost.  Israel won the battle in 6 days, much to the Arab's dismay.  From 1967 to  1977 the Labor Party of Israel established only a few residential places in what is commonly called "The Territories", meaning Judea and Samaria.  Still, the Arabs refused to make peace with Israel. 

In 1977, after the Likud government went along with more residential communities established in Judea and Samaria, the Egyptian President Sadat went to Jerusalem and we had peace with Egypt.  One year later Israel froze these communities in their growth.  They were hoping that in doing this, other Arabs would join the Camp David peace process, but none would do so.  Israel was reaching out to them showing that they were seious about making peace with the Arabs. 

No matter what Israel was ready to do to attain peace with their neighbors, no one was willing to do so except Egypt. Because of that, we gave back the Sinai to Egypt.   Arabic writings have been found that make references to the Crusades and how it might take time to expell the Zionists like they did the Crusaders.  For example, in the Syrian President Hafez Assad's office is a portrait on his wall of Saladin defeating the Crusaders.  His point is that Christian sovereignty in Palestine was temporary, and that Jews will be temporary, also, so they are merely waiting and biding their time. 

Actually seeing building going on in Jewish communities may make the Arabs realize that they don't have all the time in the world, and that they should come together for talks of peace.  That may be why they are hurrying  to the UN to create their own state of Palestine without ever talking and settling the many peace issues with Israel. 

As long as the Arabs refuse to talk of peace and continually send rockets, missile, and mortars into the tiny country of Israel, Israel mut be on guard to defend their population.  International legal scholar Stephen Schwebel says that "a country acting in self-defense may seize and occupy territory when necessary to protect itself.  The state may require, as a condition for its withdrawal, security measures designed to ensure its citizens are not menaced again from that territory.

Eugene Rostow, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs in the Johnson Administration, says that Resolution 242 gives Israel a legal right to be in Judea and Samaria.  It allows Israel to administer the territories it won in 1967 until a just and lasting peace in the Middle East is achieved.  Israel is not to be forced back to the fragile and vulnerable 1949 Armistice Demarcation Lines. "

Both Judea and Samaria had been held by Jordan up to 1967 illegally, so Israel's claim is superior to Jordan's claim, stated Rostow.    Jordan was there because of their aggression in 1948 against Israel.  Israel's came about because of their legitimate right of self-defense.  The lesson here is not to make war on your enemies.  There is no guarantee you will win and if you lose, you lose territory.  There has to be a penalty for being an aggressor and taking lives, so that is what has happened to the Arabs.  I'm afraid they are very sore losers. 

Israel has every right to live in communities in Judea and Samaria.  Most all the communities happen to be populated by observant orthodox Jews who have a reverence and love of the their ancient land and of their history.  So many of the important events in the Bible happened in these places.  They have a very legal claim to be there that is galling the Arabs who are tying to convince people that it is not.  Being there is not the obstacle to peace.  The Arabs are aggravated about it because they see what  they have lost in attacking Israel in the first place.  They have refused for 63 years to make peace with Israel, and Israel continues to be healthy and grow despite the fact. 

Any stipulation that Israel has to back up to the 67 line before they won the war or even the 1948 lines is an insult to all democracies who are trying to live in peace.  Giving such leeway to an aggresive Arab group who shows their determination to destroy Israel is a threat to all democracies everywhere, not just to Israel.  Let the Palestinians sit down and talk seriously about being a good neighbor and how much they want peace.  Israel has been giving into acts of peaceful overtures all along.  It's their turn, now.  Israel left all of Gaza.  What have the Palestinians done but bomb Israel? 

Reference: Myths and Facts a concise record of the Arab-Israeli conflict  by Mitchell G. Bard PhD,  Joel Himelfarb, p. 268-269

My Favorite Heroine in Israel

Nadene Goldfoot
Brigette Gabriel is my heroine.  She is a Christian Lebanese woman who was a young girl in 1982, when Israel went into Lebanon.  I was there, having moved to Safed in 1981 after making aliyah in 1980.  Brigette explains fully what life was like for her in Lebanon prior to 1982, telling things I knew nothing about. 

What I knew was that Major Hadad of the Christian Lebanese Militia was guarding our border and that he and probably his soldiers came into Israel for R&R to our hospital.  I was so thankful at the time that there was a group in the Middle East who was supportive of Israel and we were working together.  I had no idea of the horror the Christians were going through prior to Sharon allowing his men to go into  the Palestinian camps there and do what they felt they had to do.  Sharon was in big trouble after that.  Maybe he of all people knew what they had been enduring.  Brigette was suffering terribly at that time.

She emphasises in her video below, that there are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world.  Only a minority are radical Islamists.  However, that minority makes up 15-25% of all Muslims which amounts to 180 to 300 million radicals.  That's a lot compared to the 6 million Israelis, of which 5 million are Jewish and over 1 million are Muslims. 

Lebanon was a jewel of a country in the Middle East.  It was made up of Christians and Muslims.  It didn't work.  Christians were slaughtered.  At a time now that Israel is again having to prove her right to her existence to the world and to keep the little bit of land which amounts to only half of what she had been promised and what she had to lose lives over, listening to Gabriel's words are most important.  If only all those who are boycotting Israel and her products and want to break into Gaza on ships on the upcoming flotilla would hear her out, maybe some facts would be understood. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Americans Join Flotilla Against Israel While Middle East Is In Smoke

Nadene Goldfoot
The population of Gaza is about 1.5 to 1.7 million Arabs of which the Hamas terrorists were voted as their leaders.  Their charter is to destroy Israel and never to make peace with them.  They have been engaged in a war of destruction with Israel  They bomb the Jewish country with rockets, missiles and mortars along with all the negative propaganda they can create.  Hamas is backed and armed with weapons from Iran, who also want to destroy Israel.  Besides being a democratic state, the only one in the Middle East, Israel happens to be a Jewish state, one amid the Islamic nations   This is the sole reason that these states are so against Israel.  Jews had the audacity to accept  their land in 1948 from England when the Arabs refused their share and the Israelis have made something out of it.  The Jews have prospered in their teeny land and have created thousands of things, medical discoveries as well as businesses.    For this Jews have not been forgiven. 

Israel has had to have a naval blockade on Gaza because of Hamas's need to procure weapons from Iran and whoever else will supply them.  Gaza has all the necessities it needs.  It is Israel who has taken on the responsibility of trucking them into Gaza. There are at least 300 trucks that carry supplies into Gaza daily from Israel.   Even the UN has told people not to break the blockade and that it is not necessary (unless of course their goal is to sneak in weapons).  Hamas refuses to make peace with Israel.  This is a state of war of their own choosing. 

However, not to heed advice, 36 Americans are still planning on boarding their ship, Audacity of Hope,  and break the blockade.  They will fly later to Athens to get ready for the short journey from there.  Their reasoning is that they say they see this as a human rights violation.   Professor Rashid Khalidi, Palestinian-American critic of Israel from Columbia U is a major organizer of this ship.  Last I heard was the group was trying to raise $370,000 to get the ship. 

I feel they are doing this, not for the sake of bringing anything of value to Gaza, but for the publicity that they hope to cause against  Israel.   If anyone is a violator of human rights, it is Hamas who continually fire on Israel hitting Sderot and Ashkelon and the country-side and stir their people to kill Israelis, like the Fogel family recently slaughtered in Itamar, Samaria. 

They concentrate on Israel while the Syrian troops are going into their rebel's villages near the Turkish border setting fire to their homes and a bakery.  They have cut off the lifeline to thousands of these uprooted people that are stranded out in the open arresting masses of people.  Turkey has taken pity on them at least and are bringing food to them even though they are on the Syrian side of the border.  Atrocities of all sorts are going on in the Middle East, yet our Americans can only see fault with Israel and with the people who brought to the world the 10 Commandments. 

update: 6/27/11 On Sunday, however, Greek officials blocked some of the ships from setting sail to Gaza. Organizers said that they had retained lawyers to will fight the stop-order with the aim of allowing the vessels to leave harbor on schedule.

Vessels from Italy, Spain and Canada are also participating in the flotilla.
(If they try to breat the blockade, they will be arrested by Israel.),7340,L-4057894,00.html by David Harris; excellent 6/27/11

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Doctor Caught Throwing Rocks in Safed

Nadene Goldfoot
You usually hear of young teen age boys throwing rocks at the Israeli soldiers, but just now I read about a 28 year old doctor at my old hospital in Safed indicted with three other men for throwing rocks at young IDF soldiers.  This happened on the Palestinian celebration of Nakba Day, and this is how they celebrate.  This is the commemoration of Israel's winning the war in 1967 when surrounding Arab nations ganged up on Israel in a huge attack and to the Arab's utter horror, the Israelis surprised everyone by winning in 6 days!  The consequenses weren't what the Arabs had in mind at all.  It was that Israel gained all of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. 

I lived in Binyon 213 on David Eliazar Street.  Across the street was the junior high where I worked and down my street was the hospital where I had been a patient several times.  During the war of 1982 all the men of Safed were called into service in the army and we women filled their shoes somehow.  I taught more during that time, or tried to while my students curled up in fetal positions in corners and under desks worried to death about their fathers, uncles, brothers and cousins in the army.  My big effort for the army besides being with the students was to bake cakes for the soldiers who were getting to their appointed bases.  Cake and coffee stands were set up in the streets for them.  They were sure to enter the war on a sugar high, I thought. 

My students would panic when they heard the helicopters overhead bringing in injured to the hospital.  Whoever was injured, Israeli or not were taken there.  My 9th grade boys acted as interpreters for the hospital as they take classes in Arabic and English, and some were also native Arabic speakers.  They found that English, which I was teaching, was the language they could all use. 

To think that an intelligent mature medical doctor would do something like aim to maim or kill is just disgusting .  Dr. Mahmoud Mahmoud really disappoints me.  I have this idea of doctors saving lives, not taking them.  Being he is living in Israel, and is one of the million+ Arab Muslims that are citizens, I suggest he move out into the other Muslim states since he doesn't like us.  He has so many other choices to live in.  Or could it be that Palestinians really aren't so welcomed in the other states? 

People may think this is like the native American flexing his rights with a bow and arrow against the calvary but it's not that way at all.  First of all, the IDF are not shooting at them first.  They are there to guard citizens in their own country against bodily harm from rioters.  Rocks thrown by these seasoned throwers can kill.  Just get hit in the temple and see what happens.  We've already seen soldiers with busted legs from rock throwers during that past few weeks.  All the other Muslim countries are rebelling because they do not live in a democracy and have decided that they want to, and the Palestinians are in a democratic country and are rebelling because it's Israel and not Palestine.  I have news for them.  If the small section of land that Israel sits on had all been Palestine, they wouldn't be living in a democracy.  It would be like all the other surrounding states.


We Haven't Forgotten Jerusalem, Dr. Sanduqa

Nadene Goldfoot
Right from Psalm 137 in our Bible is the saying said since 586 BCE, over 2,500 years ago, "If I forget thee, Oh Jerusalem.....and we haven't.  Our religious people have been saying this every day of their lives.  Yet Dr. Sanduqa, Palestinian researcher,  is trying to rewrite history and says this is from Zionist propaganda.  Evidently he hasn't read anything but the Koran. What he's actually doing is trying to rewrite Jewish history.  His own people will fall for it but not the Jews nor most of the Christians in the world.  I think the others will be smart enough to research this on their own before they become so gullible. 

This was written as a lament of the Jewish exiles who were taken away into captivity to Babylon, which today is Iraq.  Actually, we had three different waves of Jews taken by them into captivity.  The first was in 597 with King Jeconeah.  The second was in 587/6 with King Zedekiah.  Our Yehud Province then had a Babylonian governor and we were dragged away in 582.  Our exile ended in 538 when Babylon fell to the Persian (now Iran) King Cyrus the Great who actually wanted Jews return to Judah with the plans of rebuilding their temple to restore their religion.  Many remained in Babylon as families had been there some 60 years and they were not prepared to be pioneers in a wasteland, for nothing had happened there. 

Psalm 137: By the rivers of Babylon we sat and cried when we remembered Zion (our land).  On the willows nearby we hung our harps.  Those who captured us told us to sing; they told us to entertain them:  "Sing us a song about Zion!"  How can we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?  May I never be able to play the harp again, if I forget you, Jerusalem!  May I never be able to sing again, if I do not remember you, if I do not think of you as my greatest joy!  Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did, the day JErusalem was captured.  Remember how they kept saying, "Tear it down to the ground!"  Babyon, you will be destroyed!  Happy is the man who pays you back for what you have done to us--......... from Book: The Psalms

This is not the only saying I've heard.  Another is " If I forget thee, Oh Jerusalem, may my right hand lose its cunning."  This is from the King James version of our bible and is the translation for Psalm 137.5. 

From our own Jewish Bible, called the Tanach, my Stone Edition: By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and also wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows within it we hung our lyres.  For there our captors requested words of song from us, with our lyres (playing) joyous music, "Sing for us from Zion's song!"  How can we sing the song of Hashem upon the alien's soil?  If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill.  Let my tongue adhere to my palate.  If I fail to recall you, if I fail to elevate Jerusalem above my foremost joy.  Rememher Hashem, for the offspring of Edom, the day of Jerusalem, for those who say, "Destroy!  Destroy!  to its very foundation.  O violated daughter of Babylon, praiseworthy is he who repays you in accordance with the manner that you treated us.  ..........

Babylon has played a major part of the Jewish history.  Abraham was born in Ur of the Chaldeans, which was Babylonia   It had been known in the Bible as the land of Shinar or of the Kasdim(Chaldees).  Abraham migrated to Canaan where he later fought  Amraphel, King of Shinar.  Babylon was to the prophets a symbol of insolent pagan tyranny.  Babylonian Nebuchadnezzar II (604-561 BCE) had inherited the Assyrian Empire after his conquest of Judah (597, 586).  He's the one who caused the exile of Jews from Judah.  Members of the 10 Tribes were exiled before that and then became lost.  They either died or were assimilated into other surrounding nations.  . 

So, Dr. Sanduqa.  Don't try to rewrite our history.  You're doing this in trying to erase all connections Jews have with the land of Israel in order to take it from us.  You want Jerusalem and can't stand that we have a greater claim to this ancient city.  You're going to the UN in September in an attempt to claim Judea, Samaria and Gaza as your own without any plans of even making peace with Israel.  I remind you that Judea and Samaria and Gaza was once our land, and that we have much history there.  For the sake of peace, our leaders have always been for reliquishing our land to you.  Why aren't you ready to accept that we've come back home?  We've bought and paid for the property and we're not running away.  

 We've been documenting our history  for a long time.  Moses did a great job of writing and so did the prophets.  We've been a very old literal group ,  Jerusalem is from our history.  It's even more to us than New York is to the United States, for it's the center of our religion.  It's what Salt Lake City is to the Mormons.  Ever since 1948, the whole state of Israel has blossomed, but especially Jerusalem.  It shines in the sun like a city of gold.  It is our heart and soul.
Book: The Psalms for modern man from American Bible Society, NY
Book: the New Standard Jewish Encycloopedia

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Palestinian Demonstrators Resist Israeli Water

Israel has had to build security fences in order to protect themselves against Palestinian attacks that are out to kill or maim them.  It has been shown to have saved hundreds of lives.

There are demonstrators near one by Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem and a neighbor of Efrat in Gush Etzion.  It was a hot day and an IFD soldier offered some people water who were demonstrating there.  They threw it on the ground, resisitng the temptation to drink it showing their contempt of an Israeli being there. 

When you have a people who are so adamantly against  accepting  a simple glass of water from you, which is what Abraham used to do when he sat in his tent, being the welcome wagon for any traveling people passing by his tent,  how do we expect to ever make an inroad to their wanting to destroy our state?   This soldier did the right thing by offering them water and they could not break the wall they have built up against Israel.  This refects their attitude exactly when Israel has done many good things for them, such as leaving buildings of businesses for them when they left Gaza.  Israel has always had good intentions in their administring Gaza but has been rebuffed every time in their attempts.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Muslim Brotherhood Party In In Egypt

Nadene Goldfoot
The Muslim Brotherhood Party, wearing the robes of the newly called Freedom and Justice Party, now claims to be a non theocratic party made up of 9,000 founding members.  This is the first time they've been accepted as a legitimate party in Egypt in 80 years.  They were created in 1928 but banned in 1954 after being connected with assassinations, like of Nasser.  Unfortunately, they have remained the most organized party in Egypt. 

They have their eyes on half of the parlimentary seats up in September.  Their symbol is of two swords and the Koran.  After reading the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood as listed by Stand With Us, I know that it was a wise move that had banned them in the first place.  Their ideals have no place in the modern world trying to get along in a peaceful manner.  They were all for blood and guts of Jews.  Their freedom and justice simply does not apply to Jewish people.  I'm sure that Sadat is turning over in his grave.  Egypt is taking a step backwards.,7340,L-4079489,00.html

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Why Israel Is Needed and What Brought it About

Nadene Goldfoot
Ever since 70 AD, Jews have not had their own country which was then Judea.   Thousands were carried off when Rome conquered their country.  Not all Jews left then, and they and their descendants have remained but were few in number compared to the population they had before.  From 132-135 Bar Kochba revolted with his group, but were defeated.  That was the last try of regaining the land from the Romans. 

In Rome Jews were locked up in ghettos, and this idea spread to other countries as well.  In Russia they were confined to the Pale of Settlement, as they weren't allowed in Russia proper. 

Ever since then they have been treated as the scourge of the earth due to religious attitudes of accusations of having killed Jesus.  People were being brought up to hate Jews. That they had lost their country wouldn't have been so bad except that they were treated like 3rd class citizens wherever they went. 

Jews had to go through the Crusades and were killed all along the route to Palestine as well as being there.  Then they suffered from the Spanish Inquisition when people were forced to convert to Christianity or leave the country, and if they dared to cover up their Jewishness and were caught doing so, they were killed. 

France has always been a pretty sensitive country to people's needs, but even there anti-semitism showed its ugly head in November of 1894.  Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a French artillary officer, was of Alsatian Jewish descent. He was accused of telling secrets to the German embassy in Paris.  Convicted wrongly, he was sent to Devil's Island in the French Guiana and put in solitary confinement. 

Two years later in 1896 evidence was brought forth that a Major Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy was the culprit, but this evidence was supressed and he was exonerated.  This put Alfred in further trouble as false documents accusing him were brought to court.  Emile Zola wrote about this frame-up and finally the evidence was deemed baseless.  Alfred Dreyfus was exonerated and reinstated as a Major in 1906.  He served in WWI as a Lt. Colonel and died in 1930. 

Theodor Herzl was a Hungarian journalist who reported on the trial.  He was not a religious Jew but had been concerned about all the anti-semitism he knew to be going on not only in France but Russia as well, for in Russia Jews were suffering from constant pogroms or attacks on their villages resulting many times in deaths.  Theodor wrote "The Jewish State" in 1896 and founded the "World Zionist Organization" calling for a Jewish state in Palestine once again.  He saw that despite the Enlightenment and assimilation of Jews, they could never hope for fair treatment in European society.  The Dreyfus Affair was not the first motive for him to think along these lines, but it could have been the final straw. 

At this very time, the Muslim Arabs in Palestine were siding with Dreyfus in the unfair treatment he had received.  There was no reason for him to think he was suggesting a worse situation for his people than they were already enduring.  He had thought of a state in Africa for Jews, but they showed no feelings for a home there.  Only Palestine stirred them as G-d had led them there in the first place.  Every day Jews prayed that they would not ever forget Jerusalem.  They were ready to go home; their real home. 

All this was happening before the first world war.  It wasn't the Holocaust of World War II that caused Jews to return to their home country.  Of course this brought the need out in the open for all to see.  If they had had their own country, they would have had someplace to go.  Jews trying to escape the Holocaust couldn't get into other countries except in special cases.  My own uncle by marriage was one of the last Jews to get out of Germany, and he was unable to get his own family out as the door had closed.  South America wouldn't take any as they had to have baptism certificates.  USA allowed a certain number of Jews, and those had to have sponsors taking financial responsibility for the ones that came over.  My great uncle did that for my uncle.  All of Europe was affected, so that limited the countries one could escape to.  So many still had anti-semitic attitudes towards Jews. 

Even in my own city, while growing up in high school there were sororities that wouldn't take in Jews.  We Jewish teenagers had created our own social life and clubs, and even had a golf club that was Jewish where we held dances. 

Earlier in my parents' day, New York City didn't hire Jews in many jobs.  My mother in law couldn't get a job with the telephone company because of being Jewish.  Jew-hatred was rampant in the 20's in the states.  You saw anti-semitism in every circle; political, economic and literary.  It even suspended mass immigration from Europe.  Even in 1894, W.C. Ford showed his distain of Jews in the USA. 

Today the Muslims are still referring to the Protocals of Zion, German anti-semitic literature and using that as the gospel about Jews.  If you look at the treatment of Israel in the U.N., you can easily see that Israel is singled out and treated like no other country and in a very negative way.  Being the UN has so many Muslim countries and they are holding onto their hatred, it is no wonder.
KIKE! by Michael Selzer,  upsetting book about anti-Semitism endemic in America since early settlers restrictions against Jews.
The Source by James Mitchener, book

Monday, June 6, 2011

Why Shavuot in Jerusalem 1967 is So Important to Jews

Nadene Goldfoot
In 1967 Israel was able to retrieve all of Jerusalem just before Shavuot, one of the three holiest days in Judaism.  It celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai to Moses.  Three million Jews were there witnessing this divine revelation.  The Torah brought monotheism, justice and responsibility to the Jews.  This in turn has been shared with the whole world.  Perhaps the whole world has been changed because of it. 

 The Western Wall, or Wailing Wall is in East Jerusalem.  This was the first time that Shavuot could be commemorated at the Wall since 1948.  It was opened for visitors on this holiday.  Since buses and cars are not used on holidays in Jerusalem, people walked to the wall.  This has been the custom ever since. 

The Wall is usually the first place that Jewish tourists go to when they visit Israel.  The custom is to put a prayer on a piece of paper and put it in the cracks of the wall.  For 19 years Israelis had to wait to have free access to this part of their most important city in all of their history.  They're not about to lose it again.  In their hands Jerusalem has come to life.  Remembering our history is to know how we were made.  The Wall's history goes back to the Temple built by Herod in 19 BCE.  This very wall is the remnant of the wall surrounding the courtyard of that Temple.  It was called the Wailing Wall because people would remember the day the Temple fell to the Romans in 70 AD.  This 2nd Temple brings to our mind Solomon's Temple built in the 10th century BCE.  It was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE.  The Babylonians came from what is today called Iraq. 

Under Jordan from 1948-June 1967, no Jew could enter East Jerusalem under any condition.  The cemeteries were violated in every way.  The condition of the area was terrible.  Under Israeli rule the area has blossomed for all: Jews, Christians and Muslims.  In 1980 Israel declared Jerusalem complete, united and Israel's capital.  As the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat,  has stated, Jerusalem must not be divided. 


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Larry Miller With Thoughts on the Middle East's Israel and a Palestine

Larry Miller's.  observations here are right on!A brief overview of the situation is always valuable, so as a service to all Americans who still don't get it, I now offer you the story of the Middle East in just a few paragraphs, which is all you Really need.
Here we go:

The Palestinians want their own country. There's just one thing about that: There are no Palestinians . It's a made up word. Israel was called Palestine for two thousand years. Like 'Wiccan,' 'Palestinian' sounds ancient but is really a modern invention. Before the Israelis won the land in the 1967 war, Gaza was Owned by Egypt , the West Bank was owned by Jordan , and there were no Palestinians.'

As soon as the Jews took over and started growing oranges as big as basketballs, what do you know, say hello to the 'Palestinians,’ weeping for their deep bond with their lost 'land' and 'nation.

So for the sake of honesty, let's not use the word 'Palestinian' any more to describe these delightful folks, who dance for joy at our deaths until someone Points out they're being taped. Instead, let's call them what they are: 'Other Arabs Who Can't Accomplish Anything In Life And Would Rather Wrap Themselves In The Seductive Melodrama Of Eternal Struggle And Death. ' I know that's a bit unwieldy to expect to see on CNN. How about this, then: 'Adjacent Jew-Haters .' Okay, so the Adjacent Jew-Haters want their own country. Oops, just one more thing: No, they don't . They could've had their own country. Anytime in the last thirty years, especially several years ago at Camp David . But If you have your own country, you have to have traffic lights and garbage trucks. And Chambers of Commerce, and, worse, you actually have to figure out some way to make a living.

That's no fun. No, they want what all the other Jew-Haters in the region want: Israel . They also want a big pile of dead Jews, of course that's where the Real fun is -- but mostly they want Israel .

Why? For one thing, trying to destroy Israel - or 'The Zionist Entity' as their Textbooks call it -- for the last fifty years has allowed the rulers of Arab Countries to divert the attention of their own people away from the fact that they're the blue-ribbon most illiterate, poorest, and tribally backward on God's Earth, and if you've ever been around God's Earth, you know that's really saying something.

It makes me roll my eyes every time one of our pundits waxes poetic about the great history and culture of the Muslim Mid east. Unless I'm missing something, the Arabs haven't given anything to the world since Algebra, and, by the way, thanks a hell of a lot for that one.

Chew this around and spit it out: Five hundred million Arabs; five Million Jews.
Think of all the Arab countries as a football field, and Israel as a pack of matches sitting in the middle of it. And now these same folks swear that if Israel gives them half of that pack of matches, everyone will be pals..
Really? Wow, what neat news.

Hey, but what about the string of wars to obliterate the tiny country and the constant din of rabid blood oaths to drive very Jew into the sea? Oh, that? We were just kidding.

My friend, Kevin Rooney, made a gorgeous point the other day: Just reverse the Numbers. Imagine five hundred million Jews and five million Arabs. I was stunned at the simple brilliance of it. Can anyone picture the Jews strapping belts of razor blades and dynamite to themselves? Of course not.

Or marshaling every fiber and force at their disposal for generations to drive a tiny Arab State into the sea? Nonsense.
Or dancing for joy at the murder of Innocents? Impossible.
Or spreading and believing horrible lies about the Arabs baking their bread with the blood of children? Disgusting.

No, as you know, left to themselves in a world of peace, the worst Jews would ever do to people is debate them to death.

However, in any big-picture strategy, there's always a danger of losing moral weight. We've already lost some. After September 11th our president told us and the world he was going to root out all terrorists and the countries that supported them. Beautiful. Then the Israelis, after months and months of having the equivalent of an Oklahoma City every week (and then every day) start to do the same thing we did, and we tell them to show restraint.

If America were being attacked with an Oklahoma City every day, we would all very shortly be screaming for the administration to just be done with it and kill everything south of the Mediterranean and east of the Jordan .

If you agree please pass it on if you don t agree, just delete it
Yes, Dennis, I sure do agree.  This is what I've also been complaining about.  So I'm passing it on in my blog.  Nadene Goldfoot
Evidently Larry Miller's writing had been mistakenly called Dennis Miller at some point.  Corrected at 11:10am.

Flotilla Future Member: Audacity of Hope

Nadene Goldfoot
Professor Rashid Khalidi from Columbia U., Obama's former friend from Chicago and Hamas sympathizer as called by Senator John McCain, belongs to the group, US Boat to Gaza.  They are trying to raise $370,000 to get the ship, Audacity of Hope,  to join the flotilla that intends to break the blockade into Gaza against Israel.

Khalidi is an outspoken critic of Israel.  This boat would hold 40-60 people.  He and the group are calling Israel an illegal occupier of Palestine.  Though this director of Middle East Institute at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs does not plan to sail with the ship, he is doing his part in soliciting the money needed.  I can see that he must also supply his educational work with his biased outlook on Israel as well.  Actions speak louder than words.  I see that Obama failed in influencing Khalidi with a different outlook about Israel. by Gavriel Queenann, Arutz Sheva 

Friday, June 3, 2011

My Shavuot in Israel 1982

Nadene Goldfoot
Shavuot this year starts on June 7, on Tuesday (Sivan5)  at sundown, and brings memories of a wonderful experience in Israel.  It happens to be one of the three pilgrim festivals in Judaism and there I was, living right in Safed, Israel.  I didn't have to drive to the synagogue.  We walked as a quaint one was about 15 minutes away.  There I saw costumed men who wore clothes  most all the time of knee britches, long socks, and shtreimels (big black broad-brimmed hats trimmed with velvet or edged in fur) on their heads.

This is a time when the Passover period ends.  People have been counting the Omer for  fifty days.  This commemorates the time when the law was given to Moses on Mt. Sinai.  Kaabbalists and others have observed the eve of Shavuot in study.  The book of Ruth is read in the synagogue and the Ten Commandments.  It mentions the barley and wheat harvests and this is the time of wheat harvesting.  People will have flowers and boughs in their home and synagogue for decoration.  Dairy products are served. 

May 29, 1982 from my book, Letters From Israel. 

Thursday was Shavuot, and Don and Maureen had been invited over for dinner.  I served borsht with sour cream, some delicious cold smoked fish that is better than kippered salmon, salad, cheese blintzes with sour cream and cherry preserves, and for dessert we had cheesecake with cherry topping.  Don was in seventh heaven.  I have to brag that everything tasted so good.  The blintzes came from your cookbook that you had given me.  (This was a letter to my mother, of course.)

The next night we went to their house for Shabbat dinner.  That helps when you have two celebrations back to back to cook for.  The only problem is walking there and back, but the exercise was good for us. 

Thursday night you are supposed to stay up all night and study the Torah.  Don and Maureen conked out and went home, but this 11 year old Moishe came over and studied with us until about 2am.  At midnight we all went outside and said a special prayer, because at midnight the heavens were to open up and your prayer was to go directly up to HaShem (G-d).  Moishe thought the heavens really would open up and was afraid to go out at first.  His father was at the synagogue and really stayed up until 7am.  Anyway, we had lots of fun with Moishe, as he would say, "Stop, I don't understand that," and we would go over some passage.  I think the kid is going to grow up to be a Tzaddick.  He's so smart.  Well, I've had a nice respite from my students, and tomorrow I must be back in the saddle.

Letters From Israel by Nadene Goldfoot
The Standard Jewish Encyclopedia

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Palestinians Saying One Thing, Doing Another

Nadene Goldfoot
Abbas has been known to have said that Fatah recognizes Israel's right to exist while Hamas doesn't.  The problem is that what he says in English is not the same as what his people carry out on TV and in cultural events. 

Three broadcasts have been the same claiming that all of Israel is Palestinian. in a song with the audience getting all hepped up and clapping.    These happened on February 27th , May 12th and May 27th..   The song incites a land grab of all of Israel. 

"We commit and promise to stand behind you, oh Mahmoud Abbas, until Judgment Day. I am returning to you, the purest land, oh land of the free. No matter how long the nights of exile, I am returning to you, oh land. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra (northern Israel) our coast, and Beit Shean (Israeli city). Above your soil, oh my land, is a picture of Garden of Eden. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra our coast, and Beit Shean. Above your soil, oh my land, is a picture of Garden of Eden. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra, north and south, are the picture's borders. From Haifa (Israeli city) and Tantura to the [Jordan] valley (i.e., all of Israel). I am returning to you, the purest land, oh land of the free." (palwatch org.)

Abbas knows full well what's going on and has done nothing about it, so he must be nodding his head in agreement.  The European countries  on the UN Security Council are expecting Netanyahu to make peace regardless of the situation.  Perhaps they just expect him to give into Abbas and be done with it.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

UN Security Council Views on Israel and Palestine

Nadene Goldfoot
Obama vetoed the Palestinian attempt to be a state at the UN.  Now they are planning to bypass the UN Security Council by seeking an emergency session with the General Assembly known as "Uniting for Peace".  This is to override any veto.  September is the date this will happen. 

The Palestinians had said, "If peace talks remain deadlocked"  and look who won't even come to the table to talk; the Palestinian's Fatah leader,  Abbas. 

Israel was voted by the UN to be recognized as a state on May 14, 1948.  To this date, they are the only state in the world that is not allowed into the Security Council's eligibility list, which to me shows blatent anti-semitism.  There are 188 member countries.  Only Israel is singled out to stay out.  To be eligible, a country must belong to one of 5 regional groups, and Israel should belong to the Asian bloc.  Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and others have denied them entrance.  The 5 permanent members are: China, France, Russian Federation, UK and USA. 

 UN Secretary Genral Kofi Annan has called for an end to this injustice and the temporary measures he proposed is to be accepted by the West European and Others Group (WEOG) which includes democracies of Western Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.  The USA, Australia, Canada and Norway support Israel's admission but the 15-member European Union refuses to act.  There's the latent anti-semitism right there.  If not that, what?

As for the temporary membership of the Security Council,  Africa gets to have 3 members and Asia gets 2.  Between them one has to an Arab.  Eastern Europe gets 1, Latin America and the Caribbean get 2 and WEOG get 2 of which one has to be from Western Europe. 

 Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and the only Jewish one and it isn't good enough to be included with every other country's eligibility  on the Security Council.  The U.N. is supposed to be supported for its peacekeeping and democracy-building, but evidently not all the members favor that.  Truly, the fairness of this world is still extremely lop-sided.  It is only in this world that a teeny country can be constantly attacked for the length of its life and when it finds it must fight back or be extinguished it finds itself judged to be the aggressor.  No, rather those betting against its life are just poor losers as Israel keeps on living.
AJC American Jewish Committee: the New York Times-Countries eligible to sit on the UN Security Council

Neo-Nazi Websites Here

Nadene Goldfoot
Beware.  You may run into a neo-nazi website.  They have found a home in the USA because of our freedom of speech. 

Austria bans Nazi glorification and Holocaust denial.  These websites are spitting out anti-semitic slurs and racism.  Germany is trying to shut them down.  Hungary makes hate speech a crime.  Gypsies are often the brunt of their hatred. 

Here we thought that World War II had ended such things but this sickness has not been wiped out yet.  We may be in another epidemic.,7340,L-4073269,00.html