Friday, March 25, 2016

The Truth About the Palestinians

This short video debunks many common misconceptions about the Palestinian people and the lies that are created to try to delegitimize Israel.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Response to Terror

This is a response to a tragic event that occurred a couple of months ago- the murder of Dafna Meir
The news article can be found here

Read all of this.
This murder hasn't been mentioned by any non-Jewish news outlet. 
Those who are uneducated about the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, believe that Israelis just took the land from the Palestinians. Therefore, they conclude, it is acceptable for Palestinians to kill Israelis. There will be no retribution for their acts and no international concern.
The Balfour Declaration resulted in the land being divided between the Jews and the Palestinians. The Jews' coming to Israel was completely legal. The Jews were attacked by several Arab countries, but, to the world's shock, were able to not only win the war, but also to seize the West Bank (and the Sanai Peninsula, which they eventually gave back for peace). Israel has NO LEGAL OBLIGATION to leave the West Bank.
Blockade? Fence?
These wouldn't be issues if Hamas didn't have a hostile agenda towards Israel. Those who call for their removal are basically telling Israel that it doesn't have a right to protect itself. And we don't hear Egypt constantly being attacked for their blockade, even though it's blockade is much more stringent.
After Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Hamas, which is classified as a terroist organization by the European Union, Canada, Israel, Egypt, Japan, and the United States, acme the governing power. Israel, the US, Russian, UN and EU imposed economic sanctions on Gaza, including the cessation of foreign aid to the Palestinian government, and restrictions on movement, imposed by Israel. These sanctions would be lifted if Hamas renounce violence against Israel, recognize Israel, and honor all previous agreeemnts between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Hamas never agreed to these terms.
Despite Hamas' call to kill the Israelis:
- "Israel continues to supply electricity and water to the Palestinian people. These plants are sometimes hit by the rockets fired by Hamas from within the Gaza Strip, cutting power to thousands."
- "Since the begining of 2013, over 20,000 truckloads of supplies from Israel have crossed into Gaza for consumption and use by the citizens. These supplies include meat, vegitables, canned foods, medical supplies, fuel, water, medical equipment, animal food, school supplies, and cosmetic products. The Palestinian Authority accuse Hamas of stealing thousands of liters of fuel from local Gazan companies and then telling the media that there is a fuel shortage. Fatah members also claim that Hamas is lying about the fuel shortage 'crisis' for propagandistic reasons."
- "Following Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009, Israeli sources donated over $1 million in medical and humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, in addition to 600 ambulances. Injured Palestinians were cared for in Israeli hospitals, and the border crossing was frequently used to get medical equipment and other necessary supplies to the strip."
"In the past, the Israeli government approved measures that would allow for a significant easing of the border blockade. The goal of this easing was to allow materials for infrastructure to be easily given to the Gaza Strip so the governing authorities could build public works projects such as schools, hospitals, community centers, and power plants."
"Late 2013 however saw humanitarian conditions deteriorate in Gaza as Egypt destroyed terror tunnels dug by Hamas that had been used to smuggle supplies and arms into the strip. The destruction of these tunnels had vast consequences across Gaza, with food prices rising at staggering rates and construction materials (and therefore jobs) nowhere to be found. Many Palestinians had jobs digging the tunnels, and the destruction of the tunnels by Egypt caused economic hardship for some people."
"Though much of the focus recently is on the Israeli side of the border, the Egyptians have imposed a much harsher and more devastating blockade. Israel has opened up it's border crossings and lessened the blockade on multiple occasions since Hamas has had control of Gaza, allowing for humanitarian aid and supplies as well as people to cross between. Israeli hospitals treat injured Gazans, and Israel continuously sends food, fuel, and other necessities over the border. Egypt however has maintained a tight and stringent blockade, rarely opening it's gates since the blockade began. While Israel frequently sends aid over the border, Egypt's border is closed to humanitarian aid."
(This info can be found here:…/tal…/62_Blockade.html)
The fence would not have to be built if the Palestinians weren't sending suicide bombers into Israel to target Israeli civilians.
There is so much to write about this. It is a shame that people even have to spend so much of their time defending what is written down in history. I am not referring to religious standpoints. I am referring to what went down in history for this to be a reality today- people are killed mercilessly and the international community doesn't care because it believes that the Israelis deserve it and shouldn't be expecting anything but.
I shouldn't have to be writing this out. I've copied and pasted so much of what I've written because it's already been written before. It's nothing new.
The causes are hatred and in-acceptance of the Jews living in Israel. Simple as that. Despite it being legal, despite the fact that israelis go out of their way, despite that other countries should be focused on... anything and everything the Israelis do... it's never good enough.
Share this. Share it because people won't hear about this. They will hear that Palestinians have been jailed, but they won't hear that they have been jailed for THIS. They won't hear the true tragedy from the media, because the media won't portray this as a tragedy.
There is no excuse for this behavior.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Israel Draws up Document Justifying Legal Claims to Judea and Samaria

Read here

1. "Israel's adversaries, and even some friends, assert that settlements are an obstacle to peace. The evidence points to the opposite conclusion. From 1949-67, when Jews were forbidden to live on the West Bank, the Arabs refused to make peace with Israel. From 1967-77, the Labor Party established only a few strategic settlements in the territories, yet the Arabs showed no interest in making peace with Israel. In 1977, months after a Likud government committed to greater settlement activity took power, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat went to Jerusalem. One year later, Israel froze settlements, hoping the gesture would entice other Arabs to join the Camp David peace process. But none would. In another Camp David summit in 2000, Ehud Barak offered to dismantle most settlements and create a Palestinian state in exchange for peace, and Yasser Arafat rejected the plan."

2. "According to Eugene Rostow, a former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs in the Johnson Administration, Resolution 242 gives Israel a legal right to be in the West Bank. The resolution “allows Israel to administer the territories” it won in 1967 “until 'a just and lasting peace in the Middle East' is achieved,” Rostow wrote in The New Republic (10/21/91)."

3. "The area in dispute is also very small. According to one organization critical of settlements, the built-up areas constitute only 1.7% of the West Bank. That is less than 40 square miles. Even if you add the unbuilt areas falling with the municipal boundaries of the settlements, the total area is only 152 square miles."

All info taken from Jewish Virtual Library. Click here to read more. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Ezra Schwartz and a Message From God?

Disclaimer: This is not the usual type of blog post. This is not political. This is not religious. 

This is a piece I wrote for myself. I decided to share it because it may be of value to others, as well as myself. 

Here it goes: 

Less than 2 weeks ago, on Thursday November 19th, a terror attack, during which 3 people were murdered, hit closer to home than ever before. Ezra Schwartz, an American 18-year old who was spending a gap year in Israel, was one of the victims of this attack. It was when he was sitting in traffic on his way back from visiting the gravesites of previous terrorist victims and handing out food to Israeli soldiers, that Ezra was shot by a Palestinian terrorist.

Although I did not know Ezra personally, I was supposed to. He planned to attend my university next year. He was planing to live in my dorm on campus. He might have been part of my friend group. His friends and family described him as being a very kind, and somewhat quirky, person. He would have fit in so well with my group, being quirky and all. He was only a year younger than me, much like many of my friends. It is for this reason that his murder has left me in a haze for the rest of last week and this week- to think that he would be a part of our community here at my university, to know that at some point in time we were to cross paths. When I think of him, it is almost as if I am thinking of all the other kids I went to Jewish day school with. He was just that person that we all know in the form of another person. He was just like all the rest of us.

The reason I am writing this is because of something interesting that happened last night. I decided to say an extra chapter of Psalms (Perek of Tehillim) in Ezra’s memory before going to sleep. I turned to the glossary of Psalms that are recited on special occasions, and I felt that the topic “for peace” fitted this situation best. I turned to chapter 46 (פרק מו) and began to read it silently.

Now, I can honestly say that I’m not one of those people who make a big deal out of seemingly minor coincidences- or at least I try not to be. I try to be realistic about things, but when small coincidences occur, I recognize them and feel that there is a greater meaning.

 The coincidence that I am referring to is the mentioning of Ezra’s name, in 2 different forms, in this very chapter. One is written in the present tense, and the other in a future tense. It says, “עזרה בצרות”- “a help in times of need.” This is exactly what Ezra was. He wanted to help, to pitch in. That was why he was in Israel in the first place. One of my best friends, Marissa, met Ezra at a Camp Yavneh orientation this past summer. She asked him if he was afraid of going to Israel, referring to the terrorist attacks. He replied to her question saying that if we thought like that, they would win. She told him to be safe. He was going to Israel understanding the danger, but also understanding that he could be “a help” by going there, because it was a sign of doing what was right even in the face of hatred.

I was so excited about this, I could hardly contain myself while finishing the rest of the chapter. Then I came across the second mentioning of his name. “יעזרה”- “will help.” I don’t know exactly how to connect this. Ezra was “a help” and “will help?” The only way I can understand this linkage is that Ezra’s ultimate position was meant to help the Jewish people in some shape or form. His story has touched so many. The kindness he lived by, the goodness he brought into the world has reached so many people now. He has served as a message to Jews all over the world to not run away, to continue taking a gap year in Israel, and to continue doing the right thing. He has united thousands of Jewish people from all over the world. Every Jewish person I know has felt something by his loss. Losing such a good person has reminded all of us what exactly this world needs and how we can and should contribute.

This all is not to say that my interpretation is accurate. Some will look at it as just a coincidence. However, I read several chapters of Tehillim every day, and I just felt that the fact that I happened to choose that one to read in honor of Ezra, and it contains Ezra’s name twice- is more meaningful than just a coincidence.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Speaking Out Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Allen West - Time Square Speech About Iran Deal - A Must View - True American

"Reza Farahan, star of Shahs of Sunset, speaks against the Iran Deal with his usual charm at the Stop Iran Rally in Los Angeles. Thank you Reza!" - StandWithUs
Watch HERE!

7 Dangers Facing Israel