Thursday, August 14, 2014

Is Ferguson mida k'neged mida?

While it's always been quite a debate if America is truly a friend of Israel's or just claims to be, I don't think anyone would disagree this current administration is one of if not the most openly anti-Israel. In the past 10 years that I can remember paying attention to such things I don't remember such unabashed hostility (again I'm not talking about what the government thinks or does behind the scenes which may be just as bad - I'm talking what they say right out in the open to the news cameras). I was quite surprised by two condemnations of Israel by Obama during this current conflict. By surprised I don't mean that I found it shocking or completely unexpected, but rather that the level of chutzpah shown was so above even what numbed out news-following senses have been accustomed to that it actually exhibited an emotional response rather than just a customary "what else is new?"

The first incident was when after barely mentioning the unjust kidnap and ultimately heinous murder of the Jewish boys (one of which was an American citizen) after 3 weeks, Obama immediately jumped up to speak out against the murder of an arab boy who was most definitely not an American and so soon that not even enough time had passed to know whether it was even Jews or not. Additionally the administration protested the physicality of the Israel police when arresting the boy's cousin (who at the very least was an American) when he had picked the fight with them in the first place and according to most if not all reports had a knife on him at the time. Can you tell me of a single police force in the entire world that when confronted by somebody with a knife in the middle of violent riots would put an arm around his shoulder and say, "Come young man, let's have a nice civilized chat about your behavior."? Certainly not the DC police operating a few hundred yards outside Obama's residence at the White House who slaughtered an unarmed mother for driving suspiciously and not obeying traffic instructions.

The second incident was when the administration spoke out against Israel's measures to defend itself against Gaza including the State Department stating how appalled it was by Israel's disgraceful shelling of a UN school in Gaza. Mind you this was after the UN itself had admitted to finding rockets stored several of it's schools in Gaza! (Never mind the fact that they also openly admitted to handing them back over to Hamas).

It seems quite fitting that for meddling in Israel's affairs America is now suffering an ongoing Black Intifada in Missouri. It has even gotten to the point where the NAACP has resorted to reaching out to the UN over America's supposed mistreating of blacks in the current situation. Perhaps the American government should be more careful what they say and do as in Shemayim the halacha is what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Jabel Mukaber - What a Wonderful Neighborhood

Looks like Tisha B'Av started a little early this year. One pedestrian has been declared dead HY"D as well as the terrorist driver yemach shemo v'zichro who is reported to be a resident of Jabel Mukaber. That name rings a bell well for me - I remember attending a protest there to demolish the home of the terrorist who shot up Yeshivat Merkaz haRav several years ago. From what I remember his family setup a mourning tent for visitors outside their home with Hamas flags proudly flying. A quick glance at the Wikipedia page on the neighborhood shows that there are quite a few other proud murders hailing from there as well. It's tragically amusing that the section of the article is entitled "Arab Israeli Conflict" however the only incidents cited under it are those of Arabs randomly killing innocent Jews. While "Murder Factory" would be a more apt sub-article title I suppose that wouldn't pass Wikipedia's editing standards.

Below is a clip supplied by Ynet of police officers unloading what sounds like a dozen or two rounds into the driver before his machine comes to a halt - looks to have been taken on a cell phone. Everyone stay safe and have an easy fast.