Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Law to Deport Terrorists: Is it Really Good for Israel?

ה' לחודש התשעי תשע"ה

Times Of Israel: Bill seeks to deport terrorists, their families
Initiative would also see stone throwers, ‘inciters’ forfeit welfare benefits for life; group pans bill’s ‘serious human rights violations’

Spencer Ho and Haviv Retig Gur, November 26, 2014

Likud Knesset member Yariv Levin presented to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday a draft of temporary legislation that would, among other provisions, allow the state to revoke the citizenship or residency of terrorists and their family members. The bill was drafted at Netanyahu’s request.

According to Levin’s plan, first reported by the daily Yedioth Ahronoth, the state will revoke the citizenship or residency permit of those convicted of terror activities, which it defines to include the hurling of Molotov cocktails, and expel them to Gaza after they’ve served their prison sentence. (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu
I am telling you that if this legislation passes, it is only a matter of time, before Israel's Supreme Court strikes it down as "unconstitutional," even though Israel does not have a constitution.

The high court will point out the lack of fairness, in singling out one ethic group. After all, Prime Minister Netanyahu himself had said Israel is the national home of the Jewish people where there are equal rights for every citizen.

The Israeli government will either feign having "no choice" but to alter the language to include ALL citizens regardless of ethnicity or religion, or it will fight with the high court, and eventually lose.

The government will then have the power, that perhaps some MK's have always wanted, to designate Jews as "terrorists," strip them of their citizenship, and expel them from the country.

MK Yariv Levin
I do not doubt MK Yariv Levin's intentions. I just do not know how far he has thought this proposal through.

The legislation is also described as temporary. Well, those of us veteran, Israeli citizens all know what "temporary" means:
Temporary: Temporarily temporary, as in until it is decided to be applied to Jews, at which time, it will be permanent, and as per usual, selectively applied.
I predict that Jews who hold the Torah in higher authority than the Government of of the State of Israel, otherwise known as "extremists," will be be targeted. Already then can be thrown into "Administrative Detention," without trial, just like the Arabs.

See how deMOCKratic Israel is?
Temporary: Ending when it no longer serves the objectives of the powers that be. 
Like a friend of mine just reminded me, Netanyahu always likes to appear super-duper, extra industrial strength, "right-wing" before the Likud Party goes to its primaries. So, even more so, this legislation will not be anything like you might think.

Likud Party Primaries will take place early this January. So, stay tuned!

Why was Shimon Peres Welcomed into Jerusalem's Har Nof Neighborhood?

ד׳ לחודש התשעי תשע״ה

(Tip: Life In Israel)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Shimon Peres, Labor Zionist extraordinaire and one of the major forces behind the Oslo "Death" Accords.

Shimon Peres, the one who claimed that the Jews killed and wounded by Arab snipers in Yehudah and Shomron (Judea and Samaria), were not killed and wounded by the weapons the Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin's government gave to the "Palestinian Authority." Rather, he claimed that they were killed or wounded by "other guns."

Shimon Peres, who would like to see [the made up nation of] Jordan invest in his Valley Of Peace Initiative, which essentially blurs one of Israel's borders.

Shimon Peres, who continues to advocate for dialogue with Arabs whose pattern is to kill Jews, with guns, bombs and rockets, and demand that the international community force Israeli into a cease fire agreement, in order build up their stocks of munitions for the next their next round of attacks.

Shimon Peres, who continues to advocate for Arabs to have yet another independent state, Arabs who not only want to annihilate the Jewish People, but who have absolutely no claim to even one square inch of the Land of Israel.

Why on earth was there not even a whimper of protest from the residents of Har Nof, regarding the former President's visit?

Inquiring minds want to know.

In the meantime, please allow me to take the opportunity to bless Shimon Peres.

May The Almighty grant Shimon Peres a retirement, free of any concerns or involvement whatsoever in Israel's afairs, political or otherwise, as well as free from any further interaction with the outside world, thus freeing him (and us) from any undue stress.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ami Horowitz, Nice Video, But...

ג׳ לחודש התשעי תשע"ה

Many of you have seen this video by Ami Horowitz going around the Internet. It is simple, straightforward, and to the point.

(Tip: Stand With Us)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Ami Horowitz, nice video. But, I just have one question for you...

What the heck are you still doing there??

Don't you get it? The sentiments which you revealed on the Cal. Berkeley (AKA: Berserk-eley) are spreading across the U. S., and they are spreading fast.

Are you and your family in immediate, physical danger? Will the U. S. turn into a France or England (...or Sweden or Beligium) anytime soon? The answers to these questions, I cannot say. What I can do, however, is to ask you, "Haven't you ever thought that maybe, just maybe, at the very least, the expression of such sentiments were reminders that the U. S. is not your true homeland?"

It seems that your mother is from Israel, and left. But, you, perhaps even with her encouragement, have also spent some time here. For all I know, you may have extensive family here, and may even be fluent in Hebrew. I do not know.

I also cannot say that I know your views at all about immigrating to Israel. Perhaps that life plan is already in the works. Assuming the worst, I have to tell you that Israel is not just "that place to go to for study and connecting with ones heritage, perhaps serve in the IDF, and then just get up leave.

You have gone out on a limb making very bold statements, and attempting to wake the world up the truths you have uncovered, buried in the sand by the media and by "them." Here is only one of many examples:
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Horowitz charged in a March 2010 article, "has consistently acted as a sanctuary for terrorist activity and employment," and yet the U.S. "has funded UNRWA to the tune of nearly $3.5 billion," thus effectively "acting as their enablers." (Wikipedia: Ami Horowitz)
I have no doubt that you have helped to wake people up to the reality that not everything, published in the mainstream media, can be taken at face value. I am not at all unappreciative of your work.

But, now it's my turn to help Jews to wake up.

The feelings of my fellow Jews' attachment and sentimentality toward the lands of our exile, I cannot, nor will I even begin to argue with. They are feelings. They are what they are. But, setting such feelings aside, the U. S. is only one of many, temporarily dwelling place for Jews, the key word being "temporary."
וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֶל-פַּרְעֹה, לָגוּר בָּאָרֶץ בָּאנוּ, כִּי-אֵין מִרְעֶה לַצֹּאן אֲשֶׁר לַעֲבָדֶיךָ, כִּי-כָבֵד הָרָעָב בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן; וְעַתָּה יֵשְׁבוּ-נָא עֲבָדֶיךָ, בְּאֶרֶץ גֹּשֶׁן. (בראשית מז,ד)

And they said unto Pharaoh: 'To sojourn in the land we have come; for there is no pasture for your servants' flocks; for the famine is sore in the land of Canaan. Now therefore, we pray that your let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen.' (Gen. 47:4)
Just like our exile in Egypt, and our subsequent exiles, our exile in Edom is temporary.

You don't approach the Torah in the same way as I do? It doesn't matter.

Whether Torah-observant, traditional, secular, I have yet to find any pattern among those who believe this message. There are those from each of these three, general groupings of Jews who believe very strongly in moving to Israel now, and staying, and there are those who do not.

However frustrating it can get to have this message oftern fall on deaf ears, it is my job,...actually the collective job of those of us Jews who made it out of the golah (exile), and back home, to continue delivering this message, regardless of the outcome, regardless of the names we are called, and regardless of any other reactions,

I pray that The Holy One Blessed Be He, continues to send the same message, but that it does not have to become too painful.

And, I pray, that my fellow Jews will pay attention.

Netanayhu's "Jewish State Law" Is Not Really Jewish

ג' לחודש התשעי תשע"ה Cabinet approves 'Jewish state bill'
Lahav Harkov, Herb Keinon, November 24, 2014

PM says he "can't run the country with coalition's ultimatums" as cabinet vote descends into shouting match, Livni accuses him of wanting to fire her, Lapid.

The cabinet voted in favor of the controversial "Jewish state bill," with the preceding discussion descended into a shouting match between ministers on Sunday.

“People ask who needs this bill; we have managed 66 years without it,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said ahead of the meeting. “And I ask, who needs the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty, we managed 45 years without it. We need both,” he said. “Israel is a Jewish democratic state. There are those who want democracy to take precedence over Judaism, and those who want Judaism to take precedence over democracy. In the law that I am bringing, both principles are equal and must be given equal consideration.”

Netanyahu said Israel is the national home of the Jewish people where there are equal rights for every citizen. “But there are national rights only for the Jewish people; a flag, anthem, the right of every Jew to immigrate to Israel, and other national symbols,” he said. (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
There are those who might say that Prime Minister Netanyahu is using the recent increase in acts of Arab terrorism to push through this legislation, taking advantage of a rising tide of nationalism. And, they might be right.

However, just like his predecessors, he has taken this nationalism on detour away from the Jewish nationalist path, in favor of an Israeli nationalist path,... a secular, Israeli nationalist path. In other words, nothing much has changed.

To sell his scam, Netanyahu keeps a few sprinkles of Jewish symbolism, as well as the ultimate cherry on top, a "Jewish" national flag. The Temple's Menorah remains on the seal of the same State which has absolutely no intention of rebuilding the Temple, let alone asserting full control over it. In reality, Netanyahu has not added anything new. Instead, he has taken steps to fortify the State's protection against anything which could risk its being further influenced by Judaism.

Click here to read the entire article on the Times of Israel.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

God, Please Help Us Remove this Threat to Jewish Children!

ראש החודש התשעי תשע"ה

Anyone with access to good Jews in Har Nof, the Jerusalem neighborhood which was hit with terrorist attack last week at one of its synagogues, please make them aware of Christian efforts to capitalize on our grief and suffering, and use it as a means to ingratiate themselves with Jews for the purpose of bringing glory to their false religion.


(From an email issued by ICEJ)
...The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is determined to be a source of comfort and healing for the families traumatized by this senseless terror. In this regard, a unique opportunity has opened to the Christian Embassy to directly assist the ultra-Orthodox families hardest hit by the deadly assault in the Har Nof synagogue. 
This very weekend, the ICEJ is sponsoring a ‘Shabbat retreat’ for the 24 children who lost their fathers in that attack. They will stay in guest houses in the Galilee and receive special counselling from experts trained to deal with terror victims. They will also be offered therapeutic activities as well as Bible lessons before re-joining their families early next week. 
There are many more children whose fathers remain hospitalized due to severe wounds inflicted during the synagogue attack, and the door is also open for us to help them as well in coming weeks. In addition, through our long-time connections to the Druze community, we will be reaching out to help the families of the two Druze police officers recently killed while defending their fellow Israeli citizens. 
So this is your chance to help us bring comfort and healing to those who mourn in Zion. The needs of these families are many and their future is uncertain. Yet the news that Christians are helping them is already spreading, giving a powerful and timely testimony that Christians truly care.

Please consider supporting supporting this important initiative by making a donation to our Israel in Crisis fund. 
We will be meeting with the families in the upcoming days and want to extend our supporters worldwide the opportunity to send messages of condolence that we will personally deliver. This is a chance for you to let Israelis know we love and support them. 
Shalom from Jerusalem,
Dr. Juergen Buehler
Executive Director
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Today was Not Just Another Terror Attack in Jerusalem (Updated)

כ״ה לחודש השמיני תשע״ה

Yet another terrorist attack was carried out this morning. But, the real differences between this attack and any other will be how it will be played out by the Israeli Government controlled mainstream news media and how it will be responded to.
YNET: Four dead in terror attack at Jerusalem synagogue and yeshiva
Two terrorists infiltrate synagogue in Har Nof neighborhood of capital, attacks worshipers with axes, guns, knives; eight people wounded; two terrorists killed.

Noam "Davul" Dvir, November 18, 2014

Four people were killed Tuesday morning in a terror attack on a synagogue and yeshiva in the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem. Eight others were wounded, four are in moderate to serious condition.

As far as is known, two terrorists wielding axes, knives and guns arrived at the site on Har Shimon Agassi Street in the capital, which includes a synagogue and yeshiva (rabbinical seminary), and carried out two attacks in two locations.

The terrorists were killed, following a gunfight with police officers who arrived at the scene. According to an initial investigation the terrorists came from East Jerusalem. The wounded were taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Hadassah Ein Kerem.

The attack comes after weeks of tensions and clashes in the capital, including a series of terror attacks in which six people were killed.

In March 2008, a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated the Mercaz Harav rabbinical seminary in the Old City of Jerusalem and opened fire on a crowded study hall, killing eight people and wounding six others.

(Tip: Agent 9)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
How do "Palestinian" Arabs manage to make into Jerusalem as far west as Har Nof? Har Nof is about as far west in Jerusalem as you can get, and only two small neighborhoods away from the 2008 terrorist attack on another yeshiva, Merkaz HaRav. That attack was carried out by an Arab employee of a company making a delivery to the yeshivah.

Agassi Street, Har Nof, Jerusalem
(Click on the image for more photos from
 Yeshiva World News)
Who were this mornings Arab terrorists of the day? Were they employees of Jews as well?

(Click on the image for more photos from Yeshiva World News)
When will we learn? When will the government learn? Left-wing news sources are desperately trying to differentiate between Arabs with Israeli citizenship and those without, calling the latter "Palestinians."

But, six years ago, the murdered of eight yeshivah students who was from "East" Jerusalem, was referred to as an "Arab." Now, he is referred to as a "Palestinian."

The news media appears to have given up on East Jerusalem as remain a part of the State controlled portions of Eretz Yisra'el (Land of Israel). Has the Israeli Government given up on it as well? Are the news media giving out hints to this? Are they attempting to prepare the Israeli public for the inevitable?

Yeshiva World News provides us with the a statement from Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat:

Nir Barakat
“Jerusalem bows its head in pain and sorrow on this difficult morning. Jerusalem residents peacefully praying in a synagogue in the heart of Jerusalem were cruelly slaughtered in cold blood while wearing their taleisim.

I promise Jerusalem residents that we will continue to fight terror with full force and we will do everything in our power to restore peace and security to Jerusalem.

I call on Israel’s national government and security forces to provide Jerusalem with all of the support necessary to fight terror.

“I call on the international community to strongly condemn this horrific act.

“We will not surrender to terror. We will stand strong and defend our city from those who try to disturb the peace of our capital.”
Hasn't the Israeli Government already been doing everything in its power to prevent such attacks?

Has it been pulling from its resources, dedicated to harassing Jews, and repositioning them to reinforce those designated to protect us from Arab terrorist attacks?

Is the Israeli Government that inept that we have had this many terrorist attacks in recent weeks in Jerusalem alone?

Or are these attacks being allowed to occur in order to gain sympathy from the "international community?"

Any of the possible case scenarios (red) I suggest here would be disturbing. The only question is precisely how the Israeli Government is not being in the least bit helpful.

This morning's terrorist attack was not just another terrorist attack in Jerusalem.

However, it was just another excuse to be used by the Israeli Government to set up a memorial, to beg for sympathy, (which we will never recieve), to withdraw from Land, and throw more money at the Arabs, "Palestinian" or not.

How long will we, the Jewish People, allow this to continue?

I just received the following message in an e-mail:
One of the 2  terrorists worked in a makolet next to the synagogue. This is what we get for hiring the vermin.

So, unfortunately, one of my theories was correct. When will we learn?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Real Palestinian Flag

כ"ג לחודש השמיני תשע"ה

Factual Israel: 1939 Palestinian Flag. What does it look like? Surprised?
Nov 14, 2014

This a Larousse French dictionary from 1939. In the appendix it lists all the then current flags of the world in alphabetical order. You’ll notice that for Germany at that time the flag was the Nazi one replete with Zwastika which proves that this was pre-1945 ( before 1945)!

Now, alphabetically, look for the Palestinian Flag. YES , there is one. What does it look like? Surprised? Oh, but you thought (Mandate Jewish) Palestine was an Islamic Arab-,Turkish-, Circassian Sovereign State that the bad Jews took over, right?


From 1920-1948 a ( class ‘A’ Mandate) State of Palestine existed as per international law but it was, as all of its major institutions, Jewish. Until the 1960s, name “Palestine” resonated as something Jewish to European ears; the Muslims rejecting the name saying it didn’t belong. The 4,000 year old Jewish homeland or “Land of Israel” or the “Holy Land” were all synonymous!!

The British as legal Mandatory over the Mandate managed or mismanaged the state partially with Jewish Auxilary until Jews regained official sovereignty in 1948, by declaring independence.

The U.N. did not recreate Israel as some people claim.

(Tip: Sun Lion)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
This article is self-explanatory.

This simply more evidence of Arab lies, with the ultimate objective of annihilating the Jewish People.

I have nothing to add, save for my usual insistance that we Jews must stop concerning ourselves with what non-Jews think, feel, or believe.

It is irrelevant.

Only The Amighty's Will is relevant, as we learn in His Holy Torah.
וְהָיָה כִּי יְבִיאֲךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, אֶל-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לַאֲבֹתֶיךָ לְאַבְרָהָם לְיִצְחָק וּלְיַעֲקֹב--לָתֶת לָךְ: עָרִים גְּדֹלֹת וְטֹבֹת, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-בָנִיתָ.יא וּבָתִּים מְלֵאִים כָּל-טוּב, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-מִלֵּאתָ, וּבֹרֹת חֲצוּבִים אֲשֶׁר לֹא-חָצַבְתָּ, כְּרָמִים וְזֵיתִים אֲשֶׁר לֹא-נָטָעְתָּ; וְאָכַלְתָּ, וְשָׂבָעְתָּ. (דברים ו,י-יא)
And it shall be, when the Lord your God shall bring you into the land which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you--great and goodly cities, which you did not build, and houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, and cisterns hewn out, which you did not hew, vineyards and olive-trees, which you did not plant, and you will eat and be satisfied - Deut. 6:10-11

European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor Simply Does Not Get It

כ״ג לחודש השמיני תשע״ה
Arutz 7: EJC Demands Security after Jew Stabbed in Antwerp'Jews in Europe have lost a normal sense of security that worsens with every attack on Jews and Jewish institutions,' says Jewish Congress.
Gil Ronen, November 15, 2014 
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has called on authorities across Europe to provide Jewish communities with a sense of security after the latest attack Saturday has left a Jewish man, reportedly a rabbi, with multiple stab wounds in Antwerp. 
“Jews in Europe have lost a normal sense of security that worsens with every attack on Jews and Jewish institutions which are taking place with alarming regularity,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC said. “As citizens of Europe, it is the responsibility of the authorities, political, judicial and law enforcement, to ensure that Jews feel free to walk the streets in the open and live their lives absent of the fear these attacks generate.” 
A Jewish man is in serious condition after he was stabbed Saturday while walking to his synagogue in Antwerp, Belgium. The motive behind the attack is still unknown and the suspect has been arrested by Belgian police. According to some reports, the man is a hassidic Jew, and he was identified as a rabbi by some sources.

“At the root of these attacks is the ongoing incitement against Jews from across the political spectrum and radical Islamists,” Dr. Kantor said. “There is a war against the Jews on the internet and on the streets. Until there is a crackdown on incitement to hatred and anti-Semitism, then more people will believe that these types of attacks are legitimate.”
“The Jews of Europe deserve to be protected from these type of attacks and we call on authorities to take any and every possible measure to prevent these attacks from occurring in the future.”

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Moshe Kantor
European Jewish Congress [EJC] President Moshe Kantor simply does not get it.

He says, "Until there is a crackdown on incitement to hatred and anti-Semitism, then more people will believe that these types of attacks are legitimate.”

How many more people believing that these types of attacks are legitmate will it take for him TO get it??

The possibility of an attack from the Islamic State in Europe 
The Attacks on Jews in Sweden
The Increasing Jew-Hatred in Great Britain

...Kantor has said the same ol' thing, and continues to say it even now:
"It is the responsibility of the authorities, political, judicial and law enforcement, to ensure that Jews feel free to walk the streets in the open and live their lives absent of the fear these attacks generate."
Translation: Non-Jews, please like us! Non-Jews, please save us!

Moshe Kantor, wake up!

"They" are NOT going to help you. And YOU are not doing your fellow Jews in Europe an favors, quite the opposite, in fact. You are putting them in serious danger by confusing the heck out of them. I believe that you are putting a stumbling block in front of them.
לֹא-תְקַלֵּל חֵרֵשׁ--וְלִפְנֵי עִוֵּר, לֹא תִתֵּן מִכְשֹׁל; וְיָרֵאתָ מֵּאֱלֹהֶיךָ, אֲנִי יְהוָה. (ויקרא יט,יד)

Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling-block before the blind, but thou shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD. (Lev. 19:14) 
The only solution is for the Jews in Europe, including yourself, is to get out, while you still can.

Moshe Kantor, himself, says, “There is a war against the Jews on the internet and on the streets."

This is a war, which you cannot win in Europe, because you are no longer supposed there.

Stop investing your time and energy in the lands of your exile. Your only true homeland is Eretz Yisra'el.

Now stop ranting about how Jews be protected by non-Jewish leaders, take some real responsibility for yourselves, pack your bags, and get on the plane already!

The only talking you should be doing is that of encouraging your fellow Jews in Europe to leave, and to come home.

You should also be using every ounce of influence you have in order to do so, and to help get a mass emigration from Europe financed, or at least subsidized as much as possible.

I honestly do not know just how many more signs and writing on the wall you are going to get, before it is too late, and you are lost. Sure, perhaps, you will manage to sneak your family out, when you finally DO get it.

But, about the rest of the Jews in Europe?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rabbi Meir Kahane hy"d and the Temple Mount

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ חיי שרה תשע״ה

Rabbi Kahane hy"d
This week, we commemorated the 24th Anniversary of the murder Rabbi Meir David Kahane (ben Yehezqel HaKohen) hy"d.

Contributing to a discussion on Facebook regarding Har HaBayith (Temple Mount), and whether to ascend it or not, vis-à-vis recent Arab terrorist attacks and fantastical claims, I wrote the reply below. I could not help, but be sarcastic, when invoking Rabbi Kahane's name, as most people who demonize him are either completely oblivious to Torah, or to its relevance to our lives in contemporary times. Others, believing themselves to be Torah-observant or Torah-oriented, have simply never read any of his works, yet seem to think themselves qualified to criticize him anyway.

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Who cares what "they" (non-Jews) think? There is only one truth. Rabbi Kahane hy"d (OOOOH! There's that scary name again!) once said [jokingly?] that we should not bother knocking down the Mosques on Har HaBayith, because the Israeli government would just build them bigger and better ones.

Then one participant in this discussion asked, "Don't we have to be pragmatic?"

What we need is emunah (faith). It is fine to say that such and such is not a good strategy for the time being. However, to mince words, and worry about censoring the truth for the sake of the goyim is unacceptable. Rav Kahane hy"d (There's that name again!) said "Say the truth and do the truth, which is Torah, and everything which comes out of that is min HaShamayim." (From Heaven/God's Will) He also said [paraphrase] that one who speaks only 90% of the truth is actually hiding 10% of the truth. We need to continue discussing the truth, and not being afraid to say the truth.

"Eretz Yisrael was given to Am Yisrael. The Temple Mount will be the home of the Third Temple."

See? That wasn't hard, was it? No "hasatah" either. If that's considered incitement, then we're in big trouble, and need many mosrei nefesh (self-sacrificers).

If lives are lost because of words, in other words, stating the truth, then the problem is not the words; the problem is how the Israeli government isn't as Jewish of a government as everyone wants to believe.

Being whiny, nebachy Jews does not work, when dealing with Yishma'elim (Arabs/Muslims). It will only get us killed. This strategy was only marginally successful in Western exile, and then, only some of the time.

We are no longer in exile. Or rather, we no longer have to be in exile, but many of us still choose to be, either physically, or spiritually, or both.


*Hasatah/הסתה - Heb.: incitement. Various forms of incitement are illegal in the State of Israel, such as the incitement to racism and the incitement to violence. Personally, I believe that these laws are excuses to curb free speech in the deMOCKratic State of Israel.

Incitement to commit avodah zarah (foreign/forbidden worship), incitement to profane Shabbath, incitement to defame the Torah appear to be well within the "rights" of citizens of the State of Israel.


Related Posts:

Does Rabbi Kahane Need Defending?

Does the Government of Israel have the Authority of a King?

At Least one [more] Rabbi Knows that the Torah Comes First

Thursday, November 13, 2014

U. S. State Department's Double Standards toward Israel Spread to the NBA

כ׳ לחודש השמיני תשע״ה US State Department Kills Visa for Israeli NBA Player Gal Mekel
Eric Miller, November 12, 2014

A petty new low…

As the Obama administration is contemplating a sweeping amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants to the United States, the US State Department is refusing to extend a simple P1 visa currently held by Israeli basketball star Gal Mekel of the NBA. The State Departments actions have prevented the NBA’s Indiana Pacers from signing Mekel.

Gal Mekel (right)

Gal Mekel was recently dropped by the Dallas Mavericks as part of a deal to free up space on the team while helping the Indian Pacers sign a badly needed point guard. Multiple injuries have left the Pacers with only one point guard and they are desperate to sign Mekel.

Now apparently, Indiana has been forced to back out of the deal with Mekel after the US State Department has refused to renew his visa without explanation.

Breitbart News reports that:
Normally, visas for foreign-born players in the NBA are automatically transferable with the players to whom they are issued. More than 100 foreign-born players are currently in the NBA. This is the first instance many basketball analysts can recall where a foreign-born player was prevented from signing with a new NBA team because a visa could not be transferred.
Gal Mekel is one of only two Israelis in the NBA; the other is Omri Caspi of the Sacramento Kings.

(Tip: The Kalashnikover Rebbe)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
I can certainly understand wanting to excel in ones profession, in order to reach the top, even besides the opportunities for fame, glitz, and glory which can be found in an American professional athletics organization. With the exception of soccer, the U. S. has really outdone itself in this regard.

But, professional athletes, Jewish athletes, cannot be exempt from reading the writing on the wall. Players from Europe, Asia, and elsewhere are having trouble their visa renewals?

Gal, have you ever thought that maybe, HaShem does not want you to be in America?

It would not be the first time that HaShem (The Almighty) has sent messages through nasty, evil people. Pharoah of Egypt comes to mind. This time, though, Jews do not have to wait around until it gets go bad in exile, to have to scream out to HaShem. Nowadays, you can just get on a plane,...for now anyway.

Omri Caspi
I guess that playing professional basketball is as good a reason as any to have diggs in Sacramento. To us native Californians, Sacramento, California's capital, is not know to be a terribly exciting place. I have overheard state politicians talk about dreading their trips "back there." Apparently, even former Governor Arnold Schwartzenagger never spent any more time in Sacramento than he had to. You get the point. Omri Caspi must really love basketball, if he is willing to live in, or even close to, Sacramento.
David Blatt

And speaking of basketball, although Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers David Blatt is a U. S. citizen, I wish that he would get the message, too, and return to Israel. As the former coach of the Maccabbee Tel-Aviv Basketball team, he I am sure that he would not have too much trouble getting a job in the field he loves. Better yet, why not Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport?

My Brothers, it's time to come home.

אחים שלי, הגיע הזמן לחזור הביתה.

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