Bowing to the Enemy, by Paula R. Stern (Israel National News)
“There can be no future for the ghetto Jew. With our backs to the wall and the enemy at the gates, the ghetto was a haven, a place in which our only hope was to survive today. There was no tomorrow in the ghetto, no future beyond the moment.”
If we Jews learn only one lesson about our relations with other religions and nations from the Holocaust, it must be that there can be no future for the ghetto Jew. With our backs to the wall and the enemy at the gates, the ghetto was a haven, a place in which our only hope was to survive today. There was no tomorrow in the ghetto, no future beyond the moment.
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It’s become very clear that the clash over the construction work near the Mugrabi Gate is not a struggle against the archaeological excavations or the construction of a bridge, but part of a broader campaign for the control of Jerusalem. After all, this construction work has no connection to the Al-Aqsa Mosque nor any effect on it.
Indeed, even among some of the Arab MKs – those same leaders mobilizing the war and the incitement against the construction – there were those who admitted, some through winks and nods and others more directly, that whether the work really threatens the mosque does not matter. In their view, Israel has no sovereignty in the Old City and has no right to carry out any sort of construction work in the Temple Mount environs.
Our World: More Than a Few Rotten Apples, by Caroline Glick (Jerusalem Post)
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“The mafia brings people into the police and they act as [the mafia’s] servants…The people in the police are afraid of nothing. A person who can take a half-a-million shekels inside a police station and not report it is someone who couldn’t care less and fears nothing. A police like this cannot endure.”
Thus spoke retired district judge Vardi Zeiler Sunday morning. Zeiler’s indictment of the police came as he presented the findings of the state commission he led which investigated allegations of police and prosecutorial mishandling of organized crime investigations and of police collusion with the Perinian crime family.
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It seems to this author that each Parsha in Torah carries with it a major theme, attribute or mido.
The two previous Parshiyot; Yithro and Mishpatim speak about related attributes; intent and honesty and our Parsha, Terumah addresses motivation.
In previous years, the Parsha sheet for Parsha Teruma dealt with man’s motivations equating them with what drives the athlete in the beginning, or as we baseball fans say, in the “Big Inning”. And as has been done regarding other Parshiyot, this year another revisit of the motivation of men seems appropriate.
Happy Apartheid Week, by David Wilder (Israel National News)
For context, read this related post.
“In all actuality, they* don’t give a damn about the 10,000 Jews expelled from Gush Katif and northern Samaria. Their plea has nothing to do with humanity. The reason behind their unusual demand is totally political… As published in Haaretz newspaper, ‘the current neglect of the evacuees from Gush Katif [Gaza’s main settlement bloc] is likely to erode the state’s legitimacy should it decide to carry out a similar process in the future.'”
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