What’s Going On, Israel?

What’s Going On, Israel?

These were all Doom items, but there were so many of the same theme I grouped them as one post.

Item Israel bars Gaza’s Christians from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas

Christians in the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas this year, Israeli authorities said on Thursday.

Gazan Christians will be granted permits to travel abroad but none will be allowed to go to Israel and the occupied West Bank, home to many sites holy to Christians, a spokeswoman for Israel’s military liaison to the Palestinians said….

This year’s decision is a break with usual policy. Last year, Israel granted permits for close to 700 Gazan Christians to travel to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and other holy cities that draw thousands of pilgrims each holiday season.

Gisha, an Israeli rights group, said the ban points “to the intensifying of access restrictions between the two parts of the Palestinian territory,” calling it “a deepening of Israel’s separation policy” for the West Bank and Gaza.

Israel needs lebensraum, which is why they’ve been expanding their boundaries since they were formed. This is not a criticism! Since Trump’s executive order, criticism is now probably illegal and “anti-Semitic”; at least, if you’re on a university.

Now my idea is that Jerusalem at least should be Christian, for the very obvious reason of our Lord’s sacrifice. And for the mundane reason that the Jews had their butts kicked but good by the Romans. Not a stone left standing and so forth. The crusades were fought not to make Palestine Jewish, but Christian. So on and so forth. There is no longer any Jewish homeland by any spiritual or natural right. Politics says otherwise. Just as politics makes it a no-np to say these things at universities.

Item Boris Johnson to pass anti-BDS law, official says

The new Conservative government in the UK will pass a law making it illegal for public bodies to engage with BDS, UK Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues Eric Pickles said at the International Institute for Strategic Dialogue’s conference in Jerusalem on Sunday night.

“BDS is antisemitic and should be treated as such,” Pickles said, explaining that the new law will not allow public bodies to work with those who boycott, divest from or sanction Israel in any way…

The Conservative Party’s platform in the UKs general election last week included a commitment to “ban public bodies from imposing their own direct or indirect boycotts, disinvestment or sanctions campaigns against foreign countries. These undermine community cohesion.”

From the BDS people: “The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.” The group is firmly on the left, speaking of such things as “climate apartheid” and “international law”. So it’s tough to support them.

Of course, BDS was fully supported against another apartheid state in the 1990s, and by the same people who are now against this BDS. It’s all very confusing.

Whether or not whatever-are-being-defined-as Palestinians have a “right” to lands in that area of the world is a political question. I say, as above, that the lands should be Christian (and some “Palestinans” are Christian). But I would not make it illegal for non-Christians to live there or to discuss the question. Which it will be in England, and is in Florida schools, and given Trump’s executive order, supposedly in universities. Jewish supremacists in Israel sure do have some muscle. Israel is self-defined as Jewish state, so the “supremacist” tag fits.

Item Israel’s Refusal to Recognize the Armenian Genocide Is Indefensible (This is Foreign Policy and not some suspect site)

Walking atop Tsitsernakaberd Hill overlooking the Armenian capital of Yerevan, one can see the striking similarities to Jerusalem. The view resembles that from Yad Vashem, the main Israeli memorial site that honors and commemorates the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

At Yad Vashem, also located on a hill, there is the “Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations,” where trees have been planted to commemorate gentiles who saved Jews. In Yerevan, foreign leaders and other dignitaries are also asked to pay respect to the memory of those who died by planting trees….

More than 20 years later, after World War II, Jewish fighters known as “The Avengers” also decided to take revenge and devised a plan to kill German SS officers responsible for murdering Jews during the Holocaust. They planned to poison German drinking water and bakeries. (Dozens of Germans were killed, but the poisoning plans failed.)…

Israel has consistently refused to acknowledge that what happened to the Armenian people was a genocide. This decision doesn’t derive so much from a desire to monopolize victimhood and portray the Holocaust as a unique and unparalleled historical event. It is primarily a cynical political ploy.

I think we ought to pass an “international law”, or at least have an executive order, that not only makes Resurrection and WWII Holocaust denial crimes, but that also makes denying the Armenian Christian Genocide a crime. Come on, Germany, let’s legislate! School kids ought to be made to visit Armenian Genocide museums. Ninety-year-old ladies ought to locked up if they cast aspersions on the Genocide. Et cetera.

As long as we’re at it, let’s make Holodomor denial a crime. More than 7 million Christians were killed (which is more than 6 million), and only a few less permanently stunted.

There is also this: “Israeli Lawmaker Drops Bill Recognizing Armenian Genocide“, with sub-heading “Meretz chief Tamar Zandberg withdrew the legislation after the governing coalition and Foreign Ministry demanded to replace the term ‘genocide’ with ‘tragedy’ or ‘horrors'”. Trump agrees with all this, refusing this week to agree with Congress who called the Christian killings a genocide.

More Christians (think also of who was killing in Russia) and Chinese were murdered in the 20th century, and throughout history, than Jews, but you don’t hear them making it part of their identity, and certainly they don’t use these sad facts to, à la Al Sharpton, put the squeeze on everybody. Some Jews can really be prima donnas of suffering.

Item Rabbinate DNA tests seek Jewishness in the blood

The two ink-smudged, Soviet-era documents were the only official proofs they had of their Jewishness. The rest was memory and ash.

In 2000, Dinara Haya Isteleou and her mother, Galiya Rozendorf, immigrants to Israel from Kazakhstan, approached a rabbinical court in the central city of Bat Yam. They came under happy circumstances: to obtain a verification of Jewishness as part of a marital license application for Isteleou’s upcoming wedding, which in Israel must be overseen by the state’s Orthodox authorities, the Chief Rabbinate….

But when the paper trail ran dry, Shorashim directed them to another, unconventional method quietly taking root among some rabbinical judges — in Israel and as far away as Australia and Russia: A private (non-rabbinate) rabbinical judge who founded a genetics lab would collect a cheek swab, they were told, and send it for testing. Should the results come out in their favor, it could be submitted as forensic evidence in the state rabbinical courts as proof of their Jewishness.

You don’t know if you’re part of the master race unless it’s confirmed with DNA tests. The DNA question is a big one, with genetics apparently backing the hypothesis that most European Jews are descended from non-Semitic races (and many Semites are non-Jews). However, that it is disputed by some Israelis who want Jews to be a race. Other Jews like Yoram Hazony say Jews are not a race, which you would think must be to so to, for instance, account for Trump’s apostate daughter.

Attacks against Jews do continue, as they do against Christians. As a palate cleanser and alternative to all this, we have this interesting rabbi.

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  1. Yonason

    What’s Going On, Briggs?

    “Restrictions will not be entirely lifted for Gaza residents, who live under the leadership of Hamas, which openly seeks Israel’s destruction. While hundreds will be allowed to visit, permits will not be given to Gaza residents ages 16-35.”

    Why? It’s unfortunately a necessary security measure. Muslim terrorists have no problem pretending to be Christians, if that will help them kill Jews.

    How about doing a story on the real problems for Christians in Israel – the Arabs!

    I wish you would quit whining about stuff you know little to nothing about, and get back to statistics, so I could learn something useful.

  2. Sander van der Wal

    The Israelis took Jerusalem with military force, just like the Romans and the Templars did. Which makes their claim at least as valid as the Roman and Templar one. And as they are the last ones to conquer, Jerusalem is theirs.

    Until the next bunch conquers it.

  3. Briggs


    Jewish terrorists had no problem pretending to be British in the 40s. And if it’s so that the Jews won the territory back militarily, through the use of bombings and other terrorist acts, and therefore the territory is rightfully now theirs, then it’s okay for others to try and win the territory for themselves and in the same way. Of course, one may take sides.

    I wonder if the other side will adopt DNA tests to prove who is a legitimate soldier.

  4. Kent Clizbe

    “Muslim terrorists have no problem pretending to be Christians, if that will help them kill Jews.”

    Well, well. Is sauce for the goose good for the gander too?

    Let’s look at some religious terrorist operations that killed people of other religions, in which the terrorists pretended to be of another religion.

    How about the massive terrorist operation in which terrorist assassins infiltrated another country to brutally murder someone of another religion.


    So…..Since Jewish terrorists have pretended to be Christians in order to kill Muslims, then it’s okay to exclude Jewish travelers from various destinations?

    Slippery slope you’re jumping onto there.

  5. Yonason

    Kent Clizbe
    You don’t see a difference between murdering Jewish civilians and terminating an arms dealer whose weapons are used to murder those civilians? That’s not a “slippery slope” you’re on. That’s a precipice.

    “Christians hardest hit.?” – Briggs
    Yes, as for example in Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood fanatics.
    The MSM may not report it (surprise, surprise), but conservative blogs do, fortunately.

    You know the MSM lies by omission about Muslims killing Christians , so why are you giving credibility to twisted factoids the fake-news media tells you about Jews?

    Fortunately there are some who do get it right w/r to Israel.

  6. Michael Ozanne

    “Israel needs lebensraum,”
    Absolutely not… Israel needs Strategic Depth… The disputed territories should have been made prosperous for their Arab inhabitants who would decry there being spoiled by would be liberators… Occupation by Israeli settlers who have to be defended again reduces your strategic depth to 6 inches inside the border….

    “There is no longer any Jewish homeland by any spiritual or natural right. ”
    The Jewish homeland exists by force of arms… Clubs are trumps…

  7. Gary-in-Erko

    Another anti-Jewish rant by someone who should be intelligent enough to know what he has allowed himself top succumb to, what he chooses to wallow in. “Why not bicycles?” someone said.

    We’re well past the areas when anti-Jewish rats thought they have a right to tell Jews what to think, what to say, what they’re permitted, where to live.

  8. Kent Clizbe

    “You don’t see a difference between murdering Jewish civilians and terminating an arms dealer whose weapons are used to murder those civilians? That’s not a “slippery slope” you’re on. That’s a precipice.”

    Oh, buddy, history is a harsh mistress. And irony is not your friend: “Terminating” huh? So clean, so neat, so easy to say.

    Do you see a difference when it’s Jews murdering civilians of other religions?

    Their country was built on foundations red with the blood of murdered civilians. See just a few recorded incidents below. Do you think those victims’ families, countries, and fellows just forget? In your “termination” justification, isn’t it okay for them to seek out and “terminate” the terrorists and arms dealers who provided the terrorists with their bombs and guns?

    Regular waves of civilian blood flow from their bombs and bullets (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine) now. Does that make it okay to “terminate” those involved in their weapon supply chain?

    At what point does the tit for tat end? And it sure as hell isn’t America’s business. Let ’em have at it with all their neighbors, and anyone else–on their own dime.

    Terrorist attacks killing civilians:

    June 30, 1924. Dutch Jew Jacob Israël de Haan was assassinated by Avraham Tehomi on the orders of Haganah leader Yitzhak Ben-Zvi[39] for his anti-Zionist political activities and contacts with Arab leaders.[40]
    1937–1939 The Irgun conducted a campaign of violence against Palestinian Arab civilians resulting in the deaths of at least 250.[41][42]
    July 15, 1938* A bomb left in the vegetable market in Jerusalem by the Irgun injured 28.[43]
    July 25, 1938* The Irgun threw a bomb into the melon market in Haifa resulting in 49 deaths.[44]
    November 6, 1944 Lehi assassinated British minister Lord Moyne in Cairo, Egypt. The action was condemned by the Yishuv at the time, but the bodies of the assassins were brought home from Egypt in 1975 to a state funeral and burial on Mount Herzl.[45]
    1944–1945 The killings of several suspected collaborators with the Haganah and the British mandate government during the Hunting Season.
    1946 Letter bombs sent to British officials, including foreign minister Ernst Bevin, by Lehi.[46]
    July 26, 1946 The bombing of British administrative headquarters at the King David Hotel, killing 91 people — 28 British, 41 Arab, 17 Jewish, and 5 others. Around 45 people were injured. In the literature about the practice and history of terrorism, it has been called one of the most lethal terrorist attacks of the 20th century.[47]
    1946 Railways and British military airfields were attacked several times.
    October 31, 1946 The bombing by the Irgun of the British Embassy in Rome. Nearly half the building was destroyed and 3 people were injured.[48]
    April 16, 1947* An Irgun bomb placed at the Colonial Office in London failed to detonate.[49] The woman arrested for planting the bomb, alias “Esther,” was identified as a Jewess claiming French nationality by the Scotland Yard unit investigating Jewish terrorist activities. The attack was linked to the 1946 Rome embassy bombing.[50][51]
    14 June 1947 The Reuters office in Tel Aviv was raided by “Jewish terrorists.”[52]
    July 25, 1947 The Sergeants affair: When death sentences were passed on two Irgun members, the Irgun kidnapped Sgt. Clifford Martin and Sgt. Mervyn Paice and threatened to kill them in retaliation if the sentences were carried out. When the threat was ignored, the hostages were killed. Afterwards, their bodies were taken to an orange grove and left hanging by the neck from trees. An improvised explosive device was set. This went off when one of the bodies was cut down, seriously wounding a British officer.[53]
    December 1947 – March 1948 Numerous attacks on Palestinian Arabs in the context of civil war after the vote of the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine.
    1947 Letter bombs sent to the Truman White House by Lehi.[54]
    January 5–6, 1948 The Semiramis Hotel bombing, carried out by the Haganah (or, according to some sources, Irgun) resulted in the deaths of 24 to 26 people.
    April 1948 The Deir Yassin massacre carried out by the Irgun and Lehi, killed between 107 and 120 Palestinian villagers,[55] the estimate generally accepted by scholars.[56][57]
    September 17, 1948 Lehi assassination of the United Nations mediator Folke Bernadotte,[58][59] whom Lehi accused of a pro-Arab stance during the cease-fire negotiations.

  9. Yonason

    “At what point does the tit for tat end?”

    This is not “tit”…
    …and defending against it is not “tat.”

    There is no “moral equivalence” between a beasts who name parks, streets and schools after terrorists who murder Jewish children, and a Jewish govt., however flawed, that goes out of its way to prevent civilian enemy casualties and even holds a Jewish soldier accountable if he is too violent with an enemy soldier.

    There is no “occupation” by Israel. How could there be, when it never (“legally”) belonged to anyone else?

    Yes. The world is a messy place. Those who defend evil against its victims only make it messier.

    Enjoy your hate. I have a life to live.

  10. Kent Clizbe

    Hate? Reality is not hate, buddy.

    “There is no “moral equivalence” between a beasts who name parks, streets and schools after terrorists who murder Jewish children, and a Jewish govt…”

    Beasts who name (fill in the blank) after terrorists who murder…well, well. Again reality is harsh mistress, dude.

    Pick an Israeli Prime Minister, any one will do. Menachem Begin? Ok!

    Terrorist leader, terrorist operator. Murderer of men, women and children? Check, check, check.

    Parks named after him? Check.

    Beast? Check.

    Again, your hatred and adherence to alternate reality apparently blinds you to actual reality.

    It is tit for tat, and victims other than Israelis, have long memories too. None of America’s business. Let ’em all hash it out over there. Leave us out of it. Stop giving money to any of them.

    One example of Begin’s terrorism:

    Begin led the “…Jewish Resistance Movement, a framework under which the Haganah, Irgun, and Lehi launched coordinated series of anti-British operations. For several months in 1945–46, the Irgun fought as part of the Jewish Resistance Movement. Following Operation Agatha, during which the British arrested many Jews, seized arms caches, and occupied the Jewish Agency building, from which many documents were removed, Begin ordered an attack on the British military and administrative headquarters at the King David Hotel following a request from the Haganah, although the Haganah’s permission was later rescinded. The King David Hotel bombing resulted in the destruction of the building’s southern wing, and 91 people, mostly British, Arabs, and Jews, were killed. ”

    Lots more where that came from. Craven terrorists. Another blurb:

    “Three particular Irgun operations directly ordered by Begin: the Night of the Beatings, the Acre Prison break, and the Sergeants affair…”

    Look ’em up. Beastly terrorist attacks. Gee, sounds sort of like the Palestinian Liberation Organization, doesn’t it?

    Tit for tat.


  11. Gary-in-Erko

    @Kent Clizbe

    It’s quite disgraceful on their part that Palestinians, Jordanians, Iraqis & Egyptians have never thanked Israel and the Irgun for successfully ridding Britain from their Middle East nerve centre housed in the King David Hotel, the command centre for their whole colonial oil enterprise.

  12. Kent Clizbe

    Victomology 101, Jussie Smollet style:

    “Police said Sean Samitt made up an elaborate story about being attacked for his Jewish faith.

    “During the assault he stated that the suspect was kind of ranting anti-semetic rhetoric,” West Bloomfield’s Deputy Chief Curt Lawson said.

    “Police say the assault never happened. Samitt claimed he was attacked outside of Temple Kol Ami in West Bloomfield where he worked.”


  13. Marie Jean

    2000 Ramallah lynching.

    The 2000 Ramallah lynching was a violent gruesome attack that took place on October 12, 2000 – early in the Al-Aqsa Intifada – at the el-Bireh “Palestinian” police station in Ramallah under Yasser Arafat reign, where a mass of Arab Palestinian crowd with help from some official Palestinian police killed and mutilated the bodies of two Israelis (in plain clothes[1] who were redressed with IDF uniforms by the lynchers). It continued on in public square. Openly. With cries of ‘Allah akbar’. The bragging about, cheerfully waving with blooded hand, body thrown unto cheering clapping crowd, the stepping on the bodies, mutilation, waving intetmal organs with screams [2]- exposed animalism.

    There was general sheer horror by watching the clip at the time, human rights activist described it “animalistic lynching;” eyewitness journalist described[3] the scene: “they were like animals” and one of the lynchers in his statement uttered:[4] “we were in a craze to see blood.” Some of the headlines in newspapers: Continuation of the age of barbarism / Endless bestiality / A horror in Ramallah.[5]

    Official statement in court, trial against “Palestinian” police officer: ‘animalistic attack.'[6]

    Years later, those chiefly committing the savagery were praised by the official Palestinian Authority media.


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