Arlene from Israel

It has been over a week since I’ve posted because I have been occupied with personal affairs (I am OK). Many was the time in the course of the last several days that I have wanted to write. Here I will touch upon some of the news items that caught my attention, and follow with more in coming days. (The number of things I might write about is, quite frankly, overwhelming.)


There is so much that is vile happening, that I will begin with good news: I’m determined to maintain a balance! See this video about a program that incorporates young people with disabilities into the IDF:


There is no other army like this in the world, and I hold my head high. Please, share very broadly.


Jew-hatred, which is so prevalent in the world, is so irrational, so maliciously skewed, so inherently sick, that those who promote it are oblivious to information about extraordinary, humane and sensitive actions taken by Israel. Reality is irrelevant to them. But there are others – exposed to anti-Semitism but still open to the possibility of seeing good in Jews – who need to know about programs such as the one described above.

Besides, those who love Israel should share in this pride.

On all scores, your sharing is important.


I speak about Jew-hatred now for a reason:

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has just released the results of a global survey on anti-Jewish attitudes done in 101 countries plus Gaza and PA-administered areas of Judea and Samaria (referred to as the “West Bank”). Over 53,000 people were polled.

Some 25% of people across the world exhibit anti-Semitic attitudes, according to the survey. The highest rates of anti-Semitism in the world are found in the Middle East and northern Africa. On the average in these areas (Muslim, all, I note), 74% are anti-Semitic.

The very highest rate of anti-Semitism in the world was found to exist among the Palestinian Arabs in Gaza and PA-administered areas of Judea and Samaria. In these areas, 93% are anti-Semitic. Let me repeat: ninety-three percent have anti-Jewish attitudes.


Our “peace partners,” my friends.

This, too, should be shared widely. How could anyone possibly believe there can be genuine peace between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs? A sick joke.


Prime Minister Netanyahu had it right when he told the Cabinet on Sunday that this shocking rate of anti-Semitism, “is the result of the Palestinian Authority’s endless incitement against Israel and attempts to distort Israel’s image and the character of the Jewish people.”


As Israel National News explains:

“Earlier this year, the Israeli government…released its annual ‘Palestinian Incitement Index,’ which showed that incitement against Israel and the Jewish people is continuing on official media channels including…by bodies that are very close to the PA Chairman and in educational and religious networks.

“Such incitement ranges from the glorification of Nazism and the lionization of Adolf Hitler, to programs on official PA television featuring heavily-stereotyped Jews as villains (and encouraging violence against them), and various TV and radio shows which literally wipe the Jewish state off the map.”


If you want to see examples of incessant and ugly PA incitement, check the Palestinian Media Watch at http://www.palwatch.org/.


I would never claim that our government totally ignores this situation. Incitement is alluded to now and again – clearly this is so, as there is an incitement index. But I will charge that it is not emphasized nearly enough, not placed front and center in press conferences and releases on a regular basis. That US leaders have the unmitigated gall to say that “settlements” were the stumbling block in negotiations when this sort of incitement persists is something that should be directly and forthrightly challenged. In fact, from the “get go,” Israel should have declined to sit at the table with representatives of Abbas as long as this incitement persisted.

The Oslo Accords – which never required a cessation of settlement activity – unambiguously called for a cessation of incitement:

The Interim Agreement (Oslo 2) of September 28, 1995 (Article XXII) states that Israel and the PA “shall seek to foster mutual understanding and tolerance and shall accordingly abstain from incitement, including hostile propaganda, against each other and…shall take legal measures to prevent such incitement by any organizations, groups or individuals within their jurisdiction.” (Emphasis added)


Netanyahu did make the point at the Cabinet meeting on Sunday that Nakba Day, celebrated last Thursday as a day of catastrophe because of Israel’s establishment, constitutes incitement:

“Whoever sees the establishment of the State of Israel and its continued existence as a disaster does not want peace,” he declared.



In point of fact, this Nakba day was quite violent, with riots in several locations.

In the course of rioting, two young Palestinian Arabs were allegedly killed, although there is serious dispute as to the circumstances.

Be alerted: An organization called Defense for Children Palestine is circulating a video that ostensibly shows the IDF simply shooting down two youths in Beitunia, near Ramallah, in the course of a lull in Nakba riots. The IDF says that the video is edited in a tendentious manner and does not reflect the true level of violence that occurred there. What is more, it appears, based on initial checks, that no live fire was used, only rubber bullets.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon says the soldiers were facing a situation that was life-threatening, and acted appropriately.

”Israeli Channel 2′s military correspondent Roni Daniel suggested that the film may have been staged and faked. Daniel noted that the first alleged victim put out his hands to break his fall, which did not appear consistent with being shot. Daniel further noted that the two alleged fatalities, ostensibly filmed an hour apart, appeared to have taken place in almost exactly the same place, with an immediate convergence on the scene of a similar group of people. His queries were not about whether two Palestinians had been shot that day, Daniel said, but rather about whether the NGO footage being disseminated indeed actually showed such shootings or was fabricated.”


Anyone familiar with Pallywood fabricated film sequences will find that all of this sounds familiar indeed. Naturally the PA and its supporters revel in this.

With this all, good old Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hateuna), chief negotiator for Israel, met with Abbas in London without sanction from the prime minister and in spite of the fact that all ties with the Palestinian Authority are supposed to be cut because of its unity negotiations with Hamas. Some reports had it that Netanyahu knew about the meeting, but made it clear that she spoke not for the government but only for herself. Others said that he didn’t learn until after the fact. In any event, it was reported that he was “furious.”

Livni, who was in London to deliver a talk, claimed that there was no choice but to continue talking. She is sufficiently obtuse so that she is likely pleased with herself. There have been calls for her resignation – and indeed she should be dumped forthwith if she doesn’t resign. But none of this will happen.


The prime minister has announced his intention to submit to the Knesset a new Basic Law (Basic Law serves as Israel’s constitution) that would define Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.

With this declaration came a clarification: ”The State of Israel will always preserve the full equality, in personal and civil rights, of all its citizens, Jewish and non-Jewish alike.”


There is a distinction between personal civil rights, which adhere to all Israeli citizens, and national rights, which belong to the Jewish people. Anyone who claims that Israel will no longer be a democracy if this Basic Law is passed is distorting the reality.


Yet another law that offers promise is being promoted. This, to ensure Jewish rights to pray on Har Habayit (the Temple Mount). MK Miri Regev (Likud) and MK Hilik Bar (Labor) have said they will introduce a bill that would create a situation similar to that of the Machpela in Hevron, where Jews and Muslims both pray. At a bare minimum, this should be the situation – right now Muslims have full access for prayer, but Jews are prevented by Israeli security from praying because it would generate “unrest” among the Muslims. This, in spite of the fact that the High Count has said that Jews have a right to pray on the Mount.

Dearly would I love to see this pass. I believe this issue must be promoted until the current situation is overruled. But I am cynical. I fully expect Netanyahu – who is afraid of upsetting the status quo on the Mount and risking Muslim displeasure – to do everything in his power to block it. I see the talk about this legislation as an important first step.



Egyptian hero Al Sisi: A game-changer or mirage?

By: Ashraf Ramelah
Voice of the Copts

Heading into this month’s presidential elections set for May 26 and 27, Egyptians discuss the candidate most likely to win at the polls. Retired Field Marshal, Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi — favored by pro-democracy freedom-fighters because of his split from the former Morsi regime to carry out the will of the people and end its reign of terror — has garnered more than one million endorsements, 50 times the amount needed to run for president. Overrun by emotion and gratitude for what Al-Sisi has done for Egypt in the past 10 months, Egyptians speculate about the kind of president the former General will make.

Al-Sisi supporters see him as their hero, and yet not all see him as their ideal president. Former President Mohammed Morsi appointed Al-Sisi as his Defense Minister upon firing Mohammed Hussein Tantawy who was the former SCAF head instrumental in getting Morsi elected – a fatal miscalculation for the Morsi regime. The former President installed a man who would understand the moment and seize it for the people. Today, Egyptians have no choice but to settle for a man to whom they are indebted and to place their faith in him to handle Islamist insiders, a fundamental imperative to real change.

Al-Sisi is their only option. Besides, the success of the freedom movement’s overthrow of the dreaded Brotherhood-backed regime proves that mass uprisings do work and could succeed again if necessary — despite the fact that Morsi’s fall is widely viewed as a “miracle.” Nonetheless, it has inspired confidence in a nation now willful and hopeful for the first time in modern history so that Egyptians wait to see who Al-Sis will be for them.

The 59 year-old Al-Sisi has one opponent in the presidential race, Hamdeen Sabahay. He has 200,000 endorsements with a campaign platform that mainly speaks to the amelioration of the Muslim Brotherhood plight. Because of the disparity in power and popularity of the two figures, some see the forthcoming election as more of a referendum. It will be difficult for any opposition to question or challenge Al Sisi’s win. But whether Al Sisi will be a transformer of Egypt or another Mubarak who began with great promise, it is hard to tell. This question occupies Egyptians in the final weeks before the election. Will the man responsible for halting the rise of Sharia law by arresting President Morsi and locking up his backers (and following through with much more) continue to be an asset to the pro-democracy, secular, freedom movement once he is elected?

Freedom-fighters, including Copts, have seen Al-Sisi for some time as an agent of human rights and equality in Egypt. The Field Marshall, who exchanged his uniform for a suit just one month ago, has the trust of Egyptians who watched him roll back Morsi’s backward, pro-terror initiatives (think religion police). Al-Sisi applied the pre-Morsi suspended constitution to install the head of the High Constitutional Court as the head of Egypt’s interim government, removed the MB and weaponry from its 45-day sit-in implementing a comprehensive plan to stop the MB from damaging progress, and demolished the smuggling tunnels between Sinai and Gaza. Was this all for Egypt’s benefit and the rights of the ordinary citizen in the long run, or is it, as some suggest, evidence of a personal power struggle and Al-Sisi’s final takeover?

Very recently, Al-Sisi spoke unambiguously about “minorities.” He added that he does not need to speak of them because all citizens of Egypt are equal. It would be difficult for Copts not to view this statement as positive and hopeful. In a country where Islam is the official state religion and Al-Sisi’s statement iconoclastic, a vote for him for president will include the expectation that he limit the religious authority of Al Azhar Institute — its interference in the daily lives of Egyptians.

If Al-Sisi manages to do that, the political ambitions of the fanatical Salafis, who now fill the gap left after the crackdown of the MB from power, could be satisfactorily suppressed for Al-Sisi to address a well-balanced Parliament. Egypt’s Salafi Al Noor Party endorsed Al-Sisi last month, not surprisingly, since Al-Sisi holds the power and the most likelihood of becoming Egypt’s next president. Never mind that candidate Hamdeen Sabahay is the perfect ideologue for the Al Noor cause. Some say Al-Sisi has not rejected the Salafi endorsement because Al-Sisi seeks unity for the country. Others are skeptical of this because the Al Noor Party is illegitimate and spells danger down the road.

The Al Noor Party formed after the collapse of Mubarak through a government waiver of an Egyptian law stating that no political party can be formed on the basis of religion. Al-Sisi admirers do not know how Al-Sisi will handle a buildup of power by the Al Noor Party for which seeds have already been planted. The leader of the Al Noor Party, Yasser Borhami, visited the royal Saudi office and the Saudi Arabian Mufti Deputy recently where arrangements were made for the Al Noor Party to receive funding through a Pakistani broker (Ahewar.org, “Why did the Al Noor Salafi Party endorse Field Marshall Al-Sisi?” by Asassy Abd Al-Hameed, May 12).

This money transfer sealed a relationship between Saudi Arabia and Egypt’s Al Noor Party accompanied by Borhami’s promise to maintain Islamic doctrine in order to address the common enemy (Copts, liberals, secularists, Nasserians and Communists). What sort of future alliance with Al-Sisi does Borhami’s Al Noor Party endorsement anticipate? Should this be pre-empted by the immediate dissolution of the Al Noor Party? In dealing with this national security threat, Al-Sisi needs to maintain the courage and direction he has shown so far to Egyptians in order to keep the support of the freedom movement and the majority of Egyptians behind him.

A private man who is normally reserved in public, Al-Sisi is now conspicuously quiet about his vision for Egypt. He cannot easily be read — the extent of his loyalties or his capacity to deliver the promise of Egypt’s future. In a recent TV campaign ad, Al-Sisi defined himself as an “Egyptian Muslim.” To the highly sensitized Copts, this is more than a simple gesture. It is ominous — reminiscent of President Anwar Sadat who labeled himself “the believer president” on his way to Islamizing Egypt. Of course, there is the possibility in the case of Al-Sisi, that proclaiming his religious identity may merely be his attempt to assure the broader Arab-Muslim community that his faith is intact — and simply that.

However, forward-thinking Egyptians get jittery hearing rhetoric from earlier decades — a painful reminder of their country’s ruin brought about by the deep and lengthy process of Islamization. The failed reign of Morsi and the MB – the culmination of those years – brings Egypt to this crossroads now. And it’s troubling for Copts to know that as Defense Minister under the current Monsour interim government in charge of the military’s restoration of properties, Al Sisi allowed repair of the ransacked Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque while ignoring 84 churches in rubble.

When it comes to international policy, Egyptians see Al Sisi vacillating on the issue of Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel. In comments made one week apart, Al Sisi first tells local media he will respect all international treaties including the existing treaty with Israel, and then in an interview with foreign media (Sky News, May 11) he contradicts this by saying that he will amend the treaty with Israel “if we are asked.” None of this is likely to change the minds of Egyptians regarding Al-Sisi. Now the hope is that the man instrumental in ousting Egypt’s fascist ruler will tackle political Islam once he is in office. This will begin to allow Egypt to modernize and compete in the 21st century.


June 3 – (RADIO) Trevor Loudon On ‘The Frank Beckmann Show’ News Talk 760AM WJR

Pacific Freedom Foundation

Event Details

  • Start: 3 June 2014 10:20 am EDT
  • Categories: Radio Interview

Trevor Loudon is touring the country like a modern-day Paul Revere to warn America of “The Enemies Within…” and sharing his ideas about how to turn it all around.

On June 3, Trevor speaks to Detroit’s hometown radio personality, Frank Beckmann, who brings 40 plus years of experience to News/Talk 760 WJR listeners every morning. Don’t miss this interview!

The Frank Beckmann Show, 760AM WJR Detroit, MI
Tues June 3, 10:20 am EDT

The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress is like no other book written on American politics. The book exposes, in layman’s terms, the comprehensive communist, socialist and extreme progressive infiltration of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

The book profiles fourteen Senators and more than fifty Representatives and their ties to the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, the Workers World Party and the Institute for Policy Studies, Council for a Livable World and other radical anti-American organizations. Trevor has done the hard work to connect the dots of why the U.S. Congress has moved further and further left over our lifetime and you won’t want to miss him.

If your TEA Party, 9.12 or patriotic group would like to have Trevor Loudon speak, please contact Regina Thomson.

Check out Trevor’s TOUR MAP AND SCHEDULE, which is constantly being updated with new events and venues.


June 2 – The St. Joe County TEA Party Presents Author Trevor Loudon

***Please note: this appearance has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.

Pacific Freedom Foundation

Event Details

Acclaimed author, researcher and freedom-loving activist, Trevor Loudon, is back in America from his home in New Zealand. He’s touring America on his Summer 2014 Book and Speaking Tour and signing his blockbuster book, “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress.” The timing couldn’t be more important. Don’t miss this chance to meet a true, modern-day Paul Revere — who is warning and enlightening America about the “Enemies Within.”

The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress is like no other book written on American politics. The book exposes, in layman’s terms, the comprehensive communist, socialist and extreme progressive infiltration of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

The book profiles fourteen Senators and more than fifty Representatives and their ties to the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, the Workers World Party and the Institute for Policy Studies, Council for a Livable World and other radical anti-American organizations. Trevor has done the hard work to connect the dots of why the U.S. Congress has moved further and further left over our lifetime and you won’t want to miss him.

The St. Joe County (IN) TEA Party Patriots
Monday, June 2, 6:30 pm EDT

St. Joe County Republican Headquarters
528 Webster Street,
Mishawaka, IN 46545

If your TEA Party, 9.12 Project or patriotic group would like to have Trevor Loudon speak, please contact Regina Thomson.

Check Trevor’s TOUR MAP AND SCHEDULE, which is constantly being updated with new events and venues.