Thursday, July 24, 2014

What Peace In Gaza?

Nadene Goldfoot                                      
The Gaza Strip has been a hotbed for terrorist cells.  After the Six Day War of 1967 when Israel won against the aggression of all its neighbors wanting to take Israel, something happened and Israel won and in doing so gained  back Gaza and Judea and Samaria.  In the Jordanian move in 1948 when they illegally took Judea and Samaria, Israel had lost 80% of the promised Jewish Homeland that had been their ancient land of Judah and Samaria (Israel).    By 1993, there was an agreement of the Oslo Accords.  Till then, things were pretty quiet out of Gaza, the fermenting was just bubbling quietly. Oslo was some city to hold talks about Israel's security and right of existence.  The capital of Norway was  the city that had Jews living there since 1876 when a group bought land for a cemetery.  1892 saw a Jewish congregation  there.  During the Nazi occupation from 1940 to 45, most were deported to their death.  The Jewish population of 900 were almost all wiped out.

"The Oslo Accords are a set of agreements between the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO): the Oslo I Accord, signed in Oslo in 1993 and the Oslo II Accord, signed in Taba in 1995."  This is when the Palestinian Authority "PA" was created.  The PLO recognized Israel (Arafat's terrorists) and Israel recognized the PLO.  They gained the right to self determination, and they sure did, by later voting in Hamas terrorists as their government in Gaza.                                                                    


Gaza goes from east to west for 26 (?) miles,  contains 147 square miles and holds 1.8 million people .  There are 9.713 people per square mile or was when the population  was 1,428.757 not too long ago.  Wikipedia tells us "Gaza, is a Palestinian region on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers (6.8 mi) and Israel on the east and north along a 51 km (32 mi) border".  32 mile border is 6 miles longer than the given 26 mile border by another source.  It's now crowded because they are the 13th highest in the world of population growth.  "Gaza has an annual population growth rate of 2.91% (2014 est.)"  While the rest of the world has been having 2 children per parents, they are into mass production.  

  "The Oslo process is the "peace process" that started in 1993 with secret talks between Israel and the PLO. It became an endless cycle of negotiations, suspension, mediation, restart of negotiations and suspension again. A number of agreements were reached, until the Oslo process ended after the failure of the Camp David Summit in 2000 and the outbreak of the Second Intifada."

Gaza's many terrorists gained weapons after the Oslo accords.  This is because the IDF left the urban areas where most Palestinian lived.  Five years after that the Qassam fire into southern Israel started.  Ten years later, Israel left Gaza completely which allowed the terrorists to band together with those in the Sinai.  It became a terrorist hotbed.

Hamas wasted no time in taking over Gaza.  They overruled the Islamic Jihad, which was Iran-backed.  Somebody called for a democratic process and so the Arabs were able to vote, and they voted for Hamas to be the government.

Massive amounts of weapons of every type have been funneled into Gaza through Iran and Hezbollah.  It was sped up by the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi's regime in Libya.  Libya has been the source of weapons fro terrorists and rogue countries.
                                                                         

Hamas lost the control over the crossings between Sinai and Gaza Strip where they brought weapons experts and military knowledge into Gaza.  Then they smuggled weapon-manufacturing machinery and critical materials to Gaza.  The terrorists now make their own long range rockets and other types of weapons like drones.  Tunnels go underground and lead out to Israel.  Terrorists are prepared for kidnapping or killing citizens.                                                    
                                                                         
We can view the Hamas terrorist threat as if it were a chronic disease. They are not much different than ISIS or al Qaeda or Hezbolla or the Taliban.    A chronic disease has unpleasant yet tolerable daily effects.  It requires a difficult treatment every few years.  Should Israel look at their future as having to put up with repeated outbreaks like this?  Can Israel live under the threat of long range missiles firing at any time of the day or night?  Or should Israel put an end to it all like a surgeon would look at a necessary operation?  An operation means taking a risk to perform, even it it could alleviate many of the symptoms completely.  It could take a long aftercare.  One could say that this is what's going on right now with Israel taking out the tunnels and the platforms where rockets, mortars and missiles have been firing from.  It's been a very risky operation being that the terrorists have the mitigating gall to hide their weapons in schools, mosques and even hospitals and UN safety zones.  Their rockets are fired so wildly that they just hit a UN safe site with their own rocket just a few hours ago which is still being check out.

Though John Kerry is there to bring a halt to the operation before it's over, leaving the patient with the disease which can grow and expand like a cancer, Israel is trying its best to continue their pinpoint firings on the proper sites like a laser ray in a back operation and not touch the civilian innocents.  One improvement over a setback has been the lifting of the freeze of not using the airport in Tel Aviv.  This ends this afternoon which gave Hamas the idea that they had won a round.  I wonder now if they purposely aimed at the UN safe building full of women and children or if it was just the doings of their wild rocket firing, for they do not have the capability to aim to a target; they just point their firings into a direction and fire. Often the rockets misfire and do not go as far as expected.  They've landed before in Gaza.

Like many in the USA have said, end the problem successfully by stopping Hamas once and for all.  They don't want this disease to spread to their country.  Egypt has no love for Hamas either, and have closed the exits Hamas would love to use.  Hamas doesn't honor any promise.  They cannot be trusted.  After all, they are terrorists.

A surgeon has said that operations shouldn't be done unless all other options have been exhausted and there is no other reasonable choice.  Then, and only then, should it be performed, and performed thoroughly and despite the risks.  Most likely this is why the IDF were on the edge of Gaza for so long, deciding on if they should perform Operation Protective Edge.  Just since the 16h, look at the number of rockets shot into Israel from Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
July 13
130 rockets were fired from Gaza.
July 14
115 rockets were fired from Gaza.
July 15
156 rockets were fired from Gaza.
July 16
132 rockets were fired from Gaza.
July 20
87 rockets were fired from Gaza.
July 21
82 rockets were fired from Gaza, 14 of which were intercepted by Iron Dome. Rocket strikes were reported in Sderot, Ashkelon, near Rosh Ha'ayin, and in Shaar Hanegev, causing damage to an empty kindergarten.
July 22
87 rockets were fired from Gaza, 18 of which were intercepted. 
Hamas has been offered a cease fire 3 times and have refused it.  They now say they need it  They've always had conditions tagged onto to it, however.  They need numbers of deaths on their side, as sick as it sounds, as a weapon to hold over Israel's head.  It's to Israel's credit not to have such a death count.  I'm afraid that Hamas only thought of all those rockets they had piled up to use and didn't think of the affects that came along with them.  Humanitarian cease fires were used by them to shoot at Israelis. 3,000 rockets in the past 3 weeks were shot into Israel.  Israel doesn't trust them.  

Resource:  Israel HaYom newspaper, July 24, 2014, Decision time approaching, by Yaakov Amidror
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0934666.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_rocket_attacks_on_Israel,_2014



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This Deep Anti-Semitism: Remembering the Fall of Our First Temple Tisha b'Av and Judaism

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                     

I've been thinking about this for some time.  Christians think our religion, Judaism, is old.  They even call our Tanakh (bible) which contains the 5 Books of Moses and all the prophet's writings  the Old Testament.  Their religion comes from the teachings of Jesus, who was supposed to be the son of Mary and Joseph of Bethlehem.  They call their collection of writings the New Testament.

I  don't think they have a clue as to what has transpired throughout the centuries since 70 CE when Jerusalem fell to the Romans and our Temple, rebuilt from destruction in 586 BCE was destroyed  and the majority of the Jews had to scatter or were taken as slaves to the 7 winds.

  Judaism didn't freeze. It isn't old.   From this change of addresses came the development of synagogues and rabbis (teachers) who were also writers and deep thinkers.  These rabbis kept the religion fresh and they developed a type of debating and understanding the messages found in our writings and added more to it with their writings.  We have more than just a Tanakh, which is really in itself a lot of very heavy material.  From this type of education and debate and knowing who said what and why came our lawyers.  We have a history of discussion about the pros and cons of each dotted letter in our scriptures and the meanings thereof.  The rabbis developed a method of PhD of Judaism before most thought of such deep thinking about a subject.  It can still be viewed in Yeshivas of today.  Sadly, this is where the 3 teenagers studied in Israel when they were kidnapped and killed recently.

We also have a Talmud, which is the collection that had been oral statements that went along with the writings found in the Torah.  So our writings have continued.  Then we have the Midrash which is the findings of new meanings in our material.  It established our laws or found scriptural support for laws already accepted.
                                                                       
I just discovered I carry a few small segments from the dna of a famous Rabbi Samson Wertheimer or his brother, born in Worms, Germany in 1658 and died in Vienna at the age of 66.  He was the descendant of the Rabbi of Worms (Eleazar ben Judah of Worms, whose full name was Eleazar Ben Judah Ben Kalonymos or Eleazar Rokea) , who was born in Mainz, Germany in 1160 CE and died in Worms in 1238 CE. This rabbi's wife was the businesswoman in the family so that he could devote himself to his studies of the bible.  In 1196,  2 Christian crusaders broke into his house and murdered his wife and 2 daughters right in front of him.  In spite of this horror, he continued to teach a doctrine of love of humanity.
                                                                       
  He in turn was the descendant of the famous Rashi (Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac) , a commentator of the Bible  born in France in 1040 and died in 1105.  The connection to Rashi was through Itzhak Tzarfarti who died about 1060 in Worms.  He had married Kalonymos's sister of Rabbi Simeon the Great of Mainz who was the daughter of Itzhak Kalonymos who died in 960 in Mainz.  He was the son of Rabbi Abun Kalonymos.  Rashi was born in 1040 in Troyes, France and died in 1105 there. He had married Batisaak, daughter of Isaak Ben Abun.  They lived in France and had 3 daughters.    Rashi was supposed to be a descendant of King David (1010 BCE-970 BCE). 

 All these rabbis and others throughout the world, those in the Middle East and those in Europe, continued to study and learn and add their thoughts in essays and dissertations of our religion as it was handed to us through Moses and the prophets.

Notice that often families just produce daughters.  These daughters marry men who may be of a different haplogroup other than J1.  They often become well known in their own right and are leaders of their family groups.  It's best to mix blood anyway to keep from getting genetic diseases and produce sharp minds.

This was done through times of expulsions, riots, attacks that killed their families, and yet their minds were steadfast on their goals of understanding and expanding their minds to take in all the ramifications of their religion.  This produced dynasties of families doing the same thing; producing rabbis who continued with their father's works.

I'm sometimes attacked about our rights of being in Israel as every Jew does not carry the Cohen gene of J1c3d, but I keep saying that this was only for the Cohens who had to remain quite pure in their ascendancy.  40 % of the Sephardim Jews belong to haplogroup J1, the Cohen gene.   We can also say that 35-43% of all Jewish men belong to the J haplogroup and its sub haplogroups.  They had strict rules of who they could and couldn't marry and their responsibilities were dutifully handed down each generation as to their obligations in the synagogue services.  Throughout all the attacks Jews have endured, it was going to happen that intermarriage would happen bringing in other men from other haplogroups of the Middle East.  E is one that has produced Einstein.  Q produced my father.  G, I and R are some of the other repetitive haplogroups I see in the Jewish family haplogroups.

I believe that Ha Shem (G-d) planned our life this way.  We couldn't rely on one line of thinking.  Others came into the fold just like spices are needed to make a good stew.  A cook doesn't rely on just salt, but other spices add taste to the food as well.  So we have Jews now with such creative minds, each line adding something wonderful to the benefit of all of us.  Moses had us divided in the Cohens, the Levite and the rest of us all are the Israelites.  We see all of us as members of the tribe, the tribe of Israelites.  It's a miracle to me that our Cohens in the synagogue are being tested and do have the Cohen gene.  They've had to keep track of their family line since Abraham who was born in the 2nd millennium BCE who had to have been a J.  We see many Arabs that also carry J1c3d (P58- (L147.1-L858/L859) with a few markers showing they are from the line of Ishmael and not Isaac, but it shows that what is written in our Torah is telling the truth.  We are very distant cousins.
                                                                   
It must have been tragic when When King Solomon died in 920 BCE,    Solomon  was a peaceful king and built the Temple but was asking for more and more taxes and the people didn't like that. To keep the peace he took on 1,000 wives and concubines.  He was also a great writer; the psalms of David and Solomon were written.   Israel was becoming more like the rest of the nations, as well and forgetting their special character. Solomon had building programs going on that impoverished the country.  Revolts started.   This caused a split when he died where the largest tribe, Judah, who lived in the southern section, split and created Judah.  Israel went on as a kingdom until 721 with the last king being Hoshea.     Israel was attacked in 721 BCE and the best and brightest Israelites were taken as captives by the Assyrians.  They came from the North and took away so many.  Then the Babylonians did the same thing in 597 and 586 BCE.  This is when this first Temple fell and we remember its fall with the 9th of Av remembrance called Tisha b'Av.   At the same time, Judah, who also took in the tribe of Benjamin and absorbed the tribe of Simeon as well,  was able to keep Jerusalem as their capital and their kings ended with Zedekiah who died in 586 BCE. they kept Judaism in a purer form of monotheism.   We figure that the last known entity left were the tribe of Judah, so we are all called Jews.

Though the kingdoms of Israel and Judah lost their family line of Kings when the Assyrians and the Babylonians attacked, there were people who remained and continued on with other non-family kings through other empires who had taken over.  The Romans chose leaders and used them as proxies until 70 CE when Jerusalem and the Temple fell.  The religion continued for those 500 years.

One thing, we never cover up the faults of our leaders.  Everyone is exposed for their humanity.  Moses had a temper and this was written about.  We are all human. Though Moses was the receiver of G-d's plan, he was not to ever be worshipped.  We didn't learn where he died on purpose so that there would be no worshippers.

Now we see a sign in Belgium; Dogs allowed, but not Zionists.  Anti Semitism just like in 1939.  Repeats of Kristalnacht are happening in Europe.  Is it because we are of the Old Testament that you do not allow us to defend ourselves or buy back our old homeland?  First the Christians and now the Muslims and.....others.  How did my ancestor, the Rabbi of Worms,  believe in the love of humanity 1,000 years ago?  What would he say today about it?  Is there hope that one day people will not be imbued with hatred for Jews?  

Resource: http://jewishbubba.blogspot.com/2012/07/tisha-bav-saturday-sunday-mourning.html
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/182298/Eleazar-ben-Judah-Of-Worms
http://jewishbubba.blogspot.com/2014/02/jews-of-german-rhineland-including-worms.html
http://jewishbubba.blogspot.com/2014/02/when-jews-came-to-paris-champagne-and.html
http://jewishbubba.blogspot.com/2014/02/rashis-family-tree-and-rabbi-of-worms.html
http://jewishbubba.blogspot.com/2013/01/whats-so-special-about-old-testament.html
http://www.jewfaq.org/torah.htm
http://www.ask.com/question/what-are-the-sacred-writings-of-judaism
The New Standard Jewish Enyclopedia


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Synagogue in Syria Again Attacked, This Time by ISIS

Nadene Goldfoot                                                           

News came to me that in a suburb of Damascus, Syria was an ancient synagogue that was discovered by IS (formerly ISIS).  They took it over and discovered an underground city with treasures that they have destroyed.  It was a Jewish city with gold, statues, paper, scrolls and dead bodies.  IS pulled out all the gold and were excavating and destroying everything in it.

It turns out to be the  Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue which was an ancient synagogue complex that was destroyed in May 2014.  It was also known as the Jobar Synagogue and was built in the former village of Jobar now surrounded by the city of Damascus.  "Jobar is in northeast Damascus. It is a vital link to the East Ghouta area, much of which is held by insurgents, including towns like Harasta and Douma."  The Talmud, which states that the village was one of ten surrounding Damascus inhabited by Jews is an early source of information about Jobar.   This synagogue was connected to a complex with rooms for the rabbi and other functionaries of the community.  It was built on top of a cave traditionally thought to have been the prophet Elijah's when in hiding.

 Elijah lived in the 9th century BCE during the reign of Ahab and Ahaziah.  He is popularly believed to come to the help of Jewish communities and also individuals in dire distress.  Elisa in my book is Elisha,(in Hebrew the letter shin can be either an S or an Sh sound)  also of the 9th Century BCE and an Israelite prophet.  He lived during and after the reign of Jehoram.  He was the disciple and successor of Elijah, and like Elijah was brave and forceful and interested in politics.  He foretold Hazael's accession to the Syrian throne and he anointed Jehu as king over Israel.  He was a prophet for a good 60 years.   The center hall was said to be the place where Elijah anointed Elisa.  During the Syrian Civil War it was hit by mortar bombs, looted, and later demolished or destroyed at the end of May 2014.

In it was a plaque showing it was from 720 BCE and was thought be be 2,000 years old, but with that plaque would have been almost 3,000 years old. It was in 721 BCE that the Assyrians had attacked Israel and taken away the best of the male and female citizens.   This had been a place of Jewish pilgrims visiting for many centuries.  It is also the burial place of a wonder-working sage of the 16th century.
                                                                       
              Damascus, Syria (Syria had 22,505,000 population before Civil War) Damascus' population is about 17,951,639.  Many people have moved into Damascus since the fighting.  

On May 31, 2013 it was reported to have been burned to the ground during the Syrian Civil War with both the government and the rebel forces accusing each other of doing it.  Then in June 2013 the al Aaan Broadcasting Corporation published a video demonstrating that the synagogue had not been destroyed but had suffered from the effects of mortar fire with damage to the ceiling and the bimah (where the rabbi would speak from.)  In December 2013, photographs of the synagogue also surfaced that showed it was not destroyed.

The Daily Beast reported on Jerusalem Day, May 29, 2014, that the synagogue left wing and nave were totally demolished.  Again rebel and Syrian army claims accused each other.  They showed pictures.

The synagogue, said to have been built by Elisha,  was built on top of a cave where the prophet Elijah concealed himself during persecution.  it was said to have been repaired during the first century by Eleazar ben Arach.  Another tradition says that the biblical anointing by Elisha of King Hazael of Syria took place in this synagogue.

The Talmud is one of the earliest sources which mentions the existence of the synagogue of Jobar (A-beit Govar the Synagogue inside Jobar).  It said that Rabbi Rafram bar Pappa prayed there.  However, it is clear that the town of Abi Gobar was in Babylonia and not near Damascus.

The history during the medieval period was that Jobar was a Jewish village with a Muslim presence.  In 1210, a French Jew, Samuel ben Samson, visited Damascus and told of the beautiful synagogue outside the city in Jobar.  Another Jewish traveler who arrived a few years after the Spanish immigration (1492's Spanish Inquisition) found 60 Jewish families living in the village of Jobar who had a very beautiful synagogue.  The writer described it as having 13 columns supporting it.  Another described it as reminding him of the Mosque Moawiah.  the interior was supported by 13 marble pillars, 6 on the right and 7 on the left side and everywhere there was inlaid marble.  There was only one door to enter.  Under the holy shrine was a grotto which you could walk down a flight of about 20 steps.  At the entrance of the synagogue toward the middle of the wall to the right was an irregularly formed stone where one could see the traces of several steps.  Tradition was that on this step sat King Hazael when the Prophet Elisha anointed him king.

A 19th century report was that the wicked had entered the synagogue at Djobar and pillaged the whole edifice.  The holy scrolls were torn into pieces.  They had even taken some of these holy coverings of the scrolls and other sacred writing and used them most contemptuously.  This was found in a private letter from Damascus June 4, 1840.

The New Yorker wrote about the Jews of Damascus and the ritual murder they were accused of.  during the rioting that followed in 1840, the mob fell upon the synagogue and pillaged it and destroyed the scrolls of the Mosaic Law.  In 1847, only one Jewish family was left in the village and they took care of the synagogue.  On festival days Jews from Damascus returned there for services.  During the year Jews would come and visit, probably to say Yortzeit.

After May 14, 1948 when Israel was established again, Jews in Syria faced much discrimination.  The Syrian government enforced more restrictions on them.  Jewish property could not be sold and those that had been abandoned were taken.  The synagogue was taken over and converted into a school for displaced Palestinian Arabs.

"In 2013, during the Syrian civil war, Jobar was the site of several chemical attacks."

7/22/14:  News of 4 hours ago  (1:57pm my time) is that tanks were in Jobar, and the ISIS was mentioned.  

Resource:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jobar_Synagogue
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jobar
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a23_1406047323 mentioning ISIS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cVLdPhw9d8         fighting in Jobar
http://eaworldview.com/2014/06/syria-daily-insurgents-attack-jobar-damascus/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/27/exclusive-pictures-syria-s-oldest-synagogue-destroyed-by-assad.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/syrias-destroyed-ancient-synagogue-is-still-intact/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syria
the New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia

Russia, Ukraine and Pale of Settlement

Nadene Goldfoot                                                             

Russia is trying to take over Ukraine today, by taking the Crimea already.  They  have support from some pro Russian rebel separatists causing an uproar over a downed passenger plane holding 298 people, the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17,  that landed in this no man territory of the separatists.  Russia has a long history with Ukraine that most people know nothing about.
                                                                         
                                                 Flag of Ukraine

Did we know that "Last November, the Russian-aligned President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, defied the wishes of the majority of his people when he rejected an economic deal with the EU and instead opted to accept a new agreement from Russia, which included $15 billion in aid."   Like Russia, Ukraine uses the Cyrillic alphabet. However it has its own language (Ukrainian). About one in six Ukrainians speak Russian as their first tongue. These people are mostly in the east, which borders Russia. Many people in this region are ethnically Russian and still consider themselves part of Russia. It is in the eastern region that the separatists are based, and where MH17 was shot down.  Ukraine has 233,062 sq. miles.  Compare that to Israel's 8,000 sq. miles.  
                                Let's look at the history of Russia first.  
                                                                           
                                  1905 Russian Revolution

Russia was the  "Soviet Union  and was a communist state on the Eurasian continent that existed between 1922 and 1991.  The WWI lasted from 1914 to 1917.  

The Russian Empire  was a state that existed from 1721 until overthrown by the short-lived liberal February Revolution in 1917.

Before it was called the Russian Empire, it was known as "The Tsardom of Russia , also known as the Tsardom of Muscovy.  This was the name of the centralized Russian state from Ivan IV's assumption of the title of Tsar in 1547 until Peter the Great's foundation of the Russian Empire in 1721.

Ukraine, an  Eastern European country recently  was "A former Soviet republic,.  Ukraine declared its independence on August 21, 1991.     In December 1991, Ukraine co-founded the Commonwealth of Independent States, made up of former Soviet republics that had become independent.  They were Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova and themselves.   They have been independent for the past 23 years, now breaking apart.  

Right now Ukraine's neighbors must be getting very nervous wondering if they will be next.  Those would be : Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and of course, Russia.  Ukraine also borders the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, so they have much to offer being that they are the largest European state.  
                                                                            

In 1791 Catherine the Great decided to move Jews out of Russia so she created the Pale of Settlement. The religion of Russia was Russian Orthodoxy, so unless they converted, they could not stay.  This was quite like the 1492 Spanish Inquisition when Jews had to leave Spain or convert, but Spain did not provide a different place to live.   This was a swatch of land made up of 20% of her Western European Russia and then she used the borders of the Polish-Lithuania commonwealth that she had taken over.  The Pale included Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Moldova,  Ukraine, then Latvia. Jews could not live in Russia proper anymore but had to settle in the Pale.  This lasted till 1917, the end of WWI.  The other people who lived here besides Jews were Catholics.  The concentration of Jews in the Pale made them easy targets for pogroms and anti-Jewish riots by the majority population.  They were living in poverty.  
                                                                         

        The Jewish Peddler; of which my grandfather was one from Lithuania

"For generations the Jews in Russia had been considered a special problem.  The official view had come to be that they were enemies of Christianity, exploiters of the peasantry, and the fountain head of the revolutionary movement."[  Even though there were five million Jewish people, the Russians did not regard them as useful subjects of the empire, because of the Russians' general hatred towards them.  This was anti-Semitism.  Jews constituted only about 6 percent of the population, but were concentrated in the western borderlands.   Like other minorities in Russia, the Jews lived in "miserable and circumscribed lives, forbidden to settle or acquire land outside the cities and towns, legally limited in attendance at secondary school and higher schools, virtually barred from legal professions, denied the right to vote for municipal councilors, and excluded from services in the Navy or the Guards."  Life was hell whether you were living in Russia or the Pale.  

Catherine  "was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 9 July [O.S. 28 June] 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of sixty-seven. Her reign was called Russia's golden age. She was born in StettinPomeraniaPrussia as Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, and came to power following acoup d'├ętat and the assassination of her husband, Peter III, at the end of the Seven Years' War. Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe."


 Warfare ensued after the Russian Revolution of 1905 and 1917. The internationally recognized Ukrainian People's Republic emerged from its own civil war. The Ukrainian–Soviet War followed, in which the Red Army established control in late 1919.] The conquerors created the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, which on 30 December 1922 became one of the founding republics of the Soviet Union.

Reference:  http://www.infoplease.com/spot/countries1.html
Read more: Guide to New Nations: Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/countries3.html#ukr#ixzz38CtGDk00
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_of_Settlement
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_the_Great
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Union
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Empire
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsardom_of_Russia
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/who-are-the-prorussian-rebel-separatists-10-questions-answered-about-the-history-of-ukraine-and-the-tragedy-of-mh17/story-fnizu68q-1226996215883
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Ukraine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Revolution
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolution_of_1905
http://jewishfactsfromportland.blogspot.com/2013/05/ukraines-massacre-of-jews-worse-than.html
http://jewishfactsfromportland.blogspot.com/2013/05/who-were-jews-of-ukraine-khazars.html

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Zbigniew Brzezinski's Anti-Israel Opinions

Nadene Goldfoot                                        
                                     Zbigniew Brzezinski, born in Warsaw, Poland in 1926

I just watched Fareed Zakaria on CNN interview the former Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski about the Israelis going into Gaza to stop Hamas.  This political scientist, who was born in Warsaw, Poland, had worked for Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981. Perhaps it really wasn't as much an interview as he was his guest speaker.

Let the young know some background about his political feelings about Israel.  Poland was very anti-Semitic for starters.  Some Poles helped the Nazis find Jews  who were then captured and sent to the ovens.  They were quite anti-Semitic. The book, "Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland, by Jan Grabowski, a Polish Jew, also tells about it.  

 
 I can't say it much nicer. I'm not saying that all Poles felt like this, but being Brzezinski has taken such a stand makes me wonder about it.  Old family attitudes persist  for a long time.   Jimmy Carter has written a book about Jews and Israel that is very harmful, "Palestine:  Peace Not Apartheid,"  colored by his religious views about. Jews. He has always accused Israel of practicing apartheid whereas the truth is they practice the opposite.  Jimmy as a peanut farmer has probably been practicing more apartheid towards his black workers in Georgia than he cares to face.  Also,  Jimmy taught Sunday school  being he is quite religious and many Christians have always had a certain outlook about Jews which has carried over to their creation of Israel, whereas other Christians are backing the Jewish people such as the Evangelicals.  So, knowing this, I was not surprised to hear from Brzezinski's lips the negative views he exclaimed towards the decision to go into Gaza.

Most people who are speaking out are in agreement with Israel's decisions and realize the position they have been putting up with since 2001.  Maybe this is why Zakaria interviewed him.  He wanted someone with a negative attitude.  Brzezinski  thought that Netanyahu was wrong to blame Hamas for the kidnapping  and slaughter of the 3 Jewish students.  He thought Israel had no proof that they had done that.  He was quite wrong about that but was able to continue talking and ranting   In another report of a recent speech he had made he thought Hamas was a moderate group, easy to deal with.  Of course he would think the best of Israel's enemy.  Never mind the fact that they have a charter which spells out their attitude towards Israel and Jews, that their goal is to destroy Israel and kill Jews.  Never mind that they had just claimed their state of Palestine and was recognized by Kerry and Obama, giving them security in their actions even though they were to be peaceful.  They had a green light and immediately a kidnapping occurred.  Never mind the fact that Israel found out quickly who the killers were and had to search for them, hoping to get the boys back before they faced death-something that happens so often to kidnapped people. Never mind that Gaza had steadily been shooting rockets into Israel and had stepped up the volleys immensely to the point of an intolerable condition.   Even after acting quickly and doing a remarkable search, they found the bodies and realized they had been killed immediately after the kidnapping.  So all this evidence was ignored by  Brzezinski.

Though I thought he was talking some sense about the Ukranian-Russian situation and what the USA ought to do about it, I knew his personal bias came to the front of his mind on the subject of Israel's situation right now.  I just wonder how many people will be swallowing his views hook, line and sinker.Are they like me on the subject of Russia and Ukraine, mostly ignorant about what has been going on and dependent on the pundits who broadcast their viewpoints?

My last comment is that there is no way that the state of Israel can accept being hit in all corners of Israel by rockets constantly coming down like a monsoon rain in India.  The decision to go into Gaza is one of survival.  They are not aiming at civilians but at the rocket launching areas which are placed amid people for the purpose of putting them at death's door in order to be able to blame the Israelis for their deaths.  It's a slant on war we Americans are not used to.  Israelis also must take out these tunnels of which are highways leading into Israel to allow kidnapping of more Israelis and their deaths. Israel just suffered the deaths of 13 soldiers and dozens of wounded in an ambush..  They are giving the Gazans a 2 hour cease fire to leave the area of seek medical help right now.

Now I'll switch over to NBC and see what that program has to say on Meet the Press.  So far the best information and understanding of the issue is on Fox News, the station most Democrats cannot bring themselves to watch.  Nothing like getting a narrow point of view.  .

Resource: CNN interview by Fareed Zakaria of Zbigniew Brzezinski,  Sunday morning 7/20/14
http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2014/07/zbigniew-brzezinski-blames-netanyahu.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-book-examines-poles-who-killed-jews-during-wwii/
http://jewishbubba.blogspot.com/2014/05/presbyterian-church-joins-islamic.html

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Corrupt Palestine and the 7 Other States Making Most Corrupt in World List

                                                                                              

                                                       Tunnel Smuggler in Rafah, Gaza
Nadene Goldfoot
Seven states are listed as the world's most corrupt and are in order from the worst to the least corrupt:.5 of the 7 are Muslim majority states.

Not listed would have been Palestine but it was not yet a state.   As of Friday, May 30, 2014, the Obama Kerry administration recognized the Hamas-Fatah unity government of Palestine.  Israel has given it stipulations that certainly have not been reached, for the minute it was considered a state,  the kidnapping of 3 Israeli boys occurred and was proven to have been done by Hamas.  This was followed by the kidnapping of a Muslim boy in retribution which set off unbelievable  riots in Jerusalem and elsewhere amid constant rockets raining into Israel from Gaza.  That has led to so many rockets being shot all over Israel by Hamas that Israel is now in the 13th day of going into Gaza to stop the launching of rockets, mortars and missiles. We have witnessed that the minute Israel pulled out of Gaza in the name of peace in 2005, the Palestinians turned on southern Israel by shooting many rockets into the population.  The minute they were recognized by the USA, they have done the same thing; attack Israel more with the rockets, mortars and missiles as well as acts of kidnapping and killing.  Corrupt doesn't begin to cover the dastardliness of this terrorist unity of Fatah-Hamas.   Both times they gave a promise of peace to Israel and both times this was broken within minutes.

Fatah had been run by the corrupt Yassar Arafat  of the PLO terrorists from 1959 to 2004 when he died who was able to make himself a billionaire from money donated by his friendly neighbors for his people.  In the end his widow was left extremely rich. as a millionaire.

Today Fatah, which is the new face of the PLO, is run by Mahmoud Abbas and has been since 2004.  He has united with Hamas terrorists, run by Khaled Mashal also since 2004,  who have taken over Gaza and have been shelling Israel with rockets, mortars and missiles since 2001. The new unity government has replaced him with Ismail Haniyeh.   Their plan for their Palestine is that it will have no Jews living in it.  This is quite different than Israel which has 1.7 million Arab citizens.

The Palestinians have not been able to pay their electricity bill to the Israel Electric Company who they depend on to supply it. .  During this attack from Gaza with rockets, they managed to cut off their own electricity source. 70 thousand people were left without electricity.  Besides that, they owe Israel anywhere from $525 million  dollars to $62 million for their unpaid electric bill.

600 of today's tunnel burrowers in Gaza are also now millionaires as well.  They charge a tax on goods brought through their tunnel.  Some are big enough to drive trucks through.  The Hamas terrorists use them for supplies of weapons and also found are tunnels that find their exit in Israel so that they can try to kidnap or kill Israelis.  All this is put to a stop right now in the Operation Protective Edge.  So far at this writing 13 tunnels have been destroyed by the IDF.
                                                                 
1. Somalia.....................      Conflict, Mogadishu, movie Black Hawk Down 
2. North Korea                     Family dictatorship, atheist state
3. Afghanistan...............     Taliban terrorists, Soviets, Americans,
4. Sudan.......................       Darfur violence
5. South Sudan............         new country since 2011
6. Libya.................             Muammar Gadaffi
7. Iraq..................               Saddam Hussein
                                                                   
 North Korea and South Sudan are not Muslim majority states.    There are 49 Muslim majority states in the world and the religion has 2.2 billion people as adherents to Islam. Today's world population is 7.1 billion.   By 2030 we will have 8 billion people in the world.  26.4% of them will be Muslims.    Let's look at these states that made the corrupt list.

1.  Somalia is the 25th largest Muslim country with 9,558,666 population who are 100% Sunni Muslims.  It's an Islamic state.  They have as a military power 10,000 men of active troops.  They are in the process of building a federal parliamentary republic, mixed legal system of civil law, Islamic law, and customary law (referred to as Xeer), chief of state: resident HASSAN SHEIKH Mohamud (since 10 September 2012)
head of government: Prime Minister ABDIWELLI Sheikh Ahmed (since 21 December 2013); Deputy Prime Minister Ridwan HIRSI Mohamed (since 17 January 2014)

2. North Korea is a one man dictatorship in a Communist state, civil law system based on the Prussian model; system influenced by Japanese traditions and Communist legal theory, chief of state: KIM Jong Un (since 17 December 2011); note - in 2014, the rubberstamp Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) re-elected KIM Yong Nam president of its Presidium with responsibility of representing the state and receiving diplomatic credentials
head of government: Premier PAK Pong Ju (since 2 April 2013); Vice Premiers: KIM Tok Hun (since 30 April 2014), KIM Yong Jin (since 6 January 2012), RI Chol Man (since 13 April 2012), RI Mu Yong (since 31 May 2011), RO Tu Chol (since 3 September 2003)
                                              
3. Afghanistan is the 12th largest Muslim country with 28,395,716 population who are 99% Sunni and Shi'a and it is an Islamic state with a military power of 70,000 men of active troops, mixed legal system of civil, customary, and Islamic law, chief of state: President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamid KARZAI (since 7 December 2004); First Vice President Yunis QANUNI (since March 2014); Second Vice President Abdul Karim KHALILI (since 7 December 2004); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government.
head of government: President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamid KARZAI (since 7 December 2004); First Vice President Yunis QANUNI (March 2014); Second Vice President Abdul Karim KHALILI (since 7 December 2004), political presure groups: religious groups, tribal leaders, ethnically based groups, Taliban.

4. Sudan is the 8th largest Muslim country with 43,939,598 population and are 70% Sunni Muslims so their state is not listing  their religion and state.  They have NONE listed instead.  They have a military power of 104,500 soldiers, federal republic ruled by the National Congress Party (NCP), which seized power by military coup in 1989; the CPA-mandated Government of National Unity, which between 2005 and 2011 provided a percentage of leadership posts to the southern Sudan-based Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), was disbanded following the secession of South Sudan, mixed legal system of Islamic law and English common law, chief of state: President Umar Hassan Ahmad al-BASHIR (since 16 October 1993); First Vice President BAKRI Hassan Salih, Second Vice President Hasabu Mohamed ABDEL RAHMIN (both since 3 December 2013) note - the president is both chief of state and head of government.
head of government: President Umar Hassan Ahmad al-BASHIR (since 16 October 1993); First Vice President BAKRI Hassan Salih, Second Vice President Hasabu Mohamed ABDEL RAHMAN (both since 9 December 2013)

5. South Sudan  practice Christianity, Islam and indigenous religions. Some communities also believe in the power of spirits. Consequently, diviners, rainmakers, fortune-tellers and spear-masters are revered in these communities. They have 8,260,490 population.  chief of state: President Salva KIIR Mayardit (since 9 July 2011); Vice President James Wani IGGA (since 23 August 2013); note - the president is both chief of state and head of government
head of government: President Salva KIIR Mayardit (since 9 July 2011); Vice President James Wani IGGA (since 23 August 2013), Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA)

6. Libya is the 29th largest Muslim country with 6,173,579 population which is 97% Sunni and Islam is a state religion.  they have a military power of 76,000 soldiers., Libya's post-revolution legal system is in flux and driven by state and non-state entities, chief of state: President, General National Congress, Nuri Abu SAHMAYN
head of government: Abdullah al-THANI remains Prime Minister after the 4 May 2014 election is declared unconstitutional; Deputy Prime Ministers Awad Ibrik Ibrahim al-BARASI, Sadiq Abd al-Karim Abd al-Rahman KARIM, Abd-al-Salam Muhammad al-Mahdi al-QADI, operates under a transitional government, legal systerm: Libya's post-revolution legal system is in flux and driven by state and non-state entities

7. Iraq is the 11th largest Muslim country with 31,234,000 population and is 997% Shi'a/Sunni Islam and has been listed as secular, but that must all now be changed since much of it has been chopped up and taken by IS who is 100% Sunni.  They had had a military power of 254,418 soldiers who are reported to have fled with the onslaught of IS's invasion.  They had listed themselves as secular before the invasion., mixed legal system of civil and Islamic law, chief of state: President Jalal TALABANI (since 6 April 2005)
head of government: Prime Minister Nuri al-MALIKI (since 20 May 2006) political pressure groups: Sunni militias
Shia militias, some associated with political parties, parliamentary democracy, mixed legal system of civil and Islamic law

What is it that these states lack that successful states have?  What is it that creates corruption in a state?

Answer:  "Political corruption is the use of powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain. An illegal act by an officeholder constitutes political corruption only if the act is directly related to their official duties, is done under color of law or involves trading in influence."

"Forms of corruption vary, but include briberyextortioncronyismnepotismpatronagegraft, and embezzlement. Corruption may facilitate criminal enterprise such as drug traffickingmoney laundering, and human trafficking, though is not restricted to these activities.

 Misuse of government power for other purposes, such as repression of political opponents and general police brutality, is not considered political corruption. Neither are illegal acts by private persons or corporations not directly involved with the government."

Compare these states with the 10 least corrupt states listed:
Here are the 10 least corrupt countries in the world, according to the index:
  • Denmark.
  • New Zealand (tied with Denmark for No. 1)
  • Finland.
  • Sweden (tied with Finland for No. 3)
  • Norway.
  • Singapore (tied with Norway for No. 5)
  • Switzerland.
  • Netherlands.
Depending on the website, you'll find even the USA listed as a corrupt nation.  We all have to watch it.  

Resource: http://wallstcheatsheet.com/stocks/7-most-corrupt-countries.html/7/?ref=OB
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-01-31/twilight-of-gazas-smuggling-tunnel-millionaires
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4204013,00.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/arafats-billions/
http://www.alarabiya.net/views/2007/08/22/38159.html
CIA reports on countries , https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/iz.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Abbas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khaled_Mashal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_corruption
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/182859#.U8r0GtJdW-k
http://www.timesofisrael.com/after-upgrading-status-un-officially-switches-from-palestine-to-state-of-palestine/
http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2014/05/obama-kerry-recognize-hamas-fatah-unity.html
http://jewishfactsfromportland.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-fighting-hamas-fatah-government-of.html
http://jewishbubba.blogspot.com/2014/07/hamas-leadership-drunk-with-success-3rd.html, Maliki terrorist,