Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ups and Downs of Jews Being Accepted in Western World

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                    
Antiochus IV Epiphanes King of Greece

The Roman Empire had no specific anti-Jewish religious discimination laws in the Roman Empire--
 except for going into their temple and putting up a statue of Zeus and taking over with King Antiochus IV Epiphanes the Greek in about 150 BCE  as the Roman leader who fought against Judah Maccabee.
                                                                             
Arch of Titus leading away Jewish slaves and temple gold when they led thousands of Jews away as slaves for Rome and beyond.  
                                                                           
Judah Maccabee
.  Our holiday of  Chanukah in December is all about Judah Maccabee reclaiming our Temple and putting in the eternal light once again by retrieving oil from a nearby town to rekindle it..  Discrimination happened like when in sports and players played naked.  Jews were circumcised and it was noticed and remarked about by making fun, and discriminating.  No specific anti-Jewishness laws were written down except in taking over Judah and burning down Jerusalem and the Temple.  That's all.
                                                                                 
Jews had benefited from the Edict of Roman Emperor Caracalla who was of Punic and Syria descent in 212 CE which extended universally the rights and duties of citizenship to Jews as well.

Then in 640, 721 and 873 Jews in the Byzantine Empire were forcibly converted to Christianity.  1146 was when Jews of Spain were first forcibly converted to Christianity, and then they did it again to them in 1391.
                                                                       
It was from the 4th century onward, that the Christian Empire had an elaborate system of discrimination against the Jews which was adopted and used in medieval Europe as well as in the Islamic world.  From this came laws of discrimination against Jews throughout the world that have lasted in many places throughout the whole world for the past 2,000 years.  It's still going on in United Nations.

 In 1096 the German Crusade massacred Jews in European towns.  In 1099 Jews in Jerusalem were massacred by the Crusaders.  The Crusades changed the moral atmosphere towards Jews for the worst, contributing to the process which drove Jews out of trade and forced them increasingly into the profession of moneylending which was taboo for Christians according to their church morality.  It was looked down upon.
                                                                             
A DNA article from this past year stated that in 1200-1400, there were only 350 Jews left in Western Europe.  This goes along with DNA results showing that Ashkenazi Jews of today originated from only 4 Jewish women.  

There were the 1298 massacres in Germany started by Rindfleisch, a knight, 1336  by fanatics named Armleder, and in 1348/9 at the time of the Black Death (epidemic that killed a great part of the population of Europe and led to murderous attacks on many Jewish communities, particularly in Germany, especially from 1348 to 1349)  when Jews were accused of causing and spreading perpetrated with extreme barbarism by the Germans.  Over 350 Jewish towns suffered and over 200 Jewish communities were utterly wiped out. The townspeople accused Jews of poisoning their wells. Though German Jews were hit the hardest, attacks on a smaller scale to Jews happened in Poland, Catalonia and northern Italy.    In 1356 "as a consequence of the fictitious confessions extracted under torture from the Jews of Trent, the populace of many cities, especially of Ratisbon, fell upon ...to them all possible evils.   In the 2nd half of the 14th century, the survivors were kept perpetually poor by the imperial authorities' cancellation of the debts due to them.

 Throughout the Middle Ages Jewish men continued with talmudic study.  Toward the close of the Middle Ages, most large German cities banished Jews.  The 16th century began with Jews only in Frankfort-on-Main and Worms surviving.

It was intensified by the Ghetto system which aimed at the complete expulsion of the Jews from gentile society.
                                                                           
In 1290 Jews were expulsed from England and were not allowed back in until 1655.  Jews were expulsed from France in 1306. In 1355, 12,000 Jews were massacred by the mob in Toledo, Spain. From 1349-1360 Jews were expelled from Hungary.  In 1420 the Jewish community in Toulouse, France was annihilated.  1421 saw Jews expelled from Austria,  1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue, 180,000 Jews were expulsed from Spain while 50,000 converted to Christianity in order to remain in Spain.  Most descendants today are called Anusim and are returning to Judaism.  Jews were expelled from Lithuania in 1495.  Sicilian, Sardinian and Portuguese Jews were expulsed in 1497.  All Jews of Rhodes were forcibly converted, expelled or taken into slavery in 1502.  Jews of Naples, Italy were expelled in 1541.
                                                                               
In Ukraine-E. Poland the Chmielnicki Massacres and Rabbi Nathan Hanover and family were trapped in it.  
Then the horror happened from 1648 to 1656 when 100,000 Jews were murdered in the Chmielnicki massacres in Poland.    Jews were expelled from living in Russia in 1727 and 1747.  Catherine II ordered that they would only live in the Pale of Settlement-never Russia again.   So between 1882 to 1890 750,000 Jews from Russia were resettled in the Pale.  It wasn't until 1891 that Jews from Moscow and St. Petersburg, large cities, were expelled.  Like the movie, Fiddle on the Roof, between 1871 to 1921 there had been anti-Jewish pogroms in towns of Russia.  This is when many immigrated to the USA, especially by 1900.  The most inhuman laws came from Russia with the MAY LAWS of 1882.  It took the Russian Revolution to change life in 1917-the end of WWI.  Romania managed to evade laws that came to their land by the Berlin Conference of 1878.  Full emancipation only came in Czechoslovakia.
                                                                             
Imam Ali Mosque in Meshed, Persia
The whole Jewish community in Meshed, Persia (Iran today) were forcibly converted to Islam in 1838.  the Muslims excluded Jews from full rights only in certain states of theirs, so the Nazis reversed the process and used race to exclude, saying Jews were a race and not a religion.

New settlements were established by the cultured and Europeanized Spanish and Portuguese Marrano (Anusim) settlers in Northern Europe in the 17th century.  They were treated normally as emancipated people.  The same can be said of the "Court Jews" were were on a higher social status in Germany at that time.
                                                                         
                                                           
In the British Colonies in North America, Jews tended to intermingle with their neighbors on equal terms, though the first Jews had trouble landing in New Amsterdam (New York) in 1654  being they were Jews.  It wasn't until it was known that they were part of the Dutch Trading Company that started New Amsterdam that they were allowed to land. "In 1654, 23 refugee men, women and children fleeing from the former Dutch colony of RecifeBrazil, landed in New Amsterdam. "   Jews  had taken part in events leading up to the American Revolution.
                                                                           
1776 was the birth of the USA.  Virginia had full religious freedom in 1785, pretty good for a state that had racial intolerance.  The constitution of the USA in 1787 formally completed emancipation in stipulating that no religious test should be required as a qualification for any public office.  I'm afraid they were thinking more of Protestant and Catholics and not Jews.  Maryland's emancipation wasn't until 1825.  North Carolina in 1868.  New Hampshire in 1876-7.

France was different.  Jewish emancipation was a natural corollary of the Declaration of the Rights of Man in 1789 and was extended in 1790 to the long-established Jews in Avignon and the Sephardim of Bordeaux.  I notice people had rights, but Jews seemed to be a special case that was handled individually, then.  Again, more went into the declaration between Christian religion than contemplating others.
                                                                             
Alsace Jews suffered. Alsace is a northeastern French region on the Rhine River plain. Bordering Germany and Switzerland, it has alternated between German and French control over the centuries and reflects a mix of the 2 cultures.  Jews living there were Germanized and it was with great difficulty that they finally came under emancipation in 1791.  Napoleon's decret infame of 1808 restricted Jewish municipal rights in Alsace.  It expired in 1818 and was not renewed.  It wasn't until 1831 that emancipation included Jews in France and became a subsidized state religion like Christians were.  It was the armies of the French Revolution that introduced the conception of Jewish emancipation into the countries they conquered.  

Jews of Holland were easily socially assimilated but formally emancipated in 1796.  Jews of Belgium were treated better when Belgium's independence was established in 1830.  Italy and Germany were introduced in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic era by the French.  Westphalia in 1807, Frankfort in 1811, Prussia even conceded a qualified emancipation in 1812.
                                                                             
Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821
Then Napoleon fell.  All these concessions were rescinded or diluted in varying degrees.  The Jews were expelled from some towns in Germany and the ghetto system was restored in Rome and other parts of Italy where it began in the first place and received the name "ghetto."

   By the 19th century, life was a see-saw process of treatment of Jews.  Emancipation was again gradually  accepted in Germany under Hesse-Cassel in 1833 (a state directly subject to the Emperor);  Brunswick in 1834;  Prussia in a modified degree in 1850;  Baden in 1862;  Saxony in 1868;  and was included in the constitutions of the N. German Federation of 1869 and of the German Empire in 1871.  It was introduced into Austro- Hungary in 1867.  In Italy the kingdom of Piedmont had established it in 1848 and it spread throughout all of Italy.  Denmark began in 1814 and granted municipal emancipation. in 1837 and political in 1848.  Other Scandinavian countries followed somewhat later.  The Swiss had been highly intolerant but modified their attitude from the mid-19th century and in 1874 had full religious liberty.
                                                                                 
English man in 1700s
.  Returning in 1655 after being expulsed for 365 years,  Jews of England now had a high degree of personal liberty in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Catholics were emancipated in 1829 and they started treating Jew more tolerantly but it happened only gradually.  Laws against them were removed piecemeal.  Jews were allowed in municipal offices from 1830 to 1855, and to parliament after a long struggle.

Britain was ahead of emancipation where it was established in the Barbados from 1802-1820, Jamaica in 1831, Canada in 18311-1832, while in South Africa and Australia there was no legal discrimination on religious grounds anyway.
                                                                             
Pre-War 1930s in Germany and how they treated the Jews.  The Jewish population of Greater Germany in 1938 was about 540,000.  By September 1939, the number was half that.  By 1942 none remained.  

Warsaw, Poland Ghetto 1943 before slaughter of Jews here
Murder of 6 million Jews took place from 1939 to 1945 by German Nazis and their European collaborators-the Holocaust.  Germany's economy had fallen and Jews were again the scapegoats to blame.  Many of their businesses were still afloat and that made the ones who had lost their income angry.  Here is an example of being successful as being the force bringing about hatred.  Instead of being a handicap on the German society, they had been helping to keep it afloat for as long as it had.

Baghdad's Jews were then attacked by mobs killing 180 of them  in 1941, hatred spilling out from Germany.  Jews in the Soviet Union from 1917 to the present day were denied the right of their national identity.  Synagogues had been closed.  They were not allowed to study Hebrew.  Many have now made aliyah to Israel.  Arab countries from 1948 on with the birth of Israel were persecuting Jews for the change in the Middle East of Palestine.  There were mass expulsions.  As many Jews were forced to flee to Israel as there were Palestinians who were forced to leave Palestine by their leaders, not by the Jews.  It was not a planned trade-off of population, but seemed to happen at the same time.  Jews had to leave their treasures, money in the Arab countries.

Champions of the Jewish cause to be treated equally were John Toland and T.B. Macaulay in England;  Aabbe Gregoire in France, C.W. von Dohm in Germany and M. d'Azeglio in Italy.

Update: 7/30/15 6:43pm 
Resource: The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia on Emancipation
facts about Israel  from division of Information, ministry for foreign affairs, Jerusalem
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landgraviate_of_Hesse-Kassel
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_IV_Epiphanes
http://americanjewisharchives.org/education/timeline.php
https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Israel/amsterdam.html
http://www.biography.com/people/napoleon-9420291#early-years
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caracalla
http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keywords=Germany&commit=search


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SUPERMAN-Guess Who Created Him and Why?

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                 

I should have guessed.  Good things have come from our Jewish minds.  Out of despair came Superman!
                                                                                 
Jerry Siegel (1914-1996) and Joe Shuster (1914-1992) were bothered by their sense of Jewish powerlessness when they were facing growing anti-Semitism at home and oversees.   They were 2 young American Jews,  so they got together and created Superman, a fabled character who reflected their own Jewish values.
                                                                                                                   
Joe Shuster from Toronto, Ontario-Artist
Jerry  Siegel from Cleveland, Ohio-Idea-man and Creator
Superman was created in the early 1930s to help fight Hitler and the Nazis.  They were so angry when they heard about the slaughter of helpless Jews that was going on that they wanted to do something about it.
                                                                         
I note that Superman's father warned his people of the imminent destruction of their planet but was ignored.  The same thing happened in the 30's when there were warning of impending doom.  As a result of closed minds, the people of Krypton and the Jews of Europe were both exterminated.  Though I must add that when Jews woke up to what was happening, it was already too late.
                                                                               
SS Washington:
Werner's passport came from Stuttgart;  then he went from Boppard to Hamburg to board the SS Washington that headed for New York.  
 They couldn't just pick up and leave.  To come to the USA, one had to pass a literary test and have a job promised.  I know because my uncle Werner was one of the last to get out of Germany and left on  May 4,  1939 on the SS Washington for the price of $M350  and it was impossible for his parents and young sister to leave with him.  He arrived in New York on the 12th of May.  Hitler marched into Prague, Czechoslovakia already on March 15th, so finally people were waking up.  It was all the family could do to get him out first. He was to try to get them out after reaching the USA, but it was already too late.  This tore him apart to be the only survivor of his family.   The Nazis had made it impossible by causing it to be so expensive to leave, and then the rest of the world also made it impossible by not allowing Jews to enter their country such as most South American countries-people had to have baptism papers which eliminated Jews.  .
                                                                         
Notice that Superman always yearned for his parent's homeland.  This is the same with Jews yearning for our ancient Eretz Yisrael, our eternal homeland that our ancestors were led to by G-d.
                                                                           
Superman's archenemy was the Nazi-like Lex Luthor,  a most evil man.  Siegel and Shuster even used Superman to fight against Luther when he was mimicking Senator Ellison DuRant (Cotton Ed Smith), a segregationist whose infamous "Shut the Door" immigration speech caused the passage of the 1924 Immigration Act which actually caused the deaths of millions of Jews who remained trapped in Europe, unable to escape the impending Holocaust.  "The Immigration Act of 1924 limited the number of immigrants allowed entry into the United States through a national origins quota. The quota provided immigration visas to two percent of the total number of people of each nationality in the United States as of the 1890 national census. It completely excluded immigrants from Asia."  What's interesting is that we genealogists cannot find the 1890 census.  It was destroyed.  We can get the 1880 and the 1900 only. "   First, "The literacy test alone was not enough to prevent most potential immigrants from entering, so members of Congress had sought this  new way to restrict immigration in the 1920s."  The USA was  not anxious to take in immigrants.  
                                                                           
In order to get out of Germany, Werner had to have someone sign as a sponsor and be responsible for any financial needs of his. They would not take on someone who could wind up on Welfare.  My great Uncle Max Turn took that risk and had my father hire him as a butcher, since Werner's parents had their own shop where Werner was a sausage maker.  This was why he was able to emigrate from Germany.  Then Germany Shut their doors and all the Jews left were trapped and doomed.

Resource:  The Jewish Press, 7/24/15  Is Superman Jewish? by Saul Jay Singer, front page & back page 87.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Siegel
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Shuster
https://history.state.gov/milestones/1921-1936/immigration-act





  

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Taliban Terrorists in Pakistan-Terrorists Against Females Getting Education

Nadene Goldfoot                                        
     
Terrorists  declared war against their government of Pakistan in 2007.  The fighting had earlier simmered in the NW tribal areas  bordering eastern Afghanistan, where Al Qaeda militants fled after the 9/11 in 2001 terrorist attacks in the USA on the Twin Towers and other places.

The Taliban are made up of many Pashtun or Pashto tribesmen and started fighting during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980's.  It was then that the USA trained and armed them.  It became a movement and spread throughout Afghanistan in the early 90s forming their own government and ruling as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from September 1996 until December 2001.  Kandahar was their capital. It gained diplomatic recognition from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
                                                                       
Many Pashtuns claim to be from the Lost Tribes of Israel back when Assyria attacked Israel in 721 BCE and carried away the best of the population of young men who would make good slaves.  Though they are all Muslims today, a few are even are supportive of  Israel. Israel's foreign ministry started funding research to look into the Pashto roots being from the Lost Tribes.   DrShalva Weil is a Senior Researcher at The Research Institute for Innovation and Education at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and had been researching the Pashtos.  The last king of Afghanistan, a Pathan, Zahir Shah who was king until 1973, claimed to be from the tribe of Benjamin as many Pathans have claimed as their roots.  Others have claimed to be from the tribe of Ephraim.  I'm afraid that when the Assyrians had attacked, they most likely took whoever was closest, and it could have been a mixed tribal group at the time fighting against the Assyrians.
                                                                                 
Ephraim and Benjamin's land were neighbors.  This is why Judah was also left with some Benjaminites being the last surviving tribe and the southern part of Israel that had broken off when Solomon died to be Judah.

  

    2012 and Pashto Malala Yousafzai in Mingora, Pakistan of Swat Valley, a student and an activist for females getting an education,  was shot in the head but survived while traveling home from school.  She received a Nobel Prize for demanding education for girls in Pakistan.  Her father was the principal of the school and backed her.  "When she was 14, Malala and her family learned that the Taliban had issued a death threat against her. Though Malala was frightened for the safety of her father—an anti-Taliban activist—she and her family initially felt that the fundamentalist group would not actually harm a child.

In December 16, 2014,  the nation of Pakistan was shocked by the Taliban attacking a school in Peshawar which was run by the army, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. 141 schoolchildren were massacred.  Pakistan's NW population are now happy that the government has finally declared war to the end against the Taliban after executing this massacre.

July 27, 2015 another military backed school was attacked by the Taliban and over 100 students killed in Peshawar.  They were attacked during the time of taking exams.
                                                                         
  The vast majority of Pakistanis living in the most peaceful east had been oblivious to the conflict that was taking place in their region since 2007 when militants declared war against the government.  The school, situated in the western provinces of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, provinces that makes up the majority of Pashtuns.  They are the 3rd largest ethnic group and number around 30 million of the country's 200 million population.  Pakistan is the 2nd largest Muslim country with Indonesia being #1 in Muslim population.  97% of Pashtuns are Sunni and some are Shi'a.

"West Pakistan (Urduمغربی پاکستان‎, Mag̱ẖribī Pākistān IPA: [məɣrɪbiː pɑːkɪst̪ɑːn]Bengaliপশ্চিম পাকিস্তানPôścim Pākistān) was one of the two exclaves created at the formation of the modern State of Pakistan following the 1947 Partition of India."

The Taliban have been attacking the government forces and civilians for the past 7 years and have killed more than 50,000.  A Pashtun politician was killed by a Taliban bomb in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Swat valley in 2007.  Falaknaz Asfandyar is his widow and said, "Had a smaller attack taken place earlier in the Punjab province, the reaction would have been far quicker and more extensive.  We Pakistanis have become so immune to the conflict.  I just hope they won't forget this...that we won't need an even bigger tragedy."

Pashtuns are represented in Pakistan's political structure including the powerful military.  In the past years its fighters were split between supporting government forces and supporting the Taliban militants.  The civilians were caught in the middle.  They are dependent on the army to fight the militants living around them.  Then they find themselves in mass evacuations and harsh treatment when 10s of 1,000s of troops move in to retake the territory.

President Obama said he had planned to cut the number of US troops in Afghanistan through the end of  2015 from 9800 to 5000 and then leave completely by the end of 2016 when his office is ended.  He has since changed his mind which Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is happy about.  Obama said he does plan to pullout at the end of 2016, however but the troops will stay through 2015.

While in power, it enforced a strict interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic law,  an interpretation of which leading Muslims have been highly critical. The Taliban were condemned internationally for their brutal treatment of women.  The majority of the Taliban are made up of Afghan Pashtun tribesmen. The Taliban's leaders were influenced by Deobandi fundamentalism, and many also strictly follow the social and cultural norm called Pashtunwali.

I do not think that any Talibaner could be from the Lost Tribes.  They have gone so afar from the principals of Judaism, even in the days of 721 BCE, that no one would want to claim them.  To attack children, and females at that, is something only cowards would do.  
                                                                         

They are teeming up with Iran to fight against ISIS, someone worse-if possible-than they are.  Iran and the Taliban used to be deadly enemies.

“A Muslim won’t break a commitment,”An ex-Taliban who recently switched allegiance to ISIS, is Mullah Khan Muhammad Noorzai.   Noorzai declared, “The Taliban are not true Muslims, and not mujahideen [holy warriors] either. Now our jihad against the ignorant so-called Taliban will go on forever.”  
Update: 7/29/15  It was announced this morning on NBC that Taliban leader Mullah Omar has been declared dead and possibly has been these past 2 years.  

Resource:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taliban http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30491435
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Pakistan
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/taliban-jewish-roots/story?id=9535559
http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.632074
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/17/iran-and-the-afghan-taliban-teaming-up-against-isis.html
https://plus.google.com/u/0/113473801577884507915/posts/D638eVPVHtN?pid=6159258217420565442&oid=113473801577884507915


Monday, July 27, 2015

Why Are We Putting Trust in Iran?

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                   
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had the audacity to trust Hitler in 1938, and should have known better than to do such a thing.  Anyone could see throughout the 30s what horrors he was doing to the Jews of Germany and that his intentions were not honorable.  The Jews paid for his error in the ovens and ditches of the Holocaust to the tune of 6 million deaths.  Neville hadn't learned a thing.   He "came out of a meeting with Hitler confident the world was on a course towards peace."  He trusted Hitler's word".

Obama is happy with the deal and is trying to sell it to the USA.  He praised the accord as a step toward a "more hopeful world" and vowed to veto any move by Congress to block it.  

We  have Secretary of State  John Kerry and President Barack Hussein Obama doing the same thing;  putting their trust in a violent leader of a country, the Ayatollah Khamenei who is dead set against the existence of the state of Israel because it is a Jewish state and they only tolerate Shi'a Muslims.

Former Governor of Arkansas Huckaby made the angry comment that Obama was leading the Jews to the ovens.  I believe he was thinking more that they would now be exposed to Iran's nuclear weapons which would also be horrific, a death like the ovens.

On the Fareed Zakaria TV program on Sunday, Fareed mentioned that Netanayhu had been warning about Israel's goal to wipe out Israel for the past 25 years and so it sounded to me like he and others just took this to be hollow warnings.   One should know that Netanyahu is dead serious about the seriousness of Iran having nuclear weapons and that the Ayatollah is just as serious about wiping Israel off the map.  This shows that the USA and all the other big 5+ have been sleeping at the wheel, or just uncaring about the future of the  little state of Israel who has been the USA's only stable friend in the Middle East.  Perhaps Israel is extra sensitive about being wiped off the map since the Palestinians always say that as they have made war with Israel in 1948, 1956, 1967, and 1973 as well as all the other attacks since then. They have made war with the threat of "wiping Israel off the map."    Other countries haven't had to fight for existence like Israel has.  5 minutes after they announced they were a state they were attacked by surrounding neighbors.  .
                                                                     
Iran president Hassan Rouhani, more or less a puppet of the Ayatollah, said,"A new chapter" had been reached with the signing of a nuclear deal with the US-led world powers Tuesday in Vienna.  Then he bragged that "sanctions had no effect and he is happy that 27 months of negotiations have brought success.
                                                     
Former Iranian president Ahmadinejad who had a never-ending supply of threats against Israel.  
We were led to believe in the beginning 27 months ago that if a good deal was not reached, we would not go for any bad deal.  Netanyahu was afraid that we would.  He was right.

The deal could be considered good if it were Iceland that it was with, but not Iran.  

1. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said, "it was dangerous, deeply flawed and short sighted...this isn't diplomacy---it is appeasement.

2. Florida Senator Marco Rubio said, ""the US gave concession after concession to a regime that has American blood on its hands, holds Americans hostage, and has consistently violated every agreement it ever signed."

3. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham called it "a nightmare for Israel, the Middle East and the world."

4. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said, " President Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran will be remembered as one of America's worst diplomatic failures."

5. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee added to his other comment, "Shame on the Obama administration for agreeing to a deal that empowers an evil Iranian regime to carry ot its threat to "wipe Israel off the map" and bring "death to America."  His "ovens" comment was said most recently.  In response to Obama's comment about his comment that it was ridiculous and sad, ""What's 'ridiculous and sad' is that President Obama does not take Iran's repeated threats seriously. For decades, Iranian leaders have pledged to 'destroy,' 'annihilate,' and 'wipe Israel off the map' with a 'big Holocaust,'" Huckabee said in a statement Monday just hours after Obama spoke.

6. Texas Senator Ted Cruz called it a "staggeringly bad deal" and a fundamental betrayal of the security of the United States and of our closest allies, first and foremost Israel.

7. Donald  Trump, multi-millionaire,  called the deal"absolutely horrible for us, but it's really, really bad for Israel."

8. Hillary Clinton endorsed the deal and said, "it is an important step in putting a lid on Iran's nuclear program while adding that the international community has "to treat this as an ongoing enforcement effort."

9.  Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders called it "a victory for diplomacy over saber-rattling and could keep the United States from being drawn into another never-ending war in the Middle East.

Hillary and Bernie are democrats and so are Kerry and Obama, so they stand with the party line.  The rest do not trust Hillary's idea of an efficient enforcement effort in the deal  to keep anyone safe.  It's lacking.

10. Ali Khamenei was seen on his official website striding across a painted representation of Israel's national flag with the caption, "THE ZIONIST REGIME IS CONDEMNED TO VANISH."
                                                                 
Iranian missile-Fajr 5 heading toward Netanyahu
11. Americans:
  • United States White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Ahmadinejad’s comments “further underscore our concerns about the regime” in relation to its “ability to develop nuclear weapons”. A U.S. Foreign Office spokesman called some (unspecified) remarks of Ahmadinejad’s “baffling and objectionable” and said they “do not inspire hope in anyone of us in the international community that Iran's government is prepared to behave as a responsible member of that community”. How did the USA ever change their opinion?  Because of what reason?  "Scott McClellan is a former White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush" (2001-2009).  Obama was voted in then from 2009-2016.  Iran hasn't changed, only has grown into a terrorist backing country, supplying weapons and money.                                                         
  • Iran has been sponsoring  the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) along with Syria who they also sponsor.    
  • Iran has been sponsoring Hezbollah (Party of God) in southern Lebanon.  
  • Iran sponsors Syria who sponsor PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who operates in Judea-Samaria, Gaza, Syria and Lebanon.  

Congress has 60 days to review the Iran agreement and may then vote on a joint resolution showing approval or disapproval or they may take no action whatsoever.  The president would then veto any disapproval  that rejects the agreement.  Overriding his veto would take 2/3 super-majority.  We can see right away this is already basically a Democrat versus Republican fight.

Congress must come out of this feeling the agreement will ensure that Iran will meet its commitments and that they are enough to restrain Iranian nuclear power.  The public wants to hear that inspections of nuclear sites are randomly done, unexpected in order to uncover possible violations.  Have violations occurred and how the inspectors respond to them must be trustworthy.  Can the inspectors be bought off with enough millions? Such things can happen.

Russia and China are the problematic part of the big 5.  They oppose economic sanctions as a tool of international diplomacy and it had been working on Iran, but they want to do business with Iran, so in effect it was hurting them.
                                                                       
How do you think Iran plans to wipe Israel off the map? What do you think they are trying to make with nuclear power?   
The bad part about this deal was the way the administration repeatedly revised its end-game expectations.  They stuck to very little if anything of what was expected by Congress and the general public.

Resource:  The Jewish Press, July 17, 2015, front page and page 3. and see cartoons, www.jewishopress.com
http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/27/politics/mike-huckabee-oven-comments-debate-2016/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad_and_Israel







Sunday, July 26, 2015

Nuclear Deal: Fareed Zakaria's Sunday Program with Dr. Ernest Moniz

Nadene Goldfoot                                                   
Dr. Ernest Moniz-Nuclear Expert

A guest speaker on Fareed Zakaria's Sunday morning program today was a nuclear scientist, Dr. Ernest Moniz,  who was on the panel with John Kerry and the big 5+  and helped them to form the conclusions they all came to about Iran's nuclear energy.  He admitted that they had to accommodate their goals with Russia's for one, as they all had trade goals in mind with Iran.  It looks like trade and money won out over life, especially considering the life of Israel. 
                                                                            
Netanyahu's warning at UN in 2012

 Zakaria's program in March of this year was about how Netanyahu has been warning about this for the past 25 years.  Zakaria may think Netanyahu is just an alarmist.  This just shows that Israel is aware of what their goals have been but that the world is numb in their response.  Here Israel has been telling the USA for the past 25 years what Iran is up to and got blown off.  Now the USA complains that Iran is deep into it and cannot be stopped, and this is their best option.  We have waited till the bull is out of the barn already and could have closed the door much sooner.   Whatever happens, the world can never say that Israel didn't warn people.  
                                                                           
Former Iranian president inspecting nuclear plant-proponent of destroying Israel, Mahmoud Amadinejad

Nobody bothers to study aspects of Islam and that it's part of the Islamic religion to warn a country before attacking and that is just what Iran has done.  Nobody bothered to ask why Iran is in such a hurry to get all that they want and that it isn't for good intentions.  Good heavens!  Iran is in the Middle East and is sitting on oil.  They don't need nuclear items for energy, now do they!  They just need to sell their oil and that's what the big 5 are after.  
                                                                                     
Bushehr nuclear plant in Iran-work doesn't stop

And what will they do with all the money now coming to them if this deal isn't halted?  They are the main suppliers of terrorism in the Middle East.  They'll buy more arms and more terrorists.  I have a Masai friend in Africa, a young man about to graduated from high school, and he's depressed about the way the world is going.  This deal that the big 5 have made is most likely affecting all people on this planet for the worst.  Giving a most unstable-minded country with killing on its mind the most dangerous weapon of all time is about the most ludicrous idea that our president could have come up with to leave as his legacy.  And Dr. Moniz did little to stop it from happening.  He's sure it's the safest thing happening since safety razor blades.  

"Dr. Ernest Moniz was born in 1944 in Fall River, Massachusetts to Georgina (Pavao) Moniz and Ernest Perry Moniz, both of whose parents were Portuguese immigrants from São Miguel IslandAzores.   He graduated from Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1962, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and was the president of the school's math club.  Moniz attended Boston College, where he received his Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in physics, and he later received his PhD in theoretical physics from Stanford University in 1972.

On March 4, 2013, Moniz was nominated by President Obama to replace outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu for his second term.   His appointment was confirmed by the Senate in a unanimous vote on May 16, 2013."

What would have been even more interesting if he were debating Israel's nuclear scientists about the "safe" conditions he has left this for the world to deal with.  Fareed could not debate, just listen.  I'm sure he felt much safer after listening to how Moniz explained things.  I'm not.  

Senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) asked John Kerry what would the US do if Israel attacked Iran's nuclear plants with a cyber attack.  Kerry thought Israel would tell the USA first.  He doesn't see the deal being in conflict with Israel.  John's living on cloud 9 evidently, not in our reality, with his thinking affected by listening too long to Russia, China and France.   

Resource: CNN -Fareed Zakaria's Sunday morning program
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/03/fareed-zakaria-netanyahu_n_6792938.html
http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/07/24/rubio-asks-kerry-what-would-us-do-if-israel-launches-cyber-attack-on-iran-nuclear-program/
Updated 4:42pm 7/26/15  

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sephardi Beauty Who Sings As Well: Yasmin Levy

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                     
Yasmin Levy -Turkish Jew b: December 23, 1975

Yasmin Levy  יסמין לוי  is a superstar from Israel.  She is a singer and songwriter who is Sephardim with a father from Izmir, Turkey.  Yasmin was born in Jerusalem. 

 Her father, Yitzhak "Isaac" Levy (1919-1977) was a composer and Hazzan (Cantor) in the synagogue.  He was also a pioneer researcher into the long and rich history of the Ladino music and culture of Spanish Jewry and its diaspora, being the editor of the Ladino language magazine, Aki Yerushalyim.  Ladino is the language of the Sephardim, a mixture of Hebrew and Spanish.  They were not Yiddish speakers of the Ashkenazi which was a mixture of Hebrew and German.  
                                                                         
Me, the flamenco dancer in 1949 in Oregon who studied with Therese Stopper, had no idea it was connected to our Jewish roots.  It just reached my heart, and I'm Ashkenazi!  

Spanish music is my favorite.  When I was around 13 years old I took up Spanish dancing after having studied tap, ballet and toe dancing.  I did the classical and flamenco dancing.  After dancing to this music, nothing else matches its intensity and rhythm.  It's in my heart forever.  
                                                                           
2008 Yasmin Levy, vocalist of Judeo-Spanish music: yasminlevy.net

                                                                                  
Ofra Haza (November 19, 1957-February 23, 2000, Israeli singer from Yemen, messo-soprano

Yasmin has a distinctive and emotive style, just as Ofra Haza did with her music reflecting Yemen.  Yasmin had a debut album called Romance & Yasmin in 2000, which earned her a nomination as "Best Newcomer" for the Roots BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards 2005.  She then followed that up in 2005 with her 2nd album called "La Juderia" (Spanish:  The Jewish Quarter).  
                                                                            
Yasmin singing La Alegria (Happiness)

In 2006 she was nominated again, then in the category of "Culture Crossing."  Levy's work earned her the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation Award for promoting cross-cultural dialogue between musicians from 3 cultures.  In her own words, she said, "I am proud to combine the 2 cutures of Ladino and flamaenco, while mixing in Middle Eastern influences.  I am embarking on a 500 year old musical journey, taking Ladino to Andalusia and mixing it with flamenco, the style that still bears the musical memories of the old Moorish and Jewish-Spanish world with the sound of the Arab world.  In a way, it is a "Musical reconciliation" of history.  

I have a  Pashtun friend in Pakistan about the same age as Yasmin.  I saw the picture of Yasmin and didn't know who she was.  My Pashtun friend identified her for me, so her music has reached very far.  He also has a positive feeling for Israel, maybe to her credit.  Music does jump across barriers.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPOpcAp_qnU  La Alegria by Yasmin
Resource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasmin_Levy#Biography