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Month: July 2016

It’s Their Fault ?>

It’s Their Fault

I was standing in line to go up to The Temple Mount. Why not, right? I’d like to see what the fuss is all about. People have waged wars, spilled blood, and fought for decades for this hill. Do I wear my kippa? Not wear my kippa? I read the news weekly in Palestinian media of religious Jews “storming” The Temple Mount. Did I want to add to that? But screw that. The Temple Mount has a very clear Jewish connection…

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Military Occupations and their Effects ?>

Military Occupations and their Effects

The Nature of Military Occupation Military occupations are never tolerated by the occupied. The British Armed Forces were deployed in Northern Ireland in 1969 at the request of the Unionist Government of Northern Ireland. These soldiers were welcomed by the Catholic population of Ireland in response to Protestant riots and terrorism against Catholic marches for civil rights at the time. However, by 1971 the same Catholics, organized as the IRA, were fighting the British in a brutal campaign of terrorism….

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Love is not a Victory March ?>

Love is not a Victory March

In Memory of Shira Banki I wanted to sit alone. I wanted to sit alone and cry. But I was seated at the front of the bus and a little girl had fallen asleep on my shoulder and I tried to cry gently so as not to wake her up. And I lost myself in the cold, in the broken, in the Hallelujah. For as children we were bright lights shining, then we were dimmed, until we truly believed that…

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Transparency is Good. Right? ?>

Transparency is Good. Right?

Israel recently  passed what’s colloquially called The NGO bill. Officially it’s called the “Transparency Requirements for Parties Supported by Foreign State Entities Bill 5766-2016”.   Great! I think transparency is really important. When you see an NGO that is pumping millions of dollars into Israel to advance a certain agenda the FIRST question you should ask is “what’s in it for them” and that’s often-times answered by who holds the wallet and thus power. That wallet is held “hostage” by…

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It’s Us vs. Them ?>

It’s Us vs. Them

I grew up in a very tight-knit orthodox bubble in New York and since then have moved to a relatively tight-knit orthodox bubble in Israel. Here I meet people of all types of backgrounds, but having left America at 16 and never really having met a Reform or Conservative Jew, I’ve come to idolize the other streams a bit. In my childhood mind, there were two types of Jews; Orthodox and non-religious. I had no knowledge of the fact that other…

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