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Jan 29, 2015

A special kind of hate (video)








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Hillel Fuld Talks to i24News about Israel's Billion Dollar Tech Week (video)








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Jews Are Cheap | Ep. 2 | That's Racist (video)








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Ayeka, by Aron Razel and Shuli Rand (video)








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Jan 28, 2015

Headline of the Day

Jewish visits to Temple Mount increase by 92% since 2009


  -- Jpost


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Abutbol staying in Bet Shemesh

Yesterday Bet Shemesh was in a bit of a tizzy. Rumors were swirling, and it turns out that there was a possibility that Moshe Abutbol, mayor of Bet Shemesh, was being considered for a realistic spot on the Shas list for Knesset.

The opportunity supposedly came to Abutbol as a result of the arrangement in which Rav Reuven Elbaz was moved into a central spot in Shas, with him being added to the rabbinic council of Shas and his efforts to bring peace and quiet and unity among the ranks, and calm the Shas-voting public. Abutbol, being close to Rav Elbaz, was named as a possibility for the Knesset list.

If Abutbol would take the spot, on the one hand it would be an honor and great for Bet Shemesh to have a[nother] MK and possible minister, while on the other hand Abutbol leaving Bet Shemesh for the Knesset would throw Bet Shemesh into another, probably bitter and divisive, elections for mayor, third in 3 years.

The rumors and wonder were quelled relatively quickly. Last night Moshe Abutbol released a statement in which he said that he has decided to not leave Bet Shemesh for the Knesset. Abutbol explained that after receiving the trust of the residents of the city, twice in a short period of time, it would not be right to leave the city and send it into another election season, with the wounds from the previous ones still not yet healed.

Abutbol says that in the coming period he will help Shas in whatever way possible to succeed in the elections, but only from outside the ranks of the party list for Knesset.

That out an end to the question.

It seems like Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, is in a similar, but different, situation.

Recently Netanyahu approached Barkat with the possibility of appointing him Minister of Jerusalem Issues. The issue has remained open, and nothing will happen in that regards until after the upcoming elections, and then only if Netanyahu and the Likud win the elections.

However, Barkat has said he is open to the idea of being a minister for the benefit of Jerusalem, but only if it can be done in a way that would not require him to give up his position as mayor. Legal council has already said this is possible.
source: Mynet

I cannot imagine someone being able to juggle the position of minister and mayor of such a major city like Jerusalem at the same time. I am sure both positions would take up so much of his time and I cannot fathom one person being able to do both, even though there might be some overlap in the issues of the jobs.

Same situation with Abutbol. I cannot imagine how he'd be able to manage the city and work in the Knesset at the same time, though I doubt it has the legal issues as Barkat's situation - meaning, he probably would not be allowed to keep the mayorship while serving in knesset.





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Picture of the Day





This is a picture of 86 year old Joseph Kaufman kissing the feet of Daniel Gillespie, 89 years old. Gillespie was a US Army soldier who saved Kaufman's life in 1945 upon liberation of Dachau.

An absolutely amazing story.. from the Daily Mail:
This is the poignant moment when a man rescued from the hell he endured at the hands of the Nazis met his saviour and gave him a salute almost 70 years later.Joshua Kaufman first saluted his rescuer Daniel Gillespie. Then he kissed his hand and finally, he fell to his feet, exclaiming: 'I have wanted to do this for 70 years. I love you, I love you so much...'.Kaufman, now 87, was a 'walking corpse' on April 29 1945 when U.S. Army soldier Gillespie, 89, marched in with his comrades to liberate the charnel house that was the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.Gillespie, a machine gunner with the 42nd 'Rainbow Division,' moved to block 11 of the infamous complex which was the first camp built by the Nazis to house its enemies in 1933. 
By the time it was liberated more than 35,000 people had been murdered there - in executions, in cruel medical experiments, starved, worked and beaten to death.The first person he saw was Hungarian Jew Kaufman. He was hiding in the latrines with other prisoners, uncertain if the soldiers who arrived were liberators or a Nazi death squad sent to liquidate the camp.
'We were confined to barracks by the guards. This meant most of us were marked for death,' Mr Kaufman said. 'Then I saw the white flag flying from the watchtower and I realised then that the torture was at an end. When the Americans smashed in the door, my heart did somersaults.'Gillespie helped the emaciated prisoner into the daylight and back into the land of the living. Both parted with tears in their eyes - both believed they would never see one another again.
Kaufman, who lost most of his family in the Holocaust, made it to Israel where he became a soldier who fought in the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War. He later emigrated to America where he married, fathered three daughters and became a self employed plumber.Gillespie married, fathered eight children and built a career for himself as a successful salesman. Amazingly, neither knew that they lived within an hour's drive of each other until a German documentary crew arranged their moving reunion on the sand at Hungtington Beach, California.Accompanied by his youngest daughter Alexandra, 34, to the meeting, Joshua said: 'I came out of hell into the light. For that, and to him, I am eternally grateful.'Gillespie, who had fought with his comrades through Europe to reach the gates of the Dachau camp, said: 'It was the most profound shock of my life. Its liberation changed my life forever.'We could not understand it. I grew up in California where we had everything in abundance. 'We didn't get how people could let other people starve. They murdered them or just let them die. Again and again the questions moved through my head. And at the same time I was just incredibly angry.'
When they were reunited, Gillespie asked Kaufman: 'How did you survive? What kept you alive?' An emotional and overwhelmed Kaufman replied: 'Dying would have been easier. In Dachau we had to tote around 50 kilo cement sacks. The whole day long.'Whoever broke down was immediately shot. I turned me into an animal. And animals want to survive. I wanted to live.' He described how, to this day, he still sleeps on a thin mattress close to a window so he can gaze out at green grass every day.The meeting, and their stories, will be told in a special for the History Channel Deutschland to be screened on May 31. Kaufman had the last word on the beach when he said: 'I have everything I wanted in life through him. That is the reason for my thankfulness.'Both men are old, both realise they will probably never see one another again. But both said they were humbled by their meeting so many years after Nazism was crushed.







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International Jewish Student Leaders Lay Out Their Challenges as WUJS Convenes (video)








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Bennet to barnea: maybe you are the crazy one (video)








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Auschwitz: Drone video of Nazi concentration camp (video)

Drone video shows the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as it is today - 70 years after it was liberated by Soviet troops. The camp in Poland is now maintained as a World Heritage Site and is visited by thousands of tourists and survivors every year. Auschwitz was the largest camp established by the Germans during World War II. More than a million people - the vast majority of them Jews - died there between 1940, when it was built, and 1945, when it was liberated by the Soviet army.

Railway tracks into Auschwitz-Birkenau - Trains filled with victims from throughout occupied Europe arrived at the camp almost every day between 1942 and the summer of 1944.

Ruins of wooden huts at Birkenau - Birkenau (or Auschwitz II) was erected in 1941 solely as a death camp, the wooden huts are now in ruins with only brick fireplaces and chimneys remaining.

Entrance to Auschwitz I -The wrought-iron sign over the entrance bears the words Arbeit Macht Frei - "Work sets you free".

Auschwitz I - The brick-built buildings were the former cavalry barracks of the Polish Army.

Courtyard between blocks 10 and 11 at Auschwitz I - Block 11 was called "the Block of Death" by prisoners. Executions took place between Block 10 and Block 11 and posts in the yard were used to string up prisoners by their wrists.

Auschwitz Birkenau is now a museum run by the Polish Culture Ministry, and a Unesco world heritage site.




and here are  the words of PM Netanyahu at Yad Vashem for International Holocaust Remembrance Day



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IAI employees in satellite selfie (video)

this is cool.. the employees of Israel Aircraft Industries took a "selfie" using a satellite.. that must have required a very long selfie stick..






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Shmuel Shapiro - Ahavat Israel - (Music Video)








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Jan 27, 2015

Bennet's star stumbles

Bennet has basically been considered a brilliant campaigner and leader for Habayit Hayehudi. He seemed to be able to do no wrong. He brought the party out of obscurity, from 3 seats that were probably heading to 0, and led them to the promised land of 12 seats. Now he has been polling at 15+ for the coming elections, and his star has been seen to only be rising.

Yet somehow this move, reserving the slot for Eli Ohana, has upset many in his party. Zevulun Kalfa and Rav Ronsky have already announced their resigning the party, and who knows how many voters or other leaders will jump ship.

Did Bennet misread his party so badly? Is this just collateral damage and he will bring in more than he loses?


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Shas ignores its own shkufim for the general shkufim

The news sometimes writes itself.

Shas has been running this great campaign focusing on what they call the "shkufim" - the poor people who are transparent to the larger public and especially to the nations leaders. Shas claims nobody pays attention to them, and only Shas will take care of their needs.

It turns out that Shas has not been paying salaries to its own employees. Many Shas employees, especially in the school system Maayan Hachinuch Hatorani, are complaining that they have not been paid salaries for many months (and some have received partial salaries). They even claim to be opening legal proceedings against Shas over this.

The Shkufim campaign might be a great campaign, but if the shkufim think that Shas will actually take care of their needs after giving them their votes, the shkufim just need to look at how Shas deals with its own internal shkufim. They can guess on their own how things will turn out for them if they rely on Shas. But then again, maybe there's nobody else anyway.


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Habayit Hayehudi members should not be upset about Bennet's choice of Eli Ohana

I don't have an opinion on whether giving former soccer star Eli Ohana a reserved spot on the Habayit Hayehudi list was a good decision or not. I know very little about him and his opinions, let alone his capabilities - basically only the little bit I have heard today.

I do have an opinion on something else though. That is, the complaints about Bennet having used a reserved slot for Ohana, rather than for one of the many worthy candidates in the recent primaries who failed to win realistic spots.

This may have been a lousy choice, and as I said I have no opinion about that, but the party gave the party leader, Naftali Bennet right now, the ability to do with those slots as he pleases.

As I see it, the purpose of giving the leader the right to offer x number of reserved spots is to give him some flexibility in putting people to his liking, people he thinks can draw in voters, people who have certain levels of influence that are attractive to the leader. The leaders ability to form the party representatives to his liking is limited. Primaries choose the representatives, not the leader. Reserved slots gives the leader a little bit of an ability to lead - to put in a small number of the people he wants. Even if the entire list would be selected against the wishes of the leader, he gets a couple people to his liking and choosing.

That is why I voted in the referendum of the recent Likud primaries to give the party leader, Netanyahu, the ability to offer two reserved slots to candidates of his choice. I think the party leader should have that limited ability.

Back to the reserved spots in Habayit Hayehudi...

If thoise other candidates, and they were all [probably] worthy candidates were not strong enough to attract enough votes from within the party membership, who says they would have had the ability to attract voters from without, in the general elections in march? Maybe Bennet believes that Eli Ohana, and whomever he offers the next slots to, will attract more voters than the amount Danny Dayan or Rav Ronski can.

Bennet might be wrong, and Eli Ohana might turn out to be a bad choice (or not), but the party members gave Bennet that choice to make. it is his gamble.




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The Model of Israeli Irony

The following has been passed around, and was posted on Facebook by Moshe Feiglin, among others..


(thanks to Esser Agaroth for the translation)
The Model of Israeli Irony:

The Jewish Home Party submitted a petition to the Chair of the Elections Committee against the name of "The Zionist Camp" claiming that "they are not really Zionists."

In response, The Zionist Camp submitted a petition  to the Chair of the Elections Committee against the name of "The Jewish Home" claiming that "they are not really Jews."

So the beloved judge who sits as the Chair of the Elections Committee will be forced to rule on and to determine who is a real Zionist, and who is a real Jew.

And what is the name of the beloved judge?

Salim Jobran.

Even "Eretz Nehederet"* could not have written a better skit than this.



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