Audrey's Blog for November '11
Occupied: To Be Used On Bathrooms, Only
November 29, 2011
Occupied. A funny term. It usually comes to mind when you've drank too much on an airplane and need to visit that tiny closet with blue water. When you need it the most, what is it? OCCUPIED.
But there's become an axiomatic use of the term, when it comes to politics and the Middle East, that needs to be clarified...because it's interminable...the use of the word 'occupied' concerning Israel in her own land. Jew-haters, liberals and their ilk continue to delegitimize the Jewish State and its right to the land. Jews are commonly referred to as 'occupiers' building 'illegal' settlements. But is this position true?
Let's settle this semantical subterfuge...
Merriam-Webster defines occupied as: To take possession and control of (a place), as by military invasion. That, of course, would not apply if one already owns a piece of land and is protecting its sovereignty.
Which is the case with the Jewish people and the Holy Land. Consider these facts:
The Jewish people are indigenous to Israel and have maintained a presence in the land for over 3,000 years, demonstrated by a plethora of historical and archeological evidence. So, 'occupying' your OWN land is, well, an impossibility. Lord Balfour (Balfour Declaration 1917) recognized Israel's claim to their homeland (which included the West and East banks of the Jordan River).
In 1967, there was NO Arab state known as Palestine. Israel took over the West Bank in a defensive act against Jordan, when Jordan launched a war with Egypt and Syria to destroy Israel. Jordan was in the West Bank illegally since its prior attempt to destroy Israel...in 1948. No one, including the other Arab states, recognized Jordan's occupation of the West Bank.
UN Resolution 181 recommended a 2-state solution. One Arab and one Jewish. The Jews agreed and began a State. The Arabs refused and launched a war on the newly created State of Israel. Resolution 181 was a 'recommendation' and had NO legal standing.
An armistice line was formed in 1949, BUT had no political significance whatsoever. THIS is the line referred to as '1967 borders'...which is erroneous. It is NEITHER a border NOR was it formed in 1967.
Israel has a legal right to the land. Its presence in the West Bank is the result of defensive acts. The West Bank was annexed by Trans-Jordan illegally and used to destroy the nascent State. And since the West Bank had no legal sovereign...it cannot be occupied, but rather disputed.
Occupied, concerning Jews and the Jewish State, should clearly be retired from use. It is provocative and meant to incite hatred toward the Jews...as Arab States have made a practice for centuries.
Occupied is a political term....and in this case, it is NOT correct. So, as Israel's Deputy MFA, Danny Ayalon, so aptly puts it: "So please, let's stop using 'occupied territories' and '67 borders'...they're just not 'politically correct'."
Let's leave it for the bathroom door.
Shalom through strength...
November 23-25, 2011
Issued in 1789
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
Plaque on the right side of
Federal Hall National Memorial, NYC
"Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me 'to recommend to the
of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be
observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of
Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to
establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.'
"Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
"And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
"Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
Suha's Sorrow: Steal Today, Run Tomorrow
November 18, 2011
It's been 7 years since the death of the Rodent of Ramallah, Yasser Arafat. But no worries...his widow is still stealing to keep herself in luxury...apparently the billions he stole from the people he used as weapons to beat up Israel, has been burned by her tubby tukis.
Yasser's personal fortune was estimated at between $2 and $3 billion, most of which was in Swiss bank accounts. He would have been worth a lot more if he hadn't fallen on hard times in exile (1982-1993), when Arafat was worth up to $5 billion, mostly due to drug trafficking in Lebanon.
This is the fiend that Peres called a "Partner for Peace"...an obvious perception problem.
So back to Suha...well the greedy little pretend wife of the grandfather of modern terrorism (and a pedophile), was just not satisfied with the mass of money robbed from the PA...she robbed a few million herself. She's on the run from the authorities...
Nope, not a rumor...it's reality. Tunisia issued an international arrest warrant for Suha, who is wanted for purportedly absconding with Tunisian government and PA funds that were intended to be used to build a school.
And you'll love this...she was interviewed, before the warrant was issued, concerning some of the stolen money which had been used to build a playground for her and Yasser's daughter, Zahwa. After 50 years of working for Palestine, does Arafat not deserve to have a playground for his daughter? He didn't buy jewelry or build factories for her. All he did was build a little playground in Tunisia," she remarked.
Really? Is that all the filthy terrorist/embezzler did? He looted the lowly, not to lavish hag and arm his minions to kill innocent Jewish civilians...but to build an ity bity pwaygwound? With other people's money (sounds like a Lib)?
The only schmuck buying that is on the run from Tunisian authorities...and I'm thinking her couture alone will slow her down.
Shalom through strength...
Disaster: Forgetting Who We Are and Missing Who They Are
November 16, 2011
"So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.
"If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.
"If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself."
~Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Let me ask you a question: Who proposed the resolution to create the various Cabinet positions within the Executive Branch of our government and twelve amendments to the Constitution of which ten became the Bill of Rights? Who organized the first volunteer fire company in 1736, called the Union Fire Company?
Stumped? Most Americans would be...(James Madison & Ben Franklin)
As we move closer to the end of 2011, one of the most tragic realities is that Americans are forgetting where they came from. Assaulted by the mantra of multiculturalists, the absence of truth and facts in the classroom, Americans are being placed in a perilous position for the future of the greatest nation on earth.
What makes our situation vastly vulnerable is the fact that we also do NOT know or understand who our most aggressive enemy is (followers of Islam). And that actuality may very well cost us our freedoms...and eventually our lives.
There is a major difference between Middle East Muslim society and Western Judeo-Christian society. Muslims, as individuals and communally, are profoundly religious, with their faith being rooted firmly in the Quran and Sharia Law. Most Muslims perform their religious duties (the five pillars of Islam). Unlike the liberty found in a Judeo-Christian society, there is no widespread secular phenomenon...Sharia assures complete obedience to the Quran so there is no room for secularism...or separation of Mosque and State.
This distinction cannot be overlooked. Their mindset is at odds with the West in every meaningful way. To overlook this is to do so at our own peril.
And this is precisely what our leaders and the media are doing.
But hope is not lost. There is unprecedented access to information and global resources from authorities on this ideology. And there's always the opportunity to research our founding documents (and the sage men who created them)...and still pass this info on to another generation.
Acting post haste is not optional if we are to prevent the hordes of liberty-loathers drooling at the thought of imprisoning us under their draconian dictates.
Some simple steps for maintaining our freedoms, that we so treasure:
Educate ourselves on OUR OWN history.
Educate ourselves on the ideology of Islam.
Inform the ill-informed media of the facts (something they care little about, as of late).
Share this info with candidates who are requesting our support in the next election.
And if elected, tell your representatives to be sure to insert their spine prior to taking office...they have to stand up for US, not vice versa.
Know ourselves. Know our enemy. It's been a winning strategy for centuries...no reason to abandon it now.
Shalom through strength...
Obama/Sarkozy Incident: The De-Evolution Of Journalism
November 11, 2011
"Journalism consists largely in saying "Lord Jones died" to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive." --G. K. Chesterton
According to the International Federation of Journalists, journalistic codes of ethics share common elements including the principles of: Truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability...as these apply to obtaining newsworthy information and its ensuing propagation to the public.
In other words: Tell it like it IS, not how you'd like it to be!
Yet in our lifetime...we have observed the corruption of what was once a noble profession. And no more discouraging example than what occurred at the recent G20 meeting.
The proud-to-be left-leaning media have been relentless in its persecution of GOP members when they made careless mistakes. BUT, if you happen to be one of their crew, like Barry Obama...you get an unequivocal pass. He has, in a brief time, racked up quite a plethora of gaffes, including: 'visiting 57 (US) States'; as Commander-in-Chief pronouncing Corpsman as "Corpse-man" several times in a speech, etc.
But his backbiting remark about the PM of the Jewish State, got more than a pass...it got a commitment of nondisclosure...
The incident involved Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy having what they thought was a private conversation regarding their mutual dislike of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The 'unbiased' media members present agreed to sign a document promising not to publish the derogatory comments. "There were discussions between journalists and they agreed not to publish the comments due to the sensitivity of the issue," an anonymous journalist told the French website, Arret Sur Images.
Really? Why not share the info? Wasn't it news...or was it precisely how they themselves felt about the Israeli PM and they were feeling a wee bit convicted.
What a sad and tragic day when it's finally realized that true journalism...the reporting of facts as they occur...is revised to fit the predilections of amateur amanuenses.
Vive les faits (long live the facts)!!
Israel: War-Ready Since 1948
November 8, 2011
"To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace." --George Washington
Shalom, or peace through strength is a long-time position of wisdom. It is a state of mind that accepts the reality that there is evil in this world, determined to destroy innocents. And the only way to protect innocent civilians is to be ready for war...at ALL times.
Former President Ronald Reagan knew this well. A man whose sage pillars of national security policy were (as Peter Huessy puts it): "Peace through strength;" "Trust but verify; and "Beware of evil in the modern world."
There is one State that knows these principles well...and have had to cling to them since the rebirth of their nation: Israel.
This tiny nation is surrounded by tens of thousands of hostiles on every side. Aside from the daily onslaught of terror attacks (which few are aware of because the Israelis are no whiners), Israel has contended with major Arab assaults in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1968, and 1973. And, by the way, those major conflicts had nothing to do with the 'Palestinians'.
They are surrounded by hate by Lebanon (now surrendered to Hezbollah [or Iran]) and Syria (puppet state of Iran) in the North. Jordan in the East (no friend of Israel). And Egypt on the southern border, now heavily-influenced by Hezbollah (which means Iran has its tentacles wrapped around it).
But wait...there's more...Iran, clinging to their nuclear program like white on rice, has made it unequivocal that Israel is the first target. And with all the enabler-states now surrounding the Jewish State...if allowed, they will finish Muhammad's and Hitler's job with the push of a button.
The majority of the American people are standing with Israel, and will continue to do so: No matter what. But, as far as the current US administration is concerned: They expect Israel to remain sitting ducks for the manifest promises of the maniacal Mullahs.
Sorry to disappoint, Barry, but Israel has the right to protect its citizens from Iranian weapons of mass destruction. And his support of their defensive mode should be a no-brainer...but that would require active gray matter.
Alas and alack...
And so it continues...and Jeshurun will thrive and survive, because they will remain war-ready!
Shalom through strength...
Albany Gets Something Right, So It's A Cold Day In Hell
November 4, 2011
Few good things have ever come out of the cesspool located at Empire State Plaza. Oh, the representatives look dapper, but what often goes on at that geographic location would raise eyebrows in the Court of Caligula.
The GOP and the Dems have joined together in something other than the scandal-of-the-week...a noble effort that should be an example for every State in the Union (wow, as a NYer, it's almost surreal stating that).
State Senate leader Dean Skelos (R) will co-sponsor the Iran Divestment Act with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D). The Bill is based on a federal law passed last year that empowers states/local governments to divest from companies that directly or indirectly support Iran's nuclear weapons endeavors.
What I want to know is: Who brought the smelling salts to Albany? Give that man a Klondike Bar!!
Skelos said that New Yorkers must condemn tyrannical governments, like Iran, that sponsor terrorism and have tried to develop nuclear weapons, and threaten Israel.
True, but our exprobation of a Terror State like Iran must be acute...because next to al Qaeda, Iran has killed more Americans than any other Islamic entity.
But I will give credit where credit is due. Skelos and Silver (eww, that name leaves a bad taste in my mouth) deserve kudos for this effort. It's sad that this should be among the paucity of magnanimous items that have ever emanated out of NY's capital.
I'm still waiting for the NY GOP (which is a mere shadow of what it was when my parents were alive and young) to have the testicular fortitude to condemn the behavior of the anarchists in Zuccotti Park. But I guess there is an excuse...
The effluvium emanating out of lower Manhattan surely has reminded them of the miasma they have either created and/or continue in the NY State capital.
It's a shame there is no such thing as a vertebral column transplant...I have a few candidates...
Denouncing The Defensible, Ignoring The Indefensible
November 1, 2011
It's become a habit. A BAD habit. A habit of the blind in the West. The conscious or unconscious Arab-tilt in their view of the Middle East...in particular...the Holy Land. And what they do is not only foolish and feckless...but for Israel: Pernicious.
Israel functions in an interminable defensive mode. She is surrounded by enemies on every border (and even more so, since the 'Arab Spring'). The targeted attacks that the IDF conducts are on terror cells. Period. They are performed in order to prevent future terror attacks on innocent Israeli civilians.
This is NOT the case with their enemies...
Israel's enemies intentionally target innocent Jewish civilians. They attack with intent to kill. Israel responds not in-kind, but rather seeks out the perpetrators and destroys their ability to kill again.
But is this the way the situation is reported in the West? Not so much...at all...
Since Israel pulled out of Gaza in order to allow the Palestinians a chance out of nation-building, innocent Israeli's have been targeted by Palestinian Islamic militant groups tens of thousands of times. These attacks have been perpetrated by ALL Palestinian armed groups, and, prior to the 20082009 Gaza War, were unswervingly supported by most Palestinians citizens.
You've heard about that from the media, right? Not likely...
BUT, what you HAVE heard is how the heartless IDF has pummeled and killed Palestinian civilians...lies, wrapped in falsehoods, wrapped in mendacities.
A 'gift' and talent you find in the digits of Islamists and liberal media outlets that report the news.
So, governments and world citizens believe the slant...and condemn the defensive acts of a nation (Israel) striving to exist, while simultaneously defending (by omission) the barbaric acts of a people--and their representatives (Hamas is a duly elected majority of the Palestinian government).
Convoluted, indeed...but insidious because it endangers Israelis and Jews globally, as a result.
People must decide what it is they want. Truth or the consequences of believing lies. Journalism was established in order to protect citizens by dispensing truth...facts-on-the-ground. They are not to become a Nanny feeding and guiding its audience. That is what is owed the consumer of their product. Anything else is a betrayal of their journalistic conscience...and, in the case of Israelis and Jews...a grave injustice.
Isn't it time for truth?
Shalom through strength...