Tag: palestine

26Feb

Missile Alert in a Bad Neighborhood

You think you live in a bad neighborhood? Consider the following map of how long the average Israeli has to reach “safety” once a missile alert has been issued. Then consider the radical change if the world gets it’s way, and much of the Galilee and Samaria are handed over to the control of those who are trying to build a Caliphate.

Would you find this acceptable if it were New York State?

Missile alert maps current v Palestinian state in Yosh

23Feb

Wolves with Bunnies

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Multiculturalism only really works when everyone respects life as life — the problem is that many worldviews don’t — actually — respect life, as they have no concept of God, or no concept of the image of God in man.

16Dec

If You Repeat a Lie…

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Israel has certainly made mistakes in it’s short life, but the world has made more — more by lying to millions of people about Israel and Palestine. We are quick to hold a “slut walk,” to prove women shouldn’t be raped because of the way they dress, but we are also quick to call Israel a “slut” who deserves the terror rained down on her because she dresses the wrong way. The double standard isn’t just maddening — it’s Antisemitism, plain and simple.

Of course, the Palestinians are as much victims as Israel is, being used a pawns in a global game of “kick the Jew, so long as I don’t have to do the kicking.”

Enough, already. Time to end the lies and tell the truth.

14Aug

A Perception Driven World

You may have seen this video of Israeli Soldiers shooting a poor kid in the leg, and then laughing about it. Later images in the narrative include the kid in the hospital with his leg in a cast, and then discharge papers for the kid leaving the hospital. It all sounds watertight, right? An Israeli soldier caught on video shooting a child with a high power rifle, and proof the child was then taken to the hospital for treatment.

There’s a single problem with this narrative: it’s all in your perception. This entire episode is an example of why eyewitness testimony isn’t as reliable as you think it is — why God required at least two eyewitness testimonies of a single event before bringing in a conviction. So let’s go down the list of facts we know here.

First, the kid limps off. If you’ve ever seen a shooting with a high power rifle, you’d know the person shot doesn’t “limp off.” They are carried off with a broken leg (at a minimum).

Second, the person in the video is limping from an injury in their left leg, while the person in the hospital bed has an injury on their right leg. These aren’t the same two people.

Third, the discharge papers from the hospital don’t show a name or a date, and they’re written in English (how many American hospitals write up their discharge papers even in Spanish, much less Hebrew?).

Fourth, the sniper claims a shot in the butt, not the leg. In fact, the sniper probably couldn’t see the “kid’s” leg at all, given the construction of the building.

Fifth, the “kid” isn’t a “kid.” He’s at least 18, perhaps older, and he’s not so innocent, going to an Israeli city to throw heavy objects off a building at the people below. Do we have any video of someone being hit by a large stone from three stories above to offset his “injuries?”

In sum, something isn’t adding up here. Thomas Wictor has pointed to sand bullets as the solution — plausible. With or without the sand bullets, however, the facts just aren’t completely in line with what we think we see. In this case, the perception becomes reality for most people — “Hitler, we’re sorry!” according to one comment on the video (and there are plenty more like it).

As Christians, we face this type of situation every day. Things that seem unreal are, in fact, real. Homosexual marriage, which will ultimately harm our social fabric, is promoted as an unmitigated good. Racism is pulled out to counter serious arguments about real policy problems, from illegal immigration to foreign policy to obvious lawlessness.

What is the Christian responsibility towards the truth?

We expect the world to take our claims of a risen Savior seriously. We expect our friends to spend time investigating our claims made on faith. We expect our family members to take our belief in a God you can neither see nor hear nor feel in earnest.

And yet, far too often, we take the world’s claims about reality in an off handed manner. We, like the world around us, are often all too willing to take a narrative that’s presented to us at face value. It takes work to try and find the truth; it’s far easier to watch a two minute video and react, especially if that video fits a preconceived narrative. How would we react if we came across a crowd in Jerusalem screaming “crucify him?” Probably much the same as we do today — we’d join right in.

If we are truly committed to the truth, then we need to be willing to do the work to dig and find out more — to pay attention to the little inconsistencies that say, “something else is going on here.”

If we are truly committed to the truth.

17Jul

Thursday Roundup

As always, my bookmarks runneth over. Time to clean them out.

It’s interesting that those who collect your data are often afraid of you even seeing what they’re collecting. In this particular case, it relates to information collected by public schools in their students. I suspect this might have to do with fear of the information being incorrect, or being required to build a process that allows you to fix what they’ve collected (or contest it), but I don’t think that’s all there is to it. The main reason I think they’re afraid to let you see the information is they realize just how intrusive the data collection efforts will appear when you really get a chance to see what they’ve collected.

Some folks on the progressive side of Israeli politics are suddenly discovering that language is the first thing to fall to thugs and bullies. There’s a difference between what Israel means when using the words “two state solution,” and what the Palestinians means. The problem is, of course, there’s an existential problem with progressives discovering someone else has been playing the same games with language they play all the time. If they fuss about their being duped by word games, then they are fussing about doing what they actually do. It’s not a comfortable situation to be in, I’m certain. Progressives don’t mind lies, so long as its not their ox being gored.

Another thing bullies always says — if they’re losing — is, “I didn’t mean to start a fight.” Really, I didn’t expect that firing those 600 missiles into the cities of a nation that supplies just about every scrap of food, fuel, and employment for my entire population might cause them to at least try and do something about it. Not that they’re celebrating their destruction of the lives of ordinary people or anything.

If you ever doubted that progressivism is a religious belief system that cannot, and will not, tolerate anything other than strict adherence to it’s orthodoxies, the results of the Hobby Lobby case should open your eyes. Five white Catholic men who seek total cultural and political domination by refusing to force a company to pay for completely voluntary medical treatments that could be avoided by learning some self control, and aren’t any more expensive than a weekly trip to the coffee shop. The horrors of Christian domination know no bounds.

The world is full of myths about monogamy; this article takes six of them apart in some detail. My favorite line is this:

Other Animals Aren’t Monogamous, So Humans Need Not Be Monogamous. Other animals also have scales, lack opposable thumbs, and are generally poor conversationalists. Higher-order thinking and awareness of one’s own mortality are also unique features of the human species. Despite that, this is a reliable feature of every single call to end monogamy.

The only mistake in this reasoning is that progressives really do think humans are “just another animal,” so they don’t see the problem with the line of logic they’re using here.

Sometimes the facts so obvious that the progressive media must do everything they can to keep them under wraps. How many times can you write about the murder of a teacher in front of a class of kids, and use euphemisms to avoid saying the killer is Muslim?

What do you get when you think politics doesn’t matter? Or, thinking politics does matter, think it mostly matters to get freebies from the government? Obama. And Obama’s chickens, so to speak, are coming home to roost. Only we’re going to be roost in this case, while Obama goes off into a multimillion dollar retirement, or some prominent post at the EU.

We often worry about the nature of our information culture — specifically, how easy it is to build yourself an information stream that only contains things you agree with. You might think that folks in the media would counter this trend, reading broadly, and learning as much as they can. You would be wrong. Folks who work in the media are breathtakingly ignorant of very basic things. It’s not so much that they are ignorant, of course, it’s that they are intentionally, willfully ignorant.

Progressives want the government out of their bedrooms. Unless, that is, they want businesses in their bedrooms, giving them free birth control. Then they want government in the business’ business telling them to get in their bedrooms so the progressives can do what they like in their bedrooms (and everywhere else) without any consequences — and remember, it’s none of your business what I want the government to force businesses to pay for. Got it? One problem. If the government gives you contraception, the government can take it away.

Priceless: the moment you discover a major group raising money to fight “dark money” in politics is funded by… (drum roll)… dark money.

So you think that anti-depressant is really helping? Maybe, maybe not. There’s a crisis in modern psychology, in case you didn’t know.

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re really not watching you. Or rather listening — the facebook app is soon to be yet another passive listener on your phone, trying to figure out what you’re doing so they can automatically post information about where you are and what you’re doing when you post an update.

But the true reason that user-oriented praise and criticism of the Internet are alike misguided is that smartphones are not just windows into the world. They are, by their nature as a digitizing medium, windows into us. –Intercollegiate Review

3Jun

Funny — & Not So Funny

Al-Dura-Fraud

In case you didn’t hear, the image that launched a thousand tongues wagging against Israel, and a thousand rocks and rockets into Israel, has been proven a complete a total fraud. Israel did not kill this child, as anyone who actually followed the story from day one, and looked at the facts (rather than the spin) would know. A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get it’s shoes on.

Khaled Abu Toameh on apartheid

Another lie about Israel — a lie that’s repeated over and over and over again — is that Israel is an “apartheid state.” The implication is that Israel is racist, that the root of the problem between Israel and the “Palestinians” is racism. If Israel is racist, then why do Muslims of “Palestinian origin” actually hold seats in their elected bodies, and in many other governmental positions?

Sick of Obama yet

Finally, something a bit funny, but not funny. The answer? Definitely yes.

15Feb

Rockets? What Rockets?

man-mazeA recent study of the textbooks used in Israel and Palestine (a state which has never existed in the history of man) has revealed, to no-one’s surprise, that Israel and Palestine are equally at fault for the current conflict. Which just proves that when you start with a presupposition that doesn’t match reality, it takes a lot more than some simple facts to shake your presupposition — in other words, seeing is not believing.

For the newbie, let’s review the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

From the Palestinian side: A bunch of Jews using a forged book (the Bible) as their justification and the death of millions of Jews in World War II (which didn’t really happen) as an excuse invaded the prosperous nation of Palestine, destroying it’s institutions and essentially enslaving it’s people through border fences and apartheid. The Palestinians have been struggling, ever since, trying to take their land back with nothing more than their bare hands and some rocks they can find on the streets. The world does not support Palestine, being beholden to Jewish financial interests, and Palestinians are starving in the streets on a daily basis (when they’re not being massacred by out of control Israeli military personally for racially motivated reasons).

In the real world: Jews bought up a lot of land in their native homeland, land that was not being used, and was freely sold to them by the current occupants — who had little to no use for it, as it was not farmable, and had no significant religious value. These Jews then declared a new state of Israel, clearly stating anyone who lived in the land covered was free to remain and become a part of this new state. The surrounding Arab countries attacked this new state, asking anyone who was Arabic or Muslim to clear the area for military operations by leaving, and promising Israel would be wiped off the map. These Arab armies were defeated, and the new state of Israel took the land (they had already largely purchased in legal transactions) in the time honored way — by defeating their enemies. Once Israel was established, and became prosperous, millions of Arabs began moving into the area to take advantage of that prosperity. Among them arose a set of leaders who saw that calling these newly arrived people “refugees,” and keeping them in the worst possible conditions towards doing what they could not do on the battlefield: destroy Israel. Suddenly Jerusalem became the “third holiest site” in Islam, a status which clearly overrules it’s designation as the holiest site in Judaism (especially as every historian in the history of man is wrong about the location of the Jewish Temple). These “refugees,” are regularly incited to fire rockets into Israel, and carry suicide bombs onto buses, into pizza parlors, and into city streets. When Israel responds to these incitements in common sense way, “the world,” calls down it’s wrath on Israel, because the entire situation is the fault of Israel itself.

In short, the only way Israel can prove to the world that it really loves the world is to all run to the beaches of Tel Aviv and jump in. From there, they should swim until they drown. And they should take their textbooks with them.

Such is the view of the esteemed professors who wrote this report.

Of course, when rockets rain down on their university, they stand around bewildered.

What is that odd pencil shaped thing falling from the sky onto my office? What is that loud booming sound? Has someone turned the bass up on their boom box that high? Rockets? What rockets?

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