Another blaring proof that our Leadership has failed to represent Authentic Judaism based on our Torah. Here the target is AIPAC.
Why I Cried at Aipac
by Tova Abadi
I never expected to exit the ballroom after a speech by Condoleeza Rice and break down in tears. Why did it happen? It was not because of the words by Condoleeza Rice. Clearly, her words and actions are not worth the tears of a Bat Yisrael.
I cried because I had just become a witness to the majority of the 7400 Jews present applauding Rice after hearing that we must have a "Palestinian" State inside of
The AIPAC leadership did their best to make certain that the invited speakers would receive a hearty and warm reception no matter what words were spoken. This message from AIPAC was emailed to registrants, spoken repeatedly, and even was on a ticker inside the convention center. The speaker could have called for the death and destruction of the Jewish people and the participants were mindlessly prepared to applaud.
Actually, that is what happened. Because AIPAC's guest speakers called for an Arab state inside of our Land which will be a launching pad for terror attacks throughout Israel. This will pose a danger to not only the seven million Jews living in
Not to mention that both Rice and Obama stated that there should be no more settlement construction. (In other words, they actually stated that Jews should not continue to build in certain parts of our G-D given Land.) And yet more applause from AIPAC attendees.
To make it worst, if that it possible, the AIPAC leaders seem extremely proud of this accomplishment and were engaged in a lot of patting on the back and reaping praise for one another.
As the ballroom doors opened and the huge crowd made their way out, my mind wandered to Jews being herded into cattle cars, irrespective of the fact that they were willing to be "good Germans." Similarly, many AIPAC attendees told me that they are proud, good Americans and
And I thought to myself "when will we stop being a stiff necked people?" and follow the will of HASHEM? Where in our Torah is there mention of a "palestinian aka arab" state inside our precious homeland?
So, as I was leaving with my friend Rob Muchnick ( U.S. Director of Manhigut Yehudit- an organization that B"H represents Jewish pride and identity,) I spontaneously burst out crying outside the ballroom of the DC Convention Center.
I wasn't crying for the outside forces that seek to destroy AM Yisrael but for our own Jewish brethren who are blinded by weak and opportunistic Jewish "leadership."
AIPAC's stated mission is to strengthen the US-Israel strategic alliance. Apparently this means supporting those following strategy leading to the destruction of
Later, I joined an AIPAC delegation and proceeded to Congress, I actually heard an AIPAC group leader argue with a
Many AIPAC participants told me that they have to follow whatever the Israeli government says and does, because
Was it worth the tears? I believe it was.
Tova Abadi is US Director of Communications
And Media Spokesperson
A "Resolution regarding Israel from Pro-Israel Christian Leaders" signed by over a thousand Christian leaders and urging a new U.S. policy toward Israel is being submitted to Senator John McCain with a request for a meeting with the candidate. AFSI has been working on this project with Rev. James Hutchens, Chaplain and Brigadier General of the U.S. Army (Ret.) and chairman of the Jerusalem Connection, Richard Hellman of CIPAC (Christians' Israel Public Action Campaign), Rev. James Vineyand, whose Oklahoma City church has 3,500 members and Rev. David Welch, who heads up a group of pastors in the Texas region.
To give an idea of the wide geographic range of supportive churches, among those who have signed on are the pastors of the Bible Baptist Church in Fairbanks Arkansas with 525 members, the Northwest Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio, with 700 members and the Clays Mill Road Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky with 2,000 members.
The resolution reads:
WHEREAS, Christian Zionism supports the modern State of Israel as a partial fulfillment of God's covenant promise to provide a national homeland for the Jewish people in anticipation of their ultimate redemption when Messiah comes; and
WHEREAS, These God-decreed covenants have an everlasting validity and relevance for the modern State of Israel; and
WHEREAS, The legal validity of the modern State of Israel has been established by international law in the Balfour Declaration of November 1917, and the British Mandate formalized at the League of Nations in July 1922, the United Nations partition resolution of 1947, the official recognition of the State of Israel by the United States in May of 1948 and Israel's admission to the United Nations in 1949; and
WHEREAS, Since its birth as a nation Israel has been under relentless attack by Arabs and Palestinians whose goal is not peace with Israel but its total annihilation; and
WHEREAS, The various peace proposals advanced by the United States, including the administration's "Land for Peace" to be implemented by a "Two-State Solution," have been historically and factually verifiable failures; and
WHEREAS, These failures have been a result of a dysfunctional denial of the stated goals of Palestinian Jihadists and other Iran sponsored terrorist groups such as Hezbollah to destroy Israel, including the continuing efforts to appease Israel's enemies by requiring Israel to give up land for peace; and
WHEREAS, There can be no realistic expectation of regional peace until Palestinian Jihadists are defeated, disarmed and their terrorist infrastructure dismantled; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the administration's "Road Map to Peace" with its "Land for Peace" and "Two-State Solution" be deemed unworkable and allowed to lapse; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a serious and engaged consideration be given to a new US/Israel policy that would be comprehensive and practical in dealing with the realities on the ground as well as honoring of God's covenant promises to Israel. (e.g. Please see "The Israeli Initiative").
Submitted by Petitioners, coordinated by Jerusalem Connection.
Like a bird that repetitively bangs against a glass window, administrations for the last forty years have stubbornly pursued the same failed and bound-to-fail policy of "retreat-for-peace." For a core constituency to confront a Presidential candidate with a challenge to the folly that is "received wisdom" is a vitally important first step.
6. Pidyon Shvuim - update on Halamish brothers by Datya Itzhaki
June 19, 2008
Pidion Shvuim Alert:
Halamish Brothers Remain in Jail
Dani and Itzik Halamish were jailed on May 20 despite a final plea to
the Supreme Court to grant a stay of sentence while a presidential pardon is
The Supreme Court failed to answer the final appeal by the brothers and
they began their respective sentences of seven months and eight months.
"The implementation of the sentence without allowing enough time for the
president to complete the pardon process harms the standing of the president
of the state," defense attorney Dov Even Or said. "The jailing of the
brothers today despite the consideration of a presidential pardon, a process
which takes six months, makes a mockery of the [court's] decision if the
pardon is accepted."
Dani and Itzik are in the Torani wing of Maasiyahu Prison in Ramle but
prison authorities have refused to authorize the special kosher food that
the brothers eat so that they receive a very restricted diet.
Supporters of the brothers continue to organize demonstrations urging President
Shimon Peres to grant them a pardon. Supporters also hold musical vigils outside
the prison on Saturday nights.
Last week, the prison warden warned Dani that the prison will not tolerate the Saturday night "Melave Malkas." This, despite the fact that Dani had no part in
organizing the demonstration.
Prison authorities have also separated the brothers in different cells, hampering
communication between them.
Dan and Yitzhak Halamish, two members of an Israel Army-sponsored unit
have been abandoned by the military and sentenced to jail for protecting a
Jewish community in Judea and
The Halamishs, as part of their reserve military service, were members
of a security response team organized, equipped and trained by the Israeli
Army to help protect their community and surrounding region from Arab
attack. On Feb. 21, 2004, the brothers were summoned by another security
officer, Baruch Feldbaum, to help expel Bedouins who trespassed into the
Jewish community of Sdei Bar and were encamped near a student dormitory.
Bedouin tribes in the area had been deemed responsible for the killing of
several Jews in the area in previous years.
Under the direction of Feldbaum, the Halamish brothers ordered the
Bedouin squatters to leave. The Bedouins refused, and about 20 of them
approached the Jewish security officers with sticks and rocks. Feldbaum shot
toward the ground when the Bedouins continued to move closer.
The response team later said that it shot in self-defense. An army medic
who arrived at the scene determined that nobody was struck by the gunfire,
an assertion disputed by the Bedouins.
At that point, the military abandoned its own security team and allowed
a police investigation. Although police refused to conduct ballistic tests
or even a lineup of suspects, the brothers were convicted of shooting toward
the Bedouins. Dan was sentenced to seven months in prison; Yitzhak, to eight
An Israeli appeals court said ballistic tests or a lineup weren't
necessary. The word of the Bedouins -- who refused to show up to police
headquarters to identify their purported assailants -- was enough.
The court also rejected a recommendation by the probation officer for
community service. The three-judge panel said it wanted the Halamish
brothers to go to jail to serve as a lesson to others.
Since then, at least 1,000 people have either telephoned their outrage
to the Israeli military or signed a petition for the suspension of their
Call the Israel Embassy [telephone 202-364-5500] and ask to speak to
the military attache. Express your outrage that the Israel Army abandoned
its fighters for protecting Jews. Don't argue. The military attache's
office knows exactly what you're talking about. Stress that you are an
American citizen whose support for the Israeli military is based on its
protection of Jews. Say that you also plan to discuss this case with your
member of Congress who decides on
member of congress to convey your message to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who
is meeting with Israeli leaders.
The Olmert government, with an approval rating of near zero, has refused
any accountability to the Israeli people and fears only the Bush
administration. Unless we act now, there will be many more young Jews in
jail. Since Passover, the government has gone a rampage to destroy
synagogues and structures in Jewish communities all over Judea and
Call your local synagogue or community center and demand that they cancel
all invitations to government members or military personnel to address your
communities. Stress that they are no longer welcome in American Jewry.
With Love of
7. Yishuv Itamar needs funds to send kids to camp.
Sent by Mayor of Itamar Rabbi Moshe and his wife Leah Goldsmith. This Yishuv is so worthy of any gift we can give them. The families and their children love the Land of Israel so so much. My family was privileged to be invited to the Zimerman's one of the families on Itamar , for a Shabbat. They have an organic farm and their son raised chickens in their basement. Their living room window face Har Grizim and Har Eival the mountains where the Jewish Nation received the blessings and the curses. They are a proud bunch that ask no favors other than to live and prosper and work on their Land. Their Yishuv was infiltrated too many times with too many tragic stories. Yet their spirit remains strong and their children will inherit the Land beEzrat Hashem.
Dearest friends I have a special request for those interested. Every year Itamar runs a special summer camp program for the children and youth. Unfortunately, the families of Itamar don't have the means to pay the full cost of the program. If we don't get help from out friends we will not be able to provide the summer program for the children. It goes without saying that these children, among them orphans, deserve to have a happy summer like other children their age. Anyone, who could help out by sponsoring a child (250 dollars) or to partly sponsor one (125 dollars) will be doing a tremendous Mitzvah! For those who can't help at this time or have recently helped us Please circulate this e-mail to as many friends as possible. Those who want to find out more about our community send them this link – www.friendsofitamar.org. [total project cost around 15 thousand dollars]
Make out your donations to Friends of Itamar and mail them to -
Friends of ItamarAttn Lester Goldsmith1483 East 34th StreetBrooklyn NY 11234All donations are tax deductibleThanks and Tizkoo LamitzvotShalom from Itamar Israel
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