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Talking about Trump Won’t solve the Bigger Problem

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I am not a Trump supporter.  I have never been a Trump supporter. That being said, this is the time for me to be honest, and in reading this I hope that you will be as well.

I have publicly stated, as recently as a few weeks ago, that although I don’t support Trump and won’t vote for him, worse things could happen.  Of course “The Donald” can say a lot in a few weeks, some of which might make one rethink that sentiment, but it doesn’t change one very important fact.  Many Americans, whether they’ve said it in public or not have at one time or another felt like they themselves would want the things Trump calls for.  People in America are already tired of the concern and fear caused by the actions and threats of Muslim terrorists.  I normally don’t put the word Muslim before the word terrorist, but we are being honest here, right?  I have said many times, that although I am well aware that most Muslims are not terrorists, we can’t deny the fact that most of the terrorists we fear today are Muslim.  So when Donald Trump says we need to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, most people may say that they are disgusted by his Xenophobia and that this shows how he is unfit to be the president, but deep down many of these same people have feelings not so different than what he is proposing.

I am not making a case for Donald Trump’s candidacy nor am I supporting his proposals.  What I am doing however is recognizing why he is getting so much attention and why he leads in the polls.  I can’t help but remember Jack Nicholson’s speech in a Few Good Men. The speech I am speaking of is of course the very same speech where he shouts at Tom Cruise these now famous words, “You can’t handle the truth!”. Earlier on in the speech he says words that are importantly poignant in today’s political climate.  In the movie, Nicholson’s character, Colonel Nathan R. Jessep says the following:

“And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall.”

That my friends is why Trump is leading at the polls.  It may also be why  leading in the polls won’t translate into a victory at the polls later.  Only time will tell, but if my assessment is correct, the support for Trump, albeit significant, is more of a statement of protest than it is a vote of confidence.  There are many who support him outright and will vote for him, but it is my contention he is just that candidate who “while grotesque and incomprehensible to you” is saying those things you might be thinking “deep down in places you don’t talk  about at parties”.  Either that or the country is so fed up they will vote for a guy who says anything, as long as he talks tough when referencing our worst fears.

The important thing to learn from this is that many Americans are disillusioned, scared, and quite frankly distrustful of most politicians. That can, and often has been a formula in the past for a rise of extremism.  The support for Donald Trump is as much a statement of protest as anything else, a statement that if ignored could very well lead to his presidency.  The answer is to do a lot more than just talk about him, the answer is to provide an alternative.  The question then becomes, can either party’s candidates provide one.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Open Letter to Brigitte Bardot

BBArDear Ms. Bardot,

I’ll be honest.  I’m not even mad.  I actually feel sorry for you.  It seems as though you have not aged happily.  I say this because all your recent pictures make you look like a sourpuss and the only time anyone hears anything from you is when it has to do with animals.  I wouldn’t have said anything at all but since you decided to give your expert opinion about Jewish Dietary laws in your Open Letter, I decided to share my opinions with you in an Open Letter of my own.  The difference is, I have every intention of enjoying the writing of mine. You honestly don’t give the appearance of someone enjoying much of anything anymore, and that’s just sad.  For the record, I do hope I am wrong about that.

Anyway, you referred to Shechita, the Hebrew word for the Jewish ritual slaughter of animals, as a “ritual sacrifice.”  Well Ms. Bardot, as hard as you may find it to believe, I love animals as well as Kosher meat, especially when my mother or sister-in-law prepares it.  You see you can actually love both.  I don’t know if you’ve actually studied the process, but without getting into too much detail, the animals are killed in a way designed to eliminate as much suffering as possible.  So much so that one of the requirements is that the knife used must be sharpened extensively.  By the way, did you know that Jewish law looks so negatively on cruelty to animals that in its teachings it consider non-Jews to have 7 basic commandments, of which one is based on humane treatment of animals?  Although I don’t know that your comments are rooted in any anti-Jewish sentiment, especially with your track record on animals and the fact that you go after Halal rituals too, but they do show an ignorance to the careful process of Shechita.

But here is the issue I really have with all of this.  Like I said in the beginning of the letter, I love animals.  I really do.  I even choose not to have a dog because I’m afraid I wouldn’t give it the proper attention.  I really don’t like cats much, but other than gently pushing one away from me, I could never imagine using any type of physical force on one.  So I agree with the idea that mistreating animals is inhumane, so much so that it is correct that it be punishable under the law.

My problem is when someone who seems to not like people anymore and is high-profile like yourself puts animals way ahead of people.  I mean really. Shechita?  Now? Rising anti-Semitism in your native land and this is what you write a letter about?  Do you realize that your words in the name of humane treatment of animals may give additional fuel to those who want to hurt Jews, who are people by the way, more so in your country than maybe any other in Europe. Don’t get me wrong.  There is anti-Semitism in France whether you say anything or not, but this certainly doesn’t do anything to help.  And if you watch the news you’ll see there are a lot worse things going on, like beheadings, and terrorists overrunning countries and killing and raping and beheadings again.  It’s a nasty world out there. Especially now.  Shechita? Really?

So please, you want to help animals? So do I.  Maybe start by showing some compassion to people.  Because there are plenty of those who are defenseless as well. I know, well I don’t know but I’ve heard, that you are disappointed with people, but that really doesn’t mean you have to put animals first all the time.  Please don’t forget that people matter too.

Anyway, off to dinner.  Won’t tell you what I’m having though.  I don’t think you’d like it.

Sincerely,

David Groen

 

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The 9/11 Scenarios and WWIII

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WARNING: Some may find the content of this article very disturbing.

As 9/11 approaches, tensions always rise.  This year however, the tensions are even higher than in previous years.  With the emergence of ISIS and growing Jihadist movements in nations like Somalia, Nigeria and Libya, the fear that there will be attempts on western interests and cities has increased significantly.

The big question always is, how do you distinguish between credible threats and sensationalist theories? At what point does it become too much.  Yes we all need to be vigilant, but we also need to be careful that we don’t make everyone crazy.  This is an issue I am considering even as I write this piece. At what point am I going from providing a service to doing damage to the morale of good people?

There are two types of people making statements.  Those with sources and knowledge, and those with theories and ideas.  I fall into the second category. When I discuss this coming September 11th I do so based on what I see, what I think, and what theories I believe to be realistic and often even likely. Personally, and I know I am not alone on this one, I see this September 11th as being the most dangerous one since the attacks in 2001.  We have already been attacked by ISIS through the very murders of 2 American journalists. But with some of the theories out there, as the day approaches it becomes more and more difficult to feel safe.

The first of the 2 most prominent concerns is the report that states that information was recovered from a laptop indicating that Muslim terrorists were looking to create a way of weaponizing the Bubonic plague, something that could result in horrifying deaths in mass numbers.  The second of the concerns revolves around the report that as many as 11, yes I said 11 commercial airlines have gone missing from the airport in Tripoli, Libya, a city recently capture by Jihadists.  If this is the case, and there are 11 enormous weapons out there with their sights on population centers, the potential outcome is indeed terrifying.  It is at this point in writing I decided to place a warning in the beginning of the piece, because as I write this I too feel intense fear at what might happen.  To be honest, even if it is attempted and thwarted it is still terrifying.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again.  World War III has already begun. However, since it is unlike the first 2 World Wars it is very difficult to clearly identify it for what it is.  But I will try to simplify it.  Muslim extremism is attempting to take over the world and to do so as violently as possible.  There is an enemy that is taking it to everyone, and only the amount of deaths is what stands in the way of people calling this a World War.  A detail I believe they have every intention of trying to change very soon.  This is not Islamophobia, this is fact based on their own admissions and actions.  I believe it is accelerating a little faster than they wanted it to, but if the world doesn’t take appropriate action, it won’t matter if they were ready to move forward or not.  I hope I am wrong.  I hope, no I pray to God that nothing happens on September 11, that Israel will be safe, and that the good countries of the world work together to stem the tide of hatred and violence.  But if I am right, God help us all.

 

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Where were the “Humanitarians” while this List grew?

dtLong before it became the newest fad to feign concern for the well-being of the civilians in Gaza, Israeli civilians were being murdered by Hamas terrorists.  Blown up in Pizza places, malls, bus stops, murdered in their homes or anywhere the terrorists could find them. Young children, sometimes babies, often member of the same family. The following list is a partial list of civilians TARGETED.  They were not collateral damage. They were targeted and the criminals who targeted them were seen as heroes by the same people so many in the world choose to defend today.  Thank you to Baruch Bruno Sharaby for researching this list and posting it on a thread in Facebook. PLEASE SHARE.

IsraelAlexander Sandler (5) R.I.P
Gabriel Issachar Sandler (3) R.I.P
Daniel Ariye Viplich (16) R.I.P
Elad Fogel (4) R.I.P
Yoav Fogel (11) R.I.P
Hadas Fogel (3 months) R.I.P
Yonatan Flamer (1) R.I.P
Shlomo Nativ (13) R.I.P
Segev Pniel Avichail (15) R.I.P
Yonatan Isaac Eldar (16) R.I.P
Yonadav Haim Hirschfeld (18) R.I.P
Neriya Cohen (15) R.I.P
Yohai Lifshitz (18) R.I.P
Abraham David Mozes (16) R.I.P
Roy Aharon Roth (18) R.I.P
Anas Awisat (18) R.I.P
Eliyahu Pinchas Asheri (18) R.I.P
Mazal Zaribi (15) R.I.P
Daniel Waltz (16) R.I.P
Amir Naim (17) R.I.P
Shaked Lasker (16) R.I.P
Omer Menashe Pisachov (8) R.I.P
Ella Abuksis (17) R.I.P
Racheli Cheli Ben Abu (16) R.I.P
Oz Israel Ben Meir (14) R.I.P
Nofar Horovitz (16) R.I.P
Avihay Levi (16) R.I.P
Yuval Abeba (4) R.I.P
Afik Ohayon Zehavi (3) R.I.P
Lior Azulay (18) R.I.P
Aviel Isaac Atash (3) R.I.P
Dorit Massrat Beinsan (2) R.I.P
Ronny Sarah Hatuel (6) R.I.P
Meirav Rachel Hatuel (2) R.I.P
Hila Esther Hatuel (10) R.I.P
Hadar Simcha Hatuel (9) R.I.P
Benaya Yehonatan Zukerman (18) R.I.P
Lior Niv (3) R.I.P
Gilad Niv (11) R.I.P
Shaked Abraham (1) R.I.P
Tomer Almog (9) R.I.P
Haviv Dadon (16) R.I.P
Binyamin Bergman (15) R.I.P
Abraham Bar Or (12) R.I.P
Shmuel Zargari (1) R.I.P
Noya Zer Aviv (1) R.I.P
Liran Zer Aviv (4) R.I.P
Erez Gizro Hershkovitz (18) R.I.P
Tom Hershko (15) R.I.P
Daniel Harush (16) R.I.P
Shmuel Taubnfeld (1) R.I.P
Moran Menachem (17) R.I.P
Yuval Mendelvich (13) R.I.P
Avigail Laytel (14) R.I.P
Noam Leibovich (7) R.I.P
Samich Sarsur (10) R.I.P
Tehila Natanzon (3) R.I.P
Elisheva Meshulami (16) R.I.P
Elizabeth Liz Katzman (18) R.I.P
Assaf Zur Zolinger (17) R.I.P
Smadar Firstater (16) R.I.P
Assaf Shteir (10) R.I.P
Issachar Dov Reinitz (9) R.I.P
Tal Kerman (17) R.I.P
Shani Abuzdaka (16) R.I.P
Osnat Abramov (16) R.I.P
Matan Ohayon (5) R.I.P
Noam Levi Ohayon (4) R.I.P
Yael Ohana (11) R.I.P
Orly Ofir (15) R.I.P
Noa Orbach (18) R.I.P
Dvir Anter (14) R.I.P
Yaakov Abraham Eliyahu (1) R.I.P
Lidor Ilan (11) R.I.P
Oriah Ilan (1) R.I.P
Gal Aizenman (5) R.I.P
Galila Bugala (11) R.I.P
Noy Anter (12) R.I.P
Shovael Zion Dickstein (9) R.I.P
Almar Dezbarilov (16) R.I.P
Adi Dahan (17) R.I.P
Yehonatan Gamliel (16) R.I.P
Hadar Hershkovitz (14) R.I.P
Rachel Gila Taller (16) R.I.P
Gabriel Hoter (17) R.I.P
Shmuel Efraim Yerushalmi (17) R.I.P
Atara Livne (15) R.I.P
Racheli Levi (17) R.I.P
Shiraz Nechmad (6) R.I.P
Shaul Nechmad (15) R.I.P
Liran Nechmad (3) R.I.P
Abraham Eliyahu Nechmad (16) R.I.P

Baruch Asher Zvi Marcus (18) R.I.P
Avia Malka (1) R.I.P
Nehemia Amar (15) R.I.P
Linoy Sarussi (14) R.I.P
Abraham Yossef Haim Siton (17) R.I.P
Gaston Perpiniel (15) R.I.P
Ilan Perlman (8) R.I.P
Aharon Mordechay Arik Krogliak (18) R.I.P
Sinay Keinan (1) R.I.P
Tal Zvi Korzveil (18) R.I.P

Ran Koren (18) R.I.P
Gal Koren (14) R.I.P
Assaf Moshe Zfira (18) R.I.P
Abraham Neriya Shabu (16) R.I.P
Avishay Yossef Shabu (5) R.I.P
Keren Shatzki (14) R.I.P
Netanel Riachi (17) R.I.P
Erez Shlomo Rond (18) R.I.P
Ofer Ron (18) R.I.P
Yafir Revivo (14) R.I.P
Daniel Batel Shefi (5) R.I.P
Adi Shiran (17) R.I.P
Sarah Tiferet Shilon (1) R.I.P
Gilad Shtiglitz (14) R.I.P
Zvi Yaakov Israel Shabu (12) R.I.P
Hadas Turgeman (14) R.I.P
Michaek Sharshebsky (16) R.I.P
Assaf Avitan (15) R.I.P
Irena Osdachi (18) R.I.P
Yossef Ishran (14) R.I.P
Yossi Elazara (18) R.I.P
Yuri Goshchin (18) R.I.P
Marina Barkovsky (17) R.I.P
Shoshana Rachel Ben Ishay (16) R.I.P
Adam Weinstein (14) R.I.P
Yaakov Israel Danino (17) R.I.P
Jenia Keren Dorpman (16) R.I.P
Ido Cohen (18) R.I.P
Marina Tagiltzav (14) R.I.P
Tamar Massngisar (8) R.I.P
Yaakov Koby Mendel (13)
Aliza Malka (16) R.I.P
Mariana Madavdenko (16) R.I.P
Naftali Ben Zion Lanzekron (13) R.I.P
Ronen Landau (17) R.I.P
Alexey Lupalo (17) R.I.P
Raaya Schivschorder (14) R.I.P
Hemda Bracha Schivschorder (2) R.I.P
Abraham Isaac Schivschorder (4) R.I.P
Irena Napomaniashchi (16) R.I.P
Raisa Namirovsky (15) R.I.P
Yelena Nalimov (18) R.I.P
Yulia Nalimov (16) R.I.P
Abraham Nachman Nizani (18) R.I.P
Shalhevet Tchia Fess (1) R.I.P
Yair Amar (13) R.I.P
Yulia Yael Skalianik (15) R.I.P
Liana Saakian (16) R.I.P
Michal Sarah Raziel (16) R.I.P
Malka Hanna Roth (15) R.I.P
Eliran Rosenberg (14) R.I.P
Simona Rodin (18) R.I.P
Menashe Regev (14) R.I.P
Katrina Arias (15) R.I.P
Annia Kazchkov (16) R.I.P
Golan Turgeman (15) R.I.P
Yocheved Shushan (10) R.I.P
Yehuda Shoham (1) R.I.P
Ofir Rachum (17) R.I.P
Naftali Frenkel (16) R.I.P
Gilad Shaer (16) R.I.P
Eyal Ifrach (18) R.I.P

 

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A Tribute to the Decent

Decent_Human_Being_for_DummiesKeep reading! I probably mean you.  After all, it’s  not that tough to make it into the category of the decent, and if you’re reading this you’ve most likely already increased the likelihood.  I was motivated to write this piece by a comment I received earlier today in response to my calling Henry Siegman a self-hating Jew.  I won’t use the person’s name but the comment was as follows:

“I block anyone who uses the term “self-hating Jew.” Are you a psychoanalyst? Or do you just use this term for anyone who isn’t sufficiently right-wing? In either case, bye-bye, you and your childish and thought-free discourse are blocked.”

Let me start by saying that I really don’t care if I’m blocked by this person or not, but felt like making my opinion very clear for those of you who read what I write, especially on a regular basis.

You do not have to be active to be a decent human being.  You do not even have to care.  Everyone’s personality and everyone’s life is different.  There are those who are too busy, too frightened, even too disinterested in what is going on to get involved.  That doesn’t mean you’re not a decent human being.  If you are Jewish and choose to do nothing, show no support and are not involved on any level, that does not make you a self-hating Jew.  There are so many reasons a person may not be involved in what is taking place in the world and I am not going to judge anyone for that.  It is not my place to do that.  However, if you are someone with enough importance to get on national television and the words you speak are against the Israeli government on a level that undermines it, I have a problem with you and most likely will see you as a self-hating Jew.  I’ll take it one step further.  If you want to criticize Israel and identify the areas where criticism is warranted, but still recognize the truth that Israel is fighting an enemy committed to its destruction and therefore must take action, I have no problem with that either.

Live your life, do your thing, and if your choice is to not be involved you can still very easily be a very decent human being.  Side with terrorists and I don’t have to be a psychoanalyst to know you have issues I want no part of, and if your voice is an influential one I WILL speak out against you.  As far of the rest of you are concerned, thanks for being decent human beings.

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A Terrifying Question

photo-8This is a post I was reluctant to write because it poses a question I am so hesitant to ask. Let me start by saying this. To my brothers and sisters in Israel, if your nerves are on edge and the suggestion of something terrifying will be unpleasant for you to read, please stop reading this now and move on to something else.

It’s the question people are afraid to ask, but needs to be addressed. Now that we know of the terror tunnels that exist from Gaza to Southern Israel, how do we know that similar tunnels are not being built to Israel’s north and to Israel’s east? The news out of Israel now is that recently captured Hamas terrorists revealed a plot to send terrorists trough these tunnels this coming Rosh Hashana, just under 2 months from now and murder and kidnap as many Israelis as possible. Israel is surrounded by people committed to her destruction and to think that it is not at least a reasonable possibility that there are tunnels on other borders would be irresponsibly naive. I posed the question to an Israeli family member of mine and his response was quick and succinct. He basically believes the Israeli government now assumes, as does he, that terror tunnels are being or have been built on other borders as well.

Let me be very clear. I am proposing a question, not providing verified information. But knowing the barbarism of the enemy, and understanding that the enemy is on more than just one front, to ignore the possibility could be devastating.

It must be emphasized and can’t be said enough, that despite the horrific tragedy of the kidnapping and murder of the 3 Yeshiva boys, their death has come to have incredible meaning. Their murders triggered this campaign that discovered this evil plot to kill thousands of Jewish residents of southern Israel. The lives saved by their deaths is something quite astounding and makes their memory even more special to everyone.

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I’m a Hater

111I hate war. I hate violence. I hate cowards that hide behind women and children. I hate seeing women and children dying because these cowards make them targets.  I hate terrorists.  I hate what these terrorists make young soldiers do.  I hate being hated for being Jewish. I hate Roger Waters.  I hate that I’m not welcome in Teheran or Beirut or Istanbul.   I hate that Jews in Paris can’t walk the streets safely.  I hate the leaders of the wealthy countries that sponsor terrorists.  I hate the people attempting to destroy civilization.  I hate that Israel has never lived in peace.  I hate that so many in the world don’t realize that all Israel wants is to live in peace.  I hate the United Nations. I hate Iran’s leadership.  I hate terror tunnels.  I hate anti-Semites.  I hate double standards.  I hate the lies being told.  I hate the instigators of violence. I hate missiles being fired at my people.  I hate those who don’t think my people have a right to make those missiles stop.  I hate those who desecrate the name of God by preaching murder.  I hate those who make me hate others. And I hate that I could keep going and going, but I will stop.  Because most of all, I hate hating.

I’m a hater