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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Trader Joe's Is No Traitor Joe's!

Recently, we have seen the boycotting of Israeli products by a Pro-Palestinian group in France as reported in my blog. The latest attempt was made on June 20 here in the USA by a group just formed known as "Don't Buy Into Apartheid" who officially declared Saturday June 20th "World Refugee Day".
As a result, they also decided to boycott the company TRADER JOE's based in Pasadena. They called for a boycott of the store including all kind of actions from passing leaflets to damaging products from Israel, as reported in an article in JewishJournal.com

Specifically, the organization is instructing participants to hand out leaflets at Trader Joe’s stores, describing the Israeli products sold at the supermarket, asking cashiers to stop carrying Israeli products, pulling Israeli products from shelves, and damaging Israeli products.

This is another attempt at ostracizing Israel in the name of world peace and anti-apartheid. This agenda is despicable and dishonest. Consider the reason given by one of the group's organizers when asked why they were doing this:

Raphael says the group decided to target Trader Joe’s in particular because the national chain does not carry any Palestinian products.

It is obvious that their main reason if not their ONLY reason to boycott Trader Joe's, is their distaste for Israel, NOT the fact that Palestinian products are not carried in the store ( what are Palestinian products anyway? who are the Palestinians anyway? But that question is for another day!).
Many other countries of the world are NOT REPRESENTED at TJ's, simply because they don't have products to offer that fit the chain's market.
I love Hummus, I love pitas, I love Camembert and I love Riesling. That makes me a Jew/Persian/French/German supporter. Not bad for being Jewish myself!
Am I confused? NO, I just don't mix politics and food.
Shop TJ's and travel the world as you sit at your table with friends and family.

Friday, June 12, 2009

In Europe, Extreme Right Joins Liberal Left to Squeeze Israel!

Antiochus IV Epiphanes ( 215 BC-164 BC) ruled the Seleucid empire (modern day Syria) from 175 BC until his death in 164 BC. Part of his reign was spent trying to conquer Egypt and the Ptolemies. As both countries fought for control and power, the Jewish people geographically found themselves caught in the middle and became an unwilling buffer zone. Frustrated by the lack of progress in his campaign after the Ptolemies, Antiochus went after the Jewish people, that led to the historic Maccabean revolt and survival of the Jewish people.

Today, the Jewish people are once again caught in the middle, but this time socio-politicaly and not geographically.

There is a current global tendency for BOTH the extreme right and the liberal left to go after Israel and the Jewish people. The extreme right neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups had dwindled to an almost irrelevant number in the last couple of decades, Even though they had continued to distribute their vitriolic speech, they were no longer a real threat to my people.

That trend is changing quickly, especially in Europe. In early June in Hungary, an article was published

"Given our current situation, anti-Semitism is not just our right, but it is the duty of every Hungarian homeland lover, and we must prepare for armed battle against the Jews." (Read the article)
This quote appeared in a newsletter published by an organization calling itself "The trade union of Hungarian police officers prepared for action".

So it appears that the push continues against Israel and the Jewish people. Antisemitism knows no political boundaries when it comes to its common enemy: Israel!

How long before we witness modern day Pogroms in Europe?

Yeshua (Jesus) has promised us that He will return to establish His Messianic Kingdom on earth. But the Prince of Peace came first to die for all of us (Isaiah 52:13-53:12) so that He could establish peace in the heart of men FIRST, and then come back to bring Peace on earth. Only HE can bring real peace, in our hearts, in the middle east and in the whole world!

Shalom b'Yeshua!

Friday, June 5, 2009

From the "Pale of Settlement" to the "Pale of Destruction"

The Pale of Settlement was the name of the geographical area withinImperial Russia, within which permanent residence of Jewish people was allowed, and beyond which Jewish residence was generally prohibited. It was about 1,ooo,ooo square miles. The word pale comes from the Latin word palus, meaning stake, from which we got "palissade" and "boundary", thus the concept of a defined and enclosed geographical area. 


The Russian Pale of Settlement existed from 1791 until 1917. Within its borders were a miryad of shtetls (small villages), think "Fiddler on the Roof" environment!

This was where most of the governement sponsored riots or "Pogroms" against Jewish people took place (my great-grandmother escaped one to come to France).

Today, while many are trying to deconstruct the undeniable events of the Holocaust, by rewriting history and/or simply denying it, others are doing research that not only militates against such a position but also uncovers more horror.

An interesting article in the Washington Post yesterday (June 4, 2009) revealed the results of a decade long study by Holocaust Museum scholars.

Read article here

The Pale of Settlement might have historically come to an end in 1917, but to my people, the reality was very different as the writer of the article stated :

"...what we are seeing in this project is that all of Europe was a camp."

The Pale of Settlement simply became the Pale of Destruction as it appears that much of Europe was much more aware of much more implicated (20,000 camps) in the day-to-day affairs of the Nazi "Death Machine". 

As horrific as this might be for mankind to discover, this will also help us to re-validate and remember the "Catastrophe"