Points To Ponder

Points to Ponder   Number 47     16th October, 2016

It is ages since I last wrote mainly because I have been feeling rather like Don Quixote ineffectively confronting windmills, but without his perseverance. However the latest windmill has roused me from my inertia – the incomprehensible UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) resolution proclaiming that there is “No Jewish Link to the Temple Mount”.

This malevolent resolution ignores the testimonies of written historical sources and the evidence of archaeological excavations. It is one which everyone with even a minimal sense of what is right and what is wrong should confront at every opportunity.

To quote the 18th century philosopher Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” And on the same note: “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”

Every little bit counts –letters to your local press and political representatives; postings in the social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; discussions in class, work, at your place of worship or at social gatherings with friends.

Our silence may well hasten a resolution of this learned body proclaiming “Galileo was wrong. The Earth and planets do not revolve around the Sun.”

It has already decided that, contrary to the Hebrew Scriptures, King Solomon never built a Temple in Jerusalem and the Babylonians never destroyed it and exiled the Jews to “the rivers of Babylon” in the sixth century BCE.

It has already decided that, contrary to the Cyrus Cylinder and Ezra, the Persian King Cyrus did not give the Jews permission to return to their land and rebuild their Temple.

It has already decided that, contrary to the Dead Sea Scrolls, there was never a Dead Sea sect whose members refused go to the Temple in Jerusalem because sacrifices were not being offered according to their interpretation of the Law.

It has already decided that, contrary to the testimonies of the Gospels in the New Testament, the infant Jesus was not brought to the Temple in Jerusalem by his parents; did not go up to Jerusalem every year at Passover; did not sit among the teachers in the Temple courtyard (Luke 2:21 ff); never went to Jerusalem with his disciples (Mark 10:32 ff); did not drive out the money changers from the Temple Mount and declare “my house shall be a house of prayer” (Luke 19:43); did not walk through the alleys of Jerusalem, the via Dolorosa, carrying the cross on which he would be crucified. In a nut shell, he never existed.

It has already decided that, contrary to first century Roman chronicles, the Roman Emperor Titus did not destroy Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple there-in.

It has already decided that, contrary to second century Roman chronicles, the Roman Emperor Hadrian did not build a pagan temple dedicated to Jupiter in Jerusalem on the site of the razed Jewish Temple; did not change the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina and did not rename the Roman province Judaea Syria Palaestina.

No doubt soon it will pass a resolution confirming the Palestinian claim that Jesus was a Palestinian, despite the fact that there is obviously no mention of the non-existent Palestine in the New Testament.

If you have read this far and before you shrug and delete I would like to leave you with a few words of wisdom from people far wiser than me.

We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”  Elie Wiesel

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Desmond Tutu

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”  Dante Alighieri

The passing of this resolution is a moral crisis.

Points to Ponder 46 3rd May, 2016

As I have written, the purpose of Points to Ponder is to bring to my readers attention articles and video clips which may have been overlooked by the more popular media outlets. It is not meant to convey my personal opinions. That I have done in letters to the editor which were published in the Jerusalem Post (latest one today) and even in an occasional op-ed. Not so this time. This ptp is very much an op-ed. Continue reading

Herbert Pagani was born In Libya in 1944. Although he spent his childhood and adolescence between Italy, Germany and France he died in the USA in 1988. As an accomplished painter, sculptor, musician and singer he was known both as Italian and as French.

This remarkable speech, broadcast on French TV, was his reaction, as a Jew, to the 1975 UN resolution, which was revoked in 1991, equating Zionism to racism. The point to ponder is that nothing has changed in over forty years. Continue reading

I ended my last ptp questioning the Palestinians desire for peace with Israel.

 Here then are some highlights from the poll conducted in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Ramallah by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 10 and 12 December 2015. Continue reading

The current Palestinian acts of violence are described as a normal outcome of the Israeli occupation and the frustration caused by the economic situation facing the population. Continue reading

Points to Ponder      No 40 14th December, 2015

 Often, we read that a Moslem who commits murder and suicide bombings, especially but not only against Jews/Israelis, in the name of Allah will be recognized as a shahid (martyr) and will be rewarded with 72 virgins. We shrug our shoulders and say “who can possibly believe that?” Continue reading

Points to Ponder   No 37 28th October, 2015

 So often people, Jews and non-Jews alike ponder: “What is a Jew? Who Is a Jew?” Eitan Chitayat, creator of viral video #IMTHATJEW gives the most encompassing answer I have ever encountered. Take just five minutes to see and hear his definition. I too am that Jew. Continue reading

It is common knowledge that there is no censorship in the Western and Democratic world. In fact one of the early signs that democracy is in danger is when a government curtails freedom of the media, of the press.

 But there is another form of censorship, subtle but insidious. Continue reading

Points to Ponder   No 36    23nd October, 2015

 The executive members of UNESCO have decided that the Tombs of the Jewish Patriarchs and Matriarchs (Abraham and Sarah; Isaac and Rebekah and Jacob and Leah) in Hebron and that of the Matriarch Rachel in Bethlehem are Moslem Holy Sites.

 They ignored the Jewish connection including the recorded purchase of the burial site by Abraham as it appears in Genesis 23. Whatever dating one gives for the Torah, this deed of sale predates the advent of Mohammed and Islam by more than a millennium. They ignored the fact that the Josephus Flavius recorded that the site as it is today was built by King Herod two thousand years ago, six hundred years before the advent of Mohammed and Islam. Continue reading

Points to Ponder   No 35  20th October, 2015

 

In the face of the lies, rumors and propaganda against Israel disseminated by the Palestinian leadership and endorsed, validated and corroborated by the international media one cannot but ask when does a lie become the truth; when does a rumor become a fact; when does propaganda become actuality? How long does it take till people believe the lies they tell?

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Points to Ponder     No 34       17thth October, 2015

Is the media coverage of the current violence in Israel and on the West Bank non-stop and repetitively exaggerated in order to avoid reporting what is occurring elsewhere in the world? Continue reading

Points to Ponder:   No 32   9th October, 2015

 Is the latest “wave of violence” in Israel and the West Bank because of Israeli non-adherence to the “status quo” on the Temple Mount as some would have us believe? Absolutely not! Continue reading

Points to Ponder   Number 31   23rd February, 2015

 

Is it possible that Jews are so hated because they are unique? Unique in that  despite all that has befallen them over three and a half thousand years of expulsion, persecution and genocide, the Jewish people have persevered and are returning from the four corners of the earth to the land of their forefathers, reading from the same Torah, practicing the same religion and speaking the same almost forgotten language? Continue reading

Points to Ponder   Number 30   17th February, 2015

Who is a terrorist? What is terrorism? Ostensibly the answer should be quite straightforward.  If terror is “extreme fear” (Oxford dictionary) a terrorist is one who uses terror as a modus operandi and terrorism is the ideology he invokes. Continue reading

Points to Ponder    Number 29   17th January, 2015

I believe there is a bias against and a double-standard in everything connected to Israel throughout the world, fueled by the often spurious media. The events in France last week have highlighted that anti-Israel anti-Semitic double-standard bias.   Continue reading

Number 28   4th January, 2015

Is it because I am getting older that the years seem to pass by so fast? It seems like only yesterday that we stumbled on the giant step which took us from the twentieth century to the twenty first! Yet, with all that changes, some things seem to never change.

For years many have had the feeling that Israel is being held to a double standard in particular when defending herself against threats of annihilation from her neighbours and acts of terrorism from within. Proportionality is a word which is constant bandied about. Continue reading

Points to Ponder    Number 27    22ndh December, 2014

Further to my letter in the Jerusalem Post today, UNRWA (UN Relief and Welfare Agency) is the organisation which handles Palestinian refugees who left Palestine in 1948 and their descendants while UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) takes care of all other refugees world-wide. Continue reading

Points to Ponder   Number 24   8th November, 2014

 Which status quo on the Temple Mount?

This letter was addressed to the editor of the Jerusalem Post and most of it was printed on 4th November, 2014 Continue reading

Points to Ponder   Number 23    4th November, 2014

Did you know that the Christian population of the ME, which was 20% at the beginning of the twentieth century, is now less that 4%?

Point to Ponder: Why have the heart-rending words of Father Gabriel Naddaf to the 27th session of the UN Human Rights Council been totally ignored by the international media? Continue reading

Points to Ponder   Number 22    29th October, 2014

 

Points to Ponder: Children as human shields and cannon fodder; militant Islam incitement to violence and Bibi – chicken shit. Continue reading

Points to Ponder     Number 21   19th October, 2014

Writing Points to Ponder has become more and more difficult for me. Not because there is insufficient material. Just the opposite. I am overwhelmed by and fearful of the ever growing anti-Semitic anti-Israel vitriol, not only in the Muslim world but in what are supposed to be enlightened and democratic countries. Continue reading

Points to Ponder  Number 19  28th September, 2014

How many times have you heard, or been told, that the Jews/Zionists control the world – the media, finances, governments, Hollywood? To support this theory “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” is cited despite the fact that this is known to be a Russian forgery of the early twentieth century.  

Have you ever paused for a moment to ponder how fourteen million Jews, 0.02% of the world population, could achieve this? Continue reading

Points to Ponder   Number 18    22nd September, 2014

As the eve of the 24th September marks the beginning of the year 5775 for Jews all over the world I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Jewish readers a happy, healthy and peaceful new year.

One of the problems with which we, the Jewish people, grapple is that of the epidemic more commonly known as anti-Semitism. Very simply put, when Jews are demonized, delegitimized or examined under microscope of double standards, that is anti-Semitism. Continue reading

Points to Ponder     Number 17     

We have been told so many times that Islam is a religion of peace and that the various fundamentalist organisations are aberrations that we believe this canard. Continue reading

Points to Ponder   Number 16      10.9.2014

 Following the last ptp where we countered two canards, we now tackle the third as we ponder: is Israel’s “occupation” of Judah and Samaria, the West Bank, indeed illegal thereby making the “settlements” illegal, or is this too a canard so oft repeated that we believe it without checking it?   Continue reading

Points to Ponder  Number 15   

Israel is the only country in the world occupying another country”. How many times have you heard that accusation against Israel when the rights of the Palestinians to their independent country in the West Bank, Judah and Samaria, are being discussed? So many times and by so many seemingly authoritative people that it has to be true. Continue reading

Points to Ponder   Number 14    4th September, 2014

 How is it that the UN, EU, most of the media and virtually all liberal activists refuse to acknowledge that Hamas used UNRWA schools and hospitals as safe houses from which to fire rockets on the civilian population of Israel and used their children as human shields while Egyptian writer Magdi Khalil does recognize this.  Continue reading

Points to Ponder No. 12

The Middle East is in turmoil and unless one really studies the players and events in the various conflicts it all becomes a blur. Although Sunni Moslems are killing Shia Moslems certain factions ally with Shia Moslems to kill other Sunni Moslems. Some Moslems are members of the Moslem Brotherhood, which wants to establish Sharia law wherever Moslems live. Others have joined IS, also known as ISIS. Re-establishing the Caliphate, stretching from the Arabian Peninsula to Spain, is the battle cry as they slaughter Syrians and Iraqis alike. Continue reading

 Events seem to be moving so fast that it virtually impossible to keep on top of things. A brokered ceasefire, to which Israel agrees, is immediately broken by Hamas. Then another, ostensibly for humanitarian reason but it too is broken. And now Hamas is not only firing rockets, they are attempting to infiltrate through their tunnels. People throughout Israel prefer to be close to shelters as the rockets are deliberately aimed at the civilian population so no one is really enjoying the summer vacation. Continue reading

After a long break, Points to Ponder is back bringing you, the thoughtful and discerning reader, food for thought, food for thought and not political polemics, by presenting articles and TV clips you might not have seen in your local media.

I hope you will find them illuminating. Continue reading

The Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John relate the events in the life of Jesus ending with his crucifiction, resurrection and ascent to heaven. There is reference to Judaea, Samaria, the Galilee and the Golan. Nowhere is there any mention of ‘Palestine’ or ‘Palestinian’ simply because they did not exist then.
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Points to Ponder: With the realisation that schools in Bimingham have been inflitrated by a ‘Trojan Horse’ which has been able to replace school staff, including headmasters and mistresses, with with supporters of radical Islam and Sharia law in the UK, the British education Department is now investigating complaints from other schools. Follow the link and see how widespread this ‘silent war’ really is.
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Point to Ponder: How paradoxical it is that while there are so many attempts by Moslems, by some Christians, by anti-Zionists and others to rewrite history and remove all Israeli/Jewish connections to Jerusalem and this land, it was thanks to the illegal Moslem excavation on the Temple Mount that the half shekel coins used as tax for the Temple were discovered.
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Point to Ponder: We are seeing history being rewritten and we remain silent. According to their own testimony over the decades up until the late 1960’s the Palestinians were never a nation or a people. Now, together with other anti Jewish and anti Israel groups the have embarked on a two-prong falsification of historical facts.
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