Tuesday, June 29, 2010

To Learn, To Act

Today is the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, the start of the three week mourning period of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. This period ends on the 9th of Av, which of course is the date of the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash (the Temple) in Jerusalem.

The 17th of Tammuz commemorates five calamities that befell the Jewish people on this date, the most known is that it is the date the walls of Jerusalem were breached, which of course led to our defeat in Israel, the destruction of our Temple and our expulsion from our holy land.

The period around the 9th of Av also commemorates another mournful date for many of us, the “modern day” expulsion of Jews from the Gaza Strip, or more commonly known to many as Gush Katif.

Is there a difference today regarding what our enemies desire? Both forces behind our expulsions in the past were world leaders at the time, isn’t it strange how the current world leader, the USA, is the driving force behind this modern day effort of expelling Jews from their homeland?

Isn’t it sadder and stranger that current Israeli leadership bows to these whims today without learning from our past? We must change this.

This period, more than others should teach us to reflect on our past, to learn from it, to act upon it, and to move forward, not backward.

This fa├žade of a “Peace Process” is falling apart day by day. Indeed it is not based on peace at all, yet racism, bigotry and deceit against the Jews of Israel. As it crumbles, the world, and yes, I mean the world regroups in its efforts to rise against us, to force upon us “solutions” that will only bring about more Jewish victims, and not just in Israel.

We saw how this week, Israel’s Defense (?) Minister, Ehud Barak chummed up to President Barak Obama that brought up many questions to staunch supporters of Israel. How could someone that is supposed to be responsible for Israel’s defense be a buddy with someone who has been getting closer with Israel’s enemies and putting Israel further in harms way.

Here is a clue, neither has Israel’s best interest in mind.

We listened in on the leak of Israel’s Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren as he spoke behind closed doors of the “tectonic rift” that “rocks” the relations of the US and Israel…this all in the shadow of the continued isolation of Israel on the International scene.

Lets not forget of course Flotillas, Shmotillas….

I, like my people throughout the world will mourn during this period, I will make an effort to try to better understand the events and actions that led us to the historic and horrible events in our past. I will also pray for a better future, but I will not stop there!

We will not, must not let this period bring us down!

This is the time to act, this is the time to double, triple and quadruple our efforts to strengthen our people against our enemies. To make sure the mistakes of the past do not visit us in the present or near future.

Despite what you may read in the media regarding Israel, or hear what many misguided politicians state, know this, we are strong, and the more the world stands against us the stronger we will become, but this is up to us and is in our hands.

We have many, many, many challenges ahead, our land, our home, our heritage is being threatened. It is time to stand up, taller and stronger than ever, all of us, together.

Our leaders both here in Israel and in the US, must know that we are here in Israel and we are here to stay. There is no other alternative and surrender is not an option.

Israel’s’ Prime Minister Netanyahu will be showing up in Washington DC next week, he must understand that we have no choice but to be strong, President Obama must understand that we have no choice but to be strong, and only we can show the world that we have no choice but to be strong.

May this period of mourning turn into a period of joy and celebration.

Lets learn from our past and act NOW for our future!

Marc Prowisor

Operation: No More Jewish Victims

Monday, June 21, 2010

Taking the fight outside.

There was a report in today’s news how a group of 500 people were demonstrating against an “Israeli” ship in hopes of preventing it from unloading its cargo. They yelled, they held signs, they protested and they delayed the ship all right. One problem, they didn’t notice that the ship they were protesting against was Chinese.

All over the world, mostly Arab anti-Israel demonstrators are trying to cause problems for Israel and Jews throughout he world. Indeed they have frightened the Jews enough as to make the majority of Diaspora Jews hide their true feelings. As an Israeli, I am ashamed we have not come to their aid…. yet.

Isn’t it odd how only in Western societies these Arabs protest and are active against Israel? I find it funny that these so called champions of the “Palestinian” cause, all live outside their native lands. Why is that? Maybe their native lands are not good places to live. Maybe living under Sharia Law is not a good thing - maybe they really like Western values and society. If I am wrong, why do they keep going to America?

Its good to be an immigrant in the US, you can demonstrate against whatever you want with out getting assassinated. You can build a Mosque wherever you want, whether you are Shi’ite, Sunni, or even Sufi, even on the site of an Islamic suicide attack. Not like where they came from, and yet here they are, trying to turn Israel into exactly what they ran away from. Aren’t they lucky they don’t live there?

These parasitic students of deceit in society work to turn the world against the only State in the Middle East that mirrors the same rights that they enjoy in the good ole US of A. Sounds a bit subversive, doesn’t it?

I’ll bet they all want to live secretly in Israel with the Jews. Why else would they be so vehemently against Israel’s existence as only a “Jewish State”? Why else would they want a “Right of return”? It’s the whole Love-Hate thing.

Does anyone out there see the danger lights going off, does anyone hear the alarms? Anyone?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Preying for Piece - Part 2

Websters Dictionary’s meaning of “Peace”

1 : a state of tranquility or quiet: as a : freedom from civil disturbance b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom
2 : freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
3 : harmony in personal relations.

From the minute the modern State of Israel came into existence in 1948, a state of war existed between the Arab nations and the Jewish State. Israel did nothing to provoke this situation - they simply came into being. They tried to destroy Israel then, and were defeated. Today they name this occasion, “Nakba” or Catastrophe, I call it be it’s more accurate name – defeat.

Since then the Arabs have been trying to erase Israel from the map.

In 1967 Israel was victorious against the Jordanian Kingdom and returned to the land not just historically Jewish, but land allocated to it by the “League of Nations”, as part of the partition of the region after World War 1, along with Lebanon, Syria, Trans-Jordan, to name a few.

Judea and Samaria were once again in Jewish hands. Now we were being called “Occupiers”, whom were we occupying the land from?

Lets see -

Roman rule (63 BCE)

Byzantine (Eastern Roman) rule (330–640 CE)

Islamic period (630–1918 CE)

Arab Caliphate rule (638–1099 CE)

Umayyad rule (661–750 CE)

Abbasid rule (750–969 CE)

Fatimid rule (969–1099 CE)

Crusader rule (1099–1187 CE)

Mamluk rule (1270–1516 CE)

Ottoman rule (1516–1831 CE)

Egyptian rule (1831–1841)

Ottoman rule (1841–1917)

British Mandate (1920–1948)

Jordanian rule (1948-1967)


Pick a name, any name…. I do not see the name “Palestinian Rule” anywhere.

So here we are today with the world trying to bring peace to the Middle East.

The way I understand it, peace is getting along with each other, working together, living in harmony and so on and so on.

So why is the world trying to separate us all the time? You live here, they live there, and that doesn’t sound like peace to me.

In fact, the actions being taken by the world powers and “Peace” activists seem to be fueling the conflict. The Western powers have built an army and another “governing” power where there was none, and continue to arm people and “leaders” who would like to see Israel destroyed.

The “Peace” activists provoke and cause violence between Jews and Arabs where there was a peaceful existence before hand, and continue to do so daily.

The rest of the world seems bent on ignoring history and facts and insists on splitting Israel in two pieces…at least two for now.

This doesn’t seem like a peaceful venture at all to me. Two States for Two people?

In essence the “world” considered “Jews” a people and decided to create a “Jewish State” on the West Bank of the Jordan River, the whole West bank of the river, from river to ocean.

So there 23 other Arab states? Are there 23 Arab peoples? Since when are “Palestinian” Arabs a separate people?

But I digress…

Lets talk about Peace again. The talk on the Arab street is now longer a “Two State Solution”, but a “One State Solution”, and the reason is quite simple. Arab leadership is among the most corrupt in the world, it is getting them nowhere, and in fact it is taking them backwards.

The Arabs of Judea and Samaria, are reminiscing of the Pre Oslo days, the “good ole days”, the days when they could travel freely throughout all of Israel, the days when millions of Israeli tourist dollars would flow into the Arab occupied cities of Judea and Samaria, and last, but not least, no taxes to be paid.

Now given, it was not the ideal situation for them, far from it, and there were many problems that need to be addressed, but it was much better for them and us, and the world than it is now, and than it would be under any “Two State Solution”.

One catch, if you are caught saying this in public, you get executed!

Salaam Fayad, the present PA Prime Minister, indeed doctored this concept of a “One State Solution” by turning it into a threat to Israel, a demographic threat. He has to turn it into a threat - otherwise he can’t market it to the Arabs. It must appear that they are continuing to fight otherwise he and all the other fat cats in the PA and Hamas lose their 6-8 figure salaries, and their pensions, and further more, Suha won’t get her stipend anymore in Paris.

A new term is born – “Demographic Terror”, the weapon – kids, and who has more of them, the means, well you get the idea.

The Western World and the Arabs claim they want to solve the problems of our region, they claim to champion Human Rights, and they claim to want a true and lasting Peace between the Jews and Arabs.

What they really want is not peace with Israel, but a piece of Israel (for now).

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Preying for Piece – Part 1

Another senseless murder of Jews in the heartland of Israel once again goes unnoticed by the world. I am not surprised, why should I be? Killing Jews in Israel by the hands of Arabs is all right, it is on the same level of Muslims killing Africans in Africa or of Muslims killing other Muslims in any other Muslim nation, it is ok, no problem, Status Quo.

As a Jew, I have a problem that the world has always accepted that the death of, or the killing of Jews and acts of violence against Jews is not out of the norm. Indeed, Jews have excelled at dying and being victimized throughout our “stint” in Europe in the past, now present and most probably the future. We were even good at it during the pre State period in Israel.

We learned many valuable lessons on survival, you know, keep low, don’t bring to much attention to yourself, hide your identity, if attacked, don’t scream too loud about it, and so on. We took these lessons with us on our travels as we settled in other nations and cultures and we thrived… sort of.

It seems that in Israel the Jewish people there aren’t smart enough to learn or remember these lessons, and it just doesn’t sink in. For some reason, we just wont sit back while Jews are murdered, we have a bad tendency to react and respond, sluggish at times, but we will respond.

We yelled and continue to yell when attacked, but learned that nobody is listening, we tried bowing, but learned that it caused more damage and death, so we stopped (most of the time), we tried to hide our Jewish identity, but have been noticing that it only caused more enemies to come out of the woodwork, even amongst our own.

The fact that we aren’t keeping up with the norm of being weak and “nice” Jewish people seems to really upset the world, mind you, it even seems to upset many Jews outside of Israel. They are apparently afraid of the attention they are getting from non-Jews.

I will not apologize that we are not as “smart” as our ancestors in Europe, and that we are bringing too much attention to our brethren around the world.

I will not apologize that we will stand up to our enemies and not accept their rockets, bombings and ambushes.

I will not apologize that we will not let Anti-Israel activists who would rejoice in our destruction, supply our enemies and assist them in their evil task.

For over 62 years we have been showing the world that Jews will not make good victims anymore, that we will fight back, we are not going to stop now.

Operation: No More Jewish Victims

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sometimes civil, Sometimes not

International Conferences, World Jewish Congresses, high-level meetings - so many events; so many discussions; so many good intentions.


Indeed it is an important group of people and action. Possibilities are analyzed and discussed, strategies are decided upon and plans are formulated.


This is the civil world - one where people dress prominently, good coffee and cakes are served while polite chatter echoes through the halls between energetic and heart wrenching speeches.


Alas, there is another world that exists parallel to this one. It is a world where everyday people drive to work everyday. It is a world where the simple folk go about their daily chores, where children go to school. It is a world where most of us live.


This is a world where those that don’t attend the conferences sometimes voice their opinions - sometimes civil, sometimes not. This is a world where words sometimes get translated into action - sometimes civil, sometime not. This is a world where a person’s heart can make all the difference - not just for one person, but an entire family or more - again sometimes civil, sometimes not.


Beyond the conferences, congresses and discussions, this is another world that exists. It is the world where rocks and firebombs are still thrown at Jewish cars making their way home with the sole intent of causing a driver to crash his/her car and cause serious injury or death. It is the world where explosive devices are placed next to Jewish villages and shots are still fired randomly at houses. It is the world where the danger of being kidnapped exists only because you are a Jew. It is the world where an enemy, who does not wear a uniform and is only clothed by hatred, targets civilians whose only crime is that they are Jews and live in the heartland of their country.


It is a world where Jewish land is the prize and spilling Jewish blood is the means.


It is a world where most only react after they’ve seen the horrified pictures - after they’ve read through the list of names - after it’s too late.


This is the world where ALL of us can make a profound difference.


I understand that blood and gore makes good headlines… that a shot up car evokes emotion, that a bombing supplies great media. In fact, it has always been a tragedy to me that One Israel Fund’s heyday of raising funds was in direct correlation to the times when bus bombings were prominently displayed on the cover of US publications and when drive-by shootings were considered events to be covered by the media. It has always pained me that most people react to the aftermath of terror when it is well within their power to prevent these incidents before they occur, to alter these scenes before they happen.


During my ten-year stint as a security chief I witnessed more than my share of terrorist acts. One of the most valuable lessons I learned was that the main goal is to prevent these incidents from ever taking place and, when they do occur, to bring the people back alive and unharmed. It is not the ultimate goal to contribute to victims of terror (though that is noble). Rather, it is our goal to do everything in our power to preempt these attacks.


I daydreamed that instead of scenes depicting Jews suffering at the hands of terror we should see terrorists suffering at the hands of Jews. At least we should see more Jews being protected or saved from these heinous acts of evil.


The most important lesson that I learned is that everyone can and must make a difference.


After all wouldn’t you want someone to do the same for you?


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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Borders

For years Israel has dealt with not just borders around the perimeter of the country, but borders within also. The “Green Line”, the “Gaza Strip” and the Golan Heights. For that matter, Israel has many other borders that they deal with daily, social borders, religious borders and economic borders, much like anywhere else, except maybe a little more pronounced.

Slowly but surely these borders have been coming down and disappearing. We are seeing that we have to be together, work together and stand together. We are seeing that none will come to defend us, but our own.

Those who are showing us this picture clearer than ever are none other than our own enemies, “our” meaning, not just Israel but the Jewish people.

Our enemies are teaching us, we who are in Israel, and we who are not, that where you live in Israel is not important, that if you live in Israel, is. We are being shown that the “world” is interested in supporting terrorist groups that wish for our destruction. We are being shown, once again, that Jews are not supposed to defend themselves, we are supposed to lie down and take whatever gets thrown at us…if you could only see the “bird” I am waving. We are being shown just how much influence the Arab world has in the world court, and how truth is no longer part of the picture, being replaced by hatred and deceit.

The buzzword is “Flotilla”, “Peace Activists”, etc. etc… and the band played on. I would laugh out loud but this game is getting more dangerous day by day, for all of us, all over the world.

There are no longer any Peace activists. How many of these so-called activists are helping all sides get along? None. How many caring, loving individuals on this “Flotilla” were against Hamas? None.

How many of these so-called champions of Peace would like to see Israel as an event of the past? All.

Much has already been written about this event, I am sure much more will be written, so forgive me if I do not add my own analysis. This incident will become the Battle Cry of the Fools, the Flag of the Spineless, and the Spear of cowards. The participants will be regarded as heroes amongst their own, and the continuing path towards war against Israel will widen.

The wise will learn from this incident, they will see through the fog of lies and they will prepare for the next onslaught. Perhaps there will be even some who believe it is time to act and not just raise their fists and voices.

One message should be clear to Jews throughout the world, it is time to stand strong in the face of our enemy’s challenge, to stand strong and be counted!

The same message should be understood by all of those that claim to be Israel’s true friends, time to stand up, next to Israel.

If there was ever a time for the Jews of the world to wake up, now is that time.

Israel is here for you, now you must be there for Israel.