We’ll weather the weather, Whatever the whether, Whether we like it or not”

Of course much of this is opportunism as a new U.S. President starts his term and Israel is in the throws of an election campaign.

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By Eli Ajzenman

“Whether the weather be fine, Whether the weather be not, Whether the weather be cold, Whether the weather be hot, We’ll weather the weather, Whatever the whether, Whether we like it or not”

Well that basically sums it up in a nutshell, well at least for those of us in Melbourne, Australia. Here the temperature has soared not only to historically high levels, but as to the duration of the hot spell at those temperatures.

Suffice to say those of us here will not be looking forward to a very comfortable w/end. Unless of course you’re one of the lucky few with air conditioning. But then you might get hit with a power blackout and then like the rest of us be suffering for a while longer.

Salah Shehadeh Following on from an earlier post , where I wrote that Rosanne Barr blamed Israel for the rise in oil prices, news today that a Judge in Spain (of all places noch!) has passed a  decision  to open a probe of seven former top security officials for alleged war crimes in the 2002 bombing in Gaza that killed top Hamas terrorist Salah Shehadeh as well as 14 other people. But wait, there is more.

Turkey’s Prime Minister had a message Thursday for US President Barack Obama: Redefine terror and terrorism in the Middle East and use it as the basis for a new American policy.

“President Obama must redefine terror and terrorist organizations in the Middle East, and based on this new definition, a new American policy must be deployed in the Middle East,”

So now lets see, Israel has to face war crimes for killing a terrorist and Hamas and Hezbollah should not be classified as terrorist organizations. This is how peace in the middle east will become a reality!

I am wondering where the heatwave is,  here or in the European capitals where Israel is still seen as the problem.

Of course much of this is opportunism as a new U.S. President starts his term and Israel is in the throws of an election campaign. Whatever the outcome of the two stories above will be , it however continues the relentless demonization of Israel, even if only perceptually. The long term view is , say it often enough for long enough and eventually it will be become the perceived truth by enough people who make the important decisions.

As the Gaza war becomes a shadow, many stories of human suffering start to emerge. Some with credibility, as war and bullets are by no means polite or discriminating.

This episode happened to Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Gaza physician well known throughout Israel’s medical community. Abuelaish had been providing many journalists with updates, in fluent Hebrew, on Israel’s operation in Gaza against Hamas.

The army had attacked the home of Abuelaish, 53, who researches and practices medicine part time in Israel.

Live on the air, viewers heard what Aboul Aish had to say: “They died on the spot — on the spot, Shlomi!” he cried. “Oh Lord, God, God, God!”

Abuelaish was referring to his three young daughters.

Please read the rest of the story. Israel has always held it self to be the most careful army in the world. I don’t believe this has changed. However the tragedy is that no matter how hard you try , innocents will always suffer. As Jews we must and should continue to support those who are genuine bystanders, at times when the choices are somewhat murky.

As the sun sets here in Melbourne and the heat  sits like  rock unwilling to move, I wish you all a Shabbat Shalom

3 thoughts on “We’ll weather the weather, Whatever the whether, Whether we like it or not”

  1. PIERRE REHOV and the “Contre-Champs” project
    Inspired by Aliza Davidovit’s article in Lifestyles Magazine
    (abstracts)

    Vive la France is not a choice chant for most Jews who have sadly witnessed that country’s recurrent and blatant antisemitism. Still, it is hard not to love the seductive France that intoxicates the heart and mind with fantasies of romance-it is harder yet if you’re a woman with an affinity for men who hold the door open, who rise when you excuse yourself from the table, who make you feel like you’re the most beautiful woman in the room, and who, in an age of feminism, still appreciate the feminine. Pierre Rehov is one such Frenchman. But his intrigue goes beyond the stereotypical charms. For although there are many who would love to love him, there are even more who would love to kill him.

    For Pierre Rehov, life only took on true meaning when he began putting it at risk. He had been a movie producer, a novelist, a journalist and a lawyer. But none of those professions satisfied his searching soul. In moments of deep personal introspection he questioned himself, “Who and what am I really?” For him, the answer came when he turned on the news on October 6, 2000, and saw the images of the shooting of Mohammed al-Dura, the 12 year-old Palestinian boy, whom Israel was summarily accused of targeting. “I was in shock,” says Rehov, who rarely watches the pro-Arab French broadcasts. “In this case, I knew as a producer that there was something very fishy about the images. The angles just weren’t right.”

    The day after al-Dura was shot, there was a pro-Palestinian rally in the streets of Paris, where the participants screamed, “Death to the Jews.” Rehov was reminded of one century ago when the exact same antisemitic scene played itself out on the streets of Paris prompted by the Alfred Dreyfus trial. Rehov’s instincts told him that the death of Mohammed al-Dura was another blood libel against the Jews. “I knew that I was no Herzl, but I had to do something,” Rehov says.

    Pierre Rehov was born in Algeria where his ancestors had lived for almost 500 years. He and his family left for France in 1961 with 250,000 other Jewish refugees who were expelled from the newly Muslim-ruled territory. Rehov was 6 years old when he found out that he was Jewish-after seeing graffiti on the wall of his building where he and his family lived. The graffiti read, “The French in the boat; the Arabs in a castle; and the Jews to be exterminated.”

    Living in Algeria, the young boy knew very well what “French” and “Arab” meant, but the other word was new to him. Turning to his father, who was a well liked and respected dentist, he asked, “What is a Jew?” His father explained that Jews were a very different group of people who were always treated badly by the rest of the population and a people who would always have troubles. He then told little Pierre that he was a Jew. It was not long after Rehov told his classmates that he was Jewish that they began to call him un sale juif-a dirty Jew. Other kids would also praise the works of Hitler.

    If only words were the worst type of hate that Rehov experienced, he would have gotten over it. But as a child, in Algeria, he observed hatred in its most evil manifestation-terrorism. He’ll never forget the day he and his father were about to enter a café when a grenade, tossed by Muslim extremists rebelling against French rule, exploded. He saw people exiting drenched in blood and without limbs, some people didn’t exit at all. His father grabbed him in his arms and they ran. Another explosive incident happened at his own school where 11 of his classmates were killed. “I saw the worst images of my life as a child,” Rehov says.

    So at 9 years old, Rehov, his mother, and younger brother left Algeria to join his father already in France, all hoping for a better and calmer life. But the French refugees were hardly met with open arms by the native French who displayed great antipathy toward the influx of Algerian immigrants. “It was ironic that we were kicked out of Algeria by the Muslims because we were French, yet we were treated so poorly by the French themselves.”

    “In those days nobody said ‘Palestinians,’” Rehov recalls. “They were called ‘Arabs.’ They only later became “Palestinians” as a political ploy against Israel.” He remembers telling the story of Napoleon who, upon passing a synagogue during the Ninth of Av (a day of mourning), looked inside and saw Jews sitting on the floor and weeping. When he inquired further, he was told the Jews were mourning over the destruction of their Holy Temple. “How long ago did this occur?” Napoleon asked. “About 1,500 years ago,” he was told. “In that case there is no doubt that their Temple will be rebuilt,” Napoleon said. “A people capable of crying for so long over its destroyed temple and land will eventually find its way home.”

    Rehov feels that Jews have cried long enough, and now that they have their homeland once again they must do whatever it takes to protect it. “I believe that Israel is the miracle of the 20th century,” Rehov says. “It is also the result of the worse injustice that has ever been visited upon a people. No other people but the Jews have been exterminated, non-stop, for 20 centuries.” He cautions fellow Jews by reminding them how 470,000 Jews were deported from the Warsaw Ghetto before the remaining the 30,000 realized what was happening and decided to put up a resistance. “How many Jews are going to be killed before we wake up and decide to fight back?” Rehov questions passionately. “I don’t want to be among the last 30,000 to start fighting. I’m starting to fight right now.”

    And so after the shooting of Mohamed al-Dura and the antisemitic rallies that ensued, Pierre Rehov took his fight off the streets of Paris to the courts of France. He rallied Jewish organizations in France to join him in a lawsuit against the French government for its defamation of the State of Israel. Rehov, who also holds an Israeli passport, was then off to the Holy Land to investigate the circumstance surrounding the tragic, yet suspicious death of al-Dura. His own research, an IDF investigation, and the sources he interviewed, revealed that the trajectory of Israeli gunfire and the position of the bullet holes were inconsistent. Other inconsistencies were enumerated as well. Al-Dura was buried before any autopsy could be performed. Rehov’s investigations, however, had satisfied his suspicion that it was the Palestinians themselves who killed al-Dura for propaganda purposes. “It is not so hard to believe from some of these extremists who indoctrinate their children to be martyrs and suicide bombers,” he says. When Rehov returned to France, he found out that the defamation case had been dismissed after only six weeks, with no explanation. Rehov says it usually takes two years for a case to be dismissed in France.

    But Rehov’s resolve could not be dismissed. With his French passport, Arabic features, and a digital recorder, he went into the territories (which are forbidden to Israeli citizens) posing as a French tourist and began an undercover investigation of what is really going on behind the scenes. He has thus far produced six documentaries from the “tourist attractions” he visited in the territories: A War of Images, which reveals shocking images of incitement displayed on Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Television network; The Trojan Horse, which betrays Arafat’s true intentions and shows rare footage of Palestinian leaders advocating the eradication of the Jewish state and the extermination of the Jewish people, and his film The Holy Land: Christians in Peril, which exposes the true story behind the Church of Nativity confrontation and reveals the dangers for Christians living under Islamic rule, he then filmed The Road to Jenin, that shows there was no massacre in Jenin, as some Palestinians claimed. Silent Exodus, which tells the little known story of the plight of the million Jews who had to leave the Muslim countries their families had lived in for centuries. Hostages of Hatred, that gives all the real data about the Palestinian refugees, a question that is not as well known as it might be imagined.

    But, in France, the country that prides itself on the tripartite philosophy Liberté (liberty), Egalité (equality), et Fraternité (brotherhood), not one news channel agreed to air them. So he contrived another way to get his tapes seen. Because of France’s freedom of expression laws, newsstands have to carry publications no matter what their point of view. So Rehov created a political magazine entitled Contre Champs, and affixed a VHS copy of his documentary to each magazine. 50,000 copies have been sold of the first two issues.

    Indeed Pierre Rehov will leave no stone unturned when it comes to exposing Arafat and his cohorts. His main goal? Finding a real path to peace, where two people will finally be able to live beside each other, in two free and independent States.

    To reach that goal, says Rehov, the first step is to educate the media and the new generations… Since it is almost impossible for a reporter to work freely in the Territories, or to report honestly without risking his life.

    ABOUT | FILMS | CONTACT | LINKS | IMAGES | HOME | LANGUAGE

    Copyright © 2005 Pierre Rehov – CONTRE CHAMPS – 2005. All Rights Reserved.

  2. Hi Eli,
    I received that article in an email with a link, but I couldn’t transfer it to here, so I opened the link to copy and paste the website, but only what is on here showed.
    I just don’t have the computer skills to do better.
    Should I forward the email to the Yahoo address?
    Regarding your blog, itself, I feel like I’m becoming too repetitious with my comments re: Israel.
    It’s very sad about that poor doctor, and my heart goes out to him and many others who are not fighting, but are caught in the crossfire.
    BUT, having prior first hand experience with the situation, he was already forewarned by the obvious—-it’s like every situation where people never think things could happen to them or their loved ones—guess what—they DO!
    It’s great that he treats the wounded, but he wouldn’t need to be doing that, if he and his ilk became pro-active in STOPPING Hamas, rather than just translating reports for the press.
    I also thought that the above article, within this context, is very relevant, in that, the Palestinians kill their own children for political leveredge.
    I am concerned about the above European countries and the Vatican leaning more and more to anti-Israel campaigns, which, if not countered, will lead to a rapid growing new wave of worldwide anti-semitism.
    We as Jews need to unite NOW, and show the world that THIS time round, we are a force to be reckoned with, and let’s not be distracted with these heart-tugging stories. We have more than enough of our own!

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