The Catmage Chronicles
It's been hundreds of years since the Darkness last surfaced, a grim time when both humans and Catmages lost their lives. But now the Wild Ones work with humans again, and thirteen-year-old Andy Cohen gets the surprise of his life when a talking cat shows up in his front yard. Goldeneyes, a powerful Catmage, needs Andy’s help. In the exciting first installment of this new series, Meryl Yourish takes the reader into a world of magical cats, dark powers, and a boy who finds himself entangled in their war.
I think it’s time for a new virtual menorah. Here are all of mine in one picture.
Happy Hanukkah to all of my Jewish readers!
Hamas held its anniversary celebration in Gaza on Sunday. Their “celebration” including burning effigies of religious Jews, parading long-range missiles around, and, oh, yeah, threatening the destruction of Israel.
Vowing to destroy Israel, Hamas paraded some 2,000 of its armed fighters and truck-mounted rockets through Gaza on Sunday, marking its 27th anniversary with its biggest show of force since the end of the Gaza war this summer.
Reuters managed to make that the lede. And they found room to put this information pretty high up:
At the parade, a senior Hamas leader reaffirmed the Islamist movement’s founding charter’s pledge to destroy Israel.
“This illusion called Israel will be removed. It will be removed at the hands of the Qassam Brigades,” said Khalil al-Hayya, a top Hamas leader, referring to the movement’s armed wing.
The AP didn’t so much as mention the calls for Israel’s destruction. Its lede was quite different from Reuters.
The Islamic militant group Hamas displayed rockets and other heavy weapons Sunday during a rally marking the 27th anniversary of its founding.
This is the most they could muster, eight paragraphs down:
With Sunday’s weapons display, Hamas appeared to be sending a message to both Israel and the residents of Gaza that another round of fighting is an option.
And then, in the very last paragraph, the AP decided it might mention something about the calls to destroy Israel. Maybe.
The man in the recording identified as Deif said, “We will return to them (Israelis) with fighters that they cannot fight and will drive them out … God willing.”
The AP continues to deny that it whitewashes the news for the Palestinians. I think we can judge for ourselves whether or not that is true.
A happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers. Eat lots of turkey (or tofurkey, if that’s your thing), and ignore the scolds who tell you not to indulge on this day of indulgence. Meimei agrees.
The Druze police officer who was murdered Muslim by terrorists yesterday while helping defend Israeli Jews is being laid to rest, and religious Jews are calling for Israelis to go to his funeral and show their respect for his sacrifice.
The Druze police officer who lost his life in Tuesday’s terror attack is being honored by the ultra-Orthodox community, which was hit the hardest in the deadly terror attack on a synagogue, and the community is urging Haredi youths to attend the young officer’s funeral service.
The ultra–Orthodox community determined Wednesday that Master-Sergeant Zidan Sif, the Druze policeman who died from wounds sustained in Tuesday morning’s synagogue terror attack was a ‘Righteous Among the Nations’, and many urged their public to attend his funeral, even arranging free transportation from the Jerusalem International Convention Center.
This is why the “apartheid” label is such a lie. Most Israeli Jews do not hate Arabs. They want to get along in peace and harmony. Instead, the Jews of Israel are being attacked in synagogues, at bus stops, and on the streets–by the real people who want apartheid. Actually, that’s not true. They want there to be no Jews at all in Israel, the land that made us Jews.
Risha Segal (28), a haredi student and activist, who lives near the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem, was one of the people who posted the initiative online. “We are calling for widespread solidarity throughout Israel, with an emphasis on gratitude,” he said. “We will not be ungrateful and will show our thanks for those who sacrificed their lives for us. This is one of the most important principles in Judaism.”
And this is why Israel will survive. Because we’re better than the subhumans who take axes and machetes and murder men at morning prayers in a house of worship.
The Palestinians lying about Israel attacking the al-Aqsa mosque, and their leaders inciting the religious hatred, have gotten what they want: Four rabbis are dead and eight Jews were wounded in a terror attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem. They entered an Orthodox synagogue in west Jerusalem–on the Israeli side of the Green Line–and murdered four with a gun, an axe, and knives. They invaded a Yeshiva and murdered Jews while praying during morning services.
Four people were killed Tuesday morning when two terrorists brutally attacked worshippers in a synagogue and yeshiva in the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem. Seven people were wounded, including two police officers.
At around 7am, the terrorists – wielding massive knives and a gun – entered the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue on Harav Shimon Agasi Street, which includes both a synagogue and yeshiva (rabbinical seminary), and carried out attacks in more than one location.
Make no mistake, these attacks are directly due to the Palestinian incitement about the Temple Mount. Yehuda Glick’s shooter called him an enemy of al-Aqsa. And Mahmoud Abbas is just stoking the flames by insisting that Israelis are “invading” the Temple Mount–and accusing Israelis of incitement. You mean incitement like this?
“The presidency also denounces all violent acts no matter who their source is, and demands an end to the ongoing incursions into the Al-Aksa Mosque and the provocative acts by Israeli settlers as well as incitement by some Israeli ministers,” the statement added.
The attackers were later killed in a shootout with police. Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Iraeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld Rosenfeld said: “Everybody was praying peacefully without any disruptions whatsoever and then all of a sudden the terrorists go into a place of worship and peace and turn it into a killing nightmare.”
Police confirmed that the slain included Rabbi Moshe Twersky. He is the son of Boston-born Isadore Twersky, who founded Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies. Rabbi Kelman Levin, Rabbi Avraham Goldberg and Rabbi Aryeh Kopinsky were also killed, according to an announcement made by the synagogue. Britain’s Foreign Office confirmed that one of the four victims was a dual U.K.-Israeli national.
The AP can’t whitewash this one. So Operation Downplay is in effect. Note the passive verb in the headline. “Dead”–not “killed”.
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. FOUR DEAD IN ATTACK ON JERUSALEM SYNAGOGUE
Prime Minister Netanyahu vows to respond harshly to the killing of worshippers which Palestinian President Abbas has condemned.
And here’s the AP lede. Note the continued concentration on the Palestinian viewpoint.
Two Palestinian cousins stormed a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, attacking worshippers with meat cleavers and a gun during morning prayers and killing four people before they were shot dead by police.
The attack, the deadliest in Jerusalem in six years, ratcheted up fears of sustained violence in the city, which is already on edge amid soaring tensions over its most contested holy site.
Remember, those “soaring tensions” are lies that Jews are “invading” al-Aqsa. And the narrative is that Jews praying at the Temple Mount is somehow wrong–because Muslims put their mosques on top of Judaism’s holiest site. But that’s a topic for another post.
Pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded, and comfort for the families of the murdered men.
The world media is reporting on Mahmoud Abbas’ fiery speech on the tenth anniversary of mass murderer Yasser Arafat’s death. They breathlessly report his accusations that Israel is “provoking” a “religious war”. And this is why, according to the Guardian. Note not only the reversal of importance–the Muslim claim is always put first–but the minimization of the importance of the site in Judaism.
The clashes of the past three weeks – which have included four deadly attacks and an attempted assassination – have been exacerbated by tension over Israeli-controlled access to Jerusalem’s holiest place, revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and site of the al-Aqsa mosque, and by Jews as the mount where ancient Jewish temples once stood.
But that’s not surprising. As you scroll down, you’ll see a chart that purports to have a timeline of major incidences that caused the recent outbreak of terrorist attacks. What’s missing from the chart? The murder of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas terrorists that started everything.
Now let’s look at the AP article on current events. Remember that there was no reporting by the AP about Ayatollah Khamenei’s tweets about the destruction of Israel. But here’s what they do have the ability to report:
The Palestinian president on Tuesday accused Israel of provoking a “religious war” as new violence between the sides broke out in the West Bank, leaving a Palestinian man dead, amid mounting concerns that the long-running conflict is entering a new and dangerous phase.
Really, AP? Really? “violence between the sides”? And what, pray tell, is that “violence”? Oh, you mean Palestinians attacking and murdering Israelis with knife attacks in the West Bank and Tel Aviv? Of course, the AP barely mentions that. No, more important is the shooting of a Palestinian “protestor”. Here’s what that protestor was doing.
The violence from the Israeli side? I believe it’s called “riot control”.
Tuesday’s clashes erupted near the city of Hebron where about 150 Palestinian demonstrators were throwing rocks and firebombs at Israeli soldiers, the army said.
The AP also reverses the order of importance of the holy sites. The Muslim claim to the Temple Mount is always put first. And somehow, the AP managed to make the phrase “the most sacred place in Judaism” pale in contrast to the descriptions of the Muslim mosques on the Temple Mount. Perhaps it’s the weasel-word “considered”. Note that the mosques are declared holy sites, but the Temple Mount is only “considered” to be sacred–as if there’s some aspect of doubt.
It is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the gold-topped Dome of the Rock, the third-holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. It is also revered as the location where the ancient Hebrew temples once stood and today is considered the most sacred place in Judaism.
There is also the acceptance by the AP that there is something wrong with Jews praying at their holiest site.
While Jews are permitted to visit the hilltop compound, they are not supposed to pray. Palestinian fears have been heightened by an increased number of visits by Jewish hard-liners and calls by members of Netanyahu’s governing coalition for an expanded Jewish presence there. They also object to Israeli restrictions on Muslims entering the compound. Israel says the restrictions are security measures.
OMG, Jews praying is frightening to Palestinians! Because… because… yeah, I got nothin’. But the AP is happy to toe the Palestinian line on that.
Matti Friedman’s accusation of overwhelming anti-Israel bias at the AP continues to ring true. But then, anyone who’s been reading this blog since at least 2002 already knew that.
On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Iranian Supreme Leader released a nine-step plan to eliminate Israel. The world media mostly yawned. The AP can barely manage to eke out one final-paragraph mention of it in its story about the Iranian nuclear agreement today.
Kerry spoke early Tuesday with Netanyahu, but the State Department officials refused to discuss why the Israeli prime minister believed a deal was imminent. The officials said Kerry also condemned comments posted this weekend on the managed Twitter account of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that called for Israel’s destruction. His feed also tweeted various posts about the negotiations — including one detailing Iran’s “red lines” of things it could not accept — while the Oman talks were ongoing.
Stop and take a moment to realize this: The leader of a UN member nation tweeted a step-by-step plan to eliminate another member nation, and the world basically ignored it. The media downplayed the steps, of course, because Khamenei thoughtfully insisted he wasn’t for the genocide of all Israeli Jews–he just wants to throw them out of the country. What a nice guy. He even says the should go back to the countries they came from. (Scroll down for a table of how many Jews fled those nations.) Like Iran, I guess. And Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Algeria, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia. Because Muslims were always so tolerant towards their Jewish populations. Oh, wait. No they weren’t.
When the media did pick up on the Ayatollah’s tweet, they downplayed the threats, playing right along with the Iranian propaganda.
The post did not call for “the massacre of the Jewish people in the region,” but for a referendum on the future of the territory to by “[a]ll the original people of Palestine including Muslims, Christians and Jews.”
They left out the rest of that one, which excludes nearly all Israelis from being able to vote.
All the original people of Palestine including Muslims, Christians and Jews wherever they are, whether inside Palestine, in refugee camps in other countries or just anywhere else, take part in a public and organized referendum. Naturally the Jewish immigrants who have been persuaded into emigration to Palestine do not have the right to take part in this referendum.
I suppose I should be astonished that the world media didn’t publish far and wide this call for the destruction of Israel. But I’m not. I’m just tired of the unbelievable double standards. That’s part of the reason why I stopped posting. How many times can you shout at the wall before you simply lose your voice?
Imagine the world reaction if Benjamin Netanyahu said that it was time for the Iranian regime to be eliminated. Just imagine the difference, and realize that nobody is saying much of anything after Khamenei openly called for the end of Israel and the expulsion of Jews from their homeland. Nonstop 24-hour stories, no doubt. I searched the AP and found nothing.
Thanks to all of our veterans for their service.
I thought seriously about joining ROTC when I was a sophomore in college. Obviously, I did not. I don’t have what it takes to join the military. But I honor those that do.
Remember Catherine Ashton, head of foreign policy for the EU? A quick roundup of her greatest hits:
- Demanding that Israel open all Gaza crossings and leave them that way, no matter that Hamas is importing weapons
- Demanding that Israel pay back the EU for damaging structures where Hamas was hiding, storing, and launching rockets and weapons
- Ignoring Hamas war crimes while calling for “restraint” from Israel trying to protect itself
- Her refusal to mention Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day
Pretty hard to top that list, huh? Well, here’s the new head, Federica Mogherini, on what is most important to her.
The EU’s new foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, told European media this week that she would like to see a Palestinian state by the time her five-year term is up.
“The important thing for me is not whether other states, European or not, recognize Palestine,” Mogherini said. “What would make me happy is if a Palestinian state existed at the end of my term.”
Notice that she is not saying that peace between Israel and the Palestinians is most important to her. No, it’s a Palestinian state. And here’s why it’s so important to her:
Establishing rather than recognising a Palestinian state was the point, she said, pointing to the resonance of the issue for the generation of politicians coming to power in Europe.
“There is an entire generation growing up with the Palestinian issue. I mean, I’m 41, I studied politics at 16 and this was the main campaign when I was at school.”
So, she’s admitting she was brainwashed by anti-Israel “activists” when she was a teenager. And now she thinks she can do something about it. Compare the above to what she thinks about the rest of the Middle East issues like Syria, ISIS, Iraq, and Iran.
The scale of the multiple crises in the Middle East meant that “different actors share a certain sense of urgency and common threat”, creating “maybe a unique opportunity of putting around the table different actors that so far have not shared a common interest and see if there are some elements that could shape a different regional approach.”
Right. So the Palestinians should get a state, but everyone else should just negotiate. Because it’s not like the Middle East is a powder keg of death, destruction, torture, kidnapping, and rape. Good luck getting Islamists to sit down to negotiations. Don’t send any representatives, though, they’ll likely be kidnapped and beheaded.
Meet the new boss. Even more of an asshole than the old boss.
Good news for Israel: The ICC ruled that it has no real jurisdiction over the Marvelous Mimbletonia, the Ship of Terrorists used by Islamists to try to create an international incident while pretending to run the Gaza blockade. Of course, that didn’t stop the ICC from saying the IDF probably committed war crimes, but hey, at least Turkey doesn’t get a media circus that generates worldwide “ISRAEL COMMITTED WAR CRIMES!1!!11!” headlines. Oh, and Turkey? Fuck you.
Trying to change the narrative: The PLO has issued a press release telling the media they shouldn’t call the Temple Mount the Temple Mount. Yet another example of the Islamicizing of
Jerusalem al-Quds. Don’t worry, the world is poised to negate Israel’s Jewish roots. But first they have to get rid of those pesky Jews. They keep trying.
Worst decision Moshe Dayan ever made was giving the Temple Mount to the Islamic Waqf. If he had insisted on Jewish rights to it in 1967, we’d have had years of Muslims freaking out over Jews praying at their holiest site… yeah, I really do believe that. It wouldn’t be any better.
Also, check out this unbelievably biased AP piece. Of course it’s Israel’s fault that Muslims are rioting on the Temple Mount. The easily found proof that Hamas pays Palestinians to riot? It’s too hard for the AP to find.
The attacks came after Palestinians clashed with police at the holy compound — known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims — over a push by Israeli activists to widen access to Jews visiting the site.
The clashes, which erupted as Palestinians threw stones and firecrackers in response to a demonstration by Israeli activists, prompted Jordan — which has custodial rights to the site as part of its 1994 peace agreement with Israel — to recall its ambassador in protest at the actions of Israeli security forces.
And the wife of the first attacker said he had been angered by the confrontation at the site earlier in the day.
Elder of Ziyon has video of those “activists“–which always turn out to be religious Jews walking around on the Temple Mount.
World’s tiniest violin: Awww. John Galliano lost his case against Christian Dior. Turns out that it’s okay to fire someone who goes on video and says that Jews should be gassed. Oh, and John? Fuck you.
Here’s an example of what your typical election analysis is going to be like over the next two years:
Does Tuesday night’s GOP blowout presage anything for the presidential election that starts in earnest on Wednesday? The conventional answer is probably still no. First, as a million pundits have correctly noted, midterm voters are older, whiter and thus more Republican-leaning than voters in presidential races. Second, the key 2014 Senate races were disproportionately located in red states (although Democrats fared poorly in purple ones too). Third, the GOP trained its fire on President Obama, who won’t be on the ballot in two years.
As I recall, George W. Bush was not on the ballot in 2008 or 2012, and yet, Barack Obama and his flacks in the media managed to make him a big part of Obama’s victories.
Just wait. The same media people who insisted that Bush was a big part of the last two elections will declare that Obama has nothing to do with whatever the Democratic candidate’s platform may be.
Let us take a moment to wipe a tear from our eye and comfort all of the sad Democrats out there today.
Naaaah. They wouldn’t give a shit if the situation were reversed.
The next two years are going to be interesting. Not that Obama is affected at all by this. He’s not. As always, he blames everything but his own actions for the losses.