Very interesting day in Israel. One of the headlines read: The Knesset passed controversial legislation making Israel the “nation-state of the Jewish people,” angering groups in Israel and the Diaspora.
Today, Israel passed the Nationality Law which enshrines that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people. The words state of Israel and land of Israel have been bones of contention between Jews since 1948. Given that, this law changed something in Israel.
In Genesis verse 15, lines 18-21 G-d gave the Land of Israel to the Jewish people. Before Israel became a ‘state’, Ben Gurion went to testify before the Balfour commission…”I say on behalf of the Jews that the Bible is our Mandate, the Bible which was written by us, in our own language, in Hebrew, in this very country. That is our Mandate. Our right is as old as the Jewish people.”
This law affirmed the symbols on the flag and shield, set the Hebrew calendar as the country’s official calendar, recognizes Jewish holidays and days of remembrance, the national anthem and naming Jerusalem as the capital. What is rankling the shackles, believe it or not, of Jews in the Diaspora is that Arabic has been relegated to a “special” status instead of an official language.
Blanche, we always wondered what gave American or any other Jew not living in Israel the right to have an opinion about running of the country. Because they give money? Israelis give their lives.
We are guessing that this was in the works for a very long time. We are also guessing that Netanyahu was emboldened by President Trump’s bold initiative to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.
In stark contrast to the above story is this one: Gottfried Waldhäusl — a local cabinet minister and farmer represents the far-right Freedom Party. Formed in the 1950s under the leadership of Anton Reinthaller, a former officer in the Nazi SS, the Freedom Party is a junior partner in Austria’s present coalition government. He has proposed that Jews register with the government in order to purchase kosher meat.
Interestingly, Blanche met with one of her cousins whose father was born in Germany, escaping after Kristalnacht. His father explained to him that in 1932 all synagogues were forced to give the germans their membership lists which had the names and addresses of all the Jews living in Breslau. That is how the Germans were able to round up the Jews in a very efficient manner.
What is the difference between listing those who purchase kosher meat and telling Neo-nazis where they live? No difference. Shuddering thought.
On the same general subject, a genius woman, who happens to be a member of the green, save-the-whales party, made a few videos denying the Holocaust ever happened. She happens to be Canadian and stupidly went to Germany where such things are outlawed. She was arrested on six counts of incitement of the people.
Of course now she’s crying that’s unfair. Here’s a headline madame: When you go to a foreign country, you better find out the laws. Like spitting, spitting out your gum or throwing away cigarette butts on the street in Singapore will land you in jail. Pleading ignorance is not a defence. This woman broke the law in another country and she should and hopefully will pay the price. Perhaps as part of her punishment they should take her to visit every single concentration camp. It may help her get a better grip on history.
If anyone wants a sure bet, we have one for you. It appears that the new Champlain bridge is to open on December 21. While it actually may ‘open’, no one will be able to get to the other side of the river as not all the parts will be connected.
If anyone has driven by said bridge, you can see for yourself that they have, what appears to be, many, many months of work. Certainly well past December. The consortium building the bridge will be fined for every day they are late. They better start saving.
How the sunny fall. Melanie Joly, Prime Minister Trudeau’s counter-part in a pretty face and sunny ways, has been summarily demoted in a cabinet shuffle. She was the heritage minister but got dumped from that job to minor portfolios of tourism, official languages and la Francophonie. Ya think she’s still smiling? What about her happy, sunny ways boss Trudeau?
Two Blanche readers sent us some of reasons why Hillary did not get elected president. It makes for very interesting reading…
I still haven’t figured out why Hillary lost. Was it Wikileaks or Podesta or Comey? Was it a sexual predator husband? Was it the corrupt foundation or was it the $15 million used to buy her daughter Chelsea’s apartment from said foundation? Was it her husbands interference with Loretta Lynch and the investigation? Or was it stealing the debate questions? Was it forensically deleting 30,000 emails or was it the secret server in her house? Was it the Jennifer Flowers settlement or the $800,000 Paula Jones settlement? Was it the lie about sniper fire? Gee, we just can’t quite put our finger on it, but it seems to be right in front of us.
Unless Hillary permanently disappears from the political scene, she will be a dead weight around the neck of the Democrats. As it is, they cannot find a decent candidate. Cortez who won in New York, of late always has her mouth open in a permanent scream at someone or something. Not very elegant, eh Blanche? Ya just can’t buy class.
Good Shabbos and easy fast We’ll talk…