Israeli Children Dress Up As Elor Azaria for Purim

Posted on March 9, 2017

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The Jewish holiday of Purim takes place this weekend. Officially it begins Saturday, March 11 and ends Sunday, March 12, although in Israel celebrations are getting under way today and are expected to run through Sunday–and it is reported that this year a number of Israeli children are dressing up as Elor Azaria.

If the name rings a bell, it should. Elor Azaria is the Israeli soldier who last year executed a wounded Palestinian with a bullet to the head.

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The man Azaria murdered was Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, who had been shot after an alleged stabbing attack against an Israeli soldier. Al-Sharif, severely wounded, was lying prostrate upon the street when Azaria stepped up and fired a gunshot to his head. The incident, which took place in the West Bank city of Hebron, was captured on video–a video that subsequently went viral around the world and led to Azaria’s arrest.

Azaria clearly carried out a deliberate act of cold-blooded murder, but in Israel he has been elevated to the status of national hero, and according to a report here, children in the Jewish state are adopting costumes designed to look like him as they observe this year’s Purim holiday. There is a special significance to this: Azaria’s execution of al-Sharif took place on Purim of 2016. This is something I noted in a post I put up on March 25 last year, one day after the holiday had ended. At that time, Azaria’s name had not yet been released to the media, but the video had already begun to go viral, and as I noted:

The video shows a group of soldiers and medics standing around Abdul Sharif, lying prone and incapacitated on the street, with one of the soldiers stepping up and pumping a bullet into his head.

That as I say took place on Purim of last year. In the intervening months in Israel we have seen a trial in which Azaria was convicted of manslaughter–not murder–and sentenced to 18 months, as well as large public protests in support of the killer. And now here we are a year later. Here is what is being reported about this year’s Purim celebration:

This year for Purim, many Israeli children are dressing up as Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a neutralized terrorist [sic] in Hebron almost a year ago. “I’m not saying that he did the right thing but in my eyes he is a hero,” stated one grandmother of such a child. “He took the initiative. His commanders weren’t around, the scene wasn’t managed properly and he took command.”

During the weekend, a costume competition for Elor Azaria will take place. The creator Ran Karmi Buzaglo has promised the participants prizes such as guitars, tickets to an amusement park and to a safari. “I urge people to dress up like Elor as a statement,” Buzaglo stated. “He’s a fighter and was sent to protect us and I’m proud to see children dressing up like him.

Some of the prizes were donated by citizens who heard about the initiative. One man even volunteered to make 300 face masks of the convicted soldier. “I think that these masks teach our children about the military,” he said.

A very innocuous and politically correct description of what the holiday of Purim is all about is given by Wikipedia:

Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who was planning to kill all the Jews. This took place in the ancient Persian Empire. The story is recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.

In reality, however, the holiday is a celebration of the slaughter of thousands of Gentiles. Here is what the Book of Esther has to say on the topic:

In the citadel of Susa, the Jews killed and destroyed five hundred men. They also killed Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha, Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha, Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai and Vaizatha, the ten sons of Haman son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews.But they did not lay their hands on the plunder.

The number of those killed in the citadel of Susa was reported to the king that same day. The king said to Queen Esther, “The Jews have killed and destroyed five hundred men and the ten sons of Haman in the citadel of Susa. What have they done in the rest of the king’s provinces? Now what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? It will also be granted.”

“If it pleases the king,” Esther answered, “give the Jews in Susa permission to carry out this day’s edict tomorrow also, and let Haman’s ten sons be impaled on poles.”

So the king commanded that this be done. An edict was issued in Susa, and they impaled the ten sons of Haman. The Jews in Susa came together on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar, and they put to death in Susa three hundred men, but they did not lay their hands on the plunder.

Meanwhile, the remainder of the Jews who were in the king’s provinces also assembled to protect themselves and get relief from their enemies. They killed seventy-five thousand of them but did not lay their hands on the plunder. This happened on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and on the fourteenth they rested and made it a day of feasting and joy.

So according to the text, more than 75,000 people were killed. And this is what led the Jews to mark it as “a day of feasting and joy.” And that is how it is celebrated today in Israel. Here is what an Israeli tourist site has to say about contemporary Purim celebrations in the Jewish state:

Purim is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in Israel. Purim in Israel is embraced by the whole country, from religious Jews in Jerusalem to secular Tel Avivians, it is a time of festivity and celebrated far beyond its original religious roots. Purim parties take place across Israel, with Purim street parties with carnival atmospheres taking place in almost every city, town and village in the country. Purim is also one of the biggest nights of the year at clubs up and down the country. With so much going on, and so much color in the amazing costumes that can be seen, Purim in Israel is a fascinating time to be in the country.

You can also go here and read a Chabad report about Purim celebrations in 91 other countries around the world, including here in the United States. Here is what it says about a Purim event scheduled for Saturday night in Los Angeles:

Roll out the red carpet and bring on the paparazzi: Rabbi Mendel Simons, director of the Young Jewish Professionals in Los Angeles, is getting ready to host an Oscars-worthy evening on Saturday night. He and his wife, YJP co-director Rachael Simons, plan to welcome a whopping 600 people to the upscale Continental Club for a night of Purim festivities themed around Hollywood of yore. The event is being co-hosted by Moshe and Rivky Greenwald, co-directors of Chabad of Downtown Los Angeles.

Reading the above kind of makes you wonder why we’ve never seen a Hollywood movie depicting the Esther story. Of course, the movie would have to end with the slaughter of thousands of Gentiles and the subsequent Jewish celebrations–a denouement that might result in moviegoers leaving theaters feeling a tad bit disquieted.

Russian ‘Activists’ Caught Collaborating with US Embassy in Moscow

This film is actually four years old. Michael McFaul is no longer US ambassador to Russia, having resigned in 2014, but the video is useful in that it provides a rather graphic glimpse into how the US State Department functions–in Russia and probably other countries as well, distributing money to so-called “activists” or “opposition leaders” (perhaps “traitors” would be a more appropriate description) in return for services rendered.

And what are these services? Basically excrement stirring, which can include anything from public agitation–through writing or public speaking–all the way up to organizing mostly nonviolent protests…as has been done in Russia…or…it might result in street riots or even acts of murder as we have seen in Venezuela. Conceivably they also could include the simple act of buying off enough votes in a nation’s parliament to secure an impeachment vote against a country’s leader, as in Brazil.

And then of course there is the case of Syria, where the US embassy helped give birth to a quintessential Frankenstein monster. Readers might be interested in a series of tweeted exchanges between Vanessa Beeley and former US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford (see here ). “I have respect for the Syrian civilians who are losing their lives and enduring the horror inflicted upon them by your terror gangs and ‘moderate rebels,’” Beeley told Ford in one of the exchanges.

At any rate, US embassies in countries with governments the US disapproves of have become little more than Trojan horses. Venezuela got so fed up with it they expelled America’s top diplomat from the country in 2013. Russia, however, seems to have taken a more subtle approach. I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing what happened here is that Russian intelligence eavesdropped on the US embassy in Moscow, found out McFaul was arranging a meeting with Russian dissidents, then tipped off the media and invited them to show up at the embassy and film the excrement stirrers upon their arrival. And who are these people?

Well, one of them is Lev Ponomaryov, who appears at 49 seconds into the video. A few months before this report was filmed, Ponomaryov reportedly met withJapan’s ambassador to Russia, promising–in return for payment–to argue for Japanese claims to the Kuril Islands. Another is Liliya Shibanova, head of the NGO Golos (Vote). A large cache of Golos emails published in 2011 showed extensive contact between the group and the US State Department. Included was evidence suggesting people had been paid to report violations in the Russian elections that year. Shibanova, starting at about 2:48, can be seen repeatedly accusing the journalists of being “Surkov propagandists” and of making pornographic films. Vladislov Surkov is an influential advisor to Putin with a fondness for the arts (he is said to be the author of a novel, published under a pen-name, entitled “Almost Zero”), who has advocated the concept of “sovereign democracy” for Russia.

And then there is Boris Nemtsov, one of the first to show up at the embassy and who appears at about 12 seconds into the video. Having risen to prominence during the Yeltsin years, Nemtsov played a key role in integrating Western-style capitalism into the Russian economy, and as Wikipedia puts it, he “very openly looked to the West as a model for Russia’s future.” Nemtsov’s murder on the streets of Moscow on February 28, 2015 was widely attributed to the Russian government by Western media. An official investigation determined that the killing had been carried out by Chechens.

McFaul today holds a position at Stanford University where he teaches political science–presumably instructing future career diplomats in the art of overthrowing governments. His successor as US ambassador to Russia is John Tefft, who may, if anything, be even more extreme. Tefft seems to have been chosen for his “antagonistic” views toward Russia, though likely his amiable relations with the Chabad Lubavitch movement didn’t hinder his career advancement either.

In any event, what we have here is a group of people showing up at the US embassy in Moscow almost as if they are reporting in for duty, or “like it’s their everyday job,” as one of the people interviewed in the video puts it.

If Putin were the dictator the West makes him out to be, every single one of these people would have been rounded up and thrown in jail. And indeed, if the situation were reversed, and it was Americans visiting a foreign embassy in Washington and being paid sums of money, a jail cell is precisely where they would be (unless, of course, the foreign embassy was Israel’s, in which case any suggestions of disloyalty to America would be met with accusations of anti-Semitism).

One other thing I’ll mention. The capturing on film of these people’s visit, and the dissemination of the news over Russian media, seems to have been the impetus that led to passage of Russia’s Foreign Agent law. That bill was introduced into the Duma in July of 2012, roughly six months after the episode at the embassy, and was signed into law by Putin on July 20 that year.

The law requires NGOs receiving funding from foreign sources to register as foreign agents and was modeled after the US Foreign Agents Registration Act. Nonetheless it was condemned by the West as further evidence of Putin’s supposed autocratic nature.


From the video description:

In mid-January 2012, just days after Michael McFaul arrived in Moscow to begin his stint as US Ambassador to Russia, Russian opposition leaders lined up outside the US Embassy (Russian) to meet him in a bizarre confab that reeked of both treason and duplicity.

Caught red-handed – Russia’s opposition, long accused by the Kremlin of being foreign-funded, and who have well documented ties to the US State Department, are caught filing into the US Embassy in Moscow in January of 2012, just days after agitator Michael McFaul began his stint as US Ambassador to Russia. (click on image to enlarge)

Approached by journalists inquiring as to why they had all come to greet the US Ambassador, their responses ranged from silence to dismissive gibes. Later, the group of opposition leaders emerged responding only with “Вы сурковская пропаганда,” or “you’re Surkov’s propaganda,” meaning the journalists represented government efforts to undermine their work and legitimacy. It is a common response given by Russia’s opposition members when media attempts to question them about their increasingly overt ties to Wall Street and London.

This video captured outside the US Embassy in Moscow, Russia, shows prominent leaders of Russia’s US-funded, backed, and directed opposition attending a confab with newly appointed US Ambassador Michael McFaul. Both the opposition leaders and McFaul himself are directly connected to the US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Present at the US Embassy confab were regular mainstays of the Western media’s coverage of anti-Vladimir Putin protests, including Boris Nemtsov, Yevgeniya Chirikova of the US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funded “Strategy 31,” Lev Ponomarev of the NED, Ford Foundation, Open Society, and USAID-funded Moscow Helsinki Group, and Liliya Shibanova of NED-funded GOLOS, an allegedly “independent” election monitoring group that served as the primary source of accusations of voting fraud against Putin’s United Russia party. Clearly, this wasn’t the first time both words and cash had been exchanged between the Russian opposition and the US State Department, but is perhaps the most overt example of such flagrant conspiring yet.

The Council of Europe supports projects to protect jewish cemeteries


And Christian cemeteries? And Muslim cemeteries?


WARSAW (EJP)—The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland will pay a visit to Frampol, Poland next Tuesday to lend the pan-European body’s support for an initiative of the ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, which works to protect Jewish burial grounds in Central and Eastern Europe.

Frampol is a small town in Lublin province, in south-eastern Poland. Prior to World War II, it had a large Jewish population. Frampol, or a fictional version thereof, is the setting of many stories of famous Jewish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer. In September 1939, the German Luftwaffe destroyed almost the entire town in an air raid. Around a thousand local Jews were shot by the Nazi occupiers and buried in a mass grave at the cemetery site.

Jagland – who will be joined by former Israeli minister Yossi Beilin – will engage with pupils from Frampol’s school who have helped in the protection of the local Jewish cemetery, a site owned by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ), which is the Polish partner of the ESJF.

Jagland will explain to them the value of cultural heritage prior to a visit and ceremony at the Frampol Jewish cemetery.

The Council of Europe, which groups 46 European member states,supports such projects under the 2005 Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro Convention). The convention links the concept of the “common heritage of Europe” to human rights and the fundamental freedoms for which the Council of Europe remains one of the historic guardians.

“The Council of Europe supports projects of cultural heritage which contribute to reconciliation, mutual understanding and inclusive societies. I am grateful to the ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, for sharing our vision and promoting Jewish heritage which is integral to our common European culture and society,” said Thorbjørn Jagland.

“We are in a race against time to protect the last physical vestiges of Jewish presence in the thousands of towns and villages of Central and Eastern Europe wiped out by the Nazis. Our role is to physically protect these sites, and we must act now as memory becomes history and it will soon be too late,” saidPhilip Carmel, chief executive of the ESJF.

During its pilot year, the ESJF completed over 30 fencing projects in Ukraine, Poland and the Czech Republic. In 2016, the NGO is expanding its activities in into Belarus, Serbia and Hungary.

There are about 10,000 known Jewish cemetery sites across the 46 member states of the Council of Europe

the “Chosen Ones” (“Chosen by whom?”

Alternative Saturday Cartoons: February 20, 2016

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There is plenty here (167 on last count) ~ visual commentaries on the usual critters and situations: Trump, Syria, Hillary, the KSA and the Saudi family, the American elections, the “Chosen Ones” (“Chosen by whom?” I always ask.), the media and communications, the crumbling EU, and goodness knows what else. As always, please enjoy and share widely.

Hopefully, I have provided you with some bittersweet smiles, new insights, and maybe even a genuine chortle of merriment.

Saturday Alternative Cartoons

Jewish Elite, The Bell Curve And The End Of The West

The following is the first part of a seminar I gave in Gothenburg, Sweden (October 18) . In the early part of the day I elaborated on the Bell Curve – I spoke about  the dominance of Jewish elite in the west,  cognitive partitioning and the destruction of the working people.



NY Jews


by Shuki Sadeh, Haaretz

Some of them live in Israel, but most of them don’t. Some, but by no means all, have business interests in the country. Most give generously to right-wing causes, but there are a few exceptions, including those who give across the whole range of the political spectrum.

Here are profiles of a few of the biggest overseas contributors to Israel’s politicians, the people whose money will have a lot to do with who forms the next government and occupies the prime minster’s residence in Jerusalem.

Marc Belzberg, who immigrated to Israel in the 1990s from Canada, has given money to Likud figures Moshe Ya’alon, Gilad Erdan, Zeev Elkin and Yuli Edelstein. Belzberg inherited his wealth from his father, Samuel Belzberg, who built a financial and real estate empire with his brothers Hyman and William in Vancouver. Marc Belzberg was once linked by marriage to Matthew Bronfman, scion of another wealthy Canadian Jewish family.

Belzberg, who became religiously observant as a teenager, is identified with right-wing Israeli circles and the settlement movement, supporting the Ateret Hacohanim Yeshiva in Jerusalem ‘s Old City and serving as a director of The Jerusalem Post when it was controlled by Canada’s Hollinger Group.

In Israel he is involved in philanthropic activities, most notably the One Family fund, which helps terror victims and their families. He is also a major donor to Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, giving $1 million during one 2013 event. In business, he has invested in Israeli high-tech companies.

The “Bibi-Tours” investigation by journalist Raviv Drucker found that Belzberg paid, through One Family, for a 2007 London trip by Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara at a cost of $60,000. Drucker found that the costs included a car and driver for Sara Netanyahu.

Nily Falic and her sons Simon, Joel and Jerome, gave 180,000 shekels ($46,700) to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s primary campaign ahead of this year’s general election. In doing so the Miami family was giving a further vote of confidence in the man to whom they gave 165.000 shekels in 2012.

Netanyahu was not the only Likudnik to enjoy the family’s help. MKs Edelstein, Elkin, Erdan, Yariv Levin and Miri Regev were also beneficiaries, as was Avi Dichter when he belonged to the Kadima party. All told, the family contributed 280,000 shekels to Likud candidates in the recent party primary.

The family, which also donates to Republican candidates in the United States, owns Duty Free Americas, the biggest chain of duty-free stores in the United States and Latin America. Five years ago, a Panamanian company controlled by the family won an Israel Airports Authority tender to operate the duty-free shops at Ovda Airport, near Eilat. It’s a small airport now but will grow exponentially when it moves to bigger facilities in 2017.

Nily Falic is president of Friends of the IDF and set up its Miami branch. FIDF has emerged in recent years as the biggest source of private donations to the army, its gala benefits bringing top officers as guests.

Kenneth Abramowitz, 65, is one of the biggest American contributors to the Israeli right. Living in New York, he is chairman of the American Friends of the Likud and was once associated with Netanyahu’s secret “millionaires’ list” of donors to his 2007 primary election campaign.

Abramowitz is also a backer of Israel’s Media Watch, also known as the Association for the Public’s Right to Know, a right-wing group critical of the local media. Netanyahu’s sister-in-law Daphne Netanyahu is a member of the group’s board.

In politics, Abramowitz has donated to Ya’alon, Elkin and Ofir Akunis of Likud as well as Danny Danon. Abramowitz began his career as an equity analyst of medical companies and moved into private equity where he today is a partner of NGN Capital.

Charles Bronfman, a Canadian businessman and philanthropist identified with left-of-center causes, gave 11,000 shekels to the primary election campaign of venture capitalist and Labor Party MK Erel Margalit. In 2012 Bronfman donated to Tzipi Livni when she vied unsuccessfully with Shaul Mofaz for leadership of Kadima. Four years before that he gave money to Isaac Herzog and Yuli Tamir of the Labor Party.

Bronfman previously gave generously to Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak and Peace Now. Janet Aviad, the director of Keren Karev, the Israeli branch of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, was one of the founders of Peace Now. But Keren Karev has focused its funding on education and cultural projects, such as the renovation of Tel Aviv’s Charles Bronfman Auditorium, previously the Fredric R. Mann Auditorium. He is also a major donor to Taglit-Birthright Israel.

Charles and his brother Edgar are the sons of Samuel Bronfman, who built an alcoholic beverages empire after purchasing the Seagram distilleries. They have continued the family’s philanthropic and other activities. Charles briefly invested in Israel in the 1990s, when he bought control of Koor Industries together with Jonathan Kolber. His nephew, Matthew Bronfman, was cocontrolling shareholder of Israel Discount Bank for a decade before divesting it.

Michael Eisenberg, 43, a venture capitalist, was the first investor in Naftali Bennett’s startup, the antifraud-software company Cyota. When Cyota was sold in 2005 for $145 million, Bennett became a millionaire and moved on to a career in politics.

Eisenberg, a partner in the Aleph Fund, is well-known in Israeli high-tech circles. He immigrated to Israel in the early 1990s and lives in Jerusalem with his wife Yaffa and eight children. Over the years he has founded companies, represented Montgomery Securities in Israel and in 1997 established his first venture fund, Israel Seed Partners, which invested in before it was sold for $630 million.

Apart from Bennett, Eisenberg is close to political figures MK Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi), Eldad Yaniv (Labor) and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who was a venture capitalist himself before entering politics. Eisenberg’s philanthropic activities are devoted to education issues.

Joseph Gutnick, a 62-year-old Australian businessman and mining industry entrepreneur, belongs to the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidic movement. He first attracted headlines during the 1996 election season when he funded a campaign whose slogan was “Netanyahu is good for the Jews.” The campaign gave Netanyahu an edge over his rival, Peres.

During Netanyahu’s first government, Gutnik helped fund the controversial settlement of religious Jews in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras Al Amud. More recently, he gave 11,000 shekels to Shaked for her primary campaign in Habayit Hayehudi.

In the 1970s, after studying with the Lubavitcher rebbe in New York, Gutnik joined his in-laws in the textile business. By the end of the decade, after a sharp rise in the price of gold, he began trading in mining stocks on the Sydney stock exchange with borrowed money. He became a multimillionaire in the process and began investing directly in mines.

He suffered a big setback with the collapse of share prices in 1987 but quickly recovered.

His political activities in Israel began in the 1990s, when he was an emissary of Schneerson and campaigned to block any territorial concessions to the Palestinians. He is very close to right-wing circles; the visitor’s center of the Jewish settlement inside Hebron is named after him.

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משטרה חרדית לונדון

A Chabad rabbi and his son have been arrested for allegedly laundering money for a large London-based drug smuggling ring, Ynet and UK media sources are reporting.

Bais Moshiach, a non-official Lubavitch Center in London’s Stamford Hill neighborhood, was raided this evening by UK police and Interpol agents.

The director of the center along with his son were arrested on charges of money laundering.

The charges stem from a lengthy investigation and crackdown on unlicensed online pharmaceutical companies by police departments in the UK, France and Spain. The center is alleged to have laundered money on behalf of these illegal companies.

Following the arrests, large caches of potential evidence, including 30,000 GBP in cash, file cabinets, computers, hard drives and other effects, were hauled out of the center by investigators.

Another suspect wanted by police in connection with the case is believed to have fled to Israel.

If you have bought drugs which you think may be counterfeit, contact your GP immediately and the Medical Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on their hotline: 020 3080 6701.

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