“LONG LIVE PALESTINE!” ANTI-ISRAEL UNESCO APPROVES PALESTINE AS MEMBER

“Long Live Palestine!” a UNESCO member shouted in French, reports AP, when vote of 107-14 with 52 abstentions was announced. The non-state Palestine is now an official member of UNESCO. Long considered a bastion of anti-Israel sentiment, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has approved a state that is not a state whose primary goal is to destroy another one of its members, ISRAEL. Heartbreaking!

I lived in Israel for almost two years, first on a kibbutz, then in Beersheva, Ramat Gan and finally Jerusalem. It personally hurts me that there exists in the world so much anti-Israel sentiment as well as anti-Semetic feelings in general. I have never understood it. Neither has my husband, Max, who was baptized at the Vatican and raised Catholic. I am Jewish.

ROSH HASHANAH–A UNIVERSAL AMERICAN TRADITION? I DON’T THINK SO!

Is President Obama trying to win the Jewish vote back by talking about  Rosh Hashanah as if it were universally  celebrated in the United States like Thanksgiving? Michael Medved’s commentary in The Daily Beast suggests exactly that. The wool can’t be pulled over our eyes quite so easily although you are a wonderful orator, Mr. President. I certainly can’t imagine Winston Churchill (whose bust you had removed from the White House) ever moving with such chameleon-like ease through his political and religious positions. It is what Medved calls “spiritual shape-shifting. He instinctively assumes different religious colorations depending on the occasion.”

“…UNEASINESS IN THE (JEWISH) COMMUNITY WITH EVANGELICAL (GLENN BECK’S) SUPPORT ,” SAYS ABRAHAM FOXMAN.

Mixed feelings are expressed in CNN article about Glenn Beck’s visit to Israel. Personally, it is music to my ears to hear someone speaking on the side of Israel and the Jewish people. But it’s a little scary when it’s Beck, given some of the things he says and some of his ultra-conservative supporters. I hear you, Abraham Foxman: “There’s an uneasiness in the community with evangelical support. But as long as the support is not conditioned on American Jewish support for the conservative Christian political agenda, or on us converting, they can be my guest.”

POPE PIUS XII PRAISED BY ISRAELI AMBASSADOR

If you want to hold on to the belief that Pope Pius XII didn’t do enough to save Jews during World War II, go right ahead. Did he do enough? Well, who did besides Winston Churchill and a few others? But this article recognizes the pope for saving thousands of Jews, hiding over 5000 in convents, monasteries and schools in Rome and thousand more in the papal village. A catholic priest of the time, Gaetano Piccinini was just honored post-humously as a righteous Gentile.

2009 GOLDSTONE REPORT TO UN ADMITTEDLY WRONG

Chicago Tribune article reveals Goldstone 2009 report to United Nations about Gaza invasion was wrong. And what a furor it caused! It said: “Israeli soldiers deliberately targeted Palestinian civilians during its invasion of Gaza.” Not true. Now there is proof!

In an op-ed to the Washington Post, Richard Goldstone now explains there is proof that the opposite is true and that he “hoped that our inquiry into all aspects of the Gaza conflict would begin a new era of evenhandedness at the UN Human Rights Council, whose history of bias against Israel cannot be doubted.”

ISRAEL UNDER ATTACK

In the Associated Press article, Ian Deitch reports the heaviest mortar shelling in two years by Palestinian militants. Fifty mortars hit Israel. Beatings of the media covering a rally in Gaza City were also reported Saturday. They were, of course, condemned by the Foreign Press Association. Condemning the attack by Hamas security: “We demand that these tactics — which run counter to the rule of law and to the basic norms of legitimate government behavior — cease immediately,” the FPA said in a statement. “Journalists must be allowed to their work safely and unhindered,” the FPA said.