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Friday, April 15, 2005
Has anybody else here ever noticed how the English Ynet News sometimes has these hilarious headlines? Here are some examples:

Going somewhere? No go for Vanunu. You squeal, you deal.

Chained to the toilet for three days. "Court releases Ashkelon man police suspect of swallowing heroin; after three days in jail, the man had still not "produced" the evidence"

Soldier goes shopping in Jenin - Why did he go shopping?

Sharon faces horse dilemma.

Who's afraid of Hizbullah? - Bark worse than bite.

Shabbat shalom and enjoy your weekend

That is to those of you who are fortunate enough not to be university students, and therefore actually have a life! But oooook let me just take a chill pill there :-)
Shabbat shalom & a great weekend to everyone

Maybe he just shouldn't have told... (how perceptive of me)

Norway rejects Vanunu's asylum request

Vanunu wishes to renounce
his Israeli citizenship Photo: Raanan Ben-Zur

All right I know some of you may think I write quite a lot about Nu-Nu, but I can't help myself. He's just such an insufferable ass. (Don't you just love the word "insufferable" by the way? It just has such a ring to it).

This time he has sought refuge in Norway, where half of me comes from. The Norwegians (as anti-Israel as they otherwise are) have said no, at least for the time being, claiming the following: "Officials say nuclear whistleblower's application rejected due to formality; rule states request must be filed in country where applicant seeks refuge".
Well I hate to sound pessimistic and repetetive here, but I bet I can think of another place that would not care about such little details, and would gladly give Nu-Nu asylum. He would even be in the most excellent company of likeminded people;- that is to say other lunatics who wish to systematically dismantle the state of Israel! But even if he only went to Norway, it's really not that far to make the trip. I should know, I've lost count of how often I've done it.

Vanunu has also repeatedly been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize held annually in Oslo. Ehrm...

Sweden also rejects request  

In October, Sweden rejected Vanunu's application for the same reason, saying that rule is laid out in the Geneva Conventions.

Vanunu was released from prison in April 2004 under strict restrictions, including bans on talking to the news media or leaving the country, making it impossible for him to personally deliver an asylum application in Norway or other countries.

He has said on numerous occasions his desire to renounce his Israeli citizenship and move to a country that would grant him citizenship or asylum, such as the U.S., Ireland, Norway, England, Canada, Denmark and his native Morocco. (Native Morocco, eh. Denouncing his citizenship and making an "anti-Aliyah". What a good jew..).

Okay WHY do all the freaks want to come HERE? Why not Belgium, or something?

Thursday, April 14, 2005
I just haven't been feeling particularly inspired to write lately. I appear to be suffering from some sort of post-birthday blues, and I'm still waiting for it to go away. In the meantime don't forget to read some of the good people on my blog roll.

Before I hit the sack, it's worth mentioning that Ariel Sharon has apparently said Israel will not attack Iran. So seriously. Who is buying it?

Also, an interesting post from My Obiter Dicta: Misrepresenting the Temple Mount

Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Looking at Israel
I found some interesting reading material on the website of the Israel Foreign Ministry. Check this out: Looking at Israel  It takes a look at Israel where the following is concerned: Economy, The Land, Facts and Figures, History, The State, People, Urban and Rural Life, Health, Social Services, Education, Science and Technology, Israel in the World, Culture and Leisure.

Monday, April 11, 2005
Is Harry Potter an ANNOYING Jewish/Non-Jewish boy?
I can't say I'm a Harry Potter fan. I haven't read any Harry Potter books. Reading books that are either schoolbooks or have some important educational value takes up all my time, and even if I had spare time to read novels, I certainly would not be choosing to read a children's book! I have, however, seen some Harry Potter films, due to the fact that my little niece makes me watch children's movies with her. They are quite nice to watch. At least they beat watching "The Little Mermaid".
But it seems to me that I am incapable of forming any sort of emotional bond with an adult that hasn't read all the Harry Potter books, and watched the films over and over again. I must say I'm a little shocked. I mean wake up people, it's children's material! I do, however, normally try to ignore it and smile, since I am after all a really patient & considerate human being. But this article simply is too much!:

Is Harry Potter Jewish?


British conference to examine book's origins; presenter: Harry's a 'yiddishe neshama'
By Jeremy Last, EJP


The bizarre question of Harry Potter’s Jewish identity is to be discussed at a three-day conference covering the entire spectrum of the magical children’s book.


Originally written for a young audience, the Harry Potter series has become a phenomenon enjoyed by adults and children alike.


Over the weekend of 29-31 July this year around 250 Potter enthusiasts will gather at a venue in Reading University, UK, to explore the book which follows Harry as he grows up as a wizard at a school in England.

One of the presentations will focus on the question of whether Harry Potter is, in fact, a nice Jewish boy. (Give me a break!).


Presenter Amy Miller believes the wizard created by JK Rowling has created “has a yiddishe neshama” -a Jewish soul. (Hahaha. Yeah I also have stupid thoughts sometimes. But then I usually try not to talk).


“That Harry Potter could be called ‘a nice Jewish boy’ makes many people laugh, including me. He doesn't wear a skull cap, or go to Hebrew school, or keep kosher,” she said.


“But he cares about how others are feeling, he is kind, and he defends his beliefs; these are a very few examples of proper Jewish behavior.”  (Yeah right, so he must be Jewish then).


Miller’s presentation will be one of a number of discussions on the religious persuasion of the character who is soon to be featured in the sixth and penultimate book.

Kabbala connection


Another academic debating the issue will be Cia Sautter, whose session will be entitled “Blessed are you for Creating Harry: Jewish Affinity with Rowling's tale.”  (Oh kill me now).

I don't get it. I myself am really busy all the time. Don't these people have anything better than this to do with their time, anything at all?

The Temple Mount's Jewish History
Due to ongoing events, I thought posting the following article would be appropriate:

The Temple Mount is the site of the first and second Jewish Temples, destroyed in 586 BCE and 70 CE, respectively–a historic fact accepted even by Muslim authorities. Nevertheless, that fact has not stopped some journalists from reporting on the Temple Mount’s significance in Jewish history cautiously, as if its status is a matter of Jewish faith, or “belief,” and not archeologic evidence.

Thus, in the context of anticipated demonstrations by right-wing Israeli Jews, Reuters’ Jonathan Saul reported on April 7:

The ancient mosque compound is Islam’s third holiest site. It is Judaism’s most sacred site, the place were Jews say a biblical Jewish temple was razed by the Romans in 70 A.D. ("Non-Muslims Banned from Flashpoint Jerusalem Shrine")

Likewise, the New York Times’ Steve Erlanger reported yesterday in the second paragraph of his article “Israeli Troops Kill 3 Teenagers In Buffer Zone at Gaza Border”:

The shootings sharply raised tensions ahead of a planned protest in Jerusalem on Sunday by Israeli militants who oppose a pullout from Gaza and want to demonstrate at one of Islam’s holiest places, Al Aksa Mosque.

Much further down, in the second to last paragraph, he notes:

In Jerusalem, thousands of police officers fanned out in and around the Old City to prevent the threatened march on Al Aksa mosque. Jews believe that the site, also known as the Temple Mount, housed the second temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70.

(This article also appeared in the International Herald Tribune.) But it is not Jews who “say” or “believe” that the site housed both Jewish temples. Indeed, Muslim conquerors selected that site to build the Al Aqsa Mosque precisely because the Temples stood there. This fact is not under dispute even among Muslim authorities, (Yasir Arafat’s protestations to the contrary at Camp David in 2000 notwithstanding.) For instance, the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, a pro-Arab source edited by John Esposito, notes that the Muslim armies:

First built at [the Temple Mount’s] southern end their congregational mosque (al-Aqsa), and by 692, had completed at is center the splendid shrine called the "Dome of the Rock," revered both as the terminus of [Mohammed’s] Night Journey and the biblical site of Abraham’s sacrifice and Solomon’s Temple.(page 368)

Another pro-Arab source, Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East, edited by Reeva Simon, Philip Mattar, and Richard Bulliet, also confirms that the Temple Mount housed the Jewish temples:

Temple Mount in Jerusalem was expanded by Herod the Great (ruled 40-4 BCE); it is known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and has dozens of structures on it from various periods. Most notable is the Dome of the Rock–a sanctuary located over the ancient Jewish Temple of Solomon (founded 970 B.C.E.; destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E.; the Second Temple rebuilt under Herod the Great during the Roman Empire. . . .( Page 1753-4)

The most famous of the archaeological remains of the Second Temple is the Kotel, the western retaining wall of the Temple’s plaza. The southern, eastern, and northern retaining walls are also still extant. Surviving features abutting the southern walls include a broad stairway leading up to the Temple Mount’s entrance and two gates, known as the Huldah Gates, which provided access to the Temple Mount (Hershel Shanks, Jerusalem: An Archaeological Biography, p. 143). Some of the interior part of the Herodian Double Gate (which is one of the Huldah Gates) is also still intact. There are also surviving underground remnants of the Temple complex, including the area known as Solomon’s Stables. In addition, an area called “Robinson’s Arch,” in the south-western corner of the Temple complex, still remains. In his book, Shanks provides details concerning numerous other remnants.

It should be noted that the New York Times deserves commendation for removing the mischaracterization of the Temple Mount in a subsequent story. The story by Steven Erlanger and Greg Myre today is a significant improvement. It begins:

About 3,000 Israeli police officers moved into positions throughout Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday, foiling a rally called by Israeli rightists at one of Islam’s holiest sites.

The police, some of them in helmets and bulletproof vests, arrested at least 31 Israelis to prevent them from entering the Temple Mount, revered as the site of the two Jewish temples. The same spot is revered by Muslims as the Haram al Sharif, which contains Al Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. (“Huge Police Force Bars Israeli Rightist Rally at Jerusalem Holy Site")

Sunday, April 10, 2005
Birthday Girl Maria
Once again it has come along, and each year it becomes less pleasant. For today, is my 26th birthday.
This year it has actually crossed my mind to turn my phone off for the day to avoid the phone calls I know I will receive during the day, in order to pretend I can forget. My whole childhood and teens I seemed certain that I was destined to stay young forever, but I am now realising that I grow older, just like everybody else.
I see negative as well as positive things in growing older. The negative would have to do with what I already mentioned. I felt perfectly happy being 20, 21, 22. Why grow to be 40, 50, 60, and old? The positive ones, on the other hand, do actually appear to outnumber the negative. Despite being older, I am glad that I have come a step closer to where I want to be in life. I am glad that I know now things I didn't know when I was younger, know people I didn't know before, learned things I didn't know before. But most of all, I am grateful for the fact that I have something that I can say what not every person is able to say on their 26th birthday. I can say that I know what I want, and where I am going next.

Okay this all sounds very poetic, and stuff. So I guess I should take a chill pill and just add that I also just hope I get something real good to eat today!

Oh yeah
Just when you think a person can't become a bigger ass than he already is.

Separated at birth?


Friday, April 08, 2005
Mindless rambling about chocolate
I have decided to rid myself of the poisonous horrors that chocolate keeps inflicting upon my mortal mind, soul and body. Indeed, I have stopped eating chocolate. It's been more than half a day since I last consumed some of that sweet, brown and ohh so delicious.. substance. Half a day, and the craving is getting bad. But I have decided that enough is enough. No longer shall I allow myself to be so completely and utterly addicted to a (unhealthy) food, that the craving prevails time and time again! As I was walking the shopping street today I realised just how serious my almost-amorous attachment to chocolate really is. Half a day, and the color brown simply drew me closer. I walked towards a bakery/confectionary and spent a couple of minutes gazing at the beautifully decorated marsipan cake. The cake was masterfully made with gorgeous milk chocolate decorations. The sight of it nearly made me wet eyed.
During my walk I also encountered some chocolate figures. I can't remember the story with the chocolate figures. They were on display in some shop. But they fascinated me as well. The chocolate...

As a healthfreak of many years I am not pleased that the curse of a chocolate addiction should so often get the chance to simply take control of my thoughts & behavior. I'd have the body of a fitness queen had I stayed away from it! But instead what do I have? Love handles!
So I say no more. And a time of great difficulty begins for me. I know I've tried before, on numerous occasions. But this time I'm really serious. I know I've said this before. But this time, I mean it more. The chocolate is going down! 

And all right so I realise that all of you (except maybe Alice) will have a hard time relating to my dilemma, and possibly even think I'm nuts. But well, I don't care.


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