Israelis Deface Poster of Killed Tamimi Family Member

On January 3 Musab Tamimi became the first Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in the year 2018. Musab was the 16-year-old cousin of Ahed Tamimi, who remains imprisoned for slapping an Israeli soldier.

It is customary in Palestinian society to make posters of those killed by Israeli forces. For bereaved family members, it is a way of paying tribute to lost loved ones. Yesterday, on January 18, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, in an article by Gideon Levy and Alex Levac, reported that Israeli soldiers defaced a poster of Musab with stars of David and filthy graffiti.

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Commentary: It’s Time to Drop the Jew Taboo

In the United States it is illegal to display Christian symbols on publicly-owned property, yet each year the “National Menorah” is lit on the White House Ellipse, a federal park administered by the National Park Service.

[ Ed. note – Charles Bausman, publisher of the popular website Russia Today, has penned an article that I think truly merits reading by one and all. The article concerns the word “Jew,” and how its use has become a “taboo” for many writers–writers who are well-intentioned insofar as seeking to provide a valid political analysis of what’s wrong with the world today yet who fear being branded as “anti-Semites.”

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Russia heeds ‘the Inner Voice of Conscience’–Patriarch Kirill

Several days ago I posted a video of an interview with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church conducted over Russian TV. The interview aired live on January 7–Russian Orthodox Christmas Day. What I posted was only a four and a half minute segment that had been translated into English–this of an interview which ran on for more than half and hour–but in that segment Kirill expressed the view that “evil is not viable,” and that “systems where the evil is dominant cannot survive.”

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The Last Encounter with my Atheist Friend

You hear stories like this from time to time–atheists turning to God on their deathbeds.

Poetry for Palestine

A few day ago, I lost a dear friend, with whom I worked for supporting Palestine and the Palestinian cause.
We also had deep existential discussions about meaning of life, God, faith…etc.

Unfortunately, for many years, he joined the crowd who accused me of “antisemitism”, however about a year ago, he rethought his position and regretted what was done, came many times to visit me despite his very ill-health.

This is my tribute to Sam’s good memory, sharing with the world, our last encounter:

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In his hospital bed
He spoke of agony and the torment in his head
“The closest I could describe”, he said
“As if my head is full of chains, entangled and rattling inside
While being pulled in every direction”
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He told me he’s yearning to find some peace
Not through brain-numbing tablets
But the other way, the spiritual way
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