Starting in the year 1990, large numbers of Jews began leaving Russia and immigrating–primarily to Israel, but also to Europe and the US. If we focus in on the time period 1989-2006, the total number of Jewish emigres leaving Russia is believed to be about 1.6 million, and Russia’s Jewish population, as of the year 2014, made up just 0.13% of the total.
I have posted a number of previous posts about Ahmed Dawabsha, the young Palestinian boy who lost his mother, father, and younger brother in an arson attack carried out by Israeli settlers on the night of July 31, 2015. But this the first time I’ve seen an interview with his grandfather, who, as you’ll see in the video above, provides a graphic account of what took place that night–and afterwards.
The program features other interviews as well that are quite good and that offer disturbing insights into the extent of Israeli settler terror, its impact on the lives of Palestinians, and the complacent attitude toward it all exhibited by the Israeli government.
‘Not Behaving Like a Normal State’
[ Ed. note – The life of a Palestinian school child is not easy, as the above video makes clear. Equally difficult can be the problems faced by Palestinian families attempting to hold funerals for loved ones slain by Israeli forces. As I have noted in previous posts (see here and here and here), the Jewish state seems to have a predilection for holding onto corpses–for days, months, sometimes even years. ]
A recent study on patriotism, as measured in the 50 states of the US, has turned up some rather remarkable findings. Published by WalletHub, the study ranks states from the “most patriotic” to the “least patriotic” using such criteria as military service (veterans as well as active duty), voter turnout percentages, and volunteerism.
By Richard Edmondson
Palestinian Authority President Mahmound Abbas has been accused of spreading a “blood libel” against Jews.
The charge was made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following a speech Abbas gave before the European Parliament on Thursday, June 23, and it has been picked up and faithfully repeated by the media.
You could perhaps call it a celebration of genocide, although one of the participants tries to put a diplomatic face on it for the camera. “It’s not like we hate the Arabs, it’s just very complex,” he explains.
The Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City was cleared of its Palestinian inhabitants on the eve of the Ramadan holiday, 5 June 2016, to make way for a flag procession by Jewish religious nationalists, celebrating Israel conquering the eastern half of the city 49 years earlier.
Store owners, street merchants, and shoppers preparing for that evening’s celebratory feast were driven out of the lanes that fell along the route chosen by march organizers and approved by Israel’s Supreme Court. From a safe distance behind police barricades, Palestinian residents of Jerusalem watched silently as ultra-nationalist Jews paraded through the quarter, singing songs of praise to Yahweh and calling for the ethnic cleansing of non-Jews.
Tens of thousands of Israelis took hours to stream through the monumental Damascus Gate and weave their way through the alleys of the Muslim Quarter, eventually reaching their final destination, the holy Western Wall plaza, where they were treated to musical performances and a series of speeches by top religious and political officials.