U.N Partition Plan granting int'l recognition to the Jewish right to an independent state- 70-years ago today

Prof. Judea Pearl and Steven Geiger commemorate UN's 70th
Anniversary of Partitioning Palestine for a Jewish Israel 
at Sinai Temple ceremony, L.A. 27 Nov '17
"November 29 – the Jewish Thanksgiving Day" by Judea Pearl - Jerusalem Post, November 27, 2017

Finally, let us remind the Arab world that the UN voted for two states, not for a Jewish state only.

"For several years now, I have been campaigning to declare November 29 the Jewish Thanksgiving Day; a day where we give thanks to Lady History and to the many heroic players who stood behind the historic UN vote of November 29, 1947, an event which has changed so dramatically the physical, spiritual and political life of every Jew in our generation.

I have argued that Jewish communities in every major city in the world should invite the consuls general of the 33 countries who voted yes on that fateful day to thank them publicly for listening to their conscience and, defying the pressures of the time, voting to grant the Jewish nation what other nations take for granted – a state of its own.  . . .

This year, on its 70th year anniversary, I will celebrate November 29 by myself, if needed, and if you and you community care to join me, it would make the celebration so much more meaningful.

The 70th anniversary of the U.N.'s Partition Plan was commemorated with a panel discussion before an audience at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles on 27 Nov. Shown in this JooTube.TV video-playlist, it was emcee'd by actor/director Mike Burstyn and featured remarks from Professors Judea Pearl, Michael Berenbaum, and Michael Bazyler.

Hungarian-American Steven Geiger presented his annual Mensch Awards on that occasion to Prof. Michael Berenbaum, Meir Fenigstein (Israel Film Festival), Ms. Zane Buzby (Survivor Mitzvah Project), and Sinai Temple's Rabbi Emeritus Zvi Dershowitz.


Let us give thanks to the 33 countries who voted yes on the spectacular turn that Jewish history took in November 1947, and for the dignity, pride and self-image that every Jewish soul has enjoyed since.

Let us give thanks to Eddie Jacobson, president Harry S. Truman’s friend and former business partner from Kansas City, who risked that friendship and wrote to Truman on October 3, 1947: “Harry, my people need help - and I am appealing to you to help them.”

Let us give thanks to Albert Einstein who pleaded, albeit unsuccessfully, with Jawaharlal Nehru, then prime minister of India, to vote for “the august scale of justice.”

Let us thank Cardinal Spellman, head of the Catholic Church in New York City who, days before the vote, used his personal influence in Latin American countries urging them to vote yes.

Let us thank the many ordinary yet courageous people, from Peru to the Philippines, who understood the collective responsibility that history bestowed upon them in 1947, and used everything in their power, from person - al pleading to arm twisting, to get their governments to vote yes.

Let us thank 33 ethnic communities in our hometowns and remind them that we Jews do not forget friends who stood with us on the side of justice – we give thanks and ask for nothing in return.

And while we thank history for its miracles, let us remind ourselves and others of a few basic facts.

Let us remind the world that Israel is there by historical right, not by force or favor.

Israeli TV- an American success story?- Israel Film Festival debuts Mossad 101- action-suspense series' 2nd season premiere

C.A.A. TV's Adam Berkowitz (left) moderated discussion among Israelis and
Americans involved. Panelists include (l to r) Mossad actor Tsakhi Halevi,
Udi Segal (Sumayoko), Michael Gordon (C.A.A.), Danna Stern, YES Network
VP Channels and Pgmg; TV writer David Shore ("House," "The Good Doctor")
(Photo: Guy D. Gazit) 
Israel's Fauda (Netflix) and Reshet 13's action drama television series Mossad 101 had their world and U.S. second season premieres, respectively, at this year’s 31st Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles, each followed by a television panel featuring creators and talent from the shows. The events were held last week at Laemmle's Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills. 

In “Mossad 101” (“Hamidrasha” Hebrew for “The Academy”) cadets from every level of Israeli society undergo intense training to join their country’s elite, classified intelligence service, the Mossad. Two-years ago, Israel Film Festival organizer Meir Fenigstein (drummer in "Ha Lehakah" 1977 and band "Poogy") introduced "Fauda" to American audiences- which led to C.A.A. selling the subtitled action/suspense series' rights to Netflix.   This year, the Fest debuted the 2nd season opener to Israeli series "Mossad 101," which Adam Berkowitz of C.A.A. TV intends to sell the format rights to internationally.

  
(Arrows advance you through the Playlist).

The November 15th "Mossad 101" screening was followed by a live, “Israeli TV: An American Success Story” television panel, sponsored by Reshet Media was held which included moderator Adam Berkowitz, TV honcho at Creative Artists Agency along with C.A.A. Formats agent Michael Gordon; David Shore (TV writer, "House," "The Good Doctor"); actor Tsahi Halevi (in both "Mossad 101" and "Fauda"); and Sumayoko executive producer Udi Segal.

Israel Film Festival honors Israeli and American Zionists on (and behind) the screen

by Benson Simmonds | November 7, 2017 


Benson Simmonds on the Red-Carpet premiere of the
Israel Film Festival in Beverly Hills
The 31st Israel Film Festival opened in Beverly Hills on Sunday November 5th with a gala, opening- night screening of director Yariv’s Mozer’s transcendent documentary "Ben-Gurion, Epilogue." Mr. Mozer discovered a lost candid interview given by an 82-year old Ben Gurion (in 1968), who had withdrawn from politics five years prior. Mozer's documentary is a fascinating account of one of Israel’s most remarkable statesman.
Adam Berkowitz and Jeffrey Tambor

What’s distinguishes the Israel Film Festival of Los Angeles from other Jewish film festivals is that the mandate of the founder Meir Fenigstein and festival chairman Adam Berkowitz (Co-Head of Television at Creative Artists Agency), is to not only showcase films from Israel, but to promote talented Israeli directors, writers, producers and actors in Hollywood. Mr. Berkowitz has been instrumental in helping introduce both American and international audiences to Israeli films and hit Israeli TV series' such as Fauda and Mossad 101, currently on Netflix. 
Yariv Mozer 

Along the premiere's red-carpet festival luminaries spoke with JooTube. Responding to why was he feels it important that international audiences see his compelling documentary about David Ben-Gurion, Mozer told us his hop that people all over the world “will be inspired by the way he [Ben-Gurion] takes the bible as a moral guide to the Jews in the land of Israel in the remaking of the Jewish state. Current leaders rarely share their vision about the values of the Jewish people and the goals in the land of Israel," he added vaguely.


I challenged Mozer to share how making his film personally changed his life and attitude towards his beloved country and his response was candid and heartfelt, reminding me of Ben-Gurion himself in the documentary. 

Mozer replied, “This was my first real opportunity to get to know David Ben-Gurion. Before he was a picture that hung on the wall in school. He was the voice declaring the state of Israel. Now he has given me clarity as to exactly why I continue to choose to live in Israel and why others need to return to Israel. Ben-Gurion states clearly that our mission is to be a nation of higher values. From the prophets he takes the message that we as a Jewish people chose to be a nation of higher values and we need to reclaim that responsibly as we move forward.”

In screening his documentary, I was consistently impressed with Ben-Gurion’s genuine humility and no-nonsense down-to-earth sensibilities. He was a great statesman who chose to withdraw from politics and live simply on a small, new settlement in the desert. When asked about his personal contributions to Israel, he had no false humility, but stated simply that one man can’t change everything. It was all of the people around him who helped create and guide the state of Israel. The Ben-Gurion we meet is funny, sincere, direct and incredibly wise.

Lior Ashkenazi accepts I.F.F.'s
Cinematic Achievement Award 
Regardless of your personal politics, you have to be impressed by how much Ben-Gurion stayed true to his convictions. When asked about giving away land, he was adamant that he would never give back Jerusalem or the Golan Heights, but that he would, albeit reluctantly, give back all the other territories to have a lasting peace in Israel.

What really distinguishes Ben Gurion from modern day politicians is his resolute refusal to condemn or blame other politicians. When asked about Golda Meir, although Ben Gurion did not see eye to eye with her, but he never says a negative word about her or any of his political contemporaries. He’s direct but never hurtful in any way. It’s impossible not to be inspired by this documentary - by Prime Minister Ben-Gurion himself and by the film’s director Yariv Mozer. May we all be blessed to joyously reclaim our responsibility to commit to living a life of higher values, both personally and nationally.


Jeffrey Tambor accepts I.F.F.'s
Achievement in Television Award
JEFFREY TAMBOR

Honorees at the opening gala for the 31st Israel Film Festival included Jewish actor Jeffrey Tambor, who was presented the IFF Achievement in Television Award and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi, who received the IFF Cinematic Achievement Award.

Mr. Tambor, 73, an Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor has been making TV audiences laugh for over 4 decades. He’s best known for his brilliant award-winning work as a trans-gendered Jewish father / mother in "Transparent" currently on Amazon Video. Mr. Tambor also received numerous Emmy Award nominations for his work on Arrested Development and on The Larry Sanders Show.

Having personally admired his work for many years, I was determined to ask Mr. Tambor something about his spirituality. I asked if he would offer a bracha to JooTube viewers. I suspected he might be surprised.

My request evoked a genuine feeling of warmth and thoughtful introspection. He clearly took the question very seriously and wanted to be authentic. He spoke with reverence as he said, “be kind, be empathetic, and let’s get through this - and let’s get to the other side. And listen to the children. The children’s heart will tell you what to do.”

I couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to give Mr. Tambor a blessing in return. As I blessed him he was touched and jokingly asked if I could follow him around 24 hours a day and bless him. He took a very personal interest, even asking my name. It was evident that Tambor is soulful and kind, both personally and professionally, as well as being spontaneously funny.




Even though Mr. Tambor has received and been nominated for many Emmy and Golden Globes, he revealed that he was nervous about receiving the award from the Zionist organization. When I asked why he said, “I am a Jew - and this is important! I wish my rabbi were alive to see this,” he added.

When asked what has kept him going strong for so many years he replied, “Life is about sharing stories that help people.”

Upon receiving his award on stage at the Saban Theater, he shared a funny story about being kicked out of cheder (Hebrew school) for asking too many questions.

The world is so much richer because Jeffrey Tambor continues to ask important questions and courageously portrays characters who inspire us all to “be kind and be empathetic.”

In "Azimuth" at Israel Film Festival, director Mike Burstyn portrays Arab-Israeli conflict in microcosm




This summer, the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles screened the new Israeli movie, "Azimuth." “Azimuth” exposes conflict and salvation between two soldiers — an Israeli (Yiftach Klein) and an Egyptian (Sammy Sheik) — deadlocked in an abandoned U.N. outpost, during the ceasefire that ended the Six Day War. ( S.F. Gate)



Following the screening, director Mike Burstyn, Egyptian actor Sammy Sheik, and L.A. Jewish Journal editor David Suissa held this conversation before the amassed audience. JooTube exclusive video:



In order to qualify for the 2017 Academy Awards, Azimuth will run for a full week beginning December 14th in Los Angeles at Laemmle's Encino Town Center Cinema.

Jews calls for justice from Arabs & Iranians that expelled them; And for Palestinians they hold hostage for nearly 70-years

Jewish wedding in Baghdad (photo: JIMENA)
The Israeli Consulate to the Southwestern US participated in an event to remember the Jewish Refugees from Arab & Persian lands last December at the Sephardic Temple in Los Angeles and draw attention to this year's Sephardic Jewish Refugee Day, November 30th.




The 850,000 Jewish people (exceeding number of Palestinian refugees during Israel's defensive battle for  Independence) expelled by the Arab and Iranian countries they lived in for centuries. These citizens had their assets, homes, businesses seized and were expelled within days during the 1950's. Calls are made for justice and restitution - and calls to the world to request Arabs reciprocate the refugees they created and absorb the Palestinian refugees they have refused to for 68-years.


Speakers: Sam Grundwerg, Israel's Consul General to Southwest USA; 

Tifereth Israel's Senior Rabbi Dr. Tal Sessler;

David Suissa, publisher of Jewish Journal of L.A.; 

Turkish-American, Hy Arnesty, Jewish War Veteran of WWII & Korean War (and Chairman, Cemetery and Burial Committee for the Los Angeles National Cemetery); 

Mr. Yaki Lopez, Consul for Political Affairs, Israeli Consulate for Los Angeles;

Nathaniel Malka,  President of Jews Indigenous to the Middle East & North Africa ("JIMENA");

Rabbi Moshe Parry, scholar on teachings of Sephardic-supported, late Rabbi Meir Kahane, the founder of the Israeli political party, Kach, which argued for completion of the population exchange- that the Arab governments which expelled their Jews to Israel finally absorb the Palestinians they sequester in refugee camps as a political tool against the Jewish state of Israel.

Aussie columnist encourages mea culpas to Zionists

"Australians should say sorry to Jews for our lack of understanding." Rowan Dean in The Courier-Mail Oct 1, 2017
IF YOU bump into anyone today who’s Jewish, do yourself a favour. Reach out, shake their hand and say “I’m sorry.”
When they look at you with a puzzled expression and say “but you didn’t do anything”, you can reply “I know. But I should have.”
You can add: “I should have done lots of things that I didn’t do. I should have stood in silence at the Sydney Olympics for a few minutes to remember the Israeli Olympic athletes butchered by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich games 45 years ago this month, but I didn’t.
“I should have been outraged at the slayings of Jews during the intifadas, but I was told it was their own fault.
“I should have wept tears of grief for Malki Roth, the young Aussie girl blown to bits along with 14 others in a pizza parlour, but it didn’t seem relevant. I should have been incensed when the murderess who organised that bombing was feted as an Arab TV celebrity.
“I should have been less critical of Israel’s settlements and more cynical about the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to agree to any peace proposals, but I condemned the first and merely shrugged at the second.
“I should have spoken out against the BDS campaign against Jewish businesses, but I figured it had nothing to do with me, so who gives a toss?
“I should have been more aware that what Israel has been going through for the past five decades is largely driven by the same fanatical passions and twisted religious fervour that now threatens shopping malls and rock concerts across the Western world, but I never joined the dots.”
Several things happened this month which shine a different light on how we in the West should view the Israel-Palestine “conflict”, and more importantly, how we should respond.
The other day, Norway’s Minister for Migration and Integration, Sylvi Listhaug – one of that country’s most popular politicians – linked terror in Europe to what Israel endures.
Speaking to an Israeli media outlet, she said: “We are experiencing now the fear that you have experienced for decades. Many people now understand the situation you live in. We see what is happening in Sweden, in Britain and in France.”
Ms Listhaug added that Europeans “need to understand the situation in Israel better”. This may sound like common sense, but it is completely at odds with the one-sided approach most European politicians and other nations instinctively take against Israel.

Yom Kippur: How to improve your fate for the New Year - with Rabbi Moshe Parry

Yom Kippur: How to repent & forgive- with other people and with God'- Rabbi Moshe Parry  teaches us about repentance and forgiveness protocols for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement of the New Year.

Heaven obligates us to pursue forgiveness from others we may have offended- and for those recipients of sincere appeals- to grant forgiveness, wipe the slate clean, and start afresh in the New Year. Just how long do we have to atone in a way which will enhance our fate for the New Year? It doesn't end at Yom Kippur's Neilah prayer.

Rabbi Moshe Parry breaks his 6-month absence from YouTube to overcome his facial half-paralysis and deliver this message for atoning and redeeming ourselves through these acts now.

 

Judaism teaches that we can influence Heaven's forgiveness of our sins for the year though demonstrating charity, repentance, and prayer. These acts can alleviate the severity of His decree for our fate for this Hebrew New Year 5778, which we're only days into. 
In "Teshuvah, Tefillah, and Tzedakah: Alleviating the severity of the Decree," in Mark's BlogSpot:

"We are told that the proof text for this central assertion of Unetaneh Tokef comes from a verse in 2 Chronicles 7:14: R. Yudan [said] in the name of R. Leazar: Three things discharge the decree, and they are: Tefillah, Tzedakah, and Teshuvah, And these three are found together in a single verse: “when My people… pray,” – this is tefillah “seek My face,” – this refers to tzedakah, as it says: “and I, with righteousness (tzedek) will grasp Your face,” (Ps 17:15) “and turn from their evil ways,” – this is teshuvah- then, “…I will forgive their sins…” (Midrash Bereshit Rabba 44.)


Rabbi Moshe Parry encourages you (and your family and friends) to donate charitably to sustain the efforts of JewTube.Info, North America's original, Zionistic Jewish video news and information magazine. JewTube, in it's tenth-year, illuminates the quest for Jewish survival and dignity in a world of resurgent anti-Semitism. 



Please don't let the light burn out. Use this charitable opportunity to sustain JooTube's effort by making a one-time or (even better) recurring donation (via the icon in the right margin). May you and your family merit heaven's judgement for a year of good and health!

Where's the Jewish New Year's Parade? It isn't in Israel anymore

New York Police Band march in Salute to Israel Parade 2011
Parades are often used to celebrate a New Year, but they vary with culture. Roman Calendar parades, such as Paris, London, and Pasadena, are typically held on January 1st. Chinese Lunar New Year parades are held in February. Hindu, lunar New Year parades, like the Iranian Nowrouz, are usually held around early Spring.
This year, our lunar Rosh Hashana coincided with the beginning of Autumn. But Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana in synagogue praying, not parading. Instead of parading for New Years, Jewish-Americans hold a parade in New York City on the first Sunday in June, in honor of Israel's Independence Day (lunar calendar's 5th of Iyar). Other ethnic groups parade their culture through New York City streets, e.g., St. Patrick's Day Parade is essentially an Irish Pride Parade. The Columbus Day parade is like an Italian Pride Parade. 



So the Salute to Israel Parade (or as it has been called since 2011, the Celebrate Israel Parade) may be viewed as our Jewish Pride Parade. It's a rare opportunity to publicly express Jewish cultural identity- with police protection. And in the absence of a parade for Jewish New Years, to keep you in a celebratory spirit, enjoy a look at our original video from that first, Celebrate Israel Parade in 2011 (before it became politicized when Israel-boycotting pressure groups were welcomed to march).

This event honoring Israel's 63rd birthday was held on June 5, 2011. The video segments include comments by Israel Amb. Michael Oren, Rep. Elliot Engel, Rep Charles Rangel, Grand Marshalls Eugene Gluck (a holocaust survivor) and Joseph Sitt of Thor Equities- who is redeveloping Coney Island. Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren said that on this day, America's love for Israel is on display- and the Israelis should be aware of it.  NY's Channel 5 (Fox local) broadcasted the event live, co-hosted by Fox reporter John Huddy and Israeli actress and model Becky Griffin.

Jewish people from America, Spain, the Mid-East are joined by refugees from anti-Semitic discrimination in Europe. Colorfully costumed Bukharian and Russian Jews participate- with ethnic costume, music, and dance. Christian Zionists of Eagles Wings and other groups also marched to show their love of Israel. Barack Hussein Obama's administration ran US policy soft on Islamism, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other Islamist enemies of Israel.  Tens of thousands participated- see who (if anyone) you recognize.



Part 2- Parading Zionist-pride at the 2011 Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City. Many metro-NYC Jewish school kids create banners, flags, and even floats for a parade which celebrates Israel's contributions to humanity in religion, spirituality, science, medicine, the arts, and defense against jihadism.
The Chai-Riders Motorcycle Club close out the parade- with the vow of "Never Again" will Jew-haters prevail over the Jewish people.

On Friday, the 2nd day of Rosh Hashana outside of Israel, Iran held its own parade- of weapons including nuclear capable missile with a range far-enough to strike most of the Middle East- including Israel.

Fox News reports that
Iran's state-run, IRNA news agency quoted the chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s airspace division, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, saying the missile “can carry several warheads for various uses.” "As it was observed, the missile has become smaller in size and more tactical and it will be operational in the near future," he told reporters on the sidelines of the parade.

Rouhani said at the parade that Tehran would not stop its missile program but instead boost military capabilities, despite U.S. demands. Rouhani also said Tehran would keep supporting the "oppressed people of Yemen, Syria and Palestine" — a reference to Iran's role in the wars in Yemen and Syria and its support for Palestinian militant groups such as Hamas.

Iran is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has backed Yemen’s Shiite rebels against U.S. supported and Saudi-led coalition that sought to return the internationally elected government to power in Yemen. During Trump’s address to the United Nations Tuesday, Trump accused Iran of supporting terrorists and called Tehran a “corrupt dictatorship” and a “murderous regime.”
Israel used to hold military equipment parades, until after the Yom Kippur War, when it was determined to discontinue them. Israel relies on the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 anti-missile programs to protect its public from Iran's ballistic missiles.

Arrow anti-ballistic missile concept

Israeli PM Netanyahu's address to U.N. General Assembly- full text

Full text of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the UN General Assembly, September 19, 2017: (source: Times of Israel):  "Mr. President, ladies, and gentlemen, 

Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu addresses U.N.
General Assembly in New York, 9/19/17
"We’re in the midst of a great revolution, a revolution in Israel’s standing among the nations. This is happening because so many countries around the world have finally woken up to what Israel can do for them. Those countries now recognize what brilliant investors like Warren Buffet and great companies like Google and Intel, what they’ve recognized and known for years: that Israel is the innovation nation — the place for cutting-edge technology in agriculture, in water, in cyber security, in medicine, in autonomous vehicles — you name it, we’ve got it.


Full text of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the UN General Assembly, September 19, 2017:
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen,

"Those countries now also recognize Israel’s exceptional capabilities in fighting terrorism. In recent years, Israel has provided intelligence that has prevented dozens of major terrorist attacks around the world. We have saved countless lives. You may not know this, but your governments do, and they are working closely together with Israel to keep your countries safe and your citizens safe.

I stood here last year on this podium and I spoke about this profound change in Israel’s standing in the world and just look at what has happened since, in one year: hundreds of presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers and other leaders have visited Israel, many for the first time.

Of these many visits, two were truly historic. In May, President Trump became the first American president to include Israel in his first visit abroad. President Trump stood at the Western Wall, at the foot of the Temple Mount, where the Jewish people’s Temples stood for nearly a thousand years. When the president touched those ancient stones, he touched our hearts forever.

In July, Prime Minister Modi became the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel. You may have seen the pictures. We were on a beach in Hadera. We rode together in a jeep outfitted with a portable desalination device that some thriving Israeli entrepreneur invented. We took off our shoes, waded into the Mediterranean and drank seawater that had been purified only a few minutes earlier. We imagined the endless possibilities for Israel, India, for all humanity.

In the past year, Israel hosted so many world leaders, and I had the honor of representing my country on six different continents. One year. Six continents.

I went to Africa, where I saw Israeli innovators increasing crop yields, turning air into water, fighting AIDS.

I went to Asia, where we deepened our relations with China and with Singapore, and expanded our cooperation with our Muslim friends in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

I went to Europe, where in London and Paris, Thessaloniki and Budapest, we enhanced our security and economic ties.

I went to Australia, becoming the first Israeli prime minister to visit our great allies Down Under. And just last week, I went to South America, visiting Argentina and Colombia, and then I went on to Mexico, becoming, if you can believe it, the first Israeli prime minister ever to visit Latin America.


After 70 years, the world is embracing Israel, and Israel is embracing the world. One year. Six continents. Now, it’s true. I haven’t yet visited Antarctica, but one day I want to go there too because I’ve heard that penguins are also enthusiastic supporters of Israel.

You laugh, but penguins have no difficulty recognizing that some things are black and white, are right and wrong.

Unfortunately, when it comes to UN decisions about Israel, that simple recognition is too often absent. It was absent last December when the Security Council passed an anti-Israel resolution that set back the cause of peace.

It was absent last May, when the World Health Organization adopted — you have to listen to this: the World Health Organization adopted a Syrian-sponsored resolution that criticized Israel for health conditions on the Golan Heights. As the great John McEnroe would say, “You can-not be serious!” I mean, this is preposterous.

Syria has barrel-bombed, starved, gassed and murdered hundreds of thousands of its own citizens and wounded millions more, while Israel has provided lifesaving medical care to thousands of Syrian victims of that very same carnage. Yet who does the World Health Organization criticize? Israel.

So is there no limit to the UN’s absurdities when it comes to Israel?

Well, apparently not, because in July, UNESCO declared the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron a Palestinian World Heritage site. That’s worse than fake news. That’s fake history. Mind you, it’s true that Abraham, the father of both Ishmael and Isaac, is buried there, but so too are Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca – Sarah is a Jewish name, by the way – and Leah, who just happen to be patriarchs and matriarchs of the Jewish people. You won’t read about that in the latest UNESCO report.

But if you want to, you can read about that in a somewhat weightier publication — it’s called The Bible. I highly recommend it. (I hear it even got 4 ½ out of 5 stars on Amazon). And it’s a great read- I read (from) it every week!

Ladies and gentlemen, a moment to be serious: Despite the absurdities, despite the repetition of these farcical events, there is change. Slowly but surely, there are signs of positive change, even at the United Nations.

Mr. Secretary General, I very much appreciate your statement that denying Israel’s right to exist is anti-Semitism, pure and simple. Now, that’s important, because for too long the epicenter of global anti-Semitism has been right here at the UN. And while it may take many years, I am absolutely confident that the revolution in Israel’s ties with individual nations will ultimately be reflected in this hall of nations. I say that because there is also a marked change in the position of some of our key friends.
Netanyahu and Pres. Trump meet in New York City 9/18 (photo:Daily Caller)

Thanks to President Trump’s unequivocal support for Israel in this body, that positive change is gathering force. So, thank you, President Trump. Thank you for supporting Israel at the UN. And thank you for your support, Ambassador Nikki Haley. Thank you for speaking the truth about Israel.

But, ladies and gentlemen, here at the UN, we must also speak the truth about Iran, as President Trump did so powerfully this morning. Now, you know I’ve been ambassador to the UN and I’m a long-serving Israeli prime minister, so I’ve listened to countless speeches in this hall, but I can say this: none were bolder, none more courageous and forthright than the one delivered by President Trump today.
Pres. Trump delivers first speech to UN General Assembly

President Trump rightly called the nuclear deal with Iran, he called it an embarrassment. Well, I couldn’t agree with him more. And here’s why: Iran vows to destroy my country every day, including by its chief of staff the other day. Iran is conducting a campaign of conquest across the Middle East and Iran is developing ballistic missiles to threaten the entire world.

Two years ago, I stood here and explained why the Iranian nuclear deal not only doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb, Iran’s nuclear program has what’s called a sunset clause. Let me explain what that term means: It means that in a few years, those restrictions will be automatically removed — not by a change in Iran’s behavior, not by a lessening of its terror or its aggression. They’ll just be removed by a mere change in the calendar. And I warned that when that sunset comes, a dark shadow will be cast over the entire Middle East and the world, because Iran will then be free to enrich uranium on an industrial scale, placing it on the threshold of a massive arsenal of nuclear weapons.

That’s why I said two years ago that the greater danger is not that Iran will rush to a single bomb by breaking the deal, but that Iran will be able to build many bombs by keeping the deal!

Now, in the last few months, we’ve all seen how dangerous even a few nuclear weapons can be in the hands of a small rogue regime.

Now imagine the danger of hundreds of nuclear weapons in the hands of a vast Iranian Islamist empire, with the missiles to deliver them anywhere on earth.

I know there are those who still defend the dangerous deal with Iran, arguing that it will block Iran’s path to the bomb.

Ladies and gentlemen, That’s exactly what they said about the nuclear deal with North Korea, and we all know how that turned out. Unfortunately, if nothing changes, this deal will turn out exactly the same way.

That’s why Israel’s policy regarding the nuclear deal with Iran is very simple: Change it or cancel it, fix it or nix it. Nixing the deal means restoring massive pressure on Iran, including crippling sanctions, until Iran fully dismantles its nuclear weapons capability.

Fixing the deal requires many things, among them inspecting military and any other site that is suspect, and penalizing Iran for every violation. But above all, fixing the deal means getting rid of the sunset clause.

And beyond fixing this bad deal, we must also stop Iran’s development of ballistic missiles and roll back its growing aggression in the region. I remember we had these debates. As you know, I took a fairly active role in them. And many supporters of the nuclear deal naively believed that it would moderate Iran. It would make it a responsible member, so they said, of the international community.
Well as you know, I strongly disagreed. I warned that when the sanctions on Iran would be removed, Iran would behave like a hungry tiger unleashed, not joining the community of nations, but devouring nations, one after the other. And that’s precisely what Iran is doing today.

From the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean, from Tehran to Tartus, an Iranian curtain is descending across the Middle East. Iran spreads this curtain of tyranny and terror over Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere, and it pledges to extinguish the light of Israel.

Today, I have a simple message for Ayatollah Khamenei, the dictator of Iran: The light of Israel will never be extinguished.

Those who threaten us with annihilation put themselves in mortal peril. Israel will defend itself with the full force of our arms and the full power of our convictions. We will act to prevent Iran from establishing permanent military bases in Syria for its air, sea and ground forces. We will act to prevent Iran from producing deadly weapons in Syria or in Lebanon for use against us.

And we will act to prevent Iran from opening new terror fronts against Israel along our northern border.

As long as Iran’s regime seeks the destruction of Israel, Iran will face no fiercer enemy than Israel.

Dodgers' Jewish connection - the field, fans, franks, and the front-office

Brooklyn transplant, Phil Benjamin, tells Jewish friend L.A.-native Bill Silver,
before relocating in 1960, he spent his teens attending nearly all Brooklyn
Dodgers games at Ebbets Field prior to following the team to LA in 1960
by Scott Jacobs

During the 1940's and '50's, Brooklyn was one of the Jewish capitals of the world. 
Gerald Eskanazi, a former N.Y. Times sportswriter wrote in The Forward in 2011: "Sixty summers ago, almost to the day, the Dodgers of my Brooklyn were baseball’s greatest team. . . . And they were the most Jewish, even when they weren’t.

In my mind, the Brooklyn Dodgers paralleled the Jewish experience in America: Humble beginnings. Years of struggle. Being made fun of. And then, in the 1940s and early ’50s, attaining the mainstream. No longer an object of derision, but of respect."

After challenging the Yankees in the 1955 and '56 World Series' (victorious over them in '55) the Dodgers left Brooklyn for Los Angeles after the 1957 season.

"Yes, goes the saying, “It’s hard to be a Jew.” But, ah, to be Jewish and a Dodger fan — that is exquisite in its complexity."
Sandy Koufax gives Shawn Green tips at Dodger Stadium
- Gerald Eskenazi, "Sixty Summers Ago, Dodgers Dream Died for a Jewish Boy" The Forward, August 2011


The legendary boys of summer became the ghosts of Flatbush. Dodgers Sandy Koufax in the '60's and Shawn Green in the 2000's became the pride of Jews from L.A. to New York City. (Both even declined to play post-season games which fell on Yom Kippur). But after Green left for Arizona in 2004, Jewish fans had little visible representation on the Dodgers.
Andrew Friedman, Pres. Baseball Ops  and Stan Kasten, Pres./ CEO
(Photo: Wally Skalij/L.A. Times)



Not until new Dodger owners, Guggenheim Partners introduced Stan Kasten (and Andrew Friedman in 2014) to the front-office a few years ago, Jewish interest was revived. These star-player salaried ($ millions per year) helped manage the Dodgers into the post-season in 3 of the past 4 years. And this year, they're on pace to tie the M.L.B. record for wins in a season. And they just acquired Curtis Granderson from the Mets. 


C.M.O. Lon Rosen puts M.O.T., Dodger honcho, Stan Kasten onto JooTube
So while the live klezmer music playing before Dodger Stadium's Jewish Community Day last weekend may have felt haimish for their fans receiving Hebrew Dodger caps, for some of the front-office management- it seemed to feel like their simcha (celebration).
Joc Pederson, Dodgers' sole Jewish player, autographs for fans before the game

Before the game, we spoke with Dodgers' Chief Marketing Officer, Lon Rosen, who jokingly tried to interview Stan Kasten on JooTube. Pop-singer Elliott Yamin, whose father comes from Israel, sang the national anthem for the third time this season.  Klezmer musicians are clarinetist Leo Chelyapov, percussionist, Todd Tatum, and fiddler on the field, Mivan Miller. The Dodgers' publicity department provided us with a pre-taped interview of the Dodgers sole Jewish player, power-hitting outfielder Joc Pederson (born of a Jewish mother). Pederson speaks with pride about his playing on Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic in 2012 and his familial affinity for Israel, a destination he intends to visit as his brother did. 

The Jewish Community Day was also special in that group sales had brought so many Jewish fans to the stadium, that Jeff's Gourmet Kosher Sausages (in its second full season at the ball park) was expanded from its regular stand on Field-Level behind the right field scoreboard- to a second location- in the upper Reserve Section for just that day.

The ordinarily camera-shy Jeff Rohatiner spoke about his preference in mustards- and his hope, expressed by many fans, that the stadium establish at least one permanent kosher frank location for fans on a level above Field Level, closer to home plate. 

Chief Marketing Officer, Lon Rosen tells us that Yeshiva High-School graduate Stan Kasten was instrumental in getting the longtime hold-out Dodgers to satisfy kosher fans' requests to add glatt kosher franks at the stadium. We're wondering what's taking so long for the Dodgers to make hot-dog sauerkraut available at additional vendors around the stadium (as New York stadiums do) considering the fact, as interviewee David Geller reminds us, that Jeff's is closed for Shabbat Fridays and Saturdays, as well as on Jewish holidays- which come up this year during the regular season.

Let's hope that the acquisition of Granderson will make it easier should the non-observant Joc Pederson ask for days to not play on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, should he desire to do so.