Americans display their support for Israel at the Celebrate Israel Parade in NY

Annually, on the first Sunday in June, the Celebrate Israel Parade is put on along New York's Fifth Avenue.  The parade is organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council, headed by Peter Kohlmann, its executive producer, and director Michael Mittleman.  

At the sounding of the shofar (ram's horn), Mayor Mike Bloomberg led a procession of dignitaries along with the Shomrim Policemen's Societies and the N.Y.P.D. Police Band to open the parade of tens of thousands of participants.

JooTube was on the scene and takes you onto Fifth Avenue, to enjoy the revelry and talk to the participants, Jewish and gentile, about why they are marching.Among the paraders who spoke with JooTube are members of Jewish War Veterans, American Veterans of Israel (Machal), employees of the State of Israel led by Israeli Parliamentarian Silvan Shalom, El Al Airlines crew and staff (who sing and dance freilachs) led by Danny Saadon, and Christian Zionist group, Eagles Wings.
Enjoy video clips from JooTube's coverage of the Celebrate Israel Parade 2012.  The coming parade will be held on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013.  The parade is typically followed by a Concert with a Message at the SummerStage in Central Park. 

Who gave the IRS the idea of going after pro-Israel groups?

Israel Matzav publishes: Prof. Eugene Kontorovich asks some important questions about IRS scrutiny of pro-Israel groups.

One major question raised by the IRS scandal is where these ideas came from. At least as far as Jewish groups go, the IRS scrutiny is not a fluke. That is not to suggest it was ordered by the White House – that is highly unlikely. At the same time, it certainly does not come out of the blue. The past several years have seen a concerted campaign in the mainstream liberal press to bring the IRS down upon certain pro-Israel groups, particularly those that support activities in the West Bank (or the Territories Formerly Occupied By Jordan).
For example, in 2009 David Ignatius had a story in the Washington Post, A Tax Break Fuels Middle East Friction. “Critics of Israeli settlements question why American taxpayers are supporting indirectly, through the exempt contributions, a process that the government condemns,” he wrote. The Guardian in 2009 also had a piece calling for IRS action.
In 2010, the New York Times continued the theme with a massive, expose-style front page story, which concluded that while such tax breaks do not seem to be exactly illegal, it creates :a surprising juxtaposition: As the American government seeks to end the four-decade Jewish settlement enterprise and foster a Palestinian state in the West Bank, the American Treasury helps sustain the settlements through tax breaks on donations to support them.” The article then tried to raise questions about whether such groups really satisfied U.S. tax-deductible requirements, suggesting the IRS should look into them. The activities the supported, the Times article suggests, were illegal and extremist.
Picking up the gauntlet, J Street called on the IRS to “probe” groups that support settlements, despite there being no apparent violation of tax laws involved.
And last year, an op-ed in the Times by Peter Beinart argued that “we should push to end Internal Revenue Service policies that allow Americans to make tax-deductible gifts to settler charities.”
This is just a sampling: the notion that right wing Jewish groups should be “probed” by the IRS because they do not line up with President Obama’s (former?) absolutist anti-settlement policy is not a new one. All the organs of intelligent opinion agreed that some generally right wing Jewish groups need to be dealt with by the IRS because they contradict government policy, not because of any evidence of tax fraud. And surely IRS bosses read the Post and the Times; it may even be their “absolute truth” as Times editor Jill Abramson memorably put it.

Obama's I.R.S. determined that support for Israel is support for terrorism

Dan Epstein in FoxNews reports on Greta van Sustern's interview with Z-Street's Lori Lowenthal Marcus: 

In the wake of recent scandal arising from the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of social welfare groups for their political beliefs, little has been said about the fact that the IRS also scrutinized several pro-Israel organizations, including Z Street, an organization that applied for 501(c)(3) status.  

According to Politico, Z Street was targeted by the IRS because “applications mentioning Israel were getting special attention.” 

Another group was asked by the IRS, “Does your organization support the existence of the land of Israel?  Describe your organization’s religious belief system towards the land of Israel.”  

The supposed justification for such questions: “the government shouldn’t bestow a benefit on an individual or organization engaged in illegal activity like terrorism.” 

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/05/16/for-irs-anti-semitism-is-good-public-policy/#ixzz2TVFZD8zX

Al-Jazeera spoiler, Prof. Mordechai Kedar, on Muslim and Arab prejudices towards Jews and Israel

The number of bombing raids the Syrian Air Force executed upon the Syrian people in the last 2 years exceeds the number of air raids they launched against Israel during their wars in 1948, '67, '73, and '82 combined? Has Al Jazeera reported this?  Have the mainstream media sources?  Why do they not, yet instead focus on Judea and Samarians building new bathrooms?   Part 1 (38 min)


Watch 3 part series by Israeli Jewish scholar of Islamic and Arabic studies, Prof. Mordechai Kedar of Bar Ilan University. He says one of the purposes of Al Jazeera is to divert the Arab public from the unjust distribution of Gulf oil wealth to monarchs.  Part 2 - 21 min



Arabic-speaking Israeli Al-Jazeera spoiler spills Secrets of the Arab Royals. Mordechai Kedar (Part 3; 40 min)


Fascinating Question and Answers from L.A. audience to Israeli Jewish scholar of Islamic and Arabic studies, Prof. Mordechai Kedar of Bar iLan University. He says one of the purposes of Al Jazeera is to divert the Arab public from the unjust distribution of Gulf oil wealth to monarchs. The Professor says it is your responsibilty to help in whichever ways you are able.

The history and future of the reunified Jerusalem at the 46th Jerusalem Day

It was the picture seen around the world. From the IDF B log
In June 1967, David Rubinger, a press photographer in Israel, followed IDF forces that were fighting to liberate the Old City of Jerusalem. At the Western Wall, three IDF soldiers posed for a photograph. They were Zion Karasanti, Yitzhak Yifat and Haim Oshri. While their names are not famous, their faces have become a symbol of the reunification of Jerusalem. 

To mark the 46th anniversary of that day — the 28th of Iyar on the Hebrew calendar — we found the three men from the photograph and asked them to share a few memories from the special day. Read more


A tribute to the Miracle of 1967 (with thanks to cinevisionusa, infolive.tv and aish.com) (Video: Gila and Drew)



From his Jerusalem electronics shop, this 15th-generation Jewish Jerusalemite sage shares his views on Israel's situation - and her value to the west in keeping global jihad in check.