(Barak Ravid) Education Minister and Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett said Thursday that “we must give our lives” for the cause of annexing the West Bank to Israel. Bennett, who was speaking at a at a conference in Jerusalem in memory of settler figure Hanan Porat, also criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the plans to evict the illegal outpost Amona by the end of the year.
“On the matter of the Land of Israel, we have to move from holding action to a decision,” Bennett said. “We have to mark the dream, and the dream is that Judea and Samaria will be part of the sovereign State of Israel. We have to act today, and we must give our lives. We can’t keep marking the Land of Israel as a tactical target and a Palestinian state as the strategic target.”
The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of an acquaintance…
(replies from all third parties have been omitted for clarity)
Diana B.: No occupation or settlements in Jamaica….hmmmmmm…..
“Grammy-award winning artist, Sean Paul, is receiving death threats, and being told not to perform in Algeria. Why? His grandfather is Jewish. Anti-Zionism = Hatred of the Jewish people. Always has. Always will. #ZionStandUp”
Rayn: Algeria is in Africa, not Jamaica. And, many Algerians paid for tickets to see Sean Paul perform his music live, having not even the slightest concern for his family heritage. That is why the event’s promoter has so-far refused to cave in to the racist demands of what is apparently a fringe group, who don’t at all represent the majority of Algerians…
Diana B.: still, he is being threatened with death…why???
(Ariel David, Haaretz) On the website of Hiddush, a nonprofit organization that promotes religious freedom and equality in Israel, there is a world map showing countries that restrict freedom of marriage. The countries given as imposing “severe restrictions” include most states between Morocco to the west and Pakistan to the east. And Israel is no exception.
Marriage in the Jewish state is a complex matter, and is almost entirely under the purview of religious authorities.
There is no civil marriage. Jews can only be married in a religious ceremony, by an Orthodox rabbi under the authority of the Chief Rabbinate, the top religious authority for Jews in Israel. This means there is also no interfaith marriage between Jews and non-Jews, since Orthodox Judaism does not allow mixed unions. Israelis who belong to other streams of Judaism, such as Reform or Conservative, must still tie the knot in front of an Orthodox rabbi in a traditional ceremony if they want their marriage to be recognized by the state.
Rayn: Interestingly enough, this article is from yesterday.
It is also worth mentioning that the report also states, “over 7,500 olive trees were damaged or destroyed by settlers between January and mid-October in 2012, according to OCHA [Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,United Nations].”
Brooke N.: Sad. There seems to be no way open to secure the Palestinians life and livelihood.