The Brit in the Golani Special Forces

Originally posted on Jewish Media Agency (JMA):

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By Jeremiah Belsky

‘Sometimes it’s the people no one imagines anything of, that do the things that no one else can imagine,’
Alan Turing

Part One (of three)

At twenty-four Jeremiah Belsky was at least four years older than the other soldiers, wanting to get into a top military unit of the IDF. He was neither Israeli nor spoke much Hebrew, and was up against guys that had long family histories in the Special Forces and who had been training both mentally and physically since they were old enough to understand that they would have to join the army. Yet he was determined to become a part of the Golani Brigade. “I was going to have to prove I was worthy,” he said.

Before Belsky enlisted he had to have a medical exam at an Israeli army base and be interviewed by the base commander. The commander told him he wouldn’t make it into…

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BBC WS radio’s ‘balanced’ account of the Six Day War excludes Israelis

Originally posted on BBC Watch:

Listeners to the June 14th edition of the BBC World Service radio programme ‘The History Hour’ were told by presenter Max Pearson that the next broadcast would include “the Israeli view” of the Six Day War.

“…we’re going to take a close look at one of the twentieth century’s defining events in the Middle East. In 1967 what quickly became known as the Six Day War broke out between Israel and the armed forces of Egypt, Jordan and Syria. It resulted in a rapid redrawing of the region’s de facto borders and a significant humiliation for the Arab powers. Of course this is a deeply controversial topic with highly charged views on both sides. So, for obvious reasons, we’re going to hear from both sides – next week: the Israeli view. But right now Louise Hidalgo hears from two Palestinians about their memories of that time.”

However, by the time “next…

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How Complicated is Too Complicated?

Originally posted on Eric Linus Kaplan:

7)If it’s too simple it’s boring

6)If it’s too complicated it’s chaotic

5)If it’s the right degree of complicated you see the simple rules behind the complexity but your mind is overwhelmed by multiple ways those simple rules generate forms.

4)Like life itself

3)Wallace Stevens says the poem must resist the intelligence almost successfuly.  This experience of the mind’s power on the brink of being overwhelmed is the only experience of transcendence we ever have.  So we should be happy with it.

2)Like life itself

1)How can you tell the difference between being overwhelmed by complexity and just being confused?

0)If you find that the effort to overcome the complexity outside yourself and reduce it to simple rules creates a functional harmony within yourself, you’re good.

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Quebec Liberals move to force chains with English names to put French on their signs

Meir Weiss:

bh yep nothing else to do in quiet month of june to cause a economic storm

Originally posted on National Post:

MONTREAL • Conventional wisdom in Quebec says the Parti Québécois is the natural-born protector of the French language and the provincial Liberals are federalist pushovers.

But while the previous PQ government blustered about the need to strengthen Bill 101 — it proposed forcing small businesses to operate in French, stripping municipalities of bilingual status, granting language inspectors enhanced powers, even driving the children of military personnel out of English school — it accomplished nothing before its 2014 electoral defeat.

As they enter their second year in power, it is the Liberals who are pushing ahead with changes aimed at protecting the French language.

Wednesday in Quebec City, Culture Minister Hélène David announced the government will change the regulations under Bill 101 to force chains with English names to include a French slogan or description on their signs.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

“In exercising my role as the minister responsible for…

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Barack Obama Frees High Level Al Qaeda Terrorist Who Wrote Osama Bin Laden Fatwas

Originally posted on American Infidels:

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by Daniel Greenfield // Among the latest six Jihadis freed by Obama from Gitmo as part of his mission is Saad Masir Mukbl al Azani.

There are obvious reasons for freeing Saad

1. He was identified as a high level Al Qaeda member by other captured terrorists.

2. He issued fatwas while allegedly sitting on the fatwa committee with Osama bin Laden’s religious advisor. That may sound non-violent to the religion of peace types, but it meant he was providing the rationale for terrorist attacks.

3. He helped indoctrinate Al Qaeda terrorists by teaching them the Koran.

I’m sure that being loose he will in no way go back to his old job. While Obama’s mouth makes noises about ‘countering violent extremism’, he keeps sending experienced leaders right back to Al Qaeda and ISIS.

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BBC claims about 2014 Gaza power plant incident shown to be false

Originally posted on BBC Watch:

h/t EoZ

On page 169 of the recently released MFA report on Operation Protective Edge we find the following:

“Even when munitions directed at military targets unintentionally hit civilian objects, the collateral damage caused does not by itself render the attack unlawful. Such was the case with the IDF tank shells that on July 29 unfortunately missed their intended target and hit fuel tanks serving Gaza’s power plant (but not the power plant itself). In this incident, IDF tank forces had legitimately directed an attack against several individuals who were believed to be carrying anti-tank rockets intended for immediate use.” [emphasis added]Power plant Morris and Patience 2

As readers may recall, BBC audiences received extensive coverage of that incident –and whilst the all-important context of the legitimate military target was not available at the time, BBC reporters did not hesitate to convey their own speculations on its background, as shown in the couple of…

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Survival rates for CF patients after lung transplants encouraging

Originally posted on National Post:

TORONTO — Canadians with cystic fibrosis who have a lung transplant get a definite boost in survival, with half of those who receive the new organs living at least 10 years following the surgery, researchers have found.

Their study, the first to use the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Registry to analyze post-transplant survival rates between 1988 and 2012, found 88 per cent of patients were alive after one year and 67 per cent had survived by the five-year mark.

“People think when you have cystic fibrosis and need a transplant, it’s a death sentence,” said lead author Dr. Anne Stephenson, a respirologist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto who specializes in treating CF. “But our paper shows that one-, three- and five-year survival rates following lung transplantation are really quite high.”

“It may actually prolong your life and prolong your life substantially,” Stephenson said Monday.

The study of 580 patients, which…

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Louvre Museum in Paris refuses to book Israeli art students’ visit, cites “lack of space”

Originally posted on Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center:

This takes the cultural boycott of Israel to a new level.

One of the world’s most famous museums has been accused of discriminating against a group of Tel Aviv University art-history students, Ha’aretz has reported.The Louvre

The group was planning on visiting Paris to view its cultural sites, but requests to arrange visits for its members at the Louvre, and other major cultural institutions, have been turned down.

The Louvre refused to allow the visit even though three possible dates were proposed for it.

After being turned down, Tel Aviv University faculty member Sefy Hendler attempted to make arrangements for a visit onthe same dates and times, using names of fictitious educational institutions from Italy and Abu Dhabi in the Persian Gulf – and was told that space was available:

“What was the idea? That if we don’t see the ‘Mona Lisa’ [at the Louvre] then the occupation [of the West…

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Canadian Holocaust survivors plead for return of European property

Originally posted on National Post:

Nate Leipciger was just 11 when he was forced to leave his home in Nazi-occupied Chorzow, an industrial town in Poland.

He grabbed his two most cherished belongings, a box of tools and a stamp album, but they, too, would eventually be snatched away.

“It was very traumatic,” he recalls. “Suddenly I had to leave everything behind.”

More than seven decades later, Leipciger — who spent three years in a Nazi-run ghetto and was spared death at the Auschwitz concentration camp after his father convinced a guard he could be useful as an electrician — is leading a charge in Canada to push central and Eastern European governments to return communal and private property taken from Jews during the Holocaust.

On Thursday, Leipciger, who moved to Canada with his father in 1948, was part of a delegation of Holocaust survivors and Jewish community leaders that wrapped up two days of…

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This New Spot Might Be MTL’s Hottest Spot To Sit In MTL Right Now

Originally posted on SOOO MTL:

Taking a seat at a hot location is hard to do sometimes. Sitting is something everyone likes to do. Share this article if you agree.

Located in the heart of the Mile-End (also known as Petite-Toronto), on the corner of THE MAIN and Saint-Viatour Streets, this seating spot is not only eco-friendly (it’s made out of a big container for trains) but it is also tasteful and artsy. At SoooMTL, we LOVE the arts!

No drinking or smoking is allowed on this sweet, sweet spot, but it’s a really nice place to take a seat and watch cars, buses and also trucks go by!

Photo cred: Chad's Canon Rebel Photo cred: Chad’s Canon Rebel

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