25 July 2005

Tom Gross's op/ed in the Jerusalem Post, "From London to Jerusalem" >>http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1122171719427<< makes a fantastic point that, for most Jews, has become a daily reminder:

"CONTRARY TO the absolute lies told in British media in recent days, the Israel Defense Forces have not instituted a shoot-to-kill policy, or trained the British to carry out one. For example, on Friday, at the very time British police were shooting the man in the Tube, the IDF caught and disarmed a terrorist from Fatah already inside Israel en route to carrying out a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Israeli forces didn't injure the terrorist at all in apprehending him and disarming him of the 5-kg. explosive belt he was wearing.

And yet, for taking the bare minimum steps necessary to save the lives of its citizens in recent years Israel has been mercilessly berated by virtually the entire world."

Musician of the hour: Hasidic Reggae Rapper Matisyahu. Find him at: >>http://www.hasidicreggae.com<<.

My brilliant friend and fellow filmmaker Jamie just completed his MFA thesis doc, "Reel Nazis: A Mediated View of History." A fantastic and insightful commentary on the lasting effects of Nazi propaganda, this film proves necessary viewing for those who want to make sense out of both the past and the present in order to better the future. For more information, or to contact Jamie, check out >>http://www.1971films.com<<.

I have a daily cycle of websites I check out in order to keep as up-to-date as possible on current events in Israel and the world. One site, >>http://www.revava.org<<>>http://ledavid.com/deot/viewforum.php?f=2<< and, of course, bring a shaker of the kosher stuff this time around. Most of the posts border on Rabbinical commentary of conspiracy theories, but if you want to understand Orthodox/Hasidic/Lubavitcher culture, these posts will prove enlightening.

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