The Difference Between Sick and Tragic

The difference between sick and tragic is sadly much easier to discern than people realize. Tragic is what happened in Japan. I am a native Angeleno and have lived through many earthquakes. The Northridge earthquake was no slouch, it was quite large but what happened in Japan….massive. Read about the Richter scale and you’ll see that the difference between the 7.1 for Northridge and the 8.9 for Japan is enormous. And then the tsunami that followed….well it is the perfect storm. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those in Japan. That was tragic.

Sick is different. Sick is what happens when terrorists break into a home and slaughter a family. The pictures of this poor family illustrate it better than I can say. WARNING, these pictures are graphic and disturbing.

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The Fogel family was killed Friday night when a terrorist broke into their home in the West Bank settlement of Itamar and stabbed them all to death.

According to police, the suspect broke into the house armed with a knife and stabbed parents Udi and Ruth, along with three of their children, Yoav, Elad, and Hadas Fogel. Magen David Adom rescue services arrived at the scene and found them all dead.

The family’s 12-year-old daughter, who was at a youth group activity, returned to her home at approximately midnight and her calls for the door to be opened for her went unanswered. With the help of a neighbor, they managed to open the door and came upon the horrible murder scene.

It is inexcusable. There are no words, no justification for such action. What happened in Japan is tragic, but what happened in Itamar is sick.

Flotilla Fools- Crocodile Tears

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Abraham Lincoln

And so we leave daddy blogging for a moment to revisit the Flotilla of Fools. You remember them, the fine freedom fighters who intentionally provoked a sovereign nation in the hopes of dying as martyrs. The jackass above is Kenneth O’Keefe. Sorry, I really shouldn’t call him a jackass or suggest that he is both a fool and a liar, but the video makes that almost impossible.

Because if you have the stomach to sit through it you will hear him describe those who died as martyrs. You will hear him talk about disarming two commandos. You will hear him say that he took the sidearm away from one. He’ll claim that the removed the ammunition from said weapon.

And to that I respond as I have in the past. If you try to take a weapon from a cop or soldier of any nation you will receive a very severe response, especially if they hadn’t drawn their weapon. But let’s set that aside for a moment.

Because moments later he talks about having three commandos under control or should I use his term, in “our possession.” Mind you that he says that there were 100 or maybe 200 people watching over them.

It is almost comical his recounting of this tale. Really, you almost have to laugh at such a ridiculous story, but you can’t. You can’t because he and his flunkies are responsible for the deaths of their colleagues. You can’t because he and his colleagues did their best to spark a bonfire. A fire that would most assuredly lead to more death.

So I wonder if he is a polished liar who can say these things knowing full well they aren’t true or if he so dumb that he believes the lies he spews.

It is the typical contradiction. In one breath they describe a mighty war machine and then in the next they somehow over power said war machine. Honestly, it is just too much. If you told me that he cracked open an eggplant and smeared it over his face I’d believe you.

Dear Kenny, the Palestinian/Irish man whose desire is to create more hate and distrust among people- you deserve a more serious punishment than deportation. I haven’t any sympathy for you.

Flotilla Fools

Much has been said about the fools in the flotilla that attempted to break the naval blockade on Gaza. If you buy into the simple narrative that the “Free Gaza” movement is peddling it looks like a simple case of underdog versus bully. Those that buy into that should come speak with me about some swampland that I am interested in selling.

Or better yet take a few minutes to read this post and learn how they tried to dupe the world into believing that they were peace loving people whose sole intent was to engage in altruism when the reality was they prepared for violence. They intentionally provoked a confrontation with the goal of trying to ensure that people died.

Really, it is sick to think of how casual they are about life and how interested they are in death.
ABC has a news story which helps to illustrate how perverse this is. I won’t bother to complain about how they buried this part of the story in the second  half where many people won’t see it.

“Flotilla Passengers Dispute Israeli Version of Flotilla Raid

“They [Israeli commandos] were trying to land on the boat. So obviously there was this hand-to-hand combat and during that process the people on the boat were basically able to disarm some of the soldiers because they did have guns with them,” Burney told Reuters. “So they basically took the guns away from them and took the cartridges out and threw them away.”
Asked if anyone had used the guns against the Israeli commandos, Burney said, “No, not at all.”
“Yes, we took their guns. It would be self defence even if we fired their guns,” Bulent Yildirim, chairman of the IHH, said.
“We told our friends on board we will die, become martyrs, but never let us be shown… as the ones who used guns,” he said, adding that people shouted that the weapons should not be used.

Notice that there is no discussion of trying to negotiate terms. No mention that Israel contacted the flotilla and offered free passage to Ashdod. It was refused…intentionally. The goal was to have a physical confrontation,  to try and be martyred.

Consider for a moment what would happen if you tried to take a gun from a policeman or soldier in any country. Think about it and tell me that they wouldn’t try to defend themselves. Tell me that other cops/soldiers would just stand by and watch, that they wouldn’t be concerned for their safety and that of their colleague.

Now watch this video. Note how the soldiers come down a rope, one at a time. Notice that their weapons are not drawn.

Ask yourself what you would have done had you been attacked that way. Ask yourself how a handful of soldiers were supposed to deal with hundreds of people who were rioting. If their intent had been to harm the passengers many more would have died. But they didn’t come to fight, they came to talk and unfortunately they walked into a trap.

Some of you are probably muttering about how this was illegal, but the reality is that it was not. The International Committe of the Red Cross offers the following:

San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea, 12 June 1994 


Neutral merchant vessels

67. Merchant vessels flying the flag of neutral States may not be attacked unless they:

(a) are believed on reasonable grounds to be carrying contraband or breaching a blockade, and after prior warning they intentionally and clearly refuse to stop, or intentionally and clearly resist visit, search or capture;
(b) engage in belligerent acts on behalf of the enemy;
(c) act as auxiliaries to the enemy s armed forces;
(d) are incorporated into or assist the enemy s intelligence system;
(e) sail under convoy of enemy warships or military aircraft; or
(f) otherwise make an effective contribution to the enemy s military action, e.g., by carrying military materials, and it is not feasible for the attacking forces to first place passengers and crew in a place of safety. Unless circumstances do not permit, they are to be given a warning, so that they can re-route, off-load, or take other precautions.
Israel made contact with the flotilla and tried on multiple occasions to engage in dialogue. The Mavi Marmara refused and as you now know it is because they wanted the confrontation. The blood of those who died and those who were injured is on their head. This didn’t have to go this way, but they made it so.


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Haveil Havalim #238- The We Love The Dodgers/Angels Edition!

Welcome to Haveil Havalim #238, The We Love The Dodgers/Angels Edition!. Also known as the Best of the Jewish/Israeli blogosphere. (My apologies for the formatting, it is a little wonky today.)

Founded by Soccer Dad, Haveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs — a weekly collection of Jewish & Israeli blog highlights, tidbits and points of interest collected from blogs all around the world. It’s hosted by different bloggers each week and coordinated by Jack. The term ‘Haveil Havalim,’ which means “Vanity of Vanities,” is from Qoheleth, (Ecclesiastes) which was written by King Solomon. King Solomon built the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and later on got all bogged down in materialism and other ‘excesses’ and realized that it was nothing but ‘hevel,’ or in English, ‘vanity.’


Read Rabbi Daniel Gordis’s post No Right to Exhaustion in which he discusses the challenges of loving Israel and who has a right to be tired. 

My Right Word disagrees with the OU position on The Temple Mount.

EOZ shared The diplomacy of fear, 2009. At Solomonia Vanessa Redgrave Gets It…Almost Right?

At Good News from Israel you can read about the first Israeli woman to win a Nobel Prize. Other bloggers such  Artzeinu covered it too in Israel Professor Wins Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Life in Israel blogged about Painted Donkeys. Everyone loves Pin Ups. Israelity remembers Mercedes Sosa and talks about Cleaning up after desert.

Religion and State in Israel has their usual round up parts one and two.

Baila wrote about Gilad’s message. Reminds me to remind you to keep tweeting, “Free Shalit.” I am not the only one thinking about Gilad.

At Torat Zion you can read Israel enters into “alliance” with Rappahanock Tribe. At Harry’s Place you can enjoy Nora Clean’s guide to boycotting Zionist entities.

Daled Amos shared The Goldstone Report: Protector Of (Palestinian) Women. Maybe this is a J-Street Joke.

Yaacov Lozowick blogged Goldstone: Curioser and Curioser. Israellycool shared The Day In Israel: Sun Oct 11th, 2009.


President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. I tried not to go overboard on this, but there are an enormous number of posts covering it. Incidentally, for those who claim that this is a right wing carnival I did my best to include posts from left wing bloggers as well. 

Guess what, they don’t like it either.

Yourish had The Miss America President wins the Miss America Peace Prize
Joshuapundit covered it over here
The Rebbetzin’s Husband issued an opinion here.
Fink or Swim
Jewish Atheist 
Conversations in Klal
The Muqata
Daniel Pipes
Daled Amos
Tel Chai Nation
Oleh Girl

Daled Amos New Poll Reveals Whether Being Pro-Israel Matters To American Jewish Voters.

At Commentary Noah Pollak compares and contrasts the leadership styles of Obama and Netanyahu in  Compare and Contrast.

Ingathered compares Obama to Chamberlain. Joshuapundit has the results from the Watcher’s Council.
Somebody has the Post Yom Kippur Blues. At Boker Tov Boulder take a look at 63 pct Support Negotiations with Iran, but 64 pct Say Negotiations Won’t Succeed.

From The Rebbetzin’s Husband, A good minyan is like a well-written novel and Spawning a  Kugel Generation.

Shtetl Fabulous is writing about the Spirit in the Sky. A Simple Jew shared the New Tactics of My Holy Yetzer Ha-Rah.

If you were Harry-er-than them all spoke about Shidduchim. From The Torah Revolution we have the Shallow Truth about Har Habayit and the Kotel.

Balashon greets us all with a Petek. Ingathered cautions against using Etrog Jam.

Ilana Davita has a Must Read post. The Real Shaliach writes about the love that Esau has for us. There is food for thought there. Do you agree.

Have Succah Will Travel– If that headline doesn’t encourage you to read I don’t know what will. Jewschool covered Succot as well.

The Velveteen Rabbi wrote about what it means to celebrate in our Sukkah. Snoopy wrote about Mad Mahmoud’s Jewish Roots.

Planck’s Constant covered The Number of Jews Who Have Won Nobel Prizes. Schvach defined What a Shiksa is.

My Right Word has proof that Psalms do Protect. Shira writes about touching others. The Wolf says that some people think He is Deviant.

Isramom is reflecting on Women, Torah and Brachot. Ariel is talking about Avinu Malkeinu.

Leora discussed Sephardi Piyut of Rosh Hashanah. Esther’s Television is Jewish.

One of the many reasons I like Seraphic Secret is because we are in agreement about The Sound of Music. At Ben Yehudah’s joint you’ll find Orthodox Jewish Boxer To Vie For Crown.

You have to read about Mottel and The Dragon Man. NY’s Funniest Rabbi is thinking Deep Thoughts. More importantly in some respects, please go to his blog and wish his father a Happy Birthday.

Shtetl Fabulous has recipes to share. KRG covered Jewgrass at Jewschool.
I wrote A Fearful Society- Rearing Children in a Scary World.

Ann’s Rants blogged about a first blogiversary. The Ima has been reading a lot of books. Elms in the Yard wrote about hiking.

Go read Benji’s Can I Get A Freaking Vowel In Here. GP has a Hankering for Challah.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of haveil havalim using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.
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