Moment of silence at Olympic ceremony could embarrass Israel

A moment of silence at the Olympic ceremony could, I fear, embarrass Israel. It’s no secret that the International Olympic Committee does not want to ‘politicize’ this issue even more. Holding a minute of silence for Israelis murdered in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists – the way we see it, or Israeli men of military age killed by Palestinian freedom fighters – as much of the Muslim and Arab world sees it – will politicize the opening ceremony to the extreme. We will be accused of exploiting the ceremony for propaganda purposes. We call it commemoration, the world will call it propaganda.

Let’s face it folks, Israel is not loved abroad. You knew that, right? It’s not loved amongst British people, it’s not loved amongst European people, it’s not loved amongst most African and Asian nations, and it is certainly loathed amongst Muslim and Arab nations. If a moment of silence were to be held at the Olympic stadium tonight, where not just Americans, Canadians, Australians and Micronesians are in attendance, chances are quite good that our minute of silence will not be fully respected. Chances are quite good even that it could be disrespected, even booed. And if that happened, if the minute of silence for Israel’s 11 murdered athletes were booed, what have we achieved? We, as Israelis, will just feel disheartened, disgusted, upset. How would we feel if we saw, actually saw, just how few friends we actually have in the world? READ MORE



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JEWDYSSEE – 5773! Das Album ab JETZT erhältlich.

VÖ: Datum: 13.07.12

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JEWDYSSEE feiert The Yiddish Way of Life im 21. Jahrhundert!

Jewdyssee ist eine Band, aber gewiss keine gewöhnliche. Denn sie macht nicht nur Musik, sie verfrachtet den Zuhörer auf eine Abenteuerreise durch Raum und Zeit – durch Vergangenheit und Zukunft, durch Tradition und Modernität, durch Israel und Deutschland. Am 13. Juli 2012 erscheint ihr erstes Album „5773“.

Leadsängerin der Band ist Maya Saban, die sich mit 2 deutschsprachigen Alben und dem zusammen mit Cosmo Klein dargebotenen Hit “Das alles ändert nichts daran” in der deutschen Musikszene bereits einen Namen machte. Als Deutsch/Israelin will sie nun ihre doppelte Nationalität musikalisch ausleben und traute sich an das außergewöhnliche Projekt „Jewdyssee“ heran. Beeinflußt von M.I.A., Daft Punk und ihren jüdischen Seelenverwandten The Barry Sisters und unter dem Motto „back to the roots“ mündete die harte Arbeit in einem ersten vielversprechenden Album.

Jüdischen Traditionals, Kinderliedern und Liedern aus der jüdischen Welt wird in „5773“ ein neuer Anstrich verpasst. Es können sich aber nicht nur Anhänger der jüdisch/jiddischen Kultur auf das Album freuen. Dem Zeitgeist entsprechend, frischen die Pop-Klänge und Elektro-Beats den traditionellen Sound auf, sodass die Tracks auch beim Feiern die Club-Jugend in Tanzstimmung versetzen. Aber auch der Swing-Begeisterte findet hier seinen Geschmack wieder: Swing-Beat, Trompeten- und den Klarinetten-Sounds geben dem Ganzen einen letzten Schliff.

Orient meets Okzident, Mittlerer Osten trifft Ostblock, besonders zu betonen ist jedoch, Balalaika meets Clubsounds! Mit diesem Mix aus unterschiedlichsten Genren wie Klezmer, Swing, Club und Elektro hat Jewdyssee das Zeug dazu, eine der großen Entdeckungen 2012 zu werden!

Label:Panshot Records (Galileo Music Communication)



What Israelis want

The ultra-Orthodox Israelis want to continue receiving state subsidies, while at the same time not sharing the burden of creating the means for those subsidies: serving in the army, doing national service, or entering the workforce. The haredim want to be left alone.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants the ultra-Orthodox to serve in the army or do national service, and at the same time, he doesn’t want to burn his political bridges to the ultra-Orthodox parties. Bibi wants the political support of Shas and UTJ after the next elections in 18 months time, while at the same time, wanting them to acquiesce now and draft their young flock into the army. Bibi wants to buy [their support now] and not pay for it later [when they refuse to support him].
But the religious parties are in a bind: if they don’t support Bibi now, and refuse to support him later, and because of them, somebody else becomes prime minister [say Shelly Yechimovich], will they support her? Will she support them? The truth is that the religious parties have no better alternative to Binyamin Netanyahu, and they know it.

Bibi set up a committee to deliver recommendations to replace the Tal Law because he wanted to show the public that he was taking its concerns to heart, and because he wants to increase the workforce. But as soon as he saw that the committee was coming up with serious conclusions that would endanger his coalition, he set up a secret committee, made up of his close aides and the heads of the religious parties, to make sure that no serious recommendations are made that could endanger his coalition. Bibi wants slow, small, and steady reform. He doesn’t want sudden, structural changes. King Bibi, as Time Magazine called him, is supremely happy being Israel’s Supreme Leader with 94 Knesset votes, a mammoth coalition. He wants to keep this going. He does not want to become Prince Bibi, Count Bibi, or even Duke Bibi. READ MORE


Israel, Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood

What started in Tunisia and Egypt, spread to Libya and Syria, and its aftershocks are being felt in Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain. Political Islam is strengthening.

The Middle East is going to look vastly different in the mid to long-term future. In political Islam, there is scant regard for what we in the West call universal human rights and the supreme value of human life. Peace agreements with non-Muslims are only honored when it is politically expedient to do so, women’s rights are not respected, and homosexuals are hunted down.

What started as a democratic movement for socioeconomic rights is turning into an Islamic political takeover which is going to look far different than a Western democracy: will there be respect for a free and independent press, civil society – will NGOs be allowed to work, will there be policies to strengthen the middle class, and perhaps most importantly, will there be a strong, independent judiciary in the countries ruled by Islamic parties?

The region is in flux, and could stay that way for quite some time. The Muslim Brotherhood do not recognize borders. They are a religious order, a cultural, religious, and political movement with branches across the region whose aim is to establish a Muslim Caliphate in the Middle East under Sharia Law. And they have time and patience. READ MORE


JEWDYSSEE fun! Beltz Interview

unplugged in Berlin, für RTL Documentation mit Bärbel Schäfer. Ausstrahlung 13.08.12


King Bibi, the last King of Zion

King Bibi, as TIME Magazine recently crowned him, the fiercest Zionist to ever lead Israel, will go down in history as the one who brought Zionism to its knees

TIME Magazine published a lengthy item on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month, with a close-up photo of him on the cover so huge it left just enough room for the headline: “King Bibi.” It was a Hasbara official’s wet dream. No hard-hitting questions; but rather soft, caressing queries.

As the cover said, the feature claimed to ask, yet not answer, the question of “Will Bibi make peace?” Well, for left wingers in Israel that was a pretty easy lob. In fact, with a bit more effort, TIME could have answered its own question.

But, it still would not have come to the conclusion that may be a tad unbelievable for most people when it comes to “King Bibi.” And that is that Netanyahu, head of the most right wing, most Zionist government this country has ever seen, will go down in history as the one who brought about its demise.

Since he gained power in 2009, Netanyahu has become stronger and stronger – yet does less and less to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From the Bar-Ilan speech (where he committed to a two-state solution), through the blocking of the Palestinian unilateral declaration of independence at the UN last September (where he essentially killed the two-state solution) to the latest fiasco concerning the Ulpana neighbourhood and the promise to build 850 more units in the West Bank (and it’s this decision that truly shows his colors and vision for the future).

Even with a huge coalition of 94 Knesset members, Netanyahu has shown no intention of making any progress on the diplomatic front. Instead, he wastes his time managing the huge government, which has in a way become a Knesset within the Knesset. This is where he deals with the real forces of opposition. The “opposition” of 26 seats outside Bibi’s entity, led by Labor chief Shelly Yachimovich, is of no importance. In fact, with all the battles inside his coalition, he might be wondering if joining hands with Kadima was worth it. READ MORE


Hava on Monday

Hello there, I dont and cant know where you read these lines, in Novosibirsk or New York, the summer may already be there, too, as it is here in Berlin.

So for the coming week I leave you with this version that could be described as….sexy. Apparently, it’s a russian girl-band on their way to some award ceremony. The limousine ride must be dull, so the girls get bored and decide to sing to cheer things up.

Enjoy this one and send us links to your favourite Hava Nagila renditions!


The Story of Izzy…


Hava On Monday

Remember, I promised to bring you the good ones AND …some awful ones, too.

We had some real gems so far…

Now I wonder what you think about this one:

Why don’t you send us some links to your favourite Hava versions, folks?