Getting Our Jewish Rage On

With Muslims around the world showing their rage over the anti-Islam film, I’ve decided it’s time for us Jews to get enraged.

Here are some thing to stoke the fire:

1. iOS6 Apple Maps feature shows no capital city for the State of Israel

Apple’s new operating system iOS6 was released earlier this week, and one of the highly touted features is the addition of Apple Maps, but the new mapping feature fails to list Jersualem as the capital of Israel. In fact, according to the new Apple Maps application, Israel has no capital city.

The World Clock function, which allows users to pick a city and set the time on their device according to the local time zone, lists Jerusalem as a city with no affiliated country.

In the newly released Apple Maps, capital cities are noted with encircled 5-point stars, and Israel is the only country with no such notation.

2. Yoko Ono will give the Biennial Lennonono Grant For Peace to terror enabler Rachel Corrie

On October 9th, 2012, in Reykjavik, Iceland, Yoko Ono will give the Biennial LENNONONO GRANT FOR PEACE to five activists. This day also celebrates the birthday of John Lennon and his son Sean.

This year’s LENNONONO GRANT FOR PEACE recipients are:


3. French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has called for a ban on Jewish skullcaps in public

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen called Friday for a ban on the wearing of Muslim veils and Jewish skullcaps in public, adding to religious tensions sparked by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

In an interview with the newspaper Le Monde, Le Pen called for religious headwear to be banned “in stores, on public transport and on the streets.”

Asked whether the ban should apply to the Jewish skullcap, known as the kippah or yarmulke, as well as Muslim headwear, she said: “It is obvious that if the veil is banned, the kippah is banned in public as well

4. Nazi-themed striptease.

A NAZI-themed striptease being performed in Brisbane clubs has been slammed as “repulsive” by Queensland’s Jewish community amid warnings it’s becoming part of a trend towards shows glorifying the Third Reich.

The controversial burlesque show features a syringe-wielding, scantily-clad Nazi doctor with a swastika armband conducting scientific experiments on a pair of hooded girls.

Performed to a crowd of hundreds at the recent Dead of Winter festival at Brisbane’s Jubilee Hotel, the show is the brainchild of burlesque artist and model Ali Darling, 24, who adapted it from a Rob Zombie short film.

Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies president Jason Steinberg said featuring swastikas and other Nazi iconography in a burlesque performance was disrespectful and repulsive.

“It is offensive to the Jewish community – also it would be offensive to the majority of Queenslanders,” he said.

“It shouldn’t be acceptable in this day and age for someone to use Nazi symbols in a way that glorifies that era.”

He said there were still Holocaust survivors living in Queensland, and it was inappropriate for images from that era to be used in a burlesque show.

Aren’t you furious? 

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  • The Real Jerusalem Streets

    Guess it is really time to really rage, just think of all those trees that will be destroyed because of Jews writing more books and newspaper articles in response. Outrageous! We will keep trying to get those photos in Jerusalem, Israel.

  • Jim from Iowa

    I’ve thought for a long time now, that you Jews were way too rational and even-tempered. Yes, it’s about time you got your Jewish rage on! It’s way overdue. Consider these affronts to world Jewry:

    The producers of “Fiddler on the Roof” the seminal artistic treatment of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, chose a Canadian Methodist to direct the movie adaptation of this famous Broadway production! #JEWISH RAGE!

    The popular Jewish actor Adam Sandler has never even been nominated for an academy award let alone winning one in an industry well-known for Jewish influence. #JEWISH RAGE!

    The vast majority of Gentiles have only the vaguest of ideas when and which ones you Jews celebrate during the high holy days. Even Temple is picked to lose to Penn State during this period so important to the Jewish people. #JEWISH RAGE!

    • mzk1

      How about the fact that for years, major Jewish parts were only played by non-Jews. Even in the late, unlamented, “bridget love Bernie, Bernie was the Gentiles.

      You honestly think Fiddler on the Roof protrayed anything but the worldview of two assimalated Jews of the period? Although the movie was much better.

      • mzk1


  • mzk1

    Won’t work, not for us, not for Christians. When Chareidim demontrate, the press just shows the violent stuff. And I presume you know what happened in Migron. It all depends who is doing it.

    Also, they know we aren’t really likely to kill anyone. Or rape, for that matter. Both were done to the ambassador.

    The rationales that this wasn’t free speech (or more correctly, free press) were absolutely disgusting.

  • Inessa

    As for Non-Jews playing Jewish parts – that pretty much happens in all musical theatre. Do actors in The Mikado need to be Japanese? Should Les Miserables performers be French? Besides, it’s another example of the fact that we are givers. We create, and share it with the world.
    As for the film or play representing view of assimilated Jews, my grandparents lived in a small town in Ukraine, and I stayed with them as a small child. My great grandfather was a kosher butcher, and was like the mayor of town (also the mohel). I have to say, that years after revolution, and with no outward signs of Jewish practice (ie clothes, kippot), they still pretty much nailed the Jewish life in these towns. Besides, it was based fairly closely on Sholem Aleichem’s writing.

    • mzk1

      Interesting. Not going to agrue with someone who’s been there, but perhaps we’re looking at different things.

      I was referring more to the plays. The film actually took the jokes on the Rabbi to jokes by the Rabbi, used real prayers, and so forth.

      A female matchmaker (pretty much unheard of there, in fact it Hebrew you have to say “Shadchanit”), mixed dancing “is not exactly forbidden” (only by every book on the subject ever written, and I agree it was becoming an issue), and the crowning point, intermarriage as the one thing that was unacceptable, very much in the spirit of the US at the time the play was written.

      I will admit that the latter – with Chava, which translates to “Eve” – was in the original stories, but while in the play Chave asks him to accept her intermarriage, in the story she runs away from her gentile husband and asks her father to take her back, which (it is inferred, he won’t say) he refuses to do, and leaves his deaughter (who to him his dead, he’s seen a ghost, so to speak) in the forest.

      • mzk1

        By the way, as written on Shalom Rabinowitz’ gravestone, he wrote for those who read Yiddish as opposed to Hebrew, which meant the commmon people and women. Thus he wrote sob stories.

        In the stories, one of his daughters marries a rich man, who sends the revolutionary to Japan to take care of his business there, so as not to be an emabarrasment. He is going to send Tevye to Israel (same reason), but then he loses all his money and he goes to America “where the poor people go”. Motel the Tailor dies of the “tailor’s disease” (TB?), and his eldest comes to live with him with the baby. Another daughter kills herself.

        At the end of the series, as they are preparing to leave and wander all over Russia,(Golde having, in Tevye’s words, the good sense to die first) his eldest brings home Chava, and he finally takes back his repentant daughter. Not quite like the play or the movie.

        And of course the title is just from a Chagall painting, and puzzling if you haven’t seen it.

        • Inessa

          Actually, all the Jewish people in the villages only spoke in Yiddish. Hebrew wasn’t really taught as a language, rather the Talmud was taught in heder to boys. Children were forbidden from going to schools with Russian children, and the Jewish schools were fully conducted in Yiddish. They were allowed to join high school with Russian children (more like college) and had to then learn Russian to go to this. So it would be appropriate for literature and plays to be written in the language of the people.

      • Inessa

        Intermarriage was the one thing that was unacceptable in Russia, even more than in US. The religion went pretty quickly, but the Jewish identity remained. For example, in just 70 years, since revolution, my grandparents completely abandoned any concept of shabbat, kashrut, but they only spoke Yiddish to each other, and everyone in their town knew if they belonged to Ukrainians or Jews. They mixed, but not blended. As for intermarriage, I grew up, an only child, knowing that if I married someone non-Jewish, my mother would sit shiva for me.

    • mzk1

      By the way, the part I most liked in the play was the song “Do you love me”, which I think pretty much nails the Jewish attitude towards love (certainly mine). And the throwaway line about the prayer for the Czar is actually a good description of the traditional prayer for the government, if you look at the double meanings. In my opinion we should say it here in Israel also, both those who use the new paryer and those who don’t say one at all.

  • Mike 71

    Re: the “Lenin-Ono” grant for peace:

    Rachel Corrie did her part to reduce the incidence of stupidity in the human gene pool!

    Bulldozer: 1; Useful Idiot: 0

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