Israellycool » Brian of London Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:00:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dodge Brothers Star Commercial Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:01:08 +0000 Watch this emotionally loaded car commercial, shed a tear and then questions at the end.

Did you catch it? At 1:13.

Dodge Brothers Car star of David

From the Jewniverse site:

In 1900, Horace Elgin Dodge and John Francis Dodge founded the Dodge Brothers Company. The brothers were not Jewish, but their original logo looked a lot like the Star of David. It was a circle with two interlocking triangles forming a six-pointed star. An interlocked “DB” was at the center of the star, and the words “Dodge Brothers Motor Vehicles” encircled the outside edge.

One popular belief was that the symbol was chosen to anger their competitor Henry Ford, a notorious anti-Semite, though the Dodge Brothers Club insists it wasn’t so: they were friends at the time. Plus, the club points out, the “Star of David” was not universally linked to Judaism when the logo first appeared in 1914.

The brothers died in 1920 and never explained their decision. The “DB” star was discontinued for the 1939 models, perhaps because the company believed certain export markets would not buy a car with the link to the Jewish symbol. The Club newsletter editor suggested the “emblem is also a ‘Solomon’s Seal’ sign of interconnected spirits, as the brothers were.” Or the triangles could be the Greek letter Delta (for Dodge), or it was modeled after a law-enforcement badge. Or maybe they just liked how it looked.

h/t to Brett on Facebook

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Chris Gunness Has More To Worry About Than UN Watch’s Funding Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:00:43 +0000 Chris Gunness set off a bit of a storm with the following tweet:

This led Hillel Neuer of UN Watch to appear at the WSJ:

It’s also helped spawn a petition asking for the UN Secretary General to investigate the impartiality at UNRWA. Something we agree with entirely here at Israellycool.

Investigate UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness for violating UNRWA’s Mandate


The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is one of the first agencies established by the United Nations to administer refugees, preceding even the creation of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The long history of UNRWA has long been built around its original mandate. The mandate, initially given by UN General Assembly Resolution 302 (IV), has been updated over the years. Today, UNRWA promises to deliver services as a “neutral human development agency”, according to Chris Gunness, a spokesperson at UNRWA [1].

Read the rest and sign the petition. It couldn’t happen to a nastier chap.

Belatedly Chris and UNRWA have now promised to fire somebody responsible for Jew hating cartoon displayed by an UNRWA school after first lying and denying every aspect of the story vociferously. Elder of Ziyon has been doggedly pursing Chris and UNRWA for this for a long time.

We shall see but I’m not holding my breath.

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Shirley Temper Is Real And Really Dangerous Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:35:19 +0000 ahed tamimi fb postJust my quick note on the Shirley Temper story: the soldier is real. How he came to separate form his unit and why it took them so long to get support back to him are as yet unknown. That shouldn’t have happened. 
He also wasn’t equipped for arrests and crowd control: where are his flexi-ties; he’s carrying a completely unsuitable and unwieldy weapon for example. Many have said using the general army for these highly instigated and controlled (by the other side) “riots” is wrong and we need the equivalent of an elite crowd control unit. I agree.

The boy with the allegedly broken arm is Shirley’s brother and the father claims his arm was broken (of course) by the IDF the day before. But of course the kid was still encouraged to go out the next day and throw rocks at the IDF. This is the core of the Palestinian child abuse problem.

So the incident is a combination of reality and Pallywood with the requisite number of NGO foreigners on hand to film and document everything for the world. Clearly everybody there knows the soldier will never use his gun unless they pull out a weapon. So they use little girls and the tears of women.

Avigdor Liberman had this to say:

Yisrael Beytenu party leader Avigdor Liberman responded to the video by demanding an urgent meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Liberman called on committee chair MK Tzahi Hanegbi (Likud) to convene a meeting as early as Sunday to discuss the IDF’s rules of engagement in the Nabi Salah area.

“We are talking about an incident which severely harms the deterrent capacity of the IDF,” Liberman said. “The pictures – which show an IDF soldier being hit by Palestinian women and children, and in the end giving up on (arresting) the rock-thrower who started the whole incident – broadcasts weakness and helplessness on the part of the IDF and Israel.”

“This is the end result of the feeble and stuttering conduct of the prime minister and defense minister, who also did not prevent the interrogation of the Binyamin Regional Commander Colonel Yisrael Shomer, and Lt. Colonel Neria Yeshurun,” he added, referring to two military commanders targeted by leftist NGOs who many feel were abandoned by the government.

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Israellycool Blocked And Unblocked By EE In The UK Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:58:15 +0000 ee_censor Edgar DavidsonLast summer I tried complaining to EE (one of the UK’s leading cellphone companies) when I was in the UK as I’d bought an EE sim and was shocked that Israellycool was blocked.

They seemed to have absolutely no facility for unblocking and were clueless on the phone as to what I was talking about. They didn’t understand that I was both a customer of their phone service and a blocked website owner.

What I believe is that they’re subscribing to one of the (many) sites that provide monitoring. These are prone to being gamed by the other side. It’s hard to know which list they’re using and very annoying.

Edgar Davidson is on this case now, if you’re in the UK and can help with lobbying please get in touch.

On 3 August I reported on EE’s censoring and blocking of pro-Israel websites on its UK Mobile network, while placing no such restrictions on any vicious anti-Israel sites. Despite having sent several emails to different departments in EE and a letter to Olaf Swantee ( the EE CEO) I have not even received an acknowledgement. And today I can confirm that things have got much worse. It is beyond doubt that a campaign of anti-Israel discrimination is taking place.

Here is what I discovered using EE 3G and 4G mobile network on an iphone with all the default security settings:

The following very popular and important sites are now blocked* whereas they were NOT previously

The following sites were previously blocked and remain blocked:

The following sites were previously blocked but are now unblocked (there was just one I could find):

Read more: Edgar Davidson: Update: Extent of EE’s blocking of pro-Israel websites has got MUCH worse

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WATCH: Three Jewish Girls Breaking Hearts Across Arab World Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:05:13 +0000 Three Yemeni Israeli Jews and they’re picking up fans all over the Arab world.

My friend Gavin Gross says this about the band:

I predict world domination for this Israeli band. “Habib Galbi” is their single with 1+ million hits on YouTube (and it was blasting out of a clothing store on Allenby yesterday).

A-WA is three Israeli Jewish sisters from a farming village in the Negev, with a Yemenite dad, who take traditional Arabic folk songs and add modern beats.

They have fans across the Arab world and were featured on the “Mipsterz” (Muslim Hipsters) Facebook page. There was even an article about them in Foreign Policy magazine earlier this year.

You can catch A-WA at The Barby in Tel Aviv on 15 September, with guests Balkan Beat Box. I saw them at their last big Barby show in May (sold out) and it was fantastic.

And lets face it, this post was worth it just for you to find out that there is Facebook page for Muslim Hipsters!

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This Day In History: Hebron Massacre (Of Jews) Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:57:31 +0000 Destroyed Synagogue Hebron 1929 001Long before the invention of the modern Arab Palestinian identity and long before Hebron was called an “Arab city in the West Bank”, Hebron was a city that pre-dates every living culture in the world and the site of the burial of the forefathers of Judaism.

When Arabs were incited to rise up and slaughter their Jewish neighbours in the city, the British, at first shocked, eventually sauntered in to tell the rest of the Jews to flee. No sense in trying to stop the Arabs, that would be too much effort for the British and rock too many boats.

The Jewish Virtual Library has a great page on this:

For many years, the small Jewish community in the ancient city of Hebron lived in peace with their tens of thousands of Arab neighbors. But, on the night of August 23, 1929, the tension simmering within this cauldron of nationalities bubbled over and for a period of three days, Hebron turned into a city of terror and murder as the Arab residents led a rampaging massacre against the bewildered and helpless Jewish community.

By the time the massacre ended, 67 Jews lay dead – their homes and synagogues destroyed – and the few hundred survivors were relocated to Jerusalem.  The aftermath left Hebron barren of Jews for the first time in hundreds of years.

This is video from Pathe from the region. It’s pretty underwhelming but notice how the British response to the massacre is to park a battleship off the coast of Haifa! I’m not entirely sure what Arabs in Hebron (about as far from the sea as it’s possible to get in Israel) would care about a battleship while they’re hacking Jews to death in the streets.

Destroyed Synagogue Hebron 1929 002There isn’t much doubt to the veracity of the history relating to this. It was thoroughly documented at the time.

On Friday, August 23, 1929, that tranquility was lost.

Arab youths began the riots by hurling rocks at the yeshiva students as they walked by. That afternoon, student Shmuel Rosenholtz went to the yeshiva alone. Arab rioters broke in to the building and killed him.  Rosenholtz’s was but the first of dozens of murders.

On Friday night, Rabbi Ya’acov Slonim’s son invited any Jews fearful of the worsening situation to stay in their family house. The rabbi was highly regarded in the community, and he kept a gun. Many of the Jews in the community took this offer for shelter.  Unfortunately, many of these people were eventually murdered there.

As early as 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning – the Jewish Sabbath – Arabs began to gather en masse around the Jewish community. They came in mobs, armed with clubs, knives and axes. While the women and children threw stones, the men ransacked Jewish houses and destroyed Jewish property. With only a single police officer in all of Hebron, the Arabs were able to enter Jewish courtyards with literally no opposition.

Jewish home plundered Hebron 1929 003Rabbi Slonim, who had tried to shelter the Jews, was approached by the rioters and offered a deal. If all the Ashkenazi yeshiva students were given over to the Arabs, the rioters would spare the lives of the Sephardi community.

Rabbi Slonim refused to turn over the students.  The Arabs killed him on the spot.

By the end of the massacre, 12 Sephardi Jews and 55 Ashkenazi Jews were murdered.

Read the whole thing and remember, we’re not fighting over modern occupation or anything new. We’re fighting just to live in any part of the land where Jewish peoplehood was born. And then consider the experiences of Daniel Borg in modern Hebron. The IDF are there to stop this happening again. Because it would if they weren’t there.

h/t to Arsen Ostrovsky and pictures from Israel Daily Picture.

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Great News! Israeli Mangoes On Sale In UK Sun, 23 Aug 2015 11:38:48 +0000 Just had a tip off that the amazing mangoes we have here in Israel are now available in Asda in the UK! I’ve had a few here since the season began and they’re delicious as always. And because they were grown here in Israel you can be sure that resource usage (mostly water) was amongst the most efficient in the world.

I’d like to thank Mohammed Ansar for the tip off and I’m happy to pass on this buying recommendation to all Israellycool readers! Please comment if you went out to buy a pack of mangoes after my post.

Somehow I don’t think Mo meant this to be an advert. Oh well. More #BDSFail

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Jew In Israel Shot In Head But Its Not News Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:02:13 +0000 On Facebook a friend is asking why the following story is receiving no outside attention:

Israeli Woman Miraculously Survives Jordanian Bullet to the Head

57-year-old feels ‘strong blow’ while with family at water park, only to discover she was shot from over the border.

Ruth Maman, a 57-year-old resident of Beit Shean in northern Israel near the Jordanian border, spent the weekend with her family in the Ganei Huga natural spring water park in the Beit Shean Valley – when she was suddenly shot in the head by an unknown assailant in Jordan.

Miraculously, despite suffering a bullet wound directly to the head, Maman was only lightly wounded.

Maman’s husband, who works as a lifeguard at the park, ordered a MagenDavid Adom (MDA) ambulance immediately, and she was evacuated to Haemek Hospital in nearby Afula.

There a CT scan of Maman found a bullet lodged in her head, apparently fired from a Kalashnikov assault rifle across the border in Jordan.

Maman’s daughter Liron told Israel Hayom that during the weekend, “mom felt a strong blow to the head. The first thought was that she was hit by a rock. We were shocked when the doctors told us that it was a rifle bullet, and we called up the police.”

“It’s ludicrous that a family comes to relax on Shabbat at a park and the event ends when someone gets shot in the head. Thank G-d, mom feels okay.”

A senior police source involved in the case revealed that “if the bullet had hit somewhere else, the woman would no longer be alive.”

A woman inside Israel is shot by someone in Jordan and this is not, apparently, news. Read it on Arutz7 (Israel National News).

If you’re shocked that this doesn’t warrant international news, share this story on Facebook and with your friends.

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And Did Those Feet, In Modern Times, Walk Upon Spain’s Festival Stage? #BDSFail Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:11:28 +0000 Hell yes. Matisyahu singing Jerusalem at this weekend’s Sunspalsh Festival. Suck it up BDS. This has to rank as the most epic #BDSFail in the long and distinguished history of #BDSFail.

Plenty of coverage in the pro-Israel world (Algemeiner, Legal Insurrection, Jewish Press, Jewlicious) about this whole debacle but what is interesting is the relative lack of coverage by such sites as the New York Times. Here are a couple of Matisyahu’s Facebook posts with the following text:

“Fan the flame in the name of Judah from the line of King David!” and

“Tonight was difficult but special. Thank you to everyone who made it possible! Every chance to make music is a blessing.”


Words not clear enough? Listen to this recording of Jerusalem. HT: Irene

And more: #BDSFail Matisyahu Rocks Rotomon, check out @Jewilious 


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Islington 140: Israel 149 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:51:14 +0000 The venerable British left leaning (but mostly Israel supporting) blog, Harry’s Place, has made an interesting observation about the terrorist loving leading candidate to take over the premiership of the British Labour Party. He’s the MP for Islington North.

Mentions of Israel on the Jeremy Corbyn website: 149

Mentions of Islington on the Jeremy Corbyn website: 140

We wish Britain the best of luck if this chap becomes leader of the opposition in a few weeks.

More details on Corbyn here.

If you want to read game, set and match on Corbyn associating with the vilest terror supporters then Louise Mensch has pretty much all you’ll ever need to see here.

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