Category Archives: Israel

Garlic: Not just for vampires and spaghetti

After an OCS chum said his wife’s doctor advised consuming garlic as a non-prescription hedge against Covid, I remembered an article that said Israeli consumption of garlic is second only per capita to China. The claim is that people who consume a lot of this pre-antibiotic folk remedy for infection, get bitten by fewer mosquitoes and generally stay healthy.

Reminds me of my Texas mother when we lived in Libya, in North Africa, when I was six. My 5-year-old sister and I liked to run barefoot through the dirt, which bothered mother no end. Whenever she caught us at it, she would turn to the lore of her Texas upbringing and make us eat a clove of garlic each to stave off the ringworm fungus, among other things. It was awful. So we worked hard not to get caught.

Tablet’s take on Colleyville

UPDATED

The FBI apparently did good work in freeing the hostages at Beth Israel, but, as usual, they were slow in releasing the name of the Muslim perp (UK citizen Malik Faisal Akram) who was killed in the process. And they denied any connection between his demand for the feds to release a convicted terrorist and his choice of taking hostages in a synagogue to make it.

Jacob Siegel, in a special report in Tablet Magazine’s emails but not, apparently, on Tablet’s site, reports that the terrorist, a Pakistani woman named Aafia Siddiqui, is well-known for being vocally anti-Jewish.

Siddiqui “…once wrote a letter to Barack Obama, according to Deborah Scroggins’ 2012 book ‘Wanted Women’ in which Siddiqui urged the former president: ‘Study the history of the Jews. They have always backstabbed everyone who has taken pity on them and made the fatal error of giving them shelter…This is why ‘holocausts’ keep happening to them repeatedly.’… During her federal trial in 2009, Siddiqui unsuccessfully petitioned the court to give jurors a DNA test to prove they were not Jewish.”

After her conviction and sentencing to 86 years for a mass-murder plot, Siddiqui said: “This is a verdict coming from Israel and not from America. That’s where the anger belongs.”

The Beth Israel takeover was not a happenstance but a clear continuation of the wars of radical Islam. And our own government’s potentially-fatal refusal to connect the dots in public.

Via Tablet Magazine

UPDATE: After President Biden called the hostage-taking an act of terror and antisemitism, the FBI updated its previous statement to this: “This is a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted, and is being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.”

Jew hatred rising

“The spike in incidents began around the Jewish High Holy Days in September. In three different dorms, there were many reports of prayer scrolls, known as mezuzahs, missing from dormitory doors.”

Indiana University is not the sort of school you’d think would have this problem. It’s sort of a canary in the coal mine, showing how widespread this hatred of achievement is becoming.

Via Instapundit

Ice Cream Politics

Proud to say (after they decided to stop selling their product in Judea and Samaria) I have never eaten Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Blue Bell, a Texas brand, is simply too good to try a competitor and I suspect they would always put sales before politics every time.,

In Biden’s America

“In Biden’s America, Jews are attacked on the street by Biden’s allies,”

—Kurt Schlichter via Twatter

UPDATE: The beat goes on.

RIP Snoopy

My good friend Snoopy the Goon, Israeli proprietor of the blog Simply Jews, passed away Nov. 27. Presumably from complications of high blood pressure and the side effects of a beastly drug he was taking for high cholesterol. You will be very much missed, Mr. Goon, by many of us who called you friend. Prayers are in order for his wife, children and grandchildren, who must now deal with their grief.

Fill The Void

Another good/great film story of Hassidic life, this time in Tel Aviv, unlike Shtisel which is in Jerusalem. But otherwise much the same, full of repressed emotion. A young girl’s decision to not-will-won’t-will marry her late sister’s husband, to keep her sister’s son in the immediate family.

The story ends so harshly, on the wedding night, with the girl, Israeli actress Hadas Yaron, who plays Libbi in Shtisel, backed into a corner in her wedding dress. Trembling, said several reviews, but I only noticed the trepidation on her face. And hoped her new husband would be kind.

Yaron won a best actress award for this role and it’s easy to see why.