It’s going to be a mixed bag of goods this week.
Since my last post, a three-month-old Jewish baby, Haya Ziessel Braun, has been murdered in Jerusalem by a “Palestinian” terrorist, who deliberately rammed his vehicle into a crowd of people waiting at a Jerusalem Light Rail stop; four days later, one of the many injured in the cowardly attack, a young woman from Ecuador, Karen Yemima Mosquera, who had recently discovered her family’s Jewish roots and who had come to Jerusalem in order to learn more about the faith of her ancestors and to formally convert to Judaism, died of her injuries; the day before yesterday, another “Palestinian” terrorist attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick, an activist for the restoration of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount.
Haya Ziessel’s parents had been trying for years to have a baby. They only got to hold her in their arms and enjoy her sweet smile for three-months before she was brutally snatched from them.
Karen Yemima had come to Israel, ahead of her mother and sister, to light the way for them so that they, too, could eventually come to Israel and reclaim their Jewish heritage. But, instead, what brought them to the land of their fathers was their daughter’s funeral.
The cowardly terrorist who murdered a three-month-old baby and an innocent young girl, was shot by police as he attempted to escape on foot from the scene of the carnage and later, succumbed to his wounds.
And how did the mass media present the story to the public?
The Guardian (no surprises here) referred to it as a “car crash”.
The BBC (again, no surprises – the Beeb’s anti-Israel bias is notorious) chose to portray the attack as a simple traffic accident with “Nine hurt as car hits pedestrians at Jerusalem station” – which at least had the slight merit of headlining the injuries caused to the victims, unlike AP, whose initial headline (albeit corrected later) screamed: “Israeli Police Shoot Man in East Jerusalem” – a reference to the shooting of the terrorist as he attempted to make his getaway, which completely ignored the terrorist outrage itself.
Agence France Presse, in a headline taken up by other media outlets, went with “Jerusalem driver shot after ramming pedestrians“, making it seem as if the shooting was merely an over-reaction to a traffic accident.
The vicious anti-Israel bias of large segments of the world press has been covered by such important monitors as “Honest Reporting” and “Commentary” and I see no need to enlarge further.
The bias of some of our own, Israeli media outlets regarding the attempted murder of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick also aroused my ire. I suppose it’s hardly surprising that our “friends” at the Guardian should refer to him as a “far-right rabbi“, but it makes my stomach turn when the (far-left) Ha’aretz describes Rabbi Glick in their headline as a “prominent US-born right-wing activist” as if to imply that he is some kind of foreign-born colonist, with no right to be in Israel, let alone the Temple Mount. However, given the general extreme left-wing, anti-Zionist tone of what was once a respected newspaper, I am not too surprised at this, either. But why is the same terminology adopted by supposedly middle-of-the-road media such as the Jerusalem Post and Ynet?
Rabbi Yehuda Glick advocates the right of both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. He is not some kind of anti-Muslim fanatic who favours preventing Muslims from praying on the Temple Mount, as this video-clip of him praying together with Muslims should make abundantly clear:
In fact, Rabbi Glick’s vision for the Temple Mount, is of a Jewish place of worship side by side with the Muslim one, because, as we read in Isaiah 56:7, “My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all nations.”
There have been some good things, this past week though. On Tuesday, I began a course at the Open University entitled: “A Journey in the Pathways of the Bible”. This is a course of study which is designed, over the next three and a half years, to cover the whole of the Hebrew Bible and which is taught by Rabbi Dr. Benny Lau. Right from the start, I found it fascinating and I am happy to think that I have this to look forward to every second Tuesday 🙂 .
On Wednesday, my choir – the Jerusalem Oratorio Choir – hosted the Adash Choir from the Czech Republic. This is a women’s choir comprised of students from Ostrava University and the name “Adash” is an acronym of Ivrit Derech Shira – Hebrew Through Song – so-called because the choir’s conductor and musical director, Dr. Tomáš Novotný, uses Hebrew songs to teach the Hebrew language. As far as I understand it, the students are all non-Jews, so it makes me doubly happy, when we hear of the rise in antisemitism throughout Europe, to know that there are still many people of goodwill out there, who love Israel. Anyway, as long as we can welcome such musical ambassadors here, with their wonderful voices, who needs antisemitic little turds such as Roger Waters?
And now to my final item. It’s a pity I couldn’t write this last week, when the weekly parsha (Torah portion) was Noach (Noah), but it makes me glad all the same. It rained heavily during the night and when I awoke at about six o’clock this morning, this was the sight that greeted my eyes.
Besides the fact that we badly need rain here in Israel, there is something about a rainbow that always inspires hope.
Shabbat Shalom to you all.