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Eliyahu Hanavi

אֵלִיָהוּ הַנָבִיא, אֵלִיָהוּ הַתִּשְׁבִּי, אֵלִיָהוּ הַגִלְעָדִי בִּמְהֵרָה יָבוֹא אֵלֵינוּ עִם מָשִׁיחַ בֶּן דָוִד

Eliyahu Hanavie, Eliyahu Hatishbi, Elyahu Hagiladi, Bimherah Yavo Elenu Im Mashiach Ben David.

Elijah the Prophet, Elijah the Tishbite, Elijah the Giladite, May he soon come to us, with Mashiach (messiah) the son of David.

Please ignore the automated translation.

This is the melody of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.

India is the most racist country in the world.

1. India 43.6 64.3
2 Lebanon 36.3 64.4
3 Bahrain 31.1 85.7
4 Libya 54.0 33.5
5 Egypt N/A 39.7
6 Philippines 30.6 49.1
7 Kuwait 28.1 37.9
8 Palestine 44.0 32.0
9 South Africa 19.6 61.8
10 South Korea 29.6 36.5



Anglo and Latin countries most tolerant.
India and Jordan by far the least tolerant.
Wide, interesting variation across Europe.
The Middle East not so tolerant. (Except Israel)
Racial tolerance low in diverse Asian countries.
South Korea, not very tolerant, is an outlier.
Pakistan, remarkably tolerant, also an outlier.


El Chapo: gun battles erupt in Mexican city after arrest of drug boss's son

Intense fighting has erupted in the Mexican city of Culiacán, where masked gunmen threw up burning barricades and traded gunfire with security forces after the arrest of one of the sons of the jailed former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Images shared on social media showed trucks with mounted heavy machine guns patrolling the city streets. Another clip showed a gunman with an assault rifle shooting at an unknown target against a soundtrack of continuous gunfire.

Local media also reported that at least one of the main roads out of the city towards the port of Mazatlán was blocked by a barricade of burning trucks, while others were closed by the army.

The battles raged for several hours before the security and public protection secretary, Alfonso Durazo, read a written statement confirming the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán López, one of the infamous drug baron’s lesser-known sons.


The United Nations won't even call Turkey an occupying power

The only country that earns that distinction is Israel.

Unsettled: A Global Study Of Settlements In Occupied Territories

The ongoing Turkish occupation of northern Cyprus constitutes one of the most substantial settlement enterprises today, and is particularly notable in that it takes place within the territory of the European Union. The majority of the territory’s population now consists of settlers, with a substantial ongoing influx (which does not appear to be the case in Western Sahara). Settlers have received substantial assistance and incentives from the Turkish government, though the extent of inducement has varied over time. Moreover, the influx of settlers has been at a direct cost of displacement and dispossession of the prior Greek inhabitants.

Despite this, no international organization and no state (aside from the Republic of Cyprus)140 have described the settlement program as a violation of the Geneva Convention, or otherwise illegal.141 Similarly, the ICC prosecutor is authorized to—and has been asked by Cypriot refugees—to investigate war crimes on the island dating back to 2002, but apparently the Turkish settlement project has not merited her attention (see Kontorovich 2014).

This is particularly notable because the European Union is an active and consistent critic of what it sees as illegal settlement activity elsewhere, but it has not used similar expressions regarding the legality of Turkish settlement activity in European territory. It is particularly notable that issues of legality under the Geneva Conventions have not been raised, because the Turkish invasion itself, as well as the settler influx, has been subject to criticism. One cannot say the international community overlooked the issue, or that countries were silent for political reasons. Thus, proposals to condemn Turkish settlement activity have repeatedly been raised at in the EU Parliament and other bodies, but have not been adopted. For example, both the UN General Assembly and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have raised the issue of Turkish settlement activities,142 but have not said they violate international law. Indeed, PACE (the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) has suggested that it is a purely political, rather than a legal problem, as it called on the “Turkish-Cypriot administration” to “keep the arrival of aliens … under control,” as opposed to banning it.143

Finally, the fate of Turkish settlers received considerable attention in the UN-backed peace proposals for the island. Despite significant Greek Cypriot insistence on the removal of at least a substantial portion of settlers, the various proposals did not directly require the removal of any settlers, and instead required that the majority receive citizenship in a unified Cyprus, with the remainder being able to stay as residents. That the UN rejected more aggressive removal ideas at the expense of Greek support for the deal again emphasizes the lack of an evident international understanding that such removal is a legal obligation.


Israeli flag defaced with swastika found at Cape Cod synagogue

BOSTON (JTA) — An Israeli flag defaced with a swastika and white supremacist symbols was found on the grounds of a Cape Cod synagogue hours after the end of Yom Kippur.

Police are investigating the incident at Falmouth Jewish Congregation after being notified by the synagogue’s rabbi, Elias Lieberman, who found the flag on Thursday morning, the Cape Cod Times reported.

Lieberman said the incident occurred between the end of Yom Kippur on Wednesday night and the following morning. He believes the defaced flag, spray painted with a red swastika over the flag’s Star of David and with the numbers 14 and 88, symbols that refer to Hitler and white supremacy, may have been left elsewhere, perhaps in the synagogue’s courtyard, and was blown to the bushes by wind.



Enes Kanter: I will not be silenced over Turkey

"Go to your father’s mosque. You’re a traitor!” yelled one of the protesters who came to harass me as I was leaving a mosque after my Friday prayer service in Boston last week. As an outspoken critic of authoritarian president Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, it’s what I’ve come to expect.

As soon as my fellow Celtics teammate, Tacko Fall, and I left the mosque, several people, apparently sympathizers of Erdogan, called me names and harassed me. Other worshippers defended me at an hour when we celebrate peace and say prayers.

This is not an isolated incident. It came less than two weeks after Turkish ministers gathered with members of the Turkish community in New York, where they bragged about canceling my events and chasing me down in the United States. Turkish ministers encouraged them to keep it up.


Lakers' LeBron James on NBA's China controversy


South Korea mourns untimely death of K-pop star Sulli

On Monday, police announced that Sulli, a former member of the South Korean girl group f(x), had died at her home. The star's manager had gone to the residence in Seongnam, just south of the capital, Seoul, after the 25-year-old stopped answering phone calls for several hours.

"The investigation is ongoing, and we won't make presumptions about the cause of death," said Kim Seong-tae, an official from the Sujeong district police department in Seongnam, who added that security camera footage at Sulli's home showed no signs of an intrusion.


Distorting Ben-Gurion

It is only recently that David Ben-Gurion ceased to be, for the sake of the official record books, Israel's longest-serving prime minister. That honor now belongs to Benjamin Netanyahu, even as his political future becomes ever more uncertain. Ben-Gurion's stature as Israel's founding father, however, would seem to be eminently secure, given his crucial, perhaps indispensable, role in salvaging the Jewish people from political oblivion and reinstating it in its ancestral homeland.

A host of biographies over the years—largely complimentary though by no means uncritical—have recorded the details of Ben-Gurion's busy life without diminishing his almost ­mythological status. Still, a group of "revisionist" Israeli academics and journalists seem determined to tarnish his reputation as part of their ­decades-long project to reinterpret Israel's founding period. Tom Segev's A State at Any Cost is the latest such effort.


The truth is that, far from seeking to dispossess the Palestinian Arabs as claimed by Segev, the Zionist movement had always been amenable to the existence of a substantial Arab minority in the prospective Jewish state. No less than Ze'ev Jabotinsky, founder of the faction that was the forebear of today's Likud Party, voiced his readiness (in a famous 1923 essay) "to take an oath binding ourselves and our descendants that we shall never do anything contrary to the principle of equal rights, and that we shall never try to eject anyone." And if this was the position of the more "militant" faction of the Jewish national movement, small wonder that mainstream Zionism took for granted the full equality of the Arab minority in the prospective Jewish state.

Ben-Gurion himself argued as early as 1918 that "had Zionism desired to evict the inhabitants of Palestine it would have been a dangerous utopia and a harmful, reactionary mirage." And as late as December 1947, shortly after Palestinian Arabs had unleashed wholesale violence to subvert the newly passed United Nations partition resolution, he told his Labor Party that "in our state there will be non-Jews as well—and all of them will be equal citizens; equal in everything without any exception; that is: the state will be their state as well." In line with this conception, committees laying the groundwork for the nascent Jewish state discussed the establishment of an Arabic-language press, the incorporation of Arab officials in the administration, and Arab-Jewish cultural interaction.



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