Action – not platitudes– is required from Jordan’s King Abdullah

Jordan’s King Abdullah continues to engage in platitudes but does nothing to help resolve the Arab-Jewish conflict. Opinion.

David Singer, Feb 19 , 2021 1:30 PM Share
Dry Bones: Abdullah does nothing

Dry Bones: Abdullah does nothing Y. Kirschen

Jordan’s King Abdullah continues to engage in platitudes – rather than concrete action – as he pontificates but does nothing to help resolve the 100 years-old Arab-Jewish conflict.

Jordan – called Transjordan between 1922 and 1949:

  • Comprises 78% of the territory of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine
  • Is the key to resolving the long-running conflict.

Abdullah recently repeated one of his favourite mantras – insisting that peace should be:

“based on the two-state solution that guarantees the establishment of an independent, sovereign, and viable Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living in peace and security alongside Israel, in accordance with international law, recognized terms of reference, and the Arab Peace Initiative.”

This solution could have been implemented at any time between 1948 and 1967 after Transjordan had conquered and occupied East Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (aka the ‘West Bank’ since 1950):

Driving out all the Jews living there and refusing to allow their return and

  • Unifying those territories with Transjordan into a single territorial entity – renamed “Jordan”.
  • That 19 years window of opportunity was squandered after Jordan lost those territories to Israel in the 1967 Six Day War. That opportunity is not going to return – no matter how many times Abdullah continues to repeat it as the solution.

Abdullah also asserts:

“The Palestinian cause is central to Jordan, and we continue to stand alongside our Palestinian brethren with all our power and capabilities as they seek to gain their just and legitimate rights. We are constantly communicating and coordinating with them in this regard”

Talk is cheap – action is necessary.

Abdullah could with the stroke of a pen – preferably with Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) approval – restore Jordanian citizenship to his “Palestinian brethren” living in the West Bank – a status they enjoyed from 1950 until Jordan revoked their citizenship on 28 July 1988 under article 2 of the Jordan: Disengagement Regulations for the Year 1988:

“Every person residing in the West Bank before the date of 31/7/1988 will be considered as Palestinian citizen and not as Jordanian.”

Restoring Jordanian citizenship to ‘West Bank’ Arabs opens the way to a far more realistic and attainable solution than creating another Arab State between Jordan and Israel: The territorial subdivision of Judea and Samaria (‘West Bank’) between Israel and Jordan as the two successor States to the Mandate for Palestine.

This solution would accord with the policy of the PLO enunciated in its founding 1964 Charter:

“Article 24. This Organization does not exercise any regional sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the Gaza Strip or the Himmah Area. Its activities will be on the national popular level in the liberational, organizational, political and financial fields.”

The present special role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Muslim Holy shrines in Jerusalem under Article 2 (3) of the 1994 Washington Declaration signed between Israel, Jordan and the United States would become permanent.

Distinguishing between Arabs living in the ‘West Bank’ and Arabs living in Jordan is an artificial construct that has no basis in history, geography or demography. They are one and the same people – not two separate nations.

Abdullah should stop sermonizing, roll up his sleeves and continue the work of Arab-Jewish reconciliation which has now seen Peace Treaties or diplomatic engagements between Israel and:

  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Bahrein
  • Morocco
  • Sudan

Compromise between Israel and Jordan on the future sovereignty of the ‘West Bank’ is the achievable way forward. The finishing line could be coming into sight if King Abdullah keep his eyes – and mind – open to this solution.

Author’s note: The cartoon – commissioned exclusively for this article — is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”- one of Israel’s foremost political and social commentators – whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and international media publications for decades. His cartoons can be viewed at Drybonesblog

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Canada is Being Misled on UNRWA Materials

B’nai Brith Canada <communications@bnaibrith.ca>

To:johnhummasti@yahoo.com

Thu, Feb 18 at 12:44 PM

Canada is Being Misled on
An image of an UNRWA building in the Gaza Strip (JNS) Feb. 18, 2021
OTTAWA – B’nai Brith Canada is urging the Government of Canada to immediately freeze its support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), after fresh revelations about its school materials have proved that the United Nations agency misled its donors, including Canada.
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In January, The Honourable Karina Gould, Canada’s Minister for International Development, announced an investigation after discovering that UNRWA was using textbooks that promoted violence and erased Israel from the map. UNRWA’s Commissioner-General, Philippe Lazzarini, claimed at the time that the materials were distributed “mistakenly” and “quickly replaced with content that adheres to UN values.”
But a new report released by the IMPACT-se monitoring group shows this to be untrue. In fact, UNRWA continues to use materials that erase Israel from its maps, describe cities such as Ramla in Israel proper as “occupied” and “Palestinian,” and encourage children to wage jihad against “the Occupation” and “the Enemy.”
Students are even asked to conjugate phrases such as “pieces of corpses,” “jihad is the road of glory” and “walking with a limp excuses its owner from jihad.”
More disturbingly, some of the violent material was not adapted from Palestinian Authority textbooks, but created by UNRWA-trained educators and does not appear in textbooks issued by the Palestinian Authority. The Government of Canada pledged $90 million in funding for UNRWA over three years in December of 2020.
B’nai Brith has repeatedly warned that this funding faces the possibility of misuse and that the onus is on Canada to ensure that this does not happen.
“These fresh revelations demonstrate beyond all doubt that the most recent ‘lapses’ are not a one-time error and that UNRWA cannot be trusted to monitor its own materials,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “UNRWA is trying to take advantage of the Canadian government and Canadian taxpayers, and the only fitting response is to freeze funding.
“UNRWA has always said they have no choice but to teach the curriculum provided by the Palestinian Authority and has guardrails in place to ensure conformity with UN values. This is clearly not the case. No school in Canada would be permitted to use materials like these – so why should Canadians be asked to help finance such hatred abroad?”
Of the world’s refugees, one group the Palestinians is treated entirely differently from all others who are assisted by the UN High Commission for Refugees. UNHCR estimates that, over five decades, it has assisted 50 million refugees “to help restart their lives.”
The 1951 Refugee Convention explicitly does not apply to Palestinians, who fall within the purview of UNRWA. There is no equivalent UN body for anyone else in the world.
The definition of a refugee under the UNRWA mandate is also unique. It covers all descendants on the father’s side, without limit, of those deemed refugees in 1948. This helps explain why the original 720,000 refugees from the 1947-1948 period of war against the founding of the State of Israel now number close to 6 million according to UNRWA itself.
Unlike the UNHCR, UNRWA does not seek to solve the Palestinian refugee problem, but rather to perpetuate it as a political weapon against Israel by, among other things, insisting on a claim of the “right of return” to the Jewish state for those uniquely designated as Palestinian refugees.
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Assassinated Terror Boss Spied on Iran’s Jews

IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qasem Soleimani (IRNA)

Qasem Soleimani

Feb 18, 2021

Iranian General Qasem Soleimani set up a network to spy on Iran’s Jewish community.

By Yakir Benzion, United With Israel

Assassinated Iranian general Qasem Soleimani wasn’t just out to wreak havoc across the region. It turns out the man described by former President Trump as “the world’s top terrorist” also the created terror in his own country, establishing centers to spy on Iran’s Jewish population, the watchdog organization MEMRI reported this week.

In a program earlier this month on Noor TV, the Iranian regime’s Islamic scholar Ahmed Abedi said Soleimani had invested resources inside Iran to spy on the Jewish community in order to make sure none of them were working on behalf of Israel.

“Regarding the Jews in this country who spy for Israel, [Soleimani] established centers for monitoring the Zionist spies. He established many such centers,” said Abedi, whose comments were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), an organization that monitors foreign broadcasts in Arabic and Persian and translates them into English for audiences who would otherwise never know what was really being said.

Soleimani was killed in January of 2020 in a drone attack by the U.S. Air Force, taking out the commander of the Quds force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that has been sowing destruction across the region through Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Soleimani was also the brains behind attacks by Iran’s various proxy militias, was suspected of being the commander behind the killing of over 600 Americans in the Middle East over the years, and had planned mass destruction attacks on Israel.

Jews have lived in Iran for thousands of years. Hundreds of thousands fled the country after the Islamic revolution have remained in Iran – a tiny oppressed minority in a country with a population of nearly 83 million.

Abedi’s comments on Soleimani confirmed that the government in Tehran suspects everybody and anybody in the Jewish community of being a spy for Israel.

Trying to butter up Soleimani’s legacy, Abedi told his followers that the dead general was the one who helped the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon dig an attack tunnel under the Israeli border that would have allowed Hezbollah terrorists to stream into Israel.

Abedi admitted that “the Zionists exposed that tunnel,” but he failed to add that the IDF discovered and destroyed all the Hezbollah tunnels under the border into Israel, an embarrassment to Soleimani who had invested tens of millions of dollars into their construction.

Kuwaiti Singer Announces Conversion to Judaism

The brave performer, who was inspired by Israeli music, isn’t letting anyone stop her from living the life she wants. 

Kuwaiti singer and actress Ibtisam Hamid, better known as Basma al-Kuwaiti, caused an uproar in the Arab world after she posted a video on her social networks announcing that she converted to Judaism.

She even has received death threats.

But Hamid isn’t letting hate stop her from doing what she wants. In an interview, she discusses how her conversion to Judaism was inspired by Israeli music and sends a message to her detractors.

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This Week’s Parsha – Terumah

The numerology of the Mishkan teaches us the laws and story of Am Yisrael – for instance we see that the measurements of the three walls, the planks, sockets and bars, the pillars, screen and the loops of the Mishkan correspond to the 50 days between Pesach and Shavuoth, the 10 “bad” spies correspond to the height of the Mishkan, the 6 Orders of the Mishnah correspond to the 6 planks on the Western end of the Mishkan, the 5 Books of the Torah correspond to the 5 bars (as well as the 5 pillars), the 4 Matriarchs correspond to the 4 pillars, the 3 Patriarchs correspond to 3 walls of shittim wood, the 2 Tablets correspond to the 2 silver sockets (for a total of 40 sockets corresponding to the 40 days and nights Moshe spent on Har Sinai); and where the passuk (Shmoth – Exodus 26.6) says, “so that it become 1” corresponds to the Oneness of the Holy One, as the passuk (Zechariah 14.9) says: “On that day His Name shall be One!” Also the passuk [Habakkuk 2.14] says “For the earth shall be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the L-RD, As the waters cover the sea.” and also [Jeremiah 31.34], “and they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying: ‘Know the L-RD’; for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the L-RD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more.”

And there are many other instances where the numerology of the Mishkan correspond to the People of Yisrael and Laws of the Torah.

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Of course this is the crux of their conversation. While their life might seem better after leaving behind an aimless secular lifestyle and becoming a committed follower of Jesus – the rabbi points out that this has nothing to do with Judaism.

Their discussion covers many of the points that will often come up in such conversations, including the topic of the Messiah and how we are forgiven for our transgressions. The rabbi responds to each of the challenges raised, but most importantly, seeks to plant seeds for consideration that will lead to further exploration by the Jew for Jesus.

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It is easy to disprove Christian theology: The Torah says plainly “G-D is not man, nor the son of man!” Jesus was a false prophet who claimed to be “the son of man” and made a false prophesy about the Kingdom being restored “before the death of his disciples” (Matthew 16.28) – that did not happen as Acts 1.6-7 demonstrates so we classify him according to Deuteronomy 13 as a nevi sheker (a false prophet)! End of story

RE: Notice of Legal Action – Pakistan Penal Code § 295C

RE: Notice of Legal Action – Pakistan Penal Code § 295C

Yahoo/Sent

John Hummasti <johnhummasti@yahoo.com>

To: twitter-legal@twitter.com

Sun, Feb 14 at 12:34 PM

B”H

To Whom It May Concern:
Shalom. This is notice that I will be pursuing legal action in the
US District Court in regards to your email of 5 January 2021 wherein you assert that Pakistan claims the content of my twitter posting (in relationship to twitter censoring “Star of David” content)
@ https://twitter.com/JohnHummasti/status/1285990439263145986 violates Pakistan Law.
My research indicates that the law of Pakistan I am alleged to have violated is § 295C, which carries the death penalty.

Use of derogatory remarks, spoken, written, directly or indirectly, etc. defiles the name of Muhammad or other Prophet(s) 1986Mandatory Death and fine (Feb. 1990[31]) Trial must take place in a Court of Session with a Muslim judge presiding.[32]

Because this alleged offense carries with it the death penalty and the United States has an extradition treaty with Pakistan; whether you respond or not, I will be pursuing legal action to protect my right to free speech under the First Amendment.
In the interests of justice, please provide me with the name or agency in or of Pakistan who lodged a complaint with twitter in regards to the above mentioned posting. I do not wish to file a complaint against twitter to compel disclosure of the identity of the person or agency in Pakistan whom I’ve allegedly offended. This request is a simple one….

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
Yochanan Ezra ben Avraham

(John Mauritz Hummasti)

503-327-4268

Pakistan Blasphemy Law?

B”H

Twitter Legal:

Shalom.

I am writing in response to your email claiming my twitter posting violates Pakistan Law. Just who or what agency within Pakistan claims my posting violates Pakistan Law?
As I understand American Law, my posting
<https://twitter.com/JohnHummasti/status/1285990439263145986>
is protected free speech under the First Amendment. This is true because Islamic sources state that Muhammad had sex with Aisha when she was nine years old which in Western Society is classified as pedophilia.

See Hadith Sahih al Bukhari vol. 7, #65: “Narrated Aisha that the prophet wrote the marriage contract with her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old. […].”
The Hadith of Bukhari, volume 5, #234,

The Hadith of Muslim, volume 2, #3309
The Hadith of the Sunan of Abu Dawud, volume 2, #2116

“The History of Tabari”, volume 9, page 131

Since you informed me of the position Pakistan has taken I’ve read up on Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws and now I understand Pakistan Law my posting violates § 295C

Use of derogatory remarks, spoken, written, directly or indirectly, etc. defiles the name of Muhammad or other Prophet(s) 1986Mandatory Death and fine (Feb. 1990[31]) Trial must take place in a Court of Session with a Muslim judge presiding.[32]

Please inform me as to who or whom in Pakistan is making this allegation so that I can take proper legal action.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
Yochanan Ezra ben Avraham

(John Mauritz Hummasti)

503-327-4268

“They perceived G-d, and they ate and they drank!”

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“They perceived G-d, and they ate and they drank!”
(Exodus 24:11) Shevat 30, 5781/February 12, 2021

It’s only natural if we all got a little swept away last week as we read about – and stood at – Mount Sinai, and in the midst of the smoke and fire, the lightning and thunder, the sound of the shofar, and the shaking of the earth, received the Ten Commandments directly from G-d’s mouth to our hearts. After all, it was only a once in a forever experience, one that our sages assure us, we were all present for. But now its time to come down from our emotional and sensual and spiritual high, and get grounded again.

The closing commandment of last week’s parashat Yitro, building an altar of earth, was the first suggestion that the Torah that we have only begun to receive will be a Torah of this earth. That is, a covenant between man and G-d which will unfold and be fulfilled by what we do – you and me – here, in this life, on this earth.

This week’s Torah reading, Mishpatim, literally, “laws,” further grounds us. The laws being delineated here are, almost in their entirety, laws that concern man’s relationship with his fellow man, that is, “civil law.” Laws dealing with ownership, liability, damages, theft, injury, murder, manslaughter, and so on, and all the critical nuances which need to be considered in each instance.

These are laws that we can wrap our brains around, laws that define our social and civil conduct, unlike commandments known as Chukim, which involve dietary laws and ritual practices, and define our relationship with G-d. It seems like a hard landing after the glorious high of Mount Sinai.

After having opened up His heavens for us, we might have expected G-d to get right down to the nitty gritty details of the Tabernacle and the priesthood and the offerings. After having gotten our attention why does the Torah refocus us on our own communal life down here on earth? The fact is our life here on earth, how we treat one another, how we govern ourselves and how we deal responsibly with our inevitable failings, is G-d’s chief concern.

He created this world for us, and He wants us to live in, prosper and share this beautiful creation with one another. Only when we have set the ground rules for our lives together on earth can Torah proceed to phase two of G-d’s covenant with Israel: the creation of a spacial and temporal reality by which G-d can rest His presence among us.

In other words, the building of a Tabernacle and future Holy Temple. First things first! Only when Israel is dwelling in unity and at peace with itself can an environment exist into which G-d can possibly rest His presence. To create this social tranquility we have mishpatim – civil law. And this is why the first thing G-d shares with Moshe and Israel, following the Ten Commandments, are the commandments mapping out these essential laws.

But parashat Mishpatim isn’t just about these necessary, yet, perhaps, dry laws. Following the laying down of these laws, Torah refocuses on Mount Sinai, reprising Israel’s unanimous commitment to Torah, “All that HaShem has spoken we will do and we will hear,” (Exodus 24:7) and describes the twelve monuments that Moshe had built for the twelve tribes of Israel, the offerings made on the altar and the casting of blood onto the altar and into the basins.

We are back at Sinai, and now it is Israel’s turn to pull out all the stops and to express our love for G-d, our thrill over receiving Torah and our eternal commitment to keeping its every law and statute. And then, very briefly, and just before the parasha ends and Moshe ascends Sinai and enters into his forty day and forty night seclusion with G-d, Torah treats us to a breathtaking encounter, sharing with us the vision of “Moshe and Aharon, Nadav and Avihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel who ascended, and they perceived the G-d of Israel, and beneath His feet was like the forming of a sapphire brick and like the appearance of the heavens for clarity.” (ibid 24:9-10)

Majestically describing the indescribable, Torah seems to be assuring us that life here on earth, at the foot of Mount Sinai, and not in its clouded peak, can nevertheless be a visionary and spiritual life, tedious civil laws notwithstanding. To make this message crystal clear, Torah closes this story with the words, “And upon the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand, and they perceived G-d, and they ate and they drank.” (ibid 24:11)

Accessing a profound comprehension of G-d’s infinite perfection does not preclude either the physical necessity of eating or drinking, nor the spiritual potential of eating and drinking when done in full consciousness of G-d’s presence in our lives.

It is little wonder that the children of Israel’s holidays and spiritual occasions inevitably involve eating and drinking, even as we are envisioning G-d’s greatness. Welcoming G-d to our table is but one small step from welcoming G-d into our world by building for Him (spoiler alert) a Sanctuary, so that He may dwell amongst us!
 

Parshat Mishpatim & the Vav Ha’Hipuch

B”H

Parshat Mishpatim

Shmoth 23.29 “I will not drive them away from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field outnumber you.”

and the beast of the field outnumber you – what do we learn from here: (Is it not written, “And the L-RD will make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if thou shalt hearken unto the commandments of the L-RD thy G-D, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them;?” [Devarim – Deuteronomy 28.13])

RASHI: and… outnumber you: Heb. וְרַבָּה, and will outnumber you. [The word וְרַבָּה is not an adjective, but a verb in the past tense. The “vav” converts it to the future.]

This “vav” is the vav hahipuch – וָו – הַהִפּוּךְ

Watch here <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pia24pKVLes> for an explanation of how the vav hahipuch works.

A unique usage of the ‘vav’ occurs in Biblical literature: Prefixed to a verb in the past tense, it converts the verb into the future, and vice versa: Before a verb in the future tense, it converts it into the past.

This ‘vav’ is called in Hebrew וָו – הַהִפּוּךְ literally, ‘the inversion vav’. In English, it is known as ‘vav consecutive’, or ‘the vav marking the past/future’ (the latter name is by the Academy of The Hebrew Language in Jerusalem).

It should be emphasized that it is not the conjunction “and”; it is merely a marker for a change of tenses. Examples:
וַיֹאמֶר מֹשֶה = Moses said
וְשָמְרוּ בְּנֵי יִשְרָאֵל = the children of Israel will keep

The voweling of this ‘vav’ from the past tense to the future follows the same rules as the conjunctive ‘vav’ (part “A” above), including the exceptions [2].

The voweling of this ‘vav’ from the future tense to the past is normally with a ‘patach’, followed by a ‘strong dagesh’ in the next letter, e.g.,
וַיַּרְא , וַתֵּשֵב, וַנֵּלֵךְ . There are two exceptions:
1). Before an ‘aleph’ of the future tense, which cannot accept a ‘dagesh’, the ‘vav’ is voweled with a ‘kamatz’: וָאֶשְלַח , וָאֲדַבֵּר
2). Before a ‘yod’ with a ‘sheva’, the ‘vav’ retains its ‘patach’ but the ‘yod’ does not get a ‘dagesh’: וַיְהִי, וַיְדַבֵּר

Although this ‘vav’ does not mean “and”, a good translation, using judicious literary license, may introduce the conjunction “and” on occasion, in order to maintain the smooth flow of the text.
Examples: (italics added for clarity)

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי אוֹר וַיְהִי אוֹר.וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת הָאוֹר כִּי-טוֹב וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים
בֵּין הָאוֹר וּבֵין הַחֹשֶךְ. וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים לָאוֹר יוֹם…
= G-D said, ‘let there be light’ and there was light. G-D saw that the light was good, and G-D separated the light from the darkness. G-D called the light Day…

וַיְהִי עֶרֶב וַיְהִי -בֹקֶר יוֹם אֶחָד = There was evening and there was morning, one day. (A similar conjunction is implicit in the Hebrew text.)

וַיֹּאכַל וַיֵּשְתְּ וַיָּקָם וַיֵּלַךְ וַיִּבֶז עֵשָו… = Esau ate, drank, rose, went his way, and spurned…

It is unfortunate that, in such instances, a respected translation like the Hertz/Soncino Press [3] introduces “and” practically every time there is a ‘vav consecutive’. The previous examples read there,
“And G-D said ‘let there be light.’ And there was light. And G-D saw the light that it was good; and G-D divided the light from the darkness. And G-D called the light Day…”
“And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”
“and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way, and spurned…”
Such a rendition is choppy and does not convey the fluid, majestic continuity of the Hebrew text.

Finally, it should be mentioned that the literary style of Biblical Hebrew, complete with the ‘vav consecutive’, is found also in secular writings. Notable among those is the first modern romance novel in Hebrew, “אַהֲבַת צִיוֹן “, by Avraham Mapu (1880-1867), an author of the ‘Haskalah’ (Enlightenment) movement.

Shmuel Yoseph (“Shy”) Agnon (1888-1970), a Nobel Prize laureate (1966), also used this style in some of his works.

SOURCE: <https://www.torahmusings.com/2012/12/on-the-prefix-vav/>