Monday, April 30, 2012

BENZION NETANYAHU DIES- FATHER OF PM OF ISRAEL

PM Netanyahu and his father
PM of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu's father, Benzion, passed away today at the age of 102. The elder Netanyahu emigrated to Palestine from Poland with his family in 1920. He was a renowned historian, specializing in the Spanish Inquisition, and a professor emeritus at Cornell University. 

The father of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Professor Ben-Zion Netanyahu, passed away early this morning (Monday), April 30, 2012.

Ben-Zion Netanyahu, 102, died at home. Last night, his son, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to visit him one last time.

Ben-Zion Netanyahu was born in Warsaw on March 25, 1910, named Ben-Zion Mileikowsky. In 1920, he and his family immigrated to the Land of Israel. In 1944, he married Tzila, whom he had met during his studies in the Land of Israel. Ben-Zion Netanyahu had three sons – the late Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, who fell during Operation Yonatan at Entebbe; Benjamin, the Prime Minister of Israel; and Ido, a doctor, author and playwright.

Prof. Netanyahu was among the great historians of the Jewish People. In his research, he focused on the history of the medieval Spanish Jewish community and the history of Zionism. Among his books are a biography of Don Isaac Abravanel, a history of the Spanish Marranos and his major work, 'The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain', which received global acclaim. He also authored 'The Founding Fathers of Zionism' about the lives of the founders of political Zionism – Leon Pinsker, Theodor Herzl, Max Nordau, Israel Zangwill and Zeev Jabotinsky.

Prof. Netanyahu was the editor-in-chief of the Hebrew Encyclopedia for over a decade. He served as Professor of Jewish Studies at various US universities and concluded his academic career as Professor emeritus at Cornell University.

From his days as a student in Jerusalem, he was involved in public Zionist activities. He was a supporter of Zeev Jabotinsky and edited a newspaper that also featured Prof. Joseph Klausner and poet Uri Tzvi Greenberg on its staff.

He defended those who were accused of Chaim Arlozorov's murder and, to this end, persuaded his father, Rabbi Natan Mileikowsky, to enlist the support of Rabbi Avraham Isaac Hacohen Kook to defend the accused. Rabbi Kook later delivered a moving eulogy for Rabbi Mileikovsky.

In 1939, Ben-Zion Netanyahu traveled to London and persuaded Jabotinsky to relocate to the US out of the view that the latter would be the rising power in the world and that from there it would be possible to mobilize support for the Jewish state. Jabotinsky died shortly after their arrival in the US; Netanyahu continued to raise support for the Jewish state throughout the war and afterward.

In this context, he met with many US Jewish leaders of the period, as well as with Senators, Congressmen, authors, poets and leaders, including Dean Acheson and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Upon the establishment of the State, he returned from the US and moved with his young family to Jerusalem's Talpiot neighborhood. He dedicated himself to his research, in which he was assisted by his wife Tzila, a native of Petah Tikva who was his life's partner for over 50 years.

In 1952, the Netanyahu family moved to its home a 4 Haportzim Street, where he passed away early this morning.

Source and photo:The Prime of Israel/Facebook.com



המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Hamakom y'nachem etchem b'toch sh'ar avelei Tziyon viY'rushalayim.

"May the Almighty comfort them with all of the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem."


Photo:AP Photo/Kobi Gideon

Sunday, April 29, 2012

SECURITY MEASURES FOR US CITIZENS IN BELIZE


Security Message for U.S Citizens – Extreme Caution Urged Regarding Recent Gang Violence U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize April 27, 2012

This message is to inform U.S. citizens in Belize that the U.S. Embassy urges the exercise of extreme caution when attending any public events or gatherings with large crowds as a result of the recent high-profile gang-related murders in Belize. Security information also indicates that there could be gang violence at the National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) which takes place in Belmopan from April 27-29, 2012. U.S. citizens could expect to see enhanced security measures implemented at the NATS and along the highways leading into Belmopan.

Caution should also be exercised in Belize City, especially the south and southwest due to areas of known gang activity.

Friday, April 27, 2012

MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF BELIZE AND GUATEMALA SET DATE FOR SIMULTANEOUS REFERENDA


April 27, 2012 - At the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) today, delegations from Belize and Guatemala, headed by their respective Foreign Ministers, Wilfred Elrington and Harold Caballeros, met with OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, to determine the date on which the simultaneous single issue referenda will take place in both countries in compliance with the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala to submit Guatemala’s Territorial, Insular and Maritime claim to the International Court of Justice. 

In a cordial and cooperative atmosphere and with a view to advancing with the process, the Ministers agreed that the simultaneous referenda will take place on October 6, 2013. To this end, the Ministers stated that they would now take the necessary steps to begin informing the populations in their respective countries to sensitize them as to the territorial dispute, as well as on the need to find a peaceful and permanent solution to the differendum.

The Secretary General congratulated both Ministers for this important decision and reiterated the General Secretariat´s willingness to support the process, as well as to seek the concrete support of the international community towards this end.

The Ministers also agreed that they would convene a high-level meeting during the month of June to examine compliance with the confidence-building measures, as well as to identify activities directed at strengthening cooperation between the inhabitants of the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone. 



Belize was represented by the Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Attorney General of Belize, H.E. Senior Ambassador Alfredo Martinez, Ambassador Nestor Mendez, Ambassador Lisa Shoman and First Secretary Kendall Belisle.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.



A video of the event is available here.


For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WHAT'S UP CROOKED TREE- CASHEW FEST TIME!

What's up Crooked Tree!!!


It's that time again, the annual Crooked Tree Village Cashew Festival.....May 12th & 13th, 2012.

Come and tantalize your taste buds with some scrumptious cashew nuts as we celebrate the 19th annual Cashew Festival in conjunction with the Crooked Tree Village Council.

Once again, we will bring together Crooked Tree's top cashew producers and exhibitors to delight and enthral all those who love good cashew wine, freshly roasted organic cashew nuts, cashew butter, tasty cashew fudge, and many more cashew delicacies. 

Events and activities running throughout the weekend will include the festival tent with music all day long to keep you on your feet; wine tasting and demonstrations on wine making and all cashew products; food and informal market stalls with hardwood carvings, handcrafted jewelery, and clothing.

TIMES: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sat & Sun.

WHERE: Cashew Festival Ground-The Pine Ridge Area of  Crooked Tree Village

Come one, come all!!


ISRAEL AT 64: HAPPY BIRTHDAY


The State of Israel was formally established on May 14, 1948, when the British relinquished control over the territory and Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, declared independence. The following day, armies from the surrounding Arab nations invaded the nascent Jewish state. After months of heavy fighting and casualties on both sides, the War of Independence officially ended in January 1949.

Independence Day is observed on the 5th of Iyar in the Hebrew lunar calendar, which means it falls on a different date each year in the western calendar.

Speaking at the official ceremony, Parliament Speaker Reuven Rivlin cautioned against extremism of all stripes, naming ultra-Orthodox Jewish zealots, ideologues who burn mosques and activists who delegitimize the state as "those who threaten the future of Israeli society."
Government statistics showed that Israel's population grew by 137,500 since last year to 7,881,000. The Central Bureau of Statistics said 75 percent of the population is Jewish and 21 percent is Arab. The remaining 4 percent represents tiny minorities or immigrants who are not Jewish.
Traditional Independence Day celebrations include dancing in city streets and family cookouts in national parks. Some military bases open Thursday for visits, and Israeli cities host open-air concerts in honor of the holiday.


The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel guarantees freedom of worship to all citizens – Christians, Muslims, Jews and all others. 

Mazaltov!!

For more information, please visit: HERE


Saturday, April 21, 2012

CROOKED TREE VILLAGE COMMUNITY AWARENESS MEETING



Community Awareness: A meeting will be held at the Crooked Tree Village Community Center on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30pm. Concerned citizens will be discussing the formation of a Neighborhood Watch Program.

A neighborhood watch program will help our village and community in the fight against crimes. We can help law enforcement by being their eyes and ears for what is not normal around our community.


The outline for the meeting is as follows.


1. Identify the areas on how best to improve security in the village.


2. Seeking donations from each business and residents of the village to help with implementation of the program.


3. Seeking donation from the Crooked Tree Village Water board.


4. Identify volunteers to train as security for each region in the village


5. Continue the community efforts in bringing a police and police station back to our village.


Below are the names of the newly formed committee for the establishment of the neighborhood watch program.


Salome Tillett- Coordinator
Steve Perriott
James Dawson
Rudolph Crawford
George Guest
Dale Jex
Jerry Jex
Eustace Dawson
Donald Gillett, Jr.
Allen Tillett
Dean Tillett
Darrell Tillett


The strength of our village can only be built on the cooperation of its citizens. Please come out to Crooked Tree Village Community Center tonight. Let's bring back respect to our village!!!!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

MIDDLE EAST WRAP: THE LAST TIME THE WORLD WAS SILENT


A round-up of the Hebrew newspapers in Israel; covering the major events happening in Israel and the Middle East. Haaretz-Maariv-Yedioth Ahronoth-Israel Hayom-The Jerusalem Post-Ynet-Arutz 7 News-Army Radio-Israel Radio-and Makor Rishon 

As they do every year, Israel’s leading papers devote their front pages to Holocaust Remembrance Day, when the country takes time to pay tribute to the six million Jews who lost their lives in Europe. The always-somber events were tinged with even more sadness following the death of an IDF soldier who was hit by a collapsing piece of metal that was used to hold up the lighting of Holocaust Day ceremonies at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered the keynote address at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. His remarks drew parallels between the fate of European Jewry and the danger that potentially awaits Israelis in the event that Iran comes into possession of a nuclear weapon. “To fear telling the truth, which is that there are those today who also seek to destroy millions of Jews, is to disrespect the Holocaust and insult its victims,” Netanyahu said, alluding to Iran. “The Prime Minister of Israel is not only allowed to conjure the memory of a third of our people when speaking of existential threats, it is his duty.”

The other news item that dominated the headlines in recent days was the case of Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner, the IDF officer who was seen on video striking a left-wing Danish peace activist in the face with the butt of his rifle. After images of the incident went viral on the Internet, the IDF launched an investigation, at the end of which it was decided that Eisner would be dismissed from his post as deputy commander of troops in the Jordan Valley. In addition, IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz decided to bar Eisner from serving in a command capacity for at least the next two years.

Eisner’s case has become a cause celebre for right-wing commentators and the national religious constituency that has rallied to his cause. They accuse the media and the IDF high command of kowtowing to political correctness in punishing an officer who risked his well-being for the security of the state.

“Eisner’s behavior was wrong, but those who bother to check will see that the defense establishment behaves differently when it comes to police officers and soldiers, both of senior and junior rank, who similarly erred in their duty and in their judgment when faced with right-wing demonstrators,” Nadav Shragai wrote in Israel Hayom. “We have lost all sense of proportion,” Shragai continues. “On the day when the country was riveted by images of an officer wielding his gun at a Danish protester, the news that should have been greeted with far more shock was the death sentence handed down by the Palestinian Authority against the real estate agent who arranged for the sale of the Machpela House in Hebron to Jews.”

Haaretz leads its Thursday editions with a report that Israeli settlers in the West Bank have built over a dozen homes in an outpost on privately owned Palestinian land. According to the story, defense sources acknowledge that the outpost will, in all likelihood have to be dismantled, a scenario that could spark a crisis in Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition. The homes were built in the outpost of Mitzpeh Cramim, which lies just northeast of Ramallah. According to Haaretz, the outpost was built on land that the state recognizes as private Palestinian property. Defense sources told the newspaper that it would be difficult for the state to find a legal loophole that would permit the settlers to remain in the outpost.

The presidential elections in Egypt continue to generate interest in the Israeli news media. According to a report on the Maariv NRG website, Amr Moussa, the former Egyptian foreign minister and head of the Arab League, announced his campaign platform which includes a tough stance toward Israel. Moussa’s 80-page campaign manifesto includes a pledge to re-evaluate the controversial sale of natural gas and energy resources to Israel. The deal, which was signed during the Mubarak presidency, remains a sensitive subject for many Egyptians who accuse the old regime of profiting financially at their expense.

Moussa also pledged to push for a nuclear-free Middle East and to improve Cairo’s relations with all countries of the region. According to Maariv NRG, Moussa is intent on making the Israeli-Palestinian issue a key subject for his government, a move that could spell trouble for Israel’s relations with Egypt.



Thursday, April 19, 2012

YOM HASHOA: HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY- 2012

PM Netanyahu on Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 2012
Holocaust Rememberance Day, known in Hebrew as “Yom HaShoah,” falls on Thursday (April 19) this year. The day commemorates the Nazi regime’s killing of an estimated six million Jews and five million other people during World War II. The specific date is chosen to time with the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, corresponding to the Hebrew calendar.


Jews and others frequently use the term Shoah, Hebrew for “catastrophe,” to refer to the Holocaust.  After the start of World War II, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler created forced-labor and death camps throughout Europe to execute the “final solution of the Jewish question.” The Nazis persecuted other groups they deemed racially “inferior,” including Gypsies, the physically and mentally disabled, gays and lesbians, Soviet prisoners of war, Poles, communists and numerous minority groups. The Nazi regime initially constructed forced-labor camps to imprison the Jewish people, but as early as 1941 built extermination camps designed solely for the quick and efficient mass murder of Jewish and other people.


As the number of Holocaust survivors diminishes- 12,000 reportedly died in the last year- Israel strives to keep the memories relevant and promote public education about the Holocaust. In 1953, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion signed a law that designated Yom HaShoah to be commemorated on the 27th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar. Every year on that day since, a siren sounds at 10:00 a.m. on Yom HaShoah, announcing a two-minute moment of silence when Israelis halt their activities – drivers even stop and get out of their cars – to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust.


This year’s Yom HaShoah commemoration comes as Israel and major Western powers continue to confront the threat of Iran’s suspected nuclear program. Iranian negotiators began talks in Istanbul on Saturday with representatives of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany (P5+1) over their efforts to attain nuclear material that has sparked rounds of punishing international sanctions.


"I want to remind everyone of the main lesson of the Holocaust against our people - that ultimately when there is threat to our existence, we must not leave our fate in the hands of others," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in January this year. "When it is a question of our fate, it is our obligation to rely only on ourselves."


The U.S. Congress also has designated the week of April 15-22 as the national Days of Remembrance when national, state and local governments, houses of worship and other institutions across the country honor those who perished in the Holocaust. As in past years, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will coordinate a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington during that time. 


Photo: #1 Israelproject.org; #2,3,4, Holocaust Research Project, #5 the PM of Israel's Office.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

RITZY SHOPPING CENTER PLANNED FOR BELIZE


We know that most Belizeans love to save their pennies and travel abroad to do a little bit of shopping, in particular for products and favorites that are not available here in Belize. We either take a short hop to nearby Chetumal, Merida or Cancun in Mexico or a more expensive flight to the U.S. to splurge a bit more cash. But what if some of these American products come closer to home; will Belizeans embrace these authentic products by shopping at a new world-class shopping center in the country?


According to a press release from DHS Holding Co. in Nashville, USA, the company has begun the first phase of development of the Cenote Falls Shopping Center, a new world-class and family-friendly shopping experience slated for development on a recently acquired 40-acre parcel of land in Belize. This phase will include negotiations with major retailers and restaurant chains.
In the release, Charlie Barrett, president of DHS, stated, "I'm very excited that Mike Rohling, our CEO, will be working to bring in retailers such as McDonald's, Abercrombie & Fitch, Nike, and other fine stores."


Rohling said, "According to our research, nearly $100 million crosses the border from Belize into Mexico each year due to Belize citizens taking advantage of retail options not currently available in Belize. For the first time, Belize citizens will be able to have the EPZ shopping experience in their own country, and those dollars will remain in the Belize economy."


This EPZ is Belize’s Export Processing Zone, a program that attracts both local and foreign investments to boost production for export markets with a focus on manufactured goods and non-traditional agricultural products. This is located adjacent to the Corozal Free Zone and Belize’s Boarder Management at the Belize/Mexico Border.


In a letter addressed to DHS, Minister of Economic Development Erwin Contreras stated, "My government welcomes investment that will contribute to the economic and social development of Belize with the ultimate goal of bringing improvement in the quality of life of all our citizens."


He went on to say, "My government is very much aware that a development of this magnitude will have a very positive impact on our local economy and therefore we will work with your company to ensure its successful implementation. It is most important to us that your efforts will bring employment and growth to Belize. We look forward to a fruitful relationship with your company."




Via www.Ambergris Today.com….Source & Picture: DHS Holding Co.



Monday, April 16, 2012

BELIZE NATIVE TO ESTABLISH CANCER CENTER IN BELIZE

Walden University Ph.D. Student Attends Fifth Annual Clinton Global Initiative University - Raquel Battle is one of six students selected to represent Laureate International Universities
Raquel Battle, a Walden University Ph.D. in Health Services student specializing in Healthcare Administration from Raleigh, N.C., participated in the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting March 30 to April 1 at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She was one of six students representing institutions in the Laureate International Universities network who were selected to attend based on their leadership skills, commitment to social change and academic track record.
Battle, along with the other LIU participants, completed a CGI U Commitment to Action pledge to contribute to the greater good. “The Clinton Global Initiative University offered ‘hope’ to realize my commitment to build the Edlin Leslie Sr. Hospice in Belize, Central America, and to establish a Belizean Educational Association for Treatment of Cancer (BEAT),” she said. “The skill sessions offered practical solutions to many of the existing challenges that I face in utilizing social media and in building practical partnerships with a focus on my CGI U commitment.”
A native of Belize with dual citizenship in the United States, Battle is working to provide treatment options, advocacy and awareness of cancer in Belize. She met personally with President Clinton at the event to share her commitment to make a difference. “The CGI U experience was priceless. I left feeling refreshed with creative ideas and hope for the future of hospice in Belize, Central America,” she said.
More than 1,000 students participated in this year’s CGI U, which is organized annually to educate and motivate young people to make a positive impact in the world. The event offered panel discussions and skill-building sessions on the meeting’s focus areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation and public health. The attendees also took part in a community service project held in conjunction with Rebuilding Together and the United Service Organizations (USO) to refurbish homes for low-income families in Washington, D.C.
About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 48,500 students from all 50 states and more than 140 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 55 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries.
About Raquel Battle
In 2007, Mrs. Battle’s father, Mr. Edlin Leslie Sr. lost his battle with prostate cancer. While undergoing treatment in Mexico, he suffered immensely. Without cancer treatment facilities in Belize, Edlin had no place to turn. Edlin’s dying wish was to establish a hospice in Belize.  Mrs. Battle, his youngest daughter, promised to make his wish come true, even naming the hospice after her dad.  Today, Belize has its first hospice care center (not only in Belize but in Central America) called the Edlin Leslie Sr. Hospice and Home Care Center. Mrs. Battle, is also president and founder of a nonprofit called The Blissfulsage Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 in the United States.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

PETITION FOR CROOKED TREE VILLAGE POLICE STATION: INTERVIEW ON KREM RADIO


This is an interview conducted via telephone by KREM Radio in Belize on April 12, 2012 regarding a petition for a police station in Crooked Tree Village. 

Because of our petition, the area representative for the Belize Rural North is now sending a police officer to Crooked Tree Village. This is an action in the right direction, but our ultimate goal is a police station. Our previous police station was inoperable for many years and was burnt down on February 10, 2010. 


This petition will be extended for another week, April 22, 2012 or until we get a promise for a police station from the government of Belize.

My name is Linda Crawford and I was born and raised in Crooked Tree Village, Belize. And I'm now living in the US.

In the past three months, Crooked Tree Village, one of the largest villages in the Belize District, with a population of about 1100 people, has seen an increase in serious crime. A few weeks ago, villagers were alarmed when one of their village elder became the target of a violent home invasion involving weapons.

Even though I'm not living in the village, I am concern about the safety and well being of my many relatives and friends living there. I decided to form this petition to help my village! I have also taken into consideration the fact that our area representative for the Belize Rural North has promised us a police station for four years now, and has never gotten around to doing it. I feel if our village and descendants and friends abroad could muster 1500 signatures we could present them to the Government of Belize. Hopefully this could lead to a change in our community.

I strongly believe that the villagers of Crooked Tree deserve to be protected just like any other large village in Belize. I took this upon myself because our village does not have a functioning village council and I would not like to see this situation get worse. I believe if we have a police officer and a police station it would be less likely for crimes to be committed in the village.

The safety of our children, our homes and our community should be a priority!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

WANTED: POLICE STATION IN CROOKED TREE VILLAGE


Due to outrageous crime sprees in Crooked Tree Village, On April 2, 2012, a petition was launched by descendants, family and friends of Crooked Tree Village for a police officer to be reinstated and a police  station built.

In discussing this matter yesterday, Mr. Rudolph Crawford, former chairman of Crooked Tree Village, he informed me  that the representative for Belize Rural North, Hon. Edmond Castro assured him that funds for a police station will be in the budget for this year's reading. This is good news, but funds for a police station was promised to be budgeted for years, as far back as former Prime Minister Said Musa's Administration, and as of date the people of Crooked Tree are still without a police station and now a police officer. This is totally unacceptable!

Until we see proof of this money in the budget please continue to sign this petition. We must stand firm and stand together on this major issue!!

BILL GATES VACATIONING IN BELIZE

The Gates Family in Belize
During this Easter weekend the island of San Pedro was teeming with local and international tourists who flocked our beaches for some fun in the sun. If you happen to be walking our beautiful beach this morning you might have noticed a huge and luxurious super yacht in our Caribbean waters just outside the reef. Who might it be you might ask?

Well it is one of the world’s wealthiest people and American business magnate, investor, philanthropist an author – Bill Gates arrived this morning in his super yacht ATTESSA IV to San Pedro.


Sources told Ambergris Today that Gates arrived in his super yacht this morning, Tuesday, April 10, 2012, with his family; the yacht is anchored just outside the reef in front of La Isla Bonita. The 100-meter long yacht has a helipad and it is believed that the Gates, along with his family, were transported to Cayo Espanto Private Island via helicopter.

The family went on a snorkeling trip to enjoy the abundant marine life that Hol Chan Marine Reserve has to offer. A party of seven (five adults and two children) were accompanied by four tour guides from the private resort to ensure a safe and fun snorkeling trip.

Source:http://www.ambergristoday.com/content/stories/2012/april/10/bill-gates-vacationing-belize

Saturday, April 7, 2012

CHAG SAMEACH FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA



President Obama, looking forward to some “good Matzoh ball soup", at the White House. The president and first lady marked the beginning of Passover with a seder for friends and staff in the Old Family dining Room.


"All who are hungry, let them come and eat. All who are in need, let them come to celebrate Passover." It is a powerful call, one that resonates with the Jewish sense of "tikun olam" -- healing the world -- and the historical memory of what it was like to lack sufficient food.

Watch President Obama wish America a happy Passover and talk about the White House seder. He even signed off with “Chag Sameach.” 

Friday, April 6, 2012

HAPPY PASSOVER- HAG SAMEACH


The Jewish holiday of Passover begins on Friday evening at sunset (April 6). That’s the same day as the Christian celebration of Good Friday; Easter occurs on Sunday and the final day of the Christian Holy Week.


Passover begins with a festive meal and is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar.  The seder, on the eve of the first night of the holiday commemorates the biblical account of the Israelites’ pass-over from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Land of Israel. Jews eat unleavened bread, or matzah, throughout the holiday, to recall the Biblical story of the Israelites and what they ate when they escaped captivity in Egypt.


Passover lasts eight days outside of Israel, and seven days in Israel. Passover and the Easter holiday traditionally and historically overlap. Indeed, Jesus’ last supper was a Passover meal.

During Holy Week, which began with Palm Sunday on April 1, 2012 followers of Christianity recall Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, his crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. In the Holy City of Jerusalem, pilgrims participate in traditional processions along the Via Dolorosa leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christians believe Jesus was buried.


 As Jews around the world observe the holiday this year, here's wishing you Hag Sameach and "L'Shana HaBah B'Yerushalayim - Next year in Jerusalem!



Monday, April 2, 2012

MIDDLE EAST WRAP: CLOSER TO WAR?

McDonnell Douglas F-15
A round-up of the Hebrew newspapers in Israel; covering the major events happening in Israel and the Middle East. Haaretz-Maariv-Yedioth Ahronoth-Israel Hayom-The Jerusalem Post-Ynet-Arutz 7 News-Army Radio-Israel Radio-and Makor Rishon 
Most of Israel’s major news websites, including Ynet, Maariv NRG, and Haaretz, lead with a wire story that quotes Foreign Policy magazine that Israel has been granted access to air bases in Azerbaijan on Iran’s northern border. According to the story, senior U.S. administration officials say that Israeli warplanes will be able to take off and land from airstrips in Azerbaijan, and that Washington is “not happy about it.”

American officials are worried about the possible consequences of an Israeli strike against Iran, which now may also extend to the Caucuses, a prospect that disheartens Washington. The Americans watched with trepidation as Israel established stronger defense ties to Azerbaijan. In February, Israel signed a $1.6 billion deal to sell drones and anti-aircraft missile defense systems to Baku. The ties have deepened to such an extent that U.S. officials are convinced that the Azeris have already given Israel the green light to use their facilities for an attack on Iran, according to Foreign Policy.

Makor Rishon, close to the national-religious camp, leads with an above-the-fold story detailing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Iran. According to the story, Erdogan is seeking to bolster Ankara’s position as a broker between the West and Iran. During his visit, Erdogan sent an unequivocal message to the West. “Nobody has the right to use force against a country whose nuclear activity is geared toward peaceful purposes,” Erogdan is quoted declaring. Turkey has expressed a willingness to host upcoming nuclear talks between Iran and Western powers, with Istanbul mentioned as a possible site. Ankara wants to advance a diplomatic solution to the crisis, though it does not support the sanctions that have been imposed on Iran thus far.

In the other major news story of the day is the fallout from the recently held Kadima primary, which was won handily by Shaul Mofaz. Yedioth Ahronoth carried a poll which shows that a Mofaz-led Kadima would win the same number of seats –12– that it was predicted to win last week, with Tzipi Livni at the helm. This doesn't look like good news for Mofaz, since parties who have just held primaries normally see a significant bounce in support in the immediate aftermath.  

ANOTHER DAY IN THE VILLAGE

Another day, another robbery in Crooked Tree Village!! And one of the largest villages in the Belize District without a police officer or a police station. 


The villagers of Crooked Tree Village are appealing to the GOB for a police presence in the village. This latest robbery brings the total to seven in seven weeks folks!!! And one of them was a very violent home invasion involving weapons. Mr. Prime Minister, Minister of National Security, Area Representative, and Commissioner of Police would you take us seriously and come up to Crooked Tree Village for a community policing meeting with the villagers? 


To all residents of Crooked Tree Village, descendants of Crooked Tree Village and friends of Crooked Tree Village. We would appreciate you adding your name and address in the comment section of this blog post so that it could be added to a petition we will be circulating in the village. This petition will be delivered to all the different agencies in Belmopan. 

Together we stand united!!
Below is the petition that will be circulating in the village. Please leave a comment on this post to have your name added to the list.

TO ALL RESIDENTS OF CROOKED TREE VILLAGE
ALL DESCENDANTS OF CROOKED TREE VILLAGE
FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF CROOKED TREE
 
ATTENTION: A CALL FOR PROTECTION
 
As you are aware, there has been a six week crime spree of numerous home invasions and robberies in Crooked Tree Village. Most recently, one of our villagers home was invaded, he was robbed at gun and knife point and was robbed of approximately $10,000 dollars. This is serious matter which must come to an immediate end and these criminals must be brought to justice.

The villagers are scared and concerned for the safety of their families and properties. This has shaken the confidence of everyone and we seek the attention of our elected officials who have the power to represent us. This is an appeal to our Officials for a permanent police officer to be reinstated in Crooked Tree Village immediately and begin the building of a new police station.

We are submitting the attached Petition to our Prime Minister, Honorable Dean Barrow, Minister of National Security and Police; Hon. John Saldivar, Area Representative; Hon. Edmond Castro, and Commissioner of Police; Mr. David Henderson, humbly requesting their immediate action to resolve this serious matter.

We appreciate you adding your signature, address and contact information to this petition. Together, we stand united! 
 

Warm regards,

Linda Crawford Elul and Nadine Gillett Herrera
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