The beleaguered Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, has found an original way to solve its financial crisis. The movement is now planning to pay its unpaid civil servants with former Israeli settlement land in the Gaza Strip.
Abandoned by Israel in 2005 as part of the “disengagement” from the Gaza Strip, the land was supposed to provide a solution to the severe housing crisis in the Palestinian-controlled area. Back then, there was much talk about building new housing projects for thousands of Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli “disengagement” prompted some oil-rich Arab countries to propose plans to help solve the severe housing crisis in the Gaza Strip. The lands that once housed Jewish settlements were supposed to transform the Gaza Strip into the Middle East’s Singapore.
Instead, all the grandiose and ambitious plans went right down the drain when Hamas seized control over the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007. Since then, the entire Gaza Strip has been transformed into a base for various Islamist groups. In addition to suppressing and intimidating the local population, these groups, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other jihadi militias, have used the Gaza Strip to launch terror attacks against Israel and threaten Egypt’s national security on the other side of the border.
President Obama would like the world to believe that there was a nuclear deal reached, signed, sealed and delivered to the Security Council and set into stone. There are a few problems with that story line, namely the Iran part of the deal. The part of the nuclear deal which is valid is that the sanctions have been lifted, Iran is back in the oil and pistachio business while European companies are tripping over each other in a race to sign deals with Iran and get their share of the billions which are going to be flowing when Iran receives the monies the United States is obligated to release from banks and investment accounts. The deal passed by the Security Council made the European and United States parts of the deal sealed and delivered and sent the Iranian part of the deal to Iran where it was graciously received and…
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There are other “accepted” positions that I must observe in order to be taken seriously by a large part of our Jewish constituency. One of these “accepted” positions is the idea that Israel needs to stay firmly in America’s pocket.
Another “accepted” position is the idea that Donald Trump is a dangerous, crazy, racist, clown. In order to stave off the knee-jerk response to a cartoon challenging these ideas in today’s cartoon, I had to present them as being the insane ramblings of an out-of-control computer-robot who has gone berserk!
Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973
Chili’s 2014 Christmas letter received a warm welcome from her friends across the country. Hope you enjoy her lamentings from last year.
Another holiday season is here and I have much to report about the trials and tribulations of being the alpha female in the house my ‘pet’ maintains.
As you may recall from my first Christmas message a year ago, I am the senior doglet of my human pet, who has yet to understand her lower position in the hierarchy of the domestic living we share. I continue to train on her, but I remain unsure if her reluctance to learn is an intelligence issue, a stubborn issue, or my instructional abilities (probably not).
Speaking of trials and tribulations, my pet brought in an interloper recently and this pest has disrupted our entire household. She is bossy, noisy, jealous, dominating, and doesn’t understand her place at the…
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In a culture in which lacking your virginity can be deadly, a market has sprung up for fake hymens which will convince a man that his bride was a virgin on their wedding night. The product is being snapped up by Muslim girls worldwide, though the manufacturer’s main client base is Muslim women living in Europe, a number on the rise.
The German company, called VirginiaCare, offers a medically tested “artificial hymen” which will “bleed” when broken, proving to a man – and his relatives – that his new wife is indeed the virgin she claimed to be before the wedding.
VirginiaCare’s website asks, “No longer a virgin? Is it unfortunately being asked of you?” It goes on to promise, “With an artificial hymen from VirginiaCare, you will certainly be able to show the bloodstains on your wedding night!”
The “hymen” is designed to fix itself in place inside a woman’s body. It contains two cellulose skins injected with a sterile, freeze-dried blood powder made from bovine blood. When the membrane is pierced, the fake blood is released. The hymen then dissolves completely inside the body.
Two blood colors are available: cherry red, for the husband’s immediate edification on the wedding night, and red-brown, for relatives who inspect the sheets the next day. The VirginiaCare company even gives advice to women on how to act in order to fully convince their husbands that they are virgins.