Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Fw: This week's most-read opinions

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Smoke over Aramco oil processing facility after the Iranian attack
Opinion || Iran Attack on Saudi Arabia Shows Why Israel Must Shut Down Its Nuclear Reactor
Uzi Even | 06.10.2019
Cast members rehearse an English-language Broadway Theatre revival of Fiddler on the Roof in 2015
Opinion || Israel's Latest Fearsome National Security Threat: Yiddish
Rokhl Kafrissen | 06.10.2019
Bosnian Muslim refugees from Srebrenica, fleeing the eastern Bosnian village of Potocari to Bosnian Muslim-held Kladanj near Olovo. July 13, 1995
Opinion || Why Are Israel's Top Holocaust Scholars So Willing to Deny This Genocide?
Daniella Peled | 03.10.2019
Opinion || Pakistan's Islamists Threaten to Topple 'Jewish Agent' Imran Khan - for Meeting George Soros
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid | 07.10.2019
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compliments U.S. President Donald Trump on having been the first sitting U.S. president to leave a prayer at the Western Wall, during remarks at the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 23, 2017.
Opinion || Forgive Us, American Jews, for We Have Sinned Against You
Chemi Shalev | 09.10.2019
Israelis take part in a protest against climate change during an event in Tel Aviv, Israel September 27, 2019.
Opinion || Global Climate Change Crisis: Best Thing to Ever Happen to Israeli Hasbara
Anshel Pfeffer | 04.10.2019
Netanyahu attends the swearing-in ceremony of the 22nd Knesset, in Jerusalem October 3, 2019.
Opinion || Israel Is Terrified of Netanyahu's Magic Wearing Off
Tzvia Greenfield | 07.10.2019
A Netanyahu 'emergency appeal' on Facebook on election day, Sept 17 2019: 'Long queues at Arab polling stations…You must go vote Likud to stop a last-minute leftist-Arab government'
Opinion || The Terrible Danger Stalking Israel – and Why Israelis Can't Fight It
Edan Ring | 02.10.2019
Khader al-Saaidy has barely left his home since he was blinded by Israel's Navy.
Opinion || Israel Condemned This Gazan Fisherman to Life in Eternal Darkness
Gideon Levy | 05.10.2019
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019


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Can't God read the sign?
Two members of a Connecticut religious group who were arrested Thursday on trespassing charges said God told them to do it.
For decades, Lee Ecker, 77, and Theresa Bellavance, 47, members God’s House, have been camping out on public property, police said. Recently, they were arrested after apparently ignoring a notice to vacate town property off Allen Street in the Moosup section of Plainfield.
Handcuffed and dressed in white from head to toe, they were arraigned in Danielson Superior Court on Thursday. 
“The only thing J.C. and Theresa are guilty of is hearing the voice of God and obeying him,” Ecker said, the Norwich Bulletin reports.
When asked if she would comply with the order if released, Bellavance told the judge, “May God’s will be done,” the Norwich Bulletin reports.
He took the answer as a yes and agreed to release them as long as they promised to appear.
Ecker, who is known as J.C. Foster, and Bellavance, who is known as Sister Rachel, have repeatedly been evicted from locations in Northeast Connecticut over the past 20 years and claim it’s all part of their mission to spread God’s word.
Back in 2003, Ecker and Bellavance were evicted from a Plainfield house that was covered with posters that bore scripture verses and a sign that asks people to ask town officials about why God's wrath is coming to town.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Fwd: JamBios News: What Caused an "Orgy of Hat Smashing" in 1922?


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The Year:1922. The Fear: A mob of teens. The Crime: A Straw Hat after Labor Day? In the early 1900s, men were only to wear straw hats in the summer. Those donning one after September 15th were ridiculed and their hats often snatched away in fun. But in 1922 an all-out "hat smashing orgy" (according to newspapers of the day) took place. Gangs of teen boys took to the streets with "large sticks, some with nails protruding on the ends" to lift hats right off men's heads. Hats were stomped on, men were beaten, some even thrown in a ditch. The Punishment: A public spanking from their mums. Read more about the Straw Hat Riot here.
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