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As a Jew and a patriot of Israel who has been openly and vehemently defending the good name of my people and the Jewish State for the last few years, I feel compelled to express my shock and horror about the brutal racist murder of the 16-year old Arab boy Muhammad Abu Khdeir perpetrated by young two-footed monsters who were born by Jewish mothers, but who have lost all the rights to bear the name of our people.

The grief of Muhammad's family is my grief now, their tears are my tears. Blessed be the memory of the young martyr who has lost his life, because he belonged to his people.

My only hope now is that the killers will not only receive a most severe punishment from the Israeli court (alas, no punishment, no matter how severe, can bring back an innocent life), but also that the Chief Rabbinate of the Jewish State will pronounce herem (anathema) against them, so that the whole world would know: THEY ARE NOT JEWS, THEY ARE DEGENERATES, DREGS, EXCREMENTS OF OUR PEOPLE.

Evgeny Kissin.

Palestinian 5th Column - Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Hamas continues to trade in the blood of the innocent people in Gaza and it has rejected calls for a cease-fire. Do they think they will be able to defeat Israel with their primitive weapons? Whether we like it or not, Israel is there. No solution will go through without Israel being part of it. Therefore, it is up to the Palestinians to get rid of their illusions and sincerely try to contemplate the benefits brought forth by Egypt's [cease-fire] initiative. (Arab Times-Kuwait)

What Is Hamas Trying to Achieve? - Dr. Azeem Ibrahim
Hamas is playing a cynical game by firing completely useless and militarily insignificant rockets into Israel. The purpose of these wanton attacks, that cannot hope to penetrate Israel's Iron Dome, cannot reasonably be other than to provoke Israeli retaliation. Their hope is that this will lead to significant sympathy around the Muslim world that might rescue Hamas financially. (Al Arabiya)

Where Are Gaza's Bomb Shelters? - Abdulateef al-Mulhim
Why was Hamas successful in spreading a sophisticated network of tunnels and failed to build simple bomb shelters if they knew there would be armed conflicts? If Hamas really wanted an armed conflict, then they should have at least built some bomb shelters for the poor innocent Palestinians. Most of them don't want this armed conflict. (Arab News-Saudi Arabia)


Israel grants citizenship to world-renowned pianist Evgeny Kissin

Kissin approach Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky a year ago to ask for his help
in becoming an Israeli.

Evgeny Kissin receives his Israeli identification card and passport.
Photo: Lior Daskal/Courtesy The Jewish Agency for Israel

Though living primarily in France and England, he defends Israel at every opportunity and felt that he could
do so more effectively if he had Israeli citizenship.

A year ago, he approached Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky to ask for his help in becoming an Israeli.
Sharnasky instantly warmed to the idea and sought the help of various ministers who were equally receptive to the idea.

On Saturday at a reception co-hosted by the Touro Restaurant and the Jerusalem Press Club, Kissin
received his Israeli passport from Minister for Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver.

In the letter that he wrote to Sharansky a year ago, Kissin stated: “I am a Jew, Israel is a Jewish state – and
since long ago I have felt that Israel, although I do not live there, is the only state in the world with which
I can fully identify myself, whose case, problems, tragedies and very destiny I perceive to be mine.

“If I, as a human being and artist represent anything in the world, it is my Jewish people, and therefore
Israel is the only state on our planet which I want to represent with my art and all my public activities,
no matter where I live.”

Kissin will give a benefit concert in Jerusalem on Monday night for the Tel Hai International Master Classes.

The Jerusalem Post, Dec 8, 2013

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