Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Captain Stebel

“Battery of Captain Stebel’ by  Yury Melkonov.  Юрий Мелконов Батарея капитана Стебля.

Captain Alexander Stebel was the commander of the 315 180-mm 2-gun turret coastal battery on Sõrve , Saaremaa, fell to the germans in oct. 1941 perished in unknown circumstances somewhere in 1943. For more google 'капитан Стебель'  Anyway nuance that is nowhere noticed, der mensch war von unsere. 
  inside 315 battery bunker after the water was pumped out,   more in Sõrve Bird Observatory site, sept 2010            
 Red POW-sailors in prison, Riga.

Книга памяти воинов-евреев павших в боях с нацизмом 1941-1945  Том 3.

scroll toward page 383 and find:

СТЕБЕЛЬ Александр Моисеевич,
? - 1941. Капитан, ком 315 арт б-на, БОБР. КБФ. Пропал без вести. /СЕИВВ/

Friday, July 25, 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The failure of the Jewish intelligentsia

Rafael Castro

06.01.14, 00:35 / Israel Opinion     

Earning sympathy for Zionism from intellectuals is a thankless task. Why are Noam Chomsky and Peter Beinart so critical of Israel, while their less academically-gifted brethren tend to sympathize with the Jewish state?  Could it be that elite universities in America imbue their most promising Jewish students with a leftist bias? Perhaps, but why does this situation repeat itself in Israel, where the intelligentsia also tends to support dovish positions?
 Could it be that dovish positions are smarter? This is a dubious claim to make in the light of how events in Palestine have played out during the last 20 years. Could it be that dovish positions are more ethical? Given the grief and bloodshed brought upon both Jews and Arabs by their realization, this is also questionable.
The enigma deepens, when we reflect on three Jewish demographic groups during the last two decades which had foresight in their geopolitical predictions. Sephardic Jews, Russian immigrants and the religious Jews of the Diaspora are constituencies which opposed the Oslo peace process and the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza.
 How could their skepticism have been so right, while the promises of the intelligentsia proved so delusional? Could it be that Israel is the sole country that denies knowledge its predictive powers?

 Academic credentials

In order to address this question it is necessary to redefine knowledge. Does earning PhDs in Middle Eastern Studies from elite universities guarantee acquisition of a genuine understanding of Arab countries or Islam? Does hobnobbing with Arab intellectuals or spending a semester in Amman or Cairo enable a Westerner to really understand Muslim culture?
Academic credentials are crucial in being considered an expert on the Middle East both in Israel and abroad. But could it be that in Israel the real experts on the Arab world often do not possess such credentials?
 I strongly believe that if Israel had taken the knowledge and experience of its elderly Sephardic population more seriously, Israel could have spared itself many tears. Any Sephardic Jew, who spent decades in Arab countries ranging from Morocco and Yemen to Lebanon and Iraq, understands Arab culture and Muslim values better than even sterling graduates of Oxford and Harvard.
 The same principle applies to vindicate the wisdom of Russian immigrants. Russian Jews nurtured on a Soviet propaganda machine that pontificated daily about international brotherhood while subjugating its citizens, knew how to distinguish substance from propaganda far better than the Israeli elites.
 It was not – as leftist Israelis claim – the Russians’ lack of experience with democracy, but precisely their love of freedom, which made them deeply suspicious of Arafat’s intentions early on in the Oslo game.
The support of Diaspora religious Jews for hawkish positions has also been attributed to ignorance and fanaticism. This is yet another mirage of the leftist intelligentsia. In the Diaspora, religious Jews tend to be more knowledgeable about Israel than secular Jews. They study longer periods in Israel, they usually have more family members living in Israel, and they travel more often to Israel. Their hawkish positions are thus the product of knowledge and interest, the complete opposite of prejudice and ignorance.
Perhaps bias needs to be sought elsewhere. Perhaps the cognitive dissonance is to be sought in those unable to grasp the unique circumstances of the land of Israel. In those who indiscriminately apply theoretical models when passing judgment; in those who think in terms of philosophical schemata and political conventions rather than grounding their judgment on enlightened commonsense and a trove of personal experiences.
 In the light of these realities, perhaps the time has come for even Jews to reassess the importance owed to academic credentials.
If this reassessment had taken place two decades ago, Israel’s tragic contemporary history could have been avoided. It was the failure to adequately value the expertise of those who had experienced life with the adversary which accounts for the frightful failures of judgment manifested by the Jewish intelligentsia with regards to Israel and the Arab world.,7340,L-4525324,00.html


Friday, March 7, 2014

for nazi clerk no such thing, estland, just USSR

 Jew registration card of  Hermann Brisk, born in Põltsamaa, who emigrated to Belgium somewhere in 1920is
notice: Brisk was on transport from Mechelen to Auschwitz from 4.3.43 and obviously gassed. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Muslim Scholar: “Allah Gave Israel to the Jews”, “Palestinians are the Killers of Children”

Sheikh Ahmad Adwan, who introduces himself as a Muslim scholar who lives in Jordan, said on his personal Facebook page that there is no such thing as “Palestine” in the Koran. Allah has assigned the Holy Land to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment (Koran, Sura 5 – “The Sura of the Table”, Verse 21), and “We made the Children of Israel the inheritors (of the land)” (Koran, Sura 26 – “The Sura of the Poets”, Verse 59). “I say to those who distort their Lord’s book, the Koran: From where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah has already named it “The Holy Land” and bequeathed it to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment. There is no such thing as ‘Palestine’ in the Koran. Your demand for the Land of Israel is a falsehood and it constitutes an attack on the Koran, on the Jews and their land. Therefore you won’t succeed, and Allah will fail you and humiliate you, because Allah is the one who will protect them (i.e. the Jews).” The sheikh added: “The Palestinians are the killers of children, the elderly and women. They attack the Jews and then they use those (children, the elderly and women) as human shields and hide behind them, without mercy for their children as if they weren’t their own children, in order to tell the public opinion that the Jews intended to kill them. This is exactly what I saw with my own two eyes in the 70’s, when they attacked the Jordanian army, which sheltered and protected them. Instead of thanking it (the Jordanian army), they brought their children forward to (face) the Jordanian army, in order to make the world believe that the army kills their children. This is their habit and custom, their viciousness, their having hearts of stones towards their children, and their lying to public opinion, in order to get its support.” It is worth mentioning, that the above mentioned sheikh visited Israel and met Jewish religious scholars. The “Israel in Arabic” site conducted an interview with him, in which he said that the reason for his openness towards the Jewish people “comes from my acknowledgment of their sovereignty on their land and my belief in the Koran, which told us and emphasized this in many places, like His (Allah’s) saying ”Oh People (i.e the Children of Israel), enter the Holy Land which Allah has assigned unto you” (Koran, Sura 5 – “The Sura of the Table”, Verse 21), and His saying “We made the Children of Israel the inheritors (of the land)” (Koran, Sura 26 – “The Sura of the Poets”, Verse 59) and many other verses. He (Adwan) added: “(The Jews) are peaceful people who love peace, who are not hostile and are not aggressors, but if they are attacked, they defend themselves while causing as little damage to the attackers as possible. It is an honor for them that Allah has chosen them over the worlds – meaning over the people and the Jinns until the Day of Judgment. I made the reasons for Allah’s choice clear in my books and pamphlets. When Allah chose them, He didn’t do so out of politeness, and He wasn’t unjust other peoples, it is just that they (the Jews) deserved this.”
The Quranic argument for Jewish sovereignty in the land of Israel. Allah Is a Zionist by Quranic scholar Sheik Abdul Hadi Palazzi