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Celebrate Israel Festival in L.A. brings civic and communal interests together

Israel supporters, both Jew and Gentile, large and small, came out to celebrate a spectacular, 15,000+ person, community-wide festival commemorating Israel's Independence Day.  The crowd was treated to ethnic Israeli foods (including Sadaf Brand), world music, drum circles, folk dancing and a 200-vendor village which showcased Israeli artwork, sculptures, jewelry, and Judaica gifts.
Mirror-floored, Star of David sculpture (photo:Orly Halevy)

One of America's pre-eminent Israeli Independence gatherings, now called the Celebrate Israel Festival returned after a break last year from Woodley Park - back to its original venue on the Westside of Los Angeles. The event began with a a 1.5-mile free “Salute to Israel Walk” presented by StandWithUs. Hundreds walked from Rancho Park to the Museum of Tolerance and back to show solidarity with the State of Israel. A salute to Israel drive-by heralded the start of the walk with an automobile caravan of custom designed, 9/11 Tribute-“Fueled by the Fallen.”

Saville Katz and Scott Jacobs drew-out the stories from the fair
JooTube.TV chronicled some of the goings-on at the Fest. Elected officials (and candidates) participated in a ceremony, presenting certificates to the Israeli Leadership Coalition. JooTube drew-out some luminaries at the Festival. Video segments:
  1. Michael Medved, author and radio host, discussing how America's Israel policy is crucial to America maintaining global stability against aggressive regimes;
  2. The Fire Chief of the metropolitan Jerusalem region, Shmuel Friedman on sharing intelligence;
  3. Actor, Shmuel Livne impersonates Israel's founding father, David Ben Gurion and discusses the man;
  4. Artist and former IDF soldier, Tomer Peretz, presented "The Unbreakable Project" exhibit depicting the struggle of the Israeli soldier against an implacable, Islamist enemy;
  5. Jewish rap-star, Kosher Dillz, raps about the Arab "Occupation" of historic Jewish lands;
  6. Michael Medved is asked whether he feels that Israel, threatened by Iranian nuclear weaponizing, should trust Barack Obama's campaign promise to stop Iran so that Israel doesn't have to.

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Singer, Eyal Golan (Photo: Orly Halevy)

Update: Israeli pop-singer, Eyal Golan headlined the entertainment. See the crowd enjoying the sing and dance-along.
Israeli-Americans demonstrate love of G-d and love of Zion (photo Orly Halevy)

See if you can recognize yourself or someone you know among the audience of thousands enjoying the concert.

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Eyal Golan performed a show which included both secular and religious themed songs.

"Israel: Birth of a Nation" documentary shows true history of Israel's legitimate establishment

To augment Prime Minister Netanyahu's remarks to the U.N. General Assembly and set the record straight for those mis-informed about Israel's legitimacy and rights among nations.

Israel: Birth of a Nation is a History Channel documentary presented by acclaimed British historian, Sir Martin Gilbert. The documentary chronicles the events of the Israeli War of Independence (1948-1949) using archive film, photographs, and interviews with participants.

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On May 15, one day after the creation of the State of Israel, the Arab armies of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon invaded the new Jewish state. The Arab forces were significantly larger than Israel's and were better equipped. Yet, coordination and organization were lacking and the Arab armies were often at odds with each other, seeking to incorporate territory from Palestine into their own states.

Despite their small numbers, the Jews were well-organized, well-disciplined and well-trained. The war was marked by long periods of fighting and temporary cease-fires. Finally, fighting officially ended in January 1949, at which time Israel held the 5,600 square miles allotted to it by the UN partition plan plus an addition 2,500 square miles. Trans-Jordan held the eastern sector of Jerusalem and the West Bank and Egypt held the Gaza Strip. From January to July 1949, armistice agreements were signed with Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria based on the frontlines as they were at the end of the fighting. These lines created the borders of the new state and as a result, Israel gained control of the areas which would have been part of the Arab state envisioned by the UN had the Arab world not gone to war with Israel.

At the time, Israel hoped that the armistice agreements would lead to official Arab-Israeli peace treaties. The Arab states, however, refused to recognize Israel's existence and negotiate peace and remained in a state of war with the Jewish state. They continued their economic, political, social and cultural boycott of the Jewish state which was instituted by the Arab League in 1945. The Arab economic boycott of Israel prohibited Arab peoples, companies and states from conducting business both with Israel and with other companies who do business with Israel. They also embarked on a campaign to isolate the Jewish state in the international community.

Some Arab leaders attempted secret negotiations with Israel. Tragically, some of them were murdered, including King Abdullah of Jordan who was assassinated in Jerusalem in 1951. The Arab states provided little help to Palestinians who became refugees after the war. Only Jordan offered Palestinian Arabs citizenship. Refugee camps were set up and maintained primarily by the United Nations and other international relief organizations.


"The Daily Show's" Samantha Bee finds that far-leftists at Brooklyn's Park Slope Food Coop are exploiting the co-op to pressure Israel to create a Muslim state of Palestine.

Israel Independence Day revives brushing-up on Israel's legitimacy

Why should Israel still need to prove its legitimacy - when it's 64?  Arab leaders acquiesced to the Zionist homeland in Palestine, in deal to obtain 98% of entire Mid-East, Daniel Doron explained to me in this video interview in Herzliya, Israel.

What is the legal basis for the State of Israel? According to Palestine Facts.Org

Some ask the question, “Does Israel have a right to exist?” That is not a proper question since Israel does exist, is recognized by the United Nations and many other countries, and isno more subject to being so questioned than is the United States, Japan, or any othercountry. Anyone who persists with the question of Israel’s right to exist is one whoseagenda is to eliminate Israel and its Jewish inhabitants.
But there is a legal background to the State of Israel. The Declaration of Israel’s Independence, issued at Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948, recites the legal historythat led to the founding of Israel as an internationally recognized sovereign state:
  • The land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and national identity was formed. Here they achieved independence and created a culture of national and universal significance. Here they wrote and gave the Bible to the world.

Israel is 3600, not 64 years old, despite Arab campaign to rewrite history & reconquer Jewish lands - Daniel Doron

Israel is legitimate, despite Arab tricks to rewrite history & reconquer Jews, explains Daniel Doron, president of the Israel Center for Social and Economic Progess.

On the occasion of Israel's 3,600 birthday (64 years in modern sovereign state), Daniel Doron presents a brief history of the establishment of the Arab and Israeli states.

The post-WWI, European divvy of Ottoman lands granted 98% of Mid-East for Arab states and 2% (Palestine & Trans-Jordan) for the Zionist homeland in Israel.

Following World War I, the Ottoman Empire was carved into states, on the condition that 2% would go to re-establish the Jewish National Home in Palestine, Arabs accepted the all of the remaining the territory for their states. The Arabs later reneged, and the British stripped 80% of Palestine away from the Jews to create Trans-Jordan, despite the fact that all "Palestine" had been designated as a Jewish National Home.

Still, the status of West Bank of the Jordan River has never been resolved, but the currently applying law permits both Jews and Muslims to own land and reside there. Daniel Doron contends that Moslem intolerance of traditionally subjugated Jews being equal to them or autonomous causes them to undermine the true history, present, & future of the Middle East. Mr. Doron penned this OpEd in Forbes, as to why the world should stop pressuring Israel to cede land to create an irredentist, Muslim state in Palestine.

Say No To A Palestinian State by Daniel Doron
Obama's ''solutions'' will endanger Israel.   Forbes.com  May 16, 09

Irving Kristol said that whomever the Gods want to teach humility they first tempt to resolve the Middle East conflict. ...

The chances that the U.S. will be able to assure that the Palestinian Arab state will live in peace with Israel are very small indeed. For powerful historic, political, social and economic reasons, all Arab states have evolved dictatorial regimes and rapacious elites. They rationalize their oppression by fomenting hatred against other nations, especially against non-Muslims. A Palestinian Arab state will not be an exception.

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The "Passion" of the Madman- which Christians will denounce?

Mel Gibson with actor Jim Caviezel ("Jesus") on the set o
set of "The Passion of the Christ" (Courtesy: TheAge.com.au)
Why did Mel Gibson choose to produce a cinematic depiction of the classic anti-Semitic "passion-play?  In doing so, why did he patch together the most Jewish-incriminating interpretations from a variety of sources?

The Wrap has exclusive coverage of Judah Maccabee-screenwriter Joe Eszterhas' expose of Mel's demons and his possible agenda.
Joe Eszterhas Explodes at Mel Gibson: 'You Hate Jews' (Exclusive)
Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas is accusing Mel Gibson, his recent collaborator on a movie about Jewish revolt, of “hating Jews” and using him to deflect his anti-Semitic reputation.

In an explosive nine-page letter to Gibson obtained by TheWrap (read the full letter here), the screenwriter wrote that the director of “The Passion of the Christ” never intended to make the movie about Jewish heroism, called “The Maccabees.” Instead, Eszterhas said, Gibson announced the project “in an attempt to deflect continuing charges of anti-Semitism which have dogged you, charges which have crippled your career.” He added: “I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make ‘The Maccabees’ is the ugliest possible one. You hate Jews.”

Mel Gibson Rage Recording in Costa Rica: 'Filthy C-sucker Whore'
Mel Gibson shouted terrifying epithets at his houseguests during a rampage at his home in Costa Rica in December, according to a recording obtained by TheWrap. Houseguest and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas provided the recording, and you can find it at the bottom of this story. (Editor’s note: Recording and quotations below contain highly offensive language.)

The release of the recording follows a public dispute between Gibson and Eszterhas. The screenwriter wrote a nine-page letter obtained by TheWrap, accusing the movie star of making continual anti-Semitic remarks, threatening violence to Grigorieva and detailing out-of-control behavior, including the rampage he described in detail.

Eszterhas' audiotape reveals a psychosis which may have been behind Gibson's depiction of "The Passion-play." Which Christians want Gibson to define the story of their faith? Christians interested in redeeming themselves from the silence of their faith during the Nazi vilifying of Jews in the early stages of the Holocaust (the history of which Mel's father, Hutton Gibson seeks to rewrite) ought to rethink their tacit condoning of Mel's "The Passion of the Christ" since its release in 2006.  Which Christian leaders will publicly denounce Mel's version of deicide as not credible and unrepresentative of their theology?

Christians and Jews in media unite to ensure Israel and America's blessed future at the National Religious Broadcasters conference

Common interests of support for the Holy Land, resistance to global Jihadism, and greater interest in the Jewish roots of Christianity has Jews and Christians  accepting each other and collaborating today more than ever- as evidenced at the 2012 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville in February.

The Israeli Ministry of Tourism presented a rousing concert of Israeli song and dance to inspire the gathered broadcasters.
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Proclaiming Justice to the Nations' Laurie Cardoza-Moore, who exhibited on the NRB show floor, hosted a panel event which promoted brotherhood between Christian and Jewish Zionists.

A panel addressed issues of Islamic intransigence against peace for the Jewish state of Israel.  Panelists featured in JooTube's video from the affiliated PJTN conference's panel discussion and demonstration: Michael Little of Christian Broadcasting Network; Joseph Farah, editor-in-chief of World Net Daily, Itamar Marcus, founder of Palestinian Media Watch, and Rabbi Gerald Meister.

Rabbi Gerald Meister, a congregational rabbi from the NYC area (affiliated with PJTN) declares that Islamofascists are at war against Christians, Jews, and the God of Jacob, the sustainer of the Covenant.

Mr. Danny Saadon- head of El Al Israel Airlines' North American operations, discusses the human touch from El Al. El Al crews march in the Israel Day Parade in NYC every June. He relates interesting aspects of El Al's revised staffing policies, such as their pilots all being drawn from the Israel Air Force. El Al has extensive relations with the Christian community which constitutes 40% of their passengership. Mr. Saadon touts El Al's security and convenient schedule flying 3 flights daily from the NYC area, direct service from Toronto and Los Angeles.

Christian Zionist founder of Zion Oil and Gas, John Brown, has a few words about Barack Obama for Jewish people.
John Brown and his pastor colleague feel that Barack Obama has demonstrated so much anti-Zionism during his first term, that Jewish people should save their Holy Land and themselves by bringing a fresh President- while they have the opportunty. 

Rabbi Pesach Lerner, the leader of America's Young Israel Synagogue movement played a strong role, leading the daily orthodox prayers and kashrut for the 10-20 observant Jews from Israel and America. He explained to the exhibition attendees why the world should stop trying to force Israel to cede most of Judea and Samaria to create an irredentist Palestinian state to a Palestinian leadership which won't accept Israel as its Jewish neighbor, nor will it accept Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria under its protection. Learn more at One State Israel.

Mrs.  Helen Freedman, Exec Director of AFSI (Americans for a Safe Israel), introduced by Young Israel movement leader, Rabbi Pesach Lerner, describes the organization's characteristics and activism.

On the NRB exhibition floor, this Zionistic medical doctor sublimates his saw to salute the Holy Land by playing the Israeli national anthem with a violin bow.

Pastor Terry Jones rallies before America's largest mosque in Dearborn; Challenges Iran to release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from death row

A delayed court approval limited the ability of Pastor Terry Jones' Stand Up for America organization to organize more than about 2 dozen supporters, but Jones did manage a rally before America's largest mosque on April 7th. By Any Means Necessary mustered a larger opposition, though better kept a distance apart by volunteering policemen than at Jones last Dearborn appearance in June.

Pastor Jones announced his intentions to burn a Quran if Iran doesn’t release an imprisoned pastor sentenced to death sentence after converting from Islam to Christianity. (World Net Daily) Jones said in a radio interview that Iran has until April 28 to release Youcef Nadarkhani, currently facing death for preaching Christianity in Iran.

Florida Pastor Terry Jones Demonstrates in Dearborn (WJBK Fox Detroit) Controversial Pastor Terry Jones brought his message back to Dearborn on Saturday. Jones says it is a free speech issue, and a federal judge agreed. The Florida pastor rallied in front of America's largest mosque -- the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. Only a small crowd turned out. Click on the video player to watch Ron Savage's report.

Florida pastor draws more critics than supporters at Dearborn rally

Speaking in front of the biggest mosque in Michigan, the Florida pastor known for burning the Quran blasted Islam and called upon Americans to take back their country. "Islam has one goal -- that is world domination," said Jones, wearing sunglasses, jeans and a faded black leather jacket. "It's time to stand up." Holding signs that read "I Will Not Submit," about 20 supporters cheered as Jones and his assistant spoke outside the Islamic Center of America, a Dearborn mosque that sits off Ford Road. Framed by the mosque's minarets, Jones said he is concerned that the growth of the Muslim population in metro Detroit and the U.S. will lead to the oppression of non-Muslims. "Muslims, no matter where they go around the world ... they push their agenda on the society," Jones said. "We must take back America."

The mosque was placed on lockdown Saturday afternoon, with about 30 police cars from Detroit, Dearborn, Wayne County and the State of Michigan surrounding the area, which also includes several churches. Traffic in and out was prevented, disappointing some worshipers who were not aware of Jones' rally and could not access the mosque. During the anti-Muslim rally, an electronic billboard at the Islamic Center read, "Happy Easter."

About 500 feet from Jones was a group of about 50 counter-protesters, some of whom were with By Any Means Necessary, a militant group rooted in Communism that uses confrontational tactics. Police prevented them from approaching the grassy area in front of the mosque where Jones spoke. Muslim leaders had urged people not to attend Saturday's counter-protest.

Unlike Jones' last two visits to Dearborn, this one was uneventful, with no arrests and no street clashes. In June, Dearborn police arrested six counter-protesters who confronted Jones as he walked toward the Arab festival in Dearborn after he held an anti-Islam rally at Dearborn City Hall.

And two months before that, in April 2011, police arrested some counter-protesters after they swarmed across Michigan Avenue to challenge Jones as he was speaking at City Hall.

Biblical archaeology- Was the Exodus story myth or history? "Exodus Decoded"- director Simcha Jacobovici

Where is the real Mt. Sinai? Simcha Jacobovici discusses his documentary, "Exodus Decoded," and related topics in biblical archaeology with JooTube.


Passover message from a Christian Pastor - "We stand against anti-Semitism and all for Israel"

Rev. Sam Clarke (of Proclaiming Justice to the Nation) declares that Christians have a religious obligation to respect Jews and Israel. Not to do so, he feels, would be displeasing to G-d Almighty. He, like Pastor John Hagee, rejects "replacement theology" among Christians- maintaining that G-d's covenant with the Jews has not been replaced by the Christians. Rev. Clarke stands firmly against Christian anti-Semitism and encourages Christians to stand with Israel and the Jewish people.

Pro-Israel Americans from coast-to-coast congregate at AIPAC Policy Conference

Rabbi Ed Feinstein addresses Los Angeles' Temple Valley Beth Shalom delegation attending AIPAC Policy Conference in 2012.

Southern Californians constitute the largest contingent which flies in to attend the annual Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.