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The Terror Wrist

January 5, 2016 3:42 am
Here's a video filmed December 30th and published on Youtube 3 days ago. It shows an armed settler thug, with 6 IDF soldiers with a dumb look on their faces in tow as he invades a school in Hebron to film and spook the hell out of the Palestinian students. Terrorism at its best https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2l1edJhw7s The idea is to trick the system by asking it banal questions but another  way of doing it is by asking Google in French although it yields English results. Very tiring and annoying process of having to play games with Google to get answers about Israel's evil deeds, but there is no better service. To get this above recent video on Hebron, I entered " troisième intifada en Palestine décembre 2015   Also related from the Monitor of Nov 25th: "Israel meets with Google and YouTube to discuss censoring Palestinian videos Wednesday, 25 November 2015 13:29  963  380    17  1433   Google Logo   Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely has met with representatives of YouTube and Google to discuss ways to cooperate in what she calls the fight against “inciting violence and terrorism”. Israel’s Maariv newspaper reported yesterday that Hotovely agreed to work with Google and YouTube in order to establish a joint working mechanism to monitor and prevent the publication of “inflammatory material” originating in the Palestinian territories. Since the latest escalation of violence between Palestinians and Israeli security services that erupted at the beginning of October, many people have been sharing videos depicting Israeli aggression towards Palestinians to highlight the Palestinian perspective of the conflict. London-based Arab newspaper Al-Araby Al-Jadeed has expressed concerns that the meetings suggest moves towards censoring Palestinian material on the part of the Israeli state." https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/22471-israel-meets-with-google-and-youtube-to-discuss-censoring-palestinian-videos  

Cyborg of Galilee

January 2, 2016 2:10 pm
Hi Taxi, great writing. Gone through the very picturesque Part I  and will continue a bit later. Very nice, I can see how much you love the land.

Merry Christmas from Arabia!

December 27, 2015 3:42 am
And another thing, Taxi, men seeing such dancers in close proximity to them gives them the false feeling of being Shahriar, a fictional character straight of the medieval "One Thousand and One Nights". The women accompanying the men that are ogling the dancer play a supporting role in this charade by pretending it's not really bothering them or that they are slightly jealous but in the end it's all taken in good humour by all since the dancer disappears for good after the act. This wasn't much different from the American go-go dancers in short-shorts and boots that would do a 3-minute dance number on top of the patron's tables for 5 bucks or the flimsily-dressed waitresses serving beer at a truck stop. Same stuff but different geographical location.
December 26, 2015 2:11 pm
"I would love an explanation to this. " (Taxi) I'm not much of an expert on the subject especially that I can't stand it and never did.. Most Mediterranean bordering lands have it is some form or other so it's not exclusive to Arabs. Its roots , much like veil and the ceremonials held at the Kaaba predate Islam and it was just one of those things the Moslems picked up on their way. In the not too distant past, belly dancers to stay out jail had to cover their navel with some kinds of faux-bijoux and a semi-translucent covering for the part of the body between the lower costume to the underside of the bustier. Today, most belly dancers are blond blue-eyed Ukrainians or Russians and the dancing especially in front of kids in restaurants is one of the first steps towards the devalorizing of women. Aside from the commercialized dancing intended to arouse male senses and ensuing heavy tipping, the music is actually great. There are a few dancers that actually dance a nice oriental dance without the sexy stuff and it's very graceful..  
December 27, 2015 5:27 am
You can also say there's art in strip-tease. The dance is supposed to be "oriental dancing" but picked up the tab "belly" along the way because it was danced by very plumpish dancers that could do the belly thing by breathing in and out that made the belly ripple up and down like waves, something rather hard to do with skinny or shapely ladies. Here's a video of a classical oriental dance (by Samia Gamal that Bintbiba mentioned) without the incessant shaking of that thing and of the boobs; it's actually very graceful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJNHfmETiVk
December 29, 2015 2:24 pm
"bellydancing takes much practice and physical discipline" (Taxi)   That's what they used to tell the ladies to get them to enroll for dancing lessons at the "Y". Professional stripping used to be harder because the strip dancer had to keep stalling the climax of their act until the men were ready to jump out of their skin. Belly dancing without the pole, as opposed to classical oriental dancing, had the same objective. I doubt there are any strippers still around.
December 26, 2015 12:24 pm
Hi Taxi, hope you had a nice Christmas. I'm sure you've been following Manar TV all week with its celebration of Christmas carols and the parade of many Christian clerics that included bishops discussing the life of Jesus and how he served as a model for all mankind. For those that don't know Manar TV, it's the Hizbullah station. This year's Christmas was extra special in that it coincided with the birthdate of the prophet. So for Moslems, it was a double celebration.

Line In The Sand

December 10, 2015 5:49 pm
The Serbian guy who wrote about the Saker sure sounds like he's got a huge axe to grind. I'd take this unknown's declaration with a gran of salt until the story gets cleared up. If one goes to the "About" page on the Saker, he'd find it's a bio of sorts that contains 80% of what the Serbian guy supposedly revealed. Now a good part of the bio in the 4 pages of "About" are updated as of December 2015. The question is whether the Saker updated his short bio because he felt it was time to reveal it or if he did it because he knew the Serbian guy was going to reveal stuff unless it had been already revealed by the Serbian.  

Apologies from Plato’s

November 29, 2015 4:31 pm
Sorry to hear about your dog's problems, Taxi. My daughter went through this about 4 or 5 years ago and she still talks about it.

I read the news today – oh dear

December 2, 2015 1:36 pm
It's something of a good cop-bad cop story. The US supposedly had the flight plan of the Russian jet so it can be assumed so did the Turks. It could be an American-instigated "shot across the bow" thing in response to the cruise missiles from the Caspian showing off.
November 30, 2015 2:16 am
"Meanwhile, Erdogan just expressed regret for shooting down that Russian jet. Why Crocodile tears, C&D. the man regrets nothing. Last week he was bragging about getting his gas from Qatar and Iran and his vegetables from Israel. The economic sanctions by Russia are very far reaching. It seems that the downing of the Russian plan was a deliberate ambush for what the Russians have been doing to Syria's Turkmen. Erdogan's dream is t have a Turkmen area.at Syria's borders with Turkey. Not long ago, thanks to Turkey's air power and sup;y of arms, the Turkmen reached the Med and were well on their way of securing a state. Then in October the Russians got into the game and the Turkmen started losing the ground they had previously gained. The Russian plane was coming back from a bombing run against the Turkmen.. To compound his problems, Erdogan this week said it was his duty to defend Turkmen aspirations from the Med to the Balkans. Putin has over 18 million edgy Turkmen spread out over Russia and its federation.
November 28, 2015 6:04 pm
Taxi it's not a commercial office but a liaison office directly tied to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which is headquartered in Abu Dhabi. The UAE has denied any change of relations with Israel and said that the office will be strictly for IRENA business (wink-wink). You and I know very well that this is a gimmick towards normalizing relations with Zionists. For years now, The Israeli barracuda Lev Leviev of Bi'lin infamy has operated upscale jewelry shops in UAE's Dubai malls. There are other Israeli retailers operating in Dubai. Where does that put the Palestinian issue? At least the Emiratis are not being hypocritical about it. The Palestinian cause is toast as far as Arab states are concerned. While it doesn't accept Israeli passports, Abu Dhabi on several occasions in the past has allowed Israeli athletes to compete in the UAE. The Palestinians' star negotiator Erekat had something important to say about Israel's Abu Dhabi offices. He told Jazeera he was not aware of the reports but that he will confer with Palestinian leadership next week to discuss the developments. What's Erekat's rush? http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/israel-open-office-renewable-energy-abu-dhabi-151127184424647.html

Russia Destroys The Greater Israel Dream

January 8, 2016 5:46 am
  "I thought that Jesus was referred to in Roman dispatches to Rome. Or in some way, his existence was recorded by the Romans. " (al) Al, you are probably thinking of the 90AD writings of the Roman-Jewish historian Flavius Josephus that wrote of Jesus as well as of Jesus' brother "James" ttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus_on_Jesus    
December 31, 2015 3:07 pm
Speaking of destroying the Greater Israel Dream, a new twist of events that could prove very interesting how the US will wiggle its way out of it. A lawsuit against the American government's Treasury Dept.  by Susan Abulhawa and other Americans; in Al-Jazeera, the link includes the actual lawsuit   US sued over donations for illegal Israeli settlements Lawsuit targets US Treasury Department for allowing billions in tax-exempt donations to support Israel's landgrabs. Ali Younes | 30 Dec 2015 Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker
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A lawsuit has been filed in a US court seeking to stop non-profit groups from sending billions of dollars worth of tax-exempt donations to support illegal Israeli settlements and the Israeli army. A group of American citizens filed the suit on December 21 against the US Department of Treasury, claiming about 150 non-profits have sent an estimated $280bn to Israel over the past two decades. The lawsuit claims the donations were "pass-throughs" and "funnels" to support the Israeli army and the illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.  In the US Internal Revenue Code, these organisations are identified as "501(c)(3)", and donors are given tax-exempt status and allowed to claim a tax deduction on their gift.   Sheldon Adelson, an American casino magnate, and several other wealthy pro-Israeli businessmen were named in the lawsuit as donors but not as defendants. The Treasury Department declined to comment on the suit, stating in an email to Al Jazeera: "We don't comment on pending litigation." Susan Abulhawa, a Palestinian-American writer and human rights activist who  put her name on the 73-page lawsuit, said it is about seeking justice for the Palestinian people." http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/sued-donations-illegal-israeli-settlements-151230080026247.html
January 8, 2016 7:48 pm
Tony, in short, to deny the existence of Jesus is to deny the veracity of the Noble Quran wherein Jesus is mentioned 59 times in name (Issa) or in reference such as "the Messiah" or "Son of Maryam" with a whole chapter (Maryam) devoted to the Annunciation and to the virgin birth of Jesus. The Prophet Muhammad, also known as Ahmad is mentioned 70 times. Maryam is the only woman to be mentioned by name at 24 times The winner with the most "mentions" in the Quran is Moses (Musa) at 136 times. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_mentioned_by_name_in_the_Quran