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Pick on Israel Club has a bad couple of weeks

Posted by rabbiart on February 26, 2010

Massive kudos to Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer. Forced to play all her matches on an outdoor court for security reasons in the recent Dubai tournament, she beat three players with better rankings before succumbing to Venus Williams in the semifinals. Her quarterfinal win was over 10th ranked Li Na of China. That would be China, a country with a totalitarian government that is systematically repopulating Tibet with ethnic Chinese, which ruthlessly suppresses any internal dissent (say, doesn’t Israel allow representative in the Knesset who openly question the very legitimacy of the country?), and is the country most responsible for the world’s inability to stop the massacre of hundreds of thousands of innocents in Darfur. Hmm. I don’t recall ever seeing reports of protests against Chinese tennis players.
In the news this week, the discovery of a 3,000 year old wall that lends archaeological support for a Bible passage on King Solomon and provides even more foundation for the Jewish people’s historical connection to the land of Israel.
Finally, just days before Purim (almost too good to be true), the Iranian leader whom Jay Leno calls “Im a nut job” (welcome back Jay!), met with Syrian President Bashar Assad and a handful of Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders to proclaim that “the criminal state of Israel is doomed.” That would be Bashar Assad, who inherits from Hafez el-Assad, who when faced with a threat from his own people, leveled the town of Hama (literally, not figuratively), killing a minimum of 10,000 and perhaps as many as 25,000 Syrians, mostly civilians.

Word to the (not so) wise -Assad, Ahmadinejad and friends. Go home and read the Book of Esther, dudes, and check your ID papers. Chances are someone has changed your name to Haman, ymach shmo. To borrow from and paraphrase The Boss, aka Bruce Springsteen (listed in Jack Moline’s book under ‘people we wish were Jewish’). We’re still here, they’re all gone…. You will be too, b’mheara uv’yamenu!

But hey…. Chag Sameach.

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