Dry Bones Comic Strip Creator Awarded Zion’s Builders Prize

The Dry Bones comic strip creator, Yaakov Kirschen, was awarded at the Knesset yesterday the Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion (“Zion’s builders”) Prize, which recognizes the achievements of outstanding Israeli immigrants from English-speaking countries and their contribution to the State of Israel.

Nefesh B’Nefesh said that Kisrchen’s strip “has provided a quintessentially Zionist, satirical and unique view of Israel to the world.”

Kirschen and his “Long Suffering Wife,” Sali Ariel, at the Knesset, after the award ceremony.

Hillary and the Hijab: Self-Degradation, or Just “House Rules”?

Last Friday’s Dry Bones is a belated attack on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for wearing a headscarf on a state visit to Islamic countries where women traditionally wear a ḥijāb.

Perhaps we have simply forgotten manners?

There is such a thing as “house rules”. When you are invited to someone’s home, you are a guest and you are expected to follow local rules and customs.

I don’t take off my shoes at home or at my synagogue. But some of my friends remove their shoes when they enter the front door, and I have no problem doing likewise. Similarly, the Tomb of the Patriarchs (The Cave of Machpelah) in Hebron can only be accessed via the Ibrahimi Mosque, so I remove my shoes for the occasion in deference to Muslim tradition.

When gentiles visit my synagogue, they don a yarmulkah in respect for our customs. This is simple politeness.

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Obviously, we keep our principles. When visiting a vegetarian home, I have no trouble adapting to their diet, but I will not eat treif meat to accommodate a non-kosher host. Eating meat is just a habit which I can adapt, but keeping kosher is a moral conviction which I would not compromise just out of politeness. Hopefully, my host would understand if I don’t eat and perhaps offer me a beverage or other acceptable alternative. In the end though the onus is on me to comply with the host’s rules, and if there is no mutually acceptable alternative then I should politely turn down the invitation.

In the case of a headscarf, it is not Hillary Clinton’s tradition to cover her head, but she probably does not have a moral conviction against ever having her head covered. Even if she would rather not — out of support for Islamic women who may be coerced into wearing the ḥijāb — it is not a pleasure trip. She comes at the plenipotentiary representative of the interests of the United States of America, so sometimes she has to “take one for the team” as it were.

Of course, when the favor is returned and foreign diplomats visit her on American soil, the visit is governed by our house rules so head coverings are optional for everyone, so Hillary chooses to not wear one.

It is simply a question of manners.

Cartoon reprinted courtesy of Yaakov (Dry Bones) Kirschen www.DryBonesBlog.blogspot.com.

Abbas Adopts Jesus as a Palestinian

(DEBKA) Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas sent this Christmas message to the world:

“In Bethlehem more than 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born, a Palestinian messenger who would become the guiding light for millions around the world.”

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said:

“Abbas should check his facts, read the New Testament before spouting such nonsense. But we forgive him, for he knows not what he does.”

Cartoons Courtesy of Yaakov “Dry Bones” Kirschen http://drybonesblog.blogspot.com/ and The Cartoon Kronicles @ http://cartoonkronicles.com

Staying the Course on Iran

Cartoon Courtesy of Yaakov “Dry Bones” Kirschen http://drybonesblog.blogspot.com/

— by Steve Sheffey

Iran continues its quest for nuclear weapons. Many red lines have been crossed, and it is easy to find past predictions that Iran would already have a nuclear weapon by now. At least part of the reason for the delay is increasingly tough sanctions, and “a series of covert actions including cyberwar or cyber-sabotage that included Stuxnet, Duqu, and Flame, assassinations of key scientists in the Iranian nuclear program, and unnatural explosions at key Iranian missile and steel plants.”

Iran has been slowed, but it continues to make progress. Some would accuse Israel of crying “wolf.” But as Graham Allison reminds us:

The children’s story about the boy who cried wolf is often cited to counsel against exaggeration of threat. We should remember how the story ends: The wolf actually arrives, and eats the boy.

Allison’s article on Iran is one of the best I have ever read on the subject. If you are looking for one article that explains where we are and what is going on with Iran, this is it.

What would you do?

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Don’t Cut Off Aid to Egypt

Cartoon reprinted courtesy of Yaakov (Dry Bones) Kirschen http://www.drybonesblog.blogsp…

— by Steve Sheffey

What is going on in Egypt is terrible. But we should not cut off aid to Egypt, at least not yet. Several authorities whom I respect say we should cut off aid to Egypt, but I am not sure that anything happening now should affect our rationale for providing military aid to Egypt. Aid at the current level began after the Egypt signed its peace agreement with Israel. Its purpose is to promote military and intelligence cooperation between Egypt and Israel, which enhances regional stability and is in the best interests of the United States.

We gave aid when Sadat oppressed the Egyptians. We gave aid when Mubarek oppressed the Egyptians. We gave aid when the Muslim Brotherhood, whose values are antithetical to our values, was elected. Many thought that the Brotherhood would never give up power, much as Hamas has never given up power in Gaza after winning a democratic election. We will never know.

Now, the Egyptian military has killed hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members. Bad things are currently happening to bad people. But the reasons for providing aid to Egypt remain valid. Could aid to a repressive regime make the Egyptians hate America? They are oppressing the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Muslim Brotherhood already hates Americans. There is no reason to believe that cutting off American aid to Egypt would turn the military into angels. If we cut off aid, we could remain with the same killing on the streets, plus less military and intelligence cooperation. How does that help? Unless we have a good reason to believe that military and intelligence cooperation will continue without U.S. aid, we should be very wary of reducing the current level of assistance.

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Releasing Murderers for Peace Negotiations: The Fight Begins Now

— by David Bedein

The impression that Israel has released 100 terrorists from jail last week, as the Arabs’ term for renewing the peace negotiations, is wrong. Israel has not yet released any murderers. The reality is that the Israeli government must now go through a mandatory “risk assessment” process for every murderer who may be released, as required by Israeli penal law.

In previous murderer releases, the Israeli government ignored that process, because Israeli lives were on the line: Gilad Shalit, Elchanon Tannenbaum, and others who were already dead, but the government of Israel held out the possibility that they were alive, as in the case of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.

Today, no lives of specific people are at stake — only the lives that freed convicts would kill. The Israel Resource News Agency’s Center for Near East Policy Research visited the prisons in which many of these Arab terrorist convicts are jailed, and produced the short film, For the Sake of Allah, where convicts state openly that if freed, they would resume their campaign of murder.

The mandatory “risk assessment” process must be applied for every convict, as mandated by the penal law in Israel. According to the highest sources in Israeli intelligence, such a process would result in the cancellation of some of the orders to free some of the murderers, whose presence on the streets of Israel constitute a threat to human life.

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Cartoon courtesy of Yaakov “Dry Bones” Kirschen

Tel Aviv Redefines Itself as “Most Gay-Friendly City in the World”

For: Gay Sports News

After becoming the first gay couple to wed in France, Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau celebrated their honeymoon with 100,000 people at Tel Aviv’s gay pride weekend.

On May 29, 2013, Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau were the first gay couple to be married in France after the country became the 14th in the world to legalize gay marriage and adoption. According to The Jerusalem Post, French Ambassador Christophe Bigot, who hosted the couple in Israel, said the couple represents the spirit of liberal French people, and he was excited to see them promote ‘tolerance and understanding’ around the world. Bigot said the couple was invited ‘to create new links between France and Israel’.

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Against: Catholic Online

Just over a week ago, François Hollande signed a law which utterly destroyed the concept of marriage as it was known in France since medieval times. Under the law, two individuals of the same sex may now call themselves “married.” Vincent Autin, 40, and Bruno Boileau, 29, were the first homosexual couple to get married under the new law. For their honeymoon, they visited Israel. The media followed the couple as though they were celebrities. They were invited to the opening event of Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride Month. In honor of the event, the pillars on the Old City Hall were lit up in rainbow colors with trance music blaring from speakers.

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Cartoon courtesy of Yaakov “Dry Bones” Kirschen.