UPDATES 7 pm Israel time, Sunday, November 2 2014:
—>Following yesterday’s missile attack on the Eshkol region, Israel announced the “indefinite” closure of the Erez and Kerem Shalom Crossings into Gaza yesterday.
However, in reality, nothing changed. The announcement was accompanied by the statement that “humanitarian goods” and people with “humanitarian needs” would still be permitted through. Those goods and people are all that go through the Crossings anyway.
Nevertheless, the Israeli statement of closure was enough to elicit a statement from Hamas this morning that if the Crossings aren’t opened immediately (including the Rafah Crossing into Egypt), Hamas will no longer abide by the ceasefire agreement.
Late this afternoon, Israel rushed to assure Hamas that the indefinite closure would end tomorrow.
Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.
—>Meanwhile, in a replay of so many missile attacks that took place before the recent war with Hamas, the IDF spokesman rushed to the podium this afternoon to tell us all that Hamas had arrested 5 people responsible for the missile attack.
What a sad joke.
Hamas is responsible for every missile attack that comes from Gaza. The IDF will do and say anything it can to avoid a military response to those attacks.
—>Rabbi Yehuda Glick continues to improve slightly following the assassination attempt on his life. However, he remains fully anesthetized and faces addtional surgeries this week including one tomorrow.
Nearly 300 people gathered for a prayer rally on his behalf yesterday at Safra Square in Jerusalem.
The Glick assassination attempt was the focus of a rancorous Netanyahu cabinet meeting today during which Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett blasted Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich, and Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino for doing nothing to protect Glick and little to stop the violence in Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, Likud MK Moshe Feiglin, picked up Glick’s mantle and proceeded to the Temple Mount today despite the protestations of PM Netanyahu who issued yet another tired statement today about maintaining the so-called “status quo”. Feiglin had some choice words about that status quo today:
“The status quo today is entrance for Muslims only. Not even a police officer can enter, not to mention an MK, minister or the prime minister. That is the status quo. The giving up of Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount. This will lead to conceding Jerusalem and the whole country.
As soon as a small child can pray here at this place, it will be completely clear who the place belongs to. However, there are so many efforts to prevent prayer. But these efforts will not succeed, they are on their last breath. These efforts to push us out of our blessed Mount will not succeed.”
—>Meanwhile (there are many “meanwhiles” today), the brave King Abdullah in Jordan, widely regarded as “a man of peace” and Israel’s “partner for peace” issued this “peaceful” statement concerning the Temple Mount in front of the Jordanian Parliament:
“Jerusalem, where the blood of our martyrs soaks the earth, is a holy deposit in our hands. We will continue to block Israel’s unilateral steps in Jerusalem and defend the holy places of Islam and Christianity.”
Where the blood of our martyrs soaks the earth? This was a speech straight out of Hamas and PLO playbook.
Your humble servant has long thought that the time has come to turn the tables on the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions Movement that seeks to delegitimize and destroy Israel. During the last several weeks, I have begun working on a telephone app that can be used to identify companies and institutions that support Israel, and companies and institutions that support BDS.
The name of my new app is “Support Israel! Boycott the BDS Boycotters“. The app is available through the Buycott website. It is completely free, and your humble servant receives no money whatsoever for it.
What your humble servant receives is the satisfaction that each person who gets the app is acting to support Israel and fight against BDS boycotts.
By installing the app on your phone, you can scan any barcode and receive one of three messages:
“You’re supporting this product” (this means that the company supports Israel)
“No personal conflicts” (this means that the company has not yet been entered in the database)
“You’re not supporting this product” (this means that the company supports BDS)
The app is a work in progress. The process of identifying companies and institutions to fit into either category is laborious. If you know of a company that supports BDS, I encourage you to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org detailing that information.
Thus far, the app has been available for less than a week–and this is the first time it has been publicized anywhere. More than 500 people have already gotten the app and joined the campaign against BDS. Please get the app on your phone, and tell your friends to join our campaign. We have a long, long way to go because we are starting from a point two years behind when the BDS campaigns began in earnest.
So how can you get the app? The process takes about 3 minutes.
1. Go to Google Play (or wherever you get your apps such as itunes).
2. Type in “Buycott” to search for the Buycott app
3. Go to “Buycott-Barcode Scanner”
4. Install the Buycott-Barcode Scanner on your phone.
5. Open the App.
6. Search for the campaign Support Israel! Boycott the BDS Boycotters
7. Join the campaign.
8. Start using the app. Use the barcode scanner when you go shopping.
What have you done for Israel today?