Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Friday, 27 January 2012

A Garden of Eden in Hell (video)

It's Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January, and here's an uplifting video about a remarkable 108-year-old Shoah survivor and very gifted pianist, Alice Herz Sommer, now resident in London.

Hat tip: reader Shirlee


  1. Today on Yom HaShoah I would like to pay tribute to the Allied Forces who were given the task of liberating the concentration and work camps in Europe

    I have been thinking about my late father-in-law, who was in the 4th Armoured Division of the Coldstream Guards, which was part of the Allied Forces, who liberated Bergen Belsen. The nightmare of which was with him until the day he died aged 93.

    Here's a message from the Hon Julia Gillard and Peter Wertheim AM. Exec. Dir. of the ECAJ

  2. Thank you, Shirlee.