Miriam Shaviv



Fast-roping 101

By Miriam Shaviv, June 7, 2010

 

Via Abu Muqawama, a blog on insurgencies and counter-insurgencies hosted by the Center for a New American security. Take a look also at this post, particularly the bits about Israel's loss of deterrence and its army's loss of standing amongst other military personnel.

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Giving Hamas a chance

By Miriam Shaviv, June 7, 2010

Nick Cohen, in the Guardian, has written an impassioned and generally excellent piece on the real reason the Arab states attack Israel, and the effect this has on Western liberals. Read it in its entirety.

Towards the end, however,  he makes the following disturbing suggestion:

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The question Israel's accusers have failed to answer

By Miriam Shaviv, June 3, 2010

A confused editorial, I think, in the Times today.

The bulk of the leader is spent explaining why the passengers on the Mavi Marmara were a "lynch mob" who were clearly out to kill Israeli soldiers, there not to deliver aid but to gain publicity. It also asks some difficult questions of the Turkish government and its role in this episode (though in my opinion, not difficult enough).

So far, so good - in fact, so refreshing.

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Analysis: Facts no longer matter to media

By Miriam Shaviv, June 3, 2010

I could hardly bring myself to read the accounts of the raid on the Mavi Marmara ship in the British press on Monday. It was simply too painful.

First, it was obvious that by opening fire Israel had committed a fatal strategic error, walking into a trap set by the so-called "peace activists". How could it have been so stupid?

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Solitude and fresh air under a glass roof

By Miriam Shaviv, June 3, 2010

On our first morning in Centre Parcs, my three-year-old daughter stood staring out the patio window of our cottage, into Longleat forest.

"Imma," she turned to me. "Is that a dog?"

I'm not quite sure what I imagined - a snarling dingo? One of the neighbour's pets preparing to pounce? I rushed to the window.

There, right on our doorstep, stood a deer and a bambi. Completely oblivious to our presence, they grazed for a minute or two and quietly trotted off.

It was a stunning moment, which for me encapsulated the Centre Parcs experience.

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If Lady Gaga was Jewish...

By Miriam Shaviv, June 3, 2010

In case you've missed it, this video of the 'Tichel Cuties' covering Lady Gaga with a Jewish twist is currently going viral:

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Why Israel is unlikely to get a fair press in Europe

By Miriam Shaviv, June 3, 2010

I could hardly bring myself to read the accounts of the raid on the Mavi Marmara ship in the British press on Monday. It was simply too painful.

First, it was obvious that by opening fire Israel had committed a fatal strategic error, walking into a trap set by the so-called “peace activists”. How could it have been so stupid?

But beyond that, it was the media’s demonisation of Israel — its insistence Israel was evil in intent, not merely inept — which felt unbearable.

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Why dictionaries should be allowed through the blockade...

By Miriam Shaviv, June 1, 2010

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators, again, show a limited understanding of the word 'peaceful':

Protesters demonstrating against the Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid ship have attempted to storm the BBC in Manchester.

More than 800 people marched through the city centre
and down Oxford Road, where the crowd surged at the BBC's entrance,
smashing its front doors.

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Covering up a shocking crime

By Miriam Shaviv, May 21, 2010

No subject has irritated the Orthodox world more, this year, than sexual abuse perpetrated by its religious leaders.

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Chag sameach

By Miriam Shaviv, May 18, 2010

I'm going to be away for the next week or so - so blogging is going to be light-to-non-existent. See you back here on the 27th.

Meanwhile, chag sameach!

Miriam

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The Lubavitcher Rebbe, frustrated engineer

By Miriam Shaviv, May 14, 2010

A new biography of the Lubavitcher Rebbe by two experts on the strictly Orthodox community is coming out at the end of the month.

Shmuley Boteach, getting in with an early review, gives a sneak preview:

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How the book of Ruth impacted the English language

By Miriam Shaviv, May 14, 2010

Over the past few weeks, in the runup to the festival of Shavuot which falls next week, some friends and I have been studying the book of Ruth.

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George Osborne's alleged Jewish connection

By Miriam Shaviv, May 12, 2010

So we have a new Chancellor - Gideon Osborne.

Yes, that's right. Gideon.

He changed his name to George as a teenager. 

Struggling to come to terms with the personal betrayal, the FT's Gideon Rachman reads perhaps a little too much into this

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Lady Jakobovits's grace under fire

By Miriam Shaviv, May 11, 2010

A lovely Lady J anecdote from Nathan Jeffay in the Forward:

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Frum fashion

By Miriam Shaviv, May 11, 2010

 

Introducing the YamulKap, which allows you to wear your kippah while protecting yourself from the sun.

Of course, a visor and a couple of hairclips does the same thing. Or a baseball cap. And you don't look stupid.

Somehow I suspect these are not going to take off.

(Via)

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When rubbish theology backfires

By Miriam Shaviv, May 10, 2010

So the volcanic ash cloud is heading towards Israel, and may force the closure of its airspace.

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Boris's loose grip on Middle East reality

By Miriam Shaviv, May 10, 2010

Our mayor, Boris Johnson, is worrying me. He writes this morning:

The whole thing is unbelievable. As I write these words, Gordon Brown is still holed up in Downing Street. He is like some illegal settler in the Sinai desert, lashing himself to the radiator...

Illegal settler in the Sinai desert? Who on earth can he be referring to - the Egyptians?

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Judge Goldstone responds to death penalty story

By Miriam Shaviv, May 6, 2010

We asked Judge Goldstone to confirm the report in Yediot that as a judge in the South African court of appeal, he sentenced 28 people to death. Here is what he had to say:

I have seen a translation of today's "preview" in Yediot. The facts relating to the death penalty are:

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Judge Goldstone sentenced 28 people to death

By Miriam Shaviv, May 5, 2010

More trouble ahead for that champion of human rights, Judge Richard Goldstone.

According to Yediot Achronot, as a judge on the South African court of appeals in the 1980s-90s, he sentenced no less than 28 (!) black people to death, writing in one of his verdicts: "The gallows is the only deterrent for murderers".

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Anyone fancy some Jew's Ear Juice?

By Miriam Shaviv, May 4, 2010

You've heard of Yinglish - the mixture of Yiddish and English? Now, courtesy of the New York Times, comes Chinglish - the mixture of Chinese and English:

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