Thursday, January 08, 2009

Is the Media Fair and Balanced?

...An email that I just received. Is the media fair and balanced? You decide.

Another normal day in Southern Israel . . . .

Israeli family during a rocket alarm in Kfar Azza, Wednesday

Benjamin Netanyahu gave an interview and was asked about Israel's occupation of Arab lands.
His response was "It's our land". The reporter (CNN or the like) was stunned - read below "It's our land..." It's important information since we don't get fair and accurate reporting from the media and facts tend to get lost in the jumble of daily events.

"Crash Course on the Arab Israeli Conflict."

Here are overlooked facts in the current & past Middle East situation compiled by a Christian university professor:


1. Nationhood and Jerusalem. Israel became a nation in 1312 BCE, two thousand years before the rise of Islam.

2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.

3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 BCE, the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.

4. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 CE lasted no more than 22 years.

5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.

6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.

7. King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.

8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.

9. Arab and Jewish Refugees: in 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.

10 The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.

11. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is estimated to be the same.

12. Arab refugees were INTENTIONALLY not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own people's lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey .

13. The Arab-Israeli Conflict: the Arabs are represented by eight separate nations, not including the Palestinians. There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended itself each time and won.

14. The PLO's Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority.

15. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.

16. The UN Record on Israel and the Arabs: of the 175 Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel.

17. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.

18. The UN was silent while 58 Jerusalem Synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians.

19. The UN was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.

20. The UN was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like a policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

These are incredible times. We have to ask what our role should be. What will we tell our grandchildren about what we did when there was a turning point in Jewish destiny, an opportunity to make a difference?

Contact your Government representatives and voice your support for Israel to defend itself from the constant barrage of missiles being launched from Gaza at civilians in Israel. Say prayers for Israel's survival. Suggested Psalm 120 & 121

START NOW- Send this to other people you know and ask them to send it to others, Jew and non-Jew--it doesn't really matter.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Olivia and John

We had a blast photographing Olivia and John's wedding.

They got married last year... OK, so it was week and a half ago on December 27th :).

It's hard to believe that it was 60 degrees in December! Anyway, Olivia was beautiful and John was a handsome groom. Together, they were stunning. Here are a few images from the day. The rest should be online shortly.


Monday, January 05, 2009


Well, here it is, the fifth day of January 2009. Where does the time go?

You can tell you are getting older when the years do pass much more quickly than they did when you were younger.

I've been thinking about how people usaully wait until a new year to resolve to make changes in their lives. Usually weight loss, to quit smoking, to be a better person, etc. What's so special about January 1st that it magically makes people want to change their lives for the better?

Don't get me wrong. I think it's awesome that people want to make positive changes in their lives. I just think that once a year is too few and far between to do it. Why not make a new resolution once a month... or even better, once a week?

Today, I am implementing a new tradition. I am making a "New Day Resolution". That way, if I fall behind or need to tweek or change my resolutions, I don't feel like I've failed miserabley. I can just modify them the very next day!

Today's resolution is to keep this blog current. I hate looking at the blog and realizing that it's gone for months without any new information added to it. It took a bit of effort, but I was able to blow the dust off and make this post.

So there you have it. I have started 2009 with a new day resolution that I can stick to... and tomorrow, a new one. I would encourage you to do the same. Don't let the calendar dictate when you change your life.