Palestine Symphony in Jerusalem

The Palestine Symphony was founded in 1936,

and its first performances were in Tel Aviv.

These days there are plenty of cultural events in Jerusalem, Israel,

sometimes too many: I could be busy day and night.

Two Jerusalem women’s groups

joined together to sponsor a movie night as a fund raiser

for the educational institutions of AMIT and Emunah.

This year the movie was Orchestra of Exiles,

and it was so popular that there was an encore showing.

The Jews of Palestine in 1936 were thirsty for culture.

The Palestine Symphony was a huge success.

image Palestine, photo Palestine symphony, picture culture Palestine.

 The PA money machines are churning out cutsie videos

to rebrand Palestine and make up a cultural narrative.

The goal of The Real Jerusalem Streets is

 to be family friendly and apolitical.

But it is important to know history.

The Palestine Symphony musicians were all Jewish,

and was founded while the local Arabs were rioting from 1936-1939.

The Truth about Palestine needs to be shared,

not a narrative from a cleverly crafted script.

In 1948 the Palestine Symphony became known as

the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.

If you want the full story, see the film–

it was so fascinating that I watched it a second time.

And next week, another music festival is opening in the Old City.

7 New Signs in Jerusalem

My father was born in the USA and served in the army during World War II.

  He would not let even a small item made in Germany into our house.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her delegation of 16 German government ministers

just visited Jerusalem, Israel.

 Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed her with the words 

“Israel and Germany have a unique bond forged of tragedy and hope,

and a great friendship and cooperation.”

Then she was awarded Israel’s Presidential Medal,

a sign of how much things have changed.

2. Anyone who knows a 6-year old, kita aleph  first grader,

image table with food, photo food for party, picture decorated table

knows that countless tables with piles of food,

like this one in Heichal Shlomo,

are the reward for sitting through hours of presentations.

image sidur party, photo mesibat siddur, picture decorated cake

This artistic creation is a sign of a siddur party,

only one of this week’s many extravaganzas,

where new readers receive their first prayer-book.

image new bus line, photo bus Jerusalem, picture Israel bus sign

3. New bus signs were up on Friday.

Time will tell whether all the route and number changes are improvements.

But new #15 bus took us straight to bus station in minutes!

 There was another new sign near the bus stop.

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4. The “pillbox” got a new sign.

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Please read it carefully.

In Palestine, in 1936, Arabs were rioting against Jews.

Long before the State of Israel was established,

the British built these to protect and defend themselves against Arab attacks.

The new Cinema City had its grand opening this week.

There was a small protest because it is to be closed on Shabbat.

image poster in Hebrew, picture of activites in Jerusalem, photo of Hebrew poster

5. But also, this sign with many new Shabbat activities was posted.

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6. New signs for the Jerusalem Marathon seem to be popping up everywhere,

especially along the route of the March 21st race.

7. And to end with my favorite sign of spring,

image red flowers, picture anemoes, photo re flowers

the spring flowers blooming in the Valley of the Cross.

All photos available for purchase.

Incitement to Terror

Spending the day at the Jerusalem Citadel Hotel, one of the finest in Israel

is not the real streets…the rich and famous have stayed here.

On November 8, 2011, The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

along with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, sponsored a conference entitled

“Incitement to Terror and Violence-New Challenges, New Responses.”

It was held in the hotel ballroom.

I planned to just put the pictures on Facebook,

but with today’s IAEA report on Iran and the commemorations of Kristallnacht,

everyone should be aware of today’s incitement to hatred on the internet,

 illustrated in this Simon-Wiesenthal Center slide.

On the net, a talented but anti-Semitic Brazilian artist can reach around the world.

Speakers discussed growing anti-Israel feelings in western countries.

Prof. Robert Wistrich said demonizing Israel in Britain is becoming mainstream.

Illustrations provided by Itamar Marcus from the Palestinian Media Center

 show the PA publications as compared to the Nazi incitement drawings.

This is what the Arabic media is really saying about Israel

and these are the maps

they are showing.

Even a Red Crescent office displays an anti-Israel drawing.

U.S. Prof Gregory Gordon, a legal officer in the International Criminal Tribunal

 in Ruwanda, provided information on the media leading up to the genocide.

Read these steps of media incitement against the Tutsi,

think what the Palestinian Authority is doing today.

Iran,…incitement to terror or genocide?

Never again!?