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Mickey Louis Mayon, a member of the Ku Klux Klan, has been on the American 100 most wanted list for quite some time. He was wanted for several federal crimes, such as membership of a racist group, racially motivated violence and setting fire to federal property. Luckily enough, this nasty fellow was arrested earlier this week.
And this is where the story gets interesting, because he was arrested here — in Tel Aviv.
One can’t help to wonder what he was doing hiding from the law in the Jewish state of all places. Maybe he got confused about why Tel Aviv is called the White City? In any case, even a Klan-member can’t be so thick that it’ll take him more than a year to realize that we are in fact talking about a city packed with Jews?
I’m not the only one who’s puzzled by Mr. Mayon’s choice of hideout. Via the excellent magazine Heeb I found this lovely white supremacist site, where some innovative (conspiracy) theories are launched.
The creators of this controversial, South Park-esque duo are called Tom Trager and Or Paz, and on the Ahmed & Salim website, they state that their goal is to “entertain and offend everybody”. They also provide viewers with an e-mail address, as well as with links to their Facebook profiles, “for any questions, death threats and comments”.
Their animated terrorist brothers are sparking a row all over the internet, but despite — or perhaps because — of this, the ranks of their followers on YouTube grow every day.
Is it in good taste? Most certainly not.
Funny? Well, you be the judge.
Pesach is over.
Of course it was a lot of fun, and we all enjoyed the badly needed vacation, but nonetheless a collective sigh of relief rises from the house of Israel when we sink our teeth into the first freshly baked post-Passover pita or steaming hot pizza slice, straight from the oven.
It’s funny how this holiday has a serious problem with its focus. I mean, isn’t it supposed to be all about the Exodus from Egypt? So how come everybody seems so obsessed with the provisions? You only have to raid the internet to find plenty of examples of this phenomenon, such as this clip, and this one.
Personally — for the first time ever — I actually managed to calculate my matzah consumption in such a masterly way, that I ran out of the stuff when the holiday ended. For those of you whose planning wasn’t quite as spot-on, I can recommend this musical tip that would make both Martha Stuart and Odetta jealous.
Anyone who knows anyone who owns a car in Tel Aviv has heard their complaints about the problems of finding parking in this city. I’ve lived here for a couple of years now, so these litanies are familiar to me but so far I’ve been spared from the actual first-hand experience of circling side streets for hours in the vain pursuit of a parking spot.
That is, until yesterday.
I returned from Herzliya Pituach at around ten thirty at night and started to look for parking somewhere in the area of Ibn Gvirol-Pinkas-Remez-Jabotinsky.
Exactly. I could just as well have looked for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
The whole experience reminded me of this clip that circulates among frustrated car-owners in the White City.
Per Gudmundson doesn’t merely spread pearls of wisdom on the op-ed pages of Svenska Dagbladet — he also keeps a blog that I highly recommend. In one of his latest blog posts, Gudmundson calls attention to an interesting detail in the planning for a future episode of the TV-show Existens (“Existence”) on Swedish Public Television, SVT. Existens is a secular TV-show that deals with the meeting between religion and societal developments.
Now they’ve decided to look into how the escalating Mid East conflict influences religion. Sounds like an excellent idea to me. As Per Gudmundson points out, the former archbishop of Sweden, K G Hammar, isn’t prepared to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust because of his antipathy toward Israel, a high-profile trial is on in Malmö where a local charitable organization is accused of having channeled millions to Hamas, Jewish community buildings have been the target of arson attacks and a peaceful manifestation in support of Israel has been attacked by violent counter-demonstrators. And all of this in the last month.
In light of this development it seems timely indeed to look at whether, and if so how, religion plays into this wave of antisemitism that has risen in Sweden. According to an e-mail published here by Per Gudmundson, the focus of the show will apparently be Islam (Christianity isn’t mentioned at all). But interestingly enough, Eva Renström, who penned the e-mail in question, has apparently noticed growing Jewish radicalization and intolerance. Among the Jews in Sweden.
Really? Has she found Jews attacking pro-Palestinian demonstrators, violently breaking up their demonstrations? Has she come across Jews collecting money for some secret and unknown Jewish terror organization that murder Palestinian civilians? Has she heard of Jews burning down mosques or attacking Muslim community centers?
That’s a show I’ll make sure to watch.
Per Gudmundson also writes about this interesting choice of angle here in SvD.
What do you do on a dull, rainy Sunday afternoon at the office in the middle of January?
Well, today I held boredom at bay for a few hours trying to decode the Icelandic on this blog, featuring some gay porn, the Pope — and my boss, ambassador Dore Gold, talking about the developments in Gaza.
If you lack the proper linguistic skills, the combination can seem a bit random.
The op-ed page at Svenska Dagbladet has a highly recommended blog, and in one of the latest installments there, Sanna Rayman comments on the Mid East debate in Sweden — a topic addressed earlier here as well. She writes about hypocrisy, an sms-ing physician in Gaza and an old-new conspiracy theory. Apparently, there’s a rumor going about that McDonald’s — and sometimes Coca Cola as well — plan to donate everything they make on Saturday to the Israeli war effort, and thus people are asked not to buy their products.
This ridiculous rumor reminds me of a similar one that was wide-spread in the Middle East a few years ago. According to that conspiracy theory, Pepsi was in fact short for “Pay-Every-Penny-to-Support-Israel”, and Arabs and other supporters of the Palestinian struggle were requested not to buy that particular beverage.
One is almost tempted to see some kind of divine justice at work here, since Pepsi actually joined the Soviet-Arab embargo against Israel, promising not to do business with the Jewish state as long as they — and not the other brand of Cola — would get access to the markets in the Soviet Union and in the Arab states allied with Moscow. This is the reason why one could only find Pepsi behind the Iron Curtain and — until recently — in many Arab countries.