Friday, 30 April 2021

Who was Shimon Bar Yochai.


An Israeli national disaster occurred at the Lag B’Omer festival on Mount Meron in northern Israel on 28 April when 45 people were killed and 155 were injured when thousands people gathered in the tightly packed confines of a compound surrounding the grave of a Jewish saint.

The tragic incident threw new light on why a hundred thousand mainly Haredi Jews from Israel and abroad would make their way to this isolated site at this special time.

They go to pray and pay their respects at the grave of Shimon Bar Yochai, considered a Tzadik, a spiritual inspirational figure.

Such rare individuals are considered to be a bridge between man and G-d, where one’s prayers reach the Almighty through the spirit of the departed leaders. Many journey to this holy grave throughout the year to get closer to G-d.

So who was Shimon Bar Yochai?

Shimon was born in the Galilee of northern Israel. He was a religious student of the revered Rabbi Akiva who contributed to the Jewish holy book, the Mishnah, and who transcribed biblical   Abraham’s Book of Creation, dealing with the creation of the universe from a spiritual perspective.

Shimon was ordained by Rabbi Akiva.  Even as Shimon made his own way in life as a religious leader, he returned frequently to Rabbi Akiva for guidance and learning. His love for Rabbi Akiva was so profound that when Rabbi Akiva was thrown in prison by Hadrian, Shimon found a way to enter the prison and have Akiva teach him the ways and depths of Judaic spiritualism.

Rabbi Akiva was executed by the Romans following the failure of the Bar Kochba Revolt against Roman rule in the Holy Land.

The persecution of the Jews under Hadrian, and the death of Rabbi Akiva, drove Shimon Bar Yochai to protest against the cruel Roman oppression of the Jews in their conquered land.

Word of his anti-Roman sentiments reached the attention of the Roman governor who sentenced Shimon to death.

Shimon fled for his life and, for thirteen years, he and his son, Eleazer, hid in a cave near Gadera, surviving on a diet of dates and carob fruit.  Apparently, they were other Jews hiding in this remote spot. Shimon watched a bird escape the net of another Jew and fly away. He looked on this as an omen to leave and, as they left, so tradition says, he heard a voice saying, “You are free!”

He discovered that Hadrian had died.  He made his way north to Tiberias by the western waters of the Sea of Galilee where he soaked his body which had become festered with infections and disease from a decade and more of cave living.

In Tiberias, Shimon found the people had turned away from Jewish learning to spend their time totally dedicated to labor and work. He chastised them and undertook the spiritual purification of the people of the Galilee by teaching them the Torah and the words of the Jewish sages.

He established schools of learning and study.

In the later stages of his life, he journeyed to Rome to plead with the Roman emperor to lift the abolition of the Jews to celebrate the Jewish Sabbath and their holy festivals.

It is said that the emperor’s daughter was suffering from bad spirits. Some said she was possessed by demons. Shimon Bar Yochai cured the daughter and was rewarded by the emperor for his miracle by taking him to his treasury and invited him to take whatever he wanted. Instead of taking gold and jewelry, Shimon found the scrolls on which the anti-Jewish decree was written and tore them up in front of the emperor.

Shimon Ben Yochai returned to the Galilee and dedicated the rest of his life to biblical study and teaching.  He declared that not even prayer should interrupt the study of the holy Torah.

He was a voice for the spirit of repentance, saying that, “So great is the power of repentance that a man who has been wicked his whole life if he repented before the end is considered a perfectly righteous man.”

He declared that snobbery or a superior attitude to others is like idolatry of self. He raged against the public shaming of a neighbor. “One should rather throw oneself into a burning furnace than shame a neighbor in public.”

One warning by Shimon Bar Yochai strikes us as a possible modern premonition. Referring to his detestation of the Romans, and mindful of the Parthian War which broke out at the time of Antonius, Shimon Bar Yochai wrote, “If you have seen a Persian (Parthian) horse tied in Palestine, then hope for the arrival of the Messiah!”

Shimon Bar Yochai was the spirit of Jewish mysticism and Kabballah. Zohar first appeared under the name Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

It is believed that Bar Yochai died on the 33rd day of the Hebrew month of Omer, now known as the Jewish festival of Lag B’Omer when Jews make the pilgrimage to his grave on Mount Meron.

Believers say that Shimon Bar Yochai gave spiritual light to the world. Bonfires and candles are lit to symbolize the light and impact of his teachings, especially on the anniversary of his death. 

That is why devout Jews, in their thousands, were drawn to his grave at the time of the tragic events.

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai’s teachings include;

There are three crowns. The crown of law. The crown of the priesthood. The crown of kingship. But the crown of a good name excels them all.

The Holy One, blessed be He, has given three gifts to Israel. Torah, the Land of Israel, and the world to come.

Barry Shaw,

International Public Diplomacy Director,

Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Monday, 5 April 2021

Ilhan Omar. The most hypocritical person ever elected to power.

This is what Ilhan Omar tweeted after the killing of 18-year-old police officer William Evans.

“Heartbroken to learn another CP was killed while protecting the Capitol. My thoughts and prayers go out to the officer’s family and the entire Capitol Police force. The death toll would have been worse if the assailant had an AR-15 instead of a knife.”

What pretentious opportunism. How dare she politicize his tragic death before the young policeman was buried.

This woman is not “heartbroken” at all. She has been leading the charge brutalizing police officers, particularly white police officers, for over a year.

She has attended protests at which police have been spat at, physically attacked and sent to hospital. She is the one leading the charge to defund the police.

She insults the police every day, and then she comes on all sympathetic to the police to gain points for her demented followers.

Give me a break!

To counter her foolish remark about the death toll being worse if the assailant had an AR-15 instead of a knife, this form of murder is known in Israel as a vehicular terror attack. We are familiar with this form of terror and we know immediately who the perpetrators are and the insanity of their cause.

If Omar was honest, which she isn’t, she would admit that the attack would not have happened at all if the assailant had not been indoctrinated by Louis Farrakhan and the House of Islam.

This is something Omar knows intimately. She is admired by Farrakhan and is a fund-raiser for CAIR, the American arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, implicated in aiding Hamas, the Gaza-based Palestinian terror organization. Ilhan Omar is familiar with this type of un-American belief having been raised by a father and grandfather serving a Marxist Islamist dictator, Said Barre, in Somalia before coming to an America that she hates.

This woman values Somalia more than she values America, and yet they put her on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

You don’t have a gun problem in America. You have an Islamic terror problem in America. Remember 9/11, when some folk did something, according to a smiling Omar. This statement should have marked her out, but it didn't.

The big difference between 9/11 and what occurred outside the Capitol Building was that 9/11 was perpetrated by foreign terrorists. Officer Evans' killer was home-grown and domestically indoctrinated.

Truth be told, Ilhan Omar values Islam more than she values America. But even this is fake with her.

She married a white guy after divorcing her own brother. Her personal actions are an affront to devout Muslims and to regular Americans. She has proven herself to be an out and out anti-Semite and she hates Israel.

Yet she still sits in Congress. Shame on the Democrat Party.

When will American Democrats realize that they have an enemy of the state and an anti-Semite in their Congress spilling crocodile tears over a dead cop?

She has no right to speak about the problem. She is part of the problem.

The Democrats are silent. They are liars and cheats by protecting this person and her actions that weaken America. 

Omar and others sit in their temple and want America destroyed.

And now they are dictating policy in the Biden Administration.


Barry Shaw,

Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.


Thursday, 25 March 2021

The Problem with the Biden Administration.

The central problem with the Biden Administration is that people are not being selected for top jobs based on merit but on gender and race preferences.

This will rapidly lead to gross, even dangerous, ineffectiveness and abuse when linked primarily to advancing woke ideology rather than cost benefit service for the American people.

We are seeing appointees pushing radical agendas in positions and ministries that should be disconnected to issues of race and gender.

The latest in a long list of questionable appointees is the elevation of Rachel Levine to become the US Health Secretary.

Levine has a more lethal record than NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo for the crime of forcibly inserting Covid infected patients into elderly nursing homes leading to the death of thousands.

Pennsylvania is the most populous state for Covid deaths in nursing homes. At least 50% or more occurred in Levine’s elderly facilities under Levine’s direct orders. These figures are considered to be under-recorded and there are ongoing demands for more transparency by the state.

In Levine's case, she removed her own mother before admitting infected patients into her mother's Pennsylvania facility, a luxury she did not afford other concerned families.

Where Cuomo is, rightly, being investigated and hopefully punished and demoted for his crime, Levine is not only getting away scot free, she has been promoted as top honcho in the nation's health elite.

Reading through Levine’s CV it seems she was more involved with gender, race and transgender awareness in her state yet failed with central issues such as the pandemic in which her state has an appalling record.

The risk to the public of a Health Secretary putting an obsessive trans agenda ahead of other vital needs has been overlooked in their rush to appoints the first trans minister.

In an exchange with Senator Rand Paul in a Senate hearing, Levine refused to admit or deny that she favors indoctrinating children to reimagine themselves becoming a member of the other sex, or assisting them with medical and surgical "benefits" of a physical transition out of their natural sex and into an adopted gender. She parried his searching questions with non-answers.

This brings me to my central point.

The celebration of the advance of people of differing race, culture and gender should not be considered the prime qualification for any nationally responsible position.

It is merit based on actual accomplishments that must be the first qualification, not the second.

Particularly in the service of a country, race, gender and culture must always follow, not lead, the list of priorities required to be a leader. The jury is still out on Rachel Levine. 

This balance is vitally important for the physical and psychological health of any country. 

Israel seems to have got that balance right. The jury is still out on America, but the omens are not good.

Barry Shaw,

Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.


Something Gruesomely Weird is Happening in America.

Something gruesome and weird happened in America (where else?).
A man walked into a grocery store in Colorado and shot dead ten shoppers.
After watching the video of the shooter being arrested by the police, the race-obsessed media fell over themselves to describe the perpetrator as "a white man."
One up for the cancel culture race mob.
Woke race-baiters eagerly tweeted messages along the social media grapevine that this was a white crime.
Except the name of the balding pale looking gunman was given as Ahmed Al Aliwi Al-Issa, and that caused a problem for the anti-white hunters.
They couldn't call someone with a name like Ahmed Al-Issa a white man and get away with it no matter how pale his skin was. And, if his name does not cast him as white, no matter what his skin texture is, they are caught on a hypocrisy hook of their own making.
This is where these twisted progressives have taken us.
Amy Siskind was one of those knee-jerk judgmental idiots who got caught with an embarrassing tweet on 22 March in which she said, "It was almost certainly a white man (again)," referring to the killer. "If he were Black or Brown he would be dead."
When she learned the identity of the mass murderer she raced to her Twitter account to plead to her circle of judgmental fools with an air of pious hypocrisy, "Let's mourn for the victims, but not glorify the killer by having his name known."
Of course not. If he had been a real Caucasian she would have blasted his name in capital letters. But Ahmed? Let's keep his identity anonymous. We don't want to be caught calling out brown Muslims. That would be racist.
Twitter exposes the identity of the woke race-bating loonies, even as they support woke racism.
Another perpetrator, Meena Harris, tweeted about the Atlanta killer by saying "Violent white men are the greatest terrorist threat in our country."
Speaking as the founder of the Netanya Terror Victims Organisation in Israel, as we approach the anniversary of the Park Hotel Passover massacre when a decidedly non-white suicide bomber murdered 35 Jewish men and women at prayer, including elderly Holocaust survivors, and as an observer of America's history of terrorism, I can truthfully inform and educate Harris and Siskind that they are wrong and blindly dumb about the Atlanta massacre.
Harris deleted her original tweet to cover her tracks by claiming that the majority of mass shootings in the US "are carried out by white men."
Wrong again!
Twitter played its part in the confused woke mindset. It told Newsweek that characterizing Syrian Muslim Ahmed Al Aliwi A-Issa as a "white Christian terrorist" does not violate its misinformation policies."
That's a head-scratcher. If this does meet their community standards what does?
You can't stop these people because they can never be wrong in their woke racist fantasies.
According to Meena Harris's twisted logic, Ahmed Al-Issa is not white but white men are still bad.
That's how brainwashed people like Siskind and Harris, and Twitter itself, are so lost in the dark undergrowth of regressive progressivism they can't see the sunlight of common sense. There is little hope they will come to their senses any day soon.
Put Ilhan Omar into that mix,she of the "some people did something" notoriety. She believes that "Cops protect the humanity of white mass murderers," even as one cop was killed by the Muslim mass murderer.
She needs reminding that the Atlanta mass murderer was a brown Muslim just like herself. But I expect it would be racist to point out this accurate and truthful comparison.
We white guys are always guilty no matter the identity of the killers.

Barry Shaw. The View from Israel.

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Is IVERMECTIN the Covid killer drug?

Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), created and led by Professor Paul E. Marik and Dr. Pierre Kory, recently discovered that IVERMECTIN, an anti-parasitic medicine, has highly potent anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties against COVID-19. They then identified repeated, consistent, large magnitude improvements in clinical outcomes in multiple, large, randomized and observational controlled trials in both prophylaxis and treatment of COVID-19.

This review is the first to compile sufficient clinical data to demonstrate the strong therapeutic efficacy based on numerous clinical trials in multiple disease phases.

Half the controlled trials were published in peer-reviewed publications, the remainder taken from manuscripts uploaded to medicine pre-print servers. Though it is now standard practice for trials data to immediately influence therapeutic practices during the pandemic, given the controversial therapeutics adopted as a result of this practice, the FLCCC thought it imperative that major national and international health care agencies devote resources to more quickly validate these studies and confirm the major, positive epidemiological impacts that have been recorded when Ivermectin is widely distributed among populations with a high incidence of COVID-19 infections.

One year into the pandemic, little has proven effective to prevent disease progression to prevent hospitalization.  Fortunately, it now appears that IVERMECTIN, a widely used anti-parasitic medicine with known anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties is proving a highly potent and multi-phase effective treatment against COVID-19.

Although growing numbers of the studies supporting this conclusion have passed through peer review, approximately half of the remaining trials data are from manuscripts uploaded to medical pre-print servers, a now standard practice for both rapid dissemination and adoption of new therapeutics throughout the pandemic.

The FLCCC expert panel, in their prolonged and continued commitment to reviewing the emerging medical evidence base, and considering the impact of the recent surge, has now reached a consensus in recommending that Ivermectin for both prophylaxis and treatment of COVID-19 should be systematically and globally adopted.

The FLCCC recommendation is based on the following set of conclusions derived from the existing data, which will be comprehensively reviewed below:

1) Since 2012, multiple in vitro studies have demonstrated that Ivermectin inhibits the replication of many viruses, including influenza, Zika, Dengue and others.

2) Ivermectin inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication and binding to host tissue via several observed and proposed mechanisms.

3) Ivermectin has potent anti-inflammatory properties with in vitro data demonstrating profound inhibition of both cytokine production and transcription of nuclear factor-Κb, the most potent mediator of inflammation. 4) Ivermectin significantly diminishes viral load and protects against organ damage in multiple animal models when infected with SARS-CoV-2 or similar coronaviruses.  

5) Ivermectin prevents transmission and development of COVID-19 disease in those exposed to infected patients.

6) Ivermectin hastens recovery and prevents deterioration in patients with mild to moderate disease treated early after symptoms

7) Ivermectin hastens recovery and avoidance of ICU admission and death in hospitalized patients.

8) Ivermectin reduces mortality in critically ill patients with COVID-19.

9) Ivermectin leads to striking reductions in case-fatality rates in regions with widespread use. 

10) The safety, availability, and cost of Ivermectin is nearly unparalleled given its near nil drug interactions along with only mild and rare side effects observed in almost 40 years of use and billions of doses administered.

11) The World Health Organization has long included Ivermectin on its “List of Essential Medicines”.

The FLCCC in depth studies included;

Pre-Clinical Studies of Ivermectin activity against SARS-CoV-2.

Pre-Clinical studies of Ivermectin’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Exposure prophylaxis studies of Ivermectin’s ability to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

Clinical studies on the efficacy of Ivermectin in treating mildly ill outpatients.

Clinical studies of the efficacy of Ivermectin in hospitalized patients.

Ivermectin in post-COVID-19 syndrome.

Epidemiological data showing impacts of widespread Ivermectin use on population case counts and case fatality rates

The clinical evidence base for Ivermectin against COVID-19 including Controlled trials in the prophylaxis of COVID-19 (8 studies) and Controlled trials in the treatment of COVID-19 (19 studies), and the safety of Ivermectin.

A Discussion and a Conclusion that stated - Based on the existing and cumulative body of evidence, we recommend the use of Ivermectin in both prophylaxis and treatment for COVID-19. In the presence of a global COVID-19 surge, the widespread use of this safe, inexpensive, and effective intervention would lead to a drastic reduction in transmission rates and the morbidity and mortality in mild, moderate, and even severe disease phases.

This report is compiled from FLCCC data by Barry Shaw, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.


Tuesday, 16 March 2021

The Israeli Election. Leading Parties Economic Policies.

In Israel, much of the evening news swirls around the gossip about which party will sit with who in a new government coalition after the voting booth close on March 23.

What has been singularly missing from the chatterbox TV news programs has been the vitally important plans of each party over the future of the Israeli economy.

This brief summary will give you an idea of how each party intends to tackle the economy if gaining power.

This is important as Israel has a deficit estimated to be higher than 40 million shekels according to the Ministry of Finance. It will be the responsibility of a new government, if we get one, to finance this deficit and advance the country.

Assuming that the Likud regains power, the current Finance Minister, Yaakov Katz, has said he has no intention of raising taxes but has refrained from explaining how he intends to lower the deficit.

One of the reasons Israel is holding a March election was because the last coalition could not agree on a budget.

Katz claims that his proposed budget contained provisions that would lead to greater efficiency, investment, and job creation. In the last year, it has been left to innovators and the business community to generate additional income with the signing of joint ventures with the UAE and Bahrain business communities following the Abraham Accords between Israel and moderate Arab states.

Yesh Atid intends to widen the national debt by spending more money in the health system, education, work training for the Arab and the Haredi sectors, and by helping young people who want to set up their own business ventures.

They claim they will cut the costly government ministries to a maximum of eighteen. Most Israelis will think that even eighteen ministries are too many.

Yesh Atid claims they will deal with the deficit by promoting training in trades and technology. They want to raise the number of people employed in innovation from 9% to 15% of the workforce within three years, and then up to 20% within five years.

To help the innovation sector grow, they intend to invest in digital and scientific infrastructure.

They claim they will raise the money to finance this investment by adapting the taxation law to attract hedge funds to bring in the capital that will lead to new jobs.

The Yemina Party, led by Naftali Bennett who made his fortune creating an anti-fraud software company that exited in 2005 with $145 million, intend to apply the Singapore economic strategy of transformation from a production-based economy to an innovation-driven one.

Bennett’s plan calls for a dramatic tax cut for working families and business owners, and by cutting back regulations that are stifling the private sector. They also want to streamline the public sector by cutting back waste and saving money.

Yemina intends to freeze state budgets for five years, compelling the government to become more efficient. They will also do away with certain ministries including those of water and community development.

Gideon Saar’s New Hope Party intends to pass a budget with major structural reforms. They want to increase the competitiveness in sectors including banking, insurance, imports, planning and construction. They also want to reduce bureaucracy in government and national offices.

They also want to incentivize professional training in high productivity sectors, move to full digitalization in all public services which, they hope, will lead to a paperless and queue-less country.

The Labor Party budget reflects the far left ideology of its new leader, Meirav Michaeli.  They will halt investment in Judea & Samaria “in areas that will not remain under Israeli sovereignty in any future settlement and abolish what, in their opinion, are unwanted ministries.

They will raise taxes on the private and commercial sectors to provide greater social services to its citizens.

Benny Ganz’s Blue & White Party that blamed Netanyahu for not passing the Budget when in power, leading to this election, made a vague statement saying that the entire Israeli economy will need an injection of encouragement, and time to recover from the damage inflicted on it. We are already acting to prevent spending anarchy that will deepen the fiscal hole, to encourage a return to work and routine, and to create growth engines that will get the economy going through investment in infrastructure and innovation. The deficit will therefore not be the most urgent matter, and in Blue & White we will do everything to encourage people to return to work and to encourage investment."

Meretz plans to raise taxes on the wealthy, the creation of a new “billionaires tax” and also the introduction of a progressive inheritance tax at rates of 10-20% on inheritances over five million shekels, not including homes.

The Joint Arab List, like Labor and Meretz, will look to expand the deficit in order to alleviate social distress.  They want to save money by cutting the defense and settlement budgets, and impose higher taxation on capital gains and the wealthy.

On the other hand, the Religious Zionist Party want to impose a temporary coronavirus tax on high-paid public sector employees. They are also asking for the abolition of what they call “unnecessary jobs” in the public sector. They also want to see an across the board tax cut making for an easier environment for small businesses.

Barry Shaw,

Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

 (Acknowledgement for information published in Globes, The Marker and the Straits Times.)

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Support for truth and Israel from John Hopkins School of Public Health

 I received this email message from John Hopkins School of Public Health and wish to bring it to your attention.

Dear Barry,

At the end of January, we wrote to you about Global Health Now, the daily newsletter of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which had outrageously printed a letter-to-the-editor that charged Israel with “Vaccine Apartheid” for allegedly withholding vaccines from Palestinians because of their ethnicity.
Of course, the charge, which we have seen in multiple publications, is false. Israel has not withheld the vaccine from Palestinians. The Oslo Accords assign the responsibility for vaccinating Palestinians to the Palestinian Authority, and the PA Health Ministry stated in December that, “we are working on our own to obtain the vaccine from a number of sources. We are not a department in the Israeli Defense Ministry. We have our own government and Ministry of Health, and they are making huge efforts to get the vaccine.”

Thanks to your persistence, Global Health Now has printed a responsive letter by Bob Pollack, explaining to readers, in part, that:
Based on the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PA, the PA has always had total responsibility for all vaccination programs for its own people. The true “Other Side of the Story” is that Israel has been enormously successful in inoculating ALL of its citizens—Jews, Muslims, Christians, Arabs, Druze, Ethiopians, etc., and even Palestinian prisoners in its jails.

Please share widely.

Barry Shaw,
International Public Diplomacy Director,
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.