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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

09/14/11 Steven Shamrak Talks About The Arab-Israel Conflict – Forgotten Facts!

Arab-Israel Conflict – Forgotten Facts! – Intro1

for more information please visit: www.shamrak.com

The term "Palestinian" is itself a masterful twisting of history. To portray themselves as indigenous, Arab settlers adopted the name of an ancient Mediterranean tribe, the Philistines ("Invaders" in Hebrew), that disappeared out over almost 3000 years ago. The connection between this tribe and modern day Arabs is nil. Romans, in order to conceal their shame and anger with rebellious regions, changed the references to Judea and Samaria by naming them Palestine.

1. Nationhood and Jerusalem - Israel became a nation in the 14th century B.C.E. Two thousand years before the rise of Islam.

2. Since 1272 B.C.E. the Jews have had dominion over the land for up to 1,000 years with a continuous Jewish presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.

3. The only Arab dominion since the Arab invasion and conquest in 635 C.E. lasted no more than 22 years.

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

5. For over 3,000 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. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray facing Mecca (often with their backs toward Jerusalem).

8. In 1854, according to a report in the New York Tribune, Jews constituted two-thirds of the population of that holy city. (The source: A journalist on assignment in the Middle East that year for the Tribune. His name was Karl Marx. Yes, that Karl Marx.)

9. In 1867, Mark Twain took a tour of Palestine. This is how he described that land: A desolate country whose soil is rich enough but is given over wholly to weeds. A silent, mournful expanse. We never saw a human.

10. In 1882, official Ottoman Turk census figures showed that, in the entire Land of Israel, there were only 141 000 Muslims, both Arab and non-Arab.

11. A travel guide to Palestine and Syria was published in 1906 by Karl Baedeker; The book estimated the total population of Jerusalem at 60,000, of whom 7,000 were Muslims, 13,000 were Christians and 40,000 were Jews.

12. As the Jews came and drained the swamps and made the deserts bloom, Arabs followed. They came for jobs, for prosperity, for freedom. And, they came in large numbers.

13. In 1922, with what was widely acknowledged as the illegal separation of Trans-Jordan, the Jews were forbidden to settle on almost 77% of the Palestine, while Arab settlement went unrestricted and encouraged by British mandatory authority.

14. Prior to the Second World War Mojli Amin, a member of the Arab Defense Committee for Palestine, proposed the idea "that all the Arabs of Palestine will leave and be divided up amongst the neighboring Arab countries. In exchange for this, all the Jews living in Arab countries will leave and come to Palestine."

15. Did you know that Saudi Arabia was not created until 1913, Lebanon until 1920? Iraq did not exist as a nation until 1932, Syria until 1941; the borders of Jordan were established in 1946 and Kuwait in 1961. Any of these nations that would say Israel is only a recent arrival would have to deny their own rights as recent arrivals as well. They did not exist as countries. They were all under the control of the Turks. Over 80% of the original British Mandate land was given to Arabs without population transfer of Arabs from the land designated for Jews.

16. In 1947, the Jewish state huddled on 18% of the original British Mandate land. The Jews accepted it gratefully. The Arabs rejected it with a vengeance and seven Arab states immediately declared war against Israel.

17. In 1948, the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Most of them left in fear of being killed by their own Arab brothers as traitors.

18. Some 850,000 Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab countries, due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.

19. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is claimed to be around 630,000 (where did they get this number?). Based on population census, estimated number of Arabs who left Israel was around 460,000. They were ordered to leave by Arab leaders at the time.

20. From 1948 till 1967 Arabs made no attempt to create a Palestinian state. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated, 58 synagogues in Jerusalem were destroyed and the Jews and Christians 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.

21. Arabs began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1964 only, on the initiative of Egyptian-born Yasser Arafat. The idea became popular Arab propaganda tool after Israel re-captured Judea, Samaria and Gaza in the defensive 6-Day War of 1967.

22. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, Arab-Palestinians are the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own peoples' lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel.

23. Arab refugees INTENTIONALLY were not absorbed or integrated by the rich Arab oil states that control 99.9 percent of the Middle East landmass. They are kept as virtual prisoners by the Arab power brokers with misplaced hatred for Jews and Western democracy.

24. There is only one Jewish state. There are 60 Muslim countries, including 22 Arab nations.

25. The PLO's Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel.

26. Pan-Arabism or the doctrine of Muslim Caliphate declares that all land that used to belong to Muslims must be returned to them. Thus, Spain, for example, must eventually be re-conquered.

Ethnic Make Up of 'Palestinians'.

Extracts from: "Bosnia - Motherland of "Palestinians" by Manfred R. Lehmann and "Palestinians 'Peoplehood' Based on a Big Lie" by Eli E. Hertz.

Arab Palestinian nationality (which was officially forged in 1964) is an entity defined by its opposition to Zionism (the Jewish national liberation movement) and not by its national aspirations.

Like a mantra, Arabs repeatedly claim that the Palestinians are a native people of Israel. The concept of a 'Stateless Palestinian people' is not based on fact. It is a fabrication! The following is a chronology of an ethnic make up of so-called Palestinians and their origin.

During Ottoman Empire.

Until the Jews began returning to the Land of Israel in increasing numbers from the late 19th century, the area called Palestine was a God-forsaken backwash that was controlled by the Ottoman Empire.

1880-84 Turkish government settles Muslim Circassian refugees in the Golan to ward off Bedouin robbers. Other settlers in the area include Sudanese, Algerians, Kurds...

In 1878, an Ottoman law granted lands in Palestine to the Moslem refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Carmel region, in the Galilee and in the Plain of Sharon and in Caesarea. The refugees were further attracted by l2-year tax exemptions and exemption from military service.

The same colonization policy was also directed toward Moslem refugees from Russia - particularly from the Crimea and the Caucasus. They were Circassians, Cherkesians and Turkmenians - leading to their settling in Abu Gosh, near Jerusalem and in the Golan Heights. Refugees from Algeria and Egypt were also settled in Jaffa, Gaza, Jericho and the Golan.

British Mandate: 1917-1947.

1923 Having discovered the Golan lacks oil but that the Mosul area in northern Syria is rich in oil, the British cede the Golan to France in exchange for Mosul. At the same time the Trans-Jordan was ceded from Palestinian mandate as well and Egypt was given control of Sinai, British and France gain control of Suetz canal. (82% of Jewish land was sacrificed in the process!)

In 1934 alone, 30,000 Syrian Arabs from the Hauran moved across the northern frontier into Mandate Palestine, attracted by work in and around the newly built British port and the construction of other infrastructure projects. They even dubbed Haifa Um el-Amal ('the city of work').

The Ottoman Turks' census (1882) recorded only 141,000 Muslims in the Palestinian. The British census in 1922 reported 650,000 Muslims.

The Palestine Mandate. In July 1922, the League of Nations entrusted the Great Britain with The Palestine Mandate, recognizing "the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine," Great Britain was called upon to facilitate the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine - Eretz Israel (Land of Israel). Three months later, in order to obtain full control over Suez canal, the Great Britain made a deal with Hashemite Kingdom, Egypt and France. The trans-Jordan (77% of the Mandate) was given to the king's brother in exchange for the Sinai, which was given to Egypt. Golan Heights (5% of the Palestinian Mandate) was ceded to the French controlled Syrian Mandate. This robbery was legalized immediately by, the puppet of the Great Britain and France - the League of Nations! http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/Palestine_Mandate.html

General Assembly resolution 181, of Nov. 29, 1947: It calls for the partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states, with Jerusalem to be controlled by a "special international regime" to protect its holy places. The Zionist movement seeking to establish a Jewish state accepted the partition, the Arabs rejected it. The resolution was not carried out: After Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948, war broke out pitting the embryonic state against surrounding 7 Arab states. Israel gained more land than it would have had under the partition resolution. Neither Israel nor Jordan, which controlled the divided parts of Jerusalem after the war, accepted control of the holy city by an international body.

Security Council resolution 242, Nov. 22, 1967: It calls for "withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied" in the 1967 Six Day War and for "respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force." The resolution was not carried out because the Arab side did not recognize Israel, and Israel refused to withdraw.

Why Left or Right?

by Steven Shamrak

One of the major distinctions between humans and animals is that we have analytical intellect. At the same time, we base most of our ideas and form opinions on our emotions, beliefs and assumptions, not on facts. Blinded by personal psycho-emotional history, people dismiss logic of the facts and create assumption to fit and support their own belief structure. Completely opposite ideologies: Lefties, Fascists and Islamic expansionists/terrorists found themselves united on one issue only – Hate toward Jews. Quite often, I receive mail from them. Those messages are mainly just rhetoric based on preconceived ideas and psycho -emotional cocktail.

I have never received letters that would contradict the historical facts about: Right of Jewish people to their homeland – "Palestine"; The history of aggression and terror created by Arabs; The U.N. bias against Israel.

But, I am often accused of being:

Anti-Arab or Muslim. - As a member of the Jewish tribe, with thousands of years being the victims in history of persecution and discrimination, I can assure you that my view are not Anti-something. I just express a pro-Jewish point of view based on facts not legends. At the same time, I do respect the freedom and rights of any religion and political point of view, even the fascist one, as long as they do not infringe on the rights of others.

Too emotional. - Arab leaders and clerics, often seen on TV, fumigating when they talk about Israel. Communists and Fascists are so passionate when they scream anti-Israel/anti-Semitic slogans. This is apparently acceptable. However, when a Jew logically presents facts in support of the Jewish state, suddenly, it is wrong to be emotional.

Too Right wing. - I do not consider myself Right or Left wing. I base my ideas and views on facts not emotions. There are too many people (including many Jews) who are very eager to promote, self-destructive, Left wing views. Actually, I can't understand why, in relation to Israel's right to exist there are Right or Left wind political points of view. Isn't it supposed to be point of view based on historical facts and the right of the Jewish people to live on the land of their ancestors?

Dear Friends,

Six years have passed since I started to send my letters out. I often asked one question: Why do you do it? I would like to answer it here:

Unfortunately, most people, including many Jews, are driven by emotions. They form their opinions under the influence of the manipulative world media and their own psychological predispositions, ignoring facts and logic. Israel is loosing "Media War"! Neither Israeli governments nor Jewish leadership in other countries have been doing anything about PR side of the Arab-Israel conflict.

I try to disseminate several points in my letters:

· Israel is a front-line defense in the war between Islamic expansionism and Western democracies.

· UN anti-Israel bias and Double-standard is applied to Israel by International community.

· Jewish people have the right to live in peace on the land of their ancestors.

· Israel is the only Jewish state.

· There are 60 Muslim countries, including 22 Arab ones. They have enough land to accommodate all Arabs.

· Negotiation will not stop terrorism. It only makes it stronger.

Elie Wiesel said: "The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference."

As members of Western democratic society we all have an obligation to fight indifference and protect our way of life – Democracy - Social justice and freedom of speech. The blind Israel bashing is not a part of a true democracy. It is ugly left over of the "Old World".

09/13/11 Sisterhood's Programs Start This Week!

Sisterhood Programs at Temple Sholom...

Starting This Week!

Neshama Yoga,

Friday, September 16th, 9:15-10:45am

Sisterhood is offering a free trial class of Neshama Yoga at Temple Sholom. Neshama Yoga, developed by Jackie Tepper, RYT, is a fusion of Kundalini Yoga and Jewish spirituality. It accesses the healing and elevating effects of Kundalini Yoga within a Jewish context. Click here for information about this unique form of Yoga. Reservations are not necessary, but are encouraged. Please contact Jackie Tepper at neshamayoga@aol.com or (203) 918-0085.


Monday, September 19th, 7:00pm

Sisterhood will begin its monthly Mahjonng evenings for experienced and beginner players. $5 to play. $10 to play with instructor Stephanie Buckley - limited to 16 new players. Stephanie will be available for several months to get our new players off to a good start. Please let us know if you can bring a mahjonng set! RSVP is a must to reserve a space. Please contact Phyllis Shapiro at (203) 637-7809 or email her at wigini@gmail.com.

book club

Book Club

Wednesday, October 26th, 7:00pm

Sisterhood's new monthly book club will begin with My Father's Paradise by Ariel Sabar. The discussion will be led by Marilyn Schwartz, a Temple Sholom member and experienced book club facilitator. Three copies of the book are available in the Temple Sholom library or they can be purchased on Amazon as softcover or ebook. Men and women are welcome to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Phyllis Shapiro at (203) 637-7809 or email her at wigini@gmail.com.

If you have any questions regarding any of Sisterhood's programs, please call Phyllis Shapiro at

(203) 637-7809 or email her at


Temple members and non-members
are welcome!

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09/13/11 The Secret Lives Of Greedy Greenwich Millionaires: They Only Give 3.6% To Charity - I Give More Than That To My Local Church Every Sunday !!!


If you want to know where wealthy people congregate, go to the IRS zip code database. It displays income statistics by zip code and by broad income brackets. The latest available data is for 2008 tax returns.

I used this database to focus on 64 places where the average income in the highest income range ($200,000 and up) was at least $1 million. There were 130,400 high-income returns in these communities.

What I wound up with was a statistical snapshot of somewhat or very prosperous people in very prosperous areas.

My list of 64 millionaires’ towns differs considerably from the lists you see published elsewhere. The usual approach is to compute the average income for all taxpayers in each zip code. My method zeroes in on the higher-bracket families. It will pick up a concentration of mansion owners even if these swells happen to live in the same mailing address as a lot of middle-incomers.

Excluded from my list: areas that don’t have at least three homes listed for sale on Zillow at $5 million and up. My aim was to identify places where wealthy people live near other wealthy people, as opposed to addresses (like Rockefeller Center) that wealthy people use for mailing tax returns.

I included only zip codes were there were at least 100 tax returns displaying $200,000 or more of income. In several places (including Manhattan’s Upper East Sid, Greenwich, Conn. and Naples, Fla.) I combined several adjoining zip codes.

The IRS does not reveal (or even know) net worth figures. I estimated them from the various kinds of income that investments generate.

From dividends reported I extrapolated an estimated stock portfolio value by comparing dividends paid in 2008 on the Vanguard Total Stock Market fund to the fund’s price on Sept. 7. I made a similar calculation with a taxable bond index fund.

The zip code file doesn’t show tax-exempt interest but a different IRS file shows the average ratio of exempt to taxable interest. I used it to estimate municipal bond holdings.

The trickiest matter is estimating the value of investment property other than stocks and bonds. This category includes commercial real estate, oil wells, family businesses and partnerships whose taxable income doesn’t show up on Schedule B of a tax return along with the interest and dividends.

I assumed a value for these alternative investments equal to 25 times their taxable income. That multiple is high for active businesses but low for real estate. On the whole I think it’s conservative.

Three things are left off my net worth estimates. One is short-term bank deposits. The next is home equity. The third is retirement accounts. The IRS lists IRA payouts but there is no simple relationship between a payout and an account value.

Figures are averages for taxpayers with at least $200,000 in adjusted gross income in 2008. Net worth is a September 2011 estimate based on 2008 investment income; it excludes cash equivalents, homes and retirement accounts. Charity is the fraction of AGI claimed as deductible donations.

Localefor taxpayers with at least $200,000 of AGI
IncomeNet worthChrtble
(pct of AGI)
Fisher Island, Fla.3.2357.22.9
Alpine, N.J.2.0527.51.7
Medina, Wash.1.3925.55.9
Palm Beach, Fla.1.5423.34.6
Kings Point/Great Neck, N.Y.1.3521.83.2
Atherton, Calif.1.8621.33.2
Boca Raton, Fla.1.4521.22.8
Preston Hollow, Dallas1.5420.93.4
Purchase, N.Y.2.1620.03.8
Old Westbury, N.Y.1.5119.64.0
Key Largo, Fla.1.3117.94.1
Beverly Hills, Calif.1.4117.14.1
Charlottesville, Va.1.0516.75.2
Bay Harbor Islands, Miami1.0416.63.8
Millbrook, N.Y.1.4516.62.4
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.1.2116.52.1
Sutton Place, Manhattan1.2816.53.8
Far Hills, N.J.1.7516.42.7
Oyster Bay, N.Y.1.1416.22.1
Naples, Fla.1.2116.04.2
Hobe Sound /Jupiter Island, Fla.1.0215.43.3
New Vernon, N.J.2.0615.31.7
Boca Grande, Fla.1.6515.22.4
Jupiter, Fla.1.2814.72.9
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.1.1514.32.9
Locust Valley, N.Y.1.1514.33.5
Beacon Hill, Boston1.2414.23.4
Greenwich, Conn.1.7714.23.6
Delray Beach, Fla.1.0514.03.1
Newport Beach/Npt Coast, Calif.1.0913.62.7
Kenilworth, Ill.1.2113.43.1
River Oaks, Houston1.5512.93.0
Ross, Calif.1.3212.82.5
Los Angeles (portion)1.0312.43.9
Oak Lawn, Dallas1.1112.23.7
Bonita Springs, Fla.1.0412.22.7
Longboat Key, Fla.1.0911.95.5
Bunker Hill, Houston1.2011.93.2
Glencoe, Ill.1.1411.92.3
Vero Beach, Fla.1.0611.73.6
Weston, Mass.1.3711.54.5
Miami (downtown)1.0711.40.9
Rye, N.Y.1.3111.43.1
Bel Air, Los Angeles1.0111.04.8
Clinton, Manhattan1.0310.94.2
Winnetka, Ill.1.2410.83.5
University Park, Dallas1.0810.84.1
Rumson, N.J.1.1710.81.5
Santa Monica, Calif.1.1210.82.1
Manchester, Mass.1.0610.62.4
Upper East Side, Manhattan1.2610.43.3
Lake Forest, Ill.1.1210.03.4
Amagansett, N.Y.
Water Mill/Southhampton, N.Y.
Bedford, N.Y.
Short Hills, N.J.
New Canaan, Conn.
Portola Valley, Calif1.107.74.0
Gold Coast, Chicago1.077.43.8
Soho, Manhattan1.357.22.1
Turtle Bay, Manhattan1.156.83.9
White Plains, N.Y.
Darien, Conn.






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