"For the dead and the living,
we must bear witness."-- Elie Wiesel
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.
May we never forget; may Never Again be tattooed on our hearts.
Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG'vurah (יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה; "Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day"), known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah (יום השואה) and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day, is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews and five million others who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. In Israel, it is a national memorial day and public holiday. (Wikipedia)How do we honour those who were killed, who were gassed, who were starved, those who died in the streets, who were tricked or betrayed or left to rot as if their lives meant nothing? How do we teach our children about the horrors of the Shoah, how do we ensure they understand the tragedy, the pain, the absolute wrongness of what happened decades ago? How do we instil in future generations the knowledge that such horrors must Never, Ever happen Again?
“To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning,” “It really is and it’s in the same way as it is for women. When an actor is seen only for her physical beauty, it can be quite offensive.”Perhaps if Mr. Harington was a model strutting around on a catwalk instead of an actor, I could sort of understand if people saw him as 'just a body'. However Kit is an actor in a very succesful television show, not a model on a catwalk or a mannequin in a store window. He's not made or wood or plastic either and is not a toy or an object, certainly. Why then is he treated as such? For those who think I'm making a big deal out of nothing, read on. The Page Six article quotes Harington (above) before continuing:
“Well, it’s not just men that can be inappropriate sexually; women can be as well. I’m in a successful TV show in a kind of leading man way and it can sometimes feel like your art is being put to one side for your sex appeal. And I don’t like that.”
“In this position you get asked a lot, ‘Do you like being a heartthrob? Do you like being a hunk?’ Well, my answer is, ‘That’s not what I got into it for.”
Be that as it may, his ripped abs, sky-high cheekbones and soulful eyes have no doubt helped him remain gainfully employed. He has been a regular in the wildly popular fantasy drama since it hit the screen in 2011.
The ‘Game of Thrones’ actor is clearly quite hot (most of the audience will agree he’s probably the best of the bunch when it comes to the guys on the show) and we all know he didn’t exactly land the role because he deserves an Oscar more than Leonardo DiCaprio ... Kit is frustrated that no one cares about his acting skills, when really he should be happy no one has noticed him as an actor (because even if he thinks it’s “art”, he isn’t exactly noteworthy).
Here's hoping, however, Harington, 28 – who stars as Jon Snow on HBO's hit show – doesn't mind being called sexy – he was named one of PEOPLE's Sexiest Men Alive in 2014.
There was no massacre of Palestinians at the hands of the IDF last Summer. But in Syria there is. Right now as you read this. But you would be forgiven for being unaware of it. For this time there aren't tens of thousands demonstrating on the streets. There are no demonstrations at all. There are no rallies. There are no screams of massacre. There are no demands on governments to take action.
There is simply a sad, deafening silence.
And I want to know how this is possible. How can it happen that when Israel defends herself thousands take to the streets, the activists with their megaphones go marching, the whole machinery of campaigning and letter writing and the demands for action from politicians swing into action but when a real massacre of Palestinians happening there is silence from the very organization [the Palestine Solidarity Campaign] which exists to campaign on behalf of Palestinians.
We’re constantly told that the Israel Palestine conflict is what radicalises young Muslims in the West. So what happens when those radicalised Muslims from the West start beheading Palestinians while wearing the uniform of the Islamic State?
Apparently nothing at all.
Some of the interesting artworks about #GarissaAttack shared online. #147isnotjustanumber #JeSuisKenyan (2/2) pic.twitter.com/i8xnCk1grs
— Abdi Latif Dahir (@Lattif) April 5, 2015
Some of the interesting artworks about #GarissaAttack shared online. #147isnotjustanumber #JeSuisKenyan (1/2) pic.twitter.com/teJTXb5gvW
— Abdi Latif Dahir (@Lattif) April 5, 2015
On March 29, the Knesset unveiled a 4,560-square-meter (50,000 square feet) solar field on its roof and those of surrounding buildings. Although the 1,500 solar panels are the highlight and the most obvious aspect of the greening of the Knesset, they are by far not the only way in which the Knesset is conserving energy. The Green Knesset Project, launched in January 2014, involves 13 different ecologically conscious projects at a cost of NIS 7 million ($1.8 million).Israel has done it again - I am inspired and awed. In a world that is slowly but surely using up its fossil fuels (well... not so slowly: one might better say 'at an alarming rate') and poisoning itself by spouting waste into the oceans and CO2 into the air, a world that is slowly but surely destroying itself, the world's one and only Jewish nation shows it is ready to change for the better, to improve, to learn and to evolve. The article explains that turning the Knesset green is not just about what one installs or how one changes a building, it is also about reeducating both Members of Knesset (MKs) and Knesset staff.
“It’s a matter of changing organizational culture,” said Ronen Plot, director general of the Knesset. “During the preelection recess [January through mid-March 2015], we offered an in-depth course on sustainability for 35 employees from different departments.”Source for both quotes: MKs may turn the air blue, but Knesset is Earth’s greenest parliament | The Times of Israel
This week-long advanced course — on subjects such as environmental ethics, environmental law, and environmental economics — followed sustainability workshops that were compulsory for all Knesset employees.
“We are entering an era of sustainability, but it’s not just about the building. It’s also about influencing the staff and the MKs. Everyone needs to be on board if we are to act as an example to other parliaments around the world,” said Dr. Samuel Chayen, sustainability coordinator for the Green Knesset Project.
Hello world! http://t.co/FOTn47LA86 Finally on Twitter! Excited to be here; looking forward to reading, learning, sharing and Tweeting.
— WMPT Blog (@wmptblog) April 8, 2015
The Hamas Covenant 1988, known as the "The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement" makes it very clear what Hamas' hopes and dreams are for Israel. Even before the introduction, one finds the following:
"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it" (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory)."
I don't know why people get confused, it's very simple... pic.twitter.com/xUCJ2X6fs8
— The Lazy Dog (@TheLazyDog_) March 9, 2013
The burned body of Aslan, who had been missing for two days, was discovered on Feb. 13 in a riverbed in Tarsus in the southern province of Mersin. Ahmet Suphi Altındöken, the 26-year-old bus driver, confessed in a testimony to the prosecutor that he stabbed Aslan to death before cutting off her hands and burning her body. The court arrested Altındöken, while his 50-year-old father, Necmettin Altındöken, and 20-year-old friend, Fatih Gökçe, have also been arrested on charges of being accomplices to the murder.
Turkish women changing names to escape violence from men | Hurriyet Daily News
“They should be executed, they should be tortured. Özgecan had a wonderful heart, she would work hard, help everyone. I cannot accept that she was massacred when she took a minibus to come home. Is my daughter’s only mistake is to get on a minibus to come home?”
Australia’s police commissioners have identified “vulgar and violent attitudes towards women” as a key cultural cause of unacceptably high rates of family violence and say it will not stop until men’s attitudes change.
They have urged victims to report assaults to police, who they say have transformed their own attitudes towards family disputes in recent years. Most commissioners say police working closely with other agencies involved with family violence is the only practical way to tackle a crime that kills one woman a week in Australia.
Culture of hostility to women leads to domestic violence, say police chiefs | The Guardian (Australia), 02 November 2014
The harassment that women go through is too real. #sendeanlat #tellyourstory pic.twitter.com/uHWwKSTYww
— Lillian Palmbach (@LilyPalmbach) February 16, 2015
"My family is humanity. My dreams and hopes and aspirations are for all of humanity."
"I think there is a tendency for people to get rigid and caught up in their beliefs of what is right and wrong, and they lose sight of humanity. Being human has to come first before right or wrong."
Terrible. At least 15 attacks took place in France after the #CharlieHebdo massacre. And it will continue. pic.twitter.com/AzrD4pRjFC
— Emran Feroz (@Emran_Feroz) January 9, 2015
Saudi Arabia grants women right to drive – but with some bizarre conditions http://t.co/jprfDwIZPM pic.twitter.com/M7LED1uJrd
— RT (@RT_com) November 8, 2014
Following lengthy campaigning on the behalf of Saudi women’s groups, the 150-member Shura Council, which is permitted to propose legislation to the King, proposed that women over the age of 30 should be allowed behind the wheel, but only until 8pm each day, and without the application of make-up, a council member told AP.
The Gulf State country of some 30 million people has no law on the books forbidding women from driving, only religious edicts supported by leading religious authorities. Muslim clerics in this Gulf State fear "licentiousness" will get out of control if women have the freedom to drive.
Source: Saudi Arabia mulls women’s right to drive - but only for over-30s ‘without make-up’RT.com | 08 November 2014
Licentiousness, according to the Oxford dictionary:
Promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters
Licentiousness, according to the Merriam Webster dictionary:
Lacking legal or moral restraints; especially : disregarding sexual restraints
"Surveys suggest that as few as
one in 10 cases [of rape] are ever
reported to the police in many countries"
Adjusted for population growth over time, the annual rape rate in India has increased from 1.9 to 2.0 per 100,000 people over 2008-2012 period.
This compares to a reported rape rate of:
- 1.2 per 100,000 in Japan
- 3.6 per 100,000 in Morocco
- 4.6 rapes per 100,000 in Bahrain
- 12.3 per 100,000 in Mexico
- 24.1 per 100,000 in United Kingdom
- 28.6 per 100,000 in United States
- 66.5 per 100,000 in Sweden
- 114.9 rapes per 100,000 in South Africa