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I woke up on Saturday morning, and the world was different.  Whether it is better or worse I do not know yet. Nobody does.  On Friday, all justification for the terror attack ran out (or so I thought. The Foreign Minister of Sweden managed to disabused me of that idea).  It was not an attack against a special group.  No longer can the victims be vilified by hypocrites. The attack was not against Israelis / Jews / Kurds / Yezids.  It was against regular Europeans who went to the games, the theatre, the restaurant, etc.  Most likely, the victims had no expectation that today they would be shot to death.  After all, the war in Israel / Syria / Africa is not their war.

If Europe’s attitude changes, and terrorism is defeated, than the unwilling sacrifice is not for naught.  However, should the European community continue in the vain of blaming the victims, the terrorists will continue attacking in Europe.  Europe could become a blood bath.

What is terror?  My definition of it is simple – It is any attack against civilian targets.  It is a simple, but encompassing definition.  By this definition we could view incidents and adjudicate whether they are terror or not.

The attack yesterday was terror.

Attacks against civilians in Israel is terror.

Attacks against soldiers or police on post is not terror.  You may call it a crime, a rebellion, freedom fight, etc., but terror it is not.

The attack in Beirut last week was terror.

Let’s view this definition on a broader scope:

Boycotting is always an attack against civilian population.  Therefore it is terror.

Shooting rockets against civilian population is terror.  Shooting them from inside your own civilian population is doubly so, as your leaving your enemy no choice but to shoot at your own civilians.

Who is responsible for the terror?  Of course, the people perpetrating it, and the people sending them.  Definitely, the people who fund them.  But that is not all;  anybody who voices support for terrorism is responsible for it.  More so, anyone who is not willing to openly and unequivocally condemn it is responsible.

This is a good place to say that there is no “Good Terror”, all acts of terrorism are bad.  For me the people who support one terror and condemn another are the worst hypocrites.  They have already agreed that terror is acceptable.  We have just witnessed the Foreign Minister of Sweden tying the terror attack in France to the Palestinian issue.  She basically justified terror.  I have witnessed people justifying terror against Israelis by claiming it is a result of the “Occupation”.  Let me make it clear; occupation just not justified terror (and on the flip side; terror does not justify occupation).  Terrorism is not a legitimate form of protest.  It is not a Freedom Fight.  It is just that – terrorism.

People of Europe; The world has to unite against terrorism.  You can no longer avoid it.  Do not act against the only democracy in the Middle East.  These actions brings legitimacy to terrorism.  That means terrorism against yourselves.  It is time to eradicate terror and terrorism and send them to oblivion.

Aharon Friedman,


17 November, 2015


Losing Weight – Post 1

This is the first in a series of posts about losing weight. It is not extremely difficult. It requires some willpower, and some dietary changes. It does not require hunger, or suffering. To understand why fat is created, one has to realize that it is caused by excess insulin in the blood. Reduce the insulin, and you stop creating fat. Reduce it even further, and you start losing fat.

I will now give you a list of foods to avoid. As strange as this list may look to you it is the result of a long research with many people. Here is the list:

  1. Artificial sweeteners – there are several mechanisms by which they produce insulin. Eliminate them from your diet. That includes diet drinks. Natural sweeteners such as stevia, xylitol, and lo-Han are okay.
  2. Bananas – I have found that they really hike your blood sugar, producing insulin. If you wonder where your potassium will come from, brokoley, cantaloupe, and sweet potato all have more potassium than bananas.
  3. Wheat – that includes anything made from it; bread, pasta, white beer, etc. it definitely includes whole wheat.
  4. Potatoes – enough said.
  5. Fruit juices – eat the fruit, it has fiber.
  6. Sugar – in any form. That includes sucrose, fructose, glucose, dextrose, etc. By the way, agave syrup is fructose, and so is honey.

Okay, this is it for now. Start eliminating these foods and you will start losing weight.

You are welcome to write me with questions, and comments. Please tell me about your sucesses and / or difficulties.

The Importance of Israel

In recent years, there are many voices against the existence of the State of Israel. Some people go to great length to “logically” explain why Israel should not exist. For me, a descendant of holocaust survivors such question does not exist. The State of Israel is essential for every Jew in the world. Even those who do not see themselves as such need it.

When I first came to the US over 30 years ago, an old jewish physicist took me in his office, and explained what the establishment of Israel did to American Jewery. Until Israel, he said, we were very shy about being Jewish. Once Israel came into existence we became proud. All of the sudden we were part of a nation. We may choose to never even visit Israel, but Israel is there. It is our second home, our refuge.

In western and northern Europe today anti-semitism is raising its ugly head. In most of Western Europe a Jew has to hide his Judaism to be safe. Being an eternal optimist, I believe that it will pass. However, being a realist I KNOW that it will develop in other places. In the US and in South Africa it is already developing. Hungary, Poland, and the rest of Eastern Europe are not far behind. In other words, there is always going to be somewhere in the world where Jews are persecuted.

I cannot imagine being a Jew in France today without the knowledge that I could always seek shelter in Israel. Without the State of Israel the jews in France would be desperate.

One might say: “I am not really Jewish. I will go to Poland, merry a Polish spouse and live as Polish national.” History proved repeatedly that while one may not consider himself jewish, anti-semitism always finds a way of locating him. It is impossible to escape your heritage.

For all the “Post Zionists”, and “Anti-Zionists” who are Jews or Israelis, the message is clear: you are cutting the brunch you are sitting on, and you reducing your own survival potential.

Israel has had good government and bad governments. Morally, we do not always have the upper hand. However, we are here to stay. We are here not only for ourselves, but for every Jew in the world. It is our right, but more, it is our duty.

This is not a political statement about right or left, or about the Palestinian people and their rights.