Thursday, August 23, 2018

Data City Management

Most of today's modern municipal governments are comprised of municipal departments that manage the day-to-day management of the city through the use of computers and through various information input programs of low "Technology readiness levels" (TRL). 
Because of this and the low technological abilities of many city employees, much of the day to day city management /work is still recorded in various non-technological means such as excel sheets, word documents on individual computers, unrecorded calls or handwritten notifications. In most cities, where there are departmental computer systems this information is recorded on various "servers or silos" that do not recognize nor communicate with each other.

In many Municipalities it is the norm that critical information and hours of staff time is lost because it is not; "saved" nor retained by being filed, or stored in a systematic manner on a central data hub that would allow for rapid search and recall of the already accomplished work or previously completed forms by municipal clerks or employees. The information from one department that may be essential for the answer to a problem in another department may not be realized due to the non-communication and sharing that could be realized through a centralized data hub. This loss of data and hours of work, on a yearly basis, costs municipalities an unknown amount of city budgetary funds in information that may be vital to another department or simply saved to be used again.

The major points to be considered:
  • In most cities the varied sources of municipal data are not shared causing "Data Stagnation" and "Data Loss".
  • The possession of the departmental data is too often closely guarded by departmental clerks as though controlled by feudal landlords. "Unshared Information"
  • The issue is not just how to extract the data from the varied departments, but how to formalize, accumulate, analyze and interpret the different forms of data-sets from city wide departments and sources into one finite set. Creation of a central data hub / set
Improved "Technology readiness levels" (TRL) will enable:
  • The first, or key areas, that can benefit the most from refined city-wide data management and efficiency will be in the management of city resources specifically in the use of, disposal of and need for: water, waste and energy.
  • Secondly, improved data management can allow for better assessment, monitoring and improving of those areas that directly affect the constituents in the fields of health, housing, safety, movement or traffic flow. Improved data collection can also improve the revenue systems that sustain the municipality and its inhabitants.
The need for rapid data transfer in real time, due to the digitalization (computerization) of everything, implies that we are increasingly reliant on data analytics to enhance city management and recognize the fundamental fact that data is at the heart of all modern Municipal management. Cities striving to become more responsive must have access to rapid Internet connections to enable the "IOT" to work efficiently so vital information will be shared in "real time". 
Another essential building block in the "Technology readiness levels" (TRL) is the need for a trained and technologically efficient staff. 
These are the necessary basic components that will facilitate the sharing; securely, quickly and seamlessly of large quantities of data among city departments and staff.

Smart cities are based on data it is a simple fact. In a "Smart City" if you want data, you need sensors. It’s not like roads, buildings and street lights will wake up magically and start chatting about the weather. We need sensors to see, hear, smell, taste and feel on their behalf. A platform can then aggregate all their data and use it to make (or propose) decisions at speeds exceeding human capacity.
For example; street lights that have data sensors and CCTV for live "real -time" monitoring positioned at key locations; like city traffic points and major roadways to help identify problems, assist in emergencies, crime and repairs. These sensors need to be connected through a rapid internet connection so that they can be effectively monitored by trained and educated staff. This is where "Technology readiness levels" (TRL) are a must.

To begin the process.

The first step to treating your city’s data as an asset is to establish a clear authority body to oversee the data inventory process and this is where a trained Municipal Data Analytic Team comes into force. Since cities usually have an unknown number of data-sets across multiple servers, databases, and computers, the first major step in developing an overall city data management system is the incorporation of a Municipal Data Analytic Team who will complete the integration and narrowing down of which data-sets. Their first job will be to make a municipal city-wide inventory of overall accumulate data from all city sources. They will also need to plan how to make future inventory updates.
This "reorganization" of data is one which requires robust data management and an astute Chief Data Officer to lead the analysis that only a Municipal Analytic Team can provide. Without this proper reorganization, cities will continue the uphill battle to interconnect information and deliver a sustainable, prosperous and efficient living environment for their residents and this can ONLY be made possible by a thoroughly trained Municipal staff who create the data inventory.
The Municipal Analytic Team can then utilize the acquired data and analytic systems and processes to recommend and facilitate projects for the good of the constituents (residents).

The important points to remember:

Knowing what data your city collects leads to efficiency, and increases accountability. It also eases citywide reporting, decision making, and performance optimization.
Managing a data inventory reduces risk and uncertainty by creating a checklist for security and compliance requirements and improves a city’s ability to designate accountability for the quality of the data collected and created.
A municipality gains the ability to deliver results by its acceptance and creation of a culture of using its data assets, enhanced abilities to properly and efficiently access the information collected from archived municipal files, in various city department and from the public sector in a centralized data platform.
Because cities may have thousands of datasets across multiple servers, databases, and computers, it’s helpful to narrow down which datasets should be included in the inventory overall and how to plan for inventory updates in the future.

Remember the collection of data from varied sources and departments is made possible by a thoroughly trained Municipal staff with high or better yet advanced "Technology readiness levels" (TRL).   
The Municipal Analytic Team then can easily utilize the acquired data and analytic systems and processes to recommend and facilitate projects for the good of the constituents (residents).

The changing nature of the technologies themselves, our homes and our urban environments, are turning modern municipalities into landscapes populated by more and more connected “IOTs”. The "Things" are equipped with many different sensors for data capture and cities need data- analytics to rapidly process and "ingest" the data. This need for rapid data processing drives the growing need for inter-operable platforms and standards that will provide municipalities the advantage in successful sustainable management.
Supporting the need to gather, collate, and present Municipal data in a legible way is a fundamental requirement if we are to cope with future demands and to make our cities resilient. Deriving value from data is a central and an essential to building block in the evolution of smart cities and delving into bigger-picture information is key to generating insights. Data is the key to giving municipalities the knowledge they need to direct their investments wisely.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Israels Nationality Law

There are many highly vocal critics of Israel's new Jewish Nation-State Law, specifically the Arab and Druze Knesset members, who say they are outraged not only because the law defines Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, but also because the new legislation does not include the phrase "full equality of rights for all citizens."

If these great thinkers had checked they would have realized it to be redundant to add those words since the new law DOES NOT rescind any previous law. 

From The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel:
"The State of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.
We appeal - in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months - to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions."
 "We extend our hand to all neighbouring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighbourliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land." 
And then there is the 1992 Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty, which stipulates:
"The purpose of this Basic Law is to protect human dignity and liberty, in order to establish in a Basic Law the values of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state."
"Fundamental human rights in Israel are founded upon recognition of the value of the human being, the sanctity of human life, and the principle that all persons are free; these rights shall be upheld in the spirit of the principles set forth in the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel."
Here is the excerpt of the Amendment to the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty  (5752 - 1992):
Amendment of section 1 (1) Section 1 shall be designated 1(a) and shall be preceded by the following section: Basic principles
1. Fundamental human rights in Israel are founded upon recognition of the value of the human being, the sanctity of human life, and the principle that all persons are free; these rights shall be upheld in the spirit of the principles set forth in the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel.  
So, if Israel's pre-existing laws and its Declaration of Independence remain unchanged and guarantee equal rights to all citizens, exactly WHAT is behind the Israeli Arab leaders' fierce attack on the Nation-State Law?

Is it really because they are worried about equality or is it something else? The answer can be found in their own statements: they are basically opposed to the idea of Israel being the homeland for the Jewish people.
They know very well that the Nation-State Law does not affect the Arab citizens' status and rights as equal citizens of Israel.

Arabs who remained in Israel after the 1948 War of Independence have full equal rights under the law. 
There are those, who claim they face constant discrimination, citing inferior services and unfair allocations for education, health and housing. However these detractors never compare their status to that of Jews or other minorities that remain captive in Arab Lands. 
For example in Saudi Arabia and the Maldives, only Muslims are allowed to be citizens. In both of these countries, the open practice of any religion other than Islam is forbidden specifically Christianity and Judaism, which are supposedly accepted by Islam and one truly wonders why no one ventures to mention this outrage!

WHY? Yes, why? Have WE Israelis taken this step and formalized Israel's character / existance as a "Jewish State"  it is very simple really.

In his article from March 25th 2015 "Encountering Peace: Palestinians – Get over it and recognize the Jewish Nation State" by Gershon Baskin. He states;
"I know that the concept “Jewish” is complex. Most Palestinians and many non-Jews confuse Judaism as a religion with Judaism as a nation, as a people. They say, why should there be a Jewish state – referring to Israel as a theocracy – a state of a religion. Israel’s Jewishness, though, is much more than that, in fact, Israel is a civil state not a religious state or a theocracy. While laws of personal status (inherited from the Ottomans – also in Palestine) are controlled by the religious clergy and communities, the laws of the State of Israel are civil laws not religious laws."
Then there is the major issue felt by most Israelis:
"When I am asked ...(by the Israeli audience) .... Why do the Palestinians refuse to recognize the Jewish people’s right to a state?
Why can’t the Palestinians recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people?
I tell them(the Israeli audience) that the Palestinians recognized Israel and that should be good enough, but it is not. They (the Israeli audience) say that the Palestinians have never accepted the right of the Jewish people to have a state of their own in their ancient homeland and that the Palestinians only recognized Israel because Israel is strong today, but that if Israel were not so strong?" 
That is indeed the issue! Would the Palestinians deny Israel’s right to exist if they were stronger? Would they deny us once more of our "homeland"?

The threats by which we live day in, day out without stop for more than 70 years by our blood thirsty enemies that surround us is VERY real. The cries in Arabic from the followers of ISIS (Islamic State), the speeches of the Ayatollahs in Iran, the hate from Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria, Lebanon. The Falestinian Terrorism has struck a deep chord in the minds of the Israeli Jewish voter who ever since the debacle of the "hope for peace" died in the suicide bombings that erased the chords of the cheerful Meretz Political theme song that lead to the election of Yitzhak Rabin in 1992. The majority of Israelis have progressively moved to the "right".

In the last elections the Israeli people have voted strongly in favor of the right-wing parties and in Benjamin Netanyahu. Fear is the factor that explains why they voted for the "Right". Most Israelis really do live in fear; and many of us suffer from PTSD. The Middle East is a very dangerous and scary place to live and we feel that we stand ALONE.

"Many Israelis believe that the Palestinians do not really accept the legitimacy of Israel’s existence and are not really prepared to make genuine, lasting peace. Many Israelis speak about a “two-stage solution” not a “two-state solution,” meaning that the Palestinians are willing to make peace with Israel today because Israel is strong and the Palestinians are weak, but one day soon, that will change and then Israel will be wiped off the map. Those Israeli views are empowered by the continuation of incitement against Israel and Jews in the Palestinian media and in textbooks."

"This is not made up, it is real, it is a great concern to the Israeli government and the Israeli people and it must be confronted by Palestinian leaders and by the Palestinian people." 

Here are some points to consider from the controversy regarding the "Nationality Law"

Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People
1 — Basic principles:
  • The land of Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people, in which the State of Israel was established.
  • The State of Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, in which it fulfills its natural, cultural, religious and historical right to self-determination.
  • The right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people.
2 — The symbols of the state:
  • The name of the state is “Israel.”
  • The state flag is white with two blue stripes near the edges and a blue Star of David in the center.
  • The state emblem is a seven-branched menorah with olive leaves on both sides and the word “Israel” beneath it.
  • The state anthem isHatikvah.”
  • Details regarding state symbols will be determined by the law.
3 — The capital of the state:  Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel.

4 — Language:
  • The state’s language is Hebrew.
  • The Arabic language has a special status in the state; Regulating the use of Arabic in state institutions or by them will be set in law.
  • This clause does not harm the status given to the Arabic language before this law came into effect.
5 — Ingathering of the exiles: The state will be open for Jewish immigration and the ingathering of exiles.(This clause is of special importance to ALL Jews of the Diaspora due to our experience during the days of the rise of Nazism in Europe in the 1930's)

6 — Connection to the Jewish people:
  • The state will strive to ensure the safety of the members of the Jewish people in trouble or in captivity due to the fact of their Jewishness or their citizenship.
  • The state shall act within the Diaspora to strengthen the affinity between the state and members of the Jewish people.
  • The state shall act to preserve the cultural, historical and religious heritage of the Jewish people among Jews in the Diaspora.
7 — Jewish settlement:  The state views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment and consolidation.

8 — Official calendar:
The Hebrew calendar is the official calendar of the state and alongside it the Gregorian calendar will be used as an official calendar. Use of the Hebrew calendar and the Gregorian calendar will be determined by law.

9 — Independence Day and memorial days:
  • Independence Day is the official national holiday of the state.
  • Memorial Day for the Fallen in Israel’s Wars and Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day are official memorial days of the State.
10 — Days of rest and Sabbath: The Sabbath and the festivals of Israel are the established days of rest in the state; Non-Jews have a right to maintain days of rest on their Sabbaths and festivals; Details of this issue will be determined by law.

11 — Immutability: This Basic Law shall not be amended, unless by another Basic Law passed by a majority of Knesset members.

A quick reminder to EVERYONE. Here is the preamble of the League of Nations "Mandate for Palestine" I have high-lighted the important points to remember:
Source: League of Nations 10 August 1922
'PALESTINE" -The Palestine Order in Council.
WHEREAS the Principal Allied Powers have agreed, for the purpose of giving effect to the provisions of Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations, to entrust to a Mandatory selected by the said Powers the administration of the territory of Palestine, which formerly belonged to the Turkish Empire, within such boundaries as may be fixed by them;
And whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people,
it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine,
or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country; And whereas the Principal Allied Powers have selected His Majesty as the Mandatory for Palestine; And whereas, by treaty, capitulation, grant, usage, sufferance and other lawful means, His Majesty has power and jurisdiction within Palestine."
Now for further clarification I will quote two authors. I will begin with an excerpt from "Get Over It—Israel Is the Jewish State" - from the July 19th 2018 edition of the WSJ by Eugene Kontorovich, and then "The Case for Israel's Jewish state law"  from the Jerusalem Post of July 18th, 2018 by Emmanuel Navon.

Eugene Kontorovich begins by assessing that:
"Israel’s Basic Law would not be out of place among the liberal democratic constitutions of Europe—which include similar provisions that have not aroused controversy. The law does not infringe on the individual rights of any Israeli citizen, including Arabs; nor does it create individual privileges. The illiberalism here lies with the law’s critics, who would deny the Jewish state the freedom to legislate like a normal country.
The nation-state law declares that Israel is a country established to instantiate the Jewish people’s “right to national self-determination.” It constitutionalizes symbols of that objective—the national anthem, holidays and so forth. There is nothing undemocratic or even unusual about this. Among European states, seven have similar “nationhood” constitutional provisions."
Navon on the otherhand sees the passing of the Nationality Law as necessity with regards to the judicial "leftist"  activism of Israel’s High Court of Justice in the past two decades. 
"After 70 years of independence, Israel still lacks a written constitution. This is an anomaly, but not one that is going to be remedied any time soon because of unbridgeable gaps between Israel’s political parties. Constitutions are the cornerstone of democracies; they define the identity and purpose of the state; they determine the powers of the three branches of government; and they protect individual rights.
 Israel has “basic laws” that determine the powers of the three branches of government (such as Basic Law: The Knesset) and that protect individual rights (such as Basic Law: Human Dignity and Freedom), but not a basic law that defines the identity and purpose of the state." 
Until now Israel does not have a Constitution and Basic Israeli laws are continuations of British Mandatory Law based on the English penal codes and basic laws.
According to Navon the; " Basic Law: Israel Nation-State of the Jewish People was passed to fill that void." 
"To some, filling this legal void was unnecessary since Israel is de facto a nation-state and since its Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel does define the identity of the country (“We hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state”) and its purpose (the national independence of the Jewish people).  In fact, passing this new basic law was necessary because of the judicial activism of Israel’s High Court of Justice in the past two decades." 
In his continuation in the article Navon lays out several examples where the Israeli Supreme Court made decisions that underminded Israel’s identity as a nation-state i.e. the "Zionistic" or "Jewish" nature of the State.
"In 1992, the Knesset passed two basic laws: one on “human dignity and freedom” and one on “freedom of occupation.” Justice Aharon Barak (who presided the Supreme Court between 1995 and 2006) proclaimed a “constitutional revolution” after the passing of those two basic laws. What Barak meant was that the High Court of Justice could now strike down laws passed by the Knesset if deemed “unconstitutional” (i.e. incompatible with the two new basic laws).  Nowhere in the basic law does it say that the court is entitled to use them to strike down regular legislation. Yet Barak unilaterally granted that power to the court in a 1995 ruling.
 The “constitutional revolution” has affected Israel’s identity as a nation-state.  The basic law on “human dignity and freedom” states that Israel is a “Jewish and democratic state.” But what happens when Jewish and democratic values conflict? 
No problem, Barak wrote in 1992: "In case of a conflict, the word “Jewish” shall be interpreted by the court “with the highest level of abstraction.” In other words, it shall be ignored.
Theoretically, the court could use in its rulings Israel’s Declaration of Independence, which defines Israel is a Jewish state. Yet the court itself ruled in 1948 that the Declaration of Independence has no constitutional value. 

 Kontorovich continues:
"Another controversial provision of the law declares “the development of Jewish settlement” to be a national value that the government should promote. It is understood to refer to encouraging population dispersion into the periphery of the country. This essentially restates policy adopted by the international community in 1922 in the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, which sought to “encourage . . . close settlement by Jews.” 
Again, the provision is only declaratory of values, and does not prescribe or authorize any particular policies. By contrast, the state constitution of Hawaii authorizes land policies to promote homesteading by ethnic Hawaiians, and provides preferential land polices for them.
Moreover, the measure comes against a backdrop of land policies that discriminate against Jews. The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled controversially that Arabs have a right to create residential communities in Israel that exclude Jews. A separate case denied the corresponding right to Jews. In Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority prescribes the death penalty for Arabs who sell land to Jews. The new Basic Law does not even negate either of those injustices; it merely creates a normative counterweight.
Gershon Baskin in his article from March 25th 2015 "Encountering Peace: Palestinians – Get over it and recognize the Jewish Nation State" writes:
"...first every country in the world which is recognized as a nation state of one people has minorities in its midst. If those states are democratic there are guarantees for the protection of the rights of the minorities. Germany is the nation state of the German people, but millions of Turks live there. No one questions the rights of the Germans to define their state as the nation state of the German people while guaranteeing the rights of the Turkish citizens who live there. The same is true for every other nation state."
Emmanuel Navon in his article "The Case for Israel's Jewish state law"  gives a prime example of the absurdity of the "High Court of Justice.":  
"THE COURT’S activism, combined with the “highest level of abstraction” with which Barak interpreted Israel’s Jewishness, were soon to be felt. The court ruled that a Jew cannot purchase a plot of land in a Bedouin village (Avitan case, 1989), but that an Arab can build a house in a village established by the Jewish Agency (Ka’adan case, 2000)."
Netanel Fisher in his Opion Piece on Ynet "The truth about Israel's Nationality Law" states:
 "Indeed, the court has already expanded the interpretation of "human dignity" and granted constitutional protection to the value of equality. The court rejected government decisions and laws whose violation of equality was unjustified in its opinion."
"Moreover, the court inserted the value of equality into the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty even though the Knesset did not include it explicitly it in the language of the original law. This is, of course, another reason why Knesset members are suspicious and unwilling to introduce the word "equality" into the new law. Based on the Supreme Court’s history of very loose interpretation of existing statutes, the Knesset is legitimately concerned that the Court might one day decide, for example, that in the name of equality, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from the territories can become citizens of Israel through marriage, or that the Israeli religious marriages system should be annulled. These are legitimate questions, but they should be left to the legislators, the people’s representatives, not to the Supreme Court."
Here is just how the Pro-Falestinians and their lackeys atempt to manipulate the Israeli Supreme Court System and our "Democracy"
"The court was petitioned twice by NGOs (in 2006 and in 2012) to cancel Israel’s citizenship law so as to impose on Israel the Palestinian “right of return” through the back door via fictitious marriages. Though the court rejected both petitions, it did so with a razor-thin majority of six to five."
For years the Communist inspired left wing Israeli's anti-Zionist camp who are possessed with an almost sick psychopathic self-hatred of their Jewishness, have tried to eliminate Jewish symbolism by using the Supreme Court to attempt to eliminate the vestiges of "Judaism and Zionism". As Navon points out:   
"Other laws and symbols related to Israel’s Jewish identity are not immune from petitions at the High Court of Justice. The “Law of Return” (which grants automatic immigration rights to Jews) might one day be struck down for being discriminatory;"
This absurd hatred by the "unhappy citizens", "Left Wing" and Arab Lists-parlimentary parties in the Knesset, have even challeged the Israel’s national anthem in court for ignoring the feelings of the Arab minority because it expresses the Jews’ two-millennia faithfulness to our land and fails to mention our "Non Jewish" population.
These "unhappy citizens" are now even challegening the countries flag (which only has a Jewish symbol) as NOT representative of them.

These same "unhappy citizens", "Left Wing" and Arab "Taxpayers" could petition the court against the spending of their money on the preservation of Jewish identity in the Diaspora. Therefore..." until the passing of the basic law on Israel as a nation-state, the court had no constitutional basis to reject such petitions and to protect Israel’s Jewishness. Now it does."

Navon continues with further examples of areas where these "unhappy citizens", "Left Wing" and Arab  opponents to the law claim that declaring Hebrew the country’s official language, while granting Arabic a “special status,” affects the rights of the Arab minority.
Nor does Israel have official religions, and nothing in the new Basic Law changes that. In this respect, Israel is more liberal than the seven European countries with constitutionally enshrined state religions.

Perhaps the best evidence that Israel needs a constitutional affirmation of its status as the sovereign Jewish nation-state is the eagerness of so many to denounce as undemocratic measures that are considered mundane anywhere else.

Would they say the same of the French constitution, which establishes that “The language of the Republic is French” (Article 2) while only recognizing “regional languages” as belonging to the “patrimony of France” (Article 75-1)?  Being a nation-state is compatible with the civic equality of minorities. Israel is no exception in that regard.   

The right to national self-determination was recognized as a universal one by the League of Nations after World War One. The Jews are entitled to that right like any other nation. Unlike the United-States and Canada, but like most countries is the world (including in Europe), Israel is a nation-state. Yet the Jews’ right to self-determination is still being challenged both internationally and domestically.  Thanks to the nation-state basic law, Israel’s Jewishness is no longer assailable at home.  

Many revisionist historians tend to forget that on June 30, 1922, a joint resolution (the Lodge Fish Resolution) " was; 
"Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled. That the United States of America favors the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which should prejudice the civil and religious rights of Christian and all other non-Jewish communities in Palestine, and that the holy places and religious buildings and sites in Palestine shall be adequately protected." [italics in the original]
By favoring the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people as outlined in the Mandate for Palestine from the Treaty of Serves and this US Resolution. It confirmed the irrevocable LEGAL right of Jews to settle in the area of Palestine – which in 1922 extended from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

MK Avi Dichter (Likud), who sponsored the bill, explained his reasons for passing the law.
“We are enshrining this important bill into a law today to prevent even the slightest thought, let alone attempt, to transform Israel to a country of all its citizen,"
"When I listened attentively to the Joint List MKs, it was impossible to miss their clear words: 'We, the Arabs will win, we are in our homeland, we were here before you and we'll be here after you.' This Basic Law is the clear-cut answer to those who think that and it is clear: You were not here before us and you will not be here after us,” 
"The most you can do is to live among us as a national minority that enjoys equal individual rights, but not equality as a national minority,”
MK Amir Ohana (Likud), who headed the Knesset Joint Committee of the nationality bill also said;  that the vote marked a “defining moment” in Israel’s history.
We don’t have 21 national nation-states like the Arab nation. This is a historic Basic Law that for the first time explicitly consolidates the different components of the State of Israel’s character. As the nation-state of the Jewish people,” he said.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Rasmea Oded and Kumbaya

It is truly amazing the continual gall and gullibility of  ordinary people in the world, especially Western leaders, to be consistantly bamboozled by the Lies and Liars of Falestine.
One truly has to wonder when will these "Kumbaya" whimps wake up and see the real story?
No wonder "John the beheader" of ISIS fame could not believe how easy it was for him to behead victim after victim while EX (TG) President Obama played golf.

In the latest chapter of bamboozlment, Prince William paid his expected visit to the "UNOCCUPIED" Ramallah headquarters, known as the Mukata of the Mahmoud Abbas crime syndicate otherwise known as the "Palestinian Authority".

While in the meeting place with the Godfather of the Palestinian Authority and unbeknownst to the "Little Prince" the cynical Palestinian leadership issued a "message" to it's people in Arabic- in every manner of communication - stating;
"We support anyone who murders a Jew and we will take care of their families if they are killed or imprisoned by Israel." 
Meanwhile, as they sat for the press Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas  "happily smiles and lies" to Prince William and other world leaders and dignitaries by stating in English:
"We are committed and "serious" in our desire to achieve peace with Israel and we are "committed" to combating terrorism."

While they are merrily chatting the Palestinian Authority issues a statment -albeit for local consumption in Arabic that;
"Palestinian prisoners are our national icons and symbols of defending freedom, our dignity while confronting oppression and subjugation."
The Palestinian government vowed that it would; "not abandon the prisoners and the families of the martyrs."

As I have pointed our countless times previously many readers and viewers of the world media do not get the truth of the conflict in the Middle East from "unbiased" news sources, These readers and viewers do not realize that they are not being told the "real story".
The actual unbiased truth is that these Arabs, who killed or maimed Jews, were killed by the Israeli army or police during the perpetration of attacks of "terrorism" on innocent civilians. These "Terrorists" are called shaheeds (martyrs) and are cast as role models to be copied and imitated by Palestinian youth in the media of the Palestinians whether in the Palestinian Authority of Hamas controlled UNWRA schools.

That these "martyrs" include Arabs who stabbed, ran over or blew themselves up during suicide bombings on civilian bus lines or in restaurants which murdered innocent civilians, Jews and some non-Jewish in Israel.

Of course, there is nothing new about the Palestinian tradition of glorifying the bloody murder of civilians young and old -Jewish Israelis who are ALL settlers to the terrorists.
Much has been said about the policy of naming schools and squares after these murderers in Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps in Judea and Shomron aka the "West Bank" and the Gaza Strip.

However, this horrific honor of glorifying shaheeds (martyrs) is also being practiced by Palestinians descendants living abroad throughout the world.
The most widely know case is of Reem's Bakery in Oakland California with a mural of Rasmea Odeh.
Reem's Bakery in Oakland California and Rasmea Odeh have been lionized by anti-Zionists and and anti Israel Palestinian sympathizers.

Few of these bamboozled and brainwashed Liberals realize the truth behind the glorfication of Rasmea Odeh, who was honored and cherished by the epic member of the Nacba Tragedy Tourists, Linda Sarsour as well as Liberal leftwing feminist "Resistance" supporters like "anti-Zionist rabbis' Ellen Lippman and Barat Ellman.

These feminists claimed Oded, as; “a Palestinian woman who embodies the Palestinian history of dispossession, struggle and resilience.”

That these "supposedly intelligent" women and the Liberal Leftist backers at the time of the Media Covered demonstration ignored Oded's complicity in murder and terrorism and blissfully ignored and shuffled the story aside!

There was No show of remorse nor acknowledgement whatsoever that this cherished member of the feminist “resistance” an “icon of the Palestine liberation movement.” Rasmea had been an active  participant and organizer for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

They lie and ignore the well documated proof that Odeh confessed in a highly detailed account just one day after arrest, along with other co-conspirators, how she planted a bomb in a Jerusalem supermarket in 1969 that murdered Hebrew University students Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe.
And that in cold calculation she had rigged a second device on a delay trigger at the SuperSol supermarket to go off when unarmed medic and rescue responders were to arrive. Luckly it was found and defused mere seconds before it was to go off.

Linda Sarsour, "anti-Zionist rabbis' Ellen Lippman and Barat Ellman have downplayed the fact that Odeh obtained her US immigrant visa in 1994 and her citizenship in 2004 frauduently. In both applications, she failed to disclose her arrest and convictions in the bombings because as she claims she was a "freedom fighter". The mere fact that she lied and pleaded guilty to falsifying her immigration applications was soft peddled and downplayed by the ususal Jew haters but by Leftist anti-Israel and anti-Zionist Jews. In fact the evidence of Rasmea’s immigration fraud was based on the indisputable facts and her own false answers.In the end she was rightly convicted a second time in federal court in Detroit.

And as can be readily seen in the News Media, the frenzy of seething hatred of anti-Zionist Jews, who have blown fuses in their explicit anger towrds Israel's love for President Trump, have reached the zenith of hate.
One wonders what excitement we will see next week....and to paraphrase Sonny and Cher...."And the hate goes on"

Friday, June 1, 2018

The non right of return

What is on my mind is the incessant calls, statements and articles by hypocritical "anti-Zionist" anti-Israel jews, "Liberal enlightened jews" and that immense group of the demented and mentally deeranged hounds of hell that form the pro-Arabs of the Mandated Areas aka the Palestinian Troll cheerleader section. The "brains are not required group".

In my recent reading of articles and Talkback commentaries I am amazed that there are individuals and even journalists who write items that have no grasp whatsoever of reality and truth. I sit here reading this constant drivel, inspired by revisionist history and utter distortion of facts and I shake my head in absolute total amazement.

Allow me to clarify the "Right of Return" and what it REALLY means, and do feel free to enlighten the masses......

"The Palestinians' problem is not with a settlement or a checkpoint or a fence. They have a problem with the existence of Israel in any borders. Palestinians have still not come to terms with Israel's right to exist, period; this is the essence of the Israeli-Arab conflict. They see Israel as one big settlement that needs to be ripped out." Bassem Tawil

Since the start of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the early 1990s, the Palestinian leadership has consistantly demanded two major concessions; that Israel accept responsibility for the creation of the refugee problem and accept the "right of return", as embodied in UN general assembly resolution 194 of December 1948.
Those two demands on Israel are ludicris to say the least since the resolution itself was adopted by a majority of 35 countries from among the 58 members of the United Nations at that time; however all six Arab League countries (then represented at the UN) voted against it.  ALL of  six whom; Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen, had called on the Arabs of the Mandated aras to evacuate so their armies could "sweep in and exterminate the Jews!!
Israel had not been admitted to the UN yet.

The Israeli policy has not changed since the early days before the declaration of the State during the period of June to August 1948 after the "Partition Vote".
And this policy MUST be understood in the context under which David Ben Gurion and the leaders of the Zionist Movement - the predessors of the Israeli cabinent made it.
The very large number of Arab Palestinian refugees and creative manipulation of history have given rise to charges that Zionist leaders planned to expel the Arabs from Palestine. Other than doctored quotes from Israeli leaders, notably David Ben Gurion, there is no evidence for any such plan.
Frequently cited in such charges, is "Plan Daled" which called for temporary evacuation of strategically placed towns that could not be held.
The majority of Palestinian Arabs who fled, fled voluntarily. This was certainly true in Haifa, where Jewish leaders pleaded with the inhabitants to stay, in Tiberias, and in many of the villages of the north that had been occupied by the Arab Liberation Army. In Beersheba and Safed, all the Arabs left before Jewish forces had entered the towns.
In Isdood and Majdal most of them left when the Egyptian army departed.

Most significantly, towns that did not resist the Israelis or cooperated with them, including Abu Gosh, Nazareth and all the Druze villages of the Galilee, remained intact. 

If inhabitants were expelled, it was not because of racist considerations, but because they were seen as a security threat. 

Eye-witnesses deny specific allegations of expulsions and massacres, though of course, no eye-witness could have seen everything as the Arab apologists claim.

Here is one EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FACT to be noted!!! It is always glossed over and NEVER mentioned!
Before the British Withdrawal and under the Mandate, Jews were forbidden by law and punishment of DEATH to carry ARMS to possess weapons for defense!
Whereas the Arabs were allowed by the Mandatory government to freely carry and use weapons!

US Secretary of State George C. Marshall, an experienced soldier, told Moshe Sharrett, Jewish Agency Foreign Secretary on the eve of independence that the CIA had estimated that the Jewish side would lose the war, even without taking into account the participation of the Arab states:
Believe me, I am talking about things about which I know. You are sitting there in the coastal plains of Palestine, while the Arabs hold the mountain ridges. I know you have some arms and your Haganah, but the Arabs have regular armies. They are well trained and they have heavy arms. How can you hope hope to hold out?" (Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, O Jerusalem!, Pan books 1973, page 315).
It was during this perion in particular BEFORE the creation of the the nascent state and the "Official British" withdrawal that Arab villagers, who were inspired and inflamed by the Grand Mufti Muhammad Amin al-Husayni and his own kinsman Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni, as the commander of the Army of the Holy War and  the Arab Liberation Army (ALA) led by Fawzi al-Qawuqji. These Arab fedayeen swarmed against nearly defenseless Jewish defenders of; Kibbutzim, Moshavim, villages and towns. These two major "Irregular Forces" inflicted terrible loses on the Jewish forces in brutal vicious fighting, Convoys which attempted to bring supplies of food and weapons were ambushed and massacred by the crazed Arab villagers egged on to "Exterminate the Jews".

This policy to "bar the return of "Fifth columnists"  is as valid today as it was in 1948. The mass return of those who had fought and tried to exterminate the populace of the Jewish state would mortally threaten the state's existence.
"The State of Israel has a population of approximately 8,855,000 inhabitants as of first half-2018. Some 74.5% percent are Jews of all backgrounds (about 6,556,000 individuals), 20.9% are Arab of any religion other than Jewish (about 1,837,000 individuals), while the remaining 4.6% (about 400,000 individuals) are defined as "others".
Should some 3.5 to 4 million Palestinian refugees - the number supposedly listed in the rolls of UNWRA  be empowered to return to Israeli territory, there could arise widespread anarchy and violence as in 1947.
Even if the return were to bespread over a number of years or even decades, the ultimate result, given the Arabs' far higher birth rates, would be the conversion of the country into an Arab-majority state and the reinstitution of the Moslem status of "Dhimitude."

This immediate degrading of the Jewish populaton into second class citizens, would cause a massive "transfer" of the (remaining) Jews, who would steadily emigrate. Even those fools who work for Haaretz , I am referring to two specific journalists come to mind with their utter hatred, who try to "outdo" themselves in their attitudes of hatred of the "Jewish" part of the state and with their "Matzpen", pro-Falestinian B'tselem, "Breaking (the BS) Silence kiss ass group. Well even these LOSERS may wake up and smell the Humous.

As to "WHY?" Jews would leave  merely take a look at any of the surounding Arab countries.

Would any normal Jew really wish to live as a second-class citizens in an authoritarian Muslim-dominated, Arab-ruled state? As Hillel Neur of UN Watch recently stated in the UN "Where are your Jews" to several Moslem Arab countries? So where are the Jews of Lebanon? Of Egypt? Syria? Algeria? Morocco? Libya? Iraq? Iran?

This also applies to that "enlightened" idea of replacing Israel and the occupied territories with one, unitary binational state, a solution that some blind or hypocritical western intellectuals have been trumpeting.

To many in the west who have come to "champion" the Arabs of the Mandated Areas -aka the Palestinians position, the right of "Nachba refugees"(and their descendants) to return to their homes seems natural and just.

In truth it would be what the Arabs of the Mandated Areas -aka the Palestinians  have planned for all along since it has finally sunk in that they lost and it is time to "Negate Israel".

This drastic move of the "right of return for Nacba refugees" (read their descendants) needs to be weighed against the right to life and well-being of the more than six and a half million Jews who currently live in Israel.

As for those historical revisionist haters I am not refering to the "Khazarim Jews". Oy what bovine excrement!

More than half of the current population of Isarel are- Sephardic Jews- who are also "refugees" descendants of Jews ethnically cleansed from Arab lands during the post creation of Israel period, who were born in Israel.
In is NEVER mentioned in the world media that the Arab side practiced ethnic cleansing systematically.
No Jews were allowed to remain in any territories conquered by Arab forces in 1948, or to return to those territories after the war.
This was true in Gush Etzion and Jerusalem, and in all the villages conquered in Gaza. That was not all. In 1947, the Arab League prepared a plan for systematic persecution of Jews in all Arab countries. The provisions of this plan included special levies, confiscation of properties and abridgement of civil rights (see Draft Arab League Law Against Jews) . This plan was carried out by many of the Arab states, resulting in mass migrations of Jews from them. Over 800,000 Jews fled Arab lands.
So do these Israelis of  Sephardic Jewsish families ethnically cleansed have rights to a homeland?

And what of those "stateless displaced" "Ashkenazic Jews of Europe made refugees during the mass extermination plan endorsed and encouraged by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, whose homes in Europe- primarily Eastern Europe Poland and Russia and the Ukraine were expropriated and stolen during the Holocaust? These same survivors of death camps who had tried to immigrate to pre-state Palestine but were denied and shoveled into the crematoriums by those demanding "their right of return"?
When many of these same surviving Jews of Europe who tried to "return" home were set upon and massacred in Pogroms by their Christian neighbors who thought that "THEIR" Jews were finally gone.
Most Israelis have known no other country and have no other homeland. So wouldn't the destruction or, at the least, the forced displacement of more than 5 million Jews which would be the foregone conclusion of a massive Palestinian refugee return?

So when one attempts to side with the "Haters of Zionism" and demand "Justice" for- the Arabs of the Mandated Areas aka the Palestinians try to consider that the "Negation of Israel Peace Plan" and how it would constitute a graver injustice than the resettlement of fewer than 4 million Palestinians in Arab League countries?

But hey it's just Jews right.....

Monday, May 28, 2018

Be Kind to Palestinian Trolls

Knowing the truth and being "enlightened by way of FACTS I just replied to a comment by a mentally challenged Least-Able pro-Falestinian Troll  in an article regarding the "Mapping of Palestine before Israel" who used the name "Green and Gray" to post this comment:
"The UN partition plan was offered in General Assembly Resolution 181. GA resolutions are never binding on anyone. The terms of the resolution stated that if each side, Arab and Jewish, accepted the plan, it was to go to the Security Council for ratification, making it international law. If it was rejected by either, it was back to the negotiating table. Neither side had any right to accept the plan and unilaterally enforce it and declare statehood. Israel did so anyway. Despite this breach in existing international agreements, they were rewarded with recognition by the UN".

My reply to the mentally challenged Least-Able Falestinian Troll:

Oh dear me Green and Gray - mon faux pas!
Legal he says, eh?
 Let's check the correct LEGAL details may we!
By the refusal to accept the UNR181 resolution -Ah yes this part is correct it was a "non -binding resolution" (there goes your claim to the Arab part of the "Partition Plan"  -
The (your buddies) "Arabs of the Mandated Territory' aka your Falestinians FORFEITED their right to any part of the remaining 22 % of the League of Nations Mandatory Area! By attacking Jewish settlements and individuals prior to the Withdrawal of the Mandatory Forces the warring clans of the Nusseibeh and Husseini also violated the UN Charter Article 2 Sections 3 -5


 You see the people who "Submitted the resolution" -the "Mandatory" -aka the British Stated their desire to return the "Mandate" to the UN ( who inherited the 1922 Treaty of Serves (San Remo Agreement) and as such announced their WITHDRAWAL from ALL RESPONSIBILITY as the MANDATORY Power on May 15th, 1948!
With their withdrawal they left the area in the hands of "he who should claim it:
"Uti possidetis (Latin for "as you possess") is a principle in international law that territory and other property remains with its possessor at the end of a conflict, unless otherwise provided for by treaty; if such a treaty does not include conditions regarding the possession of property and territory taken during the war, then the principle of uti possidetis will prevail.[1] Originating in Roman law, the phrase is derived from the Latin expression uti possidetis, ita possideatis, meaning "may you continue to possess such as you do possess" (lit., "as you possess, thus may you possess"). This principle enables a belligerent party to claim territory that it has acquired by war.

So as the British -"the mandatory power" lowered their flag and sailed out of Haifa Port  leaving the Mandated Area as "A Land belonging to NO SOVERIGN POWER"
OUR Zionist Delegates met in Tel Aviv and declared the founding of the Independent STATE OF ISRAEL.
The "friends" of the "Arabs of the Mandated Territory" -the Seven Nations of the Arab League ALSO leapt in to "divide the spoils" -in direct VIOLATION of UN Charter Article 2 Sections 3 -5
3. All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.

4. All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.

5. All Members shall give the United Nations every assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the present Charter, and shall refrain from giving assistance to any state against which the United Nations is taking preventive or enforcement action.

With Israel's glorius victory -in handing the "Seven Arab League" countries their asses in a sling - they put their tales between their legs and ran off to hide and put the fools who listened to the "chauvanistic bravado statements ' into refugee camps and denied responsibility for the Nacba!
Some examples to whine cry and continue to throw tantrums over:

ON APRIL 9, 1953, the Jordanian daily al-Urdun quoted a refugee, Yunes Ahmed Assad, formerly of Deir Yassin, as saying: "For the flight and fall of the other villages, it is our leaders who are responsible, because of the dissemination of rumors exaggerating Jewish crimes and describing them as atrocities in order to inflame the Arabs ... they instilled fear and terror into the hearts of the Arabs of Palestine until they fled, leaving their homes and property to the enemy."

ANOTHER refugee told the Jordanian daily a-Difaa on September 6, 1954: "The Arab governments told us, 'Get out so that we can get in.' So we got out, but they did not get in."

"FOLLOWING a visit to refugees in Gaza, a British diplomat reported the following: 'But while they express no bitterness against the Jews...they speak with the utmost bitterness of the Egyptians and other Arab states: 'We know who our enemies are,' they will say, and they are referring to their Arab brothers who, they declare, persuaded them unnecessarily to leave their homes." -British Foreign Office Document #371/75342/XC/A/4991

IN THE MARCH 1976 issue of Falastin a-Thaura, then the official journal of the Beirut-based PLO, Mahmud Abbas ("Abu Mazen"), PLO spokesman, wrote: "The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny but, instead, they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland, and threw them into prisons similar to the ghettos in which the Jews used to live."

As for your 70+ years Tragedy Tourists of the Nacba Fantasy, well C'est La Vie!
Suck it up LOSERS......

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Palestinian Children

When I tried to sleep last night I kept awaking during the night to the memories of the horrific hatred I have seen recently on many Mass Media venues against Israel. Specifically in regard to those virulent hate filled headlines condeming Israel over the "Peaceful Demonstrations" on our southern border and the cynical death of innocents. 

What is on my mind is what sort of a society consciously and purposely sacrifices its own youth for political gain and tactical advantage?

We have all seen in the videos circulated by Palestinian stringers how the death of Arab children is extolled as shahids or martyrs and how it has become a cynical weapon in the arsenal of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have learned that when their children are killed, they gain world sympathy, especially in Europe and North America. The death of any child is viewed as a tragedy and portrayed as such in the media, regardless of circumstance.

The Falestinians nurture an obcessed blind hatred of Israel and because of this "weak spot" in the morality of the mainy "Christian World".

They have created a cultural milieu of vengeance, violence and death - preparing their children to be sacrifices in a death cult to the ancient Philistine God Moloch.

Around the world, in other sane countries children are precious gifts to their parents and keys to the future. From the poorest barrios in South America to the most wretched slums of Cairo, parents strive to make sure there is food for their children and money for their children’s education. The loving care we invest in our own children is a human trait that unites different cultures: rich and poor, traditional and hi-tech. The toughest job parents have is to raise their children while making everyday sacrifices and decisions for them. We hug them, love them and watch them grow up, praying that they will come to no harm, and doing everything we can to ensure that. Parents raise their children with the hope that they will grow into happy, responsible, caring, and contributing members of society.

Protecting our children is a universal trait that unites the Family of Man. But in Palestinian society, that standard has been turned on its head. It is clear that in Palestinian society something has gone dreadfully wrong.

Children in Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza where Arab residents foster a culture that prepares children for armed conflict, consciously and purposely putting them in harm’s way. Do so for one reason, political gain and tactical advantage in their war against Israel.

As we witnessed recently in the news reports from Gaza women and children led riots while young men in their late teens and early 20s, armed with rocks, sling shots, Molotov cocktails and other weapons operated from the rear.

The Palestinian national poet laureate Mahmud Darwish wrote a poem after the outbreak of the first Intifada, where he sanctioned and sanctified their deaths, and praised “Arab youth on the road to victory, each with a coffin on his shoulder.”

From birth Palestinian society abuses its children. Their children are fed with a deep, vile, odious rabid anti-Zionism, anti-Jewish and anti-Western in their schools, summer camps, Mosques. Even children’s television programs are exploited to encourage children to become martyrs in an act that will bring them respect and parental pride. Hamas and the Palestinian leadership makes little to no effort to keep children away from potentially violent confrontations.

 Here is a prime example of the cynical use of Children by Palestinian. In this video meant to vilify Israel the father of 3-year-old child, Muhammad Suroor sees the failure of his incitement to have his son "Martyred." As the video continues the uncaring "adult" screams orders to his child to throw rocks at the soldiers and to raise the flag so they will shoot him.

This is exactly how Hamas cynically uses them as cannon fodder to gain World Media attention and the empathy of the gullible world audience, because wounded or dead children paint Israelis as heartless and cruel in the eyes of the world and for some Israelis themselves to hate themselves because Israel is morally sensitive.

 What the world media sees and hears, through Hamas controled media stringers, is that Israel "blockades" their border and kills children. Few readers of news viewers realize that Hamas and the Palestinian Authority pay out $2,000 for each child killed and $300 for each wounded child.

Ignorance par Excellence

During the pass years after reading ALL the news medias stories and watching the videos produced. I truly wonder in amazement at the abject ignorance of the supposed government leaders and Editorial staff of the world.

I am especally aghast by the total lack of response and ignorance displayed Jewish college students, educators and community leaders to the hatred swallowing the Diaspora.
I am truly amazed at what flaw in Jewish leadership has allowed this level of anti-Zionism and anti-Israel feelings to become predominate?
The denial of ones Jewishness and the utter and sick hatred that is within the anti-Zionistic movement is asounding to say the least.
This Jewish self hatred for the sake of assimilation and the abject hatred of other Jews because of piety - is our "Hamartia" or fatal flaw- has been our downfall throughout history. And if not tended to immediately may cost us another Holocaust.

I for one see a massive failure in education and the massive effect of the conquest of "Historical revisionism" or the unquestioned acceptance of the Palestinian "narrative" over reality and facts.
As an educator I have known for years that all histories are "tainted" by the victors, yet the amount of malice shown to the Jews and "our" narrative in these past 50 years is hideous bordering on the grotesque.

The massive manipulation of the world press by the "Negators of Zionism and Israel" to vilify Israel has occaisionaly left me aghast by their sheer contortion of historical facts to the "Palestinian Narrative". One of the chief sources of knowledge on the world wide web Wikkipedia is totally corrupted with this cancer. 

I am truly amazed at the amount of naive innocents who have become so bamboozled by those who have been passing off outright lies and mis-information in the campaign for Historic revisionism as ordained by the post 1967 KGB inspired discreditament of Israel program.

The amount of ignorance flagrantly shown by the world, specificaly in the UN, boogles the mind in light of actual documents and archaeological evidence which abounds regarding Israel is beyond comprehension.

How many of todays educators dare to teach their students the truth?

How many Journalists have been educated in the truth so when confronted with revisionism they know that something is "amiss"?

When I have written my blog entries I have tried to "see both sides" because like a true journalist one must be "unbiased" to realy the truth otherwise you are NOT a historian nor journalist- You are a propagandist.

Here is a case in point I am talking about:

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) recently pointed out correctly that the international community has continued holding Israel responsible for Gaza despite disengaging, and the REVISED United Nations Goldstone Report proved it nine years ago.

“The world must do some soul searching, because we left Gaza, yet they still don’t recognize our border,” she said. “We won’t pay twice by withdrawing and remaining the patron for Gaza that has a hostile terror regime. The world must understand that forcing the disengagement on us was a big mistake that led to Hamas taking power of Gaza. They created the Gaza problem, so it is up to them to solve it.”

“The world is hypocritical, because they respond more forcefully than us to security threats,” she said. “Innocents die at the hands of the US and Europe, too. It’s unrealistic to expect zero deaths in war. We did prepare our public diplomacy. Those who wanted to understand understood.”

What has nary been mentioned in ALL the news reports, and is unique immportance, in the light of the Arabs claim for the "Right of Return" is that the world lied to the Israeli leadership to convince it to forcibly evacuate our citizens from the "Gaza Strip".

NO ONE -not one news source has mentioned in all the news regarding the area of Gaza that according to a LEGALLY BINDING - Treaty which has NEVER been revoked it is also an area where Jews could live.

I am referring to the Treaty of Serves of 1922 (San Remo) where the League of Nations adopted IN FULL the obligation of the Balfor Declaration for a Jewish Homeland in the entire "Mandated Area".

UNR181 continued the LEGALITY of Jewish control over the disputed area not only because the "Arabs of the Mandated Areas" aka the Falestinians rejected the UN resolution.

Another FACT overlooked is that the Arabs and the Arab League where in DIRECT violation of Article 2 of the UN Charter!!! 

Specifically clauses 3 and 4 which state:

3. All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
4. All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.

 So for all those "Haters of Israel and Zionism" who make claims of Israel "breaking the law" they and the editors of ALL the news media should consult, as I did the historical documated facts.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Short History on the Smart City Concept

The beginnings of collected data 

The need for the organized collection of data for municipal management and realization of city projects to assist in development accelerated with the tremendous growth of major cities and industrial areas in the aftermath of World War II. The rapid growth of post-World War urbanization and massive rebuilding schemes for devastated areas in Europe. Spawned new ideas for utopian style cities where mass transportation for the rapid movement of the employees from the new "baby-boom" suburbs to hubs of business and employment in the "urban sprawl" became a necessity.

With the increase in size of metropolitan areas, management of the three critical infrastructure areas for a modern city: energy, water and waste became more critical for the proper function of a community and it's well-being.

The necessities of a true world war, a war fought on a massive scale, gave birth to new data collection technologies which created the development of computers. In the beginning of the Cold-War, the need for a rapid means of exchange of ideas between scientists and thinkers in colleges gave birth to ARPANET the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network was an early packet switching network and the first network to implement the protocol suite TCP/IP. These two technologies became the technical foundation of the Internet.
This new-found know-how and faith in machines translated, in part, to an interest in computer-assisted social analysis, thanks to the availability of both mainframe computers and large federal grants during the Cold War. Social scientists in particular were interested in exploring the possibilities that data and computers could bring to public policy, as were city planners and architects.
In A Second Modernism: MIT, Architecture and the ‘Techno-Social’ Moment, Arindam Dutta writes that for them, “the emphasis on assembling, collating, and processing larger and larger amounts of data” was “paramount in the postwar framing of expertise.”
These two major technologies: computers and the wide use of internet and World Wide Web, have revolutionized mankind. Open data or open information has further accelerated the need for the collection and analysis of data to further advancements. The efficient management and analysis data have become important tools for the government to create greater transparency and accountability, increase citizen engagement, and drive innovation and economic opportunities.

What is a "Smart City"?: 

Mark Deakin and Husam Al Wear in their research paper; "From intelligent to smart cities", for CIB - the acronym of the abbreviated French (former) name: "Conseil International du Bâtiment" (in English this is: International Council for Building) listed four factors that contribute to the definition of a "smart city":
·         The application of a wide range of electronic and digital technologies to communities and cities:
·         The use of Communications Technologies (ICT) to transform life and working environments within the region
·         The embedding of such Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in government management systems
·         The “territorialization” of practices that brings ICTs and people together to enhance the innovation and knowledge that they offer.

The need for Innovative Teams and the Collection of Data

 There is a growing list of mayors today who are realizing that better use of information technology and data can help them govern cities more effectively. Whether you call the approach “smart cities,” “intelligent cities” or “digital cities, they wish to connect residents to city government and resources, and spur high-tech employment since the main goal of a "Smart City" is the use of technology to make things work better.
A municipality gains the ability to deliver results by its acceptance and creation of a culture of using its data assets., enhanced abilities to properly and efficiently access the information collected from archived municipal files, in various city department and from the public sector in a centralized data platform.
Because cities may have thousands of datasets across multiple servers, databases, and computers, it’s helpful to narrow down which datasets should be included in the inventory overall and how to plan for inventory updates in the future.
This collection of data from varied sources and departments is made possible by a thoroughly trained Municipal staff.  The Municipal Analytic Team then utilize the acquired data and analytic systems and processes to recommend and facilitate projects for the good of the constituents (residents).
“We know that using data and technology has the ability to improve the quality of lives of our residents, and I am proud of the work we have done, and we will continue our focus on bettering city services through new and innovative approaches.” Mayor of Boston Massachusetts, Martin J. Walsh
“Cities develop and mature in a diverse range of ways, reflecting differences in history, culture and geographic and economic environments. It is a great challenge to identify the common characteristics of Smart Cities in a global sense, however it is clear that essential elements of a city’s ‘smartness’ will depend on information and communication technologies (ICTs)."Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
To become a "Resilient (antifragile) City" of the future, you need to first become an Innovative "Smart City". And to accomplish that first step you need to accumulate and analyze all your city wide departmental data by a Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). An Innovative Team must be comprised of individuals from the different discipline's is needed to digitize and centralize relevant information from staff-identified data categories as the nucleus of its database.
“Successful innovation depends as much on the ability to generate ideas as it does the capacity to execute them — and i-teams help cities do both since they don’t replace (existing staffers’) work — they unlock their innovation potential." Michael Bloomberg, former New York mayor
Smart cities use both "predictive" and “prescriptive” analytics to identify patterns and forecast trends to provide an insight as to what will be especially valuable to city planners and local officials responsible for improving municipal services and responding to changing demands.

Local governments strive to represent and serve their constituents well. Data-driven metrics ensure that everyone is speaking the same language as they continue to solve problems efficiently. By publishing and tracking key metrics on an Open Data Dashboard, residents can respond accordingly by making their voices heard through direct feedback and voting at the polls. Here are the four main advantages:
  • Create goals based on the latest data uploaded to the system and reflected on the Open Data Dashboard across as many departmental or functional areas as needed
  • Use data applications to easily reflect fresh uploaded data with minimal human intervention.
  • Organize your goals from a single Open Data Dashboard that shows the status of all goals from a single view
  • Through the use of the Open Data Dashboard you can scale your performance program up or down as needed, expanding to additional areas, or by focusing on the top priorities for your government.
The presence of leadership is important for good governance and smart governance is the core of smart cities initiatives. Smart governance depends on the implementation of a smart governance infrastructure that should allow collaboration, data exchange, service integration and communication as well as be accountable, responsive and transparent.

Population growth, economic stress on resources, rapid urbanization is increasing strains on energy, transportation, water, buildings and public spaces.
Solutions for cities need to be found – solutions which are both ‘smart’, namely highly efficient and ‘sustainable’ while specifically generating economic prosperity and social well-being of the citizens.

1.Technological challenges, i.e. infrastructures
A smart city relies, on advanced analytics of data derived from integrated hardware, software, and network technologies which will provide ICT systems with real-time awareness of critical infrastructure components and services.
The integration of ICT with city infrastructure can enhance the management and functioning of the urban landscape of a city and offer a number of potential opportunities for improvement. 

2.Economical challenges, i.e high costs with high potential:
Over the next 20 years, cities around the world will invest as much as $41 trillion to upgrade their existing infrastructure.
The potential benefit from this investment will come from the addition of Smart City sensor networks of connected devices known as the IOT (Internet of Things) to collect data for analyses by Municipal DoIT (Department of Innovations and Technology) teams.
Though the astronomical figure is an estimate "Smart technology uses the Internet of Things to gather data, connect components across the city and impact multiple departments or services in order to improve people's quality of life.

3.Social challenges,i.e applications: Smart cities will have a direct impact on the quality of life of citizens. Smart Cities aim to foster more informed, educated, and participatory citizens who are as constituents have the power to change city administrators and leadership.

Traditionally this part of the equation has been neglected on the expense of understanding more technological and policy aspects of smart cities.
Smart cities initiatives allow the constituents of the city to participate in the governance and management of the city and become active users. If they are key players they may have the opportunity to engage with the initiative to the extent that they can influence the effort to be a success or a failure.

It is critical not to neglect the fact that city residents are not just individuals, but also as members of the voting communities and interest groups with their respective wants and needs within cities. Smart cities initiatives need to be sensitive in balancing the needs of various communities.
  • All levels of government are moving toward smarter infrastructures based on data and analytics, transparency, application of technology and greater connectivity.

  • Smart technology — and the data that it provides — helps to bring these departments together and ensure that everyone shares a common goal.

  • Cities should instead seek out technology that enhances their existing infrastructure.

  • To be truly smart, cities must optimize existing infrastructures and use technology to deliver better, faster and cheaper services – together.

  • Unlike stationary cameras, these trucks can offer a view of the entire city. Trucks outfitted with sensors have the ability to collect valuable data across the entire city ecosystem, from the department of transportation, to parks and recreation, to housing. This gets back to the importance of interconnectivity.

  • Anticipate community needs: "civic engagement" What if governments could take control with a more proactive approach?

City Data Portals and Dashboards

“Cities develop and mature in a diverse range of ways, reflecting differences in history, culture and geographic and economic environments. It is a great challenge to identify the common characteristics of Smart Cities in a global sense, however it is clear that essential elements of a city’s ‘smartness’ will depend on information and communication technologies (ICTs)."Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
There’s no reason we can’t be as advanced, innovative, and efficient as the private sector or any other sector.” Chief Data Officer Brett Goldstein developer of Chicago’s WindyGrid
With the need for city efficiency and "real -time" data, several large cities have led the way by creating data portals for use not only as sources for other city departments but through open data policy to the constituents as well.
The city of Los Angeles has recently been awarded the first gold-level What Works Cities data certification for its platform DataLa, a designation which recognizes how cities incorporate data and evidence into governance. Los Angeles is setting the precedent in collecting and using data to make informed decisions when addressing city issues. As a basis, the city provides an open data portal that features 1,100 data sets, touching on everything from building permits to trash bin locations, and the city is also working on more specific initiatives through a partnership with the Data Science Federation.
DataLa publishes and maintains up-to-date, quality data that can be used by City staff, the public, and private partners. "Their approach is:
• To be the most open and transparent city in the US.
• Expand the use of data and analytics to streamline service delivery and drive innovation in all operational processes.
• Improve user experience across all digital services and assets."

"To reach our goals, we collaborate to:
• Maximize public benefit of all IoT and real-time data that is captured, stored, and verified.
• Design and operate IoT systems to protect the public, ensure the integrity of services, and promote resilience."

The city of Chicago has it's WindyGrid and OpenGrid, which provides three main functions for City staff: situational awareness and incident monitoring, historical data retrieval, and real-time advanced analytics.

The City of Pittsburgh’s Analytics and Strategy team was inspired in part by Chicago’s WindyGrid and they developed Burgh’s Eye View. Burgh’s Eye View is an application that they had built entirely internally as a “one stop shop” for residents and community groups to access and view the datasets that Pittsburgh has published on its regional open data platform. The new responsive web application allows the city’s residents, for the first time, to gain visual insight into a broad range of citywide and neighborhood data.
“The way you make data matter for people who aren’t data scientists is through visualization, and probably the most successful kind of visualization that exists is a map,” said Nick Hall, Open Data Services Engineer for Pittsburgh.
The city of Winnipeg in Canada has created "Peg" which is a:"community indicator system, tracking eight theme areas (basic needs, health, education & learning, social vitality, governance, built environment, economy, and natural environment).

Peg measures the health of the community by reporting on everything from the health of babies born in Winnipeg right through to how many of them graduate 18 years later. Peg tracks how much garbage is taken to the landfill and the use of public transit. The constituents of Winnipeg can learn how their life, their neighborhood and their city is changing – for the good and the bad. "Peg is a starting place for Winnipeg citizens, business owners and policy makers to learn the facts so they can lead change to create a better city for their children." 

Municipal Data platform

A Municipal Data platform enables City Managers and Mayors to extract maximum value from their available budgets as it provides real-time access for operational staff to the repository data, thereby providing department heads the ability to intervene or modify plans on the fly if circumstances require.
Through the use of a Municipal platform, in the form of an app on the cellphone, in conjunction with a receptive and well managed City Constituent Care call service  and Response center. A Municipality needs to have real-time access to collected Municipal data to allow incoming queries to be handled on-the-spot, thereby minimizing call-out costs and improving customer service levels.
Furthermore, the Municipal Platform can rapidly assimilate, assess and act on data thereby asserting to the constituents that the Municipality is listening and is responsive.

A Municipal platform is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models. It is designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, each offering local computation and storage. Rather than rely on hardware to deliver high-availability, the library itself is designed to detect and handle failures at the application layer, so delivering a highly-available service on top of a cluster of computers, each of which may be prone to failures.
Predictive Analytics SaaS (Software as a service) solutions are based on proprietary Machine Learning Big-Data algorithms, guaranteeing real time accurate and reliable predictions, in a fully automated, plug-and-play manner. The data and predictions are presented with advanced visual tools, enabling end users to self-explore, gain insights and comprehend the data, without requiring any statistical background.
The Big Data engine provides real-time accurate load forecasts at the highest level of granularity - the meter / appliance and sub-hour levels. Due to the engine's self-learning capabilities, it models and monitors each meter separately, learns its patterns and behavior, automatically fits its appropriate model and senses its early warnings for irregularities, guaranteeing real-time accurate energy forecasts and actionable insights.
The data and predictions are presented with advanced visual tools, enabling the end user to self-explore, gain insights and comprehend the data, run simulations and impact analysis, view correlations, create 'what if' scenarios and more, without requiring any technical or statistical background.

By freely collecting and combining data from municipal departments Open Data can provide valuable insights into how any city works and how departments may better serve the constituency as well as those that live and work in the city.

There is a preparatory need, of all municipalities that wish to become "Smart Cities”, in the collection, acquisition and analyses of all municipal data into a centralized data platform for free access by all city departments. The great potential in this is that the municipality can use this data to fuel new solutions for civic improvements (Smart City Innovations) and even innovative entrepreneurship while addressing common problems or challenges faced by the constituency.

 In conclusion

“To be a Smart city means gaining information through the use of technology to enable the development of efficient and effective services for citizens.”
Over the past decade, the scope and content of data related to government activities has changed dramatically. The sheer quantity of data available for public consumption, the way in which it is structured and how datasets are used has the potential to impact program planning, analysis and evaluation at the local government level.
Recent experience has shown that businesses want to locate in smart communities. Why? Because being a part of a progressive city says good things about their brand. Plus, smart cities attract technical professionals and members of the creative class, a boon for recruiting qualified candidates. That is why our research focus is the intersection of government and data, ranging from open data and predictive analytics to civic engagement technology. We seek to promote the combination of integrated, cross-agency data with community data to better discover and preemptively address civic problems.
“Data drives decision-making and it drives a lot of the services we all consume… Publishing the data allows everyone inside the city and outside to go in and add intelligence and services on top of it.” Peter Marx, Chief Technology Officer for the City of Los Angeles