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Israel pulls ads wooing expats after Jewish criticism
The ad featuring a pair of Israeli grandparents, disappointed to hear their American granddaughter was celebrating Christmas, was pulled.
December 2nd, 2011
04:12 PM ET

Israel pulls ads wooing expats after Jewish criticism

By Heather M. Higgins, CNN

(CNN) - The ad shows a young girl on her mother’s lap, video-chatting with her grandparents, who live in Israel and who are pictured with four candles burning brightly on a menorah behind them.

When the Jewish grandmother asks the child what holiday it is, she replies “Christmas!” instead of Hanukkah; the joy drains from the grandparents’ faces as they turn to each other in disappointment.

This Hebrew-language spot, titled, “It's time to return to Israel before Hanukkah becomes Christmas,” was removed from the Israeli Ministry of Immigrant Absorption’s YouTube channel Friday after it unleashed criticism from many Jews.

Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, told CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux on Friday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted that the ad, and a handful of others like it, be taken down.

“The prime minister’s office knew nothing about these ads,” Oren said. “They weren’t brought to the prime minister’s office for approval, we had no knowledge of them, and as soon they were brought to my attention, I brought them to the prime minister’s attention this morning, and he immediately ordered them brought down.”

But two of the Web-based ads, sponsored by the Israeli government as part of the a campaign to invoke nostalgia among Israeli expatriates, were still running on the absorption ministry’s YouTube channel on Friday afternoon.

The video ads went live in September as part of a broader campaign by Israel targeting Israelis abroad. The ads have appeared in Britain, France, Australia and other countries but created a firestorm this week after Atlantic blogger Jeffrey Goldberg wrote about them.

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League - which combats anti-Semitism – was among the critics.

According to the Israeli immigrant absorption ministry, the ads were inspired by focus groups sponsored by the Jewish state that revealed that many Israelis in America miss home.

Critics said the videos went further, offering a none-too-subtle warning about Jewish life in America and sending the message that Israelis should return home if they want to ensure that their children remain Jewish.

“I’m disappointed in our government,” Seth Farber, an American-born Orthodox rabbi who is founder of the Israeli-based ITIM: The Jewish-Life Information Center, said of the ad campaign.

“It is one thing to touch a nerve. It’s another to be fatalistic,” Farber said. “Why send a message that you’re going to lose everything if you don’t come home, when there are so many beautiful and positive reasons for wanting to move to Israel?”

The Israeli’s government adopted a resolution in 2010 encouraging the return of Israelis abroad.

After conducting market research in cities like New York and Los Angeles about what Israelis miss while living abroad, the Israeli Ministry of Immigrant Absorption launched an $800,000 ad campaign timed to coincide with Rosh Hashanah and the other Jewish High Holidays, which began in September.

“The ads are not from our frantic minds but directly from the focus groups we conducted,” Elad Sonn, spokesman for the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, said Thursday.

Another ad on the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption’s website depicts an Israeli girl mourning on Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom HaZikaron, while her American boyfriend remains ignorant to its significance.

The title at the top of another ad reads, “It's time to return to Israel before Abba becomes Daddy,” and it shows a little boy whose sleeping father won’t wake up until the boy calls him “Abba,” the Hebrew word for daddy.

“They will always be Israelis. Their children won't. Help them return to Israel,” says the narrator at the end of the ad with the boy. Both those ads were still on the ministry’s YouTube channel Friday afternoon.

In addition to the Web-based ads, the Israeli campaign included nine billboards in the U.S., with signs in Miami and Palo Alto, California, and ads in Hebrew-language newspapers in places with large concentrations of Israelis. The billboard ads were up a little more than a month, until early November.

But Farber says the ads are not representative of the experience of Israeli expats.

“I know many Israeli expats who feel very connected to Israel,” he said.

Some Israelis living in the United States echoed that view.

“Israelis know what they want, so by coming to the U.S., they aren't looking to change their values, traditions and religious beliefs, but they are looking for something different than what they have in their country,” said Neta Yoffe, a director of corporate communications for a media company in New York.

Yoffe, an Israeli with dual citizenship, has lived in the U.S. for 26 years and said the ads reflect negatively on Israelis living abroad.

“Israel is already viewed as an outsider by the world, and these ads just make things worse by representing Israel as arrogant and self-important,” she said.

The Ministry of Immigrant Absorption has issued a statement apologizing to American Jews, and Sonn communicated a similar message.

“If anyone is offended, we’re sorry,” said Sonn, who openly acknowledged the emotional nature of the campaign. “We did not intend this to be directed at the American Jewish community. We respect it, and we work with it."

When asked about the implications of assimilation and intermarriage, Sonn continued, “It is none of our business who an Israeli should or could marry. It’s an insult to our intelligence to take it to that place.”

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Pol

    Let's remember that Israel is surrounded by people who have little value for life and little to live for.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcAjRhLua1k&w=420&h=315%5D

    December 4, 2011 at 12:39 am |
    • Citizen

      How brainless of you to make this comment. Did you not understand what the topic is? It is about an Israeli ad denigrating Christmas. What do those surrounding Israel have to do with this? Are you a knee-jerk anti-Arab person?

      December 4, 2011 at 1:52 am |
  2. Cassandra Chu

    I'd personally prefer it if all the Jews in America moved to Israel. I don't want them here.

    December 3, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • Shayna

      And take all their medicine & technology with them. You'd love it then!

      December 4, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • Citizen

      A wholly bigoted comment. Jews have contributed tremendously to the US as a nation. Millions of them are born and raised here. Why should they move to any other land?

      December 4, 2011 at 1:55 am |
  3. And what about this?

    Goebbels was a member of Opus Dei, the sinister ultra right-wing Catholic organisation that reserves its membership only for those in positions of influence.

    I think Jews better start taking a closer look at the evil coming out of the Vatican. The Pope is not all that different from his youth.

    December 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  4. Drama freak

    And why is the U.S. sending this little country billions every year?

    Israel dug the hole in the middle east...let American jews who are so inclined support Israel;
    I'm not jewish and I'm offended that I pay to support some part of this isolationist religious and racist crap.
    The middle east is on the verge of exploding and this kind of nonsense is grossly offensive and doesn't help at all.

    December 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  5. James

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwVtK14KicU&feature=player_detailpage

    December 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  6. Amalia Sheran Sharm

    lol, jews

    December 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • The Jew Father

      Boooo. Radical Fundamentalist Islammist.

      December 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  7. Deist 1#

    What they should be trying to do is seek converts like every other religion. Maybe they tell people their Original religion is wrong or just crap like Christians and Evangelicals. Or maybe the get violent in their Quest for converts like Muslims With Islam.

    December 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • SecularTruther

      @HeavenSent
      You talk trash about Timothy Leary since he is educated and took LSD as a guenia pig, loved it so much so he kept taking it and told others how wonderful it was. I would still listen to him (not to tell me what to do unless it's to party) before I ever decide to ever read that repulsive gory filled tribal war stories mixed with magical fairy tales and incredibly inaccurate history again that are in the bible. People who take LSD also say they feel a feeling a spiritual openness that can only be compared to the birth of their first child and it also creates open mind to stop hating and start loving, it's a community gatherer and when someone like Steve Jobs says it was the greatest experience in his life to trip on acid I would say that the government has been lying about the ill effects that illegal narcotics have on society because of religious bible thumpers that got it outlawed in the first place. I'd rather see it legalized so a scientist or someone in college could study the effects of the drug to see if there is any medical benefits of the drug then someone spending time to study nonsense to be a pastor/minister/reverend/priest/rabbi/imam.

      December 3, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      SecularTruther, you’re another one that babbles as you posted “@HeavenSent
      You talk trash about Timothy Leary since he is educated and took LSD as a guenia pig, loved it so much so he kept taking it and told others how wonderful it was. I would still listen to him (not to tell me what to do unless it's to party) before I ever decide to ever read that repulsive gory filled tribal war stories mixed with magical fairy tales and incredibly inaccurate history again that are in the bible. People who take LSD also say they feel a feeling a spiritual openness that can only be compared to the birth of their first child and it also creates open mind to stop hating and start loving, it's a community gatherer and when someone like Steve Jobs says it was the greatest experience in his life to trip on acid I would say that the government has been lying about the ill effects that illegal narcotics have on society because of religious bible thumpers that got it outlawed in the first place. I'd rather see it legalized so a scientist or someone in college could study the effects of the drug to see if there is any medical benefits of the drug then someone spending time to study nonsense to be a pastor/minister/reverend/priest/rabbi/imam.”

      Answer: Oh, so you can’t have a good time (aka party without the crutch of a drug). That’s a loaded (pun intended) answer you admitted. If you find Jesus’ truth repulsive, I’ve wrote it before, you have carnal issues you need to attend to. The Bible is History about Jesus. That’s what history means, His story. Just because you don’t know what His truth is, you own your lack of education. As for studying the side affects of drugs you are too late on this suggestion. It’s already been started and continues to be studied though you assume this suggestion is unique.

      If you don’t like my mentioning Leary, how about Dr. Conrad Murray. Propofol has been analyzed by the best in the medical field and I do believe some came and testified at the trial.

      Good night.

      December 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • "History" does not mean "his story"

      You stupid twat.

      December 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I already knew you'd bring in the underhanded backup for loosing another debate.

      You non-believers are too easy.

      Amen.

      December 3, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      If we had been keeping track of debate winners, the score would be something like HeavenScent 0, Opposition 1,000+.

      HeavenScent, you are too stupid to realize that given you are completely unable to establish that your god exists or that the jesus myth is true, you can't possibly win any debate that requires your god or jesus. Until you prove otherwise, The Babble remains merely a bad set of rules for the world's largest fantasy role paying game.

      December 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
    • Felix The Navidad

      Hot Air Ace you are too stupid to realize that you have mortified your soul and that it is rotting within you, oozing foul bile into your diseased mind and dragging your body down with it. The stench of your sick posts are so obvious , yet you are ignorantly unaware of your being a cancerous blight on all of humanity.

      December 3, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Felix, thanks for so clearly demonstrating the very best of christian thinking. With the likes of you and HeavenScent as ambassadors of christianity, the demise of religion induced insanity is surely hastened. If your god and jesus were real, I'm confident they would throw you out of their cult.

      December 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • Felix The Navidad

      You are welcome Hot Air Ace. Too bad about your pus laden infection, but you have probably been diseased for so long it seems normal to you.

      December 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • SecularTruther

      @HeavenSent
      Yeah illegal intoxicants are tested to see if there is anything beneficial to them but testing is extremely rare. Maybe it's time for a history lesson about a bunch of other pagan religions.
      Krishna:
      Virgin birth
      Son of God
      Carpenter
      Sent from heaven to earth in the form of a man
      Visited at birth by wise men and shepherds, guided by a star
      Parents had to flee to protect him
      Went into the wilderness to fast
      Baptized in a river
      Sin free
      Performed miracles
      Raised the dead
      Cast out demons
      Resurrected
      Ascended into heaven
      Referred to as the shepherd of God, the lion, Lord of Lords, the Redeemer, Alpha and Omega
      Second person (or item) in the Trinity
      Said he was the way to the father
      He is to return to do battle with the "Prince of Evil," who will desolate the earth

      Mithra:
      Virgin birth
      Son of God
      Carpenter
      Sent from heaven to earth in the form of a man
      Visited at birth by wise men and shepherds, guided by a star
      Given gold, frankincense and myrrh
      Born on December 25th
      Died on a Cross
      Put in a rock tomb
      Went into the wilderness to fast
      Sin free
      Performed miracles
      Raised the dead
      Cast out demons
      Resurrected on the 3rd day
      Ascended into heaven
      Referred to as the truth, the light, the lamb, the savior, the messiah, the good shepherd, the lion
      Had 12 companions or disciples
      Celebrated on the date we now call Easter

      Dionysus (Osiris Dionysus):
      God was his father
      Born in a cave that housed farm animals
      Virgin birth
      His birth was prophesized by a star in the heavens
      Converted water into wine
      His followers were born-again through baptism in water
      He rode triumphantly into a city on a donkey
      He had 12 disciples
      He was accused of licentious behavior
      He was killed near the time of the Vernal Equinox, about MAR-21
      He died "as a sacrifice for the sins of the world."
      He was hung on a tree, stake, or cross
      After death, he went into hell
      On the third day after his death, he returned to life
      The cave where he was laid was visited by three of his female followers
      Ascended to heaven
      Referred to as Savior of the world, Son of God
      He and his father (God) are one
      He will return in the last days and judge the human race
      He died for our sins

      Horus:
      Virgin birth
      Father is God
      Born on December 25th in a cave/manger, with his birth being announced by a star in the East and attended by three wise men
      He was a child teacher in the Temple and was baptized when he was 30 years old
      He was also baptized by "Anup the Baptizer," who becomes "John the Baptist"
      He had 12 disciples
      He performed miracles and raised one man, el-Azar-us, from the dead
      He walked on water
      He and his father (God) are one
      He was transfigured on the Mount
      He was crucified, buried in a tomb and resurrected
      He was also the "Way, the Truth, the Light, the Messiah, God's Anointed Son, the Son of Man, the Good Shepherd, the Lamb of God, the Word" etc.
      He was "the Fisher," and was associated with the Lamb, Lion and Fish

      December 4, 2011 at 1:38 am |
    • Mike from CT

      Come on ST, we have been through this little dance already on these forums

      you can do a search for the original post

      Horus was not a virgin birth, Mother was a virgin until the time of the conception of birth

      Jesus not born on Dec 25th

      and on and on

      kingdavid8.com/Copycat/JesusHorus.html

      December 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  8. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Avd, when are you going to prove you are in any way qualified to tell others what is God's will?

    December 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • BoldGeorge

      Anyone who has :

      – come to grips with the reality of your sinful nature and consequent eternal absence from God.
      – turned TO Christ for help and assurance of salvation (as opposed to turning away from Him)
      – repented from their past sins and turned away from them of course.
      – and then longs for a permanent relationship with God through Jesus Christ
      – and reading His word constantly for guidance and sanctification...

      ...is now qualified to tell others about the WILL OF GOD.

      December 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Atheist 1#

      I Let anyone with a degree in the fields of Science,Medicine and psychology tell me what to do

      December 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • BoldGeorge

      Most of the world has...and look where we are.

      December 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Tommy DeVito

      To Atheist # 1
      Go screw your mother.

      December 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Andy

      Dear BoldGeorge "Anyone who has :
      – come to grips with the reality of your sinful nature and consequent eternal absence from God.
      – turned TO Christ for help and assurance of salvation (as opposed to turning away from Him)
      – repented from their past sins and turned away from them of course.
      – and then longs for a permanent relationship with God through Jesus Christ
      – and reading His word constantly for guidance and sanctification...
      ...is now qualified to tell others about the WILL OF GOD.

      I did all that and I tell you verily that God says your an ignorant buffoon and you need to get a life.

      December 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • BoldGeorge

      Andy...interesting choice of words for a comment. You may have thought you did all that. But then again the Lord himself has said, "Not all who says to me Lord, Lord will enter into the kingdom of my Father, but all who do His will shall enter."

      December 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Atheist 1#, you wrote "I Let anyone with a degree in the fields of Science,Medicine and psychology tell me what to do"

      Answer: Too funny, Timothy Francis Leary received an M.S. degree in psychology. Famous for his "Turn on, tune in, drop out".

      Thanks for the laugh.

      Amen.

      December 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • CSCI132

      Of course Israel will only accept you if you are a white Jew, just go ask all the Ethiopian Jews they refused entry to a few years back. They could trace their history and their practice of Judaism all the way back to Solomon but Isreal would not let them live in Isreal.

      December 3, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      Timothy Leary had more of interest to say than any 1000 preachers.

      December 3, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      @BoldGeorge Most of the western world has been in the thrall of Christianity for 1500 years give or take and, indeed, look where we are now.

      December 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • In Soviet Wailing Wall

      brick in wall is YOU!

      December 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  9. Paula Greenleaf

    Israelis are America's greatest parasite. Jews control Congress and Wall Street. Even Starbucks is run by a greedy Zionist. If Israeli Jews discriminate against American Jews imagine how superior the Israelis must believe they are over the goyim (all non-Jews).

    December 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Pol

      You're a schmuck.

      December 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  10. Laura Wilson

    I think the ad, although "fatalistic" is a wake up call to Jews.
    We are ALL being hypnotized by the spin doctors of modern society.
    It is a wake up call to ALL of us.
    Stop watching the 'spin cycle' and put your foot down for what you believe.

    December 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  11. rik

    the ad was addressed to israelis living outside Israel. not to American Jews or Jews in general> comments posted suggesting otherwise are not relevant to the article and are simply posted to further anti israel sentiment.

    December 3, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • Magnifying Glass

      Nothing like a little handy "omission" to slant the reporting, eh?

      December 3, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  12. BoldGeorge

    So, what's the problem if Hanukkah becomes Christmas? The Jews for Jesus don't have a problem with that.

    December 3, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • Magnifying Glass

      Jews for Jesus is a propaganda organization whose main goal is to drum up pro-Israel support amongst Christians.
      That is their only real function.

      December 3, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • BoldGeorge

      Glss....but of course that's just your opinion. I'm not a JFJ member, but I just think with your point of view, you can pretty much say that about any organization or belief system, even about Atheists. You can say that Atheism is just another way of not wanting to conform or follow and live by God's commandments and standards. So, it would be easy to just say, "Hey, I don't believe in God, so I am not accountable to Him." Or, "I don't believe in God, therefore I won't be judged by Him."

      December 3, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • BoldGeorge

      Glass....but of course that's just your opinion. I'm not a JFJ member, but I just think with your point of view, you can pretty much say that about any organization or belief system, even about Atheists. You can say that Atheism is just another way of not wanting to conform or follow and live by God's commandments and standards. So, it would be easy to just say, "Hey, I don't believe in God, so I am not accountable to Him." Or, "I don't believe in God, therefore I won't be judged by Him."

      December 3, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • JohnR

      For that matter, why not let Christmas become Hannukah?

      December 3, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • BoldGeorge

      Ah, but you forget that it once was.

      December 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Buzzk

      The full name is Jews for crucifying Jesus. That is consistent with their 2000+ year old position. Of course, they did not crucify him theirselves. They betrayed him to the romans. Not much has changed. Romans before, Americans now. Same filthy deeds.

      December 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • BoldGeorge

      Remember that the Jews are God's initial chosen people. And God is still waiting for them to accept His Son as their sole Savior and Redeemer, just as He has offered it to us gentiles. Besides, the whole world has betrayed God. We are all sinners. And we sin intentionally and not.

      December 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Bob

      BoldGeorge, in other words, your god is a racist and a bigot.

      No thanks. You can keep your bigoted sky fairy. To yourself. Quietly, please.

      December 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  13. Muneef

    Israel has more facilities given to it's nationals in America by the American immigration as a privilege...therefore as it seems all Jews have made israel as a target for getting it's nationality passport which is then used as a key for them to immigrate to live in Western Europe and North America.... As it seems Israel woke up to see that they have many Israeli nationals in her citizenship list but are all out of the country...for which they had made their trials to attract them back home by the use of all tricks among which threatening termination of their israeli nationality..
    The getting of Israeli nationality was used by many Jews as a gateway for them to immigrate and live in the Western World...!

    December 3, 2011 at 6:19 am |
    • Reality

      One wonders why Israelis don't seek the "pleasantries" of Yemen??

      December 3, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • Muneef

      Oh here you are, I thought I lost you... Well Yemenites are most welcome back to their home lands... Besides we have many holding dual nationalities who come and go as US citizens but not sure if they can with holding an Israeli citizenship yet...

      December 3, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • Muneef

      For further informations of Yemen;
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yemenite_Jews
      http://www.everyculture.com/To-Z/Yemen.html#b

      December 3, 2011 at 9:07 am |
    • Muneef

      Any way Reality do not worry I think they have plans for us as well as you can read here;

      http://www.viewzone.com/yemenasitis2.html

      December 3, 2011 at 9:10 am |
    • Reality

      And yet again the answer to all of Muneef et al's concerns:

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
      alone."
      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      December 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Muneef

      Did I see some one saying talking to you is like talking to a Parrot repeating on and on similar words...!

      December 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • Reality

      As a good student, you have read the reiterations of the "fems" (flaws, errors, muck and stench) of religion. Therefore the seeds have been planted in rich soil. Go therefore and preach the truth to all nations, reiterating as you go amongst the lost, bred, born and brainwashed souls of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as Rational Thinking makes its triumphant return all because of you!!!!

      December 4, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Muneef

      That does not apply to the Real Islam of the lean and moderate belief of the comforter but not the extreme man made Islam.

      December 4, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  14. Mirosal

    I'd love to see the Mexican State Department run ex-pat ads ... think it would do any good? lol

    December 3, 2011 at 3:27 am |
    • Pecos Pete

      Mexico is our enemy and should be invaded!
      It's time to fight back against the invaders from the south!
      Yeeeehaaawww!

      December 3, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  15. ari

    uh, whoever wrote about these ads clearly does not speak hebrew. i just watched the one pictured at the top of the article. the grandparents ask the little girl "do you know what holiday it is?" (with the menorah clearly visible in the background) and the little girl says "christmas!". they're disappointed that the girl can't even recognize a menorah, not that she's "celebrating christmas". but then again the beliefblog just writes whatever crap it wants about jews without applying too much logic to the situation so i'm not surprised.

    December 3, 2011 at 1:05 am |
  16. Jimmy

    I think the ads are a good thing. What is wrong with people being proud of their heritage? All cultures should try hard to make sure their youth don't turn away from what they've been taught.

    December 3, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      I think the problem is in that they are not aiming this at all Jews but just at the ones "not" living in Israel. Its bringing the class warfare global in saying that unless you live in Israel your less of a Jew. Sorta, when some African Americans that live in the cities say that those that live in the county are "less" black than those that do just because of where they live.

      December 3, 2011 at 1:41 am |
    • Imogene

      And are you "less" black, Mark? Do you live in the country?

      December 3, 2011 at 1:56 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>ImoGene= "I want a dreidl for Christmas! "

      My closet Jewish friend, no one can make you be less. It is only when we accept and allow others to define us as being big or small.. weak or mighty...great or insignificant, do we truly earn the ultimate badge of being less.

      December 3, 2011 at 5:16 am |
    • Pecos Pete

      A smarmy bullshltter liek you oughta think about closets a little closer to home, I think.

      December 3, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  17. Reality

    Putting the kibosh on Xmas:

    Some words from Thomas Jefferson, not a contemporary NT scholar, but indeed a very learned man:

    "And the day will come,
    when the mystical generation of Jesus,
    by the Supreme Being as His Father,
    in the womb of a virgin,
    will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva
    in the brain of Jupiter.

    – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
    Letter to John Adams, from Monticello, April 11, 1823.

    Putting the kibosh on Chanukah (Hanukkah)

    "Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is one of the most joyous times of the Jewish year. The reason for the celebration is twofold (both dating back to c. 165 BCE): the miraculous military victory of the small, ill-equipped Jewish army over the ruling Greek Syrians, who had banned the Jewish religion and desecrated the Temple; and the miracle of the small cruse of consecrated oil, which burned for eight days in the Temple's menorah instead of just one."

    "Originally a minor holiday, it has become more lavishly celebrated as a result of its proximity to Christmas."

    Some candles burn for weeks so the menorah "miracle" is hardly miraculous.

    December 3, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Yeah, but the kids like it.

      December 3, 2011 at 12:09 am |
    • Imogene

      I want a dreidl for Christmas! That will make everything o.k.!

      December 3, 2011 at 1:57 am |
    • Mike from CT

      In case you missed it on page 12

      Please explain something... how is this quote from Jefferson an indication that his belief that it was a fable? All it says is there will come a day... it is similar to FDRs quote relating that one day people will deny the holocaust so take pictures. Can't find the quote right now.

      You do know that Jefferson attended prayers and services in the House of Congress in the 1800s. Hopefully you do also note the capitalization used in the quote.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  18. AvdBerg

    For a better understanding of the history of Israel and what the future holds, we invite you to read the articles ‘World History and Developments in the Middle East’ and ‘Clash of Civilizations’ listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how this whole world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9.

    Seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7).

    December 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Find what?

      December 3, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • Verrt

      Find that you don't know where to find anything I guess. What else?

      December 3, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • AvdBerg is a Spamming Imbecile

      FACT.

      December 3, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Can someone help me find my condoms? We're all gonna get laid!

      December 3, 2011 at 12:04 am |
    • AvdBerg

      @AvdBerg is a Spamming Imbecile

      1 Cor. 2:14. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
      http://WWW.AWORLDDECEIVED.CA

      December 3, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      12/1 NFL Seahawks 31 : Eagles 14

      December 3, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • AvdBerg Couldn't get Laid if He was Marilyn Monroe in a Marine Barracks

      Fact!

      December 3, 2011 at 12:44 am |
    • Imogene

      Seek and ye shall find a little man sitting upon a stair who is not there.

      December 3, 2011 at 1:59 am |
    • .......

      CULT TROLL ALERT – when ever you see them posting click the report abuse link to get rid of this TROLL!

      December 5, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  19. GOD

    What part of the Holocaust did you people not get?

    December 2, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Hi God, which part did you want me to get exactly?

      December 3, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • Imogene

      I don't get the part where Jews drive German cars.

      December 3, 2011 at 2:02 am |
    • JohnR

      I knew a Jewish woman who wouldn't buy Fords because of Henry Ford's anti-Semitism. But she DID drive a Volkswagen. Go figure.

      December 3, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  20. Will J Evans-Halevi

    Those ads are good and correct, with those who are offended needing to accept the reality of them being everything to some of us and nothing to themselves. PM Benyamin N. please support the reality that Israelites deserve the right to believe, practice, and teach the faith. Those that disagree have the same rights. Let us not split hairs!

    December 2, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      I WILL split hairs with Ungodly Discipline!

      December 3, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • Verrt

      There are no hairs to be split, only the lack of proper reasoning makes it appear that way to clueless people.

      December 3, 2011 at 12:04 am |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Well I still want to do some God dam hair splitting!

      December 3, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • Imogene

      According to most cartoons, you need a very sharp axe first. And some hair. Good luck.

      December 3, 2011 at 2:03 am |
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