Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jewish-Israeli Blog Round-Up: "When you come into the Land..."

כ׳ לחודש השישי תשע״ד

Founded by Soccer DadHaveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs -- a weekly collection of Jewish and Israeli blog highlights, tidbits and points of interest collected from blogs all around the world. It's hosted by different bloggers each week, jointly coordinated through our Facebook Group. To find out how to submit your posts or to offer to host an edition, see the information provided on our Hosting Calendar. The term 'Haveil Havalim,' which means"Vanity of Vanities," is from Qoheleth, (Ecclesiastes) which was written by King Solomon. King Solomon built the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and later on got all bogged down in materialism and other 'excesses' and realized that it was nothing but 'hevel,' or in English, 'vanity.' Submissions may be may through our on-line submission form on BlogCarnival.com, which requires you to log-in first.
Batya willing be hosting next week's edition both on Shiloh Musings and Me-Ander. Send her your submissions by e-mail: shilohmuse@gmail.com.
וְהָיָה, כִּי-תָבוֹא אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, נֹתֵן לְךָ נַחֲלָה; וִירִשְׁתָּהּ, וְיָשַׁבְתָּ בָּהּ. -דברים כו,א

And it shall be, when you come to the land which the LORD your God has given to you for an inheritance, and possess it, and dwell there; -Deuteronomy 26:1
Well, so why aren't YOU here yet?

Written 20 days after the toppling of the World Trade Center, Moshe Feiglin tells us why American Already Lost.

Debbie Schlussel remembers 9/11 on 9/11: Who Did it and Who Celebrated The Best PR Move by Muslims Ever.

The Absolute Truth brings us The Absolute Truth that Nobody Believes (or even knows).

And speaking of truth, and attempts to suppress it, Jewish Israel Contributed a Presentation at "Cancelled" Counter-Missionary Event in the Shomron (Samaria). Find out why one hotel canceled a contract to hold this conference on its grounds.

Arlene Kushner claims that one of her well connected sources in the PA says that the proposal of Egyptian President Al-Sisi to grant land in the Sinai for the formation of a "Palestinian" State Never Happened.

Michael Snyder asks ‘ISIL Is Not Islamic’? Is Obama Completely Insane?

I ask if Israel Should Fear Islamic State [IS]?

We get a historical geography lesson from Yeranen Ya'akov in From Tifsah Until Aza.

Batya at Shiloh Musings shares some Facts About Palestine, as well as her belief that If Convicted Arab Terrorists Want to Kill Themselves, Don't Interfere!!

Ariel at The Torah Revolution writes about Zionism as a New Religion.

Tomer Devorah warns us of The Coming World Religion. See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Meanwhile, she lets us know about a False Messiah.

Esav Exposed introduces us to The Groat Family, Hayovel Volunteers. I think that you had better meet them, too.

I examine Freedom of Religious Expression in Israel.

Donny Fuchs at The Jewish Press warns us about The Cult Of Uman.

Rafi at Life In Israel reports on what appears to be an odd form of kleptomania in Notes he did Not Take from the Kotel.

Sarah Chandler writes about Shmita in the Diaspora: Release and Sharing for All.

Batya at Me-Ander shares about Real Rosh HaShannah New Year's Cards!

Jacob Richman tells us about some New Israeli Educational Stamps.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Freedom of Religious Expression in Israel

י״ג לחודש השישי תשע״ד

Almost daily, there have been reports in the news of Christians being attacked, kidnapped, raped, and killed in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, and Bangladesh, all at the hands of Muslims.

Although Muslims have been notoriously abusive of their own, in "honor killings" around the world, as human shields and a terrorist trainees, have maimed, killed, and otherwise abused non-Muslims regardless of their religion, Christians have certainly been a sometimes favorite target, albeit not as popular as Jews.

Recent events reminded me of the following grafted, I had seen posted on Jews News, earlier this year.

(Avodah Zara censored out.)

This Christian praises Israel for the religious freedom it affords its citizens.

Actually, though, not only do Christians enjoy such religious freedoms in Israel, but so do Muslims, Druze, and several others, in probably the only country in the Middle East that allows it.

In a way, non-Jews enjoy more religious freedom than religious Jews.

Bedouins in the South practice polygyny, without fear of reprisal from the Israeli Government. Even though polygyny is "illegal," under Israeli law.

The thugs from Chicago, calling themselves the Black [Non] Hebrews do the same. And had did they even get into Israel, you might ask? Well, they started creeping in, after being kicked out of Liberia. That's right, kicked out. Then when threatened with deportation by the Israeli Government, they Black Non-Hebrews threatened back,...with mass suicide if they were not allowed to remain. Well, the Israeli Government certainly did not want that on its hands, and so now they enjoy defacto autonomy, funneling in whomever they want, whenever they want.

Of course, if a Jew dared to petition the government to marry one than one wife, he would be demonized as an oppressor of women. If he were to marry one woman on the the government's books, and have one on the side, all of the parties involved would be jailed for tax fraud.

Meanwhile, Muslims may pray on Har HaBayith (Temple Mount), yet Jews are still forbidden. Even Christian tourists seem to be afforded more leniencies than Jews. Anyone who says that Jews have control over Har HaBayith is blind, an idiot, or both.

Even if there truly were freedom of religious expression for all peoples in Israel, "all" meaning religious Jews, too, where is the basis for this in the Torah? How is the concept of allowing, even encouraging, the practice of religions other that Judaism supported by halakhah (Torah Law)?

Actually, it isn't.

Freedom of religious expression simply does not exist in the Torah, with possible exception of the diversity of our religious customs.

The phrase שבעים פנים לתורה (Seventy Faces of the Torah) which liberal Jews, in particular, like to throw around, refers to the diversity within halakhic (Torah legal) parameters. This phrase can refer to midrashic interpretations, as well as hashqafah. It does not, however, refer to doing whatever you want, and calling it Judaism, let alone "Torah."

Any "face" absent of halachic basis is no face of the Torah. In fact, it is forbidden to interpret the Torah contrary to halakhah.
משנה אבות ג,יד [יא]
רבי אלעזר המודעי אומר ... והמגלה פנים בתורה--אף על פי שיש בידו מעשים טובים, אין לו חלק לעולם הבא.

Mishnah Avoth 3:14 [11]
Rabbi Elazar of Modi'in said: If a man ... teaches meanings in the Torah which are not according to Halachah, even though he has a knowledge of the Torah and good works, he has no share in the world to come.

See also TB Sanhedrin 99a.
This covers the so-called "movements," claiming to be full fledged denominations of Judaism, albeit they are anything but. Although, they, too are gaining ground in the way of "rights," as they also serve the Erev Rav's anti-Torah agenda.

The so-called religious "rights" of Christians and Muslims serve the same agenda, assisting in the attempting chipping away of the Torah's influence. Keeping the Christian-aligned, right-wing pitted against the Muslim-aligned, Left-wing is just an added benefit, as in "divide and conquer."

There have been several debates recently regarding Christians and Muslims in particular. Are Christians to be considered practitioners of avodah zarah (foreign/forbidden worship) or not? Land be sold, rented, or even given away to Muslims? Can we currently accept either of these, or any other, religious groups as gerei toshav (resident aliens)? But, these debates are irrelevant.

Neither Christians nor Muslim could ever be considered B'nei No'ah, and thus candidates for becoming gerei toshav, as they have added and subtracted from the Torah. They have not accepted the Torah 100%, as the truth.

The Ramba"m says this more clearly, when he provides Christians and Muslims as examples of koferim (Hil. Teshuvah 3:17). However, since everyone's favorite comeback line these days seems to be "We don't pasqin like so-and-so!" So, I figured that I would keep it as simple as possible.


Non-Jews who are forbidden from residing with in Israel, remain here anyway, not only because of the beliefs that we are unable to resettle them elsewhere and that the international community would become enraged, but because of the belief, even of "rabbis," that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the non-Jews remaining.

And so, whether Christian or Muslim, Bahai or Hindu, non-Jews may enjoy religious freedom while residing within the State of Israel's deMOCKracy, it is without any sanction from the Torah, the only Law which should really matter to Am Yisrael.

Should Israel Fear Islamic State?

י״ג לחודש השישי תשע״ד

JPost: Former Intel chief: No Reason for Israel to Fear Islamic State
September 4, 2014

Amos Yadlin says IDF would have less trouble eliminating Islamic State terrorists than Hamas operatives hiding in Gaza hospitals.

Former military intelligence head Amos Yadlin on Wednesday downplayed the possibility of an infiltration into Israel by Islamic State terrorists, saying there was no need for the Jewish state to fear the extremist al-Qaida offshoot.

Yadlin appeared to try to quell heightened concern following the gruesome murder of the journalist Steven Sotloff, who held dual American-Israeli citizenship.

"There is no real reason to be afraid. ISIS is an expert at PR and intimidation. They murder their prisoners in a shocking way and thereby gain media attention," Yadlin said at an event held by the Ashkelon Academic College.

While the insurgent terrorists have captured territory in nearby Syria and Iraq as part of their stated objective to reinstate an Islamic caliphate, Yadlin stated that "they only succeed in areas that no one wants to go to - the neglected Sunni areas of northeastern Syria and the deprived areas of Iraq."

According to the former military intelligence chief, Islamic State insurgents will face superior armed forces if they reach Shi'ite-majority cities that are motivated to protect main population centers like Baghdad and Karbala.

Yadlin claimed that the Islamic State would be easier for the IDF to eliminate than Hamas terrorists who he said were hiding in hospitals in Gaza.

He added that the IDF "should not have a problem" dealing with the extremist organization.

On Wednesday, Israel officially banned the Islamic State and anyone associating with it.

The decree signed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon outlawed meetings of any kind between Islamic State members and declared the group an illegal organization.

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
"...they only succeed in areas that no one wants to go to - the neglected Sunni areas of northeastern Syria and the deprived areas of Iraq." 

I am certainly not an expert military strategist like Amos Yadlin. However, it seems to me that IS has been taking the easy pickin's first. IS may even pick up more volunteers using this strategy as well. But what do I know?

Yadlin also stated that "...there was no need for the Jewish state to fear the extremist al-Qaida offshoot." Really? Well, setting the questionable reliability of the mainstream news media aside for a moment, one American General seems to believe otherwise, at least where the U. S. is concerned.


U. S. General: Existential threat to America
Real threat? Or the U. S. Gov't keeping us convinced that we need it?

Of course, once such statements reach the mainstream media, and so quickly after the IS threat finally gained any attention, one should be suspicious. As far as I am concerned, we still do not know who is behind the creation of the current incarnation of the Islamic State, let alone who is funding it. What is clear is, though, is that the Islamic State is a threat.

When Amos Yadlin says that "...IDF would have less trouble eliminating Islamic State terrorists than Hamas operatives hiding in Gaza hospitals," he fails to mention that in order to eliminate IS terrorists, one actually has to make a decision to do so, which is not something we should hold our breath for, when we are talking about the Israeli Government.

Perhaps IS is a blessing in disguise, in very deep disguise. Perhaps this will be what is needed to wake up those Jews, in Israel, in the U. S., everywhere else, who are still asleep or in deep denial as to the various threats breathing over their shoulders in the Golah (the Exile).

Jews in France have been waking up more and more, but not just because of the Muslim violence and Jew hatred, but also because they have been seeing and experiencing first-hand just how insufficient the response to has been to the Muslims by the French Government.

Liberal Jews around the world and even the Israeli Government, still insists on differentiating between "These Arabs" and "Those Arabs." When IS starts to o after Shi'ite Muslims, such as Hezbollah, it will seem that it is doing us a favor. But when Hamas joins IS, when Jordan falls, and its "Pseudostinian" majority is forced to choose sides, and when "secular" Fatah in Yehudah and Shomron (Judea and Samaria) falls, it will be too late to surface from such deep denial.

May The Holy One, Blessed Be He guide and save Am Yisra'el from its enemies, and from its own [Western/"progressive"/assimilationist] galuth mentality! And may the Islamic State "kick in the pants" not hurt too much!

Haveil Havalim, Post-Ki Teitzei Steamroller Edition Is Up

י״ג לחודש השישי תשע״ד

Tziviah at Adventures In AliyahLand hosts this weeks Jewish-Israeli Blog Round-Up.

It's the Haveil Havalim, post-Ki Teitzei steamroller edition.

Friday, September 05, 2014

American, No More

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ כי תצא תשע״ד

After arriving in Israel 17 years ago, I began doing, or rather redoing, my student teaching in the Tel-Aviv public school system. 

I can still remember one conversation I had with my native Israeli, mentor teacher, as clear as day. She told me that wherever I lived in Israel, I would always be known as “The American,” even 20 years from from then. 

But then she also said that I shouldn’t worry, because even though I would always be known as “The American,” my children would be “Israeli.”

Some consolation, huh?

I wonder what what this mentor teacher of mine would say now, that I am no longer an American. Well, I am no longer an American citizen, anyway. That’s right. Shortly before Passover this year, I renounced my American citizenship. (cont.)

Read the entire article on The Times of Israel. 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Islamic State, More of a Threat than you Think

ט לחודש השישי תשע״ד

YNET: Saudi king warns Mideast jihadists will soon target West
King Abdullah says 'terrorism knows no border' and would reach Europe, America in months if they are not stopped.

August 30, 2014

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that Western countries will be the next target of the radical jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action to curb their growth.

"If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station.

Speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors – including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States – King Abdullah warned of the threat posed by a resurgent terror movements: "Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East."

The world's top oil exporter shares a 500-mile border with Iraq, where Islamic State militants and other Sunni Islamist groups have seized towns and cities.

Lack of action would be "unacceptable" in the face of the phenomenon, King Abdullah said.

"You see how they (jihadists) carry out beheadings and make children show the severed heads in the street," he said, condemning the "cruelty" of such acts.

U. S. President Obama with Saudi Arabian King Abdullah

"It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: 'Fight terrorism with force, reason and (necessary) speed'."

Riyadh has long expressed fears of being targeted by jihadists, including some of its own citizens, who have taken part in conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Earlier this year, it decreed long jail terms for those who travel abroad to fight.

Also on Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry called for the world to come together in a global coalition to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

"With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries. The world can confront this scourge, and ultimately defeat it," Kerry wrote in an opinion article for the New York Times.

The top US diplomat warned that the latest incarnation of Islamic extremism was larger and better funded. "They are equipped with sophisticated heavy weapons looted from the battlefield. They have already demonstrated the ability to seize and hold more territory than any other terrorist organization, in a strategic region that borders Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey and is perilously close to Israel."

Britain raised its terrorism alert on Friday and Prime Minister David Cameron said Islamic State posed the greatest ever security risk to the country.

AFP and Reuters contributed to this report.

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
The King of Saudi Arabia is rightfully concerned, concerned for his seat of power. Perhaps an Islamic State [IS] Caliphate would tolerate a subservient Saudi monarch, but would most definitely not tolerate the current Saudi monarch's decadence.

The Saudi Arabian Royal Family has long been attempting to negotiate the Arab terrorism fence, supporting terrorism when it serves their common goals, and whining about it when it does not. Members of the Royal Family have already attempted to placate extremist Sunni Muslims, the Wahabis, as in Al-Qaeda and Bin-Ladan, in the past. So, it did not surprise me in the least, when it was reported that they have been paying off the same Wahabis, now in the form of ISIS, not to attack.very extremist Sunni Muslims sweeping across Iraq and Syria, and who are now perched over, and ready to strike Lebanon, and perhaps even Turkey.

Meanwhile the King of [the British-invented country of] Jordan, also an "Abdullah," has been expressing his nervousness of the IS threat. I wonder what the Jordanian Monarch believes the "Palestinian" Pseudostinian majority in Jordan would react to an IS incursion into Jordan. Would the Pseudostinians resist it along side their Jordanian countrymen, or would they welcome them with open arms, like the Austrians did for the Nazis? The King's clever strategy of making a "Palestinian" his queen, might not turn out to have been enough to maintain their loyalty. Jordan may turn into a "Palestinian" state in name as well as in fact, whether the King likes it or not.

No doubt, Jordanian King Abdullah will seek council with his cousin Saudi King Abdullah. How will he be advised? To help in the bribery? To resist? But, then, what will the Jordanian King actually do? Will he side with whichever decision the Saudi King makes for his own kingdom? Or will he take his chances with the West? Will that include a large piece of humble pie, by seeking assistance from Israel?

And, exactly which side is the U. S. on?



Conspiracy? Not even. We have already seen the U. S. prop up various Muslim groups, hoping that they would help do some of its dirty work.
After the former Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in the '70's, supposedly with it sights on acquiring a warm water port in the next country on its conquest list, the U. S. supported the Mohajadin rebellion against the Soviets. The Mohajadin were the precursors of the Taliban.

Who can forget the Iran-Contra affair? Making deals with the newly in power Islamic extremists, who had just usurped the Iranian Shaw, one of the greatest allies of the U. S. in the Middle East.

In the next moment, the U. S. was supporting Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, in his war against the Iranians.

He got out of control, invaded Kuwait, and killed too many of his own citizens, so it was decided that he had to be taken out. No doubt, a steady oil supply into the U. S. was a predominant, motivating factor.
So, now, who knows what connections the U. S. has with or within IS?

Also, why has the media only recently been reporting on the threat of IS? Why has this threat been suppressed? To prevent "panic?" (governments' favorite excuse, it seems)

The Saudi King has known for years how much of a threat the Wahabis are. Why has he come forward only now? Have the bribes stopped working?

And, of course, the final question, when the conflict come to Israel?

Syria's civil war (let's call it what it really is), with the mixing is of IS, has already been getting closer and closer to Israel's borders.

What are we going to do about it?

Maybe it is all one big rouse, orchestrated by the U. S., as reported by Townhal. But, I mentioned above, if this is the case, then it is bound to backfire, like all of the other times in the past.

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Jews News provided news tips for this post.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

400% Fee Hike for Renunciation of U. S. Citizenship in Effect on Sept. 12, 2014

ח' לחודש השישי תשע"ד

Just last week, I reported on the proposal to raise the fee for renunciation of U. S. citizenship.

Well, now it has actually happened, and it happened pretty darn quickly, after any initial murmurs of its possibility if you ask me.
U. S. Passports and International Travel

U. S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs

2014 Fee Changes

On August 28, 2014, the Bureau of Consular Affairs announced a number of changes to the fees for U.S. consular services effective September 12, 2014.

Many consular services are provided on a fee-for-service basis. These services are reviewed annually to more accurately reflect the costs of providing these services...

Q: What are the new fees for administrative service fees, such as renunciation of citizenship?

Citizens’ and Administrative Processing Services

Type of Service   Previous Fee   New Fee

Administrative Processing of Formal
Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship
       $450 $2,350

Charge for Consular Time (for fee
services performed outside of
normal business hours or away from the office)
       $231    $135

Q: When do the new processing fees go into effect? 
  • The new fees will take effect on September 12, 2014, 15 days after the day the interim final rule was published in the Federal Register. 
Q: What if I already paid my fee for an appointment after September 12?
  • Applicants will be charged the fee in effect on the day of payment. Fees for American Citizens Services are paid directly to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date the service is delivered.
  • Fees cannot be paid in advance. (cont.)
This means that your second "required" meeting at the embassy or consulate must be before September 12. How convenient that next week contains one less day available for renunciations, as U. S. government offices will be closed for Labor Day.

The Jewish Libertarian pointed me to this video of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) making, as some would say, some provocative remarks. Apparently, he has even been ridiculed for them.

What do you think of Rep. Paul's comments on the international borders of the U. S.?

Don't for get to notice the date, September 7, 2011. Were his comments prophetic? Or did he simply employ his special talent for connecting the dots?



Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has brought up the issue of a higher "exit fee" for those renouncing citizenship, to save on taxes. Gee. I wonder how such intention would be determined. When I renounced, I was asked to state my reasons for doing so. Do you really think that anyone renouncing U. S. citizenship for tax purposes would actually be stupid enough to state as such? Would there then be a committee established to determine our intentions for us?

I have already been hearing from friends that because of the 400% increase in fee, that renunciation is no longer an option for them. So, the deterrent element of the fee hike already seems to be having its effect.

With this hike in fee for renunciation of citizenship, it seems to me that the prison just got a lot harder to break out of.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Jewish-Israeli Blog Round-Up, Parshat Shoftim Is Up!

ז' לחודש השישי תשע"ד

Batya is hosting this week's Jewish-Israeli Blog Round-up at Shiloh Musings.

Haveil Havalim Not Shoftim , Judges.

Israel Bans Fluoridation of Its Drinking Water

ז' לחודש השישי תשע"ד

Newsweek: Israel Has Officially Banned Fluoridation of Its Drinking Water
Douglas Main, August 29, 2014


On Tuesday of this week (Aug. 26), Israel officially stopped adding fluoride to its water supplies. The decision has “been lauded by various rights groups, but criticized by many in the medical and dental communities as a serious mistake,” as the Times of Israel put it.

The tasteless, colorless chemical is put into water for the purpose of reducing cavities, but critics say that it amounts to mass medication, and forces people to consume the substance whether they want to or not.

By law, fluoride had been added to public drinking water supplies of large Israeli towns since the 1970s, and until this week about 70 percent of the country was fluoridated. (For comparison, 67 percent of Americans receive fluoridated tap water.) (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Good to hear.

Fluoride has been a suspected tool in world population control, among other things.

It has been claimed that members the American Dental Association [ADA] was never reviewed the research on fluoride adequately, if at all, before endorsing its introduction into public water supplies, let alone in toothpastes.

Some simply see this as a silly conspiracy theory. Nevertheless, the public has been "medicated" without true informed consent.

No one has been properly informed, and no one has really consented to this practice.

For this reason alone, it is welcomed news that Israel has stopped fluoridating its water.

However, I am not holding my breath, if I were you. It may pop up elsewhere, such as being sneaked into table salt or various processed foods. Plus, "they" might have found something else more effective to serve them in their nefarious aims.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

U. S. State Department to Hike Renunciation Fees to US$2,350

ב' לחודש השישי תשע"ד

State Department to hike renunciation fees to US$2,350; says “no public benefit” in respecting human right to change nationality
Posted on August 27, 2014 by Eric in Issues regarding US persons abroad

Confirming reports passed on by commenters at the Isaac Brock Society, DiploPundit points to a State Department interim rule just placed on public inspection for printing in tomorrow’s Federal Register, which raises the fee for renunciation of U.S. citizenship (but apparently not relinquishment) to US$2,350 [from the current fee of US$450], more than twenty times the average level in other high-income countries. As they state:
[D]emand for the service has increased dramatically, consuming far more consular officer time and resources, as reflected in the 2012 Overseas Time Survey and increased workload data. Because the Department believes there is no public benefit or other reason for setting this fee below cost, the Department is increasing this fee to reflect the full cost of providing the service. Therefore the increased fee reflects both the increased cost of the provision of service as well as the determination to now charge the full cost.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality”, while the Expatriation Act of 1868 says that renunciation of citizenship is “a natural and inherent right of all people” and that “any declaration, instruction, opinion, order, or decision of any officers of this government which restricts, impairs, or questions the right of expatriation, is hereby declared inconsistent with the fundamental principles of this government”.

As of press time, the State Department has not yet commented on whether it sees “public benefit” in other human rights such as freedom of election or freedom of marriage, or whether anyone seriously believes that charging people a month’s salary to get a ballot paper or a marriage certificate would not restrict or impair those rights. (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
The rest of the article contains interesting details regarding "relinquishing of citizenship," as well as the inner workings of the U. S. State Department. I recommend reading it, in order to elaborate the general information provided above.

I wonder if the U. S. government and/or its State Department is running scared. Is it afraid of looking bad because of the rising renunciation numbers? Perhaps it believes that it can curtail this through an increasing the renunciation fee as a deterrent.

As I have written previously, I renounced my U. S. citizenship this spring at the Consulate in Jerusalem. I paid the $450 fee. However, since I paid in Israeli sheqqels, I was forced to pay more due to the sheqqel-dollar rate (3.6:1) posted on the Consulate’s website, rather that the real rate of 3.47:1. This may sound nit-picky, but I do not like the idea of paying even a penny more to the U. S. government, or to any other government for that matter.

It took a couple of weeks to get my certificate. When I was told that I had to come back in a week after some “time for thought and reflection,” I asked the vice consul to show me where this was written, that this was the law. She said she said it was just State Dept. policy. I was later told by another official that if I had brought a lawyer, I could have pressed the matter to get it all done in one visit. (sigh)

These are only two examples of the shenanigans propagated by the representatives of our "democratically-elected leaders" (eyes rolling).

Now, it appears that the U. S. State Department will be raising the fee by almost 500% for the "right to change nationality."

Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx apparently said, "I refuse to join a club that would have me as a member."

Well, personally, I refuse to a club which does not allow me to leave, even if it was never my choice to join it in the first place.

"Clubs" like these only possess the authority they possess, because we have allowed them to possess it.
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