Friday, October 30, 2009

Viva La "The Breslin": Infidel Cooking Comes Alive

Artists 4 Israel's Infidel Cooking program gets a big show of "wow, this is timely" by reports regarding The Breslin, a brand new bar just opened in the Ace Hotel by owners of, among other places, The Spotted Pig.

According to reports in both The New York Observer and Gothamist the bar sits across from the Masjid Ar-Rahman mosque where they are none too happy about a booze joint being opened up near them. This has, of course, pitted good old fashioned American bravado vs. thinly veiled Muslim threats of terrorism.

Spotted Pig owner (co-owner of The Breslin) Ken Friedman responded to the mosque's request that they move with a our-colors-don't-run-esque "This is the United States of America and we’ll do whatever the fuck we want." The not-so-moderate Muslims replies back that they couldn't control the behavior of "a few bad eggs"; i.e., we could get a brick through our window.'

Of course, in good new fashion American capitulation, The Breslin then agreed to put curtains over its windows to shield the devout from the de-drunk. The orthodox from the on the rocks? The Islamists from the Imbibeists?

This is no laughing matter. This is a very real case of creeping Sharia. And, as Artists, we deplore anything that threatens liquor!

Just in case you didn't know, the best part of these stories come when you read the comments. Here is a great line from an individual who calls him/herself Hypatia: "The curtain will also protect the Breslin's customers from the off-putting sight of meaty haunches hoisted into the air five times a day. So maybe it's got an upside."

Infidel Cooking: Our Next Series

Want to learn to cook? Want to fight terrorism? Want to do both while sipping a free drink?
If you are in New York and want to participate in our Infidel Cooking class, please contact us at

The art of cooking meets popular resistance. Tastes yum!

Beautiful Images from Chiang Mai Yipeng Festival

Art is, oftentimes, simply the creation of beauty. Here we see art practiced by millions.

What does the moon and Gaza have in common?

They are both full of underground tunnels. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency are reporting the discovery of a “skylight” leading into an underground cavern. The hole measures 65 metres across, and based on images taken at a variety of sun angles, the hole is thought to extend down at least 80 metres.

Israel Related (Potentially Offensive) Halloween Costumes

Dear A4I, the worst thing you could have done was put that disclaimer at the top of this e-mail. Now, I feel no obligation to be p.c. about anything anymore. Now, we have some fun.

Here are my favorite Israel-themed Halloween costume ideas. Be careful, this can get ugly.

Above is a tourist floating in the Dead Sea. Take off your shirt, put a box that looks like water around your middle, hold up a newspaper and float away!

Girls bathing in Dead Sea mud. A great excuse to wear a bikini in the middle of winter!

Dress like a salesman in a shuk in the Arab quarter of Jerusalem. Interestingly enough, they all look like used car salesman. Don't get offended, this can equally apply to most Jews in the sales industry in Israel too.

Or, go as a girl from Haifa!

Or, as the Israeli youth who look suspiciously like Italians from Staten Island in the 1980s.

Last but not least, there is the ever popular Child Suicide Bomber costume made famous by, well, murderous, terrorist assholes. Fuck them.

Is Religious Jew the New Black Face?

Although I can't tell if my Jewish side or my black half should be more offended by this video, one thing is for certain, Religious Jew is becoming the new Black Face.

All of a sudden it is high-larious to don black hat, black suit and payis to imitate a group of people who are barely understood. Jump around, say some minstrel-type things and you have a shtick! Albeit an incredibly offensive one that creates stereotypes and reinforces negative racial and religious biases.

Don't get me wrong, this isn't supposed to be a blog about Jews. I'm just sayin...

CNN continues to obsess over the New Jew

The first day in years that I read CNN and there is just a plethora of fun stuff on there! CNN is not so much of a news source anymore but they do make for some great blogging.

HERE, we witness yet another obsessive article outlining that, get this, not all Jews are Chasidic. Some of us have tattoos, and listen to good music and, maybe, even, are cool to be around.


If you want more information on Jewish law regarding tattoos, visit HERE


CNN has a few videos of the best-dressed houses ready to make their Halloween coming-out.
Enjoy it HERE

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pop. Pop. Mmmm

All women know chocolate is an art form...and Israel, with Her innovative nature gives us a chocolate that is always a unique, yet completely satisfying, experience... Get your mind out of the gutter and keep reading...



mmm. mmm. tov.

My Turn...

A thought bubble for our fearless leader...

...finally getting some rest

time to start hearing from more of the team...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bob Dylan Says It Best

Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man,
His enemies say he's on their land.
They got him outnumbered about a million to one,
He got no place to escape to, no place to run.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully just lives to survive,
He's criticized and condemned for being alive.
He's not supposed to fight back, he's supposed to have thick skin,
He's supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land,
He's wandered the earth an exiled man.
Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn,
He's always on trial for just being born.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized,
Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad.
The bombs were meant for him.
He was supposed to feel bad.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he'll live by the rules that the world makes for him,
'Cause there's a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac.
He's the neighborhood bully.

He got no allies to really speak of.
What he gets he must pay for, he don't get it out of love.
He buys obsolete weapons and he won't be denied
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he's surrounded by pacifists who all want peace,
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease.
Now, they wouldn't hurt a fly.
To hurt one they would weep.
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Every empire that's enslaved him is gone,
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon.
He's made a garden of paradise in the desert sand,
In bed with nobody, under no one's command.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Now his holiest books have been trampled upon,
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on.
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth,
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What's anybody indebted to him for?
Nothin', they say.
He just likes to cause war.
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed,
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What has he done to wear so many scars?
Does he change the course of rivers?
Does he pollute the moon and stars?
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill,
Running out the clock, time standing still,
Neighborhood bully.

And The Rat Laughed

And the Rat Laughed, an unorthodox Holocaust novel, by Nava Semel, is intriguing to us. Won't say much more until we get to read it. Anyone know where to get a copy?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Would you like to join our Photo Club?

Sunday, November 15th
The Photography Studio at The Garment Room
112 Greene Street, Between Spring and Prince
30.00 for 6 months.
Refreshments served.

This is a club, it is not an event.

This class is for photographers, at all levels, who wish to make a commitment to improving their craft, creating a portfolio of work and potentially exhibiting in a large scale gallery showcase the middle of next year. This is like a book club, informal and fun but full of serious ideas. Please be able to commit for at least 6 months of once-a-month meetings.

Blah blah Sarah@Artists4Israel to rsvp or learn more.

October (S)kin: Safe For Work

All images by Carl Chisolm of Young District Photograhy

October (S)kin: Not Safe For Work

All images by Carl Chisolm of Young District Photography

Portraits by Rachael Ouellette

Homework Assignment 1: The White Rose

Artists 4 Israel is a bunch of artists. Which means we are bad at the research side of things. So, as we will do at least once a week from now on, we present you with a homework assignment.

What is The White Rose? Talk to me.

Images from Isramerica

Congratulations to Sivan, Sivan's mom, Sivan's brother, Angel, Sharon and all the beautiful Israeli men and women with names that are difficult to pronounce who proved that talent is Middle Eastern and, sometimes, the best advocacy is just being good at what you do.