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Posted by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen, December 31, 2004.

Given the news of the great loss of life and suffering in Asia, we share with you the following teaching of Rebbeinu Yonah, a 13th century Torah sage, where he discusses our universal yearning for "shalom" -- peace, harmony, and wholeness:

A human being should pray for the shalom of the entire world and feel the suffering of others. And this is the way of the tzadikim -- righteous ones...For a human being should not make supplications and requests just for his own needs; rather, one should pray that all human beings should thrive in shalom.

These words are from Rabbeinu Yonah's commentary to Pirkei Avos 3:2 (Ethics of the Fathers), which teaches that we should pray for the true shalom of all governments, so that anarchy, violence, and chaos not prevail.

In this spirit, we pray for the arrival of the Messianic Era when the roaring of the sea will be a sign of life and not death. Moreover, in this new era of spiritual enlightenment, the sovereigns of the nations will finally accept the sovereignty of HaShem -- the Compassionate One -- Who created all life. All Creation will therefore rejoice, as it is written:

Tell it among the nations: When HaShem reigns, the world will not falter; He will judge the peoples with fairness. The heavens will be glad and the earth will rejoice; the sea and its fullness will roar. The field and everything in it will exult; then all the trees of the forest will sing with joy -- before HaShem, for He will have arrived, He will have arrived to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness and peoples with His truth. -- [Tehillim/Psalm 96:10-13]

Shabbat Shalom from Liberated Yerushaliyim

Mr. Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen is an Advisory Board Member of both the Ecology Fellowship and the Social Welfare Fellowship of the Root & Branch Association, Ltd. He is author of "The Universal Jew" (Feldheim Publishers) and editor of Shema Yisrael website: "Hazon: Our Universal Vision" (http://www.shemayisrael.co.il/publicat/hazon/)

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Posted by David Ha'ivri, December 31, 2004.

The recent natural disaster in south-east Asia and the extraordinary response of the Israeli government and media shows us something of what can happen when the Jewish State, takes responsibility for the Jewish people around the world. Every part of the apparatus of the State is currently enlisted in the effort to find, and rescue several hundred Israeli private citizens who've been stranded and hurt in the disaster areas in Sri Lanka and other countries in south-east Asia. The State of Israel acts as if it is an insurance policy for Israelis on vacation.

Isreali government representatives are searching the jungles and wasteland trying to convince these vacationers to come home now. The government is saying "get on the plane and we'll take you back to Tel Aviv right now, because we don't want your mommies to worry." El Al even sent chartered planes to countries where it is normally unwelcome. Israeli soldiers have been sent to search for Israelis in isolated areas in those countries.

In all the media we hear of government representatives and of all the humanitarian organizations in Israel, Zaka, l'tet (to Give), the Foreign Ministry, Chabad, and almost anyone designated as a charity - climbing all over each other looking for Israelis, trying to get them out of the disaster area and send them home

This is a wonderful thing, regardless of the issue of what Israelis are doing in these places to begin with and why they chose to vacation in such countries where food is far from Kosher, Idol worship and drugs are a way of life, these are things and practices that Jews should distance themselves from. I see this situation as an example of how the Israeli government should always act when Jews are in trouble anywhere in the world.

The State of Israel should always assume responsibility not only for Israeli vacationers but for the Jewish people as a whole and be their guardian no matter where they are. The State should intensify its efforts to help all Jewish people return and settle in the land of Israel, but as long as Jews are spread out around the world, the government of the Jewish State and its organizations of national security have a responsibility towards the Jewish people everywhere.

If a Synagogue is burned down in Paris France or Istanbul Turkey, or a Jewish institution is vandalized in Denver Colorado or anywhere else in the world, the Israeli establishment and media should be enlisted to protect, and rescue the Jewish people who are in danger.

If there are acts of anti-Semitism in New Zealand, the Foreign Ministry should send El Al planes and they should bring relief to the Jewish community there. They should send in Jewish soldiers to protect the Jewish community, provide guards, send Rabbis, social workers, and government representatives to convince them to pack their bags and return to Israel.

In Samuel 1, Chapter 23, we learn that King David went out to Keilah and saved the people of Keilah from the Philistiens. Judah haMaccabee crossed over borders and fought battles to save the Jewish community who were being attacked in Gilad. As it was in those times, protecting Jews is the primary responsibility of the modern State of Israel and its leaders.

Israel feels obligated to go into Sri Lanka, even to help save the goyim who were affected by this disaster. The State of Israel must have rescue teams made up of representatives from the Foreign Ministry, the Army, and all the rescue organizations. These rescue teams should go out immediately whether it be to Paris France, Istanbul Turkey, New Zealand, Denver Colorado, or anywhere that Jews are in danger. This should be done without hesitation and without being concerned about the response of the country where Jews are in trouble. Israel mustn't wait for permission from anyone when it goes out to protect Jews. Of course it is the obligation of each country to protect its own residents, but when it comes to the well being of the people of Israel if those countries do not properly fulfill that obligation, Jews have a homeland and government to look to.

The Israeli government has a law that allows them to bring Nazi war criminals to trial. For his part in the atrocities against Jews in WWII, Adolf Eichmann, SS Chief of the Jewish Office of the Gestapo, was abducted from Argentina, brought to Israel, put on trial, and executed by hanging. John Demyanyuk was brought to Israel and tried for participating in atrocities as a Ukrainian Nationalist concentration camp guard for the Nazis, but unfortunately he was mistakenly released.

Protecting Jews is the government's primary responsibility. There is every reason - moral, ethical, and historical - for the State of Israel to have the same type of laws empowering its forces to go out and protect the Jewish people anywhere in the world where they are in danger. Israel must take on the responsibility and not be afraid of what the world will say.

When the world sees that Israel, the Jewish State, has taken responsibility for the Jewish people, the world will respect Israel as a Nation who looks after its own.

This policy will reduce acts of anti-Semitism because anti-Semites will be afraid of the consequences. Anti-Semites will know that if they attack Jewish institutions or Jewish individuals, they'll have to be concerned with the Israeli Defense Forces sending in their representatives and bringing those anti-Semites to justice.

David Ha'ivri can be contacted at haivri@hameir.org

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Posted by Yoram Ettinger, December 31, 2004.

The following concerns the intent by the Administration to invite Abu Mazen to the White House:

A teacher poses the following question to his sixth graders: "If we define a dog's tail as a leg; how many legs would that dog have?" "Five" responded one of the kids. "Wrong", said the teacher, "it doesn't matter how we define dogs' tail; it always remains a tail, and dogs always have four legs!"

It doesn't matter how one defines next week's Palestinian election. Election held by a totalitarian/terrorist regime is not free!

It doesn't matter how one defines Abu Mazen. A deputy/confidant (since the 1950s!) of a terrorist leader - who has been the role model of international terrorism - is no more of a legitimate leader than are the deputies/confidants of the Taliban and of the Ba'th leaders.

Would the US invite to the White House the architect of PA-Hamas series of understandings?!

Would the US welcome to Washington the engineer of PLO ties with ruthless E. European regimes and the USSR?!

Would the US host in DC, the home of the most impressive Holocaust Museum, a Holocaust Denier (thesis of his Ph.D.)?!

Would the US tolerate a co-founder of the most obscene anti-Jewish and anti-US Hate-Education system in modern history?!

Would the US Kosherize Card #2 of the PLO/PA regime, which has been the role model of Bin-Laden's terrorism?!

Would the US appease Arafat's right hand man, who co-supervised the March 1973 murder of two US ambassadors in Sudan?!

Would the US placate the person who handled the financing of the 1972 Munich Massacre?!

Would the US accord legitimacy to Arafat's deputy and top confidant of the last 50 years?!

Would the US Administration undermine its own moral values and strategic principles, by inviting Abu Mazen to Washington?!

Would you invite Abu Mazen to your private home?!

Would your Representative/Senator condone Abu Mazen's invitation to the US?!

Shabbat Shalom, a Happy New Year, and may it be top heavy on Moral Clarity and low on moral equivalence,

This article is by Caroline Glick and is a Special to the Sun in the New York Sun today. It is called "Palestinian Arab Also-Rans Fight Uphill Battle on Campaign Trail" and is archived at http://www.nysun.com/article/7024

Oslo 2, Maybe?

JERUSALEM, Israel - Yesterday found Mahmoud Abbas, (aka Abu Mazen), Yasser Arafat's replacement as head of the Palestinian Authority, hot on the campaign trail in the Jenin refugee camp. There Mr. Abbas, the Bush administration's favored candidate in the elections scheduled to take place January 9, spent the afternoon with Zakariah Zubeidi, who is head of the Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade terrorist organization, and one of the top men on the Israeli army's list of wanted terrorists. Mr. Zubeidi has planned and orchestrated several suicide bombings and shooting attacks against Israeli civilians, and has been actively involved in recruiting terrorists and coordinating his operations with the Hezbollah terror group in Iran, and senior international terrorists in Damascus.

In the company of Mr. Zubeidi, Mr. Abbas met with, hugged, and kissed several members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, and visited the "Martyrs Cemetery," where he paid homage to the memory of Palestinian Arab terrorists who have been killed over the past four-and-a-half years. During his visit with the terrorists, Mr. Abbas pledged to remain faithful to Arafat's legacy.

To finance the upcoming election, and as a sign of its support for Mr. Abbas, the American government for the first time since 2003 transferred $23.5 million directly to the Palestinian Authority's bank account on Wednesday. The assistant secretary of state for the Middle East, William Burns, said that the funds reflect "our confidence in the direction of the PA's reform program, and our expectation that reform will continue to be implemented energetically." President Bush signed a special waiver enabling the funds to be transferred without congressional approval December 8.

Mr. Abbas is the only candidate that the ruling Fatah party is fielding in the elections. Fatah is the largest faction of the PLO, and was founded by Arafat in 1964. Its members control the PA bureaucracy, security forces, education system, and press.

Initially, the imprisoned Fatah leader, Marwan Barghouti, who is serving several consecutive life sentences in an Israeli prison for multiple counts of terrorist murder of Israeli citizens, announced that he was planning on running against Mr. Abbas. But a concerted campaign by Mr. Abbas, supported by America and Israel, caused him to change his mind and pull out of the race in early December.

A Palestinian Arab journalist in the West Bank argues that the pressure exerted on Mr. Barghouti was misplaced. In his view: "The decision to have Abbas run unopposed from within Fatah effectively blocked all possibility of a democratic election that would provide the Palestinians with the opportunity to express their wishes at the ballot box. If Barghouti had won, it would have been a clear signal that they reject peace with Israel and support murderers. If Abbas won in a race against Barghouti, it would have been a clear signal that the Palestinians reject terrorism, since that is what Barghouti represents. The problem with Abbas running unopposed from within Fatah is that he isn't given the opportunity or the challenge of stating clearly if he supports or rejects terrorism, and so we're back to the same unclear situation we had for years with Arafat."

Before Palestinian Arab voters cast their votes, it is clear to all that Mr. Abbas will win the election, but he is still not running unopposed. Six men are running against him. The three most notable challengers are Mustafa Barghouti, Bassam el Salhi, and Tayfeer Khaled, who all reside in Ramallah. One of the problems these men have had campaigning is the Palestinian Arab press, which is under the complete control of the PA, has given almost no coverage to their campaigns.

All three men's platforms, vis-a-vis Israel, are more or less identical to Mr. Abbas's platform. They call for the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state in all of the West Bank and Gaza Strip with its capital in Jerusalem. They call for the destruction of all Israeli communities in these areas, and demand recognition of the so-called "right of return" of the descendants of Palestinian Arabs who left Israel in 1948 and 1967. None of the three have spent time in Israeli jails, and according to Palestinian Arab sources, they have not been involved in terrorist attacks against Israel.

While their platforms regarding Israel are like Mr. Abbas's, they spend little time discussing Israel. Mr. Abbas's opponents devote the overwhelming majority of their time discussing the need to reform the PA - making it accountable, transparent, and subordinate to the rule of law - democratizing Palestinian Arab society, and developing the Palestinian economy. All are highly critical of the Palestinian Arab security services, which they accuse of being the source of the lawlessness and chaos in the Palestinian Arab areas.

Mustafa Barghouti, a distant cousin of the imprisoned Marwan Barghouti, is the most popular among the non-frontrunner candidates. Polls have him enjoying the support of between 10% and 20% of Palestinian Arabs. Mr. Barghouti is a physician and a former communist. He is the founder and head of the Medical Relief Center in Ramallah. He is the Palestinian Arab point man for the American-based, radically anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement, and has led most of the Palestinian Arab demonstrations against Israel's security fence in the West Bank.

At a campaign meeting in Beita village near Nablus on Wednesday, Mr. Barghouti, who has been an outspoken critic of PA corruption, and a strident advocate for democracy for the past two years, spoke of the "Oslo elite" meaning the Arafat associates surrounding Mr. Abbas, who became rich and powerful as a result of the Oslo peace process with Israel.

To a crowd of hundreds of supporters in the communist-leaning village, Mr. Barghouti declared, "The Palestinian people have the right to ask what happened to the $6.5 billion that we received in foreign aid over the past 10 years."

Mr. Barghouti received a push for his campaign on Wednesday when the jailed leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmed Saadat, declared his party's support for Mr. Barghouti. Mr. Saadat is under detention in Jericho for masterminding the assassination of Israel's tourism minister in October 2001.

Bassam el-Falhi is the chairman of the Palestinian Communist Party. Tayfeer Khaled is the West Bank representative of Nayef Hawatweh's Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group, headquartered in Damascus. Both men have placed the emphasis of their campaigns on fostering democracy and fighting corruption, much like Mr. Barghouti. Neither has registered significant support in opinion polls.

According to Palestinian Arab sources, one of the reasons that none of the three candidates has received much support is intimidation by the PA. "People are afraid to be seen even reading their campaign literature," says one Palestinian Arab who asked to remain anonymous.

The message that the people have received from various leaders of the PA is that if they vote for a candidate other than Mr. Abbas they will either lose jobs they already have in the PA or will not be hired by the PA in the future. Since the PA is the largest employer in the West Bank and Gaza, the threat carries a great deal of weight.

Physical intimidation has also played a role in frightening Palestinian Arabs not to pay attention to candidates other than Mr. Abbas. On Wednesday, shots were fired at Salhi's offices in Ramallah as well as at the home of PA legislator and former Cabinet minister Abdel Jawad Salah, one of the most outspoken critics of PA official corruption.

The turnout in next Sunday's elections is expected to be low. As the saying on the streets of the West Bank goes, "Why bother voting, all the ballots were already filled out in Washington."

Ambassador Yoram Ettinger is an editor and consultant who lives in Jerusalem.

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, December 30, 2004.

It is well know that someone covered in slime is very difficult to grab hold of. This comes from IMRA (http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=23457). It is called "Netanyahu: Disengagement Tragedy, Cites Unmet Requirements to Justify Vote" and was written by Aaron Lerner. Dr. Lerner is Director of IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis). Contact IMRA by email at imra@netvision.net.il or go to its website: http://www.imra.org.il

Maariv reports today that Treasury Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a meeting of activists in Tel Aviv last night that he opposed the disengagement in his conversations with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon but voted in favor because "the conditions I presented were met."

Netanyahu termed disengagement a "tragedy in the making."

The report does not indicate if the activists pointed out to Netanyahu that his conditions were not actually met nor if anyone asked Mr. Netanyahu if there is any possibility that at any time in his career that he will opt to give priority to avoiding a national "tragedy" over avoiding a personal "tragedy" (losing his seat in the cabinet).

Among the "conditions" Netanyahu ostensibly set that were not met:

#1 Vote on the removal of communities in stages - with the vote on the removal of each group of communities taking place after the actual removal of the previous group and the first vote taking place close to the actual removal. Instead Mr. Sharon explained this week that the vote to remove all the communities will take place in early 2005, half a year before the actual operation.

#2 Completion of the separation fence encompassing all the settlement blocs prior to the removal of the first home.

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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Posted by Manhigut Press, December 30, 2004.

Some people try and present Manhigut Yehudit as a religious movement divorced from reality. In fact the opposite is true and a short story will illustrate this.

When Ezer Weitzmann wished to be re-elected President, Manhigut Yehudit (then in its early days) decided to exploit the opportunity and put forward an emunah-based candidate for the presidency. Although the President of Israel doesn't fill a leadership function, we felt that presenting an emunah-based candidate for the position would be of value in increasing public awareness of the issue, as a first stage to achieving emunah-based leadership for the country.

We found an ideal candidate: Prof. Yermiyahu Branover, a believing Jew with loving eyes and an impressive appearance. An academic, world leading scientist, had taken part in the struggle for Aliyah from the USSR and a man of the people. All the required characteristics in a single person.

We didn't think we would have a problem. We only required the signatures of ten MKs who would support Prof. Branover's participation in the contest, and there were far more religious MKs than this. Without doubt the religious people would sign our application, and the idea of Jewish leadership would receive a great boost, regardless of the final results.

We rushed feverishly through the corridors of the Knesset. Seven MKs signed for us. Raful Eitan z"l was one of them. Michael Kleiner signed and also helped a lot. No religious MK signed. Gandhi z"l almost signed, but Rabbi Benny Elon grabbed the pen from his hand at the last moment.

At the end of the day we realized that not only was Manhigut Yehudit not a religious movement, but in a much deeper sense was actually an anti-religious one. This is a movement that by trying to extend Judaism to all features of national life is actually threatening the sectoral religious concept.

Obedience and Destruction

It was interesting to see an interview in the weekend edition of Ma'ariv with advocate Moshe Lador. The latter was the chief prosecutor in the trial of the heads of Zo Artzeinu. Lador describes in the interview how urgent it was to bring the heads of the movement to trial:

The implementation of the clause regarding incitement to mutiny is legally very controversial, and it is claimed that it is not worthy to be included in democratic legislation. However, Lador, as the prosecutor for the Jerusalem district, did not hesitate to use it against Zo Artzeinu leaders Moshe Feiglin and Shmuel Sackett in 1997, and who were found guilty in the end.

Lador makes a comparison between then and now: "The late Prime Minister wished to implement a certain policy and Feiglin and his people wished to prevent this. As a minority they wished to prevent the majority from implementing its policy by physical disruption of daily life, by blocking major road junctions, etc." The Courts accepted this approach: "The accused wished to create a situation in which their activities would prevent the government from functioning, not necessarily as a result of the influence of public opinion (or not only because of this influence) but because of lack of the physical possibility of functioning."

It's not certain that the people of Yesha have reached this stage, but Lador is convinced that Wallerstein, by his remarks, has violated the provisions of the law of incitement, after in his opinion he created "a real possibility of violence."

It seems that the government and its accomplices regard disobedience as having the greatest potential for defeating their plan of destruction. The Cossacks who have turned democracy into a bad joke are now claiming that the majority who are fighting for their lives against their brutal manipulations are in fact threatening democracy. The opposite is the case. Non-violent civil disobedience is the last protection, not only for the existence of the State, but also for the continuation of democracy. Thousands of people have since Oslo paid with their lives the price of obedience. All that remains of Israeli democracy in the wake of this obedience is a bad joke called the Sharon family. The hysteria displayed by the Cossacks in the face of disobedience by the Right proves once again that this is the best approach to adopt in the struggle for life, for the country, and for liberty.


On Sunday (21 Tevet) 2/1/05, at 13:00 the Jerusalem Magistrates Court will pass judgment on Elisheva Federman and her friends. The State of Israel has a new method for fighting against these brave women: An attempt to kidnap their children in the guise of "abandoning the children!" The public is invited to attend. Our aim: To perfect the world in the kingdom of the Almighty Manhigut Yehudit

Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) is a group of people inside the Likud party who want to see Israel adopt a more Jewish character. Moshe Feiglin, its cofounder, has emphatically said he does not want a theocracy, but he does want a State based on Jewish values. The Manhigut Yehudit website address is http://www.manhigut.org.

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Posted by David Mark, December 30, 2004.
Message: No my friend, there is only one conflict between muslims and so called Israel who come from diifferent countries to take muslim land, other conflicts just feuled by Israeli. Muslims always live in peace, actually the word, Islam and muslims graeting (salam) means peace. all wars around this earth created by Israeli. any conflict supported by them money, arms, and propaganda just like this site.

but in the end peace will prevail and so called Israeli will lose and for ever beacuse there is a god who created this world and see what you doing and knows every thing.

David Mark can be reached at D_mar@hotmail.com

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Posted by IsrAlert, December 30, 2004.
These are two news items about the Vatican - one that has information about how the Vatican behaved in World War II and one how it is behaving in the tsunami crisis.

"Pius XII told churches not to return Holocaust war babies" By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent, from today's Haaretz.

The Vatican instructed the Catholic church in France not to return Jewish children to their families after the Holocaust, according to a letter dated November 20, 1946, that was published Tuesday in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

The children had been placed in the church's care to save them from Nazi murder, but after the war the church was instructed to return them to surviving parents only if they had not been baptized.

The letter containing these instructions was sent by the Holy Office to Angelo Roncalli - later Pope John XXIII - who was then the papal representative in Paris.

"Please note that this decision has been approved by the Holy Father," the letter emphasizes, referring to Pope Pius XII.

The letter reveals how the controversial wartime pope sought to restrict the number of children the church returned to their families by, among other things, instructing that baptized children "may not be entrusted to institutions that are not in a position to guarantee them a Christian upbringing."

As for orphans who had not been baptized, the church must not hand them over to any "persons who have no rights over them".

Roncalli had a reputation when previously serving as the Holy See's envoy to Istanbul for favoring Jews.

In Paris he helped many Jews escape to Israel, and disobeyed the Vatican instructions by helping to return Jewish minors to their families.

On July 19, 1946, he sent a letter to the chief rabbi in Israel, Isaac Herzog (father of Israeli president Haim Herzog), in which he gives him permission "to use his [Roncalli's] authority so these children can return to their original environment."

Amos Luzzato, president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, said in response Wednesday: "The documents indicate that the Vatican completely ignored the Holocaust and murder of Jews. There is a sticking to theological arguments as though this were an ordinary situation, when in practice these children were not entrusted to churches to convert to Christianity but to save them from murder."

The publication of the letter to Roncalli will only add to the controversy surrounding Pope Pius XII, making it difficult for the Vatican to ignore accusations that the Vatican under his tenure did not do enough to combat Nazi persecution of Jews, and even helped Nazi war criminals to evade justice.

The latest revelations are also likely to hamper efforts by Pope John Paul II to lay the groundwork for beatifying Pius XII.

[ED NOTE: ATTN: We originally published an article from Israel Insider based on an article from Catholic World News (CWNews) that blamed Israel for not offering aid. CWNews has since said there was an error in translation and, actually, the Vatican was blaming Sri Lanka, not Israel, for Sri Lanka's rejection of Israeli aid. CWNews apologized for the error and withdrew the article. Below is a revised version. Aside from the goof-up, we observe that CWNews didn't find it surprising that the Vatican would denounce Israel.] Vatican, Dec. 28 (CWNews.com) - The Vatican newspaper has denounced a decision by Sri Lanka to reject emergency aid offered by the Israeli government. Sri Lanka declined the Israeli aid because it would have been furnished by a military team.

Calling for "a radical and dramatic change of perspective" among people "too often preoccupied with making war," L'Osservatore Romano Romano chastised the government of the stricken Asian nation for putting unnecessary restrictions on an Israeli offer to furnish medical help.

The Vatican paper observed that in what "should be a time for unconditional solidarity," some world leaders seem incapable of escaping a "small-minded approach that restricts their horizons." he suffering caused by the tsunami has created "a mass of deaths, across borders," L'Osservatore observed. The fact that the devastation swept across different societies, cultures, and nations should help to reinforce the universal perspective, the paper suggested.

An Israeli plane carrying 80 tons of food and medical supplies worth $100,000 departed for Sri Lanka Wednesday morning. A similarly equipped mission went to Thailand. Israeli acceded to the requests of the Sri Lankan and Thai governments to send supplies as well as rescue personnel.

After a larger military group was rejected, the Sri Lankan president's military secretary sent a notice to Israel's foreign and defense ministries Tuesday expressing support for the arrival of a 50-member Israeli delegation.

"We are not opposed to a plane loaded with medical supplies, food and blankets that will be accompanied by a medical team comprised of 50 IDF people, as the Israeli Foreign Ministry requested in a letter," the military secretary said in the notice.

Israel is sending to Sri Lanka 10,000 blankets contributed by the IDF, tents, nylon sheeting and water containers. The IDF Home Front Command is organizing aid preparations.

In addition, the Israeli humanitarian organization Latet ("To Give") sent a separate aid package Tuesday, filling a jumbo jet with 18 tons of supplies worth $50,000, at Sri Lanka's request. The group is also considering sending additional aid shortly, Haaretz reported.

Harv Weiner, a businessman in Dallas, Texas, is the founder and moderator of Isralert. To subscribe to IsrAlert, send an email to isralert@aol.com

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, December 30, 2004.

The New York Times may be one of the most anti-Israel newspapers this side of any Arab media. Thursday, December 30th the NYT front page is correctly filled with columns and photos showing the effects of the South Asian mega-disaster. But, just turn the page and there is an article more than a third of page 3 speaking about some antiquity forgers in Israel.

However, the NYT hasn't written a word about Israel's generous offers of aid to the Muslim communities that were devastated in the Sunday, December 26th 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunamis that washed away whole villages. The death toll is now estimated to be 120,000 and will probably grow as the missing are added in.

Israel gathered her considerable expertise in disaster relief, search and rescue on the first day. Several Muslim communities in Sri Lanka refused her aid. Israel offered over 150 doctors, field hospitals and tonnage of relief supplies. The supplies were accepted but the Jewish doctors and rescue experts were rejected.

The quake's epicenter was just off the coast of Indonesia, a primarily Muslim nation. The tsunami swept across the Indian ocean washing people out to sea and wiping out whole villages in mostly Muslim countries.

Observant Christians and Jews were not surprised at the location. The Muslims have declared a Global War using Terror against those they call infidels, Christians and Jews. Their goal is world domination for Islam. But, the Free World hasn't gotten the point - so far. Add up the Muslim massacres of 9/11, 3/11, Beslan in Russia, airplane hijacking, killing of Americans, bombings of American Embassies in Dar es Salem and Kenya, the USS Cole, Khobar Towers Saudi Arabia, Twin Towers 1993, on-going Terror war against those who freed and are rebuilding Iraq, including burning the bodies and beheading of hostages .... but, the Free West doesn't get the point. Still we await the promised next 9/11 by Osama bin Laden in America and/or Europe.

As for the NYT, this supposedly flagship journal of America, has always been anti-Jewish from its earliest beginnings, hiding the Holocaust during WW2 with increasingly hostile journalism when the State of Israel was born.

The NYT deliberate neglect to tell the world that it was the Jewish nation of Israel who was among the very first to respond with real help, shames that journal, among others - including the TV and radio news, who refused to use the story.

While politicians were jabbering and the media was blabbering, Israel was loading field hospitals, medical supplies, tents, blankets, food and water on cargo aircraft within hours. But, the Muslim nations would not even move to save their own people if it meant acknowledging assistance from the Jews. While Israel reacted and prepared her rescue teams and supplies within hours, the Islamic world was relatively silent and inactive.

The Israelis ignored the rejection of her doctors and rescue personnel trained in finding still living people and bodies trapped in rubble or their expertise in identifying bodies through DNA analysis. The nation of Israel sent the supplies anyway but, without the first 150 doctors.

Newspapers are selling like mad while telling all that polluted water and dead bodies will cause a myriad of diseases which could kill as many as those washed away in the tsunamis.

The Jewish Israelis were coming to administer antibiotics, treat the injured but, the Muslim politicians and clerics would not let that happen. The media, such as the NYT, among others, could have used their pages to shame those Muslim leaders into saving their own people but, instead they remained silent about this latest atrocity against the Muslims' own people. Journalists, editors, publishers are as guilty of bias as are the Muslim clerics and politicians who thrive on their anti-Jewish manifesto.

Israel was ready to act for the good of the Muslims within the first vital hours. Everyone else was slowly assembling assistance while Muslims, among others, were dying of their injuries with no one there to administer the help needed. And, the Muslim nations did not respond with aid - so far.

I wonder where the next epi-center of nature's disasters will be? America already had four hurricanes slam into Florida - one after another. Asia had its 9.0 earthquake, accompanied by a vast tsunami. The West Coast of California is being battered by storms. We await Mt. St. Helens - Vesuvius is stirring. No doubt, the 10,000 mile wide "ring of fire" in the Pacific is active.

Are Muslims being sent a message long overdue - to behave as humans, to give and receive humanitarian aid from good people - to drop their goal of World domination by Islam in order for the World to live together peaceably?

Rav Yitzhak Kaduri, over 100 years old, was quoted by Yediot Aharonot December 12th, predicting this disaster from G-d as "natural calamities". [See below for complete story.]

From Honest Reporting: "Israeli Aid, Unreported," December 28, 2004.

When disaster strikes anywhere in the world, Israelis can be counted on to help. So it's no surprise that within hours of the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the following humanitarian missions all departed from the tiny Jewish state:

! The Israeli organization Latet ('To Give') filled a jumbo jet with 18 tons of supplies. [El Al flew the delegation and the equipment free of charge and FedEx will fly equipment to the target site - also free of charge.

! A medical team headed by four doctors from Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday night (Dec. 27), carrying medicine and baby food. The doctors specialize in rescue operations, trauma and pediatrics.

! An IDF rescue team is now on its way to Sri Lanka with 80 tons of aid material, including 10,000 blankets, tents, nylon sheeting and water containers, all contributed by the IDF.

! A ZAKA rescue-and-recovery team arrived in the disaster areas Monday night, armed with its specialized equipment for identifying bodies. [ZAKA is an organization of Orthodox Jews who have developed immediate rescue and trauma treatment to a high level of excellence based, unfortunately, on so much experience in treating Israeli Terror attack victims. They also pick up all the body parts for proper burial after such bomb blasts.]

! A Health Ministry contingent left for Thailand on Monday night to aid in rescue efforts. The group includes doctors, nurses and four members of the IDF.

! Israel has also offered its assistance to India a search-and-rescue team from the Home Front Command, as well as consignments of food and medicine.

Yet, with the exception of UPI (as of this writing - Wed. 12/29 4pm EST), none of the major news outlets dedicated an article to this remarkable Israeli humanitarian effort - despite the fact that the IDF sent all Israel-based journalists a press release Monday evening (Dec. 27), inviting them to the airport to cover the departure of one IDF group.

This is all the more surprising given the fact that the major news agencies have entire teams of reporters in Israel, who submit at least one 'Israel-article' each day.

So what did the Associated Press send out today to its 15,000 subscribing news agencies? A dreary story about the construction of a new IDF base near Jenin. AP sarcastically remarked in this 'news' story that the base's 'elaborate color scheme and landscaping shows that the army is not planning to pull its forces out of the area anytime soon.'

Lack of media interest in this Israeli humanitarian effort means that Israeli benevolence toward other peoples is not fairly conveyed to the western world. Perhaps if it were conveyed, observers would come to understand something else that Israel's response to Palestinian violence is also motivated by the highest ethical concern for all human life, and is not (as the media so often portray it) driven by an oppressive, mean-spirited national ethos.

HonestReporting encourages subscribers to write letters to your local papers, radio and TV, praising the massive Israeli humanitarian mission to South Asia which the major media have apparently deemed 'not newsworthy.'

Thank you for your ongoing involvement in the battle against media bias.

This comes from Chabad of Thailand, 96 Rambuttri St., Banglamphu, Bangkok, 10200 Thailand. (see pictures below.)

December 28, 2004

Dear Chaverim,

I write to you in the midst of the mounting humanitarian disaster effecting Southeast Asia.

As the only Jewish service agency in the country dealing with this catastrophe, our offices and staff in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ko Samui have put everything else aside, working 24/7 to assist those in need and comfort.

I therefore turn to my colleagues for urgent help in funding our humanitarian efforts during the crisis, Chabad of Thailand's response to the crisis was immediate and is growing daily.

  • Rabbi Nehemya Wilhelm was dispatched to the scene of the tragedy in Phuket to aid in the rescue efforts where he is making the rounds of the hospitals, identifying bodies, arranging medical help and transportation for survivors, connecting survivors with each other, and helping the Israeli government in coping with this terrible ordeal. Thailand's three Chabad Houses, staffed by six full time Rabbis and twelve Rabbinical trainees, were immediately converted into crisis centers where dazed survivors are:

    * receiving medical help
    * receiving free meals
    * receiving funds for new clothing
    * placing free international phone calls (same for internet use) to their loved ones to inform them of their whereabouts
    * being helped in their efforts to locate their friends as of yet unaccounted for.

  • Chabad volunteers are standing by at the local hospitals to visit the injured and provide them with kosher food and any other help needed.

  • Chabad staff is providing counseling to the survivors who are in a state of emotional trauma.

  • Chabad staff has already fielded several thousand phone calls from Israel, trying to help families locate their relatives.

  • Chabad has been instrumental in notifying thousands of Israelis in Thailand who have not been affected by the quake to contact their families back home. Please note that the Israeli Consul in Thailand, Yakov Dvir, asked for our help in locating hundreds of Israelis who are stranded in the ravaged seaside towns of Thailand which we are doing to the best of our abilities.

Israel's Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom has acknowledged the help we are providing to the Israeli Foreign Ministry. As the initial efforts of search and rescue wind down over the next week, the grim work of identifying bodies and counseling bereaved families will unfortunately keep the Chabad staff fully occupied for the foreseeable future. We are also expecting the stream of survivors of this natural disaster appearing at our doors in Bangkok to increase, placing the burden on us to clothe, feed and accommodate them as they slowly try to make their way home. The initial estimate of expenses incurred to our organization as a result of this Tsunami already runs into tens of thousands of dollars for food, clothing, shelter, medical expenses and transportation to and from the disaster zones. It seems very possible that hospital expenses as well as transportation of bodies for burial may also become a significant expense as the situation unfolds.

Please contact us at (24 hour phone number for emergencies) (661) 837 7618 Or email rabbi@jewishthailand.com Thanks in advance for your assistance in this most important Mitzva Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kantor Exec. Dir. Chabad of Thailand (For US tax deductibility please write checks to American Friends of Chabad of Thailand), or donate online at http://www.chabadthailand.com

J. Cohen

This is an item from today's Arutz-7. It is called "Disaster, Redemption and the Tsunami" and is archived at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=74451

At least one Kabbalist sage predicted "natural calamities" over two weeks ago. He and others call for an increase in acts of kindness, as they try to place the events in universal context.

The venerated Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri, considered Israel's leading Kabbalist rabbi, was quoted in the Yediot Acharonot newspaper on Dec. 12 as saying:

"We are now in the fourth year of what could be the seven-year Redemption period, according to the calculation of the Vilna Gaon. [However.] in the coming three years, uncertainty about the future will hang over our heads, unless we work and strive that the Messiah be revealed. The Messiah is already [here] in Israel. Whatever people are sure will not happen, is liable to happen, and whatever we are certain will happen may disappoint us. But in the end, there will be peace throughout the world. The world is mitmatek mehadinim (lit., becoming sweet from/of strict justice), great tragedies in the world are foreseen, that's the thing of the Jews going to the East. [emphasis added] But our enemies will not prevail over us in the Land of Israel, 'fear and trembling will fall upon them,' in the [merit of the] power of Torah."

Rabbi Kaduri said this week, "What can save the world from calamities is real repentance by Jews, who must increase acts of kindness towards one another... The cry of the many poor in Israel and the expulsion of Jews from their homes shakes the world... It's not for naught that this place was hit, where many of our compatriots went to look for this-worldly lusts."

Rabbi Kaduri has told his students that the current government will be the last one of the "old era," and that the new government will already have leadership of the Messianic era.

Another sage, Rabbi Chaim Kanevsky of Bnei Brak, quoted in Yediot in the same article said that we are verily in the period of the beginning of the Redemption period, and that the Messiah could be revealed at any moment. He called for further outreach "in order to prevent calamities and to bring mercy from the Creator. All Jews must come to the Land of Israel." The Rabbi also called to establish Torah schools in every area, and that "Torah study will prevent calamities - from earthquakes to other natural disasters."

The Kipa website, a Hebrew-language forum for religious youth, features a response by Rabbi Uziel Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi of the Misgav Regional Council in the Galilee regarding a Jewish approach to the calamitous events. "First of all," Rabbi Eliyahu wrote, "we should pray and ask G-d to remove His wrath from the word, send a complete recovery to the injured, and help and protect everyone in the world, causing sorrow to depart."

Rabbi Eliyahu added that what is happening now was decreed on Rosh HaShanah [the Jewish New Year]: "It was a Divine decree that was issued regarding 'who will be killed by water, and who by fire...'" Our job now, he wrote, is to "pray to G-d, to try harder in studying Torah and fulfilling the Torah and doing acts of kindness and charity. This is an hour of reckoning for the entire world!!!"

Rabbi Eliyahu emphasized that G-d has complete control of nature, and that the Jewish People live "amidst great faith, despite questions that remain open. No question mark can break our strength of great and perfect faith in G-d... This does not prevent us from asking and searching for answers and [logical] explanations, but it all takes place on the solid ground of great faith in G-d... The Bible (Zechariah 14) mentions that in the future, when the Messiah comes, the Mt. of Olives will be split in two... The Messiah can come at any minute, even as you read these lines..." Published: 16:46 December 30, 2004

"About 10 Israelis Feared Dead," Arutz 7 (IsraelNationNews.com)

"Another Israeli delegation will arrive in Thailand today, in an attempt to locate and/or identify Israeli victims of the tsunamis in southeast Asia. There is a concrete fear about 10 lives.. Forensic experts of the police and the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute will reinforce police and Zaka officials already in the country.

Only 19 Israelis have not yet been heard from today in southern India and one in Sri Lanka. No word at all has been heard from some 10 Israelis vacationing in southeast Asia and seven of those were seen being dragged away by waves. Officials emphasize that they could be lying hospitals, unconscious or otherwise injured. 15 Israelis are still missing in Thailand, 3 in India and one in Sri Lanka. The fear, of course, is that dead Israelis will be buried, unidentified and anonymously, in mass graves - or possibly even cremated. The Thai authorities have said that they will try to take DNA samples from every corpse, and are, so far, separating the foreigners [bodies] from the locals. The fear of spreading disease from unburied bodies may force authorities to step up the pace of burials, or to begin mass cremation.

An Israeli rescue team headed by Yechiel Magnus rescued 7 young Israeli hikers, one of whom was lightly injured, from Sri Lanka on Wed. night. The team had previously rescued 2 families. An airplane carrying 40 Israelis departed from Sri Lanka for Israel this morning.

Meanwhile, as frantic relief, medicinal and burial efforts continue, the Indian government issued a warning for its southeast coastline that an additional tsunami wave is expected within the hour (Thursday morning Israel time) and residents have begun making their way inland.

The bright light to this catastrophic picture is that the largest international relief effort in history is underway. Five million people are without shelter and food. Countries such as America, Canada and Australia have donated hundreds millions of dollars of supplies.

Israel has sent well over 100 tons of supplies, medical teams, rescue teams - over $100,000 worth of medicines and more. The IDF sent a shipment of aid and medical equipment to Sri Lanka, with more than 82 tons of supplies including 10,000 blankets, 3,679 liters of mineral water, 12 tons of food, 17.5 tons of baby food, over 9 tons of medicines and additional supplies - such as generators, blankets, tents, beds and mattresses.

Magen David Adom, in coordination with the International Red Cross, dispatched an El Al flight with a shipment of medicines to Sri Lanka to aid trauma victims. The shipment contained 4,080 bottles of serum albumin, worth over $100,000. (France, with a population 10 times that of Israel, reported yesterday it was donating only some $136,000 in aid.)

Israel responded immediately, generously, with equipment developed and skills learned during her unfortunate battle for survival against Global Terrorism.

Please send this to your local and national media contacts, CNN and Fox News asking why they spiked this story of Israel's rapid response - even to Muslims who proclaim their hatred of Jews and Christians as infidels - promising another mega-attack against them.

Emanuel Winston is a commentator and Middle East analyst. His articles appear often on Think-Israel and Gamla. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a research associate of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies (http://www.freeman.org/online.htm).

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Posted by David Yisrael HaLevi, December 30, 2004.

K'Cholmim An Introduction


Shalom. I am writing to introduce all of you to a relatively new organization called K'Cholmim (which literally means "As Dreamers"). K'Cholmim is the beginning of a new and passionate Zionism founded on the principles of love, understanding, and participation in Am Yisrael - The Nation of Israel, Torat Yisrael - the Torah/religion of Israel, and Eretz Yisrael - the Land of Israel. You are receiving this welcome letter because you either signed up to our email list or had a friend recommend that K'Cholmim find out if you are interested in joining us. If you wish to be removed from this list please skip to the end for instructions on how to unsubscribe though we would request you read a bit further before making a decision. Our goals are mighty, perhaps even arrogant, in that we hope to serve as a holy instrument, and help bring about positive change for the Jewish People and bring both mankind and the Jewish People closer to our destiny.Among the ways K'Cholmim seeks to achieve this is through education and various activities we run - all aimed to aid in the furtherance of the Jewish Peoples return to our Holy Mission as set out in both the Torah and interpreted by our Sages, a mission that we were all born into as part of a covenantal community. We at K'Cholmim hope that all of you will join us in this great undertaking, an undertaking that is none other than the destiny of the Jewish People. Our three websites, which I encourage you to visit, are:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kcholmim/ - Yahoo Group for Beginning a New Settlement
www.kcholmim.org/jericho.php - Homepage for Jewish Jericho A K'Cholmim Project

K'Cholmim was founded by David Yisrael Epstein (who changed his last name to HaLevi upon making aliyah) - and grew into her first chapter and beginnings with the help of several colleagues (including Yehuda Halper, and Talia Magnes) at the University of Chicago. We have expanded greatly since then, and despite our youth as an organization we have, thank God, been met with great success. We have run many successful events, including Aliyah Shabbatonim in Chicago, NY, and elsewhere in which we brought together hundreds of Jews and helped to create terrifically warm Shabbatot and encourage all present to seriously consider their aliyah and tell us how we can help them achieve this reality of dreamers. We already boast a membership of nearly 10,000 people worldwide, and have succeeded in earning wonderful news coverage in both Jewish and local press to get the word out about our group and her purpose, including several recent live interviews on Arutz Sheva (www.israelnationalnews.com) as well as on National Public Radio (which you can listen to by clicking on http://www.theconnection.org/shows/2003/10/20031016_a_main.asp). From our first chapter at the University of Chicago we have now opened up over one dozen chapters at both universities and communities from Florida to New York, to Chicago, to Toronto, to California.

Of course, Israel, as our Home, is our base of activities. We have already achieved great success in setting up a base in Israel with a chapter at both Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv as well as an active chapter in Jerusalem. For more details about K'Cholmim chapters visit http://kcholmim.org/chapters.php. Our purpose in creating K'Cholmim is manifold. First we shall quickly sketch the more pragmatic aspects, secondly some of the more unique and visionary.

In creating an email list, we set out to bring the more unique, interesting, and important emails about Israel and the Jewish People to you that we think our readers are less likely to see elsewhere our emails are sent out infrequently, not usually more than once every two weeks. On our website, we have created and are adding to such categories as:

What Can Be Found on Our Website www.kcholmim.org

1. Articles to read on the topics of Am Yisrael, Aliyah, and Ahavat Yisrael. http://kcholmim.org/articles.php

2. Aliyah Journals: This is an amazing collection of journals from members of K'Cholmim who are making aliyah. Read about their struggles, visions, and dreams, and be inspired and strengthened. Recall your own moments of clarity when you too realized the passion and love which your Jewish soul has for Israel and join in the dream that is being made a reality, creating a healthy and vibrant Jewish community within the confines of Eretz Yisrael, just as our destiny calls for. http://kcholmim.org/journals.php

3. Links to terrific news sites or radio broadcasting from Israel (you can improve your Hebrew with over 12 radio broadcasts and programs from Israel! There is also a French Jewish radio station with music and news from Israel.)

4. Programs and Internships in Israel, well indexed and easy to navigate so you can more easily find a meaningful program for you (or your family, child, etc. this list is still being extensively updated).

5. Actions that students on campuses can partake in and use/tailor to their own campuses (including a list of campus posters for download, the Aliyah Shabbaton - Exodus Shabbat Program, and the Torat Eretz Yisrael class (which we are working on getting a free trip to Israel for all students who partake in), etc)

6. Weekly Zionist Devrai Torah - Articles written by members of K'Cholmim and/or Devrai Torah of Rebeim from Eretz Yisrael. If you would like to write a Zionist Dvar Torah for K'Cholmim's website, please write us at Devraitorah@KCholmim.org

7. The Philosophy of K'Cholmim (in progress - we hope to turn this into a printed Journal with articles on a systematic vision of Torat Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, and Am Yisrael with various authors next year that will be distributed back in America).

8. The Aliyah Page. This addition has information, links, and articles pertaining to actually making the greatest Zionist action of all (for those in Exile), returning home to Eretz Yisrael! Read up on such things as where to live, schools, job opportunities, and more. We will be adding a password protected section soon with a list of contacts in Israel who have offered to help new olim by hosting them for a few days/Shabbat/Chagim etc.

9. Kippot from Uganda. We are selling kippot made by Jews from Uganda in order to raise money for them to return to Eretz Yisrael. We are also raising money for them to finish a giurl l'chomre (a conversion that may or may not be strictly 'required' but is done to remove any possible doubts and/or problems) under the supervision of the Chief Rabbi in Eretz Yisrael. We hope to bring home this congregation of 150 Jews in the coming year. A first hand account of the history of the Ugandan Jewish community can be read at http://www.kcholmim.org/uganda.php

10. K'Cholmim Columns: We currently have four columns on the K'Cholmim website, including articles by Professor Paul Eidelberg, Ariel Natan Pasko, and Professor Beres.

11. A terrific list of Recommended Readings on various topics on Israel, Torat Eretz Yisrael, and philosophy so that we can better educate ourselves, and more!

12. The Revival of Jewish Jericho! K'Cholmim has been instrumental in bringing about the revival of a Jewish community that maintains access to our holy sites in and around the ancient city of Jericho. Visit our separate website @ www.kcholmim.org/jericho.php Thanks to our recent fundraising efforts, headed by founder David HaLevi, this past summer, Jewish Jericho has now begun building the first mikveh in the Southern Jordan Valley and the Jericho area in nearly 1,500 years.

Basic Outlook for Jewish Activities in the Exile:

Our most basic premise for activities in galut is that they must provide a positive and aggressive picture of what Judaism IS instead of worrying so much about what Judaism is not. Nearly every Jewish organization in America today is involved in apologetics and defensive stances. This is a grave mistake and particularly true of the utterly 'parve' organization on most campuses, namely Hillel. Refusing to take a stand is a stand, a stand that says everything has legitimacy, all views are 'kosher'. We don't accept this premise, there are such things as good and evil, right and wrong, just and unjust, indeed, the words of Socrates should be recalled here, that "a man who is good for anything ought not to calculate the change of living or dying; he ought only to consider whether in doing anything he is doing right or wrong, acting the part of a good man or of a bad." (Plato The Apology)

When K'Cholmim began at the University of Chicago we initially took a defensive and apologetic posture, brining in highly educated professors and speakers to explain why Israel is not a "apartheid state" etc. We quickly realized this was not the way to go. Rather than explaining why "East" Jerusalem isn't "occupied territory" we celebrated the reunification of Jerusalem Day the anniversary of our victory in the '67 war, with more than 100 students and faculty celebrating the reclamation of Jerusalem by the Jewish People. We listened to an American war veteran who fought in the Six Day War and was one of the first Jews to walk the streets of the Old City, to see the remains of the Second Temple, to gaze upon the splendor that is Jerusalem. And this captured people's hearts and minds much more. It created a real experience and reminded all of us of that intimate and special connection we have with the Land of Israel and the Jewish People. Many non-Jews came as well, and they understood what took place, it created a lasting impression.

Instead of apologizing for the existence of a Jewish State and defending her against calls of racism K'Cholmim raised the banner of aliyah in Chicago, calling for Jews to return home. This has proved both a unique and exceptionally successful approach. We have, of course, as the same time, maintained high academic standards in our presentation of facts and often have speakers discuss more 'academic' subjects that revolve around Jewish topics.

K'Cholmim Chapters in Exile - Activities and Purpose

All our Chapters participate in at least the following two events:

1. A Torat Eretz Yisrael class - A class to be based on a close reading of the books *Lights on Orot* by HaRav Samson and Tzvi Fishman as well as *Eim HaBanim Smeicha* by Rav Teichtal. Many of these classes are being run by local Kollel Torah Miztion students. This class allows us to explore a part of the rabbinical world view, especially in the way much of normative Judaism understands Israel's role as central to Judaism. This will be accomplished by reading these books, the first being an English commentary on the thought of Rav Kook, the first chief Rabbi of Israel, and one of the more systematic thinkers of the Jewish People in recent history. The second is an amazing book written by a European Rav during the Holocaust, who went from being a rabid anti-Zionist, to writing one of the most profound and poetic Zionist writings (with a firm basis in Jewish Philosophy and Rabbinical Judaism) of our time.

2. Aliyah Shabbatonim (usually takes place in chapters outside Eretz Yisrael) - The goal of this program is to facilitate those making aliyah, and encourage those who are on the fence about their decision. This program has been run in participation with Kumah in the past and will be done so where available next year. We seek to create a warm and enjoyable davening (prayer) experience on Friday night, which begins to create a sense of community among those at the Shabbaton. This hopefully gives a taste of remembrance for what it means to be a part of a true Jewish Community, and to be part of the Jewish People, a realization only possible in Israel - where prayer and conversation with God was meant to be. We have done such things as invite speakers from the Aliyah Agency to discuss ways to help those considering aliyah, and speakers about specific programs/jobs etc. We also have a discussion that takes place Friday night and Shabbat in which everyone shares their moment of clarity (a lifelong moment for many as it turned out) in which they realized that they must choose to move to Israel, or became aware of the need to consider this more seriously, etc. This last aspect, turned out to be a surprisingly powerful experience for many, causing most to remember moments and experiences of love/understanding/participation in the three major themes of Judaism that they had not thought of for a long time. It also creates a strong bond between our members, witnessed by the fact that nearly everyone came to me privately and said they felt like they knew everyone for such a long time and yet most had never met. In short, an Aliyah Shabbat run by K'Cholmim seeks to give a taste of what it means to rejoin Israel in her destiny, to be part of Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, and Torat Yisrael. The hope being, that such a profound experience may open the eyes of those on the fence to choose life! and make aliyah, and to give information, help, and chizuk (strength) to those who have committed themselves already to making aliyah.

Those are the more pragmatic and basic services that we look to provide, and are continuously looking to upgrade. We have recently added campus posters that can be downloaded for student activists to use so we don't have to keep reinventing the wheel, etc. Feedback is welcome and encouraged, as are services that would be useful but are not currently provided.

K'Cholmim Chapters in Israel - Activities and Purpose

Creating a New Model of Growth for Communities in Eretz Yisrael Based on the American Model

In Israel our activities are very differently focused. We are working on finding groups of olim and Israelis who are ready and willing to help settle the land of Israel. Our specific purpose in doing this, aside form helping settle the land of Israel, is to create a new model of growth and settlement in the Land of Israel. Sad to say, Israel is founded on a very elitist and often socialist and conformist philosophy that does often does not respect or welcome the individual. We are looking to bring American and Western wisdom to the Jewish People and show there is a different way to build a community, a way that we believe is at root also very Jewish, but one that the Jews have forgotten after 2,000 years of exile. The average yishuv in Yesha rejects 66% of all Jews who apply to live there, there could be nearly 1 million Jewish settlers instead of the 300,000 there are now if this attitude did not exist. Communities are exclusive, unwelcoming, and often full of prejudice towards ethnic Jews and those from less fortunate backgrounds educationally - this MUST change. The gift of the American aliyah is to teach Israel political wisdom and building communities that function properly is perhaps the most basic political unit aside from the family itself. For more information visit our yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kcholmim/

Bringing Ugandan Jewry Home to Israel

Perhaps our most important project saving the lives of 150 fellow Jews living in Uganda. This is a magical community, one of incredible strength, a community that the can't help but inspire all of us. We are trying very hard to work through all the bureaucracy and hidden racism in Israel that has thus far kept barred these 150 souls from returning home.

A Systematic Approach

K'Cholmim's more long term goal and vision (which these 'pragmatic aspects' are all born out of) is to help disseminate a systematic vision of Am Yisrael (the Nation of Israel) Torat Yisrael (the Torah/religion of Israel) and Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel). We at K'Cholmim strongly feel that while such systematic visions and understandings of what it is to be Jewish and to live as a Jew exist or have existed throughout Jewish history they must continuously be updated, discussed, and most importantly find meaning in the Jewish masses that they are supposed to serve. (As Paul Tillich, the great Christian theologian points out so beautifully in his Systematic Theology) If the Answers don't address the Questions, then we have not done our jobs. We believe the modern Jewish educational system has thus failed at two levels, in both failing to have offered a systematic understanding of what the Jewish message and mission is, and in failing to have offered this message in a way that is understandable and meaningful to Jews today. That most Jews so easily and nonchalantly dismiss all of traditional Rabbinic Judaism as something 'childish' 'foolish' or otherwise 'stupid' is appalling. Most Jews simply have bad initial experiences by teachers of Judaism who in their own ignorance present Judaism in a way that does makes it seem like a foolish religion. But in truth, most Jews are rejecting that which they remain entirely ignorant of. K'Cholmim believes that the only possibly way we can find answers, authentically and halachically Jewish answers to the problems that face our troubled nation today, is to first educate ourselves more thoroughly in our own history and tradition - in our own wisdom. To have a proper, systematic approach, appreciation, and most importantly, love, for Am Yisrael, Torat Yisrael, and Eretz Yisrael is a precondition for any real progress. It is for this reason that we posted a section on Torat Eretz Yisrael on our website (if you would like to contribute please email me) and it is for this reason that we are beginning to write the Philosophy of K'Cholmim, and are looking to gain the support of Am Yisrael at large, including of course the Rabbis and other leaders of our generation as well.

Rav of K'Cholmim

We have recently elicited the support of several Rabbis in Israel. We are now looking to raise money for a salary for our new Rav of K'Cholmim - Yehoshua Friedman. Rav Friedman is a graduate of St. John's College, and is thus well versed in western wisdom and classic secular liberalism, and is also steeped in Jewish wisdom having learned for the rabbinate. Rav Friedman is thus the perfect Rav for K'Cholmim, as he can address Jews in both the language of the West and that of Judaism. Rav Friedman is also a major proponent of the Bnei Noach, one of the more universal aspects and visions of Judaism. In brief, it is what the Jewish expectation of the non-Jewish world is - namely, to keep the 7 Noahide Commandments. Through Rav Friedman's added energy and wisdom to K'Cholmim we hope to make several steps towards implementing educational programming both in Israel and in North America.

K'Cholmim is making a major push for aliyah. We feel that any proper systematic understanding of Am Yisrael, Torat Yisrael, and Eretz Yisrael 1. Inevitably leads to the conclusion of aliyah as an answer. Meaning if we articulate the Question implied in the vision of Am Yisrael, Torat Yisrael, and Eretz Yisrael, then for those of us in Exile, Aliyah is the first and necessary part of the Answer and 2. We can only truly gain a systematic vision of Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, and Torat Yisrael while living in a Jewish society in Israel.

We strongly feel and believe that a systematic understanding of what it is to be a Jew is lacking in Jewish education today, across the Jewish spectrum, in Israel and outside (all though, to be sure it is much worse outside) and that the results are most dangerous and disastrous. To be K'Cholmim we must return to our roots and understand what it means to be a Jew, and that means knowing and loving Am Yisrael, Torah, and Israel, and understanding how these ideas all fit together and why. That is no small task, but it our destiny. "You are not required to complete the task, yet you are not free to withdraw from it." (Avoth 2:21) It is our hope and prayer that we will succeed in our mission, and that in attempting to better understand ourselves, our past, our tradition and history, we will have a much more hopeful, happier, and brighter future. To quote Plato, "Where have you come from, and where are you going?" The Jewish People can not possibly hope for a bright and fulfilling future for Am Yisrael, while we remain so ignorant of our roots.

May the Holy One bless us with Strength and Peace. For HE shall bestow peace upon us, and upon all the Nation of Israel.

B'ahavat Yisrael,
David Yisrael HaLevi

David Yisrael HaLevi is founder of K'Cholmim. Contact him at david@kcholmim.org or visit http://www.kcholmim.org

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Posted by Ruth Matar, December 30, 2004.

Dear Friends,

Ariel Sharon is Ready to Attack G-d's Covenant with the Jewish People

Sharon's "Disengagement" Plan aims to make the Biblical lands of Gaza (Gush Katif) and Northern Samaria "Judenrein". In fact, on June 2 of this year, Prime Minister Sharon was quoted as saying "that there will be no Jews in Gaza or Northern Shomron by the end of 2005". Shortly thereafter I heard him say on Israel radio: "the Disengagement Plan is the most important item on our agenda, AND WITH G-D'S HELP WE SHALL SUCCEED".

What incredible chutzpa! Sharon well knows that the Almighty promised his Holy Land to the Jewish People and that this Promise certainly includes Judea, Samaria and Gaza. His "Disengagement" Plan is directly against the Word of G-d.

Let us again make this clear once and for all! Gaza is Jewish Land promised by Hashem in the Bible as an everlasting inheritance to the Jewish People. Jews have lived in Gaza ever since they crossed into the Promised Land in the great Exodus from Egypt, approximately 3,270 years ago. It was, in fact, apportioned to the Tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:47 and Judges 1:18) as part of its eternal patrimony. (See the map of TERRITORIES OF THE TWELVE TRIBES, Stone Edition of the Tanach, page 2,045 appendix D, map 2)

The battle against Sharon's Disengagement Plan (the plan to throw out thousands of Jews from their homes in Biblical Gaza and Samaria) is becoming very intense. The slogan "With Love We Will Be Victorious" and the fact that 200,000 Jews were able to form a human chain from Gush Katif to the Western Wall, did not influence the Sharon government in any form or fashion. Sharon continued, with his bulldozer behavior, to advance his plan by trying to push through the Knesset draconian measures, such as:

* Three years of imprisonment of persons who act together to oppose disengagement, even if one of them is a minor.

* Five years of imprisonment if such a meeting included a person with a weapon, even just a pen knife or a nail scissor.

* The building of additional prisons capable of holding thousands of objectors to the Disengagement Plan.

* Special training camps to train police, soldiers and other forces to deal with Jews who in any way resist expulsion.

* A request from the Finance Ministry for a large allocation of funds, to buy special protective equipment for the forces which take part in this evacuation of Jews. How about protective equipment for those about to be forcibly dragged out of their homes?

* If there is any resistance whatsoever to being forcibly evicted from one's home, such persons lose any chance for compensation for their house and/or farm, and, in addition, forfeit the ownership of their personal possessions (furniture, appliances, clothes etc.)

The major slogan of the Gush Katif residents "With Love We Will Be Victorious" has proven to be ineffective against the hatred of the Sharon Government, the Left, and the leftist controlled media. This is what finally prompted Pinchas Wallerstein, one of the leaders of the Yesha Council (Judea, Samaria and Gaza) to write an open letter calling for massive civil disobedience against the prospect of ethnic cleansing of Jews from Gaza and Samaria.

In addition, some residents of Gush Katif, mainly holocaust survivors, started a campaign to wear on their clothing an orange Star of David in order to shock people into realizing that there is a valid comparison between the Germans expelling Jews from their homes, and Sharon's proposed "Disengagement" Plan.

Immediately there was a tremendous and skillfully organized outcry against this campaign from the leftist media, claiming that the settlers were besmirching the memory of the Holocaust victims, and trying to compare the Sharon government to the Nazis.

Let me state right here that I will never compare my fellow Jews to the Nazis. The Arab enemies are today's Nazis! Those who are trying to push the "Disengagement" Plan down the throats of the Israeli People, are unwittingly helping this very enemy.

Both Abu Mazen and Marwan Barghouti boast in their campaign speeches that the Jews are fleeing from Gaza because of the successful Arab struggle against "Israeli occupation". In fact, Abu Mazen says that whereas Israel calls the Arab armed groups murderers, "we call them successful strugglers". Abu Mazen further says: "I will never turn guns on my own people"!

Please permit me to remind you once again of my background. I have written about this before, but my childhood experience is most relevant to this discussion. I was born in Wiener Neustadt, an ancient city in southern Austria. According to the Encyclopedia Judaica, Wiener Neustadt was founded in the year 1192. Jews lived in this city almost from the very beginning. In fact, there are gravestones in the Jewish Cemetery in Wiener Neustadt, which date from 1252 and 1261.

Our family lived in Wiener Neustadt until November 9, 1938, until Krystall Nacht, when Hitler's storm troopers forcibly evicted all Jews from their homes in this city. While violently dragging us out of our house, they severely beat my mother for not following orders quickly enough. Within a few days after November 9, the city of Wiener Neustadt was successfully cleansed of its Jewish population. The Germans boasted that now yet another city was completely Judenrein.

Many people feel that there cannot and should not be comparison between today's situation and the Holocaust, and that such comparison is sacrilegious and should not even be permitted. There is no plan, they say, by the Sharon government to put Jews into gas chambers!

However, if we're honest with ourselves, there are frightening similarities.

Sharon's "Disengagement" Plan aims to make the Biblical lands of Gush Katif and Northern Samaria "Judenrein". In fact, on June 2 of this year, Prime Minister Sharon was quoted as saying "that there will be no Jews in Gaza or Northern Shomron by the end of 2005". Just another way of saying that he promises that these areas will be "Judenrein".

Some unfortunate comparisons can be made:

Jews lived in Wiener Neustadt for hundreds of years before this city was made Judenrein by the Nazis. Jews have been living in Gaza for thousands of years, and now, Ariel Sharon aims to follow the example of the Germans and make the rebuilt Jewish communities of Gaza Judenrein.

(There are many examples of Jewish presence in Gaza starting from Biblical times, even though the Arabs have recently tried to erase such evidence in order to convince the world of their Big Lie, that they are the original inhabitants of the Holy Land.)

Another shameful example: Sharon has promised the Arabs, in an obscene and immoral gesture that the remains of Jews in Gaza be disinterred from their graves, thus making even the very soil Judenrein.

To my knowledge, the graves in the Jewish cemetery in Wiener Neustadt dating from 1252 and 1261 are untouched.

Finally, an important difference: GERMAN STORM TROOPERS dragged my family out of our home. Sharon plans to compel JEWISH SOLDIERS AND JEWISH POLICEMEN to do the same to their Jewish brethren.

In light of the above, I defy anyone to tell us Holocaust survivors that there are no similarities at all between November 9, 1938 (Kristall Nacht) and 2005, the planned expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif and Samaria. Having said all that, I can understand that some Holocaust survivors feel that the orange Jewish Star campaign should be abandoned. Former Knesset speaker Dov Shilansky (Likud), a Holocaust survivor himself, said that any comparison to the Holocaust must be avoided "if it will cause pain to even one survivor."

That is the reason why the Gush Katif Holocaust survivors abandoned the orange Star of David campaign. We will now instead wear orange scarves to identify with our Jewish brethren in Gaza.

The noose is definitely tightening around our necks! A big headline on page one in today's Jerusalem Post reads: OLMERT UNVEILS "DISENGAGEMENT PLAN 2" TO POST. Olmert says "There is no option of sitting and doing nothing. Israel's interest requires a Disengagement on a wider scale than what will happen as part of the current Disengagement Plan."

There you have it! Con-artist Sharon ultimately plans to abandon all of our Biblical Heartland, including the rest of Samaria and Judea, as well. We must understand that Olmert is the Vice-Premier of the Sharon government and a close ally and confidant of Ariel Sharon. He has often been the first in the government to go public with Sharon's future planned policy.

Further "Disengagement" is in Israeli's interest? To give up our G-d given Land and retreat behind Auschwitz borders? Have we learned nothing from the last Holocaust and 2,000 years of persecution?


Wake up and start fighting back!

What you can do for starters: visit our website and sign the PETITION AGAINST DISENGAGEMENT. Bring this Petition to the attention of President George W. Bush, Vice President Cheney, other government officials, your Senators, your Congressman, your family, your friends, and basically anyone you can think of. THIS IS THE END GAME. Don't put yourself in the position of subsequently having to state "but I didn't know". Because, now you do know that Israel's fate as a Jewish state is in your hands.

With Blessing and Love for Israel,

Ruth Matar

P.S. A great number of replies to last week's "Goodbye Christmas?" Letter mentioned the fact that Mr. Krauthammer is somewhat hypocritical in asking us to respect other people's religion, while at the same time supporting Sharon's Disengagement Plan. I hope to discuss this apparent inconsistency in next week's Letter.

Ruth and Nadia Matar established Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green), an activist group of women based in Jerusalem. Their website address is http://www.womeningreen.org

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, December 30, 2004.


Led by her personal guide, a touring US reform rabbi made the usual observations about Israel's land development, agricultural enterprise, balmy climate, and largely peaceful existence despite the headlines' preoccupation with war. She also discovered the Arab-Israel conflict.

Some "progressive Israelis," she wrote, contend that the Palestinian Arabs violated their peace agreements with Israel, and that Islam is a religion of world conquest. "On the other hand," she pointed out, the other side says the same about Judaism.

A rabbi should know that there are absolute truths, and not adopt the multicultural and moral relativism nonsense that equates all societies and assertions. Facts are facts. Thus, it was not a theory that Imperial Japan attacked the US in 1941, it was a fact. Nazi Germany was not on an equal moral plane with the US, in WWII, as if one should give equal weight to what it asserted about the US being the aggressor, with what the allies asserted about "the Nazi beast."

How dismaying to find a rabbi so uninformed about the Arab-Israel conflict, and who automatically views political disputes evenhandedly! One should not be evenhanded between evil and its victim. A rabbi should recognize and oppose evil. A rabbi should side with her own people in this long adversarial relationship. She thought she was being objective, but was not, in giving a demon equal weight to a besieged human.

Rabbi, world conquest IS a key component of Islam's creed. The PLO DID violate all its agreements with Israel (and by the time of Oslo, its 200 other agreements). Those are facts. Those are not disputable theories; the two sides are not on an equal moral plane

She went too far, though she was somewhat cryptic, when she referred to Israeli troops and Arab "civilians" as killing each other. "Civilians?" Those Arabs mostly are terrorists, not civilians, though Arab civilians are ready to murder, if they can mob an Israeli soldier. They mostly attack civilians, not troops. Her misuse of terms makes Israelis seem to be war criminals and the Arabs not. Actually, the Arabs are war criminals and Israelis are not. If she understood the situation, she would not slander Israel.

The term, "progressive," tipped me off that she was going to spout nonsense. These days, as in the days of Communist fellow travelers, "progressives" often were radicals who sided with totalitarians and had unrealistic notions of the world. The "progressives" who favor the Arab totalitarians are regressive.

A friend recently endorsed some governor as being a "leftist." I responded that the term, "leftist," doesn't sit well with me. Chavez, would-be dictator of Venezuela, is a leftist. In the US, "leftist" embraces a range of ideological views, but most are unrealistic and some are anti-American. I dispute some US policies, but am not, as a whole, anti-American. That is centrist.


In a rational world, Abu Mazen's negotiating unity with Hamas would be seen as making a spectacle of himself. In this world, he does so without losing the reputation, based on wishful thinking and cynical duping of the Jewish people, of being a moderate.

His negotiations have important implications. For one, he is following the example of Arafat, whom the US finally admitted is not moderate. For another, he is embracing the most Islamist organization. It would be like Pres. Bush negotiating a merger with the KKK -- assuming for the sake of discussion that the KKK still were a large and powerful organization -- without requiring the KKK to abandon its basic ideology and strategy. Indeed, Abu Mazen asks Hamas to suspend some of its tactics, in favor of other tactics more likely to assure ultimate victory, and yet he is called moderate. The purpose of unity is to concentrate forces against Israel (and to safeguard himself from Hamas). That is not moderate.


The Saudi Foreign Minister addressed his foreign counterparts at the "Forum of the Future." In denying a clash of civilizations, he espoused many notions a la Thomas Jefferson. So far, so good. Then he ascribed all the Arab-Western differences to the Arab-Israel conflict. He did not refer to his country's financing of Islamist jihad, which strives to destroy the West.

He said, "Let us face it, our differences are neither religious nor cultural. We perceive no clash of civilizations or of competing value systems. The real bone of contention is the longest conflict in modern history. For too long the Arabs have witnessed the Western bias towards Israel. We have come to understand the Western and especially American guarantees to the security of Israel. What the Arab peoples can not fathom is why these guarantees are transformed into unrestricted backing of unrestrained Israeli policies contrary to international legality." (IMRA, 12/10.)

These unstated US guarantees are exaggerated, and previous US breaches of guarantees were not mentioned. Israel is acting in accordance with international law, but the world pretends otherwise. The Arabs violate international law, but the world ignores it. Israel's policies are restrained, or they would have won. US backing is restricted to certain measures for a temporary period, after which, with minimal P.A. cooperation, the US would force Israeli withdrawal.

Actually, the Muslims hate the US and the West more for having Jeffersonian principles and Western ways, for blocking Islamic conquest, for having conquered them in the past, and for showing their civilization inferior in at least certain ways. Arab culture likes to hate.

The problem with the US, one that facilitated 9/11 and still hampers our alleged war on terrorism, is the US backing for S. Arabia, which bribes its diplomats and universities.


Addressing the Emirates Center for Strategic Research, Gary Samore, formerly an advisor to Pres. Clinton, expressed his opinion that in emphasizing the nuclear disarmament of Iran, Pres. Bush might consider military tactics, if diplomacy failed. The brief put it that the US was considering that, already. It was not clear whose assessment that was: the reporter's, the Emirates', the speaker's, or Pres. Bush's (IMRA, 12/11).

Do you think the US is seriously considering a military strike against Iran? Is the discussion a military deception intended to put force behind current diplomacy?


Israeli officials worry that they may be employing excessive force against their Arab enemies. Israeli leftists wrongfully denounce the IDF as if it does use excessive force. Meanwhile, another Israeli soldier was killed by a mine in PLO-controlled territory, because his unit did not come in sufficient force (Voice of Judea, 12/11, e-mail). The details of this story are not clear, but the principle has occurred in other situations.

Who is immoral, the Israelis, who use insufficient force, or the Arabs, who use illegal force?


An Arab claimed that PM Sharon hopes Abu Mazen, as (alleged)moderate, would make great compromises. IMRA notes that not a single such compromise was identified (IMRA, 12/12 from Jordan Times).


Hamas urges the P.A. to unite all the military forces into a single army, the better to fight Israel (IMRA, 12/12).

That approximates the Quartet "reform" plan. It indicates that the Quartet works against Israel.


Bringing Shimon Peres into a prominent Cabinet position indicates that PM Sharon would evacuate from more than the limited area previously specified (Arutz-7, 12/12).

Don't assume that whatever is motivating PM Sharon to promote a limited withdrawal, which he has been unable to explain the benefit of other than vague assertions, would rest there? Indications are that he always planned to withdraw more.


The Arabs have been shelling Jewish communities in Gaza more often. They wound innocent victims. The Israeli Army hardly pursues the Arabs. When it does, after perhaps weeks of such shelling, it boasts that it does not tolerate attacks by terrorists. To the Jewish residents under frequent attack, the boast is empty (Arutz-7, 12/12).

They think that the Army is afraid. Usually, however, the troops would like to fight aggressors, but the politicians do not want them to. Question is why not. I think the politicians want the residents to feel besieged enough to withdraw without being required to by the government of Israel. That way, the government's task of appeasement is rendered easier. This is a cynical view, but how much patriotism has the government of Israel shown towards its people on security matters?


Egypt and Israel traded prisoners. Egypt released a Druse whom it had "convicted" of spying for Israel. Israel released 6 students who had come to commit terrorism. Nevertheless, PM Sharon expresses gratitude to Egypt's President and wishes to release more Arab prisoners, this time P.A. Arabs.

If Israel does, it would encourage Egypt to capture more Israelis and hold them to exchange for more Arab prisoners. Some released prisoners revert to terrorism (Arutz-7, 12/12).


Sec. Powell denied that Arabs cannot reform their societies until the Arab-Israel conflict has ended (IMRA, 12/12).

An Arab journalist commented that the Arabs cannot settle the Arab-Israel conflict if they keep calling Israel "the Zionist entity." Talk nicely to Israel, and the Arabs could get what they want from it (IMRA, 12/13). Appear moderate, and get extremist demands fulfilled.

Yes, what does this one conflict, among others, have to do with reform? The conflict is an excuse not to reform. Previously, it was used to divert attention from dissatisfaction with Arab society.

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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Posted by Angela Bertz, December 30, 2004.

The stage is already set for the biggest event of the year in the terrorism apologist's calendar.

"The 2004 Apologist for Palestinian Terrorism Award Ceremony" is about to get underway for the 4th year running, coinciding with the four year of Intifada (uprising).

The apologists have been arriving in droves, to an undisclosed (to avoid the unwelcome presence of any Zionist supporters) American University Campus. Rutgers was reported to have turned down the event.

Politics are well represented with the attendance of Britain's Foreign Minister Jack Straw. He was quoted as calling the event "justified". Mr. Straw, always a favourite among the apologists is especially extolled for his heartfelt comments after Israel's assassination of Hamas leaders, Sheik Yassin and Rantissi. He has in fact been selected to hand tonight's winner a garland of Red & Gold Chrysanthemums.

Former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, has as usual a prominent seat in the front row. This delusional peanut farmer will be fondly remembered for his wonderful comments at "The Geneva Initiative Conference". He was much appreciated for having the foresight to blame President Bush for favouring Israel and allowing "Palestinians to suffer".

Jacques Chirac somberly dressed and still numb from the death of Yasser Arafat arrived together with Nelson Mandela, dressed in one of his trademark brightly coloured shirt. Both of these apologists were hoping to pick up this years special prize, commissioned to mark the tragic passing of Yasser Arafat. A beautiful piece of glassware, designed in Sweden will be handed to the person, who the judges, in this instance from the International Court of Justice in The Hague felt made the best remark upon the tragic death of Yasser Arafat. Competition for this award is fierce, with both the Vatican and North Korea as hot contenders.

No Apologist event would be complete without a heavy sprinkling of both U.N. and E.U. representatives. In fact this year sees the welcome appearance of two former winners of the coveted award. Mary Robinson needs no introduction for her heroic deeds at the 2001 Durban Conference on Human Rights. On the last day, this larger than life apologist declared the conference a success. She had in fact turned the event into a forum for expressing vile Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel commentary, resulting in the withdrawal of both Israel and the United States from the conference.

Looking resplendent and prosperous in a new suit, crowds cheered the arrival of Arab Lackey and Chief Representative of the U.N. Kofi Annan. Many will remember Mr. Annan's wonderful speech last year, when he himself accepted the award as the 2003 winner. He brought more than a few tears to Saudi Arabian eyes when he declared this a glorious victory for apologists, not only in the UN, but around the world, who have for years supported the many U.N. resolutions against Israel. He did not forget to send a special thanks to all the U.N. ambassadors, who would often have to give up some of their free time when last minute sessions of the Security Council were needed to protect the poor Palestinians.

Chris Patten arrived looking cheerful from a recent vacation to the Bahamas. He was happy to reiterate on his findings into PA aid money being diverted for terrorism. He clearly stated that no evidence had to date been found and the Palestinians themselves had assured him that the very idea was preposterous.

A glittering array of stars has turned out. Vanessa Redgrave, often seen fawning herself at Yasser Arafat's feet has been revered time and time again. This fading British star, ever hopeful of being a winner herself was beaten into second place last year by Kofi Annan. She was however given a special mention for her 2003 visit to the Palestinian Authority. She was commended for using a press conference in Israel's capital city of Jerusalem to condemn the security barrier. Many will remember her amazing knowledge on walls, declaring Israel's even higher than the Berlin Wall.

New to the apologist circuit, Hollywood star Angelina Jolie was seen sitting with her dear friend Queen Noor of Jordan. The two pals were probably discussing the Arab Children's congress held in Amman, Jordan earlier in the year. This congress was simply the child's version of Durban. Ms. Jolie delighted the Queen by praising Jordan's policy of keeping its borders open and hosting the world's largest group of Palestinian refugees in the world. Jolie went on to claim she was a big supporter of Children's rights. Strangely enough she seemed totally unaware of the Palestinians appalling abuse of their children. Furthermore she seemed unable to make any connection to how this abuse affected the rights of Israel's children, many of them victims of this demonization process.

The Presbyterians were among the last to arrive. It seems that since they decided to divest from Israel they have all handed in their cell phones. These handy little items were developed in Israel and without them the Presbyterians had a little trouble coordinating their arrangements.

The BBC has sole rights to televising this glittering event. Their years of anti-Israel reporting have put them in the forefront for lifting the award this year, with strong competition from CNN and the Guardian Newspaper. The BBC's case is greatly strengthened by the appearance of Barbara Plett. This woman was applauded in apologist circles after her tearful performance outside Arafat's Ramallah compound. Barbara is reportedly putting a great strain on the BBC's makeup department as she tearfully recalls the moment they lifted the "frail old man" into the night sky.

No event of this magnitude would be complete without a glittering host and who more fitting than the queen apologist herself, Hanan Ashrawi. Cheers from the huge ISM contingent greet her appearance on the stage. The band strikes up for a rousing performance of Muhammad Dervish's Prisoner's songs, which is the anthem of Palestinian terrorists imprisoned in Israel. The performers are a talented selection of singers from both Hamas and Al Aksa martyrs brigade, with a Gaza scouts group, flown in to lend their unbroken little voices to the chorus.

Always popular with the apologist is the "Suicide Bomber of the year" award. Ms. Ashrawi is set to announce the winner, with several dozen mothers hoping to win the $100 prize money. The competition is fierce for this award, with many of the mothers bemoaning the fact that the Zionists wretched apartheid wall is having an adverse effect on their child's martyrdom aspirations. There has been strong criticism at every level against the wall with the majority of apologists strongly voicing their objections to it.

This year's big prizes for the 2004 Apologist winner are better than ever. They include, the much coveted and sought after "Yasser Arafat Silver Trophy" which will have this year's lucky winner's name engraved on it.

The Body Shop has generously donated a huge basket of their wonderful products, guaranteed to make this year's apologist feel pampered from head to toe. These will include some very useful and well thought out items including their peppermint foot embalming ointment and what every winner needs to counter the effects of spending so much time apologizing for Palestinian terrorism, The Body Shops prickly pear and guava lip balm.

Suha Arafat is offering this year's winner a brand new Hermes silk scarf from Paris, said to be worth $100 and in a choice of lovely colours.

A framed portrait of Yasser Arafat will also be presented. This year's portrait is especially poignant with a very special touch added on the back. One very lucky little Palestinian kindergarten child in Gaza was chosen to add a red hand painted print to the back of the portrait.

Kofi Annan has very generously offered this year's winner the chance to sit in on the U.N. assembly every time they pass a resolution against Israel. He jokingly says you need to be on call almost day and night for that.

Tragically more than 1000 dead Israelis may still have been alive today, had even one of these pathetic apologists ever looked beyond all the vile Palestinian Propaganda. These apologists have for years glorified horrendous acts of terrorism. Had they not allowed themselves to be duped by distorted terms like occupation, freedom fighters, cycle of violence or armed resistance maybe thousands of Israelis would not be facing years of both physical and emotional therapy. Maybe these Palestinian mothers, who show themselves beneath the animal kingdom, with so little protective instincts towards their own children, would be at home right now looking forward to their children's bright future, instead of glorifying their death.

Hanan Ashrawi is in fact about to apologize to the apologists, but don't hold your breath, the only thing she is about to apologize for is the delay in announcing this years winner of; "The 2004 Apologist for Palestinian Terrorism Award".

Angela Bertz is a freelance writer. She made aliyah in the 1980s, coming from London, England. Contact her at angela03@netvision.net.il

This article appeared December 28, 2004 on the Front Page Magazine website (http://www.FrontPageMagazine.com). It is archived at http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=16458

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Posted by Steven Plaut, December 30, 2004.
This was written by P. David Hornik and it appeared on the Front Page Magazine webiste (http://www.frontpagemag.com) and is archived at http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=16466 P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Jerusalem whose work has appeared in many Israeli, Jewish, and political publications. Reach him at pdavidh2001@yahoo.com.

A Haaretz story from Monday, December 27 informs us:

: ... an Israel Defense Forces tank opened fire and killed two Hamas activists early Sunday morning near the fence along the Green Line... The two were seen crawling some 200 meters from the fence, and the IDF believes they were planning to set an explosive charge. Hamas confirmed the two were members of its organization."

Activists? What were they, campaigners against whale farming, or for a higher minimum wage, or a shorter school day? "Activist" is a strange term for people who were seeking to commit mass murder, and who belong to an organization whose charter states:

"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it... There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad... Jihad is [our] path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of [our] wishes..."

When Haaretz isn't referring to terrorists of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, or the various PLO offshoots as "activists," it calls them "militants" - a word that connotes, or used to connote, hard-boiled labor leaders and the like. And what, exactly, would Haaretz have called people in Germany in the 1930s who called for the destruction of the Jews and incited and perpetrated attacks against them - militants? Activists?

Last week the residents of Gush Katif, a Jewish community in the Gaza Strip, set off a firestorm in Israel by donning orange badges in the shape of the Star of David. The badges were meant to stir associations with the yellow Stars of David that Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis. Gush Katif is not only slated for destruction as part of the Israeli government's "disengagement" plan; it is also - as a gesture of the Gaza terrorists - "appreciation" for the plan - being subjected to round-the-clock bombardment with mortars and missiles. According to reports, not only the Gush Katif residents but IDF officers in the area are exasperated by the government's refusal to give the IDF the green light to quash the bombardment, a refusal allegedly aimed at "softening up" the residents for their evacuation several months from now.

In other words, the Gush Katif residents are living in nonstop mortal danger and feel doubly abandoned by their government - both because they're slated for evacuation and because they're not being militarily protected. Nevertheless, their signaling of their despair with the orange stars sparked fierce protest in Israel across the political spectrum. Even right-wing politicians who oppose disengagement and sympathize with the Gaza Jews objected that this was going too far. The Gaza residents, even if eventually evacuated, will be financially compensated and reabsorbed in Israel - a far cry from the fate of Jews deported by the Nazis. After a couple of days, the Gaza residents heeded the protests and ended the campaign.

Fair enough; but if we're going to protest offensive, inappropriate usages, why not pass it around equally? Which brings us back to Haaretz.

It struck me that during and since the orange-stars uproar, Haaretz, quietly and seemingly unnoticed, continues with its outrageous travesty of language in which cold-blooded genocidists are referred to in "neutral," "objective," politically-correct terms. After all, there may be someone out there who views the latest suicide bombers or knife murderers as "freedom fighters," and whose feelings might be hurt if a word like terrorist was used to describe them.

And, of course, the world must know that Haaretz is an objective, nonpartisan observer. This Israeli newspaper will only use the language of CNN, the BBC, and the New York Times to describe ideological murders in Israel. The editors of Haaretz will not refer to the potential or actual killers of their own children as terrorists, but as activists. They're, after all, part of the bigger, sophisticated world, not of little, parochial Israel.

Haaretz's use of delicate terminology for today's Nazis is no less an offense against truth, against the memory of what Jews have suffered, than the Gaza Jews' use of the orange stars - arguably - was. The difference is that the Gaza Jews' gesture was protested, and they heeded, respected, and responded to the protest. Haaretz, though, gets away with it.

Steven Plaut is an American-trained economist, a professor of business administration at Haifa University and author of "The Scout." He frequently comments - both seriously and satirically - on Israeli politics and the left wing academic community. His website address is http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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Posted by Judith Nusbaum, December 30, 2004.


Bombard the following MKs with emails, faxes and phone calls

They must NOT pass the Gaza compensation bill!

They are aware of the dangers of "withdrawal", but tell them again:

  • It will exacerbate the Palestinian Arab's appetite to continue their violence against us

  • it turns a tactical threat into a strategic threat

  • it echoes the Lebanon retreat that encouraged Hezbollah to increase in strength in Lebanon and to move into Gaza

  • it is unjust and immoral to uproot generations of Jews from their homes

  • it will not end the violence, the conflict, the war

  • it will increase the demands of foreign countries to expel Jews from Samaria and Judea

Tell them you will not pay for this immoral act with your taxes

   You know what to tell them. Time is of the essence. If not now, when?

       Please act and send to your entire email list

A list of the MKs on the Finance Committee:
Nissan Slomiansky nslomianski@knesset.gov.il
Avraham Shochat avrahamsh@knesset.gov.il
Orit Noked oritn@knesset.gov.il
Yakov Litzman ylitzman@knesset.gov.il
Haim Katz hkatz@knesset.gov.il
Ayoob Kara akara@knesset.gov.il
Isaac Herzog iherzog@knesset.gov.il
Michael Gorlovsky mgorlovski@knesset.gov.il
Benny Elon belon@knesset.gov.il
Nissim Dahan ndahan@knesset.gov.il
Yitzhak Cohen izchakec@knesset.gov.il
Ronny Brison rbrison@knesset.gov.il
Daniel Benlolo dbenlulu@knesset.gov.il

Alternates for the Finance Committee:
Avshalom Vilan mnahari@knesset.gov.il
Yehiel Hazan yhazan@knesset.gov.il
Gila Finkelstein gfinkelshtein@knesset.gov.il
Israel Eichler eichler@knesset.gov.il

Additional MKs:
Michael Eitan meitan@knesset.gov.il
Ze'ev Boim zaevb@knesset.gov.il
Ronnie Bar-On rbaron@knesset.gov.il
Inbal Gavriely egavrieli@knesset.gov.il
Tsachi Hanegbi zhanegbi@knesset.gov.il
Yisrael Katz yiskatz@knesset.gov.il
Limor Livnat llivnat@knesset.gov.il
Dan Naveh dnaveh@knesset.gov.il
Binyamin Netanyahu bnetanyahoo@knesset.gov.il
Yuval Shteinitz ysteinitz@knesset.gov.il
Silvan Shalom sshalom@knesset.gov.il
David Tal davidt@knesset.gov.il
Chemi Doron ndoron@knesset.gov.il
Igal Yasinov iyasinov@knesset.gov.il
Victor Brailovsky vbrailovsky@knesset.gov.il

Judith Nusbaum is with the Jerusalem Liaison Office of the Unity Coalition for Israel organization. Contact her at etzion76@netvision.net.il

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Posted by Steven Plaut, December 29, 2004.

This was published in the Jewish Press and is archived at http://www.jewishpress.com/news_article.asp?article=4542

The political interference by the rabbis is getting more and more unbearable. The attempt to impose their opinions and lifestyles upon us, regardless of the preferences of the majority of their fellow citizens, is outrageous. They are intolerant, increasingly fundamentalist, arrogant, anti-democratic and coercive. I refer, of course, to the Reform rabbis of America.

I should state here that I do not criticize the Reform movement because of the level of observance of Jewish ritual and tradition of its members. I do not consider it my business or right to tell other Jews how much ritual and tradition they should be observing or not observing in their private lives. I have no problem with those who wish to choose non-observant or secularist lifestyles. I acknowledge the right of Reform Jews to live as they please. I am all in favor of religious pluralism.

I should also state up front that the Reform synagogue movement contains quite a few thoughtful and intelligent leaders and members. I believe that individual Reform Jewish leaders collectively share the blame for only one thing - allowing the Reform movement to be hijacked by leftist extremists and not doing more to stop them.

Let me also point out that I am hardly uncritical of Orthodox rabbis, especially here in Israel, when they engage in political partisanship, misbehavior, or general silliness. I have no problem with those promoting religious pluralism in Israel or anywhere else.

The only problem is that the same Reform leaders who are so enthusiastic about religious pluralism have made it clear that political pluralism has no room in their own movement.

Yes, like the tired plot of a late-night science fiction movie, the Reform movement has been taken over - by those who believe religion and liberal social activism are synonyms. While not every rabbi or every member of the Reform movement has been recruited into the Political Liberalism as Judaism school, enough have, and that school's philosophy dominates the pronouncements by the official institutions of the movement as a whole.

This is the philosophy also known as Tikkun Olam Paganism, due to its compulsive misuse of the notion of "tikkun olam" by holding that all of Judaism can be reduced to the agenda of politically correct liberalism.

It is a form of political fundamentalism, impervious to challenge. It believes that the best chances of survival for the eternal and timeless religion of Judaism are through repackaging it so that it can appeal to college students in Berkeley, drag queens in Provincetown, and actors in Hollywood.

The "Political Liberalism as Judaism" pseudo-religion dominates the main institutions of the Reform synagogue movement, including its Central Council of American Rabbis (CCAR), which regularly claims to represent 1.5 million Jews and 900 congregations in the U.S. and Canada.

And of course the leftist SWAT team for the Reform movement is the Religious Action Center (RAC) based in Washington, whose "religious action" rarely has anything to do with Jewish religion.

The RAC has been under the leadership of David Saperstein for almost as long as Libya has been under the personal rule of Moammar Khaddafi. Saperstein, who is a Reform rabbi and an attorney, is also active in such outfits as People For the American Way, set up by the television producer Norman Lear to save the world from Republicans.

The RAC and the CCAR regularly compose and approve political fatwas, the collection of which is online and virtually identical in content with the platform of the furthest-left wing of the Democrat Party. These cover everything from "globalization" (they essentially oppose it) to "animal rights" (they want Jews to be vegetarians).

Homosexuality has a special interest for them, bordering on a fixation. Saperstein recently expressed shock when Boston's Rabbi Chaim Schwartz, writing in the Boston Globe, compared homosexual relations with bestiality. In Sapersteins words: "That a rabbi would... demean the committed and loving relationships that many people share, is not only irresponsible and hurtful, but wrong."

Only one little problem here. The Torah itself explicitly compares homosexual relations with bestiality and in fact declares both to be capital offenses. Maybe Saperstein should actually try reading the Torah. Maybe the RAC should actually base some of its "religious action" on the Jewish religion. Does the RAC regard the Torah itself as "irresponsible and hurtful and wrong?"

A few years back, the Passover cause celebre of the Reform establishment was Tibet, with Tibetan officials invited to Passover seders and Jews urged to hold Tibetan "freedom seders" to show solidarity. The eleventh commandment handed down by Moses is, in their opinion, "Thou Shalt be Trendy!"

The RAC is so radical it has motivated many an observer, just a bit unfairly, in my opinion, to question whether Reform Judaism should even be regarded as a branch of Judaism, rather than a form of leftist political agitprop, little more than a sister organization of Tikkun, A.N.S.W.E.R. and MOVE ON.

But the Reform establishment goes beyond PC goofiness. In recent years it has been increasingly hostile to Israel and attempts by Israel to defend itself. The CCAR is on record supporting Palestinian statehood, eviction of Jewish settlers, and a return by Israel to more or less its 1949 borders.

The CCAR and RAC recently launched an attack against Israel's attempts to defend its children from terrorists by constructing a "security wall". The CCAR actually condemned Israel for this in a resolution passed at its annual meeting. It has also denounced Israel for demolishing homes of terrorists. It has openly endorsed the leftist-extremist Israeli splinter group "Rabbis for Human Rights" (which might more properly be named "Rabbi for Human Rights"). The resolution and other recent statements by RAC have been exercises in "even-handedness", that is, balanced condemnation of both Palestinian terror and Israeli attempts to defend its citizens from that terror.

The Reform establishment, few of whose leading lights live in Israel, has in recent years canceled youth trip after youth trip to the Jewish state, does not like Israel's "security wall" because it makes Palestinians unhappy, and in general counsels Israel against using arms if there's any possibility that Palestinian civilians might be injured. Since no one has ever fought a war in which only uniformed fighters get hurt, and since Palestinian terrorists hide among civilians and never wear uniforms, this counsel amounts to an insistence that Israel not fight terror at all.

The RAC is more worried about inconveniencing the Palestinians with a security wall than it is about the rights of Jewish children to ride buses in Beer Sheba without being blown up. It is often more critical of the Boy Scouts for not hiring gay scout leaders than it is of the Palestinian Authority.

Adopting a balanced condemnation of both the Palestinians and Israel is about as morally high-minded, principled and courageous in 2004 as would have been a balanced condemnation of both Nazi Germany and the armies and partisans fighting against it in 1943. After all, the anti-German forces sometimes mistreated innocent Germans, were insensitive toward homosexuals, and even ate meat.

The Jerusalem Post recently attacked the armchair peaceniks in the CCAR and their "even-handed" anti-Israel propagandizing, accusing them of hypocritical moral grandstanding. Saperstein himself took time off from demonizing the Boy Scouts and fighting for the promotion of lesbian Reform rabbis to respond to the Post. He insisted, predictably, that Reform leaders in the U.S. have as much right to voice their views on Israeli security and issues of war and peace as do Israel's own leftists.

Actually, U.S. Reform leaders have no such right. If Saperstein and his comrades wish to promote their agenda, let them make aliyah, pay Israeli taxes, serve in the army, and suffer on their own persons the consequences of leftist folly, just like Israel's home-grown leftists.

But even then, while they'd have the right to promote their agenda, they wouldn't have the right to misrepresent leftist political extremism as Judaism.

No less outrageous are the efforts of Reform rabbis who attempt to impose their liberal political theology not only on fellow American Jews, but on the U.S. as a whole. While whining about supposed Orthodox religious coercion in Israel, the Reform establishment today embodies the worst forms of Jewish religious coercion on earth, with the religion in question being liberal politics and liberation theology.

The Reform establishment has adopted the entire agenda of the American Left, down to and including bashing Israel for daring to defend itself. It is barely distinct politically from the sages of the Tikkun-Renewal cult of Michael Lerner and Arthur Waskow. It is becoming so extreme that it increasingly resembles the old anti-Israel Reform break-off group, the American Council for Judaism.

The Reform establishment opposes school choice for Jews; supports every wacky idea to emerge from the most extreme environmentalist movements; and endorses affirmative action programs even if they discriminate against Jews. The number-one item on its agenda these days is gay marriage. David Saperstein's comments opposing welfare reform were so outrageous that a few years back they were cited with approval by the American Communist Party newspaper.

The Reform establishment blocks school vouchers by trotting out the old bogeyman of religious coercion, while at the same time its modus operandi is religious coercion of the liberal variety. It has no patience for policy trade-offs nor nuanced policy analysis, no time for subtle cost-benefit evaluation, and refuses even to acknowledge that there are trade-offs involved in real-life policy decisions. It prefers empty moral posturing and liberal recreational compassion combined with ignorance about markets and social science.

The Reform establishment supports partial-birth abortion of innocent babies but vehemently opposes execution of convicted murderers and terrorists. The Reform movement in Israel has led the local "anti-globalization" hooligans seeking to make the world safe for Marxism. The U.S. Reform movement has conscripted itself on behalf of Lori Berenson, jailed in Peru for her involvement with a murderous group of leftist terrorists.

I have a serious question for David Saperstein and the Reform establishment (and for certain parts of the Conservative synagogue movement as well). I am not being facetious:

In your considered opinions, are Michael Moore, Ted Kennedy, Ralph Nader and Dennis Kucinich Jewish?

I am quite serious. If being Jewish constitutes nothing more than liberal political activism, why are these people not to be regarded as Jews? It can't be because Reform doctrine holds that in order to be an authentic Jew one must eat kosher and keep the Sabbath. We know, after all, that these are hardly universal practices among Reform Jews.

And it can't be because Reform Judaism insists that authentic Jews base their politics and belief system on the Bible. Where in Jewish scripture do we find acceptance, much less endorsement, of homosexuality, Palestinian statehood on the West Bank, and abortion on demand? (Besides which, many of the Reform leaders I have met know less of the Bible than your average Mormon schoolboy.)

Seriously, if Judaism is basically just an ethnic version of sanctimonious liberal agitprop, why can't Moore, Kennedy, Kucinich or Nader be considered Jewish? And if a Jewish liberal marries a non-Jewish liberal, why should anyone consider that an intermarriage? After all, they have exactly the same religion!

As for religious coercion by the Orthodox in Israel - that's little more than an urban legend. There is virtually no religious coercion in Israel. True, the politicized religious parties once forced the cinemas closed on Sabbath, but today every Israeli owns DVDs. True, the Orthodox politicos once forced the buses to stop running on Sabbath, but these days everyone has a car.

I would venture to say that almost no secularist Israeli is ever forced to observe any religious ritual against his or her will. And other than some minor difficulties for those wishing to have a "civil wedding", which is quite possible today in Israel, no secularist in Israel has to have any contact whatsoever with Orthodox institutions if he or she prefers not to.

The religious parties and their members are not the ones responsible for Israel's self-destructive policies, for the deepening national demoralization, for the carnage heaped upon the country in the wake of liberal peace schemes. The secularists deserve the lion's share of the blame, though the religious parties certainly have displayed plenty of cowardice in not attempting to stop all that. (One wag famously suggested that if the Israeli government ever decided to turn over the Golan Heights to Syria, the National Religious Party's main concern would be that the eviction of the "settlers" there not take place on the Sabbath.)

Contrast the extremely limited nature of religious coercion by Orthodox parties in Israel with political interference and pressure on the part of the Reform movement in the U.S. In an era when true believers in fundamentalist liberalism are an endangered species outside of Hollywood and parts of Manhattan and Massachusetts, the Reform establishment lobbies in the name of Judaism and biblical ethics to impose its leftist political biases on all Jews and, indeed, on the entire United States. It seeks to hijack Judaism, Jewish holidays and Jewish ethical authority on behalf of any given week's leftish fads and fancies.

The time has come to get these rabbis and other Reform leaders out of our bedrooms, out of our politics, and back to their proper roles.

It is time to introduce some political pluralism into the Reform movement itself. It is time to stop CCAR-RAC from hijacking the moral authority of Judaism for its campaign on behalf of pseudo-Jewish liberal fundamentalism.

Steven Plaut is a professor at Haifa University. His book "The Scout" is available at amazon.com. He can be contacted at steven_plaut@yahoo.com

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Posted by Stephen M. Asbel, December 30, 2004.

Is Olmert launching another trial balloon for bigger Judea/Samaria withdrawal? This article appeared in the Jerusalem Post. It is entitled "Sharon: Only one unilateral disengagement." It was written by Herb Keinon and Etgar Lefkovits and is archived at http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename= JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1104291022831

Israel will not unilaterally withdraw from any other territories after carrying out the Gaza disengagement plan, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made clear Thursday, responding to comments to the contrary that Industry, Labor and Trade Minister Ehud Olmert made to The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

Olmert, whose comments in the past have occasionally been an indication of where Sharon plans to go in the future, said that Israel will need to carry out a large-scale withdrawal from the West Bank after leaving Gaza and northern Samaria, regardless of whether a peace partner emerges on the other side.

"Israel's interest requires a disengagement on a wider scale than what will happen as part of the current disengagement plan," Olmert said, though he declined to define the extent of such a second disengagement.

The Prime Minister's Office responded by saying that "Olmert's comments are completely unacceptable to the Prime Minister. There will be no other diplomatic plan besides the road map, as was agreed with US President George W. Bush on April 14. Israel will not carry out any other disengagement beyond what was approved by the cabinet and the Knesset. The Prime Minister's position on this is unequivocal."

One senior official in the Prime Minister's Office said that the disengagement plan approved by the cabinet and Knesset "is the only one on earth." He said that if after implementation of the plan the Palestinians will take measures to uproot terror and institute significant governmental reform, then the next step will be to go back to the road map.

"As far as unilateral steps are concerned," he said, "they begin and end with this plan."

Despite the denials, Olmert's comments did attract attention in the diplomatic community.

"If Israelis expect that after they evacuate from Gaza and the four settlements in the West Bank there will be peace, then they are not grounded in reality," one Western diplomat said.

"The game now is disengagement. We support Sharon on the plan, that is what we are focused on. The day after it is successfully completed, we will refocus."

The official said that policy makers in Washington will certainly take note of Olmert's comments, "but are not likely to get starry eyed."

In response to the Prime Minister's statement, Olmert said that had the prime minister carefully read the interview with the 'Post', he would not have found it necessary to issue a statement rejecting the comments. "Nowhere did I say that there is another plan for disengagement," Olmert told Israel Radio.

Olmert unveils 'Disengagement 2' plan to the 'Post'

Israel will need to carry out a large-scale withdrawal from the West Bank after next year's initial disengagement from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria, whether or not a viable peace partner emerges on the Palestinian side, Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday.

"There is no option of sitting and doing nothing. Israel's interest requires a disengagement on a wider scale than what will happen as part of the current disengagement plan," Olmert told The Jerusalem Post.

He declined to describe the extent of a second "disengagement plan" but said that it offers the only clear and realistic alternative to a massive pullback from all the territories as a result of the internationally backed road-map peace plan and could become a useful solution to a future impasse in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

A close ally and confidant of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Olmert has often been the first in the government to go public with future policy.

Last year, in what was widely viewed as a trial balloon, he called for unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank, just weeks ahead of a similar move by Sharon.

According to Sharon's current plan, which is slated to go to the cabinet for final approval in February, Israel will withdraw from the Gaza Strip and four isolated settlements in Samaria starting in July.

In the interview, Olmert said that it was far from certain that PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), who is expected to win the January 9 election for the PA chairmanship, will become a workable peace partner.

Even if Abu Mazen does rein in the Palestinian terror groups, Olmert said, his hard-core stance on major negotiating issues, such as final borders, Jerusalem and refugees, may make it impossible to reach a deal with him.

"We could very well have negotiations [with Abbas] and these negotiations will break down, but Israel will continue to progress, by carrying out unilateral moves, including the possibility of further withdrawals that are in the interest of the state," Olmert said.

The minister dismissed as "premature" both the early optimism over Abbas's leadership voiced by some and the possibility that the unilateral pullout from the Gaza Strip could become a bilateral agreement. He noted that Abbas has not yet proved that he has the ability to struggle effectively against terror or to build a democratic infrastructure for PA institutions.

"Without this, we don't see much chance for progress with the PA," he said.

He added that even if Abbas does fulfill his basic obligations - such as a crackdown on terror organizations - under the road map, there remains a "danger" that his negotiating positions will be intransigent.

"A PA crackdown on terror is a prerequisite for restarting negotiations, but is in no way a basis for agreement on final-status peace negotiations," Olmert said.

He said that while a bilateral agreement with the PA would clearly be preferable, unilateral moves would give Israel greater freedom and are "more comfortable" as far as the country's interests are concerned.

In an interview earlier this year, Olmert had said that he envisioned ceding at least six outlying Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem to full PA control as part of a final-status agreement, a dramatic shift in stance on the status of the capital for the formerly hawkish Jerusalem mayor.

Public-opinion polls have indicated that about two-thirds of the public support the disengagement plan.

Olmert said that it is "only natural and human" that the nearly 9,000 settlers slated to be uprooted from their homes as part of the current unilateral withdrawal plan oppose it vociferously, but he predicted that, "while painful," the pullout would be "less horrible" than people might think.

Yeshayah 62:1 - Israel News and Views - is at http://www.bermanlaw.com/weblogs/sma2 It is hosted by Stephen M. Asbel. He can be contacted at sma@bermanlaw.com

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Posted by Dafna Yee, December 29, 2004.
I am very pleased to be able to forward this heartfelt article. (I took the liberty of correcting some spelling mistakes.) And I am even more proud to call this Christian Zionist my friend even though we've never met. The article was written by David Potter and appeared today on Israel Insider (http://web.israelinsider.com/Views/4677.htm).

As I touch on this sensitive subject, please know that I have given this matter considerable thought.

Out of consideration for the survivors of a mad man's regime, I did not want to say anything stupid -- that would add to their pain.

As a Gentile, I sometimes try to analyze what is going on in your country. Things that you take for granted are not always obvious to me.

But since many of you seem confused yourselves, with half of you thinking one way, and half of you thinking another -- about this orange star -- perhaps you would appreciate an outside opinion.

I think you should keep it.

I do not believe that it is the star of David itself that half of you find objectionable, for this beautiful symbol is placed on your national flag.

And it is a revered enough symbol, that it is placed on the uniforms of soldiers, when they have performed acts that are above and beyond the call of duty.

So you do not object to it being worn by people.

It could not be confused with the yellow star, that Jews were once forced to wear; unless of course, a person who is color blind is unable to tell the difference.

So it is really not the orange star that half of you object to at all; but the symbolism it represents under these present circumstances.

What is really being objected to, in my opinion, is the fact that large groups of people are wearing this star; to include women and little children.

It is objectionable to half of you, because the circumstances in Gaza ACTUALLY DO remind you of the horrors of the past.

NO - nothing these present day Jews are going through can ever be as horrible as the things that once happened -- only a moment ago as historical events go -- and in another country.

But at the same time, they do have enough things in common, that the very mention of one is a reminder of the other.

Names like "Judenrat" have been spoken, and comparisons have been made in various assorted articles on this website.

And I have no doubt ...

In countless other places in Israel as well.

And yet it is NOT the same, because nothing will happen to these people that is as terrible as the things of years gone by.

Even so ...

It is important to remember that THESE people are victims as well; although victims of another sort.

They are victims of a government that has lied to them for years; and told them that Gaza could be their home.

Many of them received cash subsidies from this government, and were told that they could move in there, with the blessings of Israel.

They were told they had a future there.

NOW the rug has been yanked out from under them, and they are told their homes will be sacrificed for a peace process that will never happen; at least not in any of our lifetimes.

Their homes and their livelihoods, the neighborhoods they grew up in, businesses they started; laughter and pain; blood, sweat, and tears -- are now being tossed in the trash can.

And for what?

Oslo Part 2.

But it is only land, isn't it?

Those who feel this way, would probably become angry and rankled, if the suggestion were made that the Jews should abandon Israel altogether.

After all, Israel is not only land -- but the birthright and heritage of every Jew. The Jews have a rich cultural heritage there, and to abandon it would not only be unthinkable -- but a crime against your most deeply held beliefs.

So why shouldn't the same apply to Gaza? And to the settlers in the West Bank? Or is it simply "convenient" to forget about these people for the moment, in the same manner that the world "forgets" about Israel itself, whenever it is convenient to do so?

NO -- you shouldn't forget; because these are your brothers and sisters, your neighbors and friends; and not to mention your only real barrier against the Muslim hordes.

And yet they are being sold out, under a corrupt government that has made a mockery of every legal and democratic process.

These people are victims also, but of a different kind. They remind me in fact, of what my own government did to the American Indian.

Similar in some ways -- but different.

As I see it, the orange star of David is a protest. It is an act of defiance; and although it is similar to a symbol from days gone by, it is also very different.

It is a message to a corrupt government, that is no less powerful than the students who once stood at Tiananmen Square.

It is a message that says ...

We will not go gently into the night ...

NOR will we allow this government corruption to take away our heritage -- the heritage of all Jews -- the heritage of Greater Israel.

I do not believe that these Jews meant for this orange star to be a cheap publicity stunt; nor do I believe that they meant to add pain to the survivors of the Holocaust.

Instead ...

I see this as the orange badge of courage.

Each and every person who wears this star, knows that he or she can be arrested simply for taking this stand.

They KNOW they are in defiance of a corrupt government, who would think nothing of letting the bullets fly, simply to carry out this disengagement plan.

Think I'm exaggerating?

Then why hasn't Sharon done anything about the mortar shells, that are constantly bombarding their settlements?

Has he given these Palestinian terrorists his blessing?

Maybe. Maybe not. But his lack of action against these bombardments, is clearly a green light for the terrorists to continue.

The Israelis who are brave enough to wear the orange star democratically protest the government which has abandoned them, and stand up to the terrorists who wish to drive them out and kill them.

I applaud their courage.

Dafna Yee is director of Jewish Watch Dog (JWD); its website address is: http://jwd-jewishwatchdog.home.comcast.net

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Posted by Ariel Natan Pasko, December 29, 2004.

The United States government is violating a group of US citizens' civil rights and it has to stop. They want to throw a whole ethnic group out of their homes, and restrict where they can or can't live. Sounds racist doesn't it? The White House, State Department and other agencies, right under the noses of us all, without a peep by us, are pursuing a deliberate policy of ethnic/religious "cleansing". They haven't started for real yet, but the plans are in the making. Who could possibly stand for this discriminatory behavior on the part of the American government against its own citizens in the year 2005? A class action suit demanding an injunction to stop these law-breaking plans needs to be filed in the courts.

No, I'm not talking about African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders or some small, exotic, unknown tribe from who knows where. I'm talking about a group estimated to encompass at least 8-30,000 people, whose members are known to all Americans. I'm talking about a group who's been persecuted and discriminated against throughout written history. It's a group who thought they found refuge in the US, and became good, law abiding citizens, only now to find themselves being treated differently than other American citizens. Their homes are in jeopardy, their livelihoods are threatened, and their way of life is under siege. We must demand that the US government cease and desist in this discriminatory behavior. We must demand that the government put an end to violating their civil rights and sue for redress in the courts.

I'm talking about discrimination against American Jews, who once again are being told where they may or may not live, this time by the American government.

In the darkest days of Czarist Russia, Jews were told where they couldn't live. They were restricted to the "Pale of Settlement", to the west of Moscow and Petersburg. Most European cities until modern times segregated Jews into "ghettos". Earlier in European history they were thrown out of county after country, in the most brutal way. Muslim society in North Africa and the Middle East was no better, introducing distinctive clothing (the equivalent of the Nazi's Yellow Star) by Islamic Dhimmi law, from the 7th century onward and restricting Jews to certain "quarters" of the city. And now in the 21st century, in the name of "Peace," Jews are being told that they will have to leave their homes or be forced out. Such a blatant violation of civil rights must be resisted by all Americans. Not to protect the Jews, but to protect themselves.

There exists in American law the concept of the "Right of Eminent Domain". Simply put, if a governmental body, whether federal, state or local wanted to build a highway through an existing neighborhood, and people would need to be moved out of their homes to accomplish that public good, the government has the right to force people to relocate. Of course there would be zoning committee meetings, a judicial process of appeal, and ultimately if decided to proceed with the building, the payment of compensation. But if only the white people, or only the black people, or only the purple people were told they must move...well you get the idea.

That's exactly what's taking place right now. It's not Puerto Ricans or Koreans being told, "You can't live there". It's not Women or Men being told, "You can't join our club". All civil rights violations I might add. But, only American Jews are being told - by the American government - that they will have to leave their communities, their homes, schools, business, and farms in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and Gaza; American Arabs aren't being told that.

That's a civil rights violation, pure and simple.

You might say, that it will be the Israeli government that might expel people and not the American government, and that's partially true. But the American government with its involvement in the "Peace Process," through the Quartet (US, EU, UN and Russia), the Road Map, and it's support for the Sharon government's "disengagement" plan from Gaza and Northern Samaria, calling for the dismantling of "settlements" (i.e. Jewish cities, towns, and villages), and the transfer of Jews, including American Jews to another place, has been caught red handed, with its fingers in the cookie jar!

The American CIA is being used to monitor the implementation of the "Road Map". There is a "Special Operations Committee," whose main purpose is to see that "settlement" activity is "frozen" and "outposts" are "evacuated," i.e. expel Jews, including American Jews from their homes. When the former US Secretary of State, Collin Powell spoke at an American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference last year and blankly stated, "Settlement activity is simply inconsistent with President Bush's two-state vision," quoting Bush's statement that, "as progress is made toward peace, settlement activity in the Occupied Territories must end," the American government was annunciating it's illegal and discriminatory policy, and they've continued ever since.

Two different private "peace" initiatives have been circulating around as well...

The first, the Nusseibeh-Ayalon document, called "the People Vote" is a petition that Israeli Adm. and former head of the General Security Service (Israel's F.B.I.) Ami Ayalon and Palestinian professor Sari Nusseibeh have circulated. It calls on Israel to give up all the territory the Arabs lost in the 1967 Middle East war and turn the land over to the Palestinians for a state. It assumes that all the Jewish "settlers" will be ethnically cleansed from "Palestine".

When US Deputy Defense Secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, met with Ayalon and Nusseibeh, praising their efforts as, "a significant grass-roots movement," the American government was pursuing a policy that will lead to civil rights violations.

Then there was Powell's meeting with former Israeli Justice Minister Yossi Beilin and former Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo, after their PR inspired "Geneva Accord" signing ceremony was held in Switzerland last year. The "Geneva Accord" also came up with a plan for a Palestinian state on nearly all of the West Bank and Gaza, with most Jewish "settlers" being uprooted.

The then Secretary of State, Colin Powell, responded just before the signing ceremony held in Switzerland with an encouraging letter to Beilin and Rabbo. "Dear Yossi and Yasser," Powell wrote, "The US remains committed to the president's two-state vision and to the road map, but we also believe that projects such as yours are important in helping sustain an atmosphere of hope."

And now, the American government is again encouraging a process that will impact negatively on Jewish American citizens. They are continuing to carry out such a discriminatory policy, with their support for Sharon's "Gaza Expulsion Plan". Bush and company aren't calling on Arab Americans living in Gaza to leave, only working to force American Jews out. American officials need to be careful not to be discriminatory in their behavior.

You see, making plans, pursuing a policy, and calling for the expulsion of American Jews - and not - American Arabs or non-Jewish American citizens married to "Palestinian" Arabs from some area, whether its Hebron, Illinois, or Hebron on the West Bank, is a discriminatory policy, that violates the Jews' civil rights protections, and is patently illegal!

You might try to tell me, that civil rights protections are for what goes on inside the United States only. Well think through this one. Two American citizens who are living overseas, in Paris, Tahiti, or where ever; go to their local American Consulate or Embassy, requesting IRS tax forms, to update their passport, to register a birth of a child, or any other standard service. They request the identical service. The white guy gets processed quickly without any problems. The black guy is hassled. He's told to come back tomorrow, and that he needs to bring other types of documentation, etc. He decides that he's being treated differently than the white guy. He feels he hasn't been given the same type of consular services because he's black. He screams racial discrimination, calls his stateside attorney, and sues the United States government for civil rights violations.

How many of you don't think that he might get somewhere in court?

Of course civil rights protections extend overseas. Of course American government agencies and their agents must follow American laws when dealing with American citizens overseas. Of course American government policy can't discriminate between different groups because of ethnic, racial, religious, or gender differences, overseas.

All decent and fair-minded Americans must demand the US government stop pursuing this discriminatory policy. Write to your Congressman, Senator, the President, the media, and tell them so.

The US State Department issues travel advisories for troubled areas, and it occasionally calls on its citizens to leave an area temporarily that it deems dangerous, but it never implements any policy to force American citizens to leave an area or country. Either it must call on all American citizens, Jew and non-Jew, to leave the "West Bank" and Gaza, but do nothing to encourage them to be forced out - i.e. using the CIA; or simply trash this discriminatory policy just like racial segregation was trashed stateside, in the 1950's and 60's.

Jews have a right to live anywhere they want in America. We wouldn't accept anything less today. Not for Blacks, not for Hispanics, and not for Jews. Why accept such blatant segregation of Americans, just because they're Jews and not Arabs. "Palestinian" Americans aren't being told by the US government to leave, their communities aren't in danger, and their livelihoods aren't being threatened. The same equality of treatment should go for American Jews too.

The US government is breaking its own laws, in violating the civil rights of some of its citizens, overseas. It must be stopped through the courts or the ballot box.

Where will it happen next, Paris and Tahiti, or New York, Texas and California?

Any ideas, suggestions, or offers to help work on this issue can be directed to
Ariel Natan Pasko at: ariel7@lobbyist.com
Shmuel Neumann at: yeshahomestead@hotpop.com (re: class action suit).>

Ariel Natan Pasko is an independent analyst and consultant. He has a Master's Degree in International Relations & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites, in newspapers, and can be read at: www.geocities.com/ariel_natan_pasko

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, December 29, 2004.


The Council on Foreign Relations has taken anti-Israel stands on the Territories and anti-Jewish stands on Jerusalem. Rich, appeasement-minded Jews who belong to, or collaborate with, the Council have been taking over the few independent-minded organs of the media.

Council member Ronald Lauder has bought out Israel's religious weekly, "Makor Rishon," and the TV station, Techelet, and bid to control the religious daily, "HaTzofeh." (The "Jerusalem Post" is owned by a member of the Council. PM Sharon closed the independent, nationalist radio station, Arutz-7.)

Now Yeshiva U., foremost trainer of Orthodox rabbis in the US, is setting up the Arthur Schneier Center for International Affairs. Inaugurating it, Richard Haas (one of "Baker's Jews," i.e., a Jew in the State Dept. who worked against Zionism), celebrated it as a center for promoting another Palestinian Arab state in the Jewish homeland. He also touted the Road Map for laying out Israel's retreat from secure and traditional borders. (Of course, he did not put it in those words.)

Steven P. Cohen inaugurated a program at the Jewish Theological Seminary to produce "moderate" clergymen of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. Mr. Cohen is complicit in the scandalous corporate fronts set up by Yossi Ginossar, who negotiated with the P.A. for Israel but had his own large investments in the hands of the P.A.. Mr. Cohen has spent his career promoting the peace process (Barry Chamish, 12/8, e-mail) which would fulfill early stages in the Arab plan for the conquest of Israel in phases. He was an advisor to the PLO.


Telephone traffic indicates that, with Syrian complicity, former Iraqi Baathist officials both finance and direct the Iraqi insurgency in Iraq traffic. Some US officers think they do not (IMRA, 12/8).


The P.A. objected to the French ban on the Islamist station that slanders the Jews. The programs were based on "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" (the fraudulent Czarist libel of the Jewish people that the Nazis utilized and the Arabs spread). The P.A. claimed not to find any hatred in it.

ZOA suggests that the US finally recognize that the P.A. is, itself, a hate organization that is both anti-American and anti-Jewish. Instead, the US supports statehood for the P.A. (IMRA, 12/8). The French ban may be evaded by the use of satellite technology (IMRA, 12/9).

"The Protocols" accuses the Jews of plotting everything evil. It is no Valentine card.


PM Sharon's plan to forcibly transfer thousands of Israelis from Gaza and Samaria "has infuriated Israeli hard-liners." Some of the Jews to be expelled wore Star of David patches, a la Holocaust. Critics deemed that belittling to Holocaust survivors (NY Sun, 12/26, p.7, Associated Press).

I find appropriate the analogy of forcible transfer of Jews in behalf of the Arabs, who are the ideological heirs of the Nazis. As for calling settlers "hard-liners," that plays politics by using pejorative terms for one's opponents. The Associated Press does that often. Is it hard-line to want to keep one's home in the cradle of one's civilization in an area set aside for Jewish settlement by the Mandate, rather than turn strategic territory, secure borders, and needed water, over to terrorists? No, but PM Sharon, who proposes to make the area Judenrein, is serving Israel's enemies.


Oslo was forced upon Israel by leftist ideologues who thought it would bring peace, and woke up to terrorist war. (Some, such as Peres and Beilin, never woke up.) Its dangerous extension into the Sharon plan and Road map could be stopped by leaders of the Likud Party, such as Netanyahu, Livnat, and Yisrael Katz, among others. They temporize, however, because to openly oppose Sharon could cost them their jobs (IMRA, 12/9) by elections or being fired.

To keep their jobs for a time, they risk losing their country for eternity.


Arafat's heirs, Nabil Shaath and the so-called moderates Quria and Abu Mazen, went to Damascus to pledge coordination with the terrorist head of state there. Then they called on the terrorist leaders in Damascus. Then they went to the internment camps and pledged themselves to securing unlimited immigration of these foreign-born Arabs to Israel.

Although the Syrian government, to which these P.A. leaders pledged coordination, launches terrorism against the US in Iraq, the US pledged millions of dollars to the P.A. for elections, so those three can formally be declared the leaders of the P.A. (Madeline Glick, IMRA, 12/10).


"Pro-Israel writers and policymakers in the US like Charles Krauthammer, William Safire and Abraham Sofaer have publicly lauded Sharon for his "strategic wisdom" and have castigated as extremists those who insist that the planned withdrawal will be devastating to Israel's national security. Sharon's minions in the government like Deputy PM Ehud Olmert have taken to threatening Israelis directly, arguing that if we oppose the withdrawal we will receive Yossi Beilin's delusional Geneva Initiative, which gives up the entire store to the PLO even, as the US National Security Council's point man on Israel, Elliott Abrams, reportedly told leading American Jewish leftists that the White House views all Israeli communities located to the east of the security fence as slated for destruction. (Not just the State Dept., but the White House.)

In an opinion column in Thursday's Wall Street Journal, Sofaer, who as legal adviser to the State Department during the Reagan administration arguably did more than anyone to prevent international law from being used as a whip to prevent nations from fighting international terrorism, argued that Sharon's withdrawal plan is the only option. Sofaer allows that "the Palestinians are far from ready to negotiate." The advantage of Sharon's plan therefore, is that it gets Israel out of an "untenable" position in Gaza. Sofaer compares the withdrawal from Gaza to Israel's May 2000 withdrawal from Lebanon, arguing, "Today, the Lebanese-Israeli border is more secure than during occupation."

This is the sort of sophistry that friends of Israel like Sofaer would almost certainly never have entertained before Sharon adopted the plan. The fact of the matter is that today, Hizbullah forces in south Lebanon (point 13,000 missiles at Israel and) constitute a strategic threat to Israel. Just this week the army reported that Hizbullah is developing unconventional weapons. Last week the IDF deployed a battery of Patriot missiles to Haifa to prevent Hizbullah drones, which can be armed with chemical and biological weapons, from infiltrating Israel - again. Hizbullah's transformation from a tactical challenge to a strategic threat has advanced unfettered over the past four years because the IDF left Lebanon and stopped fighting Hizbullah. The fact that since the withdrawal of IDF forces from Lebanon no soldiers have been killed in Lebanon is a tautology, not proof that the move was wise. (Hizbula fires on Israel.) Aside from that, the IDF also reported this week that the majority of Palestinian terror cells in Judea and Samaria that executed successful terror attacks in 2004 have been affiliated with Hizbullah. And so we disengaged from them in Lebanon only to fight them in Israel (Op. Cit.).

Supporter of the Sharon Plan have not justified it logically and factually. They just make unsupported and unsupportable generalized claims for it.

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, December 29, 2004.

The brutality with which Sharon's goons attacked the residents of the Jewish town of Sa-Nur is what any peaceful, non-violent demonstrators can expect from the enforcers of a dictatorship. Those who do not hesitate to use brutality and murder to accomplish their goals are not impressed by non-violence.

This is a news item from Arutz Sheva (IsraelNationalNews.com) entitled "Violent Response to Civil Disobedience in Shomron." It is archived at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=74373

Expel Sharon, not Jews!

Police and soldiers responded violently Tuesday to sit-ins in the Shomron that prevented a busload of Disengagement Authority and army officials from making their way to the threatened communities.

The government, army and Disengagement Authority are presumably studying yesterday's events in northern Shomron, asking themselves a simple question: If a busload of officials is delayed two hours by a few dozen people on its way to survey an area, what can be expected if and when the actual expulsion is attempted?

Kedumim Mayor Daniella Weiss, one of three women arrested for several hours in yesterday's incident, discussed it afterwards on Arutz-7's evening newsmagazine. "When I saw the youngsters of Sa-Nur, fourth-generation in the Shomron, grasping so strongly onto the Land of Israel, I said to myself, 'There won't be an expulsion.'"

Sa-Nur is one of the four Shomron communities - and 21 Jewish communities in Gaza - slated by Prime Minister Sharon for demolition this summer, in the framework of his "disengagement" plan. Opponents refer to it as expulsion, transfer and abandonment of the Land of Israel to the enemy.

Weiss said that when she heard that a busload of 50 Disengagement Authority officials, army officers and infrastructures, electric, telephony and other personnel were on their way to survey the Shomron areas in question, "a group of citizens immediately got together and blocked the road near Shavei Shomron. The bus was unable to pass for two hours, until large IDF and police forces arrived on the scene."

The mayor related that the police forcibly dragged the protestors away: "I and two other women lied down on the road. At first, against instructions, there were no women policemen, and we were dragged away by men. They behaved brutally." Video footage of a woman being dragged off while holding onto her nine-month old baby was shown on Israeli television.

Two hours after the blockage began, the bus finally made its way to the community of Homesh, whose residents refused to speak with the "guests."

At Sa-Nur, the situation was more volatile. "The gate was closed," Weiss said, "and could not be opened [because of an electricity black-out arranged by the citizens for the occasion - ed.]. The army broke down the gate, and the police and soldiers acted violently towards the citizens who continued to try to block the bus from coming in. They tore clothes, and hit people... People were crying and yelling... While all this was going on, the delegation finally came in and started walking around."

The 500 residents of the four threatened Samaria communities are sometimes overlooked by the planned expulsion of nearly 8,000 residents in Gush Katif - but they are at least as determined to stop the "disengagement." The abandonment of their towns would leave practically the entire northern Shomron in Arab hands, leaving areas such as Netanya, Hadera, Afula and others under the same military threats they faced in the 1950s and 60s, before the Six Day War. The residents of the Shomron say they won't let it happen.

One woman of Sa-Nur told Arutz-7 today, "This is war. They want to bring total destruction upon us, and we will fight back. They said they won't bring weapons, but they'll bring bulldozers. If they hit, we'll hit back. If they bring bulldozers, we'll sabotage them. We'll do whatever we have to."

Mayor Weiss, who was released by police yesterday after three hours, said, "The entire system has lost its bearings. All the army and security officers know that pragmatically, leaving Gush Katif and northern Shomron is a mortar danger to the residents of southern Israel and the northern coastal areas. With such a danger on its way, you don't wait for the wave to overtake you - because then it will obviously be too late. We have to stop it now. Therefore, when people come just to 'check the area,' they are preparing the expulsion, and we won't let this occur."

Photos of the clash in Sa-Nur can be seen at http://www.israelnn.com/images/news/Sa-Nur/Sa-Nur1.htm

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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Posted by Steven Plaut, December 29, 2004.

1. Subject: Auld Lang Zion 2005 (Haifa, Israel)

Should auld accomplice be forgot,
And never brought to trial?
Should auld Osloids, friend, be forgot,
And days of auld lang Zion?

For betraying auld lang Zion, my dear,
For abasing auld lang Zion.
Should their accomplice be forgot,
And days of auld lang Zion?

We yids hae run aboot the world,
Under fire the whole time.
We've wandered mony a weary foot,
To reach auld lang Zion.

Save auld lang Zion, my dear,
Save auld lang Zion,
Indict those Oslo blaggards, dear,
For auld lang Zion!!!


"A Great Natural Disaster"
Prosperity is the best defense against a tsunami.
Tuesday, December 28, 2004 12:01 a.m.

The world's thoughts are with the victims of the tsunamis that swept across South Asia Sunday, killing at least 23,000 and leaving millions homeless. In the coming weeks and months, the priority must be to render the survivors every possible assistance. The response so far has been admirably swift. One might think that a disaster of this scale would transcend normal national or political considerations. But in the world of environmental zealotry, even an event such as this is seen as an opportunity to press the agenda. Thus, the source of the South Asian tsunami is being located in global warming.

In an interview with the Independent newspaper in Britain, Stephen Tindale, executive director of Greenpeace UK, said: "No one can ignore the relentless increase in extreme weather events and so-called natural disasters, which in reality are no more natural than a plastic Christmas tree." Speaking to the same newspaper, Friends of the Earth Director Tony Juniper pressed the argument home: "Here again are yet more events in the real world that are consistent with climate change predictions." It is perhaps appropriate that the strongest, recent refutation to such feverish assertions may be found in Michael Crichton's new thriller--also about environmental extremists, a tsunami and the myths of global warming.

People prone to hysteria often become further unhinged in the face of a great disaster, and that may explain these remarkable comments on the tsunami disaster. Still, these comments by the movement's leadership may serve as a case study of how such imaginings work their way into public discussion of the environment. That is all the more reason to come to grips with the real causes of calamities such as this. Geologists say that groups of giant earthquakes hit Sumatra every 230 years or so. The last quakes there were in 1797 and 1833--and surely not even Greenpeace would blame those on greenhouse gases--and so Sunday's latest quake was more or less on schedule.

It is preposterous to blame the inexorable forces of nature on the development of industry and infrastructures of modern society. The more sensible response to natural disasters is to improve forecasting, put in place efficient communications and evacuation procedures and, should the worst arrive, conduct relief efforts and rebuild what nature has destroyed. Those cautionary measures, as is now clear, cost money. The national income necessary to afford them is made possible only by economic growth of the sort too many of environmentalists retard with their policy extremism.

Rich countries suffer fewer fatalities from natural disasters because their prosperity has allowed them to create better protective measures. Consider the 41,000 death toll in last December's earthquake in Iran compared with the 63 who died when a slightly stronger earthquake hit San Francisco in 1989.

The principal victims of the tidal waves in Sri Lanka and elsewhere Sunday were the poor people living in coastal shanty towns. The wealthier countries around the Pacific Rim have an established early-warning system against tsunamis, while none currently exists in South Asia. Developing countries that have resisted the Kyoto climate-change protocols have done so from fear that it will suppress their economic growth. These countries deserve an answer from the proponents of those standards. How are they supposed to pay for such protection amid measures that are suppressing global economic growth? As we mourn the loss of life and unite to help the survivors rebuild their lives and communities, let's also bear in mind that the best long-term help is an economic environment that allows these nations to put in place better manmade defenses against future depredations from nature.

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3. "A Palestinian Academic. Will be be offered a job at Ben Gurion" University?
PA Academic on PA TV: "Killing of Jews is Mandatory"
By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook


Much media attention has been given in recent weeks to a reported "drop" in PA incitement. Unfortunately, while there have been some changes in PA TV, the same hate messages continue to be espoused -- just by different speakers.

For example, world attention has brought pressure on the PA to change the content of the Friday sermons, in which religious leaders have repeatedly called for the genocide of Jews. The PA has not eliminated the message, however, but has merely transferred it to another framework.

For years, the PA religious establishment has repeatedly portrayed the killing of Jews as a religious necessity. Today, PA TV chose to rebroadcast this same call to genocide as a historical necessity -- this time from a senior PA academic rather than from a religious leader. Dr. Hassan Khater, founder of the Al Quds Encyclopedia and a TV lecturer, cited the identical Hadith - Islamic tradition attributed to Mohammed - that the religious leaders have used to demand this genocide. This was part of a lecture focusing on what he described as the war of the Jews against Palestinian trees.

These were his words quoting the Hadith: "Mohammed said in his Hadith: 'The Hour [Day of Resurrection] will not arrive until you fight the Jews, [until a Jew will hide behind a rock or tree] and the rock and the tree will say: Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!'" PA TV Dec. 27, 2004 [Rebroadcast from July 13, 2003]

The continued teaching that this Hadith applies today could well be a dominant factor driving terror against Israeli civilians. By depicting redemption as dependent on Muslims' killing of Jews, the PA world view presents this genocide as a religious obligation and historical necessity -- not related to the conflict over borders, but as something inherent to Allah's world.

To view today's call to genocide click here:

To hear this call to genocide expressed earlier in the year by a religious leader click here:

Sheik Ibrahim Madiras Friday sermon, PA TV Sept. 10, 2004: "The Prophet said: the Resurrection will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims kill them. The Muslims will kill the Jews, rejoice [in it], rejoice in Allah's Victory. The Muslims will kill the Jews, and he will hide.

The Prophet said: the Jews will hide behind the rock and tree, and the rock and tree will say: oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim this is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!. Why is there this malice? Because there are none who love the Jews on the face of the earth: not man, not rock, and not tree everything hates them. They destroy everything they destroy the trees and destroy the houses. Everything wants vengeance on the Jews, on these pigs on the face of the earth, and the day of our victory, Allah willing, will come."

4. Web site of those who left Islam: http://www.faithfreedom.org/index.htm

5. I have posted several things related to the new Israeli watchdog group "Israel Academia Moinitor" at www.israel-academia-monitor.com which keeps tabs on tenured traitors in Israeli academia and exposes the academic radicals.

They need your help! Please go to the web site and contribute to them what you can and get others to do the same. They are operating on a shoestring and we need to help keep them afloat. The work they are doing is invaluable! Please help out! If you know anyone with deeper pockets who wants to help Israel, let them know that THIS is the best way to do so!


Steven Plaut is an American-trained economist, a professor of business administration at Haifa University and author of "The Scout." He frequently comments - both seriously and satirically - on Israeli politics and the left wing academic community. His website address is http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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Posted by Time to Speak, December 29, 2004.

The word "Eurabia" is a recent coinage, a name for the political-economic-cultural entity lately formed by the merger of Europe and the Arab world. That entity was so dubbed by the historian Bat Ye'or, who discovered and revealed and explicated the existence of Eurabia.

"Bat Ye'or" is Hebrew for "Daughter of the Nile". It is the pen-name of a scholar who comes from a Jewish family long rooted in Egypt, was among the Jews expelled en masse from Egypt in 1955, and has since lived in Europe. Her books on "dhimmitude" cast light on a subject theretofore little noted or understood: That is, the plight and depressed status of the "dhimmi" -- the non-Muslim living under the rule of Muslims. [See Issue No. 20] Now, her articles, lectures, and forthcoming book Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis cast light on a radical and drastic shift of national identities. [See also Issue No. 36]

The European Union [EU] began around 1950 as the European Community, then primarily an economic partnership and free-trade zone composed of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands,. It now has twenty-five members, with additional memberships pending, and is developing into a super-state, whose unelected and non-accountable commissioners regulate more and more aspects of national and even personal life. (Under EU law, all bananas must have the same angle of curvature. Under EU law, a grocer in Great Britain was prosecuted and convicted of the crime of letting his customers weigh fruits and vegetables in ounces and pounds instead of grams and kilos.)

The member states surrendered independence and liberty to the EU, and the EU collectively surrendered to the dictates of Islamism. That is: Europe has adopted voluntary dhimmitude. It has bound itself to be the henchman of the mortal foes of Israel and of the United States. It is crucial that both Israel and the United States understand this, and understand that any involvement of Europe in their own affairs and policies can be nothing but pernicious.

The EU has long expended what zeal it can still muster on hostility toward Israel. Europe's anti-Israel posture is not caused by anything Israel does or refrains from doing, and so Israel cannot by any means affect or modify that posture. Europe is not misled by lies about Israel. Europe actively invents and disseminates such lies. It sets its demands for "peace" in the Middle East not because it does not understand the terms are lethal to Israel, but because it understands that very well.

On the surface, this hostility is a continuation of Europe's millennia-long Judeophobia, aggravated by vexation that Israel thrives with creative energy, while a moribund Europe decays. It is now revealed that below the surface this hostility comes not merely from inclination but from formal political requirements: That Europe must work toward the destruction of Israel is one of the terms of the contract by which it joined Eurabia.

There is a question-and-answer outline of the construction and character of Eurabia, and its invention of Palestine in "Eurabia, Eurabia", an interview with Bat Ye'or, FrontPageMagazine.com, 21 September, 2004:

"FrontPage: First things first, can you explain the term "Eurabia" to our readers?

"Bat Ye'or: Eurabia represents a geo-political reality envisaged in 1973 through a system of informal alliances between ... the European Union (EU) [and] the Mediterranean Arab countries. [...] This system was synchronized under the roof of an association called the Euro-Arab Dialogue (EAD) created in July 1974 in Paris. A working body composed of committees and always presided jointly by a European and an Arab delegate planned the agendas, and organized and monitored the application of the decisions.

"The field of Euro-Arab collaboration covered every domain: from economy and policy to immigration. In foreign policy, it backed anti-Americanism, anti-Zionism and Israel's delegitimization; the promotion of the PLO and Arafat; a Euro-Arab associative diplomacy in international forums; and NGO collaboration. In domestic policy, the EAD established a close cooperation between the Arab and European media television, radio, journalists, publishing houses, academia, cultural centers, school textbooks, student and youth associations, tourism. Church interfaith dialogues were determinant in the development of this policy. Eurabia is therefore this strong Euro-Arab network of associations -- a comprehensive symbiosis with cooperation and partnership on policy, economy, demography and culture.

"Eurabia is the future of Europe. Its driving force, the Parliamentary Association for Euro-Arab Cooperation, was created in Paris in 1974. It now has over six hundred members -- from all major European political parties -- active in their own national parliaments, as well as in the European parliament. The creation of this body and its policy follow the 23 resolutions of the 'Second International Conference in Support of the Arab Peoples', held in Cairo in January 1969. Its resolution 15 formulates the Euro-Arab policy and its all-embracing development over thirty years in European domestic and foreign policy.

"It stated: 'The conference decided to form special parliamentary groups, where they did not exist, and to use the parliamentary platform for promoting support of the Arab people and the Palestinian resistance'. In the 1970s, pursuant to the wishes of the Cairo Conference, national groups proclaiming 'Solidarity with the Palestinian Resistance and the Arab peoples' appeared throughout Europe. These groups belonged to different political families, Gaullists, extreme left or right, communists, neo-Nazis -- but they all shared the same anti-Americanism and anti-Zionism. France has been the key protagonist of this policy, ever since de Gaulle's press conference on 27 November 1967 when he presented France's cooperation with the Arab world as 'the fundamental basis of our foreign policy'. [...]

"Eurabia is not only a web of various agreements covering every field. It is essentially a political project for a total demographic and cultural symbiosis between Europe and the Arab world, where Israel will eventually dissolve. America would be isolated and challenged by an emerging Euro-Arab continent that is linked to the whole Muslim world and invested with tremendous political and economic power in international affairs. The policies of 'multilateralism' and 'soft diplomacy' express this deepening symbiosis. [...]

"It is a project that was conceived, planned and pursued consistently through immigration policy, propaganda, church support, economic associations and aid, cultural, media and academic collaboration. Generations grew up within this political framework; they were educated and conditioned to support it and go along with it. This is the source of the strong anti-American feeling in Europe and of the paranoiac obsession with Israel, two elements that form the cornerstone of Eurabia. [...]

"Last May the European ministers of foreign affairs accepted the creation of the Anna Lindh Foundation for the Dialogue of Cultures with its seat in Alexandria, Egypt. Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, murdered by an insane man, was a key advocate of the Palestinian cause and the boycott of Israel. Lindh was known for her criticism of Israeli and American policies of self-defense against terror. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana was a close friend, calling her a 'true European'. [...]

"FP: What is the significance of Solana's declaration?

"Bat Ye'or: Solana is strongly implicated in the EU Arabophile and pro-Palestinian policy conducted intensively under Prodi as a European self-protective reaction to the American war against terror. If one examines the EC/EU declarations since 1977 on the Arab-Israeli conflict, one notices that they espouse Arab League decisions and positions: the 1949 armistice lines imposed on Israel, although never recognized as international boundaries; the creation on those boundaries of a Palestinian state not mentioned by UN resolution 242; the acknowledgement of the PLO as the sole representative of the Palestinian people, and of Arafat as its leader, with the obligation for Israel to negotiate exclusively with him; and initially the refusal of separate peace treaties. The EU adopted all these Arab League requests as well as repeated threats of economic and cultural boycott against Israel, constantly demanded by the Europeans' close Arab allies and their powerful lobby, the ParliamentaryAssociation for Euro-Arab Cooperation.

"On 3 March 2004, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, when asked about U.S. proposals to requested democratic reforms in Arab states, declared: 'The peace process always has to be at the center of whatever initiative is in the field... Any idea about [reform of] nations would have to be in parallel with putting a priority on the resolution of the peace process, otherwise it will be very difficult to have success.'

"Solana just repeated the opinion of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak after his meeting with him. Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa shared this opinion and refused to consider any reforms in Arab countries before the settlement of the Arab-Palestinian conflict, a settlement whose overall conditions imply Israel's destruction. Hence, any democratization and change of Arab societies demanded by the West are linked by the Arabs to its participation in Israel's demise. [...]

"Eurabian notables, whether Chirac, de Villepin, Solana, Prodi, or others, have continuously stressed the centrality of the Palestinian cause for world peace, as if more European vilification of Israel would change anything in the global jihad waged in the US, in Asia, and from Africa to Chechnya the latest horrendous tragedy in Ossetia is but one example. In such a view, Israel's very existence, not this genocidal jihadist drive, is a threat to peace. The Euro-Arab linkage of Arab/Islamic reforms to Israel's stand is spurious and only demonstrates, once more, Europe's subservience to Arab policy. Numerous Arab and Islamic Summits have imposed the centrality of their Palestinian policy on the world and requested that all political problems should be subordinated to it. The EU likewise.

"FP: You often refer to a Euro-Arab Palestinian cult. What do you mean by it?

"Bat Ye'or: It means precisely this Palestinian centrality that's promoted in Europe as a key to world peace. However, the Euro-Arab Palestinian cult goes much deeper than a political tool used for a Euro-Arab Partnership policy against America and Israel. It is linked to theological currents of Judeophobia and a replacement theology based on the Palestinization of the Bible and the rejection of its Jewish roots in order to delegitimize Israel's history and rights on its land. The Euro-Arab Palestinian cult symbolized the redemption of Christianity and Islam and their reconciliation on the ashes of Israel, the work of Satan -- a belief propagated by the media's continuous demonization of Israel, and Palestinian victimization. This cult brings together neo-Nazis, Judeophobes, anti-Americans, communists and jihadists. It is a revival of Nazi anti-Jewish and anti-Christian trends, particularly in its hatred of Christian Bible believers and America, the country that was determinant in the defeat of Nazism and Communism. In the 1930-40s, the Nazis had strong links with Palestinians, and those sympathies and alliances continued throughout the years after World War II, thriving in the Euro-Arab Palestinian cult that submerged Western Europe under the umbrella of the gigantic Euro-Arab Dialogue apparatus.

"FP: But what does the public in Europe think about their Eurabian future? Are they aware of it? Do they go along with it?

"Bat Ye'or: The public ignores this strategy, its details and functioning, but there is a strong awareness, anxiety and discontent over the current situation and particularly the antisemitic trends. This Eurabian policy, expressed in obscure wording, is conducted at the top political level and coordinated over the whole EU, spreading an anti-American and antisemitic Euro-Arab sub-culture in every social, media and cultural sector. Oriana Fallaci has given voice to this general opposition. But there are also many others. They are boycotted, sometimes fired from their jobs, victims of a type of totalitarian 'correctness' imposed mainly by the academic, media and political sectors. [...]

"America has the choice of forgoing its liberty and adopting the European line of dhimmitude and supplication, or maintaining its resolve to fight the war against terrorism for freedom and for universal human rights values. [...]"

The role of the EU in promoting jihad against Israel is further explicated in "Europeans Are Adopting the Arab Viewpoint -- And Not By Accident", by Bat Ye'or, FrontPageMag, 27 July 2004:

"Last Tuesday, the 25 nations of the European Union (EU) voted unanimously to support a United Nations Resolution condemning Israel's defensive fence (ignoring that this barrier was constructed to keep jihadist murderers from entering the nation via Judea and Samaria). The EU's craven, morally bankrupt stance was sadly consistent with Eurabian policies evident now for three decades. [...]

"Disruption of the Western alliance by separating Europe from America, and the piecemeal destruction of Israel were the pillars of the Euro-Arab alliance that gave birth to Eurabia. The formation of this tactical alliance can be traced clearly to a document issued 24 years ago [in] the 1980 Venice Declaration. This declaration made clear that the EC, under French leadership, had adopted Pan-Arab conditions regarding Israel without qualification, including: the 1949 armistice as Israel's legitimate borders; Arab sovereignty over East Jerusalem; an Arab Palestinian state; the recognition of the PLO as the sole representative of the Palestinians, as well as its participation in all negotiations, and the obligation of Israel to negotiate with Arafat, exclusively; and the refusal to recognize a separate peace between Israel and any Arab country, for the resolution of the 'Palestinian problem'.

"By adopting all those conditions (which contradicted UN Resolution 242) Europeans could in turn justify their ahistorical designation of Judea and Samaria as occupied Arab land. Ultimately, the entire European effort to delegitimize and vilify Israel hinges upon this inaccurate, disingenuous formulation. In the 1970s and 80s, the Communist bloc and the burgeoning Euro-Arab alliance granted international legitimacy to the denial of Israel's rights by the PLO. [...]

"Beyond a fleeting awareness, the overwhelming majority of Europeans and Americans do not understand the new Eurabian entity, which only the first step in a steady progression toward its Arabization and Islamization. [...] This evolution of Europe has been duplicated internally within every EU country.

"This deliberate, comprehensive process has taken place through several means: the control of Middle Eastern Studies departments at European universities, and the re-writing of historical textbooks; allowing Euro-Arab bodies to screen cultural exchanges and publications relating to Islam and the Arab Muslim world for unwelcome content; taboos imposed on issues related to immigration and Islam; disinformation campaigns demonizing Israel (and America), while fostering a comprehensive and "brotherly" alliance between EU and Arab League countries on the political, economic, cultural, and social levels; and the servile obedience of the EU's mainstream media to all these initiatives. [...]

"The EU continues to proclaim that ... the Middle East conflict is at the center of world politics. ...EU's unlimited funds finance anti-Israeli and anti-American campaigns, as well as the "dialogue" industry. Regarding Israel in particular, it appears as if the EU has become the obsequious mouthpiece of the Arab League.

"This Eurabian ethos operates at all levels of European society ... Eurabia's destiny was sealed when it decided, willingly, to become a covert partner with the Arab global jihad against America and Israel. Americans must discuss the tragic development of Eurabia, and its profound implications for the United States, particularly in terms of its resultant foreign policy realities. Americans should consider the despair and confusion of many Europeans, prisoners of a Eurabian totalitarianism that foments a culture of deadly lies about Western civilization. Americans should know that this self-destructive calamity did not just happen, rather it was the result of deliberate policies, executed and monitored by ostensibly responsible people. Finally, Americans should understand that Eurabia's contemporary anti-Zionism and anti-Americanism are the spiritual heirs of 1930s Nazism and anti-Semitism, triumphally resurgent.

Bat Ye'or's work provokes campaigns to silence her or drown her out. From "Deadly Dangerous", by David Frum, National Review, 23 December 2002:

"... criticism -- even strident and unjust criticism -- is something that most organized religions in our democratic society have learned to tolerate. Most -- but not all. Compare two recent cases, one famous, one not. Harvard professor Daniel Goldhagen [in his book A Moral Reckoning] argues that the Roman Catholic Church -- not just the Pope, but the entire hierarchy and the ancient doctrines -- should be regarded as complicit in the century's greatest crime. Strong stuff, and it has been strongly resented by many Catholics. Yet so far as I know, no Catholic has tried to kill Goldhagen -- the very idea would be ridiculous. When he lectures at universities, nobody shouts him down. Nobody tries to intimidate his publishers into discontinuing his work.

"Now consider the story of Bat Ye'or... [T]he dominant religion she studies is Islam, and the minorities whose stories she tells are the dhimmi: Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians under Muslim rule. Hers is a deadly dangerous subject. From Pakistan to Britain, from Nigeria to France, writers who express skepticism about the teachings or record of Islam risk violent death. Bat Ye'or is a very great scholar: original, authoritative, lucid. [... .] Her native language is French, but her French publisher timidly let her book go out of print, despite scholarly accolades and strong sales. When she spoke at Georgetown [a university in Washington. DC], irate Muslim students shouted her down, unreprimanded by their university, and the same thing happened to her at the University of London and at Brown."

Bat Ye'or's own comments are quoted in "Bat Ye'or on Jihad and Dhimmitude", by Rod Dreher, National Review Online, 25 October 2004:

"[...] In Bat Ye'or's view, universities and naive Jewish and Christian religious leaders are carrying water for Islamists, as is the political Left ('The leftists were educated with hate of America and rejection of Judeo-Christian values', she said, and this perversely leads them to view Islamofascism uncritically). 'We have to understand the cultural war we're in," Bat Ye'or said. "The war is not only a terrorist war, but a cultural war on our values and on our integrity'. :

"Bat Ye'or was stunned to see how far the self-dhimmitization of Americans has already progressed, at least on elite American college campuses. Speaking at Georgetown the other day, she said about three-quarters of the students who turned up to hear her speech were Muslims, and they responded abusively. All they could say was that she was defaming Islam; they couldn't argue the facts with her. But that didn't surprise her. Said her husband, David Littman, who was there to speak on human rights under Islam, 'The amazing thing is the local Jewish group [at the university] had become dhimmis. Their leader was absolutely panicked when he saw the shouting of the Muslims. He told me he'd rather I not speak. I refused'. Added Bat Ye'or: 'There were Jews and Christians present who totally agreed with what we said, but when they came up after to thank us, we said, Why did you not speak? Why did you let us stand alone?' ...[Muslims] have such self-assurance. Jews and Christians, alas, do not. And the historian warns this is going to be our downfall."

The embrace of dhimmitude in Europe is cited in "The Islamization of Europe?" by David Pryce-Jones, Commentary Magazine, December 2004:

"[...] European countries in the postwar period seemed largely to have lost the will to respond to aggressive challenges from without, ... In the meantime, though, a battle of a different but no less decisive kind has been taking place within Europe, where some 20 million Muslims have settled. Thanks to their high birthrate and to the sub-replacement birthrate that has become the norm among other Europeans, the demographic facts alone suggest a continent ripe for a determined effort to advance the Islamist agenda.

"[...] [A] phenomenon familiar from the Soviet era has lately made a repeat appearance in the West, and that is voluntary accommodation, or fellow-traveling, among non-Muslims. Leftist fellow-travelers once helped to create a climate of opinion favorable to Communism. Many knew exactly what they were doing. Others merely meant well; they were what Lenin called 'useful idiots'. In like manner, Islamist fellow-travelers and useful idiots are weaving a climate of opinion today that advances the purposes of radical Islam and is deeply damaging to the prospects of reconciliation.

"As in the 30's and throughout the cold war, intellectuals and journalists are in the lead. Books pour from the presses to justify everything and anything Muslims have done in the past and are doing in the present. Just as every Soviet aggression was once defined as an act of self-defense against the warmongering West, today terrorists of al Qaeda, or the Chechen terrorists who killed children in the town of Beslan, are described in the media as militants, activists, separatists, armed groups, guerrillas -- in short, as anything but terrorists. [...]

"One form of Islamist fellow-traveling masquerades as a call for 'tolerance' or 'diversity', and has penetrated right through the world of European opinion and European institutions. [...] The institutions that have been affected by Islamophile correctness run the gamut. In Britain, a judge has agreed to prohibit Hindus and Jews from sitting on a jury in the trial of a Muslim. The British Commission for Racial Equality has ordained that businesses must provide prayer rooms for Muslims and pay them for their absences on religious holidays.

"In a town in the Midlands, a proposal to renovate a hundred-year-old statue of a pig was rejected for fear of giving offense to Muslims. The British Council, an international organization for cultural relations, fired a staff member who published articles in the Sunday Telegraph arguing that the roots of terror and jihad were nourished in the soil of Islam, while the BBC canceled the contract of a popular television journalist for allegedly using negative language to describe the Muslim Arab contribution to mankind. [...]

"Religious society is not far behind: even as bin Laden speaks of wresting Spain ("al-Andalus") from the infidels by violence, the cathedral of Santiago has considered removing a statue of St. James Matamoros ("the Moor slayer"), lest it give offense to Muslims. For the same reason, the municipality of Seville has removed King Ferdinand III, hitherto the city's patron saint, from fiesta celebrations because he fought the Moors for 27 years. In Italy, where Islamists have threatened to destroy the cathedral of Bologna because of a fresco illustrating the Prophet Muhammad in the inferno (where Dante placed him), thought has been given to deleting the art-work from the walls. Even the Pope has apologized for the Crusades. In secular Denmark, the Qur'an (but not the Bible) is now required reading for high-school students. And so forth. [...]

"[A]ppearing this year in London was Sheik Abdul Rahman al-Sudayyis, a senior imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca; among his many distinctions, al-Sudayyis has vituperated Jews as 'the scum of the human race, the rats of the world, the violators of pacts and agreements, the murderers of the prophets, and the offspring of apes and pigs'. Standing beside this apostle of 'diversity and equality' was a junior minister in the Blair government. [...]

"In the realm of classical Islam, Christians and Jews once lived as dhimmis -- that is to say, minorities with second-class rights, tolerated but discriminated against by law and custom. Many contemporary Muslims appear to idealize this long-lost supremacy over others, and aspire to reconstruct it.... Summing up the collective achievement so far, Bat Ye'or, the historian of 'dhimmitude', has written that 'Europe has evolved from a Judeo-Christian civilization with important post-Enlightenment/secular elements to secular Muslim transitional society with its traditional Judeo-Christian mores rapidly disappearing'. She calls this evolving entity 'Eurabia'. If that is the case, or is becoming the case, is it any wonder that some Europeans are switching sides, so as to be on the winning one? [...]"

His Excellency the Honorable Monsieur Gerard Araud is Ambassador of the French Republic to Israel. He thus represents a state whose President Chirac describes Israel as "a parenthesis in history".

Araud recently went on Israel Radio to complain that France is unfairly criticized by Israel even though "anti-Semitism in France is no different from that in other countries in Europe" Furthermore, a popular Israeli comedian makes fun of the French.

His Excellency gave as his professional diagnosis: "There is a sort of anti-French neurosis in this country ... I think there is a neurosis that causes anti-Frenchism."

This is "A Tme to Speak -- Messages About Israel", Vol. IV:12 (No. 47) (December 2004 - Heshvan-Kislev 5765)

"A Time To Speak" appears once a month, and each issue is on a theme that relates to Israel and the Middle East past and present, including history, background, current events, analysis and comment. All issues appear on its website: http://www.israel.net/timetospeak. A complimentary subscription to the e-mail edition is available by request to: speak@actcom.co.il.

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Posted by David Frankenthal, December 29, 2004.

Know your T'nach - "The lot for the tribe of the Children of Judah... Gaza, its towns and its villages" Joshua (15:1;15:47).

Gaza is part of Israel.

from Join the Boycott http://www.geocities.com/truthmasters/jointheboycott.htm

David Frankenthal is with Join the Boycott.

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Posted by Gerald M. Steinberg, December 29, 2004.

In October 2004, Kenneth Roth, the head of Human Rights Watch, flew from New York to Jerusalem for a day to publicize a 135-page report entitled Razing Rafah - a scathing condemnation of the Israeli government's policies along the border between Gaza and Egypt.

Roth's claims were immediately repeated on wire services, television and radio news broadcasts, and in newspaper stories around the world.

The tragedy is that the credibility of HRW and the human rights movement is being undermined. And without credibility, the activities of HRW, Amnesty International, and Oxfam have no impact in a complex debate taking place in Israel.

The issue is how to balance the core human right - the right to life in the face of a terrorist onslaught - with the rights of noncombatant Palestinians.

But this is not a problem that concerns HRW. It has long departed from its origins as Helsinki Watch with its campaigns for freedom in the former Soviet Union on behalf of Prisoners of Zion such as Anatoly Sharansky. As the Cold War ended, officials, including Roth and activists Joe Stork and Sarah Leah Whitson, adopted a new agenda, exploiting the rhetoric of universal human rights to promote narrow political and ideological preferences.

In this framework, human rights are filtered through the subjective distinction between "victims" - say Palestinians or Irish Republicans - and "colonialist oppressors" - Zionists, Irish Unionists, and Americans.

As a result, in the past four years, despite terror attacks that clearly violate any common-sense concept of basic human rights, HRW's reports and press releases have focused - by a ratio of over six to one - on allegations against Israel.

Roth has claimed a "two-to-one" ratio - which, even if true, would be morally unjustified.

Reflecting the lack of a political agenda in Africa, HRW issued far fewer reports these past four years on the mass killing in the Sudan than on the Arab-Israel conflict.

Roth says he "does not do comparisons" of this sort.

BY FOLLOWING this political path Roth became a major public figure and commentator. HRW has evolved into a superpower with an annual budget of over $20 million and a staff of over 200.

In September 2001, HRW emerged as a key player during the nongovernmental organization sessions of the infamous Durban anti-racism conference, which were hijacked to demonize Israel.

Anne Bayefsy and other witnesses have described how HRW officials refused to act when members of the Jewish caucus were evicted. And three years later, HRW joined the movement to boycott Israel - another step in the "South Africa strategy."

In contrast, the murder of over 1,000 Israelis did not lead Roth and HRW to call for corporate sanctions against the Palestinian leadership.

To avoid serious debate and criticism of these dubious practices, Roth chooses his platforms carefully, steering clear of confrontations with well-informed critics able to refute his claims.

Although Roth told Natan Sharansky that he was too busy to participate in the Global Forum on Anti-Semitism, he had time for friendly journalists at the American Colony Hotel - an unofficial Palestinian press center - a few days earlier.

And in the interview with the Post, Roth emphasized how he "grew up on his father's stories of life in Nazi Germany until he fled in summer 1938" - his standard response when confronted with the evidence of anti-Israel political bias.

But such assertions do not address the substance or the evidence. And many of Roth's other claims, such as the statement that "out of our staff of 200 people we have one researcher on Israel/Palestine" are less than half-truths.

These incidents demonstrate the continued impact of the human rights halo effect, which protects Roth from serious investigation.

Like other powerful organizations, HRW and its leaders should be subject to a system of checks and balances to ensure that the claimed objectives - moral and otherwise - are consistent with the choice of issues, the presentation of evidence, and the hiring process.

Governments at all levels include independent comptrollers, and news organizations have ombudsmen, but prior to the establishment of NGO Monitor in the wake of the Durban conference no such mechanism existed to watch the watchers in the realm of human rights.

NGO Monitor's analyses provide a foundation for assessing the credibility of NGOs active in the Israeli-Palestinian and other political conflicts, but its scope is still limited.

This work needs to be supplemented by parallel activities run by the NGO network itself. By dedicating a portion of funds to a system of independent controls, and by demanding transparency and accountability, philanthropies and individual donors to groups such as HRW can begin to restore lost credibility.

Perhaps in this way the lost moral force of the human rights movement, reflecting exploitation of universal principles in support of private political biases, can also be repaired.

The writer is editor of NGO Monitor and director of the Program on Conflict Management at Bar-Ilan University. This appeared in the Jerusalem Post and it is archived at http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/ JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1104291016560&p=1006953079865

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Posted by Moshe Dann, December 28, 2004.

This should have been a 'summer of discontent' in Israel. Palestinian terrorists continue to blow up buses, although they are less successful; missiles from Gaza are near-missing homes and schools in Israeli border towns; Gaza is in a controlled state of "anarchy;" even Hizbullah is hitting us from Lebanon.

But things have changed. The army has finally demonstrated conclusively that there is a military solution to terrorism. Defensive barriers and checkpoints do prevent terrorists from walking and driving into Israel unimpeded. Drive-by shootings, a common occurrence only a few years ago are no more.

Amidst all of this life goes on as if normal. Tourists are back; stores and cafes are open and often packed; it's safe again to gather in more than small groups in Jerusalem; hotels are overbooked. But hold the euphoria.

Despite all that Israel has accomplished in its war against Palestinian terrorism, the government is about to rekindle those flames by walking away from the Gaza Strip, destroying two dozen Jewish communities there, and condemning both Israelis and Palestinians to a new reign of terror. It's called "disengagement," or "unilateral withdrawal." It means RETREAT.

And Gaza is only the beginning. Over the next few years (or less), according to Ehud Olmert, PM Sharon's deputy minister, the government plans to abandon most of Yehuda and Shomron and allow a terrorist-based Palestinian state to emerge. If nothing else, this will encourage Arafat and his gang of terrorists.

If something might be gained from this policy of defeatism, one might learn to live with and even accept it. But no one, not even its staunchest adherents believe that terrorism will diminish (let alone end) or that Israeli security will be strengthened.

'Israel is morally obliged to withdraw,' they argue, from the Prime Minister on down, including his bitterest rivals. "Israel cannot occupy another people against its will. That is immoral."

But Israel doesn't "occupy" the Palestinians; the Palestinian Authority (led by Arafat) does. Israel may need to enter a Palestinian-controlled area in order to prevent a terrorist attack or root out terrorists, but that is a limited and temporary action. In any case, Israel has no choice but to do it. And even after withdrawal, Israel claims the right to continue such actions. So what has been accomplished by deporting Jews from their homes?

Backers of Sharon are at pains to offer any strategic or practical explanations. Haifa University Prof. Dan Sheuftan, the 'architect' of the withdrawal plan, acknowledges that terrorism will continue and that Israel must continue its military incursions. Tel Aviv University Prof. MK Yuval Steinitz agrees. Both are intelligent committed participants who understand that there is a tactical but no strategic value to removing settlements. Both are concerned about the long-term effects of "occupation" in Israel's international standing and its ability to wage a long-term war. And both are profoundly aware of dangers involved. Yet, they feel there are no alternatives.

And here's the rub. Israeli policy makers have come to a dead-end in their thinking about how to confront Palestinian terrorism. Their perspective assumes an on-going war, not an end to terrorism. Having painted themselves into a corner, accepting a Palestinian state, they are unable to find a way out. That is called surrender.

The tragedy of Israel today is that there is no one who can rally any significant opposition. The Likud's candidate to lead the party, Ariel Sharon, who once backed settlements then switched sides after having been elected, has co-opted the Right. The Left, which continues to advocate appeasement and compromise, is allied with its arch enemy, the Likud. It seems to make no sense. The only thing that unites them now is the policy of unilateral withdrawal. As if that will solve anything.

One would expect some organized opposition. Except for the Jews of Gush Katif in Gaza, there is practically none. The 'hilltop youth' (mostly in the Shomron) see themselves as a first line of defense against attempts to destroy existing more well-established Jewish communities.

The media overwhelming supports the government, an anomaly in democratic societies where the media is usually critical and provides a balance. The Supreme Court, also a potential balance, is even more extreme to the Left than the government. Israeli think tanks also support the government or are silent on the issue.

The result is a sense of political paralysis and apathy from the majority of Israelis who support settlements and who disagree with government policies. Their voice could only be heard in an election or referendum - which the government refuses to hold. Even a simple examination and approval by the Knesset is absent.

Perhaps, in a strange way, this is the effect of a 'post-traumatic-stress syndrome' when people feel so weary that they will accept anything, when they are so weakened by years of terrorism, vilification and condemnation by the world that they believe the myths and lies of their enemies, when they will accept any small short term respite from the pain and believe that is enough.

If there is any hope, it will come from those who see themselves as outside of, not part of the system, who are willing to rebel against conventional thinking and not succumb to the mind-numbing advice of 'experts.' Sharon's mobilization of every institution under his control to stifle critical debate, including the police, army, media and intelligence units has created the greatest threat to Israeli democracy since Yitzhak Rabin hijacked the country with the Oslo Accords. The government presents a monolithic superstructure that seems unstoppable and invincible.

Almost. Throughout Judea and Samaria (the 'West Bank') small groups of idealistic young families have taken over empty hilltops which are adjacent to well-established communities.

At stake in Israel's retreat from Gaza (and later the rest of Yehuda and Shomron) are not the Jewish communities there but Israel's status as a nation-state, and its historic place in the Jewish people's return to their homeland.

If a leader emerges from this dilemma, let us hope that he's riding on a white donkey, not in an air-conditioned limousine.

Moshe Dann is a writer and journalist living in Jerusalem. He can be reached at moshedan@netvision.net.il

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Posted by IsrAlert, December 28, 2004.

Hinn is a Christian evangalist who travels the world 'saving' people by getting them to accept Jesus as their personal saviour and lord.

Every week he is seen on hundreds of TV stations from India to Peru, Greenland to New Zealand, by hundreds of millions. His personal 'crusades' are attended by unbelievably huge crowds wherever he preaches.

If you watch you will see him 'touch' someone on the forehead, someone supposedly crippled, lame, or sick. They immediately swoon and fall backwards into the waiting arms of attendants who look like ex-footballplayer giants! These swooners are then are shlepped to their feet and miraculasly become 'cured', proceeding to walk (for the first time in years we are told), or dance, wave their arms and sing 'Halaloojahs' all over the stage.

No one bothers to follow up with these people six weeks after the big performance to see are they real, were they ever really crippled, are they still healed or back in a wheelchair. I have my doubts, but to look at the faces in Hinn's audience, they have no doubt they are witnessing to a miracle direct from God, performed right in front of their adoring eyes.

They cry, they shout, they wave their arms above their heads in ecstacy. They pray, they sing. It is something to see. An incredible display of what - mob hysteria? Mob hypnotism? Herd mentality? What?

Why do I say Benni Hinn (and hundreds of others like him) are putting all us clever Jews to shame?

In the first place, do you realize where the Jews would be today if we had deened to proselytize? That's a fancy word for 'marketing', selling your product. In this case we'd be extolling the benefits of our religion, culture, and history. We never did that. Not only did we keep our light well hidden under a basket, we actually make it terribly difficult for someone to convert to Judaiism. Our brilliant Rabbis actually discouraged most would-be converts and continue to do this today. And those they can't turn away immediately, they put through the ringer for up to several years, before they will bestow the great honor of taking on all our grief and world hatred!

Had we been as smart as Saul, an early Jewish marketing genius, later called Paul, who then became Saint Paul... had we been half as clever and went out to the heathens and gentiles to explain our religion, how we brought the no-idols-one-God principle to mankind, and all the 'benefits' of becoming Jews... my God, we might today have become a worldwide powerhouse of hundreds of millions! I doubt Hitler would have started up with us, nor would Muslims be trying to destroy us, if we were that strong.

Instead, we are a tiny group, always on the verge of extinction, always being picked on and blamed for all ills in the world. And constantly, day and night, being harangued, seduced, and pressured into becoming Christians, or worse, Muslims!

That brings me back to Benni Hinn. I watched his incredible 'show' on TV. Take one guess where this crusade was being performed. Right. Jerusalem!!

JERUSALEM fer crimminy sakes! Jerusalem, the eternal capital of our people. Jerusalem, towards which every praying Jew turns his eyes three times daily from every corner of the globe. Jerusalem, that's where this Christian missionary, this Evangelical salesman supreme, that's where he was addressing a throng of thousands, promising them eternal life in heaven (sorry, no 72 dark eyed virgins for you guys), that all their sins will be eaten by Jesus, and they'll end up with the pure heart of a new-born child - no matter what sins they committed - including murder, rape, pedophilia - nothing is too vicious to be forgiven!!

A helluva great deal if you ask me, and when he throws in dozens of healing miracles right in front of their faces - well his spiel is irresistable, and hundreds upon hundreds with hunger in their eyes, line up to 'accept' Jesus (I often wonder what this gentle Jew Jesus must be thinking when he views such shenanigans from his grave!)

Hinn is clever. He never says directly to the Jews that he came to Jerusalem to get them to abandon their religion. He knows he is being watched by our ever-vigilant ultra-religious Jewish 'protectors', and by government people. Nevertheless, he speaks fervently of the new day coming, when all will be light and love in the universe, and how it almost upon us (he knows this. God has told him directly) ... it will all happen just as soon as 'ol Israel finally accepts its true destiny and show the correct 'way' to the world!

Well, folks, our sages of old really muffed it. They were arrogant, stiff-necked, analy retentave religion-wise. They wanted to believe they were exclusive with God, that they were special, supreme, and yes, chosen. And like all the non-Jews who kept us from joining their exclusive golf clubs in Beverly Hills, USA, our sages decided to strike first and keep out the rabble from the exclusive Club of Jews.

We have been paying the price for this short-sightedness ever since.

But it's not too late to change this policy. The Haredi, or ultra-religious amongst us (a small minority) will never accept this, however, if the Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist branches, which represent maybe 80% of world Jewry, if they get together and make this a common goal, we can begin to turn things around. We can conduct our own worldwide crusades, maybe call 'em Jewsades, or Jewcrusades, or Return-to-Your-Roots Crusades, but sure as God make little green apples, we can bring thousands into our ancient fold.

An influx of new blood will strenghten our educational systems, increase our representation in governments, and open more opportunities for our kids and their kids. Everyone loves being a part of something dynamic, something that grows and attracts more adherents. For pity's sake Scientology, a totally discredited mumbo-jumbo pseudo religion is growing much faster than Judaism!

One thing for sure, the Arab and Muslim world will have to rethink their fantasy about destroying Israel and the Jews! Hell's bells, many of them may even decide to join us, especially their abused and brutalized women!

Tis a fact, every Irish mother knows that Jewish men make the best husbands!

Harv Weiner, a businessman in Dallas, Texas, is the founder and moderator of Isralert. To subscribe to IsrAlert, send an email to isralert@aol.com

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Posted by David Frankfurter, December 28, 2004.

Dear Friends,

The international press reflects optimism for a brighter future for the Palestinian Arabs.

A return to democracy, with the first local municipal elections for almost three decades and upcoming presidential elections - with electioneering in both polls focusing on corruption and governance - augers well for the implementation of the reforms necessary to satisfy donors that taxpayer money will be more effectively and honestly utilised than in the past.

It is far from clear sailing, though. Current PA Chairman and election front-runner Mahmoud Abbas (a.k.a. Abu Mazen) has "welcomed" Tony Blair's proposed international conference, intended to give donor countries the level of comfort needed to continue their funding of the Palestinian Arabs and promotion of the Roadmap to peace. Al-Jazeera (1) reports, however, that Abbas' Prime-Ministerial consort is "taken aback: by his leader's support for the conference. Ahmad Querei (a.k.a. Abu Ala) sponsors the view that such meetings are an interference in internal Palestinian Arab affairs, and takes umbrage at what he regards as arrogant British suggestions that the Palestinians need "grooming" in the peace process.

Certainly there is more than a suspicion that current Palestinian reforms toward peace are a sham, with Palestinian Media Watch (2) reporting that promotion of the culture of hate on Palestinian Authority controlled TV only met the letter of European demands. The weekly Friday sermon dropped its exhortations to violence against Jews and Israel. In fact, the messages were simply "transferred", almost word for word, to a segment by TV lecturer Dr. Hassan Khater, founder of the Al Quds Encyclopedia.

With a man-made crises in the Sudan and natural disasters in the Far East far eclipsing poverty in the West Bank and Gaza, the Palestinians may need to think hard and fast about what they are willing to do in order to keep the flow of humanitarian aid in their direction.

International aid money is a finite resource, and decision makers will have to assess where to direct their aid. Will long-term benefit accrue from continuing to finance a society governed by thieves who have deliberately mismanaged billions in international aid over the last decade, using violence and poverty for the masses as a strategy? Or will aid to decent regimes with a history of dedication to creating self-sustaining democracies but currently facing temporary crises, such as India, Thailand and others be more effective?

(1.) http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D6D9EEAE-ECC2-4C34-84C1-21204CCFEC4F.htm

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Posted by J. Cohen, December 28, 2004.

Chabad of Thailand
96 Rambuttri St.
Banglamphu, Bangkok
10200 Thailand

Dear Chaverim,

I write to you in the midst of the mounting humanitarian disaster effecting Southeast Asia.

As the only Jewish service agency in the country dealing with this catastrophe, our offices and staff in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ko Samui have put everything else aside, working 24/7 to assist those in need and comfort.

I therefore turn to my colleagues for urgent help in funding our humanitarian efforts during the crisis.

Chabad of Thailand's response to the crisis was immediate and is growing daily.

  • Rabbi Nehemya Wilhelm was dispatched to the scene of the tragedy in Phuket to aid in the rescue efforts where he is making the rounds of the hospitals, identifying bodies, arranging medical help and transportation for survivors, connecting survivors with each other, and helping the Israeli government in coping with this terrible ordeal.
  • Thailand's three Chabad Houses, staffed by six full time Rabbis and twelve Rabbinical trainees, were immediately converted into crisis centers where dazed survivors are
    * receiving medical help
    * receiving free meals
    * receiving funds for new clothing
    * placing free international phone calls (and same for internet use) to their loved ones to inform them of their whereabouts
    * being helped in their efforts to locate their friends as of yet unaccounted for.
  • Chabad volunteers are standing by at the local hospitals to visit the injured and provide them with kosher food and any other help needed.
  • Chabad staff is providing counseling to the survivors who are in a state of emotional trauma.
  • Chabad staff has already fielded several thousand phone calls from Israel, trying to help families locate their relatives.
  • Chabad has been instrumental in notifying thousands of Israelis in Thailand who have not been affected by the quake to contact their families back home.

Please note that the Israeli Consul in Thailand, Yakov Dvir, asked for our help in locating hundreds of Israelis who are stranded in the ravaged seaside towns of Thailand which we are doing to the best of our abilities. Israel's Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom has acknowledged the help we are providing to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

As the initial efforts of search and rescue wind down over the next week, the grim work of identifying bodies and counseling bereaved families will unfortunately keep the Chabad staff fully occupied for the foreseeable future. We are also expecting the stream of survivors of this natural disaster appearing at our doors in Bangkok to increase, placing the burden on us to clothe, feed and accommodate them as they slowly try to make their way home.

The initial estimate of expenses incurred to our organization as a result of this Tsunami already runs into tens of thousands of dollars for food, clothing, shelter, medical expenses and transportation to and from the disaster zones.It seems very possible that hospital expenses as well as transportation of bodies for burial may also become a significant expense as the situation unfolds.

Please contact us at (24 hour phone number for emergencies) (661) 837 7618

Or email rabbi@jewishthailand.com

Thanks in advance for your assistance in this most important Mitzva

Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kantor
Executive Director
Chabad of Thailand

To help us in our humanitarian mission of Ahavat Yisrael and Tzedaka in the aftermath of the Tsunami please send checks to Chabad of Thailand 96 Thanon Rambuttri, Bangkok Thailand 10200 (For US tax deductibility please write checks to American Friends of Chabad of Thailand), or donate online at Banking Details:
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Posted by Honest Reporting, December 28, 2004.

Dear HonestReporting Subscriber,

When disaster strikes anywhere in the world, Israelis can be counted on to help. So it's no surprise that within hours of the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the following humanitarian missions all departed from the tiny Jewish state:

  • The Israeli organization Latet ('To Give') filled a jumbo jet with 18 tons of supplies.

  • A medical team headed by four doctors from Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday night (Dec. 27), carrying medicine and baby food. The doctors specialize in rescue operations, trauma and pediatrics.

  • An IDF rescue team is now on its way to Sri Lanka with 80 tons of aid material, including 10,000 blankets, tents, nylon sheeting and water containers, all contributed by the IDF.

  • A ZAKA rescue-and-recovery team arrived in the disaster areas Monday night, armed with its specialized equipment for identifying bodies.

  • A Health Ministry contingent left for Thailand on Monday night to aid in rescue efforts. The group includes doctors, nurses and four members of the IDF.

  • Israel has also offered its assistance to India - a search-and-rescue team from the Home Front Command, as well as consignments of food and medicine.

Yet, with the exception of UPI (as of this writing - Wed. 4pm EST), none of the major news outlets have dedicated an article to this remarkable Israeli humanitarian effort. This, despite the fact that the IDF sent all Israel-based journalists a press release Monday evening (Dec. 27), inviting them to the airport to cover the departure of one IDF group.

This is all the more surprising given the fact that the major news agencies have entire teams of reporters in Israel, who submit at least one 'Israel-article' each day.

So what did the Associated Press send out today to its 15,000 subscribing news agencies? A dreary story about the construction of a new IDF base near Jenin. AP sarcastically remarked in this 'news' story that the base's 'elaborate color scheme and landscaping shows that the army is not planning to pull its forces out of the area anytime soon.'

The lack of media interest in this Israeli humanitarian effort means that Israeli benevolence toward other peoples is not fairly conveyed to the western world. Perhaps if it were conveyed, observers would come to understand something else - that Israel's response to Palestinian violence is also motivated by the highest ethical concern for all human life, and is not (as the media so often portray it) driven by an oppressive, mean-spirited national ethos.

HonestReporting encourages subscribers to write a letter to your local paper, praising the massive Israeli humanitarian mission to South Asia - which the major media have apparently deemed 'not newsworthy.'

Thank you for your ongoing involvement in the battle against media bias.

Honest Reporting monitors the media for inaccuracy and unfairness in how they report the news about Israel. Ther website address is http://www.honestreporting.com. You can help support their research online or by sending contributions to: HonestReporting, 400 South Lake Drive, Lakewood, NJ 08701-3167.

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Posted by Evelyn Hayes, December 28, 2004.

As Israel Oslo-ists rally against the Jewish re-settlers in Gush Katif, unilaterally seeking to expel three generations of Jews (many Gush natives as well as refugees from Holocaust, Arab lands and Yamit ) who have created a garden in a desert, an oasis and a "wall" against evil jihad and as American Marines suffer "nuts and bolts" suicide bombers in their dining halls in Iraq, wake up and admit who splatters the coffee with innocent blood.

Remember the reason why Arafat al Husseini the Egyptian long term partner of the "moderate" jagged tongued Mahoud Abbas was jailed in the Mukatta in Ramallah. The harddrive and other papers found by a young IDF of only 21 who died for his country revealed that Saddam Hussein paid for these suicide bombs and bombers stuffed with "nuts and bolts."

Rewarding the "Nuts and Bolts" bombers with Jewish Land from the time of Judah and King Solomon, from the time of Israel ben Moshe of Najara, the Balfour Mandate and pre-Egytian 1948-1967 occupation, where Jews returned after each imperialism, rewards the enemies of America and the victimizers who toppled the Twin Towers and attacked the Pentagon in a suicide fly.

As the Isaiah Wall across from the UN reads, "And they shall turn their swords into plowshares and learn war no more," the only answer to Jihad "Nut and Bolts" Suicide War is to make Gush Katif eternally Jewish and a role model for reform of pan-Jihad. The way Jews made the desert green, live and plant should be an inspiration for all. Let the Jews stay; demand Jihad reform or suffer the consequences of their evil in Gaza as well as in maxi-Gaza known as Iraq. From Sbarro Aug 9, 2001 to Twin Towers Sept. 11, 2001 the "concerned"

liberals should have opened their eyes to the simple "nuts and bolts" truth and not give evil more years and sweet compensation. Bust the phantoms before their "nuts and bolts" bloody our coffee with our own blood and bust the foundations of truth, justice, liberty, civilization and all.

Evelyn Hayes can be reached at haze@rcn.com

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, December 28, 2004.

If there is room here for yet another Arab state, why not another Jewish state?

This is an article from yesterday's Arutz-7 that was written by Moshe Yisraeli. It is archived at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/article.php3?id=4597

In view of the recent developments in the Sharon government, I am musing about whether anyone has considered the creation of a second Jewish state, in Judea and Samaria with eastern Jerusalem as its capital. It does not sound practical at the moment, but we can certainly do a better job than the Palestinians ever will.

There is already a Judea, Samaria and Gaza Council and there is the newly created Sanhedrin. Professor Eidelberg and Moshe Feiglin have both drafted good Torah-based constitutional constructs that would be fine starting points. For security, we would need to hire some of the finest mercenaries. Good mercenaries are more efficient than regular armies, and we would need less of them, especially if they are well-equipped commando units.

The beauty of such a state is that it will not be violating any UN resolutions or the British Mandate. It would not be a part of the State of Israel and thus not an occupying force.

As for the Arabs, they may have Ramallah and any other Arab-dominated city as a neighborhood or an Arabistan enclave within the new Jewish state. They may also keep their current communities in Gaza, which would become the definitive Islamic Palestinian Republic.

The world community would no doubt cry foul. But it is already crying foul, so there will be no love lost. We would certainly not be the beneficiaries of any aid from anyone in the world except some staunch fundamentalist Christian entities and Jews who are willing to put their money where their mouth is. As a landlocked state, we would be dependent on Israel. I'm not sure this would be the best arrangement, but at least we would both be Hebrew-speaking states.

In Judea and Samaria, Jews are outnumbered 250,000 to 1,500,000 Arabs; how can a venture of this kind be possible without a massacre?

Jewish wars have always been won at incredible odds. It is almost as if the Jewish neshama needs such odds in order to perform royally. In any event, Jews are more organized and more purposeful than their Arab counterparts. Some of the current IDF soldiers can be recruited into the army of the new Jewish state. A sharp force whose hands are not tied can fight much better than the currently constrained IDF, which is still fighting a conventional war against guerillas.

The end of the cold war has spawned a plethora of mercenary firms eager to help, for a price. A timely and coordinated withdrawal of the IDF from Judea and Samaria would not create a sudden vacuum for Arabs to massacre Jews, because there would be recruited IDF forces and mercenaries ready to take their place. This would be a force fighting by completely different rules.

A declaration of independence by Jews in Judea and Samaria would create saliency on the ground with Arabs. The issue would be what brand of hegemony will be sovereign over Judea and Samaria. It will have to be either a renegade group of Jews living in Judea and Samaria, or a militant group of Arabs living in enclaves of Judea and Samaria. The Arabs would have to fight the Jews of Judea and Samaria in order to win their state. They would not need to fight Israel anymore, thus taking pressure off Israel and allowing undeterred development. One would think Israel might welcome such a scenario and even facilitate the surreptitious funding of such an enterprise.

The Palestinian infrastructure, electricity and water are still dependent on Israel. The state of Israel is currently providing and paying for these services. The declaration of independence puts the new republic in control or gives it access to these vital assets, allowing it to do untold harm to the Palestinian community should the Arabs have any hostile ideas. Their supply of arms and explosives will be greatly curtailed by the new mercenary commando unit patrols. Their food supplies could be greatly curtailed, too.

Arab states may launch an attack again, but if they have any pride at all, they would find it absurd to mobilize the Arab nation of 300 million against a 250,000-person rag-tag bunch of Jews. The United Nations and other international organizations will most likely try to assist the Arabs. Depending on how invasive their assistance would be, this could develop into a situation of the world against the Jewish Republic of Judea and Samaria. However, the most likely scenario would be the world community putting pressure on Israel to curtail the new republic - something that would probably drag on long enough for the new republic to take root (as long as Ariel Sharon is not in office).

With the establishment of the new Jewish republic, Arabs in Judea and Samaria may opt to sell their properties and be transferred to Arab states, taking their rightful place within the Arab nation. Those who remain will be subject to Jewish hegemony as non-voting residents (a status of ger).

Of course, we would need lots and lots of money. Who would fund such an enterprise? How much would it cost? If we can find a reliable source of cash for the formative years of this Jewish state, is this a viable alternative? What would be our economic base?

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, December 28, 2004.


Foreign donors to the P.A. de-emphasize what they know about P.A. misuse of their contributions. The World Bank director for the P.A. admits to them, "Maybe your $12 billion a year hasn't produced much, but we think there's a case for doing even more in the next three or four years." He knows that the P.A. does not use the money to build an economy and take care of its people, but to envenom them and unleash them against Israel.

His excuse is that now the P.A. has a new leadership. (It does not, just a new head coming in from the old leadership, still in power.) The world pretends that the new head is moderate. He never was moderate; he devoted his career to terrorism. He still wants to flood Israel with "Arab refugees" so as to put in charge of it people whom he still lets be indoctrinated in bigotry against the Jews. Thus he is not a moderate but a pragmatist.

Foreign donations given to the P.A. before it reforms its program of bigotry and war would, like previous donations, reinforce bigotry and war (Daniel Pipes, NY Sun, 12/21, p.7).

The new head of the P.A., Abu Abbas, has been lauded as a pragmatist. As an extremist who is pragmatic, he is all the more dangerous. He should be captured and put into Barghouti's cell.


Seeking membership in the EU, which it presumes would bring great economic benefits, Turkey has aligned its foreign policy with the EU. That means turning a cold shoulder to the US and turning on Israel. That suits its Islamic party leadership fine. Turks in general disapprove of the US war on Iraq. Their government-influenced media have converted the people into disapproval of Israeli policies of defense as "terrorism." For example, the Prime Minister called an Israeli effort to thwart arms smuggling by demolishing some houses in Gaza "terrorism." (Most of those houses are either abandoned or rented by terrorists as concealment for smugglers' tunnel exits.)

Turkey called for Islamic solidarity against Israel. It contends that Israeli anti-terrorism constitutes genocide (IMRA, 12/7). Terrorism really is a tactic in the Arab practice of genocide.


The IDF sealed offices of a terrorist front charity (IMRA, 12/7).

When the troops move on or PM Sharon move them out, will the seal stay on? Isn't it obvious that current anti-terrorism measures are temporary? A long-term program is needed.


Jordan does not need air-to-air missiles, because: (1) It has no foreign enemies; (2) It has domestic enemies, Islamists. If the Islamists take over, the country would declare Israel an enemy and threaten it with those missiles, among other weapons; (3) Even if not overthrown, the present regime is not reliably steady for peace. It could join general Arab aggression against Israel, as it has done before; (4) Jordan does not cooperate with the US against terrorism. It had seemed to block Hamas bank accounts, then unfroze them. Ominously, Jordan has resumed letting Fatah operate on its soil and send funds to terrorists in the P.A.; (5) Jordan violates its peace treaty with Israel in other ways, as by broadcasting mosque sermons calling for the death of Israel or of Jews and by withholding its ambassador from Israel for the past four years (IMRA, 12/8).

Should ethics or profits motivate US arms sales? The US gives arms to Egypt and probably to Jordan. Those are not ethical, but a grievous waste of scarce taxpayer funds.


Security having become a major industry, Manhattan Community College plans to offer a certificate program on it. Courses and curriculum include: (1) Terrorism and Counter-terrorism - guerilla warfare, hostage situations, and profiles of terrorists and their organizations; (2) Speakers from the NY State Office of Homeland Defense about security in cyberspace and in high-rise buildings; (3) Travel, Tourism and Hospital Security; (4) Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design; (5) Legal and Ethical Issues in Security Management.

Students and "progressive" faculty there object to the program. They call it an endorsement of the Bush Administration Dept. of Homeland Security. They think the Department oppressive and that the program would intimidate students. The president of the student government complains that the program would expose students to one-sided, right-wing views about foreign countries' wrongdoing against the US (Jacob Gershman, NY Sun, 12/26, p.1).

"Progressives" want to bury their heads in the sand, which would enable the totalitarians to bury us in rubble. Save us from "progressives," with their paranoid accusations. It they think there might be unfairness in the program, let them caution the university against letting it in. Let them not accuse the college and the Administration of wrongdoing they did not yet do. That is not fair on the part of those protestors who claim the Administration would not be fair.

As for what other countries have done to the US, do they deny that they have bombed the US people and property here and abroad, and that security from the Islamist world war is justified? Those jaundiced students and faculty are notoriously unfair about world issues. Most college faculties spout regimented leftism on campuses all across this country and Canada, and bar opposing views.

All my adult life, I have found that student activists generally protest over issues about which they know little. Within a short period of time, from childhood ignorance about these topics, they acquire a radical line. Now their ignorance is deepened with misinformation. Let them complete their education, before they attempt to grapple with these issues. But who is on the faculty now, to educate them, equally misinformed radical professors?


The Israeli Army has reported killing 29 innocent Arab civilians in the past year, in the course of military operations. The Left in Israel condemns Israel over it and tries to use that fact to delegitimize the military operations if not the Jewish state, itself. Actually, it reveals Israel to be particularly humanitarian.

How so? During that year, thousands of Arabs were involved in thousands of firefights. Arab attackers do not wear uniforms distinguishing them from amongst the civilians around them. The fact that so few innocent Arabs were killed is testimony to the high standard of the Israeli Army. It also is testimony to the Army's excessive humanitarianism. Israel should have killed many more, in order better to safeguard its own troops. That is, the Army held back and took needless casualties, in order to spare enemy civilians, as at Jenin. Sometimes the Israelis did not fire back; other times they used riskier means than demolishing a fortified house with artillery. (I am not proud of that.)

The 29 were killed because the P.A. launches its terrorist forces and auxiliaries from among civilian areas (which is a war crime). Therefore, their death is the responsibility of the P.A. (Prof. Steven Plaut, 12/7, e-mail).

Leftist bias blinds them to this


PM Sharon's stated policy: withdraw from a portion of Judea-Samaria. US stated policy: withdraw from all of Judea-Samaria.

PM Sharon's stated policy: (1) Israel would decide, itself, how much to leave; and (2) Israel would not make the decision, itself, but would coordinate with the US (IMRA, 12/8) whose policy is stated, above.

I trust you see the self-contradiction.


Half the Kurds of Iraq signed a petition to the UN for independence from Iraq, after 80 years of repression by the Arabs. Members of the Coalition there and of the UN fear that independence may cause the breakup of Iraq (Benny Avni, NY Sun, 12/26, p.1).

I include this regular news item because of its incendiary significance, in case you missed it. The real problems with this move are: (1) Turkey invade an independent Kurdistan, lest it cause Turkish Kurd's to agitate for their areas to be folded into new country; (2) The UNO cannot grant independence, probably would not approve it, and would make its opposition manifest, but the Kurds want to get the issue raised; (3) Would the oil-bearing areas that traditionally were Kurdish, but which Saddam attempted to ethnically cleanse non-Arabs from, be included in Kurdistan; and (4) By definition, severing almost a third of the country means the breakup of Iraq. Maybe they mean the Sunnis would break off from Shiites. I wish the US had divided Iraq.


Not if one judges by the P.A. textbooks. Their theme is to destroy Israel. Thus the P.A. is raising a generation of people who would think it treasonous to make peace (IMRA, 12/8). "Moderate?"


An official in the US National Security Council said that Americans (i.e., US policy?) would approve the retention of the five settlement blocs that PM Sharon has stated are his minimum demand (and which he claims his voluntary withdrawal from Gaza would cause the US to approve) only if Israel withdrew from all the rest. The US has not formally promised that.

A member of Israel's National Security Council said that Israel would withdraw from those five blocs, too. He refused to confirm whether that were Sharon's policy.

Meanwhile, PM Sharon has not built the security fence around the five blocs. That may indicate that he is not serious about retaining them for Israel (IMRA, 12/8).

I think that the US is seeking to get Israel to move out of as much area as it can keep getting Israel to do under the illusion that the US is promising to let Israel keep the rest. As IMRA has pointed out, the West is planning peace summits for new agreements and new Israeli withdrawals, without the P.A. ever having had to keep its Oslo agreements against terrorism. This new Western ploy is a sad commentary on the reliability of assurances that the US had given on Oslo and ignored.

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, December 28, 2004.

This is just a free sample of what is to come. The protesters were not "hill top youth" or extremists. They were all rather stodgy, middle class people. As far as I can determine, no one was seriously injured but they got smacked around a bit. In the end the police cleared the area and nothing was accomplished.

Did anyone see blazing headlines in the media? Was the political establishment shocked? Just another uneventful protest. For those who believe that peaceful, passive, civil disobedience will accomplish something, let this be you "market test." This comes from Arutz Sheva (www.IsraelNationalNews.com). http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=74326

(IsraelNN.com) Residents of the northern Shomron community of Sanur are reporting security forces are using "excessive force" to remove demonstrators from an area road.

The area residents turned out blocking the road in an effort to prevent Disengagement Authority officials from reaching an area community.

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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Posted by Steven Plaut, December 28, 2004.
"The Israeli Crime That Wasn't" was written by Alyssa A. Lappen and appeared on Front Page Magazine's website (www.FrontPageMagazine.com, December 28, 2004. It is archived at http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=16432 It is worth reading the original, which contains direct links to additional material.

More than four years have passed since the picture of Mohammed Al-Durrah was aired across the world, but the public still imagines the boy's Sept. 30, 2000 presence at Netzarim junction in terms described by President Clinton in My Life:

"As the violence persisted, two vivid images of its pain and futility emerged," he writes: "a twelve year old Palestinian boy shot in the crossfire and dying in his father's arms and two Israeli soldiers pulled from a building and beaten to death, with their lifeless bodies dragged through the streets and one of their assailants proudly showing his bloodstained hands to the world on television."

Al-Durrah should never have been juxtaposed with a lynching, much less by the leader of the free world. Two weeks after the al-Durrah tape aired, two Jewish soldiers lost their way in Ramallah, where they were savagely beaten to death, their innards eaten by hysterical and frenzied crowds screaming Allah Akbar God is great and seeking revenge for the supposed death of the boy. Indeed, the Al-Durrah case is nothing more than a classic Islamic incitement to jihad.

But evidently, the shooting was merely photographic. The violence erupted after the Al-Durrah incident, notes Daniel Seaman, director of Israel's Government Press Office, who openly calls the incident a hoax, a staged forgery.

Since Seaman made this charge publicly in late 2002, few mainstream news media have picked up the story. These include the European Wall Street Journal and New York Sun, which both ran columns in November, respectively by Stephane Juffa, the Metula Press Agency (MENA) chief in Israel, and Nidra Poller, an American expatriate writer living in France.

Nearly two years ago, France 2 Jerusalem bureau chief Charles Enderlin also the vice president of Israel's foreign press association threatened to sue. On Jan. 2, 2003, the legal adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon wrote to Enderlin, noting that Israel is a free country. Seaman named neither Enderlin nor France 2. But if he felt injured by Seaman's remarks, Enderlin was more than welcome to take appropriate legal action. The counsel advised Enderlin that Israel had reliable information that the case was indeed a fraud, the counsel advised Enderlin, however. At long last, in November, attorneys of France 2 and Enderlin have sued in France not Seaman, not Israel, not Metula, not the Wall Street Journal, but X.

Before detailing French statutes making such a preposterous case possible, a brief recap of the Al-Durrah hoax is in order. On Sept. 30, 2000, dozens of reporters and cameraman waited around for news as children lobbed stones, Molotov cocktails and heavy appliances from the ground and nearby buildings onto the roof of the only Israeli guard post at Netzarim Junction. In a superb investigative coup, renowned Israeli physicist Nacham Shahaf wrested three hours of raw Sept. 30 newsreels from Reuters and the Associated Press. These rushes show very clearly that the Israelis shot only when fired upon, and that Palestinians walked around without fear.

Another important fact shows too: the Israeli post was situated at a very wide angle to the position of Jamal and Mohammed Al-Durrah behind a Palestinian warehouse two times its own height.

In other words, even if the Israelis were filmed shooting, which they weren't, it was physically impossible for them to have wounded either Mohammed or his father, Jamal Al-Durrah, who were crouched, entirely out of view, behind a barrel topped by a cement cinder block. On the Al-Durrahs' side, moreover, the barrel has no bullet holes. If bullets penetrated it from the Israeli side, they did not come out.

Whoever shot at the Al-Durrahs that day, it was not the Israelis. Shooting footage was Talal Abu Rahmeh, a Palestinian stringer for AP and Reuters, who created the icon of supposed Israeli brutality. Abu Rahmeh said under oath that he shot 27 minutes of film. In tapes broadcast worldwide, he asserted that Israeli soldiers subjected the man and the boy to 45 minutes of withering fire, that Israelis intentionally shot the boy dead.

Abu Rahmeh said the boy bled for 20 minutes. The father said he was shot in the hand, arm and leg and that his elbow and pelvis were crushed--and that a bullet ripped through his son's stomach and exited from his back.

But in the rushes, there is no blood on either the victims or the ground. The supposed 27 minutes of footage was apparently less than three minutes. Three hours of additional rushes from AP and Reuters obtained by Shahaf show much more besides.

At the rear of the warehouse, inside a hollowed-out room, several armed and uniformed Palestinian Arabs were filmed on Sept. 30, 2000, talking calmly with directors. The latter then clear the area before takes. Since when do fighters take their cues from civilians?

Later the same day, at least five AP and Reuters photographers taped the same Palestinians firing through a large hole in the rear cinder block wall into the empty warehouse room they had quietly occupied hours earlier. At whom were they firing? The Israeli position was on the other side of the warehouse, in a building half the size. Given their lack of fear and the positive glee of bystanders, these men were surely acting.

Thirty people were reportedly killed and hundreds wounded that day, but the rushes show not one critical injury. Every evacuation was careless of its effects on the supposed patients. One man grabs his leg as if shot, but like the Al-Durrahs remains unbloodied. He is then roughly loaded onto a gurney on his injured leg. Another young man hands off a Molotov cocktail before being swooped into his colleagues' arms and thrown into the back of a waiting prop one of several Red Crescent and U.N. ambulances. Actors clap and laugh as its doors close. Others were caught sunbathing, talking on cell phones, standing nonchalantly, their backs turned to the Israelis. Clearly, these are mises en scene.

Only Talal Abu Rahmeh, with alleged ties to terror groups, filmed the supposed shooting of Mohammed Al-Durrah. No one taped the evacuation of the wounded boy and his father. Finally, a Reuters cameraman behind the Al-Durrahs caught many others running by in supposed fear as the boy and his father talked calmly in the background and stayed put behind their barrel.

Says Enderlin now: I am really fed up with this story. We are very confident it was not staged, and there is no doubt about that. Our cameraman caught the scene, and other cameramen were there and they caught part of the scene.

Really? That is not what Enderlin said at the time. Indeed, on Sept. 30, 2000, he personally hand-delivered copies of the France 2 footage to every major foreign news outfit at the Jerusalem Journalism Studio House, according to MENA's Stephane Juffa. If the incident were real, wouldn't other cameramen also have grabbed some footage?

Enderlin also says now: We NEVER got any formal request about any inquiry or complaint about Mohammed Al-Durrah from any Israeli Authority. I wrote the Israeli Army spokesman in November 2000 that our legal department might consider an official request to participate in an inquiry. I NEVER got any answer. By Enderlin's reckoning, the official Israeli investigation under the direction of General Yom Tov Samia and Physicist Nacham Shahaf was not official.

Now Enderlin is suing X. One of those ostensibly covered by this legal appellation is Philippe Karsenty, who runs the Media-Ratings Agency in Paris, the first organization in France to objectively critique and expose the routine manipulations of its foreign print and broadcast media. The agency has taken on many other issues, too, at its www.m-r.fr Web site. The democracy in France stops when the press follows foreign affairs, says Karsenty today.

All the media are talking the same language and have corporate attitudes. If the media says the moon is green, then the moon is green for everyone. Since France 2 is, like the British Broadcasting Corporation, government-funded and chartered, correcting this outrage can occur only with help from French politicos.

To that end, Karsenty on Nov. 28 visited French Minister of Culture and Communications Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres and on Dec. 3 showed his counselors MENA's film, exposing the fraud. They were shocked, he says, adding that Media-Ratings will not be intimidated by the France 2 suit.

The network evidently hopes to use a statute most often applied to criminal cases in which the perpetrators are unknown. By suing X, says Juffa, they are saying, 'Please investigate and discover who did it'. Enderlin himself confirms as much. For French justice, a name and address on a Web site is not proof that the person is the author of the material, he says. France 2 could file against these people, but since you have no proof that they are a company registered under the law, [you] cannot file a suit against [them]. The judge must file against these people. ... At press time, Enderlin's attorney had not responded to questions.

But Metula, Media-Ratings, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Sun, are well-known companies with published addresses. They have taken a big risk, says Juffa. The prosecutor in this case must include the Wall Street Journal in the procedure, must include the state of Israel, must include Daniel Seaman. Moreover, some years ago, in a hearing before 40 witnesses, Enderlin publicly refused to provide Israeli General Yom Tov Samia with a full set of tapes. If France 2's case ever goes to trial, which Juffa and Karsenty doubt, Enderlin will be obliged to produce the evidence that seems to contradict almost everything he has said to date.

The list of anomalies goes on and on. The major ones:

  • The tapes show no blood on the Al-Durrahs or, following their evacuation, at the scene.

  • Only Abu Rahmeh caught the incident on film, although several other cameramen were present.

  • Doctors Juna Saka and Mohammed El Dawil at the Shifa hospital in Gaza say the father and boy arrived at the hospital between noon and 1p.m., but Enderlin reported that the incident began at 3 p.m.

  • The evacuation was not filmed.

  • The tapes show no bullet holes on the Al-Durrahs' side of the barrel.

  • No bullets were ever recovered.

  • Palestinian Arab officials ordered no autopsy and conducted no investigation.

  • In three hours of Palestinian-produced rushes, Israelis were not seen firing.

  • In the background, Palestinian cameramen loitered casually, without fear.

  • At the hospital, France 2 tapes show a body much larger than that of Mohammed Al-Durrah, with surgical abdominal wounds, not wounds from high-powered gunshots, according to forensic medical experts who have seen the France 2, Reuters and AP footage.

  • Shots fired at the Al-Durrahs triggered small round clouds of smoke. Subsequent ballistic tests showed that only head-on shots could produce such small circular clouds. Upon impact, shots fired at a wide angle throw off great clouds of smoke in the opposite direction.

The bottom line: the tapes suggest that the man and boy were not shot, period, least of all by the Israelis.

Speaking last summer, Foreign Ministry press director Gideon Meir said that reopening this four-year-old case would only cause more damage to Israel: The myth has taken on a life of its own, he said. Besides, some Israeli newsmen say, exposing the lies of Palestinian newsmen and leaders would be like reporting that it rains in the spring, or it's hot in August. It's not news.

But the power of the myth may be precisely why Israel should make a federal case of this affair. Perhaps the Jewish state will do so if France 2 ever presses its case. After all, Mohammed Al-Durrah played a huge role in the incitement to global jihad; the episode has real significance as the first blood libel of the 21st century.

Press behavior was equivalent to that in the 19th century Dreyfus Affair. For the media industry, this case could be equivalent in scale to the Enron accounting scandal.

In September and October 2000, the endless airing of newsreels and photos from this non-event immediately wiped out all good will generated by Prime Minister Ehud Barak's historic offer of peace at Camp David II. It directly prompted Arab riots in Israel, resulting in the deaths of 13 youths two days later. I live in the Galilee with many Arabs, says Juffa. After this incident, I went to talk to them. Until then, they knew (and trusted) Israeli policy that forbade shooting at civilians. But after seeing these tapes over and over, they thought the Israeli policy had changed, he continues. They thought their lives were at stake and they were in danger.

The affair also fired the largest worldwide wave of jihad attacks on Jews in history. Daniel Pearl's murderers used Al-Durrah's image in their grisly snuff film. Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi referred to the case, as did even Osama bin Laden. If Mohammed Al-Durrah is the poster boy of the 21st century jihad, Jews are at the epicenter of the hatred.

For the more than 30,000 attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions in Israel, 1,000 killed and thousands wounded, hundreds of far less publicized incidents have occurred worldwide. Jewish schools and synagogues have been firebombed in London, Munich and Paris, and rabbis have been stabbed in broad daylight.

In Texas in August 2003, Ariel Sellouk was murdered by a longtime Muslim friend. In France one year ago, Jewish shopkeeper Chantal Piekolek and famed Parisian DJ Sebastian Sellam were brutally murdered within one 24-hour period. Sellam was the son of refugees from Morocco and spoke fluent Arabic. He met his death in his parking garage, en route to work. A Muslim that he had known since childhood slit his throat, carved up his face with a fork and gouged out his eyes. The Muslim then climbed the stairs to the Sellams' apartment and showed the horrified mother his bloody hands. I have killed my Jew, he said. I will go to heaven. Piekolek's 10-year-old daughter heard her mother's murder while cowering in the shop storage room. Neither of these murders was reported in the mainstream French press. In all three instances, officials dismissed anti-Semitism as the motive. Shouldn't law enforcement officials call jihad a motive?

The Western press corps in Israel too politicized to believe that Palestinians might lie about the Al-Durrah episode, and much else besides is almost certainly taken in daily by many more (albeit smaller) hoaxes. Journalists are undoubtedly duped, in turn duping the global public, at Jewish expense. Ultimately, the survival of Western civilization may hang on press refusal to apply professional skepticism equally to both sides.

Consider these examples:

  • In April 2002, Rula Amin of CNN alleged, through photographs, that Israel was imposing a Holocaust on Palestinians in the village of Rumana. She appeared with a naked man, wrapped in an army blanket, who had been incarcerated for only 36 hours but looked starved nearly to death. He was probably ill. But this scene silently invoked the Holocaust, and her text almost didn't matter. CNN apparently later edited or deleted the account.

  • This year, when terrorists forced young boys to carry suicide bombs, one Irish newscaster suggested that Israel wants the world to see a young boy, allegedly ready to kill. She stated Palestinian allegations, however, as fact. For most commentators, this is routine.

  • In June 2003, a BBC special report on weapons of mass destruction accused Israel of using poison gas on Palestinians. The report was based solely on Palestinian allegations. The BBC excluded proof, issued the same day, that the allegations were false. The reporters consulted no scientists or medical officials and simply repeated the blood libel perpetrated in 1983, described by Raphael Israeli in the book Poison. Palestinians then alleged that Israel had used poison gas to contaminate a girls school, a case later unequivocally proven to be mass hysteria.

  • Once errors have been made, says Malcolm Downing, a BBC assignment editor, there is no effective way to make corrections. The truth is racing away, and the correction is laying behind, he said. We never catch up, and that's true for everyone else in addition to us. Asked if anything could be done about that, he said, I don't think there is, to be honest. There would be, if only the press would post its corrections under banner headlines on the front pages. The Al-Durrah case deserves such treatment.

  • After cartoonist Dave Brown depicted Ariel Sharon eating babies, one reporter asked British Cartoon Society director Dr. Tim Bensen why Arafat was not depicted eating babies. Maybe because Jews don't issue fatwas, he said. Well, if you upset an Islamic or a Muslim group, fatwas can be issued by an ayatollah and such like. ... [Cartoonists] could be in trouble ... [if they] depict an Arab leader in the same manner. They could suffer death, couldn't they? It's rather different.

In other words, the media are not only political, they are also intimidated.

Last summer, a spokesman for Prime Minister Ra'anan Gissin and Foreign Ministry Press officer Gideon Meir suggested that the U.S. press is most friendly to Israel. Certainly, the press outside the U.S. is more hostile to Israel. Nevertheless, interviews with a few reporters at major U.S. metropolitan dailies showed the differences are not all that great.

Take Washington Post bureau Chief John Anderson, who has spent the better part of the last decade in Iran, Central Asia and Turkey, but learned not a single language spoken in those places. In Israel for the last two years, he and his wife, Molly Moore, speak neither Arabic nor Hebrew, and rely totally on translators to conduct interviews and report. They were in Istanbul for 13 months before moving as a twofer team to Jerusalem. They planned the move for six months, but say they could not learn the languages while working. In 13 years as foreign correspondents, the only foreign language they learned was Spanish, while in Mexico.

Anderson admits that Israeli translators are unimpeachable, while Palestinians are merely good. Their chief advantage, he says, is being on the ground in the territories, where Israelis cannot go. As for context, he admits to having read no regional history before or during his tenure in Jerusalem. He sees himself as something of a fireman, what is known in the trade as an ambulance chaser.

Furthermore, despite a decade of reporting from Islamic nations, Anderson has never learned the dominant laws or tenets of Islam, much less the laws of jihad. These laws require Muslims to invite infidels to Islam, and if they reject the faith, to prosecute holy war. They apply even in modern times.

Anderson contends that writing for 13 years with Farsi, Arabic, Kurdish, Hebrew, Spanish, Tamil, Hindu and Pashtan translators, he and Moore have learned enough to accurately weigh the veracity of translations. It is sufficient, he says, to know an interpreter's level of English proficiency, education and his political leanings which Moore and Anderson ascertain while en route to appointments and from the types of interviews he arranges.

But Western reporters in Israel are 100 percent reliant on Palestinian fixers, as reporters call them, say journalists and officials. The vast majority come with political and ideological baggage. A few attempt to report the truth about corruption, murder and censorship in the territories, says one unusual Palestinian journalist, but 99 percent and 100 percent of the fixers for the Washington Post and New York Times are allied with the PLO, Fateh, Hamas, Islamic Jihad or even Hezbollah. Their understanding of the truth is correspondingly one-sided.

You can't blame the Palestinians, says the Palestinian. This is the way they were trained, to be loyal, not to air the dirty laundry, this is media in the Arab world, he says. Unfortunately, 100 percent of the fixers see themselves as foot soldiers in the revolution. They will not tell foreign journalists anything that reflects badly on the PA. As an Israeli journalist notes, they are also starving, and most can be bought for $50. Consequently, Western reporters rely too heavily on spokesmen like Nabil Sha'ath and Sa'eb Erekat, and when a corruption scandal hits the news, they are surprised.

Foreign journalists in Israel come in four stripes. They may be flown in for one-shot coverage. They may know nothing and realize they know nothing. They may know a little and assume they know much more. But more often than not, they know nothing and don't want to know. The last type are especially arrogant, [and] prejudiced against Israel, and do not let the facts get in the way, says the Palestinian journalist. Even Americans are overly sympathetic to Palestinians and hostile to Israel.

Dig deeply, and the picture of the foreign press in Israel deteriorates further. Evidently, networks and newspapers rarely if ever investigate reporters before hiring or posting them to assignments. A few cases in point:

  • Lawahez Ga'abri, also known as Lawahez Burgal and for her membership in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine since age 15, has applied for a press pass under the auspices of NBC. Its producers and indeed, the staff of the Columbia Journalism School seem unaware that she belongs to a group listed by the State Department as a terror organization.

  • Most Palestinian journalists have been imprisoned at some time for genuine cause, says the Palestinian reporter.

  • Ali Durehmeh, a reporter for the Associated Press for nine months, spent the prior two years as a field researcher for B'tselem, according to spokesman Noam Hoffstater in Jerusalem. Its methods of verifying information also seem extremely shoddy. They are based solely on Palestinian allegations and generally lack rigorous crosschecks with medical and other officials. It is one thing to allege murder, and another to verify the identity of a body and scientifically establish the cause of death.

  • Leileh Odeh, an Abu Dhabi network journalist whose press pass was revoked in April 2002 but who continues stringing for foreign news organizations, in 2003 appeared as a translator and mediator for the family of Marwan Barghouti, who was then on trial for serial terrorism. Odeh was instructing the children how to respond to questions, says the GPO director Seaman, who personally witnessed the episode.

  • In March 2002, a German journalist was filmed instructing Arabs to find him some good pictures featuring the devastation that was falsely and widely reported worldwide.

  • Wafa Amer, a Jordanian reporter, printed false hearsay from an unnamed Palestinian source accusing the Israel Defense Forces of beating and murdering a victim whose brains he said had oozed out.

  • Charles Enderlin consults for French government officials and the European Union, both clear conflicts of interest, say others who know him.

  • In March 2002, a prominent Israeli TV newsman, an immigrant from an Arab country fluent in Arabic, overheard this conversation: in a Jerusalem elevator, two Palestinians working for foreign news agencies plotted to preserve bodies from the Jenin hospital, so as to inter them in mass graves and later accuse Israel of mass murder.

  • Israeli officials allege that press passes provide cover for many evils: one reporter passes information to Hamas in Samaria and Judea; another works as a Russian spy; a third transferred suicide bombers in his car; an Australian transported armed terrorists from one part of the disputed territories to another. Following a suicide attack that killed three, a reporter was caught photographing Israeli targets for its enemies. Others charge that a key Ha'aretz reporter leaks information to PA operatives in Hebron.

The first victims of the corrupt Palestinian Authority and press naï:veté: are Arabs. This peace is killing us, says another Palestinian reporter who, after the Palestinian leadership, blames the Western press most of all. An entire generation has been irretrievably destroyed.

In 1993, if the foreign press had reported on the corruption, murder and totalitarianism in the Palestinian Authority, says this Palestinian source, the current war might have been avoided. But the mainstream press treats Palestinians with silk gloves.

The Washington Post's Anderson, however, admits none of this. Questioned about alliances of his own Arab translators, he says: I don't believe all the fixers are affiliated. If they are and you don't know it, you haven't done a very good job. As for his own fixers, we use very independent minded people, he says. Not according to others who know them.

Translators would not lie to the point of fabricating stories, says Anderson. They have a point of view, they have an agenda, and they try to get their point of view across. I try to play it down the middle.

But playing it down the middle, for him, means accepting the Palestinian charge, for example, that Israelis once set up a roadblock outside Ramallah simply to dismantle it for show and put it up again a few miles down the road when no pressmen were looking. They made the cage a little bit bigger. ... The whole thing was a scam, he says.

As to whether the Al-Durrah case was also a scam, Anderson last summer thought it unlikely. There were so many camera crews, he says. You never want to say never, but on a news story that big, if it was totally bogus, it would have gotten out. ... There is not a vast conspiracy among Palestinian journalists to keep that kind of thing quiet.

On the contrary, says a Palestinian journalist, the Arab press organizes so as not to reflect badly on their leaders, whatever that requires. Anderson thinks he knows better.

In other interviews with foreign journalists the results were pretty much the same: a lot of skepticism greets the notion that Palestinians fabricate news.

It's part of being a professional and a correspondent and a fireman, to be able to assess the situation, get over the language barriers and get on [the story], says Anderson. By this reckoning, foreign pressmen in Israel are nothing more than cub reporters and most think, like Anderson, in fact there is incitement on both sides.

So, was Mohammed Al-Durrah an incitement? Anderson of the Washington Post would say no, and the vast majority would agree with him.

In the end, dismantling this press roadblock to the truth will take another Emile Zola. Failing that, readers should assume that news fakery will continue to erode the very underpinnings of our way of life. They should also apply to reports from Palestinian Authority areas the skepticism that newsmen do not.

Steven Plaut is an American-trained economist, a professor of business administration at Haifa University and author of "The Scout." He frequently comments - both seriously and satirically - on Israeli politics and the left wing academic community. His website address is http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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Posted by Ellen W. Horowitz, December 28, 2004.

:...Therefore, we shall not be afraid when the earth is transformed, and at mountains' collapse in the heart of the seas; when its waters rage and are muddied, mountains quake in His majesty..." (Psalm 46)

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsh explains that we need not be afraid when the earth undergoes violent change, because the catastrophes and surging waters are G-d's floods. And it is He "that rules them, that causes and guides them..."

Okay, I'll concede that earthquakes and tsunamis belong to G-d, and that He's in control. But the images of suffering and magnitude of the devastation still frightens me and overwhelms the senses.

I imagine there are two types of individuals who didn't absolutely quake at the destruction that instantaneously hit ten countries in Southeast Asia this week. They are those people in possession of complete and unwavering faith in G-d (a rare and endangered breed), and those who are struck by blind apathy (the world's got a surplus of them). The rest of us are simply scared and shaken.

I guess I've pretty much covered earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons and tsunamis in my previous writings (see "Shell-shocked, but Hopeful," http://israelnationalnews.com/article.php3?id=4164 and "The Infinite Scream," http://www.israelnationalnews.com/article.php3?id=3148) There's not much we can do about these events, other than to mourn, offer assistance and comfort, meditate on the state of humanity and of ourselves, and to pick up the shattered pieces and rebuild.

When G-d overturns our world, whether it be on a personal or universal scale, there is nothing to analyze, intellectualize or say. "And Aaron was silent" (Lev. 10:3). But in our silence, there is plenty to ponder. And it is incumbent upon us to do all we can to prevent another disaster, whether that be the development of technological warning systems, better construction techniques, or trying to improve ourselves and humanity through altruistic efforts and prayer. Aaron was silent after Divinely -ordained tragedy struck, but Mordechai screamed in order to prevent a man-made atrocity from happening.

There is something I fear far more than natural disasters. Man-made disasters blow my mind. Because, unlike G-d, we mortals are not perfect. Our plans and designs are inherently flawed and the damage we cause tends to reach beyond our control and there are no guarantees of our ability to ultimate rectify what we've ruined.

We mere humans were put on this earth to build and create. It's beyond our realm to do anything but. The only time it is permissible for us to destroy is when evil raises its ugly head. Then, because we are commanded to choose life, we are under obligation to obliterate that which would destroy us.

Now we have all seen the horrors, grief and suffering brought about when the hand of G-d wipes away entire communities. Tragedy of this sort is unfathomable, incomprehensible and untouchable. So, why would any human in his right mind aspire towards those ends - even on a small scale?

It is the absolute antithesis of humanity to voluntarily uproot a creative and productive endeavor. It is the height of insanity to displace a thriving population and hand what remains of their endeavors and inheritance over to destructive forces. And yet, for the most part, we remain silent and allow our Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, to proceed with his deranged Gaza disengagement plan.

A year ago, in response to the earthquake which struck Iran and killed 31,000 people, I wrote about a natural disaster which occurred in Indonesia in 1883 and triggered tsunamis which killed 40,000 people. It seems, at the time, the event turned the sky red over Oslo and may have inspired Edvard Munch to paint his masterpiece "The Scream."

Four months ago, that painting, which captured the existential fear and scream of humanity, was stolen by masked gunman from the museum in Oslo, Norway.

Back here in Israel, it seems that the masked gunmen of Oslo have managed to silence our screams. It appears we've lost out voice, and that has the makings of a man-made tragedy of immense proportions.

Ellen Horowitz lives in the Golan Heights, Israel with her husband and six children. She is a painter and columnist for Israelnationalnews.com. email: ellen@artfromzion.com

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Posted by Judah Tzoref, December 28, 2004.
This comes from a new group - www.ColumbiaPetition.org They need your help to urge President Bollinger of Columbia University to fire two professors guilty of blatant, irresponsible anti-semitism.

By now it is a well known fact that certain Arab countries and individuals have been making a deliberate effort to direct money towards influencing some of our major American universities. The problem of Arab wealth corrupting the learning experience of America's young people is particularly prevalent in many of what would otherwise be considered our finest Ivy League institutions.

So please, click here to go to the Petition site. Read, Sign, and Forward this information to your Family, Friends, and Co-Workers.

There are heavy ramifications associated with sitting still and allowing this trend to continue. In future years, this country will be run by the Ivy League graduates of today. Historically, those are the individuals that dominate politics, media, industry, government, and the other important components of our cherished society.

To have the current student / future leaders be influenced and persuaded by hateful Anti-Semitic teachers and professors that are in place as a result of lump sum payments and other forms of ongoing financial support by these Arabs to our universities, is the equivalent of a time bomb waiting to explode.

We cannot sit back and do nothing. As American Jews, we cannot afford to allow this climate in our best higher learning establishments to continue to ferment. Conversely, we need to protect and preserve these environments for our Jewish students, so that there will be a balanced representation of highly educated Jewish graduates in the overall mix.

ColumbiaPetition.org is committed to nullifying the impact of these ill conceived ambitions that are being developed by those who hate Jews, deny their right to exist, and spend so much time, thought, energy, and money on trying to eliminate the Jewish population in these cunning and insidious ways.

To begin our important campaign geared towards battling these forces of destruction, we need to gather the evidence of a united Jewish voice, and exhibit the strength in numbers that will allow this message, - that this form of behavior is unacceptable, - to obtain the right audience and be heard. THIS CAN ONLY BE DONE BY HAVING YOU AND ALL THOSE YOU KNOW SIGN THE PETITION.

So please, click here to go to the Petition site. Read, Sign, and Forward this information to your Family, Friends, and Co-Workers.

By signing our petition, you are letting the president of Columbia University, Lee Bollinger, know, that we will not sit silently while he allows Columbia University and their previously fine reputation to be bought by Anti-Israeli, Anti-American, and Anti-Semitic hate mongers with evil agendas. We are letting university presidents throughout the United States know, with fair warning, that the Jewish Community will not stand for them selling our future and our safety to the highest bidder, regardless of motive or intention.

We thank you for your time, concern, and participation in helping to make this campaign as effective as possible.


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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, December 28, 2004.

Funny idea that an Arab would be the head of the opposition to Sharon. What could he possibly be opposed to? Sharon and his gang are doing everything possible to fulfill the PLO goal of destroying the State of Israel. Maybe he is just annoyed that it is a Jew doing it and not an Arab. They can be like that sometimes.

This news item comes from Arutz Sheva (www.IsraelNationalNews.com) and is archived at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=74298

(IsraelNN.com) MK Abdulmalik Dehamshe told Galei Tzahal (Army) Radio a short time ago that Shas leader Eli Yishai has offered to make a deal with him by which Shas and Arab parties would enter a six month alternating rotation agreement to serve as opposition leaders.

Yishai according to Galei Tzahal denies such an offer was put on the table.

It appears that Yishai is only missing 2 or 3 signatures to have adequate support to claim the position, one that entitles him to regular briefings with the prime minister, an audience with visiting dignitaries, and an armored vehicle, driver, and staff.

If the reported deal is actualized, it would mark the first time in the nation's history that an Arab MK would serve as head of the opposition.

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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Posted by Michael Freund, December 28, 2004.

As a child growing up in Egyptian-controlled Gaza in the 1950s, Nonie Darwish remembers how she was taught to hate Jews from a very young age.

"I was told not to take any candy from strangers since it could be a Jew trying to poison me," she recalls. "We were told Jews were devils and evil and the enemies of God."

Now, nearly five decades later, Darwish has discarded the views with which she was raised, and become a vocal activist on Israel's behalf. She recently launched a Web site, ArabsforIsrael.com, and has begun lecturing across the US about the need to stand behind Israel and support its existence.

"It took me many years to realize that Israel is not a threat to the Arab world and is actually an asset in the area," Darwish told The Jerusalem Post. "When I moved to America in 1978 my first job was given to me by a Jewish man. Both he and his parents were very kind to me."

Additional contacts with Jews in the US, who Darwish says taught her "to be a humanitarian," led her to begin to rethink all that she had been taught as a child.

This feeling was later reinforced after her brother's life was saved by the Hadassah-University Hospital in Jerusalem.

The turning point, though, came with the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, which was when Darwish says she at last developed a fuller grasp of the realities of the region.

"The most crucial reason for me to support Israel was 9/11. That was when I realized that Israel was the victim of Arab terrorism for all its history," she says. "My culture of origin was responsible for this unspeakable terror in New York and the Pentagon."

In the wake of the attacks, Darwish began to speak out, saying that she could no longer be silent while "terrorism is destroying the moral fabric of Muslim society."

Her message is twofold: stop pressuring Israel, and push for reform of the Arab world as a means of developing a freer and more diverse Middle East.

"Some say that America needs to pressure Israel to achieve peace, but I say the world needs to pressure all the Arab countries to pressure the Palestinians to achieve peace," Darwish says, adding that the Palestinians "have to end terrorism."

Israel, she asserts, is a convenient pretext that Arab leaders use to deflect domestic criticism directed at their corruption and misrule. "The game of using Israel as an excuse for their internal problems has to end and be exposed for what it is."

The Arab world desperately needs democratic reform, she says, because if change does not come soon, "the alternative will be devastating to all."

Driven by a sense of urgency, Darwish has traveled across the US, addressing a wide variety of audiences, including on college campuses. She also recently paid a visit to Israel to take part in the annual Jerusalem Summit.

As she reaches out to a growing number of people, her Web site, which contains articles and other material in both English and Arabic, has rapidly started to serve as a platform for pro-Israel Christian and Muslim Arabs to communicate their views.

"There are many Jews and Israelis who freely express compassion and support for the Palestinians," the Web site says. "It is time that we Arabs express reciprocal compassion and support."

While Darwish has been the target of some hostile mail as a result of her activities, she says that after launching the site she received numerous supportive e-mails from like-minded Arabs and Muslims.

"We are still few, but growing in numbers," she says, adding, "If some Muslims and Arabs do not like it, then so be it." She is careful to emphasize that her criticism is not aimed at Islam, nor does she think that anti-Semitism is intrinsic to its worldview.

"I truly believe that anti-Semitism is more of a cultural phenomenon in the Arab world rather than a religious phenomenon. It is up to Muslims who practice and teach the religion they claim to love and cherish, to elevate it and interpret it in the spirit of tolerance."

Though she is confident that the Arab world will eventually come to terms with the existence of a Jewish state, she is less sanguine about the growing danger posed to the West by Islamic fundamentalism.

"The greatest misconception of the West is that their culture and democracy is indestructible and that the forces of terror and evil are not all that significant, but the bottom line is that many Muslims have their eyes set to Islamize America and the West and will not let go even after 9/11."

Michael Freund served as an adviser to former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. This article appeared today in the Jerusalem Post and is archived at http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/ JPArticle/Printer&cid=1104122542292&p=1078027574097

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Posted by IsrAlert, December 27, 2004.

Seedlings grown at the Gush Katif Nurseries will be planted in communities from Dugit in northern Gaza to Morag in the south of the strip. Organizers expect to plant thousands of trees this Tu B'Shvat.

You can deepen your roots in Gush Katif in just four easy steps:

Go to http://www.katif.net/2b/english.php

  1. Chose your seedlings Plants such as MYRTUS.TARENTINA, EUCALYPTUS CALOPHYLLA(Medium) and ZIZIGUM (XLarge) are available.
  2. Choose a location for planting (a settlement in Gush Katif or an IDF base in the area).
  3. Mark the number of seedlings you want.
  4. Make the purchase and mark the method of payment.

Harv Weiner, a businessman in Dallas, Texas, is the founder and moderator of Isralert. To subscribe to IsrAlert, send an email to isralert@aol.com

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Posted by Laureen Moe, December 27, 2004.

Dr. Bernadine Healy's resignation as president of the American Red Cross in December 2001 was a tragedy. This remarkable woman had, in less than two years, forced major reforms on a reluctant governing body and shown superb crisis management skills in the aftermath of the terrible events of Sept. 11.

But this is not all she should be remembered for. Healy, shortly after she took office, discovered that the American Red Cross had acquiesced for decades in the policy of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent to oppose accepting Magen David Adom as a legitimate emblem of the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross. She rightly saw this as, at best, turning a blind eye on a moral wrong; in an act of great moral courage, she set about to put things right. She spoke against the federation's anti-Israeli stance in Geneva, the home of the federation, and stirred up a hornet's nest of denials of wrongdoing, complaints against her lack of diplomatic finesse and charges that her methods just "weren't done" in Geneva. When it became obvious that the federation (and most of its member states) were not going to change their ways, Healy settled in for a long and sometimes nasty battle. She made it clear to the federation and her own board that the American Red Cross was no longer prepared to accept in silence a policy that was inimical to our deepest held values and that put the lie to the federation's claims of universality.

Healy was forced out of office by a behind-closed-doors vote of the American Red Cross's Board of Governors -- not because of anything relating to the Sept. 11 tragedy but because she dared to try to right a wrong -- the wrong of denying a sovereign nation equality because of its ethnicity. The weak and easily persuaded had indeed succumbed to the blandishments of the sophisticated federation apologists who are so adept at making a wolf look like a sheep. Before long the American Red Cross, under its new and surely more "moderate" leadership, would return to paying its dues and "cooling it" on the issue of granting Magen David Adom the equality justice demands.

As a result of this, whenever I receive a letter from the Red Cross soliciting funds, I send a note back in their post-paid envelope stating that, since Israel's Magen David Adom is not recognized by the organization, until this wrong is corrected I will withhold any contributions and will advise everyone I know to do the same. If you agree please send this to everyone on your list. It may help get Magen David Adom back on the funded list of that organization and they sorely need the help. It's like chicken soup.... it couldn't hurt!

Laureen Moe is a Christian Zionist and lives in Canada. She can be reached at her website, http://www.laureenmoe.org She writes, "I dedicate this to the children that never came; and to my brother who died trying to stop a mad man that was on the loose in Germany."

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Posted by Yoram Ettinger, December 27, 2004.

The Palestinian elections, which will be held in January 2004 cannot be free. Free election on one hand, and the nature of the Palestinian Authority on the other hand, constitute an oxymoron.

Elections do not become free through rhetoric, even when the rhetoric is uttered by leaders of respectable nations and by media and academia stars. Elections do not constitute a magic wand, which transforms totalitarian regimes into democracies. On the other hand, it is a free society, which is a critical prerequisite for Free Elections; a Free Society, which is based on the rights of the individual, rather than the rights of the ruler.

Free elections are the by-product of a society, where citizens accord certain rights to their government. Free elections cannot be a by product of societies, where regimes accords certain rights to their subjects, eliminate their opponents and brainwash their population with hate-education. Elections held by a non-free society are inherently non-free, even if prestigious evening news anchormen and press conferences in Jerusalem, London, the UN and Washington, DC refer to them as "free elections". My late friend from Athens Texas would have said that "It doesn't matter how much lipstick and make-up you apply to a Doberman, it will always be a Doberman and never a Poodle."

The January 2004 elections will deal a severe blow to the hopes of Palestinians to be liberated from the oppressive regime, which was imposed on them by "The Tunisians": Arafat, Abu Mazen, Abu Ala', Dahlan, Rajoub and other members of the PLO, who have been considered - by fellow Arabs - as the role model of treachery, corruption, intolerance and terrorism. These elections will accord further Western legitimacy to the political, ideological and financial infrastructure of Palestinian terrorism, and will therefore deal a setback to the pursuit of peace. The coming Palestinian elections will raise further doubts about the capabilities of post-1992 Israeli leaders to benefit from the lessons of the 1996 Palestinian elections, from the unprecedented terrorism of the last 11 years (since the signing of the Oslo Accord) and from the Regime-Change and subsequent elections initiated by the US in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The January 1996 Palestinian elections were supervised by international and Israeli observers. They were certified as "free and democratic" by global personalities, such as former Presidents Clinton and Carter, by then Israeli Prime Minister Peres, by the UN, by all European leaders, by the NY Times, CNN, the three major US Networks, etc. They applied much lipstick and make-up, in order to Kosherize the elections, which upgraded the legitimacy of Arafat, Abu Mazen, Abu Ala' and other graduates of terrorist camps in Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Lebanon and Tunisia. However, when the lipstick and make-up disappeared, it became obvious that notwithstanding the "free" election, the Palestinian Authority persisted in hate-education, terrorism, gross violation of human rights, corruption, systematic and violent violation of commitments made to Israel and to the US and repression of the Christian minority.

A cardinal prerequisite to Free Election, to moderate regimes and to durable and peaceful coexistence is the uprooting of the regime, which has been responsible for the deterioration of the Palestinian society. Abu Mazen and Abu Ala' have not been in exile or in the underground during the last eleven years, since the signing of the Oslo Accord. Sometimes they opposed Arafat's tactics, but they always supported Arafat's strategy. Therefore, they were among Arafat's closest confidants and senior deputies since the 1950s, when they were leaders of the Palestinian cell of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo (which became the ideological mentor of Hamas terrorists). Along with Dahlan and Rajoub, they devised a series of understandings with Hamas, starting with the 1993 edition, which committed the PA and Hamas to a joint strategy (Israel's elimination), while assigning different tactical roles to each organization. Together the four PLO/PA leaders masterminded the system of hate education in PA-controlled schools, mosques and media. The four have earned the nickname - coined by fellow Palestinians - "Mr. 20%", for the notorious kickbacks extracted from businessmen, who deal with the PA.

The US did not initiate elections in Afghanistan and Iraq, before the comprehensive dismantling of the Taliban and the Ba'th regimes. The Allies did not hold elections in Japan and Germany prior to the tearing down of the Tojo and the Nazi regimes.

The Palestinian Authority is not a platform for Free Election. The Palestinian Authority is the key obstacle for Free Election. Legitimizing the January 2004 election - in defiance of the clear track record of the PA - has constituted another victory to wishful thinking over realism. It would, once again, reward Palestinian terrorism and adrenalize Islamic and international terrorism. It would cause, therefore, a setback to moderate Palestinian elements and to the pursuit of peaces.

Ambassador Yoram Ettinger is an editor and consultant who lives in Jerusalem. This article appeared as a Ynet Op-Ed today.

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Posted by Moshe Feiglin, December 27, 2004.

The Issue of Membership in and Voting for the Likud

Many people are currently asking us: How can we vote for the Likud in the coming elections? Whey should we join a party that expels Jews from their country? Naturally, Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert, Shaul Mofaz, and the other evil people, who stole the Likud from its members (as clearly demonstrated by their ignoring the results of the referendum) wish the loyal people in the national ruling party to give up and leave. Sharon and his gang in the Likud really want to see this happening, thus giving them freedom of maneuver. They are so frightened of us that, in an unprecedented step, they are refusing to accept application forms for membership of the Likud. Doesn't this prove that this is precisely what we should currently do - continue to recruit new members? Do members of the Mafdal or Ichud Leumi worry Sharon? Or perhaps the only ones that Sharon loses sleep over are the Manhigut Yehuditmembers in the Likud. Join the Likud. It is now far more difficult to do so than in the past, but we can promise everyone who sends us a membership application form that in the end the form will be accepted. "But how can we continue to vote for the Likud?" continues the questioner. Fortunately elections don't seem to be imminent, but those who wish to receive a detailed answer should read the following article (Recruiting, Voting, and Morality): .

The Issue of Refusal

The controversy that surrounded Pinhas Wallerstein's letter is only a storm in a teacup. For years the Left has consistently justified and supported refusal. Even Attorney-General Mazuz has "displayed understanding" for refusal to serve in the army, and don't forget that this case is far graver that that of civilians.

It is therefore clear that the cries by the robbed Cossacks do not address the fundamental issue, and they should be treated accordingly. Wallerstein has started a positive process of assimilation of the need for a total change of direction in the struggle for Gush Katif. Leftist circles have frequently explained the legitimacy and importance of public civil actions against the law, if done without violence and with readiness to pay the price.

But why should one look for justification by Amos Oz, Yeshayahu Leibovitz, Moshe Negbi, and Co. The Rambam has already explained in Hilchot Melachim, that if a king commands to transgress Mitzvot from the Torah, he is not to be obeyed. The issue is simple, and it is therefore astonishing that there are rabbis who still support obeying a clearly illegal order that totally contradicts the entire Torah (as well as Israeli law). Don't forget that this is not a theoretical issue, but one of the status of the State and the Redemption.

The issue is one of grave, undisputed offences, of aid for murder. The experience accumulated over the last ten years clearly and unequivocally indicates that every withdrawal encourages the murderous terror and provides it with bases for continuing its murderous attacks. All the warnings by those faithful to the country of what will happen if we retreat, have been fully realized. Thousands of people have already paid with their lives the price of obedience. Withdrawal means giving aid to continuation of the terror.

Naturally, this is not the government intention, but this makes no difference. Things that you see from here, Sharon doesn't and won't see from there. A soldier who expels a Jew from his home in Gush Katif and aids in handing over the area to the Arabs, also aids, judged by all the precedents, the continuation and increase of Arab murders. This is simple logic based on the clear and undisputed existence of the last ten years. All the learned arguments by those rabbis who support obeying this cursed order will not change this bitter fact.

But even those who dispute this argument cannot deny the simple fact that this is a case of robbery. Is it permissible for a soldier to steal the home of another Jew simply because the State ordered him to do so? Is it permissible to steal on behalf of someone else? The argument that the State, and not the soldier, is stealing is ludicrous. The State is made up of individuals, and those who are required to commit the crime have the right to refuse to do so. Those who do not refuse are criminals.

Where is Manhigut Yehudit in All This?

Manhigut Yehudit is the successor to the Zo Artzeinu movement, that orchestrated non-violent civil disobedience throughout the country. The leaders of the movement willingly paid the price of their actions. However, in the end, when the civil struggle of Zo Artzenu and others was translated into a political victory, the alternative was Binyamin Netanyahu.

It rapidly transpired that we had returned to square one. It became apparent that without a substantive alternative the struggle in the field was meaningless. Manhigut Yehudit was established for this purpose. This is the issue we are engaged in and we shall not abandon the first buds of the alternative that we have developed, even if we are tempted to once again lead the struggle in the street. Zo Artzeinu indicated clearly how to wage the struggle, and we hope that there will be new people in the field who will lead the struggle that is so vital today.

And Gush Katif?

Gush Katif possesses a great advantage over its attackers. All it has to do is to remain strong and not give in. It is far more difficult for Sharon than for the residents of Gush Katif. A combination of passive determination in the Gush, and a real struggle throughout the country, while things are getting more complicated for Sharon, will, with G-d's help, lead to the cancellation of the evil decree. We shall of course continue to employ all the political tools at our disposal in the Likud. However, their effect is limited and we must not forget that we did not join the Likud for this purpose.

A Study Day in the Subject of Renewal of the Community in the Jewish State

On the 14th of Adar A we shall hold a study day in Jerusalem on the topic of renewal of the community in the Jewish State.

The more we address the challenge of the future Jewish State, the more we realize that the foundation stone of society in it is the community. The Jewish people developed and was supported by the community structure over the course of the generations, and this was the source of its social strength. The centralized State of Israel discarded the community structure out of hand, and the State in fact regarded itself as a single large community.

The result apparent today is that the State is incapable of really taking care of its citizens, regardless of how much money is available. The privately run soup kitchens prevent real starvation. The Israeli individual lacking a community has entered a state of despair.

How can we renew the community structure in this great social wilderness? It appears that this is the greatest social challenge awaiting the Jewish State when it is established. In the study day Prof. Paul Eidelberg will address the issue from the legislative-scientific aspect; Rabbi Dr. Yitzhak Lipshitz from the Halachic-political aspect; Prof. Hillel Weiss from the cultural-social aspect; and Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Zini (the Technion rabbi) from the Torah-scientific aspect. The final address will be given by Rabbi Israel Ariel on the symbiotic relations between the Jewish community and the Temple.

The lectures will be held in Jerusalem on the 14th of Adar A, from 14:00 until the evening.

Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) is a group of people inside the Likud party who want to see Israel adopt a more Jewish character. Moshe Feiglin, its cofounder, has emphatically said he does not want a theocracy, but he does want a State based on Jewish values. The Manhigut Yehudit website address is http://www.manhigut.org.

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Posted by Carrie Devorah, December 27, 2004.

Tell me something I don't know.

Article after article offers opinions on the Lion of Palestine, a small man who hid behind the veils of his religion while plundering it with one hand and violating its doctrines by, on the other hand, marrying out of his faith to a Christian.

His name is not Arafat. It remains at time of his death, Mohammed Yasser Abdul-Ra'ouf Qudwa Al-Husseini. It was never legally changed. Al-Husseini's death certificate is hidden from his people's eyes delaying their knowing they were led by a literary re-creation of the Wizard of Oz into the Wizard of Gaza, another small man who manipulated lives from behind a screen until his cover was blown by a dog. Remember, it was Toto who pulled the curtain back.

I puzzle at continual credits being given to former President William Jefferson Clinton for the Roadmap to Piece when the architect of origination was former President Carter. Clinton stood back of the infamous handshake between Rabin and Al-Husseini replicated time and again. I wait, but I don't hear the historical corrections just witness the continuous marching forward of hearing being re-written fraudulently one day at a time to re-inforce a people that didn't exist until modern media began rewriting it.

Kevin Costner in his movie 'Field of Dreams' should be credited for the existence of the second Palestinian state. Yes, the second. The first is and remains Jordan, formerly known as Transjordan. The first Palestinian state bolstered its bottom line by tossing out those who lived off it with giving back little. Remember history. England. Pennsylvania. 1700's. A little visit down history lane... the undesirables - religious, prisoners and others were thrown on to boats and set up in a little known town called Philadelphia soon to become known as the place where the new country was declared a reality. You got it America, now the dominant corner of the world.

So what is it we are really looking at when I review the photos of shot of Sharon slinking out of No. 10 a year ago, his head hanging down looking a grown boy schooled. What was it Blair, standing Texan tall, said to him, the leader of the Israeli state. And what was it the Israeli press wasn't allowed to hear last March when Sharon shut them out of inner office talks with then first term President Bush's meetings. The Israeli journalists words ring in my ears to this very day as I read the column stating the obvious about Israel's fence... Doesn't it make sense? Do we forget the walls from 60 years ago? Fences were built around Jews as holding tanks until it was time for their slaughter. A populace was shoved into cramped quarters while Jews working with the Nazis negotiated who went first and when. The truth remains, once all the deals were cut, those Jews went to the slaughter too.

There is a little known fact I share looking at the photos of Blair touring Ramallah. While Arafat and his cohorts martyred themselves within two rooms, the truth remains unspoken. Their children live in places like Jordan, Beverly Hills. One of his cohorts ex-wives lives in DC and LA. She told me she makes movies for the US Treasury Department and plans on sending her sons to Beverly Hills High for the education. Her one hesitation - she was afraid her son might be prejudiced against being from the Middle East...

Then I scratch my head once more looking at another headline dealing with illegal immigration, ID's and driver's licenses. Simply solved, let them all in. Our borders let in a man who does not use his real name and gave him the plum prize of the world, at a cost to our citizens ponying up the dollars and sense it took to wine, dine and protect him.

Next time a pundit takes time to write a column, look around, and play the childhood game of Memory. One card up. Then put it face down and remember where you put the facts the next time you go to write a column on Occupation, Palestinians and media spin making a mountainous non-existent people out of moles in hills.

Carrie Devorah is an investigative photojournalist based in DC. Former religion editor of "Lifestyles" Magazine, her areas of focus are faith, homeland security and terrorism. Devorah is the sister of Jewish Press columnist Yechezkel Chezi Scotty Goldberg, victim of Egged Bus 19 bombing, 1-29-04. Goldberg was a noted psychologist with expertise in at-risk youth.

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Posted by Avraham Weissman, December 27, 2004.

In his first official campaign speech, Mahmoud Abbas, (also known as - "Abu Mazen") the leading candidate (and I believe the winner of) - the Palestinian Authority presidential election - said this past Saturday (on December 25th, 2004) that "he would not employ force against any Palestinian group - and (he) called for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 (war) borders as a prerequisite for achieving peace." ** Of course, the Palestinian groups he was referring to and against whom he refuses (and will continue to refuse) to employ force - were and are - the "Hamas," the "Jihad Islami" and (the PFLP or) the Popular Front for The Liberation Of Palestine, all of whom are rejectionist groups that publicly and totally "reject" the existence of Israel in the Middle East, no matter what its borders. All their rejectionist ideology is in complete accord with the PLO Covenant! Furthermore, recent reported election results indicate that the openly rejectionist Hamas obtained no less than 30 percent of the votes for representatives to the (PA) Palestinian Authority's new legislative council. That certainly does not forbode any relaxing of the PA's anti-Israel position nor of an increased or strengthened interest by the PA in "peace with Israel."

Abu Mazen had already previously publicly declared that he would continue Arafat's policies. Abu Mazen insists, as Arafat did, that Jerusalem become the capital of the Palestinian State and that "the Palestinian refugees" must be permitted to return to what is now Israel - the resulting effect of which would be the eradication of an independent State of Israel! Previous experience, however, has shown that the statements of the "Palestinian" Arab leadership vis-a-vis Israel can be depended upon to be taken seriously, - but despite previous experience, the present Sharon government insists on interpreting Abas' statements as simply "electioneering rhetoric." Those same assumptions were made after the now failed "Oslo Agreement," when Arafat said, in Johannesburg, S. Africa, that the "jihad" (or holy war, a.k.a. "Islamic terrorism") would continue. At that time, the Israeli left wing lead government deluded themselves into believing that the "Palestinian Arab leadership" - didn't really mean what they said. History, of course, has shown that they were "dead wrong" with thousands of dead and wounded to prove it - without any peace in sight!

With all due respect to the PM;

Not only is PM Sharon's - (with help from his left-wing Labor Party pals) "disengagement plan" irrational, - because there is no quid-pro-quo on the Arab Palestinian side, (and none can realistically be expected) but such a move constitutes depriving people in the Gaza strip of their homes & property "without due process of law," that is to say with out a trial in a court of law. Such methods of doing things are used in dictatorships! Even the Soviet communists and other dictatorships called themselves "democracies" while knowing little if anything about the fundamentals of "free democracies" where both human rights and personal property rights are respected! Similarly, here in Israel, there is much talk about "democracy" but little understanding of some of its basic fundamentals. In addition the (disengagement) plan (which is really a forced population transfer) will encourage more terrorism, since Israel is proving that "terrorism works," and it will be leaving the worst of the terrorists (the Hamas & Jihad Islami in Gaza) free to arm themselves at will and in a perfect position to shell much of central Israel, including Tel Aviv, Ashkelon and many cities and towns in the northern and central Negev.

** The statement quoted is taken from page 1, The Jerusalem Post, Sunday - Dec. 26, 2004 edition.

Avraham Weissman lives in Petach Tiqvah, Israel. He can be reached at avna@bezeqint.net

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Posted by Yuval Zaliouk, December 27, 2004.
Dear friends,

As I have repeated many times in my bulletins, the one Arab nation is divided into twenty two separate countries.

Likewise, the Arab-Palestinians are by their own definition an integral part of the Arab nation. Moreover, they already have an independent country called Jordan, in which 70% of the population is, you guest it, Arab-Palestinians.

WHY DOES ONE ARAB NATION DESERVE 22 COUNTRIES, AND WHY DO THE ARAB-PALESTINIANS DESERVE TWO? Historically, we know what happened: The European colonialists, mainly Britain and France, divided the Middle East between the various tribes they favored for one reason or another. But Britain also allocated a national home for the Jewish people in the British Mandate territory, an ancient and distinct nation with all the typical and acceptable attributes of a separate nation. This territory was than, yet again, chopped off by Britain who gave 78% of it to Emir Abdallah, thus creating the country of Jordan.

This huge country of Jordan is a viable, independent Arab-Palestinian state, yet they now wish to chop off another part of what's left of the Jewish homeland, the Biblical regions of Judea and Samaria, and create yet another Arab-Palestinian state in them, and the short-sighted, if not the blind, West, is pressuring Israel to concede these regions and allow a murderous state 8 miles from the center of Tel-Aviv.
Now you tell me please, have they all in the West gone totally crazy? To read an important article on the subject by Dr. Yoram Shifftan click here.

Yuval Zaliouk writes the Truth Provider columns. To subscribe, send an email to ynz@netvision.net.il

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, December 27, 2004.


Muslims in Cologne, Germany, 20,000 strong, rallied in protest against terrorism. The head of the Turkish-Islamic union, sponsors of the march, declared terrorism incompatible with Islam.

More than three million Muslims are estimated to live in Germany. A couple of million live in the US, where more than a third were born and more than half (among adults and probably just males) are college graduates who want tougher anti-terrorism laws. They either do not speak out or, as some claim, do not get much publicity when they do (John P. Avlon, NY Sun, 12/21, p.8).

Are the Cologne marchers representative of their co-religionists in that country? Are they sincere in opposing terrorism? In Britain, a similar rally was called by Islamists to take the wind out of the sails of a movement against terrorism, but mostly excused terrorism and did not call for reform.


"ACRI (Association for Civil Rights in Israel) is a radical far-left anti-Israel propaganda outfit, well-financed, as are all seditious activities in Israel, by the New Israel Fund and other groups outside Israel who do not exactly have Israel's best interests at heart."

ACRI denounces violence, racism, and "occupation." The issue of "occupation" is not a civil rights one but a political one. A border dispute is not within the purview of a civil rights organization. As for violence and racism, the Arabs engage in that without much objection from ACRI. A genuine civil rights organization would object to the Arabs blowing up school buses. Perhaps ACRI is just a Communist (or pro-terrorist) front like B'Tselem and Physicians for Human Rights. The chairman of ACRI is a Communist from Iraq.

When Prof. Steven Plaut asked ACRI for help in defending himself from a lawsuit for slander brought for criticizing a leftist, obviously to intimidate Plaut in the exercise of free speech, ACRI refused. It was not interested in that Jew's civil rights, just as it does not uphold Israel's right to defend its people from bigoted assault by the Arabs.

Mr. Michael denied that Hamas activists are terrorists, because, he said, echoing the Arab line, they are fighting for their land (Prof. Plaut, 12/6, e-mail)

It isn't Hamas' land. Nor is the point who is entitled to the land. The issues are: (1) Hamas' criminally inhumane methods Hamas uses; (2) The Arab war violates their negotiated peace; (3) The Territories are the immediate goal in a plan to seize Israel; and (4) Ironically, Israel would have given them the Territories war if they had kept their bargain, so there is no excuse for war.


To give the P.A. regime "confidence," Israel released prisoners who had not committed murder. They didn't commit murder, it is supposed (not known), but not for lack of trying. They shot at Israelis, threw firebombs at them, and stoned them. The government defined shooting, throwing firebombs, and stoning without bringing fatal results, as "relatively light crimes." What a travesty! (IMRA, 12/6.) Attempted murder is not a "light crime." Releasing attempted murderers is criminal negligence based upon the "Jewish neurosis" of appeasement that my people are afflicted with.

The release sure does give the P.A. "confidence." It gives it confidence that Israel does not know who its enemies are and makes it easy for those enemies. Can't Israel figure out that people who committed lesser crimes in the attempt to commit graver crimes should not be released, lest next time they succeed in killing people?


The General Assembly approved a resolution criticizing Iran for human rights violations. The resolution cited new Iranian restrictions, such as arbitrary arrest and detention without trial or charges against journalists, parliamentarians, students, clerics, and academics. Iran closed newspapers and blocks Internet sites without justification. It disqualified most candidates for Parliament and harassed opposition activists during the campaign (New York Sun, 12/21, p.7 from Associated Press). More states abstained and voted no than approved.


The UNO offices for coordination of humanitarian affairs and for the "peace process" in the Middle East released a study about the economic effect of the conflict in P.A. cities. The report blames Israel and only Israel for the decline in the Christian population of Bethlehem. Its explanation is that Israeli security measures impose hardships upon the Christians. These measures, such as roadblocks, the defensive barrier, some temporary restrictions on access to holy places, and even expansion of settlements, caused a loss of jobs in Bethlehem, especially in the tourism industry and agriculture. (Terrorism reduces tourism. Settlements provide jobs.)

Since 2000, when the current war began, a tenth of the Christians exited, leaving Christians as 9.3% of the population of Bethlehem. The report ignored P.A. measures favoring Muslims. (One is that it brought to Bethlehem masses of Muslims from Hebron, diluting the Christian presence.) Nor did it explain that the fence had not yet separated Bethlehem from Jerusalem, so suicide bombers from Bethlehem committed many attacks in Israeli cities. Another shortcoming was that Christian emigration is general throughout the Mideast, under Muslim pressure. Christian emigration from Judea-Samaria fell 50% during Jordan's 17-year rule there (Benny Avni, NY Sun, 12/21, p.7).

If the fence did not separate Bethlehem from Jerusalem, should the fence be cited as a factor? Why blame Israel for measures the Arabs force it to take in self-defense?

The P.A. embezzled, or financed war with, most of the budget. A couple of hundred thousand Muslims emigrated, largely because P.A. governance wrecked the economy and made it unsafe. If Israeli security measures played a role in that emigration, wouldn't it also have affected Muslims too, so that the two faiths' relative proportion would remain the same? The gangs of Muslims that pick on Christians and their businesses must have had a great effect. The study failed to note those factors and the greater Muslim birth rate as factors reducing the Christian proportion and exonerating Israel from blame for it.


"Arab countries, leaders and people, must not fall into the trap of believing that because they are the victims of aggression they escape judgment and responsibility for their own actions." IMRA notes that when Jordan speaks with Pres. Bush, it does not condemn the US as an aggressor (IMRA, 12/7 from Jordan Times).

Jordan speaks with forked tongue. Which is Jordan's true sentiment?

No longer victims of Western aggression in this era, the Arabs constantly wage aggression in one place or another, but pretend to be the victims.


King "Abdullah called on the US to extend further support for Jordan. He said the Kingdom has gone a long way in implementing political and socio-economic reforms and enhance democracy in the country, where justice, equality and equal opportunity are guaranteed. Jordan, he said, has become a model to follow in the region." [IMRA: Of course it is not so.] He recommended democracy for the P.A. (IMRA, 12/7).

Since Jordan lacks democracy, what is he recommending?

Jordan is close to take-over by totalitarian Islamists.


"Who pays for Israel's Orthodox" (Hillel Halkin, December 21, 2004, referring actually to the ultra-Orthodox) is unassailable in its facts. Yes, in Israel, as contrasted with the US, the ultra-Orthodox do consider religious study a full-time endeavor to be supported by the rest of the country. But the article is one-sided in citing just them as welfare-oriented. And it would have been fairer to acknowledge a trend among the ultra-Orthodox to work for a living.

Focusing on the ultra-Orthodox is like focusing on one slice of a pie chart. Mr. Halkin directs one's indignation against that slice, ignoring the rest. Here are examples that lend perspective:

(1) The leftwing kibbutzim mismanaged their resources, the most recent time being a greedy over-speculation in a stock market that crashed. They appealed to the government to bail them out. That cost billions of dollars.

(2) The kibbutznicks leased public land to cultivate. Now that such land has appreciated, the kibbutznicks want the privilege of selling it as if they had paid for it. More billions would go from the general taxpayer to that privileged, leftwing sector.

(3) Workers' insurance funds squandered their assets. They were not held accountable either in a criminal sense or to make up for the losses. The government bailed them out.

(4) Mr. Halkin reported that "large sums are transferred by the government in this community every year, both in the form of child allowances to maintain its high birth rate and of transfer payments to its religious and educational institutions?" The same is true of the Arabs, but Mr. Halkin does not object to that. Why not? Bedouin polygamy is winked at. Arabs enjoy lower tuition rates and admission standards, and are allowed to steal public and private land, build illegally, evade taxes, riot, and directly incite to murder?

To focus on one sector for what all abuse is unfair. Israel's problem is broader. The government owns and controls too much; people expect it to solve all their problems. The result, conservatives know, is dependency, failed programs, and high taxes.


An Israeli soldier killed a wounded terrorist. The soldiers explained that this was in the midst of combat, and that wounded Arabs sometimes succeed in injuring Israeli troops. US troops have found that wounded Arabs may be booby-trapped. B'tselem cited Arab sources that claimed the wounded man already was incapacitated. Religious Jews explained theTorah justification for killing terrorists. Terrorists are like serial killers. If allowed to live and be released, they will try to kill again. Evil they are, and evil must be eradicated. If kept in decent conditions in a prison, then released to become national heroes, they will not feel deterred (Arutz-7, 12/7). I think Judaism doesn't suggest killing all terrorists rather than imprisoning those who surrender.

An Arab tactic is to pretend to surrender but then to pull out weapons and shoot unwary troops. Given Arab and B'tselem duplicity and solidarity against Israel, Arab witnesses against the Israeli Army should not be taken seriously.


PM Sharon acts outside the rules. Each time a vote is to be taken in the Likud Party, members have to sue in court to force the Party to abide by rules inconvenient for Sharon. One vote involved allowing poll watchers. MK Landau asked that coalition negotiations be discussed before voting. Request denied, but the drama was omitted by the media (IMRA, 12/7).

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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Posted by David Wilder, December 27, 2004.

Where to start?

Yesterday afternoon I attended a demonstration in the heart of Tel Aviv, joining hundreds of others protesting the continued bombardment of Gush Katif. In truth, we weren't protesting the attacks - rather we were protesting the lack of reaction. The Israeli armed forces are doing nothing, absolutely nothing, to stop the Arab Kassam missile and mortar attacks on Gush Katif's 8,500 Jews.


According to Gush Katif spokesman Eran Sternberg, not too long ago, Defense Minister Shaul Mufaz ordered Chief of Staff, General Moshe Ya'alon, "Don't hit back until after the palestinian elections (on Jan. 9th). In other words, the Israelis will just have to suffer for a while - this is the cost of peace.

At the demonstration I met Mrs. Debbie Rosen, ([debihof@hofaza.org.il] - 972-8-68408470) who is working with Eran and Dror Vanunu in the Gush Katif spokesperson's office. Interviewing her for today's show, I asked Debbie, a resident of Neve Dekalim, about the situation in Gush Katif. She told me that not too long ago, following another rocket attack against them, speaking with a senior officer in the area, she asked him why the army doesn't shoot back, in the same fashion that the Jews are attacked? "Just like they shoot mortars at us, let's shoot mortars back at them."

The officer looked at her, stunned, and replied, "What, shoot at them, just like that? It's not ethical to shoot mortars or missiles at innocent people."

Debbie's response: "What about us - aren't we innocent people too?"

The officer didn't answer - he just looked at her and walked away.

I also asked her to describe to our listeners what happens when a bomb falls on your house, or next to it. Debbie attempted, for a few minutes, to express in words the inexpressible. We parted ways, and a couple of hours I was back in Hebron.

I came into the office to pull down some the pictures from the event, when my cell phone rang. It was Debbie. In a voice choked with emotion, she related to me the following account: "You asked me to describe how it feels when a mortar or a Kassam rocket hits. Well, you just cannot imagine. Listen, tonight, while we were at the demonstration, there was a Bat-Mitzvah party for one of the girls here in Neve Dekalim. My daughter was there. The girls were outside in the yard when suddenly they saw an approaching missile. Running inside the house, well, they made it just in time. The missile exploded in the garden of that very same yard, where only seconds before, they had been playing." She added, "it's just like the boy who was playing basketball last week when a bomb exploded on the basketball court, very close to him."

I sat, listening, not being able to speak. What can you say? We decided that I'd call Debbie back in the morning and let her repeat the story again, so I could record it and play it on my weekly radio show, later today (www.israelnationalradio.com).

Late last week there was a general meeting of activists from around the country, in Jerusalem. Initiated by the Yesha council, the meeting introduced the organization's new campaign to prevent the abandonment of Gush Katif and the northern Shomron. The basic element of the program is a huge sit-down strike next to the Knesset, commencing next Tuesday. People from around the country will be asked to participate, irregardless of the rain and cold, and hopefully, the crowds will grow and grow, eventually reaching tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people. The goal: to convince the Knesset that the Israeli public will not accept expulsion of people from their homes, that the Israeli public will not accept abandonment of Eretz Yisrael to our enemies, that they - our representatives in the Knesset, must vote against legislation called 'the pinui-pitzui (eviction-compensation) law" when it reaches the Knesset floor. MK Uri Ariel of the National Union party, speaking at the conference, claimed that the only way to stop the eviction is via the Knesset - convincing them to vote against the law, and if necessary, bringing the issue to the people, either in the form of a national referendum, or regular elections. According to Ariel, there is a very strong probability that Sharon will not receive his party's nomination for the premiership, and that the eviction plans will draw to a complete halt.

Other ideas are springing up. I receive an email from a reader in the United States, who (rightly) claimed that the 'Wallerstein proclamation' petition (www.petitiononline.com/eretzyis/petition.html) is not enough, that action must be taken. He suggested organizing a general strike throughout Israel, either in conjunction with the Yesha council campaign, or separately. Last night this person called me, and after some discussion, offered to try and organize such a strike.

My own idea, sort of hidden within the petition, is very simple. Certainly I hope that the eviction plan will be thwarted long before Sharon attempts its implementation. However, should it come down to it, we are going to need hordes of people to stop the horror. We need thousands and thousands of people to drop what they're doing, board the planes, come over here, and do what has to be done. It's as simple as that.

Simple, you ask? Simple? Work, family, etc etc - how can we leave all and just... come over?

So ask you. But I ask you - what about Eretz Yisrael - what comes first - Eretz Yisrael, or work, or... etc? Remember, we're not just talking about Gush Katif and the northern Shomron. We're talking about all of Judea and Samaria. We're talking about Hebron. We're talking about Jerusalem. We are talking about the fate of the Jewish people in Israel. So, what comes first? You tell me.

Basically, what it comes down to, is that we are going to have to close down the country. Not everybody is going to be able to get to Gush Katif, or even close to Gush Katif. However, Israel isn't a one-road country - I'm sure you understand what I mean.

There are those who might recoil at such a suggestion. And to an extent I agree - under normal circumstances. However, these are not normal circumstances. This government, led by Ariel Sharon, is intentionally abandoning thousands of citizens, Israelis who serve in the army, citizens who pay taxes, citizens who are people, just like you and me - to their fate, like sheep surrounded by wolves. Ariel Sharon, together with Mufaz and Ya'alon, have adopted a policy of 'live and let die' - leave the Arabs alone, even at the price of Israeli lives. There is a difference between Arab blood and Jewish blood - Arabs are, in the words of the above-mentioned officer, 'innocents.' The Israelis are 'settlers,' and we all know what that implies.

Last night, speaking at the protest, Bentzi Liberman, secretary-general of the Yesha council said, 'if three mortars hit Tel Aviv, the army would spare no efforts. But when it comes to Gush Katif, nothing is done - the people are abandoned.'

After I had, more or less, finished writing this article, I had the second above-mentioned conversation with Debbie from Gush Katif. As we were talking, I couldn't help but think: this morning the Israeli media is drenched with yesterday's disaster in India-Thailand. It really is an awful calamity, tens of thousands dead; hundreds of Israelis traveling in that part of the world are still missing. We hope and pray that they are all safe and well.

But what I have trouble understanding is that daily, almost hourly, Israeli citizens here, in Israel, not in India, not in Thailand, but here, an hour from Tel Aviv, are facing enemy attacks, their lives are threatened and some lives are destroyed. Where is Israeli radio? - where is Israeli television? - where is public opinion? Fine, talk about India, but what about our back yard? Debbie Rosen also told me about a woman whose home has come under direct enemy fire nine times. Do you have any idea what that does to a person? It has left this woman in permanent shell shock.

Last night I came upon the Barat family from Kfar Darom. Hannah Barat was seriously injured during a terror attack and left paralyzed, living permanently in a wheelchair. Hannah is a very special person, and about a year ago gave birth to another child, a little boy, despite her disabilities. Her husband, Eliezer Barat, told me how, a few days ago, a rocket hit their home, destroying part of the roof. Thank G-d, no one was injured. But don't let anyone tell you that lightning doesn't strike twice.

Eliezer and Hannah Barat and their family

One final story. Debbie told me how her youngest son, in kindergarten, hearing thunder outside, told her, "Mommy, ask G-d to stop the mortars and missiles."

The present administration can only be labeled as a 'memshelet shmad' - a government of annihilation a government willing to sacrifice its own people - and for what - for what?

For absolutely nothing.

Please G-D - Stop the missiles.

With blessings from Hebron.

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Posted by Marion D.S. Dreyfus, December 27, 2004.

Greg Myre wrote about a "Collective of Jews Agrees to Leave Gaza Under Plan" in today's New York Times. The settlement, Peat Sadeh, consists of just 20 farming families.

Although Greg Myre takes note of the tiny number of Israeli citizens who chose to accept resettlement inside the "Green Line" as a part of Prime Minister Sharon's plan to render Gaza and associated areas of disputed territories judenrein, this advent ought not to be taken as the advance troupe of ensuing thousands.

Most of those citizens living and working for decades in these areas are vociferously opposed to bending to the will of what they consider to be an ill-conceived plan for currying favor with a constituency clearly unacquainted with civilized norms of behavior no matter what the inducements; the Arabs even under the arguably less contemptible leadership of Mahmoud Abbas have still not internalized the self-defeating futility and savagery of their longtime response to having Israel as a neighbor. It is their obdurate rejectionism that must be overcome, in addition to their expedient temporary calls for cessations of violence against sovereign Israel, as countless observers have noted for the past decades, since the sanguinary machinations of Yasir Arafat somehow captured the world's attention as worthy of concern.

It would be useful to note that Abbas does not call for abrogating villainous terrorism against innocents for the moral abhorrence of such crimes, but only to stem the short-term world memory of how appalling such behavior is. He wants only to tamp global revulsion at the uncanny Arab tropism toward maximal infliction of pain and death until such time as they achieve the goals sought, then, without cavil or hindrance, to continue their repugnant corpse-count cavalcade once the world's attention wanders elsewhere.

This is neither a 'moderate' nor responsible posture, and to accord Abbas any respect on its ''merit'' is neither insightful nor historically sagacious. The vast preponderance of Israelis refusing to pay obeisance to this regrettable pre-debacle are aware of their options yet attuned to pragmatic realities.

Marion Dreyfus can be reached at dreyfusmarion@hotmail.com

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Posted by Ken Heller, December 27, 2004.

If you are and have the resources to go and the ability to take the time away from your jobs and family and friends, please let me know.

I am trying to organize a list. I am in touch with Moshe Saperstein, from Gush Katif, to get some of the logistics worked out, like dates, accomodations, etc. I am also trying to locate organizations and/or individuals who would be willing to finance this overall effort for what I hope would be a large contingent of American Jews and Christian Zionists to go stand with our brothers and sisters against Sharon's tyranny.

Anyone willing to help with that financing or if you know anyone or any group, please let me know and I would be happy to contact them.

Let me know your thoughts.

Thanks and shavua tov!

Ken Heller
Email: kjhnha@aol.com

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Posted by IsrAlert, December 26, 2004.

One essential element of this (US) strategy is the pursuit of diplomacy up until a final settlement without waiting for the eradication of Palestinian terrorism. A second is sweeping change of current territorial divisions - and longstanding perceptions... Save for minor territorial adjustments, the US president sees the entire West Bank being incorporated in a future Palestinian state, leaving Israel with no more than five or six percent of the total land area of Judea and Samaria.

If you are concerned about this, contact the White House today!

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Bush Wants Most of West Bank for Palestinian State. Sharon Is Left High and Dry. From: DEBKA Intelligence http://debka-net-weekly.com/

The Middle East is in for a big surprise.Belying the outward impression of steering clear of involvement in the Israel-Palestinian conflict as long as Palestinian terror persists, President George W. Bush is quietly planning dramatic moves - revealed here for the first time by DEBKA-Net-Weekly's Washington sources. His intentions have surfaced in fragments through telephone calls, messages by envoys and in off-the-record briefings to various forums over the past two weeks.

Through these channels, the Bush administration has signaled Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Jordan's King Abdullah and Palestinian presidential frontrunner Mahmoud Abbas, that he has decided to draw on the Afghan and Iraq models for an Israeli-Palestinian settlement formula.This entails some significant reversals which leave at least one of the four far from delighted.

One essential element of this strategy is the pursuit of diplomacy up until a final settlement without waiting for the eradication of Palestinian terrorism. A second is sweeping change of current territorial divisions - and longstanding perceptions.

The Bush administration goal common to Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestinian regions is the establishment of stable and democratic governments - even before the winding down of terrorism.An Israeli-Palestinian settlement has become a priority for the sake of its potentially powerful impact in the West, on the Muslim world and on America's standing in the Middle East. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's Washington sources report exclusively that Bush is resolved to be the first American president since Israel's establishment 56 years ago to come to grips with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by decisively addressing its core problems. As seen from the White House, it all comes down to territory.

Crumbs for Israel

Having determined where he stands on Israel's final borders and the frontiers of the projected Palestinian state, Bush has therefore come down firmly on the Palestinian side. In a series of messages to Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, he stipulated that all lands east of the as-yet unfinished Israel-West Bank security barrier will be lost to Israel in a final settlement. Save for minor territorial adjustments, the US president sees the entire West Bank being incorporated in a future Palestinian state, leaving Israel with no more than five or six percent of the total land area of Judea and Samaria. The decision reached the Israeli government through various channels.

Elliot Abrams, the president's top strategist on the Middle East conflict and a senior director at the National Security Council, shocked a closed meeting of American Jewish leaders in Washington on November 30 when he said that the Jewish settlements outside the barrier will have to dismantled in the end.

Abrams did not clarify whether he was referring to Jewish settlements currently on the other side of the defense barrier, or those which end up on the eastern side after the project's completion.

The devil is in the details:

Around 129 settlements with a total population of about 100,000 will remain outside the fence after it is fully constructed.

About 130 settlements, including major towns like Ariel in the central West Bank (population 18,000), Maale Adumim southeast of Jerusalem (population 30,000), Efrat (population 7,500) and Kiryat Arba (population 8,000) adjacent to Hebron, are at present on the eastern side of the barrier, whether in places not yet reached by the fence or spots where construction has been interrupted by litigation or other causes.

No mention has been so far of the major residential blocs in the West Bank inhabited by tens of thousands of Israelis or the districts added to Jerusalem after 1967.

But a rough assessment indicates that a total of more than 100,000 settlers, or 40 percent of the 250,000 Israelis living in the West Bank, will be evacuated under the US plan - a prospect that dwarfs Sharon's disengagement scheme for pulling 8,000 Jews out of the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank.

Abrams was a bit clearer the next time he expressed himself on the issue at a closed meeting of the Council of Foreign Relations in New York on Monday, December 20.

According to DEBKA-Net-Weekly sources who interviewed its participants, the White House official said he stood by his previous assertion that all Jewish locations to the east of the defense barrier will have to be dismantled. He added that their number will probably be around 70, which is much higher than the current popular estimate, because the Bush administration continues to stand opposed to drawing the security fence around settlement blocs - especially those in the central West Bank, the Lod-Modiin area east of Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion. The last bloc is the largest group of settlements southeast of Jerusalem and an important corridor linking the Gaza Strip, West Bank and southern Israel.

A Bush about-face is denied

In short, the US government is challenging Sharon's much-trumpeted claim of a Bush concession at their April 14 White House meeting: in return for Israel's planned Gaza pullout next year, the prime minister reported Bush had agreed Israel would retain control of the large West Bank settlement blocs under a final-status peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Asked about this seeming about-face, Abrams responded that Bush had warned Sharon at the time that any understandings they reached would be governed by three fundamental provisos. Those provisos were spelled out in their White House statements and in their exchange of letters.

1. The United States will not prejudice the outcome of final status negotiations and matters for the parties. But the realities on the ground and in the region have changed greatly over the last several decades and any final settlement must take into account those realities and be agreeable to all parties. With all respect to Sharon, Abrams said, the prime minister should have paid more attention to the detailed phrasing, i.e. that any permanent deal must be acceptable to both sides. Bush, he added, believes his formula fits that definition.

2. As part of a final peace settlement, Israel must have secure and recognized borders, which should emerge from negotiations between the parties in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338.

3. In the light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli population centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949... It is realistic to expect that any final status agreement will only be achieved on the basis of mutually agreed changes that reflect these realities. According to Abrams, mutuality is the key, meaning that Abbas, Mubarak, Saudi crown prince Abdullah and Jordanian King Abdullah must also sign on to the deal.

As far as Abrams and the White House are concerned, the US position couldn't be any clearer and anyone saying otherwise is suffering from tunnel vision.

A Washington dressing-down for Abbas

According to DEBKA-Net-Weekly's sources in Washington, immediately after winning re-election on November 2, Bush informed Abrams he was appointing him US ambassador to Israel. The appointment would be announced, he said, after Sharon finished putting together his new government coalition and the January 9 Palestinian presidential ballot was out of the way.

The President informed the ambassador-designate that his job would be to carry forward the new American policy on Israel and the Palestinians.

Our sources report that shortly afterwards, the White House notified the incumbent ambassador, Daniel Kurtzer, that Abrams would take over.

Abrams and the designated head of the National Security Council, Stephen Hadley, have meanwhile been on the phone to Abbas. He was reprimanded for pushing for final-status negotiations with Israel to start immediately while ignoring Sharon's disengagement plan and Palestinian obligations under the Middle East roadmap to peace. He was also put down for demanding that he and the Bush administration come to an understanding on a formula for presenting to Israel at the final-status talks.

Washington cautioned the Palestinian leader that this short cut was "a recipe for failure". In any case, Abbas was putting the cart before the horse, demanding negotiations before his election. He was therefore advised by the White House officials to line up behind Sharon's Gaza pullout scheme, discuss coordinating the project between the Palestinians and Israel and try and make it attractive to the Palestinians.

The Palestinian candidate was given an incentive for being accommodating. World Bank chief James Wolfensohn arrived in Jerusalem and Ramallah this week with a pledge in his pocket of an immediate $125 million cash infusion to tide over the Palestinian Authority until the election. On the US government's behalf, Wolfensohn promised Abbas more of the same if he was cooperative.

Middle East roadmap clock starts ticking next month

According to DEBKA-Net-Weekly's Middle Eastern sources, Jordan's King Abdullah and Egypt's Mubarak also received US messages defining their respective roles in future Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

Washington dismissed as unacceptable Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman's plan for Egypt to become the main overseer of security in the West Bank as well as in the Gaza Strip. There were no American objections to Egypt taking charge in Gaza, but Jordan had been cast as the senior manager of security in the West Bank.

"Do not act unilaterally in the West Bank," one US message said, informing Egypt it was expected to synchronize its actions not only with Israel, as it has hitherto, but with Jordan as well.

In another message, setting out the diplomatic framework for the Israeli-Palestinian track, the Bush administration notified King Abdullah, Sharon, Mubarak and Abbas that the day after the January 2005 presidential inauguration, "the roadmap's clock would start ticking" and the countdown begin for its implementation.

Sharon's disengagement plan was termed the preliminary to putting the broad peace blueprint into motion.

The message did not refer to the roadmap's original timetable for a full Israeli withdrawal and establishment of a Palestinian state by the end of 2005. Signaling a schedule change, Bush recently said he hoped a Palestinian state would be created in 2008, but our sources note the president this week also cited 2005 as a year that could bring Israeli-Palestinian peace.

"Sudden Discord between Bush and Sharon," DEBKAFile Exclusive Report from Washington, December 17, 2004.

Israel's prime minister Ariel Sharon was warned many a time to beware of placing all his major policy eggs in the George W. Bush basket. But from the time he first took office more than three years ago, he never wavered from his bond with the US president. Their friendship was often cited as one of Sharon's prime assets. And until last week, the Bush administration stood behind the prime minister and heartily endorsed his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank in stages ending in September 2005.

But then the wind blowing in from Washington suddenly turned chill.

In the last week, according to DEBKAFile's Washington sources, the White House suddenly spun its sympathies around from Ariel Sharon and his disengagement plan to Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), Fatah frontrunner in the Palestinian January 9 election, and his sweeping demands for territorial concessions.

The prime minister's office in Jerusalem has not acknowledged that a main prop has been knocked out from under his most fundamental policy positions. But it was suggested in Sharon's "2005 - year of big opportunities" speech Thursday night, December 17, in Herzliya. He declared in ringing tones that recalled the way he laid down the law to Likud rebels: Disengagement will take place and it will proceed according to the format and time scale I laid down!

DEBKAFile's Washington sources outline the new state of play.

Our sources in Washington believe that the determining factor in the US president's turnabout was the message from Abbas that he will be in a position to announce a comprehensive ceasefire on or around January 1. He promises to bring all the Palestinian organizations including the radical Hamas and Jihad Islami into the truce.

Bush decided that if Abu Mazen can pull this off, his demands deserve close attention. They are, first, that Israel hold up its plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank by September 2005 and set a new timeline. Its execution must also be swift, no more than a few weeks. He thus rejects Sharon's hard-and-fast timetable on which Israel's security chiefs have based their 2005 planning.

The Bush administration may have bought another key Palestinian demand: Israel's withdrawal from the West Bank must be a lot deeper than the line marking off the northern tip with the four settlements that Sharon proposes to evacuate. That pullback too, according to the new US thinking, must take place in the space of weeks rather than the six months allotted by the Sharon government.

These demands are not the sum total of Abu Mazen's shopping list - just starters. But if confirmed by Washington, they will require Sharon to scrap his four key policy objectives.

1. The disengagement strategy born at the peak of Yasser Arafat's campaign of terror as a unilateral exercise will be laid on a future negotiating table and subjected to tough Palestinian bargaining every inch off the way. Since last week, Washington looks like lining up behind Palestinian demands rather than Israel.

2. The proposition that the withdrawal from Gaza and northern West Bank will be Israeli's last territorial concessions to the Palestinians, presented to the Israeli public as the crowning achievement of the Sharon-Bush friendship, will go by the board.

On April 14, President Bush received Sharon at the White House and endorsed his disengagement plan. ("I commend Prime Minister Sharon for his bold and courageous decision to withdraw from Gaza and part of the West Bank" - as did British premier Tony Blair later).

The US president also said "in the light of new realities on the ground, including existing major population centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a complete and full return to 1949 armistice lines."

3. Washington has said often that terrorism must stop as a prerequisite for political progress. But how serious is this assertion? Since last month, the Americans and Iraqi prime minister Iyad Awali have been in and out of Amman for secret meetings under Jordanian King Abdullah's aegis to coax Iraqi Sunni leaders and Saddam loyalists to take part in Iraq's new democratic enterprise. Some of the Iraqi interlocutors lead guerrilla operations against US forces in Iraq - either from inside the country or from outside bases, mainly in Syria. If Washington is willing to engage Iraqi terrorist leaders, why not open an indirect channel to Palestinian terror organizations too?

4. In his "Big Opportunities for 2005" speech Thursday, Sharon presented his Gaza pullback plan as the road to cure-alls for Israel's economic woes, to new markets and to solutions for the extreme social and economic disparities between Israel's rich and poor.

DEBKAFile's Washington sources note that, while the Bush administration never promised US aid for the payout to evicted settlers or the Israeli army's redeployment in the Negev, it was understood that Washington would be helpful to Israel on international and financial markets.

That too is in doubt.

The Bush administration is now focusing fully on raising $6-8 billion dollars from its own resources and those of other nations, including the Europeans, for Palestinian reconstruction and recovery projects over the next five years. Israel will not only miss out on funding for its peace efforts but its taxpayers will be asked to contribute to the Palestinians.

Former prime minister Ehud Barak has picked up the new winds blowing from Washington, for, speaking after Sharon, he called for the urgent completion of the defense barrier. Because of delays in its construction, he said: "... Israel may have already lost Ariel and he is not sure that Maaleh Adumim is not lost too and Gush Etzion at risk."

Barak was nudging the prime minister to stop bandying words with the White House and instead to create facts on the ground without delay.

Sharon is therefore in for some hard shoves to adapt to the Palestinian scenario. He is still clinging to his plan with all his strength. In his Herzliya speech, he noted bitterly: I cannot accept changes of plan after all my struggles, sacrifices and battles.

A month ago, he could have escaped the pressure by dissolving his minority government and calling an early election. But that door is closing fast. In the next few days a coalition agreement which he initiated is due to be signed for attaching dovish Labor and Oslo Accord architect Shimon Peres to his government. Sharon is careening very fast into a fix undreamt of two weeks ago; he is about to be dragged by the White House and pushed by his Labor partner away from his cherished disengagement plan and forced to kowtow to a US-backed Palestinian agenda.

Harv Weiner, a businessman in Dallas, Texas, is the founder and moderator of Isralert. To subscribe to IsrAlert, send an email to isralert@aol.com

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Posted by Dr. Aaron Lerner, December 26, 2004.
"If you first don't succeed try try again"

Placing bomb: 39.3 months

Shooting: 37 months

Throwing fire bombs: 28.8 months

Source: Data collected from list of Palestinian prisoners slated for release as gesture to Egyptian President Mubarak - Israel Prison Service Website http://list.ips.gov.il/list20041220a.htm

Dr. Aaron Lerner is Director of Independent Media Review and Analsis (IMRA). Its website address is http://www.imra.org.il

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Posted by David Ben-Ariel, December 26, 2004.

The rift between the U.S. and the E.U. grows daily, and politico-religious differences could lead to military surprises and blitzkrieg betrayals with global impact.

(PRWEB) December 27, 2004 -- France and Germany's rejection of the United State's lead in the war to liberate Iraq, is only the tip of the iceberg of America's estrangement from former allies. America's solitary confinement, our frightening isolation, has only just begun - according to author David Ben-Ariel - and threatens to grow deeper as the distance between our world views grows wider.

The United States is in for a rude awakening: Europe wants to go it alone and will pursue their "Grand Design" of European Unification without us. Yet Europe condemns America for unilateral actions. America has been the chief architect of a German-dominated Europe, and now that the Frankenstein is ready for lightning to shock it into being, the United States is no longer needed and could actually become the first victim of such a monstrous creation. The Balkans sparked Germany's return to military power in Europe and the injustices against the Orthodox Serbs will seem tame to what lies in store.

Europe and the United States are on a collision course. The continental drift continues despite pretty political platitudes, and spiritual fissures increase behind diplomatic smiles. Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall is determined to bring what's going on in the dark out into the open for national debate and international discussion.

David Ben-Ariel iss author of "Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall." Contact him at http://www.pushhamburger.com/david.htm

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Posted by Batya Medad, December 26, 2004.

The Right to Feel

I was about to start this with "Many years ago..." then suddenly I realized that the word "many" is terribly subjective. My concept of "Many years ago..." is less than that of my parents, and my own children's is certainly less than my own. I have no problem respecting it.

Food that is indelibly salty to me is absolutely tasty and delicious to others. Music that gets on my nerves is fantastically popular with other people. That doesn't make any of us wrong.

So why are the feelings of the holocaust survivors living in Gush Katif less valued, legitimate, kosher, than those who run Yad Veshem? The survivors in Gush Katif are feeling a terrible deja vous, like they're back in the time of the Nazis being herded out of their homes into danger, and possible murder. While the Yad Veshem crowd is still insisting that millions "perished;" the "M" word not escaping their lips.

No one forced anyone to wear an "orange star," and it really bothers me that the campaign was derailed. Obviously it hit a nerve, and that means that their message was getting across. It's a shame that the Gush Katif residents stopped the campaign, because I would have fought for them. Their pain and memories are no less haunting and legitimate than those of the "survivor celebrities."

Another Campaign

More and more people are trying to figure out how the Prime Minister, a former general, known for his patriotism and courage, is sitting idly by while civilians in cities and communities are being bombed daily. I don't have anything nice to say.

Thank G-d there is a G-d. There is no other explanation for the miracles that happen daily and nightly in Gush Katif, Sderot and surrounding areas. For years we've marveled at the miracles of the Gulf War. Statistically it?s impossible for there to have been so few casualties. That's how we know it's G-d. G-d goes against nature.

And is that why Arik Sharon is getting more and more stubborn and hard-hearted about the good patriotic citizens in Gush Katif? Is it the same hand of G-d that hardened Pharaoh's heart, hardening Sharon's? Sharon and his advisors think that a few more bombs, and the good Jews will run gratefully into the "camps" he's setting up for them.

Sharon won't get his wish. We are stronger. We may not have jails and tanks and physical weapons, but we are a "stiff-necked people."


A revolution is being planned in Israel's education. It sounds like a nightmare. Ten's of thousands of teachers are to be fired, and class-size is to be reduced. Now, you don't have to be a CPA's daughter like I am to see problems with the numbers.

The Dovrat Commission thinks that if they offer the teachers a little more money, the teachers, the better ones of course, will stay in school double the hours, five days a week. They think that parents will pay extra money for extracurricular activities for their kids on Fridays. Only the largest schools will be financially stable. Religious schools will be required to drastically reduce the hours for Jewish studies or they'll lose government support.

I really don't like writing all this depressing stuff. And I didn't even mention the soldier thrown out of an officers' course, because he said that he could never pull a Jew out of his home. The army told him that such opinions disqualify him from being an officer. Strange that when left-wing air force pilots signed a letter that they wouldn't drop bomb on civilians sheltering terrorists, that was considered ok. His father, an immigrant from the former USSR, was sure that he had left such a totalitarian society.

Basically all these stories are the same. We're going through a very difficult time, fighting a war on many fronts. And the biggest and most dangerous is the one for our hearts and minds. They're trying to destroy us, to weaken us, but they won't succeed.

Shema Yisrael, Hashem Elokenu, Hashem Echad
Baruch Shem Kavod Malchuto Li'olam Va'ed
Ve'ahavta et Adoshem Elokecha, b'chal levavcha uv'chal nafshecha,
uv'chal me'odecha...

"Listen, People of Israel, The Lord is Our G-d, the Lord is One
Blessed be His Name, whose glorious Kingdom is forever and ever
And you must love the Lord your G-d with all your soul and with all your might..."

This is Musing #91. Batya Medad lives in Shiloh. She can be reached by email at Shilohmuse@yahoo.com or visit her website http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/ or go to http://www.shilo.org.il

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Posted by Evelyn Hayes, December 26, 2004.

Mahoud Abbas modifies militants into "strugglers"; in fact, many are illegal mercenary inmigrants who took the places of the Jews who would have arrived in their Mandated Homeland and not suffered the Holocaust.

The militants must pull out of Israel. Before Jordan invaded Israel in 1948 there were only 3000 Arabs in Jericho.

Gaza had a Jewish population. Jews were a majority in East Jerusalem. Rabbi Aryeh Levin used to walk to Bethlehem from Nachlaot. The Yemenites lived in the Silwan Valley.

The "strugglers" are a continuation of the Arab Pogromers and Warriors against the Jews and at this time they are in a very evil jihad with repercussions in Iraq, America and around the globe. This jihad not only suicide-kills Jews, American diplomats, etc., but smuggles heavy weapons from Egypt and the Karine A against the Egypt/Israel peace treaty as well as the Arab moderate middle classes and Christians, so many of whom have fled the Arab corrupt extortionists.

The settlers are Jews who have reclaimed lost land and historical, Biblical, legal property. These re-settlers have made uninhabitated deserts and wartorn communities green and thriving. In Gush Katif, Jews use plowshares and have proud greenhouses to provide for the whole globe.

Mahoud Abbas is vehement in his lies and uncompromising in his demands; his smooth talk is jagged edged. As he will not use force against his jihad strugglers, even if armed, Israel must not use force against the three generations of Jewish re-settlers in Gaza including Jewish refugees from Egypt, Yemen and other Arab countries. Israel must recognize and demand its rights, deeds, legacy, Holyland and its responsibility to what is under the Temple Mount renamed Al Quds because Moslem-buried Jerusalem was Jewish First, suffered destruction of 58 synagogues under Jordanian occupation and is rebuilt and a light unto all nations only if occupied by the righteous Jew.

The paid jihad "strugglers" must pull out and go home; the Jewish re-settlers must be left to rebuild their reclaimed land decimated by the latest imperialists.

Israel is not only a memorial to those past and lost, chased across the globe and then chased back; it is monument of the highest civilization that considers all humanity. It's settlement means settlement for all the oppressed by pan-jihad "strugglers" and their tyrannical "deathlords".

Evelyn Hayes can be reached at haze@rcn.com

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Posted by Yoram Shifftan, December 26, 2004.

In this season of good will it is in particular befitting to act in Christian spirit and to express understanding for "Presbyterians and others" who propose to divest of Israel. They refer to "Illegal expansion of Israeli settlements and a new security wall that encroaches on Palestinian land" (http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1206/p11s02-lire.html). I trust that their motivation is sincere and well-meant since how would they know that international law actually calls for such an "expansion" i.e. for the encouragement and facilitation of dense settlement of the land of Palestine with Jews and it forbids the transfer of the land out of Jewish control in any way. The security wall cannot "encroaches Palestinian land" since according to international law it is built on Jewish land.

Indeed how could they know when the government of Israel itself refuses for many years to allow its representatives to openly assert the dictates of international law with respect to Palestine.

This is a refusal that persists in the face of the international community focusing precisely on the "illegality of the settlements built on Palestinian land". This refusal feeds the motivation of countless number of anti-Israel acts, terrorist and more civil such as academic and commercial boycotts, it feeds the demoralization of the Jews and their belief in the injustice of their cause, and it is the direct cause of major loss in Jewish life and assets.

But this refusal has one more significance: In the absence of the voicing by official Israel that international law encourages the expansion of settlements, the uprooting of settlements becomes easier. Indeed imagine the public outcry if the public knew that international law actually calls for the urgent expansion of Jewish settlement in the land of Palestine. Such a knowledge by the public will have reinforced the more general dictate of human rights that Jews should not be uprooted from anywhere in the world.

Therefore I say with respect to the "Presbyterians and others", forgive them father, for they know no better.

Dr. Yoram Shifftan has published many articles on Israeli hasbara, in publications such as Ha'aretz, Ma'ariv, Hatzofeh, Hamodia and Ha'Uma, Think-Israel and Jewish Internet Association. See his articles on the validity of Israeli claims to Palestine in the September-October 2004 Think-Israel issue.

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Posted by Steven Plaut, December 26, 2004.

Well it is now official. The new Minister of the Interior in the new coalition of appeasement to be composed of the Likud and the Labor Party will include Ophir Pines as the Minister of the Interior. This is one of the more powerful cabinet slots because the Minister is in charge of all allotments of finances to local authorities. He also is in charge of things like immigration rules and population registration (such as registering gay "marriages".)

This is atrocious for several reasons. Pines is arguably the most openly contemptuous Labor Party politician regarding free speech and democracy. He has filed motions with the authorities regularly and frequently, trying to urge the police and prosecution to indict and investigate anyone who happens to disagree with the Left, include Rabbis and journalists and other politicians (http://web.israelinsider.com/bin/en.jsp?enPage=ArticlePage &enDisplay=view&enDispWhat=object&enDispWho=Article^l2885& enZone=Politics&enVersion=0& and http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.12.05/news8.treason.html and http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=160353 &contrassID=2&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y and http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/ JPArticle/Printer&cid=1094959652453&p=1078027574097). He has made it his special cause to try to get the authorities to persecute Rabbis (http://middleeastinfo.org/article.php?sid=3690) and "Women in Green" and similar anti-Oslo protest groups.

Pines is an anti-democratic McCarthyist who has even called for indicting Ariel Sharon for exercising his freedom of speech (http://www.israeleconomy.org/opeds/oped6.htm). He was the leading spokesman for the "Netanyahu was guilty of Rabin's asssassination" school of McCarthyism (http://www.netaxs.com/home/r/afsi/OUTPOST/97NOV/nov2.htm). He was one of the main promoters of the anti-democratic doctrine of "judicial activism" by which non-elected judges can trump laws passed by thge elected representatives of the people (http://www.irac.org/article_e.asp?artid=193). He has campaigned against Sharon's security wall (http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/ JPArticle/Printer&cid=1088566588655&p=1078027574097)

Moreover, Pines is one of the dumbest people in Israeli politics. He tried to initiate a constitutional change making it an automatic entitlement to receive lage welfare handouts from the government (http://www.iasps.org/nbn/nbn463e.htm). He has been the father of some equally dumb things.

The appointment does have one humorous side and that is Pines' name. Ophir Pines is actually pronounced "Offer Penis". Really! (I usually respond to hearing his name mentioned by saying Sure but not mine.)

In one of God's funnier moments of humor, "Penis" was a common name for German Jews, and in Germany it did not carry the phallic connotations you are all chuckling over. In fact there were a number of famous Rabbis with the name, and if I am not mistaken they were even "Cohanim". In Germany and in Hebrew you can write the name in a way that does not cause us all to snicker like junior high kids. Most of the Jews with the name spell it "Pines" when using Latin letters or addressing English speaking audiences for obvious reasons, although a few courageous ones use the alternative and pnenon-correct spelling. Some Jews also changed the pronunication to sound like the Ponderosas. The kind with the cones on them, not the kind Bill showed Monica.

So the Ariel Sharon's national unity caper is about to impose a Minister Pines upon us. And we will no doubt get endless laughs from all this (can someone pass on the info to Leno and Letterman?), every time he steps up to propose a new persecution of non-leftists exercising their freedom of speech. And every such act of McCarthyism should trigger demands that Sharon circumcize his cabinet of this minister!

And cut down the Ponderosa!

Steven Plaut is an American-trained economist, a professor of business administration at Haifa University and author of "The Scout." He frequently comments - both seriously and satirically - on Israeli politics and the left wing academic community. His website address is http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, December 26, 2004.
This is a news item from today's Arutz-7. It is archived at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=74182

A young cadet in the IDF Officers Training School has been expelled from the school because he said he would not fulfill orders, if given, to destroy Jewish communities.

The soldier was taking part in a class on democratic ideals and refusal. The issue arose during discussion about last year's "Pilots' Letter," in which a group of Israel Air Force pilots wrote that they would refuse to drop bombs on residential areas used by terrorists to hide. During the course of the class, the commander said that the army would not tolerate refusal under any circumstances, and that he himself would volunteer to evacuate Jewish communities in Yesha.

The soldier in question - a resident of Karnei Shomron in northwestern Samaria who serves in the Engineering Corps - was unable to remain silent, and said that there was no room for comparison between the two issues. He made it clear that he would refuse an order to take part in demolishing Jewish communities.

The soldier's father told the Yediot Acharonot newspaper, "My son said that the refusal of the pilots, who in the middle of a war announced that they would not fight, is not the same as ideological refusal to expel citizens from their homes and destroy Jewish communities in the Land of Israel. He said that the evacuation of communities is a badge of shame for the country, and that the comparison to the pilots who refused is inflammatory."

Col. Gal Hirsch, Commander of the Officers School, in consultation with other officers, spoke with the soldier, who repeated his claims and said that the disengagement plan "stands in opposition to the spirit of the Declaration of Independence." Hirsch then removed him from the course, for reasons of "unsuitability" and "unbecoming behavior."

The soldier's father, Vitaly Vovnoboy, who made Aliyah from one of the former Soviet Union countries in the late 1980's, told Army Radio that he is proud of his son. "An order to evacuate communities is a blatantly illegal order, which no one is allowed to fulfill. If they tell the soldiers to conquer the Knesset, would they be expected to fulfill that order?" He added that when he was in the Diaspora, "I dreamt for a long time that my son would serve in the Israel Defense Forces." The father also said, "I taught him that the IDF is a humanitarian, strong, and thinking army. But now he sees that the army... creates a situation in which soldiers and officers are afraid to sound their views and to ask questions. This is the true danger, not my son."

Col. Hirsch, in February of this year, also removed a cadet from an officers' course after he expressed harsh criticism of then-Chief of Staff Sha'ul Mofaz, now the Defense Minister. The would-be officer criticized Mofaz for the way he handled the October 2000 incident at Joseph's Tomb - in which soldier Madhat Yusuf bled to death while the army waited for PA forces to allow Israel to rescue him. Likud MK Ayoub Kara, who led an unsuccessful public campaign at the time to have the student reinstated, spoke with Arutz-7 today about Col. Hirsch's apparent tendency to oust students because of their political views, said,

"It's a terrible thing for an army to do. In this [latest] case, the student is not refusing orders, but merely expressed his view about what he would do if and when he faces the situation. To oust a student from the course because of his views?!"

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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Posted by Ruth and Nadia Matar, December 25, 2004.

Over the past 3 years, 5000 katyusha rockets have been fired by Arab terrorists at the Jewish Communities of Gush Katif. Over the past few days, a non-stop flow of katyusha rockets and missiles have been falling like rain on the communities in Gush Katif. Only by miracle, entire Jewish families have not yet been murdered in their homes.

Despite these above facts, the Government continues to tie the hands of the Army, and does not send our soldiers to eliminate, once and for all, all Arab terrorists and their helpers.

One cannot explain this in any other way then that there is a deliberate policy by Sharon to encourage abandonment by the Jews of Gush Katif of their respective communities. By causing despair amongst those Jews by reason of such rockets, and the army doing nothing about it, we have a situation of Arabs killing Jews with the approval of the Sharon Government!

To our shock and horror, Sharon is callously encouraging the firing of these rockets. He is thereby encouraging Arab terrorism. What he doesn't want to realize, is that the Arabs will learn from this, that terrorism pays and is rewarded even by a Jewish Government.

It is time for Sharon to stand trial for the crime of not protecting Israel's residents as any Prime Minister is required to do.

We urge all residents throughout Israel to go to the nearest police station in whatever city they are located to file a complaint against Prime Minister Sharon for abandoning Jews living in the Promised Land to Arab terror.

We must not remain silent when our fellow Jews are under attack by Arab terror. It is a disgraceful and callous government that is allowing these Arab attacks without any response whatsoever. These actions of Sharon are unpardonable, and he should be indicted, before the likelihood that a Jew is murdered or is severely injured. We can no longer stay silent in the face of what is happening to our fellow Jews.


Ruth and Nadia Matar established Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green), an activist group of women based in Jerusalem. Their website address is http://www.womeningreen.org

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Posted by Dr. Ron Breiman, December 25, 2004.

Professors for a Strong Israel asks the Prime Minister:

* Doesn't the death of Arafat create a need for a pause and a reevaluation of the reality around us?

* Has there been any essential change in the Palestinian Terror Authority that would justify a positive attitude toward it?

* Isn't it past time to eliminate the Authority from our country, instead of treating it as a permanent feature of the landscape?

* Is the problem really one Abu X or another, or is it the very existence of a Terror Authority in the heart of the country?

* Is Israel refusing to "intervene in the elections in the Authority," or are we pouring support into Abu Mazen?

* Is the freeze on anti-terror activity during the election going to extract a heavy price in blood afterwards?

* Is the permission granted to the activity of armed terrorists (the many Palestinian "police" organizations) anything other than a return to Oslo?

* Isn't it time to disengage from the Peres-Sharon misconception (conceptzia) and to return to a real war against terror?

Any responsible government would now stop to reevaluate the increasingly dangerous strategic situation - rather than continue the conceptzia with eyes wide shut.

Dr. Ron Breiman, is Chairman of Professors for A Strong Israel (PSI). He can be reached by telephone at 050-5-518 940 in Israel.

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Posted by Yuval Zaliouk, December 25, 2004.

Dear friends,

The following article is about a shot in the right direction, even if the Dutch ambassador's remarks come decades late. But as the cliche says, better late than never...

The Dutch ambassador is of course correct: The number of UN anti-Israel resolutions is ridiculous and always has been.

Knowing what the UN is all about, political interests of the free world in the 50 or so Muslim countries with their 1.3 billion population and petroleum in the ground, the ambassador remarks should be taken with a very large grains of salt.

I hope this does not turn out to be yet another lonely cry in the desert from a true friend, drowned in the usual chorus of anti-Semitic anti-Israeli bias.

If you belong to the cynics, you will probably look at it as a form of European bribery to Israel for making concessions to the Arabs. It is an article from the Jerusalem Post December 23, 2004 and it archived at www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ ShowFull&cid=1103776318226&p=1078027574097 It is called "EU to help Israel in UN, Dutch envoy says" and was written by Tovah Lazaroff.

Calling the number of anti-Israel resolutions in the UN "ridiculous," Netherlands Ambassador Bob Heinsch told reporters on Wednesday the EU was committed to reducing those numbers.

"We all agree that it is ridiculous that we have 19 to 20 resolutions every year, it is a ritual and we should get rid of that," he said at a Tel Aviv press conference to promote the new European Neighborhood Agreement approved between Israel and the EU on December 13.

It offers Israel many of the same rights afforded states within the European Union. The plan opens Europe's economic, cultural and scientific doors to Israel in exchange for an enhanced EU involvement in the Middle East diplomatic process. Within the context of the plan the EU also promises to combat anti-Semitism and to help Israel normalize its relations with international organizations including the UN.

Hiensch, whose country now holds the EU presidency, said that the EU is so serious about combatting anti-Semitism that it would be committed to that battle even if there were no action plan.

"We condemn it on our own," he said.

The three-year process set out in the Neighborhood Agreement brings Europe and Israel closer, said Hiensch, but is separate from the question of membership in the EU. Nor does it preclude it, he added.

"Israel has not applied for membership," said Hiensch.

If it were to do so, an EU aide explained, it would have to agree to take on all the rules of its institutions, including freedom of movement, which allows Europeans of all religions to settle in EU member states in a way that would run counter to Israel's Law of Return, which grants special status to Jews.

The Neighborhood Agreement with Israel as well as a similar document agreed on between the EU and the Palestinian Authority reflects Europe's desire to play a larger role in the Middle East, said Hiensch. "I expect the EU's role [in the Middle East] to increase," he continued.

He pointed that the EU is already very involved in pushing for free elections and financial reform within the Palestinian Authority.

"It is in the interest of Israel to work together with Europe and we want to work together with Israel," he said. He added that any EU initiatives in the Middle East would be coordinated with the other three Quartet members - the US, UN and Russia.

When it comes to the right of return for Palestinian refugees, he said, the issue can only be settled once there is a Palestinian state.

"We understand that the Palestinians, when there are no negotiations, at this stage are not willing to give up the right of return. That is something that has to be solved in the final status. Like Israel has the settlement question which is parallel to that and Israel has not been willing to give up settlements," said Heinsch.

Within the document, Hiensch said one of the more sensitive issues was the section in which the EU and Israel promise to "cooperate on nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction."

"We are pleased that Israel was willing to put it on the agenda," said Hiensch.

"It is such a touchy subject that I do not want to make any interpretation of the text other than what is written there," he said. When asked by a reporter if the EU wants Israel to get rid of its "nukes," he said it was difficult to answer the question because Israel "does not confirm publicly that it has any nukes."

But he added, "We would like Israel to join the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty."

The document, which also sets out ways for Israel to cooperate on many international issues such as drug and human trafficking as well as the fight against terrorism, is not a formal contract. It sets out a blueprint for Israel and the EU to work together on issues of mutual interest through subcommittees that have already begun to meet.

Similar actions plans were drawn up between the EU and Moldova, Ukraine, Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan.

Yuval Zaliouk writes the Truth Provider columns. To subscribe, send an email to ynz@netvision.net.il

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Posted by Ruth and Nadia Matar, December 25, 2004.

Over the past 3 years, 5000 katyusha rockets have been fired by Arab terrorists at the Jewish Communities of Gush Katif. Over the past few days, a non-stop flow of katyusha rockets and missiles have been falling like rain on the communities in Gush Katif. Only by miracle, entire Jewish families have not yet been murdered in their homes.

Despite these above facts, the Government continues to tie the hands of the Army, and does not send our soldiers to eliminate, once and for all, all Arab terrorists and their helpers.

One cannot explain this in any other way then that there is a deliberate policy by Sharon to encourage abandonment by the Jews of Gush Katif of their respective communities. By causing despair amongst those Jews by reason of such rockets, and the army doing nothing about it, we have a situation of Arabs killing Jews with the approval of the Sharon Government!

To our shock and horror, Sharon is callously encouraging the firing of these rockets. He is thereby encouraging Arab terrorism. What he doesn't want to realize, is that the Arabs will learn from this, that terrorism pays and is rewarded even by a Jewish Government.

It is time for Sharon to stand trial for the crime of not protecting Israel's residents as any Prime Minister is required to do.

We urge all residents throughout Israel to go to the nearest police station in whatever city they are located to file a complaint against Prime Minister Sharon for abandoning Jews living in the Promised Land to Arab terror.

We must not remain silent when our fellow Jews are under attack by Arab terror. It is a disgraceful and callous government that is allowing these Arab attacks without any response whatsoever. These actions of Sharon are unpardonable, and he should be indicted, before the likelihood that a Jew is murdered or is severely injured. We can no longer stay silent in the face of what is happening to our fellow Jews.


Ruth and Nadia Matar established Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green), an activist group of women based in Jerusalem. Their website address is http://www.womeningreen.org

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Posted by Annie Cohen, December 25, 2004.

Some may wield an old financial tool - divestment - to register concern about peace prospects.

This article is called "From churches, a challenge to Israeli policies" and was written by Jane Lampman, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor. It is archived at http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1206/p11s02-lire.html

A vote by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to use economic sanctions against certain companies doing business with Israel - namely those that profit from the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza - has set off a quiet firestorm within the American religious community. The Presbyterians' decision to consider divesting such businesses from its $8 billion portfolio, coupled with the prospect that the Episcopal Church and other churches might do the same, is adding to tensions that have risen over recent years between mainline Protestant churches and the American Jewish community over their differing views of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.

It is also stirring Jewish groups to try to head off divestment - and to rebuild a rapport with these churches, with whom they have long worked to further civil rights and social justice.

"To call for divestment played into all the language of boycott, from earlier periods in Jewish history to the Arab boycott of Israel. It caused an explosion in the Jewish community," says David Elcott, director of interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee (AJC).

In some ways, last summer's divestment vote has forced a conversation about the Middle East conflict. It also raises the stakes for those who, earlier this year, launched a bid to renew the old coalition. Christian and Jewish leaders have met twice, hosted by AJC and the National Council of Churches. From discussions on the "theology of land" to the divestment issue, the religious leaders "spoke from their pain" and asked tough questions of one another, says the Rev. Shanta Premawardhana, NCC interfaith secretary.

Tensions rose when a Presbyterian delegation traveling in the Middle East in October met with members of Hizbullah, the Lebanese group on the US terrorist list. The church's national leadership disavowed the action. Then in November, the church received a letter threatening arson against Presbyterian churches unless it halted the divestment process. Jewish groups condemned the threat.

Last week, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs asked Protestants to reject divestment in favor of joint efforts to end the conflict. Elaborating on Jewish concerns, it said the divestment process is discriminatory, will provoke intransigence on both sides, and "is dangerously ill-matched to our passionately shared vision of a peaceful resolution to the conflict."

Mainline churches have supported Israel since 1948 and reject terrorism; they also have longstanding ties to churches in the Holy Land and are critical of Israeli military practices in the territories. Illegal expansion of Israeli settlements and a new security wall that encroaches on Palestinian land are making a viable Palestinian state less feasible, Presbyterians and others say. With the US government taking little action to help matters, they add, unusual measures are required.

"The decision to initiate a process of phased, selective divestment ... was not taken lightly," the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, a Presbyterian leader, wrote to members of the US Congress. "It was born out of the frustration that many of our members, as well as members of other denominations, feel with the current policies of Israel and those of our own government."

The Presbyterians say their aims are to influence the practices of companies and use their resources - an $8 billion portfolio - in morally responsible ways. "We have to be principled; we respect human rights and the legitimacy of international law, and when Israelis or Palestinians breech either we'll take a hard look at our investments," says the Rev. Marthame Sanders, who was in ministry in the West Bank.

The church's committee on socially responsible investment will identify firms that provide services or equipment to support the military occupation or Jewish settlements; finance or assist in building the wall; or provide help to Israeli or Palestinian groups that commit violence against innocent civilians.

It will seek meetings with corporate leaders, and possibly file shareholder resolutions, using divestment a last resort. Divestment decisions require approval by the church general assembly in 2006.

Some US Jewish peace groups support the initiative, Mr. Sanders says, including Jewish Voice for Peace. JVP has filed its own shareholder initiative asking Caterpillar Inc. to investigate whether Israeli use of its bulldozers to demolish Palestinian homes violates the firm's code of conduct. Other liberal Jewish groups, however, oppose it.

The Jewish community has countered other divestment efforts. Campaigns on colleges have made little headway. A proposal to make Somerville, Mass., the first American city to divest from Israel is likely to be turned back this week.

It is making some inroads with the churches, too. Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, which has close ties to a neighboring synagogue, is asking the denomination to slow the process and engage the Jewish community. It proposes that, if divestment occurs, money from stock sales be reinvested in Israel in companies not tied to the occupation.

"I've tried to interpret to my Jewish friends that this is not an anti-Israel nor anti-Jewish decision, but an attempt by a church to speak a word of hope and justice for [Palestinians] for whom those words are pretty elusive," says the Rev. John Buchanan, church pastor. But "I'm not convinced divestment is a wise thing."

The US Episcopal Church, meanwhile, said in November it will begin to study how it should respond to companies that contribute to the occupation's infrastructure or to violence against civilians. It will include Jewish groups, Palestinians, and the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem.

"For us, the term is not 'divestment,' " says Bishop Christopher Epting, deputy for interfaith relations. "We'd be voting certain shareholder resolutions expressing concern to companies in which we own stock." Jewish leaders are more approving of this approach.

Other mainline Protestants are also talking about the issue.

"The notion that a two-state solution might no longer be realistic is very unsettling to many people, both Jewish and Christian," says Jim Winkler of the United Methodist Church's public policy board.

Jewish and mainline Christian leaders say they will travel together to the region to talk with Israelis and Palestinians, and will urge the US government to become more engaged in the peace process. "The Presbyterian decision was a flash point," says Bishop Epting, "but in a strange way, it may well reenergize the relationship."

This was distributed by the Jewish Community of France. Contact them at Communaute-Juive-France-owner@yahoogroupes.fr

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Posted by Arlene Peck, December 25, 2004.

Sometimes, after writing one of my politically incorrect columns, I get e-mail - lots and lots of email. Most times, they arrive after my dissertations of how I cannot, no way, no how understand how the government in Israel continues to cow-tow to the American State Dept.'s and European Union's demands by acting like a banana republic.

Truly, it amazes me how the same band of old and destructive men continue to call the shots in the Israeli government. However, then again, as big as our country is, it is a wonder that the Democrats could not find anybody other than Kerry to save the party. On the other hand, how is it that the Republicans could not do any better with what they came up with? Truly, we had slim pickings.

Yet, as bad as our decisions are, and they are sometimes very bad, I sit amazed how the citizens of Israel are not demonstrating by the millions their discontent with the appalling lack of leadership that continues to be heaped upon them daily by the powers that be. Shimon Peres? Good Lord! How are people still listening to him after the other fiascos this man has caused over the decades?

I think it's time to "get the hook" as they did in the old vaudeville days and drag Peres off the international stage before he causes his usual destruction while pretending to be a "statesman." Correct me if I am wrong. Isn't Shimon Peres the same man who is the perennial Prime Minister and/or holder of various other appointed key positions who has never won an election by the citizens of Israel? Naw, this isn't possible. Is it? Could this be a man who is appointed by his Likud counterpart, Ariel Sharon, in what seems to be on a regular basis from the opposing party (Labor) to keep the band-aid of unity on Sharon's government and it is allowed to happen. Truly, I do not understand it (but I know that Israel does not have a written constitution or direct election of government leaders and Knesset members by the people themselves).

Has nobody remembered the thousands of Oslo-related murders of innocent civilians in Israel and the many more thousands of maimed or wounded Israelis by actions initiated by Peres and his self-serving commentaries? Well, for one thing, it is obvious the current Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, is suffering from dementia and complete loss of memory.

How does it work? It seems that every time the Likud gets into trouble, they do the "appease" dance and rush to bring back the very same politicians who got them into that situation in the first place. Then Labor comes to the rescue and they both celebrate by re-opening the jails and releasing a couple of hundred terrorists as another "good-will" gesture.

So, I read and I listen to the news. And, frankly, I was a little surprised to read in today's Los Angeles Times a headline "Labor OK's Alliance with Sharon." Ok, that didn't surprise me. They are always sharing these alliances with Sharon. We have all seen them do this dance before. What does surprise me, though, is how there is not more outrage and how these same men keep being voted in or appointed to power positions decade after decade. How long are they going to play musical chairs with the same tired old men before letting fresh blood make some of the decisions? And, they talk about the old Palestinian leadership?

Now, what do I know? I am just an American interloper sitting in the comfort of my Marina del Rey home watching the same savages on our television who have been bombing and terrorizing the citizens of Israel for years. Silly American me. I actually thought at one time that if a defeated party such as Labor were roundly defeated by the electorate, then that's it. However, that's not how it works in Israel.

From what I understand, only as an outsider mind you, is that socialism is so entrenched in the culture of Israel that no matter how many times the Likud is actually voted in by the country, Shimon Peres will always be there to pick up the pieces for Sharon. They will never have to worry about having a date for the prom, as they always seem to have each other. The hell with the voters!

Which reminds me, how come nobody notices that though the majority of Sharon's parties voted overwhelmingly against the establishment of a Palestinian state a couple of years ago and again over two-thirds majority against his unilateral disengagement plan, he is still able to proceed on his merry way?

Hey, what do I, as a tourist know? It seems to me that refusing to allow your own people the right to go to the polls by way of a referendum before this disastrous disengagement plan leads you guys to the brink of civil war might be the way to go. I don't think that dividing and wounding your constituents is the way to go, other than making a lot of people in my State Dept. happy.

I know if George W. would wake up one day and say he wants to turn California over to Mexico, we'd need a vote. Although, come to think of it, I think that's already happened. And, folks, to me it looks like this is only the first step of a further withdrawal from most of the Jews ancient land, from Judea and Samaria. I wouldn't be surprised it the next step would broaching the thought of how Tel Aviv or Haifa is Muslim-based. Hey, they've already staked a claim as Jerusalem as their capital. Maybe you could move Abraham and the rest of the family to Toledo since Islam has already set it up for destruction in the holy name of Allah?

However, just a thought, even though I'm only a "tourist" from America. I like the fact that the nine million of us Jews who are living like me, outside Israel, have a place to find refuge. In fact, silly as this sounds, I consider myself as an American-born Israeli. Hey, if the blacks, most of which have never even set eyes on Africa are called African-Americans, then why not the Jews? And, with anti-Semitism at an all-time high, it might be a prudent thing to do.

So, shouldn't the million plus European Jews who are once again facing dangers from Jew-hating have a place to go when the time comes? Does Sharon really have the right to give away to the sworn enemies of the Jews part of the land that will lead to the end of their and our home and refuge?

Incidentally, the same article in the L.A.Times quoted the front runner in the upcoming election, Mahmoud Abbas: "Arafat will remain the beacon that will lead us in the struggle for the end of the Israeli occupation of our land occupied in 1967, where we will build our independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and by fairly solving the refugee problem, which is the heart of the Palestinian issue." Ain't that grand? I wonder if he thinks anything should be done about the million or so Jews who were forced out of Muslim nations?

I?m not even very religious, but, somehow it's important to me that the Muslims aren't given this Palestinian state which is obviously going to be an Islamic springboard to remove what will be left of Israel. But, then, what do I know?

Get rid of the U.N. and replace it with the "THE UNITED FREE DEMOCRATIC NATIONS" Send to everyone.

Arlene Peck is an internationally syndicated columnist and television talk show hostess. She can be reached at: bestredhead@earthlink.net and www.arlenepeck.com

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, December 25, 2004.

Those planning passive, civil disobedience please take note of the equipment the Police are buying and plan to use against peaceful, non-violent and legal protesters: "...hundreds of new batons, dozens of horses and a number of vehicles fitted with water cannons.

The Police plan on Cossack style, horse mounted charges into densely grouped protesters. These will be followed up by foot charges using riot batons. The results will be predictably brutal.

The article below was written by Amir Ben-David, a writer for Yediot Aharonot. It is called "Police Prepare for Forced Evacuation". It appeared yesterday and is archived at http://www.israelbehindthenews.com/#terror9

The Israel Police has begun to equip for the operation to evacuate settlements in the context of the disengagement plan.

Police assessments as to the scope of violence expected to be encountered in the course of the evacuation worsen with every report about an escalation in the settlers' battle.

The police would like to purchase equipment that will be used by the Israel Police and Border Police troops who take part in the evacuation of the settlements in the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria, as well as the troops who will maintain law and order in the major cities in Israel. The equipment in question includes hundreds of new batons, dozens of horses and a number of vehicles fitted with water cannons.

A document submitted by the police Operations Department to the Finance Ministry for budgeting purposes also cites dozens of special protective suits to protect the policemen from physical blows from either fists or stones.

Police Commissioner Inspector-General Moshe Karadi said this week that most of the evacuation would be "done by hand." But the police are also aware of the possibility that grave scenarios of mass public disturbances, in which hundreds of thousands of people block central traffic arteries or try to storm the Knesset and the Prime Minister's Office, could ensue. Senior police officials said, "demonstrations like that can't be dealt with by hand."

Many Border Police reservists will be drafted to help the police complete its task, as will soldiers. The police would like to purchase padded overalls for the troops that will allow them to "absorb" blows dealt them by the demonstrators without getting hurt. Police officials hope that this will also minimize incidents in which injured policemen then respond with violence.

Police representatives have held a series of meetings with Finance Ministry officials in an attempt to persuade them to accede to their budgetary requests. The police have scaled down their original request for NIS 500 million to NIS 370 million, but the Finance Ministry has not agreed to meet the request yet. A substantial part of that sum is to be used to recruit reservists and to deal with logistical aspects of evacuation operation.

Yossi Yehoshua adds: Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said yesterday: "the implementation of the disengagement plan will be a difficult, heart-rending task, but we will implement it in full. There will be no compromises on this issue." Mofaz called on the settlers "to accept the democratic decision, to behave with restraint and, heaven forbid, not to strike IDF soldiers. The public debate mustn't enter that mine field. Mine fields can cause casualties."

Leading Settlers Council officials call on Israelis not to take part in the orange star protest, read a statement issued last night. President Moshe Katzav also called on the citizens to refrain from appending an orange star to their clothes. "This is an awful memory from an awful period for the Jewish people. The Nazis, may their name be obliterated, made horrific use of the yellow star, and no use should be made of it."

The Education Ministry yesterday instructed all school principals to ban students from wearing the orange star on their clothes while on school grounds. This ran in the December 24th, 2004 edition of Yediot Aharonot Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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Posted by Yuval Zaliouk, December 25, 2004.

Dear friends,

Issue One:

When you ask those Israelis who support Sharon's retreat from Gaza plan despite the obvious political and national dangers, the response of the majority of them is: To spare the lives of Israel's young soldiers. Our young sons and daughters, they say, should not be killed in order to protect some 8000 "settlers."

This, my friends, is a fallacy if not a lie!!!

After the retreat, when Hamas will transform what's left of Gaza into a huge ammunition dump and continue to shell Israel with intensified ferocity, the IDF will be forced to act at much greater disadvantage compared with protecting Israel from within. Think FALUJA, only much worst! Also think that every Israeli soldier killed equals 60 American casualties.

This is no longer a question of whether Gaza is part of our Biblical land, the issue is our lives and the survival of Israel. Caroline Glick's brilliant article on the subject is attached. Please make an effort to read it.

Issue Two:

Israel is doing all it can to facilitate "free and democratic" elections for an Arafat replacement. Hundreds of observers from Europe and the USA are expected here to monitor the "elections." What for? I ask. Only one candidate is running unopposed, Arafat's crony for 40 years, Abu Mazen.

Is this a democracy? Does it really matter if 80% or 87% vote for him, or whether the elections are fully or partially free? What is the difference between these elections and those for Stalin, Mubarak or Saddam?

Do you wonder in amazement about this charade as I am? Are we to cry or to laugh? Excuse me, but who are they kidding?

Your Truth Provider,

"Bigotry's harvest" by Caroline Glick appeared in the Jerusalem Post

This week, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Doron Almog, who commanded the IDF's Southern Command from 2000-2003, wrote a paper for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs entitled "Lessons of the Gaza Security Fence for the West Bank." In his paper Almog explains that the fence around Gaza has blocked 30 percent of the attempted terror attacks on Israel, while IDF offensive operations inside the Strip have accounted for the other 70 percent of Israel's successes.

Although his paper is intended to be instructive for Judea and Samaria, his point raises the obvious question for Gaza: If the government goes through with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to unilaterally withdraw, thereby ending the IDF's offensive operations in the area, how will such attacks be prevented? Furthermore, today the IDF has a defensive perimeter one kilometer long inside Gaza. According to Almog, this perimeter, along with monitoring equipment that can see six kilometers into Gaza, accounts for most of the success of the fence. Who will be manning the perimeter and maintaining the observation equipment if the IDF pulls out?

Maj.-Gen. (res.) Ya'acov Amidror, the former head of the IDF War Colleges and Military Intelligence analysis division, warned last week that in the absence of an Israeli military presence in Gaza, the area will become a focal point for global jihad. Just this week, the Shin Bet announced the arrest of Jordanian national Muhammad Abu Juyad in Tulkarm this past August. Abu Juyad was recruited by Fatah and Hizbullah. He received terror training twice in Syria and also took part in the terror war against American forces in Iraq before turning up here with a plan to recruit Israeli Arabs to blow up trains, kidnap soldiers and attack Israeli facilities in Jordan. Abu Juyad is emblematic of the global and regional face of the war. Luckily our forces are deployed in Judea and Samaria. If he or one of the thousands of terrorists like him were to come to Gaza after Sharon's proposed withdrawal goes through, who would arrest him?

More than 5,000 rockets and mortar shells have now fallen on Israeli communities in Gaza since the Palestinian terror war began. In anticipation of the proposed expulsion of their 8,000 Jewish residents, the Palestinians have dramatically increased their attacks. They want to make it look like we are running away. And the IDF is doing little to dissuade them. IDF incursions into Khan Yunis have been as ineffective as IDF operations against Hizbullah in southern Lebanon were in the months that preceded the withdrawal in May 2000. Like Hizbullah in Lebanon, the terrorists in Gaza will be viewed by the entire global jihad network as having defeated Israel. The price we paid for our precipitous withdrawal from Lebanon was the Palestinian terror war. What should we expect after we have Hamas, Fatah and Hizbullah terror cells operating openly five kilometers from the power station in Ashkelon?

THOSE WHO oppose the withdrawal have sought to make these arguments. But no one will listen. Ariel Sharon, the great military leader of yesteryear, says that it will be okay. And so, as we did when the late prime minister and former IDF chief of General Staff Yitzhak Rabin scoffed in 1994 at the notion that the Palestinians would use the territory he transferred to their control to shoot mortar shells and rockets at Israeli communities, we now believe that our lives will be better and safer if we eject Jews from their homes and farms and villages as our military withdraws to the 1949 armistice lines.

The residents of Gaza themselves are at their wits' end. Over the past several weeks they have been absorbing volley after volley of rockets and mortar shells, antitank shells and rifle fire. Their homes and synagogues have been bombed. Their children's nurseries and community centers have been hit. Their hothouses have been shelled. In a meeting Thursday in Netzer Hazani, residents spoke of the prospect of taking measures into their own hands with village residents manning any gun post that the IDF abandons. Speaking to Ynet, Yaki Yisraeli, treasurer of the community in Gush Katif, said, "If there isn't a suitable response to the mortar fire, people will start defending themselves. The residents serve in all the IDF units and the fear is that they will take the law into their own hands. If the IDF evacuates positions, the residents will take them over."

Aside from the fact that the IDF is clearly failing in its mission to defend them, the residents of Gaza have another problem on their hands. How are they to deal with the fact that the government and the Knesset seem determined to expel them from their homes? How are they to imagine that the lands they have cultivated, the communities they have built and the homes where they have raised their families are set to be turned over to the same people who are bombing them around the clock?

The moral dimension of the proposed destruction of Israeli communities in Gaza and northern Samaria is one that has received scant attention over the past year since Sharon adopted the Labor Party's plan of retreat and expulsion as his own. Indeed, although it was one of the implicit assumptions of the 1993 Oslo process, the fact that a precondition for a final peace accord with the PLO was that all Jewish residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza would be ethnically cleansed has rarely been mentioned. As for Sharon's withdrawal plan for Gaza and northern Samaria, everyone from US National Security Council Middle East Adviser Elliott Abrams to Labor Party leader Shimon Peres to Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak to British Prime Minister Tony Blair have all noted that the plan, if enacted, will provide a precedent for the destruction of all or most of the remaining Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria with their population of some 250,000 Israelis.

THIS WEEK, the public debate shifted its attention for the first time in 11 years to the question of whether it is moral to ethnically cleanse the territories of their Jewish residents and force all Israelis to live within the cease-fire lines from 1949. With the publication of an open letter from Binyamin Regional Council head Pinhas Wallerstein calling for mass civil disobedience against the proposed ethnic cleansing of Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria, the question of the morality of the plan has exploded onto the public stage.

Wallerstein wrote, "The government of Israel has approved the first reading of the immoral law that paves the way for the crime of the displacement of Jews from their homes. The law does not provide those targeted for expulsion with even the minimal human right - to oppose their displacement from their homes. I call for the public to break the expulsion law and to be ready to pay the price of going to jail."

Wallerstein's call, which was adopted by the entire organized leadership of the Israeli communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, caused some dozen members of Knesset to sign a declaration stating that they will oppose the enactment of the law even at the price of losing their parliamentary immunity from prosecution and going to jail.

Gaza residents caused a public outcry when they taped orange Stars of David to their clothes this week. The hue and cry of the politicians on the Right and on the Left said that in using symbols from the Holocaust they were besmirching the memory of the victims of Europe's genocide of its Jews. It would seem that those who decried the residents' symbol have forgotten what a metaphor is. The point was not that Sharon is Adolf Hitler or that Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz is Adolf Eichmann. The point of the protest was that Israel is the first Western state to call for the forced removal of Jews from their homes,simply because they are Jews, since the Holocaust and that there is something morally atrocious about the notion that for peace to come - to Israel and to those bombing Israel - it is necessary for entire regions to be rendered Judenrein. And again, as leaders in Israel and throughout the world have stated, the expulsion from Gaza and northern Samaria is simply a preview of coming attractions for what awaits those who live in Judea and the rest of Samaria.

The security implications of the planned withdrawal of the IDF from Gaza and northern Samaria are entirely separate from the moral dimensions of the policy for what it means for Israel to be a free and secure Jewish state. But they share a common root. This root is to be found in those who are shooting off the mortars and rifles and rockets. It is found in Abu Juyad; it is found in the murder of Ariela Fahima outside her home near Beit Shemesh this week; and it is found in the attempted murder of an Israeli motorist who accidentally drove into Ramallah Monday night and had to be saved by the IDF as a lynch mob gathered around him. This common root is Palestinian rejection of Israel.

There would be no reason for the IDF to be operating in Gaza if the Palestinians weren't conducting a war against Israel from Gaza. And there would be no question about the right of Jews to live in Gaza or northern Samaria or anywhere else they have lived for thousands of years if Palestinian nationalism weren't predicated on genocidal anti-Semitism.

Yuval Zaliouk writes the Truth Provider columns. To subscribe, send an email to ynz@netvision.net.il

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Posted by Yuval Zaliouk, December 24, 2004.
This was a news item in today's Israel National News http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=74127, December 24, 2004.
Gush Katif residents Friday took security matters in their own hands to fight against terrorism in the wake of the tepid Army response to more shelling and gunfire on Jewish communities.

Dear friends,

Today the Israeli communities in Gush Katif, Gaza, endured the biggest ever barrage of mortar bombardment by Hamas in one day. Scores of mortars over a period of several hours rained over the Israeli villages. The Israeli army was ordered to stand aside and did not intervene to protect the Israeli citizens and destroy the attackers. The bombardment went literally undisturbed. Luckily, no Israeli was badly wounded due to Arab typical "efficiency."

Here is my great idea designed to quickly and decisively resolve Sharon's Escape from Gaza plan:

Have the Israeli army bombard our own communities in Gush Katif instead of Hamas. Since the IDF is much more efficient than Hamas, the Jewish homes and villages will be totally demolished and the horrible-fanatic- extreme-anti peace-Jewish "settlers" will be eliminated. Thus, the agony of evacuating them will not become necessary and Israel's cowardice will not be exposed to the admiring world community. Maybe, as an added benefit, the Arab terrorists will thank Israel and new avenues of cooperation between the two sides will finally emerge. After Gush Katif, the triumphant IDF will concentrate its attention on the "settlers" in Judea and Samaria.

This was my great idea, but after today's shameful events, it seems someone must have already thought about this solution before me.

Yuval Zaliouk writes the Truth Provider columns. To subscribe, send an email to ynz@netvision.net.il

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Posted by Dr. Judah (Yehuda) Tzoref, December 24, 2004.

This is a letter to anti-Patch Campaigners.

No person in Israel nor any organization can assume monopoly over the Holocaust remembrance legacy. Under the pressure of Yesha council, the citizens of Gush Katif suspend their Orange Patch campaign. However, members of all grassroots movements for the integrity of Israel shall demonstratively continue to wear the Patch. For no mind-and-opinion control police shall be able to suppress our sentiments of outrage most faithfully expressed by the Orange Patch symbol in the face of ethnic cleansing threats looming over the Jews of Northern Negev and Samaria.

The public condemnation campaign orchestrated against the wearers of the Orange Patch stands as a sore indictment of our national tragedy. So much for a nation enraged at the wearing of Holocaust symbols while plotting ethnic cleansing against its own brothers and sisters. Across the world, people shake their heads in bafflement at the moral decay of Israel and wonder: is this the nation that keeps complaining about the Holocaust...

My late parents were forced to wear the Yellow Patch during WWII, and I wear the Orange Patch that most truthfully reflects my sense of horror at a Jewish governmental ploy of crimes against Holocaust survivors. This Patch is indispensable, as long as Israel is galloping on a cataclysmic race to make the most anti-Semitic country in the world.

Instead of bending heads in shame before the Orange Patch protest, the disengagers prefer to blast against the wearers of the Patch and lecture them on values of morality. That vile tactic of sanctimonious nerve, typical of anti-Patch campaigners, might help them disengage from their own Jewish conscience and human morals. For how else can one account for such perverted morality that is appalled by Orange Patch but tolerates ethnic cleansing of Holocaust survivors.

The Patch has been indeed removed in Gush Katif, but it will persist before your very eyes, mingle with your thoughts and permeate into your conscience. For the truth of it is undefeatable, and eventually it shall win.

Dr. Judah (Yehuda) Tzoref is a scientist, trained at the Technion in Haifa and Oxford University in England. His expertise is in physics and energy engineering. He is a grass-roots activist on behalf of Israel. He lives in Rehovot.

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Posted by Dafna Yee, December 23, 2004.
This is a letter I sent to the Michigan Peace Team.

A friend of mine forwarded me your e-mail promoting "Palestinian Olive Oil" aka Tulkarem Olive Oil which named your group (http://www.michiganpeaceteam.org/) as the distributor. It would be nice if you really wanted to promote peace; instead your website makes it clear that you are only interested in spreading the same old anti-Israel propaganda.

If you were really interested in bringing peace, then you would support the efforts of ALL people who are trying to make a living in the area. Instead you choose to only promote the product from the one group of people who have made "suicide bombing" into a cult! (You show me ONE Israeli paper or organization which celebrates the death of anyone -- including Arabs -- in the name of Judaism and I will donate $1000 to your organization.)

Your "Palestinians" are the same people who called the murderers of innocent people eating in restaurants, sleeping in their beds and driving in their cars shahids and heroes! Go to: Israeli Eyes (http://www.geocities.com/israeli_eyes/) and look at the faces of Israelis who have been killed in order to make these people you support "martyrs"! These people weren't hurting anyone; they were just going about their PEACEFUL daily lives. What kind of sick people are YOU, that you can support a group whose very constitution calls for the mass extermination of all the people in Israel? (They even murder any Arab who tries to genuinely live peacefully with Israelis!)

Not to mention that they hate Americans, too! These people who you are supporting are the same people who danced in the streets when over 3000 Americans were killed on September 11, 2001! Go to PMW-Palestinian Media Watch and read for yourself what they say about Americans -- and that includes YOUR group of gullible people who swallow every lie that they read about the "poor Palestinians" whose fellow Arabs despise far more than any Israeli does. (That's why you state in your own promotional e-mail that: "the Arab nations in the region refuse to sell Palestinian olive oil.") If you don't want to take the trouble to read the articles, then look at the anti-American (and pro-Saddam) cartoons for yourself! (http://www.pmw.org.il/) I DARE you to open your eyes and look at the truth about the people you are supporting.

Luckily, people who want to support peaceful farmers have no need for "Palestinian olive oil"; they can buy excellent olive oil products from Isroil Olive Oil Company. (http://www.isroil.com/) This product is not only of the finest quality, but the price is better than yours, too! "IsRoil brand sells for $12.65 per 250ml.bottle plus shipping and handling. Orders over $100. are exempt from shipping and handling charges." (Compare this to your product which sells at $20 a bottle without counting shipping charges.)

Look for your alert on the Jewish Watch Dog along with the other groups who support the murderers of innocents, just because those people killed are Israeli, while pretending to be promoting "peace"! The blood of the innocent Israelis killed for the "Palestinian cause" is on your heads also, because your contributions helped to buy the bombs which killed them.

Dafna Yee is director of Jewish Watch Dog (JWD); its website address is: http://jwd-jewishwatchdog.home.comcast.net

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Posted by Gerald A. Honigman, December 24, 2004.

As more rockets and mortars continue to rain down upon S'derot and other Jewish communities on both sides of the so-called Green Line, there's more than a bit of irony here.

Consider, for example, the origin of the name of one of the new Arab terror weapons of choice, the Qassam rocket. This becomes laughable--if it were not deadly--when the two Abus now running the "Palestinian" Arab show continue to demand that Israel consent to its own suicide by allowing millions of "returning" native Arab refugees to overwhelm the Jews in Israel proper.

So, Kassam, Qassam...What's in a name? Hold onto your seats...

Ever since Prime Minister Sharon announced plans for a unilateral disengagement from Gaza last April, adjacent Israeli towns have come under increasing attack, often by Qassam rockets deliberately aimed at terrorizing civilians. While Israel tries its best to carefully target those responsible for the murder of its people, the Arab targets of choice are the most innocent. Not only is greater shock value derived from this, the reality is that, in Arab eyes, there are no Jewish innocents. Two Jewish preschoolers were recently killed in such a volley, helping to set into motion Israel's latest assault on Gaza's terror apparatus.

Now, when choosing this Arab weapon of terror, Hamas (which, like most other Arabs, denies Israel's right to exist with or without the disputed territories) gave careful thought to the name that it should go by. Since the "militant wing" of the organization (the folks that actually blow up the buses, teen night clubs, pizzerias, and such) was named after Sheikh Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, it made sense to name the weapon after him as well.

Surely such a man must have had some great credentials in the "Palestinian" Arab movement...don't you think?

Of course.

Izz ad-Din made his name by butchering and disemboweling "Zionist invaders" during the early mandatory period after World War I.

So, what else do we know about this legendary leader of the "Palestinians?"

Well, for starters, hold on to your seats...

Hamas' hero--like most other "native Palestinians"--was born elsewhere. In his case, Ladeqiya, Syria.

In just one three month period alone, the League of Nations Permanent Mandates Commissions documented scores of thousands of other Syrian Arabs pouring into the British Mandate of Palestine. Like numerous other Arabs moving in from elsewhere, they came to take advantage of the economic boom going on because of the influx of Jewish capital. And for every Arab newcomer--i.e., settler--that was documented, many more slipped in under cover of darkness and were never recorded. Add to this the fact that, for a number of reasons, the Brits were more concerned about entering Jews than entering Arabs. Despite this, lots of evidence exists which shows that--like the murderous Sheikh--most "Palestinian" Arabs were no more native than most of the returning, forcibly exiled, Diaspora Jews.

Now think about this for a moment...

So many Arabs were recent arrivals into the Mandate that when UNRWA was created to deal with the Arab refugee situation, created as a result of the invasion by a half dozen Arab states of a reborn Israel in 1948, it adjusted the definition of "refugee" from the prior meaning of persons normally and traditionally resident to those who lived in the Mandate for a minimum of only two years prior to 1948. Also keep in mind that for every Arab who was forced to flee the fighting that the Arabs started in their attempt to nip a nascent Israel in the bud, a Jewish refugee was forced to flee Arab lands...but with no UNRWA set up to help them.

Indeed, scores of thousands of Jews fled the same Syria that the Sheikh immigrated to Palestine from. Greater New York City alone now has some tens of thousands of these folks. Many others moved to Israel and elsewhere.

But, while Arabs see it as their natural right to settle anywhere in the Dar ul-Islam and what they claim as purely Arab patrimony (despite the fact that scores of millions of non-Arabs also live in the area and have been conquered and forcibly Arabized by them), when Jews moved into their sole, reborn state (as opposed to some two dozen for Arabs), Arabs declared this to be al nakba - the catastrophe. Hundreds of millions of Hindus and Muslims could arrive at a less-than-perfect modus vivendi in the 1947 partition of the Indian subcontinent--at virtually the same moment Arabs were rejecting a similar offer over what was left of the Palestine Mandate after Arabs had already been awarded the lion's share in 1922 with the separation of Transjordan--yet the mere thought of anyone else gaining a mere sliver of the very same political rights that Arabs demand for themselves (be they Kurds, Berbers, Black Africans, Jews, or whomever) was out of the question. The conflict we have in the Middle East today is largely all about this mindset.

The next time you hear about those "Qassam" rockets, consider beyond the irony here. And, oh yes, I almost forgot...

Old Yasir himself was born in Cairo. And tens of thousands of other Egyptian Arabs had preceded his own migration and settlement in Palestine somewhat earlier in the wake of Muhammad Ali and son Ibrahim Pasha's military excursions in the 19th century.

Gerald A. Honigman, a Florida educator, has created and conducted counter-Arab propaganda programs for college youth, has lectured on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has publicly debated Arab spokesmen. His articles and op-eds have been published in both the print media and on websites.

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Posted by Steven Plaut, December 24, 2004.

This is by Chantelle Benjamin.

Born into African aristocracy, Nkosinathi Gamedzes love for languages led him to Judaism, and to being a rabbi in Israel

WHEN Nkosinathi Gamedze walked into the Hebrew department at Wits University and said he wanted to study the language he was greeted with stunned silence.

This week, 16 years later, he addressed members of the Jewish community in Johannesburg in a mixture of Hebrew and English - as Rabbi Natan Gamedze.

Gamedze, 41, converted to Judaism in 1991 and now lives in the northern Israeli city of Tsfat, where he teaches various aspects of the Torah, the Jewish scripture.

A descendant of the Swazi royal family, he lives the strict life of an ultra-Orthodox Jew with his wife and children.

Entertaining the audience, Gamedze said he has often been referred to as a Swazi prince, but in reality his family lost their rights two generations back when the British recognised a rival clan as Swazilands leaders.

As consolation, his family was granted roles such as diplomatic posts.

His father, Aaron Gamedze, Swazilands former education minister and its high commissioner to the UK, began travelling around the world with his large family when Gamedze, the middle child, was eight years old.

Gamedze studied at the University of Witwatersrand and left South Africa in 1988. He converted three years later.

The day after his conversion turned out to be a religious fasting day and he joked with a friend: "I have just become a Jew and already Im suffering ... where is the teiglach (cookies)?"

His friend told him things were not easy for Jews and welcomed him to the club.

Gamedze returned to SA two weeks ago to take part in an SABC2 documentary on his life, which saw him reunited with his five siblings and his mother, Nina, who all live in SA.

My family, who are dedicated Christians, found my conversion very difficult to deal with, he said. My grandfather abdicated so that he could become a preacher and he named his children Aaron and Moses, so it was no small thing when I decided to convert.

But his family has long since accepted his new life. The only thing they now have to put up with is the fact that Gamedze can eat only kosher food prepared according to religious rules.

My mother, who is a very good cook, still does not understand why I cannot eat her food, he said with a smile. Nina Gamedze, speaking from her home in Centurion this week, insisted that Gamedze was the one battling with this problem.

I am a good cook, she said with a laugh. And he is finding it hard not eating my food.

Gamedzes move to Israel came after a chance meeting with visiting Professor Moshe Sharon, who held the Hebrew language chair at the Hebrew University in Israel.

I was sitting in the cafeteria when he walked up to me and asked why I was reading a Hebrew newspaper and I said that it claimed to be a newspaper for people who think and I was a thinking person, said Gamedze. The two men hit it off and during the conversation Sharon asked if Gamedze had ever considered doing a post-doctorate degree in Hebrew.

An academic at heart, Gamedze - who sppeaks 14 languages and holds an honours degree in languages from Oxford University and a masters from Wits in Italian and German - was first attracted to the Jewish faith through his fascination with Hebrew.

He is under no illusion, however, about the choice he made.

I knew it was always going to be difficult. Wherever I go I stick out like a sore thumb, he said. Wherever I go in the Jewish community, I am the only black guy, and I am not the kind of person who likes to be in the limelight.

Speaking about his 16-year absence from Africa, Gamedze said his life in Israel was far removed from his African roots.

I came from a background where people were living in dire poverty and struggling day-to-day just to survive, while in Israel the people I met were working simply to make enough money so that they could study further and gather more knowledge on the scriptures.

It was the pursuit of spiritual growth and not survival that was the priority, he said.

Rabbi Dovid Hazdan, of the Oaklands Great Park Synagogue in Johannesburg, where Gamedze gave this weeks talk, said the young rabbi was an inspiration to all who heard him.

(PS Interesting to see how it is responded to by the Zionism-is-Racism crowd)

Steven Plaut is an American-trained economist, a professor of business administration at Haifa University and author of "The Scout." He frequently comments - both seriously and satirically - on Israeli politics and the left wing academic community. His website address is http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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Posted by Yisrael and Batya Medad, December 24, 2004.

This was a special to World Tribune.Com December 22, 2004. It is archived at http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/breaking_9.html

Well, at least they're honest.

The new leader of the ruling Fatah movement said the Palestinians want to replace Israel with a state of their own.

Fatah chief Farouk Khaddoumi said the Palestinian strategy toward Israel was two-fold. In the first stage, he said, the Palestinians would accept a Palestinian state alongside Israel. In the second stage, the Palestinians would seek to eliminate the Jewish state.

In November, Khaddoumi replaced the late Yasser Arafat as leader of Fatah, Middle East Newsline reported.

"At this stage there will be two states,"Khaddoumi told Iran's Al Aram television. "Many years from now, there will be only one."

Khaddoumi, who regards himself as Palestinian foreign minister, said he was confident that Israel would be eliminated. He said he always opposed Israel's existence and cited the Arab numerical superiority over the Jewish state.

"[There are] 300 million Arabs, while Israel has only the sea behind it," Khaddoumi said.

Khaddoumi said his platform was endorsed by the PLO in 1974. He said the strategy called for a phased plan that would establish authority over any territory obtained from Israel, concluding with an Arab war to destroy the Jewish state.

[On Thursday, the Palestinian Authority launched the first municipal elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in more than 25 years. The PA has been promising such elections since 1996.]

The Fatah chief played down the powers of PA ministers. Khaddoumi said the Fatah Central Committee marked the source of authority for the PA and Cabinet.

"The Palestinian Authority is a partial authority," Khaddoumi said. "It is a local government, just like any local government in any country. We shouldn't delude ourselves that these 'ministers' are actually ministers." [On Thursday, Palestinian gunners fired 30 mortar rounds into the Gush Katif community in the central Gaza Strip. The attack was launched from the Khan Yunis refugee camp hours after Israeli forces left the area.]

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Posted by Unity Coalition for Israel, December 24, 2004.

As we approach the new year,
may love and faith be rekindled,
May hope be renewed,
and may peace be realized
within your heart, within your home,
and throughout the world.

Founded in 1991, we are the largest worldwide coalition of Jewish and Christian organizations, with more than 200 groups representing millions of people dedicated to Israel. Though we have many different backgrounds, we have one common goal: A Safe and Secure Israel.

Israel is not just a Jewish issue. Millions of Christians resolutely endorse the principle of peace with security for the state of Israel. Because we work closely together and speak with a united voice, our message is being heard!

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, December 23, 2004.


Israelis all want peace. They usually are ready to negotiate one, but from time-to-time terrorism so revolts them, that they realize, until the next binge of over-optimism, that they cannot attain peace peacefully. They maintain the futile hope that the next leader of P.A. jihad would make peace.

The Arabs all want hegemony. They either give priority to the "armed struggle" and refuse to negotiate, or they think they can negotiate a victory with naïve Israelis under pressure from a supposed friend of Israel, the US. They may stop shooting during negotiations. Sometimes they negotiate in order to stave off an enemy offensive by cultivating the illusion that peace is in the offing.

When Israel refuses to negotiate, the world presses it in a demanding and demeaning way. When the Arabs refuse to negotiate, the world coaxes it to in a sympathetic way. Note the double standard!


Pres. Bush's first post-re-election statements were halfway encouraging for Israel. He seemed to part company not only with Powell but also with Powell's extensive appeasement of the western Palestinian Arabs. He indicated that he would not exert pressure upon Israel, would not send an envoy there, and primarily was interested in getting the P.A. to reform.

By "reform," Pres. Bush stresses democratization. He does not mention disarmament. If the P.A. reformed, he said, he would help it gain statehood (as if that were an ethical imperative). That meant that he would seek to wrest the core Jewish patrimony from the Jewish people in behalf of these Arabs, part of a nation having perhaps the greatest extent of territory. Most people saw the Bush respite for Israel but not the eventual resumption of an anti-Zionist policy. People are fooled easily.

Now Pres. Bush has taken on a messianic air, asserting, "I will manage to bring peace." He who has yet to bring peace anywhere, exudes an undeserved air of confidence in succeeding where all others failed. He does not indicate he has researched why they failed nor why their efforts were unjustly anti-Israel. He simply will follow down their path. What does that augur for Israel?

The previous path is to pretend that now the P.A. leadership is moderate and, if it suspended terrorism to provide diplomatic cover, the US would exert sufficient pressure upon Israel to sign an agreement that won't fall apart until after the President leaves office and can blame others for the miscarriage. He'd get a prize and his successors would get blame. Unfair but typical.

Why is Bush confident, now? Is it the usual Presidential megalomania, fed by sycophantic aides and religious certainty? To some extent, it probably is. I think that the President finds PM Sharon particularly compliant. Why compliant?

Several reasons. Israeli leaders are notorious for buckling under pressure. PM Sharon is particularly vulnerable -- he and his son are subject to indictment by a leftist Attorney-General. In addition, Ariel Sharon may be trying to refurbish a reputation unfairly tainted as brutal in Lebanon and as right wing.

If Israeli Prime Ministers weren't dredged up by a corrupt system from the ranks of secularists not particularly devoted to faith and country, and whose ethics were situational, Israel might be making progress in its struggle for survival. Instead it holds the territories in limbo, as if in sacred trust for its Arab nemesis. Unfortunately, its Prime Ministers emerge from among politicalized generals and Members of Knesset who risk national survival to retain another year or two of tenure. Must be quite a fine living! They can pursue failed policies because the media pretends they haven't failed. Effective opponents often die young. The US nurtures compliant leadership. The people of Israel are misled or stymied.


"The Bush administration has authorized the sale of 50 sophisticated American-made air-to-air missiles to Jordan, despite Israel's protests to (sic) the sale? Sending Jordan 50 AIM-120C Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and associated parts and systems would boost its ability to shoot down enemy aircraft at long range with its U.S.-designed F-16 fighters."

Israel is afraid that the precedent for such sales may be extended to Egypt. It urged the US to modify the missiles so that they could not shoot down Israeli airplanes (IMRA, 12/4). The US has not acceded to that request.

Originally the Arabs, the Far Left, and the Far Right claimed that Israel controls US foreign and defense policy. From them, the notion has spread into some of the general media, at least in Europe. The constant US sale and gifts of advanced arms to the Arabs refutes the notion.


US statute forbids the US from dealing with terrorists. Marwan Barghouti is a convicted terrorist and leader of a group on the US list of terrorist organizations. That organization has murdered Americans. Barghouti may run in an election to choose the head of the P.A.. The State Dept. has indicated that if he wins, it would deal with him (IMRA, 12/4).

The State Dept. doesn't mean by dealing with him that it would liquidate him.

The US wants other societies to follow the rule of law. Then let the State Dept. do so!


Defense Min. Mofaz was pleased to report that Egypt is increasingly determined to interdict the arms smuggling from Sinai into Gaza. It is less than pleased to report that the Arabs increasingly smuggle (12/5).

It seems to be beyond his ken to put the two statements together and realize that Egypt is increasingly determined both to spur arms smuggling and to deny it.


The Arab committee that plots a boycott of Israel has detected an Israeli plot against Iraq. You see, Israel wants to trade with Iraq (IMRA, 12/5).

What a nefarious plot by Israel, seeking normal relations with an Arab country! It means that Israel seeks influence there, in order to undermine that country for some reason the committee did not share with us. Now the Arabs never would seek to undermine Israel by plotting. Oh, no.


Every couple of days, another senior Arab terrorist is captured or killed in the P.A.. Not once has the elimination of a terrorist been accomplished by the P.A., but always by Israel.

The world complains about what Israel is doing. It does not complain about what the P.A. fails to do as obligated by agreement and decency. What does that tell you about the world, Israel, and the P.A.?


The Arabs argue that the Jewish people have no right to statehood in Israel. Until modern Israel was created, the Jews did not exercise sovereignty there for 1900 years. That is too long ago. The Arabs go on to argue that since Arabs exercised sovereignty there almost a thousand years ago, until the Turks took over in 1071, the country now should belong to Arabs. (For this argument, they are Arabs and not "Palestinians." There never was a Palestinian Arab state.)

Why does the brief Arab control make the area more Arab than Greek, Roman, Turkish, or British, conquerors who controlled it afterwards?

If the Arab claim is superior to the ancient Jewish one, because it is more recent, why don't the Jews have a superior claim, because they have controlled a piece of their homeland in modern time, long after the Arabs lost control?

Another Arab argument is that most Jews moved away from their homeland. (Actually, many were killed off or driven out, especially driven out by Muslims.) But they moved back. If moving in does not count, what shall we do with most countries, which took form from mass migration? Should the Arabs have to move out of N. Africa and Jordan, Syria, and Iraq, and back into the Arabian Peninsula? Most of the Arabs in Israel and in the P.A. are of relatively recent immigrant stock (Prof. Steven Plaut, 12/5, e-mail).


Khadaffi stated that Libya should compensate the families of Jews his country expelled, provided they do not possess property taken from Arabs who fled from Israel in 1947 and 1948. In response, a delegation of those families is headed to Libya, to meet with officials and try to negotiate compensation (Arutz-7, 12/5).

Talk is cheap; compensation is dear. Wait and see.


The P.A. accused Israel of showing bad faith towards movement to reopen negotiations, by killing a Hamas terrorist (Arutz-7, 12/5).

The more dead terrorists, the likelier a peace. Isn't it bad faith on the part of the P.A. to let the terrorists continue to attack Israel and claim protection for them in the name of peace negotiations? Understandably, Israel does not want to negotiate under fire, but Hamas headquarters ordered its men to keep fighting.


An FBI courier was under investigation. The FBI used that leverage to demand that he try to set up AIPAC. He gave officials of AIPAC life-saving information about Iranian plots against Israel. We have his dubious word for it that he told them the information was classified. (Then the FBI leaked the case and tried to make it seem as if Israel, via AIPAC, were spying on the US.) AIPAC denies having broken any law or passing any documents to Israel. No indictments were made (Winston Mid East Analysis, 12/5). Entrapment not of professional criminals but for political reasons is particularly obnoxious.


As a goodwill gesture, Israel released P.A. prisoners "whose offenses were relatively light, such as throwing Molotov cocktails or rocks, or shooting but not killing anyone (IMRA, 12/5).

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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Posted by Dr. Yaron Brook, December 23, 2004.

The blame for the recent murder of 18 Americans in Mosul lies not only with the insurgents who initiated the attack, but also with the Bush Administration's suicidal policies. The insurgency would have been crushed long ago, and yesterday's attack averted, were it not for America's altruistic policy of placing the lives of Iraqi civilians above its own self-defense.

America must destroy the insurgency if we are to implement a non-threatening government in Iraq. This can be done, but to do so we must make the insurgency's complicit civilian population--those who harbor and support the insurgents--pay for the violence that they abet. We must enforce their complete surrender to our presence. Thanks to such a policy, during the occupation of Japan zero soldiers were killed by insurgents and the threat posed by the country was ended.

Shamefully, the Bush Administration has been unwilling to make hostile Iraqi civilians pay for their crimes. Time and again, it has treated Iraqi lives as sacrosanct and American security and soldiers as dispensable. It is in the name of sparing civilians that our soldiers have been ordered to follow crippling rules of engagement that have cost hundreds of their lives. It was in the name of sparing civilians that we withdrew from Fallujah in April, and in November allowed thousands of insurgents to flee to places like Mosul. Such capitulations have preserved and emboldened the insurgents, while giving hope to Islamic terrorists worldwide.

To win this war we need a fundamental shift in our moral priorities. We need to see the military place the lives of Americans--including American soldiers--above the lives of Iraqi civilians. To those who insist that we continue to sacrifice for the sake of Iraqi civilians, I say that the death of 18 Americans this week, and the many more to come, are on your heads.

Dr. Yaron Brook is president of the Ayn Rand Institute, based in Irvine, CA.

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Posted by Ruth and Nadia Matar, December 23, 2004.

Dear friends- Please read the following horrendous story and then act urgently to help Zviki Koretzki
a) forward this story to all lists that you know
b) bombard the following offices with the clear and simple message: FREE ZVIKI KORETZKI!

We cannot remain silent in face of this blatant injustice.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz fax: 972-3-697-6218 tel: 972-3-697-5436

Ron Shechner (Aid to Shaul Mofaz) fax: 972-3-697-6328 tel: 972-3-697-5195

Bugi Yaalon, Chief of staff fax: 972- 3-569-6777 tel: 972-3-569-6601

IMPORTANT: Send your emails of support to Zviki's parents, Malka and Yefim at koretzki@yahoo.com

Zviki's father, despite his difficult physical condition, has started a daily sit-in protest in front of the Defense Ministry at the Kyria in tel Aviv demanding his son's immediate release. He is there every day from 6:30am till 1:00pm from Sunday till Thursday.It is important to come and show support.If we do not scream gevalt right now- then today it is Zviki, tomorrow it can be any of our boys in the army.

This is called "Zviki" and was written by Moshe Feiglin.

Yefim Kortzki could not understand how he had remained alive. A unit of the Golani Brigade, comprising 24 half-tracks and three tanks, began the climb towards Tel Faher during the battle to liberate the Golan Heights. The fortunate ones who reached the approaches to the objective stormed forward and fought like lions, exposed to the light of day, and facing superior forces deployed in well-dug-in positions. Fourteen commendations and two medals for bravery were awarded for this battle. There were few survivors.

Yefim's luck ran out at the end of the Six Day War when his jeep, fitted with a recoilless gun, encountered a mine and he was gravely wounded. But Yefim isn't the kind of man who gives in. Despite his grave disability he refused to accept financial aid from the Ministry of Defense. "The country doesn't owe me anything", he explained. He was hospitalized for more than a year. After being discharged he immediately started working, built a wonderful family, and continued to fight the daily war of existence with his own efforts. Over the course of the years the effects of his serious injuries became more marked, and he is now confined to his home, and every movement he makes causes agonizing pains that recall for him the terrible events of that battle.

I visit Yefim every Shabbat. A ray of hope emerged despite the terrible pains and the nightmares of yesterday. Nine years ago his son, Zviki, joined the IDF. Yefim passed on to his son all his Zionist ardor, his belief in the State of Israel, and in the IDF. Zviki is really something. He is hard-working and talented, and stunned the senior officers who encountered him. He finished an officer's course and then advanced rapidly through progressive ranks, leaving a trail of reports of excellence in his wake. As a young officer he filled a number of positions usually given to people several ranks above him.

In everything he did he introduced improvements and was well liked by those both above and below him. Zviki saw his future in the army. He joined the ranks of the regular army and was scheduled to start a course of studies about two years ago. When Yefim saw Zviki this made his day.

But Zviki was too good for the State of Israel.

One Shabbat, when the battalion commander took a vacation, he left Zviki in command of the battalion. Zviki was patrolling with a single jeep when he suddenly received a message. In the Arab village of Nazlat Zid a car bomb was being prepared to make an attack on Hadera. This was at the peak of the terrorist attacks, the distance from the village to the target was short, and there was no time to organize additional forces. Just Zviki, his driver, and an additional soldier, blocked the path of the car bomb intended to attack Hadera. Zviki didn't hesitate and entered the village.

It was Shabbat. There were no people in the area apart from the residents of the village. So why was there a demonstration blocking his path? Obviously, this apparently spontaneous demonstration was intended to delay him and thus permit the car bomb to leave for its destination. Zviki got out of the jeep and called on the demonstrators to leave the place. Naturally, no-one obeyed him. He fired in the air and this still had no effect. Time was pressing so Zviki did something that was customary at that time. He took careful aim and fired at a brick wall in a nearby house. He clearly saw the place that his bullet had hit. Now the demonstration dispersed and Zviki rushed to patrol the village. The car bomb was no longer there, and thank G-d had been caught in a nearby village.

When Zviki left the village he saw that a crowd had gathered. The villagers pointed to an injured person in a vehicle. They claimed that he had been hit by a bullet. Zviki helped as best as he could and brought the vehicle with the wounded person to a nearby medical unit.

As a result of pressure applied by the Betzelem organization, Zviki was brought to trial. The prosecution had no real proof. The body of the injured person had been taken away by the Arabs and buried a long time earlier, and no-one could prove that he had been killed by a bullet. It is quite likely that as in other similar cases, local Arabs had killed the person and used the body for propaganda purpose.

But why should the military court concern itself with such explanations, when precedents have already been established by the Supreme Court, and Leftist media person Ilana Dayan is breathing down its neck? A windowframe, without the glass, was produced as proof that Zviki's bullet had exploded it. (It's worth mentioning that a bullet from an M16 rifle, as used by Zviki, leaves a hole, but the rest of the glass remains intact.) Zviki request to return to the village and locate the place where his bullet hit the wall was rejected.

Two very difficult years ensued for Zviki and his parents. They had spent all their money on lawyers and appeals. Nothing was of any avail. Even his final request to receive a pardon from the CGS was rejected. He was reduced in rank, the studies promised him were cancelled, and this morning Zviki entered the military prison where he will serve his six months sentence.

This is the prize given by the State of Israel to a devoted, talented officer who gave nine years to serving in the IDF, years in which a person builds his future. For his courage in facing alone an incited crowd, and terrorists planning to perpetrate an attack on Hadera, the State of Israel should have awarded Zviki a medal. But this is not what happens in the Israeli era of reversal of values. Zviki, an excellent officer wearing a kippah from Karnei Shomron, was just the prey the establishment was waiting for.

I have visited Yefim every Shabbat for many years. Over the last two years I have seen how his world has collapsed around him in ruins. He is incapable of understanding how the same State in which he believed and for which he gave everything, can do such a thing to him.

I tried to explain to Yefim that it isn't the State. Someone has stolen the State from us, but one day it will be liberated. But Yefim doesn't want to hear this, and is sinking into depression.

I have avoided publicizing the affair until now. Zviki has been taken captive by people who have covered their eyes with a red sheet. I didn't want them to know of the connection, but it's now all over. Zviki is in jail and Yefim is more broken in spirit than in body.

This man with a broken body, who lives on drugs against pain that would have killed a normal person, is starting tomorrow a sole demonstration opposite the entrance to the General Staff HQ in Tel Aviv. He intends to sit there in the rain and cold, and I fear for his life.

And Zviki?

Thank G-d, Zviki is beginning to understand what his father is unable to accept. "You must appeal to the Supreme Court", one of the lawyers tried to persuade him. But Zviki had already understood that he had been caught in the claws of the monster. He now recognizes what he is up against. "What's the point?", he replied, "It will only mean that in another two years I'll be in the same situation, but with bigger debts".

Zviki will be released in another six months. He will be an asset for any entrepreneur. He will study and work industriously, and faithfully, and will be better than others. "In another two years", I said to Yefim, "you and your wife will thank the court for finding Zviki guilty. You will thank the CGS and the other spineless officers who turned their backs on him. You will thank them, because without them Zviki would have stayed in the army and wouldn't have realized even part of his capabilities."

We shall in the end release the State from its captivity, and it will then need first-rate people like Zviki. It will thank them when it is released from its captivity.

Ruth and Nadia Matar established Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green), an activist group of women based in Jerusalem. Their website address is http://www.womeningreen.org

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Posted by Steven Plaut, December 23, 2004.

Peace Now, the anti-Israel far-leftist extremist organization, has spent the past few years urging leftists to refuse to do military service. Like most leftists, Peace Now is of the opinion that leftists should be excused from the inconvenience of having to obey any laws they happen to dislike. In particular, Peace Now endorses those soldiers who have been refusing to do any military service until Israel adopts the policies being advocated by Israel's communist party and the PLO.

Now let us make this very clear. When it comes to defending Israeli civilians from mass murdering Palestinian nazis, when it came to serving in the military to protect Jewish children on buses, Peace Now sees no reason why its members should participate and serve. It promotes insubordination and mutiny by leftist soldiers.

But now, all of a sudden, Peace Now has organized a new campaign under the slogan "I Volunteer". Peace Now wants its members to volunteer to fight against Jews and help expel Jewish settlers from their homes in the Gaza Strip when Ariel Sharon begins to implement Amram Mitznas plan to make Gaza judenrein.

The background to this is that some on the Israeli Right, including some Rabbis, have been urging soldiers to disobey orders and refuse to serve in units ordered in to expel Jews from their homes (in order to coddle the Palestinian fascists). In order to take the places of any soldiers following these calls, Peace Now is suddenly uber-patriotic and urging its members to volunteer for military service.

So are you following this? To fight Arab nazis and fascists and terrorists is an unthinkable crime in the "minds" of Peace Now extremists, something all moral people must refuse to join, but to serve in the military for the purposes of fighting Jews and expelling Jews from their homes is the height of moral sublimity and humaneness! Not to mention patriotism.

Now the campaign is operating by placing large Peace Now ads in the press financed by you can guess who, in which there are forms to be filled out by Peace Now supporters and mailed in to the Chief of Staff of the army or to the Peace Now kremlin, in which people pledge their willingness to volunteer to help fight against Jews but not against Arab terrorists. The forms are to be sent to the offices of the Chief of Staff of the military: DZ (military post box) 02145, Tel Aviv.

Peace Now members can also sign up for these missions at www.peacenow.org.il

Now I know what you are thinking and that is that clearly the Peace Now petitions and ads do not go nearly far enough. After all, why should Peace Now members merely volunteer to serve in units that expel Jews from their homes?

Why not have a REAL Peace Now campaign for Palestinian victory, in which Peace Now members sign petitions and send in forms to the military Chief of Staff in which they volunteer to place bombs in Jewish schools and cafes and buses? Or in which they volunteer to fire automatic weapons at groups of Jewish mothers or senior citizens? I mean, come on, lets have some REAL volunteering for Peace Now's true goals!

Accordingly, I have a request. Please send a form in to the Chief of Staffs offices at the above address with a copy sent to Peace Now kremlin at POB 29828, Tel Aviv. In this form, fill in the name of one of the leaders of Peace Now, a list of which you can find at the Peace Now web site listed above. Then send in the form in the name of that Peace Now leader to the army (cc: Peace Now Kremlin) and help this Peace Now leader in his or her effort to volunteer to promote the Palestinian agenda. State in the form that the leader in question seeks to volunteer to bomb Jewish schools or cafes or otherwise promote Palestinian fascism. Some of you more cynical types might try an alternative form in which certain leftist extremists volunteer to be hanged for treason.

Let us help out our brethren from Peace Now in their campaign to recruit volunteers for peace!

Steven Plaut is an American-trained economist, a professor of business administration at Haifa University and author of "The Scout." He frequently comments - both seriously and satirically - on Israeli politics and the left wing academic community. His website address is http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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Posted by Josef Said, December 23, 2004.
This is from MEMRI and is archived at http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD83404

In the Saudi government daily Al-Watan, a n article from Brussels written by Fakhriya Ahmad charges that, based on alleged secret European military reports, the U.S. military in Iraq is harvesting and selling human organs. The following day, the story was also published in the Iranian daily Jomhouri-ye Islami, [1] as well as the Syrian daily Teshreen. [2] The following are excerpts from the article: [3]

"Secret European military intelligence reports indicate the transformation of the American humanitarian mission in Iraq into a profitable trade in the American markets through the practice of American physicians extracting human organs from the dead and wounded, before they are put to death, for sale to medical centers in America. A secret team of American physicians follow the troops during their attacks on Iraqi armed men to ensure quick [medical] operations for extracting some organs and transferring them to private operations rooms before they are transferred to America for sale.

"The reports confirm the finding of tens of mutilated cadavers or cadavers missing parts. Some were found without a head. The American military command could not offer reasons to explain the bewilderment about the missing parts, suggesting that this may have been caused by the penetration of bullets to the [missing] parts. But these excuses cannot be medically accepted. The reports also confirmed that the burning of bodies was deliberate in order to conceal the crime of organ extraction. [The reports] further indicate that American medical teams have [made] active and suspicious moves in Iraq to recruit some Iraqis to guide them to dead and critically injured individuals to engage in the extraction of organs. These teams offer $40 for every usable kidney and $25 for an eye. The reports confirm the finding of mutilated bodies in Fallujah. The reports indicate that the cadavers are immunized inside special cars to prevent the spread of the plague until the bodies are buried by their relatives.

"The reports have indicated that a number of those killed in 'Abu Ghraib' and other prisons were subjected to operations for extracting their organs. Following their mutilations, the bodies were discarded far from the prisons to conceal the facts. The reports revealed that that the American forces restricted the media by force to prevent them from getting near the scenes and recording the events. But the relatives of the Iraqis are aware of these facts. The reports have [also] indicated that the military forces of the European allies have noticed the absence of organs from the cadavers that were dealt with by the Americans and have reported to their high command, which instructed them to maintain silence and to avoid the discussion of the subject due to its gravity, while the military and intelligence high command have written secret reports about was observed by their forces and sent them to the European ministries of defense for their information."

[1] Jomhouri-ye Islami (Iran), December 19, 2004. http://www.jomhourieslami.com/1383/13830929/archives/oldindex.html. The article in Jomhouri-ye Islami also included pictures of Iraqis whose organs had allegedly been taken, including a picture of Abu Ghraib.

[2] Teshreen (Syria), December 19, 2004.

[3] Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia) December 18, 2004.

Josef Said can be reached at www.khilafism@yahoogroups.com

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Posted by Mordechai Ben-Menachem, December 23, 2004.

Please pardon me if I cannot but laugh at this. It is so sick that I can't but find it humorous. I accept responsibility if this is being "superficial". This was a news item in today's Arutz-7.

The Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem was to be the target of choice for an Israeli-Arab couple who planned to blow themselves up following their wedding. Israeli security forces thwarted their plans.

It was released for publication on Wednesday that the GSS recently arrested an Arab resident of eastern Jerusalem on suspicion of planning to carry out a suicide bombing together with his 16-year-old fiance. The attack was scheduled for shortly after their wedding.

Ahmed Jazawi, an Israeli-Arab resident of the mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood of Abu-Tor, was recruited by Hamas handlers from Hevron - the same terror gang that carried out the double suicide-bombing in Be'er Sheva this past August, murdering 16 people.

Jazawi, 22, had already convinced his young fiance, to carry out the attack together with him, and was in the midst of gathering intelligence with the goal of bombing the Sbarro pizzeria when he was arrested. Sbarro became famous in the summer of 2002 when, in a different downtown Jerusalem location, it suffered a suicide terrorist blast felling 15 Jews, including parents and three of their eight children.

The investigation revealed that Jazawi had friendly relations with Moutzab Hashlamoun, a Hamas handler from Hevron. They studied together at Abu-Dis University. Half a year ago, Jazawi told Hashlamoun he wanted to carry out a suicide bombing in Jerusalem. The Hamas handler agreed and began to direct Jazawi on how to make his way to a target with his bomb, and how to maximize the number of murdered.

Jazawi enjoys the benefits of Israeli citizenship, including an Israeli ID card. Equipped with that card, he began surveying downtown Jerusalem's streets for targets. He visited Jaffa Road and chose the newly relocated Sbarro pizzeria as his favored target. Hashlamoun then had Jazawi obtain chemicals and transfer them to Hamas bomb- makers in Hevron to construct bomb-belts.

Jazawi then decided that a double suicide bombing would be more effective, and approached his new fiance, also from Abu Tor, on the matter - and she agreed. In the end, however, they decided to postpone the attack until after the wedding. Their plans were nipped in the bud on December 15, when Jazawi was arrested and handed over to the GSS for investigation.

Mordechai Ben-Menachem is at Ben-Gurion University. He can be reached by email at quality@computer.org

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Posted by Neal Sher, December 23, 2004.
This is called "`The Ambassador' - for real" and was written by Haim Handwerker. It appeared today in Haaretz.

Israeli diplomats and government officials come to New York for some tough training on how to deal with American media

NEW YORK - Marco Greenberg, owner of a film production company who has abundant experience in public relations, sits down in front of several Israeli diplomats and spokesmen of government ministries in the conference room of a Manhattan office building. His role today is to play an unsympathetic television reporter: first a reporter for the local Channel 4 in Los Angeles, then for Al Jazeera. A studio atmosphere has been created in the conference room. Standing alongside Greenberg is a cameraman-sound man. The overhead lights are dimmed. In the background, behind the back of the interviewee, a colorful backdrop hangs. Greenberg begins the broadcast: "Good morning to all the viewers. With me today is a representative of the Israeli government. Hello, sir ..."

The innocuous preamble quickly gives way to a shower of scathing questions aimed at each of the Israelis, one after another. Why shouldn't the Palestinians be permitted to return to their land and realize the right of return? Why doesn't Israel improve the situation of Israeli Arabs? Why do you need the wall, which makes life so hard for the Palestinians? Really now - why don't you stop the occupation?

In an adjacent conference room, the images are repeated. Here the interviewer is Neal Sher, a consultant on media and lobbying, and a former executive director of AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) who was once a Nazi -hunter for the U.S. Department of Justice. "We're losing a lot of boys in Iraq," he says, "and some people claim Israel pushed America into the war in Iraq. Does Israel intend to push America into a war against Iran, on the basis of its nuclear programs?"

Waiting off to the side is Elias Buchwald, one of the founders of Burson-Marsteller, the major public relations firm, who is venerated in the industry. When the interview ends, it will be shown to the entire group on a video monitor. The sharp-tongued Buchwald will waste little time in skewering the interviewees for their responses.

"Think hard about what you want to get across," say Buchwald and Greenberg. "Focus on your message. If you are asked an embarrassing question, give a short answer, and then cross the bridge over to what you really want to say. Don't repeat negative messages that the interviewer or the person you are debating has used. Don't get into an argument with the interviewer."

Buchwald nearly jumps out of his skin at hearing the answer given by one Israeli diplomat to the question posed by Sher regarding Israeli responsibility for the distressing crisis in Iraq. When the man tries to "cross the bridge" too quickly, and says that the most important thing is that the American economy is in good condition, Buchwald has a hard time controlling his emotions. "The second you said that, you lost your audience," he bellows. "What are you talking about? This is a very serious question, and you cannot answer in such a manner. In this sort of matter, you only have one answer: I am certain that the American administration makes decisions on the basis of American interests, and American interests alone."

The next Bibi

While "The Ambassador," the Channel 2 TV show, is making a lot of noise in Israel, the real version of the program is in fact taking place in New York. Some 15 diplomats and representatives of Israeli government ministries came here for four days of practical in-service training to learn how to contend with the American media. In Israel, it is televised entertainment. Here, it is supposed to be serious.

The training program, which has been offered for the past 20 years, is organized by the American Jewish Congress and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But the people who pour their hearts and souls into the program are Buchwald, who has volunteered for the job for 20 years, and Greenberg, who has volunteered for 13 years. Their dream was to find the next Benjamin Netanyahu, and it mattered not what his or her political opinions might be. A person with a good screen presence, who would get across the messages of the State of Israel in proper fashion. Hundreds of diplomats and government officials have taken part in the program, which is held once a year. Many have managed to improve their ability to express themselves, but the next Bibi, the person who can speak fluent English, formulate his words easily, is capable of translating complex ideas into words, has not yet been found.

This year's participants included David Baker, foreign press coordinator in the Prime Minister's Office; David Akov, the consul general in San Francisco; Ran Gidor, a foreign ministry adviser; Avital Leibovich of the IDF Spokesman's office, Limor Banai of the office of the Finance Ministry Spokesman; Shahar Shelef, a deputy consul in Philadelphia; Anat Friedman, spokeswoman of the Israeli delegation to the UN; Andy David, the deputy consul in Chicago; Sharon Regev, a deputy consul in Philadelphia; and Kobi Brosh, the consul general in Toronto.

Over the years, Buchwald and Greenberg have experienced much frustration. Too many unsuitable candidates have been sent to the course. At times they felt that people were being sent mainly to reward them with a trip to America. There were times that they were fed up and had no intention of continuing. At times they wondered if it wouldn't be better to send high-ranking politicians from Israel than low-ranking officials, but the program did not interest cabinet ministers. This year, Buchwald says, the level of personnel is higher than in past years - a major source of solace for him.

Aging generals

The program is intended to provide participants with an understanding of how the American media works. But its high point is the practical work in front of the camera with Buchwald, Greenberg and Sher. The program is designed to improve the primary task of the foreign ministry representatives: hasbara - that peculiar Israeli word that is a hybrid of information, public relations and propaganda. The chief exponents of this craft are supposed to be the prime minister and foreign minister, but their English, ability to express themselves and the content of what they say does not exactly help to promote Israel's hasbara efforts, say Buchwald and Greenberg. The people out in the trenches are foreign ministry officials - who are often accused by Israelis and American Jews of falling down on the job.

Greenberg starts off the morning by showing an assortment of video clips that is intended to explain the problem of Israel's hasbara, at its worst. Two American commentators on the sympathetic to Israel "Fox News" are discussing the question of why Israeli hasbara is unsuccessful. One says that Americans see all use of force as a criminal act. To win the battle for public opinion in America, you have to present yourself as a victim; that is how you win the heart of Americans. He who apologizes for using force loses.

The American media doesn't delve too deeply into the question of why the Israel Defense Forces do what they do. The Israelis, explains Greenberg, are concentrating on survival, not the media war. Their leaders are aging generals who do not know how to explain themselves.

The video clips also include several Palestinian spokesmen in various appearances on American television. Diana Buttu and Michael Tarazi, two American Arabs who speak fluent English, and Hanan Ashrawi, who also speaks impeccable English. When they go on the air after acts of terrorism, their answer to nearly every question is the same - the biggest problem of all is the occupation, a mantra that they repeat over and over again. "They have a good message, a very powerful message. No matter what you ask them, they will `cross the bridge' to this message that they want to get across," explains Greenberg. He suggests that the Israelis learn from them. Every question you are asked will receive a brief response, and from there they will cross the bridge to what they want to get across.

The participants send up a barrage of suggestions: Israel should be depicted as victim; someone else thinks this is a problematic approach, especially as Israel wants to attract investors and tourists; we have to focus on terror; we must not present ourselves as underdogs because we aren't, and if we do so then we will lose; instead of the word "occupation," we have to use the terms "disputed territories" or "transitional territories."

Buchwald looks a bit impatient. He wants the Israelis to decide themselves what their mantra should be, but his sense is that they are opting for a mantra that may have worked last year. The terror mantra, for instance, is no good anymore, given the changes since Arafat's death. He suggests delivering a positive message: telling the Palestinians, "Come, let's make peace. We want a good economy for you. We want a good economy for us. We've had enough war. Let's live together. That'll play well on television."

Greenberg, who lived in Israel for several years and even served in the IDF Spokesman's office, says there is no magic cure for Israeli hasbara. "The subjects they deal with are very complicated. People in Israel talk a lot about hasbara, but do little. The truth is that we are lacking the public relations gene in our DNA. Israel still hasn't found its Diana Buttu or Michael Tarazi," he says. "You have to bear in mind that in order to be an effective spokesman, there's no need for a beauty contest. The physical appearance of the spokesman is important, but to do the job properly, it has to be done by a skilled professional, for instance, Israeli high-tech people who have been successful abroad and have good English skills. They have learned American communications."

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, December 23, 2004.

Once again the astute Rachel Ehrenfeld cuts to the heart of the problem - just as she has with tracking drug organizations. My only comment is that, those who force Israel into indefensible positions, with no demand that Terror is stopped before Israel implements irrevocable peace gestures. If Israel withdraws from any of her ancient homeland, Arab Muslim terrorists from all over the world will move into that vacuum. Then Israel must pay the price in fatalities (more than 1500 Jews murdered since Oslo) based upon political considerations of foreign interests. Therefore, Britain's PM Tony Blair and World Bank President James Wolfenson should be pre-indicted for assisting terrorists for crimes against the Jewish people... particularly when, not if, terror continues under their guidance.

This article is by Rachel Ehrenfeld, PhD, Director of American Center for Democracy, author of many publications and several books, the most recent of which is "Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed - And How to Stop It." Her website is www.public-integrity.org.

The article appeared in Front Page Magazine and is archived at FrontPageMagazine.com | December 23, 2004

President Bush is clearly determined to bring peace to the Middle East. However, the pressure put on Israel by the British premier Tony Blair and World Bank President James Wolfenson will only assist in the creation of an independent terrorist Palestine. Arafat's replacement, Mahmoud Abbas, is widely perceived as being more pragmatic than his predecessor, especially since he keeps repeating his commitment to peace. But at the same time, like Arafat, he calls on the Palestinian people to "continue the struggle... to raise the Palestinian flag on the walls of Jerusalem, the capital of our independent Palestinian state."

The need for security reforms in the Palestinian authority, i.e. dismantling all the terrorist organizations, the bomb workshops, the smuggling of weapons, and making all the security forces accountable to a single leadership, was acknowledged by the World Bank's own December 2004 report "Stagnation or Revival: Israeli Disengagement and Palestinian Economic Prospects." However, Wolfenson doesn't want to wait until that happens. Instead, he wants to remove all Israeli closures and checkpoints immediately as a condition to increasing international aid to the Palestinians to almost $1.5 billion a year. This "common sense" step, according to Wolfenson, will "restore the possibility of hope for young Palestinians."

However, Palestinians young and old will have no hope unless the Palestinian Authority stops all terrorist attacks against Israel and Israelis, stops religious and secular incitement against Israel on television and in the print media, changes its official maps and the maps used in Palestinian school textbooks to include the State of Israel, and updates history textbooks used in the Palestinian schools. Only then will it be possible for a true democratic state to emerge in the Palestinian territory, as President Bush has called for.

The Palestinians have asked international donors for four to six billion dollars for the next four years to help them rebuild the economy, but the donor community has already seen billions of its dollars disappear while the Palestinian economy collapsed and many Palestinians were left living on $2 a day.

Many of these Palestinians receive their economic support and social services not from the Palestinian Authority, but from HAMAS. Although HAMAS is not challenging Mahmoud Abbas' candidacy directly, it is continuing to build up support for itself among the disenfranchised Palestinian population. With a well-established civilian/military infrastructure in the PA-administered territories, HAMAS has an annual budget is estimated at around $70 million, at least $20 million of which it receives from Interpal, the HAMAS front organization in the UK. Interpal not only raises funds for HAMAS in the UK, but also serves as the major courier of funds from other HAMAS-affiliated organizations in Europe to the West Bank and Gaza. Its activities are documented at length by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center.

Why does the Blair administration allow a HAMAS front to openly operate in the UK? After all, following US pressure, the European Union as well as the UK have outlawed HAMAS as a terrorist organization and prohibited the collection of money to assist terrorist organizations for any purpose, including civilian. Is the electoral support of the anti-Israeli lobby that crucial to the Blair administration staying in power? In his attempts to hold on to power, Blair apparently fails to understand that HAMAS' continued operations will eventually undermine any hope for a viable Palestinian state.

President Bush has called on the free world to focus "on helping the Palestinians develop a state." However, Mr. Blair's negligence of stopping Interpal's activities and the funding of HAMAS in the UK stand in striking contradiction to the President's plea. So does Mr. Wolfenson's insistence on Israel's relaxation of its necessary security measures in the West Bank and Gaza, which he claims impede the economic development of the Palestinians.

The President is right in saying that the Palestinians have to first prove that they are serious about stopping terrorism, and only then, by setting benchmarks for Palestinian reforms and milestones for their fulfillment, should the international donor community resume donations as a sign of its confidence in the new Palestinian leadership.

Emanuel Winston is a commentator and Middle East analyst. His articles appear often on Think-Israel and Gamla. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a research associate of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies (http://www.freeman.org/online.htm).

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Posted by Batya Medad, December 23, 2004.

In deep pain, opponents of "disengagement" are wearing "orange stars," and from the way the media and many politicians are acting - so shocked, scandalized and horrified, you'd think that they were pelting innocent civilians with rocks, or shooting at people traveling in cars, or stabbing people to death or even strapping explosives to themselves to blow up, murder, everyone in the vicinity.

Oops, they don't get that outraged at the murder of innocent Jews. They keep shoving our other cheek out in case the terrorists need easier targets. There's a lot of misplaced anger here. I wish these same politicians, diplomats, historians and journalists would just listen to themselves. Who are the victims? Why are they so deaf and callous to Jewish pain?

Many years ago, when I was in high school (Great Neck North), I tried to publicize demonstrations to give religious freedom to Soviet Jewry. My fellow classmates, mostly Jewish, first insisted that they were only interested in American issues, like civil rights, and Russia was much too far away for them to relate to. The following year they were enthusiastically demonstrating for Biafora, in Africa. Nothing's changed.

Nadia Matar's being attacked for saying that the transfer, uprooting, destruction reminds her of the Nazis. She was raised in Europe and grew up hearing of the murder and persecution of Jews. Nadia's an idealist, a Jewish idealist, who sees Jewish survival as Jews in our Eretz Yisrael as the most important ideal. I identify with that.

What I don't understand is Yaakov Amidror, the retired IDF general, the first religious general, who was brought into the TV studio to serve counterpoint to Nadia. He stated and repeated that in principle, he agrees with Nadia, that Sharon's "disengagement" withdrawal, destruction plan is the worst possible policy for our country. But he stated that he supports it, because a democratic government voted for it. Nadia, in the studio, and I, watching a repeat of the interview, were equally dumbfounded. Where are his values? Where are his ideals? Are there any absolute truths in his life? If he found himself living or serving with a group of people who democratically voted that the kitchen would be traif (not kosher), would he eat traif just to obey the majority?

Four terms keep repeating themselves in the arguments: democracy, Nazi, anti-Semite and civil war. Key words, as I'd tell my students.

I was raised to be a good American, and democracy was a major ingredient. It's hard to say when I fell out of love with democracy, but now I no longer think it as an infallible necessity. There are subjects that are not for democratic vote, and one of them is religion, and another is certain social issues. A group of people shouldn't be able to justify their bullying of another group by claiming "democracy." Yes, bullying. That is what's going on here. The residents of Gush Katif are being bullied by the wealthier more influential and powerful Israelis, all in the name of democracy.

The Jews being threatened, persecuted, are countering that they feel like they are going to be destroyed like Jewish communities were by the Nazis during the Holocaust. For the past sixty years, ever since it became common knowledge what happened in Nazi Germany and most of Europe, Jews have sworn "never again." Jews will never bow to pressure to give up their homes, property and businesses. Jews will never go "like lambs."

And now, what is happening, and here in Israel? Jews are being ordered to give up their homes, businesses, property - and this travesty is taking place in our Holy Land! In the name of democracy? Hitler was also put in power via democracy. In Gush Katif there are Holocaust survivors who thought they finally found their haven, their heaven on earth. Some of them, wearing their orange stars, visited the Knesset and were attacked for their feelings and opinions. See; http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=74011

In Hebrew the term "civil war" is "war of brothers." Those of us who say that we will oppose the expulsion of Jews from our homes are being told that we are causing a "civil war." We are supposed to go "like lambs to the slaughter." We have no rights. The government even proposed a law that would incarcerate us for three to five years for opposing expulsion of Jews from their homes, but thank G-d it was eliminated from the bill. In simple words, the government is starting a war against Jews, but we have no right to self-defense. Can a Jew be an anti-Semite? In frustration this term is also being used. Who would have thought that Jews would be calling each other "Nazi" and "anti-Semite"? They're must be better words to use. For sure "Nazi" should never be used; it was for a specific country and time. And instead of "anti-Semite" another word must be used. The wrong words and symbols damage the cause.

I don't agree with President Katzav's reason for opposing the wearing of an orange star. He said:

"There is no justification to enlist, in the public struggle against the evacuation, the star which constitutes a memory of the most horrific and awful period in the history of the Jewish people.? They must focus their struggle in the realm of the permitted, the legal and the legitimate."

In all honesty, I think that in a very crucial way, today's situation is no less "horrific and awful." And that's because today Jews are planning on evacuating other Jews from their homes; Jews are destroying Jewish schools and businesses. Jews are planning "camps," "compounds" and jails to detain Jewish refugees. Jews are planning on confiscating weapons from Jews, leaving them defenseless, while at the same time armed police and soldiers will be sent to throw them out of their homes.

President Katzav suggests that we "must focus" our struggle on "legal and ...legitimate" methods. But according to the proposed law, it will be illegal to protest! If the orange star bothers people and makes them think of the Nazis, then it's doing its job. That's the whole point.

When I began writing this, I wasn't sure what I'd do, but especially after reading President Katzav's statement, the star looks more and more legitimate. Will I wear an orange star? I don't know. Maybe I'll just take out "my ripped flag." (http://www.israelnn.com/article.php3?id=4385) [Ed note: Batya had ripped a flag as kniya, as a sign of mourning, when the Oslo Accords were signed.]

This is Musing #89. Batya Medad lives in Shiloh. She can be reached by email at Shilohmuse@yahoo.com or visit her website http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/ or go to http://www.shilo.org.il

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Posted by Naomi Ragen, December 23, 2004.
Dear Friends, Reactions to the protest of Gush Katif settlers and the call to civil disobediance, along with the wearing of the symbolic stars, have brought me a storm of letters. Some support the pullout, some the right of settlers to disobey. But no one, including myself, thinks that the use of the Holocaust symbol is a good idea. Although I fully sympathize with the settlers desperation and their use of the symbol's one time shock value to wake up those around the world who don't see the pain of those about to lose their homes because they are Jews, along with MK Effie Eitam, I say to my sisters and brothers in Gush Katif and Samaria: enough is enough. Take off the stars. We built the land of Israel so we'd never have to wear such a symbol again. I implore those in charge to burn them and never may they see the light of day again in our lifetimes.

Below, some letters from listmembers

Dear PM Sharon: I am a gentile who puts my energy, actions, money, and prayers toward standing with the Land of Israel. I am only one of millions of gentile Christians who stand with Israel. It is very discouraging for us to see that you, along with many others in your government, are turning against your own people by trying to expel them from Land that is yours. While we Christian Gentiles fight anti-Semitism, you perpetuate it against your own people by planning to uproot them from their homes and livelihoods. We pray for you Mr. Sharon. We pray for Israel. We come there and spend money. Our friends look at us like we are crazy but we don't care. We stand with the Jewish people and the nation of Israel and your right to your inheritance which includes the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria as well as Gaza.

I know the pressures upon you from the world and many in your own government are enormous. But I implore you to recall all your pioneers, your own previous commitment to settling the Land, and your right to your ancestral heritage. This is not the time to win friends. Giving up your Land and uprooting your people is only giving in to evil and expediency. Put the pressure on Palestinians instead to democratize their society. Then you will not have to uproot anyone. Jew and Palestinian will peacefully co-exist. Israel is probably never going to have many friends anyway on the world's stage so why not do what is right for your own people and principles and let the world complain. Please don't disappoint the millions of us gentile Christians who are honestly your best friends now.

Arlene S.

I don't agree with Sharon's policy of unilateral disengagement either. However, like Rabin before him who before the 1992 elections stated that we would never go down from the Golan heights, and after being elected, was perfectly willing to go back to the international border that existed before 1967 (but not to the cease-fire lines that gave the Syrians access to the Kinneret), Sharon changed his policy once elected. The point is, there is no mechanism in a democracy to call early elections just because the person (or party) you voted for changed policy between one election and the next. Only the elected representatives can do this. All we can do as voters is vote them out in the next election. It may be difficult to swallow, but that's the way the democratic game is played. Remember, what we have here, and even more so in the States, is a representative democracy. That means we the people have given the power to decide for us to the elected representatives, and through them to the government. Wallerstein's call to defy the government's decision is a dangerous position to hold. By doing so, he endangers the democratic structure for all of us, because he is saying that if he doesn't agree with something the government does, he is free to break the law to stop it. But what can stop someone from the Left from doing the same thing? If it's unacceptable to us that soldiers will defy orders to serve in the territories to protect us from terrorism, so it must be unacceptable to say that soldiers must disobey orders to dismantle settlements, if that's what the government decides. The fact is, the government is really saying that they will not continue to send the army to protect those Israelis living in the Gaza Strip after a certain date. They are not "forcing" them to move. The comparison to the deportations during the Holocaust is deplorable. It's not exactly the same thing. Then the Nazis sent people to their deaths; now the government is basically invoking "imminent domain" paying these people compensation for relocating. Hardly the same thing.

From a listmember, a quote from Mr. Sharon in 1995:

"I felt pain after the agreement was signed; pain caused not merely by the government's mistaken, irresponsible decisions, but chiefly by its ministers' devilish joy at the "defeat" of their foes -- the settlers. Sometimes you have no choice but to retreat...But to give up something that's entirely yours with cries of joy -- the joy of retreat -- is a sick phenomenon." Ariel Sharon, The Jerusalem Post, Sept 29, 1995

Dear Ms. Ragen,

I have been receiving your email column for about two years ago and deeply admire what you are doing. As you may remember from some of my past emails to you, I am an "ex-peacenik" and have come to understand that the Oslo Process was a terrible mistake. I still believe, with respect, that the settlement movement was fundamentally mistaken from the beginning; nevertheless, it has become obvious that "settlements" and "settlers" were never more than an excuse for the Palestinians, that the real issue for them is the very existence of the state of Israel, and that Israel's "peace camp," with the very best of intentions, bought into a murderous lie on this point. Of course anyone who feels that the settlers are somehow "legitimate targets" for murder forfeits all rights to speak about anything.

I do not wish to argue about the disengagement plan. While I disagree with them, of course the settlers and their allies have every right to protest and even to engage in civil disobedience; as a disciple of Henry David Thoreau and a one-time sympathizer with Yesh Gvul, I can hardly decide now that this tactic is illegitimate just because it is being used for a cause I do not support. Moreover, the settlers certainly have a right to feel that Peres and Sharon in particular are playing the hypocrite, having encouraged them to build their lives in the West Bank and Gaza only to seek to expel them now.

With all of that being said, I beg you to reconsider your support for the use of the orange Magen David symbol by the protestors. At a time when the Jewish people really IS threatened with, G-d forbid, a second Holocaust, it is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS to cry Shoah for anything less than the actual threat of genocide itself. For the State of Israel to expel the settlers and destroy their homes, painful as it is to them, is not remotely the same thing as even the pre-1938 expulsion of German Jews. Surely it is not necessary to belabor this point. I might also point out that for the settlers and their supporters to use this symbol is to implicitly call the leaders of Israel Nazis--precisely the same obscene blood libel that has taken hold in Europe, the Arab world, and the United Nations, which you have so elqouently condemned. The rabbis repeatedly compared lashon hara to bloodshed--and in this case, nine years after the Rabin assassination, the metaphor is all too real. Please, please reconsider your backing for this dangerous and obscene misuse of the greatest tragedy in Jewish and world history.

With respect,

Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and journalist who lives in Jerusalem. She can be contacted at www.naomiragen.com, where you can subscribe to her newsletter.

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Posted by Evelyn Hayes, December 23, 2004.

This was written by Jan Willem van der Hoeven, Director of International Christian Zionist Center. The Center's email address is iczc@iczc.org.il and its website is http://www.israelmybeloved.com Cheques in support of their work can be made payable to ICZC, P.O. Box 49063, 91490 Jerusalem, Israel.

No Mr. Sharon, that is not true and you from all people must know it yourself - it was not those who were loyal and faithful to the dictates and wishes of the ideology and votes of your own party that caused the Labor party to enter at this moment your now leftist-led government. It was you by refusing to listen to the majority of your party's wishes in your mistaken and harmful drive to dismantle your own people from their carefully and lovingly built homes in Gush Katif and other areas who caused the present situation that forced you upon Labor's shoulders.

You first fired all ministers who after all were faithful to what you, yourself promised in your good days to your party - who opposed your Mitzna-like plan of unilateral withdrawal. This caused you to loose your majority in the Knesset. To say now cleverly that it is their fault - "the rebels" as you call them - that forced you to embrace Labor is pertinently not true! That is a clever manipulation of the real situation!

You refused to listen to the majority wish of your own party when they first voted overwhelmingly against the establishment of a Palestinian state two and a half years ago and then recently with a two third majority against this unilateral disengagement plan. And now you again refuse to go to your own people by way of a referendum before this disastrous disengagement plan leads us all to the brink of civil war - to the delight of all your enemies. You fired or threatened to fire any minister or deputy minister who dares to contradict you. All this to hold on to this your plan - cheered on by the world as only the first step of a further withdrawal from most of your ancient land, from Judea and Samaria. Is all this really worth it? To hurt, divide and wound your people with maybe getting some "gentile peanuts of approval" in return?

If Judea and Samaria are not lawfully yours, why then is Tel Aviv or Haifa - or the Negev or Galilee? You undermine the very dream of Zion, the vision of Jabotinski - the words of all of Israel's prophets. You trample upon the sanctity of your own people's history by even giving a hint of justification that those who have murdered you ceaselessly have now more historic right to this your G-d-given land than you yourself.

Bethel the place where Jacob dreamed that G-d would give him the land, where he had laid, to him and his descendants; Shilo where G-ds holy ark stood for over 300 years; Elon Moreh where G-d showed Abraham all your land from coast to coast - this all is not to be your land now any more? Judenrein, by the wish of those who claim it now as their own and may soon use it as a springboard for your further destruction in the name of Islam?

And where - where - should all the Jews - nine million of them - who still are outside Israel - now with new waves of anti-Semitism increasing all over the world - find refuge? The one million European Jews - now threatened - and many others like them? If you give away to Israel's sworn enemies part of the already tiny land which will in the end be their place of home and refuge. How can one even think of such a betrayal of their only hope and future?

If it only brought real peace with your neighbors, one could argue that for this, these very painful concessions were necessary - but as you may know, such a Palestinian state may result in just the opposite and become an Islamic springboard to eradicate what will be left of Israel.

However you turn it - in a time that as never before the world has at least one leader, George W. Bush, who is willing to fight terror - terror in this part of the world still wins by the acquiescence of your Israeli government.

After all their countless and gruesome acts of terror, the slaying of Tali Hatuel and her four daughters and unborn son and so many others, maimed for life - in spite of all the kassam rockets and killings - terrorists still get what they wanted - the evacuation of all Israelis, military and civilian, from the biblical land of Gaza.

What will have to happen, Mr. Sharon, before you understand that you have put yourself on a collision course with G-d Almighty, He who has given you and your people this land as an everlasting possession not and never to be handed over to the enemies of your people, certainly not as a reward for terror.

G-d in the end I believe will find a way to stop it, but I fear it will be through a lot of pain and suffering before we all shall become wiser! May G-d have mercy upon us, I pray!

Evelyn Hayes is author of "The Eleventh Plague, Twins, because their hearts were softened to accept the unacceptable" and "The Twelfth Plague, Generations, because the lion wears stripes." Contact her at haze@rcn.com.

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, December 23, 2004.

The Israeli Left has been frothing at the mouth for years at the prospect of a civil war. In personal conversations I have had over the years, more than one "Leftist" has warned me that they will soon be taking care of "people like you."

It always goes more or less like this (translation in brackets): "You and those like you are anti-democratic (You are having too many children and, despite all our efforts, are succeeding in educating them as Jews.) and are planning to take over the country by undemocratic means (You will eventually be the majority of the voters and elect the majority of the Knesset).

We must defend Democracy. (By illegally withholding Government money appropriated to your institution, maintaining a dual legal system; one law for you and a different one for me, vilifying and ridiculing you in our highly controlled media and when necessary intimidate, imprison or kill your leaders.) Your actions are endangering and dividing the nation. (You are endangering our aristocratic life style and the Billions of Dollars we who are about 5% of the country manage to pilfer every year from the public.)

This could lead to civil war! (Please, please, pretty please make a civil war so I can have an acceptable excuse to finally murder all of you!)"

This is a news item from Arutz-7. Called "Labor MK Sneh: Civil War Has its Merits," it is archived at http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=74000

Another left-wing voice has been added to the still-small chorus of those saying that bloodshed in the fight to retreat from Gaza might be worthwhile - and it even sings the praises of a civil war.

"Even if the clash over Gaza exacts a price in blood, it will be tiny compared to the blood and victims that we will have to pay in decades of conflict with the Palestinians." So says senior Labor MK Ephraim Sneh, who is running in today's Labor election for a senior ministerial post in the Cabinet. Sneh made his remarks in an op-ed in the Maariv newspaper.

"A cruel and destructive civil war formed the democratic character of the United States," Sneh wrote, and "the conflict amongst ourselves is unavoidable."

"Next week," Sneh concludes, "a new government will be sworn in. If it has courageous and determined members, it will meet the challenge of the conflict that has been forced upon it - and will win." Sneh is the son of the late Moshe Sneh (Kleinbaum), a four-time Knesset Member and member of the Israel Communist Party's Political Bureau.

Haaretz columnist Yoel Marcus has written - this past August 31, for instance - that an elite army unit should be charged with removing settlers, "even if that involves bloodshed."

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, December 23, 2004.


Anthony Lewis used to come up with what he called "creative peace proposals" for the Arab-Israel conflict. They always were variations of piecemeal Israeli surrender to jihad, a goal he obsessed over and sneaked into irrelevant discussions, as the "NY Times" does generally. One "creative" aspect was in disguising the same basic deal in slightly different raiment. Another frequently proposed "creative" aspect is a self-contradictory arrangement, such as sovereignty with disarmament. Once sovereign, the PLO would not have to disarm. Sovereignty trumps contracts made before sovereignty. How convenient that foreign policy advisors such as Lewis never seem to know such disqualifications for their plans! Are they afraid to read Jewish nationalist sources that would apprise them of the facts?

The right wing in Israel also has a creative peace proposal. It suggests that if the Arabs cannot be forced or induced to leave Israel and the Territories, then Israel should annex the Territories but the Arabs would be allowed to vote in, say, Jordan. In that way, the Right imagines that its plan is democratic.

Let us not make a fetish of democracy in form, permitting jihad in practice. The Right's plan does just that.

First, it is not democratic. What good would it do for the Arabs of an enlarged Israel to vote in Jordan, which would not affect their lives?

Second, to keep the Arabs as a fifth column among the Jews is foolhardy. These Arabs have been contending against the Jews for some time, now rioting, then bombing, now biding their time. Why would the proposed arrangement induce them to cease struggling?

The only worthwhile point in this proposal is its inadvertent rescinding of Israeli citizenship. Without citizenship, the Arabs would become ineligible for most welfare and health benefits and college preference. Some might move away.

The trouble with this kind of a proposal is that one side offers it without understanding what the other side seeks. Ethnocentric in concept, it founders in reality and favors a fanatical enemy.


Myths provide a comfortable substitute for reality. Hence people are reluctant to overturn false ones. Besides, to see through a myth, people must get information that contradicts it, and they must be able to deduce the truth. These days, people get mostly misinformation and gain little skill in logic. They state false postulates and argue with poor rationalizations.

A long held myth is that Ariel Sharon is a right-winger. I won't repeat earlier discussions of why that was not the case, in order to have room to note the new evidence that it is not so, now. In order to maintain power (over Israel, not for Israel), and to keep himself and son from being indicted, he defied his Party to form a coalition with the Labor Party. The Labor Party accepted his offer not only because Labor Party head Peres seized an opportunity to gain power, but because Sharon's evacuation plan, of which he revealed only the first stage, resembles theirs. In other words, Sharon has a left wing plan.

The Palestinian Arabs, among the most extreme of Muslims, have been emphasizing a myth about Sharon, and, in typical Arab demonology, casting him as "extremist" right-winger. He is an extremist, but an extremist in being leftist or appeasement-minded and in being undemocratic. His bulldozer techniques might be forgiven if they were in service of protecting his people instead of ruining many of them and exposing the rest to ratcheted-up terrorism.


Islamic terrorism is a method of warfare that combines elements of psychosis, religious fanaticism, and desperation in behalf of an unpersuasive cause.

Terrorists often make more effective use of the publicity from their attacks than do the countries and companies attacked, despite poorer access to public relations counsel. Some of the victims, particularly the Israelis, don't yet understand the value and techniques of good public relations or refuse to recognize that they are the victims not only of bombs but also of psychological warfare. Others, such as the government of Spain, are cowed by terrorism. One big attack, and Spain was neutralized. (A contributing factor was government dissembling.)

Another reason for the propaganda effectiveness of terrorism is the perversity of the media and the public. The media gives terrorism too much publicity. The public takes the stated agenda of terrorism too seriously. Media and intellectuals set the stage for public acceptance of the terrorists. They do this by specious explanations of terrorism and by their bias against certain victims of it. The world media does not sympathize with Israeli victims and conveys little sympathy for American victims. Intellectuals spread the misconception that Arab terrorists act out of financial desperation and political oppression, and the slanderous theory that this desperation is caused by Israeli mistreatment of the Arabs.

How patronizing but sophisticated are terrorist leaders, knowing that their horrid crimes bring a favorable response: fear or appeasement! The more despicable terrorists are, the more audiences despise the terrorists' enemies and seek to comfort the terrorists. Perverse! However, there does come a point at which terrorism is seen by the public as excessive. Hence the PLO now advises various suspensions of it or changes in tactics, until the world cools off.

The misconception about the "root cause" of terrorism is being contradicted by studies, but its overthrow should not require formal studies. All that people needed to do was compare the Arabs with many other poor ethnic groups that do not commit terrorism. People didn't bother. They may lack the mental capacity. They accommodate their beliefs to the prevailing wisdom of the day, however unwise it be.

Bin Laden is one of the terrorist leaders who changes his message to suit his changing perception of what public relations would advance his cause. He varies it by attributing his cause to grievances now against S. Arabia, then against the US, then against Israel, and back again to S. Arabia. He now redefines the goal as bringing down the oil infrastructure of the Arabian Peninsula. He contends that it doesn't serve Islam. Thus he would create the very poverty among the faithful that naïve Westerners imagine fuels the terrorism that that multi-millionaire inspires.


Capitalists and liberals have been debating for almost a century and-a-half, but each side seems to pay no attention to the other's arguments. Both still tout maximum claims. Champions of private enterprise, i.e., freedom from government interference but not subsidy, still claim that competition guarantees low prices and high quality. The truth is mixed. Sometimes it brings those improvements, and sometimes it doesn't. Some industries pass on their savings from cheap imports, and some don't. Some industries improve quality, as did manufacturers of light bulbs and razor blades, but many other products deteriorate rapidly. Customer service can be a trial, as companies compete for the worst-qualified staff.

The lesson here for the Arab-Israel conflict is that partisans go too far in advocating their causes. Try to discount some of the claims without discarding reasonable ones. Let us be more responsible in our own contentions. A worthy cause should not grasp at weak arguments that can be turned against one.


Syria is compiling a list of Arab expatriates, to help them resist host country efforts to assimilate them (Ibid.).

Bad enough as stated. Considering Syria's reputation for purging Arabs abroad, this register may be a way of organizing a fifth column abroad. Western countries made a mistake in welcoming Arabs. Now Syria may manipulate them against their hosts.


An official Egyptian newspaper, "al-Ahram," always justifies terrorism against Israel. It finds the terrorism inconvenient for Egypt's diplomatic goals against Israel, but an "understandable" reaction to Israel's "brutal occupation" (IMRA, 12/4).

The Egyptians think, "How dare Israel fight back against the Muslim attacks on Jewish women and children! Israel's sending troops back into the P.A. to neutralize the source of those attacks is a 'brutal occupation.'" That self-serving thinking is thoughtless. Arab terrorism IS brutal.


Pres. Mubarak describes Sharon as the P.A.'s last hope (Op. Cit.).

Praise from Israel's most powerful neighboring enemy is damning.


The PLO's Executive Committee demanded that Israel "... lift the siege and closure imposed on the Palestinian (sic) cities, remove the checkpoints, halt the daily incursions, and stop its assassination policy," to facilitate the P.A. election. The demand would have the effect of halting all Israeli forward security measures (IMRA, 12/4).

Israeli security measures would not hamper P.A. elections. Assertions have been made that they would, but no evidence or argument has backed them up. The P.A. has not halted daily terrorism attempts. Therefore, the PLO demand is an attempt to facilitate not the coronation of a new dictator but further terrorism. It is a brazen demand that it gets away with because this world is so jaded and biased. The heads of the PLO and P.A. are even called "moderate."


Israel decided to release of 170 P.A. prisoners as a goodwill gesture. PM Sharon linked it to a "deep friendship" for the President of Egypt. How did the P.A. react? The deputy P.A. Min. of Prison Affairs considers the step "a cosmetic one." (Mark Lavie, NY Sun, 12/20, p.7 from Associated Press.) The Arab motto is "never enough." What's Israel's, "again and again?"

Pres. Mubarak led the worldwide diplomatic offensive against Israel, established an officially antisemitic line for his media, and let arms be smuggled into Gaza to kill Israeli citizens. What is the Prime Minister of Israel doing professing "deep friendship" for him? How can Pres. Mubarak not feel contempt for such servile flattery?

Every time Israel makes a goodwill gesture, the Arabs reply with scorn. What is the point to these gestures? What explanation is there for Israel's constantly eliciting Arab scorn? Masochism? It must be the neurosis afflicting my fellow Jews, a kind of appeasement-mindedness towards gentiles that supercedes reality.

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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Posted by JINSA, December 23, 2004.

Media headline readers told us that a majority of Americans don't think the war in Iraq is "worth it." We have to ask, "What is 'it'?"

An ABC News/Washington Post poll (19 Dec) framed the goals of the Iraq war as "ousting Saddam and establishing democracy," and 70 percent of respondents said it wasn't worth "the cost in U.S. lives." That is a perhaps true, but extremely limited, point. It may not be "worth it" to lose brave and precious American men and women in a quest to help the citizens of Ramadi and Najaf obtain what we won't help the people of Havana, Beijing or Harare obtain. To be blunt, nothing in that frame of reference makes the Iraqi, or any other people, "worth it."

But the frame of reference is wrong. The war in Iraq cannot be uncoupled from the fact that for 30 years - since the Munich Olympic massacre - terrorists have chosen the time and place to wage their war. Israelis have been fighting for a long time, but only after September 11th did America and a few of our allies join in. This war is against terrorists and the states that harbor and support them. And this war - even with its terrible losses, even yesterday's losses, even with all the mistakes and all the blown chances - is "worth it" because we simply have no choice if we are to preserve our way of life as free people.

For decades, terrorists and their state sponsors have rewritten the rules to say that a legitimate target is whatever they say it is: New York secretaries; Jews on a bus in Jerusalem, in a hotel in Egypt or a synagogue in Istanbul; Spanish commuters; Australian partiers in Bali; an American journalist in Pakistan; children in Beslan; contractors in Fallujah. They've rewritten the rules to say that a legitimate tactic is whatever they say it is: bombs in schools; airplanes full of people and jet fuel; suicide belts; ambulances filled with fighters or explosives; hanging bodies from bridges; beheadings; taking money from charities for the helpless and spending it to encourage the hopeless to blow themselves up. Those are their choices.

Our choice is not "war or no war." Ours is military and political resolution in this war or another 30 years of them making the rules. Our choice is not the sacrifice of our soldiers or no sacrifice. Ours is between the sacrifice of our soldiers and the continuing slaughter of civilians. And even as we fight, the last two will overlap.

The military battle for control of Iraq, and the political struggle for a stable, consensual government there are tactical stages in the strategic effort to break the link between states with powerful assets and terrorists who need those assets to continue their war. Choosing a time and place to deal with the Ba'athists in Syria and the mullahs in Iran are tactical stages. Ending Arab incitement against Israel is a tactic. Economic and political liberalization in the Arab/Muslim world are tactics. Reconstruction in Afghanistan is a tactic. Supporting voices of modernization in the Arab world is a tactic.

All to advance a strategic goal that is, indeed, "worth it."

The JINSA Reports are published by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (http://www.jinsa.org). To subscribe, email jinsareports-www@lists.jinsa.org

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Posted by Honest Reporting, December 23, 2004.

Dear HonestReporting Subscriber,

George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and Ariel Sharon have all recently expressed a commitment to try restarting Mideast talks.

As things move forward, it is self-evident that any successful new process must overcome three obstacles that doomed the Oslo process of 1993-2000:
1) the Palestinian leader's inability to accept a final settlement with Israel,
2) Palestinian promotion of suicide terrorism, and
3) the historical Palestinian/Arab rejection of the legitimacy of the State of Israel.

Yet, as movement toward new talks begins, anti-Israel ideologues in the media have begun chipping away at all three of these established truths - rewriting history and denying the fundamental challenges facing the region:


In the Buffalo News, academic Jerome Slater claims that Oslo failed not because of Arafat, but rather because of Israel and Ariel Sharon. Slater writes:

Arafat's real bottom line was not the destruction of Israel... but a genuine two-state compromise settlement... it is a myth that Arafat "never made a counteroffer" and walked away from the bargaining table or that the negotiations broke down when the Palestinian Intifada broke out.

Slater presents himself as more knowledgeable than those who actually conducted the negotiations - ignoring President Clinton's famous response to Arafat's compliment that Clinton is 'a great man.' Said Clinton: 'I am not a great man. I am a failure, and you have made me one.'

And Slater ignores the testimony of Dennis Ross, who directed the entire negotiating process during those years. In his recent book 'The Missing Peace', Ross recalls the end of the negotiations:

If there had been any hope for an agreement, it was gone now... Arafat was not going to say yes under any circumstances... As he had so often in his career, Arafat was seeking to have it both ways, creating the illusion of being positive by accepting the ideas, but practically rejecting them with his reservations. (p. 13)

Slater's article distorts this all-important aspect of the historical record - the Palestinian rejection of Israel's far-reaching peace offer of 2000.

Comments to: LetterToEditor@buffnews.com


In a Dec. 22 article in The Nation, Baruch Kimmerling brushes aside the Palestinian culture of suicide 'martyrdom' (one factor that killed Oslo), and fabricates in its place a supposed Israeli promotion of death culture. In an article entitled 'Israel's Culture of Martyrdom', Kimmerling claims that

"... in the case of Israel the connection between nationalism and death is especially visceral... Zionism, the state's ruling ideology, is a triumphal creed shadowed by death... It is deeply ironic that the very same society now claims to be shocked by the 'martyrdom culture' in the occupied territories."

Kimmerling goes on to describe 'European Jews who colonized Palestine,' Israeli leaders 'unburdened of almost any moral restrictions, or even obedience to internal and international laws,' and an 'obsessive commemoration of the Holocaust and of Jewish victimhood... the victory of death over life.'

A similar denial of Palestinian promotion of martyrdom recently appeared in the International Herald Tribune (Dec. 18), where Roger Avenstrup claimed that 'time and again, independently of each other, researchers find no incitement to hatred in the Palestinian textbooks.'

In response, expert Itamar Marcus said those like Avenstrup 'are tragically enabling the Palestinian Authority to avoid necessary changes in its education system.' Marcus gives a number of examples of Palestinian schoolbook lessons that the Koran views the Jews as 'the enemy of God,' that Israel resides on Palestinians' 'stolen homeland,' and of an Islamic religious obligation to destroy the Jewish state.


This week, both the LA Times and The Guardian published an op-ed from David Hirst that challenges the very legitimacy of the state of Israel:

The real trouble is that... the U.S. has never been able to acknowledge the real nature of the problem... is essentially one of decolonization... If the Palestinians were to secure the redress that other colonized peoples have, there would be either no Israel (as there is no Algerie francaise) or there would be a binational state (like South Africa).

Read carefully: Hirst claims that all of Israel is an illegitimate colony.

Hirst ignores the plain historical facts that: 1) Jews have dwelled in the Land of Israel for 4,000 years - millennia before Islam ever began, and 2) those who immigrated as Zionists did not come to extend colonial European influence.

This type of historical revisionism has undermined every effort of peaceful Arab/Israeli coexistence, including Oslo. As Mahmoud Abbas said just days before the outbreak of violence in 2000:

They [the Jews] claim that 2,000 years ago they had a Temple. I challenge the claim that this is so. (August 25, 2000, Kul Al-Arab, an Israeli Arab newspaper)

The LA Times ostensibly published the Hirst op-ed as a public service, in the interest of open debate. But by promoting such a radical and distorted viewpoint, the Times actually performs a disservice - obscuring the real issues and distancing the hope of Mideast peace.

Comments to: letters@latimes.com

With the hope for renewed discussions in the air, media promotion of outright falsities from the Oslo era is unwelcome, for it only undermines possible progress.

HonestReporting subscribers are urged to be on the lookout for these and other post-Oslo myths.

Thank you for your ongoing involvement in the battle against media bias.

Honest Reporting monitors the media for inaccuracy and unfairness in how they report the news about Israel. Ther website address is http://www.honestreporting.com. You can help support their research online or by sending contributions to: HonestReporting, 400 South Lake Drive, Lakewood, NJ 08701-3167.

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Posted by Ruth Matar, December 23, 2004.

Dear Friends,

I am intent on keeping abreast with what is happening in America. I find the best way to do this is to tune in to Fox TV News.

To my utter amazement, much time has been spent during the last few weeks on the controversy of whether public Christmas celebration should be allowed to have religious content. Or whether a Christmas tree should be allowed in a public square, unless it is called a Holiday tree! Or whether public schools should be allowed to feature Christmas carols! The legal system, as well, is apparently used in an attempt to accomplish these goals.

What has happened to us Americans? I am writing this as an Orthodox Jewish American now living in the Holy Land. When our family lived in New York, I never felt threatened by my children admiring the beautiful Christmas displays in the Fifth Avenue department store windows. Nor did I feel reluctant to let them look at the giant Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Our children had a religious Jewish upbringing and they looked forward with great anticipation to their own holiday, Chanukah. Chanukah commemorates the miracle of how, with the help of the Almighty, the "few defeated the many". The many, of course, were not only the army of the Syrian-Greek King Antiochus, but the Hellenist Jews who wanted to "disengage" from the Jewish religion and thereby be accepted by the rest of the world.

History unfortunately replays itself in interesting and tragic ways.

Today we unfortunately have Jews both abroad, and in the Holy Land itself, who want to "disengage" from the Jewish religion, from their fellow Jews, and from the Promise of the G-d of Israel that the Holy Land be their everlasting inheritance.

It is vitally important that we all strive to learn more about our own religion, rather than preventing other people from publicly enjoying theirs.

The well-known American columnist, Charles Krauthammer, wrote a wonderful article last week (December 17, 2004), which I would like to share with you in its entirety:

"Holiday celebrations where Christmas music is being sung make people feel different, and because it is such a majority, it makes the minority feel uncomfortable." -- Mark Brownstein, parent, Maplewood, N.J., supporting the school board's banning of religious music from holiday concerts.

"You want my advice? Go back to Bulgaria." -- Humphrey Bogart, in "Casablanca."

WASHINGTON -- It is Christmas time, and what would Christmas be without the usual platoon of annoying pettifoggers rising annually to strip Christmas of any Christian content. With some success:

School districts in New Jersey and Florida ban Christmas carols. The mayor of Somerville, Mass., apologizes for "mistakenly" referring to the town's "holiday party" as a "Christmas party." The Broward and Fashion malls in South Florida put up a Hanukkah menorah but no nativity scene. The manager of one of the malls explains: Hanukkah commemorates a battle and not a religious event, although he hastens to add "I really don't know a lot about it." He does not. Hanukkah commemorates a miracle, and there is no event more "religious" than a miracle.

The attempts to de-Christianize Christmas are as absurd as they are relentless. The United States today is the most tolerant and diverse society in history. It celebrates all faiths with an open heart and open-mindedness that, compared to even the most advanced countries in Europe, are unique.

Yet more than 80 percent of Americans are Christian and probably 95 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas. Christmas Day is an official federal holiday, the only day of the entire year when, for example, the Smithsonian museums are closed. Are we to pretend that Christmas is nothing but an orgy of commerce in celebration of ... what? The winter solstice?

I personally like Christmas because, as a day that for me is otherwise ordinary, I get to do nice things, such as covering for as many gentile colleagues as I could when I was a doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital. I will admit that my generosity had its rewards: I collected enough chits on Christmas Day to get reciprocal coverage not just for Yom Kippur, but for both days of Rosh Hashana and my other major holiday, Opening Day at Fenway.

Mind you, I've got nothing against Hanukkah, although I am constantly amused -- and gratified -- by how American culture has gone out of its way to inflate the importance of Hanukkah, easily the least important of Judaism's seven holidays, into a giant event replete with cards, presents and public commemorations as a creative way to give Jews their Christmas equivalent.

Some Americans get angry at parents who want to ban carols because they tremble that their kids might feel "different" and "uncomfortable" should they, God forbid, hear Christian music sung at their school. I feel pity. What kind of fragile religious identity have they bequeathed their children that it should be threatened by exposure to carols?

I'm struck by the fact that you almost never find Orthodox Jews complaining about a Christmas creche in the public square. That is because their children, steeped in the richness of their own religious tradition, know who they are and are not threatened by Christians celebrating their religion in public. They are enlarged by it.

It is the more deracinated members of religious minorities, brought up largely ignorant of their own traditions, whose religious identity is so tenuous that they feel the need to be constantly on guard against displays of other religions -- and who think the solution to their predicament is to prevent the other guy from displaying his religion, rather than learning a bit about their own.

To insist that the overwhelming majority of this country stifle its religious impulses in public so that minorities can feel "comfortable" not only understandably enrages the majority, but commits two sins. The first is profound ungenerosity toward a majority of fellow citizens who have shown such generosity of spirit toward minority religions.

The second is the sin of incomprehension -- a failure to appreciate the uniqueness of the communal American religious experience. Unlike, for example, the famously tolerant Ottoman Empire or the generally tolerant Europe of today, America does not merely allow minority religions to exist at its sufferance. It celebrates and welcomes and honors them.

America transcended the idea of mere toleration in 1790 in Washington's letter to the Newport synagogue, one of the lesser known glories of the Founding: "It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights."

More than two centuries later, it is time that members of religious (and anti-religious) minorities, as full citizens of this miraculous republic, transcend something too: petty defensiveness.

Merry Christmas. To all.

I think this is a wonderful article, especially since I am in complete agreement with Mr. Krauthammer!

It is important that we all remember that America's Founding Fathers wanted us to have Freedom of Religion, not Freedom from Religion.


With Blessings and Love for Israel,
Ruth Matar

Ruth and Nadia Matar established Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green), an activist group of women based in Jerusalem. Their website address is http://www.womeningreen.org

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Posted by Steven Plaut, December 23, 2004.

1. As you may know, there is a large Islamofascist pro-terror movement among Israeli Arabs, one that raises money and probably more than money for the Hamas. It is sentered in Umm al-Fahm, which is inside Israel's Green Line (pre-1967 borders) and its neighboring towns. The heads of this Islamofascist movement are now on trial for sedition and supporting terrorism.

Yesterday saw an interesting court development. The court was thrown into disruption by the testimony of a distinguished professor of Middle East Studies from the Hebrew University, Prof. Rafi Israeli, Read the article below - "Court erupts over expert's testimony on 'Arab mentality'" (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/518005.html) - which was written by Yair Ettinger.

Prof. Israeli is a Professor of Islamic, Middle Eastern and Chinese history at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is author of 15 books and some 80 scholarly articles in those domains. A member of the Steering Committee of the ACPR, his work in Hebrew, French and English frequently appears in leading international publications including NATIV. His pedigree can be seen at http://acpr.org.il/people/risraeli.html and http://truman.huji.ac.il/israelicv.htm

Israeli upset the court by making some politically incorrect comments. The defense team, led by leftist extremist Avigdor Feldman (the lawyer who often defends Arab murderers of Jewish children), had a conniption. Please read the details in this news piece.

I think one of the most interesting aspects of the story is that it shows that not everyone on the faculty at the Hebrew University is a leftist traitor.

The Haifa District Court was thrown into disarray yesterday during testimony given by an expert witness on behalf of the State Prosecution in a case involving the Islamic Movement. At the height of the uproar, Judge Micha Lindenstrauss ordered one of the five defendants, Dr. Suliman Agbariya, out the courtroom. In protest, the remaining defendants and their supporters left the courtroom, too, directing cries of "You're a Nazi" at the state's expert.

The Arab mentality is made of "a sense of being a victim," "pathological anti-Semitism," and "a tendency to live in a world of illusions," said Prof. Rafi Israeli, a lecturer in Middle Eastern studies at Hebrew University, on the witness stand yesterday, adding that the Arabs neglect sanitation in their communities. "Most of the Arab villages are dirtier, physically - it's a fact," he said.

Professor Israeli is the last of the prosecution's witnesses in the case against five Islamic Movement members accused of security and financial offenses.

The defense initially requested that Israeli's testimony be rejected, claiming the professor is identified with the extreme right - but his testimony was heard.

The professor's entire testimony, which began last week and was completed yesterday, was accompanied by interjections and outbursts of emotion. Israeli was summoned to testify on an opinion he rendered at the request of the prosecution and according to which there exists an ideological similarity between the Islamic Movement under Sheikh Ra'ad Salah and the Islamic Brotherhood and Hamas. Like the Islamic Brotherhood and Hamas, Israeli believes, the Islamic Movement is a subversive organization that seeks the destruction of Israel.

During cross-examination yesterday, Israeli was asked to respond to questions on a number of issues concerning his viewpoint on the Arabs in Israel, Islam in general, and the sketch he offered of the nature of "the Arab mentality."

The cross-examination, handled by attorneys Avigdor Feldman and Riad Anis, focused on the opinion Israeli wrote for the prosecution and, primarily, on quotes from a book he published in 2002 in which he describes Israel's Arabs as a fifth column "that sucks on the udders of the country."

Yesterday in the witness box, Israeli reiterated that the Arabs were "a burden on the state."

During the course of the court hearing, Sheikh Ra'ad Salah likened Israeli's opinions to those of the Nazis. Similar views, Salah said, "caused the people of Israel to fall in the Holocaust."

Addressing Israeli, Salah said, "You are the danger; you are the worm of your people."

The Islamic Movement and its defense team expressed shock and outrage at the choice of Israeli as a witness for the prosecution. "It's a shame and a disgrace," said attorney Feldman, noting he would be taking the matter up with the attorney general "to see if he stands behind this testimony."

Steven Plaut is an American-trained economist, a professor of business administration at Haifa University and author of "The Scout." He frequently comments - both seriously and satirically - on Israeli politics and the left wing academic community. His website address is http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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Posted by Lise Rubin, December 22, 2004.


I have read over materials from a number of people, including the Wallerstein Proclamation, and I hope that this suggestion will be taken as helpful. Please note that prior to my having received the formal "proclamation", but merely by having seen the article on Arutz Sheva, I sent out a notice entitled: "Pinchas Wallerstein - My Hero". We should give him a Judah Maccabee award immediately! Print up notices, and post them everywhere.

I completely support any and all actions taken by those of you out there in the front lines. I just want us to be effective, and not allow others to define the issues and spin them away.

That being said, most of our writings are missing the most salient [relevant and on point] aspect to the underlying matter. Beautiful language is used, etc., but the complexity of the concepts dilutes the message as given. These beautiful writings are not effective tools as they are being used. What is this all about? Judaism. The Jewish religion. And our duties as Jews. So I am suggesting that we "get real", get "to the point" and "in their face". We need to agree on a few short phrases, short and absolute, as above. And that is that. No more flowery explanations - we need to simplify the matter and put it in "their face". Here is an example of a paraphrasing and re-framing of all of the beautiful and lengthy Wallerstein Proclamation:













Precisely because "Zionism" has secular connotations, as soon as we utter it we are in the wrong camp. In truth, there should not be varieties of Zionism. That a group would call itself the "Religious Zionists" shows the flaw in the word and concept - it is an agreement to separate Israel from Judaism. But we don't agree.

Israel = Judaism. and Judaism = Israel.




















Trying to be His faithful servant,
Elisheva in Ohio

Lisa Rubin can be reached by email at elishevarubin@msn.com

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Posted by Mordechai Ben-Menachem, December 22, 2004.

Prime Ministers Sharon and Blair held a joint conference in Jerusalem today. Blair said that if terrorism against Israelis ceases, "the disengagement from Gaza will not be the last step."

The British Prime Minister said this in response to a reporter's query whether he sees the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza as the last Israeli withdrawal.

Sharon said he might soon be able to return to the Road Map plan, which he temporarily abandoned in favor of his unilateral withdrawal plan from Gaza and northern Samaria: "I initiated the disengagement when we had no partner. Now, if the necessary security measures are taken, this will enable us to return to the Road Map."

Abu Mazen, who is expected to be elected to head the Palestinian Authority 18 days from now, has said that after the elections, he will "negotiate" with Israel about the disengagement. If this is true, it will negate the unilateral nature of the withdrawal, leading to an increase in support for the plan among Israelis.

On the other hand, negotiations with the PA over the disengagement plan are likely to delay its implementation.

Blair expressed his acceptance of Israel's refusal to take part in the Middle East conference he is planning in London this coming February. Sharon explained that Israel appreciates Blair's efforts in convening the conference, "which is designed to help the Palestinians implement the necessary reforms towards their democratization and to grant economic aid to the Palestinians." Sharon continued that as "it deals with Palestinian issues exclusively, we have decided, together with the British, that there is no need for Israeli participation."

Mordechai Ben-Menachem is at Ben-Gurion University. He can be reached by email at quality@computer.org

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Posted by David Ben-Ariel, December 22, 2004.

Why doesn't everyone encourage their representatives, their senators, to wear orange in support for the Gaza Jews?

I think it's a great idea and would send a powerful message to Sharon and his EU masters!

David Ben-Ariel was author of "Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall." Contact him at http://www.pushhamburger.com/david.htm

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Posted by Gerald A. Honigman, December 22, 2004.

This month marked the twelfth anniversary of my Dad's passing. Seems like it was yesterday.

After reciting Kaddish, I stared long and hard at his picture hanging in the house. Given the turmoil in the Middle East, recollections Dad shared with me many years before now came to mind.

Dad quit Philadelphia's prestigious Central High School at age seventeen and had to have my grandfather, a naval vet of World War I, sign for his permission to join the fight against Hitler since he was only seventeen years old.

Competing against older recruits, Edward Honigman excelled and was scheduled for officer training.

And then there was the interview when Dad was asked what kind of name Honigman was. Somehow Dad wound up, soon afterwards, in the Armed Guard branch of the Navy instead. What a coincidence! These were the guys who had to run interference with German U-Boats and such to protect Allied shipping...extremely high casualty. Dad's own sister ship went down. There but for the grace of G_d go I...

One particular story that especially came to mind occurred during Dad's participation in the Rommel Campaign in North Africa. He was involved in many others over the four years that he served in World War II.

Dad and several friends were on leave in Aden in the southeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. His buddies decided to "have some fun" and so asked him to call the Arab attendant carting them around town yahudi. Here was the latter's response:

"Please, Sir, curse me, spit on me...but never call me that..."

My Dad, G_d rest his beloved soul, had called this Arab a Jew.

Sixty years later, in the wake of Arafat's death, Jimmy Carter now readies himself to oversee elections among Palestinian Arabs. The latter, like many of their brethren elsewhere, have been raised on such "religious" teachings as those which call Jews descendants of apes and pigs. They use the blood of non-Jews to make Passover matzoh, are killers of Prophets, and other such goodies. You get the idea.

Oh yes, Jew was also a common adjective in the Arab world. Kilab yahud -- "Jew dogs" -- was the common appellation for the "Arab World's" native Jews who make up one half of Israel's Jewish population. And if you buy the Arab line that this was only a recent development, due to the rise of modern political Zionism (how dare those Jews want the same thing in one tiny state that Arabs have conquered from others and created for themselves in some two dozen!), then I have not one but two bridges to sell you. The works of the Egyptian Jewess and scholar, Bat Ye'or, and Professor Albert Memmi of the Sorbonne, whose family dates back hundreds of years in Tunisia, are must reading.

While Jimmy Carter runs off to once again promote his pet international project, the creation of the Arabs' state #22 or #23 (and second, not first, Arab one within the original borders of the 1920 Palestinian Mandate), and demands, as he always does, that Israel cave in to all that the Arabs ask for, despite the risks, and despite the fact that the Arabs openly admit that their end goals for Israel remain the same as Hamas', with or without Arafat, is it not reasonable to ask him to demand that Arabs offer concrete evidence that they can be trusted by those whom they see as the equivalent of dogs, pigs, and apes?

Will he demand a for real revision of the Palestinian Arab Charter, which still calls for Israel's destruction?

Will he lecture Arab leaders--as he freely and frequently does Israel's--that the Palestinian Authority's schools, textbooks, maps, insignias, newspapers, mosques, and the like must stop preaching hatred of Jews, recognize Israel as a Jewish State, and/or show a proposed "Palestine" existing along side Israel instead of replacing it?

Will Mr. Peanut explain to his Arab friends that theirs is not the only justice in this world, and that any compromise over the disputed territories--as in any other conflict--must take into consideration territorially the needs of both parties to the conflict, not just focus on forcing Israel to allow those who continue to plot its destruction (as the "moderate" Mahmoud Abbas and other PA leaders, not to mention the Hamas crew, have openly called for on recent trips abroad, in interviews, and such) to have their way with it?

And finally, will he tell Arabs that they'll have to resettle their own refugees, created due to their own assault on a reborn Israel in 1948, the same way hundreds of millions of other non-Arab refugees have been resettled and give up on the idea that Israel will be fool enough to consent to the Arab "moderates'" plan to overwhelm Israel's Jews "democratically" instead of blowing them up (or at least put the latter method on hold for a while)?

If Carter isn't willing to do these things, then let him stay home. For he'll only be up to his same old hypocritical, double standard manure regarding this conflict.

Now, some advice for Israel as well...

Carter will accept no concession nor compromise as "fair" unless it involves the Jews caving in to all that those who still openly plot their disappearance call for. He is an enemy, pure and simple. Like others of his ilk, he'd rather eulogize over dead Jews than empathize with live ones. And that's the best that can be expected from him. He usually blames the Jewish victims of Arab barbarism themselves for their own deaths.

List Mr. Peanut persona non grata, don't allow him into Israel, and let him stay in some Arab hotel while he continues his love fest with those who demand that you bare the necks of your kids in return for a temporary lull in violence designed to only bring about your destruction.

And, oh yes...Dad would agree.

Gerald A. Honigman, a Florida educator, has created and conducted counter-Arab propaganda programs for college youth, has lectured on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has publicly debated Arab spokesmen. His articles and op-eds have been published in both the print media and on websites.

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Posted by Beth Goodtree, December 22, 2004.

Oil is the commodity referred to as black gold. But there is another form of gold that will never be exhaustively pumped out of the ground and only gets better and stronger with age. Unfortunately Israel and Jews throughout the world have been nearly giving away this item for mere acceptance. It is way past time to leverage the world's hunger for what Israel and the Jews have in abundance: intellectual properties.

What passes for high finance and complex economics is nothing more than pimping and whoring with fancier words. It is also the oldest game around: you have something someone else needs, you sell it for the highest price the market will bear. This is a game that the oil-producing countries know very well.

When oil became a commodity in the civilized world, the majority of Arab desert dwellers were living in tents and using camel dung as fuel to cook their food. They had no idea how valuable oil might become, or even how to extract and refine it. So they became low class prostitutes, selling their only possession for enough to keep them going with a little bit of style. For some simple trappings of civilized life and a small fee, they allowed Western oil companies to develop their oil fields (at the expense of the Western oil companies). The Arabs were happy, the West was happy.

But one day, as any savvy two-bit whore will do, these Arab countries realized that the Western oil companies (their pimps) were making the big bucks on their (Arab) non-renewable resources. So over time, various Arab countries stole the developed oil wells from the private enterprises of the West under the less negative-sounding name of 'nationalization.' Then these Arab oil monopolies allowed their oil to be sold to the Western petroleum companies for resale to the public. Suddenly these Arab countries went from prostitute to pimp. And made a fortune. But they wanted a bigger fortune. Plus power. Plus political clout. Luckily for them, the civilized world had an addiction: oil.

So the oil-producing countries formed OPEC and went from pimp to drug-dealer. Knowing the West's addiction to oil, they squeezed the civilized world for all the money and political power they could grab. Because of this oil addiction, Saudi Arabia has been allowed to carry on a thriving slave trade and execute non-Muslims like a slaughterhouse the week before Thanksgiving. They also fund, aid and abet terrorism as well as anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiment with absolute impunity. All because of the West's addiction to oil.

Israel and Jews in general are in the same situation the Arab oil world was in. Unfortunately, they are still like 2-dollar whores, turning tricks so as not to receive a beating.

The Arab/Muslim world, as well as Europe and America have become dependent upon technology, science and advanced medicine. As much as they need oil to make their machinery run, they need new and better tools, technologies and medicines to keep their societies running. And where do these new and better scientific and technological advances come from? Israel and Diaspora Jews for the most part.

To put it in corporate-speak for all of the 'edjumacated' bean-counting Yuppies out there who are offended and perhaps confused by my down-and-dirty explanation, "We must maximize upon the non-diversity regarding competition to our supply-side status of this commodity, with an eye towards market bundling and a maximization of potential marketable assets to offset the outlier history within an atmospheric vacuum regarding our product."

Atmospheric vacuum? Israel and the Diaspora Jews produce an overwhelming amount of the innovations, research and discoveries on this planet. No other group can say the same.

Don't believe it? If it weren't for Israel and Jews, you'd still be calling Aunt Trudy on your landline telephone, using a stone age computer to slowly type her a note while the two of you suffer from what are now easily diagnosed and curable diseases. Here are but a few facts regarding Israel -- the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population:

The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.

Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.

The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.

Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel. The Pentium microprocessor in your computer was most likely made in Israel.

Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.

The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis

Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world. Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin - 109 per 10,000 people --as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.

Twenty-four per cent of Israel's workforce holds university degrees -- ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland - and 12 per cent hold advanced degrees.

Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U.S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany.

With over 25% of its work force employed in technical professions. Israel places first in this category as well.

Meanwhile, the Nobel Prize, usually a good indicator of brainpower (except for the case of the tardily late Yasser Arafat), shows how Jews dominate this commodity: (1)

Chemistry (28 prize winners, 19% of world total, 28% of US total)
Economics (21 prize winners, 38% of world total, 53% of US total)
Literature (12 prize winners, 12% of world total, 27% of US total)
Medicine (52 prize winners, 29% of world total, 42% of US total)
Physics (45 prize winners, 26% of world total, 38% of US total)

Time to stop giving away the goodies. Why should the Islamist terrorists, anti-Semites, haters of Israel, and their sympathizers, aiders and abettors get the use of Jewish brainpower for a pittance and a sneer?

It is way past time to start leveraging those patents and discoveries. Maybe have a built-in clause for all the patents and discoveries: You hate Israel, you hate Jews, no Jews allowed in your country or you support Israel's enemy? You don't get any. Or you pay at 10X the going rate. Maybe 100X.

You call for sanctions against Israel when Israel is defending herself against genocidal monsters? Same deal. You want to divest or boycott Israel, same deal. Hey, the Arabs and Muslims do the same thing with oil, because 'oil's' fair in hate, genocide, and Profit/Prophet to them. At least with Jews and Israel, all's fair in survival.

If this could be implemented, just see how fast the world would line up with Israel and Jews. Tie in medical and science advances, cell phone use and computer and internet technology with politics, the way Arabs/Muslims have tied oil in with the spreading and conquest that is Islamism and I'm betting Israel would win. If you're dying of cancer, you don't want oil, you want a cure. And you want to talk to your Mommy (or Aunt Trudy). Oil can't cure you, connect you, or give you hope.

(Or to put it in the vernacular, "You be disrespectin' and scandalizin' Israel an' the Jews, you got nuthin' comin.' Unnerstand?")


(1) http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/JewishNobelPrizeWinners.htm#notes

Beth Goodtree is an award-winning writer who lives in the NYC metro area. She writes political commentary/analysis, and the occasional science and humor articles. Or visit her website: http://hometown.aol.com/bgoodtree/

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Posted by Ken Heller, December 22, 2004.

"I see with sorrow and great anger how a part of the people still clings to hopes of reaching a peaceful settlement with the Arabs. Common sense tells them, too, that the Arabs haven't abandoned their basic aim of destroying the State; but the self-delusion and self-deception that have always plagued the Jews are at work again. It's our great misfortune. They want to believe, so they believe. They want not to see, so they shut their eyes. They want not to learn from thousands of years of history, so they distort it. They want to bring about a sacrifice, and they do indeed. It would be comic, if it wasn't so tragic. What a saddening and irritating lot this Jewish People is!"

The writer goes on, "The Wars of the Jews" are always the ugliest and hardest of all. These are the wars of apologetics and futile bickering, suppression or distortion of facts, and procrastination in making decisions. There is no doubt that what's called for is new leadership, a more correct perception of the realities, a sound recognition of the enemy's aims, and clear, definitive strategic-political planning. There must be no fumbling in the dark and no more tactical expedients, for these will get us nowhere. If we don't have a well-defined, realistic objective, we won't have to fight the Arabs for our survival. The Arabs won't need to fight. The Jews, as usual, will destroy themselves."

He ends by saying, "In the main, the people, as a body, lacks the perserverence while it abounds in political and military blindness. But I repeat, maybe this time we'll sober up."


Yoni Netanyahu, in letter to his Mom and Dad, 11/17/73.

Ken Heller is a pro-Israel activist and a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Americans For A Safe Israel. He can be reached at kjhnha@aol.com.

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Posted by Lee Green, December 22, 2004.

"The Palestine problem, a legacy of Western colonialism as virulent today as it ever was, has always been the greatest single source of anti-Western sentiment in the region," intones David Hirst, a Guardian correspondent, in an Op-Ed printed in the Guardian on Dec. 21 and in the Los Angeles Times ("Path to Peace Runs Through Palestine") on Dec. 22. Hirst continues: "The real trouble is that ... the U.S. has never been able to acknowledge the real nature of the problem...is essentially one of decolonization....If the Palestinians were to secure the redress that other colonized peoples have, there would be either no Israel (as there is no Algerie francaise) or there would be a binational state (like South Africa)."

Notice that when Hirst writes of colonization, he is not referring to just the West Bank and Gaza, but to all of Israel as well. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, "colonialism" is defined as "a policy by which a nation maintains or extends its control over foreign dependencies." A colony is defined as, "a region politically controlled by a distant country." But this is hardly the case with Israel and the Jewish people.

Jews have lived almost continuously in the land of Israel for thousands of years, with hundreds of years as a sovereign nation. After the demise of the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah, Jews were largely expelled from the area, but individuals and groups always returned to restore religious and communal life. Other than short-lived Crusader states in parts of the area, the Jews have been the only people historically to establish an independent and enduring sovereignty in the land. Many of the founders of the modern Jewish state of Israel were immigrants from Europe, but they obviously did not come to extend the power of Poland or Russia or Nazi Germany. They came to rebuild, to reconstitute the Jewish nation, to include Jewish immigrants from the diaspora, as well as those Jews whose families have lived in the land of Israel for generations.

Israel's founders recognized that Palestinian Arabs also feel they have historical ties to the land. This is why Israel's leaders agreed to the 1947 UN partition of the land (then called Mandate Palestine) into two states - a Jewish state AND an Arab state. It was the Arabs who turned down this division of territory and launched the 1948 war. Their longstanding refugee status doesn't result from Jewish aggression, but from a war the Arabs themselves initiated, and from Arab states subsequently not allowing the refugees to become permanent residents in the countries where they settled after the war. Arab nations chose to encourage the refugee problem to fester for decades. War has consequences and it is ludicrous to label Israel as a "colonizer" simply because it successfully defended itself against genocidal Arab aggression.

Moreover, Hirst goes on to claim that Palestinians are the most accommodating of "colonized" people: "They have formally committed themselves, via Oslo, to the loss of 78 percent of their original homeland." The suggestion that Israel took over 78 percent of the "original homeland" is entirely fallacious because the original land of Palestine, as determined by the League of Nations, includes what is now Israel, Gaza, the West Bank and the entire state of Jordan. In 1922, the British divided Mandate Palestine so that nearly 80 percent of it became Transjordan (now Jordan). Jews were barred from immigrating there; Palestinian Arabs were not. In 1947, the United Nations partitioned the 20 percent of what remained of Palestine, offering Israel only about half of that 20%.

As for the "Palestine problem" being the "greatest single source of anti-Western sentiment in the region," many would argue that Al Jazeera and other anti-western, anti-Israel propaganda sources that distort and demonize American and Israeli policies have a far greater influence on regional sentiment than the American policies themselves.

There are many other distortions in the Op-Ed that you will notice; we have only called attention to the most egregious. Hirst is hardly the first Op-Ed writer in the Los Angeles Times to label Israel, even in its 1948 boundaries, illegitimate. On Nov. 21, 2004, Saree Makdisi called for a bi-national state, which would entail the destruction of the Jewish state ("In the Wake of Arafat, Will the Two-State Solution Survive?"), and on Oct. 10, 2003, Tony Judt made the same argument ("'Jewish State' Has Become an Anachronism.'")

While certainly it is commendable for a newspaper to offer diverse opinions, one would hope that appropriate editorial judgment would prevail when an Op-Ed submission is based on extremism and inaccuracies. It is emblematic of the lack of historical knowledge throughout the newspaper industry that Op-Eds questioning Israel's very legitimacy are becoming commonplace. Please encourage editors to put a stop to the demonization of Israel as illegitimate and the cause of the world's ills. The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) monitors the news and TV media for how fair they are in reporting on Israel. The website address is www.camera.org. Lee Green is Director, National Letter-Writing Group, CAMERA.

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, December 22, 2004.

It would seem that the reality of what is involved in the extermination of the Jewish communities of Yeshah is finally sinking into the minds of the people that Sharon and his gang want to do the dirty work. The Army and the Police have been playing hot potato with this since the beginning of the betrayal. Each one calling on the other to take charge of the "honor" of destroying the State of Israel. Or is it really like that? Are they really so worried and concerned? While there is no doubt a certain element of genuine concern on there part (exactly for what is a different question), I strongly suspect that the media attention this is getting is manipulative.

The sight of high ranking Police or Army officers anguishing over the terrible dilemma of how to expel Jews from their homes is intended to arouse sympathy for this abomination in the general public and from the Yeshah residents as well. How can you really hate someone or fight him when all he really wants to do is what is best for everyone? They really don't want to be doing this but, well you know, orders are order and Sharon UBER ALLES.

Do not fall for their crocodile tears and phony concerns. They feel no anguish or hesitation to uproot and destroy Jews. If any of our breast-beating Government employees actually felt as worried or concerned about the fate of Jews as they are pretending, they would do the logical and honorable thing and resign their jobs. Those who work for and aid an evil Government are just as evil as the Government. Each and everyone of us will eventually have to answer the question: What were you doing during the Sharon Holocaust?

This news item appeared today in Arutz Sheva (www.IsraelNationalNews.com). It's entitled "IDF Doubting Success in Uprooting Towns" and is archived at http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=74000

(IsraelNN.com) Sources in the IDF are today expressing doubt as to the ability of the police department to carry out the uprooting of towns as called for in the "disengagement" plan.

Haaretz newspaper reports that there is concern in the IDF that the police would "drag its feet," ultimately leaving the bulk of the burden on the army's shoulders. The military is preparing forces for use in uprooting the Jewish communities of Gaza and northern Samaria. However, in the IDF as well, there is some doubt as to the ability of the army to carry out the evacuation itself.

Two days ago, Police Chief Moshe Karadi said that it was possible the uprooting would not be successful; however, he withdrew his comments under political pressure the next day.

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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Posted by IsrAlert, December 22, 2004.
This was written by Aliza Karp.

Every year the prudent adult goes for routine tests to screen for the first signs of harmful diseases. If detected in the early stages, these diseases can be eradicated with less treatment and more accuracy than if they develop to a more advanced stage. The symptoms of the disease have not even shown themselves and yet strong medication is needed to prevent their emergence.

We are still in the early stages of the disengagement/deportation disease. There have been no symptomatic atrocities committed to date, and yet, there are people walking around displaying orange stars, which are reminiscent of the Holocaust. How can they utilize the memories of the Holocaust when nothing to resemble the Holocaust has happened? Is this an over reaction? Does this not minimize the memory of those tragic years of history which no words can describe?

The question is valid. It justifies a look at the stages that led to the atrocities of the Holocaust, in comparison to the progress of the deportation plan and its potential, its logical outcome.

Leading up to the Holocaust there were various stages. The early stages were tolerable. Jews had suffered from the hands of their neighbors in the past, and these early stages resembled other eras which Jews had experienced. There was no way to predict the unbelievable outcome that would emerge from the first edicts that opened the way to carnage to come.

A Jewish resistance would have been much more effective in the early stages. The Jews were still strong, not yet psychologically and physically drained. But for whatever reason, they did not read the early warning signs. They cooperated with the authorities. In one Holocaust diary that I read, the author says it was actually a relief to move to a ghetto because they expected they would not have to endure the daily harassments. Little did they suspect the round ups and the unbridled cruelty they would suffer once inside the ghetto walls.

The deportation of Gush Katif residents is not an end in itself. It is a part of a chain of events. Under the current Prime Minister, a widow was forced from her home in the middle of the night on Hilltop 26, just outside of Kiryat Arba; a Shul was destroyed and the Sefer Torah confiscated, just outside of Tapuach; and thousands of soldiers and many horses were needed to remove the crowds that came to protect the home of Itzik Sandler in Mitzpeh Yitzhar. These were the trial cases, staged to see if one Jew can forcibly remove another from his home in Eretz Yisroel.

The next stage is on a larger scale: Gush Katif, the towns of northern Aza, and four towns in Samaria. The deportation of more than 8,000 Jews. If the deportation disease is allowed to progress to this stage, the Jewish citizens in Eretz Yisroel will then be sandwiched between a government with more plans of retreat and deportation and a power base for terrorists within shooting range and tunnel range of the major Jewish population centers. The early stages are in motion. If the Jews wait until the atrocities begin, it will be much harder to effectively stop the murderous, monstrous progression.

Wearing an orange star is sad, but appropriate. We are in the early stages of the disease. We have to combat it in any way we know how. The Germans were creative in their cruelty beyond imagination. Does anyone think the Arab terrorists will be more civilized once they are in a position to unleash their sadistic fantasies? Should we wait for the dawn when the symptoms will resemble the Holocaust or should we learn from the past and recognize that the early stages have proceeded far enough?

The deportation disease is malignant and it is spreading, it has no intention to stop at the Kissufim junction. Half of the Holy City of Yerushalaim is at risk, and only the naïve will say that will not affect the other half. Sure Yerushalaim was divided before 1967, but that was before the Arabs were using mortar shells and tunnel bombings. We need to medicate now. We need to stop the progression, instead of waiting for the Holocaust symptoms to advance.

Sadly, wearing an orange star is not an overreaction. Of course it is not enough to stop the advance of the potential catastrophe, but it is part of the reverse chain of events. It is a stage of heightening the awareness of the severity of the deportation of Jews from their homes... of Jews from their homes in their homeland. It is a potent reminder and hopefully will stir the hearts of those who have not yet realized the impending danger. The failure to realize is a Holocaust symptom.

Along with wearing the star comes the adherence to the Shulchan Orech, Orach Chaim 329:6, that clearly states: when an enemy comes to a border town, even if there is no immediate danger to life, since allowing them control of the border town puts the entire land in danger, we are to take up arms, even in violation of the Shabbos, in order to stop them. The Lubavitcher Rebbe declared that all cities in Eretz Yisroel are so close to the border that they can be considered border towns, but he says, how much more so when the towns really are on the border.

So today, when more than twenty border towns are in question, we are even more obligated to take up arms. Retreating from the border towns, puts the entire country in danger. So says the Code of Jewish Law!

In Parsha VaYechi, this week's Parsha, Yaakov says to Yosef: "And I have given you Shechem... which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow." The Oral Torah explains this to mean, "With my wisdom and my prayer." The Rebbe distinguishes between the application of the Written Torah and Oral Torah as pertaining to the nations, and says that the simple meaning of military weapons, the sword and the bow is what is applicable in today's situation. He says it is forbidden to rely on miracles, and forbidden to be satisfied with prayer and supplication, when enemies are intent on overtaking Eretz Yisroel. "We are obligated to come with sword and bow in the plain meaning. Through this the goyim can see it. Only this can have an effect on them. From the beginning they will become fearful and this will prevent a war."

As I am writing, the sun is setting and the Tenth day of Tevet is beginning. This day we fast to commemorate when Nebuchadnetzar, King of Babylon, surrounded and laid siege to Yerushalaim, in the final days of the First Temple. Two other fast days remember the destruction of the first Temple, but it is only the Tenth of Tevet that, should it fall on Shabbos, is not postponed.

The extra stringency of the Tenth of Teves teaches a lesson that provides insight into today's political situation. Even though breaching the walls on the Seventeenth of Av and the actual destruction of the Temple on the Ninth of Av were more devastating than surrounding the city, it is the original siege of the Tenth of Tevet which is remembered without being postponed, because it signifies the root of the subsequent events. Had a strong opposition overcome the siege, the next two stages could not have occurred.

Those voices that have been raised against the orange star should first be raised against the disengagement/deportation plan. When they see to it that a law is passed that such a plan is evil, cruel and illegal... then we will put our stars back in the memory chest.

1. Public talk by the Rebbe on the Tenth of Tevet, 5746, 1986
2. With the set calendar, the Tenth of Tevet no longer falls on Shabbos.

Harv Weiner, a businessman in Dallas, Texas, is the founder and moderator of Isralert. To subscribe to IsrAlert, send an email to isralert@aol.com

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Posted by Itamar Marcus, December 22, 2004.

This is the full version of the article that appeared today in an edited version in the International Herald Tribune.

One of the most meaningful gauges of the integrity of a peace process and its likelihood for success is the degree to which the "peace partners" educate towards peace. It is for this reason that the entire Palestinian Authority (PA) education apparatus, both formal and informal, has been such a tragic disappointment. Instead of seizing the opportunity to educate future generations to live with Israel in peace, the PA has done everything in its power to teach hatred to young minds.

Compounding the problem is that ever since the hatred in the Palestinian textbooks has been exposed and world pressure has been mounting to eliminate the hatred, various defenders of the PA curriculum have surfaced, trying to legitimize this problematic educational system. The truth is that the PA schoolbooks, both old and new, incite to hatred, violence and anti-Semitism, and it's tragic that their defenders are enabling the PA to avoid necessary peace education.

Anti-Semitism in presented openly in PA education. In the new 6th grade book Reading the Koran, children read about Allah's warning to the Jews that because of their evil Allah will kill them: "...Oh you who are Jews, if you think that you are favored of Allah... Then long for death if you are truthful... for the death from which you flee, that will surely overtake you..." In other sections they learn of Jews being expelled from their homes by Allah, and in another Jews are said to be like donkeys: "Those [Jews] who were charged with the Torah, but did not observe it, are like a donkey carrying books..." [1]

And while the Koran and Islam are certainly not under scrutiny here, it is tragic that although the Koran and Islam have positive traditions regarding Jews, the PA educators have chosen to incorporate only hateful religious traditions. PA children are left with the impression that that the Koran sees the Jews as an enemy of God, and consequently their enemy as well.

In the new textbooks, Israel is de-legitimized as a state. Israel is portrayed as a foreign colonial occupier: "Colonialism: Palestine faced the British occupation after the First World War in 1917, and the Israeli occupation in 1948..." [2] Once Israel is an "occupation" it is a logical step to define all of Israel's cities, regions and natural resources as being part of "Palestine," including the Beersheba, the Negev, the Sea of Galilee.[3] Israel's land is called the "stolen homeland," Israel's creation the "catastrophe" and an encyclopedia is cited that was written for "...Palestinians, so that they would remember their stolen homeland and work for its salvation..."[4]

This teaching to not recognize Israel's existence is cemented through dozens of maps in the schoolbooks in which "Palestine" encompasses all of Israel. The argument that the map is not modern "Palestine" but "Mandatory Palestine" is an insult to our intelligence. Children reading these schoolbooks believe they are looking at maps that reflect the current situation, not maps and pictures of British territory more than half a century ago.

Completing the dangerous messages of the new books is the teaching that it is a religious obligation for Israel to be destroyed:

"Islam encourages this [love of homeland] and established the defense of it as an obligatory commandment for every Muslim if even a centimeter of his land is stolen. I, a Palestinian Muslim, love my country Palestine..."[5]

The complete message Palestinian children are taught is that Jews, according to Allah, are like donkeys; Israel is a colonial occupier who stole their land; the cities, lakes and deserts of Israel are "occupied Palestine;" and the Palestinian children are learning that they have an obligation to liberate it "even if a centimeter is stolen."

The result of this delegitimization is a belief, frequently expressed by Palestinian children, that justice can be achieved only through Israel's destruction. Speaking on PA TV, a 14-year-old boy explained: "The Israelis [came] from Holland, America, Iran. They [the Jews] came to take Palestine, that is Tel-Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa, Acre, Ramle. All these cities belong to Palestine. We must expel all Israelis from Palestine. Because Israel - there is nothing called Israel in the world." [PA TV Dec. 25, 2003]

Having never seen Israel on a map in school or on television, this intelligent 14-year-old has concluded, "There is nothing called Israel in the world."

Finally it should be stressed that all the new Palestinian schoolbooks cited here were written during the most optimistic periods of the peace process, before the violence began in September 2000. They are not a response to the war but an expression of dangerous ideology that has to be replaced if there will ever be peace. The ongoing attempts to defend these PA schoolbooks are tragic, as the PA is using these arguments to justify its education, and to refuse to improve their books. The PA is planting the seeds of the next war in its youth. The defenders of PA hate education are protecting and nurturing those seeds of war.


[1] [Reading the Koran, grade 6. p.20, 23, 78]
[2] [National Education, sixth grade, p. 16]
[3] [Our Beautiful Language, grade 6, Part A, p. 64, National Education, sixth grade, pp. 9-10]
[4] [Our Beautiful Language, sixth grade, Part A, p. 112]
[5] [Islamic Education, sixth grade, Part A, p. 68]

Itamar Marcus, Director of Palestinian Media Watch (http://www.pmw.org.il), was Israeli representative to the Tri - Lateral Anti Incitement Committee established under the Wye accords, and has written reports on Palestinian Authority, Syrian and Jordanian schoolbooks.

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, December 22, 2004.


Only a flashing smile was visible from row X, but what witty insights were audible! It was healthful for us Americans to be reminded how insular we really are. For example, Americans gauge a foreign country by whether its people speak English, but we haven't enough speakers of foreign languages to get the best trade deals with those that don't. We initiated globalization, but China and India exploit it more effectively now, and complain that the US exempts itself from globalization's principle of free trade.

Fareed Zakaria, a fast-rising foreign policy editor, suggests that the US let W. Europe negotiate more with Iran. After all, he said, Iran's nuclear facilities are difficult to get at. An attack on them might generate national pride in support of the regime's nuclear program. Europe would imagine that the negotiations we halted might have succeeded, and therefore it would not join our use of force against Iran.

On the other hand, I find that Europe is afraid to use force if it costs money or might encounter strong resistance. It also does not want to cooperate with the US. The US might do better to shame Europe out of its shell of superiority complex towards us and inferiority complex towards the Muslims. We have to, but shouldn't have to, remind it of the futility of negotiations with fanatical totalitarians. Europe suffered more than did the US from reliance upon negotiation with the Nazis and Communists. The Arabs and Islamists are equally imperialist and duplicitous.

The Europeans argue that we refuse even to talk. We don't have to make concessions they point out, just discuss and perhaps something would come of it. No harm can come of just talking. Tell that to the folks watching the mushrooming cloud made possible by the delay, owing to dragged out negotiations, in resorting to force

Actually, the US did palaver. It found that Iran had been running a secret nuclear weapons program in violation of its assurances and its agreements. Pres. Bush realizes there is no point to talking endlessly with that deceitful enemy, letting it meanwhile develop the means for destroying us.

When Zakaria turned to the Arab-Israel conflict, he fizzled disappointingly. Neither foreign policy expert evinced an understanding of that conflict, which, as if to drive the point home, they did not identify as such. They certainly expressed no inkling that the conflict is a form of jihad and some imperialism.

Once one recognizes the nature of the conflict, one is immune to those speakers' notions that a truce is desirable and negotiations with US guidance may bring peace. Are they unaware that US "guidelines" mean pressure on Israel, if for no other reason than that the Arabs are recalcitrant?

A truce is temporary. Islamic doctrine approves of taking refuge in them when losing, building up one's forces, and striking the infidel all the harder when ending the truce. When fighting, Israel wears down the Arabs. A truce would enable the consequently rearmed Arabs to inflict heavier casualties.

What is there to negotiate with fanatics who want to drive out all the Jews, if not murder them? Our experts failed to recommend reforming the Islamic and Arab culture of intolerance and violence, nor even to disarm the militias and terrorist P.A. police. But the interlocutor stated, "the two sides do not trust each other." Having broken all their agreements, the P.A./PLO has forfeited all trust. In order to appear the aggrieved party, and out of their paranoia that supposes their enemies are as unscrupulous as they, the Arabs assert that they do not trust Israel. Fact is, Israel is trying to appease them. Yes, the government of Israel cannot be trusted, but it cannot be trusted by the Jews.

Isn't it odd that this pair of foreign policy experts can be brilliant about all other issues, but dull about the Arab-Israel conflict? They are sophisticated about the other issues, but naïve about jihad. They are skeptical about the other issues, but credulous towards misconceptions about this one. The human mind has a great capacity for self-deception.

The speaker and his interviewer had an opportunity to open minds, but they locked them tighter. Most in the audience were my fellow Jews. They rarely get to hear the alarming news about the foolish risks Israel takes for discreditable reasons and with no chance of success. They didn't that night.


(1) "Fortress Israel, as we call it, is by necessity based on a culture of strength, violence and crudity. In the final analysis, it will be the bulldozer that razes the structure that once was Israel."

(2) "Israel's Nazification needs no dictatorship since plenty of sturdy little Hitlers seem to be securely ensconced in a great many number of hearts."

(3) "Israel wants to do more than keep the suicide bombers out... It wants to erase the Palestinian nation once and for all."

(4) "This unarmed uprising was turned into an armed revolt by harsh Israeli retaliation to demonstrations and street protests."

(5) "There is an entire sector in the Jewish public which I unhesitatingly define as a coCOALITIONpy of the German Nazis."

(6) "The Israeli army has been terrorizing cities and villages in the West Bank... there is one simple thing that anybody can do: Boycott Israel!... Israel is not the US. It is a small country with hardly any economy, and with a self-image completely detached from reality. It can be stopped."

Who made those slanderous statements about Israel? "...every one of those statements was made by an Israeli academic employed by an Israeli university. People entrusted with teaching history, political science, sociology, and the like to young Israelis. People whose seditious writings, declarations, and activities against the state of Israel are underwritten by the Israeli taxpayer and by those who make donations to these institutions out of a desire to help the Jewish state. And, of course, are used by anti-Semites all over the globe as prime ammunition against Jews and Israel." (Prof. Steven Plaut, 12/1, e-mail.)


"Israel Radio reports that the Egyptian forces will have armored vehicles (to monitor the Gaza border). It should be noted that under the terms of the treaty Egypt can deploy an unlimited number of Egyptian police equipped with full battle gear: assault rifles, body armor, etc. In fact, the three "police" Israel killed by mistake were actually Egyptian soldiers acting as "police". The change is the vehicles."

"#1 Did the decision making process take into account what Egypt could already do under the treaty or was it decided to follow the Israeli tradition of not actually reading texts?"

#2 Did the decision making process study the actual need for armored vehicles in order for Egypt to effectively stop smuggling? The implication of accepting the need for armored vehicles is that thousands of Egyptian "police" equipped with full battle gear: assault rifles, body armor, etc. are not able to handle a fire fight with smugglers taking place in an isolated area on sovereign Egyptian soil, without having armored vehicles." (IMRA, 12/1.)

Israeli folly seems bottomless and unfathomable. Israeli leaders act as if complicit in efforts to destroy the Jewish state. I think it is more than acting, judging by the Far Left's desire for just that. The Far Left, like native Communists in the Soviet era, do not think ahead to the horrible purges that the bigoted totalitarians, in this case, the Arabs, would initiate.


(IMRA, 12/1.) So it goes with almost every Arab indication of moderation. To paint Abu Mazen as moderate, the story that he had ordered the P.A. media to cease defamation of Israel was bruited. He got the credit. Now the story is denied. The media will not retract the credit.


An Israeli Arab produced the film, "Jenin, Jenin," to slander Israel as having perpetrated a great but actually non-existent massacre at Jenin. Although the film's points were repudiated as lies, and an Israeli court had ordered it not shown, the Left showed it and lionized it.

Revelation: the P.A. Min. of Propaganda financed the film! (Prof. Steven Plaut, 12/3, e-mail).


Although the EU had declared Hamas a terrorist organization, EU Foreign Min. Xavier Solana admits to having continued meeting with Hamas over its role in a future P.A. administration. He seeks a truce by Hamas. (A truce resolves nothing, but gives the terrorists opportunities to rebuild damaged forces.) He presses money upon the Arabs, though much of the funds go for terrorism. He is trying to force his "solutions" upon Israel (IMRA, 12/3).


Christian Aid is another warped humanitarian organization. Its Christmas appeal features an Arab girl blinded by Israeli gunfire. In other words, it goes out of its way to make Israel look bad (as do most so-called humanitarian organizations involved there).

The organization's promotional brochure specifically connects the current situation with that of the traditional suffering of Jesus. This is a way of connecting the current situation with the traditional antisemitism that developed from Christianity.

The brochure pro forma condemns Arab attacks on Israeli civilians for impeding peace (and not for being inhumane!). It promotes the biased and simplistic notion that Arab poverty stems from Israeli "occupation." (Israeli administration, mostly out of the P.A. now, does not force the P.A. to embezzle foreign aid and divert tax revenues to war.) Terrorism preceded Israeli administration, and the terrorism caused the Israeli security measures, such as the security fence. Christian Aid condemns all Israeli security measures in exaggerated fashion, and fails to explain that Arab terrorism that justifies them. It recommends EU pressure on Israel to withdraw from the territories. That is taking a political position, improper for a supposed humanitarian organization. It even blames Israel partly for 9/11, citing bin Laden. (Bin Laden's original statement did not attribute much of his motivation to presumed US support for Israel. Even if it did, that would not be Israel's fault, and appeasement is not the way to deal with fanaticism.)

Christian Aid's web site accepts assorted assertions from Arab sources uncritically, such as that Israelis shoot holes in Arab water tankers. (Israel makes great efforts to let supplies in to the P.A.. The Arabs drill for water illegalIy. Israel hasn't the courage to prosecute.)

Christian Aid has introduced Scripture and religious symbolism into the Arab war effort. This is part of Christian Aid's general support for radical causes and against globalization (IMRA, 12/3).

Ironically, the P.A. persecutes Christians.


"The emergence of a leadership, Palestinian leadership, that's committed to democracy, the rule of law, transparent government and an end to violence and terror is indeed critical. It gives the Palestinians a chance to build the institutions of the Palestinian state. It gives them a representative who can negotiate on their behalf in a credible manner. It gives them a representative who can stand for them in international meetings and discussions." The State Dept. refused to condemn candidacies of murderers those ineligible under Oslo (IMRA, 12/3).

The US was not reticent about interfering in Israeli elections. Why the double standard?

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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Posted by Women in Green, December 22, 2004.
This article is entitled "Why is America upping the hundreds of million $ it already gives the 'Palestinians'" and was written by Daniel Pipes.
Yasser Arafat died last month. This month, his death is prompting plans for a foreign aid bounty of $500 million to $1 billion a year for the Palestinians. That's the scoop Steven R. Weisman published in the New York Times on Dec. 17. He revealed that Western, Arab, and other governments plan to add a 50 to 100 percent bonus to the $1 billion a year they already direct to 3.5 million Palestinians in the territories, contingent upon a crackdown on terrorist groups and the holding of credible elections in January 2005.

(Asked about Weisman's report, White House spokesman Scott McClellan neither confirmed nor denied it. But President George W. Bush did subsequently make some hugely ambitious statements about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict: "I am convinced that, during this term, I will manage to bring peace" and "Next year is very important, as it will bring peace.")

Aid-wise, residents of the West Bank and Gaza have hardly been neglected until now. They receive about $300 per person, making them, per capita, the world's greatest beneficiaries of foreign aid. Strangely, their efforts to destroy Israel have not inspired efforts to crush this hideous ambition but rather to subsidize it. Money being fungible, foreign aid effectively funds the Palestinians' bellicose propaganda machine, their arsenal, their army, and their suicide bombers.

This, however, does not faze international aid types. Nigel Roberts, the World Bank's director for the West Bank and Gaza, blows off past failures. Addressing himself to donors, he says, "Maybe your $1 billion a year hasn't produced much, but we think there's a case for doing even more in the next three or four years."

Roberts is saying, in effect: Yes, your money enabled Arafat's corruption, jihad ideology, and suicide factories, but those are yesterday's problems; now, let's hope the new leadership uses donations for better purposes. Please lavish more funds on it to enhance its prestige and power, then hope for the best.

This la-la-land thinking ignores two wee problems. One concerns the Palestinians' widespread intent to destroy Israel, as shown by the outpouring of grief for arch-terrorist Arafat at his funeral, the consistent results of opinion research, and the steady supply of would-be jihadists. The Palestinians' discovery of their inner moderation, to put it mildly, has yet to commence.

The other problem is blaming the past decade's violence and tyranny exclusively on Arafat, and erroneously assuming that, now freed of him, the Palestinians are eager to reform. Mahmoud Abbas, the new leader, has indeed called for ending terrorism against Israel, but he did so for transparently tactical reasons (it is the wrong thing to do now), not for strategic reasons (it is permanently to be given up), much less for moral ones (it is inherently evil).

Abbas is not a moderate but a pragmatist. Unlike Arafat, consumed by his biography and his demons, Abbas offers a more reasonable figure, one who can more rationally pursue Arafat's goal of destroying Israel. In this spirit, he has quickly apologized to the Kuwaitis and made up with the Syrians; compared to this, reaching out to the Americans is easy.

But, no less than his mentor Arafat, Abbas remains intent on eliminating Israel. This is evident, for example, from his recent comments insisting that millions of Palestinian "refugees" be permitted to enter Israel so as to overwhelm it demographically; or from his keeping the virulent content of the Palestinian Authority's media in place.

To give additional money to the Palestinians now, ahead of their undergoing a change of heart and accepting the permanent existence of the Jewish state of Israel, is a terrible mistake, one that numbingly replicates the errors of the 1990s' Oslo diplomacy. Prematurely rewarding the Palestinians will again delay the timetable of conciliation.

As I have argued for years, money, arms, diplomacy, and recognition for the Palestinians should follow on their having accepted Israel. One sign that this will have happened: when Jews living in Hebron (on the West Bank) need no more security than Arabs living in Nazareth (within Israel). Until that day of harmony - which I predict Until that day of harmony - which I predict is about thirty years off - the outside world should focus not on showering money or other benefits on the Palestinians, but on pushing them relentlessly to accept Israel's existence.

Until that day of harmony - which I predict is about thirty years off - the outside world should focus not on showering money or other benefits on the Palestinians, but on pushing them relentlessly to accept Israel's existence.

(Women in Green are publishing this article despite the fact that we disagree with Mr. Pipes on many issues. Daniel Pipes is quite unrealistic when he supports the Road Map, and an eventual two-state solution wherein Israel supposedly will live alongside of the Arabs in peace. It is clearly against the word of the G-d of Israel in the Bible. However, most Arabs, who are mainly Muslims, rejoice in the terrorist activity, and sympathize and are supportive of much of this immoral, inhumane and terrorist conduct.

Moreover, we disagree with Mr. Pipes that there is such a thing as a "moderate" Islamite. While they do exist, they play an insignificant role in the total picture, and have no real influence within the Arab world, and for the most part are silent witnesses to Moslem brutality.

Nevertheless, Mr. Pipes may be wrong on some points but he definitely should be heard on several issues, and this is one of them.)

Ruth and Nadia Matar established Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green), an activist group of women based in Jerusalem. Their website address is http://www.womeningreen.org

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Posted by Batya Medad, December 22, 2004.

Twenty-three years ago, when we were rather new to Shiloh, I remember hearing my neighbor say that she had instructed her husband that she'd rather see him jailed than buried. Unfortunately that's a choice many have made, and things aren't getting any better. There are quite a few Jews imprisoned or tangled in legal quagmires due to the fact that a Jew in danger who ends up killing or injuring an Arab is severely prosecuted and punished. The only way to prove self-defense is to be dead or very seriously wounded, and then you still must prove that the Arab started it, and you had no other way to stop him.

When I was run over in a terror attack, less than ten years ago, the police spent a lot of time and money trying to prove that it could have had been an accident and weren't interested in hearing the testimonies of the survivors. In addition, the young men who shot the terrorist dead were interrogated, and it took a long time until they were finally cleared of murder charges.

This "catch 22 situation" is no joke. There are many who believe that it is the reason why the soldier Kfir Okayon was killed in April 2004. Just a few days before he had been reprimanded and threatened by the army with punishment for pointing his weapon at an Arab who wouldn't cooperate when being inspected for arms and explosives. Trying to "obey orders" and being gentle with the terrorists cost him his life.

Recently, another absurd story was in the news. Almost ten years ago, in the spring of 1995, during at time of terror attacks, Avraham Ofir, then an IDF soldier, came across an Arab vehicle that refused to stop for inspection, and when the vehicle crashed the Arabs fled, ignoring requests in Arabic to stop. You don't need even half a brain to infer that they were acting suspiciously, and were most probably terrorists. Therefore Avraham shot them when they ran into a house.

For this he was demoted and worse, and not long ago his nightmare resumed as the state began legal action against him. And not to keep you in suspense, the Tel Aviv District Court withdrew the indictment against him, on charges of killing an Arab fugitive - charges for which he was tried in a military court nine years ago. Details can be found in the following news story: http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=73022

There's an organization that helps people who get into those "Twilight Zone" situations. It's called "Honenu." The person who runs it is Shmuel Meidad (no relation) of Hebron. It's the only civil rights organization that supports Jewish civil rights. Unfortunately it is very busy. Many people need them, because the police, law and the court system here look for ways to make us pay for our self-defense.

I recommend contacting them for more information by calling: 02-960-5558 or cellphone 852-869-3999. Or by email at honenu@honenu.org.il

I pray that none of us, nor any of our friends and family will ever need their help. One of the ways of protecting ourselves and our dear ones is to help Honenu.

This is Musing #89. Batya Medad lives in Shiloh. She can be reached by email at Shilohmuse@yahoo.com or visit her website http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/ or go to http://www.shilo.org.il

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Posted by Steven Plaut, December 22, 2004.

Remember Tariq Ramadan? The Swiss Arab anti-Semite with ties to al-Qaeda funded by the same Marxist Kroc Institute that funded Ben Gurion University's Neve Gordon's "research" proving that Israel is a terrorist state?

Well, there is now more news about Ramadan: This is entitled "Jihad Watch: Jihad terrorist wrote speeches for Tariq Ramadan" and it is archived at http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/004397.php [Editor's note: See "Tariq Ramadan's Two-Faced Islam" (http://www.think-israel.org/magister.ramadan.html) for an excellent review and analysis.]

Tariq Ramadan is the world's most famous "moderate Muslim." He was slated to take a professorial job at the University of Notre Dame this year, until his visa was revoked by DHS. DHS hasn't explained why, and his case has become a cause celebre for the anti-anti-terror Left, but here is a French-language story (from the Swiss Le Temps, via proche-orient.info, with thanks to Phil), that gives a hint as to why Ramadan may have been kept out of the U.S. Here is Phil's translation of the salient part:

According to the bill of indictment, Djamel Beghal, the preacher accused to have prepared a suicide mission against the American embassy in Paris, was preparing Tariq Ramadan's speeches. More news In French: Selon l'acte d'accusation, Djamel Beghal, prédicateur accusé d'avoir préparé une opération suicide contre l'ambassade américa. (http://www.proche-orient.info/ xjournal_pol_der_heure.php3?id_article=34161)

Steven Plaut is an American-trained economist, a professor of business administration at Haifa University and author of "The Scout." He frequently comments - both seriously and satirically - on Israeli politics and the left wing academic community. His website address is http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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Posted by Professor Paul Eidelberg, December 22, 2004.

Support the 'Wallerstein Proclamation'

1. Sharon's plan to uproot 8,000 Jews from their homes in Gaza is the prelude to eventual uprooting of 230,000 Jews from Judea and Samaria in preparation for the establishment of a Palestinian state that will include eastern Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

2. You are thus resisting not just what Israel's dictator calls "disengagement" but a plan that will lead to Israel's ultimate demise.

3. Your object is not merely to resist but to defeat this nefarious plan and thereby put an end to a government whose dictator betrayed the hundreds of thousands of Likud voters who opposed this plan in the January 2003 elections.

4. Your ultimate but not necessarily declared objective is to prepare the grounds for a New Israel.

5. While you focus efforts on defeating disengagement from Gaza and speak of "civil disobedience," it is counterproductive to say you will not resort to violence. This does not mean advocating armed resistance, but recommending silence on this issue.

6. The government will employ force to overcome any resistance to disengagement. Hence you must develop tactics to blunt such force.

7. While you employ moral suasion to convince soldiers and policemen that it is both illegal and immoral to uproot Jewish men, women, and children from their homes in Gaza, you must also have (like Ya'akov Avinu when he went to meet Eisav) a multifaceted strategy to defeat disengagement. For this, organize with the help of military personnel. But do it NOW.

8. Mobilize all Zionist organization in the US to vehemently oppose disengagement. Thousands of Jews and Christians should come to Israel and demonstrate day after day against disengagement. Noted lawyers, generals and rabbis should give interviews emphasizing the illegality, the danger, and the immorality of the disengagement plan. Yes, this is interfering in Israel's domestic affairs--but Israel's survival is everyone's affair!

9. The pressure against uprooting Jews from Gaza must be constant and multifaceted.

Professor Paul Eidelberg is President of the Foundation For Constitutional Democracy. He can be reached by mail at 244 Madison Avenue, Suite 427, New York, NY 10016, Tel: 212-372-3752, and by email at Constitution@usa.net

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Posted by IsrAlert, December 21, 2004.
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LONDON [MENL] -- The United States has increased intelligence operations against Israel as part of an effort to prevent a war in the Middle East.

Western diplomatic sources said that over the last two years the U.S. intelligence community has increased monitoring of Israel's military and government. The sources said the move was ordered by the White House as part of an effort to prevent an escalation of the war with the Palestinians or a regional war that could begin with an Israeli attack on Syria.

"There's been concern that Israel would pull a surprise on the United States with either an offensive against Hizbullah in Lebanon or a massive attack on the Gaza Strip," a diplomatic source said. "Washington doesn't want to be surprised and would rather know this information in advance and first hand."

The sources said the result has been increased U.S. satellite monitoring of Israel to determine military movements, import and export of weapons, weapons tests and construction of housing in Israeli communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. They said the United States has also expanded the interception of signals communications from Israeli government and military facilities.

Harv Weiner, a businessman in Dallas, Texas, is the founder and moderator of Isralert. To subscribe to IsrAlert, send an email to isralert@aol.com

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Posted by Yocheved Golani, December 21, 2004.
What bias?: Disturbing news from a man in news: The New York Post is reporting (http://www.nypost.com/missing/missing.htm) that ABC newsman Peter Jennings will use his purported pro-Palestinian leanings to determine who will be the next Jerusalem correspondent for the network. "There's a litmus test," said one insider. "If you support Israel, you need not apply."

Yocheved Golani provides a journalist and writing service; she does author reviews and book reviews. She can be reached at her websites: www.ygolani.com, www.yochevedgolani.com

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Posted by David Ha'ivri, December 21, 2004.

The Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha) Council recently set out on a campaign entitled, "The Struggle for our Homes". It included the well-publicized gimmick of a human chain from Gush Katif to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, culminating in a young girl from Gaza placing a note in the Wall.

In order to finance this campaign, the Yesha Council turned directly to the residents of Yehuda, Shomron and Gaza to foot the bill of three million NIS. It turned out that the Yesha Council hadn't yet repaid its debts from previous campaigns. The bulk of this debt was owed to public relations advisors and advertising professionals who sold the Yesha Council meaningless slogans at an inflated price to print on thousands of signs, full-page newspaper ads and public busses. Being in no financial position to finance another campaign, they were forced to go "begging" to the residents of Yesha for money.

The Yesha Council has more or less gone bankrupt. The financial bankruptcy is a direct result of their ideological bankruptcy. The people who tried so hard to remain in the "consensus", by arranging careful demonstrations and PR campaigns with empty messages, were eventually exposed as a body bereft of any ideology whatsoever - causing their supporters to lose interest in their grandiose campaigns.

The constant stream of empty, meaningless slogans makes it clear that those writing them have no idea what the struggle is really about. The slogan "A Palestinian State is a Prize for Terror" implies that were it not for Arab terror, it would be perfectly acceptable to hand over parts of our ancestral heritage. The slogan: "The Struggle for our Homes" implies that we are only concerned with the financial loss of the residents who will be expelled from their homes, when the real issue is the Chillul Hashem of banishing the Jewish People from Eretz Yisrael, the land given to us by G-d.

We need to declare the truth. The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish People. Whoever attempts to find favor in the eyes of the "nation", by distorting the problem as being merely a personal injustice to the residents of Gush Katif, is defeating the entire purpose of the struggle. The fact is that the residents of Yehuda, Shomron and Gaza are sick and tired of the Yesha Council, which has failed for so long to represent them.

On top of this, the nation as a whole isn't even buying into their ideologically vapid slogans. A study released not long ago by Haifa University showed that 1.5 million citizens of Israel support the path of Rabbi Meir Kahane. The divine right to the Land of Israel, which is deeply ingrained in the heart of every Jew, is not in question. We don't need gimmicks to arouse these sentiments and reap the sympathy of the nation. We already are in the national consensus; it is only the corrupt government and media cartel that do an excellent job of hiding the fact.

The only thing necessary today is the courage to proclaim the truth: the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish People. This isn't a personal issue; it is a national one. No one cares about the potential financial loss to the "settlers", especially since Ariel Sharon has promised to pay them compensation. We are dealing with a betrayal of one of the basic tenets of the Jewish faith. The land of Israel collectively belongs to all the Jewish people - an eternal gift from G-d. End of discussion.

David Ha'ivri, chairman of Revava, is also editor of Darka Shel Torah and Ideas in Action newsletters, and the publisher of books teaching Jewish pride and faith in HaShem. He has set a goal to put the Jewish people back on the footpath of our fathers, and build a proud and strong nation whose national policy is based on Jewish values. He can be reached by email at haivri@hameir.org or at his website: http://www.hameir.org/ This essay appeared as an opinion piece in Arutz-7 (www.IsraelNationNews.com) today.

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Posted by Jeff Dunetz, December 21, 2004.

I sat next to my 10-year-old son in the very first row of a crowded movie theater. We went to the hit film Spiderman 2. He just had to see it on the first day it appeared in the cinema. Since we were late to the theater the uncomfortable front row was our only seating option. As I slouched in my chair (so I could stare straight up at the giant screen) my feet became glued firmly to the floor by the remnants of soda spills from long ago.

Watching the movie it occurred to me that Spiderman's boss, J. Jonah Jameson, the publisher of the Daily Bugle is a perfect example of what I always imagined a manager to be when I was growing up: a gruff, cigar chomping, get the job done without caring whose feelings were hurt, type of guy. All of the TV shows featured bosses just like Jameson.

You remember the type, characters such as Alan Brady of the Dick Van Dyke Show or Larry Tate on Bewitched. Fox has pushed the envelope further with My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss. In this show, graduates from major business schools compete for a $250,000 salary and the "honor" to work for a mean, despicable, SOB of a boss. The twist is -- there isn't even a job involved, the "boss" is just a very good actor. Each week contestants are abused and humiliated for our amusement. They compete with each other so that the next week the archetype mean boss can abuse them further.

For some reason sitting in the theater, I was thinking about bosses (and fighting a growing stiffness in my neck from tilting my head to see the screen 90 degrees upward toward the action). It was nice to realize that the prototypical boss, imagined as a child (and displayed in the new Fox show) is a not what I adopted as a style once I had become a manager. I have not turned in to one of those grumpy stereotypes, not because of any formal training, as a manager I was always thrown into fire and told to do my best. Maybe it was the management training program that my parents had enrolled me. They schlepped me to it each Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday.

You see all of my management training was from an unusual source. In fact, all I really needed to know about being a manager (and an employee), I learned in Hebrew School. Management wisdom was not found in some human resources manual or executive self-help book it was all right there in Mr. Gefter's Torah class. And it's still there for all the people to look. These are the things I learned from my teachers in Hebrew school:

Who you work with is more important that what you are making. Lot traded being close to his uncle Abraham for the fame and fortune of a judgeship in Sodom ... eventually that turned out to be a dead end job.

Do not tolerate office gossip. Despite all of her good deeds during the exodus from Egypt, Miriam got in trouble for criticizing her boss (brother Moses) behind his back.

Delegate, delegate, delegate. The section of the Torah with the Ten Commandments is not named after the great revelation at Sinai, where God spoke to the entire Jewish people; it's named after Moses' father-in-law, Yitro. Why? Because that is where the Torah tells us: Yitro taught his son-in-law that if he doesn't delegate, he would burn out.

It's ok for a boss not to know the right answer. When the daughters of Zelophe had asked Moses a real stumper about real estate and inheritance law, he didn't try to fake his way through it, he just said I don't know let me check with top management.

Stand up for what is right even if it is not popular. After the Golden Calf, Moses said whoever is with God come with me, the Levites answered the call, and for that, they got a big promotion out of it.

When a manager loses control of his people, then maybe its time for him to move on. Sure he hit the rock, but by the time God told Moses his mission was done, the Jewish slaves that he started with were dead. Their children had become a new nation, raised in the wilderness not under an Egyptian's whip. Moses had a hard time relating to this group, calling them rebels. While the people loved their leader God know they needed fresh blood. God's love was so strong that he told Moses that he was fired for the "sin" of hitting the rock -- because he didn't want to hurt his feelings by saying that had lost touch with the people.

Protect your people at all costs. We remember Abraham for trying to protect Sodom and Gomorrah, "even if there are only 10 good people." He gave birth to nations. The only humans Noah tried to save were his own family and quite possibly, because of that, all nations were destroyed during his watch.

Protect yourself also. Jacob though he had an ironclad contract with Laban -- he ended up with the wrong wife. David's success made his boss Saul feel threatened. He ended up out of work (and almost dead). Most bosses are not like that, but you never know which ones are. Make sure to protect yourself and speak up, respectfully, when you feel that a boss is being hurtful.

Balance makes for better workers. The Torah tells us that employers and employees alike should take off one day a week, Shabbat. The purpose of this day is to lose touch with the work world, and those work pressures and worries in order to find balance in your life by getting in touch with your kids, family, and friends.

Probably the most powerful management lessons I learned in Hebrew School were about decisiveness and teamwork. Three thousand years ago, Moses and twelve tribes of freed slaves stood on the shore of the Red Sea bracing for an attack by the army of their former masters. As they began to pray, God said to Moses, enough praying ... do something. Moses took action, leading the twelve tribes across the sea as one nation, proving that a decisive leader and a unified team can work miracles.

It has been more than 30 years since I went to Hebrew school, and even longer since the time of Abraham and Moses, but it still stands that God is one great manager of people and that the Torah would make a heck of an HR manual.

This appeared today in Jews Week. It is archived at http://www.jewsweek.com/bin/en.jsp?enDispWho=Article %5El1563&enPage=BlankPage&enDisplay=view&enDisp What=object&enVersion=0&enZone=Opinions&

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Posted by Bryna Berch, December 21, 2004.
This is from Arutz-7. We should take it seriously. Gush Katif is fighting back and is winning friends - soldiers, students and ordinary folk - and infuriating those who thought them toothless. So, maybe the Madness of King Sharon won't prevail.

A group of Holocaust survivors arrived in the Knesset today, wearing Holocaust-like orange stars to protest their impending expulsion. The issue is causing great controversy. The orange star worn by many Gush Katif residents in protest of their planned expulsion by the government continues to make major waves.

Channel Ten's political talk-show host Mordechai Kirshenbaum, ex-director of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, was unable to conceal his rage at Gush Katif spokesman Eran Sternberg last night when the two were "discussing" the issue on the air. Kirshenbaum yelled at Sternberg and barely allowed him to complete a sentence. Sternberg's office announced afterwards that its representatives would no longer appear on Kirshenbaum's program.

At the Knesset today, a group of Holocaust survivors who live in Gush Katif met with Knesset Members - while wearing the self-made orange stars. "The direct association that is aroused in connection with the plans to uproot us are the experiences we went through in the Holocaust," one of them said in a broken voice. Some reporters on hand attacked them for their views.

The visitors said that they are in no way likening the Israeli government or its soldiers to Nazis, yet emphasized that the planned expulsion brings up Holocaust associations.

Ida Ackerman, a survivor whose children and grandchildren also live in N'vei Dekalim, said that the orange star itself is an unimportant symbol: "When I see and hear what they're planning to do to them, my Holocaust experiences come to mind. It's not the same thing, but what people feel in their heart is the same. They took us from our home and put us in camps. Now too, they're cruelly taking us from our home, with our children and grandchildren."

Another woman took a different approach: "This orange star is meant to shock people. People are in despair, and no one is reacting to what they want to do to us. We want to shock them."

A reporter asked, "But this is a Jewish government, not a German one; how can you compare?" The women answered, "That makes it even worse!" - and several of them burst into tears.

The stormy meeting took place in the National Religious Party faction office. NRP head MK Effie Eitam, a strong opponent of the expulsion plan, expressed great sympathy with the visitors - but asked them to remove the orange star. "Here is an 82-year-old Jew who was deported from Germany and later from Hungary," Eitam said, "and now he is about to be expelled once again... No one can know how an elderly person makes associations when he sees, once again, his home and property and dreams being destroyed... My parents were hanged in a butcher shop in a village in the Diaspora, and that's how they ended their lives. Your unrest is real and terrible, and I understand you - but I ask you to remove the star. You have made your statement, continue the struggle, but remove the star."

Dr. Abraham P. of Jerusalem, a Holocaust survivor who lived in the Lodz Ghetto, said he is not offended by the use of the orange star to protest the expulsion plan. "Sharon talks about it as if it is just a mere 'disengagement,'" he told IsraelNationalRadio yesterday, "but the Arabs view it as the transfer of Jews."

Minister of Diaspora Affairs Natan Sharansky objects to the use of the Holocaust imagery because of the damage it does to the struggle against anti-Semitism: "Our ongoing struggle against anti-Semitic elements in Europe and Arab nations, who frequently compare Nazis and the State of Israel, has received a great blow from within," Sharansky said in a statement released yesterday. "I understand the fear and pain of the Gush Katif residents, but the ends do not justify the means." Sharansky opposes the disengagement plan.

Beit El Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, head of Yeshivat Ateret Cohanim in Jerusalem's Old City, says the issue is not the Holocaust, but rather the uprooting of Jewish communities.

"It is self-evident," Rabbi Aviner wrote yesterday, "that nothing in history, neither before the Holocaust or afterwards, can be compared to that terrible event. However, it is peculiar that serious-minded people evade dealing with the problematic issue of uprooting Jewish communities, hiding behind the question of whether the Holocaust should be compared to it or not. This is a cheap demagogic trick, known as 'negating the middle ground' - i.e., defining a problem by its extremes while avoiding the problematic middle area. After all, there could be something very grave, something that is a national and human tragedy, even if it is not as grave as the Holocaust."

Rabbi Aviner added another point: "Just as individuals who mercifully survived the Holocaust were left with terrible emotional scars, so too the nation can be left with scars of this nature - and in fact our nation was left with these. The main scar is the lack of boldness and strength to declare before the entire world that we have full national rights to our entire Land. The Holocaust meant to negate our national existence, and other nations joined in, to varying extents. The British, for instance, did not allow us to actualize our right and obligation to establish a State, and the Arabs, to one extent or another, want to negate or reduce the validity of our existence in our Land. These are ongoing side-effects of the Holocaust. This is the time, then, to stand nationally erect, to grasp firmly onto our Land, and to protect our communities."

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Posted by Ariel Natan Pasko, December 21, 2004.

You know for years, leftists and Arabs, and all kind of anti-Semites have compared Israel to South Africa. For the last few years, there's been a divestment campaign against Israel as was done against South Africa. Many Jews shrugged off the comparison, or hid from it. And most decent people of all persuasions, argued, "No it's not true, Israel is a democracy, and the old South Africa had apartheid."

But it has dawned on me that the comparison makes some sense. Not between Israel - the embattled victim of morally degenerate suicide bombings - and the once racially segregated South Africa. Not between Israel, the victor in a defensive war - that pitted several enemies against it, attempting a second Holocaust in 1967 - and a cruel divisive South African regime that pitted one group against another for racial supremacy. But between Israel the country that since 1948, has wanted to live peacefully with its neighbors; between Israel who has won all the wars that were forced upon it and still made agreements to return territory captured - territory that gave it much needed strategic depth - in return for promises written on paper; and the new racially diverse South Africa of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and the current President Thabo Mbeki.

You see Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk - winners of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize - and Desmond Tutu - winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize - called for reconciliation between groups in South Africa. It might not be perfect now, but after Mandela's release from 28 years of imprisonment in 1990, the first thing he DIDN'T do was call for killing whites. Being elected President in the first multi-racial election in South Africa in 1994, Mandela also knew how to step down after 5-years in office; instead of like Arafat - the infamous Nobel Peace Prize winner - who died in office, incapable of releasing power until his death. Desmond Tutu has used his Nobel money to set up the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre.

Will Yasser Arafat's heirs (Mahmoud Abbas, Marwan Barghouti, Hamas, and others), use some of his stolen money to set up the "The Yasser School of Safe Explosive's Use," maybe?

The Quartet's (US, EU, UN and Russia) so-called Roadmap to Middle East peace, envisions the first case of "Ethnic Cleansing" of the 21st century, this time internationally legitimated. The Sharon government in Israel intends to be a willing accomplice, if it carries out it's planned expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif-Gaza and Northern Samaria (euphemistically called "Disengagement"). I understand that if most countries would have favored the Nazi attempt to commit genocide against the Jews, or most of the world supported forced racial segregation - Apartheid - in South Africa, that would have made them okay to do. You don't agree? So why is it okay to close Jewish "settlements," uproot several hundred thousand Jews from Judea and Samaria - the West Bank - and Gaza, in the name of "Peace," when the world is being promised an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a democratic Palestinian State? Forget Apartheid, they're planning a racially-ethnically pure Arab state free of Jews.

If the "democratic" Palestinian state that Bush and Blair keep talking about, and everyone else envisions, requires uprooting whole communities; towns and villages of thousands, expelling families from their homes, destroying everything built - schools, synagogues, community centers, businesses, people's lives - in the last 37 years, where may I ask is the reconciliation? Where is the peace? When the blacks in South Africa finally gained power, they didn't throw the whites out, or try to murder them.

If Palestine has to be "Judenrein" - free of Jews - then it won't be "democratic" but NAZI!

Palestine won't be an Apartheid State like the old South Africa, but a Nazi state, not racially supremacist but racially pure. And that's a far cry from the vision being presented to us by Bush, Blair, Sharon, and all those nice people who say, "we have to solve the Palestinian problem" or "The solution is two states living side by side in peace". The Palestinian Authority till now has done nothing to stop the Oslo War for over four years. Plenty of evidence indicates they've actually helped carry it out. Marwan Barghouti (founder of the al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades terror group, affiliated to Arafat and Abbas's Fatah) just called on Mahmoud Abbas (the Fatah candidate for PA President) not to give up the option of "armed struggle". The express purpose of the terror groups is to drive Jews out of their homes, and Sharon is helping them with his expulsion plan for Gazan Jews.

But Jews have a longer history (almost 4,000 years) with these ancient Holy Places (Gaza, Hebron, Shechem, Bethlehem, Shilo, Tekoa, and Jericho) as the indigenous population - than the Arabs do. Most of whom came into the area from the surrounding Arab countries in the late 19th & early 20th centuries. Why should the Jews have to leave? If Arabs can live as equal citizens in Israel, able to be elected to the Knesset (there are Arab citizens in Israel's parliament), or serve on Israel's Supreme Court (there is an Arab Supreme Court Justice), why can't Jews be equal citizens in the democratic Palestinian state in the making, with full rights, responsibilities, and privileges?

The comparison between Israel and the old South Africa doesn't fly, but the comparison between the Palestinian state that they're trying to sell us, and the old racist South Africa goes quite well. On the other hand, the correct comparison is between Israel and the new multi-racial South Africa. The population of South Africa today is about 75% black, with the remainder made up of white, coloreds, and Indians. Israel's population is about 80% Jewish, with the remainder Arab, Druze, Bedouin, Circassian, Armenian, etc. Both are democracies with a dominant majority and minorities sharing equal rights.

The proposed Palestinian state will have an estimated population of between 2.4 and 2.9 million people, and almost 10% of the population is Jews. In Judea and Samaria - the West Bank - there are about 1.5 to 1.8 million Arabs and almost 250,000 Jews, or about 15%. When you include the post-1967 parts of Eastern Jerusalem that some want to make into the Palestinian capital city, it brings the total number of Jews in the so-called "occupied territories" to about a half a million, or almost 20% of the proposed Palestinian state.

So why exactly can't Jews stay in "democratic" Palestine?

In Hebron for example, the media always tells you that there are 500 Jews living among 100,000 or 120,000 Arabs. BIG LIE! What they "forget" to tell you is that the population figure for the Arabs, is for the greater metropolitan area of Hebron, surrounding villages (i.e. suburbs) and all, and if you include all the Jews living in the same areas (Kiryat Arba, and the Hebron Hills towns and villages) there are close to 10,000 Jews living there, or about 10% of the total population. Jewish cities in Judea and Samaria like Ma'ale Adumim with almost 35,000 Jews and Ariel with 22,000 - the size of Anytown, USA - they're going to be expelled?

Why can't all these Jews stay living in Palestine, just as the non-Jews live in Israel? Real peace doesn't mean "Ethnic Cleansing," real peace means reconciliation, respect, and mutual trust. If there aren't any of these, THERE ISN'T ANY REAL PEACE! So, why are the Jews being forced from their homes exactly?

Why does everyone (Bush, Blair, the Quartet, Sharon, Peres and Israel's left) just assume Jews can be moved like cattle (and have no rights)? Why does the world want to Ethnically Cleanse "democratic" Palestine of Jews? Why would the world voluntarily create - at best - another old South Africa - at worst - a Nazi Arab state? Does the world somehow have lower expectations from the Arabs? That Arabs somehow can't live peacefully among others? No one even mentions the possibility of Jews staying in their homes and becoming Palestinian citizens. Does the world have racist attitudes that somehow Palestinians can't live in democratic societies and share? Or, does the world not care about persecuted Jews? Just like in the time of the Holocaust.

Where are all the "Great Souls" of the world, morally outraged by a "Peace Plan" that calls for the expulsion of people from their homes? Where are all the anti-apartheid activists, who saw such evil in the old South Africa? Why aren't they protesting this latest injustice? Why not divest from Palestine?

So, I challenge you Desmond, I dare you Nelson, and all you "Anti-Apartheid Great Souls," stand up for those high morals everyone has attributed to you. Don't just sit back and watch as 8,000 people get expelled from their homes in Gaza. Don't let several hundred thousand more Jews get Ethnically Cleansed from their ancient homeland and call it "democracy".

Remember Rev. Tutu, the Land of Israel, Canaan or Judea, that place described in your Bible? Certainly men of such high moral fiber as yourselves, and all the others like you, will call out for "understanding," "tolerance," and "peace and reconciliation," between Arab and Jew in a democratic Palestine. And certainly, you will all oppose expelling people from their homes in Gaza and elsewhere, even if they are only Jews.

Ariel Natan Pasko is an independent analyst and consultant. He has a Master's Degree in International Relations & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites, in newspapers, and can be read at: www.geocities.com/ariel_natan_pasko

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Posted by Itamar Marcus & Barbara Crook, December 21, 2004.

This appeared today in the Jerusalem Post. It is entitled, "The Incitement Yardstick."

Following his demand for a crackdown, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon recently remarked that anti-Israel incitement in the Palestinian Authority media had indeed lessened. The incitement issue has generated significant interest and optimism worldwide. Unfortunately, both Sharon's satisfaction and the resulting optimism demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding about Palestinian society.

If media incitement were merely the tactical use of hate language by PA leaders to provoke violent behavior against Israel, then even a limited reduction would indeed be significant. But if the hate messages of the past 10 years reflect widespread and deep-seated beliefs within the PA leadership and society, then temporarily removing them from TV screens is like taking a painkiller to fight cancer. The pain may be veiled but the cancer still festers.

Palestinian Authority religious and academic leaders have been teaching for four and a half years that Allah demands the killing of Jews; and for 10 years that Israel has no right to exist. Moreover, hate messages expressed through the media mimic the messages the PA espouses through schoolbooks, summer camps, religious lessons, culture, poetry, and more. Every action and statement by the PA indicates that these are not merely superficial statements to "incite" people to sporadic violence, but are accurate indicators of Palestinian society's beliefs and dreams.

Just look at the PA Ministry of Education's choice for first-place in its recent letter-writing contest for children. The winning letter, entitled, "I will yet return to Lod," is a child yearning for Israel's eventual destruction:

I am Lara from Lod, and I am an 11-year-old girl living in the city of Ramallah. I used to accept that Ramallah is a substitute for Lod, and that the large [Mediterranean] sea has been exchanged for a small pool... you [Israel] do not deserve Lod, and after this day I will no longer accept the small pool. I will dream of the sea at Jaffa and the sunshine in Lod.

It is not insignificant - nor is it mere "incitement" - that PA educators chose for first place this powerful hate message to children. Denial of Israel's right to exist and the anticipation of its destruction are among the fundamental principles of PA ideology and education. This is a message they want for their children.

Sadly, the PA doesn't even wait for children to reach school to inculcate violence as a value. An October 2004 PA television program for preschoolers featured a talking puppet chick who was asked how he would respond if "a little boy cut down his tree."

"I'll fight him and make a big riot," he answered. "I'll bring AK-47s [assault rifles]... I'll commit a massacre in front of the house."

A FUNDAMENTAL theological tenet inculcated by the PA media is that Jews - even as individuals - have no right to exist.

"The Prophet said: The Resurrection will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims kill them. Rejoice in Allah's Victory... Everything wants vengeance on the Jews... these pigs on the face of the earth. And the day of our victory, Allah willing, will come." (PA TV, Sept 10, 2004)

For more than four years PA religious and academic leaders have repeatedly promoted the murder of Jews as the will of God and historical necessity. We can delude ourselves that this is merely temporary incitement - or we can face the harsh reality that such indoctrination has convinced a significant portion of Palestinian society that murdering Jews is an act of worship.

At any rate, Sharon's talk about reduced incitement was premature.

Just last week, PA TV rebroadcast - for the 11th time - an hour-long hate-promotion film that indoctrinates viewers, especially youth, with the message that Israel has no right to exist.

The program stresses that Jaffa, Haifa, and Acre are occupied "Palestine," stolen from the "refugees." It even features a child vowing - with his "blood" - to "return" to west Jerusalem.

Yet another recent rebroadcast featured a senior Palestinian historian calling for Israel's destruction:

"Let the intruders be erased," taught Dr. Issam Sissalem. He said Israel is a like the "parasitic worms in the ocean that eat a snail, and then live in its shell," and vowed: "We will not let anyone live in our shell."

ALL THIS explains why a tactical reduction in media incitement isn't enough. We face a political, religious, educational and popular culture which in its entirety promotes hatred of Israelis and Jews and teaches that violence is the preferred means of achieving political goals.

Media incitement per se is not the problem. The problem is Palestinian aspiration for Israel's destruction - and the Palestinian media are merely our window to these hopes and dreams.

If the new Palestinian leaders are serious about peace with Israel they will have to do more than just mask their beliefs with politically acceptable facades. They will have to fundamentally change their world view and then detoxify their society with messages that actively promote peace.

Palestinian leaders need to go to their people and systematically - repeatedly - renounce years of hate promotion.

They need to emphatically acknowledge both Israel's right to exist as a nation and the Jews' right to live as individuals. They need to reject violence against Israel - not because it's politically ineffective, which is the current rationale, but because it is morally wrong.

The day we start seeing PA leaders promoting these messages on PA TV is the day a peace process will have begun.

Itamar Marcus is director of PMW - Palestinian Media Watch - (http://www.pmw.org.il). PMW is based in Jerusalem. Barbara Crook, a writer and university lecturer based in Ottawa, Canada, is PMW's North American representative.

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Posted by A Time To Speak, December 21, 2004.

Webster: MIASMA -- from the Greek for "defilement" "pollution"
a] a vaporous exhalation, formerly believed to cause disease
b] a heavy vaporous emanation or atmosphere
c] an influence or atmosphere that tends to deplete or corrupt

They neither know nor understand. They go about in darkness.
-- Psalm 82:5

A miasma obscures reality and distorts perception about Israel and the Middle East. The elements in its vapors are malice, falsehood, hypocrisy, and ignorance. Some stoke its noxious fumes for their own ends. Some wander through a fog of misinformation, unaware that they are being led astray by propaganda and false reporting. This miasma can indeed "cause disease", with symptoms of ethical corruption and dangerously deluded policies.

"Sometimes the first obligation of intelligent men is to restate the obvious."
-- George Orwell

"Sometimes I believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
-- The White Queen, Alice Through the Looking Glass

1] A miasma can shroud simple facts and promote fallacies when false and misleading terms are repeated until they are widely accepted and carelessly repeated. Among such terms are "Palestinians", "Palestinian Territory", and "Israeli Occupation" -- none of which exists. [See especially Issues 2, 6, 8, 9]. Another example of a wrong word creating a wrong impression is the media addiction to "militant" or "activist" as a euphemism for "terrorist". Words that do not fit realities obscure accurate perception and so hinder sensible understanding.

2] Facts that are not at all obscure may be deliberately ignored. The miasma is then in the mind of the non-beholder. This is a refusal to perceive the obvious, often linked to an inability to learn from experience, that underlies impractical theories, plans and policies.

For example: Arab leaders and spokesmen openly state that they will never permit Israel to continue to exist, on any terms or under any conditions; that they entered into the Oslo Accords as a way to facilitate the destruction of Israel; that a Palestinian State will have no other function than as a base from which to destroy Israel. [See Issue 5]

These declarations of intent do not inhibit personages who influence or execute policy Middle East policy from producing and trying to impose one flawed plan after another, all based on the principle that Israel must make more concessions, endanger its people with more "good will gestures" and abandon more of its redeemed homeland. Then perhaps the Arabs will reciprocate with the word peace. (The word will suffice. Deeds are not required.)

This relentless bumbling is worse than useless; it is pernicious. So too is the notion that concessions will win counterpoint concessions and appeasement will actually appease. All past experience shows that concessions and appeasement are taken as proof of weakness. This inspires foes to escalate hostility to win more concessions and appeasement. It also inspires friends and pseudo-friends to put heavier pressure on Israel to show even more weakness, and therefore supposedly advance their own flawed plans.

3] Miasma can also take the form of amnesia that blots out past convictions, commitments, and promises when it is inconvenient to remember them. [See Issue 7]

Once, the United States was determined never to recognize or deal with the PLO. Then it did recognize it, and then deal with it, and finally adopt it as a dependent.

Once, the United States, and even Great Britain and France, pledged never to force an imposed solution on Israel, or try to herd it back within the pre-1967 cease-fire lines. [See Issue 23] Now the Quartet Roadmap is designed to force just such an imposed solution and thereby make a vassal of a gravely damaged Israel. [See Issues 23, 28, 29]

Once, presidents of the United States understood the folly of planting a PLO state in the heart of the Land of Israel. Such a notion was rejected by Ronald Reagan. George H.W. Bush gave a commitment in writing that the United States would not deal with the PLO, or expect Israel to deal with it, or favor a Palestinian State. A decade later, his son George w. Bush discovered "a long-standing vision of U.S. policy" to create just such a state, and appointed himself its godfather. [See Issue 19]

A required condition is that the prospective citizens adopt democracy. But democracy means only that citizens vote for their government. When the bulk of them demand the destruction of Israel, they will vote for the leaders they think most likely to accomplish it.

The "vision" thus conjured up is called "Two States for Two Peoples -- Palestine and Israel Living Side by Side in Peace". In 1922, the British Mandatory Government chipped off 76 percent of Palestine to invent the Arab Kingdom of [Trans-]Jordan, that now has a peace treaty with Israel. It is not explained why U.S. national interests require further vivisection on the Land of Israel for the sake of Three States -- two of them Arab, with 83 percent of the land. [See Twelve Bad Arguments for a State of Palestine]

The pursuit of this policy is not dictated by any domestic political need. More than three-quarters of U.S. citizens oppose it, and their perception is clearer than those of recent feckless and reckless governments in Israel.

From "Arafat's Last Threat to Israel?" Daniel Pipes, New York Sun, 9 November 2004:

"'I think it's very important for our friends, the Israelis, to have a peaceful Palestinian state living on their border. And it's very important for the Palestinian people to have a peaceful, hopeful future.' So spoke President Bush just two days after his re-election, just exactly as news reports were leaking of Yasser Arafat's demise. The combination of Mr. Bush's stunning new mandate and Mr. Arafat's near-death condition will lead, I predict, to a quick revival of Palestinian-Israeli diplomacy after months of relative doldrums and to massive dangers to Israel. The doldrums will cease because the Bush administration views Mr. Arafat as the main impediment to achieving its vision - articulated above by the president - of achieving a 'Palestine' living in harmony side-by-side with Israel. As Mr. Arafat exits the political stage, taking with him his stench of terrorism, corruption, extremism, and tyranny, Washington will jump to make its vision a reality, perhaps as soon as this Thursday, when the British prime minister ('I have long argued that the need to revitalize the Middle East peace process is the single most pressing political challenge in our world today') comes to town.

"This observer expects that the president's efforts will not just fail but - like so much prior Arab-Israeli diplomacy - have a counterproductive effect. I say this for two reasons, one having to do with his own understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the other having to do with the situation on the ground in the Palestinian territories.

"Mr. Bush's understanding: The president's major statement of June 2002 remains the guideline to his goals vis-aá-vis this conflict. In it, he outlined his vision for a 'provisional' Palestinian state and called on Israel to end what he called its 'settlement activity in the occupied territories'. As these two steps make up the heart of the Palestinian Arab program, the president was effectively inviting the Palestinian Arabs to behave themselves for an interval, long enough to collect these rewards, and then go back on the warpath.

"[... ] [A]s Eli Lake has reported in The New York Sun, his approach translates into likely pressure on Israel. Situation on the ground: There will be no successor to Mr. Arafat - he made sure of that through his endless manipulations, tricks, and schemes. Instead, this is the moment of the gunmen. Whether they fight for criminal gangs, warlords, security services, or ideological groups like Hamas, militiamen grasping for land and treasure will dominate the Palestinian scene for months or years ahead. The sort of persons familiar from past diplomacy or from TV commentaries - Mahmoud Abbas, Ahmed Qurei, et al. - lack gunmen, and so will have limited relevance going forward. The Palestinian territories have already descended into a hellish anarchy and circumstances will probably worsen as the strongmen struggle for power. [...]

"In conclusion, Israel has been spared from unremitting American pressure during the past three years only because Mr. Arafat continued to deploy the terrorism weapon, thereby alienating the American president and aborting his diplomacy. Thanks to growing anarchy in the Palestinian Arab territories, Israel will probably remain "lucky" for some time to come.

"But this grace period will come to an end once clever and powerful Palestinian Arab leaders realize that by holding off the violence for a decent interval, they can rely on Israel's only major ally pressuring the Jewish state into making unprecedented concessions. I doubt this will happen on Mr. Bush's watch, but if it does, I foresee potentially the most severe crisis ever in U.S.-Israel relations."

In Europe collectively, and in small but noisy coteries elsewhere, the Palestinian cause is an obsession. It has a virtually monopoly over hearts untouched by the genuine oppression and suffering of Tibetans, Kurds, Cambodians, Biafrans and others. It inspires an urgency never sparked by massive anguish and death in Africa. It is pursued with zeal while the human catastrophe in the Sudan stirs but lackadaisical procrastination. For the Palestinian cause to inspire such unique fervor it must have some special irresistible appeal that all others lack. That appeal is easily perceived:

From "Incitement to Genocide, Act Two", by Steven Plaut, www.FrontPageMagazine.com, 16 November 2004:

"The pro-Palestinian movement is nothing more than the 21st century's reincarnation of medieval anti-Semitism, complete with medieval anti-Jewish blood libels. People who claim to feel empathy for Palestinians are typically motivated by hatred of Jews. The reason the pro-Palestinian movement wants the Palestinians to have a state is because it understands that such a state will operate as an instrument to attack Israel, murder Jews, and seek the annihilation of the Jewish state.

"Once one understands this fundamental fact of life about the Middle East and about world political motivations, everything else makes sense. The mind-numbing stupidity of the world media mourning Arafat in great cries of anguish, the fawning toadying of political leaders, the maudlin outpouring of love for the cause of the fallen terrorist nazi, are all understandable. There is nothing at all confusing about it. These people are not broadcasting their undying love of Palestinians, but rather their undying hatred of Jews. [...]

"Creation of a Palestinian state will not result in any relaxation of tensions, regardless of its borders. Its creation will result in the greatest terrorist bloodbath in the history of the conflict, with countless rockets and missiles raining down upon Israeli civilians from the State of Palestine with thousands of Jews murdered by infiltrating terrorists, who are cheered on by the European intelligentsia; where Palestinian use of Weapons of Mass Destruction is a real possibility; where Palestine will serve as the launching base for Arab armies from neighboring countries entering Palestine much like German troops entering the Rhineland in 1936.

"And when the final showdown comes, then all those compassionate supporters of Palestinians, those whose hearts always cried so passionately for Palestinian suffering, all those protesters of Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights, all the ISM demonstrators vandalizing Israel's security wall, all those who could not control their tears at the funeral of the arch-terrorist mass murderer, all those media bimbos who saluted the noble cause Arafat promoted, will have nary a word to say about the final Armageddon unleashed against the Jews."

It is said that a camera does not lie. But a caption on a photograph can lie. For news media always prone to a miasmic view of Israeli brutality and Arab-Palestinian subjugation and oppression, it is easy to concoct false impressions that linger on even after the falsehood has been uncovered.

1] In September 2000, news media worldwide featured a picture snapped in Jerusalem, that shows a young man lying on the ground, injured and bleeding, and an Israeli policeman standing over him holding a billy-club. The world was told that the young man was a Palestinian-Arab being beaten by an Israeli policeman. In fact, the young man was an American Jewish student who had been beaten by a gang of Arabs and rescued by the policeman.

2] In November 2004, news media worldwide featured a picture snapped at an IDF [Israel Defense Forces] security checkpoint. It shows a Palestinian-Arab playing a violin. The world was told that the Israeli soldiers had forced him to play his instrument, in order to humiliate him. This set off a wave of accusations of Jewish brutality. A writer for the Israeli tabloid Ma'ariv hysterically compared it to the Holocaust. In fact, the soldiers had only asked him to open his violin case -- as would be asked of Israelis entering any public place, or of passengers boarding airliners in the United States. They did not request much less demand that he play the violin. That impromptu recital was entirely the musician's own idea.

3] In September 2000, France-2 Television distributed as a gift to the world's news media a set of pictures taken in the Gaza Strip, while PLO gunmen, hiding within a crowd of stone-throwers, were firing on an Israeli military guardpost, and the IDF soldiers were firing back at the gunmen. One picture shows an man crouching behind a small concrete barrier, with his son huddled behind him. A picture taken shortly afterwards shows the boy lying sprawled and limp. The world was told that the Israeli soldiers had brutally murdered Mohammed al-Dura, age 12.

The pictures and story were flashed around and around the world. An IDF spokesman too hastily, and it turned out incorrectly, said the boy might have been accidentally caught in crossfire from the guard-post. Subsequent assiduous analyses of the photographs, positions, distances and lines of trajectory proved that the Israeli soldiers could not have possibly have shot the boy. The world that scorned the notion that the IDF did not deliberately target him shunted aside the proof that the IDF had no part in the boy's fate.

Thus was created the myth of the Boy Martyr, that has done incalculable harm to Israel, as an impetus to terrorism, an excuse for contempt, and a stain on its honor.

Mohammad al-Dura became an icon both in the Arab world and in Europe. The PLO repeatedly runs a TV commercial in which a child actor portrays the martyr and urges other children to sacrifice themselves and follow him to Paradise. (The PLO authorities also sent his parents the standard $2,000 martyrdom fee. Reportedly, the check bounced.)

Cities in Europe named streets after him. The government of Belgium announced that he would be honored on a postage stamp. One European summed it up: "At last, we can forget that picture of the Jewish boy ...", meaning the much-reproduced photograph of a small Jewish boy surrendering to Nazi Storm Troopers. The deliberate and calculated Arab terrorist murders of Israeli children and babies are either ignored or excused as understandable.

Investigation of the story of Mohammed al-Dura have gone past the question Who Killed Him? to the question of Was He Really Killed? On this question, the miasma exhaled by news media and governments together is pierced by WorldNetDaily 21 November 2004:

"The 'martyrdom death of 12-year-old Palestinian Mohammed al-Dura at the hands of Israeli soldiers - which received widespread international news coverage and spurred on the current intifada, inspiring countless "suicide bombers" to attack Israel - was actually a "staged" piece of street theater, according to an in-depth report in the current issue of WND's monthly magazine, Whistleblower.

[...] "Now, a just-completed, long-term journalistic investigation conducted in France concludes that the Mohammed al-Dura affair was actually a piece of Palestinian theater - similar to the dramatic Palestinian funeral processions last April after the Israeli incursion into the Jenin refugee camp. During that public spectacle, a martyred "corpse" twice fell off the stretcher, only to hop back up and retake his place in the procession.

"[...] Gerard Huber, a psychoanalyst and permanent Paris correspondent of the Israel-based Metula News Agency, reports on the investigation conducted by a team of journalists, including Huber and Stephane Juffa, Metula's editor-in-chief.

"'What really happened at Netzarim junction?' asks Huber. One thing is certain: Given the position of the protagonists during the firefight it is impossible that the child was hit by Israeli bullets. Mohammed al-Dura was not killed by Israelis. And the bigger question remains: Was Mohammed really killed?"

"Whistleblower cites stunning reports of Palestinians playing to the camera, including Israeli commentator Amnon Lord's account of the larger scene at Netzarim Junction when al-Dura was supposedly shot to death. He describes 'incongruous battle scenes complete with wounded combatants and screeching ambulances played out in front of an audience of laughing onlookers, while makeshift movie directors do retakes of botched scenes'.

"Palestinian journalist Sami El Soudi echoes Lord's observation, who discloses that '[...] Most of the cameramen there were Palestinians. - They willingly took part in the masquerade, filming fictional scenes, believing they were doing it out of patriotism. When a scene was well done the onlookers laughed and applauded'.

"'It is incredible,' says Huber, 'how many people were calmly filming the battle of Netzarim on September 30th, 2000. Not only professionals - some of them standing no more than ten meters away from the al-Dura incident - but amateurs as well. [...] In another rush we are startled to hear a Palestinian shouting: It's a flop! We have to do the whole thing over again!'

"Even more disconcerting, says the Whistleblower report, is the fact that France 2, the news organization that broke the story of Mohammed al-Dura's supposed 'martyrdom' at the hands of Israeli soldiers, adamantly refuses to release all the raw footage taken by its Palestinian cameraman. For instance, journalist Charles Enderlin, who narrated the original story of the shooting, claims his employer, France 2, holds onto images of the child?s death throes - which he says he took out of his report for ethical reasons - because they were just too terrible to view. To this day, says Huber, it remains unproven whether Mohammed al-Dura is dead or alive. [... ]"

Comment: A hospital in Gaza reports that the body of a boy was received there on the day in question. A photograph of that boy does not match the one of Mohammad al-Dura, and he was brought to the hospital several hours earlier than the alleged shooting of shooting of Mohammad al-Dura.

In August 2001, the United Nations convened a conference against racism and allowed it to morph into a Hate-the-Jews Jamboree. In November 2004, it convened a panel to discuss Anti-Semitism, including participants who are themselves experienced practitioners of Judeophobia. Among the conclusions, now to be official UN dogma.

1] "Superimposing the Jewish symbol of the Magen David on the Nazi swastika is not anti-Semitism."

2] "It is necessary to conserve the distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, whilst defending the right to be anti-Zionist without being branded an anti-Semite."

3] "The leaders of Jewish communities should also act to distinguish defense of the State of Israel from the fight against anti-Semitism."

4] "Jews bring on attacks against them because it is supposed that they support Israel."

5] "The Jews should cease to regard the Holocaust as 'their own tragedy'."

The conference is covered and its conclusions defined in "Your Tax Dollars at Work", Anne Bayefsky, Wall Street Journal, 18 November 2004:

The subtitle of the article sums it up: "The U.N. Discovers the Cause of Anti-Semitism: Jews". The author comments:

"Simply put, Jews are responsible for anti-Semitism. Or, if it weren't for Israel's annoying insistence on defending itself, on the same terms as would be applied to any other state faced with five decades of wars and terrorism aimed at its obliteration, Jews would be better off."

Ion Pacepa, Director of Intelligence in then-Communist Romania, once wrote that after meeting Yasser Arafat "I wanted to go take a shower ... Never did I see so much cleverness and blood and filth in one man."

An exceptionally thick and polluted miasma enveloped worldwide reactions to the demise of that blood-soaked mass-murdering terrorist and tyrant.

1] When President George W. Bush, at a public press conference was informed (prematurely) of Arafat's death he made the excruciatingly inappropriate response "God bless his soul".

At the funeral service in Cairo, the United States was officially represented by Assistant Secretary of State William Burns. In 1973, Arafat personally ordered and supervised the abduction and murder of three Western diplomats in the Sudan: U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel, U.S. Charge d'Affaires George Curtis Moore, and Belgian Guy Eid. The Department of State front the start had proof of Arafat's guilt, but always tried to suppress it. It seems that the Department of State does not even find it unseemly for one of its high officials to join the mourners of the terrorist who murdered its own diplomats.

2] Members of Israel's Yahad Party, a subsidiary of EU-stooge Yossi Beilin, voted 17 to 14 to send condolences to the Palestinian Nation.

3] The Vatican described Arafat as a "charismatic leader". It can be supposesd that the Vatican uses the word "charismatic" in its original religious meaning: Inspired by a heaven to perform a mission of salvation. It also implored on his behalf: "May God in His mercy receive the soul of the Illustrious Deceased".

4] Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, declared himself "deeply moved" by the loss and ordered flags lowered to half-mast. Totally reversing the truth, he declared that the deceased had "lead his people to accept the principle of peaceful co-existence" with Israel, when in fact he never deviated from promising his people the destruction of Israel.

5] Monsieur Jacques Chirac, President of France, called him "a man of courage and conviction" and averred that "I have come to bow before president Yasser Arafat and pay him a final homage."

6] News media personages compared him George Washington and Moses (sic) and counted as his finest accomplishment "his successful use of terrorism".

7] British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw went to Ramallah and laid a floral wreath on Arafat's grave.

"They must have worked long and hard to make themselves what they are, for such stupidity does not come naturally."
-- Samuel Johnson

The United States has thus far given more than $3,500,000,000 to the terrorist regime of the Palestine Authority. This is not subject to review when Palestine-Arabs joyously celebrate the murder of Americans, or when their leaders heap invective and threats on America.

The Administration now bestows a special extra gift of $23,000,000. This generosity more or less coincides with the PLO legal document bestowing on Suha Arafat an annual Widow's Pension of $22,000,000. Since funds are frangible, the U.S. taxpayer will be subsidizing her lavish life style in Paris for one year and a few weeks over.

This is "A Tme to Speak -- Messages About Israel", Vol. IV:11 (No. 47) (November 2004 - Heshvan-Kislev 5765)

"A Time To Speak" appears once a month, and each issue is on a theme that relates to Israel and the Middle East past and present, including history, background, current events, analysis and comment. All issues appear on its website: http://www.israel.net/timetospeak. A complimentary subscription to the e-mail edition is available by request to: speak@actcom.co.il.

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, December 21, 2004.


Facts & Logic About the Middle east, or FLAME, takes out full-page magazine ads that debunk one or another misconception about the Arab-Israel conflict. In December "Commentary," I think it reinforced one or two misconceptions.

That ad discussed whether Israel should allow itself to become a bi-national state. As FLAME explains, the Arabs devised that proposition in the knowledge that they outbreed other peoples and eventually would dominate them. A separate Arab state in the territories would not be viable.

What is the solution, FLAME asks. Its answer is bi-national federation. The Arabs in the territories, it suggests, would be "part of Israel, with full autonomy and with their own internal governance." Otherwise, they could migrate.

FLAME had always been sensible. This proposal of theirs is nonsensical, and therefore puzzling. Any people that associates with the Arabs risks survival. Autonomy was tried for the Arabs in the Territories. They used the privilege to make war on Israel.

There is no solution to the Arab-Israel conflict. Nor would it be fair to give the land-rich Arabs part of the land-poor Jewish homeland. Besides, the Arabs are eager to conquer, murder, rape, and loot. Until their religion and culture reform, there is no end to conflict with them. Their contentiousness is global, so no solution should be sought on the basis of Western notions of local conflict. It is global jihad.

I think the answer is victory and separation. The second part of the FLAME alternative, Arab migration, should be expedited by Israel, which currently does much to retard it.


While the P.A. is waging a terrorist campaign of jihad against the Jewish state, the Jewish state's Prime Minister told the European donors to the P.A. there is no reason for them to slack off in their contributions (IMRA, 12/2). Sharon has become Israel's worst enemy.


There is an international attempt to get negotiations between Syria and Israel started. (It's taking Israel too long to disappear, so tales are being told about Syria being interested in peace and requests are made that the US make a stronger effort to bring the parties together, i.e., by pressuring not the aggressor, Syria, but the victim of Syrian aggression, Israel.)

A news brief states that Syria wants to resume negotiations without preconditions, but Israel has preconditions and Syria rejects them for being preconditions (IMRA, 12/2).

The news brief fails to state what Israel's preconditions are supposed to be. It is a report without news. I think that is defective reporting.

I surmise, from other reports, that Israel suggests negotiating without preconditions, and Syria that insists on preconditions. The Arabs usually do. In this case, they insist that Israel agree as a permanent offer, a one-time extravagant and repudiated feeler by PM Rabin, to cede the Golan (now legally part of Israel), without Syria making any of the concessions that Rabin offered it for.

Sometimes Syria also asks for a piece of land that always was part of Israel but was seized by Syria during one of its wars on Israel, and held until another war liberated it. That piece would give Syria access to Israel's water reservoir. This "peace" would ratify aggression!


"Yediot Ahronot" has a rationale for Syria's offer to renew negotiations ostensibly to make peace. The Soviet no longer support Syrian war efforts, and the US demands peace. The editors accuse Israel of declining the challenge of negotiating (Arutz-7, 12/2). (Russia sells Syria weapons.)

The editors are unfair to the government of Israel. That government is appeasement-minded, but it rejects Syria's extreme preconditions for territorial and homeland surrender. In a sense, by setting preconditions, Syria has begun negotiating, and Israel, by rejecting a conference, has counter-negotiated.

The Arabs don't believe in peace but in using diplomacy to facilitate war. They want to negotiate an Israeli withdrawal from strategic areas that bar a Syrian invasion. They have found that when they falsely assert that they would like to use such diplomacy to make peace, they deceive friends of Israel or find it warmly received by declared and clandestine enemies of Israel.

Is that leftwing newspaper among the duped friends of Israel or its clandestine leftist enemies. Probably it is some of both. Can't it figure out that the appeasement it favors would put the Arabs in charge and itself out of business?


A certain neighborhood in Lod, Israel, located strategically near the main airport, has turned 70% Arab. "The problem started 15 years ago, when the government decided to bring Arab collaborators from Judea and Samaria to live in Lod. Each of the 80 families brought their entire clan with them, transforming the neighborhood into a place of drugs and crime." The Arabs harass their Jewish neighbors so much, that the Vice-Mayor has suggested paying the Jews to move to a new neighborhood to be built elsewhere (Arutz-7, 12/2). The Arabs would call that discrimination.

This is a case of excessive humanitarianism. Israel should have compensated their compromised agents in the P.A. to move elsewhere but not into Israel and not with clans, just nuclear families. Officials should analyze what new problems their proposed solutions incur.

Israel was set up as a Jewish state. Its first duty is to gather in the Jewish people in a state of their own, in safety from persecution. Millions came. Having a government so extremely secularist as to be antagonistic towards Judaism, and overly confused by the gentiles' political correctness of multiculturalism and that it isn't "nice" to admit that another people seeks to displace one's own, Jews allow Israel to be a place of persecution of Jews. It is cowardly and shameful. Secularism to an extreme and political correctness is cowardly and shameful.

Israel needs a Jewish government rather than a government of self-hating Jews. It needs a government of Jews who are proud of their heritage and emotionally normal about preserving it. Such a government would crack down on Arab harassment of Jews in Israel, would rescind the official status of the Arab language, and cancel Arab citizenship. It would stop the various subsidies of the Arabs, exemption from performance of national service, and sermons by radical Islamists. It would enforce laws against theft of land, illegal building, tax evasion, rioting, immigration, and polygamy, that, without themselves being persecution, would encourage the Arab population to dwindle and safety for Jews to increase.

Why shouldn't Jews in Israel enjoy equal enforcement of the law?


1. Israel is withdrawing from Gaza, to separate the Jews from the Arabs and gain security.

2. Israel has agreed with the World Bank on a five-year program to allow into Israel 38,000 P.A. Arab workers. Israel's rate of unemployment is estimated as exceeding 10%.

The World Bank is seeking to build up the economy of the P.A. (which is making war on Israel). The Bank supposes, contrary to a recent study (and evident evidence) that poverty does not cause terrorism. The Bank made other demands of Israel, which Israel rejected. Those other demands include zones for P.A. Arabs to pass freely through Israel to go between Gaza and Judea-Samaria (without compensating Israel with other territory) and a P.A. seaport and airport.

The Bank demanded of the P.A. a proper court system, a systematic fight against corruption, and a plan for disposition of the assets PM Sharon would turn over to it from the Jews he expels from Gaza and parts of Samaria (Arutz-7, 12/2). Shouldn't the Arabs compensate Israel?

Usually, the P.A. does not adhere to its agreement but gets the aid anyway.

Terrorist fanatics run the government. Would more money to do it with cause its terrorism to wane? That theory is illogical and contrary to experience. It is such an absurd rationalization as to be suspect in motive. Dupes may believe it, but does the World Bank? Perhaps.

My theory is that increasing poverty would reduce terrorism. If the World Bank and foreign countries did not subsidize the P.A., it could not finance much terrorism. If its people started starving, instead of looking better fed than the far more innocent Africans, who get less foreign aid, they would have to move away. But do not let them move to the West, where Muslims seek to dissolve its civilization! There really is no place on our planet for the Palestinian Arabs, who cannot live by themselves or with other peoples, in peace.


The Foreign Minister thanked "Egypt for its key role in helping to stabilize the PA by strengthening its moderate forces."

IMRA remarked, "Egypt has played a key role in helping to preserve the various radical armed militias by promoting arrangements under which they can continue to grow in strength and size in return for promising to temporarily not shoot. They also 'contribute' by allowing a constant flow of weapons from Egypt to these forces. But when Israeli politicians are keen on coming up with a way to justify abandoning control over the border and Palestinian ports the last thing that they are going to allow to get in their way is reality." (IMRA, 12/2.) I never thanked my bullies.

The P.A. police are NOT "moderate forces." Recruited largely from among terrorists and commanded by terrorists, they commit and protect terrorism. Why should anyone suppose that in a jihadist dictatorship, the armed forces are "moderate?" Is it because those armed forces repress the terrorist militias? No, they don't do that. The answer is as IMRA suggests, willful rationalization in behalf of evil, so as keep from open realization of the evil that one is promoting. I think there is an element of antisemitism in pro-Arab apologetics.


The IRC has criticized the US as violating Guantanamo prisoners' rights and torturing them. It calls mental torture holding them for at least the duration of the war, but the Convention permits that for POWs. Since that "right" is not in the Geneva Convention, the IRC is suggesting more privileges for terrorists than for POWs. The IRC has become as another anti-human rights organization (Prof. Plaut, e-mail).

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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Posted by Avraham Weissman, December 21, 2004.

I wrote this to CAMERA:


The conduct of the New York Times and many of its associate newspapers, - in fact much of the "Western" media - is indicative of their "tolerant" attitude toward anti-Semitism and their moral cowardice when it comes to "Jews and Jewish rights" even in American society itself. It is, in fact, clear and undeniable evidence of how important the existence of "Jewish education," and an independent and secure (State of) Israel is to the Jewish people and to others who care about (international) justice and fair play.

Unfortunately - even the opinions of many Jews themselves are affected by their (what I call "liberal & tolerant") attitude toward anti-Semitism" - so much so, that many prefer to be "polite," to ignore it - to pretend it doesn't exist! Many Jews even downplay any public outward evidence of their being Jewish, - for they are simply not "proud" of being Jews. That, unfortunately, is the price both we and they pay for their ignorance, their lack of Jewish education and their "misplaced" tolerance of intolerance. While many Jews continue to be in the forefront of the struggle for nearly everyone else's rights - except their own, - including for general "human rights," for the rights of African Americans, for those of native black Africans, for the rights of Arabs, for Asians, for women's rights, and of course for civil rights, including those of Nazis, - all such noble causes - except, (in many cases,) for the rights of the "Jewish people" themselves - a people who for so long have been the butt of abuse, of discrimination and of pogroms and finally - the primary targets of the World War Two "Holocaust." Tragically, anti-Semitism is alive and well in many, many places. The "Jew" is often considered OK so long as he (or she) acts, looks and sounds like everyone else, but should he act or look - too "Jewish" - he becomes the object of derision - even by some who are Jews themselves.

Doesn't that say something about how important both education & courage are - in the cause of freedom! The well known Hebrew saying from "Ethics" or "Pirkei Avote" states - "Eem ayn anee lee mee lee, ve-eem anee le-atsmee mah anee?..." (translation-) "If I am not for myself, who will be for me, - (but)* if I am only for myself, what (kind of a human being)* am I?

I happen to be proud of the fact that I'm a Jew! I am also proud of - and aware of - the fact that the concept that "each individual man is & was created in the image of G-d" - is a Biblical concept that was propagated by the Jewish people. I also admit to being highly "intolerant" of injustice in general and anti-Semitism in particular.

As for your important work, gentlemen, please keep it up.

Avraham Weissman,

"New York Times Covers up Call to 'Kill the Jews'" by Alex Safian was published by CAMERA, October 25, 2000. It is archived at http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=35&x_article=118

The day after two Israeli reservists were lynched in Ramallah, a Gaza preacher, Dr. Ahmad Abu Halabaya, in a sermon broadcast live on official Palestinian Authority television, verbally matched the lynch mob's brutality, calling on Muslims to slaughter all Jews:

"They are the terrorists. They are the ones who must be butchered and killed, as Allah the almighty said: 'Fight them; Allah will torture them at your hands, and will humiliate them ..."

"Have no mercy on the Jews no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them. Wherever you are, kill those Jews and those Americans who are like them - and those who stand by them..." (October 13, 2000, translation by www.memri.org)

In the midst of violent disturbances that have shaken the Middle East, how did the New York Times cover this appalling call to the mass murder of Jews by a PA religious leader? By covering it up.

In a story published October 24th, Times reporter William Orme tries to establish a parallel between such Palestinian incitement to the butchering of Jews, and factual Israeli broadcasts of the lynching of its soldiers. But Orme did this without actually reporting the venomous hatred that had been spewed by Palestinian television. Instead, Orme informed Times readers that:

Israelis cite as one egregious example a televised sermon that defended the killing of the two soldiers. "Whether Likud or Labor, Jews are Jews," proclaimed Sheik Ahmad Abu Halabaya in a live broadcast from a Gaza City mosque the day after the killings.

Celebrating its centennial a few years ago, the Times admitted its shocking failure to adequately cover the Holocaust:

The New York Times has been criticized for grossly underplayed coverage of the Holocaust. Although some reports were given prominence, this display shows that the criticism was valid. (New York Times exhibit at the New York Public Library, as reported in The Jewish Monthly, December-January 1997)

But the Times failure did not begin with muted coverage of the mass murders. It began with its underplaying of the virulent anti-Semitic propaganda assaults on the Jews that laid the groundwork for the genocide. By failing to inform readers, by failing to force the issue to the forefront of public discourse, the "newspaper of record" also failed the millions of Jews who would soon die in the crematoria of Europe. Had the Times not shirked its duty in the 1930's and 40's, millions might have been saved.

Apparently old habits die hard.

Avraham Weissman lives in Petach Tiqvah, Israel. He can be reached at avna@bezeqint.net

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Posted by Yrachmiel ben Menachem Mendel Elias, December 21, 2004.



Sometime today we will be sending out the petition to our database and placing a link on our website! There is no question that the members of Netzah Yisrael Lo Yeshaqer that love Eretz Ha'Kodesh and Am Yisrael will stand and protect the Gush, Hebron, Shomron, Judea and Samaria with our bodies!

Netzah Yisrael Lo Yeshaqer (Which translates as)

1.) The ETERNAL ONE of Israel never lies, or changes HIS mind, as HE is not like a man that HE should change HIS mind!

2.) Eretz Yisrael's Eternality is not a lie!

Yrachmiel Elias can be reached at action@netzahyisrael.org

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, December 21, 2004.
These poll results were presented by Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis). They are archived at http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=23311

Would you be prepared to use violent physical force against soldiers and police who come to evacuate you?
Yes 14% No 76% Other 10%
Men: Yes 22% No 64% Other 14%
Women: Yes 6% No 88% Other 6%

If 22% of the men in Yeshah are willing to admit that they are "prepared to use violent physical force against soldiers and police" then there will most definitely be violent resistance to the extermination attempt. Furthermore, is that resistance is organized (and it is reasonable to believe that it would be) then the likelihood of significant casualties on both sides is very high. There is also the real possibility that once the opposing forces are engaged that the Yeshah forces and supporters would counter attack targets in Israel. If that likely possibility were to occur, we would be in the middle of the civil war the Left has been attempting to start for years.

Poll of Settlers: Ready to be jailed in protest 40%:49%, Won't use violence 76%:14%

Telephone poll carried out by "Brain Base" ["Maagar Mochot"] of a representative sample of over 584 from the adult Israeli population in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip under the direction of Prof. Y.Katz for the Israeli television program "Reshet in the Morning" program on 20 December 2004. Survey error +/- 4.5 percentage points:

Do you support or oppose Pinhas Wallerstein's call to the pubic to "break the transfer law en masse and be prepared to pay the cost of going to jail."
Support 45% Oppose 31% Other 24%

Are you prepared to go to jail within the framework of the struggle over the disengagement plan?
Yes 40% No 49% Other 11%
Men: Yes 45% No 40% Other 15%
Women: Yes 35% No 58% Other 7%

Would you be prepared to use violent physical force against soldiers and police who come to evacuate you?
Yes 14% No 76% Other 10%
Men: Yes 22% No 64% Other 14%
Women: Yes 6% No 88% Other 6%

Do you maintain that realization of the disengagement plan may lead to an additional political assassination?
No 56% Maybe 17% Yes 17% Other 10%

Contact IMRA by email at imra@netvision.net.il or at their website: Website: http://www.imra.org.il

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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Posted by David Wilder, December 21, 2004.

The Wallerstein Proclamation
"I want a large part of the public that I believe are willing to go to prison to say so today so the decision-makers will understand where we are going,"

"If someone were to try to pass a law for a transfer like this of some Arab village... all the knights of justice and civil rights would immediately protest and scream their hearts out to the heavens. But when it concerns Yesha residents, there is no justice and there are no rights,?"

"The evacuation/compensation law which has already passed its first reading, and with the new government has nothing standing in its way, is an immoral law. This is not only because of the Stalinist way in which it was formed, and not only because of its inhumane clauses such as those that negate compensation from whoever objects to being thrown out of his home, but primarily because it legalizes an unspeakable crime: the forcible uprooting of Jews from their homes."

"Only if there will be a large population already today that is committed to be in Gush Katif and northern Samaria (if and when there is forced evacuation) and bodily resist transfer, only then is there a chance that this government will understand the gravity of its steps. I'm not scared of going to prison, and I hope that many people will understand, like me, that this is the price we must pay in order to object in a non-violent manner to this unethical crime."

"There won't be enough prisons in the country to hold them all, and something will have to give."

Pinchas Wallerstein - Mayor, Benyamin Regional Council, Former chairman of the Yesha Council

Today it is incumbent upon on all lovers of Zion, supporters of the Jewish right to all of Eretz Yisrael, all who oppose uprooting Jews from their homes and their land in Gush Katif and north Samaria, to actively support the Wallerstein Proclamation.

I call on all people who oppose the Sharon expulsion program to sign a petition, supporting the 'Wallerstein Proclamation' at http://www.petitiononline.com/eretzyis/petition.html (Click here to go directly to the Petition)

I call on all lovers of Eretz Yisrael, Jews and Gentiles alike, to assist in preventing the uprooting of over 9,000 Jews from their homes in Gush Katif and north Samaria, and the abandonment of Eretz Yisrael to our enemies.

I call on you to come to Israel and help us, blocking the 'disengagement' with your bodies, preventing Israeli security forces from expelling men, women and children for their homes and their land. Tens and hundreds of thousands of people, standing in the roads, in homes, in communities, non-violent Civil Disobedience, can and will stop the destruction, prevent the exile.

The time has come to tell Ariel Sharon - you will not be able to move us. You will have to imprison multitudes of people who refuse to surrender Eretz Yisrael to our sworn enemies who desire our collective demise. We will not abandon Gush Katif. We will not abandon northern Samaria. We will not abandon Eretz Yisrael. We are here to stay!!!

David Wilder
The Jewish Community of Hebron
Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Civil Disobedience: Henry David Thoreau - 1849 [http://eserver.org/thoreau/civil.html]

After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule, is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest. But a government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice, even as far as men understand it. Can there not be a government in which majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience? - in which majorities decide only those questions to which the rule of expediency is applicable? Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience, then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right?

The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army, and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus,(5) etc. In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the judgment or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well. Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt. They have the same sort of worth only as horses and dogs. Yet such as these even are commonly esteemed good citizens. Others, as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders, serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God?

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison...

David Wilder is spokesman of The Jewish Community of Hebron. You can contribute directly to The Jewish Community of Hebron, POB10, Kiryat Arba-Hebron 90100, hebron@hebron.org.il, 972-2-9965333 or write to The Hebron Fund, 1760 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11230, hebronfund@aol.com

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Posted by T. Hamid, December 21, 2004.

by Dean Godson

Terrorism in Ireland and Islamic terrorism in the Middle East is like two abscesses.....the first one is due to a local problem (e. g. infected wound) that could be solved by draining the abscess and putting some local antibiotic......but in the second case the abscess is a manifestation of underlying AIDS affecting the whole Islamic nation...in such case draining the abscess, even though it is necessary, will not solve the problem.

From the first look many people think that the two problems are similar but the difference is huge.

Just to make it more clear.....if Israel was not existent (G-d save), Islamists-with the blessing of MOST Muslims- would have been searching for the Jews in the world and every where to kill them........I feel pain that the truth is too painful but sadly this is the truth..........Islamists are simply not able (but very willing) to do this at a big scale but if they could they would do this.

by Professor Paul Eidelberg

Nonie Darwish told me that in this summit [Ed: Nonie Darwish of Arabs for Israel was a speaker at the Jerusalem Summit in November] a lady from Iran was very critical of Islamism.............after her talk Professor Khaleel Mohammed "supposed to be one of the most moderate Muslims" took off his shoes and knocked with them on the table like President Khurshof of Russia did in the U.N. and started to shout in bad words against this lady! Can we call this a "moderate"!

by Jamie Glazov

There is no way to win Islamic Terrorism but to use certain tactics (ideological)...and these has to be implemented from above............relying on the so called moderate Muslims to do the job will end in absolute failure.............there are certain steps that need to be done (example: Changing the sward on the flag of Saudi Arabia into a pigeon with two olive branches.........you can not imagine the impact of this on Islamism........it is far beyond the imagination of most people ....but it is part of a much bigger strategy to end Islamism.)

Mr. Hamid can be reached at his website, http:/www.IslamicReformation.com

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Posted by Manhigur Yehudit, December 21, 2004.

Manhigut Yehudit (USA) Hires New Staff Member

Manhigut Yehudit (USA) has just hired Mr Rob Muchnick to be its USA Chapter Coordinator. Rob's main job will be to set up chapters for Manhigut throughout the United States. In addition, Rob will be running events in these chapters, arranging exciting and educating seminars, organizing membership drives, local fund raising events, press meetings and awareness campaigns. Rob lives on Long Island (NY) and is married with 3 children.

A special "Manhigut" email address is being set up for Rob but in the meantime, please contact him directly at: rmuchnick@themetrogroup.com. Please contact him if you are interested in setting up, or just getting involved, in a chapter for Manhigut Yehudit in your area. The time to spread the word about new leadership in Israel is NOW... so we will be ready when elections are declared.

We wish Rob much success in his new position.

Cracking the Code

It seems that Sharon has cracked the code and found a way to overcome the Likud Central Committee. The first law of politics is the law of conservation of the seat. When Sharon presented Central Committee members with a clear choice between ideology and holding on to the seat, the latter won. Those Central Committee members who had invested large sums of money in order to be elected, for personal motives, never made the effort in the past to come and participate in exhausting ideological debates. Now Sharon came up with an inspired solution: there is neither a debate nor even an alternative proposal. There is only one proposal, and buses laid on to transport you at all times during the voting day. Come like a robot, put the right voting slip in the envelope, and preserve your personal status. In the last two votes, in which Central Committee members voted for personal instead of ideological reasons, Manhigut Yehudit found itself on the losing side.

After a long series of important ideological victories in the Likud Central Committee, some people thought that the unified, ideological group had gained control of the Likud and could do as it liked in it. Those who thought in this way were wrong. We are very far from controlling the party and, in contrast to Sharon's behavior, we have no intention of achieving leadership of the Likud by means of tricks and manipulation. We established Manhigut Yehudit ten years ago and joined the Likud six years ago - not in order to save Gush Katif but to save the country.

Again and again we see that however talented and strong the leadership we elect (there is currently no leader more talented than Netanyahu or stronger than Sharon), it is incapable of meeting the challenges presented by reality. Without deep, binding, belief-based Jewish consciousness we shall find ourselves always with Peres. Even if we achieve 50 seats in the Knesset, and even if we find a leader stronger and more to the Right than Sharon, without leadership that believes in the G-d of Israel we have no real alternative and shall find ourselves again with Peres.

A Bright Light at the End of the Tunnel

However, the results of the recent elections also indicate a bright light at the end of the tunnel. 40% of the Likud Central Committee members chose ideology and not personal benefits. It transpires that despite all the tricks and manipulation there is still a large ideological core that has not given in. This is of tremendous significance. The code cracked by Sharon can be used by him as a temporary historical event only. Sharon is benefiting from a grave leadership crisis in the Likud. It becomes clear that although Netanyahu is very talented he is not a leader, and he belongs to the past. The belief-based alternative will certainly arise, but it still remains in the future (and we pray that this will be the near future).

In the leadership vacuum that has been created Sharon is playing a solo role, and with the backing of the media and the judicial system he is treating the Likud as a doormat to implement the wishes of the Left. But Peres's life belt is made of lead. Just as the Oslo process collapsed and dragged the Labor Party down into the depths, the same thing will happen to the Oslo continuation - the disengagement plan - dragging Sharon, Peres, and their supporters down into the depths of oblivion.

Gush Katif will hold out. Those who are familiar with the tremendous strength of character of the heroes of the Gush know this. But, just like Oslo, the disengagement plan will cause Israel to confront a very grave reality. At that stage all Sharon's tricks and manipulations will be of no avail. Everyone will flee from Sharon as they fled from the Left.

Who will then lead the Likud and the national camp?

We are slowly but surely preparing the real life-boat for that difficult time. The recent elections proved that there is a very large core in the Likud that remains loyal to the values of the national camp, and the new leadership will emerge from it. This core will be rapidly joined by those who are currently relying on the broken reed of Sharon and Peres.

Our aim: To perfect the world in the kingdom of the Almighty
Manhigut Yehudit

Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) is a group of people inside the Likud party who want to see Israel adopt a more Jewish character. Moshe Feiglin, its cofounder, has emphatically said he does not want a theocracy, but he does want a State based on Jewish values. The Manhigut Yehudit website address is http://www.manhigut.org.

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Posted by Steven Plaut, December 21, 2004.

1. Israeli settler leaders are calling for non-violent civil disobedience to prevent the ethnic cleansing of the Jewish population of the Gaza Strip by the Likud branch of the Labor Party. The Attorney General is already preparing to indict them for "incitement".

You know, the very same Attorney General who has never found time to indict any Israeli leftists for fomenting mutiny in the army nor for endorsing Arab terror nor for calling for Israel's destruction nor for collaborating with Israel's enemies nor for breaking the law nor for violent confrontations with police over the Security Wall!

Meanwhile, Ran Cohen, a Knesset back-bencher from the semi-Marxist Meretz party, denounces these protesters against the ethnic cleansing of Jews. He claims they are "preparing the path for the next political murder in Israel." Hmmm. This is a notable citation. Ron Cohen should know about what he is pontificating! After all, Meretz prepared the path for the 1600 political murders so far perpetrated by the Oslo "peace process" that was imposed upon Israel anti-democratically by Meretz and its fellow travelers.

2. It is time that Israel quit its membership in the World Bank, a misnamed international welfare agency. The World Bank ladles out cheap money to developing countries, and Israel is not one of the beneficiaries (http://lnweb18.worldbank.org/mna/mena.nsf/Countries/Israel/ 2A4CA4967555B03885256DDD00710929?OpenDocument). The main reason the World Bank maintains any presence in Israel is to promote the agenda of the Palestinians and to channel money to the PLO.

This week the President of the World Bank came to Israel and the purpose of his mission is evidently to promote Palestinian terrorism and to delegitimize Israel. In an interview to Haaretz, he demands that Israel capitulate to all PLO demands (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/517051.html). Simply pulling out of Gaza is not enough, pontificates the chief.

He is not the only member of the international finance politico-bureaucratic elite to recruit himself on behalf of Palestinian fascism. The wife of the head of the European Central Bank has emerged as the 21st century's Eva Braun, and devotes her every waking hour to promoting PLO terror and demonizing Israel (http://www.bintjbeil.com/articles/en/021101_dar.html).

I quote the Haaretz piece: "The Palestinian Authority currently receives $930 million a year in international aid, and the World Bank wants to raise this by $500 million. But it recommended conditioning the increase on Israel removing checkpoints and closures." So unless Israel stops trying to prevent PLO suicide bombers from blowing up buses full of Jews, the World Bank will refuse to fund the PLO terror? Is that what he means?

Shucks, here's a thought - how about the World Bank conditioning its Welfare-for-Terrorists program to the PLO on its refraining from engaging in murder of Jews for a few years?

3. "Time to Defend the California Missions from the PC Pagans!"
WSJ Editorial, December 21, 2004
Mission Creeps
December 21, 2004; Page A18

Senator Barbara Boxer, a liberal Democrat from California, finds herself on the wrong side of a group of fundamentalists. A modest piece of legislation that Ms. Boxer sponsored is under attack in court by plaintiffs who demand that the government enforce their moral views. These are secular fundamentalists, not religious ones. At issue is the California Missions Preservation Act, which allots $10 million to restore and repair 21 historic churches in the Golden State. On December 2, two days after President Bush signed the act into law, Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed suit on behalf of Betty, Carol, John and Ronald Doe -- not their real names -- contending that such funding violates the separation of church and state. A description of the four Does sounds like the beginning of a joke: A Unitarian, a Jew, a Buddhist and a "freethinker" go before the bar ...

Americans United is selective in its opposition to government funding of religious expression. The group filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the 1998 case of National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley, in which it unsuccessfully urged the Supreme Court to overturn a law imposing "decency and respect" restrictions on NEA grantees. Among the NEA-funded works that had prompted Congress to impose the regulations was Andres Serrano's notorious photograph "Piss Christ," which depicted a crucifix submerged in the photographer's urine.
The lawsuit prompted a heartening display of bipartisanship, as the California Republican Party issued a press release "coming to the defense of Senator Boxer." Maybe the country isn't quite as bitterly divided as it seemed on November 2.

Steven Plaut is an American-trained economist, a professor of business administration at Haifa University and author of "The Scout." He frequently comments - both seriously and satirically - on Israeli politics and the left wing academic community. His website address is http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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Posted by T. Hamid, December 20, 2004.

I am an Arab/ Egyptian/ with a Muslim background.

I was a fanatic at some stage of my life and I was with Dr. Alzawaheri (who became second of command of AlQaeda later on.....I rejected the teaching of these fundamentalists and started a totally different way of thinking. I would like to send this article for publication (below): An analysis of the roots of Muslim hatred toward Jews in the Islamic world and possible solutions. T. Hamid

A few months ago, I was sitting with my Muslim friend sipping good hot American coffee. He has an advantage, which is that he does not get violent if he cannot answer a question, or is cornered in a discussion.

After the first two sips I asked him to tell me honestly, why do you hate the Jews?

My friend started to change his position in the chair and said of course I can. I asked him to give me the reasons and let us start to discuss them one by one.

My friend was very confident that he had very powerful reasons to justify hating the Jews and he started to list them as follows:

  • They think that they are the chosen people and better than others.
  • The Quran described them as Monkeys and Pigs
  • The Quran said they are cursed.
  • They are rich and control many markets.
  • They think that they are an intelligent race.
  • They do not believe Mohamed and Islam.
  • They do not follow the Quran.
  • They betrayed Mohamed and Muslims.
  • Israel has stolen the Arab land.
  • Israel kills innocent Arabs and Muslims everywhere, tortures them, and rape their women.

I thanked him for making the reasons so clear so that we can start the discussion.

I said, Let us now start discussing these points one by one

Regarding the first they think that they are the chosen people and better than others, I asked him if Allah said something in the Quran, would you believe it or not. He replied of course I will. I then asked him Are you ready to anything the Quran says? He immediately replied of course.

Then I opened the Quran and showed him the following verses:

2:47 Children of Israel! Call to mind the favour which I bestowed upon you, and that I preferred you to all other nations.

2:122 O Children of Israel! Call to mind the favor which I bestowed upon you, and that I preferred you to all other nations.

44: 32 And We have chosen them (the Children of Israel) above the 'Alam'n (mankind, and jinni) and our choice was based on a deep knowledge.

I then again asked him: Do you still believe the Quran in anything it says as you just said?

He did not answer and I immediately told him it seems that you only believe the Quran when it is against the Jews! My friend went into a state of shock and absolute silence.

I then continued with the second point. The Quran described them as Monkeys and Pigs. This is not what the Quran has said.

He immediately answered What?

I said to him let us open the Quran and see the exact verse:

5:60 Say: "Shall I point out to you something much worse than this (not following the holy book: the Bible) by the treatment it received from Allah, those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped evil - these are (many times) worse in rank, and far more astray from the even path!"
(Obviously the verse is talking about another nation that does not follow the bible, and not the Jews at all).

After I showed my friend the exact verse I said to him: Can you please show me the word Jews in the verse? Then I repeated show it to me please

I then said, It seems that you want to understand the Quran in such a way that makes you hate the Jews more and more. Sadly, hatred makes you blind so that you cannot even see the words in the verse. You go out and say everywhere that the Quran said that the Jews are pigs and Monkeys without even reading the verse properly!

You insult a whole great nation that is considered in the Quran as God s preferred and chosen people

My friend was in near shock and I agreed to give him few minutes to breath and have a drink.

After the break I continued to tell him that the third point that he mentioned Allah cursed the Jews in the Quran is also an absolute lie as the exact verse is:

5:78 Curses were pronounced on those among the Children of Israel who rejected Faith (in G-d and the Torah), by the tongue of David and of Jesus the son of Mary: because they disobeyed and persisted in excesses.

So the verse as in the previous one is not talking about all the Israelites, but only about those who rejected God and the Torah.

Once more, go deeply into the Arabic language first before accusing a whole great nation that is highly respected in the Quran as God's chosen people of being cursed by God and do not generalise that which is specific. We then had another cup of coffee and then continued the discussion.

While sipping the second cup I went through the next point, which was: They are rich and control many markets.

I did not want to spend much time on this one as it just represents jealousy, but I said to him Why then you do not also hate the Saudis while they are rich and control the oil market? He did not answer.

I then asked him Why, if a Muslim is rich, you do not hate all Muslims. Whilst if one Jew is rich you hate all of them? Is this reasonable? My friend, you should not hate someone because he is rich. You should judge people by their deeds and actions. There is nothing wrong if you are rich. What is wrong is when you use that money to promote hatred toward others.

Throughout history, millions of Jews were extremely poor, and they lived in the poorest places in Europe. If a minority were rich, it is not a sin. This is no different from Muslims, Christians, or Hindus who also have some rich people among them Will you hate all of these people too because some of them are rich?

My friend it seems that your primary intention is to hate the Jews and you are just trying to find any reason to justify your hatred, because if you really hate them because some are rich you should also hate Muslims because some of them are rich.

Can I hear your answer my friend? Silence.

Then he started to ask, What do you think about this point: They think that they are an intelligent race.

I told my friend that I really cannot understand why it is normal for you and for many Muslims to say that the Afro-Americans are genetically athletic and the Arabs are great in poetry. But it is very difficult for you and for them to admit that the Jews are genetically intelligent. Genuine statistics show that the Jews have had more scientists and contributed more to science than the whole Arab world, even though they are only a very small number compared to Arabs.

Furthermore, IQ is mainly genetic, and it is well known that Jews marry mainly from within their community. This feature magnifies the effect of certain genetic factors and could have contributed to the very high IQ among many Jews, and at the same time contributed to the development of certain genetic diseases within their own community (such as Tay-Sachs disease).

Do you only accept the rules of genetics when it causes mental retardation for some Jewish kids (who have metabolic errors) and you totally forget about the same genetic rules if it causes high IQ among them?

He started to get angry and asked me to shift to the next point.

I said to him the next point was They do not believe in Mohammed and Islam.

I continued, saying the Quran did not consider that Jews or Christians have to believe in Mohammed to be accepted by God. My friend just opened his mouth and said, This is impossible.

I just opened the Quran for him to the following unambiguous verse:

2:62 Those who believe (in the Qur'an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians (certain sect in Arabia),- any of them who believe in God and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

In fact the Quran did not ask the Jews and Christians to follow any thing but the Torah and the Bible

And before my friend had time to think, I recited for him the following verse of the Quran: 5:66 if only they (Jews and Christians) stood fast by the Law of the Torah, the Gospel, and all the revelation that was sent to them from their Lord, they would have enjoyed happiness from every side.

In fact the Quran blamed the Jews for asking Mohammed to judge between them in their tribal problems, instead of following the torah: 5:43 But how do they (the Jews) come to you for decision, when they have the Torah which has the law of God.

Then I said to him What do you think now my friend? I think you can see now clearly that your hatred for the Jews based on the fact that they should believe in Mohammed and follow the Quran, is simply against what the Quran had said.

This time my friend opened his eyes and could not blink.

Then I continued saying, in addition, the next point that you mentioned they betrayed the prophet Mohammed and Muslims has no logic in it at all.

Sadly, many Muslims hate the Jews based on this historical point. It is described in Islamic history books as: when Mohammed had a war against the Idolaters, he and the Muslims burrowed a great tunnel around the city of the Muslims and left an area to be protected by the Jews According to this story, the Jews allowed the enemies of Muslims to enter the city from this area. Sadly, based on this story, millions of Muslims came to hate the Jews.

I then said to him, Let us assume that this story is correct, does this mean that if your grandfather hit my grand father a hundred years ago I should hate you for that? What a strange and unjustifiable logic the Quran is teaching you.

But it says;

17:15 No bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another (mistakes or sins).

So, even if the historical story was correct, how come you hate the Jews of today for something they did not do?

Furthermore this story does not come from the Quran. It is only present in some Islamic history books, which are considered much less accurate than the Quran. So do you want to follow a story that could be absolutely inaccurate in order to hate a whole nation? Is this right or moral?

We now come to the two last points

Israel has stolen the Muslim s land.

Without going into to many details of this point let me tell you that the Quran considered this land as the promise of God to the Israelites, the land that is written to them in a permanent contract, and that it is their inheritance according to the following Quranic verses:

1- 17:104 And We (represents God in Arabic language) said thereafter to the Children of Israel, "Dwell securely in the land of promise":

2- 5:21 "O my people (the Jews)! Enter the holy land which God hath written to you and turn not back ignominiously, for then will ye be overthrown, to your own ruin."

3- 26:59 Thus it was, but we made the Children of Israel inheritors of it (the Promised Land)

At this time I felt sorry for my friend, as he was nearly speechless, shocked, and I could only hear the sounds of his anxious breathing.

Then I said to reassure him, If you really love God. love the truth and speak it, even if it is against what you want to prove, and what you may like to believe, or if it is supporting those that you hate, as the Quran teaches you the following:

4:135 O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin

5:8 O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For God is well acquainted with all that ye do.

The final point that you mentioned my friend is what the Arab media propagate everywhere that is that: Israel kills innocent Arabs and Muslims everywhere, tortures them and rape their women.

I then asked him: if this was true, why then do we see tens of thousands of Palestinians waiting at the cross borders to get permission to go and work in Israel?

Why would these people go intentionally to the place that as you said, Kills them, tortures them, and rape their women!

Is there any possibility that someone goes to a place where he/she knew very well that he/she will be killed and tortured or are these are just lies.

If what you say that, Arabs are killed and tortured in Israel was truly happening, we would not have found these thousands of Palestinians dreaming about getting permission to work in Israel. In fact we would have found that more than a million Arabs who live in Israel, are the ones who are crossing the borders to go to their Arab relatives in the West bank and Gaza to be saved from what they call The Israeli oppression.

My friend,
Stop this unjustifiable hatred against the Jews.
Do not let hatred rule your life. Start, at least for once, to try to love rather than to hate. Just try to love.

My friend,
Have you ever talked with a Jew?
Have you ever sat with him or her on the same table to enjoy the food that God gave both of you?

Have you ever tried to give them a smile, to laugh with them, and to cry with them?
Have you ever tried to understand them?
Have you have you have you ..
Just try to start
Just try to put your hand in the hand of the Jews to write a story of love just try my friend and you will never regret it.

Mr. Hamid can be reached at his website, http:/www.IslamicReformation.com

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Posted by Yocheved Golani, December 20, 2004.

In the 60s and 70s, the phrase "You can't hug a child with nuclear arms" was a chilling indictment of the weaponry competition among the political Superpowers of the era. That was the time of the Cold War, the unceasing but nonviolent hostility between Communist Russia and the astonishing land of opportunity, the democratic USA. Europe, the Middle East, and the rest of the world vied for political power with the Big Boys. That led to re-definitions of who comprised the Super Power nations and some echoing initials, like 1949's NATO and 1946's UNICEF. More importantly, it indicated who had bigger, badder, less controllable weapons that were prone to theft and abuse. Tales abounded of outdoor market merchandising in clandestine locations. One of the James Bond movies depicted that scenario. Scary stuff.

The late 20th century was the time when the alphabet changed. ABM no longer stood for innocuous letters, but for Anti-Ballistic Missile and shivering in your pajamas when you listened to nightly news reports. SSJ meant "Save Soviet Jewry," a cause which had formerly placid Jews marching all over Washington, LA and New York, demanding the immediate release of "POC's," Prisoners of Conscience languishing in Russian jails for the chutzpah being openly Jewish. "SDS" designated the self-destructive Students for a Democratic Society. Other acronyms for social justice were eventually swept into and confused within ethically challenged Spiro Agnew's condescending term for fact-driven journalists and intellectuals, "effete corps of impudent snobs." Moral or immoral as they may have been, these groups promoted massive public protests for the end of cold and hot warfare (particularly the Vietnam War), the destruction of the "Military-Industrial Complex" and other "unhealthy things for the planet."

As a writer, I am more attuned to the twists, the turns and the vagaries of language than some other people. That led to the manuscript of my first novel LEGACY, in which I foresaw the diabolical use of stolen aircraft against America by anti-democratic, anti-Christian and anti-West misanthropes (bad guys. Very BAD guys). I kept noticing the once-unfamiliar name "Osama bin Laden" and the phrase "WMD" (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in news coverage, press releases and research materials. A little imagination on my part, and my cautionary tale's plot thickened. Readers sometimes tell me how surprised they are at the similarities between my fiction and later-day developments.

I'm also sensitive to what motivates people to behave outside their ordinary conduct. Conscience, need and untamed ego are the usual culprits. Thinking about that led to my second novel, "Legacy 2006: Integrity", which culminates in Israel after the characters do a globe-hopping search for something more powerful than atomic reactors. New developments alarm me. I won't commit my third book to the printed page because it's too awful to be a mere exploration of interesting issues. Besides, a far better scenario should beat me to any publication date, if you understood L2006's ending.

Newer and newsworthy developments alarm me, though. And they're alphabetical, just like the gut-churning ABM's of yesteryear. Perhaps an Op-Ed/Commentary is in order, such as this one.

Americans know their television channels like nobody else, so imagine their confusion that NBC no longer means colorful peacocks and ratings wars. Nope, it now stands for Nuclear, Biological or Chemical weapons, tools of global destruction that news-savvy people suspect to already be in the hands of fiends.

The Alphabet song has tripped up many toddlers trying to yodel "L, M, N, O, P." It usually comes out as "Menelope," similar to the name Penelope and a deliberate if embarrassed cover-up for limited memory and singing skills. That may change. The phrase WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) is, I fear, going to put that adorable song right out the English lexicon. Friendly and innocent people don't sing about things that cause MCE's, Mass Casualty Events. Not even by accident.

I have worried about compact letter groups since realizing that "D. P. Camp" meant "Displaced Persons Hellhole," the awful collection sites of survivors following the European genocide of Jews. The phrase rings a warning in my ears every time I hear "D. P." for Disengagement Plan.

"D" is also for "Duped," which is what the rest of the world wants from Israel and the Jews. After millennia of fighting for our survival through Egyptian slavery, Herodian dictates, Greek and Syrian power-grabs, Russian pogroms, the Holocaust and its spiritually warped heir the Oslo War, we Jews should understand that the world begrudges us any space at all. Our very existence is an affront to global sensibilities. The good news, though, is that we've outlived all our enemies. We will again. If you think this isn't true in the 21st century, read the headlines about who is murdering whom throughout once Muslim-friendly Europe. France and Holland may soon compete for aliya statistics with America.

I'd now like to see another old acronym invigorated with new life. It is "I. I. R." Israel is real. A flaccid slogan of the 60's and 70's, it prompted some Jews with budding awareness of their global predicament to proudly wear metal "buttons" on their clothing. Unfortunately, it missed an opportunity to mobilize our moral indignation. Israel should be a reality that will Never Again (another slogan of former times) fall to those who wish us ill.

Worried about the FBI and what's is alleging about AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)? Remember sweating over the Adam Ciralsky/CIA case before that? Wondering if the UN can't do better than an Oil-for-food scandal and castigating Israel while Darfur's citizens are mass murdered like Rwanda's Hutus and Tutsis before them, and the Biafran children died with swollen, starved bellies on the UN's watch? Can't fathom what some of the MKs of Israel (Members of the Knesset) are doing to their own country? Want to take back what's rightfully, morally yours? The sound of protest was the overriding sound of the Sixties. It is echoing in the early 21st Century. Come home. Come live in the land you've been praying for since there was a Jewish people. Make it "This year in Jerusalem" and direct history in favor of the Jews. Play the alphabet game if you must, but play it in the Jewish People's favor. Contact the JA (Jewish Agency) office in your town for aliya information. Take the NBN way home with Nefesh B'Nefesh if you wish. Go to your local JCC (Jewish Community Center) and sign up for Hebrew classes so you'll be able to converse with the rest of us when you arrive. Stand up for your self- R. E. S. P. E. C. T.

Yocheved Golani provides a journalist and writing service; she does author reviews and book reviews. She can be reached at her websites: www.ygolani.com, www.yochevedgolani.com

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Posted by Maria Silwa, December 20, 2004.

Dear Friends,

There is a problem with bias against Jews and Israel which is promoted by a number of profs at Columbia University's MEALAC department.

To quote from the November 22, 2004 article in the Wall Street Journal entitled "High Bias" (http://www.opinionjournal.com/diary/?id=110005928)

"It's time to bring some intellectual diversity to America's colleges and universities."

"... several Jewish students are charging that they have been intimidated by anti-Israel professors. Several of the students told their stories in a new 25-minute film, "Columbia Unbecoming," produced by the Boston-based David Project. Student Ariel Berry says that Prof. Joseph Massad told students that "the Palestinian is the new Jew, and the Jew is the new Nazi." Columbia alumna Lindsay Shrier said Prof. George Saliba told her, 'You have no claim to the land of Israel. You have no voice in this debate. You have green eyes. You're not a Semite. I have brown eyes. I am a Semite.'"

"Such incidents have led both the New York Sun and Rep. Andrew Weiner, a Brooklyn Democrat, to call for dramatic reforms on Columbia's campus. This month, Lee Bollinger, Columbia's president, asked the university's provost to investigate the claims made in the film, partially backpedaling from a statement he had made in May supporting the findings of a university committee that found no evidence of 'systematic bias' in Columbia classrooms."

There is a petition to promote academic freedom FOR ALL at Columbia. We need as many people as possible to sign this important on-line petition'


Please send this to your e-mail lists, blogs, and listserves.

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Posted by Dr. Yoram Shifftan, December 20, 2004.

I submitted this letter to Judge Eliezer Goldberg in his capacity as Mevaker Hamedina (state comptroller). His office keeps confirming receit, but so far no reaction of substance.

Dear Mevaker

It is of course important to give priority (urgency) to matters related to the disengagement (hinatkut) as compared to the other related points that I raised such as those dealing with the education system and hasbara. In relation to this one can note that PM Sharon was relatively successful in limited forums such as the Knesset, or Likud central, where he can control or affect jobs. But this "bribing" effect on vote is absent in the national level. Hence the importance of polls (the swiss system is based on polls), or national elections to decide the disengagement and similar issues. Regional election system like in the UK is much less likely to produce a reneging on election commitments.

In any case the law should be changed so that in case of a major reneging on election commitments, a committee of judges will decide whether there has been such a drastic change (since the election date) on the ground to justify denying election promises. Such a committee should also be able to require a poll [* Thus for the question at hand the poll will ask: do you support, yes or no, PM Sharon proposition to transfer the Jews out of Gush Katif and the four settlements in the North Shomron and the destruction of those Jewish communities] or election in case of a PM carrying out policy opposite to his election promises. It is an absurd that in minor commercial transactions one has to keep an agreement and in a major national transaction, such as national election, this is not necessary.

Dr Yoram Shifftan

Dr. Yoram Shifftan has published many articles on Israeli hasbara, in publications such as Ha'aretz, Ma'ariv, Hatzofeh, Hamodia and Ha'Uma, Think-Israel and Jewish Internet Association. See his articles on the validity of Israeli claims to Palestine in the September-October 2004 Think-Israel issue.

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Posted by Tamar Rush, December 20, 2004.

We are now in the final days of the "Merry Winter" / "Kool Kwanzaa" season. Folks in the USA are being summoned to court for "Winter Lighting displays that bother their neighbours, children are being suspended from school for offending the sensibilities of their communities by mentioning that old, archaic, and offensive "December holiday", or wearing objectionable symbols of that "other" holiday.

Until the Saudi attack on the United States (9-11 2001) only a few crackpots objected to traditional CHRISTMAS celebrations.....that was until George Bush declared Islam "The Religion of Peace", and Americans began to bend over backwards to appease those who had attacked their country. [And a whole lot of US citizens converted to that vile cult also!]

It saddens me to see Americans turn their backs on the culture and traditions that made their country great. Perhaps the sound of their Constitution being shredded distracted the population from realising that the very foundation of their Republic has been handed over to a gang of bloodthirsty, bronze-age assassins.

Please read this post in it's entirety, and glimpse into your future.


"Islam is a faith that brings comfort to people. It inspires them to lead lives based on honesty, and justice, and compassion."
Remarks by President George W. Bush on U.S. Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan Presidential Hall, Dwight David Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C. October 11, 2002 http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/10/20021011-3.html

"All Americans must recognize that the face of terror is not the true faith -- face of Islam. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. It's a faith that has made brothers and sisters of every race. It's a faith based upon love, not hate."
President George W. Bush Holds Roundtable with Arab- and Muslim-American Leaders, Afghanistan Embassy, Washington, D.C., September 10, 2002, http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/09/20020910-7.html

"According to Muslim teachings, God first revealed His word in the Holy Qur'an to the prophet, Muhammad, during the month of Ramadan. That word has guided billions of believers across the centuries, and those believers built a culture of learning and literature and science. All the world continues to benefit from this faith and its achievements."
Remarks by the President George W. Bush At Iftaar Dinner, The State Dining Room, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2001, http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/11/20011119-14.html

"The Islam that we know is a faith devoted to the worship of one God, as revealed through The Holy Qur'an. It teaches the value and the importance of charity, mercy, and peace."
President George W. Bush's Message for Ramadan. November 15, 2001, http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/11/20011115-14.html

As one young woman awaits sentence and another faces death this week, Alasdair Palmer reveals the Iranian legal system's shocking barbarity towards children

"My mother doesn't visit me in prison. If you see her, tell her she promised to bring me cheese curls and chocolate. And she shouldn't forget to bring my red dress."

Those pathetic words may be among the last utterances of a 19-year-old girl, identified only as Leila M, who has been condemned to death in Iran for "acts incompatible with chastity".

According to Amnesty International, Leila has a mental age of eight. What evidence there is of her life so far records an existence of unrelieved misery and brutality.

She was sold into prostitution at the age of eight by her parents. She recalls the experience of when her mother "first took me to a man's house" as "a horrible night. I cried a lot - but then my mum came the next day and took me home. She brought me chocolate and cheese curls."

Forced by beatings and threats to continue "visiting men" from that night onwards, she became pregnant and had twins when she was 14. She was punished with 100 lashes by the Iranian courts for giving birth to illegitimate children.

Leila was bullied back into her degrading and demeaning work. Earlier this year, she confessed to the authorities that she had been working as a prostitute since she was a child - perhaps because she thought that they might help her escape her miserable existence.

The courts did respond by pulling Leila out of prostitution, but they also imprisoned her and used her confession to convict her of "moral crimes", for which the judges have decided the appropriate penalty is death.

They dismissed evidence from doctors and social workers that she has a severe mental handicap. This week, Iran's Supreme Court, which by law must confirm every death sentence imposed by the lower courts, will rule on whether to uphold her execution.

There is every indication that the Supreme Court will decide that Leila must die. Earlier this year, they upheld a sentence of death on 16-year-old Atefeh Rajabi. Atefeh had also been convicted of "acts incompatible with chastity".

In her defence, she said she had been sexually assaulted by an older man. The judges did not care. So, on August 16, at 6am, Atefeh was taken from her cell and hanged from a crane in the main square of the town of Neka.

Witnesses report that she begged for her life as she was dragged kicking and screaming to the makeshift gallows. She shouted "repentance" over and over again - a gesture which, according to Islamic law, is supposed to grant the accused the right to an immediate stay of execution while an appeal is heard.

Atefeh's cries were in vain. Haji Rezaie, the judge who presided over her trial, put the noose around her neck himself. He said he was pleased to do it. "Society has to be kept safe from acts against public morality," he insisted.

He ordered that her body be left hanging from the crane for several hours so people could see what happened to teenagers who "committed acts incompatible with chastity".

In the case of Hajieh Esmailvand, a young woman found guilty of adultery with an unnamed 17-year-old boy, the Supreme Court has not only confirmed the death sentence imposed by the lower court, but changed the means of death from hanging to execution by stoning.

Hajieh's original sentence had been for five years' imprisonment followed by death by hanging. A month ago, the Supreme Court annulled her jail sentence - but only so that Hajieh could be stoned before December 21, and with the recommendation that she should be.

In the next two days, it seems likely that Hajieh will die from wounds caused by stones thrown by "executioners". The Iranian Penal Code states that women should be buried up to their breasts before being stoned. Article 104 is specific about the type of stones that should be used when a woman is to be punished for adultery. They "should not be large enough to kill the woman by one or two strikes, nor should they be so small that they could not be defined as stones". Hajieh will die slowly, in agony, buried in sand, as officials lob correctly sized stones at her head.

It is a fate that also awaits Zhila Izadyar, a 13-year-old girl from the northern province of Mazandaran. She has been sentenced to be stoned to death after her parents reported that she had had an incestuous relationship with her 15-year-old brother and had become pregnant by him.

Zhila has already received a "preliminary punishment" of 53 lashes. A representative from Iran's Society for the Protection of Children's Rights has managed to visit Zhila in prison. She found the 13-year-old in a desperate state, in solitary confinement and unable to keep down food. She has not been allowed to see her child.

"I am scared. I want to go home," said Zhila. "I want to go back to school like the other children." But if Iran's judges have their way, Zhila will see neither her school nor her home again. She will be buried up to her neck and the last thing she will see will be stones hurtling towards her head.

The barbarity towards children of the Iranian legal system is all the more surprising in that it contradicts the international legal obligations on the treatment of children, which the Iranian government has adopted. Iran is a signatory both to the International Convention on Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, both of which explicitly forbid the execution of minors - let alone their killing by stoning.

Even Iran's chief justice has seemed to recognise that, although stoning is prescribed by Sharia law as the punishment for women who have sexual relations with men to whom they are not married, pelting a woman to death with rocks counts as excessively cruel.

Two years ago, he ruled that, while stonings should still be the nominal punishment for adultery and pre-marital sex, that sentence should be routinely commuted to execution by hanging.

It appears from the fate in store for Zhila Izadyar, however, that his commitment to the de facto abolition of stoning was about as sincere as the Iranian government's commitment to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. There are no plans to change any of the provisions of the Penal Code that relate to children, and which state that girls as young as nine can be executed (boys have to reach the age of 14 before they can be killed).

Many Iranians are revolted by the brutality and injustice of their judges' attitude to children. Shadi Sadr, an extremely brave lawyer who represents Atefeh Rajabi's family, has filed a suit against the judiciary for wrongful execution, and is preparing a murder charge against the judge who hanged her.

While fundamentalist mullahs still hold on to power in Iran, her suit is unlikely to succeed. Indeed, those who are disgusted by judicial decisions cannot even safely express their condemnation of a system that not only hangs children, but beats them to death in public: Kaveh Habibi-Nejad, a 14-year-old boy, suffered this fate on November 12 for eating on the streets during Ramadan. A witnesses said that they thought he died because "the metal cable being used to flog him hit his head".

Mahbobeh Abbasgholizadeh, an Iranian academic, was arrested on November 1 after having queried some aspects of Iranian justice in a speech she made at a conference. She was held for a month before being released and charged with "acting against the security of the country". If she is convicted, it could mean an indefinite prison sentence.

The European Union has said that it is ready to "intensify" political and economic ties with Iran if the Iranian government takes steps to allay international concerns over its involvement in terrorism and the abuse of human rights. But the Islamic administration seems to care more about protecting what many of the religious hierarchy regard as "divinely ordained justice" than achieving fresh political and economic concessions from the EU.

Britain, France and Germany, acting on behalf of the EU, have already agreed to further trade links with Iran, after Tehran agreed to suspend its uranium-enrichment process, which could yield material suitable for nuclear bombs.

For Hajieh Esmailvand and Zhila Izadyar, the prospects are bleak. The best they can hope for is to die by hanging rather than being stoned. As for the mentally retarded Leila M - she seems likely to hang in public before Christmas.

Under Iran's 'divinely ordained justice', girls as young as nine are charged with 'moral crimes'. The best that they can hope for is to die by hanging (Filed: 19/12/2004)

Tamar Rush can be contacted at psio1909b@yahoo.com

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Posted by IsrAlert, December 20, 2004.
This was written by Shlomo Maital and appeared December 19, 2004 It is archived at the Israel 21C website and is archived at http://www.israel21c.org/bin/en.jsp?enScript= PrintVersion.jsp&enDispWho=Views^l162

Every manager regularly analyzes his or her company's internal strengths and weaknesses, and the external threats and opportunities that it faces. In business schools, including the Technion Institute of Management, managers are taught to think about how to transform threats and weaknesses into opportunities by leveraging the company's strengths and confronting its weaknesses. They call this 'SWOT' (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat).

Israel is a country, but it is also a business. So, ask Israel's political leaders about threats. They will likely tell you about Iran, Hamas, Hizbullah, the Philadelphi arms smuggling tunnels, or about Sharon's dwindling minority government. Finance Minister Netanyahu will talk only about Israel's budget deficit.

But I believe the real threats to Israel's future lie elsewhere. Here is a partial SWOT analysis for Israel, focused on knowledge and intellectual property. There is a huge opportunity here, if only a few political leaders would devote five minutes a day to think about it.

External Threat: 'The Great Knowledge Robbery'

TIM Chair Lester Thurow recently pointed out that a major disaster occurred around September 11. No, it was not the terror attack on the World Trade Center. Almost unnoticed, between September 11 and 14, 2003, in Cancun, Mexico, the rich and the poor countries failed to agree on a deal in negotiations sponsored by the World Trade Organization that began in Doha in 2001.

The deal was to allow freer access for poor countries' agricultural exports to rich nations' markets, in return for poor countries' agreement to respect patents and intellectual property. In the rich countries, farmers have enormous political power. So the rich countries refused.

The result: The poor countries may in future ignore the intellectual property rights of the rich. In fact, they already do. This is a huge threat to all nations who make their living with their brains, including Israel.

Internal Strength: Israel is one of the world's great producers of basic research. A Neaman Institute study by Gideon Czapski and Yael Ilan (International Status of Israeli Research: Neaman Institute, Technion, 2004) examines research 'productivity' (scientific publications per capita) and 'quality' (the frequency with which other scholars cite publications in their own articles) for over 25 countries. In computer science, Israel ranks second in the world in 'productivity' and third in the world in 'quality'. In chemistry (the field in which two Technion scholars just won the Nobel Prize), Israel ranks 4th and 5th, respectively; in molecular biology, 3rd and 4th; in biology and biochemistry, 5th and 10th; and in physics, 2nd and 9th. In addition, Israel ranks first in research 'productivity' in economics and business, mathematics, psychology, and psychiatry!

These outstanding achievements reflect Israel's investment in basic research and in its top universities in the 1970's and 1980's.

Internal Weakness: Research resembles baby elephants it takes years for the embryo or idea to develop and become a full-fledged elephant or product. Female elephants have a two-year pregnancy! World-class research takes far longer.

Former head of Military R&D, Dr. Itzik Ben Yisrael, recently told a Technion R&D conference that it is a huge mistake to lump Research and Development together conceptually as R&D. 'R' is different from 'D'. And there is no development, he said, without research. If Israel neglects basic research, in 10 or 15 years there will be no development.

On December 5, the head of the Planning and Budget Committee of the Higher Education Council, Prof. Shlomo Grossman, told a Technion conference on higher education that Israeli universities should seek research funds abroad, and that they cannot expect more resources from the government. As a result, when Czapski and Ilan repeat their study in 20 years, the results will be awful. And without research, there will be no development of innovative products, no startups, no exports, and no jobs. Then it will take another 20 years to repair the damage.

Gen. (res.) Amos Horev once told me that in 1953, he wrote down the specifications for a sea-to-sea missile named Gabriel. The missile proved decisive in the 1967 War. It took fully 14 years of basic research, applied research, and engineering development to create an outstanding operational weapons system. Investments in research were made in the 1950s, when Israel was exceedingly poor. Why are we starving research today, when we are relatively rich?

External Opportunity: Israel's 'unique global selling proposition' will become 'where knowledge thrives'. It will give top priority to its research universities. As Ireland pulls in massive multinational investments to build factories, Israel will become a favored global site for focused research and time-to-market development. Israel will reverse the disastrous collapse of its high school mathematics and benchmark itself by adopting the OECD measurement standards, aiming to be among the top five countries in high school math within a decade. Currently, Hong Kong, Finland, Korea and Netherlands lead, in that order. United States is a miserable 28th. If Israel were included in the study, it would likely be ranked well below 20th.

In Shanghai, I recently spoke with a young mechanical engineer, Zhang Bin. When did you begin studying differential calculus, I asked him. In Grade 7, he said. That is standard in China. In Singapore, when it gained independence in 1965, the legendary Dr. Goh, head of the Economic Development Authority, saw that you cannot produce great engineers if young people do not excel in mathematics in high school. So he told Singaporean mothers to urge their children to study math. They did. Two decades later, Singapore grew wealthy because of its highly skilled engineers.

There's one thing Israel must do immediately. If Israel is to grow wealthy by producing applied knowledge, and attracting companies who create it, it must be a country where the property rights vested in knowledge are zealously protected. No more illegal copying of software. No more Central Bus Station music theft. We have strong intellectual property laws. Why not begin enforcing them?

And finally, let our voice be heard, telling the US: like us, you too can remain wealthy only through knowledge creation, not by growing cotton at 10 times the cost of Egypt or India. Buy cotton, and create and sell (patented) knowledge.

Go back to Cancun and cut a deal. Now. It's just, fair, and smart. (Originally appeared in Globes)

Harv Weiner, a businessman in Dallas, Texas, is the founder and moderator of Isralert. To subscribe to IsrAlert, send an email to isralert@aol.com

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Posted by A Koltov, December 20, 2004.
This appeared on the Navy Seals website and is archived at http://www.navyseals.com/community/articles/article.cfm?id=33 Author is anonymous.

What would be the best way to convert lots of Americans to Islam?

Forget print, go to film. Put together a handsome documentary with an original musical score that presents Islam's prophet Muhammad in the most glowing manner, indeed, as a model of perfection. Round up Muslim and non-Muslim enthusiasts to endorse the nobility and truth of his message. Splice in vignettes of winsome American Muslims testifying to the justice and beauty of their Islamic faith. Then get the U.S. taxpayer to help pay for it.

Show it at prime time on the most high-minded TV network. Oh, and screen it at least once during the holidays, when anyone out of synch with Christmas might be especially susceptible to another religion's appeal.

This is precisely what the producers of "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet" have done. In a documentary The Washington Post calls "absorbing, ... enjoyable and informative," exotic images of the desert and medieval miniatures mix with scenes of New York City and the American flag. Born- and convert-American Muslims speak affectingly about their personal bond to their prophet.

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) will premiere this two-hour documentary across the nation tomorrow night, then repeat it in most areas. The film's largest tranche of funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress that in fiscal 2002 received $350 million in taxpayers' funds. The heart of the film consists of nine talking heads competing with each other to praise Muhammad the most extravagantly. Not one of them criticizes him.

Some of their efforts are laughable, as when one commentator denies allegations about Muhammad contracting a marriage of convenience with a rich, older woman named Khadija: "He deeply, deeply loved Khadija." Oh, and his many marriages were "an act of faith, not of lust." How could anyone know this?

Other apologetics are more consequential. What Muhammad did for women, viewers learn, was "amazing" - his condemning female infanticide, giving legal rights to wives, permitting divorce and protecting their inheritance rights. But no commentator is so impolite as to note that however admirable this was in the 7th century, Muslim women today suffer widely from genital mutilation, forced marriages, purdah, illiteracy, sexual apartheid, polygamy and honor killings.

The film treats religious beliefs - such as Muhammad's "Night Journey," when the Quran says he went to heaven and entered the divine presence - as historical fact. It presents Muslim wars as only defensive and reluctant, which is simply false. All this smacks of a film shown by missionaries.

Move to the present and the political correctness is stifling. Hostility is said to be "hurled" at American Muslims since 9/11 - but there's no mention about the prior and vastly greater (foreign) Muslim hostility "hurled" at Americans, killing several thousand. The narrator exaggerates the number of American Muslims, overestimates their rate of growth and wrongly terms them the country's "most diverse" religious community.

But these are details. "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet" is an outrage on two main counts.

PBS has betrayed its viewers by presenting an airbrushed and uncritical documentary of a topic that has both world historical and contemporary significance. Its patronizing film might be fine for an Islamic Sunday school class, but not for a national audience.

For example, PBS ignores an ongoing scholarly reassessment of Muhammad's life that disputes every detail - down to the century and region Muhammad lived in - of its film. This is especially odd when contrasted with the 1998 PBS documentary, "From Jesus to Christ," which focuses almost exclusively on the work of cutting-edge scholars and presents the latest in critical thinking on Jesus.

The U.S. government should never fund a documentary whose obvious intent is to glorify a religion and proselytize for it. Doing so flies in the face of American tradition and law. On behalf of taxpayers, a public-interest law firm should bring suit against the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, both to address this week's travesty and to win an injunction against any possible repetitions.

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Posted by Naomi Ragen, December 20, 2004.

Some of you may have seen this, as it came out at the end of November. But for those who haven't, it's worth reading. For who can forget the images of the little boy crouching behind his father as Israeli soldiers shot him? For years, Israel's own investigators adamantly claimed that it was logistically impossible that the boy had died from gunshot wounds inflicted by Israeli soldiers. And now, surprise, it turns out the whole thing was staged and Mohammed al- Durra is probably alive and well! Never underestimate the lying spin of Palestinian media gurus, who managed to create the first blood-libel of the new millennium.

Would it surprise you to hear that the French are involved, and it was a Palestinian working for French TV and CNN that was the only one among hundreds of cameramen present to "get" the footage and show it all over the world? Talal Abu Rahma, whose images have won numerous awards, is actually the Milli Vanilli of journalism, and he's finally retracted his claim that he filmed 27 minutes more that were so 'horribly graphic he refused to show them." As we say in Israel, no bears and no forest. Asked for years to produce the footage, he finally retracted his story. The two lying liars for French tv? Yes, they are still working, and still covering the Palestinian-Israeli conflict!

This is called "The Mythical Martyr" and was written by Stéphane Juffa. It appeared in the "Wall Street Journal" November 26 - 28, 2004. Mr. Juffa is editor in chief of the Israeli-based Metula News Agency.

Read this story, and yes, the next time you see some horrible news story about Israel, don't believe your eyes. I wonder if anyone is going to say they are sorry to Israel's soldiers?

Naomi Ragen

The first thing that comes up when you google Mohammed al-Durra's name is poem written by Sheikh Mohammed of the United Arab Emirates called "To the soul of the child martyr." It gives an idea of the mythical proportions that the young boy has assumed in the Middle East. The images of Mohammed al-Durra hiding from Israeli fire behind his father's back in the early days of the second intifada, only to be struck down by enemy bullets, shocked the whole world. For many Arabs and Muslims, the boy became the symbol of Palestinian suffering under Israeli occupation.

On the Palestinian Authority's TV channel, as well as in Palestinian school books, his example is used to encourage other children to emulate his spirit of sacrifice. Even in the West, the pictures that won so many journalism prizes have become the most recognizable symbol of Israeli aggression. Then Ehud Barak, then Israel's prime minister, visited Paris in the same year, French President Jacques Chirac wryly scolded him. "Killing children is no policy." And yet, it was nothing but a hoax. For those readers who recognize the famous image reproduced here, it might be difficult to believe that the scene was actually staged. I will elaborate later how it has been proven that Israeli soldiers could not have killed the boy. Some might ask why it still matters. Haven't too many innocent people on both sides died since then, and is it not time to look ahead now?

Well, it matters for exactly those same reasons. Mohammed al-Durra became more than just the poster boy of the intifada. According to the Mitchell report, drafted in May 2001 by a joint U.S.-European committee, this story was one of the events that sparked the intifada. For peace we need reconciliation and for reconciliation we need the truth. But French stateowned TV channel France 2, which produced and distributed the damning footage, refuses to release the facts.

The story began on Sept. 30, 2000, two months after Yasser Arafat walked out of the Camp David peace talks. The place was Netzarim junction in Gaza, where Israeli soldiers were posted to protect a nearby settlement. Palestinian rioters were throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the Israelis while gunmen were shooting at them from amidst the crowd. It was during this fighting that the boy allegedly died.

Claiming they didn't want to make money on an innocent child's death, France 2 distributed the dramatic coverage free of charge to the global media. The Israeli army hastily issued a statement saying that the boy may have accidentally been killed in Israeli cross-fire. Only later, maybe too late, did the army authorize a full investigation. It entrusted this mission to civilian physicist Nahum Shahaf, who scientifically proved that-given the angle of the Israeli position vis-á-vis Mohammed al-Durra - the soldiers could not have possibly killed the boy. Mr. Shahaf then uncovered an incredible plot: He demonstrated that since the shots must have come from directly behind or next to the cameraman, the whole scene of the supposed infanticide must have been staged-and that the boy seen in the film was not killed at all. Going through the film in slow motion, he could even see the cameraman' s finger making a "take two" sign, used by professionals to signal the repeat of a scene. Three years ago I interviewed Mr. Shahaf, and after viewing all his evidence I realized that this might be one of the greatest media manipulations the world has ever seen. We started our own investigations and wrote over 150 articles on the issue, concluding that the French report is, beyond any reasonable doubt, pure fiction. We can't cite all the evidence that we were able to uncover on top of Mr. Shahaf's findings. But to give just one example: We have the testimonies of Dr. Joumaa Saka and Dr. Muhamad El-Tawil, two Palestinian doctors of the Gaza Shifa hospital who said Mohammed's lifeless body was brought to them before 1 p.m. The problem is that Charles Enderlin, the France 2 correspondent in Jerusalem, claimed in the disputed report that the shooting started at 3 p.m. How can someone be killed by bullets that were fired hours after he was already dead? This is only one of the many questions that the French state TV channel needs to answer. In our battle with France 2, we have focused on the statements of the two journalists who filed the report. In order to fully appreciate them, it is important to realize that the pictures themselves do not actually provide any evidence for the charges raised against Israel. No Israeli soldier, no weapon (Israeli or otherwise), no strike, no wounds and no blood, not a drop, can be seen. That's despite claims by official Palestinian sources that Mohammed was killed by three high velocity bullets, and Jamal al-Durra-the father-wounded by nine.

What turned these images into a modern blood-libel against Israel was only Mr. Enderlin's voice-over. Even though Mr. Enderlin was not in Gaza when the alleged killing happened, he tells the viewers with great confidence that the "shooting comes from the Israeli position. One more volley and the kid will be dead." Possibly in order to compensate for the lack of real evidence in their film, the two authors of the report, Palestinian cameraman Talal Abu Rahma (who works for France 2 and CNN) and Mr. Enderlin, a French-Israeli journalist, provided supporting statements. Mr. Abu Rahma did so in October 2000 in a written testimony-under oath-in the office and presence of attorney Raji Surani in Gaza. (The statement can be found on theWeb site of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights: www.pchrgaza.org/special/ tv2.htm.) Mr. Abu Rahma describes in great detail the alleged killing of the boy by Israeli soldiers. The words that particularly caught our attention were the following: "I spent about 27 minutes photographing the incident which took place for 45 minutes."

The importance of this sentence is twofold:

First, Mr. Abu Rahma said he has 27 minutes of footage while France 2 had previously only shown about 55 seconds of film and later released about three minutes and 26 seconds of material to the Israeli army. This is of enormous significance as the additional material could help shed more light on this story. One of the most bizarre aspects of this affair is that among the hundreds of people present at the scene, including dozens of other cameramen, only Talal Abu Rahma claimed to have actually witnessed the alleged killing of the boy and managed to catch it on film.

Second, Mr. Abu Rahma gravely raised the charges when he said the incident lasted for three-quarters of an hour. Before his statement, it could have been argued that the boy might have been unfortunately caught in cross-fire.

But for 15 Israeli servicemen to single out a harmless small boy and fire at him for 45 long minutes-that's a war crime.

Mr. Enderlin added his own colorful detail, saying the 27 minutes of rushes contain pictures of the child's agony that are too graphic to be shown to the world. "I cut the child's death throes. It was too unbearable. The story was told, the news delivered. It would not have added anything more," he told the French monthly Telerama in October 2000.

For years we have pleaded with France 2 to let us view the additional pictures. We are senior pressmen living in a troubled area, certain we could endure the "unbearable" pictures. We sent numerous registered letters, made phone calls and repeatedly suggested to compare our findings with the France 2 report. But to no avail. France 2 would not let us see its footage.

The French TV channel's obstructionism and our own investigation led us to the conclusion that the additional footage did not exist. We were so certain that we even published several articles to this effect. However, it took until Oct. 22 of this year before France 2 finally caved in. Following massive political pressure, the stateowned channel was forced to invite Luc Rosenzweig, a former chief editor of Le Monde and one of our contributors, to view the ominous rushes. On that Friday, Mr. Rosenzweig, together with Denis Jeambar, editor-in-chief of L'Express, and Daniel Leconte, a former France 2 reporter, was admitted into the office of Arlette Chabot, the head of France 2's news department. Our friend delivered the sentence we had rehearsed so many times: "I came to watch the 27 minutes of the incident mentioned in Mr. Abu Rahma's statement under oath."

A legal clerk for France 2 told Mr. Rosenzweig and his colleagues that they "will be disappointed." "Didn't you know?" added Didier Epelbaum, an adviser to the president of France Tél&ecute;vision (the department presiding over all French state-operated TV networks) "that Talal has retracted his testimony?"

No, they did not know. How could they since neither the French channel nor the Palestinian cameraman ever made that public? It is incredible how France 2 so nonchalantly admitted that their star witness, well, their only witness to the alleged killing, retracted his accusations. Without this testimony there is no story, and yet the channel refuses to make any of this public.

The 27 minutes of footage that the three journalists were finally allowed to see didn't contain a single new relevant scene, except for one that showed the child in a different death position from the one shown before. So the child moved after he was presumably dead? The unbearable images of the child 's death that Mr. Enderlin rhapsodized about? A mirage, a total invention, worthy of Scheherazade, the storyteller of "The Arabian Nights." So I keep asking France 2 three questions:

  1. How is it possible that, after having been caught giving false testimonies, Messrs. Abu Rahma and Enderlin are not only still working for the public TV channel but are still covering, often together, the Israeli-Arab conflict?

  2. How is it possible that France 2 has not yet informed the public of the significant new developments in the Mohammed al-Durra case? This would be standard behavior for any responsible media organization. By refusing to do so, France 2 is violating even its own ethical code.

  3. And most importantly, how is it possible that France 2 still stands by this story even though it knows it was filmed by someone who gave a false testimony and who, by retracting this testimony, effectively eliminated the whole basis of the report?

For four years, France 2 has been holding the "27-minute footage," pretending it contained crucial evidence, knowing full well though that both of their journalists simply lied. France 2 must be held responsible for this manipulation, first for issuing this fabrication and then for not coming clean.

Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and journalist who lives in Jerusalem. She can be contacted at www.naomiragen.com, where you can subscribe to her newsletter.

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, December 20, 2004.


Seeking "the Israeli" point of view, US campuses invite some Israelis to explain the issues. Academics think that the Israeli is clarifying the issues for them. Ethnocentrically, they assume that if Israeli, he must know. They imagine that foreign countries have intellectual uniformity. The colleges often get a far leftist speaker, representing a tiny fraction of Israelis. Far leftists share much of the Arab point of view with which the students are familiar.

Most speakers slant and muddle. Few speakers deal in basic facts that can be verified and from which students might draw independent conclusions. Instead, leftist speakers accuse and condemn -- and slander. The students, already programmed to accept both that manner of presentation and the distortions it enables, don't know they are being deceived. They think they are being fair.

As these students are roused to hate Israel, Zionism, and Jews as a whole but (for now) not the radical ones who agree with them, they indignantly deny having become antisemitic. Accusations of antisemitism they have been taught to brush off as a defensive tactic by unnamed pro-Israel demagogues. One cannot even warn biased people that their notions are antisemitic. One certainly cannot point out that they are ignorant and illogical. I think they don't know what is logical, fair, and decent. Their sense of justice is amplified but distorted.

Attila the Hun at least accepted his barbarism. These speakers and audiences deny theirs.


After having made some astute observations, a reader closed with an inquiry: Why is political correctness wielded in behalf of illegal aliens, who cost US taxpayers billions of dollars?

Interesting question, but let us consider all the reasons for turning a blind eye to this illegality. The simple answers are: (1) Western society has lost its nerve. Any group that asks for something is given it, except that big corporations do so behind the scenes by lobbying and by lightly publicized legislation and administrative "regulation"; and (2) Business likes cheap labor.

There are more parts to the answer: (3) Some of the same ethnic groups here legally have formed political organizations that champion extending rights to the illegal ones. On the other hand, some of the legal aliens resent fellow countrymen sneaking into this country ahead of turn; (4) Certain lawyers' groups act as lobbyists for their clientele; (5) Pathetic circumstances appeal to Americans who meet individual aliens; and (6) Related to answer 1 is political correctness.

The politically correct attitude rejects American solidarity and identifies more with "Third World" society and citizens. Hence some border churches think of themselves, when knowingly taking in numbers of illegal aliens, as running an "underground railroad" like abolitionists.

New York City has a mayor, not the first, who instructs city agencies not to turn illegal aliens in to immigration authorities for deportation. City and State expenditures on illegal aliens for medical, school, and other expenses probably amounts to half their multi-billion dollar deficits. Mostly the City's motive is political correctness.

Sympathizing with the aliens, people argue that if the aliens applied for those services, only to risk deportation, they would not come forward. I insist it is not our concern that illegal aliens receive our free public education rather than eventual detection and deportation. As for medical services, humanitarianism should not serve criminality, including large-scale theft of services. On the other hand, if they are afraid to be police witnesses, other crime, including exploitation of them, goes unpunished.


The US has determined that a priority for it is to help stabilize S. Arabia. The US seeks to mend relations with S. Arabia and engage in security cooperation (IMRA, 12/1). Does the policy include getting S. Arabia to cease financing global indoctrination in jihad?

Note the vague language. It states a broad goal without indicating what the US intends to do. That is the way of the diplomats. They fail to outline the program enough for citizens to evaluate it. They may as well not issue any press release.

Many press releases are about meetings between representatives of Israel and of other countries. The representatives meet, greet each other in laudatory terms about their peoples' relations, and state vague generalities about cooperation or the need for taking some action. The reader learns nothing, except perhaps contempt for the time-wasting by diplomats and media.


Before Israel would depend on Egypt for security from Gaza, and would allow air and sea ports to open in Gaza, PM Sharon said, Egypt would have to deal "thoroughly" with arms smuggling from Egypt into Gaza. IMRA notes that this language is vague. It could mean that Israel would consider the smuggling ended after only a brief suspension of it. After all, Israel has praised Egypt for dealing with the very smuggling that it cooperated with, for years (IMRA, 12/1).


(The Maginot Line was a string of French fortresses designed in the hope of barring German invasion in WWII. The Germans invaded not from Germany but, as they had done in WWI, through neutral Belgium, and came at the Line from a direction in which the fortresses' fixed position cannon did not face. Israel had its Bar Lev Line before the Yom Kippur War. The concept wasn't too bad, but Israel tried to save money on it by thinning out the garrisons, until they were too few to defend themselves. They, too, embodied a fatal misconception, being constructed largely of sand that Egyptian water hoses dissolved.)

PM Sharon informed the IDF that after it is withdrawn from Gaza, he would not allow it to reenter much, to put down terrorism. The IDF is resorting to building a string of electronic, unstaffed watchtowers between Gaza and Israel. Watchtower monitors would thwart would-be infiltrators. How they would do so was not specified (IMRA, 12/1).

Terrorists surely would build and emplace alongside Israel thousands of rockets and mortars. The towers and the fence do not reach high enough to thwart them.


A P.A. historian asserted that Israeli "claims" to have had holy temples in Jerusalem are based on biblical lies. Instead, Jerusalem has been the Arabs' capital (IMRA, 12/1).

He's calling all the Christians liars, for their Testament also refers to the Temple. He also is calling mainstream historians liars, for the historical record confirms the past existence of the Temples. Arab liars typically accuse their enemies of lying. Jihad is waged not only by force of arms but also by means of deceit. It officially is part of he Islamic creed.


The Arab states are worried that the Iraqi elections might not be fair. (As if) They know all about fair elections (Prof. Steven Plaut, 12/1, e-mail).


Pres. Bush asserted that the key to changing the P.A. is democracy. ZOA differs. It points out that a terrorist who gets elected still is a terrorist. Abu Mazen is a terrorist (IMRA, 12/2).


That is the title of David Pryce-Jones' article in December "Commentary." Having read his books, I find him on a par with Bernard Lewis, and more down-to-earth. This article is one of his best. Whereas I recently outlined the notion of a resumption of the Cold War, especially on campus, Mr. Pryce-Jones fills in the outline, for Europe, in a tour-de-force. I highly recommend it.

Yes there is a clash of civilization, he points out, at least in France. Either Europe assimilates the Muslim immigrants or they Islamisize Europe. The Islamists take measures, from false propaganda to violence, to incur counter-reactions they then can rally their people against, so as to prevent assimilation. They demand Islamic solidarity at the same time as they denounce Christian solidarity. (Their fellow Muslims don't even realize they are being manipulated.)

Worse is the growing alliance between the Left and the Muslims. The Left is becoming towards the Muslims like the fellow travelers who were apologists for the Communists. That explains the reluctance to call terrorists what they are. It also explains the excessive calls for, and defense of, diversity. Another offshoot is that political correctness protects Islam and even Islamists from much criticism, criticism freely leveled against Christianity. So do the expenses of libel suits and the Muslim death threats. Whatever it is thought Muslims might object to is censored, even if central to Western history. (Example: a monument to Spanish resistance to Moorish conquerors was demolished.) Muslims in Europe are exceedingly unfair, in an insolent manner, without being reprimanded. Sometimes they avoid reprimand when they and fellow travelers pretend they are moderate, despite a record of extremist statements and plotting. The result is to begin subordinating non-Muslims to Islam in speech, rights, and privileges. In some public schools, the Koran is studied but not the Bible. Only the Bible is subject to Church-State separation.

A relative of mine noted that Western peoples formerly knew when they had enemies. Now the political correct attitude is to pretend we don't have enemies, that it isn't "nice" to admit we have, and it is "racist" to identify them as "the Arabs." Those same politically correct leftists fail to acknowledge and protest against the Arabs' racial and religious slurs (and even genocide).


In that same December "Commentary, Joshua Kurlantzick describes the Arab media campaign to appeal to leftists. Communists and Islamists hold joint conferences. (So much for Islam being conservative!)

Although leftists usually are incensed over oppression of women and homosexuals, they ignore Arab oppression of women and homosexuals. What a double standard! The Left is finding in common with the Arabs the same scapegoats for everything: Americans and Jews. In their minds, the Jews direct the Americans, and the Americans oppress. The campaign against globalization serves as a joint rallying point against the scapegoats. The Left is getting increasingly menacing towards the Jews. (This Jewish conspiracy is kept secret from every fellow Jew I ever met.)

Unfortunately, obviously extremist positions by the hard Left are not denounced by the moderate left and by liberals, but seep into their own ideological framework. They accept at face value Islamists' pose of moderation, although once Islamists took power in Iran, Sudan, and Afghanistan, they shed the velvet gloves.

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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Posted by Bernard J. Shapiro, December 20, 2004.

There are dark clouds looming over the People of Israel. These dark clouds have been preceded by several Black Days that portend the destruction of Zionism in Israel. These Black Days that have followed in quick succession are the Knesset vote on the expulsion of Jews from Gaza and the Shomron, then the decision to allow Labor to join a coalition with the Likud and finally the revelation that the United States (with Sharon's acceptance) will demand a complete expulsion of all Jews east of the security fence. Labor, which lost the last election, with Shimon Peres in the coalition, will be a driving force behind the expulsion Jews, not just from Gaza but from all of YESHA.

The consequences of all of the above are much more serious than many understand. It will create a dramatic deteriorations in Israel's security as well as a total breakdown of national morale. The destruction of the homes and lives of so many Jews will totally undermine the principles of Zionism that are the bedrock of the Jewish State.

The Jews have faced expulsions many times throughout their history - the largest from Spain in 1492. Today we witness the first time Jews have been expelled by a Jewish government from their own nation.

The immediate consequence of this vile act by the Sharon government is the total fracture of the national consensus. It is a rupture of the historical roots of Israel in Zionism. The ruling Likud Party will be split and there is a possibility that the anti-Zionist left will emerge as the most significant influence on Israeli politics after being defeated in the last election by a landslide.

Democratic principles are being undermined and critics of Sharon's policies are being threatened with imprisonment.

What can we expect in the future following the surrender to terrorism. For one, Gaza will be come a haven and training base for terrorists from all over the world. New weapons will be introduced in large number including rockets capable of reaching Israel's major cities. Just like the days before the Six Day War, terrorists will infiltrate into Israel from Gaza bringing death and destruction in their wake.

The most significant damage will be to Israeli morale. While the Arabs will feel elated at this victory over Israel, Jews will become depressed and their feelings of national pride will be greatly diminished. Many Jews will seek to avoid joining the IDF and its elite units. Many more will emigrate to other countries, disgusted with Israeli anti-Jewish policies.

The goal of improving Israel's demographic balance by leaving Gaza will fail as fewer Jews will immigrate to Israel as the security situation deteriorates. As increasing numbers of Jews emigrate and the Arab birthrate continues to grow Israel will find itself in the same difficult position. There are other answers to the problem like transfer, but the leftist government will refuse to even discuss it.


[Writer's Note: This editorial is conceptually based on the history of both the American Revolution and Martin Luther King Jr's struggle to emancipate the black population of the United States. Of course it is modern and on the struggle for Israel, but the voices of George Washington, Patrick Henry and Dr. King ring loudly in my heart and soul.]

It is clear to all of us that the present Likud government of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is leading Israel to disaster. It is also clear that nothing external is compelling this self-destruction. The only thing that will save Israel is new elections.


The only way to speed up elections and thus save Israel is by destabilizing the current government and causing it to fall. This would force new elections and stop the insane Oslo/Road Map/Retreat process.


Over the last one hundred years, many governments have been destabilized by the action of a determined group of its citizens, not necessarily a majority. Two recent cases in this country are the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-War in Viet-Nam Movement. There is no doubt that Lyndon Johnson chose not to run for a second term because of the anti-war movement. There is also no doubt the Afro-American population would not have been able to throw off the yoke of discrimination without non-violent protest. In Israel it is obvious that the intifada succeeded, no doubt because of the Israeli government's reticence in crushing it.

It is this reticence by democratic regimes to crush popular uprisings that is the biggest weapon in the hands of groups wishing to destabilize their government. This principle does not work under autocratic governments as witness Syria (Hama) and China (Tiananmen Square).


1. Demonstrations -- the larger the better. Demonstrations will not in and of themselves bring down a government. Good media coverage is essential to give the population a feeling that the tide of history is turning against the regime.

2. Civil disobedience -- the key to success. There is one essential requirement for destabilizing a government and that is for a determined group of people to be willing to go to jail, be beaten by police, and possibly be killed in the pursuit of their political aims. More will follow later on organizing civil disobedience.

3. The Wrench In The Machinery Of Government

A Physical - roads and bridges can be blocked by slow or stalled cars.

B. Electronic - computer networks, telecommunications can be adversely affected [10,000 people calling government offices at the same time can paralyze the system].

C. Psychological - photos can be taken of police and military personnel who become involved in violent action against peaceful demonstrators. Available now are miniature video cameras that can be worn inconspicuously and send live feed to distant computers. At a time and place of your choosing their names can be revealed - you can compromise those security officers involved in non-democratic violence against demonstrators. Their names and photos can be publicized, leading to fear and a sense of insecurity.


A. Armed resistence to non-democratic police and military actions is not the best course of action since the military, police and security services will always be stronger and better equipped.

B. Open revolt against authority - Democracies are primarily based on voluntary compliance with the legal system. When that democracy ceases to govern in the best interests of its citizenry, with its security and survival, then it is lawful and justified to resist authority. This includes refusing to pay taxes, following illegal orders of the non-democratic army, traffic regulations etc.

C. Mass demonstrations, including the right of self-defense, are meant to intimidate the police and the government. The horrible vision of civil war will restrain the government. Knowing that the Zionist/Right will not physically resist, gives the government strength to pursue suicidal policies. The policy of not striking back at the Left (as experienced during the "season") begun in the pre-state days by Menachem Begin has had the effect of emasculating the Right in its relations with the Left.


While it is preferable to wage a non-violent campaign, there are certain lessons one can learn from the Israel Defense Forces.

1. Most important: Do not give the enemy time to rest and re-group. The IDF always advances in one massive push to victory, never allowing the enemy a respite. The same must be true of the demonstrations against Sharon. It is a mistake to agree to a truce. This time will be used to organize special police units including female police officers to handle demonstrators. The government has already learned that reservists do not like this heartrending undemocratic task.

2. Attack in many places at once, causing physical and psychological stress on the enemy. Demonstrators should not just take over hills in YESHA, but should take over government offices from Eilat to Metulla. Roads should be blocked all over the country. In Jerusalem, with its many government offices and a supportive religious population, you should be able to create and sustain chaos.


Half measures will not work. Either we want to bring down this government or we don't. You can not be both meat and milk. It was the IDF's failure to destroy the intifada that led to much of our trouble. Remember the principle of vaccinations: a tiny doze of the disease that allows the body to build its immune system. Half-measures allow Sharon to develop a resistance to the demonstrations. We must take the momentum and build continuously to the day of victory. The decision is ours.

Under the Nazis, the Jews of Warsaw numbered over 500,000. They were depleted with regular deportations aided by Judenrats (Jewish leaders). The Revolt in Warsaw began when the Jewish population was down to 50,000 (or 90% murdered). At what point is it OK to rebel? When is civil disobedience OK? When is civil war a better course than suicide? All throughout history there have been rebels and loyalists. History is usually written by the victors but truly there is seldom a universally accepted moral standard as to what is a proper rebellion and what is not. We can say with absolute certainty, however, that the Jewish return to Zion and our struggle today for Eretz Yisrael are more righteous than any other struggle for national liberation in the history of the world.

The Jews of YESHA must not be passive pawns in the political surrender of their homes. The defeatist Israeli leaders, who have surrendered our Jewish rights to Eretz Yisrael, should be told that there are still proud Jews in YESHA who will give up neither their inheritance from Abraham nor their right of self-defense. The Brave Heroes of Zion must not limit themselves to passive civil disobedience but must on the offensive. My friends it is way past time to mount an active civil disobedience campaign that will be celebrated by future generations as the Maccabees are today

While such internal Jewish conflict would be DREADFUL, it is a consequence of the government's disregard for the security and well being of its citizens. At this great time of trial and apocalyptic threat, the safeguarding of the future of the Jewish people's right to Eretz Yisrael must take precedence.

Bernard Shapiro is executive director of The Freeman Center For Strategic Studies, which has daily political, military and news analyses and a monthly internet magazine, The Maccabean Online. Contact him at bernards@sbcglobal.net

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Posted by Bryna Berch, December 20, 2004.
These three news items appeared today in Arutz-7 (www.IsraelNationalNews.com)

"Jewish Law Takes Precedence Over Israeli Law"

Citizens need not fulfill orders that violate Jewish Law, even according to modern Israeli law. This was the general consensus reached at a Jewish Jurisprudence seminar this past Sabbath. Journalist David Bedein told Arutz-7, "It was fantastic to see 250 people, most of them lawyers and most of them very knowledgeable in Judaism, discussing the definition of an illegal order and concluding with a consensus that one must not adhere to such an order. They brought many examples from our sources, such as King Saul's order to kill the Priests of Nov, where it was clear that an illegal order of this nature must not be carried out."

Among the lecturers were Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubenstein and former IDF Chief Prosecutor Menachem Finkelstein. Bedein noted that the speakers refrained from giving specific examples, such as the disengagement/expulsion currently on the public agenda: "They spoke of the general responsibility of a soldier in the field who receives an illegal order. The soldier has the responsibility to decide on his own; he is not just a robot who must fulfill orders, but must rather use his own judgment. This was something that everyone agreed on: the responsibility of the individual to consider the situation and use his own judgment."

"They did not bring specific examples," Bedein noted, "such as the evacuation plan, nor something that I consider even more grave, Clause 5 of the disengagement plan which calls upon Israel to train terrorist security forces in Gaza; helping an enemy in time of war would seem to be a clearly illegal order. In addition, the transfer plan calls upon soldiers to abandon property, including synagogues, to the enemy. None of these examples were mentioned; the intention was only to teach the general principles. I'm sure that if there is a Part II dealing with practical issues, which I anticipate will happen soon, these examples will be brought up."

The seminar, entitled, "The Fulfillment of Illegal Orders," was organized by Israel's "Jewish Law Heritage" movement. The organization bemoans the fact that the British Mandatory laws became the "default" laws of the State upon its establishment, instead of Jewish Law. It tracks progress in this area, however, and notes examples of cases where Jewish Law provides inspiration for state law, or actually becomes the law.

There was a consensus among the speakers that according to both modern Israeli law and Jewish law, a law that contradicts Jewish law need not be adhered to, as freedom of religion is guaranteed in both the Declaration of Independence and the Basic Laws. Another point widely made was that a Jewish king is not allowed to give orders to violate the Torah.

One leading lecturer with great military-legal experience reminded the audience that a military order to desecrate the Sabbath for a non-combat purpose is a clearly illegal order that must not be fulfilled. Justice Rubenstein expressed the hope that indictments would not be served, if at all possible, against soldiers who refuse orders based on their religious beliefs. He lamented the fact that most of Israel's judges don't use Jewish Jurisprudence in their rulings, due to lack of knowledge and lack of desire.

INN.com correspondent Ruti Avraham reports that it was noted that though a soldier must fulfill orders, he will not be punished for not doing so if their illegality is "perfectly clear to him." On the other hand, if the order is "blatantly illegal," he is forbidden to carry it out.

"Yesha Leader: I'm Ready to Go to Jail to Save Gaza"

Pinchas Wallerstein, head of Binyamim Regional Council in Samaria, calls on Israelis to break the law non-violently against the so-called disengagement plan, "even if it means going to jail." Wallerstein, a leading member of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha Council), wrote Yesha residents a letter declaring that the government plan "allows the crime of uprooting Jews from their homes" and that the proper reaction is "to be ready pay the price and go to prison."

He told Arutz-7 that the proposed government law determines that anyone who resists transfer is in violation of the law. He specifically added that opposition should be "non-violent," a phrase that most media reports did not include. Peace Now leaders as well as some Knesset Members immediately called on Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz to investigate him on suspicion of incitement.

The Yesha Council is to meet Monday afternoon to discuss its opposition strategy to the plan to transfer Jews from 25 communities in Gush Katif and northern Shomron and hand Jewish land over to the Arabs. Wallerstein said he expects unanimous approval of his approach.

"If someone were to try to pass a law for a transfer like this of some Arab village... all the knights of justice and civil rights would immediately protest and scream their hearts out to the heavens. But when it concerns Yesha residents, there is no justice and there are no rights," Wallerstein wrote, and continued: "The evacuation/compensation law [currently being discussed in two Knesset committees - ed.], which has already passed its first reading, and with the new government has nothing standing in its way, is an immoral law. This is not only because of the Stalinist way in which it was formed, and not only because of its inhumane clauses such as those that negate compensation from whoever objects to being thrown out of his home, but primarily because it legalizes an unspeakable crime: the forcible uprooting of Jews from their homes."

"Only if there will be a large population already today that is committed to be in Gush Katif and northern Samaria (if and when there is forced evacuation) and bodily resist transfer, only then is there a chance that this government will understand the gravity of its steps. I'm not scared of going to prison, and I hope that many people will understand, like me, that this is the price we must pay in order to object in a non-violent manner to this unethical crime."

Wallerstein later said that if enough people are willing to follow his example, "there won't be enough prisons in the country to hold them all, and something will have to give."

"Yesha Council Expected to Back Call for Civil Disobedience"

A Yesha leader's call for civil disobedience and willingness to go to jail are the issue of the day, and the Council leadership is set to convene this evening to decide its stance on the matter.

Pinchas Wallerstein heads the Binyamin Regional Council north of Jerusalem, and is a leading member of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha Council). He wrote an open letter to Yesha residents yesterday in which he declared that the government disengagement/expulsion plan must be opposed with a willingness to non-violently break the law if necessary and even go to prison.

Wallerstein explained that the only chance to stop the evacuation is if there is a sufficient number of people who are willing to bodily resist the transfer. "I'm not scared of going to prison," he wrote, "and I hope that many people will understand, like me, that this is the price we must pay in order to fight this unethical crime."

The Yesha Council will convene this afternoon, and is expected to support Wallerstein's statements, even if not unanimously. Wallerstein did not consult with his colleagues before publicizing his letter.

Former MK Elyakim HaEtzni of Kiryat Arba, speaking on Arutz-7 today, congratulated Wallerstein for his letter, and said, "Although it has been reported that not everyone on the Yesha Council agrees, I would like to make it clear that I, too, as a member of the expanded Yesha Council board, identify with his letter. I will do everything I can to violate this law of persecution - a law that is cruel, wicked, dictatorial, anti-democratic, and oppressive, reminiscent of anti-Semitic laws throughout history, anti-Zionist and anti-national, and a disgrace to those who legislated it. Those who enforce or implement it will be fulfilling a blatantly illegal order."

HaEtzni also decried Prime Minister Sharon, acting Justice Minister Tzippy Livny, some of the media and others who "self-righteously act as if disobeying this law is a blow to democracy. The opposite is true: Since this law is anti-democratic, the refusal to obey it is the way to stabilize our democracy. This evil approach of presenting those who initiate the pogrom as if they are the 'princes of democracy' stems, in part, from ignorance of the very fundamentals of democracy."

HaEtzni quoted Ariel Sharon himself as recommending, in the past, two important approaches "that will be the keys to our victory. One is civil disobedience to the law of transfer, and one is refusal by security forces to enforce the expulsion." In 1995, in the face of plans to give Jewish land to the Palestinian Authority, then-opposition MK Ariel Sharon said, "As one who has served in the army for many years, I say that a soldier must fulfill orders. If he feels that the order given him is against his conscience, he must turn personally, and I emphasize 'personally,' and explain this to his commander - and be willing to bear the consequences.'"

Also in 1995, Sharon told the Kfar Chabad weekly journal, "A year and a half ago already, I called for passive popular resistance... The most effective demonstrations are silent protests of tens of thousands. If we could have 50,000 people around the Prime Minister's office for ten days, the government would fall... This is a permitted method in democratic regimes." HaEtzni added that it is "obvious that Sharon knew that this would involve the blocking of streets, and even the whole city. Pinchas [Wallerstein] is merely carrying out the ideas of the Prime Minister... Let's hope that Pinchas' letter is just the opening shot, and that it will soon be followed by actions." He mentioned Women in Green's efforts in collecting signatures of soldiers who declare that they will not follow disengagement orders.

Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (Likud) said this morning that civil disobedience is a recognized democratic tool, "but if someone employs this tool, the government has the right to punish him." Netanyahu said that the best solution would be a national referendum on the matter of the expulsion plan: "Almost all of the Yesha residents, even Pinchas Wallerstein, say that they would honor the results of such a referendum. The reality is greater than any individual public figure, and as the tensions increase, the situation is likely to force the Prime Minister to hold a referendum." Mr. Sharon was quick to respond later this morning, saying that a referendum would not be held.

Both Prime Minister Sharon and President Moshe Katzav, who met this morning and held a short press conference afterwards, condemned Wallerstein's statements, as did many on the left. Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz is to hold a consultation this evening on the legality of Wallerstein's letter. Some left-wing figures, however, such as Ynet's commentator Ariana Melamed, wrote that Wallerstein was merely exercising his democratic right to oppose laws he feels are immoral.

Yesha Council member Sha'ul Goldstein, head of the Gush Etzion regional council, said he would not have taken Wallerstein's approach without first preparing the public. Goldstein supported him in principle, however, and said he himself plans to engage in permitted passive resistance to the intention to uproot Jews from their homes. "If a democracy is permitted to make laws to throw people out of their homes, and to declare me a law-breaker just by my very presence in my home - then what's a dictatorship?" he asked today.

Rafi Ben-Bassat, Wallerstein's deputy in the Binyamin Regional Council, said that his boss' position was a "calculated move, and I believe that many people will follow his lead." He told Arutz-7 that Wallerstein is not likely to be arrested for his statements: "If they didn't arrest people like Yossi Sarid and author Amos Oz who talked about lying down in front of bulldozers and blowing up bridges to stop a possible transfer of Arabs, then we can assume that they won't arrest Pinchas either."

Asked if attempts were being made to expand the struggle against the disengagement beyond the borders of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, Ben-Bassat said, "Most definitely. Where I live, in N'vei Tzuf in northern Binyamin, we go from house to house in Petach Tikvah; every Tuesday a large group goes out, and other groups go to other places, and explain the significance of this destruction plan." Dr. Ron Breiman of Professors for a Strong Israel (PSI) said, "In the present situation, PSI anticipates that thousands of people will be willing to go to prison as a way of stopping the dangerous process promoted by the two leftist leaders, Sharon and Peres."

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Posted by Tamar Rush, December 20, 2004.

This was written by Christopher Caldwell, a senior editor of the Weekly Standard (www,Weekly Standard.com). It is entitled "Holland Daze".

This is so disturbing, that I'm having trouble maintaining my equilibrium. These people are deadly serious. They want a return to the 7th century. Make no mistake about it.

THE SMALL CITY of Schiedam, on the Nieuwe Maas river near Rotterdam, has played a big role in the Dutch imagination of late. Five years ago, the historian/journalist Geert Mak entranced the country with a long narrative called My Father's Century. It is still in bookshop windows and is now in its 27th printing. It begins in Mak's great-grandparents' sail-making business in Schiedam, and follows the lives of his family members as they collide with Dutch history in the twentieth century: the Dutch Reformed faith they drifted in and out of, the herring they ate, how much money they made, what it felt like to live under Nazi occupation, their shyness (or boldness) about sex, the jokes they told, and how they faced the 1960s. The book consoled Dutch people that however tumultuous the changes the 20th century had wrought, there was an ineffable "Dutchness" that somehow perdured. Schiedam played the role in the Dutch imagination that Macomb County, Michigan, or Luckenbach, Texas, did in the American imagination in the mid-1980s: You could look there to see how the "real" people in the country lived.

Early this month, another Schiedam native, a 30-year-old man known in his police dossier as Farid A., was found guilty of issuing death threats over the Internet. When the conservative Dutch politician Geert Wilders described Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat last year as a "terrorist leader," Farid A. posted a picture of him on an Islamist website urging: "Wilders must be punished with death for his fascistic comments about Islam, Muslims, and the Palestinian cause." That was a year ago, and since then, Wilders has done even more to tick off Muslim radicals. He left the conservative Freedom and Democracy People's party (VVD) after a personal spat with the party leadership, promising to launch his own "Geert Wilders List," along the lines of the one-person movement that turned the gay populist Pim Fortuyn into the most popular politician in the Netherlands in early 2002. Wilders has focused on Turkey, crime, and the unsustainability of high immigration. He has warned that many of the more than 1 million Muslims who live in the Netherlands "have already opted for radical Islam," and has urged closing extremist mosques.

There is a market for his forthrightness. In early November, a poll in the left-leaning daily de Volkskrant showed that Wilders could win several hundred thousand votes, which would translate into nine seats in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of the national legislature. When the gadfly filmmaker Theo van Gogh was shot and knifed in southeastern Amsterdam on November 2, the letter that his killer pinned with a knife to his corpse contained a promise to do the same to the Somali-born feminist VVD member of parliament Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Wilders got similar threats shortly thereafter. There were two results for Wilders. First, his popularity shot through the roof: A second poll in de Volkskrant showed Wilders would now win almost 2 million voters, taking 28 seats, or a fifth of the parliament, and that he was drawing support across party lines and in every single sector of Dutch society, despite - or perhaps because of - perceptions that he is a single-issue candidate.

But Wilders also had to go into hiding. He now appears in public only for legislative sessions in the Hague, where he travels under armed guard. He complained in mid-December that the death threats had hampered his ability to build his party. The head of a conservative think tank told newspapers he had been advised by security personnel to stay away from Wilders. Anyone who declared himself for one of those 28 seats that looked ripe for the plucking would thereby place himself on a death list, too. One strange but highly professional video that can be downloaded off the Internet shows drawings of machine guns, then photographs of Wilders with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and then captioned panels reading:

name: geert wilders
occupation: idolator
sin: mocking Islam
punishment: beheading
reward: Paradise, in sha Allah

In early December, an appeals court in the Hague confirmed the punishment of Farid A. of Schiedam. He was sentenced to 120 hours of community service.

Only the beginning

This is why the murder of one Dutch filmmaker 911 days after 9/11 is described by people in Holland as having had the same effect on their country as the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 in the World Trade Center towers. Dutch people have the sense that, for the first time in centuries, the thread that connects them to the world of Geert Mak's father, and that world to the world of Erasmus and Spinoza and Rembrandt and William the Silent, is in danger of being snipped. Part of it is the size and the speed of the recent non-European immigration. The Netherlands, with a population of 16 million, has about 3 million foreign-born. By some estimates, a quarter of them do not speak Dutch.

What's more, the public has been told for two decades now that they ain't seen nothing yet, that this is only the first wave of a long era of immigration, which they'd better learn to love. The immigrants the country now hosts have been difficult to manage. Part of the problem is the interaction of high immigration and what was for years a generous, no-questions-asked welfare state: As many as 60 percent of Moroccans and Turks above the age of 40 - obviously first-generation immigrants - are unemployed, in the only major economy in Europe that has consistently had unemployment at or below American rates.

Most of these immigrants are Muslims. Muslim immigrants had begun to scare people long before Pim Fortuyn, the charismatic populist, turned himself into the country's most popular politician in the space of a few weeks in 2002, by arguing that the country was already overloaded with newcomers. (Fortuyn was assassinated by an animal-rights activist in May of that year.) Already in the 1990s, there were reports of American-style shootouts in schools, one involving two Turkish students in the town of Veghel. This past October, newspaper readers were riveted by the running saga of a quiet married couple who had been hounded out of the previously livable Amsterdam neighborhood of Diamantbuurt by gangs of Muslim youths. There were incidents of wild rejoicing across Holland in the wake of the September 11 attacks, notably in the eastern city of Ede. The weekly magazine Contrast took a poll showing that just under half the Muslims in the Netherlands were in "complete sympathy" with the September 11 attacks. At least some wish to turn to terrorism. In the wake of the van Gogh murder, Pakistani, Kurdish, and Moroccan terrorist cells were discovered. The Hague-based "Capital Network," out of which van Gogh's killer Mohammed Bouyeri came, had contact with terrorists who carried out bombings in Casablanca in 2003. Perhaps the most alarming revelation was that an Islamist mole was working as a translator in the AIVD, the national investigative service, and tipping off local radicals to impending operations.

The question naturally arises: If immigrants behave this way now, what will happen when they are far more numerous, as all authorities have long promised they will be? It has been estimated that the country's two largest cities, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, will be "majority minority" very soon (Rotterdam is today at 47 percent), and already 65 percent of primary and secondary students in both cities are of non-Dutch parentage. London's Daily Telegraph, citing immigration experts and government statistics, reported a net outflow of 13,000 people from Holland in the first six months of 2004, the first such deficit in half a century. One must treat this statistic carefully - it could be an artifact of an aging population in which many are retiring to warmer places. But it could also be the beginning of something resembling the American suburban phenomenon of "white flight," occurring at the level of an entire country.

The pillars fall

Perhaps the Dutch did with immigration what most countries do with most things: They thought too much about their own history, and then misapplied it. The concept that Dutch political scientists use more than any other to describe their society is "pillarization." For all that it is thought of as a Protestant society, the Netherlands is a quarter Catholic. Over the centuries a system of separate institutions developed. In the world of Geert Mak's father, Catholics not only went to their own churches but also had their own schools, newspapers, trade unions, social clubs, and the like. Protestants lived in a similarly separate world. There was a secular pillar as well. Elites from these different walks of life met to carve out a modus vivendi among different confessional groups.

The Netherlands was a society with a high level of religious affiliation and intensity - as it still is in its own "Bible Belt," which stretches in a rough southwest-to-northeast diagonal across the country. A political system that empowered church-affiliated organizations to perform temporal tasks created a mighty role for religion. That is why the world revolution of the 1960s - which was seen as a revolution against class in Britain, against de Gaulle in France, against the World War II generation in Germany, and against Vietnam in the United States - was seen in Holland as a rebellion against church authority.

The natural result was the libertine public square that will be recognized by any American who visited the Netherlands with a Eurail Pass at age 18 - the Milky Way, the legalized prostitution, hashish in the "coffee shops," the laissez-faire immigration policy, a law enforcement system whereunder you get 120 hours of community service for threatening to kill someone. The essential fact about this dispensation, at the political level, is that most Dutch people don't like it. Eighty percent of Netherlanders tell pollsters their country is "too tolerant." But the post-sixties tolerance seemed to have antecedents in the national mythology: Apostles of the new ethic claimed - without much justification - the mantle of the pre-Enlightenment tolerance that once led the Netherlands to welcome persecuted dissenters from across Europe: Huguenots from France, Jews from Spain, the Mayflower pilgrims from England.

This conflation of two regimes had its appeal even to conservatives who were unhappy with the new world of hashish, gay marriage, and euthanasia. Better to claim to be pursuing a difficult but very Dutch social arrangement than to admit to having been wiped out in a political struggle. The Dutch talked themselves into believing that this valueslessness was a perennial feature of their society. When immigrants began to arrive, authorities fantasized that they'd seen it all before - after all, they'd welcomed John Locke and René Descartes. So they could build up an "immigrant" or a "Muslim" pillar and then let it collapse into postmodern individualism, following the same historic route that Protestantism and Catholicism had taken, as if that route were the product of an iron historical law. In came an ultra-neutral, respect-centered vocabulary: Foreigners became "allochthonous," as opposed to natives, who were henceforth "autochthonous." In the 1980s, the government started creating Muslim schools. It poured public money into the construction of mosques.

There were two voices warning that history was not following this multicultural script. In 1991, Frits Bolkestein, the conservative statesman who occupies a position in Dutch political life that is an odd mix of Ronald Reagan and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, wrote a long article in de Volkskrant in which he warned that there was nothing inevitable about assimilation. Noting the threat of Muslim separatism to freedom of religion and freedom of expression, he warned, "Everyone in the Netherlands, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, is expected to obey the laws that stem from these principles." He was dismissed as a reactionary, and worse.

The multicultural drama

In 2000, the journalist and literary critic Paul Scheffer wrote an article called "The Multicultural Drama," which was the first attack from the left on this system of postmodern pillarization. For Scheffer, the system was a means of excluding Muslims, creating a kind of segregation by which people could "coexist without interacting." Real pillarization of the sort that worked in the past rested on shared and nonnegotiable understandings of three things: language, history, and law. But Dutch society had become too self-loathing to insist on any of them. Now people weren't even expected to learn Dutch. Scheffer complained that the Labor party (PvdA), to which he belonged, "wanted to cut the subsidies of cultural organizations that were not sufficiently concerned with ethnicity." He threw up his hands at one educator who had questioned the relevance, in a world of high immigration, of teaching Holland's history ("We're not going to bother Turkish children with the Occupation, are we?").

Dutch multiculturalism, when Bolkestein and Scheffer began to question it, was an unassailable certitude. Now it lacks a single full-throated defender. Wouter Bos, the new leader of the PvdA, many of whose members privately think the country has overreacted to the van Gogh murder, insists that "Islam is part of our country," and faults those who, "under the pretext of women's rights, try to claim that Islam doesn't belong here." He seems to want to punt the Netherlands' problems away to blue-ribbon committees and international bodies when he warns that we "underestimate the international character of the threat we're dealing with: radical political Islam."

Nonetheless, Bos, too, has been stung by recent history, particularly his party's great blunder of treating Pim Fortuyn (a former PvdA intellectual himself) as some kind of sociopath or prankster. Bos admits that in recent years, "tolerance became a pretext for not addressing problems." When asked whether his party would enter a coalition with Wilders, he does not rule it out.

The man who has been the most ardent defender of the old multiculturalist model has himself received threats from Islamists, and travels with bodyguards. Amsterdam's PvdA mayor Job Cohen was always so keen to embrace foreign cultures that Theo van Gogh (who was not above Jew-baiting) once wrote of him: "Of all the swindlers who have tried to pass off the fifth-column of goat-f--ers as some kind of an enrichment of our oh-so-marvelous multicultural society, Job Cohen is the most cunning." Questions within the Muslim community about whether they ought to be happy living under a Jewish mayor first arose under the mayoralty of Cohen's predecessor, Ed van Thijn, also Jewish, who ran the city in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Threats have been made, too, against Cohen's deputy, the Moroccan-born alderman Ahmed Aboutaleb, who has his own security detail.

Many discussions of the Netherlands suggest that the country's multicultural model is "under threat." Maybe that was true a year ago. Now it would be more accurate to say there is a society-wide consensus that it has failed. Even before he left office in 2002, PvdA premier Wim Kok had begun tightening the country's asylum laws, and under the conservative premiership of Jan Peter Balkenende, the reforms have picked up pace. One of the top priorities has been marriage laws. Several immigrant groups have an endogamy rate approaching 100 percent: Young, marriageable people return to their homelands to find a bride or groom and bring them back to Holland. Many Dutch believe the marriage laws are being abused simply to confer automatic citizenship and the right to welfare payments on as large a number of foreigners as possible. As a result, foreign spouses marrying Dutch citizens must now be 21 and speak Dutch, and their eligibility for welfare is not immediate. Education in foreign languages has been phased out, so the Dutch can concentrate on teaching their own endangered language.

Muslim Voltaires

But with the killing of van Gogh, the Dutch immigration crisis - which, as elsewhere in Europe, is a polite way of saying its Islam crisis - has moved to a higher pitch than in any other country in the West. Naturally, security concerns are also driving reform. Justice minister Piet Hein Donner wants tougher laws to permit holding terrorist suspects without trial. Most everyone in the Netherlands, whether they support or oppose it, believes something like the Patriot Act is coming to their country, too.

But on top of that, the Dutch public is being presented with an interpretation of their crisis that other publics in Europe are not. Namely, the view that the problem is not "radicalism" or "marginalization" or "fundamentalism" but Islam - that Islam and democracy don't coexist well. There are several reasons that the debate has taken a different turn in the Netherlands, but primary among them is the presence of outspoken Muslims. Afshin Ellian is an Iranian-born legal scholar in his late 30s who is seeking to modernize Islam. He takes heart that scholars in Iran, particularly the imprisoned theorist of democracy Akbar Ghanji, are doing the same. Ellian himself is living under police protection.

When Ellian writes provocative op-eds in the country's major journals, he gets dismissed by Muslims as a "fundamentalist of the Enlightenment." They are not necessarily wrong. Ellian has a view of Western intellectual history that casts tolerance as the fruit of attacks on Christianity rather than of Christianity itself. He thus thinks that what Islam needs is its own Nietzsche, Voltaire, and the Marquis de Sade. Four days after the van Gogh murder, he wrote an article entitled "Make Jokes About Islam!"

The most outspoken of these foreign-born Dutch, though, is the feminist member of parliament Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The daughter of prominent Somalians, she fled the country with her family when war broke out. When she arrived in the Netherlands in the early 1990s, via Saudi Arabia, she was still wearing a veil. She soon dropped it and began proclaiming the superiority of Western values to Islamic ones. She has spoken out against female circumcision, which is clandestinely practiced in the Netherlands and Belgium. She was elected to parliament in 2003 in the wake of the killing of Pim Fortuyn. Hirsi Ali has been under constant police protection since she described the prophet Mohammed as a "perverted tyrant" in the newspaper de Trouw two years ago and said she no longer believed in God. She wrote the screenplay for Submission, the violent and semi-pornographic movie about repression of women in Islam for which Theo van Gogh was murdered. Many of Hirsi Ali's associates believe that she was the preferred target of the murderers, and that van Gogh was chosen only because they could not penetrate her security arrangements. They are probably right. She is in hiding and has not been seen in public since the killing.

Hirsi Ali, like Ellian, belongs to what one could call the écrasez-l'infäme school of reformers of Islam. She and Wilders recently cowrote a column in the NRC Handelsblad calling for a "liberal jihad." Like Pim Fortuyn (who once said, "I have nothing against Moroccans; I have them in my bed all the time"), she has a tendency to taunt her political foes. And like Fortuyn, who could play up his gayness to an almost preposterous level of camp, she is aware that her outsider status makes her a natural leader for a society that fears it will die if it does not change, but would rather die than be accused of racism, gay-bashing, or Islamophobia.

So Hirsi Ali appears to many Muslims as the country's premier moral monster, and to many Dutch people as something like Joan of Arc. It is her position on women's issues that is potentially most explosive. Many European countries, notably France, are trying to recast arguments about the wearing of the Muslim headscarf as a matter of women's rights, as if that will somehow mollify fundamentalists by moving the discussion from a religious plane to a political one. But it risks doing something different: moving the discussion from an interpersonal level to a psychosexual one. It conveys that the West hopes to assimilate Islam by stealing its women out of the seraglio.

The Dutch minister for immigration and integration is Rita Verdonk, a woman, as it happens. In late November she went to the town of Soesterberg to speak about "Dutch values." There she was introduced to an imam named Ahmad Salam. He refused to shake her hand.

In the hours after van Gogh's death, Verdonk had given a speech that had drawn fire from a representative of the radical, Antwerp-based Arab-European League, who likened her to Hitler. ("All she was missing," he said, "was the little moustache.") But that wasn't what bothered Salam.

"I cannot shake hands with a woman," the imam explained.

"Well, then," Verdonk replied, "we have plenty to talk about."

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, December 20, 2004.

Civil disobedience is an established method to fight an immoral law or decision of a Government. It is true that the Ukrainians have be successful in preventing the "back door" takeover of their country by the use of non-violent, civil disobedience. However, and this is a big however, they did not engage in any form of disobedience, civil or un-civil when they were under Communist control. Why not?

Non-violent protest can only work when there is a reasonable level of civility in the political process and overall culture. A political system that stays in power by systematically brutalizing its population will not be moved by Mahatma Gandhi type protesters. It should be remembered that ALL successful, peaceful protests have occurred under democratic regimes. Only violent and generally extremely violent protests have ended the rule of dictatorships. There has never been a non-violent movement that has succeeded against a dictatorship.

The most accurate description of Israel's political system is Plutocracy; rule by gangsters. I do not say this to be clever but to be clear. All of the evictions of Jews by Government forces in the past few years have been conducted with premeditated and extreme brutality. Do not forget that when Moshe Feiglin organized peaceful demonstrations against Oslo, the Government reacted initially with scorn and eventually with extreme violence. Moshe Feiglin was sentenced for sedition and is fortunate to be alive. In the previous generation when Sephardim peacefully protested against blatant Government discrimination and bigotry, they were viciously beaten and dragged through the streets of Israel. Over the short history of the State of Israel, there have been numerous examples of this. Gangsters always react with violence and murder when their interests are threatened.

It is true, nevertheless, that there have been many peaceful demonstrations that were not attacked by Government forces but in every case they were "approved" events. The massive anti-Oslo events over the years all had Cabinet members, MKs, "leading Rabbinical figures," and were very tame affairs. I saw how anyone who carried an "unapproved" banner or sign was swiftly taken care of. Even establishment types who strayed too far from the approved norms would suddenly find their microphone had gone dead or were cut short by someone on the podium.

Israel's rulers may be gangsters but they are not stupid. They understand that they need to let the masses blow off a bit of steam. Let them waste their time and money, they reason, on pointless rallies and petitions. Nothing will change because they are in control and uninfluenced by such things. However, as soon as a demonstration, group or action become a real threat, they will react quickly with brutal, repressive violence.

If you are planning peaceful, civil-disobedience against gangsters then be prepared for the possibility of being severely beaten, maimed for life or killed. Do not expect to be treated with respect or in accordance with your civil or human rights. No consideration will be shown because you are old, a woman, a child, a well know person or any other factor. The Government forces that will confront you will be men carefully chosen because of their psychopathic tendencies to violence. Each one will attempt to pour onto you the maximum amount of rage, hatred and violence he feels he can get away with. If after all this you still believe that it is worth it, then at least make sure that whoever has convinced you to show up and get bashed is in the front and not off to the sides giving interviews to Fox News.

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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Posted by Tamar Rush, December 20, 2004.

Israel WILL be the sacrificial lamb!

The EU is more than happy to sacrifice Israel for what they think will lead to peace in the middle east.... and it seems that the US will also follow suit and sacrifice Israel in exchange for a renewed co-operation with Europe...

Within 2 years both the EU and US will be calling for a single state solution, because Israel's 1949 borders won't provide the security the little country needs...

A sacrifice to satiate the Arab and Iranian oil sheikhs...

As always in politics, money means more than a few million lives.... we see the genocides in Sudan and the Congo, but how far behind them will Israel be?

This is by Reuven Koret, publisher of Israel Insider. It is archived at http://web.israelinsider.com/Views/4613.htm

In recent days, several U.S. Congressmen have written to President George Bush, asking him to explain the recent developments in the FBI investigation of AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying organization.

Press reports have indicated that, contrary to initial reports that the investigation was the accidental offshoot of a probe into a Pentagon researcher, AIPAC was the primary target of a "sting" operation. The Pentagon man, Larry Franklin, was used to provide bogus information to AIPAC lobbyists to find out whether that information - whether it was described as classified is unclear - would wind up in Israel.

The FBI does not operate in a vacuum, and the question arises as to which purpose the investigation serves, and whose? Already, lobbyists for Jewish organizations in the United States report the "chilling effect" of such a probe, comparable to the aftermath of the arrest and subsequent conviction of Jonathan Pollard, the naval officer who passed classified information to Israel. They are circumspect about contacts with Israeli officials for fear of being suspect or even subpoenaed, as occurred with the senior AIPAC officers.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has put all of his diplomatic eggs into the basket prepared by George W. Bush. Based on Sharon's interpretation of assurances that Bush would back his plan for "unilateral disengagement" from Gaza and Northern Samaria, oppose the Palestinian "right of return" and recognize that major settlement blocs would be eventually annexed by Israel, Sharon sought to win the backing of his coalition partners and the Israeli public. He lost all those partners, but his popular standing remains relatively strong. There is popular support, as always in Israel, for a national unity government, with the ruling Likud party forming a coalition with Labor and at least one small religious party.

Sharon's disengagement plan was based on several concrete assurances which he made to ensure passage of the initial bill inside his government. One was that Israel would retain full control of the Philadelphi route separating Gaza from the Israeli-Egyptian international border. Another was that Israel would retain full control of the Gaza coast and airport, preventing the smuggling which has recently become a huge problem, resulting in rocket attacks on Israeli towns and Jewish settlements in Gush Katif and tunnels used to blow up IDF bases. He also said that there would be a separate vote on actual "evacuation" (i.e. expulsion) of residents of each of four groups of settlements.

Now, it would appear, Sharon is being forced to retreat from all these positions. Shimon Peres, head of the Labor party, his new coalition partner, has called for Israel to turn over control of ports to the Palestinians, enabling air and sea access for improved weapons, and for Israel to withdraw from the Philadelphi route, relying on the Egyptian to police the border and prevent tunnels (although who needs tunnels when you can ship it in or fly it in?).

Moreover, in a surprise move in response to "legal experts," Sharon is now saying that he must move up the evacuation vote from June to January and to have the vote to expel the Jewish residents from all communities in Gaza and northern Samaria in a single vote, not four, leaving plenty of time to crush, with a sympathetic Supreme Court and Attorney General, expected appeals on the legality of the "transfer" process.

Sharon clearly is no longer in control of the process. He is already being dragged headlong beyond the "red lines" he set as conditions for the far-reaching process he initiated. No wonder the leader of the Labor party's negotiating team said he was "groveling" for their entry into the government.

In the days and weeks to come, we can expect to see increasing pressure from the Americans and the Europeans for Sharon to make increasing concessions. The silk glove treatment he has enjoyed till now is likely to yield to brass knuckles from the Americans, British and other Europeans should the Israeli Prime Minister stray from the Quartet-dictated roadmap, perhaps strengthened by a "peace conference" in London or elsewhere.

Already, the Americans and the Europeans, not learning from their mistakes with Arafat, are ready to pledge huge sums of money - reportedly $6 to $8 billion - to aid the Palestinians, including increasing their "security." Much of that money will be poured into Gaza which promises to be an untouchable terror state within striking distance of Tel Aviv. As for the huge costs which will accompany Israel's redeployments, destruction of settlements, and relocation of settlers - this apparently will be left for Israel alone to bear.

The Europeans now have their man a heart-beat - or an indictment - away from the leadership of Israel. If, heaven forbid, Ariel Sharon were to die in office, or perhaps to resign or suspend himself in the wake of various investigations still open against him, Shimon Peres will shortly be in a position to take over, and call the shots, at least during a hundred day transition period as provided by the Basic Law of the Knesset. As Sharon has showed, that can include firing uncooperative ministers, promoting cronies, and ignoring inconvenient laws or uncomfortable precedents. A lot can be achieved, and dismantled, in one hundred days.

In short, the stage is set for Ariel Sharon either being made expendable, and replaceable, or at least being played as an increasingly constrained and uncomfortable puppet. The cascade of concessions he is now making relative to his initial unilateral disengagement reflects this, but represents a small down-payment on the massive concessions to be extracted later. In short, an outmaneuvered Sharon has placed Israel on the fast-track to an imposed solution which promises to look far different than his original vision of a Palestinian state "in formaldehyde." Indeed, it is the Prime Minister who is being pickled.

The Late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin apparently had a similar queasiness in late October 1995, when he drew back from the "unofficial" Beilin-Abu Mazen agreement, godfathered by Peres, and put forth his own moderate, security-conscious alternative (which included the need to retain the Gush Katif bloc in Gaza - see my Rabin was Right"). A few weeks later he was assassinated, and Peres took over.

There is a point in the not distant future when, I believe, the FBI investigation of AIPAC and the ungloved squeeze on Israel will coincide with concerted international economic and political pressure on the Jewish State and Jews worldwide to toe the line - or else. At the same time massive pressure is being applied on Israel, indictments will be served against Jewish lobbyists, along with lavish helpings of alleged dual loyalties.

The "sting" is set. It may come with the "honey" of action against Iran's nuclear capacity, or the Iranian nuclear threat may be allowed to hang over our head as a friendly reminder of what friends are for. The stab in the back will come with soothing words, and stroking reassurances that it really is for the best.

Our choice then will be to stand up and fight the world alone, or lie back and enjoy the world's tender mercies.

Pickle, anyone?

This from the DEBKAFile and is entitled "Sudden Discord between Bush and Sharon". It is archived at http://www2.debka.com/article.php?aid=952

Israel's prime minister Ariel Sharon was warned many a time to beware of placing all his major policy eggs in the George W. Bush basket. But from the time he first took office more than three years ago, he never wavered from his bond with the US president. Their friendship was often cited as one of Sharon's prime assets. And until last week, the Bush administration stood behind the prime minister and heartily endorsed his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank in stages ending in September 2005.

But then the wind blowing in from Washington suddenly turned chill.

In the last week, according to DEBKAFile's Washington sources, the White House suddenly spun its sympathies around from Ariel Sharon and his disengagement plan to Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), Fatah frontrunner in the Palestinian January 9 election, and his sweeping demands for territorial concessions.

The prime minister's office in Jerusalem has not acknowledged that a main prop has been knocked out from under his most fundamental policy positions. But it was suggested in Sharon's "2005 - year of big opportunities" speech Thursday night, December 17, in Herzliya. He declared in ringing tones that recalled the way he laid down the law to Likud rebels: Disengagement will take place and it will proceed according to the format and time scale I laid down!

DEBKAFile's Washington sources outline the new state of play.

Our sources in Washington believe that the determining factor in the US president's turnabout was the message from Abbas that he will be in a position to announce a comprehensive ceasefire on or around January 1. He promises to bring all the Palestinian organizations including the radical Hamas and Jihad Islami into the truce.

Bush decided that if Abu Mazen can pull this off, his demands deserve close attention.

They are, first, that Israel hold up its plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank by September 2005 and set a new timeline. Its execution must also be swift, no more than a few weeks. He thus rejects Sharon's hard-and-fast timetable on which Israel's security chiefs have based their 2005 planning.

The Bush administration may have bought another key Palestinian demand: Israel's withdrawal from the West Bank must be a lot deeper than the line marking off the northern tip with the four settlements that Sharon proposes to evacuate. That pullback too, according to the new US thinking, must take place in the space of weeks rather than the six months allotted by the Sharon government.

These demands are not the sum total of Abu Mazen's shopping list - just starters. But if confirmed by Washington, they will require Sharon to scrap his four key policy objectives.

1. The disengagement strategy born at the peak of Yasser Arafat's campaign of terror as a unilateral exercise will be laid on a future negotiating table and subjected to tough Palestinian bargaining every inch off the way. Since last week, Washington looks like lining up behind Palestinian demands rather than Israel.

2. The proposition that the withdrawal from Gaza and northern West Bank will be Israeli's last territorial concessions to the Palestinians, presented to the Israeli public as the crowning achievement of the Sharon-Bush friendship, will go by the board.

On April 14, President Bush received Sharon at the White House and endorsed his disengagement plan. ("I commend Prime Minister Sharon for his bold and courageous decision to withdraw from Gaza and part of the West Bank" - as did British premier Tony Blair later).

The US president also said "in the light of new realities on the ground, including existing major population centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a complete and full return to 1949 armistice lines."

3. Washington has said often that terrorism must stop as a prerequisite for political progress. But how serious is this assertion? Since last month, the Americans and Iraqi prime minister Iyad Awali have been in and out of Amman for secret meetings under Jordanian King Abdullah's aegis to coax Iraqi Sunni leaders and Saddam loyalists to take part in Iraq's new democratic enterprise. Some of the Iraqi interlocutors lead guerrilla operations against US forces in Iraq - either from inside the country or from outside bases, mainly in Syria. If Washington is willing to engage Iraqi terrorist leaders, why not open an indirect channel to Palestinian terror organizations too?

4. In his "Big Opportunities for 2005" speech Thursday, Sharon presented his Gaza pullback plan as the road to cure-alls for Israel's economic woes, to new markets and to solutions for the extreme social and economic disparities between Israel's rich and poor.

DEBKAFile's Washington sources note that, while the Bush administration never promised US aid for the payout to evicted settlers or the Israeli army's redeployment in the Negev, it was understood that Washington would be helpful to Israel on international and financial markets.

That too is in doubt.

The Bush administration is now focusing fully on raising $6-8 billion dollars from its own resources and those of other nations, including the Europeans, for Palestinian reconstruction and recovery projects over the next five years. Israel will not only miss out on funding for its peace efforts but its taxpayers will be asked to contribute to the Palestinians.

Former prime minister Ehud Barak has picked up the new winds blowing from Washington, for, speaking after Sharon, he called for the urgent completion of the defense barrier. Because of delays in its construction, he said: "... Israel may have already lost Ariel and he is not sure that Maaleh Adumim is not lost too and Gush Etzion at risk."

Barak was nudging the prime minister to stop bandying words with the White House and instead to create facts on the ground without delay.

Sharon is therefore in for some hard shoves to adapt to the Palestinian scenario. He is still clinging to his plan with all his strength. In his Herzliya speech, he noted bitterly: I cannot accept changes of plan after all my struggles, sacrifices and battles.

A month ago, he could have escaped the pressure by dissolving his minority government and calling an early election. But that door is closing fast. In the next few days a coalition agreement which he initiated is due to be signed for attaching dovish Labor and Oslo Accord architect Shimon Peres to his government. Sharon is careening very fast into a fix undreamt of two weeks ago; he is about to be dragged by the White House and pushed by his Labor partner away from his cherished disengagement plan and forced to kowtow to a US-backed Palestinian agenda.

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Posted by Steven Plaut, December 20, 2004.
1. "The Left and the Islamists", Joshua Kurlantzick, Commentary Magazine. Joshua Kurlantzick is the foreign editor of the New Republic.

The Manhattan attorney Lynne Stewart has been wedded to activist causes since the 1960s, defending a long train of leftists who have had run-ins with the law. A grandmotherly woman with a wide, jowly pink face and graying hair in a bowl cut, she has represented antiwar demonstrators, aging yippies, and Black Panthers. In one well known display of her skills, she convinced a jury in the late 1980s that Larry Davis, a drug dealer who had wounded six policemen in a shootout, was himself the victim of corruption and racism, and won his acquittal.

When Stewart arrived at a federal prison hospital in Minnesota in May 2000, however, she met a client from a very different milieu. In the visiting room, Stewart sat down across from Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the infamous blind Egyptian cleric imprisoned for life in 1995 for inciting the 1993 World Trade Center attack and plotting to blow up the FBI's office in Manhattan as well as the United Nations and the Holland and Lincoln tunnels.

Though roughly the same age as Stewart, Abdel Rahman seems to have missed out on many of the famously tolerant ideals associated with her generation of activists. He has called for the slaughter of Jews, and for women to have little public role in society. Yet, with Sheik Omar, Stewart allegedly took a step beyond mere legal advice. Videotapes reportedly show that Stewart loudly spoke nonsense words while her client, under the din, instructed a man traveling with Stewart and posing as a translator to execute a new terrorist plot. For this, Stewart has been charged with providing material support for terrorism, since the dangerous sheik is forbidden from contacting his followers.

At Stewart's trial this fall, an FBI agent told the court that Sheik Omar later issued a proclamation, found in Stewart's office, announcing that "Any statement that comes from her ... should be taken as if I said it." Also at the trial, an Egyptian reporter for Reuters testified that, at roughly the same time as this proclamation, he had received a call from Stewart relaying a message from Omar to his followers that they should break their cease-fire with another Islamist group.

Revelations of her complicity with known terrorists left Stewart nonplussed. "We hit if off," she gushed to the Washington Post about her interactions with the sheik. "He's really an incredible person."

The seemingly improbable partnership that has emerged in recent years between figures like Lynne Stewart and Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman is the subject of David Horowitz's new book, "Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left."* According to Horowitz, links that began to form between Islamists and American leftists at the end of the cold war have been cemented by 9/11 and the Iraq war. Calling this alliance the Hitler-Stalin pact of our times, he warns of its potential impact, especially in undermining the war on terror.

Horowitz, the founder of the online magazine FrontPage and a former radical leftist, is at his best in documenting the intellectual connections between these strange bedfellows. He shows, for instance, how the anti-American pronouncements of Noam Chomsky have become increasingly indistinguishable from those of the fire-breathing clerics who appear on Arab satellite TV stations. Horowitz dredges up reams of similarly incendiary quotations from a range of American and Arab radicals. At the organizational level, he documents occasions on which leftist Western lawyers like Stewart have defended Muslim groups accused of abetting terrorism, and he points to the participation of militant Muslims in some of the most publicized antiwar rallies.

Horowitz also provides useful historical context for this unlikely romance. Over the past century, he argues, the radical Left in Europe and the U.S. has come to define itself as a movement against, rather than a movement for. Primarily, of course, its target has been the United States, no matter what the United States has stood for. For Horowitz, the historical roots of todays red-green alliance (green being the color of Islam) are to be found in the American Left's long-standing obsession with the treatment of blacks and Native Americans and especially in its loudly proclaimed solidarity over the years with Fidel Castro, the North Vietnamese, and Communist rebels in El Salvador and Nicaragua. When the U.S. declared war on terror, it was time, once again, for the Left to lionize whomever America opposed.

The fact that radical Islamists hold social and cultural values diametrically opposed to those of American leftists is not, Horowitz maintains, as big a problem for either party as it might appear. As in a previous era, when the hard Left dealt with Stalin's widely acknowledged crimes by turning its attention to more attractive proxies of the cause like Vietnam and Cuba, todays radicals tend to pay tribute not to al Qaeda but to groups like Hamas, whose extensive social-service network can be invoked to soften the horrors perpetrated by its terror cells. (Interestingly, though, few if any of todays leftists have decamped for Teheran or Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, as some once did for the workers paradises of Cuba and North Vietnam.)

For their part, the prophets of radical Islam have not only borrowed from the Left in recent decades. Citing Bernard Lewis, Horowitz notes that anti-Americanism seems to form the one exception to their categorical hatred of Western ideas. They have learned to appeal to leftist sympathies. The Arab media now constantly condemn the U.S. for victimizing the third world and supporting tyrants. Many Islamists have even mastered the rhetoric of class struggle and anti-colonial resistance. As Horowitz observes, the Ayatollah Khomeini sought to portray his revolution in Iran as a movement of the oppressed, thus gaining the support of elements of the global political Left.

Horowitz's Unholy Alliance is among the first serious examinations of this troubling and relatively new relationship, and for that he certainly deserves credit. But there is a good deal more to be said about the origins of this ideological convergence and the concrete ways in which it has already found expression.

Useful as it is to be reminded of the long history of the radical Left's shifting allegiances, Horowitz scants what is decidedly new in the developments he describes. A decade ago, a red-green alliance would have seemed astounding. On campuses in Europe and America, women's groups usually avoided Islamist organizations, which often held highly misogynistic beliefs. The primary concerns of hard-leftist groups tended to be local issues, like labor rights and poverty. Few had ties to any Muslim organizations.

One powerful catalyst that changed all this was the birth of the anti-globalization movement. The real and imagined evils of globalization have breathed new life into the international Left, especially among the young. The social dislocation brought about by trade, outsourcing, and economic integration has proved to be a potent issue. But radicals have not rested content with protesting the policies they dislike. They have also sought villains, and they have found familiar ones: America and the Jews.

As Mark Strauss of the Carnegie Endowment has argued in "Antiglobalism's Jewish Problem" (Foreign Policy, December 2003), this is no accident. Despite the youth of many anti-globalization activists, they have drawn upon and updated venerable tropes of traditional anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism. The Rockefellers and Rothschilds have disappeared as international bogeymen, only to be replaced by theories of Jewish and American intrigue at the World Trade Organization and other supranational economic agencies. In the demonology of the Left, the top-hatted banker in striped pants has given way to the greedy, globe-trotting American consultant and the conspiring Zionist warmonger.

That such images should have found a ready audience in the Muslim world is no surprise. But their dissemination depended on yet another recent development: the Internet. Before the advent of today's computer technology, the hard Left in Europe and the U.S. would have had no idea how to seek out Islamist sympathizers. A generation ago, it would have been necessary for the two groups to occupy the same physical space - an unlikely prospect, given that traditional Muslims living in Arab-French suburbs, for example, rarely mingle with the college students who frequent Left Bank cafes. The Internet has opened a door between these disparate environments. Since the 1990s, Europe and America have seen a dramatic increase in the number of homepages on the Web created by both radical Muslims and anti-globalization activists. Creating links among these groups has become, literally, a matter of pushing the right buttons.

Horowitz provides few details about the actual political and financial connections, as opposed to the ideological affinities, between Islamists and radical leftists in the U.S. More disappointingly, he does not turn his attention to Europe, where such connections abound, thanks to the large and growing presence of Muslim immigrants and the interest groups that cater to them.

In early 2003, several British left-wing parties - Marxists, socialists, Labor radicals - came together with Islamist groups, including the local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, to create a joint steering committee. Its co-chairmen (to give something of its flavor) were Andrew Murray of the British Communist party and Muhammad Asalm Ijaz of the London Council of Mosques. On the Continent, at roughly the same time, similar alliances were cemented between Islamist organizations and leftist parties like France's Trotskyist Workers Struggle.

These links were quickly put to use. Throughout 2003 and 2004, Islamists and anti-globalization activists in Europe have held a number of joint protests, marches, and conferences. A February 2003 demonstration in London, co-sponsored by the Muslim Association of Britain and the Stop the War Coalition, drew some one million people. In France, several anti-globalization groups helped to lead marches protesting the government's order that headscarves could not be worn in public schools. At all of these rallies, Islamist and anti-Semitic ideas have become commonplace (a precedent set, as Horowitz correctly notes, by the notorious UN World Conference against Racism held in South Africa in 2001). Islamists and anti-globalization activists have other pan-European activities planned for 2005.

Still more worrisome is the fact that the leftist-Islamist partnership has been able to convert its cooperation into votes. In 2004 elections for local offices throughout Europe and for seats in the European Parliament, Islamic groups either worked together with leftists on joint lists or helped promote Left candidates in Belgium, Great Britain, and France, where the hard Left won 5 percent of the vote, a substantial figure for any small group. The electoral advantages of this united front can only grow as immigration and high birthrates add to Europes already sizable Muslim population.

In their outreach to Muslim radicals, hard-Left groups in the U.S. lag only slightly behind their European peers. Horowitz singles out one of the best-known of these organizations, International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), a New York-based group founded by former U.S. attorney general and long-time radical agitator Ramsey Clark (who has also represented the blind sheik). ANSWER, Horowitz shows, traffics in precisely the same kind of anti-American and anti-Semitic vitriol as the most hateful Islamists.

In fact, ANSWER's transgressions extend well beyond the dangerous rhetoric cited by Horowitz. In December 2003, the group helped to convene the second annual Cairo Conference, an anti-U.S. hate fest attended by a variety of Islamists, including Osama Hamdan, a top leader of Hamas. ANSWER has also given a seat on its steering committee to the Muslim Students Association (MSA). This American group presents itself as a benign advocate for Muslim college students. But as Jonathan Dowd-Gailey has recently documented in the Middle East Quarterly (see also The MSA ), the MSA has funneled money to the Holy Land Foundation and other charities accused of funding Hamas and Hizballah. MSA leaders have called for the death of all Jews and have spread pro-Taliban propaganda. The group advises its members that their long-term goal should be to Islamicize the politics of their respective universities.

Indeed, for radicals in the U.S. and Europe, any taboo that may once have kept them from openly collaborating with known Islamic terrorists has largely disappeared. As Lynne Stewart's trial was proceeding in Manhattan in September, an international strategy meeting was being held in Beirut under the title, "Where Next for the Global Anti-War and Anti-Globalization Movements?" Among the hundreds of groups in attendance, from over fifty nations, were such pillars of the anti-globalization hard Left as Focus on the Global South, a think tank devoted to issues of international trade; ATTAC, a socialist network with branches across Europe and Latin America and links to European political parties; and CorpWatch, an American group that monitors corporate influence on politics.

And who was on hand as a conference host to welcome the delegates to Beirutto make sure hotel rooms were acceptable, meals met everyone's tastes, and delegates could call their loved ones back home? None other than the Shiite terrorist group Hizballah, along with local Islamists and secular leftists. Though the conference did include radical advocates for the rights of women and other minorities, attendees seemed to have no problem taking directions from a group whose clerical overlords believe in a version of Islam that sentences homosexuals and adulterers to death by stoning.

Immediately after this conference adjourned, another left-wing group, this one of a religious cast, descended on Lebanon. A delegation of the American Presbyterian Church met with Hizballah officials in Beirut and praised the terrorist organization. As one of its members helpfully explained on Hizballah television, "Relations and conversations with Islamic leaders are a lot easier than dealings and dialogue with Jewish leaders."

The partnership between Islamists and the international Left poses its most immediate threat to Jews. As Horowitz rightly worries, the anti-Semitic propaganda spread by the red-green alliance stokes violence against Jewish communities and makes Israel an ever more vilified object of rage. Ultimately, too, Islamists may turn some part of the anti-globalization movement toward violence, just as groups in the 1960s like the Weather Underground took up guns and bombs as they became more radical. Indeed, many older members of the hard Left have never forsworn such tools. As Lynne Stewart told the New York Times (in an interview cited by Horowitz), there is nothing wrong with using directed violence against the institutions which perpetuate capitalism.

In the longer term, the ideas propagated by the hard Left-Islamist alliance could also seep into the wider political culture, poisoning the mainstream Left and otherwise sane liberals. Praise for suicide bombers, Horowitz notes, can already be heard at times from members of Europe's socialist establishment. In France, Belgium, Great Britain, and other European states, some parties of the moderate Left have tried to co-opt Muslim groups while sidestepping their extreme rhetoric, hoping thereby to bolster the parties' own credibility with dissatisfied radical voters. The French Communists, traditionally one of the larger and more mainstream leftist parties, have been leaders in this regard.

On the American side, too, pressure seems to be building for Washington to engage Islamic extremists more directly, in an effort to blunt some of their sting. According to a recent report in the Washington Post, American diplomats around the world have begun to make contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood despite serious concerns about the organization, which has fomented revolution across the Middle East and is dedicated, in the Post's words, to creating an Islamic civilization that harks back to the caliphates of the 7th and 8th centuries. Edward P. Djerejian, a former top State Department official, insists that the U.S. must know where they [Islamists] are coming from, to influence them. To demonize the Muslim Brotherhood, warns a former CIA official, would be foolhardy to the extreme. As if to confirm this new strategy, the government-funded National Democratic Institute recently hosted a delegation from a Yemeni party linked to the Muslim Brotherhood at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

As we and our allies try to develop more sophisticated political and diplomatic strategies for dealing with the Muslim world, the temptation will be great to reach out to those Islamist groups that express some willingness to work with us. Signs of apparent reasonableness are difficult to resist, especially for well-meaning internationalist bureaucrats. In its item on the Muslim Brotherhood, the Washington Post reported that some State Department officials believe the group could be persuaded to temper its anti-U.S. stance and even to battle the jihadists.

Such hopes defy reality. They also ignore the long history of Islamist groups in Sudan, Iran, Afghanistan, and elsewhere that have worn a moderate face in their formative years but, once in power, have moved quickly to implement sharia law, eliminate all opposition, and give aid to terrorists. As Islamists become more visible participants in the politics of the Western democracies, and as their new friends on the hard Left strive to obliterate or gloss over their record of mendacity and violence, the rest of us cannot afford to turn a blind eye to who they are and what they stand for.

2. Letters to Santa:

Infidel Santa,
You are the enemy of God. The Prophet, Peace Be Upon Him, said whoever wears a bright red suit and slides down crusading forces' chimneys with presents in a sack, Allah will strike him with a catastrophe before Judgment Day.
In the mean time, however, I'd be most appreciative of a new dialysis machine and Jon Stewart's latest book.
Osama Bin Laden, undisclosed location
CC: Joel Beinin, Middle East Studies Association

Attention Santa Sir,
We request as many Humvees as your sleigh transport vehicle can handle.
American soldiers, Iraq

My Dearest Santa,
At my lawyer's request, I am writing to cancel my request for a boy named Billy. But thank you for all your efforts in this regard.
Michael Jackson, Neverland

Dear Mr. Claus,
I have one word for you: Ohio.
John Kerry, Massachusetts
P.S. If that's not possible, I'd settle for a new snowboard and the 2008 nomination.

Dear Santa,
Any literature on primal scream therapy would be much appreciated.
Howard Dean, Vermont

Hey Claus,
What happened to that Democratic president I asked for? Don't tell me you're in bed with the Saudis, too? I should have known not to trust a stupid white man.
Michael Moore, Michigan

Dear Santa:
Rather than trouble you with a list of what I want, let me just tell you that I'd be happy to receive anything you saw fit to give me so long as it's not tort reform.
Yours truly,
John Edwards, North Carolina

Dear Abu Klaus:
Please deliver a free Palestine purified of its Jewish presence and armed to the teeth to fight for the Palestinian right of return to Tel Aviv and Haifa.
- Petition signed by 124 Israeli professors, twelve of whom have actually published articles in academic journals not devoted to Israel's destruction.

Dear Brother Klaus:
Please provide a world freed of heterosexuality.
- The Director, Religious Action Center, Washington DC

Dear Comrade Klaus:
Please provide us with a way to end all private property and to collectivize all people into grand socialist internment camps.
- The collective of students at the Reconstructionist Rabbinic College.

Dear Mister and Mrs. Claus:
Please provide me with one conspiracy for which I can actually come up with evidence to show it exists. Also please send me a photo of your sleigh to put on my web site on UFOs.
- Barry Chamish

Dear Chaver Claus:
I am outraged. How dare you steal my image and clothing and manner of speaking. I want royalties!
- Tommy Lapid

Dear Loving and Caring Claus:
Could you provide me with a copy of the original Rabbinic ordination certificate you dropped down my chimney a few years ago but without the stamp from the Rolling Stone Magazine mail order catalogue.
- Michael Lerner, Tikkun Magazine

Steven Plaut is an American-trained economist, a professor of business administration at Haifa University and author of "The Scout." He frequently comments - both seriously and satirically - on Israeli politics and the left wing academic community. His website address is http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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Posted by David Wilder, December 20, 2004.

Last week, during Hanukkah, the kids were home on vacation. Here in Hebron we try to provide daily activities for the children, including parties, trips and the like. On Tuesday one of my friends approached me and asked if I'd be busy the next day. As all spokespeople are trained to do, I answered his question with another question - "why, what do you need?"

He proceeded to tell me that on Wednesday, he was to escort a busload of kids on their Hanukkah trip, but something came up. Could I replace him?

I didn't have too much planned for the next day so, why not - it's a day out of the office, without having to sit in front of the screen. So I asked, "where are they going?" and he answered, "Gush Katif." That clinched it.

I sort of felt like we were playing round robin. That very day a large group of children from Gush Katif came to visit in Hebron. They participated in all sorts of events, including skits, touring, and a big candle-lighting ceremony with Hebron children at Ma'arat HaMachpela at sundown. On Wednesday a group of Gush Katif women arrived for a day in Hebron, at the same time that our children made their way down south.

I'm sure many people will ask - this is the way to spend a vacation day? Gush Katif residents travel to Hebron and Hebron goes to Gush Katif? Couldn't we each find more relaxing places to splurge a day away from home? I guess in some ways it's hard to explain, but in other ways, maybe not. We spent a couple of summers vacationing in Gush Katif, at Kfar Darom. Two of my daughters did their national volunteer service there, and we developed friendships with people in the community. We'd borrow someone's house for a few days, someone who was vacationing somewhere else, and spend a few days at the nearby beach, barbeque outside, and just enjoy the quiet, tranquil atmosphere, the beautiful scenery, which sort of reminded me of the Garden of Eden.

Believe me, it really is like that - perhaps it's a little less quiet these days, with mortars and Kassam missiles exploding all over the place - but Gush Katif still has a beauty difficult to express in words.

I guess this is one of the reasons it was decided to send our kids there for a day during Hanukkah, to experience the character of this endangered part of Eretz Yisrael.

But of course, there's more to it then just that. When we were under attack in Hebron, nothing was more heartening than people coming to visit - to walk the streets, to speak with us, to show support, just by being there. And I believe so it is today in Gush Katif. Over 5,000 mortars and missiles have been fired at Gush Katif residents over the past few years. Each one of those projectiles is targeted to kill - it is only due to Divine miracle that people aren't injured or worse every single day. Only last week a Thai woman, working in a Gush Katif greenhouse, was killed by a mortar which exploded right next to her. On September 24, twenty-four year old Tiferet Tratner was murdered by one of these flying bombs.

I have a beeper which receives almost immediate news bulletins whenever 'anything happens' - including missile and mortar strikes in Gush Katif. There isn't a day or night that goes by when I don't get numerous reports of missiles and mortars, landing in Neve Dekalim, Netzarim, and other communities. Early this morning the beerer buzzed, announcing that four mortars hit Kfar Darom, damaging a whole row of homes. Thank G-d, no one was injured.

So, in truth, you really can't ask how we go to visit for a few hours. You really have to ask how people there are able to do it - how they can live with this day after day, night after night, literally year after year.

It's difficult to speak for them, but I have a feeling that the answer is sitting there, on the tip of my tongue. First of all, and most importantly, the people in Gush Katif aren't crazies - over 9,000 people with a death-wish. They are people just like you and me - but they have a tremendous amount of faith - faith in G-d, faith in what they are doing, faith and determination to live their beliefs, to live the land, to bring life to the desert, to settle Eretz Yisrael. They are merely braver than most other people.

It seems clear to me that they also know and realize, all too well, that we cannot and should not flee from terror. The only way to deal with terror is to stand up to it - to fight it, but never to acquiesce to it. This is why they are so determined to stay where they are, despite the dangers and difficulties, because they know all too well: if Gush Katif falls and is abandoned to our enemies, the next front will not be Kfar Darom. The front will move up, past Sderot, (which is still under continued missile attack) to Ashkelon and Ashdod.

The heroism of Gush Katif's residents cannot be explained as a personal interest to maintain their own homes: rather it is true patriotism - doing what is best for their people and their country - putting their lives on the line to protect others, only slightly further north. Having experienced the horrors of bombs falling out of the air at all hours of the day and night for years, they know what's in store for their fellow countrymen, should the Arabs have the chance to hit them. And truthfully, I'm doubtful if those city residents would have the stamina or faith to endure such constant attacks, such as we've witnessed in Gush Katif for the past four year years.

That's why we go there - that's why we took the kids there - first, by our physical presence to show our support - to let them know that they are not struggling alone. But also to let our kids breathe the great courage of others - to show them that Gush Katif residents are the bravest people alive in Israel today.

It really was a beautiful day. Not in the classic sense. The weather was rather miserable. But that doesn't stop Hebron's children from having a good time. We had lunch on the beach, at the 'Pagoda,' once a stylish restaurant, perched on the Mediterranean Sea. The hotels closed, the tourism dried up, and the restaurant's clientele became non-existent. But the owner, a pleasant fellow named Menachem who could not abandon his dream, still lives there, and opens the building to wayward wanderers like us, who need a few tables and chairs for a lunch break. The wind was chilling, and he was gracious enough to make me a cup of coffee, a lifesaver on a cold day next to the water. We talked for a while, and I could see the sea in his eyes, the idealism of a true Israeli pioneer, who could never, ever, abandon his homestead.

After lunch we drove down the road a ways, to a small community called 'Shirat HaYam.' Today inhabited by 17 young families who literally live on the beach, this community was initiated by a few single girls, a few years back, who fell in love with the site. They married and established their homes there - small, simple caravans, - with the sea as their back yard. It's an amazing place populated by amazing people.

Our last stop was the Neve Dekelim Yeshiva. It was during our brief stay here that the kids really got excited. They heard booms in the background, booms of mortars falling, not too far away.

But that wasn't what struck me at this yeshiva, which was originally established in the Sinai community of Yamit, which was deleted from the face of the earth following Menachem Begin's abandonment of the Sinai to Egypt, almost twenty-five years ago.

Inside the yeshiva building, just as you walk in, is a memorial to the Yamit community - called the 'Yamit wall.' A Neve Dekalim resident who happened to be there explained the significance of the wall to the children - telling them about Yamit, explaining how it was destroyed, and how the wall remained as a memorial to the fallen community.

Watching the children, and listening to the explanation, I had a hard time keeping my composure. I kept asking myself: Twenty five years from now, will one of these kids be standing in front of a group of children, explaining to them the significance of the 'Katif wall'?

I sure hope not.

With blessings from Hebron.

This commentary is dedicated to the memory of Menachem ben Shaine and Elihu - Robert V. Lewis

David Wilder is spokesman of The Jewish Community of Hebron. You can contribute directly to The Jewish Community of Hebron, POB10, Kiryat Arba-Hebron 90100, hebron@hebron.org.il, 972-2-9965333 or write to The Hebron Fund, 1760 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11230, hebronfund@aol.com

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Posted by NGO Monitor Organization, December 20, 2004.
Summary: The extremist agenda of the Al-Dameer Association of Human Rights demonstrates the need for faster implementation of Ford Foundation guidelines on funding for NGOs that engage in incitement and justification of terror.

Established in Gaza in 1993, the Al-Dameer Association of Human Rights describes itself as "concerned with presenting legal services to detainees inside Israeli jails, along with its activities in defending the victims of violations, whoever perpetrates them" and "works on raising the societal awareness in the field of democracy and human rights through working with different sectors of the local society". It receives funding from individuals, local donors and international institutions, including the UNDP, Norwegian Peoples Aid, the International Commission of Jurists, and the Ford Foundation.

According to the Ford Foundation's website, Al-Dameer was the recipient of a $50,000 grant in 2004. The funding policy of the Ford Foundation, examined previously by NGO Monitor, has supported blatantly political anti-Israel activities. Following the analyses published by NGO Monitor and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Ford Foundation President Susan V. Berresford initiated a review and declared that it would act to ensure that funds no longer went to "groups that promote or condone bigotry or violence, or that challenged the very existence of legitimate, sovereign states like Israel." While some changes have been made, the activities of Al-Dameer show that the Ford Foundation is continuing to fund Palestinian NGOs that do not comply with Ford's own funding regulations.

Al-Dameer is a member of the Palestinian NGO Network, which was instrumental in producing many of the preparatory documents for the Durban 2001 conference including the document calling for embargoes on Israel. This behavior has continued, and while claiming to promote human rights, Al-Dameer's leaders defend terrorism, stating: "Palestinian people have the right to resist occupation to achieve their rights, especially their right to self-determination. We must reject the connection between the struggles of the Palestinian people in resisting the Israeli occupation with terrorism." A 4 October 2004 press release refers to 75 "martyrs" as a result of a "barbaric attack" by the IDF. (This press release was removed from the Al-Dameer website after NGO Monitor's draft analysis was sent to Ford for comment.)

The language of demonization continues in the press release, which refers to "an assault of ethnic disinfections against Palestinian civilians" and "the savagery of these crimes that forms a unique model never been used before against an unarmed occupied people." Repeating the standard call of the Palestinian Authority, Al-Dameer demands the dispatch of an international force 'to protect Palestinian civilians'. Offering no context to IDF counter-terror operations in Gaza, another press release of 9 September 2004 calls for "the formation of a War Crimes Tribunal to bring to justice the perpetrators of these actions." Al-Dameer also makes unsubstantiated claims in relation to the extent of IDF operations. For example, a 17 March 2004 press release claims that the IDF "destroyed the administrative buildings and the campus of the Al-Aqsa University."

Al-Dameer also refers targeted killings of Palestinian terrorists to be "war crimes" and fails to acknowledge the role of terrorist leaders in perpetrating acts of murder against Israeli civilians. Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin is portrayed as a "handicapped adult confined to a wheel chair". When Al-Dameer does acknowledge the memberships of terrorist organizations of Palestinians killed in IDF operations it still refers to them as "martyrs" along with civilians caught in the crossfire. Thus, two Hamas members are "martyred" in what is described as a "massacre" in the Al-Zaitun neighborhood.

Similarly, Al-Dameer displayed five photographs on its website, which it referred to as "Photos of daily life under occupation". These lack any context or explanation leaving the viewer to draw uninformed conclusions. Two of the photos, despite offering no evidence as to the identities of those involved or the actions taking place, were described as an "Israeli soldier torturing a Palestinian prisoner". (As in the case of its missing 4 October 2004 press release, this section of Al-Dameer's website was recently cleaned up, and was empty as of December 20, 2004).

As this evidence demonstrates, Al-Dameer engages in anti-Israel demonization while condoning Palestinian terrorism, in violation of the Ford Foundation's guidelines.

The Ford Foundation's response:

NGO Monitor's analysis was sent to the Ford Foundation, whose Assistant Secretary and Associate General Counsel, Nancy Feller replied on 3 December 2004:

"Thank you for your communication of November 24. As you know, we put such information through an established review process, which we will do in this case."

NGO Monitor has requested a more substantial response, which will be posted upon receipt.

The NGO Monitor organization (www.ngo-monitor.org) promotes critical debate and accountability of human rights NGOs in the Arab Israeli Conflict.

Note that the original article contained dynamic links to additional material - see http://www.ngo-monitor.org.

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Posted by David Gerstman, December 20, 2004.

Over the years - especially since 1993 - Israel has been called upon to make "goodwill gestures" or "confidence building measures" to the Palestinians. In general these gestures involve risky activity - ceding land, freeing prisoners and allowing greater freedom of movement - making it easier for Israel's enemies of the Israeli measures to launch attacks.

Yet despite the risks, the conventional wisdom is that these things are "the least" Israel can do and parties all around dismiss their importance.

Israel, in another "confidence building measure" has agreed to free 170 Palestinian prisoners (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20041219/ap_on_ re_mi_ea/israel_palestinians_17). Israel on Sunday approved the release of 170 Palestinian prisoners in a goodwill gesture toward Egypt and the new Palestinian leadership, officials said, but a Palestinian official dismissed the Israeli move as "cosmetic."

Note that the source is not a member of Hamas, but a "Palestinian official," (identified later in the article as "Radi Jaraie, the deputy Palestinian minister of prisoner affairs.")

Where did the idea originate that releasing prisoners was a "confidence building measure?" Here's one of the earliest references in the "Agreement on Gaza Strip and Jericho Area" (http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Peace+Process/Guide+to+the+Peace+Process/ Agreement+on+Gaza+Strip+and+Jericho+Area.htm"):


CONFIDENCE BUILDING MEASURES With a view to creating a positive and supportive public atmosphere to accompany the implementation of this Agreement, and to establish a solid basis of mutual trust and good faith, both Parties agree to carry out confidence building measures as detailed herewith:

Upon the signing of this Agreement, Israel will release, or turn over, to the Palestinian Authority within a period of 5 weeks, about 5,000 Palestinian detainees and prisoners, residents of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Those released will be free to return to their homes anywhere in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip. Prisoners turned over to the Palestinian Authority shall be obliged to remain in the Gaza Strip or the Jericho Area for the remainder of their sentence.

After the signing of this Agreement, the two Parties shall continue to negotiate the release of additional Palestinian prisoners and detainees, building on agreed principles.

The implementation of the above measures will be subject to the fulfillment of the procedures determined by Israeli law for the release and transfer of detainees and prisoners.

With the assumption of Palestinian authority, the Palestinian side commits itself to solving the problem of those Palestinians who were in contact with the Israeli authorities. Until an agreed solution is found, the Palestinian side undertakes not to prosecute these Palestinians or to harm them in any way.

Palestinians from abroad whose entry into the Gaza Strip and the Jericho Area is approved pursuant to this Agreement, and to whom the provisions of this Article are applicable, will not be prosecuted for offenses committed prior to September 13, 1993.

There are some interesting aspects to these confidence building measures:

1) Israel's obligation is quite specific and was fulfilled.

2) The Palestinians never fulfilled even their ill defined obligation. Palestinians suspected (fairly or more likely not) of helping Israel were (and still are) regularly killed as "collaborators."

3) There was a limit on the amnesty. Violence against Israel prior to Sept 13, 1993 was to be forgiven by Israel. The implication is that this was a peace treaty and acts of war prior to the signing of the treaty were to be forgiven. Israel made a huge (and dandgerous) concession here allowing acts of terror to be construed as acts of war. Effectively this legalized Palestinian terror making it legitimate but even at that: the amnesty only applied prior to the signing of the original Oslo Accords. Any Palestinian engaging in terror subsequent to Sept 13, 1993 showed that he didn't accept the peace treaty and was therefore not elibible for amnesty.

Yet for the past 11 years the PA has insisted that Israel release all of its Palesinian prisoners even those who engaged in terror after the Oslo Accords. In this way the PA openly flouted its supposed acceptance of pursuing only a political solution; even after Oslo they sought to excuse terror against Israel in violation of their own commitments! (Charles Krauthammer once made this argument, but I haven't found it.)

Now Israel is once again proposing to release Palestinian prisoners, all of whom committed offenses subsequent to Sept 13, 1993. And once again the Palestinian minimize the significance of the proposal. A willful media ignores the precedent and allows the Palestinians to conflate terrorists with prisoners of war or political prisoners. If the gesture is to be minimized, Israel should reverse itself. If it builds no confidence why release men who will go back to committing terror? This isn't Hamas rejecting the significance of Israel's actions but a member of the PA.

The NY Times has been very good at this sort approach. An editorial today "Timely Help for the Palestinians" (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/18/opinion/18sat3.html? ex=1261112400&en=36e825b1fde3f874&ei=3D5090&partner=rssuserland) states:

After the Palestinian elections set for Jan. 9, the new government must crack down on armed groups. Donors are also calling for Israel to remove scores of roadblocks and checkpoints. While those checkpoints have undoubtedly reduced the number of attacks by suicide bombers, they have made it virtually impossible for average Palestinians to move freely, whether going to the polls or simply trying to go to work.

Notice how Israel must allow "Palestinians to move freely" even a the cost of no longer reducing "the number of attacks (not just of) suicide bombers." And what does Israel get in return? An expectation of the Palestinians. And what happens if the Palestinian don't live up to their side of the bargain? Will the editors of the Times condemn them and say that Israel mustn't concede anything else until the Palestinian fulfill their obligaitions. Or will they insist on continued Israeli "confidence building measures" to convince the faithless Palestinians of Israel's serious intent? I would bet on the latter.

Consider for example a column from Thomas Friedman earlier this year. He criticized PM Sharon for not boosting Abu Mazen in his first incarnation as Palestinian PM by releasing prisoners. First he asserted (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/05/opinion/05FRIE.html? ex=1391403600&en=14e5a661e648a085&ei=3D5007&partnerUSERLAND):

While Mr. Sharon's decision is in the right direction, it's not all so simple. Why? Because in the past two years, Mr. Sharon has crushed Mr. Arafat's corrupt Palestinian Authority, but failed to lift a finger to empower more responsible Palestinians - like Mahmoud Abbas and Muhammad Dahlan

Then when he was called on it, and many pointed out that PM Sharon had indeed released prisoners to boost Abbas's image he wrote the next week (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/12/opinion/12FRIE.html? ex=1391922000&en=89c2413816c1293e&ei=5007&partner=USERLAND):

My Feb. 5 column erred in saying Ariel Sharon had released no Palestinian prisoners to Mahmoud Abbas. He did. It was just too limited a release to have any impact. See above.

But as I noted back then (http://doubting.baltiblogs.com/archives/000827.html):

First of all there was at least one "big name fighter" who was released. That was Ahmad Jabara, the "refrigerator bomber." Jabara was welcomed by many people in addition to Arafat and given a special title. The release may not have been enough for Abbas, but would any number have been? It's also wrong to claim that the release was too limited. This is from a contemporaneous account by The Media Line:

The Palestinian Authority [PA] regards this step of releasing prisoners as a positive one, since it will build trust on both sides. The PA also believes that such steps will put pressure on terror organizations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad. This was reported on the Israeli news website Ynet, adding that the Palestinians claimed most of those released were ending their sentence in any case.

Crowds gathered to greet Jabara at the Qalandia checkpoint, from where Jabara headed straight for the Muqata'a, Arafat's compound in Ramallah. Jabara was greeted by Chairman Arafat with open arms. The Palestinian Al-Hayyat reported Jabara's release as the main item on its front page, alongside a picture of Arafat holding Jabara's hand as a demonstration of strength and solidarity.

The release of Jabara was fron[t] page news in the official Palestinian press. That suggests that this was an excellent "confidence building" measure for those who believe that such things help. Instead of strengthening Abbas, Arafat got all the credit.

For Friedman - as well as his editors - no Israeli concession is too great and no Palestinian obligation is too small. With such an orientation there will never be peace. Hopefully the Bush administration will show greater sense.

This article is crossposted on Israpundit (http://israpundit.com/archives/2004/12/it_begins_again.php) and Soccer Dad (http://soccerdad.baltiblogs.com/archives/004567.html)

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Posted by Dr. Ron Breiman, December 20, 2004.

Professors for a Strong Israel agrees with the head of the Binyamin Regional Council, Pinchas Wallerstein, that the "Evacuation and Indemnity Law" ("pinui-pitzui") is an immoral proposal for ethnic cleansing. Like Mr. Wallerstein, we see only one common denominator in the Sharon-Peres government: a lust for razing Jewish communities and evicting Jews from their lands.

Under the circumstances we predict that thousands will be willing to go to prison in order to put a brake on the dangerous plan espoused by the two leftists and their government.

We expect of the attorney general and of the legal establishment that they will declare that the cleansing of populations from their homes on an ethnic basis is unacceptable and illegal, even when the population is Jewish. Their silence in the face of this transfer law will damage heavily the rule of law in Israel, even as the norms of democracy are being trampled.

Dr. Breiman is Chairman of Professors for a Strong Israel (PSI). He can be reached at 050-5-518 940

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Posted by Ruth and Nadia Matar, December 20, 2004.

WOMEN IN GREEN applauds and supports the stand of Pinchas Wallerstein! His resistance to the transfer of Jews is the number one topic of discussion on the Israeli media.

The fact is, the time has come to fight the illegitimate government that wishes to implement the treacherous and illegal plan of Sharon. We dare not uproot Jews from their homes in the Promised Land. We urge all Jews to take whatever non violent of civil disobedience, to bring down the onerous government of Sharon.

That is what the masses did in the Ukraine, when they succeeded in ending its corrupt government. We in Israel must do the same. The masses must take to the streets and stop the usual life of this country. We must finally bring down the dictator Sharon and the Oslo criminals who surround him. The biggest criminal of them all is Shimon Peres, who heads the list of those who support Sharon's Disengagement Plan.

Pinchas Wallerstein must be allowed to continue to spread his message. In addition, Women in Green call upon everyone to urge the security forces not to obey the illegitimate order to transfer Jews from their homes. It is sacrilegious to destroy their synagogues! The holy graves of their loved ones must not be disturbed!

No soldier or policeman should lend a hand to help transfer Jews from their Homeland. No Jew, and certainly not the Jewish State of Israel, has the right to turn against what is clearly Promised by the G-d of Israel in our Bible. How much more so is it forbidden to give any part of our Holy Land to the murderous Arab enemy.

Send your words of encouragement to Pinchas Wallerstein at these fax numbers:

Yesha Council 02-5814072 (from abroad - 972-2-581-4072)
Binyamin Council 02-9977263 (from abroad - 972-2-997-7263)
His email address is:

Ruth and Nadia Matar established Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green), an activist group of women based in Jerusalem. Their website address is http://www.womeningreen.org

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Posted by Steven Shamrak, December 19, 2004.

The real Zionists are often criticized for their strong, uncompromising points of view. Israel is criticized for not doing enough for peace, too. But, the same people are able to find any inconceivable justification for the horrendous actions of Jewish enemies. Many critics are Jewish and, in their strange way, they do care about the Jewish state. Regrettably, a well designed and executed propaganda campaign, supported by terror acts does affect people on a deep psychological level. Therefore, even decent members of the public, who have been exposed to and brainwashed by anti-Israel propaganda for a long time, are unable to evaluate the reality and the facts behind the news.

Even committed Zionists have become indifferent and cynical, due to self-destructive policies and inaction by successive Israel governments. There is an atmosphere of despair among many staunch Zionists and supporters of the state of Israel. Even they began to use 'politically correct' terminology and self-limiting ideas. This creates the perception of hopelessness and facilitates an inability to follow through the realisation of the Jewish national goal. I would like to address the most commonly expressed scoldings:

"We can't have everything" - We do not want 'everything'! It is 'others' have been 'acquiring' all they could for centuries. And now, they are imposing limitations on Jews, so we wouldn't even try to return what is rightfully ours!

"One must be pragmatic and realistic" - The reality is perceived illusion. It is created by action. Why should we accept 'sh***y' reality imposed on us by our 'friends' and enemies? Only by setting the 'Big' goals can anything great can be achieved!

"What about 3 millions Arabs living in Israel and territories" - What about them? Most of them came to Palestine after Zionists started reclaiming Jewish land. The goal of their masters, Arab and British, was to prevent the creation of the state of Israel. There are 22 Arab countries. It is time for them to return home. The message must be clear: Their sinister plan has failed!

"They will not allow us..." - Those mysterious 'They' again: 'They' were silent and did not want Jews survive Holocaust, 'They' did everything possible to prevent creation of the only Jewish state, 'They' have been doing nothing to stop Arab terror against Israel. Must we care what 'They' think? We must do what is right for us. Nobody else will. This is the only way!

It is written in Torah that if a thief is trying to tunnel into your house at night, you are allowed to kill him (The reasoning is that your life is without a doubt endangered). Arabs has continually said that they want to remove all Jews from Palestine. Only recently, they actually spent 4 months digging 730 meters long tunnel and killed 5 Israelis. For two thousand years Jews let robbery and killings go unpunished. We closed our eyes on too many 'tunnels'. The time has come to invoke the biblical law!

Steven Shamrak was born in the former Soviet Union (USSR) and participated in the Moscow Zionist "refusenik" movement. For the last 3 years, he has been publishing internet editorial letters on the Arab-Israeli conflict - independently, not as a member of any organization or political movement. He can be reached by email at StevenShamrak@mail2world.com

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, December 19, 2004.

President George W. Bush has double-crossed Israel with the intention of by-passing Israel's refusal to accept the Muslim Arab demand of the "Right of Return" for 3 to 5 million relatives of those 450,000 Arabs who left Israel before and during the Arab declared wars of 1948 and 1967.

Recall that the incoming 6 Arab armies told the approximately 480,000 Arabs to leave so their well-armed soldiers would have a clear field of fire and open roads for their tanks, trucks, etc. Their plan was for the incoming Arab forces, particularly Egypt, Syria and Jordan to occupy the Jewish territories and take over their material assets. They would confiscate all that the Jews had built - with no intention of returning any of the Arab refugees to the land. Most of these refugees were merely peasant farmers, called fellahin, who leased the land they farmed from absentee land-owners in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Europe.

UNRWA (United Nations Relief Works Association) had a philosophy or definition of "who is a refugee" for Arab from Mandatory Palestine, different from "who is refugee" from any other country. As they defined it: "A refugee from 'Palestine' is one who had lived in that country for a minimum of two years - not from 'time immemorial'. No other refugees in the world are defined in this category.

Now, under Bush's diktats, UNRWA wishes to empty ALL Jews from ALL of YESHA (Judea, Samaria and Gaza) in order to allow 3 to 5 million relatives and descendants of those 450,000 Muslim Arabs who had left to take the homes, farms, factories, roads, water, sewage treatment, electric grid and even their cemeteries to fill them under a false "right of return". This transfer of Jews is supposed to appease Muslim Arab Terrorists and Terrorist nations such as Syria, Iran, etc.

The Bush Dynasty, the pro-Arab U.S. State Department, the Europeans who helped kill 6 million Jews needed to "Rent-a-Jewish-Leader" to assist in betraying the Jewish State of Israel. Here they employed the enthusiastic dictator-to-be Arik Sharon and Sharon brought in Peres - always ready to give up Jewish Land neither had personal title to.

Bush has abandoned his support for Israel now that he is again in office for four more years in his second and final term. He lied to the Israelis; he lied to the Christian Right. He now wants to pacify the Arab Muslim World because he has killed Muslim Arabs in Afghanistan and Iraq. (I only hope he proves me wrong!)

His War against Global Terror - which is a war against Muslim Terrorists - will, no doubt, spiral down, unless Al Qaeda succeeds in obliterating a few towns as they threaten to do - like Washington, etc. Then perhaps, Bush will be impeached and someone with conviction and real courage will take his place. Such is the history of this young American Democracy.,

Should any American city be hit with WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) including NBC (Nuclear, Biological or Chemical), I see a temporary take-over by the military under martial law, accompanied by a rain of nuclear missiles on the key nests of Muslim Arab Terrorist Nations.

As for Sharon's plan, coupled with the regeneration of Peres failed Oslo, all designed to compress the Jews into one small area - guess what follows? If this horrific government - now to be led by two would-be dictators - is not taken down and replaced with a democratic government which abides by a Peoples' Referendum to keep the Covenant wherein G-d gave the Land to the Jews in perpetuity - even those dedicated Leftists will flee the country like the proverbial rats leaving a sinking ship.

Emanuel Winston is a commentator and Middle East analyst. His articles appear often on Think-Israel and Gamla. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a research associate of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies (http://www.freeman.org/online.htm).

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Posted by Voice of Judea, December 19, 2004.



Israeli politicians and representatives of the Israeli educational system are not happy with the recent findings of a survey taken of Israeli Jewish youth. According to the survey published in Maariv Dec. 19, 51% of those polled said they were against Arabs being allowed to serve as Knesset members.

Only 9.5% felt that democracy is the most important thing.

Voice of Judea Commentary:

Miracles of miracles. The more the system tries to brainwash youth to be brain dead supporters of democracy even at the expense of Israel's survival, the more young people develop a healthy survival instinct.


An overflow crowd packed the main synagogue of Kfar Tapuach last Thursday night to hear Torah lectures and eulogies in memory of Rabbi Binyamin Ze'ev and his wife Talia, who were murdered by Arab terrorists on the Jerusalem-Tapuach highway four years ago.

Distinguished Rabbis; including Rav Dov Lior, chief Rabbi of Yesha, and Rav Shlomo Aviner, head of Yeshivat Ateret Cohanim; delivered sermons for over five hours. Rabbi Baruch Kahane, Rav Binyamin's older brother, closed the service with recitation of Mishnayot and Kaddish.

Members of the Referendum to Save Israel distributed a flyer with the following message:

"To take our destiny into our hands" This was the last message of Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane HY"D and of his father, HY"D. At the end of their lives, both endorsed the creation of a referendum, through which the nation of Israel could demand a drastic change in the dangerous government policy.

Today, finally we have launched the referendum. As a first step, we will be holding a mini-referendum in the city of S'derot. S'derot the city that has been hit the hardest by Kassam rockets is the most logical place to host the preliminary referendum.

The referendum will contain two questions.
A) Do you support disengagement from the Gaza Strip and Northern Shomron, and the expulsion of the Jews who presently live there?
B) Or do you support the disengagement from the Arabs by expulsion of the Arabs that live in the aforementioned territories?

Sharon's treason will, ironically, help us to promote an alternative, and to inject a real solution into the national dialogue. For if it is acceptable for Sharon to suggest the expulsion of Jews, then it must surely be acceptable for us to propose a referendum that includes the counter alternative the expulsion of the Arabs.

Today we have an incredible opportunity to propose to the nation of Israel another way based upon the Torah. A way which is, in actuality, the only way to save Israel before Sharon forces tragedy upon us, G-d forbid.

The path of Sharon/Labor = tragedy. Because surrendering land will only increase Arab terror and bring it closer to the heart of the country.

The way of the Right/Yesha Council=tragedy. Because the retention of the territories along with its hostile Arab population is not a viable alternative.

The only reason that so many Israelis presently support leaving the Gaza Strip is that they wish to free themselves of the malignant and hostile Arab population that lives there. And the referendum that has been proposed by the Yesha Council does not offer any answers to the Arab threat.

The path of Kahane/Torah = the only way to save Israel. Because there is no solution other than the expulsion of the hostile Arabs to beyond a security zone far outside of the state's borders. This proposal will enjoy the support of the majority of the Jews of Israel as we will prove, G-d willing, after sharing the results of the S'derot referendum.

We are in need of volunteers to man polling stations, as well as funds to finance this vital campaign. Those interested can contact Ezra at 054-791-0341 or at 054-4-876-709. US callers can call 718-874-2057. Checks can be sent directly to "The Referendum for Israel" PO BOX 6592 Jerusalem 91060. "

Attorney Seeks to Legalize Kahane Organizations

Finally an American attorney has stepped forward to challenge the anti-Semitic State Department's erroneous classification of Kahane Chai and other pro-Israel organizations as terrorist groups.

In the government's initial listing, it was unable to bring evidence to even one case of terrorism allegedly committed by any one of the groups.

Before March 2, 2004, pursuant to Treasury regulations and Federal anti-terrorism laws, making contributions to or on behalf of Kach, Kahane Chai, and Kahane.org, even for challenging the foreign terrorist designations, was generally illegal.

On March 2, 2004 the Treasury Department issued a license allowing Mr. Klein, Attorney at Law to establish the Kahane Chai Legal Defense Fund, to solicit contributions, and receive payments from the Fund for the work he has done.

If you believe in the mission to remove Kach, Kahane Chai and Kahane.org from the State Departments Foreign Terrorist Organization list, please contribute to the Kahane Chai Legal Defense Fund. Initial contributions will be used for payment of completed legal work. For the first time since 1995, it is possible to donate money to help challenge this listing of Kahane Chai. Those interested in donating can visit the legal fund's website at:


Funds can also be sent to:
Kahane Chai Legal Defense Fund
c/o Kenneth Klein, Attorney At Law
8718 Cameron Street, Number 111
Silver Spring, MD 20910

The office can be contacted by telephone at (202) 628-4936
E-mail: kennethklein@netzero.com

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Posted by Naomi Ragen, December 19, 2004.


If anyone knows what the Palestinians are really saying to each other in Arabic - not the stuff they feed gullible Jews and Western journalists in English, it's Michael Widlanski, who is an expert in Arabic and has been studying the Arab media for a decade. Dr. Michael Widlanski teaches Political Communication at the Hebrew University's Rothberg School and has researched the Palestinian media for nearly a decade.

Below, a very revealing article that appeared in Haaretz.


Does the Palestinian Arab press know something that the Israeli press does not know?

Even as the Hebrew press headlined the remarks of Mahmoud Abbas (nickname Abu-Mazen) calling for an end to the "Intifada," the Arab press especially the Palestinian press ignored the "news" item.

When "Haaretz" wrote in its lead headline (Dec. 15, 2004) "Abu Mazen: The Use of Weapons in the Current Intifada has hurt us and has to stop," Radio "Sawt Filasteen" "Voice of Palestine" - the official mouthpiece of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), kept completely quiet. When "Yediot" and "Maariv" extensively covered and featured the remarks of Abu-Mazen (which were made to "Al-Sharq al-Awsat," an Arab newspaper published in London), official Palestinian television and the daily newspapers ignored the event.

So what does this mean? Who got it right the Israeli Hebrew press or the Palestinian Arab press?

It seems that the Arab press was right, if only for professional journalistic reasons.

After all, PLO Chairman Abu Mazen has said exactly the same thing or almost exactly the same thing several times before. In March 2003, he said the same thing to the same Arab newspaper in London when he was Prime Minister-presumptive of the PNA. He said almost identical things to the Jordanian newspaper "Al-Ra'i" in September 2003, and I have personally heard him say similar things on several Arab television stations in Lebanon and the Gulf. Indeed, Dr. Abbas made very similar remarks at the Aqaba Summit on June 4, 2003, and then he quickly "explained" his remarks in a susbsequent "special press conference" held for the Arab press.

One therefore has to ask what is the real importance of the remarks of Dr. Abbas (Abu-Mazen).

First, we must stress that the Arab press's disregard of the "moderate" remarks of the current PLO Chairman concerning the "current Intifada" are not part of a desire to ignore Abu-Mazen, the successor to Yasser Arafat. Quite the contrary! On the same morning (Dec. 15, 2004), Radio Voice of Palestine opened its broadcasts with extensive quotations from the new PLO Chairman who was touring Gulf countries. In fact, the radio as well as official PA television quoted Abu-Mazen's strong opposition to any kind of limitations of the Palestinian "right of return." The Palestinian media asserted that Abu-Mazen said and with him the entire PLO/PA leadership that they would not tolerate leaving any Palestinian refugees inside Arab countries.

It appears, then, that a careful examination of Abu-Mazen's remarks to the Arab newspaper in London as well as other recent remarks shows that Abu-Mazen does not oppose violence against Israelis from a moral or ideological perspective. Rather, he opposes some violence only from a "pragmatic" or "utilitarian" perspective. And then only for a short time.

Dr. Abbas believes that the Palestinian-Israeli War of Attrition has done more harm than good to the Palestinians. In other words, Abu-Mazen opposes using bullets and bombs against Israeli civilians inside "The Green Line." And he opposes this use of ammunition for reasons of "profit and loss."

In the current interview in "Al-Sharq al-Awsat" as in earlier interviews Abu-Mazen has been very consistent on several points.

1. The "Intifada" is a legitimate form of "resistance to occupation," and it should continue, but without bombs and bullets;

2. Abu Mazen supports attacking soldiers and settlers everywhere;

3. Dr. Abbas opposes for the time being attacks on Israeli civilians inside Israel because it such attacks are "counterproductive to Palestinian interests."

On the same morning that the Israeli press praised Abu-Mazen for his "moderation," the senior anchorman of Voice of Palestine, Nizar al-Ghul called the attack on the Israeli border checkpoint in Gaza a "resistance operation." The radio anchorman also proudly claimed that the "resistance operation" was carried out by the FATAH (headed by Arafat and Abbas) and the HAMAS (the Islamic Resistance Movement) with whom Abbas has been negotiating.

Is this the real meaning of "Palestinian unity" so sought by Abu-Mazen?

The Voice of Palestine radio anchorman's remarks on the "resistance operation" were the lead-in to the morning headlines. The day earlier, Voice of Palestine and PA Television called the tunnel bombers "mustash-hedeen" "heroic martyrs" in Arabic.

It appears possible that Dr. Abbas (who got his Ph.D from the Soviet "Patrice Lumumba University" on the subject of "Relations between Zionism and Nazism") is not only the formal successor to Yasser Arafat but a willing and eager student anxious to apply Arafat's methods of sending multiple messages to multiple (and sometimes gullible) audiences in different locations and in different languages.

Dr. Abbas, who wears a suit rather than the military uniform of Arafat, has a more refined and subtle style than his mentor, but it seems likely that their ideological content is similar, if not identical.

We will surprise ourselves a lot less if we study the words and methods of the new Palestinian leadership. Perhaps, we might even discover that when it comes to the "right of return" of Palestinian refugees living in Arab countries for 50 years that Abu-Mazen and Abu 'Ala (Ahmad Qreia) may actually have a tougher line than the Egyptian-born Arafat.

Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and journalist who lives in Jerusalem. She can be contacted at www.naomiragen.com, where you can subscribe to her newsletter.

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Posted by Moshe Dann, December 19, 2004.

"I felt pain after the agreement was signed; pain caused not merely by the government's mistaken, irresponsible decisions, but chiefly by its ministers' devilish joy at the "defeat" of their foes - the settlers. Sometimes you have no choice but to retreat... But to give up something that's entirely yours with cries of joy - the joy of retreat - is a sick phenomenon."
Ariel Sharon, The Jerusalem Post, Sept 29, 1995

Moshe Dann is a writer and journalist living in Jerusalem. Contact him at moshedan@netvision.net.il

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Posted by Steven Plaut, December 19, 2004.
1. Nice letter in Haaretz by Benjamin Yafet, Tucson, Arizona, United States of America (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ArticleNews.jhtml? itemNo=511261&contrassID=13 &subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0)
When Turkey first annexed Hatay, Syria adopted a position that it was "occupied" land and it was official policy to "liberate" it by returning it to Syria. After many years of tensions, recently the Syrian President visited Turkey and the issue seems to be solved forever. I have some trouble understanding why "land for peace" becomes necessary only when it comes to Israel. There is no significant Arab population on the Golan. After another fifty years of Israeli presence in the Golan, Israel will have both peace with Syria and the Golan, exactly like Turkey which kept Hatay and now has peace and friendship with Syria.

2. You may recall that the Kroc Center at Notre Dame University in Indiana, a Marxist pro-terror outfit at a "university" best known for its football team, has been trying to get French Arab anti-Semite Tariq Ramadan a gig at the "university" with Kroc picking up the bills. Tariq Ramadan has ties to al-Qaeda. This is the same Kroc Insitute that funded the "research" by Neve Gordon, the lecturer at Ben Gurion University who thinks Israel is a fascist, terrorist, apartheid state, in which Gordon "proves" that Israel is engaged in "state terrorism".

Anyways, it turns out that Kroc and Notre Dame have given up their attempts to lauch a Hoosier jihad: http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/385

They can still fund anti-Israel activities at Ben Gurion University, of course.

Steven Plaut is an American-trained economist, a professor of business administration at Haifa University and author of "The Scout." He frequently comments - both seriously and satirically - on Israeli politics and the left wing academic community. His website address is http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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Posted by An Li, December 19, 2004.

The PA never was, isn't and never will a friend of U.S. The Palestinian Authority is our Ideological, Political and Religious Enemy.

Who can explain these few questions?

  1. Why creating another Talibanesque terror-state in the Middle East is a good idea?
    How will creating another terror-state in the Middle East be beneficial for Americans, Europeans, Westerners and the entire democratic world?

  2. Why some Christians including President G. Bush actively promote creating a new Palestinian State?
    Why nobody cares about disappearing Palestinian's Christians and their struggles living under PA Shariah's Law?
    Why are Western media, including many Christian's organizations much more concerning about terrorist's families and ruining their homes than dying whole Christian community, majority of Palestinian population on the land of Jesus' birth 40 years ago?

  3. The American aid to Palestinian Authority is balancing from $100 to $300 million per year. Plus support financing through UN funds and programs such as UNICEF, UNDP, WFP, UNHCP, UNRWA, UNDCP and others gives total amount of American aid to Palestinian Authority from $200 to $500 million annually. Why?
    There aren't any positive effects from American's and European's money stream to PA. Absolutely no progress in tendency such as: bringing down terrorism, lessening detestation of America, increase democracy, shrinking Jihadic ambition and etc. So, why are we paying?

    Thankful Palestinians

    Militants of the Palestinian Islamic group Hamas set a flame to an effigy of a US soldier.

    Picture made Friday November. 19, 2004 in the West Bank city of Nablus, during a demonstration against the American offensive in the Iraqi city of Fallujah.
    Hamas and various other Islamic flags in background.

  4. How can we win a war against terrorism when we fights by one hand and subsidies ours enemy by another?

We should see reality and not replace an actuality on idealistical aspirations

PA never was, isn't and never will a friend of U.S. Palestinian Authority is our - Ideological, Political and Religious Enemy

20 reasons why Palestinians are America's enemy

  1. PA is our ideological enemy. Under the Palestinian constitution, Islam is the official state religion and the principles of Islamic Shariah are the main source of legislation. (The Palestinian Legislative Council: The Basic law. June 01, 2002). This means that Shariah law automatically applies for all non-Muslim population of PA.

  2. Anti-Americanism is a part of PA's ideological and religious propaganda. Each Khatib (preacher) is a paid employee of the Palestinian Authority (PA). The sermons are broadcast live every Friday at noon from mosques under control of the PA and are shown on PA television. Lies, misinformation, slander, calls for the destruction of the US and hate of "Big Satin" are an usual way to present news and information on PA's media.

  3. Palestinians view us as infidels. They educate and teach children to hate Jews and Christians in mosques, schools and through media and all available resources such as newspapers, TV and radio programs.

    Not surprisingly the Majority of Palestinians hates America - The Public opinion Poll was conducted by the Program for Educational Development of Beir Zet University, in Ramallah in the Palestinian Authority and published in Al Hayat Al Jadida, on November 11, 2000.

    "73% of Palestinians support military action against American targets in the region.

    Regarding suicide missions against American interests in the Middle East 73% supported, and 22% opposed, and it is interesting that the support for attacks against American targets among academics reached 77% compared to 70% among illiterates." For years, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has actively promoted hatred of the United States among its people. The recurring theme: the US is an imperialist, colonialist usurper of land and human rights, enemy of the Arab world, killer of Arab children, and supporter of Israel. Yassir Arafat's official radio station broadcast a sermon denouncing the United States as 'heretics,' 'dogs,' 'imperialists,' and killers.' Hamas and Islamic Jihad supporters constantly organize anti-American rallies, burn American and Israeli flags and shout: "Death to the US, Death to Israel, victory to Iraq."

    Palestinians slogans: "Saturday people first, then Sunday people." In translation this wise saying on pure English means: kill Jews first, then Christian or destroy Israel first and then America.

  4. Since 1968 approximately 106 American citizens have been killed, 120 wounded, by Palestinian terrorists. October 15, 2003 A convoy of U.S. Embassy diplomats entered into Gaza to interview Palestinian candidates for a Fuibright scholarship. A road bomb blasted under one of American's vehicle killed 3 Americans (John Branchizio, 36; Mark T. Parson, 31; and John Martin Linde Jr., 30) and wounding a fourth. The killed U.S. citizens were security guards for the U.S. Embassy employees of DynCorp, a Virginia-based security firm.

    A few more episodes from vivid terrorist history: On March 3, 1973, "Black September Organization" gunmen acting for Yasir Arafat's Fatah faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization kidnapped and later murdered U.S. Ambassador to Sudan Cleo A. Noel Jr., U.S. diplomat George C. Moore, and a Belgian colleague.

    On Jan. 1, 1977, gunmen reportedly part of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, another PLO faction, kidnapped and murdered U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Frances E. Meloy and U.S. diplomat Robert O. Waring in Beirut.

  5. Call Arabs to Hit American interest, a boycott of the US products.

    "The Palestinians must - harm American interests in the Arab world, with all possible means, in all places, at all levels, because the United States does not understand the language of logic and wisdom, but only the language of interests and force." [Omar Helm Ghul, Al-Ayyam]

    Maher Taher a member of the political bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine ... said in a press conference in Damascus: we say to the Arab nation: "Hit American interests and threaten them. United States is a fundamental enemy which takes part and holds responsibility to the elimination of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian villages. He asked the Arab countries to take a clear and strict position towards USA, which is the a fundamental enemy of the Palestinian people and Arab Nation." [Al Hayat Al Jadida]

    PA official urges Arabs: 'Don't Join U.S. Coalition' "It is forbidden for a Muslim to go against another Muslim...This killing is regarded as a severe sin... We call upon America: No to war, no to the killing of innocents, no to the killing of elderly women and children, no to guardianship, no to intervention in other peoples' issues, no to imperialism, no to occupation."

    Palestinian National Council representative, Basam Abu Sharif, attacked the United States during his speech in Brazilian Parliament, he called for a boycott of the United States by Brazil.

  6. Palestinian Authority persecution of Palestinians Christians. The Shariah Law means that all non-Muslims became a 2nd or 3rd class citizens and number of limitations, taxes, discriminations will automatically apply to them. Big Christian community, which was majority in many West Bank cities 40-50 years ago, faces a significant downsizing today and in next 15 years will practically disappear in Palestine.

  7. Islam is the official religion of the Palestinian Authority, so converts to Christianity are in fear of Death.

  8. Palestinians participated in massacred Lebanon Christians. During the 7-year Lebanese civil war (1975-1982) Christian communities in Lebanon were targets for the reign of terror of the Palestine Liberation Organization (under leadership of Nobel Peace Price receiver Yasser Arafat), the Palestinian Authority's predecessor. Christian villagers were massacred, churches ruined, cemeteries desecrated and Christian towns Damour and Jiyeh was destroyed. Shouting 'Allahu Akbar! God is great! Palestinian killers massacred 586 Damour residents. Everyone in their path, men, women and children were slaughtered. Photo of massacre of Damour's children. >>

  9. Palestinians assault Jewish and Christian religious institutes and holy sites.

  10. Palestinians are our political enemies. Palestinians supported Iraq's dictator Sadam Hussein and other bloody dictators not only in the Middle East region, but worldwide. Palestinians recruited and sent suicide bombers to fight against American's and their alien forces in Iraq. Palestinians hold pro-Bin Laden Rallies in Ramallah, Nabalus and Gaza Strip support Al-Qaeda, and actively accuse America's anti-terror actions. Palestinians aggressively criticized the Shiite religious leaders for not supporting terrorism against the US.

  11. Palestinians celebrated September 11, 2001. What kind of state would be created by the people who danced for joy on September 11? BBC reported a Palestinian celebration of USS Cole bombing. Palestinians shouting death of US, burned photos of killed USS Cole sailors, did not hide their joy and happiness to celebrate American sailors death. Our tears for them are real joy and fiesta. They danced on the streets and celebrated bombing buses in Jerusalem and pizzeria in Tel Aviv.

    There is a substantial gap between Western and sick Islamic mentality. We celebrate a victory, they celebrate a death.

  12. Palestinian Authority ruling by terrorist Arafat and militants' gangs such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.... has nothing to do with a freedom and democracy.

  13. Palestinian Authority a worldwide center of terrorism. Palestinian Authority hosts about 10 sizeable terrorist organizations, come up with highest percentage of Islamic terrorists and suicide bombers in the world. Israeli's and American intelligence services reports a connection of Palestinian terrorist organizations with international terrorist group such as Egypt's Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, Hizballah, al-Qaeda, Islamic group Laskar Jihad.

    A poll conducted in the Palestinian Authority in November-December of 2004, has revealed that a large majority of Palestinians fear the continued state of lawlessness on the streets, but at the same time nearly 70% object, at this stage, to the dismantlement of terror groups.

  14. The ideology of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and other Palestinian terrorist organizations is indistinguishable as Al-Qaeda's Islamo-fascist philosophy. On December 4, 2002 Al-Qa'ida officially announced opening a new branch "the Islamic Al-Qaeda Organization in Palestine".

  15. Palestinians who are living in Western countries acts as 5th column. They brought principals of Islam mentality, target political demoralization, destabilize and make weaker existing governments. Palestinian's diaspora increases crime, anti-Semitism, organizes, spread and support many terrorist's organizations.

  16. Palestine can't be an independent state. This is an artificial state, which has 3/4 of their income coming from soliciting and donations.

    Since Oslo accord up to end of 2001, according to the World Bank, the Palestinians had received $4 billion donations.

    On November 30, 1998, 43 international donors at a U.S.-sponsored conference in Washington pledged more than $3 billion in financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA). The United States, which had already promised $500 million in aid over the next five years, agreed to contribute another $400 million during that period. The European Union pledged about $480 million, Japan $200 million, Norway $170 million, Saudi Arabia $100 million, Kuwait $80 million and Canada $30 million. Currently the PA's annual budget is $860 million.

    On April 25 2002 the United States Pledges Urgent Humanitarian Aid to Palestinians together with 19 other countries and international organizations, including Israel in Oslo. The conference raised 1.2 billion dollars in aid, that amount exceed annual budget of PA.

    July 1, 2003 The Bush administration, signaling it is encouraged by Palestinian efforts to establish a legitimate government and crack down on violence against Israel, is considering sending direct financial aid to the Palestinian Authority. how much direct financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority is being considered. An administration source said $300 million is likely.

    November 14, 2004 President Bush funded additional $75 million of dollars to Palestinian to help prepare for the election.

  17. Palestinians never wanted peace and never offered any realistic a peace proposals.

    Many Europeans and Americans justly think that Palestinian people wants a peace in the Middle East. Many in the West truly believe and are deceived about the true intentions of the Muslim world concerning the Christians, Jews and Israel.

    Don't be fooled! They follow an Islamic principal "no peace with infidels". Any "peace treaty" is merely of temporary value! In fact, it is mandated in their Koran which instructs Islamists to use any ploy (lie, misinformation, treachery, unfaithfulness) to advance the forces of Islam over the whole world.

    Kiss the hand of your enemy until you can cut it off" is an old Muslim proverb and operative in Islam. In fact, it is mandated in their Koran which instructs Islamists to use any ploy to advance the forces of Islam over the whole world. The concept of restraint is mostly a foreign concept to the radical Arab Muslims. Their notion of restraint is to show a face of peace and quiet until they are strong enough to mount an new attack.

    After signed a Peace Accords with Israel in 1994 Yassir Arafat made a speech in Johannesburg, South Africa to a Muslim audience. He frequently refers to this betrayal when he explains his plans for Israel in Arabic.

    In that speech Arafat compared those peace accords to the agreement Mohammed made with the Quraish people (Jewish Tribe in the Arabian Peninsula) of Mecca. Islamic scholars say that this agreement, called The Great Takiya, or Shadaniya, was signed between Mohammed and the Quraish tribe, who ruled Mecca before Islam. The Quraish people signed a ten-year peace treaty with Mohammed in AD 627 that allowed Mohammed and his small band of followers to pray in Mecca. When he was stronger in 2 years, he broke the agreement, and in 629 AD he attacked the city, massacring men, selling those women and children who survived into slavery and took Mecca for his own.

  18. A new generation of terrorists. The Palestinian Authority is methodically and systematically indoctrinating a new generation of children with dangerous and irrevocable messages. An entire generation of children are being sacrificed as pawns of the Palestinian Authority, to create a new generation of terrorists. They are instructed to kill and are taught to aspire to give their lives as suicide bombers.

    Palestinian psychologist, Dr. Shofitt Masulka conducted a study last year among Palestinian children aged 6 to 11. The most astonishing fact presented by Dr. Masulka was that more than 50% of children aged 6 to 11 dream of becoming suicide bombers who wear explosive belts. Dr. Masulka states that in about 10 years a very murderous generation will come of age, full of hatred and ready to die in suicide missions.

    In a society in which legitimization of child murderers becomes a part of its ideology, the normal human morality no longer exists.

    What kind of government calls upon its citizens to become uncompromising killers while presenting itself to the world as a victim striving only towards peace?

  19. Palestinians' invention in civilization history or areas where they get their most significant accomplishments:
    • Killing athletes during Olympic Games (never before in history - Munich Olympic Games).
    • Hijacking airplanes, kidnapping and taking hostages (renovate tactics and methods).
    • Suicide bombers (new concepts, ideological attitude, mass reproduction of a new generation of suicide bombers)
    • Using UN as cover for terrorism (new approach).
    • Money soliciting - (never before in history - the existing state has income based on world donations).
    • Modern ideological approach to convert children to Islamic religious fanatics, a new generation of terrorists, dreaming to become a suicide bomber

  20. The old Muslim proverb says "Kiss your enemy's hand until you can cut it off." It's what Islamic followers doing every day - tell us stories about "peaceful" Islam and at same time expand their network, support terrorism and prepare for jihad.

    A large portion of the American public still does not understand that there are no big differences between Palestinian and American Islamists, Taliban's fighters, Iraq's insurgents, Sudanese Arabs (massacred 2 million black Christians), Chechen's gorillas (shooting children in Beslan's school), Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinians suicide bombers.

    However exist substantial a differences in clothe code, language and county of birth, but much more important - a similarities between all listed above terrorist organizations. The main resemblances are:

    Same religion, ideology, brutal mentality and an identical goal - to wipe out us from face of Earth.

    Unfortunately the majority of the American public still does not understand that Palestinian Islamists are the same our enemies as all listed above. As soon they will capable, they will attack us and carry out terror against us the same cruel and cold-blooded ways, as did their co-believers, as they do in Israel.

Do not make another historical mistake
  • Former President Jimmy Carter created Osama bin Laden and spawned the Afghan Mujahideens to became an organization known as al-Quaeda. Ex-Security Chief Brzezinski's Interview makes clear that, the Muslim terrorist apparatus was created by US Intelligence as a geopolitical weapon against Soviet occupation, during Carter's presidency. While Islamic extremism is now viewed with great hostility, in the 1980s U.S. policy strongly supported and funded such extremism of Taliban "freedom fighters." Around $3 billion dollars aid program was subsidize for the Afghan resistance in the 1980s. Now we have serious problems in the Afghanistan. The Afghan "freedom fighters" paid us back by bringing to us 9/11. Taliban followers are still using American weapon from an aid program to fight today against our troops. Thanks Jimmy Carter.

  • Former President Bill Clinton made a valuable contribution in history by destroying democratic country Yugoslavia (Serbia) and spreading Islam in Europe. Basically all industrial plants, energetic centers, main bridges, TV and radio centers, military bases including many civil and administrative centers were smashed by American Air forces. In the name of "Peace" and "Democracy" Mr. Clinton created a second Albanian state on the Serb's land. By fighting together with al-Quaeda "freedom fighters" against "Big Satin Serbia", they generated ethnical cleansing of Serb's minority. 100,000 Serbs were converted into a refuges, drive them away from their own Serbian land. Now we have serious problems in the Balkans.

    A few thousand American troops guard the tiny Serbs community left on their land. Freed by Americans troops Albanian Muslims fired, bombed and demolished more than 100 churches and monasteries after a signed "peace" accord, continuing terror and attacks on Serbs. A little more than a year after they arrived, the main mission of the 5,500 U.S. troops in Kosovo has completely reversed: Instead of protecting Albanian Muslims from Serb paramilitaries, they go to great lengths to protect the small Serbian population from vengeful Albanians. It's a nearly thankless role that requires hundreds of soldiers to do daily bodyguard duty for people considered foes not long ago. "If we pulled out, all of the Serbs would be gone within minutes," says solders.

    But Albanian Muslims did not stop their struggle, Macedonia is next. Thanks Bill Clinton.

  • Do not make the similar mistakes

    Moses walked his people for 40 years before entering into land of Israel. The main reason of that was a changing slavery mentality of his generation to a freedom mindset for younger generations.

    We should not allow to create a Palestinian state until all terrorists groups and terrorist's mentality completely disappear from the mind and education system of young Palestinian generations.

    Creating at present time a new Palestinian country isn't only a deadly danger for Israel, but (spreading and basing by a new Islamic terrorist state) the terrorism will get out control and become extremely dangerous for us Americans too.
    Learn history and do not repeat the same mistakes, otherwise America will get a serious problems in the Middle East.

  • There is a big gap in the understanding and meaning of the word "Peace" between Western and Islam mentalities.

    The Western mentality see a Peace as global, stable and an infinite agreement.

    But, according to Islamic holy book Koran any permanent peaceful agreements with infidels are prohibited. For that reason, Islam followers sees any peaceful deals with infidels as a truce and a temporary ceasefire.

    The final goal of this fascist's ideology is destroying everything and everybody who not follows their an Islamic canons. Therefore, Islam looks on any Peace deals as next step to achieve their a final goal and that deal or "Peace" can be easy broken any time as they thinks so. World history has a numerous paradigms of Islamic untrustworthiness in "Peace", which cost millions lives Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and other non-Muslim populace.

They killed millions - don't give them another chance.

If we are ignoring a history lessons, we condemned to repeat it again.

An Li can be reached at info@americandefenders.org

This essay is from the American Defenders Organization website (http://americandefenders.org/Terrorism/Palestinians/ Dont_give_them_state.htm). The original has some excellent pictures not reproduced here. The mission of the organization is to provide information on the threat of radical Islamism and establish a Joint front of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and other religion groups oppressed by Islam.

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Posted by Yuval Zaliouk, December 19, 2004.



Dear Harry,

Thank you for your note.

The worst attitude to any plan or project, whether in business or in politics, is "there is no other way" or "this will not work."

Israel's policies should not be based on what the others say (even if the others include the President of USA). Israel should identify its ultimate best possible goals and then do all it can to achieve them. Based on this indisputable premise, here is what would be best for Israel. There should not be any disagreement about it, if it could be achieved, even from the far left:

Judea and Samaria will become part of Israel, free of most its Arab population. I do not of course advocate forceful removal of Arabs. Suppose that the Arabs will decide to vacate out of free will, surely, every Israeli would agree that this is the ideal situation.

Having stated the ideal, the question is how to achieve it. This is what our government must plan and achieve. A few ideas:

1) Use the world's financial resources to resettle Arabs elsewhere (this option is included in UN Resolution 194). How many attempts were made to offer $100,000 per Arab family that wishes to leave? They do it to Jews in Gaza, w