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Posted by Yehoshua Halevi, February 28, 2010.

The Snir Stream in the Galilee

This is one of Yehoshua Halevi's Golden Light Images.


Before I moved to Israel, I don't believe I once imagined taking a hike on a trail made of water. In our desert climate, where it is hot and dry most of the year, water walks are very popular and a refreshing way to get close to places we don't frequently experience. I admit that toting $5,000 worth of equipment over slippery rocks while taking uncertain steps to unknown depths sets my heart racing, but I've done stupider things in pursuit of my art.

This shot was taken in the Snir Stream, a tributary of the Jordan River flowing through the Galilee near Kiryat Shemona. I cannot think of another photograph I've taken of moving water in which the water flows away from the camera. Waterfalls, rivers, rushing tides and gushing rain: the water always moves down and towards the camera. So I like this shot just because it's different and because the colors, especially anything in the sage family, are among my favorites. I stopped down to f22 and exposed for 1/2 second to capture both the movement of the water and turn it white, which creates a nice contrast to the surrounding brown and black rocks and tree stumps. Because many people are afraid or unable to hike through the stream, there are ample opportunities for quiet contemplation. You just may have to get your feet wet first.

Technical Data: Nikon D-300, 28-105 zoom @ 28mm, ISO 100, 1/2 second at f22.

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Posted by Bernice Lipkin, February 28, 2010.

Latma Satire in H is brilliant satire.

You will understand all about the ersatz status of that newly-hatched people, the Palestinians, from watching the bit on the Youths in the History Section. See it here. It's in Hebrew with English subtitles.  

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Posted by Moshe Dann, February 23, 2010.

Moshe Dann urges Netanyahu to refrain from mistakes made by anti-settler predecessors


On December 18, 2009, Aluf Benn and Amos Harel, writing in Haaretz, offered one of the most important insights into Israeli policy regarding the Iranian nuclear threat.

"When Netanyahu was finance minister in Ariel Sharon's cabinet, he urged Sharon to focus on the struggle against Iran. When Netanyahu resigned over the disengagement plan, and Sharon left Likud and established Kadima, Netanyahu told Sharon that if he acted against Iran before the election, Netanyahu would support him. Sharon did not act.

"It is possible that years ago, the problem of Iran's nuclear project could have been solved by one tough blow and with relatively minimal risk... If it had been bombed, Iran would have lost large quantities of raw material for uranium enrichment, and its nuclear program would have been set back years. But nothing happened."

Why not? Benn and Harel do not answer this crucial question, nor did the media pick up their observation. Was the Air Force incapable? Did Israel lack essential information? Was America, bogged down in Iraq, reluctant to agree?

In hindsight, the decision not to bomb the Iranian facility was a gigantic mistake that changed the course of history. There may have been, however, another reason for Sharon's inattention: his preoccupation with unilateral withdrawal from Gaza and northern Samaria. The Gaza disengagement, which took place in August, 2005, took a year to prepare, mobilized massive resources and cost billions of shekels. Focused on expelling Jews from their homes and destroying 25 communities, did Sharon ignore existential threats to Israel's existence?

Similarly, in 2006, PM Ehud Olmert, in the midst of the war in Lebanon, announced his intention to evacuate more settlements. What would have happened had the IDF been prepared for war with Hezbollah instead of attacking the tiny hilltop community of Amona earlier that year, to destroy a few Jewish homes?

Another catastrophic failure of leadership is upon us again. Midnight attacks on innocent Jews by the IDF and police in order to destroy a few Jewish homes might seem justified in order to fulfill obligations PM Netanyahu undertook to "freeze settlement building." But is this necessary? Are these homes more important than hundreds of thousands of illegal Arab buildings? What purpose does it serve? Distraction from the real issues?

Inspiring agenda needed

PM Netanyahu speaks eloquently about Zionist heritage, but are not the Jews whom his government attacks part of that heritage? Does his definition of Zionist heritage depend on what the UN allows, President Obama dictates, or Peace Now's hysterics?

Sharon's failure to bomb Iran when it was possible is now re-enacted on the backs of Jews who live in Judea and Samaria. Netanyahu's silence about Iran in 2004 — which led to Hamas' catastrophic takeover of Gaza — echoes in 2010 as he and his "inner cabinet" created an intolerable situation, not only to please Obama, but to satisfy the rabidly anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist policies of his Defense Minister, Ehud Barak.

Netanyahu's efforts to appeal to Zionist heritage, improve transportation and laud Israeli technical achievements are safe positions; but that is hardly an agenda that will inspire a nation under attack, or offer a way out of Israel's growing demonization and threats to its legitimacy and very existence.

PM Netanyahu was not elected in order to appeal to American or European policies, or to destroy Jewish homes. Been there; done that. He was elected to strengthen Israel's security, to stamp out corruption, to insure an impartial and fair judicial system, and to enhance our educational system so that it includes basic elements of Jewish and Zionist values and heritage.

As a national leader, Netanyahu failed in 2004; he could have opposed Sharon and exposed Sharon's obsessions. He could have made Iran the issue. He didn't, and now we all must pay for that. But what has he learned from 2004?

I would offer a simple principle: When you attack Jews, you will lose — always.

And one more: Zionist heritage did not begin or end with Tel Hai and the site where the State of Israel was proclaimed. Zionism is an ongoing, evolving process that includes every Jew and those who support the right of the Jewish people to statehood in the Land of Israel. Heritage programs must not only be historical, but guides to the future. They can also provide parameters for meaningful leadership.

Netanyahu's primary obligation is to protect Israel, spiritually and physically — by any means necessary. He fumbled in 2004; let's hope that he won't repeat that mistake.

The author is a writer and journalist living in Jerusalem. This
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Posted by Yoram Ettinger, February 28, 2010.

I am not surprised by President Obama's performance – since January 2009 — in face of unprecedented and simultaneous economic, social, national security challenges, domestically and internationally.

I am not surprised by President Obama, who was elected to the most difficult and complicated post — during a most unstable period internally and externally — in spite of his obvious lack of experience and superficial world view.

I am not surprised by President Obama's policy toward the Jewish State and toward the Arab-Israeli conflict, which is a derivative of his world view that was fully displayed during the 2008 campaign.

I am not surprised by President Obama's performance — the writing was on the wall for those who were ready to read it!

Obama was elected at the peak of an economic meltdown, the extent of which has not been determined. Millions of Americans have lost their homes, unemployment is around a 26 year record 10%, under-employment is 17%, the budget deficit is the worst since the end of WW2, hundreds of banks have collapsed, the real estate bubble burst, private consumption and investment have dipped beyond expectation, the social security and the medical insurance systems are severely threatened, taxes are rising and government's involvement in the economy is expanding. Obama is increasingly identified and burdened with the economic crisis – which was not caused by him — and the steps taken to solve the crisis.

Obama prefers to be preoccupied with domestic challenges, which will determine the future of the USA and of his presidency. However, as expected, he is sucked into the lava of Islamic terrorism and religious, territorial, tribal, ideological and power struggles throughout the globe. While Obama extends his hand to rogue regimes, Islamic terrorism stretches its hand into the US mainland, exacerbating a sense of insecurity and reawakening the question: "When – and not if – will the second shoe fall?!" Islamic terrorism has intensified its operational, political, financial, ideological and logistical involvement in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the USA, Latin America and Australia.

Pakistan persists in its double-role of the most critical base of Islamic terrorism on one hand and counter-terrorism on the other hand. In fact, Islamabad could be taken over by terrorists along with its nuclear arsenal. India's restraint in the face of Islamic terrorism may be suspended, reigniting the endemic conflict with Pakistan. The US war in Afghanistan could be Vietnamized and the war in Iraq is far from a conclusion. The possible evacuation of US troops from these two arenas could add fuel, not water, to the fire, further destabilizing the region and the globe.

Syria has provided safe haven for anti-US Iraqi terrorists. Iran supports and incites Persian Gulf and global terrorism, while upgrading its ballistic and nuclear capabilities, which would agitate the Gulf, the Middle East, the US, Europe and the entire world. Nuclear North Korea has been a source of unexpected threats. Russia and China have never hidden their imperial aspirations, which have gravely concerned their neighbors in East Europe and Asia. Mexico is facing a lethal challenge from drug cartels, which have expanded their internal wars into Texas, Arizona and California. Venezuela and Cuba collaborate with enemies and rivals of the USA, who may thus gain access to Washington's backyard. And, that's an incomplete list of external challenges preoccupying Obama.

President Obama is facing these challenges with a world view, which was enunciated during the 2008 campaign and in three major speeches at Cairo University (June 4, 2009), the UN General Assembly (September 23, 2009) and West Point Military Academy (December 1, 2009).

In contrast with the US ethos, Obama does not believe in the moral, economic and military exceptionalism of the US or in the destiny of the US to lead the battle of Western democracies against rogue regimes. He views the US as a power-in-retreat, which abused its dominance. Therefore, he systematically apologizes to Muslims, in particular, and Third World societies in general, investigates the conduct of CIA agents in their war against terrorists and is closing down the Gitmo detention camp. He does not define the world as an arena of confrontation between free societies and terror organizations and states, but as a platform of engagement between rivals who must comprehend that covenants and accords are preferable to wars and that their common ground exceeds that which separates them.

Obama is convinced that military force does not solve conflicts and that the era of military balance is over. Therefore, he cuts the budget of military R&D and missile defense, does not replenish military inventories consumed in Iraq and Afghanistan, does not expand US armed forces despite expanding threats and initiates agreements to reduce the arms race, even when this advances Russian interests.

Obama's Administration refrains from using the terms "international terrorism," "Islamic terrorism," (because "Islam is part of America...") or "Jihadist terrorism" (because "Jihad means to purify oneself or to wage a holy struggle for a moral goal..."). According to Obama, there are no terrorists, only "extremists," "man-made disasters" and "isolated cases" such as Al-Qaeda and Taliban. Terrorism is considered a challenge for law-enforcement officials rather than for military personnel. Moreover, terrorism constitutes, to an extent, a Third World reaction to abuse and lack of respect by the Western World. Therefore, terrorists benefit from the rights of civil law offenders. And, when there is no moral clarity, there is hardly battle field clarity.

Obama considers the UN as the quarterback of international relations and the bureaucracy of Foggy Bottom as the luminaries of foreign policy. He aspires to move closer to the European state of mind and world view, while the world is in a dire need of a US Marshall and not for a European cop. Hence, Obama aims at minimizing unilateral initiatives and maximizing military, legal, political and environmental multilateralism. He has joined the vehemently anti-US and anti-Israel UN Council on Human Rights, which was boycotted by Bush. Furthermore, he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mary Robinson, who headed the Council on Human Rights and led the racist anti-US and anti-Israel UN "Durban Conference."

Obama's attitude toward the Jewish State has been a by-product of his aforementioned world view, of his non Judeo-Christian background and of his inner circle associates and friends at Harvard University and in Chicago, who have been critical and hostile toward Israel. The principles of "moral equivalence" and "evenhandedness" have underlined his policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict. He does not regard Israel as a strategic, let alone unique, ally and is hardly a supporter of US joint defense and commercial projects with Israel. He does not rush to defend Israel at the UN and views the Jewish State as part of the exploiting Western World and the Arabs as part of the exploited Third World.

Obama has adopted the sophisticated line of Arab propaganda, claiming that the moral foundation of Israel is the Holocaust, which resulted in ushering Jews to a newly acquired home, while uprooting Palestinians from their own home. He perceives the Palestinian issue as the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the root cause of anti-US Islamic terrorism and the chief trigger of Middle East turbulence. His prescription for the resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict is an Israeli withdrawal to the 1949/67 Lines, the uprooting of Jewish communities in the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria, the repartitioning of Jerusalem, the negotiation of the return of the 1948 Arab refugees to the pre-1967 Israel and the exchange of land. President Obama is intent on clipping the wings of the Jewish State morally, strategically and territorially. However, that is not a top priority for him. He would not confront Israel's friends on Capitol Hill and in the public if they are mobilized against his prescription. Does Obama have the power to overcome such a pro-Israel alliance and impose a solution on Israel?

Voters in the US elected Obama to office, in spite of his lack of experience domestically and globally. Instead of reading the writing on the wall, US voters entertained the delusion that an "attractive cover" meant an "instructive book." However, Obama's conduct since January 2009 has led to the collapse of his attractive image. For example, a majority of Americans oppose higher taxes, an expanded budget deficit and bigger government, which have become Obama's trade mark. 60% of the US public believes that the US is moving in the wrong direction. Support for Obama has declined from 65% in January 2009, to less than 50% in January 2010 — the steepest presidential decline since 1975.

From a consensus-builder candidate in 2008 he has emerged as a controversy-promoting president in 2009. >From a moderate candidate he has transformed into a liberal president, while only 20% of the American public consider themselves to be Liberals. From a coattail candidate, who received the Independent vote and swept Democrats to a major victory in both congressional chambers, he has become an anchor-chained president, who has distanced Independents from the Democratic Party, has energized the Angry White Vote and could drag Democrats to defeat in November 2010. The Democratic failure in November 2009 and public opinion polls for the spring primaries and for the November 2010 election, suggest a major Republican tailwind. As a result, a number of prominent Democratic legislators have announced retirement. Therefore, as we approach the November 2010 election, and as legislators are growing more attentive to their constituents, moderate and conservative Democratic legislators are distancing themselves from President Obama.

While Obama is perceived as a President who strays away from the American consensus, Israel benefits from a consensus support. "Joe Six Pack" and "Lunch Pail Mabel," conservative and liberal America, Jews and Christians, Republicans and Democrats do not view Israel as a classic foreign policy issue, but as an internal Judeo-Christian American issue, which is bonded with the USA through shared values, mutual threats and joint interests. Israel is largely regarded as a peace-seeking democratic militarily-able ally, surrounded by enemies who reject American values. US public opinion polls position Israel as the fourth or fifth most favorite ally with 66%-70% support, compared with the Palestinian Authority, which is at the bottom of the list along with Iran and North Korea. The key factor of support for the idea of a Jewish State — since the 17th century — has been the US public and its representatives on Capitol Hill. Most initiatives enhancing the US-Israel relationship originated in Congress, many times following a struggle against an opposing Administration. President Obama's world view suggests that such struggles could be intensified during the next few years.

The writing is on the wall!

Ambassador Yoram Ettinger is a consultant on US-Israel relations as well as the Chairman of Special Projects at the Ariel Center for Policy Research. Formerly the Minister for Congressional Affairs to Israel's Embassy in Washington, DC, Ettinger also served as Consul General of Israel to the Southwestern US. He is a former editor of Contemporary Mideast Backgrounder, and is the author of the Jerusalem Cloakroom series of reports. Contact him at yoramtex@netvision.net.il This article appeared first in Makor Rishon weekly, January 15, 2010.

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Posted by CPocerl, February 28, 2010.

This comes from Strategy Page


In the last few months, Moslems have attacked Buddhists in Thailand, Jews everywhere, Baha'is in Iran and Christians in Egypt, Iraq, the Philippines, Pakistan, Malaysia and elsewhere. This is not a sudden and unexpected outburst of Moslem violence against non-Moslems. It is normal, and at the root of Islamic terrorism. While this violent behavior represents only a small number of Moslems, it is a large minority (from a few percent of a population, to over half, according to opinion polls). Moreover, the majority of Moslems has not been willing, or able, to confront and suppress the Islamic radicals that not only spread death and destruction, but also besmirch all Moslems. This reveals a fundamental problem in the Islamic world, the belief that combining righteousness with murderous tactics, is often the road to power and spiritual salvation. Throughout history, when these tactics were applied to non-Moslems, they often failed. The non-Moslems were unfazed by the religious angle, and, especially in the last five hundred years, were better able to defeat Islamic violence with even greater violence. Thus, until quite recently, the Moslems fought among themselves, and left the infidels (non-Moslems) out. But after World War II, that began to change.

During the Lebanese civil war of 1975-1990, Christian and Moslem Arabs fought bitterly over political, cultural and, ultimately, religious differences. The capital, Beirut, was divided into Christian and Moslem sections by the Green Line. The name came from the fact that in this rubble filled no man's land, only grass and weeds survived. And that the line on a ceasefire map was drawn in green. There have been a lot more Green Lines since then. Few realized it at the time, but this war was but the first of many between Christians and Moslems in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Many of the earliest Moslem converts were Christians. And many of the peoples Moslem armies unsuccessfully sought to conquer were Christian. The original Crusades, which modern Moslems portray as Western aggression, were actually a Western attempt to rescue Middle Eastern Christians from increasing Islamic terrorism and violence. But Islam as a political force was in decline for several centuries until the 1970s. Then things changed, and they continue to change. Fueled by oil wealth and access to Western weapons and technology, Islamic radicals saw new opportunities. Islam was again on the march, and few have noticed the many places it was turning into religious war with Christians and other non-Moslems.

In Asia, we have a Green Line between India and Pakistan. Inside India, many Moslem communities remain, and feelings aren't always neighborly. Indonesia and the Philippines suffer growing strife between Moslems and non-Moslems. Malaysia has fanatical Moslems persecuting more laid-back ones, and non-Moslems in general. China has a large Moslem community that generates an increasing amount of violence. Russia and America have formed a curious partnership to deal with Islamic-based terrorism coming out of Afghanistan and Pakistan. And in Chechnya, Russia faced Islamic-inspired violence all alone in the 1990s.

Africa has a rather dusty Green Line south of the semi-arid Sahel region. Many African nations are split by increasingly sensitive religious differences. The Moslems are in the north, Christians and animists in the south. Nigeria, Chad and Sudan are among the more violent hot spots at the moment. When the Moslem Somalis stop fighting each other they will return to raiding their Christian and animist neighbors to the south.

The Middle East still contains many non-Moslems. None have their own country, except for Israel. But Egypt contains five million Copts, native Christians who did not convert to Islam. Similar small Christian communities exist throughout the Middle East, and growing hostility from Moslem neighbors causes many to migrate, or get killed.

Moslems also have turned their righteous wrath on dissident Moslem sects. The Druze and Alawites are considered by many Moslems as pagans pretending to be Moslems. Similarly, the Shias of Iran and neighboring areas are considered less orthodox, not just for their admitted differences, but because many adherents openly practice customs of the pre-Islamic Zoroastrian religion. These differences are less frequently overlooked today. To survive, the many Druze have allied themselves with Israel, and most of the current Syrian leadership are Alawites who pretend to be more Shia than they really are.

Even Europe has a Green Line. The Moslems in the Balkans (Albanians and Bosnians) have been a constant source of strife for the last decade. Moslem migrants in Europe face even more persecution because of all those Green Lines, and this makes it easier for radical groups to recruit and carry out their crusade against Christians. In many European cities with Moslem minorities, there are neighborhoods where non-Moslems are advised to stay out of.

But the Green Lines are about more than religion. A lot of it is politics. One of the reasons Islam ran out of steam centuries ago was that the Moslem areas never embraced democracy, and intellectual progress. Until the 20th century, most Moslems lived as part of some foreign empire, under local totalitarian monarchs. The foreign empires are gone, but democracy has had a hard time taking hold. The dictatorships are still there. And the people are restless.

Radical Islam arose as an alternative to all the other forms of government that never seemed to work. In theory, establishing "Islamic Republics" would solve all problems. People could vote, but only Moslems in good standing could be candidates for office. A committee of Moslem holy men would have veto power over political decisions. Islamic law would be used. It was simple, and it makes sense to a lot of Moslems in nations ruled by thugs and thieves. Especially if the people are largely uneducated and illiterate.

Islamic Republics don't work. The only one that has been established (not counting others that say they are but aren't) is in Iran. The major problems were twofold. First, the radicals had too much power. Radical religious types are no fun, and you can't argue with them because they are on a mission from God. Most people tire of this in short order. To speed this disillusionment, many of the once-poor and now-powerful religious leaders became corrupt. This eventually sends your popularity ratings straight to hell.

It will take a generation or so for everyone in the Moslem world to figure out where all this is going. This is already happening in Iran, where moderates are getting stronger every day, but everyone is trying to avoid a civil war. While the radicals are a minority, they are a determined bunch. The constant flow of Islamic radical propaganda does more than generate recruits and contributions in Moslem countries, it also energizes Moslem minorities (both migrants and converts) in Western countries to acts of terrorism. In the United States, you find such Moslems getting arrested several times a year for attempting to carry out religious violence.

Radicals throughout the Moslem world continue to take advantage of dissatisfaction among the people and recruit terrorists and supporters. To help this process along they invoke the ancient grudges popular among many Moslems. Most of these legends involve Christians beating on Moslems. To most radicals it makes sense to get people agitated over faraway foreigners rather than some strongman nearby.

Most radicals lack the skills, money or ability to carry their struggle to far-off places. So most of the agitation takes place among Moslem populations. Any violent attitudes generated are easily directed at available non-Moslems. Thus we have all those Green Lines. But the more violence you have along those Green Lines, the more really fanatical fighters are developed. These are the people who are willing to travel to foreign lands and deal with non-believers, and kill them for the cause. We call it terrorism; the fanatics call it doing what has to be done. Defending Islam with jihad.

Not surprisingly, Moslems get motivated to do something about Islamic radicalism when the violence comes to their neighborhoods. That's why terror attacks in the West are so popular. The infidels are being attacked, without any risk to those living in Moslem countries. Iraq changed all that, and during the course of that war (2004-7) the popularity of Islamic terrorism, in Moslem countries, declined sharply because the terrorists were killing so many Moslems. That, in the end, is what has killed, for a while, most Islamic terrorism in Iraq. But this time around, it would be nice if the Moslem world got their act together and expunged this malevolent tendency once and for all.

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, February 28, 2010.



Damage at Siderot (AP/Ariel Schalit)

I interviewed a recently emigrated American whom I knew and who now arranges for local residents to show visitors launching sites on the grounds of former Jewish communities in Gaza, more or less adjacent to Israel. That is how close the danger is! He provided first-hand reports in more depth than the New York newspapers had, for what is a continuing situation.

A couple of farmers were killed by snipers in Gaza, alongside their farms. [That is what happens with side-by-side living. I never heard of Israelis firing rifles into Gaza at non-terrorists just going about their business. Anti-Zionists who constantly condemn Israel as picking on the Arabs miss Arab aggression.]

All the rocket news focused on Sderot, near Gaza, until Ashkelon, a bigger city, came within range of the technically improved rockets. [I was on my way to visit people in Ashkelon when the rockets first began striking there.] Actually, thousands of rockets also struck other towns and kibbutzim. Kibbutz Near'am received 750 mortars and Kassam rockets, not gift-wrapped.

When the IDF does report bombardment, it often states that they fell on an "open field." That may be a military deception. The IDF won't serve as an enemy artillery spotter who informs the gun crews where the shells land so they can adjust their aim. The "open field" may be between a house and a kindergarten, where a rocket struck without injuring anyone.

But there were people in the house and kindergarten. They were shaken psychologically by the blasts. Many Israeli children are taking tranquilizers. So are some pets.

People worry that they will not hear the alarm. Some are afraid to take a shower, lest that be when the attack comes. People in the more dangerous zone drive with seat belts unbuckled and car windows open, so they will be surer to hear the alarm. Parents have to strategize which child to take out of the car, first.

When the rocket alarm sounds, Israelis have only 15 seconds to find shelter. Hurry or die! Mothers grab their young children. Usually, they make sure to know where they are. However, one time, a mother couldn't find hers! Her 15 seconds were up. Frantic, she ran into the center of the house, and there was her child!

In the shelter, children count off the seconds. More cautious mothers do not let them out immediately after the first explosion, lest there be a second one

A mother in Kibbutz Nir Am, which lies between Gaza and Sderot, could not locate her young child when the alert went off, signaling the launching of a Kassam rocket by Palestinian Arab terrorists. A few seconds later she heard a thump, and when she raced to her backyard she found her son there, mere meters from an unexploded Kassam. The Kassam had failed to detonate, because it had landed where earlier downpours turned the ground into mud that absorbed the landing.

Since this near-tragedy occurred on the second day of Chanukah, the boy's mother called it her family's personal miracle of Chanukah.


A leftist kibbutz had favored the expulsion of all the Jews from Gaza. The leftists did not realize that they would be attacked, once the IDF was no longer patrolling Gaza. They had thought that the IDF was just guarding Jewish communities in Gaza. They did not understand that the Jewish communities in the Territories served as a breakwater absorbing the storm from jihad. It is a human tendency to rely upon one's present safety, and to close one's eyes to the approaching menace.

[Same thing happened throughout history. In ancient Greece, a few people tried to warn of the approaching danger from Phillip of Macedon and his son, Alexander the Great. People paid no attention. The Macedonians picked off city after city, until Athens was alone.]

Under bombardment, many leftists finally are realizing that their policies of appeasement failed [as is usual with determined or fanatical enemies.]

Most rocket and mortar firing is ignored by the major media, but an Israeli incursion undergoes intense journalistic scrutiny. Hence, most foreigners get no sense of the constant attacks Israelis experience and of the justification for their attempts to silence the attackers.

Under both military assault and assault by foreign diplomatic, media, and academia, Israelis feel isolated. They welcome expression of concern for them.

My source finds that Israelis there do not feel like victims. They endure. But the bombardment does take a toll. This explains the Gaza war, which anti-Zionists profess not to understand.

Members of Knesset, some of whom live in bombarded towns, often do not respond to local issues such as the rocket rain. Americans assume that Israelis in targeted towns simply need approach their Members of Knesset. But they do not have Members of Knesset. Israel is not divided into constituencies, as is the U.S..

Israelis elect parties, which pick the Members of Knesset. Parties may have other interests. It therefore is difficult to hold Israeli politicians accountable. Parties there, at least since the time of PM Rabin, do not keep campaign promises to an extent that would surprise Americans. Lacking representative government, Israelis find it difficult to marshal legislative support and its public relations strength.

The Palestinian Arabs are far more talented than Israelis on public relations. They pose old people in front of rubble, to elicit sympathy (Jeff Daube, representative of Zionist Organization of America in Israel, 12/10). To see a 6-minute video of the rocket situation, enter WWW.UTube.com and search on "Sderot ordeal."

The major media are more likely to pick up stories about that, than about Israelis. Israelis' houses get blown up, but usually the residents were not in the way at the time. I recall the complaint by one old Arab woman of being tired of her job, which was to sit in front of a destroyed house as if it were hers, but which had not been occupied; it was photogenic. The camera may not lie, but the Palestinian Arab photographer often makes false propaganda for jihad. I have reported that they often stage phony Israeli attacks, including the one on the Al-Dura boy, which attack was widely publicized by credulous media, gravely impaired Israel's reputation, and eventually was proved a fraud.


Today, Al-Quds TV station in Lebanon broadcast the message that Zionist gangs raided Palestinian Arab villages, to shoot children and the elderly. Based on that, all Palestinian Arabs are gun-wise and war-ready. The greatest joy for a child is to die a martyr, killing Jews. The narrative specifies "Jew" (www.imra.org.il, 2/27 from www.memri.org).

By self-description, practically the whole Palestinian Arab population wants war. Contrast that with U.S. efforts to call the non-Hamas Palestinian Authority leaders moderate and the people as a whole wanting peace.

When whole generations are brought up on a series of such war propaganda programs, how can peace be possible until generations have passed?

Arab rulers, who disseminate such propaganda, should be suspected of aggression, not Israeli rulers, whose curriculum stresses peace.

One hears the claim that anti-Zionism is not anti-Jewish. That broadcast and religious quotations from the Palestinian Authority disprove the claim. The propaganda does not differentiate Israeli Zionists from other Zionists and from other Jews, nor soldiers from civilians. Hence the Arab-Israel conflict is a religious jihad, and not a mere territorial conflict.

Armed Israelis do not single out children and the elderly to shoot but to spare. Thus the P.A. case is based on blood libel. P.A. children are being raised on false grounds of hatred. And, hypocritically, they are taught to kill all Jews regardless of age, the very same condition they complain about when they pretend it happened to them.

Another false contention is that Zionism intended to dispossess Arabs. It asked them to stay in independent Israel, but the Arabs made war and then fled. Now the Arabs blame Israel for loss of their villages that Israel urged them to stay in. Since they started the war, their loss is their own fault.

A Muslim writer recently commented about my piece on Libya that Ghadafi is crazy and misrepresents Islam with his call for jihad on Switzerland. Does the same misrepresentation of Islam apply to Palestinian Arab leaders who urge children to kill all Jews? If so, let moderate Muslims correct the extremism in people who mistakenly claim to speak for their faith. That is the eventual path to peace.


European foreign policy does not reflect the national interests of the EU.

"Take the EU's initial response to the killing of Hamas terror-master Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai on January 19. A senior terrorist engaging in the illegal purchase of illicit arms from Iran for Hamas-controlled Gaza is killed in his hotel room. The same Dubai authorities who had no problem with hosting a wanted international terrorist worked themselves into a frenzy condemning his killing. And of course, despite the fact that any number of governments, (Egypt and Jordan come to mind), and rival terrorist organizations, (Fatah, anyone?) had ample reason to wish to see Mabhouh dead, Dubai's police chief Lt.-Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim blamed Israel.

"Not only did he blame Israel, to substantiate his claims, Tamim released what he said was video footage of alleged Mossad operatives who entered Dubai with European and Australian passports."

"Relying only on Tamim's allegations, EU leaders went into high dudgeon. Ignoring the nature of the operation, the basic lack of credibility of the source of information, and the interests of Europe in defeating jihadist terrorism in the Middle East and worldwide, the chanceries of Europe squawked indignantly..." British Foreign Office sources told the Daily Telegraph, "If the Israelis were responsible for the assassination in Dubai, they are seriously jeopardizing the important intelligence-sharing arrangement that currently exists between Britain and Israel."

"It reportedly took the intervention of the highest echelons of Europe's intelligence agencies to get their hysterical politicians and diplomats to stop blaming and threatening Israel. After being dressed down, on Monday, the chastened EU foreign ministers abstained from mentioning Israel by name in their joint condemnation of the alleged use of European passports by the alleged operatives who allegedly killed the terrorist Mabhouh."

"And lucky they held their tongues. Because on Tuesday, Tamim claimed that after the hit, at least two of the alleged members of the alleged assassination team departed Dubai for Iran. It's hard to imagine Mossad officers feeling safer in Iran than in Dubai at any time and certainly it is hard to see why they would flee to Iran after killing an Iranian-sponsored terrorist."

"What the initial European reaction to Tamim's allegations shows is that blaming Israel has become Europe's default foreign policy. It apparently never occurred to the Europeans that Israel might not be responsible for the hit. And it certainly never occurred to them that cutting off intelligence ties with Israel will harm them more than Israel."

"They didn't think of the latter, of course, because Europe has no idea of what its interests are. All it knows is how to sound off authoritatively." Even if individual countries wanted to act in their own interests, the new EU treaty subordinates national foreign policy "to the whims of bureaucrats in

Brussels. "As for its rhetoric, as the EU's rush to threaten Israel for allegedly killing a terrorist shows, it is cowardly, ineffectual and self-defeating."

"Obviously Europe should favor Israel over a Hamas terrorist. But in its current state of strategic imbecility, no European leader can acknowledge this basic fact. Consequently, Europe may well be doomed." (Caroline Glick in www.imra.org.il, 2/27).

MY COMMENT: When an ideology is blind everything else, those who hold that ideology blind themselves. They lack introspection. No longer think for themselves. Ruin the lives of millions and perhaps billions.

In this and the next article on what Dubai illustrates, Caroline Glick demonstrates that governments often do not act in self-interest, but in their enemies' interest. The shibboleth that governments always act in their own interest misleads people to suppose that the governments of the U.S. deals with Israel out of self-interest when it makes demands of Israel. The same myth leads Members of Congress who sympathize with Israel not to oppose Israeli policies that they think harmful to Israel and therefore to international defense against jihad; they cannot imagine that Israel regimes pursue anti-Zionist policies.


"If the Mossad did in fact kill Mabhouh, then the operation was an instance in which Israel distinguished itself from its European detractors by acting, rather than preening."

Unfortunately, such instances are increasingly the exception rather than the rule. Over the past 16 years or so, Israel largely descended into the European statecraft abyss. Rather than use rhetoric to explain policies adopted to advance its national interests, successive Israeli governments have adopted policies geared toward strengthening their rhetoric that itself stands in opposition to Israel's national interests."

For example, "Israel's national interest is to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Today, the only way to secure this interest is to use force to destroy Iran's nuclear installations."

"Given Iran's leaders' absolute commitment to developing nuclear weapons, no sanctions — regardless of how "crippling" they are supposed to be — will convince them to curtail their efforts to build and deploy their nuclear arsenal."

"Beyond that, and far less important, the Russians and the Chinese will refuse to implement 'crippling sanctions,' against Iran."

"IN LIGHT of these facts, it is distressing that Israel's leaders have made building an international coalition in support of 'crippling' sanctions against Iran their chief aim. And this is not merely a rhetorical flourish. Over the past several weeks and months, Israel's top leaders have devoted themselves to lobbying foreign governments to support sanctions against Iran."

"Last week PM Binyamin Netanyahu went to Moscow to gin up support for sanctions from the Russian government. This week, Defense Minister Ehud Barak traveled to the UN and the State Department and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon flew off to Beijing just to lobby senior officials to support sanctions."

"It isn't simply that this behavior doesn't contribute anything to Israel's ability to destroy Iran's nuclear installations. It harms Israel's ability to do so, if only by diverting our leaders' focus from where it should be: preparing the IDF to strike and preparing the country to withstand whatever the aftereffects of such a strike would be. Moreover, by calling for sanctions, Israel contributes to the delusion that sanctions are sufficient to block Iran's race to the nuclear finish line."

"As for the Palestinian issue, it is fairly clear that at a minimum, Israel's interest is to secure its control over the areas of Judea and Samaria that it requires to protect its Jewish heritage and its national security. But it is hard to think of anything the government has done in its year in office to advance that basic interest."

"It is argued that Israel's interest in maintaining good relations with the US administration trumps its interest in strengthening its control over areas in Judea and Samaria that it deems vital. The problem with this argument is that it takes for granted that Israel can determine the status of its relations with the US administration. In the case of the Obama administration, it is abundantly clear that this is not the case."

"President Barack Obama and his senior advisers have demonstrated repeatedly that they are interested in weakening — not strengthening — the US alliance with Israel. This week the administration condemned Israel for defining the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem as national heritage sites. The fact that they are national heritage sites is so obvious that even President Shimon Peres defended the move." [Peres was one of the first Israeli leaders to act contrary to Israel's interest.]

"Moreover, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, reiterated for the millionth time this week that he opposes military strikes against Iran's nuclear installations. That is, for the millionth time, the top US military officer effectively said that he prefers a nuclear armed Iran to an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear installations."

"In the interest of strengthening Israel's ties with a hostile administration, the Netanyahu government has adopted rhetoric on the Palestinian issue that is harmful to Israel's national interests. It declared its support for a Palestinian state, despite the fact that such a state will define itself through its devotion to Israel's destruction."

"It has outlawed Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria, despite the fact that the move simply legitimizes the Palestinians' bigoted demand that Jews be barred from living in Judea and Samaria."

"And it has advocated on behalf of Palestinian leaders like Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad who refuse to accept Israel's right to exist."

"Indeed, if Israel were to reject the current European model and craft a foreign policy that advanced its national interests, one of its first acts would be to point out that the unelected Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad is not a man of peace."

"Just this week, Fayyad threatened to respond with a religious war to Israel's classification of the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb as national heritage sites. Last Friday he joined rioters at Bil'in to attack Israel's security fence. Fayyad has taken a lead role in the campaign to implement an international boycott of Israeli products. Over the past couple of years he has sought to take control over the PA's security forces not to fight terror, but to prevent Israel from fighting terror. Finally, since the Hamas victory in the PA legislative elections in 2006, he has overseen the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars to Hamas."

"In short, Fayyad, a former World Bank employee, is not a 'moderate,' as his supporters in the US and Europe claim. He is a fiscally sound terror financier and sponsor, actively waging war against Israel." [That makes him all the more dangerous to the free world.]

"As for the Palestinians, the situation will not be remedied simply by firing a few incompetent office holders. For 16 years, in the interest of enhancing the country's ties with Europe, and to a lesser degree with the US, successive Israeli governments have ignored Israel's vital national interest in maintaining its control over Judea and Samaria. Indeed, they have preferred Euro-friendly, and Israel-unfriendly rhetoric to the sober-minded pursuit of Israel's national interest."

"To avoid Europe's encroaching fate [at the hands of Radical Islam], Israel must abandon its current course. The purpose of rhetoric is to support policies adopted in the pursuit of a nation's interests. And Israel has interests in need of urgent advancement

MY COMMENT: If Israel did assassinate the Hamas terrorist leader, it should get a medal. The question should not be why Israel did it, but why didn't others try to do it?

Continued devotion to the failed sanctions campaign against Iran may be a way of pretending to do something rather than having to do something with unforeseen and unpleasant consequences. In a world of difficult choices, many politicians do not choose. But not choosing alternatives is choosing the present, disastrous course.

U.S. foreign policy makers blundered in not attempting Iran regime change, when there still was time to work on it. They thought that was bad. Now what do they think?

In the case of President Obama, who pulls his punches even with sanctions, the sanctions campaign was a way of diverting attention from military action. That inexperienced radical's deceptive ways and his conceit about his own knowledge and capabilities, narrow our choices on critical issues. What that president and his predecessor did to us was dither away alternatives until we are left with military attack by us, which Obama rejects, and nuclear attack by Iran, against an anti-missile defense that Obama rejects.

Compounding our quandary is the lack of scrutiny by media and academia. They are too poor, dependent upon government, or ideologically rigid, themselves. They do not explore the issues sufficiently. They do not enlighten the public.

The same dissenters who correctly warned of one disaster after another, such as the disasters of Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and Lebanon and reliance upon the UN, are ignored when they warn again. Our policy makers haven't the character or intelligence to realize that people who foresaw outcomes before might have insight again.


Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of a Hamas leader, has just come out with an autobiography of his many escapades as an agent for Israel's secret service. It must be an exciting and revealing book.

Mr. Yousef says he was mistreated when the Israelis captured him. After a while, he realized that the captors respected his religious rights, did not again mistreat him, and the Hamas representatives tortured their own people in prison. He began to see who and what really was evil. He decided he must do what he can to stop terrorism, but spared a number of terrorists by arranging for their capture rather than their assassination. Some of them do not realize they owe their lives to him. But he advises Israel not to release terrorists still in captivity, in exchange for one Israeli. Too many innocent lives would perish.

Yousef became Israel's most valuable agent in Hamas, not just by having inside information, but by ingenuity and instinct. It was he who discovered a secret echelon really running Hamas. He also turned Christian. When the risk of being discovered by Hamas became too great, he was pulled out and went to the U.S. and a new life (Haaretz in www.imra.org.il, 2/27).

There is a greatness to that person. All the more regretful that Israelis started by mistreating him.

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Posted by Susana K-M, February 28, 2010.

This was written by Daniel Greenfield and is from his website:


Over in Dubai, the assassination has now become a fullblown circus, with the Emirati police acting with the expected professionalism and attention to detail so typical of police forces in the region. That is to say they're basically unrolling the largest conspiracy of all time, which long ago stopped making sense, but is likely to involve every nation in the world and about a thousand Mossad agents before it's done.

Dubai police on Wednesday afternoon revealed that fifteen more suspects have been connected to the mysterious assassination of Hamas terror chief Mahmoud al-Mabhouh at a hotel in the emirate last month, and that three of the suspects later fled Dubai through Iran.

According to new intelligence cited by the Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya news networks, the suspects — among them five women — came to Dubai from six European countries and from Hong Kong. Three of them were found to possess Australian passports, while the remaining twelve possessed passports from the UK, Ireland and France.

"The extensive investigation has led to a total of 26 suspects so far involved in the crime," read a Dubai government statement quoted by Al Arabiya

It's safe to say that this is

A. Sheer lunacy
B. The Dubai police are successfully clouding any actual trail and turning the entire investigation into pure nonsense.

While the idea of Israeli agents fleeing to Iran rings as senseless to most people, Arab countries have a way of trying to blame each other for conspiring with Israel. Even when those claims make no sense at all. Especially when they make no sense at all.

The Dubai police authorities are demanding an international investigation, though it's doubtful that there's much international interest in investigating the whole mess. They're also shrieking that they have DNA and fingerprints, which is impressive only when you consider that for them to be any use they have to be matched against existing suspects.

Of course this is a helpful distraction from Dubai's own collapsing economy, its ballyhooed tallest building in in the world that had to be shut down and its mall shark tank that sprang a leak.

But someone might want to have a word with the developers of the mall, Emaar Properties. That's the same company that constructed the record-shattering Burj Khalifa skyscraper, which was shut down earlier this month after an elevator malfunctioned, trapping 15 passengers for nearly an hour before help came.

Emaar, with strong ties to the Dubai's ruling family, was struck hard by the global financial meltdown.

And it's also rather clear, that Dubai's ruling family did a lot of their construction on the cheap. They didn't spare the slave labor, but clearly they didn't spare the quality either.

Islam researcher Matthias Küntzel meanwhile has a fascinating Journal article on Dubai, which again reinforces the fact that much of Dubai's wealth is attributable to companies using it to do business with Iran.

Dubai is in fact already the "gateway to the Iranian market" — and not only for German companies. The tiny emirate is considered to be the hub for much of the world's illegal trade with Iran. Virtually nothing is produced in Dubai and yet, its activities have somehow catapulted the UAE to the top of the list of countries exporting to Iran in 2009. An astounding 80% of all Emirati imports are re-exported, one-quarter of which goes to Iran via Dubai.

Some 8,000 Iranian firms and 1,200 Iranian trading companies are registered in the emirate. Every week, about 300 flights shuttle between Dubai and Iran. Dubai has one of the world's largest artificial harbors, Jebel Ali, a mere 100 miles away from the Iranian container port of Bandar Abbas. Between 2005 and 2009, the value of goods exported from Dubai to Iran tripled, reaching $12 billion. In 2008, total German exports to the UAE reached $11 billion, an increase of 40% over the previous year. In the vehicle construction and mechanical engineering sectors, exports rose by more than 60%. The desire of the German-Emirati Joint Council to open the "gateway to Iran" even wider is therefore rather worrisome.

That's just part of the picture behind the fraud that is Dubai.

At the Jerusalem Post meanwhile, Caroline Glick has a compelling piece that argues that Europe and America have forgotten what it means to defend their own interests.

They didn't think of the latter, of course, because Europe has no idea of what its interests are. All it knows is how to sound off authoritatively.

THIS HAS not always been the case. It was after all Europe that brought the world the art of rational statecraft. Once upon a time, Europe's leaders understood that a nation's foreign policy was supposed to be based on its national interests. To advance their nation's interests, governments would adopt certain policies. And to facilitate the success of those policies they developed rhetorical arguments to explain and defend them.

Contemporary European statecraft stands this traditional foreign policy model on its head. Today, rhetoric rules the roost. If actions are taken at all, they are adopted in the service of rhetoric. As for national interests, well, the Lisbon Treaty that effectively bars EU member states from adopting independent foreign policies took care of those.

With national interests subordinated to the whims of bureaucrats in Brussels, Europe does little of value in the international arena. As for its rhetoric, as the EU's rush to threaten Israel for allegedly killing a terrorist shows, it is cowardly, ineffectual and self-defeating.

If the Mossad did in fact kill Mabhouh, then the operation was an instance in which Israel distinguished itself from its European detractors by acting, rather than preening.

Unfortunately, such instances are increasingly the exception rather than the rule. Over the past 16 years or so, Israel largely descended into the European statecraft abyss. Rather than use rhetoric to explain policies adopted to advance its national interests, successive Israeli governments have adopted policies geared toward strengthening their rhetoric that itself stands in opposition to Israel's national interests.

Take Israel's positions on Iran and the Palestinians, for instance. Regarding the Iranians, Israel's national interest is to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Today, the only way to secure this interest is to use force to destroy Iran's nuclear installations.

Given Iran's leaders' absolute commitment to developing nuclear weapons, no sanctions — regardless of how "crippling" they are supposed to be — will convince them to curtail their efforts to build and deploy their nuclear arsenal.

Beyond that, and far less important, the Russians and the Chinese will refuse to implement "crippling sanctions," against Iran.

IN LIGHT of these facts, it is distressing that Israel's leaders have made building an international coalition in support of "crippling" sanctions against Iran their chief aim. And this is not merely a rhetorical flourish. Over the past several weeks and months, Israel's top leaders have devoted themselves to lobbying foreign governments to support sanctions against Iran.

Last week Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu went to Moscow to gin up support for sanctions from the Russian government. This week, Defense Minister Ehud Barak traveled to the UN and the State Department and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon flew off to Beijing just to lobby senior officials to support sanctions.

It isn't simply that this behavior doesn't contribute anything to Israel's ability to destroy Iran's nuclear installations. It harms Israel's ability to do so, if only by diverting our leaders' focus from where it should be: preparing the IDF to strike and preparing the country to withstand whatever the aftereffects of such a strike would be. Moreover, by calling for sanctions, Israel contributes to the delusion that sanctions are sufficient to block Iran's race to the nuclear finish line.

As for the Palestinian issue, it is fairly clear that at a minimum, Israel's interest is to secure its control over the areas of Judea and Samaria that it requires to protect its Jewish heritage and its national security. But it is hard to think of anything the government has done in its year in office to advance that basic interest.

It is argued that Israel's interest in maintaining good relations with the US administration trumps its interest in strengthening its control over areas in Judea and Samaria that it deems vital. The problem with this argument is that it takes for granted that Israel can determine the status of its relations with the US administration. In the case of the Obama administration, it is abundantly clear that this is not the case.

President Barack Obama and his senior advisers have demonstrated repeatedly that they are interested in weakening — not strengthening — the US alliance with Israel. This week the administration condemned Israel for defining the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem as national heritage sites. The fact that they are national heritage sites is so obvious that even President Shimon Peres defended the move.

Moreover, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, reiterated for the millionth time this week that he opposes military strikes against Iran's nuclear installations. That is, for the millionth time, the top US military officer effectively said that he prefers a nuclear armed Iran to an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear installations.

In the interest of strengthening Israel's ties with a hostile administration, the Netanyahu government has adopted rhetoric on the Palestinian issue that is harmful to Israel's national interests. It declared its support for a Palestinian state, despite the fact that such a state will define itself through its devotion to Israel's destruction.

There's much more here, but it's an essentially compelling summation of the disease that has taken hold of the policies of the First World.

In the blog roundup, while the left was busy being outraged over the assassination of a Hamas terrorist, The New Centrist has the story of a Cuban dissident who died in prison of a hunger strike. Doubtlessly Cuba's "excellent health care system" did all it could.

Zapata's case sparked several street protests by government critics earlier this month, including one during which police in Camagüey detained some 35 people for several hours. The detainees later complained that some of them were beaten during the roundups.

But of course the media isn't particularly interested in reporting on this. However every gang of terrorist supporters who throws rocks at Israeli soldiers protesting the fact that Israel still exists... now that gets unlimited media coverage.

Elder of Ziyon tackles the "Israel has the right to defend itself but..." argument.

The Onward James blog questions just how formidable a foe, the Taliban, really are.

United States Central Command General David H. Petraeus said on Meet The Press that the Taliban is a formidable force.

I am a bit non-plussed.

Nonetheless, I suppose it depends on whose rules they fight. NATO allies fight under the Geneva Convention rules; they do not.

No question it's difficult to fight a nation, a culture, an ideology, when the declaration of war is ambiguous such as — War on Terrorism — or that NATO is there only to protect, and should be policemen hunting for criminals. I understand that collateral damage is, sadly, also the price of war. Innocent citizens, or those who are not fighting, are killed. Of course the less the better. But the jihadists do not think that at all.

The mujahideen defeated the Russians, because the Russians forgot why they were there and gave up.


This campus phenomenon — the growth of the Muslim factor, the Jewish establishment's reluctance to respond forcefully to threats and the failure of public officials to protect Jews against Muslim threats — now mirrors the situation developing for Jews off campus: As mosques, funded by Saudi Arabia, and controlled by radical Muslim organizations, expand across America — unopposed — Jewish leaders fail to respond. Here too, "making nice" — through "dialogues" and outreach programs such as "twinning" synagogues and Islamic centers — is the Jewish establishment's primary response. And even when, as in Boston and Buffalo, such naïveté backfires, and Jews find instead of sincere and peaceful partners to shake hands with that they have been hoodwinked by Islamist anti-Semites, Jewish leaders remain silent.

Meanwhile, in contrast to the Jewish community, a significant portion of America is in rebellion against — and is in the process of challenging — its political establishment. Grass-roots frustration expressed first in raucous "town hall" meetings and now in the Tea Party movement defeated incumbent Democrats and influenced elected officials not to run for re-election. Americans are angry with both parties. Why? Former CIA official Herbert Meyer notes that Americans were shocked by "two catastrophes we hadn't imagined our political establishment would allow to happen." First there was 9-11, "when we discovered that for years, Al Qaeda and its allies had been waging holy war against us," and our leaders — who knew — did not tell us. The second was "the 2008 financial crash, which revealed that our economy is a house of cards built on a pile of debt so high we cannot possibly repay it."

Changing America's Jewish leadership is more difficult: Jewish political leaders are not democratically elected — or replaced. As with royalty, we may get lucky from time to time with an outstanding leader. But our "leaders" are mostly selected and controlled by well-intentioned philanthropists. Many of these donors are politically liberal, and even those who are not are inherently conflict-averse and comfortable with the status quo.

Meanwhile, as we wait and pray for more effective leadership, we need to introduce the concept of "accountability" for our sclerotic Jewish leaders — perhaps by lighting grass-roots fires under them. What about a town hall meeting?

The problem with that though can be summed up by pointing out how many of these groups are basically undemocratic, and are funded by grants from Democratic politicians. This is part of a typical pattern in liberal politics, in which liberal activists run organization that claim to represent a demographic, get grants to dole out to that demographic, and encourage that demographic to support those same politicians. This is machine politics at its ugliest and there's no way to really change that culture.


Lemon Lime Moon has the equation for ending conflict

Noah David Simon takes on the Obama Administration over Rachel's Tomb.

The Obama administration criticized Israel Wednesday for designating two Jewish holy sites supposedly on Palestinian territory as Israel national heritage sites but the dumb bastards in the Obama administration seem to forget that Rachel's Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs are indigenous to the Jewish people and were there thousands of years before the fabricated "Palestinians" fraudulently claimed the territory to be theirs.

For Spanish speaking readers, the REFLEXIONES SOBRE MEDIO ORIENTE Y EL MUNDO blog continues to translate some of my articles into Spanish, including my recent piece on Dubai, MAHMOUD AL-MABHOUH: MATAR A UN TERRORISTA — ANAÁLISIS EXCLUSIVO and ISRAEL, EL HOLOCAUSTO Y LA LECCIÓN DE SUPERVIVENCIA

Via Religion of Peace, England's legacy comes down to this.

NO suprise that we have another sickening blatant example of the British judiciary system going soft on muslim thugs. Iraqi, Serwan Abdullah, 23, another muslim-sorry-excuse-for-a-man spat on a World War II hero's medals, worn by his proud grandson, on Remembrance Day. After committing the abhorrent and unprovoked act — the cowardly Abdullah quickly ran away.

The smirking Serwan Abdullah consistently voiced no remorse or sorrow for his despicable act:

"Abdullah showed no remorse and told officers he had done 'nothing wrong' adding: 'I am proud of what I have done. I have no respect for him. F*** him and f*** his medals.'"

One is reminded of Philip Larkin's Homage to a Government

Next year we are to bring the soldiers home
For lack of money, and it is all right.
Places they guarded, or kept orderly,
Must guard themselves, and keep themselves orderly.
We want the money for ourselves at home
Instead of working. And this is all right.
It's hard to say who wanted it to happen,
But now it's been decided nobody minds.
The places are a long way off, not here,
Which is all right, and from what we hear
The soldiers there only made trouble happen.
Next year we shall be easier in our minds,
Next year we shall be living in a country
That brought its soldiers home for lack of money.
The statues will be standing in the same
Tree-muffled squares, and look nearly the same.
Our children will not know it's a different country.
All we can hope to leave them now is money.

...and not even the money anymore

Dear readers, enjoy the weekend. To those who celebrate Purim this sunday, Happy Purim.

Contact Susana K-M by email at suanema@gmail.com

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Posted by Jonathan Spyer, February 28, 2010.

The war of words is continuing. The latest salvoes were fired last week by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, and his Lebanese ally and client Hassan Nasrallah. Ahmedinejad reportedly told Nasrallah that if Israel attacks Hizballah, the response should be sufficient to lead to the closure, once and for all, of the Israeli 'case.' In the same week, Nasrallah promised attendees at a 'Resistance Martyrs Day' celebration that his movement would target Israel's infrastructure in the event of further hostilities. The Hizballah leader mentioned airports, factories and refineries as possible targets.

Hizballah second in command Naim Qassem joined in this week, describing Israel as 'worse than Nazism,' and the 'leader of international crime under the sponsorship of the U.S. and major world powers.' Qassem reiterated his movement's rejection of any diplomatic option vis a vis Israel, saying that "What was taken by the force of occupation can only be regained by the force of the resistance."

The self-confident, warlike tones of these leaders are by now familiar. But what, if anything, is revealed by these most recent statements?

Some analysis has suggested that the heightened rhetoric may presage an attempt by Iran to heat up the northern front in response to the hardening international stance to Iran's nuclear program.

While nothing should be ruled out, a number of factors should be borne in mind in this regard. Hizballah and its backers are well aware of the broad contours of Israel's likely response in the event of further aggression by the movement on the northern border. The message has been adequately transferred that a future conflict would not remain within the parameters of a localized Israel-Hizballah clash in southern Lebanon.

Rather, with Hizballah present in the Lebanese government, and its decisions regarding war not subject to supervision or appeal by any other element in Lebanon, a future war is likely to take on the characteristics of a state to state conflict.

The results of such a conflict would be damaging to northern Israel, without a doubt. But to Lebanon and to Hizballah, they are likely to be devastating. This means that from the Iranian point of view, the Hizballah card is one of the most valuable that Teheran holds — but it can probably be played only once.

So there is reason to suppose that the Iranians have good reason to hold back on committing their Hizballah clients until a possible later stage — most likely, in response to a future western or Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.

Of course, past wars in the region have often erupted not from a decision by one or other of the sides, but rather from a situation of ongoing, rising tensions, which was then ignited by a single, ill-judged action — such as the attempted murder of Ambassador Shlomo Argov, which led to Operation Peace for Galilee in 1982, or the Hizballah kidnapping attempt which precipitated the war of 2006.

Hizballah's failure to avenge the death of senior movement official Imad Mughniyeh remains a major issue for the movement. In his speech to the rally last week, Nasrallah referred to this issue, saying "What we want is a retaliation that is up to the level of Imad Mugniyeh."

But here the movement faces a dilemma. Any major strike on an Israeli target is likely to provoke precisely the conflagration that Hizballah and its supporters fear. Hizballah, in addition to being a client and proxy of Iran, is also a Lebanese Shia movement, requiring the support of the Shia of southern Lebanon for its longer term goal of dominating the country. And for all their pride in the 'divine victory' of 2006, the stream of residents of south Lebanon seeking to flee the area whenever security tensions have risen over the last three years has surely not escaped the Hizballah leadership's attention.

So can we conclude that deterrence has been achieved, and the situation of latent tension in the north is likely to remain at its current level for the foreseeable future, short of an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities?

To do so would be to assume that the thinking of the Hizballah leadership and its allies in Iran is ultimately pragmatic, rational, and non-ideological. This would be a mistaken assumption. The writings of Hizballah's leaders, and its actions — particularly since 2000 — offer clear evidence that its commitment to jihad against Israel is a genuine one. Recent visitors to Beirut speak of an atmosphere of high, even delusional morale, among Hizballah's cadres. It is sincerely believed that the next war will initiate Israel's demise. And there is in the public domain clear evidence of at least one abortive operation which could have sparked renewed conflict — namely, the foiled IRGC/Hizballah plan to kidnap the Israeli ambassador to Azerbaijan, for which two movement members are on trial.

Ultimately, there are ample pragmatic reasons as to why the Iran/Hizballah side might want to avoid escalation at the present time. But there are also irrational elements within the thinking of these forces — which incline them toward underestimation of their enemy. There is also a clear motivation for actions intended to reap a cost to Israel, but one not sufficiently high that Jerusalem will launch a full scale response. The possibility here for error and mis-calculation is obviously immense. The recent deployment by Hizballah of sophisticated M-600 surface to surface missiles adds further fuel to the mix. The situation in the north is complex, multi-faceted, and requiring of only a single wrong move to end the fragile quiet of the last three and a half years.

Dr. Jonathan Spyer is a senior research fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, Herzliya, Israel This article is archived at

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Posted by Bob Kunst, February 28, 2010.

Dear "Chosen" Activists:

Our impressive activism, needs to be reviewed, as we are now putting 'structure' to what has already been accomplished,with our agenda and what makes us unique and how we can do so much more with this 'structure' that will put us on a major new and positive level, across the nation and across the planet.

There is no question that we are a missing link in resistance, while a role-model of the alternatives to those who should be doing what we are doing and aren't and why we do what we do and are not competing with anyone on these successes. Imagine if this impact were duplicated in every community? Imagine how much more could be accomplished, since there is strength in numbers. Imagine if those loaded with excuses instead focused on making it all happen?

G-d's hand is on all of these efforts, and we are blessed with the many thousands who have participated with us in the last 25 months.

It's one thing to complain about the horrors out there and then actually doing something about it, which is our highly visible and constant expertise we urge everyone to be a part of and embrace as part of your own activism.

The attacks upon Israel and Jews is escalating. Iran and its nukes and Obama with EU and UN pressures for Israel to commit suicide and with the anti-semites in the Jewish organizations also participating in this tragedy, we have a great deal at stake at this critical moment in history.

"Never Again is happening again". We are back in the 1930s by our 'so-called leaders', who haven't learned a thing from the past,but are repeating the same dangerous mistakes, showing 'weakness' our enemies are taking advantage of and leaving us all more vulnerable as a result.

So while our history for the last 25 months may be long, please read and understand how much we've been able to accomplish, with G-d's help and all of you who did get it.

We have legs. We have terrific ideas. We know how much more can happen if you also do your part.

Shabbat Shalom,
Bob Kunst



We've now done 215 rallies/events and 1,128 news interviews that has reached very many millions across this planet.

We 'broke' the silence within the global Jewish community to stop the Olmert government in Israel, when it said it would divide Jerusalem and Israel. This goes for any Israeli government or those pushing Israel to do this suicide that would finish off the Jewish state and give the Nazi their final victory.

We established that the best defense is a good offense and have been pro-active and manipulating the situation, not just reacting to the Muslims menace and threats, locally and globally, which they love to manipulate.

We have been mobilizing people of conscience within the Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Bhuddist, 'infidel' communities, all threatened by the Muslim Nazis.

We have been functioning not on Israel being 62-63 yrs. old, but being 5000 yrs. old and our need to defend the faith and all historical places in the Holyland establishing our roots and rights to be there.

We have been the most visible of all Jewish organizations, though most groups have sided with Obama to divide Jerusalem and Israel which would finish off the Jewish state and further endanger world Jewry. Obama met with 14 of these Jewish groups to divide Jerusalem and Israel from "AIPAC" to "J St." and sell this to the Jewish grassroots.

We have opposed Obama and Hillary and anyone who would divide Israel, Jerusalem and America, while our whole effort has been to support, protect and defend Israel, Jerusalem and America.

We have taken on the Jewish and Israeli establishments,CAIR and the Muslim Jihadists, the UN, EU, The Vatican, Obama/Hillary, Gov. Crist of Fla., Target Stores, Jimmy Carter and politicians in both political parties, 'G-20' and other Summits of world leaders among so many of our efforts.

We have developed and are furthering developing a global effort with all of these successes.

We have shown that we aren't afraid, aren't going to be misrepresented or intimidated, are going to tell the truth and alter this stupid direction of 'land for peace' and '2 states for 2 peoples' as phony, dangerous and a pereceived weakness that is only leading to more war. We are the real 'peace' movement.

We have been doing right vs wrong, not left vs. right. Our Covenant with G-d is our foundation. Our faith, identity, history, all of it must be stated to the world, which tragically Israel hasn't a clue on public relations and the propaganda war that is critical and necessary and we have been filling that gap on a major level. Our 1128 news interviews have reached millions nationally and internationally.

We have proven that every time we show up and state our case, the grassroots is always with us, everywhere we have been.  


1. We took this campaign to the White House and led the movement on these issues, starting on Nov. 25, 2007 with 80 people and 15 key media. We have rallied at the White House on 14 occassions, the last time on July 5, 2009, when Obama was Pres.

We have also rallied there when Olmert was there, as well as Fatah's Abbas as no different than Hamas. People from all over the world joined with us each and every time we rallied and only a few negative comments from people.

2. We rallied then to the Holocaust Museum in Wash., D.C. after marching from the White House.

3. We led the efforts against this "Annapolis Summit" in Annapolis, Md., where we spent two days and did 150 news interviews. We have exposed both Olmert and Livni, urged by Pres. Bush and Condoleeza Rice, to come in through a side door at this Summit, as the cowards they all are in rewarding the very enemies of Israel and America. Olmert/Livni having no self-respect or respect for Israeli sovereignty are the very forces we exposed as the frauds and embarassments they were/are. There is no one to negotiate peace with. You can't make peace with someone who wants to kill you. Fatah, Hamas, Hezbollah, etc. are an extension of the Mufti of Jerusalem, alligned with Hitler to exterminate all Jews. This insane 'peace' effort only brings those committed to Israel's and America's destruction closer to the major Israeli cities and Ben Gurion airport, while inviting more terror attacks upon the U.S. and the West. Propping up Abbas in West Bank, who barely has any support amongst his own people let alone can't stop Hamas, is plain stupidity and dangerous. While the Arabs cowardly deny the Holocaust, they want to finish the job Hitler started, want to grab everything Jewish in G-d's 'holy' land and everything else, with the grand theft in the Holocaust and also the throwing out of 900,000 Jews from Muslim lands in 1948. We are the only Jewish organizaion using these issues as part of our 'truth' campaign. The Israelis completely ignore the Mufti of Jerusalem and Hitler. Another major mistake.

At the same time we rallied in Annapolis, we were with Knesset Israel Synogague, where Rabbi Weisblum fed us for 2 days. We also rallied at the Israeli Consulate in NYC with Assemblyman Dov Hindkind and at the Holocaust Memorial in Philly on the same day. We also rallied at the U.S. State Department in Wash., D.C.

4. We stated during the Presidential election: "Obama is Bad For Israel and America". We took this campaign to The Boca Raton Synogague; a fundraiser for Obama at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Fla., a national mayors conference in Miami, where Obama was at. We also took this to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado for 4 days and another 250 media interviews (Aug., 2008). We also took this to the Republic National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. (Sept. 2008) and another 250 media interviews. We also took this to the first Presidential debate in Oxford, Miss. and much more media. We also took this to the national AIPAC Convention in Wash.,D.C. in 2007,plus will be protesting at AIPAC in D.C. from March 21-23, 2010. We also took this to a McCain rally in Orlando and also at an Obama/Hillary Rally in Orlando in 2008. Also at a debate at Bet Breira Shul in S. Dade and at a table we had shared with S. Fla. Friends of Israel at Federation event. We also rallied against Obama at a rally for him in Tampa.

5. We took our "Keep Jerusalem and Israel United " campaigns to the "General Assembly" of 3000 Jewish leaders in Nashville, Tenn. in Nov. 2007 and Nov. 2009 in Wash., D.C.; the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, Proclaiming Justice to All Nations Dinner, in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 2008; the National Jewish Democratic Coalition, Wash., D.C. in Nov. 2009, and opposed "J St." at their national convention in D.C., Nov. 2009.

6. We opposed Muslims wanting Sharia law, in Tall. in March of 2009 and also this March 11, 2010 in Tall. for Round II on this level. We opposed CAIR twice at the Ft. Laud. Convention Center, 2008,2009 with Americans Against Hate and once we opposed CAIR with Jesse Jackson in Arlington, Va. in Nov. 2009. We led opposition with 75 people and help from Joyce Kaufman Radio Show and Tom Trento of Fla. Security Council, when 300 Muslims screamed: "Jews Into The Ovens", when Israel finally attacked Hamas in Gaza on Dec. 30, 2008. At our one-yr. anniversary,12/30/09, our 300+ were there with lots of media and the Muslim cowards did a no-show. We rallied with Americans Against Hate in Ft. Laud. against CAIR's getting a street sign by Nova Univ.in Broward County, with CAIR supporting Hamas in 2010. We also rallied against a mosque in Pompano Beach,Fla. with Rev. Dozier in 2010.

Since Dec. 30, 2008, the Muslims at the Ft. Laud. Fed. Bldg. would come back the next week but this time with 250 and we having 250. The following week they had 150 and we had 300. Our rally for Israel at the Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach on 1/4/09, had 2000 and then we had 300 at the Israeli Consulate in Miami facing the 300 Muslims and 12 of them got arrested. Shalom International has done weekly rallies at the Ft. Laud. Fed. Bldg. every Tuesday since 12/30/09 through to 2/23/10. We have also begun rallying at FAU, Boca Raton, (3-5P.M.) every Monday, with 3 major rallies during the war and weekly for the last two months, to great reaction from those at FAU, with a large Muslim population, and only a few blocks from both a Mosque and Muslim Center. We have rallied for 6 times in Boynton Beach, at Jog Rd. and Gateway at Noon every Monday in Boynton Beach. For the last 6 weeks we also rally every Wed., at Pines Blvd. and entry to Century Village, 5-6P.M in Pembroke Pines. We are the ONLY Jewish group in the world with Christian friends who help us to rally 4 times weekly (weather permitting) on behalf of Israel and America.

The results of our activism and opposition to the pro-Hamas gang was that this effort caught on globally with many rallying for Israel against Hamas from S. America to the Ukraine and across America. Tom Trento's You Tube on those Muslims screaming "Jews Into the Ovens" got over 500,000 hits and helped push this entire scenario of counter-protest in support of Israel going after Hamas.

We also rallied with 50 against 1500 pro-Hamas in Orlando in 2009. We also rallied twice in Melbourne, Fla. with 300 and again with 75, both in 2009.

7. We rallied against Jimmy Carter at Carter Center in Atlanta, May 7, 2008 with local and national media attention, for his support for Hamas, his collaboration with the Arabs for his Carter Center and his anti-semitism. When Jimmy Carter recently offered his apology to the Jews, we rejected it as a 'political stunt' and 'sorry, doesn't cut it', and with two Associated Press stories got over 300 media worldwide, plus opened the door to many attacks upon Carter from everywhere. We aren't finished with him yet and plan more events in Atlanta, plus one meeting we already had there.

8. We were part of the Jewish Heritage Festival in Daytona Beach in 2008 and will again on March 14, 2010 have a table at this event for 5000+.

9. We rallied against Obama and Rahm Emanuel in Chicago, Ill., Aug. 9, 2009, with Caroline Glick of Jerusalem Post, our feature speaker and we had 9 media nd 300 attend in the first rally in Obama's back yard, also with much support from the Russian Jewish community in Chicago. On this same day, Abbas and Fatah were demanding in Bethlehem, not just East Jerusalem but all of Jerusalem. This effort to rally in Chicago began with a meeting in Philly, that came from a couple who rallied with us in Boca Raton.

10. We rallied to "Keep Jerusalem United" in NYC again at the Israeli Consulate; at a rally for thousands at an Armory rally in 2008; at Central Park on "Israel Day" in 2008; 3 times at the UN against Iran's Little Hitler-2008,2009; Against the Left/Pro-Hamas march of 5000 and us with 50. In Times Square in 2008. We were also part of a coalition rally at the UN with other anti-Muslim Jihadists. Also, we rallied in front of the State Capital in Albany, NY.

11. We had 3 more rallies at the Torch of Friendship in Miami in 2008, including with the Hispanic Coalition and also against the Muslims Jihadists. Our first rally in this effort took place at the Torch of Friedship Oct. 2007 and our first media was the Jewish Journal, that's given us 8 stories since.

12. We addressed Hadassah in Coral Springs,Fla. plus did one rally there. We addressed an Israeli-American Club in Kings Point Condo in 2009, plus also rallied against Obama at Kings Point in 2008.

13. We were the principle speakers at a rally for Israel at Century Village in Feb. of 2009 (6 rallies outside there since).

14. We've had 2 meetings and 3 rallies at Chabad in Boca Raton, one rally at a park in downtown Boca Raton with 150 and meetings in Chabad in N. Miami Beach, while attending a large gathering for the Rebbe's anniversay since his passing, in Philly where Sen. Lieberman was the feature speaker.

15. We rallied for Israel at a presidential candidate debate at FAU in 2008, met at Rabbi Goldman's shul in Pompano Beach,(also there when Laurie Cardoza Moore of Proclaiming Justice to All Nations spoke there) and rallied with Rudy Guiliani campaign in Ormand Beach, with our efforts and spoke to him to address these issues of our campaign. We also spoke at an event for Christians and Jews United for Israel in Boca Raton in 2009.

16. We rallied outside the Shul of Bal Harbour when Sen. Lieberman came to speak in 2008. We rallied when Liberman was speaking in Ft. Laud. and also at a Stadium Rally for Sen. McCain in Bwd. County.

17. We've had organizational meetings in Detroit, Philly, Atlanta, Ft. Laud., Silver Springs, Md., Sunny Isles, Fla., North Miami Beach, Boca Raton.

18. We rallied at a McCain rally at F.I.U. in 2008, with 5000 there to see him.

19. We also rallied at the Super Bowl on 2/7/10 in Miami and Art Deco visibility on Miami Beach a week earlier with our tee-shirts, with many thousands giving us support.

20. We also addressed Rotary Club in Palm Beach in 2008; rallied against Chavez of Venezuela and his anti-semitic politics in Shul in North Miami Beach and Consulate in Miami in 2009. We participated in church luncheon in Palm Beach.

21. We participated in "Tea Party" rallies in Ft. Laud. (5); Weston, Fla. and also in Wash., D.C. and will be part of one this April 15 in Ft. Laud.. Have collected over 1000 names from these events. A rally for Israel in Orlando Shul on 2/14/10, was leafleted by a couple who join with us every Tues. at Fed. Bldg. in Ft. Laud. We support Israel and America and have been well received at these events. We do not get involved with 'tea party' inside politics or who they are endorsing.

22. We protested Jewish sell-out members of Congress in S. Fla. in 2009 in going after Rep. Wexler in Delray Beach and Rep. Klein in S. Palm Beach and Rep. Wasserman-Schultz(Schmutz) in Weston. We also rallied for U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan in Ft. Laud. in 2009.

23. We rallied in the rain against Rev. Wright — Obama attended this racist's Church — at the National Press Bldg. in Wash., D.C. in 2008 and got lots of media there as well.

24. We rallied with JDLCanada in Toronto in Aug. of 2009 at the U.S. Consulate against Obama's sellout politics against Israel. We also addressed this organization a few days earlier and we also got local media as a result of this effort.

25. We were part of a meeting at Beth Israel Synogague on Miami Beach about building in East Jerusalem and met with Nof Zion. com folks who then agreed to help us to go to Jerusalem, to organize our rally: "Hands Off of Jerusalem", when the Pope was there in May of 2009. We would do 60 media interviews with 200 at our rally. This was preceded by our efforts in Geneva, Switzerland as part of this effort. Nof Zion has a project with the most spectacular view of Jerusalem and is building 400+ units. Please check them out as one of the key investments and preservation efforts for a United Jerusalem.

26. We also stood in front of the Vatican in Rome with our sign, 4/25/09,: "Keep Jerusalem United" and this photo made world news including the Orthodox Union publication in the U.S..

26. We rallied in Geneva, Switzerland against the anti-semitic and anti-Israel "Durbin II" UNazis conference that also gave Iran's Little Hitler a forum to again blast Israel with. We participated and had a table at a major conference on these issues, a Remember the Holocaust event with 3000, a rally against Darfur genocide with 100, and another pro-Israel rally and got a dozen media interviews for these efforts as well as a mailing list from many of the dozen Jewish groups and many Jews attending these events from 4-20-24/09. We also had a rally at the UN in NYC at the same time as we were in Geneva.

27. We had two ads in the Jerusalem Post in Oct. 2009, that one key local rabbi helped us to get. The focus was on all the bad things that happened to Israeli leaders who sold out to the enemies of Israel and the Jewish nation.

28. We met with some Jewish leaders,but Christian Zionist leaders in Portland, Oregon, put 200 of our stickers there in circulation with their support.

29. We confronted 60 anti-Israel political groups such as "J St." at a conference at the Wilson Center, in Wash., D.C. in Nov. of 2009. Only two of us were for Israel, but we made international news at this event as well. We confronted one Jew and one Arab, both sides of the same coin, in their give up everything politics, at a forum at the U. of Miami in 2009.

30. We were interviewed on WIOD Radio several times including to comment on officer murdered by Nazi at Holocaust Museum in 2009. We were also interviewed by Jewish radio shows in Philly, Phoenix, AZ., and Jewish Activist Radio out of NYC and Joe Orlow. We've also been interviewed by Jewish papers in Atlanta, NYC, Wash., D.C., S. Fla. and the JTA. Also, Ch. 2 and 10 from Israel and Haaretz and JPost several times. We were also interviewed on "Wiley Drake" Christian Radio 6 times.

31. We opposed Rev. Phelps Nazis, from Topeka, Kansas, both at the General Assembly in Wash., D.C., Nov., 2009 and again when they came down to Boca Raton Federation, when we organized 100 against them and much media attention as well for our efforts in 2010.

32. We were the only Jewish group visible at the "G-20" World leader Summit in Pittsburgh,Aug., 2009 and got 20 media interviews there as well.

33. We got over 300 media worldwide in demanding that Fla. Gov. Crist change a special election date that would fall on the last day of Passover to another date, and that this insensitivity was an act of 'anti-semitism'. Gov. Crist changed the date and we then called him a 'mensch' and got media on that one as well. This was in Dec. 2009, for an election now taking place on April 13, 2010. Another victory for our side.

34. We initiated a national exposure upon Target Stores selling a "Palestine" Globe that eliminated "Israel". This product from China, was exposed via media on Joyce Kaufman's Radio Show in S.Fla. and by letter, we wrote to the CEO on 1/24/10. On 1/25/10, we got a call from Target customer relations that they would remove the globes, but we could buy them continually for another week. On 1/28/10, at a rally we did in NYC at "Ground Zero", 9 media were there for us as well to focus on our opposition to '9/11' trial in NYC, our opposition to Muslim Jihadists responsible for '9/11' and the Globe from Target. The NYTimes Blog, and subsuquent major story from the NYPost, plus Fox and NBC tvs in NYC and over 100 media worldwide picked up on this story, which is still on-going with Target refusing to explain itself on how this happened in the first place or what they did with the globes themselves, we don't know were destroyed or given away which only adds to the same problem. We expect to confront Target at it stockholders meeting in May. With a global campaign against Israel claiming Israel doesn't exist, or the Holocaust didn't happen or that '9/11' was an inside job, and those who say Israel shouldn't exist, or those who say Israel should not be able to defend itself (Goldstone Report) by UN, EU, etc. or are boycotting Israel, this 'globe' is the key example and model of what their goals are in marginalizing Israel on every level and delegitimizing Israel and therefore an additional attack upon the Jewish people worldwide as part of this assault. These dangers we face with synogagues and churches under attack and the need to defend ourselves everywhere is part of a meeting with Rabbi Moskowitz we attended in Chabad Shul in Kew Gardens, Queens,NY, on all of these issues, on 1/31/10. We are working on a National Jewish Security Council, relationship with Rabbi Moskowitz.

35. When the tragedy of the Haitian Earthquake took place, we participated with a group at the City of Miami Beach to help organize relief. We also took the tremendous Israeli success of being first and foremost in saving Haitian lives with their medical team and took this info to a S. Fla. Radio station, that previously had ignored Israel while promoting Saudi Arabia as being involved when it wasn't. We reversed this for the Caribbean community with the DJ reversing himself from a week earlier and promoting Israel and stating how the Muslims and Arabs were AWOL. This is also an on-going campaign for us to reach out to the radio community media to change this anti-Israel image and to correct what really happened is going on there.

36. As you can see we have been the most successful grassroots effort in the nation and planet and also the most underfunded and still $15,000 in debt. We take no salary as yet for our successes. We have also gotten a headquarters at 2040 N.E. 163rd St., in North Miami Beach, near Aventura since April 2009.

37. We put out 10,000 bumper stickers that say with both the U.S. and Israeli flags on them: "Keep Jerusalem United" and "Protect and Defend" and they are all over the world as one of our visible fundraisers. We have also produced thousands of "Keep Jerusalem United" buttons; 5000 posters donated to us as well as 19 large banners; and hundreds of pins also donated to us for fundraising. We also have paintings from Holocaust survivor, Eva Costabel of NYC on magnificent scenes from Jerusalem that are for sale on our web site,www.defendjerusalem.net which is managed by Barnett.Your donations are vital either through paypal on the web or by check to: "Defend Jerusalem", P.O.Box 402263, Miami Beach, Fla. 33140.

38. We've also had donated art work from Carole Flato, Marlene Arribas and Jeannene Ross, and Beena, to advertise our rallies with.

39. From Israelpundit to Voices of Unity Coalition, and very many blogs and emails putting out our messages and efforts to mobilize resistance to the madness out there so that we have had access to very many thousands of people all over the world besides our own 5000 e-mail list. We have put out 300+ e-mails and announcements, and hundreds of tee-shirts and many thousands of flyers. With all of our visible attempts to tell our side of the story, we are sort of a mini Al Jazeera, taking advantage of being at the right place at the right moment and stating our case for the world to understand another point of view they aren't getting otherwise.We've actually been interviewed by Al Jazeera on 3 occassions too. When we were in Israel we pleaded with the locals to take advantage of 1000 media covering the Pope they could take advantage of to tell their story to the world eager to hear from them and most, tragically didn't get it. But we did, with the help of NofZion.com and got coverage all over Europe and the world that Jerusalem belongs to every Jew and every Jew murdered for being a Jew and that Israel is strictly caretaker for what belongs to G-d and his gifts to us, his 'chosen' people who are the world's scapegoats and also the world's conscience and why we are the missing link in telling the truth and moving beyond those foolish politics that are allowing the next Holocaust, G-d forbid. We stood firm that the Pope shouldn't give sainthood to Hitler's Pope Pius XII, and to open papal documents on WWII and to return $millions in Jewish holy items and articfacts stolen in the Holocaust and in the Vatican needing to be returned to the Jewish people. We have also advocated that the death camps be taken over by Israel and these holy sights and the world's largest Jewish cemeteries, need to have the truth told about all victims and also to prevent commercialism, trivialization and Vaticanization of those camps.

40. We are the biggest bang for the buck and the most successful and underfunded Jewish group with Christian supporters as well, helping us to make this difference in the last 25 months. Imagine if every Jew understood both the threats and the opportunities and also experienced the support we are getting, that one has to experience, beyond the biased anti-Israel media and the politics supporting the terrorists from the EU, UN, Obama, and the Jew-haters around the world, including in our own community doing so much harm to us all. We will rally opposite the Looney-Left and Pro-Hamas gang in Wash., D.C. when they march on March 20, 2010, and we are peacefully resisting at the corner of Conn. Ave., M St. and 18th St., starting at 9 AM.. On June 6, 2010, our "Gathering of Mensches" at the Holocaust Museum in Wash. D.C. at 8 AM to Remember "D-Day" anniversary and the Holocaust and this anniversary of the "Sixth Day War" when Israel and Jerusalem were reunited...and then our march to the WWII Memorial for wreath laying and taps, and then march past the White House (Muslim House) on our way to the U.S. Capitol for a 2 P.M. Rally on protecting and defending America and Israel and to finally make a huge statement of thanks for everyone confronting the Muslim extremists in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Israel on the forefront in the Middle East and everyone standing tall against these threats across the planet.

Shalom International/www.defendjerusalem.net is a constant reminder of defending our Covenant with G-d, our religion, our 5000 yr. history, our identity as Jews and with help from our Christian supporters and others who believe as we do that time is running out and the dangers are great and our collective need to respond to this danger and emergency with another war on the horizon, let alone terrorist attacks in the U.S. from domestic Muslim Jihadists. ACT NOW, BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. PUT YOUR FINANCES, RESOURCES, TIME AND EFFORTS BEHIND WHAT IS WORKING AND WOULD WORK EVEN BETTER WITH YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT.

Bob Kunst is President, Shalom International. Contact the group by email at shalominternational@mindspring.com. Visit the website at www.defendjerusalem.net

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Posted by Maayana Miskin, February 28, 2010.

A Fatah conference held this week in Ramallah included a speech in praise of terrorists. A member of Fatah's central committee, Mahmoud el-Aloul, said Fatah would continue to honor Arabs who died fighting Israel and commemorate their attacks.

El-Aloul, formerly the governor of Shechem, said Fatah would endeavor to pass the "tradition of struggle" to the next generation of PA Arabs.

Among his listeners were representatives from various PA institutions. The PA is currently run by Fatah, and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is a long-time member of the group.

Aloul gave particular honor to female terrorist Dalal Mughrabi. Mughrabi led a squad of eleven terrorists who infiltrated Israel by boat from Lebanon in 1978 and murdered dozens of civilians, including 13 children and American photographer Gail Rubin, in what became known as the Coastal Road Massacre.

A spokesman for MK Michael Ben-Ari of the National Union slammed the government for failing to act in the face of Fatah's praise for terrorism. "The government needs to figure out why it insists on conducting negotiations with a gang of terrorists. In any normal country, the government would declare war on Fatah over statements like these.

"Only Israel allows itself to capitulate to its enemies."

Maayana Miskin writes for Arutz-7, where these articles were published today.

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Posted by Israel Academia Monitor, February 28, 2010.

I went to a recent talk given by Dr. Anat Matar on her recent visit to London. Dr Matar is a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University. She is also an Israeli citizen who wants the world to boycott Israel. She is a member of Who Profits? Exposing the Israeli Occupation Industry.

Dr. Matar feels that the only way to end Israel's occupation of the West Bank is for there to be an economic, cultural and academic boycott of her own country.

Imagine boycotting yourself! Would any Brit or American call for a boycott of their respective countries over Afghanistan or Iraq? Only a courageous, caring and unselfish person would even contemplate this, surely?

Her son, Hagai, spent two years in an Israeli prison for refusing to enlist.

At her talk at SOAS Dr. Matar outlined the three main objections that her friends on the radical anti-Zionist left have to a boycott:

  1. The time hasn't come yet:

    She addressed this concern by saying that all Israelis profit from the occupation including the working class and Arab Israelis: "The shrinking of the military industry, which supports so many families, may cause many to suffer but it is necessary."

    And she questioned why we should boycott Israel and not America or Britian over Afghanistan. She said: "The boycott is pragmatic. It is ridiculous not to take action against one country just because others are immune. And maybe if the boycott succeeds it may touch on the policies of these other countries."

  2. There is something hypocritical and anti-semitic in the boycott campaign:

    She understood this argument and said we must be watchful and that "I am not going to go back to Lithuania". (Dr Matar believes in the end of the Jewish state and so I wonder how she can be so sure that she would never have to go back to Lithuania since Muslim countries have ejected nearly all their one million indigenous Jews. If Israel became "secular and democratic" and, ultimately, a Muslim country she could well be on her way back to Lithuania).

  3. Supporting a boycott replaces genuine activism:

    She said that all the varying approaches to attacking Israel should be considered and each organisation should unite and then consider which approach is best.

    Miri Segal: 'Be right back' 2007


    For example, choose particular campaigns like boycotting merchandise made in the occupied territories but not the Tate Modern's exhibition of Israeli video installations that is taking place this weekend in London.

    "Don't boycott this. You have to look at the names of the Israeli artists. Some of them are refusniks and great anti-Zionists," Dr. Matar said.

    But audience members shouted "this is part of 'brand Israel' and its campaign for normalisation" and "why are they coming here?" and "Why are these artists accepting money from the vile Israeli government?"

Poor Anat. Her own supporters attacking their boycott heroine.

She tried to put across her ethical argument and explained how hard it is to be an artist in Israel: "You can't make a film or be a dancer without taking money from the Israeli government. If you are rich you are alright but if you are poor and an artist and support the occupation what do you do? They can't give up their lives. If they support the boycott it will finish their careers".

I then realised how wrong I was.

I had honestly respected Dr Matar. However misguided, she actually seemed to be willing to sacrifice herself for what she perceived to be the greater good of Israel and the Palestinian people; an academic boycott in which even she would suffer.

But in effect she was calling for an academic and cultural boycott just so long as those who are against the occupation are not affected which, conveniently, includes herself.

So in a nutshell her message to the world is: "Boycott Israel, boycott all Israeli academics but please don't boycott me."

Dr. Matar isn't as courageous as she would like people to think she is.

Meanwhile, you can make your way down to the Tate Modern this weekend and see what Israeli artists have to say about Israel through their art.

Contact Israel Academia Monitor. by email at e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com. Visit the website at
www.israel-academia-monitor.com. This article was posted by Richard Millett and it is archived at
http://richardmillett.wordpress.com/2010/02/27/ dr-anat-matar-boycott-israel-but-please-dont-boycott-me/

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Posted by CPocerl, February 27, 2010.

This was written by Richard Moriarty and is from The Sun
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2868934/ Camels-flash-their-lady-humps.html


Camels flash their lady humps

NICE humps, full lips and a shiny body — these are just some of the qualities required for females entering a bizarre camel pageant being held in the United Arab Emirates.

The hard-working animals have been groomed and beautified for days to ensure that all contestants look their best.

And with millions of pounds in prize money at stake, competition at the third annual Al Dhafra Festival in the remote desert of Western United Arab Emirates is fierce.

Gulf Arabs from across the region gather in a large sandy plot in Ajman to sit in for a four-hour competition, which will see the selection of the best out of 150 camels every day.

The three-day spectacle ends with the top two finalists bagging luxury cars, while eight others win cash.

The body is divided into five sections, with 20 points each, to mark beauty and elegance.

After the prettiest camels are selected, their owners must then vouch for purity of lineage.

Following the pageant some camels are auctioned off, with the best going for as much as 16million dirhams (&lb;2.85m).

The festival is a celebration of not only all-things-camel, but also serves to remind participants of the country's traditional way of life.

Saeed al-Aameri, who owns a large camel farm and is a participant in the pageant, said: "The UAE's heritage is linked to camels and this festival emphasises this. Traditions and customs lie in maintaining our history."

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This is from the Bare Naked Islam website
http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/2010/02/27/ muslim-sex-slaves-bacha-bazi-aka-boy-play-where-very- young-boys-are-the-entertainment-for-grown-men/

MUSLIM SEX SLAVES: 'BACHA BAZI' aka Boy Play where very young boys are the 'entertainment' for grown men


Popular in Afghanistan, these "dancing boys" are actually sex slaves, lured off the streets by pimps, taught to dance and sing, to wear make-up and to dress like girls. Then they are made to perform before large groups of men. ALL of them are sexually abused.

So let me get this straight. We know paedophilia is condoned in Islam but I thought homosexuality was against the law?

"Dancing boys" are a lucrative business. Powerful former warlords and businessmen love to watch them and will pay a lot of money to have their own boy for Bacha Bazi. Some of the boys are traded like swap cards amongst the rich and powerful and if they disobey their "owners" they are killed or brutalised.

The trade in boys is well known to the United Nations. According to Nazir Alimy, who compiled a report on the issue for the UN, there is no doubt who is funding this practice and why the police refuse to stop it. "According to our research these dancing boys are used by powerful men for sex," Mr Alimy said.

Paedophiles and pimps search for young boys so they can sell them or groom them to be trained as "dancing boys". In one case a journalist goes in the car with a paedophile named Dastager. As they drive, Dastager explains the type of boy he is looking for. Then in broad daylight the "dancing boy master" stops the car, goes to a shopfront and brings a boy back to his the waiting car

According to a report prepared for the United Nations there is evidence that the practice of bacha bazi and the sexual abuse of boys is common throughout the north of the country. It confirms that young boys, some of them only 10 years old, are lured into life as a sex slave.

There is also evidence that this type of abuse is spreading throughout Afghanistan."It's true they make the boys wear girls' clothes and make them dance in front of many men," he said.

The powerful customers are often former warlords who helped drive the Taliban out of the north. Others who involve themselves in the trade of boys are wealthy businessmen. Under the Taliban, Bacha Bazi was outlawed. Today it is still a crime but clearly there is no concerted effort being made to stop the practice and the criminal activity that surrounds it.

See an excellent 6-part documentary about BACHA BAZI here: bacha-bazi-documentary


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The legislature of Ontario passed a resolution condemning Israel Apartheid Week and its false terminology.

B'nai B'rith Canada described the Week as an outpouring of hatred that defames Israel on campus and leads to antisemitic violence (www.imra.org.il, 2/25).

It seems to be organized Israel-bashing that does run over into antisemitism, rather than teaching anything.


Jaffa street (AP/Ariel Schalit)

The Israel Land Authority auctioned some land in Jaffa, a part of Tel Aviv. Jews had lived in Jaffa for thousands of years. [Persecuted by Arabs before statehood, Jaffa Jews founded Tel Aviv.]

The high bidder was a group of Jews who wanted to build an apartment house for themselves there.

The losing bid was by Arabs. Some Israeli Arabs and politically motivated NGOs sued over it. They contended that the Arabs are losing a majority in Jaffa [which no longer is a separate city], that Arabs have a housing shortage in Jaffa, and that the purchase somehow discriminates against Arabs and therefore Jews should not be allowed to buy more land there unless they allot apartments to Arabs.

The judge rejected the petition as in bad faith, merely being self-serving in the name of equality.

Counsel for defense said that the Arab premise is that all of Israel belongs to the Arabs and that Jewish building anywhere is a settlement to be barred. The defense had argued that the Jews won the bid fairly, that they have human rights to buy public land offer and to enjoy land they own [i.e., not have to turn around and offer it to someone else], and the right to live wherever they want to in their own country.

Having lost in court, Arab activists turned to mass protest and threats of violence. Indeed, the construction site was vandalized.

"In recent weeks the world Jewish community has been told that Jews are forbidden to live in parts of Jerusalem and the territories. Now Jews are being informed by Arab-Israelis and so called human rights groups that they are also prohibited from live in Jaffa, a suburb of Tel-Aviv that has had a Jewish presence for thousands of years, as well. The battle over Jewish rights inside the State of Israel is truly heating up." (www.imra.org.il, 2/25.)

As I have put it, the Arabs are trying to turn the clock back and renew their fight to take over the country. Their loyalty is questionable. Their immediate goal is ethnic separation or apartheid, with special privileges for themselves. I sense that the courts no longer are ruling almost automatically in behalf of the Arabs, because the Arabs are going too far.

When I visited Jaffa on a couple of early trips to Israel, the majority was Jewish. Following the principle of the Arabs' case, should Israel have barred further Arab property acquisition in Jaffa, lest it change the demographic balance? What about Holon and other cities whose balance changed in favor of the Arabs? Should there be neighborhood-by-neighborhood ethnic restrictions, a la apartheid?


Iran Missile (AP/Amir Hosseini)

In the past two weeks, Iran's President Ahmadinejad repeatedly has threatened to destroy Israel. What does he mean?

On February 25, he said that the eradication of Israel is a "divine promise." He said that Iran would stand with Syria, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Arab organizations if they were attacked by Israel. He accused Israel of wanting war. Together they would end the Zionist state.

Ahmadinejad asserted that Israel makes its moves from a position of weakness (www.imra.org.il, 2/25).

Referring to "divine promise," Ahmadinejad is confirming that to Muslims, this is holy war, not a territorial dispute. The West does not pay heed. It prefers to perceive the conflict as a territorial dispute, rather than as part of a global effort to conquer the world. By perceiving the conflict as territorial, the West, which is more or less hostile to Israel based on obsolete conflicts, can chip away at the territorial integrity of Israel as if solving a problem and appeasing the Muslims. This policy weakens the Israeli bastion of Western civilization.

No matter what threats emanate from the Mideast, and no matter how much those threats are acted upon, Westerners do not take them seriously, especially when directed against Israel. What Ahmadinejad intends is to destroy Jewish sovereignty and the Jewish people. The UN Charter prohibits one member from trying to destroy another. But who pays attention to the UN when doing so might benefit Israel? All is posturing, all is pretense of ethics.

Ahmadinejad covers himself technically by conditioning his threat upon Israel attacking Iran or an ally of it. Self-defense is the false cry of aggressive dictators. Dictators commit aggression in the name of self-defense. But the Muslim notion of self-defense is offense against Israel on the grounds that Israel's very existence as a non-Muslim state on land Islam once had conquered is an act of aggression.

Ahmadinejad can manufacture incidents by his proxies and then declare the war he, not Israel, obviously wants.

In effect, Iran has declared war on Israel. In actuality, Iran has been making war on Israel by proxy and on Iraq by proxy and by some of its own troops. Having threatened to destroy Israel, Israel may not let Iran proceed to develop nuclear weapons with which to do so. Ahmadinejad would call that the aggression that releases any restraint upon Syrian and Hizbullah missiles.

Israel does not start wars. It either defends itself from aggression or pursues terrorism. It sometimes suffers terrorist abuse for years before reacting. Its whole outlook is for peace whereas the Muslim outlook there is for conquest and domination, actually relishing violence. Arafat was offered a lot, by Israeli negotiators, but preferred Intifada. Arafat's and Abbas' schools teach bigotry and violence, whereas Israeli schools teach tolerance and peace.

Having spared Hizbullah, Hamas, and Fatah, and having tried to be nice to the Arabs only gets Israel a reputation for weakness among Mideastern aggressors. It is the wrong way to deal with them. It also is the wrong way to appear to the West, which also loses respect for Israel and gives Israel no credit for decency. This is the way of the world.


Here is a long, satirical essay by Prof. Steven Plaut (2/26, verbatim) on anti-Zionists who deny they are antisemitic. I have a few qualifications to offer. When I was a boy, some fellow Jews were not Zionists or were anti-Zionists. (1) Still existing are ultra-Orthodox Jews who believe that the secular Zionism of the State of Israel is not adequate. I think they have a good point. (2) Some Socialists believed that Jews should help bring about socialism and integrate into their non-Israeli societies. They were unaware of the depth of antisemitism. Their dream failed both as to socialism and to integration. They did not deny the Jewish people's right to re-constitute their state, but thought it unnecessary. Therefore, most of them were not antisemitic about it, but Karl Marx was, the Communists were, and the Far Left still is. Once Israel formed, the bulk of the Socialists upheld its rights. (3) Reform Jews opposed a Jewish state out of fear that their loyalty to their Diaspora countries would be questioned. By distancing themselves from their Jewish heritage, which they toned down, they demonstrated a form of antisemitism. Most of them now accept Israel, but the lingering Reform anti-Zionism that pervaded the New York Times has solidified in it even under its present ownership by converted descendants of Jews.

Say What? Anti-Semites? Who, us anti-Zionists? US? We have nothing against Jews as such. We just hate Zionism and Zionists. We think Israel does not have a right to exist. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such. Heavens to Mergatroyd. Marx Forbid. We are humanists. Progressives. Peace lovers.

Anti-Semitism is the hatred of Jews. Anti-Zionism is opposition to Zionism and Israeli policies. The two have nothing to do with one another. Venus and Mars. Night and Day. Trust us.

Sure, we think the only country on the earth that must be annihilated is Israel. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

Sure, we think that the only children on earth whose being blown up is ok if it serves a good cause are Jewish children. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

Sure we think that if Palestinians have legitimate grievances this entitles them to mass murder Jews. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

Naturally, we think that the only people on earth who should never be allowed to exercise the right of self-defense are the Jews. Jews should only resolve the aggression against them through capitulation, never through self-defense. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We only denounce racist apartheid in the one country in the Middle East that is NOT a racist apartheid country. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We refuse to acknowledge the Jews as a people, and think they are only a religion. We do not have an answer to how people who do NOT practice the Jewish religion can still be regarded as Jews. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We think that all peoples have the right to self-determination, except Jews, and including even the make-pretend Palestinian "people". But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We hate it when people blame the victims, except of course when people blame the Jews for the jihads and terrorist campaigns against them. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We think the only country in the Middle East that is a fascist anti-democratic one is the one that has free elections. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We demand that the only country in the Middle East with free speech, free press, or free courts be destroyed. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We oppose military aggression, except when it is directed at Israel. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We really understand suicide bombers who murder bus loads of Jewish children and we insist that their demands be met in full. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We think the only conflict on earth that must be solved through dismembering one of the parties to that conflict is the one involving Israel. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We do not think that Jews have any human rights that need to be respected and especially not the right to ride a bus without being murdered. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

There are Jewish leftist anti-Zionists and we consider this proof that anti-Zionists could not possibly be anti-Semitic. Not even the ones who cheer when Jews are mass murdered. These are the only Jews we think need be acknowledged or respected. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We do not think murder proves how righteous and just the cause of the murderer is, except when it comes to murderers of Jews. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We do not think the Jews are entitled to their own state and must submit to being a minority in a Rwanda-style "bi-national state", although no other state on earth, including the 22 Arab countries, should be similarly expected to be deprived of its sovereignty. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We think that Israel's having a Jewish majority and a star on its flag makes it a racist apartheid state. We do not think any other country having an ethnic-religious majority or having crosses or crescents or "Allah Akbar" on its flag is racist or needs dismemberment. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We condemn the "mistreatment" of women in the only country of the Middle East in which they are not mistreated. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We condemn the "mistreatment" of minorities in the only country in the Middle East in which minorities are NOT brutally suppressed and mass murdered. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We demand equal citizen rights, which is why the only country in the Middle East in need of extermination is the only one in which they exist. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We have no trouble with the fact that there is no freedom of religion in any Arab countries. But we are mad at hell at Israel for violating religious freedom, and never mind that we are never quite sure where or when it does so. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

So how can you possibly say we are anti-Semites? We are simply anti-Zionists. We seek peace and justice, that's all. And surely that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.  


Conflict in Sheikh Jarrah Section (AP/Sebastian Scheiner)

The Mayor of Jerusalem plans to turn part of the Silwan neighborhood, near the Old City, into a showcase of shops, restaurants, day care center, boutique hotels, and a large park, attracting tourists. He has offered 120 Arab families a switch to the new apartments. They prefer to keep their houses.

They call the sub-neighborhood al-Bustan; he calls it Gan HaMelech or Kings Garden, because it looks out upon the place where King David was thought to have been.

Mayor Birkat thinks his plan would benefit the Arabs. They call him a liar.

They say they lived there for decades, and own the land. A Palestinian Authority (P.A.) official accuses him of ethnic cleansing. He calls them liars. He said that all their houses were built within the past 20 years, and without permits. (About 20,000 illegally built houses are in Jerusalem.) Those houses' illegality and location is why he chose this area for urban renewal.

The Arab residents "and the rest of the world — do not recognize Israel's sovereignty over East Jerusalem." They say, "For us, the occupiers cannot tell us what is legal and illegal."

As background, the New York Times explains that the area historically was a greenbelt. In the 1990s, people started erecting those houses, without the municipality paying heed. In mentioning other parts of Silwan, the newspaper refers to Jewish residents as "settlers."

The world professes concern about expelling Arabs and replacing them with Jews. Barkat says that Jews are leaving Jerusalem for areas of higher income opportunities and Arabs are leaving the Palestinian Authority and entering Jerusalem for higher income. [Jerusalem pays welfare benefits.]

Taking a business-like approach to solving municipal problems, Barkat denies any hidden political agenda. The Arabs say they fear being squeezed from both directions. One resident accuses the Mayor of wanting to isolate the al-Aksa Mosque to build a Jewish temple (Ethan Bronner, 2/26, A1).

The New York Times reports people's arguments and sometimes counter-arguments, but rarely identifies facts. It also uses slanted terminology. Let's make some sense of this article.

Having studied city planning, I can see the sincerity of the Mayor's attempt at municipal beautification and upgrading. Can that approach win Arab approval? No. The Arabs have gotten away with lawlessness by threatening violence too long to be reined in easily now. What may appear a matter of law enforcement and city planning is a religiously motivated struggle to wrest Israel from the Jewish people, aided by foreign countries that don't realize that the same jihadists hate them, too.

The reporter did not judge whether residents have legal title to the houses and land, but one can figure out who is telling the truth by the background of the area having been a greenbelt until about 20 years ago and the widespread illegality of Arab housing. Did the reporters check aerial photos of 20 years ago?

NY Times articles are replete with Arab assertions that sound impressive but are specious. For example, the statement that occupiers cannot judge what is legal.

First, the Arab who said it implies a right (only by Arabs) to steal and build upon public land. Do foreign anti-Zionists favor that land theft? They accuse "settlers" of land theft, but what about the 20,000 houses in Jerusalem, alone?

Second, even if Israel were an occupier, it took control over the area in self-defense, and therefore administers it legally. Should Israel allow chaos?

Third, there was no sovereign owner of the area, there was just the Mandate when Jordan invaded, seized it, then attacked Israel again and lost it in the process. Israel is chief heir to the Mandate. It had a right to annex it.

Fourth, the wartime separation of the Old City from the New City had no legal status, so reuniting the two parts of Jerusalem was natural.

Fifth, so it does not matter what a hostile, unfair world wants and rationalizes, Israel has legal sovereignty there.

Sixth, why don't people ask what is the basis for Palestinian Arab claims to the Old City, since they never had sovereignty over it, they never had a government there, they did not conquer it last, and only recently did they even claim to be a separate nationality, though the PLO Covenant admitted they are not but just Arabs? Do they refer to the UN General Assembly recommendation that Jerusalem not belong to an independent state? By its logic, the Palestinian Authority cannot claim it, if it is supposed to be independent. In any case, that recommendation by the General Assembly, impractical because it makes new states not viable, has no legal force. Incidentally, first the Arabs rejected the recommendation, preferring double or nothing. They got nothing. Now they want to recognize the recommendation, as a first step in conquering Israel. Hypocritical. Do not be deceived by legalistic arguments for what is motivated religiously.

Ethan Bronner should not have given unchallenged credence to an Arab's claim that the Mayor wants to replace al-Aksa Mosque by a renewed Jewish temple. There is no evidence for that. It is absurd, because only a powerless religious minority favors that, the government does not. Arabs who talk like that either are venting paranoia or propaganda in behalf of jihad. They who rouse people to riot over such spurious accusations are the fanatical ones, not this hardly religious Mayor.

What about ethnic cleansing? I have consulted with the Jerusalem Buildings Dept. on their statistics and with others. The Arab population of Jerusalem has doubled. Arabs and their supporters fabricate hysterical claims of ethnic cleansing there, as they do of genocide in Gaza, where casualties were just a few hundreds out of a million and-a-half. They made similar claims about a battle in Jenin, where their figures were found to have been exaggerated many-fold. They are at war. They make false propaganda. The West should not be deceived.

Ethnic cleansing? I recently reported that the Mayor offered to retain many Arabs' illegal houses and one Jews' illegal house in another neighborhood. That is not the act of someone who wishes to oust Arabs. How is it that thousands of Arabs are moving from the P.A. into Jerusalem?

The Temple Mount was built by Hebrews, as was much of the Old City. They absorbed the Canaanites, and are the aborigines. Jews built the New City, too. To suggest that Jews who move into a different neighborhood of their city are "settlers" is to use hostile terminology.

The same newspapers keep making the same errors of presentation leaving readers with the same misunderstandings. No wonder little progress is made!


Moazzam Begg of Britain, a leading supporter there of the Taliban, was captured in 2001 as an enemy combatant. In 2005, he was released from Guantanamo without indictment. He formed an organization, Cageprisoners, ostensibly a human rights organization. However, he and another senior member speak in behalf of Radical Islamic rule. So what interest has he really in human rights?

Nevertheless, Amnesty International (A.I.) has taken him on tours of Europe, where they urge Europe to demand that more prisoners be released and that Europe give them haven.

A.I. hired Gita Sahgal to head its gender affairs unit on her condition that she clean up A.I.s sordid alliance with that terrorist in the name of human rights. As soon as she addressed the matter, they suspended her. She thinks A.I. is too ideological, to the point of not understanding what really is going on. Salmon Rushdie put it, "It looks very much as if Amnesty's leadership is suffering from a kind of moral bankruptcy and has lost the ability to distinguish right from wrong." (Michael Weiss, Wall St. Journal, 2/26, A13.)

The same thing was said about Human Rights Watch. I think the problem is that these organizations absorb a philosophy of indiscriminate Third World advocacy. They fail to realize that they are fostering the most oppressive, reactionary movements. In this case, a Radical Muslim is exploiting A.I. to appear moderate while promoting his agenda, which is far from moderate.

I believe that people arrested by mistake should get an early hearing to correct the error, and terrorists should not be released. Why should Europe, beset by Radical Islam, should welcome more such people?


Libyan dictator Gadhafi (AP/Abdel Magid Al-Fergany)

Libyan dictator Gadhafi urges armed jihad against Switzerland. He called Switzerland an infidel state that destroys mosques. He asks Muslims to block the entry of Swiss people and goods. He declared any Muslim who works with Switzerland an apostate. So far, few have accommodated him.

The latest contretemps may have begun in 2008, when Geneva police arrested his son on the charge of beating two servants. Libya then detained two Swiss businessmen. Libya convicted the pair of violating residency laws.

In November 2009, Switzerland passed by a large margin a referendum to ban the construction of minarets on mosques. Gadhafi may have been reacting to that vote, when Libya refused to release the two men. This week, A Libyan court voided one man's conviction, and the other started serving a four-month sentence.

Switzerland now restricts visas to Libyan citizens. Libya reacted by barring some European citizens from entering, and stopped issuing visas to much of Europe, not just to Switzerland. Italy thinks that Libya will renege on a deal to prevent illegal immigrants from departing from Libya for the EU (Wall St. Journal, 2/26, A9).

Tit-for-tat diplomatic retaliation seems childish to me. Innocent people get punished that way.

Switzerland neither destroys mosques nor bans their construction. Its referendum, to which I see little sense, refers only to new minarets. Gadhafi, like many Arab Muslim radicals, has a mixed-up idea of what happened, but readily calls for violence.

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Posted by Boris Celser, February 27, 2010.

This article was written by David Frum (dfrum@aei.org.) of the National Post. This is archived at


Next week, York University will once again open its halls and classrooms to "Israel Apartheid Week," so-called. This year as every year, militants and activists will use the taxpayer-funded facilities of York to vilify the Jewish state.

Well, that's free speech, isn't? Everybody gets to express his or her point of view, no matter how obnoxious, right?

No, not right. Not at York. At York, speech is free — better than free, subsidized — for anti-Israel haters. But for those who would defend Israel, York sets very different rules.

In advance of York's annual hate-Israel week, the campus group Christians United for Israel applied to use university space to host a program of pro-Israel speakers.

The university replied that this program could only proceed on certain conditions.

It insisted on heavy security, including both campus and Toronto police — all of those costs to be paid by the program organizers. The organizers would also have to provide an advance list of all program attendees and advance summaries of all the speeches. No advertising for the program would be permitted — not on the York campus, not on any of the other campuses participating by remote video.

These are radically different and much harsher terms than anything required from the hate-Israel program. The hate-Israel program is not required to pay for its own security. It is free to advertise. Its speakers are not pre-screened by the university.

The pro-Israel event, scheduled for this past Monday, Feb. 22, was cancelled when the organizers declined to comply with the terms. A university spokesman told the Jewish Tribune that it insisted on the more stringent requirements on pro-Israel groups "due to the participation of individuals who they claim invite the animus of anti-Israel campus agitators."

The logic is impressively brazen: Since the anti-Israel people might use violence, the speech of the pro-Israel people must be limited. On the other hand, since the pro-Israel people do not use violence, the speech of the anti-Israel people can proceed without restraint.

Over the past days, however, the university appears to have realized that this "We brake for bullies" policy on speech might present some PR problems.

So now it seems they have reverted to a bolder policy: flat-out denial.

I called York on Thursday for comment on the incident. York's smooth chief communications officer was out for the day. So apparently was his deputy. I got instead an audibly nervous substitute.

I asked: Is it York's policy to allow thugs to decide what may be said on campus, and what can't? He insisted that, no York had the same rules for all.

"Are you telling me," I asked, "that York imposes precisely the same requirements on all student groups?"

"All student groups that request university space, yes."

I said: "I'm going to print that answer in the newspaper. It's going to be kind of embarrassing if you are quoted as saying something blatantly untrue. Do you want to modify your statement in any way?"

The spokesman said he would stick with his "precisely same requirements" quote.

I offered one more chance to amend the answer. Pause. And then burst forth a flood of amazing flack-speech reprising Chevy Chase's legendarily incoherent performance in Spies Like Us.

What he meant, he said, was that it was the "process" and the "protocols" that were the same, leading to a "needs-based assessment" of each particular case. Hemina, hemina, hemina.

The truth is this: York students are treated "the same" only in the sense that every student is equally exposed to the utterly arbitrary ad hoc decision-making of a fathomlessly cowardly university administration.

It was not always this way. One of the speakers invited to the pro-Israel event, Daniel Pipes, spoke at York in 2003. Violence was threatened then too. Local militants distributed leaflets urging the disruption of Pipes' talk. But York's then-president Lorna Marsden refused to allow thugs to veto academic speech. She provided the police presence to ensure that Pipes' talk could proceed unmolested, although admittedly in a tense atmosphere that might have daunted someone less personally courageous than Pipes.

But the current York administration lacks Marsden's commitment to freedom.

Even when public speech is not an issue, Jewish students at York experience ethnically and religiously based intimidation and even violence. On the rare occasions when the university disciplines anyone for such incidents, it takes care always to penalize both the Jewish targets of harassment and the anti-Jewish culprits. The motive again is not fairness, but fear.

Something has gone seriously wrong at Canada's third-largest university. You can find a list of York's board of governors at yorku.ca/univsec/board/members.htm.If so minded, maybe you should contact them and ask them what they will do to correct York's betrayal of the values of a free society.

Boris Celser is a Canadian. Contact him at celser@telusplanet.net

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Posted by Midenise, February 27, 2010.

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From our Friends at Buycott Israel! There seems to be no stopping the momentum BUYcott is gaining around the world. In addition to the new BuyIsraeliProductsNow campaign we told you about last week, a new project is starting this week: BUYcott Month (www.buycottmonth.com), a month-long campaign for buying from, investing in and celebrating the state of Israel.

Going Downhill

I managed to buy the only bottle of Israeli wine within 500 miles while ski vacationing in Big Sky Montana!

Some friends run a great wine and food store here called The Hungry Moose and after my purchase, they said they'll likely be buying more.

Now I just have to figure out how to get wine glasses up this damned mountain.

J from Boston

BUYcott Month is a little offbeat, but promises to be a lot of fun. Supporters of Israel from around the world are being asked to send in photos of themselves or friends buying and enjoying Israeli products, taking part in Israel-related cultural events, "breaking" a boycott, or doing anything that celebrates Israel or fights anti-Israel activity during the month of March.

Never too young to buycott halva

I am doing a display about Israel for my homeschool group's International Dinner. Here I am buying Israeli halva for dessert.

Yasmin from Tsawwassen, BC, Canada

Are you buying Israeli products during Buycott Month? Having a couscous party? An Israeli wine tasting? An Ahava mud-wrestling match? We want your photos and your story. We're ready to share pictures of you:

  • Purchasing and enjoying Israeli products
  • Talking with friends and colleagues about investing in hot Israeli companies
  • Taking part in Israeli cultural events
  • Counter-protesting at Boycott-Israel events

Or how about a dose of "Extreme Boycott" like sharing Israeli chocolates at the top of a mountain or at the bottom of the sea?

Don't be frightened

It's just me in my Dead Sea Premier Mask Miracle Noir!

I usually wait for a special occasion to treat myself to Ahava and other Israeli beauty goodies, but Buycott Month has inspired me to not be so selfish! From what I've seen, a lot of people urging a boycott of Israeli goods could also benefit from an Ahava facial (meow)!

A from Boston

Don't forget — its your support that led to a 33% increase in Israeli exports in the last quarter of 2009. Lets kept the monentum going. Support democracy and buycott Israel!

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Posted by Paul Lademain, February 26, 2010.

On Feb 25, 2010, at 3:04 AM, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi (The Israel Project) wrote in reply to our expression of concern over the feeble tactics used to put down arab aggression in the Jewish Homeland. Ms. Mizrahi shucked us off, again with this reply: "Interesting thoughts but Israel respects very much the 20 percent of their country that is not Jewish. They also have rights as citizens."

The SC4Z responded as follows and we think you should know about our support for Israel:


Dear Ms. Mizrahi:

We value your reply to our thoughts about putting down Arab riots but we have to ask whether you are arguing that the rights of the non-Jews — e.g. stone-hurling arabs whose citizenship might in fact be Sudanese or Yemeni (and why do you assume every Arab present in Jewish Palestine is a "palestinian"?) — are paramount to the rights of Jewish Israelis? The fact that non-Jews have rights as "Israeli citizens" does not legitimize the Arabs unlawful claims to lands recognized in 1920 as an integral part of the Jewish Homeland pursuant to established international law.

We must also and again ask why Jews seemingly tremble at the prospect of having to defy the US State Department, and the relics of the Carter Administration embedded therein, who ignore or violate international law? Why does Israel itself ignore the body of international law which recognizes that the regions called Judea and Samaria are an unseverable part of Israel? Why do American Jews and particularly their many skilled and highly-paid lawyers fall silent before the sham and meaningless Oslo Accords? Is their silence due to language barriers? Or are they merely turning a determinedly deaf ear to the insults and disrespect the Arab World really shows them behind their backs?

And what about all the Jewish Palestinians whose ancestors civilized the very same region some Jews are so eager to trade away for naught more than mere promises of "peace". Why do Jews ignore their rights to their land? Why, for instance, aren't Jews demanding a land-for-land exchange? Why not demand a portion of the Arabian Peninsula? What kind of peace are American Jews really advocating for Jewish Israelis? One turning solely about the demands of the Arabs whose rights and demands strategically change at the whim of external powers? By the same principle seemingly advanced by some prominent American Jews for application only to Jewish Israelis, ought we not therefore demand on behalf of the Arabs that American Baptists chase after bin Laden and offer to trade away Texas in exchange for "peace" with al Qaida?

What about us? We are the secular Christians. What about OUR rights? What about our demands? We are the majority. We see Israel as the boulder on the path of Islamic imperialism. We say that the Free World needs a larger boulder. Our pockets have been picked for the past three decades to fund the accounts of all the corrupt leaders of every warring state throughout the middle east to the disadvantage of our ally, Israel. Apparently American Jews don't think about our needs and demands.

We hope American Jews will awake to the fact that if they continue to accede to insults and the violence directed against Jewish citizens of Israel, and worse still in lands that have long been recognized and respected as the Jewish Homeland (most of which was wrongly handed away by the Britz for the sake of gaining an advantage with the relatively new state of Saudi Arabia) that they themselves, as American Jews, will be ridiculed, singled out for insults, diminished, and ultimately and again ordered to paste on their symbols of inferiority.

Again, we thank you for your reply. But we continue to hope that you will invest in Prof. Howard Grief's seminal analysis of international law.

On Feb 25, 2010, at 3:04 AM, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi wrote:

Interesting thoughts but Israel respects very much the 20 percent of their country that is not Jewish. They also have rights as citizens


From: lademain@verizon.net [mailto:lademain@verizon.net]
Sent: Thursday, February 25, 2010 3:17 AM
To: Press Events
Cc: Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Subject: Re: Palestinians Threaten Uprising over Israel's Inclusion of 2 West Bank Holy Sites in Preservation Plan

On Feb 24, 2010, at 1:08 PM, The Israel Project wrote: Palestinians Threaten Uprising over Israel's Inclusion of 2 West Bank Holy Sites in Preservation Plan

Our comment to Ms. Mizrahi:

"We are the Secular Christians for Zion (SC4Z) and we implore you to purchase, study, ingest, incorporate in your thinking all the facts laid out by Prof. Howard Grief in his seminal analysis of international law which delineated the boundaries of the Jewish Homeland. (Citation, below) We hope it will adjust your thinking and your attitude toward the Jewish Homeland.

Inasmuch as the boundaries recognized (and irrevocably reaffirmed by the Treaty of Ghent ca. 1920) encapsulate most of the Golan Heights, almost all of the lands that later became the new state of Jordan (to become the homeland for the arabs who later sought to be known as "palestinians") and the region now known as Gaza and all of the lands between the ocean and the sea including the West Bank ... etc. etc. etc."

The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law (Hardcover) Howard Grief. www.amazon.com

Contact Paul Lademain by email at lademain@verizon.net. He describes himself as a Secular Christian for Zionism (SC4Z).

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Posted by Maayana Miskin, February 26, 2010.

(IsraelNN.com) Dozens of people traveled to northern Samaria this week, avoiding police along the way, in order to attend a festive gathering with Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsberg. The gathering was held in Sa-Nur, one of the cities demolished in the 2005 Disengagement.

Those who reached Sa-Nur were not only veteran Land of Israel activists, but also citizens from across the country. The group met with Rabbi Ginsberg in an ancient structure that, prior to the destruction of Sa-Nur, served as an artisans' gallery.

The meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Homesh, another community that was torn down in 2005. However, as would-be celebrants approached Homesh, they saw that Border Police had gathered there in hopes of preventing Israelis from congregating at the site. Instead of clashing with the police officers, the group simply changed its destination and continued to Sa-Nur.

Participants reported that the gathering was emotionally charged, with feelings of joy mingling with sadness over the destruction of the once thriving community and hope that it would soon be rebuilt.

by Maayana Miskin

Lalov chassidim were dismayed Thursday to discover that the tomb of the Rebbe of Lalov had been desecrated. The grave site on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives (Har Hazeitim) was vandalized, and the vandals even set fire to a space inside the tomb.

The incident was not the first of its kind. Approximately three months earlier, Lalov chassidim who came to visit the rebbe's grave found that the tombstone had been smashed with sledgehammers.

Other graves in the ancient cemetery have been vandalized as well. In November, relatives of the deceased were horrified to find that dozens of graves were methodically broken and stray dogs had taken up residence in the ruins.

At a November Knesset meeting, representatives of various government offices agreed to work together to restore security to the site.

Chaim Miller of the Movement for the Citizens of Jerusalem informed Jerusalem police chief Ilan Franko of the incident and asked him to take immediate action. "The Jerusalem Police must find the criminals who did this and ensure that Jews can visit the Mount of Olives safely," they said.

The working assumption is that Arabs from the neighborhood were responsible for the vandalism, Miller said. The Lalov Rebbe's tomb has apparently been targeted due to the large number of visitors, he said. Arab attackers see that the tomb belongs to that of a great Jewish leader and choose it as their target in order to demoralize as many people as possible, he said.

Maayana Miskin writes for Arutz-7, where these articles were published today.

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Posted by CPocerl, February 26, 2010.

The Winter Of Our Discontent February 26, 2010: In the last few weeks, Pakistani and American intelligence forces have arrested at least fourteen Taliban leaders in Pakistan. These arrests were carried out with some reluctance by Pakistani intelligence personnel, but were apparently ordered by the commander of the army, who was backed by the civilian government, which had recently purged the intelligence agencies of many Islamic radicals. Pakistan has turned away from its' creation. Pakistan has destroyed much of the Pakistani Taliban in the last six months, and is now arresting the leadership of the Afghan Taliban.

Pakistani intelligence officials have good reason to be unhappy with this roundup. Even though Pakistan won't allow the Taliban leaders to be interrogated alone by the Americans, much less taken out of the country, U.S. officials have been able to sit in. That quickly revealed that the Taliban leadership had long been in touch with Pakistani intelligence, and some of the captives were quite indignant at how this long (nearly two decades) relationship had been so unceremoniously ended.

The ISI (Inter Service Intelligence agency, sort of a Pakistani CIA, run by the military) has long insisted that staying in touch with the Taliban, and other Islamic radical outfits, helped protect Pakistan, and contribute to Pakistani foreign policy efforts. It hasn't worked out that way, especially after September 11, 2001. Back then, Pakistan was forced to make a choice; either join the United States in a war against Islamic terrorism, or go to war with the United States. That was a no brainer, but ISI tried to maintain its relationships with Islamic radical groups. That didn't work out too well.

This was all part of a trend. For several years now, the United States, Afghanistan, India and many Pakistanis, have been pressuring the Pakistani government to reform the ISI. This organization has long been a power unto itself, with its own agenda and many members who support Islamic radicalism. Two years ago, the government sought to disband the political wing of the ISI. This section was believed be largely responsible for Pakistani support of Islamic, or simply Pakistani, terrorist operations in Afghanistan and India, as well as support for Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistan itself. The political wing has also served as a domestic spying operation whenever the military was running the country (which is more than half the time.) Pakistan is currently run by a civilian government that came to power in the Summer of 2008.

ISI has long supported Islamic terrorists, but now Pakistan is determined to root out "Taliban spies" in the ISI. The problem is that these Islamic radicals have been operating openly in the ISI for three decades, and were put there by the government in the late 1970s, when it was decided that Islamic conservatism was the solution for Pakistan's problems (corruption and religious/ethnic conflicts.) These guys are not just "Taliban spies," but Pakistani intelligence professionals that believed, and encouraged (they invented the Taliban) Islamic radicalism.

The ISI itself was created in 1948 as a reaction to the inability of the IB (Intelligence Bureau, which collected intelligence on foreign countries in general) and MI (Military Intelligence, which collected intel on military matters) to work together and provide useful information for the government. The ISI was supposed to take intel from IB and MI, analyze it and present it to senior government officials. But in the 1950s, the government began to use the ISI to collect intel on Pakistanis, especially those suspected of opposing whatever government was in power. This backfired eventually, and in the 1970s, the ISI was much reduced by a civilian government. But when another coup took place in 1977, and the new military government decided that religion was the cure for what ailed the country.

Typically, the Pakistani generals seized control of the government every decade or so, when the corruption and incompetence of elected officials became too much for the military men to tolerate. The generals never did much better, and eventually there were elections, and the cycle continued. The latest iteration began in 1999, when the army took over, and was only forced, by public pressure, to relinquish power two years ago. Civilian governments tend to be hostile to the ISI, and apparently this produced a serious effort to clear out many of the Islamic radicals.

The ISI grew particularly strong during the 1980s, when billions of dollars, most of it in the form of military and economic aid, arrived from the oil-rich Arab governments of the Persian Gulf. All this was to support the Afghans, who were resisting a Russian invasion (in support of Afghan communists who had taken control of the government, and triggered a revolt of the tribes). The Afghan communists were atheists, and this greatly offended Saudi Arabia, and other Arab countries, who feared that Russia would encourage Arab communists to rebel elsewhere. So the resistance to the Russians in Afghanistan was declared a holy war which, after a fashion, it was. After about nine years of fighting the tribes, the Russians got tired of their slow progress (and had more pressing problems back home, like the collapse of their economy from decades of communist mismanagement), and left.

The Russians were gone by 1989 (and the Soviet Union collapsed two years later), but the Afghans promptly fell upon each other and the civil war seemed never-ending. This upset Pakistan, which wanted to send millions of Afghan refugees back home. Few of the refugees were interested as long as Afghans were still fighting each other. So the ISI created its own faction, the Taliban, by recruiting teachers and students from a network of religious schools that had been established (with the help of Saudi Arabian religious charities) in the 1980s. The most eager recruits were young Afghans from the refugee camps. The Taliban were fanatical, and most Afghans were willing to support them because they brought peace and justice. But the Taliban never conquered all of Afghanistan, especially in the north, where there were few Pushtun tribes (most Taliban were Pushtuns, from tribes in southern Afghanistan). The Pushtuns were about 40 percent of the population, and had always been the most prominent faction in Afghanistan (the king of Afghanistan was traditionally a Pushtun.)

Although a military junta was again running Pakistan when September 11, 2001 came along, the president of the country, an army general (Pervez Musharraf), sided with the United States, and turned against the Taliban. But many in the ISI continued to support the Taliban, and the army was too dependent on the ISI (for domestic intelligence, and to control Islamic militants that were attacking India, especially in Kashmir) to crack down on this ISI treachery.

Al Qaeda took this betrayal badly, and declared war on the Pakistani government. The ISI was used to seek out and kill or capture most of the hostile al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan. But the ISI told Islamic terrorists who remained neutral that they would be left alone. The ISI thwarted government efforts to have the army clear al Qaeda out of the border areas (populated largely by Pushtun tribes, there being more Pushtuns in Pakistan than in Afghanistan). But now, in one sense, it's September 11, 2001 all over again. The U.S. has told Pakistan that it is fed up with getting screwed around by the ISI, and if Pakistan doesn't clean out the ISI, and shut down Islamic terrorists along the Afghan border, NATO, U.S. and Afghan troops will cross the border and do it.

Pakistan wants continued U.S. military aid to bolster its defenses against India. But if it suddenly has a hostile U.S. in Afghanistan, and less (or no) military aid, its general military situation will be, well, not good. While Afghanistan, and the foreign troops there, are dependent on Pakistani ports and trucking companies for supplies, Pakistan is also dependent on the U.S. Navy for access to the sea. Pakistan does not want to go to war with the United States in order to defend Islamic terrorists it openly says it is at war with. Pakistan is being forced to destroy the Islamic radical movement it has nurtured over the last three decades, although it's still questionable if there's enough political will in Pakistan to actually do the deed. ISI critics also call for more police, and more professional and better equipped ones at that. The U.S. is threatening to restrict aid if the Pakistanis do not reform the police and ISI.

This is from Strategy Page


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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, February 26, 2010.


Muslim workers praying. Cave in background (AP/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

PM Netanyahu declared that Israel stands for freedom of worship, explaining that the State's refurbishing of designated national sites facilitates rather than hampers their use. He cited the reconstruction being finished at the entrance plaza and path leading to the Muslim prayer room at the Cave of the Patriarchs.

Netanyahu said that claims to the contrary are fabricated to arouse antagonism (www.imra.org.il, 2/25).

By contrast to Israeli rule, when the IDF liberated the Old City of Jerusalem, they found the entrance plaza to the Temple Mount a trash heap. Holy to the Muslim Arabs?

Arousing antagonism there, both by general indoctrination and by false accusation is common Arab practice. Many times Arab leaders incited and attempted to incite their people to riot and violence at the Temple Mount and throughout the Mandate on the basis of false rumor. Some such rumors were deliberately spread by those same leaders who feigned indignation against non-existent Jewish plots to harm a mosque, etc. Abbas, like Arafat, tried to get foreign Arab states to attack Israel to "defend" that mosque. The mosque still stands in that country whose air force knocked out nuclear factories in Iraq and Syria, but can't seem to destroy the mosque it is accused of trying to destroy. How absurd the accusation!

Sometimes Arab riots and agitation to riot require security measures such as barring younger Muslim Arabs from entering Jerusalem and the mosque area. That security situation becomes a pretext for claiming Israeli oppression and hindrance of Arab freedom of religion. Incidentally, the Muslim Arabs do not extend freedom of religion to others. Indeed, some of the riots are to keep Jews from worshiping on the Temple Mount. Israeli police tend to bar civilly behaving Jews rather than have to face rampaging Muslim Arabs. In that case, who is oppressing whom?

Ask yourselves how often does one hear U.S. officials lament that those Arab acts of aggression do not help a peace process, and compare that with the many times U.S. officials lament that any Israeli self-defense does not help a peace process. Then ask yourselves how valid is the anti-Zionist complaint that the U.S. neglects deserving Arabs in order to give "unstinting support" to Israel?

One question leads to another, the next one being to question the inconsistency of those who suggest ending U.S. aid to Israel as an economy measure, but who do not suggest as an economy measure ending the equal amount of U.S. aid to the Arabs, mostly for their military.

From basic facts, one can tease out many conclusions at odds with publicized concepts.


At Israel's armored corps training graduation, corps commander Agai Yehezkel said he and his colleagues are not embarrassed by the UN Goldstone report, which questions IDF ethics. The Report does not confuse them. He said that the graduates and their families can "testify more than anything to the education on ethics, the sense of volunteering and morality."

The Chief-of-Staff stated that Israel strives for normality while still, after more than 60 years of sovereignty, has to struggle for existence against enemies still striving to end its existence (www.imra.org.il, 2/25).

The IDF strives more than any other army to restrict warfare to the rules of war. It comes up against enemies who strive more than many other armies to expand warfare well beyond the rules of war.

Aside from wanting to be ethical, the IDF behaves beyond reproach in order to gain foreign public approval. Such approval eludes it.

Worse than not having their decency recognized is the distortions of their behavior. The Goldstone report, for example, is a hodgepodge of selected incidents, disproved accusations, lack of objective investigation, and a biased mission and procedure.

Popular bias, whether religious or commercial, and based on biased reporting in Europe, has its psychological defense mechanisms that refuse to recognize reality. Israel has its own defense mechanism in refusing to recognize the futility of those public relations efforts.

I usually emphasize the hypocrisy of Israel's critics. They usually accuse Israel of crimes it does not commit, and they usually do not accuse the Arabs of the crimes the Arabs do commit. Thus Israel's critics said little during and after Hamas bombardment of Israeli cities, and little about Hamas fighting from among civilians, thereby criminally risking their lives. This leads me to question the sincerity of their indignation against Israel for defending itself from gunmen firing upon it near civilians. What kind of critics expect Israel to act suicidal-pure against such villainy, and ignore the villainy?

Unethical behavior towards adversaries is not a problem with the IDF but with the UN.


U Cincinnati librarian on campus in February (AP/Carrie Cochran)

For four years, anti-Zionists held an "Israel Apartheid Week" early in March, in dozes of cities throughout the world, including on U.S. campuses, virtually unchallenged. Appalled by the ensuing Israel-bashing, people are organizing an opposition this year that at a minimum would debunk the notion that Israel is apartheid (A new booklet, "Apartheid: Fact Vs. Fiction" has recently been published on line and in print and covers the key issues.)

Thousands of Jews and non-Jews are signing up for training in activist roles. They will act as truth squads, dogging the speakers with questions that bring out a factual contrast to their "bias and hypocrisy."

One of the organizations involved in the training is The David Project, which has an office in Manhattan. Its "Israel Peace Week" project, alone, has enrolled thousands of participants in a program tailored to each of 30 campuses. The challengers intend to disable the anti-Zionists' "smug righteousness" and show that "Israel is a force for peace in the Middle East." This approach does not just react to opponents' agenda, but takes a positive initiative.

For example, at the University of Cincinnati, David Project is co-hosting a day-long program on U.S.-Israel relations with UCDemocrats and UCRepublicans.

Another spreading initiative related to Apartheid Week is the BUYcott movement, which sets up chapters to buy Israeli products (www.buyIsraeliProductsNOW.org)
(From http://www.thedavidproject.org, 2/24).

The pro-Zionists plan to debate issues, as contrasted with the anti-Zionists at University of California Irvine, who shouted down and who call names. Another contrast it seems to me is that the leftist and Muslim students who denounce Israel do so from negative motives and with malice, whereas the pro-Israel students has a positive motivation.

Democracies are slow to react, but there seems to be a reaction setting in to the common enemies of Israel, the U.S., and of democracy in general. The intellectual ferment involved is good for the students' characters, minds, and civic responsibility.


A misunderstanding led to the erroneous conclusion that the U.S. dropped its boycott of the Hamas leadership except for the head of that terrorist organization. The misunderstanding was in comprehending the U.S. notification, reproduced here to show you the U.S. government in action:

"Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) list — (This list is NOT part of the Specially Designated Nationals [SDN] List)

Section (b) of General License 4 issued pursuant to the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations (31 C.F.R. Part 594), the Terrorism Sanctions Regulations (31 C.F.R. Part 595), and the Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations (31 C.F.R. Part 597) authorizes U.S. financial institutions to reject transactions with members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) who were elected to the PLC on the party slate of Hamas, or any other Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), Specially Designated Terrorist (SDT), or Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT), provided that any such individuals are not named on OFAC's list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List). The individuals in the following list are PLC members who were elected on the party slate of an FTO, SDT, or SDGT. They do not, however, appear on the SDN List. As indicated above, transactions involving these individuals must be rejected.

In order to uniquely identify these names, OFAC has created the program code [NS-PLC]. The prefix "NS" stands for "non-SDN"." Get it?

It is difficult to boycott well-connected individuals. They can find proxies to do their banking. The government's boycott list is huge, unwieldy, and lumps together all sort of causes, some not so dangerous. "There is even some logic in lumping together drug-smuggling barons, terror groups, dangerous states such as Iran, and the political leaders of odious regimes (whether or not they have also carried out war crimes), because to a considerable extent, they all cooperate, through finance, intelligence, weapons and operational support, in trying to subvert or conquer the free world."

Banks will waste time complying, and, in turn, will waste government investigators' time on mistaken identification reports by banks.

The EU has been doing some excellent work against terrorism. Problem is, the EU is so bureaucratic, that it has various divisions working at cross-purposes (http://www.terrorfinance.org/).

The U.S. trains some terrorists. Let it teach them how to be equally bureaucratic! Let them teach us how to be more flexible!


Woman at house UNRWA replaced in Gaza (AP/Adel Hana)

The Palestinian Authority (P.A.) named a tournament after a terrorist, and claimed the event was sponsored by UNRWA. UNRWA protested. The P.A. retracted its claim (http://www.palwatch.org/, the new website of Palestinian Media Watch).


Arab protesters riot over Jews moving in (AP/Muammar Awad)

For the Boston Globe, James Carroll wrote about the eviction of some Arabs from housing in the Shimon HaTzadik part of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem.

Mr. Carroll is the author of "Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews, a history of Christian hostility toward Jews. The book displays awareness of the baleful effect of European indoctrination in hatred of Jews, but Carroll's columns on Jerusalem ignores the Muslim Arab indoctrination in hatred of Jews as stimulant for Arab attacks on Jews in Israel.

His columns have as their theme that Israel has been squeezing the Arabs out of Jerusalem and increasing the predominance of its Jewish population. Actually, since Israel took control of city, the Arab population increased sharply, along with it its percentage of the city's population. How mistaken can a reporter be?

His article relies primarily upon the word of Arab property claimants. He also quoted an Israeli medical student's assertion that those Arabs were being expelled for the second time. He does not know whether they had been expelled before or had fled. Such assertions require verification.

The Arabs involved had houses built in the 1950s on land that Carroll misleadingly called "vacant." Actually, Jewish organizations had bought the land toward the end of the 1800s. Jews still lived there when Jordan seized their land in the 1948 war.

Jordan brought those Arab families onto that land. The Arabs did not have title to the land, but Carroll misleadingly puts it that they failed to get title only because of the intervention of the 1967 war that put the Jordanian invaders out. If Jordan had given the families title, it would have been as beneficiaries of stolen property.

When the Arab invaders had been expelled, the Jewish families initiated legal proceedings to restore their property. The process took about 40 years! The courts ruled early on that the Arab residents were "protected tenants." This means they could keep using those houses so long as they paid rent. But they stopped paying rent. It was only because they stopped paying rent that the courts found that the owners may have the tenants evicted. Carroll does not mention that legitimate reason, instead denigrating the Jews' property rights and Israel's legal process as unfair to the Arabs and irrelevant to the issue.

His bias is obvious from his wording. "He refers to the barrier Israel erected to stop terrorists from infiltrating and murdering Israelis as the 'so-called security barrier.'" This implies that there was no need for some security measure. He called Israel's Foreign Minister "far-right," but did not call the protesters against Jewish recovery of their property, "far-left." Jews who moved in he called "extremists," and not protesters handing out Communist leaflets and epithets such as "apartheid." To get an idea who is extremist, look at accompanying photograph.

Apparently to leftists, Jews who move in near Arabs want apartheid. That contrasts with former S. African whites, who wanted blacks to move away from them. Validity is not the Left's strong point in its name-calling.

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 richardshulman5@aol.com and visit his website:
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Posted by Hebron Jewish Community, February 26, 2010.

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, February 25, 2010.

This was written by Aaron Klein and it appeared in today's World Net Daily.

Move indicates dangerous escalation of Palestinian terrorism


JERUSALEM — Israeli border police earlier this month secretly raided an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem to search for a suspected Qassam rocket factory, according to a senior Palestinian security official with knowledge of the incident.

Officially, Israel told media the raid, which took place in the Shoafat neighborhood on Feb. 8, was to arrest tax evaders and enforce municipal laws.

But the security official told WND that border police also searched Shoafat's metal and steel workshops and factories for a suspected Qassam manufacturing site.

Upon further questioning today, Moshe Finsi, spokesman for the border police here, told WND part of the Shoafat raid indeed focused on anti-terror activities and not just municipal matters.

"Yes, part focused on anti-terror action to prevent organized terror, search for bombs, drugs, weapons," he said.

Finsi denied the raid searched for any Qassam factory.

Shoafat is located in the northeast section of Jerusalem. The village is entirely inhabited by Arabs and Palestinians, although many of the Arab homes there are built illegally on Jewish-owned property. Although Shoafat is technically in Jerusalem, Arab roads there lead directly into the West Bank.

On Wednesday, Israel announced to the public that the Palestinian Authority two weeks ago — just before Israel's raid on Shoafat — arrested five members of Hamas and discovered a Qassam rocket in Beit Likya, a village about four miles from Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport.

If a rocket factory production site was found inside a Jerusalem neighborhood, it would be a major escalation of the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure.

PA security sources speaking to WND did not rule out the possibility Hamas was intending to fire the rocket as part of its revenge for the assassination in Dubai last month of Hamas member Mahmud al-Mabhouh.

The Israel Defense Forces released an official statement saying the Qassam rocket was ready to be launched toward the center of the country.

"Information about the existence of the rocket was received from the Palestinian security apparatus," stated the IDF.

PA sources, meanwhile, said there is larger evidence Hamas is attempting to set up a military infrastructure in the West Bank, which borders Jerusalem and is within rocket range of Tel Aviv and the airport.

The PA sources said Hamas is trying to compensate for major pressure against its militant efforts in the Gaza Strip by boosting its armed presence in the West Bank.

The sources said that in the last few weeks alone nearly $2 million in cash was confiscated from Hamas members. They said interrogations of recently arrested Hamas leaders revealed the Islamist group was using the money to help establish a West Bank military wing.

Israeli media reports today quoted Palestinian sources saying the PA smashed the Hamas cell in Beit Likya. But sources inside the PA told WND that at least three senior Hamas militants escaped a raid and are still seeking to establish a military wing in the city, which is about one mile from the major Israeli town of Modiin.

The Obama administration has backed a PA-led state in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in November announced a 10-month freeze on Jewish construction in the territory in an attempt to jumpstart talks aimed at creating a West Bank PA state, a move that would first see an Israeli retreat from the area.

Following Israel's evacuation of the Gaza Strip in 2005, Hamas seized the coastal territory, forcibly expelling the U.S.-trained security forces of PA President Mahmoud Abbas. Now, Jordanian intelligence officials say, Hamas is attempting to set the stage for an eventual West Bank takeover.

PA security officials previously told WND that a recent Fatah investigation discovered Hamas had attempted with some success to establish a military wing in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, a longtime Fatah stronghold although the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad terror group also has a presence there.

Hamas gunmen in Jenin were thought to be numbered in the dozens, but the PA found out Hamas purchased more than 600 high-powered assault rifles and distributed them to fighters in the city, the security officials said. The officials said Fatah raids confiscated about 100 rifles, but they believe 500 more were handed out by Hamas in Jenin.

Fatah's investigation also found that some members of its declared military wing, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group, were recruited by Hamas in Jenin with higher paychecks, security officials said.

Earlier this month, the PA arrested one of its own top police chiefs, accusing him of working for Hamas. The arrest highlighted the issue of Hamas infiltration of Fatah forces. That issue is significant since Hamas' infiltration of Fatah forces in the Gaza Strip was thought to have been the Achilles heel that led to the terror group's takeover in 2007 of the entire Gaza Strip.

Since the late 1990s, the U.S. has run training bases for PA militias. The U.S. also has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in financial aid and weapons to build up the PA militias.

The past two years, the U.S. stepped up its efforts at training the PA, running more advanced courses guided by Keith Dayton, the U.S. security coordinator to the Palestinian territories, who in 2007 initiated an advanced program for Palestinian police that trains 500 to 600 cadets at a time at the American bases.

The U.S. currently operates training bases for the PA police and other militias, such as Force 17 and the Preventative Security Services, in the West Bank city of Jericho and also at U.S.-operated bases in the Jordanian village of Giftlik.

Still, Israeli security officials here say they are concerned Abbas' Fatah organization in the West Bank is infiltrated by Hamas just as it was in Gaza in 2007.

Hamas' infiltration of Fatah in Gaza was so extensive, according to top Palestinian intelligence sources, it included the chiefs of several prominent Fatah security forces, including Yussef Issa, director of the Preventative Security Services, the main Fatah police force. Issa regularly coordinated security with the U.S. and Israel.

Israeli security officials said despite recent U.S. training they were also concerned Abbas is not strong enough in the West Bank to impose law and order without the help of the Israeli army. According to the officials, Fatah's intelligence apparatus routinely hands the Israel Defense Forces lists of Hamas militants that threaten Fatah rule, requesting that Israel make arrests.

Hamas leaders previously warned they would take over the West Bank if Israel pulls out of that territory.

At a Gaza rally in 2007, Hamas' leader in Gaza, Mahmoud al-Zahar, said, "Israel thinks Fatah in the West Bank is there to serve it, but we will take over the West Bank the way we took over Gaza."

Nizar Rayyan, a senior Hamas leader in Gaza, stated Hamas will soon control Abbas' office in the West Bank.

"In the autumn, Hamas supporters will be praying in the Muqata compound in Ramallah (the site of Abbas' presidential office)," he said. "We are now praying at the presidential compound in Gaza, just as we said we would. Abbas' regime will fall like a leaf come autumn."

Military strategists long have estimated Israel must maintain the West Bank to defend itself from any ground invasion. Terrorist groups have warned if Israel withdraws, they will launch rockets from the West Bank into Israeli cities.

Many villages in the West Bank, which Israelis commonly refer to as the "biblical heartland," are mentioned throughout the Torah:

The book of Genesis says Abraham entered Israel at Shechem (Nablus) and received God's promise of land for his offspring. He later was buried in Hebron.

The nearby town of Beit El, anciently called Bethel, meaning "house of God," is where Scripture says the patriarch Jacob slept on a stone pillow and dreamed of angels ascending and descending a stairway to heaven. In the dream, God spoke directly to Jacob and reaffirmed the promise of territory.

And in Exodus, the tabernacle rested in Shiloh, believed to be the first area the ancient Israelites settled after fleeing Egypt.

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 Phyllis Chesler, February 26, 2010.

Guess who's coming to California State University at Sacramento? None other than CAIR — only this time they're pairing Japanese American students with Muslim American students for a three hour workshop: "Voices Unite in Solidarity; Japanese American Students and Muslim American Experiences Post-9/11."

Makes sense, given all the recent and multiple Japanese-American underwear, shoe, and body-cavity bombers. Gotta stop those Japanese jihadists.

On March 2, 2010 (smack-dab in the middle of the by-now infamous Israeli Apartheid week), California students will be helped to understand that the racist views that led to the 20th century internment of Japanese American citizens during Word War II is, come to think of it, happening all over again — but this time it's happening to Muslim American students who are being persecuted; treated as badly as Israel allegedly mistreats the Palestinians; as badly as America once treated the native Indians, the African slaves, immigrants, the impoverished, the way Americans and Israelis have always treated all the innocent, noble underdogs.

God bless the internet, God bless Pajamas Media. Why? Because of our most excellent readers. A reader, one Ibn Rawandi, wrote to me about this very workshop in Sacramento. With his permission, allow me to share his letter with you.

Dear Dr. Chesler,

I've been reading your blog for over a year now and it's been a wonderful source for eye-opening stories that never get the light of day. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights and they've been much appreciated. A little background about myself and I'll make my point very quick. I'm currently studying Liberal Arts and I've already completed my minor in Science. This to me is a wonderful achievement given that I was born in Saudi Arabia. I am now an ex-Muslim atheist living in the U.S.

I wish only that those who are oppressed can see that Islam curtails freedom. I think Islam has oppressed people for too long and it does not deserve the type of luxurious treatment that the PC world gives it, including the academics. Recently, I learned that our campus is holding a 3-hour long workshop a joint Japanese American and Muslim American event. The idea behind the workshop is to draw similarities between treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II and Muslim Americans after 9/11. So members from the Japanese American group and also members from CAIR are going to be doing this joint event. I find this troubling. Now, I do understand that Muslims have been discriminated against but it's not just them. What about us ex-Muslims who've had to face Muslims outright hatred of us. We've been discriminated against and alienated. What about us ex-Muslims who get attacked for being non-believers? Will the university ever acknowledge that Muslims do this to us? Hard to say.

CAIR is co-sponsoring the event so there's going to be Muslims trying to win over people by playing the Islam is peace-card. Do you see a problem with this type of event? At least the message? The event is being held at our campus Multi-cultural Center. As an ex-Muslim I really feel that the professors who should be there to protect my freedom have abandoned me. I felt suffocated as a Muslim without any freedom and when I left Islam and broke free from the chains I was able to breathe again. And I thought that I would never have to face Islam again. I waved goodbye to it and life was great. But, little did I know that this would be short-lived. The liberal left seems to be siding with those who had me silenced for 20 years. I can't seem to accept this type of appeasement.

I don't talk to many Muslims anymore. They represent a really bad history for me. But yet they aren't going away. Instead, they are infiltrating my arena, my school. The arena where critical thought is supposed to be held in high esteem. Regardless, I can cleverly hide from the enemies knowing that they could do harm to me. Being a shadow cleverly moving among those who oppress me has been both hard and easy. I enjoy the fruits of knowledge and feel protected under the U.S. Constitution, but yet fear that Sharia law could be implemented and fear losing my freedom of choice. Unfortunately, this event, and others like it, leave me fearful. I'd like your thoughts on this please. Am I alone? Are these fears genuine?

I immediately answered Ibn Rawandi and told him that his fears were well founded. I asked him whether I could share his letter and, under his adopted pseudonym, he quickly agreed.

This kind of workshop is an outrage — but no more so than the much anticipated 6th annual Israel Apartheid Week which runs globally and in America (as if it were a Broadway show) from March 1st to March 14th. The staging of big lies will take place in 57 locations: Al Quds (Jerusalem), Amsterdam, Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bard (NY), Beirut, Berkeley, Bethlehem, Bologna, Boston, Cape Town, Caracas, Chicago, Connecticut, Dundee, Durban, Edinburgh, Edmonton, Gaza, Girona, Glasgow, Guelph, Halifax, Hamilton, Ireland, Jenin, Jericho, Johannesburg, Kingston, London (ON), London (UK), Melbourne, Mississauga, Montreal, New Jersey, New York City, Oakland, Ottawa, Oxford, Peterborough, Pisa, Providence, Qalqilya, Roma, Salfit, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, St. Catherine's, Sudbury, Tilburg, Toronto, Truro (CA), Tulkarem, Utrecht, Vancouver, Waterloo, and Winnipeg.

For example, On March 7th, Israeli Apartheid Week protesters in San Francisco will be "flyering and engaging with shoppers" about their boycott of Israel at a large chain supermarket in the area. On March 9th, protesters in New York City will hold a procession outside of the Waldorf Astoria during a Friends of the IDF dinner. On March 4th, in Toronto, the University of Toronto Students Against Israeli Apartheid will hold an event called "Coming Out Against Apartheid: Queer Solidarity Activism."

Israeli Apartheid Week? Are you kidding? What we need is Islamic Apartheid Month. Remember that book The Israel Lobby? That scandalous book should have been called the Saudi Lobby because indeed, that's who is funding Israel Apartheid Week, both financially and ideologically. And, we should have Islamic Apartheid month on every campus, coast to coast, at the United Nations, and in every public square. Americans need to be educated. Both Americans and Jewish Americans need to go on the offensive, armed with the truth and no small amount of courage. CAMERA has organized a website which describes Israeli Apartheid Week as a campaign against human rights and monitors it.

For starters: People can start talking about the Islamic world persecution and marginalization of Berbers in Morocco, Christian Copts in Egypt, Kurds in Syria, Palestinians in Lebanon, foreign workers in the Gulf, Shi'ites and Christian tourists in Saudi Arabia, Baluchis, Kurds, Arabs, and Jews in Iran, Christians in Muslim districts in Nigeria — and then there's the Muslim world persecution and gender segregation of women and the torture and murder of Gays, Lesbians, and Apostates.

Last week, my friend and colleague, Mordechai ("Moti") Kedar, the distinguished Israeli Arabist, visited me. He had been lecturing and consulting all across the United States. In addition, he had also visited York University where, on February 1st, 2010, Muslim students had beaten up Jewish students. In Seattle, at Washington University, how did Dr. Kedar deal with a three-man mini-Intifada? He put on his keffiyah with its map of Palestine in Arabic and began talking in Arabic to about ten disgruntled Arab Muslim students. "They were so happy, so grateful to hear their native language, so surprised and happy to see a keffiyah with its Palestinian and Arabic comments, that we actually had a conversation."

Maybe everyone should learn Arabic. And keep a keffiyah in their pockets in order to quell a riot.

Dr. Kedar totally believes that Jews and our allies should hold Islamic Apartheid month and finally start telling the truth about Islam, as opposed to merely defending Israel when it is attacked by lies, bullies, goons, and the genuinely misinformed.

Why not sponsor an Islamic Apartheid day, week, or month in your neck of the woods? Let me know how it goes.

Dr. Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. She is an author and lecturer and co-founder of the still ongoing Association for Women in Psychology (1969).

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Posted by Steven Plaut, February 26, 2010.

1. Memo: To the Mossad
From Steven Plaut
Re: Passports

You guys can use my passport any time you want. Just let me know when you want to come by and pick it up.

2. The Purim Clown
by Steven E. Plaut
March 24th, 1997

Shani Rosen-Winter is a baby girl, six months old. For Purim she was dressed as a clown by her mother, Anat Rosen-Winter, an attorney. For Purim Mrs. Rosen-Winter took her baby daughter to the Apropos cafe in the fashionable cafe district of Tel Aviv a block away from Dizengoff Street.

The Palestinians engaged in terror, suicide bombings and violence. Rabin pursued Oslo anyway.

Baby Shani then became the living epitome of the Oslo peace process and the new Middle East. When the bomb went off, her mother was mortally wounded and died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Anat Rosen-Winter, together with two other women, Dr. Michal Meidan Avrahami, a medical doctor, and Yael Gilad, a social worker, were killed. Dr. Michal Meidan Avrahami was 16 weeks pregnant. They will be added to Beilingrad, that cemetery of victims of peace named after Yossi Beilin, godfather of Oslo.

For you see, once upon a time there was a foolish idea. Yossi Beilin, head of the far-left fringe of the Labor Party advocated it secretly. But he assured the Party and everyone else that if the Palestinians engaged in terror, launched suicide bombings and violence, then the idea would be abandoned and discarded. The Palestinians engaged in terror, launched suicide bombings, and violence. Beilin promoted his idea and opened secret negotiations in Oslo anyway.

When the late Prime Minister Rabin was brought aboard the Oslo bandwagon, he reassured Israel. He was a hawk and general, after all. If the Palestinians engage in terror and suicide bombings and violence, they will lose the great historical opportunity presented by Oslo, he will call off the negotiations at once and take back everything offered by Israel. The Palestinians engaged in terror, suicide bombings and violence. Rabin pursued Oslo anyway.

After Rabin was killed, Prime Minister Shimon Peres accelerated the Oslo process. As he considered turning over the cities in Judea and Samaria to the Palestinians, he assured everyone that if the Palestinian terror, suicide bombings and violence did not stop at once, Oslo would be halted and the Palestinians would lose their great historic opportunity forever. The terror, bombings and violence continued. Peres continued to make concessions and pulled Israel out of the West Bank cities.

Peres got trounced in the elections for his hypocrisy. Netanyahu got elected. He promised to continue Oslo, but only if the Palestinians behave themselves with a complete absence of terror, bombings and violence. He threatened ominously, any resumption of terror and bombings would end Oslo forever, the PLO would be stripped of everything it had received. Israel would return to its pre-Oslo policies.

On March 21, 1997, the same day the press carried reports that Netanyahu would agree to accept a Palestinian state as long as the PLO agreed to allow Israel to keep Jerusalem, the day after Arafat urged Palestinians to renew the violence and intifada and warfare until Israel had fully relinquished Jerusalem, the Palestinian campaign of suicide bombings was renewed.

As a result in one moment, Baby Shani became the epitome of the Oslo peace process. She was seriously, though not mortally, wounded in the bomb blast. She was grabbed by 18-year old Shabtai Labanda, who handed her off to a police woman, while he rushed to apply a tourniquet to another bomb victim whose arm had been blown off. The TV image that will be most remembered, not only of the bombing on March 21st, but of Oslo in general, will be that of this police woman running back and forth frantically with Baby Shani in her arms trying in desperation to find the baby's mother. The mother was dead.

Israel cemented up the house of the suicide bomber, who will NOT be buried in a pigskin, in contrast with the technique used by Britain to suppress Islamic terror in Malaysia and the Philippines after World War II. Israel used to blow up houses of terrorists, but the Israeli Left complained this was cruel and unusual, so now the doors of their homes just get cemented up. Then three hours after the cameras are gone, the family of the dead terrorist can move back in.

The suicide bomber who murdered Baby Shani's mother, Yael Gilad, Dr. Michal Meidan Avrahami and her unborn child had been arrested three weeks earlier for illegal sojourn within Israel. Before that he had got himself fired from his job at a cafe in a suburb of Tel Aviv for sexually harassing a Jewish waitress. But in post-Oslo Israel, the government has a policy of seeking to release as many Palestinian criminals as possible to keep the PLO happy. So the terrorist in question was released. Why seek to put terrorists on the street? For the same reason the Israeli government has a policy of sanctioning the theft by Palestinians and the PLO of 34,000 cars a year from Israel, a third of the number purchased each year by Israelis, as "reparations" to the Palestinians, while Israeli police have been ordered not to stop the theft.

Since the victims of the bombing are three women, with most of the wounded also women,one might expect the far-Left Israel Women's Network, the main feminist militant group led by Prof. Alice Shalvi, to speak up. The only thing they have to say about all this is that Israel must not build any housing in Jerusalem and must return to its 1949 borders. You know, those borders once described by Labor Lemming Abba Eban as "Auschwitz Borders."

Members of the PLO leadership praised the bombing as a great act for peace. The PLO says the Jews are to blame for building housing in Jerusalem. The Foreign Minister of Egypt says that Baby Shani is motherless because "Israeli policies necessitate responses that are dangerous to the peace process." (Ha'aretz March 23, 1997)

The Israeli Labor Party continues its role as chief apologist and PR agent for Palestinian terror. When Arafat ordered a pogrom last fall in which 15 Israelis were murdered, the Labor Party said it was all the Likud's fault, because the Likud had agreed to allow Jews to walk through a 2200-year old Hasomonean water tunnel blocks away from the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Now the Labor Party is again saying that the Likud is to blame for Shani's Mom getting murdered, since the government has decided to let Jews build houses in Jerusalem on land they purchased and own.

U.S. President Bill Clinton is continuing his election campaign on behalf of Shimon Peres even though Peres lost the election. Before the election, Clinton flew all the way to Sharm Al-Sheikh to help Peres get elected. Now he is pressuring the Israeli government (Ha'aretz March 23, 1997) to bring Peres and the Labor Party in to a national unity government, presumably to make it more likely that Israel redeploy out of Jerusalem and back to its Auschwitz Borders. Israeli response to Clinton's naked meddling in internal Israeli affairs? Well, it was not — as I suggested — to cable, "Sure as soon as you confess and compensate Gennifer Flowers."

Ha'aretz also reports that the US State Department flippantly dismissed Israeli reports to it that Arafat had given a "green light" to renewed terror and bombings. It does not fit in with Madge Albrights all-bright view of the peace process.

And what of Baby Shani? Who will grow up without a mother? Fear not, she will be growing up into a Brave New Middle East, a post — Oslo post-Zionist world of "peace" and Beilingrad.

3. The Unworldly Neturei Karta
by Steven Plaut

In one of the most remarkable scientific discoveries of all time, a CD-Rom containing the protocols of a high-level secret meeting of NASA, the American space agency, has just been leaked to the media. The content of that meeting is so dramatic that it is likely to change the entire course of human history.

We bring you the highlights of that meeting as a special service to our readers:

Commander Nishtikeit, chief of NASA control: I would like to thank all of you senior military officers and scientists for attending this meeting today on such short notice. NASA control center has decided to release to the nation and world information on what may be the most astounding discovery in all of human history. It seems that ironclad evidence has now been uncovered of the presence on earth of humanoid cyborgs, that is, cybernetic robots that look vaguely human but were constructed in a different galaxy and transported here.

Dr. Trombenick, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: But there have been urban legends about such things for years. There were numerous internet reports that the Governor of California and Reverend Al Sharpton are really cyborgs, but these proved baseless.

Commander Nishtikeit: Yes, we know all about that. But this time we have absolute proof. It seems a bizarre looking space travel vehicle has carried cyborgs into our galaxy and has deposited two or three hundred of them right here on earth.

General Lemeshkeh, US Air Force: What form do these alien contraptions take?

Commander Nishtikeit: That is the most bizarre part of the story. It seems the space ship, which looks amazingly like a large flying bagel, had earlier been beaming up earth images in order to design its cyborgs to look like earthlings. Its tele-imaging processor was focused on several neighborhoods on earth, just east of the East River. Yes, all those people looking for signs of aliens in Roswell, New Mexico, had things wrong. The aliens just wanted their cyborgs to look just like earthlings and to be able to pass as humans, so they designed them to look exactly like ultra-Orthodox Jews from Brooklyn.

Colonel Muttelmessig, US Navy: Are you serious? This is not something out of an old Woody Allen movie?

Commander Nishtikeit: Absolutely serious! The aliens planted these cyborgs on earth dressed like Chareidi ultra-Orthodox Jews, in black coats, with beards and side curls and hats, and called them the Neturei Karta. It seems they picked that name up from listening to broadcast of an earthling in Brooklyn referring to someone as a Notorious Karger, but they botched up the words.

Professor Shikker, Caltech: You mean those Neturei Karta people who have been protesting in favor of destroying Israel and who even attended the Holocaust Denial conference in Iran are in reality humanoid cyborgs placed on earth as part of a devious plan of planetary infiltration?

Commander Nishtikeit: You have put your finger right on it! In a sense, we all should have realized this much sooner. After all, only a group of space aliens could have thought that Nazis with Payot, dressed outwardly as religious Jews, could pull the wool over the eyes of actual humans. Virtually no Jews on earth even recognize the Neturei Karta as Jews, and until our discovery the Jews regarded them as some sort of pagan cult in religious garb. The Neturei Karta members seem to know virtually nothing about Judaism, other than two or three sentences from the Gemara, which they cite obsessively out of context to prove that Israel must be destroyed. A number of terrestrial Rabbis, including Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, have initiated efforts to excommunicate members of this pro-terror anti-Semitic Neturei Karta sect. Israeli Rabbis of the "Save the Nation and Land" group have made a similar call. Former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, a child Holocaust survivor who is currently the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv declared, "It is something completely insane. Is it conceivable that any Jew, for whatever reason, would support a Holocaust denier in a generation when people with numbers tattooed on their arms are still among us? It is an insanity that has no justification and no explanation." Even the Eida Hareidit, an anti-Zionist Jerusalem-based council of Hassidic courts and other religious groups which includes the Neturei Karta, was dramatically harsh in its condemnation of the cyborgs who went to Iran to sit beneath the swastikas.

Dr. Trombenick: Is that how you caught on to the alien scheme in the first place?

Commander Nishtikeit: Well, that was part of it. Now that we know the truth, we are kicking ourselves for not seeing all the indicators earlier, showing that the Neturei Karta are really cyborgs from another galaxy. The Jews on earth quickly realized these were not real Jews, but very few figured out that they are not even mammals.

Captain Shvindeldik: But something here is puzzling. If these space aliens are so technically advanced, how could they have made such a foolish error as constructing robots for placement on earth that look outwardly like religious Jews yet behave like Nazis?

Professor Shtiklech, Princeton University: Maybe, in spite of their ability to undertake inter-galactic travel, they are really not that bright after all? After all, why would creatures having an electronic GPS or Galactic Positioning System need to construct all those crop circles in order to navigate around the Midwest?

Commander Nishtikeit: Well, that is one possibility. Another may be that their instruments were damaged when the Flying Bagel entered earth's atmosphere. We have some evidence that the original design for the cyborgs was for creatures with 6 arms, but their spaceship commander realized that these would be quickly recognized as frauds because they would not know on which arms to put tefillin.

Major Shlumperdik, his deputy: They seem to have made other strategic errors as well. They placed these cyborgs on earth with no visible means of support. So once earthbound, the cyborgs ran to terrorist organizations, neo-nazi groups, and Holocaust Denial conferences in order to raise money to support themselves. One would think that beings from a superior civilization would have figured out a better cover for their robots.

Dr. Trombenick: But if they look so much like actual Orthodox Jews, how can they be distinguished from the real thing?

Commander Nishtikeit: Well, there are several ways. First, when struck upon the head with a large rolling pin, nothing seems to happen to them. The pin just bounces off. Their heads seem to be constructed from some special space alloy into which nothing can permeate. Second, when looking closely at their scalps, one can see that they used to have three antennae there, which were somehow surgically removed before the machines were deposited on earth. In addition, their mid-sections seem to be built with another special alien alloy. That is why they seem to be the only ones on earth whose digestive systems are unaffected by eating large portions of chulent.

General Lemeshkeh: So how should we earthlings communicate or interact with them and try to make friends?

Major Shlumperdik: Well, there is always that rolling pin idea I mentioned earlier. But other than that, the best strategy seems to be to make little tinfoil antennae and glue them on to one's head or hat when approaching these aliens. You know, to show them that we have no hostile intentions and want to welcome them on our planet. But then we need to make clicking space static sounds, demand to be taken to their leader, and ask them to take us for a tour of their spaceship.

Commander Nishtikeit: I wonder if I can get one of them to teach me how to program my DVD machine. (assembly dismissed)

Happy Purim, everyone!

By Steven Plaut

Say What? Anti-Semites? Who, us anti-Zionists? US? We have nothing against Jews as such. We just hate Zionism and Zionists. We think Israel does not have a right to exist. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such. Heavens to Mergatroyd. Marx Forbid. We are humanists. Progressives. Peace lovers.

Anti-Semitism is the hatred of Jews. Anti-Zionism is opposition to Zionism and Israeli policies. The two have nothing to do with one another. Venus and Mars. Night and Day. Trust us.

Sure, we think the only country on the earth that must be annihilated is Israel. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

Sure, we think that the only children on earth whose being blown up is ok if it serves a good cause are Jewish children. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

Sure we think that if Palestinians have legitimate grievances this entitles them to mass murder Jews. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

Naturally, we think that the only people on earth who should never be allowed to exercise the right of self-defense are the Jews. Jews should only resolve the aggression against them through capitulation, never through self-defense. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We only denounce racist apartheid in the one country in the Middle East that is NOT a racist apartheid country. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We refuse to acknowledge the Jews as a people, and think they are only a religion. We do not have an answer to how people who do NOT practice the Jewish religion can still be regarded as Jews. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We think that all peoples have the right to self-determination, except Jews, and including even the make-pretend Palestinian "people". But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We hate it when people blame the victims, except of course when people blame the Jews for the jihads and terrorist campaigns against them. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We think the only country in the Middle East that is a fascist anti-democratic one is the one that has free elections. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We demand that the only country in the Middle East with free speech, free press, or free courts be destroyed. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We oppose military aggression, except when it is directed at Israel. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We really understand suicide bombers who murder bus loads of Jewish children and we insist that their demands be met in full. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We think the only conflict on earth that must be solved through dismembering one of the parties to that conflict is the one involving Israel. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We do not think that Jews have any human rights that need to be respected and especially not the right to ride a bus without being murdered. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

There are Jewish leftist anti-Zionists and we consider this proof that anti-Zionists could not possibly be anti-Semitic. Not even the ones who cheer when Jews are mass murdered. These are the only Jews we think need be acknowledged or respected. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We do not think murder proves how righteous and just the cause of the murderer is, except when it comes to murderers of Jews. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We do not think the Jews are entitled to their own state and must submit to being a minority in a Rwanda-style "bi-national state", although no other state on earth, including the 22 Arab countries, should be similarly expected to be deprived of its sovereignty. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We think that Israel's having a Jewish majority and a star on its flag makes it a racist apartheid state. We do not think any other country having an ethnic-religious majority or having crosses or crescents or "Allah Akbar" on its flag is racist or needs dismemberment. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We condemn the "mistreatment" of women in the only country of the Middle East in which they are not mistreated. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We condemn the "mistreatment" of minorities in the only country in the Middle East in which minorities are NOT brutally suppressed and mass murdered. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We demand equal citizen rights, which is why the only country in the Middle East in need of extermination is the only one in which they exist. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We have no trouble with the fact that there is no freedom of religion in any Arab countries. But we are mad at hell at Israel for violating religious freedom, and never mind that we are never quite sure where or when it does so. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

So how can you possibly say we are anti-Semites? We are simply anti-Zionists. We seek peace and justice, that's all. And surely that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

5. The Boojoos-Political Satire
by Steven Plaut

It has been quite a while since we devoted an incitement to the subject of the Boojoos. Boojoo is shorthand for Buddhist Jew. The BOOJOOS are people who take vedic forms of paganism and dress them up as an "alternative" form of Judaism. The Reconstructionist Deconstructionists are among the better-known examples of the movement. But of course the most important Boojoos are the Woodstockischer Hassidim, a small cult group that reads Tikkun Magazine and follows the teachings of people like Michael Lerner and Arthur Waskow, the Rabbi Cheech and Rabbi Chong of this great movement.

I assume you are all familiar with that towering achievement of the intellect, Tikkun Magazine. Tikkun is the magazine for Jewish fossilized 60's radicals and new-wave pseudo-religious mystics, the main vehicle of expression for "PC Judaism", that is, the school of thought that holds that Judaism is nothing more and nothing less than the PC Leftist political agenda. It is edited by 60's Radical Michael Lerner, and hosts Israeli far-Left journalists (mostly from Haaretz), Hippy-Rabbis ("Mitzvahs for McGovern"), people like Arthur Waskow (who is founder of the tree-hugging branch of Judaism), etc. Its logo should probably read, "Like heavy, Dude, this Judaism is really great dope!" Anyway, Tikkun editor Michael Lerner was in the news back in 1992 after Clinton won that Presidential election. The reason is that Lerner was apparently Hillary Clinton's favorite Jew. After the election, Hillary made Lerner her official guru, and together they rambled about the nation promoting Lerner's religion of "The Politics of Meaning". This, you will recall, is basically the promoting of PC politics clothed in pseudo-religious symbols and imagery. Lately Hillary distanced herself from Michael of Meaning, apparently because even the hillbillies in Arkansas were starting to make fun of him around their stills.

So what became of Lerner? Well, a team of analysts has just completed an exhaustive study and has reached the incredible and serendipitous conclusion that Michael Lerner has been the person inside the children's TV character Barney the Dinosaur. The first clues were that Barney and Lerner seem to have somewhat similar bodily dimensions and both have that big overbite. But what gave it away was the fact that Barney has been preaching the Politics of Meaning from PBS television stations to masses of unsuspecting children. Indeed, the entire essence of the Politics of Meaning is expressed in the theme song: "I wuv you, You wuv me, We're a Happy Famil-wee."

When confronted with this and asked whether that song was the elaboration of the Politics of Meaning for Children, Lerner hesitated and said, "Yes, well, er, no. Actually it is the full elaboration of Politics of Meaning for adults as well."

Meanwhile, as your faithful correspondent on the spot, we have gotten hold of advance galleys for the forthcoming issue of the Hippy-Jewish far-Left Tikkun magazine and it promises to be a lollapalooza. I thought you might enjoy hearing about what our Boojoo brethren have in mind for their next work of progressive loving-and-caring politics of meaning.

The cover article will be entitled, "Shatnez for the 21st Century", written by Rabbi Michael Moonbeam. In it, he argues that just like vegetarianism is the ultimate form of kashrut and the truly highest spiritual fulfillment of Biblical kashrut laws, so nudist davening is the ultimate and highest fulfillment of Biblical laws against shatnez, the mixing of fibers in garments from certain sources. He argues that progressive Jews should adopt the habit of congregating in minyans in the nude, other than wearing the requisite tallis and yarmulka.

In the second article, Rabbi Arthur Woodstock devotes a full 16-page article to the question of Cannabis Smoking on the Sabbath. He points out that while in the past it was believed that Torah rules prohibit all lighting of fire, including for smoking, on the Sabbath, Rav Woodstock has concluded that smoking of marijuana is not only permitted for the Sabbath, but downright mandated.

Oh, I have discovered a song that is the Tikkun official ballad, taken from the important textbook, "Customs and Ceremonies of the Woodstockischer Hassidim", authored by the famous Woodstockischer Admor Shlita of Philadelphia. It goes to the same melody as Puff the Magic Dragon.

Puff the Pothead Rabbi,
Lived on LSD*,
And Frolicked on the Internet,
And Preached Ecology,

Little Michael Lerner,
Loved that Rebbe Puff,
And Gave Him Lots of Tikkun Space,
To Preach His PC Fluff.
A Rabbi's Fame's Forever,
But Not so Little Puff's,
And Mikey Lost His Meaning,
When Hillary Said Enough,
Puff came to Console Him,
With Bible Talk Atoned,
Together they got spiritual,
Like Moses they got Stoned.
Oh, Puff the Pothead Rabbi,
Lived on LSD*,
And Frolicked on the Internet,
And Preached Ecology. [LSD = Limitless Silly Discourse]

And now from Sioux City, Iowa, Pants Productions brings you live from the Ed Sullivan Theater: The Late Show, with Dave Letterman. Tonight's Top Ten List. Tonight, Dave brings you the ten recent feature articles appearing in Tikkun magazine:

10. Why the Yom Kippur services should be conducted only in Black English.
9. How to hide psychedelic drugs in tefillin boxes so's the pigs don't catch you.
8. Jewish symbolism in the film "Easy Rider".
7. The pros and cons of bathing for progressives.
6. What to order when you take an African-American militant to lunch.
5. Why dolphins should be allowed be ordained as Rabbis.
4. Plans for establishing a Vedic Rabbinical Seminary.
3. Why Jews should show solidarity with life forms on Vulcan.
2. Planting trees for peace in Baghdad.
1. Joycelyn Elders takes over as Editor of Tikkun and replaces the Politics of Meaning with the Politics of Self-Feeling, but no one notices the change.

Finally, It has occurred to me that many of the members of the editorial board of Tikkun magazine, not to mention most of their readership, must be pushing 65 years old. Think about that. Well I have, and I think that there are a number of fine business opportunities, selling products to the geriatric hippies and menopausal Marxists of this fine magazine. I am now looking for some partners to go in with me in these ventures, developing products to sell to the Tikkun readership, advertising in the magazine. Anyone with some idle capital, give me a buzz. Here are the projects I have thought of so far:

1. A book of recipes for preparing hashish brownies laced with Metamucil, just the thing to keep you a regular revolutionary. They will also be sold at the new progressive bistro we will open, to be called Chez Che.
2. Bob Dylan bunion cream, so that you will not need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
3. Macrobiotic Grey Poupon, to be passed back and forth from designer VW vans of psychedelic yuppies, and Oh The Colors The Colors.
4. Jerry Garcia Geratol Tablets.
5. Ho Ch Minh Hernia Halters.
6. Huey Newton Shuffleboard Set.
7. Jimi Hendrix Hearing Aid, with special microcassette that plays The Wind Cries Dentures.
8. Special Revolutionary Remake VCR tape of Leave it To Beaver, with a progressive Cleaver family. In this special tape, Ward and June drop out, turn on, and then go to Cuba to cut cane in the Vencemeros Brigade with their boys, Beaver, Wally and Eldridge.
9. Malcolm X Lax.
10. Preparation Ho. (Short for Preparation Ho Chi Minh) This is the perfect treatment for progressives and hippies at the ends of their trails to reduce painful swelling and itching at the ends of their trails. For those whose Mekong Delta is backed up, see previous product.
11. Bumper stickers and progressive lapel buttons that say: "Flower and Flatulence Power"

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. Write him at splaut@econ.haifa.ac.il His website address is

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Posted by Yoram Ettinger, February 25, 2010.

Assembled from various Jewish Sages


1. Purim is the holiday of contradictions and tenacity-driven-optimism:

Grief replaced by joy, Esther's concealment replaced by the disclosure of her national/religious identity, Haman's intended genocide of Jews replaced by redemption, Haman replaced by Mordechai, national and personal pessimism replaced by optimism. One of Purim's lessons: Life is complex, full of contradictions, ups & downs and difficult dilemmas and worthy of principled-determination.

2. The timing — The Jewish month of Adar.

Adar is the root of the Hebrew adjective "Adir" (glorious, awesome, exalted, magnificent). It is, also, a derivative of the Akkadian word Adura (heroism). Jewish tradition (Babylonian Talmud) highlights Adar as a month of happiness, singing and dancing, prohibiting eulogies and fast on Purim. The zodiac of Adar is Pisces (fish), which is a symbol of demographic multiplication. Hence, Adar is the only Jewish month, which doubles itself during the 7 leap years during each 19 years cycle. Purim is celebrated on the 14th (in non-walled towns) and (in Jerusalem) on the 15th day of Adar (February 28 and March 1, 2010), commemorating the national liberation of the Jewish People in Persia and the (161 BCE) victory of Judah the Maccabee over Nikanor, the Assyrian commander. Moses — whose burial site is unknown — was born, and died (1273 BCE), on the 7th day of Adar, which is Israel's Memorial Day for soldiers, whose burial site is unknown. The events of Purim occurred following the destruction of the 1st Temple by Nebuchadnezzar (586 BCE) and the exile from Zion, during the leadership of Ezra who returned to Jerusalem, and the inauguration of the Second Temple (3rd of Adar, 515 BCE) by Ezra and Nehemiah. Nebuchadnezzar died in Adar 561 BCE (Jeremiah 52:31). Einstein published the theory of General Relativity in Adar 1916.

3. Purim's Hebrew root is fate/destiny ("Pur"), as well as lottery (to commemorate Haman's lottery which determined the designated day for the planned Jewish genocide) "to frustrate", "to annul" ("Le'Ha'fer), "to crumble" and "to shutter" (Le'Phorer), reflecting the demise of Haman.

4. Purim — A (522 BCE) War of Civilizations between Mordechai the Jew and Haman the Iranian-Amalekite — constitutes an early edition of the war between Right VS Wrong, Liberty VS Tyranny, Just VS Evil, Truth VS Lies, as were/are the precedents of Adam/Eve VS Snake, Abel VS Cain, Abraham VS Sodom & Gomorrah, Jacob VS Esau (grandparent of Amalek), Maccabees VS Assyrians, Allies VS Nazis, Western democracies VS Communist Bloc and Western democracies VS Islamic terrorism.

5. Mordechai, the hero of Purim and one of Ezra's deputies, was a role model of principle-driven optimism in defiance of colossal odds, in face of a global power and in spite of Jewish establishment. According to Judaism, deliverance is ushered by the bravery of faith-driven individuals, such as Nachshon — who was the first to walk into the Red Sea before it was parted — and Mordechai. He was a politically-INcorrect statesman and a retired military leader, who practiced "disproportionate pre-emption" instead of defense, deterrence or retaliation. The first three Hebrew letters of "Mordechai" spell the Hebrew word "Rebellion" ("Mered"), which is consistent with the motto/legacy of the American Founding Fathers: "Rebellion against Tyrants is Obedience to G-D"). Mordechai did not bow to Haman, the second most powerful person in the Persian Empire. Mordechai was a member of the tribe of Benjamin, the only son of Jacob who did not bow to Esau. The name Mordechai is also a derivative of Mordouch — the chief Babylonian god.

Mordechai was a descendant of King Saul, who defied a clear commandment (to eradicate the Amalekites) and spared the life of Agag, the Amalekite king, thus causing further calamities upon the Jewish People. Consequently, Saul lost his royal position and life. Mordechai learnt from Saul's error. He destroyed Haman, a descendant of Agag the Amalekite, and Haman's entire power base, thus sparing the Jewish People a major disaster.

In Gimatriya, "Cursed Haman" equals "Blessed Mordechai" — 502.

6. Queen Esther, the heroine of Purim's Esther Scroll (the 24th and concluding book in the Old Testament) was Mordechai's cousin. One cannot comprehend Purim without studying the Esther Scroll. Esther demonstrates the centrality of women in Judaism, shaping the future of the Jewish People, as did Sarah, Rebecca, Miriam, Batyah, Deborah, Hannah, etc. Sarah was the first Jewish woman, and Esther was the last Jewish woman, mentioned in the Bible. Sarah lived 127 years and Esther ruled over 127 countries. The name Esther is a derivative of the Hebrew word "Hester" — "clandestine", "hidden", "subtle", which was reflective of her (initially) unknown Jewish identity and subtle-style at the royal court. The name Esther is also a derivative of Ishtar — a Mesopotamian goddess, Astarte — a Phoenician goddess. In fact, the one day pre-Purim Fast of Esther (commemorating the three day fast declared by Esther in order to expedite deliverance), was cherished by the Marano in Spain, who performed Judaism in a clandestine manner. The Scroll of Esther is the only book in the Old Testament, where the name of G-D is hidden/absent. It has been suggested that the explicit name of G-D is absent because the Scroll of Esther is the only Old Testament book, which deals exclusively with the Diaspora and not with the Land of Israel. According to Michael Bernstein, the noun "King" appears 182 times in Esther Scroll, which is the total sum of 26 (numerical value of G-D) times 7 (days of creation). Esther's second name was Hadassah, whose root is Hadass — myrtle tree in Hebrew — which constitutes a metaphor for eyesight 20:20. The name Esther is identified with the planet Venus (hence, Esther's other Hebrew name — Noga — a glaring divine light, which is Venus in Hebrew). In Gimatriya, Esther and Noga equal 661 and 58 respectively, and the sum of 6+6+1 and 5+8 is 13 (the number of G-D's virtues). In "small Gimatriya" both Esther (1+6+4+2) and Noga (5+3+5) equal 13, which is also the total sum of one in Hebrew — which represents monotheism, as well as the total sum of love in Hebrew.

7. The Persian King appointed Mordechai to be his top advisor, overruling Haman's intent to prevent the resettling of Jews in Zion, the reconstruction of the Temple and the restoration of the wall around Jerusalem. He foiled Haman's plan to exterminate the Jews. The king prospered as a result of his change of heart and escaped assassination. That was the case with Pharaoh, who escaped national collapse and starvation and rose in global prominence, once he appointed Joseph to be his deputy.

8. Purim's four commandments:

*Reading/studying the "Esther Scroll" within the family, highlighting the centrality of family, education, memory and youth as the foundation for a solid future.

*Gifts to relatives and friends emphasize the importance of family and community.

*Charity (at least the value of a meal) indicates the value of compassion and responsibility.

*Celebration and Happiness sustains the element of optimism and faith as the backbone of an individual and a nation.

9. Lethal enemy destroyed and commemorated.

The pre-Purim Sabbath is called "Memorial Sabbath" ("Shabbat Zakhor"), commemorating the war of extermination launched by the Amalekites against the Jewish Nation, since the Exodus from Egypt. One of Purim's lessons: Be wary of enemies, employing false-tenuous accommodation, in order to conceal a strategic goal of extermination.

Ambassador Yoram Ettinger is a consultant on US-Israel relations as well as the Chairman of Special Projects at the Ariel Center for Policy Research. Formerly the Minister for Congressional Affairs to Israel's Embassy in Washington, DC, Ettinger also served as Consul General of Israel to the Southwestern US. He is a former editor of Contemporary Mideast Backgrounder, and is the author of the Jerusalem Cloakroom series of reports. Contact him at yoramtex@netvision.net.il

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Posted by Arlene Kushner, February 25, 2010.

Only a brief posting before Purim — there will not be another until after, on Monday.

I begin by sending wishes for a Hag Sameach. A joyous Purim. Let us be mindful of G-d's hand in our lives, even when it is hidden, and of our responsibility to act along with the Almighty to secure our redemption. The lessons of this holiday. Haman did not get us, and we will not be defeated now, either.


The US State Department has chastised us for having the audacity to recognize sites that are part of our ancient heritage because they happen to be in areas that the Palestinian Arabs seek. We've been told that the administration views it as "provocative" — that we've included in our list of Heritage sites the Machpelah, the burial cave of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs, purchased by Avraham, as documented in the Torah, and the burial site of our Matriarch Rachel, also documented in the Torah.

My friends in the US, let the Secretary of State and the President know what you think of this, please. Remind them that these sites — some 3,500 years old — were part of the Jewish heritage long before Islam even existed and that it is not within the jurisdiction of the US to ask Jews to relinquish them. Remind them that there is free access to holy sites here only when Israel is in control, that when the Arabs are in control they ban Jews — this is solidly documented by precedent.

President Barack Obama
Fax: 202-456-2461
White House Comment line: 202-456-1111
e-mail form via: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Fax: 202-647-2283 Phone: 202-647-6575
e-mail: secretary@state.gov


I end with additional, and fascinating, commentary with regard to the Dubai assassination of al-Mabhouh.

Claudia Rosett, in her piece, "Video Killer Thriller in Dubai," informs us that Dubai is Iran's top trading partner and plays "a critical role as Iran's offshore banker and exporter." In 2001, "more than half the September 11 hijackers passed through Dubai en route to attack the U.S...and the 9/11 Commission reported that roughly half the $250,000 the hijackers spent preparing for the attacks was wired to them via Dubai banks. "

A nice place, Dubai.

Rosett points out that "Dubai's security apparatus has just given an impressive display of its surveillance abilities. Closed circuit cameras followed members of the alleged hit team arriving and departing the airport, and tracked them at a shopping mall and at various hotels, including that of top Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. All of which points toward a big question. If Dubai surveillance is this adept, where's the rest of the Dubai video collection?

"Dubai's authorities are putting on a curious display of priorities, appearing far more incensed over the murder of one Hamas terrorist than over the use of their turf for terrorists such as al-Mabhouh to plot and facilitate the murders — albeit elsewhere — of many others. If this is all about enforcing civilized norms, Dubai's authorities are clearly in a position to help, if they so choose. May we see the rest of the video collection?"
http://www.forbes.com/2010/02/24/dubai-surveillance-video-hamas- mahmoud-al-mabhouh-opinions-columnists-claudia-rosett.html


Tom Gross, writing in the National Post of Canada, points out that Mabhouh had five different passports with him in Dubai. He finds it strange, and indeed it is, that the media is not covering this aspect of what occurred, and that there seems no interest in which countries these passports came from.  

Contact Arlene Kushner at akushner@netvision.net.il and visit her website: www.ArlenefromIsrael.info

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, February 25, 2010.


Palestinian Authority (P.A.) head Abbas warns of holy war over Israel's designation of Rachel's Tomb as an Israeli national site. It is not an idle threat, considering that the P.A. (said to be planning an uprising anyway) launched an intifada, which sputtered, so the P.A. fanned the flames by pretending that Ariel Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount was some kind of affront to Islam. [For the record, he showed Islam no disrespect in that visit. He did come to affirm Israeli sovereignty on the Mount. The Arabs oppose all Israeli sovereignty. They exploited his presence as a pretext.]

PM Netanyahu had added Rachel's Tomb, just outside the southern part of Jerusalem, and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, to a previously published list of sites to be refurbished.

Muslims now claim that Rachel's Tomb is a 1,000 year old mosque, but referred to it as such only 44 years ago. (A prior news brief put it as 14 years.)

The Muslim world protests the designation and some called the designation a "provocation." Hamas called the designation "arrogance" and "aggression against Muslim holy sites, and demand a violent response. Arabs have been rioting in Hebron for a couple of days. Iran claimed that Israel "annexed" the two sites and said Israel is engaging in ethnic "cleansing" of all religious sites. [Israel allows Muslim worship at the Cave of the Patriarchs and Christian worship at Christian sites. There has been no annexation of those sites.] Egypt claimed that Israel is acting against international law in seeking to "alter" religious features. [Refurbishing is not altering religious features but preserving them.] The UN expressed "concern."

Arab rioters in Hevron (Flash 90)

Prime Minister Netanyahu's office accused Abbas of a "'deceitful campaign of lies and hypocrisy' by referring to Jewish sites as Moslem mosques. The Arab world's claims follow a campaign the past several years to deny the existence of any Jewish history at the Temple Mount site, including the Western Wall (Kotel) in the Old City of Jerusalem."

"'The State of Israel is committed to freedom of religion for worshipers of all faiths at the holy places and thus it acts in practice,' said the office of the Prime Minister. 'Rachel's Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the over 3,500-year old resting places of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish People — Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel — certainly deserve preservation and rehabilitation.'"

Genesis 23 describes Abraham's purchase of the plot in Hebron for the burial of his wife, Sarah. Genesis 35.19 describes the burial of Rachel, near Bethlehem. "Jews had free access to Rachel's Tomb under the rule of the Ottoman Empire since the 19th century, and Muslim references to a mosque at the site began to appear publicly only in 1966. Muslim history refers to Rachel's Tomb as far back as the Quran, which recounts Rachel's death and burial, as stated in the Bible."

The Oslo Accords interim agreement in 1995 states that security arrangements must "ensure free, unimpeded and secure access to the relevant Jewish holy sites." The agreement also defined Joseph's Tomb in Shechem and the Shalom Al Israel synagogue in Jericho as "Jewish holy sites (in addition to the recently designated two sites).

"The Oslo Agreement also states, "The Palestinian side shall respect academic freedom and rights... [and] shall ensure free access to archaeological sites, open to the public without discrimination."

"The Sharon government surrendered daily access to Joseph's Tomb (pictured) following Arab terrorist attacks, and Jews have been barred from the Jericho synagogue since the PA took over full control of Jericho. Knesset Member Dr. Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) this week led a group of Jews past blockades and visited the synagogue, until the IDF removed them." (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/24).

Although the Muslim Arabs complain that Israel mistreats Muslim religious places, the record shows that they break their agreements to allot Jews access to their religious sites, while Israel keeps its agreements to give Muslims access to their religious sites. That is what Netanyahu must mean in calling Abbas hypocritical. Even worse, P.A. police let their people destroy Joseph's Tomb and attack Rachel's Tomb. If the Palestinian Arabs really thought that Rachel's Tomb were a mosque, would they have thrown firebombs and rocks at it and vandalized it? (Weapons used are cited in 2/24 press release by ZOA.)

If Abbas starts a holy war over this non-issue, will he use the troops trained by the U.S.? What does his threat show us about his alleged moderation and U.S. betting on him?

We need to turn Gaza into a litigious society like the U.S., as a way of conflict resolution. Lawyers can paralyze industries and impoverish companies but do not kill a lot of people.


Al-Mabhouh: the killer that was killed (AP/Hatem Moussa)

Most reports are of officials' and experts' views of the Dubai assassination. What do individuals think of it? Here is some of their analysis. I do not claim they are a cross-section — they come from letters to the Editor of the Wall St. Journal.

The slain man was a veteran terrorist "dedicated to killing us and destroying Western civilization using methods that flagrantly violated all the laws of war." Eliminating him should be treated as a victory for us, not as a "diplomatic nightmare" [because forged passports were used] nor as a murder mystery. Treating it that way is part of the Administration's denial "that radical Islamists are waging a terrorist, unconventional war against the West." How perverted to transform his slaying into a crime and a setback to the West!

The Dubai police do not know who killed him. It could have been done by rival groups assisted by rival governments. Naturally, Dubai blames Mossad, "Who else do they ever blame?"

The abuse of passports was called a global threat. Doesn't Dubai's having allowed such a terrorist to enter pose more of a global threat?

What did Dubai want of Israel? If Israel asked its government to extradite him would it have cooperated? No. That is another global threat. Sanctions should be considered against the United Arab Emirates.

Remember when the Mossad captured the notorious mass-murderer, Adolf Eichmann in Argentina? Should Mossad first have gotten Argentina's approval?

Some people oppose assassination, likening it more to capital punishment, even though it is war. But opposing capital punishment is more appropriate for criminals already imprisoned where they cannot do further harm. Al-Mabhouh was free and activist. There is no ethical issue in liquidating al-Mabhouh.

The U.S. uses drones to assassinate terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan. That is accepted [so long as it does not strike civilians]. Why a double standard against Israel? (2/24.)

International law requires all governments to neutralize common enemies of mankind, a classification that includes terrorists. Of course, they don't relish foreign agents shooting people in their countries. But why are they harboring them, contrary to international law and common decency?


Algeria reports that Al-Qaeda men provide security for drug smugglers in the Sahara desert in Algeria. Al-Qaeda earns money it can use for recruiting. Al-Qaeda also may get to use the smugglers' air strips for getting into other countries (www.imra.org.il, 2/23).

Will Islamic authorities condemn al-Qaeda assistance to drug smugglers as un-Islamic?


Bedouin (AP/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

The Israel Land Authority rents to Bedouin for seasonal planting about 25,000 acres of land in the Negev desert for about $2 per acre. Bedouin have claimed that some of the land belonged to them, but could not prove it in any court.

This winter, they illegally squatted and planted crops on some land. They also uprooted hundreds of saplings planted during the Jewish holiday devoted to that. One was caught in the act.

"Last week, a Be'er Sheva court accepted a petition by the Regavim land association and ordered the demolition of 30 illegally-built luxurious Bedouin houses in the Negev — within a year."

This year, Israel cleared Bedouin squatters from about 1,850 acres. On Tuesday, Israel cleared 350 acres east of Be'er Sheva, near Nevatim, and near Dimona (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/24).

The cleared land is just a fraction of Bedouin squatting — theft of land and illegal building — in Israel. They prevent lawful use of the land, as for Army maneuvers. Cumulatively, this is a threat to taking over the country, the way the growing Arab population in the Galilee shouts slogans to that effect.

By not cracking down earlier and harder, and indeed by feeling pressured to retroactively legalize much Bedouin land usurpation, Israel encouraged more lawlessness. Some of the Bedouin make the finest Israeli soldiers, but others throw stones at passing Israeli vehicles.

These pages contain a torrent of facts, but some people ignore them entirely, and instead assert endlessly, without substantiation and against the historical record, that Zionists squatted extensively on land owned by Arabs and vandalize Arabs' crops.

There is a complication here in a clash of eras. Bedouin, like the Mongols, the ancient Hebrew before Moses, like cattlemen on the open U.S. range, and other nomads, did not have permanent land and modern concepts of land title. They or their cattle wandered. That brings them into conflict with people who set up fixed positions of farms and urban centers, and who do divide up land by title.

LONDON IS HAMAS HUB A private Israeli organization, Intelligence Information Center, reports that London is the hub of global Hamas activity. Exploiting certain decency and weaknesses in British democracy, Hamas works behind the scenes to direct anti-Zionist discussion and control public opinion about Israeli treatment of Arabs.

Here are how Britain facilitates Hamas activity:

A. Britain's excessive freedom of politics and speech lets Hamas, a declared terrorist organization, operate there.

"B. A broad infrastructure of activists, supporters, and collaborators consisting of Hamas activists who took refuge in Britain in the 1990s, as well as radical Islamic elements such as prominent members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and radical leftist organizations which are hostile to Israel and the West. This team is enabling Hamas to reach into the political, media and academic arenas in Britain."

C. Britain has the greatest foreign concentration of Arab media. Hamas uses that media to disseminate its message worldwide

D. As we reported before, Britain's legal system encourages false libel suits. "This has created a convenient situation in which Hamas, with the support of the British infrastructure, is leveraging the Goldstone report in order to prosecute Israeli public figures and de-legitimize Israel."

"The report says Hamas works hard to conceal their activities and avoid prosecution, rarely attributing to themselves the disinformation and advocacy of violence they publish and distribute. Because they consider children to be a primary target for their messaging, they spend a lot of effort writing anti-Israel and pro-war propaganda for minors."

"Hamas also uses British organizations, politicians, and other channels to garner money and supplies for use in Gaza, according to the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center." (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/24.)

If the Arabs in general were as moderate as reputed, they would reject Hamas propaganda as false and from terrorists. As for Britain, whose forces are embattled abroad as gatekeepers against Radical Islam, at home it acts as the gateway for Radical Islam

What good is democracy if it does not defend its own people?


Israeli President Peres told a visiting UN official that Hamas and other extremists were trying to incite an artificial conflict over the naming of Israeli national sites. Peres said that "Israel plans to invest significant amounts in infrastructure that will increase the accessibility of holy sites to all worshipers. By doing so it aims to honor and allow freedom of worship to all, irrespective of their faith, and protect the holy sites. There is no violation of Muslim or Christian religious rights in any holy place." (www.imra.org.il, 2/24.)

The two questions one often hears is whether Israel is fair to Muslims and whether Muslims are fair to Jews. I have reported many instances whereby Israel bars Jewish access to holy places or does not protect that access from Arab attack. This is a third outlook, that both sides are unfair to Jews. There often are more than two sides to the story: the conventional side, the radical side, and the accurate side.


The U.S. Supreme Court (AP/Charles Dharapak)

U.S. anti-terrorist law prohibits "material support" of foreign terrorist organizations. What is "material support?" Does it interfere with personal freedom?

The clause covers collecting funds, carrying weapons, and training terrorist personnel. What if the training is for disaster relief?

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy pointed out that giving tsunami money to the Tamil Tigers, terrorists of Sri Lanka, might spare them funds they then would spend on terrorism. Solicitor General Elena Kagan backed up that example with another, the Hamas builds both houses and bombs.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor stated that such an interpretation would forbid teaching terrorists to play the harmonic (Jess Bravin, Wall St. Journal, 2/24, A3).

Terrorist organizations such as Hamas do charitable work to make people beholden or sympathetic to their recruiters. Most help to such organizations or to totalitarian governments that sponsor terrorism facilitates their over-all goals. The notion of separating their political and military wings is specious.

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 richardshulman5@aol.com and visit his website:
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Posted by Gerald A. Honigman, February 25, 2010.

...those racist Zionists...always stirring up trouble.

This time, they dared to name Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs as National Heritage Sites. Just Like they dare claim about Jerusalem and such. Ugh!

Imagine the gall...

Two sites that the world would know absolutely nothing about were it not for their Jewish connections — both over three thousand years old. Certainly not enough time for Jews to proclaim any rights to. I mean, think of the Alamo and America...And yet, look what they just went ahead and did...

After all, we all know that those sites are really on "Palestinian" land on the "West Bank," right?

Certainly the Obama Administration does...It just took Israel to task over such audacity. Like it also demands that no Jew live in Judea or Samaria (but it's ok for 1/5 of Israel to be made of the freest Arabs anywhere in the world outside of the West) and stop building in parts of Jerusalem as well.

But — reply those Jew fascists — the land was not known as the "west bank" (as opposed to the "east bank" of the Jordan River, that part of the original 1920 Mandate of Palestine — about 80% of the total area — that British imperialism formed today's Arab Jordan from) until the very last century and was known as Judea (as in land of the Jews) and Samaria for thousands of years before then. (Quick quiz:...Was Jesus born in Bethlehem of Judea or Bethlehem of the West Bank or Bethlehem of Palestine in the New Testament?)

Look, the time for politically correct should have been over long ago.

Bluntly, no Arab (with the exception of a few Christians, whose Lord was also Jewish carpenter) would have ever known of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the Temple Mount (or, as Arabs call it, Buraq's Mount — named after Muhammad's winged horse, with the head of a woman, who supposedly just happened to fly him up to Heaven from the Jews' historic Temple of Solomon), the significance of Jerusalem, Abraham, the Akedah, etc. and so forth if their "Seal of the Prophets," Muhammad, did not flee his enemies in Mecca in the 7th century C.E. and take refuge in the date palm oasis town of Medina — established by Jews fleeing the Roman wars centuries earlier. Indeed, Jewish influence was so important in that region that Yemen, just to the south, had a series of Jewish kings practically right up to the rise of the Prophet of Islam.

After the hijrah — Muhammad's flight to Medina — he soon found himself in the midst of a mixed Jewish and pagan Arab population (itself now influenced by the Jews). Before long, he himself was speaking about one G_d, supposedly has an encounter with the Angel Gabriel, speaks of Abraham, Moses, and so forth — all from the Holy Book of his Jewish hosts...and then orders his followers to face towards Jerusalem in prayer...as Jews do.

Wow...what a coincidence!

I mean, I'll give that Hebrew Angel of G_d, Gabriel, credit, but perhaps — just maybe — Muhammad's long sojourn and study with Jews, at the very least, also had something to do with his, and therefore also the Arabs' who accepted his religio-political leadership — new beliefs?

A major Arab commentator, Jalaluddin, came right out about a thousand years ago and said Muhammad's change of the qibla — direction of prayer — away from the Kaaba in Mecca towards Jerusalem was done only to win the support of the important Jewish tribes. While Jerusalem is never mentioned even once in the Qur'an, it is mentioned many hundreds of times in the Hebrew Bible (aka, "Old Testament").

To say that such things as Jerusalem, Abraham, the Tomb of the Patriarchs, and so forth are as important to Arabs and other Muslims as they are to Jews is to simply tell a lie. Or, perhaps, Jews should restake a claim to their holdings in Medina?

As soon as the Jews refused to accept Muhammad's demand that they accept him as the ultimate human chief honcho, he massacred all the Jewish males and enslaved the women and children...and changed the qibla back towards Mecca again.

Jews don't need President Obama or anyone else's approval to declare the truth.

Israel is entitled to that territorial compromise promised by the final draft of UNSC Resolution 242 in the wake of the June 1967 War — whether in Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights, or wherever. And unlike places like American Samoa or President George Bush's Texas ranch, Jews have thousands of years of history linking them to those lands — territory where Arabs continuously launched death and destruction from.

That President Obama and the State Department (which rejected Israel's right to exist in the first place) expect Israel to simply cave in to all that the Arabs demand should be no shock to anyone with functioning neurons.

If Arabs can stake a claim to Jerusalem based upon the belief of a night journey by Muhammad from the Arabian Peninsula, on a winged horse, to the Temple of Solomon in the land of the Jews, then objections to Jews officially claiming the Tombs of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs as National Heritage Sites in Judea are utterly absurd and laughable. No Arab (with good intentions) will be kept out of those site...

But, neither will any Jews.

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. His recently published book is called "The Quest for Justice in the Middle East: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Greater Perspective." Contact him at honigman6@msn.com or go to his website: http://geraldahonigman.com/blog.php

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Posted by Patrick Dempsey, February 25, 2010.

I used to have a card index, to keep all the pertinent facts relating to The Holocaust. Of course, technology took control, and I lost all that information, diligently placed on my old PC. The crash lost me all those facts, snippets of information that I had learned, and apart from what the mind retained, a lot of the information has been lost. I know it is out there and while I was forced to acknowledge what little I retained ,by giving out parts of what was asked of me, there is a gulf between the two poles. For instance, I stated that when Gerstein was at Belzec, 6,000 Jews of Lvov were disposed of, treated, resettled. This was taken that only 6,000 Jews of Lvov were murdered, not the 50,000 murdered during August 1942, and not the total of 123,000 Jews of Lvov murdered that I had clearly assessed for my book on 'der Einsatzgruppe'. But all of this has become a worrying trend for me as I am constantly asked to review my position, by Students, Academics and other interested parties. Luckily, I can look back to some of the research for my work and state the example that was presented at the time. This, however, does not square it with some people. For example, after Tregenza, there was a gradual reassessment of Belzec's place in the murder apparatus? Did we have the right figures, did we actually have the geographical position of this Death Camp? That sin of the 'Wolzec paradox' was still haunting me. So I chose to stick with what I knew, and what was generally accepted as known. The facts, as they are, are stated here, and unless any of you knowing differently, this is what I will state to all those who seek my advice in the future!

We have largely accepted that 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust, even when German records do not exist to fully endorse or even record this. From the Camps, the 'Aktion Reinhard' Camps included, most personnel managed to destroy whatever documentation that might have existed. Hitler, knowing the ramifications of discovery, ordered the obliteration of the physical evidence and Himmler promptly ordered Blobel and his SK1005 into the field to remove all traces of the evidence that had been buried. Exhumation was the order of the day, and death and killing sites were disgorged of their evidence. Then as each and every Death Camp was being dismantled, the gas chambers and their crematoria were destroyed along with any physical evidence that had been buried prior to the enlargement of any destructive capacity. What then now exists of the evidence? Apart from the physical evidence that has been nearly obliterated completely, a few scientific examinations have proved the remnants of huge burial and cremation pits. I cite the Tregenza work at Belzec to revise our impression of what actually took place within this particular compound. My own assessment of 1,250,000 possible Jewish murders here, while it does appear extravagant, how can we historically know, let alone revise our position? Alongside this assessment we have the deportation train details that systematically record the 'Resettlemnt East', and those timetables which converge here at Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka and particularly Auschwitz. Of the killings themselves, one moving film of actual murder footage survives, barely 4 minutes in which to comprehend this huge undertaking. Then there are just over 190 actual photographs of the killings themselves, taken across the breadth of the 'aktionen', to fully compliment this limited appreciation of the awful detail which catapulted the Jews toward oblivion. That said, we are no nearer the proof of the victims now than we were 65 years ago when say the murders at Liepaja were being photographed?

What we have above all else though is the evidence provided by Survivor's, independent Witness's and some Perpetrators, to add to the overall incomprehensibility that has gripped us for so many years. For the legion of Survivor's, there is little evidence of what was dealt out to some of their Families, Friends, Neighbours or their fellow Jewish brethren. Added to this wealth of testimonial we have the various War Crimes Trials; Nuremberg as the Major indictment against the perpetrator's, while Doctor, Einsatzgruppen and Camp Trials are all supplementing the knowledge of that period of history. It is a tragic period we have each sought out to add our own portion of testimony toward. Of course, not all of Hitler's atrocity has been so religiously destroyed, and there is an emergence of evidence from within Germany itself and now, more latterly, from an immense archive retained in Russia that needs to be looked at, assessed and added to our understanding, comprehension and appreciation of what only the victims can know. While elaborate detail does exist, from the Oneg Shabbat, from those like Reder, Wiernik, Vrba, Kaplan, Levi, Wiesel and Korczak, we have a detail that restores only a forgotten page in that history. The details themselves are worked into a fabric of that past which must convince us of what should never be accomplished again, in spite of the failure to fully acknowledge the wrong's done, and the crimes committed against these Jews of The Holocaust. Millions of pages, billions of words have been used to record the passing of an entire Jewish People, a community of Europe destroyed in the midst of a knowing and indifferent European society. We have the embryo of a disaster put together to become what was a very Final Solution, a near total resolve that was so complete and which acknowledges that while not all victims were Jews, all Jews were victims in accordance with how Elie Wiesel articulates this.

Patrick Dempsey writes on the Holocaust. Contact him at pd1010@hotmail.com

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Posted by Arlene Kushner, February 25, 2010.

There was a huge reaction on the part of the Palestinian Arabs to the announcement by our prime minister that the Machpelah in Hevron and Kever Rachel outside of Bethlehem would be included in our Heritage sites. What? Jews claiming sites in areas that they are telling the world belong exclusively to them?

In Hevron there was rioting both Monday and yesterday, with rioters burning tires and throwing rocks at members of the IDF. Riot control techniques were employed by the IDF.


Fayyad relied upon one of the PA default positions: He called on the international community to pressure Israel to change its decision. PA leaders have been led to believe that they are so much the darlings of the Western world, that their every request will be heard. They don't have to act on their own behalf, others will do it for them.

Fayyad pointed out that Israel has also named the walls of the Old City as a Heritage site. But these walls, he says, "are inside eastern and occupied Jerusalem, which will be Palestine's eternal capital."


Meanwhile, Abbas fell back on the other PA default position: threat of violence. He said that this decision constituted a "severe provocation" that could ignite a "war of religions" and lead to a new intifada.


My favorite (so to speak) is this:

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights claims that our government's decision "constitutes a violation of Article 1 of the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict of 1954, which calls upon an occupying power to 'safeguard and respect' property that is 'of great importance to the cultural heritage of every people.'"...

PCHR called for the international community "to provide protection for Palestinian civilians, their property and their religious sites."

THEIR religious sites. This is their modus operand, is it not?

We can laugh. We can scoff. But we must make sure that the world doesn't believe them. That is why telling our narrative, speaking clearly about our heritage, is so important.

It's impossible to over-emphasize this. To relinquish our claim to our holy sites would ultimately be to relinquish our claim — our right — to this land.


And there is something else that has to be emphasized constantly: We share. We are in control at the Machpelah. But the Arabs also are given access to it, and place for their prayers and celebrations within. There are particular holy days when only Jews may enter, and others when only Muslims may enter.

President Shimon Peres, in a meeting with Special UN Envoy of the Middle East Process, Robert Serry (about whom more below), made this very point:

"[Israel] aims to honor and allow freedom of worship to all, irrespective of their faith, and protect the holy sites. There is no violation of Muslim or Christian religious rights in any holy place."


From several quarters there has been an appropriate response from our government.

Vice Premier Silvan Shalom called the PA reaction "insolent and outrageous and another attempt to rewrite history."

"We are talking about a campaign of lies and hypocrisy," said a statement from the prime minister's office.

"Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs are burial sites of Israel's forefathers dating back more than 3,500 years. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the nation's foremothers — Sarah, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel — and are definitely worthy of preservation and renovation."

It was further pointed out that right now renovations are being done by Israel in the hall where Muslim prayers are held.

If we lived to be 1,000, we would not see renovation of a Jewish prayer hall done by the Arabs if they were in control.


In fact, based on past history and various statements made, we have serious reason to doubt we'd be permitted access to the Machpelah at all if it were (G-d forbid) in Muslim hands. There is the precedent of the Seventh Step:

In 1267, the Muslim Mameluks forbade Jews to enter the Machpelah. They were not permitted to climb beyond the seventh step of the stairway leading to the edifice on the eastern side. But pious Jews, although humiliated, stood on that seventh step and prayed there. This prohibition actually was in effect for 700 years, until 1967, when Israel liberated Hevron.

It is devotion to the Machpelah that keeps the Jewish residents of Hevron so determined: they are convinced, with solid reason, that Jewish access would be lost if they left.


We have, as well, the evidence of how the Arabs have destroyed Kever Yosef (Joseph's Tomb at Shechem) since it was turned over to the PA, in open defiance of their Oslo obligations — they attempted to turn it into a mosque.

And see below for a story of how the Muslims have attempted to co-opt Kever Rachel:


Returning to UN Envoy Serry: He told Peres that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon would be visiting the region to discuss ways to facilitate movement of goods into Gaza. While there was a need for certain goods such as building materials to go in for the rehabilitation of several buildings, Sperry said that there is no humanitarian problem in Gaza.

Allow me to repeat this: A UN envoy says there is no humanitarian problem in Gaza. (Thanks to Yisrael M. on this.)

You can see this in a release from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Government/Communiques/2010/ Pres_Peres_meets_UN_Coordinator_Serry+24-Feb-2010.htm

Please, take every opportunity to share this information. This is one more way in which we can reinforce truth in the face of pervasive lies directed at Israel. These lies come from a variety of sources, from UNRWA to Congressman Brian Baird of Washington State, who has been pushing for the US to do a "Berlin airlift" style operation to bring supplies into Gaza.


France is flip-flopping with regard to early recognition of a Palestinian state. First, Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner came out squarely in favor of such early recognition. But then President Nicolas Sarkozy, in a press conference with Abbas, spoke about a "viable" Palestinian state, but shied away from promoting recognition of one now or soon.

Sarkozy said that Kouchner was looking for ways to bring momentum to the peace process but that France's goal remained "a functioning Palestinian state in clearly set borders."

From my perspective this dichotomy of thinking reflects something else, as well: If Sarkozy were reasonably certain that "a functioning state in clearly set borders" would evolve after France lent support, I suspect he'd go along. The unease results from (very rational) doubts about the Palestinian Arabs ever getting their act together. To support a state that doesn't happen is to be left looking very foolish indeed.

Frankly, that anyone in Europe would entertain the notion of lending early support for a Palestinian state, after what has been revealed regarding the incredible corruption of the PA, is a clear indication of diplomatic dysfunction, in my opinion. We might call it Kouchner chasing fairy tales.


There has been backtracking by Europeans on another issue, as well: that of alleged use by the Mossad of forged European passports in the assassination of al-Mabhouh. The simple truth is that there is no direct evidence linking the Mossad to what happened in Dubai, no matter the suspicions. The fact that some of the forged European passports carried the names of people who also have Israeli citizenship proves nothing.

And so, the EU issued a statement about the passports that did not mention Israel. Nonetheless, the statement by the EU troubled me:

"The killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai on 20 January raises issues which are profoundly disturbing to the European Union. This was an action which cannot be conducive to peace and stability in the Middle East..."

Hold it for a second! Killing a man whose job it was to import accurate missiles from Iran to Gaza so they could be used against the civilian population of Israel is not conducive to peace and stability? Some very distorted thinking is at work here.

The statement then went on to vigorously protest the use of forged European passports, and so on and so forth.


See Michael Totten, writing on this subject in Commentary:

"Al-Mabhouh was a terrorist commander...He was a combatant. Unlike his victims, he was fair game. He would have been fair game for even an air strike if he were in Gaza. As he was, instead, in Dubai, he was taken out quietly without even alerting, let alone harming, any of the civilians around him. "If only Israel could fight all its battles this way. It would be the cleanest and least-deadly war in the history of warfare. Even some of Israel's harshest critics should understand that...

"It's unlikely that Israel can avert the next war by assassinating its enemy's leadership, but it's always better to take out a high-level target in person whenever possible than with a blockbuster bomb from a distance. I can't help but wonder if those griping about the recent hit in Dubai — assuming the Mossad actually did it — care less about the lives of real human beings than the latest excuse to bash Israel." (emphasis added)


"The Good News Corner"

Purim approaches. In most of Israel, it comes after Shabbat, in Jerusalem (and Sfat, walled cities), it comes on Shushan Purim, which is Monday. But we are into the month of Adar, which is a month for being joyous. Today I had occasion to be at the offices of NDS Technologies, a major international hi-tech corporation with offices in Jerusalem. The receptionist was wearing bunny ears, and in the lobby were make-up people doing "faces" on NDS employees.

Only in Israel! I thought. And I was joyous for it.


Archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar has announced the discovery, outside the walls of the Old City in an area referred to as Ophel, of stone fortifications that are believed to date back 3,000 years to the time of King Solomon and the First Temple.

The city wall that has been exposed is 70 meters long and six meters high. According to Dr. Mazar, it "testifies to a ruling presence. Its strength and form of construction indicate a high level of engineering." A comparison with other findings and the nature of the pottery uncovered at the site "enable us to postulate with a great degree of assurance that the wall that has been revealed is that which was built by King Solomon in Jerusalem in the latter part of the tenth century BCE."

Perhaps most exciting: "This is the first time that a structure from that time has been found that may correspond with written descriptions of Solomon's building in Jerusalem.

"The Bible tells us that Solomon built — with the assistance of the Phoenicians, who were outstanding builders — the Temple and his new palace and surrounded them with a city..."  

Contact Arlene Kushner at akushner@netvision.net.il and visit her website: www.ArlenefromIsrael.info

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Posted by Moshe Feiglin, February 25, 2010.

These below are three essays dealing with perception, the Jewish state and when should the rule of law rule.



When Sharon introduced his "Disengagement" idea, it seemed like nothing more than a preposterous dream. Nobody understood what the State of Israel would gain from perpetrating this horrible crime against thousands of Israeli citizens. Nobody deceived themselves into thinking that this folly would bring peace; the Arabs of Gaza left no room for doubt. So how did Sharon manage to get his immoral and illogical decision into Israel's mainstream?

On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Bizzetha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that ministered in the presence of Ahashverosh the king to bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to show the peoples and the princes her beauty; for she was fair to look on. (The Scroll of Esther 1:10-11)

After six straight months of drunken feasts, the foolish king had nothing to boast about — except for his wife's beauty. He commands to bring her before all the merrymakers to show the entire nation her beauty, attired in her crown — and nothing else.

Is there a royal decree more foolish than this? True, nobody will be expelled from his home, nobody's life will be shattered and barring Vashti's pride, nothing will be destroyed. Nevertheless, this was a classic case of a patently illegal order, complete with a black flag flying overhead.

But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment by the chamberlains; therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him. (The Scroll of Esther 1:12)

Vashti refuses to obey the immoral order. We would expect that with no further ado, the king would command to behead her. That is how he handled the murder conspiracy of Bigtan and Teresh and that is what Queen Esther feared would happen to her when she dared come before the king without being summoned. But Ahashverosh understood that he had painted himself into an immoral corner. He realized that his decree would not stand the test of reason and that he was essentially endangering the legitimacy of his leadership and reign on power.

What is the last resort of a criminal and foolish tyrant? How does he restore his legitimacy?

Then the king said to the wise men, who knew the times — for so was the king's manner toward all that knew law and judgment; 'What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, for she has not done the bidding of the king Ahashverosh by the chamberlains?' (Esther 1:13,15)

Suddenly, Ahashverosh remembers the "rule of law." He consults with his legal advisors and defers to the Supreme Court. The Midrash relates that at first, Ahashverosh turned to the Jewish wise men. But they quickly understood that he was not looking for justice, but rather for legitimacy for his immoral decree and for his very leadership. The Jewish wise men evaded his overtures. The Persian Supreme Court, though, was happy to take on the case and found the penultimate creative legal solution to the royal predicament. It did not deal with the question of who was right. It dealt with only one issue — the perpetuation of the existing establishment. And so they wrote in their legal decision:

'Vashti the queen has not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the peoples, who are in all the provinces of the king Ahashverosh. For this deed of the queen will come abroad unto all women, to make their husbands contemptible in their eyes, when it will be said: The king Ahashverosh commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not. (Esther 1:16-17)

In other words, it makes no difference at all if the directive was logical, moral or even legal. Vashti, or Gush Katif, are not part of the equation. All that matters is the perpetuation of Ahashverosh's power. If the queen will not appear before the nation attired in nothing more than her royal crown, the subservience of all the women in the entire kingdom will vanish and the empire will crumble. That makes sense, doesn't it?

It is not the dubious honor of the king that is in question here. It is not even the need to be the darling of the media that lies behind the irrational decree to destroy Gush Katif. It is simply a matter of responsibility toward the perpetuation of the leadership. For if we do not carry out our orders and drive women and children from their homes today, tomorrow nobody will carry out their orders and the state will be destroyed.

In fact, Ahashverosh's kingdom was indeed destroyed in a relatively short amount of time. But it wasn't because of Vashti's refusal to obey orders. On the contrary, it was because the state had lined up with the immoral conduct of its leader.

And Israel? Where are we today after we have collectively hidden our heads in the sand and obeyed the criminal orders of our leaders?

In a symposium on insubordination that was held last week in Efrat, Rabbi Yuval Cherlow surprised the audience when he said that if he had known that the residents of Gush Katif would be treated so poorly after the expulsion, he would have instructed his students to refuse to obey their expulsion orders. When I asked him why, Rabbi Cherlow explained that the outrageous treatment suffered by the residents of Gush Katif was a "crime against humanity."

Until now, we had been told that it was wrong to disobey orders to drive the Jews from Gush Katif so as not to destroy the state and the army. Today, we are told that it is permissible to destroy the state and the army if the victims of the expulsion are not properly recompensed.

The moral acrobatics inherent in this type of rhetoric open the eyes of the public to understand that not everyone who holds the title of Rabbi is necessarily the standard bearer of justice or truth. The moral foundation of a rabbi who will instruct his students to obey orders and destroy, G-d forbid, the home of the widow of Second Lebanon war hero Ro'i Klein, HY"D, is no less rotten than the moral foundation of a rabbi whose personal conduct is perverted.

A footnote:

I stood with a few friends on the ruins of the home of Livnat Ozeri. Her husband Nati had been murdered by terrorists just a month before. Now, soldiers and policemen had snuck up on her home on a hilltop outside Kiryat Arba in the middle of the freezing Hebron night. They dragged her five sleeping orphans — in their pajamas and with no coats or shoes — from their beds, and destroyed their home and everything in it. They dumped the widow and orphans onto a Jerusalem street — in the middle of the night. There was no great public outcry. Not even from Yesha. Nati Ozeri was a Kachnik — not "one of ours." Not long after that, we got Gush Katif.

Shabbat Shalom


Everyone is telling us there is nothing to worry about. The international Mabhouh assassination scandal will eventually evaporate, explain Israel's Intelligence veterans. After all, this is not the first time that undercover security agencies used foreign passports. The main thing is that Mabhouh has been eliminated and that all of our forces — according to foreign reports, of course — are safely back at home.

What, then, is the problem?
The planning was brilliant.
The intelligence gathering — above and beyond.
The execution went without a hitch.

So why the international brouhaha?

Once again we see that the most advanced intelligence organization equipped with the most sophisticated UAVs, state of the art technologies and the most expensive intelligence devices are no match for the preconceptions of the person making the decisions. Intelligence excellence does not help the organization that is fighting yesterday's war.

Stalin knew about the imminent German invasion but his preconceptions did not allow him to use the information that streamed to him on the eve of the attack. Golda knew — from Jordan's King Hussein and other sources — about the impending Egyptian/Syrian attack on Israel, but was surprised for the same reason.

After 9/11, I wrote an article explaining that America was going to lose the war against Iraq. How did I guess? I wasn't privy to a fraction of the information that the decision makers in Washington had. The answer is simple. If a person is entrenched in a preconception, all the information in the world will not help him. I understood that the Americans are incapable of understanding an enemy that is not a state. When the US was attacked on 9/11, President Bush looked for a guilty state. With remarkable stupidity, Saddam Hussein provided him with the return address he was looking for. The Americans certainly did conquer Iraq for a few days. But they lost the war because their preconceptions do not fit reality.

For the very same reason, Israel lost the last two wars that it fought. It looks like the same thing also happened to the Mossad in its Dubai mission.

I assume that the people at the Mossad don't understand what we want from them. For decades, they have been using foreign passports and no problems arose. The enlightened Western world is actually pleased that someone did the dirty work for it and rid it of a menacing terrorist. So why the international uproar? All the intelligence agencies in the world use foreign passports.

The pundits explain that the Arabs are pressuring the British, so they must let off some steam. Soon, they reassure us, all will return to normal.

But it won't. Somebody in the Mossad and the echelon that authorized the Mabhouh mission is still living in the eighties. They didn't notice that the Western world, and particularly the British, no longer sees Israel as the good guy in the story. For them, Mabhouh is a freedom fighter.

If you didn't notice, Israel's most senior ministers are wanted in Europe's capitals for war crimes. No need for sophisticated electronics. All that you have to do is open your eyes to reality. If Israel's leaders are wanted for crimes against humanity, what does that say about our country? In the eyes of much of the world, Israel is no more than a pirate ship sailing on borrowed time.

The world has changed, ladies and gentlemen. Israel can no longer expect the international community to wink its eye and look the other way.

To the esteemed Meir Dagan. Please turn off your computer and your telephones — and think for a moment about Israel's place in the world today.


Just like Mordechai. There is no reason to fight the Iranian nation. All that we need to do is to eliminate its leadership. Modern Western culture allows for the killing of millions of soldiers, but does not abide by the assassination of political leaders. This is a patently immoral approach.

The Iranian leader deserves to die. Israel has the technology to carry out his assassination. It should make use of it as soon as possible.

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. To learn more about Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) and to read their plan for Israel's future, visit www.jewishisrael.org. Or contact Shmuel Sackett, International Director (516) 330-4922 (cell)

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Posted by Paul Lademain, February 24, 2010.

Sarah Honig provided an operational definition of 'Dam butlab dam' — to us, the SC4Z, this was an unfamiliar phrase.
[See "Another Tack: 'Dam butlab dam' only for some" by SARAH HONIG, 19/02/2010, jpost.com]

We suggest a few words for these put-upon Jews — but first, before they can say them, they must screw up their courage, straighten their backs, and YELL:

We are MAD as hell and we won't take this anymore! (dialogue cribbed from the movie "Network".)

Now that Sarah has described how Jews have been made to suffer, it's up to Jews to put a stop to 'Dam butlab dam' ... If they don't, they will continue to be hounded, despised, disrespected, and abused like doormats. So, practice saying this with us: "We are MAD as hell and we won't take this anymore!"

If the arabs riot, put them down, down, down. Rock throwing? Shoot them! Smear them with pig turds. March in the streets with placards demeaning the dhimmi-French who abandoned their nation to fire-bombing Muzzies. Insult Greta Duisenberg. Slam Xavier Solana. Ridicule Jimmy Carter — the first US dhimmi. Remember how American blacks gained power? They rioted ... they burned, they put fear in the hearts of the Ku Klux Klan! Now it's time for Jews to put down their pastries, set aside their comfy habits, get some dirt under their fingernails, and give the rioting arabs a taste of their own medicine. You might as well inflict pain, because your concessions and myriad embarrassing appeasements have brought you nothing but disrespect and bullying. If you don't fight back; if you refuse to cease appeasing and apologizing, your children will inherit a very short, cloudy, anxiety-riddled future ... in your own land, no less!

We are the politically incorrect Secular Christians for Zion. We urge your best minds to set aside their mournful threnodies and serve the arab invaders a taste of their own sauce.

If you find Jews like Dorit Beinish contaminating the sovereign rights of Israeli Jews, then she must be tossed out.

No self-respecting Jew should allow anyone to steal their lands. No Jew should invite the nose of the camel into your tent. The Jew who did so and brought this terror into your land is a vain, arrogant, unrepentant fool. You know who we mean. Moreover, Jews who insist on coddling the anti-Israel vipers amongst them should be reminded that these are the very Jews whom the venomous snakes will devour last. The invading arab occupiers have chosen a purpose which for them cannot be altered, and that purpose is your death. There is nothing left to analyze once you fully understand that the choice is between you or them.

Are you willing to throw your lives away for the sake of Islamic fascism? For the sake of posturing for peace? Did the Jews who obediently pasted on their gold stars earn the love of the nazis? OK, there's your answer. Now fight, for goodness sakes, and get rid of the very idea of 'dam butlab dam'!

Viva to the Patriots of Israel from the Secular Christians for Zion.

Contact Paul Lademain by email at lademain@verizon.net. He describes himself as a Secular Christian for Zionism (SC4Z).

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Posted by Susana K-M, February 24, 2010.

This comes from The Israel Project..


Palestinians Threaten Uprising over Israel's Inclusion of 2 West Bank Holy Sites in Preservation Plan

Fact Sheet: Palestinians Fail to Protect Jewish Sacred Places

Examples of Palestinian and Jordanian failures to protect holy sites and freedom of worship

Experts available for comment on archaeological and holy sites

Resources on Temple Mount destruction (courtesy Biblical Archaeology Review)

Palestinian leaders reacted this week with promises of violence to the Israeli cabinet's decision to include two holy sites in the West Bank as part of a comprehensive plan to preserve Israel's national heritage and religious sites.[1]

Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Iran-backed Hamas in Gaza, urged Palestinians to unleash a new intifada (uprising) in response to the decision.[2] "Jerusalem is ours, the land is ours, and God is with us," Haniyeh said. "We will not accept these decisions and they will have no ramifications."[3]

Meanwhile, Palestinian rioters threw stones at Israeli soldiers and burned tires in Hebron, the location of one of the controversial sites.[4] The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Judaism's second-holiest site after the Temple Mount and its Western Wall,[5] is also venerated by Muslims and Christians.[6] Likewise, Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem, another of Judaism's holiest sites,[7] is also sacred to Muslims and Christians.[8]

The $107 million (NIS 400 million) Israeli plan approved Sunday (Feb. 21) would restore about 150 heritage and holy sites.[9] Netanyahu's spokesman, Nir Hefetz, said on Tuesday that just as maintenance work on the entrance and road to the Muslim prayer room of the Cave of the Patriarchs is underway, its Jewish sections — and Rachel's Tomb — also have a right to be refurbished.[10]

In a meeting with UN Special Coordinator for the Peace Process Robert H. Serry on Wednesday (Feb. 24), Israeli President Shimon Peres said, "Israel plans to invest significant amounts in infrastructure that will increase the accessibility of holy sites to all worshipers. By doing so it aims to honor and allow freedom of worship to all, irrespective of their faith, and protect the holy sites. There is no violation of Muslim or Christian religious rights in any holy place."[11]

Palestinian and Jordanian Failure to Protect Holy Sites

Israel, the West Bank and Gaza contain hundreds of religious monuments and places of worship holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians. Israel long ago put into place comprehensive laws protecting all such sites and ensuring access to people of all religions.[12] The same protections have not been extended by the Palestinian Authority or under Jordanian rule. As a result, since Israel's establishment in 1948, a significant number of Jewish holy sites has been damaged or vandalized.

Desecration of holy sites occurred when Jordan controlled East Jerusalem and the West Bank before 1967. That has continued until today in areas under Palestinian control, despite formal agreements: Both Israel and the Palestinians promised to protect all religious sites under their control as part of the framework of the Oslo peace process. The failure to adequately uphold these provisions is seen by Israel as a serious impediment to Israeli-Palestinian relations.[13] In recent years, Palestinian terrorists and rioters also have destroyed and abused Christian holy places.[14]

Although neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis have a constitution, the Knesset (Israeli parliament) enacted the Protection of Holy Places Law of 1967 to ensure that anyone who vandalizes a holy site could suffer legal consequences. The law states: "Whoever does anything that is likely to violate the freedom of access of the members of the various religions to the places sacred to them is liable to imprisonment for a term of five years."[15]

Additionally, the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (also known as Oslo II), signed in September 1995, explicitly states that "each side undertakes upon itself to respect sites in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip which are regarded as holy, or which hold archaeological value."[16]

Instances of Palestinian terrorists exploiting holy sites are violations of the First Additional Protocol (1977) to the Geneva Conventions and may constitute war crimes.[17]

Following are examples of Palestinian and Jordanian failures to protect holy sites and freedom of worship:

  • The Islamic religious authority (Waqf) has attempted to erase any Jewish archaeological claims to the Temple Mount area known as "Solomon's Stables." [18] The Temple Mount is known to Muslims as "Haram al-Sharif." Additionally:
    • In 1996, Islamic clerics converted two underground buildings from the Second Temple period into mosques — even though they had never been mosques and didn't seek permission to do so.[19]
      • In 1999 the Waqf opened another exit to the Dome of the Rock mosque on the Temple Mount, carting away thousands of tons of dirt full of artefacts and dumping the material in the Kidron Valley. This was done without consultation or notification of any kind.[20] Archaeologists moved nearly 70 truckloads of rubble from the Kidron Valley dump site to Emek Zurim National Park.

        In April 2005, after years of sifting through the rubble, the team found a series of relics dating back to the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. These were the first discoveries of their kind, because the Waqf forbids archaeological excavation on the Temple Mount.[21]

        The rubble has yielded pottery dating back to the Bronze Age and First Temple periods and more than 100 ancient coins, including some from the Hasmonean dynasty.[22]

      • The former head of the Israeli Antiquities Authority called the removal and dumping of these artefacts "an unprecedented archaeological crime."[23]

  • Between 1948 and 1967, when Jordan controlled East Jerusalem and the West Bank, 58 synagogues in the Old City's Jewish quarter were demolished or desecrated. Roughly 38,000 Jewish tombstones on the Mount of Olives, a Jewish cemetery just east of the Old City, were destroyed. Some of the tombstones were used to build fences and latrine floors for the Jordanian army, as well as to pave roads. Gravestones more than a thousand years old were destroyed.[24]

  • The Jordanian government denied Israeli Jews access to the Western Wall when Jordan controlled East Jerusalem from 1949-1967. Jews also were barred from the tombs of the prophets Samuel and Rabbi Shimon Hatzadik in Jerusalem; the tomb of Rachel located between Jerusalem and Bethlehem; and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.[25]

  • In October 2000, Palestinians destroyed the compound of Joseph's Tomb near Nablus. Palestinian rioters ransacked the site and set fire to it despite the Palestinian security services' agreement to protect it.[26]

  • In October 2000, Palestinians attacked and desecrated a Byzantine-era synagogue in Jericho, setting it on fire and damaging an ancient mosaic.[27]

  • Palestinians from Bethlehem and nearby towns have on numerous occasions attacked Rachel's Tomb, near Bethlehem. In September 1996, hundreds of residents of Bethlehem, led by the Palestinian Authority-appointed governor of Bethlehem, Muhammad Rashad al-Jabari, attacked the tomb and set fire to the scaffolding around it. Other incidents at the site have included shooting attacks on Jewish worshippers and security forces as well as petrol bomb attacks.[28]

  • Following Israel's withdrawal from all of Gaza in 2005, Palestinian mobs burned down a number of synagogues in the former Israeli settlements there. At least four synagogues in the former settlements of Morag, Netzarim, Neve Dekalim and Kfar Darom were set on fire.[29]

  • In February 2008, Palestinian terrorists burned down the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) library building in Gaza City, kidnapping two guards and destroying hundreds of books.[30]

  • On Sept. 16 and 17, 2006, Palestinians attacked seven churches in the West Bank and Gaza following Pope Benedict XVI's remarks about Islam.[31]

  • Unknown gunmen set fire to the YMCA building in the West Bank town of Qalqilya in September 2006; in April 2006, gunmen set fire to the outside of the building. Islamic officials accused the organization of conducting missionary work and called for the closure of the YMCA in the West Bank.[32]

  • In 2002 during an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) counterterrorism operation in Bethlehem, dozens of armed Palestinian militants took over the Church of the Nativity, trapping about 60 clergy in the Church.[33]
Israeli PM Announces Plan to Preserve National and Holy Sites, including 2 in West Bank

Experts available for comment on archaeological and holy sites

United States:

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Founder and President, The Israel Project
Tel.: 202-857-6644 (office) (Washington, D.C.)
E-mail: jenniferm@theisraelproject.org
Web site: www.theisraelproject.org

Dr. Mitchell Bard, Executive Director, American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise
Tel.: 301-565-3918 (Maryland)
E-mail: mgbard@aol.com
Web site: www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org

Hershel Shanks, Editor, Biblical Archaeology Review
Tel.: 201-966-9888
Web site: http://www.bib-arch.org/


Prof. Yedidia Stern, Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Law
Tel.: 972-2-530-0849 (office direct)
E-mail: sternyz@mail.biu.ac.il


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[2] "Hamas calls for uprising over West Bank sites," Alalam, Feb. 24, 2010,

[3] Waked, Ali, "Abbas, Haniyeh: Heritage sites will ignite a war," YnetNews, Feb. 23, 2010,

[4] Waked, Ali, "Abbas, Haniyeh: Heritage sites will ignite a war," YnetNews, Feb. 23, 2010,

[5] Lazaroff, Tovah; Freund, Michael, "Coming of age at Rachel's Tomb," JWeekly.com, Nov. 2, 2007,
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[6] Prusher, Ilene R., "Does Hebron clash signal new round of settler revolts?" Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 9, 2008,
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[7] Lazaroff, Tovah; Freund, Michael, "Coming of age at Rachel's Tomb," JWeekly.com, Nov. 2, 2007,

[8] "Bethlehem University research project explores importance of Rachel's tomb," Bethlehem University, May 4, 2009,

[9] "Israel to include West Bank shrines in heritage plan," Reuters, Feb. 21, 2010,

[10] Keinon, Herb; Lazaroff, Tovah, "'Abbas campaign is hypocritical,'" The Jerusalem Post, Feb. 24, 2010,

[11] "President Peres meets with UN Special Coordinator Serry," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Feb. 24, 2010,
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Government/Communiques/2010/ Pres_Peres_meets_UN_Coordinator_Serry+24-Feb-2010.htm

[12] "Protection of Holy Places Law," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, June 30, 1998,
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Peace+Process/Guide+to+the+ Peace+Process/Protection+of+Holy+Places+Law.htm

[13] Shragai, Nadav, "The Palestinian Authority and the Jewish Holy Sites in the West Bank: Rachel's Tomb as a Test Case," Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Dec. 2, 2007,
http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DBID=1&LNGID= 1&TMID=111&FID=443&PID=0&IID=1923; "Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sept. 28, 1995, www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Peace+Process/Guide+to+the+Peace+ Process/THE+ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN+INTERIM+AGREEMENT.htm

[14] Kershner, Isabel, "Palestinian Christians Look Back on a Year of Troubles," The New York Times, March 11, 2007,
www.nytimes.com/2007/03/11/world/middleeast/ 11christians.html?_r=1; Butcher, Tim, "West Bank: Islamic clerics want to close YMCA," The Telegraph, April 28, 2006,
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/1516911/ West-Bank-Islamic-clerics-want-to-close-YMCA.html

[15] "Protection of Holy Places Law," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, June 30, 1998,
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Peace+Process/Guide+to+the+ Peace+Process/Protection+of+Holy+Places+Law.htm

[16] "Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sept. 28, 1995,
www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Peace+Process/Guide+to+the+Peace +Process/THE+ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN+INTERIM+AGREEMENT.htm

[17] Foreign Ministry Legal Advisor, "Terrorist Penetration and Armed Combat in Holy Places — Legal Perspectives," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, April 11, 2002,
www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Government/Communiques/ 2002/Terrorist%20Penetration%20and%20Armed %20Combat%20in%20Holy%20Pla

[18] Ami-El, Mark, "The Destruction of the Temple Mount Antiquities," JCPA, Aug. 1, 2002; Lefkovits, Etgar, "Temple Mount relics saved from garbage," The Jerusalem Post, April 15, 2005,

[19] Ami-El, Mark, "The Destruction of the Temple Mount Antiquities," JCPA, Aug. 1, 2002; Lefkovits, Etgar, "Temple Mount relics saved from garbage," The Jerusalem Post, April 15, 2005,

[20] Ami-El, Mark, "The Destruction of the Temple Mount Antiquities," JCPA, Aug. 1, 2002; Lefkovits, Etgar, "Temple Mount relics saved from garbage," The Jerusalem Post, April 15, 2005,

[21] Ami-El, Mark, "The Destruction of the Temple Mount Antiquities," JCPA, Aug. 1, 2002; Lefkovits, Etgar, "Temple Mount relics saved from garbage," The Jerusalem Post, April 15, 2005,

[22] Ami-El, Mark, "The Destruction of the Temple Mount Antiquities," JCPA, Aug. 1, 2002; Lefkovits, Etgar, "Temple Mount relics saved from garbage," The Jerusalem Post, April 15, 2005,

[23] Ami-El, Mark, "The Destruction of the Temple Mount Antiquities," JCPA, Aug. 1, 2002; Lefkovits, Etgar, "Temple Mount relics saved from garbage," The Jerusalem Post, April 15, 2005,

[24] Shragai, Nadav"The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem," Jerusalem Viewpoints (JCPA), July-August 2009,
http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DBID= 1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=443&PID=0&IID=3052; Jordanian Annexation of West Bank, Resolution Adopted by the House of Deputies, Amman, 24 April, 1950," Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Foreign+Relations/Israels+ Foreign+Relations+since+1947/1947-1974/10+ Jordanian+Annexation+of+West+Bank-+Resolution+A.htm

[25] Gilbert, Martin "Jerusalem: A Tale of One City," The New Republic, Nov. 14, 1994, accessed via Nexis.com

[26] Shragai, Nadav, "The Palestinian Authority and the Jewish Holy Sites in the West Bank: Rachel's Tomb as a Test Case," Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Dec. 2, 2007,
http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DBID=1& LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=443&PID=0&IID=1923; Kershner, Isbabel, "Pilgrimage to Roots of Faith and Strife," The New York Times, Oct. 23, 2008,
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/world/middleeast/ 24tomb.html?_r=1

[27] Shragai, Nadav, "The Palestinian Authority and the Jewish Holy Sites in the West Bank: Rachel's Tomb as a Test Case," Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Dec. 2, 2007,
http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DBID= 1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=443&PID=0&IID=1923; Dovkants, Keith, "Israel pounds more targets," The Daily Mail,
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4901/Israel-pounds-targets.html. Accessed Feb. 17, 2010

[28] Shragai, Nadav, "The Palestinian Authority and the Jewish Holy Sites in the West Bank: Rachel's Tomb as a Test Case," Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Dec. 2, 2007,
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[29] Waked, Ali, "Shalom slams 'barbaric act'," YnetNews, Sept. 15, 2005,

[30] "YMCA library building in Gaza City blown up," Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center," Feb. 21, 2008,
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[31] Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, "International Religious Freedom Report 2007: Israel and the Occupied Territories," U.S. Department of State, 2007,

[32] Kurshner, Isabel, "Palestinian Christians Look Back on a Year of Troubles," The New York Times, March 11, 2007,
www.nytimes.com/2007/03/11/world/middleeast/ 11christians.html?_r=1; Butcher, Tim, "West Bank: Islamic clerics want to close YMCA," The Telegraph, April 28, 2006,
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[33] "Chronology of the Siege," PBS, April 1, 2002, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/siege/etc/cron.html; Myre, Greg, "Militants Briefly Take Over Bethlehem Building," The New York Times, Dec. 20, 2005,
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/20/international/middleeast/ 20cnd-bethlehem.html

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, February 24, 2010.

This is worth pushing. All of those of you that have the organizations skills or an organization should pull out all the stops to press this into law. Be it letters, petitions, editorials or whatever, start screaming that this law be passed. There is definitely a chance to pass this but the pressure must be enormous and unending until it is law.

I hope I do not have to explain to any of you why this is so important. But in short, once there is such a law, the idea of a PLO Terror State will be dead. Furthermore it will knock the fence sitters onto our side and bring an end to the Oslo treason.

This was written by Hillel Fendel, Senior News Editor of Arutz-7, where this article appeared today.


(Israelnationalnews.com) The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will consider a bill proposed by MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh) on the annexation of Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria (Yesha). The bill was supported last year by Prime Minister Netanyahu himself.

The legislation committee is charged with deciding whether or not the government will back proposed legislation — often the critical factor in whether a given bill will be passed or defeated. It will vote on Katz's new bill at its next weekly meeting, this coming Tuesday (after the Purim holiday).

The bill proposes that the Jewish towns of Judea and Samaria be annexed to Israel, just as eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights have been annexed in the past.

The bill was proposed in the previous Knesset by former MK Benny Elon, whom Katz succeeded, in many respects, in the Knesset. The bill was co-signed at the time by many MKs, among them Binyamin Netanyahu and other current Likud party Cabinet ministers such as Limor Livnat, Silvan Shalom, Yisrael Katz, Gideon Saar, Michael Eitan, Gilad Erdan, Yuval Steinitz, and more. MKs from other parties also signed at the time.

Explaining the proposed law, Katz said, "Following the liberation of parts of our national homeland in the 1967 Six Day War, Israeli law was applied to the areas in which 300,000 Jews live in the liberated neighborhoods of Jerusalem, and to those in which reside 20,000 Jews in the Golan. The time has now come to create a similar situation to the 350,000 Jews of Judea and Samaria. I am sure that the ministers, who co-signed the law last year, will now reaffirm their support and their signatures."

Only Jewish towns annexed

Some 26 MKs are currently co-signed on the bill. No ministers or deputy ministers are among them, in keeping with the requirement that legislation sponsors not serve in those positions. Among the co-signers are MKs Levine, Hotovely, Elkin, Danon and Shama of the Likud; Rotem, Michaeli and Miller of Israel Our Home; Orbach of the Jewish Home; Ariel, Eldad, and Ben-Ari of the National Union; Moses and Maklev of United Torah Judaism, and Ze'ev, Vaknin, and Amsalem of Shas.

The legislation states: "The law, jurisdiction and administration of the State shall apply in the following cities, regional councils, and local councils, and the communities therein," followed by a list of the Jewish cities and councils in Judea and Samaria: "Oranit, Alfei Menashe, Elkanah, Efrat, Ariel, Beit El, Beit Aryeh-Ofarim, Beitar Illit, Mateh Binyamin, Jordan Valley, Givat Ze'ev, Gush Etzion, Har Adar, Mt. Hevron, Dead Sea Scrolls, Modiin Illit, Maaleh Adumim, Maaleh Ephraim, Emanuel, Kedumim, Kiryat Arba, Karnei Shomron, and Shomron."

The proposal emphasizes that it does not call for the annexation of all of Judea and Samaria to the State of Israel, but only of the Jewish towns there and their residents. Acknowledging that most or all of the Arabs in Judea and Samaria are now subject to Palestinian Authority law, it states, "The current situation creates an absurdity, in that the only citizens who are discriminated against are the Israelis — who must pay income tax and various fees, but do not receive all the rights of citizens; they are tried [in certain cases] in military courts, not civilian ones."

"The Knesset has already passed several measures applying parts of Israeli law to the Jewish towns in Yesha [Judea and Samaria]," the proposal continues, "but not in a uniform, systematic manner. As [former Meretz party MK] Prof. Amnon Rubenstein has written in his book entitled Constitutional Law: 'From a logical standpoint, it would be simpler if the Army administration [that officially governs Judea and Samaria] would apply Israel law in totality on all the Jewish local councils, instead of this patch-up job the government currently utilizes.'"

"This legislation is hereby proposed in order to stop the discrimination against the Israeli citizens and in order to create uniformity in the law."

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, February 24, 2010.


Perhaps a thousand American Jews object to Israel's law of return. The law grants immediate citizenship to would-be immigrants whom it defines as "Jewish." Gentiles may and do apply for citizenship, but for them it is not granted automatically. Some left wing, Jewish protesters call the law racist. Dr. Amy Kaplan, an English professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a co-founder of the 'Breaking the Law of Return' campaign, calls Arabs who had lived in Israel as discriminated against, because the law of return does not apply to them.

Bar Ilan University political scientist Dr. Gerald Steinberg and Hebrew University political scientist Dr. Moshe Maor reject the protest as just another angle in a campaign to overthrow Israel, rather than a legitimate subject. Some of the protesters admit they are gunning for Israel for other reasons.

Dr. Maor reminds us that it was the United Nations that recommended a separate state for the Jewish people. Dr. Steinberg added, "If there was a French group that denied the right of the French to live in France and demanded that the French language be replaced by a kind of international culture it would get absolutely no publicity," he added. "But because it's Israel it gets attention." (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/23).

There is a international movement for denigration, defamation, and disintegration of Israel as a scapegoat on whose innocent back the world loads its self-indulged sins and blames the tarnished goat. (Tarnished with gornisht.) That movement constantly come up with another slander, falsification of history, or peculiar legal slant in order to attack Israel. This is a piling on by bullies that incorporates misguided idealists, people who hate their civilization, Jews who appease the Left in order to be accepted by it, Arabs seeking genocide, and other antisemites.

In this movement, the self-declared idealists work with totalitarians who commit real and serious crimes against humanity and with real bigots, but fail to repudiate them. What could be more evil?

The movement is phony. Now let's discuss the law of return, so as leave no doubt about its decency. It is one of the most decent endeavors in history.

An indicator of ethical belief is consistency in applying it. The anti-Zionist movement lacks such consistency. Consider its human rights and legal concept that the Law of Return is racist. Many countries have a similar law. Do the protesters object to those countries' policies? No. Only to the Jewish state's policy. Then their objection is not on principle about racism, but to what Jews do. Judeophobia!

Some European countries have laws of return (and crosses in their flags). Many Arab states bar Jews from becoming citizens (and Muslim symbols in their flags). Some bar most Jews from visiting. Millions of their people hate foreigners. Some Arab regimes won't admit foreign Arab immigrants as citizens, even their children and for generations. They make Islam the official religion and may bar public display of other religions, just as they did in the middle ages. They may oppress other nationalities and religions, such as the Kurds, Berbers, Copts, Assyrians, to the point of genocide. Come to think of it, equal citizenship in such countries is not that great.

Nationalism is natural, though under Islam, less so. Muslim regimes worry about rebellion, so they may repress groups less likely to be loyal to them. Leftists try to apply the principle of national self-determination to western Palestinian Arabs, who are not a nationality, but deny self-determination to the Jews. Inconsistent.

The re-establishment of the State of Israel was prepared for by the Palestine Mandate, which recognized the Jewish people's historic connection with the Land of Israel (of which it had been deprived by imperialism, not the least of which was Muslim Arab imperialism). The Mandate, endorsed by the UN, encouraged their return. Israel became a place of refuge for millions of persecuted Jews, including from Arab states. It still is needed for that. The law of return merely implements the promise of Zionism, whose purpose of reunification in the holy land and homeland as well as a safe harbor for a world that still persecutes Jews. What could be more humane?

Is the prospect of genocide by Palestinian Arabs far-fetched? No, there is precedent for it. They tried before. Although the UN also recommended a separate Arab state, the Zionists did not ask Arabs to leave for it, they said the Arabs may stay. Instead, the Arabs demanded everything and attempted to murder and expel the Jews, lost, and fled.

Have the Palestinian Arabs reformed? No. They hate the Jews more. They now claim that their own, voluntary flight after their attempt at genocide was instead a Zionist attempt to dispossess them. Remember the strong hold that vengeance has upon the Arabs!

What is the claim of the Palestinian Arabs to the area? Is it that ancient Arabs conquered the area? The Hebrews conquered it both before and after them. The Arabs lost control more than a thousand years ago. Nor was it ever an important center to them, including when Jordan re-conquered old Jerusalem in 1948. When World War I ended the Turkish Empire, which had ruled most of the Arabs, the victors let the Arabs have most of the Mideast and the Jews their corner of it. Fair enough, except to the Kurds and Berbers.

Now suppose the law of return were overturned. Millions of Arabs would flood in. They would end Jewish self-determination. Taking their cue from Saddam vis-à-vis the Kurds or Sudan vis-à-vis the black Muslim Sudanese, the new Arab majority probably would expel and murder the millions of Jews there. Jihad would attain a big victory. What could be more inhumane?

Is mass-murder what these anti-Zionists want or cannot foresee? Some principles, they have!


King Abdullah Of Jordan (AP/Michel Euler)

"Jordan's King Abdullah warned the Archbishop of Canterbury on Sunday that Israel threatens to evict Muslims and Christians from eastern Jerusalem. The king also said Jordan will act to protect non-Jewish holy sites in the Palestinian Authority area,"

Jordan had signed an armistice agreement in 1949 that pledged to keep religious sites accessible, including the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives. How well did the King's dynasty protect Christians in Jerusalem when it seized the Old City in 1948?

Jordan banned Christian purchases of property in Jerusalem, and required Christian schools to teach the Koran and to close on Fridays instead of on Sundays. Jordan restricted Christian access to Christian holy sites in the Old City and Bethlehem to the Easter and Christmas holy days and only to visiting dignitaries. By 1967, the 25,000 Christians in Jerusalem in 1948 had dwindled to 13,000.

The Jordanian Army also denied Jews access to their religious holy sites (and expelled all Jews from the Old City). Jordan desecrated the Mount of Olives cemetery.

In 1967, Israel liberated the Old City and re-opened holy sites to Christians (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/23).

What does the King mean, Israel intends to evict Muslims and Christians from Jerusalem? It implies a program of religious apartheid that Israel does not have but that the Palestinian Authority has for Jews and applies gradually to Christians.

What is the situation? Some Arabs fleeing the Palestinian Authority sneak into Jerusalem. There would be nothing wrong with deporting them, and much risk with retaining them.

Many Arabs build illegally in Jerusalem as well as in Judea-Samaria and Israel, often on land they do not own. Some Arabs sell land to Jews, at risk of the apartheid Palestinian Authority executing them for it. If word gets out, those Arabs deny the sale. the leftist Israeli prosecutors and judges tend to oust the Jewish purchasers until years of litigation and agitation have passed. Some Jews built on purchased or state land they were allotted, went through most of the stages of permits, but when the Defense Minister arbitrarily and for politics does not not issue the final permit, the Left complains mightily that the illegal houses of Jews should be demolished.

The local and municipal governments of Israel issue demolition orders for some of those buildings. If the houses are inhabited by Arabs, the inside Left and the outside world call Israel discriminatory. Actually, it is those critics who are discriminatory, wanting Israel to over-enforce laws against Jews and under-enforce laws against Arabs.

Now think of King Abdullah interfering by falsely claiming the building scofflaws need protection and issuing a veiled threat. Isn't that irresponsibly demagogic? Well, that is jihad. Incidentally, much of his armament is purchased by U.S. grants.


Smugglers and terrorists tend to traverse deserts and other areas where security is scant. Near the Judean Desert and outside the security barrier, two Jewish communities, Beit Yatir and Shani-Livnah, have been guarded by the IDF for a quarter-century. This week the Army informed the communities that it would stop guarding them by day's end. This was an economy measure.

The reduction in security there may attract terrorists (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/23).

Why no notice?


Dubai police chief with photos (AP/Dubai Ruler's Media Office)

European countries have been questioning Israeli ambassadors about forged European passports used by the Dubai hit squad. Much of the media has condemned Israel.

Israel's Foreign Minister Lieberman notes that the media reports cite no evidence. Although, as per usual Israeli policy, he neither confirms nor denies the accusations, he asks why they accuse Israel and whether the accusation isn't part of Mideastern hostility to Israel http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/23).

There is sufficient evidence for suspicion but not for condemnation. At least some of the passports were in the name of Israelis from Europe, and Israel once before had used forged British passports, though it later pledged not to.

On the other hand, the slain Hamas leader had other enemies, they probably would like to implicate Israel.

We'll have to wait and see.


Israel's Foreign Ministry has called the anti-Israel scandal, that a returning J Street tour for Members of Congress laid at Israel's feet, a fabrication.

J Street claimed that the Deputy Foreign Minister boycotted the delegation and blacklisted it with the government. Then, said J Street, Deputy Min. Ayalon hastily apologized to the group.

Barukh Binah, Foreign Ministry deputy director-general and head of its North America Division, denied there was any apology, because there was nothing to apologize for. Ayalon had not objected to meeting with the group; neither was he on their schedule; nor had he obstructed their meeting with other officials.

A Foreign Ministry officials thinks that J Street exploited the Members of Congress to generate headlines that it could use in fund raising (www.imra.org.il, 2/22).

There are plots, but just as often there are misunderstandings. Unfortunately, people tend to see deliberate affront in them, when predisposed to dislike the other party. Too soon for a conclusion about this story.


Here is a long, verbatim story of what the Palestinian Authority really is like, how the U.S. and Israeli politics operate. It is not a pretty picture that Israel's great journalist, Caroline Glick, paints. It demonstrates that the Palestinian Authority is not worth supporting, that it engages in extra-judicial killing for sordid reasons, that the government of Israel and its politics harms the Jewish cause, and that U.S. foreign aid is another instance of government profligacy.

Israel's is the only government that can force the rest of the world to recognize that Abbas is not an ally.

Fahmi Shabaneh is an odd candidate for dissident status. Shabaneh is a Jerusalemite who joined the Palestinian Authority's General Intelligence Service in 1994.

Working for PA head Mahmoud Abbas and GIS commander Tawfik Tirawi, Shabaneh was tasked with investigating Arab Jerusalemites suspected of selling land to Jews. Such sales are a capital offense in the PA. Since 1994 scores of Arabs have been the victims of extra-judicial executions after having been fingered by the likes of Shabaneh.

A few years ago, Abbas and Tirawi gave Shabaneh a new assignment. They put him in charge of a unit responsible for investigating corrupt activities carried out by PA officials. They probably assumed a team player like Shabaneh understood what he was supposed to do.

Just as Abbas's predecessor, Yasser Arafat, reportedly had full dossiers on all of his underlings and used damning information to keep them loyal to him, so Abbas probably believed that Shabaneh's information was his to use or ignore as he saw fit.

For a while, Abbas's faith was well-placed. Shabaneh collected massive amounts of information on senior PA officials detailing their illegal activities. These activities included the theft of hundreds of millions of dollars in international aid; illegal seizure of land and homes; and monetary and sexual extortion of their fellow Palestinians.

Over time, Shabaneh became disillusioned with his boss. Abbas appointed him to his job around the time he was elected PA head in 2005. Abbas ran on an anti-corruption platform. Shabaneh's information demonstrated that Abbas presided over a criminal syndicate posing as a government. And yet rather than arrest his corrupt, criminal associates Abbas promoted them.

Abbas continued promoting his corrupt colleagues even after Hamas's 2006 electoral victory. That win owed to a significant degree to the widespread public revulsion with Fatah's rampant corruption.

With Israel and the US lining up to support him after the Hamas victory, Abbas continued to turn a blind eye to his colleagues' criminality. [With] his new status as the irreplaceable "moderate," he allowed his advisers and colleagues to continue enriching themselves with the international donor funds that skyrocketed after Hamas's victory.

Since 2006, despite the billions of dollars in international aid showered on Fatah, Hamas has consistently led Fatah in opinion polls. Rather than clean up their act, Abbas and his Fatah colleagues have sought to ingratiate themselves with their public by ratcheting up their incitement against Israel. And since Abbas has been deemed irreplaceable, the same West that turns a blind eye to his corruption, refuses to criticize his encouragement of terrorism. And this makes sense. How can the West question the only thing standing in the way of a Hamas takeover of Judea and Samaria?

Recently, Shabaneh decided he had had enough. The time had come to expose what he knows. But he ran into an unanticipated difficulty. No one wanted to know. As he put it, Arab and Western journalists wouldn't touch his story for fear of being "punished" by the PA.

In his words, Western journalists "don't want to hear negative things about Fatah and Abbas."

Lacking other options, Shabaneh brought his information to The Jerusalem Post's Khaled Abu Toameh.

On January 29, the Post published Abu Toameh's interview with Shabaneh on our front page. Among other impressive scoops, Shabaneh related that Abbas's associates purloined $3.2 million in cash that the US gave Abbas ahead of the 2006 elections. He told Abu Toameh how PA officials who were almost penniless in 1994 now have tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars in their private accounts. He related how he watched in horror as Abbas promoted the very officials he reported on. And he showed Abu Toameh a video of Abbas's chief of staff Rafik Husseini naked in the bedroom of a Christian woman who sought employment with the PA.

If Shabaneh's stories were about Israeli or Western officials, there is no doubt that they would have been picked up by every self-respecting news organization in the world. If he had been talking about Israelis, officials from Washington to Brussels to the UN would be loudly calling for official investigations. But since he was talking about the Palestinians, no one cared.

The State Department had nothing to say. The EU had nothing to say. The New York Times acted as if his revelations were about nothing more than a sex scandal.

As for Abbas and his cronies, they were quick to blame the Jews. They accused Shabaneh — their trusted henchman when it came to land sales to Jews — of being an Israeli agent. And when Channel 10 announced it was broadcasting Husseini's romp in the sack, Abbas demanded that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu bar the broadcast, (apparently forgetting that unlike his PA-controlled media, Israel's media organs are free).

SHABANEH'S ODYSSEY from PA regime loyalist to dissident is an interesting tale. But what is more noteworthy than his personal journey is the world's indifference to his revelations.

Just as the mountains of evidence that Fatah officials — including Shabaneh's boss Tirawi — have been actively involved in terrorist attacks against Israel have been systematically ignored by successive US administrations, Israeli governments and EU foreign policy chiefs, so no one wants to think about the fact that Fatah is a criminal syndicate. The implications are too devastating.

Since at least 1994, successive US administrations goaded by the EU have made supporting Fatah and the PA the centerpiece of their Middle East policy. They want to receive proof that Fatah is a terrorist organization that operates like a criminal organization like they want — in the immortal words of former EU Middle East envoy Christopher Patten — "a hole in [their] head."

As for the Western media, their lack of interest in Shabaneh's revelation serves as a reminder of just how mendacious much of the reportage about the Palestinians and Israel is. For 16 years, the American and European media have turned blind eyes to Palestinian misbehavior while expansively reporting every allegation against Israel — no matter how flimsy or obviously false. When the history of the media's coverage of the Middle East is written it will constitute one of the darkest chapters in Western media history.

But while the American and European allegiance to the fable of Fatah as the anchor of the two-state solution accounts for the indifference of both to Shabaneh's disclosures, what accounts for the Netanyahu government's behavior in this matter?

Shortly after the Post first published Shabaneh's story, the PA issued an arrest warrant against him. He was charged among other things with "harming the national interests" of the Palestinians.

But Abbas's henchmen couldn't put their hands on him. Israel had already arrested him.

Shabaneh was booked for among other things, illegally working for the PA. It is indeed illegal for Israeli residents to work for the PA. But oddly, although Israeli authorities have known whom Shabaneh worked for since 1994, until his disclosures were made public, they never saw any pressing need to arrest or prosecute him.

Official Israel has nothing to say about Shabaneh's information. Rather, in the wake of his disclosures, everyone from Netanyahu to Defense Minister Ehud Barak has continued to proclaim daily their dedication to reaching a peace accord with Abbas. This even as Abbas and his cronies accuse Israel of using the "traitorous" Shabaneh to pressure Abbas into negotiating with Israel.

There are two explanations for Israel's behavior. First, there is the fact that the presence of Barak and his Labor Party in the government makes it impossible for Netanyahu and his Likud Party to abandon the failed two-state paradigm of dealing the PA. If Netanyahu and his colleagues were to point out that the PA is a kleptocracy and its senior officials enable terror and escalate incitement to deflect their public's attention away from their criminality, (as well as because they want to destroy Israel), then Labor may bolt the coalition.

Beyond that, there is no doubt that an Israeli denunciation of Abbas and his mafia would enrage the US and EU. Apparently, Netanyahu — who to please President Barack Obama accepted the two-state paradigm in spite of the fact that he opposes it, and suspended Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria despite the fact that he knows doing this is wrong — is loathe to pick a fight by pointing out the obvious fact that the PA is a corrupt band of oppressive thieves.

Shabaneh argues that due to PA corruption, Hamas remains the preferred alternative for Palestinians in Judea and Samaria. In his view, the only reason Hamas has yet to take over Judea and Samaria is the IDF presence in the areas.

The strategic implications of his statement are clear. Far from being a bulwark against Hamas, Abbas empowers the Iranian-backed jihadist force. The only bulwark against Hamas is Israel.

WHAT THIS means is that Israel must end its support for Abbas. Every day he remains in power, Abbas perpetuates a myth of Palestinian moderation. As a supposed moderate, he claims that Israel should curtail its counter terror operations and let his own "moderate" forces take over.

To strengthen Abbas, the US pressures Israel to curtail its counter terror operations in Judea and Samaria. To please the US, Israel in turn cuts back its operations.

Abbas's men fight Hamas, but they also terrorize journalists, merchants and plain civilians who fall in their path, and so strengthen Hamas. To ratchet up public support for Fatah, Abbas escalates PA incitement against Israel. This then encourages his own forces to attack Israelis — as happened last week when one of his security officers murdered IDF St.-Sgt. Maj. Ihab Khatib. And so it goes.

It is clear that Barak will threaten to bolt the coalition if Netanyahu decides to cut off Abbas. But if he left, where would he go? Barak has nowhere to go. He will not be reelected to lead his party. And if Labor leaves the coalition, Netanyahu would still be far from losing his majority in Knesset.

As for angering the White House, the fact of the matter is that by pointing out that Abbas is not a credible leader, Israel will make it more difficult for Obama and his advisers to coerce Israel into making further concessions that will only further empower Hamas.

Shabaneh told the Post that he fully expects the PA to try to kill him. But in a way, the yawns that greeted his story are his best life insurance policy. Until the world stops believing that Fatah is indispensable, no one will listen to the Shabanehs of the world and so the PA has no reason to kill him.

Just as the Post was the only media organ that would publish his story, so the Israeli government is the only government that can force the rest of the world to recognize that Abbas is not an ally. But to do that, the government itself must finally break with the fairy tale of Fatah moderation (via www.imra.org.il, 2/22).

Iran's President Ahmadinejad said, today, that capitalism is on the verge of collapse (www.imra.org.il, 2/22)

Meanwhile, American analysts report that Iran's economy is failing badly. More companies and countries are disinvesting from it since the last time I reported that.

I think that it is not so much that capitalism is collapsing, as that Europe and the U.S. over-restrict it, over-tax it, and over-spend. If they reform, the system would revive.


Syria condemns Israel's inclusion in its list of national sites to preserve the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb. Syria called the designation "aggression" and a violation of international law (www.imra.org.il, 2/23).

An over-reaction. "Aggression" to renovate and preserve the Hebron site that Israel shares with Muslims? "Violation of international law," although the Oslo Accords name Rachel's Tomb as a Jewish site and recognize the status quo of the Hebron site? (IMRA displayed the relevant portions of the Oslo Accords, 2/23.)

IMRA also provided evidence that the Palestinian Arabs concocted the story of Rachel's Tomb being a mosque. "The 'Beit-ul-Moqaddas' designation of Rachel's Tomb was first invented in 1996 — that's14 years ago." The Bible, written a millennium before Islam was declared, describes the burial of the Hebrew patriarchs and matriarchs in Hebron. That Muslims want to consider such sites also holy to them should not mean that they then may bar them to the original people who commemorate them. But the Arabs are exclusivist about it. Hence, the hasty designation of other religions' holy sites as mosques.

Incidentally, IMRA points out that whatever care Israel takes of the sites does not preclude Israel's ceding them as part of a final status agreement. Therefore, the Arab objection to their listing is propaganda and rabble-rousing, unjustified. If Israel did cede them, the Muslim Arabs undoubtedly would deprive Jews of their rights, as threatened by Muslim religious leaders and as practiced by centuries of Islamic rule and by violations of agreements by Jordan and the PLO.


Lead excavator points to site (AP/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

Hebrew University archaeologists found an 18-foot high, 210-foot long section of a wall built in the time of King Solomon and probably at his direction. It is in the Ophel area between the City of David and the Temple Mount's southern wall.

"Uncovered in the city wall complex are: an inner gatehouse for access into the royal quarter of the city, a royal structure adjacent to the gatehouse, and a corner tower that overlooks a substantial section of the adjacent Kidron valley."

"'The city wall that has been uncovered testifies to a ruling presence. Its strength and form of construction indicate a high level of engineering', excavation director Mazar said. 'The city wall is at the eastern end of the Ophel area in a high, strategic location atop the western slope of the Kidron valley.'"

"A comparison of this latest finding with city walls and gates from the period of the First Temple, as well as pottery found at the site, enable us to postulate with a great degree of assurance that the wall that has been revealed is that which was built by King Solomon in Jerusalem in the latter part of the tenth century B.C.E.," said Mazar

"This is the first time that a structure from that time has been found that may correlate with written descriptions of Solomon's building in Jerusalem," she added. "The Bible tells us that Solomon built — with the assistance of the Phoenicians, who were outstanding builders — the Temple and his new palace and surrounded them with a city, most probably connected to the more ancient wall of the City of David." Mazar specifically cites the third chapter of the First Books of Kings where it refers to "until he (Solomon) had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about."

"The six-meter-high gatehouse of the uncovered city wall complex is built in a style typical of those from the period of the First Temple like Megiddo, Beersheva and Ashdod."

"Part of the city wall complex served as commercial space and part as security stations," explained Mazar. Within the courtyard of the large tower there were widespread public activities, she said. It served as a public meeting ground, as a place for conducting commercial activities and cult activities, and as a location for economic and legal activities."

"Pottery shards discovered within the fill of the lowest floor of the royal building near the gatehouse also testify to the dating of the complex to the 10th century B.C.E. Found on the floor were remnants of large storage jars, 1.15 meters in height, that survived destruction by fire and that were found in rooms that apparently served as storage areas on the ground floor of the building. On one of the jars there is a partial inscription in ancient Hebrew indicating it belonged to a high-level government official."

" In addition to the pottery shards, cult figurines were also found in the area, as were seal impressions on jar handles with the word "to the king," testifying to their usage within the monarchy. Also found were seal impressions (bullae) with Hebrew names, also indicating the royal nature of the structure." (www.imra.org.il, 2/22).

Although Palestinian Arabs deny there is evidence for an ancient Hebrew presence there, in order to insinuate their own claims for the area, more and more evidence keeps getting uncovered. I have seen much of it.

You will note that, as usual, the writing found is Hebrew and not Arabic. This site's consistency with the Bible is telling.

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Posted by Seth J. Frantzman, February 24, 2010.

The EU, realizing it cannot get Israel to change its laws through diplomatic means, has resorted to creating an internal lobby — through lavish funding of NGOs — to get Israel to bend.

Ever since the publication of John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt's The Israel Lobby there has been much talk of the "lobby." In England mainstream and respectable Channel 4 aired an entire program entitled Inside Britain's Israel Lobby which claimed the "lobby" "owns" the Conservative Party. Amidst all the talk of an Israel lobby in the West, people have ignored the growth of a lobby located in the Holy Land itself, the European lobby in Israel.

The European Parliament adopted the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) in 1994. This was part of the European Union's broader belief that "democracy and human rights are universal values that should be vigorously promoted around the world." The initiative was supposed to promote democratization through the promotion of "fair and free" elections and mainstreaming "democratic values" through "accountability, transparency and equality."

In 2007, a subtle change in the name of the EIDHR was made. The word "initiative" was changed to "instrument." This seemingly banal change may be a result of semantic arguments among EU staffers but it puts in words the increasingly meddlesome way the EU has chosen to work within Israel.

The EU may have realized during the second intifada that its concerns were not being listened to. Perhaps they heeded the increasingly alarmist statements of Israelis themselves, such as former Haaretz editor David Landau who in 2007 told US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice that the US needed to "rape" Israel into a settlement with the Palestinians. Regardless of the exact cause, in 2002 the European Union began lavishly funding non-governmental organizations in Israel. It claimed that it was doing this because of "the vital contribution made by NGOs to the promotion and protection of the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law."

Between 2002 and 2008, a total of $14 million was granted to various Israeli NGOs through the EIDHR. My investigation of the NGOs that received funding revealed that the lion's share of the money benefited two groups: Palestinians and Israeli Arabs. $5.5 million was directed specifically to causes for Palestinians such as the Association for Civil Rights in Israel's project "Building a Better Future: Empowering the Palestinian Residents of East Jerusalem to access their planning and house [sic] rights" which received $135,000. A further $7m. went specifically to programs that benefit only Israeli Arabs such as the al-Awna fund's "Master Plan for the Unrecognized Beduin Villages: Securing minority rights for housing and social services" which received $263,000. Even when the EIDHR funded programs for women it did so only for programs for Beduin or Israeli Arab women, except for a token $100,000 it gave to an organization called Isha le Isha (Woman to Woman) which helps fight women trafficking.

There was not one cent directed specifically towards any of the numerous and diverse Jewish communities in Israel: Ethiopians, Russians, Yemenites, Persians or Jews from the Caucasus. The only mention of Jewish citizens as potential recipients was in a grant to the Mossawa Center, the advocacy center for Arab citizens in Israel. It received $402,000 for a project that "aims to combat racism and transform inter-communal relations between target groups who include the Jewish majority, Arab minority and ethnic groups including the Russian, Ethiopian, Mizrahi and Reform Jewish communities."

Around $73,000 was directed towards former IDF soldiers. It wasn't to help them with trauma or reward them for a "shared citizenship." It was to get them to "break the silence" about what they witnessed while in the army, to provide testimony that might lead to a process whereby European courts might put the soldiers or their officers on trial for war crimes. Of course that is not what Breaking the Silence stated for the public. They described their project as "personal encounters with former Israeli combat soldiers."

THE EIDHR's "instrument" to affect Israeli policy is merely the tip of the iceberg. In its November 2009 report "Trojan Horse: The impact of European government funding for Israeli NGOs" NGO Monitor illustrated that individual European embassies in Israel and other EU projects give lavishly to Israeli NGOs, sometimes even making up the majority of their budgets. In fact "foreign-funded local NGOs are responsible for a significant portion of the petitions brought before the Israeli High Court of Justice," says the report.

The EU, realizing it could not get Israel to change its laws through diplomatic means, has resorted to creating an internal lobby within Israel to get Israel to bend to the will of Europe.

Israel's human rights organizations would counter that it is not important where their money comes from, their cause is just. It is also true that some Israeli human rights organizations view everything through the lens of the conflict, meaning they apply only for projects involving Palestinians or "Palestinian citizens of Israel" and don't have an interest in the rights of the Jewish population of the country.

Shatil, which claims to help Ethiopian Jews, applied for $1m. for Beduin and $1m. "to educate and raise awareness among the Arab residents of Israel's five Jewish/Arab mixed cities" and nothing for the Ethiopians.

The question is whether the EU funding of these organizations constitutes the creation of a shadow lobby. The EIDHR doesn't directly sue Israel on behalf of the freedom of movement of Palestinians. Instead it funds local NGOs that do. Furthermore the EIDHR sends $8.4m. in funding directly to NGOs in the Palestinian territories on top of the money it gives to Israeli NGOs whose projects only benefit Palestinians.

In every other country in the world, the EIDHR directs its funding towards large-scale projects supporting "democracy" and "civil society." In Egypt it gave $10m. (2003-2008), none of which went specifically towards projects for the minority Coptic Christians.

It is time for those, especially in Europe, who speak about a "Jewish/Israel" lobby to recognize that for eight years Europe has directed a concerted effort towards establishing a European lobby in Israel that discriminates against its Jewish population and supports some radical NGOs.

Seth Frantzman is a PhD researcher at the Hebrew University. This appeared in the Jerusalem Postt

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Posted by Ari Bussel, February 24, 2010.

Ask an Israeli Arab, considered a minority with equal rights in the Jewish State, if she or he would prefer to live in Israel or in any Arab state, and the overwhelming answer be a resounding YES. Any non-Israeli Arab would always prefer to be treated IN ISRAEL if ill or injured. Occupation or not, propaganda aside, the truth is quite telling.

As bad or as challenging as life may be in Israel, Arabs still prefer to live there. Christians come to escape persecution under Muslim rule and Muslims because they know what is good for them, not what the Arab American "anti-defamation league" or the "Council on American-Islamic Relations" decides from afar.

Life in the Middle East is challenging. The area, mostly a desert, still resembles a nomadic society of the seventh century dressed up with multi-billion dollar Dubai-like construction projects. Outwardly modern, yet rotten and medieval inside.

Honor killings, murder of those with whom one disagrees, subjugation of women, depravation of liberty and freedom, torture, beheadings, and the list goes on and on. Most of us realize we live in the 21st Century AD and would not want to move backwards to a primitive, nomadic society. We prefer life as it is, with all the faults and ills of modern-day society.

A new movie depicts Arab (Muslim) society in Israel. As we review the movie in the context of today's Middle East, let us keep in mind the Israeli Police Commissioner's statement today: "The increasing involvement of Israeli Arabs in violent crimes in proportions and scope which are beyond their representation in society is becoming increasingly more alarming. ... The criminals have no localities or boundaries, little concern to human life, they take over legal markets and national infrastructure, they join forces with and infiltrate into government systems, threaten judges, police officers, lawyers, municipal workers and heads of municipalities ...."

Let us visit the system of Israeli Arabs expansion into the criminal world from the viewpoint of Arab society itself. Laemmle, a theater chain in Los Angeles that brings foreign films to a wide, eclectic audience, cosponsored the screening. The invitation was innocent enough. It read in part:

Lost in the international debate on the Israeli-Palestinian question is the fact that Israel has become a complex multicultural society. No film makes that more evident than the gritty crime drama Ajami — Israel's strong entry into this season's Oscar race.

Shot with mostly non-professional actors by [a Christian] Arab and Jewish co-directors Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, the film is almost entirely in Arabic and is a harsh reality-check on the country's healthcare system, relations between police and the citizenry, inter-Arab gang rivalries, and the rift that separates Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Ajami is Israel's entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in the upcoming Academy Awards in Los Angeles. While Israel is yet to win an Oscar in this category, she was previously nominated, including last year for the animated film Waltz with Bashir and a year earlier for Beaufort.

Ajami is an eye-opener. It exposes us to the New Israeli Arab and to Arab society where there is little, if any, meaning for human life. A young man enters a café and starts shooting in the air, a normal manner of expression among Palestinians, sometimes used to vent anger, sadness or a cause for celebration. We are told the reason for this particular shooting was to extract protection money from the owner.

The owner of the café takes out a gun and shoots the shooter. It was done in self-defense, but ignited a "cycle of violence," a favorite term by terrorists and their cohorts. Apparently it was the perpetrator's "RIGHT" to do as he pleases, to threaten and endanger other people's lives, and now it is his and his family's "RIGHT" to demand justice, the Arab way.

The café and adjoining home are set afire and the owner is shot. A 15-year-old boy is shot to death in broad day light, mistaken for the brother of the Café owner. He was just an innocent neighbor, his life wasted in a short moment. The family itself lives in fear for there are still other members that can be executed until the primal urge of revenge is satisfied.

Life has no meaning; the animalistic urge to kill rules. We are exposed to a "Sulcha," a gathering in front of an elder (in this instance a clergy person) during which negotiations take place. The loss of ability to bear children, paralysis, loss of future income etc. are taken into account, and when the final tally is taken, a certain discount is extended "in honor of god." I did not quite understand if this is the take of the clergyperson or if indeed it is for Allah. Either way, an utterly and completely convoluted world is depicted.

In the movie, multiple interlinked stories are told in chapters. They are intertwined, disjoint parts are repeated from different angles and yet move us forward. There is actual friendship (in which the hatred of the Jews is the greatest uniting factor), constant references to a god (devoid, apparently, from any connection to good and benevolent behavior of the "believers") and a human touch — a son who will do anything to save his dying mother and a family which takes (physical) care of a paralyzed grandfather.

But most importantly, we are exposed to a culture we do not know, a culture that exists within Israeli society (Israeli Arabs and Bedouin) and throughout the Muslim countries. There is a Christian minority among them, but recent history has shown that Christianity is not tolerated under Muslim rule, and most Christians fled from Lebanon — where once they constituted a majority — and even from their holiest city — Bethlehem, birthplace of Christ. In the movie, a young Christian Arab woman can never marry the Muslim youth she loves, because her father will beat her to death.

The movie itself is powerful, raw and bloody. It depicts segments of Israeli society living in a modern, law-abiding country, yet completely detached. Hebrew words intermingled in their spoken Arabic, yet the predominant culture is that of the slums. It shows elements of terror, criminals and those who have no concern or regard for law and order. A judge unto their own, as the Hebrew saying goes: "every violent person, a man."

To an Israeli, the movie was a surprise. It portrays life as it is, highlighting the police struggle against a community that prefers to protect itself rather than vomit from within its midst narcotic dealers; terrorism and its aftermath; kidnapping an Israeli soldier and the devastation to his family; the craving for separation from Israel by creating a Palestinian state on its ruins yet the ongoing, imperative need to be in Israel, to work and earn a living there and to utilize the medical and other services she has to offer.

Since the parts are seemingly disjointed, at moments we are left with our imagination running wild, high on adrenaline. In one scene, we are led to believe a brutal police officer shoots an Arab youth at close range, and we are ready to blame police brutality, the Israeli atrocities, the Zionist Occupation and on. In the next chapter, as we look at the scene from a different camera and a wider angle the identity of the true shooter is revealed: an Arab boy, emotionally unstable or easily influenced and frightened. The viewer who build up anger is thus disillusioned, left without Israel to blame. Without an outlet, the active participant's anger is reignited and Israel is once again to blame.

Nothing in this movie is anti Israel. On the contrary, she is forced to deal with Arab culture from the Arabs' own perspective, portrayed as the worse of American gangs where drugs are a means of income, violence begets violence, one's honor is paramount and there is a total disrespect of that we call "normal." Modern Western culture clashes with a pseudo barbaric lifestyle brought to a screen near you compliments of an Israeli Oscar contender.

It is for this reason the movie will not be shown or have wide release or distribution in Arab states. First, it does not attack Israel (although this can be easily fixed by twisting facts and transposing reality, blaming Israel for all of society's ills). Second, it shows things as they truly are, and the Muslims will do everything possible to prevent the truth from being shown. They live in their make-believe world and speak differently in English and in Arabic. For Western ears they deplore murder, yet clergymen readily justify it in sermons in Arabic, particularly murder against Pigs and Apes (a.k.a. Jews and other non-believers).

Ajami will expose viewers to a facet of life we normally try to avoid. Egregious realities like a neighbor that asks you repeatedly to keep quiet. Eventually he warns he will call the authorities. How do you respond? Take a knife and stab him once, twice, three times in the chest and abdomen until he falls dead? His daughter is about your age. You have lived together for years.

It is a pity that a film that goes beyond the so-called "Conflict" (existence of the Jewish State) is degraded by many to a propaganda piece it was never meant to be. If the movie were not eye-opener enough, then its usage against Israel reinforces that we live in dangerous times. Times when people skew and manipulate, portray facts to fit their agenda, lie and deceive or do anything necessary to destroy a way of life, the Western way of life, our way of life.

In the series "Postcards from Israel," Ari Bussel and Norma Zager invite readers throughout the world to join them as they present reports from Israel as seen by two sets of eyes: Bussel's on the ground, Zager's counter-point from home. Israel and the United States are inter-related — the two countries we hold dearest to our hearts — and so is this "point — counter-point" presentation that has, since 2008, become part of our lives. Contact them by mail at aribussel@gmail.com

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Posted by Truth Provider, February 23, 2010.

Demonizing Israel is no longer a Palestinian/Muslim and their followers blood sport in universities and town squares across America, it is moving into main street, poisoning even such organizations as the US Presbyterian Church.

First, watch the following video which defines the new kind of anti-Semitism.

Then heed the call to action about the US Presbyterian Church renewed intention to do just that, demonize Israel.




Israel is being
judged by a Double Standard

Educate yourself and stand up for Israel!  

To see: Crossing the Line: The Intifada comes to campus, click here.

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Posted by Susana K-M, February 23, 2010.

List of religious sites holy to Christians already or potentially under Palestinian control

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday (Feb. 21) that he would include two holy sites in the West Bank as part of a comprehensive plan to preserve Israel's national heritage and religious sites.[1]

Shortly before the $5.3 million (NIS 20 million) plan was approved, Netanyahu said, "Today, we are due to approve a comprehensive plan, the largest ever, to strengthen the national heritage infrastructures of the State of Israel..."[2]

The two sites are the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem. The Cave of the Patriarchs, Judaism's second-holiest site after the Temple Mount and its Western Wall,[3] is also venerated by Muslims and Christians.[4] Rachel's Tomb, the third-holiest site in Judaism,[5] is also sacred to Muslims and Christians.[6]

Many other sites that are religiously significant to Christians because of their association with the life of Jesus as recorded in the New Testament are located in modern-day Israel and the West Bank. Israeli law mandates that all people, regardless of religious affiliation, have the right to visit all holy places within Israel.[7] In 2008, about three million people visited Israel; of those, two million were Christians.[8]

However, the future of Christian holy sites located in the disputed territories — currently controlled by Israel — is uncertain. A final-status peace deal likely would involve Israel relinquishing portions of those areas to the Palestinian Authority (PA).[9]

Under Palestinian control, the sanctity of Christian religious sites has not always been respected. In 2002 during an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) counterterrorism operation in Bethlehem, dozens of armed Palestinian militants took over the Church of the Nativity, trapping about 60 clergy.[10]

Meanwhile, other holy sites already under Palestinian control are increasingly vulnerable as Christian Palestinians continue to emigrate from the area.[11] Israel is one of the only places in the Middle East where the Christian population is growing.[12]

Following is a list of religious sites holy to Christians that are either currently under Palestinian control or may be placed under Palestinian control as part of a peace agreement:

Bethlehem (PA control)

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is a major Christian holy site marking the traditional site of Jesus' birth. According to the New Testament (Luke 2:1-20; Matthew 2:1-9), Jesus was born in a manger on the site while Mary and Joseph were there to register for the Roman census. The church, commissioned by Roman Emperor Constantine, is one of the oldest Christian churches in existence.[13]

St. Catherine's is a Roman Catholic church next to the Church of the Nativity and has several chapels of historic and religious significance. The Chapel of St. Jerome is traditionally thought to be where the Bishop of Bethlehem translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin, and the Chapel of the Innocents commemorates King Herod's slaughter of the babies of Judea. The Chapel of St. Joseph is said to be where an angel appeared to Joseph and commanded him to flee to Egypt.[14]

Shepherds' Fields, another Christian pilgrimage site in Bethlehem, is where the New Testament (Luke 2:8-20) says an angel descended to announce the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.[15]

Monastery of the Temptation (PA control)

The Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Temptation is on Mount Quarantal, just north of Jericho. It is the traditional desert site where Jesus went after his baptism to fast and pray for 40 days.[16]

Bethany (PA control)

The Tomb of Lazarus is in Bethany, a village on the east slope of the Mount of Olives. The New Testament (John 11:1-44) recounts that Bethany was the home of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, and Jesus frequently visited the village. Christians believe Jesus raised a man named Lazarus from the dead there after he had been in the tomb four days. There is also a Franciscan Church of St. Lazarus that stands on the site of earlier churches.

Jerusalem (Israeli control, located in disputed territory)

Garden of Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane is where the New Testament (Matthew 26:36-56; Mark 14:32-5) says Jesus led his disciples after the Last Supper and asked them to keep watch while he prayed. There they fell asleep and then fled when Judas identified him. The Basilica of the Agony, or the Church of All Nations, marks the place where Jesus prayed alone, and a chapel is built around a piece of exposed bedrock at the place of Jesus' prayer.[18] The Cave of Gethsemane marks the site of where Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss.[19] The Tomb of the Virgin Mary is also located in the Grotto of Gethsemane.[20]

Ecce Homo Arch

Part of a gate dating from the time of Hadrian, the arch was named in the 16th century. It is part of the Via Dolorosa but is not one of the stations of the cross. Ecce Homo Arch is where many believe Pontius Pilate said, "Behold the man!"[21]

Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa is believed to be the path Jesus took to Calvary, where he was crucified. Stations of the Cross mark various events along the way, some of which are not recorded in the New Testament. The New Testament (John 19:17) says Jesus was made to carry his own cross from the place of his condemnation to Calvary.[22]

The Chapel of the Condemnation, built over the site traditionally identified with the trial of Jesus (John 17:19), is on the Via Dolorosa. The Franciscan Monastery of the Flagellation is also on the Via Dolorosa, next to the Chapel of the Condemnation.[23]

Church of St. Anne

This church was built over the traditional site of the birthplace of Anne (Hannah), the mother of Mary.[24]

Church of the Holy Sepulcher

One of the holiest sites in all of Christianity is the tomb of Jesus, located within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The church was built around the tomb by Roman Emperor Constantine.[25]

The site of Jesus' crucifixion is believed to be the area identified as Calvary within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.[26] According to the New Testament (Matthew 27:32-55), Jesus was crucified at "a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull)" between two thieves. After about three hours of suffering and mocking, Jesus "gave up his spirit."

Garden Tomb

The Garden Tomb is believed by many to be the garden and sepulcher of Joseph of Arimathea and therefore a possible site of the resurrection of Jesus.[27]

Chapel of the Ascension

The Chapel of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives is the traditional site of Jesus' ascension into heaven after his resurrection (Luke 24:50-51; Acts 1:9-11). The Chapel was built over the site traditionally considered to be where Jesus prayed on the night of his betrayal.[28]

Church of the Pater Noster

This church is built on the traditional site in Jerusalem where Jesus taught his disciples the Lord's Prayer (Luke 11:1-4) or the "Our Father" (Pater Noster in Latin). The original church, built by Emperor Constantine over a cave in fourth century CE, has been partially reconstructed. The third-century Acts of John also references the cave on the Mount of Olives and Jesus' teaching.[29]

City of David

Excavations in the City of David as recent as 2005 reveal what is believed to be the Pool of Siloam. The original Pool of Siloam was built by Hezekiah around the year 701 BCE. This is the place referred to in the New Testament in the story of a blind man who was given sight by Jesus. According to the story (John 9), Jesus put mud on the man's eyes, told him to wash in the Pool of Siloam and then the man could see.[30]

Dominus Flevit Church

This small Franciscan church is on the upper western slope of the Mount of Olives.

Dominus Flevit, which means "the Lord cried," is believed to mark the place where the New Testament (Luke 19:41) says Jesus mourned over Jerusalem. Before the construction of the modern church, the foundations of a fifth-century monastery were discovered beneath.[31]

Tel a-Shakef (Hamas control)

A sixth-century Byzantine church dedicated to John the Baptist was discovered in 1999 at a dig at the northwest edge of the Gaza Strip at an Israel military installation, before Israel's 2005 withdrawal from all of Gaza. An earlier excavation at the site revealed a magnificent bathhouse and fish pond in almost perfect condition next to the church.[32]


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[2] "PM Netanyahu's Remarks at Today's Cabinet Meeting at Tel Hai," Israel Prime Minister's Office, Feb. 21, 2010,
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[3] Lazaroff, Tovah; Freund, Michael, "Coming of age at Rachel's Tomb," JWeekly.com, Nov. 2, 2007,
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[4] Prusher, Ilene R., "Does Hebron clash signal new round of settler revolts?" Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 9, 2008,
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[5] Lazaroff, Tovah; Freund, Michael, "Coming of age at Rachel's Tomb," JWeekly.com, Nov. 2, 2007,

[6] "Bethlehem University research project explores importance of Rachel's tomb," Bethlehem University, May 4, 2009,

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[8] Israel Ministry of Tourism communiqué, Jan. 21, 2009; Rosenblum, Irit, "New Israeli tourism initiative calls on Christian pilgrims to pedal the Nazareth — Jerusalem route," Haaretz, Jan. 22, 2009

[9] "226 The Clinton Peace Plan — 23 December 2000," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dec. 23, 2000,
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[10] "Chronology of the Siege," PBS, April 1, 2002,
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[11] Bronner, Ethan, "Mideast's Christians Losing Numbers and Sway," The New York Times, May 12, 2009,
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/13/world/ middleeast/13christians.html

[12] "Christians are Leaving the Middle East," Voice of America News, Jan. 17, 2006,
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[13] "Israel-s Archaeological Treasures — The Judean Foothills," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nov. 29, 1999,
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/History/Early%20History%20-%20 Archaeology/Israel-s%20Archaeological%20 Treasures%20-%20The%20Judean%20Foo

[14] "Bethlehem: The Church of St Catherine of Alexandria at the Basilica of the Nativity," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, March 15, 2000,
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[15] "Bethlehem," Jewish Virtual Library Virtual Israel Experience,
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[16] "Jericho," Jewish Virtual Library Virtual Israel Experience,
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[17] Gonen, Rivka (2000), Biblical Holy Places: An Illustrated Guide, Jerusalem: Paulist Press, pp. 51-52; Kedmi, Dr. Roni, "In the footsteps of Jesus," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
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[18] "Jerusalem: The Basilica of the Agony (Church of All Nations)," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, March 15, 2000,
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[19] Murphy-O'Connor, Jerome (1998), The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide, New York: Oxford University Press, p. 131.

[20] Eldar, Yishai, "Focus on Israel: Jerusalem — Christian Architecture through the Ages," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jan. 1, 2000,
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[21] "Archaeological Sites in Israel — Jerusalem — The Northern Gate of Aelia Capitolina," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, July 29, 1998,
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[22] Murphy-O'Connor, Jerome (1998), The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide, New York: Oxford University Press, p. 34-36.

[23] "Jerusalem within the Walls," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
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[24] Eldar, Yishai, "Focus on Israel: Jerusalem — Christian Architecture through the Ages," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jan. 1, 2000,
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFAArchive/2000_2009/2000/1/Focus %20on%20Israel-%20Jerusalem%20-%20Christian%20Architectur; Murphy-O'Connor, Jerome (1998), The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide, New York: Oxford University Press, p. 115

[25] "Archaeological Sites in Israel — The Church of the Holy Sepulcher," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, July 29, 1998,
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/History/Early%20History%20-% 20Archaeology/Archaeological%20Sites%20in%20Israel%20-% 20The%20Church%20of%20the; Gonen, Rivka (2000), Biblical Holy Places: An Illustrated Guide, Jerusalem: Paulist Press, p. 129.

[26] "Archaeological Sites in Israel — The Church of the Holy Sepulcher," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, July 29, 1998,
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[27] "The Garden Tomb," Garden Tomb (Jerusalem) Association,
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[28] "Jerusalem — Beyond the Old City Walls," Jewish Virtual Library Virtual Israel Experience,
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[29] Murphy-O'Connor, Jerome (1998), The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide, New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 125-126.

[30] Shanks, Hershel (2005), "The Siloam Pool Where Jesus Cured the Blind Man," Biblical Archaeology Review 31(5), pp. 16-23.

[31] "Jerusalem: The Chapel of Dominus Flevit," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, March 7, 2000,
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[32] "Church of John the Baptist Discovered," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, March 7, 1999,
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Posted by Kabbalah Information, February 23, 2010.

Today is the 2nd day of the 1st ever Zohar Convention in history. The Zohar Convention is very unique because it is the first time that so many people are meeting in order to study The Zohar together, for the sake of attracting the influence of the Correcting Light.

"Nothing like this has ever occurred in history. The Zohar was only studied by small groups of people, in secret, hiding from everyone so no one would find out, not even their closest relatives. We have to understand what an exceptional gift we have merited to receive. Every person who has a chance to participate in this event is extremely lucky because it holds a tremendous reward." — Dr. Michael Laitman.

You are welcome to view the live broadcast of the remaining 2 days of the Zohar Convention on Kabbalah TV. Here are all the resources you need to connect:

View the Live Broadcast Schedule of the Zohar Convention on Kabbalah TV.

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Posted by Steven Shamrak, February 23, 2010.

Never Surrender Jewish Land.

In recent weeks, the United Nations has expressed its interest in "redoubl" attempts to provoke Israel to withdraw from the northern part of Ghajar, which Israel annexed in 1967. In 2000, the IDF pulled out of northern Ghajar, but re-entered in 2006 as part of the Second Lebanon War. The United Nations aims to place northern Ghajar in the hands of Syria. (Britain and France, in violation of the rules of the Mandate system, illegally ceded 5% of Jewish land to Syria, as well 77% to trans-Jordan, in 1922. No other country in the world gave up a land it had concurred during a defensive war from an enemy. Specially its own land!)

Ghajar is inhabited by Alawite Muslims, a minority sect of Shi'ite Muslims who hold an eclectic array of beliefs largely drawing from Islam, but also including some Christian and some secret beliefs.

Israel must not create a precedent of surrendering Jewish land to the enemies. At the same time, Villagers, fearing a humanitarian and security disaster if the pullout takes place, have said they want to remain residents of Israel and recently held marathon meetings with the President, Prime Minister, Defense Minister, and various ministers and Knesset members in an effort to garner support and prevent the withdrawal.

Hypocrisy of the Headlines.

Hamas says killed Israeli civilians by mistake — Systematic bombardment of civilian areas in Israel for many years is just a 'little' mistake!

'The War on Terror' — The Bigots' Style. The international police cooperation organization Interpol added the passport names and pictures of the 11 suspects in the killing of senior Hamas terrorist Mahmud Mabhouh to its wanted list.

Admission of the Traitor. Speaking at a conference at Tel Aviv University, former Prime Minster Ehud Olmert said that he was willing to surrender Jerusalem's Holy Places, including the Temple Mount, to international control in order to reach an agreement with the PA. (Thank G-d that the PA is not willing to accept peace with Israel in any way, otherwise the self-hating traitors would give up all Jewish land for the illusion of peace!)

When Archaeology becomes Threat to Fake Policy. The United States-based Time Magazine complained last week that the archaeological activities of the "City of David Foundation" are hijacking Israel 's political agenda, implying the organization is forcing Muslims to accept the Jewish truth of Biblical historical statements through archaeological discoveries in the Ir David neighbourhood, south of Jerusalem's Old City. (One can't change archaeological artefacts for political reasons but can hide them or forbid even talk about them. Saudi Arabia and Jordan, to prevent Jewish discoveries, are very restrictive of any archaeological diggings. Egypt disallows scientific debate on the origin of the Pyramids and the Sphinx.)

Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak

All spy agencies use fake or stolen identities, as well as foreign passports, in order to protect their agents during covert operations. Only Israeli Mossad, consistently the most successful security organization in the war against Islamic terror, is chastised by the media and some countries for doing its job well using common practice. This is another example of the anti-Semitic double standards of international bigots!

Israel Funds Anti-Israel Rhetoric via PA. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that much of the international delegitimization against Israel is carried out by the Palestinian Authority (PA), adding that some of it is paid for by cash that Israel supplies to the PA. Most of the legal motions filed against IDF officers are financed and initiated by the PA. Lieberman said: " We must examine, as a society, whether we consent to accept these rules of the game — that allow them to negotiate with us while turning many of their resources against us." (Appeasement of international bigots and idiotic policies must end!)

Political Campaigning in Israel is Empty Rhetoric. An Iranian attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada, according to Peter Kent, Canada's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Americas and a legislator from an Ontario community with a large Jewish population. (Politicians such as this, like Barack Obama before him, are campaigning in Israel only to win Jewish votes. Talk is cheap!)

Israeli Labor Party Fears Democracy. Labor party Chairman Ehud Barak again expressed his strong opposition to a proposal to give Israeli citizens living abroad the right to vote in Israeli elections.

Another Anti-Israel Bigot Angered by Snub. Speaking to reporters in Tel Aviv a visiting U.S. congressman William Delahunt, a Democrat from Massachusetts, lashed out at Israel 's number two diplomat, saying he was snubbed by the Foreign Ministry and demanding an official clarification. The trip is hosted by J Street, a liberal, anti-Zionist Jewish lobbying group. (Not every anti-Israel bigot must be welcomed in Jerusalem. It would be even better not to let them in at all. Anti-Jewish political bigots must not be allowed to use trips to Israel for self-promotion!)

UNRWA Promoting Terrorism. An UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees) educational program has honored the terrorist Abu Jihad with a football tournament in his name. The tournament was organized by the Fatah Students' Youth Movement at UNRWA's Women's Training Center in Ramallah. (This is not the first time UNRWA has helped the PA to promote terrorism among so-called Palestinians.)

Quote of the Week: "Stabbing proves that there is no strategic difference between Hamas and Fatah, both of which share the goal of the elimination of Israel. Both organizations are wolves but one of them is disguised as a lamb and we must fight them harshly." — Deputy Minister of the Development of the Negev and Galilee.

It Pays to be a Terrorist. The Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister has enhanced regular monthly stipends for the families of slain terrorists. Funds are deposited into the bank accounts of the "shahids" (martyrs) families at the same time that salaries are transferred to the accounts of PA government workers. It is believed that at least part of payout is derived from the internationally-donated funds that are transferred to the PA via the Bank of Israel for humanitarian purposes only.

No Concessions before Negotiations. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday that Israel will not make major concessions before negotiations. "First, we will conduct negotiations without preconditions. We do not accept the idea that Israel must always make extraordinary concessions..." (He should say: "Israel will not make any concessions"! The enemies of Israel have offered only rocket fire and random terror attacks as concessions.)

US is Subsidising Terror. The United States announced on Thursday that it will donate $40 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, for Arabs in the Palestinian Authority-assigned areas, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. (The American funding comes despite a report that Hamas terrorists are employed by the agency. That is why Canada decided last month to stop its UNRWA funding. The US 's huge international debt has also not stopped this stupidity!)

What Diplomatic Relation? The Egyptian Journalists' Union has sanctioned two journalists who interviewed Israel's ambassador to Egypt, Shalom Cohen. Hussein Sarang, a veteran reporter, was suspended from his job for three months. Israeli officials said that the sanctions were evidence that Egypt was "trying to erase the presence of Israel from the Egyptian consciousness." (The presence Egypt has never really allowed!)

Saudi Control Media and Education.

Ever wonder why CNN and Time are so blatantly pro-Islamic? Ever wonder why they are so eager to transmit Islamic propaganda?

Rupert Murdoch's efforts to retain control over his News Corp media empire were boosted today when a billionaire Saudi prince Talal, friend of Rupert, upped his stake in the company. Such a role would appear to give the Prince some say over the way the business is run&

The Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of the Saudi king — son of the founding King of Saudi Arabia Abdul Aziz Al Saud, is already the second largest stakeholder in the News Corp., with 5.7 percent of the shares of the media company. The stake is held through Kingdom Holding. With surprisingly little media attention, Saudi Arabia has bought a stake in the company that owns what has been, until now, arguably its most visible and influential critic: the Fox News Network... In December 2005 Prince boasted about his ability to change what viewers see: "I picked up the phone and called Murdoch... (and told him) these are not Muslim riots, these are riots out of poverty. Within 30 minutes, the title was changed from Muslim riots to civil riots."

...Bin Talal is a big backer of Islamist organizations in the US, including the Islamic Society of North America, an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing trial in US history. It should also be noted that ISNA has been revealed to be a front for the Muslim Brotherhood, the original Jihadist organization

Harvard University and Georgetown University have received $20 million donations from Prince bin Talal to finance Islamic studies. Yale University selected Muna Abu Sulayman, general secretary of the charitable foundation of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, as a world fellow for 2009. The Yale World Fellow Program seeks to build a network of global decision makers who have a fundamental, mutual understanding born of common experience and information. Ms. Muna Abu Sulayman is the daughter of Dr. AbdulHamid Abu Sulayman, one of the most important figures in the history of the global Muslim Brotherhood.

Prince has also raised his stake in Citigroup to 5 percent in late 2008 from less than 4 percent in a move that came as the company was facing a possible collapse. His Kingdom Holding is the single largest shareholder in Citigroup.

PS: 1987 Bill Ayers solicited Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour (a.k.a. Donald Warden — an orthodox Muslim, a black nationalist, an outspoken enemy of Israel) to raise money for Obama's Harvard Law School education. At the time al-Mansour associate Percy Sutton was raising money for Obama's education, al-Mansour was the top financial advisor to mega-billionaire Prince Alwaleed (Alwalid) bin Talal of the Saudi royal family. 1988-1991 Obama attended Harvard Law School.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/18/ saudi-prince-alwaleed-bin_1_n_426891.html

Steven Shamrak was involved in the Moscow Zionist movement. He worked as a construction engineer at the Moscow Olympic Games project and as a computer consultant in Australia. He has been publishing an Internet editorial letter about the Arab-Israel conflict since August 2001 and has a website www.shamrak.com. He can be reached by email at StevenShamrak@gmail.com

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Posted by Paul Rotenberg, February 23, 2010.

Excerpted from: The Palestinian Authority and the Jewish Holy Sites in the West Bank: Rachel's Tomb as a Test Case by Nadav Shragai, No. 559, 22Kislev 5768/2December 2007

Nadav Shragai is the author of At the Crossroads, the Story of the Tomb of Rachel (Jerusalem Studies, 2005); The Mount of Contention, the Struggle for the Temple Mount, Jews and Muslims, Religion and Politics since 1967 (Keter, 1995); and "Jerusalem is Not the Problem, It is the Solution," in Mister Prime Minister: Jerusalem, ed. Moshe Amirav (Carmel and the Florsheimer Institute, 2005). He has been writing for the Israeli daily newspaper Ha'aretz since 1983.

The Jerusalem Viewpoints series is published by the Institute for Contemporary Affairs, founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation. See here.


In 2000, after hundreds of years of recognizing the site as Rachel's Tomb, Muslims began calling it the "Bilal ibn Rabah mosque."[20] Members of the Wakf used the name first in 1996, but it has since entered the national Palestinian discourse. Bilal ibn Rabah was an Ethiopian known in Islamic history as a slave who served in the house of the prophet Muhammad as the first muezzin (the individual who calls the faithful to prayer five times a day).[21] When Muhammad died, ibn Rabah went to fight the Muslim wars in Syria, was killed in 642 CE, and buried in either Aleppo or Damascus.[22] The Palestinian Authority claimed that according to Islamic tradition, it was Muslim conquerors who named the mosque erected at Rachel's Tomb after Bilal ibn Rabah.

The Palestinian claim ignored the fact that Ottoman firmans (mandates or decrees) gave Jews in the Land of Israel the right of access to the site at the beginning of the nineteenth century.[23] The Palestinian claim even ignored accepted Muslim tradition, which admires Rachel and recognizes the site as her burial place.

According to tradition, the name "Rachel" comes from the word "wander," because she died during one of her wanderings and was buried on the Bethlehem road.[24] Her name is referred to in the Koran,[25] and in other Muslim sources, Joseph is said to fall upon his mother Rachel's grave and cry bitterly as the caravan of his captors passes by.[26] For hundreds of years, Muslim holy men (walis) were buried in tombs whose form was the same as Rachel's.

Then, out of the blue, the connection between Rachel, admired even by the Muslims, and her tomb is erased and the place becomes "the Bilal ibn Rabah mosque."

Well-known Orientalist Professor Yehoshua Porat has called the "tradition" the Muslims referred to as "false." He said the Arabic name of the site was "the Dome of Rachel, a place where the Jews prayed."[27]

Only a few years ago, official Palestinian publications contained not a single reference to such a mosque. The same was true for the Palestinian Lexicon issued by the Arab League and the PLO in 1984, and for Al-mawsu'ah al-filastiniyah, the Palestinian encyclopedia published in Italy after 1996. Palestine, the Holy Land, published by the Palestinian Council for Development and Rehabilitation, with an introduction written by Yasser Arafat, simply says that "at the northwest entrance to the city [Bethlehem] lies the tomb of the matriarch Rachel, who died while giving life to Benjamin." The West Bank and Gaza — Palestine also mentions the site as the Tomb of Rachel and not as the Mosque of Bilal ibn Rabah.28 However, the Palestinian deputy minister for endowments and religious affairs has now defined Rachel's Tomb as a Muslim site.[29]

On Yom Kippur in 2000, six days after the IDF withdrew from Joseph's Tomb, the Palestinian daily newspaper Al-Hayat al-Jadida published an article marking the next target as Rachel's Tomb. It read in part, "Bethlehem — 'the Tomb of Rachel,' or the Bilal ibn Rabah mosque, is one of the nails the occupation government and the Zionist movement hammered into many Palestinian cities....The tomb is false and was originally a Muslim mosque."[30]

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20. Nadav Shragai, At the Crossroads, the Story of the Tomb of Rachel, Jerusalem Studies, 2005,(Al em ha-derekh, sipuro shel kever rachel, shaarim le-heker yerushalaim, 2005 pp. 230-1.

21. Danny Rubinstein, "The Slave and the Mother," Ha'aretz, October 9, 1996, and a private conversation with Orientalist Yoni Dehoah-Halevi.

22. Ibid.

23. Shragai, At the Crossroads, pp. 48-52; Miginzei Kedem, Documents and Sources from the Writings of Pinhas Name, ed. Yitzhak Beck (Yad Yitzhak Ben-Tzvi, 1977), pp. 30-32 (Teudot u-mekorot tokh kitvei Pinhas, Miginzei Kedem, Yad Yitzkah Ben-Tzvi, 1977, pp. 30-32).

24. Eli Schiller, The Tomb of Rachel (Ariel, 1977) (Kever Rachel, 1977), p. 18.

25. Ibid.

26. Ibid.

27. Yehoshua Porat, "Two Graves, Two Worlds," Ma'ariv, around the same time.

28. Islam adopted the same tactic regarding the Western Wall. Further information can be found in Dr. Berkowitz' book. He found that until the eleventh century Muslim scholars disagreed as to where the prophet Muhammad had tied al-Buraq, his winged horse, after his night ride. Some identified the place as the southern wall of the Temple Mount, others as the eastern wall, but none of them suggested any connection to the western wall, sacred to Judaism, called the Wailing Wall in the diaspora and the Western Wall in Hebrew. The claim was only made after the "Wall conflict" broke out between Jews and Muslims before the 1929 riots.

During the riots of 1929, violence broke out in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount. From there it spread to neighboring areas and hampered regular visits to Rachel's Tomb. In 1929 the Wakf demanded control over the tomb, claiming it was part of the neighboring Muslim cemetery. It also demanded to renew the old Muslim custom of purifying corpses in the tomb's antechamber (the structure added by Montefiori in 1841).

29. Shragai, At the Crossroads, p. 233.

30. Al-Hayat al-Jadida, October 8, 2000.

31. Christian sources identified the site as such almost two thousand years ago. For example, see the New Testament, Matthew 2:18.

Paul Rotenberg lives in Toronto, Canada. Contact him at pdr@rogers.com

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, February 23, 2010.


The Palestinian Authority (P.A.) plans to build a city of 200,000 and a highway in southern Samaria that would cross a highway used by residents of Jewish towns to get to the State of Israel. The highway mostly is in Area A, full P.A. control. The P.A. has asked Israel to give Area A status to the portion of its highway that presently is in Area B, P.A. administrative control and Israeli security control.

Jewish residents of that Benjamin area worry that the new highway would become a source of terrorism, that along with the legal building would come, as usual, illegal building, that the new highway could be used to separate eastern Benjamin from western Benjamin, and that the Arabs have contiguity from Ramallah to Birzeit (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/22).

The P.A. is waging jihad against Israel and is reviving the old civil war in Israel. In that civil war, the Arabs used to attack Israeli traffic and cut off entry to Israeli cities. They almost starved out the population of the New City of Jerusalem. Arab construction aims at baring the growth of Jewish areas and cutting them off, while complaining that Jewish construction would prevent Arab municipal expansion. Don't expect consistency. These strategic considerations by the Jewish residents of Benjamin are not idle ones.


"PM gives in to pressure from Shas ministers, right-wing groups, lobbyists. The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem will be included on the list of heritage sites marked for state renovation and preservation, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared at Sunday's cabinet meeting."

Arabs rioted in Hebron, on hearing the news. They called it illegal under the Oslo accords. They rioted elsewhere, in addition. They commemorated the violent protests going on weekly at Bilin'

Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA remarks that one should allow for a head of government not knowing of the original, mistaken decision, and should not assume it is permanent. PM Netanyahu did the right think in heading off the mistake (www.imra.org.il, 2/21.)

The New York Timess describes the Cave of the Patriarchs as the burial site of Abraham, sacred to the three Abrahamic faiths (2/22). "Patriarchs" is plural. It is the traditional burial site of several other patriarchs and matriarchs of the Jewish people.

As usual, the Arabs accuse Israel of violating agreements that the Arabs never honored in any significant way. They did not cite any clause banning the list and renovation. I find that they call something illegal simply as a way of condemning it. Illegality is what the Arabs practice constantly, as by rioting.

PM Netanyahu should not have needed pressure to include two of the most important Jewish sites in his list.

Interesting that there are few or no Arab historical sites there, just Jewish and Christian, and the Christian ones refer to when the majority were Jewish, Christianity originating out of Judaism.


Cave of the Patriarchs (AP/Hazem Bader Pool)

Here is how Maan News reported Palestinian Arab and leftist Israeli reaction to PM Netanyahu including the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem in Israeli national sites to be renovated. My reaction to the Arab reaction is in ellipses.

1, Their inclusion is described as unusual, Maan suggests, because neither is within the State of Israel. "'This is another attempt to blur the borders between the State of Israel and the occupied territories,' Meretz party chairman Chaim Oron told the Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth."

[There is no official border there, just an armistice line where the State of Israel ends and Judea-Samaria, a part of the Mandate never allocated to any state, begins. Never allocated, cannot be considered occupied.]

[The distinction is blurred by some Israelis, whose road maps therefore were misleading and could get motorists lynched if they enter Arab-controlled areas unwittingly. The distinction is blurred by the Palestinian Authority (P.A.), which treats the whole area, the State of Israel as well as the territories, which are in the traditional Land of Israel, as "Palestine" and belonging to the Arabs.]

[To interpret the inclusion of these two of the most important sites in Jewish history as an attempt to blur borders is paranoid. It reflects Meretz' desire to cede the sites, which is a political matter, whereas historical sites are a cultural one.]

2. "This announcement is an act of aggression against the cultural and religious rights of the Palestinian people," said Dr Hamdan Taha, director of the PA Tourism Ministry's antiquities department, in a telephone interview."

[Having the same long-term history and culture as the other Arabs in the region, Palestinian Arabs are not a nationality with national rights. As for their religious traditions, Israel respects them and grants equal access to joint sites. When in power, the Muslims did not respect Jews' religious rights to sites, and out of power, they vow to bar Jews from the Cave of the Patriarchs. The Muslim inconsistency in this puts the sincerity of their objections into doubt. They would rather let the sites decay, as they had let the area around Temple Mount become a trash heap, when they controlled it.]

[I think the term "national" confuses people. Westerners think "country" and "nation" are interchangeable, but "country" is a politically defined area whereas "nation" or "nationality" are ethnic. A nationality may be in part of a country and may be in or all of several countries. The Jewish nation has back part of its original country, but the rest of its national homeland is in the disputed Territories and in Jordan. Most Palestinian Arabs are of relatively recent immigrant stock and had little or no concept of nationality until even more recently, when they advanced it for purposes of jihad. They made up a history by denying Jewish history there. At the time of the Mandate, they identified themselves primarily as villagers and Muslims. (Radical Muslims do not believe in nationality). Some began to consider themselves Syrian. When the UN suggested a country be set up for them, they expressed little interest in it and great interest in smothering the Jewish country that the UN also suggested.]

3. "'Instead of making use of heritage to promote peace, it is being used as a means to promote war," Taha said, maintaining that the proposal's timing could not be discounted: 'This is clearly intended to obstruct the peace process.'"

[Renovating religious and cultural sites does not obstruct a peace process, if any. Claiming that it does, and riling up the people, as by the Fatah strike mentioned below, does.]

4. "Also noting that the shrines in question are holy to many faiths, Taha insisted that Netanyahu's plan to designate them as Israeli heritage sites 'reflects an artificial history that solely serves Israel's settlement policy.'"

[The Muslim Arabs used to recognize the predominant Jewish heritage in Israel and claim to the Temple Mount. Now they deny such history. They make up an artificial history, as by claiming that Jesus was a Palestinian. According to the Christian Testament, the Last Supper he attended was a Jewish seder. The Jewish Testament, which referred to those holy sites, was written more than a millennium before Islam arose. It is absurd to deny the Jewish connection to the whole country, affirmed by the League of Nations. I would not put it past the United Nations to dis-affirm the connection, but the difference is that the League was sincere and the UN largely is run by demagogues.]

5. Fatah declared a general strike for Monday, while Hebron's mayor, Kahled Al-Eseili, called on UNESCO to move quickly "to protect the Ibrahimi Mosque, prevent its desecration, and act against alterations to its features."

[Renovation is not desecration. The Muslim Arabs are exclusivist about this. Israel is integrationist.]


Ancient Greek cartographers used the name, "Persian Gulf." Maps have followed suit, ever since. About half a century ago, Arabs demanded that it be called "Arab Gulf."

A Greek steward on an Iranian airline did. Iran expelled him. It explained that the name, "Persian Gulf" is very important to it.

The news brief states that such a controversy could inflame national pride to the point of war (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/21).


Riotous Hebron youths flee troops (AP/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
A.P. photo/ Nasser Shiyoukhi — Riotous Hebron youths flee troops

"Terrorists from both the Fatah and Hamas factions continue to attack Israelis despite a PA (Palestinian Authority)campaign to prove that its troops can successfully fight terrorism in Judea and Samaria."

The P.A. informed the IDF of the location of a rocket launcher near Ben-Gurion Airport, before it could be fired. The P.A. claimed that the launcher belonged to Hamas.

In the past two days, Arabs twice tried to run over Israeli soldiers. Near Bethlehem, Arabs were rioting, Israeli troops were called, Arabs opened fire on the troops, an Arab tried to run over the troops. The other incident occurred near Hebron. No injuries.

Also near Hebron, Arab and leftist demonstrators attacked two Jewish youths at the Maon farm, on Monday. They required first aid (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/21).

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 richardshulman5@aol.com and visit his website:
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Posted by Michael Devolin, February 23, 2010.

Chief Dan George said, "When the white man came, we had the land and they had the bibles. Now they have the land and we have the bibles." One may read this statement and easily miss the sad truth found in the second sentence, which is the fact that we have continually imposed upon the Native peoples of Canada our non-Native culture and Christianity to the extent that they are left with not much more than the white man's culture and Christianity, or to borrow Chief Dan George's symbolism, our bibles.

In a recent article in the Globe and Mail, Lysiane Gagnon excoriates the band council of Kahnawake Mohawks for their decree that all non-natives must leave the reserve south of Montreal. Obviously, Lysiane Gagnon is the typical opportunistic, Western journalist: not so concerned with the truth and the sensitivities of others as much as with having her slanderous drivel published in a national newspaper. She joins the usual throng of disconsolate do-gooders who have wilfully cast off the initiative required for preserving their own Canadian identity, and so now, as a cheap counterpoise to their lethargic existence, chooses instead to calumniate the Mohawk nation for protecting theirs.

I see many parallels between the Mohawks' self-defence and preservation of their culture and their lands with that of the Jewish "settlers" of Israel and their self-defence and preservation of a culture and land-the habitation of which is a Torah-prescribed segment of their Torah observance. Just as the Mohawk tradition and culture pre-dates the religion of the Christian armies who invaded and wrested ownership of their land from them, so too Jewish culture and tradition pre-dates the religion of those Muslims who invaded Israel during the Islamic Arab invasion in the 7th century.

Just as the Muslims of the present day are demanding that Jews faithful to the laws and traditions of their ancestors repudiate those same laws and traditions, so too Canadian non-natives, primarily media types, have recently demanded that Mohawks repudiate the laws and traditions of their ancestors and acquiesce to the dictates of these effete journalists by allowing non-natives to intermarry with Mohawks and thereafter live within the bounds of Mohawk territorial dominion.

Mohawks have been forced to relinquish land, as when the Canadian government chose to build the St. Lawrence Seaway canal on Mohawk territory, a major construction project that consequently separated the residents of Kahnawake from the natural river shore. Likewise the Jews of Gaza have been forced from their homes and off their land by the Israeli government (at the behest of foreign governments half a world away) in order to allow Muslim fundamentalists to assume possession of those Jewish homes and Jewish land. Just as Mohawks are presently being told they cannot exist exclusively as Mohawks on Native land, so too Jewish settlers of the West Bank are being denied the right to exist exclusively as Jews on Jewish land.

There is no law written (at least not outside those written to accommodate Islam's conquest of Jewish land or the white man's imposition of his culture upon native populations) that prohibits Mohawk or Jew from living on their ancestral lands respectively; nor is there any law written that prohibits Mohawk or Jew from bringing up their children according to their ancient traditions and laws respectively. Of course, the recent Canadian media frenzy about Kahnawake Mohawks commanding a defence of their ancient identity has been propagated by certain journalists, primarily Lysiane Gagnon of the Globe and Mail, as a protest against Mohawk "racism," as though Mohawks endeavouring to enhance a Mohawk consciousness is somehow prejudice.

Natan Sharansky writes, "Identity can involve a person's connection with history. It can mean the desire to have children be part of this history, to educate them about a valued past so that it becomes part of their future." Another parallel shared by both Mohawk and Jew is the fact that their respective antagonists, whether Islamist or non-native, effete journalists like Lysiane Gagnon, refuse to publicly acknowledge the deeper history of both Mohawk and Jew. Perhaps these antagonists are avoiding these particular histories and the fact that their remembrance can prove beyond a doubt that neither Christianity nor Islam is in possession of laws and ethics that can equal or surpass those already taught to Mohawk and Jewish children.

Michael Devolin is a Noachide; he is Director, Bnai Elim Canada. Contact him at devolin@reach.net. Read his columns on

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Posted by Midenise, February 23, 2010.
This comes from Corruption Chronicles, a Judicial Watch Blog

In the Obama Administration's latest effort to befriend radical Muslims, the cabinet official in charge of protecting the country's safety covertly met with a group of extremist Arab, Muslim and Sikh organizations to discuss national security matters.

Briefing radical Islamists who want to murder Americans about homeland security measures may seem like a bizarre tactic to counter terrorism, but it's the center of Obama's famous change rhetoric. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, most concerned about a wave of anti-Muslim backlash after the Ft. Hood massacre, and her senior staff privately met in Washington D.C. with the groups. Among them was the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood, which is a sort of parent organization of Hamas and Al Qaeda.

Not surprisingly, the mainstream media ignored the two-day event which was exclusively reported this week by an alternative internet news company that regularly breaks big stories. Napolitano actually spent and hour and a half briefing the Middle Easterners about the U.S. government's new "counter-radicalization" and "anti-terrorist" programs largely aimed at their followers.

The top-secret event was part of President Obama's innovative program aimed at creating an information-sharing framework with Muslim organizations, even those with known extremist ties and terrorist connections. The idea, laughable as it may seem, is to win over Muslims and get them to collaborate with the U.S. government.

Officially, the Department of Homeland Security billed the event as a low-key meeting with faith and community-based groups to brainstorm about ways to increase engagement, dialogue and information sharing. After all, the groups are key homeland security partners that contribute to American life and exemplify the diversity that is a hallmark of our country, the agency claimed in a press release.

Strengthening partnerships with these groups will help the U.S. better prepare, assess and respond to threats, Napolitano assures. This is the same official whose biggest concern was preventing a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States after an Al Qaeda wannabe Army major went on a murderous rampage at the nation's largest military base.

These are just some examples of the administration's push to befriend the enemy. Last month Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed a special order — intended as a sign of respect to Muslims around the world — to allow the reentry of two radical Islamic academics whose terrorist ties have for years banned them from the U.S. Just this week Obama ordered the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to focus on Muslim outreach and diplomacy, a rather unusual mission for the space agency.

Contact Milton Franks-Lhermann at midenise@zahav. net.il

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Posted by Manhigut Yehudit, February 23, 2010.

It was reported yesterday that Israeli High Court Justice Yoram Danzinger was a Peace Now activist and yet did not recuse himself from participating in the High Court's recent deliberations on whether or not to support a Peace Now petition which would lead to the Israeli government destroying the home of fallen war hero Major Roi Klein among 16 other homes in Judea and Samaria. Justice Danzinger, who was called a "minor Peace Now activist" in a statement released by the High Court, voted last week in favor of Peace Now's petition to order the destruction of the homes.

Major Klein, a "religious Zionist", was killed when he jumped on a grenade during the 2nd Lebanon War in 2006 in order to save the lives of the men under his command. He posthumously received Israel's second highest medal, the Medal of Valor. Major Klein's widow and young children live in Samaria in a home targeted by Peace Now's campaign to destroy the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel by destroying Jewish homes in our biblical heartland and handing over the land that these homes sit on to the Arab enemy.

Manhigut Yehudit officials declare that not a single Jewish home in Judea and Samaria should be destroyed whether it is of a war hero or not. The leftist, anti-Jewish Israeli High Court choosing to destroy the home of Major Klein shows that it is fighting head-on against who it sees as Israel's main enemy — namely Jews who are attached to the Land of Israel and to G-d, and who participate in the political system of the country.

The fact that the ideologically homogeneous leftist High Court, whose members are virtually elected by the sitting justices themselves, allowed a jurist with a clear history of prejudice to participate in deciding a case shows the tremendous bias of this court, and the need for it to be reformed immediately to reflect the will of the "traditional Jewish-leaning" Israeli public. Manhigut Yehudit calls for said immediate reform, focusing on transparency and adherence to the rule of law in Israel where Jewish principles are supposed to take precedence over secular principles in case of a conflict between the two. The selection process must be changed so that the court will be filled with justices who will adhere to this concept.

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. To learn more about Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) and to read their plan for Israel's future, visit www.jewishisrael.org. Or contact Shmuel Sackett, International Director (516) 330-4922 (cell)

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Posted by Fred Reifenberg, February 23, 2010.


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Posted by Susana K-M, February 22, 2010.

This was written by Jonathan Hoffman and was published in JC.com yesterday.

Monitoring and exposing antisemitism on the Guardian newspaper's 'Comment is Free' blog.


Exactly why is this website different from all other websites? That was the question posed by a commenter on the Guardian's flagship blog "Comment is Free" (CiF) last week in response to the suggstion by a number of commenters on the thread that the call by Jenny Tonge for the IDF to investigate organ harvesting in Haiti was manufactured by the Jewish media cabal to smear Tonge.

That whiff, or perhaps more accurately, stench, of antisemitism is something which is ever present in "Comment is Free" threads that deal with Israel and Jewish-related subjects. In a typical comment thread on the Israel/Palestinian conflict, you'll encounter analogies to Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa, claims that Zionism is a racist ideology, accusations that Israel ethnically cleanses the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine and that the nefarious Israel lobby wields untold control over US and UK foreign policy.

Any pro-Israel commenter will tell you that the minute that they espouse a position in support of Israel, they are cyber-mobbed by a group of virulently anti-Israel commenters parroting the familiar tropes of the anti-Israel narrative. And if you decide to stick around long enough you'll discover that comments which don't quite fit what we at CiF Watch call the "Guardian World View", such as those comments that cite excerpts from the Hamas Charter, are summarily deleted. CiFWatch is replete with examples. It is against this backdrop that Professor Geoffrey Alderman has joined a long list of pro-Israel commenters who have been banned from posting.

But to really understand what goes on "below the line" in the comment threads, you have to understand what diet of hate commenters are being fed by the "above the line" Guardian-commissioned articles. "Comment is Free" regularly features articles that portray Israel as the equivalent of apartheid South Africa. For example, Ben White, author of "Israeli Apartheid: A Beginners' Guide" and an apologia for Ahmadinejad's Holocaust denial, is a regular columnist. Other regulars include Seth Freedman and Antony Lerman, both part of a vocal minority of anti-Zionist Jews that find a welcome home in the Guardian. The former recently wrote a despicable article using Israel's heroic efforts in Haiti as a stick with which to beat Israel for the travails of Gaza, the latter an article denying that a Pat Oliphant cartoon making analogies between Israel and Nazi Germany was antisemitic.

The Guardian has even commissioned articles on more than one occasion from Hamas members including Khalid Mish'al and supporters of the one-state solution, such as Ali Abunimah of the virulently anti-Israel Electronic Intifada, are given a platform. Dig a little deeper and you'll learn that "Comment is Free" allowed Peter Oborne to publicise his infamous documentary prior to its airing on Channel 4 — followed by a ringing endorsement from Antony Lerman — and Victoria Brittain was given a platform to spread unsubstantiated claims that Israel was causing blue baby syndrome among Gazans through poisoning of the water — a modern day blood libel if there was ever one.

Sure "Comment is Free" may occasionally publish the odd token pro-Israel article — so that it can trumpet the claim of "balance" — and may even ratchet up the frequency of these articles when there is increased scrutiny — as happened two weeks ago. However one cannot ignore the fact that the overwhelming number of articles are, in varying degrees, anti-Israel in their bias.

And what are we to make of the case of Isabella Mackie (aka BellaM) who is a CiF moderator and daughter of none other than Guardian chief editor, Alan Rusbridger, engaging in an ad hominem attack on Melanie Phillips, in contravention of the Guardian's talk policy?

Even worse, what about the more recent case of a commenter going by the moniker of "William Bapthorpe" who advocated the slaughter of West Bank Jews down to "every last man, woman and child"? Though this comment was deleted, Matt Seaton, editor of "Comment is Free", brazenly refused to ban "Bapthorpe". It was only after wider publicity of the affair through CiF Watch and a police complaint that some two weeks later Seaton bowed to pressure and banned "Bapthorpe".

So when Matt Seaton says "[w]e take all forms of hate speech extremely seriously, especially antisemitism, and we work hard to delete offensive postings rapidly" how can we take what he says seriously?  

K-M by email at suanema@gmail.com

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Posted by David Bedein, February 22, 2010.

Why are Afghan civilian casualties considered "accidents" while Palestinian civilian casualties are "war crimes"?


A little-noticed "United Nations' Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict", issued in January, which absolved allied coalition forces of culpability for civilian casualties in the almost decade long war against Taliban terror groups in Afghanistan.

According to the report issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, at least "5,978 civilians were killed and injured in 2009, the highest number of civilian casualties recorded since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001."

The United Nations report asserted that the rising death toll there was due to the Taliban terror group's suicide attacks and explosive roadside devices placed by the Taliban.

The UN report explained that the Taliban frequently attacked coalition forces in densely populated areas and did not blame the United States army or its allies for deaths of civilians who were non combatants who live near the areas from where Taliban launched its attacks, using the civilian areas as a collective human shield.

The UN Afghanistan report stands in stark contrast to a recent report issued by a United Nations' Human Rights Council's investigative team, headed by Judge Richard Goldstone, a South African judge, which conducted an inquiry into Israel's January 2009 three week military incursion into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

The Goldstone Report discussed "eleven incidents in which Israeli forces launched direct attacks against civilians with lethal outcome... in which the facts indicate no justifiable military objective pursued by the attack." These UN allegations of war crimes by the Israeli Defense Forces have been vociferously protested by Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has gone so far as to call the Goldstone report a "strategic threat," saying that it hampers the ability of democracies to fight terrorism and to engage in asymmetrical warfare.

A senior Israeli government official said that Israel is held to a different standard than other countries in international forums.

In direct contrast to the Goldstone Report from the same United Nations, the UN holds the Taliban terrorists directly responsible for collateral deaths in Afghanistan, at the same time that the UN alleges that Israel engages in "intentional attacks against the civilian population and civilian objects," even though Hamas terrorists openly use homes, schools, hospitals and mosques as their protective place of operation.

Unlike Afghanistan, the UN blames Israel — not Hamas — for collateral deaths, injuries and damage to non combatants. The United Nations even suggests that Israel must award reparations to the population of the Gaza Strip, a territory ruled by an internationally recognized terrorist organization.

The United Nations Afghanistan report, on the other hand, noted that coalition forces have been attempting to minimize civilian casualties in Afghanistan, saying that "International military forces did take strategic and specific steps to minimize civilian casualties in 2009,"

In summarizing its findings, the Afghanistan Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict found the "declared strategy of prioritizing the safety and security of civilians is a welcome development."

By the same token, the report laid the blame on the Taliban for causing Afghan civilian deaths, drawing the conclusion that "the inability or unwillingness of the armed opposition to take measures that pre-empt and reduce the harm that their tactics entail for civilians translates into a growing death toll and an ever larger proportion of the total number of civilian dead."

Significantly, more non-combatants have been injured or killed in Afghanistan by allied troops than by IDF forces in Gaza.

A former British commander in Afghanistan, Col. Richard Kemp, told the BBC that he did "not think there has ever been a time in the history of warfare when any army has made more effort to reduce civilian casualties and deaths of innocent people than the [Israel Defense Forces] is doing... in Gaza."

However, a career diplomat with years of experience at the United Nations, noted that it is no surprise that the United Nations uses a different standard to judge Israel. The diplomat mentioned that the UN defined the Sri Lankan-Tamil conflict as an "internal matter", and that the UN turned a blind eye to the brutal tactics used by the Sri Lankan army, when it finally crushed the 25 year Tamil terrorist rebellion only last year, causing the deaths of thousands of terrorists and non combatants who were slaughtered by Sri Lankan Government forces in the final stages of the conflict.

David Bedein is Bureau Chief, Israel Resource News Agency. (http://Israelbehindthenews.com). He is president of Center for Near East Policy Research. Contact him by email at media@actcom.co.il

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, February 22, 2010.

When Cal Thomas makes the following observation through the eyes of an old pro in the fashion of honest journalism, you can make book on it. Cal Thomas comes from the era when accurate journalism was the goal and the norm.

Regrettably, many of today's journalists are politically Left Liberal leaning journalists, acting just like a political party to protect President Barack Hussein Obama from his own policies.

Clearly, Obama has an agenda which is demonstrably Left Leaning and pro-Islam, no matter how great the threat that radical Islam poses for America, the countries of the Free West and America's allies.

The Rashad Hussain matter is only a small peek hole into Obama's, under-the-radar practice, and Obama's plans to assist and stimulate Islamic expansion into America and globally as the radical "Jihadists" aim to create a Global Caliphate for Islam.

This was written by Cal Thomas and it appeared in the Jerusalem Connection
http://www.thejerusalemconnection.us/blog/2010/02/18/ who-is-rashad-hussain.html


President Obama's appointment of Rashad Hussain, his deputy associate counsel, as special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations, charged with safeguarding and protecting "the interests of the Muslim world," should be of serious concern to Congress and the American public. Especially since Hussain, a devout Muslim, has a history of participating in events connected with the Muslim Brotherhood, according to the Chicago Tribune, "the world's most influential Islamic fundamentalist group" whose goal is to create Muslim states throughout the world.

In 1991, a memo written by Mohamed Akram for the Shura Council of the Muslim Brotherhood spelled out the objective of the organization. Akram said the Muslim Brotherhood "must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions." I am unable to find any "revelation" that has repealed that objective. Quite the contrary. Terrorists seem on track for implementing it.

The president proudly announced that Hussain is a Hafiz, someone who has completely memorized the Qur'an, but he did not spell out what qualifies Hussain to meet with foreign leaders at a diplomatic level in a role that approximates that of an ambassador. According to Jihad Watch, a blog directed by American author Robert Spencer, which "aims to bring to public attention the role of jihad theology and ideology in the modern world," Hussain's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood date back to his days at Yale Law School.

Ask yourself: If you or your group were interested in damaging or destroying the United States, wouldn't infiltration at every possible level of government and culture be an effective strategy? You would build your schools and mosques, some of which teach and preach Jihad; you would penetrate the government; you would demand special rights because of your religion — such as no body scanners for Muslim travelers at airports and prayer rooms and foot washing facilities at shopping malls; you would seek to change the foreign policy of the United States because you hate Israel and all Jews (and those "cross-worshiping" Christians) and you would dare the U.S. government to monitor your speeches and associations because you want to keep America's guard lower than it would be for, say, a spy from communist China.

This was roughly the plot of the creepy movie, "The Manchurian Candidate" in which a crazed woman uses her brainwashed son to help her overthrow the U.S. government so that she might impose her ideology on the country. Unlike the film, this plot is real.

As expected, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, described as America's largest Muslim civil liberties organization, is thrilled with Hussain's appointment. In a statement, CAIR said Hussain "will be in a position to strengthen positive outreach to the Islamic world and will be able to provide the president with direct access to the views and concerns of Muslims worldwide." Is there anyone in the dark about those "views and concerns"? Haven't they been pretty obvious for the last, oh, 40 years? Don't they regularly tell us in their newspaper editorials, TV commentaries, sermons and actions?

In an age of terrorism when the president's own chief counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, compares released terrorists who return to Jihad with released American criminals who return to crime, it is unsettling to see someone with Hussain's background representing the United States to nations that may harbor or fund terrorists and want to destroy Israel and America. Franklin Roosevelt would not have named Charles Lindbergh, a suspected Nazi sympathizer, personal envoy to Berlin.

It is unfortunate that the U.S. Senate is not required to confirm special envoys. Hussain should be asked about his ideology and associations. If he is to represent America, he should represent what America stands for and not a personal ideological or religious agenda that is not just un-American, but anti-American.

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). Contact him at gwinston@gwinstonglobal.org

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Posted by Gabrielle Goldwater, February 22, 2010.

This is from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, 2009 Simon Wiesenthal Center 1399 South Roxbury, Los Angeles, CA 90035. (310) 553-9036


A group of activists hostile to Israel, including theologians and others in some prominent Protestant churches have launched a dangerous campaign to use theology to delegitimize the Jewish State and her supporters. They may be only days away from putting the policy of a large Protestant denomination on a collision course with Israel's survival — unless we raise our voices in protest.

This comes just as Israel's right to defend her citizens is denounced as 'war crimes and crimes against humanity' by the UN's Goldstone Report; when Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon was verbally attacked at Oxford University with chants of "Slaughter the Jews"; and when screaming Muslim "activists" tried to silence or censor the speech by Israel's Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, at the University of California, Irvine.

In 2004, The Presbyterian Church in the US (PCUSA) became the first mainline Protestant denomination to approve a policy of divestment from Israel. Unpopular with church members, it was later rescinded.

But in 2008, church leaders supposedly seeking to balance PCUSA'a Middle East policies, instead, created a committee dominated by seven activists holding strong anti-Israel beliefs. The lone member sympathetic to Israel, quit in protest when he saw their radical agenda.

Here's what we know about their report from a press release leaked by the committee last month:

  • the report calls for the US to withhold financial and military aid to Israel

  • it apologizes to Palestinians for even conceding that Israel has a right to exist

  • it declares that Israel, if defined as a Jewish State, must be inherently racist

  • it embraces the Kairos Palestine Document, produced by Palestinian Christians, calling for boycott and sanctions against Israel and endorses full Palestinian 'right of return' to Israel which would lead to the demise of the Jewish democratic state

  • it denies any connection between biblical covenants and the Jewish people. Israel's history, it claims, begins only with the Holocaust, a nation mistakenly created by Western powers at the expense of the Palestinian people to solve the 'Jewish problem'

Adoption of this poisonous document by the Presbyterian Church will be nothing short of a declaration of war on Israel and her supporters.

It will be negatively impact interfaith relations, and could have significant repercussions in the political domain, with 46 Members of the US Congress and Senate who are Presbyterians.

And these initiatives, encouraged by the Geneva-based World Council of Churches, will cause a ripple effect on other denominations.

Which is why we urgently ask you to do two things:

  1. Protest directly to the top leadership of the PCUSA urging them to stop this dangerous campaign which denies the legitimacy and security of Israel.
      Reach out to your Presbyterian friends and ask them to speak out against this potential rewriting of PCUSA's policy towards Israel that will destroy the era of good will that has been fostered with the Jewish community for decades.

    There are many staunch friends of Israel in PCUSA whose voices are being drowned out by a few determined activists, who are relentlessly pursuing a radical political anti-Israel agenda.

    Act now: It is not too late for you to make a difference.

    Gabrielle Goldwater lives in Switzerland. Contact her at III44@aol.com

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Posted by Naomi Ragen, February 22, 2010.


It's disgusting that the BBC and other British news outlets are making up stories about the participation of Israelis and Jews in the assassination of al- Mabhouh in Dubai. If they were involved, they should get a Nobel Prize for Peace. But no one has proved that. The fact that this venal terrorist had five foreign passports doesn't seem to interest anyone, as Tom Gross points out. My thanks to Tom Gross for this information and for everything he does to make sure the truth has a fighting chance in the quagmire that is British "journalism."

This below was written by Tom Gross.



We all know that journalists (including some at highly-regarded newspapers) often makes things up, but rarely have we witnessed such a mix of misinformation, disinformation and innuendo passed off as fact, as we have in recent days in the reports dealing with the death of Hamas terrorist Mahmoud Mabhouh. (Some of this admittedly can be attributed to the complete failure of the Israeli government — whether or not Israel had anything to do with the matter — to provide an effective response to the media.)

For example, the story in yesterday's (London) Sunday Telegraph that British immigrants to Israel had their passports removed and copied at passport control at Tel Aviv airport, is highly implausible. Passports are not taken from immigrants at Tel Aviv airport. This has never been the practice. I have checked with several recent immigrants and they have confirmed that this is not so.

The Telegraph story, written by a London-based correspondent, has all the signs of being planted by anti-Israel elements at the British Foreign Office (of which there are many — witness, for example, the reinstatement last year of Rowan Laxton, a high-ranking diplomat and "Middle East expert" at the British Foreign Office, even after a London court had found him guilty of racially aggravated harassment for saying "F**king Israelis, F**king Jews... they should be wiped off the face of the earth" in a crowded London gym).

But other media lapped up the Telegraph story. For example, Sky News ran it all day yesterday on its ticker tape at the foot of the screen, probably doing great damage to future British tourism to Israel by falsely reporting that British passports would be removed and copied at Ben Gurion airport.

(Among other nonsense published in The Sunday Telegraph yesterday was the claim that "Tzipi Livni, the head of the opposition Kadima Party in Israel, was another Mossad high-flier. She was posted to Paris as a kidon, carrying out ruthless operations against Arab terrorists." See the second note here:
www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/ archives/000975.html)


Even worse was the story in yesterday's London Sunday Times by its notoriously unreliable reporter Uzi Mahnaimi, claiming that the paper had evidence that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had personally ordered the hit on Mabhouh, and even providing quotes attributed to Netanyahu when he supposedly gave such orders. The Sunday Times story was then splashed all day as the lead story on the websites of papers like Ha'aretz, which is so full of contempt for the elected government of Israel that it will publish almost anything to paint Netanyahu in a bad light.

A comparable motive is true in Britain in the case of The Daily Mail, who were determined to attack Gordon Brown's government and thus on Friday published an anonymous story (without any author's byline, or quoted persons in it) claiming that the British government "knew in advance that Israel was going to use British passports". The Daily Mail claimed in its story that they had been told this by a serving member of the Mossad. Again, this is virtually inconceivable since serving members of the Mossad do not speak to journalists but The Daily Mail's report was treated seriously and rebroadcast around the world as lead item by major TV stations.

Even The New York Times and International Herald Tribune got in on the act on Friday, telling readers that Israel has engaged in 40 Dubai-type assassinations in recent years — again claims made without a shred of evidence, and highly unlikely to be true.

The French media have also regurgitated the stories of the British media, leading to French Prime Minister François Fillon, who was in Syria this weekend, to declare — in front of President Assad of all people! — "we are against this form of assassination; whoever orders them should be punished. Like the British and the Germans we have asked Israeli authorities to explain themselves."


At the same time that they blamed Israel, these very same British and American media made very little of the fact that every day last week their own governments killed terrorists in Afghanistan (and elsewhere).

Given the level of censorship they are imposing on their Afghan coverage (censorship that news broadcasters like the BBC fail to tell viewers about), they almost never mention the civilians their armies are killing. (The almost three dozen civilians — mainly women and children — killed by a NATO strike yesterday are being reported in some media, but similar strikes last week were largely ignored by the same media so eager to paint the death of a leading Hamas terrorist as some kind of "master crime". Preliminary reports indicate that Dutch forces were in charge of the area where the civilians died yesterday, but instead EU foreign ministers are preparing today to condemn Israel, not Holland.)

(Having milked all it could out of its reports in recent days that British citizens' passports were used, The Times of London's main online world news headline today reads "Dubai hit squad 'used diplomatic passports'" — which is the opposite of what The Times was claiming last week.)

Mabhouh had five different passports with him in Dubai: there seems to be no media coverage or interest in which countries' passports he was using.


The governments of Jordan and Egypt (where Mabhouh previously spent a year in prison in 2003) had sought Mabhouh for some time. Some Arab media have reported that the operation against Mabhouh may have been carried out by a rival Palestinian group and the photographed individuals have nothing to do with it.

Indeed it is not even clear that the nine photographs that the Dubai authorities have released to the media actually portray real people. (Have they been heavily retouched, for example? Is each one a composite of several faces?) The photos have been shown repeatedly in news broadcasts and plastered on the front page of newspapers around the world in the last 48 hours [it is now almost a week], but not a single person has come forward to say they recognize any of them, even from high school days, despite front page headlines such as Israel's Ma'ariv newspaper saying "If you recognize any of these people, call us".

(Even if Israel was responsible for Mabhouh's death, it doesn't mean the photos produced by Dubai had anything to do with it. Almost no one is questioning whether this evidence is really evidence at all.)

Unlike the anti-Israeli elements of the Western media that have rushed to blame Israel (creating a public furor and thereby forcing the hands of the British, Irish and French governments to summon their respective Israeli ambassadors), the Arab media are suggesting that the truth is far more complicated.

For example, the Arab world's leading and arguably its most reliable newspaper, Al Sharq Alawsat, ran these stories:

  • UAE Tipped Jordan of Palestinian Suspects whilst they were in the Air-Sources
    http://aawsat.com/english/news.asp?section=1&id=19921 &id=19921

  • Palestinian Dubai Murder Suspects are Hamas Members — Palestinian Security Official

  • This article in al-Hayat (Arabic only) also examines Palestinian involvement (with assistance from Arab and Western intelligence agencies) into Mabhouh's death.

I have received dozens and dozens of emails as a result of my Dubai dispatch last week and apologize that I don't have time to answer all of them.

I attach below several articles on the subject, which I believe are all worth reading. They put forward some points of view not found in many other parts of the media, including in the case of The Daily Mail, Times and Telegraph items, in the rest of the coverage in those same papers. The authors of these articles (Alan Dershowitz, Douglas Murray, Haviv Rettig Gur, Noah Pollak and Richard Littlejohn) are all long time subscribers to this email list. (Melanie Reid is not.)

— Tom Gross


Nice job, shame about the syrups
By Richard Littlejohn
Daily Mail (extracts from his column — the rest of the column is about other matters)
February 19, 2010

When it was reported that Mossad had stolen the identities of British passport holders to carry out a covert operation in Dubai, it didn't add up.

Why would Israeli intelligence implicate British Jews living in Israel? And given that Mossad has access to the most sophisticated assassination techniques in the world, why were the alleged assassins wearing the kind of ill-fitting nylon wigs and comedy moustaches last seen being sported by bank robbers in The Sweeney, circa 1975?

None of it makes sense outside of the kaleidoscope universe of Middle East espionage. Was this double-bluff, triple-bluff, blind man's-bluff?

Even one of the men who had his identity stolen doesn't believe it was Mossad. I shouldn't think we'll ever know, which suits everyone involved. The diplomatic 'row' between Britain and Israel is a dog-and pony show, which will soon blow over.

Ultimately, whoever killed him, a notorious terrorist is dead.

Works for me.



BBC blasted for 'bigoted fear-mongering'
By Haviv Rettig Gur
The Jerusalem Post
February 22, 2010

The New York-based American Jewish Committee blasted the BBC on Sunday for airing an accusation that Jews around the world assist in supposed Mossad assassinations.

The AJC said in a statement that it was "dismayed that a guest on BBC Radio 4 was allowed to state unchallenged" that the Mossad relies on Jews for assassination plots.

"This baseless accusation crosses every red line between legitimate public discussion and bigoted fear-mongering," said AJC executive director David Harris. "In less than a minute, the BBC has cast a shadow on the lives of Jews worldwide."

BBC Radio 4's PM program interviewed Gordon Thomas, author of Gideon's Spies, a book about the Mossad, about the January 20 assassination of Hamas military commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai.

Local authorities and many international media outlets believe that the killing of Mabhouh, who bought rockets for Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip, was carried out by the Mossad.

In explaining the Mossad's operating methods outside Israel, Thomas told PM host Eddie Mair, "They have a whole backup system called 'asylum.' These are people, local residents, Jewish people, who help the Mossad. It is estimated to be in the world about half a million; some people say a million; I tend to say it's about half a million, all of them Mossad people."

"Of course, Mr. Thomas is irresponsible in making such unfounded assertions on a radio program heard around the world," said Harris, "but even more shocking is BBC, a premier public broadcaster with a far-reaching global network. How can the interviewer allow such aspersions to be cast on a community without the reporter calling the so-called expert to order?"

The comments also drew condemnation from observers of the BBC.

"Unfortunately, such ugly and nonsensical statements on the BBC come as no surprise. The BBC often handpicks interviewees who are likely to say such things as part of a wider pattern to demonize the State of Israel," said Tom Gross, a former Middle East correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph and a Middle East analyst who has long been critical of BBC coverage of the region.

The AJC called on the BBC "to examine this disgraceful transmission, apologize to Jews around the world and remove from its archive the slanderous words."

Reached for comment, the BBC press office in London said, "This interview was part of a wider piece about the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh which involved contributions from a number of people including Gordon Thomas, an author of a book about [the] Mossad.

"The sentiments expressed by Gordon Thomas were clearly his own opinions. They came at the end of the interview when it was being wrapped up and there was no time to come back on them."


[Tom Gross adds: Last night, in a speech in London, former senior British army officer Col Richard Kemp, who was a commander in Afghanistan, said international media including the BBC are being exploited by "dark forces" who want to harm Israel and were "motivated by anti-Semitism".]



BBC broadcast: 'One million Jews help Mossad'
By Douglas Murray
Daily Telegraph blogs

February 18, 2010

Amid all the excitable nonsense being talked about dead Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh I think the BBC has topped the lot. In an interview broadcast on Radio 4's PM programme last night broadcast (at 17:35 mins) one interviewee explained that up to one million Jews worldwide might be on hand to assist Mossad in executions. That would mean about one in every dozen Jewish people worldwide is a secret assistant to assassins.

Now I must have more than a dozen or so Jewish friends. So which is it? Maybe I know two? It makes you think doesn't it?

The next time I am at a friend's child's bar mitzvah the likelihood is that on at least 10 separate occasions during the day I'll be helping myself at the buffet beside, or dancing opposite, someone who secretly helps in assassinations. Which will certainly make me more circumspect about my dance moves, not to mention barging in at the buffet queue.

Most people are terrible at keeping secrets, and Jews are no different from anyone else in this regard. So the idea that up to a million of them keep this secret knowledge strikes me as not just one of the most ridiculous, but in the present climate one of the most dangerous, ideas for the BBC to pump into circulation. Yet it typical of the lather nearly all the press have got into with this Dubai business.

If anyone is interested in a more balanced and factual view of things, can I heartily recommend the indispensable Tom Gross here
(www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/001090.html), not least the section "Has Israel been set up?"


Thank you too to all the other journalist subscribers to this list who also linked to my previous Dubai dispatch, such as Stephanie Gutmann on The Daily Telegraph website
(http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/stephaniegutmann/ 100026841/the-last-words-on-the-dubai-hit-the-mossad-etc/)
— and Melanie Phillips on The Spectator website:
www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/5784131/another-genocidal- murderer-wiped-out-britain-knows-whos-really-guilty.thtml



If Israel killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, did it have the right to?
By Alan Dershowitz
www.hudsonny.org/2010/02/if-israel-killed-mahmoud -al-mabhouh-did-it-have-the-right-to.php
February 18, 2010

If Israel killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, Did It Have the Right To? I don't know whether Israel did or did not assassinate the leader of the Hamas military wing, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. But assuming for argument's sake that the Mossad made the hit, did it have the right to engage in this "extrajudicial assassination?"

Not all extrajudicial killings are unlawful. Every soldier who kills an enemy combatant engages in an extrajudicial killing, as does every policeman who shoots a fleeing felon. There are several complex legal questions involved in assessing these situations.

First, was the person who was killed a combatant, in relation to those killed him? If Israel killed Mabhouh, there can be absolutely no doubt that he was a combatant. He was actively participating in an ongoing war by Hamas against Israeli civilians. Indeed, it is likely that he was killed while on a military mission to Iran in order to secure unlawful, anti-personnel rockets that target Israeli civilians. Both the United States and Great Britain routinely killed such combatants during the Second World War, whether they were in uniform or not. Moreover, Hamas combatants deliberately remove their uniforms while engaged in combat.

So if the Israeli Air Force had killed Mabhouh while he was in Gaza, there would be absolutely no doubt that their action would be lawful. It does not violate international law to kill a combatant, regardless of where the combatant is found, whether he is awake or asleep and whether or not he is engaged in active combat at the moment of his demise.

But Mabhouh was not killed in Gaza. He was killed in Dubai. It is against the law of Dubai for an Israeli agent to kill a combatant against Israel while he is in Dubai. So the people who engaged in the killing presumptively violated the domestic law of Dubai, unless there is a defense to such a killing based on international principles regarding enemy combatants. It is unlikely that any defense would be available to an Israeli or someone working on behalf of Israel, since Dubai does not recognize Israel's right to kill enemy combatants on its territory.

If it could be proved that Israel was responsible for the hit — an extremely unlikely situation — then only Dubai could lawfully bring Israelis to trial. They would not be properly subjected to prosecution before an international tribunal. But what if a suspect was arrested in England, the United States or some other western country and Dubai sought his extradition? That would pose an interesting legal, diplomatic, political and moral dilemma. Traditional extradition treaties do not explicitly cover situations of this kind. This was not an ordinary murder. It was carried out as a matter of state policy as part of an ongoing war. A western democracy would certainly have the right and the power to refuse to extradite. But they might decide, for political or diplomatic reasons, to turn the person over to Dubai.

Turning now to the moral considerations, which might influence a decision whether to extradite, the situation is even murkier. The Goldstone report suggests that Israel cannot lawfully fight Hamas rockets by wholesale air attacks. Richard Goldstone, in his interviews, has suggested that Israel should protect itself from these unlawful attacks by more proportionate retail measures, such as commando raids and targeted killing of terrorists engaged in the firing of rockets. Well, there could be no better example of a proportionate, retail and focused attack on a combatant who was deeply involved in the rocket attacks on Israel, than the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. Not only was Mabhouh the commander in charge of Hamas' unlawful military actions at the time of his death, he was also personally responsible for the kidnapping and coldblooded murder of two Israeli soldiers several years earlier.

Obviously it would have been better if he could have been captured and subjected to judicial justice. But it was impossible to capture him, especially when he was in Dubai. If Israel was responsible for the killing, it had only two options: to let him go on his way and continue to endanger Israeli civilian lives by transferring unlawful anti-personnel weapons from Iran to Gaza, or to kill him. There was no third alternative. Given those two options, killing seems like the least tragic choice available. I leave to others, more expert in these matters, whether if Israel ordered the killing, it was strategically the right thing, or whether they carried it off in an intelligent manner. But as to the legal and moral right to end the threat posed by this mass murderer, the least bad alternative would seem to be his extrajudicial killing.



A Dubai Victory
By Noah Pollak
Commentary magazine (Contentions blog)
February 18, 2010

It's fascinating to watch the world try to turn the Dubai assassination into a debacle for Israel — all because the team members were captured on CCTV and the British and Irish authorities are making a momentary stink about the use of forged British and Irish passports.

You, the reader of this post, will be captured on CCTV a dozen times today simply going about your business. The people calling the operation "sloppy" and a "debacle" seem to actually believe that the Mossad is unaware that there are video cameras in airports and hotels today, or that the passport photos of the agents would not be revealed to the public. Really.

More important, the fact of the matter is that the team got into Dubai, rubbed out a bad guy, and got out. No drama, nobody was captured, and nobody knows the real identities of the team or where they are now. Given the extraordinary risk and complexity of the operation, that's a win in my book. And now the Iranians, Syrians, and their terrorist clients have been given another reminder that their people aren't safe anywhere — even in the heart of the Arab world.

And as for the people who are whining about "passport fraud" misdemeanors while ignoring the felony staring them in the face: what do you say about the fact that the terrorist in charge of illegally smuggling missiles from Iran to Hamas apparently had an open invite to hang out in Dubai? This isn't a problem?

The Israelis either deal with high-level terrorists discreetly, or they leave them alone to go about their work, which means more and better arms in Gaza and Lebanon, which means a more destructive war down the road for the Arabs who live in these combat zones. Those who are pretending to be scandalized by the Dubai assassination tend to be the same people who pretend to care deeply about Palestinian civilians. I wonder if they're aware of their own hypocrisy.

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 Hillel Fendel, February 22, 2010.

"We're building a highway, so give us some Israeli-controlled land." This is the latest demand made by the PA of Israel, following the start of construction on a new PA city in the heart of southern Shomron (Samaria).

The new city — the first planned city in PA-controlled areas — is to be located between the Jewish communities of Shilo and Ateret, just west of the major Highway 60 leading from Nazareth to Be'er Sheva. The name of the new town is Rawabi, meaning Hills, and is designed to house between 25,000 and 40,000 Arab residents in its first stage — and 200,000 when it is completed. It is a private enterprise, with funding from Qater and businessman Bashar Massar of Shechem (Nablus).

The new city is to be located some nine kilometers north of Ramallah, between the Arab villages of Atara and Jiljilya. The closest Jewish community is Ateret, and residents there are duly concerned.

"As of now, there is Arab contiguity from Ramallah to Birzeit," a leading resident of Ateret told Israel National News, "and this essentially breaks up the Binyamin Regional Council into eastern and western halves. Building an Arab city, of course, deepens this split."

"The four-lane highway that the PA wishes to build in the direction of Ramallah will have to cross our main artery, Road 465, which is the main highway used by residents of Beit El, Ofrah, and other parts of eastern Binyamin to reach central Israel."

Ateret is a growing Jewish town, despite the difficulties. It has grown in the past six years from 55 families to 100, and more are scheduled to be moving in this coming summer. The "construction freeze" caught the town as it was about to build a new neighborhood. One of its main attractions is the musical yeshiva high school Kinor David.

Israel Had No Say

In effect, Israel had no say in the construction of the city, as it is being built in what the Olso Accords denote as Areas A (full PA control) and B (PA administrative control, Israeli security control). The planned highway between Rawabi and Ramallah, too, passes almost exclusively in these areas — except for a short stretch around Highway 465.

Israel Not Agreeing to Give Land for Highway — So Far

The PA has asked Israel to grant Area A status to that stretch, but Israel's defense establishment is not in favor, in order not to detach western Binyamin from eastern Binyamin. However, the paving of the road will apparently receive Israeli permission — though as of now the PA is refusing to pave the highway, or even to request permission to do so, until Israel agrees to place the planned route in Area A.

Whose Land?

Another issue is that of land ownership and use. With the permission of the Civil Administration, and the active cooperation of the Jewish National Fund, forestland has been planted practically up to the borders of Ateret. "And we know that where there is legal building, there is also illegal building," an Ateret source said, "and we see that this is beginning already. In addition to taking land that could be used for Jewish growth, this is a security danger as well."

A highly-placed source in Ateret said he has heard that the PA highway will pass under Road 465, and not over, "but this is not official... What is needed, though, is at least that our important highway be improved; it needs better lighting, a new paving, and proper signs. We know that the Road Works Department has put us on its schedule, but work has not yet started."

"It's important to know that there are some who view our highway as dangerous, and that was true before Operation Defensive Shield in 2002. But since then, there has been only one shooting incident throughout this time. If people are hesitant to drive on this highway, it's only a psychological bloc."

Hillel Fendel is Senior News Editor for Arutz-Sheva
(www.Israel National News.com).

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Posted by K_Hallal, February 22, 2010.

A FACT too often overlooked by media: everywhere, it is actually Muslim immigrants (and neo-Nazis, sure) who are responsible for the anti-Semitic attacks, as Robert Spencer duly points out! When media report growing anti-Semitism, they ought to stress this simple truth: millions of Muslims have been invading Europe, and having the socialists turned supporters of Muslims -I see no better reason than their basically sharing a monolitic fundamentalism (read their unfailing, unshakable submission to the Party) together with the electorate gains the Left badly needs — we couldn't expect a different outcome.

This below is by Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch


Jews leaving Swedish city because of attacks by Muslims

The lead paragraph in this Telegraph article says that Sweden's reputation as a tolerant, liberal nation is suffering — as if Swedes have suddenly become anti-Semitic. But when you read down into the article a bit, you see that it is actually Muslim immigrants who are responsible for the anti-Semitic attacks. So the problem is that Swedes have been too tolerant and liberal, in tolerating the planting and proliferation of a hateful, supremacist, and anti-Semitic ideology on Swedish soil.

"Jews leave Swedish city after sharp rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes," by Nick Meo in the Telegraph, February 21 (thanks to all who sent this in):

Sweden's reputation as a tolerant, liberal nation is being threatened by a steep rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes in the city of Malmo.

When she first arrived in Sweden after her rescue from a Nazi concentration camp, Judith Popinski was treated with great kindness.

She raised a family in the city of Malmo, and for the next six decades lived happily in her adopted homeland — until last year.

In 2009, a chapel serving the city's 700-strong Jewish community was set ablaze. Jewish cemeteries were repeatedly desecrated, worshippers were abused on their way home from prayer, and "Hitler" was mockingly chanted in the streets by masked men.

"I never thought I would see this hatred again in my lifetime, not in Sweden anyway," Mrs Popinski told The Sunday Telegraph.

"This new hatred comes from Muslim immigrants. The Jewish people are afraid now."

This article matter-of-factly notes that real neo-Nazis are allied with jihadis, contrary to the Leftist/Charles Johnson myth that neo-Nazis are anti-jihad:

Malmo's Jews, however, do not just point the finger at bigoted Muslims and their fellow racists in the country's Neo-Nazi fringe. They also accuse Ilmar Reepalu, the Left-wing mayor who has been in power for 15 years, of failing to protect them.

Of course. Why should he protect them from a threat he refuses to acknowledge exists?

Mr Reepalu, who is blamed for lax policing, is at the centre of a growing controversy for saying that what the Jews perceive as naked anti-Semitism is in fact just a sad, but understandable consequence of Israeli policy in the Middle East.

While his views are far from unusual on the European liberal-left, which is often accused of a pro-Palestinian bias, his Jewish critics say they encourage young Muslim hotheads to abuse and harass them.

The future looks so bleak that by one estimate, around 30 Jewish families have already left for Stockholm, England or Israel, and more are preparing to go.

With its young people planning new lives elsewhere, the remaining Jewish households, many of whom are made up of Holocaust survivors and their descendants, fear they will soon be gone altogether. Mrs Popinski, an 86-year-old widow, said she has even encountered hostility when invited to talk about the Holocaust in schools.

"Muslim schoolchildren often ignore me now when I talk about my experiences in the camps," she said. "It is because of what their parents tell them about Jews. The hatreds of the Middle East have come to Malmo. Schools in Muslim areas of the city simply won't invite Holocaust survivors to speak any more."

Hate crimes, mainly directed against Jews, doubled last year with Malmo's police recording 79 incidents and admitting that far more probably went unreported. As of yet, no direct attacks on people have been recorded but many Jews believe it is only a matter of time in the current climate.

The city's synagogue has guards and rocket-proof glass in the windows, while the Jewish kindergarten can only be reached through thick steel security doors.[...]

Muslims are now estimated to make up about a fifth of Malmo's population of nearly 300,000.

"This new hatred from a group 40,000-strong is focused on a small group of Jews," Mrs Popinski said, speaking in a sitting room filled with paintings and Persian carpets.

"Some Swedish politicians are letting them do it, including the mayor. Of course the Muslims have more votes than the Jews."

The worst incident was last year during Israel's brief war in Gaza, when a small demonstration in favour of Israel was attacked by a screaming mob of Arabs and Swedish leftists, who threw bottles and firecrackers as the police looked on. "I haven't seen hatred like that for decades," Mrs Popinski said. "It reminded me of what I saw in my youth. Jews feel vulnerable here now." [...]

The mayor insisted to The Sunday Telegraph that he was opposed to anti-Semitism, but added: "I believe these are anti-Israel attacks, connected to the war in Gaza.

"We want Malmo to be cosmopolitan and safe for everybody and we have taken action. I have started a dialogue forum. There haven't been any attacks on Jewish people, and if Jews from the city want to move to Israel that is not a matter for Malmo." [...]

Mr Eilenberg said he and his wife considered moving to Stockholm where Jews feel safer than in Malmo. "But we decided not to because in five years time I think it will be just as bad there," he said.

"This is happening all over Europe. I have cousins who are leaving their homes in Amsterdam and France for the same reason as me."...

Cue the obligatory mainstream media moral equivalence — but as you read this, remember that Muslims are not leaving Sweden because of hate crimes, Jews are:

Malmo's Jews are not the only ones to suffer hate crimes.

At the city's Islamic Centre, the director Bejzat Becirov pointed out a bullet hole in the window behind the main reception desk.

Mr Becirov, who arrived in 1962 from the former Yugoslavia, said that windows were regularly smashed, pig's heads had been left outside the mosque, and outbuildings burnt down — probably the acts of Neo-Nazis who have also baited Jews in the past.

He said that the harassment of Jews by some young Muslims was "embarrassing" to his community. Many of them are unemployed and confined to life on bleak estates where the Scandinavian dream of prosperity and equality seemed far away.

For many of Malmo's white Swedish population, meanwhile, the racial problems are bewildering after years of liberal immigration policies....

If Swedish elites had allowed for realistic education about Islam instead of spreading soothing Religion of Peace lies while Muslim immigrants poured into Sweden, no one would be surprised.

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Spirit Of 1683

And what do Malmo-dwelling native Swedes do when the Jews have left, and the Muslims come for them?

Oh the joys of 50 years of multiculturalism and political correctness — no.


"Mr Reepalu, who is blamed for lax policing, is at the centre of a growing controversy for saying that what the Jews PERCEIVE as naked anti-Semitism is in FACT just a sad, but UNDERSTANDABLE CONSEQUENCE of Israeli policy in the Middle East."

But of course, we all know that the ONLY reason Muslims attack and kill anywhere around the world is because of the evil Israelis and their genocidal actions against the innocent Muslims in "Palestine"! It has nothing at all to do with the example of Muhammad who wiped out Jewish tribes and managed to make Arabia Juden-free, something that Hitler was never able to accomplish in Germany. And it couldn't have anything to do with the texts of the Koran and the Hadith which have more anti-Jewish text than Mein Kampf.


I call this STEALTH HOLOCAUST.. Unorganized systemtic cleansing of a certain minority group through intimidation, violence, and unequal treatment. The muslims specialize in this. You can see this everywhere muslims are a significant minority or a majority. It's happening or has happened to christians in iraq, egypt, and sudan, buddhists in thailand, hindus, buddhists, christians in Bangladesh, hindus in parts of Kashmir, and so on. The world may not know but we here at jihad watch know what it is.

[ThinkThrice replied to comment from desidude

What is so fascinating is the way that they are ALWAYS able to state some sort of "political" reason for their actions and what is so incredible is that most infidels buy it.]


When the Malmo 'Saturday people' are gone, they will start on the 'Sunday people', when they are gone, it will be kufr in general...The Saturday people are already gone from Egypt, and Iraq, so now it is the Sunday peoples turn...


We know that Muslims foment the antisemitism we see in the world today, we know that the false book The Protocols of the Elders Of Zion written in the Soviet Union more than a 100 year ago contributed to hate and antisemitism of the Jewish People,we know that Muslims where enablers and fully complicit in supporting Hitler and his gang of SS Nazi Genocidal murderers that are responsible for the holocaust.

Today this ugly hateful element sadly and pitifully disguised as human beings still walk among us as in this video from Los Angeles last year.

Listen to the end of this 2 minute video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnDQS80hrU4&feature =related [Reply by Wellington

Invite the beast into your country and this is what you can expect.]

Jim Foster

It's ironic that had the Quran been written in 1940 and not in the seventh century, it would instead be condemned as hate literature and banned.

Bill Maher said it best when he pointed out the fact that were the American government to announce that all black people would henceforth be required to wear bee-keeper uniforms, the U.S. government would rightly be called racist and the entire world would send forth a loud cry of protest; but when half of humanity (women) is required to dress in the equivelant of a beekeeper uniform and subjected to biased laws, and the discrimination is wrapped up in the mantle of a religious requirement that a deity is said to have delivered (Islam), the madness suddenly becomes acceptable and people cater to the demand.


Here's the full article in the British Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ sweden/7278532/Jews-leave-Swedish-city-after-sharp- rise-in-anti-Semitic-hate-crimes.html

"Jews leave Swedish city after sharp rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes"

Sweden's reputation as a tolerant, liberal nation is being threatened by a steep rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes in the city of Malmo.
By Nick Meo
in Malmo, Sweden
21 Feb 2010

Judith Popinski pictured next to the White Bus at the Red Cross museum in Malmo, Sweden (Photo: SCANPIX)

When she first arrived in Sweden after her rescue from a Nazi concentration camp, Judith Popinski was treated with great kindness.

She raised a family in the city of Malmo, and for the next six decades lived happily in her adopted homeland — until last year.

In 2009, a chapel serving the city's 700-strong Jewish community was set ablaze. Jewish cemeteries were repeatedly desecrated, worshippers were abused on their way home from prayer, and "Hitler" was mockingly chanted in the streets by masked men.

"I never thought I would see this hatred again in my lifetime, not in Sweden anyway," Mrs Popinski told The Sunday Telegraph.

"This new hatred comes from Muslim immigrants. The Jewish people are afraid now."

Malmo's Jews, however, do not just point the finger at bigoted Muslims and their fellow racists in the country's Neo-Nazi fringe. They also accuse Ilmar Reepalu, the Left-wing mayor who has been in power for 15 years, of failing to protect them.

Mr Reepalu, who is blamed for lax policing, is at the centre of a growing controversy for saying that what the Jews perceive as naked anti-Semitism is in fact just a sad, but understandable consequence of Israeli policy in the Middle East.

While his views are far from unusual on the European liberal-left, which is often accused of a pro-Palestinian bias, his Jewish critics say they encourage young Muslim hotheads to abuse and harass them.

The future looks so bleak that by one estimate, around 30 Jewish families have already left for Stockholm, England or Israel, and more are preparing to go.

With its young people planning new lives elsewhere, the remaining Jewish households, many of whom are made up of Holocaust survivors and their descendants, fear they will soon be gone altogether. Mrs Popinski, an 86-year-old widow, said she has even encountered hostility when invited to talk about the Holocaust in schools.

"Muslim schoolchildren often ignore me now when I talk about my experiences in the camps," she said. "It is because of what their parents tell them about Jews. The hatreds of the Middle East have come to Malmo. Schools in Muslim areas of the city simply won't invite Holocaust survivors to speak any more."

Hate crimes, mainly directed against Jews, doubled last year with Malmo's police recording 79 incidents and admitting that far more probably went unreported. As of yet, no direct attacks on people have been recorded but many Jews believe it is only a matter of time in the current climate.

The city's synagogue has guards and rocket-proof glass in the windows, while the Jewish kindergarten can only be reached through thick steel security doors.

It is a far cry from the city Mrs Popinski arrived in 65 years ago, half-dead from starvation and typhus.

At Auschwitz she had been separated from her Polish family, all of whom were murdered. She escaped the gas chambers after being sent as a slave labourer. Then she was moved to a womens' concentration camp, Ravensbrück, from where she was then evacuated in a release deal negotiated between the Swedish Red Cross and senior Nazis, who were by then trying to save their own lives.

After the war, just as liberal Sweden took in Jews who survived the Holocaust as a humanitarian act, it also took in new waves of refugees from tyranny and conflicts in the Middle East. Muslims are now estimated to make up about a fifth of Malmo's population of nearly 300,000.

"This new hatred from a group 40,000-strong is focused on a small group of Jews," Mrs Popinski said, speaking in a sitting room filled with paintings and Persian carpets.

"Some Swedish politicians are letting them do it, including the mayor. Of course the Muslims have more votes than the Jews."

The worst incident was last year during Israel's brief war in Gaza, when a small demonstration in favour of Israel was attacked by a screaming mob of Arabs and Swedish leftists, who threw bottles and firecrackers as the police looked on.

"I haven't seen hatred like that for decades," Mrs Popinski said. "It reminded me of what I saw in my youth. Jews feel vulnerable here now."

The problem is becoming an embarrassment for the Social Democrats, the mayor's party.

Their national leader Mona Sahlin — the woman who is likely to become the next prime minister after an election later this year — last week travelled to Malmo to meet Jewish leaders, which they took to be a sign that at last politicians are waking to their plight. After the meeting, the mayor, Mr Reepalu, also promised to meet them.

A former architect, he has been credited with revitalising Malmo from a half-derelict shipbuilding centre into a vibrant, prosperous city with successful IT and biotech sectors.

His city was — until recently at least — a shining multicultural success story, and has taken in proportionally more refugees than anywhere else in Sweden, a record of which it is proud.

Sweden has had a long record of offering a safe haven to Jews, the first of whom arrived from the east in the mid-nineteenth century. Today the Jewish population is about 18,000 nationally, with around 3000 in southern Sweden.

The mayor insisted to The Sunday Telegraph that he was opposed to anti-Semitism, but added: "I believe these are anti-Israel attacks, connected to the war in Gaza.

"We want Malmo to be cosmopolitan and safe for everybody and we have taken action. I have started a dialogue forum. There haven't been any attacks on Jewish people, and if Jews from the city want to move to Israel that is not a matter for Malmo."

Sweden has had a long record of offering a safe haven to Jews, the first of whom arrived from the east in the mid-nineteenth century. Today the Jewish population is about 18,000 nationally, with around 3000 in southern Sweden.

"Jews came to Sweden to get away from persecution, and now they find it is no longer a safe haven," said Rabbi Shneur Kesselman, 31. "That is a horrible feeling."

One who has had enough is Marcus Eilenberg, a 32-year-old Malmo-born lawyer, who is moving to Israel in April with his young family.

"Malmo has really changed in the past year," he said. "I am optimistic by nature, but I have no faith in a future here for my children. There is definitely a threat.

"It started during the Gaza war when Jewish demonstrators were attacked. It was a horrible feeling, being attacked in your own city. Just as bad was the realisation that we were not being protected by our own leaders."

Mr Eilenberg said he and his wife considered moving to Stockholm where Jews feel safer than in Malmo. "But we decided not to because in five years time I think it will be just as bad there," he said.

"This is happening all over Europe. I have cousins who are leaving their homes in Amsterdam and France for the same reason as me."

Malmo's Jews are not the only ones to suffer hate crimes.

At the city's Islamic Centre, the director Bejzat Becirov pointed out a bullet hole in the window behind the main reception desk.

Mr Becirov, who arrived in 1962 from the former Yugoslavia, said that windows were regularly smashed, pig's heads had been left outside the mosque, and outbuildings burnt down — probably the acts of Neo-Nazis who have also baited Jews in the past.

He said that the harassment of Jews by some young Muslims was "embarrassing" to his community. Many of them are unemployed and confined to life on bleak estates where the Scandinavian dream of prosperity and equality seemed far away.

For many of Malmo's white Swedish population, meanwhile, the racial problems are bewildering after years of liberal immigration policies.

"I first encountered race hatred when I was an au pair in England and I was shocked," said Mrs Popinski's friend Ulla-Lena Cavling, 72, a retired teacher.

"I thought 'this couldn't happen in Sweden'. Now I know otherwise."

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Posted by Oliver Guitta, February 22, 2010.

If Mali doesn't get its act together and combat terrorism, years of good governance could give way to a hotbed of extremism


PARIS, France — The Sahel — this vast semi-arid region of North Africa south of the Sahara desert — is viewed by some experts as a 'second Afghanistan.' This might be a stretch, but it is true that Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is very active in the area, especially in Mali.

Mali enjoys a very good reputation around the world. It boasts a vibrant democracy with a multi-party system, a market economy and a tradition of a moderate Islam. But things might be changing: Since 2001, worrying signs have emerged — like, for example, the proliferation of Osama bin Laden's photo in stalls at the Bamako market and the exponential increase of radio stations preaching radical Islam.

AQIM has organized numerous kidnappings of Western citizens in the region. Interestingly, kidnapped hostages from all over the region usually end up in northern Mali. AQIM has been using northern Mali (in particular Timbuktu and Kidal) as a sanctuary for three reasons: First, it is a very inhospitable area with a difficult terrain making it tough for nations to monitor it; second, some Arab tribes are located there; and finally, the Malian regime is weak and has almost no financial resources.

AQIM's charm offensive — which includes distributing antibiotics when children are sick and buying goats for double the going rate — has won the hearts and minds of many locals in the Sahel. AQIM buys off local tribes and forms alliances with them, often through marriage.

To make matters more complicated, the area is home to the Tuaregs, a Berber group composed of 200,000 people, who are motivated by territorial claims and bad blood with the Malian authorities to side with AQIM.

The first reported example of cooperation between the Tuaregs and AQIM occurred in 2003, when a group of 32 European tourists, mostly Germans, was kidnapped by the GSPC, AQIM's predecessor. Germany allegedly paid about $7.3 million in ransom to have them freed. The operation mastermind, GSPC's Abderrazak El Para, affirmed that he gave part of that ransom money to one of the mediators involved, who was a Tuareg leader. El Para added that he started investing the ransom money in the area.

The partnership has proven tenuous. It lasted while the ransom money was flowing, but the Tuaregs felt that their reputation was suffering as a result of their association with AQIM. In 2006, the Tuaregs decided to turn on their former allies. They ambushed AQIM operatives, killing the number two of the Sahelian branch. But, still, AQIM thrives in the area. The situation is ambiguous at best, and, clearly, an alliance remains.

Interestingly, the Tuaregs note that the Malians do not want to die fighting Al Qaeda because they see it as an Arab-Western issue. The Tuaregs, on the other hand, have their territory at stake and are therefore are motivated not to let AQIM win.

Yet another factor must be taken into account. Cooperation with AQIM might not be limited to the Tuareg community. Indeed, AQIM has entered the very lucrative narco-business and has therefore attracted many recruits. For example, three alleged AQIM Malian associates were charged in December 2009 in New York with conspiring to smuggle cocaine through Africa and on to Europe.

According to the complaint, AQIM finances itself in part by protecting and moving loads along smuggling corridors that run through Morocco into Spain and through Libya and Algeria into Italy. One of the defendants, Harouna Toure, said that among other things he provided AQIM with gasoline and food. He said he 'collects taxes from many rich Malian people throughout the region on Al Qaeda's behalf.'

Another possible actor playing a troubled game is the Malian regime itself. For example, Algerian official media explain that AQIM kidnaps foreign citizens in other countries, and brings them right away to Mali where negotiations begin with the Amani Amadou Toure's government. The same media affirms that AQIM terrorists are protected by Malian authorities, like some Algerian extremists from the FIS (Islamic Salvation Front) and the GIA (Islamic Armed Group) have been in the past.

There are examples of Malian authorities treating arrested AQIM members with leniency. For example, one of the leading emirs in the Sahel, Osama el Merdaci, was arrested in Timbuktu en route to Somalia in 2008. Since then, Malian authorities have refused to extradite him or even try him, while two Libyan terrorists were arrested and extradited almost right away.

Mali is viewed as a haven because AQIM seems untouched there and its leader in the region, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, has sealed alliances with four different tribes thanks to four separate marriages. In fact, part of the deal that got the hostages released in 2003 included the granting of asylum status for Mokhtar Belmokhtar — AQIM's emir for the Sahara — in Mali. Belmokhtar promised not to perpetrate any hostile actions on Malian soil, and the Malian authorities agreed to leave him alone.

Mali is very much at risk of losing its image of neutrality. Years of hard work and good governance could go up in smoke unless the current regime implements a true, cohesive counterterrorism policy.

Olivier Guitta is a security and geopolitical consultant based in Europe. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. You can view his latest work at www.thecroissant.com/about.html

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, February 22, 2010.


Older Gaza tunnel (AP/Eyad Baba)

STORY AS REPORTED: Egypt is proceeding on construction of a Sinai-Gaza fence that extends downward to block smugglers' tunnels. Egyptian officials explain that they found that the tunnels were used not only for commercial goods and weaponry, but also to insinuate terrorists onto Egyptian territory, where they endanger Egypt. Hence they say they are tightening the border for their own national security. They anticipate that the fence would block 60% of the tunnel traffic.

"Egypt long has helped to enforce the siege by keeping official border crossings with Gaza mostly closed, but turned a blind eye to tunnel trade." Israel praises this new Egyptian effort as a serious help in blocking terrorist movement. Hamas, however, complains that Egypt would be cutting off the people's food supply. A sign in the office of Hamas' supervisor of tunnels bans importing drugs, alcohol, weapons, people and stolen cars. "Outside, white plastic tents, each shading a separate tunnel, stretch for as far as the eye can see along the nine-mile border."

The tunnels multiplied greatly after the Gaza combat. "That war began when Hamas resumed launching rockets at Israel in late 2008, after a six-month cease-fire, because Hamas felt Israel hadn't lived up to its end of the bargain by relaxing the siege (Curtis Levinson, Wall St. Journal, 2/21, A14).

INTERPRETATION AND GAPS: Israel really has not had any individual wars. It has had to fight terrorism since before independence and armies since independence. Hamas has had ceasefires on and off, on when it needed time to rearm or for political reasons, off when it felt ready to fight again. That is an ancient tactic of jihad. Hamas violated its truces or, conveniently, lent its rockets to non-Hamas terrorists to fire upon Israel, making the ceasefires one-sided. Hamas claims responsibility for ruling Gaza except when other terrorist organizations use Hamas or their own weapons to attack Israel.

In some instances, Hamas declared a truce unilaterally or unilaterally added a condition, and then broke the truces, claiming that Israel broke the agreement. But there was no direct agreement. In jihad, it's always the infidel's fault.

Hamas exploits tunnels to promote terrorism on both sides of them, and then decries efforts to stop the tunnels as cutting off food. The Arab side of jihad cynically likes to play victim, not only about the blockade.

The Wall St. Journal does not explain why the fence is expected to be only 60% effective. My earlier articles described the new fence as too shallow for some of the tunnels. My source, IMRA, has noted that the government of Israel praises anything the Arabs do that could be constructive but may be deceptive. I have noticed that when Israel does speak frankly with Egyptian officials, the Egyptians lose their tempers.

If each tunnel along just nine miles is identified by a white tent, why don't Egyptian police blow up the tunnels below the tents? That would be a genuine effort.


Miguel Moratinos with EU Foreign chief (AP/Arturo Rodriguez)

The foreign ministers of Spain and France are working to get the EU to recognize Palestinian Authority (P.A.) independence within a couple of years, regardless of whether it has negotiated any agreement with Israel.

The government of Israel calls the proposal a violation of the "peace process" (www.imra.org.il, 2/21).

It is an answer of a sort, but not a strong one. It was strong when "you're not in the spirit of the peace process" was evoked against Israel for not appeasing the Arabs, who were violating actual requirements of the peace agreement. It was hypocritical. It also was ridiculous. There never was a peace process. There was a combination of peace agreements and Arab pursuit or support of jihad. References to "peace process" were phony.

What would be a strong Israeli response? (1) Statehood would reward terrorists who, in the 17 years since the Oslo peace accords they signed, never eradicated their terrorist infrastructure; (2) Still refuse to recognize as legitimate the Jewish state, meaning they still believe in jihad to overthrow it; (3) Demand that the P.A. bar Jews but Israel let in millions of Arabs, which is another way to destroy the Jewish state. To confer sovereignty to an entity already in a state of war is a war process.

In addition, the Jewish people has a stronger historical and legal claim to the disputed territories than does a non-existent "Palestinian nationality." The claim to their having a separate nationality from the Arabs was fabricated precisely to make a national claim. Odd is that claim, considering that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan comprises 79% of the former Palestine Mandate.

Spain's representative, Miguel Moratinos, has for years agitated in behalf of the Arabs and against Israel. He often sought deals and conferences at which Israel would give away the disputed territories.


A few days ago, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) determined that the Syrian site that Israel had bombed may have been a covert nuclear weapons facility."

The report, by new IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, prodded Syria to adopt the IAEA's Additional Protocol, which permits unfettered inspections beyond a declared nuclear site to check out any covert atomic activity. "We are committed to the non-proliferation agreement between the agency and Syria and we [only] allow inspectors to come according to this agreement," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem said. "We will not allow anything beyond the agreement because Syria does not have a military nuclear program." (www.imra.org.il, 2/21.)

Syria is within its legal rights to protect what appears to be a military program beyond its rights.

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 richardshulman5@aol.com and visit his website:
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Posted by Chuck Brooks, February 22, 2010.

This comes from IMRA — Independent Media Review and Analysis: Hebrew University archaeologist discovers Jerusalem city wall from tenth century B.C.E.


Jerusalem, February 22, 2010 — A section of an ancient city wall of Jerusalem from the tenth century B.C.E. — possibly built by King Solomon — has been revealed in archaeological excavations directed by Dr. Eilat Mazar and conducted under the auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The section of the city wall revealed, 70 meters long and six meters high, is located in the area known as the Ophel, between the City of David and the southern wall of the Temple Mount.

Uncovered in the city wall complex are: an inner gatehouse for access into the royal quarter of the city, a royal structure adjacent to the gatehouse, and a corner tower that overlooks a substantial section of the adjacent Kidron valley.

The excavations in the Ophel area were carried out over a three-month period with funding provided by Daniel Mintz and Meredith Berkman, a New York couple interested in Biblical Archeology. The funding supports both completion of the archaeological excavations and processing and analysis of the finds as well as conservation work and preparation of the site for viewing by the public within the Ophel Archaeological Park and the national park around the walls of Jerusalem.

The excavations were carried out in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, and the Company for the Development of East Jerusalem. Archaeology students from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as volunteer students from the Herbert W. Armstrong College in Edmond, Oklahoma, and hired workers all participated in the excavation work.

"The city wall that has been uncovered testifies to a ruling presence. Its strength and form of construction indicate a high level of engineering", Mazar said. The city wall is at the eastern end of the Ophel area in a high, strategic location atop the western slop of the Kidron valley.

"A comparison of this latest finding with city walls and gates from the period of the First Temple, as well as pottery found at the site, enable us to postulate with a great degree of assurance that the wall that has been revealed is that which was built by King Solomon in Jerusalem in the latter part of the tenth century B.C.E.," said Mazar

"This is the first time that a structure from that time has been found that may correlate with written descriptions of Solomon's building in Jerusalem," she added. "The Bible tells us that Solomon built — with the assistance of the Phoenicians, who were outstanding builders — the Temple and his new palace and surrounded them with a city, most probably connected to the more ancient wall of the City of David." Mazar specifically cites the third chapter of the First Books of Kings where it refers to "until he (Solomon) had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about."

The six-meter-high gatehouse of the uncovered city wall complex is built in a style typical of those from the period of the First Temple like Megiddo, Beersheva and Ashdod. It has symmetrical plan of four identical small rooms, two on each side of the main passageway. Also there was a large, adjacent tower, covering an area of 24 by 18 meters, which was intended to serve as a watchtower to protect entry to the city. The tower is located today under the nearby road and still needs to be excavated. Nineteenth century British surveyor Charles Warren, who conducted an underground survey in the area, first described the outline of the large tower in 1867 but without attributing it to the era of Solomon.

"Part of the city wall complex served as commercial space and part as security stations," explained Mazar. Within the courtyard of the large tower there were widespread public activities, she said. It served as a public meeting ground, as a place for conducting commercial activities and cult activities, and as a location for economic and legal activities.

Pottery shards discovered within the fill of the lowest floor of the royal building near the gatehouse also testify to the dating of the complex to the 10th century B.C.E. Found on the floor were remnants of large storage jars, 1.15 meters in height, that survived destruction by fire and that were found in rooms that apparently served as storage areas on the ground floor of the building. On one of the jars there is a partial inscription in ancient Hebrew indicating it belonged to a high-level government official.

"The jars that were found are the largest ever found in Jerusalem," said Mazar, adding that "the inscription that was found on one of them shows that it belonged to a government official, apparently the person responsible for overseeing the provision of baked goods to the royal court."

In addition to the pottery shards, cult figurines were also found in the area, as were seal impressions on jar handles with the word "to the king," testifying to their usage within the monarchy. Also found were seal impressions (bullae) with Hebrew names, also indicating the royal nature of the structure. Most of the tiny fragments uncovered came from intricate wet sifting done with the help of the salvaging Temple Mount Sifting Project, directed by Dr. Gabriel Barkai and Zachi Zweig, under the auspice of the Nature and Parks Authority and the Ir David Foundation.

Between the large tower at the city gate and the royal building the archaeologists uncovered a section of the corner tower that is eight meters in length and six meters high. The tower was built of carved stones of unusual beauty.

East of the royal building, another section of the city wall that extends for some 35 meters also was revealed. This section is five meters high, and is part of the wall that continues to the northeast and once enclosed the Ophel area.

Photos available via e-mail upon request and at the following link:
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For further information: Jerry Barach, Dept. of Media Relations, the Hebrew University,
Tel: 02-588-2904.
Orit Sulitzeanu, Hebrew University spokesperson,
Tel: 054-8820016.

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Posted by Cpocerl, February 22, 2010.

1938 Austria — sobering.

This is called "This Truly is the Greatest Country in the World. Don't Let Freedom Slip Away" and it was written by Kitty Werthmann .

Werthmann lives in South Dakota and appears to be very active in attempting to maintain our freedom. I encourage everybody to read this article and pass it along. I see so many parallels in this country-are we going to sit by and watch it happen? Spread the word; also contact your congressional reps; vote them out if they don't do what they should. If you don't want to be bothered, then you're part of the problem! Google Kitty Werthmann and you will see articles and videos.


What I am about to tell you is something you've probably never heard or will ever read in history books.

I believe that I am an eyewitness to history. I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history. We elected him by a landslide — 98% of the vote.. I've never read that in any American publications. Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.

In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25% inflation and 25% bank loan interest rates. Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily. Young people were going from house to house begging for food. Not that they didn't want to work; there simply weren't any jobs. My mother was a Christian woman and believed in helping people in need. Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people — about 30 daily.

The Communist Party and the National Socialist Party were fighting each other. Blocks and blocks of cities like Vienna, Linz, and Graz were destroyed. The people became desperate and petitioned the government to let them decide what kind of government they wanted.

We looked to our neighbor on the north, Germany, where Hitler had been in power since 1933. We had been told that they didn't have unemployment or crime, and they had a high standard of living. Nothing was ever said about persecution of any group — Jewish or otherwise. We were led to believe that everyone was happy. We wanted the same way of life in Austria. We were promised that a vote for Hitler would mean the end of unemployment and help for the family. Hitler also said that businesses would be assisted, and farmers would get their farms back. Ninety-eight percent of the population voted to annex Austria to Germany and have Hitler for our ruler.

We were overjoyed, and for three days we danced in the streets and had candlelight parades. The new government opened up big field kitchens and everyone was fed.

After the election, German officials were appointed, and like a miracle, we suddenly had law and order. Three or four weeks later, everyone was employed. The government made sure that a lot of work was created through the Public Work Service.

Hitler decided we should have equal rights for women. Before this, it was a custom that married Austrian women did not work outside the home. An able-bodied husband would be looked down on if he couldn't support his family. Many women in the teaching profession were elated that they could retain the jobs they previously had been required to give up for marriage.

Hitler Targets Education — Eliminates Religious Instruction for Children:

Our education was nationalized. I attended a very good public school.. The population was predominantly Catholic, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler's picture hanging next to a Nazi flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class we wouldn't pray or have religion anymore. Instead, we sang "Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles," and had physical education.

Sunday became National Youth Day with compulsory attendance. Parents were not pleased about the sudden change in curriculum. They were told that if they did not send us, they would receive a stiff letter of warning the first time. The second time they would be fined the equivalent of $300, and the third time they would be subject to jail. The first two hours consisted of political indoctrination. The rest of the day we had sports. As time went along, we loved it. Oh, we had so much fun and got our sports equipment free. We would go home and gleefully tell our parents about the wonderful time we had.

My mother was very unhappy. When the next term started, she took me out of public school and put me in a convent. I told her she couldn't do that and she told me that someday when I grew up, I would be grateful. There was a very good curriculum, but hardly any fun — no sports, and no political indoctrination. I hated it at first but felt I could tolerate it. Every once in a while, on holidays, I went home. I would go back to my old friends and ask what was going on and what they were doing. Their loose lifestyle was very alarming to me. They lived without religion. By that time unwed mothers were glorified for having a baby for Hitler. It seemed strange to me that our society changed so suddenly. As time went along, I realized what a great deed my mother did so that I wasn't exposed to that kind of humanistic philosophy.

Equal Rights Hits Home:

In 1939, the war started and a food bank was established. All food was rationed and could only be purchased using food stamps. At the same time, a full-employment law was passed which meant if you didn't work, you didn't get a ration card, and if you didn't have a card, you starved to death. Women who stayed home to raise their families didn't have any marketable skills and often had to take jobs more suited for men.

Soon after this, the draft was implemented. It was compulsory for young people, male and female, to give one year to the labor corps. During the day, the girls worked on the farms, and at night they returned to their barracks for military training just like the boys. They were trained to be anti-aircraft gunners and participated in the signal corps. After the labor corps, they were not discharged but were used in the front lines. When I go back to Austria to visit my family and friends, most of these women are emotional cripples because they just were not equipped to handle the horrors of combat.

Three months before I turned 18, I was severely injured in an air raid attack. I nearly had a leg amputated, so I was spared having to go into the labor corps and into military service.

Hitler Restructured the Family Through Daycare:

When the mothers had to go out into the work force, the government immediately established child care centers. You could take your children ages 4 weeks to school age and leave them there around-the-clock, 7 days a week, under the total care of the government. The state raised a whole generation of children.. There were no motherly women to take care of the children, just people highly trained in child psychology. By this time, no one talked about equal rights. We knew we had been had.

Health Care and Small Business Suffer Under Government Controls:

Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna. After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything. When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full. If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.

As for healthcare, our tax rates went up to 80% of our income. Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families. All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.

We had another agency designed to monitor business. My brother-in-law owned a restaurant that had square tables. Government officials told him he had to replace them with round tables because people might bump themselves on the corners. Then they said he had to have additional bathroom facilities. It was just a small dairy business with a snack bar. He couldn't meet all the demands. Soon, he went out of business. If the government owned the large businesses and not many small ones existed, it could be in control.

We had consumer protection. We were told how to shop and what to buy. Free enterprise was essentially abolished. We had a planning agency specially designed for farmers. The agents would go to the farms, count the live-stock, then tell the farmers what to produce, and how to produce it.

"Mercy Killing" Redefined:

In 1944, I was a student teacher in a small village in the Alps. The villagers were surrounded by mountain passes which, in the winter, were closed off with snow, causing people to be isolated. So people intermarried and offspring were sometimes retarded. When I arrived, I was told there were 15 mentally retarded adults, but they were all useful and did good manual work. I knew one, named Vincent, very well. He was a janitor of the school. One day I looked out the window and saw Vincent and others getting into a van. I asked my superior where they were going. She said to an institution where the State Health Department would teach them a trade, and to read and write. The families were required to sign papers with a little clause that they could not visit for 6 months. They were told visits would interfere with the program and might cause homesickness.

As time passed, letters started to dribble back saying these people died a natural, merciful death. The villagers were not fooled. We suspected what was happening. Those people left in excellent physical health and all died within 6 months. We called this euthanasia.

The Final Steps — Gun Laws:

Next came gun registration.. People were getting injured by guns. Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns. Most citizens were law abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms. Not long after-wards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.

No more freedom of speech. Anyone who said something against the government was taken away. We knew many people who were arrested, not only Jews, but also priests and ministers who spoke up.

Totalitarianism didn't come quickly, it took 5 years from 1938 until 1943, to realize full dictatorship in Austria. Had it happened overnight, my countrymen would have fought to the last breath. Instead, we had creeping gradualism. Now, our only weapons were broom handles. The whole idea sounds almost unbelievable that the state, little by little eroded our freedom.

After World War II, Russian troops occupied Austria. Women were raped, preteen to elderly. The press never wrote about this either. When the Soviets left in 1955, they took everything that they could, dismantling whole factories in the process. They sawed down whole orchards of fruit, and what they couldn't destroy, they burned. We called it The Burned Earth. Most of the population barricaded themselves in their houses. Women hid in their cellars for 6 weeks as the troops mobilized. Those who couldn't, paid the price. There is a monument in Vienna today, dedicated to those women who were massacred by the Russians. This is an eye witness account.

"It's true..those of us who sailed past the Statue of Liberty came to a country of unbelievable freedom and opportunity.

America Truly is the Greatest Country in theWorld. Don't Let Freedom Slip Away, "After America, There is No Place to Go"

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, February 22, 2010.

This was written by Alex Klein.


They are embedding lawyers at the battalion level with the Israeli Army. Now, some might find the idea of sending all the lawyers to the front lines to be appealing. Maybe they could talk the enemy to death.

The erstwhile purpose of said lawyers will be to give "real time" "human rights" guidance to the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) at time of war. Yeah, right. Imagine. A Commander needs to destroy an apartment building which is housing a Terrorist missile launching platform firing on Israeli civilians and/or troops. He asks his lawyer if "it's OK". Now the lawyer's first thoughts will be for his own welfare. He knows that, after any little war that Israel is forced to launch, every closet anti-Semite in the world will call for a "Commission of Inquiry". The Commander will say that the lawyer said its was "OK", and the lawyer will have to spend years and decades defending himself against various and sundry world bodies — such as the U.N. Nor will he be able to fly anywhere, lest he face an arrest order from very two-bit local judge who hates Jews.

Israel will not be able to fight. Soldiers will be demoralized.

Who is setting this up?

Recently, and actually for many years, Congressional investigations and hearings have shown that the CIA funds the Ford Foundation, which in turn funds the infamous "New Israel Fund". For those who are unaware, the "New Israel Fund" is reported to be the major backer of most every left-wing fringe group, and not-so-fringe group in Israel. The NIF also seems to get funds from the E.U.

Their goal seems to be to weaken Israel to a point where she can be destroyed. They do their dirty work under the guise of "human rights", conveniently neglecting to recall that Jews also have a "human right" to live. They are said to have provided most of the raw material for the "Goldstone Report".

It would be interesting to know if the "New Israel Fund" has a direct connection to this "Lawyers' Plot", or have they just generated an atmosphere where Israeli leaders are so afraid of their own shadows that they agree to such a ridiculous concept. What other army in the world has lawyers involved in combat decisions?

By having Israel's military hamstrung by lawyers in the theatre of operations, they can severely compromise their ability to fight. These lawyers are reminiscent of the political commissars the Bolshevik Russians had in their army to insure "political correctness".

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). Contact him at gwinston@gwinstonglobal.org

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Posted by Yoram Ettinger, February 22, 2010.

This appeared February 22, 2010 in YnetNews
(www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3851844,00.html). It was entitled "Admiral Mullen's Visit: The Mutually Beneficial US-Israel Relations."


The February 2010 visit to Israel by Admiral Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff, sheds light on the larger context of US-Israel relations, which transcends the Arab-Israeli conflict, leverages Israel's unique capabilities, and benefits both the US and Israel. The visit reaffirms that US policy toward Israel is based, primarily, on regional and global strategic interests and not on domestic politics. US-Israel relations do not resemble a one-way-street (the US gives and Israel receives), but a mutually-beneficial two-way-street.

Admiral Mullen's visit to Israel centered on a series of aggravated mutual threats and on the implication of the expected US withdrawal from Iraq related to those threats: Iran's nuclearization, global Islamic terrorism, domestic and regional war in Iraq, escalation of the ballistic threat, Iran's subversion of the Gulf and the Middle East, Al-Qaeda's entrenchment in Yemen which controls key sea lanes for oil tankers, the war on the Saudi-Yemen border, the intensification of Iranian-Syrian cooperation, the enhanced Middle Eastern profile of Russia and China, the Islamization of Turkey, etc.

The evacuation of US forces from Iraq could trigger a political/military volcano, with boiling lava sweeping Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and Jordan, further deteriorating the region, highlighting Israel's contribution to the national security of its most critical ally, the USA.

For example, in 2010, US special operations forces in Iraq and Afghanistan leverage Israeli battle tactics and 61 year counter-terrorism experience. US Marines benefit from the Israeli-developed "Pioneer" unmanned aerial vehicle, which provides intelligence otherwise unobtainable, preempting terrorists, thus saving many lives. A US special operations colonel told me — in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — that his battalion benefited in Iraq from Israel's unique contribution in the areas of training, urban warfare, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), car bombs, booby-traps, suicide bombers, roadblocks and checkpoints, interrogation of terrorists and anti-tank missiles. According to Brig. General Michael Vane, Deputy Chief of Staff at the US Army Training and Doctrine Command, the Israeli experience played a role in defeating terrorists in Iraq's "Sunni Triangle."

According to Senator Daniel Inouye, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Defense and a veteran of the Intelligence Committee, contends that "Israel's contribution to US military intelligence is greater than all NATO countries combined."

In September 2006, Israel demolished a nuclear plant in Syria, thus dealing a blow to the anti-US Syria-Iran-North Korea axis, while upgrading the posture of deterrence and joint interests of the US and Israel.

In 1982, Israel's air force was the first ever to destroy a Soviet built surface-to-air network. Israel destroyed 23 most advanced Soviet surface-to-air missile batteries, employed by Syria and considered impregnable. Israel's battle tactics and lessons, electronic warfare and other technological innovations were shared with the US, thus tilting the global balance of power in favor of the US.

In 1981, Israel devastated Iraq's nuclear reactor, in defiance of brutal US and international pressure — including a military embargo — thus according the US the conventional option during the 1991 war against Iraq. It spared the US and the world a nuclear confrontation, along with its mega human losses and mega-billion dollar cost.

In 1970, a Soviet proxy, Syria, invaded a US ally, Jordan, aiming to topple the Hashemite regime and activate a pro-Soviet domino scenario into Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. US forces were overly-involved in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, but Israel mobilized its military, forcing a Syrian evacuation of Jordan, thus preventing a collapse of pro-US regimes, a setback to US national security, havoc in the Arab oil producing countries and a blow to the US standard of living. Israel's capability of snatching roasting chestnuts out of the fire — with no US involvement — transformed President Nixon into a supporter of enhanced US-Israel strategic cooperation, in spite of the fact that only 12% of US Jews voted for him, and irrespective of severe US-Israel disagreements over the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Former Secretary of State, General Alexander Haig, a former Supreme Commander of NATO, refers to Israel as "the largest, most battle-tested and cost-effective US aircraft carrier, which does not require a single US personnel, cannot be sunk and is located at a most critical area for US national security interests."

If Israel did not exist in the eastern flank of the Mediterranean — adjacent to most critical oil resources and water lanes, in the intersection of Europe, Asia and Africa — the US would have to deploy a few aircraft carriers to the region, along with tens of thousands of military personnel, costing scores of billions of dollars annually and risking involvement in additional regional and international confrontations.

THE JEWISH STATE CONSTITUTES A BATTLE-PROVEN LABORATORY, which has improved thousands of US-made military systems and technologies, sharing with the US such improvements, thus enhancing the competitive edge of the US defense industries, expanding US employment and export base, upgrading US national security and saving many US lives and mega billion of dollars in terms of research and development cost. For instance, the current generation of the F-16 includes over 600 modifications, which were introduced by Israel.

If there had been an Israel-like nation in the Persian Gulf, there would not be a need to dispatch hundred of thousands of US military personnel to the region!

The US-Israel strategic cooperation surged meteorically during 1949-1992, despite rocky disagreements over the Arab-Israeli conflict, entirely due to a series of mutual threats and joint interests, which are much more pertinent to US national security. In hindsight, such disagreements have been merely bumps on the road toward unprecedented strategic cooperation. On a rainy day — in the battle against Iran and other threats — Admiral Mullen prefers a "tough nut" over a "punching bag" as an ally!

Ambassador Yoram Ettinger is a consultant on US-Israel relations as well as the Chairman of Special Projects at the Ariel Center for Policy Research. Formerly the Minister for Congressional Affairs to Israel's Embassy in Washington, DC, Ettinger also served as Consul General of Israel to the Southwestern US. He is a former editor of Contemporary Mideast Backgrounder, and is the author of the Jerusalem Cloakroom series of reports. Contact him at yoramtex@netvision.net.il

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Posted by Dzubow, Roberta, February 21, 2010.
This below was written by Sarah Honig and it appeared February 19, 2010 in the Jerusalem Post

Sarah Honig was The Jerusalem Post's long-time political correspondent (as well as for years of the now-defunct Davar). She headed the Post's Tel Aviv bureau, and wrote daily analyses of the political scene as well as in-depth features.  

As in yesteryear, so in the 21st century, it's axiomatic that Arabs have the right to inflict incalculable harm on Jews, but the Jews' attempts to deflect such blows are evil, outrageous and deserving of merciless punishment.


Terrorist arms smuggler Mahmoud al-Mabhouh's son, Abdel-Rauf, stood teary-eyed before TV interviewers and lavished praise on his deceased father. He bragged that the late lamented, who was discovered dead in Dubai, "fought the Jews, hit the Jews, kidnapped and killed Israelis. He outfitted and dispatched suicide bombers." That evidently made him an object for admiration, a source of honor and a claim to fame. Killing Jews is a noble objective, one to take pride in, to revere.

So when we Israelis point to Mabhouh's gory record, it isn't just our biased say-so. It's hardly an unsubstantiated allegation, a pretext to justify assassination. His own son concedes this, indeed he crows about it as the paramount tribute he can pay his father.

And it isn't a mournful son's subjective or self-serving aggrandizement either. Hamas issued an official statement celebrating its latest shahid (martyr). Prominent in the Hamas-compiled catalog of Mabhouh glories are the 1989 abduction-murders of IDF soldiers Avi Sasportas and Ilan Sa'adon.

By the boastful admission of both his kin and organization, Mabhouh's hands were bloodstained. Hence, by the Arabs' own rules of engagement, he was liable for reprisal. The principal code governing these rules is dam butlab dam (blood begets blood).

Because of this core premise Hamas now vows to wreak the most horrific vengeance on Israel, actual proof of Israeli culpability for Mabhouh's demise being entirely immaterial. All Israelis are therefore fair game. This is the elementary protocol of the blood feud.

But here's where we encounter our enemies' cynical lopsided logic. By their own rules — assuming for argument's sake that we submit ourselves to them — we should be perceived just as entitled as they to hunt down and kill whoever killed our own. Yet our retribution is condemned a priori as illegitimate. The right to avenge Mabhouh's death is unchallenged, whereas the right to avenge Mabhouh's victims is categorically denied. What is valid, in fact a sacred duty for one side, is intolerable and entirely villainous for the other.

The underlying assertion is that Mabhouh's acts were virtuous and sanctioned by absolute supernal will. Unlike our own, Arab society is unbothered by the pluralistic niceties of postmodern moral relativism. Allah is exclusively on their side and they are the only interpreters of his wishes. This isn't only Hamas ideology. The Palestinian Media Watch disseminated the text of the January 29 sermon on PATV, under the auspices of our supposed peace-partner Mahmoud Abbas.

It called on all Muslims to remember that "the Jews are the Jews! The Jews are the Jews! Even if donkeys would cease to bray, dogs cease to bark, wolves cease to howl and snakes to bite, the Jews would not cease to harbor hatred towards Muslims. The Prophet said that if two Jews would be alone with a Muslim, they would think only of killing him... The Prophet says: 'You shall fight the Jews and kill them...'" There is a whole loathsome lot more, but the basis is clear: the murder of Jews is divinely decreed.

In other words, Mabhouh acted morally. Those who opposed him are immoral. By this precept Jews must die and have no right to resist. That is their lot. Not only do they possess no right to avenge, they possess no right to self-defense, to fight at all. Their very existence is a provocation, a casus belli.

THIS IS key to understanding today's Mideast. As in yesteryear, so in the 21st century it's axiomatic that Arabs have the right to inflict incalculable harm on Jews — and to do so in the most sadistically inventive ways — but the Jews' attempts to deflect such blows are evil, outrageous and deserving of merciless punishment.

Failure to admit how selective Arab rules of warfare are precludes making sense of anything in our region and dooms to failure any so-called peace drives and mediation initiatives. The tragedy is that not only is the fundamental asymmetry between Jewish and Arab mind-sets not comprehended abroad, but there's no inclination to even consider it.

Worse yet — the Arabs' skewed standards are commonly accepted overseas. Hence the outcry whenever Israel does anything in aid of its self-preservation. Large-scale campaigns like Defensive Shield, the Lebanon War or Cast Lead are decried for "lack or proportionality." However, there was censure even for pinpointed targeting such as the recent Nablus killing (in an exchange of fire during an attempted arrest) of the three ambushers who had earlier slain Meir Avshalom Chai in a drive-by shooting. Abbas described them as "ruthlessly executed martyrs." Even the trials and convictions of murderers like Marwan Barghouti are portrayed as illegitimate. There plainly is just nothing Israel may do to secure itself. Even the most legalistically scrupulous remedies are repudiated.

The Goldstone Report is part and parcel of ongoing efforts to paralyze and disallow Israeli self-defense. The mud now slung at Israel is intended to intimidate use of force in future.

It's nothing new. This isn't the product of what's castigated as occupation and/or the shortage of suicidal concessions on Israel's part to appease Arab/Muslim appetites. Jewish self-defense, in its most rudimentary and literal sense, was anathema way before the Jewish state's birth and subsequent cheeky survival. In his milestone, still ever-relevant 1943 book The Forgotten Ally, Dutch-Canadian journalist Pierre Van Paassen quotes his own

interview with the British Mandate's acting high commissioner Harry Luke during the countrywide Arab rioting of 1929 (most notorious for the Hebron massacre). Van Paassen told Luke: "You arrested first and foremost, in every case I investigated, the Jews who successfully defended themselves. You arrested 50 Jews in Haifa at the moment they defended themselves heroically against the attack of a mob of some 2,000 runners-amok... yesterday I saw a man brought into Jerusalem by the mounted police and recognized in him an older settler from the neighborhood of Lifta, the owner of a small canning factory who had been in this country for more than 50 years — a real pioneer. I visited this man in jail. His name is Isaac Brozen... He was arrested after he had barricaded himself in his factory... Arabs from Lifta raped and massacred his old wife and two daughters and set fire to his house across the roadway."

Luke, like Goldstone eight decades later, argued that he was only looking out for Jews. Brozen, and the many others Van Paassen listed, were merely "placed in protective custody for their own good." The interviewer countered: "but they were in chains and in solitary confinement... Mr. Brozen was loaded down under chains... chains on his hands and chains on his feet, old Turkish chains at that..."

The more things change, the more they stay the same. "Impartial" Brits once sought to foil Jewish defense with chains. Now "impartial" Goldstone tries to foil Jewish defense with different, no less restrictive shackles.

Contact Roberta Dzubow by email at Roberta@adgforum.com

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Posted by Roberta Dzubow, February 21, 2010.

The oil rich Arab Lobby has been able to plant their version of " Israeli aggression" and "Palestinian victimhood" in the public mind. By cultivating well placed people, in government, media, universities, the spread of anti-Israel poison has permeated far and wide. Despite the actual facts, and the "truths on the ground" the Arab narrative is adopted by more and more people. Scan below and see how many names and institutions are represented.

It is amazing that the only civilized society in the entire Middle East, the only democracy, the only country where human rights for all really exists, is accused of the exact opposite. And these people believe it is so. This below was sent by Alexis Worlock.


Sad to see so many Jewish names on here. Among them: Adrienne Rich...celebrated feminist and writer. Regrettably I bought a book of hers some 20 years ago (never got past the beginning of it). Wish I could return it now & take the money back that went to her.

What a list of ignominy and shame.
Alexis Worlock

U.S. Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel


Endorsements from Colleagues at American Institutions:
Note: institutional names are for identification purposes only.

1. Elizabeth Aaronsohn, Central Connecticut State University
2. Elmaz Abinader, Mills College*
3. Rabab Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University***
4. Mohammed Abed, California State University, Los Angeles
5. Thomas Abowd, Colby College
6. Khaled Abou El Fadl, University of California, Los Angeles, Law School
7. Feras Abou-Galala, University of California, Riverside***
8. Matthew Abraham, DePaul University
9. Wahiba Abu-Ras, Adelphi University
10. Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Montclair State University
11. Roberta Ahlquist, San Jose State University
12. Andrew Aisenberg, Scripps College
13. Kazem Alamdari, California State University, Northridge
14. Norma Alarcon, University of California, Berkeley
15. Charlotte Albrecht, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
16. Lisa Albrecht, University of Minnesota
17. Anthony Alessandrini, City University of New York, Kingsborough
18. Hamid Algar, University of California, Berkeley
19. Ammiel Alkalay, Queens College/ CUNY Graduate Center
20. Sama Alshaibi, University of Arizona
21. Naser Alsharif, Creighton University
22. Akram Alshawabkeh, Northeastern University
23. Evelyn Alsultany, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
24. Floyd Anderson, State University of New York, Brockport
25. Ibrahim Aoude, University of Hawai'i
26. Anjali Arondekar, University of California, Santa Cruz
27. Naseer Aruri, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
28. Bill Ayers, University of Illinois, Chicago
29. Barbara Nimri Aziz, anthropologist and independent scholar, Pacifica Radio
30. Alice Bach, Case Western Reserve University
31. Paola Bacchetta, University of California, Berkeley
32. Karran Baird-Olson, California State University, Northridge
33. Raymond William Baker, Trinity College, Hartford CT
34. Ian Barnard, California State University, Northridge
35. Ryvka Bar Zohar, New York University
36. Elisabeth Bass, George Washington University
37. Anis Bawarshi, University of Washington
38. Rosalyn Baxandall, SUNY Old Westbury
39. Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
40. Nagwa Bekir, California State University Northridge
41. Joan Berezin, Berkeley City College
42. Gerald Bergevin, Northeaster University
43. Lincoln Bergman, University of California, Berkeley
44. Tithi Bhattacharya, Purdue University
45. Alisa Bierria, University of California, Berkeley
46. Jack Bishop, University of California, Los Angeles
47. John D. Blanco, University of California, San Diego
48. Dreama Blankenbeckler, Antioch University Seattle*
49. Hagit Borer, University of Southern California
50. Eileen Boris, University of California, Santa Barbara
51. Purnima Bose, Indiana University
52. Mary Pat Brady, Cornell University
53. Bruce Braun, University of Minnesota
54. Gray Brechin, University of California, Berkeley
55. Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota
56. Steve Breyman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
57. Robert Brooks, Cornell University
58. Anna Brown, Saint Peter's College
59. Jayna Brown, University of California, Riverside
60. Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley
61. Bill Buttrey, University of Southern California
62. Eduardo Cadava, Princeton University
63. George Caffentzis, University of Southern Maine
64. Michael Cahn, University of California, Los Angeles
65. Catherine Caldwell-Harris, Boston University
66. Steve Cameron, North Iowa Area Community College
67. Scott Campbell, New York University
68. Corey N. Capers, University of Illinois, Chicago
69. Micha Cardenas, University of California, San Diego
70. Berenice A. Carroll, Purdue University
71. Courtney Carter, Hood College
72. Rand Carter, Hamilton College
73. Margaret Cerullo, Hampshire College
74. Sarika Chandra, Wayne State University
75. Shefali Chandra, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
76. Piya Chatterjee, University of California, Riverside
77. Jolie Chea, University of Southern California
78. Michele Cheung, University of Southern Maine
79. Dennis Childs, University of California, San Diego
80. Mark S. Clinton, Holyoke Community College
81. Marjorie Cohn, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
82. Peter Collas, California State University, Northridge
83. Dayan Colin, Vanderbilt University
84. Michael J. Coyle, California State University, Chico
85. Ofelia Ortiz Cuevas, University of California, Riverside
86. Patricia Cull, Mission Campus, City College, San Francisco
87. Bouthaina Shbib Dabaja, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
88. Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University**
89. Lawrence Davidson, West Chester University**
90. Ken De Bevois, University of Oregon
91. Chris Decker, Buffalo University
92. Nicholas De Genova, Columbia University
93. Lara Deeb, University of California Irvine***
94. Natalia Deeb-Sossa, University of California, Davis
95. Benjamin Dharlingue, University of California, Davis
96. Vicente M. Diaz, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
97. Paula DiMarco, California State University, Northridge
98. Alireza Doostdar, Harvard University
99. Maria R D'Orsogna, California State University, Northridge
100. Ann Douglas, Columbia University
101. Eleanor Doumato, Brown University
102. Ronald Edwards, DePaul University
103. David Eggenschwiler, University of Southern California
104. Amy Elder, University of Cincinnati
105. Charles Elerick, The University of Texas at El Paso
106. Nada Elia, Antioch University, Seattle***
107. Martha Escobar, University of California, San Diego
108. Nava EtShalom, University of Michigan*
109. Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem, Kingsborough CC and Hunter College
110. Joseph Farbrook, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
111. James Faris, University of Connecticut
112. Grant Farred, Cornell University
113. Sasan Fayazmanesh, California State University, Fresno
114. Kevin Fellezs, University of California, Merced
115. Nina Felshin, Wesleyan University
116. Margaret Ferguson, University of California, Davis
117. Lucy Ferriss, Trinity College
118. James Fetzer, University of Minnesota, Duluth
119. Raya Fidel, University of Washington
120. Allan Fisher, City College of San Francisco
121. Ana Fisher, City College of San Francisco
122. Chris Fitter, Rutgers University, Camden
123. Manzar Foorohar, California Polytechnic State University***
124. Paul Foote, California State University, Fullerton
125. John Foran, University of California, Santa Barbara
126. Dennis Fox, University of Illinois, Springfield
127. Robert Frager, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
128. Cynthia Franklin, University of Hawai'i
129. H. Bruce Franklin, Rutgers University — Newark
130. Carla Freccero, University of California, Santa Cruz
131. Benjamin Frymer, California State University, Sonoma
132. Diane Fujino, University of California, Santa Barbara
133. Abigail A. Fuller, Manchester College
134. Nancy Gallagher, University of California, Santa Barbara
135. Keya Ganguly, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
136. George Garcia, University of Michigan
137. Irene Gendzier, Boston University
138. Jess Ghannam, University of California, San Francisco***
139. Bishnupriya Ghosh, University of California, Santa Barbara
140. Ayesha E. Gill, UCLA
141. Terri Ginsberg, Manhattanville College
142. Him Glover, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
143. Sherna Berger Gluck, California State University Long Beach***
144. Mishuana Goeman, Dartmouth College
145. Macarena Gomez-Barris, University of Southern California
146. Marta Gonzales, California State University, Northridge
147. Julia Good Fox, Haskell Indian Nations University
148. Avery Gordon, University of California, Santa Barbara
149. Arthur Grant, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
150. Kiana Green, University of Southern California
151. Susan Greene, San Francisco Art Institute
152. Inderpal Grewal, University of California, Berkeley
153. Andrew Paul Gutierrez, University of California, Berkeley
154. Marilyn Hacker, City University of New York*/**
155. Christian Haesemeyer, University of California, Los Angeles
156. Elaine Haglund, California State University, Long Beach
157. Elaine Hagopian, Simmons College
158. John Halaka, University of San Diego
159. Sondra Hale, University of California, Los Angeles***
160. Dorcas Haller, Community College of Rhode Island
161. Leila Hamdan, George Mason University
162. Sora Han, University of California, Irvine
163. Barbara Harlow, University of Texas, Austin
164. George Hartley, Ohio University
165. John Hartung, State University of New York, Brooklyn
166. Mahamood Hassan, California State University, Fullerton
167. Salah D. Hassan, Michigan State University
168. Frances Hasso, Oberlin College
169. Geraldine Haynes, University of Washington
170. Nicholas Heer, University of Washington, Seattle
171. Lyn Hejinian, University of California, Berkeley
172. Lynette Henderson, California State University, Northridge
173. Glenn Hendler, Fordham University
174. Edward S. Herman, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania**
175. Sami Hermez, Princeton University
176. Gerise Herndon, Nebraska Wesleyan University
177. Annie Higgins, Wayne State University
178. Chris Highley, Ohio State University
179. Musa al-Hindi, Independent Scholar
180. Janet Holmes, Boise State University*
181. Jim Holstun, State University of New York, Buffalo
182. Giovanni Hortua, California State University, Long Beach
183. Nubar Hovsepian, Chapman University
184. LeAnne Howe, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
185. Sally Howell, University of Michigan, Dearborn
186. Mary Husain, California State University, Fresno
187. Azfar Hussein, Oklahoma State University
188. Ginna Husting, Boise State University
189. Mahmood Ibrahim, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
190. Noel Ignatiev, Massachusets College of Art and Design
191. Ibrahim Imam, University of Louisville
192. Foad Izadi, Louisiana State University
193. Pranav Jani, Ohio State University
194. Amira Jarmakani, Georgia State University
195. Robert Jensen, University of Texas, Austin
196. Kenneth Johnson, Pennsylvania State University, Abington
197. Brian Johnston, Carnegie Mellon University
198. Pierre Joris, State University of New York, Albany
199. Donna Joss, Worcester State College
200. Mohja Kahf, University of Arkansas*
201. Rhoda Kanaaneh, New York University
202. Ronak K. Kapadia, New York University
203. Tomis Kapitan, Northern Illinois University
204. Amy Kaplan, University of Pennsylvania
205. Carolyn Karcher, Temple University (emerita)
206. Susan Katz, University of San Francisco
207. Walda Katz-Fishman, Howard University
208. J. Ke-haulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University**
209. Joseph Keith, Binghamton University
210. James Kellenberger, California State University, Northridge
211. Robin D.G. Kelley, University of Southern California**
212. Assaf Kfoury, Boston University
213. Issam Khalidi, Independent Scholar
214. Andrea Khalil, Queens College, City University of New York
215. Sang Hea Kil, San Josè State University
216. Jodi Kim, University of California, Riverside
217. Kathleen Kinawy, University of Southern Maine
218. Laurie King, independent scholar
219. Laurence Kirby, City University of New York
220. David Klein, California State University, Northridge***
221. Lisa Maya Knauer, University of Massachusets, Dartmouth
222. Susan Kneedler, independent scholar
223. Harold Knight, Southern Methodist University
224. Yael Korin, University of California, Los Angeles
225. Dennis Kortheuer, California State University, Long Beach***
226. Eiko Kosasa, Leeward Community College, Pearl City, Hawai'i
227. Joel Kovel, Independent Scholar
228. Kevin Kumashiro, University of Illinois at Chicago
229. Felix Salvador Kury, San Francisco State University
230. Mark Lance, Georgetown University
231. Werner Lange, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
232. Amanda Lashaw, University of California, Davis
233. Paul Lauter, Trinity College
234. Henrike Lehnguth, University of Maryland
235. Priscilla Leiva, University of Southern California
236. Renee Levant, Fort Hays State University
237. Peter Linebaugh, University of Toledo
238. David Lloyd, University of Southern California***
239. Ania Loomba, University of Pennsylvania
240. Claudia Garriga Lopez, New York University
241. Eric Lott, University of Virginia
242. Eileen Lundy, University of Texas, Austin
243. Georgette Loup, University of New Orleans
244. Jennifer Lowenstein, University of Wisconsin, Madison
245. Alex Lubin, University of New Mexico
246. Barry Lumsden, Texas A&M University, Commerce
247. Laura E. Lyons, University of Hawai'i
248. Paul Lyons, University of Hawai'i
249. Graham MacPhee, West Chester University
250. Shireen Mahdavi, University of Utah
251. Sunaina Maira, University of California, Davis***
252. Saree Makdisi, UCLA
253. Sana Makhoul, Evergreen Valley College and De Anza College
254. Harriet Malinowitz, Long Island University
255. Ahmad Malkawi, University of Kentucky
256. Nabil Marshood, Hudson County Community College
257. Joseph Massad, Columbia University
258. Khaled Mattawa, University of Michigan*
259. Todd May, Clemson University
260. Mike Mazon, Woodbury University
261. Ali Mazrui, State University of New York, Binghamton
262. Janet Ellis McAdams, Kenyon College*
263. Justine McCabe, Independent Scholar
264. Bryan McCann, University of Texas, Austin
265. Kate McCullough, Cornell University
266. Daniel McGowan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
267. Jodi Melamed, Marquette University
268. Jad Melki, University of Maryland
269. Martin Melkonian, Hofstra University
270. Targol Mesbah, California Institute of Integral Studies
271. Wiliam Messing, University of Minnesota
272. Gregory Meyerson, North Carolina A and T University
273. Frann Michel, Willamette University
274. Ali Mili, New Jersey Institute of Technology
275. Glen Mimura, University of California, Irvine
276. Yong Soon Min, University of California, Irvine
277. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University
278. Kelvin Monroe, Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul, MN
279. Theresa Montano, California State University, Northridge
280. Manijeh Moradian, New York University
281. Jessica Morris, University of Louisville
282. Fred Moten, Duke University
283. Fouad Moughrabi, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
284. Aamir Mufti, University of California, Los Angeles
285. Ahlam Muhtaseb, California State University, San Bernardino
286. Bill Mullen, Purdue University
287. Carlos Munoz, Jr., University of California, Berkeley
288. Donna Murdock, University of the South
289. Mara Naaman, Williams College
290. Nadine Naber, University of Michigan
291. Deborah Al-Najjar, Univ of Southern California
292. Asma Al-Naser, University of Pennsylvania
293. Sionne Neely, University of Southern California
294. David O'Connell, Georgia State University
295. Laura O'Connor, University of California, Irvine
296. Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, James Madison University
297. Gary Y. Okihiro, Columbia University
298. Daniel Olmos, University of California, Santa Barbara
299. Jennifer Olmsted, Drew University
300. Judy Olson, California State University, Los Angeles
301. Martin Orr, Boise State University
302. Rupal Oza, Hunter College, CUNY
303. Sirena Pellarolo, California State University, Northridge
304. David Naguib Pellow, University of Minnesota
305. Marina Perez de Mendiola, Scripps College
306. Issa Peters, Thunderbird School of Management
307. James Petras, Binghamton University**
308. Cecile Pineda, San Diego State University
309. Kavita Philip, University of California, Irvine
310. Adrienne Pine, American University
311. Julio Pino, Kent State University
312. Edie Pistolesi, California State University, Northridge***
313. Haley Pollack, University of Wisconsin, Madison
314. Deborah Poole, The Johns Hopkins University
315. Mike Powelson, California State University, Northridge
316. Janet Powers, Gettysburg College
317. Vijay Prashad, Trinity College
318. Gautam Premnath, University of California, Berkeley
319. Arthur Preisinger, Texas Lutheran University
320. David Pruitt, St. Louis Community College
321. Jasbir Puar, Rutgers University
322. Laura Pulido, University of Southern California
323. James Quesada, San Franciso State University
324. Jessica Quindel, Berkeley High School
325. Josè Rabasa, University of California, Berkeley
326. Peter Rachleff, Macalester College
327. Leslie Radford, East Los Angeles College
328. R. Radhakrishnan, University of California, Irvine
329. Leigh Raiford, University of California, Berkeley
330. Aneil Rallin, Soka University of America
331. Geetha Ramanathan, Westchester University of Pennsylvania
332. Junaid Rana, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
333. Jacki Thompson Rand, University of Iowa
334. Radha Ranganathan, California State University, Northridge
335. Kasturi Ray, San Francisco State University
336. Chandan Reddy, University of Washington, Seattle
337. Shana Redmond, University of Southern California
338. Adolph Reed, University of Pennsylvania
339. Debbie Reese, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
340. Kenneth Ring, University of Connecticut
341. Bruce Robbins, Columbia University
342. Cedric J. Robinson, University of California, Santa Barbara
343. William Robinson, University of California, Santa Barbara
344. Steve Roddy, University of San Francisco
345. Anthony Bayani Rodriguez, University of Southern California
346. Cesar Rodriguez, University of California, Santa Barbara
347. Dylan Rodriguez, University of California, Riverside
348. Ilia Rodriguez, University of New Mexico
349. David Roediger, University of Illinois
350. Jessica Rogner, Michigan State University
351. Clarissa Rojas, California State University, Long Beach
352. Jerry Rosen, California State University, Northridge
353. Sonia Rosen, University of Pennsylvania
354. Andrew Ross, New York University
355. Suzanne Ross, United Federation of Teachers, Clinical Psychology
356. Marty Roth, University of Minnesota
357. Cheryl A. Rubenberg, Florida International University, Miami, FL
358. Lori Rudolph, New Mexico Highlands University
359. Rachael M. Rudolph, Emory & Henry University
360. Melanie Ruefli, Georgia Perimeter College
361. Roshni Rustomji-Kerns, Sonoma State University
362. Adam Sabra, University of Georgia
363. Prantik Saha, Columbia University Medical Center
364. Ken Sakatani, California State University, Northridge
365. Steven Salaita, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
366. Maria-Josefina Saldana-Portilla, New York University
367. Vida Samiian, California State University, Fresno
368. Rakhshanda Saleem, Harvard Medical School
369. Basel Saleh, Radford University
370. George Salem, University of Southern California
371. George Saliba, Columbia University
372. Ranu Samantrai, Indiana University
373. Rosaura Sanchez, University of California, San Diego
374. Eleuterio Santiago-Diaz, University of New Mexico
375. Bhaskar Sarkar, University of California, Santa Barbara
376. Aseel Sawalha, Pace University
377. Simona Sawhney, University of Minnesota
378. Seleem Sayyar, Emory University
379. Fayyad Sbaihat, Carnegie Mellon University***
380. Robert Schaible, University of Southern Maine
381. Damia Schnyder, University of California, Santa Barbara
382. C. Heike Schotten, University of Massachusetts, Boston
383. Malini Johar Schueller, University of Florida
384. James Scully, University of Connecticut
385. Dylan Schwilk, Texas Tech University
386. Sarita See, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
387. Evalyn Segal, San Diego State University
388. May Seikaly, Wayne State University
389. Samah Selim, Rutgers University
390. Bharath A. Sethuraman, California State University, Northridge
391. Svati P. Shah, Duke University
392. Sima Shakhsari, Stanford University
393. Anton Shammas, University of Michigan*
394. Alpana Sharma, Wright State University
395. Simona Sharoni, SUNY Plattsburgh
396. Stephen Sheehi, University of South Carolina
397. Matthew Shenoda, Goddard College*
398. Scott Shepard, Richland College
399. Setsu Shigematsu, University of California, Riverside
400. Magid Shihade, University of California Davis***
401. Snehal Shingavi, University of Mary Washington
402. Ella Shohat, New York University
403. David Shorter, UCLA
404. Tasneem Siddiqui, University of Southern California
405. Yumna Siddiqi, Middlebury College
406. Denise Silva, University of California, San Diego
407. David Simpson, University of California, Davis
408. Ajay Skaria, University of Minnesota
409. Andor Skotnes, Sage College
410. Alana Smith, New York University
411. Andrea Smith, University of California, Riverside
412. Jeffery R. Smith, The New School for Social Research
413. Christine So, Georgetown University
414. Louis Solis, California State University, Northridge
415. Scott Sorrell, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
416. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University
417. Rajini Srikanth, University of Massachusetts, Boston
418. Nancy Stoller, University of California, Santa Cruz
419. Ted Stolze, Cerritos College
420. Beverly Stuart, Antioch University Seattle
421. Patricia Stuhr, Ohio State University
422. Abha Sur, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
423. Kenneth Surin, Duke University
424. Ghada Talhami, Lake Forest College
425. Janet Tallman, Antioch College
426. Salim Tamari, Institute for Palestine Studies
427. Helga Tawil-Souri, New York University
428. Paul Thomas, University of California, Berkeley
429. William J. Thompson, University of Michigan, Dearborn
430. Daniel Tiffany, University of Southern California
431. Saadia Toor, City University of New York
432. Haunani-Kay Trask, University of Hawai`i, Ma-noa
433. Corbin Treacy, University of Minnesota
434. Robert Trivers, Rutgers University
435. Michael Tucker, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
436. Nancy Turner, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
437. Julie Thi Underhill, University of California, Berkeley
438. Juan Carlos Vallejo, State University of New York
439. Paul Vangelisti, Otis College of Art and Design
440. Stefano Varese, University of California, Davis
441. Hypatia Varioumis, Drury University
442. Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University
443. Kamala Visweswaran, University of Texas
444. Catherine Wagner, Miami University*
445. Dorothy Wang, Williams College
446. Richard Wark, University of Maryland
447. Robert Warrior, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
448. Adam Waterman, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
449. Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago
450. Brad Werner, University of California, San Diego
451. Johnny E. Williams, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
452. Randall Williams, independent scholar
453. Mary Wilson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
454. Howard Winant, University of California, Santa Barbara
455. Jessica Winegar, Temple University
456. Hannah Wolfe, St. Luke's Roosevelt Medical Center
457. Charles L. Yates, Earlham College (IN)
458. Cynthia Young, Boston College
459. Mansour Zand, University of Nebraska, Omaha
460. Edward Ziter, New York University

Endorsements from Cultural Workers:

1. Anne Marie Abowd, Norhweset Ohio Peace Coalition
2. Paul Abowd, journalist, Labor Notes
3. Ali Abunimah, writer
4. Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore, poet and editor
5. Elmaz Abinader, writer*
6. Reham Alhelsi, Blogger
7. Naji Ali, journalist, Crossing the Line
8. Dunya Alwan, Birthright Unplugged***
9. Mohammed Asaad, writer, poet, critic, Kuwait
10. Mary Austin, Curator, Triptych Readings
11. Anna Baltzer, writer
12. Joslyn Barnes, writer, film producer, Louverture Films
13. Jesus Barraza, artist
14. Nora Barrows-Friedman, journalist, Flashpoints Radio
15. Abe Batshon, Patriarch hip-hop artist
16. Rachid Belbachir, MANA (Maghreb Assn of North America — for the North African community)
17. William Bell, cultural worker — blogger and minister
18. Khalil Bendib, Sculptor, political cartoonist, humorist
19. Dreama Blankenbeckler, Artist*
20. Blasè Bonpane, Office of the Americas
21. Adrienne Maree Brown, executive director of the Ruckus Society
22. Rashida Bumbray, Visual and Performance artist
23. Shahid Buttar, poet, musician
24. Ellen Cantarow, independent writer
25. Luzviminda Carpenter, Pinay sa Seattle
26. Hayan Charara, editor and poet
27. DAM, hip hop artists, Lydd, 1948 Palestine
28. Mary Ellen Davis, Filmmamker and Teacher
29. Raymond Deane, composer and author
30. DJ Emancipacion, DJ, San Francisco
31. Andrew Dougherty, researcher — FRDSCA
32. David Engle, writer
33. Barbara Ehrenreich, writer
34. Ben Ehrenreich, writer and journalist
35. Nava EtShalom, poet*
36. Jody Evans, Code Pink
37. Angela Fautt, KPFA 94.1 Berkeley
38. Andrew Felluss, music producer***
39. Jordan Flaherty, writer
40. Eileen Fleming, We Are Wide Awake; writer and producer
41. Bill Fletcher, Executive Editor, The Black Commentator **
42. Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report **
43. Racheli Gai, Tucson Women in Black
44. Mark Gonzales, poet, Human Writes Project**
45. Marilyn Hacker, poet*/**
46. Mary Harb, Palestinian American Women's Association
47. Lily Haskell, Arab Resource and Organizing Centre
48. Nadia Hijab, writer
49. Janet Holmes, poet*
50. Libby Hunter, musician
51. Lydia Howell, writer, poet, radio journalist and producer, Minneapolis
52. Annemarie Jacir, Filmmaker **
53. Elyse Jajuga, Mt. Pleasant Free School
54. Mohja Kahf, poet*
55. Remi Kanazi, poet, writer, editor***
56. Rima Najjar Kapitan, Managing Partner, Amal Law Group
57. Christine Karatnytsky, Scripts Librarian, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
58. Hugo Herlych Karlsen, author and publisher, Denmark
59. Charlotte Kates, Labor for Palestine ***
60. Judith Kazantzis, poet and writer, UK
61. Michelle Kinnucan, Middle East Task Force of Ann Arbor, MI
62. Jeff Kipilman, Temple Beth Israel, Midrasha Instructor
63. K-Salaam & Beatnick, hip-hop artist
64. Paul Laverty, screenwriter
65. Jeffrey Layton, songwriter/producer, Los Angeles
66. Eloise Lee, Media Alliance
67. Stephen Lendman, The Global Research News Hour
68. Howard Lenow, American Jews for a Just Peace
69. Michael Letwin, New York City Labor Against the War
70. MaGestiK LeGenD, hip-hop artist
71. Mandolyn Ludlum, Mystic, hip-hop artist
72. Lisa Suhair Majaj, poet, scholar/critic
73. Claude Marks, The Freedom Archives
74. Khaled Mattawa, poet*
75. Ahmina Maxey, East Michigan Environmental Action Council
76. Janet Ellis McAdams, poet*
77. Dan Taulapapa McMullin, indigenous artist, writer and filmmaker
78. D.H. Melhem, poet, novelist, scholar/critic
79. Momina Mir, Central Student Association, University of Guelph
80. Jennifer Mogannam, Palestinian Youth Network (PYN)
81. Mike Montagne, PEOPLE For Mathematically Perfected Economy
82. Tom Mysiewicz, freelance writer
83. Matt Nelson, Graphic Artist
84. Anggia Putri Nilasari, blogger, radio producer
85. Jaisal Noor, Democracy Now!/the Indypendent
86. Kiilu Nyasha, SFLive TV program
87. Nigel Parry, writer
88. Shailja Patel, poet, performance artist
89. Priyanka Pathak, INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
90. Pathanapong Pathanadilok, Alternative Intervention Models
91. Katrina Pestano, Writer and hip-hop artist
92. David Peterson, writer, Chicago
93. Dennis Phillips, poet
94. Don Prange, Minister, St. James United Church of Christ, Lovettsville, VA
95. F. D. Reeve, poet
96. Leila Nachawati Rego, blogger, Spain
97. Dick Reilly, Media activist
98. Adrienne Rich, poet, essayist**
99. Elizabeth Robinson, journalist, KCSB Radio
100. Stephen Rodefer, writer
101. Asad Sadiq, Shia Association of North America
102. Khadiga Safwat, Oxford Women Network for Justice and Peace
103. Andrea Scarpino, poet
104. Richard Schaaf, poet, founding editor of Azul Editions
105. Mark Segal, Museum Educator
106. Adil Semmar, film critic & journalist, Morocco
107. Celia Shallal, Arab American National Museum
108. Anton Shammas, novelist*
109. Adam Shapiro, Documentary Filmmaker, Co-Founder ISM
110. Deema Shehabi, poet, San Francisco
111. Guenter Schenk, Strasbourg, France, publishers consultant for Alawi-Verlag
112. Matthew Shenoda, poet*
113. Michel Shehadeh, Executive Director, Arab Film Festival**
114. Andrew Silvera, Action4Palestine
115. Rose Sims, SPEAK!
116. Thomas Immanuel Steinberg, journalist, Germany
117. Simone Swan, The Adobe Alliance
118. Joe Truss, Some of All Parts hip hop group
119. Laura C. Stevenson, writer
120. Wesley Taylor, Emergence Media
121. Tiffany TenEyck, Labor Notes
122. Shelby Tucker, author
123. Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town**
124. Catherine Wagner, poet*
125. Jeff Warner, Los Angeles Jews for Peace
126. Ilana Weaver, Invincible, hip-hop artist
127. Irving Weinman, writer
128. Rev. Gretchen Winkler, Lutheran Church of Martha and Mary Mt. Prospect, IL
129. Will Youmans, Iron Sheik, hip-hop artist

Endorsements from International Colleagues:

1. Ahmed Abbes, University of Rennes 1
2. Noha Taha Abokrysha, Cairo University
3. Mona Baker, University of Manchester
4. Mikhael Balabane, Universite Paris 13
5. Rana Barakat, Birzeit University
6. Katherine Bullock, University of Toronto, Mississauga
7. Coskun Cakir, Istanbul University
8. Chris Collom, University of Calgary
9. Robert Boyce, London School of Economics
10. Haim Bresheeth, University of East London
11. Jean Bricmont, Universite de Louvain
12. C.J.Burns-Cox MD, Medical Doctor and Human Rights Worker
13. Muhammad Talha Cicek, Sabanci University
14. Ned Curthoys, Australian National University
15. Mike Cushman, London School of Economics and Political Science
16. Bucker Dangor, Imperial College, London
17. Uri Davis, Al-Quds University, Palestine
18. Judit Druks, University College London
19. Ira Dworkin, The American University in Cairo
20. Mahmoud El Lozy, American University in Cairo
21. Shadia Elshishini, Cairo University
22. Hani Faris, University of British Columbia, Canada
23. Emmanuel Farjoun, Hebrew University
24. Rachel Giora, Tel Aviv University
25. Benjamin Greer, University of London
26. Peter Hallward, Middlesex University, UK
27. Michael Harris, Universite Paris 7
28. Nigel Harris, University College London
29. Khalil Hindi, American University, Beirut
30. Huma Ibrahim, Zayed University
31. Ivar Ekeland, University of British Columbia, Canada
32. Kathleen Kamphoefner, Executive Director, St. Andrew's Refugee Services, Cairo, Egypt
33. Musa Karam, City University, London, UK
34. Michael Keefer, University of Guelph
35. Paul Kelemen, Univ of Manchester
36. M. Moncef Khaddar, Eastern Mediterranean University
37. Aziza Khalidi, Islamic University of Lebanon
38. Lilia Labidi, University of Tunis
39. Malcolm H Levitt, University of Southampton
40. Ronit Lentin, Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
41. Abby Lippman, McGill University
42. Moshè Machover, London School of Economics and Political Science
43. Gerald MacLean, University of Exeter
44. Rania Masri, University of Balamand
45. Anat Matar, Tel Aviv University
46. Patrick McGreevy, American University of Beirut
47. Rima Najjar Merriman, Arab American University, Jenin
48. Khalid Mohiuddin, University of Damascus
49. Ali Mokdad, Universite de Montreal
50. Chivvis Moore, Birzeit University
51. Marcy Newman, Amman Ahliyya University, Jordan***
52. Sam Noumoff, McGill University
53. Joseph Oesterle, Universite Paris VI
54. Ilan Pappè, University of Exeter**
55. Lucia Quaresma, University of Rio de Janeiro
56. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities
57. Diana M.A. Relke, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
58. Mary Rizzo, art restorer, writer, translator — Italy
59. Kelly T. Roberts, Queensland University of Technology
60. Donna M. Ruzzano, Eastern Mediterranean University
61. Rima Sabban, Zayed University, Dubai
62. Hanan Sabea, American University in Cairo
63. Mehmet Murat Sahin, Middle East Technical University, Ankara
64. Richard Seaford, University of Exeter
65. Sherene Seikaly, American University in Cairo
66. Ur Shlonsky, University of Geneva
67. Marcus Slease, Ealing and West London College
68. Kobi Snitz, Technion, Israel
69. Paul Taber, Lebanese American University
70. Lisa Taraki, Birzeit University**
71. Jason Thomas, Kosin University, Korea
72. Sunera Thobani, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
73. Jean-Pierre Thys, Brussels University
74. Stellan Vinthagen, Gothenberg University, Sweden
75. Rami Zurayk. American University of Beirut
76. Elia Zureik, Queen's University

Organizational Endorsements:

1. 10/15 Anarchist Collective, Toledo, OH
2. Action 4 Palestine
3. The Adobe Alliance
4. Al Awda
5. Another Jewish Voice, Santa Fe
6. Arab Resource and Organizing Center
7. Artists Against Apartheid, USCEIO affiliate
8. Birthright Unplugged
9. British Committee for the Universities of Palestine
10. Cafe Intifada — film/cultural group
11. Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid, Southern California
12. Code Pink
13. Emory Advocates for Justice in Palestine
14. The Free Palestine Alliance (USA)
15. Friends of Bil'in in USA
16. Green Party of the United States
17. Harrisburg Middle East Justice and Peace (South Central Pennsylvania)
18. INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
19. International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network — Los Angeles Chapter
20. Los Angeles Jews for Peace
21. Los Angeles Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee
22. National Council of Arab Americans
23. New York City Labor against War
24. Palestinian Economists Association
25. PATOIS: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival
26. PEOPLE For Mathematically Perfected Economy
27. Radian Records, LLC, music production company
28. Radical Arab Women's Activist Network
29. Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI)
30. Right to Education Campaign Campaign, Birzeit University
31. Shi'a Organization of America
32. Students Creating Radical Change, New York University
33. Students for Justice in Palestine, UC Davis
34. Teachers Against the Occupation, Minnesota
35. US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
36. US Palestinian Community Network

* Cross listed as Cultural Worker and Academic
** Advisory Board Member
*** Organizing Committee Member/Founding Member

Contact Roberta Dzubow by email at Roberta@adgforum.com

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, February 21, 2010.


Andrew C. McCarthy, who prosecuted the blind sheikh in Manhattan for plotting to destroy municipal facilities, now is making headlines, because he finds civilian trials inappropriate for terrorism. Here are his points and his critics' rebuttal:

When Mr. McCarthy was new to this, he felt he was on the "cutting edge" of the law. He came to see that the trials did not deter terrorism, and there were trials before 9/11. Marines might root out terrorists. Terrorism is a military problem, rather than a legal one. [It also is an ideological one.]

A war is not a crime, but a matter of national security. Civilian courts are the wrong arena for war [especially for terrorists caught in the act]. Prosecutors are not specialists in national security.

In response, Joshua L. Dratel, a terrorist defense attorney asks whether McCarthy is running for office. Attorney Gen. Holder told the Senate he was there "to talk about facts and evidence, real American values, and not the kinds of polemics that he [McCarthy] seems prone to."

In one of his big cases, McCarthy's list of unindicted co-conspirators was passed on to bin Laden. Critics reply that McCarthy had not sought a pre-trial protective order, to limit the list's dissemination. When the order is obtained, there are no security breaches.

Private lawyers who help detainees at Guantanamo Bay, by challenging the legality of their incarceration, are volunteering their services to the enemy. Mr. Dratel replies that private lawyers did the country a service.

McCarthy has criticizes military courts, too, preferring a "national security court." (Benjamin Weiser, NY Times, 2/20, A1.)

It appears that McCarthy's critics answer certain points bit resort to personal invective answering the difficult ones.

When private lawyers check out whether the government had incarcerated the right people, that is one thing. When they advocate for their clients, they cross the line.


IDF in Nablus (A.P./Nasser Shiyoukhi)

In late February and March, four Israeli veterans of the Gaza war will fan out over New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Wisconsin, Seattle, Philadelphia, Connecticut, and San Jose, CA.. They say they will explain what the war really was like, stories that the international media missed, and correct much-publicized misconceptions, that the international media did not miss. This project is at the initiative of StandWithUs, an organization of young activists.

StandWithUs remarks about those speakers, "They are part of a group that provides video testimony at (www.soldiersspeakout.com). Many feel that the media has often been skewed. Many soldiers feel a deep sense of injustice when this happens, including those who risked their own lives and lost friends in Gaza to protect Palestinian civilians." "All the soldiers we met illustrate the IDF's moral code with first-hand experiences.

The soldiers are prepared to conduct interviews by request, please email info@standwithus.com or call 310-836-6140, ext. 0. (From Standwithus e-mail, 2/19.)


Norway granted political asylum to a diplomat and family, stationed there by Iran.

Mohammad Reza Heydari resigned from his post in January, in protest over his regime's killing of eight protesters (www.imra.org.il, 2/19).

When people stationed abroad resign from dictatorships, they also have to reconcile themselves to exile and possible assassination attempts on their lives.


Already this year, Nablus police have destroyed 941 stolen cars, usually stolen from Israel.

Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA asks why the Palestinian Authority P.A.) police don't return the cars to Israel (www.imra.org.il, 2/19).

If this is an example of the touted P.A. police's law-and-order campaign, that is supposed somehow to enhance Israeli security, it does not do Israel any good. Rather than build trust, the P.A. effort displays spite.

If 1,000 stolen cars are brought to one P.A. city in two months, is the total number brought to all P.A. cities in a year in the tens of thousands?


Israel had reported plans to develop joint energy-producing projects, one with Egypt on solar power, and the other with Jordan, on organic waste.

At a regional conference, Jordan said the project would involve the U.S., too.

Egypt's Energy Minister, however, reacted with a denial that it would work with Israel on the regional energy grid now or in future (www.imra.org.il, 2/20).

I did not think the Israeli announcement tactful, that Egypt would supply the site and Israel would supply the know-how. But the Israeli intent was intended to be mutually beneficial and to encourage peace.


A Turkish charity, IHH, vowed to send a flotilla of 20 ships, laden with building materials that Israel otherwise does not let into Gaza, with other goods, and with human rights activists (www.imra.org.il, 2/20).

What are they trying to do, flood Gaza with goods and bankrupt Hamas? Hamas makes sizable profits from smuggling via tunnels. So great is the smuggling, that many goods are in ample supply and many private tunnel owners are going out of business. What will Hamas do for income, if the partial blockade is overcome by ships?

It never ceases to amaze how in the name of decency, evil-minded people or naifs cooperate so well to flout decency, and do nothing against terrorism.

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Posted by Ari Bussel, February 21, 2010.

The flames could be seen clearly in small streets far away from the city square. It was not the smoke or ashes, rather the sense of excitement that provided warmth and exhilaration. Jan came running in from the outside, his face red, eyes shining. His mother looked at him puzzled. Short of breath he exclaimed: They are burning books — tomorrow we are not going to school!

It was many years ago in a different part of the world books were burned. Treatises on philosophy, history, culture, the arts, sciences and medicine were carefully determined inappropriate and dangerous. Their writers' only guilt, a sin as old as the Devil Himself, was their religious affiliation — they were Jews. In fact, the burners not altogether careful, every once in a while in their zeal included a book by a non-Jewish author.

Over the decades it seemed such an event could not reoccur. The slogan "Never Again!" reminds us of one of humanity's darkest hours when layers were peeled off to expose only the rotten, and evil fermented and multiplied. We were clearly wrong. Most have forgotten this not-so-ancient promise and the prophecy that history will repeat itself is now being fulfilled in front our eyes.

It is 2010, the dawn of a new decade. The innocence of youth mingled with inner wisdom of our ancestors' experiences guide the very young 21st century. Yet, our urge to run before we walk is too strong, like Jan's excitement while his mother shuddered.

Five thousand dollars worth of detergents produced in a Jewish town in Judea and Samaria was confiscated from an Arab driving the consignment and was then destroyed. Using Israeli-made products "stands contrary to the national and moral obligations of the Palestinians." Particularly when the production takes place in Judea and Samaria. The egregious action was sanctioned by no other than Israel's "partners for peace," the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, throws a package into a fire set to burn products from Jewish settlements, in the West Bank town of Salfit, Jan 5, 2010. Palestinians have launched a boycott of Israeli products made in Jewish settlements in the West Bank. (Nasser Ishtayeh/AP//File)

Once they burned books, now the Palestinian Prime Minister participates in such burning events. It might have been fruits during the event in which he participated, at the same time Jewish people around the world celebrated the New Year of the Trees. Jews build and innovate; the so-called Palestinians destroy and kill.

Yesterday, the Presidents of the Major Jewish Organizations in the USA went to visit that very same Prime Minister to see if peace could be advanced. They like Jan, while like Jan's mother, fear evident in her eyes, I am amazed: Why are we those who initiate, bother, make the effort and extend a hand while our enemy, whose sights are clearly not set on peace, acts forcefully and effectively against us? Could a plea from B'nai Brith to Hitler have saved six million?

Israelis have long employed Arabs. Even at the most orthodox "settlements," Arabs earn a respectable living and work alongside observant Jews, learning a trade, often treated like family. Israelis simply know no other way. Then one of those same Arabs returns with an axe and murders a young child, and attempts to kill another.

Israeli doctors treat Arabs, and then a young Arab woman comes for treatment, using a special Israeli waiver allowing her passage for health reasons. She was strapped with explosives as repayment, what she believed to be an "All Merciful" type of payment.

Arabs once worked in construction and to this very day are employed in numerous jobs in Israel. Is there anything wrong with this picture?

Once they burned books. Today they have embarked on a very effective campaign, sophisticated propaganda against the Jewish right to the Land of Israel. The response? To achieve peace, we must better their economic conditions, claims the Israeli Prime Minister.

Is everyone blind in Israel, or has everyone fallen victim to the most extraordinary campaign of deceit embarked upon since the Nazi regime? Apparently, in the Mediterranean little makes sense, history repeats itself and one should never be surprised.

"Gaza Under Siege" is another aspect of the Campaign to Destroy the Jewish State. The "Siege" is so effective, indeed, that people around the world protest to this very day against the Israeli "disproportional response," "atrocities" committed and the on-going blockade. The Response? Humanitarian aid continues to flow from Israel, alongside fuel and electricity. Israel stands accused even as she continues sending Social Security funds into Gaza. Israelis are blamed for war crimes and crimes against humanity, yet they provide medical service, send an elevator to a hospital in Gaza and work to fight an outbreak of H1N1 in humans or Bird Flu among animals.

Jan's mother was horrified, for her son did not know better. When humanity degrades itself to burning books, the end of days has come. I am petrified as I see the real entity under siege: Israel is being blamed for sins she never committed. Israeli doctors are being excluded from conferences and Israeli academics are not allowed into professional societies, memberships are being denied and participation is prohibited.

Israeli officials, at the highest levels, are unable to land in many countries lest they be tried for imaginary crimes, wrongly accused as a means of deterrence and an excuse for hatred. Worse, Israelis are being boycotted, multinationals are beginning to divest from Israel and she may soon find herself unable to export — whether produce, goods, services or knowledge and human capital.

We are still in the early stages of this campaign of evil. At present, Israeli officials are being silenced, they are not allowed to speak freely at universities around the world. The truth is unable to surface under the expanding web of lies and hatred.

Will Israel be able to survive on her own, until everyone finally recognizes the true nature of the beast? Will it be too late? How is it that we just live again the horrors of the past and those who can still remember keep silent?

Once they burned books, then they burned bodies, mountains of bodies of children, women and men, young and old, healthy and frail. Their only sin was being Jewish. Today they start the process again, yet the crematoriums are still cold. We must stop the process before the ovens are warmed up, for we will be unable to stop it once the ashes start spewing from the tall chimneys the world over.

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Posted by Arlene Kushner, February 21, 2010.


When I originally wrote about Prime Minister Netanyahu's plans for developing heritage sites, so that Israelis could tour the land and understand our roots here, I praised this effort. I still praise it in its essence, as it should tell our narrative and reinforce our connection to Israel.

However...the heart of that ancient narrative, the core of our heritage (outside of Jerusalem) is in Judea and Samaria — that is, beyond the Green Line in territory that the Arabs are claiming. Uneasy even in my moment of praise, I advised people to write and thank the prime minister for this conceptualization, and also urge him to include sites in Judea and Samaria.

Today Netanyahu unveiled his plan at the weekly Cabinet meeting. Word had it that three places beyond the Green Line — Herodion (a palace/fortress built by Herod in the Judean desert), Sussiya (an ancient city from Talmudic times in the southern desert with a synagogue whose magnificent floor mosaics can still be seen) and Qumran (the site of an ancient community, in the desert near the Dead Sea, with caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden) — would be on the list.

It was said, however, that other sites — most significantly the Machpelah (Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hevron) and Kever Rachel (Rachel's Tomb outside of Bethlehem) — would not be included.

But it seems that pressure worked, and both the Machpelah and Kever Rachel will be on the list. This is a signal lesson for us — that making noise does make a difference. The noise came from many sources — from protesting lobbyists, members of the government such as Uzi Landau, and members of the newly formed Knesset Lobby for the Land of Greater Israel.

This is a major victory, as these sites reach back to the Torah. We are told about the cave that Avraham purchased from Ephron the Hittite for Sarah's burial, and about Rachel, who died on the way to Bethlehem, when giving birth to Benjamin, and was buried by Jacob on the side of the road. These two sites are the second and third holiest for Jews, after Jerusalem. It would be unthinkable to leave these out.


But we are not done. The list, we are being told, is yet to be finally closed. And there are other sites still missing that ought be included:

Shilo (an archeological site in Samaria, adjacent to the modern community of the same name). This is Biblical in source — from the time of Joshua until the building of the Temple, this is where the Tabernacle rested; it was a place of pilgrimage.

Beit El (ruins of an ancient town thousands of years old in Samaria, adjacent to the modern community of the same name). This too has Torah associations: Most significantly, it is where Jacob has his dream of the ladder that went from land to heaven, with angels ascending and descending; he erected a sacred pillar there, declaring "Surely there is G-d in this place and I did not know."

Even now, it is appropriate to urge Prime Minister Netanyahu to add these places to the list. This is not simply about teaching our children about our heritage — as important as it is to do this. It is also about letting the world know what our rights are and what we lay claim to. We must not abandon our heritage.

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Then there is another site that I know, realistically, will not be included, but which must be recognized here because of its connection to our ancient heritage and the current political situation:

Kever Yosef (Joseph's Tomb) — in Shechem (called Nablus by the Arabs) in Samaria — is traditionally considered to be the burial place of Joseph's bones, which were carried out with the Israelites during the Exodus. It was this that Joseph had implored his family to do. According to the book of Joshua, the bones were buried in a "parcel of land Jacob [had] bought from the sons of Hamor, father of Shechem, for a hundred pieces of silver."

This is a particularly sensitive issue. In modern times, Israel acquired the Kever in 1967 and a yeshiva was established on the site. Then, as part of the Oslo process, in 1995 the area was turned over to the Palestinian Authority, which had an obligation "to ensure free, unimpeded and secure access" to it. But Arabs promptly ransacked it, and began turning it into a mosque. This was a moment of shame for Israel.

In 2002, with Operation Defensive Shield, Israel again gained control of the Kever; but it sits in a PA-administered area, surrounded by Arabs who would just as soon see Jews gone from the place.

It was not until 2007 that Jews were again allowed to visit Kever Yosef. Visits are done at night, so as not to "unduly agitate" the surrounding Arab population, and under heavy IDF guard. Degrading.


Follow-up on the visit of American Jewish leaders from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations to Ramallah to hear Fayyad last week:

Hard questions were submitted in writing before Fayyad spoke, but he addressed none of them, and instead spoke in platitudes. No Q & A session was permitted after he spoke, so there was no opportunity to challenge him. This was no a dialogue, but a staged event.

Alan Solow, who is chair of the Conference, introduced Fayyad, according to one reliable anonymous source, in terms that were "sickeningly gracious." (Mr. Solow, an attorney, hails from Chicago, it should be noted, and has been an enthusiastic supporter of Obama.)

I voice again — perhaps more explicitly this time — my distress about this visit. It strikes me as simply wrong to offer the prime minister of the PA a gesture that seems to affirm his legitimacy when the PA won't talk to the leaders of Israel.

It is my understanding that with one exception everyone who was at the convention attended this meeting. Some did so, however, with considerable reluctance. I can only assume that they imagined they might have input or an opportunity to challenge Fayyad if in attendance.

For those who went hoping to improve the "peace process" or "enhance dialogue" I have no words that would make a difference.


You might enjoy reading JINSA Report #964, which considers all of the possibilities regarding the assassination of al-Mabhouh beyond the glib conclusion that the Mossad did it:

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, February 21, 2010.

I have been listening to main news channels eulogizing General Alexander Haig, who died today at age 85 and his considerable exploits throughout his life. For me there was something missing which should have been there.

I did not hear from them about how and when General Haig saved Israel.

In 1973, during the Yom Kippur War, Israel was the target of a secretly planned attack by Egypt and Syria — among other nations in the region. American intelligence knew definitely that the War was imminent but didn't tell Israel until 2 hours before the surprise attack began — when they knew Israel needed a minimum of 16 hours to mobilize her civilian army.

Nixon and Kissinger threatened Israel's Prime Minister Golda Meir not to pre-empt or to mobilize — or else America would not re-supply Israel if the coming war lasted longer that the miraculous Six Days War, and Israel would have to go it alone.

Israel was also not adequately prepared internally because those who planned Israel's defense had become imbued with what became known as the "conceptzia". That conception was that none of those countries mentioned above would dare attack Israel, given the losses they incurred in prior wars.

The "planners" and Intel agencies that believed in the "conceptzia" were wrong!

The sneak attack of October 6, 1973 was on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. The surprise attack was effective.

Israel had to use a Russian technique of raining down artillery shells on advancing Egyptian armor in the South and Syria in the North.

Within a week Israel began to run low on all weapons' systems and munitions. They pleaded with President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for urgent re-supply but, it was very slow in coming. I recall a report quoting or paraphrasing Henry (Heinrich) Kissinger saying: "Let them (the Israelis) bleed a bit, [presumably, then they would be more willing to surrender their Land for Peace]".

But, there was one man who didn't agree with that foot-dragging and forcing the Jews of Israel to "bleed a bit".

General Alexander Haig, President Nixon's Chief of Staff, began to open munition stores at American bases in America and in Germany. Out came pallets of artillery shells, TOW missiles and more which were loaded on Galaxy cargo aircraft. Those Galaxies headed toward Israel. As I recall, I had just landed at Ben Gurion Airport at about the time the Galaxies landed and were being unloaded at a fast pace. The planes were carrying artillery shells, TOW missiles and other ammunition I was informed later. (1)

John Loftus, the author of "Secret War Against The Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed the Jewish People 1920-1992" was a first hand eye-witness on October 6th when Richard Nixon's chief of staff Gen. Alexander Haig ordered the Infantry Officer Training School at Fort Benning, Georgia to train 40 Israeli commanders to use the TOW (tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided) missile system. Then Loftus briefed the Israelis on the TOW capabilities. The "kill ratio" for the TOW was 97%. Al Haig stripped every TOW missile on the eastern seaboard of America and from Germany and shipped them to Israel. They loaded every TOW in stock on planes. The Israeli commanders were back in Israel by October 14, just in time to repulse a massive Egyptian armored attack in the Sinai with the TOWs. It was the turning point of the war. Haig had saved Henry Kissinger's reputation by giving Israel the TOWs. (2)

Skipping a few things and days, I found myself in the Sinai Desert, meeting with then General Ariel (Arik) Sharon in what he called: "the killing fields": burned tanks and army trucks dotted the landscape as if they were placed neatly on a giant chess board — with bodies scattered in the sand. Once you smell a dead body, cooking in the sun, you never forget.

If not for General Haig's re-supply of weapons and Israel's extraordinarily brave fighters, that scene could have been repeated all the way to Tel Aviv.

While the U.S. and European news neglected to tell that story on the evening news, nevertheless, it should have been on all the Israeli media. General Alexander Haig, should be eulogized in Israel, with special memorials to a great man who saved Israel — one in the South and one on the Golan Heights.

Hopefully, Israel's current Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu has the sensibility to tell the Haig story about a righteous Gentile who was a true friend of the Jewish State at what was a strategically perilous time in 1973.

We do need that same kind of hero today in Israel and for Israel.

G-d speed dear friend, and may your name be remembered for a blessing.


"THE JEW ROOM" by Emanuel A. Winston, March 2000: "I wonder how the American people would react if they suddenly found out that our most trusted Intelligence Agencies were conducting their own private war against Israel and filtered out Jewish employees or professors who just might stumble across this terrible secret. Perhaps that is why U.S. Intelligence was withheld about the imminent surprise attack by Egypt and Syria during Yom Kippur 1973, until the very last minute when it was too late.

"Was it an oversight when the U.S. withheld sending counter measure equipment for Israeli aircraft when they were being knocked out of the sky by Russian SAM missiles in Egypt during the 1973 War? Was it an accident that they finally arrived without their operating manuals and Israel had to call back her electronics experts globally to reverse engineer the black boxes to get them to work? Did Caspar Weinberger as Secretary of Defense provide Saudi Arabia with satellite photos of Israel's defenses over the years?" (1.)

1. "The Jew Room" by Emanuel A. Winston, Freeman Center for Strategic Studies March 2000

2. "The Secret War Against the Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed the Jewish People: 1920-1994 Chapter 14 — The Real Hero of Yom Kippur" pgs. 304; 315-316 by John Loftus & Mark Aarons St. Martin's Press NY 1996 BTW John Loftus,

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). Contact him at gwinston@gwinstonglobal.org

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Posted by CPocerl, February 20, 2010.

This is from The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and is called "Indoctrination of Children".

Remember the old Bill Cosby show "Kids Say The Darnedest Things?" Well, yeah, this is nothing like that....


In a recent TV children's show, aired on the Egyptian Al-Rahma TV, a child preacher, Abd Al-Fattah Marwan, recites the legend of Abu Qudama and the young boy, who died a martyr on the battlefield in the early days of Islam.In the legend, which glorifies Jihad and martyrdom, the boy, Muhammad, is said to have beseeched Abu Qudama to let him join the Jihad against the infidels despite his young age. After shooting three arrows, which killed "three Byzantine soldiers," he died a martyr's death and went to Paradise. There he met his wife-to-be, whose face radiated blinding light and whose beauty was maddening.

In the program, Abd Al-Fattah Marwan — himself a child — recounts that the boy smiled in his sleep when he dreamt that he would be martyred the next day. "My father was martyred last year, and my brother and uncle the year before that," he says. This year, "my mother has presented me as a gift to Allah." Paradise is described in endearing terms, as full of "a scented bouquet of black-eyed virgins" of indescribable beauty.

The mother, upon hearing the news of her son's martyrdom and when her daughter drops dead from shock, praises Allah, "who did not send any offspring of mine to the Hellfire." To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit
http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2383.htm. Also featured is a story about the burial of the boy — in this version called Sa'id — told by Egyptian cleric Sheik Muhammad Nassar to a TV studio audience of spellbound elementary school children. The show aired on the Egyptian Al-Nas TV on June 15, 2006. To view this clip from the MEMRI TV archives, visit
http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1185.htm. For further clips on child indoctrination on TV, visit


We Meet to Talk about the Love of Martyrdom

Show host: "Let us begin with our son, Abd Al-Fattah Marwan, who will tell us about the love of martyrdom for the sake of Allah. Can you do this, Abd Al-Fattah?"

Abd Al-Fattah Marwan: "Allah willing. [...]

"We meet today to talk about the love of martyrdom for the sake of Allah. Yes, the love of martyrdom for the sake of Allah... Dearly beloved, Allah said: 'Allah has bought from the believers their lives, their property, because they shall have Paradise. They shall fight for the sake of Allah, and slay and be slain.'

"Dearly beloved, a woman came to [the commander] Abu Qudama Al-Shami holding two braids of her hair, and said: 'Abu Qudama, I cut off two braids of my hair, so that you could make them into reins for your horse, for the sake of Allah. Abu Qudama took the braids from her.

"Abu Qudama says: When we wanted to set out for Jihad the next day, a boy stood in my way, and said: I implore you, in the name of Allah, to take me with you on the Jihad for the sake of Allah. Abu Qudama said: You are but a child, and cannot carry a weapon.


"My Mother Has Presented Me as a Gift to Allah This Year"

"The boy said: I implore you, in the name of Allah, Abu Qudama. My mother has given me as a gift to Allah. Do not return the gift. Abu Qudama said: I will take you on one condition. The boy said: On what condition? Abu Qudama said: If Allah decrees that you be martyred, you should vouch for me before Allah. The boy said: You got it. I will vouch for you before Allah, if he decrees that I be martyred. [...]

"Abu Qudama says: One day, the boy went to prepare food. He was late coming back, so I went to see that he was safe. I discovered that the boy had lit the fire, placed the pot on it, and fallen asleep next to the fire. I looked at the boy, and saw that he was smiling. Then he smiled some more. Then he began to laugh until he woke up.

"Abu Qudama said: What was that about, boy? The boy said: To Allah we belong, and to Him we return. By Allah, Abu Qudama, my mother considered me [a martyr] next to Allah. My father was martyred last year, and my brother and uncle the year before that. My mother has presented me as a gift to Allah this year.


"The boy said: While I was asleep, I dreamt that the Resurrection had occurred, and that Allah had ordered me to enter Paradise. The boy continued: When I entered Paradise, I saw a scented bouquet of black-eyed virgins, whose beauty I could never even begin to describe, Abu Qudama. By Allah, I could never even begin to describe their beauty, Abu Qudama.

"One of them looked at me, and said: This is the husband of Al-Mardhiya. I asked her who Al-Mardhiya was, and she said: Don't you know her? I said that I didn't. She said: She is your wife in Paradise. I asked her: Where is Al-Mardhiya? She pointed to one of the palaces of Paradise, and said: In that palace. Go inside, so you can see Al-Mardhiya."

Black-Eyed Virgin in Paradise: We Have a Date Tomorrow

"The boy said: I knocked on the palace door, and went in. I saw a black-eyed virgin. I swear, Abu Qudama, if Allah had not ordained that we should not be blind in [Paradise], I would have become blind from the light radiating from her face. If Allah had not ordained that we should not be blind in Paradise, I would have become blind from the light radiating from her face. If Allah had not ordained that we keep our sanity, I would have gone mad from the intensity of her beauty.

"I asked her: Are you Al-Mardhiya? She said: Yes, my love. I have been raised for you in the palaces of Paradise for the past 500 years. When I tried to touch her with my hand, she said: No. May Allah spare you the disgrace and the depravity. We have a date tomorrow, after the noon prayer, in the Paradise of the All-Merciful God.

"Dearly beloved, Abu Qudama said: At the exact time set by the black-eyed virgin, the boy said to me: By Allah, give me three arrows. I said: You will waste them. The boy said: Allah willing, I won't. The boy took the three arrows and put them in his quiver.

"During the Jihad, he said: 'May God be with you, Abu Qudama,' and he shot one arrow, killing a Byzantine soldier. Then he said it again, shot another arrow, and killed another Byzantine soldier. Then he said it a third time, shot another arrow, and killed a third Byzantine soldier. Then the Byzantines saw him and killed him.

"The boy fell from his horse, and when Abu Qudama saw him, stained with the blood of martyrdom, he dismounted from his horse behind the boy, and said: Boy, don't forget your pledge. The boy said: I will not forget. I will vouch for you before God.

"The boy said: By God, Abu Qudama, I ask you to take this shirt, stained with the blood of martyrdom, and bring it to my mother. Abu Qudama said: Who is your mother, boy? The boy said: My mother is the woman who gave you the two braids. Allahhhhhhh. My mother is the woman who gave you the two braids. Yes, one generation after another was brought up to obey Allah, on glory, and on fighting for the sake of the religion of Allah."

The Mother Said: "Give Me the Good News" that My Son Has Been Martyred

"Abu Qudama said: When the Jihad was over, I went to the village of the boy's mother. The mother said: Give me the good news. Abu Qudama said: By Allah, he died fighting. He died killing three Byzantine soldiers. He killed them and was killed. May Allah's mercy be upon him. He sent you this shirt, stained with the blood of martyrdom, and said: Rejoice, oh mother. Your gift has been accepted, and Al-Mardhiya has been wedded to me in God's Paradise.

"When his sister heard the news, she dropped dead. The mother looked at her daughter and said: Blessed be Allah, who has not sent any offspring of mine to the Hellfire." [...]


The Grave Kept Shuddering and Ejecting the Corpse of the Boy

From the MEMRI TV archives — Al-Nas TV, June 15, 2006:

Egyptian cleric Sheik Muhammad Nassar [telling the story to a group of children of school age]: [...] "They dug a small ditch in the ground like a grave, and they put Sa'id in it, and covered it with earth. Then they began to walk away. All of a sudden, the grave shuddered, and they were frightened. What happened? The grave shuddered and ejected Sa'id. They said: 'Allah be praised, what's going on?' The corpse got out of the grave all by itself. They were amazed, and said: 'Allah be praised.'

"Abu Qudama said to them: 'Wait just a moment. Let's try again. How can we possibly leave his corpse like this?' So they put him into the ground once again, and covered him with earth. After they covered him and began to walk away, the ground shuddered, and threw out the corpse again. They were all frightened, and began to shiver. Allah be praised. Allah Akbar. Then they all stood there in amazement.

"Abu Qudama said: 'We cannot leave him like this. This is my beloved Sa'id. He instructed me to bury him when he dies, and to stay with him, and not to tell his mother anything. I must do it. I must bury Sa'id. I cannot leave him. Bury him again.' So he dug the grave himself, and said: 'My Lord, reveal this thing to us, my Lord. We want to bury him, my Lord.' They put him into the grave again, and began to walk away. Then the earth shuddered once again, and the corpse got out. So they said: 'Allah Akbar. This is Allah's doing.'"

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Posted by Brother Shane, February 20, 2010.

Sunni party drops out of Iraq's national elections (AP)

AP — The Sunni wing of Iraq's leading nonsectarian political coalition said Saturday it will drop out of next month's election as a result of alleged Iranian influence on a Shiite-led vetting panel that blacklisted hundreds of candidates.

Regardless who gets elected over there, will the outcome be any different?

They still hate Israel and the Jews. They still have a death penalty for any Muslim converting to another religion. They still have ethnic cleansing (the Assyrians, ancient relatives of the Samaritans, and the oldest existing Christian population of Iraq, are systematically being exterminated). They still do not prosecute the murderers of Christians. They still have genocidal maniacs ready to take over. They still have a fascist constitution.

Is that what our troops are dying for?

More Iraqis have now died, since we invaded, than during the entire reign of Saddam Hussein...and more Americans have died there than all those killed on 9/11/2001.

Terrorists are produced in mosques and madrassas...yet, when our troops attack the Taliban and al Qaeda, they're not allowed to shoot at Mosques when the enemy run & hide in them. What's the point? If we pull out of Iraq or Afghanistan then the "extremists" will just take over again. The whole thing is a joke. We're spending billion$ on sending them money, food, medical supplies, construction supplies, etc., etc. All we're doing is helping the Muslims to rebuild and repopulate quicker, once we leave. Muslims that will only do whatever their insane, Jew & Christian hating, Fascists leaders tell them to do.

Our brilliant leaders are afraid to pull out because they know, once we do, things will only get worse...than before we went it.

Never fails...history always repeats itself...  

See the following documents for specific pictures

1933 Hitler is elected Coalition Chancellor. Appears with President Hindenburg

Brown House in Munich, 1934.

1934 Hindenburg dies. Hitler is appointed Fuhrer and Chancellor and Commander in Chief

1934 Hitler propaganda

1935 Pogram-Nuremberg Laws removed Citizenship of Jews

1935 Pogram-Nuremberg Laws removed Citizenship of Jews

1935 Berlin

1936 Hitler illegally returned troops to the Rhineland

1936 Olympic Games

1936 Hitler aligns with Mussolini

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, February 20, 2010.


President of Syria with U.S. envoy Mitchell (A.P./SANA)

President Obama has nominated an ambassador for Syria, to "engage" it dealing with terrorism. Syria remains on the U.S. list of terrorist states primarily for sponsoring Hizbullah. The U.S. has a slim hope that it can praise Syria for constructive steps and wean it from Iran (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 1/3).

What is a "constructive step?" It could be a ploy to make itself seem constructive. It could be a short-term coinciding of otherwise long-term conflicting interests that the U.S. Administration, which usually sees hope and positive steps by its enemies, would misinterpret as a realignment process.

An example of this is what the U.S. calls "peace process," whereby the PLO signs agreements, but violates them and keeps moving to gain power without reforming for peace. I call it a war process. The West does not understand that Islam considers diplomacy the other side of the same coin as military means, each reinforcing the other.


FACTS: An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded by a bomb planted at the Gaza-Israel border. IDF troops searched the area and found another bomb.

A 16-year old Arab was arrested at the Gilboa roadblock, carrying two bombs.

Terrorists threw a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli bus in the Gush Etzion area of Judea-Samaria (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/19).

REMARKS: Planting bombs seems to be a major form of agriculture in Gaza. It could have been hothouse plants, left for the Arabs by the departing Israelis, but Arabs mismanaged, looted, and destroyed the hothouses.

I suppose the U.S. is disappointed that Israel had not removed the Gilboa roadblock. It cramps the Arab style of life and preserves Israelis' life of style.


Ahmadinejad of Iran (A.P./Rib via APTN)

FACT: President Ahmadinejad says that Iran would not want nuclear weapons. He said his religion forbids it.

REMARKS: What a relief! Too bad he did not reassure us years ago, instead of hiding most of his country's nuclear program from the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), lying about it, taking steps that are not needed for civilian development but are needed for weaponry. With his statement, the IAEA can disregard its evidence that Iran is developing a nuclear warhead.


Israel's Industry Minister Ben Eliezer discussed with Egyptian officials a huge, joint solar project in the Sinai. Egypt has a most suitable location, and Israel has advanced technology. A joint project could provide a significant portion of their national energy needs.

"Mr. Salah Azzam, Director of the Bio-Fuels Division at the National Energy Research Center in Jordan, outlined his plans for the establishment of an Israeli-Jordanian bio-diesel plant by the end of 2010. The plant would be built along the border between Jordan and Israel and will be operated by representatives from both countries."

"This project could serve as a great boost for establishing peace and security in the region and could promote peace efforts between Israel and its neighbors," said Azzam (www.imra.org.il, 2/19).

Jointly run factories left Jordan feeling its high hopes were unrealized, and left Israelis assaulted by hostile Jordanians. Israeli border factories employing many Palestinian Arabs were attacked by terrorists and denounced by the Palestinian Authority (P.A.). Hamas attacked the gates through which trucks brought food into Gaza. Apparently, the P.A. does not like integration. As for Egypt, it could cut off the flow of electricity to Israel.

This reminds me of my father's explanation of socialism. Institute socialism, he thought, and it would change human behavior for the better. It seemed to me that human behavior changed the socialist enterprises for the worse. So, here, although working together could show the Arabs that peace is possible, Muslims indoctrinated with hatred of Jews could ostracize the joint endeavors, as the professional unions of Jordan and Egypt do, now.

Perhaps one should try but not raise excessive hope.


Rashad Hassain

President Obama has appointed "...an apologist for Islamist causes, Rashad Hussain, as U.S. envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), a 57-member inter-governmental group of Muslim majority states. Hussain was quoted in 2004 in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) as saying that Sami al-Arian, a Florida-based university professor sentenced in 2006 to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to aid the Islamist terrorist group, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), was the victim of "politically motivated persecutions" who was being prosecuted in order 'to squash dissent.'"

"PIJ was designated by the U.S. government as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997, and in 2003, then Attorney-General John Ashcroft described it as 'one of the most violent terrorist organizations in the world.' PIJ has killed more than 100 Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks, including American citizens Alisa Flatow,...and Shoshana Ben-Ishai..."

"Hussain, who at the time of the cited remarks was...an editor, of the Yale Law Journal, went on to serve as a Department of Justice trial attorney and in January 2009 was appointed deputy associate counsel in the Obama White House."

"In addition, Hussain appeared this year at a Leadership Training Event held by the Islamist lobby, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an Islamist organization that has opposed security measures that target Islamist terrorism, defended convicted murderers, and some of whose senior officials have themselves been found to support terrorist groups. In a 2007 article in the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights examining anti-terrorism initiatives in the U.S., Hussain opposed new security measures imposed on nonimmigrant visitors from 25 countries because 24 of them were Muslim countries, saying that the policy therefore appeared to be 'based on the notion that certain characteristics make one more likely to be a terrorist: e.g., membership in a particular religious group, having a particular national origin, and membership in a particular racial group ... Federal law should adopt a standard that protects national security while forbidding the targeting of non-citizens solely on the basis of their racial, religious, or ethnic backgrounds.' Of course, the 24 countries were targeted because that is where Islamist threats to the U.S. have emanated, not because of anti-Muslim bias."

"ZOA National Chairman of the Board Dr. Michael Goldblatt said, 'We oppose the appointment of Rashad Hussain as U.S. envoy to the OIC because his record indicates that he associates with and supports Islamist apologists and apologetics, when any U.S. representative should be exposing such people and practices and fostering moderate Muslim voices.'"

"We are deeply worried by a pattern with the Obama Administration of appointing apologists for Muslim extremists to positions in government dealing with national security and the Middle East."

"In recent weeks, we saw the Obama Administration appoint Salam Al-Marayati to speak overseas on behalf of the U.S, including to UNESCO in Paris, despite the fact that Marayati is a vocal Israel-hater and apologist for Islamist terrorism who has called for Israel's destruction; suggested Israel be placed on a suspect list as the possible perpetrator of the 9/11 acts of terrorism; condemned already in the 1990s American air strikes of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Sudan; and defended the rights of Holocaust deniers."

"Last year, the Obama Administration sought to appoint Chas. W. Freeman as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC), a man with a long record of extreme anti-Israel hostility and support for tyrannical regimes like China and Saudi Arabia, which ZOA documented at the time. Freeman withdrew from his appointment..."

"In 2008, while still campaigning for the presidency, Barack Obama was touting as one of his top foreign policy advisers former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), one of only 12 senators who refused to formally call upon the European Union to declare Hizballah a terrorist organization and who in 2005 was one of only 27 senators who refused to sign a letter to President Bush, urging him to pressure the Palestinian Authority (PA) to ban terrorist groups from participating in Palestinian legislative elections. CAIR even praised Hagel in 2006 saying, 'Potential presidential candidates for 2008, like Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Joe Biden and Newt Gingrich, were falling all over themselves to express their support for Israel. The only exception to that rule was Senator Chuck Hagel.'"

"Such an ill-conceived appointments and advisers call into question the Obama Administration's commitment to combating Islamist extremists. Indeed, in the Administration's refusal to even refer to Islamist extremists and its tendency to refer to terrorist acts perpetrated by Islamists as 'man-made disasters,' we see a deeply concerning blindness to the threat. In the appointment of Rashad Hussain as envoy to the OIC, we see further lack of seriousness about dealing with the problem." (2/18 press release by ZOA, headquartered in New York and of which I am a member.)

Do these appointees represent the U.S. to the Muslims or the Muslims to the U.S.. So these appointees provide inside information on the U.S.? What does Obama thinks about this? Why do Muslim clerics not condemn Obama to death for having abandoned the faith, as they have done with others? It is getting to be a pattern for Obama.

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Posted by Arlene Kushner, February 20, 2010.

Motzei Shabbat (After Shabbat)

I refer to the tooth fairy because — as I reported last week — Netanyahu advisor Ron Dermer, speaking at the Jerusalem Conference, said it was more rational to believe in the tooth fairy than to think that our acceding to international demands would make us more respected in the world.

That "fairy" theme carries over in the piece that Caroline Glick wrote on Friday, which she entitled "The Fatah Fairy Tale." I think this column — which exposes so much — is one of the more important ones she has written in a while.

The column deals with Fahmi Shabaneh — who I've written about a couple of times now. Shabaneh is the former member of PA Intelligence who gave an exclusive to Khaled Abu Toameh, in the Jerusalem Post, regarding the degree of corruption that exists in the Palestinian Authority.

Glick carries it one step further, however: Her focus is not on what Shabeneh revealed (which is plenty, with regard to millions pocketed by PA officials), but rather with the fact that there has been silence concerning these revelations. Silence from the media, which would be in a frenzy of reporting if any allegations were made against Israel, silence from Obama, silence from the Europeans, and silence from the Netanyahu government.

The world, you see, is so invested in the legend of its own making — that Fatah is "moderate" and a credible partner for peace with Israel — that to face the truth now would be to make a whole lot of people look very foolish indeed and to send crashing to the ground the expectation, so eagerly and foolishly embraced, that "peace" is possible now.

Netanyahu, who fully understands the truth, is afraid to rock the boat, says Glick. But she argues that only Israel can force the rest of the world to face the truth about Fatah.

Read it all:


A meeting that American Jewish leaders had on Thursday with PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad provides troubling, even alarming, evidence of the degree to which the fairy tale of Fatah moderation continues to be embraced:

The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations is in Israel for its annual conference, and members of the group went to Ramallah to meet with Fayyad. There is reason enough to ask in the first place why they went, when the PA is demanding the '67 lines for a state, and won't sit with Israel.

But take a look at what Fayyad said to them:

The PA is doing a great deal to prepare itself for statehood, but Israel's military operations in PA-controlled areas "undermine our credibility and standing. We need actions taken by the Israelis to be consistent with the notion of a state in evolution. [Israeli incursions put] the whole enterprise at risk."

In a word, he wants Israel to stop going after terrorists in PA areas.


It's worth taking a closer look at what's going on here. Fayyad is making a demand of Israel via American Jews. Why? Because he hopes or expects that they will communicate this to the Israeli government, or to their government, which then will presumably put pressure on Israel. Do the American Jewish leaders know they're being used this way? Do they care?

More importantly, do they understand the total impropriety of Fayyad's demand? I've written several times here about the fact that the PA security forces, including those being trained by the Americans, are not up to — or not willing to fully assume — the task of taking on Hamas. The IDF does nightly incursions into PA areas to catch terrorists and uncover weapons caches and manufacturing. It is in good part because of these diligent operations that we have had a huge drop in terrorism.

And Shabaneh, in his interview with Abu Toameh, made the same point. Hamas would have taken over already, he said, if it were not for the IDF.

Only if the hard truth is totally ignored can there be any notion of strengthening an entity that will live by Israel's side in peace, taking out terrorists as it needs to.

It's painful, and dangerous, that governments and media ignore that hard truth. But what about American Jewish leadership? I fear for where many of them stand on this, and hope to follow up. It is not yet clear to me precisely which members of the Conference were in Ramallah or how they responded.


News has undoubtedly made it to many, if not most of you, regarding the fact that Dubai police have alleged that the assassins of Hamas's Mahmoud al-Mabhouh — reputedly at least 11 in number — came into the country on forged British, Irish, French and German passports. In six instances, the passports are reported to have carried the names of actual persons, olim (immigrants) from Britain, who are living here in Israel, and in an additional case there was a German-Israeli.

That there were names of Israelis used on some of these passports has led to charges that this was a Mossad operation. This may or may not have been the case. (Remember that the passports were not Israeli, but British-issued.)

The fact remains that al-Mabhouh deserved to be assassinated. He was tasked with overseeing the smuggling of upgraded missiles from Iran into Gaza (missiles that would have put the Tel Aviv area within Hamas sites), and was apparently involved in this undertaking when in Dubai. He came in without a security entourage and in circumstances that were suspect.

Dubai officials are in quite a state of fury over what they are reporting, and are even demanding that Meir Dagan, head of the Mossad, be arrested. They certainly seem much more concerned about al-Mabhouh's murder than about the purpose of his visit in their country in the first place.

The Israel position is that there is nothing definitive linking Israel to the assassinations. While the media are having a field day with this, and undoubtedly there are those who will utilize it to further demonize Israel, there are signs that the fury will fizzle. Israeli Ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor, was invited into the British Foreign Office for a discussion of the matter, but the fact that, in diplomatic parlance, he wasn't "summoned," which suggests a reprimand, is considered significant.

The Jerusalem Post editorial on this subject is on the mark in suggesting that it is a sort of moral impoverishment to refuse to acknowledge that sometimes the ends do justify the means.  

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Posted by Susana K-M, February 19, 2010.

THE WARNING — This is delicate, and the source must be hidden. I received the following e-mail from a highly qualified person. The e-mail has been edited to disguise the individuals involved:


........A friend...who works in a very high intelligence position in the national government made clear...yesterday that the most uncontrollable and unpredictable terrorism problem involves "lone wolf" operatives who get propaganda from terrorist websites that eventually lead them to commit terrorist acts. The Fort Hood killer is an example of that. Expect more such incidents.

He described the likelihood of continued terrorist incidents within the US as a "certainty." He also told us that since 9/11 the government has stopped "hundreds and hundreds" of domestic terrorism efforts, none of which are known to the public or media. Many of these would have produced true catastrophes and came quite close to fruition. He indicated that Al Qaeda is currently experiencing an "upswing" in its resources and capabilities.

This person travels overseas always with government-provided bodyguards.

COMMENT: Please remember that warning. And remember the statement that we've stopped "hundreds and hundreds" of domestic terrorism attempts. I'm sure the left feels that each of our successes was deeply offensive to the innocent, misunderstood jihadists. Contact Susana K-M by email at suanema@gmail.com

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Posted by CPocerl, February 19, 2010.

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a posthumous lawsuit against Andrew Joseph Stack, the man who flew his plane into an Austin, Texas IRS building on Thursday. The copyright infringement suit maintains that Stack "knowingly utilized a copyright protected technique for his own personal gain."

"To me this is an open and shut case," said CAIR attorney Murray Goldstein. "Don't think so? Let's try a little free association here. If I were to say, 'Fly a plane on a suicide mission into a building', what is the first group that comes to mind? No, it's not the Shriners. Nope, not the Menonites either. And it's also not someone named 'Andrew.' Case closed."

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper had more to add.

"Once again a Westerner has seen fit to coopt an idea from his Muslim betters," said Hooper. "What bothers me most is the utter lack of originality that Mr. Stack displayed. He could have crashed a hydrofoil into Ibrahim Hooper CAIR Files Copyright Infringement Suit Against Austin Suicide Pilotthat building. Or he could have packed himself with explosives, tucked a platypus under each arm, rented a crane, and bungee jumped through the roof as horrified onlookers screamed and debated the correct way of verbalizing the plural form of 'platypus'. Lame. The most tragic part of this whole story is had he only taken the time to convert to Islam beforehand, we'd have a glorious martyr on our hands instrad of a copyright infringing jack-hole."

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Posted by CPocerl, February 19, 2010.

He reportedly drove to Jersey mosque, consulted imam immediately after abducting daughter

This was written by Chelsea Schilling and appeared yesterday in World Net Daily


Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem

A 21-year-old New Jersey man accused of kidnapping his 3-month-old daughter and throwing her off a bridge is described by his father as a devout Muslim who prayed regularly and is said to have immediately visited mosques and confessed to an imam following his crime.

Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem, an aspiring lawyer and student at Richard Stockton College, reportedly held a leadership position in the Muslim Student Association at Stockton, according to college senior Zaw Win. The group's member and officer list has been disabled on its website.

He was also an intern in Washington, D.C., with the juveniles section of the Office of the Attorney General, according to March 2009 press release from Stockton College. He was fired after only a month for missing work and not completing assignments. He lashed out during his termination, and security personnel escorted him out of the building.

Abdur-Raheem allegedly forced his way into the baby's maternal grandmother's home at 4 p.m. on Feb. 16, punched the 60-year-old woman in the face and choked her. He took 3-month old Zara Malani-lin Abdur, and the grandmother chased him outside. She threw herself on the hood of a Dodge Caravan as Abdur-Raheem climbed into the passenger side, clutching his daughter, New Jersey's Star-Ledger reports. According to some reports, he left with an unidentified man at the wheel, though other accounts say he was the only man in the van.

The baby's mother, Venetta Benjamin, has full custody of the baby and is not married to Abdur-Raheem. He had reportedly threatened to harm Benjamin in the week prior to the abduction because she didn't want to marry him. Benjamin was filing a restraining order against him at the time he abducted his daughter.

After arriving at the Driscoll Bridge and dropping his daughter into the icy cold water of the Raritan River, Abdur-Raheem is said to have immediately driven to see Imam Amin Muhammad at the Masjid Mohammed in Atlantic City, and then to Masjid un-Nur in Camden County.

His father, Muhsin Abdur-Raheem, described his son as a devout Muslim and said he prayed often. He said his son sought counsel from an imam at Masjid Muhammad following the abduction. Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem then visited his father, who called the police around 8 p.m.

Authorities stopped Abdur-Raheem's red 2002 Dodge Caravan in Winslow Township but did not find the baby with him.

Police say Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem told them he threw the baby off the Garden State Parkway's Driscoll Bridge. He has been charged with kidnapping and attempted murder, aggravated assault and child endangerment. The kidnapping charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in state prison, and the attempted murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in state prison

Despite the alleged confession, he pleaded not guilty during his arraignment today.

"We're all distraught about this," his father told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We're faithful people. We don't condone any kind of violence."

Despite an exhaustive search, dozens of emergency personnel have been unable to find the baby. Authorities say her chances for survival are slim at this point.

Asked if he believes she may survive, the father said, "I hope it's a miracle."

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, February 19, 2010.


The Palestinian Center for Human Rights condemned Abbas' regime for harassing journalists. The Center cited a number of arrests. It suggests that journalists should not have to take sides between Abbas' Fatah and Hamas (www.imra.org.il, 2/17).

The Center has condemned both parts of the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) for harassing members of the other party, for police state tactics, for allowing murder, and for letting explosives be outside of arsenals and therefore explode among civilians. I have reported such Center complaints and also other forms of repression of Arabs by Arabs. I agree with the Center about this, but note its ignoring of Arab abuses of Jews' human rights.

Do any Westerners care about Arab oppression of Arabs? People who express indignation against Israel for alleged abuse of Arabs rarely express indignation against Arabs for actual abuse of Arabs or of Jews. What shall we conclude about these one-sided types of indignation?


Israeli flag, barely seen, marks the one "illegal' house (A.P./Dan Balilty)

FACTS: Land activist Aryeh King denounced Jerusalem Mayor Barkat's plan to retroactively legalize housing in the Silwan section of Jerusalem.

Arabs have about 100 illegal houses there, built without permits and on public land. Some Jews built one house, illegally high. International pressure on Israel is to remove the Jews' one illegally built house and not the Arabs' 100. The Mayor suggests either razing them all, or, as he prefers, retroactively legalizing them all, or almost all, but requiring the Jewish owners to remove their top floor.

COMPLAINT: Mr. King finds this policy discriminatory against Jews. He also objects to retroactively condoning illegal activity by Arabs. He says this is not the right way to "fight the Arabs." (Arutz-7, 2/18.)

EXPLANATION: By "fight the Arabs," I think that King perceives a return of the widespread, pre-independence, Arab effort to take over the country. His complaint was about Arab violation of planning, zoning, and building laws and in usurping public land. Legalizing illegal Arab land use, which Israel does repeatedly, has not ended the problem of it. Rather, it encourages further illegal activity, by building an expectation that if done large-scale, and accompanied by threats of violence, and supported by international bias against Israel, would get the new violations legalized, too.


J St. Head, 1st on right, and Members of Congress (A.P./Ariel Schalit)

J Street led a group of U.S. Members of Congress to Israel. The group asked to meet with the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Deputy Foreign Min. Ayalon refused, and asked other Israeli officials to do likewise. He said he believes that J Street is anti-Israel but deliberately misrepresents itself as pro-Israel. Pro-Israel activists claim that J Street presses Israel to take leftist, pro-Arab stances.

The Members of Congress expressed puzzlement, being used to V.I.P. treatment. They said they are from Israel's closest ally. What do those MCs stand for?

Ohio MC Mary Jo "Kilroy was a signor of the Cohen-Boustany-Carnahan letter given to US President Obama in May 2009. The letter urged Obama to become intimately involved in forcing talks between Israel and the PA, and said the creation of a Palestinian state must precede transparency of the PA government, control over security, or a stable economy." [A state, before eradicating terrorism, leaving Israel with no leverage against the terrorism?]

California MC Lois Capps also signed that letter and "...co-authored a letter with Congressman Henry Hyde following the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif in 2005, praising then-US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice for applying pressure to Israel to open the border crossing from Gaza into Israel."

California MC Bob Filner also signed that letter and "...was one of just 28 Democrats who called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and terror group Hizbullah in 2006, after the Lebanese terror organization rocketed Israeli civilian communities and attacked an IDF security convoy, abducting soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev before Israel responded militarily." (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/,2/18).

The Members signed or approved of other letters and measures, but those do not seem to indicate either pro- or anti-Israel sympathy. They expect red carpet treatment for blackening Israel's name? But was it wiser to give them an excuse for indignation than to meet with them, meet their arguments, and publidize the cuonter-arguments?


Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs emphasized at the Jerusalem Conference this week that "the main central military threat against Israel is the missile threat. Israel's security situation changes all the time. Threats of missiles are becoming more severe at an extremely quick pace".

"During the Second Lebanon War, Hamas had 13,000 missiles. Today, the number of rockets and missiles spread around Israel is in the tens of thousands. The reality has changed. Moreover, if in the past missiles and rockets were weapons possessed by States and were thought of as strategic tools, today they are used also by terror organizations, and the reality is much more severe. This is because these same States removed the obstacles that they imposed before and began transferring missiles to terror organizations they support under their authority." (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/,2/18).


Here is PM Netanyahu's lyrical statement of goals, at the Herzliya Conference on February 3, for rehabilitating Jewish heritage sites: "Today I would like to speak not of disengagement, but rather of engagement: engagement with our heritage, with Zionism, with our past and with our future here in the land of our forefathers, which is also the land of our children and our grandchildren."

"I believe that this education starts, first and foremost, in the Book of Books — in the Bible — a subject that is close to my heart these days. It starts there. It moves through the history of our people: the Second Temple, the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, leaving the ghettos, the rise of Zionism, the modern era, the wars fought for Israel's existence — the history of Zionism and of Israel. A people must know its past in order to ensure its future."

"At the end of next month, on Tel Hai Day, I intend to present the government with a work plan that will reverse the neglect of heritage sites. We initiated a national plan to rehabilitate and strengthen infrastructure at heritage sites. I call it the "Heritage Plan." We are going to preserve tourist sites, archaeological sites, historic buildings and museums."

Queen Victoria sent the Palestine Expedition Fund (PEF) to "...map the country, including this place. They made wonderful, accurate topographical maps, and found all the ancient places and reinstated their names. They came armed with all the most advanced measuring tools of the 19th century and with the Bible. The PEF is responsible for some of what we now know. For example, they brought Warren here, and he found Warren's Shaft and many other ancient sites in Jerusalem and across the Land of Israel." This stirred people to want to revive the ancient country.

On the other hand, "Major Rishon correspondent Sofia Ron Moria reports in today's edition that the list of 'National Heritage Sites' slated to be presented at a special meeting of the Cabinet next Sunday in Tel Hai do not include the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem or City of David in Jerusalem." "...while there are almost no Old Testament sites on the list there are some New Testament sites as well as numerous churches." (www.imra.org.il, 2/18).

Why did Netanyahu omit those sites, among the Jewish people's most important ones? Not out of ignorance. He seems well informed about Jewish history.

Hebron and Bethlehem are in the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) area, although the Cave is under full Israeli jurisdiction. The City of David site is in the Old City of Jerusalem, on the P.A. list of immediate territorial demands. Is Netanyahu hinting at a major withdrawal from the Jewish people's most important sites?


Ex P.M. Olmert (A.P./Sebastian Scheiner)

It was revealed today that former Israeli PM Olmert is writing a book in which he accuses Defense Min. Barak of manipulating data in order to make a full effort in Gaza seem too costly. As a result, the IDF soon pulled back. Because Hamas was not eradicated then, it better armed now.

Olmert explains that soon after than, he found out from IDF commanders on the spot and under fire that the cost of a full effort would have been much less than Barak led him to believe. They say the IDF could have achieved its goal in little more time and with few additional casualties.

In an earlier term, Barak ordered the IDF into a precipitous flight from Lebanon that left our Lebanese allies exposed to Hizbullah. [They and the IDF had kept Hizbullah at bay without heavy casualties on their part.] The result was an Israeli loss of prestige and deterrence, a growth in Hizbullah's prestige and strength. [Now Hizbullah's 40,000 rockets pose an existential threat to Israel, in combination with Hamas' forces and other allies.]

[In an earlier Lebanon war, Barak ordered a unit comprising Jewish religious troops into a Syrian ambush and fouled up Defense Min. Sharon's plan for catching the Syrian Army in a pincers movement.]

Barak's current job is to lead the country's defense against Iran. Woe is Israel! (www.imra.org.il, 2/18.)

I remember former Foreign Min. Livni claiming that the Gaza and Lebanon wars were a success. I thought Olmert did, too.

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Posted by Kenneth Timmerman, February 19, 2010.

Thursday's nuclear Iran report by the U.N.'s watchdog agency reveals an extraordinary shell game taking place in front of international weapons inspectors.

While Iran is focusing the world's attention on its declared nuclear activities, where it is making a march toward weapons capability, it continues to pursue multiple clandestine programs that have intelligence analysts and the Israeli government worried that Iran will covertly cross the line between peaceful nuclear research and the bomb.

"Iran may have already crossed Israel's red line," Israeli minister of infrastructure, Uzi Landau, told Newsmax in a recent interview in Jerusalem. "The question is, What is America's red line?"

The report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) revealed that Iran has taken a dramatic step closer to nuclear weapons capability in its programs, while continuing to pursue enrichment and military research it refuses to discuss with the international arms inspectors.

Read the full story at
http://newsmax.com/KenTimmerman/iran-nuclearcapability-aqkhan-qom/ 2010/02/19/id/350332


Kenneth R. Timmerman is President, Middle East Data Project, Inc. He authored "Countdown to Crisis: The Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran" and is a contributing editor to Newsmax.com His latest non-fiction books is a thriller called Honor Killing, available at www.kentimmerman.com. Contact him by email at timmerman.road@verizon.net

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Posted by Paul Rotenberg, February 19, 2010.

This was written by Lori Lowenthal Marcus
(http://www.zstreet.org/index.php?option=com_lyftenbloggie&view= lyftenbloggie&category=faux%20%E2%80%9Cpro-israel% E2%80%9D%20groups&Itemid=24). She is the co-founder and president of the Zionist organization Z STREET.


Several news stories recently covered what was cast as a diplomatic faux pas by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon. The implication was that Ayalon should apologize for not meeting with visiting members of congress for what, it was suggested, was an act of hostility towards their host, J Street, an organization whose pro-Israel bona fides he has questioned.

While traveling in Israel, Congressman William Delahunt (D-Mass.), on behalf of himself and four other congressional members, harshly criticized the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, who declined to meet with them if they were accompanied by the trip organizers. Delahunt was angered by the Israeli official's apparent suggestion that the delegation "would even consider traveling to the region with groups" that "[Ayalon] inaccurately described as anti-Israel."

But it appears that the ones who should apologize are those hosts — the pro-Palestinian group J Street and the overtly anti-Israel Churches for Middle East Peace. They need to apologize to the Israeli government, to all Israelis and to the members of their congressional mission. They need to do that for inviting members of the US congress to sit down and chat with an Arab official who only days before publicly praised an Arab Palestinian terrorist for trying to murder an Israeli, and who congratulated the parents of the attempted murderer on their son becoming a martyr.

They should also be embarrassed by their hysterical response — no doubt instigated and manipulated by J Street — to the fact that they "had" to meet with Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor instead of Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon. The Prime Minister outranks the Foreign Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister outranks the Deputy Foreign Minister. Does it really make sense to complain about meeting with a higher ranking official?

Many people realize that J Street is not, as it claims to be, pro-Israel. But the other group which co-sponsored the trip and with which J Street a well-established and at times inter-connecting relationship, Churches for Middle East Peace, does not describe itself as pro-Israel — and with good reason.

Yet CMEP does tout itself, as J Street does also, as "pro-peace." So guess what CMEP considers evidence of being "pro-peace"? In the 2009 CMEP conference document, all 10 points of their "2009 PRO-PEACE HILL HIGHLIGHTS" have to do with support and aid to the Arab Palestinians. The only mention of a "pro-peace" US government action having to do with Israelis is the "well-coordinated attack" by congressional leaders on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his policies.

Stop the settlements, stop Jews from building in parts of Jerusalem, eliminate all checkpoints, open the borders to Gaza, stop destroying the Gazan tunnels systems, say J Street and CMEP, and then the Israelis and all the Middle East terrorists will skip down the yellow brick road to peace.

But there is still another reason J Street should apologize to Israelis, to true lovers of Israel, and to their guest congressional delegation members. The trip itinerary, apparently arranged by J Street, included a visit on Tueday, February 16, with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

Two days earlier it was revealed that Fayyad visited the parents of Faiz Faraj. Faraj was killed after charging a group of Israelis in Hebron and stabbing one of them.

During his "condolence" visit Fayyad "denounced in extremely harsh terms the actions of the 'occupation forces,'" which he claimed were part of the "ongoing campaign to suppress the non-violent protests of residents," according to the official Palestinian newspaper (translation by Palestinian Media Watch).

It is time to recognize that J Street travels in a parallel universe in which they see nothing wrong in having a diplomacy meeting with an Arab official who just described stabbing an Israeli to be an act of non-violence, and to honoring that "non-violent" stabbers' parents for their wonderful son. In that universe, apparently, it makes sense for J Street to call itself pro-Israel. And in that universe, J Street's buddy organization which shares the same alternate universe vocabulary — Churches for Middle East Peace — calls itself that with a straight face.

Editor's Note: Malkah Fleisher's article, "Deputy Foreign Min. Ayalon Rejects J Street Congressmen" (Arutz-7, today) gives us insight into the Congressmen's backgrounds. Here are excerpts:

[Mary Jo] Kilroy [of Ohio] was a signor of the Cohen-Boustany-Carnahan letter given to US President Obama in May 2009. The letter urged Obama to become intimately involved in forcing talks between Israel and the PA, and said the creation of a Palestinian state must precede transparency of the PA government, control over security, or a stable economy.

[Lois] Capps [of California] attended the signing of the Geneva Accords in 2003 and served as an official monitor of the PA elections in 2005. She also co-authored a letter with Congressman Henry Hyde following the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif in 2005, praising then-US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice for applying pressure to Israel to open the border crossing from Gaza into Israel. Capps was a signatory to the Ackerman-Boustany letter of October 2007, which pushed Israel and the Arab world to meet for US-brokered talks at the Annapolis Conference, and also signed the Cohen-Boustany-Carnahan letter.

Capps attended the signing of the Geneva Accords in 2003 and served as an official monitor of the PA elections in 2005. She also co-authored a letter with Congressman Henry Hyde following the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif in 2005, praising then-US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice for applying pressure to Israel to open the border crossing from Gaza into Israel. Capps was a signatory to the Ackerman-Boustany letter of October 2007, which pushed Israel and the Arab world to meet for US-brokered talks at the Annapolis Conference, and also signed the Cohen-Boustany-Carnahan letter.

[Bob] Filner [of California] was one of just 28 Democrats who called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and terror group Hizbullah in 2006, after the Lebanese terror organization rocketed Israeli civilian communities and attacked an IDF security convoy, abducting soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev before Israel responded militarily. He also signed the Ackerman-Boustany letter and the Cohen-Boustany-Carnahan letter.

[William] Delahunt [of Massachusetts] sponsored a House Resolution supporting the appointment of former Senator George Mitchell as Special Envoy for Middle East Peace. He also signed the Ackerman-Boustany letter and the Cohen-Boustany-Carnahan letter.

Paul Rotenberg lives in Toronto, Canada. Contact him at pdr@rogers.com

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Posted by Fred Reifenberg, February 19, 2010.

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Posted by Daily Alert, February 18, 2010.

This was written by Melanie Reid and it appeared today in Times Online
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/melanie_reid/ article7031188.ece She reports and commentates for The Times from Scotland. Before joining the paper, she was an award-winning columnist and senior assistant editor at The Herald in Glasgow


Of course we should condemn extrajudicial murder, but I still can't help admiring Israel's nerve

Steven Soderbergh, evidently, was only kidding when he said that there would be no Ocean's 14. He's plainly been hard at work filming in a hotel in Dubai, as we can see from the trailers running on News at Ten. With Mossad operatives filling in as movie extras.

Now I know we really, really shouldn't joke about these things. I should be wearing black and have a long face and be uttering pieties about the disgraceful "extrajudicial" killing of the Hamas military chief Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, apparently by Israeli agents.

All nice people, quite rightly, are adopting the proper moral stance and expressing outrage and disgust at this affront to international law and justice. But the rest of us ... well, we simply can't wait until the movie comes out. Largely thanks to the blurry CCTV pictures, there is an element to the assassination in Dubai that is appallingly irresistible. What the secret agents did — and, critically, what we saw them do — was compelling and breathtaking in its cleverness.

It was also, in the darkest sense, comic — hence the feeling of Ocean's 11, 12 and 13. That the agents were using fake identities, one of them being that of Paul Keeley, 42, a bewildered Kent-born odd-job man who was living in Israel, just added to the sense that this was too good to be true. Where were George Clooney and Brad Pitt? To see the images of tubby tennis players bimbling across the hotel lobby and into the lift with the Danny Devito-like figure of Mr al-Mabhouh, and then following him so that they could note down his room number, was to know that this was an incomparable heist; a case of life imitating art imitating life. That it was a rare glimpse into the shadowy world of international espionage makes it all the more seductive.

Now everything I write, of course, is on the understanding that the Israelis refuse to comment on allegations that they are responsible for the killing. But their motive, it is said, is that Mr al-Mabhouh is rumoured to have played a key role in smuggling Iranian-funded arms to Islamist militants in Gaza, and may have been on his way to Iran. And just because the Israelis haven't said that they did it doesn't mean for a minute that they weren't responsible.

It is an unfashionable thing to say, but I have a considerable admiration for the Israeli way of doing things. They want something, they get it. They perceive someone as their deadly enemy, they kill them. They get hit, they hit back. They don't waste time explaining or justifying or agonising; nor do they allow their detractors to enter their country and then afford them generous welfare payments. They just act. No messing. No scruples. Not even a shrug and a denial, just a rather magnificent refusal to debate anything.

This absolutism, based on their history, carries its own moral weight; one that is rather electrifying in a Western world grown flabby with niceties. Clearly, the Israelis could defend their policies if they wanted to, but they quite simply can't be bothered. It's a waste of breath. One admires them for that, too.

I've felt this way ever since the Entebbe raid in 1976, an occasion when the Israelis showed Hollywood a thing or two. After two Palestinians and two Germans had hijacked an aircraft on a flight that had originated in Israel, the Israeli army simply swooped in, killed the hijackers and freed all but three of the hostages. It was decisive, bloody and clever. Lieutenant-Colonel "Yoni" Netanyahu, the older brother of the present Prime Minister, Binyamin, was the only commando killed in the fighting.

They also outdid fiction after the massacre at the Munich Olympics in 1972, when they hunted down 11 Palestinians who were responsible and eliminated them wherever they were in the world. Aided by fake passports and disguises, Mossad agents employed methods including a booby-trapped telephone, a bomb planted in a bed and a raid in Beirut in which the present Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, dressed as a woman. Nobody caught it on CCTV, but on the ground that human nature can never resist this kind of stuff, Steven Spielberg made it into the Oscar-nominated 2005 movie Munich.

Maybe, as the West becomes increasingly gentle and polite, and pays those monthly direct debits to Amnesty International, we need the Israelis to remind us that the world is not made according to our template. Maybe that is why we are drawn towards tales of uncompromising, ruthless derring-do. How else to explain the veneration of the SAS, the worldwide glut of books and movies on covert operations?

One last point. Usually, in comedy heist movies, no one gets killed. Somewhere a family is weeping at the death of Mr al-Mabhouh and no one takes any pleasure from that. But the people who die in Mossad operations tend to be, like the Hamas leader, morally compromised. There's a side to us that acknowledges that some assassins' victims may have had it coming to them. So we're appalled, but not so appalled that we don't look forward with relish to the sequel. Ultimately, this is less about siding with the Israelis than loving winners.

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, February 18, 2010.

Passport Unlike Mildine (AP/Dubai Ruler's Media Office)

Melvyn Adam Mildiner, residing in Beit Shemesh, Israel, awoke on Tuesday, to find Melvyn Adam Mildiner identified as one of the assassins of Hamas terrorist, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in Dubai. The assassins had stolen the identity of people living in Israel. Fortunately for Mr. Mildiner, the Dubai police photograph of the assassin using his name bears no resemblance to him. Nevertheless, he is making sure that this fact is publicized sufficiently to erase any misimpression (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/17).

The Wall St. Journal added that the hit team had forged European passports. At least four used the names of dual British-Israeli citizens, who denied involvement. One had Mildiner's correct passport number (2/17, A11).

This does not prove that Israel did not order the assassination. It does indicate the unreliability of any conclusions about who did. The theft of identity of Jew(s) living in Israel hints of an attempt to divert suspicion upon Israel. Does Hamas still want to wreak vengeance upon Israel for an assassination it does not know who ordered?

The notion of Hamas taking vengeance for this assassination is foreign to my values. The deceased had murdered many people. Hamas has murdered many Arabs, too. al-Mabhouh's death is the vengeance, end of case. I look at it as a matter of crime and punishment.

Consider the targeted assassinations during wars in which terrorists hide among civilians. The U.S. and Israel both engage in it. The tactic is accepted when the U.S. does it, provided the U.S. takes care not to be reckless about nearby civilians. When Israel does it, and does take care about nearby civilians, but there are civilian casualties, the world objects. Double standard. In any case, the tactic is a permissible act of war. Vengeance should not be taken against ordinary military tactics.


Americans, Canadians, and Israelis who were wounded by Hamas terrorism or whose relatives were killed or wounded by it are suing Iranian banks for damages. They contend that those banks, controlled by Iran, gave Hamas $50 million, which paid for Hamas' rocket bombardment of Israeli civilian areas. The contention derives from a U.S. Treasury Dept. finding "dated October 25, 2007, which state that Bank Saderat transferred funds for promoting terror to Hizbullah from the CBI through the PLC Saderat Bank in London during the years 2001-2006."

Plaintiffs note that those banks operate in Europe without restriction. This is the first anti-terrorism lawsuit against Iran's banking system (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/17).


NEWS: 39 Members of Knesset from various parties submitted a bill turning over to a Knesset committee the supervision of IDF rules for closing any roads to non-Israeli traffic. The committee presumably would give greater weight to IDF security measures than did the High Court.

BACKGROUND: The bill was prompted by a Court ruling that the IDF could not bar residents of the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) from Highway 443, even though when P.A. residents were allowed to drive on it, many committed terrorism against cars with Israeli license plates. Israeli and Jerusalem Arabs have Israeli license plates, not just Israeli citizens. Some of those Arabs were victims of P.A. terrorism. The Court said that the IDF would have to ensure security some other way. Apparently, there is no other way, hence the bill (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/17).

NOTE: The U.S. has more separation of powers than does Israel. It seems unusual for a legislative committee to make administrative decisions, as contrasted with general oversight of laws' efficacy and for information gathering.


After Iran's President Ahmadinejad accused Israel of planning war by summer, Israel's PM Netanyahu denied any such intent (www.imra.org.il, 2/16).

Israel's Defense Min. Barak told military graduates that in view of Iran's arming of Hizbullah and Hamas, Israel is prepared to make tough decisions (www.imra.org.il, 2/17).

Barak did not specify what is open to future decision. Israeli leaders tend toward bombast, rather than bomb blast.


Inside a well-engineered tunnel (AP/Eyad Baba)

NEWS: Hamas, itself, now runs hundreds of tunnels for smuggling goods between Egypt and Gaza. The privately owned tunnels are failing. For one thing, Hamas has diverted too much business from the private owners. For another, supply now exceeds demand, and prices fell sharply, profits along with them. The two most smuggled items are gasoline and cement. Other goods are food and appliances.

The supply became so great, that Gaza factories reopened and the economy started to revive (www.imra.org.il, 2/17).

REMARK: The smuggling has compensated for the partial blockade. Claims of great hardship would seem more political than factual.


Not long after 9/11/01, the EU and U.S. set up the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program giving the U.S. access to data from Swift, an international banking group. The arrangement was credited with leads that prevented some terrorist attacks, such as the 2006 Heathrow Airport liquid-bomb plot [set for the day I was leaving London] and the arrest of the Bali nightclub bomber.

EU Commissioner Celia Malmstrom told the EU Parliament that the agreement does not allow improper use of data. She explained that the data remains anonymous and "only if there is reason to believe that an identified person is a terrorist can the data of that person be seen."

The Parliament claimed the agreement invaded privacy.

The Wall St Journal considers the rejection reflexive anti-Americanism and an effort to show power in Parliament's new authority to rule on internal security agreements. It shows that having Barak Obama as President does not carry more weight with foreign countries than did his predecessor, who set up the pact.

According to the Journal, the New York Times approves the rejection as the right balance between protecting privacy and national security (WSJ, 2/17, Ed.).


Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar of Taliban (A.P./Shakil Adil)

"Pakistan's capture of the Afghan Taliban's operations chief came after months of U.S. pressure that involved showing officials details of intelligence that linked Pakistan's spy agency to Taliban attacks in Afghanistan."

The U.S. also presented evidence that ISI agents, including some senior ones, reported to the Taliban on locations and movements of NATO forces in Afghanistan. The U.S. surmised that Pakistan was preserving the Afghan Taliban as a check on Indian influence in Afghanistan. Gen. Petraeus tried to convince Pakistan that the Afghan Taliban were aiding the Pakistan Taliban fighting against the government of Pakistan (Matthew Rosenberg & Siobhan Gorman, Wall St. Journal, 2/17, A8).

The U.S. and non-governmental experts used to call Pakistan an ally but also suspected that the Pakistani security agency or part of it assisted terrorists against India and Afghanistan. Pakistan still denies the suspicion.

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 richardshulman5@aol.com and visit his website:
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Posted by Phyllis Chesler, February 18, 2010.

Below is an excerpt from the full article that can be read at


Dr. Ali Alyami is a man after my own heart. He is a Saudi reformer who is based in Washington, D.C. and the founding director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia. Listen to what Dr. Alyami just told me:

"Democratizing Saudi Arabia is the key to democratizing all Arabs and Muslims. The best, easiest, cheapest and quickest way to achieve this formidable undertaking is to empower Saudi women who are already in the forefront in challenging their ferocious political, religious, economic, social and educational environment. Due to Saudi Arabia's centrality to Islam and its possession of the largest known oil reserves, Saudi Arabia plays a major religious and economic role in the lives of both Muslims and non-Muslims. Empowering Saudi women will resonate throughout Arab and Muslim societies."

Dr. Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. She is an author and lecturer and co-founder of the still ongoing Association for Women in Psychology (1969).

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Posted by Roberta Dzubow, February 18, 2010.

This is just so upsetting and disturbing. I only looked at a few links — but each one was worse than the next. I looked at the memorial design for the 9/11 Pennsylvania site — and it is a Red Crescent, facing Mecca, and with 44 glass blocks — that is a block for those heroes on the plane, the crew, AND the terrorists. This is just incredible.... and noting Hillary's Deputy Chief of Staff, one wonders how much pro-Saudi influence she has.

This is from Joan Sharon.

"Clinton Speaks At Saudi College Founded By U.S. Designated Terrorist"
http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/clinton-speaks- at-saudi-college-founded-by-us-designated-terrorist/#respond


More Muslim outreach. If you aren't following this site yet — The Global Daily Muslim Brotherhood Report — you might want to start — their also on our blogroll (left). Their latest post reports that not only did Clinton speak at a Saudi college founded by a U.S. designated terrorist (a Bush aide spoke there as well), but that the mother of Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff also was a founder of that school.

Hillary Clinton and her Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin

Hillary Clinton Speaks At Saudi College Founded By U.S. Designated Terrorist — GDMBR

Global media are reporting that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has addressed students at the Dar El-Hekma women's college in Saudi Arabia, known to have been co-founded and patronized by an individual designated as a terrorist by the U.S as well as by important Saudi bankers and members of the Bin Laden family.


According to the school website, the Vice Dean of institutional advancement at Dar El-Hekma is Saleha M. Abedin who was also one of the founders of the College, as well being the mother of Huma Abedin, a Deputy Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton. Saleha Abedin, along with her late husband Syed Z. Abedin, were also founders of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, a London organization that is known to have been close to the Saudi Muslim World League at one time.

Read the entire piece to learn about another founder of the school, Yaseen Abdullah Kadi (aka Yassin Abdullah Kadi), who GDMBR details:

On October 12, 2001, Mr. Kadi was added to the list of designated terrorists by the U.S.Treasury. As of that date, the FBI had reported that Mr. Kadi had been the owner of a large block of the shares of Ptech, a Texas software company whose employees had further ties to terror organizations. Ptech was also linked to the SAAR Foundation, a network of Islamic organizations located in Northern Virginia that was raided by the Federal government in March 2002 in connection with the financing of terrorism. The leadership of the SAAR foundation, in turn, was largely the same as that of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), an important part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

Clinton gives her autograph to students Tuesday after speaking at the Dar al-Hekma college for women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Contact Roberta Dzubow by email at Roberta@adgforum.com

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Posted by Arutz-7, February 18, 2010.

The first story is "We Demand a Jewish Presence in Jericho" by David Lev; the second is called "PM's List of Heritage Sites Does Not Include Cave of Machpelah" by Gil Ronen; and the third is "Nationalists Appalled: Court Insists on Razing Maj. Klein's Home" by Gil Ronen.


In 1994, Jericho was the first city in Judea and Samaria ceded to the newly created Palestinian Authority, but an Israeli group, seeking to bring a Jewish presence back to the Biblical city, will hold a march this Sunday to Jericho. The march will be held on the 7th of Adar, the day of the birth and death of Moses, who died on the other side of the Jordan right before Joshua led the Jewish nation into the land of Israel — with Jericho as their first conquest.

Speaking to Arutz 7, members of the Jericho Core Group said that "we demand a return to Jericho and a Jewish presence there. We will not be satisfied with occasional gatherings. We want a permanent return to Jericho, and especially to the Shalom al-Yisrael synagogue." The synagogue, over 1,500 years old, was in regular use from after the Six Day War until Israel withdrew from the city.

The group, members say, was established "based on the understanding that the current struggle over the Land of Israel must go beyond just fighting the government's edicts against building in Judea and Samaria, but must encompass the possibility of settling the whole land of Israel," group members told Arutz 7. "The Jericho Core Group was established to fight not only against the concept of 'two states for two peoples,' which we oppose, but also against the Oslo Accords and other deals. We will keep fighting until Jews are able to settle in Area A," the areas of the country under full Palestinian Authority control.

The march — which will include those participating on foot, and is suitable for families, including those with baby carriages — will take place Sunday at 4:30, with marchers gathering outside the city. The group is organizing rides to the event from Jerusalem. For information and directions, call 052-607-1528

2."PM's List of Heritage Sites Does Not Include Cave of Machpelah" by Gil Ronen

'Machpelah Cave not Heritage!'

The Chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria (the Yesha Council), Danny Dayan, asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Thursday to make a last minute change in the list of heritage sites that the government intends to promote and enhance, and add to it the Cave of Machpelah (Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hevron and Rachel's Tomb near Bethlehem.

In recent days Netanyahu has been proudly touting a new initiative for preserving heritage sites throughout Israel. However, many who read the list of sites promulgated by the Prime Minister's Office were disappointed to find no mention of the two important sites where the nation's forefathers and fore-mothers are buried, and which are specifically mentioned in the Bible.

"No one knows better than you that our continued presence on the land depends more than anything on the deep consciousness that this is the land of our forefathers," Dayan wrote Netanyahu. "What better than these two sites for passing on this consciousness to the public. The Cave of Machpelah and the Tomb of Rachel are the 'rock of our existence.'"

"A list of heritage sites that does not include the Cave of Machpelah and the Tomb of Rachel completely misses its purpose," Dayan explained. "It blurs the link of the nation of Israel to its land instead of bringing it into focus; it causes one to forget, G-d forbid, rather than to remember; in disconnects instead of connecting."

Christian sites included

The list of heritage sites does include numerous locations of importance for Christians that will be restored and receive an annual maintenance budget. These include the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Last Supper Room, the Hagia Maria Sion Abbey, the Church of the Gospel, a baptism site on the River Jordan, three churches in Capernaum, and many more.

Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service reported that in recent days, ministers and Knesset members asked the Prime Minister's Office to add the Tomb of Rachel and the Cave of Machpelah to the list of heritage sites but received a flat 'no' in response.

The Jewish sages teach that the Cave of Machpelah is one of "three places about which the nations of the world cannot deceive Israel and say 'you stole them'" (from Beresheet Rabah). The reason for this is that the Bible records the act of purchase of the cave by Abraham.

The Machpela, the Tomb of the Patriarchs & Matriarchs in Hebron, the burial place of Abraham and Sarah, is NOT on Israel's official List of Heritage Sites!

Please write to Netanyahu and crucial ministers Eli Yishai and Avigdor Liberman. Your email should give the following message: Dear Leaders, The Machpela Cave MUST be one of Israel's Heritage Sites!! Email addresses are:


3. "Nationalists Appalled: Court Insists on Razing Maj. Klein's Home" by Gil Ronen.

Nationalists expressed shock and dismay this week after the High Court demanded that the state provide a timetable for demolition of 12 houses in the HaYovel neighborhood of Eli, including the home of slain Second Lebanon War hero Maj. Roi Klein, and six houses in Haresha in Binyamin.

Nationalist forces in Israel had breathed a sigh of relief in January when the state's representative told the court it was "examining alternatives" to demolition of the homes "in order to resolve the issue."

On Tuesday, however, High Court President Dorit Beinisch and Judges Elyakim Rubinstein and Yoram Danziger announced that the state's answer was unacceptable. The panel ruled that the state has 60 days to complete the hearings it is conducting regarding the demolition and present a deadline for its execution.

Systematic cruelty

MK Yaakov 'Ketzaleh' Katz (National Union) wondered, in response, "How did we reach a situation in which an entire establishment dulls its heart to any positive, Zionist and Jewish value and despises its own people, who revile its decisions?"

"President Beinisch's systematic cruelty toward the heroes of the land, pitting the IDF with its commanders against itself, its own widows and orphans, is connected to the coldness of her heart in the face of the pleas of the residents of Gush Katif, Northern Samaria and Amona, when she ruled in favor of destroying their strip of land and the fabric of their lives."

The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel asked the Minister of Defense to immediately grant a permit for the home of Maj. Klein to stay standing. The process of approving the continued existence of the other houses in Haresha and HaYovel must be completed in 60 days, the Forum said.

Regavim, the NGO that is most prominent in fighting for Jewish lands, said it was "shocked at the discriminatory policy led by the Supreme Court President." Beinisch, the NGO said, wants Jewish homes razed but systematically rejects completely identical motions filed by Regavim against illegal Arab construction.


Roi Klein was the young IDF Commander who shouted "Hear O Israel" and jumped on a grenade, losing his life, to save his soldiers.

The petition says that the home of the widow and orphans of IDF hero Roi Klein must not be destroyed! Roi made the ultimate sacrifice for us — let's do something for his young orphans.

Mattot Arim will ensure that your signature is handed up to the Prime Minister. For more particulars: go to the Ynet article. Settlers' problems can and must be solved, simply by issuing them the long overdue governmental building permits. Please — sign the Roi Petition and pass on URGENTLY to all your pro-Israel and pro-IDF friends: Sign the petition at Atzuma.com

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Posted by CPocerl, February 18, 2010.
This was written by Aaron Klein and it appeared yesterday in World Net Daily

John Brennan, President Obama's counter=terrorism advisor

JERUSALEM — The U.S. should encourage greater assimilation of the Hezbollah terrorist organization into the Lebanese government, argued President Obama's counter-terrorism advisor, John Brennan.

Outside of al-Qaida, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah has the distinction of having killed the most Americans in terror attacks. It is also responsible for scores of terrorist actions targeting Israelis, including rocket launchings against civilian population centers. Hezbollah's attacks against the Israeli north in 2006 killed 43 Israeli civilians and wounded more than 4,000.

In a July 2008 article in The Annals, a publication of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Brennan argued it "would not be foolhardy, however, for the United States to tolerate, and even to encourage, greater assimilation of Hezbollah into Lebanon's political system, a process that is subject to Iranian influence."

Continued Brennan: "Hezbollah is already represented in the Lebanese parliament and its members have previously served in the Lebanese cabinet, reflections of Hezbollah's interest in shaping Lebanon's political future from within government institutions. This political involvement is a far cry from Hezbollah's genesis as solely a terrorist organization dedicated to murder, kidnapping and violence."

Also, at a press conference in August at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Brennan declared, "Hezbollah started out as purely a terrorist organization back in the early '80s and has evolved significantly over time. And now it has members of parliament, in the cabinet; there are lawyers, doctors, others who are part of the Hezbollah organization."

Maintenance of a civilian unit of doctors and lawyers by terrorist groups is not uncommon in the Middle East. Hamas has long brandished a civilian wing that provides medical care and education to the Palestinian population. According to Israeli security officials, Hezbollah and Hamas emphasize this outreach to endear their terror groups to the local population.

Brennan went on to state, "Quite frankly, I'm pleased to see that a lot of Hezbollah individuals are in fact renouncing that type of terrorism and violence and are trying to participate in the political process [in Lebanon] in a very legitimate fashion."

Brennan, assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, did not cite specific examples of Hezbollah members renouncing violence. Hezbollah routinely affirms its so-called armed wing operates to target Israelis. Just yesterday, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah threatened Israel's international airport.

Hezbollah in 1983 carried out a massive attack on the American Marines barracks inside Lebanon in which suicide bombers detonated truck bombs, killing 241 American servicemen, representing the highest single-day death toll for the Marines since the Battle of Iwo Jima of World War II.

Brennan has come under fire the past few days after a video surfaced showing a question-and-answer session for Muslim law students last week at New York University.

At the session, Brennan stated that having a percentage of terrorists released by the U.S. return to terrorist attacks "isn't that bad," since the recidivism rate for inmates in the U.S. prison system is higher.

He also criticized parts of the Bush administration's response to 9/11 as a "reaction some people might say was over the top in some areas" that "in an overabundance of caution [we] implemented a number of security measures and activities that upon reflection now we look back after the heat of the battle has died down a bit we say they were excessive, okay."

Brennan is also coming under fire for previous remarks he made about jihad.

"Nor does President Obama see this challenge as a fight against 'jihadists,'" said Brennan.

"Describing terrorists in this way — using a legitimate term, 'jihad,' meaning to purify oneself or to wage a holy struggle for a moral goal — risks giving these murderers the religious legitimacy they desperately seek but in no way deserve. Worse, it risks reinforcing the idea that the United States is somehow at war with Islam itself. And this is why President Obama has confronted this perception directly and forcefully in his speeches to Muslim audiences, declaring that America is not and never will be at war with Islam."

Aaron Klein, WorldNetDaily's senior staff reporter and Jerusalem bureau chief, is known for his regular interviews with Mideast terror leaders and his popular segments on America's top radio programs. His newly released book is "The Late Great State of Israel: How Enemies Within and Without Threaten the Jewish Nation's Survival."

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Posted by Arlene Kushner, February 18, 2010.

Yesterday was the final day of the Jerusalem Conference, and once more now I devote my posting to this event, providing basic themes and significant statements.

But I must start with a correction (and this error, I suspect, dates me). Last time I spoke about a video message from Senator Birch Bayh. Thanks to Barbara W. who pointed out that Birch Bayh is deceased and I meant his son, Evan Bayh. I stand corrected. (The Senator, Evan, a good man, will not be running for re-election.)

Yesterday there were additional video messages broadcast from members of Congress: From Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), a good friend to Israel (who also will not seek re-election). And Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA28), who declared that "I am a proud Zionist and a proud Democrat. But I was a Zionist before I was a Democrat."

This was very much the tone, as both Israelis and Americans addressed the issue of the US-Israel relationship with a "feel good attitude" and very little content.

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY17) — who was present on the panel — made it clear that the US-Israel relationship is a bi-partisan issue on the Hill and very strong: It is an unbreakable bond, he declared, even with disagreements.

Danny Ayalon (Yisrael Beitenu), Deputy Foreign Minister, echoed this when he said that Israel does not let disputes spill over into the entire strategic relationship with the US.


The content of importance within this session:

Congressman Engel expressed concern that Israel should maintain a qualitative edge with regard to weapons.

Ambassador (ret.) James Larocco, who now lectures on the ME, addressed the same issue, saying that this edge was "absolutely essential" and that US was committed to this. The Ambassador alluded to a statement made by Chief of Staff Mullen, at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv just a few days ago: "Iran cannot have nuclear weapons." Cannot? The implications are clear, but this is not a definitive statement. There will be no definitive statement on this.

Pastor Robert Stearns — who talks with great passion about Israel — spoke of the strong evangelic influence in the US for support for Israel. Evangelical Christianity, he reported, is the fastest growing branch of Christianity.

However, there is now the emergence of a "new evangelical left" that is anti-Israel. This branch of evangelical Christianity is the only one that has entrèe into the White House.

He recommends identifying new evangelical leaders and bringing them to the White House, and "building bridges of travel" for pastors to come with their congregations.


A highlight of the Conference, for me, was the interview by Dan Diker of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs of Bernard Lewis, who, at 93, is the uncontested dean of Middle East/Oriental scholars, as well as a political analyst. With it all, Dr. Lewis maintains his sense of humor.

At to Iran within the past year, Dr. Lewis observed dryly that "To treat enemies as friends is counterproductive." He sees evidence that the opposition movement is very strong and wide-spread. Actually, he says, there are two opposition movements — one within the government and one outside. For the time being, he observed, even the former will do.

There is a Western misunderstanding of Islam, he told us: We assume their processes and motivations are the same as ours.

We think in terms of certain dichotomies: religion/state; secular/religious. But these are unknown to traditional Islam. Islam is different from Judaism and Christianity with regard to power: Moses never got into the Promised Land. Jesus was crucified. But Muhammad succeeded in his lifetime and is associated with the power of the state, i.e., religion and power are automatically associated.

Muslims still believe that they must continue the prophet's mission until all embrace Islam or submit to it. The state of war may be interrupted by truces, which represent accommodations and not ultimate peace.

"Salam" to a traditional Muslim does not mean "Shalom," simply peace. "Salam Aleikem" means "Peace be upon those who follow divine guidance." This phrase, says Lewis, as uttered by Obama in his Cairo speech, implies an embrace of Islam.

Because of the above understanding, it is meaningless to apply the idea of nationalism as we understand it to the Palestinian Arabs.


Dr. Lewis says the Shia/Sunni issue is important. In many Muslim places Shiite Islam is unknown, and the Sunnis have always had the power even in places like Syria and Iraq, where there is a mix. But now the Shia influence is growing and Shiites are awakening to the possibility of controlling their countries. This affects Syria, part of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, etc. There is the possibility that Sunni nations, uneasy about Shia militancy and Iranian imperialism might begin to see a positive relationship with Israel as constructive.


Another thought-provoking talk was given by Ron Dermer, Director of Policy Planning for the prime minister.

That there is an assault on Israel's legitimacy is a given, says Dermer. The question is how to build an effective policy against it. Too many people engage in wishful thinking.

On the left, people imagine it's a function of our policies — if we would abide by international expectations, the world would like us better. Belief in the tooth fairy, he says, is more realistic than this.

On the right, he says there is a call for giving voice to our rights, stopping use of the language our enemies, reclaiming our narrative. While he has sympathy for this position, he suggests that the core of the problem lies elsewhere — that telling people our history will not necessarily solve the problem. (I think, myself, that telling that history and speaking for our rights is essential and works some of the time.)

Dermer believes that the core problem is an assault driven by values that are anti-Western. Israel is in direct conflict with cultural relativism, the belief that the weaker party is always just, pacifism, and the conviction that what is referred to as truth and falsehood is just a matter of competing values.

The issue is a Zeitgeist directed against us and other nations, most notably the US. And we are an easy target. We defend ourselves when force is considered wrong. And we are a Jewish state in a time when nationalism and religion are under attack.


Within this situation, says Dermer, radical leftists and militant Islamists have joined forces. Their anti-Israel message then spreads to progressives, liberals and young people. This is a bigger problem in Europe than in the US, and in academic circles compared to the heartland.

We cannot win with the hard-core. But we have to prevent their message from filtering down to the progressives and liberals, and the young people who see themselves as idealistic.

Instead of defending ourselves, we must go on the offensive. The fact is that we are on the "right" side of many issues that progressives embrace, issues such as essential freedoms and — most significantly — women's rights.

We need to go on the offensive, taking our message to the territory of progressives. The left must understand that Islamic fundamentalists pose the greatest challenge to their values. People in Arab societies are always struggling for freedom and rights, and no one pays attention. We must put the issues on the agenda, big time, and expose what is happening in these societies — focusing on the biggest human rights abusers. When this message is absorbed, there will be people who now attack us who will begin to see us on standing with them on the important issues.


Speaking of the left, I will end with a position espoused by Caroline Glick at the Conference. The left has been weakened she says, but it still wields enough power to prevent the government from abandoning the "two-state solution." And so we maintain allegiance to a failed policy.

Glick has a policy alternative, which she called the Stabilization Plan. I will say here only that it involves applying Israeli civilian law now to all areas in Judea and Samaria where there are Jewish communities, and dismantling the PA. She sees this as a way to manage a situation that cannot be totally solved at present. You can see details at:
http://www.commentarymagazine.com/viewarticle.cfm/ the-stabilization-plan-15160

In order to give people permission to speak out about political situations that are ridiculous, last year she started Latma, a series of satirical videos available on the Internet. They are in Hebrew, but now will always have English subtitles added. I find them extremely funny and you might enjoy them as well — and want to share them with others. See here, and scroll down a bit for the video satire: http://www.carolineglick.com/e/2010/02/ latma-researches-the-history-o.php

Contact Arlene Kushner at akushner@netvision.net.il and visit her website: www.ArlenefromIsrael.info

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Posted by Israel National News Staff, February 18, 2010.

Yoel Zilberman, founder of the New HaShomer (Guard) organization — a renewal of the lengendary HaShomer organization that helped protect Jewish farmers in the Land of Israel in the early 1900's — spoke at the Jerusalem Conference on Wednesday.

Zilberman spoke of the violent attacks by Bedouins on Jewish-owned farms in the Negev, and his organization's efforts to put an end to the phenomenon. A third-generation farmer from the Galilee, a similar situation — and attempt at solution — exists there as well.

Zilberman's 10-minute Conference speech on video:
Click here.

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Posted by Gil Ronen, February 18, 2010.

The Jerusalem Mayor's decision to retroactively legalize 95% of illegal Arab construction in the Shiloach (Silwan) neighborhood will lead to a catastrophe, land activist Aryeh King said Wednesday. King said the decision is a surrender that gives a prize to criminals.

On Tuesday, Mayor Nir Barkat told the Knesset's Interior Committee about his plan for solving the construction dispute in Shiloach, where there are about 200 illegally-built Arab buildings and one illegally-constructed building owned by Jews — Beit Yehonatan. Barkat plans to legalize 95% of the structures but insist that they be no higher than four stories. Anything over that will be "shaved" off the building.

In this way, Barkat will be legalizing the Jewish-owned Beit Yehonatan (except for its topmost, fifth floor), and avoiding a large scale confrontation with Silwan's Arab residents, at a time when such a confrontation will probably lead to a political storm and international censure.

King said, however, that the legalization of Beit Yehonatan is not worth the price that the city will have to pay under the mayor's proposed deal. "Regretfully, the mayor is continuing a policy that is disconnected from the right frame of mind in dealing with the Arabs of the city. Instead of fighting them he is giving them his entire hand. This is a discriminatory policy that encourages them to continue building illegally. Meanwhile, as regards Jews, demolition orders are issued even against synagogues."

Gil Ronen writes for Arutz-7, where this article was published today.

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Posted by CPocerl, February 18, 2010.
This comes from the Los Angeles Times
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/02/ obama-stimulus-weatherization.html

Have Obama's federal government weatherize your home for only $57,362 each

Who could forget the $5 billion in Obama administration stimulus money that was going to rapidly create nearly 90,000 green jobs across the country in these tough economic times and make so many thousands of homes all snuggy and warm and energy-efficient these very snowy days?

Well, a new report due out this morning will show the $5-billion program is so riddled with drafts that so far it's weatherized only about 9,000 homes.

Based on the initial Obama-Biden program promise that it would create 87,000 new jobs its first year, that would be about 10 jobs for each home weatherized so far. Makes for pretty crowded doorways.

ABC News reports that the General Accountability Office will declare today that the Energy Department has fallen woefully behind — about 98.5% behind — the 593,000 homes it initially predicted would be weatherized in the Recovery Act's very first, very chilly year.

The Energy Department is run by Steven Chu, like President Obama a Nobel Prize winner. You'll never guess what the federal government blames for the lack of significant progress.

RED tape.

Not duct tape. Not weatherstripping. But that infamous RED tape. In the form of, well, forms.

It seems that the Pelosi-Reid stimulus plan that was so quickly cobbled together and was supposed to immediately pump so much money into the sagging economy last year included an 80-year-old legal provision requiring all federally funded projects to pay a prevailing wage to workers.

But what's a prevailing wage for weatherization, you ask?

Who knows?

So the Energy Department asked the Labor Department, which set out to calculate what a prevailing weatherization wage is in every single one of the more than 3,000 counties across these United States.

There were some other things to figure out. It seems the law also requires some kind of National Trust for Historic Preservation review for most homes before any contracts could be estimated to be negotiated to be signed to be let to be begun. And states like Michigan have two people assigned to such tasks.

So, good luck speeding up that work.

The Energy folks did tell ABC they've so far spent $522 million Recovery Act dollars on the program. Which works out to, let's see, about $57,362 worth of very expensive weatherstripping for each home fixed up so far.

Seems about right for a federal program.

Contact CPocerl at Cpocerl@aol.com

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Posted by Michael Freund, February 18, 2010.
Last month, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' term of office officially came to an end. Under Palestinian law, Abbas is no longer the lawful and legitimate leader of the PA.

In effect, there is no duly constituted leader of the Palestinian Authority now in place.

As I point out in the column below from the Jerusalem Post, Chairman Abbas has become Citizen Abbas, and his legal authority extends no further than the edge of his desk.

So the world and the Left can press Israel to negotiate with Abbas all it wants, but he is no longer a relevant address. For all intents and purposes, we might as well be discussing the future with illegal Palestinian construction workers. They, like their former chairman, currently enjoy the same constitutional clout.

Comments and feedback may be sent to letters@jpost.com or to me directly at msfreund@earthlink.net

Michael Freund
The Jerusalem Post, February 18, 2010


Whether the critics like it or not, under Palestinian law, Abu Mazen is no longer the lawful leader of the Palestinian Authority

This past Monday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman raised an interesting point about Mahmoud Abbas that has not received the attention it deserves.

Speaking at a session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Lieberman intimated that the chairman of the Palestinian Authority, who is also known as Abu Mazen, may very well be little more than a has-been — not just politically, but constitutionally as well.

"Abu Mazen does not represent the residents of Gaza because Hamas rules there," Lieberman said, adding, "Seeing as elections in the PA have been postponed three times, one needs to ask whom does Abu Mazen represent. It is not clear that he can supply the goods in negotiations."

To be sure, those in favor of talks with the Palestinians will dismiss Lieberman's remarks as little more than rhetoric, viewing them as an attempt to minimize Abbas's importance in order to justify ignoring him.

But whether the critics like it or not, the fact is that Lieberman is correct: under Palestinian law, Abbas is no longer the lawful and legitimate leader of the PA.

Indeed, ever since January 24, the Palestinian chairman can no longer be said to be legally occupying his post.

It was on that date, after all, that a new round of Palestinian balloting was supposed to be held to fill the post of chairman as well as elect a new Palestinian Legislative Council.

But because of disagreements between Fatah and Hamas, the vote never took place, leaving the Palestinian areas in a constitutional vacuum of epic proportions.

If you don't believe me, just listen to what the Palestinians themselves have to say.

On November 13 of last year, Azzam al-Ahmad, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, told Agence France Presse that, "After January 25, there will be a legal vacuum because the president and parliament will no longer be legal." Various Palestinian human rights groups, none of whom can be accused of being Zionist stooges, tend to agree.

IN A position paper released on January 24, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights bemoaned the failure to hold new Palestinian elections, and pointedly noted that, "From now on, no one can claim democracy or the representation of the public will, as all must go back to the people for a new authorization."

Similarly, the Palestinian Al Mezan Center for Human Rights issued a statement on January 25 declaring that "today marks the end of the mandate of the elected Palestinian Presidency and Legislative Council." It added that, "According to the Palestinian law that governs the Palestinian Authority, the presidential and PLC terms ended yesterday and therefore the Palestinian elected political institutions lost their legitimacy and constitutionality."

Likewise, Professor Nathan Brown of George Washington University, in a paper entitled "Palestinian Presidential Elections" issued by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in July 2008, concluded that Abbas could not lawfully continue beyond last month.

"There is no legal or constitutional basis for his continuing after January 2010," Brown wrote, "except that there may be nobody to take his place."

EVEN PRIOR to January 24, Abbas was already on shaky ground. Back in 2005, he was elected to a four-year term. Article 36 of the PA's "Basic Law" states that "the term of the presidency of the National Authority shall be four years." Ostensibly, then, Abbas's tenure was complete back in January 2009, when he should have faded off into retirement.

But since Palestinian election law requires presidential and parliamentary balloting to be held simultaneously, and the Palestinian Legislative Council was voted into office only in January 2006, Abbas and his supporters claimed that this entitled him to serve an additional year.

In other words, they argued that his term ended at the same time as that of the outgoing Palestinian parliament, namely on January 24, 2010.

And though Abbas attempted to circumvent this conundrum by getting the PLO to extend his term beyond last month in an extra-legal fashion, the consensus is that he is no longer legally entitled to serve in his post.

Three months ago, Hassan Nafaa, a professor of political science at Cairo University, assessed the position of Abbas and his supporters in an article that appeared in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.

His conclusion was unambiguous: "It is abundantly clear that the PA has lost much of its legal and political legitimacy as questions abound regarding the legality of Abbas staying in office past 24 January 2009."

"Palestinian basic law," Nafaa pointed out, "is quite specific about the duration of the presidential term. A president is allowed a term of four years renewable once. This is why many believe that the Palestinian presidency is now legally vacant." He also criticized Abbas's maneuvering to remain in power, adding that "these measures cannot obscure the fact that the Palestinians now have a constitutional vacuum."

January 2010, as we know, has come and gone, and it is clear that from a legal point of view there is no duly constituted leader of the Palestinian Authority now in place.

Chairman Abbas has become Citizen Abbas, and his legal authority extends no further than the edge of his desk.

So the world and the Left can press Israel to negotiate with Abbas all it wants, but he is no longer a relevant address.

For all intents and purposes, we might as well be discussing the future with illegal Palestinian construction workers. They, like their former chairman, currently enjoy the same constitutional clout.

Michael Freund has served as an adviser to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. He is the founder and chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), which assists Anousim in Spain, Portugal and South America to return to the Jewish people.

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Posted by Steven Shamrak, February 17, 2010.

The Gloom of War — Who is Gearing for War?

Damascus ordered a Level 4 mobilization of Syria 's army reserves for deployment to the Golan Heights on the Israeli border to meet what it calls "IDF plans of attack." In Lebanon, too, Hizballah placed "all its forces" in a state of military preparedness.

Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah vows: "We will crush the Zionist enemy." The latest threat bares in detail the operational plans Iran, Syria and Hizballah have ready to go for striking at Israel. This was no idle talk!

Syria and Hizballah are acting out the secret military cooperation pacts, which were negotiated and signed during visits to Damascus by Iran's National Security Adviser Saeed Jalili on Nov. 3 and its defence minister Ahmed Vahidi on Dec. 17. These treaties commit Syria to come to Hizballah's aid if it comes under Israeli attack, and all three signatories to respond to any Israeli military movement. Hizballah and Syria are taking advantage of the Israeli war game to test their own preparedness for attack on orders from Tehran.

Iranian and military sources report the new war threats from Damascus are backed by massive Iranian airlifts for boosting Syria 's missile arsenal. Fresh supplies have also reached Hizballah and Hamas. Syria has secretly transferred the mobile, solid-fuelled, surface-to-surface Syrian-made Fateh-110 (range 250km) missile to Hizballah.

Warning: Iran may lash out at Israel via its surrogates Hizballah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza: Hizballah would sweep across the border to capture Galilee towns backed by missile barrages and likely Syrian support. Tehran has already well advanced in training of 5,000 Hizballah fighters in special operations and urban combat tactics.

Where is International Outrage? British documentary filmmaker Paul Martin was arrested by Hamas in Gaza City as he arrived to testify at the trial of a Palestinian fighter accused of collaborating with Israel.

Hypocricy of the Headlines.

Lebanon Accuses Israel of Escalating War Threats — What a...! As they say: "Offence is the best defence"

Hamas leader says U.S. blocking Palestinian unity. — Any one to blame but themselves.

Lebanon says Israel the biggest challenge to UN Resolution 1701... — Armed Islamic movement, Hezbollah, which vowed to destroy Israel and ignores UN Resolution 1701 is not? In the fight for Islamic oil, even China has joined the Israel bashing game!

US Weapons Embargo on Israel — Flood of Weapons to Arabs! A new report by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) has warned that the Obama administration has implemented a virtual weapons embargo on the Jewish State. At the same time Obams administration is conducting a massive U.S. weapons sale and projects for Arab rivals in the Middle East, which has eroded Israel's military superiority over its neighbours.

Lebanese Government will be Held Accountable. The Lebanese government has made it official, announcing it will back the Hizbullah terrorist organization in another war against Israel.

'Land for Peace' is Dead. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Israel Our Home party, says, "It's time to forget our obsession of "territory in exchange for peace; all future agreements must be based on 'peace in exchange for peace.'" (It was never alive. Arabs have always wanted all Jewish land and have never been prepared to let Israel live in peace!)

Iranian Nuclear Hypocrisy Exposed. Glyn Davis, a senior U.S. envoy to the IAEA, accused Iranian leaders of hypocrisy for opting to pursue "ever more dangerous nuclear technology" instead of accepting an international plan to make sure that medical isotopes get to needy Iranian cancer patients.

More of Delusional Delay. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is calling on the international community to rally together to pressure Iran into abandoning its nuclear program. Gates believes that if the international community stands together to bring pressure on Iran there's still time for sanctions to work.

Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak

UN investigations are just an anti-Israel smear campaign! Even Hamas has admitted that they use civilians as a human shield. Arab terrorists pose as 'civilians' and do not wear army uniform! Do you remember the Jenin massacre accusation against Israel? The PLO dragged out dead bodies from their graves and collected bodies from hospitals to boost the number of civilian 'victims'. There was plenty of anti-Israel rhetoric and screaming prior to the cancelled, in order to avoid embarrassment, UN investigation!

Fatah Policeman Murdered an IDF Soldier. The organization of terror victims — Almagor has demanded that the IDF cease cooperation with the PA police and begin a re-examination of the General Dayton Plan for training PA policemen following the discovery that a PA police officer was responsible for the murder of an IDF soldier last Wednesday. (The training of terrorists how to kill Jews must be stopped.)

It's About Time! Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will submit a bill allow Israelis living or travelling abroad to vote in national elections. The Absorption Ministry puts the number of Israeli passport holders living abroad at 750,000. Opposition leader Tzipi Livni has called the proposal "immoral". Defense Minister Ehud Barak is also opposed to the idea. (An undemocratic law, which is beneficial to Israel's self-hating political left, must end.)

Anti-Semitism of USs Justice System for Spies. A Chinese-born aerospace engineer, Greg Chung Dongfan, has been jailed for more than 15 years after being convicted of selling technology related to the US space shuttle program to China. Jonathan Pollard, who gave Israel security information which the US supposed to provide to Israel, is serving the 24th year of his life sentence. (Even Soviet spies were treated better!)

Kadima — Party of Traitors and Selfhaters. MK Aryeh Bibi of the Kadima party filed a motion on Monday morning for a bill granting amnesty to members of the security forces who were found guilty of violent acts during the expulsion of Jewish residents from Gush Katif. (What would Kadima propose if violence was perpetrated by the security forces against Arabs?)

Quote of the Week: "I remember the Muhammad al-Durra hoax that was staged in cahoots between Palestinian and French journalists. This blood libel provoked a killing spree against Israelis even after the facts came out to reveal that: 1) the boy was killed by Arab gunfire, not Israeli; and 2) the boy wasnt killed at all. He walked off the set with his father after the director yelled "cut" (and you thought only Hollywood made movies)." — Jack Engelhard — Israel must review, introduce and enforce strong ethics in media reporting: Israeli and foreign journalists and networks who report fake news, solicit newsworthy violence, deliberately compose anti-Israel biased reports or are too lazy to check the facts should lose their media licence in Israel!

It Pays to be a Terrorist. The Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime has enhanced regular monthly stipends for the families of slain terrorists. Funds are deposited into the bank accounts of the "shahids" (martyrs) families at the same time that salaries are transferred to the accounts of PA government workers. It is believed that at least part of payout is derived from the internationally-donated funds that are transferred to the PA via the Bank of Israel for humanitarian purposes only.

No Concessions before Negotiations. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday that Israel will not make major concessions before negotiations. "First, we will conduct negotiations without preconditions. We do not accept the idea that Israel must always make extraordinary concessions..." (He should say: "Israel will not make any concessions"! The enemies of Israel have offered only rocket fire and random terror attacks as concessions.)

US is Subsidising Terror. The United States announced on Thursday that it will donate $40 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, for Arabs in the Palestinian Authority-assigned areas, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. (The American funding comes despite a report that Hamas terrorists are employed by the agency. That is why Canada decided last month to stop its UNRWA funding. The US' s huge international debt has also not stopped this stupidity!)

What Diplomatic Relation? The Egyptian Journalists' Union has sanctioned two journalists who interviewed Israel's ambassador to Egypt, Shalom Cohen. Hussein Sarang, a veteran reporter, was suspended from his job for three months. Israeli officials said that the sanctions were evidence that Egypt was "trying to erase the presence of Israel from the Egyptian consciousness." (The presence Egypt has never really allowed!)

Remember and Change Your Attitude!
by Emanuel A. Winston

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of PanAm Flight 103, 12/21/88 (All 243 passengers and 16 crew members were killed)

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the World Trade Center in 2/26/93 (six people were killed and injured 1,042)

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon, 10/23/83 (killing 299 American and French servicemen)

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of Khobar Towers, U.S. Barracks Saudi Arabia, 6/25/88 (19 US airmen were killed in their dormitory)

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of U.S. Embassies-Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Africa, 8/10/98 (blast that took the lives of over 220 people and 85 people were wounded)

REMEMBER 9/11 — the MUSLIM attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and attempt to destroy the White House or Congress on 9/11/01

REMEMBER the MUSLIM the tourist district bombings in Bali 12/10/02 (202 people were killed, 152 of whom were foreign nationals) and 01/10/05 (20 people were killed and many more were injured)

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombings of 4 commuter trains in Madrid 3/11/04 (killing 191 people and wounding 1,800)

REMEMBER the MUSLIM murders of at least 368 children in Beslan, Russia 9/1/04

REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack in London on 7/7/05 (52 commuters were murders and 700 were injured)

AND, PLEASE REMEMBER the MUSLIM murders of at least 2,000 Israelis since Oslo was signed 9/13/93, with tens of thousands wounded — many maimed for life!

REMEMBER: Muslim psychiatrist guns down thirteen unarmed soldiers at Ft. Hood, TX 11/5/2009 REMEMBER: Islamic terrorists have carried out more than 14,374 terror attacks since 9/11/01.

REMEMBER Muslims killed 3,308 in America in 65 terror attacks

(The question any Jew and Israel haters must ask now: "Why do I still hate Jews and support people who have clearly shown their intention to kill or convert to Islam me and my family, pursuing their goal of global domination by Islam?")

Steven Shamrak was involved in the Moscow Zionist movement. He worked as a construction engineer at the Moscow Olympic Games project and as a computer consultant in Australia. He has been publishing an Internet editorial letter about the Arab-Israel conflict since August 2001 and has a website www.shamrak.com. He can be reached by email at StevenShamrak@gmail.com

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, February 17, 2010.

President Barack Hussein Obama appoints a Muslim White House lawyer to be his personal representative to the Muslim World at the OIC (Organization of Islamic Conference)...WHY?

Something very strange is going on in the White House...or is that an Oxymoron to begin with.

On February 16th, I listened to an interview by Megyn Kelly (a news anchor on Fox News) of Monica Crowley (a Fox News analyst). They seriously discussed Obama appointing Rashad Hussain, Deputy Associate Counsel to the President, as his representative to the OIC.

That Hussain is a Muslim should not matter — except for the fact that Sharia Law mandates Muslims to kill any Muslim who abandons their faith and thereby becomes an apostate. Obama does claim to be a Christian, having left the Islamic faith of his father. According to hostile Muslim clerics and the Koran this rejection of Islam could warrant a "fatwa" (Muslim religious order to kill).

Wasn't Rashad Hussain vetted by the FBI before he was allowed into a position of personal trust inside the White House — let alone getting physically close to the President?

I wonder why Obama, knowing this, would take such a chance — unless the work he is doing makes his being a Christian or not a Christian acceptable to Islamic "Jihadists". If I didn't know that Obama was a loyal patriotic American, it would appear that someone close to the President is planting moles at the highest levels of Government.

During the interview by Megyn Kelly, Monica Crowley spoke about the fact that Rashad Hussain had spoken out in defense of Professor Sami al-Arian who was convicted of funneling money to Terrorist Muslim Arab Palestinians.

Rashad Hussain was quoted in the "Washington Report on Middle East Affairs" of November 2004 as calling Sami al-Arian the victim of "politically motivated persecutions" and that "al-Arian was used politically to quash dissent". (2)

These remarks by Hussain were later deleted by the editor, Delinda Hanley of the Washington Report, although the author Shereen Kandil affirmed she quoted Hussain accurately. (3)

Prof. Sami al-Arian, a former professor at South Florida U., was charged in 2003 with heading U.S. operations of the Palestinian Islamic "Jihad" (war for Islam).

We just had a big visible blunder when two people crashed a White House Dinner and had their picture taken with the President. The Secret Service was lambasted for this blunder.

Why does there seem to be a dangerous stream of Obama appointees who have been able to by-pass vetting by the FBI and Congress?

Is Obama ruling America by fiat and proclamation?

How much more serious is it to have a Muslim in the White House who, in his early years, defended al-Arian, a confessed and convicted go-between for transferring money to Terrorists?

Did Obama personally invite Rashad aboard as he has so many Czars and Czarinas, many of whom have rap sheets as anarchists, Socialists, Fascists, even Communists — many with an historical agenda hostile to American values and who seem to have been positioned to replace Congress in any upcoming National Emergency?

I wonder why Congress has chosen to accept irrelevancy when the world of Islam has ramped up its Global "Jihad" (war for Islamic Global Caliphate) — especially threatening America.

Hopefully, someone in Washington can dig up the particulars on this appointee. What are his marching orders as Obama's personal messenger to the Muslim world?

Here again we observe the President lurching toward appeasement and outreach to Islam, in effect, closing the circle he began as a Muslim child, learning the basic tenets of Koranic Sharia laws in a Madrassa.

Questions keep swirling around without anyone seeking real answers:

Who hired Rashad?

Was Rashad connected to anyone in the President's circle of friends prior to election or after elections?

Who were Rashad's circle of friends at Yale?

Who sponsored and funded Rashad at Yale — which is very expensive and hard to get into?

Did the FBI vet him prior to his employment at the White House or was he given a 'pass'?

Who does he report to officially? Unofficially?

What are his duties as a legal advisor to Obama?

Are his Emails and advisory memos to the President considered privileged and secret?

Was he also a resource to advise Obama on Islamic affairs?

Was Rashad privy to vital intelligence with respect to U.S. planning to thwart Islamic Terror in America — or confidential planning to assist Israel in defending herself?

Did he attend a local Mosque and, if so, have any of its members raised a security flag? What was this Mosque's reputation?

Are their other Muslims inside the White House and who appointed them?

Are there legislative assistants to Congress who are either Muslim or Anglos who favor Islamic States. There are 56 Islamic States in the world of which 22 are Arab. This is a job of vetting for the FBI but, under Obama: Is vetting no longer standing policy orders to the FBI and/or CIA, etc.

In conclusion, I would like to share some related thoughts to the preceding:

I have been concerned for some time that Islamists, such as the Saudis, have used their enormous wealth to advance Islam on a global scale never before imagined. Those who study Arab and Muslim history know that such countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Egypt and others have this remarkable ability to retain hostility toward the "infidel" (non-Muslim) — even over a thousand years.

They also have unswerving devotion to Koranic Sharia law and the "Hadith" (Oral Teachings) of Mohammed which guide their actions against the "infidel". Using their accidental oil wealth, they have expanded their goals of elevating the Ummah (the People), into a conquest of the Planet Earth to create one Global Caliphate under "Sharia" (strict Islamic) law.

In recent times, I have watched the emplacement in all the countries of the West, including America, of "Madrassas" — Muslim schools that teach "Wahhabi" Islam (strictest Islam), which is against all other religions and nations that have a Judeo-Christian base.

Given their patience and ability for long-long term planning, I have been very concerned about how and why Muslim-radical Islamist countries have been selecting especially bright students at an early age to fund their education. Later, using the power of their oil purse, the radical Muslim Jihadis influence the students acceptance into the West's most prestigious Universities — like Yale, Harvard, Oxford, etc. There they learn to speak un-accented English, French and other tongues so that one day, with those skills, they can seamlessly enter the heart of political life of their host nations. They also specialize in Engineering, Nuclear Physics, Biology and Chemistry.

Such well-trained Muslims could have tremendous influence on policy, in addition to facilitating communication of their views of the strengths and weaknesses of their host countries — showing vulnerable points of attack. Such "moles" could reveal what the adversary Western nations are doing to protect themselves against Islamic expansion.

Having been educated with the best money can buy, they can infiltrate a targeted nation at every level, namely, government (big and small), business, banking, military, scientific research, especially in WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) Weapons. Someone like Rashad Hussain, with a Harvard or Yale degree is simply not questioned as to their agenda nor their loyalty to the host nation.

I notice that journalists and media, in general, artfully avoid deep research and, even when something does appear on their radar, they simply turn their radar off. How can the people know if the Watch Dogs of the Media are either sleeping or simply choose not to speak about what they know.

We have already seen the journalists of Europe along with their governments cave into the demands of Muslim immigrants who have achieved "critical mass" (the number at which their influence for ill can burst out). Then by such blackmail, they can pressure for obedience to Islam. (Islam translates to "Submission".)

We see this expanding exponentially in America, in Government, businesses, factories, universities and on the streets, as increased numbers of Muslims demand new laws to accommodate them...or else! Even the prisons feed the growing radical Muslim population with easy converts to Islam.

The American Congress is failing the American people as they accept cash donations from Islamic sources for their elections, filtered via hidden methods including NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations — not for profit and, therefore, tax deductible).

I wonder if Congress and America's 16 Intel Agencies will ever wake up to this national threat. If they don't, they are literally forcing America to commit national suicide. That is true of our allies as well.

Something big is very, very strange!


1. "Obama's Islamic Envoy Quoted Defending Man Charged with Aiding Terrorists" FOXnews.com Interview by Megyn Kelly of Monica Crowley February 16, 2010
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/president/ ci.Obama%27s+Islamic+Envoy+Quoted+Defending...

2. Shereen Kandil Washington Report on Middle East Affairs November 2004

3. FoxNews.com http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/02/16/ obamas-islamic-envoy-disputes-report-quoting....

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). Contact him at gwinston@gwinstonglobal.org

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, February 17, 2010.

Canadian PM Stephen Harper (AP/Paul Chiasson, Canada Press)


SOLIDARITY WITHOUT A TREATY: "...an attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada," said Peter Kent, Canada's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Americas. He said that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had made that point several times.

CANADA'S CONCERN: Canada long has been concerned about clerical and expansionist Iran's march toward nuclear weaponry, which, Min. Kent stated, Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad proclaimed as his goal. Canada equally objects to Iranian repression of human rights.

PROPOSALS: Canada imposes an embargo on nuclear-related materials to Iran. It proposes stronger sanctions and with universal participation, before military action is taken. It would prefer that sanctions target the offenders and not the population at large.

RELATED NEWS: Israel PM Netanyahu went to Russia, in reaction to Iran's announcement that it would enrich uranium to just below weapons grade itself, and without international supervision or safeguards. He was to urge tough sanctions on Iran.

Before Netanyahu reached Moscow, a Russian Minister declared that Russia would ship Iran the S300 system that can defend against missiles attacking Iran's nuclear facilities.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he was willing to hear Netanyahu's views, because of certain close relations with Israel. Pres. Medvedev did refer to the large Israel population of Russian birth and descent. He said he would delay the sale of the S300, but did not say he would cancel it. [Tough sanctions?]

U.S. Vice-President Biden, "...in a remark that upset American officials, declared last year that the United States should not stand in Israel's way if it wants to attack Iran in order to prevent it from reaching nuclear capability."

"We cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do when they make a determination, if they make a determination, that they're existentially threatened." "However, Biden has also said "'Israel will have to reconcile itself with the nuclearization of Iran.' (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/16).

I think that Ahmadinejad disavows any quest for nuclear weapons, although his actions and threats make his quest clear, without being explicit. He realizes that sympathizers will not put two-and-two together, because they don't like four.

Biden has contradicted himself before.

Canada continues the Western practice of saying that sanctions should be tried before military means. Sounds sensible. But efforts to get stiff sanctions approved have been tried for years. And years. By now it is obvious that the effort will not succeed, and therefore there will be no stiff sanctions. It also should be obvious that the UN is an institution for blocking programs for international security and human rights, as dysfunctional as the U.S. Congress or New York state government. And by now, sanctions probably would be too late.

To continue to hold out hope for sanctions seems to be a way of making believe the problem will go away without having to make a difficult decision. The Obama-Biden administration seems to have made its decision, which is to allow "the nuclearization of Iran" but pretend to voters that it made no decision. The government deceives the people instead of frankly giving them time to build bomb shelters.


LAWFARE: Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman accused the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) of being the source of anti-Israel lawfare. The P.A. finances foreign lawsuits against Israeli officials for alleged war crimes.

Israel sends large sums to the P.A. and cooperates with the P.A. to boost its economy [a boost that is succeeding]. Min. Lieberman finds it unacceptable for Israel to cooperate with the P.A. and help finance it, but it draws upon such funds to harass Israel with those lawsuits. [All of those suits ruled on were dismissed as beyond jurisdiction or without basis.]

Wherever Lieberman goes abroad, he hears that P.A. officials do not trust Israel. He asks how can Israel trust P.A. officials, who accept Israel's help but finance dubious legal harassment against Israel.

Going further, Lieberman questions the value of negotiating with Abbas. Whom does Abbas represent? Not the people of Gaza, who repudiated him in favor of rulers hostile to him. He postponed elections in Judea-Samaria several times, making one wonder whether he still speaks for the people there.

[The current issue of the Jewish Political Chronicle explains that he is weaker politically than ever, because he defers war for diplomacy, but demands preconditions that preclude diplomacy. His people interpret his policy as pro-Israel. Therefore, indications are that, just as he became more recalcitrant in order to seem firm with Israel, he is planning another uprising, to keep power. Deduce what that says about his people and the chance for genuine, long-term peace with them.]

LAND-FOR-PEACE IRRELEVANT: As the Arab-Israel conflict has developed more into the Muslim-Israel conflict, the notion of land-for-peace becomes ever more irrelevant to peace, Lieberman warns (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/16).

It would be quite a revelation to find that the P.A. is behind those lawsuits.


STATED FACTS: Among Jordanian adults over age 25, 80% are overweight and 30% already have diabetes. By 2050, the current trend would lead to 50% diseased (www.imra.org.il, 2/16).

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN: Wow! What is causing this? How similar is the situation in the Arab nation as a whole, especially in the Palestinian Authority, many of whose families have relatives in Jordan? What are its implications?

A contributing factor might be that, like Saudi Arabians, Jordanians prefer to hire foreign laborers and domestic help. The government of Jordan, like that of Saudi Arabia, strives to get employers to find and hire citizens.


NEWS: President Ahmadinejad of Iran warns that Iran would reciprocate crushingly against the imposition of additional sanctions on Iran over its nuclear development. He says that the era of sanctions is over.

His country's news agency claims that Iran proved its program's legitimacy to the UN, thereby removing any reason for sanctions (www.imra.org.il, 2/16).

BACKGROUND NEWS: Iran lost a million jobs in the past year, presumably due to Adhadinejad's profligacy in appeasing the people. Iran's currency lost a quarter of its value, relative to foreign currencies. [This means that imports cost more, so people's savings are worth less. This is happening to the U.S., too.] An Austrian-led consortium has withdrawn from an Iranian multi-billion dollar natural gas shipping project. The Siemens company of Germany ended its long business presence in Iran. Malaysian investors gave up on a plan to market Iranian bonds abroad. A plan to build two Turkish banks to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions was abandoned. China has frozen negotiations to build nuclear power stations. Other countries are reviewing their economic relations with Iran (Amir Taheri, Wall St. Journal, 2/16, A19). Mr. Taheri also fleshes out Sec. of State Clinton's recent observation that Iran is turning into a military dictatorship.

Iran had been signing numerous economic deals with foreign investors and countries. Iran's failing economy, however, cannot seem to maintain that pace.

The UN does not share Iran's opinion that it proved its program proper.


ran claims that it has a new generation of centrifuges that are five times as good as the earlier generation (www.imra.org.il, 2/16).


Maan News reports, "A year of US efforts to revive the long-stalled peace process have failed largely due to Israel's refusal to halt the ongoing expansion of the settlements."

The report refers to "...many settlements built on land taken from Palestinians after the 1967 occupation of the West Bank. Nearly half a million Israelis live in the settlements, particularly in a ring around East Jerusalem, the Palestinian capital." (www.imra.org.il, 2/16.)

Abbas came up with a new, unilateral demand as a pre-condition for negotiating. For years he has abstained from negotiating. Israel is ready to negotiate. Maan News put it as if it is Israel's duty to keep meeting Arab demands or else the lack of negotiation is its fault. Maan does not question the Arab demands.

"Expansion" is one of those vague terms having multiple meanings. Israel is not expanding the borders of any of its communities in Judea-Samaria. Neither has the Netanyahu regime granted new building permits since taking office. Before that, Israelis were building only within existing municipal boundaries, though the Oslo Accords do not require any limitation on Israeli building within the disputed Territories.

The reference to "East Jerusalem, the Palestinian capital" is odd. There is no city called "East Jerusalem," no country called "Palestine" (and no distinctive nationality called "Palestinian"). Wishful thinking does not make fact or entitlement.

"...land taken from Palestinians" is another ambiguous term. It implies that a Palestinian Arab state was conquered in 1967, and that land was taken from it for building those Jewish communities. But there was no such state. The status of Judea-Samaria was that of unallocated territory of the Palestine Mandate for a Jewish national home. In 1948, Jordan seized those territories in an act of aggression. That did not give Jordan any title to it.

The Jewish communities were built on State land, which Israel was in charge of, and on private land those communities bought.

Incidentally, the Arabs have been building a ring around Jerusalem.

Maan News is an Arab one. Apparently, it disguises Arab claims and desires as facts.


incumbent Lebanese PM Hariri (A.P./Hussain Malla)

New but not officially disclosed evidence has been published by Der Spiegel that Hizbullah agents assassinated Lebanese PM Hariri, the present one's father.

The new evidence is the network of telephone calls among Hizbullah agents before the assassination.

OLD EVIDENCE INADMISSIBLE: The case seemed bogged down with the release of four Lebanese generals implicated in the plot. Syria claimed vindication, but the release was due to improper prosecutorial methods that made evidence impermissible in court. [Some commentators thought the case fell prey to appeasement of Hizbullah and its allies, which dominate Lebanon now.]

"Hizbullah had described Der Spiegel's report as 'fabricated lies' and a cheap attempt at influencing the June 7 parliamentary elections." (www.imra.org.il, 2/16).

Hizbullah commonly treats truth as lies and lies as truth. If it knows that Der Spiegel is trying to influence Lebanese elections, it is not explaining how. Therefore, its accusation appears to be one more of many cheap tricks to evade responsibility.

If Hizbullah is guilty, and Hizbullah was an agent of Syria and Iran, then suspicions of Syrian involvement are well founded. Syria and Iran sponsor Hizbullah to do their dirty work but calls itself nationalist. Radical Muslims, such as Hizbullah, really do not recognize nationality. Their religious ideology is international.

Ironically, Syria calls itself the protector of Lebanon, from Israel.  

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Posted by AFSI, February 17, 2010.

It is of utmost importance that we protest President Barack Obama's appointment of Rashad Hussain as a U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference. The enclosed information details Hussain's background of association with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, an offshoot of the organization that originated in Egypt in 1928 to introduce traditional Islamic sharia law. The Muslim Brotherhood was banned in Egypt in 1954, the same year that they attempted to assassinate Egyptian President Nasser.

Following Sadat's peace treaty with Israel in 1979, the Brotherhood assassinated Sadat in 1981. The Brotherhood supports Hamas as well as the Mujahideen in Afghanistan. Their motto is:"...Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."

It is our belief that the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood should be banned in this country because of its ties to radical Islam. It is inconceivable that America's envoy should be someone with a history of support and participation in Brotherhood causes.

Please call President Obama at the White House — 202-456-1111; 202-456-1414 and your Congressional Representative (Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121) to protest this appointment and the message of appeasement and acceptance that it sends.


Rashad Hussein

BREAKING NEWS: New Obama Envoy Has History Of Engagement With U.S. Muslim Brotherhood; Called Al-Arian Case "Politically Motivated Persecution"

Rashad Hussain, White House official and President Obama's newly appointed Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference, has a history of participation in events connected with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood as well as support for Brotherhood causes, once having called prosecution of the U.S. leader of a Palestinian terrorist organization one of many "politically motivated persecutions." Mr. Hussain's official biography states:

Rashad Hussain is presently Deputy Associate Counsel to President Obama. His work at the White House focuses on national security, new media, and science and technology issues. Mr. Hussain has also worked with the National Security Staff in pursuing the New Beginning that President Obama outlined in his June 2009 address in Cairo, Egypt. Mr. Hussain previously served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hussain was a legislative assistant on the House Judiciary Committee, where he focused on national security-related issues. Mr. Hussain received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Upon graduation, he served as a Law Clerk to Damon J. Keith on the U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Hussain also earned his Master's degrees in Public Administration (Kennedy School of Government) and Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University. He attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

However, in October 2000 Mr. Hussain spoke at a conference sponsored by the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) and the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University (CMCU). The conference was titled "Islam, Pluralism, and Democracy and featured many leaders of the global Muslim Brotherhood including former German diplomat Murad Hoffman, and International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) leaders Louay Safi, Jamal Barzinji, Hisham Al-Talib, and AbdulHamid AbuSulayman. The AMSS was founded in 1972 as an outgrowth of the Muslim Student Association and has long been associated with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

In June 2002, Mr. Hussain was listed as part of a Congressional Staffers panel at the American Muslim Council's (AMC) 11th annual convention. The AMC was headed at that time headed by Abdurahman Alamoudi, a leader in the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and currently imprisoned as part of a plot to assassinate the Saudi head of state, Crown Prince Abdullah. Other important leaders of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood such as Jamal Barzinji were also part of the AMC.

While at Yale Law School, Mr. Hussain was listed as part of the organizing committee for an April 2004 conference organized by a student organization known as the Critical Islamic Reflections (CIR) group. Among the CIR sponsors listed on the their web site was IIIT and the Fairfax Institute, the IIIT educational arm. IIIT is an important component of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and three of the key IIIT/Fairfax leaders Jamal Barzinji, Hisham Al-Talib, and Yaqub Mirza; were also associated with what has been called the SAAR network (Safa Group), a network of Islamic organizations located in Northern Virginia that was raided by the Federal government in March 2002 and which, until at least mid 2007, had been the subject of an ongoing investigation. Also listed as a CIR sponsor was ALIM, most likely referring to the American Learning Institute for Muslims and whose list of instructors includes some of the most important leaders of the U.S./global Muslim Brotherhood including Tariq Ramadan, Jamal Badawi, and Taha Al-Alwani.

In September 2004, while still a Yale law student, Mr. Hussain participated in a session at the annual conference of the Muslim Student's Association (MSA) of the U.S. and Canada. The MSA has long been associated with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and at the session, Mr. Hussain appeared along side the daughter of Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian and labeled Al-Arian's prosecution "politically motivated persecution." According to an archived notice in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs:

A session on civil rights called "Get up, Stand up; Stand up for your Rights: The State of Contemporary Civil Liberties" was held Sept. 5 at the annual conference for the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada, held alongside the Islamic Society of North America's 41st annual convention in Chicago. Laila Al-Arian, daughter of civil and political rights activist and Muslim leader Sami Al-Arian, opened the session with her father's story. She gave a heart-wrenching, emotional account of an innocent man targeted for free-speech activities, whose rights were stripped thanks in part to the PATRIOT Act. Al-Arian, who has not yet been to trial, has been held in a federal penitentiary for over a year and a half. Al-Arian's situation is one of many "politically motivated persecutions," claimed Rashad Hussain, a Yale law student. Such persecution, he stated, must be fought through hope, faith, and the Muslim vote.

(It should be noted that in the latest version of the above report, the two sentences pertaining to Mr. Hussain have been removed, sometime after October 2007 according to the Internet Archive.)

In 2006, Al-Arian was sentenced to 57 months in prison for conspiring to violate a federal law that prohibits making or receiving contributions of funds, goods or services to, or for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Defense of Al-Arian and accusations of politically-motivated prosecution has been a long-time U.S. Muslim Brotherhood cause.

In May 2009, Mr. Hussain was one of the speakers a Leadership Summit of the Council for Advancement of Muslim Professionals (CAMP). Many of the sponsoring organizations of that event are tied to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood including Islamic Relief, Amana Mutual Funds, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

It should also be noted that in August 2008, Mr. Hussein published a paper titled "Reformulating the Battle of ideas: Understanding the Role of Islam in Counterterrorism Policy." Although a full analysis of this paper is beyond the scope of this post, it should be noted that many of the recommendations match the agenda also being pushed by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood including:

  • "Policymakers should reject the use of language that provides a religious legitimization of terrorism such as 'Islamic terrorism' and 'Islamic extremist.' They should replace such terminology with more specific and descriptive terms such as "Al-Qaeda terrorism." Controlling counter-terrorism language has been a long-standing effort of the U.S. Brotherhood.

  • "The United States should welcome and encourage the further development of mainstream Muslim organizations and moderate institutions." As an example, the paper references the work of the Fiqh Council of North America, a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

  • "The primary cause of broad-based anger and anti-Americanism is not a clash of civilizations but the perceived effect of U.S. foreign policy in the Muslim world." Linking terrorism to U.S. foreign policy and "legitimate grievances" has been another longtime goal of the U.S. Brotherhood.

In August 2008, the Obama campaign Muslim outreach adviser Mazen Asbahi resigned after the Wall Street Journal disclosed his U.S. Muslim Brotherhood ties based on information developed by the GMDR. Another post has discussed the background of Dahlia Mogahed, one of two U.S. Muslims appointed to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Ms. Mogahed's background also suggests ties to the global Muslim Brotherhood.

(Additional Source: "AMC's 11th Annual Convention Set to Begin June 27th. Convention Program Included" accessed 7/21/2003 (no longer available)

Related posts:

1. BREAKING NEWS: Al-Arian Released On Bail
2. BREAKING NEWS: Sami Al-Arian Indicted
3. BREAKING NEWS: Sami Al-Arian Freed From Jail Pending Trial
4. BREAKING NEWS: Obama Top Muslim Adviser Part Of Two More Organizations Tied to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood
5. BREAKING NEWS: Global Muslim Brotherhood Reacts To Obama Victory

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Posted by Israel Academia Monitor, February 17, 2010.

This below was written by Mark Tanenbaum, Tel-Aviv University (TAU) board of governors in response to Professor Joseph Klafter's op-ed in the Jerusalem Post,
(www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=168801) titled "The double boycott challenge." Professor Klafter was opposed to donors withholding funds from TAU on the grounds that it interfered with free speech and academic freedom.
In addition there are essays by Dana ABarnett and Vic Rosenthal.


Professor Klafter is mistaken if he feels members of the Board of Governors, such as myself, have a problem with free speech at the University. We don't. Even when the anti-Israel polemics are repugnant to our pro-Israel sensibilities.

I DO however have a problem with these professors hiding behind the University's skirt of "free speech" while in essence, actively working to harm the State of Israel. This insidious and dangerous activity must be dealt with firmly by the TAU Administration.

Allowing the professors to actively advocate and promote the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions ("BDS") Movement in general, and the academic boycott of TAU in particular is unacceptable.

A red line is crossed when a professor transitions from stating his or her opinion on certain political matters within an academic environment, to actively pursuing and promoting the international boycott of Israel in non-academic spheres. The latter activity should not be protected or condoned by Professor Klafter and his Administration.

Furthermore, by these faculty members stating at their international Israel-bashing forums that they are TAU professors, it gives undeserved credence to their nefarious views. At the same time, it harms the University's reputation. TAU now appears as a hotbed of anti-Israel activity in the eyes of it's donors, thanks in part to the president facilitating this behavior through his inaction.

Rachel Giora and Anat Matar are the two most high profile faculty extremists that fly all over the world, encouraging the academic boycott of the very university (TAU) that pays their salaries. How whacked is THAT?

Both have made publicly recorded statements to the press that TAU is complicit in the "criminal", "racist" and "illegal occupation of the Palestinian's land" due to it's military research activity. Yet not a peep from the Administration defending the University against these slanderous and libelous remarks. Plus total silence from the University when Matar wrongly accused an IDF soldier of murdering a Palestinian and blasted his picture all over the Internet. The State Attorney is now looking into that incident.

Matar will be speaking on February 17th at University College in London to promote the academic boycott of Israel. She made sure she was listed in the program as a faculty member at TAU. Plus there was a recent Jerusalem Post article on Matar calling for a worldwide boycott of Tel Aviv University. And again,no statement from TAU's Administration about their esteemed faculty member's efforts to destroy their beacon of academic freedom.

If Matar were not such an obvious hypocrite, she would quit her job at the University she so despises, and apply for a position in Ramallah. Let's see how long the Palestinian Authority would tolerate her "right to free speech".

State employees such as these faculty members at TAU, should not be able to receive a paycheck from the government with one hand, while signing anti-Israel boycott petitions with the other.

One must remember that TAU is a State supported institution. As such, the president bears a fiduciary responsibility to the Israeli taxpayers and the Ministry of Education that professors at his University do not actively promote and work toward the financial destruction of their country through the BDS movement.

A South Africa-like boycott, which is being promoted by these TAU faculty members, will swiftly bring Israel to it's knees by the crushing economic damage it shall inflict. Our enemies will defeat us without firing even one shot.

Professor Klafter does not realize that Israel is fighting against her annihilation in a new type of war.

It is a war where no tanks, or airplanes, or rockets are involved.

It is a war where Israel's military might is of no avail.

It is a war of delegitimization fought by our sworn enemies.

It is a war to crush us through economic and political isolation.

It is a war fought against us from within our borders by the these faculty members.

They are aiding our enemies.

And foolishly protected by Professor Klafter and his Administration.


Mark H. Tanenbaum
Board Of Governors, Tel Aviv University
Board of Directors, American Friends of Tel Aviv University
Board of International Overseers, Moshe Dayan Center, Tel Aviv University

Dear Professor Joseph Klafter,

We can certainly understand the predicament you are in with regards to those faculty in your university who misuse their academic freedom. But didn't you make your life too easy by saying that the best answer is to ignore these people and continue with the important work of the university? You can initiate some simple steps which may lead to cessation of anti Israeli activities emanating from your university, without compromising academic freedom.

As a starter, why don't you write a letter to your faculty, explaining to them that this type of behavior hurts the university and that you personally ask them to cease from their anti-Israel activity?

Second, why don't you warn them that any political activity which enters the classroom will be dealt with harshly? If you would take a close look at the curriculum of some of the courses in your university you would see that they are political and ideological, rather than scientific. Don't you think that such misuse of academic freedom at the expense of students should and can be stopped?

Third, why don't you cut off all financial support for the type of bogus research that some of these people undertake? You can make it clear that beyond the bare salary, you will stop any financial support especially for so called "research" that is used by your faculty in their war against your university and the State of Israel. You have the right to set funding priorities, you do this every day with regards to bona fide research and do not consider this to be detrimental to academic freedom. So why not use the same criteria for the bogus "research" of these people?

Fourth, you do not have to support their travel abroad. You can make sure that beyond their travel funds given to them as part of their employment contract, they do not get any support from your university for travelling. You can disallow their travel if it is on account of their teaching, you may prevent other teachers from filling in for their courses, when these people try to go abroad during the academic year.

Fifth: You can make sure that these people do not serve on any professional committee or other position in your university. Surely they should not be department chairpersons, or responsible for students in any capacity.

Sixth: Let your university know who the offenders are, make sure that all your students know their identities. Just as students will not go to a poor lecturer, they may opt not to go to courses given by someone who is trying to undermine their university.

Seventh: You need not be helpful when it comes to setting your teaching schedule. Their allotted hours should receive the lowest priority, just as you would give low priority to someone who is known to be a poor lecturer.

The bottom line, these people have the right of free speech, but not anything beyond that. Academic freedom means that one has the right to free speech and to pursuing academic interests freely, without being persecuted by the law. Academic freedom does not mean your university has to support action which it deems to be detrimental. You can set clear guidelines, stating that anyone who calls for a boycott of Israeli Universities shall be treated accordingly. Your present stand, although clearly well meaning, encourages those who hate Israel and its wonderful university system to continue their actions, knowing that they will not be accountable. We are certain that if your donors see a firm stand, which, on the one hand preserves academic freedom but at the same time takes the measures needed to assure this freedom shall not be abused, they will be even more supportive and giving.

Dana Barnett

Dana Barnet is executive director of IAM on behalf of members of Israel Academia Monitor. e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com.
Web: www.israel-academia-monitor.com.

Dr. Klafter's dilemma

Dr. Joseph Klafter has a problem. He's president of Tel Aviv University (TAU), where Dr. Anat Matar and Prof. Rachel Giora are members of the faculty, and Omar Barghouti is a graduate student.

Matar, a professor of Philosophy has called the IDF a 'criminal army', agrees with the conclusions of the Goldstone report that accuses Israel of deliberately targeting the civilian Palestinian Arab population for violence, and supports the boycott-divestment-sanctions (BDS) movement — including the academic boycott of Israeli institutions. She was arrested at a violent demonstration against the security barrier in Bili'in in 2005.

Giora, about whom I wrote previously, also a stalwart of the BDS movement, is member of the Linguistics Department. Her name appears first (followed, of course, by Matar's) on a petition calling for "civil society institutions as well as concerned citizens around the world" to

  • Integrate BDS in every struggle for justice and human rights by adopting wide, context-sensitive and sustainable boycotts of Israeli products, companies, academic and cultural institutions, and sports groups, similar to the actions taken against apartheid South Africa;

  • Ensure that national and multinational corporations are held accountable and sanctioned accordingly for profiteering from Israel's occupation and other Israeli violations of human rights and international law;

  • Work towards canceling and blocking free trade and other preferential agreements with Israel;

  • Pressure governments to impose a direct and indirect arms embargo on Israel, which will guarantee end-user compliance with international law and human rights principles.

And Barghouti — well, he is a leader of the BDS movement, a founder of PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural boycott of Israel. PACBI claims to want to apply pressure to make Israel 'change its ways', but in reality its goal is to destroy the Jewish state. It is absurd that this person is benefiting from a university built from contributions given in good faith by Zionists in order to strengthen the Jewish state. And it is beyond absurd that he is studying ethics.

Dr. Klafter's problem takes the form of a dilemma. On the one hand, he seems to believe that the words and actions of Matar, Giora and Barghouti are protected by the concept of academic freedom. On the other hand, some big donors to TAU have said that they will zip up their wallets if subversive academics like the above are not fired or expelled.

While Klafter finds the BDS campaign and particularly the academic boycott "odious", he is opposed to taking action against the boycotters because to do so would

subvert the very same principle by which we oppose the boycott and will undermine our best efforts to thwart it. If we impose severe sanctions against dissident faculty and students, we will play into the hands of those who lead the boycott drive by compromising on our own core value of academic freedom.

According to Klafter, Academic freedom is an absolute value, because without it the university would not be able to perform its functions. So even if a teacher or student agitates for the destruction of the state, he or she can't be stopped. One can oppose the academic boycott itself, because it limits academic freedom. But doing anything about the perpetrators is forbidden. So the donors should fight the boycott by increasing their contributions, because this will strengthen the university and the state.

Here are a few facts Dr. Klafter seems to have missed:

  • The state of Israel is more important than Tel Aviv University. BDS is not just an academic boycott — although the fact that it includes one makes student Barghouti a hypocrite — it is part of a campaign to delegitimize and weaken the state so that it can be physically destroyed.

  • Academic freedom, like freedom of speech in other contexts, is not an absolute value. It can be limited without destroying it.

  • If the university becomes a bastion of anti-Israel activity, then Zionist donors can better support the state by sending their money elsewhere.

It's not just the BDS people. TAU is also home to Shlomo Zand, whose 'scholarship' attacks the very notion of a Jewish people, and a number of others. It's time for Israeli academia to wake up, smell the coffee, and think about what their academic freedom would be like in the Arab state that Matar, Giora and Barghouti want to replace Israel with.

Vic Rosenthal

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Posted by Yehoshua Halevi, February 17, 2010.

The Judean Desert at Sunrise

This is one of Yehoshua Halevi's Golden Light Images.


The coffee was cold; the companionship, warm. The light: fleeting yet divine. I could watch the sun rise every morning in the desert, bearing witness to the land slowly shedding its blanket of darkness, layer by layer. I've photographed this region of the Judean Desert above the Darja Canyon on four occasions. On my first visit, the sky was full of perfect puffy white clouds, but it was mid-morning and with my family in tow, I couldn't venture off in search of the ideal view. Inspired by that day's performance, I've returned at sunrise on three other occasions, each time looking for a new interpretation of one of Israel's classical looks.

On the morning I shot this photo last month, my hiking partner and I climbed a short hill not far from the access road to watch the day awaken. The most interesting view was to the west, with the rising sun at my back. As the sun crested the mountains in Jordan, the interplay of light and shadow revealed the contours of the peaks and valleys before us. Often, I find myself making quick, spontaneous decisions in the frenetic few minutes that I know the light will be kind to the camera. In this case, as I studied the expanse of desert in front of me, my mind switched modes of thinking, from composing the photo to simply capturing the texture of the scene unfolding in the distance.

"We seldom capture in a single photograph the full expression of what we see and feel," noted photographer Sam Abell. We can, however, move closer to that ideal by following our vision to our hearts and on to a truer expression of what we are feeling.

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Posted by Seth J. Frantzman, February 17, 2010.

They have gone from being close advisers to government coalitions to raving, angry extremists.

Israel's Arab members of the Knesset do not provide their constituents with quality representation. If one were to judge merely by their statements and antics one would conclude that they work more on behalf of Palestinians than they do on behalf of those who elected them. It is one of the great tragedies that Israel's Arabs participate in a robust democratic system and yet their elected representatives have done them little service over the last 60 years.

According to the Knesset Web site there have been 45 Arab MKs since the establishment of the state (by contrast there have been 13 Druse and 872 Jewish MKs). Three of the Arab MKs have been women, although two of these were elected as members of Jewish parties (Hosniya Jabarra of Meretz and Labor's Nadia Hilou). There are nine Arab members of the current Knesset. They are Hadash's Muhammad Barakei, Hanna Sweid (Christian); United Arab List-Ta'al's Talab a-Sanaa (Beduin), Masud Gnaim, Ibrahim Sarsour and Ahmed Tibi, and Balad's Said Nafa (actually a Druse who defines himself as an Arab), Jamal Zahalka and Haneen Zoabi. The first Knesset included three Arabs; Tawfik Toubi (an extraordinary individual who was born in 1922 in Haifa and served in 12 Knessets as a Communist), Amin-Salim Jarjura, an Ottoman army soldier and mayor of Nazareth, and Seif e-Din e-Zoubi, who served as an MK from 1949 to 1979 in a variety of parties.

Two of the three Arabs in the first Knesset were members of the Nazareth Democratic Party, which was part of the governing coalition. The Arab party Kidma Ve'avoda served in the second and third Knessets with two members and also participated in the governing coalition. Two other Arab parties, the Democratic List for Israeli Arabs and the Agriculture and Development Party, also supported the government in the state's early years. In the fourth to eighth Knessets (1959-1977) the Arab party Kidma Ufituah was a member of the coalition. The party Shituf Ve'ahva participated in governments and served in four Knessets. In the eighth Knesset the Arab List for Beduin and Villagers run by Hamad Abu Rabiah joined the coalition.

This long list of Arabs, Muslim and Christian, who served not only in the Knesset but brought their parties into Labor's governing coalition is unique to the early decades of the state. With the Likud victory in 1977 these parties disappeared. Even when Labor reappeared as the head of the government in the 1990s it did not bring any Arab parties with it into the coalition. The reason for the disappearance of these Arab parties is that the Arab community in Israel began to elect more extreme voices from their community.

DURING THE eighth Knesset (1974-1977) the two Arab parties Kidma Ufituah and Arab List for Beduin and Villagers merged to form the United Arab List, which has survived in various forms to the present day. Hadash, which bills itself as a Jewish-Arab communist party, emerged from a coalition of Rakach (the Arab Community party) and extreme leftist Jewish allies in 1977. It has served in every Knesset since.

In 1988 the Arab Democratic Party was formed by Abdul Wahab Darawshe of Iksal. Along with Taleb a-Sanaa he joined the United Arab List in the 1990s. The party's platform included recognition of the PLO, withdrawal from the territories and the establishment of a Palestinian state.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s Ahmed Tibi joined the Knesset as part of the Arab Movement for Renewal (Ta'al). Also in the late 1990s Balad, under the leadership of Azmi Bishara of Nazareth, joined the Knesset. It remains in the Knesset minus Bishara, who fled Israel after being accused of spying for Hizbullah several years ago.

The story of the Arab members of the Knesset is the story of a great failure. National minorities in other countries, such as the Basques, the Irish (UK), the Quebecois or African-Americans have generally elected representatives who cared about their interests and worked on their behalf.

But when Tibi, in the course of condemning Holocaust denial, links the Holocaust to the suffering in Gaza ("the victim's victim") is he helping his community? When Bishara fed Hizbullah intelligence was he helping his people in Nazareth, whose members were being struck down by Hizbullah rockets? When Said Nafa of Balad met Khaled Mashaal of Hamas in Syria was he helping his constituents?

Israel's Arab MKs have gone from being close advisers to the government coalition to raving, angry extremists who spend most of their time complaining about their "Palestinian brothers" and taking little interest in their actual brothers and sisters.

Their failures harm the Israeli-Arab community, which deserves better but has been convinced that to be "loyal Arabs" they must vote for extreme voices rather than "collaborationist" voices of moderation.

It is their loss, and their continued estrangement from Israel and the continued aspersions cast on their loyalty by some on the Israeli Right will continue as long as they refuse to awake from 30 years of electoral slumber.

Seth J. Frantzman is a PhD researcher in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Hebrew University, and is living in Jerusalem. Contact him at sfrantzman@hotmail.com and visit his website:
http://journalterraincognita.blogspot.com. This article appeared yesterday in the Jerusalem Post

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Posted by Anne Bayefsky, February 17, 2010.

At the UN's Universal Periodic Review on Iran's human rights record, the US's Posner spoke for a grand total of 2 minutes. 

The Obama administration revealed a major plank of its Iran plan this week at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. While Iranian dissidents are dying on the streets, locked up in torture chambers or corralled into show trials, the president is desperate to seem to be doing something. What better venue for keeping up appearances than the UN? Hence, during a concoction called the "universal periodic review" (UPR), Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner gave a speech on Monday critical of various Iranian abominations — for a grand total of two minutes.

The UPR process is touted as the centerpiece of the operations of the Human Rights Council, the UN's lead human rights body created over Bush administration objections in 2006. Posner did not use the occasion on the world stage to mention by name the American citizens now being held hostage in Iran or to demand their immediate release.

The whole UPR spectacle is structured so as to focus on one country for three hours once every four years. The country under consideration is allotted one of those precious three hours. In Iran's case, the delegation, headed by Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary general of the High Council of Human Rights, used the UN-provided opportunity to spend over an hour regaling the world about its glorious human rights record. The delegation included two women wearing heavy chadors who were permitted to exalt women's rights in Iran, and a Christian brought in to applaud the situation of non-Muslims.

In addition, 54 states raced through their two-minute remarks, having time to do little else than line up pro and anti the regime's behavior. The regime's apologists had the last word — which was actually met by a round of applause.

Western states managed to list a few problems, like a criminal code which advocates stoning. On the other side, the likes of Sudan, China, Cuba, Syria and Zimbabwe spoke about Iran's commitment to democracy. NGOs were not allowed to speak.

The UN secretariat from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights took great pains not to be perceived as taking sides, since apparently the Iranian human rights record was not sufficiently clear. They managed to ensure that there were exactly 27 states on either side of the debate over Iran's human rights credentials.

Council President Alex Van Meeuwen of Belgium inserted himself into the proceedings only twice. The first came after Larijani referred to "Zionist terrorists." Although the UN staff would have had the remarks in advance, only after the fact did Van Meeuwen announce that all statements should show respect. Then, without provocation, he made a similar statement following the two minutes of Israeli Ambassador to the UN Aharon Leshno-Yaar, who had merely called upon Iranian leaders to cease denying the Holocaust. The UN's idea of even-handedness.

AFTER MONDAY, there are two more steps in the UPR process. An outline of Monday morning's remarks will be prepared, including any recommendations made. Iran will then be given an opportunity to accept or reject such recommendations. And some months down the road a report containing a summary of the whole exercise will be adopted by the Human Rights Council. The council process will be carefully orchestrated to last one hour: 20 minutes' speaking time for the country concerned, 20 minutes' speaking time for states and 20 minutes speaking time for all NGOs.

After that, reports are immediately gaveled through, despite the fact that all human rights abusing states routinely reject all of the genuine recommendations.

Iran is not the slightest bit concerned that the council will translate Posner's two minutes into anything that bites. The council has never adopted a resolution worried about human rights in Iran; it's too busy condemning Israel more often than all the other 191 UN states combined. Back in 2002, the former commission eliminated the position of UN human rights investigator on Iran, and the chance of it reappearing as a consequence of these proceedings are zero.

So when the Obama administration touts its 120-second speech as evidence of its effort to get serious about Iran, or as an excuse for having joined the UN's viciously anti-Israel Human Rights Council, be warned.

Anne Bayefsky is the director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust and a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute. This article originally appeared yesterday in the Jerusalem Post

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Posted by Gabrielle Goldwater, February 17, 2010.

This was written by Patrick Goodenough of CNSNews.com


(CNSNews.com) — As the U.N. Human Rights Council scrutinized Iran's domestic rights record on Monday, Western nations raised concerns about abuses including executions, torture and mass arrests, while Tehran's Islamic and leftist allies lined up to defend and praise the regime.

The events once again highlighted the deep divisions in the Geneva-based U.N. body, which the Obama administration joined last year, citing hopes of improving it from within.

After Iran presented the HRC with a 31-page report on its human rights record, the council on Monday held a three-hour "interactive dialogue," with almost 60 states making statements and Iranian delegates periodically responding. The exercise is known as the "universal periodic review" (UPR), which examines every U.N. member state once every four years.

The U.S. led the criticism of Iran, with Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner voicing concern about suppression of post-election protests, restrictions on freedom of expression, violations of religious freedom, "show" trials, and reports of torture of detainees.

Several Western delegates called for an international inquiry into the post-election violence, while some implied that Iran was not an appropriate candidate to join the HRC. Iran hopes to win a seat on the council in elections scheduled for May.

For Iran's allies, however — many of them countries whose own human rights records draw criticism — Iran's UPR was an opportunity to shield Tehran and scold the West.

The Nicaraguan envoy painted Iran as the victim of Western imperialism. "Nicaragua, as is the case for Latin America as a whole, has been a victim of the same oppressors and this is why my country recognizes this spirit of fighting and hope in the Iranian people," he said.

The international community should not try to impose its principles and cultural values on others, the Nicaraguan added. "We cannot but take into account the cultural environment in this fraternal country which, like other Islamic countries, believes that it is obliged to respect the norms of the Islamic shari'a."

Venezuela's representative praised Iran's achievements, which he said came despite the country being "subjected to unjust economic sanctions and an ongoing defaming media campaign."

Cuba's envoy similarly said Iranian progress had been achieved despite restrictions imposed from outside.

Pakistan's delegate encouraged Iran to ensure the protection of citizens' rights, then added, "Pakistan firmly believes that human rights are better served when these are pursued through a non-politicized and cooperative approach. We should acknowledge that no country in the world can claim a blemish-free human rights record."

The representative of Algeria noted that the UPR process was meant to be conducted in an "objective, non-selective, constructive, non-confrontational and non-politicized manner ... unfortunately this does not seem to be the case today with Iran."

'Some sentences may seem unpleasant'

Iran's large delegation was led by Mohammed Larijani, the head of the country's High Council for Human Rights, who said no Iranians were in custody for their political views; those being held faced charges of terrorism or espionage.

Another delegation member, a judge, defended court rulings, saying, "Although the implementation of certain sentences may seem unpleasant on first sight, social conditions at times require their implementation."

An Interior Ministry director-general called last year's widely disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "an exemplary exhibition of democracy and freedom" and accused outside countries of interfering in Iran's domestic affairs.

Iran's UPR process will now involve a troika of countries — Pakistan, Senegal and Mexico — compiling a document containing recommendations arising from Monday's proceedings, which the HRC will "adopt" on Wednesday. In four years' time, Iran will go through the exercise again.

The UPR was touted as one of the most important reforms built into the HRC when it was established in 2006 to replace its discredited predecessor, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.

Non-governmental organizations critical of Iran said Monday's meeting showed the need for the council to take further steps, including holding a "special session" on Iran and mandating a U.N. rights monitor, known as a "special rapporteur," to investigate.

"There are recognized and significant ways for the U.N. Human Rights Council to place a country on its watchlist of abusers, but this week's procedure, which all states undergo automatically every four years, is not one of them," said Hillel Neuer, director of the Geneva-based NGO, U.N. Watch.

The HRC is empowered to convene a special session when faced with a particularly egregious situation, as long as one-third of its 47 members support the move.

Since 2006 it has held 13 special sessions, six of them dealing with the Middle East and ending with resolutions condemning Israel (the others related to Burma, Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka, the world food crisis, the global economic crisis, and the Haiti earthquake.)

Neuer said if the HRC was serious about tackling Iranian rights abuses — "and this is an open question" — then it should use available tools, including calling a special session, and adopting a resolution condemning the violations and setting up an inquiry into the post-election clampdown.

It should also reinstate a permanent special rapporteur on Iran, he said, noting that the Commission on Human Rights had abolished the position in 2002.

'Trashing' the Declaration

Another NGO, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, also called on Monday for the council to hold a special session.

"Iran has played the blameless victim while it brutally victimizes its people," said the campaign's spokesman, Hadi Ghaemi. "The UPR shows that Iran's practices trash the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Iran's legal obligations, and that more needs to be done — beyond the UPR — to help it understand and implement them."

Ghaemi disputed claims by Iran's delegation about the situation, especially the denial that any Iranians are imprisoned solely because of their human rights work. He named 11 people in that category, including prominent activist Emad Baghi and Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand. Gabrielle Goldwater is a Member of "Funding for Peace Coalition" [FPC] (http://eufunding.org.uk)

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Posted by Robin Ticker, February 17, 2010.

Let us review the reason why the colonies revolted against England. Wasn't there a problem about Freedom of Religion, Freedom to own property, the right to bear arms in order to protect and defend oneself? Let us compare the rights of the colonists that were violated to the rights of the citizens of YESHA that are violated. Surely, the Jews of Gush KAtif and Northern Shomron had their rights violated much worse than those that instigated the Boston Tea Party and complained of taxation w/o representation. Gush Katif and Northern Shomron Jews paid taxes but their synagogues, homes and communities were totally destroyed. If Obama had his way the same is G-d forbid slated for other communities in YESHA and Jerusalem.

The main difference between Judea and Samaria revolting from the State of Israel and the colonists revolting against Israel is that Bnei Yisroel is one Nation under G-d and each of the twelve tribes is an integral part of the Nation of Israel. Therefore Judea and Samaria will never permanently detach itself from the rest of Israel. That is prophesied in the Prophets. This is the Will of G-d. The twelve tribes must be eventually united. However, it may be inevitable, if the State of israel abandons Judea and Samaria, that residents of Judea and Samaria will be forced to temporarily separate from the State of Israel and declare a Torah autonomy and Sovereignty for self preservation and for the safety and security of the State of Israel and the rest of the world. If this be the case, it would be in the best interest of the IDF and the State of Israel not to fight against its brothers in YESHA in their declaration of Independence but rather allow them to do what they must in self defense against Kassam and Yassam. With Hamas, Hizbollah, Al Qaida and FATAH all being armed by an ideologically aligned Nazi Iran, not to mention the United States and NGO's of other sorts, our declaration of G-d's Covenant with our Forefathers and our Biblical birthright is what is necessary to enlist the aid of the Almighty to fight our battles against otherwise insurmountable forces against us. How else can the lone sheep fight against the 70 wolves?  

This below was written by Prof. Paul Eidelberg, President, Foundation for Constitutional Democracy


February 12 is the birthday of America's greatest president, Abraham Lincoln. Ponder his celebrated Gettysburg Address, which begins with these words: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

Lincoln thereby dates America's birth not with the Constitution of 1788, but with the Declaration of Independence of 1776 — and rightly so. The Declaration embodies the political philosophy — one may even say the political theology — of the American Constitution, the covenant of the American people.

The Declaration was embodied in many of the State Constitutions to sanctify their spiritual origin. The meaning of the Declaration is inseparable from the monotheistic culture in which it was incubated — the Judeo-Christian culture. This culture, as we see in the words of the Declaration, posits a "Higher Law" doctrine: "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God transcends the laws of men and nations. It is from this Higher Law, but therefore from God — the Creator of heaven and earth — that we derive our "inalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

There is no moral relativism, no cultural relativism, no historical relativism in the Declaration of Independence; its principles transcend space and time. That's why the Declaration imposes limits on what governments may do. Which means the Declaration affirms the principle of limited government on the one hand, and the inviolable rights of the individual on the other. Therein is the credo of the American people, a credo rooted in the Biblical principle of man's creation in the image of God.

Now this credo is being denied and undermined by President Barack Obama. Like his college mentors, Obama is a cultural relativist. He rejects the credo of the Declaration. He replaces the immutable doctrine of natural rights with the evolutionary doctrine of "Progressivism." Progressivism animated his "Yes we can" presidential campaign oratory — which signifies monumental egoism on the one hand, and historical amnesia on the other — all so evident in Obama's teleprompter speeches.

So Americans should take this day of February 12 to relearn the teachings of their greatest President. As in former days, let American children learn to recite Lincoln's immortal Gettysburg Address. From there let American youth learn about their biblical roots, profoundly articulated in the Declaration of Independence.

Contact Robin Ticker at faigerayzel@gmail.com

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Posted by Daily Alert, February 16, 2010.
This was written by Rebecca Anna Stoil and it appeared yesterday in the Jerusalem Post

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Photo: AP)

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday slammed the idea that territorial compromise would help to secure a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Speaking before a session of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Lieberman told MKs that "anyone who thinks that they can attain peace through territorial concessions is deluding himself and others."

Lieberman repeatedly emphasized that Israel did not have a viable partner for peace on the Palestinian side. He accused the Palestinian Authority of sponsoring worldwide campaigns to delegitimize Israel, campaigns that Lieberman said were partially financed by "the funds that we transfer to the Palestinians."

"The majority of claims against senior IDF officers worldwide are funded and initiated by the PA," he said. "I have no faith in someone who files suits against [Kadima chairwoman] Tzipi Livni or other Israeli officials for war crimes.

In every conversation between the Palestinians and international sources, they begin the conversation with the fact that they do not believe in the honesty of our stated intents, he said.

"I do not honestly believe theirs in light of their initiatives for boycotts on Israeli goods, as well as the litigations. We need to check, as a society, whether we are willing to accept conditions such as these — that on one hand, they will hold negotiations with us, while on the other hand they devote a significant amount of their resources to opposing us."

Later in the meeting Lieberman reiterated that "it cannot be that we cooperate with the Palestinians on security and economic issues, and they continue to file claims against us and to incite against us."

Lieberman also questioned Palestinan Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's credibility as a negotiating partner.

"The question was asked who exactly the PA represents," he said. "[Abbas] does not represent Gaza — Hamas is in control there — and because the elections in the PA itself have been delayed three times. The question was asked who Abbas represents, and it is not certain if he is even capable of delivering the goods for negotiations."

The conflict, according to Lieberman, had in recent years become a religious struggle — a fact that negated the possibility of peace through territorial compromise.

"The conflict has transformed in recent years, since the '80s, and mostly since the beginning of the last decade, into a religious struggle. As such, there is no possibility of reaching an agreement though territorial compromise. That is why Livni and Olmert's proposal in Annapolis could not bring peace — because the struggle has become a religious one," he said.

Lieberman also emphasized his party's position that population and territory exchange was a crucial element in securing peace.

"We in Israel Beiteinu are willing to exchange land and territory as was written in our platform. Conflicts such as this one have no easy-out solution."

The foreign minister did acknowledge that his ideas were not necessarily representative of the government of which he is a member, and said instead that it was "my position, according to how I see things. We act according to the government's guidelines, which no party agrees with 100 percent, but that is the situation as I see it."

Lieberman did offer an optimistic note when he told MKs that "we are forming a pro-Israel bloc that is growing and widening. In the last year, we reached — in the case of important votes in international forums — a 'moral majority' of 18 states who vote together with Israel, and in the coming year we hope to expand it further."

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Posted by Gabrielle Goldwater, February 16, 2010.

This is from Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. It presents a newspaper article from the November 22, 1945 Palestine Post (now called the Jerusalem Post.)


Below is a news article from the November 22, 1945 Palestine Post newspaper culled from the archives of Tel Aviv University, detailing Arab plans for the Mamilla Cemetery. See the full hypocrisy of those who are challenging the unanimous Israeli Supreme Court decision in the Simon Wiesenthal Center's favor. We are only building on the former municipal car park of Jerusalem. Read what was planned for the actual cemetery itself.

Rabbi Marvin Hier
SWC Dean & Founder

This is the pertinent Palestine Post text.


An area of over 450 dunams in the heart of Jerusalem, now forming the Mamillah Cemetery, is to be converted into a business centre. The townplan is being completed under the supervision of the Supreme Moslem Council in conjunction with the Government Town Planning Adviser. A six-storeyed building to house the Supreme Moslem Council and other offices, a four-storeyed hotel, a bank and other buildings suitable for a college, a club and a factory are to be the main structures. There will also be a park to be called the Salah ed Din Park, after the Moslem warrior of Crusader times.

The remains buried in the Cemetery are being transfer red to a spot round the tomb of al Sayid al Kurashi, ancestor of the Dajani family, in a 40 dunams walled reserve.

In an interview with Al Wihda, the Jerusalem weekly, a member of the Supreme Moslem Council stated that the use of Moslem cemeteries in the public interest had many precedents both in Palestine and elsewhere. He quoted the cases of the Bab al Sahira (Herod's Gate) Cemetery, which formerly stretched down Saint Stephen's Gate; the Jaffa Cemetery, which was converted into a commercial centre and Queen Farida Square in Cairo, which not long ago was a cemetery.

The member added that the Supreme Moslem Council intended to publish a statement containing dispensations by Egyptian, Hejazi and Damascene clerics sanctioning the building programme. He pointed out that the work would be carried out in stages and by public tender. Several companies had already been formed in anticipation, and funds were plentiful, the correspondent concluded.

Gabrielle Goldwater is a Member of "Funding for Peace Coalition" [FPC] (http://eufunding.org.uk)

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Posted by Arlene Kushner, February 16, 2010.

This was the first full day of the Jerusalem Conference, with many excellent speakers and much of importance to share. If there is anything to be regretted it is that some sessions run concurrently, so that choices must be made and it is impossible to attend everything.

Here I share highlights, in terms of issues and speakers. More than this would be impossible. Hopefully even these highlights will provide significant facts and also perspective. Perhaps they will stimulate deeper inquiries into the issues on the part of some of you.


The Keynote speaker for the morning was Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud), and his news was very good:

In spite of the difficult part of the world in which we exist, we withstood the financial crisis better than most nations. And so, today, throughout the world, we are recognized for the way in which we have coped during the worst of the crisis and for the fact that we began recovery sooner than most nations. Within the crisis we found opportunity — to improve our financial status, to become more stable, and to polish our image.

We have focused on long-term planning and not stop-gap measures.


The session on Lawfare: Goldstone, the UN, and NGOs was highly informative.

Lawfare = the use of the law to demonize Israel.

Moderator Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, Director of the American Center for Democracy, began by pointing out that when Goldstone's history is examined, it is clear that he tends to please political powers. Says Dr. Ehrenfeld, he aspires to be UN secretary-general.


Lt. Col (res) Jonathan Halevi, Senior Researcher on the Middle East and Radical Islam for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, carefully demolished any notion that there was objectivity at work when the Goldstone committee of inquiry did its work. What is to be regretted, he says, is that the world sees this report as representing a balanced investigation.

Among the things to be questioned with regard to the Report are the methodology, the fact finding, the objectivity, and the presence of an (open) hidden agenda.

The Palestinian Arab version of events was always accepted. No testimony was challenged. No questions were asked about Hamas. All witnesses denied there was "resistance," and this was accepted.

No alternative scenarios were ever considered. E.g., the IDF hit a mosque. Goldstone claimed the IDF intended to attack those at prayer. He never even considered that it might have been because of the presence of terrorists. Goldstone asked witnesses, how many breadwinners were hit, and not how many were affiliated with Hamas. The committee extended condolences to those witnesses who lost family in the mosque attack, when in fact those family members were members of Hamas.

The military expert for the inquiry came with a bias. For example, he asked a Palestinian psychologist, "What drives Israeli soldiers to shoot parents in front of their children?"


Anne Hertzberg, a legal advisor to NGO Monitor, spoke at length about the NGOs — ostensibly human rights organizations — and their campaign of vilification of Israel.

This campaign stems from the NGO Forum of the 2001 Durban Conference, at which 15 NGOs declared Israel the single violator of international law. What followed was the Durban Strategy, which achieves a veneer of credibility by couching its attack in legal terms. There are attempts to drag Israel to the International Court of Justice, etc.

A discernable pattern can be recognized: when Israel responds against terrorism, NGO charges follow. These NGOs are then called upon to take part in legal processes. We saw this with Jenin, building of the security fence, the Lebanon War, and Cast Lead.

During the three weeks of Cast Lead, 500 statements were issued by NGOs, accusing Israel of occupation, war crimes, crimes against humanity, etc. NGOs frequently listed combatants as civilians (thereby increasing the ostensible number of civilians Israel killed). 90% of the police defined by NGOs as civilians were actually terrorists.


Goldstone had strong ties to NGOs. He was on the board of Human Rights Watch (until pushed into resigning), and members of his committee of inquiry had ties to Amnesty International. The UN Human Rights Commission provided Goldstone with staff and at least one member had Palestinian solidarity connections.

Ronen Shoval, of Im Tirtzu, spoke about these connections. When his group began to analyze the footnotes of the Report, it was discovered that 92% of accusations were from Israeli NGOs, with some 16 groups involved. New Israel Fund, says Shoval, had provided these groups with $7.8 million in 2008-2009.


Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Weisenthal Center, spoke about a different, and less known, issue regarding the World Council of Churches (WCC).

This is an exceedingly important topic, which I will touch upon only very briefly here. Perhaps at some point I will return to this.

Cooper explained that this is a movement of liberal Christian groups, most notably Presbyterian — and in strong contradistinction to the very solid support we have among other Christians — that seeks to erode support for Israel in the US. It says that Israel is illegitimate, the last gasp of colonialism. In 2008, theologians within the movement analyzed the theological understandings of the Bible, and reasserted replacement theology (which says that the covenant of the Jews with G-d has been superseded by Christianity, so that, among other things, the connection of the Jewish people to the Land no longer applies).

Within Congress, it should be noted, there are 33 members of this group in the House and 13 in the Senate.


On the huge subject of Iran there were several speakers. About the fact that Iran represents a huge danger there is unanimity. But about little else. There are different takes, for example, regarding whether the unrest in Iran now will lead to a regime turnover, and, more so, whether this is possible before Iran reaches nuclear capacity.

One point of importance is that this is a regional or international threat, and not one just to Israel. Iran aims to challenge international stability, and weaken Sunni control in the area. The goal is political, says Amos Gilad, Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs for the IDF.

Gilad thinks it is inconceivable that Fatah will not fall under Hamas dominance in time. This is the model, just as Hezbollah is taking over Lebanon. He does not believe the insurgents will succeed before Iran would become nuclear.


Dr. Dore Gold, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (and author of a book on Iran), certainly concurs with regard to the regional threat — with Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Gaza, Sudan, Iraq, etc. all affected.

But he put it even more starkly. Iran going nuclear, he says, will affect the entire battle against terrorism. In 2001, the US retaliated for 9/11 by going into Afghanistan. Today Iran shelters both Shia and Sunni terrorist groups. What would be possible in terms of going after them if Iran had the bomb?

Dr. Gold does not believe that sanctions can be effective. They take a long time, he said, far longer than we have. What sanctions would do is signal Iran that finally the world is serious. He believes that the Obama administration has a fall-back position if sanctions don't work: deterrence. That is, the threat that if Iran used the bomb they'd get hit in turn by the US. This is what prevailed during the Cold War. But Gold does not see this model as applicable because he doesn't think that Iran would take the US threat seriously.


The question of whether the US would accept a nuclear Iran in the end (assuming Israel doesn't set Iran's nuclear clock back), or resort to military power at the last moment is the greatest unanswered question.

Senator Birch Bayh (D-Indiana) addressed the gathering by video. He said that it's worth trying to rally the world, but he doesn't have much hope for this, and in the end it's appropriate to use force if all else fails. This is better than a nuclear Iran.

Congressmen Elliot Engel (D-NY 17) participated on this panel. He said repeatedly, "We cannot allow Iran to go nuclear." And I had the impulse to say, "Nu?" Neither Bayh nor Engel is sitting in the White House. Unfortunately.


The last session I will report on here addressed the best way to handle the Israeli-Palestinian situation. I found it fascinating because there was an absolute unanimity in terms of diagnosing the situation, and incredible diversity regarding how to respond.

To a person, it was agreed that the Palestinian Arabs don't really want a "two-state solution."

Minister Benny Begin spelled it out neatly: There is no solution, but there is an internal need to find a solution (doing nothing doesn't "feel right"). Do we try to compromise, or take the issue off the agenda?

He described much of what you read here on a regular basis: Fatah has not moderated. At their August conference, they had the opportunity to do so, but instead reaffirmed the charter that calls for Israel's destruction. Thus no agreement can be reached, and there will not be one. Things will remain as they are. To give any land to the PA would be irresponsible with Hamas waiting in the wings. We can, and should, try to improve the daily lives of the Palestinian Arabs.


TV journalist Ehud Ya'ari, who has some inside connections to the Palestinian Arabs, shared some things we don't routinely hear:

A former aide to Arafat said that the idea of a Palestinian state within the '67 lines is a "punitive construct designed by the US and Israel to hinder Palestinian movement."

Not only is there no enthusiasm for a state within '67 lines, says Ya'ari, he was asked: "Who told you that the struggle for independence means sovereignty?" To the Palestinian mind independence and statehood are not the same thing. They are fighting "to cast off Israel." There is the battle cry of a state within the '67 lines, but no real political agenda.

The Palestinian Arabs, says Ya'ari, are aiming for "reverse annexation" — attempting to swallow us up. "They [the Israelis] are collapsing into our unwilling arms."

Ya'ari's "solution" for this is very strange indeed: quick, force them into interim sovereignty. As Arieh Eldad (about which more below) said, Who ever heard of forcing sovereignty on someone?


Yoram Ettinger, former minister for Congressional affairs at the Israeli Embassy, said there are two elements for a nation — history and security. But what we've done is base our arguments for why we cannot have a two-state solution on security, thus removing the moral high ground of history. There can always be arguments about how we can find security within a two-state paradigm. But our history in this land is our history.

"When you find yourself in a deep hole, stop digging." But our leaders keep digging: Oslo, Road Map, Annapolis, etc.

It is politically correct to speak of a "two-state" solution, but this is not a territory-driven conflict.

For 1,400 years there has not been peace between different Arab groups. Why do we imagine we can make peace with them now?

Ettinger shared with us what Syrian president Bashar Assad had said, when asked about making a small compromise with regard to how much of the Golan Heights he would accept back:

"Anyone who gives away a square inch of his land does not deserve to be respected."


MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) also said that the idea of a Palestinian state was dead.

She told a joke: "Only five people believe in a two-state solution and four of them sit in the White House."

And she offered a direct quote from Ehud Barak: "Between myself and Benny Begin there is no difference regarding Palestinian intentions."

But, she cautioned, don't decide not to decide. Stop playing the game and don't leave the status of Judea and Samaria in ambiguity any longer.

Her solution: apply Israeli law to all of Judea and Samaria. Right now 300,00 Israeli citizens outside the Green Line live under military rule. They should not have a separate or secondary status any longer.

As to the Arabs, give them citizenship, she says.

The problem here, as I see it, is not demography — not an issue of getting swallowed up by Arabs. It's a question of what sort of citizens these people, who have been trained to hate us and incited to kill us, would be.

There is a modified approach in line with what she suggested: apply Israeli civilian law to all of the Jewish communities outside the Green Line. Make them clearly and unequivocally ours, with our full sovereignty applying to them.


MK Arieh Eldad (Ihud Leumi) said he is for ending the occupation — the occupation of our land by Arabs. He also is for a two-state solution, with the recognition that one of those states is Jordan. We would have Arab residents of Israel, but they would have citizenship in Amman.

The problem with this is that Jordan wants no part of it, although it is said in some quarters that the Hashemite kingdom might be induced under the proper circumstances.

Contact Arlene Kushner at akushner@netvision.net.il and visit her website: www.ArlenefromIsrael.info

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Posted by Paul Lademain, February 16, 2010.

Who is Barry Rubin? Really. Who is he? What does he really stand for? His recent articles (hereinbelow) continue to promote the carving-up of the already carved-up tiny State of Israel in order to hand large parts of it to the arabs as if this were a "good thing" and a "done deal." He determinedly ignores International Law, as has Israel's blinded (or extorted?) government.

Barry simply ignores our challenge for him to cease his dangerous habit of referring to any Arab found in Israel as a "Palestinian."

What gives with this guy? Sometimes he fervently favors empowering the state of Israel and then in the next breath he expresses his stubborn and inexplicable desire for Israel to surrender to the improper, unjust, and Saudi-influenced imprecations of the US State Dept. We often wonder if Barry Rubin is nothing more than a committee organized by the Peres/Barak/Jimmy Carter cabal.

We believe Barry Rubin's propaganda and his blind assumptions about Israel contributes greatly to Israel digging itself into a ditch. It has also occurred to us that a goodly number of Jews in Israel (sometimes referred to as "lefties") curry favor with Israel's antagonists in the hope their callow subservience will earn them a ticket to run away and be allowed to "settle" elsewhere after they help Israel dismantle itself. (Ever hear of the "running Jew" calumny? These are the words used by arrogant Euroids and particularly Poles to describe Jews — the inference being that all Jews are just cowards and shysters.)

We are the SC4Z and we support a more powerful, more expansive, more determined, "Strong Horse" Israel. We need a stronger and LARGER Israel peopled by a citizenry that opposes the evils of Islam especially now that Ummah has big bucks and the financial wherewithal to raise its ugly head.

We need a stronger and more determined Israel, especially because there really political fantasists who, while taking gifts from the Saudis, demand that Jews (and only Jews) be forced to behave as if all people possess at some hidden core "good souls" such that the "good Jew" must venerate and protect their worst enemies. (As if the likes of al Queda, or David Duke, or the White Supremacists, or the notorious Manson Gang, etc. don't exist in the real world.)

Viva Israel from the SC4Z — (Secular Christians for Zionism).


Barry Rubin's email to lademain:

From: RubinReports Date: February 16, 2010 9:07:29 AM PST
To: lademain@verizon.net
Subject: RubinReports

"Why Isn't There Peace? One Reason: Few People Know How Much is Being Offered"
By Barry Rubin

I've been having a dialogue through correspondence lately with someone describing himself as a moderate Palestinian who lives in the United States. What most impressed me in the exchanges — both from what my interlocutor said and how he described the views of other Palestinians — is the total lack of comprehension on their part — those who live in the West Bank and Gaza Strip along with those who live elsewhere, both moderate and radical — about Israeli positions toward peacemaking that are easily available on the public record.

Among Palestinians, as more broadly with almost all of the public in the Muslim-majority world and a lot of the elite classes in Europe, there exists a mythical Israel, reminiscent of the fabricated antisemitic stereotypes of the past, that has little to do with reality. They believe Israel isn't interested in peace, doesn't offer the Palestinians anything, opposes any real Palestinian state, intends to keep the West Bank (until Israel's withdrawal from all of the Gaza Strip they would have added that territory as well), and is led by intransigent hardliners. Such a conception was comprehensible — if not fully accurate — describing the situation in parts of the 1980s but has nothing to do with the last 20 years.

In 2010 they have no idea what Israel actually offered in the 1990s' peace process, or at the Camp David summit in 2000, or what President Bill Clinton offered with Israel's agreement in December 2000, or what Prime Minister Ehud Olmert proffered in 2008, or what is in the current Israeli government's peace offer in 2010. All proposed the creation of an independent Palestinian state, the first three in close to 100 percent and the last three as equivalent to 100 percent (with some small, equal land swaps) in size to the pre-1967 West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Lacking any knowledge of these offers, or at least knowing only very distorted ones, they can maintain that Israel has offered "nothing" and that therefore the continuation of the conflict is not due to Palestinian intransigence but Israel's alleged opposition to the creation of a real independent Palestinian state. This reminds me of how Mahmoud Abbas, today leader of the Palestinian Authority, responded to some reasonably accurate descriptions in the Palestinian media of what Israel offered in 2000 at Camp David. It is better, he said at the time, not to talk about these things at all, presumably lest some Palestinians might think that it was a reasonable deal.

Anyone who actually lives in Israel knows that — whether they like it or not — Israel is ready to make big conessions and take reasonable risks to achieve peace. They know, whether or not they agree, that the overwhelming majority is ready to accept an independent Palestinian state as long as it is willing to end the conflict and live side by side in peace. (Emphasis added by SC4Z)

Outside Israel, far fewer people than should do so understand this reality. And that includes journalists, academics, and politicians. If they address the issue at all, they presume that Israel is asking the Palestinians to make some huge or unreasonable concession. Often, as noted above, their understanding of Israeli views is more than 20 years out of date.

But the Palestinians especially and these Westerners generally know even less about Israel's own demands, which is not surprising since they are never explained in the Arabic-language media and virtually never mentioned in the Western media. These include security guarantees, non-militarization of a Palestinian state, an end to the conflict, and the resettlement of Palestinian refugees in Palestine. For an analysis of Israel's current peace plan, if you would like to see what is actually on the table, see here. (Barry Rubin's book)

The above observations can produce a simple definition of the difference between moderates and radicals. The radicals, both among the Palestinians and their Western sympathizers, know — even if they pretend otherwise — that they want all the land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea along with Israel's elimination. This is true whether they seek it through a two-stage process, the dispatch of a million or two Palestinians to Israel in a peace agreement, a one-state solution, or a temporary binational state.

A moderate is someone who actually thinks the Palestinians today want a two-state solution and is genuinely fooled by the ploys outlined above. Consequently, the moderates — few as they are among Palestinians, more numerous in the West — can have the facts explained to them. But the radicals know precisely what they are doing and don't care about any chance for compromise.

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan). His new edited books include Lebanon: Liberation, Conflict and Crisis; Guide to Islamist Movements; Conflict and Insurgency in the Middle East; and The Muslim Brotherhood. To read and subscribe to MERIA, GLORIA articles, or to order books. To see or subscribe to his blog, Rubin Reports.

Contact Paul Lademain by email at lademain@verizon.net. He describes himself as a Secular Christian for Zionism

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, February 16, 2010.


U.S. & Israeli Chiefs of Staff (A.P./Ariel Schalit)

On a visit to Israel, U.S. Chief of Staff Mullen said that the world must not let Iran develop nuclear weapons, but if Israel raided Iran's nuclear facilities, unintended consequences would result. He emphasized that point by noting that Iran is a neighbor of Russia. Mullen reassured Israel that if Iran did acquire such weapons, then "Despite his concerns about a military attack, he stated that all options are on the table and that 'we would operate all our forces for Israel'." He thinks that Iran is three years from having nuclear weapons.

Sec. of State Clinton expressed a glimmer of hope that China would agree to stiff sanctions
(http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/15).

So far, China and Russia have stymied Western efforts to impose serious sanctions on Iran. Such sanctions as were watered down enough to get through the UN had no effect. Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton wrote in the New York Times recently that between Iranian determination and dogma and its proximity to its goal, sanctions no longer could work.

How many more years will U.S. diplomats pretend to see a significant improvement in policy by Russia and China or, for that matter, in the Palestinian Authority as now wanting genuine peace while it continues preaching bigotry and honoring jihadists?

Indeed, Russia indicated that it was about to sell Iran the S-300 system supposedly capable of preventing an Israeli raid. Russia justifies the sale as the weapon being defensive. But as an earlier article of mine explained, it would be defending the offensive nuclear capability that Iran is developing, while the top two leaders of Iran keep threatening the destruction of Israel. They qualify the threat as being in self-defense.

However, totalitarians, such as Radical Muslims, Nazis, and Communists, usually define their aggression as self-defense. They also call self-defense against their aggression as aggression. Nazi Germany claimed its invasion of Poland, arranged in advance by treaty with the USSR, which invaded from the other direction, was in self-defense. The treaty divided up Europe between them. Then in self-defense, those two super-powers went on to conquer and seize other countries, which, far from being aggressors, were fearful.

The Arabs call Israeli self-defense from civil war and invasion, when it declared independence as encouraged by the General Assembly and implicit in the UN Charter and League of Nations Mandate and therefore under international law, "the aggression of 1948." Hamas calls hundreds of terrorists slain by Israel "civilians." The Palestinian Authority calls Arabs who try to stab Israeli civilians, "martyrs."

What upside-down notions of self-defense! They succeed, however, in persuading some of my readers, who then wax indignant against Israel as deliberately killing civilians.

An ominous note was sounded by Mullen in mentioning Iran's proximity to Russia. He did not explain himself. Does that mean he is recognize a Soviet, er, I mean, Russian sphere of influence? Commentators are criticizing President Obama for seeming to do so, for example, when he refuses to take telephone calls from the President of Georgia and he abandoned plans to set up an anti-missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic, which Russia claimed was a hostile move.

How comforting to Israel is it to hear that if Iran blew up Israel, the U.S. would operate all its forces for Israel? How does a Chief of Staff come to toss out such a serious policy statement, without a treaty? I say, "treaty," because President Obama has stated that he does not honor previous memoranda of understanding between the U.S. and Israel.

Most experts estimate that Iran is only months away from having nuclear weapons (assuming that it does not buy them). Iran moves faster than anticipated. Some estimates, such as the NIE, are slanted to a political desire to defer action.

I think that U.S. officials should have discovered oil by now, after continually burying their heads in the sand.


Knesset in session (A.P./Dan Balilty)

Upon finding out that the Goldstone UN Report was derived largely from biased NGOs financed largely by the New Israel Fund from abroad, a Knesset committee approved a bill for transparency of donations (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/15).

No further explanation of the bill, itself, was given. It sounds like a measure for disclosure of the origin of funds, rather than a prohibition of foreign financing of internal subversion, which is what those NGOs engage in. Those NGOs have some admirable statements of purpose, but what they do, in guise of humanitarian goals is pursue jihad, for propaganda.


Exaggerating the Arab population by 50%, Israeli Defense Minister Barak proposes sovereignty for the Arabs of Judea-Samaria, in order to prevent apartheid. He said there are six million Arabs between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean.

Chaim Rosenberg, head of Long-Term Planning at the Israel Defense Ministry's Armament Development Authority now writes that a study published as recently as last year by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies concluded that there are only four million Arabs, distributed almost equally between Gaza, Judea and Samara, and the rest of Israel.

The Arab demographic threat recently has receded, as populations in most Arab areas have followed the modern trend to fall considerably. Nevertheless, Israeli politicians known for appeasement of the Arabs, including Barak and former PM Olmert, seize upon older and even fraudulent statistics to rationalize their policy.

Mr. Rosenberg compared the current populations with the greater disparity in 1948
(http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/15).

Conditions in 1948 are not like conditions now. Recently I read a book of population statistics of 150 years in Palestine. What impressed me was the complexity of the subject, the great skill required for accuracy, and the false conclusions that easily are drawn. Most people don't try to learn from history, but here, Rosenberg may be drawing an inapplicable lesson from it.

Gaza and Judea-Samaria are not in the State of Israel but are in the Land of Israel. Israelis don't always make that distinction.

Arafat was found to have double-counted and exaggerated Arab populations. Why do Israeli politicians not know that, a point made to them more than once?

Likud can argue that the status quo is better than appeasement. But the status quo does not solve the problem. Some right-wingers suggest that Israel absorb most of the Territories, so as to retain the historic core of the homeland, defensive borders, more strategic depth, and water supplies, and to prevent emergence of a terrorist state there. That would be another alternative.


This updates the story of the off-duty [one supposes, as he was in civvies] Palestinian Authority (P.A.) officer who murdered an Israeli sergeant by knife. Israel captured the assailant.

PA Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs — Information Department Director General Osama Al-Ghoul told IMRA that the P.A. position is that Israel should release the assailant, because he was just fighting "occupation." (www.imra.org.il, 2/15),

That would give a free pass to P.A. officers attempting to slay Israelis. It would help the P.A. further encourage such attempts by people who, if they return to the P.A., are welcomed as heroes. Nevertheless, the State Dept. imagines that Abbas is a man of peace. Strange demands are made in the Mideast. More absurd is to expect Israel to comply with the demand to release those who murder its people. Most astonishing are the instances of acquiescence to some of the Arab demands.

Faded from political awareness seems to be the Oslo accords, in which the P.A. pledged not to commit, encourage, or allow violence against Israelis. Do folks who urge new accords not take into account P.A. violations of existing ones as if they do not exist? Based on the record, isn't the recommendation for more pacts untenable?

Earlier articles explained how, for political purposes, various governments turned international law on its head to claim that Israel occupies Judea and Samaria. International law also bans terrorism. The P.A. does not differentiate between attacks on soldiers and terrorism, attacks aimed at civilians for political purposes. The Arabs claim a right to fight "occupation" by any means. They deny it is terrorism. They are trying to get the obliging world to grant their case. Apparently, terrorism is never by them, only against them, even when it is against their troops and in self-defense. So they call Israel a "state sponsor of terrorism."  

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 richardshulman5@aol.com and visit his website:
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Posted by Fred Reifenberg, February 16, 2010.

Contact Fred Reifenberg by email at freify@netvision.net.il. Go to
http://abstractsfromfred-fred343.blogspot.com/ and
http://ainhod.blogspot.com/ to see more of his graphic art.

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Posted by Ari Bussel, February 16, 2010.

GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS — PRESS RELEASE On Monday night, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon was invited by the Oxford Union to speak at an event at the university. During the speech one student shouted extreme abuse at the Deputy Foreign Minister including Itbach Al-Yahud (Slaughter the Jews). The event was caught on camera and subsequently shown on Israeli television Channel Ten. The Deputy Foreign Minister is looking into the possibility of pressing charges against the student for what is tantamount to a call for genocide.

Two separate events occurred at the same time on two continents. Both followed the same exact script: An Israeli figure came to a hostile campus to talk about the prospects of a better future in the region and to answer questions, including those of the most vigorous opponents. As each started to speak, he was interrupted by shouts "murderer," "Israel is guilty of ...," "Zionism is the ..." etc. A young Muslim man stood and shouted, reading from a note, was escorted out, followed a minute later by another young Muslim man who stood and shouted and the cycle repeated. At one point, the remaining members of the Muslim contingency stood in unison, walked out and continued their noisy interruptions outside, attempting to further disrupt the proceedings.

In previous events they had used loudspeakers and drums. For some reason, these were missing.

Had the opposite been the case, a virulent anti-Israeli speaker speaking, calling Israelis the new Nazis, claiming the Holocaust was an excuse to steal land from the Arabs or even calling for the annihilation of the Jewish State, a feeling of military control would have pervaded. Instead of the local police protecting, there would be private security brutalizing anyone who even seemed to think differently. A chilly fear would have descended, immobilizing and preventing anyone from expressing an opinion, asking a question or veering out of line. It is a most frightening scene, an even worse feeling that stays with a person for a very long time.

But in both cases, the speakers came to speak about Israel's policies. In the UK it was Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon, previously the Israeli Ambassador to the United States. In California it was the current Israeli Ambassador, Dr. Oren, himself an academic. Dr. Oren implored at one point: "We have an opportunity here to exchange ideas. We have an opportunity to hear a different perspective.

This is why you have come to this campus as students. You have not come to this campus to hear one idea, you have come to hear a multiplicity of ideas. It is a humble suggestion. It is one of the inestimable values of education in this country. You have this opportunity. Don't squander the opportunity."

Only members of the University holding an Oxford Union membership were allowed to attend the UK event. In California the vast majority of attendees were members of the local Jewish and Israeli community rather than students and faculty. The constant interruptions by the Muslims were called "uncivilized," "exceeding the principles of free speech" and the like. Each university has released an announcement denouncing the conduct in these events.

For those participating in such a gathering for the first time, the opportunity was eye opening, traumatic. One lady remained seated well after everyone dispersed. She continued shaking, in shock. Realization dawned for the first time: The very foundations of our society are not as solid and impenetrable as we thought but are crumbling before our very eyes just as we stand by and watch.

Let us look at the California event I attended. By now, many have seen it on YouTube or the news. It is worthwhile watching. The speech itself was not as captivating as the one given by the Ambassador earlier in the day at a Church across the way. Ambassador Oren was visibly nerved and reminded the Muslim objectors of Middle Eastern hospitality.

When a person is invited as a guest to one's home in the Middle East, said Ambassador Oren, no harm should befall him. Muslims here are either too young to follow the traditions of their own people or have grown up in the United States under the illusion of a false reality and are thus unfamiliar with the very foundations of the culture they strive to spread (brutality, silencing, beheadings, fear and corruption, female slavery and subjugation and ethnic cleansing, essences of Sixth Century existence, alongside some of the tenants of survival in a barbaric society).

Allow me to describe the setting: I arrived late from that earlier event with Ambassador Oren. There was a very long line of people waiting inside the Student Center. Almost two hundred people were being told the hall was full and they must enter an overflow room or leave. As a member of the press I was invited in, bypassing what looked like a long line at a busy airport.

The airport setting analogy was most befitting. Muslims are up in arms against "Profiling," yet it is no coincidence that Muslims are perpetrating terrorist attacks. If they have nothing to fear, why not embrace profiling as a means to keep everyone safer? They should vomit from within their midst Islamists who want to destroy the 21st Century Western way of life, if indeed they oppose terrorism and Islam is truly a peaceful religion. But they do not. They fight back, insisting they suffer as a result. All too soon they — the perpetrators and their supports — will be protesting against airport checkpoints.

We all suffer as a result. I cannot enter a gate without having my bottle of water confiscated, my computer turned on and half of my wardrobe removed because of what fellow Muslims do "for the sake of Allah, the All Merciful." They slash the throats of innocent flight attendants, fly into high-rise buildings or simply explode themselves among hundreds of others.

Likewise at my own alma mater, the University of California, I cannot attend a lecture without having to go through multiple checkpoints and screening surrounded by police officers. Under the heading of "free speech" Muslims take away our basic rights, depriving us of legitimate discourse, civil gatherings, normalcy and sanity. Fear prevails.

Jewish students are afraid to stand up. Secular Americans watch, absorb and internalize. Fear is so contagious, it can be felt. It is chilling and cannot be ignored. This new feeling is embedded in the individual and our collective memories and never leaves. Like a nightmare from which we cannot awake, it remains.

I passed security and was now inside. The place was familiar: I was inside this hall before to hear another speaker a couple of years ago. The police were present then too and about a hundred members of the Muslim Student Union. Most were not students at UCI. When the audience was asked to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, they remained seated as a block.

An attending Congressman wrote the next day that as guests in this country (many are here on Student or other Visas), they should have shown some basic respect to their host country, a feeling shared by many. A foreigner is not expected to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, but we expect one to at least stand up.

Later they started interrupting the speaker, until the police were forced to remove a few. Then, they stood in unison, left the hallway and continued the demonstration outside, shouting, trying to create as much an interruption as possible.

This is truly the modus operandi of Muslims: Silence everyone who does not think as they do. Prevent one from speaking and do not engage in discussion. Shout and pervert free speech like a lunatic. Attack (first verbally) those in front of you — not the substance of the argument but their features, heritage, traditions. If possible, threaten and do not hesitate to act. There are no consequences for this behavior. The next step — physical harm — is very easy to reach. All this will be protected under the guise of political correctness, the greatest gift ever bestowed on the Muslim world.

UCI is a hotbed of anti-West activity, a hornet nest. The script is not new, although each time brings an interesting twist. Anyone standing in their way, any reasonable person with clarity of thought and knowledge of history and current events is deemed a threat and must be silenced. An effective way to do so is by utilizing the victim's mentality: "He is an Islamophob. He hates us. We are poor and weak. We want peace. We just want that to which we are entitled — free speech" — but only for us! What a twisted world.

One would surely ask:

1) Why does the campus allow such inflammatory events? Speakers should be welcome, but events should only be open to students and faculty with valid IDs. Realize, outside agitators are there to exploit. As one enters, one should present his / her ID. If one is removed for unruly behavior, there should be immediate, severe consequences. Outside organizations should not be allowed to rent university facilities for such events (someone needs to cover the costs associated with increased police presence, the bad reputation to the university as an academic institution, etc.).

2) Why was nothing done thus far to better educate and enforce existing rules and regulations (such as the code of student conduct)? If a student knew that she might be expelled form the University, that her loans or grants would be rescinded or her visa to the U.S. would be revoked, perhaps she would think twice before orchestrating or participating in disruptive behavior?

Author and speaker Susanne Reyto observed on another occurrence how University Police "seem to protect protestors more than the audience." But it is not only the police. It is the faculty and administration, all the way up to the Regents of the UC system. There is a current of dismissal, closing one eye (and often both), acquiescence and silent agreement to look the other way. A dangerous inability to reconcile the idea such behavior can exist in a top academic institution and pose any threat to the very fabric of that institution and society at large.

Excuses abound justifying the Muslim actions against Israel and the Zionists. This reflects a complete lack of understanding of the true nature of the enemy. The Muslims are not only after Israel, they are against the American way of life, the very freedoms our Constitution affords and everything the United States of America stands for and symbolizes.

The Regents reflect in part the approach of the current Administration that talks and reconciliation, consensus building and appeasement can prevail. Try to negotiate with hijackers and history will bear out such folly. Negotiating through strength is the only successful method, not high hopes and dreams. The Administration has taken denial to its highest level, one that translated into movement-constricting action: The true nature of the threat cannot be discussed, ergo it does not exist.

The new language of President Hussein Obama's Administration includes: These are deranged individuals, not terrorists. These are isolated incidents rather than a well-thought, very carefully planned and superbly executed campaign of war against us. Islam is a peaceful religion, and we are one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. The Islamic roots are deeply connected to those of the Pilgrims who fled to this country and created the best example of a free country on earth. Had it not been the current President of the United States of America who uttered these pronunciations during the last year, one would be justified in asking under what influence is the writer or what substances might he be consuming?

Back at the UCI, the vast majority of those in the hall were non-Muslim. Their student years have long passed. There were two groups of MSU, one on either side. Each block was immediately recognizable by the head coverings of the young women and the unshaven, dark skinned Middle Eastern young men.

The men had notes in their hands, inscribed with phrases they were soon to shout. The women were sitting and laughing, one orchestrating the order in which the men rose from either side of the hall. Hands were raised recording every movement, watching the audience, waiting for the cue, getting ready for the right moment. All were ready, calm, calculated, their passion controlled. They came to perform and inflict harm, and they succeeded as they did numerous times before and as they will undoubtedly do at future events.

One must keep in mind the calculated, cold manner of execution and the role women play, a true testament to equality of the sexes that will never be found in Muslim countries or under Sharia Law.

This was no dress rehearsal, but a very well executed performance in its mth appearance. The University has done nothing of substance to counteract this increasing tide, thus reinforcing and permitting it to gather strength. Outsiders remain in denial, thus the appearance of the Ambassador in California and his boss in the UK were merely tokens too little, too late. Other than news coverage, they achieved little at the campuses themselves. The university played into the hands of the Muslims, and if anyone won this round, it is the Muslims.

The Muslim anarchists must be uprooted, extracted from the once fertile ground into which they invaded, cut into pieces, crushed and destroyed. If permitted to rise again, they will continue to defile the essence of freedom, attempt to destroy the system from within. We must protect our way of life.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs must act. Preventing free speech in universities is just a small warning sign. Israeli officials already know better than to travel freely anymore as many face the inconvenience of public arrests and trials for crimes committed against humanity if they set foot in places like — unbelievably yes, Great Britain.

We as Americans, must express our disgust and act to protect our own system and ideals. This successful approach against Israeli officials can also be used not less successfully against others — perhaps a US Senator, a local businessman or a labor representative.

Our very system is being undermined and Israel is just a temporary decoration. The scenery may change as quickly as from one play to the next and the victim will change while the perpetrators continue their very effective action.

Wake up oh great nation. Our values and foundations are at stake, as our enemies use them to topple our system. The University of California at Irvine was just a preview of what is coming soon to a University near you.

In the series "Postcards from Israel," Ari Bussel and Norma Zager invite readers throughout the world to join them as they present reports from Israel as seen by two sets of eyes: Bussel's on the ground, Zager's counter-point from home. Israel and the United States are inter-related — the two countries we hold dearest to our hearts — and so is this "point — counter-point" presentation that has, since 2008, become part of our lives. Contact them by mail at aribussel@gmail.com

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Posted by CPocerl, February 16, 2010.

This was written by Amil Imani, an Iranian-born American citizen and a pro-democracy activist residing in the United States of America. He is a columnist, literary translator, novelist and essayist who has been writing and speaking out for the struggling people of his native land, Iran. He maintains a website at www.amilimani.com.


"Europe will be Muslim in a dozen years," promises the Islamic Republic of Iran's Supreme Guide (dictator) who is racing full-speed ahead to make as many bombs as possible with long-range missiles capable of delivering their payload anywhere in the world.

This past Friday, Yunis al-Astal, a leading Muslim cleric and Hamas member of the Palestinian parliament, declared on Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV that "the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital," would soon be conquered by Islam and Rome become an advance post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas."

The Islam hydra, with Saudi Arabia and the oil-money bloated Emirs and Sheiks of the Persian Gulf leading the Sunni charge from one side and the end-of-the-worlder bomb-seeking Shiite of the Islamic Republic of Iran with its proxies of Hamas, Lebanon Hezbollah and the Sadrists in Iraq closing from the other side will devour the free world.

Free people: are you listening?
Free people: do you care?
Free people: are you doing anything?

Disguised as religion, Islam has penetrated the democracies with the aim of replacing civility and liberty with the barbarism of theocracy and Sharia. Islam's multi-prong attack aims to destroy all that liberty offers.

It is generally assumed that religion addresses issues of importance to daily life as well as matters that transcend it. Religion claims to exercise a civilizing influence by ordering the social life and promoting spirituality, as well as advancing an array of human virtues. Zoroaster, for instance, based his faith on the triad of goodly thoughts, goodly speech and goodly deeds. Moses framed the fundamentals of his faith in the Ten Commandments, and Jesus placed love at the core of his faith.

Yet, all is not well with religion. Purveyors of some religions advocate and promote ideas and practices that are harmful to the general well-being of mankind. It is imperative that a society institutes measures that guard against any and all organizations and ideologies, be they religious or otherwise that harms it.

As things stand now, our lives are governed by numerous boards at all levels of government, business, and community. All these boards are charged with the responsibility of looking after the welfare of the people they serve. The Food and Drug Administration, for instance, must pass on the safety and quality of the food we eat; the Aviation Safety Board works to ensure safe flights; a local school board strives to create the environment that best serves the education and safety needs of the pupils. Every community and business of any size is served by boards.

There are, however, no oversight boards that would check against things that contaminate the mind and present a clear threat of unraveling our democracy's social compact as we know and cherish it. Shouldn't these dangers to our beliefs and way of life be monitored and combated or should they be given a pass to work their damage?

Presently, America is faced with a formidable enemy in a Trojan horse called Islam. This imminent danger makes it imperative to revisit the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and make the necessary changes to legally defeat Islam's subversion of the democratic system.

Muslims in Western democracies, most of them escapees of the misery of Islamic countries, exhibit such incredible gall and audacity as to shamelessly demand that their benevolent hosts surrender their liberty and legalize and adopt the Sharia in their societies.

The Muslims' presence in countries such as Canada, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden represents the tip of the sword of the Islamists protruding from the Trojan horse.

Once Sharia is recognized to any extent, it will reach out to rule, not only on matters that concern Muslims, but also those that may involve a Muslim and non-Muslim. Under Sharia, a Muslim man married to a non-Muslim woman is able to divorce the woman at will and automatically have custody of the children.

America, with a long history of protecting religious freedom, still clings to the "hands off" practice of leaving alone any doctrine or practice billed as religion. A thorny problem is in deciding what constitutes a religion and who is to make that call. The dictionary supplies a sociologically useless definition for religion: "The expression of man's belief in and reverence for a superhuman power recognized as the creator and governor of the universe." Just about anyone or any group under this definition can start a religion, and they indeed do — and some do so at significant costs to others.

Islam was birthed by primitives of some 1,400 years ago and over time invaded much of the world at the point of the sword. Presently, Islamists, with their treasuries flush with petrodollars, are in a great position to realize their perennial dream of bringing the world under the rule of Muhammad's Ummeh.

On the one hand, Pakistan is already a nuclear power and the Islamic Republic of Iran aims to be one before very long. On the other hand, Muslim governments and wealthy Sheikhs are funding Islamic schools, centers and front organizations in the West to work from within at the unraveling of the non-Islamic democratic systems. In a parallel attack, the "Legal Islam" is exploiting every provision of the law in free societies to promote Islam and silence its critics through expensive legal shenanigans.

Islam is incompatible with democracy and subversive of the way of life that blesses this nation. It is imperative that we fight Islamofascism with the same determination that we fought other enemies of freedom such as Nazism, Fascism, and Communism. It is, therefore, imperative that the Constitution be revisited in such a manner that it no longer grants a pass to any cult simply calling itself a religion.

Bluntly speaking, no one can be a faithful Muslim and an American at the same time. As more and more Muslims arrive in non-Islamic lands, as they reproduce with great fecundity, as they convert the disenchanted and minorities, and as petrodollar-flush Muslims and Muslim treasuries supply generous funds, Muslims gather more power to undermine the democratic rule.

The hydra of Islam is lashing out by its jihadists, sophisticated and well-funded lawyers, terrorist groups, and terror-sponsoring governments who have the bomb and those that are racing non-stop to acquire the ultimate weapon. There is no time to waste. Steadfastly confronting Islam is the only way to defeat a fanatical enemy who does not believe in negotiation or compromise. For Islam, it is winner take all. And the way that permissive, oblivious, and well-meaning free societies are reacting does not bode well for liberty.

Islam must be recognized for what it is: a Trojan horse carrying in its belly what will assuredly slaughter all who stand everything that is precious to free people.

Contact CPocerl at Cpocerl@aol.com

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Posted by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, February 16, 2010.

"The radio stations of the Arab regimes kept repeating to us: 'Get away from the battle lines. It's a matter of ten days or two weeks at the most, and we'll bring you back to Ein-Kerem [near Jerusalem].' And we said to ourselves, 'That's a very long time. What is this? Two weeks? That's a lot!' That's what we thought [then]. And now 50 years have gone by."


An Arab refugee in Lebanon described in an interview on Palestinian Authority TV how he and other Arabs left for Lebanon from Israel during the 1948 war, after Arab leaders said their absence would be temporary: "They [Arab leaders] said: 'A week, two weeks, approximately, and you'll return to Palestine,'" said Sadek Mufid.

This refugee's testimony is yet another example of how Palestinian leaders, writers and refugees themselves have begun to speak out in recent years and openly blame the Arab leadership for the creation of the Arab refugee problem. Mufid describes a large departure to Lebanon from Israel, which led to the creation of "11 or 15 refugee camps." He does not place the blame on Israel. As Palestinian Media Watch has previously reported, other recent Palestinian accounts likewise describe a deliberate exit from Israel under orders by Arab leaders, which contradicts the Palestinian leadership's charge that the hundreds of thousands of Arabs who left in 1948 were expelled by Israel.

Sadek Mufid, who left Dir Al-Qasi (Acre region) in 1948, was interviewed on PA TV's weekly program entitled Returning. Each program focuses on a different refugee camp.

The following is from the text of the interview with the refugee Sadek Mufid:

"We headed first from Dir al-Qasi [northern Israel] to Rmaich [Lebanon], considering what they (Arab leaders) said at the time: 'By Allah, in a week or two, you will return to Palestine.' The Arab armies entered Palestine, along with the Arab Liberation Army. We left — we and those who fled with us — and we all headed for Lebanon. Some people came to Rmaich and others came to the villages on the border, such as Ein Ibl and also to Bint Jbeil. People scattered. And we have about 11 or 15 [refugee] camps in Lebanon." [PA TV (Fatah), Feb. 9 and Feb. 12, 2010]

To view PMW's earlier bulletin citing Palestinians blaming the Arab leadership for the refugee problem, go to:

To view statements on Arab leadership's responsibility for the refugee problem on PMW's web site, go to:

Itamar Marcus is director of PMW — Palestinian Media Watch — (http://www.pmw.org.il). PMW is based in Jerusalem.

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, February 15, 2010.

You are now entering the 'twilight zone' of "Plausible Deniability" used frequently in the world of spooks and pressure politics. Which means it's better to rely on your instincts rather than what Government with their inevitable secret agendas tell you.

February 14th, we sent out an article entitled: "JINSA: OBAMA CUT OFF U.S. WEAPONS' SALES TO ISRAEL". Our three sources were credible and thus reliable, from our past experience. Last night at about midnight, JINSA emailed us to say: "There were some inaccuracies." Check out their website for their reports: www.jinsa.org.

However, the issues and accusations were familiar — given that President Barack Hussein Obama through George Mitchell, Hillary Clinton, James Jones, Rahm Emanuel had, in the recent past, threatened Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu with cut-offs of loan guarantees, for instance. That's visible — while there were the less visible parts, as usual.

But, the possibility/probability that Obama has threatened a cut-off of weapons' sales remains high because we can see the Israeli government and especially PM Bibi Netanyahu reacting to such threats as if they were NOT taking place but maybe behind the scenes.

Obama demanded Israel's obedience in the matter of proclaiming that another "Palestinian State" was acceptable. This statement was to be accompanied with preparations to evacuate 300,000 Jewish men, women and children from Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley. This was all to happen within the next two years and certainly before Obama's run for re-election in 2012.

Plus, Jerusalem was to be put on the table (chopping block) for the Muslim Arab Palestinians to have as their State Capital all the land that Jordan had occupied and desecrated for 19 years from 1948 to 1967. That would require evicting another 250,000 to 300,000 from their homes built on Jewish-owned land and neighborhoods.

Who would pay for the suicidal evacuation and relocation of some 500,000 Jewish men, women and children, assuming the Israeli people accepted this sentence?

Where would they go? And why should they?

Doesn't Israel have sovereignty in her own Nation/State?

Israel was mandated by Obama to make a non-people with no history into a nation with Jerusalem their capital to confirm their existence where there had previously been none.

Threatening Israel by using the pressure tactic with the cut-off of aviation fuel, spare parts, transfer of technology, no sales of America's newest aircraft, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (especially with any Israeli technology to be embedded in the aircraft), cancellation of contracts already paid for, in work — and more.

Perhaps it would be preferable if Israel could create, innovate and build all of her own weapons' systems. Israel often co-built her big systems with American manufacturers, bringing hundreds and thousands of jobs to America. For instance, the Israeli jet plane, the Lavi, which was cheaper and superior to the American F-16 as an air superiority and close ground support aircraft in the 1980s.

But, one vote in Yitzhak Rabin's Cabinet cancelled the Lavi because then Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger saw the test of the Lavi competing with the F16 in test flight. Weinberger applied pressure to stop the Lavi. Rabin caved, was the deciding vote against continuing — even after the American Congress had voted appropriations to continue. Thereby, Israel lost her opportunity to have a full aircraft industry.

Some will recall in the 1980s when Weinberger and Admiral Bobby Ray Inman (hostile in the extreme to the Jewish State) illegally broke the Presidential MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) and cut off Intelligence exchange between America and Israel, which was vital to both nations. It was believed that they did this on their own, without consultation with President Ronald Reagan.

Weinberger was eventually discharged from office but, with the excuse offered that he had to attend to his severely ailing wife. At the time, rumors in Washington was that he had a paramour in England — unconfirmed. Weinberger was a louse but not Obama has lots of little lice advising him on how to dismember Israel.

When we received information from several sources quoting the very reliable J.I.N.S.A. (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs) that there was some sort of embargo by Obama, it all seemed merely an extension of prior threats.

We also knew that some important prior U.S. commitments to Israel through several successive Presidencies to maintain Israel's QME (Qualitative Military Edge) were not kept. This probably began after the 1979 Camp David Accords, in which the U.S. insured that Israel maintained her Qualitative Military Edge, despite having sacrificed $17 Billion of infrastructure, surrendered the entire Sinai Desert, 2 high tech military bases, Abu Rudeis oil fields which Israel developed and which would have given Israel energy self-sufficiency.

The destruction of the city of Yamit by Ariel Sharon (home to some 500 Jewish men, women and children — the first and precedent-setting evacuation of Jews from their homes.) This self-destruction demonstrated the U.S. Arabist State Department's influence over Israel's governments and weak Prime Ministers. Sharon later abandoned Gush Katif/Gaza, bulldozing Jewish homes and synagogues as he had in Yamit.

This American commitment to maintain Israel's QME (Qualitative Military Edge) was, for the most part, a bogus commitment since the U.S. Military manufacturers were (then and now) selling huge tonnage of the best high tech U.S. weapons and technology to the Muslim Arab countries for the cash it brought in as well as the "preferential favor" it was supposed to bring in for Arab oil.

We have heard from J.I.N.S.A., indicating that one of our normally reliable sources, MENL (Middle East NewsLine) added to a J.I.N.S.A. story the name of Prime Minister Netanyahu. J.I.N.S.A. indicates that Netanyahu's name was NOT mentioned in their reports #956, 957 and 958 from January 2010. I suspect that his name should have been mentioned but, the title of this article could be the explanation!

The question in my mind is: Did Obama and his group threaten such cut-offs and, in fact, imply "cut-offs" to pressure Netanyahu into obedience, thereby giving Obama the desperately needed political win to save his sinking Presidency and the Democratic Party before the mid-term elections November 2010 and the Presidential elections of 2012?

As for Netanyahu accepting such pressure and keeping it silent from his own Party and people, that would not be far-fetched. Of course, he would need to keep it quiet lest his Likud Party vote to collapse his government. We have seen him cave in before at the Wye River Conference — abandoning 80% of Hebron — with less pressure — so the suspicions remain.

I will do my best to sort this out but remember, neither Obama nor Netanyahu are likely to leave a "smoking gun" lying about. But, sometimes the proof of the pudding is apparent by observing surrounding events and statements.

Transparency isn't a character trait for which either of them are known.

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). Contact him at gwinston@gwinstonglobal.org

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Posted by Susana K-M, February 15, 2010.

When the Iranian Islamic Revolution succeeded in deposing the Shah and declared an aggressive campaign to spread its ideology in the Arab world and beyond, the rulers of Saudi Arabia responded to the challenge by dedicating billions of dollars to spread their poisonous Wahhabi ideology around the world.

This campaign has taken many forms. For instance, the Saudis have been building mosques and cultural institutions wherever Muslims reside and have installed their radical imams to perpetuate the most radical form of Islam. In the United States, the Saudis have spread their propaganda in several ways. They have employed many retired American foreign service and military officials and they have "endowed" university Middle Eastern Studies programs at many of our institutions of higher learning. When they finance educational institutions they recruit "scholars" who are anti-Israel and apologists for Saudi Arabia.

Georgetown University has been the recipient of barrels of Saudi "petrol dollars" and has dutifully served as a home to programs that serve their Wahhabi patrons. One of their more far reaching initiatives is targeted to filling the minds of American children and college students.

At Campus Watch, the superb Stephen Schwartz is most enlightening on the Saudi funded Model Arab League.(It was created at Georgetown University in 1983.) Schwartz describes the mission of this program as:"The Model Arab League is offered to the educational establishment — including high schools — as a teaching device for the betterment of young Americans' knowledge of essential contemporary issues. In reality, its origins and content reveal it to be an intrusion of Saudi-financed ideology into American academic life, the appropriateness of which should be questioned.."

The name of this program says much about its mission. The Arab League has been determined to undermine and destroy the State of Israel since the founding of the Jewish State. In addition, in late 2009, the Secretary General of the Arab League endorsed Iran's nuclear program.

That the Model Arab League exists and is functioning in the United States should be of concern to all parents and citizens. For more detail on their agenda read Mr. Schwartz's article at Campus Watch. We also suggest you browse the Campus Watch web-site for valuable information about orchestrated campaigns to legitimize radical Islam.

Contact Susana K-M by email at suanema@gmail.com

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Posted by Arlene Kushner, February 15, 2010.

Tonight began the Seventh Annual Jerusalem Conference. A great deal more will follow in the next two days, but I'm delighted to share the beginning here:

The theme for the opening plenary was "Uniting the City of Jerusalem," a theme that is welcome indeed.

Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem — and a splendid mayor he is — offered the Keynote Address, in which he shared his vision for the city. The success of Jerusalem, he says, affects the success of the Jewish people. What he is working for is a new vision, with plans, renewal, and egalitarian programming with uniform rules for all segments of the population. (See below for more on the political battle in which Barkat is immersed, with regard to this.)


Minister Benny Begin (Likud) spoke about the regrettable fact that for too long security issues have taken center stage when Jerusalem is discussed, while our natural and historical rights here as a Jewish people are ignored.

There is no equity of peoples and religions when it comes to rights to Jerusalem, he maintains. (The equity is only in how people are treated inside the city.) We have the essential rights over the city and must maintain sovereignty.

Would we expect less of Benny? No. But it's lovely to hear, nonetheless, as the opening theme for the Conference — with a position made very clear.


Natan Sharansky, who now heads the Jewish Agency, gave a very personal talk. He shared recollections from the time when he was still a very assimilated Jew in the USSR — recognizing himself as a Jew only because of persecution. Somehow word filtered in about the unification of Jerusalem in 1967, and every Jew stood taller. Officials looked at them with more respect. When finally he was brought out, and came to Israel, he asked to come straight to the Kotel.

Years later, when he accompanied Ethiopian Jews on the plane that brought them to Israel, he found they had no common language, no way to speak to each other. That is, until someone mentioned Jerusalem, and he saw how the Ethiopians became excited. Jerusalem, which is a bond for Jews everywhere, must be preserved as such.


Journalist Nadav Shragai reminded us that Arab residents of Jerusalem are opposed to the division of the city. They don't want to live under the Palestinian Authority, because they value their freedom, their health care, their opportunities for employments and all the rest.

He posed a question for our government: How is Har Habayit (the Temple Mount) seen? The perception of it, he suggests, is distorted now. For as things stand, and as the police manage matters, we Jews are not even permitted to pray there (note: so as not to upset the Arabs, who might riot). But praying there is a Jewish right.


Briefly, as to the legal battle in which Mayor Barkat is immersed:

Beit Yonaton, a seven-story house in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, was built as a residence for Jews by the organization Ateret Cohanim. Silwan is now Arab, but at one time was a community in which many Yemenite Jews lived — until they were driven out. Those who built the house saw it as an opportunity to permit the return of Jews.

Because of the building's height, it does not conform to regulations. As it was put up without proper permits, a court ordered that the residents be evicted and the house sealed. Barkat replied that if this house had to come down, he would act against dozens of illegal Arab houses built in the area, evicting their residents and applying one rule for all. His alternative proposal was that means be found to legalize Beit Yonaton and at the same time to provide Arabs now living in illegally built homes new legal housing — with a park, Gan Hamelech, to be built in the area. Many across the political spectrum thought this a reasonable compromise.

However, State prosecutor Moshe Lador has been fighting Barkat on this. Under duress the mayor has said he would evict the residents of Beit Yonaton, but several Arab residents of illegal housing at the same time. This has yet to play out to the end.

See a more extensive description of the situation here:


The bill that would require funding transparency for non-government organizations has been approved by the Knesset Law Committee. This bill, which would require organizations to declare all funding by foreign governments, is being sponsored by Ze'ev Elkin, Coalition Chair.

The bill must go through several other steps before it becomes law, but this is an encouraging start.

Contact Arlene Kushner at akushner@netvision.net.il and visit her website: www.ArlenefromIsrael.info

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Posted by Roberta Dzubow, February 15, 2010.

This was distributed on the internet by Alan Molod.


The following is an interesting piece of evidence about the unfortunate behavior of the Roosevelt administration toward Jews during WW II.

Secretary of State Colin Powell gave a posthumous award for "constructive dissent" to Hiram (Harry) Bingham IV.

For over fifty years, the U.S. State Department resisted any attempt to honor Bingham. For them he was an insubordinate member of the US diplomatic service and a dangerous maverick who was eventually demoted.

Now, after his death, he has been officially recognized as a hero.

Harry Bingham came from an illustrious family. His father (on whom the fictional character Indiana Jones was based) was the archaeologist who unearthed the Inca City of Machu Picchu, Peru in 1911.

Harry entered the US diplomatic service and in 1939 was posted to Marseilles, France as American Vice-Consul.

The USA was then neutral and, not wishing to annoy Marshal Petain's puppet Vichy regime, President Roosevelt's government ordered its representatives in Marseilles not to grant visas to any Jews.

Bingham found this policy immoral and, risking his career, did all in his power to undermine it.

In defiance of his bosses in Washington, he granted over 2,500 US visas to Jewish and other refugees, including the artists Marc Chagall and Max Ernst and the family of the writer Thomas Mann.

He also sheltered Jews in his Marseilles home and obtained forged identity papers to help Jews in their dangerous journeys across Europe.

He worked with the French underground to smuggle Jews out of France into Franco's Spain or across the Mediterranean and even contributed to their expenses out of his own pocket.

In 1941, Washington lost patience with him. He was sent to Argentina, where later he continued to annoy his superiors by reporting on the movements of Nazis there.

Eventually, he was forced out of the American diplomatic service completely.

Bingham died almost penniless in 1988.

Little was known of his extraordinary activities until his son found some letters in his belongings after his death. He has now been honoured by many groups and organizations including the United Nations and the State of Israel

PLEASE honor his memory and send this forward.

Contact Roberta Dzubow by email at Roberta@adgforum.com

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Posted by CPocerl, February 15, 2010.

This was written by Red Square and it appeared on the People's Cube
(Special thanks to GS, PK, Julia Gorin, and other eyes and ears in our community).


A new civil rights group is fighting a shameful practice: bag searches in the New York City subways that are infringing on the rights of suicide bombers to kill and maim hundreds of New Yorkers. The group that calls itself Jihadists Against Bag Searches distributed flyers today to straphangers (image, left), warning them of the erosion of civil liberties in America.

Dressed in oversized trench coats and carrying heavy backpacks, the group members asked the New Yorkers a simple yet disarming question: "Is this the country you really want to live in, if it profiles a minorit that has blown up cars, buildings, buses, trains, and airplanes in the past?"

"They're right," a concerned young lawyer told our correspondent." With so many people entering the subway, how can we be sure that the searches are absolutely random? There's a big chance it's all a cover-up for profiling minorities. If the police succeeds in preventing them from blowing me up on the train, it will be the end of my civil liberties. I better send another big check to ACLU — that is, if I don't wind up with both of my arms torn off in a blast."

"We are not yet a Muslim nation, so aggressive police behavior won't yield world sympathy," said a female middle-aged financial analyst as she nervously packed her bag after being searched." As a Western power that places reason above emotions, we need to suffer more in order to have the world like us again — and for that I am willing to meet a horrible end with a dozen rusty bolts sticking out of my forehead."

Jihadists Against Bag Searches were accompanied by ACLU observers to ensure that they are not harassed by the police or right-wing extremists. One such accident was recorded at a subway stop next to the former World Trade Center site, in which a rambling right-winger allegedly whispered, "Islamofascists had better not act up too much, or else our Hollywood will come out with more crappy movies about the menace of neo-Nazis, Christian Crusaders and the Mossad." The man has been arrested and faces charges of hate speech, harassment, and an attempt to provoke an international conflict. ACLU dispatched their best lawyers to this case and will monitor it to make sure that the perpetrator receives maximum punishment possible under the circumstances.

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, February 15, 2010.


Iran's President Ahmadinejad expressed views on several matters, such as nuclear weapons and the Iranian revolution.

He said that the A-bomb era is over, because nobody can use them [probably referring to the notion of mutually assured destruction]. He suggests that the world eliminate them.

Ahmadinejad described the Iranian revolution as humane, its predecessor not humane, not independent, and not taking care of its people's welfare (www.imra.org.il, 2/13).

If nobody can use A-bombs, why should the world become nuclear-weapons-free? If he believes that, why is his regime violating its nuclear treaty to the point of suffering sanctions, in order to take steps that appear leading to nuclear weapons? There are flaws in his logic. Nor did he explain how he would not use such weapons while at the same time he holds to a religious theory that if he brings on Armageddon, Islam would win.

If the Iranian revolution is humane, why is it torturing and executing protesters against it? Again, if humane, why sponsor terrorism against Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel, among other places? He is spending much on military development, just as did the Shah before the revolution. I agree that the Shah had brutal secret

police, too, but thought he was independent.


Lenny Ben-David has revealed much about the J Street's secret financing, Although J Street solicits funds on the basis of being pro-Israel, "J Street has criticized Israel's military operation in Gaza, held out the option of negotiating with Hamas, called for freezing all Israeli building in east Jerusalem as well as in the West Bank, refused to support sanctions against Iran, and more."

Mr. Ben-David thought that J Street might be behind the recent letter to the President by 54 Members of Congress, in which they urged pressure upon Israel to end its partial blockade of Gaza. J Street did not claim a role in the petition.

Upon checking, Ben-David found that various others credit to J Street for promoting the letter. According to Ha'aretz, "In addition to members of Congress, several leftist organizations also signed the letter, including Americans for Peace Now and J Street."

Wrote Michael Rosenberg, one of Israel's harshest critics, "The [54 members of Congress] deserve our thanks as does J Street and Americans for Peace Now which pushed the letter."

And who appears first on the Minnesota Independent's list of the letter's backers? "Among the groups supporting the letter: J Street, The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP), The American Near East Refugee Association (ANERA), The Methodist Church, The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), and Rabbis for Human Rights." "With the exception of the rabbis, none of J Street's colleagues on the letter are known for their fraternal feelings toward Israel."

"Is that why J Street avoids claiming credit for the letter or publicizing the fact that it trucks with some unkosher characters? Perhaps the 'pro-Israel' group wanted to avoid appearing 'pro-Gaza' on the eve of launching its national grassroots operation last week. Or perhaps J Street got burned over the last year when it was revealed that a large portion of its PAC funds (possibly close to 10 percent) were coming from individuals never known for being 'pro-Israel.' Indeed, the most recent Federal Election Commission records (for the last quarter of 2009) suggest that the J Street PAC donors with ties to Saudi Arabia, the tarnished National Iranian American Council and the Arab-American Institute didn't like the publicity and are keeping their checkbooks closed."

"What Commentary's Jennifer Rubin found interesting about the letter was "the extent of the overlap between the pro-Gaza blockade lifters and the roster of J Street-supported congressmen" recently published by J Street. "At least we know the sort of congressmen that J Street supports and the sort that are only too glad to accept J Street's largess," Rubin states.

And now we also know that J Street continues to try to hide its fellow travelers, just as it tried to hide the backgrounds of some of its PAC contributors, its George Soros donations, and its decision-making process. The "word on the street" now is that several members of Congress are disassociating themselves from their letter, much the same way members pulled out of J Street's national conference in October 2009 www.imra.org.il, 2/13).

Lacking proof, Mr. Ben-David's questions are speculative, but they are reasonable in context.  


Beit Yonatan in Jerusalem

In the Kings Garden section of Jerusalem, some Jews built a house exceeding the legal height. In part of that section not zoned for housing, Arabs illegally built a number of houses on municipal land zoned for public use, such as for a park. They did not own that land privately.

A court ordered the Jews' house demolished. The Mayor has threatened to demolish all the illegal houses there, if he has to demolish any.

The Mayor has been working with all the residents on a plan to legalize their housing but reclaim some of the park land. Agreement is said to be near. Nevertheless, the national regime will not talk with the Mayor, they seem intent on taking down the Jews' house.

In eastern Jerusalem as a whole, about 20,000 illegal Arab houses stand www.imra.org.il, 2/13).

There are several issues here: (1) May a city plan the use of public land or may individuals build on it; (2) May individuals steal the land; (3) Equal application of the law; and (4) National government lack of cooperation with a mayor trying to solve a problem creatively.

Those hundred Arab families and many of those in the 20,000 illegal Arab houses in eastern Jerusalem alone stole the land they built on. That fact should be taken into account by those who accuse "settlers" of stealing land.

Incidentally, a reader complained recently that in the Territories, Jews are confiscating land owned by Arabs. He cited no cases. The Jews there are not taking additional land, but are building within their municipal bounds. Almost all of the land they do build on they either bought from Arabs or it is State land. Some purchases of property by Jews are of property that Arabs earlier had seized from Jewish owners, usually in Hebron and Jerusalem.

Yes, Peace Now produced studies purporting to show that most Jewish villages in Judea-Samaria were build largely on land privately owned by Arabs. The studies were proved false in court, and the claimants had to pay villages fines for libel.  


In 12/08, police removed Jewish residents from a house involved in a court case over whether they or an Arab own it. Some of the residents were violent. A policeman reported that one threw acid into an officer's eye. The police were challenged to produce a witness. They never did. They never substantiated their claim which, however, had been circulated widely, on the policeman's word. It is another claim of settler violence without substantiation (www.imra.org.il, 2/13).

The Jerusalem Post, which got the story from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, retracted its accusation as unsubstantiated. The New York Times retracted its story, stated above, that most settlements were build on Arabs' private land. It changed its story to half a percent, but even that figure was not tested in court (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/14).

This is a tricky subject. There used to be almost no settler violence, but after finding the legal system unfair to them, and finding the police brutal to them, and finding the Arabs encouraged by that to harass them, some Jewish youth have become more violent. Sometimes the Jewish communities try to work out a peaceful solution, but the Defense Minister does not give it a chance. The incumbent, Defense Min. Barak seems eager to win support within his leftist Labor Party by being tough on settlers, including by needless brutality. Those who object to what they consider settler violence do not seem to object to government violence against Jews. I think that it is wrong to initiate violence, regardless of by whom. To me, it is a matter of principle and of civility. To others, however, it seems to be a matter of who is violent toward whom.

Past cases of alleged right-wing violence sometimes were done by government agent provocateurs or alleged by false Arab complainants who themselves were accused of violence but without police investigating those accusations.


For the third time in a week, an Arab carrying a knife that he admitted he intended to stab Jews with, was arrested in northern Jerusalem. In January, there were a number of attacks, too. This seems to coincide with the removal of checkpoints (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 2/14), in order to improve the Arabs' quality of life. It seems to improve their quality of terrorism, too.

Recently, I commented on the mistaken story in the New York Times of there being almost no terrorist violence in or from the Palestinian Authority. They just don't report much of it.


Palestinian Authority (P.A.) Prime Minister Fayyad

Palestinian Authority (P.A.) Prime Minister Fayyad and the official P.A. daily honored an Arab, Faiz Faraj, shot trying to stab an Israeli soldier. They honored him by calling him a martyr, Islam's treasured position. Fayyad complained that the troops shot a non-violent protester. The P.A. also has called fire-bombing and stone-throwing "non-violence." (Palestinian Media Watch in www.imra.org.il, 2/13).

The P.A. and especially Fayyad are said to favor peace, oppose terrorism, and be moderate. What they do and tell their own people belies this wishful thinking by Westerners.

I think that is the incident that one of my readers complained of as Israeli murder of a civilian. He did not identify it, so who really knows what he meant or whether it was as he interpreted it.  

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Posted by Yaacov Levi, February 15, 2010.

This was written by Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar.


Sunday, Rosh Hodesh Adar, Women in Green (Women for Israel's Tomorrow) conducted a tour throughout Jerusalem — to see, to gain an impression, and to strengthen, hands on, the so devoted activity by the redeemers of Jerusalem.

The tour began in Abu Tor, in a house in which six Jewish families live. From the roof of their house we looked out at the Temple Mount, Beit Yehonatan, the King's Gardens, the infamous separation wall, and the building in Abu Dis that was supposed to become the Arab parliament but, thank G-d, did not come to pass. We received explanations from Daniel Luria, the director of Ateret Cohanim, that were both learned and extremely moving.

From there we drove to Beit Yehonatan, located in "Kfar Hateimanim" (the Yemenite village also known as Silwan).It was very emotional. To go back in time 140 years. when the first Yemenite Jews arrived in Silwan and settled, initially in caves and afterwards in houses. They prayed in four synagogues. During the Arab riots they were expelled, and today Jews are returning and redeeming the area, despite all the legal and political difficulties. Beit Yehonatan is named in honor of Jonathan Pollard. We were told that Jonathan has asked that everyone visiting the house take the time to pray and learn Torah, so one of the yeshiva men who learn in Beit Yehonatan gave our group a twenty minute shiur (lesson).

Then we went to the King's Gardens. We await the serious removal of all the illegal Arab construction, so they will once more be gardens befitting the royal city.

The "Maaleh ha-Zetim" neighborhood, that was constructed against all odds, strengthens our hope and security. The Jews are returning and taking control of the city. This is the case in Kidmat Zion too, for which a magnificent neighborhood is planned, that will afford a panoramic view of Jerusalem, from the other side, to the Temple Mount.

From there we went to Beit Orot, the first neighborhood to be established following the Six Day War, that is being developed now, and from there we passed next to the Shepherd Hotel, a large building that used to belong to Haj-Ammin Al Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem, collaborator with the Nazis and responsible for the murder of thousands of Jews. The knowledge that the house where once this enemy of the Jewish people lived now returned to Jewish hands was very comforting. From there we drove to the Shimon ha-Tzaddik compound.

The excitement was great, simply tremendous.

In Shimon Hatzaddik (also known as Sheikh Jarrah), the Arabs, who benefit from Israeli democracy and the support of the left, are insolent, curse, and shout, but a group like ours isn't deterred.

After an enlightening explanation by Yehonatan Yosef, the grandson of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, telling us the story of how the Arabs had squatted in houses belonging to Jews after the Jews had been expelled from the area in 1948, and how it was only historical justice to finally redeem these Jewish houses from the Arab thieves and return them to their rightful owners, the entire group began singing a tremendous "Am Yisrael Hai" — the Jewish People Lives! in front of the amazed Arabs. Here, there are Jews who are not scared nor impressed by their shouts.

The charged encounter at the Shimon ha-Tzaddik compound undoubtedly left a tremendous impression on all the tour participants.

We were all accompanied by a sense of involvement. Much has been done, but there is a long way to go. The general feeling was that the reality is changing, thank G-d. The Jews, with G-d's help, are returning, taking control, and drawing nearer to the very heart of holiness.

Jerusalem is being re-acquired and is returning to its true sons. We were moved to tears at the sight of the devotion, the faith, and the activity.

Thank you to our devoted photographers Gemma Blech and Abigail Browning for taking pictures and eternalizing our activities

For pictures by Gemma Blech from our tour please click on: http://picasaweb.google.com/gemmablech/ 21410WIGToJEWISHEASTJERUSALEM#

Link to Abigail Brownings website;

Thank you to our dear and loyal Renee Margolis and Elisheva Ginzburg who helped organize the tour by making so many phone calls.

Thank you to Sharon Katz, editor of Voices magazine, who came along with us and surely will write a wonderful article about this special day on her new website:

Thank you to all participants of the tour, to each and one of you, who took a day out of your busy schedule to be a partner in the struggle for Jerusalem, the struggle for Erets Israel. We all came to strengthen but, as usual, came back strengthened.

Lastly, thank you and yashar koach to our wonderful tour guide Daniel Luria from Ateret Cohanim who made this tour so incredibly meaningful.

We strongly recommend others to organize a similar tour and ask Daniel to be your guide. His cellphone number is 054-654-4407

Join the next tour of Women in Green, on Wednesday, Rosh Hodesh Nissan, March 17. The route will be: Negohot-Amatziah-Yad Binyamin. In Negohot we will give our support to the Ben-David family, whose home has already been destroyed twice, and rebuilt a third time, with aid including that of the Yibaneh Fund founded by Women in Green. From there, to Amatziah, to meet our expelled brothers and the new construction, and to Yad Binyamin, to support the expellees by making purchases in their shopping center.

Hazak, hazak, ve-nithazek — Let us be strong and resolute!

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Posted by Yaacov Levi, February 15, 2010.

This was written by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu in Arutz-7.


(IsraelNN.com) Labor party chairman and Defense Minister Ehud Barak earlier this month stated inflated figures on the number of Arabs in Israel in order to reach a conclusion that failure to reach a two-state solution would create "Apartheid," according to defense industry official Chaim Rosenberg.

Writing in the Hebrew-language Makor Rishon daily newspaper, Rosenberg said that Barak's figures of six million Arabs living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea artificially add two milion Arabs to the population figures.

Rosenberg is the head of Long-Term Planning at RAFAEL (Israel Defense Ministry's Armament Development Authority). He wrote that a study published as recently as last year by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies concluded that there are only four million Arabs, distributed almost equally between Gaza, Judea and Samara, and the rest of Israel.

Barak also stated that the supposed demographic threat is even "more threatening than Iran," but Rosenberg wrote, "Barak's conclusion is based on a dramatic error of a two million person gap."

The "demographic threat" is actually non-existent when compared with the census in 1948, when the Jewish State was re-established, the defense industry official stated. Rosenberg pointed out that Jews comprised only one-third of the population between the Jordan and the Mediterranean at that time. The "defiance of odds was responsible for the 1948 establishment of the Jewish State," Rosenberg reminded readers.

"In 2010, there is a solid 67 percent Jewish majority in the combined area of pre-1967 Israel and Judea and Samaria" he added. "However, some Israeli politicians employ toxic demographic assets. They inflate the number of Arabs in Judea and Samaria in order to scare the Jewish State into a retreat from a most critical area, historically and security-wise.

"Current demographic bode well for the Jewish majority, which is expected to grow during the next 20 years due to a substantial rise in fertility since 1995, while Arab/Muslim fertility throughout the Middle East has declined sharply. In addition, the Arab minority has experienced an accelerated net-emigration of 580,000 from Judea and Samaria since 1967."

Rosenberg also took a swipe at Barak, charging that "scrutinizing facts is not a Barak trait, as was also evident during his May 2000 disorderly withdrawal from Lebanon and his July 2000 Camp David. "negotiations with Arafat and Clinton."

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Posted by CPocerl, February 15, 2010.

This is from Strategy Page


As NATO and Afghan forces attacked the southern Afghanistan town of Marjah, they discovered that the Taliban understood there was no expectation of winning a conventional victory. Instead the Islamic radicals were going for an Information War win. This was anticipated, and short circuited by the NATO strategy of giving the population plenty of time to get out. That was followed by a surprise (2 AM) helicopter assault in the center of the town. Troops quickly occupied key buildings, and the Taliban found that their defense of the town had been wrecked. That wasn't the only damage. Evidence was found, and publicized, that the Taliban had burned some Korans, apparently in preparation of a photo op where the "desecration" would be broadcast to the Moslem world. But in the case, the Taliban were caught holding the match.

Now, most of the 15,000 NATO/Afghan forces are slowly working their way through the mines and roadside bombs the Taliban set up around and inside the town. The few hundred diehard (and apparently not terribly bright) Taliban left behind to die for the cause, are confused, with soldiers coming at them from outside, while already inside the town. But many of the Taliban inside Marjah have some training as snipers, and are making a nuisance of themselves.

While the Taliban has scored many Information War victories, Marjah is not shaping up as another of them. But the use of Information War tactics makes it much harder for the American and NATO troops, who operate under very restrictive ROE (Rules of Engagement.) The Taliban know the ROE, and exploit it as much as possible. For example, U.S. troops cannot fire on anyone unless first fired on, or shown unmistakable "hostile intent." Lawyers and journalists are standing by to crucify any foreign soldier who appears to have killed an Afghan civilian. Thus U.S. troops are threatened from all sides. The paper bullets from the media may not kill you, but they can sure make life miserable long after the fighting is over.
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Posted by CPocerl, February 15, 2010.

This appeared in Strategy Page


February 15, 2010: Fatah leaders are scrambling to cope with a former Fatah intelligence officials recent release of evidence of corruption. The most damaging item was a 2008 video of the Fatah chief of staff demanding sex from a woman seeking help from Fatah. Many Fatah officials are calling the video a fake created by Israel. The video first appeared on Israeli TV last week (it could never get on Palestinian TV, which is controlled by Fatah). But many more Palestinians know the vid is all too real. Lawyer Fahmi Shabaneh, who released the video, and promises much more, is being denounced by Fatah as an Israeli agent. Most Palestinians believe Shabaneh, and believe that this won't make any difference. Fatah is under a lot of pressure to resume peace negotiations with Israel and work out a unity deal with Hamas. The Fatah leadership isn't really interested. Fatah is receiving over $2 billion a year in aid, mostly from the West, and the Fatah leadership are getting rich, stealing as much as they can get away with. A peace deal would cause many of the aid donors to take their money elsewhere, to more urgent crises. Fatah has to keep the pot boiling, to keep the cash coming.

Israel has decided not to deploy its new Iron Dome anti-rocket system to Gaza, but to keep it in reserve so that it can quickly (within a day), be deployed against Gaza or Lebanon. This upsets the people in southern Israel, but the government points out that only a few rockets are fired out of Gaza each week, and rarely do those hit anything. But if Hezbollah started another war, Iron Dome could save lives if it was deployed quickly enough. Hamas is less likely to launch a major rocket offensive (the Israelis watch Gaza more closely), but Iron Dome missile batteries and radars can be quickly moved south. Iron Dome can handle hundreds of incoming rockets an hour, because the radar system calculates where each rocket will land, and only launches a missile against rockets that are going to hit a residential area. Over 90 percent of rockets fired, in the north or south, hit open terrain.

February 14, 2010: Hamas arrested a British journalist in Gaza. During the last three years, Hamas has generally left journalists alone, since most are leftist and pro-Hamas and inclined to give the terrorist group favorable treatment. The current arrest is believed associated with a journalist who was not working on a pro-Hamas project. Some journalists are describing the arrest as a kidnapping, which was what often happened to journalists in Gaza before Hamas cracked down in 2007.

In Lebanon, the government announced that its anti-aircraft guns opened fire on four Israeli aircraft making their daily reconnaissance flights over Lebanon. These guns usually do not open fire unless the Israeli aircraft are within range, which is rarely the case. It's unclear what this announcement is really about, but that's not unusual. The Lebanese government has been upset over rumors that Hezbollah has been ordered by Iran (which funds, and helped create Hezbollah) to increase attacks against Israel, or launch a major attack. This would hurt Lebanon, as Israel has warned that the Lebanese government, which has failed in its attempt to control Hezbollah, would suffer as well if Hezbollah attacked again.

February 13, 2010: In the north, a feud between two Arab clans led to a large fight that sent a dozen people to the hospital. This use of clan organizations by Arabs is common throughout the region, even in Israel, where fair and impartial courts are available for settling these disputes.

February 12, 2010: The Egyptian Navy arrested four Palestinian fishermen, who had moved into Egyptian waters. The Egyptians are more concerned about smuggling, than losing some fish to boats based in Gaza. Meanwhile, another rocket was fired from Gaza into Israel, where it did no damage.

February 11, 2010: In Gaza, Israeli troops spotted several Palestinians preparing to fire rockets. The troops advanced 200 meters into Gaza and killed two of the Palestinians. Three civilians were wounded as well.

February 8, 2010; A rocket was fired from Gaza into Israel, where it did no damage.

February 6, 2010: Hamas withdrew its earlier expression of regret over any Israeli civilian casualties its rocket attacks might have caused. Hamas made that comment under pressure from the UN. But rival Fatah immediately pounced, calling for Hamas to apologize for pro-Fatah civilians in Gaza that Hamas gunmen had injured in the last three years. Both Hamas and Fatah compete to outdo each other in their appeals for Palestinians to kill Israelis (including civilians). They keep most of this out of their English language propaganda, but the Arab language media is full of it, constantly.

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, February 14, 2010.


Jewish shepherd near Hebron (AP/Dan Baility)

The Hebron Arab community makes no secret of its desire to drive all Jews out of that city in which Jews had lived for three thousand years except for a hiatus or two, the last resulting from an Arab pogrom during British rule. Following two Arab terrorist attacks in Hebron on the same day, each a murder on Zion Road, the road was closed to Arab vehicular traffic.

About a year ago, the military commander decided to reopen the road to Arab traffic, to ease the lives of Arabs in Hebron. That contradicts the reason for having closed the road to them. Any time roads are reopened or roadblocks are removed, terrorists murder Jews.

The commander promised that he would give permits to travel on it only to Arabs living along the road and that the drivers and others would undergo security checks. Hebron leaders predicted that soon the road would be reopened to all Arab traffic. The IDF promised to the community and to the Knesset that such would not be the case. But the record is, once concessions begin, they expand.

Consistent with the record rather than with government promises, word came that Zion Road was to be opened to Arab public transportation, too. Military officers promised that the Hebron Jewish community representatives would first meet with top military commanders. The commanders requested meetings. Every time, the requests were rejected or ignored.

Then word came that the road would be opened, despite the commanders not having met with the community. The announcement said that the opening would be a one-day, trial period for a limited number of vehicles.

The IDF would recommend expanding the opening, "to ease Palestinian lives." However, about two months ago, Rabbi Meir Chai was murdered by Arabs belonging to Abu Mazen's Fatah movement," 'supposed moderates and 'peace partners.' "Two days ago an Israeli soldier was murdered by a 'Palestinian police officer, again, belonging to" the supposed moderates. The government nevertheless contends that the security situation now allows such 'risks. [Some trial period, one day and limited traffic. Terrorists are not likely to show themselves so soon. They would wait until the trial period passes and the decision to enlarge the opening is made.] "

And what is happening now? Arabs are throwing rocks at Jews' residences (Hebron@Hebron.com, 2/12).

In slightly later news, troops started patrolling, and the Arabs threw rocks at them, too. An Arab ambushed a soldier, but the assailant was critically shot (Hebron@Hebrohn.com, 2/12).

The State of Israel does not deal with its own people with integrity. It makes assurances it does not keep and immediately gives the assured people the cold shoulder. I interpret this as deliberate deception, seeking to cool down likely protests. The people of Israel can put no stock in government assurances. The people have more wisdom than their government, having unwise ideological or sordid motivates.


This message was disseminated by ActLeft, action list in Israel-Palestine:

Urgent Action Needed! Please Distribute Widely: You may have heard of the recent event at UC Irvine with Michael Oren, the ambassador of Israel to the US.

While he was invited by a student organization to speak on US-Israeli relations, the UCI Law School and the Political Science Department cosponsored the speech by Oren, a public figure who represents a state that continues to commit more human rights violations. See the MSU's [Muslim Student Union] statement regarding his presence on campus for more details: msuuci.com

At the event, 11 students who chose to protest by making clear and organized statements were arrested and held in a room until after the event. The school is also currently threatening to punish the students, aiming to send a political message by selective enforcement of university policies.

Contact UCI Chancellor Michael Drake NOW to declare that it is unjust to arrest these students. Supporters of the arrests are contacting administration in large numbers, and your support is needed desperately!

Ask to speak with Chancellor Drake or leave a message at: (949) 824 — 5011 and email him at: chancellor@uci.edu Speak to the Dean of Students office, who are determining the punishment at: (949) 824-5181 and email them at: deanstu@uci.edu

Here are some important points to bring up:

  • It was unjust to arrest students for simply having the courage to stand up and speak out against a man responsible for propagating the deaths of thousands of innocent people.

  • Civil disobedience has historically played an instrumental role in the civil rights movement in America that eventually ensured equality and human rights for all minorities.

  • Michael Oren is a representative of a state that is condemned by more UN Human Rights Council resolutions than all other countries in the world, and he should not be honored at UC Irvine.

  • As concerned community members, we will not support an educational institution that threatens to punish its' students with suspension and expulsion for standing up for their principles.

Thank you for your support (forwarded by www.imra.org.il, 2/13).

I saw a video of the speaker and the protesters. The rationale stated above is not accurate and neither is the web statement by the Muslim Student Union.

Although 11 students were arrested, one could see a few dozen drowning out the speaker and a university official, both of whom tried to explain university dedication to freedom of speech. In American, that is reason to arrest people, for interfering with speakers' rights. Is it up to individuals to choose whom they will allow to speak and whom audiences are allowed to hear? No law and order?

Many speakers invited by the Muslim Students Union engage in slander, defamation, violation of university rules, and perhaps raising funds for terrorism, but certainly supporting terrorism, but they are not shouted down. Those speakers' evil is documented, and the Union is irresponsible in inviting them, but their right to speak is not questioned. Why do the Left and the Muslims seek freedom of speech for themselves but would deny it to others?

Civil disobedience meant disobeying laws oppressing people, not shouting down speakers. The protesters were not standing up for human rights principles. Indeed, Ambassador Oren said that if they had objection, he would call on them all to present them and he would answer. They also could have held a protest outside, to present their view. That is democracy. But the pro-Arab students must be afraid to debate, fearing that would have answers that would disprove their contentions. Alternatively, all Arab societies being non-democratic, it's the Muslim Arab way of dealing with dissident opinion by repression. That is not the American way.

Israel's frequent condemnation by the UN Human Rights Council, judging by its composition and neglect of large-scale oppression, is a mark of honor.

The Muslim Student Union website refers to the Ambassador as a so-called diplomat. Then it does not recognize Israel as a state. But the U.S. does.

The website claims that Israeli forces inflicted mass-murder, and that Oren encouraged it when he served in the IDF. These claims of massacre and oppression are vague but false. Such claims in recent years have been growing more and more extreme. They mock history. They also neglect real mass-murder by jihadists and real oppression in Arab society. But what can one expect from Radical Muslims and leftist enablers who have such a double standard that they encourage jihadists to commit terrorism against innocent civilians, while pretending they are people of principle for protesting against non-existent murder of civilians.

A moderate Muslim in France, receives death threats from Radical Muslims. So dissident Muslims also are to be denied freedom of speech? Don't call that principle, call it totalitarianism, which Radical Islam shares with Communism and Nazism.


Full body robe near Paris (AP/Christophe Ena)



A couple of my sources described Goldstone as an antisemite who exploited his Jewish origin to write a specious report about Israel. The sources and others and my own review found his report astonishingly specious.

The sources, however, did not document an antisemitism in Goldstone, who once was known as pro-Zionist. Neither did they document the claim that he exploited his Jewish name to get to write the Report.

For lack of documentation, I omitted those two claims which are more personal than relevant, anyway. Let us focus on the Report which, together with criticism of it, is almost a manual of how to do a baseless hatchet job.A couple of my sources described Goldstone as an antisemite who exploited his Jewish origin to write a specious report about Israel. The sources and others and my own review found his report astonishingly specious.

The sources, however, did not document an antisemitism in Goldstone, who once was known as pro-Zionist. Neither did they document the claim that he exploited his Jewish name to get to write the Report.

For lack of documentation, I omitted those two claims which are more personal than relevant, anyway. Let us focus on the Report which, together with criticism of it, is almost a manual of how to do a baseless hatchet job.  

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Posted by Arlene Kushner, February 14, 2010.

I begin with this because I consider the information important. This is with regard to the so-called "blockade" we maintain at our border with Gaza. The charges against us, which include defiance of international law and levying of "collective punishment," are seriously off base. This is an instance in which it is tremendously important to set the record straight.

I recommend, first, an article written for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) on the issue by Dr. Avi Bell, who is a member of the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University, and Director of the International Law Forum at the JCPA. (With thanks to my friend who called my attention to this.)

While this article addressed the situation two years ago, Bell nonetheless clarifies the issues significantly:

"International officials are entitled to object on political grounds to Israel imposing even limited economic sanctions in response to Palestinian terrorism. However, they err in insinuating that international law forbids Israel's actions. International law does not require Israel to supply Gaza with fuel or electricity or, indeed, with any other materials, goods, or services.

"Article 23 of the Fourth Geneva Convention requires parties to certain conflicts to permit transit to enemy civilian populations of a limited number of items under a limited set of conditions. However, the fighting in and around the Gaza Strip is not a conflict covered by the Fourth Geneva Convention: the conflict is not one between state parties to the Convention, and Gaza is not occupied territory. Therefore, Israel is free to ignore the injunctions of Article 23."

However, as Dr. Bell notes:

"Even if it were bound by the Fourth Geneva Convention, Israel would be acting in full compliance with international law. Article 23 of the Fourth Geneva Convention permits states like Israel to cut off fuel supplies and electricity to territories like Gaza. Article 23 only requires a party to permit passage of food, clothing, and medicines intended for children under fifteen, expectant mothers, and maternity cases. Were Article 23 to apply, Israel would still be under no obligation to permit passage of electricity or fuel or any items other than food, clothing or medicine. (emphasis added)

"Moreover, under Article 23, Israel would be under no obligation to provide anything itself; Israel would only be required not to interfere with consignments of food, etc. sent by others. Article 23 does not require unfettered passage of food, clothing, and medicine to the entire civilian population of enemy territory; if the article applied, Israel would be required only to permit passage for the benefit of Palestinian children, mothers of newborns, and pregnant women.

"... the Israeli Justice Ministry has acknowledged a duty under customary international law not to interfere with the supply of basic humanitarian items such as food and medicine, and the Israeli Supreme Court has enforced this duty in several decisions...

"...Israel is not required by its customary general humanitarian duties to provide required items itself, only not to interfere with their passage. And fuel and electricity are almost certainly not items that Israel or other warring parties are required to supply. Additionally, Israel is not the sole available source of fuel and electricity to Gaza and, therefore...Israel would not be required to permit passage of fuel and electricity. Moreover, given the likelihood of Hamas diversion of assistance, even the customary rule permits Israel to interfere with the passage of humanitarian items to ensure that they do not reach the wrong hands or benefit the military efforts or economy of the enemy."
http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage. asp?DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=378&PID =0&IID=2037


With this as background, let us then look at what is actually going into Gaza via Israel by way of a number of crossings. I have been in touch with the spokesman for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) and have learned that goods go into Gaza via two different avenues.

Some goods go under the auspices of humanitarian organizations — UNRWA, World Food Plan, etc. Israel makes every effort to allow through all humanitarian supplies (food and medicines, etc.) that these organizations seek to bring in — although sometimes there are items that are questioned or prevented from going in. Israel has had serious issues with UNRWA with regard to allowing in building materials, for example, because Hamas might co-opt them and use them for constructing bunkers.

And then, totally aside from the goods transported by humanitarian organizations — which are distributed to those in greatest need — are those permitted in commercially. The PA cooperates here in determining what the needs of local merchants are, and those goods are shipped by truck. On an average week, roughly 500 trucks will go into Gaza with such merchandise. Products allowed in include meat, fish and chicken; grains; staples such as sugar, salt, flour and yeast; spices; dairy products; legumes; fresh fruits and vegetables; cooking oil, a variety of other foodstuffs; animal feed; medicines; clothing; and hygienic supplies.

What is not permitted in, in the way of foodstuff, are gourmet items, as it is felt that only Hamas people have the sort of ready cash that would allow them to purchase this.

In addition, cooking gas and heavy duty diesel fuel for the power station go in.

Then there are "specialty" items:

[] Last November:
* 12 new transformers and other pieces of electrical equipment were allowed in for the power plant in Gaza.
* 7,000 heads of cattle were imported for the Eid al-Adha holiday.

[] In December:

* 6 advanced water desalination systems were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
* Glass was brought in for home repairs before the onset of winter.
* 750 tons of aggregate were transferred for maintenance of the North Gaza Wastewater Treatment plant.

Over the course of 2009, some 4,000 people were permitted to cross out of Gaza to receive medical care in Israel or elsewhere.

As well, commercial products such as carnations and strawberries were exported through the crossing out of Gaza for sale elsewhere. (I believe these products largely go to Ashdod for shipments to other places.)

See this and more for yourself:
www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Government/Communiques/ 2010/Increased_humanitarian_aid_Gaza_after_IDF_ operation_Jan_2009

And, I should mention, via the electric grid into Gaza, Israel supplies 70% of Gaza's electric power. (This is supposed to be paid for by the PA, which is being uncooperative at the moment.)

This speaks for itself. SOME BLOCKADE!


Having introduced the most important information first, I now bounce back for a housekeeping note: This time it was not my goof. In my last posting, I alluded to a Dry Bones cartoon (which I said you would see below) and I then put it into my posting. For reasons unknown to me, it did not transmit — even though I've done this before.

At any rate, the cartoon said: "Recent reports about J Street are totally false. J Street is NOT dropping its label as 'pro-Israel.' J Street is simply expanding its definition of being 'pro-Israel'.... To include being 'anti-Israel.'"


You might also want to see Lenny Ben-David's latest on J Street:


Just what we need: A number of Secretary of State Clinton's top aides are coming to town to set things up for the "proximity" talks — otherwise known as shuttle diplomacy — to take place.

Douglas Bloomfield, who writes from Washington, and whom I don't usually feel motivated to quote, had it right in a recent column with regard to these "proximity" talks:

"That [indirect talks] would mean turning the clock back on 16 years of direct negotiations, but the fact that all three parties are happy to go along suggests prospects for progress are dim...."


It should be noted as well that on Friday, Secretary of State Clinton announced that the partnership of special Quartet envoy Tony Blair with US special envoy George Mitchell would be "intensified." This means he will support efforts to get the negotiations going.


One of the things the various officials coming here on behalf of the Secretary of State will be considering is how the project headed by Lt.-Gen. Keith Dayton to train PA security forces is progressing.

Which leads back to the subject of the PA policeman who killed one of our soldiers last week. Turns out this terrorist — please take note! — wasn't just in the PA police, he was an aide to the police chief of Ramallah. According to some reports he had been trained via an EU program, but the EU denies this.

One Israeli government source quoted by the Post last week said that while the PA security apparatus has made several improvements, "they still have serious challenges, one of them being the ability to deal with their own Fatah people." They are hesitant to go after extremists in their own security apparatus.

Will this information make its way to Clinton's people? What good is a security apparatus that has "extremists" (aka terrorists) inside its organization and is reluctant to deal with them?


Before we leave the subject of the PA, I wanted to return to this, as well: At the end of January, Khaled Abu Toameh did an exclusive interview — which ran in the Post — with Fahmi Shabaneh, who had served as head of the Anti-Corruption Department of the PA's General Intelligence Service. Shabaneh exposed both financial improprieties and sexual shenanigans that had taken place in the PA, and later confessed that he knew his life was at risk because of what he had said. "I bought my cemetery plot," he declared at one point.

Now Abu Toameh informs us that the PA has issued a warrant for Shabaneh's arrest on charges of undermining the PA and (are you ready?) corruption. This warrant followed an ultimatum to Abbas by Shabaneh to remove corrupt officials within two weeks, or he would expose further corruption in the PA far worse than what he has already spoken about: information that "would seriously embarrass the PA and even harm its relations with Arab and Muslim countries as well as donors."

Well, Shabaneh lives in Jerusalem, where the PA has no authority to arrest him. That being the case, my first impulse was to say that it's more likely he'll be killed than arrested. But it also occurs to me that he may be too high profile for the PA to seriously consider taking him out.


In the meantime, footage of Abbas's bureau chief Rafiq Husseini — showing him getting into bed naked and beckoning to a Palestinian Arab woman with whom he allegedly intended to trade sex for influence — was provided by Shabaneh to Israeli TV. The film was apparently made covertly when the woman complained to PA Intelligence about Husseini's attempts to seduce her when she applied for a job.

Of course the PA is claiming the entire thing is an Israeli hoax. Abbas has now suspended Husseini, pending an investigation that is supposed to be completed by a commission within three weeks. This is not likely to go down well within the Palestinian Arab society, or enhance international respect for the PA.


Iran. Iran. Iran. No subject carries the urgency of Iranian nuclear development.

At long last the US and the Western world more broadly are growing impatient with Iranian intransigence, defiance and game playing. The US has instituted some sanctions that are aimed at the Revolutionary Guard and are not supposed to harm the populace. Whether this is possible or how effective this will be are questions I cannot answer. There are questions, as well, regarding whether a weakening of the Guard will help a regime change to come about, and whether that new regime would truly have different goals.

A great many people are pontificating on all of this, offering a great many divergent views. Does anyone truly know? Take your choice:

Haaretz journalists say that sanctions are our only hope:

The executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, writing in Foreign Policy, says sanctions are working:
http://www.foreignpolicy.com:80/articles/2010/02/10/ the_sanctions_on_iran_are_working

Researchers at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, writing in Haaretz, say sanctions will be ineffective:
http://www.haaretz.com:80/hasen/spages/ 1149367.html

Der Speigel in Germany agrees that sanctions will not move Teheran:
http://www.spiegel.de:80/international/world/ 0,1518,677030,00.html
(With a nod to Daily Alert here.)


Prime Minister Netanyahu flew off to Russia today, and the first subject on the agenda is Iran.

US Chief of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen is here and will meet with the Defense Minister and top IDF officials. Surely, for him, as well, the first item on the agenda is Iran. He talks about the disastrous consequences that may follow from an attack on Iran, but leaves unspoken what consequences would follow from a nuclear Iran unchallenged.

I — with thousands or millions of others — hold my breath as I wait to see if Israel in the end will decide there is no choice but to bomb Iran. There is no definitive information I can offer on this — even if those on the inside have made up their minds themselves, which is questionable.


"The Good News Corner"

An Israeli start-up, WeCu, has developed a system that will help weed out terrorists at airports and checkpoints.

"The company's device — which was six years in the making — flashes stimuli, such as photos, a symbol, or a code word, relating to the information authorities are most interested in (whether it's terrorism, drug smuggling or other crimes), to passengers as they pass through terminal checkpoints.

"Hidden biometric sensors then detect the subjects' physical reactions and subtle behavioral changes remotely or during random contact. Based on their reactions, the authorities determine whether further investigation or questioning is warranted."


Research done by Dr. Ina Weiner of Tel Aviv University indicates that it may be possible to prevent full-blown schizophrenia. If patients in the early stages, before the disease is fully manifest, are treated with drugs for schizophrenia, then it may never develop.


The Israeli company MS Tech, located in Herzliya, has developed a hand-held device, FoodScan 3000, that in three seconds, in the field, can detect the presence of dangerous bacteria and contaminants, in food.

Contact Arlene Kushner at akushner@netvision.net.il and visit her website: www.ArlenefromIsrael.info

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Posted by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, February 14, 2010.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has honored the terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier by paying a condolence call to his family. The terrorist was killed by Israeli soldiers after the attack Friday in Hebron.

Today's official PA daily carries a front-page picture of the terrorist, glorifying him with the title "Shahid" — a holy Islamic Martyr — together with the picture of Fayyad's visit. Becoming a Shahid represents the highest religious achievement that can be attained by a Muslim.

Fayyad pays condolences to the family of Shahid (Martyr) Faiz Faraj in the Hebron region.

The following is the front page story of Prime Minister Fayyad's condolence visit as reported in the official PA daily. This article likewise glorifies the terrorist as a "Shahid":

"The [Palestinian Authority] Prime Minister [Salam Fayyad] paid condolences to the family of the Shahid (Martyr) Faiz Faraj, who was killed on Friday evening by the occupation forces (Israel), having been fired upon directly in the old Al-Shalala neighborhood in Hebron. Fayyad denounced in extremely harsh terms the actions of the occupation forces, carried out as part of the ongoing campaign to suppress the non-violent protests of residents in the various regions."

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 Teresinka Pereira, February 14, 2010.


Love is the bread and water

of the soul.

Love is giving peace,

a free dove

flying the blue sky.

Love is an extended hand

no matter how far...

a fresh springtime

smiling from someone's lips

to the eyes of another.

Contact Teresinka Pereira by email at tpereira@buckeye-express.com

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