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ISRAEL THE BEAUTIFUL: COLORED ROCKS ALONG THE SHORELINE
Posted by Yehoshua Halevi, January 31, 2010.
 

Colored rocks along the shoreline of the red sea

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

HOW I GOT THE SHOT:

This week's photo falls into the category of "when life gives you lemons." Walking along the shore of the Red Sea in Eilat, I looked skyward and frowned at the thick clouds enveloping the region and scuttling chances for an eventful afternoon shoot. I paused to sit on a cement wall at water's edge and removed a persimmon from my camera bag, peeled away the skin with a pocket knife, and considered my options. Then I looked down at my feet.

I think the most successful artists are those who learn to see what's closest to them, and who are not in constant search of life's grandeur. I often tell my students good photographs can be found anywhere, and frequently within an arm's length of where they are standing at that moment. I hadn't thought about these thousands of colored rocks and I had no idea they existed until I chanced to spot them.

Glistening and clean in the tidal action, these rocks are a visual symphony, and it wasn't hard to find a grouping that included a pleasing range of colors, sizes, and shapes. And here's how I made the lemonade, with assistance from the clouds: Bright colors look richer on overcast days, when there is little direct sunlight to bleach their hues. Appropriately, I pulled my close-up (macro) lens from my bag, snapped it onto my D-300 and held it above this small sampling of beach, careful to keep the camera parallel to the ground to preserve edge to edge sharpness. Remaining open to something new led me to the gate of good fortune.

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IRAN WILL UNLEASH THEIR PROXIES, HEZB'ALLAH & HAMAS ON ISRAEL
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, January 31, 2010.
 

General (ret.) Jim Jones, President Barack Hussein Obama's National Security Advisor, announces through CNN that, because of Israeli and international pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, Iran will unleash Hezb'Allah and Hamas to attack Israel.

I was struck by Jones suddenly becoming a vocal part of Obama's Public Relations/Propaganda organization. Why would Obama's team want to stir the pot in the Middle East at a time when his popularity poll numbers have fallen to a low of 48% disapproval rating while his own Democrats are backing away from his policies?

Could it be the old and useful formula of inciting a war between Israel and proxies of Iran, namely Hezb'Allah and Hamas — on orders of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Iranian Ayatollahs?

Why would these radical Islamists want to do Obama a favor just before America's mid-term elections, allowing Obama to "act Presidential and Commander-in-Chief" in a crisis? Rahm Emanuel as creative advisor to the President is well-known for his homily: "Never waste a crisis". One needn't wait for a crisis when you can start your own.

But, why would Mahmoud Ahmadinejad want to do Obama a favor by having Hebz'Allah and Hamas attack Israel — as stated by Jim Jones. Or, said another way, what did Obama do for Iran?

Well....Obama does have a friendly outreach policy to Iran and Syria where he has chosen useless dialogue as opposed to actual pressure to force Iran to stand down Ahmadinejad's Nuclear Operation. Obama engages in talk — talk of putting severe sanctions on Iran that seems to never take effect. Many strategists see this extended time lag as a policy of allowing Iran to go Nuclear and then saying there's nothing he can do about it other than accept the facts.

That's a big favor given that a Nuclear-capable Iran could rule the Middle East with Nuclear Weapons that all nations knew they would use. That would start a Nuclear Arms Race as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States who would start fielding their own Nuclear Weapons as a defense against Iran's domination. Regrettably, their efforts at defense will come too late due to Obama's assistance to Iran who complete its Nuclear Capability soon and have several operational nuclear bombs.

Israel — like America, England, France would never use such a weapon — except in a dire emergency — whereas Iran has already threatened Israel repeatedly with total annihilation.

IF Ahmadinejad agrees to start an open-ended war against Israel through his proxies, Hezb'Allah and Hamas — which would save Obama's Presidency — would that be considered treason? A nuclear-armed Iran would certainly be a significant threat to some 300,000 to 500,000 American troops stationed in the whole Middle East and South East Asia plus Europe and even Russia. Iran has demonstrated successful tests of large missiles that can reach as far as Europe and all of the Middle Eastern nations.

Is keeping Obama's Presidency that important, given the danger a Nuclear-armed Iran would pose, given their religiously-driven beliefs that if Iran is destroyed in a retaliatory strike, all of her Muslims would be ushered into Allah's Paradise as Shaheeds (martyrs for Islam)?

On reflection, it seems that the selection of General Jones to be the announcer of this coming event would make a lot of sense to Obama and his advisors, Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, James Baker III, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Brent Scowcroft....

The statement by Jones that Israel's pressure on Iran to stop their Nuclear Development would mean it's all Israel's fault. Jones' hostility toward the Jewish Nation/State of Israel is no secret in Washington nor to Israel.

Pre-arranging the blame is a clear, though a vicious betrayal of an ally. This level of betrayal would have to go well beyond closed doors in the White House but also includes the U.S. State Department and the CIA among the 16 other American Intel Agencies.

I know that one is reminded of the Iranian prison release of the 52 Americans held hostage in a suspicious time frame after the election between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. (1) Also, one must think of the arranged Gulf of Tonkin event which accelerated the Vietnam War up to a higher level.

Politics and the history of Europe's Kings and Popes staging events and war for what they considered their "right-to-rule". Adolph Hitler used his claimed rights of the Sudetenland Germans to launch his planned offensive to conquer all of Europe (before he conquered the rest of the world) for his 1000 Year Third Reich.

Getting Iran to start WW3 by using their proxies of Hezb'Allah in Lebanon/Syria and Hamas in Gaza, Judea and Samaria — as a favor to a President who has chosen to allow Islam to flourish with Nuclear Weapons may not b e as far-fetched as it sounds. I wonder how Charles Krauthammer, John Bolton, Bill Kristol, Ruell Marc Gerecht, Douglas Feith, Alan Dershowitz, the Robert and Frederick Kagan family, the Norman and John Podhoretz family and other fair and free thinkers would think about Gen. Jones announcement to the Media? (2)

Would they conclude that there were possibly other motives — such as sending invading foreign troops as "Peace-Keepers" into Israel, Judea and Samaria, the Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and Jerusalem to force another Muslim Arab Palestinian state into existence? Then they could claim it as a "Presidential Victory" for Obama, therefore, making him worthy of a second-term in office.

Another piece of the puzzle would be Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu election pledge — not unlike former PM Ariel (Arik) Sharon breaking his commitment to his constituents NOT to give up Gaza, Judea and Samaria, East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley but, shortly into his term as PM, he did evacuate 10,000 Jewish men, women and children from Gush Katif/Gaza and Northern Samaria.

Bibi knows full well that driving 300,000 to 500,000 Jews from Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights as Sharon and OLmert did in Gaza would lead to outright Civil War between Jews.

But, if he were to complete the betrayal according to Obama, he would have to go along with such a plan for Iran to unleash Hezb'Allah and Hamas so the nations, led by Obama, could mount an outright invasion of Israel, calling it a peace plan.

Moreover, that would entail thousands of missiles striking Israel's cities and additional losses of soldiers in battle — further pressing Israel to accept the losses demanded by Obama and the nations.

I think we could all agree that politicians, kings, religious orders, etc. believe their hold on power is vital and will do anything to gain and keep power, no matter how terrible the cost to all others.

For Ahmadinejad to do a "favor" for an American President who, in practice, abandoned both the pressure of sanctions and an actual military attack on Iran's nuclear facilities explains Obama's policies of treating Terrorist Nations and Terrorists caught having attacked America as a "minor" issue. The two most recent attacks by Dr. Nidal Malik Hasan who massacred 13 soldiers at Fort Hood and the undie-bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab who almost massacred 278 Americans on Northwest flight #253 (plus countless others who might have been hit on the ground in Detroit.) (3 & 4)

So, let us hear from the pundits as to why Obama, through Jim Jones, is soliciting a war against Israel, using Iran to unleash Hezb'Allah and Hamas to attack — thus raising the political profile of a failing President before Mid-Term elections in November 2010 — leading to Presidential elections in 2012.

Will the Left-Leaning pro-Obama Media dare to raise the issue and pose questions to Obama, General Jones, Rahm Emanuel....? Will the Israeli Left-Leaning Media dare to question Netanyahu and Barak on the same issue? And — where is Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in all this swirl of existential threats to Israel's very existence? Why does he seem to have fallen off the radar of the Media?

I do not trust such leaders, no matter how smoothly they talk, smile — and lie.  

Footnotes

1. "IRAN HOSTAGE CRISIS" Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_hostage_crisis November 4, 1979 Islamist students and terrorists took over the American Embassy, keeping 66 Americans hostage. 13 women and blacks were released, plus 1 additional man who contracted Multiple Sclerosis. The remaining 52 were held for 444 days, some in solitary confinement on bread and water; threatened by execution; blindfolded and paraded in front of the international Media. They were released on January 20, 1981, 20 minutes after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President (having defeated Jimmy Carter in the November elections). One rescue attempt failed due to multiple equipment malfunctions.

2. "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Why we can no longer remain on the sidelines in the struggle for regime change in Iran — The U.S. should act to strengthen the opposition and to deepen rifts among the rulers" by Richard N. Haas NEWSWEEK Feb. 1, 2010

3. "PHOTOS OF THE NORTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT 253 BOMB: Accused Bomber Abdulmutallab's Underwear, Explosive Packet and Detonator" by Richard Esposito & Brian Ross, ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=9436297

4. "PASSENGER LIGHTS EXPLOSIVES ON AIRPLANE: 2 hurt, 1 detained in "Attempted Act of Terrorism" on Amsterdam-Detroit Flt; Man Claims Al Qaeda Tie" CBS/AP
Http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/12/25/national/ main6022161.shtml
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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ARAB/ANARCHIST MOB ATTACKS AT FENCE; ISRAEL ASSASSINATED ASSASSIN? NEW ISRAEL FUND FINANCES MOST ANTI-ZIONIST ORGANIZATIONS IN ISRAEL?
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, January 31, 2010.
 

ARAB/ANARCHIST MOB ATTACKS AT FENCE

Mob attacks guards at security fence (A.P./Majdi Mohammed [file])

The NY Times updated the story of the weekly attacks at the Israeli security fence at Bilin (1/29, A4).

Abbas considers those protests "a model of legitimate resistance." The mobs attempt to damage the fence and attack the usually mild mannered guards with rocks and fists. Therefore, Abbas is condoning a certain level of violence. The pro-Arab Israeli "civil rights" organizations complained that the usual guards' reaction is too harsh, because they use rubber-bullets that sometimes injure members of the mob. The article cites Arab witnesses [without stating whether their testimony was confirmed, which it usually is not, usually is propaganda coached by terrorist organizations].

Members of the mob complained that this time, the IDF reacted more forcefully to being attacked. They said that, after all, they were not armed. Some on the Left may not consider rocks and firebombs as being armed, but stoning is a traditional method of execution in the Mideast. The NY Times describes the confrontations as violent, but is cagey about who initiated them. It also referred to members of the International Solidarity Movement as a "pro-Palestinian group." It is a pro-terrorist group and has actively interfered with Israeli security measures.

The Army reacted forcefully, apparently having realized that its previous tactic of mostly just pushing back failed to deter larger mobs from re-forming the next week. [How wise was failing to arrest the mobs, before?] Some Arabs were arrested. Foreigners who over-stayed their Israeli visas deported. [Why only those who over-stay?] A ringleader claimed to have funding from the Spanish government.

The IDF reports that about a hundred troops were wounded in the clashes in the past two years. [Wounded to what extent and by what? Are scratches counted? If really wounded, then the mob exerted significant force.]

HAMAS ACCUSES ISRAEL OF HAVING POISONED ITS OFFICIAL

Mohmoud al-Mabhouh, the assassinated assassin, with parents (A.P./Hatem Mussa)

A founder of Hamas and a leading terrorist commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, was murdered in Dubai, Friday. Conflicting reports were issued about the manner of death. The only definite claim was by Dubai police, that professional hit men possessing European passports followed al-Mabhouh to Dubai, struck soon after his arrival, and escaped immediately.

Nevertheless, Hamas accuses Israel of the assassination and vows revenge (Robert F. Worth & NY Times, 1/30, A8).

1/31 update: Hamas now accuses Israel of having poisoned the man ( www.imra.org.il).

This case is typical. An Arab is assassinated. While the case still is a mystery, the Arabs blame Israel and vow revenge. Arab culture tends to blame foreigners and enemies for all its problems. It does not require evidence and may disregard it. Rivals accuse other factions, such as the terrorist-sponsoring Abbas regime, of being agents of Zionism. Why? That is the worst insult the rivals can imagine.

Hamas is in a self-declared war on the Jewish state, using illegal means. Sometimes the Mossad does assassinate terrorist leaders. That is to be expected. Some of us Westerners find odd the notion that such a strike warrants retaliation, when the strike is retaliation, perhaps in retaliation for al-Mabhouh having organized the kidnapping of an Israeli for ransom. Some cultures, tribal ones especially, emphasize retaliation. Feuds can endure.

I find unfair the wreaking of vengeance upon someone who committed no offense but belongs to an ethnic group that may have. Taking out resentment or upholding "honor" by punishing the innocent, resembles racism. Indeed, many Muslim Arabs interpret their scripture as exhorting them to kill Jews in all eras and in all places for a conflict with a few Jews in a small locale hundreds of years ago. Does that make sense? Well, the Muslim concept, augmented by Nazi racial theory, is that all Jews possess the same traits, and these are evil. The Arab conflict with Israel therefore is racist. Another factor is the Muslim doctrine that any area freed from Islam, as are Israel and Spain, must be restored to Islam.

The Arab domination of the Holy Land lasted only a couple of hundred years. Turks took it over for another 400 years or so, until Britain dissolved the Turkish Empire and let the Arabs have most of the Mideast but restored a tiny portion of the Empire to the Jewish people.

The modern Zionist liberation of part of the Jewish homeland was described by one reader as, "The Jews stole the Holy Land." Apparently, he does not know what is meant by the Holy Land. It encompasses the ancient Land of Israel, made holy by what was described in the Hebrew Testament before Islam existed.

That area is five times the size of Israel. Almost four-fifths of it has become the Palestinian Arab state called the Kingdom of Israel. Some of the rest is officially disputed. Whatever privately owned land Zionists acquired, was by purchase or, by default, when the Arabs domestically and from abroad tried to wipe the Jews out, lost, and fled. And now they wax indignant?

U.S. WILL NOT TRY 9/11 TERRORISTS IN NEW YORK CITY


Mayor Bloomberg against trying terrorists in NYC (A.P./Hanny Ray Abrams)

The U.S. has dropped its plan to try 9/11 terrorists in New York City, near the hole they made in it [and which still is there]. What caused them to reconsider?

Mayor Bloomberg originally thought the plan was a fine idea. He came to realize that the City does not have the hundreds of millions of dollars for providing security each year for lengthy trial(s). Police Chief Kelly advised leading citizens that to ensure security, he would have to turn lower Manhattan into a fortress and intrude on civilian lives.

People didn't want their lives disrupted, their city finances further burdened, and their ailing real estate industry restricted. Politicians, civic leaders, and business leaders all protested to the federal government (Scott Shane & Benjamin Weiser, NY Times, 1/30, A1).

For a year, people gave President Obama the benefit of the doubt, assuming he was inexperienced. Now it appears more a matter of his pursuing ideological notions without pertinent thought.

He was trying to treat war crimes as civilian offenses. He should have realized that this would turn New York City into a war zone. I guess he doesn't read the Wall Street Journal, which pointed out the problems.

Did he merely back off from opposition, or will he analyze the broader problem of civilian trials for terrorists?

(For more on this, click here)

NEW U.S. EFFORT TO PREVENT IMPORTED TERRORISM

The U.S. is hiring and training teams of specialists whose mission it is to pursue and combine isolated clues about imminent terrorist plots against parts of the U.S.. Previously, no one had responsibility for detecting particular plots against U.S. soil.

"Any increase would be a sharp reversal of fortune for the counter-terrorism center, which just days before the Dec. 25 airliner bomb plot, was preparing to cut, its workforce of up to 20%, including analysts and terrorist watch list personnel." Now that the government realized it needs to combine its separate lists to prevent suspected terrorists from flying into the U.S., it lacks the staff to input the data (Eric Schmitt, NY Times, 1/30, A3).

Having designed computer systems to combine files automatically, I suppose the government needs the staff to evaluate the filed data, surely not to key it all into another file. Since the news brief is not clear, I am not sure what is meant.

If you read this article in combination with my prior article, you would see that the government is making a series of blunders that assist terrorism. More broadly, rising expenses are rendering Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security untenable, while the government takes on more and more expensive responsibility that put the country and the economy under a crushing debt. I do not think that terrorists could damage the country any more than does Congress and the President. A dysfunctional government put in charge of the economy can not, Obama's ideology to the contrary, solve society's problems. Americans wanted change, but they did not ask change to what.

NEW ISRAEL FUND FINANCES MOST ANTI-ZIONIST ORGANIZATIONS IN ISRAEL?

This weekend's Maariv exposes the New Israel fund for financing anti-Israel propaganda groups in Israel. The expose is based on a study by Im Tirtzu, a Zionist student group. The study found that the New Isreal Fund finances most of the Israeli anti-Zionist organizations. The group also discovered that the UN Goldstone report took 92% of its anti-Israel material from organizations funded by the New Israel Fund.

The New Israel Fund chairlady is Naomi Hazan, former Member of Knesset for the semi-Marxist Meretz Party.

Israel has no law against foreign anti-Israel and antisemitic organizations financing treasonous organizations (Prof. Steven Plaut, 1/29).

Some Israeli officials are proposing such laws. In his State of the Union message, President Obama proposed a law barring foreign corporations from contributing to American political campaigns. (There may already be such a law; he may have misstated what the Supreme Court ruled.)

The significance of Goldstone's taking most of its material from biased organizations is that it did not make an independent study. The Goldstone Report is in a poro position to spurn IDF investigations as not independent.

The news brief is not clear whether the New Israel Fund sends some subsidy to most of the anti-Zionist organizations in Isarel or most of the subsidy. After all, European governments spend millions of dollars a year on those organizations.  

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BARAK ORDERS IDF REDEPLOYMENT FROM NORTH TO PLACATE SYRIA
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, January 31, 2010.
 

This ties into Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak's subversion of the Jewish Nation/State of Israel — to abandon the Golan Heights to Syria. Previously, Barak tried to drive civilians and IDF soldiers off their homes and strategic positions on the Golan Heights. Israel has had a solid peace with Syria since the Golan was liberated in 1967 and defended in 1973 — just because Israel sits on the Golan and Mt. Hermon, looking down into Damascus, Syria. From these Heights Israel can see directly IF Syria starts up one tank, Israel can see and prepare to defend herself.

And the Golan Heights sits astride 1/3rd of Israel's fresh water resources which flow into Israel's only fresh water lake, the Kinneret.

Now Barak orders IDF removal so Syria can freely invade the Golan.

This is an evil man who should be tried for treason and face a capital sentence ordered by the Court.

There seems little doubt what Ehud Barak couldn't achieve by scare tactics, he now rushes to accomplish by leaving the Golan unprotected so Syria can just march in and take it.

Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu should relieve him of his appointed post immediately — unless he is also a co-conspirator willing to let Israeli civilians be shot or captured by the Syrians and Hezb'Allah, the Syrians proxies. Then clearly, both would be considered traitors — if judged by their actions in a fair Court of Israeli citizens.

This below was written by Ezra HaLevi for Arutz-7 (www.IsraelNationalNews.com).

 

Following his decision to halt the refurbishing of the country's gas masks, Defense Minister Ehud Barak is now redeploying the IDF away from the north, deeming war with Syria "unlikely."

Barak ordered the redeployment from the Golan Heights following months of training exercises and a steady stream of rumors among Israelis that war with Syria would break out in the course of the summer months.

Ma'ariv newspaper quoted Israeli defense officials claiming that, with the IDF's decision to redeploy, Syria has also lowered its readiness for war. The officials refused to outline what steps Syria had taken, saying they were classified. Defense Minister Barak halted the refurbishing of the country's gas masks last week for fear that Syria would see the step as a sign of war-preparation.

IDF standing army troops and reservists who are scheduled to engage in exercises and war games in the north will now be redirected to Israel's south. Regularly stationed IDF forces will remain along the northern border at a full state of readiness.

Though IDF intelligence acknowledges that Syria continues to develop and improve its military capabilities, particularly long-range missiles and anti-aircraft weapons, leaks to Israel's state-run media are conveying the message that war with Syria is now "unlikely."

Hezb'Allah Rearmed and Ready

Barak warned on Monday that the Hezb'Allah terrorist group is rearming out of reach of UN peacekeepers, and now has more rockets than at the beginning of the Second Lebanon War. He also said that tensions between Israel and Syria were fading. Barak made the comments speaking before the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.

As the architect of the unilateral Israeli retreat from the security zone in Lebanon seven years ago, Barak has been blamed by security experts for bringing about the Second Lebanon War.

Harsh Criticism From Opposition

Opposition members criticized Barak for lowering his guard on the Syrian border and said Israel must not be fooled by the superficial calm.

"To note that the Hezb'Allah has rearmed and at the same time claim that Syria is no longer a threat is like the man who jumps from a 21 floor building and at the 16th floor says 'So far so good'," said MK Effie Eitam (National Union-NRP), a Golan Heights resident.  

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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"ISLAM4UK" BANNED IN BRITAIN
Posted by Susana K-M, January 31, 2010.

Thiis was written by Daniel Atzori.

 

Islam4UK, the radical Islamist group that intended to march through Wootton Bassett, will be outlawed in the United Kingdom under counter-terrorism legislation; being a member of it, or of Al Muhajiroun of which Islam4UK is a splinter group, will be a criminal offence punishable by up to ten years in prison.

Wootton Bassett, a small town in the South of England, is where British soldiers who sacrificed their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan are honored after being repatriated. The silent ceremony of the coffins parading through the streets of Wootton Basset has become familiar throughout the United Kingdom, as a symbol of patriotism. There, people pay their last tribute to relatives, friends and fellow citizens slaughtered while defending freedom and fighting global terrorism.

Radical Islamists of Islam4UK are extremely conscious of the importance of symbols. Islam4UK, which advocates the enforcement of shari'a (Islamic law) in the United Kingdom, had planned a protest march in the town of Wootton Basset, and revealed its intention to carry empty coffins through the streets of the town, while affirming that "occupying and merciless" British soldiers are responsible of "horrifically" murdering innocent people, committing "genocide" and carrying out a "crusade". Anjem Choudary, the spokesman of Islam4UK, described British soldiers as "brutal murderers" and "cowards," and said he considers "vile" the parades which take place in Wootton Basset.

Anjem Choudary, a British citizen of Pakistani origins who benefited from the British education system, became a solicitor and eventually the former chairman of the Society of Muslim Lawyers. As reported by "The Sun," the British welfare system has also been very generous with the extremist cleric. While the value of Choudary's house has been estimated in 320,000 £ ($510.000), he still receives £15,600 ($25,000) a year in housing benefits, £5,200 ($8,300) in income support, £ 3,120 ($5,000) in benefits for his children and £1,820 ($3,000) in council tax allowance. Asked about this, Choudary answered that his benefits belong to Allah.

Such a bounty from the British taxpayers allows Choudary to be engaged full-time in his jihad against the UK and the West.

Indeed Choudary, who famously described the 9/11 terrorists as "magnificent martyrs," was closely associated with Omar Bakri Muhammad, who is thought to be involved with Al Qaeda and to the (still legal) Islamist British party Hizb ut-Tahrir.

In 2006, Choudary organized a demonstration outside London's Cathedral of Westminster, the mother church of the Catholic community in England and Wales. There he mocked the Holy Trinity, incited Muslims to execute Pope Benedict XVI and warned that Muslims will conquer Rome. He also organized a demonstration in London after the Danish cartoon controversy, in which people dressed as suicide bombers held banners that said: "Behead Those Who Insult Islam." In a 2005 interview with the BBC program, Hardtalk, ( after the 7/7 terrorist attack in London, in which 56 people died), Choudary condemned the killing of innocent people, but argued that non-Muslims cannot be considered innocent, as they are guilty of not embracing Islam; therefore, killing them all is legitimate.

Islam4UK has been accused of being linked to suicide killers in Israel and the UK. It openly urges Muslims to rebel against the state and promote an Islamic revolution that would lead to the establishment of an Islamic caliphate which would rule the world. Its website declares that: "In light of the Islamic resurgence taking place around the world, particularly in the United Kingdom, one can definitively come to the conclusion that the dawn of a new era is close and that the prophecies of the Final Messenger Muhammad in relation to the domination of Islam worldwide are indeed true; consequently, we at Islam4UK felt it necessary to divulge to the British public what precise changes will occur when Britain transforms into this glorious dominion, not only as psychological preparation but also as a means of enticement to encourage and hasten its implementation."

The program of Islam4UK is clear. Its platform was to transform the United Kingdom in an Islamist "glorious dominion": mocking and destroying the symbols of British identity would have been a crucial step towards this goal.

Wootton Basset represented an ideal target — an authentic and genuine emblem of patriotic pride. Thus, the "psychological preparation" to the new era in which Islam would dominate the world included the eradication of the symbol of this small, but symbolically powerful, English town.

At the very beginning of Western civilization, the tragedy Antigone by Sophocles maintained that the respect for the dead was a natural right, an essential feature of human culture. The insult of Islam4UK to the service personnel who gave their lives in Afghanistan would have been immoral and blasphemous, directly aimed at insulting the fallen soldiers and their families. Further, the march organized by the Islamic extremist group would have been an outrage against Her Majesty Armed Forces, the country and the crown — an act which derided the patriotic, moral and religious feelings of the United Kingdom.

However, the initiative of Islam4UK provoked a healthy reaction from the British public. A society that has always been described as apathetic and indulgent towards the mounting tide of radical and violent Islam reacted with bitter resentment and moral clarity. Prime Minister Gordon Brown described the planned protest march as "abhorrent and offensive." Then UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced the decision of the government to ban the radical Islamist group. Given the rising anger of the British people against the plans of Islam4UK, the government was forced to take this decision.

After the ban, Anjem Choudary, the leader of Islam4UK, declared the decision of the British government "a failure for the concepts of democracy and freedom." On the January 12, the day of the ban, Choudary was a guest on the BBC program Newsnight, renewing his message of hatred. Oddly, he complained about the lack of democracy and free speech in the country, while talking on state television in front of millions of people.

He was playing the role of a poor victim of Western aggression, according to the old strategy of radical Islam, and striking a chord in the hearts of many on the Left.

But in the UK, millions of people are starting to understand what is at stake.

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

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IS HE A CHARLATAN OR JUST A KNAVE?
Posted by Paul Lademain, January 31, 2010.

News report states: "President Peres attempted to ease King Abdullah's concerns by assuring him that the current Israeli government is committed to dividing the Land of Israel and allowing for the creation of a PA state."

 

Either Peres is a charlatan who knows international law but is determined to subsume it under his peculiar lies or else he is demented. Were he to speak truthfully, he would speak in the past tense inasmuch as the Land of Israel has already been divided — and wrongfully so — when the Land of Israel was severed in order to create the artificial state of Jordan. Abdullah is wary and bluffing angrily, because he knows he is but a tenant on Israel's land ... but Abdullah also knows how easy it is to bully and bluff weak and morally infirm old men. And the leader of Israel's weak old men is the fulsomely voluble Polish immigrant, Shimon Peres.

We all know that Peres has no power to disestablish international law and overturn the rights and advantages conferred long ago upon Israel (then called "Palestine — the Homeland of the Jews".) Nor may he, or anyone else, alter the Jewish Homeland's boundaries. Boundaries that are far more extensive than some Jewish politicians and Israeli leaders understand. Regardless, these far-flung boundaries still exist as a matter of international law and encompass the lands coveted by the Arab invaders squatting on Israel's land.

But alas, neither the truth nor the law are apt to deter the increasingly wrong-headed antics of the strange man serving as Israel's token president — antics that make him the dearly beloved of Israel's would-be conquerors. Perhaps he is sinking into the senility that undid Sharon? Or perhaps Peres speaks as he does out of an angry old man's determination to bring company with him when he sinks into his grave. But it is more likely that poor old Peres is the sort of masochist who would rather be spat upon and beaten than ever be ignored. But still, we must ask this question: How can decent Israelis allow this man to continue to stir mud into Israel's clean waters? Don't you value your faith? Your country? Your values and your worth as human beings? Don't you value your destiny? If you do, then you must immediately send this old man to bed before he leads poor Abdullah further astray.

Well, let's get something straight: Even if israel were to be destroyed (heaven forbid) and all Israelis killed in a nuclear attack (heaven forbid) the world will nonetheless continue to suffer under the lash of fascism such as what Islam truly is. So please DO tell your resident seditionists that their aim of destroying Israel is a fruitless exercise because sacrificing Israel will not spare the world from the scourge of Islam. Islam is the antithesis of freedom; it has always been and ever shall be. Islam dresses itself up in an ever-changing cloak of brash double-speak and cynical goobledy-gook. Islam was and remains designed to deceive for the sake of its elite. Deal with it with all your might.

If love-starved Peres hopes to purchase affection by bestowing his own worldly goods upon Israel's Hashemite detractors then so let it be. (Just so long as this gesture does not imperil others.) But please understand that he still has this regrettably ingrained preference for bartering away not his own shirt but rather the coat on his brother's back. We therefore submit that Peres does not serve anyone — not even his own selfish self — by inviting Abdullah to imagine that the Hashemites can take the lands of Israel. They cannot ... and certainly NOT for the sake of planting Abdullah's arabs on Israeli soil.

Viva Israel from the SC4Z — Secular Christians for Zionism

Contact Paul Lademain by email at lademain@verizon.net

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YAHOO WIPES ARIEL ISRAEL OFF THE MAP; SUBSTITUTES JENIN
Posted by Boris Celser, January 30, 2010.

This is from Mere Rhetoric
http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11276010.html? utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign =Feed%3A+MereRhetoric+%28Mere+Rhetoric%29 The full article contains charts.

 

Yahoo Wipes "Ariel, Israel" Off The Map, Replaces It With "Jenin, Palestinian Occupied Territories"

Kudos to whatever seething, obsessive anti-Israel organization managed to sneak this in under the radar. Drip drip drip delegitimization of the Jewish State is after all the strategy du jour. But seriously? This is what we're doing now?

Apparently someone has convinced Yahoo to go into their News Weather data, erase "Ariel, Israel" as a valid location, and replace it with "Jenin, Palestinian Occupied Territories." The 20,000 residents from Ariel, where the relevant weather station is built, apparently don't deserve their own weather. Yahoo has decreed that it belongs to the residents of Jenin, which is 25 miles north and 850 feet lower. It's absurd that this kind of petty crap even has to be addressed, but inasmuch as it's part and parcel of a broad-based replacement geography campaign it's unfortunately not trivial.

Someone should ask Yahoo if there's a list somewhere: which Israeli cities are Israelis allowed to keep, which do the Palestinians deign to let them share, which are entirely Palestinian, and which are simply unworthy of existing? Because given how they've gone out of their way to divide up Weather Channel data — more on that in a sec — apparently Israel's capital, the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, and the city of Ariel are all in play.

As near as I can tell it was Reut Cohen who first reported that something was up. I've put the screencaps I reference at the end of this post for readability purposes:

Last night he called me to tell me that Ariel, Israel, which is an Israeli town near Jordan's west border, had been renamed... Rather than seeing the weather for Ariel [on Yahoo's weather widget], he saw "Jenin, Palestinian Occupied Territories" listed in its stead... It is unclear why the change was made, but it is clear that those who deny the right of Israel to exist consistently refer to all of Israel — not just Ariel, Israel — as occupied territories... It's this sort of blatant political revisionism of renaming Israeli cities that we are up against... When it comes to historic revisionism, the so-called myth of tolerance and acceptance of Middle Eastern Jewry is a perfect example of history re-written to suit the agenda of Arab Nationalists and/or Islamic Totalitarian organizations.

Here's where things get weird. Yahoo's weather widget just takes data from Yahoo's Weather site, which in turn gets its information from The Weather Channel. If you use The Weather Channel's weather.com to check what's going on in "Ariel, Israel" you get data from the weather station that — not coincidentally — is in Ariel. The Weather Channel doesn't have any data for "Jenin, Palestinian Occupied Territories," which makes sense since Jenin doesn't have a weather station. [1]

The results are exactly the opposite on Yahoo Weather. There's nothing available for "Ariel, Israel." So if you're one of the 20,000 Israelis who live there, sorry. But there is a location named "Jenin, Occupied Palestinian Territories," which is what they're calling the data that is actually coming from Ariel.[2]

Again: "Ariel, Israel" has been delisted as a real place and replaced by "Jenin, Palestinian Occupied Territories." That would be bad enough. But it's particularly absurd when the "Jenin" data is coming from a station that's in a city Yahoo refuses to provide the weather for. They're just intercepting the data and retagging the "name" field, so the Palestinians can feel included or justified or something.

Now Yahoo could have just doubled the weather.com data, leaving an "Ariel" entry and copying everything over to a second "Jenin" entry. That would still have been a deliberate political move. Presumably weather-seeking Jenin residents don't want to look up the name of the closest Israeli city because it's too Jewish and icky, but Yahoo doesn't have to indulge them. Still, it would have been closer to justifiable. The rest of the world seems eager to gratify Palestinian fantasies about things that don't actually exist — "Palestine," a Palestinian civic sphere, and so on — so why not Yahoo?

But that's not what they did. What they did is erase the entry for the Israeli city where the weather station is and replace it with the name of a Palestinian city where the weather station isn't. That's why if you click on "Extended Forecast" on Yahoo's Jenin listing it takes you to the weather.com Ariel page. Yahoo went out of their way to do this, just like they went out of their way to list the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo as a West Bank city in the "Palestinian Occupied Territories." [3]

So we've got an Israeli city that no longer exists and an Israeli city that's been ceded to the Palestinians. But there's a third category of deliberate geographical tinkering. Yahoo has made the political decision to pretend that Jerusalem is both an Israeli city and a Palestinian city. The data is drawn from the same place — The Weather Channel's page for Jerusalem, Israel — but Palestinian fantasies must be attended to. [4]

It's cute that Yahoo has degrees of craven anti-Israel replacement geography. So seriously — is there a list? Boris Celser is a Canadian. Contact him at celser@telusplanet.net

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KEEPING ZIONISM'S PROMISE
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, January 30, 2010.
 

As you read the following, you may conclude that the Nations have stood up to be counted — for G-d's destruction. They failed the 'litmus test' by again pursuing and persecuting the Jews.

Payment and retribution are long past due.

So, how will G-d exact payment?

For years I have prayed for earthquakes, super-storms, disease, famine, crop killing freezes or drought, collapse of the economies for all those nations pursuing Israel and the Jewish people.

If you think I am enraged, wait until the nations feel the whip of G-d. It has been happening for several years and ramping up. The "nations" are getting more ugly by the day.

Recall how Pharaoh felt compelled to chase the Jews who he had finally let go. He and his Egyptian soldiers chased them to the Sea of Reeds. G-d opened the Sea for the Jews to cross. Then he closed it over the Egyptian soldiers chasing them, killing them all!

Now recall how the German Nazis and European nations who collaborated with them to murder more than 6 million Jews. Only remnants of Jews escaped the Death Camps and the graveyards of Europe but, the hatred was so intensely vicious that they, like Pharaoh had to follow the Jews to their ancient homeland across the waters to finish what they, Hitler and Amin al Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Islam did not complete.

Now I pray every day for the nations to pay their overdue debt to the Jews and the G-d Who sent us. Whether the Seas open or the earth levels their lands — whatever G-d selects, it's OK with me. The world will be better off without anti-Semitic killers and the land they stand on.

This below was written by Caroline Glick and appeared in the Jerusalem Post. Contact her by email at caroline@carolineglick.com

 

Netanyahu used his speech at the notorious death camp to nudge what he referred to as "the enlightened nations of the world" to recognize that "murderous evil" has to be stopped.

"Never again!"

So declared Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as he spoke at Auschwitz-Birkenau on Wednesday, the 65th anniversary of its liberation.

Netanyahu used his speech at the notorious death camp to nudge what he referred to as "the enlightened nations of the world" to recognize that "murderous evil" has to be stopped as early as possible to prevent it from achieving its aims. Unfortunately, the events of the past week show clearly that evil is on the march, and "the enlightened nations of the world" are on a coffee break from enlightenment.

As Netanyahu addressed the world from the site of the most prolific genocide factory in human history, at the place where over a million Jews were gassed, starved, beaten, raped, frozen, shot and hanged and then burned in ovens, Iran's leaders were declaring loudly that they intend to finish what the Nazis started. They will destroy the Jewish people.

Iran's dictator supremo Ali Khamenei used a photo-op with Mauritania's President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz — who cut his own country's diplomatic ties with Israel last January — to renew his pledge to commit yet another Holocaust. As he put it, "Surely, the day will come when the nations of the region will witness the destruction of the Zionist regime... When the destruction happens will depend on how the Islamic nations approach the issue."

And as he spoke, the ability of "the enlightened nations of the world" to deny that the Iranian regime is building a nuclear arsenal was finally and utterly wiped away. On Monday, Germany's Der Speigel reported that evidence gleaned from document intercepts and from the testimony of two senior Iranian defectors who were involved in the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Iran's nuclear program is not a peaceful one. The Iranians are designing and building nuclear warheads for their Shihab-3 ballistic missiles. According to a summary of the findings now circulating through the halls of power, Teheran will have the wherewithal to build nuclear warheads by 2012.

So the Der Spiegel report showed that Iran is developing the capacity to carry out a second Holocaust in under a hundred years. And yet, in the face of their sure knowledge that evil is on the march, as they did 70 years ago, the "enlightened nations" of Europe are siding with evil against its would-be victims.

On a popular level, as Sunday's release of the Jewish Agency's annual report on global anti-Semitism documented, there were more anti-Semitic attacks in Europe in 2009 than there had been in any single year since the Holocaust. The report stated that the attacks were carried out by Jew-haters on both the Left and the Right.

Europe's anti-Semites wasted no time in proving the report was accurate. On Monday, Polish Catholic Bishop Tadeusz Pieronek said that Jews have "expropriated" the Holocaust as "a propaganda weapon." Jews, he claimed, "enjoy good press because they have powerful financial means behind them, enormous power and the unconditional backing of the United States, and this favors a certain arrogance that I find unbearable."

Then we have the political alliance of leftist anti-Semites with Muslim anti-Semites. Together they not only attack Jews, they provide political cover for expanding those attacks by rejecting Israel's right to exist and justifying violent attacks against Jews outside Israel as the logical outcome of their politically correct anger at Israel for refusing to destroy itself. Case in point is Ilmar Reepalu, the mayor of Malmo, Sweden.

Malmo is one of the most dangerous places for Jews in Europe. The city's small Jewish population is fleeing. The situation in Malmo was graphically demonstrated last March when Israel's tennis stars Amir Haddad and Andy Ram faced off against Swedish rivals at a Davis Cup tie in Malmo and Swedish authorities closed their game to the public. Malmo's Muslim residents and their post-Christian partners on the Left threatened to attack them. Malmo's authorities didn't think it was their responsibility to protect their Israeli guests. So Haddad and Ram were forced to play in an empty stadium.

Interviewed in a local paper this week about the rise of anti-Semitic attacks in his city, Reepalu blamed Israel. In his view, the violence against Jews in Malmo by the far Left and Muslims, "spilled over from Gaza."

By his lights the Jewish national liberation movement is just as bad as the Jewish annihilation movement. As he put it, "We accept neither Zionism nor anti-Semitism. They are extremes that place themselves above other groups they think are less important."

Reepalu then blamed Malmo's Jews for their victimization by his fellow leftists and his Muslim comrades. As far as he is concerned, the Jews brought the violence on themselves last March when they responded to Haddad and Ram's treatment by holding a demonstration supporting Israel. In his view, Malmo's Jews need to separate themselves away from Israel, not support it.

Since the Holocaust, old-style, right-wing anti-Semites in Europe have had a hard time getting political traction for their desire to see Jews suffer. But by conflating Jews with Israel, their colleagues on the Left have made sticking it to the Jews, our state and our supporters the easiest way to score political points. So it was that in her first speech as the EU's new foreign policy chief, Britain's Catherine Ashton went out of her way to condemn Israel for building in Jerusalem, closing its border with Hamas-controlled Gaza and defending itself from Palestinian terrorists in Judea and Samaria.

As for Israel's friends, they are hounded, driven out of Europe and where possible placed on trial. Dutch MP Geert Wilders, the head of the Netherland's Freedom Party, is one of Israel's greatest supporters in Europe. Today Wilders is on trial for publicly criticizing what he views as the endemic anti-Semitism of the Koran.

Against the backdrop of the persistence of right-wing Jew hatred, and the politically ascendant Red-Green alliance of anti-Semites, it makes sense that Europe will not raise a finger to prevent another Holocaust.

And so, not surprisingly, in the wake of the Der Spiegel report, the EU's foreign ministers got together and decided not to support any new sanctions against Iran — unless they are passed by the UN Security Council. Since Europe's foreign ministers all know full well the Security Council will not pass sanctions against Iran because China has announced that it will veto any sanctions against Iran, this week the EU's foreign ministers got together and essentially said they're okay with another Holocaust.

With Europe out, and with "enlightened" Asian, African and South American countries never really in the game, the only "enlightened" country that might be expected to stop murderous evil before it can carry out its aims is the United States. But unfortunately, like the Europeans, the Americans don't feel like being responsible. President Barack Obama, his administration and many of his fellow Democrats would rather take on Israel.

This week 54 Democratic members of Congress wrote Obama a letter asking him to apply pressure on Israel to remove its restrictions on the import of goods — including dual use goods like construction materials — to Hamas-controlled Gaza. Never mind that under US law it is legally problematic to provide any aid, (including the $300 million Obama has pledged) to Gaza in light of the fact that it is controlled by a terrorist organization.

For its part, the administration apparently believes that there is no reason to seek the overthrow of Hamas simply because the US is required by US law and binding UN Security Council resolutions to do so. The US Treasury Department has reportedly just removed all but one Hamas official from its list of known terrorists and so paved the way for Hamas to receive funding from Europe.

As for Israel, during his trip here this week, Obama's Middle East envoy George Mitchell came up with a revolutionary new idea. In the face of Palestinian intransigence, Mitchell introduced the earthshaking concept of pressuring Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians.

This week Mitchell asked Israel to stop all of its counterterror operations in Judea and Samaria, and allow Palestinian forces to operate not only in the Palestinian areas, but in predominantly Israeli areas as well. Specifically, Mitchell asked Israel to allow Palestinian forces to deploy in what the arguably defunct Oslo agreements refer to as Area C, where the Palestinian Authority has no security authority whatsoever.

When it comes to Iran, the Obama administration behaves as though the jury is still out on whether the mullahs are even seeking nuclear weapons. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last Thursday that Iran might face some tough statements from the world if it continues to refuse to be appeased by the Obama White House, although she couldn't say whether any actual steps would be taken to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, which she wouldn't acknowledge the mullahs are developing.

And in his State of the Union address on Wednesday, Obama himself made clear that the US will do nothing to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. As far as Obama is concerned, the nuclear arsenal in most urgent need of evisceration is the US's nuclear arsenal.

All of this just goes to show that at the end of the day, now when the chips are down, there is only one "enlightened" nation in the world that may actually do something to prevent the advance of murderous evil. And Israel unfortunately is of two minds on the issue.

On the one hand, we have Netanyahu, who is clearly focused on preventing another Holocaust of Jewry. But on the other hand, we have Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who on Tuesday claimed that the absence of peace with the Palestinians — not Iran — is the greatest threat that Israel faces today. As he put it, "The lack of defined boundaries within Israel, and not an Iranian bomb, is the greatest threat to our future."

Barak's outrageous pronouncement is a succinct encapsulation of the great aspiration of the Israeli Left. If he could only be right, then Israel would be able to singlehandedly solve all the problems of the region and be immediately adored by the likes of the EU and the Obama administration just by making itself smaller.

So with the scourge of moral and strategic blindness rampant not only in Europe and America, but within his own government, Netanyahu rapidly approaches his moment of truth.

In what will undoubtedly be the most fateful decision of his life, he will have to decide whether Iran will become a nuclear power, or whether Israel, standing alone, will prevent it from becoming a nuclear power. Was his declaration of "Never Again," at Auschwitz just the bloviating of yet another "enlightened" leader who lacks the courage of his convictions? Or was it a solemn vow that Zionism's promise will be kept?

 

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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WHY AREN'T THESE MUSLIM MAD DOGS ACTIONS BEING REPORTED?
Posted by CPocerl, January 30, 2010.

This is from Bare Naked Islam
(http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/2010/01/30/ muslim-savages-go-wilding-in-the-streets-of-london- brutally-attacking-non-muslims-with-hammers/):

"MUSLIM SAVAGES go wilding in the streets of London, brutally attacking non-Muslims with hammers."

The original article has additional pictures.

 

Clearly these hammer carrying MUSLIM gangs of thugs were looking for and maliciously prepared to wage street jihad — with their usual cowardly MO of greatly outnumbering any chosen victims.

Beating on a victim

What started out as a family celebration of New Year's Eve in the Angel and Crown pub on Roman Road, Bethnal Green ended with four family members being attacked by a gang of muslim thugs. Two brothers, Thomas and David Barry, had their bodies pummelled and their faces smashed when they were set upon by a gang of up to 30 "youths" armed with hammers. The brothers had gone outside the pub to go to the aid of Thomas's son and his 16 yr. old girlfriend who the muslim gang had already attacked.

David and Thomas Barry were left smashed, bloody and laying unconscious in the road.

Police from the muslim 'enriched' Tower Hamlets "... said the suspects are all aged 16-18 and are Muslim. I suppose we should at least be thankful that the police didn't trot out the usual statement of this attack being a "one off". Clearly evidence grows daily as to the contrary.

But for the miracle of breakthrough maxillofacial surgery, David and his brother Thomas would have been disfigured for life. As it is David has suffered permanent nerve damage with no feelings in the right side of his face as well as impaired hand/eye coordination which is likely to have a deleterious affect on his resuming his career as a communications engineer.

Channel 4 is currently preparing a documentary on the Barry brothers' surgery. What do you think are the chances Channel 4 will highlight escalating muslim gang violence as being responsible for the Barry's horrific injuries?

Both brothers were hit with hammers by a gang of up to 30 youths during the attack near the Angel and Crown pub in Roman Road, Bethnal Green, knocking them both unconscious and leaving them needing expert surgery to rebuild their faces.

Mob running with sticks

The injuries of younger brother David, 41, were so severe that half of his face was caved in with a broken cheekbone, broken jaw in six places, broken palate and broken teeth.Experts at the hospital in Whitechapel, led by consultant surgeon Simon Holmes, worked for four-and-a-half hours to rebuild the right side of his face, fixing titanium plates to his bone with 25 nuts and bolts.


A member of the mob

David said: "The roof of my mouth was split in half so the right side of my face had dropped and my eyes weren't level. Half of my teeth were in the normal place and the other half were about an inch lower. "They went in through the inside of my mouth and popped my eye out of its socket so they could fit the plates in my cheek; it's amazing what they can do.

But David, a communications engineer who lives in Ilford, said the repercussions of the attack will stay with him for life and doctors do not yet know the extent of the permanent damage done.

"I've got no feeling in the right side of my face," he explained. "The nerves were so badly damaged that I'm never going to get it back and I'll have to live with it forever.

"My eyes are still slightly out of alignment and because of that my hand-eye coordination has gone out the window.

"I don't know how that'd going to affect my ability to do my job yet; I work with very fine wires so hand-eye coordination is very important."

Brother Thomas, 45, a French polisher who lives in Arbery Road, Bow with his wife Bridget and son Christopher, was hit once in the face and three times over the head with a hammer during the attack.

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SOLDIER REFUSES TO UPROOT JEWS FROM THE LAND OF ISRAEL
Posted by Yaacov Levi, January 30, 2010.
 

This is a translation of an article appearing in Maariv about a soldier, Aryeh Arbus, who called for refusal of order to uproot Jews from the Land of Israel and does not regret it.

It was written by Roi Sharon and was originally in
http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/043/739.html

 

The Soldier who called for Refusal: I would do it again.

"The banner was a provocation in order to send a message. We need to remove people who change the Army's mission" Private Arbus, who waved the banner at the Western Wall, does not regret his actions.

After Private Aryeh Arbus, who waved a banner against evacuating settlements during an army swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall, was released from prison, he arrived for a conversation with the commander of the Kfir Brigade, Colonel Oran Avman. At the end of the two hour long conversation, Arbus pointed at the commander's head. "Do you know why that is there, and the ranks are placed on your shoulders?" he asked, "because it is important that the head should be above the rank. If your rank is above your head, you are a robot." Avman informed Arbus that he is dismissed from the brigade, and that he will recommend his dismissal from the IDF.

The outward appearance of Arbus can be deceiving. He has the classic ultra-orthodox black yarmulke, the beard of a young kollel student, tzitzit hanging out of his clothing, and an extremely modest build. But the instant he opens his mouth, it because clear that he is not a robot in reserve duty. During basic training, he was a candidate to be selected as an outstanding soldier for his base. In his unit, he achieved the prestigious position of signal operator for the platoon commander, and in the professional opinion that his commander sent after the banner waving, it is written that he is a leading professional soldier. He is fluent, focused, and adopts clear statements.

"There are senior officers in the army with a problem in their outlook, therefore a soldier like me confuses them", Arbus said to his family. "An outstanding soldier who challenges them with thinking out of the boundaries represents for them a problem. Soldiers with values are good soldiers, but they have values. The mixture between excellence and waving the banner drove the brigade commander crazy."

"Waving the banner was a provocation", he admits in conversations with his friends. "Waving the banner was meant to send a message. It hurts me that I would need to make a provocation instead of sending a message in a direct way, but they have pushed us to a corner, and it is better that a person commits a minor transgression and not commit a severe transgression. From that perspective, I am not sorry. I am sorry that we would not to break the laws of military discipline in order to say something which is so logical, human, and Jewish."

He left the Chassidic Yeshiva to help the Samarian Hills

After he was dismissed from Kfir Brigade, Arbus was summoned to an incompatibility committee, made up of senior officers in the manpower system of the IDF. "They asked me there hypothetical questions", he said to his friends. "'What would you do tomorrow if they would say to you were assigned to distribute snacks to forces which are evacuating Jews?' I said to them that it would be hard for me to answer hypothetical questions and that I would need to think. They got mad at me. I said to them that a Jewish soldier is a thinking soldier. They said to me 'No, a Jewish soldier is a soldier that carries out orders', and they informed me that they would recommend releasing me from the army."

It is the norm in the IDF that they judge a soldier after he committed a crime. But the very fact that they ask a soldier in the IDF if he would refuse an order, that is a precedent which says that the army has changed its role from defending Jews to something else. Perhaps now they will ask all IDF soldiers this question? We need to remove the people that change the role of the army, not those that preserve its role.

"There are a range of orders that fit the army. They cannot take soldiers to disperse a student demonstration or Flotilla 13 to gather illegal workers, because that is not their role. I know from the fact that the government decides for the army, but the army has a role which has boundaries, and evacuation of Jews is outside of this boundary. Any act of the army against citizens is that of a third world country. Against Israeli Arabs, the Border Patrol acts, against Jewish citizens they don't know to do that?"

Private Aryeh Arbus, #6105973, grew up in an ultra-orthodox household in Jerusalem, tenth generation of a Gur Chassidic family. His mother is a psychologist, and his father is a businessman. Eleven siblings, all still in the ultra-orthodox world. A bit before age 18, he left the Chassidic Yeshiva, and began to hand out in the Samarian hills.

"The Army doesn't suit you"

Today, he lives in Giv'at Skali in Elon Moreh, married to Ruhama, and father to the three month old Reishit. He has foregone the woolen yarmulke of the hilltop youth. "I have never been too excited about external symbols, this yarmulke or another," he said to his friends. "Exactly the opposite. When I was a boy with a suit and hat, I went around in sandals. People were confused. I love showing people conflicting things, that they will think you are "gross" or you are "evil", and after two minutes, they will think something else altogether."

Like many of his hilltop friends, Arbus felt frustrated by the IDF's implementation of the Disengagement Plan. He said to the soldier at the Draft Office "I want to enlist, but I will not take a part in political assignments". A year ago, he thought about his military service again. "Because the values situation of the army, I was uncertain about enlisting", he said to his associates.

"I decided to enlist for two reasons. The first and decisive one was due to the declaration of Chief of Staff Ashkenazi who announced upon assuming his office that the army would not take part in political assignments. The second reason was Operation 'Cast Lead'. At that time, I had a rising of spirit, a desire to protect the lives of soldiers. I arrived at the conclusion that the army doesn't belong to generals, but to the nation."

His family recommended not enlisting. His friends joined them. "The Army doesn't suit you", they tried to convince him. Today, they say to him "see, we were right", but Arbus doesn't have regrets. "I still think that they are wrong. I don't go with the herd. They are mad that I enlisted, but I decided to be a simple Jew, what is good — we assist, and what is bad ­ we distance ourselves. The problem is that there are people that are pulling the army to the wrong place, to a place of disagreement."

Damage to Mutual Responsibility

After the committee's recommendation, Arbus sent a letter to the commander of the Absorption and Classification Base, Colonel Gadi Agmon, in which he objected to the recommendation to release him from the army. "It pains me that we have been forced, my friends and I, to act in a few instances in this manner, which is in conflict with army principles and harms IDF discipline", he wrote. "This action came from a feeling of being pushed toa corner and from a lack of choice, and a fear from an order which would obligate me to expel my wife and daughter and friends and family from their homes. Is there not a place for everyone, my hurting friends and I, a place in the nation's army whose job is the security of the nation of Israel in its land?"

Arbus wrote further: "Is it possible that the IDF will act as it did with me in the incompatibility commission and require soldiers to answer how they would act in a hypothetical situation, like an order that has yet to be given and stands on the thin line between conscious and his obligations as a soldier? If so, why doesn't the IDF go out with a questionnaire of all soldiers, or at least the soldiers which come from frameworks which don't outright reject refusal of orders which are against their religion and faith, and disqualify ahead of time from their obligation to defend Israel and its land?"

For the conclusion of his objection letter, he wrote that "a process such as that of my release from the IDF, will harm the integration and the mutual responsibility between the different parts of the nation of Israel, who meet in the IDF and see it as the nation's army, which gives every Jew the opportunity to protect and defend and to help continue the existence of the nation of Israel in the Land of Israel.

"Even Leftists have joined our protest"

Arbus was sent to serve in the adjutancy department of the Bik'ah Brigade, and on Wednesday, the deputy brigade commander informed him that the final decision had been made to release him from army service. On Sunday he will go to the induction center, where he will return his equipment and be released.

This week, Arbus reconstructed, in conversations with his friends, the decision to wave the banner at the Western Wall, the decision which sent him for 20 days incarceration in Prison Six, and his removal from army service. "Preceding it were developments and small protests within the company, which were silenced by the officers", he said to them. "The idea for the banner was born in a brainstorm discussion with friends in the company, and we came to the conclusion that this is the right thing to do. We tried, but there was no other choice. It pains me, but I do not regret it. If I could pass on the message in a way that would follow army laws, I would be happy, but there was no possibility."

"We had a feeling that this disciplinary crime was dwarfed by the human crime being committed here. If it was possible to turn back the clock, I would do it again just the same. I am confident that in the long run, I brought a great benefit to the IDF, and everyone will understand that. Not in waving the banner, but in the message. I didn't know that in the IDF document it is written that the role of the army is to evict Jews. If this were the task of the army, then we would politely part ways."

"I want to remain in the army in order to defend the nation of Israel and its land. If they would not bring me to the situation of a political assignment, then I don't have a problem. I, after all, did not refuse any order, but in the moment that the army takes my assigned battalion on an evacuation assignment, that is called bringing me to an impossible situation. It pains me."

The protest act, he says to his associates, won the support from all sides of the political map. "Even Leftists joined our protest, because from their perspective this is an individual within the army, and also other people expressed their support with reservations. I don't have a problem that they condemned it from the Right. That is great. That is how the Arab Israelis work. One breaks to the right, and then afterwards the rest line up behind. I am ahead of everyone else. If they want that I will have the role of the extremist, I will be in the role of the extremist. We need to challenge the public."

Making Honor

Arbus paved the way for placard scenes in Kfir Brigade, but according to him, it is time to update the protest methods. The banners have been exhausted, he believes. "Another banner won't do anything. The Brigade Commander asked me during the interview after jail which other ideas I had in my head. I responded 'I compartmentalize you.'"

Arbus remembers his army service from the moment of the protest at the Western Wall as a positive experience. "They honor me every place in the army", he tells his friends, "in jail they called me 'armed', they would let me go first in to the cafeteria. They made me a hero. Even on other bases where I was it was the same. You do not know how wide the consensus is in the army on this matter.

Unlike Achiya Ovadya, from the same platoon, who was dismissed from the brigade and from the Hesder track, but remained in the army, Arbus understood already from the beginning of the week that he was on the way out. "They made me a non-commissioned adjutancy officer in the Bik'ah Brigade, and I have no problem with that. Even an adjutant contributes to the defense of the nation of Israel. I am not prepared to see them punish a soldier because he informs them that he will not act against his conscious. But to punish a soldier twice on the same crime, that is already illegal."

"I have no idea why they kicked me out of the army, and other soldiers with much more serious disciplinary problems went back to their units after their incarceration. I feel hurt. My enlistment to the army, in spite of my background, helped bring unify the rifts between the different sectors in the nation of Israel and the IDF. And today when they throw me out, I can't look my family in the eyes after I said 'they want us to help, to defend, to protect ­ we need to enlist together with everyone else'. And see today they kick me like a dog."

Contact Yaacov Levi by email at jlevi_us@yahoo.com

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IS SHARIA BANKING SAFE FOR CANADA?
Posted by Gabrielle Goldwater, January 30, 2010.

This was forwarded by Rachel Ehrenfelld. It was written by Dan Verbin.

 

With the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation releasing a report this week that may pave the way for widespread availability of Islamic financial instruments in Canada — including Sharia-compliant mortgages — an expert on Islamic banking is cautioning that Canadians should examine the implications of implementing the report's recommendations.

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, a New York-based author who specializes in financial issues related to terrorism, told Shalom Life that Sharia-compliant mortgages often contain a myriad of hidden fees, inherent in the Islamic banking system. Since the Koran prohibits interest, Sharia-based banks create derivatives, which include fees that most borrowers are not told about upfront. Some of the fees go for zakat (the Third Pillar of Islam, between 2.5 per cent for individuals to 20 per cent "tax" for foreign business). Others have an imbedded "purification" process for "unislamic" cash flows. Both are sent to major depositories in the Middle East and Malaysia and then distributed to Islamic charities for the welfare of Muslims and the promotion of Islam.

"Where is the money being sent and how is it the money used?" Ehrenfeld asked.

For instance, Ehrenfeld explained that the Islamic version of the bond — called sukuk — has qualifications embedded in it to purify the portion of the fund that does not meet Islamic standards. In other words, the wealth created by the corporations that a Sharia-compliant fund may invest in inevitably contains some form of interest, which is against Islamic law. A corresponding per cent of the bond is therefore donated to charity. Clients are not told of the specific purifications — or the names of the charitable organizations on the receiving end the allotment — since the financial instruments are sent to central auditing houses to be purified.

The 88-page report, compiled by law firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, concluded that Sharia financing would be compatible with Canadian banking regulations and accounting standards if implemented. It noted that Islamic banking measures are offered worldwide, though they generally account for only a small percentage of financial traffic in Muslim countries.

Ehrenfeld questioned whether the introduction of Sharia-compliant banking into Canada and Western countries — according to the Mail Online, assets held by Britain's $18 billion Islamic banking system tower over Muslim states such as Pakistan, Turkey and Egypt — is not a backdoor method to gradually legitimize the introduction of wider Sharia law into liberal democracies.

"You agree to this, why don't you agree to the rest? Sharia controls all aspects of life," she said. "Why should anybody in the West have to abide by Islamic rules?"

She stressed that the most troubling aspect of Sharia banking is how little is actually known about what goes on internally and questioned why a system with so many pertinent questions left unanswered should be allowed to operate in Western countries.

"Sharia banking is a made up thing. It's not written in the Koran. It has been developed by the Muslim Brotherhood," she said. "People know very little about it and the so-called Sharia-experts are making up the rules along the way. This is not safe. This is not transparent and people should not allow it."

Ehrenfeld sees a real possibility that Sharia banking is an attempt by Islamists to "penetrate the Western financial system" with the aim of "destabilizing the West."

"The Ummah is what the Muslim Brotherhood wants," she said. "What better way to do it then penetrate and corrupt the economy?"

One thing is clear — there are too many questions. Unfortunately, the implications of Sharia banking's introduction into Canadian society is not something that is on the media's radar these days.

Ehrenfeld thinks she knows why.

"Because (the media) is P.C., as are most Western governments." But, "There are many issues that are not 'kosher' in Islamic banking."

Gabrielle Goldwater lives in Switzerland. Contact her at III44@aol.com

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SURVIVOR OF 1929 HEBRON MASSACRE DIES
Posted by Hebron Jewish Community, January 30, 2010.
 

Yosef Lazarovsky died last Thursday on the thirteenth of Shvat (28.1.10). Yosef Lazarovsky was a survivor of the 1929 riots in Hebron. His father Bezalel father ran a board house for Yeshiva students.

Yosef's father, Bezalel, his sister Devorah and his uncle Yisrael Lazarovsky, a yeshiva student were murdered before his eyes.

His maternal grandfather, Aharon Leib Gottlevsky, a resident of Herzliya, who came to Hebron to stay with his family that Shabbat, was also murdered.

They were all murdered at the Slonim home, where they fled to find refuge from the rioters. Yosef was about five years old. Following the murder of his father and uncle, his grandfather held him and read along with him "Shema Israel", before he too was murdered. Sitting beside him was a yeshiva student who was murdered, collapsed and fell on him. Yosef was covered with blood, beaten in the head and lost consciousness. The yeshiva boy's blood covered him; the rioters left him for dead. That is how he was saved. His sister Deborah died a few days later. She was buried in a plot dedicated to the victims of the 1929 Tarpat riots on the Mount of Olives in a grave together with five year old Aharon Slonim who also was injured in the riots.

One of Yosef's younger sisters also survived. She died several years ago.

The story of Yosef's mother's survival is amazing. She was beaten when rioters held knives to her, next to her younger sister. She was brought together with the wounded to Jerusalem, and believed to be dead. She was transferred to the Mission hospital on Nevi'im Street, and placed in a room with the dead. Her sister, a nurse at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem, went to the morgue and realized that she still had a pulse; but the Arab doctor in charge refused to allowed her to approach. She went to Machaneh Yehuda market and hired four Arab porters; they secretly removed her and brought her to Hadassah hospital. She remained there for a year and a half until she recovered

In his younger years, Yosef served in the Palyam (the Palmach's naval detachment), and then served for many years in the security services.

In recent years, Yosef led a struggle to be recognized as an orphan victim of enemy hostilities, but was not successful.

This past summer Yosef Lazarovsky visited Hebron. He told the story of the massacre in detail, with total clarity and control. He was invited to speak at the State memorial service marking the eightieth anniversary of the riots and massacre held in Hebron. His speech stirred the hundreds in attendance. [http://goo.gl/RWh7]

May his memory be blessed.  
You can contribute directly in Israel to The Jewish Community of Hebron, POB105, Kiryat Arba-Hebron 90100, email: hebron@hebron.org.il or phone: 972-52-431-7055. In USA, write to The Hebron Fund, 1760 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11230, email: hebronfund@aol.com or phone: 718 677 6886.

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COURT RULES LEFTIST PROTEST LEGAL; ISRAEL OFFERS TO FREE FATAH PRISONERS; OBAMA: ARABS AND ISRAEL BLOCK PEACE
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, January 30, 2010.
 

ISRAELI COURT RULES LEFTIST PROTEST LEGAL: UPDATE

Previously we reported that police dispersed a leftist demonstration in the Shimon HaTzaddik neighborhood of Jerusalem as illegal, because it did not have a police permit.

The Jerusalem Magistrate court ruled the demonstration legal. Explanation: if demonstrators do not hold speeches or lectures, they do not need a police permit. They may carry signs and loudspeakers. The leftist demonstration against Jews who moved into that neighborhood was by placards, not speeches.

The court upheld the arrest of 18 of the demonstrators for standing in traffic on the wrong side of a police barricade.

Land of Israel activists now plan to counter-demonstrate without a police permit
(http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 1/29).

ISRAEL OFFERS TO FREE HUNDREDS OF FATAH PRISONERS

Speaking for Israel, PM Netanyahu offered to free hundreds of Fatah prisoners for goodwill, if negotiations start. Negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) would be mediated by the U.S. (www.imra.org.il, 1/29).

Considering that Fatah is Abbas' militia and that Abbas encourages terrorism, isn't it the Arabs who need to demonstrate goodwill? They never have. Israel often has. Israel's many goodwill gestures fail to earn goodwill. How can they, when the Muslim Arabs consider terrorism as a just means of combat against Israel and war against the Jewish state a religious duty? The P.A. considers itself entitled to have convicted Fatah prisoners released, despite having signed peace agreements accepting their imprisonment or extradition for violence committed after the signing.

Suggested goodwill gesture by Abbas: arrest wanted terrorists, and the IDF would not have to seek them out, itself.

The U.S. has exerted one-sided pressure against Israel, including threats to impose sanctions against it. Would an independent, patriotic, and prudent Israeli government have the U.S. play the role of mediator?

OBAMA ACCUSES ARABS AND ISRAEL OF BLOCKING PEACE

President Obama told a Tampa audience that "extremists" in both the Israeli coalition and in the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) hold their leaders back from making peace. He identified the Arab extremists as belonging to Hamas, but not the Israeli "extremists." He said that Abbas wants peace (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 1/29).

There is no indication that Abbas wants peace. He has demanded Israeli concessions that would render Israel indefensible, yet said that if not all his demands are met, he would launch a war on Israel. Nor has he repudiated Fatah ideology of wanting to conquer Israel. Indeed, his schools teach that Israel belongs to his people. So what peace is being blocked by Israel? Obama is confusing peace with peace agreement. Israel has signed peace agreements with the P.A., and got wars but not peace.

(For more on Obama, try my category, "U.S..")

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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COLLAPSE OF THE PA AUTHORITY?
Posted by Susana K-M, January 30, 2010.

This was written by William Katz, and it is archived on his website:
www.urgentagenda.com

 

COLLAPSE OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY? — Khaled Abu Toameh is a remarkable Palestinian journalist who calls 'em as he sees 'em.

He is one of the stars of our Hudson New York website, as well as a correspondent for the Jerusalem Post. Here he gets behind what could turn out to be a major foreign story of 2010, the possible collapse of the Palestinian Authority — the so-called "peace partner" for Israel — and its replacement by Hamas.

A special thanks to one of Urgent Agenda's best sources, international observer Susana Kohan, for alerting us to this:

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has surrounded himself with many of the corrupt officials who used to work for his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, and that's why Hamas will one day take control of the West Bank, Fahmi Shabaneh, who was appointed by Abbas four years ago to root out corruption in the Palestinian Authority, said on Thursday.

And that would be a disaster for the Middle East and American efforts there.

In an exclusive interview with The Jerusalem Post, Shabaneh, who until recently was in charge of the Anti-Corruption Department in the PA's General Intelligence Service (GIS), warned that what happened in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007, when Hamas managed to overthrow the Fatah-controlled regime, is likely to recur in the West Bank.

I wonder if our own State Department is aware of this. From the way the department acts, I wouldn't think so.

Shabaneh said that many Palestinians in the West Bank have lost hope that the PA would one day be reformed. "The Palestinian Authority is very corrupt and needs to be overhauled," he said.

Shabaneh cited several specific cases of alleged corruption within Fatah and the PA in the course of the interview, including asserting that Fatah personnel stole much of a $3.2 million donation given by the US to Fatah ahead of the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary election, won by Hamas, which had been intended to improve Fatah's image and boost its chances of winning.

Incredible. That's our money, earned by American workers. Did we ever ask where it went?

"In his pre-election platform, President Abbas promised to end financial corruption and implement major reforms, but he hasn't done much since then," he said. "Unfortunately, Abbas has surrounded himself with many of the thieves and officials who were involved in theft of public funds and who became icons of financial corruption."

Shabaneh said that as head of the anti-corruption unit he and his men succeeded in exposing dozens of cases involving senior officials who had stolen public funds but were never held accountable.

"Some of the most senior Palestinian officials didn't have even $3,000 in their pocket when they arrived [after the signing of the Oslo Accords]," Shabaneh said. "Yet we discovered that some of them had tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars in their bank accounts.

Again, some of it from America.

Was he serious about Hamas taking over the ? "Yes, no question about that," he said. "It will happen one day if the state of corruption and anarchy continue in the West Bank.

Finally...

These corrupt officials know no limits. They even used to forge Arafat's signature to obtain money by fraud," he said.

COMMENT: Please remember this the next time someone mouths the words "peace process."

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

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STUDY: TALIBAN A BUNCH OF CLOSETED HOMOSEXUALS / PEDOPHILES
Posted by CPocerl, January 29, 2010.

This comes from The Jawa Report
http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/200715.php

Study: Taliban a Bunch of Closeted Homosexuals Who Also Are Pedophiles

Fox News: An unclassified study from a military research unit in southern Afghanistan details how homosexual behavior is unusually common among men in the large ethnic group known as Pashtuns — though they seem to be in complete denial about it.

 

For the three of you who don't already know, Taliban fighters are overwhelmingly Pashtun.

Also, the report is so disgusting-funny (is there a word for something that is repugnant but makes you laugh hysterically?) that I've been sitting here trying to come up with some snarky commentary — but, really, what more could I add? I mean, anally contracted gonorrhea? You can't make that sh*t up!

The study, obtained by Fox News, found that Pashtun men commonly have sex with other men, admire other men physically, have sexual relationships with boys and shun women both socially and sexually — yet they completely reject the label of "homosexual." The research was conducted as part of a longstanding effort to better understand Afghan culture and improve Western interaction with the local people. ...

In one instance, a group of local male interpreters had contracted gonorrhea anally but refused to believe they could have contracted it sexually — "because they were not homosexuals."

Apparently, according to the report, Pashtun men interpret the Islamic prohibition on homosexuality to mean they cannot "love" another man — but that doesn't mean they can't use men for "sexual gratification." ...

The U.S. army medic also told members of the research unit that she and her colleagues had to explain to a local man how to get his wife pregnant. The report said: "When it was explained to him what was necessary, he reacted with disgust and asked, 'How could one feel desire to be with a woman, who God has made unclean, when one could be with a man, who is clean? Surely this must be wrong.'

The report also detailed a disturbing practice in which older "men of status" keep young boys on hand for sexual relationships. One of the country's favorite sayings, the report said, is "women are for children, boys are for pleasure."

Nothing says "not gay" louder than anally contracted gonorrhea.

Also, NAMBLA, like Code Pink, now supporting the Taliban as freedom fighters.

Oh yeah, hey Taliban. Tom Cruise called. He wants his closet back.

Andy Dick also wants to know why you never cuddle anymore after exchanging anal gonorrhea?

Yup, no commentary from me. None whatsoever.

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HARVARD STUDY CONFIRMS AL QAEDA AGENTS INFILTRATED McMASTER UNIVERSITY
Posted by Cpocerl, January 29, 2010.

This appeared in the Last Crusade
http://thelastcrusade.org/2010/01/28/harvard-study-confirms- al-qaeda-agents-infilitrated-mcmaster-university/

Al Qaeda Receiving Nuke Training In Canada

 

A new study from Harvard University's Kennedy School confirms that leading al Qaeda agents flocked to McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in their search for nuclear and strategic biological weapons.

The study entitled "Al Qaeda's Weapons of Mass Destruction Threat: Hype or Reality" was penned by Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a former CIA official and Director of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence at the U.S. Department of Energy."

NUCLEAR ATTACK IN THE WORKS

The document affirms that Adnan el-Shukrijumah, the anointed facilitator for future attacks on American soul, attended McMaster in 2001 along with other al-Qaeda operators, including Abderraouf Ben-Habib Jdey and Zacharias Moussaoui.

Mr. Shukrijumah and Mr. Jdey remain at large with $5 million bounties on their heads.

Mr. Moussaoui is serving a life sentence without parole at the Federal Supermax Prison in Florence, Colorado for plotting "to murder thousands of innocent people in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania."

McMaster University officials have denied that the agents were in campus and disputed allegations that Mr. Shukrijumah and his associates managed to gain access to the university's nuclear reactor in order to pilfer material.

Since 2006, Dr. Paul L. Williams, a noted American journalist, has been sounding the alarm about the situation at the Canadian university.

In response, McMaster has filed a $2 million defamation lawsuit against Dr. Williams. The trial is set to take place in April.

The Harvard report further affirms that the nuclear threat from al Qaeda is very real and that the terror organization has devoted its assets and attention to mounting an attack on American soil with an improvised nuclear devise (IND).

If al Qaeda intended to mount such an operation with "dirty nukes" or radiological dispersal devices, the Harvard report says, such an attack would have occurred shortly after 9/11.

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CALIFORNIA PAID FOR 3 LIVER TRANSPLANTS FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS
Posted by CPocerl, January 29, 2010.

Immigration debate hits home for liver transplant patients

The state funded the procedures for two young illegal migrants. But when they hit 21, coverage passed to L.A. County, which doesn't have the resources to implant the new organs they both needed again.

This was written by Anna Gorman (Anna.gorman@latimes.com) and it appeared in the Los Angeles Times
www.latimes.com/news/local/ la-me-liver13apr13,0,1683353,full.story

 

Ana Puente was an infant with a liver disorder when her aunt brought her illegally to the U.S. to seek medical care. She underwent two liver transplants at UCLA Medical Center as a child in 1989 and a third in 1998, each paid for by the state.

But when Puente turned 21 last June, she aged out of her state-funded health insurance and was unable to continue treatment at UCLA.

This year, her liver began failing again and she was hospitalized at County-USC Medical Center. In her Medi-Cal application, a USC doctor wrote, "Her current clinical course is irreversible, progressive and will lead to death without another liver transplant." The application was denied.

The county gave her medication but does not have the resources to perform transplants.

Late last month Puente learned of another, little-known option for patients with certain healthcare needs. If she notified U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that she was in the country illegally, state health officials might grant her full Medi-Cal coverage. Puente did so, her benefits were restored and she is now awaiting a fourth transplant at UCLA.

Puente's case highlights two controversial issues: Should illegal immigrants receive liver transplants in the U.S. and should taxpayers pick up the cost?

The average cost of a liver transplant and first-year follow-up is nearly $490,000, and anti-rejection medications can run more than $30,000 annually, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, which oversees transplantation nationwide.

Donor livers are also in scarce supply. In California, nearly 3,700 people are on a waiting list for livers, according to the network. Last year, 767 liver transplants were performed in the state. More than 90% of the organs were given to U.S. citizens.

Donor livers are generally allocated through a geographically based distribution system on the basis of how sick the patients are and how long they have been on the transplant waiting list.

Immigration status does not play a role in allocating organs.

But some say that it should and that illegal immigrants should return to their home countries for care rather than receive organs and costly transplants ahead of legal residents and U.S. citizens.

"All transplants are about rationing," said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, which favors stricter controls on immigration. "I just don't think the public ought to be funding any kind of benefits for people who are breaking the law."

Larry Gonzalez, a U.S. citizen who has hepatitis C, has known for a decade that he needs a new liver but was just placed on the transplant waiting list last week.

"Why do we have to get in line behind immigrants, foreigners, when we have enough people here to fill the hospitals?" asked Gonzalez, 54, who lives in Ventura. "It just seems obvious to me that we shouldn't be taking a back seat."

But Dr. Michael Shapiro, vice chairman of the ethics committee for the organ network, said illegal immigrants have just as much right to organ transplants as U.S. citizens. He said it is likely that more illegal immigrants donate organs than receive them.

"People are people, and when you make an incision in an organ donor, you don't find little American flags planted on their organs," Shapiro said.

Holes in the safety net

Illegal immigrant children with certain severe, chronic illnesses are eligible for funding under a state program called California Children's Services. But the coverage ends when they turn 21. After that, they can receive free or low-cost treatment through county services for the medically indigent and, in some cases, emergency Medi-Cal. But in Los Angeles County, doctors said neither program covers liver transplants.

State health officials said California law is designed so there is no gap in coverage, so children move seamlessly from state-funded treatment to county care. But that doesn't always happen. When they become adults, patients like Puente often have to switch doctors and hospitals and may lose access to necessary care.

"Certainly it's not the ideal," said Stan Rosenstein, chief deputy director of healthcare programs at the California Department of Health Care Services. "We are strong believers in continuity of care, so it is concerning when you have a break in coverage."

That break can be life-threatening for people like Puente. "It doesn't matter if I'm undocumented," she said. "They should take care of me at UCLA for the rest of my life because I've been there since I was a baby."

Puente, who lives in Van Nuys, was transferred from County-USC back to UCLA this month after getting approved for Medi-Cal.

If illegal immigrants inform the state in writing that U.S. immigration services "is aware of their presence and does not plan to deport them," they could be eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal, said Norman Williams, spokesman for the state health department. Medical condition is one factor that would make immigrants eligible for coverage.

The immigrants send a form to Citizenship and Immigration Services, but the agency said it does not respond to patients or make any promises about their immigration status.

Looking to the future

Dr. Sue V. McDiarmid, medical director of UCLA's pediatric liver transplant program, said that she regrets not being able to continue treatment for every patient but that it would not be "financially responsible" to waive all fees. She said the university does follow up with its patients once they are under county care.

"It is just not our philosophy to dump patients," McDiarmid said. "When things go wrong, it truly is a heartbreaker."

But she said liver transplantation is more than a surgical procedure; doctors have to consider whether the patient will have access to healthcare and medication in the long run.

"If we felt at any time that we were transplanting a liver into a person that the hope of any long-term outcome was very poor, we shouldn't be doing the transplant," she said.

McDiarmid said, however, that doctors do not ask about a patient's immigration status.

The larger problem, she said, is that the state healthcare system cuts off illegal immigrants who were covered as children. "We took care of those undocumented children because we thought, and the state thought, that it was the right thing to do," she said. "Why would we as a society then turn our backs on them?"

Puente is not the only young transplant patient who has shown up for county care recently. Dr. Andrew Stolz, who directs the liver consultation service at County-USC as well as the county's outpatient Roybal Liver Clinic, said the facility is treating about 10 liver transplant patients who aged out of California Children's Services and no longer have insurance.

Though he does not know how many of these patients are immigrants, Stolz said those who are here legally could apply for full-scope Medi-Cal to cover a liver transplant.

Repeat transplants, which are not uncommon, can be necessary if the patients' bodies reject the livers at the time of the transplant or while they are on medication, or if the transplant livers develop hepatitis C, Stolz said.

Jose Lopez said he came to the U.S. with his mother illegally as a child. Soon after, he contracted hepatitis A and received his first liver transplant. Eight years later, he got cirrhosis and received another transplant.

Both were performed at UCLA and paid for by the state.

As his 21st birthday approached, his mother, Maria Elena Lopez, searched for clinics that might agree to treat her son. She applied for Medi-Cal for him but has not received a response.

Her son turned 21 on Aug. 7. He said the UCLA doctors gave him extra medications to hold him over.

About a month later, his mother found the Roybal clinic, which provided Lopez with medication and monitored his care. Though his drugs never lapsed, his liver is still in rejection.

"I'm just mad," he said from the Los Angeles apartment he shares with his parents. "You can't just leave a person to die. That's pretty much what they're telling me: 'You're illegally here. We're just gonna let you die.' "

He said he doesn't blame UCLA for not wanting to treat him free, but added, "I was hoping for some miracle."

Lopez just learned about the relief Puente received and said he may follow the same route. He hopes to return to UCLA for treatment.

A question of ethics

Medical ethicists said doctors and hospitals have a duty to continue treatment for their transplant patients unless they can find them comparable care elsewhere.

"The worst ethical violation a physician can commit is abandonment," Arthur Caplan, chairman of the department of medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, wrote in an e-mail. "Physicians and institutions do have a duty to these patients once they transplanted them. ... Insurance running out is no excuse for abandoning them."

Caplan said UCLA doctors were under no obligation to perform liver transplants on the illegal immigrant children knowing that their insurance would run out at 21 and that their livers would probably need to be replaced.

Wesley Ford, director of children's medical services for Los Angeles County, said his office works with patients before their 21st birthdays to make sure they are covered. But that is more difficult for illegal immigrants.

"It's not that we want to deny care to these kids," he said. "It's required by state law that we discontinue care at age 21." Los Angeles County picks up where the state left off, providing costly medications, performing lab work and conducting biopsies — regardless of immigration status. But the key for patients who lose their insurance at 21, Stolz said, is to go immediately to the county before any lapse in medicine occurs and before their livers fail.

"We would hate for patients to lose a liver because they can't get medication," Stolz said. "A lot of people just are not aware that there is this safety net."

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RIGHTS & DEMOCRACY: COMMITTED TO ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT
Posted by Israel Academia Monitor, January 29, 2010.
 

This is from the National Post
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/ 2010/01/20/aurel-braun-jacques-gauthier-brad-farquhar-elliot- tepper-david-matas-marco-navarro-g-233-nie-and-michael- van-pelt-committed-to-accountability-and-oversight.aspx

 

In recent days, Rights & Democracy — a non-partisan organization created by Canada's Parliament in 1988 to encourage and support the universal values of human rights and the promotion of democratic institutions and practices around the world — has been the subject of several media reports. As members of the board of this organization, we would like to correct some of these reports and provide some insight into our recent challenges.

As has been widely reported in the press, certain members of the board have received a letter, claiming to have been unanimously signed by all members of the Rights & Democracy staff, calling for these members' resignation. This claim of unanimity is suspect because we have also been contacted by concerned staff members who have never seen or signed such a letter. Unfortunately, this appears to be a case of some managers inappropriately pressuring staff under their authority. The central issue is the fiduciary role of the Rights & Democracy board to ensure accountability for spending taxpayers' money here in Canada or overseas.

Sadly, controversy is not new to this organization. In 2007, long before most of the current board members were involved with the group, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Foreign Affairs concluded that Rights & Democracy needed greater transparency, stricter internal financial controls and greater accountability. Even as far back as 1998, the board acted to terminate Rights & Democracy's program in the Middle East because it was generating precisely the kinds of problems we are experiencing today.

Accountability and oversight have been the focus of our recent board meetings. The board has been trying to fulfill its mandate of ensuring that project and grant monies are being sent overseas in a transparent manner which satisfies internal financial control standards. Spending decisions need to be fully accountable and satisfy the Canadian public's sense of fairness and reasonableness.

The board took especially seriously a number of unauthorized staff decisions to spend taxpayers' money for purposes that most taxpayers and most political leaders would find appalling. Some of the sums were large, and some were small. The amounts involved are less important than the poor judgment and lack of accountability demonstrated in approving certain grants.

For example, in February 2009, three questionable organizations were provided grants through discretionary funds which have had little to no board oversight. These organizations are Al Haq, headquartered in the West Bank, Al Mazan, headquartered in Gaza and BT'selem, headquartered in Israel. They were each granted $10,000.

Al Haq's general director, Shawan Jabarin, has been denied exit visas by Israel and Jordan because of his ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP is a listed terrorist organization in Canada. In 2007, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected Mr. Jabarin's petition to have his travel ban lifted because "he is an activist in a terrorist organization." It should come as no surprise that the board reacted with shock when it found Mr. Jabarin's own signature on the paperwork accepting this grant from Rights & Democracy.

Furthermore, two of the three named organizations are active in the lawfare movement, which is a strategy of abusing law to achieve military objectives — in this case, to punish Israel for anti-terror operations. Al Haq has even pursued a strategy of lawfare in Canada, where it has backed the use of the courts to harass Canadian companies based in Quebec which have business operations in Israel.

As a result, the board voted to repudiate these grants and temporarily freeze the discretionary funds under the president's control which were used to provide them. What has not been reported is that the president, the late Rémy Beauregard, who was a voting member of the board, actually voted with the majority of the board, in agreement with this decision. The freeze decision is meant to allow the staff time to complete a redesign of decision-making processes to help the organization avoid such situations in the future.

While it has been reported otherwise, we also want to make it clear that the board actually approved the project to assist victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with some adjustments to the staging of the project.

Finally, it is sad and misleading for critics of the board's commitment to accountability to use the name of the late Mr. Beauregard for their benefit.

There is much work to be done at Rights & Democracy on behalf of its many stakeholders, including, most importantly, the taxpayers of Canada. We will continue to work to govern Rights & Democracy according to the highest standards so that Canadians need not be embarrassed by, but rather can be consistently proud of the work of the organization.

* IAM editor's note:

Al Haq, an organization Dapha Golan particiapted their conference:

Symposium on HSRC Report:
"Occupation, Apartheid, Colonialism?"
Sunday 16.8.09, Ramallah
Golan's paper http://www.alhaq.org/pdfs/DaphnaGolan.pdf

BT'selem is an organization associated with

Co-chairs: David Kretzmer, Professor of Law, Faculty of Law and School of Public Policy, Hebrew University, and Gila Svirsky, Co-founder of Coalition of Women for a Just Peace

Orna Ben-Naftaly, Head of the Law and Culture Division and the International Law Division, the Law School, the College of Management Academic Studies

Menachem Fisch: Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science, Tel-Aviv University and Senior Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute

Menachem Klein: Lecturer in Political Science, Bar Ilan University

Tal Korman, Attorney, Director, Public Interest Law Program, the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University

Vered Madar: Ph.D. Candidate, Jewish and comparative Folklore, Hebrew University

Edna Ullmann-Margalit, Professor, Director of the School of Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Alla Shainskaya: Senior Staff Scientist, Weizmann Institute of Science

Oren Yiftachel: Professor of political geography and urban planning, Ben-Gurion University

Eyal Weizman: Director, Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College, University of London

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PARSHA BISHLACH, TU B'SHVAT
Posted by Rabbi Tzvi Tauby, January 29, 2010.
 

Tu B'Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar — celebrated this year on Shabbat, January 30, 2010 — is the day that marks the beginning of a "New Year for Trees." This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

Legally, the "New Year for Trees" relates to the various tithes that are separated from produce grown in the Holy Land. These tithes differ from year to year in the seven-year Shemittah cycle; the point at which a budding fruit is considered to belong to the next year of the cycle is the 15th of Shevat.

We mark the day of Tu B'Shevat by eating fruit, particularly from the kinds that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates.

In Honor of Tu B'Shvat I'm including a nice story about nature, with a powerful lesson.

The Leaf

From the writings of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson.

It was the summer of 1896, and father and myself then 16 years of age, were strolling in the fields of Balivka, a hamlet in White Russia. The grain was near to ripening, and the wheat and grass swayed gently in the breeze.

Said father to me: "See G-dliness! Every movement of each stalk and grass was included in G-d's Primordial Thought of Creation, in G-d's all-embracing vision of history, and is guided by Divine providence".

Walking, we entered the forest. Engrossed in what I had heard, excited by the gentleness and seriousness of father's words, I absentmindedly tore a leaf off a passing tree. Holding it a while in my hands, I continued my thoughtful pacing, occasionally tearing small pieces of leaf and casting them to the winds.

"The Holy Ari," said father to me, "says that every leaf on a tree is a creation invested with Divine life, created for a specific purpose within G-d's intent in creation".

"The Talmud," father continued, "rules that man is always responsible for his actions, whether awake or asleep.'

Only this moment we have spoken of Divine providence, and, unthinkingly, you tore off a leaf, played with it in your hands, twisting, squashing and tearing it to pieces, throwing it in all directions.

"How can one be so callous towards a creation of G-d? This leaf was created by the Almighty towards a specific purpose and is imbued with a Divine life-force. It has a body and it has its life. In what way is the 'I' of this leaf inferior to yours?"

If this is true for leaves, trees and animals, than surely every human being has a unique and specific purpose.

Good Shabbos
From Rabbi Tzvi Tauby
tzvi@ivolunteerny.com

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THE DANGER WE FACE
Posted by Susana K-M, January 29, 2010.

This is by William Katz and it is archived on his website:
www.urgentagenda.com

 

THE DANGER WE FACE — Anne Bayefsky, one of the best reporters around today — the UN recently tried to lift her credentials because some delegates griped that she wasn't following the party line — expands on the foreign-policy disgrace in last night's presidential address. From NRO:

President Obama's message in the State of the Union address confirmed that he is tone-deaf to the grievous threats that exist to American national security and incapable of changing course before those dangers become a terrible reality.

The catastrophe of nuclear proliferation had finally made it to the top of the agenda by the time he took office. But over the past year, this president added disarmament to the same platform. He put the retention of U.S. nuclear weaponry on the U.N. negotiating table alongside Iranian acquisition of such arms. In this State of the Union address he wasn't shy about reasserting this world view: "We are also confronting perhaps the greatest danger to the American people — the threat of nuclear weapons." By which he meant, in American hands too. The president did not first and foremost promise never to let the genocidal Iranian regime acquire these weapons of mass destruction. Instead, the first national-security priority he articulated was to seek "to reduce our stockpiles and launchers."

According to President Obama, only by weakening America can we hope to convince our enemies to stand down.

Ouch. Big ouch. Anne is right. This president follows the standard leftist line that we are all to blame. That's why he went around the world apologizing for us early in his term.

President Obama announced that in April he will hold another hand-shaking, hot-air-generating "nuclear security summit" — to control American and Russian arms. As for dealing with Iran, he could not manage to muster a single concrete move, just an empty "they too will face growing consequences."

From whom? From the UN, where China has a veto? The president doesn't say.

This is an administration that has turned its back on inconvenient victims from Tehran to Tibet to Israel. An administration that has climbed on board the U.N. Human Rights Council, despite its being a tool of Islamic states for defeating rights. And yet the president disingenuously lectured: "America must always stand on the side of freedom and human dignity."

We have asked regularly at Urgent Agenda whether Obama wants to be Kennedy or Carter. I'm afraid we got our answer last night. Welcome to the peanut farm. Jumbos available at slight extra cost.

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BULLETIN — Osama bin Laden has joined the global warming movement. is this a bid for respectability? From the AP:

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has called in a new audiotape for the world to boycott American goods and the U.S. dollar, blaming the United States and other industrialized countries for global warming.

In the tape, aired in part on Al-Jazeera television Friday, bin Laden warns of the dangers of climate change and says that the way to stop it is to bring "the wheels of the American economy" to a halt. He says the world should "stop consuming American products" and "refrain from using the dollar," according to a transcript on Al-Jazeera's Web site.

The new message, whose authenticity could not immediately be confirmed, comes after a bin Laden tape released last week in which he endorsed a failed attempt to blow up an American airliner on Christmas Day.

COMMENT: We should always be mindful of the fact that bin Laden and his associates are not stupid. They are tuned in to the world. They are up on things.

Before 9-11, bin Laden rarely mentioned the Arab-Israel conflict. His attention was elsewhere. But after 9-11, apparently realizing he could reap propaganda benefits among Western leftists, he started championing the Palestinians, leading to the absurd notion, spread in the West, that ending terrorism depends on solving the Israel-Palestine issue.

You may be sure that bin Laden's newest message will find a sympathetic ear among Western leftists and their trendy friends. "Well, the man does bad things, but if only we stopped polluting..." You can finish the sentence. It won't be long before ending terrorism will depend, in weak minds, on cap and trade.

Hey, maybe bin Laden will win the next Nobel Peace Prize. What a multicultural coup!
January 29, 2010

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UNBELIEVABLE — Charles Krauthammer examines the growing evidence that, with Eric Holder's Justice Department in charge, the Christmas-day bomber was entirely mishandled. From The Washington Post:

After 50 minutes of questioning him, the Obama administration chose, reflexively and mindlessly, to give the chatty terrorist the right to remain silent. Which he immediately did, undoubtedly denying us crucial information about al-Qaeda in Yemen, which had trained, armed and dispatched him.

We have since learned that the decision to Mirandize Abdulmutallab had been made without the knowledge of or consultation with (1) the secretary of defense, (2) the secretary of homeland security, (3) the director of the FBI, (4) the director of the National Counterterrorism Center or (5) the director of national intelligence (DNI).

Look, maybe they just didn't have the phone numbers handy. They're new in town. It's only a year.

The culprit should have been interrogated by the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group. But, uh, there was a bit of a problem:

Perhaps you hadn't heard the term. Well, in the very first week of his presidency, Obama abolished by executive order the Bush-Cheney interrogation procedures and pledged to study a substitute mechanism. In August, the administration announced the establishment of the HIG, housed in the FBI but overseen by the National Security Council...

...The HIG was not deployed because it does not yet exist. After a year! I suppose this administration was so busy deploying scores of the country's best lawyerly minds on finding the most rapid way to release Gitmo miscreants that it could not be bothered to establish a single operational HIG team to interrogate at-large miscreants with actionable intelligence that might save American lives.

These things are so difficult, especially with the health-care bill.

The fact is that Eric Holder and his crowd want us to return to the pre 9-11 view of terror, that it's merely a law-enforcement problem, something for the cops. It's the view from the left.

We are tempting fate with Eric Holder as AG. The president does not seem to understand. Or maybe he understands all too well...and doesn't really care.

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HOLD THAT HOLDER — As my friend, Silvio Canto Jr., puts it, "Dismiss Attorney General Holder and call it 'the war on terror' again!"

Can you believe how badly this one attorney general of the United States has messed things up? This is the man who decided to drop a slam-dunk case against the new Black Panthers for voter intimidation at the polls in 2008, and never explained the outrage.

This is the man who brought decidedly leftist lawyers into the Justice Department, many of whom came from the same firm that made a cult out of defending Gitmo detainees.

This is the man who decided to try the mastermind of 9-11 in a civilian courtroom in New York City, giving this individual the greatest media platform in the world and putting New Yorkers at risk. This is the man whose foot soldiers read the Christmas-day airline bomber his Miranda rights — even though the bomber isn't an American citizen — after only 50 minutes of interrogation, prompting the terrorist to clam up.

Eric Holder. What a guy. Prime candidate for early retirement and a gold watch.

Now, one of Holder's worst decisions seems to be crumbling. We reported early word last night. Confirmation has since come, but The New York Times, flying the leftist flag to the last, is grudging about it:

WASHINGTON — Facing mounting pressure from New York politicians concerned about costs and security, the Obama administration on Thursday began considering moving the trial of the chief organizer of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks out of Manhattan, administration officials said.

Considering? My friend, that corpse is cold. The trial won't be held in New York. If Obama hesitates over the change, Congress will refuse to appropriate the funds.

President Obama said through a spokesman that he still believed a civilian criminal trial for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who has admitted planning the attacks, and four accomplices could be conducted "successfully and securely in the United States." He did not mention New York specifically.

Mr. Obama left the decision on possible alternate sites to the Justice Department, which was scrambling to assess the options, administration officials said.

A decision to move the Sept. 11 trial from Manhattan would be a retreat by the administration from its calculated choice in November to bring the defendants to a courthouse just blocks from where the World Trade Center stood.

Yeah. "Calculated." But what, precisely, went into the calculation?

The dispute over a trial location, touched off when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York complained of costs and disruption, threatened to reopen the divisive question of how those accused of plotting the murder of more than 3,000 Americans should be brought to justice.

Huh? The dispute was touched off by Bloomberg? Do guys on The Times read their own paper? This dispute has been ongoing since the decision was first announced months ago? Bloomberg came to the party, this week, a bit late, after a public outcry.

Well, at least the job is getting done, despite Eric Holder. We'll keep an eye on it.

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

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HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION AGAINST RADICAL ISLAM; OBAMA FIGHTS TERRORISM?; SWEDEN NOW THE SITE OF HATE CRIMES
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, January 29, 2010.
 

HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION AGAINST RADICAL ISLAM

PART 1: ISLAM VS. FEMINISM

The Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam (HRCARI) is a new, New York-based NGO whose rally I reported last year. It comprises activists and organizations from various ethnic groups oppressed by Radical Islam. These include Muslims, Copts, Chinese, Hindus, Sikhs, Jews, Africans, and feminists. Gays and Buddhists are welcome to be represented, too. Member organizations have speakers eager to speak at temples and other venues.

The group was addressed by feminist leader, Phyllis Chesler. She related her experience exposing Radical Islam as the epitome of an apartheid movement, with Israel being the canary in a mine of gas. This was at a conference in Barnard. As they say, "All hell broke loose" against her.

Ms. Chesler finds the established feminist movement in a sad state. She observes that the only feminist groups still genuinely so are Muslim Arab ones. The others have been inhibited by multi-cultural relativism and the Third World prejudices of the late Prof. Edward Said. They are more worried about being called racists, than opposing Radical Muslim oppression of women.

Western feminists try to evade the problem of Islamic honor killings as mere domestic violence. In the context of Muslims seeing it as religious betrayal, however, and with its beheadings and other violence by brothers and other relatives, it is the kind of women's rights violation that should engage feminists. Chesler emphasizes that issue to help and recruit Arab women (Minutes of meeting, 1/28; infor@hrcari.org. Note that the Coalition does not take any position on any religion, only on persecution in the name of religion).

You can see that the epithet, "racist," is a club abused by oppressors, including racists, to cow criticism of them. People need to develop the moral courage not to be inhibited nor ashamed, but counter-charge abusers of human rights with defaming their criticism and distorting it as a slur against the abusers.

Problem is, the established feminist groups, like the Left in general, have gotten used to categorizing certain ethnic groups as sacred cows (the Muslim Arabs) and others as black sheep or scapegoats. They are too ossified or lazy to study current issues and learn who are the contemporary villains and victims. They no longer are issue-driven but label-driven. They have been misled by false-labeling.

PART 2. RADICAL ISLAMIC APARTHEID IN SUDAN

The Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam, at a meeting described in Part 1, also heard from African leader Simon Deng. He discussed the slaughter of several million southern Sudanese Christians, outside of Darfur.

Mr. Deng found that in this struggle, too, attempts are made to mute the issue. The issue of Darfur, significant as it is, distracts attention from the other genocide. He sees this distraction as a way of easing Western consciences. Rarely are Muslim Arabs mentioned as the enemy of the rights and lives of Christians [and animists] there.

Although Deng was one of the victims, his objection to the genocide is distorted so as to depict him as a radical.

Africa, Deng says, is becoming a Muslim Arab continent. The next few decades will be critical in taking over that continent, Deng believes. The terrorism against southern Africans, like that against Israel, is the outcome of an apartheid prejudice. Deng points out that Islamists think of their victims — Sudanese, Hindus, Copts, Jews, and Sikhs, among others — as the body of a snake. They consider the head of the snake as the United States.

What is the U.S. doing about this global assault on peoples and civilizations, which is to culminate with the overthrow of the U.S.? The President of the U.S. resorts to a polite label for it. That is a bad omen for any struggle to defeat it.

The Pajamas Media blog by Phyllis Chesler details the oppression of Coptic Christians, Hindus, and Sikhs (Minutes of Coalition meeting, 1/28).

PART 3. RADICAL ISLAM IN THE U.S.

Representing Americans for Peace and Tolerance, Charles Jacobs has gotten Islamist penetration into U.S. society more into public awareness. He does so by exposing the Islamists "enablers." "Enablers" are American political, religious, academic, and media leaders who are blind to the menace of Radical Islam, rationalize excuses for it, and condemn as prejudiced whoever warns against it.

Americans respond well to such exposes. Americans do not like to be duped, lied to, and misinformed.

Radical Muslim leaders conceal their intent and pose as moderates, even as they abuse American hospitality and assail its liberties.

Working through the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam, Mr. Jacobs intends to target the New York Times, which he considers a prime "enabler" (Coalition Minutes, 1/28).

What a dereliction of duty that the very leaders pledged to be our watchdogs protect the burglars!

Radical Muslims put it as criticism of their agenda, or defense against its demands for special privileges by way of imposing their values upon the public, is a denial of their liberty. But criticism and self-defense do not deny freedom. They exercise freedom.

STATE OF THE UNION

President Obama did not say much about national security. I recall his assertion that U.S. troops are coming home from Iraq, and that N. Korea and Iran are isolated (1/27).

He implies that the U.S. accomplished something with N. Korea and Iran. Truth is, those rogue states continue keeping or developing nuclear weaponry. Iran is making more alliances and is gaining control over Lebanon and Fatah. Pres. Obama's "engagement" has been spurned. Perhaps the U.S. is getting isolated. This President has let us sink into a grave crisis.

Is Iraq sufficiently secure for U.S. troops to return this summer? Since they mostly are not in combat any more, is a return so important? Will they return, or will they be transferred to some other trouble spot, such as Yemen?

No explanation was given for U.S. arming of the Lebanese Army, under the sway of Hizbullah and therefore Iran. Neither was an explanation given for U.S. arming of the Palestinian Authority, a force for war if ever there were one. The failures of the policy to establish another Palestinian Arab state were omitted, although that policy once was declared a priority.

Other serious foreign policy problems were ignored.

The foreign policy elements should be viewed in the context of the State of the Union speech as a whole. It was more a political speech, with excuses and vilification, than an assessment. It threw statistics and assertions at the audience faster than humans can absorb them and, if necessary, debunk them. It dissembled mightily, while pretending concern for common Americans and for the economy.

Concern indicated by a medical insurance bill that admittedly was constructed by logrolling for special interests and Senatorial blackmail? The bill would reduce the deficit, when the costs are certain, the deficit reduction depends on taxes that could be levied anyway and the savings depend on future Congresses reducing further doctors' allowances despite further reduction causing doctors to retire? He urges the use of common sense. What sense does it make to expand medical coverage and claim to be cutting costs?

Some of Obama's criticism of the GOP was appropriate, but the GOP increasingly has made constructive suggestions. Despite Obama's pledge for non-partisanship, Republicans were kept out of much the insurance bill-drafting process, conducted in secret and voted upon without sufficient study.

The speech ignored reality, attributing popular discontent with Obama's program to his not explaining it sufficiently. What is there to explain about the insurance bill, which changed daily, as Senators extorted or repressed its provisions?

Obama made much of his rule against employing lobbyists, a rule that to which he has made exceptions. But his economic officials are part of the financial ruling class that acted as internal lobbies for their industry.

As pundits analyze the speech, favorable ones will ignore such flaws, and unfavorable ones will discover more such flaws. The speech ended with a "God bless America!" More apt would have been, "Heaven help America!"

OBAMA FIGHTS TERRORISM?

Obama, Geithner and Defense Sec Gates (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The major media still fails to cover a critical story on U.S. policy toward terrorism. The story was discovered by a minor Israeli source and kept alive by Internet reporters.

The story is that the U.S. Treasury Dept., headed by Timothy Geithner, has removed all but one of thousands of Hamas Terrorists from its list of terrorists. The list goes to banks in the U.S. and other countries, for screening out terrorists from those eligible to receive transfers of funds. As a result, the EU and others can continue sending money to Hamas men in Gaza, a portion of which would finance terrorism.

Opponents of terrorism had been planning lawsuits to block such transfers, but the Treasury Dept. whitewashing of terrorists removes the basis for such suits (Winston Mideast Analysis & Commentary, 1/28, citing
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/135659)

SWEDEN NOW THE SITE OF HATE CRIMES


Sweden (Mattias Lundin, Scanpix, File)

Southern Sweden hosts about 3,000 Jews, increasingly in flight, as hate-driven attacks on them rise. Last year's reported attacks were 79, double the prior year's (according to Skånska Dagbladet). Jews also suffer threats and harassment, and their cemeteries and synagogues repeatedly are defaced; one was fire-bombed. A mosque was attacked, too, perpetrator unknown.

Why? Here are some explanations, not mutually exclusive. (1) Neo-Nazis are responsible; (2) Politicians and local society share responsibility, because they ignore the problem; (3) The Far Left takes out its dislike of Israeli policy on Swedish Jews, who do not participate in Israeli policy; and (4) A growing Muslim Arab immigration in Malmo, in southern Sweden.

A Jewish community representative doubted that the neo-Nazis account for much of the problem, due to its nature
(http://www.thelocal.se/24632/20100127/).

There is an ethical inconsistency in Western society that condemns people for committing crimes of hatred, except, mostly, when by Muslims against Jews. By refusing to face this problem, which can upset delusions of societal tolerance, the problem deepens, as criminal elements feel released from societal restraint.

Violence against people because of their ethnicity is uncivilized. All sectors and levels of society should condemn it, whether the target be synagogue or mosque. If the leaders of any religion do not condemn it, what civilized values have they?

Why do liberals stay silent, when the Far Left blames Jews everywhere for what it claims not to like about the government of Israel? Do liberals want to be associated with a bigoted Far Left that makes scapegoats of innocent people? Do liberals feel no responsibility for the political climate that condones domestic violence, generated by Far Left denunciations of Israel?

What of the excuse that the Arabs in Sweden dislike Israeli policies? Antisemites always have excuses. The excuse is a pretext for bigotry. First comes the prejudice, then comes an excuse, as if prejudice were rational. Ask an emotionally disturbed person why he does such and such, and he will give an apparently logical reason. Do you believe it? The Arab-Israel conflict is itself religious, based on the pre-existing Muslim Arab prejudice against non-believers. The prejudice has been augmented over the centuries by Christian notions of blood libel, Nazi notions of racial inheritance of character traits, and inflammatory conspiracy theories by Radical Islam.

Radical Islam is making great strides in its goal of replacing Western civilization. Much of the West, including Sweden, may not appreciate the value of Western civilization and especially its Christian heritage. Imagine how much worse it would fare under the heavy hand of Radical Islam!

The handwriting is on the wall for Sweden and the whole West. Act now or die late? It must be difficult for Sweden and the West to confront the new menace. Arising from a homogeneous or increasingly integrated society, Western civilization developed liberal notions of tolerance. Its immigration policies are based on those notions (and a wish for cheap immigrant labor). The West supposes that other societies share these values. Some do not. The liberal ideology is not flexible enough to differentiate, after having made anti-discrimination a key component of its way of life. Thus in the name of tolerance, Sweden hosts the intolerant.

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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FROM ISRAEL: "WHERE IS IT GOING?"
Posted by Arlene Kushner, January 29, 2010.
 

I don't know that anyone but Khaled Abu Toameh could have quite pulled off this interview, which was an exclusive front page story in the Jerusalem Post today:

Fahmi Shabaneh was appointed four years ago as head of the Anti-Corruption Department of the PA's General Intelligence Service and served until very recently. Now he tells Abu Toameh that Hamas is very likely to take over the West Bank one day, as it did Gaza, because of the enormous corruption of the Palestinian Authority.

"Had it not been for the presence of the Israeli authorities in the West Bank, Hamas would have done what they did in the Gaza Strip," Shabaneh said. "It's hard to find people in the West Bank who support the Palestinian Authority. People are fed up with the financial corruption and mismanagement of the Palestinian Authority."

Shabaneh explained that Abbas has surrounded himself with the same corrupt officials who once worked for Yasser Arafat, Abbas's predecessor. Many in the West Bank have given up hope that reform of the PA will ever come.

Shabeneh gave several examples of what he alleges to be the corruption of the PA and Fatah (which is the major party of the PA). Perhaps most startling was his charge that when the US gave a donation of $3.2 to Fatah ahead of the 2006 Palestinian Authority legislative election (which was ultimately won by Hamas) so that the party could improve its image, Fatah personnel stole much of it.

See the entire story here:
www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=167194

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As is often the case in the winter before Shabbat, time is short. We will return to other matters shortly. But here I want to request that all US citizens contact their Congresspersons and Senators about this report.

Give the URL and a very brief synopsis. Then explain that this exceedingly corrupt regime is the one that the Obama administration wants Israel to negotiate with. Point out that, first, the PA does not represent the Palestinians living in the West Bank — Mahmoud Abbas has no legitimate constituency. And then, that if the IDF pulls out, as the Obama administration wishes, the PA is exceedingly likely to collapse. This will not only be bad for Israel and for peace in the Middle East, it will have negative repercussions for the US, which will look very foolish for having promoted this.

For your Congresspersons:
http://www.house.gov/house/ MemberWWW_by_State.shtml

For your Senators:
http://www.senate.gov/general/ contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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Additionally, please share this information very broadly, so that it can be understood what a dangerous and foolish idea Obama is promoting. People are more likely to sit up and take notice because it is a Palestinian who was involved with the PA who is sounding the warning.

Use this information to write letters to editors, as well, and place it on blogs.

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Information I am receiving is that Obama would rather act like he knows what he's doing, in defiance of the evidence staring him in the face, and be a one-term president, than modify his perspective and regain electoral popularity. (We will leave questions of his motivation, about which several readers have written to me, aside.)

See, for example, Anne Bayefsky, who has written in "Dangerous Weakness" in National Review Online:

"President Obama's message in the State of the Union address confirmed that he is tone-deaf to the grievous threats that exist to American national security and incapable of changing course before those dangers become a terrible reality."

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q= MjhiNTA0MzQ3MjgzNzJmNTM4YTc0YjhjNzlkYzI5MWI=

Thus, there is no reason to believe he can be convinced of the foolishness of his program for promoting "a two-state solution."

The hope lies with Congress and grassroots reaction.

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Tomorrow is Tu B'Shvat. I had a rare occasion yesterday to ride through some back roads in the hills of Jerusalem. The almond trees, the earliest, are in bloom, and everything is delightfully green because of recent rains. A blessing.

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

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A DOZEN SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH YOUR LETTER TO PRES. OBAMA ABOUT GAZA
Posted by David Meir-Levi, January 28, 2010.
 

From: david_meirlevi@hotmail.com
To: mike.honda@mail.house.gov; jackie.speier@mail.house.gov
Subject: a dozen serious problems with your Letter to Pres. Obama about Gaza

Most Honorable Mr. Honda and Ms. Speier,

I noticed your names on the letter below, sent from Congress to President Obama.

I was surprized to see your names, because I know that you must know that:

1.) Hamas has declared war on Israel, and its deeds have matched its words, with more than 10,000 rocket attacks, sniper fire, RPG attacks, kidnappings, suicide bomber attacks, and an endless relentless diatribe of genocide and annihilation.

2.) Hamas has fired upon Palestinian and Israeli personnel at crossing points even as Israel attempts to transfer food and medicines and other humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Arabs of the Gaza Strip through those same crossing points.

3.) Hamas has confiscated international aid money and food and supplies, and has utilized them for the expansion of its military and terrorist capacities, even at the expense of its own people.

4.) Hamas has fired barrages of qassam rockets and longer range katyusha rockets and mortars on nearby Israeli towns, killing and wounding residents, even as Israel makes peace offers and continues to supply the population of Gaza with food and water and elecricity.

5.) Israel closed the borders with the Gaza Strip only AFTER Hamas began its attacks. Absent those attacks, the Gaza Strip could have open borders with Israel, open access to international waters, and a functioning airport.

6.) Israel's 2005-06 military operation against Gaza was prompted by Hamas' interminable attacks, more than 10,000 qassams, and its stockpiling of more powerful weapons for future attacks. How many rockets in to San Diego from Tijuana would our government permit? Israel permitted 10,000!

7.) Israel has not only supplied the Arabs of the Gaza Strip with medical supplies, but has admitted scores of injured and ill Arabs, including some who are known terrorists, to be treated at Isaeli hospitals, even as Hamas continues its terror war against Israeli civilians.

8.) Israel supplies 70% of Gaza's electricity needs, even though Hamas has targetted the electrical power plant in Ashqelon, the power plant that supplies the electricity to the Gaza Strip, with dozens of qassam rocket attacks.

9.) Egypt is building a huge solid steel wall across the entire length of its border with the Gaza Strip in order to hermetically seal that border, with no humanitarian aid of any sort offered from Egypt to the beleaguered Gazan Arabs. So Israel is treating the Gaza Arabs far better than Egypt is, and Hamas is not bombarding Egypt.

10.) The Arabs of the Gaza Strip are beleaguered only because Hamas beleaguers them, and beleaguers Israel as well. Absent Hamas' incessant genocidal rhetoric and terrorist attacks, life in the Gaza Strip would be very much as it was under Israel's sovereignty from 1967-1994....almost full employment, tourism, freedom of movement, and an expanding economy.

11.) Human Rights Watch (HRW: no friend of Israel) has verified that Hamas has violated numerous international laws by targetting Israeli civilians with its rocket attacks and suicide bomber attacks and sniper attacks and road-side bomb attacks, and by using its own people as human shields. Hamas oppresses its own, exploits is own, violates its own, and then blames the humanitarian mess on Israel. Moreover, Hamas and Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad and numerous other Arab terrorist groups are in violation of the 1950 United Nations Conference on Genocide, in which incitement to genocide is deemed a violation of international law. All too many of us are strangely silent as Hamas violates international law, and at the same time launches endless accusations of such violations against Israel.

12.) Almost every one of the demands listed in the letter, if implemented, would facilitate Hamas' terrorist activities, expansion of its terrorist arsenal, infiltration of suicide bombers in to Israel, and oppression of its own people. See my comments beneath each of those demands.

Hamas is a virulent genocidal terrorist force...a force of evil. It is allied with Hezbollah and Iran and el-Qaeda. It's end game is far more than the destruction if Israel. It has openly and unabashedly joined forces with the Muslim terrorist jihadist leaders who seek, as the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khoumeini put it back in February of 1979, to "finish the job that Muhammed started....(and)...make Islam supreme in the world".

Israel's enemies are our own country's enemies.

Your signature on that letter is complicity with our enemies.

I most sincerely urge you to publicly rescind your signature.

David Meir-Levi

PS. I've added a few comments, in bold italics, inside of the letter, to assist you in understanding my assertion in #12 above.

 

Dear President Obama,

Thank you for your ongoing work to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for your commitment of $300 million in U.S. aid to rebuild the Gaza Strip. We write to you with great concern about the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

The people of Gaza have suffered enormously since the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt following Hamas' coup, and particularly following Operation Cast Lead.

This is true, but it is a function solely of Hamas' commitment to maintaining a terrorist war against Israel. Prior to that war, life in Gaza was normal. Normal life could be resumed if/when Hamas stops that war.

We also sympathize deeply with the people of southern Israel who have suffered from abhorrent rocket and mortar attacks. We recognize that the Israeli government has imposed restrictions on Gaza out of a legitimate and keenly felt fear of continued terrorist action by Hamas and other militant groups. This concern must be addressed without resulting in the de facto collective punishment of the Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip.

There is no collective punishment of the Gazan Arabs. Quite the opposite, by supplying food and medicines and water and electricity to the Gazan Arabs, even as Hamas continues to launch attacks, Israel is preventing a humanitarian crisis and aiding the Gazan Arab collective. Did England supply Germany with food and medicine during the Blitz?

Truly, fulfilling the needs of civilians in Israel and Gaza are mutually reinforcing goals.

This is a false statement. There is no moral equivalence between the aronist and the fire fighter. Hamas ignites the war, and Israel tries to douse it. Hamas intentionally focuses its attacks on helpless innocent civliians in their homes and schools and hospitals. The Israeli army focuses its attacks on terrorists, who hide behind their own people (in their own schools and hospitals and mosques and houses) and thus create the unavoidable civilian casualties which Hamas then mendaciously blames on Israel. Moreover, the implementation of the suggestions below will actually enable Hamas to more effectively attack Israel...quite the opposite of what the authors of this letter are suggesting.

The unabated suffering of Gazan civilians highlights the urgency of reaching a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and we ask you to press for immediate relief for the citizens of Gaza as an urgent component of your broader Middle East peace efforts.

The suggestions below are nothing more than a way to aid and abet Hamas in its terror war. See my comments below.

The current blockade has severely impeded the ability of aid agencies to do their work to relieve suffering,

this is a false statement. The international aid agencies themselves have complained that it is the Hamas operatives who endanger them, especially when they object to the sequestering of their supplies before these supplies reach their intended recipients. Israel permits the transfer of food and other aid, via the crossing points, as long as these transfers do not include arms or munitions or other goods that would aid Hamas in its terrorism. Hamas steals food from its own people, and then blames Israel, and intimidates the relief workers when they complain.

and we ask that you advocate for immediate improvements for Gaza in the following areas:

  • Movement of people, especially students, the ill, aid workers, journalists, and those with family concerns, into and out of Gaza;  

    This is an open invitation to more suicide bombers infiltrating Israel. See my comments below.

  • Access to clean water, including water infrastructure materials,  

    Hamas could supply all the clean water that Gaza needs simply by tapping in to the aquafers that run beneath the sands of the Gaza coastline. Hamas is too busy building up its arsenal and bombing Israel to be bothered with such mundane tasks as the expansion of the Gaza economy or providing its own people with clean water.

  • Access to plentiful and varied food and agricultural materials;  

    If Hamas would stop bombarding the crossing points, more food would reach the people of the Gaza Strip.

  • Access to medicine and health care products and suppliers;  

    If Hamas would stop bombarding the crossing points, more medicine would reach the people of the Gaza Strip.

  • Access to sanitation supplies, including sanitation infrastructure materials;  

    Israel left the sanitation system in the Gaza Strip intact and in working order when it unconditioinally and unilaterally withdrew every Jew from the Strip in August, 2005. Hamas' dereliction has caused the problems. Moreover, santiation materials, like pipes, are used by Hamas terrorists to make weapons. Would any country supply its enemy attacker with implements with which to launch more attacks?

  • Access to construction materials for repairs and rebuilding;  

    Israel does allow construction material in to the Gaza Strip, but not the kind (steel, pipes, etc.) that can be used to make weaponry and rocket launchers. Would any country supply its enemy attacker with implements with which to launch more attacks?

  • Access to fuel;  

    Fuel for running generators is also fuel mixed with other chemicals to launch qassam rockets. Would any country supply its enemy attacker with implements with which to launch more attacks?

  • Access to spare parts;
     

    Spare parts for what? Any motor vehicle in the Gaza Strip can be, and many have been, confiscated by Hamas to serve as troop carriers and motorized rocket launch pads. Would any country supply its enemy attacker with implements with which to launch more attacks?

  • Prompt passage into and out of Gaza for commercial and agricultural goods; and
     

    This is an open invitation to more suicide bombers infiltrating Israel.

  • Publication and review of the list of items prohibited to the people of Gaza.
     

    As above, does any country in the world, and across world history, supply the population of a hostile attacking country? Why expect Israel to do what no other nation anywhere, any time, has ever done? Why should any country strengthen the hand of its aggressor terrorist attackers?

Winter is arriving and the needs of the people grow ever more pressing. For example, the ban on building materials is preventing the reconstruction of thousands of innocent families' damaged homes. There is also a concern that unrepaired sewage treatment plants will overflow and damage surrounding property and water resources.

All true. All due to Hamas and Hamas' terror war. It would be far more effective to pressure Hamas to stop the war than to pressure Israel to offer supplies that will help Hams continue its war.

Despite ad hoc easing of the blockade, there has been no significant improvement in the quantity and scope of goods allowed into Gaza. Both the number of trucks entering Gaza per month and the number of days the crossings have been open have declined since March. This crisis has devastated livelihoods, entrenched a poverty rate of over 70%, increased dependence on erratic international aid, allowed the deterioration of public infrastructure, and led to the marked decline of the accessibility of essential services.

I do not have access to statistics, but the above sounds grossly exagerated. But the real problem is unaddressed, even unmentioned.....pressure Hamas to stop the war, and all of the above can be quickly transmuted in to the salutary and expanding economy that Gazan Arabs enjoyed from 1967 to 1994.

The humanitarian and political consequences of a continued near-blockade would be disastrous.

No, not at all. In fact, the letter emphasizes a crisis which is in reality non-existent. Arab web-sites show the stores in Gaza City and Rafah with full shelves, street vendors with plenty of food, and streets full of cars and trucks and a bustling economy. Hamas manipulates the media, and it manipulates our Congress as well.

Just check out the following, and note the Paltoday website scenes of Gaza streets and stores.
http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr= ShowDetails&ID=30570 http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/ 462936/the-humanitarian-crisis-in-gaza.thtml
http://www.paltoday.com/arabic/News-64161.html
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014240527 48703478704574611594259358238.html#printMode

Easing the blockade on Gaza will not only improve the conditions on the ground for Gaza's civilian population, but will also undermine the tunnel economy which has strengthened Hamas. Under current conditions, our aid remains little more than an unrealized pledge. Most importantly, lifting these restrictions will give civilians in Gaza a tangible sense that diplomacy can be an effective tool for bettering their conditions.

Your Administration's overarching Middle East peace efforts will benefit Israel, the Palestinians, and the entire region. The people of Gaza, along with all the peoples of the region, must see that the United States is dedicated to addressing the legitimate security needs of the State of Israel and to ensuring that the legitimate needs of the Palestinian population are met.

Every one of the suggestions undermines the security of Israel, misrepresents the reality in Gaza today, and strengthens Hamas.

The authors of this letter are either benighted dupes, or manipulative supporters of Hamas.

Sincerely,
Members of Congress

Arizona
Raul Grijalva

California
Lois Capps
Sam Farr
Bob Filner
Barbara Lee
Loretta Sanchez
Pete Stark
Michael Honda
Lynn Woolsey
Jackie Speier
Diane Watson
George Miller

Connecticut
Jim Himes

Indiana
Andre Carson

Iowa
Bruce Braley

Kentucky
John Yarmuth

Maryland
Elijah Cummings
Donna Edwards

Massachusetts
Michael Capuano
William Delahunt
Jim McGovern
John Tierney
John Olver
Stephen Lynch

Michigan
John Conyers
John Dingell
Carolyn Kilpatrick

Minnesota
Keith Ellison
Betty McCollum
James Oberstar

New Jersey
Donald Payne
Rush Holt
Bill Pascrell

New York
Yvette Clarke
Maurice Hinchey
Paul Tonko
Eric Massa

North Carolina
David Price

Ohio
Mary Jo Kilroy
Marcy Kaptur

Oregon
Earl Blumenauer
Peter DeFazio

Pennsylvania
Chaka Fattah
Joe Sestak

Vermont
Peter Welch

Virginia
Jim Moran

Washington
Jim McDermott
Adam Smith
Jay Inslee
Brian Baird

West Virginia
Nick Rahall

Wisconsin
Tammy Baldwin
Gwen Moore

Virginia
Glenn Nye

David Meir-Levi is an American-born Israeli, currently living in Palo Alto. His expertise is in Near Eastern studies and the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is Director of Peace and Education at Israel Peace Initiative (www.ipi-usa.org). Contact him at david_meirlevi@hotmail.com

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AMONA MOUNTED COP APOLOGIZES
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, January 28, 2010.

This is from Yeshiva World
http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=46219

 

The sentencing hearing of the mounted cop found guilty of assault and running over protestors during the expulsion of Amona residents took place on Tuesday in the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court. Investigators from the Justice Ministry police investigations unit lamented the actions of the officer, stating the documented evidence against him brings us back "to the dark days".

"The mounted officer did not just trample one citizen, but the rule of law as well" the ministry agent added.

The attorney for the accused asked that a formal conviction be avoided as to prevent harming his future in the police force. The Justice Ministry investigator stated that a "mounted policeman who runs someone over while riding a 600kg horse has no place in the police department". While the policeman did apologize for his actions to the court, he did not bother to turn around and apologize to the civilian involved in the case, Yehuda Etzion, who was seated in the courtroom.

Rachel Struck, a Chevron resident and head of the Yesha human rights organizations, expressed her hope that the sentencing will be serve enough to act as a deterrent against such actions in the future.

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. He writes, "In the history of the world, no tyranny has ever voluntarily relinquished power or been replaced by peaceful means."

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THE MYTH OF JEWISH COLONIALISM
Posted by Lyn Julius, January 28, 2010.
 

In much discourse about the Middle East, there is a widespread myth that Jews are interlopers from Europe and the US — white westerners who came to 'colonise' and 'steal land' from the 'native' Palestinian people to whom it rightfully belongs. This myth, drawing on Marxist terminology, gained increasing legitimacy after 1967 when Israel annexed East Jerusalem and 'conquered' the West Bank. The notion of 'occupation' and the use of the word 'settlers' reinforce the concept of Israeli 'colonisation' of 'Arab' land.

Aside from assuming that the Palestinians must be the true natives because they look authentically 'brown', the colonialism myth supports another myth: Jews are not a people, deserving of the right to self-determination, but a religion. Thus anti-Zionists habitually talk about of US citizens of the Jewish faith, Germans of the Jewish faith and even Arabs of the Jewish faith. At the time of the French Revolution, Clermont-Tonnerre said of the emancipation of Jews: "We must refuse everything to the Jews as a nation and accord everything to Jews as individuals." The Jewish community would somehow disappear, leaving only French citizens of Jewish religion or ancestry.

Lately, the notion that Jews are not one people but a motley collection of converts has been given a boost by Tel Aviv Professor Shlomo Sand, whose bestselling book, The Invention of the Jewish People, is now out in English. Sand's theories build on the work of Arthur Koestler, who popularised the idea that Ashkenazi Jews are descended from the Turkic tribe, the Khazars. Both men undermine the legitimacy of Israel by inferring that Jews have no link to Palestine. Genetic studies, however, discredit Koestler's theory: they find that Jews from East and West have more in common with each other, and are genetically closer to non-Jews of Middle eastern origin — the Kurds in particular — than they are to the non-Jewish populations they lived amongst.

Last June President Obama articulated another myth: Israel was created as a penance for the Holocaust in Europe. This myth obscures the truth that every Arab state is equally a creation of western colonialism. It also ignores the fact that the institutions of a Jewish state-in-waiting were established decades before Ben Gurion read out Israel's declaration of independence.

We often hear or read about Israel being populated by pork-munching non-Jewish Russians and settlers from Brooklyn. But these groups are marginal. We almost never hear that 40 percent of Israel's Jews trace their ancestry from Muslim and Arab lands. The vast majority of these Jews merely moved from one corner of the 'Arab' world to that Middle Eastern coastal sliver known as Israel.

Until their expulsion 50 years ago, Jews had been settled in Iraq, for example, since the Babylonians exiled Jews from Jerusalem almost 3,000 years ago. In the early 20th century, Baghdad was the most Jewish city in the world, after Salonica and Jerusalem. The Jews can be said to have as legitimate a claim on Baghdad as Palestinians on Jerusalem.

The Arabs are relative newcomers to the region; the 'Arab' world is a misnomer. By the time the Arabs had conquered land largely inhabited by Jews and Christians in the 7th century, the Jews had been settled there for 1,000 years. People in the West tend to apply a common misconception to all Jews, borrowing the Christian notion that Jews have been punished to wander from land to land with no country to call their own. But not only have Jews always lived in Palestine, there was continuity of Jewish settlement in the Middle East and North Africa for 2,000 years. If only native inhabitants are titled to political rights, the Jews are as indigenous as any people living in the Middle East can be.

That Jewish presence came to an end in the last 50 years. The Arab League determined to wreak revenge on defenceless Jewish citizens in Arab lands if the partition of Palestine went ahead. On the day when five Arab armies invaded the new Jewish state, the Arab League secretary, Azzam Pasha announced :"This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades".

The Arab governments actually declared two wars in 1948. The military war against the fledgling Jewish state of Israel they lost, but they declared a second war, against a million Jewish citizens. This war they won easily, through a policy of intimidation, repression, persecution and sporadic outbreaks of violence. The result is that only 4,500 Jews are left in Arab countries.

Jews 'stealing Arab land' is an offensive inversion of reality. Jews in 10 Arab countries were stripped of their rights and in most cases dispossessed of their property. The World Organisation of Jews from Arab Countries estimates that Jews in Arab countries lost many more billions of assets than the Palestinians, and four times as much land as the size of Israel itself.

Seen in these terms, Arab antisemitism created Israel no less than the Holocaust. The Arabs owe the Jews big-time. It's time the world stopped viewing the conflict through a distorted, Eurocentric lens.


Eliyahu m'Tsiyon commented:

There is a lot wrong with the "Zionist colonialism" thesis. First of all, if the Jews were returning, as they believed, then it should not be called "colonialism." Next, what about the status of the Palestinian Arab Muslims [actually, not defining themselves as "Palestinian Arabs" before the League of Nations decision to recognize the Jewish National Home in 1922]? Under the Ottoman Empire, which was a Sunni Muslim state, the Palestinian Arab Muslims enjoyed a status superior to all dhimmis. Further, members of the leading Arab families in the country [not called "palestine" by them before 1920, to be sure] held high posts in the Empire, ruling over Jews in lands from Iraq to Romania. These included Ashkenazim, especially in Romania. For instance, Aaron Aaronsohn, one of the outstanding Jews of the so-called First Aliyah, was born in Romania as an Ottoman subject. Now, since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the right to move from one part of one's country to another [Article 13b??], then why did not his family have that right?? Indeed, the Ottoman Empire brought Muslims from Bosnia and other lost territories in Europe to the Land of Israel ["Palestine"] at about the same time that Aaronsohn's family came. Why shouldn't the Aaronsohns have had the same right to move to and dwell in the Land of Israel as the Slavic Bosnian Muslims??

This argument is fashionable and it has won many adherents who are charmed to find a secular-progressive reason for hating Jews, instead of the old religious Christkiller claim.

In this vein, do you know about Nick Hornby's movie, The Education [or some such title], which employs many old Judeophobic themes?? It seems that he has taken some old themes and dressed them up for the 21st century, while other Judeophobic themes are left intact ["they killed our Lord," etc]. Lyn Julius is a journalist and co-founder of Harif (www.harif.org), a UK association of Jews from the Middle East and N. Africa.

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ISRAEL'S INTERNAL THREAT
Posted by Steve Kramer, January 28, 2010.
 

"A democracy is tested on its attitudes towards its minorities and we all know that if you are not wealthy, fair-skinned and educated, your chances of succeeding in life are reduced." This statement could have been made by almost any pundit in a Western democracy. In this case, the pundit is Ms. Orit Zuaretz, a member of the Kadima political party in Israel. Zuaretz made her comment in the wake of a telling report from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), the group of the world's most economically developed nations.

Israel expects to be inducted into the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in the near future, but a few impediments stand in its way. From www.haaretz.com: "Israel will be the poorest of the 30 nations comprising the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, assuming it joins this year, says the OECD's report on Israel — and it has several suggestions, some revolutionary, for how to amend that situation. The report states that 19.9% of Israel's population is categorized as "poor," which is more than in Mexico (18.4%), Turkey (17.5%) or the U.S. (17.1%). The average poverty level for the OECD is just 10.9%, the paper states. Israel also has the highest rate of inequality, explains the OECD.

Israel's average is also impacted negatively by the high proportion of poverty among the ultra-Orthodox haredim (60%) and Arabs (50%). Both sectors are characterized by a low proportion of working adults, relatively low salaries when they do work, and high birth rates, which lead to the statistic that a third of Israeli children are categorized as poor, compared with an average of 12% for the OECD. The report also states that 25% of Israel's workers receive low pay, which is about the same proportion as in the other OECD member nations. But among haredim and Arabs, a majority of adults receive low pay."

There is no doubt that the gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots" in Israel is huge, second only to the United States by many accounts. This is particularly disturbing when one considers the socialist background of Israel's 1948 leaders, when the country was supported by the Soviet Union as well as America. Significantly more than 50% of Israeli families earns less than the "average" family of the same size. Consequently, the middle class has been reduced dramatically, similar to the American experience. But there are other, demographic reasons which threaten Israel's economy and well-being in the next generation.

While about 20% of Israelis live below the poverty line, the two main groups comprising about three-quarters of the impoverished are somewhat self-selected. (In Israel, the poverty line is defined by this formula: when family income is less than half of the income of an average Israeli family of the same size.) The haredi segment of the population is about 10% while the Arab segment is about 20%. A large proportion of haredi men are not part of the work force and depend on government stipends given to yeshiva students and "scholars" as well as family welfare payments. Similarly, a large proportion of Arab women are not in the work force due to societal norms, while not all the men can find legitimate jobs. The remainder of Israel's poor are new immigrants, the elderly, single mothers, and multi-generation welfare families.

How will Israel deal with this problem? Part of the solution depends on the ability of the government to withstand pressure from the haredi and Arab segments, both of which agitate for higher welfare payments for children, especially in larger families. (Haredi families average eight children, Arab families average four children and Beduin families average seven children.) In the past, child allowances increased after the third child and again after the sixth child, but this policy was ended several years ago when the current prime minister, Bibi Netanyahu, was finance minister. But since Israel's coalition governments almost always include religious parties, whose constituents have large families, there is constant pressure to increase child allowances.

On the brighter side: for haredi men, serving in the Israel Defense Forces has become more popular in the last few years. Special combat units of ultra-Orthodox men, in which special kosher food is served and there are no female instructors or officers, are attracting more recruits, as are "intelligence" units. The stigma against serving in the IDF is diminishing. Recently, a reserve unit for haredi veterans was established, enabling these soldiers to serve for several weeks each year, as typical Israeli veterans do.

The problem with non-working Arab women is even more difficult, due to the wide-spread lack of female employment among Muslim Arabs. Arab wives who work outside of the home challenge women's traditional role in the household and Arab society as a whole. (There is a very small Christian Arab population in Israel, with birthrate, level of education, and workforce participation similar to Jewish Israelis.) However, civilian National Service, in place of military service which is only available to Beduin Arabs, is becoming more acceptable among the young Arab population. In addition, more young Arab men and women are attending college. Both of these developments lead to more integration into Israeli society and fewer children.

While there is a large "black economy" in haredi (and Arab) sectors, there is a growing recognition for the need to work in conventional, tax-paying vocations. In America, the ultra-Orthodox men combine learning with holding down jobs. Among the haredim in Israel, there is a growing realization that their population explosion cannot be supported by the government for much longer. When children mature and want to start their own families, the price of even an entry level apartment is out of reach, while family life is suffering due to the pressure of inadequate housing. There isn't enough room in the existing haredi neighborhoods for more people, so new communities need to be built, since the rigid haredi lifestyle conflicts with the habits of nearly all other Israelis. Despite that, the haredim have taken over sections of many Israeli cities.

The National Planning Council has authorized construction of a new haredi city in the Negev Desert, not far from Arad and Beersheba, as well as one in the Galilee, next to Nazareth. These planned cities include room for service industries which can employ the local women. While both the projected communities have met with criticism from environmental organizations and local leaders in the nearby cities, these segregated enclaves will probably be built, as have many in the past. In my vicinity, the new community of El Ad was built in 1996 and is already halfway to its projected size of 65,000 residents. These communities are highly subsidized, but there seems to be no other solution for the burgeoning haredi population. Similar initiatives may have to be put forward for the Arab population.

Simultaneous with the construction of new towns is the increased investment in mass transportation, whose lack of sufficient infrastructure is a drag on worker productivity. The need is to connect the periphery (north and south) to Israel's economic hub in the center of the country, which will increase the available work force and strengthen the Galilee and Israel's southern region. Increasing the Jewish population of both regions is one of Israel's top priorities, while integrating more Israeli Arabs into the workforce is also expected to improve Israel's economy and internal security.

Joining the OECD is a big deal for Israel, which will benefit from a closer association with the world's leading economies. For a country that gained independence only 62 years ago, it will be a great accomplishment. But it won't signal the end of Israel's economic problems. That will only come if main-stream Israelis are educated to be less discriminatory, if the haredim capitalize on the exceptional mental capacity of their Torah-educated youth, if the Arab Israelis want to fully cooperate in the building of a strong, viable State of Israel, and finally, if Israel produces political leadership with the vision and ability to make sweeping changes in Israeli society.

Steve Kramer lives in Alfe Menashe. He has written a weekly opinion column for the Jewish Times of southern New Jersey (www.jewishtimes-sj.com) for the last ten years. He writes, "They're about history, politics, touring, or whatever excites me."

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IDF TRAINS FOREIGN TROOPS; U.S. SUGGESTS MORE ISRAELI CONCESSIONS; IRAN WILL HAVE BOMB THIS YEAR
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, January 28, 2010.
 

IDF TRAINS FOREIGN TROOPS

The IDF trains foreign troops in Israel and abroad. There is a certain amount of joint training, too. Foreign countries choose the program, because Israel has had frequent wars and more experience with terrorism.

The results are: (1) Israeli troops must keep on their toes, they gain familiarity with different topography, and they learn from their students; (2) Israeli and foreign troops bond, in a kind of personal diplomacy. Foreign troops gain an understanding of the problems Israel faces; (3) Any profit the IDF gets is plowed back into armored vests or other means of saving the lives of its troops (www.imra.org.il, 1/26).

U.S. SUGGESTS MORE ISRAELI CONCESSIONS

Mitchell and Abbas (AP/Mohammed Muheisen)

In order to entice the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) to negotiate with Israel, the U.S. suggests more Israeli concessions: (1) Israel allow P.A. troops to operate in areas of Judea-Samaria presently under full Israeli control; (2) Pull back from some parts of the zone under P.A. civil but not military control; (3) Release more Arab prisoners; (4) Ease the partial blockade of Gaza; and (5) Israel would agree regularly to turn over to the P.A. excise taxes it collects for the P.A.. [Sometimes Israel withholds or delays the turnover, in response to terrorism or other problems from the P.A..]

P.A. head Abbas said those concessions would be in addition to the ones he demanded before (www.imra.org.il, 1/26).

IRAN WILL HAVE BOMB THIS YEAR

Missiles are ready (AP/Iran News Agency, Amir Hosseini)
 

Western intelligence agencies are examining a report, confirmed by Iranian defector, that Iran has a previously unknown branch of its nuclear program reporting to Iran's defense ministry.

Iran already tested nuclear bomb detonators. Iran is expected to have a nuclear weapon by year's end. The first model may be too big to use, but newer models will be small enough.

Because China is heavily invested in Iranian oil fields, China is expected to veto tough sanctions on Iran (www.imra.org.il, 1/26).

Sanctions would have to be immediately crippling. Not likely if even possible. This new estimate of Iran's schedule further shortens the wait. Western estimates of Iran's capability often have been under-estimates.

ISRAEL PARDONS GAZA EXPULSION RESISTERS

The Knesset passed a law on 1/25) pardoning the 400 Israelis who had been convicted of resisting their expulsion from Gaza.

Israel's Supreme Court, which had upheld the expulsion, nevertheless had found 'that the evacuation of settlements do harm human rights, including the right to property, freedom of occupation and proper respect for the evacuees.' The only dissenter among 11 judges, Judge Edmund Levy, lambasted the law and ruled that it should be canceled." The expulsion was of questionable legality (Hebron Jewish Community, 1/26).

What I can assume was of questionable legality was the brutality that a special police force was ordered to exercise against resisters.

ISRAEL-HAMAS PRISONER TRADE COLLAPSES

On 1/25, Der Spiegel revealed that the prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas, that Germany was brokering, collapsed. The deal was supposed to have been agreed to, by the negotiators.

PM Netanyahu had not followed the details of negotiations. He was shocked upon learning of the extent of concessions that his negotiator had offered. The Prime Minister ruled out some of them and gave new instructions to his team, to make a "final offer."

Hamas accuses the German intermediaries of being pro-Israel and suggesting too many concessions to Israel (www.imra.org.il, 1/26).

Shouldn't Netanyahu have required his negotiator to keep him posted?

As for the Germans, they probably suggested compromises in the hope of getting a deal concluded. How can negotiations satisfy both sides, when the Arab side has an ideology that considers itself religious superior and therefore entitled to humble the other side?

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THIS IS A SITE WHICH SHOWS WHAT LUNATICS THERE ARE OUT THERE
Posted by Patrick Dempsey, January 28, 2010.

See the Nuts I deal with
See for example:
http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2009/6/12/104828/541

Below is my response.

 

There is always a concern, when we use figures in statistical analysis that in order to establish a truth and integrity that must not be in danger of ignoring the very humanity we seek to remember. Events have a habit of becoming impersonal, due to the lack of a compassionate concern for the People, the subject of which we have established has been lost to us. This is so true within The Holocaust, where 6,000,000 Jewish souls are forgotten in the thrust to recall that too many lives have been lost to us for ever. The terms of the Holocaust only allows for the remembrance of barely 60% of the Jewish names of this catastrophe, while the remainder seem to fade further from memory. When there is an underlying neglect of the integrity of those terms of the Holocaust, which seeks to reflect the catastrophe for 6,000,000 Jewish People, the concern is problematic for the integrity of all history. I am forever responding to those who wish to address an agenda that disguises truth and honesty, behind a contentious line in critical and statistical analysis.

I can safely contend that, and I use the tragedy of Babi Yar here to point to this aspect of indifference to human concern, only to state the case for the need for integrity in the detail of the analysis. Clearly, history has acknowledged that 33,771 Jews of Kiev were murdered in the ravine at the Yar. Integral to that awareness has been the acknowledgement of the very Einsatz who perpetrated the crime, as recorded in a series of their Operational Situation Reports. In the specific case of Babi Yar there are OSR reports:-

(101) Sonderkommando 4a in collaboration with Einsatzgruppe HQ and two Kommandos of police regiment South, executed 33,771 Jews in Kiev on September 29 and 30, 1941. and

(106) In cooperation with the HQ of EGC and two Kommandos of the police regiment South, Sonderkommando 4a executed 33,771 Jews on September 29 and 30.

that confirm the exact detail of the atrocity. But there is more! There is witness evidence that has emerged alongside the evidence of some of the perpetrators. All of this adds to the very detail we now add to our positive research.

There is an element of conjecture which also adds to the defining detail we seek to add to the posterity of a forthright examination of a particular tragedy. Paul Blobel, who returned to the scene of his crime with Sonderkommando 10005, in order to obliterate the fact of the crime, disgorged the remains of his 'aktionen' from a pit that was 60 yards long, by 8 feet deep and 20 feet wide. A mathematical formula can substantiate that some 33,771 Persons could be accomodated in such a pit. So we have details, testimony and scientific examination that all equates to the evidence of the crime. We then measure the detail of the overall atrocity by such a study that allows for as few errors as is humanly possible.

Applying that for the rest of Europe, and we have demographical changes in population census to establish preexisting Jewish communites, we can further elaborate the evidence we seek out. When we subtract from what we know, what remains after the Nazi period allows us a figure that is recorded as the Jewish loss. Almost immediately after the end of the conflict with Germany, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee considered the decline in the World Jewish Population to have been in the region of one third of the figure established in a 1939 survey. From the 16,600,000 figure of the 1939 period to the 11,000,000 tally established after 1945, there was a drop of some 5,600,000 Jewish lives, and this can be seen as the causal effect of the slaughter during The Holocaust.

That said, there is an estimation that suggests that barely 3,642,000 Jews remained of the Jewish census conducted before the War. Within this is an estimate that suggests there were some 9,740,000 Jews living in Europe, representing 6,098,000 murdered Jews.

However, this figure does contend with those statistics produced by Eichmann for the Wannsee Conference, and Heydrich placed before the table of history an analysis which suggests that there were 11,000,000 Jews targetted for destruction. So widely speaking, we can never be more exact than the speculative assessment we have made and accept that 6,000,000 Jews were indeed murdered. That this statistic is but a metaphor for a more tragic calamity, the loss of too many human lives, compels all of humanity to seek a resolve with that lack of comprehension. But I press on toward my own understanding and answer the below questions, which it appears, do not seek a truthful resolve?

1) The German war machine, allegedly responsible for killing 6 million Jews on the low side, was functioning for 5 years.
Response: 1) So far So good

2) 5 years = 1825 days
Response: 2) An accurate count

3) 1825 days = 43800 hours
Response: 3) Still holding up

4) 43800 hours = 2628000 minutes
Response: 4) You are getting good at this)

5) 6,000,000 Jews divided by 2628000 minutes = 2.28310502 Jews a Minute.
Response: 5) If we call this 2 Jews every minute, unless you wish to claim a Child is but .28 of a Grown up Jew, you are still right.

6) See what the problem is?
Response: 6) No!

7) That's 2 Jews a minute, one Jew every 30 seconds, from the start of Hitlers war machine until the mass surrenders when it broke down. This number is for 6 million.
Response: 7) I was with you up till now!

8) That's the low side. Make it 12 million and suddenly Hitler somehow has to kill almost 5 Jews a minute.
Response: 8) Hitler had decided to murder ALL the Jews of Europe, but why did we jump to 12,000,000? Did you mean to state the 11,000,000 Jews Heydrich had been given charge of, earmarked for slaughter after Wannsee?

9) We can't just assume that this mass of SS rounded up every single Jew and started shooting.
Response: 9) You are right, the SS did not round up every single Jew and shoot them, they were also held in Ghettoes and died of starvation, they were forced into Labour Camps and were worked to death, they were 'resettled' in Death Camps and were Gassed to Death.

10) Not enough troops for too many Jews.
Response: 10) If we are to enter into Wehrmacht, Waffen SS and Police complicity and participation, then there were enough 'troops' for the task!

11) Add to that the fact that the Jews didn't go willingly.
Response: 11) There is of course the scurrilous accusation that the Jews went to the slaughter like 'lambs'.

12) So how many people were actually involved in the operation of destroying the Jews?
Response: 12) There were 4 Einsatzgruppe, A, B, C, and D of about 3,000 men, complimented by Wehrmacht, Waffen SS, Police Battalions, Auxilliaries from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Ukraine. Actually, a bit of self promotion here see my Book- der Einsatzgruppe and the Destruction of European Jewry.

13) assumption that a 5 man detachment can keep pace and be everywhere at once.
Response: 13) Sorry, are you suggesting there were only 5 men in the whole of the Einsatzgruppe? Though the Einsatzgruppe themselves consisted of 3,000 members, there were 80,000 personnel, Waffen SS, Wehrmacht, Police Battalions, auxilliary forces from Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Ukraine, all connected to the overall Einsatz operations.

14) These squads only lasted a year before being disbanded.
Response: 14) Though the Einsatzgruppe were gradually withdrawn from the First Sweep they remained in situ for some 22 months to Murder those Jews who escaped that initial onslaught.

15) Hitler thought they were "ineffective and inefficient". Something new had to be done. Hitler decided to build death camps.
Response: 15) We can hardly call the slaughter of 1,500,000 Jews ineffective nor inefficient. Hitler simply wished to save his forces the continued psychologically debilitating effects and produce a system that would release the Einsatz for the faltering War.

16) Not all Jews were sent to death camps.
Response: 16) That is true, as you have stated, the Einsatzgruppe eventually dealt with the murders of 1,500,000 Jews, the Concentration and Labour Camps and the debillitating effects of Starvation in the Ghettoes dealt a further blow to the Jews of Europe.

17) There were eight death camps in total.
Response: 17) We have to agree to differ here, there were 6 recognised Death Camps, those facility's designed for the mass slaughter of the Jewish People. We can tend to confuse the issue if we begin to include all those facility's were Jews were indeed murdered.

18) first and longest operating one (Auschwitz II)
Response: 18) Auschwitz II was Birkenau and was in operation for over 3 years.

19) didn't have gassing facilities until June of 1943.
Response: 19) You are mixing your dates here, Birkenau commenced gassing in January 1942 in the completed 5 Gas Chambers. The addition of 4 Gassing Rooms in June 1943 complimented the efficiency to murder the accepted figure of 1,200,000 Jews.

20) The date of the official closure of the extermination machine isn't clear
Response: 20) Auschwitz was Liberated by Russian Forces 27th. January 1945.

21) Auschwitz was open two years.
Response: 21) Auschwitz was established in 1939 until Liberaton. Birkenau was in operation from October 1941 until 25th. November 1944, for over 3 years.

22) the "plaque number" (the low estimate) of two million, that's a million people a year.
Response: 22) I contend that some 2,500,000 Jews were murdered here at Auschwitz/Birkenau, even when Hoess suggested 4,000,000 Jews were murdered there. However, we have to accept that historical analysis does suggest 1,200,000 Jews murdered. This still represents some 400,000 Jews murdered every year.

23) Number time again: 365 days = 8760 hours: 8760 hours = 525600 minutes: 1,000,000 dead / 525600 hours = 1.90258752 killed a minute.
Response: 23) You transposed 525600 minutes to 525600 hours later, but still, 1,200,000 Murdered over 1,095 days means 26,280 hours or 1,576,800 minutes. Using your methodology, that equates to 1 person murdered every 45 seconds.

24) 30 seconds to kill one person.
Response: 24) It takes but a moment to kill a person.

25) We know it took four hours from start to finish to operate a crematorium.
Response: 25) We must remember that there was more than one Gas Chamber at Auschwitz/Birkenau, and there was an open 'burning pit'. There was also a capacity to 'handle' well over 3,000,000 victims here in the given time span. Unfortunately, your maths cannot conceal the fact that not just one Crematorium was in operation or that the capacity to murder was even limited by the usage of Gassing and Crematorium both working in tandem. Along with the 'burning pits' utilized, there were shootings, hangings, starvation and other privations which all added to the dimension of destruction employed within all Death Camps. The only variance was with the method of gassing, Zyklon 'B' versus Carbon Monoxide. Below is the analyis I have made of the destructive capacity of Auschwitz/Birkenau. This is a study from my 1st. Book

Testimony and Fading Memory in the Holocaust

1) There was a crematorium situated within Auschwitz I, with a Gas chamber using x3 ovens for the 'handling' of 320 bodies daily, and operated between January 1942 and April 1943. The total capacity for murder, and concealment of the evidence, was in the region of 150,000 People who could be 'handled'. All traces are therefore, clearly eradicated.

2) Within Bunker 1, at the installation Birkenau, there were x2 gas chambers with a daily capacity for 800 persons. This installation operated throughout 1942. The total capacity for murder, and concealment of the evidence, was in the region of 290,000 People who could be 'handled'. A Mass grave at this installation was also in operation.

3) Within Bunker 2, Birkenau, there were x4 gas chambers with a daily capacity for 1,200 persons. This installation operated throughout 1942 and parts of 1944. The burning pits were also situated within this complex. The total capacity for murder, and the concealment of the evidence, was in the region of 500,000 People who could be 'handled'.

4) Within Krema 2, Birkenau, there were x5 ovens with a daily capacity for 1,400 persons. This installation operated from the beginning of 1943 till the end of 1944. The total capacity for murder, and the concealment of the evidence, was in the region of 800,000 People who could be 'handled'.

5) Within Krema 3, Birkenau, there were x5 ovens with a daily capacity for 1,400 persons. This installation operated for some 16 months between June 1943 and November 1944. The total capacity for murder, and the concealment of the evidence, was in the region of 700,000 People who could be 'handled'.

6) Within Krema 4, Birkenau, there were x2 ovens with a daily capacity for 770 persons. This installation operated between Spring 1943 and 7th. October 1944. Having been destroyed by a Jewish revolt it remained decommissioned. The total capacity for murder, and the concealment of the evidence, was in the region of 423,000 People who could be 'handled'.

7) Within Krema 5, Birkenau, there were x2 ovens with a daily capacity for 770 persons. This operation installation operated between Spring 1943 and the end of 1944. The total capacity for murder, and the concealment of the evidence, was in the region of 490,000 People who could be 'resettled' and 'handled', a very ' Final Solution.'

 

26) Lets take that and work by percents:

Auschwitz II — 131,400 dead Belzec — 42% of Auschwitz — 55,188 dead
Chelmno — 23% — 30,222 dead Jasenovac — 42% — 55,188 dead Majdanek — 26% — 34,164 dead
Maly Trostinets — 4% — 5,256 dead Sobibor — 18% — 23,652 dead Treblinka — 62% — 81,468 dead Total? 416,538 dead. The math just doesn't add up.
Response: 26) Your maths does not add up. I acually missed the part where there was acceptance that each Death Camp worked at the percentage rate of Auschwitz/Birkenau? Also, you have started off with the premise that we are in agreement that Birkenau accounted for only 131,400 Murdered? Please see my Death Camp hypothesis below, as a conclusion of my response to you.
 

THE HOLOCAUST ACCOUNT, that is always represented by Auschwitz/Birkenau, draws our attention away from the overall assault upon the Jewish People. That analysis must clearly come to terms with what happened to the 6,000,000 Jews of the Holocaust. Drawn together with historical accuracy, with that Nazi penchant for detail and pragmatism we have an understanding of missing communities which all leaves us with a criminal catastrophe always weighted in statistics. Like Simon Wiesenthal, I do not wish to reflect upon the terms of the atrocity in statistical terms alone. We are dealing with the destruction of a People, a Jewish People who are presented here:

Auschwitz/Birkenau 1,200,000 Jews murdered (possibly as many as 2,500,000 on my own analysis?)

Belzec 680,000 Jews murdered (possibly as many as 1,250,000 on my own analysis?)
Chelmno 400,000 Jews murdered (agrees with my own analysis?)

Majdanek 360,000 Jews murdered (though I suggest possibly 200,000?)

Sobibor 300,000 Jews murdered (agrees with my own analysis?)

Treblinka 900,000 Jews murdered (possibly as many as 1,200,000 on my own analysis)

"Always to Remember, Never to Forget."
Patrick Dempsey

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

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AGUDATH ISRAEL LEADER JOINS EFFORT TO FREE SHOLOM RUBASHKIN
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, January 28, 2010.
 

No doubt, Eric Holder, President Obama's Attorney General, is well embedded in the anti-Jewish crusade to intimidate all Jews. As previously conducted against AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) intended to silence the legal Jewish lobby in Congress.

Persecuting Sholom Rubashkin further adds to pressuring American Jews to remain silent while Obama and his Czars force Israel to accept a Muslim Arab Palestinian Two-State Solution.

Rubashkin is merely another arrow in Obama and Holder's quiver.
[See full information in Press Release below Winston Commentary]

Sholom Rubashkin was convicted after a jury trial before Judge Linda Reade in federal court in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, of bank fraud relating to Agriprocessors' loan from First Bank Business Capital of St. Louis, and for failure to pay livestock providers in a timely manner. The bank never filed a complaint and the loan was being paid until U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted a raid on Agriprocessors' premises in May 2008, driving Agriprocessors into bankruptcy. The company was sold and the Rubashkin family is in debt. Charges that Agriprocessors employed illegal aliens have been dropped.

Note some prominent but not complete facts listed below:

1. In May 2008, the U.S. government raided the largest Kosher meat processing factory in America, Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa. Agriprocessors had brought excellent food to all Jews who kept Kosher. They also brought very profitable jobs to Postville. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested and charged the workers with being illegal aliens.

NOTE THAT CHARGES THAT AGRIPROCESSORS EMPLOYED ILLEGAL ALIENS HAVE BEEN DROPPED.

But, the ICE raid and destruction of Agriprocessors bankrupt the company and the Rubashkins. While they had been paying off their bank loan and their livestock providers in a timely fashion, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ruined a successful business and then charged Sholom Rubashkin with failing to pay the First Bank Business Capital of St. Louis WHICH NEVER FILED A COMPLAINT.

In simple words, two main charges, "Illegal Aliens" and "Default of bank loan" have been invalidated.

So why was Rubashkin convicted and of what?

  1. Sholom Rubashkin was taken from his home and family (who were not told where he was) in Iowa, virtually kidnaped to a Federal Court in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. [I don't know if his family could attend or not.]

  2. He was imprisoned for 76 days prior to his trial — although he was clearly not a flight risk. He was denied Kosher food and the ability to obey his religious commandments. When he was first brought to jail, he was forced to strip. He refused to remove his Tallit Katan (the small prayer shawl that an Orthodox religious man must wear in order to walk anywhere). He was denied Kosher food on a regular basis. He has not been able to eat hot food every since he was jailed. He was not able to perform other religious observances that would be available to him only if he were in custody in his own home (under guard).

  3. The most heart-rending tragedy of this whole persecution is that he and his wife have 10 children, 6 of whom live at home. They have an autistic 16 year old son who has always been heavily dependent upon his father. If Rubashkin could live at home, he could try to prepare his children for his lengthy absence, if he is sentenced heavily.

Now the Federal Prosecutors (under Attorney General Eric Holder) demand that he be incarcerated before his sentencing — even though the District Judge eventually agreed that the pre-trial detention was "inappropriate". Now Mr. Rubashkin has been held in Linn County Correctional Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa since November 12, 2009, pending his sentencing.

AND: Moreover, his friends and his religious community have offered to pay for a 24-hour private armed security guard that will, in effect, imprison him in his home until his sentencing. A total of approximately 8 million dollars in the equity of 43 homes has been offered as security for his appearance. And to demonstrate the intensity of their conviction that he will not flee, rabbis have offered Torah scrolls — that may not be assigned except for the most extreme and exigent needs — as security for his presence.

This below is from The Yeshiva World
http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=46135

 

Washington, D.C. — Agudath Israel of America executive vice president Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel joined a group of prominent rabbis gathered for a news conference at the National Press Club here today to express dismay and concern over the premature imprisonment of Sholom Rubashkin, and to urge the U.S. Department of Justice to closely scrutinize the demands by federal prosecutors in Iowa that Rubashkin be imprisoned before he is sentenced.

The group — which involved rabbis from some of the nation's largest and most well known Jewish organizations — also walked to the Department of Justice to deliver the following letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting a meeting with him"

Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Dear Mr. Attorney General:

The undersigned rabbis are representatives of leading Orthodox Jewish membership organizations in the United States that speak for hundreds of thousands of Jewish families across the country. We join together to express our profound concern and dismay over the harsh position taken by federal prosecutors in Iowa with respect to the pre-sentencing detention of Mr. Sholom Rubashkin. In light of numerous objective factors that make it clear Mr. Rubashkin is not a "flight risk," and in light of certain compelling personal and familial considerations that render his pre-sentencing detention particularly cruel, it appears to us and many of our constituents that the prosecutors' ongoing insistence that Mr. Rubashkin remain incarcerated through the long months he awaits sentencing is unjustifiable, even inhumane. We respectfully urge you, Mr. Attorney General, to take a personal interest in this serious matter, and to meet with our group to discuss it further.

This is not the first time we have had occasion to speak out about Mr. Rubashkin's premature detention. Last year, he was imprisoned for 76 days prior to his trial, also on the ostensible theory that he was a flight risk. Our groups voiced our concern at that time, and eventually the District Judge agreed that pre-trial detention was inappropriate.

Although Mr. Rubashkin complied with every detail of the terms under which he was ultimately released before trial, the District Judge, at the urging of the prosecution, imprisoned him again after the jury's verdict — as a result of which Mr. Rubashkin has been held in Linn County Correctional Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa since November 12, 2009, pending his sentencing. His appeal from that decision is now pending, after an unexplained denial by three Circuit Judges, before the full Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Legalities aside, we are astounded that the federal prosecutors have been demanding that he be incarcerated although he is demonstrably not a flight risk, and imprisonment severely curtails his religious observance. In addition, his current family circumstances are particularly heart-rending and call for his presence at home.

Mr. Rubashkin has been an observant Orthodox Jew since birth. His dietary observances prevent him from eating food that is not certified as kosher or that is heated in a non-kosher appliance. He, therefore, has eaten only cold food while in prison. In addition during his imprisonment he has been unable engage in the required communal prayer. And he is unable to perform other religious observances that would be available to him if he were in custody in his own home and permitted to leave rarely and under guard for religious observances.

He and his wife have ten children, six of whom live at home with their parents. They have an autistic 16-year-old son who has always been heavily dependent on his father. Mr. Rubashkin's absence from his home at this time — when he is most needed to prepare his children in case he is sentenced to a lengthy prison term — is devastating.

The legal restriction regarding his release on bail prior to his sentencing depends entirely, we understand, on whether conditions of release are proposed that would assure his presence at sentencing. The District Judge released him prior to trial on GPS electronic monitoring and a $500,000 security bond. He complied meticulously with all conditions of pretrial release, and we — along with his community — are confident that he will continue such total fidelity to the conditions of release prior to sentencing if he is continued on the same bail terms.

Moreover, his friends and his religious community have offered to pay for a 24-hour private armed security guard that will, in effect, imprison him in his home until his sentencing. A total of approximately 8 million dollars in the equity of 43 homes has been offered as security for his appearance. And to demonstrate the intensity of their conviction that he will not flee, rabbis have offered Torah scrolls — that may not be assigned except for the most extreme and exigent needs — as security for his presence.

There is, we believe, no justification for the prosecutors' ongoing insistence that Mr. Rubashkin remain in jail pending sentencing. We recognize that Mr. Rubashkin has been convicted of serious federal offenses, but they were not offenses that endangered society.

Employing illegal aliens and committing bank fraud by compromising the security for a bank loan do not warrant the extreme draconian sanction of pre-sentencing imprisonment that the federal prosecutors have demanded and that courts have granted at their request.

We request that you review this case personally and that you meet with us for a discussion of this very serious injustice.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Agudath Israel of America
Rabbi Pesach Lerner, National Council of Young Israel
Rabbi Aaron Raskin, NCFJE
Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum, Rabbinical Alliance of America
Rabbi Aaron Lipskar, Rabbinical Assoc. of Queens, Greater New York
Rabbi Aryeh Sokoloff, Aleph Institute

The petition for rehearing filed on behalf of Mr. Rubashkin by attorney Nathan Lewin notes that: "Sholom Rubashkin is not John Dillinger or Jack the Ripper, although he has been treated by prosecutors and by the courts, because of immense prejudicial publicity, as if he were Public Enemy No. 1. The unseemly haste to imprison him is reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's Queen of Hearts who proclaimed: "Sentence first, verdict afterwards.'"

Participating in the news conference in addition to Rabbi Zwiebel were: Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Executive Vice President, National Council of Young Israel; Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum, Director, Rabbinical Alliance of America; Rabbi Aaron Lipskar, Executive Vice President, Aleph Institute; Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin, National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education, and Rabbi Aryeh Sokolov, Rabbinical Association of Queens, Greater New York.

YWN World Headquarters, NYC
http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=46135

 

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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DOCUMENT REVEALS SCOPE OF EU TRADE WITH IRAN
Posted by Sandra Levy, January 28, 2010.

This speaks for itself. All of the talk of sanctions against Iran is just that — "talk". This is from Ynet News, Israel:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3840782,00.html. It was written by Roni Sofer

 

While European countries talk of imposing harsher economic sanctions on Iran, Foreign Ministry document obtained by Ynet shows trade ties very much intact, with Germany, Italy and France in the lead

Europe boasts of its efforts to foil the Iranian nuclear program, but in reality has been trading with the Islamic Republic in the amount of some €65 billion (roughly $91 billion) in the past three years.

The leading countries in trade with Iran include Spain, France, Italy, Holland and Belgium, a document obtained by Ynet that has been circulating in the Foreign Ministry and based on European Union numbers showed.

Calls for harsher sanctions against Iran in hopes of stopping its nuclear armament continue to increase. Among other things, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the matter with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during his visit to Germany last week.

France has also adamantly demanded that Iran put an end to its nuclear program, and has threatened harsher sanctions if it fails to do so.

However, the document circulating in the Foreign Ministry shows that these very same countries continue to maintain extensive trade ties with Tehran estimated at billions of euros per year.

This means that even if European governments do seek sanctions against Iran, they are likely to be faced with opposition from the hundreds of thousands of employees of companies that trade with Iran whose livelihood may suffer.

According to the data presented in the document, between January and July of 2009, trade between the 27 European Union countries and Iran amounted to some €10 billion (about $14 billion).

While this is a decline compared to the same period in 2008, when trade amounted to €14.5 billion (around $20 billion), it is still a significant amount, which could make it difficult for these countries to impose economic sanctions on Tehran.

The drop in trade in 2009 compared to 2008 was mainly a result of the global economic crisis, but was also affected by European Union countries' policies aimed at cutting back on trade with Iran amid the diplomatic dispute.

In 2007, trade between the European countries and Iran amounted to some €24 billion (around $33.7 billion) and in 2008 reached nearly €26 billion ($36.5 billion), almost a 7% increase.

European export to Iran amounted to some €11 billion ($15.4 billion) in 2007, and around €11.5 billion ($16.7 billion) in 2008. Import stood at some €14 billion ($19.6 billion) in 2007 and some €14.5 billion ($20.3 billion) in 2008.

In the first half of 2009, European import from Iran stood at some €4 billion ($5.6 billion), and export amounted to around €6 billion ($8.4 billion).

Germany, Italy leading in trade with Iran

The scope of trade with Iran by country, from the largest to the smallest, shows that in the first half of 2009 Germany was at the top of the chart with over €2 billion ($2.8 billion) in trade with Iran. Italy came in second with similar numbers, and France following with €1.46 billion ($2 billion) in trade with Iran.

Next came Holland, with €1.3 billion ($1.8 billion), followed by Spain, with €1.2 billion ($1.7 billion).

However, the decline in trade between the EU and Iran in 2009 should be noted. The overall numbers of import and export last year showed a 31% drop in the first half of the year.

The country with the steepest decline in trade with Iran was Greece, with a 67% drop. Next was Portugal, with a 65% decline in trade with the Islamic Republic, and Finland with a 60% drop.

With regards to import from Iran, a 48.5% general drop was recorded in the first half of 2009. The leading country to cut back on import from Iran was Portugal, with a 70% decline in import, and was followed by Romania with a 58% drop, and France with a 57% drop.

The decline of exports from the European Union during the first half of 2009 was less dramatic. No country, in the wake of the economic crisis, was able to allow itself to cut back on exports.

The data in the hands of the Israeli Foreign Ministry shows a decline of around 8.2% in exports to Iran in the time period of January to July, 2009.

A number of countries even increased trade with Iran, including the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary and Poland.

The data shows that many European nations, despite extolling additional sanctions on Iran, do business worth billions of euro a year with the country. This will no doubt hinder their ability to impose sanctions without doing harm to their own markets.

Many of these states are still in the grips of an economic crisis, which will render the move all the more difficult, and it appears the EU as a whole will have trouble supporting additional economic sanctions on Iran.

Contacft Sandra Levy by email at shula2933@gmail.com

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TIM GEITHNER FUNDS HAMAS: US TREASURY OPENS AVENUE FOR FUNDING HAMAS
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, January 27, 2010.
 

If there was any suspicion that Obama has directed his regime to take an Islamist track, this should have removed all doubt. Financing Terrorists is what we expect of Iran, Syria, the Russians, England and those others who wish to appease Muslim Arab oil Terrorist nations. Deliberately funding Terror is clearly a criminal act, no matter how slick the transfer. Those who do this should be arrested, tried and jailed — regardless of status or rank. Who would have thought an American President and his accomplices would have become allies of Terrorists like Hamas — among others.

Below is "Tim Geithner Funds Hamas: US Treasury Opens Avenue for Funding Hamas" from Maggie's Notebook
http://maggiesnotebook.blogspot.com/2010/01/ tim-geithner-funds-hamas-us-treasury.html

 

If you have any doubt of this administration's Muslim sympathies, you can lose that right now. The U.S. Treasury has allowed the terrorist organization, Hamas, to begin receiving funds from around the world, by removing all names of Hamas terrorists from the International terror list, except one, Musa Abu Marzouk. This was an unnecessary action, as an international lawsuit to stop this was a considered possibility.

The original report came from Arutz Sheva, an Israeli online news site. So far, blogs are hot on the story, but a search of Google News reveals no main stream media, anywhere, reporting. Thanks to Infidels are Cool for the heads up.

You might remember that Barack Obama's pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, printed Marzouk's Palestinian manifesto in his Sunday church bulletin on July 10, 2007. Marzouk was arrested at JFK airport in July 1995, and eventually evicted from the country. He is an American-educated Ph.D. with many aliases, among them: Moussa Abu Marzouk, Musa Abu Marzuq, and Musa Abu Marzook. He is believed to be operating out of Damascus, but was born in Gaza. Marzouk's terrorist connections are so obvious even Tim Geithner could not remove his name. How many American taxpayer dollars are streaming to Hamas bank accounts?

Here's the Israeli media's report. I hope you will read it all:

(IsraelNN.com) The United States Treasury has taken all but one member of Hamas off the international list of terrorists, thus enabling funds from the European Union to enter Hamas-controlled Gaza.

It is an open secret that large sums of money from the EU flow into Gaza in the guise of humanitarian aid and salaries for officials, but are actually funneled into the coffers of Hamas, which controls Gaza with an iron grip. This method of transferring funds into terrorists' hands could have been blocked by an international lawsuit, but according to journalist Avi Tarango, the United States Treasury has made this impossible by removing all but one Hamas man — Deputy Chairman of the Political Bureau, Musa Abu Marzouk — from the list of international terrorists.

The updated terrorist list, published last week, takes up 443 pages. However, according to Tarango, who went over the list, none of the tens of thousands of people who form Hamas is mentioned — other than Abu Marzuk, who resides in Damascus. The terrorist list is meant for distribution in the world banking system, where the transfer of funds to anyone on the list is prohibited.

Cleared for Funding
Abu Marzouk is listed as having been born in Gaza on February 9, 1951, and as bearing an Egyptian passport with the number 92/664. "While branches of Hamas appear in the list under different names, such as 'The Students of Ayash,' 'The Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza,' 'The Iz A-Din El-Kassam Battalions,' the rest of Hamas's men do not appear on the list at all," Tarango said.

"Musa Abu-Marzouk's presence on the list means that whoever tries to transfer money to him personally will be rejected by the world banking system and be accused of funding terrorism, but the transfer of funds to any other Hamas man will not arouse suspicion," he explained.

According to published reports and other sources, the journalist said, the EU sends millions of Euros every month to cover the salaries of 77,000 employees of the Palestinian Authority and about 70,000 recipients of welfare aid in Gaza.

"EU laws define Hamas as a terror organization and therefore the EU people need to verify on a name-by-name basis that none of the people receiving salaries and support is a terrorist," Tarango said. "This is done by the EU's cash transfer mechanism, PEGASE, which verifies that none of the recipients of salaries are members of Hamas's police force or activists of the military wing of Hamas, by comparing the names as received from the PA treasury department with the list of international terror activists. However, since the newly-updated list contains no Hamas officials except for Marzouk, the European check will find nothing and the funds for Gaza salaries will be transferred in whole to the Gaza banks."

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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YOU MAY NOT BE PRO-ISRAEL IF; ISRAEL'S HAITI HOSPITAL PRAISED; WHY ISRAEL HUMILIATED TURKEY
Posted by Steven Shamrak, January 27, 2010.
 

You May not be pro-Israel IF...
by Moshe Phillips

You may not be "Pro-Israel" if you support the establishment of a "Palestinian State ".

You may not be "Pro-Israel" if you think that there is any "Final Status" for Jerusalem other than as the Eternal and United Capitol of the State of Israel and the Jewish People.

You may not be "Pro-Israel" if the words "Final Status" does not sound in your ears just too close to "Final Solution".

You may not be "Pro-Israel" if you fail to advocate the immediate relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Te Aviv.

You may not be "Pro-Israel" if you think that East Jerusalem is anything but a myth created to wrench Jerusalem away from Israel.

You may not be "Pro-Israel" if you think a return to Israel's 1967 borders would place Israel in a better strategic and defensible position than where it stands now.

You may not be "Pro-Israel" if you still think the piece of paper Israel received in exchange for the Sinai's oil reserves, tourism revenue and strategic depth... in a post-Mubarak Egypt were worth it.

You may not be "Pro-Israel" if you think the U.N is fair to Israel.

You may not be "Pro-Israel" if you think the mainstream media portrays news from Israel accurately.

You may not be "Pro-Israel" if you fail to question the decades old U.S. State Departments Arabist policies.

You may not be "Pro-Israel" if you think Holocaust denier Mahmoud Abbas ever sincerely wanted true peace.

You may not be "Pro-Israel" if you think Israel should be held to a higher moral standard than other nations.

You may not be "Pro-Israel" if you believe that negotiations are the answer.

Action Alert: Support Passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution by US House of Representatives — The world kept silent during and after the genocide of almost 1.5 million Armenians by Turks, who are still denying it, during 1915-1917. This atrocity was facilitated by international indifference and silence and paved the way for the Holocaust!

Kingdom of Israel Existed in the 10th century BCE. A recently found and deciphered inscription dating from the 10th century BCE showed that it was a Hebrew inscription, making it the earliest known Hebrew writing.

Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak

If a country has no self-respect why would others respect it? President Carter allowed the humiliation of the United States by Iran, during the hostage crisis, to go unpunished. Eight years after 9/11, Al Quaeda is thriving and Osama bin Laden is still alive. The major sponsor of international Islamic terrorism, Saudi Arabia, is an official 'best friend' of the United States! Similar statements can be made about Israel and its 60 years of so-called independence. It is time to regain our self-respect!

Abbas: There is no Difference between Hamas and Fatah. Palestinian Authority PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech a week ago that being in power is the only difference between his Fatah Party and the rival Hamas terrorist faction. "The Palestinian Authority is the legitimate authority and that is the difference." In a particularly hard-line speech, he boasted that the Arab leaders in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Fatah) "have not offered any concessions from May 1988 until today."

Israel's Haiti Hospital Praised: Israeli Field Hospital a Model for Crisis Care (NBC News), Israel's Makeshift ICU Saving Lives in Haiti (FOX News), Israel's Disproportionate Response (American Thinker), "No One Except the Israeli Hospital Has Taken Any of Our Patients" (CNN), Israeli IDF Hospital: The "Rolls Royce" of Medicine in Haiti (CBS News), Israelis Save Trapped Earthquake Victim (BBC News), Miracle birth of baby Israel in Haiti (The Australian). (What have the oil rich Arab countries done to help Haiti and during other international disasters? Sponsoring international terrorism is the only thing they are good at!)

Who is Real Self-hating Extremist? The State Attorney's Office has instructed police to launch an investigation against journalist Natan Zahavi after he had announced a cash prize to anyone who would smash the face of settler or Haredi person who he said calls soldiers "Nazis" during his radio program. (The desire of the Jewish left to destroy their and Israel's Jewishness is treason of the highest degree — Self-Hate must end!)

Congressman Challenges Obama Eligibility. A new media initiative by a group of citizen-journalists reports Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., has written to President Obama asking him to prove his eligibility to hold the office of president. This is probably the first time in 233 years of American history that a sitting member of the House of Representatives has officially challenged the legitimacy of a sitting president. (Is it really so difficult for the president of the United States to find and produce his original birth certificate and stop blocking access to information about his birth?)

Arab Illegal Settlements Must Go First. Israeli soldiers have demolished 30 buildings in the small Palestinian village of Khirbit Tana, east of the Judea (northern West Bank) city of Nablus. In February of 2009, the Israeli High Court did not recognize the farmer's ownership of the lands and ruled that all structures in Khirbit Tana should be demolished.

Quote of the Week: "...too many uninformed individuals who like to view themselves as open minded — 'progressives'. They seem to somehow claim superiority on compassion, on peace, on open-mindedness and on appreciation of other cultures... They restrict themselves to self-criticism and make politically-correct excuses for Islamism. Regrettably, they show their indisputable acceptance of 'others' at the expense of the public's responsibility to learn the truth about Islam's detrimental tenets." — Dr. Wafa Sultan is a Syrian-born certified psychiatrist — It sounds like she wrote about self-hating Jews, doesn't it?

Muslims Oppose Accepting Israel as a Jewish State. According to a creditable private poll of Saudi citizens taken in November 2009, only 9% of urban Saudis said they would accept Israel "as a Jewish state," even "under the right conditions." Meanwhile only 26% of Egyptians said they could accept Israel as a Jewish state, this in spite of the fact that the poll was taken thirty years after the implementation of a formal Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement. (Muslims love creating monotheistic Islamic states but are intolerant toward the Jewish one and demand freedom of religion in the Christian countries.)

Keep European anti-Semitic Trash out of Israel. Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Storr met last week with the head of PA chief Mahmoud Abbas' staff, Rafik al-Husseini, and PA Jerusalem Affairs minister Ahmed al-Rawidi, at the Augusta Victoria Hospital on the Mount of Olives. It was the first time a foreign dignitary had met a PA government official in Jerusalem since the closure of the Orient House in 2001.

What is Next — Another Round of Useless Sanctions? Iran has rejected a Western proposal that other countries prepare its enriched uranium for use in nuclear power plants. Western countries had said that they would impose further sanctions on Iran if it rejected the plan. But members of the United Nations security council — the US, Britain, France, China and Russia — as well as Germany could not agree on levying a fourth round of sanctions

No Apologies Expected. The Kuwaiti foreign minister Mohammad El Sabah has been quoted as saying, ''the government of Israel is not normal, and the person at its head is an imbecile and a nut case.''

What is Vatican Hiding? Following Pope Benedict the 16th visit to the Great Synagogue in Rome, Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom called on the Vatican to open its archives from the Holocaust era in order to reduce the tension between Judaism and Christianity. (If the Vatican is so proud of the actions of Pope Pius XII during Holocaust, why 60 years later are the archives still closed and so the world is unable to 'appreciate' his 'saintly deeds'?)

No Apologies are Offered. The Foreign Minister of Kuwait, Muhammad a-Sabah, on Sunday called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a "stupid and crazy ruler". (Israel must stop apologising to arrogant enemies, including Turkey. They never do!)

Why Israel Humiliated Turkey.

A diplomatic spat is threatening to worsen Israel's strained relations with Turkey, traditionally one of its most important allies in the region. The rift exposes growing Israeli frustration with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who in a bid to increase Turkey' s regional standing has increasingly spoken out against Israel.

This latest crisis included a showdown at Israel' s Foreign Ministry: Breaking with diplomatic protocol, Israeli officials failed to include the customary Turkish flag on the table between them and the Turkish ambassador, whom they seated on a low couch. "The message was, 'We've had enough,'" says Ephraim Inbar, an expert on Turkey-Israel relations at Israel' s Bar-Ilan University. "Erdogan has taken things too far. It might have not been the best treatment for an ambassador, but it came from the gut. The signal is that we're not going to take it anymore."

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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ISRAEL THE BEAUTIFUL: ALMOND BLOSSOMS AFTER THE STORM
Posted by Yehoshua Halevi, January 27, 2010.
 

Almond blossoms following a winter rain storm.

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

HOW I GOT THE SHOT:

The heavens finally opened up over Israel during the past week, bringing an end to a long spell of weather so mild that fruit trees began showing blossoms on the first of January. Because I live in the mountains, some 900 meters above sea level, winter storms don't pass over us, they pass through us. The tail end of one storm left the region shrouded in thick fog, and I had a vision of creating a sort of minimalist photograph with snow white blossoms set against a sea of white smoke. By the time I found an opportunity to shoot, the fog had lifted, but left behind remnants of the fallen moisture clinging to the blossoms.

As the calendar turns to the month of Shevat, so must the almond trees bloom in Israel. Choosing one randomly not far from my home, I set up my tripod and camera mounted with a macro lens for close-range shooting. Finding an appropriate subject takes a few moments of scanning the tree until my eye catches a candidate, which must also survive further scrutiny for blemishes, torn petals, or, most importantly, distracting backgrounds. It's a delicate process maneuvering the camera close to the subject and several times I gently knocked an adjacent branch, emitting shock waves that scattered the beads of rain and ruined my subject.

In the end, I did succeed with several images, including this one, which I chose because I like the way the background mimics the mottled look of the flowers holding drops of rain. With a macro lens, the subject is often mere inches from the front of the lens and the result is very shallow depth of field, perfect for throwing everything out of focus, except for the main subject. As the full moon rises in the sky this weekend, we mark Tu B'shevat (Jan. 30-31), the new year for trees in Israel. May we continue to merit the blessing of rain and seasonal renewal.

Contact Yehoshua Halevi by email at smile@goldenlightimages.com and visit his website:
http://www.goldenlightimages.com. Reproductions of his work as cards, calenders and posters may be purchased at
http://www.cafepress.com/halevi18

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EGYPT'S INTERNET CRACKDOWN
Posted by Cyber Dissidents Organization, January 27, 2010.

This is by David Keyes of the Daily Beast
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-01-25/ egypts-internet-crackdown/?cid=:justposted1

David Keyes is director of Cyberdissidents.org, which promotes the free expression of online political dissidents. He can be reached at david@cyberdissidents.org

 

The crackdown on bloggers in Egypt is as ferocious as anything in Iran, and yet the United States has ignored it. David Keyes on the West's shameful silence.

On January 15, over two dozen Egyptian bloggers and activists were arrested en route to a show of solidarity following the deaths of six Coptic Christians in the southern province of Qena. Among those detained were some of Egypt's most famous Internet activists such as Wael Abbas and Ahmad Badawy. The bloggers' cell phones and IDs were taken by Egyptian police. Though they were released a day later, this crackdown sent shockwaves through the dissident community in Egypt. Wael Abbas was even rearrested and sentenced to six months in prison on the spurious charge of damaging an internet cable.

The Egyptian government's ruthless repression of Internet activists shows no signs of easing. On the contrary, one of Egypt's leading young bloggers attested on condition of anonymity that the regime's crackdowns h ave only gotten more sophisticated with every passing month. Though technology has dramatically increased dissidents' capacity to organize and protest, Princeton historian Bernard Lewis told me that it also gives modern Middle Eastern dictators the ability to "surveil, control and repress undreamt of by Haroun al Rashid, Suliman the Magnificent, al-Hajjaj" and other autocrats of yore.

In the case of Egypt, Edmund Burke's dictum that all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing is far from sufficient. Evil triumphs in Cairo because supposedly good men in the West openly and unapologetically fund and arm it. America has supplied Egypt with approximately 50 billion dollars of aid (primarily military) since Husni Mubarak came to power three decades ago. Stability was supposedly bought at the price of liberty-a fool's bargain. Instead, Egypt remains impoverished, illiterate, autocratic, corrupt and repressive, not exactly the conditions for lasting stability or peace.

In the summer of 2006, I sat with an Egyptian friend in a Cairo cafe and began to talk politics. He silenced me immediately. "Il hitan liha withan" he said in Arabic. "The walls have ears." I vividly recall the vast numbers of security forces on the streets of Cairo brandishing guns outfitted with bayonets. How revealing, I thought. The Egyptian regime is afraid, first and foremost, of their own people. This is why they do not trust them to write, think or blog freely. It is also why they need antiquated knives on their ends of their guns. Bayonets will not intimidate any foreign army, but they just might work against bloggers and students.

Last December, 24 year old blogger Kareem Amer's final appeal was rejected and he now enters his fourth year in prison for the unthinkable crimes of criticizing Egypt's dictator and "insulting" the predominant religion. A steady parade of Western diplomats have come through Cairo in the past four years and it is fair to ask how many times Kareem's name has come up. If ever there was a man whose struggle symbolized the values of America-it is him. He is a staunch advocate of Jeffersonian separation of religion and state and is a living exemplar of Patrick Henry's dictum: give me liberty or give me death. In his last blog post before his arrest, Amer, who hopes one day to open a human rights law firm, wrote "I shall not recant, not even by an inch, from any word I have written."

I asked one of Egypt's leading female bloggers who requested that I not publish her name if the recent crackdowns increased fear in the blogging community. "No!" she responded defiantly. "The opposite always happens. When someone deprives you of something, you want it more. Kareem Amer is serving four years in jail because of blogging but this actually increased the number of bloggers not decreased it! The more activists jailed, the more new activists appear."

The primary explanation for the West's appeasement of Egyptian autocracy is faulty priorities. Liberty is playing second fiddle to stability and thus neither has been achieved. Rather, the seeds of misery, terror, extremism and poverty are being sown in Egypt with open acquiescence from the West.

The release of heroic dissidents like Kareem Amer will be the one true sign that progress is in motion. American aid should be directly conditioned on Egypt's respect for freedom of expression. Anything less constitutes appeasement of tyranny and will come back to haunt us.

Contact Cyberdissidents by email at newsletter@cyberdissidents.org

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NEW "TURBANED" MAN ARRESTED
Posted by Susana K-M, January 27, 2010.

This was written by Bill Katz and it is archived on his website:
www.urgentagenda.com

 

JUST DEVELOPING — News is first coming in about this, but we may have just dodged another terrorist bullet. From CNN:

A man was arrested Monday after police found an arsenal of high-powered weapons and a map of a U.S. military base in his New Jersey hotel, authorities said.

You know, the kind of stuff everyone has.

Lloyd R. Woodson, 43, was arrested and faces multiple weapons charges after an investigation into his suspicious behavior at a store in Branchburg, New Jersey, said local prosecutor Wayne J. Forrest.

Woodson, wearing a military jacket, went to a store called Quick Chek on Monday afternoon and was acting suspiciously, Forrest said in a statement. The clerk called authorities.

The clerk is a hero, and may have prevented another Fort Hood. When officers arrived, Woodson ran into the woods. He was subdued after wrestling with officers, the statement said. During the struggle, officers noticed that Woodson was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying an assault rifle in his coat.

And here is the intrigue:

Officers searched Woodson's hotel room and found another assault rifle, a grenade launcher, a police scanner, another bulletproof vest, a map of a U.S. military base, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a Middle Eastern-style headdress, the statement said.

A Middle Eastern-style headdress? Why, of course, isn't that what we all wear?

Now, why would a man with that arsenal also have a Middle Eastern-style headdress? I want to know all about this man. And yes, I want to know his religious background.

I hope the press stays on this story. The usual suspects will probably dismiss the Mideast fashion as a coincidence. After all, who are we to question? I want a lot of answers.

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

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FROM ISRAEL: THE HATE THAT DOESN'T DIE
Posted by Arlene Kushner, January 27, 2010.
 

Jew-hatred, that is. Otherwise known as anti-Semitism. Today it also wears the garb of anti-Zionism. But make no mistake, it is the same hatred. Don't believe those who say, "I have nothing against Jews, individually, my quarrel is with the State of Israel." To deny Jews the right to self-determination as a people, and to put that State forever on the defensive, is a form of Jew-hatred.

We will not examine here the theories as to why anti-Semitism may wax and wane, but never goes away. There are many, and I have my own ideas.

The issue is important now, first, because today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day (or the day for commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz), so designated, some five years ago, by the UN. In Israel, the Holocaust (the Shoah) is commemorated in April.

And then, because it is important to note that anti-Semitism — often, but not always, in its garb of anti-Zionism — is increasing. For a while after the Holocaust it was politically incorrect to say you hated Jews. For some time now, it has become acceptable again in various venues.

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What has not been adequately addressed, even amongst many concerned with anti-Semitism more broadly, is that the Muslim/Arab states are probably the greatest purveyors of anti-Semitism today. (There was a time when I would have been more definitive about this, but with the way Europe is going — see below — I am less certain.)

When I speak about what is and what is not politically correct, I note that in many circles it is not PC to address the virulent anti-Semitism that is endemic in the Palestinian Authority.

This Jew-hatred should come as no surprise. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Muhammed Amin al-Husseini, was a Nazi collaborator who hoped that German extermination of the Jews would rid Palestine of its Jewish population. Even earlier, in 1929, he had instigated a pogrom against the Jews of Hevron by spreading false rumors about destruction planned by Jews of Al Aksa Mosque (an inciteful charge that is still leveled at us from time to time). When the Arabs went on their murderous rampage, they shouted "Izbah Al-Yahud!" — slaughter the Jews! And then proceeded to do so.

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Yasser Arafat was of the al-Husseini family. It is said that the Mufti was his uncle; what is certain is that he was Arafat's mentor. Yasser Arafat was schooled in Jew-hatred and passed it along to his people, not the least of whom was Mahmoud Abbas, a co-founder with Arafat of Fatah. Abbas did his doctorate, in Russia, on Holocaust denial.

Here I share with my readers something that has stayed with me for years. Suha was not Arafat's first wife (Islam permitting more than one wife). The one he married first was left behind in Algeria when he came here with Oslo. She was bitter at her abandonment and happy to give an interview to someone from the Washington Post. She explained how she was his support in the difficult years and worked to cheer him. When he was very down, she would send a boy to say to Yasser, "Give me a gun, please, so I can go kill Jews." And then, she reported, Yasser would cheer up, and pat the boy on the head, and say,"Ah, this is our future." Kill Jews, you understand: Not, fight for our state. Kill Jews.

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According to a report just released by the Jewish Agency's Coordinating Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism, there has been a dramatic increase in anti-Semitic incidents around the world. This was especially true in West European countries, which had the highest number of violent anti-Semitic incidents recorded since World War II. The greatest increase was in France, with Britain second.

More anti-Semitic acts were recorded in the first three months of 2009 than were recorded during all of 2008. This is felt to be because of Cast Lead, our operation in Gaza. Here is where anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiment merge. We are denied the right of self-defense accorded all other nations. And here is where the manipulations and pronouncements of Palestinian Arabs serve to discredit and libel us.

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Not only were there more incidents in 2009, their severity increased, so we also saw such things as the horror of Mumbai, and the killing of a guard at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.

Additionally, we are seeing the return of blood libels of the sort that were common in the Middle Ages. Back then, it was the charge that Jews killed Christian children to use their blood for making matzo before Pesach. Now the charge — and this came first from the leading Swedish paper Aftonbladet at the end of last summer — that the IDF kills Palestinian Arabs youth to harvest their organs.

More recently, the Turkish have run a TV series that libels the IDF, with dramatically acted scenes of our soldiers killing old people and kidnapping babies. (Hopefully, I will return to the issue of our relationship with Turkey.)

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Anti-Semitism even touched our humanitarian actions in Haiti. As we all know, the public response to this life-saving operation was incredibly positive, with even media outlets that are routinely biased against Israel, such as CNN, singing our praises. But there were, inevitably, hate-filled blogs, lunatics who cannot be dealt with. Some charged that we did this for self-serving reasons only, to mitigate world opinion with regard to our crimes in Gaza. As one commentator observed, ours is the only nation in the world that must seek to justify a good deed.

And, yes, there were those who said we were harvesting Haitian organs.

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Our right to self-defense in Gaza: We are about to release a response to the Goldstone Report, and I will be returning to this.

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On a brighter note, we have this: Even as there is increased anti-Semitism in Western Europe, in Central Europe, in the very areas where there was complicity with the Holocaust 70 years ago, there is a new support for Israel today.

And so, our leaders have gone to Central European states at this time, to "return its embrace." Said one senior Israeli diplomat, "We are trying to hug those who hug us." While all of the visits are timed to coincide with Holocaust memorial events, they are not simply ceremonial but` are also incorporating meetings with major governmental leaders.

There are five Central European nations that have offered Israel considerable diplomatic support in the EU. Now, three of them are being provided with much appreciated, high-profile visits by our leaders: Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is in Hungary; Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon is in Slovakia; and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is in Poland. The other two nations that have been supportive are the Czech Republic and Romania.

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Today, in Poland, Netanyahu visited Auschwitz, and delivered a talk. He began in English, and then switched to Hebrew, except for the opening words of the Kaddish prayer (the praise of G-d recited by mourners), which are Aramaic.

From that talk:

"We will always remember what the Nazi Amalek [Amalek: the tribe in the Torah that hit our people from the rear, seen as a prototype of those who arise in every generation to destroy us] did to us, and we won't forget to be prepared for the new Amalek, who is making an appearance on the stage of history and once again threatening to destroy the Jews.

"We will not take this lightly and believe that these are empty statements. We will not be calm as if threats and denial of the Holocaust were just blank words. We will never forget and always remember to stand guard.

"We the Jewish people have internalized our lesson well after losing a third of our people, and have learned that the only guarantee for our nation is a strong state and the IDF. "We have learned that we must warn against new dangers standing at the nations' gates and we must be prepared to defend ourselves. I vow that we will never help evil to cut our lives short. Never again."

And so we ask — as the international community fails to address the threat of Iran with seriousness and strength — what is he telling us about our self-defense? What does he intend, to keep us safe? All other questions recede in the face of this one.

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

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LEADING AMERICAN TERRORIST ARRESTED IN YEMEN
Posted by CPocerl, January 27, 2010.

This is from the Last Crusade
thelastcrusade.org/2010/01/27/ leading-american-terrorist-arrested-in-yemen/

 

Jaber Elbaneh, American terrorist arrested in Yemen

An American Muslim accused of helping recruit men known as the "Lackawanna Six" to train at an al-Qaeda terrorist camp and of planning a massive attack on U.S. soil has been taken into custody again in his native Yemen.

Jaber Elbaneh has asked for a lawyer to defend him against charges he's faced in Western New York since 2002. Federal authorities accuse Elbaneh of recruiting the Lackawanna Six, and bringing them to an Al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in 2001. They also maintain that he was engaged with Adnan el-Shukrijumah in planning a nuclear attack on American soil.

According to The Washington Times and other news sources, Mr. Elbaneh was on the campus of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and may have gained access to the University's nuclear reactor, which is one of the largest reactors for educational purposes in the western hemisphere.

Scott Wheeler and other reputable reporters have claimed that Mr. Elbaneh and four other Muslim men on the McMaster campus allegedly stole 180 pounds of nuclear material from McMaster.

The 43-year-old Yemeni-American is on the FBI's list of most-wanted terrorism suspects. He had been held several times by Yemeni officials since being charged in the U.S.

The two countries do not share an extradition treaty.

"We would like to get him back here in the United States for prosecution," said James Robertson, the Special Agent-in-Charge of Buffalo's F.B.I. Office. "He's on our top 28 Most Wanted Terrorists Lists. I think there's a five million dollar reward out for him. It's a matter of high interest to the United States Government."

Elbaneh was previously in custody in Yemen before escaping from a prison with nearly two dozen suspected terrorists in February of 2006.

The U.S. has ramped up anti-terrorism efforts in Yemen since before a Nigerian man, with ties to al-Qaeda, allegedly trained there to bomb a jetliner near Detroit on Christmas day.

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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS KILLS, SAYS ISLAM EXPERT
Posted by Ken Timmerman, January 27, 2010.
 

The U.S. military missed multiple direct warnings that Major Nidal Malik Hasan was contemplating mass mayhem once he learned he was going to be deployed to Afghanistan but ignored them because of political correctness, an Australian scholar of Islam told Newsmax in Washington, D.C. recently.

"At a certain point, someone explained to Major Hasan that he had a duty to fight Americans and that if he didn't, he would go to Hell," says Dr. Mark Durie, who has written several books on Islamic ideology. His latest is, "The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom."

Hasan made a presentation to Army colleagues 18 months before the Fort Hood massacre, warning them that Muslim soldiers were compelled by Quranic teaching to turn against the U.S. military if they were ordered into combat against fellow Muslims.

"A public debate needs to take place about whether ... an Islamic worldview can be in conflict with loyalty" to the United States or any other non-Muslim country, Durie said. "This debate needs to be pursued without being censored by political correctness."

And yet, the 86-page Pentagon report on the Ford Hood massacre, released last week, failed to mention the words "Islam," "Muslim," or "jihad," and called Hasan's actions the product of "self-radicalization."

Challenged at a press conference where he presented his findings last week, the report's main author, former U.S. Army chief Togo West, dismissed Hasan's Muslim faith as a cause of his murderous rampage.

"Suppose it were fundamentalist-Christian-inspired," West said. "Our concern is not with the religion. It is with the potential effect on our soldiers' ability to do their job."

For Durie such views are profoundly misguided, since they fail to take into account the guidance Muslim authorities are providing to their co-religionists around the world on how they should live and interact with the West.

Durie cited recent rulings by some of the world's most respected Islamic jurists on the subject of "divided loyalties" that eventually drove Hasan to murder.

"Their rulings presuppose that naturalization in a non-Muslim nation, without proper justification, is unacceptable," he said. A condition for making naturalization acceptable was that the Muslim should not seek to advance the cause of his adopted nation above that of Islam, for example, by fighting against fellow Muslims."

Rulings calling on Muslims to reject assimilation into non-Muslim societies are not being issued by clerics the West would call radical, but by mainstream Muslim authorities who are currently advising the U.S. government on issues such as Shariah finance, Durie said.

"Major Hasan explained, citing chapter and verse, the beliefs that could lead to a member of the U.S. armed forces attacking his fellow soldiers. He cited examples where they had happened before."

Durie said that Muslim scholars and interest groups in the West have engaged in a massive campaign to disguise the true nature and goals of Islam. They lie about the true content of Muslim scripture, claim that key quotes calling for violence have been mistranslated, and advance spurious allegations of victimization that have no basis in fact.

He pointed to the violence that erupted in the Muslim world when Pope Benedict XVI made a public reference during a speech in Regensburg to Islam's historical practice of spreading the faith through violent jihad.

The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abd'al-Aziz al-Sheikh, issued a press release to refute the Pope's claim, objecting that the sword was only "the last resort" offered to non-Muslims who refused to convert or surrender to the armies of Islam.

While Muslims expect to be allowed to live without hindrance in non-Muslim societies, "Islamic teaching doesn't accept reciprocity" when it comes to non-Muslims living under Islam.

"From the Islamic perspective, non-Muslims are expected to display two psychological characteristics as part of their surrender. One is a sense of gratitude to the Islamic community for having spared their lives. The other is a sense of their own inferiority."

Durie says he sees both on display in the actions and speeches of President Obama, in particular his frequent references to the "debt" the U.S. owes the Muslim world.

"The important thing about what President Obama is saying is not whether it is factual or not, but the need to express gratitude as a means of engaging the Muslim world." This is the response demanded of the "dhimmi," or the subjected peoples who live under Muslim rule, Durie argues.

Many in the West wonder whether Islam can undergo a Protestant-style "reformation" and become more West-oriented and less violent. The U.S. government has spent millions of dollars since the Sept. 11 attacks trying to foster "moderate" Muslim thinkers and institutions.

Durie thinks these are wasted efforts. "Reformation in Islam is already happening, and al-Qaida is the product," he says.

The Quran itself calls for "virtually unlimited war against unbelievers," Durie writes in "The Third Choice," citing chapter and verse of the Islamic text. "It is a sad fact that incitement against non-Muslims, and specifically against followers of biblical faiths, is an integral part of Islam, being hardwired into the Quran and the Sunna," the authoritative Muslim texts.

The key concept the West needs to understand is "fitna," an Arabic word that means "trial, persecution, or temptation" and is used in Islamic texts to describe efforts by non-Muslims to inhibit the spread of Islam.

Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders is currently on trial in Holland for engaging in "hate speech," because he made an 18-minute film called "Fitna" that juxtaposes quotes from the Quran and from prominent Muslim scholars with scenes of Islamist terrorist attacks.

This appeared in Newsmax
http://newsmax.com/KenTimmerman/ Timmerman-Durie-Islam-Obama/ 2010/01/26/id/348070

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TOP TEN ABSURD STATEMENTS ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST
Posted by Alex Grobman, January 27, 2010.

This is a Press Release from the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies  

WASHINGTON — Authors claiming that President Franklin Roosevelt was helpless to rescue any Jews from the Holocaust topped the 2009 annual list of ten most absurd statements about the Allies' reaction to the Nazi genocide.

The annual list for 2009 was released this week by The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, in conjunction with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is commemorated on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

"Despite mountains of evidence to the contrary, some FDR apologists still claim there was nothing he could have done to rescue Jews from the Holocaust," said Wyman Institute director Dr. Rafael Medoff. "Like the last Japanese soldier holding out on a remote island years after World War II ended, these diehards simply refuse to face the facts."

Medoff said the purpose of the annual list is to "expose the most severe misrepresentations of the Allies' response to the Holocaust, so that the public will have an accurate and balanced account of those crucial historical events."

The nominees were judged by a panel of scholars who have researched the Allies' response to the Holocaust: Prof. David S. Wyman, author of The Abandonment of the Jews; Prof. Laurel Leff, author of Buried by The Times; Dr. Racelle Weiman, founding director (emer.) of Hebrew Union College's Center for Holocaust and Humanity education; Prof. Bat-Ami Zucker, author of In Search of Refuge; Prof. Judith Baumel-Schwartz, author of Unfulfilled Promise; Dr. Alex Grobman, author of Denying History; and Wyman Institute director Medoff, author of Blowing the Whistle on Genocide.

 

The Ten Most Absurd Statements in 2009 About the Allies' Response to the Holocaust

1. "The only meaningful way to save the intended victims of HItler's murder machine was to win the war as quickly as possible."

— (William J. Vanden Heuvel, longtime president of the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, on NewYorkTimes.com, 5 October 2009.)

[COMMENT: There were, in fact, a variety of ways that Jews could have been saved before the war ended, such as using empty troop supply ships returning from Europe to bring refugees for temporary shelter to the United States; bombing the Nazi death camps or the railway lines leading to them; and pressing the British to open Palestine to Jewish refugees.]

2. "[W]e have to keep in mind that the German army controlled everything after 1940. Nobody was escaping. The uh — the uh, nobody could get out....The Jews of Europe had been Hitler's prisoners since 1940. They couldn't get out. It didn't matter whether we let 'em in, they couldn't get out."

— (Robert N. Rosen, author of 'Saving the Jews,' speaking on May 7, 2009 at the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI,
http://main.gvsu.edu/hauenstein/?id=40130E84-99A9-ABD7- 8BB977C001C18738)

[COMMENT: In fact, Hitler Europe was far from hermetically sealed. For example, more than 26,000 European Jewish refugees escaped to Palestine between 1941 and 1944; about 8,000 Jews escaped from German-occupied Denmark to Sweden in 1943; thousands of Jews fled from German-occupied territory to Soviet territory during 1940-1945; several thousand refugees, mostly Jews, were smuggled out of Vichy Francy in 1940-1941 by Varian Fry's rescue network; and thousands of Jewish refugees escaped from elsewhere in Europe to Italy, 1,000 of whom were brought to the United States in 1944.]

3. "[A]ll presidents are required to take an oath of office to enforce the laws of the United States, and the then-in-effect law, that of 1924, prohibited more than 100,000 people coming into this country a year, and that 100,000 were allocated by a complicated formula. So the fact that a president [such as Roosevelt] doesn't like a particular law doesn't somehow mean that there is automatically a change in the law."

— (Prof. Gerhard Weinberg, speaking on the radio program "MTSU on the Record" [Tennessee] onq October 18, 2009.
http://frank.mtsu.edu/~proffice/podcast/2009/ OTR_10-18-09.mp3

[COMMENT: The maximum number that could have been admitted in any one year was 154,000, not 100,000. The fact that President Roosevelt could not unilaterally alter the immigration law does not change the fact that the Roosevelt administration could have saved many Germany Jews without changing the law, simply by permitting the existing quotas to be filled each year. A total of 184,525 immigrants could have been admitted to the U.S. from Germany (and, later, German-annexed Austria) from 1933 to 1939, but the actual number of German Jews admitted during those years was only about 70,000.]

4. "We have found some fundamentally new information about the president's views and policies before and during the Holocaust..." (p.4) "[W]e have uncovered some key episodes in changing American refugee polices previously overlooked ... President Roosevelt promised McDonald and George Warren, under the right circumstances, to ask Congress to appropriate $150 million to help resettle refugees in various parts of the world." (p.335)

— (Richard Breitman, Barbara Stewart McDonald, and Severin Hochberg, eds. Refugees and Rescue: The Diary and Papers of James G. McDonald 1935-1945. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.)

[COMMENT: The episodes Breitman et al claim to have "uncovered" were not "previously overlooked"; they were described in, among other works, David S. Wyman's Paper Walls (1968) and Henry Feingold's The Politics of Rescue (1970). McDonald did not succeed in "changing American refugee policies"; indeed, the Roosevelt administration's intransigence was the whole problem. Roosevelt's statement to McDonald and Warren may or may not have constituted a "promise," but in any event he did not fulfill it; he never asked Congress to appropriate funds to resettle refugees. Finally, the term "under the right circumstances" is an elastic loophole that in effect cancels out the rest of that "promise"; for when it came to FDR and the Jews, "the right circumstances" never arrived.]

5. Concerning the Wagner-Rogers bill, which would have admitted 20,000 refugee children from Germany outside the quota system, and which FDR refused to endorse: "[President Roosevelt] saw that bill as a gesture — not a solution. He was a man of grand vision who wanted to resettle a much larger number of refugees from Germany." (p.335)

— (Richard Breitman, Barbara Stewart McDonald, and Severin Hochberg, eds. Refuge es and Rescue: The Diary and Papers of James G. McDonald 1935-1945. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.)

[COMMENT: There are no known documents in which FDR states that he disliked Wagner-Rogers because it would have saved too few Jewish refugees.]

6. "Bombing the railway lines to Auschwitz and other camps would only have achieved a temporary respite for the Jews, and distracted attention and resources from the larger purpose of overthrowing the regime that was killing them."

— Richard J. Evans, The Third Reich at War (New York: Penguin Press, 2009), p. 560

[COMMENT: Even a temporary respite might have saved many lives by disrupting the mass murder process. The claim that bombing the railway lines would have "distracted resources" was made by the Roosevelt administration in 1944, and was baseless, as demonstrated by the fact that U.S. bombers were already in the area, flying over Auschwitz repeatedly in the summer and autumn of 1944 as they struck German oil factories in the vicinity, some of them less than five miles from the gas chambers.]

7. "McCloy, he was Assistant Secretary of War, and he's a very convenient target, because he's kind of a WASP, mildly anti-Semtitic guy, who belongs to some clubs in New York that Jews don't belong to, and so he's kind of a good guy to make into a villain."

— Robert N. Rosen, author of 'Saving the Jews,' speaking on May 7, 2009 at the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI,
http://main.gvsu.edu/hauenstein/?id=40130E84-99A9- ABD7-8BB977C001C18738)

[COMMENT: In fact, scholars have criticized McCloy not because of his ethnic background or club memberships, but because of his opposition to the use of even minimal U.S. military resources to aid refugees or interrupt the mass murder process; his instruction to an aide to "kill" a request to bomb the railways to Auschwitz; his knowingly false claims, in rejecting bombing requests, that bombing would require the diversion of planes from elsewhere in Europe; and his decision to pardon or commute the sentences of large numbers of Nazi war criminals when he was High Commission of Germany from 1949 to 1952.

8. "[American c]ollege and university presidents defended cultural exchanges [with Nazi Germany] as a good way to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Germany and the United States. ... In the 1930s, of course, leaders in higher education didn't have the luxury of hindsight."

— Glenn C. Altschuler, in the Boston Globe, July 26, 2009, in his review of The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower, by Stephen Norwood.
[COMMENT: The violence, antisemitism, and totalitarianism of Nazi Germany was well known when such cultural exchanges took place during the early and mid-1930s — not only "in hindsight." Among the well known features of Nazi Germany during this period were the mass expulsion of Jews from most professions; the book burnings, suppression of political dissidents, and state takeover of the news media; the Nazification of all school and university curricula; the Berlin pogrom of 1935; and the Nuremberg Laws.]

9. "The United States accepted about twice as many refugees as the rest of the world combined, 200,000 of 300,000."

— Robert N. Rosen, author of 'Saving the Jews,' speaking on May 7, 2009 at the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI,
http://main.gvsu.edu/hauenstein/?id=40130E84-99A9-ABD7- 8BB977C001C18738)

[COMMENT: In fact, while the United States did admit about 200,000 Jews between 1933 and 1945, the "rest of the world combined" admitted about 365,000. Thus the U.S. admitted about one-third, not two-thirds, of the world total. (The most widely-accepted figures for Jewish immigration to destinations other than the U.S. from 1933 to 1945 are: Palestine, 138,000; Latin America, 85,000; Great Britain, 70,000; Canada, 5,000; Australia, 15,000; Switzerland, 22,000; Shanghai, 18,000, and Sweden, 12,000.)]

10. "[W]hen Allied long-range bombers were able to make flights from our airbase in Foggia, Italy, with long-range fighter support, they were unaware of what was going on down below in the 'death camps.' Could they then have bombed the marshalling yards at Birkenau? Yes, they could have, but by that time all activity had really ceased and the Germans by November 29, 1944 were dismantling the crematoria at Auschwitz, and making efforts to re-locate, or kill the balance of the Jews that remained."

— Richard J. Garfunkel, radio talk show host, June 16, 2009, "The Bombing of Auschwitz and Jewish Reaction to the Holocaust: Fact, Feelings and Reactions.
"http://rjgpublicthoughts.blogharbor.com/blog/_archives/2009/ 6/16/4226131.html

[COMMENT: The Allies had sufficient information about Auschwitz-Birkenau and control of the skies in the region to bomb it by the early summer of 1944. The mass deportation of hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz was still underway at that time; it is not true that "by that time all [mass murder] activity had really ceased."

ABOUT THE WYMAN INSTITUTE: The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, located in Washington, D.C., is a research and education institute focusing on America's response to the Holocaust. It is named in honor of the eminent historian and author of the 1984 best-seller The Abandonment of the Jews, the most important and influential book concerning the U.S. response to the Nazi genocide.

The Institute's Advisory Committee includes Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel, Members of Congress, and other luminaries.
The Institute's Academic Council includes more than fifty leading professors of the Holocaust, American history, and Jewish history.
The Institute's Arts & Letters Council, chaired by Cynthia Ozick, includes prominent artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers.

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DETIPHING HEBRON
Posted by David Wilder, January 27, 2010.
 

Lieberman-Ayalon doctrine should spell end to the TIPH mandate in Hebron.

(Tovah Lazaroff)

The past two weeks witnessed massive attacks aimed at Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon as a result of his "infamous" meeting with Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Oguz Cellikol. The meeting was purported to be an Israeli diplomatic scolding following airing of a Turkish television show which allegedly portrayed IDF soldiers kidnapping and shooting Arab children. The Turks denied the allegations, retorting that the soldiers in the show were not Israeli.

When the meeting commenced, Ayalon refused to shake the ambassador's hand, Cellikol was seated undiplomatically on a low sofa and the Turkish flag, customarily present as such an event, was missing. If the point wasn't readily understood, Ayalon verbally described the scene to Israeli cameramen present in the office.

What followed, which might have been expected, was a small, virtual war between Turkey and Israel, which led to an Israeli apology.

However, clearly, behind this less than diplomatic rendezvous was more than meets the eye. Only a few weeks ago, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman instructed Israeli diplomats stationed around the world to "stop turning the other cheek." At a heads of missions conference in Jerusalem he declared: "The problem with Israeli diplomacy over the years is that it does not do enough to preserve the honor of the State of Israel. Terms like 'national honor' have value in the Middle East. There is no need to provoke or exaggerate, but there must not be an attitude of obsequiousness and self-deprecation, and the need to always justify the other side. This is a wrong approach."

This is exactly the policy Ayalon represented when meeting with Cellikol. And it had little to do with a television show. For the past year, since Operation Lead Cast, Israel-Turkish relations have hit an all time low. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of "inhuman acts" in Gaza and demanded placement of international observers there to prevent Gaza's "self-destruction."
 

ERDOGAN'S SUGGESTION of "international observers" strikes a raw nerve, especially in Hebron. Turkey is one of six countries participating in the Temporary International Observer Force (TIPH) in Hebron. This organization has been actively operating in Hebron for the past 12 years, since the implementation of the "Hebron Accords" between Yasser Arafat and Israel, which divided Hebron into two, unequal parts.

According to the official TIPH mandate, its major functions include:

  • providing a feeling of security to the Palestinians of Hebron with their presence;

  • helping to promote stability and an appropriate environment conductive to the enhancement of the well-being of the Palestinians of Hebron and their economic development;

  • observing the enhancement of peace and prosperity among Palestinians.

The allegations implicit in this mandate are clear. In spite of the fact that the Palestinian Authority now controls 80 percent of Hebron, its Arabs are "insecure" and their lives are abnormal due to the Israeli presence in the city. TIPH has no obligation to observe Arab instigation or violence against Hebron's Jewish citizens.

Unfortunately, TIPH is far from objective. The organization also partakes in activities outside of the framework of its mandate. Such activities include interference in internal Israeli affairs. For example, following the purchase of Beit Hashalom in Hebron, TIPH head of mission Karl-Henrik Sjursen, in a media release, said: "TIPH urges the IDF to evacuate the settlers from the building to avoid that new facts of the ground are being established... This action of the settlers can be seen by the Palestinians as an unnecessary provocation in an already tense environment. It might have serious consequences for the security situation in the city."

He later added, "The occupation of the house has not only led to increased violence but also further destabilized the situation in Hebron as a whole. In this respect TIPH again urges the Israeli authorities on all levels to take necessary measures to evict the occupants. In the light of the ongoing violence and the continuing violation of both Israeli and international law, we also encourage the Israeli authorities to evict the settlers occupying the house on Patriarchs' Hill with no further delay."

This type of intervention by a foreign body is blatantly negative toward Israel and certainly produces negative impressions in countries around the world, most definitely in the other countries participating in TIPH and the "host countries" — the US and Russia.
 

IN FEBRUARY 2004, outgoing head of mission Jan Kristensen, in a media interview, accused both Israeli civilians and the IDF of ethnic cleansing in Hebron: "The activity of the settlers and the army in the H-2 area of Hebron is creating an irreversible situation. In a sense, cleansing is being carried out."

One further example of TIPH's bias: On November 12, 2000, Mary Robinson, then chairwoman of the UN Council for Human Rights, visited Hebron. While driving in a TIPH vehicle up the hill to the Tel Rumeida neighborhood, her car was shot at. TIPH later examined evidence concerning the attack and concluded: "TIPH received the results of a ballistic expertise carried out by the Danish police. The expertise showed that the shot was fired from a Kalashnikov AK-47 rifle. Moreover, a reconstruction conducted by TIPH personnel in cooperation with the Danish experts clearly designated the origin of the shot: a house in the H1 area, north of Bab al-Zawiya."

This information was included in the 15th periodic report published by TIPH, but it was not publicized to the public-at-large, leaving many people believing that the attack had been perpetrated by Jewish civilians or IDF personnel serving in Hebron.

The TIPH presence is detrimental, damaging and disadvantageous to the State of Israel. In conducting tours for civilians and diplomats without any Israeli representation, TIPH presents a very one-sided, biased account of Israeli and IDF policies, which only add to the negative propaganda being disseminated internationally.

When Ayalon visited Hebron, in response to a question, he emphasized that the "T" in TIPH stands for temporary, and clarified that the organization's mandate would not be automatically renewed. His spokesman told The Jerusalem Post that it would not be "rubber stamped," as had been practiced in the past. Clearly, the logical continuation of the Lieberman-Ayalon doctrine, preserving Israel's pride against foreign animosity, leads to the conclusion that Israel must end the TIPH mandate in Hebron when the it expires at the end of this month.

David Wilder is spokesman of The Jewish Community of Hebron. You can contribute directly in Israel to The Jewish Community of Hebron, POB105, Kiryat Arba-Hebron 90100, email: hebron@hebron.org.il or phone: 972-52-431-7055. In USA, write to The Hebron Fund, 1760 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11230, email: hebronfund@aol.com or phone: 718 677 6886.

This article is archived at
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ISRAELI SEES WAR WITH LEBANON AND HIZBULLAH; IRAN AND TURKEY BOOST RELATIONS; BRITAIN UNFREEZES TERRORIST ASSETS
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, January 27, 2010.
 

ISRAELI SEES WAR WITH LEBANON AS WELL AS WITH HIZBULLAH

Lebanon is arming, and an Israeli expert foresees war with it along with Hizbullah.

Lebanon has been acquiring and refurbishing military helicopters that it claims are not for military use but which France is concerned might get into the hands of Hizbullah. Noting the Lebanese Army's close cooperation with Hizbullah, which has a prominent official place in the government, PM Netanyahu said that one may as well consider the Lebanese Army and Hizbullah as a coordinated force.

Former Israeli national security adviser Gen. Giora Eiland said that in another war with Hizbullah, Israel would have to consider the Lebanese Army as hostile. (Former Israeli actions in Lebanon tried to ignore the Lebanese Army.)

UNIFIL may think it is impeding Hizbullah aggression, but under its watch, Hizbullah built up militarily. The Washington Post considers UNIFIL's mission obsolete, since Hizbullah has installed longer range rockets north of the UNIFIL patrol line. Hizbullah can attack Israeli cities from beyond UNIFIL's jurisdiction (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/, 1/27).

One flaw in the UN ceasefire that was supposed to keep Hizbullah from resuming its aggressive menace, was to limit UNIFIL to the border area, although Iran had rockets it might give Hizbullah, and did give, that can be, and are, placed outside the border area. This was foreseeable then, obvious now.

Notice that the menace escalates, from Hizbullah having 10,000 rockets to beyond 40,000, and from Hizbullah alone to including the Lebanese Army that the U.S. and EU arm, and from UNIFIL restraining Hizbullah probably to impeding Israeli forces striving to eradicate rockets before they all are fired. The menace escalates, because Israel failed to eradicate it during the prior war.

The government of Israel is like a surgeon who deliberately removes half of a cancer, and in the process detaches a few malignant cells that then lodge in additional places. Israeli Foreign Minister Livni, who helped the UN halt the IDF operation praised her efforts in removing half the cancer, since then and predictably metastasized.

Since Hizbullah helps run the government, and the head of the government kowtows to Syria, and Hizbullah gets cooperation from the Lebanese Army, what sense does it make for the U.S. and EU to arm the Lebanese Army? It would make a kind of sense if the U.S. and EU seek to get Israel destroyed. That deadly purpose is not rational in the long run, for it assists the forces of jihad against the West, not just against Israel. Why is there no outcry against U.S. policy on this?

IRAN AND TURKEY BOOST RELATIONS FURTHER

Turkish and Iranian officials (AP/Davotoglu Ibraham Usta)

IRAN AND TURKEY BOOST RELATIONS FURTHER

The Foreign Ministers of Iran and Turkey declared the desirability of forming closer ties, trading more, and linking Turkey with Pakistan by rail through Iran. The Turkish official called Iran constructive (www.imra.org.il, 1/27).

Many countries make such statements. They may express sentiment about historical ties between two peoples who know nothing about each other. Iran and Turkey, however, have been implementing their friendship.

Since Iran fosters terrorism in the region, The Turkish Foreign Minister's praise for Iran as a regional force is ominous. Turkey has suffered much from terrorism, often fostered by foreign countries. Apparently its opposition to terrorism is limited to its own safety and is not a matter of principle. Isn't that the way of governments, who do unprincipled things in the name of principles!

Most Turks are Sunnis and most Iranians are Shiites. Those twain were supposed never to meet. The supposition proved misguided. The two sects can ally themselves against what they consider a common enemy, even though Pakistani and Iraqi Sunnis bomb their countries' Shiites.

Decades ago, we were assured we need not worry about Soviet efforts to penetrate the Mideast. Islam, we were told, is not compatible with Communism. Nevertheless, Syria and Egypt were on their way to becoming satellites of the USSR. (Afghanistan briefly had a Communist regime, but for its own reasons, the USSR overthrew it.) Another policy misconception. Fortunately, Israel helped retard the imperial ambition of the Soviets' Arab allies. In 1973, when Israel's U.S. weaponry destroyed his Soviet weaponry, Sadat saw an opportunity to switch from Soviet aid to U.S. aid.

At what point do our policy-makers realize they operated under a misconception? As circumstances change, do they re-examine policy assumptions?

TURKEY-ISRAEL RELATIONS UPDATE

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (AP/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

The story reported was that at a meeting between Turkey's Ambassador and Israel's Foreign Minister, the Foreign Minister deliberately insulted the Ambassador. He had the Ambassador seated on a low couch and without the customary presence of the Ambassador's flag, and then pointed this humiliation out to the media present. Afterward, he apologized.

Today came out the story behind the story. Note the irony in its phrasing. "Only a few weeks ago, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman instructed Israeli diplomats stationed around the world to 'stop turning the other cheek.' At a heads of missions conference in Jerusalem he declared: 'The problem with Israeli diplomacy over the years is that it does not do enough to preserve the honor of the State of Israel. Terms like 'national honor' have value in the Middle East. There is no need to provoke or exaggerate, but there must not be an attitude of obsequiousness and self-deprecation, and the need to always justify the other side. This is a wrong approach." (David Wilder, Hebron Jewish Community spokesman, 1/27).

The new policy supports Israeli diplomacy, whose obsequiousness aroused contempt. Let us see whether the Foreign Minister stops self-deprecation without further "need to provoke."

BRITAIN UNFREEZES TERRORIST ASSETS

Today, Britain's Supreme Court ordered the government to unfreeze assets of some convicted terrorists. The Court ruled that the act exceeded the government's authority. Parliament would have to approve.

The government is anticipating swift Parliamentary approval and delegation of authority for further such freezes.

The assets were frozen in 2006, after a UN resolution urged countries to freeze assets of terrorist organizations (Israel Law Center, 1/27 in www.imra.org.il).

Why stop at freezing those assets and not confiscate them?

OBAMA JUDGED ON HIS ECONOMICS BY HIS ANTI-ZIONISM

Rush Limbaugh (AP/Chris Carlson)

The Zionist Organization of American added its criticism of ADL head Abe Foxman to that of conservative commentators Norman Podhoretz, Michael Ledeen, and Mark Steyn. Mr. Foxman had rebuked radio show host Rush Limbaugh for stating that President Obama's criticism of bankers verged on antisemitism.

Pres. Obama had not referred to Jews. Mr. Limbaugh, however, said that since Jews are associated with banking, criticism of bankers hints at criticism of Jews.

Foxman turned the tables on Limbaugh, by condemning Limbaugh's remarks as verging on antisemitism, because he raised the stereotype of Jews and money.

Foxman's critics wondered how Foxman could think that of Limbaugh, who is quite pro-Israel. They also raised older criticisms of Foxman, whose ADL has made excuses for real antisemitic enemies of Israel, such as psychotic Islamists, the Far Left, Yasir Arafat the terrorist, and Desmond Tutu, who compared Israel with Apartheid; called Zionism racism and used the anti-Semitic canard of the Jewish lobby supposedly stifling debate, while condemning Evangelical Christians who are pro-Israel (from 1/26 press release by ZOA, headquartered in New York and of which I am a member).

Yes, Foxman sometimes confuses who is antisemitic with who is not. But I also think that the financial crisis justified Obama's complaint about bankers. Indeed, his complaint was too narrow and self-serving. The problem is not just bankers, but Congress, Presidents, Federal Reserve, speculators, realtors, etc.. I doubt that Obama was hinting at antisemitism, and think that Limbaugh was mistaken. A leader should not refrain from legitimate expression because antisemites may imagine he is confirming their prejudice. Perhaps Obama should have been more specific in his complaint, and thereby avoided misunderstanding. He should not be judged on economic policy by his policy on Israel. People are more complex than to warrant that single yardstick.

Incidentally, I never associated bankers with Jews. I was the second Jew hired by a certain major bank, which formerly hired only Catholics.

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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LAWYER VISITS RABBI SHAPIRA IN PRISON, REPORTS ABUSE
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, January 27, 2010.
 

There is no abomination the unJews will not pursue in order to actualize their hatred for Torah. To anyone familiar with the physical conditions of the area and village where this alleged arson occurred, it is clearly impossible that it was done by Jews. The only Jews that could have entered and left that Arab village undetected without the active cooperation of its Arab residents would have been a commando unit and not a bunch of teenaged, Yeshivah boys. Nevertheless the Government of Netanyahu and Barak will stop at nothing to "prove" that it was Jews who did it. Those who are members of this Government of Goon Squads, Synagogue destroyers and Rabbi torturers are all equally guilty of its crimes against the Jewish people. Jewish patriots will never forget nor forgive your crimes.

This is a news item from Arutz-7
(www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/179403).

 

(Israelnationalnews.com) Attorney Moti Grossman met with Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira at Shabak headquarters late Tuesday night and reported that the rabbi is being humiliated by his interrogators who are using methods that border on torture. Rabbi Shapira, who heads the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva near the Jewish village of Yitzhar, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion that he participated in a recent arson attack against a nearby mosque. Several students of his yeshiva had been questioned in recent weeks but no charges have been filed thus far. Many villagers from Yitzhar have claimed that police are using the incident at the mosque as an excuse to harass and libel local Jews. The meeting between the rabbi and his attorney took place blindfolded.

UPDATE: January 27, 2010

"Judge Releases Rabbi Shapira of Yitzhar"
by Hillel Fendel and Gil Ronen
Arutz-7 (Israelnationalnews.com)
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/135731

Judge Anat Singer of the Jerusalem Magistrates' Court released Rabbi Yitzchak Shapira of Yitzhar and sharply critcized the law enforcement authorities over the way he was treated. "There is not even the beginning of a justification for remanding [the rabbi] into custody," she said at the court proceeding.

The rabbi is brought to court in handcuffs / Flash 90

Rabbi Shapira, Dean of the Od Yosef Chai (Joseph Still Lives) Yeshiva in the Shomron (Samaria), was arrested on Tuesday night, with police insinuating that he may have been involved in the torching of a mosque in Kafr Yassuf, near Tapuach, last month. Rabbi Shapira emphatically denies all involvement in the incident.

Rabbi Shapira's lawyer, Moti Grossman of the Honenu Civil Rights Organization, said that he met with his client after midnight in the Petach Tikvah police station, and said he was shocked to see the rabbi "with his eyes blindfolded as if he were a terrorist. It was very difficult to see this, especially as he is a respected rabbi."

"The Shabak (General Security Service) is exerting all sorts of heavy pressure on him," Grossman said. "They didn't even allow him to keep his tefillin and prayerbook after he finished praying. This is a clear to attempt to pressure someone under interrogation."

The police announced that Rabbi Shapira would be held overnight, if not longer, and students from his yeshiva arrived at the Petach Tikvah police station in solidarity with their rabbi. They sang and danced to show their support.

Rabbi Shapira lives in the Shomron community of Yitzhar, where several students were arrested in recent overnight raids on similar suspicions.

MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari (National Union), who took part in the impromptu rally outside the police station, said he was shocked at the rabbi's arrest. "I condemn the police for its methods," he said, "which have been taken from the darkest, most oppressive regimes. The agenda of the police against residents of Yitzhar smacks of attempts to conduct a 'lynch' against them."

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. He writes, "In the history of the world, no tyranny has ever voluntarily relinquished power or been replaced by peaceful means."

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MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN TURKEY
Posted by Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi, January 27, 2010.
 

In Turkey the existence of a branch of the Saudi-funded Wahhabi ("Islamist") Muslim Brotherhood [1] dates back to the period after World War Two. In the 1980s, however, something happened in Turkey which was inconceivable to happen in an Arab branch of the Brotherhood: The new generation of modern Turkish pro-Saudi Wahhabis ("Islamists") (today's Turkish prime minister Erdogan and president Gul) reconciled with Syria. They compelled the old Turkish Wahhabi ("Islamist") leader (former Turkish prime minister Erbakan) to retire, and limited him to leadership of an insignificant minority party constituting three percent of Turkish voters.

For some years, Adnan Oktar ("Harun Yahya" = Arabic for Aaron/Jesus) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adnan_Oktar http://www.harunyahya.com/ was on good terms with both Erbakan (former Turkish prime minister) and Erdogan (current Turkish prime minister). With the agreement of both Erbakan and Erdogan, Oktar published many anti-American, anti-semitic and Holocaust denial pamphlets and booklets (under the nickname of "Harun Yahya").

When (current Turkish prime minister) Erdogan called for all supporters of the Wahhabi Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey to sever relations with (former Turkish prime minister) Erbakan and his followers, Oktar hesitated to do so for some years. Erdogan did not like it and the police investigation came. However, Erdogan did not immediately order Oktar's arrest, as Oktar still has powerful Saudi and Syrian protectors. For the moment being, I see no signs of change in this situation. Should Oktar begin to move freely from Istanbul, then this means something has changed.

A reader wrote, saying, "I was told that Oktar does not ever leave Turkey. He will not come to Israel".

That is clear, as Oktar was sentenced to three years in prison by a Turkish court in May, 2008, and is now appealing his conviction. Some of those who left Oktar's group and accused him of violence, harassment, threats, cocaine use, and sexual abuse of girls are now Turkish governmental consultants for religious affairs.

Oktar is making a desperate final attempt to show his Saudi bankrollers that he still has a role to play in helping Syria get Israel off the Golan Heights. Hence Oktar's many invitations to Jews and Israelis to fly to visit him in Istanbul on all expenses paid trips for "dialogues". This helps create a false impression of "moderation" on the part of Turkish prime minister Erdogan and president Gul's ruling Justice and Development party (AK Parti). Oktar's efforts are designed as part of an attempt to lull Israelis and Jews into a false sense of security that will make them more amenable to giving the Golan Heights "back" to Syria.

Erdogan, the current Turkish prime minister, is inclined to consider Oktar as a fringe figure and to cut his funding in favor of Mustafa Akyol's ("Akyol" = Turkish for "The White Path") organization
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustafa_Akyol
http://www.thewhitepath.com/. Oktar doubts whether the Saudis will help him or not. [1] Wahhabis, as they are called by Sunnis and Shi'ites, call themselves "Salafis"

Professor Sheikh Adbul Hadi Palazzi is an Italian Muslim leader. He is Muslim Co-Founder and Co-Chair, R&B Islam-Israel Fellowship
(http://www.rb.org.il/Islam-Israel/Islam-Israel%20Contents.htm). He is an Advisory Council Member, Jewish Legal Heritage Society (www.mishpativri.org.il) and Director, Cultural Institute, Italian Islamic Community. He is Secretary General, Italian Muslim Assembly (www.amislam.com).

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HALT THE VERBAL AND PHYSICAL VIOLENCE DIRECTED AGAINST ISRAEL
Posted by Yehudit Tayar, January 27, 2010.
 

Under different circumstances I would agree that we Jews, especially we Israelis, suffer from a persecution complex. However, considering the continuous attacks directed against Israel proves that the hatred against Israel is a reality.

Just evaluate the Goldstone Report, the accusations of the United Nations against Israel, the pressures by Obama, Hilary Clinton and George Mitchel for Israel to capitulate to the violent attacks directed against us despite the fact that it is known and recognized that this will further encourage terror.

The United States was a partner in the infamous Oslo Agreements and it is therefore responsible for the PA implementing the agreement to stop the violence both verbal and physical directed against Israel. In reality the United States continues to ignore the fact that this part of the agreements was never implemented including the fact that the PA never intends to do so.

The deliberate lack of coverage of Israel's humanitarian efforts each time a world catastrophe occurs is not coincidental. While on the one hand the world continues to condemn Israel for what they determine is "continued oppression by Israel ", the truth is purposely ignored or distorted. For example our teams have established a field hospital and are tirelessly working to save lives in Haiti yet the world ignores this.

Israel does carry some of the responsibility for this, since governments of Israel are over-sensitive to placating unrealistic and dangerous demands by the United States and other countries.

One of the outrageous examples is the "freeze of building" forced upon citizens of Israel who live in Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem, and the Jordan Valley. Another blatant example is the fact that Israel does not shout out, "Why should we have responsibility for the lives of Arabs living in Gaza more than their Arab brothers in Egypt and dozens of Moslem countries? Why should Israel supply fuel to enable the terrorists to attack them? Why should Israel more than Egypt and other Arab countries take responsibility for helping ease the misery of Arabs living under Hamas rule in Gaza?"

The Israeli courts also bear a major part of the responsibility for the outrageous behavior directed against Israel no matter what dangers Israel exposes our soldiers to. One personal example which is especially unacceptable to each of us who have served in combat units, who now have sons serving in combat units, is the fear that if an Israeli soldier responds to danger if he is attacked he is the one who will be arrested and punished. For example, the groups of anarchists along with Arabs who continuously demonstrate violently against the "separation wall" are allowed to travel freely, even though it is recognized that they go out there and attack our soldiers. Is the so-called freedom of expression more important than the fact that soldiers are continuously getting injured?

The same can be applied to collaborating Jews like Arik Ascherman, who for years has been leading these violent groups, and yet is allowed to continue to incite and orchestrate violent demonstrations. It is unthinkable and unacceptable that there is this incredible imbalance by the courts and governments of Israel especially considering that no matter how much Israel capitulates more is demanded and expected of Israel to capitulate to. Actually if Israel would finally stand firm on our basic rights, and speak out loudly against the verbal and physical anti-Israeli attacks directed against us by the PA, by Turkey, Egypt, Jordan — against the hypocrisy and double standard used against Israel than perhaps, finally, we would witness a change in this.

Israel must stop being so over sensitive and finally stand up for the basic rights of our citizens and soldiers to be able to hold our heads high against the propaganda and hate directed against us.

Yehudit Tayar is a veteran spokesperson for the Jewish pioneers living in Yesha and lives with her family in Bet Horon, in the Benjamin Region of the Shomron

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OBAMA ASKS: WAR? WHAT WAR?
Posted by Yaacov Levi, January 26, 2010.
 

Whatever doubt there was that President Barack Hussein Obama is a pacifist and sides with Islam, that doubt can be removed.

Obama does not wish to defend America or her allies. He only makes speeches about bravery — where he has none. Obama's entire regime must be removed from power by a vote of the people — very soon — before he can do more harm to America's finances and healthcare. The damage he has done to our military may be reversible and salvageable.

This was written by Charles Krauthammer and it appeared January 1, 2010 in National review Online
http://article.nationalreview.com/419489/war-what-war/ charles-krauthammer Charles Krauthammer's e-mail address is letters@charleskrauthammer.com

 

Janet Napolitano — former Arizona governor, now over-matched Secretary of Homeland Security will forever be remembered for having said of the attempt to bring down an airliner over Detroit: "The system worked." The attacker's concerned father had warned US authorities about his son's jihadist tendencies. The would-be bomber paid cash and checked no luggage on a transoceanic flight. He was nonetheless allowed to fly, and would have killed 288 people in the air alone, save for a faulty detonator and quick actions by a few passengers.

Heck of a job, Brownie.

The reason the country is uneasy about the Obama administration's response to this attack is a distinct sense of not just incompetence but incomprehension. From the very beginning, President Obama has relentlessly tried to downplay and deny the nature of the terrorist threat we continue to face. Napolitano renames terrorism "man-caused disasters." Obama goes abroad and pledges to cleanse America of its post-9/11 counterterrorist sins. Hence, Guantanamo will close, CIA interrogators will face a special prosecutor, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will bask in a civilian trial in New York — a trifecta of political correctness and image management.

And just to make sure even the dimmest understand, Obama banishes the term "war on terror." It's over — that is, if it ever existed.

Obama may have declared the war over. Unfortunately, al-Qaeda has not. Which gives new meaning to the term "asymmetric warfare."

And produces linguistic — and logical — oddities that littered Obama's public pronouncements following the Christmas Day attack. In his first statement, Obama referred to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as "an isolated extremist." This is the same president who, after the Ford Hood shooting, warned us "against jumping to conclusions" — code for daring to associate Nidal Hasan's mass murder with his Islamist ideology. Yet, with Abdulmutallab, Obama jumped immediately to the conclusion, against all existing evidence, that the bomber acted alone.

More jarring still were Obama's references to the terrorist as a "suspect" who "allegedly tried to ignite an explosive device." You can hear the echo of FDR: "Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — Japanese naval and air force suspects allegedly bombed Pearl Harbor."

Obama reassured the nation that this "suspect" had been charged. Reassurance? The president should be saying: We have captured an enemy combatant — an illegal combatant under the laws of war: no uniform, direct attack on civilians — and now to prevent future attacks, he is being interrogated regarding information he may have about al-Qaeda in Yemen.

Instead, Abdulmutallab is dispatched to some Detroit-area jail and immediately lawyered up. At which point — surprise! — he stops talking.

This absurdity renders hollow Obama's declaration that "we will not rest until we find all who were involved." Once we've given Abdulmutallab the right to remain silent, we have gratuitously forfeited our right to find out from him precisely who else was involved, namely those who trained, instructed, armed, and sent him.

This is all quite mad even in Obama's terms. He sends 30,000 troops to fight terror overseas, yet if any terrorists come to attack us here, they are magically transformed from enemy into defendant.

The logic is perverse. If we find Abdulmutallab in an al-Qaeda training camp in Yemen, where he is merely preparing for a terror attack, we snuff him out with a Predator — no judge, no jury, no qualms. But if we catch him in the United States in the very act of mass murder, he instantly acquires protection not just from execution by drone but even from interrogation.

The president said that this incident highlights "the nature of those who threaten our homeland." But the president is constantly denying the nature of those who threaten our homeland. On Tuesday, he referred five times to Abdulmutallab (and his terrorist ilk) as "extremist(s)."

A man who shoots abortion doctors is an extremist. An eco-fanatic who torches logging sites is an extremist. Abdulmutallab is not one of these. He is a jihadist. And unlike the guys who shoot abortion doctors, jihadists have cells all over the world; they blow up trains in London, nightclubs in Bali, and airplanes over Detroit (if they can); and they are openly pledged to wage war on America.

Any government can through laxity let someone slip through the cracks. But a government that refuses to admit that we are at war, indeed, refuses even to name the enemy — jihadist is a word banished from the Obama lexicon — turns laxity into a governing philosophy.

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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CONSTRUCTION FREEZE: STATE DESTROYS SYNAGOGUE
Posted by Hillel Fendel, January 26, 2010.
 

Special Yassam units have destroyed a synagogue in the Shomron-Binyamin community that was built after the construction freeze was announced.

The Torah scrolls were first removed from the building, and the bulldozers began the destruction shortly afterwards.

Earlier this morning (Tuesday), it was reported that large police forces and special Yassam units had arrived in the Talmonim bloc and prevented entry to the communities of Dolev, Neriah, Talmon, Nachliel and Haresha. They thus wished to prevent residents from arriving en masse to thwart their destruction of a synagogue in Nachliel, said to have been built in violation of the two-month-old construction freeze.

The construction freeze was abruptly imposed on all new Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria by the government to entice the Palestinian Authority back to the negotiating table. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other government ministers have vowed that the freeze will be removed after ten months.

The destruction of a synagogue, especially in Israel, is considered very serious, in terms of both religious sensitivity and the efforts, in the words of the Knesset Law Committee, to "prevent harm to synagogues around the world."

After the Disengagement/expulsion from Gush Katif in 2005, the government originally planned to destroy the synagogues that remained in Gaza, in order to avoid their desecration by local Arabs. However, even this fear was not considered sufficient reason to destroy those holy sites, and following opposition by rabbis around the country and much debate, the decision was rescinded.

Hillel Fendel is Senior News Editor, Arutz-7

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SECRET REPORT: IRAN WILL HAVE NUCLEAR BOMB THIS YEAR
Posted by Malkah Fleisher, January 26, 2010.
 

A secret intelligence dossier currently being reviewed by US, Israeli, German, and Austrian governments reveals secret Iranian tests and hierarchies of power dedicated to the successful development of a nuclear bomb, and predicts that Iran will have a primitive nuclear bomb by year's end.

According to the classified document featured in an exposé by Germany's Der Spiegel magazine, Iran is well on its way toward obtaining its first nuclear bomb. The country's nuclear research program, it turns out, has a military wing answering to the Defense Ministry which the West was not aware of until now.

Der Spiegel explained the structure of Iranian nuclear establishment at length. Iran's new Minister of Science, Research, and Technology, Kamran Daneshjoo, 52, is in charge of the country's nuclear energy agency. A close ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Daneshjoo was educated in Manchester, England. He worked for some time at Tehran's "Center for Aviation Technology", which later developed into FEDAT, the "Department for Expanded High-Technology Applications". FEDAT ultimately became what the German paper calls "the secret heart of Iran's nuclear weapons program", answering directly to the Defense Ministry.
 

FEDAT is currently run by Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, 48, a professor at Tehran's Imam Hussein University and officer in the Revolutionary Guard. Western intelligence agencies say FEDAT and the Ministry of Science are working together to create the bomb. They also believe that a primitive nuclear weapon the size of a truck will be completed this year.

Two to four years after that, the bomb will be compressed to a size capable of fitting into a nuclear warhead and being launched at Israel.

Iran is believed to have conducted successful tests of a nuclear detonating device 6 years ago.

'Not just Israeli propaganda'

Despite the severity of the situation, the international community is still undecided on sanctions of Iran. China is considered likely to try to block sanctions, as it currently holds billions of dollars in energy deals with the country.

A military option may prove difficult, according to military experts, because many of the Iranian nuclear installations are deep underground.

The report will likely cause the US government to raise its alarm level from yellow to red, according to Der Spiegel. "Skeptics who in the past, sometimes justifiably so, treated alarmist reports as Israeli propaganda, are also extremely worried," including IAEA officials, said the magazine. The report also says, somewhat cryptically, that a laptop computer passed on to the IAEA by way of German and American intelligence agencies contained highly volatile material.

No compromise

Fears of a nuclear Iran have been compounded by information provided by Iran's former deputy defense minister, Ali Reza Asgari, and nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, both of whom defected to the United States and were given new identities.

Iran has consistently stated that its nuclear program is for the peaceful provision of nuclear energy to the country's citizenry.

In October, the IAEA presented a plan to Iran which had been developed by the US government. Under the plan, Iran would send 70% of its low-enriched uranium abroad. A year later, the uranium would be exchanged for fuel rods, a potent form of nuclear fuel which is very difficult to enrich for military purposes.

The plan would have provided sufficient fuel for a nuclear energy program and to fuel the reactor for scientific experiments. At the same time, the world would have been assured that Iran truly had no intention of developing nuclear weapons.

On January 19, Tehran offered a "counter-proposal", effectively rejecting the IAEA plan and casting off illusions of a compromise with the West.

Malkah Fleisher writes for Arutz-7, where the story appeared today.

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GOLDSTONE SHMOLDSTONE
Posted by Rabbi Jonathan Gross, January 26, 2010.
 

Lebanon, or Hamas, nor is it the demographic threat of an Arab Israeli majority. Today, the biggest threat to Israel is the pressure placed on Israel to abolish the state's Jewish character. On October 26th 2009 the US State Department openly came out against Israel's right to be a Jewish State. In a recent report on international religious freedoms, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor has declared that Israel discriminates against Christians, Muslims, and Messianic Jews as well as secular Jews.

According to the state department Israel is guilty of the following:

  • Observing the Shabbat
  • Funding the protection of Jewish Holy Sites
  • Funding Jewish Education
  • Being unfriendly to missionaries

The report acknowledges how the Israeli government gives 65 million shekels a year for the building and maintenance of non-Jewish houses of worship (churches and mosques), as well as other funding for non-Jewish religious education — yet Israel is admonished because more money is given to Jewish religious institutions and education.

This report is a direct affront to Israel's right to be a Jewish State. Will we see the Israeli government come out as strongly against this as they did against the Goldstone report? The State department report is fundamentally more important. If Israel does not stand up for its right to have a Jewish State that can give preference to Jews and Judaism then why is Israel fighting? Were Israel to abolish its Jewish character, Israel could peacefully annex the West Bank and Gaza and form a secular democracy for Arabs and Jews. To deny Israel's right to be Jewish is denying Israel's right to exist.

Agudath Israel released a Jewish patriotic statement condemning the State Department report.

"One country was created as a Jewish state. Israel's choice of timeless Jewish tradition in the public realm and with regard to issues of personal status requires no apology. Criticism of Israel for being true to its foundational ideal is ill-conceived."

Unfortunately these days Jewish Patriots are hard to come by. Ironically, of all the enemies that Israel has defeated since it's inception, it is liberalism that may be responsible for Israel's demise.

Rabbi Jonathan Gross is with Beth Israel Synagogue in Omaha, Nebraska. This article was posted on his website:
www.jewishpatriots.blogspot.com

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WAS OBAMA ELECTED TO LEAD THE MUSLIM WORLD?
Posted by CPocerl, January 26, 2010.

This is from China Confidential
http://chinaconfidential.blogspot.com/search?q=HOME

 

Looking ahead to the State of the Union speech, this reporter wonders: Was Barack Hussein Obama, who was born a Muslim according to Islamic law, which he is inclined to respect, elected President of the United States or President of the so-called Muslim world?

The answer, of course, is that Obama was elected President of the United States; but based on his performance during his first year in office, one would think he was elected to lead the world's Muslims, supposedly united by "the Holy Koran," as Obama insists on referring to Islam's central religious text, to a degree that allegedly transcends all political boundaries and non-Islamic legal systems as well as all differences in nationality, ethnicity, race, and class.

Obama has given enormous credence to the menacing, Muslim world concept — the bedrock of Islamist ideology — while achieving nothing of importance for the American people. He has produced no new jobs, created no new industries, initiated no new programs or policies that resonate with and inspire ordinary Americans. He has, however, helped the Muslim world, also known as the Ummah, or Muslim nation, enormously by elevating its status to the level of a globe-spanning superpower, allowing its most powerful "Islamic republic" — a monstrous tyranny that muses openly about a world without America and Israel — to come closer to acquiring atomic arms, and downgrading the war against Islamist terrorism to the level of a mere law enforcement challenge. The latter initiative involves banning the W word — war — altogether and treating enemy combatant terrorists, such as the Al Qaeda war criminals responsible for carrying out the 9/11 mega-attacks, and the Nigerian, Christmas Day airplane attacker, as common criminals entitled to civilian court trials, public defenders, and, incredible as this may seem, plea bargains.

Conservative-leaning U.S. voters are outraged by Obama's obvious attempts at expanding the power of the federal government, raising taxes, and crippling U.S. industry through crushing overregulation and the choking-off of energy (the Democrats' despised "fossil fuels" on which our civilization runs and will run for the foreseeable future). The outrage is more than justified. But all voters should be alarmed by Obama's foreign and counterterrorism policies, which are effectively increasing the nation's vulnerability to threats that were more or less unthinkable before 9/11, but now seem more and more likely to actually occur.

Understand, as Obama likes to say, that while the U.S. is a big, powerful country, the threats it faces border on the existential. Could the U.S. economy withstand waves of suicide bombings and Mumbai-style swarming assaults? Maybe. Could the U.S. economy recover from a nuclear blast in a high-population area, or a major biological attack on the homeland? Probably not. Could the U.S. as a nation survive an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack — the increasingly plausible detonation of a nuclear warhead at high altitude above U.S. soil in order to wipe out the country's communications and electronics systems? The truly terrifying answer, according to many defense and national security experts, is no. An EMP attack would overnight plunge the world's mightiest military power back into the 19th century. Millions of Americans would die from lack of food, water, electricity, medicines, and heat. Those who somehow survive the chaos would long for the days when it was still possible to argue passionately about health care reform (or media coverage of the Tiger Woods scandal).

If an EMP attack seems far-fetched, bear in mind that a cargo ship with a concealed, containerized launch system could fire the necessary nuclear-tipped missile — or missiles — that thousands of cargo ships, flying flags of convenience, approach U.S. coastal waters every day, that there is no known way to defend U.S. (or any other) cities against sea-based, ballistic missile attacks, and that Iran and North Korea are believed to have successfully test-fired missiles from cargo vessels. For what purpose have they done this?

Does Obama know — or care? Observing the President, this reporter often thinks that he inhabits a different planet, or, at the very least, a different country from the one he is supposed to be leading and protecting.

Contact CPocerl at Cpocerl@aol.com

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IT'S NOT JUST ISRAEL: HOW OBAMA UNDERMINES US ALLIES
Posted by Donnella Whitacre, January 26, 2010.

This was written by Abraham Katsman, an American attorney and political commentator currently living in Jerusalem. This article appeared in the Jerusalem Post
www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=166772

 

 

Obama has made his own personality and identity cornerstones of US diplomacy.

For those worried that US President Barack Obama is particularly antagonistic toward Israel, there's good news and bad news: The good news is that Israel is hardly Obama's obsession; the bad news is that his administration's conduct toward it is consistent with its pattern of backing away from embattled American allies — a predictable byproduct of Obama's approach to foreign policy through dictator outreach. US President Barack Obama. US President Barack Obama. Photo: AP [file ]

Obama, more than any recent president, has made his own personality and identity cornerstones of American diplomacy. He assumes his potent charm can bend America's adversaries his way, that American history began anew on January 20, 2009 and that hostilities can be resolved through dialogue with him. His tactic of choice has been to visit a troubled region, apologize to the local authoritarians for America's sinful pre-Obama history, disavow acts of previous administrations and suggest that he brings with him a diplomatic "reset-button."

But there are dangerous repercussions to conducting such personality-focused foreign policy: By promoting his unique diplomatic touch as the key to rapprochement, any failure by Obama to harmonize hostile relationships indicates the insufficiency of his skills.

Accordingly, in practice, hostile governments have learned that Obama sets lofty diplomatic goals in public, but is willing to cut almost any deal to keep up appearances. He has made countless concessions and conciliatory gestures to Iran, the Arab world, China, Russia and Venezuela, vainly urging some demonstration of good faith in return. Yet time and again, seeing no downside, America's adversaries simply pocket the concessions without reciprocating.

Refusing to concede any error, Obama has instead doubled his diplomatic bets, paying in the currency preferred by the hostile regimes: by jettisoning the interests of US allies who are thorns in their sides.

Obama has vocally criticized Israeli security policy, coerced a settlement freeze and put the status of established Jerusalem neighborhoods in question. Yet the Arab governments and Palestinian leadership keep moving the diplomatic goalposts, making no concessions, knowing he will only increase pressure onIsrael to restart the "peace process."

Obama's one-sided pressure against Israel has earned him, according to an August Jerusalem Post poll, the assessment of only 4 percent of Jewish Israelis that his administration is pro-Israel.

But it's not just Israel. In April he praised "the Czech Republic and Poland, [who] have been courageous in agreeing to host" a missile-defense system, promising deployment "as long as the threat from Iran persists." By July, though the threat from Iran certainly persisted, Obama caved in to Russian objections, abandoning the missile-shield along with those courageous Czechs and Poles.

In Honduras, his administration backed the reinstatement of a power-usurping, Chavez-allied anti-American president in spite of the legal democratic process which had removed him.

In Iran, Obama still talks of engaging the mullahs and slowing down sanctions even as the theo-fascists thumb their noses, ramping up their nuclear capability and mowing down democratic protesters holding signs saying "Obama, are you with us or against us?"

From China, Obama had high hopes for progress on human rights and cooperation regarding Iran and North Korea. He got nothing, save for an ironic lecture on fiscal responsibility from the communist government.

Is there a threatened ally he has ever stood up for? If I were Taiwan, I'd be worried.
 

OBAMA TRULY believes in his special persuasive powers. "I have a gift," he is famously reported to have said to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. During the campaign, the crux of hisforeign policy was his eagerness to immediately meet the world's most brutal dictators and enemies of America, without preconditions; he would personally make them less antagonistic. He wants to hold a Muslim summit, since "I have lived in a Muslim country" [as a schoolboy], "I know it is possible to reconcile Islam with modernity and respect for human rights and a rejection of violence."

Well, that's a relief.

Obama's belief in his own powers was reinforced by a love-struck press. After his vaguely messianic campaign and inauguration, Newsweek's Evan Thomas typified the mood, hyperventilating that Obama was "standing above the country... above the world. He's sort of God." But once president, reality intruded: The leaders of Russia, China and North Korea don't believe in God. And the Islamist God is somewhat less warm and fuzzy than Barack Obama.

With nothing to show for his efforts, Obama's continued belief in his ability to pacify adversaries by personal appeal is as delusional as it is dangerous. Nations don't have personal friends; they have interests. And American interests are not advanced by presidential groveling, but by creating the right mix of carrots and sticks to induce desired behavior.

Obama's willingness to sacrifice embattled allies to appease hostile regimes ultimately weakens America. As Bernard Lewis has said: "A nation can make few mistakes worse than this: to be harmless as an enemy and treacherous as a friend."

Especially when that nation gets nothing in return.

Contact Donnella Whitacre by email at screenqwen1@yahoo.com

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ANTISEMITE AT UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM (USHMM)
Posted by Patrick Dempsey, January 26, 2010.
 

For my part, I largely endorse all that USHMM stands for and when asked about what it should stand for, it surely stands as a marker for 6,000,000 Jews no longer with us. I am always asked cotentious questions, as if I am an authority on all that the Holocaust details. But I do my best to respond, especially when People have taken the time to respond to one of my Books on the Holocust as I am only wishing to add further to what I feel the destroyed Jews of Europe would seek to have said on their behalf? When asked recently about the position of Mr. Chodakiewicz as a board member of USHMM, a person who, if not an anti-Semite then is a disliker of Jews, I felt compelled to add a dissenting voice. Perhaps Chodakiewicz asserts that the 4 year old Tokele, murdered in Sokoly after the Nazi's left, was in some way collateral damage? Surely Tokele couldn't have been a communist, and if she were, would it have shifted any political balance let alone bias? Also, would Chodakiewicz contend that the Jewish property, Jewish valuables and all Jewish wordly goods, now enjoyed by the Poles, are the product of them simply falling into Polish laps, or are they the spoils of War?

Did the fact that the disappearance of some 3,000,000 Polish Jews not enrich the Polish People somehow? Is that not against all Christian ethics and surely his own moral code would not allow for the enrishment of one People upon the destruction of another People, even if they were Jews? If Poles are not to be the least bit outraged by Auschwitz, then let them balk at the stain Belzec, Chelmno, Majdanek, Sobibior and Treblinka casts over their blood stained Country. Let us not forget, that what Poland did not do to the Jews of Poland and Europe, it is apparent that Poland did not prevent or resist what was happening to the Jews of Poland or all of Europe.

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

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LANCET STUDY BLAMES PALESTINIAN WIFE-BEATING ON ISRAEL
Posted by Israel Academia Monitor, January 26, 2010.

This below was written by Phyllis Chesler and it appeared in Pajamas Media
http://pajamasmedia.com/phyllischesler/2010/01/24/ lancet-study-blames-palestinian-wife-beating-on-israel/

 

It's official. Britain's premier medical journal Lancet[1] has been completely Palestinianized. It no longer bears any relationship to the first-rate scientific journal it once was. Perhaps Lancet is no longer a standard-bearer but has become a follower in the global movement in which standards have plunged, biases have soared, and Big Lies now pass for top-of-the-line academic, scientific work.

The post-colonial academy is itself thoroughly colonized by the false and dangerous ideas of Edward Said (please read my dear friend Ibn Warraq's most excellent book Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism [2]). However, I once believed that Said's paranoid perspective had primarily infected and indoctrinated only the social sciences, humanities, and Middle East Studies. We now see his malign influence at work in a new article, just out today, by professors who work at the Department of Medicine at Harvard University; the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at Minnesota University's School of Public Health; The Boston University School of Medicine; the School of Nursing at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; and at the School of Social Work and Social Welfare at Jerusalem's Hebrew University.

Their study [3] is titled: "Association between exposure to political violence and intimate-partner violence in the occupied Palestinian territory: a cross-sectional study." And yes, they have found that Palestinian husbands are more violent towards Palestinian

wives as a function of the Israeli "occupation" — and that the violence increases significantly when the husbands are "directly" as opposed to "indirectly" exposed to political violence.

I believe that Arab and Muslim men, including Palestinian men, are indeed violent towards Arab and Muslim women. I also believe that war-related stress, including poverty, usually increases "intimate partner violence," aka male domestic violence. But beyond that, how does one evaluate this study?

First, let's follow the money. This study was funded by the Palestinian National Authority as well as by the Core Funding Group at the University of Minnesota. The Palestinian Authority is not a disinterested party. But even worse: The data was collected by the Palestinian Central Bureau. These are the people who told the world that Israeli soldiers shot young Mohammed al-Dura, committed a massacre in Jenin, and purposely attacked Palestinian civilians (who just happened to be jihadists dressed in civilian clothing or hostage-civilians behind whom the jihadists hid).

Second, let's note that the study has a political goal which trumps any objective academic or feminist goal. (These researchers claim to have a "feminist" perspective). In my view, this study wishes to present Palestinian men as victims, even when those men are battering their wives. And, it wishes to present Palestinian cultural barbarism, which includes severe child abuse, as also related to the alleged Israeli occupation.

Third, therefore, the study has purposely omitted the violence, including femicide, which is routinely perpetrated against daughters and sisters in "occupied Palestine" and has, instead, chosen to focus only on husband-wife violence and only on couples who are currently married. The honor murders of daughters and sisters by their parents and brothers is a well known phenomenon in Gaza and on the West Bank.

I have written about some high profile cases before. "Souad" barely survived being set on fire [4] by her fWest Bank family because she became pregnant out of wedlock by the man who promised to marry her; Israelis nursed her back to health and she fled the area for Europe, where she wrote a book about her near-death experience. Asma'a al-Ghoul [5], whom I interviewed in 2008, was fired for writing a series of articles about honor killings on the West Bank and in Gaza. These barbaric, misogynist, and femicidal customs are not due to any alleged political, military, or economic "occupation" by Israelis.

Fourth, if one is completely serious about violence against women, the researchers would have factored in the role of Hamas, which has "occupied" Gaza both militarily and religiously. Since they have done so, more and more (previously modern) women have been forced to veil; more child marriages as well as arranged marriages are now taking place.

Indeed, Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups have lured young Palestinian women into becoming suicide killers [6]. In 2002, they manipulated Wafa Idris, a clinically depressed woman into blowing herself up, and in 2004, they lured Reem al-Riyashi, a wife and mother of two, into an affair and then threatened to shame her (which would have led to her being honor-murdered). Instead, they gave her a path to glory.

This study chose not to include such terrible violence against women because it could not, strictly speaking, be attributed to the alleged Israeli occupation — or to the still unresolved matter of the disputed territories.

Fifth, had the Lancet study wished to study — truly study — the effects of war on women in domestic settings, they would also have studied or at least referred to studies about the fate of Israeli women in terms of "intimate partner violence"; after all, they are also women and they are on the other side of the exact same conflict. A comparison might have been both just and arguably more feminist.

Sixth, Lancet is a British journal and it has hereby descended to the same level of anti-Zionist/anti-Jewish propaganda that is quite common among Britain's own non-academic journalists. Countless British journalists have done precisely what this study has attempted to do: Blame it all on Israel.

Lancet has done this before, and I have written about this rather nasty tendency more than once. I have also written about this tendency among feminists in my book The Death of Feminism [7]. Make no mistake: This Lancet study is introduced by Rita Giacoman, a real feminist, who teaches at the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University which is located in, as Lancet describes it, "Occupied Palestinian territory."

In 2002, in an updated version of her book The Price of Honor, British-American (and anti-Zionist) journalist Jan Goodwin claims that the Israeli military policies of self-defense have emasculated Palestinian men. Curfews keep grandiose, woman-hating, and honor- and shame-reared men at home for long hours. Based on anecdotal evidence, Goodwin believes that such men take their considerable frustrations out on women and children. Here, Goodwin quotes Suha Sabbagh, who says that the "Palestinian male, a father, the authority figure in the house, has lost all his authority." Goodwin dwells on the systematic "humiliation" of the Palestinian man by the Israelis. She writes: "Much of this belittling has taken place in front of their children and womenfolk," which in turn has "cut down" the image of the Palestinian man as the family's "hero" figure. "For Arab men, this is the same as losing their masculinity."

And here Goodwin, like so many other feminists, contradicts herself. Arab and Muslim overly vigilant paternal authority is precisely what has brutalized Arab and Muslim women. In 1992, Jean Sasson published Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia [8]. The unnamed al-Saud princess (whose story Sasson tells), describes the typically cruel way in which fathers, brothers, and husbands treat their "womenfolk." Let me quote her: "The authority of a Saudi male is unlimited; his wife and children survive only if he desires. In our homes, he is the state...From an early age, the male child is taught that women are of little value...the child witnesses the disdain shown his mother and sisters by his father; this leads to his scorn of all females...[the] women in my land are ignored by their fathers, scorned by their brothers, and abused by their husbands."

Iranian-Swiss Carmen bin Laden, in her book Inside the Kingdom [9], portrays life for women under Saudi male rule similarly. Women cannot go out without a male escort and they cannot leave the house or the county without male permission and accompaniment. A daughter can be married against her will, a father can seize custody of his children and not allow their mother to ever see them again. Bin Laden writes: "I rarely met a Saudi woman who was not afraid of her husband...A wife cannot do anything without her husband's permission. She cannot go out, cannot study, often cannot even eat at his table. Women in Saudi Arabia must live in obedience, in isolation, and in the fear that they may be cast out and summarily divorced."

Saudi Arabia has not been "settled," "colonized," or "humiliated," by Israelis.

Jordan has not been "settled," "colonized," "occupied," or "humiliated" by Israel. And yet, Jordan has a high rate of honor killing. According to Elaine Sheeley, in her 2007 book Reclaiming Honor in Jordan [10], nineteen to one hundred honor killings take place in Jordan each year. Based on another author's use of United Nations statistics, Sheeley also cites a much larger number of honor killings in Jordan, Gaza, and the West Bank. (I am not sure how they came to this figure or if it is at all accurate but the number given is 2,550 per year).

Due to the Bedouin leadership, honor killing is rampant in Jordan; the police jail the intended victims (for their safety) rather than the potential perpetrators; and even the King dare not sign into law serious sentencing consequences for an honor killing. Judges are allowed to use their discretion in sentencing and sentences are very light.

Egypt is not colonized by Israel, and yet serious violence against women is common there. This includes female genital mutilation, wife-beating, daughter-beating, forced marriages — and, with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, the forced veiling of previously modern women.

The Lancet researchers operated in exceedingly bad faith both academically and politically. For example, they write: "Occupation policies, including a separation barrier that is being erected in various parts of the West Bank, affect family connectedness, depriving women of regular contact with their families who might otherwise intervene to prevent intimate-partner violence."

Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim families do not intervene when a husband is beating a wife. On the contrary. Both the husband's family and the wife's own family view this as a husband's right or as a wife's fault. These researchers have got to know that. Thus, they are playing to western naiveté or ignorance about this by claiming the Israeli road blockades are stopping such imaginary, pro-woman family interventions.

I am not denying that war is Hell or that women do not often bear the brunt of war-related male frustration at home. I am challenging how Israel alone is being blamed in this study for a war that in truth, was declared long ago against the Jewish state by the Arab League, the Palestinian Authority, and more recently, by Hamas and Hezbollah. I am challenging the "politics" of both this study and of Lancet, whose aim is to scapegoat Israel for the barbarism and misogyny which is indigenous to Arab and Muslim culture, even more so, when jihad and terrorism dominate the world.

Footnotes

[1] Lancet:
http://www.thelancet.com/

[2] Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism:
http://www.amazon.com/Defending-West-Critique- Edward-Orientalism/dp/1591024846/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8& s=books&qid=1264364734&sr=8-1

[3] study:
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/ PIIS0140-6736%2809%2961827-4/abstract

[4] barely survived being set on fire:
http://www.amazon.com/ Burned-Alive-Survivor-Killing-Speaks/dp/0446694878/ref= sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264364837&sr=8-1

[5] Asma'a al-Ghoul:
http://pajamasmedia.com/phyllischesler/ 2009/07/08/palestinian-taliban-arrest-palestinian-feminist- government-promises-investigation/

[6] lured young Palestinian women into becoming suicide killers:
http://97.74.65.51/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=14484

[7] The Death of Feminism:
http://www.amazon.com/Death- Feminism-Struggle-Womens-Freedom/dp/1403975108/ref= sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264368861&sr=8-1

[8] Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia:
http://www.amazon.com/Princess-Story- Behind-Saudi-Arabia/dp/0967673747/ref=sr_1_1?ie= UTF8&s=books&qid=1264365192&sr=8-1

[9] Inside the Kingdom:
http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Kingdom- Life-Saudi-Arabia/dp/0446694886/ref= sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264365214&sr=8-1

[10] Reclaiming Honor in Jordan:
http://www.amazon.com/Reclaiming-Honor-Jordan- National-22Honor-22/dp/9957860704/ref=sr_1_1? ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264369156&sr=1-1

 

"Association between exposure to political violence and intimate-partner violence in the occupied Palestinian territory: a cross-sectional study"
by Dr Cari Jo Clark ScD, Susan A Everson-Rose PhD, Shakira Franco Suglia ScD, Rula Btoush DNSc, Alvaro Alonso MD, Dr Muhammad M Haj-Yahia PhD [*]
The Lancet,
Volume 375, Issue 9711, Pages 310 — 316,
23 January 2010
www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/ article/PIIS0140-6736%2809% 2961827-4/abstract

SUMMARY

Background

Intimate-partner violence might increase during and after exposure to collective violence. We assessed whether political violence was associated with male-to-female intimate-partner violence in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Methods

A nationally representative, cross-sectional survey was done between Dec 18, 2005, and Jan 18, 2006, by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. 4156 households were randomly selected with a multistage random cluster design, from which 3815 ever-married women aged 15-64 years were identified. We restricted our analysis to presently married women (n=3510, 92% participation rate), who completed a short version of the revised conflict tactics scales and exposure to political violence inventory. Exposure to political violence was characterised as the husband's direct exposure, his indirect exposure via his family's experiences, and economic effects of exposure on the household. We used adjusted multinomial logistic regression models to estimate odds ratios (ORs) for association between political violence and intimate-partner violence.

Findings

Political violence was significantly related to higher odds of intimate-partner violence. ORs were 1.89 (95% CI 1.29-2.76) for physical and 2.23 (1.49-3.35) for sexual intimate-partner violence in respondents whose husbands were directly exposed to political violence compared with those whose husbands were not directly exposed. For women whose husbands were indirectly exposed, ORs were 1.61 (1.25-2.07) for physical and 1.97 (1.49-2.60) for sexual violence, compared with those whose husbands were not indirectly exposed. Economic effects of exposure were associated with increased odds of intimate-partner violence in the Gaza Strip only.

Interpretation

Because exposure to political violence is associated with increased odds of intimate-partner violence, and exposure to many traumas is associated with poor health, a range of violent exposures should be assessed when establishing the need for psychosocial interventions in conflict settings.

Funding

Palestinian National Authority, Core Funding Group, Program in Health Disparities Research at the University of Minnesota.

[*] From: http://experts.huji.ac.il/eng/socialwork.htm

Prof. Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia, School of Social Work & Social Welfare, Hebrew University. Tel: 02-588 2207. Email: mshajyah@mscc.huji.ac.il. Research fields:
  • Wife abuse and battering, Exposure of children to violence in their families of origin
  • child maltreatment as perceived by different professional groups
  • child maltreatment in different cultural contexts in Israel
  • The Arab family in Israel in the process of transition
  • Wife abuse and battering in Arab society in Israel
  • Community violence
  • Evaluation of interventions with men who batter
  • Psychological effects of children's exposure to political violence and living in war zones.

Contact the Israel Academia Monitor by email at e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com

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THIS IS NOT PORT-AU-PRINCE
Posted by Patrick Dempsey, January 26, 2010.
 

"..a vale of sorrow. No human beings are they who walk its streets ..all are phantoms ..shadows ..haunting a world that is no longer in existence. ..They have even ceased to weep. ..congestion ..stench ..poverty ..disease ..chaos ..cannot be paralleled anywhere on earth. ..bodies strewn on ..roadside like old cinders. Shrouds ..no longer ..for ..dead. ..water ..foul ..cannot be drunk. ..They wander ..sad-eyed ..distraught ..mourners at funerals. ..devil ..could not have devised such hell."
— S. Moldawer.

This is the description Moldawer witnessed while the Jews of the Reich were being displaced and deposited in the Lublin reserve, circa 1939. While the past can be so mirrored in atrocity and played out in natural disaster, efforts are made to ameliorate the catastrophe of Haiti, but what effort has there been truly made to atone for the crimes that humanity waged and raged against the Jews of Europe, not so long ago?

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

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HELP, NOT HATE
Posted by Michael Devolin, January 25, 2010.
 

Since last fall, the federal Conservative government has been withdrawing taxpayer funding from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that use their grants to take sides against Israel in the Middle East conflict. Now comes word that last week, Ottawa told the United Nations it would no longer fund the world body's Palestinian refugee agency. From now on, Canadian aid to Palestinians will be directed to specific projects. We will no longer give lump-sum aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA), since most of that money simply goes straight into the Palestinian Authority's (PA) general treasury, where it might be used for humanitarian projects or might be used to arm and train terrorists.

This is a bold move for Ottawa, which is the first Western government to cut off funding for UNWRA.

Although UNWRA has long been a biased player in the Arab-Israeli conflict, it is seldom criticized for its incitement of anti-Israeli hatred and violence by Palestinians. It has funded textbooks that deny the right of Israel to exist and paid teachers who call on Palestinian children to push the Jewish state into the sea. It harbours radical Islamists and anti-Semites on its payroll and was even caught in 2004 using its own ambulances to ferry terrorists away from Israeli sites they had just attacked.

But most politicians and journalists consider UNWRA to be sacrosanct. Too many swallow whole the agency's assurances that it is not involved in promoting terrorism and anti-Israeli sentiments in the West Bank and Gaza. Criticism of it always elicits howls that UNWRA's mission is only to care for four million refugees in 59 camps and promote peace and understanding in the region.

So rather than get dragged into a public relations war with the UN and its acolytes, last week, before Prime Minister Stephen Harper shuffled his Cabinet, then-Treasury Board President Vic Toews informed UNWRA and the PA that from now on, Canadian aid would be earmarked to specific projects, chosen by Ottawa, such as food aid.

Ottawa also announced it would defund Alternatives, a Montreal NGO that two summers ago organized an education camp in Quebec, welcoming "500 motivated militants" from Lebanon, Iraq, "Palestine" and Venezuela.

International Development Minister Bev Oda withdrew $7-million in tax dollars, too, from KAIROS, an "ecumenical partnership" that had adopted a vehemently anti-Israel policy and been at the forefront of boycotts against the importation of Israeli goods and visits by Israeli professors.

For too long, Ottawa has subsidized NGOs that claim to be after peace, but that in truth seek to demonize Israel. It's good the Conservatives are seeking to halt these attacks.

Michael Devolin is a B'nai Elim; he lives in Canada. This article appeared in the National Post.

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PAKISTANI JIHADISTS: 'THE JEWS, WHO DREAM OF RULING THE WORLD, HAVE INVENTED... VACCINES, DRUGS, AND INJECTIONS... TO WEAKEN MUSLIMS'
Posted by Levi, Yaacov, January 25, 2010.
 

Article in Urdu-Language Women's Magazine of Pakistan-Based Jihadist Group, Titled 'Polio: Disease or Dangerous Jewish Conspiracy?' States: 'The Jews, Who Dream of Ruling the World, Have Invented... Vaccines, Drugs, and Injections... to Weaken Muslims'

An article published by an Urdu-language magazine for women in Pakistan has called the international polio eradication campaign a Jewish conspiracy being furthered by various international organizations.

The article, by Mohammad Kamran Talib, is titled "Polio: Disease or Dangerous Jewish Conspiracy?" It was published in the Urdu-language monthly magazine Mahnama Banat-e-'Aisha ("Daughters of 'Aisha" — 'Aisha was one of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad). Mahnama Banat-e-'Aisha is a sister publication of Haftroza Al-Qalam, an Urdu-language weekly loyal to Jaish-e-Muhammad, an Al-Qaeda-linked militant organization based in the Pakistani province of Punjab. The article first appeared in June 2006 an Urdu-language magazine called Mahnama Rahnuma-e-Sihat, and was reproduced in the October 2009 issue of Mahnama Banat-e-'Aisha.

The article alleges that several international organizations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the WHO, Rotary International, the World Bank, and UNICEF, which are providing massive funding for international polio eradication campaigns, are serving Zionist interests. Claiming that the eradication campaigns are a Jewish conspiracy, the article quotes reports from Urdu-, Hindi-, and English-language newspapers on various incidents in India of children contracting polio despite being vaccinated. It also refers to several such cases in Yemen and Indonesia, adding that Islamic scholars in Nigeria have issued a fatwa against polio vaccination.

The article also notes that Dr. Ibrahim Datti, a physician and president of Nigeria's Religious Law Supreme Council, has accused the U.S. of including anti-fertility components in the polio vaccines.

This article was translated by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), an independent, non-profit organization that translates and analyzes the media of the Middle East (www.memri.org).

The following are excerpts from the article:[1]

 

The Polio Eradication Campaign

"The U.N., the U.S. Health Department's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Red Cross, and 16 wealthy European countries are collaborating with the WHO's polio eradication program to carry out their nefarious designs by giving aid to the poor countries. And that is why three states of Nigeria have banned this program.

"The governor of the state of Kanu, Ibrahim Shikarao, has said, 'We have opted for the lesser of two evils. We don't want to affect the reproductive system of millions of children, especially girls, by allowing the vaccination campaign; instead we have preferred the disease in which a few — two, three, five, 10 children — are afflicted with [polio]...'"

"Ninety-Eight Million People Have Been Infected with the SV-40 Virus Because of the Polio Vaccine; Consequently, the Number of Cancer Patients in the U.S. Has Increased Alarmingly"

"When the polio eradication campaign was launched in the U.S. in 1950, only 13 people out of New York's population of 15 million [sic], and the question was raised as to what was the need for it. None seemed to be convinced that such a massive program should be launched for such a meager number of patients, one person in 100,000.

"According to 1996 figures, in comparison to deaths from polio, 276, 203, 60, 40, 23 and 11 people died in the U.S. of heart disease, cancer, cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, and AIDS, respectively.

"The polio virus is a genetically engineered virus made of the components of a monkey's kidney. Monkeys' kidneys have Simian Virus (SV-40). It may create the danger of incurable diseases if it's injected into [the] human body. It may cause osteosarcomas, brain tumors, and malignant mesosmthlisomas [sic], which are difficult to cure.

"Besides, the BK virus and JU virus are in the polio virus, and they can cause cancer. In 1962, unsuccessful experiments were carried out in advanced and standard laboratories to do away with the effects of these fatal viruses. These viruses spread rapidly into the human body and became difficult to control.

"Every year, about 20,000 people die in the U.S. due to this. According to U.S. scientist Dr. Mercola, around 50,000 people become afflicted with dangerous diseases every year due to these viruses. In his words, 'We believed the experts that they would free us from polio, but it happened that they injected the fatal viruses of cancer into the human body, and because of it 20,000 people die every year in the U.S.'

"Debbie Bookchin and Jim Schumacher, authors of 'The Virus and the Vaccine [The True Story of a Cancer-Causing Monkey Virus, Contaminated Polio Vaccine, and the Millions of Americans Exposed'] say: How would you feel when you come to know that the vaccine you have given to your child to save them from a disease has injected into their bodies the SV-40 virus that is responsible for the cancer that ninety-eight million U.S. citizens have suffered from? This vaccine is a great medical fraud.

"Barbara Loe Fisher, the president of the National Vaccine Information Center, has claimed that the sole reason behind weak immune systems in most children and youth, as well as learning disabilities, asthma, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, skin diseases like lupus and hyperactivity, are the protective vaccinations. Ninety-eight million people have been infected by the SV-40 virus because of the polio vaccine. Consequently, the number of cancer patients in the U.S. has increased alarmingly.

"According to a report in The Washington Times of September 21, 2003, the vaccination drugs given to Americans between 1962 and 2000 had a monkey virus in them. Besides, the report has mentioned evidence and reports tabled before the House Committee. Citing these reports, Stanley P. Copse, an attorney handling lawsuits by people afflicted with polio, has said that it has not been proven to date that oral polio vaccines are completely free of the SV-40 virus. He has written an article in this regard on 'Oral Polio Vaccination and Cancer,' on the basis of legal documents, stating that SV-40 virus is found in the vaccine. This was published in the 'Anti-Cancer' magazine in 2003. He writes: 'In the oral polio vaccine case the Lederle company is unable to say that all its vaccines are free of SV-40 virus. Lederle's director has said that examination of all the vaccines is impossible. So, experts should not be confident in the absence of any solid proof that these vaccines are totally safe.'

"Dr. Philippe Che Chunin, a prominent oncologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and a mesothelimoa [sic] specialist, says, We are seriously considering the fact that the SV-40 virus is becoming a greater cause of cancer in human beings. Russian scientist Dr. John Martin says that SV-40 virus is so dangerous that it can be transmitted by birth to the next generation without any vaccination. Currently, Dr. Tain Garnie is researching how the SV-40 virus destroys cells. Dr. Venus Jophon Tana says that there is a close relationship between the SV-40 and mesothelimoas [sic] cancer."

The U.S. Has Banned the Oral Polio Vaccine

"The Useless and Fatal Polio Drugs (OPV) Kept in U.S. Warehouses Are Being Flown to Asian Countries via the World Health Organization (WHO)"

"Few know that the U.S. Health Department and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have banned oral polio vaccines as of January 1, 2000. Over 600 million polio vaccines were sold between 1969 and 1999. Lederle has been ordered to close its operations. The CDC has stated that these vaccines contain live viruses, which may affect healthy people or those who have not taken the polio drops. This is why injections, instead of oral vaccines, are being given to the people in the U.S.

"It is being claimed that the danger of the spread of polio has been substantially reduced by the use of inactivated and killed polio vaccines (IPV). The cost of one injection for a child can come to 500 [Pakistani] rupees. It is obvious that such costly injections are beyond the reach of Third World children. Therefore, the useless and fatal polio drugs (OPV) kept in U.S. warehouses are being flown to Asian countries via the World Health Organization (WHO)."

"[This Oral Vaccine] Might Be Why Healthy Children in Indonesia, Yemen, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Niger And Nigeria Contract Polio Even After Taking [It]"

"Dr. Allen Cantwell MD — the author of two books on the man-created disease AIDS, titled 'AIDS and the Doctors of Death' and 'Queer Blood' — has even said that the two drops of oral polio vaccine has increased the risk of polio in the next generation, and has also increased the risk of paretic polio, a dangerous strain of polio. This might be why healthy children in Indonesia, Yemen, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Niger, and Nigeria contract polio even after taking this oral vaccine."

"Samples of the OPV Given In India [Were] Found... To Be Dangerously Adulterated"

"Dr. Haroon Fatiya, a prominent pharmaceutical scientist and the dean of Ahmadu Bello University, which is based in Zaria, Nigeria, said in March 2008 that his examination of samples of the oral polio vaccine given in India found them to be dangerously adulterated.

"According to a report on lifesite.net, dated March 11, 2004, when asked why the companies adulterated their drugs, he gave three reasons: a) There are some secret agendas of those who make and distribute vaccines and dangerous materials, and detailed information regarding this distribution can only be obtained after research; b) they know that the Third World countries do not have the skill, education, and facilities to discover the truth easily through research; c) and last but not least, they have their supporters among us... It is extremely sad that people from our medical field are associated with those whom we trust to protect our interests.

"That is why Dr. Fatiya has demanded the prosecution of these people who have brought counterfeit drugs into their countries, in the name of [eradicating] polio, and that they receive the harshest punishment [possible] as criminals. A group of medical experts has solid ground to believe that genetically engineered viruses can be used to spread diseases."

"In 1971, the [U.S.] Army's Bio-Warfare Department... Entered Into a Secret Pact... With the National Cancer Institute; That Is Why... Experts Claim That the AIDS Epidemic Was Spread In An Organized Way"

"The U.S. Army began working on biological warfare during the term of President Richard Nixon. In 1971, the army's bio-warfare department, based in Maryland, entered into a secret pact regarding this with the National Cancer Institute. That is why a sector of experts claims that the AIDS epidemic was spread in an organized way, in which the patient falls victim to cancer at the end.

"A London Times report, of May 11, 1987, said that the AIDS epidemic in African countries was the result of the anti-smallpox vaccination of 1972. Experts like Dr. William Campbell Douglas, MD, do not recognize this as more than rumor. According to the WHO declaration, green monkeys are responsible for AIDS in Africa. They say that the study of the structure of genes in monkeys proves that it is impossible for the AIDS virus to naturally enter the human body. Doctors also say a human cannot get AIDS unless he is given [an] injection with a needle [previously used by an infected individual], or that [the disease] is transferred from one person to another via blood transfusion and multiple sexual relations.

"However, rejecting the facts and figures, Dr. Theodora Strecker says that even if it is agreed that monkeys are responsible for it, only 8,000 people should have contracted AIDS between 1972 and 1987 through this one cause — not 75 million."

"How Did the AIDS Virus Spread in the U.S.?... [The Epidemic] Was Caused by the Hepatitis-B Vaccines Given to Homosexuals in U.S. Cities in 1992"

"And how did the AIDS virus spread in the U.S.? Did the green monkey come flying there? [The epidemic] was caused by the Hepatitis-B vaccines given to homosexuals in U.S. cities in 1992 are responsible for it.

"Dr. R. J. Bugger specifically stated, in an article published in Lancet, that AIDS viruses were prepared in laboratories. Quoting from a WHO Bulletin (Vol. 47, p. 289, 1972), Dr. Campbell said that the WHO is destroying our immune system in the name of fighting diseases through vaccines; he asked whether it wants to eradicate human beings from the earth itself."

Why is Polio Eradication Sponsored?

"The Jews, Who Dream of Ruling the World, Have Invented Different Types of Vaccines, Drugs, and Injections... to Weaken Muslims... The Oral Polio Vaccine Campaign Is Being Run Under a Worldwide Conspiracy — Except in the Zionist Countries"

"The Jews, who dream of ruling the world, have invented different types of vaccines, drugs, and injections in an organized way to weaken Muslims in their beliefs on spiritual, practical, and moral levels, and make their bodies contaminated. The oral polio vaccine campaign is being run under a worldwide conspiracy — except in the Zionist countries. Its total focus is now on South Asian countries — India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The U.S. has already marked this area as an extremely strategic region."

Why Are "These Greedy Jews and Christians... Spending Millions on This Campaign?"

"Have we ever thought why these greedy Jews and Christians are spending millions of dollars on this campaign?

  1. The Pentagon, a U.S. defense institution, provides about $100,000 million for this campaign every year.

  2. The WHO spends $150,000 million dollars on this campaign every year.

  3. Rotary International also provides a sizable amount for this campaign. Like thousands of NGOs, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the NGO of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, has alone given $750 million for the vaccination of children in poor countries — more than double the amount that the U.S. government gave to the people affected by the tsunami. This will help the WHO vaccinate 90% of children around the world by 2015. All these organizations are known to work openly for the interest of Zionism.

  4. Institutions like the Center for Diseases [sic], the ICC Control [sic], and the World Bank are also investing huge amounts in such programs.

  5. UNICEF is supervising the polio vaccination campaign in India. It has already spent hundreds of millions of dollars on this campaign. On the other hand, the UN has continued the ban on the provision of essential drugs to Iraq since 1991. Because of this ban, half a million children have died in that country. As an alternative arrangement to save the children of that country, a pharmaceutical company was established in Sudan, but it was destroyed by a U.S. bombardment, and the UN remained a mute spectator."

The Polio Vaccine is Prepared from Impure Animals

"An Analysis of How the Polio Vaccination is Prepared is Sufficient in Order to Understand How the Viruses of Haram and Unpious Animals... Are Being Injected Into Our [Muslim] Bodies"

"An analysis of how the polio vaccination is prepared is sufficient in order to understand how the viruses of haram [forbidden in Islam] and unpious animals like monkeys, chimpanzees, dogs, mice, and pigs are being injected into our [Muslim] bodies.

"Experiments were carried out in different stages on 4,000 monkeys imported from India and the Philippines in 1955, at a deserted place near a river in the area of Bluffton, in southern California. After that, polio vaccines were prepared from their kidneys.

"None other than Jonas Edward Salk (1914-1995) was responsible for this achievement. Besides being a prominent bacteriologist, he was a great Jewish spiritual leader who is revered even now by Jewish religious scholars and rabbis. He established the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in the Lazola area of California in 1963. The annual budget of this [institute], one of the biggest biological laboratories of the world, is $120 million, and 400 scientists work there around the clock. For a long time, the U.S. government used the vaccine prepared in this laboratory for their sweeping polio drives."

According To a Recent WHO Report, "500 Million People Around the World Were Given the Hepatitis-B Vaccine — A Vaccine Which is Only Not Given In Israel"

"Even today, Lederle prepares the polio vaccine from the kidney of Rhesus monkeys. According to U.S. journalist Michael Dorman, only Christian children in the U.S. were given the vaccine prepared by Dr. Salk during 1962-2000, while the Jews, who constitute less than 1.5 of that country's population, refused the vaccination on religious grounds.

"On the other hand, a recent WHO report says that 500 million people around the world were given the Hepatitis-B vaccine — a vaccine which is only not given in Israel.

"It is strange that the world media did not make it an issue, while it forced the Saudi government to vaccinate its eight million children by creating a concern that three pilgrims from Nigeria could spread polio."  

[1] Mahnama Banat-e-'Aisha, Pakistan, Vol. 9, Issue No. 10, October 2009.

Contact Yaacov Levi by email at jlevi_us@yahoo.com

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WHEN DOES SELF-REFLECTION BECOME SELF-DESTRUCTION?
Posted by Sheridan Neimark, January 25, 2010.

This was written by David Harris, AJC Executive Director, and appeared January 24, 2010.

 

I read the article in the New York Times on January 22nd with dismay.

No, this was not about the paper itself. It had nothing to do with a poorly-chosen photo, a misleading headline, or a lack of balance or context. Rather, it dealt with an all-too-familiar story being reported — the instinct for Jewish self-destructiveness.

Entitled "For Israelis, Mixed Feelings on Aid Effort," referring to the response to the earthquake in Haiti, the article was best summarized by the following excerpt:

"But Israelis have been watching with a range of emotions, as if the Haitian relief effort were a Rorschach test through which the nation examines itself. The left has always complained that there is no reason to travel thousands of miles to help those in need — Gaza is an hour away. The right has argued that those who accuse Israel of inhumanity should take note of its selfless efforts and achievements in Haiti."

Forgive me, but this is nuts.

Israel responded magnificently to the immense tragedy unfolding in Haiti. Both the governmental and non-governmental sectors were on the scene almost immediately. The Israeli field hospital, by all accounts, quickly became the finest medical unit in the country. Grateful Haitians even took to naming children born in the facility "Israel." Israeli rescue-and-relief teams found survivors in the rubble and restored them to life. Other Israeli units are providing a range of basic services to a population whose needs are almost impossible to grasp.

The Israeli effort far exceeds the nation's small size and dwarfs the response of many larger countries. Of course, some countries, most notably in the Arab world, shamefully sat on their hands, doing nothing in the face of a human calamity.

Cynics would suggest that Israel had some narrow, self-serving interest for helping, but there is none, other than a life-affirming desire to alleviate suffering. Haiti is the most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere, its voting record on Israel-related issues at the UN is nothing to write home about, and the Jewish community on the island is infinitesimal in size.

Israel's role in Haiti should be a source of national pride, not a trigger for a "Rorschach test."

In fact, Israel's quick action in Haiti is nothing new.

There is a long and proud record of Israel's response to international humanitarian crises, reflecting the state's core values.

I visited an entire prefabricated town that Israel built in Turkey after a devastating earthquake, in 1999, destroyed thousands of homes.

I saw the Israeli field hospital in Macedonia set up to assist Muslim refugees from neighboring Kosovo, who were driven out of their land by Slobodan Milosevic's ethnic-cleansing campaign.

I recall Israel's offer to assist Iran — yes, Iran — after a powerful earthquake hit Bam in 2003, when more than 25,000 people were killed. Tehran rejected the offer, presumably preferring some of its citizens to die rather than be rescued by Israelis.

And the list of Israel's lifesaving efforts goes on, at times in countries with which it had no formal diplomatic ties and where its initiatives, while welcomed by the beleaguered nation, nonetheless had to be kept below the radar.

Indeed, few countries react so quickly and consistently as does Israel when it comes to mobilizing emergency responders at a moment's notice. The volunteers arrive on the scene with no fanfare, go immediately to work, and set a standard for professionalism and courage.

Yet, according to the Times' story, all of this, at least for a few Israelis, is, in the end, rather meaningless as a source of national pride. Instead, the litmus test for Israel must be Gaza.

This is when self-reflection turns to the instinct for self-destruction.

Gaza has declared itself an enemy state. It is run by Hamas, whose goal is the annihilation of Israel. Anti-Semitism runs rampant throughout the Hamas Charter and the blood-curdling statements of its spokesmen. The smuggling of ever more lethal weapons into Gaza is a top priority. Iran is Gaza's foremost state patron.

Of course, it didn't have to turn out this way. In 2005, at great political risk, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon withdrew all Israeli soldiers and settlers from Gaza. The unilateral disengagement offered local residents their first chance in history for self-rule. Moreover, Jewish donors, as a gesture of peace and reconciliation, purchased the Israeli-built greenhouses in Gaza and presented them to the Palestinian Authority. These were meant to form part of a new foundation of economic and social development.

It was in Israel's vital national interest to see Gaza thrive as a society committed to construction and coexistence.

Alas, it was not to be. Hamas ousted the PA and seized power in a bloody civil war. Israel's brief re-entry into Gaza in December 2009 was an inevitable outcome of daily provocations that no sovereign nation could have long abided.

And yet today, bizarrely, there is, it seems, a convenient convergence between a consummate "blame culture" and at least a few notable representatives of a consummate "guilt culture."

While leaders of Gaza strikingly abdicate all responsibility and blame everyone but themselves for the misfortunes of their land, according to the Times, some in neighboring Israel anguish over Israel's purported responsibility for Gaza's travails.

One could argue that this is eloquent testimony to their ethical reflex, their desire to heal the world of Gaza. That might well be laudable but for the simple fact that Gaza is at war with Israel, a seemingly obvious proposition to all but those Israelis blinded by their own self-generated "guilt," which prevents them from confronting reality and those ultimately accountable for the facts on the ground.

Were circumstances different, would Israelis offer help in Gaza as they have in Haiti, Turkey, the Balkans, and elsewhere? I have no doubt. In fact, Israel would doubtless do far more, given the proximity and the stakes.

Meanwhile, no national self-examination is required. Rather, Israel should be immensely proud of its role in Haiti — and what it reveals about the national character. As a friend of Israel, I certainly am.

Contact Sheridan Neimark by email at sneimark@browdyneimark.com

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FROM ISRAEL: WEEP FOR AMERICA
Posted by Arlene Kushner, January 25, 2010.
 

And then stand strong and bring her home again.

In reading Barry Rubin's most recent column, "F for failure," I recognized concerns that have gripped me of late. And so, while I hadn't intended to post today, I knew I wanted to share this.

Many of you on this list will understand what he's saying, but across the board I believe his points are more obvious from here in Israel. A great many Americans are still not seeing the forest for the trees. And too many cling to that last bit of residual hope in Obama, and won't yet grapple with the enormity of the failures of his government.

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Writes Rubin:

"We must now face an extremely unpleasant truth: Even giving the Obama administration every possible break regarding its Iran policy, it is now clear that the US government isn't going to take strong action on the nuclear weapons issue. Note that I didn't even say "effective" action, I'm saying that it isn't even going to make a god show of trying seriously to do anything.

"From its behavior, it still seems to expect, incredibly, that some kind of deal is possible with Teheran despite everything that has happened...And it is too fixated on short-term games about seeking consensus among other powers; two of them — China and Russia — are clearly not going to agree to anything serious. This fact was clear many months ago, but the administration still doesn't recognize it...

"Not only is the Obama administration failing the test but it is doing so in a way that seems to maximize the loss of US credibility in the region and the world. A lot of this comes from the administration's philosophy of unprecedented concepts of guilt, apology, defeatism and refusal to take leadership never seen before among past liberal Democratic governments from Franklin Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.

"Yet the British, French and Germans are ready to get tough on Iran, yearning for leadership and not getting it. (Emphasis added)

"...After these. six failures [documented in the full article], the US is now — in effect — resting. And that is the seventh failure. There are no signs that anything is changing in Washington.

"To believe that the administration has learned anything, we would have to see the following: An angry US government [that] feels that Iran's regime made it look foolish; a calculating administration that believes the American people want it to get tough and [hopes to] gain politically from being seen as decisive; a great power strategy that would make an example of Iran to show what happens to a bunch of repressive dictators who defy the US and spit on its friends and interests; and a diplomatically astute government that understands the uses of threats and pressures to force its opponent into a compromise.

"There is not the slightest indication that the Obama administration holds any of these views. On the contrary, without any apparent realization of the absurdity of the situation, high-ranking officials keep repeating in January 2010 as in January 2009 that, some day, the US might do something to put pressure on Iran. Perhaps those in the administration who do understand what's wrong don't have the influence to affect the policy being set in the White House.

"This is going to be a case study of how failing to deal with a problem sooner, even if that requires some diplomatic confrontations, will lead to a much bigger and costlier conflict later involving military confrontation." (emphasis added)

Directly implied, but not explicitly spelled out here, is the effect of Obama's non-policy on Israel.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1263147967882 &pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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While I'm at it, I want to also share a January 16th NY Post piece by Ralph Peters — "Hood massacre report gutless and shameful" — that echoes similar themes. (And thanks to Dave A. for calling this to my attention.)

Wrote Peters:

"There are two basic problems with the grotesque non-report on the Islamist- terror massacre at Fort Hood (released by the Defense Department [January 15]):
" [] It's not about what happened at Fort Hood.
" [] It avoids entirely the issue of why it happened.

"Rarely in the course of human events has a report issued by any government agency been so cowardly and delusional. It's so inept, it doesn't even rise to cover-up level.

"'Protecting the Force: Lessons From Fort Hood' never mentions Islamist terror. Its 86 mind-numbing pages treat 'the alleged perpetrator,' Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, as just another workplace shooter...

"...Murderous political correctness is pervasive in our military...

"...This report's spinelessness is itself an indictment of our military's failed moral and ethical leadership...

"We agonize over civilian casualties in a war zone but rush to whitewash the slaughter of our own troops on our own soil. Conduct unbecoming."

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/oped columnists/hood_massacre_report_gutless_and_ yaUphSPCoMs8ux4lQdtyGM#ixzz0dehDKzxG

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America is too great — in its courage and its principles — to go down this way. Her come-back (for which I sincerely pray) will depend on the legion of good Americans who do understand what is going on and will, finally, refuse to let it happen.

I hope this makes you spittin' mad, and that you share what is written here broadly.

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

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FT. HOOD MASSACRE REPORT GUTLESS AND SHAMEFUL
Posted by Dave Alpern, January 25, 2010.

This was written by Ralph Peters; his latest book is The War After Armageddon. It was archived at
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/ hood_massacre_report_gutless_and_yaUphSPCoMs8ux4lQdtyGM

 

There are two basic problems with the grotesque non-report on the Islamist- terror massacre at Fort Hood (released by the Defense Department yesterday):

* It's not about what happened at Fort Hood.
* It avoids entirely the issue of why it happened.

Rarely in the course of human events has a report issued by any government agency been so cowardly and delusional. It's so inept, it doesn't even rise to a cover-up level.

"Protecting the Force: Lessons From Fort Hood" never mentions Islamist terror. Its 86 mind-numbing pages treat "the alleged perpetrator," Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, as just another workplace shooter (guess they're still looking for the pickup truck with the gun rack).

The report is so politically correct that its authors don't even realize the extent of their political correctness — they're body-and-soul creatures of the PC culture that murdered 12 soldiers and one Army civilian.

Reading the report, you get the feeling that, jeepers, things actually went pretty darned well down at Fort Hood. Commanders, first responders and everybody but the latest "American Idol" contestants come in for high praise.

The teensy bit of specific criticism is reserved for the "military medical officer supervisors" in Maj. Hasan's chain of command at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As if the problem started and ended there.

Unquestionably, the officers who let Hasan slide, despite his well-known wackiness and hatred of America, bear plenty of blame. But this disgraceful pretense of a report never asks why they didn't stop Hasan's career in its tracks.

The answer is straightforward: Hasan's superiors feared — correctly — that any attempt to call attention to his radicalism or to prevent his promotion would backfire on them, destroying their careers, not his.

Hasan was a protected-species minority. Under the PC tyranny of today's armed services, no non-minority officer was going to take him on.

This is a military that imposes rules of engagement that protect our enemies and kill our own troops and that court-martials heroic SEALs to appease a terrorist. Ain't many colonels willing to hammer the Army's sole Palestinian-American psychiatrist.

Of course, there's no mention of political correctness by the panel. Instead, the report settles for blinding flashes of the obvious, such as "We believe a gap exists in providing information to the right people." Gee, really? Well, that explains everything. Money well spent!

Or "Department of Defense force protection policies are not optimized for countering internal threats." Of course not: You can't stop an internal threat you refuse to recognize.

The panel's recommendations? Wow. "Develop a risk-assessment tool for commanders." Now that's going to stop Islamist terrorists in their tracks.

The Fort Hood massacre didn't reflect an intelligence failure. The intelligence was there, in gigabytes. This was a leadership failure and an ethical failure, at every level. Nobody wanted to know what Hasan was up to. But you won't learn that from this play-pretend report.

The sole interesting finding flashes by quickly: Behind some timid wording on pages 13 and 14, a daring soul managed to insert the observation that we aren't currently able to keep violence-oriented religious extremists from becoming chaplains. (Of course, they're probably referring to those darned Baptists ...)

To be fair, there's a separate, classified report on Maj. Hasan himself. But it's too sensitive for the American people to see. Does it even hint he was a self-appointed Islamist terrorist committing jihad? I'll bet it focuses on his "personal problems."

In the end, the report contents itself with pretending that the accountability problem was isolated within the military medical community at Walter Reed. It wasn't, and it isn't. Murderous political correctness is pervasive in our military. The medical staff at Walter Reed is just where the results began to manifest themselves in Hasan's case.

Once again, the higher-ups blame the worker bees who were victims of the policy that the higher-ups inflicted on them. This report's spinelessness is itself an indictment of our military's failed moral and ethical leadership.

We agonize over civilian casualties in a war zone but rush to whitewash the slaughter of our own troops on our own soil. Conduct unbecoming.

Contact Dave Alpern at daveyboy@bezeqint.net

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WHY ARE AMERICAN SOLDIERS DYING SO IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN CAN REMAIN SHARIA LAW NATIONS?
Posted by Family Security Matters, January 25, 2010.

This was written by D.L. Adams and is archived at
www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.5341/pub_detail.asp

D.L. Adams is an analyst and historian, and a co-founder of SIOA (Stop Islamization of America). He can be reached at daniel@sioanetwork.com.

How can this dirty little secret be countenanced — that American soldiers are told to fight and die for "freedom" in Iraq and Afghanistan when in fact they fight to prop up two Sharia law states?

 

With great fanfare but little grit or talk of victory, President Obama announced at West Point last month that 30,000 additional American soldiers are going to Afghanistan. If the mission in Afghanistan is two-fold, the defeat of the abysmal Taliban and the creation of a stable, democratic state, it would appear that we are not doing well.

The same could be said of "nation building" in Iraq, where violence of late appears to be diminishing in comparison to the bloody mountains and valleys of Afghanistan. While the reduction of violence in Iraq is comforting, the diminishment of violence is not the definitive measure of the success of nation building.

The true measure of our efforts in both beneficiary countries should be based upon an examination of the foundations of these countries that we have created with the blood of our best and treasure. When such an examination is made the result can only be horror.

The constitutions of Iraq and Afghanistan — for those who love democracy, freedom, and liberty — are failures. If the constitution of a new nation is a failure, then what kind of nation can be built upon it?

After the U.S. military (with our allies) drove the Taliban out of Kabul, we endeavored to create a new Afghanistan based upon Constitutional law. Neither the Constitution of Iraq nor of Afghanistan is structured on the secular American model of the state subordinate to the will of the people. This concept is the foundation of American democracy given to us by Jefferson, Washington, Adams, Madison, Monroe, Franklin, and Hamilton; this is tragically not the foundation of our failed nation building strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iraq and Afghanistan are both Islamic states (specifically stated as such in their constitutions). The people of both beneficiary states are therefore in service to Islam (the state is Islam and Islam is the state); this is not any form of "democracy" that most Americans can countenance nor reasonably support.

After WWII, Douglas MacArthur remained in Tokyo to oversee the creation and passage of a new American-style constitution on the defeated Japanese; one which entirely rejected the previous system of government/society. The new Japanese constitution removed the power of the Emperor and created an American-style democracy in which the people have power over the government through the constitution. This approach completely overturned the old order of Japanese totalitarian empirical rule.

In announcing the new constitution in Tokyo, MacArthur said that "the Japanese people thus turn their backs firmly upon the mysticism and unreality of the past and face instead a future of realism with a new faith and a new hope." Regarding the Emperor, MacArthur said in a public statement that the new constitution "leaves the throne without governmental authority or state property, subject to the people's will, a symbol of the people's unity."

The new constitution represented a complete and total shift in approach to government in Japan and most importantly, the relationship of citizen to the state.

"Declared by its terms to be the supreme law for Japan, it places sovereignty squarely in the hands of the people. It establishes governmental authority with the predominant power vested in an elected legislature, as representative of the people, but with adequate check upon that power, as well as upon the power of the Executive and the Judiciary, to insure that no branch of government may become autocratic or arbitrary in the administration of affairs of state." — MacArthur's Announcement of Japan's New Constitution, March 6, 1946

Japan's post-war constitution specifically identifies the constitution itself as the supreme law of the land. This is the same structure of constitutional democracy that exists in the United States as delineated in Article 6, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution. Constitutionalism is ensconced in Japan by Chapter X, Article 98
(http://www.solon.org/Constitutions/Japan/English/ english-Constitution.html#CHAPTER_X).

"This Constitution shall be the supreme law of the nation and no law, ordinance, imperial rescript or other act of government, or part thereof, contrary to the provisions hereof, shall have legal force or validity."

The new constitution reiterated the overturning of the old empirical order; the Emperor was now legally powerless and subordinate to the constitution.

"The Emperor or the Regent as well as Ministers of State, members of the Diet, judges, and all other public officials have the obligation to respect and uphold this Constitution." Article 99, Constitution of Japan

We have taken a tragically different course in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Article One of the constitution of Afghanistan states that "Afghanistan is an Islamic Republic, independent, unitary and indivisible state." Article 2 of the constitution of Iraq states that "Islam is the official religion of the State and it is a fundamental source of legislation." Both states identify Islam as the bedrock of the state and also the law of the land.

"No law that contradicts the established provisions of Islam may be established." — (Article 2, A; constitution of Iraq.)

"In Afghanistan, no law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam." — (Article 3; constitution of Afghanistan.)

Both Afghanistan and Iraq are Islamic states as codified in their new American-supported constitutions. Sharia Law is the law of Islam. Islamic law supersedes any laws in the constitution that are not Sharia law-compliant.

Any review of the implementation of Sharia law anywhere in the world (or of Sharia itself) shows it to be brutal, cruel, misogynist, anti-homosexual, anti-free speech, supremacist, anti-democratic, and anti-freedom of religion among its many unpleasant qualities. Even in Afghanistan as late as 2006 a Muslim Afghan convert to Christianity was sentenced to death for leaving Islam. Only American outrage prevented the implementation of the Sharia death penalty. Under Sharia Law, leaving Islam is not permitted. It is considered a crime worse than murder and is punishable by death. A Sharia judge on the case commented at the time, "We are not against any particular religion in the world. But in Afghanistan, this sort of thing is against the law. It is an attack on Islam." The inherent contradiction between democracy and Islamic law did not go unnoticed by everyone, however.

"But, while democracy is taking root in Afghanistan, the country's constitution is not a truly secular document." — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Sharia law is derived from Koran, Sira, and Hadith, the three foundational documents of Islam. Sharia law therefore has the authority of both Allah and Mohammed as it is the codification of their commands, and the words, deeds, and example of the prophet. American support of this barbaric "legal system" anywhere on this planet is folly.

Sharia law is antithetical to American concepts of freedom and democracy. What can be the reason that we have created two Islamic states founded upon American blood and treasure? Why did we take such a radically different approach to Iraq and Afghanistan than we did with Japan after WWII?

There is no overlap whatever between American concepts of decency and justice and Sharia law. Among the horrors of Sharia are death for criticism of Islam, death for leaving Islam, dhimmitude for those who are non-Muslims living under Sharia, the near impossibility of rape victims to prove rape, wife beating, child marriage, unequal rights for women, no legal rights for non-Muslims, and the subjugation of women. The list of Sharia's horrors is lengthy and disturbing. An illustration of Sharia from the definitive book of Sharia law, Reliance of the Traveller, is illustrative.

The following are not subject to retaliation:

a Muslim for killing a non-Muslim (o1.2(2))

a Jewish or Christian subject of the Islamic state for killing an apostate from Islam (O:because a subject of the state is under its protection, while killing an apostate from Islam is without consequences); (o1.2(3))

a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offsprings offspring (o1.2(4))

Under Sharia law there is no "retaliation" by the Islamic state against a Muslim who kills a non-Muslim for whatever reason. Can there be a more barbarous "legal" system that is more overtly opposed to our own concepts of right/wrong, good/evil, decency/barbarism, and justice/injustice? This is the system of "law" for which we fight in Iraq and Afghanistan? This is folly.

No American who loves our Constitution and the freedoms guaranteed under it should accept Sharia Law anywhere in this country or actively support it elsewhere. How can it be countenanced that American soldiers are told that they fight and die for "freedom" in Iraq and Afghanistan when in fact our soldiers fight to prop up two Sharia law states?

Why did we free the Japanese people from the backwardness, totalitarianism and aggressive warfare of the empire of Japan but chose to co-operate in imposing the anti-human injustice and brutality of Islamic Sharia law on the people of Iraq and Afghanistan? The blame for this disaster must be spread across two administrations. We have failed in that we did not create a society based upon justice, secular law and constitutional democracy in the American model as we did for Japan.

Sharia law is horrific and anti-human and should be opposed by decent people everywhere. Our "allies" across the Islamic world implement Sharia law to varying degrees but every Islamic state must acknowledge their Islamic obligation to implement it.

The goal of Islamic expansion everywhere is the implementation of Sharia law in countries and cultures where it is not now enforced. This expansion is fueled by jihad. Jihad is required of all adherents of Islam.

What can be the purpose of the United States (the "great Satan") in creating new Islamic states? The answers are not forthcoming because the question is rarely (if ever) asked.

We now fight a war around the world and at home against Islamic brutality against us (our so-called "war on terror") motivated entirely by the doctrine of Islam, yet we fight two wars to create and prop up two new Islamic countries bound to the same doctrine — folly.

What can be our war aims when the result will be the creation of two countries that are ideologically opposed to our existence? It would appear that we have been fooled, or worse. Our mistakes carry a staggeringly high cost; to bring any value or meaning to our efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq we must admit that our course has been tragically in error and quickly make the necessary corrections.

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HOW LAWFARE IS GETTING OUR TROOPS KILLED NEEDLESSLY
Posted by CPocerl, January 25, 2010.

This is from Strategy Page and is archived at
http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htmoral/articles/20100125.aspx

 

January 25, 2010: The Taliban and drug gangs have hit a snag with their media campaign against the American and NATO use of smart bombs. For the last few years, the Taliban have been using human shields to protect themselves from the smart bombs. The civilian deaths that followed caused the foreign troops to change their ROE (Rules of Engagement), to limit the use of the bombs when human shields were in play. Civilian casualties, from smart bombs declined, and Afghans began to notice that even more civilians were being killed by Taliban bombs and attacks.

So the Taliban came up with a new idea; getting a ban on foreign troops raiding Afghan homes at night. The Taliban and drug gangs had no trouble persuading local journalists to run with this (bribes or death threats were applied), and now the Afghan media is full of heart wrenching tales of women and children terrified when American or NATO troops charge in after midnight. There were no stories published about how those night visits often catch bad guys asleep, and enables troops to make arrests without any gun battles. NATO has responded by issuing new rules restricting the use of night raids.

Not surprisingly, one of the biggest gripes combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have is the Escalation of Force (EOF) and Rules of Engagement (ROE) procedures they must follow when faced with enemy action, or the threat of enemy action. These rules have gotten more complex year by year, although there have been some attempts to simplify the complications (if that makes any sense.) Put simply, the ROE/EOF stuff is there to limit civilian casualties, while fighting a foe that wants dead civilians (for their propaganda impact). Al Qaeda even has an official name for this; "involuntary martyrs." The U.S. buzzword is "collateral damage."

Naturally, there's a big difference between the ROE/EOF stuff that is regularly delivered to the troops (who are supposed to demonstrate that they have memorized them), and what actually happens in combat. For all the ROE/EOF exhortations directed at the troops, there is also an escape clause. That is, you are always allowed to use any force necessary to protect yourselves. This does not negate ROE/EOF, and if you kill a bunch of civilians, there will be an investigation. If you cannot make some kind of case that you fired in (what appeared to you at the time to be) self-defense, you will get punished. The troops know this, the brass know this. No one is sure if the lawyers, who are sometimes brought in to help out with the periodic ROE/EOF training sessions, know this. Lawyers are generally considered the enemy, since they tend to spend most of their time telling you what you cannot do in combat (whether you're fighting for your life or not.)

Troops who have spent more than a year in Iraq or Afghanistan have come to believe that the biggest problem with ROE/EOF is that the people who create this stuff have done a very bad job of explaining the cause and effect of it all. While the troops can understand that, "killing civilians" is usually counterproductive, the brass rarely go to any great lengths to explain the thinking behind the long list of ROE/EOF things you can, or cannot, do. There is a belief that the ROE/EOF is not well thought out, and the lawyers are sent in to lecture the troops in an attempt to hide that fact. Definitely a credibility gap here.

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NY MUSLIM BEHEADS WIFE;MOUNTS BATTERED SPOUSE DEFENCE-2ND DEGREE
Posted by Cpocerl, January 25, 2010.

This is from AP. This is from 560WND and is archived at
http://www.560wind.com/article.aspx?id=47b87c79-e633-4447- 87fd-736b2eefc964&catid=0

"MY WIFE ABUSED ME" "SO I HAD TO CHOP OFF HER HEAD."

 

The founder of an Islam-oriented television station who is accused of beheading his wife was abused by her for years, according to his lawyer, who said Friday he will pursue a defense combining that justification as well as psychiatric claims.

Defense attorneys' claims that Muzzammil Hassan was victimized by his wife drew a blunt response from District Attorney Frank Sedita after a hearing Friday.

"He chopped her head off," Sedita said. "He chopped her head off. That's all I have to say about Mr. Hassan's apparent defense that he was a battered spouse."

Hassan, 45, is charged with one count of second-degree murder in the Feb. 12 death of 37-year-old Aasiya Hassan at the offices of Bridges TV, the station the Pakistan-born couple established in 2004 to counter negative stereotypes of Muslims.

During Friday's hearing, Hassan fired the attorney who has been representing him for nearly a year and replaced him with a lawyer who promised "a revolutionary defense" at the March trial.

"The spouse was the dominant figure in this relationship," attorney Frank Bogulski said outside the courtroom. "He was the victim. She was verbally abusive. She had humiliated him."

Nancy Sanders, a former news director at Bridges TV, was skeptical of the abuse claim, noting the stocky Hassan stood over 6 feet tall and "filled a doorway," while Aasiya was slender and several inches shorter.

"I never ever heard her disparage him in the workplace at all," Sanders said. "It just did not seem to be in her nature. She was very gentle."

Bogulski's strategy differs slightly from that of Hassan's previous attorney, James Harrington, who had outlined a psychiatric defense claiming Hassan had experienced extreme emotional disturbance at the time of the killing.

But any psychiatric defense was placed in jeopardy Friday when the judge granted Assistant District Attorney Colleen Curtin Gable's request to bar such claims because the defense had taken too long to reveal its strategy.

Erie County Judge Thomas Franczyk left the door open for Bogulski to file motions seeking to have a psychiatric defense reinstated.

Hassan was served with divorce papers a week before his wife's decapitated body was found at the offices of their television station in Orchard Park, the Buffalo suburb where the couple also lived with their two small children and Muzzammil's two teenagers from a previous marriage.

Hassan was arrested after walking into the Orchard Park police station Feb. 12 and telling officers his wife was dead.

The way she died led the state president of the National Organization for Women, Marcia Pappas, and others to label Aasiya Hassan's death an "honor killng," which Pappas said appeared to be rooted in Muslim notions about women's subordination to men. Harrington dismissed the theory early on and domestic violence advocates cautioned against shifting attention from the universal issue of violence against women.

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OFFICERS WHO DESTROYED OUTPOST WILL PAY
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, January 25, 2010.
 

This is truly a victory for Jewish patriots. Let us hope that it is not negated by the Supreme Cult. The unJews of Israel are always screaming that the rule of law must be defended; that no one is above the law. Well let's see what they scream now. Will there be an internal investigation in the IDF as to what to do with these criminals? Will they be court-martialed, imprisoned and thrown out of the Army? The top brass of the IDF knew the details of this from the beginning and have done nothing. Unless forced to do so by the courts, they will continue to do nothing. As long as the head of the military establishment is an unJewish hater of Jews like Barak, there will be no rule of law for Jews in Israel.

This was written by Hillel Fendel and it appeared today Arutz-7
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/135683

 

(Israelnationalnews.com) IDF officers have been ordered to pay court costs from their own pockets after being sued for violating a Supreme Court order and destroying a civilian outpost. The defendants have not filed a defense, and the plaintiffs now expect that the Court will rule in their favor and award them the full amount of damages: more than 430,000 shekels ($115,000).

The story began in 1991, when a resident of the southern Shomron-Binyamin community of Dolev, Ya'ir Mendelson, was murdered by Palestinian terrorists. His neighbors wished to establish a community on the site of the murder, in keeping with the long-standing tradition of "a suitable Zionist response to terrorism." It was ultimately decided to establish a military base there, named Yad Ya'ir, and in the coming years, a park, synagogue, and play center were also built on the site — under the watchful eyes of the army and at the initiative and dedication of residents of nearby Dolev and Talmon.

"For years," said Meir Goldmintz, one of the prime forces in the cause, "the Yad Ya'ir group worked on building up a vibrant Jewish presence there: prayers, Torah classes, activities. A monument to Ya'ir was erected, as were a playground for children, a plaza, and a synagogue. Cakes and other foodstuffs were given out to soldiers on Purim and other occasions, and we lit Chanukah candles there. The high point was our yearly springtime event, in which hundreds of people would take part."

The army abandoned the site circa 2004, Goldmintz said, "after which began a period of constant Arab vandalism, which the army did not 'manage' to prevent. Over the course of time, the electric grid was destroyed, the synagogue was looted, the monument was defaced, and the synagogue was set ablaze no fewer than three times.

"Finally, after a group of radical leftists and Arabs set fire to the synagogue and even replaced the Israeli flags with PLO flags, we realized that we would have to do something — and we decided to start our own town there." Meir, his wife Chana and their four children moved to the site, together with a group of students from Yeshivat Nachliel. "It required great self-sacrifice, as well as financial resources. The yeshiva helped out and held classes there, and nearby communities helped with fuel for the generator, guards and food for the yeshiva students. But we still had to deal with problems such as minimal housing conditions and getting back and forth to work and school"

After the army left, Meir emphasized, "we purchased the land from the Arab owners. It is our private property."

Arab vandalism continued, however, and ultimately, in September 2008, IDF Division Commander Brig.-Gen. Noam Tivon ordered the site's destruction. It took the IDF two days to do so, because the first time the army arrived, it called off the plans when it saw the size of the crowd standing ready to protect the town — some 300 Jews from nearby Jewish towns. Two days later, the army arrived in larger numbers and did the deed — even though word of a Supreme Court ruling to delay the action until 4 p.m. that day had already been received.

The army later claimed that the fax machine didn't work and that the order was not received until it was too late.

"Let's assume this is true," Goldmintz said. "So what? They knew that no demolition orders had ever been issued for my 'house,' and therefore it was illegal to destroy it; I had been there for well over the required 30-day period. In addition, there were some structures for which demolition orders had been issued — but we were promised a pre-destruction hearing, and the officers knew that no hearing had been held, so they knew that they were acting illegally."

Furthermore, there exist recordings of phone conversations showing that the officers knew of the Supreme Court order not to destroy the site, but yet made every effort not to "receive" it — and continued their destruction even after it was officially received.

The plaintiffs also aver that much of their property could have been saved after the destruction: "The officers did not allow the Jews to enter the site and recover it, but did allow Arab marauders to loot and steal."

No Defense, Pay Court Costs

Goldmintz and others sued the army officers for the damage they caused, but Tivon and the others did not submit a defense. Finally, after four delays caused by the officers' failure to respond to the suit, the court has now ordered each of them to pay 1,500 shekels in court costs.

Goldmintz now hopes and expects that they will be awarded the full sum of 430,000 shekels in damages for which they have sued. "The officers know why they didn't submit a defense," Goldmintz said, "because their actions are indefensible. They were in clear violation of the law."

Soldiers Must Pay on Their Own

The IDF Spokesman announced, "It goes without saying that no officer will be forced to pay out of his own pocket because of the ruling." It was not clear if this refers to the current ruling regarding the court costs, or to future rulings on the damages. If the latter, Mendelson says, "the army would be in violation of the law by paying for the damages. In general, IDF soldiers need not pay for their army actions if they were within the law — but this was not the case here, when they were clearly acting illegally, and therefore they must pay out of their own pockets."

No announcement has been made as to the scheduling of the next court date for the trial.

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. He writes, "In the history of the world, no tyranny has ever voluntarily relinquished power or been replaced by peaceful means."

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NETANYAHU: ISRAEL MUST KEEP MILITARY PRESENCE IN JORDAN VALLEY
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, January 24, 2010.
 

If you carefully read Netanyahu's past and present words, he has already abandoned Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and all those parts of Jerusalem illegally occupied and desecrated by Jordan for 19 years from 1948 to 1967.

With a weak gesture he says that his regime will retain the Jordan Valley to be protected by Israeli soldiers. Netanyahu is a calculating liar tied to President Barack Hussein Obama's coat-tails. He knows the false meaning of his statement as do his Intelligence resources.

Anyone familiar with the topography of the Jordan Valley and the Judean/Samarian mountains knows that on Jordan's East side of the Jordan River is a line of high hills. On the Western side where Israel sits, there is also a line of high hills.

Armed Arab Muslims sitting on both these long range of mountains or hills (East and West) would have Israeli soldiers in a trap or — as is said: "Like shooting fish in a barrel."

The main reason (in addition to her sovereignty) that Israel needs to keep the Jordan Valley is that it is a 16 mile wide tank trap against Arab armies (including Jordan, Syria, Iraq and/or Iran) coming from Jordan's "East Bank" through 5 passes which are the only way hostile armies can traverse Israel's narrow waist. WHEN Israeli artillery controls the Western slopes and the top ridges of the Judean/Samarian mountains, she could make the Jordan Valley impassable to any Arab Muslim invasion force.

Similarly, surrendering Judea and Samaria makes all of Israel an irresistibly vulnerable target from the Jordan River to the Sea and a totally dry country as 2/3rds of Israel's fresh water resources are in aquifers under the Judean/Samarian mountains and the Golan Heights.

As is said in graveyard humor: "If you believe the Arab Islamists will ever give Israel peace, I have a bridge in London to sell you."

Prime Minister Netanyahu must be made to tell the whole truth rather then issuing clever press releases that speak a partial, misleading political half-truth, designed to keep his government from falling. Now that President Obama has put a choke collar on Bibi, he cannot protect the Jewish Nation/State lest Obama yank on his leash. Israel needs a Prime Minister like Yitzhak Shamir who refused to be chained like a dog to the U.S. "diktats".

As for Netanyahu, he is simply too weak, too pliable to be leading the Jewish Nation/State against irredeemable enemies and "friends" who just happen to be friends of our enemies.

This below is the DEBKAfile Special Report, January 21, 2010.

 

Israeli premier draws a line

Even after the establishment of a Palestinian state, Israel should keep a military presence in the eastern West Bank along the border with Jordan, said Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to foreign reporters Wednesday, Jan. 20.

He spoke as US President Barack Obama's Middle East envoy George Mitchell was due in Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ram'Allah Thursday and Friday for another bid to restart the stalled peace process after holding talks in Damascus with Syrian president Bashar Assad and a visit to Beirut.

Netanyahu stressed that Israel could not afford to replicate the Hamas missile launching base of Gaza Strip on the West Bank. To stop rockets from entering the territory bordering on Israel's heartland, "an Israeli presence was necessary on the eastern side of a prospective Palestinian state," he said.

Palestinian Authority spokesman Saeb Erekat replied: "The Jordan Valley is Palestinian."

DEBKAfile adds: The Likud prime minister has partly redrawn the lines of the "Alon Plan" which followed the Security Council Resolution 242 clause promising Israel "secure and recognized boundaries" after the Six-Day War.

Netanyahu said the Palestinians were the cause of the one-year impasse in the peace process.

"We want to move forward, but the Palestinians have placed preconditions which did not exist in the 16 years since Oslo. They have climbed up a high tree. They like it up there. They are piling demand upon demand."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has demanded a freeze of all Israeli construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem before sitting down at the negotiating table with the Netanyahu administration.

In late November, Israel announced a 10-month construction moratorium in West Bank settlements, but refused to halt building in Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.

"Israel draws a clear between Jerusalem and settlements," he reiterated Wednesday.

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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THE JIHAD DECADE COMETH
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, January 24, 2010.
 

I cannot help but wonder if the American people and the Congress is educable on the matter of Islam's declared war of their Civilization against ours.

The Left is always in a mode of surrender when it is not gnawing away at the supports of our nations. Generally, History provides a window into the past wherein the Leftists having colluded in the collapse of their own Civilizations but, always ready to be first to run — unless they offer their services to the invader as happened with the Vichy French who collaborated with Adolph Hitler.

The Left in America, a certain species of Traitors who work inside to subvert their own nation.

The following article by Pamela Geller explores this problem but, the actual awakening will only occur when the Islamists already in America starts their attacks across the country.

Then the Leftists will run for cover — while denying their role in supporting radical Islamist Terror. This below is by Pamela Geller and it appeared January 3, 2010 in the American Thinker
http://www.americanthinker.com/pamela_geller

Pamela Geller is the editor & publisher of the Atlas Shrugs website http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/ & is former associate publisher of the New York Observer. She is the author (with Robert Spencer) of the forthcoming book: "The Post-American Presidency: The Obama ADministration's dWar on America (Simon & Schuster)

 

As we look back on the past ten years, it is clear that we are now entering a post-American decade. How did it all go so wrong so quickly?

The year 2000 kicked off with the Democrat ruse of a "stolen election" — this from the racketeering party of ACORN — but thankfully, it was not stolen after all. George W. Bush took the reins, but soon thereafter came the culmination of all the Islamic attacks on the U.S. during the Clinton years. Islam's fatwa on the West during the Clinton administration came home to New York and Washington on September 11th.

And while the Bush Doctrine (you are either with us or against us) was the right approach, the well dressed jihadists that Islamists like Grover Norquist ushered into the White House after 9/11 managed to sabotage the best strategy to fight Islamic jihad. The cowboy swagger set against the whole fantasy about the hijacking of Islam and the "religion of peace" nonsense was irreconcilable. It confused people. And it led to the marginalization and even dismissals of brave men and women who evaluated and exposed the jihadist ideology in our government agencies. Who can forget the case of counter-jihad expert Steve Coughlin, the Pentagon's most knowledgeable specialist on Islamic Law and jihad terrorism? The Pentagon ended the career of its most effective analyst at the behest of a Muslim aide, Hesham Islam, within the office of Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England. Islam scholar Andrew Bostom observed that Couglin's firing was symptomatic "of the intellectual and moral rot plaguing our efforts to combat global jihadism."

In February 2009, former Bush administration official Douglas Feith told me that that kind of rot is systemic. He recalled that an Office of Strategic Influence was created within his Pentagon office to fight the ideological war — but then "somebody leaked" — well, leaked, no. No, somebody lied to the New York Times and gave a report saying that this Office of Strategic Influence was intending to lie to foreign journalists. And the New York Times ran a front-page story saying that. It caused a big imbroglio that resulted in the shutting down of this office. I don't think the U.S. government has recovered to this day from that fiasco, because every time anyone suggested creating an office to really deal with jihadist ideology in a systematic or strategic way at the Pentagon, people would say, oh, no, we are not going to have another Office of Strategic Influence problem."

And so the drip, drip, drip of jihad continued through the last decade. We became more paralyzed, impotent, and deceived. Meanwhile, the Leftist/Islamic alliance, a deadly marriage between the Democratic Party and their propaganda handmaidens in the mainstream media, engaged in daily beatings of Bush and his administration.

Removing Saddam Hussein was good. There is no way around that powerful truth. But why stop there? Removing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as well would have been even better. But Bush lost his mojo in 2006. The relentless pounding by the Left, Israel's halfhearted performance in the war with Hezb'allah in the summer of 2006, and the loss of the House and the Senate in November 2006 all contributed to the rout.

But what really led to the downfall of Bush's leadership was the falsity of his premise. He wanted to believe, like Condi and Powell and the soft diplomacy crowd, that Islam would negotiate with the West. Islam cannot negotiate. Yet still the West continues its pursuit of the impossible, despite great risk. This is a function of the Western mind. These people think it inconceivable that talk can't solve anything and everything, that war is an indelible part of the human condition. But it is. War is as much in the makeup of man as sex, food, art, love, all of it.

And wars must be fought. They will not disappear, but we will.

Of course, we know this. But the Left, our in-house enemy, demonizes any war that America chooses to fight. The egregious, horrible crimes of Mao, Stalin, bin Laden, Che, Lenin, Pol Pot, Ahmadinejad, et al, which are so heinous and so enormous, are in their terrible minds a historical footnote. They become cultural icons for the "radical chic." Cold-blooded monsters have co-opted our country.

And so successful was the Left at infiltrating our government, schools, and institutions that eight years after the most heinous attack on American soil, we elected an icon of our mortal enemy. A Kenyan, Indonesian, third-worldish boulevardier with as much understanding of the American experience as any foreign national. Don't call me a racist for calling him what he is — I am not interested in the color of his skin, but in the content of his character. His lack of experience in all relevant areas to the office of the president is breathtaking. And his bowing to Islam and our enemies worldwide is disastrous.

Bush's premise was false, but Bush was a patriot. Bush loved America, and he protected America, even if he refused to see the enemy for who and what it was. It was no accident that America was safe for eight years post-9/11. Eight years of safety is cracking apart now under a weak and pro-Islamic president. The jihadi attacks on America in 2009 were staggering. And it has only just begun. Dismantling the Bush protections against jihad and launching attacks on Americans, bloggers, tea partiers, town hallers, patriots, and vets is incomprehensible — and if I hadn't lived through it, I wouldn't believe it possible.

I pray that America examines the Left decade and takes stock. It was the appeasement of the Left that destroyed the foundations of this country. We must rebuild them. The advancement of Islam would never have been possible — could never have happened — without our surrender to the Left. The real war is against the Leftist/Islamic alliance.

This is a fighting year.

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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NETANYAHU: ISRAEL NOT LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO HONOR OSLO
Posted by Yaacov Levi, January 24, 2010.
 

This was written by Aaron Lerner, November 28, 1996. Dr. Lerner heads IMRA — Independent Media Review and Analysis. Its website is www.imra.org.il

 

On November 28, IMRA asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, after a press conference in Tel Aviv, the following question:

"Are you saying that Israel is legally obligated to honor the Oslo Accords despite the Palestinian violations?"

Netanyahu replied: "No. Israel is only obligated if the Palestinians honor the agreement."

Netanyahu's position is consistent with the position taken by former Foreign Ministry legal adviser Yoel Singer, during a briefing of the Knesset law committee on December 14, 1993. Singer said then that even after signing, the agreement is reversible. If the Palestinians declare a state, for example, the agreement will be nullified. "If one side violates the agreement in a substantial way, it is clear that the other side does not have to fulfill its part," he explained (The Jerusalem Post, December 15, 1993).

During the same briefing, Savir, who was the member of the Israeli team negotiating with the PLO in Cairo responsible for drafting the agreement to implement the Israeli-PLO Declaration of Principles, explained that the IDF will be able to go anywhere in the Palestinian autonomous area to defend Jewish lives. "There are no restrictions on the IDF," Singer told the committee. "The army's responsibility to protect Israelis is not restricted in time or space."

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OBAMA AND THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS
Posted by Marc Prowisor, January 24, 2010.
 

Examining President Obama's recent Time magazine interview, many media outlets translated the President's feelings to say that he felt "over confident" regarding the Middle East Peace Process.

I would not use the term "over confident." I would change it to "wrong".

A quote from the article — "I think it is absolutely true that what we did this year didn't produce the kind of breakthrough that we wanted, and if we had anticipated some of these political problems on both sides earlier, we might not have raised expectations as high".

To my line of thinking, this translates to "We failed because we didn't study the conflict and history of the region. Furthermore we have no idea or understanding regarding the Arab world."

I do not blame President Obama for these mistakes. After all, he hires "experts" to delve into this arena. Unfortunately, this team of "experts" he is working with has one of the worst records regarding Israel since the rebirth of the Jewish State.

Perhaps the fact that they are not objective, or, better, are straight out supporters of the Arab nations has something to do with it. Or maybe they have negative attitude towards Israel? Wait. I could be wrong. He did hire these guys, so I guess I do blame him. But he can still make things right and hire people who do understand.

Or maybe they just have it all wrong. Maybe the champion of North Ireland, George Mitchell, does not realize there is a different dynamic here in Israel. Hey George, WAKE UP! The Arabs have been against the Jews being here for a LONG time...even before the State of Israel. Way before. Maybe the problem is that they constantly want to destroy us? No this is not paranoia, it is an opinion based on historical facts and COMMON KNOWLEDGE!

Why don't you tell your President that? The biggest joke is that people still think that a "Palestinian State" will bring about peace. The Arab nations of this region have been at each other's throats forever and they will continue this "tradition" of not getting along. In 1948, they attempted to carve up this region. They promised the locals here of Arab victory if they would join in and fight the Jews. They called it "Fez'a," or reign of terror, giving the "innocent" Arab villages in and around the fledgling State the opening to attack Jews where ever they could.

The Arabs call the result of 1948 "Naq'ba", or catastrophe. I call it defeat. They have been at war with us here since we have been in this land and when the Jewish State and Army were reborn they all attacked, they lost, and they have been crying "foul" ever since.

One of the key words to success of this process was "Gestures." Of course, Israel is to blame for not making enough gestures or enough "Bold" gestures. Who has been doing the shooting and bombings here? Who are the Professors of Terror, whose media and scholastic programs preach murder and death?

What is wrong with you? You want bold gestures, you want peace? Stop the teaching of terror in the schools!

You will not get a move like this, to get closer to peace, from most of the Arabs in the Middle East, because the concept of living with a Jewish State in their midst is not acceptable. Equality, mutual respect, women's rights, religious tolerance and a whole slew of other nice values that exist in Western Culture do not reign here in this part of the world. Why do you think so many Arabs leave the Middle East?

So go back to the drawing board, study history, do more research, and we'll talk soon. You want Peace in the region? Guess what. So do we. More than anyone, but we must survive and must protect our people — not just for another few years, but also for future generations.

If you also want peace, you need to understand that it takes two to tango. We don't have a partner for peace, because the other side wants power we can't afford to give them. If we give what they truly want, we will no longer be here.

So, if you want peace also, get real, because we are here to stay.

Contact Marc Prowisor by email at marc@friendsofyesha.com. And visit http://yeshaviews.blogspot.com and www.friendsofyesha.com

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BIN LADEN THREATENS MORE ATTACKS ON US. BUT THE REAL NEWS IS THAT OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD!
Posted by Arnie Barnie, January 24, 2010.
 

CAIRO (Jan. 24) — Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt in Detroit, in a audio message released Sunday, and vowed further attacks on the U.S. The message suggests that bin Laden wants to show he remains in direct command of al-Qaida's many branches around the world.

Facts:

A news report carried by Al-Jazeera Arabic "Propaganda" channel claims Osama bin Laden has issued a new threat to the West. In the short recording, a voice attributed to bin Laden addressed President Barack Obama saying the Christmas day Underwear bomber's failed attack was a message similar to that of Sept. 11, 2001 and more attacks against the U.S. would be forthcoming. The voice on the tape purportedly was that of Osama attempting to rally support of Al Qaeda operatives and to recruit more young, naïve, impressionable Islamic vegetable heads to join Al Qaeda in its attempt to terrorize and intimidate the world into supporting the Palestinian cause and blaming Israel for Al Qaeda's terror tactics.

But don't let them fool you!

Osama bin Laden has been Dead for years. That is why you have not and will not see him in an up to date video tape. It is hard to dress up and stand up a corpse for a news conference. The Al Qaeda gang of murderers and fools can only pretend he is alive. They periodically use someone else mimicking his voice on an audio tape to deceive you that he is still in charge of operations. Otherwise, Al Qaeda recruitment efforts would rapidly decline they know. Ask yourself why there are no current videos of Bin Laden on the battlefield or addressing his brain-washed "troops" but only faked feeble audios released from time to time to convince young unhappy idiots like the Underwear bomber and misfits like the deranged Fort Hood mass murderer to commit suicide in the name of Allah their peace-loving god.

While there is no doubt the remnants of Al Qaeda will continue to send soldiers of Allah to attack Americans, British and other nations who defend Israel's right to be free, note that it is only the Islamic terrorists worldwide who target civilians and soft targets in order to terrorize democracies into caving into their demands. Their ultimate goal is war on the West and in the Mid East to establish Islamic states in Israel and in the "West" of the world. They use the Palestinian cause as a convenient battle cry while corrupt Palestinian leaders like Yasser Arafat and Islamic nations have done little or nothing to help the so-called Palestinian people become free or self sufficient.

Nothing will change until the terrorists are defeated. They will continue to send out threatening messages of violence and bombers who will try to kill or poison innocent civilian targets with their anti-personnel and anti-God bombs and chemical/biological weapons of mass destruction. Their real enablers are the Evil satanic nations of Iran, Syria, North Korea, Libya and Russia their supporters and suppliers who are about to be judged by the real God of the Universe who has had enough of their wickedness. While evil will exist in the world as long as there are evil men, the good news is that while we can expect more terror attacks on our homeland the ultimate battle will be won by God In whom We Trust and His People not the Jihad warriors who deceive themselves and others into following false gods.

So don't believe a lie.

The terrorists are not fighting for the freedom of the Palestinian people they are fighting to stop Freedom from spreading to Freedom-loving people everywhere.

They will not stop until they are stopped dead in their tracks like Osama bin Laden. The real message to Barack Hussein Obama is not to cave in to cavemen and be foolish enough to give them Constitutional rights, Miranda Rights and a platform from which to preach their false religion in our Federal Courts but to bury them where we find them before they bury U.S. The War on Terror must be fought and won on the battlefield not in our courts or with forgiveness and Political Correctness.

A soldier of the Army of One
Boca Raton, FL.

Contact ArnyBarnie by email at ArnyBarnie@aol.com

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PROGRESS IN APPLYING ISRAELI LAW TO JUDEA AND SAMARIA
Posted by Israeli Initiative, January 24, 2010.
 

Progress In Applying Israeli Law To Judea And Samaria

At a conference held at the Knesset next week, an attempt was made to coordinate international and domestic recognition of Israel's sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, based on international law. Many important public figures participated in the conference, which was hosted by MK Tzipi Hotoveli (Likud) and MK Nissim Ze'ev (Shas).

Recently, we learned that Minister of Defense Barak approved turning Ariel College to a University. The college has been the center of a controversy due to its "sin" — that it is in the so-called West Bank. This news, although it is encouraging, shows how absurd the reality is in Judea and Samaria — the Defense Minister needs to approve Academic processes that have nothing to do with defense...

This shows, once again, the importance of a law that will resolve the status of Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria, granting their residents rights that are equal to those of the rest of Israel's citizens. Last week, in order to raise public awareness for this law, The Israeli Initiative published a position paper — the first in a series titled "Think Again" — on "Applying the Law to Israeli Municipalities in Judea and Samaria — Background and Significance."

In the paper, we discuss the status of Judea and Samaria under International Law, and review the current, complicated legal situation. We end the booklet with a survey of the significant gains Israel will make as a result of applying Israeli law to the municipalities in Judea and Samaria.

The booklet was sent to Knesset members, journalists and public figures in order to raise awareness about Israel's historical and legal right to this land, and to promote the law that may be brought to a vote in the Knesset.

To read the booklet (in Hebrew):
http://www.hayozma.org/SiteContent/UplodedContent/94.pdf

Conference on UNRWA and the Refugee Problem

"The Jewish Statesmanship Center for Strategic Planning" (http://jsc1.org/eng) held a conference for Hebrew University students in the Jerusalem Begin Center on the topic of "Refugees and the Jewish State". The event featured two lectures: Miki Bavli, the representative of UNHCR (the United Nations Refugee Agency) in Israel, who reviewed the organization's activities and Israel's policies in connection to the refugees. As readers of this update know, this organization takes care of all the refugees in the world — except for the Palestinians. As Bavli explained in his lecture, the organization does not deal with the Palestinian refugee problem because "our organization deals with solving refugee problems," and not perpetuating them. Bavli said that UNHCR's goal is to change the refugees' status, and assume that that is what the refugees want, as well.

After his lecture, I represented The Israeli Initiative, and spoke about UNRWA and the Palestinian Refugee problem. I emphasized the strategic significance of perpetuating the refugee problem and its ramifications as far as the continuing international de-legitimization of Israel. Everything I said was based on known facts that are available to all, but once again I saw that very few people are aware of the situation, even majors in Political Science or Middle Eastern Studies. The world is beginning to see UNRWA for the absurdity that it is. The Canadian government, the seventh-largest state donor to UNRWA, decided to reallocate some of its support for UNRWA to Palestinian Authority projects, due to their lack of faith in the UN agency. For more information:
http://www.embassymag.ca/page/view/outcry-01-20-2010

For our blog post on the subject:
http://theisraelinitiative.blogspot.com/2010/01/ canada-reallocates-unrwa-funds-as.html

At The Israeli Initiative, we hope that this will be the first in a series of steps that will lead to states no longer funding UNRWA. The world is slowly recognizing that not only are they indirectly funding terror, the greatest crime is UNRWA's existence. Leaving millions of people as refugees without aiming to rehabilitate them is an anti-humanitarian act, and a true step towards ending the conflict and continuing the cycle of violence in the Middle East.

Volunteers

The Israeli Initiative is looking for volunteers who would like to help spread the word and share the Initiative's ideas. If you're interested, send an e-mail to: israelinitiative1@gmail.com

Please write your full name, phone number, e-mail address and languages you speak/read, and we will get back to you with the ways you can spread the news about the Initiative.

Contact Israeli Initiative by email at hayozmanNL@gmail.com

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HOLOCAUST CABINET MEETING: "WORLD IS OBLIGATED TO JEWISH STATE"
Posted by Hillel Fendel, January 24, 2010.
 

Cabinet Meeting in Shoah Shadow

The government has dedicated today's meeting to the memory of the six million Jews starved, tortured and massacred in the Holocaust. This Wednesday, the United Nations and at least 20 countries will mark International Holocaust Day.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, speaking at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, said, "I hope the United Nations will remember what happened when the Jews did not have a state — and the privilege and obligation of the international community to defend the Jewish State's existence."

The date of January 27 was chosen for this purpose in 2005 because it was the day, in 1945, that the Russian Army liberated the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp. Germany, Britain and some other countries commemorated Holocaust Day on this date even before the UN adopted it.

Former Israel Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, who survived the Holocaust as a child, participated in the special Cabinet session. Rabbi Lau also serves as Chairman of Yad VaShem.

Netanyahu displayed a photograph of a survivor holding her great-granddaughter's hand. The survivor's tattooed number is clearly visible on her arm, and the photo will be displayed at the UN as well.

"This is the essence of the history of Zionism," Netanyahu said.

On Wednesday, a special ceremony will be held at Auschwitz, where about one million Jews were murdered and massacred. Among the participants will be President Shimon Peres, Rabbi Lau, the president and prime minister of Poland, and the Chief Rabbis of Poland and Lodz.

Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the German concentration camps, was named for the two towns the camp in and around which the camp was built; the Germans essentially destroyed the small Polish village of Birkenau to make way for it. Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler designated Auschwitz as the site of the "final solution of the Jewish question in Europe," and it received transport trains of Jews from all over Nazi-occupied Europe for 30 months, until late 1944.

Some 1.1 million people, 90% of them Jews, were killed in the camp's gas chambers or died of starvation, forced labor, disease, medical experiment, shooting, beatings, and the like.

Hillel Fendel is Senior News Editor at Arutz-7.

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FROM ISRAEL: SPINES STIFFENED
Posted by Arlene Kushner, January 24, 2010.
 

Mitchell's efforts at re-starting negotiations are going nowhere.

His talk with PA President Mahmoud Abbas was not productive, as he still refuses to come to the table unless we freeze all building in Jerusalem. The political climate he must deal with internally makes it close to imperative that he hold out for this — for this is what he set as his stipulation back several weeks ago. To agree to less now would mean he was either caving to US pressure or making concessions to "the Zionist entity," and neither would play well with his people.

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Not only is a complete freeze being demanded, PA negotiator Saeb Erekat has declared, not for the first time, that it is "an Israeli obligation..to have negotiations resume where we left them in December 2008 [when Olmert was negotiating]."

And I hasten to declare, also not for the first time, that this simply and unequivocally is not so. Olmert signed nothing. We have no commitment to what he offered to Abbas.

That offer is reported to have included just over 93% of Judea and Samaria, with a land swap [from inside the Green Line] of close to 6% plus a safe passage between Gaza and Judea and Samaria, to "make up the difference." What is more, he apparently agreed that the "holy basin" in Jerusalem (the old city and some area outside it) would be administered by a consortium that included Saudis, Jordanians, Israelis, Palestinian Arabs and Americans. (I cannot write this without a shudder.)

Abbas may now regret that he turned this down, while we must thank Heaven. Please G-d, an offer even vaguely resembling this will not come the way of the PA again.

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With it all, I am pleased to report, we're not making any additional concessions to Abbas. And so there is stalemate. Mitchell was supposed to leave this area after meeting with Abbas yesterday, but requested an opportunity to come back and speak again with Barak and Netanyahu today. I cannot say exactly what he was trying to do, or what he proposed. But in the end it appears his efforts yielded nothing.

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Next Shabbat is Tu B'Shvat — technically a new year for the trees, which determines the age of trees, relevant with regard to when fruit can be harvested. More popularly it is treated as an arbor day, a time for celebrating and planting trees.

In that spirit, Prime Minister Netanyahu, after his meeting with Mitchell today, went out past the Green Line to plant a couple of trees. First in Kfar Etzion, which is part of Gush Etzion (the Etzion bloc south-east of Jerusalem in Judea) and then in Maaleh Adumim, which is a major community just outside of and due east of Jerusalem. Later this week he said he would plant in Ariel, a major community and surrounding bloc in Samaria.

By planting these trees, said Netanyahu, he wanted to "send a clear message that we will stay here. We are planning and we are building."

These areas, he declared, are an "indisputable part of Israel forever. This is an idea that is accepted by the majority of Israelis."

This is a defiantly political act following a meeting with Obama's envoy, and I salute it as such. It's worth noting that he selected areas in the south, center and north of the Judea-Samaria region — clearly no accident. And so I won't quibble and say that there are a lot of other communities within this region that are also "an indisputable part of Israel forever." Not now.

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It's fascinating: the dynamics surrounding the Fatah-Hamas relationship, as well as the face Hamas is seeking to present to the West now. There are so many aspects, so much that is unspoken, so many different — and sometimes conflicting — motivations.

I carried a story the other day, by Khaled Abu Toameh, regarding statements made by Hamas representative in the West Bank, Abdel Aziz Dwaik, who said that Hamas accepted Israel's existence and was prepared to consider changing its charter, which calls for Israel's elimination.

This did not play well with Hamas leadership, and Dwaik was apparently required to take a few hesitant steps back. There is, first, the distinction, and it's a real one, between recognizing Israel's RIGHT to exist, and Hamas's pragmatic de facto acknowledgement that Israel does exist. It was the latter, and not the former, that Dwaik was said to be speaking about.

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As to amending the charter, Dwaik has pointed out that the PLO changed its charter to eliminate calls for Israel's destruction and gained nothing for having done this. And here I must stop to correct this statement. In the heyday of Oslo, indeed, Arafat agreed to change the PLO charter. He even mentioned which clauses had to be amended and appointed a committee that was charged with seeing to this. But the committee never met, and the charter was never changed. There is a broad impression that it was — that Arafat's action in appointing the committee sufficed as evidence that this would happen. But it's important to know that it didn't. Even though (then) President Bill Clinton celebrated the fact that changes were made.

This is just one more signal lesson — not to be forgotten — in how the Palestinian Arabs conduct themselves.

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There is also a signal lesson here — which we Israelis should not forget — with regard to how we acted in that situation: The Israeli government conducted itself as if the charter had been amended, and, in point of fact, the PLO got plenty in terms of political autonomy and international support. The process should have been called to a halt back then.

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Now, Mahmoud Ramahi, whom Abu Toameh calls "another top Hamas operative in the West Bank," clarified further, saying that while Dwaik said Hamas would accept a Palestinian state within the '67 lines, it was envisioned "only on a temporary basis and without recognizing Israel's right to exist."

This, of course, is worse than nothing. For such a "temporary state" would be simply a means for weakening Israel — and that "temporary state" would be used as a base for attacking us.

(I hasten to point out here that this not different from what the PLO aspires to, as part of its "Strategy of Stages.")

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From Saladh Bardaweel, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, we had further clarification, clearly designed for Western consumption:

Hamas, he explained on a Hamas website, does not seek to destroy Israel. (Perish the thought!) "There is a huge difference between our demand to restore the Palestinian people's rights and the annihilation of Israel. We haven't said that [we want] to destroy Israel, but we are striving to restore our people's rights and refugees' rights to return to their dwellings and land from which they were deported."

A few points here, briefly: Hamas is a jihadist movement, not a nationalist movement. Its goal is not a Palestinian state, its goal is the elimination of Israel from land that it sees as Muslim and which would form part of a larger Islamic caliphate. Here Hamas uses claims of the "refugees' right" to return to Israel precisely as the PLO has used it for many years — as a means of destroying Israel from within. What is being pushed is the introduction into Israel of over 4 million so-called refugees, many of whom are Hamas-connected and overtly hostile to Israel.

In light of this, it's hardly necessary to say the movement seeks Israel's destruction — that is obvious on the face of it. The Hamas goal hasn't changed, only the tone is different as it seeks international acceptance.

(I will not deal now with the issue of "refugees" having been "deported" from Israel, or who counts as a genuine refugee, or how UNRWA operations fit into this picture — that is a whole other subject that must be re-visited in a post one day.)

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So we have Hamas playing to the West. And what do we see? The PA has warned the EU not to legitimize Hamas via dialogue.

For anyone who's been following PA actions over time, this is nothing short of delicious amusement. Consider this explanation by a Fatah spokesman:

"In one voice directed toward our people and Arabs and Muslims, Hamas is saying that it's a resistance movement. In another voice directed toward the international community, Hamas is talking about its readiness to recognize Israel and accept a long term hudna [temporary truce]."

All this, he said, is "an attempt to deceive public opinion by playing with words."

How about that! This is precisely what the PLO/PA has been doing for some 17 years now. What was Arafat's promise to change the PLO charter that was never really amended? And what is Abbas doing when he speaks in English about negotiating a "two state solution," while in Arabic he officially declares the three terrorists who killed Rabbi Chai in the drive-by shooting to be "holy martyrs for the Palestinian resistance"?

Those of us who watch the Palestinian Arabs know clearly: Watch what they say in Arabic to their own people; this is where their truth resides.

And now we have someone from Fatah pointing a finger at Hamas and admitting this very thing.

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We need to look carefully at the motivations of Fatah leadership as they attack Hamas.

Fatah has agreed to a reconciliation with Hamas, brokered by Egypt. Hamas, while saying it goes along in principle, actually has not signed on. It is in Fatah's interest, then, to discourage the international community from legitimizing Hamas as a stand-alone movement. The stronger Hamas is, the less it requires unity with Fatah in order to be legitimized.

Thus we have Fatah saying that meetings between Hamas and Westerners undermine efforts at reconciliation.

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But to my mind there is another piece to the puzzle. The PA is bouncing between two poles: the West (and particularly the US and EU) and Hamas. Yes, they play one end against the other, and yes, they there are games with one thing said in private and another publicly. But ultimately, there are choices they must make.

If they were to renounce the charade of seeking "peace" with Israel, and declare for "resistance," Hamas would embrace them. But as it is, for the sake of the Western largesse and political support, they have continued to play the peace game. How they speak about and respond to Hamas, it would seem, provides some clues, within a very complex and schizoid situation, as to the nature of PA positions more broadly.

So far, they have not renounced a relationship with the West, and so we see a readiness to criticize Hamas. But we may be close to a change. For Abbas is expressing grievous disappointment with the US for not sufficiently pressuring Israel, and he now says he doesn't believe there will be a settlement.

However, I am not hearing at this juncture any further statement by Abbas regarding a unilateral founding of a state. It may be because Obama, after his political blow in MA last week, is less ready to stick his neck out in supporting a position as radical as this. (Could Abbas's disappointment, unspoken, also be with regard to this?)

We have here a major "watch and see" situation.

Let me add to this stew of events the fact that PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is seeking to undermine and best Abbas, and it is likely that he will continue to play to the West. Fayyad, who is the darling of the West and perceived as exceedingly clean and moderate, in point of fact is neither. He simply plays a very good game.

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I know I use the word "ironic" a good deal lately, but that is simply because the situation abounds in irony. And the greatest irony of this entire situation is that the US president who came into office determined to court Muslims has made a mess of his relationship with the PA because he elevated expectations unreasonably.

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

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REFLECTIONS ON ISLAMIC CULTURE
Posted by Yaacov Levi, January 24, 2010.

This was written by Paul Eidelberg, pewaiswnr od The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy, POB 23702, Jerusalem 91236, E-Mail: Eidelberg@foundation1.org; Tel. 02-586-9208; Cell phone 0544-407581. Visit his Web site: http://www.foundation1.org

 

Bat Ye'or, an outstanding scholar of Islam, calls Islam a "culture of hate." If this is racism it is also the truth. Another scholar, Dore Gold, describes Saudi Arabia as "Hatred's Kingdom." If this is racism, it is also the truth. Saudi Arabia has established thousands of mosques — engines of hatred, hatred of the West, of America, of Jews, of Israel.

As a culture of hate, Islam may be more accurately described as culture of murderous hatred. Who does not know that Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran are the world's leading patrons of Jihad?

Since the Quran exalts the Muslim who "slays and is slain" for Allah (Sura 9:111), we may also say that Islam is a culture that fosters a love of death, a culture in which the love of death surpasses the love of life. Perhaps because martyrdom, for Muslims, is the gateway to eternal life or paradise.

It follows that the purpose of bringing Muslim children into the world is to teach them that their highest goal in life is to slay and be slain for Allah, hence to become suicidal murderers of infidels!

This Muslim imperative cannot be overcome by logical reasoning, which means that devout Muslims are incorrigible. Thus, if an infidel refuses to convert to Islam, the Muslim imperative to slaughter him is inexorable — impervious to moral suasion.

You can no more talk a Muslim out of his murderous faith than you can talk a paranoid schizophrenic out of his fear of others. Some say Islam is a form of psychosis. One may then conclude that just as an individual can become a psychotic, so a nation can become psychotic if its people are educated, from infancy on, to believe in the Manichean world of Islam.

To enable Muslims to cope with their evil enemies, it is necessary to educate them in taqiyya — dissimulation and deceit — an art in which Muslims have no equals. Taqiyya is a military tactic Muslims employ to deceive and eventually conquer their enemies.

The late Professor Y. Harkabi, once head of Israel Military Intelligence, quotes Arab sociologist Sonia Hamady: "Lying is a widespread habit among the Arabs, and they have a low idea of truth"

Indeed, whereas truthfulness (in principle) is a Western virtue, mendacity is an Islamic virtue. This is why treaties Muslims have with infidels as well as with other Muslims are worthless. But this means that Israeli prime ministers who engage in negotiations with Muslims are fools.

Because truthfulness is not an Islamic virtue, Muslims have a tendency to believe in their own lies. Hence Muslims can lie with sincerity, which makes them the most effective liars. Unsurprisingly, Muslims have been called pathological liars in contradistinction to Western leaders, many of whom may be deemed "conventional" liars.

Is there a psychological nexus between the mendacity of Muslims and their love of death? Yes. A lie negates the connection between speech and reality.

Since the essence of speech is a sharing of one's thoughts and feelings with others, false speech, like death, severs any bond with others. It is a denial of the "other," of the other's humanity. This is spiritual murder, which conduces to physical murder. In other words, lying is a denial of the "other" as a human being, and this makes his murder of no moral consequence.

People in the West are incapable of dealing with Muslims on a moral level. Western elites live under the illusion that all peoples are equal, meaning, equally amenable to Socratic dialogue and equally receptive to notions of right and wrong. This is not true.

For example, to reward good deeds with evil is abhorrent to people in the West. We have learned this is not the case of Muslims who sought to destroy Israeli hospitals that have healed them. (For an example of Muslim ingratitude, see Brigitte Gabriel, Because They Hate.)

It is futile to counter by citing exceptions. We are speaking of a culture, not of individuals, who have not lost, or who have recovered, their humanity.

If these reflections on Islamic culture appear like racism, so be it. Islam's love of death strikes me as a mental disorder, which places in question the sanity of any democracy that prohibits ethnic profiling?

Contact Yaacov Levi by email at jlevi_us@yahoo.com

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THE ANTI-LEFTIST GROGGER
Posted by Steven Plaut, January 24, 2010.
 

1. The anti-Leftist "Grogger"
By Steven Plaut

For months now, every Friday in Zion has seen noisy screaming violent leftist rioters attacking Israeli soldiers, engaging in hooliganism, and breaking the law. The thugs are a mixture of foreign pro-terror "anarchists" that Israel foolishly lets into the country, joined by some members of Israel's own "Leftists for the Extermination of Israel." For months they have demonstrated in the West Bank towns of Bil'in and Nil'in to show their support for terrorists mass murdering Israeli Jews. They oppose Israel having a security fence because it makes it harder for the suicide bombers to reach Israeli children.

These past few weeks they have shifted their noisy activities to the Simon the Righteous neighborhood in Jerusalem. The demonstrators demand that no Jews be allowed to move into the homes they legally own in that neighborhood because the neighborhood "belongs" to Arabs. They closely resemble the Ku Klux Klan marchers who try to prevent black folks from moving into neighborhoods where they "do not belong."

Now while I personally would prefer loading the noisy violent protesters onto a one-way bus for Gaza, or perhaps a one-way plane for Somalia, Israel insists on dealing with these thugs as "protesters." But now Israeli science and the ingenuity of the "Yiddishe Kopf" have come up with a new weapon that can be used to disburse these noisy cheerleaders for terror.

Israel plans to fight their noise ... with noise. That is correct. Israel is about to take a lesson from Jewish history and adapt that weapon of mass destruction that we all use every year against Haman! Just in time for upcoming Purim, Israel is going to employ an anti-leftist Purim grogger. And it really works!

Popular Science magazine on January 19, 2010 reported that Israel has developed a new "weapon" against terrorist cheerleaders and against pro-terror "Solidarity" rioters. It is a "sonic cannon." It makes loud noises that sound like the sonic booms of jets. It was developed by PDT Agro, a small company in Israel that had been previously building "sound cannons" that scare away pests from Israeli farms. The new invention will be used to scare away leftist pests trying to assist Palestinian mass murdering genocidal terrorists.

The report in Popular Science is a delicious take-off on the science fiction classic "Dune," in which the desert fighters (called "fedayeen," of all things) battle the barbarians using sound weapons: "A desert people have developed a new weapon that uses sound instead of bullets. But this time, it will be used to control crowds instead of fighting giant worms or devious members of House Harkonnen. The Israeli Defense Ministry has contracted for the production of sonic-boom stun-guns called 'Thunder Generator cannons,' which they hope to use in crowd-control situations."

The new contraption fights noise with noise as a sort of way to fight fire with fire. Here is the Popular Science explanation: "The weapon runs on LPG, a common cooking gas, which mixes with oxygen to generate powerful bursts of sound. Each sound burst lasts around 300 milliseconds, and generates a shockwave that travels from the cannon at almost six times the speed of sound."

You realize what all this means? If Israel has invented ONE cure for leftist hooliganism, just imagine what could lie ahead? Perhaps an anti-leftism pill, which — when swallowed — raises the IQ by 50 points? How about a special rubber bullet that electronically hones in on marijuana? How about a special TASER that can only be discharged against the unbathed?

Be that as it may, this new real invention represents a giant scientific step forward for Israel. As you may recall, Israel had been using Pepe Le Pew to help control the violent hooligans and anarcho-fascist thugs who pogrom weekly in the West Bank against Israel's security fence. A while back it was reported that Israel has decided to keep them in line by using "skunk bombs." These "bombs," actually just a canister spray, apparently are so smelly that even an anarchist who has not bathed in 18 months is capable of being offended and repulsed by the odor. The Jerusalem Post reported: 'The skunk bomb is a foul-smelling liquid which is sprayed on the rioters. "The smell is so strong that people flee immediately." Some news reports are claiming that the spray smells remarkably like a mixture of, well, Number One and Number Two. At least one web site referred to it as Zionist Death Dung.

I am wondering whether the new sound cannon can be combined with other forms of anti-leftist music. We all recall the Apocalypse Now movie, where the choppers come in firing while playing Wagner music. So why not wheel in the new Israeli anti-leftist sound cannons while loudspeakers play loud Shlomo Carlebach songs in the background, or perhaps even Avraham Fried singing Chassidic songs?

And then we can all just sit back and watch the leftist varmints scurry!!

(Full news story here:
http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-01/israeli-sonic- cannon-control-rioters-scare-birds)  

2. Lying Leftist Loons:
"Discrepancies in B'Tselem's Latest Anti-IDF Story"
by Gil Ronen
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/135650
Shevat 6, 5770, 21 January 10 10:48

(Israelnationalnews.com) The latest accusation hurled against Israeli 'occupation' soldiers is that they defaced gravestones at the Arab cemetery of Awarta near Shechem, in Samaria, on Tuesday. This story, however, appears to be falling apart just a day after it was circulated in the Israeli and international press.

Chief Military Prosecutor Brigadier General Avichai Mandelblit instructed the Military Police Thursday to launch an investigation into the accusations that IDF soldiers defaced gravestones while they escorted devout Jews to prayers at the tombs of Elazar HaCohen and the Seventy Sages.

The investigation thus far has cast doubt on the accusations. It turns out that there were no Hebrew defacements on gravestones in the Muslim cemetery. However, it is possible that someone scribbled something on slabs of marble at a distance from the cemetery. At least one photo shows the Hebrew word 'Palchod', which is the name of a military unit.

An IDF source told Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service that members of the Israeli pro-Arab NGO B'Tselem admitted to IDF officers that the photos which were featured in the press, and which purported to show writing in Hebrew and Russian on Arab gravestones, were "misleading".

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
http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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JOYS OF MUSLIM WOMEN!' — UNBELIEVABLE
Posted by Fred Reifenberg, January 24, 2010.
 

This might be about what is happening in the USA — However it applies in any western country as well.

This below ws written by Nonie Darwish.

Read and consider!

 

In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child. Consummating the marriage by age 9.

The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.

Even though a woman is abused she can not obtain a divorce.

To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses.

Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry. The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family. Husbands can beat their wives 'at will' and he does not have to say why he has beaten her.

The husband is permitted to have (4 wives) and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.

The Shariah Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.

In the West World (America) Muslim men are starting to demand Shariah Law so the wife can not obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her. It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Shariah law.

By passing this on, enlightened American women may avoid becoming a slave under Shariah Law.

Learn More.... Read: Cruel and Usual Punishment just released in most bookstores.

Ripping the West in Two.

Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Shariah law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two.

She recently authored the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law.

Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza before emigrating to America in 1978, When she was eight years old, her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel He was a high- ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza .

When he died, he was considered a "shahid," a martyr for jihad. His posthumous status earned Nonie and her family an elevated position in Muslim society.

But Darwish developed a skeptical eye at an early age. She questioned her own Muslim culture and upbringing. She converted to Christianity after hearing a Christian preacher on television.

In her latest book, Darwish warns about creeping sharia law — what it is, what it means, and how it is manifested in Islamic countries.

For the West, she says radical Islamists are working to impose sharia on the world. If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed.

In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. to elect the President! I think everyone in the U.S. should be required to read this, but with the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!

This is your chance to make a difference...!

Contact Fred Reifenberg by email at freify@netvision.net.il

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT REGARDING OBAMA AND ISRAEL
Posted by Sandra Levy, January 23, 2010.
 

The truth is no one seems to know who the real Obama is.

I believe he won't get re-elected after what happened in Massachusetts but he still has 3 years to try to mess up Israel.

They keep harping on a 2 state solution when in fact there are 3 entities here. The Hamas have over a million supporters in Gaza:

The Hamas believe only in a one state solution — a Moslem state tied to Iran and Syria in all of what is now Israel, the west bank and Gaza and of course all of Jerusalem..

Abbu Mazen of the PA has very little support.

The PA is mainly in the Ramallah area and more or less has some control of the West Bank. The PA is considered by most Palestinians, especially those living in Jerusalem, to be a kind of mafia. They hate them and of course they blame Israel for bringing Yasser Arafat and the PA out of Tunisia. They are right. King Hussein had kicked them out of Jordan in Black September and we went behind King Hussein's back and brought Yasser Arafat here on a red carpet. Our reward was the intifada. Marwan Barghoutti a PA man headed the intifada which murdered over a thousand Israelis and he is in prison for life (supposedly). There are some idiots here in the government that want to free Marwan Barghoutti to be the next Palestinian leader. We don't learn from our mistakes.

By the way the educated Palestinians also blame the Israeli Likud government for the creation of the Hamas. This was the same mistake the CIA made in Afghanistan. They helped create the mudjahadeen against the communists. Communism is now gone — with no thanks to the mudjahadeen, but Afghanistan is now a real nightmare of terrorism and the results are dead American soldiers.

Most Palestinians would be happy to be Jordanians again. This is also true for the Palestinians living in the Hebron area. They still consider Abdallah of Jordan to be their king.

The Palestinians say that Abu Mazen's son is robbing their public coffers and lining his own pockets. They hate the PA and perhaps for this reason many of them voted for the Hamas. The truth is they were only given the choice of these two terrorist beasts to vote for.

Gaza was never part of the kingdom of Jordan like those in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. This is a completely different problem.

Gaza is everyone's nightmare. The late Yitzchak Rabin once said that the best solution for Gaza would be if it went into the ocean. May his words reach unto

G-D and maybe we will see Gaza inundated by a major tsunami.

The US and Europe turn a blind eye to the fact that most Palestinians except for the Gazans would prefer to be citizens of Jordan again. Those Palestinians living in Jerusalem opt for Israel.

The US does not have face-to-face contact with Palestinians here the way we do. I speak to them all the time. After all we are living in the same city.

If a plebiscite was held for the Palestinians living in East Jerusalem, the majority would vote to be part of Israel- after that Jordan. I don't think the Hamas or PA would get very many votes.

If Jerusalem is divided most of them will lose their jobs and of course they will lose their National Security child allowance payments — they have big families and women don't work so they rely heavily on child allowance payments from Israel.

There there are the hospitals. Whenever I go to either Hadassah Ein Kerem or Hadassah Mt. Scopus I see that about half of the patients are Palestinians from East Jerusalem. They know they are getting the best treatment at Hadassah.

There are also two Hebrew universities that they attend — one in Givat Ram and the other in Mt. Scopus.

It is simply not possible to divide Jerusalem and all those nations that are trying to divide Jerusalem should have their own capitals divided or punished by G-D.

All the best
Sandra

Contacft Sandra Levy by email at shula2933@gmail.com

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ISRAEL FEARS TURKEY'S "SHIFT TOWARD IRAN"
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, January 23, 2010.
 

The idea of Israel offering the hostile Palestinians territory as they did in Gaza so they could launch missiles from a position of closer to Israel's cities and airport is the same folly as the Gaza blunder. Moreover, to try to resuscitate relations with Turkey by making such a gesture of submission to the Palestinians to please a Turkish Muslim State has aspects of a suicide mission.

Worse yet, Israel has tried over the recent years, selling weapons technology to Turkey even as it grows closer to Iran. Retro-fitting Turkey's tanks with greater fire-power and improved accuracy is begging to be killed as that Israeli technology is shared by Turkey with Iran, Syria, Hezb'Allah and Hamas.

Israel is presently ready to deliver her highly developed UAV's (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). Such unmanned vehicles can assist Turkey to scout and attack Kurds — both in Turkey and across the border into Iraq.

When, not if, Turkey shares this innovative, superb technology with Iran, Israel will soon be facing an Islamic version of Israel's UAVs. Some will recall how the U.S. transferred Israeli technology to Saudi Arabia on her F16s for conformal fuel tanks which extended the range of Saudi's U.S. aircraft.

Israel cannot appease or purchase the loyalty or affection of a Turkish State well along on its return to its Muslim roots. Granted, there are the benefits of profits of arms sales and the pretense of having friendly relations with a Muslim State but, arming them with High Tech weapons which will eventually be used against Israel is an act of appeasement which is surely suicidal.

This below was written by David Harris and it appeared in www.chinaview.cn
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2010-01/14/ content_12805675.htm

 

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) — Israel is concerned that for more than a year Turkey has been moving closer to Iran, an unnamed official in Israeli Prime Minister's Office told Xinhua on Wednesday.

However, some analysts argue that the deterioration of the bilateral relations is much of a result of Israel's military campaign in and around Gaza exactly one year ago and the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, instead of the Iran element.

These comments came in the wake of the latest diplomatic row between Israel and Ankara over a TV program broadcast on a private Turkish channel that Israel deems to be anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli.

Israel's Foreign Ministry very publicly summoned and humiliated the Turkish Ambassador to Israel Ahmet Oguz Celikkol, leaving Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan fuming. Since the Gaza conflict, Erdogan has led the Turkish protests against Israel's actions.

Israel later offered Turkey an official apology over the treatment of its envoy.

CAUSE OF RIFT

The official in the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who required remaining anonymous due to the sensitivity of the issue, stressed that the move by Ankara towards Tehran began prior to the Gaza war.

Yet the idea that relations were in decline before the outbreak of fighting in Gaza is dismissed by Alon Liel, Israel's former ambassador to Turkey and a previous director general of the Foreign Ministry.

In his opinion, the years of 2007 and 2008 were amongst the best years in terms of relations between the two countries. Blaming the Turkish relationship with Iran for the ongoing spat with Israel is nonsense, he said.

"This idea that Turkey is heading in the Islamic or Iranian direction and away from Europe is simply avoiding the real picture, which is the damage to the bilateral relationship between Israel and Turkey," said Liel.

Yusuf Kanli, one of Turkey's most respected columnists and editors, adopts a similar view with Liel. He describes the Gaza war as "unfortunate" from the point of view of bilateral ties. While admitting there was a degree of strain prior to the war, he said the bond was largely very strong.

As far as Erdogan and most Turks are concerned, Israel behaved very badly in its military campaign in the Palestinian coastal enclave and that has pushed the diplomatic ties back many years.

TURKEY'S MOVE

Nominally, Turkey is a secular state, a position defended by its army. However, Erdogan's AKP or Justice and Development Party, with its Islamic roots, has been in control in Ankara since 2002.

While Turkey has been a member of the Organization of Islamic Conference since 1980, it only really became an active player, adopting and implementing its policies in 2002, Kanli said.

That eastwards move has created tension with Europe, with numerous countries, most notably France, unhappy with Turkey's bid for membership of the European Union.

"The Turkish move east is somewhat exaggerated but it is definitely not going west as it used to," said Kanli, who believes Turkey has a "multidimensional" foreign policy.

While in Liel's opinion, "Turkey is currently improving its relations with most countries in the world, apart from Israel."

Israel simply does not want to admit that Turkey is pressuring Israel to make progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, he said.

ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN TRACK

Turkey, like Europe, the United States and the moderate Arab countries, wants to see the rebooting of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. In the past it has offered to broker talks between the parties.

Liel is a firm believer that relations with Ankara could be restored if Israel moves towards cutting a deal with the Palestinians. He has a simple piece of advice for Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak who is slated to visit Turkey on Monday: "if you haven't got anything new to say about the peace process, don't go."

Kanli offers another perspective. He agrees with Erdogan that Israel was in the wrong in the way it carried out its military strike against Hamas, the Palestinian organization that controls Gaza. However, he thinks Ankara should not be engaging Hamas.

"The difference between the secularist Turk and the Islamist Turk is that I do think that Hamas is a terrorist organization and I would expect my government to have relations with Hamas only after it renounces terrorism," said Kanli.

It is not only the Palestinian track that interests Ankara. A peace deal between Israel and Syria would also benefit Turkey. While Ehud Olmert was Israeli prime minister immediately before Netanyahu, Syria's neighbor Turkey was facilitating indirect talks between Israel and Damascus. Those talks broke down just before the Gaza war.

Since then, Ankara has offered to resume its negotiating role, but Netanyahu has rejected that idea, arguing the hostility towards Israel from Turkey means it cannot be an honest broker.

The iciness between the countries has already had economic effects with many Israelis now choosing to stay away from Turkey, which was in recent years their tourist destination of choice. While the business community reports relations largely intact thus far, there is a fear this could change.

For all of their arguments, Turkey and Israel have much in common. They are both countries with strong ties with the West and the United States in particular. The two are very active within NATO, participating in joint military exercises. They have both been hit by terrorism and both see themselves as a bridge between East and West.

Yet the events of the past year, culminating in this week's war of words, have left a bitter taste both in Israel and in Ankara.

Barak will try to mend some of the fence, as did another Israeli minister, Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, when he visited Turkey in November.

However, Liel warns that without a breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, such visits will achieve next to nothing. "There's definitely cause for concern about the future of relations with Turkey," said Liel.

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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FEMALE BRITISH TOURIST WAS RAPED IN DUBAI
Posted by Susana K-M, January 23, 2010.
 

This was written by Daniel Greenfield as Sultan Knish and is archived on his website:
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2010/01/ friday-afternoon-roundup-new-year-new.html

 

The opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai has gotten the usual stars and spangles coverage, while no one in the media has bothered to examine Dubai's virtual slavery in the construction industry. Or just how much of the money being spent was based on investor gullibility.

There is naturally no coverage of the fact that the UAE is an Islamic tyranny. That it sponsors terrorism. That in Dubai a female British tourist was arrested after being raped.

The 23-year-old Londoner says she was attacked by a waiter in a hotel toilet after celebrating her engagement to her boyfriend with drinks, The Sun reports.

But after she admitted drinking alcohol and sharing a hotel room with her fiancé, police in the strict Islamic state arrested her for "illegal drinking" outside licensed premises and having sex outside marriage.

Her 44-year-old fiancé, also from London, was charged with the same offences. Both were thrown in police cells by officers who paid little heed to the rape.

The devastated couple are understood to be on bail awaiting trial and have had their passports confiscated. They could be jailed for up to six years if found guilty of the illicit sex charge.

British embassy officials in the desert emirate are helping them.

A diplomatic source said: "There have been some truly appalling injustices in Dubai but this one tops the lot.

"A desperate, distressed rape victim went with her boyfriend to report the attack to police. And both wound up behind bars.

"The police and authorities in Dubai have shamed themselves by yet again displaying a breathtaking lack of compassion and humanity."

...

Her attacker, who is understood to be Syrian, is believed to have denied rape. He claimed the Briton consented but has also been charged with "illegal sex".

That of course is how Muslim countries have effectively legalized rape. And tourists foolish enough to try and deal with the Emirati police, which despite the glittering architecture, is just a bunch of thugs employed by the desert rat sheikhs running Dubai, get a one way trip to a jail cell.

The British embassy officials, whose main function there is visiting trafficked Ukranian prostitutes and promoting business deals with British companies will of course "help out". After enough helping out, which will consist of them crawling on their knees before the sons of desert bandits and suggesting delicately that English ignorance of Islam's fair and honest laws may create a negative image for Dubai, the couple will be expelled to England, the rapist will not be charged with anything (nor is this the first time he likely did something like this) and foreign tourists will once again get a lesson they will soon forget about not visiting Islamic countries.

Despite all this, there is of course no talk of boycotting Dubai. Andrew Sullivan who demands that US troops invade Israel to create a Hamas state, isn't concerned about a dictatorship where a few percent control a labor work force that comprises much of the country.

Naturally not.

Dubai is an illusion and a lie created to attract Western tourists and investors. It is a modernist facade built on a primitive and backward fundamentalist society that trades oil and luxuries to the very infidels it despises, repaying them with Jihad and oppression.

Beneath the skyscrapers, Dubai is no more modern than Cairo or Karachi.

United Arab Emirates — Dubai just opened the ultimate trophy building — the world's tallest skyscraper, which soars a neck-craning 2,717 feet into the air — but just try getting there from the airport.

Your polite, epaulette-wearing cabdriver screeches down a 12-lane highway and — with the tower in plain sight — he goes miles past it, leading you to wonder whether he's lost his way or is ripping you off. Only when he finally reaches an interchange and then doubles back to the tower do you realize what's going on: Dubai wins no medals for urban planning.

...

At ground level, the fronds are packed with high-priced villas while the stemlike road leading to them is lined with monolithic rows of hulking apartment buildings. These look as though they were designed by architectural refugees from East Germany who added a few Islamic touches.

Multiply this gap between image and reality a hundredfold and you have the Dubai that was taking shape before the global recession of 2008 and the emirate's debt crisis. It is a city of isolated enclaves, lacking convenient connections to one another, and brutal linear strips, exemplified by the eyesore high-rises along the emirate's main drag, a superwide highway called Sheikh Zayed Road.

All of Dubai is one great big Potemkin village.

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USELESS FORT HOOD PROTECTION LEAVES AMERICANS UNPROTECTED
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, January 23, 2010.
 

When History is written evaluating President Barack Hussein Obama's role in the ramping up Islam's assault on the West, his role (I am certain) will receive high marks for driving Western Civilization into Submission. ("Islam" means "Submission".)

From his first days as President one year ago, Obama launched an assault against Israel while making it clear to America's 16 Intel Agencies that interfering with Islam or Muslims was intolerable to him personally.

Thus, PC (Political Correctness) plays a guiding role where Nidal Malik Hassan (the Fort Hood assassin) was not touched by his superiors - despite his rants about Islam. The concept of PC saturated the Army, the State Department and the Left Liberal Media. Obama, his huge staff and all mentioned above are guilty of making America and the Free West weak and vulnerable to attacks by "Jihadists" (warriors for Islam).

This below was written by Diana West and it appeared January 21, 2010 on www.Townhall.com
http://townhall.com/columnists/DianaWest/2010/01/21/ useless_fort_hood_leaves_americans_unprotected

Diana West is author of the new book, The Death of the Grown-up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization.

 

"Do you believe in 'radical Islam'?" the famous Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders once asked me.

The occasion was a banquet last summer at the Reagan Library outside of Los Angeles where later that evening Wilders would receive a Hero of Conscience award from the American Freedom Alliance. I would have the honor of introducing him. "What did you say?" I could barely hear him over the speaker at the podium elaborating on the perils of, yes, "radical Islam."

"'Radical Islam,'" he repeated. "Do you think there is 'radical Islam,' or only 'Islam'"?

Me, I'm an "only Islam" kind of gal, as I told him. Who am I to argue with Muslims ranging from terror-cleric Abu Qatada to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan? Erdogan is particularly interesting as a democratically elected Islamic leader who eschews all word-modifiers of Islam including "moderate," the adjective the media often applies to his AKP political party. "These descriptions are very ugly," Erdogan said in 2007. "It is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam, and that's it." Erdogan has also bluntly rejected descriptions of Turkey itself as an example of "moderate Islam," saying last April: "It is unacceptable for us to agree with such a definition. Turkey has never been a country to represent such a concept. Moreover, Islam cannot be classified as moderate or not."

I mention this now because after the fireworks over Scott Brown's U.S. Senate victory in Massachusetts have died down, we will have to return to the same, old, equal parts humdrum and deadly wrangle over how to think, talk about and grapple with Islam in what remains a post-9/11 world.

Two related events took place just as the Massachusetts miracle sucked the oxygen from non-election news excepting Haiti coverage. First, the Pentagon report on the Fort Hood massacre came out. It is 86 pages long and doesn't mention the words "Muslim," "Islam," "jihad," "Sharia" (Islamic law), "Koran" — despite the fact that we know, among other things, that the killer, who initiated his massacre with a cry of "Allahu Akbar," was a Muslim inspired by Islam to perform an act of jihad as sanctioned by Sharia derived from the Koran.

These facts, however, rate official silence. So what else is new? From the Bush years to the present, see-no-Islam denial has turned U.S. government attempts to assess and discuss national security issues into Kabuki gibberish, a perpetual exercise in make-believe that the core doctrines and traditional institutions of Islam — not "radical Islam," not "Islamism," not other aliases — pose no threat to the core doctrines and traditional institutions of the non-Islamic Free World. Naturally, mum's the Pentagon word over jihad at Fort Hood. Or, rather, "self-radicalization" is the word. It is mentioned more than a dozen times in the report.

I can't imagine a greater dereliction of duty than this failure of U.S. government leaders to recognize, articulate and defend against what in military parlance is known as the "enemy threat doctrine." But this dereliction, this failure will trigger no investigations or court proceedings on how and why our leaders consistently mask, soft-soap and otherwise fail to assess and repel the existential threat posed by the imposition or accommodation of these same Islamic doctrines.

Talk about irony: Within days of the report's release, one of the few politicians in the world who understands, articulates and fights the imposition and accommodation of these same Islamic doctrines went on trial in the Netherlands for doing exactly that.

I refer again to Geert Wilders, now enmeshed in a Kafkaesque court trial in which the Dutch government is subverting its own democratic institutions — namely, freedom of speech and the will of the people — in an effort to shut down Wilders and his political opposition to the Islamization of the Netherlands. The government's case rests on Wilders' increasingly successful efforts to win support for his anti-Islamization program from the Dutch people through speeches, writings and the short film "Fitna" (easily viewable online) — a body of work that only a tyrannical, Islamically correct government could designate as "evidence" of a crime.

How Dutch government officials must envy America's Sharia-compliant public servants who willingly generate see-no-Islam blather such as the Fort Hood report.

They can have it.

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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ROP MUSLIM ATTORNEY RAPES & KILLS 12 YR OLD CHRISTIAN GIRL
Posted by Cpocerl, January 23, 2010.

This comes from Atlas Shrugs
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/01/ christian-12-year-old-girl-raped-and-killed-by-muslim-attorney.html

 

Islam rape victim

Lahore: January 23, 2010. (Khalid Shahzad for PCP) Christian teenage Shazia daughter of Bashir Masih aged 12 years, resident of Islamia Park, Punch Road Aria Nagar, Samanabad, Lahore was found dead after rape by Muslim attorney Mohammad Naeem (more here)

The translation is awkward but I didn't correct it, as it is authentic.

Pakistan: 12 years old Christian maid girl raped and killed by Muslim Attorney

The Christian girl Shazia was working as a Domestic Worker in AA 444 Defense Lahore with Muhammad Naeem Lawyer of Lahore High Court Lahore. He never paid a single penny to Shazia from last 8 months. On 21st of January 2010. Shazia's Mother received a dead body of her younger girl 13 year and was shocked then she called some people from her neighbor and then they called mid Khalid Shahzad G Secretary Forum of Minorities.

According to our investigation that Shazia has rapped and torture by the Muhammad Naeem Lawyer Lahore High Court Lahore. He tried to hide this case and also pressurize to her father and media that I am a lawyer and will see who will highlight this issue because the court and the lawyer community is with me. Yesterday night he came with his relative from Pak Army when they come to know that the deal will be not successful then the Brigadier of the Pak Army left away. According to this case we come to know that the elite class and the influence people don't care about the law and order and they can use the law as they want. Shazia was only the source of income of her family because her two elder sisters has been married and she was only the hope of her young brother Sunny aged 8 years.

According to the mother of victim Shazia and father "Lawyer Mohammad Naeem offered them Rs. 20000 deal to keep this issue under ground if they shout no body will listen and they will never get any thing. The deface Police were also not interested to registered FIR Against Mohammad Naeem.

Meanwhile according to Geo TV, The police have registered a case against a lawyer, Naeem Advocate, his wife, son and sister-in-law for the alleged murder of a 12-year-old maid Shazia. The family of deceased Shazia has accused Advocate Nadeem of torturing and rapping her to death and also trying to bribe 15,000 rupees to the family members to keep their mouths shut. According to the parents, accused Naeem told them that their daughter was admitted to hospital and when they arrived, their daughter was found dead.

They brought the body to their residence, from where police shifted the body to dead house for postmortem.

Defence Police said Shazia was badly tortured and admitted to Jinnah Hospital 3 days ago.

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CHILD SLAVES IN HAITI — RESTAVEKS
Posted by Sandra Levy, January 23, 2010.

This is really quite shocking.

This was written by Eric Beauchemin and published by Radio Netherlands in 2006. Let us hope and pray that the world that has come to rescue Haitians injured and made homeless by the earthquake will not leave Haiti until the child abuse problem is solved. In fact people should adopt Haiti's earthquake orphaned children, so that they do not end up as slaves. .

Child slaves in Haiti: Radio Netherlands reports that 1 in 10 children in Haiti are slaves:
http://static.rnw.nl/migratie/www.radionetherlands.nl/features/ development/061103agl-redirected

 

Hundreds of thousands of children are being forced into slavery throughout the world. Children are being sold or trafficked for labour or sexual exploitation in Asia, Africa and Latin America. One country though regularly gets mentioned: Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. It's estimated that there are a quarter of a million child slaves in Haiti, that's nearly one in ten of the country's children.

Modern slavery

But the economic and political turmoil Haiti has experienced in recent decades have had a dramatic impact on today's restavèks, says John Currelly, the country representative of PADF, the Pan-American Development Foundation, an organisation which is trying to raise awareness about the phenomenon.

"It is degenerated over the years to a form of internal slavery because the family situation has broken down. You have a situation now where very poor people in the cities need these slaves to look after their children, while they're out making say two dollars a day. We think there are as many as 250,000 of these children in really awful circumstances here. There's no such thing as a good restavèk anymore. It's pure and simply slavery."

Abuse

The children often remain with their masters for years. Many come from rural areas and therefore have no idea that another life is possible, says Moïse Ariot of PADF.

"Sometimes they are afraid of the outside world. They think they might have even more problems if they leave. But some of the children who are seriously abused decide to run away and they wind up on the streets, where they're likely to face even more abuse."

The Haitian government has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and in 2003, it modified labour laws to prevent child domestic work, but these laws are rarely enforced. Between 1996 and 2000, the authorities conducted just over 120 child labour inspections a year. 100 restavèks were rescued from abusive households and placed in shelters, but none of the employers were fined or convicted. Haiti has also set up a special hotline called SOS Timoun, but it's only open during working hours, and it's not regarded as effective.

Awareness

The Pan American Development Foundation is trying to raise awareness about the problem of the restavèks. It has put up billboards in the capital Port-au-Prince denouncing esclavage moderne or modern-day slavery. PADF is also working with local organisations that are combating the problem. "Haitians are very conscious of the restavèks", says John Currelly.

"They're very ashamed of this as a society, and there are surprising numbers of organisations — even in small rural areas — that have sprung up to combat it. We work with these organisations, providing them with funding for small projects, for example like putting up a booth in a fair or having a programme on the local radio, and so on."

No one has any illusions that the problem will be resolved soon. The real solution is to create more jobs, but given the ongoing turmoil in Haiti, that is unlikely to happen soon. According to Moïse Ariot, "parents should also be encouraged to have fewer children and to send the ones they have to school."

"But parents often think that by sending their child to work in a family, they're helping their kid, but it's only later that they learn what the child went through. Of course there are some exceptions: some families do provide a better future for the restavèks, but I would say that happens in only five out of every 100 cases."

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AFTER THE FLOODS, GLOWING SKIES, MUD, PUDDLES AND PONDS IN THE NEGEV DESERT, REVIVIM
Posted by Yehuda Tzoref, January 23, 2010.
 

Dr. Judah (Yehuda) Tzoref is a scientist, trained at the Technion in Haifa and Oxford University in England. His expertise is in physics and energy engineering. He is a grass-roots activist on behalf of Israel. He lives in Rehovot.

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IRAN SPURS: SYRIA & HIZBALLAH MOBILIZE AGAINST ISRAEL
Posted by CPocerl, January 23, 2010.

This is from DEBKAfile
http://www.1913intel.com/2010/01/22/ debkafile-syria-partially-mobilizes-reserves-as-tensions- rise-on-israels-northern-border-3/

 

DEBKAfile Special Report January 22, 2010, 6:30 PM (GMT+02:00)

Friday, Jan. 22, 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." DEBKAfile's military sources interpret Level 4 as referring to Syrian armored and commando brigades.

In Lebanon, too, Hizballah has placed "all its forces" on a state of military preparedness. Our intelligence sources report that this order applies to the Iranian proxy's strongholds across southern Lebanon and the Beqaa Valley, but not to its command posts in Beirut and other Lebanese cities.

Damascus and Hizballah both claim that Israel has embarked on a large-scale military exercise along its northern borders to create a jumping-off point for striking Hizballah followed by raids into Syria.

However, Western and Arab sources confirm that Israel made a point of reassuring Damascus and Beirut via American and UN intermediaries at the beginning of this week that the military units massed in the north were engaged solely in maneuvers with no aggressive intent.

Far from being prompted by IDF war games, Syria and Hizballah are reported by our Iranian and military sources as acting out the secret military cooperation pacts they have just concluded with Tehran. The pacts were negotiated and signed during visits to Damascus by Iran's National Security Adviser Saeed Jalili on Nov. 3 and its defense 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. Our military sources believe Hizballah and Syria are taking advantage of the Israeli war game to test their own preparedness for attack on orders from Tehran.

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TARIQ RAMADAN MAY RETURN TO U.S.A.
Posted by CPocerl, January 23, 2010.
This was written by Winfield Myers and it appeared January 20, 2010 in Campus Watch
http://www.campus-watch.org/blog/2010/01/tariq-ramadan-may- return-to-usa-notre-dame-says
 

Tariq Ramadan has been invited by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to re-apply for a visa to the United States. Ramadan had been awarded the Henry R. Luce Chair at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2004 when, only days before his scheduled arrival in South Bend, the Department of Homeland Security revoked his visa.

Dennis Brown, University Spokesman at Notre Dame, said the University had no intention of re-hiring Ramadan, either as a visiting professor or as holder of the Joan B. Kroc Chair:

We are pleased that today's order vindicates Professor Ramadan, and we look forward to the possibility of having him visit our campus soon for a lecture of symposium. However, the full-time position for which he was initially hired, the Luce Professorship, has been filled, and we do not foresee making another hire in this specific area of Islamic studies in the near term.

The question now becomes, which American university will offer Ramadan a position in Middle East studies? Given the cravenness of that discipline's practitioners, most recently witnessed in their eagerness to deny any connection between Nidal Hasan's jihadist slaughter of fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood in November and his Islamist beliefs, the wily Ramadan should fit right in.

Moreover, the lifting of the order banning Ramadan from entering the U.S. in no way "vindicates" him (or Notre Dame). Rather, it reveals the Obama administration's eagerness to appease the European left and the American academic establishment. The latter has wasted no time in reacting to today's news: the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has already issued a statement praising the decision. Needless to say, Ramadan himself is elated. The rest of us should be appalled.

The Swiss-born Ramadan is the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, and has a long history of issuing apologias for radical Islamists around the world. From his current perch at Oxford University, where he is the His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies, he continues to assure Europeans they have nothing to fear from the Islamists amongst them.

MEF director Daniel Pipes laid out the case against admitting Ramadan to America in 2004 and has a long-running commentary on Ramadan, including this new entry on today's decision.

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"OUTSMARTING" THE TERRORISTS BY BEING INCREDIBLY STUPID?
Posted by Susana K-M, January 22, 2010.
 

Here's my usual disclaimer: I would love to be able to stop criticizing the Obama Administration but it keeps saying and doing things that shock and surprise me or — if you want to put it this way — live up to my worst expectations.

I'm sitting on a U.S. army base briefing officers along with a high-ranking State Department official who works on the Middle East. At one point, he gets a quaver in his voice and starts talking about the Arab-Israeli conflict making quite clear which side he's on. Sounding scared he says: "While a lot of problems in the world can bring trouble only the Arab-Israeli conflict can get you and your families killed."

The officers look disgusted. He is fitting precisely their stereotype of a cowardly diplomat. Abandon Israel and save your life and that of your children, is his message. Oh, and this is after September 11 which makes the statement even more ridiculous.

This kind of blatant cowardice is usually better concealed. It more often occurs in regard to intellectuals facing challenges like the "Danish cartoons." But it is glimpsed at times in a sort of strategic fearfulness, a refusal to do what's in one's interest lest someone might get mad about it.

John Brennan is the president's advisor on counter-terrorism and may be the dumbest of all Obama's foreign policy appointments. Brennan is apparently ex-CIA and he has yet to persuade me that he has any understanding whatsoever about terrorism. He's the guy who said that Hizballah wasn't a terrorist group because it ran candidates for parliament and had lawyers among its members.

Now in a television interview, he stated that the Guantanamo prison should be closed because al-Qaida has used its existence in order to make propaganda.

A few hours later, President Barack Obama repeated this talking point in the course of discussing reinforced controls on airplane passengers:

"We will close Guantanamo prison, which has damaged our national security interests and become a tremendous recruiting tool for al-Qaida," Obama said. "In fact, that was an explicit rationale for the formation of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula."

What? Is his understanding really so minimal that he thinks the formation of a revolutionary movement to seize power in Iraq and overthrow the Saudi government took place because the United States maintained a prison in Cuba? Is this man who proclaims himself the great understander of other cultures so ethnocentric that he thinks, so to speak, that "everything is about us?"

Does Obama have any sense at all of what al-Qaida uses as recruiting tools, of their ideology and goals? And would closing Guantanamo deprive al-Qaida of a recruiting tool, would it hurt that group? Isn't it obvious that, if anything, al-Qaida would proclaim this as a victory: Out of fear of us, the camp was closed! We have prevented the oppression of Muslims! We can make the great Satan tremble and give in! Now, that's a recruiting tool!

I actually find Michael Scheuer, another former CIA guy, more congenial than Brennan though he also has some terrible ideas. Scheuer views anti-American terrorism as solely caused by U.S. support for Middle Eastern regimes.

The reality is that there are three causes: U.S. policies; hatred of the American culture and society not because they care what goes on inside the United States but because they believe it will ultimately transform their own societies through both power and seductive example; and a desire to prove their strength and increase their support base by humiliating the world's leading power.

Scheuer's main credential is that he headed the Usama bin Ladin task force at the CIA which, one would think, would mark him as a failure whose ideas didn't work at all. On the positive side, he doesn't just focus on hating Israel but also blames U.S. support for all the Arab regimes as well. Of course, if the United States stopped this support, these regimes would more likely be overthrown by radical Islamists (not necessarily al-Qaida) and then we could see if the Islamists stopped hating and attacking America. (I'd bet they'd step up attacks.)

But Scheuer can't help revealing his special hatred of Israel, even when this contradicts his own thesis. In a C-Span interview
(http://www.c-span.org/Watch/Media/2010/01/04/HP/A/27963/ Michael+Scheuer+Former+CIA+Bin+Laden+Unit+Chief+199699.aspx) he said that Americans must decide whether they want their sons to die in Iraq and Yemen in order to defend Israel. Funny, I thought they were there to protect the Iraqi and Yemeni governments — which are not even friendly toward Israel and American interests. I guess I'm the onlyone who remembers how much this sounds like Nazi propaganda in World War Two: Americans! This is just the Jews' war and not yours!

And then he makes an even more amazing statement when asked how America can stop terrorist attacks on itself:

"Ultimately we have to find a way to dissuade them from focusing their anger on us and persuade them to focus their anger at what they themselves believe to be the real enemy the governments that govern them and oppress them and Israel."

Of course, U.S. support for Great Britain made Nazi Germany look at America as an enemy, and the same goes for U.S. support for China and imperial Japan, and U.S. support for dozens of countries and the USSR. But the United States backed these other states because it wanted to block victory for a hostile force which would use these other places, if taken over, as a base to destroy U.S. interests and to hit America more effectively.

How would someone have been treated if they advocated betraying these allies so as to plead more effectively from aggressive tyrannical movements: Please leave us alone. We promise not to inconvenience you in your march to world conquest!

But Scheuer gives us just this imaginative proposal. Urge al-Qaida and other terrorists to attack U.S. allies — which they can hit a lot harder and damage a lot more — rather than America. (Ironically, this is the reverse of what the Saudis and other Arab regimes try to do.) Of course these groups will do both!

Moreover, what happens after al-Qaida or other Islamists seize power from these abandoned regimes? No doubt they will fondly remember that the United States stopped opposing them and be good buddies of America, right? (Warning: previous sentence is sarcastic.)

Actually, though, this is what was going on during the pre-bin Ladin era. Radical Islamist groups did focus on attacking regimes in the region — especially Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia — but were soundly defeated by the governments, except in Lebanon. Facing this stalemate, bin Ladin proposed attacking America directly. This is what led to September 11.

The basic problem is that Scheuer, and Brennan and Obama, too, basically think that the Islamist assault is something that can be made to go away by some clever stratagem: flatter Muslims; move away from Israel, abandon Israel, show more sensitivity; try captured terrorists in a U.S. court; or something else. Yet the beginning of wisdom is to understand that this is a challenge parallel to that from Communism and fascism.

The idea that al-Qaida and other terrorists can be bought off by selling out all the more moderate Arab states and Israel or they can be confounded by closing Guantanamo illustrates ignorance on a stupendous scale. The point of U.S. strategy should not be to "deny" al-Qaida talking points — it will never lack for them no matter how U.S. policy changes — but defeating it, making it impossible for the group to operate, blocking its attacks by effectively targeted defensive measures.

Have all the most basic lessons from centuries of statecraft been so thoroughly forgotten by those who govern in the West?

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ANOTHER INTELLIGENCE BLUNDER. 'DUH.'
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, January 22, 2010.

Since President Barack Hussein Obama proclaimed "the Buck stops here" with him on these matters, he owes America at least 99 cents "Change". He can pay us back by firing Dennis Blair, Obama's Director of National Intelligence, Rahm Emanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff, and David Axelrod. Then he could take early retirement as the best friend the radical Islamists could ever have.

'Duh' Another intelligence blunder' appeared today as a Wall St. Journal editorial, page A18.

 

Earlier this month, White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan wrote a damning memo on the government's failure to "connect the dots" in the days before Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarded a Christmas day flight to Detroit. On Wednesday, Dennis Blair delivered an equally damning verdict on the government's handling of the terrorist after he was apprehended.

The Director of National Intelligence told the Senate that by immediately handing Abdulmutallab to the civilian justice system, the government all but slammed the door on its ability to interrogate him thoroughly. Specifically, the feds failed to avail themselves of a unit called the High-Value Interrogation Group, or HIG, which Mr. Blair says was created "to make a decision on whether a certain person who's detained should be treated as a case for federal prosecution or for some of the other means."

"We did not invoke the HIG in this case; we should have," Mr. Blair said. "Frankly, we were thinking more of overseas people and, duh, you know, we didn't put it [in action] here."That's our emphasis, and we put it there to underscore the scale of the intelligence blunder that was committed when Abdulmutallab was remanded to FBI custody, where he reportedly talked to investigators until advised by counsel not to. Now the government's only hope for Abdulmutallab to say a bit more is via a plea bargain, by which time his intelligence leads will likely have run cold.

What makes this debacle all the more extraordinary is that it would have been perfectly lawful to hold Abdulmutallab in military custody, which would have given the government time to interrogate him and consider whether it wanted to try him in civilian or military court. Instead, such was the apparent haste by the FBI that Director Robert Mueller testified that "there was no time to get a follow-up [HIG] group in there." Do our real-life Jack Bauers now travel by Amtrak?

Mr. Blair's testimony was almost instantly disputed by an anonymous Administration official, and he later issued a statement saying his comments had been "misconstrued." We think we heard Mr. Blair right the first time, and his departure from script reveals the dangerous folly of the Administration's policy of treating terrorists like common criminals.

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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CRITICIZING ISLAMISTS CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH
Posted by Susana K-M, January 22, 2010.

This was written by David J. Rusin and it appeared today on the Islamist Watch website
(http://www.islamist-watch.org/blog/2010/01/criticizing-islamists- can-be-hazardous-to-your). The original article has live links to additional material.

 

The first goal of Islamists is to silence all who counter their ideology. But while most radical Muslims in the West are content to intimidate anti-Islamists through smears or lawsuits, some do resort to violence, as in the 2004 slaying of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh.

Death threats and attacks against public opponents of Islamism have escalated in recent months. Exhibit A: the New Year's assault by an ax-wielding Somali on the home of Kurt Westergaard, known for drawing the most recognizable of the Danish Muhammad cartoons. Shot by police, the young jihadist faces charges of attempted murder and terrorism — because, in the words of the prosecutor, "trying to kill Kurt Westergaard had a bigger purpose than just killing him."

Other noteworthy examples:

  • Days after promoting a lecture by Muslim-turned-atheist Sabri Husibi in September, the Tulsa World reported that he had received dozens of calls from people cursing and threatening him, one of whom promised that "if he spoke at the meeting and said anything against Shari'a (Islamic law), he would be killed." Adding more fuel to the fire, CAIR-Oklahoma's Razi Hashmi proclaimed that while Husibi has a right to talk, it "doesn't give him the justification to make false assumptions" about the nature of the Koran and sympathy for al-Qaeda within the Muslim community.

  • Following a demonstration on January 8 in Detroit by Muslims denouncing the attempted Christmas Day terror attack, rally organizer Majed Moughni received a death threat over the phone, which he partially recorded. Stated the Arabic-accented caller: "I want to congratulate you for your place in hellfire, inshallah [God willing]. ... If you're in front of me, I will shoot you. I will put a bullet in your head. This is the consequence of a hypocrite."

  • On January 12, feminist playwright and actress Rayhana, who appears in a show that examines the oppression of Algerian women and features "unflattering views of Muslim men," was insulted by two Arabic-speaking males on a Paris street, doused with gasoline, and saved only by their failure to set her aflame using a cigarette. The Independent reports that she was approached in the same area two weeks earlier by men who said, "We know who you are, you miscreant whore. This is a warning."

Why such violence? As Ryan Mauro explains, it boils down to the underlying frailty of the Islamist creed: "The fact that this ideology relies upon force ... shows it lacks merit and will not survive the intellectual combat that comes with a free media, freedom of speech, freedom of religion," etc.

So rather than succumbing to intimidation, let us follow the lead of Rayhana, who not only managed to stumble back to the theater, but performed her sold-out play that very night.

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RELIGION OF PEACE TO LASH RAPE VICTIM 100 TIMES FOR BEING RAPED
Posted by Cpocerl, January 22, 2010.

This is a news item from TrueSlant.com at New Media Journal
http://www.newmediajournal.us/culture_wars/01222010.htm The article includes a video on the Rape victim, noting that it is only one of the many stories of how women who are rape victims are treated in Islamic countries.

 

A Filipino woman in Saudi Arabia is scheduled to be lashed 100 times by the government as punishment for being raped. To add to the tragedy, the Filipino has been held in prison since September 2009. In December 2009, the woman — known only as "Camille" — miscarried. Now, she is facing a medieval crime — all because she was raped.

The story is astounding. Camille (not here real name), 35-years-old, travelled to Saudi Arabia in spring of 2009 to work as a janitor in order to support three children aged 15, 14 and 5. She was raped by a Bangladeshi coworker in August. In Saudi Arabia, all sex outside of marriage — including rape and sexual assault — can result in prison and lashings under their extreme interpretation of Sharia.

The woman, fully aware of this, opted not to press charges and instead managed to arrange repatriation to the Philippines. All foreign workers returning home from Saudi Arabia are required to undergo a medical exam. That's where the trouble started:

"In September, as part of the reparation process, the woman had to undergo a physical examination during which it was discovered that she's pregnant. Since September 11 the woman has been jailed at the Hafer Al Baten Central Jail for having an "illicit affair".
Due to the bad conditions in the prison, in December she suffered a miscarriage. After spending time in the hospital she was transferred back to prison.

The Saudi interpretation of Sharia law does not allow pregnant women to be lashed. However, now that Camille is no longer pregnant, she may be lashed at any time by the government. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs reports that the sentence will be carried out this month.

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RELIGION OF PEACE FATHER SELLS 12 YR OLD DAUGHTER FOR 4 COWS
Posted by Cpocerl, January 22, 2010.
 

This comes from Jihad Watch
http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/01/turkey-father-sells-12-year-old-girl- for-four-cows.html

 

Islam upholds women's rights, say the Islamic spokesmen in the West, and it all sounds great. Yet stories like this reinforce the often-reinforced impression that in Islam women are treated essentially as commodities. "Turkey: 12-Year-Old Girl Sold By Father for 4 Cows," from ANSAmed, n.d. (thanks to Insubria):

(ANSAmed) — ANKARA — A 12-year-old girl from Corum, a village in central Anatolia not far from Ankara, has been sold twice by her father: the first time in exchange for four cows, and the second time for 10,000 Turkish lire (around 4,800 euros). Just yesterday the police discovered the crime and arrested the girl's father and the second buyer, while the first is still being sought. The story was reported by daily paper Vatan, which writes that Sukru A. (this is the name of the father) sold his daughter K.A last summer when she was just 12 years old to 29-year-old bricklayer Kamber Bostan in exchange for four cows, who married the girl in a religious ceremony in front of the imam. After several months however, the girl — who became pregnant in the meantime — went back home because she didn't get on with her husband. Last December, in her sixth month of pregnancy, she lost the child. Ten days later the father sold her again, this time to a 20-year-old unemployed man, Gokhan Turk, who paid 3,000 out of the 10,000 lire agreed upfront, and took the girl home. Yesterday, when Turk refused to pay the balance — claiming that the girl he bought was not a virgin — Sukru A. turned to the police and reported him for insolvency but without mentioning the reason. After a short investigation the truth came out and both the father and Turk were arrested, while Bostan is still being sought.(ANSAmed).

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RADICAL ISLAMIST FUND RAISER BECOMES POLICE CHAPLAIN IN OBA MAO LAND
Posted by Cpocerl, January 22, 2010.
 

This comes from New Media Journal
(http://www.newmediajournal.us/) as posted on Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/blog/2010/01/radical-fundraiser- becomes-illinois-police

 

Previously on the IPT blog we stressed the need for the Defense Department's Islamic Chaplaincy program to adopt a stricter vetting process, citing historically radical imams who have served in the program. Now the same can be said for the chaplaincy program for the Illinois State Police. The Mosque Foundation website reports that Sheikh Kifah Mustapha recently completed a four day training session in Springfield, Illinois to become the first certified Muslim chaplain for the Illinois State Police.

Mustapha's name appears on a list of unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) Hamas financing trail, which ended with sweeping convictions in November of 2008. On this list he is identified as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee. According to the indictment in the HLF trial, the "Muslim Brotherhood is an international Islamic fundamentalist organization" that is "committed to the globalization of Islam through social engineering and violent jihad." It created the Palestine Committee with a "designed purpose to support HAMAS" politically and financially.

A 1991 internal memo to Palestine Committee members reveals that members of the committee intended to further the Muslim Brotherhood's goals "on the American front." Mustapha appeared on the list due to his positions with HLF and Hamas' U.S. propaganda arm, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP).

The IAP also wasa component in the Palestine Committee's Hamas-support network.

In a deposition for the civil litigation Boim v. Quranic Literacy Institute Kifah Mustapha explained that he was a "registered agent for HLF in Illinois" from the mid 1990s until 2001 when HLF's assets were frozen. During this time Mustapha raised money for HLF.

During the deposition Mustapha also described himself as a former member of a volunteer committee for the IAP beginning in the early 1990s. As a volunteer, he "distributed flyers" and helped prepare for "festivals or conventions." Those meetings often featured incendiary rhetoric and skits portraying Hamas violence against Israelis. Additionally Mustapha said that he donated money to HLF and "maybe" IAP.

In addition to his work with the HLF and IAP, Mustapha has helped raise money for other U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front groups. Mustapha has raised money for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) which is under fire for its origins in the IAP and is also listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF trial. As recently as March of 2009, at a Dearborn, Michigan CAIR event, Mustapha helped raise $130,000 for CAIR. He also helped raise over $150,000 at a 2007 CAIR Chicago fundraiser. He has also raised money for the Muslim American Society (MAS) during a 2005 Chicago event.

It's not clear whether the Illinois State Police knew about these connections and didn't care, or whether it failed to adequately research Mustapha's background. Either raises serious concerns about who will counsel the state's Muslim troopers.

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SAUDI PRINCESS: THE SHI'ITES INJECTED PAGAN CUSTOMS INTO ISLAM
Posted by Yaacov Levi, January 22, 2010.
 

This is Special Dispatch No. 2764 of the Memri series on Democratization in the Arab and Muslim World.

Arab TV Debate: Do the Arab Peoples Share the Blame with Arab Rulers for the Decline of the Nation?

Contact MEMRI at memri@memri.org. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is an independent, non-profit organization that translates and analyzes the media of the Middle East. Copies of articles and documents cited, as well as background information, are available on request.

 

Against the backdrop of the ongoing tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and between Sunnis and Shi'ites throughout the Middle East, Saudi Princess Basma bint Sa'ud bin 'Abd Al-'Aziz wrote an article in the Saudi daily Al-Madina, in which she condemned the rites performed by the Shi'ites on the Day of 'Ashura, calling them "pagan."

Following are excerpts from Al-Madina (Saudi Arabia), January 4, 2010.

The Shi'ite 'Ashura Rituals Are "Among the Ugliest and Most Primitive Pagan Rites Banned by the Prophet"

"'Allah, bless our master Muhammad, his family and all his companions.' That is what we [Muslims utter] after every prayer, every [quote from the] Sunna, and every [performance of a religious] commandment. However, every year for the last few centuries, [some] Muslims have been [doing things] that are at odds with this.

"The Sunnis mark the Day of 'Ashura by fasting, in accordance with the teachings of their Prophet. They [mark] this holy month [of Muharram] by fasting, and by benefiting from the merit and internalizing the lesson of [this month]. In contrast, we see our brothers in some of the other Islamic sects [i.e. the Shi'ites, marking the Day of 'Ashura by] running around hysterically while screaming and shouting, as though they do not know that Allah commanded [us] to keep our voices down, even while praying...

"We Muslims regard the martyrdom of Hussein [son of 'Ali], may he rest in peace, as a tale that holds a lesson for us and for all generations — past, present and future. But his story and his teachings, and those of his grandfather the Prophet [Muhammad] and his entire family, are far removed from the deeds of some [Muslims] whom we see on television, in the press and in nauseating images on the Internet, and from [the behavior of these Muslims] on the Day [of 'Ashura], which is supposed to be a day of humility, calm, reflection, fasting, [performance of] duties, and taking of lessons from the injustice and aggression that were suffered by [Hussein and his family] at the end of their lives...

"These [Shi'ite] disciples take to the streets by the thousands and scour [their own flesh] with chains and sticks. They spill their own blood in the name of [Hussein] — the Martyr of Islam, the grandson of the Prophet and the Master of the Youth of Paradise — whose teachings made no mention of these despicable customs of [self-] flagellation. [In fact, these customs] are among the ugliest and most primitive pagan rites banned by the Prophet.

"Thanks to the sound nature with which God has endowed us, and from our reading of the Sunna and of the history of the Prophet's family, we know that these rites are all pagan customs that were injected into Islam, [and which are] like a sword that divides our ranks, our teachings, our identity and our beliefs... so that we cease to be one nation, as our Prophet commanded us, and do not live in peace, which is at the heart of Islam..."

"At a Time When Our Prophet is Cursed and Attacked [by Westerners]... [The Shi'ites Are] Preoccupied with Bemoaning the Fate of His Grandson"

"Doesn't our natural inclination induce us to adhere to the teachings of the Prophet, to the Koran and to the Sunna, [instead of following] those who betrayed the faith, deified 'Ali and his sons, and cursed the companions of the Prophet?...

"At a time when our Prophet is cursed and attacked [by Westerners], and films insulting him are distributed, [we see] our brothers in some of the [other Islamic] schools [i.e. the Shi'ites] preoccupied with bemoaning the fate of his grandson. They have forgotten that the Prophet is the core!

"Hussein's [last] will was for [all of us] to adhere to the teachings of his grandfather. The enemies of Islam [i.e., the Shi'ites] were sowed among us centuries ago, and they divided our ranks and permitted what is forbidden — and all this in the name of the Prophet's family.

"[The Prophet] Muhammad bin 'Abdallah and his family are innocent of all the blood that has been spilled in their name, and of all the forbidden innovations that were ascribed to their teachings. Isn't it time to wake up and repent? "Let us unite and defend our Prophet in the face of the [non-Muslim] enemy. [Let us] support him in word, deed, thought and by following his Sunna. Let us avoid playing into the hands of those who wish to divide and weaken us so that our voice is not heard and we do not unite into a force that will awe the world. [Let us not play into the hands of those who prefer it if] nobody respects our opinion, our religion, and our Prophet."

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PRESIDENT OBAMA'S OLD/NEW PLAN: RESOLUTION TO KILL THE RESOLUTION
Posted by Gerald A. Honigman, January 22, 2010.
 

The headline of Avi Yellin's article in January 22, 2010's Israel National News/Arutz Sheva read: "Mitchell Pitches a New 5-Point Plan for Middle East Negotiations."

The story reported that, according to Arab sources linked to alleged "moderate" Mahmoud Abbas's latter-day Arafatians of Fatah and quoted by the London-based Arabic newspaper al-Hayat, President Obama's Special Middle East Envoy, George Mitchell is unveiling a five-point plan to force parties back to the negotiating table and press Israel to retreat back to the '49 armistice line — not border — which existed between Israel and Jordan until Israel was attacked by the latter in 1967.

Recall that President Obama had previously endorsed the earlier Saudi "Peace" (of the grave) Plan prior to his election and afterwards as well. He repeatedly stated that Israel would be crazy to reject such "peace."

In a nutshell, that plan calls for Israel to retreat to its '49 armistice lines on all fronts (think the Golan Heights, from which Syria bombarded Israeli civilians for decades, as well as Judea and Samaria — aka, only as of the 20th century, the "West Bank), making it 9-15 miles wide in its strategic waist, where most of its population and industry are located, again. Additionally, it must next accept millions of allegedly "returning" jihadi Arab refugees raised on murderous Jew-hatred for decades. Recall that more Jews fled from "Arab" lands than vice-versa after a half dozen Arab states attacked a resurrected, microscopic Israel in 1948. In return, Israel supposedly will get a vague "normalization" — after giving up all the concrete tangibles minimally required just to be able to exist if the Arabs renege for whatever reason they will surely find.

While I didn't see mention of the returning refugees in the short, new article mentioned above, recall that this stipulation was at first played down years ago as well. Nonetheless, it remains an integral part of that plan to this very day — one which Abbas insists he will never retreat from.

The reality, of course, is that this allegedly "new" Obama initiative is nothing more than the same old Saudi version of the Arabs' well-known, openly admitted destruction-in-stages "Trojan Horse" schemes as described in direct quotes from earlier Arab "moderates" themselves.

Let's take a stroll down memory lane to see how we got to where we are today...

At a State Department briefing on January 9, 1992, spokesperson Margaret Tutwiler was asked about accepting the word "Palestinian" when referring to the territories of the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem. She replied that the U.S. had accepted this usage since 1979, but that it was for "descriptive" purposes only...Typical Foggy Folk gobbledygook.

When later asked, "if it's a long-standing policy, why wasn't the word 'Palestinian' used in Security Council Resolution 338...or in 242 which underpins the current peace process?," Tutwiler replied," I do not know... I'll be happy to ask somebody for you."

Some five years later, in a May 21, 1997 briefing, spokesman Nicholas Burns focused on the "settlements" issue...a harbinger of things to come.

Is it not "interesting" that in numerous State Department briefings over the decades — and in all the discussions and elaborations which have ensued to this very day with the Obama/Clinton foreign policy team running the American show — the ties never seem to be made between those settlements and the spirit and intent of UNSC Resolution 242, the basis for peace making between Arab and Jew in the region?

Perhaps a coincidence...most probably, not.

It seems to have taken Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to remind his State Department counterparts in an August 6, 2002 speech, "If you have a country that is a sliver and you can see three sides of it from a high hotel building, you've got to be careful what you give away and to whom you give it to."

Much has been written about 242. Some claim it's ambiguous...It's not.

Adopted in the wake of the June 1967 War, started when Arabs blockaded Israel at the Straits of Tiran — a casus belli — and other well-documented hostile acts, 242 is as famous for what it did not say as for what it did.

As anyone who has studied this subject knows, among other things (and besides the references above), there was no mention of a total withdrawal by Israel to the 1949, U.N.-imposed armistice lines...lines which were never meant to be final political borders. This was reinforced by a call for the creation of "secure and recognized", defensible borders to replace those lines...lines which turned Israel into a 9-15 mile wide sub- rump state — forever at its neighbors' mercy, an easy target for terror, invasion, and prone to be sliced in half.

A reading of Lord Caradon, Eugene Rostow, Arthur Goldberg, and other architects of the final, accepted draft of 242 (not the French and Russian version) clearly shows that Israel was not expected to return to the deadly, absurd status quo ante.

As Ambassador Dore Gold and others have pointed out, President Lyndon Johnson summarized the situation this way on June 19, 1967:

" A return to the situation on June 4 (the day before outbreak of war) was not a prescription for peace but for renewed hostilities."

Johnson then called for "new recognized boundaries that would provide security against terror, destruction, and war. He was then backed up by General Earle Wheeler of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and many others as well.

Recall that on the West Bank, Israel took these lands in a defensive war from an illegal occupant — Transjordan — which subsequently renamed itself Jordan as a result of its 1949 illegal acquisition of non-apportioned lands of the original 1920 Mandate west of the Jordan River that Jews, as well as Arabs and others, were legally entitled to live on.

Indeed, Jews have thousands of years of history connecting them to these lands and owned property and lived there up until their massacres by Arabs in the 1920s and 1930s. Additionally, many, if not most, of the Arabs themselves were also relative newcomers, pouring in — as the Minutes of the Permanent Mandates Commission of the League of Nations, Colonial Secretary and later Prime Minister Winston Churchill's writings, and other documentation show — from Syria, Egypt, and elsewhere in the region.

General Wheeler's document also envisioned Israel acquiring an adequate buffer zone atop the West Bank mountain ridge, in command of the high ground, giving it at least some semblance of in depth defense.

During President Richard Nixon's term in office, official U.S. policy seemed to erode somewhat vis-a-vis Johnson's position. Whether this was due to Nixon himself or the State Department's Arabists (who fought President Truman and opposed Israel's rebirth in the first place) reasserting themselves, on December 9, 1969 Secretary of State William Rogers allowed for only "insubstantial alterations" regarding the 1949 armistice lines. This is echoed by the Obama White House and the Foggy Folks today.

After having to answer to the late Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson and others as well, soon afterwards — until recently — the U.S. refrained from such deviation from both the wording and intent of 242. Moving ahead, and once again utilizing Ambassador Gold's useful summary, here's what President Ronald Reagan had to say about all of this on September 1, 1982:

"In the pre-1967 borders, Israel was barely 10-miles wide...the bulk of Israel's population within artillery range of hostile armies. I am not about to ask Israel to live that way again."

In 1988, Secretary of State George Shultz declared, "Israel will never negotiate from or return to the 1967 borders." A rare exception to the State Department's typical attitude, Shultz fought his own crew to give Israel a fair shake.

In the 1990s, during the Clinton years (despite the later pressure brought to bear on Prime Minister Ehud Barak to sweetin' the pot by offering Arafat far more than 242 called for at Camp David and Taba in 2000), official policy, as expressed by Secretary of State Warren Christopher in 1997, was that, "Israel is entitled to secure and defensible borders," a la 242. Yet Clinton undermined Israel from this point forward. While Arafat rejected the offers, the latter became the expected starting point for any future "negotiations"... i.e., Jew arm-twisting.

So, what happened between the days of Reagan and his latter day successors and son of his vice-president?

From Reagan's 1982 statement that Israel would never be expected to return to its former vulnerable existence, we later came to President George W. Bush's May 26, 2005 White House statement that the 1949 armistice lines must be the basis of peace between Israel and the 22nd Arab state — second Arab one in "Palestine" — which Bush and his new successor plan to create. Yet, just a year before, he echoed Reagan himself, stating virtually the opposite of his May 26th statement in a much publicized letter he gave to Prime Minister Sharon.

As Rogers and Hammerstein's King of Siam said, "Tis a puzzlement!"

Indeed.

Yet, there was one constant ingredient that seemed to have constantly been at work for the erosion of support for both the vision and the spirit of 242: James A. Baker, III.

During Bush II's dad's days in office, best pal Secretary of State Baker promised the butcher of Damascus, Hafez al-Assad, a total Israeli withdrawal from the strategically important (and once part of the original Palestine Mandate) Golan Heights...his personal idea about what to do with 242.

Baker has been in the background for decades, especially since his close friends, the Bushes, gained ascendancy in American politics. His law firm represents Saudi and other Arab interests in this country and typifies how people move through the revolving doors of businesses tied to Arab interests back and forth into government positions — especially those in Foggy Bottom. Baker's law partner, Robert Jordan, was appointed ambassador to Saudi Arabia by President Bush in 2001. Casper Weinberger and many others have been through these lucrative doors as well. Most often, their influence has spelled trouble for an Israel trying to get a fair hearing and has been involved in eroding such positive developments as Resolution 242 and so forth.

In a Time magazine article back on February 13, 1989, Baker spoke of Israel as being a turkey to be hunted and carefully stalked. He has referred to Jews working for him and doing his bidding (including the recent American Ambassador to Israel) as his "Jew boys."

But Baker is best known for his following piece of wisdom: " F _ _ _ the Jews, they don't vote for us anyway!"

And if you believe that Baker is alone among the power brokers with these attitudes, I have two bridges to sell you.

The team running President Obama's current foreign policy is a Democratic clone of the above when it comes to such issues. Obama's admiration, friendship, key appointments, and so forth of the likes of Farrakhan, Rezko, Prof. Khalidi, Rev. Wright, Jessie Hymietown Jackson, Zbig Brezinski, Apartheid Israel Carter, Robert Malley, George Soros, General McPeak, Khalid al-Mansour, etc. and so forth have to be beyond the coincidental.

That, indeed, says it all regarding what Israel can expect from such circles. If you wonder why the vision of justice in 242 has been replaced by a constant bickering over settlements instead — never tying the two together — look no further.

President Bush's winning a second term in office and his appointment of Baker as his Special Middle East Envoy combined with the recharged influence of the State Department's old and new generation Arabists and the Bush family's massive oil connections to negate any alleged influence of Evangelical Christians seeking justice for Israel. And since Bush II couldn't run again, he had nothing to lose.

Things took a turn for the worse with the election of President Obama.

Under his watch, and with Hillary Clinton as his appointed Secretary of State, the assurances regarding key issues such as the return of refugees and no withdrawal to the '49 armistice lines that George W. Bush gave to Prime Minister Sharon several years back (in that famous letter which accompanied the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza) have now either been denied as even existing or considered as a joke.

Only time will tell how this will all play out.

But, at this point, Israel will have to depend on the integrity, courage, and fortitude of its own leaders, expecting them to act as the leaders of any other nation faced with the same circumstances would act.

Only they can insist that Israel gets the justice Resolution 242 promised it.

And, while it would be nice to have support from elsewhere, that's the way it should be anyway. Let's hope Prime Minister Netanyahu is up to the task.

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 recent book is entitled "The Quest for Justice: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Greater Perspective" (See http://q4j-middle-east.com). Contact him at honigman6@msn.com or go to his website: http://geraldahonigman.com/blog.php

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LINKING PEDOPHILES AND "TEA-BAGGING" IS NOT CUTE OR FUNNY
Posted by Kyle-Anne Shiver, January 22, 2010.
 

Dear Readers,

First, thank you to all of you who have sent me notes during my brief sabbatical. I appreciate them more than you will ever know.

Second, I am sending you this alert with a warning. I have finally posted my own slant on the "Tea-Bagger" controversy. I have done this with grave considerations, much thought and many prayers. This is a piece I had hoped I would never even think about having to write. I chose writing about politics in part because I believed it would be safe from sexually abusive entanglements. Sadly, that safety zone is no longer there, due to the grave insensitivity and brazen behavior of leftist pundits and politicians.

Please read this article with great care. It will shock you. It will probably anger you. It may even cause you to regard me, personally, in far less regard than you have in the past.

Rest assured that I have given much thought to these possibilities. I posted this piece because the "tea-bagging" epithet will simply not go away. In fact, it has become even more widespread and nearly ubiquitous. Well, if liberals want to do this, then they need to know the full ramifications of their actions.

For your information, if you are readers of American Thinker, I attempted to have this piece published there in response to a blog yesterday (on American Thinker), which encouraged conservatives to pick up the "tea-bagging" phrase and use it against liberals. The editor refused publication and felt that my piece was off the mark and personally motivated. I have resigned from American Thinker because I believe — strongly — otherwise. If my piece saves even ONE CHILD from enduring what I did, then it is worth it to me to go public with it. I may not have much in life, but I count my principles as the most important things among every worldly blessing.

I welcome your comments now. My soul is laid bare for you all to judge.

Here is the article, which caused my resignation from American Thinker on the same principle that ruined my nationally syndicated column with Creators:

 

Reader Beware! This article is for adults only. It's not for the timid, squeamish or otherwise easily offended reader either. It contains explicit, graphic sexual descriptions. Any reader who objects to such subjects in the public forum should send a special note of complaint to mainstream media outlets and liberal politicians, as they are responsible for making this discussion absolutely necessary for the protection of our children.

Public commentators with huge, primetime audiences now use the phrase, "tea-bagging," with utter impunity. Formerly respectable newspapers print columns by liberals using the phrase with perverse humor. NPR has even used donor dollars to produce a video making fun of the language of "tea bag." The president of the United States has had the unrivaled depravity to joke about "tea-bagging" protesters. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has called political adversaries by the epithet.

Some conservatives have suggested adopting the phrase and turning it on political opponents.

I wonder whether any of these adults have considered a far uglier ramification.

Using sexual innuendo and double entendres is very tricky, quite risky business. And all grown-ups ought to know that anything sexual, which has been done between adults, has also been done to children.

Pedophilia has become nearly downright epidemic in this culture. We are living in a society saturated by unbridled sex. A new generation of pedophiles is now ginning up and getting all possible encouragement by a media and body politic drunk with power.

If so-called decent people and organizations wish to continue using the phrase, "tea-bagging," in formerly respectable public forums, then they ought to know exactly what they are doing and how much grievous damage it is causing to those of us who have actually been "tea-bagged" by our pedophilic tormenters. And how much damage they may be doing — at this very minute — to children being "tea-bagged" by sexual predators in the present.

You see, "tea-bagging" is the pedophile's very best friend and ally. I know this because it was used against me. I've studied the issue of childhood sexual abuse and know that this vile deed against children is not as uncommon as some believe. In fact, according to the most recent findings, about one in every four American women was sexually abused in some fashion as a child. About one in five American men were as well. Few of us talk about it openly; I'm sure you can understand why.

Now, let's examine "tea-bagging," which has become the liberal punditry's favorite insult against conservatives. Are they, in reality, encouraging pedophiles?

For those, who still remain blissfully unaware, "tea-bagging" is the homosexual slang for a man placing his scrotum in the mouth of another man. It's meant to demonstrate domination and has sadomasochistic overtones. Perhaps the term itself did originate among adult homosexual males, but the act is, in reality, the pedophile's diabolical delight.

Writing as one who was, as a child, repeatedly "tea-bagged" by a bisexual pedophile, I can honestly say that every time I read or hear the expression, I still — to this very day — tremble with fear and self-loathing. "Tea-Bagging" is scathingly brilliant in its tri-fold purpose.

First, the act defiles natural human sexuality and removes the beauty with which God imbued it.

Second, the act renders the victim immediately silent. The victim's best defense against a sexual predator is speaking the truth to alert other adults. The simpleminded act of "tea-bagging" quite reliably squelches a child's screaming and calls for help. The victim's only ally is her mouth; "tea-bagging" is the pedophile's perfect solution to this thorny problem.

Third, the act of "tea-bagging" has the rather remarkable effect of rendering the child victim immediately submissive. First, there is the physical size differential. The large, adult male scrotum in the delicate, small child's mouth (and usually, covering the nose as well) gives the immediate impression to the child that she is being smothered. The torment and defilement of the act, perpetrated upon an innocent child, veritably ensures that the child will remain acquiescent to the predator's future actions.

And there you have it. This is hardly the stuff of jokes.

The pedophile uses "tea-bagging" to bring another innocent to the dark side, her only defense — her voice — silenced in shame.

Shame.

It stalks its victims for their whole lives. No matter where we go or what we do or how much we accomplish, the memory of defilement by the tormentor's "tea-bag" never leaves. These memories are recorded, along with the trauma, in the senses and remain entrenched. The shame seems nearly imbedded in the cells, as though it has become part and parcel of one's soul, not to be completely extinguished until one's passing from this life.

Shame on our Country for allowing this kind of perversity to enter the public forum. Shame on every enabler of this evil, whether on the public airwaves or in print media. Every decent American ought to be fiercely outraged by this blatant encouragement to pedophile perpetrators.

You see, the pedophile plays adroit mind games with his victim, always attempting to persuade him or her that these acts are not only acceptable, but fun. Victims, both former and present, are now being doubly abused by this public spectacle.

Nightmares. Flashbacks. Difficulty eating. Difficulty speaking. Self-imposed solitude, the result of our everlasting fear of people. These are just some of the milder, most personal trappings of adult life for the survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

For the little child victims, who now — at this very minute — are being subjected to the torture of "tea-bagging" by sexual predators, I can only pray and weep. And speak out on their behalf.

As so-called adults continue to joke about these children's agonizing torment on television, these young victims are being doubly abused — now. Just imagine the anguished confusion of an eight year old victim of a sexual predator, who accesses Urban Dictionary, identifies with the secret deed, then hears commentators joking about it on TV. The child understands it is no joke, but looks to adults for clarification and understanding. When adults joke about this kind of torment, the resulting confusion in the child sows seeds for later mental breakdowns, drug abuse, life-threatening promiscuity, suicidal thinking and acts, sexual criminal activity. And on and on the list goes.

Children are being victimized every day under our very noses.

Right here. Right now. Perhaps even behind the closed doors of the lovely home next door. Pedophiles are found in every race, creed and socio-economic group. They cross all boundaries and are often those whom one would least suspect of the heinous crime. A teacher. A priest or minister. A father. A scout leader. A neighbor. An uncle. A brother. A coach. A TV personality or movie star. Pedophiles thrive in darkness and prey on the most vulnerable among us, our precious children.

Sadly, some children who are thusly defiled, grow up to identify with their abusers. Some of the very people making the most fun with this sexual slang were quite likely child victims, who now attempt to hide their shame in either joking about it or actually perpetrating the crime on a new generation. There is no way to know for sure. Only about 3% of those who commit sexual offenses are reported and eventually convicted. It is a crime that thrives in secrecy. And pedophiles always know that these odds are on their side, not their victim's side.

At the very, very least, these liberal enablers must be apprised of the true extent of grievous injury they have brought — and continue to bring — to scores of victims through their adolescent insensitivity. And no conservative ought to even consider adopting the phrase, for in truth, its use defiles not the intended butt of the joke, but the perpetrator.

Anyone who thinks "tea-bagging" is a cute joke, needs to think twice. Anyone who thinks calling his political foes "tea-baggers" is funny, might want to reconsider.

For, in reality, pedophilia is no laughing matter.

For more information on childhood sexual abuse, here is a good website:
http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/res/csa_myths.html
And another:
http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/index.php?option=com_ content&task=view&id=410&Itemid=336

This appeared on Shiver's website and is archived at
http://www.kyleanneshiver.com/2010/01/22/are-liberals- encouraging-pedophiles-with-their-tea-bagger-epithet-you-decide/

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PUNISH US ALL
Posted by Dov Gilor, January 22, 2010.
 

Every time a Moslem terrorist does something to threaten the civilized world, the insane reaction of our liberal societies is to punish everyone else. As a result of the attempt several years ago of an airplane passenger trying to detonate an explosive hidden in his shoe, every airline passenger is required to remove his shoes and pass them through an x-ray device. It is common in airports to see long lines of passengers walking barefoot or in their stocking feet, queued up and waiting to have their shoes checked. Instead of forcing all Moslems to fly barefoot, every single passenger is inconvenienced to avoid racial profiling.

Now that a Moslem terrorist has hidden explosives under his trouser legs, we will most probably witness a demand in the near future that men remove their pants before being allowed to embark on an airline flight. The Moslem terrorist also went to the bathroom an hour (was it exactly 60 minutes?) before the flight landed so, instead of restricting the new rule to Moslems, no passenger will be allowed to go to the bathroom one hour (exactly?) before a flight lands. We are lucky that the Moslem terrorist did not go to the bathroom three hours before the end of the flight!

The terrorist also took a pillow and carried it in front of him as he left the bathroom. All pillows and blankets will now be removed an hour prior to the end of a flight.

At a recent family gathering two months before Purim, my three sons, my wife and I met for our monthly family cream cheese and lox fest and began to explore alternative solutions to this need to punish all airline passengers for the crimes of the Moslem terrorists. Hopefully the airlines will not take our suggestions too seriously, but if they do, please remember that you saw them first here in the Jewish Press.

The first rule, of course, will be that men (maybe also women) will no longer be allowed to wear long pants on flights. Kilts will become very fashionable and shorts in every style and color, especially on flights from Florida and California, will become required attire for the international jet set. I wonder if trousers will be forbidden also on Airforce 1 and private flights.

See-through transparent slacks for men and women may become the next big seller and may be a good investment for someone with money to burn. The limits of the transparency will be will have to be determined by airline officials in consultation with TV comedians.

A steward or stewardess will be stationed in each public restroom and closed-circuit television will be set up in each restroom to be monitored by the pilots and airplane crew.

To avoid the possibility of the terrorist blowing up the plane over densely populated areas, all flights between New York and California will be routed south over the ocean to Panama, over the Panama Canal, and north to California. No flights will be allowed between American cities and large population areas. Buses and trains will be allowed, until a Moslem terrorist threatens to blow up a bus or train in the USA.

Special hand-holds will be erected above every seat in the aircraft and passengers will have to sit during the hour before landing with his hands above his or her head.

Men and women will not be permitted to fly on the same flight and all passengers will be required to fly nude or in their under garments. Special flights will be arranged for residents of nudist colonies.

Moslems will be required to fly in separate flights using disposable light-weight aircraft.

The most effective solution mentioned and the most peaceful was to fill a plane, after takeoff, with sleeping gas, instead of oxygen, and to require all passengers to be in a deep sleep until the flight is over.

I am sure that many of you can come up with your own innovative solution to punish the entire traveling public instead of, G-d forbid, profiling, as the Israelis do. Everyone knows that a little old lady in a wheelchair can be dangerous, especially if she is the tenth check-in passenger.

Send comments to dov@gilor.com

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POLICE COMMISH RAY KELLY TALKS NYC SECURITY AND ASSOCIATED ISSUES
Posted by Marion D.S. Dreyfus, January 22, 2010.
 

Wanted to share that on Thursday evening, 21 January, 2009, I had the privilege of listening to and questioning Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. With 25 commands in the police arena over the past 40 years, there is probably no more competent expert in the security and viability of New York City.

His tour around the security and safety concerns and considerations of the city was encouraging: We are now the No. 1 visitor place in the US, beating Orlando (and that ain't Mickey Mouse). Last year, we entertained 46 mm guests here. We have security arrangements for bridges and tunnels; camera surveillance on the southern district, and river to river surveillance from 30th to 60th streets. We have trained men and women with a phalanx of exotic languages in various areas of the city, gathering intel and keeping tabs on local areas.

More important to us: We have NYC trained police reps and agents in most of the important cities of the world, all of whom are ready to interact at a moment's notice should terrorism or other emergency present. We have dozens of special force police currently helping in the Haiti temblor rescue effort.

He spoke at length about the differences between the huge financial center, Mumbai, attacked in Nov., 2008, and the great financial nexus of NYC. Distinct from our city, highly prepared and ready for attack, Mumbai has antiquated equipment, old or no weaponry, and the British Bobby-style gentlemanly police work that rendered them immobilized during the three-day 10-man terror attack. We have people in hotels, the exits and floor-plans of our major hotels are on disc, and police use these discs as training demos should there be any kind of hotel attack.

Kelly outlined briefly the 15 or so attacks of a major nature that have been attempted, and thwarted, since 2001. Many I already knew, because i keep tuned in to such events or near-disasters, and some we had not heard of before. All could have disabled the city for days, weeks or months, and killed hundreds, thousands or more.

We have armed and constant surveillance on the harbors, and radiation and chemo/biological detection sophistication to detect suitcase nukes and other ordnance that might present trouble.

Kelly neutrally reported that with the advent of the upcoming civilian trial of KSM and 4 of his terrorist murderers from our friends in islamic places, the police are ready with choppers, aerial reconnaissance, overtime cops and a variety of strategies to cope with potential daily or weekly or annual threats to garner hype for their cause. He stressed that the cost, per annum, is between $215-250 mm per year; they will be operational should there be a need, but only if the AG and president make the above funds available to the police force, and the cost is not borne by city coffers. He hypothesized the trial, if there is one in NYC, could take between two and four years.

This accords with what I have learnt from legal expert and former Assistant US terrorist prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy, who has five years of significant experience prosecuting the first WTC attack, 1993, terror-trail detainees Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman and 11 other accused for the Southern District. He also contributed to the prosecutions of terrorists who bombed US embassies in both Kenya and Tanzania, resigning from the Justice Department in 2003. He authored `Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad.'

I asked about the festering disturbance presented by the 'civilianization' of what almost universal opinion adjudges ought to be a military trial for the 9/11 apprehendee, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and his collegial terror comrades in weaponry and explosives. There is no knowledge on his part as of yet — they have asked for 45-day advance notice when the five terrorists will be released from Guantanamo for incarceration next to the court in lower Manhattan. "No word yet," he says. Kelly could not suggest how the disgruntled public could reverse the decision made without recourse or consultation with Kelly or any police official in the city. No one consulted the city in any way, he says quietly.

One of the reasons provided for prosecuting the case of the terrorists of 9/11 in Lower Manhattan is that the holding facility is directly next door to the court venue, requiring no vehicular transport to and from the holding facility. This is apparently different from the other four loci considered by the AG and the White House, and cuts down on the potential for mayhem, local attack, terrorist attempt to free the prisoners, or traffic accident.

The occupancy for Kelly's presentation was SRO, about almost 300 people in business attire; the meeting was held at a comfortable space on Fifth and 51st, at 7:30 pm Thursday, 21 January. Kelly speaks rarely. His talk lasted about an hour, read from prepared notes.

The NY Police Department force is the largest in the world for a single city. It is now the safest, and the crime-rate has descended steadily for decades. Since 2001, the NYPD has shrunk from attrition and other forces some 6,000 police officers, while still covering the five boroughs and the huge upsurge in bruited — and undisclosed — terror plots. They manage with a shrunken force by assigning officers to working overtime. As an example of how much safer the city is now from its recent past, since 2001, with 7.3 mm city residents, there were 2241 murders, he recounted; this year, with all of 8.4 mm residents in the city, the number of murders was only 641. Spontaneous applause greeted this.

There is the possibility, in answer to my question, that this civvy trial will not occur at all; instead, current changed circumstances represented by the unheralded, smashing win by new Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) might signal a shift to more conventional treatment of killer terrorists by Attorney General Eric Holder and the current resident of the White House. This was asserted Thursday morning on FNC by the former mayor, Rudy Giuliani ~ whose current work, it should be recalled, is as a security analyst for numerous countries in the western hemisphere.

My next question concerned the possible trajectory of stopping the downtown mosque now being stealthily planned for two blocks from the footprint of the destroyed WTC. Though we who are engaged in stopping the progress of this mosque at all costs are all too aware of the threat it presents to the residents of NYC, surprisingly, Ray Kelly confessed he was completely unaware of this developing problem. He asked, in fact, if it were in the newspapers. When we replied that it had not yet appeared in the papers, he said he would check it out.

At least 25 people came over afterward to say they agreed with my question that New Yorkers indeed do not want this KSM trial in NYC. Many also expressed concern and upset at the possibility of a huge triumphalist mosque cheek by jowl with the muslim-caused destruction of the WTC acreage and buildings.

Kelly left quietly, as he had come in; only one bodyguard accompanied Ray Kelly as he left, modestly acknowledging our standing ovation.

Marion Dreyfus is a writer and travelor; she has taught English in China on the university level. She can be contacted at mdsdm@rcn.com

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IS ISRAEL SURRENDERING HER SOVEREIGNTY?
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, January 21, 2010.
 

Let's start with one of the beginnings which was to remove Israel's Sovereignty. Some will remember the Oslo Accords fiasco which Shimon Peres and Yossi Beilin created when they met secretly with Yassir Arafat and the Norwegians in Oslo. Their meetings were kept secret because — as Yossi Beilin revealed at an International Conference for the Winston Institute for the Study of Prejudice — that they "didn't want to make it public because the Israeli people would have stopped 'us'." Us was Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yossi Beilin. Their plan was to advance the "plan" far enough so that when it was finally made public, the Israeli Knesset would have to ratify it because the U.S. and the E.U. were behind it and they had no choice.

As planned, it reluctantly passed as the infamous Oslo plan which turned out to be a disaster for the Israeli people — We were cornered as planned by Peres and Beilin with the State Department playing its usual role as 'spoiler'.

Moving on to Stage Two: Recall the plan offered or rather imposed by President George W. Bush that was called the "Road Map". This proclamation was issued as if President Bush was an imperial King to a vassal state that was somehow owned and subservient to whatever Royal Commands issued from Washington. Israel was treated as merely something like Puerto Rico or Hawaii or a 'de facto' protectorate of the U.S., with a Presidential team dedicated to appeasing Arab oil nations.

Some will recall President George H. W. Bush's Secretary of State James Baker III with his team of Court Jews, Dennis Ross, Aaron David Miller and Daniel Kurtzer. They were the point men in evolving plans on how to force Israel into compliance first under President George Herbert Walker Bush. Ross, Miller and Kurtzer who were called Baker's "Jew Boys".

That same 'advisory group' continued under Sr. Bush's son, George W. There were always others who ran the "Shadow Government" who were closely tied to Saudi Arabia and the Oil Gulf States. Keep in mind that most of these same people seem to have a permanent home on the Presidential Advisory Group — no matter who the President happens to be.

To continue:

You might be asking yourself what nation would accept dangerous marching orders from another nation — unless they were either conquered or that obedient nation at it highest levels of leadership were deeply in collusion and accepted the marching orders called "The Road Map".

Well, that was more or less past history except for the repeated track record that was developing, called "re-partitioning". First, there was the under-the-table Oslo affair. Then there was the 'arrangement' for "The Road Map". We all recall Washington's recruitment of the once great defender of Israel wherein the warrior Sharon followed instructions to abandon Gush Katif/Gaza with Ehud Olmert completing the betrayal.

We frequently hear from President Barack Hussein Obama and his crew, complaining about everything that's going wrong is all the Bush family's fault. Recall that Obama has pretty much the same anti-Israel advisors that Father Bush had, that his son had and that Obama has now: Ross, Miller, Kurtzer, later Martin Indyk, Baker III, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Brent Scowcroft and a host of dedicated Arabists who needed Israel to capitulate from the inside in order to appease the Arabs and expand their oil interests. All of the above deny any hostility toward the Jewish State of Israel and they assure us that what they are doing is an effort for "Peace" and that it's good for the Jewish State.

There were, of course, personal biases — involved in a range from ethnic hostility, well-known in Washington, from the U.S. State Department and the Israeli Leftists who were anxious to divest large tracts of the Jews ancient Biblical heartland to the Arabs. That side of the equation would include but not be limited to Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Yossi Beilin, Ehud Barak, Arik Sharon, Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni among others.

Let's pick up the trail:

Now, Barack Hussein Obama replicates these prior plans that of diktats out of the Oval Office which mandate that Israel must obey his commands...for the good of all — other than Israel. We are already familiar with Obama's 'diktats' to Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu to cease/freeze all construction in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. He included Jerusalem but, temporarily backed off when there were signs of strong resistance from Netanyahu's Likud Party. But, now we understand that Obama and his team will issue something like the Bush "Road Map". Clearly, Obama has become, or always was, an adversary of the Jewish Nation/State — in deference (or submission) to Islam and Obama is pressing for America to separate from Israel. Doubtlessly, radical Islamists already in America, courtesy of the U.S. State Department, can receive their orders to start synchronize Terror attacks across our nation while Obama insists Israel cease her valiant fight against Terror.

Obama's expected "White Paper" does not have a name yet but, be assured, Obama's Court Jews will think of something catchy and false. Here I refer to Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, and of course, Baker's original "Jew-Boys" — especially Dennis Ross who is accompanying George Mitchell on his Mid East Peace marathon.

It may be assumed that Netanyahu and Ehud Barak complete the circle of players — just as their predecessors accepted their role as under-the-table collaborators.

We must also assume that Obama's proclamation (like "The Road Map") will include forced evacuation of 300,000 Jewish men, women and children from Judea, Samaria, the Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights as well as all those parts of Jerusalem (north, east and south) that Jordan illegally occupied and desecrated for 19 years from 1948 to 1967. Obama's 'Diktat' to Israel will mandate a retreat to the 1948 Armistice Lines, giving up water rights under the Judean/Samarian Hills and the Golan which comprises more than 2/3rds of Israel's fresh water.

Building Terrorist nation is the same appeasement tried by the World's nations when they surrendered the Sudetenland to Adolph Hitler, hoping to appease him and halt his expansion across Europe.

The next follow-on move of betrayal would be to introduce an occupying foreign force, called "Peace-Keepers" to assist the establishment of an Islamic Terrorist State.

The idee fixee is to have such orders come from Washington and command obedience from the Knesset in any subsequent vote asked for by Netanyahu. In Chicago that's called a set-up or a "fix". I guess it's called something else in Washington and in Obama's office.

The same scam has been repeated many times as I outlined before. Of course, other players are in on the scam of re-partitioning Israel into easily conquerable pieces. The U.N., E.U., the Russians, with the U.S. under Obama as coordinator as well as England and France as co-conspirators. An alive and thriving Israel upsets the Arab Muslims because they couldn't conquer her. They now insist that Israel must be conquered by American diktats and so-called diplomacy. The diplomacy part is recruiting Israeli Leftist leaders through threats, bribes and blackmail. The nations of the world (and especially American Arabists) insist on Treason by their mostly willing Israeli Leftist recruits.

We await Obama's White Paper instructing Israel to break up her Land and intimidate Israel's people — while abandoning her sovereignty. Obama is playing the role "Pharaoh" — and you know what happened to him and Egypt!

One more thought. Why is Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attaching Israel's future, even her existence and sovereignty to the dimming star of a one-term failing President?

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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FROM ISRAEL: UNBELIEVABLE
Posted by Arlene Kushner, January 21, 2010.
 

Because of the growing anarchy — the chaos and violence in the streets — occurring in Haiti, the UN has asked Israel to send a contingent of police. And so, 100 armed Israeli police officers will be joining a peace-keeping mission there.

You can believe this. It is real news. Only unbelievable in the ironic sense of the word.

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Hamas West Bank representative, Aziz Dwaik, met yesterday in Hevron with influential UK millionaire David Martin Abrahams. In the course of the meeting, which was covered by Khaled Abu Toameh, Dwaik said that Hamas has accepted Israel's right to exist and would be prepared to nullify its charter calling for Israel's destruction.

Now this is unbelievable in a literal sense. Anyone who is familiar with Hamas ideology, and who realizes that even the PLO and Fatah have not removed calls for Israel's destruction from their respective charters, would have trouble swallowing this.

Dwaik sits in a different climate, in the "West Bank." It's different from Gaza, where Ismail Haniyeh — senior Hamas political leader recognized in Gaza as prime minister — sits, and from Damascus, where Khaled Mashaal — Hamas politburo head in exile — maintains his office. How much this affects the apparent moderation of what he said is difficult to determine. He is in touch with both Haniyeh and Mashaal, but did not explicitly say he was speaking on their behalf. What he did say is that both men have made statements agreeing to a Palestinian state within '67 lines.

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This is a dangerous ploy, for while I consider what Dwaik said to be unbelievable, and so will many of you, there are those willing to accept his word, and that of Haniyeh, and Mashaal. Dwaik's statement can be seen, as Abu Toameh pointed out, within the context of Hamas attempts to gain international recognition. And there are those, particularly within the EU, who may swallow this whole — eager to see the problems in this part of the world miraculously resolved.

Dwaik, I will assume, understood whom he was addressing, for Abrahams is one of those eager to believe. This is what he said:

"The fact that there is a possibility for recognition of Israel is a symbolic gesture. We can all look for good in people, and can all look for bad in people. I always look for the good.

"People might say that I'm naive, so let them. But I'm prepared to give them a chance because I've got faith in Dwaik and Haniyeh, We cannot allow 1.5 million to be festering in the Gaza Strip while the majority of them are good and well educated."

Oi vey. The thinking represented here (also unbelievable) is what has gotten the world into so much trouble. The refusal to grapple with unpalatable truths — to understand that there is evil that must be named evil. The eagerness to try, with blinders on, to transform what should be into reality that is.

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Before someone from the UK comes knocking on our door, telling us that Abrahams has said that Hamas leaders have moderated, and we should start talking to them, allow me to point out that recognition of Israel is never "symbolic." It is a very very real issue, and the recognition must extend to us as a Jewish state. I am quite safe in assuming neither Haniyeh nor Mashaal has ever offered this.

Is Abraham's desire to help the people in Gaza dependent upon his perception of them as "good and well educated"? Would he be less eager to help if they were illiterate?

You have, undoubtedly, noted the connect: because he wants to rescue them from their plight, he "trusts" Haniyeh. Unfortunately, he shies away from the fact that Haniyeh has major responsibility for the situation that the Gazans find themselves in. (That would require him to think bad of someone.)

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The issues raised here extend far beyond what Abrahams, as one individual, neglects to recognize with regard to Hamas. Regrettably, his thinking is typical of a far broader mindset.

I recommend a briefing for the Global Law Forum of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, by Justus Reid Weiner and Dimitri Teresh. What they address is Amnesty International's predilection for "Forgetting the Real Culprits in Gaza." Amnesty International, of course, points its finger at us, without due attention to our rights under international law (for example, our right to close our own border) or Hamas's embrace of violence.

This merits a read, as well, in order to gain a more accurate picture of life in Gaza, which is not the horror it is routinely represented as being.
http://www.globallawforum.org:80/ViewBlog.aspx?ArticleId=49

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Jibril Rajoub, deputy-head of the Central Committee of Fatah, and former head of the PA security apparatus in the West Bank, has given an interview to a Tunisian newspaper. In this interview, he charges that when Fatah was negotiating reconciliation with Hamas, several American officials threatened that the US would boycott Fatah and the PA, should that unity with Hamas be achieved.

As there is no outside corroboration, I cannot attest to the accuracy of this charge, but found it significant enough to share here.

Do the Americans understand what is at the heart of Hamas well enough to recognize that its joining with Fatah would further undermine and not enhance chances (already close to non-existent) for peace? Perhaps. It's an interesting concept to ponder.

My own take, however, is different. If this is true, I would suggest that it has to do with the Dayton-trained forces. The US is investing millions, as well as putting its prestige on the line, in training PA security forces under the direction of US Lt.-General Keith Dayton. These PA/Fatah security forces are supposed to combat Hamas. What happens if Fatah joins with the very group it is supposed to fight? It makes the brains in Washington who dreamed up this idea look like total idiots, and it represents a loss in terms of money and effort. I can see that the specter of this happening might move some US officials to make threats. There is no clue as to which "officials" were allegedly involved, and it is not clear as to whether Rajoub is suggesting their threats were official or off-the-record.

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Egypt has been central to negotiating efforts to bring reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, but in recent weeks Hamas-Egyptian tensions have flared considerably.

There has been a built-in tension for some time, that was long kept on a back burner, because Egyptian interests are complex: There is enormous enmity between Egypt, which is Sunni, and Shia Iran (whose influence Egypt fears). And Iran backs Hamas. For a long time Egypt was more content than not because Hamas was making difficulty for Israel. For Egypt also has great enmity for Israel.

Now the tensions with Hamas have erupted. What receives little press when there is talk about an Israeli blockade of Gaza is the fact that there is a crossing between Egypt and Gaza, as well, at Rafah — with Egypt disinclined to permit free movement there. In fact, Egypt has been so concerned about a Hamas presence undermining Egyptian stability that a decision was made to install an impermeable steel fence at the border with Gaza, a fence that would go underground (but in fact not as deeply into the ground as the more serious of the tunnels). Earlier this month, violence erupted at the border, with one Egyptian soldier killed — when Egypt refused to allow into Gaza "peace activists."

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George Mitchell met with Barak for two hours this morning with regard to security issues and restarting "peace" negotiations. The release from the Defense Ministry said nothing of consequence. Mitchell is scheduled to meet with Netanyahu and then Abbas, this evening and tomorrow morning.

Reportedly, Mitchell is carrying to Netanyahu the request from Abbas for a total short term freeze. I hope and trust that I will be able to report that this request was summarily rejected, and that no other concessions were offered. To make any concession would be absolutely the most unwise of steps for Netanyahu to take, and I'm betting he knows it.

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More significant, it seems to me, is that Obama may be starting to back down. He has given an interview to Time Magazine, in which he said that his administration had overestimated the possibility of getting Israel and the PA to re-start negotiations.

"Both sides — the Israelis and the Palestinians — have found that the political environment, the nature of their coalitions or the divisions within their societies, were such that it was very hard for them to start engaging in a meaningful conversation. And I think that we overestimated our ability to persuade them to do so when their politics ran contrary to that."

Obama, admitting that expectations were too high, instead of insisting that we must proceed starting yesterday. How about this!

What is more, according to French sources, in an interview with Al-Sharq Al-Awsat in London, Mitchell will not be providing Abbas with guarantees regarding pressure on Israel to freeze all building. According to this report, there seems more concern about what Israel will accept than we've seen before.

According to once source cited: "Washington cannot provide guarantees if it is unsure Israel will accept them, especially on the issue of Jerusalem."

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Ending on a light note: A 17 year old boy praying with tfillin — phylacteries — on a US Airways flight that had left from LaGuardia (NY) and was bound for Kentucky, caused the plane to be aborted in Philadelphia. The tfillin consist of two leather boxes containing parchments with biblical passages that are strapped to the head and the arm during weekday prayers. The boy tried to explain to the crew members, who were alarmed about the possibility that the boy was sporting bombs on his body during prayer. The pilot thought better of continuing the flight. Seems some airline crew education is in order.

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

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THEY WILL RENEGE — ALWAYS HAVE — THEIR RELIGION ENCOURAGES LIES
Posted by CPocerl, January 21, 2010.

This is from the Jerusalem Post and is archived at
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1263147942240& pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull

 

Hamas has accepted Israel's right to exist and would be prepared to nullify its charter, which calls for the destruction of Israel, Aziz Dwaik, Hamas's most senior representative in the West Bank, said on Wednesday. Dwaik's remarks are seen in the context of Hamas's attempts to win recognition from the international community.

Dwaik is the elected speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council. He was released a few months ago after spending nearly three years in an Israeli prison. Dwaik was among dozens of Hamas officials and members who were rounded up by Israel following the abduction of IDF soldier St.-Sgt. Gilad Schalit near the Gaza Strip in June 2006.

His latest remarks were made during a meeting he held in Hebron with British millionaire David Martin Abrahams, who maintains close ties with senior Israeli and British government officials. Abrahams is scheduled to brief British Foreign Secretary David Milliband this weekend on the outcome of his meeting with Dwaik and other top Hamas officials in the West Bank.

Abrahams, a major donor to Britain's Labor Party, told The Jerusalem Post he would urge Milliband to "consider the implications of Hamas's positive overtures."

During the meeting in Hebron, Dwaik stressed that other Hamas leaders, including Damascus-based leader Khaled Mashaal and Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, have voiced support for the idea of establishing an independent Palestinian state within the pre-1967 boundaries.

"The [Hamas] charter was drafted more than 20 years ago," Dwaik noted, adding that his movement would even be prepared to "nullify" the document. "No one wants to throw anyone into the sea," he said.

Dwaik also expressed Hamas's desire to engage in dialogue with the international community, first and foremost the European Union. He confirmed that Hamas was receiving financial aid from Iran, but said that this was the direct result of the boycott and sanctions against the movement.

Poster's Note: "No one wants to throw anyone into the sea," huh? That's not what Hezbollah's Hasan Nasrallah and Iran's Mahomoud Ahmadinejad contend, and Hamas is friendly with both. Until they condemn these statements and sever relations, it will be hard to take Hamas at its word.

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TODAY'S MONSTROUS DEFAMATION OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
Posted by Isi Leibler, January 21, 2010.
 

Until recently, Holocaust memorials were almost exclusively sponsored by Jews mourning murdered kinsmen. Today, many democratic governments have transformed Holocaust commemoration into an educational vehicle to demonstrate the monstrous consequences of unbridled racism and antisemitism. The UK is one of a number of western countries that have an annual Holocaust Commemoration Day.

However, today's Israel bashers have stooped to the depths of distorting the genocidal murder of the Jews as a vehicle to demonise the descendents of the victims.

Iranian President Ahmadinejad may have taken Holocaust denial to new depths and in Muslim countries generally it may have become a primary component of antisemitic delegitimisation of Israel, but in western nations it no longer occupies a major role.

Prosecution of Holocaust deniers in democratic countries transforms them into martyrs and is thus counterproductive. In fact, deniers are now usually considered cranks or charlatans; more sophisticated antisemites steer clear of outright denial.

Even more bizarrely, Islamic countries that actively promote Holocaust denial have begun citing the criminalisation of Holocaust denial to justify criminal proceedings against any critique of Islam, Islamic practice or Sharia Law. Resolutions to this effect have already been passed by the United Nations General Assembly.

Today, a more potent challenge to the Jewish people has emerged in the trivialisation, distortion and inversion of the Holocaust. The first systematic study of this phenomenon is contained in Manfred Gerstenfeld's recent book, The Abuse of Holocaust Memory: Distortions and Responses (click here to purchase the book on Amazon.com).

Dr Gerstenfeld describes the efforts of some European nations to present themselves as victims of Nazi persecution in order to deflect attention from the role of their own citizens who collaborated with the Nazis or participated directly in the mass murder of Jews. For example, until the "Waldheim Affair", Austria was notorious for its insistence that it was a victim rather than an accessory, suppressing the fact that the majority of Austrians had been enthusiastic Nazi collaborators.

Baltic countries are now applying moral equivalency between Nazi genocidal policies and Soviet crimes in order to cover up the fact that their own Nazi collaborators and murderers of Jews were never brought to justice.

The most obscene — and growing — of these current trends is that which equates Israelis — descendants of the victims — with Nazis.

This had its genesis in the Soviet-sponsored UN resolution of 35 years ago equating Zionism with racism. It has now been finessed and widened under the direction of Arab and other anti-Israeli agitators. The evil mantra reiterated is that "the victims have become the perpetrators". In some countries, Holocaust Remembrance Day has even broadened to commemorate the "genocide of the Palestinian people".

That these attempts to demonise Israelis as Nazis and accuse them of having committed war crimes against the Palestinians have succeeded is evidenced by the threat to issue arrest warrants against visiting Israeli political and military leaders in Britain and elsewhere.

The Nazis' arch-propagandist Joseph Goebbels mastered the technique of repeating a lie ad nauseam until it was accepted as truth by the masses. Today, the same technique is being employed in this, the greatest of all contemporary defamations of the Jewish people.

Contact Isi Leibler at ileibler@netvision.net.il. This column was originally published in the Jewish Chronicle (UK)
http://www.thejc.com/comment/comment/26345/ todays-great-defamation-jewish-people

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SUDANESE JOURNALIST SENTENCED TO LASHING FOR WEARING PANTS: 'TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WOMEN LIKE ME'
Posted by Yaacov Levi, January 21, 2010.
 

On July 3, 2009, Sudanese journalist and activist Lubna Al-Hussein was arrested, along with 12 other women, for wearing trousers, under a law that metes out a punishment of 40 lashes for wearing "indecent clothing." Refusing to plead guilty, Al-Hussein resigned from her position in the UN and waived her diplomatic immunity, demanding to be placed on trial, in what rapidly became a cause célèbre for women's rights in Sudan.

Following are excerpts from an interview with Al-Hussein, which aired on Egypt's Al-Mihwar TV on December 17, 2009.

* To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2346.htm.

* For more on this issue of women's rights in the Middle East, visit http://www.memri.org/subject/en/141.htm.

"In Khartoum Alone, 43,000 Women Were Arrested in One Year because of Their Clothing"

Lubna Ahmad Al-Hussein: "I was not the only woman to be arrested. Tens of thousands of women were arrested... In one year..."

First interviewer: "On the cover of your book there is a picture that says a lot. Your pants are wide and are covered by a long blouse. If we could just focus on the photograph..."

Lubna Ahmad Al-Hussein: "These are the clothes I was wearing when I was arrested. I should point out that this veil is heavy and large, and I usually don't wear it. I wear a lighter veil. But that day I had washed my hair, so I wore this."

First interviewer: "So a woman could get a lashing for wearing clothes like that?"

Lubna Ahmad Al-Hussein: "Of course. As I told you, I am not the only one. There are tens of thousands like me. In a single year, 43,000 women were arrested because of their clothing — not in all of Sudan, but in Khartoum alone, as declared by the police general commissioner."

Second interviewer: "Lubna, you are a journalist, and journalists are a model of enlightened activity in society. What have you in Sudan done to change this law?"

Lubna Ahmad Al-Hussein: "This law, I'm sad to say... This clause contains both moral and physical violence. Physical violence is manifest in the punishment of lashing, which abases human dignity. Moral violence is manifest in the fact that this is called 'indecent acts,' and this is the reason that the tens of thousands of women before me did not have the courage to complain. The courts that try such cases are not regular courts. They are special courts established during the presidency of [Omar] Al-Bashir. They are called 'public order courts,' but their names keep changing. In these courts, the defendant has no right to defend himself."

Second interviewer: "Not at all?"

Lubna Ahmad Al-Hussein: "No."

First interviewer: "There is no lawyer?"

Second interviewer: "Then why is there even a trial?"

Lubna Ahmad Al-Hussein: "Excuse me?"

Second interviewer: "So what's the point of holding a trial?"

Lubna Ahmad Al-Hussein: "In my case, because of the publicity and the public support I received, I took a lawyer who defended me, but the judge refused to give the defense witnesses a chance to be heard. This is what happened. It was all decided in advance, and..."

First interviewer: "Lubna, didn't you ask [the court] what the definition of 'indecent clothing' is? What you are wearing is not... What is defined as 'indecent clothing'?"

Lubna Ahmad Al-Hussein: "It depends on the policeman's mood."

"They Say This Is Islamic Law, But in Fact, This Is the Law of Al-Bashir"

First interviewer: "But if somebody wears a long blouse, long pants, and her hair is covered, what is indecent about it?"

Lubna Ahmad Al-Hussein: "I don't know. The law is in the hands of the authorities."

First interviewer: "The authorities interpret [the law]."

Lubna Ahmad Al-Hussein: "Yes. [The law says]: clothing that offends public sentiment. Let me tell you, I was at a place with 400 people, and I didn't offend anybody. The same law that requires giving a woman forty lashes for wearing pants, requires giving a man who rapes a boy, a girl, or a woman one month in prison. Nevertheless, they say that this is Islamic law, but in fact, this is the law of Al-Bashir."

Second interviewer: "Was the verdict implemented on you, Mrs. Lubna?"

Lubna Ahmad Al-Hussein: "No, it wasn't, but I was the exception. I don't know why. All the women are punished with floggings and with a fine. The entire group... We were 13 women, and 12 were sentenced to a flogging and a fine. I was fined, but when I wanted to pay, they refused to accept the money."

Second interviewer: "So they take women who wear such clothing, and without a trial, they implement the verdict?"

Lubna Ahmad Al-Hussein: "Immediately. On the spot. We were arrested on a Friday, so it was delayed to the following Sunday. The latest to be arrested is a 16-year-old Christian girl — not even a Muslim — from southern Sudan. She wasn't wearing pants like me, but a skirt which they said was tight."

First interviewer: "Is a skirt considered indecent, or not?"

Lubna Ahmad Al-Hussein: "They said it was indecent. It depends on the policeman's mood."

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is an independent, non-profit organization that translates and analyzes the media of the Middle East. Copies of articles and documents cited, as well as background information, are available on request. Contact MEMRI at P.O. Box 27837, Washington, DC 20038-7837; Phone: (202) 955-9070; Fax: (202) 955-9077; Website: www.memri.org

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BRIT AIRWAYS: DUMP CHRISTIAN CROSSES; BUT KEEP MUSLIM HIJABS
Posted by CPocerl, January 21, 2010.

British Airways case claims religious discrimination

This was in World Net Daily daily
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=122590

 


Nadia Eweida (Courtesy London Daily Mail)

A case has been launched in the Court of Appeal for Great Britain over a rule imposed by British Airways on employees allowing Muslims to wear a hijab, Jews to wear skullcaps, Sikhs to wear religious bracelets but banning a Christian woman from wearing a tiny silver cross necklace.

Nadia Eweida is attempting to overturn an employment tribunal's decision that the airline's actions were not religious discrimination.

WND previously reported on the case that began in 2006 when Eweida was sent home from work after refusing to remove the cross because BA officials claimed it violated their dress code.

According to a report today from the Christian Institute, a charity committed to upholding the truths of the Bible, Eweida is represented in court by Karon Manghan, Queen's Counsel.

Manghan said Eweida "wished at the material times to wear a small, plain, silver cross visibly as a manifestation of her beliefs and personal expression of her faith."

British Airways, she added, "permitted adherents of other religious faiths to express their beliefs through certain visible symbols, such as the Sikh bracelet, the Jewish skull cap and the Muslim hijab."

The airline argued that wearing the cross was Eweida's choice, but it was not required of her Christian faith.

Ingrid Simler, the legal counselor for the airline, said, "Ms. Eweida reflects her religious belief in a way similar to the way people wear symbols for ... gay rights — that it reflects their core beliefs but it has nothing to do with religion."

Eweida, a Heathrow check-in worker who is a Coptic Christian, later was returned to her position when the airline loosened its regulations. But the appeal followed when the Reading Employment Tribunal concluded the airline was allowed to ban a cross pendant that is visible.

The tribunal's opinion said other symbols such as turbans and bangles cannot be concealed and so are allowed.

Former Home Secretary John Reid condemned the tribunal's conclusion.

"It sends a signal that Christians don't enjoy the same protections under the law as those from other religions whose dress requirements are accommodated in the workplace," he said.

Eweida is claiming 120,000 British pounds, about $195,000, in damages and lost wages.

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MURDER OF IRANIAN 'NUCLEAR SCIENTIST' UPDATE; ISRAELIS NAB TERRORIST CELL IN NABLUS; WHO ATTACKED ISRAELIS IN JORDAN
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, January 21, 2010.
 

ISRAEL VIOLATES HOUSING FREEZE

The building freeze imposed against Jews only, in Judea-Samaria, cited school building as a major exception. Israeli education law requires education. Defense Minister Barak, however, has barred three-fourths of the school construction needed to meet the educational requirements (IMRA, 1/19).

Barak makes improper commitments to the U.S., which makes intrusive demands. Then Barak represses Israelis in order to meet those commitments, though neither the U.S. nor the Arabs meet their commitments to Israel. Barak claims he has to follow the law, but violates it, himself.

It is apparent that Barak and PM Netanyahu are colluding with the U.S. and the Arabs against the people of Israel. They risk Israeli survival, in the process. Can't believe Israeli government claims to its people that it is doing what it can for them.

MURDER OF IRANIAN "NUCLEAR SCIENTIST' UPDATE

The government of Iran had said that the assassinated Iranian physics professor was a nuclear physicist, and blamed the U.S. and Israel for his murder. Iran threatened revenge against the U.S. and Israel.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards attended the funeral, as if in mourning a loss, although it was known that the professor supported the opposition movement. His assassination was done, Hizbullah style [although style is not strong evidence, because it could be imitated].

Now it turns out that the professor was not involved in Iran's nuclear program, but was involved in a Jordanian program that worked with Israeli scientists. That removes the motive of the U.S. and Israel. It emphasizes the motive of the government of Iran. By assassinating the professor, it attacks and intimidates its opposition and blames its foreign enemies (Arutz-7, 1/19).

Notice how false is the call for revenge against Israel and the U.S.! Can't take seriously what Radical Muslims claim..

ISRAELIS NAB TERRORIST CELL IN NABLUS

Israeli security forces arrested a terrorist cell in Nablus, Palestinian Authority (P.A.). The cell was about to launch an attack on Israel from Nablus, a city cited as an example of law and order maintained by newly trained P.A. police (IMRA, 1/19).

If P.A. anti-terrorism were sincere and effective, Israel could let the P.A. deal with terrorism. If P.A. anti-terrorism were sincere and ineffective, Israel could inform the P.A. whom to arrest, and leave the action to the P.A.. Israel tried that, to no avail. Indeed, the Arab population protested that Israel wanted them to provide its security. Hence, Israel has to conduct several raids a day, to apprehend terrorists.

In other words, the Arabs refuse to keep their agreements to repress terrorism. They prefer terrorism to repress Israelis. They refuse to extradite wanted terrorists. They release terrorists they had promised Israel to keep in prison, if Israel let them have custody. Their diplomacy strives to get murderous terrorists released. They recruit terrorists into the P.A. army. They praise terrorists.

OBAMA HAS LOST HIS MONOPOLY ON POWER OVER THE EXECUTIVE AND CONGRESSIONAL BRANCHES

President Obama lost, exactly a year after his inauguration, his monopoly on power over the Executive and Congressional branches. A Republican took over the U.S. Senate seat held by Edward Kennedy and an appointed, Democratic, successor. At present, Congressional Republicans are more sympathetic to Israel than their liberal, Democratic counterparts (Arutz-7, 1/20).

The State Dept. traditionally and consistently is anti-Zionist, and usually carries the President along with it. Sec. of State Haig was an exception. President Obama is more radical than other Presidents.

The Republican candidate expressed opposition to the fiscal extravagance of Congress and the President. If American squanders its resources, it falls.

The fact that it took only a year for Obama to lose his popularity reflects the depth of his radicalism and inexperience, among other factors. Now America has hope. But we also have to hope that the GOP buckles down to become a serious and constructive opposition Party, capable of contributing to solutions and taking over our governance.

EUROPEANS MAKE ADDITIONAL DEMANDS OF ISRAEL

The Norwegian Foreign Minister met his counterpart in Israel. He also met with Palestinian Authority (P.A.) officials in Jerusalem, though Oslo requires the P.A. to keep official functions out of Jerusalem, over which it has no jurisdiction.

Norway, the EU as a whole, and Russia urge Israel to re-open Orient House, the building that the P.A. tried to use for its prohibited diplomacy, before. The Europeans urge Israel to allow other P.A. institutions to open in Jerusalem, as further concessions to bring the P.A. to negotiate (Arutz-7, 1/20).

Israel needs a patriotic government that does not accept such calculated affronts as Norway's. Accepting affronts invites them.

Likewise, making concessions invites demands for more. We have been saying that for years. The new European demands of Israel demonstrate the validity of our analysis.

The demands cycle is contemptible, because it is so predictable, and yet Israel keeps playing the fool, and the US. keeps playing the idealist. They all pretend that there is some rationality to the process. The Arabs must be laughing at the West, whose demands strengthen the Arabs against...the West not only Israel. Abbas refuses to negotiate, so the West demands that Israel offer him more and more. When will it stop? I know. It will stop when he has gotten everything he can. Then there will be nothing to negotiate.

Commentators who oppose appeasement point out that when Israel pursues its national interest in defiance of U.S. demands, it earns foreign respect. I would put it that it gets to be taken seriously and the U.S. realizes it cannot make excessive demands of Israel.

I think Europe is demanding concessions in bad faith. I think that it wants Israel to give up its rights, not just make concessions in order to get the P.A. to negotiate. I think that the P.A. has shown so much bad faith and disinterest in peace, that Israel should stop helping it and start annexing areas that would give it secure boundaries and its historic homeland.

WHO ATTACKED ISRAELIS IN JORDAN An Israeli convoy in Jordan was attacked, unsuccessfully. "Sources" suggest that the attack was ordered by Iran in retaliation for the assassination of an Iranian physics professor (IMRA, 1/20). But the professor was not in nuclear development and opposed the Iranian regime. The assassination now is supposed to have been by Hizbullah hit men that Tehran keeps around for such purposes. Then the attack in Jordan was not retaliation. Since when do Islamists attack only in retaliation? I think the "sources" are speculating prematurely. They should wait for facts. Click here for the story on the assassination.

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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THE FORT HOOD REPORT: WHY NO MENTION OF ISLAM?
Posted by CPocerl, January 21, 2010.

This was written by Mark Thompson and it appeared yesterday in TIME magazine.
(http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1954960,00.html?xid =rss-topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_ campaign=Feed%3A+time%2Ftopstories+(TIME%3A+Top+Stories)5 #ixzz0dFXZVKaw).

 


Accused Fort Hood gunman Major Nidal Malik Hasan (Reuters)

The U.S. military's just-released report into the Fort Hood shootings spends 86 pages detailing various slipups by Army officers but not once mentions Major Nidal Hasan by name or even discusses whether the killings may have had anything to do with the suspect's view of his Muslim faith. And as Congress opens two days of hearings on Wednesday into the Pentagon probe of the Nov. 5 attack that left 13 dead, lawmakers want explanations for that omission. (See TIME's photo-essay "The Troubled Journey of Major Hasan.)"

John Lehman, a member of the 9/11 commission and Navy Secretary during the Reagan Administration, says a reluctance to cause offense by citing Hasan's view of his Muslim faith and the U.S. military's activities in Muslim countries as a possible trigger for his alleged rampage reflects a problem that has gotten worse in the 40 years that Lehman has spent in and around the U.S. military. The Pentagon report's silence on Islamic extremism "shows you how deeply entrenched the values of political correctness have become," he told TIME on Tuesday. "It's definitely getting worse, and is now so ingrained that people no longer smirk when it happens." (See pictures of Major Nidal Malik Hasan's apartment.)

The apparent lack of curiosity into what allegedly drove Hasan to kill isn't in keeping with the military's ethos; it's a remarkable omission for the U.S. armed forces, whose young officers are often ordered to read Sun Tzu's The Art of War with its command to know your enemy. In midcareer, they study the contrast between capabilities and intentions, which is why they aren't afraid of a British nuclear weapon but do fear the prospect of Iran getting one.

Yet the leaders of the two-month Pentagon review, former Army Secretary Togo West and the Navy's onetime top admiral, Vernon Clark, told reporters last week that they didn't drill down into Hasan's motives. "Our concern is with actions and effects, not necessarily with motivations," West said. Added Clark: "We certainly do not cite a particular group." Part of their reticence, they said, was to avoid running afoul of the criminal probe of Hasan that is now under way. Both are declining interview requests before their congressional testimony, a Pentagon spokesman said. (Read TIME's cover story on the Fort Hood massacre.)

But without a motive, there would have been no murder. Hasan wore his radical Islamic faith and its jihadist tendencies in the same way he wore his Army uniform. He allegedly proselytized within the ranks, spoke out against the wars his Army was waging in Muslim countries and shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is great) as he gunned down his fellow soldiers. Those who served alongside Hasan find the Pentagon review wanting. "The report demonstrates that we are unwilling to identify and confront the real enemy of political Islam," says a former military colleague of Hasan, speaking privately because he was ordered not to talk about the case. "Political correctness has brainwashed us to the point that we no longer understand our heritage and cannot admit who, or what, the enemy stands for."

The Department of Defense Independent Review Related to Fort Hood, ordered by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, is limited in scope. Despite the title of its report — Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood — there is only a single page dedicated to the chapter called "Oversight of the Alleged Perpetrator." Much more space is given to military personnel policies (11 pages), force protection (six pages) and the emergency response to the shootings (12 pages).

Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut said he was "disappointed" because the inquiry "does not adequately recognize the specific threat posed by violent Islamist extremism to our military," and added that the homeland-security panel he chairs will investigate. The Congressman whose district includes Fort Hood agrees. "The report ignores the elephant in the room — radical Islamic terrorism is the enemy," says Republican Representative John Carter. "We should be able to speak honestly about good and bad without feeling like you've done something offensive to society."

The report lumps in radical Islam with other fundamentalist religious beliefs, saying that "religious fundamentalism alone is not a risk factor" and that "religious-based violence is not confined to members of fundamentalist groups." But to some, that sounds as if the lessons of 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq, where jihadist extremism has driven deadly violence against Americans, are being not merely overlooked but studiously ignored.

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RE: HALALCO BOOKS — THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST!
Posted by Flower Lady, January 20, 2010.
 

I just wanted to thank you for your article on Halalco Books.

I was debating on whether or not to purchase henna from them online, due to their extremely low price, but noticed some muslim-y stuff on the site, and googled around to see what the deal was. So glad I did. I'm not sure how I would have lived with myself knowing my money had gone to support potential/actual terrorists.

Thank you again,

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THE REAL REASON FOR CHRISTIAN FLIGHT FROM ARAB-CONTROLLED HOLY LAND
Posted by David Meir-Levi, January 20, 2010.
 

The Vatican has issued a document that blames the Israeli-'Palestinian' conflict and the 'occupation of lands' for driving Christians out of the Middle East. The document is a guide for discussions for an Oct. 10-24 meeting of Mideast bishops convened by Pope Benedict XVI to discuss the plight of the Christian minority in the overwhelmingly Muslim region. The exodus of Christians from the region and religious discrimination faced by those who remain are main issues on the table.....
see http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/ for additional details.

From: david_meirlevi@hotmail.com
To: benedettoxvi@vatican.va
Subject: the real reason for Christian flight from Arab-controlled Holy Land
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 18:11:29 -0800

Your Holiness, Pope Benedetto XVI,

I most sincerely urge you to corrrect a glaring and serious error in your office's most recent publication regarding Israel.

Your office issued a document back in October or 2009 that blames the Israeli-'Palestinian' conflict and the 'occupation of lands' for driving Christians out of the Middle East (see url below this email). The document makes clear that bishops in the Middle East believe that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the root cause of several conflicts in the region. But it also singles out the growth of political Islam in countries like Egypt, and said the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict had been exploited by radical terrorism in recent years.

This document goes on to assert that "....The solution to conflicts rests in the hands of the stronger country in its occupying and inflicting wars on another country......Violence is in the hands of the strong and weak alike, the latter resorting to what ever violence is within reach in order to be free,"

Such statements are contrary to reality and stigmatize Israel for the crimes committed by the extremist Muslims of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

It should be immediately obvious that this document turns reality upside down when it asserts that "...the solution to conflicts rests in the hands of the stronger..." Israel is the stronger, and has made numerous gestures of peace and offers of reconciliation to the leadership of the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Yet these offers have all been rejected. Thus the "solution to conflicts" rests NOT in the hands of the stronger, but in the court of the intractably belligerrent — the Palestinian Authority and Hamas and Hezbollah and their ilk.

The suggestion that "....the (occupied population) can resort to whatever violence is within reach..." legitimizes terrorism and justifies mass murder of civilians. It also accepts the obvious Arab lie that the endless relentless terror war wages against Israel by Arab states, Arafat, Hamas, Fatah, and a dozen other terrorist entities, is a war of liberation. This is a false assertion. By their own unabashed and much-ballyhooed fomentations, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas and their terrorist allies all state unequivocally that their intention in the destruction of Israel and the genocide of its Jews.

Moreover, the document totally ignores the role of the 'Palestinian Authority' in the declining Christian population in Judea and Samaria. The decline has accelerated drastically since the 'Palestinian Authority' was established in 1994. Nor does the Vatican document note the fact that there is only one country in the Middle East where the Christian population is increasing, and where Christians can practise their religion freely: Israel.

This Christian exodus is a result of many factors, including fighting between Israelis and Palestinians and the related decline of the economy; but perhaps most significantly, the religious persecution these Christians encounter from their Muslim neighbors and from the Muslim governments of the West Bank and Gaza Strip is the prime cause of Christian flight.

Former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts attributes the departure of Palestinian Christians to being "driven [out] by the steady persecution of the PA and the realization that they will face worse treatment under a possible future Palestinian state." (Watts 1997)

When you allow your Holy Office to be partner in the deception described above, you give aid and succour to the world's worst terrorists, Hamas and Hezbollah, and you strengthen their hand as they work to achieve their goal of a "Palestine from the river to the sea"; a Palestine without Israel; and a Middle East that is Judenrein.

To support such evil is to be complicit in that evil.

Complicity with evil is evil.

David Meir-Levi
Palo Alto, California, USA

David Meir-Levi is an American-born Israeli, currently living in Palo Alto. His expertise is in Near Eastern studies and the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is Director of Peace and Education at Israel Peace Initiative (www.ipi-usa.org). Contact him at david_meirlevi@hotmail.com

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EGYPTIAN CLERIC YAAQUB: THE JEWS ARE OUR ENEMIES AND ALLAH WILL ANNIHILATE THEM AT OUR HANDS
Posted by Yaacov Levi, January 20, 2010.

The following are excerpts from a sermon given by Egyptian cleric Muhammad Hussein Yaaqub, which aired on Al-Nas TV (Egypt) on December 29, 2009.

To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit
http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/2335.htm.

 

"The Nation of Islam was Created to Remain to the End of Time, Strong and Dominant"

Muhammad Hussein Yaaqub: "The nation of Islam is here to stay. We should make this notion grow within our hearts. Our nation was not created to fulfill a role and then disappear, like the nations before us, which were created to exist for a while, only to be annihilated. No, no. The nation of Islam was created to remain to the end of time, strong and dominant.

[...]

"Our nation will never die. It will not be annihilated. We have seen our nation undergoing worse events then those we witness today. We ache [for] the disintegration, the loss, and the eradication of Iraq, but Iraq has undergone crises that made the Euphrates River flow red with blood, and another time, flow black with ink, because of the books of the Baghdad Library which were thrown into it.

[...]

"We have witnessed the racial cleansing in Bosnia and in Kosovo. Despite this, the Muslim race has been cleansed of the filthy blood of polytheism and the polytheists.

[...]

"The Jews are our enemies. Allah will annihilate them at our hands. This is something we know for certain. We know this for certain — not because I say so, but because Allah said so: 'You shall find that the people strongest in enmity to the believers are the Jews and the polytheists.'

[...]

"For the Islamic nation, the Al-Aqsa Mosque is like a banner on the battlefield. I have read the works of many preachers and scholars, who said that if you wanted to discern the state of the nation at any given time, you should look at Al-Aqsa. The state of Al-Aqsa reflects the state of the nation. Whenever the nation was strong and its banner was flying high, Al-Aqsa was in the hands of the Muslims. But whenever the nation went through a period of weakness and collapse, Al-Aqsa was in the hands of non-Muslims.

[...]

"Today, the nation — its young, its elderly, its men, its women, and its children — are prepared to be martyred at the gates of Al-Aqsa... The nation in its entirety."

Contact Yaacov Levi by email at jlevi_us@yahoo.com

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MISTRESS OF THE OXYMORON: NEW YORK U. PROFESSOR ELLA SHABIBA SHOHAT INVENTS THE "ARAB-JEW"
Posted by Lee Kaplan, January 20, 2010.
 

Meet Ella Shabiba Shohat, Professor of Cultural Studies and Women's Studies at New York University.

Shohat was born in Israel to a Jewish father from Bagdhad, but currently lives and teaches in New York.

Shohat has a pet obsession, creating something she calls the "Arab-Jew." "I am an Arab- Jew. Or, more specifically, an Iraqi Israeli woman living, writing and teaching in the U.S.... To be a European or American Jew has hardly been perceived as a contradiction, but to be an Arab Jew has been seen as a kind of logical paradox, even an ontological subversion [leading to] a profound and visceral schizophrenia, since for the first time in our history Arabness and Jewishness have been imposed as antonyms..."

Now it goes without saying that very few Jews from Iraq call themselves "Arab-Jews," while quite a few might punch you in the nose for calling them that. Ms. Shohat could use a history lesson:

Israel's "Mizrahi" or Sephardic Jews, know how Jews were treated under Islamic regimes. It was not pretty. In the1940s Jews in Iraq were subject to pogroms organized by the regime. Shohat not only prettifies and romanticizes Jewish life under Islamic regimes, she recruits her status of "Arab-Jew" and promotes anti-Zionism and the end of a Jewish state. She writes articles frequently for the pseudo-scholastic Journal of Palestine Studies, a propaganda screed now put out by UC Berkeley with PLO and Saudi funding, edited by a former PLO official named Rashid Khalidi who now teaches at Columbia University. Khalidi is chair of a department there also funded by the PLO.

Oriental or Mizrahi Jews in Israel remember the "Farhoud" massacre of Jews in Baghdad in 1941. Baghdad was at one time 40% Jewish. Today there are no Jews to be found. The "Farhoud" and the Iraqi pro-Nazi terror regime of the 1940s conducted public executions of Jews, forced the entire Jewish population to flee. Most fled to Israel, along with hundreds of thousands of other Oriental Jews who escaped to Israel from Moslem countries as refugees, often with just the clothing on their backs.

Shohat has a very different take on history, complete with PC nonsense terms and post-modernist gibberish:

"War, however, is the friend of binarisms (sic), leaving little place for complex identities. The Gulf War, for example, intensified a pressure already familiar to the Arab-Jewish Diaspora in the wake of the Israeli-Arab conflict: a pressure to choose between being a Jew and being an Arab. For our families, who have lived in Mesopotamia since at least the Babylonian exile, who have been Arabized for millennia, and who were abruptly dislodged to Israel 45 years ago, to be suddenly forced to assume a homogenous European Jewish identity based on experiences in Russia, Poland and Germany, was an exercise in self- devastation. To be a European or American Jew has hardly been perceived as a contradiction, but to be an Arab-Jew has been seen as a kind of logical paradox, even an ontological subversion. This binarism has led many Oriental Jews (our name in Israel referring to our common Asian and African countries of origin is Mizrahi or Mizrachi) to a profound and visceral schizophrenia, since for the first time in our history Arabness and Jewishness have been imposed as antonyms."

Actually, the Iraqi Jews living in Israel were too busy ducking the SCUDS fired at them by Saddam Hussein to worry about their "Arabness."

Aside from such gobbledygook, Shohat once helped organize the so-called "Black Panthers" in Israel (not to be confused with the US Black Panthers other than as another Marxist oriented anti-American and anti-Israel militant group). These "Black Panthers" were Oriental Jews who claimed to be discriminated against by the Western Jews or Ashkenazim. Most eventually joined the communist party. Later Shohat became active in a far-leftist semi-communist group of Oriental Jewish academics (mainly Iraqi Jews), the so-called "Oriental Rainbow (or Keshet Mizrach), now largely defunct.

Since then, Shohat has been building her academic career by reciting the mantra that she and other Oriental Jews in Israel are "Arab-Jews." That terminology now appears commonly on anti-Zionist and Arab websites, and here and there in "academic" publications. It was used by that great admirer of Jews, the Saudi Foreign Minister Feisal al-Turki. He and Ms. Shohat insist that converting Israel into yet another Arab state will solve all the Middle East problems. The "Arab-Jews" will be allowed to breathe there, alongside other Arabs.

If that ever happens, Shohat will still be off safe and sound in New York, unconcerned with the persecution and mass murder her "ideas" produced.

According to Shohat, "Although I in no way want to idealize that experience — there were occasional tensions, discriminations, even violence — on the whole, we lived quite comfortably within Muslim societies." Perhaps she also think dem darkies had a nice quiet life on the Georgia plantations?

In pre-Israel Iraq, Jews could not ride horses or camels so as to be taller than some Muslims and had to ride donkeys that they had to dismount when a Muslim passed by. No Jew could own a house taller than a Muslim's. Jews paid the jizya tax in a humiliating ceremony in which the local official struck them on the head. They lived in ghettos. Shohat continues,

"Stripped of our history, we have been forced by our no-exit situation to repress our collective nostalgia, at least within the public sphere. The pervasive notion of 'one people' reunited in their ancient homeland actively disauthorizes (sic) any affectionate memory of life before Israel. We have never been allowed to mourn a trauma that the images of Iraq's destruction only intensified and crystallized for some of us. Our cultural creativity in Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic is hardly studied in Israeli schools, and it is becoming difficult to convince our children that we actually did exist there, and that some of us are still there in Iraq, Morocco, Yemen and Iran." (click here for more "affectionate memories" of Jews in Iraq.)

Ah, but let us not forget that Shohat teaches "Women's Studies." Her feminism is forgotten though when it comes to celebrating and supporting Arab nationalism, which invariably is linked to misogynist repression. Here she is again:

We "...not only call for a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians, but also for the cultural, political, and economic integration of Israel/Palestine into the Middle East. And thus an end to the binarisms (sic) of war, an end to a simplistic charting of Middle Eastern identities."

If Shohat would have her way, no pesky "binarisms" would be around any longer to disturb the peace of the Middle East, because Israel would be annihilated and its population exterminated.

Lee Kaplan is an investigative journalist. He is also a regular columnist for Front Page Magazine, the Israel National News and a senior intelligence analyst and communications director for the Northeast Intelligence Network. He can be reached at: leekaplan@worldnet.att.net

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ISRAEL THE BEAUTIFUL: FIRST LIGHT ON EILAT MOUNTAINS
Posted by Yehoshua Halevi, January 20, 2010.
 

First light strikes the Eilat Mountains

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

HOW I GOT THE SHOT:

If photography were a normal occupation, I would be out shooting 8-10 hours every day. Sadly though, in the digital age, many photographers now spend more time anchored to their computer than stalking the wilderness. Every now and then, I do go out into the world with the singular purpose of creating new images, as I did last week when I had four entire days to prowl Israel's southernmost desert region, in and around Eilat. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my wonderfully supportive wife, Sara, who provides this ample space for creativity, accomplishment and success in both my work and my life.

This photograph was taken in the area of Nahal Shehoret, about 10 kilometers north of Eilat. Typically, I dragged myself out of bed at 5 a.m., stole past the dozing desk clerk and motored in the darkness toward a predetermined area, though I had no specific stopping point in mind. After driving six kilometers along a bumpy, dirt road, I stepped out of my car to inhale the morning air and inspect the landscape in the first light of dawn. This range — one of the most beautiful in the world — is comprised of multi-colored sandstone peaks, the result of different oxides found in the various rock masses. The most interesting photos of these mountains are those which allow the different colors to stand alone while also helping to forge the composition as a whole. Though the various shades of sand, pink, chocolate and even black are visible in many places, pulling three or more into one compelling photo is very difficult.

I parked my car, grabbed my tripod and bag, and walked a few meters up a slight incline — always looking for high ground to improve visibility — and I discovered this small field of boulders. From experience, I knew that light hitting these rocks from a side angle would give them dramatic form and provide strength to the foreground of the picture. I aligned my tripod facing northward and waited for the sun to crest the mountains in Jordan. Not a single living, green, growing thing in this shot; only the mind-boggling beauty of the meeting of landscape, light and lens.

Contact Yehoshua Halevi by email at smile@goldenlightimages.com and visit his website:
http://www.goldenlightimages.com. Reproductions of his work as cards, calenders and posters may be purchased at
http://www.cafepress.com/halevi18

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FROM ISRAEL: STILL MORE
Posted by Arlene Kushner, January 20, 2010.
 

Every time I write about our mobile medical hospital in Haiti, I think I've provided enough information... and then there's more.

The clip below is from NBC, and describes, again, what only the Israelis have done. The reporter, who is herself a doctor, calls our hospital "A model for crisis care." The equipment includes neo-natal units and monitoring equipment that can transmit information to hospitals elsewhere for assessment by other doctors. Each incoming patient has an electronic record, and an ethics team helps with tough decisions. This is top-flight medicine in any terms, but in this case, set up within 48 hours of an emergency, in a field, inside canvas tents, with equipment and personnel brought half-way around the world, it is nothing short of breathtaking.

This is being done, plain and simple, because it's the right thing to do: because we are commanded. One doctor says, in this clip, "We believe that when we save a life, we've saved the world. We've saved the world several times in the last few days."

But think, how many millions are seeing us in this light for the first time. How people might, just might, begin to appreciate who we are. Who we are: first our compassion and the speed with which we run to help others. But also our skills and capacity to make a difference. The interviewer asks a doctor, "You have electronic records of the patients?" and the doctor answers, "Of course." "Of course," she then mumbles to herself, meaning, to him it's a given, but I'm astounded.

Click here for NBC Report: Israeli Field Hospital a Model for Crisis Care

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With it all, we must remember that our capacity to respond in an emergency has been honed by our long and painful experience responding to terrorist attacks. But what is important is that we share these skills for the sake of the world — not just in Haiti now (which is suffering the worst of catastrophes) but wherever there is a crisis.

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Today is the first anniversary of Barack Obama's inauguration as president, and today, for the first time in a long time, I begin to feel hope for America. That is because of the stunning upset in the senatorial race in Massachusetts — the bluest, the most liberal state in the Union — in which Republican Scott Brown emerged as victor.

That this was an anti-Obama (and anti-ObamaCare) vote is clear. The president now must circle his wagons and decide how to proceed next. There is talk of going slowly with regard to pushing through the health care bill, both because some Democrats are pulling back and because the addition of one more Republican to the Senate makes it no longer filibuster-proof. And it is being said by some Democrats that the emphasis now has to be on jobs and economic matters (presumably with a decrease in unemployment, if achieved, giving the party a boost).

I think the best thing I've read on the subject today is Jeff Jacoby's assessment,"A blessing in disguise."

"It really is the people's seat, and on Tuesday the people of Massachusetts took it back.

"But in electing Scott Brown instead of Martha Coakley to replace Ted Kennedy in the US Senate, the Bay State's voters did more than hand the GOP its most improbable and thrilling come-from-behind victory in a generation....And they did more than prove that no political party has a permanent lock on any state's electoral loyalties.

"They also gave President Obama and the Democratic left a blessing in disguise — if only they are wise enough to recognize it.

"Brown ran explicitly against Obama's polarizing domestic agenda — especially the radical health-care overhaul that the president has made his No. 1 priority...

"Politically, ObamaCare has backfired. No president in the modern era has ended his first year in office with disapproval ratings so high. Much of the goodwill with which he entered the White House has been squandered, and any effort to try to force the health bill through Congress now would drive what's left of that goodwill right over a cliff.

"But that isn't going to happen. Brown and the voters of Massachusetts have killed ObamaCare for good. In so doing they have given the president a priceless second chance to adjust his political course, move toward the center, and deliver at least some of the bipartisan cooperation that was at the heart of his once-enormous appeal..."
http://www.jeffjacoby.com/6851/a-blessing-in-disguise

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What I wait to see is if the Obama "readjustment" will affect his push for the "peace process": if he will be too busy attending to domestic matters to give it his attention now, or otherwise think better of it.

This is particularly relevant right now as Mitchell will be here tomorrow.

Aluf Benn of Haaretz believes, with some good justification, that the political dynamics following yesterday's election will work in our favor:
www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArtVty.jhtml?sw= Aluf+Benn&itemNo+1143891

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Word today was that Abbas was asking for a "short term" (three to six month) total freeze on all building, including in Jerusalem. This was supposed to be a face-saver for him and allow him to come to the table.

I find this interesting because it suggests that the reports I received last week — from sterling sources with a great deal of inside information — regarding the fact that Abbas has decided to simply declare a state unilaterally, and thus is not even thinking of returning to the table, may turn out not to be correct.

Speculation: Could it be that in his present political bind Obama will be far more reluctant to back a unilateral move by Abbas then he once indicated he would be? Is this slow-down time?

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Netanyahu held a press conference this evening and forthrightly rejected any notion of freezing construction in Jerusalem, even informally.

Abbas had suggested that if this face-saving "gesture" from Israel is not forthcoming (and it isn't), then there might be shuttle diplomacy, with Americans moving between Jerusalem and Ramallah. The PA would provide the US with specifics of what it was demanding: '67 lines with a 3% exchange of land possible. There has been no comment on this either from the US or our government that I am aware of.

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But Netanyahu said something else at the press conference, as well:

"We are surrounded by an ever-growing arsenal of rockets placed in the Iranian-supported enclaves to the north [Hezbollah in Lebanon] and to the south {Gaza]...We cannot afford to have that across from the center of our country.

"In the case of a future settlement with the Palestinians, this will require an Israeli presence on the eastern side of a prospective Palestinian state."

He is alluding to the Jordan Valley, and an Israeli presence on the eastern border of a Palestinian state to block bringing in of rockets and other weaponry that could endanger us. This is the first time that he has made such a demand specifically.

He is absolutely correct, of course, that such an Israeli presence would be necessary. But making this a requirement for negotiating a state more or less guarantees that there will be no negotiations. And in point of fact, there should be none. With all of the myriad other reasons why not, this fact alone makes formation of a Palestinian Arab state not a good idea.

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I was fascinated to see a piece by Yossi Alpher in today's Post, called, "The peace process will resume, but why?" Alpher's orientation is to the left, and he has been a staunch supporter of the formation of a Palestinian Arab state.

But in this article, he writes, "Regardless of whether the end result is a unilateral, bilateral or multilateral process, without a functioning Palestinian state apparatus there can be no two-state solution."

What is more, he observes, "There is little...prospect that Abbas will succeed in bringing Gaza and Hamas back into the fold of a single Palestinian partner for Israel. Hence he can negotiate only on behalf of the West Bank. But Gaza won't go away."

Alpher does not address the fact that a "single Palestinian partner" that included Hamas would actually be no partner at all, but he does come part way in recognizing the futility of imagining that a "two-state solution" can be negotiated now.

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And so, maybe Abbas will come to the table, and maybe he will not. But even should he sit at the table, there will be no meaningful negotiations. This much is clear.

Now we wait for Mitchell's visit. And, as time allows in upcoming postings I would like to look at Fayyad-Abbas tensions, and Egyptian-Hamas tensions — all of which play into the broader dynamic.

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A notice here for Israelis:

The Moskowitz Prize for Zionism was established by Irving and Cherna Moskowitz as an expression of support for people who put Zionism into action in today's Israeli society.

The need for this special prize arose from the feeling that the true Zionist heroes in today's Israel do not always receive the institutional recognition and public praise they deserve. These are Israeli men and women acting from a feeling of personal responsibility, vision and national mission, each in his field, and often while sacrificing their personal welfare and even endangering their personal security.

This Lion of Zion prize is awarded to Israeli citizens, residents of Israel, who best personify modern Zionism in Israel in their actions, addressing the challenges that face Zionism today, in spheres such as education, research, settlement, culture, defense and security. Winners receive cash prizes.

You have the opportunity to nominate someone who inspires you. Deadline is January 29. Go to
www.moskowitzprize.com for details and to submit your nomination.

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

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THE PRIZE DOESN'T ALWAYS GO TO THE MOST DESERVING...
Posted by CPocerl, January 20, 2010.
 

Irena Sendler

There recently was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena. During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an 'ulterior motive' ... She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews, (being German.) Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids..) She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.. During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize ... She was not selected. Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

Powerful message, especially the "cartoon." Let us never forget!

63 YEARS LATER

In MEMORIAM — 63 YEARS LATER

Please read the little cartoon carefully, it's powerful. Then read the comments at the end. I'm doing my small part by forwarding this message. I hope you'll consider doing the same. In Memoriam

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians,10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated with the German and Russian Peoples looking the other way!

Now, more than ever, with Iraq, Iran, and others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth', it's imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.

This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide!

Join us and be a link in the memorial chain and help us distribute it around the world.

Please send this e-mail to people you know and ask them to continue the memorial chain.

Please don' t just delete it.

It will only take you a minute to pass this along. Thanks

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BBC: DENYING JEWISH JERUSALEM
Posted by Honest Reporting, January 20, 2010.

The BBC's flagship documentary distorts Jewish history and rights to Jerusalem while promoting a one-sided and biased agenda. This article is archived at
http://www.honestreporting.com/articles/45884734/critiques/ new/BBC_Denying_Jewish_Jerusalem.asp

 

The BBC's flagship documentary distorts Jewish history and rights to Jerusalem while promoting a one-sided and biased agenda.

On 18 January, the BBC's flagship documentary program, Panorama, focused on tensions in the area of eastern Jerusalem adjacent to the Old City.

Any pretence at balance is thrown out of the window as reporter Jane Corbin makes it clear that, under the BBC's own interpretation of international law, anything that Israel does in that part of the city is illegal, setting the tone for the entire 30 minute program.

Thus, Israelis are presented as usurpers of Palestinian rights and property in eastern Jerusalem in a one-sided piece of agitprop. As analyst Robin Shepherd writes:

Rarely will you get a clearer insight into the flagrant institutional bias inside the world's most powerful media outlet than this. The slipperiness of the tactics employed, the unabashed censorship of vital historical context, and the blatant pursuit of a political agenda constituted a lesson in the techniques of modern day propaganda. It was something to behold.

Here we examine some of the assumptions, claims and biases that underpin this edition of Panorama.

Denying Jewish Rights to Jerusalem

The BBC's institutional anti-Israel bias often manifests itself not in what is broadcast but what is left out. Panorama is no different. The BBC reports events as though Jewish history in Jerusalem begins in 1948, thus omitting thousands of years of Jewish attachment to the city, including those areas of eastern Jerusalem that are the subject of Panorama's investigation.

The only time that the eastern part of Jerusalem was exclusively Arab was between 1949 and 1967, and that was because Jordan occupied the area and forcibly expelled all the Jews.

As Mitchell Bard makes clear, before 1865, the entire population of Jerusalem lived behind the Old City walls (what today would be considered part of the eastern part of the city). Later, the city began to expand beyond the walls because of population growth, and both Jews and Arabs began to build in new areas of the city.

By the time of partition, a thriving Jewish community was living in the eastern part of Jerusalem, an area that included the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. This area of the city also contains many sites of importance to the Jewish religion, including the City of David, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. In addition, major institutions like Hebrew University and the original Hadassah Hospital are on Mount Scopus — in eastern Jerusalem.

Palestinian House Demolitions

Corbin's tone gives the impression that she just so happens to be strolling through eastern Jerusalem before coming across Israeli authorities carrying out a house demolition almost as if this is a daily occurrence. She disingenuously pulls a supposed list of dozens more demolitions scheduled to take place, claiming: < Demolitions have been increasing in recent days, and in fact, we've got hold of a list that shows there's another 40 to go before the end of the year. That's because the municipal government has a budget that it has to use up for demolitions.

In response, the Jerusalem Municipality issued the following statement:

The amount of demolitions carried out by the Jerusalem Municipality every year is determined solely by the number of illegally constructed buildings erected by those residents who flouted the law.

The number of structural demolitions conducted in eastern Jerusalem by the Jerusalem Municipality actually decreased in 2009 — from 86 in 2008 to 65 in 2009, a 25% decrease.

Further, there is simply no connection whatsoever between the annual budget of the Jerusalem Municipality and the number of demolitions conducted.

Throughout the program, Ms. Corbin presents a completely and utterly false representation of the facts and a distasteful distortion of reality.

It would be prudent to ask Ms. Corbin what happened to her alleged list of 40 planned demolitions since her filming in late 2009. You'll easily find yet another one of her distasteful distortions.

Furthermore, viewers are treated to emotive scenes and Palestinian claims that such demolitions are driven by "racism" and "ethnic cleansing" while Jewish residents of Jerusalem are not subjected to similar demolition orders.

As human rights lawyer Justus Reid Weiner found in his research, illegal building by Palestinians has reached epidemic proportions while in the Jewish neighborhoods, illegal construction typically takes the form of additions to existing legal structures — such as closing a balcony or hollowing out under a building to create an extra room. In the Arab sector, however, illegal construction often takes the form of entire multi-floor buildings with 4 to 25 living units, built with the financial assistance of the Palestinian Authority on land that is not owned by the builder.

In addition:

  • The same procedures for administrative demolition orders apply to both Jews and Arabs in all parts of the city, as a final backstop to remove structures built illegally on roadbeds or land designated for schools, clinics, and the like.

  • Despite frequent accusations that the city's planning policy seeks to "Judaize" Jerusalem, the Arab population of the city has increased since 1967 from 27% to 32%. Moreover, since 1967 new Arab construction has outpaced Jewish construction.

The Hanoun Family Eviction

The eviction of the Hanouns has become something of a cause celebre with the family camped in the street outside of their previous home making for a compelling media story and propaganda tool. Once again, the BBC does its best to portray the Palestinians as victims of Israeli malice.

However, the Hanoun case is not quite so simple having been subject to legal activity dating back decades. After 1948 the neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Shimon HaTzadik came under Jordanian control and the Jewish-owned land was handed over to the Jordanian Custodian of Enemy Property. In the mid-1950s the Jordanian government settled Arabs there. They took over the homes of the Jews and paid rent to the Jordanian Custodian.

Although a Jewish institutional presence has been established in the area in the form of Israeli governmental offices and services, Jewish groups have sought to establish a residential presence as well. This is being done through property and land acquisitions, and by judicial means. To date, this activity has achieved a residential presence of no more than ten families who are living in a small part of the Shimon HaTzadik neighborhood from which Jews had been evicted in 1948.

There are dozens of pending court cases and legal proceedings seeking to remove Arab tenants on the grounds that they have not been paying rent to the rightful owners — the Committee of the Sephardic Community and the Ashkenazi Assembly of Israel, who purchased the land in the second part of the nineteenth century. In some of these cases, eviction notices have been issued, although the Israel Police has delayed the actual evictions due to international pressure.

After 1967, control over Jewish-owned property in the Shimon HaTzadik neighborhood that had been seized by Arabs was transferred from the Jordanian Custodian of Enemy Property to the Israeli Custodian of Absentee Property. In 1972 the Israeli Custodian released the land back to its owners (the Committee of the Sephardic Community and the Ashkenazi Assembly of Israel). In 1988 the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the 28 Arab families living on the premises enjoy the status of "Protected Residents," but that the ownership of the land belongs to the two Jewish organizations.

Ten years later, in 1998, Jews entered deserted houses in the neighborhood. At the same time, a slow process of evicting Arab families who apparently refused to pay rent to the two Jewish organizations was begun.

Indeed, as both the New York Times and Guardian wrote, the Hanouns had refused to pay rent for years and thus eviction orders were served.

For more on this issue see this Jerusalem Post Analysis: Arabs, Jews don't have equal rights to recover pre-1948 properties.

A Shooting in Silwan

Jane Corbin makes a big deal out of the fact that some of the Jews living in eastern Jerusalem are armed. As if to illustrate the apparent threat that this poses to the Arab residents of the area, she interviews the victim of a shooting incident that took place in September 2009 involving a Jewish gunman. Operating under standard BBC procedures, viewers are treated to scenes of crying children and a story of suffering. There is no interview with any Israeli spokespeople regarding the incident. While it is not in dispute that the Palestinian was shot, the BBC relies solely on his testimony without any Israeli response.

Had Corbin been concerned with balance or accuracy, she could have contacted the Israel Police, something that HonestReporting did. Police Foreign Press Spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld explained:

Upon arriving at the scene, a police investigation was opened and a suspect was immediately detained for questioning for being involved in the incident.

The suspect a twenty year old man said in his statement that he had been surrounded by six Arabs inside the neighborhood and then was attacked by them. In an act of self defense only and after being surrounded he had used his weapon.

Unfortunately after the incident local Arab residents rioted in the neighborhood and police had to call in extra units who quickly maintained the situation and prevented any further rioting.

As Rosenfeld points out, this was one isolated incident that could have taken place in any of the neighborhoods in Jerusalem both Jewish or Arab.

Contrary to the impression given by the BBC, it is, in fact, Jewish residents of Jerusalem who have far more to fear from their Arab neighbors. While the incident described above is remarkably rare, not so rare were the suicide bombings, stabbings and even bulldozer attacks that have been carried out by Palestinian terrorists residing in eastern Jerusalem.

The armed guards and security in the area is necessary to protect not only Jews but also Jewish holy sites from potential Arab extremists.

Foreign Jews Changing Jerusalem's Demographics

Nadav Shragai writes that Jews from abroad are not the only ones buying property in Jerusalem. Munib al-Masri, a Palestinian millionaire from Nablus who holds American citizenship, is planning to purchase property 900 meters from the Teddy Kollek Stadium, not far from Jerusalem's Malha shopping mall. His investment company is planning to build 150 housing units next to Beit Safafa, according to company chairman Samir Halayla. Until 1967, Beit Safafa was an Arab village south of Jerusalem divided between Israel and Jordan. After the war it became an area where Jews and Arabs lived together, generally as good neighbors.

The Gulf States, the PLO, and Palestinian millionaires such as al-Masri and the late Abd al-Majid Shuman have all invested funds to purchase property and support construction for Palestinian Arabs. The Jerusalem Treasury Fund affiliated with the Jerusalem Committee headed by King Hassan of Morocco is also active. The Jerusalem Foundation for Development and Investment was founded in Jordan, and there are several similar funds and foundations in Saudi Arabia.23 Foreign donations from Qatar were also involved in the construction of 58 housing units recently completed in Beit Hanina under the auspices of the Arab teachers' association.

On July 19, 2009, Yuval Diskin, head of the Israel Security Agency, reported to the Israeli government on the extensive efforts of the Palestinian Authority and its security apparatuses to prevent Palestinian land from being sold to Jews, especially in eastern Jerusalem.

Regardless of these ongoing struggles, the State of Israel does not limit or forbid the purchase or sale of property or land within Jerusalem, which is under Israeli law, whether the individuals involved are Jews or Arabs.

Archaeology in the Hands of "Right-Wing" Groups

The BBC claims that right-wing Jewish groups have been left responsible for politically sensitive archaeological sites in eastern Jerusalem. In fact, all archaeological work in Jerusalem is carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority, an independent government body with a sterling international reputation.

BBC: Failing to Reflect Reality

Robin Shepherd, who picks up many other flaws in BBC's Panorama, concludes:

Well, you get the picture. Obviously the issue of Jerusalem excites passions inside Israel and outside it. Reasonable people can disagree on it. There are many shades of opinion to be assessed. And there is no reason why a BBC documentary should not reflect that. The problem is that the documentary does not reflect that reality at all.

Every Jewish step in East Jerusalem is presented as wrong and dangerous. All the important context has been removed. A clear ideological agenda has been pushed at the expense of basic standards of fair reporting.

Welcome to the world of the BBC. And welcome to yet another illustration of the slippery path to the delegitimisation of the world's only Jewish state.

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SAUDI GIRL, 13, SENTENCED TO 90 LASHES. SHE TOOK A CELL PHONE TO SCHOOL
Posted by CPocerl, January 20, 2010.
 

A 13-year-old girl has been sentenced to 90 lashes and two months' prison in Saudi Arabia after she took a mobile phone to school. A court ordered the girl to be flogged in front of her classmates following an assault on the school principal, according to the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Watan. After the assault she was discovered to have concealed a mobile phone, breaking strict Saudi regulations banning the use of camera-equipped phones in girls' schools.

Brutal: public floggings, such as in this archive picture, are a common punishment handed down by religious courts in Saudi Arabia

Al-Watan said a court in the northeastern Gulf port of Jubail had sentenced the girl to 90 lashes inside her school, followed by two months' detention.

The punishment is harsher than tha dished out to some robbers and looters.

Saudi Arabia, a leading US ally in the Middle East, is an absolute monarchy controlled by the Al-Saud ruling tribe, and lacks any legal code.

King Abdullah has promoted some social reforms since taking the throne in 2005 but diplomats say he is held back by religious clerics and princes. Cinemas and music concerts are banned, while many restaurants and even some shopping centres cater to families only, especially on holidays.

Religious police roam streets to make sure no unrelated men and women mix.

The Saudi court system is exclusively controlled Wahahbi/Salafi clerics, and bans the employment of non-Salafi citizens, especially as judges.

Saudi Arabia is the world's leading country in the use of torture-by-flogging, public beheadings and publically crucifying condemned prisoners.

The country crucified two people in 2009, including one in the capital Riyadh during President Barak Obama's visit last April.

In September, twenty Saudi teenagers who ransacked shops and restaurants were publicly flogged.

Newspapers reported that the teenagers received at least 30 lashes each in a public square.

Most of the hijackers in the September 11 attacks in 2001 came from Saudi Arabia.

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ISRAEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE "SIEGE" ON GAZA
Posted by Daily Alert, January 20, 2010.

This was written by Avi Tarengo, an Israeli researcher and journalist, and an expert on terror financing. It appeared on the Shalom Life webite
http://www.shalomlife.com/eng/3916/Israel_is_Not_Responsible_ for_the_Siege_on_Gaza/Page1/

 

Amnesty International has called on Israel to end "the siege on the Gaza Strip". The problem with this is that one word, "Egypt", is missing. According to Amnesty, the Gaza Strip has no opening to the world other than the border with Israel. The timing of the campaign is not coincidental: "The Mubarak Line" which is being established on the Egypt-Gaza Strip border is an excellent opportunity to place responsibilities towards the civilian population of Gaza on Israel's shoulders.

Does Israel have any policy regarding the Gaza Strip? Meaningful policy is supposed to take into account Israel's long-term interests, including its perception by the world. Five years ago, Israel vacated its citizens and army and left Gazans a well-developed economical and agricultural infrastructure. Since the disengagement, Israeli "policy" towards the Gaza Strip has been outlined by a series of symbolic and random decisions, most of them contradicting one another. The indecision regarding Israel's position in the Gaza Strip can be expressed by the lack of an answer to this simple question: Is Israel still the "occupying force" in the Gaza Strip? The lack of a clear policy is what allowed Judge Goldstone to place the responsibility on Israel as the "occupying force" which is supposed to take care of all the needs of the Strip's residents.

Unlike Israel, Egypt administrates a clear policy, which slowly but consistently advances Egypt towards achieving its goals. "The Mubarak Line" is not meant to serve Israel's interests nor is it meant to stop the smuggling of rockets to the Gaza Strip, as Egyptian ambassador Al Hadidi explained so well to the Turks (who complained of the difficulties in transferring aid to the Gaza Strip through Egypt): "Our goal is to prevent the detachment of the Gaza Strip from the West Bank. The Gaza Strip must remain under the status of Territory considered occupied by Israel, and the humanitarian aid must come from there — not from Egypt. Recognizing Gaza as an independent entity will damage Palestinian unity and will harm the Palestinians' cause — remove it from the world's agenda."

The Egyptian ambassador is very much aware of what he is saying: When two weeks ago a "supply convoy" by activists making its way to the Gaza Strip was blocked in Egypt, it did not lead to angry articles in the world press. This is in contrast to a nonstop worldwide protest about how Israel is supposedly imposing a "siege". The world press considers any difference in opinion between Egyptian authorities and Hamas authorities as an internal Arab issue, one of many local conflicts which are not worthy of coverage by the international press — and this is precisely what Egypt is worried about: That the split between Hamas' regime in the Gaza Strip and the Fatah's regime in the West Bank will allow Israel to reduce it's assistance to the Gaza Strip which would naturally impose this burden on Gaza southern neighbor — Egypt.

It is surprising that the Egyptians attribute to Israel the ability to administrate a policy. Had they checked, they would have found that the issue of completing the civic disengagement from Gaza has been routinely removed from Israeli government agenda due to constrains placed by economic interests.

Rice Yes, Pasta No

Although Israel is proud of the fact that the scope of aid to the Gaza Strip has increased by a whopping 28% during 2009, the worldwide press and even the American senate are complaining about the decision to allow rice into the Strip but to disallow the transfer of pasta. This way, the worldwide press can write about the "Israeli siege" (which naturally leads to the reversal of this specific decision).

In response to the criticism, Israel is now opening the passageways in order to import strawberries from the Gaza Strip (imports which will add foreign currencies to Hamas' regime), allows export of flowers from Gaza to Europe and increases the transfer of funds in cash from the EU into Gaza bank accounts. At the same time, individuals with economical interests in Israel continue to profit by transferring apples and fuel to the Gaza market as well as profiteering from monetary transactions with Gaza banks.

Mubarak and Aboul Gheit can stop worrying — Israel's policy consists of an attempt to imagine that we are the Gaza Strip's "Big Brother", to "show Hamas" and the entire world that "we are still in control", although this statement has absolutely no bearing in facts or create any meaningful political gain for Israel.

For this purpose, Israel continues to maintain the "customs envelope" which is common to Israel and Gaza, and the Bank of Israel takes care in preventing the collapse of the banks in Hamastan by regular infusion of cash — cash which actually finances the booming tunnel trade.

Hamas — A Member Group of the Muslim Brotherhood

The construction of the Mubarak Line was intended to serve an additional Egyptian interest: In Egypt, Mubarak knows well how to deal with the Muslim Brotherhood and keep it under a tight leash (Why doesn't Amnesty focus on the question of how Egypt deals with in-house opposition?). But to deal with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Egypt must apply external control: The Mubarak Line gives Egypt the opportunity to use a carrot and stick approach by modulating the amount of materials smuggled. Whenever Hamas' policy is not to Egypt's liking, Egyptian police tightens the screws, conducts operations to seize goods and the Gaza economy is pressured. The pressure is only removed when Hamas understands the message and straightens itself according to Egyptian policy. The smuggling tap is slowly opened. Egypt would never fully close or fully open the smuggling tap: The modulation is a key to effective external control over Hamas and directing it to operate according to Egypt desire.

The Egyptians use similar tactics regarding the opening of the Rafah border: Using an excuse that The PA (so called "President Abu Mazen's") forces are the only force allowed to operate border passport control, Egypt has refused to open the border for the past three years (causing some to point the blame at Israel). Of course this creates an impossible situation, so to alleviate the "humanitarian situation" Egypt opens the border for Gazans who are "stranded" at the border. Such openings are done almost every week but are described by Egypt as "one-time only" — to justify the fact that the opening takes place without the presence of the PA forces.

The result is that thousands of Gazans pass through the crossing every month, but only when Egypt coordinates this "abnormally" with Hamas' Interior Ministry. The crossing opens and closes at Egypt's will. How does Amnesty call this phenomenon, which repeats itself every week for the past 36 months? "The Israeli Siege on Gaza".

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ISRAELI SURGEON IN HAITI ALLOWS A CRACK OF EMOTION
Posted by Daily Alert, January 20, 2010.

This was written by Catherine Bremer and was posted by Reuters and is archived at
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60I4GP20100119

 

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) — The key to working in a disaster zone hospital, where casualties pile up faster than patients can be discharged, is to avoid getting emotionally involved, says Dr. Ofer Merin, an Israeli army trauma surgeon working in the earthquake-shattered Haitian capital.

Merin, heading a fully equipped hospital brought in by the Israeli military, said the hardest job was triage — deciding which casualties were most likely to live with quick treatment or most benefit from intensive care without blocking up beds.

It also is vital not to fret about what will happen to orphaned children with limbs in casts who have to be discharged to free up needed beds, Merin said.

"These are ethical decisions we're not used to taking," he told Reuters on a break from his around-the-clock schedule.

"You try to have almost no emotional connection with the patients, which is so different to what we do back home. You just cannot get emotional in a disaster this big."

He breaks into a grin, though, over four babies born at the camp hospital. One of them is a tiny girl named Sourire — French for "Smile" — whose two-months-premature birth may have been triggered by the trauma of Tuesday's massive earthquake.

As Merin shows off the facilities, a skinny 6-year-old girl called Jessica is carried in, plastered with grime, dust and flies, and is scrubbed from head to foot with disinfectant.

Six days after the quake, she has just been dug out of the rubble of her collapsed family home. She is too weak to stand so her aunt, who cannot stop repeating "Thank you, God," holds the trembling girl upright for a nurse.

"When they lifted her out we could not believe she was alive," the aunt told Reuters. "She opened her eyes wide and said, 'My name is Jessica Chatain and I am hungry and thirsty.' She didn't cry but her parents wept a human sea."

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake killed up to 200,000 people and has left countless victims with horrific injuries.

Foreign governments and aid agencies have flown in medics from around the world but they were only able to get to work in the past couple of days. Some are working in dilapidated hospitals crammed with wailing patients in insanitary conditions.

HARD NOT TO CRY

Set up in green army tents on a soccer field near the airport but equipped to treat even complex injuries, the Israeli military hospital is strangely quiet and scrupulously clean. Patients are identified with bar codes and their progress is tracked on a computer network.

Within hours of the surgeons, paramedics, nurses and soldiers landing late on Friday, people on makeshift stretchers with crushed, gangrenous limbs were lined up outside for beds in the intensive care, pediatric, orthopedic and other wards.

More than 300 patients have been treated and discharged.

In intensive care is a woman whose arm was cut off at the rescue scene to free her. In the operating theater another woman is having her leg amputated above the knee to save her from a potentially lethal infection.

Experts say that with earthquakes, trauma to the head often means instant death and chest trauma can mean dying a day later. With damage to limbs victims can survive a few days before the infection of an open wound or broken bone sets in.

"That's why at this stage most of what we're seeing are orthopedic cases," Merin said.

He tries to stick to his ban on sentiment but wavers at the sound of nurses cheering on another woman in labor in the maternity ward tent.

Jessica was buried alive because she tried to hide under stairs when the rest of her family jumped out of the window of their home. Now she lies contentedly in the pediatric ward with a drip in her arm and Merin cracks a little bit.

"Six days underground and look at her now," he mutters. "She's going to be fine. These are the times it's hard not to cry."

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PLANT FRUIT TREES IN YESHA!
Posted by Manhigut Yehudit, January 20, 2010.
 

The current government has issued a horrific decree against our brothers and sisters in YESHA (Judea and Samaria). At the present time, they are not allowed to build houses, businesses, schools, shuls or even fences around their yards! Manhigut Yehudit is fighting this "freeze" as best as we can and with G-d's help we will succeed to overturn it quickly.

In the meantime, while building is forbidden, planting is not! Therefore, as we approach the wonderful holiday of Tu B'Shvat, it is our goal to help the pioneers of YESHA plant 20,000 new fruit trees. This year Tu B'Shvat is celebrated on January 31, 2010.

In the words of King Solomon in the book of Proverbs, "A tree is life". These fruit trees will indeed bring new life to the Jews of YESHA.

Help us achieve this goal!

Trees can be planted "In honor of" or "In memory of" loved ones or special events.

Full color, personalized certificates will be mailed to EVERY ONE taking part in this program!

Attention synagogues, families and communities:

Plant 100 trees and receive your own private vineyard or olive grove! A beautiful wooden sign will be placed at the entrance to the vineyard or olive grove with your name and special dedication. This was done recently by Eluzer Kowalsky of Brooklyn, NY who planted a 100 tree vineyard in memory of his father, Rabbi Shalom Kowalsky zt"l, long time Rabbi of the Young Israel of Hillcrest.

Please pass this email to as many people as possible. Our goal is to help our brothers and sisters plant 5,000 new fruit trees before Tu B'Shvat. Manhigut Yehudit is getting calls every day from many communities across Israel who need assistance and we would love to help them all!

For more information, please call Shmuel Sackett at (516) 295-3222 or email: shmuel@manhigut.org

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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THE [TRUE] GREEN AGENDA
Posted by Boris Celser, January 19, 2010.

There is enough crap on this page to overwhelm the largest latrine system in the world.

These below are from http://green-agenda.com

This is from Jack Golbert

You really need to look at this carefully.

The fraud of global warming was manifest long before the purloined emails. The examples from the first part of this collection are instructive.

Furthermore, among the main movers of the agenda are people who do not love nature. They hate humanity. Some examples:

 

"Global Sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control."
- Professor Maurice King

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"We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects. We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of acres of presently settled land."
— David Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!

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"My three main goals would be to reduce human population to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness, with it's full complement of species, returning throughout the world."
-Dave Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!

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"Mankind is the most dangerous, destructive, selfish and unethical animal on the earth."
— Michael Fox, vice-president of The Humane Society

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"Human beings, as a species, have no more value than slugs."
— Jo hn Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal

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"Humans on the Earth behave in some ways like a pathogenic micro-organism, or like the cells of a tumor."
— Sir James Lovelock, Healing Gaia

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"The Earth has cancer and the cancer is Man."
— Club of Rome, Mankind at the Turning Point

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"A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells; the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people. We must shift our efforts from the treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer. The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions.''
— Prof Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb

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"I don't claim to have any special interest in natural history, but as a boy I was made aware of the annual fluctuations in the number of game animals and the need to adjust the cull to the size of the surplus population."
— Prince Philip, preface of Down to Earth

Prince Philip is a co-founder of the World Wildlife Fund, together with Prince Bernhard of Holland, a Nazi in the 1930's and who assisted the transport of Nazis to Latin America near the end of the war. (See, e.g.,
www.infowars.com/dutch-publication-prince- bernhard-was-deeply-involved-in-weapons-trade/)

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"A reasonable estimate for an industrialized world society at the present North American material standard of living would be 1 billion. At the more frugal European standard of living, 2 to 3 billion would be possible."
- United Nations, Global Biodiversity Assessment

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"A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal."
- Ted Turner, founder of CNN and major UN donor

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"... the resultant ideal sustainable population is hence more than 500 million but less than one billion."
- Club of Rome, Goals for Mankind

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"One America burdens the earth much more than twenty Bangladeshes. This is a terrible thing to say. In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it's just as bad not to say it."
- Jacques Cousteau, UNESCO Courier

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"If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels."
- Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, patron of the World Wildlife Fund

[JG: But he loves nature and animals. See above about the WWW.]

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"I suspect that eradicating small pox was wrong. It played an important part in balancing ecosystems."
— John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal

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"The extinction of the human species may not only be inevitable but a good thing."
— Christopher Manes, Earth First!

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"The extinction of Homo Sapiens would mean survival for millions, if not billions, of Earth-dwelling species. Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on Earth — social and environmental."
— Ingrid Newkirk, former President of PETA
[JG: But they love animals. Don't they?]

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"Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing." — David Brower, first Executive Director of the Sierra Club

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"Christianity is our foe. If animal rights is to succeed, we must destroy the Judeo-Christian Religious tradition."
- Peter Singer, founder of Animal Rights

[JG note:] He is opposed to killing anything with a developed nervous system, even lobsters, but is in favor of abortion and even infanticide for the first month of life, maybe longer.

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http://green-agenda.com/images/banner.gif

We should all want to be wise and careful stewards of the beautiful planet we call home. But most of us realise that humans in general are not being good stewards. We are wasteful with our natural resources and have reduced biodiversity. Therefore, when we read about groups and organisations calling for a 'green revolution' and a new relationship between humanity and nature it is easy to agree with their ideas.

However, certain aspects of the modern green movement that is permeating every segment of our society are not about protecting the environment. You don't have to dig very deep to discover the true beliefs of the influential leaders who are using genuine concerns about the environment to promote an agenda of fear and control. Please carefully consider the implications of the opinions that they so openly and freely express:
(references and sources for the quotes below can be found here)

"The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself." — Club of Rome, premier environmental think-tank, consultants to the United Nations

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"We need to get some broad based support, to capture the public's imagination... So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts... Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest." — Prof. Stephen Schneider, Stanford Professor of Climatology, lead author of many IPCC reports

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"We've got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy." — Timothy Wirth, President of the UN Foundation

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"No matter if the science of global warming is all phony... climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world." — Christine Stewart, former Canadian Minister of the Environment

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"The data doesn't matter. We're not basing our recommendations on the data. We're basing them on the climate models." — Prof. Chris Folland, Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research

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"The models are convenient fictions that provide something very useful." — Dr David Frame, climate modeler, Oxford University

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"I believe it is appropriate to have an 'over-representation' of the facts on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience." — Al Gore, Climate Change activist

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"It doesn't matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true." — Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace

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"Unless we announce disasters no one will listen." — Sir John Houghton, first chairman of IPCC

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"The only way to get our society to truly change is to frighten people with the possibility of a catastrophe." — emeritus professor Daniel Botkin

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"The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift Global Consciousness to a higher level." — Al Gore, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

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"We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis..." — David Rockefeller, Club of Rome executive member

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"Humanity is sitting on a time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet's climate system into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced — a catastrophe of our own making." — Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth

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"We are getting close to catastrophic tipping points, despite the fact that most people barely notice the warming yet." — Dr James Hansen, NASA researcher

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"By the end of this century climate change will reduce the human population to a few breeding pairs surviving near the Arctic." — Sir James Lovelock, Revenge of Gaia

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"Climate Change will result in a catastrophic global sea level rise of seven meters. That's bye-bye most of Bangladesh, Netherlands, Florida and would make London the new Atlantis." — Greenpeace International

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"This planet is on course for a catastrophe. The existence of Life itself is at stake." — Dr Tim Flannery, Principal Research Scientist

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"Coal makes us sick. Oil makes us sick. It's global warming. It's ruining our country. It's ruining our world." — Harry Reid, U.S. Senate majority leader

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"Climate Change is the greatest threat that human civilization has ever faced." — Angela Merkel, German Chancellor

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"Climate change is real. Not only is it real, it's here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster." — Barack Obama, US President

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"We simply must do everything we can in our power to slow down global warming before it is too late." — Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California

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"Climate change should be seen as the greatest challenge to ever face mankind." — Prince Charles

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"Climate change makes us all global citizens, we are truly all in this together." — Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister

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"We have reached the critical moment of decision on climate change. Failure to act to now would be deeply and unforgivably irresponsible. We urgently require a global environmental revolution." — Tony Blair, former British PM

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"We are close to a time when all of humankind will envision a global agenda that encompasses a kind of Global Marshall Plan to address the causes of poverty and suffering and environmental destruction all over the earth." — Al Gore, Earth in the Balance

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"In Nature organic growth proceeds according to a Master Plan, a Blueprint. Such a 'master plan' is missing from the process of growth and development of the world system. Now is the time to draw up a master plan for sustainable growth and world development based on global allocation of all resources and a new global economic system. Ten or twenty years form today it will probably be too late." — Club of Rome, Mankind at the Turning Point

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"We need a new paradigm of development in which the environment will be a priority. World civilization as we know it will soon end. We have very little time and we must act. If we can address the environmental problem, it will have to be done within a new system, a new paradigm. We have to change our mindset, the way humankind views the world." — Mikhail Gorbachev, founder of Green Cross International

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"The concept of national sovereignty has been immutable, indeed a sacred principle of international relations. It is a principle which will yield only slowly and reluctantly to the new imperatives of global environmental cooperation." — UN Commission on Global Governance report

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"Democracy is not a panacea. It cannot organize everything and it is unaware of its own limits. These facts must be faced squarely. Sacrilegious though this may sound, democracy is no longer well suited for the tasks ahead. The complexity and the technical nature of many of today's problems do not always allow elected representatives to make competent decisions at the right time." — Club of Rome, The First Global Revolution

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"The emerging 'environmentalization' of our civilization and the need for vigorous action in the interest of the entire global community will inevitably have multiple political consequences. Perhaps the most important of them will be a gradual change in the status of the United Nations. Inevitably, it must assume some aspects of a world government." — Mikhail Gorbachev, State of the World Forum

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"I envisage the prinicles of the Earth Charter to be a new form of the ten commandments. They lay the foundation for a sustainable global earth community." — Mikhail Gorbachev, co-author of The Earth Charter

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"In my view, after fifty years of service in the United Nations system, I perceive the utmost urgency and absolute necessity for proper Earth government. There is no shadow of a doubt that the present political and economic systems are no longer appropriate and will lead to the end of life evolution on this planet. We must therefore absolutely and urgently look for new ways." — Dr Robert Muller, UN Assistant Secretary General,

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"Nations are in effect ceding portions of their sovereignty to the international community and beginning to create a new system of international environmental governance as a means of solving otherwise unmanageable crises." — Lester Brown, WorldWatch Institute

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"Regionalism must precede globalism. We foresee a seamless system of governance from local communities, individual states, regional unions and up through to the United Nations itself." — UN Commission on Global Governance

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"A keen and anxious awareness is evolving to suggest that fundamental changes will have to take place in the world order and its power structures, in the distribution of wealth and income. Perhaps only a new and enlightened humanism can permit mankind to negotiate this transition." — Club of Rome, Mankind at the Turning Point

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"The alternative to the existing world order can only emerge as a result of a new human dimension of progress. We envision a revolution of the mind, a new way of thinking." — Mikhail Gorbachev, State of the World Forum

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"We require a central organizing principle — one agreed to voluntarily. Minor shifts in policy, moderate improvement in laws and regulations, rhetoric offered in lieu of genuine change — these are all forms of appeasement, designed to satisfy the public's desire to believe that sacrifice, struggle and a wrenching transformation of society will not be necessary." — Al Gore, Earth in the Balance

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"Adopting a central organizing principle... means embarking on an all-out effort to use every policy and program, every law and institution... to halt the destruction of the environment." — Al Gore, Earth in the Balance

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"Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced a major shift in the priorities of both governments and individuals and an unprecedented redeployment of human and financial resources. This shift will demand that a concern for the environmental consequences of every human action be integrated into individual and collective decision-making at every level." — UN Agenda 21

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"The current course of development is thus clearly unsustainable. Current problems cannot be solved by piecemeal measures. More of the same is not enough. Radical change from the current trajectory is not an option, but an absolute necessity. Fundamental economic, social and cultural changes that address the root causes of poverty and environmental degradation are required and they are required now." — from the Earth Charter website

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"The goal now is a socialist, redistributionist society, which is nature's proper steward and society's only hope." — David Brower, founder of Friends of the Earth

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"If we don't overthrow capitalism, we don't have a chance of saving the world ecologically. I think it is possible to have an ecologically sound society under socialism. I don't think it is possible under capitalism" — Judi Bari, principal organiser of Earth First!

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"Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn't it our responsiblity to bring that about?" — Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Programme

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"A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States. De-development means bringing our economic system into line with the realities of ecology and the world resource situation." - Paul Ehrlich, Professor of Population Studies

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"The only hope for the world is to make sure there is not another United States. We can't let other countries have the same number of cars, the amount of industrialization, we have in the US. We have to stop these Third World countries right where they are." — Michael Oppenheimer, Environmental Defense Fund

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"Global Sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control." — Professor Maurice King

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"We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects. We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of acres of presently settled land." — David Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!

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"Complex technology of any sort is an assault on human dignity. It would be little short of disastrous for us to discover a source of clean, cheap, abundant energy, because of what we might do with it." — Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute

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"The prospect of cheap fusion energy is the worst thing that could happen to the planet." — Jeremy Rifkin, Greenhouse Crisis Foundation

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"Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun." — Prof Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University

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"Our insatiable drive to rummage deep beneath the surface of the earth is a willful expansion of our dysfunctional civilization into Nature." — Al Gore, Earth in the Balance

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"The big threat to the planet is people: there are too many, doing too well economically and burning too much oil." — Sir James Lovelock, BBC Interview

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"My three main goals would be to reduce human population to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness, with it's full complement of species, returning throughout the world." -Dave Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!

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"Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class — involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, air-conditioning, and suburban housing — are not sustainable." — Maurice Strong, Rio Earth Summit

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"Mankind is the most dangerous, destructive, selfish and unethical animal on the earth." — Michael Fox, vice-president of The Humane Society

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"Human beings, as a species, have no more value than slugs." — John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal

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"Humans on the Earth behave in some ways like a pathogenic micro-organism, or like the cells of a tumor." — Sir James Lovelock, Healing Gaia

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"The Earth has cancer and the cancer is Man." — Club of Rome, Mankind at the Turning Point

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"A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells; the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people. We must shift our efforts from the treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer. The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions.'' — Prof Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb

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"I don't claim to have any special interest in natural history, but as a boy I was made aware of the annual fluctuations in the number of game animals and the need to adjust the cull to the size of the surplus population." — Prince Philip, preface of Down to Earth

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"A reasonable estimate for an industrialized world society at the present North American material standard of living would be 1 billion. At the more frugal European standard of living, 2 to 3 billion would be possible." — United Nations, Global Biodiversity Assessment

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"A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal." — Ted Turner, founder of CNN and major UN donor

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"... the resultant ideal sustainable population is hence more than 500 million but less than one billion." — Club of Rome, Goals for Mankind

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"One America burdens the earth much more than twenty Bangladeshes. This is a terrible thing to say. In order to stabilize world population,we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it's just as bad not to say it." — Jacques Cousteau, UNESCO Courier

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"If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels." — Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, patron of the World Wildlife Fund

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"I suspect that eradicating small pox was wrong. It played an important part in balancing ecosystems." — John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal

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"The extinction of the human species may not only be inevitable but a good thing." — Christopher Manes, Earth First!

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"The extinction of Homo Sapiens would mean survival for millions, if not billions, of Earth-dwelling species. Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on Earth — social and environmental." — Ingrid Newkirk, former President of PETA

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"Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing." — David Brower, first Executive Director of the Sierra Club

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"The fate of mankind, as well as of religion, depends upon the emergence of a new faith in the future. Armed with such a faith, we might find it possible to resanctify the earth." — Al Gore, Earth in the Balance

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"The greatest hope for the Earth lies in religionists and scientists uniting to awaken the world to its near fatal predicament and then leading mankind out of the bewildering maze of international crises into the future Utopia of humanist hope." — Club of Rome, Goals for Mankind

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"What an incredible planet in the universe this will be when we will be one human family living in justice, peace, love and harmony with our divine Earth, with each other and with the heavens." — Robert Muller, UN Assistant Secretary General

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"The earth is literally our mother, not only because we depend on her for nurture and shelter but even more because the human species has been shaped by her in the womb of evolution.... Our salvation depends upon our ability to create a religion of nature." — Rene Dubos, board member, Planetary Citizens

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"Each element, plant, insect, fish and animal represents a certain aspect of Gaia's — and our — being. In a way, we are Gaia's intelligence and awareness — currently lost in self-destructive madness. We must acknowledge, respect and love her for being the Mother she is to us or we deny our very selves. Nurture the Mother as she nurtures us." — Prof. Michael J. Cohen, Ecopsychologist

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"It is the responsibility of each human being today to choose between the force of darkness and the force of light. We must therefore transform our attitudes, and adopt a renewed respect for the superior laws of Divine Nature." — Maurice Strong, first Secretary General of UNEP

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"The spirit of our planet is stirring! The Consciousness of Goddess Earth is now rising against all odds, in spite of millennia of suppression, repression and oppression inflicted on Her by a hubristic and misguided humanity.

The Earth is a living entity, a biological organism with psychic and spiritual dimensions. With the expansion of the patriarchal religions that focused on a male God majestically stationed in Heaven ruling over the Earth and the Universe, the memory of our planet's innate Divinity was repressed and banished into the collective unconscious of humanity." — Envision Earth

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"Still more important is the implication that the evolution of homo sapiens, with his technological inventiveness and his increasingly subtle communications network, has vastly increased Gaia's range of perception. She is now through us awake and aware of herself. She has seen the reflection of her fair face through the eyes of astronauts and the television cameras of orbiting spacecraft.

Our sensations of wonder and pleasure, our capacity for conscious thought and speculation, our restless curiosity and drive are hers to share. This new interrelationship of Gaia with man is by no means fully established; we are not yet a truly collective species, corralled and tamed as an integral part of the biosphere, as we are as individual creatures. It may be that the destiny of mankind is to become tamed, so that the fierce, destructive, and greedy forces of tribalism and nationalism are fused into a compulsive urge to belong to the commonwealth of all creatures which constitutes Gaia." — Sir James Lovelock, Gaia: A New Look At Life

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"Little by little a planetary prayer book is thus being composed by an increasingly united humanity seeking its oneness. Once again, but this time on a universal scale, humankind is seeking no less than its reunion with 'divine,' its transcendence into higher forms of life. Hindus call our earth Brahma, or God, for they rightly see no difference between our earth and the divine. This ancient simple truth is slowly dawning again upon humanity, as we are about to enter our cosmic age and become what we were always meant to be: the planet of god." — Robert Muller, UN Assistant Secretary General

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"What if Mary is another name for Gaia? Then her capacity for virgin birth is no miracle ... it is a role of Gaia since life began ... She is of this Universe and, conceivably, a part of God. On Earth, she is the source of life everlasting and is alive now; she gave birth to humankind and we are part of her." — Sir James Lovelock, Ages of Gaia

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"Nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred; trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals." — Mikhail Gorbachev, Green Cross International

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"The spiritual sense of our place in nature... can be traced to the origins of human civilization.... The last vestige of organized goddess worship was eliminated by Christianity." — Al Gore, Earth in the Balance

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"Christianity is our foe. If animal rights is to succeed, we must destroy the Judeo-Christian Religious tradition." — Peter Singer, founder of Animal Rights

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"I pledge allegiance to the Earth and all its sacred parts. Its water, land and living things and all its human hearts." — Global Education Associates, The Earth Pledge

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"By fostering a deep sense of connection to others and to the earth in all its dimensions, holistic education encourages a sense of responsibility to self to others and to the planet." — Global Alliance for Transforming Education

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"The earth is not dead matter. She is alive. Now begin to speak to the earth as you walk. You can speak out loud, or just talk to her in your mind. Send your love into her with your exhalation. Feel your heart touching upon the heart of the planet. Say to her whatever words come to you: Mother Earth, I love you. Mother Earth, I bless you. May you be healed. May all your creatures be happy. Peace to you, Mother Earth. On behalf of the human race, I ask forgiveness for having injured you. Forgive us, Mother Earth" — US Student Textbook, "Prayer to the Earth"

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

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ATTACK ON CRETE SYNAGOGUE CARRIES SPECIAL MEANING
Posted by Sheridan Neimark, January 19, 2010.

This was written by Ruth Ellen Gruber January 13, 2010 in
http://jta.org/news/article/2010/01/13/1010164/ attack-on-crete-synagogue-carries-special-meaning

Ruth Ellen Gruber's books include "National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe," "Letters from Europe (and Elsewhere)," and "Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe." She blogs on Jewish heritage issues at jewish-heritage-travel.blogspot.com.

 

ROME (JTA) — The vandals who torched the historic Etz Hayyim synagogue in Hania, an ancient port on the Greek island of Crete, left no doubt about their motives.

After breaking into the building on the night of Jan. 5 and setting its interior alight, they threw a bar of soap against its outer wall.

A bar of soap? That's because, explains the synagogue's director, Nikos Stavroulakis, "I'll make you into a bar of soap" is a common anti-Semitic taunt in Greece. Since the Holocaust, there has been a persistent belief that the Nazis made soap from Jewish corpses.

Even though scholars have disproved the idea, bars of soap have been buried reverently in some European Jewish cemeteries under solemn memorials.

"In this place lie the remains of Jewish martyrs exterminated by German fascists and turned into soap," reads the inscription on an obelisk in Piatra Neamt, Romania.

The power of this belief was examined in "The Soap Myth," a play by Jeff Cohen that ran last summer in New York. Based on a true story, the play focused on the efforts of an elderly Holocaust survivor "on a one-man mission to get the 'soap myth' reclassified as fact," Marissa Brostoff wrote in Tablet magazine.

But at the heart of the story was something much more.

What was at stake, Brostoff wrote, was "the way we choose to see the past, a struggle between a dispassionate approach relying on facts and figures and another, much more subjective one that holds survivors' testimonies to be unarguably true and ultimately sacred."

Anti-Semitic violence is anything but dispassionate.

The bar of soap hurled against the desecrated synagogue in Hania was a diabolically mixed metaphor: Soap usually symbolizes purity and godliness, but in this twisted context it spelled hatred and death.

The attack on the Hania synagogue was not just an assault on a building. It was an assault on the ideals that had transformed the structure from a wrecked relic of Holocaust destruction to a new symbol of community and compassion.

(A week-and-a-half after the Jan. 5 attack, Etz Hayyim may have been victimized by another arson. A fire early Saturday morning destroyed the wooden roof of the building as well as scores of books, four computers, and 300 CDs and cassette tapes of Jewish music. The damage was estimated at $43,000. The fire brigade investigating the cause has not ruled out arson.)

This transformation was accomplished largely through the efforts of Stavroulakis, a remarkable man who has devoted much of the past two decades to restoring a Jewish presence to a city made "Judenrein" by the Nazis.

I met Stavroulakis when I visited Hania in 1996. An artist, author and scholar who had co-founded and directed the Jewish Museum in Athens, Stavroulakis had returned to live in his family's rambling house in Hania after many years away.

The synagogue, which dates back to the 15th century, was in ruin. But over the next three years Stavroulakis made it his mission to raise funds and, with the help of the World Monuments Fund and other donors, oversee the building's rebirth. His aim was to make it a living spiritual presence, not simply a restored reminder of the past.

The synagogue now functions as a museum, and it hosts exhibitions and cultural events.

It's also an active house of worship. A small Havurah community whose members include Christians and some Muslims — as well as Jews of all persuasions — regularly assembles there to celebrate Shabbat and Jewish holidays.

Stavroulakis himself leads daily prayers each morning, whether a minyan is present or not.

Prayers were held as usual at 9 a.m. Jan. 6, the morning after the arson attack. The fire had gutted a stairway, wreaked havoc on the synagogue library, and covered walls and precious furnishings with a thick layer of soot.

"Fortunately," Stavroulakis said, "the fabric of the synagogue was and is intact."

He was referring to the physical structure of the building, but I think he also meant that the symbolic identity of the synagogue also had survived — and would be maintained.

"We must be angry over what has happened to our synagogue," he told the small group of worshipers gathered for prayers amid the soot. "If we were not, it would be an indication that we were either indifferent or morally numb."

But, Stavroulakis asked, just where should the anger be directed? Local indifference and the ignorance that promotes racism had to be addressed.

"We have tried at Etz Hayyim to be a small presence in the midst of what is at times almost aggressive ignorance," he wrote on the synagogue blog. "We have done this to such a degree that our doors are open from early in the morning until late in the day so that the synagogue assumes its role as a place of prayer, recollection and reconciliation."

There is, Stavroulakis wrote, little if any sign of overt security.

"This character of the synagogue must not change and the doors must remain open," he wrote. If not, that means "we have given in to the ignorance that has perpetrated this desecration."

A week after the attack, the Etz Hayyim blog posted pictures showing that thanks in large part to volunteers, the walls of the sanctuary already had been painted and other clean-up work was well under way.

"The impact of this [attack] will be wider than simply an act of terrorism against Jews," Stavroulakis told me. "Already it is being seen in a much wider social context that has to do with civic responsibility and care."

Contact Sheridan Neimark by email at sneimark@browdyneimark.com

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TRIPLETS JOIN ISRAEL AIR FORCE
Posted by CPocerl, January 19, 2010.

This comes from the Betbender Website:
http://betbender.blogspot.com/2009/12/ triplets-join-israel-air-force.html

 

Note: Sam Orbaum and I were colleagues and friends at The Jerusalem Post newspaper. Before my own triplet children were born 16-years ago, my then wife and I visited with Sam and his wife, Wendy (Elliman) to see what raising triplets was like. We learned a lot from their experience and commonsense child rearing.

You did good, Sam, and I, and so many others, miss you. May your soul rest in peace, and derive nachat from this:

Odelia, Nomi, and Donna Orbaum

Excerpt from The Jerusalem Post:

"'The concept of 'one for all and all for one' can get pretty absurd,'wrote the late columnist Sam Orbaum about his identical triplet daughters 14 years ago. Orbaum, who passed away in 2002 at the age of 46, wrote about life as a father of identical triplets.

Not only did he sometimes mix them up, Orbaum wrote in his well-known wry, comic style, but he was also constantly impressed by their tight bond — when for example they stood up for one another in fights in the school sandbox.

The three blond 19-year-old sisters are still sticking up for one another, although this time not on the playground but in the IDF Air Corps, in which they all enlisted a few months ago, making history.

Odelia, the oldest (born a minute before her two sisters), serves as a control officer ; Nomi is an air traffic controller; and Donna is currently in training for a different position. All three plan on attending the IDF's pestigious Office Candidate Course and extending their service for at least an additional year.

Nomi Orbaum says, "[Serving In the IDF ] is what characterizes the state."

"He supported us in everything we did until he passed away when we were 12," Donna said on how their father would feel about their serving in the IDF. "This is the seventh year since he passed away and I think about him all the time and see his smile and know that he would have been proud of us."

Contact CPocerl at Cpocerl@aol.com

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FROM ISRAEL: UP AND DOWN
Posted by Arlene Kushner, January 19, 2010.
 

I wrote yesterday about Peace Now as one of several organizations that take money from international sources — with the Knesset considering a bill that would require such organizations to register as foreign agents.

I apologize that I did not adequately specify what I was referring to: It's not money from international sources that is the problem, but, rather, from foreign governments. Peace Now and others receive funding from European governments that have an agenda not compatible with Israel's. Organizations, for example, such as Magen David Adam, which takes money from American Friends of MDA, are not foreign agents. (Thanks to Nan for asking the right question.)

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I had also written yesterday that I had it from a reliable source, but could not absolutely confirm, that Israel was the only nation that had a field hospital in Haiti. Almost correct, but not quite. There apparently are some other hospitals set up, but they are meager facilities. (Improvement is expected, but up to this point, the US showing is pathetic; it's appropriate to ask why.)

Israel's hospital was the first, and is the largest; most significantly, it is the only one equipped with proper surgical facilities and life-saving equipment. It's a serious place. Dying patients from other places are being transferred to the Israeli hospital. Additional medical staff and supplies are on their way to Haiti from Israel today.

See the video clip below from CNN. Can you believe? CNN praising Israel! We have to be damn good to receive such accolades. I would recommend simply sharing this clip with others. It says it all. (Thanks to Wallace and Cheryl for sending it to me.)
http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/world/2010/01/18/ dnt.cohen.haiti.patients.dying.cnn

In a similar video from CBS News, the Israeli hospital is called the "Rolls Royce of emergency medical care."

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I would like to recommend a piece by Barry Rubin: "New Failure on Iran Sanctions: Will the Farce Never End?"

"It is literally incredible how ineptly the Obama Administration is handling the sanctions on Iran... "This situation provides a vivid case study on the Obama Administration's view of the world, diplomatic skills, and unwillingness to take even a moderately tough stance on handling critical issues."

Rubin makes clear that in spite of Obama's declared intention to start sanctions by this date, or that, nothing is actually happening.

It's time for everyone to be very worried.
www.rubinreports.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-failures-on- iran-sanctions-will.html

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I had a similar response when I read a news report today about what German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, in a press conference with Prime Minister Netanyahu, after an historic joint Israeli-German cabinet session. Said she:

"If Iran's reactions don't change, we will help work on comprehensive sanctions."

If Iran's reactions don't change? What utter nonsense this is. How long is the world supposed to wait?

Netanyahu's response:

"If we don't apply sanctions, crippling sanctions, against this Iranian tyranny, when shall we apply them? If not now, when?"

The world is highly uneasy about the prospect of an Israeli military attack on Iran, but this same world, which shies away from sanctions, as well, is increasing the likelihood that Israel will attack.

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I like it that it has been announced that the theme for this year's independence day (Yom Ha'Atzmaut) celebrations will be: "If you will it, it is no dream — Achievements of the State of Israel on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Herzl."

Of course, this can be turned around to focus on achievements such as stunning hi-tech. But there is a very definite political message here, and we need to emphasize it: We cannot be intimidated by the world. We must hold on to our vision, in order to make it happen. Judea and Samaria are ours. We must will it, to make it so.

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After weeks of unseasonably warm weather, winter has finally arrived, with chill and wind and heavy rain and sleet. We need much more — we're in trouble because of water shortages, but this is most welcome. A blessing.

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

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PALESTINIAN ARABS HATE JEWS — LOVE JOBS AND MONEY JEWS PROVIDE
Posted by Steven Shamrak, January 19, 2010.
 

Ismail Harb resents the Israeli settlements that crown the hilltops of the occupied (by so-called Palestinian) West Bank (Judea and Samaria), but every day he lines up before dawn to help build them: "It's not just the money we make in the Israeli construction projects, but also that the work in the settlements never stops." "I completely agree with the Palestinian Authority's demand to halt the settlements, but where is the alternative that will provide us with a decent living," he asks.

Nearly a half million Israelis live in more than 100 settlements scattered across Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem.

Western-backed PA president Mahmud Abbas has called the settlements the biggest obstacle to peace and refused to restart negotiations with Israel without a complete construction freeze. But thousands of Palestinian labourers rely on work in the settlements, which pays more than twice the wages of similar jobs elsewhere in Judea and Samaria.

Today, only around 45,000 Palestinians have work permits (they must say a big "thank you" for that). Palestinian employment minister Ahmad Majdalani says the Authority is aware of the problem but blames Israeli closures for the lack of job opportunities. (Israel does its bit to help 'poor Palestinians' — supporters of terrorism. In return, the PA loves to terrorise Jews and blame Israel for everything! A hundred years ago Arabs called Haifa Um el-Amal "the city of work" and many of them moved to Palestine to get jobs created by Jews.)

A bomb exploded near two cars carrying Israeli diplomats in Jordan last Thursday on the approach to the Allenby Bridge crossing over the Jordan river to Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces' aid mission to Haiti landed in Port-au-Prince earlier Friday with equipment for setting up an emergency field hospital. Around 220 soldiers and officers make up the delegation, including 120 medical and members of ZAKA, the Israeli ultra-Orthodox volunteer rescue organization.

Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak

How many rockets are needed to kill Osama bin Laden? Only one! But there is a need for a political will to end the global Islamic threat and fight the true perpetrators and initiators of Islamic terror in Saudi Arabia and Iran. Instead, almost a trillion dollars have been wasted on the fake war on terror.

Jews will be "third rate citizens" in Palestine. The President of Al Quds University and esteemed moderate Palestinian intellectual Sari Nusseibeh said ''the possibility of creating a Palestinian state has disappeared. Though I don't exclude the possibility of a miracle, I personally don't see how it is possible.'' He said that soon, Israel will have no choice but to integrate the Palestinians ''as third rate citizens with elementary rights of movement, work, health and education, but with no political rights.'' (Hamas and Fatah still want to "Throw them (Jews) into the sea." Now 'moderate' Arabs are suggesting genocide of Jews through demographic war!)

Abbas Proudly Snubs US. After the US had asked Abbas not to sign an agreement with Hamas, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas called on Hamas to sign a reconciliation agreement with Fatah: "There is no disagreement between us: About belief ? None! About policy [destruction of Israel ]? None! About resistance ? None!" (If Israel did this the international media would have a 'fiesta'.)

Time to End Temporary Stupidity. Israel is considering whether to extend the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), which will expire at the end of January. Foreign Ministry officials accused TIPH personnel of relaying false reports against IDF soldiers and Jewish settlers, while completely ignoring the violent acts by Palestinians against the Jewish residents: "They just vilify Israel." (Will they be removed or is it another empty bluff?)

The Best Way to Deal with Criminal Bastardry. A radical Islamic imam from Pantin, suburb of Paris, has been expelled from France to Egypt, his country of origin. French interior minister Brice Hortefeux said, ''I have ordered the arrest and expulsion of Imam Ali ibrahim El Soudany for inciting violence as a dangerous individual.''

Quote of the Week: "Iran's new proposal to the West did not provide any opening for serious negotiations on the nuclear issue, but rather vague formulations for the agenda of any future talks& Observers understood that there was a hard September deadline that Iran had to meet to begin serious nuclear negotiations. Unfortunately, at this stage, there is little evidence that the Obama administration is about to adopt effective action in a timely manner in light of Iran's policy of rejectionism" — Dore Gold, President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Israel's ambassador to the UN in 1997-1999.

Look Who is Complaining. Israel publicly snubbed Turkey's ambassador over his country's persistent criticism of the Jewish state and the screening of a Turkish television drama depicting Israeli security forces as kidnapping children and shooting old men. The Turkish government protested about the treatment of Turkish ambassador to Israel Ahmet Oguz Celikkol by Deputy Foreign Ambassador Danny Ayalon. "Israel must obey the standards of international diplomatic manners". (Since the election of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkey has repeatedly criticized and snubbed Israel. An occasional snub from Israel is a healthy treatment for enemies of the Jews.)

Duplicity of Blame and Pressure. The Palestinian Authority rejected the call by US secretary of state Hillary Clinton for a relaunching of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians with no pre-conditions. At the same time U.S. envoy George Mitchell suggested the U.S. might impose sanctions on Israel and withhold loan guarantees to press it to make concessions in negotiations with the Palestinians. (Arabs do not want peace, but Israel is blamed, pressured and blackmailed!)

Hezbollah in Traditional Arab Drug Business. German customs officials arrested four Lebanese nationals — all members of the same family — at Frankfurt Airport who were found to be carrying nine million euros in their carry-on bags in May 2008. The money was seized, and an analysis showed traces of cocaine on the bills. The German magazine Der Spiegel reported that one way Hezbollah has been earning money for its terror activities is by selling drugs in Europe.

Progression of Islamic Expansionism.
Extract from Dr. Peter Hammond's work

Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges. When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well. Here's how it works:

As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:

United States- Muslim 0..6%
Australia ------- Muslim 1.5%
Canada -------- Muslim 1.9%
China ----------- Muslim 1.8%
Italy ------------- Muslim 1.5%
Norway ---------Muslim 1.8%

At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. This is happening in:

Denmark --------- Muslim 2%
Germany --------- Muslim 3.7%
United Kingdom- Muslim 2.7%
Spain -------------- Muslim 4%
Thailand ---------- Muslim 4.6%

From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:

France -------------- Muslim 8%
Sweden ------------ Muslim 5%
The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%

At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris, we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam, with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in:

Guyana — Muslim 10%
India ------ Muslim 13.4%
Israel ----- Muslim 16%
Kenya ---- Muslim 10%
Russia --- Muslim 15%

After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:
Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:
Bosnia ---- Muslim 40%
Chad ------ Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of nonbelievers of all other religions (including nonconforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:
Albania --- Muslim 70%
Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
Qatar ----- Muslim 77.5%
Sudan ---- Muslim 70%

After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is ongoing in:
Egypt -------- Muslim 90%
Indonesia --- Muslim 86.1%
Iran ---------- Muslim 98%
Iraq ---------- Muslim 97%
Jordan ------ Muslim 92%
Pakistan ---- Muslim 97%
Syria -------- Muslim 90%

100% will usher in the peace of 'Dar-es-Salaam' — the Islamic House of Peace. Here there's supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:

Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
Somalia ------- Muslim 100%
Yemen -------- Muslim 100%

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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MUST REVISE NUCLEAR IRAN ESTIMATES
Posted by Susana K-M, January 19, 2010.

This was written by William Katz. and is archived on his website:
www.urgentagenda.com

 

REVISION ON IRAN — AT 8:58 A.M. ET: While focusing on Massachusetts, we continue to watch other developing stories. It appears that our intelligence "community" is about to right a horrible wrong. From ace reporter Eli Lake of The Washington Times:

U.S. intelligence agencies now suspect that Iran never halted work on its nuclear arms program in 2003, as stated in a national intelligence estimate made public three years ago, U.S. officials said.

That estimate was a scandal. It did enormous damage to our efforts to stop the Iranian program, undercutting the Bush administration's major arguments. There was informed speculation that it was more a political document than a work of intelligence. There has not been an adequate inquiry into that.

Differences among analysts now focus on whether the country's supreme leader has given or will soon give orders for full-scale production of nuclear weapons.

For our own protection, we must assume the worst.

The new consensus emerging among analysts in the 16 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community on Iran's nuclear arms program is expected to be the highlight of a classified national intelligence estimate nearing completion that will replace the estimate issued in 2007.

The unclassified summary of the 2007 document said the U.S. intelligence community had "moderate confidence" that Iran's nuclear weapons work had halted in 2003. In a footnote, it stated that weapons development was defined as warhead design and not the enrichment of uranium, which has continued unabated contrary to the Iranian government's agreement not to develop uranium enrichment techniques outside International Atomic Energy Agency controls.

A senior U.S. military officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity last week revealed that the new argument among analysts is over Iran's decision to move forward with weaponization...

...The officer, who is knowledgeable about operational matters and intelligence on Iran, said Iran's nuclear program is well-advanced and moving toward the point at which a weapon could be built.

In the meantime, our policy toward Iran is in a state of collapse. Six major powers met on Monday to decide what to do in the face of Iranian defiance about its nuclear program. The Chinese again insulted the United States by sending a lower-level delegation than was sent by other nations. China has made it perfectly clear that it opposes further sanctions on Iran, and China has veto power in the UN Security Council, which would have to vote on those sanctions.

We have no Plan B. There wasn't much of a Plan A either.

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

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WHY HOLY WARRIORS CAN'T FIND LOVE
Posted by CPocerl, January 19, 2010.

This item is archived at
www.strategypage.com/htmw/htterr/articles/20100119.aspx

 

Islamic terrorists are having a sometimes violent debate among themselves. It's all about the use of violence. Islamic terrorists, as their title implies, are all about violence. But many of the terrorists have noted that over 90 percent (often over 98 percent) of the violence victims are Moslems. This has caused public image problems. In areas where Islamic terrorists kill people, the friends and family of the victims tend to become hostile to the Islamic warriors. This can cause serious problems if the Islamic terrorists are being energetically pursued, as the local people will have an incentive to pass on information about where the Holy Warriors are, and what they are doing. In many cases, this leads to locals arming and organizing themselves to keep the Islamic terrorists out of their area.

This sort of hostile behavior from fellow Moslems has troubled an increasing number of Islamic radicals. Organizations like al Qaeda are, as a result, finding it more difficult to recruit, and carry out operations without being detected. But on a larger scale, the problem has led many Islamic radicals to question the tactics of attacks that kill many Moslems. The hard core Islamic radicals respond that those victims are, at worst, "involuntary martyrs" to the cause, and often those "Moslems" aren't really Moslems at all (because they don't agree with Islamic terrorism). The more thoughtful Islamic radicals are calling for more precise attacks, that greatly reduce the number of dead Moslems. That's all very well in theory, but more pragmatic Islamic terrorists point out that the security forces, and especially foreign troops (often Americans), are very good at defending themselves, often making it impossible for even suicide bombers to get close. And that's usually when there are civilians (usually local Moslems) around. If attacks are to be made at all, local civilians are going to be at risk. If no attacks are made, the Islamic radicals have no publicity, and no support at all from fellow Moslems.

The basic problem is that the Islamic radical groups promise too much. And the only way to achieve their grandiose goals is through bold and provocative action. Blowing things up, in a place where the international media will notice, helps get things started. But an increasing number of Islamic radicals have figured out that this "bold action" approach not only fails, but makes the Islamic radicals hated by fellow Moslems. Fortunately for the hard liners, the bulk of the new recruits are either ignorant, or mentally deranged. These fellows can more easily motivated. But those terrorists who can reason and sort things out, are seeking a new strategy.

Even al Qaeda opposed (quietly) the bloody tactics of the Iraqi branch after 2004. That branch has since been greatly reduced, but their spirit lives on in Afghanistan, where most of the civilians being killed are victims of Islamic terrorists. No one has come up with better tactics, and the existing ones at least keep the cause in the news, and that results in some recruits and cash still showing up.

Contact CPocerl at Cpocerl@aol.com

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THE ANTI-ZIONIST NY TIMES; MUSLIMS SET CHURCH AFIRE; ABBAS: NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HAMAS AND HIM; OBAMA'S HAND AGAINST ISRAEL
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, January 19, 2010.
 

HAS NY TIMES BEEN ANTI-ZIONIST?

"On January 22, 1942, The New York Times ran an editorial that rejected the establishment of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel. The immediate context was the idea of forming a Jewish brigade within the British Army. The Times based its objection, among other things, on the assumption that Jews did not need a state of their own, because once the Allies achieved a victory, they would be citizens with equal rights in their countries of residence, in accordance with the Atlantic Charter signed by the United States and Britain in August 1941. Hopes for a Jewish homeland would be fulfilled, the Times wrote, by 'the winning of a new world in which Jews along with other religious and national minorities may live peacefully and happily in every nation, enjoying the full rights of other citizens.'" (Prof. Steven Plaut, 1/11.)

The newspaper's supposition was so naïve, that it is difficult to imagine it was sincere. It certainly was proved false. Nor was its premise, that if Jews were well-treated elsewhere, they should not be allowed to pursue their national destiny in their own homeland, logical or fair.

Those who know the record of the NY Times do not expect it to overcome its anti-Zionist prejudice.

MEDICAL CARE FOR HAITIANS AND THE ARAB-ISRAEL CONFLICT

Although what happens in Haiti is not part of the Arab-Israel conflict, it does reflect the cultures of the protagonists.

Israel keeps a corps of medical personnel and supplies ready for foreign emergencies. To Haiti, it sent a field hospital, with several dozen medical personnel. It was the only country to do so, although the U.S. responded first and with massive aid. The Israelis were prepared to treat the full range of medical needs. They found that a nearby Haitian hospital was not. The Israelis worked out with the Haitians to let the Haitian hospital specialize, and then the Israelis would perform the rest of the medical services. That took care of more patients.

What did Saudi Arabia send? A note of condolence.

Some other Arab countries sent financial pledges.

Ex-presidential candidate Huckabee compared the U.S. contribution with the non-existent contribution of such dictatorships as Iran and Venezuela, which posture about their greatness and condemn the U.S..

Comment: Pledged funds often do not get sent. That has been the case for the Palestinian Authority, to which Arab states pledge much but deliver only some. In the U.S., Christian churches often volunteer the use of their buildings to Jewish congregations whose synagogues have to shut down, temporarily. That is a commendable example. I find that Saudi Arabia rarely donates funds except for the advancement of Islam. That is not so charitable

Israel's enemies accuse Israel of denying medical treatment to Palestinian Arabs. Actually, Israel takes in thousands of Palestinian Arab patients a year, often at no charge. I have reported Israelis' observations that many of those patients make nasty and provocative remarks about Israel or cheer upon hearing news of some act of terrorism against Israel. I think that Israel goes overboard in being humanitarian to the Arabs, just as the Arabs and other enemies of Israel go overboard in accusing Israel of not being humane and in ignoring how inhumane the Arabs generally are to Israelis and to their own people.

I believe that Jews like to do the right thing, and that Israel hopes the world would see it in that light. Alas, the world is too prejudiced. What this means is that the world is so ideological and polarized, that it no longer can tell good from evil or acknowledge good deeds by its scapegoats.

MUSLIMS SET CHURCH AFIRE

It does not matter that I forgot in which country today's Wall St. Journal reported that Muslims set fire to a church. The point is what they did and that they did it when Christian worshipers had assembled inside. Quite a few were murdered that way (1/19).

This is part of a terrorist prejudice, in which some countries' Muslim masses, if they have a quarrel with some Christians, they take it out on any Christians they can find. It is similar to the Nazi practice, during the Holocaust, of locking Jews into their synagogue and setting it ablaze.

Many liberals propose that the UN resolve international problems and problems of prejudice. It passes resolutions against hate crimes. It seems to ignore this type of crime.

ABBAS: NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HAMAS AND HIM

Palestinian Authority head Abbas said there is no difference between his Party, Fatah, and Hamas, except that Fatah officially is in power.

Abbas pointed out that neither Fatah nor Hamas made any concessions to Israel.

The Roadmap originally provided a three-step plan towards establishing the PA as a country, with temporary borders as a second step. Condoleezza Rice, as U.S. Secretary of State two years ago, convinced Israel to skip over the first phase, which called for an end of incitement and violence by the PA.. Abbas boasted that he did not propose temporary borders, Israel did. In other words, he is not following the Roadmap. He also refuses to negotiate until Israel agrees to give him much of what he otherwise would have to negotiate.

Abbas vowed that he would continue to hunt and punish Arabs who sell land to Jews. The P.A. has executed several of them. Abbas defended his honoring of an Arab terrorist who murdered many Jews (Arutz-7, 1/18).

Now that Abbas admits having no different policy toward Israel, why does the U.S. continue to support him as a means of attaining peace?

CYBERWAR IN MIDEAST CONFLICT

In Israel last two, smaller wars, both sides attempted to disrupt the other sides' computer-based industry. Sometimes mercenary hackers are hired. Cyberwarfare is an increasing part of the rivalry (Arutz-7, 1/18).

OBAMA'S HAND AGAINST ISRAEL REVEALED

President Obama promised transparency, but both his Administration and PM Netanyahu's collude secretly and against the interests of the people of Israel. Netanyahu's several recent predecessors did likewise, negotiating secretly for excessive concessions to the Arabs.

Now that Obama's Mideast envoy, Sen. Mitchell, threatened to withhold U.S loan guarantees unless Israel gives in to all the U.S. demands, it makes no legitimate sense for Americans to pretend that Obama will not insist that Israel cave into it 100%.

The new threat came after a single visit to the White House sufficed for Netanyahu to reverse himself on Palestinian Arab statehood. The lesson here is that an Israeli concession buys no surcease from pressure, just pressure for further concessions.

The humbling of Israel is peculiar, considering that Obama is losing power. Obama is unpopular among the people of the U.S. and within his own Party, is mocked by America's enemies, and is not respected by its other allies. [The new concessions is not likely to have come from Obama's eloquence, which no longer moves anybody else.]

Why does Israel kowtow to the President? Is it that Israel does not understand that Congress, more sympathetic to it, shares U.S. power in foreign affairs? Sen. Mitchell once thought so (Winston Mideast Report & Analysis, 1/18, including commentary from Yoram Ettinger).

Or is it that Israeli leaders are picked in advance by the U.S.?

WHOSE BUILDING IS ILLEGAL IN JERUSALEM?

The Kings Garden area in Jerusalem is near the Temple Mount. It long has been zoned for a municipal park and to be available for excavation of anticipated archaeological treasures. Nevertheless, since 1970, about 90 illegal buildings have been erected in that area by Arabs, except one. That one is owned by the EU. About 40 of those houses have been served notices to demolish, but only two were demolished, so far.

An Israeli official suggested that since the EU insists that Israel not demolish illegal Arab housing, it should not mind it it Israel does not demolish Jews' housing that the EU complains about. (Arutz-7, 1/19).

The Israeli is making a point that the law should be consistent. I think the point is too complicated and does not apply here. The EU argues law but is motivated by anti-Zionist prejudice. Its legal arguments are baseless. Israel has the right to build houses in eastern Jerusalem, part of the Jewish homeland reserved for its people. On the other hand, building must follow the building code and zoning laws and be on property owned by those who order the construction. The Arabs and the EU violate those laws, so their houses should be demolished or confiscated.

(For more on legal status of Jews' houses in Jerusalem, click here.)

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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SAUDI PUBLIC BACKS IRAN SANCTIONS BUT SPLIT ON MILITARY ACTION
Posted by Wash. Inst. for Near East Poiicy, January 19, 2010.

This article was written by David Pollock, a senior fellow at The Washington Institute, focusing on the political dynamics of Middle Eastern countries. He is the author of the Institute's 2008 Policy Focus Slippery Polls: Uses and Abuses of Opinion Surveys from Arab States."

It was published January 12, 2009 as PolicyWatch #1618 by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

 

A highly unusual and credible private poll of Saudi citizens taken in late November 2009 by a reputable regional firm shows solid popular support for tough measures against Iran, even though domestic economic issues loom larger in the public's perception. Conducted in partnership with Pechter Middle East Polls, a new, Princeton-based research organization, the survey involved face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of 1,000 Saudi citizens in the major metropolitan areas of Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam/al-Khobar. A comparable poll was conducted in Egypt during the same period, with a representative national sample of 1,000.

Majority of Saudis Support New Sanctions

A solid majority (57 percent) of urban Saudis approved of "stronger sanctions against Iran" if it "does not accept new limits on its nuclear program," with 22 percent "strongly" in favor (compared to only 11 percent strongly opposed). Moreover, the level of popular support for sanctions was high across all key demographic categories: age, education, social class, gender, and region. For example, Jeddah showed 57 percent approval, Riyadh 59 percent, and Dammam/al-Khobar 54 percent.

One-Third of Saudis Would Support a U.S. Strike

More surprisingly, a third of urban Saudis said that they would approve "an American military strike against the Iranian nuclear facilities" if Tehran refuses to restrict its activities in this field. But a majority disagreed: one-third were "somewhat" opposed to such action, and the remaining third were "strongly" opposed. These responses showed modest variation by demographic categories. In Riyadh, for instance, 38 percent would support a U.S. strike, while in Jeddah, far to the west, the number dropped to 27 percent. Moreover, among Saudis with only an elementary-school education, 37 percent would support a military strike, but among those with a high school diploma or higher, the figure was 30 percent.

Less Support for Israeli Strike

Asked about an Israeli military strike against Iran, one-quarter of urban Saudis said that they would support it at least "to some extent." Interestingly, that figure is three times larger than the number of respondents who said that they would accept Israel "as a Jewish state," even "under the right conditions" — a mere 9 percent of urban Saudis took that position. But regional differences are relatively significant here: in Jeddah, hypothetical acceptance of a Jewish state was 17 percent, compared to barely 4 percent in Riyadh or Dammam/al-Khobar.

Iran a Lesser Threat than Terrorism or Religious Extremism

In response to an open-ended question about the greatest external threats to their country, many of the Saudis cited issues of terrorism or religious extremism. In fact, these issues led the list by a large margin, with each garnering around 20 percent of total first mentions. Issues related to Iran and Israel lagged far behind, barely registering in double digits even when first and second mentions were combined. On a related question, more than half (54 percent) of urban Saudis said that "religious extremism is a serious problem" in their country, including 28 percent who strongly believe this.

These perceptions should also be placed in the broader perspective of overall popular concerns. As noted in PolicyWatch #1614, "Polling Saudis and Egyptians: Iran, Jihad, and the Economy," most urban Saudis now see economic rather than security or social issues as their country's top priority. In response to another open-ended question, two-thirds named inflation, unemployment, poverty, or corruption as first-priority issues, while a mere 7 percent cited terrorism. And foreign policy issues on any front — whether Iran, Israel, or elsewhere — were not cited at all.

Local Differences

Findings from other questions in the survey support the view that, in some respects, Saudi attitudes tend in an increasingly hardline Islamic direction as one moves eastward, from Jeddah on the Red Sea, to Riyadh in central Nejd, to Dammam/al-Khobar in the Eastern Province. Asked about al-Qaeda, for example, 16 percent of respondents in Jeddah voiced favorable opinions, compared to 21 percent in Riyadh and 31 percent in Dammam/al-Khobar. Similarly, when asked whether "financially supporting armed mujahedin fighting in various places around the world is an Islamic duty," 32 percent in Jeddah said yes, compared to 36 percent in Riyadh and 42 percent in Dammam/al-Khobar.

Comparisons with Egypt

The poll data show that Egyptians are significantly less likely than urban Saudis to favor tough action against Iran. For example, the proportion of Egyptians who support new sanctions barely tops 40 percent and has declined moderately since June 2009, in contrast to the majority support in Saudi Arabia. Similarly, just one-quarter of Egyptians, compared to a third of Saudis, would support U.S. military action, and even fewer would approve an Israeli strike (17 percent).

At the same time, the Egyptian respondents were somewhat more likely to say that they could accept Israel as a Jewish state, although this remained a distinctly minority opinion (26 percent) even after thirty years of formal Egyptian-Israeli peace. As mentioned previously, the Egyptian survey was of a national sample that included both rural and urban respondents, but the differences on this question by type of residence were very small. Moreover, those who would accept Israel as a Jewish state were no more likely than others to approve an Israeli strike against Iran.

Policy Implications

Neither Saudi Arabia nor Egypt is a democracy in which public opinion has a direct impact on foreign policy. Moreover, the Saudi public seems more concerned about terrorism and religious extremism than any direct threat from Iran — and more concerned still about their own economic situation. Nevertheless, these findings clearly suggest that the United States can point to significant Saudi popular support for stiffer sanctions against Iran, and perhaps even for the threat of military action, albeit to a lesser degree. In addition, Saudi popular sympathy for al-Qaeda is quite low, indicating a largely favorable climate for government counterterrorism efforts aimed at the organization.

On other issues, however, public opinion could pose considerable obstacles to proposed Saudi or U.S.-backed initiatives. For example, a large minority of urban Saudis — nearly 40 percent overall — believe that it is an Islamic duty to aid armed mujahedin around the world. And only a very small minority seem receptive to any proposals for "normalization" with Israel, given the overwhelming majority opposition to accepting the country as a Jewish state under any circumstances.

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JERUSALEM VICE MAYOR: ONE LAW FOR ALL — RAZE EU
Posted by Hillel Fendel, January 19, 2010.
 

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor David Hadari says that if the authorities are so bent on razing the Jewish-populated Beit Yehonatan in the eastern Jerusalem "Yemenite Village" neighborhood, they must also demolish another illegal building: The European Union's Beit Europa.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat appeared at a Knesset Law Committee session last week, and presented his housing plans for eastern Jerusalem. In the knowledge that there are dozens, and possibly hundreds, of illegally-built Arab buildings there, and that destroying all of them is not feasible, Barkat wishes to retroactively permit buildings there to reach four stories high, instead of the currently mandated two.

Most of the buildings in question are Arab-populated, but one of them is none other than Beit Europa, used by the European Union for various activities.

This raises a red flag for people like Hadari, who is concerned about the ongoing legal proceedings against the Jewish-owned Beit Yehonatan. The building stands six stories high, and because the authorities are unable to find the owner, they are seeking to evict the families.

Named for Jonathan Pollard, Beit Yehonatan stands in the area of the Yemenite Village, below and just to the southeast of the Temple Mount. The area was owned by and home to many Jewish families, mostly from Yemen, from the 1880's until 1938. On Aug. 11, 1938, following a long period of Arab riots, pogroms and looting, the British evacuated the last 30 families from the neighborhood. "The British gave assurances that the 'Jewish refugees' would shortly return," according to Daniel Lurie, Executive Director of the Ateret Cohanim Jerusalem Settlement Foundation, "but of course, this never happened"- until April 2004, when several Jewish families moved back in.

They enjoyed about two years of peaceful residence, until legal proceedings against them began — on "charges" of living in a house with building irregularities. Hadari says that thousands of other Arabs are living in a similar status, and if the buildings are to be "kosherized," then Beit Yehonatan must be as well.

"Illegal buildings must be destroyed, period," Hadari says, "and we can't overlook the illegality of Beit Europa just because we're afraid of what the nations will say. The law must be fulfilled — though I am willing to make one exception: If Beit Yehonatan is legalized, then I am willing to accept the legalization of other buildings as well. One law for all. If all the buildings are deemed OK, then fine, but if not, then just as the others will have to be razed, then with great sorrow I would have to accept that Beit Yehonatan must be among them."

The King's Garden

Another pressing matter for Mayor Barkat is the "clean-up" of the King's Garden area, south of the Old City-Temple Mount area and just east of the City of David. Empty of homes up until 1970, it now houses some 90 buildings, all illegally built and most of them constructed over the past 20 years. Nearly 40 of them have been served with demolition orders, though only one or two have actually been razed.

Barkat, Hadari and others feel that the area is critical for Israel — both in terms of its past, with archaeological treasures of King David's period waiting to be uncovered, and in terms of its zoning plans as a municipal park — and there is thus no need to allow law-breaking construction to impede its plans.

Hillel Fendel is Senior News Editor at Arutz-7.

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ISRAEL'S DISPROPORTIONATE RESPONSE IN HAITI
Posted by AFSI, January 18, 2010.
 

Israel's relief efforts to Haiti: they include the following: A field hospital, the only hospital in operation, with 40 doctors, 25 nurses, paramedics, a pharmacy, a children's ward, a radiology department, an intensive care unit, an emergency room, two operating rooms, a surgical department, an internal department and a maternity ward. The hospital can treat approximately 500 patients each day, and in addition will perform preliminary surgeries. A search-and-rescue team, which has rescued about five people from under the rubble. 220 personnel in total Dozens of truckloads of medical and logistical equipment Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, one of the richest countries in the world, has sent a message of condolence to Haitian President René Préval. Some Arab countries have "pledged" help, such as $1 million pledged from both Kuwait and Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates says it will "shortly" send a plane with humanitarian assistance. Qatar, with the third largest gas reserves and the second highest GDP per capita in the world, has dispatched 50 metric tons of aid to the hundreds of thousands of homeless and injured Haitians.

Latest reports are that the IDF Medical Corps have treated some 200 injured people in Haiti, performed ten life-saving surgeries and saved the lives of 140 others. On Sunday night, a resident of Port-au-Prince gave birth to a boy at the Israeli field hospital. In appreciation and gratitude, his mother decided to name her new son "Israel" in honor of the country that helped her.

This below is an excerpt from Arutz-Sheva (IsraelNN.com)

 

The director of the Haiti field hospital, Col. Dr. Itzik Reis, explained that the IDF delegation is also giving assistance "to people from emergency crews from all over the world, who simply are not capable of dealing with everyone who needs help and giving them treatment. For example, when we understood that the Dominican team is not set up to provide full treatment, we created an order by which they stabilize the patients and we give them the remainder of the treatment."

Other Israeli relief operations in Haiti include: A six-man ZAKA rescue unit, which worked for 38 consecutive hours and succeeded in pulling eight students alive from the rubble of the collapsed university. IsraAID, which sent a planeload of food and medical equipment. "Latet" (To Give) — a 15-member mission to Haiti, including three physicians, three nurses, and three paramedics.

See video of new Haitian baby "Israel" and of IDF Rescue of Man in Haiti.

See also three videos at Israpundit.


Editor's Note: See also CNN video.

CNet video.

BBC video.

Sky video

You Tube

This is called 'Shabbat From Hell' and was written by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich. It appeared January 16, 2009 in the Jerusalem Post

"Shabbat from hell. Everywhere, the acrid smell of bodies hangs in the air. It's just like the stories we are told of the Holocaust — thousands of bodies everywhere. You have to understand that the situation is true madness, and the more time passes, there are more and more bodies, in numbers that cannot be grasped. It is beyond comprehension."

The large field hospital established by the Israel Defense Forces' Medical Corps at 10 a.m. Saturday local time was already treating dozens of patients four hours later, when its commander Aluf-Mishne Dr. Itzik Reiss was able to take a breather and speak to Israeli health reporters via a conference call.

Children with severe fractures affixed only with cardboard arrived at the hospital for treatment. Some young patients had been freed from rubble and had to have limbs amputated due to severe gangrene, he said. Within a few hours, operations were performed.

The hospital has an emergency room pediatric, orthopedic, internal medicine, obstetrics and surgery departments, clinics and other facilities. The delivery room and premature baby unit are prepared to function but have not yet received any women or babies. The patients started arriving after a local hospital unable to function normally announced the IDF facility's existence.

The Israeli facility, set up in very hot and humid weather, has enough equipment to function for about two weeks. The 121-member team includes 40 doctors including a psychiatrist, 20 nurses, 20 paramedics and medics, 20 lab and x-ray technicians and administrators.

Among the staff are Orthodox Jews who went to Haiti even though it was Shabbat. Reiss said they avoided doing unnecessarily tasks like shaving but did everything else needed to save lives. The military personnel are in the regular army and in the reserves.

It was not clear how many desperate patients would reach the hospital over the coming days, he said. Reiss said he expected victims of infectious disease would start arriving in the near future.

Haitians were wandering aimlessly in the streets, Reiss said. "It is very difficult. There is a bad feeling of destruction. It is very sad." The field hospital may continue after getting new supplies in two weeks or be turned over to locals, he added.

Meanwhile, the ZAKA International rescue unit delegation in Haiti pulled eight students alive from the collapsed university building, after a 38-hours operation. "You have to understand that the situation is true madness, and the more time passes, there are more and more bodies, in numbers that cannot be grasped. It is beyond comprehension," said Mati Goldstein, the head of the delegation.

It was a "Shabbat from hell" for the delegation.

The six-man team — four from Israel and two from Mexico — arrived in Haiti aboard a Mexican air force Hercules transport plane, immediately after completing their work in recovery and identification in the Mexico City helicopter crash. On arrival, the delegation was dispatched to the collapsed eight-story university building from which cries could be heard.

After hours of work around the clock and working with rescue equipment provided by the Mexican military, the ZAKA volunteers succeeded in pulling eight students alive from the rubble. In a disturbing e-mail that Goldstein managed to send to ZAKA headquarters in Jerusalem, he writes of the "Shabbat from hell. Everywhere, the acrid smell of bodies hangs in the air. It's just like the stories we are told of the Holocaust — thousands of bodies everywhere."

Amid the stench and chaos, the ZAKA delegation took time out to recite Shabbat prayers — a surreal sight of haredi men wrapped in prayer shawls standing on the collapsed buildings. Many locals sat quietly in the rubble, staring at the men as they prayed facing Jerusalem. At the end of the prayers, they crowded around the delegation and kissed the prayer shawls. Due to the breakdown in communications in Haiti, the ZAKA delegation which arrived from Mexico was unable to make contact before Shabbat with the Israel Home Front Command delegation that is now in Haiti.

Brig.-Gen. Shalom Ben-Arye, who heads the Israeli delegation, said Saturday afternoon that it was still possible to find survivors among the ruins of the capital. He was quoted by Israel Radio as saying that three search-and-rescue teams would leave at first light to search for survivors in several spots around the city, among them the collapsed UN headquarters.

Americans For a Safe Israel/AFSI is a pro-active pro-Israel advocacy group. AFSI may be contacted by mail at 1623 Third Ave., Suite 205, New York, N.Y. 10128 (Tel: 212-828-2424; Fax: 212-828-1717); by email at afsi@rcn.com; or by accessing its website: www.afsi.org. Helen Freedman is Executive Director and organizer of the AFSI Chizuk missions.

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13 YR OLD GIRL RAPED BY 3 MEN & STONED TO DEATH FOR ADULTERY
Posted by CPocerl, January 18, 2010.

This appeared in Atlas Shrugs
(http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/) and is archived at
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/01/shariah- islamic-law-muslim-little-girl-stoned-to-death-for-being-raped.html

 

Shariah (Islamic) Law: Muslim Little Girl Stoned to Death for Being Raped The cannibals at the UN were unavailable for comment. Too busy were they working on a resolution to kill free speech, criminalize defamation of Islam, and annihilate the Jews.

Feminazis were insisting that Islamic misogyny empowers women. Clitorectomies await them. Naomi Wolf first!

Innocent Little Girl, Stoned to Death for Being a Victim of Rape, Cries for Mercy Before they Kill Her. FFI

An innocent little girl, Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, aged only 13 yrs was stoned to death in Somalia. She pleaded for her life, a witness explained. "Don't kill me, don't kill me," she cried, according to the man who wanted to remain anonymous. Numerous eye-witnesses say she was forced into a hole, buried up to her neck then pelted with stones by over than 50 men until she died in front of 1,000 jeering spectators. She had been accused of adultery in breach of Islamic law, but sources told Amnesty International that she had in fact been raped by three men, and had attempted to report this rape.

Aisha was killed on Monday 27 October in a stadium in the southern port of Kismayu. None of men she accused of rape were arrested. She was detained by militia of the Kismayo authorities, a coalition of Al-shabab and clan militias. During this time, she was reported to be extremely distressed, with some individuals stating she had become mentally unstable. Initial reports said she confessed to adultery before a Sharia court. Amnesty said it had learned she was only 13 and that her father had said she was gang raped by three men. Yes, that was her crime, she was raped by three savage Muslim men! When the family tried to report the rape, the girl was accused of adultery and detained.

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US DICTATED FREEZE; CIVIL LIBERTIES FLARE-UP IN ISRAEL; ISRAELI LEFT SMEARS RIGHT, AGAIN?; HAMAS/FATAH PREPARING ANOTHER WAR
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, January 18, 2010.
 

U.S. DICTATED FREEZE TO ISRAEL? PART 1. NETANYAHU DECEIVES HIS PEOPLE OVER IT

Sources from inside the government of Israel revealed to the media that they find Israeli PM Netanyahu to be a lackey of the U.S..

Since entering office last March, Netanyahu did not approve any housing starts for eastern Jerusalem, as if it were in the freeze that he assured the country excluded Jerusalem. His coalition partner, Shas Party, which held the Housing Ministry, threatened to expose Netanyahu's duplicity, unless he approved housing in eastern Jerusalem. The Housing Minister put it as his members were getting restive.

Netanyahu reportedly advised the U.S. that he would have to make a gesture to his Shas and nationalist partners, or lose power to them. Netanyahu then told Shas that he would, but only in coordination with the U.S.. In practical terms, that means that the U.S. put a quota on such construction for Jews. 700 tenders for housing were approved, hundreds of others were not (Arutz-7, 1/16).

In support of the leaked assertion, remember that it came out that while Netanyahu was making nationalistic speeches about not caving in to demands for a freeze, actually he had denied building permits in Judea and Samaria. Netanyahu also made and offered other concessions. Nevertheless, Netanyahu kept his reputation for being a nationalist, a hard right-winger. Why? It suits some people to divide people into moderates and extremists, and if they were honest about Netanyahu, whom would they slot as extremist? It suits others to pretend that he is a nationalist, while he subverts the country by appeasement.

This should be an eye-opener for people:

1. The U.S. and Israeli governments are duplicitous toward the governed.

2. The U.S. dictates to Israeli Prime Ministers (who may be Manchurian candidates).

3. Netanyahu is not a nationalist.

4. The heads of Shas posture, but are insincere. (It is thought to do anything to keep its Cabinet posts and subsidies for its religious institutions. What an argument for separation of religion from state! But Shas could resign with such a ringing denunciation of Netanyahu and his deception as to sink Likud's fortunes and expose the notion of Netanyahu being nationalist. Shas likely would gain seats from that. Perhaps Shas is a phony party. Barry Chamish ?

U.S. DICTATED FREEZE TO ISRAEL: PART 2

A straightforward threat usually is delivered by a diplomatic service. This includes the usual: cut-off of aid, jet fuel, spare parts for aircraft and other equipment sold to the victim nation, cancellation of contracts already in progress and the abrogation of other agreements where the Super-Power has agreed to mutual war protection pacts -like exchange of vital Intelligence."

"There is always the very credible threat of 'assassination' which groups like the CIA or KGB can deliver with a high degree of confidence."

"Possibly, the threat to expose the secret that the individual was really a 'double agent' who had worked for the Super-Power for many years."

"Of course, the proverbial 'Honey Trap' could be sprung, where a beautiful woman is somehow introduced to a leading figure like a President, Prime Minister, Congressman, etc. The beauty then seduces the mark who is filmed in the room by a fiber-optic camera previously drilled through the wall. Probably, nothing improper happens but, Photoshop and Photos can create their own facts. The film is kept on file to be used, if needed, at a later time to blackmail the political leader into obedience."

"Finally, the targeted leader may have a hidden Leftist ideology but acted as a politically Right Wing figure to push through Left Wing policy from a high position." (Winston Mideast Report & Analysis, 1/17).

Mr. Winston wonders whether a certain former Muslim is a "Manchurian candidate" for President of the U.S..

CIVIL LIBERTIES FLARE-UP IN ISRAEL

The New Israel Fund (NIF) complained that Israel now restricts the right to demonstrate. NIF subsidizes an organization, Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). Every week, ACRI holds a demonstration in eastern Jerusalem, against the civil rights of Jews to buy houses there and live a religiously observant life in their ancient capital. ACRI got police permits for the demonstration. If fewer than 50 people demonstrate, no permit is needed.

This time, the police permit went to some other event. ACRI demonstrators arrived, anyway. They refused to disperse. Police arrested them. NIF protests that since the demonstrators were not violent, they should not have been arrested (Arutz-7, 1/16).

NIF did not differentiate between denial of demonstrations without permits and dispersal of demonstrators with permits and arbitrary denial of permits.

In a country at war that has a large fifth column that agitates for violence and whose demonstrations often turn into riots, permits make sense.

Is NIF acting according to principle? I think not. The Left, to which the NIF belongs, has a double standard. Leftist media and university groups demand freedom of speech and assembly for themselves, and censorship and restriction for the Right.

For many years, police allowed leftist and Arab demonstrations to be violent, but treated peaceable rightist demonstrations with violence. The police tendency was to club right-wing Jews before, during, and after arresting them. Police also dispersed, and often with brutality, rightist demonstrations of under 50 people, demonstrations permitted under law.

Another double standard is for police often to watch Arab attacks on Jews in Judea-Samaria, and then to arrest only Jews who defend themselves.

Lately, the Arab and leftist demonstrators have been so violent as to require tear gas and arrests.

HAMAS AND FATAH ARE PREPARING ANOTHER WAR ON ISRAEL

Both Hamas and Fatah are preparing another war on Israel. One does not hear of Israeli efforts to meet it, partly by arming heavily the Jews of Judea-Samaria, many of whom had military training.

Prior Israeli governments have had residents of Judea-Samaria turn in their weapons for inspection. The government forgot to return them. When current Defense Min. Barak was prime Minister, he wanted to cede the Golan Heights to Syria. He told the Jewish residents of the Golan to flee, because Syrian forces might dash in and kill them. People felt that the exhortation was a ruse to get them out of the way, to facilitate abandoning the Golan.

Based on prior governmental betrayals of Israel, such as the expulsion of Gaza Jewry done with vicious violence and deception, and leading to the expected establishment of a terrorist base, Emanuel Winston suspects that the government is going to let the next Intifada proceed far enough to kill a high proportion of the Jews in Judea-Samaria. Then the government would have an excuse to expel the rest, for their own safety, of course.

Far-fetched? In his prior term, PM Netanyahu seemed to let Arab violence escalate before he made concessions of appeasement to the Arabs as if compelled to do so to end the violence.

As for the U.S., could it really be encouraging the Arabs? Yes. It is training Arab troops, despite the pro-terrorism ideology of Palestinian Arab society and the looming Intifada. President Obama has many anti-Zionist advisers, such as Gen. James Jones, Brzezinski, James Baker, and Sen. Mitchell who demands total Israeli retreat and now apparently full entry of refugee descendants and no demands of the Arabs. Mitchell's demands would destroy Israel. That is so obvious, that his making those demands can have no other purpose (Winston Mideast Report & Analysis, 1/16).

As the U.S. slides downhill, pushed by the Obama administration, isn't it odd that the Administration diverts its own attention to the national plight to push another country over a cliff?

ISRAEL FACILITATES LAWSUITS AGAINST TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS

Israelis' lawsuits against terrorist organizations had a hurdle of having to serve subpoenas in areas controlled by the terrorists, such as in Lebanon, Gaza, or the Palestinian Authority. The process servers could not be expected to walk about, again.

An Israeli appeals court facilitated the process by permitting the process server to submit the papers to recognized representatives of Hizbullah, Hamas, or Fatah outside of the terrorists' domain (IMRA, 1/17).

U.S. TO STORE MORE ORDNANCE IN ISRAEL

The U.S. stores military ordnance in certain allied countries, including Israel. The present quantity in Israel, worth $400 million, will be doubled. Israel will have the right to draw upon those supplies in an emergency (Arutz-7, 1/11).

ISRAELI LEFT SMEARING RIGHT, AGAIN?

Periodically, the Israeli left successfully smears the Israeli Right, to deprive it of popular support. Ben-Gurion's Labor Party successfully depicted rival leaders, Vladimir Jabotinsky and Menachem Begin of the Irgun as fascistic. Ben-Gurion's successors smeared the Right and the more religiously observant Jews as condoning violence against the Left. Shimon Peres had an agent provocateur pose as a right-wing extremist, so voters should believe that the Right encouraged the assassination of PM Rabin.

None of those involved in that last smear campaign were held to account. [Some were promoted by Peres, though they apparently were guilty or negligent.]

Now a similar scenario may be playing out, as Defense Min. Barak claims to have received death threats from unknown parties (Prof. Steven Plaut, 1/11).

The use of agent-provocateurs is what is fascistic. Leaders of the Left are fascistic.

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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LET ME SEE IF I GOT THIS RIGHT
Posted by Milton Franks-Lhermann, January 18, 2010.
 

IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR.

IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.

IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.

IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.

IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.

IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.

IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.

IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL GET

  • A JOB,
  • A DRIVERS LICENSE,
  • SOCIAL SECURITY CARD,
  • WELFARE,
  • FOOD STAMPS,
  • CREDIT CARDS,
  • SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,
  • FREE EDUCATION,
  • FREE HEALTH CARE,
  • A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON
  • BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE
  • THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY'S FLAG WHILE YOU PROTEST THAT YOU DON'T GET ENOUGH RESPECT
  • AND, IN MANY INSTANCES, YOU CAN VOTE.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION.

AMERICANS ARE MUCHO NICE PEOPLE.

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AND SALAAM ALEIKUM

Contact Milton Franks-Lhermann at midenise@zahav. net.il

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WHY AREN'T 3.5MILLIONS NOT BEING FED OR GIVEN WATER IN 5 DAYS?
Posted by Bob Kunst, January 18, 2010.
 

It is 'Day 5' since the earthquake in Haiti, with 3.5 millions in desperate need of food, water, fuel, shelter.

When I brought this up two days ago, I got alot of support and also alot of grief from very petty people devoid of compassion.

Today's Palm Beach Post frontpage headline: "Aid pours in but reaches few", in a story from the NYTimes. "Relief Officials Criticize U.S., U.N."

For you who fast on Yom Kippur from food and water, imagine a 5 day fast, with 180 tons of food and water just sitting at the airport, but U.N. and U.S. officials, with their misplaced priorities, more focused on getting their people and troops installed and lifting their citizens out, but NOT feeding you or your loved ones in desperate need?

Haiti is Obama's "Katrina". He is already mishandling this crisis with his political schtick. He 'commits' and then goes to Mass. to help elect a senate candidate, a Democrat, in order to pass Obamacare, but Haiti is a classic example of Obamacare....with 3.5millions in such desperation and the death toll rising and Obama's priorities screwed up and no hands on direction, while leaving the mission to incompetents his administration is filled with on every other issue.

So the big trucks can't pass, but every little truck and van can and we see them running in every news cast and so why aren't they filled with food, water, etc. and given out? It's been 5 days already!

There are 200 flights going in and out of Haiti daily, but most are military flights. U.S. Agency for International Development claims it has given out 600,000 packaged meals and installed 3 water-purification systems capable of purifying 100,000 liters a day, or is this just propaganda? What about the other 3millions starving and dehydrating?

Today's Miami Herald only reported that 30 U.S. helicopters dropped 84,000 rations or is this also made up as part of the media that has grabbed at the heartstrings of the American people who have donated as of today, $150millions. But when asked by ABC News today, the American Red Cross said they were spending monies on buying fuel for trucks and in a t.v. ad for ARC, for the National Football League game today, the ad said monies would be going for Haiti and 'other' projects. I stated previously that in Hurricane Andrew,(1992), that they claimed 300 food kitchens in Miami and there were none. They also took monies for '9/11' for other projects. There is a history of this financial abuse.

Then NBC News tonight, reported that the U.S. gave out 135,000 food rations and 70,000 bottles of water. Just where is all of this data coming from?

But if we took the highest figure, that's still only 20% of need. Just how long could anyone last after 5 days with no food, water, shelter, medicines? What if this horror was facing your families? What if this was you being ignored?

The World Food Program finally landed flights of food, medicine and water on Sat., after failing on Thurs. and Fri. because of U.S. troop planes having priority.

What is going on here? The U.S. has previously supported the brutal dictatorships of Papa Doc Duvalier and Baby Doc Duvalier, and then an insane policy with Aristide and the paramilitaries who twice ousted him and he wants back in now, don't you know?

Many areas of Haiti haven't even been looked at yet. Over 300,000 have migrated to Northern Haiti and there is a port open at Cape Haitian.

In Carrefour, Haiti, they had only 3 casualties, but in one day, many bodies were dumped into their community, so a roadblock was set up to prevent any more of this. This was reported in the Ft. Laud., Sun-Sentinel today and in a list of agencies to help Haiti, only Jewish Federation of S. Palm Beach was listed amongst Jewish groups partnering with another Jewish group and the American Muslims for Emergency Relief, was listed as well.

'Food For The Poor' was also listed and Shalom International is partnering with them, as they can ship to Haiti and have been there for 20 years and have 400 on the ground to help distribute food, water, medicines etc., which we are actively pursuing.

So my proposal to each of you is the following: Collect checks and commit to www.defendjerusalem.net or by mail to: "Defend Jerusalem", P.O.Box 402263, Miami Beach, Fla. 33140, c/o of "Haitian Relief" and we will use these monies ONLY for purchasing the needed foods, materials, etc. and do it in bulk, so as to maximize impact. We will provide you with a receipt of purchase and transportation and distribution in your name, or your organization's name in partnership with Shalom International.

Do this vital mitzvah. Israel's 220 team in Haiti and its 40 doctors are already making news on ABCNews tonight and in other media, but it is vital to show Jewish and Christian grassroots participation on a major scale, both for our charitable mindset for those in need and also to promote this relationship in getting folks to also see this caring relationship and need to support Israel. Below is a story on lack of Arab/Muslim participation in Haiti.

So when the Obama Messiah does everything possible to kiss up to and excuse the Muslim world and then to dump on Israel every chance he gets, apparently this doesn't go far in convincing the Muslims to be the charitable to others suffering. The Muslim world that doesn't even support those in Gaza and West Bank, besides weapons for the constant war on Israel, their only concern being in how to wipe out the Jews and Christians, Hindus, Bhuddists, all 'Infidels' and thousands of their fellow Muslims.

The big charities like Salvation Army say it will take one month to feed those in need. But what about today's 'emergency'?

When the Rwanda Genocide took place in the 1990s, Shalom International then raised $100,000 in food and medicines and sent it to Rwanda via South African Airways and to the NGOs there to distribute it.

We have always been committed and why we do what we do. How could we stand by and allow the Holocaust to be trivialized or allow masses to die in other genocides, or ignore disasters like this earthquake in Haiti?

The point is that all monies will go to need and we are volunteering our time and services to make it happen with your support.

Yours in Shalom,
Bob Kunst
Pres., Shalom International
305-864-5110
www.defendjerusalem.net

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JEWS AND ISRAEL — AN INCOMPREHENSIBLE TRUTH
Posted by Yaacov Levi, January 18, 2010.

This was written by Michael Devolin, a B'nai Elim who lives in Canada.

 

Blaise Pascal wrote in his Thoughts that "Not all that is incomprehensible ceases to exist." It seems this world has refused, en masse, to acknowledge the real history of Israel and the Jewish people. It is as if this Israel had never existed.

Of course, I cannot expect even a minority of the Muslim world to acknowledge the real history of Israel, simply because it is apparent, even to a dispassionate observer that one of Islam's present goals is to obfuscate the reality of Israel and the Jewish people, both past and present. The present State of Israel the Muslim world (and their advocates) seeks to condemn into obscurity through the much propagated sufferings of an invented people, namely the Muslim "Palestinians".

In the past — that is, the past before the advent of Yasser Arafat — the appellation "Palestinian" categorized both Jews and Arab Muslims inclusively. In his book Ancient Jewish Proverbs, published in 1911, the famous Jewish scholar Rabbi Avraham Cohen refers to the Jewish people as Palestinians. Such a context is a contradiction to the present Arab Muslim machination which has obtruded upon the Western world the imposture that all Palestinians are of Arab descent. And this world promptly accepts the Arab Muslim version of Middle Eastern history simply because this world has long ago become indurate to all measure of fantasy traducing Jews and their ancient Zionism.

There are, basically, in my opinion, two different types of Zionism. One is the secular Zionism of Jabotinsky and Herzl. The other Zionism — the original Zionism — is outlined in the Torah and is a prescription for all Jews to return to the land of Israel. Both types have melded into a Jewish resistance shaped and hardened by a gauntlet of millennia of years.

This conflated Zionism is not a resistance made timid, neither by the insular and hostile nationalism of a Michael Sheuer nor by the unctuous and sycophantic ravings of a Jimmy Carter. The exclusively Jewish voice of this Zionism cannot be silenced nor diminished, no matter the violence, no matter the lies, no matter the religious preponderance of Islam or Christianity, no matter the autocratic secularism of Western academia and American foreign policy.

In his book The Dust of Empire Karl E. Meyer mentions a certain Loy Henderson of the American Senate who was given the honorific title of "Mr. Foreign Service." Mr. Meyer refers to Loy Henderson as an ardent Arabist and "smitten with Islam,"who"viewed Israel as at best a distracting nuisance, at worst, a state that compromised U.S. interests in the Middle East. Like most senior Foreign Service officers, Henderson and his Arabists had vainly opposed President Truman's decision in 1948 to recognize the state of Israel." Today much of the Arab Muslim world "vainly opposes" a public recognition of the State of Israel; moreover, their attempts to extirpate Judaism from the homes and hearts of those whom the United Nations and the Obama Administration refer to as "Jewish settlers" would indicate much of the Muslim world cannot comprehend the calefactive efficacy of Jewish Zionism.

For the same reasons anti-Jewish bigots like David Irving and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad deny the Holocaust ever happen: such fools cannot comprehend that the Jewish people could survive such a tragedy, never mind build again from the ashes another sovereign Jewish state upon the same land where their famous Kings David and Solomon ruled over the first one. Noetic dolts like Irving and Ahmadinejad are convinced that if they cannot imagine such a tenacious people as the Jews they will cease to exist. For them, Jews living in modern Israel is an incomprehensible truth.

1. Comment by Bill Narvey — January 18, 2010 @ 4:24 pm
Sadly, Devolin's incomprehensible truth is one that most of the world is in varying degrees, outrageously coming to accept. The UN anti-Israel disposition and even Pres. Obama's giving credence to the Arab/Palestinian narrative in a number of respects, is strong evidence of that.

2. Comment by yamit82 — January 18, 2010 @ 6:33 pm
In the past decades, history has continually repeated the same story with Jews, as if to teach us a lesson. First, we had a carbon copy of Exodus: the Promised Land lay open and European Jews refused to leave for it. Just as 4/5 refused to leave Egypt and perished, a similar proportion died in Europe. Only the Hebrews hardened by decades of roaming the Sinai desert entered the land; the Israeli pioneers were likewise different from the Exile type of Jews. Like in Egypt, our murderers and oppressors were ultimately ravaged. Both times, we were a step from total annihilation: The first time it was the Pharaoh's order to kill male babies, and later the standoff between the Egyptian army and the Jewish crowd at the Reed Sea shore; the next time it was the Holocaust.

Two years after the slaughter, Jews still refused to build a Jewish state, relying rather on socialist idolatry; and they were slapped with the 1947 — 1948 war of survival. In 1967, the entire nation again appeared in danger of annihilation: it had been conveniently gathered from all corners of the earth so that Syrians and Egyptians could easily eliminate it. In both wars, Jews won only after they lost hope in any earthly friends: the US arms embargo in 1947 and arm-twisting in 1967 assured their annihilation.

Now here comes Ahmadinejad, eerily similar to his German counterpart: a clown, a charismatic leader, a gifted speaker, completely irrational, and openly professing his genocidal aims. The world wonders what he has in mind, refusing to listen to his clear words. Iran strives for regional dominance, perhaps world dominance, as it builds Shiite beachheads even in the Far East and Africa. Iran symbolically picked up where the Germans left off: at creating a nuclear bomb.

Again, Jews are on the brink of annihilation with the whole world against us: no one supports our strike on Iran. We can win this round by losing all hope in our earthly friends.

3. Comment by ayn reagan — January 18, 2010 @ 6:43 pm
We can win this round by losing all hope in our earthly friends.

Our earthly friends currently lack the power to intercede. Therefore, the real challenge is to lose all hope in our earthly enemies. If Israelis expect Obama to save them they will die, and they will die stupid.

4. Comment by rongrand — January 18, 2010 @ 8:12 pm
with the whole world against us:

Yamit (Uncle) not the whole world, only anti-Semitic, anti-Israel governments not the people.

Listen G-d isn't going to let it happen, having said that I am sure He is looking for the secular Jews to start coming on board.

Israel needs to remind her people she is a Jewish Nation, not secular and not international.

G-d has provided enough proof and will not likely send another Moses to lead.

5. Comment by RandyTexas — January 18, 2010 @ 8:41 pm
Yamit (Uncle) not the whole world, only anti-Semitic, anti-Israel governments not the people.

I agree, not everybody hates Israel, only the people with all the guns, nukes, money, and control of everything — in other words, only the people who count. Maybe I'm being too cynical.

6. Comment by Bill Narvey — January 18, 2010 @ 8:41 pm
It is easy, but also deeply concerning and frightening to count the many ways that the world is turning against Israel. Dire predictions that Israel is on the verge of destruction, trip off the tongue.

A fate not much, if any better is being predicted for all Jews, whether it is a world that is suddenly swept by growing antisemitic madness to be rid of all Jews or that Jews will fatally fail to turn the tide of assimilation as we allow ourselves to be destroyed from within, with barely a whimper.

We all know all too well the problems and threats we face.

The time is well past that we should have been fixing our gaze on solutions to save Israel and to ensure Jewish survival. There is no time like the present to do so.

So, with that thought, what can and should Israel/Jews be doing to put an end to these existential threats?

7. Comment by ayn reagan — January 18, 2010 @ 9:01 pm
Maybe I'm being too cynical.

"No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up." Lily Tomlin

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SENATOR MITCHELL'S WAKE-UP CALL
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, January 18, 2010.
 

As always Yoram Ettinger's articles are crisp, relevant and to the real point. I would respectfully like to add a few comments which relate to the subject of Israel's leaders caving under pressure.

Many astute analysts believe President Barack Hussein Obama is extremely hostile to the Jewish Nation/State of Israel while backing state-sponsors of Islamic Terrorism. Obama pledged transparency of his regime when, in fact, everything is done behind his closed doors and 'diktats' from his office.

We are seeing a mirror image of these policies in the Netanyahu-Barak government. While denials flow from the Netanyahu regime, it appears that — like the nefarious plans in secret by Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yossi Beilin who gave us the deadly failure of the Oslo Accords, it was all done under the table in what amounts to a 'coup d'etat'.

Similarly, Sharon, Olmert and Peres secretly planned the evacuation of 10,000 Jewish men, women and children from Gush Katif/Gaza and North Samaria — with the collusion of the U.S. State Department. We observed Bibi Netanyahu on orders from State tried to get Kadima's Tzipi Livni to join him, despite the mandate the Israeli voters gave Netanyahu NOT to drift Left. She refused so he had to accept the most perfidious and dedicated Leftist, Ehud Barak.

The U.S. State Department imposed this policy on Netanyahu to continue the secret negotiations by Olmert to abandon Judea and Samaria, half of Jerusalem to Arafat's 40 year companion and partner, Mahmoud Abbas.

It appears that Netanyahu is following the same secret tracks laid down by Sharon, Olmert and, no doubt, Peres in subverting Israel's sovereignty and security by placing a savage, primitive Muslim Arab Palestinian people in the Israel's Biblical heartland, next to Israel main population centers.

The only solution is to dissolve this current Israeli government and start voting procedures immediately.

This was written by Yoram Ettinger. It appeared January 13, 2010 in Ynet News http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3833185,00.html.

 

The threat issued by Special Presidential Envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, to withhold US loan guarantees, in order to extract excessive concessions from Israel, constitutes a wake-up call for wishful-thinkers.

Senator Mitchell's January 7, 2010 interview with PBS' Charlie Rose refutes the notion that the Obama Administration will accept anything but full Israeli compliance with Washington's terms.

Obama's confidant, George Mitchell, known for his deliberate style, made clear that submission to pressure is not rewarded but punishable by further pressure. That is certainly the case with a White House run by Rahm Emanuel, who is "the meanest shark in town." Emanuel and President Obama, his Chicago-politics pal, were elated when Prime Minister Netanyahu rushed on June 14, 2009 to Bar Ilan University, as soon as he returned from a "cold shower" at Obama's White House, to enunciate a major transformation of his world view: The acceptance of the Two States Solution. They realized that their pressure was effective following Netanyahu's September 24, 2009 speech at the UN — which reaffirmed his newly found world view — and the full freeze of construction in East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Leveraging their initial success, they now employ the threat of withholding loan guarantees and intensify the pressure on Israel to accelerate the timetable of concessions, to exclude the Jordan Valley from Israel's map of defensible borders, to release more Palestinian terrorists, to make more concessions to Abu Mazen, to refrain from construction even in Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood, etc.

Israel's retreat in the face of Obama's pressure is a rarity in a world, which has not been kind to the newly-installed president. His precipitous drop in the polls is the sharpest in recent decades, other than President Ford's. A growing number of Democratic legislators distance themselves from him, lest they be defeated in November, 2010. Furthermore, President Obama is increasingly identified with a 10% unemployment rate, a 17% under-employment rate, a budget deficit which is the highest since 1945, a bigger government, a failed war in Afghanistan and rapidly destabilizing Iraq.

Obama's Liberal power-base is unhappy with legislative compromises concluded with Blue Dog Democrats. Republicans are energized by Obama's difficulties and the 30% bloc of Independents, which accorded Obama the 2008 victory, is turning its back on Obama in 2010. Since assuming power in January, 2009, Obama has received slaps in the face from Iran, North Korea, Russia, China, Venezuela, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has also been targeted by French and West European cynicism. However, Jerusalem is acting as if it is facing an Imperial President.

In 1992, at the height of the Shamir-Bush battle over loan guarantees, I was told by then Majority Leader, Senator George Mitchell: "Doesn't Israel know that the US is not a monarchy, that the President is not omnipotent and that the Legislature is equal in power to the Executive?!"

In 2010, Israel still does not get it. Instead of leveraging critical public and Congressional platforms of support — which will determine the success or oblivion of Obama's policy — Israel approaches Congress as the best supporting-actor in Washington, DC. Jerusalem is intimidated by Emanuel's warning to "avoid bypassing the Administration via Congress." Jerusalem fails to realize that kowtowing to Emanuel's warning amounts to a slap in the face for the US democracy, the US public and its representatives on Capitol Hill, while severely undermining Israel's own cardinal interests.

Senator Mitchell's PBS interview reflects Obama's determination to dictate to the Jewish State a full withdrawal to the 1949/67 cease-fire lines, the uprooting of Jewish communities in the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria, the re-partitioning of Jerusalem, the negotiation of the "claim of return" by 1948 Arab refugees and the exchange of land. Such an approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict is a derivative of Obama's worldview, which highlights the UN as a quarterback of international relations, considers Europe as a role model and Foggy Bottom bureaucracy as luminaries on international relations, burdens the West with partial-blame for international terrorism, regards the Jewish State as part of the exploiting West and the Arabs part of the exploited Third World.

In facing Obama's pressure, Israel should follow in the footsteps of all Prime Ministers from Ben Gurion to Yitzhak Shamir (1948-1992): Advancing Israel's national security while fending off US Presidential pressure. For instance, Ben Gurion declared independence in 1948 and constructed Israel's nuclear reactor in defiance of brutal pressure by Secretary of State George Marshall and President Kennedy respectively. Levy Eshkol and Golda Meir built the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ramot, Neve' Ya'akov and Gilo in response to presidential pressure. And, Menachem Begin destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor irrespective of painful US, European, Global and domestic pressure. He initialed the Israel-Egypt peace process by overcoming opposition by President Carter, who preferred an international conference over direct negotiations.

Such steadfastness yielded short-term US-Israel tension. However, it was rapidly transformed into long-term enhanced strategic respect, by American and Middle Eastern leaders, toward the Jewish State.

In 2010, Israeli leaders are endowed with a "critical mass" — which was not enjoyed by the 1948-1992 leaders — demographically (6 million Jews!), economically, technologically and militarily, bolstered by a formidable infrastructure of support in the US. Are the current leaders also endowed with the vision, faith, wisdom and backbone, which are the prerequisite to leverage this critical mass and advance key Israeli interests, while deflecting the Obama Administration pressure?

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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FROM ISRAEL: COMING FROM STRENGTH
Posted by Arlene Kushner, January 18, 2010.
 

Before I turn to other matters, I want to mention yet other facts about our medical assistance in Haiti. Apparently the Haitian system (which was close to non-existent to start with) has broken down entirely. According to Col. Carmi Bar-Tal, deputy head of the IDF medical unit, cited in the Post today, "There is no hospital around, so the ambulances started bringing patients here."

In Port-au-Prince, IsraAID sent a medical support team to its hospital. As an Israeli nurse described it, "The scenes...were horrendous...The size of the catastrophe is unbelievable. All the injured were being treated, until we came, by one doctor..."

So, we not only do sterling work, we rush to do it, and are critical to medical assistance operations. It's my understanding that the Israeli mobile hospital in Haiti — which is extensive and solidly equipped — was not only the first on the scene, but remains the largest. In fact, I've received credible (but difficult to absolutely verify) reports that while some international agencies, such as Doctors Without Borders, have brought in portable field hospitals, there is no other government that has done so except Israel. Shocking, really, if it's so. Little Israel, a tiny nation, maligned as no other, reaching out in extraordinary ways.

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During the course of a press conference yesterday with the Norwegian foreign minister, our foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said:

"Since the establishment of the government we have made a large number of gestures [to the PA, to get them to come to the table]. "From our position we are finished with the arsenal of gestures. There will not be any other gestures.

"Right now we are waiting for gestures from the Palestinians."

Up until now, said Lieberman, we haven't seen gestures from the PA. Instead, there has been, "Palestinian incitement against Israel in every possible international forum, calls for a boycott of Israeli products, suits filed against us in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, and the creation of a fund to convince people to boycott Israeli goods."

Because this is Lieberman talking, and he talks straight and takes no nonsense (thus being seen as 'undiplomatic'), I accept this as a straightforward statement.

The question is whether he is speaking for himself or truly for Netanyahu's government. This is a particularly significant question as Mitchell is on his way, undoubtedly intending to seek more gestures.

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I would suggest that if Lieberman is speaking for the government (did run this by the prime minister), it reflects a new attitude that has been precipitated by the information — which I shared on Friday — regarding the possibility that PA president Mahmoud Abbas never intends to come to the table, but rather plans a unilateral declaration of statehood to the '67 lines.

In line with this, we see Netanyahu's recent willingness to challenge the PA on the issue of incitement — an issue that until very recently was "conveniently" ignored, so as to not stop "the process."

If Netanyahu has, finally and very belatedly, decided to take on the PA instead of courting it, it will be a welcome change. We should know soon enough if there is a real policy shift.

Only the truth with regard to the Palestinian Arabs — which is so often obscured and buried — can serve our genuine interests. It's time — past time!! — to stop pretending they're something they are not, and to challenge the pretense when we encounter it in others.

More's the pity that this change, if it is real, will have been precipitated by Abbas — that is, will be reactive, coming only at a time when playing the game no longer seemed to Netanyahu a good idea. It should have come long ago, from a position of strength. But it would be far better now than not at all.

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Looks like Peace Now (Shalom Achshav) isn't doing too well lately, and that is great news.

About 18 months ago, Peace Now petitioned the High Court with regard to the presence of Jewish civilians living on an IDF base in Hevron. Its position was that the civilian residents should be expelled.

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Some background is in order here:

Hevron, in Judea, is a very ancient and sacred Jewish city — site of the Machpela, the Tomb of the Patriarchs. There was thriving Jewish community there over the centuries, with institutes of Torah learning and more.

In 1929, there was a massacre of Jews by Arabs in Hevron, and the British, who controlled the area as part of the Mandate for Palestine, moved survivors out — "for their own safety," rather than attempting to protect them. (I add here that the Arab massacre was incited by Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, who was a relative and mentor of Yasser Arafat — and don't minimize the connection here!) An attempt to re-establish the Jewish community in Hevron subsequently failed for similar reasons.

At that point, for the first time in 3,000 years, there was not even so much as a small remnant of a Jewish community in Hevron. When Jordan assumed control of Judea and Samaria in 1949, it maintained a policy of keeping Hevron Judenrein, and destroying buildings in the ancient Jewish quarter there. Thus here, as in eastern Jerusalem, the policy of the Jordanians fostered the myth that this is an "Arab" area.

The situation shifted after Israel gained control in 1967. In the years subsequent, Jews devoted to the heritage of Hevron worked to re-establish a Jewish community there. It has been tough going, because many believe it would be easier, and more convenient, and play better with the international community if Arabs were simply permitted to have the whole city. And leftists, who have swallowed the notion that Hevron is Arab, oppose them. But in point of fact there IS a small Jewish community there today, and I admire them greatly for their courage. With the Oslo Accords, unfortunately much of the city was turned over to the PA, but the Jewish enclave, protected by the IDF, remains.

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With this general background, let me return to the specifics of the case at hand. In 1879, just outside what was then the Jewish Quarter of Hevron, a substantial building called Beit Romano was constructed, which served as a private home, a place of hospitality for travelers, and a synagogue. About 100 years ago, Chabad (Lubavitch) purchased Beit Romano, as well as land around it, and established a yeshiva there.

Today, Beit Romano is the name of a neighborhood in Jewish Hevron, in the old city, that encompasses at least part of this area:

Beit Romano Settlement in central Hebron. Photo: Mats Lignell

While there was no Jewish presence for many years following 1929, the land legally still belonged to Chabad. When the IDF took control in 1967, there was an Arab bus station on the Chabad-owned land just above the Beit Romano neighborhood. About 25 years ago, the IDF built a base there (with permission, as I understand it). Then, about 20 years ago, a small Jewish neighborhood — consisting of caravans — was established on the base. This was permitted because Chabad owned this land and had given permission for Israeli civilians to live there.

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It is this that Peace Now was objecting to. But the court told this group that the civilian neighborhood has existed on the IDF base for 20 years, and it's a bit late to start complaining about it now. Petition rejected.

The bottom line is that this is simply one facet of Peace Now's objective of moving Jews out of Hevron, and, in time, all of Judea and Samaria.

Peace Now lawyer Michael Sfard maintains that Peace Now has the right to petition the Court "as a part of the Israeli body politic, all of whom are involved in the political debate regarding the settlement in Hevron."

To me, this is laugh-out-loud funny. Peace Now receives funds from international sources and there is currently a debate in the Knesset about this, with movement towards drafting a law that would require groups receiving such funding to register as foreign agents. Once such money is received, it is ridiculous to speak about being "part of the Israeli body politic." They are compromised: promoting the pro-Palestinian Arab perspective of European donors.

And there's more: Peace Now does not exist. Not here. They are not registered in Israel at all, not as a non-profit or anything else. Only in the US is American Friends of Peace Now registered.

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Then there was another petition that Peace Now brought to the High Court in 2005, involving a total of 18 homes in the Samaria "outposts" of Hersha and Hayovel. They were labeled "illegal" because allegedly they were built without government sanction — although there is evidence that this may not be so.

At any rate, at one time the government acknowledged them as "illegal" and there were demolition orders against these 18 homes. But when Peace Now petitioned the Court, saying the demolitions had to take place, the State replied that it would determine when was the proper time to do so.

Now there has been a reversal, with the State, the Defense Minister, the IDF Commander, and the head of Civil Administration (the respondents in Peace Now's suit), saying that the situation would be re-examined with alternatives to demolition being considered. Depending on lands the homes were built on, etc. etc., it may be determined that they were legal after all. How about that!

This is of significance because it shows how politicized is the entire concept of "illegal" building. And now, when the PA is yelling about borders to the '67 line, I don't take it as insignificant that the State may be re-evaluating a situation so as to permit houses that were scheduled for demolition to stand.

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One of the homes that had been slated for demolition, it should be noted, belongs to the widow and two young children of Maj. Roi Klein, the hero of the Second Lebanon war, who — crying "Shema Yisrael" — threw himself on a grenade in Bint Jbail to save his men.

It is worthwhile to note that here in Israel Peace Now was permitted to pursue the issue of speedy demolition of the houses even though it had no standing in the case — no vested interest. In the US this would not be possible.

And then, we must ask, what sort of people eagerly pursue the demolition of the home of the family of a war hero (and son of Holocaust survivors)? The people of Peace Now. That's who.

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

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RESCUERS BATTLE TO REACH HAITIANS STILL ALIVE IN RUBBLE
Posted by Daily Alert, January 18, 2010.

This was written by Beatriz Lecumberri and it appeared in The Age (Australia)
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-world/rescuers-battle-to- reach-haitians-still-alive-in-rubble-20100117-me2m.html

 

Hearing Jules's strained voice pushes on adrenaline-fueled Israeli rescue workers racing against time to pry him from the ruins, as four days after the Haiti quake hopes fade of finding more survivors.

The quake may have come and gone days ago but the urgency here remains palpable: this team has pulled out all the stops to save someone whose life is hanging in the balance.

And the clock is ticking.

With hearts set racing by the slim chance they could help pull off a miracle this long after Tuesday's devastating temblor, the team of 22 men toils on to save just one person, sweating through the back-breaking work, hour after hour, inch by inch, amid the stench of rotting corpses.

"Today is the last day that I think we will be able to find survivors, mainly because of dehydration," said Rami Peltz, one of the rescue workers on the Israeli team.

Facing the real possibility that what remains of this collapsed tax office could come crashing down on them, the rescuers grimace as they chip, dig, saw and drill their way, slowly, painstakingly, inching closer to the person trapped beyond their sight.

It is grueling, exhausting work. "We work centimeter by centimeter," said one team member soaked with sweat after 10 minutes in an cavity where the team is hacking and drilling toward their target.

The survivor has made it this far, four days after the 7.0-magnitude quake felled thousands of buildings across the capital of the poorest country in the Americas.

But he is trapped with a steel reinforcement cable around his neck and a huge piece of ceramic flooring pinning his legs, said one team member Moshe Sadir.

All around them, there are dead bodies and more dead bodies. Some of the people survived the building collapse but then expired in the days that followed. No rescue team made it their way in time.Related article:Nameless corpses pile up in mass graves

That is what happened to Nadine, the wife of Adras Belly, a Haitian man who brought the Israelis to this spot to search. But it was bad news for him; rescuers called and called. She did not answer, and dogs found no trace of her.

Foreign rescue teams are spread out across the sprawling Caribbean capital of two million even as the clock ticked down on chances for a miracle.

They take their cues from various sources: UN staff sent some to locations where survivors were believed to remain, and desperate relatives dispatched others to spots where loved ones were still missing, and voices and moaning could be heard inside.

Very few of the stories have a happy ending.

Most end in sorrow and the discovery of a tangle of dead bodies.

"The first 72 hours are so important. After that the chances just drop off dramatically. That is why it is so important to hurry" early on, said Jose Ignacio Bugella Yudice, here from the civil protection service in the Spanish city of Getafe.

The Spanish team worked with colleagues from Iceland in a half-collapsed building where rescue dogs can detect any lucky if unlikely survivors.

"Only the dogs can tell us if there is life in there. Then we pinpoint the spot and we secure it. The rescue operation can take 10 minutes, or several hours," said Magnus Hakonarson, with the Icelandic rescue team ICESAR.

At the Port-au-Prince telecoms building, a rescue team from Costa Rica had no luck as it called and called but got no answer from inside the flattened building.

"When the dogs do not confirm somebody is alive in there, we have to move on to another spot swiftly. So now we are going to a school. But I would say there is a less than three percent chance of finding survivors in this city," said William Hernandez, leader of the Costa Rican rescuers.

"The best hope really is for a small person, who needs little oxygen, which is why a child may be found alive" even at this point, he said.

"That has happened before," Hernandez said. "But it all depends on the space they have and what shape they are in after the collapse."

But surviving a building collapse and then 30-degree Celsius daytime temperatures without a drop of water for days on end is unlikely — and less likely by the minute.

"Some people end up dying of their injuries, or from dehydration or brain trauma," said Andres Madrigal with the Costa Rican team.

But for Jules, his will to live help him beat the longest odds.

"He just kept saying when we finally saw him at the bottom of the hole — 'I want to live, don't leave me,'" a member of the Israeli team said.

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THE AGONY OF MUSLIM WOMEN
Posted by Jock Falkson, January 18, 2010.
The is a review by Bill Muehlenberg of Nonie Darwish's book Cruel and Usual Punishment.
http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2009/06/24/a-review-of-cruel-and- unusual-punishment-by-nonie-darwish/
 

 

Nonie Darwish
Cruel and Usual Punishment:
The Terifying Global Implications of Sharia Law

Publ: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1595551611

Nonie Darwish knows a fair amount about Islam. She was an Egyptian Muslim for the first 30 years of her life. Then she fled to America and she is now a Christian. She has told her story earlier, in her 2007 volume, Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror.

In this book she continues her important story, but she does so by highlighting two crucial themes: what sharia law means, and how women are treated in Islam. In 270 pages she spells out in chilling detail what the implications are of Islamic law, and how the West must be very careful indeed about the spread of sharia.

The first half of this important book looks at how women are treated in the world of sharia. The treatment of women in Islam alone should serve as a warning for anyone who thinks sharia is compatible with Western democracy and freedom.

Consider marriage. Muslim women are prohibited under sharia from marrying non-Muslim men. But Muslim men can marry Christian or Jewish women. And the sharia marriage contract "is essentially a document granting sexual intercourse rights to the male and giving him total control over his four wives".

There are even temporary marriages purely for the purposes of sexual pleasure for the male, called mutaa, or pleasure marriage. This "marriage" can last as little as an hour. Then there is misyar, or traveller's marriage, which is "designed to accommodate the male sexual appetite while travelling".

Divorce is of course also all one way traffic in Islam. Men can divorce their wives instantly, simply by saying "I divorce you" three times. A Muslim woman cannot initiate a divorce. In custody cases, children after the age of seven (or sometimes nine) belong to the father.

And a male can beat his wife and sexually abandon her. Under sharia a husband deserves total submission and gratitude. As one revered Muslim scholar, Imam Ghazali has said, "Marriage is a form of slavery. The woman is man's slave, and her duty therefore is absolute obedience".

Polygamy is also the right of Muslim men. But even more abhorrent is the practice of sexual gratification with children. There is no legal age for marriage under sharia. Thus the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, for example, said in an official statement, "A man can quench his sexual lusts with a child as young as a baby."

Of course Muhammad himself had a six-year-old wife, whom he consummated relations with when she was just nine. And Islamic leaders argue that his life serves as an example and pattern for all Muslims. This is all codified in surah 65:4 in the Koran.

There are plenty of other misogynist elements to sharia law. Women adulterers are to be stoned to death; girls who fornicate are to be flogged; a woman's testimony in a court of law is only worth half that of a man's; women cannot be in the company of men who are not her relatives; female genital mutilation is rife; a Muslim wife needs her husband's permission to travel; and so on.

Then there is the issue of honour killing. While there is no sharia law that expressly gives men the right to kill their women to protect their family honour, there are existing laws which protect men who do commit such killings. Indeed, sharia states that a killer of an apostate, a robber or an adulterer cannot be punished for murder.

In the rest of the book Darwish looks at life "behind the Muslim curtain" — what life is like for non-Muslims under sharia law. Non-Muslims are treated almost as poorly as women in Muslim-majority countries. Jews and Christians are under dhimmitude, or second-class citizenship. Darwish chronicles the many ways in which non-Muslims are oppressed, discriminated against, and denied basic human rights.

And ordinary Muslims who dare to think independently of sharia are also subject to tremendous opposition and oppression. Criticism of Islam is of course punishable by death. Muhammad himself ordered the killing of those who dared to criticise him.

All the various schools of Islam agree that blasphemy or criticism of Islam is a capital offence. And Muslim imams do not expect to be questioned or challenged in any way. In such a world there is "no intellectual honesty, no dialogue, and no respect".

Muslim preachers regard Westerners and Jews as the embodiment of evil, the personification of Satan. Therefore they can be cursed, deceived and killed. Indeed, according to sharia, lying and deception are obligatory at times when dealing with the enemies of Islam. This is part of the overall jihad being waged against infidels.

After reading so much detail about what sharia teaches and commands, one is left overwhelmed. As Darwish says, "The West should be clear on the nature of Sharia. It is nothing more than legal tyranny, a terminal disease that destroys the healthy functioning of society where everything is sacrificed for the sake of total control".

Indeed, say Darwish, Islam is not really a religion as much as it is a system of complete control and social order. It is an intolerant worldview which allows no opposition or questioning. Thus the West should resolutely oppose what she calls "Islamo-Fascism". We should not tolerate intolerance.

She concludes her book with practical suggestions for the West, including keeping sharia illegal, restricting immigration, and monitoring Muslim clerics on what they are preaching and teaching. And the West must rediscover and celebrate its Judeo-Christian heritage and values, and resist the inroads of secularism.

If it does not, the vacuum caused by secularism will be quickly filled by a totalising Islam which seeks absolute control and the global extension of sharia. The aims of the Islamists are the very opposite of those who champion freedom and democracy. We must choose which system we wish to live under.

Darwish has nicely laid out the implications of life under sharia. It is up to us how we respond.

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9 ARRESTED, INCLUDING 6 MINORS, IN YITZHAR YESHIVA
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, January 18, 2010.

You can be certain that in the end no one will be charged with anything except maybe resisting arrest or attacking a policemen. There will also be all sorts of innuendos of Jewish terrorists or underground. That is the usual nonsense these goon squads spew out to justify their barbarism.

This is raw, undiluted Fascist persecution of Jews by those who hate them. As the unJews of Israel see their end quickly and irreversible approaching, they have become frantic to do as much damage as possible. There is no reason, ideology or profit that motivates them, only pure hate for anything Jewish.

This below is by Hillel Fendel and it appeared today in Arutz-7 (www.IsraelNationalNews.com)
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/135571.

 

(Israelnationalnews.com) A large security force broke into a yeshiva in the Samaria community of Yitzhar, and violently arrested nine youths, including six minors, shortly before 4 a.m. Monday. No reason was immediately given for the arrests, but it was later reported that they were arrested on charges of damaging Arab property.

Other students reported that anyone who tried to resist arrest was subjected to violence, and anyone who tried to film the incident had their cameras taken away.

Eyewitnesses reported that the forces arrived with "weapons drawn" and their faces covered, and were accompanied by GSS (Shabak) personnel. One student reportedly lost consciousness during the raid, and heavy property damage was caused.

The three 20-year-olds arrested were Tzvi Sukkot and Eliran Algali of Yitzhar, and Shlomo Gilbert of Elon Moreh. According to some reports,four of the minors were released by late morning.

"Whatever happened to civil rights?" asked one of those present. "The police did something here what it would not do against any other population sector in Israel. Is this Iran?"

MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) was sharply critical of Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch, who oversees Israeli Police: "Murders, pedophilia, other crimes — nothing bothers him; he sends hordes of policemen to vandalize Yitzhar while blatantly violating civil rights and hiding evidence of the police crimes."

David HaIvri, spokesman for the Shomron Regional Council, issued this statement: "All too often, the police over-dramatize accusations and arrests in communities like Yitzhar. Recently a youth who studies in the same yeshvia was arrested and questioned for hours, only to be later quietly released after his name was smeared through the international media as a criminal. They never bother to apologize for the damage to these individuals and communities. This type of behavior would not be accepted torwards high school students in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and cannot be accepted in Shomron either."

It was assumed that the arrests are connected with the Price Tag project, which exacts a "price" from neighboring Arabs for any anti-Jewish police activity that takes place in the region. The destruction of a Jewish outpost, for instance, could be met with the blocking of an Arab road. The arrests might also be connected with the torching last month of a mosque in Samaria, the perpetrators of which have never been caught or identified.

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. He writes, "In the history of the world, no tyranny has ever voluntarily relinquished power or been replaced by peaceful means."

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NETANYAHU POLICY SPEECH DELIBERATELY MISLEADS?; HAMAS BOOBYTRAPS GAZA; SYRIA GIVES HIZBULLAH ADVANCED WEAPONS
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, January 17, 2010.
 

NETANYAHU'S TOUTED POLICY SPEECH MISLEADS. DELIBERATELY?

Back in June, PM Netanyahu made a key policy speech about potential negotiations. IMRA reviewed it now, for its implications.

The speech referred to Judea-Samaria at some length as the land of the Jewish people's forefathers. But he stated his negotiation goals as peace and security, taking into account international pressure on Israel. He did not say whether or how Israel would deal with that pressure. He did not include in his policy goals anything about the "land of our forefathers," including the high significance of Hebron to the Jewish people, in that context.

Suppose the U.S. proposes some weapon that it deems capable of providing Israel security. Does that mean Israel would cede territory? The whole speech needs clarification (Dr. Aaron Lerner, IMRA, 1/14).

Clarification? The purpose of Netanyahu's speech is obfuscation. He states Jewish nationalist considerations, so nationalists and patriots feel he represents them, but omits those concerns from policy. That is his way of dissembling. He gives one impression, the can cite his actual words to give another. Then he claims to have been frank and to have warned voters what he intended. He has done that before.

Israel has been amenable, before, to concessions in exchange for military hardware. Hardware can be made obsolete, but strategic depth cannot be. That is an implication of Dr. Lerner's observation.

HAMAS BOOBYTRAPS POPULATED AREAS OF GAZA

Hamas is planting IEDs (bombs) in densely populated areas of Gaza, far from the Israeli border. Residents have been protesting to Hamas about this, because these explosives can go off and injure them.

Previous reports have established that Hamas stores explosives in mosques, schools, houses, and media buildings. [Other reports were of Hamas booby-trapping the area where IDF patrols roam.]

Will the media investigate? (Honest Reporting, 1/14 sent by reader Susan.)

Usually the media, the UN, and the usual pro-Arab groups ignore Arab violations of international law. They wait until Israel finally retaliates. Then they pretend that the retaliation's collateral damage, calculated in advance by Hamas, is a war crime by Israel. Their indignation is not sincere if informed, not informed if sincere.

EDITOR'S NOTE: From Arutz-7 (IsraelNN.com) Hamas is preparing for war with Israel by placing large bomb-traps in densely-populated areas — angering local residents. So reports a Fatah website named Al-Ahad. Among the areas in which Hamas has been building its military potential are: reinforcing the arms smuggling tunnels network, bringing in large quantities of explosive materials, improving rocket manufacturing capabilities, and the like.

SYRIA GIVES HIZBULLAH ADVANCED WEAPONS

Syria has given Hizbullah advanced missiles capable of striking any target in Israel. Hizbullah is deploying them.

The IDF now assumes that Hizbullah has any weaponry that Syria does. The IDF would consider the acquisition of a modern air defense system in Lebanon as a shift in the balance of power (IMRA, 1/14).

Lebanon and the UN object to Israeli planes flying over Lebanon to observe the illegal rearmament of Hizbullah. Why would Lebanese acquisition of modern anti-aircraft weapons shift the balance of power? If the IDF knew that Hizbullah were going to launch those missiles or even had fired some, and if the IDF sent planes to eradicate them, the planes could not get through. Thus the air defense is not just defensives but a shield for aggression. Do not accept the common misconception that so-called "defensive" weapons are necessarily just for defense against aggression.

As Syria and Iran arm Hizbullah with more powerful weapons, one can draw these additional conclusions: (1) Hizbullah is an army, not a militia, and is building up with aggressive intent often stated as defensive but with the pretext that Israel is occupying Lebanese territory and unprovoked; (2) Syria, Iran, Lebanon, and Hizbullah are violating the UN ceasefire resolution against arming Hizbullah, but nobody objects until it comes to war, then it blames Israel; (3) Since the ceasefire has proved so faulty, the Israeli officials who promoted it have proved faulty and the UN, useless; (4) This is further boost to the fear that when Iran gets nuclear weapons, it may give some to Hizbullah to set off, while disclaiming responsibility because the weapons would not have been fired from Iran.

DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER DANNY AYALON:"JEWISH RIGHT OF SETTLEMENT UNASSAILABLE.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon wrote an Op.-Ed. in the Wall St. Journal. The final two paragraphs read:

"After the war in 1967, when Jews started returning to their historic heartland in the West Bank, or Judea and Samaria, as the territory had been known around the world for 2,000 years until the Jordanians renamed it, the issue of settlements arose. However, (Eugene) Rostow [former Under-Secretary of State and international lawyer] found no legal impediment to Jewish settlement in these territories. He maintained that the original British Mandate of Palestine still applies to the West Bank. He said "the Jewish right of settlement in Palestine west of the Jordan River, that is, in Israel, the West Bank, Jerusalem, was made unassailable. That right has never been terminated and cannot be terminated except by a recognized peace between Israel and its neighbors." There is no internationally binding document pertaining to this territory that has nullified this right of Jewish settlement since.

And yet, there is this perception that Israel is occupying stolen land and that the Palestinians are the only party with national, legal and historic rights to it...this is morally and factually incorrect... "

The significance of Min. Ayalon's statement is that highly placed Israeli officials had muted those considerations, in recent years. They let the Arab case be heard unchallenged [http://goo.gl/eBHc]. (From David Wilder, spokesman for Jewish community of Hebron, 1/8.)

ANARCHISTS AT A FORMER ISRAELI ARMY BASE

Shdema is a former Israeli Army base in Judea-Samaria, not officially reallocated to anyone. That leaves it up for contention. Israel's appeasement-minded Army and government would be content to let the Arabs seize it, on their way to take over the area [and drive the Jews out from Israel, too.]

Jewish patriots saw the loss of that area looming, so they established a daily presence on the base. Arabs, with foreign backing, started building extensively and illegally on the hill above. There was some confrontation.

For a few weeks, the confrontation seemed to have died down, although the dispute is unresolved. One morning, Jews arrived and found that Israeli left-wing activists and foreign Christian anarchists, had sprayed graffiti all over the buildings. Obviously they had spent hours doing so, and without IDF interference.

The graffiti quoted from the Bible and stated messages of love. But it was far from loving. Obviously, it was a challenge. If the challenge were unmet, the Arabs would become emboldened in their attempts to take over, regardless of the law. Jewish youth there accepted the challenge. First, they repainted the base. Then they went into the Arab area and sprayed all over it.

An IDF officer said he would see to it that the Jews were punished. He did not say the same about the Arabs' supporters. Obviously, the government and Army side with the Arabs (Women in Green, 1/15).

Americans suppose that the way to support Israel is to support its government. That is simpleminded, the wrong way. The way to support the Jewish people there is to oppose against their government's anti-Jewish policy.

Those who know Zionist history can see that the Arabs are acting the same now as before Jewish statehood, and that the government now takes a similar anti-Zionist position to that of the British Mandatory authorities then. Both governments violated their mandates, but Israel betrays its country's survival.

CANADIAN PAPER SPREADS BLOOD LIBEL AGAINST ISRAEL AND JEWS

A Canadian Muslim newspaper, Al Ameen Post, accused Israeli Jews of harvesting children's organs. It accepted a claim by Iran's Press TV network that Israelis kidnapped kidnapping "some 25,000 Ukrainian children into the occupied entity over the past two years in order to harvest their organs." Later it apologized for "causing hurt," but did not admit that the charges are false.

Thus Canadian Muslims have "...adopted the spreading practice of renewing" an ancient practice of falsely accusing the Jewish people of murder.

The editor's excuse is that it wasn't racist, since it appeared in the media, and since it appeared in the media, he assumed it was true (Arutz-7, 1/15).

Really, 25,000 Ukrainians? Must be a major operation. Should have driven down the price of organs to being unprofitable. And how come Ukraine did not notice that thousands of its youth are missing? Many accusations against Israel are not merely false, they are absurd.

Really, if in the media, it must be true? Iran's media is like the media of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, resorting to vicious lies for propaganda. The editor acts as if unaware of the phenomenon of blood libel. But, then, the Mideast Muslims adhere to a conspiracy theory in which they act honestly and their enemies are sub-humanly evil.

How much better is the Western media? It ignores these far-fetched claims, although they would a dynamic story. If the Western media exposed and ridiculed these stories, it would discourage their spread. However, it Western audiences then learned how much duplicity anti-Zionist propaganda comprises, they would become skeptical about Arab claims against Israel in general. Is that why the Western media ignore the stories? Or is the Western media afraid?

ISRAEL BUILDING FENCE AT EGYPTIAN BORDER

Israel is building a fence at its Egyptian border. Where the fence does not extend, it would have electronic surveillance devices. In this way, Israel hopes to keep out terrorists, drug smugglers, and thousands of illegal immigrants. The immigrants come from Africa. They crowd out Israeli employees from their jobs and they threaten to boost the Bedouin population beyond the Jewish population in southern Israel (Arutz-7, 1/11).

Unstated is Israeli experience that when Muslim populations reach a critical mass, they feel they should take control and they become more combative.

Having that experience, should Israel limit itself to trying to restrict new illegal immigration or also try to rectify past illegal immigration?

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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FROM ISRAEL: WITH GREAT PRIDE
Posted by Arlene Kushner, January 17, 2010.
 

I call it positive. Incredibly so. Not happy — in fact, unspeakably painful. But a Kiddush HaShem: a blessing on G-d's name.

In the midst of the overwhelming death and destruction that is Haiti right now, there are Israelis who have come to save lives and offer succor.

On Friday, El Al and IDF planes came into Haiti, carrying 250 medical personnel — doctors, nurses, lab and x-ray technicians and even a psychiatrist — and supplies for a mobile hospital, including a pharmacy, a surgical unit, and a maternity ward. A young Haitian mother who was the first to deliver in this ward, early this morning, named her baby Israel.

You can see footage of an IDF rescue team at work in Haiti here:
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/Page/ VideoPlayer&cid=1194419829128&videoId=1263147905094

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Members of ZAKA, the Israeli ultra-Orthodox volunteer rescue organization, were on the scene as well. Yesterday, on Shabbat, they labored, digging in the rubble of a collapsed multi-story university building, where cries were heard. After hours of effort, they succeeded in pulling eight students from that rubble, alive.

These ZAKA members then took time, in the midst of the chaos, to wrap themselves in their tallitot (prayer shawls) and recite their Shabbat prayers. Undoubtedly most if not all of the Haitians on the scene had never seen such a sight.

When the men had finished praying, a crowd of people gathered around them and kissed their tallitot.

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According to one report, head of the ZAKA mission, Mati Goldstein said:

"With all the hell going on outside, even when things get bad Judaism says we must take a deep breath and go on to save more people. "We did everything to save lives, despite Shabbat. People asked, 'Why are you here? There are no Jews here', but we are here because the Torah orders us to save lives..."

At one point, when things were very grim, Goldstein reported that one mission member started to sing, Heveinu Shalom Aleichem (We bring peace to you.) "I had tears in my eyes," he said.

The ZAKA mission will be staying in Haiti a couple more days, even though beyond a certain point it is highly unlikely that anyone else will be found alive under the rubble.

What is exceedingly important to the mission is making their Israeli identity very clear. And so, in this regard, you can help Israel by sharing this broadly and letting the world know what we are all about.

I leave off writing here (and save other news for another day), so this can be circulated, sharing simply this important news.

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

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MUSLIM WOMAN DEMANDS NO JEWS ON HER JURY IN JIHAD TRIAL
Posted by Boris Celser, January 17, 2010.

She is an idiot. In NYC she has a great chance of getting a Leftist Jew on the jury, and he/she would make sure she is not convicted, because it has to be unanimous (I think).

This below is from Atlas Shrugs
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/01/ nyc-muslim-woman-demands-no-jews-on-her-jury-in-jihad-trial.html

 

There is no American in Islam. This country is only dar-al harb, remember that — until they complete their strategic objective of turning it into dar al-islam.

I reported on this fiercely religious Muslim woman here, when the neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui was captured in Afghanistan.

Aafia Siddiqui is a MIT-trained neuroscientist who married a top Al Qaeda operative who intended to blow up gas stations or poison water reservoirs in the United States. She is a possible associate of Majid Khan and she is believed to have links to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. She allegedly arranged travel documents for another suspected terrorist.

While in custody, she managed to grab a rifle and start spouting jihad jizz while getting off two shots. She didn't hit anyone. But she should have faced a firing squad. Instead, she is in NYC (thank you Obama) demanding a juderein jury.

The hadith teaches to murder all the Jews. This is a basic premise in jihad. She is devout. Obama says, RESPECT IT!

NYC: Muslim Wants no Jews on Jury (Logans Warning website)
http://loganswarning.com/2010/01/06/ny-leftists-and-muslims- to-hit-courtroom-in-support-of-alleged-al-qaeda-member/

Mrs. Al-Qaeda, a straight out Jew hater is at it again. In the past she demanded that she be able to meet with Obama for the purpose of making peace with the Taliban, today her new demand is to have no Jews on her jury. Maybe she will be accommodated in the name of "tolerance and understanding". January 15, 2010 Aafia Siddiqui demands no Jewish jurors at attempted murder trial

A Pakistani scientist who is the only woman accused of working with the al-Qaeda leadership has demanded that Jews should be excluded from the jury at her trial in New York.

Aafia Siddiqui called for jurors to undergo genetic testing in an outburst in federal court in Manhattan yesterday.

"If they have a Zionist or Israeli background ... they are all mad at me," Ms Siddiqui, an American-educated neuroscientist, said. "I have a feeling everyone here is them [sic] — subject to genetic testing. They should be excluded if you want to be fair," she told the judge.

Prosecutors say that Ms Siddiqui, 37, who has a biology degree from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from Brandeis University, fled the US in 2003 after marrying an al-Qaeda operative.

She was arrested outside an Afghan government compound in Ghazni province, allegedly carrying two lb of poisonous sodium cyanide and information on chemical, biological and radiological weapons, as well as descriptions of US landmarks such as Wall Street and the Statue of Liberty.

She is charged with allegedly grabbing a US Army officer's M4 rifle and shooting at a team of FBI agents who were trying to question her on July 18, 2008. She was shot in the stomach in the exchange of fire and taken to the US a few weeks later to face federal charges of attempted murder and assault.

US officials allege that Ms Siddiqui has links to top al-Qaeda suspects. They say that the mother of three is married to Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, known as Ammar al-Blackuch, a nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 terror attacks, and a cousin of Ramzi Yousef, who was convicted of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York.

The criminal charges do not mention al-Qaeda, however, and the judge has barred prosecutors from telling the jury about her alleged ties to the terror group.

Nevertheless, Ms Siddiqui, who wore a white scarf covering her face in court, vowed not to co-operate with the trial. "I'm boycotting the trial, just to let all of you know," she said. "There's too many injustices.

"I'm out of this," she added.

After the judge thanked her, she put her head down on the defence table and went silent as prosecutors flashed a photograph of her face on a television monitor.

"I don't trust you," she told the judge at one point before the potential jurors packed the courtroom.

The outburst was the latest of a series of courtroom rants by Ms Siddiqui, who has also tried to fire her lawyers.

Her trial had been delayed for psychiatric tests, but most concluded that she was faking mental illness. After jury selection is complete, opening arguments will begin on Tuesday.

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

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HAMAS'S NEW WAY TO ATTACK ISRAEL? ARABS STILL USING HIGHWAY 443 FOR TERRORISM; EXPLOSIONS IN GAZA CITY
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, January 16, 2010.
 

NEW HAMAS METHOD FOR ATTACKING ISRAEL?

Hamas gunmen (AP/Nasser Ishtayeh)

After observing more radical organizations setting up shop in Gaza, and having found Fatah men in Judea-Samaria to be committing terrorism, the IDF discerns a new Hamas tactic for attacking Israel. Hamas may be grooming more radical elements in Fatah to attack Israel or Israelis (www.imra.org.il, 1/8).

A more radical Fatah group might overthrow the current Fatah regime and align the whole Palestinian Authority (P.A.) with Hamas. Suppose it does?

Would the world then end its efforts to get statehood for the western Palestinian Arabs? Would the world stop pretending that the new P.A. regime were moderate? I think not. I see no ethical sense to support for the already pro-terrorist Abbas. Some European countries are opening relations with Hamas, perhaps pretending that there is a significant difference between its military and political wing as if they were not two barrels of the same shotgun.

COUNTER-TERRORISM NOT ENOUGH IN YEMEN?

Counter-terrorism by itself cannot prevail in failing states, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen. Some nation-building is required, too. A weak government under attack cannot prevail if it steals the people's money and does not provide basic services. The idea is that U.S. drones might kill more and more terrorists, until the whole country collapses and the terrorists take over.

Yemen faces collapse. Its attention is focused on counter-acting two rebellions and terrorism with inadequate armed forces. Equally serious problems loom, such as steadily declining oil output and income and diminishing water supplies. Much of the water is devoted to irrigate the national narcotic, qat. The country lacks industry.

The U.S. concentrates its assistance on counter-terrorism. But like it or not, the government there must try to defeat the rebellions. It cannot sufficiently crush terrorism unless it has the forces, but its forces are diverted by rebellions, which Yemen finds the greater threat to it, now. Therefore, if the U.S. wants Yemen government help against terrorism, it must help that government against rebellion.

What kind of help? Shiploads of troops? Truckloads of cash? Don't have much of them. We must find other ways to help Yemen solve its economic problems. We cannot properly do that (or properly conduct counter-terrorism) while State Dept. observers are penned into urban enclaves without sufficient protection to venture out and find out what is happening. They cannot ascertain how U.S. aid is working and what government problems it can advise on. It cannot help improve Yemen security forces, who must win out. No longer can we expect U.S. troops to be used in continuing war; we have to assist local governments to shape up their own.

The U.S. should be developing greater knowledge about these countries and greater expertise among its diplomatic staff. The U.S. should develop programs with and for these struggling countries, for both the military struggle and afterward. Otherwise, a military victory would be followed by terrorist resurgence. The State Dept. has failed to do so for years, although this deficiency was known (Frederick W. Kagan & Christopher Harnish, Wall St. Journal, 1/14, A19).

The State Dept. rarely is held to account. It rarely thinks ahead. What conceit the U.S. government has in sending forces into countries it knows little about! That is why the British lost in Afghanistan. That is why Rome lost legions in Germany and Arabia, and why the Crusaders did as poorly as they did.

One hopes that the Arab forces trained by the U.S. do not want to turn on other countries, and that the U.S. does not boost their size sufficient for them to threaten other countries, as does Egypt. Egypt faces internal unrest and little foreign invasion, though Iran and al-Qaida are trying to commit terrorism against it. Why then does the U.S. give Egypt planes, tanks, and ships by means of funds needed in Yemen?

ARABS STILL USE HIGHWAY 443 FOR TERRORISM

The Israeli Supreme Court permission for Palestinian Authority (P.A.) Arabs to drive on highway 443, despite their extensive use of for terrorism, had not yet reached the deadline for implementation when another case of terrorism on it occurred. Some P.A. Arabs had permits to use the road.

Some Arabs drove alongside an Israeli car, and tried to shove it off the road. The Israeli driver was a tough border guard. He evaded the attempted vehicular homicide and ordered them to halt. They got out and threw rocks at them. He had to fire warning shots. They fled, but were apprehended a short distance away.

Not mentioned in earlier reports is the fact that the State built a road that parallels 443 for most of its path over the Green Line (Arutz-7, 1/14).

SHEIKH SENTENCED FOR ATTACKING ISRAELI POLICEMAN

Ex-con Sheikh Raad Salah was sentenced to nine months for pushing, spitting on, and insulting an Israeli policeman trying to defend a construction site outside the Temple Mount from rioters led by Salah. Salah heads the Northern Branch of the Islamist Movement. The judge took into account the statements and smiles of contempt by the defendant. His prior crimes were more serious.

He was under orders not to enter Jerusalem. His violation of that restriction was not mentioned as part of his penalty. His penalty included a fine to be given to the policeman (Arutz-7, 1/14).

I can understand Salah's contempt for Israeli law. He leads a subversive organization and mobs whom he incites to violence. Several times he has been convicted for those offensives. His ideology is to overthrow Israeli society. His efforts are serious, but his nine-month sentence is not. Such sentences would not deter many.

JEWISH ISRAELI WOMAN RESCUED FROM ARAB CONTROL

A few hundred Jewish Israeli young women met and married Arab men, then took up residence in Arab areas in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, or foreign Arab countries. They find themselves oppressed. They are not allowed to pass on any of their Jewish heritage to their own children.

Oshrit Ohana was one such woman. Her husband was a smuggler in Gaza. When he was sent to an Egyptian prison, his family was less able to keep her under tight control. Her brother-in-law threatened to kill her if she attempted to flee. Nevertheless, she had her family in Israel make arrangements with a Jewish rescue organization, took her children out as if shopping, bribed someone to take her to a Gaza-Israel crossing, and now is changing her identity and her children's Arab names. She has some nervous moments during her flight (Arutz-7, 1/14).

Israel needs to get word to youngsters what life with Muslim husbands would be like.

ISRAELI PM PRODS U.S. PRESIDENT ON PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PRO-TERRORISM

Citing examples of Palestinian Authority (P.A.) support for terrorism and failure to oppose it, Israel's PM Netanyahu urged President Obama to prod the P.A. to cease its incitement. Top P.A. officials of the P.A., including Abbas and his Prime Minister, are offending parties.

Netanyahu pointed out that peace requires steps of reconciliation and education for peace. Instead, the P.A. names streets to honor those who commit terrorism.

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) praised Netanyahu for raising this issue that many people choose to ignore, as they pretend that the political negotiations can bring peace when the P.A. imbues its people with bellicosity (1/15 press release by ZOA, headquartered in New York and to which I belong).

Why does President Obama have to be prodded on this obvious anti-terrorism effort? Is he for or against terrorism, or more against Israel than against terrorism?

Will Netanyahu drive this point home, or is it just a one-time note?

Why do the American and Israeli media and Establishment and do the opposite of what is recommended, by praising Abbas and his Prime Minister as anti-terrorist? Are they unaware of the facts of do they subordinate facts to their failed ideology? Why do they stick with failed policy? Since that blind stubbornness drives them, how can we expect them to solve other serious problems?

HOW HAMAS CONTROLS PEOPLE IN GAZA

George Galloway, notorious anti-Zionist member of the British Parliament, led protesters against the partial blockade of Gaza. When the delegation left its hotel to visit people, Hamas security men escorted them and intruded. The police kept most ordinary people from meeting with their foreign sympathizers or at least from speaking frankly.

The Galloway group saw totalitarianism in action. Question is whether the group and others will realize that such police state controls apply to what foreign journalists find as news and to what the Goldstone Commission was told by "witnesses." (From Honest Reporting, sent by Sue, 1/14, for which I thank her).

FOUR EXPLOSIONS IN GAZA CITY

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights deplored four explosions in Gaza City. Some damage but no casualties resulted. The culprits and their reasons are unknown. The Center believes that Hamas allows chaos and misuse of ammunition (IMRA, 1/1).

If the bombs had gone off in crowded areas, casualties would have been high, and "Zionist agents" probably would have been blamed.

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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DISHONORABLE: ANOTHER HONOR KILLING
Posted by BenAmi, January 16, 2010.

This is the real "Arab narrative". See the face of horror.

How would you like to live like this?

This below was written by Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson. It appeared November 14, 2003 in Knight Ridder Newspapers. Nelson is currently with National Public Radio. She directs the NPR bureau in Afghanistan.

They kill their own, too. And the world expects "peace"?

 

She murdered her daughter. Better dead than red (in the face)

ABU QASH — Rofayda Qaoud — raped by her brothers and impregnated — refused to commit suicide, her mother recalls, even after she bought the unwed teenager a razor with which to slit her wrists. So Amira Abu Hanhan Qaoud says she did what she believes any good Palestinian parent would: restored her family's "honor" through murder.

Armed with a plastic bag, razor and wooden stick, Qaoud entered her sleeping daughter's room last Jan. 27. "Tonight you die, Rofayda," she told the girl, before wrapping the bag tightly around her head. Next, Qaoud sliced Rofayda's wrists, ignoring her muffled pleas of "No, mother, no!" After her daughter went limp, Qaoud struck her in the head with the stick.

Killing her sixth-born child took 20 minutes, Qaoud tells a visitor through a stream of tears and cigarettes that she smokes in rapid succession. "She killed me before I killed her," says the 43-year-old mother of nine. "I had to protect my children. This is the only way I could protect my family's honor."

The guilty brothers are in jail.

Qaoud's confessed crime, for which she must appear before a three-judge panel on Dec. 3, is one repeated almost weekly among Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel. Female virtue and virginity define a family's reputation in Arab cultures, so it's women who are punished if that reputation is perceived as sullied.

Victims' rights groups say the number of "honor crimes" appears to be climbing, but at the same time, getting little attention. Israelis and Palestinians are too busy with political and military issues to notice what they dismiss as domestic disputes, says Suad Abu-Dayyeh, who works for the Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling in East Jerusalem.

Police in Israel investigated at least 18 honor killings in the past three years.

Palestinian police reported 31 cases in 2002 — up from five during the first half of 1999 — the last time such incidents were counted before the current Palestinian uprising began, according to the center's study.

But the number of killings is likely higher, given that Palestinian police investigate only crimes that have been reported, said Yousef Tarifi, the Ramallah prosecutor assigned to Qaoud's case. Shalhoub-Kevorkian says her past research showed the likely number to be 15 times higher than the number of reported cases.

According to court records, Rofayda was raped by her brothers, Fahdi, 22, and Ali, 20, in a bedroom they shared in the family's three-room house. On Nov. 26, 2002, doctors at a nearby hospital who were treating Rofayda for an injured leg discovered she was eight months pregnant.

Palestinian authorities whisked her off to a women's shelter in Bethlehem, where she gave birth to a healthy boy on Dec. 23. He has since been adopted by another Palestinian family, court records show.

Rofayda, meanwhile, wanted to return to her parents in the Ramallah suburb of Abu Qash. Ramallah Gov. Mustafa Isa called a meeting with the family and village elders, demanding they pledge in writing not to harm the girl. "He asked me if everyone in the family and the village would promise not to bother this girl, but I told him I couldn't give him a guarantee," Abu Qash Mayor Faik Shalout says.

Rofayda returned home in late January without notifying the authorities.

The shame was unbearable, Qaoud said. Relatives and friends refused to speak to her family. Her elder daughters' husbands wouldn't allow them to visit because Rofayda had returned home.

On Jan. 27, Rofayda sent word that she was in danger to crisis counselors at Abu-Dayyeh's center in East Jerusalem. They, in turn, called Palestinian police in Ramallah, who have jurisdiction over Abu Qash.

Qaoud, meanwhile, sent her husband, who suffers from heart disease, to a doctor in the nearby village of Bir Zeit. Her three youngest children went to a cousin's house.

At 11:30 p.m. she killed Rofayda, court records show. Tarifi says he's convinced Qaoud had an accomplice, but Qaoud insists she acted alone.

Qaoud turned herself in and, after four months in jail, was released pending the resolution of her case.

While honor killings committed in the heat of the moment — for example, by a husband who catches his wife in bed with another man — generally carry a six-month to one-year jail term, Qaoud will likely be sentenced to three to five years in prison, Tarifi says. The fact she is a mother who was trying to protect her family's honor mitigates the crime of premeditated murder, which is punishable by death under Palestinian law, he adds.

The brothers are serving minimum 10-year sentences in a Palestinian jail in the West Bank city of Jericho for statutory rape of a relative, Tarifi says.

No trace of Rofayda or her brothers remains in the family home. Qaoud says she ripped up all of their photographs and burned their clothes. The bedroom in which she killed her daughter is now a storeroom.

Erasing the memories is harder, she admits. She eases her pain by doting on her three children still living at home, especially the youngest, Fatima, 9, whom she lavishes with kisses. The children say they've forgiven Qaoud and return her affection.

"My mother did this because she does not want us to be punished by people," Fatima explains with a shy smile. Leaning into Qaoud's arms, the little girl adds: "I love my mother much more now than before."

Contact Ben Ami at farme@012.net.il

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ON THE RUN
Posted by Fred Reifenberg, January 16, 2010.


 

Contact Fred Reifenberg by email at freify@netvision.net.il visit
http://abstractsfromfred-fred343.blogspot.com/ to see other examples of his graphic art.

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UNRWA : BIASED AS USUAL
Posted by Susana K-M, January 15, 2010.
 

UNRWA — A Political Organization

A new English-language play is touring Israel, titled "Building Understanding: Epitaph for a Dead Warehouse." The show combines video clips with a one-man performance by Chris Gunness, who plays the part of a UN warehouse in Gaza described as "the victim of an excruciatingly painful fire that burned me down," due to the IDF using illegal white phosphorous to bomb the building. The videos show the bombing, as well as interviews with the warehouse staff, complaining of being doused by a bomb that "looks like phosphorus, it smells like phosphorus and it burns like phosphorus."

An IDF probe found minimal quantities of phosphorus material, which came from smoke rather than weapons, within the limits of international law. In an interview with Israel National News, Gunness said he had no way to confirm that the shells had, in fact, been fired by IDF soldiers, although his one-man show places the blame squarely on the IDF's shoulders.

Who is Chris Gunness? Who would take out the time, effort and resources to perform such a series of falsehoods, besmirching the reputation of Israel's military (as seems to be de rigeur these days)?

Of course, Chris Gunness is a UN worker.

Gunness, however, is not just any UN worker — he is the head spokesperson for UNRWA. Yes, the same UNRWA that describes itself as having been established "to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees" and "the main provider of basic services — education, health, relief and social services — to...registered Palestine refugees in the Middle East."

The provider of social services to Palestinian refugees proudly displayed an article from McClatchy Newspapers praising Gunness's performance, on its website. This is an interesting strategy, considering that nowhere in its mandate or mission statements is UNRWA given the role of taking political positions and disseminating them; the agency seems to have taken it upon itself to slander Israel.

It's hard to imagine how the Palestinian refugee problem can be solved, while it's in the care of UNRWA. Time and again, this agency shows that it is incapable of handling its mandate and serves values opposite of those of the countries that fund UNRWA. Not only are the vast majority of the agency's workers also recipients of UNRWA's services, which in all other UN agencies is consider a conflict of interest, the agency has also employed members of Hamas and other terrorist groups. The textbooks in UNRWA schools feature inflammatory and incorrect information about the United States and Israel, deny the holocaust, and glorify terror. In this way, UNRWA has served as a conduit for terror since Arafat made refugees the symbol of the Palestinian Nationalist struggle in the 1960s, perpetuating the Israel-Arab conflict rather than helping to assuage it.

Recently, Congressmen like Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Steve Rothman (D-NJ) have proposed the UNRWA Accountability Bill, demanding transparency and responsibility from UNRWA. United States donations to UNRWA in 2009 reached $154.5 million by early October, and may increase before the year's end. The bill seeks to ensure that money sent to UNRWA from the United States does not fund terror, and emphasizes the need to evaluate the curricula in UNRWA schools.

While Kirk and Rothman's actions are praiseworthy, they are not enough. As Middle East analyst Asaf Romirowsky has pointed out, UNRWA works in a way that is opposite of other humanitarian operations and refugee relief agencies, such as the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR). UNHCR encourages resettlement, avoiding political stances and putting refugees in danger, whereas UNRWA favors the "right of return," thus blocking resettlement, takes clear political positions, and is connected to terrorist groups. In 2005, UNHCR served 19.2 refugees and asylum seekers in 116 countries with a budget of $992 million and a staff of 6,450. In the same year, UNRWA had a staff of 24,300 and a $339 million budget for only 4.1 million refugees in only five areas.

Refugees may benefit from UNRWA's services to some extent, but the organization itself seems to benefit much more from the refugees. Without refugees, UNRWA would no longer exist; therefore, UNRWA has no motivation to solve the refugee problem. Clearly, the way to solve the refugee problem is to dismantle UNRWA, and replace it with an organization that can look forward and find solutions, rather than focus on politics and encourage terror.
 

Benny Alon does have a way to help the Arab refugees. First separate them from UNRWA, which keeps them in refugee status. Read his plan at http://www.israelinitiative.com

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

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AYRES' WIFE HEADS TO MIDDLE EAST WITH GROUP TO COLLABORATE WITH HAMAS
Posted by Susana K-M, January 15, 2010.

This was written by Caroline B. Glick.

 

Oh the shame of it all.


Bernardine Dohrn (Mrs. Bill Ayres) and husband

Last month 1,300 pro-Palestinian activists from the US and Europe came to the region in the name of peace and social justice to demonstrate their solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza. Led by the self-declared feminist, antiwar group Code Pink, the demonstrators' plan was to enter Gaza from the Egyptian border at Rafah and deliver "humanitarian aid" to the Hamas terrorist organization.

But it was not to be. Led by Code Pink founder and California Democratic fundraiser Jodie Evans, the demonstrators were not welcome by Egyptian authorities. Many were surrounded by riot police and barbed wire as they demonstrated outside the US and French embassies and the UN Development Program's headquarters. Others were barred from leaving their hotels. Those who managed to escape their hotels and the bullpens outside the foreign embassies were barred from staging night protests in solidarity with Hamas on the Nile. In the end, as the militant Israeli pro-Palestinian activist Amira Hass chronicled in Ha'aretz last week, all but one hundred of them were barred from travelling to Gaza.

The lucky few allowed into Gaza included neither Evans nor her friends, former Weather Underground terror leaders Bernardine Dohrn and William Ayres. But they bore no grudge against Egypt. The Egyptians were mere puppets of the real culprit: Israel. As Evans said, "It's obvious that the only reason for [Egypt's treatment of the demonstrators] is to make Israel happy. Israel is behind the refusal [to allow the demonstrators into Gaza] — what other excuse could there be?"

Dohrn, the woman has called for a "revolutionary war" to destroy the US, felt that the Egyptian authorities' behavior was nothing but an unfortunate diversion from their mission. As she wrote in a blog post from Cairo, "We find ourselves unwillingly in Cairo, drawn into clashes with authorities and one another on side issues, when what we most want is to keep our eyes on the Palestinian people."

Unfortunately for the lucky 100 who were permitted to enter Hamastan, the diversions didn't end at the Egyptians border. Hamas immediately placed them under siege. The Palestinian champions had planned to enjoy home hospitality from friends in Gaza. But once there they were prohibited from leaving the Hamas-owned Commodore Hotel and from having any contact with local Gazans without a Hamas escort.

Rather than being permitted to judge the situation in Gaza for themselves, they were carted onto Hamas buses and taken on "devastation tours" of what their Hamas tour guides claimed was damage caused by the IDF during Operation Cast Lead.

And then these international protesters were forced to participate in a Hamas-organized march to Erez Crossing. As Hass tells it, in "a slap to many feminist organizers and participants," no Palestinian women were allowed to participate in the march which, "turned into nothing more than a ritual, an opportunity for Hamas cabinet ministers to get decent media coverage in the company of Western demonstrators."

But they didn't really mind. Reacting to her effective imprisonment in the Hamas-owned hotel, one of the demonstrators, and American woman named Poya Pakzad cooed on her blog that the Commodore Hotel was "the nicest hotel I've ever stayed at, in my life." Pakzad did complain however about what she acknowledged was the "farce" devastation tour she was taken on. She claimed that her Hamas guides were ignorant. In her studied view, they understated the number of Palestinians rendered homeless by the IDF counter-terror offensive last year by some 60 percent.

Pakzad is something of a Hass groupie. She wrote that on the bus to Gaza, still smarting from the rough treatment the group received from the Egyptian authorities, Hass "made me realize why I came in the first place: to break the siege!"

Hass's participation in the pro-Hamas propaganda trip is a bit surprising. In November 2008 Hass was forced to flee from Gaza to Israel after Hamas threatened to kill her. At the time, Hass appealed to the Israeli military — which she has spent the better part of her career bashing — and asked to be allowed to enter Israel from Gaza after sailing illegally to Gaza from Cyprus on a ferry boat chartered by the pro-Hamas Free Gaza outfit.

Hass's behavior is actually more revealing than surprising. The truth is that Hass, like her fellow demonstrators were willing to be used as media props by Hamas precisely because it isn't the Palestinians' welfare that concerns them. If they cared about the Palestinians they would be demonstrating against Hamas, which prohibited local women from participating in their march to the Israeli border, and which barred non-Hamas members from speaking with them. It would offend their sensitivities that Hamas goons beat women for not covering themselves from head to toe in Islamic potato sacks. It would bother them that Hamas executes its political opponents by among other things throwing them off the roofs of apartment buildings.

The demonstrators did not come to Gaza to demonstrate their support for the Palestinians but their hatred for Israel and for their own Western governments which refuse to join Hamas in its war against Israel. As one of the organizers told Hass as she sat corralled by Egyptian riot police outside the UNDP offices in Cairo, "In our presence here, we are saying that we are not casting the blame on Egypt. The responsibility for the shameless and obscene Israeli siege on Gaza rests squarely with our own countries."

By happily collaborating with Hamas in its propaganda extravaganza, these demonstrators demonstrated that the rights of Palestinians are not their concern. Their concern is waging war against their own societies and against Israel. They are more than happy to have their pictures taken with the likes of Hamas terror master Ismail Haniyeh. And while they will never acknowledge that his organization's terror war against Israel is illegal and immoral, or care that Hamas's founding charter explicitly calls for the genocide of Jewry, they will demonstrate from today 'til doomsday against their governments' recognition of Israel.

In this, the Free Gaza movement members are but a chip off the old psychopathic block of nearly a century of far-left Western activists whose hatred for their own countries motivated them to hide the crimes of mass murderers from Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong to Fidel Castro and Ho Chi Minh to Daniel Ortega and Saddam Hussein. As Jamie Glazov chronicles in his recently published book, United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror, their attraction to mass murderers — from Stalin to Osama bin Laden, and their concomitant hatred of their own societies "is a secular religion."

These fanatics are usually dismissed as fringe elements. But the truth is that during the late-20th century, the distance between these true believers and the centers of state power has not been very great. Glazov notes, "The tragedy�is that the Left has shaped much of the cultural and political consciousness of our time. The Left's agenda mattered immensely during the Vietnam War: even former North Vietnamese officials have admitted that the antiwar movement in American can take credit for communism's victory in South Vietnam and, therefore, for the tragic bloodbath that followed."

Likewise, today these radical movements' extremism today has not marginalized them politically. Since it was formed in 2002, Code Pink has openly sided with US enemies against the US and its allies. Evans and its other leaders have met with Hamas leaders in Gaza and Syria. They have visited with Hizbullah in Lebanon. They have met with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York and Teheran. They have supplied Iranian-backed insurgents in Iraq, and before the US-led invasion in 2003, they organized a solidarity-with-Saddam Hussein mission to Baghdad. And this month, fresh from Egypt and Gaza, Code Pink launched an advertising campaign on the Muslim Brotherhood's English website.

At home in the US, as documented by websites like Big Government and Atlas Shrugs, Code Pink's members have launched psychological warfare operations against US soldiers outside of military bases with the aim of persuading them to desert. They have taunted and frightened children of US servicemen. They have harassed Bush administration officials, their family members and Republican Party leaders.

In Israel, counterparts to Code Pink like Uri Avineri's Gush Shalom acted as human shields to protect Yassir Arafat and his fellow terrorists from IDF forces during Operation Defensive Shield in 2002. Anarchists Against the Fence stage violent riots against IDF forces every week. Four Mothers successfully compelled the Barak government to surrender south Lebanon to Hizbullah.

Traditionally, the far left's ability to shape national policy in Israel and the US alike has owed largely to the sympathetic coverage they have garnered from fellow-travelling media outlets. In the US the anti-war movement probably would have failed in its mission of transferring South Vietnam to Communist control if the New York Times and CBS News hadn't supported their efforts. So too, the Barak government would likely not have withdrawn the IDF from south Lebanon if Four Mothers hadn't been ardently supported by state-owned Israel Radio.

While both the Israeli and American media continue to promote the agendas of far left groups, by among other things, not reporting their open ties to terrorist organizations, today some of these groups have direct access to the halls of power.

Code Pink for instance is welcome at the Obama White House. Its leader Evans was an official fundraiser for Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Evans visited the White House after travelling to Gaza last June. While there she met with Hamas leaders who gave her a letter for Obama. Evans met Obama himself at a donor dinner in San Francisco last October where while standing in front of cameras, she gave Obama documents she received in Afghanistan where she met with Taliban officials.

Then too, among the board members of the Free Gaza movement is former US senator James Abourezk. Abourezk is reputedly close to Obama and according to knowledgeable sources has been a key figure in shaping Obama's policy towards Israel.

Then too, like Evans, Dohrn and her husband Ayres are also friendly with the President of the United States. Dohrn and Ayres have been Obama's political patrons since he launched his first campaign for the Illinois state Senate in 1996. In White House visitors' logs, Ayres is listed as having twice visited the building since Obama's inauguration.

Israeli authorities tend to treat groups like Code Pink and its Israeli allies as nothing more than nuisances. Since unlike Egypt and these self proclaimed human rights champions themselves, Israel actually does care about human rights, it would never occur to anyone to treat these demonstrators as Egypt did. At the same time, the Egyptian authorities' actions were clearly informed their understanding that with their ties to Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizbullah, Syria and Iran, Code Pink and its friends are active collaborators with the jihad war machine.

With their open ties to our jihadist enemies on the one hand, and their direct line to the White House on the other, Israel ignores them at our peril.

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

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SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS IN THE TANK FOR ISLAMISTS
Posted by Cpocerl, January 15, 2010.

This appeared at the Atlas Shrugs website
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/

From Atlas Shrugs:

"In case you ever wondered why you never got the straight story on Islam directly after 911, and why the media seemed to be in the tank for jihad, here's a clue. The Society of Professional Journalists issued this directive a couple of weeks after 911. And they have followed it in goose step ever since."

Just how long has the Muslim Brotherhood been strategizing the take down and take over of the US and the west? Decades. And while we have no strategy for fighting the enemy — hell, we can't even name them — they have a war plan that is so detailed and exact that every t is crossed and every i dotted.

Take a look at the "diversity" guidelines as set forth by the Society of Professional Journalists not two weeks after 911. The enemy that attacked our country in an attempt to bring it down was writing the narrative."

Below Atlas Shrugs comments are in red text in square brackets ([])

 

Diversity Guidelines

On Oct. 6, 2001 at its National Convention in Seattle, the Society of Professional Journalists passed a resolution urging members and fellow journalists to take steps against racial profiling in their coverage of the war on terrorism and to reaffirm their commitment to:

  • Use language that is informative and not inflammatory;

    [Even if the horror, murder and bloodshed of jihad is inflammatory, don't tell the people.]

  • Portray Muslims, Arabs and Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans in the richness of their diverse experiences;

    [Portray the axe wielding murderers, the homicide bombers, the infiltrators of our most senior levels, in the "richness of their diverse experience" (you know, stonings, amputations, shariah law, clitorectomies, Jew hatred, Islamic colonialism, the caliphate..........)]

  • Seek truth through a variety of voices and perspectives that help audiences understand the complexities of the events in Pennsylvania, New York City and Washington, D.C.

    [What voices? Hamas-front CAIR-picked voices?]

Guidelines

Visual images

  • Seek out people from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds when photographing Americans mourning those lost in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

    [Seek out Muslims ................]

  • Seek out people from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds when photographing rescue and other public service workers and military personnel.

    [Seek out Muslims ................]

  • Do not represent Arab Americans and Muslims as monolithic groups. Avoid conveying the impression that all Arab Americans and Muslims wear traditional clothing.

    [Scam the folks on Muslims ........]

  • Use photos and features to demystify veils, turbans and other cultural articles and customs.

    ["Demystify veils and turbans"]

Stories

  • Seek out and include Arabs and Arab Americans, Muslims, South Asians and men and women of Middle Eastern descent in all stories about the war, not just those about Arab and Muslim communities or racial profiling.

  • Cover the victims of harassment, murder and other hate crimes as thoroughly as you cover the victims of overt terrorist attacks.

    [Cover the bogus tales of "harassment" just days after 3,000 Americans were brutally murdered by Muslims on our own soil. The Press is being told to throw Americans under the bus and kiss the adherents to the Islamic ideology that murdered our people and want to take over this country.]

  • Make an extra effort to include olive-complexioned and darker men and women, Sikhs, Muslims and devout religious people of all types in arts, business, society columns and all other news and feature coverage, not just stories about the crisis.

    [Try to show Muslims out of jihad. And don't talk about the Islamic attacks especially, right after they happen.]

  • Seek out experts on military strategies, public safety, diplomacy, economics and other pertinent topics who run the spectrum of race, class, gender and geography.

    [When writing about terrorism, remember to include white supremacist, radical anti-abortionists and other groups with a history of such activity.]

  • When writing about terrorism, remember to include white supremacist, radical anti-abortionists and other groups with a history of such activity.

  • Do not imply that kneeling on the floor praying, listening to Arabic music or reciting from the Quran are peculiar activities.

  • When describing Islam, keep in mind there are large populations of Muslims around the world, including in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, India and the United States. Distinguish between various Muslim states; do not lump them together as in constructions such as "the fury of the Muslim world."

    [But Obama does. The Islamic world does. The ummah is the worldwide global community.]

  • Avoid using word combinations such as "Islamic terrorist" or "Muslim extremist" that are misleading because they link whole religions to criminal activity. Be specific: Alternate choices, depending on context, include "Al Qaeda terrorists" or, to describe the broad range of groups involved in Islamic politics, "political Islamists." Do not use religious characterizations as shorthand when geographic, political, socioeconomic or other distinctions might be more accurate.

  • Avoid using terms such as "jihad" unless you are certain of their precise meaning and include the context when they are used in quotations. The basic meaning of "jihad" is to exert oneself for the good of Islam and to better oneself.

  • Consult the Library of Congress guide for transliteration of Arabic names and Muslim or Arab words to the Roman alphabet. Use spellings preferred by the American Muslim Council, including "Muhammad," "Quran," and "Makkah," not "Mecca."

  • Regularly seek out a variety of perspectives for your opinion pieces. Check your coverage against the five Maynard Institute for Journalism Education fault lines of race and ethnicity, class, geography, gender and generation.

  • Ask men and women from within targeted communities to review your coverage and make suggestions.

Web resources on this topic

  • Informational Resources on Arab-Americans, the Arab World and Islam
  • The Quran online (1 or 2)
  • The South Asian Journalists Association provides a stylebook, sources and a roundup of coverage for journalists.
  • Newswatch is a site dedicated to diversity in journalism, with commentary on media performance. It is a project of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism of San Francisco State University and a collaboration between the Native American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.
  • Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
  • The Religion Newswriters Association maintains an extensive set of resources on religion and covering religion.
  • The mission of the Anti-Defamation League is to combat anti-Semitism andbigotry of all kinds. One section of its Web site details how ADL leaders have responded to anti-Muslim and anti-Arab-American violence.

Contact CPocerl at Cpocerl@aol.com

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FATAH PRIDES ITSELF ON DEADLY TERROR ATTACKS
Posted by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, January 15, 2010.
 

Recent reports by Palestinian Media Watch documenting Palestinian Authority terror glorification prompted the Israeli government to issue two formal protests to the United States about Palestinian Authority incitement to violence. Since then, PA glorification of terror continues.

The word "Fatah" incorporating a rifle [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 6, 2010]

The official PA daily featured a special full-page section last week to mark the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement, including praise for both lethal terror attacks and for terrorists. Among others, the newspaper praised the attack led by Dalal Mughrabi, in which 37 Israelis were killed.

The newspaper also praised Fatah for firing missiles from Lebanon at Israeli cities and towns during the 1980s. More than a third of the page was devoted to the life stories of 10 senior terrorists, who were referred to as "heroic Shahids (Martyrs)".

The top of the page displayed the organization's name — Fatah — that incorporates a rifle.

The following is a translation of the text as it appeared in the official PA daily:

Headline: "On the 45th anniversary of its founding: Fatah is still the leader of the national struggle and the foundation stone of the Palestinian State" "Quality military operations:

The revolutionary forces (Fatah) who were engaged in Ribat (religious war) in South Lebanon conducted a series of prominent operations, the best-known among them being the Savoy Operation in 1976 [where terrorists took over a hotel and killed eight hostages and two soldiers], followed by the operation by Dalal Mughrabi [the bus hijacking in which 37 Israelis were killed] in 1978, and many more operations against the northern [Israeli] settlements close to the Lebanese border, which caused pain to Israel and sleepless nights for its military and security establishment ..."

"Fatah katyushas (missiles) in the south [of Lebanon] pulverized the colonies of the occupation:

UNIFIL (International Force in Lebanon) ... did not prevent the members of the Fatah movement, and of the other Palestinian organizations, from continuing their self-sacrifice [military] actions against Israel, and in 1981 Fatah's katyushas (missiles) pulverized the northern settlements [in Israel]."

"Fatah still boasts the greatest number of prisoners and Shahids (Martyrs) in the struggle:

"Fatah has the greatest number of prisoners in the jails of the Israeli occupation... In addition, it is the largest faction that has sacrificed Shahids (Martyrs) from among its commanders and members [in the past] and until a few days ago, when special forces of the Israeli occupation army executed three of its members in Nablus [referring to the three terrorists who were killed by Israel two days after they murdered Rabbi Meir Chai in Dec. 2009]." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 6, 2010]

Itamar Marcus, Director of Palestinian Media Watch (http://www.pmw.org.il), was Israeli representative to the Tri- Lateral Anti Incitement Committee established under the Wye accords, and has written reports on Palestinian Authority, Syrian and Jordanian schoolbooks. He is Director of PMW.

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YOU CAN DO TO PROTEST AGAINST U.S. PRESSURE ON ISRAEL
Posted by AFSI, January 15, 2010.

In the message below from David Wilder, spokesman for the Hebron community, he pleads with Americans to contact our representatives to say NO to George Mitchell, scheduled to return on another mission to Israel with more "demands" and "deadlines". Israel must not be forced to bend to American pressure to relinquish its land and safety to Arab terrorists and to those, like Abbas, who glorify terrorism. The Netanyahu government in Israel must stand tall and strong, defending the Jewish right to the land of Israel.

 

While the US is sending more troops to Afghanistan to fight international Taliban terror, it is actively forcing Israel to acquiesce to declared terror-supporters, namely the PA and their leader, Abu Mazen, thereby infringing upon Israeli sovereignty, endangering Israeli lives and jeopardizing the existence of the State of Israel.

The time has come for the entire American Jewish community, and all lovers of Israel, of freedom and of human rights, of all those who oppose terror and terrorist supporters, to make their voices heard.

Stop Mitchell's latest mission to Israel. Write now, fax and or email Senators and Congressmen (numbers and addresses found here http://goo.gl/oo6F), demanding that George Mitchell, together with his threats and unconcealed contempt for Israel, must not be allowed to return to Israel.

Fax and email US consulate in Jerusalem at: +972.2.625.9270
Email: UsConGenJerusalem@state.gov and
The US State Department: Fax: 202-663-3636
Email: aoprgsmauth@state.gov

Remind them that Israel is NOT the 51st State!

Americans For a Safe Israel/AFSI is a pro-active pro-Israel advocacy group. AFSI may be contacted by mail at 1623 Third Ave., Suite 205, New York, N.Y. 10128 (Tel: 212-828-2424; Fax: 212-828-1717); by email at afsi@rcn.com; or by accessing its website: www.afsi.org. Helen Freedman is Executive Director and organizer of the AFSI Chizuk missions.

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EU TO BRITIAN: YOU MUST PAY DEATH BENEFITS TO AL QAEDA&TALIBAN WIDOWS
Posted by Cpocerl, January 15, 2010.
 

Europe's law chief wants Britain to reinstate the payment of tens of thousands of pounds in State handouts to the wives of suspected Al Qaeda and Taliban fanatics.

Ministers have halted benefit payouts made to the families of suspected terrorists to prevent the money falling into the hands of banned groups. The Treasury says the power is a vital weapon in the war against terrorism. It stems from a crackdown on terrorist financing launched in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

However, the senior advocate of the European Court of Justice, Paolo Mengozzi, yesterday declared the decision to stop the payments was unfair on the grounds of human rights. His opinion is likely to prove crucial when Europe's highest court considers three test cases brought by the wives of British-based terror suspects later this year.

In eight out of every ten cases, the court has agreed with the Advocate General — making it highly likely the UK taxpayer will soon begin forking out hundreds of pounds a week to the families.

Whitehall officials have refused to name the families involved in the test cases — but all three of the husbands are foreign nationals on the United Nations list of international terror suspects. They have been linked by security officials to Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and the Taliban.

The payouts to their wives include income support, child benefit and housing assistance worth 'several hundred' pounds a week.

Contact CPocerl at Cpocerl@aol.com. This appeared today in the Daily Mail
http://www.newmediajournal.us/world/01152010a.htm.

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THE GREENING OF ISLAM
Posted by Daily Alert, January 15, 2010.

This was written by Abbas Milani and it appeared in the New Republic
http://www.tnr.com/article/world/the-greening-islam.

Abbas Milani is a contributing editor of The New Republic and the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford, where he is the co-director of the Iran Democracy Project. His latest book is Eminent Persians: The Men and Women who Made Modern Iran, 1941-1979.

 

How the Iranian uprising has transformed Shiism The Green Movement is a revolt against theocracy. Most of its adherents are young Iranians with little or no religious motivation. Yet, an iconic figure of the revolt was the nation's highest-ranking cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri; and, last month, Ashura, a holy day celebrating martyrdom, occasioned some of the movement's most massive protests.

Perhaps the fact that the movement has acquired a Shia veneer shouldn't be terribly surprising. During the past century, no social movement in Iran has succeeded without draping itself in religion or without a strong Shia contingent in its leadership.

But to limit the discussion of the Green Movement's religiosity to rhetoric and political maneuverings is to diminish the significance of the happening. The Green Movement (and the Ayatollah Khamenei's clumsy response to it) has exacerbated a split with Shiism. It has accelerated the development of profound and potentially far-reaching doctrinal innovations. The course of the coming months will determine the extent to which these innovations will transform Shiism and Iran.
 

YOU WILL KNOW SOME OF THE NAMES of the most prominent clerics who have been identified with the Green Movement: Montazeri, Rafsanjani, Karroubi. But there are other ayatollahs and theologians supporting the Greens — Yousef Sanei, Abdolkarim Soroush, Yousefi Eshkevari — who have developed a significant body of theology. Much of this work began before the recent political upheaval, but there's no doubt that the upheaval has given this group wider sway and further radicalized its thinking.

To varying degrees, thinkers and theologians identified with the democratic movement have been offering a new reading of Shiism that makes the faith more amenable to democracy and secularism. The most significant innovation — found in essays, sermons, books, and even fatwas — is the acceptance of the separation of mosque and state, the idea that religion must be limited to the private domain. Some of these thinkers refuse to afford any privileged position to the clergy's reading and rendition of Shiism — a radical democratization of the faith. And others, like Akbar Ganji and Mostafa Malekian, have gone so far as to deny the divine origins of Koran, arguing that it is nothing but a historically specific and socially marked interpretation of a divine message by the prophet. The most daring are even opting for a historicized Muhammad, searching for the first time in Shia history for a real, not hagiographic, narrative of his life.

The clear target of these new teachings is the Ayatollah Khamenei. It is important to remember that he owes his position as supreme leader to a deathbed appointment. At the time of his ascension, he was merely a junior cleric. His only purchase on the leadership position was his claim that, before dying, the Ayatollah Khomeini had named him as his chosen successor. While this may have been an unorthodox appointment, the method by which he was selected is very much within the tradition of the strain of Shiism dominant in Iran. But this tradition of appointment is under assault. Ayatollah Montazeri and others have demanded that the supreme leader be elected by the people, and that his rule must be limited in time. They even contend that the people should have the authority to impeach the supreme leader at the ballot box.

Khamenei has angrily resisted this revolt within the clergy. Several seminaries and residences of these reformist ayatollahs have been attacked by hired mobs working for the regime. Then there's the case of the Ayatollah Sanei. As I have mentioned, he is one of the most important thinkers in this new movement. But he has, in recent days, been declared unfit to be an ayatollah by the influential Qom-based cleric Ayatollah Yazdi, notorious for his corruption and conservatism. Yazdi's statement is ominous. Sanei, who has been accepted as an ayatollah for more than twenty years, is now accused of issuing dangerous fatwas. And it's true, Sanei has declared the value of a woman's life — or diye, in Shia parlance, the sum a murderer must pay to the family of the murdered as punishment — equal to that of a man. And he has argued that girls should not be married off at the age of nine. But there are very, very few precedents for this sort of defrocking.

Already, there's loud opposition to the persecution of Ayatollah Sanei. It is widely seen as the regime's preemptive attack on a cleric who could fill the place of Montazeri and become the new spearhead of clerical opposition to the regime. It will be fascinating to see whether Ayatollah Sistani — the senior Iraqi-based cleric and a leading exponent of quietism — will weigh in on this historic breach of clerical independence. Sanei's case could become a touchstone in this battle over the future of Shiism — the battle between one strand of increasingly rational Shiism and another strand that grows ever more messianic and superstitious.

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, January 15, 2010.
 

ISRAELI HUMILIATION OF TURKISH AMBASSADOR: MORE

Israel formally apologized for its Deputy Foreign Minister seating the Turkish Ambassador lower to the floor and telling reporters he did so deliberately. Turkey accepted the apology. Some Israeli leaders had voiced support for the Deputy.

The Israeli media focused exclusively on the seating faux pas and ignored the serious Israeli grievance with Turkey's President (Arutz-7, 1/13), who falsely accused Israel of kidnapping Arab children and in order to convert them to Judaism.

Much of the Israeli media has become so biased as to be considered anti-Israel.

It is difficult to understand how some Israelis could support the Deputy's undiplomatic conduct. He harmed Israel by drawing attention away from Turkey's blood libel of Judaism.

ISRAELI RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE

www.ngo-monitor.org/article/international_law_series_ the_right_to_self_defense0 a.. The right to self-defense, including the right to combat terror, is a

cornerstone of international law, enshrined in the UN Charter (Article 51) and numerous Security Council Resolutions.

b.. In order to delegitimize Israel's self-defensive measures, many NGOs have issued statements distorting international law or even inventing legal bases under which Israel's rights are denied.

c.. Al Haq and PCHR falsely claim that Israel cannot invoke self-defense in response to attacks from non-state actors in occupied territory. In making this legally incoherent argument, these NGOs misinterpret key passages in international law.

d.. A second approach, taken by Human Rights Watch and B'Tselem, alleges without any evidentiary basis that Israel's exercise of self-defense is merely a pretext for punishing the Palestinians. There is no legal doctrine that establishes that an otherwise legal military action in self-defense becomes illegal simply because one of its alleged motives is to "punish" the aggressor.

e.. Other groups, including Oxfam and FIDH, pay lip service to Israeli self-defense, but reject every Israeli action as a "violation of international law."

f.. The NGOs make no realistic suggestions of what would be considered lawful and effective measures, effectively nullifying the right to self-defense.

g.. Palestinian NGO, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from European governments (EU, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, Netherlands), labels direct attacks on Israeli civilians as acts of "resistance." (via IMRA, 1/13.)

TURKEY ALLEGES ISRAELI 'HUMILIATION' OF PALESTINIAN ARABS

The Foreign Minister of Turkey assured Israel that he wants good relations with it but blames Israel for engendering extremism by "occupation" and by "humiliating" the Palestinian Arabs. He did not specify what was "humiliating." (IMRA, 1/13.)

In his context, I think that he means that IDF restrictions on Palestinian Authority freedom of movement is "humiliating." Taking up similar Palestinian Arab claims of being humiliated, sympathizers accuse Israel of humiliating those Arabs, also without specifying how. One should not make or believe political or bigoted accusations without knowing their basis.

What did Israel do wrong? It was attacked. In defending itself, it came to administer some territories from which the attacks emanated. Whose fault is that? The people in those areas continue to attempt attacks. What is Israel supposed to do now? Withdraw from Judea and Samaria, the way it did in Gaza? Gaza then became a terrorist base that launched more attacks! And why should Israel, which has, under the Mandate, claims to the area, withdraw in favor of Arabs who had no country there?

If not ruling themselves is humiliating, let those Arabs end their bigotry and terrorism! Why don't those who say they sympathize with them suggest that? I suspect that what is put as sympathy for Arabs who, after all, favor terrorism, really is antipathy for Jews, who do not.

ISRAELI UNIVERSITY SCREENS ANTI-ISRAEL FILM

The movie, Jenin, Jenin falsely accuses IDF troops of committing massacre during an incursion into Jenin. The canard long has been disproved. IDF veterans are suing the film's director.

Now Tel Aviv University is hosting a Communist Party convention, which plans to show the movie.

Prof. Steven Plaut of Haifa U. condemns the further showing of the slanderous film. He wonders why a University hosts a convention by the Communist Party, which stands for repression of academic freedom. Slander in the service of jihad is not a proper exercise of academic freedom (Plaut, 1/13).

CANADA SWITCHES AID FROM UNRWA TO PROJECTS

Finding that foreign aid for UNRWA is not accounted for, Canada now gives it for specific, institution-building projects in the Palestinian Authority (P.A.). Hamas had infiltrated UNRWA, and diverted UN funds for its own purposes. B'nai-B'rith Canada praised Canada for its change as helping the P.A. stabilize and get into a position for making peace (IMRA, 1/13).

Is the P.A. accountable for funds given to it? It spends a lot on troops and vicious propaganda. I have not seen a report on corruption and monopolies in some time, but the Prime Minister seems to be trying to build up his area.

The notion that better conditions may lead to peace is problematic. The cause of war there is religious fanaticism, not a poor economy. An economic build-up may make the war harsher.

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AIRPORT SECURITY
Posted by Lawrence Uniglicht, January 15, 2010.
 

Technological advances in brainwave analysis leading to an accurate profile of a generic terrorist's thoughts displayed as oscillating patterns on a monitor; incorporating that model into airport security operations; could offer more relevant data than today's physical scans or searches. It is likely the brain of one focused on say blowing up a plane would exhibit certain electrical characteristics; perhaps generate more activity in specific anatomical regions than a typical vacationer or business person. This of course does not suggest analysts would be able to distinguish specific thoughts, but would nevertheless be aware that an individual exhibits brainwave patterns that substantially coincide with a mathematically calculated terrorist profile.

Surely, research could determine those salient features common to most if not all terrorist brain activity. Using this technology, albeit predictive rather than definitive, would be analogous to using fingerprints or matching DNA samples to solve crimes; in this case to prevent horrific crimes against innocent human beings as well as incalculable collateral psychological and economic damage to globally connected civil populations. Privacy concerns, already trumped by current airport procedures, should not prevent such highly advanced technology from being implemented. Anyone exhibiting a specific brainwave pattern could justifiably be isolated, searched, and questioned. Such century twenty-one methods, when properly developed, could enable us to thwart those obsessed with primitive and indeed perverted notions of destroying advanced societies.

Lawrence Uniglicht is a career civil servant. He advocates for the State of Israel with an American perspective. He writes, "Advocating for the disrespected underdog has been my passion, no doubt Israel falls into that category." Contact him by email at larose@snip.net

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FROM ISRAEL: DEEP CONCERN
Posted by Arlene Kushner, January 15, 2010.
 

I wrote the other day about Hillary's statement that the Palestinian Arabs "deserve" a state — which led to my piece about why such a state is not a good idea.

Now I share with you a Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs paper by Dan Diker regarding Abbas's intentions to declare a state to the '67 lines unilaterally:
http://jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DRIT=2& DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=443&PID=0&IID=3271& TTL=The_Palestinians'_Unilateral_%22Kosovo_Strategy%22:_ Implications_for_the_PA_and_Israel

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I've already been in touch with several Arabic-speaking analysts who concur that this is the way things are headed. What is more, there is feeling in several quarters that Obama is actually on board for this. The statement by Hillary leads us in this direction, and, as one analyst pointed out, Abbas would not pursue this had he not gotten the word that he would have US backing ultimately. Of considerable concern, as well, is the concerted effort to delegitimize Israel within the international community — a part of Abbas's overall plan.

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This comes now simply to provide this basic information, which I address with utmost seriousness. There will be times when my postings are brief, or when days go by without postings, because I'll be doing other writing or research. But I will keep my readers informed.

Ultimately what matters is hard work to convince various decision-makers that — not only is formation of a Palestinian Arab state not a good idea — backing for such a state would lead to a disaster that makes supporters look very foolish: they would have contributed to a worsening situation in the Middle East. (And, indeed, that would be the case.)

In the US, the focus must be on Congress; communicating with Obama and his advisors or with Hillary is likely pointless, as they have their agenda. They are oblivious to problems that are inherent in what they envision, and it is exceedingly unlikely that grassroots communication will affect their perception or their goals.

In Europe, of course, the address is the EU, or European Commission, actually.

In due course, there will be much more to say about this.

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I will add here in passing that it is possible (just possible) that this figures into Netanyahu's current stance, with his maddening eagerness to come to the table. I'm getting mixed opinions on this at present. He may be working overtime to show the world that unilateralism is not the way to go, as other options are possible. Whether this is the most productive approach is debated, and depends in part on what goes on behind the scenes.

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

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THE VALUE OF THE APOLOGY OF A TERRORIST
Posted by Boris Celser, January 14, 2010.
 

This article is entitled "'Toronto 18' ringleader apologizes to Canadians" and it was written by Colin Freeze. It appeared today in The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto-18- ringleader-apologizes-to-canadians/article1431032/

 

Zakaria Amara: 'I deserve nothing less than your complete contempt,' Zakaria Amara reads to court at before his sentencing

The 24-year-old Canadian mastermind of an al-Qaeda-inspired plot to explode truck bombs in downtown Toronto has issued an abject apology to Canadians.

"I deserve nothing less than your complete contempt," Mr. Amara told Mr. Justice Bruce Durno as he read an "open letter to Canadians" during his sentencing hearing. He pleaded guilty to terrorism offences last October and is to be sentenced on Monday.

These were the first public remarks by Mr. Amara, a ringleader of the so-called "Toronto 18" plot, who spent the spring of 2006 trying to procure huge quantities of explosive chemicals in order to build truck bombs.

Despite his show of contrition, Mr. Amara should not be cut any slack, prosecutors said.

"He planned mass murder. It's that simple," said Crown lawyer Iona Jaffe, arguing for a life sentence.

She said that only a multimillion-dollar police investigation — $20-million is a conservative estimate, sources have told the Globe — prevented Mr. Amara's bombs from going off.

Ms. Jaffe asked the judge to envision the immediate devastion and long-term psychological scars that would have resulted from one-tonne fertilizer bombs exploding in Toronto's downtown core.

The mere mention of Toronto, she suggested, would forever conjure up images of terrorism, in much the way that mention of "Oklahoma City" or "Air India" or "the World Trade Center towers" can do today.

"A relatively safe and kind city would have been forever destroyed or altered," she said. "... Not one of us would have ever gone to downtown Toronto again without ever thinking of the devastation of 2006."

The plot was to pack three U-Haul trucks with a least a tonne of fertilizer, before exploding the truck bombs outside the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Offices, and a military base outside Highway 401. Mr. Amara and a small splinter cell of bomb plotters hoped the attack would force Parliament to pull Canada's soldiers from Afghanistan. In the spring of 2006 he built prototype detonators as he tasked others with getting his bomb ingredients, but one of his accomplices turned out to be an undercover police agent.

Mr. Amara wore a blue sweater vest, a buttoned down white shirt, and neatly trimmed beard as he addressed the court. He apologized for being nervous and speaking in a jumbled manner, as he tried to explain what led him down "the path of extremism."

Starting off by quoting the Quran, in hindsight, he said his interpretation of Islam was "naïve and gullible," and that his belief system made worse by the fact he had "isolated himself from the real world."

Today he told the court he has been rehabilitated by his time awaiting trial in jail — mostly through his interactions with fellow prisoners who challenged his hate-filled ideology. He promised he would change from a "man of destruction" to a "man of construction.

One friendly inmate who turned him around, Mr. Amara said, was a banker who had worked on Bay Street — "ironic," he told Mr. Justice Bruce Durno, since he had plotted blowing up the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Mr. Amara apologized to Canadians generally and Muslims in particular because of the "unwelcome attention" and scrutiny his actions prompted. "The gravity of damage I caused to you make any apologies inappropriate," he said.

Even though Mr. Amara lived and worked in Mississauga — a diverse Toronto suburb with a population of more than a million — he made sound like he ghettoized himself into social circles comprising only fellow extremists.

It wasn't until he got to prison, he said, that he began to learn tolerance. "When I was arrested, and luckily and gladly that happened," Mr. Amara said, "for the next three years I was incarcerated all by myself alone."

Solitary detention was counterproductive, he said, but in recent months he moved into general population. That changed his outlook.

Mr. Amara, a Sunni Muslim, talked of how he had also befriended a Jewish inmate, and a Shia Muslim, men from two religions he would have viewed with only contempt prior to his incarceration.

He said that these inmates "had trouble with trying to reconcile my gentle and kind character" with his terrorists acts. Their words, he said, "caused me to reconsider."

"When someone shows me I'm wrong," Mr. Amara said, "I'm willing to accept it."

Though Mr. Amara remained composed through much of the hearing, he sobbed audibly when court was presented with a letter from his wife, Nada Farooq. He was so distraught he kept his head in his hands and didn't see the box of Kleenex court staff presented to him.

"I believe my husband regrets with all his heart what he's put me and my daughter through," said Ms. Farooq's letter, explaining she is now a single mother living in her parents' basement and struggling to study science at university.

Ms. Farooq, who has worn a black niqab to past hearings for her husband, was not present. She suggested her husband's naiveté led him into extremism. "I can't make excuses for what he has done," her letter said.

The couple married when the were just 18 and 17 respectively. That was when the slightly older Mr. Amara dropped out of his first semester at Ryerson University to work as a gas jockey, so that he could support the daughter he conceived within a month of wedlock.

The defence submitted a psychiatric report suggesting Mr. Amara turned to terrorism as a form of escapism, to leave behind the drudgery of daily life and the pain of the then-recent divorce of his Jordanian father and Cypriot mother.

Mr. Amara's family travels meant he grew up in Canada, Jordan, Cyprus and Saudi Arabia, where his father worked for an oil company. His lawyer presented him as less a hardened terrorist than a latchkey kid whose adolescent angst had gotten severely out of hand.

During Mr. Amara's teenaged years in Mississauga "his father left home, gave Zakaria the keys to a car, and left to Dubai. He has not come back since," defence lawyer Michael Lacy told the court. "... None of this is an excuse, it is simply to illustrate there is a context."

He added that his client "is a convicted terrorist. That will be with him for ever... But he is a young man for whom there is still hope."

Mr. Amara faces life in prison, a punishment which the Crown is requesting. The defence suggests an 18 to 20 year sentence would be more appropriate. Because he has spent three and a half years in custody, and Canadian judges generally give a two for one credit for "dead time," he'll likely be understood to have already served the equivalent of seven years of his sentence when he is sent to a penitentiary.

The prosecutor, Ms. Jaffe, pointed out the Crown and defence were not really haggling over much in terms of jail time. Because of Canada's correctional laws, whether Mr. Amara gets life or 18 years, he stands to be eligible for parole in about six years — around the time of his 30th birthday.

One key distinction is that a life sentence would mean authorities could watch Mr. Amara indefinitely, and long after his penitentiary doors spring open.

"Would that be unduly crushing for Mr Amara given what we know?" Ms. Jaffe asked.

Either way, he will get one of the stiffest — if not the stiffest — terrorism sentence imposed since Parliament passed the 2001 Anti-Terrorism Act in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Only a handful of offenders have ever been convicted under that law.

Many of them were Mr. Amara's co-conspirators. Two young men who were teenagers at the time of the plot, Saad Khalid and Saad Gaya, have pleaded guilty to being Mr. Amara's henchmen. They have expressed regret for their role in the plot.

A fourth alleged bomb plotter, Shareef Abdelhaleem, 34, is currently on trial.

The rest of the young suspects arrested three years ago face no accusations of being involved in the bomb plot.

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

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TRIVIAL DEMONSTRATIONS VERSUS POLITICAL REVOLUTION
Posted by Yaacov Levi, January 14, 2010.

Below is the edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, given by Professor Paul Eidelberg on Israel National Radio, December 14, 2009.

 

The December 9 protest demonstration against the Government's 10-month freeze on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria lacks a positive revolutionary goal. Admittedly, to speak of a political revolution in Israel is like tilting at windmills.

The mentality of most Israelis, including opponents of the government, is thoroughly bourgeois and democratic. Because bourgeois democrats are primarily motivated by the desire for comfort and security, they are politically moderate on the one hand, and constitutionally opposed to the hazards of revolution on the other.

Moreover, a large percentage of these democrats are Jewish humanists, the most anti-revolutionary species imaginable. They practice what Christians preach: "love your enemies," "turn the other cheek," "do not resist evil." Of course they are terribly fearful of "world opinion."

Some ten thousand Jews have been murdered or maimed by Arab terrorists since Oslo 1993 — thanks to the government's policy of "self-restraint." Nevertheless, Jews look upon the government's complicity in murder with bewilderment and resignation. To expect revolution from such Jews is to expect lambs to metamorphose into lions.

Besides, the government controls all the levers of power: military, economic, the media, etc. When to all this you add the "legitimacy" accorded the government by its undeserved reputation as a "democracy," talk of revolution in this country appears futile.

Not that most Israelis support the government's policy of territory for peace or its 10-month freeze on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria. But few know what to do about these cowardly policies. Since Oslo, amateurs have squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars on demonstrations, full-page ads, law suits, and other efforts against the government's treachery.

The leaders of these demonstrations have learned nothing from these negative and politically uninspiring demonstrations. On the other hand, notice how they foreswear "violence" and thereby inform the repressive forces of government they will not cross the lines of what is deemed "legitimate" in a "democracy." Why say anything? Why not let the government worry about the scope of your intentions?

Besides, isn't there a vast disproportion between the placid character of Israeli demonstrations and the suicidal consequences of the government's territorial policies? These demonstrations trivialize the government's semi-fascist character.

Contrast the revolutionary protests against the Iranian government when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stole the presidential election of June 12 of this year. Why wasn't there an equivalent revolutionary protest against the Likud government when Ariel Sharon adopted Labor's policy of unilateral disengagement, a policy rejected by no less than 70 percent of the public in the January 2003 election?

True, Iran is not a reputed democracy. But this suggests that Israel's democratic reputation underlies the futility or political vacuity of demonstrations against the government's defeatist policies.

There was not even a milk-and-toast demonstration against Netanyahu's June 14 speech at Bar-Ilan University, when, without public or Knesset debate, he endorsed the establishment of an Arab-Islamic state in Judea and Samaria. Six months later, it required his 10-month freeze on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria to produce another futile demonstration, which makes Israelis look anemic compared to the Iranians risking their lives still protesting against Ahmadinejad's purloined election.

It seems that countless Jews in this country have been emasculated by the myth of Israeli democracy. They do not see that Israel has a "prime ministerial" form of government virtually equivalent to a democratically elected dictatorship.

Israeli prime ministers can betray the nation with impunity, without fear of impeachment or removal by the Knesset. In fact, no Israeli prime minister, or no Likud-led, or Labor-led, or Kadima-led government has ever been toppled by a Knesset vote of no confidence! The Knesset is a cipher. Thus, if the SYSTEM is so designed as to render the Knesset as well as the cabinet immune to public opinion, protest demonstrations in this country are laughable: they even foster the myth of Israeli democracy!

Still, people wonder why there has been no revolution in Israel. They see that one government after another has betrayed the country, has yielded or offered Jewish land to Israel's implacable enemies who openly proclaim their commitment to wiping Israel off the map.

This genocidal objective is conspicuous not only in the maledictions of Ahmadinejad. It is not only conspicuous in the Charter of the PLO-Palestinian Authority, which calls for "the complete liberation of Palestine." It is not only conspicuous in the Hamas Charter, which states: "Israel will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it." No, this Islamic commitment, rooted in the Quran, is also conspicuous in the tourist maps of Egypt which, despite that country's 1979 peace treaty with Israel, continue to depict the Land of Israel as "Palestine."

So people wonder why Israelis tolerate governments which, since Oslo, have illegally released and armed more than 7,000 Arab terrorists, many of whom have gone on to murder and maim more Jewish men, women, and children! They wonder why the people of Israel did not even demonstrate against Netanyahu's endorsement of an Arab-Islamic state in Israel's heartland, a state that would require the expulsion of 300,000 Jews from Judea and Samaria!

Of course, public apathy precludes revolution. But something more subtle is at work here. What precludes revolution in this country is not only the myth of democracy. Also operative is the deliberate obfuscation of the enormity of evil confronting Israel — the evil inherent Islam's 1,400-year "Culture of Hate" — as Bat Ye'or has put it. Islam's clash with Western civilization has been obscured or trivialized not only by Israeli prime ministers. Countless academics and journalists are ignorant of the pathological aspects of Islamic culture courageously exposed by Syrian-born psychiatrist Dr. Wafa Sultan.

Binyamin Netanyahu is a prime example of obscurantism. When he addressed a joint session of the American Congress in 1996, he gratuitously denied a clash of civilizations in the Middle East. But how can any candid and sensible person write about Arab terrorism, as Netanyahu has, and fail to discern its primary cause, namely Islamic education. One does not have to be as learned as Bat Ye'or to know that Islam's Culture of Hate dominates the Middle East. (Ignore Barack Obama — Muslim or not — because his anti-American agenda precludes his being candid about Islam.)

It's reasonable to assume that Netanyahu agrees with the assessment of former head of Israel Intelligence Professor Y. Harkabi, who not only described Islam as an expansionist creed animated by jihad, but also documented the mendacity and murderous Jew-hatred engrained in Arab culture.

Since this must be known to Netanyahu, what induced him to support the establishment of an Arab-Islamic state in Israel's heartland? That he laid down the condition that such a state must be demilitarized indicates he is at least aware of the militant and expansionist nature of Islam. But he disregards or minimizes what Wafa Sultan sees in Islam: how its education dehumanizes women and brutalizes men; how it exults in death, and how the Quran's commandment to hate Jews has ever been the daily diet of Muslim children. Hence, Netanyahu's wish to negotiate with the Palestinians is senseless or an effort to mollify Barack Obama as well as an exercise in mendacity.

These derogatory remarks may also be applied to other Israeli prime ministers and cabinet ministers. Is it any wonder that the people of Israel are confused having so many liars and lemmings making the policies of their government? Is it not obvious that mere demonstrations will not remedy Israel's malaise? Is it not obvious that nothing less than regime change or a constitutional revolution will be necessary to save Israel?

The first stage in this revolution is to demonstrate that the people of Israel have been disempowered by their system of governance. You must expose the impotence of the Knesset vis-a-vis the government. You must reveal the pernicious consequences of a Knesset whose members are not individually accountable to the voters in constituency elections. You must state that this lack of accountability enabled 29 MKs to hop over to rival parties in the 1999 election. You must show how this lack of accountability produced Oslo and the disengagement from Gaza — yes, and how it will facilitate the expulsion of 300,000 Jews from Judea and Samaria. You must also show that multiparty cabinet government is the seedbed of corruption in Israel.

Therefore, you must form a team of talented and courageous individuals who have not been part of the Establishment, a team that will drive this message home to the people. Arouse the people to stand up and demand a government based on the primacy of Jewish ideas and on classical republican principles. Only this positive goal can make a demonstration against the government more than a tempest in a teapot.

Contact AYaacov Levi by email at jlevi_us@yahoo.com

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ORGAN HARVESTING: THE NEW BLOOD LIBEL
Posted by Sheridan Neimark, January 14, 2010.

This was written by Gregg Rickman and it appeared in The Cutting Edge website
http://www.thecuttingedgenews.com/index.php?article= 11828&pageid=44&pagename=Slices

Cutting Edge contributor Gregg J. Rickman served as the first U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism from 2006-2009. He is a Senior Fellow for the Study and Combat of Anti-Semitism at the Institute on Religion and Policy in Washington, DC; a Visiting Fellow at The Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut; and a Research Scholar at the Initiative on Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism of the Institute for Jewish & Community Research in San Francisco.

 

Mark Van Doren wrote in Liberal Education in 1943, "Respect for the truth is an acquired taste." When it comes to anti-Semitism, there is little respect for the truth and taste is never something that has been acquired by its practitioners. These notions have become alarmingly true with the anti-Semitic canard circling the world today, the fiction of Israeli organ harvesting.

On August 17, 2009, Aftonbladet, the Swedish daily newspaper, published a story, alleging that a campaign began in 1992 to harvest organs of Palestinians because of a severe shortage of available organs for transplant in Israel. "While the campaign was running, young Palestinian men started to disappear from villages in the West Bank and Gaza," wrote Donald Bostrom. "After five days Israeli soldiers would bring them back dead, with their bodies ripped open.

Talk of the bodies terrified the population of the occupied territories. There were rumors of a dramatic increase of young men disappearing, with ensuing nightly funerals of autopsied bodies." The paper soon published a second story on the subject.

Soon the story spread to allegation