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Posted by AFSI, May 31, 2005.




NEW YORK, NY - The Israel Concert in The Park Committee, in association with the National Council of Young Israel will host the 12th annual Israel Day Concert in Central Park, at the East Meadow, located at 97th Street and 5th Avenue, on Sunday, June 5, 2005 from 2:30-6 PM, rain or shine. Over 35,000 people are expected to gather at this year's event, which is dedicated to supporting the Jewish communities of Gaza, and against the surrender of Jewish territories in this region.

Speakers will include 2 former Cabinet Members of the Israeli Government, and current Knesset (Parliament) Members: MK Effie Eitam and MK Uzi Landau (of PM Sharon's ruling Likud Party, a number of New York elected officials, and leaders of the American Jewish community, including Rabbis and major organizational heads. The event is organized by Dr. Joseph Frager, and will feature leading Jewish performers.

Additionally, the program will be dedicated to the Jewish communities located in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, the more than 1300 victims of Oslo who have been killed since the signing of the Oslo "peace" accords, the more than 700 murdered since the outbreak of the latest War against Israel which began on September 28, 2000, and the 57th Anniversary of The State of Israel.

"As New Yorkers, we feel the need to stand up and let the world know on the 55th year of the Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel that we will not sit silent as the expulsion of Jews from any part of Israel is imminent. We will gather to rejoice at Israel's independence, and to remember that Prime Minister Sharon himself spoke to this same group in Central Park a few years ago, and today his actions pose a grave danger to Israel," said Dr. Joseph Frager, organizer of The Israel Concert in the Park. "We will not sit silent, and expect tens of thousands to join us to publicly say No to expulsion and yes to Jews in Gaza."

Americans For a Safe Israel/AFSI asks that you bring your check book and be prepared to write a check to FRIENDS OF GUSH KATIF to enable the beleaguered communities to continue with their efforts to stop the expulsion. Checks may be mailed to AFSI, 1623 Third Ave., Suite 205, New York, N.Y. 10128. Direct contributions may be made through the Gush Katif website: www.katifund.org.

Further information on the event is available by calling Ronn Torossian at 212-999-5585 or writing to afsi@rcn.com; www.afsi.org

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.

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Posted by Susie Dym, May 31, 2005.

To Friends of Israel in the United States

I am delighted to report that there is now a nationwide cohesive group of Jewish activists in the US who are working together to prevent the displacement, by force, of the 9000 Jews of Gush Katif.


The Gush Katif Jews are the only remaining impediment to establishment of a full-fledged World Terror Capital in Gaza.

These activists are doing great stuff. For example, they are contacting rabbis in their area to find out who is sympathetic, contacting their local Jewish press and their senators, visiting Gush Katif or sponsoring others to do so, putting together an email list of concerned American Jews, and so forth.


Please contact Jon Hambourger at Save Gush Katif
Or send him an email at jon@caphomeloan.com if you can help in your area.
And please keep me posted, as well. My email address is sddym@bezeqint.net.


Thank you so much for caring and helping!

On July 25th, 9,000 Jewish residents of Gush Katif (Gaza) will become homeless, by order of the Israeli government.

Unless we act now to avert this tragedy, these Jews will be expelled from the land and homes they have lived in for decades, their communities obliterated, their lives shattered.

But the Jews in Gush Katif have faith that their 22 communities will remain standing strong. They are placing their trust in Hashem, and in the meantime, they are making improvements to their homes, and planting crops that won't be harvested until after the date set for disengagement.

With the same simple faith and trust that the people in Gush Katif have, we can change the course of history.

This is what you can do:

a. Send your email address to us at info@savegushkatif.org
b. Learn the facts at http://www.savegushkatif.org & posted links
c. Let us provide you with materials to spread the word in your community
d. Contribute money to Friends of Gush Katif (501(c)(3)) at http://www.katifund.org
e. Come and visit with the people of Gush Katif
f. Make this the most important issue in your life (it is)

Gush Katif Forever
(310) 288-0333

Here is what you can do to help your brothers and sisters in Israel:

1. Give generously to Friends of Gush Katif (501c3) http://www.katifund.org. All funds raised go to programs that help the residents of Gush Katif, including:

"Panim El Panim" (face to face): a program where the residents of Gush Katif and other settlements in Yehuda and Shomron go door to door from Haifa to Eilat, distributing vegetables grown in Gush Katif as well as a CD and a brochure that explains the importance of the settlements. By doing so, they educate the misinformed citizens of Israel about the strategic necessity of their communities, and they help dispel the negative image of settlers that the mainstream media has foisted on the general public.

"Making homes livable": Despite the impending expulsion, there are several families committed to moving to Gush Katif. All that is required is money to make old, abandoned homes habitable. These new residents have the power to show the world the steadfast faith that we, as a global community, have in the settlements.

2. Come to Gush Katif. The Jews in Gush Katif want to see you, and the world needs to know that you care enough to come. On your next trip to Israel, make a stop in Gush Katif. New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind scheduled his second mission to Gush Katif on June 5th. Can you imagine the power of 1000 American Jews showing up together? If you can't physically come, then sponsor someone else to come.

3. Wake up the leadership in your community and get committed. The price for not acting NOW is too high. If we leave Gush Katif, it is that much easier to give away Hebron and Jerusalem, G-d forbid. This decree can only be averted if we start working now. Organize parlor meetings in your community to talk about the importance of Gush Katif. Contact your local congressman and senator and tell them to oppose the impending expulsion. Do everything you can to stop 9,000 Jews from losing their homes, and the rest of Klal Israel from losing its values.

This is a defining moment in the history of our people. Let's recognize this fact, and with the same simple faith and trust that the people in Gush Katif have, let's get to work.

For more information, and for help in setting up Gush Katif support groups in your communities, please email info@savegushkatif.org, or log onto http://www.savegushkatif.org or call 310-288-0333.

Susie Dym is spokesperson for Mattot Arim, an Israeli grassroots group working towards peace for peace since 1992. As such, she has had a leading role in organizing opposition to Sharon's trampling over the Knesset, his own party - the Likud - and the Jews who live in Biblical Israel. Contact her by email at sddym@bezeqint.net

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Posted by Yashiko Sagamori, May 31, 2005.

This was written by Zack Lieberberg; and I translated it.

The War On Terror

Russian people are incredibly rude. They are so rude that even when they make an effort to be polite, they sound threatening. And when they want to sound threatening, it comes out perfectly believable. When Putin, with his face still burning after the heavy slap he had received at Beslan, announced to the world that from then on he intended to strike terrorists preventively on Russian territory as well as beyond, I said to myself, "Uh-oh. We've got ourselves an ally that may cause more problems than all our enemies combined." As it turned out, I had nothing to worry about. In the almost 19 months since the siege that left more than 344 hostages, 172 of them children, dead, Putin has been carefully emulating his more experienced colleagues. Like Sharon, he went after terrorist leaders and managed to kill a couple of them. These tough measures did about as much good to Russia as they do to Israel. The only difference was that the world did not defend the Chechen terrorists' sacred right to kill and maim their victims with the same passion they usually defend the Arab terrorists' sacred right to kill and maim theirs, which means that not only Moscow subway riders can tell a Jew from a Russian.

Like Bush, Putin managed to indict just a single participant in the attack. The man is currently on trial. Unlike my namesake Zacarias Moussaoui, Putin's defendant, Nur-Pashi Kulayev, looks human and vaguely resembles a character from That Seventies Show. This indicates that Western fashions reach Chechnya much slower than the Wahhabi ideology - a rather ominous sign if you think about it. As far as striking terrorists goes, Putin summoned all the self-discipline a martial arts expert can possibly master and managed to contain his vengeful urges. Instead of fighting a war against terrorists, he proceeded to sell modern weapons and nuclear technology to the worst terrorist states in the world. That's his war on terror.

What about ours? It forges ahead. Iraqis enthusiastically kill each other. Unfortunately, they also kill American soldiers, but their sacrifices do not seem to produce any tangible benefits for this country or the remnants of the free world. The price of gas has reached a plateau twice as high as its pre-war level. The terror alert indicator has been frozen in the middle of the scale for such a long time that most people no longer remember if it has a meaning.

Before the war, there were two no-fly zones, both in Iraq. Now, there is also a 3-mile no-fly zone around the White House. A few days ago, a two-seat Cessna came out of the blue and violated it without even noticing. As we learned from news reports, the White House was hurriedly evacuated, but our president's life wasn't threatened, because at the time of the event he was outside riding his bicycle. He had a similar stroke of luck in Tbilisi, Georgia, where the hand grenade thrown at him failed to go off due to a manufacturing defect. When the next 9/11 occurs, it will be comforting to know that riding a bicycle or making speeches in Tbilisi will be safer than being inside the White House.

The Cessna incident raises a few questions. For example, if we are so totally winning this war on terror, why is there still a no-fly zone around the White House? And if there is a no-fly zone around the White House, how can a low-tech, slow, cheap private airplane stumble right into it? And if this is how our Department of Homeland Security protects the President of the United States, what kind of protection can be expected by ordinary people like you and me? And if, after 3 1/2 years of war, we still need protection, then how do we know for sure that we are winning? So, please, remind me once again, what's the purpose of our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The original goal of defeating terrorism has been substituted with a pipe dream of bringing democracy to primitive peoples who harbor an old, deep, incurable hatred towards us simply because we happen to be non-Muslims, and the fact that we are so much more advanced and lead so much better lives only makes their hatred burn ever brighter. Even if democracy and Islam were not mutually exclusive in principle, the question remains, how would it make the United States any safer than we are today? And if it wouldn't, then we should ask what concrete steps our government has undertaken to diminish the terrorists' capacity to threaten this country and its citizens. The establishment of the Department of Homeland Security and other reorganizations within the government bureaucracy has so far failed to bring down the terror alert indicator, much less produce any tangible results, so I will not count them in. Liberal media regularly publish tearful stories about unwarranted restrictions imposed on good Muslims by the bad government of the United States, but I see too many of those good Muslims in the streets to believe that these atrocities may have put a dent into jihad. Astronomically expensive efforts to improve the security of our airports have been easily sabotaged by politically-correct government policies, which, basically speaking, mean that my chances to smuggle a bomb on board an aircraft are better if I wear a keffiyeh and scream Allahu akbar! during the security check. How exactly does our government fight terrorism?

Once in a long while we hear of a Muslim "charity" shut down for financing terrorism. Its runners receive a slap on the wrist and continue collecting donations for jihad under another phony name. Does this even put a dent into financing terror? How can it if the United States government is probably the second, after the European Union, most generous donor to the Palestinian Authority? Or are we the first? In July, 2001, a bill passed the House of Representatives which included provisions to limit financial aid to the Palestinian Authority if it continues to engage in, and encourage, terrorism. It suggested various terrible sanctions against the PA, including, as the extreme measure, withholding United States aid, except humanitarian assistance, from the West Bank and Gaza. Despite the fact that it is the Congress' prerogative to declare war, the bill never suggested simply destroying (as in killing everyone who is willing to resist and imprisoning the rest) the PA because it is a terrorist organization. As a sample of unsurpassed legislative wisdom, the bill included a clause allowing the president, at his discretion, to disregard any or all restrictions imposed by it.

I don't know if that bill ever passed the Senate and became law. Here's why it doesn't matter. The PA is the PLO; it has the same leaders, the same members, the same goals, and applies the same atrocious means towards achieving its murderous ends. Therefore, the PA is a terrorist organization. Therefore, it is our enemy. As of now (as well as in July 2001), this enemy remains undefeated. Would the US government consider providing humanitarian aid to the German population before the date for D-Day was even chosen?

A war is supposed to be a process. It goes on for a while. Then one side wins, the other one loses, and everyone who didn't get killed, moves on. Our War on Terror is no longer a process. It has become a state. A permanent state. We may succeed in replacing a government we don't like with a government we hope to be able to control. Trying to make it look legitimate, we may succeed in putting together a semblance of elections that can win Jimmy Carter's endorsement. But the government we are hoping to control will inevitably bend to pressure from the people who hate us more than they love their own children. The democracy we are trying to build among the cavemen will never take root. Jihad will continue unabated as long as Islam is allowed to wage its war against us.

In the immediate aftermath of Beslan, a diplomat accredited at the UN was on TV gravely expanding on terrorism and related matters. He was asked why the UN hadn't taken any steps against the Chechen "militants".

"It is so complicated," the diplomat complained. "Those people are not controlled by any government."

"Bingo!" I thought. I suddenly saw how simple it was to define terrorism: Terrorism is a military action conducted by a non-governmental organization. Armed with this definition, we can now declare terrorism a capital offense. You participate in it - you are liable to be killed on sight, no questions asked, and no statute of limitation. No more "humanitarian assistance" to the murderers. No more invitations to the White House. No more hiding in the Mukata, in Paris, or even at Berkley. Just an uncomplicated choice between death in battle and death on the gallows. Had we the honesty to implement it, how long do you think terrorism would have remained the favorite weapon of jihad? Oh, Muslims would no doubt have thought of something else, because there is no Islam without jihad, but we would find efficient ways to deal with anything they could possibly bring up against us. It's not that we don't have the power to end jihad; the problem is, we are not willing to.

Why will my definition of terrorism never be accepted? Because it would give Israel perfectly legal means to forever stop the unending Arab war against it, and this is exactly what the international community is determined to prevent. The world wants Israel destroyed. As a result, terrorism remains undefeated and behaves like untreated cancer - it spreads, leading to Beslan, to Madrid, to 9/11. "I will curse those who curse you."

Do we need another 9/11 to finally wake us up? Or have we become completely incapable of doing the right thing even if our survival, the survival of our country and our entire magnificent civilization depends on it? Can we still tell right from wrong?

Yashiko Sagamori is a New York-based Information Technology consultant. To read other articles by the author, go to http://www.middleeastfacts.com/yashiko/ or email ysagamori@hotmail.com

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, May 31, 2005.

Except for a handful of Jewish newspapers, most others are a mirror image of the Hebrew Press in Israel, namely Ha'aretz, Yediot Aharanot and Ma'ariv who each act as a political party, loyal to the Political and Liberal Left. There seems to be some psychological attraction to the destructive Left that makes them want to become reporters, editors, publishers who become adversaries to the survival of the Jewish State of Israel.

The following article by David Bedein speaks eloquently to this sickness that plagues the Jewish media - except for some. David Bedein is Bureau Chief of the Israel Resource News Agency. Its website address is http://Israelbehindthenews.com

At a time when a massive public relations campaign is underway to get the media consumers of the United States to pay attention to the seemingly moderate tone that Mahmoud Abbas portrays when he speaks in English to the American media, the American Jewish media has by and large refused to relate to the content of Abbas's new regime, which showed a consistent message of virulent anti-semitism, anti-Americanism, advocacy of the absolute "right of return" and the continued inculcation of the Palestinian Arab people for war against the state and people of Israel.

Essentially,the Jewish media repeats the mistake of its initial coverage of Arafat during the seven year period of 1993-2000.

As a direct result of the Jewish media not warning the Jewish community of the diaspora of the real message of Abbas, twenty Jewish organizations met with Abbas, not knowing of the virulent message of hatred that emanates from the man who was and is the protege of Yassir Arafat.

The Jewish media had a responsibility to prepare the leaders of American Jewry for the nature of the man whom they were going to meet, and the Jewish media blew the opportunity.

We can recall that the lack of Jewish media coverage of Arafat's message led to a decision of the UJC to provide the Isaiah Award for Peace to Arafat in October 1999 - a decision which was rescinded after our agency reported the decision.

On a personal and professional basis, it would give me great pleasure to report expressions of peace, reconciliation and compromise that emanate from the official Palestinian Arabic language media. Unfortunately, I cannot do so, because it does not exist.

If the Jewish media had warned the world of Arafat's message, perhaps the US would not have nurtured that PLO terrorist, and perhaps some of more than 1000 people murdered in cold blood by the PLO would not have been murdered.

Now the Jewish media protects Arafat's protege, which may result in the US arming Abbas once again.

Please remember: Abbas is one of the authors of the PLO covenant which has never been amended. That PLO charter is clear in its intention and its program: To exterminate Israel, using the strategy of phases that the PLO adopted in 1974, an amendment written by none other than Abbas.

And please remember that the new school books of the Palestinian National Authority are dedicated to the memory of Haj Amin Al Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem who lived with Adolf Hitler and who was the mentor of Arafat and Abbas.

The Jewish media has a choice: to report the reality of Abbas's new regime, or to report only the utterance of State Department spokesmen who relate only to the fact that he wears a nice suit and says the right things in English at the White House.

The question is whether the Jewish media will adopt a position of integrity on the matter of Abbas.

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

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, May 31, 2005.

Regrettably, President George W. Bush has found in Israel's Prime Minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon a willing executioner of his own nation. Bush has a loyalty to Arab Muslim desires, the prime one of which is the elimination of the Jewish State. For this bit of dirty work, Bush and his oil confederates hope to secure the approval of the Saudis which includes special consideration in the "oil package."

Was it not Father Bush who spoke of establishing a "New World Order" which would include the elimination of Israel because it so irritated his Saudi oil friends. Thus, President George Bush must complete the "New World Order Doctrine" of his father, so reminiscent of German dreams of "another World Order - the Thousand Year Third Reich."

This essay was written by Professor Louis René Beres and was published today in the Washington Times (www.washingtontimes.com). Professor Louis Rene Beres lectures and publishes widely on international relations and international law, especially war and terrorism.

Our world is "normally" silent in the face of evil. At worst, many are directly complicit in the maimings and slaughters. At best, the murderers are ignored. In this unchanging world Israel must soon decide whether to face the evil of Palestinian terrorism as a pitiable victim or to use whatever reasonable force is needed to remain alive.

The use of force is not inherently evil. Quite the contrary; in opposing terrorist mayhem, force is indispensable to all that is good. In the case of Israel, Palestinian terrorism is unique for its cowardice, its barbarism and its genocidal goal. Were Israel to depend upon the broader international community for relief -- upon the so-called road map -- its plea would be unheard.

All states have a right of self-defense. Israel has every lawful authority to forcibly confront the still-growing evil of Palestinian terror. Facing even biological and nuclear forms of terrorism, it now has the clear legal right to refuse to be a victim and to become an executioner. From the standpoint of providing security to its own citizens, this right even becomes an obligation.

Albert Camus would have us all be "neither victims nor executioners," living not in a world in which killing has disappeared ("we are not so crazy as that"), but one wherein killing has become illegitimate. This is a fine expectation, yet the celebrated French philosopher did not anticipate another evil force for whom utter extermination of "the Jews" was its declared object. Not even in a world living under the shadow of recent Holocaust did Camus consider such an absurd possibility.

But Israel lacks the quaint luxury of French philosophy. Were Israel to follow Camus' genteel reasoning, perhaps in order to implement Mr. Sharon's disengagement, the result would be another boundless enlargement of Jewish suffering. Before and during the Holocaust, for those who still had an opportunity to flee, Jews were ordered: "Get out of Europe; go to Palestine." When they complied (those who could), the next order was: "Get out of Palestine." For my Austrian-Jewish grandparents, their deaths came on the SS-killing grounds at Riga, Latvia. Had they made it to Palestine, their sons and grandsons would likely have died in subsequent genocidal wars intended to get the Jews "out of Palestine."

Failure to use force against murderous evil is invariably a stain upon all that is good. By declining the right to act as a lawful executioner in its struggle with terror, Israel would be forced by Camus' reasoning to embrace its own disappearance. Barring Mr. Sharon's disengagement, the Jewish state would never accept collective suicide. Why was Camus, who was thinking only in the broadest generic terms, so mistaken?

My own answer lies in his presumption of a natural reciprocity among human beings and states in the matter of killing. We are asked to believe that as greater numbers of people agree not to become executioners, still greater numbers will follow upon the same course. In time, the argument proceeds, the number of those who refuse to accept killing will become so great that there will be fewer and fewer victims. But Camus' presumed reciprocity does not exist, indeed, can never exist, especially in the jihad-centered Middle East. Here the Islamist will to kill Jews remains unimpressed by Israel's disproportionate contributions to science, industry, medicine and learning. Here there are no Arab plans for a "two-state solution," only for a final solution.

In counterterrorism, Jewish executioners must now have an honored place in the government of Israel. Without them, evil would triumph again and again. For Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and Fatah, murdered Jews are not so much a means to an end as an end in themselves. In this unheroic Arab Islamist world, where killing Jews is both a religious mandate and sometimes also a path to sexual ecstasy and personal immortality, an Israeli unwillingness to use necessary force against terror will invite existential terror.

Sadly, killing is sometimes a sacred duty. Faced with manifest evil, all decent civilizations must rely, in the end, on the executioner. To deny the executioner his proper place would enable the murderers to leer lasciviously upon whole mountains of fresh corpses.

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

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Posted by Tamar Rush, May 31, 2005.

This can and does happen in any town, anywhere in the western world...

This essay was written by Laura Mansfield and appeared in http://www.lauramansfield.com/psk/DesktopDefault.aspx

"The extremists have taken over so many of our mosques, one mosque at a time. They have driven out those who disagree with their ideology." Those are the words of Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, a respected faculty member at a university not far from Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Mohamed is a proud and brave man, but he is also quite concerned that this interview will cause him to be marked as an apostate. At the onset of this interview, he made it clear that he fears retaliation in response to the information he is providing, especially possible during the trip to Cairo he has scheduled for this summer.

Dr. Mohamed is a graduate of Ain Shams University in Cairo, and has been in this country since the mid-1970's. He is proud of his U.S. citizenship. "When I came to this country, it was everyone's dream in Egypt to go live in America. Everyone loved Americans. Now when I go back to my home country, I do not advertise that I am an American."

He is quite concerned that this interview will cause him to be marked as an apostate, and he fears retaliation, especially on his planned trip to Cairo this summer.

"In Egypt, everyone knew about the Muslim Brotherhood, but it was illegal. After the peace treaty with Israel, the radicals came crawling out of the darkness. But they weren't idiots. They were very cunning," he explained.

Dr. Mohamed continued, "The US knew there was going to be a problem. They had problems in Iran with the Ayatullah, now they were afraid there would be problems in Egypt. Jimmy Carter and his people were going to reach the next generation of young men by giving them scholarships to come and study in America. They were going to teach them how great the US was. They recruited from universities in Egypt, Syria, Saudia, the Emirates - all the Arab countries."

Dr. Mohamed thinks part of the problem was the students themselves. "They [the students] didn't have to be the smartest. Some were just average students. They didn't just come from Cairo and Alexandria, they came from Benha and Assuit and Mansoura and Gharbeya. Anyone who wanted to come to the US and go to graduate school could with a little bit of work, and get a fellowship."

He explained that the rural enclaves of Egypt, especially in places like Assuit and Benha, were known reservoirs of Islamic extremism, even back in the 1980's.

"The US paid their tuition to go to universities all over the country, and paid them living expenses - around 500 U.S. Dollars per month. You have to understand that was a great deal of money to these men, especially the men from Egypt. Most had been working in an Egyptian university or a public sector job, and they were making less that $50 a month. This is in 1980 money. Much of that $500 a month went to support Bin Laden in Afghanistan, with the blessing of the US," continued Dr. Mohamed.

According to Dr. Mohamed, the US inadvertently bankrolled a generation of sleeper agents, educating them, and helping them to become established, respected members of their communities. Many married American women, believing that marriage to an American allowed them to remain in the US. And for many, the two year home country residence requirement was a simple formality. Some took their new wives back to their homelands, remained for two years, and came back to the US. Others found loopholes in the law, or managed to get exceptions to the requirement.

"Go look at your newspaper. The US reported that they have a man in prison in Iraq, a man from Jordan, a man who is one of Al Zarqawi's assistants. They say he came to the US, took US citizenship, and lived in the US for over 20 years. How do you think he came to the US? Most likely he came to the US as a student. He probably came to the US to study, maybe paid for by the US, maybe paid for by Jordan. Most likely he married an American girl, got a degree in Engineering, maybe a masters or a doctorate. Or maybe he got lucky and won the visa lottery. Those are the two main ways to get into America and usually it is as a student. They say he lived here for 20 years so he had to have a job, or maybe he started a small business."

Dr. Mohamed shook his finger at me, as though lecturing a small child. "There are many like him here. He is not the only one."

"Before the 1980's, before Camp David and the ensuing Arab appeasement, there weren't nearly as many mosques as you see now. We met in a classroom or a meeting room at the university, or at someone's home. Then the mosques started going up. They started small. Many started as a simple rented house. Then in a year or two they had the money to buy the land, and buy a building. Where did the money come from? Not the students. The students sent their zakah to Afghanistan. The money came from the governments. From Saudia [Saudi Arabia], from foundations that were set up by the Saudis."

"Who ran the foundations, who decided where the money went? The religious men, the ones serious about Islam."

But according to Dr. Mohamed, they weren't just serious about Islam. Many were Wahabi Muslims, of the same sect as Osama Bin Laden. And it is these mosques that formed the core of the Islamic terror network that currently sleeps underground in America.

"We were very excited to have a mosque to pray in. As Muslims we are required to attend the Jumu'ah (Friday) prayer services. We believe that the reward for group prayer is 27 times that of saying the prayers individually, so having a mosque where we can assemble to say the prayers is something we were very happy about."

But divisions emerged, mostly regarding politics, according to Dr. Mohamed. "I prefer that politics and religion be kept separate, the way it is done here in America by your government. The separation of church and state is a good thing. Over the years the mosque became political."

Dr. Mohamed explained that at first, the political sermons were against Israel. Most Muslims were sympathetic to the Palestinian issue, and were largely unified against Israeli actions. Still, a few Muslims withdrew from the mosque community, but by and large the group remained together.

"First we got our own building. Then soon we needed a full-time Imam, someone who could lead the prayers and lead the community."

Dr. Mohamed explained that full-time imams have usually received advance education, maybe a doctorate or masters degree, in Islamic studies. And therein was a problem. Many of these imams have been educated in universities and schools surrounding conservative mosques like the Grand Mosque in Mecca. The Imams brought with them the ideology of Wahabi Islam.

And with the first Gulf War, the political divisions within the mosque intensified. As the decade of the nineties progressed, the sermons became more and more radical, says Dr. Mohamed. "Eventually it reached the point, after Bin Laden bombed the embassies in Africa, where I stopped going to the mosque. Anyone with eyes could see what was happening. I didn't want to be connected to that. I love America. But there were so many people in the mosque that hated America. They are still there. Those of us who love this country don't go to the mosque anymore."

Has he tried other mosques? Dr. Ibrahim admitted that he had tried several others, in the Atlanta area, and had not found one where he was confortable.

I asked how he handles the mandatory Friday congregational prayers? "Several of us get together at our homes, or in our offices at the university, or in a classroom and pray," he explained.

"You think there are no terror cells in America? You think the FBI and the Homeland Security has caught them all? I wish they would but they don't. There are cells from Islamic terror groups in every big city in this country."

I asked "What about Atlanta?"

Dr. Mohamed's answer was chilling. "I am absolutely certain there are groups here in Atlanta. I do not know who they are or where they are. But I am sure they are here. Do you want to know why? Because Mohamed Atta came to Atlanta. Why did he come here? There are flight schools all over America. Why Atlanta? The only answer is he had friends here, he had some sort of support group here."

Dr. Mohamed claims that he expressed these concerns to the FBI and he was assured that the matter would be investigated. He admitted that because he didn't have any information other than speculation that it was unlikely that they would be able to do anything about his suspicions.

*Note: The name Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed is a pseudonym used to protect the anonmity of the actual source. It is NOT his actual name.

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Posted by Judy Lash Balint, May 31, 2005.

Here are some photos from my visit yesterday to Gush Katif. The whole collection is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerusalemdiaries/   For reprint permission, see http://jerusalemdiaries.blogspot.com



Synagogue slated to be dismantled in Gaza retreat

Peretz family beachfront home in Shirat Hayam, Gush Katif

Young boy checks pets in beachfront community of Shirat Hayam

Dairy farmer at Moshav Katif

Anita Tucker's new celery seedling, Netzer Hazani

Pepper packing. Cartons labelled in 4 languages

I did manage to see Moshe and Rachel Saperstein at their home in Neve Dekalim for a few minutes--as usual, Rachel was busy with two media crews and Moshe was addressing a group of visitors from Jerusalem. After I conveyed to him how many people have asked what happened to his missives from Gush Katif, Moshe did say he would consider resuming his inimitable dispatches.

Rachel Saperstein in TV interview

Moshe Saperstein addresses synagogue audience

Judy Lash Balint is an award winning Jerusalem based writer and author of "Jerusalem Diaries: in Tense Times." Contact her at her website www.jerusalemdiaries.blogspot.com

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Posted by TheRaphi, May 31, 2005.

This was written by David Shalom, a leader of Betar in the UK and a research chemist working in the field of nanotechnology. Contact Betar by email at betar@betar.co.uk

The plan to expel 9000 Jews from Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron (Samaria) is a precedent for disaster that will endanger the entire state of Israel and the Jewish people. The fight to save Gush Katif is a fight to save the entire state and is a struggle for the very survival of Zionism. There have been several arguments made by the proponents of this suicidal plan which are amateurish at best and deceitful at worst. The New Left, headed by the Likud turncoats including Ariel Sharon himself, as well as the Old Left, headed by the ancient Peres and united with the Arab MKs, have railroaded this plan through the Knesset without a mandate of the people and hope to soon force this calamity upon the nation. Therefore it is necessary to highlight the gaping holes in their logic and to expose the distortions that they have been spinning with the full complicity of the Leftist-traitors that control most of the Israeli media.

The argument that we hear over and over again is that the expulsion is necessary since "disengagement", as the plan is euphemistically called, will combat the demographic threat from the hostile Arabs living in the Gaza coastal region of Southern Israel. We are told that it is impossible for 8000 Jews to live amongst 1.5 million Arabs! Firstly, this is a half truth at best since the Jews of Gush Katif are not living inside Gaza city but outside of it and any child who looked at a map of the region could know this. Secondly the number of Arabs in Gaza is far less than that. Indeed a recent comprehensive study presented to the American Enterprise Institute shows that the numbers of Moslems living in Yesha have been ballooned by the PLO and in Gaza, for example, their numbers are actually just under 1 million people. Perhaps more importantly, though is the deeper implication of this logic which ultimately precludes the existence of Israel within any borders. Israel is a state of less than 6 million Jews surrounded by 250 odd million Moslem Arabs- so should we dismantle the state? Isn't the demographic problem impossible to solve? The past century or so of Zionism show that the renewal of the Jewish people within the land of Israel is a glorious feat that will not be defeated by Arab aggressors. We see that such doom merchants, with their history of the "Ghetto" mentality of fear and subservience to the anti-Semites have been proved wrong.

History teaches us that the Arabs, who are the authors of the conflict, will have to pay with territorial concessions. A reasonable position for a true Israeli leadership to hold should be that there can be no peace with the Arabs until they take responsibility for their brothers and resettle them within their huge lands. It is not the Israelis, as refugees from the Arab world (as well as Europe) and after 60 years of Arab-initiated conflicts, who should be the ones to surrender territory. Israel is smaller than New Jersey, whereas the Arab world is 500 times its size. The Arab states who have fought Israel in the name of their brothers must now accept the burden of their resettlement as a small compensation for their aggression against Israel and the destruction of Middle Eastern Jewry within their lands. If it is possible to relocate thousands of Jews then surely it is only just and reasonable to advocate the relocation of the Arabs. This is both the only humane option and the true peaceful solution to the problem of thousands of impoverished, fanatical Moslems living in Gaza. Let the Arabs use a small fraction of their oil wealth to build their new homes in Syria and Jordan. Let the Quartet set up programmes to help them adjust to their relocation. This will not be especially hard since they share the same language, nay dialect, as well as history, religion and culture as their Syrian brothers.

The other ludicrous argument that is made by the Sharon-Peres regime is that the expulsion plan will allow Israel to separate from Gaza. But this is simply untrue. Israel will still be fully engaged in Gaza, Israel will still provide the Arabs with their electricity, water and of course employment. Thousands of enemy civilians will be allowed to cross the border daily to work in Israel. So whom are we disengaging from exactly? What benefits do we get from this? We are also told that this plan will save Israel money- but how exactly? The government's own conservative estimates suggests that the plan will cost Israel nearly 8 billion Shekels - that is equivalent to 1 billion BP! Is this is the same government that says it does not have enough money to pay for hospital beds for cancer patients? But then again this is the same government that found the funds to appoint 6 new deputy ministers! These ministers just coincidentally happened to be the Likud Knesset members who voted against the Referendum law in direct contravention of their party's decision!

Sharon has claimed that his plan will reap Israel international rewards particularly in the form of American approval for the annexation of major Jewish population centres around Yerushalayim. Aside from the fact that Israel does not need American recognition and the very idea that we have to accede to our "masters" in Washington's every wish utterly reeks, the statement has been proved to be utterly false. In fact America's ambassador to Israel, Ghetto-Jew, Dan Kurzer let this slip at a recent briefing to foreign ministry juniors. Kurzer actually stated the obvious, namely that the US has not made any commitments to recognise any Israeli towns in Yesha.

The expulsion plan will embolden the Arabs who will rightly see the withdrawal as a victory and as a prize for their terror. The Oslo war, which they initiated 4 years ago was ignited by Ehud Barak's surrender and retreat from Lebanon. The surrender of Gaza will bring the terrorist menace closer to Israel's larger population centres. The 50 Kassam missiles that were fired on Gush Katif, on the day after Sharon concluded a hudna (cease-fire) with PA chieftain Abu-Mazen in Sinai, will be but a drop in the ocean when the Philadelphi route and Gush Katif are in the hands of the PLO and their Hamas allies. The Kassams missiles will then reach Ashkelon and Ashdod and Strellar missiles, recently struggled from Egypt, may threaten Israel civilian aircraft.

The most disturbing aspect of the plan is the precedent it will set. If one town or village can be uprooted in Israel than so can all towns. As Professor and MK Aryeh Eldad rightly pointed out, the struggle for Gush Katif is the struggle for Yerushalayim and ultimately the whole country. The world's hostility to the settlement enterprise was based on the premise that such towns once established were impossible to remove, but with "disengagement" completed the push for the surrender of all of Erets Yisrael will only grow. Israel enemies will rejoice and continue their struggle with renewed vigour. Arik Sharon is indeed disengaged, from his party, from his people and most worryingly of all from reality.

TheRaphi (http://www.theraphi.com/archives/oldindex.html) is a pro-Israel and pro-Zionist site; it provides news articles and essays.

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, May 31, 2005.

What may be the most corrupt government since King Herod invited the Romans in to keep him in power, I give you Israel's current Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. With him he has gathered the uglies who snivel in his wake. In that I include Shimon Peres, Ehud Olmert, Shaul Mofaz, Menachem Mazuz, Yossi Beilin and a gaggle of American weaklings who define themselves as Jewish Leaders.

These shameful creatures are merely another generation of "Judenratters" who are quick to sell out their own Jewish people if they can attempt to please the nations (friends and enemies alike).

These are the lowest of our Jewish people who rush to put up monuments to the Jews who died or will die due to their inept betrayal.

They run to lift the bars that hold the gates of the Jewish cities to allow in Terrorists to finish the job of killings off the remaining Jews.

When the remnant of Jews escaped the graveyards of Europe to go to Palestine, it was only because the Jew killers of Europe were amazed at the butchery they had achieved. So, in that brief moment they blinked, a remnant escaped. But, like Pharaoh, the Christians of Europe awoke and took up the chase like wolves on the trail of a wounded deer.

They joined forces with the Muslims who were always their deadly enemies. But, they could agree that both hated the Jews more than they did each other - for the moment. When they finished off the Jews then they could get to butchering each other to settle the claim of who would be G-d's representative on earth.

But this time, even the bedraggled remnants who escaped that poisoned continent fought back. They beat the Arab Muslim armies and shamed the best of Islam. Time and again the Muslims, armed by the Europeans and Americans hurled themselves at the Jews and just as many times were beaten back. With each attack, the Arab Muslims gambled away more and more of the Land they squatted on. Now, with the help of the Bush Oil Dynasty, the trash of Islam must be appeased by giving them Land they never owned and thusly pacify the Saudis.

As is the custom among such a backward people, they evolved self-elevating myths about how the Holy Places of the Jews were really Muslim although the Jews created them centuries before there were Arab Muslims. But, the Muslims claimed they were there first. Naturally, the European enemies of the Jews accepted the lies, not because they believed it but, it was one more stick with which to beat the Jews.

Now we hear from the Americans and the always hostlie media that even the Temple of Solomon is the third holiest place to Islam. This after even Mohammed rejected Jerusalem and the Jews to name Mecca as the direction of their quibla (prayer).

So, we now hear that the President's First Lady visits and echoes a lie whispered into her ear by the pro-Arab State Department tour guide that the Temple of Solomon is somehow Islam's third holiest site.

(Incidentally, Laura Bush is a most decent lady and should not have been duped by her husband and the State Department into being a shill for the White House PR campaign to 'win the hearts and minds' of the barbaric Palestinians and Islam generally.)

But, it is difficult to wholly blame President Bush simply because he managed to put a willing Sharon in a choke collar and on a short leash like an emasculated bull dog. After all, it is Sharon who is abandoning the Land and using Police State tactics to intimidate the Jews of Israel. There is no doubt that Sharon, Peres plus each of their respective gangs of lickspittles have earned and deserved the hatred of all Jews now and in the distant future. They have bound themselves to the wishes of foreign nations who each in turn have wired themselves to Arab oil sheiks. In any nation that would be called treason and subject to imprisonment and capital punishment. Bush makes speeches about Democracy in the Middle East but, when Sharon adopts the tactics of an Undemocratic Police State, there is nary a word from Bush.

The surrounding Arab Muslim States and their European supporters have been at war with Israel since her birth and independence. Therefore, Sharon, Peres and their respective gangs, in collaboration with Arab Muslims and the pro-Arab U.S. State Department, have committed treason against their own people. They simply deserve the most severe punishment the law of a Peoples' Court can mete out.

As for the sniveling, hand-wringing Jews of American leadership, they should be driven from office and never allowed a day of peace for their conduct as Judenratters. There is an appropriate saying: "Dumb is curable but stupid is forever."

Regarding President Bush, there is no longer any doubt as to his plans to shrink Israel as an appeasement to a demonic Islam that desires to rule the world. Bush has made it plain that the 1967 Armistice lines will be the second phase of his attack against the Jewish State after the retreat from Gush Katif and Northern Samaria.

Following that the push (putsch) will be to the 1947 gerrymandered border given to the Jews by the United Nations November 1947 Partition vote. They all expected that those indefensible lines would end with the Jewish State conquered by the Arab States. Israel was supposed to die at birth but she defied the odds. After all, friends and enemies can on occasion agree, particularly where oil and Jews are the issues.

For those who feel that I am excessively harsh in the descriptions of our enemies and our friends (including Jews, Presidents, the U.S. State Department, the U.N., the E.U. and the barbaric Arab League states) think about our collective national memory. We have been savaged from time immemorial, ever since G-d made His Covenant with the Jews - until today. The world's hatred has remained unbroken and continues now with the Arabs, the Europeans and a President who appears to be in lock-step with the Arab Muslim oil suppliers.

So, Get Mad! Then Get Even and throw Sharon and his corrupt Cabinet out of office.

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

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, May 31, 2005.

Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's voted to release 400 more Terrorists in addition to the 500 Terrorists he already released earlier. Pressed by President Bush, Sharon had his Cabinet vote for this release in order to elevate the reputation of Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) among the Palestinians.

Please note:

The 400 terrorists set to be released from Israeli prisons include 170 terrorists who attempted to murder Jews via shootings, bomb attacks and fire-bombings.

The release of 400 prisoners is the second installment of an Israeli commitment of three months ago to release 900 such terrorists. The first 500 were freed in late February. Among the criteria for both releases is that the terrorists must have served at least two-thirds of their sentences.

Of the 400 prisoners to be released:

* 76 carried out shooting attacks, and served an average jail time of 63 months.

* 53 planted or threw bombs, and served an average of 69 months in prison.

* 41 were arrested for throwing Molotov cocktails and firebombs, and sat in prison for an average of 37 months.

The data is based on the Israel Prisons Authority list of Arab prisoners slated for release as a gesture to the Palestinian Authority.

Most of the other prisoners to be released were convicted of trading in weapons, manufacturing bombs and involvement in the murder of Arabs suspected of helping Israel. The majority were arrested and sentenced during the Oslo War.(1)

This follows by one day the story that the Palestinian Authority seeks 5,000 [more] security force recruits for the Gaza Strip (in addition to the 16,000 they already have.) (2) I believe that this far exceeds the number of Police in all of Israel. The true intent of Abu Mazen's recruitment of more Terrorists is to give them arms and to put them in uniform as legitimate Police while they continue their Jihad.

Regrettably, statistical evidence developed by Israeli intelligence demonstrated that at least 50% of those released Terrorists went back to Terror. Since these releases have a high probability of generating Jewish casualties there we must cite Sharon and Cabinet as conspirators to Terror against Jews. Thus, subsequent deaths, injuries and psychological trauma for survivors must be laid at the doorsteps fo Sharon and his Cabinet.

I cannot help but wonder if there was any justice in Israel, the perpetrators would be cited for crimes against the Jewish people. Imagine if there were penalties such as long jail terms or legal executions where those released committed murders. Would a Cabinet member be so quick to release a Terrorist (or 900) merely so a political figure, that is Abu Mazen was given a false lift because the Palestinian Terrorist groups viewed the release as beneficial to their cause. If such Cabinet members faced prison or death by execution for crimes against the Jewish people (or at least those who will be murdered by the released Terrorists) would they be so casual to follow Sharon's instructions? I think not.

In the report by Joel Greenberg of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE he tells us that the Palestinian Authority has already discounted the release of the 400 as inadequate. In other words, the release of Terrorists bought nothing. Sharon aided and abetted the lie by telling us that the release strengthened 'moderate elements' in the Palestinian Authority. (3) (What Moderate Elements?)

Sharon in a vulgar effort to pacify Bush and appease Abu Mazen has literally delivered his own people into the hands of Terrorist for their next round of murders of Jews in Israel.

Can this be called any less than "crimes against the Jewish People"?

After past releases of prisoners convicted of Terrorism, more than half returned to Terror attacks. Therefore, are not Sharon and his Cabinet qualified for maximum punishment? Have they not carried out mandates of foreign governments in a time of war, which qualifies as Treason? (Terror is officially defined as: "low-intensity warfare".)

There can be "no crime without a punishment": "Nullum crimen sine poena" (as often reiterated by Professor Louis René Beres as Principle #1 of the binding Nuremberg Principles).

Turning loose Terrorists who are known to be fervently committed to attacking your own people is most certainly a crime - before the fact.

However, since the Israeli Supreme Court cannot be relied upon to dispense Justice untainted by a politically Left wing bias, the people must wait until this Court is closed down and cleansed of being a political party. One day there will be a Peoples' Court in Israel that will deal with the Osloids and Sharon's lickspittles.

But, to provide the catalyst for this correction of Israel's current Courts and Sharon left-wing government, too many people must be killed. There are 1700 dead Israelis (including 48 Americans) resulting from the vulnerability caused by Oslo. Apparently, this is not enough. We must first feel the effects of more dead Jews from the Terrorists that the Osloids and Sharon has loosed upon the people. Remember, Jews do not pour into the streets in protest and violent riots as do the Arabs. Even after there is a horrific Terror incident such as the homicide/suicide bombings of the Sabarro Pizza restaurant, the Pesach Seder in Netanya, the Bus returning from the Kotel (Western Wall), all the other buses, restaurants, schools, homes, drive-by shootings, roadside bombs, Kassam and Katyusha Rockets and mortars..., the people forget within weeks, fall asleep and their anger subsides.

We seem to have no memory of the horrors - except in some vague way as we construct memorials and have days of mourning - where only the families mourn.

I personally have not forgotten, nor forgiven the Germans, the French, Roosevelt, the Poles, Croatians, the Church of Rome, Haj Amin el Husseini and/or especially Arafat - among others who come to mind on occasion. Nor do I forgive or forget the "Judenratters" of the past and those of today.

We must remember the betrayers of the Jewish people and remain angry - in the names of our dead and maimed. I remember the toddlers being led into the Nazi gas chambers, the 5 Hatuel children bombed and the toddlers killed by Kassem Rockets in S'derot. I remember Sharon for becoming a partner in the murders of Jews as he acts as the enabler for jailed Terrorists being released so more Jewish children can be blown up on the street, in their buses or their schools. I will forever remember Shimon Peres and his Osloids who resurrected Yassir Arafat and gave him a Jew-hunting license...telling all that they were somehow "sacrifices for peace". The Jewish people outlawed human and child sacrifice long ago, before any other people. How can we countenance the Osloids and current government's return to such abominations?

We have been betrayed time and again by nations, by tyrants, by religious bigots - and now our own people. I suppose there were tribes in the Amazon jungle or the Eskimos at the North Pole who have not been educated to hate Jews. Perhaps that was because they had their own conception of G-d and did not feel in competition with or threatened by the Jews? One G-d.

Get Mad! Get Even and throw Sharon and his corrupt Cabinet on the garbage heap of history.


1. "Prisoner Release to Include 170 Bombers & Shooters" Arutz Sheva May 31, 2005 IsraelNationalNews.com also Ha'aretz, IMRA and freeman.org

2. "Palestinians Seek 5,000 Security Force Recruits for Gaza Strip" by Mohammed Daraghmeh AP CHICAGO TRIBUNE May 29, 2005

3. "Israel Oks Freeing 400 Palestinians: Release of prisoners part of summit deal" by Joel Greenberg CHICAGO TRIBUNE May 30, 2005

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

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Posted by Alex Rose, May 31, 2005.

I just signed my letter to President George Bush in support of Israel and the Jewish people.

I know that you would be outraged by the following speech presented on Palestinian Authority television on May 13, 2005:

The day will come when everything will be relieved of the Jews - even the stones and trees which were harmed by them. Listen to the Prophet Muhammad, who tells you about the evil end that awaits Jews. The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew.'

'Allah has tormented us with 'the people most hostile to the believers' - the Jews. 'Thou shalt find that the people most hostile to the believers to be the Jews and the polytheists.' Allah warned His beloved Prophet Muhammad about the Jews, who had killed their prophets, forged their Torah, and sowed corruption throughout their history.

'With the establishment of the state of Israel, the entire Islamic nation was lost, because Israel is a cancer spreading through the body of the Islamic nation, and because the Jews are a virus resembling AIDS, from which the entire world suffers.

'You will find that the Jews were behind all the civil strife in this world. The Jews are behind the suffering of the nations.

'Ask Britain what it did to the Jews in the early sixth century. What did they do to the Jews? They expelled them, tortured them, and prevented them from entering Britain for more than 300 years. All this was because of what the Jews did in Britain. Ask France what it did to the Jews. They tortured them, expelled them, and burned their Talmud, because of the civil strife the Jews wanted to spark in France, in the days of Louis XIX. Ask Portugal what it did to the Jews. Ask Czarist Russia, which welcomed the Jews, who plotted to kill the Czar - so he massacred them. But don't ask Germany what it did to the Jews. It was the Jews who provoked Nazism to wage war against the entire world, when the Jews, using the Zionist movement, got other countries to wage an economic war on Germany and to boycott German merchandise. They provoked Russia, Britain, France, and Italy. This enraged the Germans toward the Jews, leading to the events of those days, which the Jews commemorate today.

'But they are committing worse deeds than those done to them in the Nazi war. Yes, perhaps some of them were killed and some burned, but they are inflating this in order to win over the media and gain the world's sympathy. The worst crimes in history were committed against the Jews, yet these crimes are no worse than what the Jews are doing in Palestine. What was done to the Jews was a crime, but isn't what the Jews are doing today in the land of Palestine not a crime?'

'Look at modern history. Where has Great Britain gone? Where has Czarist Russia gone? Where has France gone - France, which almost ruled the entire world? Where is Nazi Germany, which massacred millions and ruled the world? Where did all these superpowers go? He who made them disappear will make America disappear too, God willing. He who made Russia disappear overnight is capable of making America disappear and fall, Allah willing.

'We have ruled the world before, and by Allah, the day will come when we will rule the entire world again. The day will come when we will rule America. The day will come when we will rule Britain and the entire world - except for the Jews. The Jews will not enjoy a life of tranquility under our rule, because they are treacherous by nature, as they have been throughout history.

The preceding were excerpts from the official Friday sermon on Palestinian Authority TV. The speaker is Sheik Ibrahim Muderis, a paid employee of the PA. (May 13, 2005)

We must stand against this virulent drivel and for Israel and the Jewish people. Please take a moment now and add your signature to this letter to President Bush now. Please click here.

Alex Rose, an engineering consultant, served for many years on the executive board of Americans For a Safe Israel and was among the founders of the New York chapter of CAMERA. He and his wife Renee have made aliyah and are living in a Jerusalem suburb.

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Posted by Tamar Rush, May 31, 2005.

This is from IsraPundit, which is condemned by Liars, Islamists, and Personality Cultists thw world over!

This was written by Ted Belman, cohost of IsraPundit (http://israpundit.com). It appeared in IsraPundit March 2, 2005 and is archived at www.israpundit.com/archives/2005/03/making_a_silk_p.php

Israel must also take no actions that prejudice a final settlement, and must help ensure that a new Palestinian state is truly viable. A state of scattered territories will not work.---Condi Rice

Unfortunately, no surprise there. It has been the US policy since the Six Day War to prevent Israel from acquiring territory by force. No doubt this position was cooked up in the "Oil Cabinet".

As a result, UNSC Res. 242 emphasized "the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war" even though this was not then and is not now, a recognized principal of international law. True that the words "all" or "the" were not included when it required "that Israeli armed forces withdraw from territories occupied as a result of the recent conflict", resulting in what diplomats call "constructive ambiguity". The resolution also required the establishment of "just and lasting peace in the Middle East" and "a just settlement of the refugee problem".

What constitutes a "just peace" or "just settlement" is anyone's guess. More important it is a cover for any principles that each side demands in the name of justice. For instance is a cold peace a "just peace". Or does the "just settlement" require repatriation or compensation? And if compensation will suffice, who is to pay it? Justice would demand that the Arab countries pay the compensation because it was their war of aggression that created both the Arab and the Jewish refugees.

This resolution wasn't accepted by the Arabs until the Oslo Accords were established. It then became the intended basis for settlement within the Oslo Accords...

Nowhere did it require that a Palestinian state be created or, if created, that it be viable or contiguous unless the latter were required for a "just peace". Obviously both sides have different opinions as to what would be just. Israel could rightly argue that having been subject to a war of aggression that justice requires compensation in some form in addition to the establishment of secure borders. It is much harder for the Arabs to argue that a just peace requires the creation of Palestine. After all such a state wasn't even mooted in 1967. Any lands that Israel armed forces were to withdraw from would have automatically become part of Jordan or Egypt. No notion of viability or contiguity there.

Furthermore, there was no requirement in Res 242 or in the Oslo Accords that settlement activity cease or be frozen. The US position has consistently considered the settlements as illegal, at worse or an obstacle to peace, at best. In fact there is nothing illegal about the settlements. After all the British Mandate was to enable "close settlement of the land by Jews." Nevertheless the Mitchell Report recommended a settlement freeze with no legal foundation and the State Department endorsed it.

Not until the release of the Roadmap did Israel accept this freeze at least in name. The fourteen redlines to the Roadmap which Israel articulated did not take issue with the freeze. I have long argued that the establishment of settlements served the purpose of making time be on Israel's side. That is, the more the Palestinians avoided making a settlement the larger the settlements would become. This was the only pressure Israel could really apply. Yet the US demanded that Israel do nothing to prejudge the outcome denying Israel this tool to bring about a settlement. It has also denied Israel the right of self defence from time to time. It effectively worked to hamstring Israel from bettering its position. I argue that so long as the Palestinians resort to terror to better their position, Israel should be permitted to build settlements to better its position. At a minimum, the two should be linked.

The Roadmap for the first time imposed the condition that a viable Palestinian State be created. The redlines also took no issue with the word "viable". Israel is being forced to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Israel is thus prevented from arguing that Palestine should not be created because it would not be viable and thus would not be a good or workable solution. Israel is being forced to make it viable at its own expense and peril. This includes sharing water supplies, hiring Palestinian workers, ceding sufficient land so that the state is contiguous and enabling some kind of passageway to Gaza. In addition it includes ceding the Golan, the Jordan Rift and the Philidelphi Corridor. Israel is also being forced to agree that Palestine be fully sovereign, thus allowing it to have control of its borders and air space.

Res 242 also contemplated the establishment of "demilitarized zones", yet it will be a fight for Israel to keep Palestine demilitarized even if it was agreed to. Russia has now offered to supply the PA with weapons in violation of the clauses in the Oslo Accords proscribing such.

Whatever happened to a negotiated settlement? Whatever happened to "secure borders"? The only thing left to negotiate is who takes out the garbage. Most of the outcome has been predetermined without any negotiation.

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, May 31, 2005.


Egypt's official newspaper, "Al-Ahram," advises Pres. Bush that if he wants democracy in Egypt, the US should divert foreign aid to foster literacy there. IMRA suggests that Egypt turn to the Arab oil states, which are earning billions of dollars in excess profits now that prices have soared (IMRA, 5/21). Since they were making a profit before the price more than doubled, their profit now must exceed 100%. And you thought G.E. was profitable?

The US already is donating to Egypt a sizeable portion of its foreign aid budget, which it now can ill afford, since it has to pay the Arabs so much for oil. Egypt, however, doesn't use it to foster literacy. It uses it to build an ever more powerful military. Let "Al-Ahram" demand that most of that money be used for literacy!

Would literacy or anything else foster democracy in that culture? The three most popular books in Egypt are the Koran, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," and Hitler's "Mein Kampf." Hooray, more Egyptians would be able to read those books. Suppose they became partly democratic, not that they are likely to grant true equality to their millions of Christians, against the opposition of adherents of Islam, which relegates Christians to inferior status. Would they use that democracy benignly or in their usual imperialist manner?


The US is rebuilding seven roads in the P.A., in support of its "democratically elected government." "USAID has spent more than $1.5 billion in the West Bank and Gaza to combat poverty, create jobs, improve education, build roads and water systems, construct and equip medical clinics, and promote good governance." (IMRA, 5/21.)

It should put it as the "non-democratically elected, Islamist, terrorist, crooked" regime. If the US didn't give them that money, the Arabs might have had less for warfare and fewer people remaining there to wage it. US aid can be harmful, such as the $2 billion given to Egypt for its hegemonic military and the funds given to Israel, that are directed so as to stifle its military industry and that keep Israel from having to reform its economy fast enough.


P.A. Interior Min. Yousef "demanded Friday the Palestinian (Arab) factions to keep up the ceasefire?" "Min. Yousef asserted that the Palestinian National Security Forces would continue preserving the ceasefire by preventing any possible firing of rockets at Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip" "with all possible means and under whatever circumstances."

IMRA notes that apparently no one in the P.A. has been keeping to a ceasefire nor is there any punishment for violating it (IMRA, 5/21).


What does P.A. statehood mean, in practical terms? Russia has been discussing the sale of military aircraft to it. Israel is concerned (IMRA, 5/21). That is only one result of statehood.

Apparently Israel is not concerned enough to take steps to thwart statehood. It is accelerating the prospect of statehood by voluntarily abandoning Gaza and northern Samaria, and doing so without the P.A. having complied with any of its peacemaking obligations.


The British Association of University Teachers' vote to boycott some Israeli universities used such a false pretext, as to indicate that the universities were not the issue. "Their claims regarding Bar Ilan and Haifa Universities were simply hooks on which to hang the wider campaign to label Israel 'an apartheid state.'" The leaders for the boycott are veteran anti-Zionist campaigners. This was one skirmish. They probably will lose it when a new vote is taken. They will find some other phony issue against Israel and more false pretexts. What moves them is hatred.

The strategy for boycotts to isolate Israel was laid out at the UNO's 2001 Durban conference. The NGOs behind the movement "use the rhetoric of human rights, humanitarian claims and charity to justify terror and promote demonization." It's war by non-military means (IMRA, 5/22 from Gerald Steinberg, Jer. Post.)


Antisemitism is soaring. One reason is PM Sharon's policy of restraint toward the terrorist P.A. that he should overthrow. He releases terrorists who murder again, but refuses to get Pollard released. This is a policy of moral reversal. When Israel barely defends itself, and its restraint incurs the murder of thousands of Jews, antisemites feel they don't have to restrain themselves. Why should anyone respect the Jewish state when it doesn't respect itself? (IMRA, 5/22 from Prof. Paul Eidelberg of Jewish Press.) Appeasing evil does not incur nor merit goodwill.


A powerful Republican figure, Grover Norquist, married a Palestinian Islamist Arab. She is not allowed to marry an infidel on pain of death, but he refuses to admit it. He promotes Islamist causes, has been associated with Islamists now arrested, and helped form the Islamic Institute financed by notorious Islamist agent Alamoudi and at which his wife worked. Now she is a public affairs officer for the U.S. Agency for International development. This is an example of Islamist infiltration into the US government.

Norquist appointed Alamoudi's man to head the Institute, and used the Institute to get al-Arian, a reputed head of Islamic Jihad, White House entrée "and others with similar agendas who used their cachet to spread Islamist influence to the American military and the prison system and the universities and the political arena with untold consequences for the nation."

"The right to select military chaplains not only offered Alamoudi and his colleagues the chance to recruit still more Islamists with specialized and highly useful skill-sets. It also was an invaluable legitimating credential to be wielded against those who might otherwise regard the American Muslim Council and its leader with suspicion, or worse."

"In addition to the seed money from Alamoudi, the Islamic Institute has also received funding from organizations described by the Washington Post as a "secretive group of tightly connected Muslim charities, think tanks and businesses based in Northern Virginia [and] used to funnel millions of dollars to terrorists and launder millions more" - a number of whom are currently part of the "largest federal investigation of terrorism financing in the world."

At Norquist's Wednesday Group meetings, someone from the Islamic Institute often "... would make a presentation to the generally standing-room-only crowds of influential Washington conservatives about the plight of Palestinians under Israeli occupation; the much-maligned and badly misunderstood Islamist government of Sudan (in fact, a designated state-sponsor of terrorism); the innocent nature of the process whereby Muslim chaplains have been selected for the armed forces; the honored status of women in the Muslim world; and efforts to promote Islamic causes and candidates in Republican circles." When Pres. Bush sought Muslim votes and wanted to demonstrate that he was not anti-Muslim just anti-terrorist, Norquist introduced him to Islamist officials. Some of them had publicly admitted Islamist sympathies. These people and groups, sometimes working within the Republican Party, oppose anti-terrorist measures, including the entire Patriot Act, not just its excesses. They may have diverted the Administration from finding and working with moderate Muslims.

So successful is this infiltration, that the FBI continues to use Islamist organizations that through their prison chaplains have been converting felons to radical Islam, to train people in "sensitivity" towards Muslims and in community relations. Ironically, the Islamists cite their federal work as evidence of their legitimacy.

When confronted with his anti-American activities, Norquist calls his opponents "racist." (Miriam Gardner of American Yated Neeman from Daniel Pipes, email). Real Communists used to call their accusers of "McCarthyism." Yes, there have been racists and McCarthyites, but there also have been subversives. The subversives pretend they are being victimized.


The US imports as much oil from Africa as from S. Arabia. Oil-bearing Nigeria, with its large Muslim population, has become a haven for al-Qaeda bases and radical Arabs. Al-Qaeda's strategy is to hurt the US economy, by reducing its oil supply. Nigeria is a new target (Op. Cit.).

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

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Posted by Barry Rubin, May 27, 2005.

The following may soon be true: the good news is that Islamists are not committing terrorism; the bad news is that they are running the governments.

Welcome to the latest Western debate: should Islamists be helped to run in elections in order to moderate them. Both in Washington and Europe this idea is seizing people's minds. The European Union advocates dealing with Hizballah and may decide the best way to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace is to strengthen Hamas. In Washington, the main example is to help the Muslim Brotherhood run in fair Egyptian elections.

The easy answer is that radical Islamists will not be moderated by participating in elections or gaining power. The Bolshevik (Communist) party in Russia and the Nazi party in Germany ran candidates for parliament. But there is only one point in responding to the latest bad idea -- there certainly seem to be a lot of them, don't there? -- in the Middle East debate. For example:

--Remember the Oslo peace process was based largely on the idea that once Yasir Arafat and colleagues governed Palestinians and dealt with daily problems they would be more moderate, responsible, and abandon terrorism.

--In Algeria an imminent Islamist electoral victory sparked a military coup and bloody warfare. Even if Islamists play fair encouraging them means more civil wars and instability.

--Many American experts predicted in 1978 that once Islamists gained power in Iran they would be easy to live with.

This does not mean pious Muslims cannot be real democrats. A Middle Eastern equivalent of European Christian Democratic parties might eventually emerge. Turkey, however, is quite different from Arab countries, having a more moderate brand of Islam and entrenched democracy. Its governing Islamic party knows it must act moderately enough to avoid antagonizing the secular-oriented majority and army.

In addition, in Turkey three vital preconditions creating Islamist democrats don't exist in the Arab world:

--There must be a clear split between radical Islamists and moderates.
--A charismatic leader must have the courage to reshape Islamism.
--An explicit and real change in ideology is required.

An obvious but vital point is that radical Islamist groups don't commit terrorism for its own sake. Their objective is to seize power and use it for their own purposes. Once in power, Islamist parties would change laws and society to produce more Islamists. Such regimes will use foreign policy adventurism--attacking the West and Israel in words and perhaps with guns--to mobilize support and distract attention from failures at home.

The result will be to replace one repressive authoritarian regime with another, adding two more generations to the process of real moderation and democratization for the Arab world.

What is going to stop this from happening, assuming that Islamist parties have enough votes? Here the debate gets silly. To quote a liberal Arab reformer I respect, "This does raise questions about who would guarantee that all parties abide by these rules of the game." He suggests the courts do this, concluding, "There must be faith in the system."

Given the risks involved--a bloody, repressive dictatorship, foreign wars, the Islamization of society, and so on--basing one's future on faith in a system that does not yet exist and on rulings from courts that are notoriously impotent is not quite sane.

Of course, each specific example is important so let's take three:

--Hamas wants to rule a country extending from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea based on what amounts to an openly genocidal attitude toward Jews. Hamas will use power it obtains--including a large share of the Palestinian parliament--to veto any peace with Israel and create a base for more terrorism, including social and educational changes to ensure a hundred-year-long war with Israel. --Hizballah wants to take power in Lebanon but cannot since Shia Muslims are only 40 percent of the electorate. It demands proportional representation to give it the largest possible influence. The Christians, Druze and Sunni resist. What Hizballah will win is the right to remain the country's only armed militia and control over the south. It will bide its time looking for future opportunities.

--The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood already participates in elections using front groups. It is barred from running itself because the government insists, not unreasonably, that no party can claim a monopoly on proper Islam. If it is legalized, its ambitions will grow.

Keep in mind two key points. First, the factor most likely to moderate larger Islamist groups is their knowing power is beyond their reach. Hamas never challenged the Palestinian leadership because it knew it would be crushed in a civil war. In Jordan and Egypt, Islamist parties take the quota of parliamentary seats permitted them and cause no trouble because they know beating the regime is impossible. Once they conclude they can win, the result will be instability and more militancy.

Finally, the most likely result of any Western belief that power will moderate radical Islamists will be unilateral Western concessions to such groups. They will be given immunity for past terrorist acts, diplomatic backing against the local regimes, money and other benefits in exchange for promises to be good. They will then break these promises, more likely without cost. Let's not be naïve about radical Islamism and make even more problems for the Middle East

Barry Rubin is Director of the GLORIA Center of the Interdisciplinary Center and co-author of "Yasir Arafat: A Prof. Rubin's columns can now be read online at http://gloria.idc.ac.il/columns/column.html. This article is archived at http://gloria.idc.ac.il/columns/2005/05_31.html

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Posted by Steven Plaut, May 31, 2005.

In recent months DePaul University has become something of an international laughingstock. While retaining neonazi Norman Finkelstein on its faculty, a person with no scholarly credentials at all and someone who has been accused by the Anti-Defamation League of being a Holocaust Denier, DePaul also fired Prof. Thomas Klocek because he dared to defend Israel to some fanatic campus jihadnik students. Among those who have denounced DePaul's neonazi has been Alan Dershowitz.

Many people are comparing DePaul's employment of Finkelstein to the employment of another neonazi and Holocaust Denier in the Chicago area, Arthur Butz, an Associate Professor at Northwestern University, and some wonder aloud what is wrong with having such people on the faculty if academic freedom is to mean anything. (We, for our part, wonder whether there may be something in the Lake Michigan water that produces these crackpots in the Second City!)

But closer examination of the twin Chicago "academic nazis" reveals important differences.

Arthur R. Butz is an open nazi and Holocaust Denier who crayoned a "book" insisting that the World War II Holocaust of Jews by Germany was a grand "hoax". Butz even touts his nazi ravings on the Northwestern University official web site. (Interestingly, Butz and Noam Chomsky are among the main advocates on behalf of French Holocaust Denier Robert Faurisson .) But there the similarities with Finkelstein end.

First of all, Butz teaches in Northwestern's electric and computer engineering department, where he teaches technical courses and does not engage in political advocacy in his classes. Indeed, he is prohibited altogether from spouting his nazi views on Northwestern's campus.

Butz evidently does have some serious academic credentials in his field of expertise. So the lunacies he advocates in the privacy of his swastika-bedecked bedroom are his own business, believes Northwestern. We have trouble understanding why being an open nazi does not signal to the Northwestern University brass that Butz is deranged and so should not be on the podium at all, but we are the first to concede that academia is crawling with other lunatics. Finkelstein, in contrast, is not teaching a technical subject and does not have any serious scholarly credentials in anything, yet is permitted to use the DePaul podium to conduct his little Nuremberg Rallies.

In addition, Northwestern evidently did not know about Butz's psychotic nazi agenda when it hired him, but DePaul knew exactly what it was getting when it hired Finkelstein. Finkelstein had earlier been fired from two adjunct jobs in New York due to his lack of any scholarly credentials, his charlatan pseudo-research, his Jew-bashing bigotry and his vicious ad hominem attacks against writer Elie Wiesel and other Holocaust survivors.

Finkelstein teaches in DePaul's political science department, where he is allowed to offer a departmental course that is completely one-sided anti-Israel indoctrination and anti-Jewish advocacy. Finkelstein's course syllabus consists 100% of anti-Israel propagandists and anti-Semites, some of them Marxists. Not a single pro-Israel voice of dissent is permitted to be aired. Where are the rights of DePaul students to hear all sides of an issue? Why are they not being defended against Finkelstein's podium bullying?

Northwestern - by the way - has been trying to dump Butz for years, by buying out his contract (he has tenure), but Butz has refused. Butz is an enormous embarrassment! But DePaul's chiefs, led by DePaul's President, Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., Ed.D., are downright PROUD of their neonazi, insisting that he is a serious scholar (even though no serious scholars consider him one). The people other than Brer Holtschneider who take Finklestein as a serious researcher usually run Holocaust "Revisionism" web sites and worship David Irving.

DePaul would not hire a faculty member in the name of free speech who was claiming that it was actually Jesus Christ who had Pontius Pilate crucified and not the other way around, so what then is a racist flake like Finkelstein doing teaching political science there? If you would like to ask DePaul Prez Holtschneider yourself, his email address is dholtsch@depaul.edu.

The Chicago Jewish Star has been commenting at length on the Klocek affair and on DePaul's toady defense of Finklelstein's presence on its faculty. As the Star notes: "When the university first hired Mr. Finkelstein in 2001, his reputation as an out-of-control, unbalanced analyst who mixes vile and vitriolic attacks on his critics with a gleeful exhibitionism was firmly established. With so many credible, intelligent, informed scholars of Middle Eastern studies available from which to select, why in the world did DePaul decide to bring this man on its staff?"

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

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Posted by Gerald A. Honigman, May 30, 2005.

For they know full well what they do.

Borrowing and modifying a passage from at least one of the Christian Gospels' versions as to what some of Jesus' last words were on the cross, we can, unfortunately, better understand what is happening to Israel today.

For Jews, Israel--collectively, the Jewish people--has been the suffering servant of the Bible...one of the areas of disagreement with our Christian brothers. Given this, please allow me to proceed...

Once again, the Jew of the Nations, Israel, is on the verge of being forced to become the perpetually suffering servant of Jewish history--and this time largely at the hands of its alleged friends.

No one in the State Department or in the White House can claim ignorance about the extreme dangers that they are setting Israel up for. Arab intentions are well known...even those of the so-called "moderates."

Their darling, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, got elected running on a widely-announced platform for Israel's destruction--but by other "more legitimate" means. He consistently still demands, for example, that Israel accept the "right of return" of millions of alleged Arab refugees so that the sole miniscule state of the Jews will be overwhelmed by Arabs who have been raised on homicidal Jew-hatred.

Blown buses bring bad press--so better to destroy Israel "democratically." These are the moderate, Holocaust-denying Abbas' own words.

And Dubya and the Foggy Folks know this well...

As they know that Abbas and his fellow Arafatians have repeatedly called any negotiations with the Jews a Trojan Horse, designed to win back diplomatically what Arab arms have not been able to accomplish on the battlefield. Diplomacy as war by other means, the Arabs well known, post-'67 destruction in phases plan...which American officials also know quite well.

Abbas, like Arafat, offers only a temporary hudna -- a ceasefire--(or less) in return for Israel being forced to return to its 1949, United Nations'-imposed, 9-mile wide armistice line -- not border -- existence. Those lines were imposed after six Arab nations invaded a reborn Israel in 1948.

As would become the pattern in later wars as well, the UN did nothing to stop the Arabs' initial aggression, but intervened only when the Jews managed to turn the tide. The UN then stepped in to limit Arab losses. That's how Israel gained its rump state status.

Abbas refuses to confront Hamas and others who openly call for Israel's destruction and has promised to integrate terrorists who specialize in disemboweling Jewish babes and grandmas into his armed forces. Going down this same road before, Israeli soldiers were previously murdered by their similar Arab security "partners."

And Dubya and the Foggy Folks know this well too, as they are aware that a quick visit to any of Abbas' Palestinian Authority's websites, maps, textbooks, schools, television or radio programs, mosques, and such will show that the 22nd Arab state that they intend to create--and second, not first, Arab one created within the original 1920 borders of "Palestine" (Jordan created on 80% of the total area)--expects to replace the sole state of the Jews, not live side by side with it.

So, the consequences of what Dubya & Co. are now demanding of Israel-- they get quite upset when folks remind them of the obvious analogy with Czechoslovakia, Chamberlain, Munich, Hitler, and the Sudetenland in 1938 -- fit squarely on their own shoulders.

They know all too well what they do...

Other "friends" sold out that earlier brave democracy to its enemies for at least some disturbingly similar reasons. But how dare those who fear another Munich-style sellout of Israel bring such things up!

On the balance sheet of relative justice regarding distribution of land in the Middle East and North Africa after the collapse of the four century old Ottoman Turkish Empire, it must be repeated time and time again--no matter how upsetting this necessary repetition is to some--that what was to become purely Arab Jordan was indeed created in 1922 out of the original April 25, 1920 borders of the Palestinian Mandate as a gift from the British to their Hashemite Arab allies in World War I. So Arabs have held the lion's share of "Palestine" for three quarters of a century. Most of the almost two dozen states that Arabs already call their own, on over six million square miles of territory, were conquered and forcibly Arabized from millions of other non-Arab peoples in the region...Berbers, Kurds, Copts, Black Africans, and so forth. And for every Arab who fled the fighting that Arabs started, there was a Jew from so-called "Arab" lands who fled in the opposite direction. Etc., etc., and so forth.

After Israel was blockaded (a casus belli), became the victim of other hostile acts, and was once again forced to fight a war for its very existence in 1967, it finally became obvious to many that it should not be forced to return to its extremely vulnerable, pre-'67, 9-mile wide, rump state status so that Arabs could get the first part of all that they want in what was left of "Palestine" after the creation of Jordan. As we have seen, for even the so-called "moderates," all of Israel proper is still the openly admitted second part of this wish list.

After much debate, the final draft of United Nations' Security Council Resolution # 242 was passed, specifically did not call for a total Israeli withdrawal to the fragile '49 armistice lines, and called instead for the creation of "secure and recognized" borders to replace those lines.

During a rare, potentially pregnant moment in terms of Arab-Israeli politics, Dubya, back in April 2004, came close to saying the same thing.

Unfortunately, our born-again President now seems to endorse an abortion of that pregnancy.

By shedding the courage to stand by the explicit or implicit implications of his earlier statements, Dubya sets back, rather than enhances, the cause of peace between Arab and Jew in the Middle East. He renews Arab rejectionist dreams by insisting that the Jews remain forever vulnerable and exposed. The destruction in phases plans Arabs have had for Israel, ever since their pre-'67 plans for quick destruction proved a failure, are now proceeding nicely.

Recall that, standing next to Sharon, who became convinced--despite the many arguments that could be made against this--that a Gaza withdrawal was in Israel's best interests (along with some similar moves elsewhere), Dubya stated earlier, before the whole world, and during his run for reelection that Israel should not be expected to return to the '49 armistice lines (his own words) and should not be expected to be overwhelmed by an alleged "return" of millions of Arab refugees.

If Arabs finally understood that, as in other conflicts, a territorial compromise would have to be arrived at here as well, then perhaps--while still a long shot--they would finally get serious about ending their perpetual war with the Jews.

But that was before the November 2004 presidential election.

Unfortunately, Dubya now appears to have been playing some pre-election politics to solidify his key Evangelical supporters in what was forecasted to be a close election.

It worked. I voted for him this time...despite my trepidation over his polluting financiers and such.

But now that he has been reelected, and with little or nothing to lose since he can't run again, it seems that his family's huge oil ties, the influence of close family friend and former Secretary of State "_ _ _ _ the Jews they don't vote for us anyway" James Baker, and a heavily Arabist State Department are converging to sweep Israel's concerns under the rug.

These days, instead, we get a constant barrage of statements from both Dubya and his Secretary of State that Arab state #22 must be no bantustan and must have contiguity and such. Neither of them seem to care about what any of this means for the Jews. The call by Resolution# 242 that Israel's '49 armistice lines should be replaced with "secure and recognized borders" is never even mentioned any more.

How, for instance, will the miniscule, sole state of the Jews remain contiguous itself when Gaza is connected to Judea and Samaria (only recently in history renamed the "West Bank")? Look at a map and, if you can manage to find Israel without a magnifying glass, try connecting Gaza to the West Bank. Now see what this does to Israel. And this can be said regarding other areas as well.

So, when considered in light of the President's evident deliberate amnesia regarding the public letter he gave to Sharon in April 2004, which the latter then used to justify his unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, this amounts to nothing less than a sellout of his former position. And it completely nullifies Sharon's arguments as well.

There is to be no quid pro quo regarding Israel getting the protective buffer elsewhere envisioned by 242. And the Gaza withdrawal will indeed likely send the message that "terrorism works" (Lebanon II) and will serve only as a precedent for forced Israeli withdrawals elsewhere to the '49 Auschwitz lines.

Remember the ads Dubya ran against John Kerry for doing such things?

But there he stood at the White House on May 26, 2005, next to Abbas, virtually--if not actually--flipflopping, and proclaiming to the entire world that the '49 armistice lines were the reference point for negotiations and that any deviation must have the approval of the Arabs themselves--those same Arabs whose "moderates" even still insist that Israel within the '49 lines must disappear. Big chance of Israel gaining any increased buffer separating it from those who seek to blow up its kids this way...

And Dubya and the Foggy Folks know all of this too.

This is the same guy who supposedly once noted that some Texas driveways were longer than the width of Israel at its waist, where most of its population and industry are located. And, again, keep in mind that for caving in to all that their would-be executioners ask for, all that the Jews can hope for in return is a temporary cease fire--a hudna--not peace.

The Arafatians have been quite honest about all of this.

They call their plans for the Jews the "Peace of the Quraysh," modeled after the temporary pause Muhammad allowed with that pagan tribe until he gained the strength to deal the final blow.

That the Foggy Folks expect this of the Jews is no shock. They opposed Israel's very right to exist from the get-go. But we were told that Dubya knew better.

Shame on any and all who would shove this down Israel's throat...no matter who they are. And shame on Israel's leaders if they cave into this as well. Many a red-blooded American heart is feeling anguish over these developments right now.

Shedding more crocodile tears, a la the Holocaust, and expressing sympathy over more dead and victimized Jews is not the ticket in a post-Auschwitz era.

Empathy for live ones is what's needed...not applying hypocritical double standards to the Jew of the Nations. But evidently this is too much to ask of even our own nation's leaders, let alone others.

Those who wage war and manipulate and topple governments and who have acquired territories thousands of miles away from home in the name of their own nations' security interests can't seem to figure out that Israel--surrounded by nations still sworn to its demise--also has some crucial security concerns that need to be taken far more seriously.

Returning to the New Testament of my Christian friends, the story is told of Jesus being sold out for mere shekels of silver.

Jews now ask, what is the Suffering Servant--Israel--once again being sold out for...knowingly, and by those claiming to be friends.?

Gerald A. Honigman, a Florida educator, has created and conducted counter-Arab propaganda programs for college youth, has lectured on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has publicly debated Arab spokesmen. His articles and op-eds have been published in both the print media and on websites.

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Posted by Israel Zwick, May 30, 2005.

The following story was inspired by the Yiddish comedy routines of the late Dzigan & Schumacher, z'l. If they are watching from above, the author begs their forgiveness. Zayt mir mokhel.

Prisoner R: Guard, how much do you want for that newspaper?

Guard: 10 Shekel

Prisoner R: But it's written on there that the price is 7 Shekel.

Guard: Since when do you believe everything that's written in the newspaper?

Prisoner R: You're lucky that you have a monopoly on newspapers here. Hand it over.

Prisoner L: I see that you're reading a paper, could you tell me what today's date is?

Prisoner R: It won't do you any good, that guard sold me yesterday's paper, the mamzer.

Prisoner L: Is there anything new in the paper?

Prisoner R: It says here that the economy is up, employment is down, and peace is right around the corner. Same old hogwash.

Prisoner L: I see that you don't have much faith in our country's leaders.

Prisoner R: They're all a bunch of phony diplomats. They say one thing, mean something else, then they do something completely different. Wait, here's an article that's very troubling. It seems that the Gush Katif settlers were having an anti-disengagement rally and a Peace Now group held a counter rally nearby. There was an altercation and it got ugly, with some injuries and arrests.

Prisoner L: You don't have to tell me about it. I was there. I was the one who hit a settler on the head with a beer bottle.

Prisoner R: Why'd you do a dumb thing like that for?

Prisoner L: I don't know. I regretted it as soon as I saw the blood gushing from him. I think that I had too much beer to drink and my anger exploded. I'm fed up with those religious extremists who are occupying Palestinian lands. Those 9000 settlers are violating the humanitarian rights of the 1.3 million Arabs living in Gaza.

Prisoner R: Is that so? You not only had too much to drink, you've also been watching too much Al-Jazeera TV.

Prisoner L: Who are you to reprimand me? Who did you kill to wind up in here?

Prisoner R: You should have a little more respect. Do you know with whom you are speaking? I am Mikhail Abramovitch, known all over Israel. I never killed anyone. I am a reputable broker. You'll see. My lawyers will have me out of here in an hour.

Prisoner L: What did you do, broker rocket launchers and missiles to the Arabs?

Prisoner R: Heaven forbid! I deal with Arabs but I only sell them luxury goods like fine Cuban cigars, Scotch whiskeys, and Italian clothing.

Prisoner L: For that they put you in prison?

Prisoner R: Well the government calls it smuggling and tax evasion.

Prisoner L: Aren't you afraid to go into the territories to deal with them? You're not afraid of getting hurt or shot?

Prisoner R: No, they know me already. They think that I'm on their side and against the government. Besides, they want my goods.

Prisoner L: Where do they have the money to buy luxury goods? I thought that they're all living in poverty.

Prisoner R: That's what they want you to think. There's a lot of money coming into the territories. UNRWA has a budget of 500 million dollars, UNICEF spends 17 million, and the Palestinian Authority received over 2 billion dollars from the Europeans and Americans. The problem is that the money isn't going to the people. It's going into the hands of a select few that have the proper connections. They're the ones that want the luxury goods.

Prisoner L: That still doesn't give us the right to humiliate the Arabs and violate their human rights. Our treatment of the Arabs is the leading cause of the worldwide increase in anti-Semitism.

Prisoner R: What do you young Israelis know about anti-Semitism? In Russia, I grew up with anti-Semitism. It permeated the air we breathed and the water we drank. I lost my job and career to anti-Semitism.

Prisoner L: You mean you weren't always a crook?

Prisoner R: When I was your age, I was a promising young geneticist at Moscow University. I have a PhD in Microbial Genetics.

Prisoner L: How did you lose your job?

Prisoner R: I was a Jewish activist. My group used to meet secretly but the KGB was always watching us. One day, when I left a meeting, a policeman was standing nearby with a big German Shepherd. He tried to provoke me. He said, "Jew, you see that dog, that's your brother."

Prisoner L: So what did you do?

Prisoner R: I was a brash young man and fell for the bait. I called back to him, "Well, let's see. If the dog is circumcised, he's my brother. If not, he's your brother." So they arrested me for insubordination and Zionist activities. Isn't it ironic that in Russia I was arrested for Zionist activities and in Israel I'm arrested for anti-Zionist activities?

Prisoner L: So how did you get out of jail?

Prisoner R: Eventually they let me out, but I lost my job at the University. I had to make a living by dealing with the Black Market. I traded in tobacco and liquor. Those Russians would do anything for good tobacco and liquor.

Prisoner L: Now that you're in Israel, why don't you go back to working as a geneticist?

Prisoner R: It's been twenty years since I studied genetics. The field changed so much that I don't recognize it anymore.

Prisoner L: Now I understand why you're so bitter. But that doesn't explain why we should be occupying Palestinian lands. We should be removing all those illegal settlements and give the land back to them.

Prisoner R: You don't know what you're talking about! Why don't you pick up a history book instead of a beer bottle? The YESHA territories were never Palestinian lands. Most of those Arabs are not indigenous to the area. They fled there at the onset of the 1948 war. Then Jordan and Egypt illegally occupied the area, and the Jews were driven out. If not for Chamberlain's White Paper in 1939, many thousands of Jews would have settled in those areas during the British Mandate. The Jews have at least as much right to that land as the Arabs.

Prisoner L: That was the past. But now there are 3 million Arabs living there. If they had their own Palestinian state, there wouldn't be a conflict anymore.

Prisoner R: I'm shocked that you really believe that! A Palestinian state would just prolong the conflict and cause permanent friction with the State of Israel.

Prisoner L: How is that?

Prisoner R: When I was growing microbial cultures for genetics studies, I knew that the culture followed an S-shaped growth curve. A microbial culture in a confined area, such as a tube of nutrient broth, would grow very rapidly then taper off as metabolic wastes accumulated. Eventually, the whole culture would die off from the accumulated waste products. That same pattern could also be applied to human population ecology.

Prisoner L: What does that have to do with Jews and Arabs?

Prisoner R: It's simple. King David knew what he was doing when he picked Jerusalem as his capital. The surrounding Judean Hills provided increased surface area for population growth and agricultural development. It also provided accessible underground springs for a continuous supply of fresh water. However, the land can't sustain continuous growth in such a small, confined area. Eventually, the population would have to settle elsewhere or die out. We see that happening already to Jewish populations in the USA. Jews moved out of crowded urban areas into less developed areas in upstate NY and Long Island. Now there are even Jewish communities in Iowa and Montana.

Prisoner L: So what do you propose?

Prisoner R: The 1947 boundaries of the British Palestine Mandate cannot sustain a growing population of 10 million Arabs and Jews. The Jews have no other country to go to, but the Arabs have more than 20 others with sparsely populated lands. So if you're really interested in promoting the humanitarian rights of Palestinian Arabs, you would advocate for voluntary resettlement to sparsely populated areas in other Arab countries. If you gave them a decent compensation package, most of them would be happy to leave. They have no attachment to the YESHA territories. They would be happy to live anywhere that they had decent living conditions and civil rights. But nobody ever made them an offer or gave them the opportunity to live elsewhere. The Arab governments insist that they must live within the 1947 borders of mandatory Palestine. Under those conditions, Arabs and Jews would be competing for scarce natural resources, with disastrous results. It's definitely not a formula for a lasting peace.

Prisoner L: So you mean that I would actually be helping the Arab population by advocating for voluntary transfer with compensation.

Prisoner R: Now you're getting it. The effects of the alcohol are finally wearing off.

Guard: Abramovitch, you're free to go.

Prisoner R: It's about time. What took so long? What about my young friend here, can he come with me?

Guard: No, we have to get him a lawyer. He almost killed a settler, a father with four young children. We're very lucky that the rim of his orange baseball cap cushioned and deflected the blow. He got away with only minor bruises.

Prisoner R: I'll get my lawyers to help you. You're not a bad kid. You just have to get your head screwed on straight. When you get out of here, you have to visit that settler and apologize. Guard, the next time that I come here, I expect to get a decent bowl of chicken soup. When I looked into that slop you gave me, I heard one noodle saying to the other, "Where are you, it's lonely in here?"

Guard: Abramovitch, I don't want to see you here again. Why don't you get an honest job? I bet a shrewd operator like you could probably become an agent for Shin Bet.

Prisoner R: Hmm, that's not a bad idea. Maybe I'll give it some thought.

Israel Zwick can be reached by email at israel.zwick@earthlink.net

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Posted by Lise Rubin, May 30, 2005.

DAYS BEFORE THE START OF THE PASSOVER FESTIVAL, Rabbi Richman and the GLC film crew paid a visit to the home of Rachel Saperstein, resident of Neve Dekalim, one of twenty three Gush Katif and Gaza Jewish communities, slated to be ethnically cleansed of their Jewish residents, by the Sharon government's proposed disengagement (expulsion) "plan". There they filmed two extraordinary half-hour interviews with Rachel.

Each of the two interviews form part of the weekly "Light to the Nations" television series, and have been aired extensively by GLC, before millions of viewers in the United States. Now the interviews have been made available for online viewing.

Whether you consider yourself knowledgeable, or whether you feel you are ignorant about what is happening in Gaza and Northern Samaria, these interviews are a must.

Learn the truth behind the Sharon "disengagement plan", and the "fanatic" Jewish mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, that this "plan" intends to uproot from their homes, their places of worship, and their communities.

Learn what you can, and should be doing about it.

To view with Windows Media:

To view with Real Media:

See also: "The Police Storm Satmar Shul, Tear The Place Up." Israeli elite counter-terror unit terrorizes peaceful Satmars in retaliation for their protesting desecration of graves.
video - download: http://rotter.net/aa/pogrom.mpeg
stills: http://www.usajewish.com/archive/IndependenceDaySpecial.htm

Contact Lise Rubin by email at elishevarubin@msn.com

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Posted by Steven Plaut, May 30, 2005.

1. This was published today on the Discover the Network website (www.discoverthenetwork.org/moonbatcentral/2005/05/ in-france-you-can-sue-new-journalists.html). In France you can sue the "New Journalists" for Racism! Why not in the US?

The French, of all people, have developed a tool for dealing with leftist moonbat journalism and politicalized distortion in the media. They sue the blaggards for racism! Never mind that the damages awarded may be nothing.

That is what has just happened to two leftist "journalists" who write biased bigotry for Le Monde. A Versailles court of appeals ruled on an article that ran June 4, 2002, called "Israel-Palestine: The Cancer," was anti-Semitism and prohibited under France's laws against racism and racist defamation.

The court ordered the directors, Edgar Morin and Jean-Marie Colombani, as well as the two authors, to pay a symbolic one Euro in damages to a human-rights alliance, and ordered Le Monde to publish a condemnation of the article.

Two particular passages were cited for their racist character. The first reads, "One has trouble imagining that a nation of refugees, descendants of the people who have suffered the longest period of persecution in the history of humanity, who have suffered the worst possible scorn and humiliation, would be capable of transforming themselves, in two generations, into a dominating people, sure of themselves, and, with the exception of an admirable minority, into a scornful people finding satisfaction in humiliating others." The second incriminating citation reads, "The Jews, once subject to an unmerciful rule, now impose their unmerciful rule on the Palestinians."

SO here is my idea. I say sauce for the Foie Gras is sauce for the moonbat! Let's ship off Alexander Cockburn to France and there sue his derriere off!

2. Repost: "The Israeli Left Was Just Naive, Now It's Treasonous," written by Steven Plaut, Saturday, November 01, 2003.

In a recent opinion piece in the Jerusalem Post, Sarah Honig, one of the paper's better columnists, raised the question of whether Israel's left should be regarded as stupid or crazy. She raised the question in response to the latest gambit by Yossi Beilin, the Mother Hen of the Oslo debacle, and his friends--the so-called ''Geneva Understandings,'' which should be better termed the Geneva Misunderstandings. Honig's question deserves to be taken seriously. The most correct answer to her question is that while many leftists are indeed crazy or stupid or both, increasingly Israel's Left is composed simply of people who are evil.

This third possibility should be taken very seriously. The growth in the weight of the evil amongst the stupid and the crazy in Israel's left has a simple explanation. While the Israeli left at the time when the first Oslo Accords were perpetrated consisted mainly of the naïve and the foolish, these people have in large part disappeared by now from its ranks. In most cases, they simply became less foolish and naïve over time, and consequently abandoned the left. They were mugged by reality and succumbed to the years of daily empirical demonstrations that the left's understanding of the conflict in 1993 was simply wrong, demonstrably wrong, disastrously wrong.

These were the people whose earlier beliefs had remained open to a certain amount of testing and proving in the pudding, whose minds had not been hermetically locked closed. When the pudding proved how wrong they had been, they had second thoughts. They awoke and sniffed the coffee the rest of us had long been sipping. They removed their primrose blinders from their eyes Among the manifestations of these having second thoughts were the near-complete implosion of the leftist Meretz party, which lost half its Knesset representation, and the landslide defeat of Amram Mitzna and the Labor Party left in the last Israeli election.

As the naïve abandoned the left in droves, a process of adverse selection occurred. Those who remained in the Israeli left despite the past decade of Oslo experiences are today by and large people who are evil. They constitute the satanic left. Some used to be foolish leftists who evolved into evil leftists. They remain in the left because they are motivated by hostility to Israel, animosity towards Jews, by self-hatred. That a political movement like the Israeli left could be taken over by those motivated by dislike of their own country and hatred of their own people should not come as too much of a surprise. After all, the American campus left is also today little more than a movement of anti-Americanism. It will support any Third World butcher it thinks is sufficiently hostile to the United States and the West. It supports everything imaginable that can harm the United States.

In 1993, most Israeli leftists sincerely believed that if Israel would recognize and legitimize the PLO, if it would just make goodwill gestures towards the Palestinians and release them from Israel ''occupation,'' if it offered the Palestinians their own state alongside of Israel, if it allowed Arafat and the leadership of the PLO to relocate from Tunis to the West Bank, and if it showed itself somewhat flexible in terms of the status of Jerusalem, then the Palestinians would respond to the generosity with generosity. The left genuinely expected that demonstrations of Israeli goodwill would trigger outpourings of Palestinian goodwill and moderation, that good sportsmanship would be rewarded with niceness. A decade of goodwill measures later, we now have ample proof.

Of course the left was totally wrong. Israeli niceness did not produce Palestinian niceness but rather Palestinian nazification. Israeli goodwill gestures triggered Palestinian fanaticism. Israeli offers to compromise produced Palestinian digging in of heals and insistence that only Israel's destruction through some ''right of return'' was an acceptable solution. When Israel turned over the bulk of the West Bank and Gaza to the PLO, along with perhaps 95 % of the Palestinian population, those areas were not used by the PLO for nation building and economic development. Instead, they were used for nothing except perpetrating endless terrorist attacks, rocket attacks, and mass murders against Jews.

It became evident very quickly that Palestinian terrorism was not being caused by Israeli ''occupation'' but rather was skyrocketing as a direct consequence of the REMOVAL of Israeli occupation. Each and every Israeli concession and offer to compromise was met with escalating Palestinian savagery and barbarism, along with blood-curdling screams and demonization of Jews. It became obvious that the terror bonfire was not being fanned by any construction of Israeli ''settlements'' but rather by Israeli offers of appeasement that included proposals to REMOVE those settlements.

We are now more than a decade after the infamous White House handshake between Yitzhak Rabin and Yassir Arafat. Frankly, intelligent people should have seen in 1993 that Oslo was not a peace process at all but rather a process of appeasement and defeatism that would end up NOT with a suppression of Palestinian terror but rather with its takeoff to new dimensions without precedent. But in fairness, honest people with good intentions could well have believed in 1993 that Oslo was the path to follow. They were motivated by wishful thinking, by a complete misunderstanding of the Middle East conflict, and by exhaustion.

Fast forwarding to 2004: Every single day since the Oslo Accords were implemented has served as new empirical proof that those Accords were founded on a totally incorrect concept of what the Middle East conflict was about. The Middle East conflict was not about any need for Palestinian ''self-determination'' but rather about the total refusal by the Arab world to acquiesce in any form of Jewish self-determination. The problem was not Israeli unwillingness for territorial compromise but Arab rejection of any territorial compromise at all as a form of solution, if it were to allow a rump Jewish state to continue to exist. Oslo proved that the Arabs would not be satisfied with some form of Palestinian statehood restricted to the West Bank and Gaza, but rather would demand all of Israel as well, perhaps in the name of the right of ''self-determination'' for the Arabs of Nazareth and the Negev and Jaffa.

If the years of daily proofs were insufficient, surely the events at Camp David II should have been more than enough to convince even the most diehard idealist and obstinate naif on the Israeli left of the errors of its ways. At Camp David, Ehud Barak offered the Palestinians EVERYTHING: virtually all of the West Bank and Gaza purged of their Jewish settlers, all of East Jerusalem including the Western Wall, swaths of pre-1967 Israel, financial tribute, and admission of tens of thousands of Palestinian ''refugees'' into the areas that Israel would retain as partial implementation of the Palestinian ''right of return.''

The PLO response to this suicidal offer by the leader of Israel's Left at the time was complete rejection and the launching of what has now become universally misnamed the ''Al-Aqsa Intifada,'' which should in fact more properly be dubbed the Oslo Pogroms. The carnage is now about 900 murdered Israelis, just since October 2000, and counting. The left's response to the pogroms was characteristically revisionism, to deny that Barak had actually made any generous offer at Camp David at all.

It is said that remarriage is the victory of hope over experience (as well as common sense). Israel's leftist politicians continued to court the ugly Palestinian bride who had divorced them over and over and over. To believe after Camp David II that offers of generosity by Israel could ever defuse Palestinian barbarism was simply to divorce oneself from reality and take refuge in fantasy.

While the ranks of the left in Israel dwindled, it retained much of its powers, including its near-totalitarian hegemony over Israel's media and universities. But who exactly are these people still in the left? First of all, they are people who insist that Israel continue to pursue the failed Oslo ''strategy'' as if the past ten years of failure never took place. Beilin's Geneva Misunderstandings are perhaps the best illustration.

Going somewhat beyond even what Barak had offered at Camp David, they are once again based on endless Israeli concessions, appeasements, and capitulations to Arab demands with absolutely no quid pro quo. They are the child of the same ''concept'' that has been discredited daily ever since 1993. The only thing the Beilin "accord" offers Israel is a promise of yet another empty rhetorical commitment by the PLO to suppressing the terror, which is the same old used Buick the PLO has been reselling to Israel without ever delivering, over and over for the past decade. The PLO was unwilling to countenance even the duplicitous language in the Beliin Capitulations that made it appear that it might someday maybe agree to some compromise over the Palestinian ''Right of Return,'' which is the Palestinian demand for unlimited immigration into Israel even AFTER some Palestinian state is established. The Gargoyle of Ramallah rejected Beilin's Munich offer because of this.

Second, the Op-Eds and the official canon being preached by Israel's Left today is increasingly one of treason. Increasing numbers of the remnants who are still denizens of the left openly propose that Israel's existence be terminated. A growing number of Israeli Leftists are promoting the so-called ''One State Solution'' or the ''Bi-National Solution,'' which should more properly be called the Rwanda Solution. This is essentially a No-State Solution. According to it, Israel would cease to exist as a Jewish state. It would be entirely enfolded into a Palestinian state stretching from the Mediterranean to the Jordan with the Arabs the majority and the Jews a minority, tolerated at best like the other non-Arab or non-Moslem minorities in the Arab world.

Israeli leftists are increasingly recruiting themselves to serve the very worst anti-Semites of the planet. There are today Israeli leftist professors promoting the views of Holocaust Deniers. Scores of Israeli professors endorse the boycotts being organized by overseas anti-Semites directed against Israel, including even boycotts of the Israeli institutions that pay them their salaries. Israeli leftists are regulars on Islamist fundamentalist web sites and are the universal legitimizers of the very worst haters of Jews throughout the world. There exists today a true axis of evil, which links Jewish leftism with Islamofascism.

Third, Israel's left has always been fundamentally anti-democratic, opposing the right of free expression for non-leftists, demanding that non-leftists be prosecuted as ''inciters.'' The left has long insisted that Yitzhak Rabin was in fact murdered because non-leftists and Oslo opponents were permitted to exercise their right to free speech. But lately the left's anti-democratic inclinations have taken a turn towards extremism and outright subversion. The left has long been of the opinion that Leftists should not be expected to obey the law nor submit to the will of the majority because their motives are so nice and pure. Leftists (and Arab fascists) should be able to call openly for violence with impunity.

Leftists should be excused from serving in the army or obeying laws or paying taxes if the policies being implemented by the government or the army are not those advocated by the most extremist leftist 5% of the electorate. The left has for years been trying to foment mutiny and "resistance" among Israeli soldiers. It has organized groups who refuse to report to duty as long as Israel ''occupies'' any portion of the West Bank and Gaza. These are people who explicitly refuse to submit themselves to the will of the majority of their fellow citizens. These are not people willing to promote their ideas through persuasion and argument, but rather through subversion and defiance of the rule of law. They seek to impose their minority views on the country through force. Their latest gambit is to organize mutiny among Israeli pilots in the air force, who will refuse to shoot at terrorist mass murderers until Israel ends its ''occupation'' on those leftist terms opposed by the bulk of the electorate.

Polls are showing that Israelis oppose the Beilin-proposed capitulations by at least two to one, and Israeli Jews oppose them by about five to one. In 1993 most Israeli leftists supported the left because they believed its ideas would benefit Israel and the Jewish people. Today most leftists support those same ideas because they know they will harm Israel and Jews.

In 1993 most Israeli leftists believed in leftist ideas because they thought ''Palestine'' would pursue peace. Today those remaining on the left support Palestinian statehood because they know ''Palestine'' will pursue war. In 1993 most leftists believed in leftist ideas because they thought sraeli concessions would lead to Arab moderation. Today's leftists know that these concessions are seen as signs of weakness that catalyze and energize Arab violence and that is why they demand more of them. n 1993 most leftists believed in Israeli restraint because they thought it would stimulate Palestinian goodwill.

Today's leftists demand endless restraint because they do not want Israel to fight terror at all. They want terror to triumph. In 1993 most leftists believed in leftist ideas because they thought Israel would emerge stronger if Oslo were implemented. Today's leftists advocate the very same ''process'' - witness the Beilin-proposed Capitulations - because they desire to see Israel weakened and dismembered.

The left of 1993 was by and large a left that could be awakened from its delusions by Palestinian atrocities, endless violations of PLO commitments, Arab betrayal, and the increasingly nazified rhetoric of both Palestinians and Israeli Arabs. The left of 2004 does not need awakening because it has no delusions that Oslo and its ''Road Map'' will produce peace. It supports the Road Map precisely because it knows it will not lead to peace but to a new all-out Arab assault on Israel. The Leftists and their overseas apologists will do anything in their power to underm ine the will of the electorate in Israel and the will of the Jews to survive. They will undermine any government the Israeli voters select. They have no scruples when it comes to collaboration with the worst anti-Semites of the planet.

The leftists of 2004 have no delusions that an independent ''Palestine'' will live at peace alongside Israel. They demand a solution precisely because they know it will NOT live at peace with Israel.

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

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Posted by Bryna Berch, May 30, 2005.

A couple of weeks ago, Bush was playing kissie, kissie with the Saudi prince [Editor's note: See April Blog-Ed page] and last week he made it a threesome when he declared that Abu Mazan - the PLO'second-best terrorist handler (actually, best since Arafat died) - was for peace (aren't we all?) and therefore entitled to millions to start his own Swiss bank account. And full sail ahead for a Palestinian state to be hacked out of Israel.

Now it is official - Gaza is the start of a massive dismemberment of Israel. So does Sharon say: "Too much will be lost in translation. We stop everything until clarification"? No way. He continues to forge ahead, defying and bullying the Knesset, whose members have the collective spine of a jellyfish. I take that back. The Arab members who gave him the margin he needed to continue the Gaza retreat plan aren't going against their principles. They incite the Palestinian Arabs to acts of terror and then continue to show their loyalty to the PLO when they sit in the Knesset.

Here are two news items from today's Arutz-7 (www.IsraelNationalNews.com).

1. "Bush Totally Mooted Sharon's Plan to Retain Settlement Blocs"

The head of ex-PM Y. Shamir's Bureau says that Bush has voided of all significance Ariel Sharon's promise of U.S. recognition of Israel's right to keep large population centers in Judea and Samaria. The spokesman is Yossi Ben-Aharon - a long-time Foreign Service official and currently a writer and commentator on current events.

Ben-Aharon told Arutz-7 that Israel has nothing to be happy about following Abu Mazen's visit to Washington this past Thursday: "Bush said that no change in the 1949 armistice lines could be considered for the final status without the agreement of the Palestinian Authority. This emptied of all content that which Sharon has bragged about the U.S. recognizing, for the first time, Israel's right to annex settlement blocs."

Ben-Aharon said that Bush's remarks at his press conference with Abu Mazen shows that the disengagement from Gaza has been incorporated into the Road Map, "and it is no longer what the prime minister said it was, namely, a process that will delay the implementation of the Road Map."

Bush promised Abu Mazen a $50 million gift following the disengagement - "a gift that is not conditional on anything," Ben Aharon said. He noted yet another PA achievement during Abu Mazen's visit: "Increased American involvement in the process in general, and in security arrangements in particular. This is unprecedented, because up to now, Israel has zealously guarded its exclusivity in contacts and security coordination with the Palestinians. This could lead Israel to pay a large price in its relations with the U.S."

"Bush very gently reminded Abu Mazen of his commitments to rein in the terrorist organizations," Ben Aharon said, "but essentially set him up as one who stands opposite the 'Hamas extremists.' Sharon, too, said at today's Cabinet meeting that we must support the 'centrist' and 'moderate' movement of Abu Mazen - this is the same Oslo trap that Yitzchak Rabin and [Shimon] Peres fell into when they said that we must strengthen and support Arafat. But the fact is that over the years, we have seen that it is the Palestinian Authority that is constantly funding and encouraging terrorism against Israel."

"We see that not only has a great question mark been placed on the entire process of the disengagement, but the entire government policy is shown in its nakedness. In short, the emperor has no clothes."

"The United States is our friend," Ben-Aharon said, "but if it is dealing with a country that stupidly decides to make concessions, why should it argue with us? It presents the U.S. in a good light vis-a-vis with the Arabs... so why should the U.S. be more Catholic than the Pope?"

"Israel's public relations campaign is most strange," Ben-Aharon lamented. "Every time an Arab or Palestinian leader arrives in the U.S., his emphasis is on criticism of Israel: Israel's conquest, the arrests, demolition of houses, everything. But when an Israeli leader arrives, what does he have to say? 'We offer our hand in peace, the Palestinians are suffering, we have done so much for them, we ask the Administration to provide them with aid, etc.' - and he barely says anything about the PA's violations, the terrorism, the incitement, etc. So it's no wonder that the impression is created throughout the world, and especially in Washington, that Israel is the bad guy and that the conquest must be stopped to allow the poor Palestinians their freedom. If we don't change our tune, we will continue to pay a heavy price."

Israeli leaders seem to think it's "beneath their dignity" to directly quote PA leaders and their incitement against Israel, Ben-Aharon feels. "If they would show the true picture of how the PA covers up for and encourages terrorism, and shows how the democratization process in the PA is a fraud, this might lead the Congress not to approve the President's $50 million grant to the PA - but rather to demand that the PA really take genuine steps to become democratic."

2. "PM Sharon Rebuffs Knesset Criticism"

Explaining, "I'm not naive; this body is political," Prime Minister Sharon refrained from giving answers to questions by Knesset Members as to how his government made decisions on the disengagement.

Sharon appeared before the Knesset Audit Committee today, and managed to make the MKs laugh out loud several times - but did not provide substantial answers to many of the questions asked of him.

For instance, MK Tzvi Hendel asked him, "You said that the reason for the disengagement is security concerns. If so, why are homes and towns all over the Negev being reinforced and protected against rockets? Why is Ashkelon being similar protected? Is there a fear of 'peace rockets?'" Sharon did not respond.

Hendel also said, "When the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem was moved from one end of the city to another, years of preparation were invested in order to make sure that the giraffes and the lions and the deer would not suffer psychological damage... And an extra year and a half was required to move the fish cages in Eilat - so why couldn't at least the same amount of time and effort be invested for the residents of Gush Katif?"

MK Meli-Polishu Bloch of Shinui, who supports the disengagement, accused Sharon of spending all his time dealing with that issue, while ignoring other issues such as violence and the firing of teachers.

MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) asked Sharon, "How do you manage to get every single one of your ideas passed in the Cabinet?" Sharon asked him if he was planning to run for Prime Minister. He then turned serious and said, "If you have a proposal you wish to pass" - at which point he was interrupted by MK Yuri Stern (Yisrael Beiteinu), who said, "all you have to do is fire two ministers." Sharon smiled with the others and said, "That's not always possible... If I don't have a majority, I ask the Cabinet secretary not to raise the matter."

Arutz-7's Knesset correspondent Ariel Kahane summed up by saying, "There were some serious answers... but most of the answers were sarcastic, which made people laugh, but they were not serious and were even mocking and cynical vis-a-vis the criticism against him. The bottom line is that there is no bottom line; Sharon will continue in his way, and so will the criticism."

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Posted by Dovid Ben Chaim, May 30, 2005.

Join the Gush Katif Resistance!

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Dovid Ben Chaim can be reached by email at chazak@myway.com

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, May 29, 2005.

I strongly recommend every effort be made to flood the White House with this letter by Pastor Jim Vineyard so that it reaches the eyes of President George and Laura Bush. Clearly, the Bush claim to be a born-again Christian is merely a cover for a man dedicated to the Arab Muslim nations who sit on the oil that the Bush dynasty covet.

Sacrificing Israel to the mammon of black gold speaks of a man who is unethical, unprincipled and unholy. Doubtless, the Bush corruption will bring terrible retribution down upon America - although most Americans support the Jewish State of Israel. IF we stand by silent again, we will deserve G-d's wrath.

May 27, 2005

President George W. Bush
The White House
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. President:

Yesterday, we watched in horror, Sir, as the duly-elected Republican, Christian, American President offered to "appease" the so-called "Palestinian" leader by immediately transferring $50 million of American taxpayers' money.

In horror, Sir, the world looked on in 1938 when Neville Chamberlain thought he could appease Haman the Second, Adolph Hitler, and gave the Nazi's Czechoslovakia without a shot being fired!

What happened, Sir? Six million descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob gave up their lives! But, in addition, Sir, nine times that many Gentiles or 54 million folks gave up their lives in that "effort" to appease tyrants.

In horror, Sir, we watch presently as a man, who professes to have trusted the Jewish Messiah (There is only one, Sir; there cannot be two.), feels he can lead a nation to deal "honorably" with tyrants.

In horror, Sir, we watch as we see (just over the horizon, but coming soon, Sir) the judgment of the Almighty upon this country, if we continue to proceed "foolishly," against the clearly revealed Word of the living God.

In horror, Sir, we watch, as we see you and your "near Arab" State Department plan to stand with the purveyors of mayhem and murder against the dear "Apples of God's Eye" (Zechariah 2:8) and with the sons of Ishmael, Arafat, and Abu Mazen.

In horror, Sir, we watch as we see you, so arrogantly and yet also so proudly, state unequivocally that we are for the establishment of "the world's largest protected Islamic terrorist base" right smack dab, Sir, in the middle of the little nation of Israel.

In horror, Sir, we watch as we see you speak of the Arabs being "re-assembled" in the land that God Almighty gave plainly to the Jew.

In horror, Sir, we watch as we read recent history and know plainly that the so-called "Palestinians" were the figment of the imagination of Yasser Arafat and then became a "popular Arab propaganda tool" after Israel captured Judea, Samaria, and Gaza in the defensive Six Day War of 1967.

In horror, Sir, we watch as we read of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II "Arab-Palestinians" are the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own people's lands.

In horror, we watch, Sir, as we see that the Arab nations "intentionally" kept the so-called "Palestinians" in refugee camps in Israel, and now, we, the "great satan" in the eyes of the Islamic folks, are going to dole out our tax dollars to build them houses.

In horror, we watch, Sir, as those so-called Palestinian refugees' have been kept in Israel as virtual prisoners by the Arab power brokers with their misplaced hatred for Jews and western democracy.

In horror, we watch, Sir, as we fully realize there is only one Jewish state, while there are 60 Muslim countries worldwide, including 22 Arab nations.

In horror, we watch, Sir, as we know most of those Middle East countries, including Saudi Arabia, have control over vast sums of Middle East wealth (oil, Sir), and yet, you, our American "born-again" President, believe we can exist peacefully with those who seek to destroy us!

In horror, we watch, Sir, as we know the Lord God or Israel said "that land" was "my (His, Sir) land" (Ezekiel 36:5), and that He in turn gave it by "an everlasting covenant" to the sons of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

In horror, we watch, Sir, as we know that the Lord God of Israel, Jehovah God, Sir, the only true God, said that He will plead (judge, Sir) all nations which parted (divided, Sir) the land of Israel.

In horror, we watch, Sir, as the judgment of God looms just over the horizon for the American people. Neville Chamberlain did not have a clue back there in 1938 as to the "horror," Sir, he was bringing, even also, Sir, upon his dear British people.

In horror, we watch, Sir, as we perceive that you the man I voted for twice, the man who professes to know the same Messiah which I know take this beloved country on the road to certain doom.

May God Almighty, the Lord God of Israel, help us, Sir!

Jim Vineyard
Baptist pastor

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

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, May 29, 2005.

Aside from the obvious political value of this prank, there is a more serious message to the COS and all the big brass: "You can not hide from your own people. Today it was a can of spray paint. Tomorrow it could be something a lot more serious."

If, G-D forbid, there should actually be a Government ordered Pogrom carried out by Israeli security forces of any kind, the American army slang of fragging will very quickly enter the Israeli vocabulary.

This is a news item from today's Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews.com (www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=82853). It is called "Israeli Air Force Members Behind 'A Jew Does Not Expel a Jew' Spray Paint at IDF Control Center."

(IsraelNN.com) The member of the IDF who spray painted "A Jew Does Not Expel a Jew" on the wall of the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv is a member of the Air Force.

It appears the action was coordinated amongst several soldiers, who reported to their friend where Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya'alon was located within the heavily secured building.

Thanks to the coordination, the soldier succeeded in spray-painting a wall near Ya'alon's office, where the Chief of Staff then saw the graffiti moments after it had been written.

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

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Posted by David Wilder, May 29, 2005.


I spent this past Shabbat with my wife in Beer Sheva. We answered a newspaper advertisement calling for volunteers to speak about Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron during a special Shabbat labeled "Standing Tall." People spoke in cities throughout Israel, focusing on Sharon's expulsion program, and what to do about it.

My talks centered around several topics: 1. Why is settling Eretz Yisrael so difficult; 2. Why should people outside of the 'endangered areas' care about Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron; 3. Why it's not too late to prevent the decree; 4. What to do now.

1. Why is settling Eretz Yisrael so difficult? Our sages teach us on the fifth page of the first volume of the Talmud (Brachot 5a) that G-d gave 'three good presents' to Am Yisrael, to the Jewish people, and all of them are received only via suffering and hardships: Torah, Eretz Yisrael and the next world. One of the most important Rabbis of the past hundred years, Rabbi Yosef Chaim, known as the "Ben Ish Chai" asks why these three 'good presents' can be obtained only following suffering and hardship. His answer is, on the face of it, quite simple. He says that G-d is trying us. He wants to know if we really and truly want them. If so, our dedication should be so great that even suffering won't prevent us from desiring them, at virtually any price.

Concerning Eretz Yisrael he asks if we want the land because it's comfortable for us, i.e., to enjoy its fruits, or rather, in order to perform the mitzvot (commandments or positive precepts) which are dependant on our being in Eretz Yisrael? Is our desire for Eretz Yisrael superficial, or can we, and do we recognize and appreciate the sanctity of the land?

If our love of Eretz Yisrael is authentic, we will pass the test with flying colors. We will be willing to suffer whatever hardships G-d bestows upon us. If our love is superficial, we will give up when the going gets rough.

It is clear to me that we are still being tested. We haven't yet proven our dedication to the land, and our belief that Eretz Yisrael is an integral element of our essence. In reality, the test of our endurance hasn't taken too much of a break since 1948, or even earlier, going back to at least, the beginning of the twentieth century. Then too settlers were willing to pay a very heavy price to live on the land. Yet, over the years, for many, that enthusiasm has dwindled. Today we must continue to raise the flag, not surrendering to the shallowness of comfort and despair.

2. Why should people outside of Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron care? Speaking in Beer Sheva, this is a very easy question to answer. In December, 1998, now PA prime minister Abu Ala, (a.k.a. Ahmad Qurei) said in an interview printed in the official PA newspaper 'Al-Hayyat-al Jadida' "...International legitimacy (i.e. UN resolutions) recognized [the existence of] a Palestinian State alongside Israel through the partition resolution [of 1947]. This means that Israel's legitimacy remained dependent and conditional upon the existence of the Palestinian State based on that same resolution, Resolution 181 of 1947." Furthermore, it should be emphasized that the [Palestinian] state has internationally recognized borders, which are the borders set in the [1947] partition resolution..."

"...There is no doubt that all the UN resolutions that recognized the creation of the Jewish State, on the basis of [UN] Resolution 181, included an inherent recognition of the boundaries of that Palestinian State, whose legitimacy still exists although it was not established at the time [1947]. [memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=subjects&Area=conflict&ID=SP1898]

Any Beer Sheva resident taking a good look at the map of the above-mentioned 1947 boundaries will quickly realize that according to that agreement, the capital of the Negev would have the same status as Gush Katif following the Israeli retreat; i.e., Beer Sheva would be under full Arab control.

I asked my audiences, "if Beer Sheva were placed under siege, with all roads leading into the city blocked off, with an ultimatum of 'everyone out,' what would they expect from the rest of the country: that people would watch television, have a drink, and cry along with them; or would they expect everyone to join forces in trying to prevent mass expulsion from their homes?"

So too it would be with Hadera, Afula, Eilat or Tel Aviv.

The battle today is not for Gush Katif - it is a war for all of Eretz Yisrael. That is a main point which must be understood.

3. Why not despair? Can we really annul the decree? Of course we can. There's no question about it. If Jews fell into the pit of despair, we would have disappeared from the face of the earth a millennia ago. Only faith and hope, prayer and determination kept the Jewish people's collective head above water. Even during the darkest hours, (and there were many of them,) we never gave up. Why should today be any different?

The story is told of Rebbi Akiva, who lived some two thousand years ago. An illiterate shepherd, married to the daughter of the wealthiest Jew in Jerusalem, Rebbi Akiva thought that he was beyond all hope, destined to a meager life in this world. One day Rebbi Akiva, watching water drip from above onto a rock below, realized that the water was boring a hole in the stone. "Ah," he thought to himself, "if a substance as soft as water can bore a hole in a substance as hard as a rock, then maybe there is still hope for me too." Rebbi Akiva left home to study Torah, and twenty four years later returned as one of the greatest Torah sages of Jewish history. The pillar of Rebbi Akiva's legacy is 'never lose faith and never give up.'

4. What to do today? Remember, every little bit helps. First, don't forget to pray. That's very important. Follow the Gush Katif web sites: www.katifund.org and www. katif.net in Hebrew and English. Various activities and programs are posted and these sites will keep you up-to-date. (For those of you who read Hebrew and live in Israel, see www.katifund.org/katifund/archives/oldindex.html to participate in an extremely significant project). Do whatever you can - donating time or money or both. Everyone who can get to Gush Katif, this is of paramount importance. Anyone who can plan on being here this summer, participating in various protests, or if and when the need arises, to be on the road to Gush Katif or the Northern Shomron on D-Day, can only be commended.

One of the things we're doing here in Israel is to fill the country with orange. Gush Katif leaders chose the color orange to represent the struggle against expulsion and abandonment of our land to the enemy. As a result, people are flying orange flags and ribbons from their car windows and antennas. Everyone is wearing orange Gush Katif shirts. You can do the same.

In Judaism, orange is a very interesting color. In mystical Jewish thought, orange is associated with an attribute representing "the power to continually advance, with the determination and perseverance born of deep inner commitment, toward the realization of one's life goals." [www.inner.org/sefirot/sefhod.htm] What could better describe the people of Gush Katif?

The Torah verse symbolizing this attribute is in Proverbs 10:9, "He who walks uprightly (innocently), walks securely;"

The people of Gush Katif are walking a path of purity and innocence. The result of such righteousness is Divine protection - total security. Despite the bombs, bullets, mortars and missiles, they remain steadfast in their faith, not willing to budge, not one inch. They are the "Vitamin C" of today's Judaism, filling us with faith, strength and energy. They are the genuine 'Orange Jews' of the Jewish people.

With blessings from Hebron.

David Wilder is spokesman of The Jewish Community of Hebron. You can contribute directly to The Jewish Community of Hebron, POB10, Kiryat Arba-Hebron 90100, hebron@hebron.org.il, 972-2-9965333 or write to The Hebron Fund, 1760 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11230, hebronfund@aol.com

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Posted by Marcel Cousineau, May 29, 2005.
This was written by Bill Koenig of Koenig's International News (www.watch.org/showart.php3?idx=68359&rtn=/archives/oldindex.html&showsubj=1&mcat=1).

President George W. Bush is rapidly moving himself and our nation on a collision course with God over Israel's covenant land. His peace efforts and personal commitments on the surface sound good but they are biblically wrong. He is calling for a contiguous Palestinian state from Ramallah to Gaza, which will divide Israel. Additionally, his plan to put a Palestinian state on God's covenant land and replace Jews with Palestinian terrorists is incomprehensible. The whole peace process is built on lies, deception, misperceptions and unfairness.

President Bush's efforts could very well lead Israel into a civil war and further division. He will be responsible for the forceful evacuation of Jews by Jews off the land God gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their descendants. If his policies are implemented, Israel will be living with indefensible borders.

Is the God of Israel going to let this happen without further judgment? History says no. The war on terror is judgment which has cost $1 trillion in the U.S. and $300 billion in Iraq and Afghanistan - and the cost is rapidly climbing. It's dreadful to ponder what is next for those directly responsible for putting the "apple of God's eye" at risk. I sense that President Bush believes God is going to bless his plan to bring freedom, democracy and peace to the Middle East; he says freedom is a gift from God. He thinks he is going to bring peace to the Israelis and the Palestinians.

In reality, President Bush is rapidly moving into territory that could very likely produce events that will cause his presidency to be a major failure. Unless there is a course change, which doesn't seem likely, the Bush Administration and the U.S. will pay an enormous price. Our Lord is not a respecter of man, especially one who puts His people at risk

Marcel Cousineau can be reached by email at up2zionsg8@yahoo.com

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Posted by Menachem Kovacs, May 28, 2005.

This is by Rabbi Elan Adler, who is spiritual leader of Pikesville's Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Hebrew Congregation. It appeared in the Baltimore Jewish Times

The following remarks were given at Tuesday's anti-Gaza disengagement rally in Washington, D.C., across from the Convention Center, where Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was speaking. Rabbi Adler joined about 45 other Jews from Baltimore for the event. (http://www.jewishtimes.com/site/opinion/oped.stm).

I am here with my wife, Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler, and a busload of concerned Jews from Baltimore, to raise my voice against the Sharon government's plan to remove Jews from Israel.

I don't wish to demonize or vilify or insult the prime minister in any way, or to call into question his love for Jews or the State of Israel. ... But for those who conscientiously object to a plan that they feel is anathema to the existing State of Israel, it is a mitzvah to raise our voices.

This week's Torah reading begins with God saying, "Im Bechukotai telechu," "If only you will walk in my ways." But the prime minister has a different spin: Im Bechukotai, because of my laws, telechu, you will have to leave. And unusual laws they are - without a referendum, without a majority, ousting Cabinet members who disagree, arresting Jews at the Kotel because they wear orange-colored shirts, withholding pay from rabbis who dare to disagree.

The prime minister says, "Because of my laws you will have to leave." But we say, with full confidence and belief in the Almighty, lo nelech, we will not go, we will not budge, we will not abandon our homes and our schools and our synagogues and our yeshivot and our businesses and our playgrounds and our farms and our cemeteries so that our enemies can freely march on the soil soaked with Jewish blood.

Lo nelech, we will not leave a land that we love, we will not wave goodbye to our own country, we will not be pawns in a deal that rewards the killers and punishes the victims. Lo nelech!

One time in Yerushalayim, a great gadol, Rabbi Aryeh Levin, came upon a street cleaner who seemed dejected. Reb Aryeh asked, "Is everything all right?" The street cleaner raised his head and said, "I can't believe what a lowly job I have, picking up trash and cleaning all the waste that everyone makes."

Rabbi Levin reminded him of one person who never even made it into the Land of Israel. "My dear sir," he replied, "don't you think that Moshe Rabbenu would have done anything he could - prayed the right words, done the right mitzvah - to have the z'chus, the merit, to clean even one street in the holy city of Yerushalayim? Wouldn't Moses, our teacher, give everything to hold your broom and to pick up your trash?"

And if it were possible for the Almighty to revive Moses and bring him to the Land of Israel, would Moshe feel any less privileged to be in Gush Katif or in the northern Shomron than in Jerusalem? Wouldn't Moshe eat of the produce of Gush Katif or learn in the Kollel of Sanur and feel that he is partaking in the pleasures of Eretz Yisrael? If Moshe stood in Chomesh or Kfar Darom or Kadim or Elei Sinai, would he not look up to the heavens with tear-filled eyes and with every ounce of strength recite the prayer of Shehechiyanu?

The prime minister says it costs too much to protect so few Jews among so many Arabs. When will it cost too much to protect Hebron, and Rachel's Tomb, and Jerusalem? Every Jew, in every square inch of the land, must be a priority and must be protected. Does not the prime minister's office and his residence enjoy full and total protection? Will that ever cost too much? Isn't every Israeli entitled to be safe and secure? Is it all about money?

The first word in this week's Torah reading is Im, the letters alef and mem. One of our great commentators reminds us that the combination has brought us great victories. In Egypt, we were redeemed through alef and mem - Aharon, Moshe and Miryam. In Persia, we were saved through alef and mem - Esther and Mordechai. And at the end of days, we will have our final redemption through alef and mem - Eliyahu and Mashiach.

While we wait for that day, we pray for a speedier redemption, the redeeming of the Jews from Gaza and northern Shomron. We stand with them, and speak up for them. Tonight will be the 31st day of the Omer; the Hebrew letters totaling 31 are lamed and alef. They spell lo. And lo means "no." No to the dismantling, no to the forced evacuations, no to the extraction of Jews from their land, no to the amputation, no to Israel being a challah from which a prime minister can take a motzi through undemocratic means.

At the end of this week's Torah reading, which marks the end of the third book of the Torah, we will rise and proclaim, chazak chazak v'nitchazek. Let us be strong, let us gain strength, and let us strengthen one another.

Jews of Gush Katif and northern Shomron: Chazak, chazak, v'nitchazek! Be strong, don't weaken, we are with you all the way.

Rabbi Menachem Kovacs is Director of the Jewish Roots Center of Baltimore, an education and research center on Torah and social science topics. He is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Montgomery College in Maryland.

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Posted by Dr. George M. Ettinger, May 28, 2005.

Not long ago, Saddam Hussein was reported to be paying US$30,000 rewards for each terrorist suicide murderer in Israel, payments made to the murderer's family. Since then, time and reward rates for murder have moved on: Just today, 27 May 2005, President Bush stated that he was making a payment of US$50 million to his favourite Arab leader - Abu Mazen.

The Palestinian terrorists have killed 1051 Jews since the beginning of the Oslo Intifada. So the latest payment from American taxpayers, announced by the President, amounts to US$47,600 per Jew murdered, considerably more than Saddam Hussein's rate of US$30,000. (This assumes that President Bush paid no rewards for injuring Jews). However, allowing for 8000 seriously injured Jewish victims, as well as for 1041 killed, the President's gift would cover US$2350 per Jew injured, and US$28,800 for each Jew killed.

Are there no Congressional sanctions, like those prior to July 2003? Does the American taxpayer really approve of these payments?

This is not all: Go back two years, to July 2003, and look at reports of prior U.S. payments, which included US$30 million (small change?) handed over by the US consul, and US$200 million approved by President Bush. Here is a summary of the earlier report, circulated in July 2003:

"Payments For Terror," compiled 13 July 2003 by Dr G.M. Ettinger.

Officially released information about payments to the Palestinian Authority for carrying out terrorist murders: Just a week ago, the US Consul is reported to have handed over(1) a cheque for US$30 million as a payment to the Arabs for having successfully killed 850 Jews (and some non-Jews). This means US$35,000 per successful terrorist killing.

And now the London Daily Telegraph reports(2) that US congressional sanctions, forbidding aid to Arafat and the Palestinian Authority, "deemed hopelessly corrupt and tainted by terrorist links", has been waived.

From the Daily Telegraph: "An official announcement of the waiver was due yesterday, and an initial tranche of GBP 12.5 million (US$ 20 million) has been earmarked." Total US funding "for the Palestinian people" is set to reach some 125 million (US$200 million) this year (2003).

The payment of a reward of US$200 million for killing 850 Jews in two years since September 2000 represented US$234,000 (yes,two hundred and thirty- four thousand dollars) per successful terrorist murder of a Jew. This is a very substantial increase over the payment of US$35,000 per killing, made by the US Consul just a week earlier!!

Are the rewards to continue increasing? Is this really what the American legislators, and the American people, intended to happen?

Here is a question: Once rewards for terrorist killings become a standard procedure, will the United States make retrospective payments to the killers of hundreds of thousands of Tutsis in African Ruanda, to Assad's Syrian killers of their own people, and to Iraqi chemical troops for killing of Kurds in 1991?

(Note, added in May 2005): How much reward to the Sudan government for the Darfur killings?)

(1) DEBKA.org web site 4th July 2003
(2) Daily Telegraph, London, 10 July 2003, "US backs Abbas as funds ban lifted." by I. Gilmore and D. Rennie

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Posted by Women in Green, May 28, 2005.

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

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Posted by Arieh Zaritsky, May 28, 2005.
Charlie Levine (clevine@bzdisrael.org, http://www.bzdisrael.org) writes:
Join Rabbi Gershon and Fran Sonnenschein in Israel for 10-day Family Summer Experience departing August 15. Please RSVP. For more info, contact Fran Sonnenschein at 410-356.1140 or fsonnenschein@bzdisrael.org

Jews living abroad who are able, should move to Israel at this critical time to resist the ethnic cleansing and war crimes planned by the Sharon government against its Jewish citizens

PLEASE, make efforts to fly to Israel before (IF!) the evil "Jews" Expulsion Project starts (Aug 15) and join the crowds who would come to bodily block it

    INTERESTED TO RESIDE IN GUSH KATIF? (From www.gamla.org.il) - Call (972) 08-6847.048 or fax 08-6845.128 (with full details)

OTHERWISE (if you are unable to, for any reason) - CONTRIBUTE:

MINHELET KE'LA (="the Gaza Absorption Authority)
From: sddym@bezeqint.net, michaele@netvision.net.il, www.womeningreen.org
Aimed at bringing masses of people to Gush Katif by:

1) Refurbishing empty homes and structures

2) Collecting and transporting 2nd-hand furniture etc

3) Bringing college level institutions from around the country to study there

4) Preparing for the masses who will come closer to D(eportation)-Day itself A huge hangar has been rented and is being filled up with emergency equipment A lot must be bought in the very near future, with rented trucks, before the army closes down the area

Only with your generous help can it be done

With Love of Israel,
Datya Yitzhaki, administrator of Kfar Yam
Founder/Director, Minhelet Kela, Tel 972-8-684.7048, Fax 972-8-684.5128
Kfar Yam, POB 310, Nevei Dekalim 79779, Israel, eylond@ort.org.il

Please make checks payable to CENTRAL FUND FOR ISRAEL
For US tax deductible donations - c/o Marcus Brothers Textiles,
980, 6th Ave, New York NY 10018, Attn Arthur Marcus

From Israel please mail checks to Jay Marcus, 13 Hagoel Str, Efrat 90435, Israel

Please, write "Women in Green-for Gush Katif" on the memo line of your check. Also please add a note with your address

For NIS & $ donations where IRS tax deduction is not required, please make checks payable to MINHELET KELA and mail it to MINHELET KELA, POB 310, Neve Dekalim 79779, Israel

Or wire to Minhelet Kela, Bank Mizrachi br #491 in Nevei Dekalim Act #114071

Professor Arieh Zaritsky can be reached at ariehz@bgumail.bgu.ac.il

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Posted by Barry Shaw, May 28, 2005.

So, in Britain, the boycott on Israeli universities imposed by the railroading tactics of malevolent executive members of the Association of University Teachers has been lifted, thanks to a democratic vote that needed to be taken in an extra ordinary session of AUT members.

And so the anti-boycott campaigners can congratulate themselves that justice was, in the end, done and they can go home happy in their victory.

And yet, the injustice remains. The boycott has been lifted but the vicious slander against the Israeli universities remain.

It was strange indeed that no other universities in the world were considered for academic boycott. Singularly, this action stank of anti-Semitism, not criticism of Israeli academic policy. The rationale given for the boycott were proven to be false and malicious.

Anything Israeli remains under the threat of future action by the activists who are still determined to pursue their goal of eradicating what they perceive as a scourge - the racist Jewish state of Israel.

While the anti-boycott campaigners wend their weary way home, the plotters remain at their posts. Susan Blackwell, the ring leader of the Israeli academic boycott, retains her position on the executive of AUT. She retains her position of power and influence. She has stated that she is determined to continue her actions against Israel from her position within AUT, and we must take her at her word. Sally Hunt, her co-conspirator, remains as general secretary of the union.

The Universities of Haifa, of Bar Ilan, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, would be well advised to continue to pursue their legal actions against the AUT for damage caused worldwide to their name and reputation, at least until the perpetrators of the crime of libel are removed from their posts.

The Association of British University Teachers have a vested interest in removing the people who caused their union so much past and, possibly, future damage to their organisation.

Until they do so the stain and stench remains.

Barry Shaw writes the View from Here columns from Israel. To receive emails, contact him at netre@mataav.net.il

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Posted by Judy Lash Balint, May 28, 2005.

This comes from Bill Mehlman, who is co-editor of ZionNet. He can be reached by e-mail at wmehlman@zahav.net.il or go to http://globalisraelalliance.com

The cultural gap between American parents and the teenagers they bring with them on trips to Israel is wide enough to drive a Humvee through.

There's a story making the rounds at the Anna Ticho House in Jerusalem (a pre-Shabbat rialto for Anglo ex-pats and their visiting kith and kin) involving a family of tourists from New Jersey that clearly illustrates this point.

The family, including two boys, 18 and 15, and a girl of 17, would have made anybody's top 10 list of the most ambivalent travelers ever to alight at Ben-Gurion Airport. They were plain scared stiff. Their fears - exacerbated by too many hours of watching CNN - of being gunned down on the street or emulsified while sipping a café latte, had finally been overwhelmed, but hardly overcome, by the pleas of their children's Jerusalem-resident grandparents and an uncle and aunt who were planning a major family celebration and simply would not take no for answer.

Before ordering those fateful tickets to Tel Aviv, the New Jersey couple had their attorney draw up a codicil to their will, appointing the mother's sister in Florida as guardian, in loco parentis, of the three children in the unlikely event they survived the bomb that could be awaiting the family in Israel.

That the El Al flight from Kennedy Airport wasn't blown up proved a mild relief, but deeply committed paranoia isn't that easily appeased. Once installed in the grandparents' apartment in Jerusalem, the couple was determined not to leave. Trips to the center of town were out, restaurants were off-limits, and transportation - public or private - was not even to be discussed.

It took the three teenagers about 20 minutes to scramble out of the bunker. Before the parents had even unpacked their bulletproof vests, they were off and running with their Israeli cousins to Jerusalem's premier teen hangout, the pedestrian mall on Ben Yehuda St. When they returned to the apartment, several nail-biting hours later, they had two additional teens in tow, instant new pals needing just a little floor space to unroll their sleeping bags. Interspersed between dinner and a café crawl through the German Colony, the teens, their cousins and their friends hatched plans for an early morning departure for Ein Gedi, a hike to the waterfalls, a mud-bath party and a long float in the Dead Sea. Bye mom. Bye dad.

It is reliably reported that the New Jersey teens did actually make it to the family celebration. That they spent much more time than that in the bunker during their 10 days in Israel seems highly dubious. Their parents are said to be still in shock.

The story offers a microcosmic glimpse of the impact Israel has on the tens of thousands of youngsters- Jewish, Christian and otherwise persuaded - who traverse its paths each year. To their elders, Israel might be anything from a Cook's tour of five-star hotels to a religious experience. To them it spells FREEDOM - a special, euphoric dose of the stuff most of them have never before known.

For all its troubles and tragedies, Israel, for the young, is an elixir, defined first and foremost by an aura of informality and commonality unrivaled anywhere in the world. Israel requires no introduction - not if you're 18. Israel introduces itself. It's been anecdotally proven impossible for a teenage backpacker to walk through any town, village, kibbutz, moshav or settlement in Israel without making a minimum of four friends and being offered at least two dinner invitations.

Freedom is also defined by Israel's smallness. Even with the so-called "West Bank" thrown in, the whole package is less than the size of Maryland. You can have breakfast on the Kinneret, a mid-morning coffee break on Sheinkin St. in Tel Aviv, lunch on the beach at Ashkelon, high tea in the Arava and a midnight chicken wing barbecue in Eilat. If you haven't got a car and don't want to take the buses, a hitchhike or two- trampim, as they're called in Israel - will do just as well.

To the young temporarily on their own, whether for a brief vacation or a year's study, Israel isn't so much a country as a playpen, with adventure beckoning at every turn and nobody around to say no. It's the gratification of that spur of-the-moment youthful urge to do something, go somewhere - and to do it now. It's a crash-pad known to youths on four continents, one that can be pressed into service as easily as the press of a few buttons on a cell phone.

Life offers that sort of freedom for only the briefest of periods. Its call is hard to resist. And that's what makes Israel so special to so many of the world's young.

Judy Lash Balint is an award winning Jerusalem based writer and author of "Jerusalem Diaries: in Tense Times." Contact her at her website www.jerusalemdiaries.blogspot.com

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Posted by David Ben-Ariel, May 28, 2005.

Terrorist Arafat and terrorist business parter Abbas, co-founded the terrorist organization FATAH.

In their own words:

Article (12) COMPLETE liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.

Article (13) Establishing an independent democratic state with complete sovereignty on ALL Palestinian lands, and Jerusalem is its capital city, and protecting the citizens' legal and equal rights without any racial or religious discrimination.

To Fatah and every other Nazi-Muslim terrorist organization, ALL of the Jewish homeland of Israel is "occupied Palestine."

Fatah, and every other Nazi-Muslim terrorist organization, seeks the complete destruction and perversion of Israel into "Palestine."

President Bush, Prime Minister Sharon, and every one else who is guilty of aiding and abetting such terrorists, are slitting the throats of every American and Israeli citizen and leading us all to self-destruction with Europe dealing us the death blow.

David Ben-Ariel is author of "Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall." Contact him at http://www.benariel.com

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Posted by Yuval Zaliouk, May 28, 2005.

Dear friends,

Is the "demographic threat" real?

Most people of leftist orientation believe that if Israel will not allow yet another independent Arab-Palestinian state, the Arab-Palestinians will have to be absorbed into Israel and through democratic process will turn Israel into a Palestinian state. Thus, separation into two independent states is the only solution that will save the Jewish identity of Israel.

I have discussed this matter in several of my previous bulletins. I even suggested ways to counter the "threat."

Here is an interesting view point for your consideration by Dr. Aaron Lerner. I am convinced Dr. Lerner hit the nail on the head. If you think Dr. Lerner errs, please let me know why.

This is entitled "The Demographic Problem - Excuse Of Last Resort For Palestinian State" It was written by Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis). He can be reached at imra@netvision.net.il; the website address is http://www.imra.org.il

"We view the permanent solution in the framework of State of Israel which will include most of the area of the Land of Israel as it was under the rule of the British Mandate, and alongside it a Palestinian entity which will be a home to most of the Palestinian residents living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. We would like this to be an entity which is less than a state, and which will independently run the lives of the Palestinians under its authority."

Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in his last policy address to the Knesset on October 5, 1995 before the vote to ratify the Israel-Palestinian Interim Agreement.

That's right. Rabin opposed a sovereign Palestinian state.

He considered the "two sovereign state" solution a non-starter.

If Rabin were alive today he might find himself more comfortable with the views of NRP leader Eitam, who advocates Palestinian regional autonomy within an Israeli envelope, than he would with the views of either his Labor Party rival Shimon Peres or Likud head Ariel Sharon - both proponents of "two sovereign state" solution schemes.

Regional autonomy?

Contrary to the radical changes associated with the formation of a sovereign Palestinian state, movement towards regional level autonomy is a natural development as municipal level leadership gives priority to the provision of municipal services over what might be termed "national concerns".

"The people elected us because they want better streets, water, electricity, work, schools and hospitals...My job is to give him [the voter] those things that he needs." And for that, Mustapha Sabri, a member of Kalkilya's newly elected Hamas-affiliated council told Jerusalem Post reporter Matthew Gutman this week, "we know we need to talk to the Israelis. We are open to that."

But what about the "demographic problem"?

The "demographic problem" hinges on what might normally be an esoteric question relegated to political philosophy debates in the ivory tower of academe: is it a sufficient expression of the right to vote for the Palestinians to elect the leaders of an autonomy or must they have the right to vote for the leaders of a sovereign state?

The "demographic problem" hinges on this otherwise esoteric question because the "demographic problem" only exists if the Palestinians in the autonomy can vote in the Israeli Knesset elections in addition to elections for the autonomy leadership.

Just a few short years ago - even after Oslo was signed - even Shimon Peres thought that autonomy was sufficient. and that thus the "demographic problem" was not relevant. "We thought that autonomy is basically, almost independence," Peres explained.

Why then the 180 degree change on autonomy as a solution to the "demographic problem?"

Before the horrific Oslo experience withdrawals and even a Palestinian state could have been naively claimed to somehow improve Israel's security.

But Mr. Bush's glowing talk about "progress" towards a peaceful Palestinian state notwithstanding, with the exception of the radical Left, the Israeli leadership expects anything but a "peaceful" state.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon isn't preparing for peace and tranquility after he retreats from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria - he's spending millions of dollars reinforcing roofs in preparation for the rockets and missiles he expects the Palestinians to fire from "liberated Gaza" into pre-'67 Israel.

And so, with nothing remaining to justify an Israeli policy driven by everything but the Arab-Israeli conflict, the demographic problem has become the excuse of last resort.

Yuval Zaliouk writes the Truth Provider columns. To subscribe, send an email to ynz@netvision.net.il

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Posted by Jock L. Falkson, May 28, 2005.

Apartheid in South Africa was based on color separation. It was the whites (the "Europeans") versus the "non-Europeans" (Blacks, Coloreds [mixed race], Indians Malays and Chinese). All suffered from the legalized deprivation decreed by a South African government determined to impose white domination on the rest.

It is manifestly clear that Israel has no color problem of any kind. Israel has brought in some 70,000 Ethiopian Jews and plans to absorb 30,000 more. All, including Circassian, Druze, Kurds, Armenians, Beduin and other non-Jewish citizens of the Jewish State, enjoy equal rights. Many Druze and Beduin serve in Israel's army.

There is no semblance of South African apartheid here in democratic Israel. If ever a lie has been incessantly repeated to damage Israel, this is a prime example. For as the unlamented and unmourned Dr. Goebbels proved, nothing is more effective than a constantly repeated big lie.

While many entries are extensively repeated, a Google search credits Mahmoud Abbas with approximately 19,000 apartheid references. Suffice to say he is an active promoter of the big apartheid lie.

The apartheid lie attached to Israel is one of several concocted by Palestinians to publicize their cause. Readers and viewers are led by the nose because lies are so effective in promoting their policies - the bigger the better. Nevertheless the apartheid concept is totally inapplicable to Israel as the following refutations abundantly make clear:

1. Blacks, Coloreds, Indians, Malays and Chinese were legally classified as "Non-Europeans" and did not have the vote in apartheid South Africa. Neither in Municipal, Provincial nor Government elections.

Israel's Arab citizens, some 20% of the population, have always enjoyed equal voting rights. Eleven Arabs sit in Israel's Knesset.

2. Non-Europeans exclusively had to carry a "Pass Book". (Identity books were introduced for Europeans round about 1976.) Employers had to sign the pass books monthly. Pass book infringements by blacks led to jail sentences and often to deportation to the black homelands.

All citizens and legal residents of Israel carry an identity card as required by law.

3. Job Reservation laws kept non-Europeans from a wide range of jobs.

No discrimination of this kind has ever existed in Israel's democratic Jewish State.

4. There was free education for whites till matriculation. Not so for blacks whose educational prowess was strictly limited by an oppressive Bantu Education Act.

All school going children in Israel are entitled to publicly subsidized education till matriculation. No racial distinctions whatever are made.

5. Only one university was established for Blacks in South Africa, at Fort Hare.

In addition to several Arab universities which Israel established in the predominantly Arab areas, Arab students may study at any university in Israel.

6. Black-white sex was a serious jail time crime. Sex detectives were even employed to catch offending parties in flagrante delicto.

Legal sex apartheid in democratic Israel? You must be joking.

7. Medical services for non-Europeans were both restricted and segregated.

Arab citizens are members of all the major Medical Service Organizations and benefit equally from government subsidized medical services.

8. Hospitals were largely segregated or had segregated wards. White hospitals were on a par with any in the western world. But black hospitals were under funded, under staffed, and few. Ambulances were also segregated. A "white" ambulance could not take a black to hospital.

Not the Israeli way. Israeli Arabs get the full treatment in all State hospitals.

9. Non-Europeans "could not be employed in any of the skilled trades; they cannot become engineers, accountants or pharmacists. ... The Civil Service is closed to non-Europeans, as are also the technical colleges and most of the universities. They may not use the libraries, cinemas, public transport, public conveniences, post offices . ..." [From Prof. Deborah Posel's The Making Of Apartheid.]

Arabs can do everything in Israel which non-Europeans in South Africa could not.

10. For many decades blacks had to observe a 9 p.m. curfew or face arrest, jail sentences and deportation.

Absolutely unheard of in democratic Israel.

11. No mixed sport was allowed - by law.

No such law ever in democratic Israel.

12. Parks and recreational areas provided benches for people to rest. Benches were painted with "Europeans Only" signs. I never saw a bench marked for non-Europeans nor a park.

An unimaginable insult in democratic Israel.

13. Non-Europeans were not permitted to use the main entrance to buildings. They had to use the "tradesmen's" entrance at back.

An unheard of apartheid stricture in democratic Israel.

14. Black South Africans were given half the pension allocated to whites. They were forbidden membership in trade unions (until the 1980s). Strikes were banned and strikers severely repressed.

No such discrimination in democratic Israel. Not only are pensions allocated equally to all citizens but Arabs benefit fully from monthly child allowances to parents of large families.

15. Libraries, public swimming pools and beaches were racially segregated. Even so there were practically no black pools or libraries.

No such segregation in democratic Israel.

The way the Arabs use "Israeli apartheid" one might think they were protesting because Israel does not permit Arabs in their midst. Of course the very opposite is the case. It is the Arabs who do not suffer Jews in their midst. Many a Jew who has strayed into an Arab city, or taken a chance on doing business there, has been cruelly murdered. To ensure, no doubt, that Israelis do not misinterpret the message of their nazi Judenrein ideology.

Last but by no means least, we must not overlook the use of "apartheid wall/fence" - the most often repeated and deliberate misuse of the apartheid calumny.

The Arabs speak as though the wall as covers the full length of Israel's anti-terrorist barrier. The unpalatable fact is that it does not. The barrier is 96 per cent fence and 4 per cent wall. Walls are only erected to prevent terrorist sharp shooters targeting Israelis living opposite built-up Arab areas.

It takes the chutzpah of an idiotarian* to attach the South African apartheid label to the democratic Jewish State of Israel. For the boot is truly on the other foot. Unlike the Judenrein Arab countries of the Middle East, Israel is the only one which neither believes in nor practices apartheid.

*Idiotarian is derisive blogosphere slang for opponents of Zionism, Conservatism and the Bush Doctrine, usually academics, journalists or entertainers. An apparent hybrid of libertarian and useful idiot. Originally coined by Charles Johnson, webmaster of the Little Green Footballs. (Wikipedia)

Jock Falkson is a former South African advertising executive, now a free lance writer living in Israel. To be put on Jock Falkson's email list to receive his essays, contact him at falkson@barak-online.net

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Posted by Kaustav Chakrabarti, May 28, 2005.

I have a short poem on the Jews as a people.

Kaustav Chakrabarti

A people called the Jew(s)
In numbers so few
Yet the world did not rue
For it was God's will too
Chosen were the People
To bring light to the world
For me and You.
Marx and Lassalle
Buber and Einstein
To name but a few

Kaustav Chakrabarti has degrees in modern history and the history of the Calcutta Jewish community. He is currently a lecturer in History at F.C. College in West Bengal, India. Contact him by email at kaustav12000@yahoo.co.in

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Posted by Ami Shaked and Yehudit Tayar, May 27, 2005.
This appeared in the Jerusalem Post, May 25, 2005.

We, the Jewish people, have an unusual, unbreakable connection to our Land that has lasted through the long endless generations of Diaspora and persecution.

We, who live in Yesha, understand the connection of our people and our Land more than many of our brethren in other areas of Israel. However, it was this same spirit of connecting the people and the Land that made the pioneers who drained the swamps in Galilee and faced danger and disease and now in our generation has us determined to stay in the hills and valleys and shores of our beloved homeland.

We, through our spirit of fortitude, have turned empty wasteland, barren hills and virgin sand dunes into a Garden of Eden. We have paid in sweat and blood and created towns, built communities and planted fields. We are determined to continue in this direction and protect the birthright of the Jewish people - our Land.

Who came up with the idea that if they give us money we would consent to leave our homes? The people of Gush Katif realize that taking such money would destroy the community spirit we have built here.

For 30 years we have built here together as a community - more than a family even - and if we were to take money to leave we would be destroying the glorious community that we have achieved.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon did not appreciate the extent of our commitment. He took for granted that by now a mere 20 percent of us would still be here. The opposite is true. One hundred percent of us are here and plan to stay. We are still in our homes and fields and plan to remain here.

Our refusal to take money sends a message to the people of Israel. So Sharon intends to banish us from our homes and from our communities and turn our lives upside down.

In Gaza, we are farmers, we toil the land and our lives are ordered in accordance with the agricultural needs of our land. What is important to us is our land, our families, and our community. Those who mistakenly thought it possible to translate this into money have been proven wrong. For 30 years we have lived among the Arabs and have surpassed them in our connection to and development of the Land. With determination and fortitude and despite the heavy price we pay, we have succeeded.

We personally who deal with security - with life and death situations - have made it clear to our residents that anyone who translates our lives here into money is hurting the sacred memory of our fallen and the honor and dignity of our injured. He is hurting all of the people who night and day are working in Gush Katif's security division to save human lives.

We will do all that we can to maintain this ideal combination of people and land. Our struggle is a moral and righteous one against the decision of a passing government to destroy the lives of over 2,000 families and the irreplaceable legacy of the connection of the people of Israel and the Land of Israel.

One of the most infuriating aspects of this whole plan is the fact that its implementation will not bring peace and quiet and will not bring security to the people of Israel. On the contrary, it will bring terror into Ashkelon, Sha'ar Hanegev, Netivot and other areas. These regions have no security infrastructure to deal with the prospects of terror as we know it, nor do the populations have the fortitude to live under the terror as we do.

We believe in our inalienable right as the nation of Israel to protect our birthright; no amount of money will tempt us to destroy our lives or jeopardize the future of the people of Israel.

In May 1966, David Ben-Gurion wrote: "People of the Earth, brave in action, and aware in conscience ... shine... in incomparable human glory and historical depth... future generations will be able to draw on the spirit of our Pioneers, their faith in their own capacities and their knowledge that the great historic labors of our times, and the objectives imposed upon our people, are still at their very beginnings."

Ami Shaked is a resident of Rafiah Yam and serves as the director of the security division of the Katif Regional Council. Yehudit Tayar, who lives in Bet Horon, is a veteran spokesperson for the settlement movement and works closely with the security officers in Yesha and the IDF.

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Posted by Moshe and Rachel Saperstein, May 27, 2005.

Several nights ago I attended a Town Meeting in the large hall under our synagogue complex. The residents of Neve Dekalim gathered to listen, confer and speak their piece.

The mayor of Neve Dekalim, Mr. Lior Kalfa, asked the people to sign a document with the purpose of alleviating their concerns regarding "the day after".

The document - as of now over a thousand residents have signed - declared "One for All and All for One". It is part of a program called AMANA created to unite the people of Gush Katif.

Mr. Kalfa explained "We are acting together to remind the government that we are continuing the battle against our expulsion. We want to ensure that if our battle is unsuccessful we will go as a Gush, a bloc. We will all move together, live together, care for each other and function as one unit. We are acting to forestall groups doing their own negotiating and for the individual to know he is not alone."

The following morning Israel's dailies purposely distorted the event, declaring that 1000 families had signed away their homes and were ready to leave Gush Katif. After our forceful protests, including the threat of legal action, corrections were printed.

At the meeting we were reminded that government bodies dealing with our expulsion were working without direction or information. Not a single committee, not a kibbutz or city planner, not one builder had been issued permits, finances or clear instructions. The army and police remain unable to deal with mass evacuation. In short, there is no disengagement "plan". It is all merely a ruse to convince Jews to leave their homes and begin life elsewhere, without hope of remaining united as a Gush. The government hopes that after years of living separated from each other we will be forgotten by the media and the public and, in despair, will give up the determination to remain as a group. Gush Katif will disappear forever.

And, as Vice Premier Shimon Peres told journalists in an interview printed this morning, other "disengagements" will follow one after another.

A town meeting means people spoke. And our people spoke from their hearts. One resident told of a friend who said "I just lost my job and was worried. Then I realized I still have a home, my children still have a school, my wife still has her job, I can still pray with my neighbors in our local synagogue. I appreciated that we are not threatened like the Gush Katif people, to be thrown out with nothing at all."

Other residents told of strangers calling and writing from every part of the world, each with the same message - Keep Strong! Don't evict yourselves! We are with you and will be out on the streets fighting for you! Just hold on!

Others spoke about the panic that the government is experiencing: disputes among ministers, officials under investigation or already under indictment. Chaos!

For many in the hall even talking about "the day after" was viewed as a hillul Hashem, a desecration of G-d's name. For these people there is no "day after", only the battle to be continued with a firm belief that the Almighty would see us victorious.

With these words of faith and strength the Town Meeting was adjourned.

Moshe Saperstein and his wife Rachel live in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, in the Gaza Strip. He is a Jerusalem Diarist, one of the group of Israelis who are recording their experiences living in Israel.

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Posted by Marcel Cousineau, May 27, 2005.

Yesterday the hangman let the noose slip a little bit tighter around Israel's neck.

We heard him purposely ignore the terrorists but not forget to call on Israel to halt their existence in numerous areas of their ancient homeland.

We saw with our own eyes his whitewashing of the spots that cover the leopard.

And yet the Zionist train is stuck on the track, completly ignoring the one who divides Israel and rewards her enemies.

Israel's politicians there said the noose was nothing to worry about and felt quite comfortable indeed.

There's no way the most Israeli-friendly president would turn into our executor said the dazed and confused fools as they ignored the reality now facing them.

We must stay asleep and this bad dream will end they said. The only problem is, this is not a dream. The Hangman has a friendly and sincere smile and this keeps the dumb sheep asleep.


Yesterday I head Israel's Consul General on the radio saying that Mr. Bush was one of Israel's most friendly presidents ever.

This was after the Bush-Abbas meeting and another $50 million to help the terrrorists finish the job thay began.

This was said about the first U.S. President to call for a Palestinian state, the president who is behind removal of Jewish cities and villages in order to reward the terrorists with a better platform to finish the job of destroying Israel.

The president who seduced Israel with his false peace under the guise of democracy and freedom.

When we have people like this leading Israel it's not a surprise that Israel continues to sink deeper and deeper into the pit it has willingly climbed into, the Bush Road Map.

I don't use the word 'fool' in a careless manner, but today Israel is top heavy with fools.

Marcel Cousineau can be reached by email at up2zionsg8@yahoo.com

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Posted by AFSI, May 27, 2005.

The ZOA and AFSI have teamed up for a 10-day trip to Gush Katif and northern Samaria this coming week, and another 100 supporters will fly to Israel the following week.

The two solidarity trips are part of the ongoing activities of support for Israel by the Zionist Organization of America and Americans for a Safe Israel.

The visitors will be bringing toys and other gifts for the children of Gush Katif, to where they will head immediately after landing at Ben Gurion International Airport.

AFSI Executive-Director Helen Freedman said she will protest to the United States Embassy if Israel tries to prevent the group from visiting the towns, as it tried to do earlier this year on a similar trip. Airport officials told members of New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind's visiting group this past March that the Gaza area was a closed military zone. The group called the government's bluff and visited without interference.

The group will visit Gush Katif homes, schools and farms for two days before continuing their solidarity mission in Samaria. They will visit Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad (National Union), who recently moved to Sa-Nur, one of the four communities the government plans to abandon to the Arabs after forcing the Jewish residents out of their homes.

The two groups and a 100-person mission led by Hikind, which is to leave Sunday, June 5, will celebrate Jerusalem Unification Day on June 6 and will visit the endangered communities. The New York State legislator is bringing 100 Jews and Christians - more than double the number who came on his earlier trip.

Half of the group is made up of Baptist ministers, including Reverend James Vineyard, one of the most active Christian leaders fighting the Israeli government plan to eradicate 25 Jewish communities.

Vineyard said he has no intention of trying to convert Jews and has never baptized a Jewish proselyte. "I don't go to Israel to win souls. I go to keep America from going down the tubes," he explained. "If America causes Israel to give away Gush Katif, Israel goes down the tubes, and as goes Israel, so goes America."

The fundamentalist Okalahoma preacher added, "The Bible says that land [Gaza] belongs to the Jews."

He also has raised $50,000 to distribute a DVD film explaining to churches and synagogues the dangers and pitfalls of the expulsion/withdrawal plan.

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.

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Posted by Voice of Judea, May 27, 2005.

1- 20,000 voted thus far in the independent referendum

Mishalot Yisrael has announced that 20,000 people have voted thus far in the independent referendum on the disengagement, www.mishal.org. The referendum is gaining momentum and Mishalot Yisrael continues to call upon every Jew to voice their opinion one way or the other. "Expel our brothers or our enemies" is the new slogan on street signboards and in orange shirts and stickers being circulated throughout Israel. From Gaza in the South to the Golan Heights and Kiryat Shemonah in the North, Israel has become one big chain of Orange signs and ribbons. Mishalot Yisrael is imploring every Jew to forward the website address and to help volunteer to spread the grassroots independent referendum to the widest possible audience. You can cast your vote on www.mishal.org

More than 80 percent of the votes that have been tallied are against the Sharon disengagement plan.

Vote now on http://www.mishal.org

[Editor's note: You can also access the Mishal site from the Think-Israel front page.]



MK Eitan Kavel, Head of the Labor party faction in the Knesset had some interesting comments published on Mariv online, Iyar May 26, 05. Here are some choice excerpts from Kavels interview:

Today, even if Menachem Begin would rise up from the dead to lead the Labour party we still would not stand a chance. The time has come for us to understand that our conception does not work. I have reached the conclusion that as long as the Israeli public views the Palestinians as a threat to our existence we will have a problem to challenge the Likud and the right on issues connected to defense and foreign policy. The public has shown that they prefer the Likud on these issues. Although the majority of generals and chiefs of staff have joined Labor, the simple Likud soldiers keep beating us. Labor needs to raise the issues of economy and the social fabric of Israel

Voice of Judea Commentary:

That is the political history of the state of Israel in a nutshell. For the past 28 years, Likud has been destroying Labor in national elections because the public is rightwing and nationalist. The Likud leaders get elected and then take a sharp turn to the left and continue the leftwing policies of appeasement to the Arabs and capitulation to terrorists.

Sharon is elected and implements policies further to the left than Labor. The only way to correct this madness is by enforcing a program of national referendums that will bind the government to carry out the obvious will of the people on issues such as disengagement. If the people of Israel were given an option they would clearly vote to expel the enemies of Israel out of Israel rather than expulsion of the Jews and surrendering of Gaza to the terrorists. If the issue is the Arab domestic terrorist and demographic threat, then it would be much more effective and logical to expel the hostile enemies.

The media reports indicating that a third of Labor members are Arabs and the fact that Likud wins decisive victories for the past three decades are enough evidence that the majority of Jews are against capitulating to the Arabs.

It is essential that the nationalist camp do 2 things:

1- Do not allow the left to hoist the banner calling for reform against corruption and the revolution for social and economic change. The left is no less corrupt! And if anyone champions this cause it must be the authentic nationalist Jewish camp and not the leftist politicians and swindlers. The battle against the disengagement needs to be an all out battle calling for an end to the corruption rooted in all of the existing political parties in Israel. The last thing we need is for the Likud to fall and be replaced by Sharon leading a new rightwing centrist party or Labor and Shinui who win elections on the social economic issues. The whole system must be revamped. And we must lead the battle to expose all of the frauds from all of the parties.

2- Support the call for a national emergency referendum to replace the government and clean out corruption as well as to determine policy on issues such as the disengagement. Vote now: http://www:mishal.org


3- Bush backs Abu Mazen

Abu Mazen leaves Washington with assurances and support from US Pres. Bush. Oops q- so much for all of the delusions and illusions being peddled by Sharon about how the disengagement will allow Israel to determine its own borders and retain settlement blocks.

The truth is that the Arabs, the Americans and the international community are all expecting this to be the first of many Israeli withdrawals, and if anything, the disengagement has only whet their appetites. Hamas has openly said, what a spokesman on Israeli radio reiterated today, that they will resume attacks against Israel after the disengagement.

Voice of Judea Commentary:

Stop the disengagement!


4- Sharon: The disengagement will ensure a Jewish majority in Israel

Sharon repeated the demographic message in every speech he delivered to American Jewish audiences. Sharon explained how he must carry out the disengagement, so as to ensure a Jewish majority in Israel. Sharon explained that by disengaging from areas with dense Arab populations and by building a security fence between those areas and the rest of Israel he will lessen the threat of terrorism and ensure a Jewish majority within Israel.

Sharon was applauded by American Jewish leaders in NY and by AIPAC in Washington. There were thousands who protested outside of his addresses and hecklers who were ejected from his speeches.

Voice of Judea Commentary:

Sharon is a liar! The areas being surrendered in Gaza do not have any significant Arab population. Gaza city is nowhere near Gush Katif. The Jews and Arabs travel on different roads. And the security fence will have zero impact against smugglers and against kassams and will only encourage more Arab attacks after rewarding the terrorists with the land and homes of their Jewish victims.

As for the demographic threat, the Arabs will still become a majority and the real demographic threat is within Israel, posed by Arabs with citizenship who vote and who identify with Israels enemies. Moreover, the Arabs in Gaza do not have citizenship. If Sharon really wanted to distance the Arab demographic and terrorist threat, he would drive out our enemies from Gaza and from the rest of Israel and not expel our brothers and sisters.

There is not a sane Jew in Israel who would not prefer expulsion of our enemies before expulsion of our most loyal Jews. Sharon will never bring this alternative to a referendum. This is why Mishalot Yisrael is making an independent referendum on this very issue. Vote now and help deligitimize the anti-Jewish, anti-democratic Sharon regime. www.mishal.org

Send a contribution now, while there is still precious time to Mishalot Yisrael, Jaffa Road, 210/14 Jerusalem, Israel.

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Posted by Bryna Berch, May 27, 2005.

The Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee says Thursday's Bush-Abu Mazen meeting is a great blow to Israeli-U.S. relations, and proves that Sharon is deceiving the public.

The committee chairman, Likud MK Yuval Shteinitz (pictured), said today that everything Sharon has long said he was promised by U.S. President George Bush amounts to zero, because "Bush said yesterday that the basis for everything is the pre-1967 borders."

Prime Minister Sharon has long boasted that Bush has promised him that he would support Israel's right to retain large settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria in any final-status arrangement. However, Shteinitz said, Bush's remarks on Thursday represent "a regression even from previous American positions in favor of UN Resolution 242, which talked about 'defensible borders.'"

In fact, Bush referred not to the 1967 borders, but rather to the 1949 Armistice Lines, which are even less generous to Israel in some areas.(1)

"It is deception and misleading of the public," Shteinitz said, "when Prime Minister Sharon claimed that the United States and Bush would support the Israeli position in talks after the disengagement..."

Shteinitz further said, "Abu Mazen is doing nothing against terrorism, as the Shabak (GSS), and even Sharon himself, have said. The opposite: he is allowing Hamas and the terrorist organizations to get stronger, and even to run in the elections. And this same Abu Mazen receives compliments in Washington for his opposition to terrorism."

MK Yitzchak Levy (Religious Zionism Renewal Party) said, "The lie that Sharon has been disseminating about American commitments to maintain the settlement blocs has exploded. Once again, Sharon receives a spit in the face, and yet he still runs as if being chased to expel thousands of Jews from their homes, receiving nothing in return."

Associate Prime Minister Shimon Peres said Friday morning that the Bush "promise" regarding Israel's right to retain large settlement blocs no longer exists, for all intents and purposes. Peres explained that this is because Bush made sure to say in the press conference with Abu Mazen on Thursday that the future of the areas requires Palestinian Authority agreement.

Analyst Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA notes other major gains for the PA following the White House meeting, and one minor gain for Israel. Among the PA achievements are:

* Explicit reference to Jerusalem in the phrase "Israel should not undertake any activity that... prejudice final status negotiations with regard to Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem."
* Acceptance of validity of a "terror" party running in the elections.
* Implicit acceptance of the PA position that the "punishment" for murdering Israelis is a day job in the PA security forces.

On the other hand, Bush showed understanding for Israel's demand to control airspace and sea ports in Gaza - at least until conditions change enough to warrant more Israeli trust of the PA. This could even include control of the Philadelphi Route on the southern Gaza border, Lerner feels.

(1.) Aluf Benn's article on the topic is called "Background: "1949 Armistice Line" vs '67 Line"; it appeared in Ha'aretz 30 May 1995.

"The significance of the announcement by the Radio Damascus analyst that Syria is demanding an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights to the 1949 armistice line, is that it renews the controversy over the demilitarized zones which clouded Syrian-Israeli relations before the Six Day War."

"Three different lines marked the boundary between Syria and Israel before the Six Day War: the international border from the Mandate period, the armistice line, and the deployment of forces line on 4 June 1967, from which the Six Day War opened. The Israeli politicians who talk about a full withdrawal from the Golan Heights such as ministers Shimon Peres, Yossi Sarid, and Shulamit Aloni are proposing a withdrawal to the international border, the easternmost of the three lines, and the best for Israel. The armistice line is the westernmost, and the most comfortable for the Syrians; the June 4 line passes between them, and leaves in Syrian hands areas they seized control of by force during the 1950's."

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, May 27, 2005.

It is a well know principle that G-D interacts MIDA KENEGED MIDA. As a person acts towards his fellow man, so to speak, G-D acts towards him. If the Jews in the Galut act with such indifference or, even worse, with hostility towards the dangers faced by Jews in Israel, how do they expect G-D to treat them when they will be endangered?

The wheel of history has turned itself once more and we are in a period very similar to the 1930's. Hatred of Jews is open, deviant and degenerate behavior is open, accepted and officially encouraged and there are malevolent saviours on every street corner preaching death to the Jews it the road to salvation.

If not for the sake of G-D's holy name, if not for the sake of your endangered brothers and sisters then at the very least for your own sake, wake up and come home to Israel and help fight the evil here. Your mundane indifference will soon be met with divine indifference.

"Easier to Find Baptists than Rabbis' Against Evacuation," is a news item from today's Arutz Sheva (IsraelNationalNews.com). It is archived at www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=82734

(IsraelNN.com) It is easier to find Baptist ministers than rabbis who are prepared to join the struggle against the government's evacuation plan, according to New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind. He has signed up ministers to join about 100 American Jews who plan to visit Jewish communities in Gaza in early June.

One of the most vocal Christian supporters of Jewish presence in Gaza and northern Samaria, which the government wants to give to Arabs, is Reverend James Vineyard. "The Bible says that land belongs to the Jews," said the Oklahoma preacher. "The Lord, God of Israel, is not going to look favorably on the giving-away of one grain of sand. If America causes Israel to give away Gush Katif, Israel goes down the tubes, and as goes Israel, so goes America."

Hikind's trip is sold out, but he is frustrated at his inability to sign up more Jewish leaders to visit the endangered communities in Israel. Among those scheduled to leave for Israel on June 5 are a non-Jewish state senator.

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

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Posted by Women in Green, May 27, 2005.
This article was written by Sarah Honig and it appeared in the Jerusalemn Post, May 19, 2005.

History's taste for bitter irony is indisputable. Take the Mahmoud Darwish-Ariel Sharon connection. Poet Darwish, once an Israeli-Arab communist activist, later a PLO luminary and author of the 1988 Palestinian "Declaration of Independence," fled Beirut where he resided in 1982.

That was because Sharon arrived to eradicate terror and expel Arafat and his henchmen.

Darwish and Sharon couldn't conceivably have been more adversarial then. How surreal and spine-chilling it therefore is to realize that today none other than Sharon is fulfilling to the letter Darwish's venomous prophesy in verse, also from 1988, entitled Passing Through Passing Words.

This poem had come to embody the visceral, uncompromising, all-encompassing animus of those whom our homegrown, indefatigable purveyors of fantasy insist on dubbing "peace-partners" - with whom they seek mutual accommodation, and to whom they entrust our security. Undeterred by what Darwish wrote, they kept painting him in their own idealized image as an eminently reasonable man of peace (his vehement rejection of Oslo notwithstanding) and icon of liberal tolerance.

Indeed, five years ago then education minister Yossi Sarid did his darndest to introduce Darwish's literary output to the public-school curriculum of the Jewish state.

That folly, shortly before Arafat unleashed his bloody intifada, became emblematic of the excesses that made Ehud Barak's government so unpopular and ultimately contributed to its downfall. The alternative to that defeatist mind-set was heroic patriot Arik, the quintessential Sabra man-of-action. He was the surefire antidote to the festering malaise that threatened to crush our collective spirit. That's why Sharon won so big - twice.

How ironic, then, that the hawk who so unequivocally opposed teaching Darwish's Jew-debasing lines should end up doing precisely what those lines prescribe, down to the most eerie details, which Sharon did try to keep under wraps for as long as he could in this land of loose lips.

BUT VIA inevitable leaks we eventually discovered that a special army reserve unit is now readied to clandestinely exhume Jewish graves in Gush Katif and remove the dead - including terror victims - just as preparations are under way to uproot the living. Ninety combat troops are assigned to the morbid mission, assured their identities won't be divulged and that their grisly work will be conducted furtively to avoid any confrontation with the families.

Darwish must feel supremely elated. His poetry, the one Sarid felt so compelled to inculcate in impressionable young Israeli minds, denies any Jewish connection with this land, any history, tie or right to remain here.

Jews to him are irreversibly interlopers, and he contemptuously advises them - "those who pass through passing words" - to:

Take your names and get out/ Steal what you will/ From the blue of the sea and the sands of memory/ Don't pass amongst us like flying insects/ Take your bony skeletons/ Collect your illusions from abandoned holes and get out/ It's your time to get out/ Reside where you will but not amongst us/ Die where you wish, but not amongst us/ Ours is the past here/ And the present and the future/ Ours is the world here / So get out of our soil/ Our earth, our sea/ Our wheat, our salt/ Our everything. Get out/ Of all memory/ And remove with you your dead

What poetic justice the prospect must seem of Jewish soldiers digging open Jewish graves, as if obediently doing Darwish's bidding - literally taking away the names, the bones, and expunging all memory of Jewish life or death in Gush Katif.

Emboldened Darwishes know that past experience has taught Jews that Arabs wreak sadistic vengeance even on graves. Even the dead aren't safe. Savagery obviously pays off. Onlooking Arabs can take heart. If the Jews can be frightened from 30-year-old settlements, then their stay anywhere else, even inside what they call their Green Line, isn't permanent.

The very man who drove the Palestinian bard from Beirut is now implementing his vision. From the Darwishian vantage point it's an unequivocal triumph over Sharon and, by extension, over all Israelis.

It doesn't matter how much Sharon dismisses Darwish's perception. It becomes a pivotal factor too psychologically potent to ignore.

Psychology indeed is key. It's the building block of Mideastern reality. Few today would downplay the boost Palestinians derived from Israel's ignominious retreat from Lebanon.

Appearing soon thereafter at Bir Zeit University, Darwish mocked Barak's bravado and contention that he was withdrawing from a position of strength: "If that's the Zionists' idea of victory, why argue? Let's wish them many such victories - in Gaza, Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Golan - all through this land."

Darwish is now getting the first item on his wish-list and, as per his injunction, we're taking the dead to remove all residue of our transitory sojourn - as transitory, in the poet's idiom, as that of pesky bugs or passing words.

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

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Posted by Yoram Ettinger, May 27, 2005.

This is the 178th issue of Straight From The Jerusalem Cloakroom. Would Congress examine and debate the issue, before transferring foreign aid to the PA and/or to Palestinian NGOs (which are totally controlled by the PA)?

Should you wish to examine previous issues, OpEds and PowerPoint Presentations, please visit http://yoramettinger.newsnet.co.il or www.acpr.org.il (Jerusalem Cloakroom and Hatikvah links).

Your constructive criticism would be highly appreciated.

Shabbat Shalom, and may we heed the lesson of this week's Parasha: Retreat (into larger towns) is a punishment, while chasing the enemy is a reward.


1. ESCALATED TERRORISM. The morally/strategically justifiable demolition of terror regimes in Iraq and Afghanistan is inconsistent with the creation/bolstering of a terror regime in Gaza, Judea and Samaria. The 1994-6 series of disengagement from 85% and 40% of the territory (and 100% and 95% of the population) of Gaza and Judea and Samaria have established the largest terrorist base in the world, led/harbored by PLO/PA graduates of terrorist camps in Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, Libya and Tunisia. Since 1993 the PA has harbored anti-US terrorists. US GIs in Afghanistan and Iraq were encountered by Palestinian terrorists.

2. HIGHER US TERROR CASUALTIES. The July 2000 disengagement from Southern Lebanon propelled Hizballah from a local, to a regional, profile, haunting US GIs in Iraq and Afghanistan and threatening US homeland security.

3. CONTRADICTING U.S. WAR ON TERRORISM. Disengagement is perceived, by the Mideast, as cut & run, appeasement and cave-in, in sharp contrast to US war on terrorism: No negotiation with - and no concession to - terrorists; no ceasefire with - but destruction of - terrorist regimes; no political - but military - solution to terrorism.

4. SETBACK TO PEACE. The only peace attainable in the (inter-Arab) Mideast is deterrence-driven peace. Disengagement undermines deterrence, hence it sets the area farther from peace and closer to exacerbated terrorism and an all out war. Every square inch ceded by Israel to the PA, since the 1994 disengagement, has been transformed into a platform of hate-education and homicide bombing.

5. TAILWIND TO ANTI-U.S. TERRORISTS. While the 1976 Israeli "Entebbe Operation" constituted a tailwind to US war on terrorism, the 1993-2005 retreat by the role-model of countering terrorism (Israel) in face of the role-model of terrorism (PLO/PA) has added more fuel to the fire of terrorism. Disengagement has been heralded by the PLO/PA and other Arabs as a crucial victory, frequently compared to the US flight from Beirut (1983) and Somali (1993). It would nurture Arab hope that neither the US nor Israel possess a marathon-like steadfastness, required for a long-term victory.

6. PA FEEDS ANTI-US TERRORISM. A correlation has existed between the bolstering of PLO stock since Oslo 1993 on one hand, and the exacerbation of anti-US terrorism on the other hand (since the 1993 Twin Towers I, through the 1995 Khobar Towers, the 1998 Kenya and Tanzania US embassies, the 2000 USS Cole and 2001 Twin Towers II). The wider the maneuverability of the PLO/PA, the deeper the inspiration to regional anti-US terrorism, irrespective of (and probably due to) US and Israeli appeasement of - and unprecedented concessions to - the PLO/PA.

7. UNDERMINING THE STABILITY OF PRO-U.S. REGIMES (e.g. Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, etc.). Disengagement would enhance the profile of the PLO/PA, a lethal threat to the Hashemite regime and a chief ally of radical regimes in the Mideast and beyond. PLO-Hashemite relations have been a classic case of zero-sum-game: The stronger the PLO the weaker the Hashemites. The rise of the PLO/PA has emboldened subversive anti-US terrorists in Jordan and in the Gulf area.

8. STRENGTHENING ANTI-US MIDEAST REGIMES. Disengagement would buttress the PLO/PA, which has been a sustained ally of the Saddam and Bin-Laden forces, of Khomeini and his successors in Iran, of the terror regime in Sudan and other anti-US Mideast regimes. A stronger PA would be a liability - to the US - in the UN and in the context of Clash of Civilizations.

9. INVIGORATING MIDEAST PROFILE OF U.S. GLOBAL RIVALS. The strengthening of the PLO/PA would facilitate the road to a re-assertive Russia in the Mideast. It would improve the strategic posture of China and North Korea in the region, at the expense of vital US concerns, including US standard of living.

10. IGNORING PLIGHT OF CHRISTIANS. The 1995 disengagement from Bethlehem and Beit Jallah has accelerated the flight of Christians, caused by PLO/PA oppression and desecration of churches.

11. SETBACK TO MIDEAST DEMOCRATIZATION. Disengagement would promote the most corrupt and repressive Arab regime in the Mideast, rewarding a terrorist regime, thus dealing a blow to moderate Palestinians.

12. UNDERMINING ISRAEL-EGYPT PEACE. The 1979 peace treaty disengaged Israeli and Egyptian military forces from one another. The "Plan of Disengagement" would re-engage them in a terror-ridden area, thus fueling unintentional and intentional confrontations. It could drag the US unnecessarily into such conflict. Egypt has facilitated/tolerated the smuggling of terror hardware, missiles and mortars into Gaza. It has undermined US interests in Africa, in the Red Sea and in the UN, and it has spearheaded anti-Jewish Arab/Palestinian hate education (PA hate education employs Egyptian school text books).

13. PLO's TRACK RECORD OF INTER-ARAB TREACHERY. Abu Mazen, Abu Ala', Inc. fled Egypt (late 1950s) for subversive activities. They escaped Syria (1966) for betraying their hosts. They were expelled from Jordan for attempting to topple the Hashemite regimes via terrorism. They exacerbated a series of civil wars in Lebanon since 1975. They spearheaded Saddam's invasion of Kuwait (1990), which hosted them since the 1950s. Their systematic violent violation of the 1993 Oslo Accords have been consistent with their inter-Arab back-stabbing. Disengagement would be viewed - by the PLO/PA as a reward to treachery, which would vindicate the aforementioned track record.

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Posted by Naomi Ragen, May 27, 2005.

I agree with David Bedein (his article below). Yeah, the media did it again. A whitewash of Abbas, following in the disastrous footsteps of the whitewash of his mentor, Yasir Arafat. And we all know what happened then.

For the past four months, our news agency hired credible Arabic-language journalists to translate and provide the Jewish media with the content of the media of the new regime of Abbas, and place it on an a website, www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com. This was done at a time when JTA did not have the budget to do so.

Our agency has also provided this material to members of the US Congress.

The Jewish media has by and large refused to relate to the content of Abbas's new regime, which showed a consistent message of virulent anti-semitism, anti-Americanism, advocacy of the absolute "right of return" and the continued inculcation of the Palestinian Arab people for war against the state and people of Israel.

Essentially,the Jewish media repeats the mistake of its initial coverage of Arafat during the seven year period of 1993-2000.

As a direct result of the Jewish media not warning the Jewish community of the diaspora of the real message of Abbas, twenty Jewish organizations met with Abbas, not knowing of the virulent message of hatred that emanates from the man who was and is the protege of Yassir Arafat.

The Jewish media had a responsibility to prepare the leaders of American Jewry for the nature of the man whom they were going to meet, and the Jewish media blew the opportunity.

We can recall that the lack of Jewish media coverage of Arafat's message led to a decision of the UJC to provide the Isaiah Award for Peace to Arafat in October 1999 - a decision which was rescinded after our agency reported the decision.

On a personal and professional basis, it would give me great pleasure to report expressions of peace, reconciliation and compromise that emanate from the official Palestinian Arabic language media. Unfortunately, I cannot do so, because it does not exist.

If the Jewish media had warned the world of Arafat's message, perhaps the US would not have nurtured that PLO terrorist, and perhaps some of more than 1000 people murdered in cold blood by the PLO would not have been murdered.

Now the Jewish media protects Arafat's protege, which may result in the US arming Abbas once again.

Please remember: Abbas is one of the authors of the PLO covenant which has never been amended/

That PLO charter is clear in its intention and its program: To exterminate Israel, using the strategy of phases that the PLO adopted in 1974, an amendment written by none other than Abbas.

And please remember that the new school books of the Palestinian National Authority are dedicated to the memory of Haj Amin Al Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem who lived with Adolf Hitler and who was the mentor of Arafat and Abbas.

The Jewish media has a choice: to report the reality of Abbas's new regime, or to report on all of those State Department cronies who speak and relate to the fact that he wears a nice suit and says the right things in English a the White House.

The question is whether the Jewish media will adopt a position of integrity on the matter of Abbas.

Respectfully Submitted,

David Bedein
Bureau Chief
Israel Resource News Agency

Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and journalist who lives in Jerusalem. She can be contacted at www.naomiragen.com, where you can subscribe to her newsletter.

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Posted by American Chin High, May 26, 2005.

I had to yawn when (yet again) the "official" human rights groups, HAD to single out US, Israel... for the human rights in EVERY single Arab and Muslim country on earth is just sooooo so great, in rights, in torture, fair trials, beating women in public or in private, corrupted "religious" policing, imprisoning with false charges the political opponents, or... Does anyone have any idea How many are missing/dead/injured in the Arab Muslim world by their GOVT, Including "moderate" Egypt, Saudi Arabia, etc.?

I am sick and tired that those that are being hammered by these groups are precisely the ones fighting for survival against mass murderers that target children for their Filthy Jihad, covered with cheap false "freedom" slogans.

This was an encouraging article out of the Review & Outlook Section of the Wall Street Journal about that ridiculous mask by the name of "Amnesty". It's called "The Trouble With Amnesty: A "human rights" group suddenly wants to keep Iraqis oppressed." and was published December 8, 2002.

The next time Amnesty International comes trying to sell you a candle this Christmas tell the volunteer you know exactly where it should be displayed--in the sands of a free Iraq, one this organization suddenly seems unwilling to see materialize. The British government has released a detailed dossier showing the horrors Saddam Hussein has inflicted on Iraqis, but Amnesty is now fretting about a war that would end these abuses.

Let's see. The London-based organization does not dispute the contents of the dossier, "Saddam Hussein: Crimes and Human Rights Abuses." In fact, the British Foreign Office relied on human rights groups to put together this report. But according to an Amnesty spokesman, "human rights should not be used as an excuse to go to war."

This has been Amnesty's line pretty consistently. Its secretary general, Irene Khan, wrote recently that "this selective attention to human rights is nothing but a cold and calculated manipulation of the work of human rights activists. Let us not forget that these same governments turned a blind eye to Amnesty International's reports of widespread human rights violations in Iraq before the Gulf War."

This raises several questions. An immediate one is, shouldn't human rights be the best cause for starting a war? Shouldn't conscientious governments care when human beings are being mistreated, and do something about it?

Amnesty maintains that it has for some time been saying that Saddam is guilty of "gross human rights violations," as the spokesman herself put it. It says that the West is now preparing for war only for its own reasons, which have nothing to do with human rights abuses.

But obviously if Amnesty really wanted the situation to change in Iraq then it would be cheering that--for whatever reason--some governments have now come around to its own anti-Saddam views. The way Ms. Khan's organization has it now, the mere presence of self-interest on the part of the U.S. and British governments--even if this is the protection of their citizens from terror--suddenly obviates the alleviation of the Iraqis' lot.

The Amnesty spokesman emphasized that governments should consider the "consequences" of war on the people, but when asked what the consequences of war had been for Afghans or Kosovars the spokesman suddenly wouldn't be drawn. "That's not something for us to comment on."

Why? Shouldn't an organization that purports to monitor human rights actually cheer when something is done to improve them, as in Kosovo or Afghanistan, even when that something is war?

Lastly, Amnesty insiders say that the organization believes that even if Saddam's regime is abominable, so are many other governments around the world--including U.S. "allies" such as Saudi Arabia--and nobody is proposing regime change there. Readers of these columns know that we're more than a little perturbed with coddling the Saudis, but the ultimate sanction of regime change must be used only in extreme cases. And why isn't improving the lot of at least the Iraqis a good thing?

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Posted by Evelyn Hayes, May 26, 2005.
At a State Department Briefing:

QUESTION: Will there be a push to go on with the negotiations immediately after withdrawal for the final status?

MR. BOUCHER: The push as you have seen it from the Quartet and from the United States and others is to make this withdrawal from Gaza work so that it benefits both Israelis and Palestinians, so that Palestinians can get more normal lives, so they can sell their goods and go to their jobs and go to their schools and start building -- putting together organized institutions of a state that they want to create. So that Israelis can live safer lives and not have to worry about terrorism or rockets or mortars or things like that.

So the goal is to make that work. If we make that work with both sides, we accelerate progress on all the other things. But that's where we are now, is focused on the present, on what needs to be done now.


I say to Mr Boucher, spokesman for the State Department:

I find it outrageous that withdrawal of gardeners comes before withdrawal of terrorists and their infrastructure.

I find it discriminatory to remove Jews from their own land and re-refugee them again, especially considering Jews were in Gaza before Egypt invaded in 1948 and before those working for the PLO were imported from so many terrorist countries.

Worse, I find it outrageous to remove Jews from their deeded property and communities developed from barren land at all. Let The PLO billions and the Arab oil gauging support their native Arabs.

Deport the foreign mercennary jihadists.

Furthermore, I can see peace if the PLO sells its weapons and uses the money for tools of trade in their major part of the Gaza which is ethnic cleansed of Jews.

The PLO has over 90% of the land, much of which was empty land before Oslo imported an army to bully the Christians, democrats and bully the capitalists and to refugee the Jews again.

Since the Jews were expelled from Arab lands, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Perhaps Arabs with those origins should return to their homelands.

It is a crime to not let our people stay.

No more expulsions.

No more ghettos,

No more theft of Jewish property, lifework, shuls, homeland, history, facts, burial grounds.

If the State Department goes on false premises against the Jews, Americans will also be victims.

Our army will be fighting Iraq in vain.

Remember Arabs of Gaza support the enemy of America, Iraq and may be getting weapons from the supply that disappeared.

The same technology of warfare used by the PLO is being used against our soldiers in Iraq, nuts and bolts suicide bombers.

Mr. Boucher, Your Push is a shove out of the Jews and an impetus for more pan-Jihad.

Evelyn Hayes,
Brooklyn NY

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Posted by AFSI, May 26, 2005.




NEW YORK, NY - The Israel Concert in The Park Committee, in association with the National Council of Young Israel will host the 12th annual Israel Day Concert in Central Park, at the East Meadow, located at 97th Street and 5th Avenue, on Sunday, June 5, 2005 from 2:30-6 PM, rain or shine. Over 35,000 people are expected to gather at this year's event, which is dedicated to supporting the Jewish communities of Gaza, and against the surrender of Jewish territories in this region.

Speakers will include 2 former Cabinet Members of the Israeli Government, and current Knesset (Parliament) Members: MK Effie Eitam and MK Uzi Landau (of PM Sharon's ruling Likud Party, a number of New York elected officials, and leaders of the American Jewish community, including Rabbis and major organizational heads. The event is organized by Dr. Joseph Frager, and will feature leading Jewish performers.

Additionally, the program will be dedicated to the Jewish communities located in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, the more than 1300 victims of Oslo who have been killed since the signing of the Oslo "peace" accords, the more than 700 murdered since the outbreak of the latest War against Israel which began on September 28, 2000, and the 57th Anniversary of The State of Israel.

"As New Yorkers, we feel the need to stand up and let the world know on the 55th year of the Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel that we will not sit silent as the expulsion of Jews from any part of Israel is imminent. We will gather to rejoice at Israel's independence, and to remember that Prime Minister Sharon himself spoke to this same group in Central Park a few years ago, and today his actions pose a grave danger to Israel," said Dr. Joseph Frager, organizer of The Israel Concert in the Park. "We will not sit silent, and expect tens of thousands to join us to publicly say No to expulsion and yes to Jews in Gaza."

Americans For a Safe Israel/AFSI asks that you bring your check book and be prepared to write a check to FRIENDS OF GUSH KATIF to enable the beleaguered communities to continue with their efforts to stop the expulsion. Checks may be mailed to AFSI, 1623 Third Ave., Suite 205, New York, N.Y. 10128. Direct contributions may be made through the Gush Katif website: www.katifund.org.

Further information on the event is available by calling Ronn Torossian at 212-999-5585 or writing to afsi@rcn.com; www.afsi.org

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.

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Posted by Susie Dym, May 26, 2005.

Call 1-800-20.2288 now and contribute 1000 NIS to the "If you believe -- plant a seed!" foundation (Keren "Ma'amin veZorea"):

Because the Gush Katif farmers can't get loans from the banks at this stage, this Keren will give them loans so that they can begin the agricultural season with credit as all farmers need to do (farmers have heavy initial expenses which get paid off when the crops are picked).

Enjoy making your contribution, and please - let me know when you make yours.

Susie Dym is spokesperson for Mattot Arim. Contact her at sddym@bezeqint.net

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Posted by Deb Kotz, May 26, 2005.

I know that many ardent Zionists are strongly in favor of Sharon's plan to withdraw from Gaza and dismantle the Jewish settlements there. And I'm not going to launch into a philosophical argument on our Biblical rights to the land or the concept of trading land for peace. The thing that I find most illogical in what Sharon is doing is the way he is doing it. He is giving back Gaza freely with no peace accord, no guarantees from the PA, and no real sign from the Palestinian people that they are encouraged by what he is doing. I don't see the transformation, the hard-won anticipation of freedom or any sign of appreciation from the Palestinians or Abbas, their leader. I only see TV shows broadcast on Palestinian TV laced with venom-filled diatribes against Jews, Americans and everyone else outside of the Arab world. I only see Hamas gearing up for more terrorist attacks as Abbas allows them to re-arm and invites them into his government.

Please read the highlights of the statements that Sharon read to AIPAC on Tuesday. Then read the NY Times article about Hamas and Abbas. Do you see the discrepancy here? Sharon speaks as if he is implementing the first phase of the Road Map. Yet, the Palestinians are once again not holding up their end of the bargain. So, this leads me to believe that they've rejected the Road Map and are not planning on making any changes. The truth is, why should they? Sharon is giving them Gaza for absolutely nothing in return. This is precisely what Natan Sharansky was arguing last week when he resigned from the government. This is why all Jews should have a problem with the Gaza withdrawal regardless of their position on the Road Map or the creation of a Palestinian state. This is why we should all see this act of Sharon's as The Oslo Accords, Part 2.

If I've missed something here, please let me know. Perhaps I've missed some crucial element because this just seems too obvious. --Debbie

Appeasing the Terrorists Will Only Strengthen Them - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (Prime Minister's Office)

Prime Minister Sharon told the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington on Tuesday:

* I came here from Jerusalem, the eternal, united, and undivided capital of the State of Israel and the Jewish people forever and ever.

* The strength of U.S.-Israel relations is visible in the unprecedented bipartisan support Israel receives in the United States Congress and the public. We see eye to eye on strategic issues such as: the global war on terrorism, the need to reach a peaceful solution with the Palestinians according to the Roadmap, the threats to the stability of the Middle East from Syria, Lebanon, and Hizballah, and the dangers of a nuclear Iran.

* The Roadmap is the only political plan for a peaceful solution with the Palestinians. The sequence of the Roadmap states that progress will be in stages in order to examine developments. It emphasizes that true peace will only be realized after full security is achieved and terrorism is eliminated.

* We believe disengagement will increase Israel's security and reduce friction between the Palestinians and us. It will help advance our national strategic interests, promote our economy and prosperity, and advance the development of the Negev and the Galilee.

* It is thanks to the disengagement that we can make certain that there will be no entry of Palestinian refugees into Israel. In addition, the major Israeli population centers in Judea and Samaria will remain an integral part of the State of Israel and will have territorial contiguity with Israel in any final status agreement.

* In implementing the disengagement plan there is the potential of paving the way to the Roadmap. I call upon the leaders of the Palestinian Authority to meet the challenge and coordinate the disengagement with us. The successful coordination of the Disengagement Plan will allow us to embark on a new era of trust and build our relations with the Palestinian Authority.

* In this pre-Roadmap phase - and we are still in the pre-Roadmap phase - we see great opportunities in the election of Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. We hope he will be able to lead his people and create a democratic law-abiding society that will build its institutions, undergo a broad reform process, fight terrorism, and dismantle the infrastructure and the terrorist organizations.

* We will do our utmost to cooperate with the new Palestinian leadership and will take the needed measures to help Chairman Abbas. We are willing to help Chairman Abbas as much as we can, as long as we do not risk our security. That is the red line.

* Until now, terrorist activities have not yet ceased. The smuggling of weapons and arms production continues, and there is no real prevention of terrorist actions. Progress towards the Roadmap can be achieved only after the terrorist organizations are dismantled. Appeasing the terrorists and engaging them into the Palestinian political system will only strengthen them.

"Abbas's Gamble: Pulling a Foe into Palestinian Politics" - Steven Erlanger

In their meeting on Thursday, Mr. Bush is expected to tell Mr. Abbas that bringing Hamas into politics will work only if he moves against the military wing to disarm it and ensure that the PA has a clear monopoly on weapons and force, a senior American official said. "The U.S. would have to be convinced either that Hamas is not a terrorist organization, or that they are dismantled," the official said. "We don't care about religious people with views we dislike sitting in parliament. But we can't accept militant terrorism brought into politics." "Abu Mazen has to take the guns away from the street - not necessarily seize them from houses," the official added. The PA has enough weaponry now "to at least get started," the official said, relaying the judgment of Lt. Gen. William Ward, the American security coordinator for the Palestinians.

The PA police in Gaza recently stopped a truck full of locally made Kassam rockets produced by Hamas, American and Israeli officials said, but did not confiscate them. "It's in Hamas's interests to keep Gaza quiet and even make a success of Gaza," said the senior American official. "But if Hamas believes that Israel can't deal with casualties, and that it won the war for Gaza, why shouldn't it transfer resistance to the West Bank?" (New York Times).

Deb Kotz is an active member of the Brandeis Chapter of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and maintains an email list to distribute articles of interest to the local community. She can be reached at DebKotz@aol.com

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Posted by Moshe Feiglin, May 26, 2005.

David was six years old when Rabin shook hands with Arafat. He didn't understand very much, but only remembered the expression of helplessness on the face of his father, Yehuda.

After completing his service in the Israeli army, Yehuda married Tamar who had at the same time received a BA from Bar Ilan University. The loving couple built their home in a well-established settlement located 25 minutes from Jerusalem. This was during Shamir's period as prime minister, when it seemed that the Likud would rule forever. Although the Left continued to apply pressure, nothing seemed to threaten the future of the settlements. Government publicity on TV encouraged Israeli citizens to buy houses beyond the Green Line. The publicity slogan was "a place in the heart" (of the country).

Everything was wonderful. David was their first child, followed by a sister and two brothers. Then Shamir gave in to the pressure of the Left and went to the Madrid Conference. There in Madrid it was already clear that Arafat was returning to the scene, and when the Israelis realized that this was the name of the game, they handed over the reins of the government from Shamir, who had waged a fighting retreat, to Yitzhak Rabin. Rabin, the CGS in the Six Day War, was regarded as Mr. Security and, furthermore, promised a peace agreement within six months.

Yehuda and Tamar saw their secure world crumbling around then. Rabin (followed by Peres and Netanyahu) handed over the heart of the country to Arafat, armed his murderous organization with great quantities of weapons, and awarded international legitimacy and extensive economic aid to the enemy, while at the same time suppressing the sounds of protest that began to be heard amongst the Israeli public.

We could perhaps have swallowed all these troubles, but worst of all was the loss of the basis of national justice. We were no longer the good guys and our enemies were no longer the bad guys. "It's not us against them", explained Rabin, "but peace lovers against the enemies of peace from both nations".

Yehuda and Tamar were born a short time after the Six Day War and experienced the feelings of that victory. They remembered Operation Entebbe, and the bombing of the nuclear reactor in Iraq. For them the State of Israel represented justice, readiness to fight for it, and the capability of achieving it. Suddenly everything changed -- the new equation detached Yehuda and Tamar from their just State of Israel, and turned them into enemies of the State and the nation. Their prime minister placed them together with the Hamas and the Hizballah (that were also opposed to Oslo). From now on they would no longer be pioneers in the forefront of Zionism, but its enemies.

Yehuda began participating in various protest activities. They didn't change anything, but at least helped him to relieve his frustration. When the Zo Artzeinu movement blocked the roads in the country, little David had just celebrated his seventh birthday. His mother told him to look after his brothers because she had to go and bring Daddy home from jail.

Ariel Sharon lay at that time in a protest tent and maintained a hunger strike against the government's policy. Afterwards Rabin was murdered, all the protests were stopped, and Peres took his place. Peres was given a golden opportunity to hand over to the terrorists all the towns in Yesha (Judea and Samaria), without any opposition, and he exploited it fully.

Later there were elections, which Netanyahu won, and then continued in exactly the same direction. Now Yehuda was in total despair. At that time the Arab terrorism increased in intensity: buses were blown up and horrors we had never previously experienced became routine events. The lives of the settlers became cheap, and in some isolated settlements they buried almost 10% of their men-folk.

Three years later Ehud Barak defeated Netanyahu in the elections. Just as in the time of Shamir, now also the Israeli public wanted a prime minister who could promise them everything. Rabin, the much decorated and determined general, had promised peace within six months and defeated Shamir, and now Barak, a similar figure to Rabin, promised peace within three months and defeated Netanyahu. Neither Shamir nor Netanyahu attempted to propose an alternative to the promise of peace of the Left. Their hesitation was manifest and their defeat was only a matter of time.

Barak tried to realize his promise by handing Jerusalem over to the enemy, but the terrorism that naturally increased prevented him from doing so. He ordered the IDF to flee in humiliation from Lebanon, and thus brought the city of Hadera within the range of the Hizballah's missiles. This led inevitably to his defeat.

The peak of the terrorist offensive began in 2000 after Sharon visited the Temple Mount. Arafat called it the Temple Mount War, and he was right. In the election campaign that followed, Yehuda stood at road junctions and handed out material in support of Sharon. He wasn't a Likudnik, but for him Sharon represented a lifeboat in the crisis. Apart from that, who else was there to vote for? Barak?

The public, that had already begun to realize the meaning of the Left's peace, fled from everything exuding a smell of Oslo. They wanted someone who would achieve real, not imaginary peace, would wage a small war and bring all this horror to an end. The Likud achieved a resounding victory, and Ariel Sharon became prime minister.

At the beginning of the decade that followed Rabin's hand shaking with Arafat, Yehuda fought to return to Israel what it had lost. He still remembered the feelings of victory, of belonging to a country in the right, of solidarity that crossed all the political lines. He was an enthusiastic Zionist, and wanted to return to the good, old Zionism that he knew.

However, Yehuda had an open mind, and when Netanyahu continued the Oslo process, he realized that the problem didn't lie simply with who was in power, the Left or the Right, the Labor Party or the Likud. A small pamphlet called Lechatchila began to appear in the synagogue in his settlement. The ideas expressed in it seemed to him to be totally naïve. They talked about the need to set up a belief-based alternative for the leadership of the country.

Yehuda didn't believe that it was possible, but he also realized that there was no other solution. He joined the ranks of Manhigut Yehudit (The Jewish Leadership Movement), and instead of clinging to the Israel that he had lost, he began to dream and to promote the belief-based one, that would eventually replace the one that had failed.

Little David grew up and became a strong, vital boy. A wild flower had grown in the garden of Yehuda and Tamar. David and his friends wore large kippot (scullcaps) and grew long, curly peot -- a kind of unconscious protest against the knitted kippa (scullcap) that was hidden by his father's Palmach-style haircut. Although Yehuda never changed his own appearance, he liked this fashion of the young people living in the hilltop settlements.

A new spirit began to emerge in Yesha. Yehuda couldn't explain it, but it made him feel good. He stopped clinging to the old-style Zionism, and realized that his son was representing something far more relevant.

His son David had never experienced the feelings of victory. The State hardly existed for him. It had not protected him against the Arabs who constantly hurled stones at the school bus he traveled in. It had not saved the father of Uri, his best friend, from that terrorist attack. It had released jailed terrorists who had blown off the legs of Shmuel, who sat behind him in class.

For David a bulletproof bus, concrete walls, and sand bags in the windows were routine things. Not only had the State failed to solve the problem, it had in fact created it, and even persecuted those who tried to defend themselves.

Yehuda and Tamar explained to David that the problem did not lie with the State but with the government. We love the State and the government will change. But David didn't really succeed in understanding these nuances. For him the State did not represent justice, but his parents and his friends did. The teachers and the settlement represented justice, but the State, the army, and the police were something mixed up, that sometimes protects me and sometimes persecutes me. They were something pitiful, that you have to hold onto, to prevent it from getting away.

David and his friends grew up in this duality during the Oslo decade. When Sharon decided to destroy entire settlements and evict their residents, David and his friends were 16 years old. They grew up with a great contradiction -- between wonderful G-d-fearing education, love for the nation and the country, restraint, pioneering, and self-sacrifice -- that they received from their parents, and the impotence, nihilism, and criminal abandonment radiated by their State.

David and his friends grew up with feelings of moral superiority over the State and its institutions, for which his parents still retained some degree of respect. But for David and his friends respect for the State had not ended. It had simply never begun. Yehuda didn't believe that the day would come when he would return his officer's card to his commander in the crack unit in which he served. "I joined the IDF in order to defend Jews and not evict them", he explained. "The day will come when the Israeli Army will return to its former state, and then I will be pleased to serve in it again".

Last week David and his friends sat down in the center of a major traffic route. When the policemen hit them, they laughed, as they had already seen far more dangerous things. When the police officer announced that those who wouldn't leave would be arrested at once, David and his friends surrounded him and vied to be the first arrested. David and his friends had already won.

When the prisoners were brought to the cells they sang loudly, and when the Police requested them to identify themselves, to give fingerprints, and be released under restrictive conditions, they laughed again and refused to cooperate. Their feelings of moral superiority dispelled their fear of the system and its enforcement agencies. The weapon of arrest and trial had totally lost its power of deterrence. The system found itself helpless in the face of a reality it had never expected.

However, the peak of the strength of the act displayed in the "Practice Run" could only be appreciated two days later. David and his friends were brought before a judge for extension of their period of detention. "We are prepared to release them", explained the exhausted police representative to the amazed judge, "but none of these minors is prepared to identify himself or to pledge not to repeat his action."

The judge looked in astonishment at the happy youngsters facing him. "Where are their parents?" he cried. "What kind of parents abandon their children in this way!" Yehuda, who sat at the back, stole a glance at his son who was clearly one of the leaders of the group. Tamar held back her tears. It wasn't easy for a mother who wanted to get up and hug her son in such a situation.

But David was already in the future, in a liberated Jewish Israel. Yehuda and Tamar had given up the old Israel and they were with him, with little David who had run forward, and had jumped from the existing "enlightened" dictatorship to the consciousness of freedom.

Yehuda and Tamar are nearing forty. Their son, David, is aged 16. They are together in this struggle and no-one can resist them. They have already won.

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

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Posted by David Holcberg, May 26, 2005.

Dear Editor:

The decision of an Italian judge to indict author and New York resident Oriana Fallaci for being "offensive to Islam and to those who practice that religious faith" is a violation of her right to free speech and an absurd concession to Islamists at war with Western Civilization.

Fallaci, as any individual, should have the right to criticize any religion or ideology, free from government censorship or retaliation. If Muslims (or Italian judges) don't like Fallaci's books, they are free to not buy them. They have no right, however, to punish or silence her.

David Holcberg is a senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) of Irvine, California (http://www.aynrand.org).

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, May 26, 2005.

The amazing thing about this is that it happened at all. It is a clear indication how worried Sharon's lackeys have become. I suspect that Mofaz is expecting all this to blow up in his face and has begun preparing his retreat and defence. By openly admitting that the Government has been lying the whole time about its intentions, he can later say he really, truly and sincerely objected (see he let this 'slip out' didn't he?) but was "just following orders" and trying to influence bad boy Sharon to change his ways.

If we can believe the article that was printed in HAARTZ, and that is a very big if, Sharon is losing it both physically and mentally by the day. Even if it is not true, someone just might make it true to avoid the consequences of Sharon's Pogrom. So when it all unravels, all the blame can be shifted to Sharon who will most likely be comatose by then.

This is a news item from today's Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews.com entitled: "Gov't Backs Off on Evacuation Promises." It is archived at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=82718

(IsraelNN.com) Police and defense forces will continue the planned evacuation on the Sabbath and also will use male officers to force women out of their homes, according to testimony before a Knesset panel today. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz previously has stated that the evacuation process will not take place on the Sabbath and that female policemen would deal with female residents of Gaza and northern Samaria.

A special Knesset committee, before approving a special allocation of 224 million shekels ($51 million) for the evacuation, also heard that the government has gone back on its promise to relocate synagogues.

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

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Posted by Ruth Matar, May 26, 2005.

Dear Friends,

I have a sad feeling of deja vu as I write today's Letter from Jerusalem. Probably, as I write this Letter, the terrorist Mahmoud Abbas is being royally received by U.S. President, George W. Bush with the "red carpet treatment", just the way former President, Bill Clinton used to receive the terrorist Yasser Arafat. In fact, Arafat was the most frequent foreign visitor to the White House, even though Clinton was aware of Arafat's murderous record, including his well documented murder of Americans.

Just a few examples:

* Yasser Arafat personally ordered the killing of Ambassador Cleo and G. Curtis Moore in 1973.

* He was responsible for the murder of 241 American Marines in Beirut in 1983.

* Yasser Arafat helped plan the first World Trade Center bombing in New York in 1993.

To his credit, President George W. Bush refused to meet with the Palestinian Authority Leader, Arafat. President Bush is certainly to be applauded for not having continued Bill Clinton's courting of this murderer!

It is, therefore, difficult to understand why President Bush has now agreed to invite the equally murderous successor to Arafat, who is also his longtime collaborator in terror, Mahmoud Abbas, to a meeting in the White House. It is especially difficult to understand, since the President said on June 24, 2002:

"The first pre-requisite for progress is for the Palestinian people to produce 'regime change'. I call upon the Palestinian People to elect new leaders not compromised by terror. The Palestinians must have new leaders, new institutions and new security arrangements."

SURELY PRESIDENT BUSH cannot believe that Mahmoud Abbas meets the criteria of 'regime change', since Mahmoud Abbas co-founded the Fatah terror group with Arafat in 1964 and worked closely with him until his death in 2004, a period of forty years.

SURELY PRESIDENT BUSH cannot claim that Mahmoud Abbas is a new leader not compromised by terror.

* He has overseen terror attacks together with Arafat since they co-founded the PLO in 1964. He has also been part of orchestrating the attacks during the last four years of terror war against Israel.

* Mahmoud Abbas had a major role in the planning of the Olympic massacre in 1972, when eleven Israeli athletes, including an American Citizen, David Berger, were slaughtered. Mohammed Daoud Oudeh, who executed the attack, writes in his book that it was Mahmoud Abbas who planned and financed the murder of the Israeli athletes.

* The Palestinian Authority, under the leadership of Abbas, recently sent a public birthday greeting to Saddam Hussein: "We wish him long life for the sake of Iraq and to free the Arab nation from the enslavement of foreign imperialism. Oh, the glory of victory, with the help of Allah". (The Palestinian Authority did not hesitate to criticize "foreign imperialism", which of course refers to the United States "occupier". Hardly such a good friend of America!).

SURELY PRESIDENT BUSH cannot claim that Mahmoud Abbas has created new institutions and new security arrangements.

* The Palestinian Authority security services are still actively involved in terrorism. In fact, Mahmoud Abbas is openly bringing known terrorists into their ranks.

* Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to finance terrorists from the PA budget.

* Mahmoud Abbas has tried to bring Hamas and Islamic Jihad into the PLO (of which his Fatah terror group is the largest faction).

* Abbas' so-called "pro-democracy work" has enabled Hamas to participate in the Palestinian election process. It has signed the death warrant of Palestinians accused of assisting Israel in combating terror. It has also increased incitement in the Palestinian Authority media against Israel and the U.S.

* Mahmoud Abbas has made it quite clear that he has no intention of collecting arms and dismantling the terrorists' infrastructures, saying that he cannot permit civil war amongst fellow Arabs. In fact, he has developed a novel way of disarming terrorists, his first obligation under the so-called Road Map. He is incorporating 350 gunmen from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, all of them on Israel's wanted list, into the Palestinian Authority security forces. The move, said PA Minister of Agriculture, Ibrahim Abu al-Naja, is "designed to protect them against Israeli assassination attempts. They are entitled to join the security forces because of their involvement in the resistance!"

President George W. Bush has recently stated most eloquently: "The goal on the war of terrorism is to bring the enemies to justice, or justice to our enemies!"

In the light of this statement, is this meeting of U.S. President George W. Bush with the newly "laundered" terrorist sidekick of Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, really in America's interest?

Ahead of his visit with U.S. President, George W. Bush at the White House this Thursday, Abbas said that he plans to demand that Washington beef up its political and economic support for the Palestinian Authority. This means in simple terms that he wants more American tax payers' money to support the documented corruption of the Palestinian Authority, his terror war against Israel, and his continual incitement against the United States.

By inviting Mahmoud Abbas to the White House instead of bringing him to justice, America is encouraging terrorists all over the world, like Osama Bin Laden, to commit further and greater acts of terror. In fact, America is broadcasting the message: "Terror pays and increased terror pays even more."


With Blessings and Love For Israel,

Ruth Matar

P.S. Don't forget to circle July 19 on your calendar for the WORLD WIDE RALLY against the deportation of Jews from their homes in our Promised Land.

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

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, May 26, 2005.


The Labor Party, that founded Israel, has about 90,000 paid-up members. 30,000 are Arabs. They will constitute one-third of the Labor Members of Knesset and, because of in-fighting in the Party, bid to take over the Party. Party leaders are said to be worried about this, but intimidated from bringing it up lest they be accused of racism (Arutz-7, 5/19)

Is it better to lose your country and your lives to an Arab fifth column than to be accused of racism? Israeli Jews are afraid of being unfairly accused, but the Arabs are not afraid to make truly racist remarks and state truly racist goals or break other laws. A double standard condones Arab racism and lawlessness.


The Israeli Army favors more concessions to the P.A.. It supposes that without them, Abbas would fall to Hamas, and it considers Hamas worse. Among the measures being considered is the release of hundreds more terrorists.

The US coordinator, Gen. Ward, pressed Israel to make such concessions. He countered Israeli complaints of P.A. non-compliance with, "What about your own commitments?" (IMRA, 5/20.)

The P.A. commitments are supposed to be prerequisites for Israeli commitments. It is unfair to equate the P.A. commitments to end terrorism with Israeli commitments to end certain building. Israeli did not make any agreements to release prisoners. Releasing terrorists is not legitimate. The whole process of which Gen. Ward is a part is a phony dismantlement of Zionism and a boost for the Arabs, who do not want peace. A release would boost Hamas claims to be bringing Israel to heel. It would boost Hamas recruiting.

Releasing terrorists leads to killing more Israelis. May they kill Gen. Ward and those IDF officers guilty of recommending it, rather than innocent Israelis! But it usually is the innocent who pay for the crimes of the cynical, the rigid ideologues, or the overly clever.


"Let us stop kidding ourselves. These bloodthirsty Arab terrorists cannot restrain themselves for five minutes from the thrill of killing Jews. They cannot hold themselves back until after Sharon surrenders the land to them in the upcoming disengagement. If their hatred of Jews permits them to continue their terror now, in spite of the risk it should present to the unilateral withdrawal (under fire), what will be after the withdrawal of Israeli troops and the expulsion of the Jews who live in Gaza? What will be when the border controlled by the PA is that much closer to Sderot, Ashqelon and Tel Aviv? What will be when the Arabs improve the range of the rockets and smuggle more sophisticated missiles and rockets into Gaza and into Israel?"

"There is one way to distance the threat of domestic Arab terror and kassam style rockets and that is by distancing those who perpetrate those acts of terror and distancing the hostile population that harbors them. The Sharon disengagement plan does the exact opposite: It brings the areas under terrorist control that much closer to major Israeli cities!"

"The majority of Jews would gladly vote against the Sharon plan if they were given an alternative plan that would truly distance the Arab threat of Gaza and the Northern Shomron. If only the nation of Israel was given the opportunity to vote and to decide their own destiny and if they were given an alternative Jewish disengagement plan that would call for the expulsion of the hostile Arabs to an area beyond a deep security zone outside of Israel, thereby effectively distancing the threat of Arab domestic terror and kassams from major Israeli cities." (Voice of Judea, 5/20.)


An Israeli Ambassador visited Pollard, after extensive criticism for not having visited in the 20 years of captivity. He came without any plan to demand Pollard's release, but with the old promises that have proved insincere. "Esther Pollard, meanwhile, accused Sharon of conducting a public-relations campaign with no intention of actually pressing for her husband's release."

"Nobody in this country believes that with our special relationship with the US, we couldn't get him released after 20 years;" "Israeli agents were released in a matter of days, weeks or months from Jordan, Cyprus, New Zealand and Switzerland." (IMRA, 5/18.)

Excessive incarceration is persecution. Why does the US have to be prodded to do the right thing and exercise clemency? When will Israeli politicians stop doing things so shameful that they would rather keep a man in jail beyond reason in order that he not reveal their dirty linen?


"For the fourth consecutive day, Dr. Abbas's state-controlled media praised men who attacked or tried to attack Israel targets with missiles, mortars, rifles and road-side bombs, calling them 'martyrs,' while accusing Israel of war crimes for killing the terrorists in the course of their attacks." (IMRA, 5/20 from Michael Widlanski.)

The Arabs continue their war crimes while accusing Israeli defense against them of being war crimes. Friends of Israel should tell people to stop taking Arab complaints seriously.


Correspondent Steven Erlanger's 5/21 report, "Palestinian Attack Hardens Israeli Settlers' Resistance," stated the facts and clearly phrased Israeli opinions and explanations.

A variety of P.A. attacks were reported (although usually they are not reported unless there are fatalities or are spectacular, and instead the newspaper goes along with the pretense that there is a ceasefire). It was plainly put that despite having discovered (or been informed) of a pending rocket attack on Israel, P.A. police let it be perpetrated. A Hamas claim to be retaliating was challenged by a more cogent Israeli denial. Israeli restraint was noted. Settlers' faith in preventing their abandonment was expressed without being mocked. PM Sharon's notion that abandonment of some territory would strengthen Israel's hold on the rest was refuted.

This is the first fair "NY Times" report on the Arab-Israel conflict that I have seen. See below.


Although warned about a pending attack, the IDF was not given permission to ambush it. (This the "Times" omitted." The Arabs fired once at a civilian target and several times at the IDF. Not for two hours did the IDF get permission to fire back. Then it killed one attacker and wounded another (Arutz-7, 5/19).

Politics and public relations interference with military operations hampers defense and, by letting the war drag on, constantly provides grist for anti-Zionist mills. The gentile world will not treat Israel more normally, as a country entitled to see to its own security, until Israel treats itself as such. Israel must stop bending over backwards. Friends suggest that "the world won't let Israel do" what it needs to. Mostly it would, though with protest. Israel must learn to defend itself in words and in deeds. First it must get a patriotic government system


Vice-PM Olmert admitted he had no idea what would follow Israel's withdrawal from Gaza, and had not studied it. Nevertheless, he approves of withdrawal. (Then this is not about Israel doing something for itself but in behalf of outside interests. Those outsiders favor the Arabs).

Olmert blithely looks forward to Egypt as sole guardian against arms smuggling. Has Olmert no understanding that Egypt superintends the arms smuggling (and directs the P.A. not to disarm Hamas)?

One thing clearly would follow withdrawal. Egypt would place 750 heavily armed troops, rather than the permitted lightly armed police, at the border with Gaza, and another 2,500 troops at the border with Israel, "to ensure that the withdrawal is orderly."

Foreign Min. Shalom is willing for the P.A. to open an airport, if it assures Israel that it would not use the airport to attack Israel. He approves pulling out of Gaza, if the P.A. assures Israel that it would not use Gaza for staging rocket attacks on Israel (IMRA, 5/22).

Israel wants "assurances" from the P.A., a fanatical, Jew-hating, terrorist entity that breaks all its agreements? Even now, with Israeli troops stopping some of the rocket attacks, the P.A. lets the reste go on. Why, when Israeli troops would have withdrawn, would the P.A. not freely use the arms it now is smuggling in, with the cooperation of Egypt, and why wouldn't it use the airport to ship in heavier weapons? Perhaps Shalom and Olmert should review the PLO Covenant, which holds that it would use any territory it gains from Israel to conquer the rest, including Israel.

I challenge you to find another contemporary government more naively self-defeating than Israel. The religious Jews find their present, minimal casualties a miracle. The Israeli government, however, is going along with US demands to give latitude to the Arabs that inevitably would multiply those casualties. The Muslims must be calling Israeli naivete a miracle, too.


Vice-PM Peres complained to P.A. Prime Minister Qurei, after Gaza terrorists had fired 59 rockets at Jewish communities. Peres reiterated, for the nth time, that the P.A. should disarm the terrorists. Qurei promised, for the nth time, that the P.A. would.

Peres professed himself pleased that the P.A. "will take all the necessary measures." (Arutz-7, 5/22).

Abbas admits that he will not take forceful measures, and the P.A. keeps no promises, but Peres is pleased at their umpteenth promise. Peres always is good for a laugh.


"Yediot Ahronot" published a claim that the government of Israel paid a million dollars for Jonathan's personal, post-conviction expenses. The newspaper checked with the government, which denied the claim. Now "Haaretz" published the same debunked claim (IMRA, 5/22).


The story about US interrogators flushing Korans down the toilet, to intimidate Muslim prisoners was fraudulent. A well-known true story is that when searching foreign visitors' luggage, and finds Christian Bibles there, it destroys them. Why no indignation over that? (Prof. Steven Plaut, 5/22).

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

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, May 26, 2005.

This is called "Washington Sees Gaza Withdrawal as Stage One of Rapid Israeli Rollback." It's a DEBKAfile special report today from Washington (www2.debka.com/article.php?aid=1030).

The Bush administration has always shied from getting confrontational with Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon. Eager to see the Gaza and northern Samaria "disengagement" get underway, Washington backed the pullouts with all the diplomatic means and media spin at its disposal. This fitted in with Sharon's strategy of presenting disengagement to the Israeli public as a finite plan that would not lead to additional withdrawals afterward. US officials also had no problem with Sharon describing his three-day visit to New York and Washington this week as nothing more than an opportunity to touch base with American Jewish leaders.

But on the quiet, administration officials took the opportunity of a word in the Israeli prime minister's ear to dictate his next steps in the wake of the evacuation of 21 Gaza Strip communities and four out of the 120 in the West Bank.

In an exclusive report from Washington, DEBKAfile's sources can reveal that US officials, including national security adviser Stephen Hadley, made a point of seeing Sharon during his visits to New York and Washington in the first part of the week. Tuesday, May 24, he pledged to the AIPAC convention - to loud cheers - that major Israeli population centers in Judea and Samaria would remain an integral part of Israel and be contiguous to the state of Israel in any final-status agreement. That same day, those US officials informed him that the forces assigned to execute the pullout from Gaza must be assigned directly to their next task: the dismantling of each and every "illegal settlement-outpost" in the West Bank. The evacuations would not end there either. Sharon was also told that further steps would be demanded, to be discussed at a later date.

Hadley had a simple "suggestion" for Sharon: Since the large forces he deployed for the Gaza withdrawal in mid-August will have been relocated in mid-September to northern Samaria to evacuate four settlements, the prime minister should take advantage of the pullout momentum and the resources dedicated to the disengagement and clear out the "illegal outposts" as well.

As to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) and his White House talks Thursday, May 26, the US officials assured Sharon that the Palestinian leader would be made to promise steps suggesting Palestinian cooperation in several disengagement-related issues. The US tactic presented to the Israeli prime minister was clear: President Bush, by forcing Sharon to remove the disputed West Bank outposts without delay, is entitled to demand that Palestinian reciprocity in cooperating with Sharon across the disengagement board - starting from the evacuation of Gush Katif and northern Samaria and continuing through further Israeli withdrawals from large tracts of the West Bank.

According to DEBKAfile's Washington sources, the US president was also preparing to warn Abu Mazen to stop trying to jump to the last stage of the roadmap for instant final- status talks. He will be told to stop attempting to put the horse before the cart. Either drop the roadmap or follow through on all its performance-related clauses including uprooting terrorism and reforms. In short, the Palestinians cannot hope to achieve a permanent state with permanent borders in one leap. The US, the Palestinians and Israel, in the Bush administration's view, share in interest in gaining a provisional Palestinian state with temporary borders before the end of Bush's term in office.

As for the Palestinian elections on July 17, DEBKAfile's Palestinian sources report that Abu Mazen can now afford to stick to the date without delay and present this as a concession to the US president. In fact, the delay has become superfluous, our sources have discovered, because Hamas has reached a strategic decision not to challenge Abbas' Fatah for the domination of Palestinian government. Its leaders decided that they had better leverage for manipulating Abu Mazen from outside government and leaving him to face the music from Washington and Jerusalem. In opposition, the radical Islamist terrorist group would meanwhile build up its popularity in the Palestinian street.

As for Sharon, the administration purposely left Sharon no maneuvering room or a change to explain the new move to the Israeli public. As one senior US source put it, "We did not want to give Sharon leeway for delaying action in the West Bank."

The best the Americans could offer Sharon was a vague promise to help him "overcome the domestic difficulties he will face in implementing" the outposts' removal.

A startled US official, in Washington for the AIPAC conference and aware of the American maneuver, asked the administration why it had decided to sandbag the prime minister. "There has been no change in the US position. This has always been Washington's position," came the reply.

But, the Israeli official argued, Sharon and his chief political adviser, Dov Weisglass, had constantly made clear there would be no additional pullouts after the Gaza and northern Samaria disengagement.

"Sorry, but you can't rely on what Weisglass has to say," a US official replied. "He does not understand the way secretary of state Condoleezza Rice thinks. Nor does he understand her diplomatic vocabulary. During his meetings with Rice, he misinterpreted her naturally courteous demeanor as consent to everything he said."

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

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, May 26, 2005.

This was written by Alan Dershowitz, who is a professor of law at Harvard. His latest book is "Rights From Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights."

Publication of The Case for Israel has made me the target of vicious personal attacks. A systematic effort to discredit the book, and me, has been undertaken by a well-organized group of Israel bashers led by Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, and Alexander Cockburn. As soon as the book reached the bestseller lists and began to get good reviews around the country, this triumvirate went to work. They had a model for their attack going back 20 years.

The mode of attack is consistent. Chomsky selects the target and directs Finkelstein to probe the writings in minute detail and conclude that the writer didn't actually write the work, that it is plagiarized, that it is a hoax and a fraud. Cockburn publicizes these "findings," and then a cadre of fellow travelers bombard the Internet with so many attacks on the target that these attacks jump to the top of Google. Because no one has thus far exposed the pattern, each attack may seem plausible on first impression. But when the pattern is examined and exposed, the entire enterprise becomes clear for what it is: a clear attempt to chill pro-Israel advocacy on university campuses by a form of literary McCarthyism.

Many people know who Noam Chomsky is. The jacket of one of his books describes him, without irony, as "arguably the most important intellectual alive."[1] But some are also aware of the darker side of his record - including of supporting, praising, and working with neo-Nazi Holocaust deniers. Chomsky's most notorious bedfellow is Robert Faurisson, who called the Holocaust a "hoax," denied the existence of Hitler's gas chambers, claimed that the diary of Anne Frank was a "forgery," and described the Jewish claims for Holocaust reparations as a "fraud." Chomsky leapt to Faurisson's support, praising him as a scholar who had done "extensive historical research" and to describe his lies about the Holocaust as historical "findings."[2] Chomsky did not see any "hint of anti-Semitic implications" in Faurisson's claim that the so-called Holocaust was a fraud perpetrated by the Jewish people against Germany. Chomsky, the linguist, assured his readers that "nobody believes there is an anti-Semitic connotation to the denial of the Holocaust... whether one believes it took place or not."[3] As Paul L. Berman summarized Chomsky's record on these issues: "Chomsky's view of anti-Semitism is positively wild. His definition is so narrow, neither the Protocols of the Elders of Zion nor the no-Holocaust delusion fit into it... I am afraid that his present remarks on anti-Semitism and Zionist lies disqualify him from ever being taken seriously on matters pertaining to Jews."[4]

Ever since his close association with neo-Nazi Holocaust deniers compromised his credibility on "matters pertaining to Jews," Chomsky has tended to leave it to surrogates to continue his campaign of vilification against the Jewish community. His primary surrogate is Norman Finkelstein.

Chomsky has characterized Finkelstein as one of his "very close friends"[5] and "a very fine scholar." (Chomsky has also characterized the work of Ward Churchill - the Colorado professor who called the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center "little Eichmanns" - as "excellent, penetrating and of high scholarly quality," and his achievements as "of inestimable value.") Chomsky has urged audiences "to come listen to" Finkelstein because he can speak about Israel "with more authority and insight... than anyone I can think of." This, about a man who boasts of "publicly honoring" and showing "solidarity with Hezbollah," the anti-American terrorist organization dedicated to Israel's destruction by violence.

Finkelstein is a transient academic who describes himself as "in exile" at De Paul University because he has been - by his own account - "thrown out of every school in New York."[6] He has been fired by Brooklyn College, N.Y.U., and several other schools for "incompetence," "mental instability," and "abuse" of students with politics different from his own, according to a high-ranking official at one of the schools. Finkelstein has admitted, "Never has one of my articles been published in a scientific magazine."[7] And deservedly so, as Peter Novick, whose book The Holocaust in American Life Finkelstein has characterized as "the initial stimulus for [his] book,"[8] wrote: "As concerns particular assertions made by Finkelstein concerning reparations and restitution, and on other matters as well, the appropriate response is not (exhilarating) 'debate' but (tedious) examination of his footnotes. Such an examination reveals that many of those assertions are pure invention. [...] No facts alleged by Finkelstein should be assumed to be really facts, no quotation in his book should be assumed to be accurate, without taking the time to carefully compare his claims with the sources he cites."[9]

Finkelstein has said that he "can't imagine why Israel's apologists would be offended by a comparison with the Gestapo"[10] and asserted that Israel's human rights record is "interchangeable with Iraq's" when it was ruled by Saddam Hussein.[11] He has said that most alleged Holocaust survivors - including Elie Wiesel - have fabricated their past, are "bogus," and that those seeking reparations are "cheats" and "greedy." Because of my support of Israel, he has compared me to "Adolf Eichman [sic],"[12] and accused me of expressing "Nazi moral judgments."[13] When challenged to defend his frequent comparison between Jews and Nazis, he has responded, "Nazis never like to hear they're being Nazis."[14] He is a popular speaker among German neo-Nazis; one, Ingrid Rimland, whose husband, the notorious Ernst Zuendel, wrote "The Hitler We Loved And Why", even referred to him admiringly as the "Jewish David Irving" ("Jüdischer David Irving") - a reference to the British Holocaust denier and Hitler admirer. The comparison is apt because Finkelstein has reportedly praised the Holocaust-denying Irving as "a good historian"[15] and as having "made an indispensable" contribution to our knowledge of World War II."[16]

A German writer has observed that "seldom has a Jew been more celebrated by brown propaganda that Finkelstein."[17] Another writer aptly described him as a Jew who "supports anti-Semitism."[18] Gabriel Schoenfeld has labeled his views as "crackpot ideas, some of them mirrored almost verbatim in the propaganda put out by neo-Nazis around the world."[19] His books do not sell in America, but they are best-sellers among the growing number of neo-Nazis in Germany.

The third member of this smear team is Alexander Cockburn. Cockburn has used his column at The Nation, and his online radical hotspot Counterpunch, to publicize many of their most outrageous claims. He himself is virulently anti-Israel. In 1984 he was fired from the Village Voice for hiding a $10,000 "grant" he received from an anti-Israel organization.[20] When asked whether he believed the "stories" that he reported were "sloshing around the news" involving Israeli complicity in 9/11 and in the anthrax attacks, his response was, "I don't know there's enough exterior evidence to determine whether they are true or not."[21] Columnist Jon Margolis, after exposing several false charges made by Cockburn, asserted that "Cockburn has been abusing reality for decades" and that "as an accuser, Joe McCarthy was more responsible."[22]

The story of this unholy alliance among Chomsky, Finkelstein, and Cockburn begins nearly 20 years ago with the publication of a book entitled From Time Immemorial, by a woman named Joan Peters. The book, an unlikely bestseller, was largely a demographic study of the population of the area that eventually became Israel. Peters' conclusion was that the Arab political claim that the Palestinians who left or were expelled from Israel during the war of Independence (1947-1948) had lived in the area from time immemorial was exaggerated.

When Noam Chomsky learned of the Peters book, he became outraged because its thesis undercut his ideological opposition to Israel. He raised questions about whether Peters had actually written the book, claiming in print that it was "signed by Joan Peters,"[23] but "probably it had been put together by some intelligence agency..."[24] In describing the book, Chomsky totally distorted its content, alleging that it "purported to show that the Palestinians were all recent immigrants,"[25] that "there were really no Palestinians,"[26] and that "if Israel kicks them all out there's no moral issue..."[27] Nowhere in Peters' 622-page book does she make any of these claims. Chomsky telephoned Finkelstein, then a graduate student already notorious for the virulence of his anti-Zionism, and directed him to expose Peters' book as "a fraud." According to Finkelstein's own account, Chomsky told him "that if I go through the book more carefully, [I'd] probably discover that the whole thing is a fraud."

Any legitimate academic would have rejected Chomsky's unscholarly directive out of hand, but not Finkelstein. Here is how he responded: "Well, you know, I'm a person of the left, and when you get a call from Professor Chomsky, his wish is your command."[29] And, of course, Finkelstein granted Chomsky this wish: he "discovered" that Peters had concocted a "spectacular hoax," a "fraud from start to finish."[30] Exactly what Chomsky had directed him to find Finkelstein also accused Peters of "plagiarism."[31]

Having arranged for the hatchet job, Chomsky, who had not himself done any of the research, went even further than Finkelstein in publicizing Finkelstein's alleged conclusions. He said that the entire Peters book "was completely faked" and that "the whole thing was a hoax"[32] - claims that Finkelstein had not come close to proving.

The third member of this nasty attack team, Alexander Cockburn, made similar claims. Cockburn wrote articles publicizing Finkelstein's unfair attack against Peters. He characterized her conclusions as "fraudulent," "mad,"[33] and immoral.

The Chomsky-Finkelstein-Cockburn mode of ad hominem attack proved particularly successful against Peters because the words "hoax," "fraud," "fake," and "plagiarism" are so dramatic and unforgettable, as is the charge that Peters did not actually write the book, but merely signed a KGB-style forgery concocted by "some intelligence agency." It did not seem to matter that none of these charges made by Chomsky, Finkelstein and Cockburn were even close to the truth. All Finkelstein had managed to show was that in a relatively small number of instances, Peters may have misinterpreted some data, ignored counter-data, and exaggerated some findings - common problems in demographic research that often appear in anti-Israel books as well.

To date, Finkelstein has targeted at least the following writers who support Israel and seek justice for Holocaust survivors: Elie Wiesel, Stuart Eizenstat, Martin Gilbert, Daniel Goldhagen, Burt Neuborne, Yehuda Bauer, Gerald Feldman, Richard Overy, Abba Eban - calling these distinguished Jews "hucksters," "hoaxters," "thieves," "extortionists," and worse. The pattern of attack is always similar.

Thus, it was only natural that the anti-Israel triumvirate would target me in a similar manner after the publication of "The Case for Israel". The well-planned and carefully coordinated response to "The Case for Israel" employed exactly the same words they had employed so successfully against Peters (and others).

They first claimed - as they had with Peters - that I did not "write this book," that I did not even "read it," and that I "had no idea what was in the book." Recently Finkelstein claimed that I don't write any of my books: "[Dershowitz] has come to the point where he's had so many people write so many of his books... [I]t's sort of like a Hallmark line for Nazis... [T]hey churn them out so fast that he has now reached a point where he doesn't even read them."[34]

The implication was that some Israeli intelligence agency or propaganda unit wrote it and had me sign it - as they claimed was the situation with Peters' book. The problem for them is that I don't type or use a computer, so that every word of the text was handwritten by me in my own handwriting - and I still have the manuscript. Even after I publicly offered to make the manuscript available for anyone to examine, Finkelstein repeated the false charge on a C-SPAN television broadcast.[35]

Well, if I did actually write it in my own hand, I must have copied it or plagiarized it. That was the next charge. And guess who I plagiarized it from? Joan Peters, according to Finkelstein, Chomsky, and Cockburn. The problem with their charge is that Peters' book was entirely demographic and historical, whereas more than 90 percent of my book deals with contemporary events that took place after the publication of Peters' book. The other, even more serious problem for them is that they could not come up with a single sentence, phrase or idea in my book that came from another source and was used without quotation marks, attribution, and citation. Indeed, I explicitly cited Peters' book numerous times while disclaiming reliance on its conclusions because I disagreed with some of them. That, of course, means there was no plagiarism. But Finkelstein knew from his previous experience that the charge of plagiarism, if leveled, would be more likely to garner media attention than simple criticism of my conclusions.

In order to level this spurious charge, Finkelstein made up a false quotation, which he called the "smoking gun:"[36] "[I]n the proofs, it... says: Copy from Joan Peters.[37] It does... There was no question about it." He thus alleges that I instructed a research assistant to "copy"[38] from another author without citations. But he simply makes up the word "copy." The note says precisely the opposite: "cite sources on pp. 160, 485, 486, footnotes 141-145." The instruction is to be certain that the material is properly cited. This is not proof of plagiarism; it is proof of scholarship.

That is why James O. Freedman, the former president of Dartmouth, University of Iowa, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, concluded after reviewing the Finkelstein charge:"I do not understand [Finkelstein's] charge of plagiarism against Alan Dershowitz. There is no claim that Dershowitz used the words of others without attribution. When he uses the words of others, he quotes them properly and generally cites them to the original sources (Mark Twain, Palestine Royal Commission, etc.) [Finkelstein's] complaint is that instead he should have cited them to the secondary source, in which Dershowitz may have come upon them. But as the Chicago Manual of Style emphasizes: Importance of attribution. With all reuse of others' materials, it is important to identify the original as the source. This not only bolsters the claims of fair use, it also helps avoid any accusation of plagiarism."

This is precisely what Dershowitz did. Moreover, many of the sources quoted both by Dershowitz and Peters are commonly quoted in discussions of this period of Palestinian history. Nor can it be said that Dershowitz used Peters' ideas without attribution. He cites Peters seven times in the early chapter of his book, while making clear that he does not necessarily accept her conclusions. This is simply not plagiarism, under any reasonable definition of that word.

Professor Charles Fried, the former Solicitor General of the U.S. and the Beneficial Professor of Law at Harvard, agrees, calling the Finkelstein accusation "stupid, unfair and ridiculous" from a biased accuser."[39] The distinguished chief-librarian at Harvard Law School also concluded that I had done nothing improper. An inquiry by Harvard cleared me of any wrongdoing.

Finkelstein, of course, knows this, but he also knows that a false charge once made tends to stick, even if it has been authoritatively disproved. The media regards plagiarism as such an explosive charge that even absolute innocence is no defense. After the charge against me was authoritatively dismissed as wholly without merit, it continued to be recycled and even expanded. Finkelstein's tiny accusation that I cited Peters merely eight times instead of a dozen times in two small chapters totaling seven pages of my 264-page book - totally false as it is - has ballooned into a charge that I plagiarized "all" or "large parts" of my book from Peters, despite the fact that the majority of my book deals with events that occurred after the publication of Peter's book. For example, here is what Chomsky has said: "large parts of the book were simply plagiarized from a well-known hoax..." It sounds familiar, doesn't it? The only new element in this tired tactic is the creative use of the Internet.

Despite his demonstrable lies, Finkelstein is a popular speaker at anti-Israel events on university campuses around the world. He is not quite as popular as Chomsky and Cockburn, but he is paid handsomely by student groups anxious to promote his anti-Zionist rants. The members of the McCarthyite triumvirate are invited to campuses far more frequently than centrist, moderate pro-Israel speakers. There is something very wrong with this picture, but now that the pattern of literary McCarthyism has been exposed, perhaps the picture will change.

[1] Noam Chomsky, What Uncle Sam Really Wants (Tucson: Odonian Press, 1993).

[2] Werner Cohn, "Chomsky and Holocaust Denial," from eds. Peter Collier and David Horowitz, The Anti-Chomsky Reader (San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2004), p. 124.

[3] Scot Lehigh, "Men of Letters," Boston Phoenix, June 16-22, 1989, p. 30

[4] Paul L. Berman, reply to "Chomsky: Freedom of Expression? Absolutely," Village Voice, July 1-7, 1981, p. 13, 15.

[5] Eds. Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel, Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky, (New York: New Press, 2002), p. 245.

[6] "I won't lie down and take the insults," Irish Times, July 1, 2003, p. 13.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Norman Finkelstein, The Holocaust Industry, p. 4

[9] Peter Novick, "Offene Fenster und Tueren. Ueber Norman Finkelsteins Kreuzzug," in: Petra Steinberger (ed.): Die Finkelstein-Debatte, (Piper Verlag: Muenchen 2001), p. 159 (translated from German)

[10] John Dirlik, "Canadian Jewish Organizations Charged With Stifling Campus Debate," Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, April/May 1992, p. 43.

[11] Norman Finkelstein, "A Reply to Henry Kissinger and Fouad Ajami," Link, December 1992, p. 8.

[12] Y.M.D. Fremes, "Interview with Professor Norman G. Finkelstein," Palestine Chronicle, November 24, 2003.

[13] May 15, 2004, public forum at the Vancouver Public Library.

[14] Simon Rosenblum and Len Rudner, "In a nasty neighbourhood, Israel needs to be tough," Record, June 16, 2003.

[15] Anne Applebaum, "The battle for the Holocaust Legacy," Sunday Telegraph, July 16, 2000 (accessible at www.anneapplebaum.com/other/2000/07_16_tel_holocaust.html).

[16] Finkelstein, The Holocaust Industry, p. 71.

[17] Eds. Martin Dietzsch and Alfred Schobert, "Ein jüdischer David Irving" Norman Finkelstein im Diskurs der Rechten - Erinnerungsabwehr und Antizionismus" (Duisburg, Germany: Unrast Verlag), p. 6 (translated from German).

[18] Ibid.

[19] Gabriel Schoenfeld's response to critics, "Holocaust Reparations," Commentary, January 2001, p. 20.

[20] "Village Voice Suspends Alexander Cockburn Over $10,000 Grant," Wall Street Journal, January 18,1984, p. 12.

[21] Franklin Foer, "Relativity Theory; Alexander Cockburn's Dubious Theories," New Republic, April 22, 2002, p. 12.

[22] Jon Margolis, "A treatise on columnist Alexander Cockburn," High Country News, May 11, 1998.

[23] Eds. Mitchell and Schoeffel, Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky, p. 244 (emphasis original).

[24] Ibid., p. 245.

[25] Ibid., p. 244 (emphasis added).

[26] Ibid. (emphasis added).

[27] Ibid. (emphasis added).

[28] May 15, 2004, public forum at the Vancouver Public Library, "Is Criticism of Israel Anti-Semitic?" (accessible at http://www.workingtv.com/finkelstein.html).

[29] Ibid.

[30] Ibid.

[31] Ibid.

[32]Mitchell and Schoeffel, Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky, p. 245.

[33] Alexander Cockburn, "My Life as an 'Anti-Semite,'" from eds. Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, The Politics of Anti-Semitism (Oakland, Calif.: AK Press, 2003), p. 25.

[34]Norman Finkelstein 'Ambushes' Alan Dershowitz (Part II): theExperiment, Dec. 6, 2003, accessible at http://theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1991.

[35] Book TV, April 11, 2004.

[36] May 15, 2004, public forum at the Vancouver Public Library.

[37] Finkelstein, "Israel-Palestine Conflict: Roots of conflict, prospects for peace," Calgary, April 3, 2004

[38] Ibid.

[39] Lauren A. E. Schuker, "Dershowitz Defends Book," Harvard Crimson, October 2, 2003, p. A8.

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

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Posted by Batya Medad, May 25, 2005.

Justice Minister Livni is trying to scare us, claiming that our opposition to Disengagement will cause "chaos." http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=82567 And what's "chaos"? According to the dictionary, it's: "a state of extreme confusion and disorder." That's what Ariel Sharon and his government are causing. He has abandoned all ideology and his party's long-standing platform. He's the Mr. Hyde after Dr. Jeckyl took the magic potion.

I just googled Sharon's visit to New York and discovered that almost all of the articles are identical, superficial and ignored most of his speech. Apparently they were taken from a single press release, which is a timely reminder about the level of the professional journalism in our day and age. Those who did listen carefully, or read the text, discovered that he's treating Judea and Samaria like some unwanted junk at a "garage sale." He's offering a good deal if only the Arabs would promise a bissel quiet, and if they don't, it doesn't matter. He'll give it away anyhow. http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=82495

Yes, this is confusing. Wasn't Ariel Sharon a famous Israeli war hero and general? Wasn't he also one of the strongest and most enthusiastic supporters of Jewish settlement in Judea, Samaria and Gaza? He's the one who pointed to the hilltops, such as my neighborhood, and told Jews to inhabit them, like in the days of Joshua of the Bible. And now all of these thriving communities are on a silver platter to be given to our enemies, the same terrorists who murder, maim and educate their children to kill us. He's planning on throwing good loyal Israelis from their homes and businesses and turn it all over to the same Arabs who are bombing our civilians.

Think of the chaos in refugee camps and storage depots where the government is planning on herding the homeless refugees and dumping thousands of crates of furniture, appliances, books, clothing, toys and the rest of the personal possessions of the innocent civilians deported from their homes until they get "permanent housing."

The military experts are predicting an enormous increase in terror and more rockets and missles will be fired at Israel if Disengagement takes place. http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=82097 Isn't it "peculiar" when a government declares a policy that they know will endanger the country? Maybe "peculiar" is the wrong word. Will I be arrested for using a different word, like "sedicious"?

Those of us who don't agree with the Disengagement policy aren't confused at all, nor are we causing "chaos." We're trying to bring stability and security to Israel. We're focused, and we're not afraid.

Just now, as I'm writing this, I saw a news report that anti-Disengagement demonstrators blocked one of Israel's main highway. There were no arrests. Last week the police would have arrested them for the same "crimes." But since the demonstrators aren't afraid of being jailed, and the police don't have the manpower to waste on the legal bureacracy, they're changing tactics. That's a victory for our protest movement.

Israel's old, veteran Etzel and Lechi (pre-state underground) fighters must feel that they're transported back to the past, as youngsters brag about how they stuck posters on walls late at night. There are two main differences between now and then. One is that today they're protesting against The State of Israel, and the other is that they don't have to cook the glue.

Yes, we'll have the last laugh, b'ezrat Hashem, with G-d's help.

This is Musing #121. Batya Medad lives in Shiloh. She can be reached by email at Shilohmuse@yahoo.com or visit her website http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/ or go to http://www.shilo.org.il This essay is also available at http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2005/05/120-natural-treasures.html

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Posted by Emanuel A. Wilson, May 25, 2005.

This was written by Professor Eugene Narrett. It is archived on the Freeman Center, (http://www.freeman.org/serendipity/). If my opinion matters, I agree completely with Professor Narrett'S scenario and conclusions.

It is very important that everyone recognize what the Foreign Ministries of Europe, Russia, the Vatican intend to do to the State of Israel. The "peace process" a.k.a. the "land for peace" process, a.k.a. the worldwide 'crusade for freedom & democracy' [sic] intends to expel from their homes, farms, synagogues, etc. not only the Jewish inhabitants of the Gaza region, Judea and Samaria, the heartland of ancient Israel and location of Judaism's holiest sites, but to all of Israel. None of this is new: its modern phase began when the Cairo office of the British Foreign Ministry extended its sway over all British diplomacy during the 1920s and eventually synchronized it with America through the State Department by 1938, as was evident by the upshot of FDR's directing of the Evian and Bermuda conferences in 1938 and 1943.

The powers of the world, enflaming and exploiting Islam's long-inculcated hatred of Jews, intend to cripple Israel and insure that it never is a truly Jewish state, and never approaches even that part of its territory (Israel & transjordan) the League of Nations let Britain administer in order to "facilitate Jewish immigration, close settlement of Jews on the land" and to "establish the Jewish national home."

Please, people: just step back and look at the consistent direction of western, and eventually global diplomacy since the British fomented the Arab riots of April 1920. The one glaring constant is hindering Jewish return to the Promised Land, and attacking those Jews who manage to return and settle; attacking them by empowering Jewish 'Hellenists' and arming, creating states and apologizing for Arabs.

Currently this plan to "cut them [the Jews] off from nationhood, that Israel's name not be remembered any more" is being pushed ardently & with fiendish cleverness by the US State Department whose 'first ladies' (L. Bush & C. Rice) have demanded the tri-section of Israel to facilitate creating another terror state to be named "Palestine," and asserted that the Temple Mount is "Islam's third holiest place." As Goebbels said, "if you want a lie to be believed, make it a big lie and repeat it as often as possible." Ariel Sharon, the 'manchurian candidate' of the globalists, having betrayed Jewish national rights and Jews everywhere, is going to do the dirty work, he and the Labor party hope, of literally dragging Jews from their homes. This is called, "disengagement" though, as many writers have noted, this is not only an ugly euphemism but a lie, since a million-plus Arabs will continue to live and even more commute to work in Israel, in the businesses Jews have built with their sweat, blood, dedication and skills.

Please read the following excerpt from a current column on "Mahmoud Abas" (Abu Mazen, planner of the massacre of the children in Ma'alot, and author of a doctoral thesis doubting the holocaust) by Caroline Glick. Sharon and his retinue in Israel and in the USA (through organs like "the Jewish Community Relations Council" currently running poisonously misleading TV ads in the Boston and NYC areas). Then you will see that the threat to Israel goes far beyond the horror they plan to inflict upon the Jews in Katif and the northern Shomron, the tribal land of Ephraim, Joshua and Joseph's tribe.

"...the IDF brass, from the Chief of Staff on down has warned that this reorganization and rearmament is the prelude to the next round of war set to begin the day after the IDF expels all 10,000 Jews from their homes, schools, businesses, farms and cemeteries in Gaza and northern Samaria this summer. In the wake of that operation, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz casually mentioned last week that 43 communities in the Negev will be within rocket range of the Palestinians from Gaza. This, of course, will be a temporary situation since the Palestinians will no doubt quickly extend the range of their rockets the moment the IDF is no longer around to stop them from doing so.

"As for Abbas's proclaimed ardor regarding democracy, it is important to notice the character of the support bases he is building for himself. During his campaign for PA leadership in December and January, he went out of his way to endear himself to the Palestinian public by visiting terror masters in Syria and Lebanon and being photographed every day with wanted terror bosses in Palestinian cities and villages.

"Since his election, Abbas's pro-democracy work has involved enabling Hamas to participate in the Palestinian election process; signing the death warrants of Palestinians accused of assisting Israel in combating terror; and ratcheting up incitement in the PA media against Israel and the US...."

The powers of the world are planning to inflict a catastrophe on Israel. Even if Israel emerges with most of its population and nominal sovereignty intact, the damage, and certainty of continuing attacks is plain. Just as in the British-American created nation of "Iraq" now being declared "free & democratic" even as Arabs called palestinians kill Americans there, the disaster planned for what now is Israel will be used to help 'justify' the increasing hegemony of a global security state that means to be the ultimate and only god of this world.

Israelis, all Israelis, all Jews and others who know what Israel means to the world, now more than ever as the west disintegrates into terrors, broken families, hopelessly corrupted school systems & state treachery -- must call out to the Jews of Israel to stand together, to claim and settle and make bloom ALL of their inheritance. It is the anchor, the cornerstone, and the last best hope of any peace and humanity of which the world is capable.

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

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Posted by Emanuel Wilson, May 25, 2005.

The following speaks to the impact a leader can have upon his and other nations when compromised by ill health both in body and mind. Recall how a sick Presdient Roosevelt gave away half of Europe to the Communist tyrant Josef Stalin. All of Europe suffered for decades and America was forced to spend Billions of dollars to counter the Soviet Union's military and nuclear buildup.

President Bush apologized for that mistake and, no doubt, in the years after Bush leaves office he will have to explain how he single-handedly built the Terrorist Muslim Palestinian State which will come to plague the world along with the other Muslims.

"Jews Don't Expel Jews," the Freeman Center Blog (http://www.freeman.org/serendipity/).

Israelis raise yourselves by your own bootstraps and the Almighty will be with you. Together we will bring Zionist rule back to Jerusalem. Diaspora Jews must shout with a unified voice that Eretz Yisrael is ALSO our inheritance in perpetuity. That it is not just some real estate that can be sold or relinquished by some transitional Israeli government. Those Jews living abroad, who are able, should move to Israel [or at least to come for as long as they are able] at this critical time to resist the ethnic cleansing and war crimes planned by the Sharon government against its Jewish citizens.

This article is entitled "They deserve each other," and was written by Amir Oren and appeared in Haaretz May 24, 2005 (www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/579486.html)

In Menachem Begin's final months as prime minister, months of physical and mental decline, his condition was concealed by people in his office, starting with the cabinet secretary at the time, a young lawyer from the Likud named Dan Meridor. Now, there's a Meridor of this generation, Yisrael Maimon. Participants at meetings chaired by Ariel Sharon report that Maimon usually sits to the premier's left, and is in charge of waking the premier from occasional dozes into which he sometimes falls. Maimon holds a pen or some other object, knocks the table once or twice like a hypnotist at the climax of a performance, and Sharon wakens and returns to the discussions.

Politicians who follow the activities of their senior colleagues, like impatient hawks take note of every slight movement in their health. Pay attention, said one of the Likud ministers to his aide, Sharon has suddenly lost weight and has moved his wristwatch from his left arm to his right. Something has happened to him. No, the minister reported a few weeks later, it must have been a tendon or his elbow, because the watch is back on the left wrist.

Last week, in the southern dunes, in a performance carefully controlled and filmed by the cameraman from his office, Sharon was seen in an outburst of energy, haranguing Defense Ministry officials and contractors in charge of building the housing for the settlers due for evacuation from Gaza. "Start working," he said about seven times, like someone searching for new words or forgetting what he had just said. He wanted to emphasize the work going on, but the impression that was received was that the work hadn't started. Sharon wanted to project power and control, and was perceived as lacking both.

There's a gloomy spirit pervading the entire chain of command. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz suffered a ringing slap in the face from senior Defense Ministry officials who are retired and not subject to his commands, when many of them - as a former Mossad chief pointedly noted as colleagues nodded - didn't show up for the annual Defense Ministry reception on Independence Day evening, protesting the display of bad manners toward Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon.

Without discounting Ya'alon's own contribution to the gloom in the defense establishment, those of equal rank in that community lay more blame on Mofaz.

It's no accident that all-out war has broken out in the General Staff on Ya'alon's ("liars won't be officers") and Mofaz's watch, reaching a climax this week with the judge advocate general's recommendations on the matter of the three major generals suspected of financial misdeeds. The decay has spread through their court.

The use made by former chief of staff Mofaz of a misleading document from the Manpower Branch to move up the date of his demobilization retroactively so he could run for Knesset, was met by silence from Ya'alon and the head of Manpower at the time, Gil Regev - an appointment Mofaz made as chief of staff. The false presentation made by Mofaz was only blocked from outside the army, by the press, the Elections Commission and the High Court of Justice.

Ya'alon and Mofaz are experienced dairymen and neither are tender young calves. In recent weeks, a new Web site called www.yoshra.com has been running, operated by Ya'alon admirers, not all from his Kibbutz Gofrit, and calling for Mofaz's resignation. "Likud Central Committee members should be enlisted into the cause not to support the defense minister and keep him away from any ministerial position - not to depose the defense minister will harm Sharon's reelection in the coming elections."

That's an Israeli innovation if ever there was one: an unofficial Web site for a chief of staff, an officer in uniform, against the defense minister, from the political echelon. The chief of staff has not been heard forbidding his disciples from attacking the elected echelon above him. The site has been quite successful, with eight operators who have brought it to second place, a hair's breadth away from the sites that support Brigadier General Shmuel Zakai, which displayed only 3,753 names in Zakai's favor, against Ya'alon.

"If I had been asked to fill out a form evaluating Ya'alon," sighed a veteran of the military justice system, "I would write that `the officer is not experiencing what is happening in his unit." Ya'alon is thus a worthy partner to Mofaz and Sharon. All of them, each in his own way, is contributing to the atmosphere of the twilight of the gods in Israel.

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

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Posted by Unity Coalition for Israel, May 25, 2005.

The visit to the US this week by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon elicited a surprisingly large opposition response from across the nation, protesting his Disengagement Plan. In addition to demonstrators in New York and Washington DC where he spoke at two events, thousands of protest emails, faxes and phone calls poured in to key members of congress and the administration. Simultaneously, teams of people delivered packets on Capitol Hill, stating explicit reasons for Israel and the US to reconsider a retreat from valuable land that appears to reward four years of Palestinian jihad (terror).

Thousands of Christians and Jews from every state responded to an outpouring of information and Action Alerts from the Unity Coalition for Israel. These communications highlighted pitfalls inherent in Sharon's unilateral plan to remove, forcibly if necessary, the residents of 21 Jewish communities of Gush Katif in Gaza and 4 towns in Northern Shomrom in the West Bank.

They pointed out a troublesome aspect - that no preparations have been made to accommodate these people once they are removed. Certainly American taxpayers are not interested in footing the bill for their deportation, and that of removing another potential 80,000 people from the West Bank. The very fact that the Israel government feels it must adopt such a racist policy of eradicating any vestige of Jews or Jewish history from the midst of a predominantly Arab population, does not bode well for a peaceful two-state future in this area. Abu Abbas, the new Palestinian leader, already has allowed military hardware to be stockpiled in Gaza, has included terror groups in his new government instead of eliminating their infrastructure, and has encouraged international terrorist leadership to move into this potential vacuum. In fact, a radical new form of Al-Qaida now is active there, as reported May 20 in the Jerusalem Post.

One UCI Action Alert focused on this recently organized branch of Al-Qaida in Gaza. It consists of the most radical members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad who have rejected these groups on the basis that they are "too moderate", even though both groups are on the US official terrorism list. As an excuse for forming a new more radical Al-Qaida group, they cite their objection to the temporary ceasefire during the Jewish evacuation of Gaza and also the fact that the US has dishonored the Koran. This new Al-Qaida penetration is already operative in Rafah, Gaza and openly avows plans for attacking the United States and Israel once the "settlers" are moved out.

The Unity Coalition for Israel has a new section on its website: www.israelunitycoalition.org detailing the Disengagement Plan. Included is: an 8-page booklet entitled, "Disengagement is Not the Answer", videos depicting beautiful Gaza communities with testimony from residents and victims of terror, Action Alerts on important issues, more than 150 articles from very credible sources, and much more. All information can be downloaded for research purposes or for reprinting by churches, synagogues, study or prayer groups. Organizations may use it for their bulletins and newsletters.

UCI has served for 15 years as an information clearinghouse. It is a grassroots alliance of more than 200 organizations representing many millions of Christians and Jews, In addition to the daily news summaries, it has sponsored numerous educational conferences, press conferences, and rallies in Washington and at the National Religious Broadcasters annual conventions. Today's News Summaries, a newsletter on the latest Middle East issues, is available at no charge, by email: voices@israelunitycoalition.org, phone: 913-648-0022, fax: 913-648-7997 or website subscription.

The Unity Coalition for Israel (http://www.israelunitycoalition.org) is "the largest worldwide coalition of Jewish and Christian organizations, with more than 200 groups representing millions of people dedicated to Israel. Though we have many different backgrounds, we have one common goal: A Safe and Secure Israel."

"Israel is not just a Jewish issue. Millions of Christians resolutely endorse the principle of peace with security for the state of Israel. Because we work closely together and speak with a united voice, our message is being heard!"

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Posted by Tamar Rush, May 25, 2005.

"Islam is Peace" Says President," Remarks by the President at Islamic Center of Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010917-11.html

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much for your hospitality. We've just had a wide-ranging discussions on the matter at hand. Like the good folks standing with me, the American people were appalled and outraged at last Tuesday's attacks. And so were Muslims all across the world. Both Americans and Muslim friends and citizens, tax-paying citizens, and Muslims in nations were justappalled and could not believe what we saw on our TV screens.

These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith. Andit's important for my fellow Americans to understand that.

The English translation is not as eloquent as the original Arabic, but let me quote from the Koran,itself: In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do evil. For that they rejected the signs of Allah and held them up to ridicule.

The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and war.

When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace andpeace. And that's made brothers and sisters out of every race -- out of every race.

America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors,members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect.

Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable going outside their homes. Moms who wear cover must be not intimidated in America. That's not the America I know. That'snot the America I value.

I've been told that some fear to leave; some don't want to go shopping for their families; some don't want to go about their ordinary daily routines because, by wearing cover, they're afraid they'll be intimidated. That should not and that will not stand in America.

Those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to take out their anger don't represent the best of America, they represent the worst of human kind, and they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior.

This is a great country. It's a great country because we share the same values of respect and dignity and human worth. And it is my honor to be meeting with leaders who feel just the same way I do. They're outraged, they're sad. They love America just as much as I do.

I want to thank you all for giving me a chance to come by. And may God bless us all.

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Posted by Evelyn Hayes, May 25, 2005.

It's easy to speak up after the evil reign is over. Everywhere there are Holocaust Memorials. The righteous are paying respect to the dead victims after the victimizers were defeated. But what happened to the brave young heroes of Vilna who named their defense, "We Will Never Die"? Who stopped them from saving Vilna? Who is now stopping to hear the voices of the living victims such as David Hatouel and Maayan, the Ger of Croatia?

Embezzlers get away with their crimes done behind closed doors, but the Oslo door is wide open and a revolving door for international corruption and murderers while it would make the greatest citizens homeless.

From Oslo Redeployment to Gaza Disengagement, the war is given free rein, even called peace, and the victims are fighting themselves. From Oslo Redeployment to Gaza Disengagement, money transfers are a "world-con" which is taking the yellow out of orange and leaving red again. By red, I mean a "world-con" like the Communism and World-Com corruption that depleted the pensions, banks and so many companies. I mean an Enron that is run by a few big "me-lauds" pocketing what doesn't belong to them. Instead of manna of HaShem and rewards for production, there is a minority reducing the assets of the many.

Who is courageous enough to listen to the wise, self-sacrificing, devoted, concerned, empathetic voices trying to stop the self-destruction by self-mutilation of Israel that is being carried out to please the Durban Hate Fetishers stopped in their tracks by the towering of the Twin Towers? As the world suffers the same fate of the Jews, the vocal Jews are not only silenced but muzzled. Since when is it not proper to react to the greatest evil of our times? Since when is it proper to sacrifice the greatest good to the greatest evil.

As Sharon, looked downcast and guilty during an interruption of a few minutes at the AIPAC Conference in Washington, the challengers were speaking up for 10,000 possible victims of self-mutilation for treacherous results. Nothing registered in the audience. It was reported that besides a well recognized and admired Jewish leader, a woman who declared Klal Gush Katif is family was evicted roughly and with injuries as she was a voice pleading to stop the casual acceptance of disengagement. Who faces divorce casually? Who faces the replacement of plowshares with swords casually? The muzzle is repulsive, especially when Sharon is not acting according to his platform, mandate and with his full cabinet, Shin Bet and IDF. Cabinet members have quit, been fired or been bribed. Army personnel are also protesting, resigning, warning of the consequences of the APPEASE NOW policy allowing War Nearer. Even the victims of hate cannot bear to acknowledge the fate of their brothers and sisters. They divert their brains and will not look at the gross mismanagement. The disengagement is dehumanization of the Jews so they can suffer again; worse, the silent also know their similar fate.

I once asked a storekeeper just attacked about the damage. I was told that a terrorist's bullet landed in the Chumash and didn't go through the name of HASHEM. I asked where was this book? I was told, "gone, we don't want to remember. We have to go on living as if nothing is happening."

The suffering of those with a history of being abused by imperialists and Jihad aggression takes on a self-mutilating perspective when venom is spewing from brother against brother.

When Sharon was interrupted, the AIPAC audience spewed, "It is not the time. It is not the time."

Isn't the time usually before and not after? Wouldn't it be better if justice were now and not later. Perhaps it's a Holocaust Syndrome: Don't shake the Reich because it might happen again.

Those who realize, "Not Now" allows sooner to become too late spoke up at the AIPAC Conference and demonstrated outside. They are our pride like Abraham creating civilization and Israel in a majority of decadence. Their emotions are the emotions of so many more than appear because individuals see through walls and connect with reality. The reign of madmen herds those drenched in the stench of those who dirty themselves to appear clean to those who think they are dirty and get filthy.

The earth in Gush Katif is the most productive in Israel with the blessing of HaShem. Deserts are green because of the emunah of the descendants of Yaakov. Emunah is orange because it has added humanity to red. I have flooded my wardrobe with orange as a bold statement against the red that chased my ancestors out of Russia Poland and the red that lets blood in Israel be forgotten as if it were never shed.

Bless those who were brutally evicted from the AIPAC Conference. Let their injuries heal. Bless those who stood outside, who wore orange, who set aside their daily activity to take an active part in keeping Gush Katif and civilization. The American Israel PAC is not pro-American nor pro-Bible laws when free speech is stifled accepting the Sharon unilateral self-mutilization. Disengagement no matter the victims nor consequences is contrary to American values. One has to say no especially when Sharon has split his party, his country and his unmapping is mutilating little Israel, just 22% of its former legal Balfour mandate. What sane, self-respecting person self-mutilates itself for illegal aliens who blow themselves apart to kill Jews, Americans and even Arabs in Iraq who are saying no to terrorism with the help of America?

Those who are expressing themselves with emunah for the rights of the Jews are an umbrella against the reign of hate. Those who appease enable pan-jihad to continue to hail flames of human flesh.

Yes, even if you don't want to hear it, there were many representatives of the umbrella to stop the reign of hate in New York and Washington. Those of us who stayed home, called, write and support our heroes of today. We advocate for their umbrella to block the world from evil and the heil to hate. Let our human chains ignored be the major wall that supports justice for Jews and all mankind in Gush Katif, Shomron, Jerusalem and everywhere.

Those who might enable the Magen David Synagogue containing a museum of Yamit to be destroyed in Gush Katif, should recognize there were Jewish stars in the audience who AIPAC did not let shine.

Onward, Jewish Nation. Am Yisrael Chai.

Evelyn Hayes is author of The Plague Series: "The Eleventh Plague, TWINS, because their hearts are softened to accept the unacceptable" and "The Twelfth Plague, GENERATIONS, because the lion wears stripes." and "Thirteen, REDEMPTION, if." Contact her at

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Posted by Yardena Anat Even, May 25, 2005.

In today's Haaretz there's an editorial by Danny Rabinowitz that triggers response from all Israelis and Jews of the world.

Unfortunately Rabinowitz is not the original or the creator of the sentiment that Israel should change its flag, its anthem and its national symbols to please the Arabs who live in Israel and decorate their wall with posters of Yasser Arafat like Ahmed Tibi.

Tibi is the one who originated his discomfort about the issue back then in 1998 and the Economist printed a link to the full article.

The Economist printed an editorial April 23rd 1998 when they interviewed Dr Ahmed Tibi,

Dr Ahmed Tibi is an Israeli citizen. He is also an adviser to Yasser Arafat, whose photograph hangs behind his desk. Naturally, he is a supporter of the Oslo accords. Naturally, he is despondent about the sluggish progress towards peace. But the really disconcerting thing is what he has to say about the Israeli Arabs, not about the Palestinians. The destiny of Israel's Arabs, he says, is not as part of an independent Palestine. "Our struggle is within the framework called Israel."

The "framework" called Israel? Yes: along with many Israeli Arabs, Dr Tibi says that Israel must change its flag and national anthem, perhaps even its name, before its Arab minority becomes an equal part of it. It cannot be truly democratic when its national emblems are drawn from the symbols of only one religion. For the same reason, he says, the law of return should be repealed. It is manifestly unfair to grant automatic citizenship to any Jew, no matter where he was born, whilst refusing it to the millions of Palestinian refugees. Israel, he says, can be a democracy or a Jewish state, not both."

To further jar your memory, in 1998 Ahmed Tibi threatened ALL Israeli media not to publish Zeevi's murder. To quote from "Employees of Israel Radio allege that Tibi called the country's newspapers, threatening not to allow their reporters into the Palestinian autonomy if they dared publish the story," (www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/2527/press47.htm):

Last week's story on Rehavam Ze'evi's accusations of collaborating with Israel - leveled against the father of Arafat-aide Ahmed Tibi and the uncle of Arab MK Abdel Darawshe - has a continuation. It has been learned by Arutz-7 that the story was "buried" by Voice of Israel Radio, after threats by Tibi that if it broadcast the item, its reporters would not be allowed in to the autonomous areas.

IMW: Voice of Israel is silent on Dr. Ahmed Tibi

The hutzpa is that Tibi is allowed to warm up a seat in the Knesset...

Preposterous as it sounds, radical as it is, a handful of Jews at Haaretz subscribe to this idea. A typical Dhimmi example

Contact Yardena Anat Even at Yardena3@aol.com

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Posted by Tamar Rush, May 25, 2005.
This is an Editorial-Op from yesterday's Washington Times (www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20050519-092915-7312r.htm). It is reprinted from today's Front Page Magazine (www.FrontPageMagazine.com).

Aside from al Qaeda, no terrorist group has killed more Americans than Hezbollah, which is bankrolled by Iran to the tune of at least $100 million a year. Hezbollah's main theaters of operation are Lebanon, its home country (where it killed hundreds of Americans during the 1980s), and the West Bank and Gaza, where it helps Palestinian rejectionists target Israel. But the group is active in the United States as well. Hezbollah is believed to have cells in at least 10 U.S. cities.

Although the organization has yet to launch an attack on U.S. soil, its U.S. activities are far from benign. Its work in this country has two major purposes: One is to raise money and smuggle arms to Hezbollah fighters, often by criminal activities ranging from credit-card fraud to cigarette smuggling; and the other is to conduct surveillance behind enemy lines, with a possible eye toward launching attacks on U.S. targets in the event of an armed conflict between the United States and Tehran. Like his backers in Iran, Hezbollah boss Hassan Nasrallah routinely denounces the United States and Israel as his organization's main enemies. Given the events of September 11, and given Hezbollah's own record of kidnapping, torturing and killing Americans when it has had the opportunity, we ignore the group's operations in this country at our peril.

Outside of metropolitan Detroit, last month's arrest of Nemr Ali Rahal, a 41-year-old businessman, at his Dearborn home on charges of smuggling funds to Hezbollah, went largely unreported by the news media around the United States. But the story deserves our attention. In Mr. Rahal's house, agents found a videotape of a Hezbollah rally he attended in Lebanon three years ago. The FBI said it found $600 worth of change in buckets in the Rahal home, and that he said the money was meant to go to "orphans" -- the children of suicide bombers. Mr. Rahal has been charged with stealing more than $400,000 by means of credit-card fraud. When Mr. Rahal returned Feb. 9 from a trip to Canada, Customs agents found traces of explosives on his passport.

In March, Mahmoud Kourani of Dearborn pleaded guilty to providing material support for Hezbollah. He will be sentenced next month. Kourani ( whose brother is Hezbollah's chief of military security in southern Lebanon) is an illegal alien who sneaked into the United States from Mexico in February 2001. Federal authorities have repeatedly arrested suspected Hezbollah operatives for attempting to smuggle night-vision goggles and other military equipment to the organization. One suspect, arrested in 1998, skipped bail and fled to Lebanon before returning to the United States last year to face federal charges. In 2003, a federal court convicted a Hezbollah cell based in Charlotte, N.C., on charges of aiding Hezbollah by operating a cigarette-smuggling ring. The leader of that group, Mohammed Hammoud, received 155 years in prison.

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Posted by Dovid Ben Chaim, May 25, 2005.

Everyone needs to understand that the Sharon Scheme is beginning to crumble. In Israel, the evacuation timetable itself is proving infeasible, dissension is spreading in the ranks of Israel's security forces, the generals are calling for "more time," the Israeli people are beginning to stir, the Arabs no longer can contain themselves, the left and their cohorts in the crypto-left are starting to panic, and the US administration, seeing all this, is hedging its bets.

Clearly, the balance is beginning to shift but it has not yet reached critical mass. So this is no time for complacency. It is a time for renewed action. We must not look past the game we're playing today. We should work harder, increase our efforts and do more of what every it is we've been doing in the past.

Write a letter, forward this email, attend a rally, stage your own, wear an orange Gush Katif t-shirt*, contact the White House, contribute to the Gush Katif resistance, fly to Israel, move to Gush Katif, pray, argue with a neighbor. Whatever you do keep doing it and more! We can tip the scales and turn back the evil decree!!

*Striking, bright orange Gush Katif t-shirts are available in the US for only $10. Simply call 212-828-2424, or write, afsi@rcn.com.

Tax-deductible contributions to FRIENDS OF GUSH KATIF may be sent to 1623 Third Ave. Suite 205, New York, N.Y. 10128 or may be donated directly through the website: www.katifund.org.


The March to Stop the Deportation

Americans Say Never Again!

Never Again to indifference.

Never Again to silence.

Never Again to deportation.

Dear Friend of Israel,

The Sharon Government plans to deport close to 10,000 Jews from Gush Katif and Northern Shomron later this summer. Jewish lives are at risk both there as well as in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and other major population centers. Even PM Sharon's own newly appointed head of the Shin Bet Yuval Diskin paints a bleak picture of Israel's security situation after the expulsion. According to Diskin, "Northern Samaria and Gaza without the IDF means terror and the firing of missiles at Israeli targets all over the Land. It would leave the IDF without an effective method of fighting terror." Our brothers and sisters in Israel have pleaded for us to do something to prevent this crime against humanity and violation of G-d's commandment to the Jewish people. They are counting on us. We will not let them down.

Join Us

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

10:00 am-5:00 pm

Outside the Israeli Embassy, Washington DC

Register Now: www.stopthedeportation.org

Questions/Comments: sbarkochba@yahoo.com

A Program of Ascendant Redemption

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Posted by Max Yas, May 25, 2005.

A new WMD (Warmongering Media Disinformation) has been creeping up on us for years, but finally got our attention when Newsweek published a story about guards flushing down the toilet a copy of the Holy Koran in Guantanamo Bay in order to humiliate the confined terrorists and induce them to give up valuable information.

In the ensuing riots in Muslim countries 17 innocent people have been killed, more than a hundred wounded and much property destroyed.

Newsweek rushed to print based on an unverified tip, which proved to be false. They have now apologized and retracted. A lot of good this will do for the dead and wounded! No matter how firmly and frequently Newsweek may apologize and retract, hundreds of millions of Muslims will continue to believe this story as they believe that the Twin Towers were demolished "by the Jews."

Newsweek is not alone in allowing their prejudices to get the better of their judgment. Dan Rather lost his (talking) head by reporting against President Bush, based on forged documents; and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported, in a short documentary on the evening news, that Israelis in Gaza are spreading poison in Arab fields to kill their sheep. This story was based on the death of two newborn lambs. During the Dark Ages the Jews of Europe were accused of poisoning wells and spreading the Black Death - now it's poisoning sheep and spreading HIV. How little we have progressed in the intervening centuries!!!

Guilt by omission: In addition to spreading obvious disinformation, the Media misinforms by omission of any news that does not fit their party line.


Those who follow world news remember the 13 year-old Palestinian boy caught in a crossfire during a shoot-out between terrorists and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and eventually shot to death. The media immediately jumped to the conclusion that the IDF killed the boy. Newspapers gave the story big headlines and followed up for days; TV ran the story and photos over and over again daily. When forensic tests eventually proved conclusively that the deadly bullet did not come from a weapon used by the IDF, the media barely mentioned this part of the story.

Please think back to the "massacre in Jenin." The media reported, with photos, for weeks on this dastardly action by the IDF. The United Nations, where anti-Israel resolutions are routinely passed frequently and always with lopsided majorities, launched a probe and found that there was no massacre in Jenin!!! In fact 26 IDF members lost their lives by defusing the many booby-traps and mines set by retreating terrorists. They could have demolished the slum area from the air without incurring casualties, but chose instead to avoid "collateral damage" by sending in a mine-clearing team with predictable losses to IDF soldiers. How did the media react? With barely a mention.

William Randolph Hearst (1863 - 1951) created the largest newspaper chain in the USA. To build circulation he resorted to what became know as Yellow Journalism: a combination of spurious excitement, exaggeration, and frenzied promotional methods. He seized on the Cuban Revolution of 1895 and by inflating accounts of Spanish "atrocities", aroused public indignation and helped bring about the Spanish American War (based on Encyclopedia Americana - 2000 edition).

"News is something someone is trying to hide. Everything else is just advertising." (W.R. Hearst) Today, the second part of Hearst's quotation should be: "Everything else is propaganda."

After a century, Yellow Journalism is flourishing again and leading to an unintended conclusion: WORLD WAR III BETWEEN THE MUSLIM WORLD AND THE WESTERN COUNTRIES.

Contact Max Yas by email at maxyas@victoria.tc.ca

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, May 25, 2005.


Every day the independent, patriotic, but small-scale Israeli media report undemocratic measures by the Sharon regime. The "NY Times" does not.

This neglect of crucial news isn't for love of Israel or lack of staff. The "Times" has its own personnel in Israel. So do the major wire services; Western reporters abound in Israel. They are not there to report news, however, they are there to support views. They ignore issues of police brutality and whatever would, if known, sully Sharon's abandonment plan.


The Arabs are trying to redefine terrorism so as not to include resistance to national occupation and so as to consider the western Palestinian Arabs occupied. Both concepts are erroneous. Here, let's take up the notion that any fighting by the Arabs is justified. It isn't justified.

The Arabs signed a peace agreements. They have no justification for warfare. They could negotiate a final settlement, but do not. Now they say they want to, but they violate agreements already reached. Israel wants to let them alone, but their warriors seek out Israelis aggressively.

Why do the Western media not debunk the Arab notion? Do our media not understand it or are they too biased to report accurately and would prefer leaving readers with pro-Arab impressions?


Most people don't bother to read the text of the question period at press conferences held by representatives of the State Dept.. If people read one or two, they would find it eye opening.

The questions about the Arab-Israel conflict are like a cross-examination, seeking to goad the representative into admitting a conflict with Israeli policy and to make a threat against Israel. The representative falls back on vague phraseology, references to previous agreements and that each side "should" do what is expected, i.e., of Israel, what the US demands but denies it is demanding.

Like the State Dept., the journalists treat the two sides sometimes as equals, although the Arabs are the aggressors, and sometimes as if Israel were the aggressor. Israel's innocent civilian activities are assumed to be of grievous injury to the Arabs. The Arabs guilty military activity is assumed not to be of grievous harm to the Jews.

More important are the questions not asked: (1) Why does Pres. Bush want statehood for the western Palestinian Arabs, after the eastern Palestinian Arabs already have a state and the Arabs have many other states? (2) While waging war on terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq, why does Pres. Bush offer them financial aid in the P.A.? (3) Since the P.A. media officially preaches a religious duty to murder Americans, why does the Administration propose statehood for it, whether it terrorist leadership be elected fairly or unfairly? (4) Since the PLO/P.A. breaks all their agreements, and since their religious faith, secular ideology, and popular opinion all reject the notion of genuine peace with Israel and acceptance of just the Territories for an Arab state, and since the Arabs call for ceasefires that they violate and which they use to escalate their military preparedness for a renewed offensive, why does the Administration call for restraint from both sides, rather than calling for Israel to go all out and destroy the Arab aggressors?

The media invited to the briefings are biased, ignorant, or subdued, and the government is pursuing a policy of folly that the media fails to be a watchdog over.


"Israel will use 'all necessary means' to stop mortars and rockets fired from Gaza at Israeli towns and settlements, Defense Min. S. Mofaz said ..." "At the same time, Israel promised restraint, unwilling to risk breaking the cease-fire..." (Steven Erlanger, NY Times, 5/20, A8.)

On page 4, Mr. Erlanger had a rare human interest story about Israelis. Unlike such stories about the Arabs, this one did not put the subjects sympathetically. Instead, as is "Times" practice, first it had a damning but false and unchallenged Arab claim that the Jews are usurpers, and are interfering with Arab plans to set up a state. Only paragraphs later did a tepid and incomplete Israeli reply appear. Mr. Erlanger found an Israeli who used the expression about Gaza, "give back to the Palestinians." It never was theirs. The Land of Israel is the Jewish homeland that the Arabs had conquered and lost centuries ago. An expression of greater accuracy and for historical justice would be fore "the Arabs to give back the land to the Jews."

The Israelis are masters at self-contradiction, the Arabs are masters at having it both ways, and the "NY Times" is masterful at obscuring such news.

The Arabs call for a ceasefire, but open fire. With the help of the "Times," they pretend there is a ceasefire, while they go on arming themselves and killing Jews. Subjected to constant unfair criticism, Israel is afraid to declare that the Arabs have ended the ceasefire, so it joins the pretense of there being one, letting the Arabs have it both ways.

Israel will use all necessary means to stop the bombardment, but will use "restraint" so as not to break what the constant bombardments prove is not a ceasefire. That is self-contradiction. It answers bombardment with bombast. This is an old Israeli governmental practice of appeasing its people without protecting them. If it exercises restraint, then it doesn't use "all necessary means" to stop the bombardment. To the contrary, it continues to plan abandoning Gaza to the Arab rocket squads. That would enable more attacks.

If the times were a news paper rather than an anti-Zionist propaganda paper, it would puncture the illusion that the Arabs have ceased firing, that the Arabs ever honor their agreements with Israel, that the government protects its people, and that the Arabs are deserving of any consideration after their constant terrorism. The paper should not take seriously the Arabs' complaint about Israel preventing their setting up a state, as if statehood were their right.


After Arab terrorists attacked Israel, and the P.A. failed to try to stop them (even when Israel informed it where the rocket-launchers were and its forces went there), Israel undertook some measures of self-defense. (Israel also destroyed three Hizbullah posts, after Hizbullah fired a salvo at Israel.) The US reaction was to urge all parties to show restraint. That is not fair. Worse, it indicates what Israel can expect when and if Israel abandons Gaza and the Arabs step up their attacks. It can expect a denial of Israel's right to fully defend itself.

PM Sharon's forthcoming trip to the US affords an opportunity for him to rally a pro-Israel constituency here over such matters. Unfortunately, he does not take advantage of such opportunities. (No, he comes to take orders.) All he is interested in is retreating (Dr. Aaron Lerner, IMRA, 5/19).

US policy is for Israel to abandon all of Yesha, regardless of the consequences to Israel. That should not be Israeli policy. Israeli policy should be to get the US to withdraw and for the US to show restraint in its pronouncements. If it must comment, let it encourage Israel to throw off all restraint in cracking down on terrorism and ending the use of autonomy to promote terrorism.


According to documents and videos that Israeli forces seized from Hamas in Gaza, Hamas is recruiting Palestinian Arabs to go on jihad against Chechnya, as well as in the Balkans, P.A., Kashmir, and Lebanon. Hamas is making international Islamist contacts (IMRA, 5/19).

Left to brood, evil brews.

Russia is allying itself with the P.A., which coddles Hamas, which, in turn, gets Russians killed. Is that in Russia's self-interest? Or should Russia ally itself with Israel, and get Hamas crushed and, in turn, Russians saved? Do governments act in their national interest? Do they know what is in their national interest?


The head of Al-Quds U., Sari Nusseibeh, and the head of Hebrew U, both in Jerusalem, signed a joint declaration of their universities' cooperation and their opposition to the British professors' pledged boycott of some Israeli universities. The declaration affirmed mutual respect as the basis for attaining common objectives (IMRA, 5/19).

"Common objectives?" "Mutual respect?" Nusseibeh's objective is the overthrow of Israel. To that end, he has had his university train youths in terrorism. What is his real motive in this statement?


Attorney General Mazuz of Israel was asked what forms of protest against abandonment are legal. Shoving, spitting and throwing stones at soldiers or police are not a legitimate form of expression. Neither is road blocking, which may endanger people's lives.

Posters stating, "Disengagement is tearing the nation apart," "The transfer (of Jews) will not be passed," and "Sharon is a dictator" are legal forms of freedom of speech.

He noted that "part of the public" demands banning such sloganeering and punishing protestors.

"Mazuz said he has asked police to examine complaints whereby legitimate demonstration posters have been confiscated, and people wearing t-shirts with slogans protesting the disengagement have not been allowed into certain events." (IMRA, 5/19.)

Well said! Let's hope he means it.


Arab terrorists fired 40 rockets at the mostly civilian Jewish communities in the Gush Katif area in Gaza, within a 24-hour period. In response to this Arab escalation, the IDF declared that it would not escalate its response, which was to attack and scatter a few rocket squads, and then halt.

Residents told reporters that they consider the dearth of casualties miraculous. Their faith keeps them from moving out. So does realization that their departure would weaken Israeli security (Arutz-7, 5/19).

Pres. Bush had asked both sides not to escalate. Israel heeded; the Arabs did not. Have you noticed that the US is ever patient with the Arabs, rarely scolding them for their escalation? Bear in mind that escalation in self-defense is normal.

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

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Posted by Jock L. Falkson, May 25, 2005.

D Day is tomorrow, 26 May, for the AUT's meeting to reconsider its boycott of Israel's academic fraternity.

This essay was written by Howard Jacobson. It appeared oon http://liberoblog.com/howard-jacobson-on-anti-zionism/ Never heard of Howard Jacobson previously and what a pity that is (for me).

Here, in a powerfully expressed and closely reasoned argument, Jacobson exposes the vilification of Israel by Sue Blackwell and her Association of University Teachers.

Allow me, in the light of the Association of University Teachers decision to boycott Israeli Universities, to voice a heresy. Anti-Zionism is, after all, anti-Semitism.

I say after all because until now I have always resisted the conflation of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. I have suffered very little anti-Semitism personally, and don't find it under every stone. I don't think Jews, by virtue of their victimization in the past, have any right to expect exemption from the usual rough and tumble of opinion. And I don't consider it a mark of ill will towards Israel - indeed it might well denote the very opposite - to oppose its policies when they are inhumane.

It is important to hammer in this nail. No, no, and no again, I do not accuse all those who censure Israel of hating Jews. Which nail hammered, it is equally important to drive in another. In the boycott by the Association of University Teachers what has been expressed is not criticism or censure but villification. Criticism, the more particularly as university teachers should be expected to understand it, implies the free exchange of judgement and idea, the give and take - however harsh - of argument and counter-argument. Anything less is merely the closing of minds. And a boycott - especially a boycott of thinkers, scientists, philosophers, etc, those for whom open-mindedness should be paramount - is an expression of the closing of minds en masse.

There is some fancy abroad that where large numbers of people agree to close their minds together you have democracy in action. You don't. What you have is mobilized prejudice.

In this instance, therefore, it is plain to me that the mantra "Criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic" has no bearing, because we are not confronted with any operation of judgement or debate to which the word "criticism" approximates.

But if we are not dealing with fair or open minds, does it necessarily follow that we are dealing with anti-Semitic ones? Let me explain the reasons why I believe it does. No other country has been singled out for similar treatment. No boycotting of Chinese universities, or Universities in African or Arab countries where infringements of human rights are state sponsored and racism is so routine it is part of the curriculum. Were all the charges brought against the State of Israel true, that would still leave it as one sinner among many. By isolating Israel as the worst offender of all - the ne plus ultra of criminal brutality - those who support this boycott consent to conferring unequivocally upon Israel the status of pariah. A degraded and despised place. An outcast from civilized society. The very position, in fact, which Jews have occupied in most countries of the world, not least the countries of the Middle East, for as many years as you care to quantify.

Is this merely coincidence? Or do we bring it on ourselves?

One thing is clear, in the case of Israel, as in countless instances in Jewish history, an exception has been made of Jews. A Jewish enterprise, this time the Jewish state itself, is found to be unlike no other, not only to be censured more comprehensively than any other, but to be kept outside the city walls, not to be conversed with, a thing unclean, untouchable.

"Jewish science" was how the Nazis referred to psychoanalysis and relativity. Because Freud and Einstein were Jewish, the German people had to be protected from the contamination of their work. Now the contaminating science is not Jewish but Israeli. Which we are told is somehow different.

I ask the question again and defy the authors of the boycott to answer it - is this merely a coincidence or do we bring it on ourselves?

Coincidence or not, Sue Blackwell, the prime sponsor of this boycott, has insisted that yes, Israel is uniquely reprehensible, illegitimate as no other country is illegitimate in that "it is founded on ethnic cleansing". Not occasionally guilty of this heinous crime, notice. But founded on it - ethnic cleansing, if you like, written secretly, as is the way of Jews, into its inauguration and constitution.

Here is not the place to detail the socialist aspirations of those Zionist pioneers who saw in Palestine an opportunity to reconfigure their own ethnicity - who, far from wishing to drive out the local Arab population, dreamed an almost Utopian dream of co-operation with them. I have met such idealists myself in kibbutzim up and down Israel, still active despite all their disappointments so far. To talk of ethnic cleansing as hardwired into the Zionist enterprise is a violence not only to history, it is a violence to Jews living and dead. It hates Israel before there was an Israel to hate. And before Israel there were only Jews.

The ethnic cleansing accusation has taken hold recently as a sleeker alternative to the charge of Nazism. While it is simple to refute the claim that the Israelis are the new Nazis - show us the extermination camps, show us the gas chambers, show us the will to wipe out an entire culture - "ethnic cleansing" sticks the easier for being vaguer while doing the same job of making Jews guilty of the very crimes of which they were once the victims. Call it a sort of retroactive justice. In a number of public letters over the last months, Ken Livingstone, for example, has accused Israel of systematic ethnic cleansing, citing not some "virulently anti-Israel critic" but the Israeli historian Professor Benny Morris. If a Jew says it, you see, it cannot be anti-Semitic. In fact Professor Morris denounces Livingstone for quoting from his book "without invoking the context in which this occurred. It was in a war of aggression launched by the Palestinian Arabs in November/December 1947 against the Jewish community in Palestine with the aim of preventing the emergence of a Jewish state and possibly throwing them in the sea."

A context is not, of course, an excuse. But the villification of Israel of which the academic boycott is the latest example rests upon contextlessness, Israel's every act an unprovoked aggression, at every turn the doer and not the done to, all mention of war waged by the other side expunged. Here, too, I recognize the age-old strategies of anti-Semitism. Jews clung together unwholesomely, the anti-Semites said, and never mind that as a deliberate act of segregation they had been herded into ghettos. They were money-lenders and financiers, and never mind that all other opportunities had been closed to them. The Jew was contextless. He came evil into the world. As did, for those who would shun it, Israel.

Like the Jews who founded it in their image, Israel - alone among nations - stands outside history.

But then for Sue Blackwell the argument of history is only circular anyway. It is no defence of Israel that it has had to fight against being driven into the sea, because the sea, in her view, is where it belongs. Again, alone among the peoples of the earth, Jews are to have no home but must seek shelter wherever they are lucky enough to find it. A "Holy Land in which people of all races and religions have equal status" is Sue Blackwell's ambition. Forgive a Jew for wondering like unto which other harmonious Middle Eastern country, where Jews have enjoyed equality of status, this would be.

St Augustine saw perpetual exile as our mark of Cain, the price Jews paid and must go on paying, for being murderers. Not much has changed. It is anti-Semitic to refuse in principle a homeland for the Jews, or to suppose that they have yet again showed themselves to be unworthy of one. Never mind that there are Jewish academics among those who have signed up to the boycott. The admiration of one's fellows is a seduction few of us can resist, and in the current climate a Jewish academic is a hero (isn't this the very logic of the academic boycott?) only when he publicly signs up to be no friend of Israel.

Dark rumours surround Sue Blackwell's feverishly pro-Palestinian website. A Commons committee is said to be investigating possible links with a site blaming Jews for 9/11. An "inadvertent" link, Sue Blackwell insists. Whatever the truth of it, the University of Birmingham, where Sue Blackwell teaches, currently disowns her site. Myself, I don't think it makes much difference to her position whether she has links with overt anti-Semites, or simply wants to sell olive oil made by Palestinians on the web; her politics are virulent either way. More to the point is that she teaches in an English Department. English as an academic subject has lost its way in the last three or four decades, deconstructing itself into a relativism which leaves its practitioners hungry for anything that looks like an absolute. Thus, whereas every text yields itself to a thousand interpretations, the state of Israel yields itself to only one. In this manner do minds which should be enquiring box themselves at last into that darkness where no enquiry, no departure from enforced orthodoxy, is permissible. To a Jew, then, who understands the history of his people as one long subjection to absolutism - where all else shifts, the Jew at least is constant in his graspingness and inhumanity - no, it is no coincidence that in our time the one pariah state is the country of a pariah people.

Anti-Zionism, now, is anti-Semitic because by the actions of its members the Association of University Teachers has made it so.

Jock Falkson is a former South African advertising executive, now a free lance writer living in Israel. To be put on Jock Falkson's email list to receive his essays, contact him at falkson@barak-online.net

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Posted by Michael Gropper, May 25, 2005.

I think the attached article says it all. I hope the American administration is prepared to put the truth to test in the Bush-Abbas meeting scheduled Thursday. I wish someone could talk to Bush and tell him that peace will never materialize in the Middle East when blatant lies are allowed to continue to grow with the world's eyes closed, and too many Israelis are still blinded by their battle fatigue and misplaced dreams.

This article was written by Zalman Shoval, who served twice as Israel's ambassador to the United States. It appeared in the Jerusalem Post yesterday. It is archived at www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ ShowFull&cid=1116901693566

When Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) calls on President George Bush at the White House on Thursday, he will certainly receive renewed support for Palestinian statehood. We also know that Abbas, when pressed about the reforms he promised and his failure to act decisively against terror and incitement, will complain about the Israeli "wall" and checkpoints, and his trouble imposing authority.

In all this litany, the one issue most central to the Arab-Israeli conflict may not come up at all: the Palestinian refusal to renounce the so-called "right of return" of Palestinian refugees to Israel.

In a recent article in The New York Times Magazine, James Bennet, the paper's former Israel correspondent, wrote that Abbas's "stated goals are like Arafat's - [he] also rejected the deal which Barak offered at Camp David." This means, to recall, that in addition to rejecting a state over 97 percent of the territories and most of east Jerusalem, Yasser Arafat would not consider consenting to an end of conflict declaration if he had to give up the "right of return" to Israel.

In his letter of April 14, 2004 to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Bush wrote that "it seems clear than an agreed, just, fair and realistic framework for a solution to the Palestinian refugee issue as part of any final status agreement will need to be found through the establishment of a Palestinian state, and the settling of Palestinian refugees there, rather than in Israel." Though certainly a step in the right direction, this formulation leaves much to be desired.

The phrase "rather than in Israel" is disturbing as it might imply that settling the refugees in a future Palestinian state is only an alternative, though a preferable one, to settling them in Israel. More importantly, what "seems clear" to the American President is anything but as far as the Palestinian leaders, including Abu Mazen, are concerned.

In his televised speech on the so-called "Nakba (catastrophe) Day," the latter not only called the decision to create the state of Israel a crime, but also reiterated his demand for solving the refugee issue on the basis of UN General Assembly resolution 194 - which means getting the "right of return" in through the back door.

If that was not clear enough, he went further, stating that the refugees' being in the Arab countries was only temporary "until the day of carrying out the UN resolutions will come." As Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit wrote last week, "Abu Mazen couldn't have been more precise: For him there will never be peace or security, nor stability in the Middle East, without enforcing the "right of return" in practice. In other words, there is no connection between Palestinian statehood and the solution of the refugee problem."

Abbas, in other words, completely rejects the basic premise of the Bush letter.

THE FACT that the Palestinians refuse to renounce their claim creates a clear gap between the Israeli and Palestinian positions. Israel, by signing on to the road map, has accepted Palestinian statehood; the Palestinians, by claiming the "right of return" are still refusing to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Furthermore, though the Bush letter sees in a Palestinian state the solution to the refugee problem, it seems to gloss over the fact that, even in the best case, this mini-state would not be able to economically or demographically absorb more than 10% of the refugee population.

What about the rest? For unless the Palestinian refugee problem is dealt with it will remain a festering wound, destroying any chance of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

It is no coincidence that the Palestinian refugee problem has not only not been resolved all these years, but encouraged to multiply. Israel successfully absorbed and integrated a much larger number of Jewish refugees than the number of Arabs who left Israel after 1948, despite its lack of resources and space compared to the Arab world.

The Arab states and the various Palestinian leaders over the years, not without a measure of complicity on the part of the UN, deliberately rejected any suggestion to settle the refugees and shut down the camps in which they languished, often under inhuman conditions, and grant the refugees basic civil rights. The obvious aim of prolonging all this Palestinian suffering was to multiply the political and terrorist pressure on Israel.

For some of the Arab "host" countries there was an added advantage: cheap labor without fundamental benefits of education, healthcare, job security or workers' rights - let alone the rights of permanent residency and to travel freely.

At a recent meeting in the United Kingdom with Palestinian leaders, including ministers in the present Palestinian government, I raised the question of helping to solve the refugee problem by following the Jordanian precedent of at least partly integrating the refugees in the countries in which they reside. The reaction was viscerally negative, even violent: Never!

If this is a true reflection of Palestinian attitudes - and I am afraid it is - it is a clear and discouraging indication that the Palestinian concept of peace is still very different from that of Israel and of Abbas's host in the White House.

The greatest contribution Bush could make to peace would be to say the plain truth: Until the Palestinians have abandoned their claim of a "right of return" to Israel, they cannot claim to have recognized Israel's right to exist.

Dr. Gropper and his wife Ruth made aliyah with two children; he now has 4, one of whom was just made a commander in the tank corp.

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Posted by Naomi Ragen, May 25, 2005.


I am a fan of Oprah's, and a subscriber to her wonderful (until now) magazine. And so, I was outraged at O Magazine's publication of an article sympathetic to a young Palestinian girl who wants to be a suicide bomber! She's "helpless," blah,blah, blah. What about the nonstop incitement of children to kill by the Palestinian Authority? What about the rich Palestinians, and Saudis and Egyptians who blow themselves up? We can't let this go unnoticed. Please go to the following site, which will give you information on who to contact to express your disgust and outrage: http://tinyurl.com/bfvn8

Opraqh, you are getting bad advice, and are jumping on the antiSemite, trendy pro-terrorist, hate-America bandwagon. I'm horribly disappointed.

To register your protest about the article in Oprah Magazine, write: youropinions@hearst.com

Please include your name, address, and daytime phone number.


From a reader:

This is not the first time Oprah has taken on the Palestinian cause. Shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, she aired a show on the suffering of people at the hands of terrorists. One segment detailed the suffering of the Palestinians at the hands of the Israelis. She interviewed mothers of suicide bombers who were distraught because their houses were bulldozed. There was not one mention of Israeli babies and their mothers being blown up on buses. Not one mention of Israelis being blown up while eating pizza. Not one mention of the teens who were blown up while dancing at the disco in Tel Aviv. That was the last day I watched the Oprah Winfrey show. I have no respect for her.

Scottsdale, Arizona


The same day I got the alert from HonestReporting concerning David France's outrageous article in about would be homocide bomber Yusra Abdu in Oprah Magazine's June issue, I got my issue. I thought I'd read it carefully and rebut. But, friends, by the second paragraph, I was hyperventilating. This is the worse piece of pro-terror propanganda I have read, ever. Mr. France lies with every word, including "and" and "but." He quotes enemies of Israel, leftists, and unidentified human rights activists, spouting wrong statistics, disproven facts (ie. Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount started the Intifada...as if the memos proving Arafat planned the whole thing months before and was looking for an opportune moment were never discovered) and pschobabble about "helplessness" and deprived childhoods. He reduces the number of Israeli casulties, and hikes up the number of Palestinians who "die" at checkpoints.

It's really, really sickening. And absolutely inexcusable. Enough to make me send back the magazine to its publishers and ask them to cancel my subscription. Enough to make me boycott the sponsors: chevy.com; redken.com,nissanusa.com; clinque.com; lvidocs.com; banana republic; redenvelope.com; shop@lancome.com; target stores; www.prescriptives.com; aveeno.com; subaru.com; visa.com; myswitzerland.com. etc. Just look through the magazine. If you can e-mail just one of these advertisers to let them know your outrage, it will help. And if you haven't e-mailed Oprah at youropinions@hearst.com please do so.

Below, some like-minded thinker.


"Oprah: Daytime Talk's Jihadi Sister" by Debbie Schlussel (http://www.debbieschlussel.com/) May 25, 2005.

Ann Coulter says Katie Couric is "the affable Ava Braun" of daytime TV.

But Couric's got nothing on Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah is the affable Joseph Goebbels of daytime talk ... of chick magazines ... of Oprah seminars - and every other medium in which the self-anointed high priestess of the religion of Oprah has her hands.

Through all of these, Oprah preaches "how to be your best self" and "live your best life." Unfortunately, a predilection for radical Islam and excusing terrorists is a prominent element of Oprah's "best self."

Cheating husbands don't get off as easy as Islamic terrorists, murderers, and torturers in Winfrey's world.

Take "O" Magazine, Oprah's monthly print version of self-conceit. Like every other month, the cover of the June issue of "O" features Oprah - for the gazillionth time. Unfortunately, also for the gazillionth time, the inside of the glossy mag features Oprah's unique brand of understanding and empathy for terrorists and radical Islam.

Last month, Oprah's "O" asked readers to understand "The Heart of a Destroyer," Mohammed Atta. You remember him - the Al-Qaeda ringleader of the 9/11 hijackers who murdered 3,000 Americans.

But that's not exactly the way "O"'s "reading room" wants you to remember him.

Beneath a picture of young Mohammed and his smiling sister on the Egyptian beach, "O" exhorts you to read a book that "sets out to understand the hearts and minds of the men behind the photos" of the 9/11 hijackers, a group of "lonely, exiled young men."

But the fatherless and motherless children who lost their parents to Atta - they aren't lonely, are they?

The book, "O" tells us, "is a simultaneously passionate, compassionate, and dispassionate book that [doesn't] indict Islam." Just what we need - the CEO of the Oprah Book Club urging America's women to have compassion for Mohammed Atta. On the next Oprah, "Stupid Talk Show Hosts and the Terrorists Who Love Them." (Or is that, "Brave Terrorists and the Stupid Talk Show Hosts Who Love Them"?)

I think Stedman's starting to get jealous.

To add insult to injury, the latest issue, "O"'s June 2005 edition, demands that we understand the pain and turmoil of Yusra Abdu, a teen-age Palestinian would-be homicide bomber, fiancee of Hani Akad, leader of Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist group. Akad's group, funded by Libya (one of "O" Mag's "Five Places to See in Your Lifetime"), murdered 27 children and injured 134 when they attacked a Jewish school in Ma'alot, Israel. Note the map of hate and swastika in the group's May 22, 2005 Syrian-based newsletter.

But in Oprah's world, Muslims aren't terrorists, and terrorists aren't Muslim (more on that, below). Instead, "O" calls Akad "a charismatic and young rebel." "O" describes the cold-blooded, hateful Abdu and Akad as "a Shakespearean tragedy." Yes, in Oprah's world, Islamic terrorists aren't terrorists. They're James Deans, Romeos, and Juliets.

And it's not their fault that they're homicide bombers. Or Islam's fault. "O" quotes Saudi-funded Islam apologist John Esposito blaming not Islam, but the desperate "context" of their lives. Reality: Most Palestinian homicide bombers, like the 9/11 hijackers, come from wealthy families, but they hate Jews, Christians, and Americans. That's the "context."

Incredibly, super-heroine Oprah calls this psychobabble-ish, understanding-the-world's-Islamic-terrorists sob-story, "Rescuing the World's Girls, Part Five." And some people actually have the nerve to say Savioratrix Oprah is conceited.

And what is Oprah's solution? That's easy. Donate to Oprah's Angel Network, "which is awarding a grant to one or more programs that work to prevent Palestinian children from becoming suicide bombers." No thanks. Or donate to UNICEF, "which runs summer camps and trauma programs for Palestinian children." No, actually, UNICEF helps UNRWA (both UN agencies) propagandize future Islamic terrorists from cradle to grave.

What about Israeli children's trauma? How about donating to some Israeli children who are victims of Palestinian terror and need prosthetic limbs, even face implants - because half of their faces were blown off at the Dolfinarium Disco in Tel Aviv? Not a word about them in "O." They simply don't exist.

Oprah's agenda isn't new. Her unique understanding of Islamic terrorists is manifest in:

*  A post-9/11 "Islam 101" show - a pandering presentation featuring Jordanian Queen Rania Al-Abdullah. Rania claimed she doesn't have to wear a hijab head-covering and that honor-killings of raped women doesn't really happen in her country. Of course it doesn't, since "her country" is a swanky Fifth Avenue New York apartment in the US, where she mostly lives.

*  A September 2004 show, discussing the terrorist massacre of children in Beslan, Russia, on which Oprah banned the use of the word Islamic, saying the terrorists "came from the mountains." (Okay, so they were Mountainese terrorists, not Islamic ones.) Oprah stated that the Beslan massacre was "a watershed because terrorists never before killed children." Remember those murdered Jewish kids in Ma'alot (and throughout Israel) by the DFLP? I'm sure they'd disagree with the "Queen of Daytime Talk." If they were still around.

*  An episode on which a guest claimed Jews practice ritual sacrifices of babies. Oprah: "I want to make it clear that this is one Jewish person, so don't go around now, saying to people, you know, 'Those Jewish people, they're worshipping ...' This is the first time I heard of any Jewish people sacrificing babies, but anyway - so you witnessed the sacrifice?"

* Ignoring the mass-murder, rape, torture, and slavery of Black Christians by Sudan's Arab Muslim government, despite repeatedly teasing a group of Colorado children (who bought some Black Christian slaves' freedom) that they'd be on her show. She told them the issue was "too complicated."

*  Refusing President Bush's invitation to serve our country by touring Afghani girls' schools on his behalf. The normally vocal Oprah had "The View's' Star Jones speak on her behalf, saying the Bush White House "used" her.

*  Repeated fundraising for "Women to Women, International," a Muslim women's charity that claims it stops honor killings, but whose spokeswoman denies that honor killings have anything to do with Islam. Right.

Over the past year, Oprah and her publicity team have pushed Oprah's latest weight loss - to loud, gushy media acclaim. Oprah, girlfriend, if only you could have gained the weight of a conscience.

The next time we need someone to "Rescue the World's Girls," keep Oprah out of it.


Several people have been concerned about my use of the word boycott concerning sponsors of O Magazine. I agree we shouldn't boycott them. We should suggest to them that advertising in O Magazine is going to alienate people who don't have sympathy for homocide bombers. That is, unless and until Oprah Magazine apologizes and prints a rebuttal.

I'm happy to say that public pressure does work. The AUT in Britain, which decided to boycott Israeli universities? Well, they've backed down. Hurray for us. Read the details at: http://tinyurl.com/agbd6


Dear Naomi-

I whole heartedly agree with you about the sentiments in OPRAH! It's a disgrace. But, please don't blame Chevrolet...we own two Chevrolet dealerships (and one Cadillac) and hire anyone who is qualified, providing jobs for 200 employees (and hence, support for their families.) We don't tolerate intolerance of any kind. Unfortunately, Chevrolet (my husband has been on the advertising board and currently sits on both national and regional boards) purchases ads based on demographics. Please don't blame Chevrolet for OPRAH's stupidity...but feel free to ask them to choose other, more suitable magazines, instead. Please do not blame the fine line-up of GM vehicle products for Oprah feeling like she rules the world. Let's come up with another way to let her know we are displeased. It's hard enough doing business these days with high gas prices and the negative press GM has been receiving. You may share this, but please clarify that we are disgusted with Oprah and NOT with Chevrolet.

Peri Lieberman
Hempstead, NY

Dear Peri,

We really don't intend to boycott anyone. But we need to let the sponsors of her magazine know that their advertising dollars could be better spent elsewhere, because what she's done is hurtful to terrorist victims everywhere.

I hope your husband can help suggest this. If you like, I'll be happy to circulate your letter and mine.


Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and journalist who lives in Jerusalem. She can be contacted at www.naomiragen.com, where you can subscribe to her newsletter.

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Posted by Yuval Zaliouk, May 24, 2005.
Dear friends, The following link will open before you the shocking true world of Arab-Palestinian hate, violence, incitement and propaganda. http://switch5.castup.net/frames/20041020__PopuMemriTVp/ video_480x360.asp?ClipMediaID=60227&ak=null

Please watch this sermon, worthy of the worst Nazi anti-Semitic manifestations. While you watch, please remember that the sermon was given by a paid official of the Palestinian Authority and broadcast on the official Arab-Palestinian TV.

Yes, the official Palestinian TV, controlled by the Palestinian Authority and Abu Mazen, the "moderate" who is doing so much to "reform" his people in accordance with the wishes, hopes and blessings of President Bush and PM Sharon.

Please remember that the government of Israel is now preparing to evict dedicated loyal Jewish citizens from their homes in Gush Katif and hand over their beautiful homes and cultivated lands to the enemies, the assassins, who eagerly consume this murderous incitement uttered by the preacher.

In two days President Bush will welcome Abu Mazen to the White House. Why? Has anything changed to merit such visit? Such a gesture?

If you are as shocked and disgusted as I am, why won't you express your sentiments directly to your Congress representative, and to the President?

The support given to Sharon's eviction plan by most official American Jewish organizations is the most bizarre anti-Zionist capitulation act in history.

May I suggest that the sermon by Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris should be shown in every synagogue and church in the USA.

Here is a related article called "When Abbas Comes To Call." It was written by Cal Thomas, a nationally syndicated columnist. It appeared in the Washington Times, May 22, 2005. (www.washingtontimes.com/functions/ print.php?StoryID=20050521-100532-5690r).

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet President Bush in Washington May 26. He is getting this meeting because the Bush administration has concluded Mr. Abbas has done more than his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, to reduce violence against Israeli civilians and reform the Palestinian security services, among other preconditions in the road map for Middle East peace.

That's debatable, but one issue beyond debate is Mr. Abbas' failure to end the incitement to violence that President Bush mentioned nearly three years ago as a precondition for carrying out the road map. In its print and broadcast media, the Palestinian Authority has increased the invective against Israel, the Jewish people and the United States.

According to a report commissioned by the Center for Near East Policy Research, the invective, incitement, paranoia, false accusations and rumors and inflammatory sermons in Palestinian mosques has not changed under Mr. Abbas.

These include assertions from Palestinian officials and their media that Israel plans to attack Islamic holy sites such as Al-Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, that Israel uses radiation to poison Palestinian travelers and claims on radio that "America is using her troops to uproot Islam and [true] belief from the hearts of those imprisoned in her jails."

On official Palestinian television, viewers saw three hours of nonstop incitement against Jews and Israel. And on "Good Morning Jerusalem," calls were taken from viewers who berated Jews and Americans with approval of the show's hosts.

From numerous Palestinian mosques comes rhetoric that, if used by an American preacher about anyone, would properly be condemned as bigotry and an incitement to violence.

Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris, a paid PA employee, said in a sermon aired May 13 on PA TV, "Allah has tormented us with 'the people most hostile to believers' -- the Jews ... and the polytheists." That's code for Christians, who believe in a triune God. "You will find that the Jews were behind all civil strife in this world. The Jews are behind the suffering of the nations."

If that isn't enough incitement for the president, how about this from the same sermon: "We have ruled the world before, and by Allah, the day will come when we will rule the entire world again. The day will come when we will rule America. The day will come when we will rule Britain."

What about those "troublesome" Jews? The sheik said, "The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew." In case people think this is merely the ranting of a single cleric, they should visit the Palestinian Media Watch Web site where there is a full report outlining the PA's systematic justification for genocide (www.pmw.org.il/KAJ?eng.htm).

This isn't only a sermon; it is official policy of the Palestinian government, which the Bush administration believes can make peace and living side-by-side with Israel. If it weren't official policy, one would expect Mr. Abbas to denounce and silence it.

If words have meaning, the definition of "incite" should inform administration policy: "stresses a stirring up and urging on; move to action." (Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary)

Sermons from Palestinian mosques, along with words and images in Palestinian media, are not the American equivalent of an editorial or opinion column, or a sermon or homily from an American church or synagogue. They are designed to stir up and move to violent action. A preponderance of sermons I have read call for eradicating Jews, Christians and anyone else who doesn't believe as they do.

In his meeting with Mr. Abbas, will President Bush raise the issue of incitement in Palestinian media and sermons? Will he demand that Mr. Abbas order a halt to this inflammatory rhetoric intended to incite murder and war and not peace?

Will he ask Mr. Abbas if he believes these things? If he won't, what is the meeting's purpose?

Yuval Zaliouk writes the Truth Provider columns. To subscribe, send an email to ynz@netvision.net.il

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Posted by Paula R. Stern, May 24, 2005.

Unlike many in Israel, including hundreds of thousands of Jews born in Eastern European or Arab countries, I have always had the honor and luck to live in a democracy. Born in the United States and then having relocated to the only real democracy in the Middle East, I have always been proud of the lengths to which our justice system has gone in order to protect the democratic rights of the inhabitants of Israel.

Having stated without reservation that I am proud to live in a democratic country, one dedicated to honoring the individual while serving the whole, I feel free now to admit my utter amazement at the actions of the police and security forces. I am not surprised that Ariel Sharon's government is afraid of everything orange. Orange, the color of the sunrise.

Orange is the color of those who oppose Sharon's plan, but in its own way, orange is becoming the voice of democracy in a country where suddenly irrational fear is replacing freedom and paranoia is rampant. What else is it but paranoia when security guards at the Western Wall spend more effort determining the color of a child's shirt or bracelet than the contents of a backpack? What else but irrational fear would cause security guards at the Knesset to confiscate orange scarves from a delegation of Indian visitors simply because of the color? What did they think the Indians were going to do? Did they fear our honorable leaders would be strangled? Was something possibly hidden by or under the scarves? No, the security threat to the nations leaders came from the simple fact that the scarves were orange. Orange, the color of the sunshine.

Young girls wearing orange t-shirts were refused entry to the Western Wall. A boy wearing an orange t-shirt under other layers of clothing was forced to undress before being allowed to proceed. If you approach the Western Wall wearing an orange bracelet, the new police regulations suggest you will be forced to remove it or surrender your right to pray at Judaism's second holiest site (the first being the actual Temple Mount itself).

A boy wanting to take part in the national Bible competition was refused the right to participate until he removed or covered his orange t-shirt. Bracelets, orange strips of material, t-shirts, hats. All forbidden because of the color... and more importantly the fact that it represents opposition to the government's plan. Orange, the color of the sunset.

A Knesset member was ejected from the proceedings because he donned an orange hat. He did not scream, as they are wont to do, nor did he threaten. The simple act of putting on an orange hat was enough. And the more the Sharon government exhibits this incredible reaction to orange, the more powerful the symbol becomes.

Day by day, Israel is turning orange as people realize that Sharon's plan endangers the security of our country. Top IDF members have expressed their hesitation. The highest officers are warning that Hamas is re-arming and getting ready to thrust yet another, more intense terror battle against us.

According to some dream-related websites, orange can symbolize "generosity, optimism and nobility." Dreams in orange, says one site, are usually associated with "warmth, sunshine and brightness." But there is another side to orange, suggests the text. Orange is also "a warning, or a caution."

Those who chose orange to symbolize the anti-expulsion plan could not have chosen better. As Israel colors itself in orange, we are sending a signal that we believe in the bright future of Israel.

We are committed and optimistic that the sun will shine on us. But we are also issuing a warning that we are not blinded by either the sun or Sharon's plan. We see what it will do to Israel. We know, as he has forgotten, that the so-called "unilateral disengagement" is anything but true disengagement and anything but a fulfillment of the promise of peace and security Sharon once made to the people of Israel.

As my children go to school with their orange t-shirts and I drive my car draped in the colors of protest, I realize that orange has become the symbol of democracy itself, the right to protest, the right to withhold support, the right to voice opposition. It amazes me that something as simple as a color could come to symbolize not only something we hold so precious, our freedom, but also the lengths to which a corrupt government will go to stop this legitimate expression of our concerns. Out of his blind fear and paranoia has been born the power of orange.

Paula R. Stern is a freelance journalist and technical writer living in Israel. Her personal website is www.paulasays.com.

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Posted by Marcel Cousineau, May 24, 2005.

J.: Dear Marcel,

Israel is bulldozed into disastrous concessions only because she is pliable, docile and compliant. The infirm attitude of the Israeli leadership actually calls for pressures. This the name of the international power game - the weak pays, the strong wins, as simple as that. I do wonder why you fail to understand that basic fact of life.

Marcel: Bulldozed by who? Why ignore this? Why not name the Bulldozer? Is it a form of deep denial that 95% of Zionists ignore the TRUTH? Would an ally or friend act in this way,like a bully rewarding Israel's enemies and restraining Israel at every opportunity?

I am convinced that it is because the U.S. has become the only god to most Israeli's that they must deny reality. The U.S. is their only hope, so they cannot face the truth. They must ignore reality as they have no faith to trust in the God of Abraham.

The level of denial by the vast majority of Zionists is apalling and breathtaking. It's as if a dark cloud has decended over them and they grope in the dark. Their limited view only reveals the rotund front man for the plan to destroy Israel.

J.: Whenever Israel was self-confident, assertive and steeled by the spirit of her just cause, she was considered a strategic asset and was duly respected by the international community. But weak Israel amidst the Middle East conflict, that troubles the entire world, is doomed to be pushed to the corner. Any normal leader of America would have done the same.

Marcel: Wrong ! A true friend and ally does not treat his friends the way Israel is treated by the U.S. You along with so many in Israel COMPLETLY ignore that it is the Bush plan to have a Palestinian state and to do this he must steal Jewish land.

J.: Henceforth, complaining against President Bush is downright ludicrous. USA administration has always displayed an ambivalent attitude to Israel, a staunch ally as well as an opponent.

Marcel: It is ludicrous of you to ignore that it is the Bush call for a Palestinian state that is a grave threat to Israel. EXTRTREMELY ludicrous I might add. Staunch ally? So this is what you call the nation who divides up your land? You sir are deceived and cannot see. Blinded.

J.: That dualistic stance stems from the American intricate feat to retain its interests as a world superpower and at the same time remain a ally of an isolated internationally-antagonized miniature state such as Israel.

Marcel: Betrayel is not so intricate. I'm sure the Trojans thought they were recieving a gift. And so Israel cannot even awaken to reality that the primary force in her dissection is NOT a staunch ally. J.: But the bottom line is obviously that Israel gets what she deserves. Marcel:God will be the judge of that,not you.

But rest assured that the one who divides up Israel for sorrid and duplicitious reasons will recieve justly what will come upon her at His hand.

Just you watch and see!
Mark my words!

America will be made an example of to all the Jewish people who IGNORE their God,and trusted instead and ran to this IDOL for comfort and protection and silently went along with the EVIL Bush Plan.

Marcel Cousineau can be reached by email at up2zionsg8@yahoo.com

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, May 24, 2005.

The American Jewish Congress (AJC) reports general Israeli "concern for the welfare of the families who (s.b. "that") will be affected by disengagement."

AJC describes the problem at Columbia U. of one of anti-Israel comments and harassment of Jewish students by (mostly Arab) professors. Some people accuse the harassers of trying to stifle challenges to those professors by claiming it is a matter of academic freedom (Congress Monthly, 3/2005, pp. 21,23).

That is indeed what such professors claim. Why put it as "some people accuse," as if any doubt?

Neither the Israelis, if their reaction is as reported, nor the AJC, get the point. It isn't just the families to be expelled whose welfare is at stake. There also are 44 Israeli towns that, as a result of Yesha abandonment, the government declared "frontline". The government admits those towns would be bombarded by P.A. Arabs, freely moving rockets up closer. Further Israeli towns would come within range when the P.A. develops or imports more effective missiles. Infiltrators, no longer blocked en route, would endanger all of Israel. Since the international airport could be paralyzed by anti-aircraft missiles, Israel tourists and goods could be kept out. From then on, but especially if there is more abandonment, Israel would become decreasingly viable. (As for the P.A. Arabs, they probably would sink in their own sloth.) Israelis would become demoralized and try to emirate. But to where? They have been given false reputations as evil. The Arabs, whose bigotry and terrorism is evil, would have murdered Jews and then inherited the Jewish patrimony.

Stop this abandonment and assert Jewish independence and values, and Israel might survive. Pursue it and Israel would not survive. It is a slippery slope on whose edge all of Israel stands.

At Columbia, it is not just a matter of opinions against Israel, which is permissible, or of harassment, which is not. It also is the hiring of teachers without academic integrity and whose goal is a false propaganda jihad against Israel and the Jews. Those professors are not performing their job, which is to teach knowledge and elicit independent thought.

The matter of opinions is misunderstood, too. One is free not to like something. However, one should be honest about admitting what is factual and not asserting what is fabricated. Those professors are not honest about it. They slander Israel, and preach myths instead of facts.

AJC, like each successive conventional organization, makes the same thoughtless analysis as the rest.


"Northern Samaria without the IDF," Diskin, the new head of the secret service, told a Knesset committee, "means terror and the firing of missiles" at Israeli targets. It would leave the IDF without "an effective method of fighting terror in the region."

"Diskin also pointed out the dangers of handing over the Philadelphi route on the Gaza-Egyptian border to the PA, in the event that IDF forces withdraw totally from the Gaza district. He took the line of his predecessor, Avi Dichter, who opposed the government's plan to abandon the route to PA forces and rely on beefed-up Egyptian forces to secure the border from their side."

"Another serious problem facing Israel is the growing strength of terror organizations in Gaza, particularly Hamas. Diskin said that if Hamas becomes involved politically in governing the Palestinian Authority, Israel would have difficulty targeting its leaders as it has done in the past. He said it would be easier for Israel to deal with Hamas when it functions primarily as a terror group."

"Abbas will neither fight terror nor give up the Palestinians' (Arabs') claim to the 'right of return' which if implemented, would flood Israel with hundreds of thousands of Arab 'refugees,' and their descendants, from the 1948 and 1967 wars." (Arutz-7, 5/17.)

Sharon had fired Dichter for honestly warning against abandonment. He got Diskin, honest, too.


More stories are coming out about arbitrary police arrests and police brutality against Jews protesting Sharon's abandonment plan. I find the stories convincing, but am not reporting many of them, for two reasons.

First, they are coming from one side. They are not verified. This is the sort of thing that should be videotaped and then publicized.

Second, some of them involve long stories. My forte is the news brief. I digest the news and comment about it.


Israel fired missiles at two terrorists, killing one and wounding the other. The P.A. protested. IMRA wonders, "Since the PA essentially concedes that the Palestinians targeted were engaged in shooting missiles at Israeli targets it remains unclear what the PA expects Israel to do under circumstances that Palestinian 'resistance fighters' are shooting and the PA itself does not act to stop them." (IMRA, 5/19.)

It's the usual Arab brazenness in condemning defense against its aggression. The Arabs are unfair in acting if Israel were unreasonable or should restrain itself.


US interrogators have stripped or inappropriately touched Muslim prisoners, forcing them to break religious taboos, in order to break down their resistance to interrogation. This not only is illegal, it may be counter-productive.

"Newsweek" reported an apparently false story about US troops flushing pages of the Koran down the toilet, to intimidate Muslim prisoners. That led to sympathy about the sensitivities of Muslims being trampled. When the story was found false, it led to sympathy for the maligned US troops, indignation over "Newsweek" carelessness, and some inkling that Muslim prisoners lie about prison conditions.

On the other hand, Muslim prisoners have protested their conditions by stuffing their toilets with Korans (Anne Applebaum, NY Sun, 5/19, p.8). If Muslims are willing to put Korans into toilets, why do Muslims riot over GIs doing so?

Prof. Steven Plaut asks why they don't report this true story, about lack of Muslim sensitivity towards other faiths: In a sermon on P.A. TV, Moslem cleric Ibrahim Mudayris, an appointee of the PLO, said, "The day will come and we shall rule America, Britain, we shall rule the entire world, except the Jews. According to Mudayris, the only fate awaiting Jews is death by extermination, unlike the Christian countries, which will only be subjugated." (Plaut, 5/19.)

That kind of Muslim Arab bigotry is broadcast week after week. Why isn't it reported? If the "Times" reported it every week, how long would it be before Pres. Bush had to stop asserting that those P.A. Arab "aspirations" should e met with statehood rather than with expulsion?


The Arabs in Gaza complain that the presence of Israelis in Gaza prevents Arab statehood there. That is an excellent reason against withdrawing that presence!


A good source of information about federal ways around our democracy is the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Pres. Bush and his GOP majority in Congress are particularly duplicitous about circumventing and sabotaging environmental law and regulation for short-term gains for big corporations. The following is from its four-page May, 2005 "Nature's Voice."

Pres. Bush's "Clear Skies "bill was "Crafted by some of America's Biggest polluters, the bill would have weakened the Clean Air Act?" The Senate Environment Committee rejected it. NRDC suspects, however, that it would be brought up for a full Senate vote by means of a "procedural trick" "or simply attach it as a rider to a spending bill."

The Senate vote to allow oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge is under the false premise that it would reduce gas prices. It would not reduce over-consumption of oil. (It would take years to develop, and there isn't much oil there. The Administration refuses to impose conservation, able to save many times as much oil.)

The Administration claims that oil development would disturb only 2,000 acres of the refuge, but it would disturb much more.

The Fish & Wildlife Service doesn't respond to NRDC's petition to add the yellow-billed loon to the endangered species list. That bird is in the Arctic Refuge. The Administration plans to remove the grizzly bear from endangered status near Yellowstone National Park, so as to help loosen restrictions on drilling and other development there. This would expose the bears to hunting and isolate the ones in the park from others.

The Administration "ordered government biologists to rewrite a report warning that a plan to divert million of gallons of water from California rivers would harm Chinook salmon and other endangered fish." (The order is to give the public false assurances in behalf of industry.)

Further ignoring the scientific evidence, the Environmental Protection Agency negotiated a secret deal with the manufacturer of atrazine, so it could continue to sell it. The product is a toxic herbicide that gets into US waterways and endangers humans and wildlife both, including Chesapeake Bay sea turtles. This private set-aside is a common tactic.

The evidence shows that US naval sonar is killing and injuring whales, but the Administration refuses to take "commonsense steps" to protect them.

(The Republic law-and-order cohorts also reduce funding for compliance and enforcement.


"The President expressed our appreciation for Egypt's leadership and active involvement in promoting peace and stability in the Middle East." IMRA noted Pres. Bush's omission of Egypt's tolerance of arms smuggling into Gaza (IMRA, 5/18.) Instead, Bush praised Pres. Mubarak for promoting peace when he is promoting war. When will people realize that Bush is part of the conspiracy to bring Israel down?


Gleanings from terrorist web sites about human bombers show that most of the ones in Iraq are Saudi and other foreign Arabs of education and means if not wealth. They found the 9/11 attack inspiring. In their late 20s, most leave wives and young children behind, to cope without them.

S. Arabia tries to deny that most of the human bombs are Saudi. It worries that the US may become fed up with the desert kingdom as a source of jihad against it (sorry, lost source).

Their education is narrow or their religion and culture prevail over it.

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

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Posted by AFSI, May 24, 2005.

This article was written by Caroline Glick and appeared in the Jerusalem Post yesterday (www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ ShowFull&cid=1116814792573&p=1006953079897).

How long is the Bush administration planning on putting up with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's terror circus?

Ahead of his visit with US President George W. Bush at the White House this Thursday, Abbas said on Saturday that he plans to demand that Washington beef up its political and economic support for the PA.

Abbas believes he has the right to expect US support because he has come through so well on his promises to reform the PA. He will tell the president that, just as he promised, he has reformed the PA security forces. He will further tell the president that in reaching an agreement with Hamas for a pause in terrorist attacks against Israel, he has done his part in combating terrorism. Finally, he will tell the president that in pushing ahead with the PA legislative elections in July he is the very model of a democratizing leader, in tune with Bush's plan to bring freedom and liberty to the Arab world.

These are all lies. Abbas's claims find their basis in a distortion of language. Ahead of the president's meeting with Abbas, it therefore behooves us to understand how he has twisted the meaning of the terms "reform," "combating terrorism," and "democracy" to serve his interests, all of which are inimical to everything Bush is trying to achieve in the Middle East.

Three years ago, Bush called for the PA to transform its 13 security services from terror organizations into counter-terror militias. This demand was immediately emptied of all substance by the Palestinians and their friends, then foreign minister and now Vice-Premier Shimon Peres, the heads of the EU, and the Near Eastern Bureau at the US State Department. Inside of a New York minute, the call for an overhaul morphed into a call for reorganization. Suddenly, the be-all and end-all of PA security reform became the merging of the 13 Palestinian forces into three proto-military organizations under a clear chain of command.

This demand had the advantage of being concrete and measurable, but the disadvantage of being completely meaningless. As long as the PA's security services are actively involved in terrorism, who cares how they are organized? It is far from clear that Abbas has actually fused his various militias into three groups, as he claims he has. But what is absolutely apparent is that not one of them is taking any action whatsoever against terror cells. On the contrary, they are openly bringing known terrorists into their ranks.

For years Abbas consistently stated that he would take no action against Hamas, Fatah or Islamic Jihad terror organizations. His mantra has always been that he will not start a Palestinian civil war. Since he replaced Yasser Arafat last November, far from changing his view that no harm should befall terrorists, he has strengthened them in every possible way. The first steps Abbas took involved legitimizing these organizations by openly meeting with their commanders. Next he sought to bring Hamas and Islamic Jihad into the PLO (of which his Fatah party and terror group is the largest faction). He has agreed to finance them from the PA budget and lavished them with respect and adulation.

SINCE LAST December Abbas has been selling Israel and the US the fiction of his cease-fire with the terror groups. This is a magical cease-fire that gets concluded anew, daily, right after the Palestinian shooters have finished their terror attacks on Israeli targets for the day.

And, every day, the press duly reports that a cease-fire has been reached and ignores the fact that, on the one hand, Israel is the only side that has stopped fighting and, on the other hand, that the PA's "reformed" security forces are helping the terrorist groups to rearm with rockets, mortars, bombs, anti-tank and anti-aircraft guns and missiles, small arms and ammunition.

Assessing the increasingly dangerous situation, the IDF brass, from the Chief of Staff on down has warned that this reorganization and rearmament is the prelude to the next round of war set to begin the day after the IDF expels all 10,000 Jews from their homes, schools, businesses, farms and cemeteries in Gaza and northern Samaria this summer. In the wake of that operation, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz casually mentioned last week that 43 communities in the Negev will be within rocket range of the Palestinians from Gaza. This, of course, will be a temporary situation since the Palestinians will no doubt quickly extend the range of their rockets the moment the IDF is no longer around to stop them from doing so.

As for Abbas's proclaimed ardor regarding democracy, it is important to notice the character of the support bases he is building for himself. During his campaign for PA leadership in December and January, he went out of his way to endear himself to the Palestinian public by visiting terror masters in Syria and Lebanon and being photographed every day with wanted terror bosses in Palestinian cities and villages.

Since his election, Abbas's pro-democracy work has involved enabling Hamas to participate in the Palestinian election process; signing the death warrants of Palestinians accused of assisting Israel in combating terror; and ratcheting up incitement in the PA media against Israel and the US. Indeed, the only thing Abbas's "pro-democracy" machinations point to is just how premature the calls for Palestinian elections and statehood actually are.

And yet, rather than reaching this forthright conclusion, the Bush administration has been willfully ignoring it. This weekend we learned that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's representative here - the invisible US security coordinator for the PA, General William Ward - ordered the government to release yet another 400 Palestinian terrorists from prison and allow the terrorists who laid siege to the Church of the Nativity in 2002 to return to the PA from European exile.

Ward's argument apparently is that Israel cannot expect Abbas to abide by his commitments to Israel (and to Bush) unless it fulfills the promises it made to Abbas at the Sharm e-Sheikh summit last February. As reported in Haaretz, Ward told his Israeli interlocutors: "You complain that the Palestinians are not fulfilling their commitments, but what about your commitments?"

So for Ward, in order to get Abbas to fight terrorism, it is necessary for Israel to strengthen the terrorists.

The Bush administration seems absolutely committed to ensuring that the PA will not become a failed state on the model of Somalia or Lebanon. And yet, in its rush to strengthen Abbas in order to prevent chaos, the US is backing his bid to establish a Palestinian rogue state.

If President Bush really believes in his vision for freedom and democracy for the Palestinians, he would be well advised to tell Abbas that as long as the choices are between a failed Palestinian state and a rogue Palestinian state, the US opts for no Palestinian 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.

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Posted by Stephen Plaut, May 24, 2005.

One of the few things unchallengeable about the Middle East conflict is that it has virtually nothing to do with land. Arab countries already control 6,145,389 square miles of land. That is almost twice the land area of the United States, which is 3,537,438 square miles, and about the same as the land area of Russia. Israel, even when including all of the "occupied territories" retained from the 1967 SIx Day War, controls less than 10,000 square miles.

The West Bank and the Gaza Strip comprise about 2300 square miles (a bit less when deducting Jerusalem and its suburbs from the account), which is about half the size of the Everglades. The Moonbats-against-Israel lobby wants us to believe that with 6,145,389 square miles, the Arabs want war and genocide, but with 6,145,389 plus 2300 more, then they will want peace. If Israel only trades "land for peace" with the land-deprived Arabs, and never mind that its abandonment of the West Bank would leave an Israel ten miles wide and waiting for the Arab armies to annihilate, then all will be well.

The "anti-Zionists" want the world to believe that the entire Middle East war is due to the fact that those evil selfish Jews are unwilling to share their 10,000 square miles with the poor land-starved Arabs. But in reality, the obvious true cause of the Middle East war is the fact that the Arab world is unwilling to allow the Jews to control even a sixth of one percent of the territory of the Middle East. The Arabs, controlling more land than any other ethnic group on the planet besides the Russians, are simply unwilling to share even the tiniest sliver of the Middle East with the Jews.

If the "anti-Zionists", for their part, get what they want, then there will be no Jews left alive in Israel.


2. Aharon Barak's pupil?

Massachusetts Chief Justice opposes Free Speech

In Massachusetts (where else?) there is many-a-moonbat liberal munching beans who is opposed to free speech for non-liberals. Many of them teach at Harvard and Brandeis. But none are as openly in favor of suppressing the rights of conservatives to dissent from liberal dogma as is the chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court herself.

Justice Margaret H. Marshall who has been widely criticized as a judicial activist since writing the court's 2003 decision allowing same-sex marriage. She expressed her opposition to free speech for non-liberals when she spoke before a crowd of 7,000 at Brandeis University's 54th commencement this week. Among those who evidently need to be denied freedom of dissent regarding judicial activism (which is a euphemism for judicial tyranny), in her learned opinion, are Governor Mitt Romney, who accused her and her comrades on the state Supreme Judicial Court of "judicial overreaching" in the Wall Street Journal last year, and President George W. Bush, who has lashed out at "activist judges" -- those who use their decisions to push a social agenda. Marshall dismisses such criticism as "gratuitous attacks on judges undermine that trust." Marshall insisted that rhetoric about judges destroying the country and the suggestion that court decisions should conform to public opinion are threatening the judicial system.

Among other comments, she said:

"I worry when people of influence use vague, loaded terms like 'judicial activism' to skew public debate or to intimidate judges," Marshall said. "I worry when judicial independence is seen as a problem to be solved and not a value to be cherished."

Marshall's exploitation of her invitation to Brandeis to bash critics of loose-cannon judges was probably part of her attempts to defend herself from groups like Article 8 Alliance, a Waltham group founded to remove Marshall and the other three justices who ruled for same-sex marriage from the bench. Its spokesman said, " 'Activist judges' is a specific term that refers to judges who rule outside the rule of law. It has to do with whether they use objective, legal, constitutional means to base their decisions."

Marshall is native of South Africa who fought apartheid before coming to the United States. Now she no doubt endorses American apartheid, also known as affirmative action.

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

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Posted by Herb Sunshine, May 24, 2005.

It has come to my attention that Seymour Reich [president of the Israel Policy Forum] is organizing an ad campaign signed by Jewish leaders to proclaim their support for Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan. Mr. Sharon, like Mr. Peres before him, has come up with another "turn your back and run" plan that has no hope of succeeding for one simple reason. The Palestinian Arabs, together with their "brethren" world-wide, have embarked on a dangerous campaign to emulate the Nazis. No land deal, no negotiation, no compromise, no appeasement will satisfy them. I know this sounds extreme, but I ask you to re-read this after you listen to a sermon made two days ago and broadcast on official Palestinian television. Please watch it! Please ask your organizations (including Hadassah!) not to sign!

Listen to http://memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=669

Simon Wiesenthal Center has called on Mahmoud Abbas to dismiss the head of Palestinian TV after broadcasting a sermon which said:

"The Jews are the cancer spreading all over the world...the Jews are a virus like AIDS hitting humankind...Jews are responsible for all wars and conflicts... Do not ask what Germany did to the Jews but what the Jews did to Germany. True, the Germans killed and burned Jews but the Jews exaggerate the numbers to gain propaganda advantages and sympathy. " - Sheikh Ibrahim Mudairis, May 13, 2005, Gaza

During the sermon, in the presence of uniformed Palestinian Authority police, the Sheik also asserted that God has predetermined that the Jewish problem will be solved with the extermination of the Jews, and that God has also predetermined that Christian-Islam interactions will end with today's Christian countries under Islam.

"Even in the days of Arafat, we did not see such a blatant antisemitic and Holocaust-denying canard broadcast on Palestinian TV, whose current chief was personally appointed by Mahmoud Abbas," charged Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Dean and Associate Dean of the Wiesenthal Center.

"This attack comes just days before Mahmoud Abbas' scheduled meeting with President Bush, and during the week which the civilized world commemorated the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. Is this genocidal sermon the kind of peace dividend that the people of Israel can look forward to?

Center officials called on President Bush to raise this issue at the White House during his meeting with Mahmoud Abbas next week. They also called on the US government to link funding of Palestinian entities to their actions, not their promises.

Please forward this message to your friends, family, and colleagues.

Herbert B. Sunshine is Professor of Law (US). He and his wife Miki live in Jerusalem.

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, May 24, 2005.

A Constitution written by Israelis and American Jews is merely the last phase of a disastrous process one could liken to self-immolation. The Jews who would write such a document would be obsessed with a type of obligatory fairness to the hostile Arab Muslim population - both inside and outside of Israel. This document would insure the Arab Muslims eventual dominance, creating one State of all its citizens...meaning that the Jews (if left alone) would go back to the status they had when living in Arab Muslim countries as a Dhimmi (low, second class, despised citizen who (they said) needed to be 'protected' by their Muslim overseers and rulers). Of course, they w4ere never protected but they did have to pay a special "jiza" tax for this non-protection. The already biased Leftist Israeli Courts would be further diluted with Arab Muslim judges and eventually insuring that the description "Jewish State" would fade into merely a 'state'..

Following that, Islamic law (Sha'riah law - Strict Islamism) would control the system. Such a Constitution - if drafted by Left Liberal Jews, who want to be loved by the entire world, will insure the final death knell of the Jewish State of Israel. Jews love the words in the Law and cannot imagine how laws can be used against them - even as it is happening. Most have forgotten the Nuremberg Laws which stripped Jews of all their Jewish and human rights. It stripped them of all they owned and eventually their very lives. Hitler started slowly in 1933 and when the Jews and the world did not object, he upped his ante, increased the anti-Jewish restrictive laws and began their extermination.

Germans, French, Poles, Croatians, Rumanians, (you name it) and they fell on what the Jews had built and owned like ravenous dogs, fighting over bones. It's all happening again as Arab Muslims salivate over what the Jews have created in Israel - only this time with a Jew leading what is to be the condemnation of what other Jews have built. With that I give you Sharon, Peres and their respective gangs of aberrant misfits.

Wherein the once admired, pre-Hitler, German Judiciary then accepted and promulgated anti-Jewish laws, today in Israel we see Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon easily creating new laws or "re-interpreting" standing laws by using the "strong man" tactics of intimidating his Cabinet and Knesset (Parliament) to get whatever he wants.

We observe the activist Israeli Supreme Court, under its "strong man" Chief Justice Aharon Barak, using the power of law to create new laws, mostly biased toward Arab rights. Israel's court system has abandoned her role as an impartial dispenser of Justice for Jews and, instead, has become a Political Party to a great degree.

These examples remind me of the compelling film: "Bridge on the River Kwai". Here the actor Alec Guinness plays the role of a British officer captured by the Japanese who are unsuccessfully trying to build a rail bridge over the River Kwai to transport Japanese military equipment and men to fight the Americans and British. Guinness volunteers his men, merely to give them work to keep discipline - and because of his own strong character, he can't do anything less than well. So he stops the prisoners' attempts at sabotage in order to create the Bridge. It has become his compulsion. Unknown to the Guinness, the British officer, an outside team comes to blow up the Bridge, unknown to the officer. On a last inspection, the British officer sees a wire leading to an explosive detonator. He is so consumed with "his bridge", he tries to alert the Japanese and expose the wire leading to the explosives. Only in the last moments of his life does he come to realizes that he was aiding the enemy and, in fact, had become a traitor to his own country. The point being is that today we see people like Sharon, Peres, Olmert, Mofaz, Beilin, among others, so consumed with succeeding at the work of appeasement, they cannot see themselves as committing treason or that they are acting as traitors to their own people. A Constitution sounds great but, not if it includes giving the Arab Muslims the legal rights to take the Jewish State away from the Jews by killing Jews, by taking their G-d given Land, by making the Jews vulnerable and eventually turning the world's one Jewish State into another Islamic Arab nation - the 24th in the world.

Jews mention in the Heilman Jerusalem Post article will be consumed with what they believe to be "fairness to all". For Jews, there is no law of fairness by Arabs or the Europeans or the United Nations. We Jews are as Arnold Toynbee opines, a "fossil people and state", which by all logical history, should not have reappeared as a strong, religious, national people, but should have disappeared into history as did all the other ancients. Toynbee thought Jews were outside of the Three Prime Estates: Monarchy/Aristocracy, Church and Peasantry and are therefore the "fourth estate" and are to be treated as if we are outside of the laws adopted by and for the first Three Estates. (Not "fourth estate" as later refers to Journalism)

Jews, especially those who aspire to higher office, are merely mouths - unconnected to the brains needed for survival. They invariably confuse words with reality. I would hate to think of the words and thousands of pages devoted to "fairness" for their most dedicated enemies. Such a group would insure that Israel would no longer be a Jewish State but, rather a mixture of its citizens - as often expressed by Chairman Yassir Arafat. Such a gaggle of Jews could not bring themselves to draft a strong Constitution to protect either the Jews, the Jewish character of the Jewish nation or to hold at bay the Arab Muslim hostiles - both within and outside of her borders.

If a Constitutional Congress were convened, be assured that, in addition to the dominance of the Left Liberal Jews of Israel and America, the pro-Arab U.S. State Department, the United Nations, European Union, Arab League would be promoted as helpful advisors. Israel could use a Constitution which would act as a restraint on the Government, Supreme Court and correct the drift of the current Government toward a Police State to fulfill the dreams of the few to dictate their will.

Regrettably at this moment in time, the Israeli Government, her Courts and her Media are all in the hands of those who wish to de-Judaize the Jewish State and are simply not to be trusted to codify a document to be called a Constitution. They are building bridges, not to help the Jewish State to survive but, rather for the unalterably dedicated Arab Muslim enemies to cross over and bring destruction to a Nation abhorred by Islam.


1. "MK'S SEEK ADVICE OF US JEWS ON ISRAEL'S CONSTITUTION Visit to America Generates Rare Coming Together of Rival Jewish Organizations" by Uriel Heilman JERUSALEM POST May 13, 2005

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

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Posted by Unity Coalition for Israel, May 23, 2005.
This ACTION ALERT is based on the newest information on the spread of Al-Qaida to Gaza in the aftermath of the Disengagement withdrawal. Read the entire Jerusalem Post article of May 20, 2005 below.

This information confirms the worst fears and predictions of Israeli IDF experts and government officials. The wording of the sample letter, included here, may be changed in any way you wish.

Please help us by forwarding this ACTION ALERT to your email list. In the coming days, we will call upon you to assist the Unity Coalition for Israel in alerting Congress and other government officials to the pitfalls of unilaterally dispossessing Jews from their land in Gaza.


CLICK HERE to send this email to the leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and Asia of the International Relations Committee.

Dear Congressmen and Senators,

There are many unanswered issues that have surfaced in respect to the Disengagement Plan. Primary among them is the fact that the Plan runs counter to the Bush Doctrine "to oppose any state that harbors terrorists."

To date, Abu Abbas has not even started to eradicate the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. In fact, The Jerusalem Post reported on May 20, 2005 in headlines that read "Al-Qaida-linked terrorists in Gaza". This radical group is now added to the list of those already harbored by the Palestinian Authority under Abu Abbas. It is the same global enemy the United States is fighting. The Jerusalem Post reveals that their ties extend to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.

The US must be consistent in battling Al-Qaida at home and abroad, and certainly in Gaza. We respectfully ask that you consider this new threat, connected to Al-Qaida, operating under the name of Jundallah or "Allah's Brigades". This terrorist group consists mostly of former Hamas and Islamic Jihad members who launched their first attack on IDF soldiers near Rafah earlier this week. According to PA security officials, "they are especially active in the southern Gaza Strip."

The article quotes their spokesman, Abu al-Khattab, in declaring their goal to "avenge those Palestinians and Muslims who have been victims of Israel and the US...US interests will be attacked since the Americans have desecrated the Koran and have been killing Muslims in Iraq. Soon everyone will see operations against the US that would make all Muslims delighted."

Congress must take a stand and stop the Disengagement Plan before the 21 Jewish communities called Gush Katif leave a vacuum in Gaza, that will likely be filled by the leading international terrorists, including Al-Qaida.


"Al-Qaida-linked terrorists in Gaza," by Khaled Abu Toameh, Jerusalem Post, May 20, 2005.

A new Muslim terrorist group linked to al-Qaida has started operating in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority security officials told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

Jundallah, or "Allah's Brigades," consists mostly of scores of former Hamas and Islamic Jihad members, the officials disclosed. They said Jundallah gunmen launched their first attack on IDF soldiers near Rafah earlier this week.

The IDF said four soldiers were lightly wounded in the attack.

Jundallah is a radical Muslim group that has close ties with al-Qaida in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, said one official. "We know for sure that the group is especially active in the southern Gaza Strip," he added.

Another official said that, according to intelligence gathered by the PA security forces, Jundallah consists largely of Hamas and Islamic Jihad dissidents who were unhappy with their groups' ostensible pragmatism.

"They believe that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have become too moderate," the official said, referring to the two groups' agreement to temporarily suspend terror attacks on Israel.

The emergence of Jundallah in the Gaza Strip confirms suspicions that al-Qaida has been trying to set foot in the area ahead of Israel's planned withdrawal.

Abu Abdallah al-Khattab, who identifies himself as the spokesman for Jundallah in the Gaza Strip, on Thursday denied that his group was part of al-Qaida or any other international terror group. He also denied that the group was receiving funds from Muslim terror groups around the world.

"Jundallah does not belong to anyone and we don't receive money from any group," he said. "Our group, which was established recently, has vowed to avenge the blood of all Palestinians and Muslims who have fallen victim to Israel and the US."

Khattab hinted that his group was also planning to target US interests in the region. "Our people will not remain idle in the face of American crimes in Muslim countries," he said. "It is forbidden to shed the blood of Muslims and it is our duty to respond. The blood of Muslims is not cheap."

He accused the US of desecrating the Koran and killing Muslims in Iraq. "Soon everyone will see operations [against the US] that would make all the Muslims delighted," he cautioned.

He said Jundallah would not honor the unofficial truce with Israel. "We don't attach any importance to this truce because the occupation forces are continuing their crimes against our people," he added.

Khattab said the attack near Rafah, which was carried out by a Jundallah cell named Abu Dajaneh, was the first in a series of operations that his group was planning against Israel.

The Unity Coalition for Israel (http://www.israelunitycoalition.org) is "the largest worldwide coalition of Jewish and Christian organizations, with more than 200 groups representing millions of people dedicated to Israel. Though we have many different backgrounds, we have one common goal: A Safe and Secure Israel."

"Israel is not just a Jewish issue. Millions of Christians resolutely endorse the principle of peace with security for the state of Israel. Because we work closely together and speak with a united voice, our message is being heard!"

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Posted by IsrAlert, May 23, 2005.

This was written by Matt Lipeles, a Classic Jew (see http://www.chabad.org/library/article.asp?AID=248950) who also is a writer and teacher. He can be reached at mlipeles@earthlink.net It appeared at http://www.chabad.org/278337

You might have heard the old saying, "There's no such thing as a dumb question." But do you really want to ask one? Most people don't want to be embarrassed, so if there's a question they feel they should already know the answer to, it usually goes unasked. Or perhaps, it never occurs to them to ask the simple question: What exactly is a Chassid?

Most Jews, no matter their education level, have heard the terms 'Hassid' or 'Hassidic' (also spelled "Chassid" and "Chassidic"). I was recently visiting a friend back east and while I was there, the subject came up. He was trying to explain to another buddy what a chassid was.

"The Hassids are the ones who wear the long black coats and the beards."

"No, no, no. All the Orthodox have the long black coats and beards. The Hassids are the ones with the wide brimmed hats."

"No, they all wear the hats..."

They went back and forth for a while. It was like a Laurel and Hardy bit, which was funny to me at first, but it got me to wondering if I really knew what a Hasid/Chassid was myself. So, I decided to investigate.

I vaguely remembered having seen the term "chassid" somewhere where it had looked out of place; somewhere in some book written way back then, before there even was a "Chassidic Movement" in Eastern Europe. It had bugged me, but in that hazy, lazy something-doesn't-seem-quite-right-but-I'm-not-going-to-stop-to-figure-it-out-right-now kind of way. But now that the question had come up, I decided to go back to it. It turned out I'd seen the word in Pirkei Avot, or "Ethics of Our Fathers."

Pirkei Avot is a book of very short and pithy but quite profound statements written by the rabbis of the Talmud era. The first time I read it, it reminded me of something out of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching or Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac. I loved it. It's called a book, but the whole thing is barely 25 pages, six chapters of about four pages apiece; each chapter containing a little over a dozen short bits of wisdom so deep you could mull it over for the rest of your life. And people do.

Anyway, the fifth saying in the second chapter of Pirkei Avot includes the statement, "a boor can't be sin-fearing, and an ignoramus can't be a chassid." In the English translation, in the parenthesis next to the word chassid it says, "one who does more than the letter of the law requires." That's it. I was amazed. My friend and his buddy could argue all day long about hats, coats and beards. You and I might be more philosophic, but still not get to the heart of the matter. But our sages didn't waste words. A chassid is simply someone who does more than he has to, someone who goes the extra yard.

You've got to love those Talmud guys. Totally to the point. Very clean. Not even a wasted syllable. Man, I wish I could be like that. Anyway, reading it really got me excited, because it made me remember something else I'd once heard a Chabad rabbi say.

He said that there are plenty of mitzvahs that you can do that are basically between you and G-d: putting on tefillin, lighting Shabbat candles, etc. These are definitely awesome mitzvahs that you should do. However, he continued, what can you do that will really get G-d excited? Well, suppose a friend of yours confides in you that he is heartbroken because his son in second grade was just diagnosed with a learning disability and is having a lot of trouble learning to read. Well, you could bring the guy a pound cake and that would be nice, but if you could find the right tutor or reading program that would help his kid, well that's what he really needs. You could save him endless heartache. Talk about going the extra yard.

The point is, if you want to make G-d happy, be nice to his children. Don't say mean things to people. Don't gossip about them. Smile once and a while. And if you really want to be a chassid, help a fellow Jew who is really having a big problem. Or show him how to do a mitzvah he's never done before. That's what a real chassid would do.

Still, if reading all of this, you find yourself with a hankering for a long black coat and a wide brimmed hat, go for it. You've got to start someplace.

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

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Posted by AFSI, May 23, 2005.

These photos come from AP - sent in by Marlene Young - and from the Chabad website (www.chabad.org). They were taken of the large anti-Disengagement Rally outside NY Baruch College where Ariel Sharon was speaking yesterday.

Below is a news item in today's Arutz-7 (www.IsraelNationalNews.org).

Prime Minister Sharon was greeted in New York with signs reading, "Let My People Stay" and "Shame on You," and crowds protesting his plan to give away the homes and lands of Gush Katif and Shomron.

Addressing over 1,000 Jewish leaders and Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations members yesterday, Sharon tried to explain that the disengagement would "protect Israel's character."

Outside the conference hall, and inside as well, Jews protested against the expulsion/retreat plan. Wearing orange shirts, hundreds of Jews held a rally outside, chanting slogans such as, "Jews don't expel Jews." Their signs read, "Sharon's Policies are National Suicide," "Land, People, Torah are One," "Withdrawal is a Prize for Terror," and the like.

Inside the auditorium, the speech went over quietly - until Sharon mentioned his planned unilateral retreat from Gush Katif and northern Shomron. "The future of the Jewish people depends also on Israel's character as a Jewish and democratic State," he explained. "In this spirit we initiated the disengagement plan. This plan will improve our security and offer a chance to start a political process with the Palestinians. It will guarantee a Jewish majority in the State of Israel. It is thanks to this plan that we can make certain that important parts of the cradle of the Jewish heritage will remain part of Israel forever."

As Sharon began that paragraph in his speech, several members of the audience took off their outer shirts, revealing orange shirts underneath, and called out, "Jews don't expel other Jews!" Security personnel escorted them out, and Sharon smiled and said, "Thank you so much for your help; usually I handle these things myself." He did not specify the methods he and his government use to "handle" those who oppose him.

Benny Elon addressing protesters

The protestors outside, estimated at between several hundred and 3,000, included many Chabad Hassidim and Kach members, as well as Knesset Member Benny Elon and NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

Helen Freedman, Coordinator of the American Coalition to Save Gush Katif/Gaza and N. Shomron, and Executive Director of Americans For a Safe Israel/AFSI, MCed the event. She wrote, "As the crowd gathered, wearing their orange T-shirts declaring 'Let My People Stay' and 'Gush Katif Forever,' carrying orange balloons and brandishing orange signs protesting the expulsion, it became clear that the small area the police had cordoned off would be insufficient. The thousands spilled onto 23rd Street, almost bringing traffic to a halt... Everywhere, there was a sea of orange."

Other speakers included Rabbi David Algaze of Forest Hills, Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Teaneck, Rabbi Heshy Reichman and Rabbi Moshe Tendler of YU, Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum of the Rabbinical Alliance, Rabbi Neil Winkler of Fort Lee, and Rabbis Raskin and Jacobson of Crown Heights.

More protests await Mr. Sharon in the course of his U.S. visit, which continues until Tuesday. Demonstrations will be held this afternoon at Capitol Hill, and on Tuesday morning outside the Washington Convention Center, where Sharon will be speaking.

Other planned anti-expulsion events include:

* the AFSI/ZOA Chizuk 3-day mission to Gush Katif, Hevron, and eastern Jerusalem, beginning on May 29;
* Dov Hikind's mission to Gush Katif on June 5;
* and the Israeli Day Parade and the huge Solidarity With Gush Katif Concert in Central Park.

For up-to-date information about Gush Katif/Shomron events on AFSI's Action Program, consult "www.katifund.org" or "www.afsi.org," or write to "afsi@rcn.com."

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.

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Posted by Jerome S. Kaufman, May 23, 2005.

This is an open letter to Malcolm Hoenlein, Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish organizations from Moshe Dann, a political commentator who lives in Jerusalem.

The photos come from http://chabad.info/index.php?url=article_he&id=11361 and were taken in NYC yesterday. A large crowd protested when Ariel Sharon addressed the Presidents of the Major Jewish Organizations.

Dear Malcolm,

I know you must be under tremendous pressure regarding PM Sharon's visit, but I wanted to ask you if someone (you?) could ask the following questions (we have no opportunity to do so here!) of Ariel Sharon?

The current Commander of the IDF (Yaalon), the former and current heads of the Shabak (Secret Police) and all the heads of military intelligence have indicated clearly and openly (publicly) that the security situation will be much worse after Israel's retreat from Gaza. They have revealed that Hezbollah and al Quida are also active in the areas to be evacuated.

In the meantime, the PA refuses to stop incitement let alone collect illegal arms and stop terrorist attacks. The Egyptians continue to allow weapons to be transferred to Palestinian terrorists. How will retreat under fire and under these circumstances improve Israel's security and strategic position?

How can Israel ask the international community to boycott and eliminate terrorist organizations like Hamas when Israel is negotiating with them (which gives them recognition and legitimacy)? Since it appears that Hamas is the controlling force in the Gaza Strip, is Israel prepared to turn over that territory to them? What are the implications of that move for any future withdrawals and policy decisions?

Jerome S. Kaufman is National Secretary of the Zionist Organization of America. and host the Israel Commentary website (http://www.israel-commentary.org).

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Posted by Hillel Fendel, May 23, 2005.

Approximately 40 anti-expulsion youths remain in prison, after 26 minors were released today with only minor restrictions. Their goal: to prove that disengagement will shut down the country.

A spokesman for Honenu, a civil rights organization that is providing legal aid for the arrestees, told Arutz-7 today that today's release of the 26 was considered a victory. "The police caved in," he said. "They had refused to be released under severe restrictions, such as four months of house arrest. In the end, the only restrictions are that they may not enter the greater Tel Aviv area until June 15."

Thirteen other youths, including 8 girls, still refuse to identify themselves, in a further effort to confound the police and courts. The Prison Service is considering dispersing them in other prisons in order to pressure them to divulge their names.

The arrestees' goal is to show that an attempt to implement the disengagement will shut down the country.

Over 500 people were arrested after last Monday's mass road-blocking campaign. Organizers expect that many times that number will begin marching towards Gush Katif and northern Shomron, sitting down on the road at police roadblocks, if the order is given to close these areas. The special new Disengagement Wing at the Maasiyahu Prison in Ramle has room for 900 prisoners.

Among the 80,000 students taking their high school English matriculation exams today were 11 road-blocking students in Maasiyahu Prison. Their demand to be tested in jail was immediately accepted by the Prison Service, which often affords other prisoners the chance to study and be tested. The demand was originally turned down by Education Ministry officials, however.

Yesterday, Education Minister Limor Livnat gave in, saying that only students who agreed to identify themselves could be tested. All the students who asked to be tested identified themselves several days ago.

Hillel Fendel is editor of Arutz-Sheva (www.IsraelNationalNews.com)

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Posted by Matis M. Zahav, May 23, 2005.

A member of the Zaka rescue and identification team visiting Gush Katif suffered minor injuries this evening after Arabs stoned his car at the Ganei Tal hothouses where he was visiting. A large stone broke the windshield and hit the Zaka member, who was treated on the scene by first aid personnel. Arab stonings have been frequent in the area.

In Samaria, Israeli soldiers intercepted an Arab youth who was hiding two pipe bombs under his shirt. He was arrested at a checkpoint near Shechem.

Matis M Zahav is with Zaka Rescue & Recovery, 1-877-ZAKA-911, www.zakausa.org

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, May 23, 2005.

What will Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, Deputy PM Ehud Olmert, Deputy PM Shimon Peres, etc. do when their "Disengagement" brings the radical Islamist Mujahadeen into Jerusalem - as it has in Baghdad?

Clearly, so many fat behinds cannot crowd under the same table when the Kassam Rockets start falling.

Doubtless, after the Mujahadeen have done as much damage in Iraq against the Americans, they will again lift up like a flock of locusts and head for Israel. There will be plenty of room in the cities of Ram'Allah, Tulkarem, Nablus and the large area of Gaza. Like locusts who devour all the greenery in sight, so too will the Mujahadeen. But - while locusts eat greenery, the Mujahadeen feed on human flesh and suffering.

As in Iraq, they will try to terrorize the local Jewish population into obeying their Sha'aria laws (strict laws of Islam), interpreted at did the Taliban with a mix of Wahaabism preached by the Saudis.

Where will you run then, Mr. Sharon? Will you evacuate Tel Aviv, Jerusalem? Will you circle the Israeli Defense Force wagons around your Sycamore Ranch?

Yes, I do think we will again see car and bus bombing, individual homicide/suicide bombers, in addition to Kassam & Kaytusha Rockets, mortars, snipers, artillery coming in from Gaza, the Lebanon border (courtesy of Ehud Barak's cowardly retreat). I have no doubt that the Mujahadeen will pour in to all the areas turned over to the Muslim Arab Palestinians.

The loss of Israelis to these unremitting attacks will fall squarely on the shoulders of Sharon, Mofaz, Olmert and Peres, et al. For their participation and initiation of this opening of the city gates to the Muslim Arab Terrorists, each should pay a price. I suggest a Nuremberg Tribunal for their crimes against humanity, the Jewish people and the Jewish State. I confirmed guilty, to be hanged as were Hitler's enablers and Haman's family.

While I entitled this article: "BAGHDAD IN JERUSALEM", you can be certain that every city in Israel will come under fire, thanks to a government who has become co-conspirators with the Muslim Jihadists.

Sharon and company know that the cities turned over by the Osloids (by the Oslo Accords) already have operational cells of Hamas, Hezb'Allah, Al Aksa Martyrs' Brigade of Fatah, and dozens of other Terrorist organizations - each with its own agenda. Jenin, Nablus, Bethlehem, etc. are back in the Terror business, despite occasional visits by IDF troops retaliating for their Terror attacks. The ability of the IDF to counter Terror or to chase in 'hot pursuit' or to stop a 'ticking bomb' will be emasculated by the inexplicable ethnic cleansing/retreat/withdrawal/deportation policies of the former great warrior, Arik Sharon and his cohorts.

Sharon, in lockstep with President George W. Bush's agenda to "win the hearts and minds of the Arab Muslim people" (for the sake of the oil they sit upon) has signed a death certificate for the Jewish Nation and the Jewish people world-wide.

If we Jews didn't have enough museums, memorials, day to honor our Jewish fallen - no doubt, there will be more. Too appropriately, Sharon picked Tisha B'av (or the day after) to begin his uprooting of Jews - again.

Sharon, like all of us who have grown into our 70s and 80s, there is a certain decline in our ability to defy, think as we used to, climb a ladder or drive with a steady hand. You are old, Arik Sharon, clearly past your days of competence and you are killing your own nation and your own people.

Go away and take your gang with you. You have SHAMED the nation and we have no forgiveness for you.

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). in

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Posted by IsrAlert, May 23, 2005.

This was written by Yossi Melman and appeared yesterday in Haaretz.

The truth should be stated. For 20 years, the governments of Israel have all acted nastily toward Jonathan Pollard. Last week's visit with Pollard by Israel's ambassador in the United States, Danny Ayalon, only underlines this fact. Why until now have prime ministers refrained from instructing the Israeli ambassador to visit Pollard?

The importance of the ambassador's visit was in the very fact that it took place and in the precedent it set. Beyond this, it was an empty gesture. The ambassador brought no real message to the American navy intelligence analyst, sentenced to life in prison for delivering information to his Israeli handlers.

The visit was just another in the list of hundreds of visits to Pollard by government ministers and MKs. They come, talk, try to encourage, are photographed, pass on the photos to the media and nothing happens. The ministers and MKs cleanse their consciences and Pollard continues to rot away in prison.

More than the words of encouragement from envoys of the State of Israel, Pollard needs action - action by a moral government that is prepared to take responsibility for its decisions and to exercise its capabilities and connections, forcefully and without fear, in order to persuade the American administration that enough is enough. Twenty years in prison is a sufficiently severe punishment and the time has come for Pollard's release.

It is not a cliche to say that the governments of Israel owe Pollard a moral debt. He was an agent of Israeli intelligence. As such, there was an unwritten covenant between Pollard and the state, based on a mutual guarantee: You help us, and we will come to your aid and do everything we can if something goes wrong. He was a fully authorized operative.

According to foreign sources, this was not the first time that Israel's intelligence community, and the Lakam scientific liaison bureau, in particular, had operated agents in the U.S. and engaged in bribery and theft of information, equipment, technology and more. Precisely because this behavior was practiced for many years, no one in the top security and political echelons was really shocked by the endless stream of information Pollard delivered to Israel. No one asked questions or raised an eyebrow about the fact that Israel was acting in betrayal of its great and important ally. All of the top political and security brass were aware of this during the period of Pollard's activity (1984-1986), including two prime ministers, Yitzhak Shamir and Shimon Peres, defense ministers Moshe Arens and Yitzhak Rabin, chief of staff Moshe Levy, air force commander Amos Lapidot, Mossad chief Nahum Admoni, military intelligence commanders Yehoshua Sagi and Ehud Barak, and above all, Rafi Eitan, the head of Lakam, the organization that directly handled Pollard. They knew that Israel had an elite spy with access to secret information and took advantage of the excellent material he provided.

When he was arrested, they tore themselves away from him and fled as if from fire. They did, secretly, order the formation of a "public committee" for Pollard, which received money from the government of Israel to finance his defense. And the government also paid for the personal expenses of Pollard and his first wife, Ann. But to mount a vigorous public campaign on his behalf, to bang on the desks of American presidents and strongly demand that his punishment be eased - this no one dared to do, and this was cowardly and treacherous behavior.

There was also another crime that is unprecedented in the annals of intelligence. Not only did Israel recruit and operate Pollard, and later abandon him, it also was responsible for his conviction. After Pollard was arrested and interrogated, Israel apologized and announced that it would cooperate with the investigation. American investigators came here and asked to receive all of the documents that Pollard delivered in order to assess the scope of his espionage activity, which was, indeed, enormous. Based on this material, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

A decent country that honors its commitments could have set conditions for this cooperation. It could have conditioned its handover of documents with a demand that they not be used as evidence against Pollard, or at least with a promise to reduce his punishment significantly. If Israel had acted in this way, the U.S. might have responded angrily. So what? The mutual interests would have soon overcome the holy rage. But it is also possible that the U.S. would have respected a country that honors its agents.

It is true that Pollard is not an easy person. In recent years, he has surrounded himself with a bunch of extreme right-wingers. (Perhaps this is because the left and center, with a few exceptions like MK Ophir Pines-Paz, have unfortunately taken no interest in him.) This bunch acts in a blatant way, bordering on rudeness, and this certainly does not help enhance public sympathy for Pollard. But this does not detract from the government of Israel's obligation to exert efforts to attain his freedom. This is definitely something the prime minister can do. All he needs to do is to make at least the same effort he did to liberate the criminal Elhanan Tannenbaum and Azzam Azzam, neither of whom were emissaries of the state.

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

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, May 23, 2005.
This is a news item from today's Arutz-7 (www.IsraelNationalNews.com).

Att.-Gen. Menachem Mazuz has thrown another monkey-wrench into the Gaza disengagement plans, disqualifying two out of three options for compensating the Jewish farmers for their confiscated lands.

The Cabinet, in its session of 15 days ago, decided to offer the farmers of Jewish Gaza one of three alternatives: land of equivalent size in the Negev or Galilee; up to 40 dunams (approx. 10 acres) of land elsewhere in Israel; or financial subsidy in purchasing land elsewhere in Israel.

Mazuz nullified the latter two alternatives, saying that as presently worded, they stand in opposition to the Evacuation/Compensation Law. The Cabinet will have to reformulate the proposals and submit them again to Mazuz for his approval.

The only alternative that Mazuz left intact was the first one, namely, "plot for plot" in the Negev or Galilee. A list of available plots of land was to have been prepared by the Israel Lands Administration for the Disengagement Authority by May 13, and then to have been given to the farmers. No such list has yet been submitted.

Mazuz's decision leaves the Gush Katif residents in total bewilderment as to their future. Avner Shimoni, head of the Gaza Coast Regional Council, said today, "This merely proves that the government has no idea what to do with us, and the entire disengagement will not come to pass."

Presented with claims that it was the residents' fault for not talking with the government, Shimoni said, "The government wants to throw its citizens out of their homes and farms, so let it prepare a plan for what to do with them. As far as we're concerned, we're staying right here."

Yossi Tzarfati, head of the Agricultural Committee in the community of Atzmonah, said, "The Attorney-General is debasing himself and the government, because what the government voted to approve is not monetary compensation, but rather passing the responsibility onto the farmers to go themselves and find, under restricting conditions, alternate lands that the government itself cannot find. The proof is that the government has not yet released its list of available lands - because there apparently aren't any! But have no fear: the farmers will continue to raise and export the best agricultural produce for many years to come."

"A normal country can't expel its citizens and farmers so humiliatingly without finding them solutions," Tzarfati told Arutz-7 today. "It's impossible to find these solutions in such a short time. A normal person does not throw out his old worn-out shoes until he finds a replacement - but apparently our government, relating to us as old shoes, doesn't work that way."

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

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Posted by Mordechai Ben-Menachem, May 23, 2005.

This is a news item from today's arutz-7 (www.Israel.NationalNews.com)

First Lady Gila Katzav gave U.S. First Lady Laura Bush a letter signed by 13 MKs demanding the release of Jonathan Pollard. Bush was later nearly attacked by Arabs on her visit to the Temple Mount.

First Lady Gila Katzav, wife of Israeli President Moshe Katzav, gave her American counterpart, Laura Bush, a letter signed by 13 Members of Knesset demanding the release of Jonathan Pollard from federal prison.

Mrs. Bush, on a visit to the Middle East to support woman's rights, narrowly averted being attacked by Arabs on a visit to the Temple Mount on Sunday. Israeli police were required to lock arms around the American First Lady in order to prevent an Arab mob from physically attacking her.

One Arab shouted at her, "How dare you come here, and why are you hassling our Moslems How dare you come in here!"

A CNN broadcast showed an Israeli police officer holding back a man with a thick beard who was shouting at Bush's entourage. Another guard needed to draw his gun on a boy who got dangerously close to the U.S. President's wife.

Mrs. Bush, who arrived in Israel from a visit to Jordan, has been urging Arab leaders to expand women's rights in Arab society. "Freedom, especially freedom for women, is more than the absence of oppression," she said. "It's the right to speak and vote and worship freely."

Ironically, women studying inside the Dome of the Rock, the site of the First and Second Temples, were visibly upset at Bush's presence in the mosque and waved their fingers disparagingly at her entourage.

Just prior to her visit to the Temple Mount, the two First Ladies spent a few moments together at the Western Wall. Mrs. Bush placed a note in a crevice of the holy site, an undisclosed message which she reportedly wrote on the plane on her way to Israel.

As she approached the Wall, Bush encountered a group of young female demonstrators calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard. Pollard is a former intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy who risked his career and freedom to pass sensitive security information to Israel. Since his conviction in a plea bargain arrangement in 1986, Pollard has been serving a life sentence in federal prison.

As she entered the wall area, the girls chanted, "Free Pollard Now." At the same time, a group of men held a similar demonstration in the plaza opposite the Wall.

The letter demanding Pollard's release that Gila Katzav gave to Laura Bush was initiated by MK Gila Finkelstein (National Religious Party). "We're happy that Katzav did not act in the manner of [Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon, and did not forget to hand over the letter," said Finkelstein.

Following her visit to the Temple Mount, Bush went sight-seeing at the ruins of Hisham's palace in Jericho, where she reiterated her husband's call for an independent Palestinian state.

"We're reminded again of what every one of us would want," she said. "What we all want is peace, and the chance that we have right now to have peace, to have a Palestinian state living by a secure state of Israel, both living in democracy, is as close as we've been in a really long time."

The Hamas terror organization, which is attempting to wrest power from the Fatah faction of the PLO in democratic elections for the Palestinian Authority scheduled for July 17, issued a statement condemning the Bush visit. "We see in the visit of Mrs. Bush an attempt to whitewash the face of the United States, after the crimes that the American interrogators had committed when they desecrated the Koran."

Hamas was referring to a discredited Newsweek report, which claimed that U.S. soldiers had flushed a copy of the Koran down the toilet at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Despite denials of the report's validity, the International Committee of the Red Cross said it had submitted numerous reports to the Pentagon late last week that U.S. personnel had mishandled the Koran.

Mordechai Ben-Menachem is at Ben-Gurion University. He can be reached by email at quality@computer.org

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, May 23, 2005.

Democracy is more than a political structure. It is a cultural attitude. It is the attitude that the Government serves the people and is subservient to them. This has never been true in Israel.

The typical Israeli has been educated to serve the State. Serving the State is considered a noble and great duty. The worst abusers of this concept have been the National Religious public who have added the concept of a holy obligation to serve the State. All this is pure idolatry and is no doubt part of the reason we are going through such trauma.

The State of Israel is a State like all others. Its Government are not holy saints dedicated to serving the best interests of the nation. They are for the most part low life thugs out to grab as much as they can for themselves and their gang. Only by understanding this is there a possibility to change the underlying culture and create a State that serves it people.

Civil disobedience is, aside from its political dimension, an excellent tool for attitudinal change and thereby cultural shift. The public and especially the National Religious public, have got to be weaned from this idolatrous concept of "serving the State." The essence of Democracy is that the State and its Government exist to serve the people. Any thing else is tyranny in one form or other. This is a news item from today's Arutz-Sheva (www.IsraelNationalNews.com)

MK Aryeh Eldad has launched an internet site calling for civil disobedience against the expulsion/retreat plan, with examples, justifications, and legal tips for those who are arrested.

The National Union Knesset Member's new website explains that the steps he proposes - such as not paying taxes, turning in one's ID and reserve-duty cards, blocking roads, large groups taking extended vacation from work, mass sit-ins at ports and the like - are "illegal, but accepted in the framework of civil disobedience around the world."

The site - in Hebrew, at "www.meri.org.il" - also proposes that soldiers and reserve soldiers refuse to participate in the implementation of any orders related to the expulsion.

Knesset Speaker Ruby Rivlin, who, like Eldad, opposes the disengagement plan, is not pleased with the site.

Eldad's call for civil disobedience is "absolutely forbidden," Rivlin said yesterday. "The blanket nature of the site is liable to be interpreted wrongly by those who don't understand the nuances as a call to violate the law passively and non-violently. I told MK Eldad that his call must be changed, and that it is not appropriate for a Knesset Member to call for civil disobedience in response to democratically-made Knesset decisions."

Rivlin stopped short of calling for Eldad's removal as Chairman of the Knesset Ethics Committee, saying this is not an ethical matter but rather one of "boundaries and restrictions of [an MK's] job, and the essence of MKs' parliamentary immunity."

MK Eldad told Arutz-7's Ariel Kahane that he has no "copyright on civil disobedience, which has already been well established in the world... Some of the activities are very illegal, and some are less so. One must be willing to pay a personal price of going to jail, in the thousands and ten-thousands, but without raising a hand against a policeman or soldier. We will wage the struggle the same way other racist and immoral laws have been fought in other democratic regimes."

"Civil disobedience is a measured response to expulsion and uprooting," Eldad said. "It is a response to the fact that we are fighting an irregular plan that will lead to uprooting and expulsion of Jews. The fight against an unethical law - one that is not Jewish and not Zionist, which is being implemented by mass expulsion of Jews and the declaration of a part of the Land of Israel as forbidden to Jews - must be on par with its severity, as this is a war on our home, the Land of Israel."

Asked if there is no fear that the campaign will lead to an increase of hatred, Eldad said, "Certainly there is, for people are being disturbed and negatively affected. But when we place the law-breaking and inconvenience on one side of the scales, and the tremendous danger facing the State on the other side, it is clear that there is no comparison."

Eldad brought the Supreme Court in his defense:

"The Supreme Court often uses the concept of 'proportionality' in its decisions, saying that there are times when even a Basic Law can be harmed for the purpose of a worthy goal. An example of this is the State's claim regarding the disengagement itself. The State claims that very great diplomatic benefits will result to the general population, outweighing the damage to a small amount of people. We too say that if this plan goes through, the damage will be so great that we are willing to pay a personal price and make life somewhat difficult for many people. It is inconceivable that when Jews are being thrown out of their homes, the rest of the populace will go about their regular business as usual."

The website banner states: "Civil Disobedience: non-violent resistance, with the willingness to pay a personal price, to fight against laws that undermine the very existence of the State or its character as the State of the Jewish Nation."

The site also includes legal aid information, such as, "If you are arrested, remain silent, but explain that it is because it is a political interrogation... Object to being released with restrictions... As long as you have not yet been officially arrested, you may use your phone - use these minutes to call the legal aid center..."

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

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Posted by Ken Heller, May 23, 2005.

Boker tov!

Great opportunities for your towns to become actively involved in the ever growing anti-disengagemnent movment. All that is needed if for someone to take the bull by the horns and develop, organize, coordinate and promote your program.

Having been in New York yesterday at the prayer vigil I became re-invigorated when I saw at least 2,000 people protesting the Prime Minister's evil plan.

6/22 there will be a protest in Washington from 10-5 pm.

7/19 has been called the International Day Against the Disengagement with major rallies in Washington and Tel Aviv.

If you can't make it to either, how nice it would be to create your own anti-disengagemnt force in your hometown.

Please give special attention to July 19th!!!

Thank you.
Ken Heller

Ken Heller is a pro-Israel activist and a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Americans For A Safe Israel. He can be reached at kjhnha@aol.com.

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, May 23, 2005.


qCivil service employees paid by the national treasury may not participate in political demonstrations. However, certain categories of rabbis are paid by municipalities; they are exempt from that restriction. Nevertheless, the government intends to stop the salaries of those rabbis, if they express opposition to Sharon's abandonment plan.

Someone pointed out that broadcasters are paid by the national treasury, so if the rabbis do not have freedom of speech to oppose the abandonment, broadcasters should not have freedom of speech to support abandonment.

Students coming to the W. Wall were forced by police to take off their orange shirts and orange bracelets, signs of their opposition to abandonment (Arutz-7, 5/15).

A stream of police state tactics is being employed, in the service of looming national disaster, but everybody calls Israel a democracy. People are slow to recognize political change.


A police state may emerge from a parliamentary system whose leader becomes impatient with societal restraints. He plants agents in various agencies, and lets them know they may act with impunity. Craving power, themselves, they know no shame. They do what he wants and what they want. The signs of this are manifold in Israel (as we have been reporting. Israelis have been noticing, but are so awed by the supposed rule of law, they have not waged a coup in order to restore actual rule of law.)

Police are harassing or arresting various leaders of the opposition to the abandonment plan (and, says Barry Chamish, framing them or blackmailing them to desist). Police also are beating up and arresting peaceful protestors. The judges are allowing this. The Left, which used to protest against preventive detention of dangerous Arabs, applauds its new use against harmless Jews. (The Israeli Left is closer to Bolshevism than were the W. European Socialists.) Even American leftists approve of at least some of the police excesses, though the protestors are using the civil methods common in the US (and by the Left).

The Secret Service spies on Yesha Jews and has agents provocateurs try to expose them to indictment. (Few succumb. That demonstrates the settlers' decency and the government's indecency.)

People suppose that these methods are necessary and temporary. (Necessary? What happened to winning elections honestly, carrying out campaign pledges, following democratic procedure, and attempting to persuade people?) Temporary? After building up a totalitarian mentality and corrupting the judiciary and the civil service? Foreign powers are urging swifter and harsher measures, to fulfill their agenda.

PM Sharon makes it seem as if he is waging the battle of Gaza. Actually, he is setting a precedent that would end where the US wants it to, with Jerusalem. Therefore, this is the battle of Jerusalem. If the people can stop Sharon in Gaza, he wouldn't be able to give away Jerusalem (Winston Mid East Analysis, 5/15).

US conservatives in the major media are not warning of Israel turning into a police state in order to betray its people.


A sermon on official P.A. TV by a preacher on the P.A. payroll foresees Muslim rule over the US and Muslims finishing off the Jews (IMRA, 5/16).

Is this how Abbas prepares another peace process?


The Cabinet voted to permit Arabs from Judea-Samaria who marry Arabs from Israel, to move to Israel and apply for citizenship. In recent years, 150,000 Arabs moved into Israel. The Jewish majority is decreasing (and Israeli Arab terrorism is increasing). Some officials thought the old restrictions violated human rights, because they favored Jews over Arabs. Another pointed out that aliens do not have rights, but, rather, a country has the right to decide whom to admit. Another pointed out the inconsistency between expelling Jews from Gaza as if Gaza belongs to the Arabs, but then letting Arabs into Israel, as if Israel does not belong to the Jews (Arutz-7, 5/16).

Have you noticed the great deal of inconsistency in conventional opinions about the Arab-Israel conflict, and that it favors the Arabs?

What sense is there to worry about fairness, in letting in a collectively murderous religious group, who would work to push out (or under) the tolerant Jews? Already the Arab parties in Knesset tip the balance in favor of appeasement of the Arab enemy outside. There is a particular stupidity in the supposed idealism of sticking to democratic forms that let an Arab fifth column come in, stay, grow, and vote, while the country is under existential threat from the Arabs. That isn't democratic but politically correct according to foes of real democracy. Under Arab rule, the Jews would be oppressed. Ironically, the Jews are losing their democratic rights under the Sharon-Peres regime.


Reuters reported that at Tulkarm, an Arab wielding a long knife ran at Israeli soldiers and ignored warning shots. The soldiers then shot him dead.

The P.A. called the youth a "heroic martyr" and denounced Israel for not treating the body with more respect (IMRA, 5/16).

With respect, a would-be wanton killer? The trouble with Israel is that it treats the Arabs, who have no respect for their enemies, with too much respect. It should smear his body with lard, to forestall his martyr status.

Is it Israeli violence (really in self-defense), checkpoints (also self-defense), or Arab slander that enrages Arabs into committing random terrorism? Do those who think it is due to poverty care to explain why many poorer cultures do not commit terrorism or to deny that Islam preaches conquest by the sword and that the P.A. media, schools, and mosques preach hatred and violence to powerful effect.


Private gangs from Egypt, Libya, and Yemen smuggle arms through Egypt into the P.A. with the knowledge of their governments, according to Israeli intelligence (IMRA, 11/17).

Since Egypt has many checkpoints along the few roads from Sinai to Gaza, and the terrain is flat, one may conclude that Egypt is an accomplice. It is working against peace. PM Sharon is particularly foolish to entrustit with Israeli security there.

As for Libya, US policy makers and pundits have praised its government for abandoning terrorism and nuclear weapons development. We see that it has not abandoned terrorism. It just tries to keep it quiet. Probably the same is true of its nuclear weapons development.

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

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Posted by David Wilder, May 23, 2005.

High level sources, close to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon are leaking. Drip, drip, drop. The rabbit is out of the hat. Sharon is in big trouble. Behind the scenes political analysts say that, quite literally, "the oil is boiling and an overflow is immanent."

Recent secret polls show that a majority of Israelis now oppose the government's intended retreat from Gush Katif and the northern Shomron. The reversal of public opinion began following media revelations of missile factories in the Shomron and terrorist plans to start shelling coastal cities this summer. The downward trend continued with reports that the terrorists have obtained shoulder-launched surface-to-air Stinger missiles and plan on using them to knock down planes flying in and out of Ben Gurion airport. Last week's massive bombardment of Gush Katif is the icing on the cake. Presently Sharon has given orders to hush up media accounts which reported that senior officers in Gush Katif are being denied the ability to prevent terror attacks upon civilians and soldiers. It was reported that senior IDF commanders are being denied permission to 'selectively eliminate' terror groups on their way to perpetrate attacks, such as the massive attack on Kfar Darom early Friday morning. Israeli combat helicopters, having spotted the terrorists, were denied permission 'to take them out,' and ground forces were not allowed to ambush the terrorists before they began their attack. The forces were ordered to 'guard at the fence.' As a result, the terrorists took over an abandoned UN school and started shooting missiles into Kfar Darom. It took an hour to receive permission to use tanks against the terrorists, by which time two of the three Arabs had fled.

One reaction was the following letter addressed to Brigadier General Aviv Kochavi, commander of the Gaza division of the IDF from Dan Amiel of Kfar Darom:

"You are certainly aware that we in Gush Katif, and especially in Kfar Darom, have been suffering now for years. We have sustained losses, mothers and fathers who were murdered, children with amputated legs and other serious injuries, and now we are under enormous pressure because of the threat of expulsion. Friends of ours are in prison. So you will understand that we are not prepared in addition to all of the above also to have our security undermined.

I am twenty years old, a father to a child, who under other circumstances could have been under your command. Seven months ago as I came out of the synagogue in Kfar Darom still in my prayer shawl and phylacteries I was wounded by a mortar bomb. My injuries were considered fatal. I hovered between life and death for three weeks in the emergency ward. One of my legs was amputated and the other is paralyzed. I also have arm and stomach wounds. At the moment I am undergoing rehabilitation, together with soldiers such as Ophir Livius and others.

The daily suffering we and our families have had to undergo is indescribable. It is both physical, and also the knowledge that my family and I will have to live on with me as a cripple, both physically and mentally, with my daily pains and my best years spent in hospitals.

In view of our bitter experience, the people of Kfar Darom will not stand on the side while murderous terrorists attack us, our children and our soldiers. We will not condone abandoning anyone to danger, certainly not for political motives. Please pass on this message to your superiors. It is unthinkable that terrorists on their way to commit murder are identified and nothing is done to stop them, even though they use children as human shields. We refuse to accept the price of more cripples, widows and orphans, and permanently injured soldiers.

The IDF has shown in the past that it is perfectly capable of controlling the situation. You are situated where you must take responsibility. Instead of thinking about base political consideration and how things will look in the media should adopt the saving of lives as your prime concern. We appreciate all you have done so far and want to encourage you to continue working on behalf of our national security.

Several other items seem to have Sharon on the run. A new Israeli web site, initiated by MK Aryeh Eldad, [www.meri.org.il] calls for massive civil disobedience and includes suggested methods of operation, including: stopping paying taxes; returning Israeli ID cards (teudat zehut); returning IDF ID cards and/or reserve call-up orders; refusing to obey orders connected to the expulsion, blocking roads; closing the airports and docks with massive sit-ins; massive coordinated vacations from organizations backing and preparing the expulsion, thereby disrupting their ability to function; tying up the police and other security forces in various places in Israel, preventing their participation in the actual expulsion; violating orders placing the areas endangered by expulsion off-limits to civilians.

On top of this, Israeli media reported this morning that very senior IDF officers are suggesting/demanding that the expulsion be 'postponed' for at least six months, saying that "Disengagement on August 15 will be very bad for Israel." The current Hamas attacks, fully coordinated with Abu Mazen and the PA, together with intelligence information pointing at substantial terror planned for this summer, lead military sources to view the Gush Katif/Northern Shomron expulsions as a dire threat to Israeli security.

Yet, the Prime Minister persists. In New York, he declared that the expulsion will take place as planned, that no changes are foreseen. Really?

I must relate a story I recently heard, from reliable sources: The IDF is having trouble finding people willing to participate in the expulsion. Not too long ago a meeting was held with two hundred pilots of the Israeli air force and high-ranking members of the General Staff. "We haven't found anyone else, so you're going to have to do the job, to go into Gush Katif and implement the disengagement. You will have support from the outside, but the main job will be yours."

When the speaker finished, one of the pilots stood up and said, "We will not be your garbage pails, we will not do your dirty work for you. None of us are going into Gush Katif to expel people from their homes." The other pilots applauded, all stood, and left the room.

In Jerusalem, dozens of students are staging a hunger strike, protesting the planned expulsion. According to one Gush Katif leader, Aryeh Yitzhaki, some three hundred new housing units are presently being built in the Gush. Three new Gaza Jewish communities are in the works. And on the other side, very few Gush Katif families have agreed to leave their homes. The cooperation between the expulsion forces and Gush Katif residents is virtually nonexistent.

There is one other side to this that I've neglected to mention. Again, a short story from a book called 'The Miracles of Gush Katif,' which details dozens of life-saving miracles that have occurred in the past five years in Gush Katif.

A group of children, arriving home from school in Gush Katif, decided to play a little game they call 'Mortars.' (Just like we used to play cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians, in Gush Katif, they play 'mortars and missiles.' The game consists of one of the children yelling out 'mortar.' All the others have to immediately take cover. So, one of the kids cried out 'Mortar' and they all scattered, finding a place to hide. Just as they all found a place of protection, a mortar fell, exactly where they'd been standing, literally seconds before. Miraculously, none of the kids were hurt.

What I'm trying to say is, G-d is on our side.

With blessings from Hebron.

David Wilder is spokesman of The Jewish Community of Hebron. You can contribute directly to The Jewish Community of Hebron, POB10, Kiryat Arba-Hebron 90100, hebron@hebron.org.il, 972-2-9965333 or write to The Hebron Fund, 1760 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11230, hebronfund@aol.com

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Posted by Barry Shaw, May 22, 2005.
It is difficult to evaluate who is driving who.

Is it the British Muslims who are driving the far left, the loony academics, and the naive leftist liberals towards a new England of Shari'a Law and Communist repression?

Or, is it the other way round? Are the vehement leftists, with their deceitful and malevolent agenda, leading a Muslim population towards their 'promised land' - a Europe reshaped to reflect a global combination of Leninism and Islam with London as its capital?

The weekend display of passion in rainy Trafalgar Square would have us believe that it is the savvy politicians and academics who have achieved positions of power and influence through street-smart tactics and trickery that have deceived the public who head the advocacy of a reformed Europe and, eventually, a reshaped and less attractive world.

It is easy to dismiss the rabble-rousers of the packed demonstration in one of London's major sites as cranks and misfits, but these people are on the ascendancy in the British Parliament and, therefore, on the British streets. They also hold the keys to important institutions such as the Union of British Teachers and certain Trades Unions. Their growing influence on future movers and shakers in British politics and the media stems from the misinformation they are able to disseminate to eager students from their protected positions of academic strongholds in the ivory towers of British universities and seats of learning.

Just consider some of the colourful phrases of venom that were passionately received in Trafalgar Square that Sunday.

Sue Blackwell, the unrepentant lecturer who led the AUTs boycott of Israeli universities said, "What we said about Haifa is an understatement. This is a university, which just hosted a conference, two days after the anniversary of the Nakba, entitled 'The demographic problem.' Brothers and sisters, a university which organizes a racist conference as Haifa has just done deserves every bit of trouble it gets from trade unionists in the UK."

Labour M.P., Tony Benn, said, ""the apartheid wall should be removed," referring to the security fence built by Israel to prevent Palestinian suicide bombers from reaching Israeli cities.

Calling American president George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon the "two most dangerous men in the world," Benn condemned America's military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Israel's anti-terrorism measures.

Benn declared that the world is facing another world war. Political leaders like him seem blind to the fact that it is they that is stoking the flames of a potential conflagration as, eventually, a weakened West will rise up against the growing dangerous combination of radical Islam and passionate left wing activists groping their way to a new Jerusalem.

Fresh from his abusive display in the US Congress, George Galloway called for a total boycott of Israel. "It's about time that the British government made some reparations for the Balfour declaration," said Galloway.

"Instead, Tony Blair said that Israel has no better friend than the British government. We say to Mr. Blair: You should be ashamed by that. The Palestinian people are like the 300 Spartans holding the pass of Thermopylae, until the others can arrive and come to their side. We will join them, by boycotting Israel. By boycotting Israeli goods. By picketing the stores that are selling Israeli goods," he said to cheers and applause.

Paul Mackney, the general secretary of Britain's second largest university teachers union, NAPHTE, said, "We stand in solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters. Palestinian refugee camps are like open air prisons," said Mackney. "The Israeli army frequently invades them. There will be no peace in the Middle East until there is justice for the Palestinian people.

Andrew Birgin of the Stop the War Campaign said "Israel is a racist state! It is an apartheid state! With its Apache helicopters and its F-16 fighter jets! The South African apartheid state never inflicted the sort of repression that Israel is inflicting on the Palestinians," he said to loud applause.

"When there is real democracy, there will be no more Israel!" concluded Birgin. "Allahu Akbar!" yelled several men repeatedly in response.

Added to the abuse against Prime Minister Blair and President Bush, under the guise of free speech, was the wall to wall demand for the eradication of Israel.

Azzam Tamini, the head of the Muslim Association of Britain gave an Islamic speech in which we called for a worldwide Islamic state instead of nation states. The first victim of his Islamic agenda is, of course, Israel.

"There are 22 stupid Arab states, why have another stupid Palestinian state?" he asked. "I don't want another Palestinian state, I want Jaffa free, I want Haifa free, I want every inch of Palestine free!

"I don't want to see any form of racist nationalism. And the most racist form of nationalism is Zionism. The problem is with a nationalist ideology that is the most racist on the face of the earth."

Apparently Mr. Tamini found no objection to his form of international Islamic racism in Trafalgar Square. Not from the British Members of Parliament. Not from the academics. Not from the Tradesq Union leaders. Not even from religious representatives. Stuart Pexley, a former Catholic bishop, and a member of Pax Christi, said: "Jesus Christ attempted to create a new humanity without divisions. As a Christian I am opposed to the apartheid wall."

Even Jews found their representatives at the rally in the loony Naturei Karta.

"We are abiding by the Torah," said one member. "They [the Israelis] have no right to exist. Israel will fail. Before Israel, Jews were living well in Arab countries," he added. They held banners calling for a Palestinian state 'From the River to the Sea' a political ambition that reflects the aims of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The immediate danger of this lethal combination is that it is driving the political current in Britain as evidenced by the British media, by the results of the recent General Election, by the recent trends in British universities and decisions taken by major British unions.

As the Muslim population expands, and as a student body leave academic cloisters in search of future positions of influence and power, they will further carry and graft the message of a deconstructed history on to an increasingly vote-catching political platform that will satisfy both the Left and the Islamists but will marginalise those in Britain who will not adopt a dhimmi attitude of submission.

Some European countries have woken up to the danger that their traditional identities and culture have being submerged and lost to this passionate and active march of repression.

It seems that Britain is still slumbering and dreaming of long-held values, values that are being undermined and abused by those clamouring for a new world order in Trafalgar Square.

Part of this ambition is to turn Europe into Eurabia, and London into Londonistan. It seems that they are well on their way.

Barry Shaw writes the View from Here columns from Israel. To receive emails, contact him at netre@mataav.net.il

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Posted by Yuval Zaliouk, May 22, 2005.

Dear friends,

Two weeks ago, during Israel's somber Memorial Day, I had the great privilege of visiting Gush Katif and each and every village and community within it.

I met the most incredible people in Israel. Not until you see the place, this blooming paradise built by these pioneers in the sand dunes, can you pass judgement on its and their fate.

In a few days I will send you a link to a site in which the photos I took will be posted.

In the meantime, here is an opportunity to watch an important video which exposes the dangers of the so called "Disengagement" Plan.

The video can be viewed or downloaded with English subtitles at:

After entering the site you will find the video on the left. My suggestion for smooth viewing is that you save the video to your hard drive (a download of about 15 minutes) and watch from it.

Please send this important link to all your family and friends, even to those on the left who support the eviction. The uprooting of Jews by Jews from their legal homes and businesses should be watched and understood by all.

Your Truth Provider,

Yuval Zaliouk writes the Truth Provider columns. To subscribe, send an email to ynz@netvision.net.il

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Posted by Batya Medad, May 22, 2005.

I think that there should be a "people's uprising" to protect our "natural treasures." I'm not talking about Gush Katif or Disengagement, and I'm not referring to the sand dunes of Nitzanim, which Interior Minister Ophir Pines considers so valuable and precious.

"The sands of Nitzanim are a national resource," he said today, "that we must carefully preserve for our own sake and for future generations. We must now make sure to prevent any construction from creeping into the area of the sands." "... important national interest of preserving Israel's natural treasures."


The "Natural Treasures" that concern me are our future generations, our children, grandchildren and theirs. They are being endangered by the same government that is trying to reverse the miracles of the Six Day War and give our enemies the Land G-d liberated for our use. This isn't about security or health; it's about education.

When I was a student, receiving a "D" meant failure. So it's rather ironic that this government is known for its two D's. D for Disengagement and D for Dovrat. Both are failures. Disengagement will destroy whatever security we have, and Dovrat will cause severe decline in Israeli Education.

Thousands of teachers have already been fired because of the Dovrat recommendations. Now, I have a very simple question. How will this improve education? Class size won't shrink if there are fewer teachers for the, bli eyin haraa, our ever increasing number of school-age children. According to Dovrat the school day should be much longer, and teachers should work the same hours as clerical staff and factory workers. Young accademics should be given financial incentives to encourage them to teach, and experienced teachers will get a reduced salary or "pink slip." Yes, one of the key recommendations of Dovrat is a total overhall of salaries. Don't they realize that once they reduce to salary of veteran teachers, their new ones won't stay very long. Anyone who becomes a teacher for the money won't be foolish enough to stay after the incentives have expired.

Employment agencies are recruiting potential teachers to work as "scabs" if there's a major teachers strike. Yes, I've heard from people who have been approached. And at best these people will be used to fill-in when schools have difficulty finding qualified teachers. No where in this "restructuring" is any talk of changes in curriculum and methodology to those with proven success.

So, where's the rebellion? I'm not talking about teachers. I'm talking about parents. Why aren't the country's parents taking a good look at these Dovrat recommendations? Don't they know what's being planned? Don't they care who will be supervising their kids all day, and I used the term "supervise" for a reason. The kids aren't going to be studying all those hours.

All the Israeli school buildings that had never had gymnasiums and lunchrooms haven't sprouted them since you last looked. When I was a young student in an over-crowded, baby-boom New York City Public School, we ate our lunch in the auditorium when it was too nasty outside to walk home. How many Israeli elementary schools have auditoriums? Lunchrooms? Gymnasiusms? And if all the teachers are supposed to be in school all day everyday, where are they supposed to plan lessons and correct exams? And when can they study for advanced degrees and take professional courses?

If teachers seem tired now, just wait. But honestly, who's going to really suffer from this rediculous experiment? The school children. Why don't their parents care? Increasing time in school will not raise educational standards, and remember, the teachers aren't the sole providers of education. The chief responsibility for a child's education lies with his or her parents.

Parents, don't wait until the damage is already done. Prevent it! Take to the streets. Protest against Dovrat for the sake of our precious children.

This is Musing #120. Batya Medad lives in Shiloh. She can be reached by email at Shilohmuse@yahoo.com or visit her website http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/ or go to http://www.shilo.org.il This essay is also available at http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2005/05/120-natural-treasures.html

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Posted by Barry Shaw, May 22, 2005.

An important presentation. Please view and pass to others. This is taken from the official Palestinian TV channel this May 2005 when they talk about a new leadership, a new reformed society.

See the true face of Islam. Muslims will offer tolerance to Christians who play a submissive 'dhimmi' role to Muslims. Muslims, however, offer no tolerance to Jews.

All the world's ills, even those perpetrated by Muslims, can be loaded, malevolently, on to the Jews. Death and murder is the only Islamic demand of the Jews. See the presentation and prepare to be shocked.

Muslims cry out for religious tolerance.

When Newsweek wrongly reports the US servicemen flushing a copy of the Koran down the toilet, Muslims rampaged and people were killed. Yet the Bible is banned in Arab countries. Owning a Bible can get you killed, arrested, or deported. In Saudi Arabia, they burn discovered Bibles. Christians are not free to practice their religion. Jews are banned completely. Where is the Islamic tolerance?

In Holland Theo Van Gogh was killed by a Muslim for making the movie 'Submission'. Dutch Parliamentarian, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been threatened with death. Where is the Islamic tolerance in Holland?

In Britain, Oona King was attacked and lost her Parliamentary seat by a Muslim constituency for being Jewish. In Britain, Muslim demand tolerance for their religion, but give none to others. We increasingly hear of Islamic no-go areas in Britain.

In Nigeria, fifty people were killed not over the Miss World beauty pageant in their country but over a journalist who flippantly suggested that the Prophet Mohammed may have taken the winner as his wife.

Christians, Jews, and Buddhists don't lash out in homicidal attacks when their religion is insulted. They don't call for jihad. If they did, hundreds of Muslims would be dead in Europe and America. So, where is the Islamic tolerance?

In Palestinian territories churches and Jewish holy sites are desecrated. The Christian population in Palestinian-controlled territories is dwindling to nothing. Where is the beneficial face of Islam?

I invite you to add to this world list of Islamic intolerance to other religions.

However, please see the footage in the video link listed below.

This is what Islam has in store for us Jews.
Go to http://switch5.castup.net/frames/20041020_MemriTV_Popup/ video_480x360.asp?ClipMediaID=60227&ak=null and watch in horror.

Forward to all people that you know!

And then question the motives that drive Muslims when they demand their rights - yet not only deny it to others, but hold an evil agenda for Christians, but mainly Jews.

Barry Shaw writes the View from Here columns from Israel. To receive emails, contact him at netre@mataav.net.il

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Posted by Lise Rubin, May 22, 2005.

These pictures come from http://chabad.info/index.php?url=article_he&id=11292. The original text is in Hebrew. Thanks are due Dr. Yoram Shifftan for preparing a summary of the text.

Pictures tell the story from within the prison walls.

"Scores of innocents were arrested during the road blocking operations that took place last Monday. Together, they strengthened and encouraged the spirits of those arrested and some used their time in prison to come near to the rabbi melech mashiach shalita [rabbi king and messiah] and to the torat hasiddut [to the doctrine of hassidut]. The innocents were in the Russian compound in Jerusalem [a police prison in Jerusalem] and had a hassidic 'convention' in one of the cells."

One of the arrested innocents use the time to study 'tanya'.

A Hassidic convention

Contact Lise Rubin by email at elishevarubin@msn.com

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Posted by Rachel Saperstein, May 22, 2005.

A group of teenage boys had lunch with us on Independence Day. They had been our guests for a "Youth Shabbat" a few months ago and had returned to regale us with stories of the work they had been doing in the "Battle for Gush Katif."

One of the boys wore the ubiquitous orange t-shirt, but the slogan was new: "Arrested? You won!"

"Tell me about your t-shirt," I asked. "What does it mean?"

A big smile appeared on his face. "We're planning to block the roads very soon and many of us will be arrested and we're going prepared. We'll go to jail with pride in order to protest the disengagement plan. It's called 'civil disobedience.'"

These boys come from the very best homes. Their parents are professionals and epitomize religious middle class values. Their children do not commit crimes and go to jail. Their children are the cream of Israeli society - hard working, future soldiers in the elite IDF units. They will go on to university and be successful husbands and fathers. They will pay their taxes and show their allegiance to the State of Israel. Today they are carrying out the laws of good citizenship, fighting an unjust law, the Disengagement Law.

On Monday, May 16th, thousands of people - mostly youth - blocked traffic on 42 main roads. Each participant in this "non-violent civil disobedience action" had received a booklet explaining their rights and a telephone number of the Legal Aid Station they are to call if arrested. The lawyers of the Legal Aid Station are volunteers on call 24/7.

As I write this close to 500 people have been jailed. Some are below the age of 12. They were told beforehand, do not give any information to the police, do not tell them your name and identity card number, take down the name of police officers who physically or verbally abuse you, refuse to be photographed or fingerprinted. They were told not to be afraid, and to say "I am a political prisoner and have a right to remain silent."

Demonstrators are urged to bring cellphones, cameras, pen and paper. They are to come prepared for possible arrest, with prayer shawl and phylacteries, a prayer book, toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, a clean sheet, a change of clothing and some food. And religious texts for study during the time in jail.

We were told that many of those arrested refused to sign up for house arrest which would keep them locked up at home for at least three months. The atmosphere was one of pride as they sang Am Yisroel Chai, "The People of Israel Live." They sang Hatikvah, the national anthem, and Ani Ma'amin, "I believe in the coming of the Messiah."

Police and jailers were taken aback by the joy with which the young people marched into jail. The jailers had never seen the sense of exhilaration and freedom exhibited by the prisoners.

One young man, a father of six, knowing that his large family would suffer, accepted house arrest. His wife informed me that when he came home he felt saddened by his decision. "When I was in jail and uncomfortable I felt free. Now I am comfortable but feel jailed." He insists that we wants to return to prison.

The police begged parents to come and identify their children so they could be released. The parents refused to betray the cause and their children's right to fight for that cause.

"Next time," said one parent, "I will be on that corner and I too will choose jail rather than surrender to the edict of expulsion. My child is learning citizenship and the right of the citizen to fight evil laws. I am so proud!"

Rachel Saperstein and her husband Moshe live in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, Gaza, Israel. She is a teacher at the Neve Dekalim ulpana and a spokeswoman for the Katif Regional Council.

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Posted by Steven Plaut, May 22, 2005.

The original article, which was published at http://www.discoverthenetwork.org/moonbatcentral/2005/05/ guess-who-really-killed-brian-hurndall.html, has live links to additional material.

Alongside Rachel Corrie, who commited suicide on behalf of Palestinian terrorism when she tried to stop an Israeli bulldozer from demolishing a terrorist smuggling tunnel, the other martyr of the pro-Jihad "International Solidarity Movement" terror organization has been one Tom Hurndall.

Hurndall, like all the other ISM hoodlums and useful idiots of the Islamofascist terrorists, was in Israel to engage in violence, to assist terrorists, and to serve as a human shield for Palestinian murderers. The ISM openly endorses Palestinian terrorism against Jewish civilians, which the ISM calls "armed struggle".

Hurndall became a victim of the armed struggle of Israeli troops shooting back at Palestinian terrorists, who had just opened fire upon them while Hurndall was in the vicinity. Hurndall was hit by a shot fired by an Israeli Bedouin patriotic soldier from a low-income family, a soldier who was defending himself and his comrades against Palestinian gunfire.

The Bedouin soldier has been persecuted by the ISM thugs and their lobby, and is on trial now in Israel for manslaughter. A court ruling is expected soon. He should never have been charged at all.

Now it turns out that the real killer of Tom Hurndall was not the Bedouin soldier at all but rather .... (drumroll) ... the British socialized medical system! In the trial of the Bedouin soldier being harassed by the Israeli military court at the behest of the ISM, the defense has presented evidence that the real reason Hurndall died was because of died because of malpractice by his British doctors when he was taken back to Britain. Hurndall actually died of pneumonia, not the gunfire wound.

Defense lawyer Yariv Ronen said that the soldier should be acquitted of a manslaughter charge because Turndall "did not die from the wound but because the doctors, together with the family, made a very clear decision to end his life." Ronen said the doctors denied Hurndall antibiotic treatment and gave him an overdose of morphine.

A second Israeli Bedouin soldier has already been sentenced to prison in the Hurndall affair.

We think the ISM racists should stop abusing and tormenting patriotic Israeli Bedouins! And of course stop supporting randam mass murder of Jews.

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

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, May 22, 2005.

I wonder how he entertains his audiences? Bites the heads off live snakes or what? This is a news item from today's Arutz-7. It's called "Pop Singer: 'Break Settlers? Bones.'" and is archived at http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=82405

(IsraelNN.com) Entertainer Muki Brown has called on the police "to break the bones of settlers, [who should be] thrown in a corner and gagged." The student group "Orange Cell" filed a complaint with police charging the singer with incitement.

Brown told a Tel Aviv student newspaper that Jews in Gaza and northern Samaria "moved to areas that are not legal parts of Israel." He cited the police for not taking a heavy hand against evacuation protestors, adding that police should shoot them, in his words, just like they shoot Arabs. He said Yesha residents should be afraid because "we are their bosses."

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

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Posted by Steven Plaut, May 22, 2005.
This is called "Professor disputes Holocaust" and was written by George A. Chidi; it appeared in the Rocky Mount Telegram yesterday.

The phone call inquiring about Professor Jane Christensen's views on the Holocaust was brief.

Asked directly about her view of the Holocaust - Do you believe that the historic accounts of the Holocaust are true? - Christensen's response was cryptic and evasive.

"Do you mean the Holocaust in Fallujah?" she said.


The question referred to the conventionally held definition of the Holocaust, in which 6 million Jews were killed by Nazis, many in concentration camps. The question was redirected - Do you beliieve Germany killed 6 million Jews in concentration camps in World War II?

"I believe that Germany killed many people in concentration camps in World War II, and that some of them were Jews," she replied.

Charges of anti-Semitism have been among the accusations leveled at Christensen in recent weeks as bloggers and pundits picked up on her faculty Web site and course syllabus at N.C. Wesleyan College last month.

She also has come under fire because the syllabus of one of her political science classes questions the truth of the U.S. government's accounts of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Her Web page, Megalinks in Political Science, has been retooled since the first columns appeared. Links remain to articles such as "Joint U.S.-Israeli plan to bomb Iran" by Michel Chossudovsky and "Mossad - The Israeli Connection To 9/11" by Christopher Bollyn.

Most of the site consists of links to other writers for other organizations.

A link titled "Mossad Planning Another Attack in U.S." links to an April 11 article by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs - a Washington think-tank on U.S.-Israeli military relations - actually titled "Al Qaeda Preparing for Another Attack in U.S., WMD Use Probable."

In a letter to the editor published in the Telegram on May 1, Dr. Ian Newbould said Wesleyan would ask a team of respect political scientists to evaluate the academic appropriateness and integrity of Christensen's approach to teaching. The letter said Christensen suggested the approach would be helpful.

Little of Christensen's own writing appears on the school's Web site. Similarly, Christensen said she hoped little of this conversation would be published.

Finally, the question was rephrased again - Do you believe that the Germans and their allies engaged in a systematic program to kill Jews during World War II?

"If there was a systematic program to kill Jews, it was done in collaboration with the Zionists," Christensen answered.

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

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Posted by Gerald M. Steinberg, May 22, 2005.
This appeared today in the Jerusalem Post.

When the council of the Association of University Teachers (AUT) in the UK meets on Friday to reconsider the boycott of Bar Ilan and Haifa Universities adopted last month, there is a good chance it will retreat. The opposition to this desecration of free academic inquiry has been surprisingly widespread, despite the pervasive anti-Israel bias in Britain and Europe. Perhaps there is more sanity and common sense in post-modern and post-colonial intellectual discourse than has been apparent.

But a tactical defeat of the boycott this time should not be confused with a strategic change - the extremists who are waging the political dimension of the war against Israel lost an earlier round, but kept trying. They realized that the 45,000 members of the AUT have either been unwilling or unable to tell their leaders that further exploitation of universities for vitriolic attacks against Israel is unacceptable.

To win this wider political war, the sources of the incitement and hatred directed against Israel need to be understood and defeated. In the case of the AUT boycott, its main proponents - Susan Blackwell and Steven Rose - are obsessed anti-Israel campaigners. Their claims regarding Bar Ilan and Haifa Universities were simply hooks on which to hang the wider campaign to label Israel "an apartheid state."

This political assault, which accompanied the Palestinian terrorism that ended the Oslo process, was outlined at the UN's 2001 Durban conference on racism. According to the logic of this movement, just as terror and boycotts in the case of South Africa were justified, the actions of "Palestinian victims of Israeli occupation" can be perceived in the same way. But South Africa was unique, and in no way comparable to the ethnic and religious conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sri Lanka and the Middle East. Like other "great lies," this analogy exploits and diminishes the suffering of the victims of real apartheid, and disfigures basic principles of morality.

BOYCOTTS ARE a major part of this offensive, and the powerful heads of activist NGOs (non-governmental organizations) are driving the process. Instead of giving voice to the legitimate and peaceful needs of "civil society," according to the standard jargon, these NGOs only use the rhetoric of human rights, humanitarian claims and charity to justify terror and promote demonization.

The link is particularly direct in this case - the AUT boycott resolution specifically repeats the accusations of the PNGO - the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organization.

The PNGO has indeed played a central role in the assault on Israel's legitimacy and the right of the Jewish people to self-determination. This goal is reflected in many activities that PNGO supports, such as the December 2004 conference at the School of Oriental & African Studies, London on "Resisting Israeli Apartheid Strategies & Principles." This theme advanced the boycott process, accompanied by the justification of Palestinian terror.

As documented in NGO Monitor's detailed reports on PNGO, this umbrella organization and its constituent members (real and virtual) receive funding from the British Department for International Development, parallel groups in Europe and Canada, and from private sources such as the Ford Foundation.

BADIL, which focuses on refugee claims, uses money from the Canadian International Development Agency, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and the Swiss Foreign Ministry for anti-Israel incitement rather than humanitarian assistance.

To spread propaganda, the PNGO created Al-Marsad and the Palestine Monitor. Another branch - the Grassroots International Protection for the Palestinian People (GIPP) - uses its resources to repeat demands for a "civilian boycott of all official Israeli organizations and institutions," expulsion of Israel from "intergovernmental organizations," and demands that foreign states refuse entry to Israeli officials.

Their reports use demonizing terms such as "colonization," "the Judeaization of Jerusalem," "ghettoize," "land grab" and "apartheid" as often as possible.

Slogans of hatred and rejectionism that create support for boycotts are also promoted by the major international NGOs. For the past two years, Christian Aid has focused its main Christmas campaign around themes such as "Child of Bethlehem" and "Peace Under Siege," which highlighted Palestinian victimization at the hands of Israel, while essentially ignoring Palestinian terror.

War on Want also uses "charitable" contributions to promote incitement against the "apartheid wall." And Human Rights Watch joined the extremist pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement to advance the boycott campaign focusing on the Caterpillar machinery sold to Israel and used in fighting Palestinian terror.

The evidence - for those who care to look - is clear.

Now that their eyes have been opened, if the members of the Association of University Teachers act morally to unconditionally repeal the academic boycott, they would be setting an important example in halting this assault.

Gerald M. Steinberg is editor of NGO Monitor and director of the Program on Conflict Management at Bar-Ilan University.

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Posted by Marlene Young, May 22, 2005.

In the last few days, the PA allowed Hamas terrorists to launch Dozens of Qassam Rockets at Israeli Civilian Population Centers. If this were any other country, a massive military operation would be underway to stop this aggressive attack and remove this threat to the safety and security of its citizens. After releasing some empty tough words to the media yesterday, Sharon had a meeting with his Cabinet and consultations [arm-twisting] with the U.S. Security Coordinator, General William Ward, and then authorized...more gestures to the PA to "strengthen" it!

At the exact same moment that Israeli law-abiding, loyal citizens are facing deportation, Israeli PM Ariel Sharon is going to allow, as a concession to Hamas terrorists, and in deference to the White House ahead of Abu Mazen's visit to the U.S. next week, the freeing an additional 400 Palestinian prisoners, allowing the return of wanted Palestinian terrorists deported to Europe after the standoff at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity in 2002, and allowing the return of Palestinian terrorists deported from the West Bank to Gaza.

Can these echos of Oslo, the exact same words, the exact same Leftists, be repeating themselves YET AGAIN? The PA is armed to the teeth, and it does not lack the means to stop Hamas. It is apparant that henceforth the PA can simply use Hamas to attack Israel, and then demand endless concessions, money and weapons to "restrain" them. We are now at a juncture when the Israeli socialist Left has completely paralyzed the IDF and allows the Israeli public to be Blackmailed and live under the Hamas threat of a sword held to their throats.

A new player in this evil game is The U.S. Security Coordinator, General William Ward, who is behind this latest arm twisting of Israel. How can we, the public, respond to Mr. Ward's perposterous demands that Israel ignore every PA violation and respond to Hamas terror with more concessions?

This article is called "PM okays gestures to PA despite renewed shelling" and is by Aluf Benn and Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondents. (www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/578321.html)/

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz on Thursday approved a series of gestures to the Palestinians, over the objections of the Shin Bet security service and despite the continued barrage of mortar shells in the Gaza Strip.

Shin Bet Chief Yuval Diskin opposed the proposal on the grounds that there are too many warnings of terror attacks. But the Israel Defense Forces supported the decision. At a meeting with Mofaz on Thursday, senior officers warned that if Israel did not act to strengthen Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, "he'll fall, and then we'll have to give more abatements to Hamas, which will gain power in his stead." The measures, which will be brought to the cabinet for approval after Sharon returns from the United States later this month, involve steps that Israel originally promised at February's Sharm el-Sheikh summit: freeing an additional 400 Palestinian prisoners, allowing the return of wanted Palestinians deported to Europe following the standoff at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity in 2002, and allowing the return of Palestinians deported from the West Bank to Gaza.

The U.S. security coordinator, General William Ward, had pressured Israel to take these steps in recent days. "You complain that the Palestinians are not fulfilling their commitments," he told his Israeli interlocutors. "But what about your commitments?"

The decision to approve these steps now is also related to Abbas' planned visit to Washington Thursday. Thereby, Sharon hopes to deflect Abbas' expected complaint to U.S. President George W. Bush that Israel is not helping him.

Sharon approved the gestures despite the ongoing escalation in Gaza. Palestinians fired at least 14 mortars at the Gush Katif settlements on Thursday, and four Qassam rockets landed in Israel - including one in the courtyard of Sderot's municipal offices. The shelling caused property damage, but no casualties. Palestinians also shot, and launched antitank missiles, at IDF troops in Gaza.

The IDF did not respond to the shelling, even though the government has authorized it to respond to mortar and rocket launches, particularly if Hamas seems to be trying to cause escalation. Israeli intelligence believes that while Hams does want some escalation in the run-up to new local elections in Rafah, it also does not want the cease-fire to collapse. Thursday's shelling, therefore, was not carried out by Hamas, but by other Palestinian factions - primarily the Popular Resistance Committees, a Fatah breakaway, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

It is possible that Hamas is financing, or even giving orders for, shelling by other groups, army sources added, but Hamas leaders seem to want to end the current round of violence - which is why Israel responded to the shelling mainly with threats rather than action. Hamas did not even attack, as the IDF had expected it would, when a Hamas operative wounded by an IDF air strike Wednesday died of his wounds on Thursday.

Despite the Gaza escalation, the IDF believes that abatements should continue in the West Bank, because the PA has begun security coordination with Israel - albeit not against the terrorist organizations. The army proposes removing roadblocks and allowing more West Bank residents to work in Israel. It also recommends preparing to hand Qalqilyah over to the PA once the latter makes progress on collecting weapons from wanted men in the two cities it already controls, Jericho and Tul Karm.

Also on Thursday, a group of Israelis, apparently Breslav Hasidim, visited Joseph's Tomb in Nablus without coordinating with the IDF. Palestinians opened fire at them, and the IDF had to rescue them. None of the Israelis were hurt, and the group is now being investigated by the police.

Minister Haim Ramon met with Palestinian Minister Mohammed Dahlan Wednesday to coordinate the disengagement from Gaza. Government sources said the talks were "difficult" and full of mutual recriminations.

Contact Marlene Young by email at marleneyoung1@yahoo.com

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Posted by Tamar Rush, May 21, 2005.

First it was displays of true affection with the Saudipoofs.....now this! [Editor's note: See pix of Bush and Prince Abdullah. ]

Now this - from www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/ 1,2506,L-3088380,00.html#n

Senior Hamas and Hizbullah members both received official letters from the U.S administration and British government, two United Arab Emirates' newspapers reported Saturday.

According to the al-Bayan newspaper, the U.S. sent the Islamic terrorist groups a letter, expressing its respect for the organizations' broad popular support - support that is expected to only grow with the upcoming elections in Lebanon and in the Palestinian Authority.

The newspaper also reported the administration has invited the Islamic organizations' leaders to a meeting with senior U.S. officials at a still-undecided location.

According to sources quoted in the newspaper, the Americans have even demonstrated their willingness to cooperate with the organizations, should they develop into political parties following the elections.

Britain changes direction too

Furthermore, the al-Halij newspaper reported that Britain has considered changing its foreign policy regarding the Middle East and may agree to direct dialogue with Hamas and Hizbullah for the very first time.

The newspaper reports that this move is based on the assumption the organizations will strengthen their political positions after elections next week in Lebanon and on July 17 in the PA.

A British Foreign Ministry spokesman refused to confirm the newspaper's report but said that Britain's current foreign policy is aimed at contact with Hamas field commanders "not connected to terror."

The spokesman said that the motive for such controversial contacts was to "strengthen the Palestinian Authority."

However, the spokesman said his government's ties to Hizbullah were severed years ago, as its military wing has been included in the list of terror organizations since 2001.

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Posted by Jerome S. Kaufman, May 21, 2005.

For about a minute and a half, Frontline/PBS had me fooled.

I had sat down at the TV with my two boxes of Kleenex to watch on Public Broadcasting System (PBS), a documentary called, Memory of the Camps. I was sure it would be about the concentration camps and Hitler's Final Solution to exterminate all the Jews of Europe. Immediately seen on the screen was that Frontline had the TV special produced. But, how could Frontline and PBS be involved in a TV special that I expected to be sympathetic to the extermination of over 6 million Jews? Invariably they had taken every pro-Palestinian Arab position possible in their TV productions and on PBS radio stations.

What is Frontline? Their literature states that "'Frontline' is the registered trademark of WGBH Educational Foundation." WGBH is a Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) in Boston, MA. Frontline is thus an organization that is an integral part of PBS nationwide. Frontline formulates ideas, usually of political interest, which are then submitted to different TV production companies that are commissioned to create an apparent TV documentary that subtly propagandizes the public to Frontline's and ipso facto, PBS's agenda. Of course, the operative words are "apparent" and "documentary" - especially since the term "documentary" long ago lost its original definition. These are not the objective newsreels the public might expect from the former terminology. They are most frequently political ploys as demonstrated so expertly by the "documentaries" of Michael Moore.

There were no Jews in the TV film about concentration camps!

Why then was Frontline involved in this production that I imagined had to be sympathetic to the Jews? After a few minutes, the answer became crystal clear. Frontline had created real magic. There were no Jews in the TV film about concentration camps! All credit, if one could possibly call it credit, for 6 million Jews dying, had been eliminated from the production! PBS had created a generic with no Jews - just the "peoples of Europe", the "German people" when they meant the German Jews, and not one Jewish star shown - which had been routinely sewn on the uniform of Jewish prisoners - was seem in the entire film. The gut rending actual pictures of the piled up corpses and barbed wire and starvation and filth could not be denied. It was the script that was so cleverly used to promote the Frontline agenda.

It began with the introduction "for decades the film had been stored in the Imperial War Museum in London. The documentary was unfinished with missing sound tracks. But the directors, including Alfred Hitchcock had developed a script to go with the pictures." (How convenient!) Frontline then makes the totally disingenuous statement that it "presents the film unedited, as close as possible to what the producers intended over a half-century ago." Never mind the dubbed in sound track that was missing from the original and how do they know what the producers intended over a half-century ago?

Then the magnificent voice of Trevor Howard begins the narration. The allied troops enter the Bergen Belsen concentration camp in the Spring of 1945 and are horrified. In the narration the prisoners are identified simply as "they" or "the people" and referred to as no particular ethnic group. At the end of the segment Trevor Howard states, "We shall never know who they (the victims) were or from what homes they were torn. Whether they were Catholics, Lutherans or Jews, we only know they were born, they suffered and died in agony in Belsen Camp."

No mention of the fact was made that Bergen-Belsen became a collection camp for thousands of Jewish prisoners evacuated from camps closer to the front as Allied forces advanced into Germany in late 1944 and early 1945. With the arrival of prisoners evacuated from the east, there were over 60,000 by April 15, 1945 - by far, the major portion Jews.

Later in the narration Howard states, "On the 28th of February, 1933, a Presidential Emergency Decree suspended the basic civil rights of the German people - no mention of the fact that almost immediately afterward, April 1933, the Jews were singled out and dismissed from the public service, the universities and other professions and their lives made absolute hell from that point forward. In fact, the only reference to Jews in the one hour narration was a statement by Herr Schoker, the camp commandment of Dachau, who said, "I want at least 600 Jewish deaths reported in the camp office every day."

At one point the narration speaks of the liberation of Buchenwald, April 13, 1945 with 20,000 inmates remaining. The narration lists them: "African Negroes, Albanian, Austrians, Belgians, Brazilians, Canadians, Chinese, Croats, Czechs. Danes, French, Germans, British, Greeks, Dutch, Italians, Yugoslavs, Latvians, Letts, Norwegians, Mexicans, Poles, Rumanians, Spaniards, Swiss, Americans and Russians." Really! How convenient. No Jews identified as such and just how many of these prisoners actually represented the individual nations listed? What percentage of those in the camp? What an outrageous, disingenuously constructed lie!

My initial bewilderment was therefore solved. Frontline and PBS had not produced a "documentary" sympathetic to the Jews or Israel. They had produced a deliberate generic whose obvious goal was to re-enforce the gross lie of Holocaust denial which claims not that many Jews were killed at all. The Holocaust must have been just a grand plan to establish the State of Israel and steal "Arab Land" - another gross lie that has been well-promoted in many other Frontline/PBS productions.

Jerome S. Kaufman is National Secretary of the Zionist Organization of America. and host the Israel Commentary website (http://www.israel-commentary.org).

This article is re-printed from The Jewish Post - NYC and St. Louis Jewish Light.

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, May 21, 2005.

This article rom the IMRA Archives: "Israeli judge suggests OK for Leftists to block roads & beat cops: Court slams state for indicting Left protesters," by Yaakov Katz, The Jerusalem Post, Oct. 18, 2004 (www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ ShowFull&cid=1098072902724&p=1078027574097).

I wonder if he holds the same opinion today?

Contact IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis) by email at imra@netvision.net.il or visit the IMRA website: http://www.imra.org.il

[IMRA: Judge Muki Landman leapfrogs back in history to the early 1980's to justify his ruling, thus ignoring the legal treatment of Oslo protestors.]

Tel Aviv Magistrates' Court Judge Muki Landman harshly criticized the prosecution Monday regarding its decision to press charges against 11 left-wing activists who held an anti-security fence demonstration in February opposite the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.

The activists were charged with unruliness and of preventing a police officer from carrying out his job by violently resisting attempts by the police to evacuate them from the road they were blocking.

"The state needs to know when to hold back," Landman told the state prosecutor, adding that the youths who sat on the road opposite the Defense Ministry and refused to be evacuated were involved in an "active protest" and that their actions should not necessarily draw criminal charges.

"The states should not run and file an indictment in cases of protest," he said. "If I am sitting on the road and they come to evacuate me and I fight back, I am not sure that filing an indictment is the right thing to do."

Landman added that in his view decisions regarding charges against demonstrators need to be made at the highest level. He added that the indictments against the demonstrators are out of the ordinary and that the state did well not to press charge against activists who resisted the evacuation of the Sinai in the early 1980s.

"In my opinion a decision needs to be made by the attorney-general," he said. "Especially considering that we are in the midst of a period filled with protests from both sides of the political spectrum."

Despite the criticism, the prosecution repeatedly claimed that the activists had assaulted police officers who had tried to break up their protest.

Landman ruled that the prosecution would be able to present its arguments at a second hearing scheduled for October 25.

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Posted by Women in Green, May 21, 2005.

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

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Posted by Gerald M. Steinberg, May 21, 2005.
This article was published 19/5/2005 in www.bitterlemons-international.org.

In the Middle East, the status of the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has always been shaky. Now this unique international regime is in danger of losing its remaining relevance. A number of the most problematic signatories are located in this region, beginning with Iraq, which acquired the French-built Osiraq reactor and other technology in order to produce material for use in making weapons. Later, Libya attempted to follow a similar path, and Algeria remained outside the treaty structure until 1995, when US satellite images discovered a reactor that had been secretly acquired from China.

There are also unconfirmed reports of clandestine programs in Syria, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere, based on the assistance provided by Pakistan's nuclear entrepreneur, Abdul Qadeer Khan. As a result, confidence in the ability of the NPT regime, including the IAEA safeguards system, to prevent proliferation in the Middle East has never been particularly high, even before the illicit Iranian program was revealed.

The question of the NPT's relevance has been further highlighted by the conflict surrounding Israeli exceptionality. For over three decades, successive Israeli governments have concluded that the NPT requirements are incompatible with Israel's core deterrence requirements. But unlike the regimes in Iraq and Iran, Israel did not try to have its nuclear cake (by signing the NPT), and eat it too (by cheating).

Nor, in contrast to the other two non-signatories (India and Pakistan), has Israel declared itself to be a nuclear power, or exploded weapons to demonstrate such capabilities. The policy of ambiguity remains in place as the least bad option, which both meets Israel's security needs and also limits the impact on the NPT regime.

In this context, the continuous efforts to press Israel to accept the terms of the Treaty and relinquish its nuclear deterrent option have not made significant headway. The current NPT Review Conference taking place in New York is unlikely to change this situation.

These efforts are generally based on claims of "universality", which is the diplomatic equivalent of "one size fits all", in which all states, large or small, powerful or weak, democratic or dictatorial, are forced into a single set of requirements. Universality also fails to consider the problem of countries that sign treaties and then find ways to violate them.

This distorted framework ignores Israel's unique strategic situation and political environment, which includes missiles paraded through the streets of Tehran decorated with signs that read "Wipe Israel off the Map". Thus, until the concept of universality is also applied to requirements for democracy, mutual acceptance and strategic depth, there is no justification for demanding it with respect to the Non- Proliferation Treaty alone.

The main cost of this public relations campaign regarding Israel's status is to deflect the focus and resources from the much more important challenges facing the NPT system, particularly in the Middle East. Despite the weaknesses, for most of the past three decades the terms of this treaty and the verification mechanisms under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have prevented many countries from acquiring nuclear weapons. Notwithstanding its flaws, the NPT has been an unusual success, and rather than promoting policies that will lead to its collapse, positive action needs to be taken in order to strengthen its effectiveness.

As noted, the holes in the fabric of this treaty come from a few countries and regimes. Saddam Hussein was the first major violator to be exposed--he signed the NPT to acquire peaceful technology while secretly using the materials and knowledge in making weapons. In many cases, his illegal facilities were literally across the street, but IAEA inspectors could not go beyond the buildings designated by the Iraqi government. The international response was too weak and slow to provide an effective response.

After this ruse was exposed following the 1991 war, the IAEA tightened its inspection system, but it failed to deter other NPT signatories, including Iran, from violating its terms. Iran continues using the nuclear energy facade in an effort to acquire weapons, and while the IAEA has reported on these activities in great detail, the diplomatic process led by the European Union appears to be going nowhere.

If Iran continues on this path and begins to produce significant amounts of fissile material for weapons production, this is likely to end any role for the NPT in the Middle East. The resulting arms race between Israel and Iran--with no diplomatic relations, no means of direct communication, and a high potential for conflict--could quickly lead to widespread regional instability, and generate efforts by Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and other countries to gain similar capabilities. And without this unique arms control framework, warts and all, the region and the world would be far more dangerous.-

Gerald M. Steinberg is editor of NGO Monitor and director of the Program on Conflict Management at Bar-Ilan University.

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Posted by IsrAlert, May 20, 2005.

Two articles.

"Saudis Shred Bibles, Rights Campaigners Claim," by Patrick Goodenough, Cyber News Service, (www.cnsnews.com//ViewForeignBureaus.asp?Page= \ForeignBureaus\archive\200505\FOR20050519a.html).

(CNSNews.com) - Bibles found in the possession of visitors to Saudi Arabia are routinely confiscated by customs officials, and in some cases copies allegedly have been put through a paper shredder, according to religious rights campaigners.

Reports from the Islamic world of the abuse of Bibles and other items important to Christians emerge from time to time, but generally have little impact - in contrast to the wave of Muslim anger sparked by a Newsweek report, since retracted, of Koran desecration by the U.S. military.

"The Muslims respect the Koran far more than Christians respect the Bible," says Danny Nalliah, a Sri Lankan-born evangelical pastor now based in Australia.

During the 1990s, Nalliah spent two years in Saudi Arabia, where he was deeply involved with the underground church.

"It's a very well-known fact that if you have a Bible at customs when you enter the airport, and if they find the Bible, that the Bible is taken and put in the shredder," he said in an interview this week.

"If you have more than one Bible you will be taken into custody, and if you have a quantity of Bibles you will be given 70 lashes for sure - you could even be executed."

Nalliah had not himself seen a Bible being shredded but said the practice was widely acknowledged among Christians in the kingdom.

Abuse of Christians and their symbols was not restricted to the destruction of Bibles, he added.

A friend of his, a fellow Christian in Saudi Arabia, told him of witnessing a particularly unpleasant incident involving a Catholic nun.

The man had been in the transit lounge at the airport in Jeddah - the gateway to Mecca, used by millions of Hajj pilgrims each year - when a nun arrived at the customs desk.

"Some fool [travel agent] had put her on a transit flight in Jeddah. You don't do that to a Catholic nun, because she's going to be tormented."

"They opened her bag, went through her prayer book, put the prayer book through the shredder ... took the crucifix off her neck and smashed it, tormented her for many minutes."

Eventually another Muslim official objected to their conduct, came across and "rescued" her, pointing out to the customs officials that she was not entering the country but only in transit and would be leaving on the next plane.

Briefed beforehand about the risks, Nalliah said he did not carry a Bible when he arrived in the kingdom in 1995.

Subsequently, however, he took possession of hundreds of Bibles that had been smuggled into Saudi Arabia to be used by believers there.

Nalliah said he had a close call one morning when armed members of the notorious Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice - the religious police, or muttawa - hammered at his front door at 1 a.m.

With 400 smuggled Bibles "sitting on the dining room table," he believed his life to be in serious danger. "That was a crime equal to rape, murder, armed robbery, and in Saudi Arabia you get the same punishment," he said - the death penalty.

Nalliah said he had prayed earnestly and, in what he could only describe as a miracle, the men left without entering his home.


Claims of Bible desecration in Saudi Arabia have been made by others.

"One Christian recently reported that his personal Bible was put into a shredder once he entered customs," the late Nagi Kheir, spokesman for the American Coptic Association and a veteran campaigner for religious freedom in the Middle East, wrote in an article several years ago.

"Some Christians have reported that upon entering Saudi Arabia they have had their personal Bibles taken from them and placed into a paper shredder," the U.S.-based organization International Christian Concern said in a 2001 report.

In its most recent report on religious freedom around the world, the State Department made no reference to Bible destruction, but said they were considered contraband.

"Customs officials routinely open mail and shipments to search for contraband, including ... non-Muslim materials, such as Bibles and religious videotapes," it said. "Such materials are subject to confiscation, although rules appear to be applied arbitrarily."

In a 2003 report on Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent watchdog set up under the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act, said: "Customs officials regularly confiscate Bibles and other religious material when Christian foreign workers arrive at the airport from their home countries initially or return from a vacation."

Inquiries about the legality of Bibles and about the shredder claims, sent to the Saudi Embassy in Washington and the Saudi Information Ministry in Riyadh, were not answered by press time.

Koran vs. Bible

After Nalliah left Saudi Arabia in 1997, he went to the U.S. and took part in the lobbying effort on Capitol Hill in support of what eventually became the International Religious Freedom Act, signed into law the following year.

He heads an evangelical ministry in Australia, where late last year he and a colleague became the first people to be found guilty under a controversial state religious hatred law, after Muslims accused them of vilifying Islam during a post-9/11 seminar for Christians.

Nalliah said this week it did not surprise him that Muslims have reacted strongly to the claims that U.S. interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay base, where terrorism suspects are held, had thrown a Koran into the toilet.

While Bible scholars say the Bible is written by men who were inspired by God, Muslims believe the Koran is "the copy of an original that is sitting in heaven, and has been sent down [by revelation to Mohammed]."

The book is seen as something sacred in itself, he explained, its words having come "directly from Allah. That's why they are so mad when they think something [unseemly] is being done to the Koran."

A Muslim will never keep a Koran at ground level, for instance.

The Pentagon says a January 2003 memo issued to U.S. personnel at Guantanamo Bay instructed them to "ensure that the Koran is not placed in offensive areas such as the floor, near the toilet or sink, near the feet, or dirty/wet areas."

Even in Western societies, Nalliah noted, copies of Bibles could often be found in witness boxes of courts, ready for use when witnesses are sworn in. But the Koran will generally be kept in safe storage elsewhere, covered in cloth, to be brought in when required by a Muslim witness.

He said such reverence for the Koran stood in stark contrast to some Muslims' feelings about the Bible, however.

Nalliah said the Koran was "confusing" on this score. In places (e.g.: sura 29:46-47) it appeared to urge Muslims to respect the Bible and those who believe in it; elsewhere it exhorts them to fight those who don't accept Islam until they pay tribute and accept inferior status (sura 9:29-31).

According to author and Islam scholar Robert Spencer, "a devout Muslim might very well mistreat a Bible, because traditional Islamic theology regards it as a corrupted and unreliable version of the genuine revelations that were given to Moses, Jesus, and other Prophets."

Spencer noted that in sura 9:30 the Koran says those who believe Jesus is the Son of God are under Allah's curse.

"Throughout history, most Muslim theologians have held that the New Testament has been tampered with since it teaches that Jesus is the Son of God."

Some of the more notorious reported incidents of Muslims abusing Christian symbols implicate Palestinian radicals, including the trashing of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2002; and the desecration of Maronite churches in Damour, Lebanon in 1976.

In the Damour episode, Yasser Arafat's PLO killed more than 500 of the Christian town's inhabitants before turning it into a stronghold, and used the interior of the St. Elias church for a shooting range, according to published accounts.

"Jewish Response to Desecration: Grief, Not Violence," by Julie Stahl, Jerusalem Bureau Chief, (www.cnsnews.com//ViewForeignBureaus.asp?Page= \ForeignBureaus\archive\200505\FOR20050519d.html), May 19, 2005.

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - Although Palestinians have desecrated Jewish holy books and Jewish holy sites for years, it is not the Jewish way to respond with violence, said Jewish leaders here.

A brief item in the May 9 edition of Newsweek magazine said U.S. troops had flushed a Koran down a toilet in an effort to rattle Muslim detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The report -- since retracted -- sparked deadly riots in Muslim countries, including Afghanistan. But Jewish leaders said such a thing would not happen here -- although there are plenty of provocations.

In October 2000, near the beginning of the Palestinian armed conflict, the Tomb of the Biblical patriarch Joseph in the West Bank city of Nablus came under fierce attack. One soldier died of wounds he suffered there.

Joseph's Tomb was one of several Jewish holy sites in Palestinian areas protected in the Oslo Accords, which Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed in 1994. Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem and the Shalom al Yisrael (Peace on Israel) Synagogue in Jericho also were included in that agreement.

The Israeli army agreed to withdraw from Joseph's Tomb, after the P.A. pledged to protect and defend it -- and with the understanding that Jews would return. But within hours, an angry Palestinian mob burned, looted and ransacked the place.

Rabbi Daniel Shilo, spokesman of the Council of Rabbis of Judea, Samaria [West Bank] and Gaza, said since then, the Palestinians have burned Joseph's Tomb a few more times.

The Jewish reaction, Shilo said, was one of grief. "We know the Arabs burn and destroy like it's a regular thing," he said.

In the 19 years (1948-1967) when the Mount of Olives in eastern Jerusalem was under Jordanian rule, Palestinians used tombstones from the ancient Jewish cemetery there for building and paving, Shilo said.

Rabbi Mordechai Rabinovitch, secretary of the Council of Rabbis of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, said that when Joseph's Tomb was ransacked there was no military or civilian response. Instead, as a result of the devastation, Jews were prevented from going there to pray and a religious school at the site was moved elsewhere.

"It was an absolute violation of Oslo agreements," said Rabinovitch. It's not the Jewish way to ransack holy places or take vengeance, he said, adding that he wishes it weren't the Arab way, either.

Rabinovitch headed the Jewish religious school at the Shalom al Yisrael synagogue in Jericho before it, too, was ransacked at the beginning of the Palestinian armed conflict.

Although scrolls containing the Jewish scriptures were safely retrieved, the building itself was ransacked and the tables and chairs all disappeared, he said.

Oddly enough, during Passover, Jewish worshippers were allowed back into the synagogue for a prayer service; the building had been painted, apparently by the Palestinians, Rabinovitch said.

They want to use the place as a showcase, he said. He added that he's not optimistic about the Jewish school being able to return to that spot.

Speaking in general about how Jewish people would react to the idea of a desecration, Jonathan Rosenblum, an ultra-Orthodox Jew who runs Jewish Media Resource, said Jews would not retaliate to desecration by rampaging.

"How would that desecration have been helped by killing people?" asked Rosenblum.

Jewish books have been desecrated throughout the ages, and while that is treated with great seriousness, he said, it would not have prompted killing.

"No one has ever been killed [over a desecration]," Rosenblum said. "There have been desecrations here in shuls [synagogues]," he said. "It provoked rending of garments."

Dr. Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, said absolutely "nothing" would have happened if Jewish scriptures were defiled.

"If some U.S. military personnel did [something like that], no one would think the U.S. government was the great devil," said Zuroff. "We [would realize] that it was a personal problem rather than a [government policy].

"But then there's nothing like blaming America if you're a Muslim," he said, adding that to some Muslims, the truth doesn't seem to matter.

"I don't think people would riot and get killed," said Laura Kam Issacharoff, director of the Anti-Defamation League office in Jerusalem.

"This is a region where passions are inflamed to extremes," Kam Issacharoff said -- and the riots in reaction to the Newsweek article proves that to be the case, she said.

Christian places have also been desecrated. The most prominent example was the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, seized and held by Palestinian militants for more than a month. The church is built over the grotto where many Christians believe Jesus was born.

During the 39-day siege, in which the militants held clergy captive, militants reportedly urinated on the floor, used pages of the Bible as toilet paper and stole all the gold and other religious ornaments they could find.

When the militants left, the Christian response was to clean the place in time for Sunday Mass.

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

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, May 20, 2005.


Democracy is not a simple product that can be manufactured and consumed. Democracy is "about consensual government, an independent judiciary, obedience to the rule of law, a free press and minority rights, and they require a very different set of beliefs form those required for survival under tyrants, dictators and despots." (Mark Silberberg, Outpost from AFSI, 2/2005, p.10.) Where is any of that in the P.A.?


Foreign allies of the insurgents in Iraq call it "resistance to occupation." Actually, by attacking Iraq forces in training, the rebels force the government to rely on coalition troops. Foreign Arab regimes sympathize with the rebels, because they do not want Iraq to turn into a democracy. If the rebels win, however, they would go on to attack some of those other regimes (IMRA, 5/11).


The summit resolved against US sanctions on Syria for terrorism, Israeli "occupation" of territory, intellectual property rights; and the global rules of commerce for harming the poor. They asserted a right to "resist occupation" and pledged closer relations among themselves. Abbas claimed that the P.A. but not Israel had honored its peace agreements.

They did not inveigh against OPEC's oil price gouging for what it does to the poor. There is no right to "resist." The Arabs imply that they may resist by terrorism (IMRA, 5/12).

P.A. head Abbas officially ordered his forces to disarm terrorist militias in Tulkarm and Jericho. Nevertheless, they were not (IMRA, 5/11).

US sanctions against Syria mostly have not been imposed. It would be a strange and counter-productive feature of international law not to allow sanctions against one of the worst terrorist states. If true, then it would be better to abandon international law. The alternative is the US right to make war on Syria for aiding gunmen who attack US troops, etc.

If the conferees would study international law honestly, they would find that Israel is not occupying territory of another country.

Attending that conference were some of the chief violators of international law. What gives them the right to complain about others? And if they are so faithful to international law, what is this about not conceding intellectual property rights? We invent, and they steal? Isn't that the kind of exploitation that they complain that the first world does against the resources of the third?

The P.A./PLO had not honored its 200 agreements up until Oslo and none of its agreements with Israel since. The chief obligation in those agreements is to demolish terrorist organizations and terrorism and the incitement to hatred and violence that motivates terrorism. Not only has the P.A. not done those things, Abbas refuses to arrest and disarm terrorists. To the contrary, he seeks to have terrorist prisoners released and armed in his official police. His great "reform": put all the terrorists into 3-4 official forces.

Israel has gone further than honoring its commitments, taking great chances to make things easier for the unappreciative Arabs. When it found that the hatred and attacks and other violations continued, it stopped being a total sucker and instead wait for the Arabs to come through. Besides, Arab implementation is a prerequisite for Israeli implementation

The Brasilia summit is an example of internationalism: Biased, deceitful, warmongering.


The "Jordan Times" thinks Israel should respect the P.A. for establishing a democracy despite being under occupation (IMRA, 5/12).

There is somewhat of a choice among terrorists, but no other manifestation of democracy such as the rule of law, a free judiciary and media, minority rights, lack of torture, etc..

What does the "Times" mean by "occupation?" The P.A. has autonomy. When and where its terrorism dwindles, Israeli troops withdraw. Israel does not interfere in its domestic affairs.


A journalist for Israeli Army Radio, Kaveh Shafron, admitted having failed the public on the matter of PM Sharon's abandonment plan. Journalists traveling with PM Sharon got too chummy with him. They failed to report negative news about the abandonment plan. Thus they ignored his having lied when he pledged to abide by a Likud referendum. They ignored High Court criticism of his having fired Cabinet members for disagreeing with his plans and for firing the Chief of Staff and the head of the secret service for finding the major security flaws in Sharon's plan. They ignored his bribing MKs with jobs and greasing his acceptance by the ultra-religious and anti-religious parties by allocating funds for their projects. They hardly treated of his family corruption.

Mr. Shafron "... said that the following questions should have been asked by the media, but were not: 'What happens the day after the disengagement from Gaza? Who will rule there? What's the next stage in Judea and Samaria? What will be the status of the territories that will be evacuated? ... What will happen if the GSS Chief's warnings about Kassams fired at Ashkelon come true? Why are there no housing solutions for the evacuees? What does Sharon want and what is he planning?'"

"Shafran is the second journalist in the last two months to admit to journalistic incompetence over disengagement. Yediot Acharonot's Nachum Barnea, considered one of Israel's top journalists, recently wrote that the media 'supported disengagement more than they supported democracy.'" (Arutz-7, 5/13.) Imagine, he would prefer that the Chief of Staff not find the national security risks in his abandonment plan!


"We are the most advanced in the world in underground fighting, but we have yet to find a good enough way to locate tunnels and hit them. In order to find a tunnel we have to go house-to-house and fight in a built-up area. There is no other solution. There is no complete solution either in the matter of the tunnels or rocket and missile fire."

"... under the planned retreat, the houses mentioned by Major General Harel will be beyond the sphere of control of Israel as Israel will - at best - retain control of the Philadelphi Corridor." (IMRA, 12/14.)

Universities offered to find a technical solution, but the Army reportedly refused to let them try.


PM Sharon gave as partial consolation to Israeli families of people murdered by Arab terrorists an album about the life of PM Rabin. He did not go into Rabin's role in bringing Oslo about (IMRA, 5/14). By means of Oslo and other policies of appeasement, Rabin, Peres, and Sharon created the conditions under which the terrorists were able to murder Israelis.


Pres. Bush apologized in several foreign countries for the US WWII role in letting the Soviets dominate them. That was in addition to Britain and France carving up Czechoslovakia in behalf of Nazi Germany (and the US embargo on arms for the Republic of Spain, that let the fascists take it over). The irony is that his current policy of appeasement would enable the Arabs to dominate Israel. For that he is not apologizing. He has Israeli puppets, such as Peres and Sharon, carve up their own country, the way the great powers carved up Eastern Europe.

The US again is talking about peace and democracy in behalf of fascist warmongers, this time, the Islamists (Winston Mid East Analysis, 5/14).


As the number of people whom UNRWA mis-defines as Arab "refugees" multiplies, per capita service to them has declined. UNRWA is asking for money to make up the gap and help them become self-sustaining. IMRA notes that it forbids resettling them where they were born and reside, and that the Arab states contribute little to UNRWA (IMRA, 5/15).

Thus UNRWA perpetuates their refugee status, at significant US expense (their misfortune, and Israeli risk), instead of trying to solve the problem of the Arabs' own making.


Pres. Bush called for free elections in the P.A., but nobody barred Hamas, although Israel said it should be. Instead, it bars Kahane's Party, which did not commit terrorism. In the West, Hamas would not be allowed to run even if disarmed. If it wins, would Bush overturn what he said would be democratic? (IMRA, 5/15.) No other democratic institutions have been built in the P.A..


In the P.A., journalists are coming under attack, sometimes fatal, sometimes damage to their cars or houses. They complain to the police, who don't know who the culprits are but advise the journalists they won't examine the vandalized car unless the owner makes out a complaint against a specific person. The journalists profess puzzlement at being attacked (IMRA, 5/16).


Independents had predicted that the so-called disengagement would be followed by heavy engagement of armed forces. The Winston Mid East Analysis finds a societal re-engagement planned, too.

The US does not want to be stuck like UNRWA with millions of Muslim Arab welfare clients, so besides getting Israel to give up Jewish territory for those Arabs, regardless of what the Israeli government puts out about it, Pres. Bush wants Israel to turn over the Gaza houses and greenhouses to the Arabs who have been fighting to take them away from the Jews. The US also is joining the World Bank in demanding that the Jewish state find employment within its borders for those Arabs who want the Jews dead (5/16). What a national security breach!

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

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Posted by Lise Rubin, May 20, 2005.

This is a news item from Arutz-7 (www.IsraelNationalNews.com). 2

Arabs resumed using arson as a weapon against Israel Friday morning and destroyed more than 10,000 pine trees in Israel's largest planted forest.

Shortly after noon, firefighters overcame the fire at the Yatir Forest but still were trying to prevent it from rekindling the trees as afternoon winds become stronger. The forest is on the edge of the Negev and Judean deserts, about seven miles (12 kilometers) northwest of Arad and 15 miles (25 kilometers) northeast of Be'er Sheva.

"This is the largest and worst arson in the forest," said Abu Abukyan, Yatir Forest superintendent. He said there were no signs of who set the fires. Police chased in vain after several suspects who fled to nearby Arab villages southwest of Hevron.

Forest workers for the Jewish National Fund speculated that the reasons for the arson could be anger by Arabs at the building of the nearby security fence, the refusal of soldiers to allow unauthorized Arabs from entering the Be'er Sheva area or part of terrorists' fight against Israel.

Arson was a frequent Arab tactic in the early 1990s when thousands of acres of trees were destroyed throughout the country. "Arabs stopped setting fires when they began to get a bad reputation in European countries," according to Zev Shapira, security officer and rescue team leader at the nearby community of Bet Yatir.

The first blaze began at 7:30 Friday morning, and by noon the fires had burned about 50 acres (200 dunams). Hebron Hills Regional Council fire chief Asa Medad said the arsonists were setting the fires as workers and volunteers were extinguishing them. "We put out one fire, and another one started further away," he explained.

"Most of the trees were planted 30 years ago," according to Shapira. "If the winds had whipped up, we would not have succeeded. The dry brush and dead branches on the ground were fuel for the fire. The trees themselves didn't burn, but the intense heat of the ground will kill most of them."

Shapira said that volunteers and Jewish National Fund workers carried water tanks on their backs and watered around the burnt areas in an effort to prevent afternoon winds from whipping up the blaze again. Volunteers came from nearby southern Hevron Hills communities, including students from the Yatir Pre-Military Army Academy (mechina).

Fire trucks from the nearby communities and from Be'er Sheva helped put out the fire.

Contact Lise Rubin by email at elishevarubin@msn.com

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Posted by IsrAlert, May 20, 2005.

A liver transplant is desperately needed for Dr. Michael Harris (Michael Shraga ben Rachel), Chief of Pediatric Hematology at Hackensack University Medical Center and a member of Congregation Ahavat Torah in Englewood, NJ.

Dr. Harris contracted hepatitis C from a needle stick while treating one of his pediatric cancer patients and needs a cadaver liver with blood type A or O.

If you can help with this great Mitzvah, please call Dr. Joel Budin at 201-567-4891 or Annette Jotkowitz, R.N. at 201-692-1861 or cell # 201-446-1274.

Dr. Harris has devoted his life to the loving and compassionate care of pediatric cancer patients, and it behooves us to try to help him.

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

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Posted by Marion Dreyfus, May 20, 2005.

[Background: As described by http://www.yahoo.news.com

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A US Muslim group demanded a public apology from online book retailer Amazon.com over the delivery of a desecrated Koran to a shocked customer.

Los Angeles-based graduate student Azza Basarudin told journalists she received the holy book with the words "Death to All Muslims" and a short, profanity-laced statement scrawled across the inside cover.

The second-hand Koran was ordered through Amazon.com from a third-party seller, Bellwether Books based in the eastern state of Pennsylvania.

But when it arrived, the words "Death to All Muslims" and a short, profanity-laced statement were scrawled across the inside cover, the recipient said. It was unclear when or by whom the book was defaced.

But Muslim lobby group, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said that while Amazon had apologised for its part in delivering the desecrated Koran, it needed to do more.

"An apology isn't enough because an apology recognised that there was a mistake, made but we have received no guarantees that this mistake won't be repeated," MPAC spokeswoman Edina Lekovic told AFP.]

To: Amazon

Dear Ms. Smith,

As a pluralistic American (of foreign birth), I am grateful for America's freedoms and privileges.

I read with interest and dismay of the recent, regrettable instance of an [extremist] purchaser of a used Koran complaining about its possible defacement and the hoops through which you were forced to jump at the behest of a pumped-up partisan constituency that has proved itself time and again irresponsibly self-promoting.

I say 'possible' because it seems to me, after seeing the deplorable commotion, apologetics and expense to which you and Amazon and Bellwether Books have been put through, for absolutely no fault of yours or Bellwether's or any employees' of either place, this entire episode reminds me of nothing so much as that disreputable customer of the national chain eatery where a fingertip was supposedly found in the chili. The story smelled of self-promotion and extortion, and was soon proven false, as it rightly should have been. Unfortunately, the food chain suffered enormous loss of business before the hoax was publicized. Similarly, Amazon and Bellwether are being put through their unneeded paces by the same sort of extortionistic performer.

Here, the extortion is artificial breast-beating and bloviation over some 'offense' that was nobody's responsibility and was, indeed, not really any offense. A scribble in a book is a scribble in a book. No one need know of it or be aware of it beyond the owner. Amazon and Bellwether ought not suffer. Nor should there be the unneeded expense of lessons in 'tolerance.' All employees have common sense enough to know that fanatics don't like their buttons pushed.

Such extremists deserve to be responsibly ignored or quietly shut up, as they want nothing but trouble for the United States, in at least one observer's opinion. Any lessons in tolerance ought to be, instead, visited upon the perpetrators of this rubbishy excuse for a press conference. These perpetrators ought to be instructed in the need for gratitude at America's provenance.

That some rabble-rousing customer of a used book finds a scribble of any sort in any book is of no moment whatsoever. You are not responsible. A responsible customer would have erased or whited-out the offending words. Or given away the book, even. It is a mark of her true intent to disable and discomfort American industry that she chose to make it the magna carta of used-book inconsequential consequentialities.

I advise you and your good offices to go on the offensive if such a thing ever again recurs (I hope it does not) and instead ask why anyone, on any level, is responsible for a graffito that one might somewhat expect to find in the purchase of a used book -- which is why the costs are so proportionately diminutive in the purchase thereof.


Marion DS Dreyfus
New York, NY

Marion Dreyfus is a writer and travelor; she has taught English in China on the university level. She can be contacted at dreyfusmarion@hotmail.com

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Posted by Moshe and Rachel Saperstein, May 20, 2005.

This letter was written to us by Nadia Matar of Women in Green.

A week ago, on the eve of Yom Ha'atzmaut, our family moved from Efrat to Gush Katif. With the help of the Kela Authority (Gaza Absorption Authority) in the past months we renovated a karavan (mobile housing unit) in the yard of Arik and Datia Yitzhaki in Kfar Yam, and together with another family from Tekoa ( another leader of Women in Green), we moved our homes from the Judean Hills to the most breathtaking of Israel's coasts: the coast of Gush Katif. I can't begin to describe the place's beauty. The blue sea, the clean sand, the dunes and the palm trees turn this into an earthly Paradise. I end our first week in Gush Katif with the most optimistic feeling that, with God's help, we will succeed in frustrating Sharon's destruction plan.

We registered our children at the Neot Katif school in Neveh Dekalim, and every morning they take the school bus from Kfar Yam, together with the children of Shirat Hayam. Our baby, Navah Elisheva, spends her morning in the day care center in Ganei Tal (incidentally, her name is an acronym for Ein lanu Yehudah ve-Shomron bli Aza - "We don't have Judea and Samaria without Gaza"). Their reception in the school and the day care center was especially warm. The principal and teachers spare no efforts so that our children will feel at home, with all the school supplies they need and catching up on lessons, and the children of Gush Katif have taken our children into their circle of friends. The school itself is very impressive: a complex of well cared for buildings, surrounded by a gorgeous lawn, flowers in a riot of colors, and trees that give the children shade during recess. If my small children were a bit apprehensive about the transition to a new school, the Katifari put them at ease. The Katifari is a very impressive zoo next to the school. The children, who love animals and care for them, visit the Katifari during recess. Camels, mice, sheep, hamsters, and parrots are only a few of the animals in the zoo. My sixth-grade son, who is just crazy about basketball, has joined Elitzur Gush Katif, and plans to spend hours on the basketball court in Gush Katif's impressive Matnas - a community center that offers countless activities for residents of all ages, both children and adults.

We are among the dozens of families who, like us, have come from throughout Israel to live in Gush Katif. We came to strengthen, but, the truth be told, we are the ones who are strengthened. Just a few days together with the veteran residents of Gush Katif taught us that they are heroes, infused with faith, who cannot be moved from here by any force in the world.

Here are a few examples:

Anyone who visits Shlomo's hothouses in Ganei Tal sees thirty dunams (about 7.5 acres) of breathtaking geraniums, in different colors. Some of the flowers are for export. The Europeans prefer the flowers from Gush Katif since they grow in the conditions that are most suitable for them, with the fine seashore climate; such conditions are very difficult to find anywhere else, in Israel or even throughout the world. This week Shlomo is preparing the hothouses for next year, and he declares that no one will remove him from their home. He invites visitors to come and pick his geraniums next year as well. It's the same with Anita, who grows celery and, like Shlomo and the other farmers, spends the rest of her time in explanations to visitors, who receive clear and inspiring messages of faith and the justness of our cause, faith in G-d, steadfastness, and love of the people, the land, and the Torah. All in all, the 500 dunams (= 125 acres) of greenhouses produce countless plants, vegetables, and flowers that are on the shelves of every self-respecting store in Israel and throughout the world. Anyone who visits the greenhouses and hears the farmers is strengthened and inoculated against the campaign of lies and the witch-hunt in the governmental media.

The same is true for Neveh Dekalim. At the entrance to the town, the plants, flowers, and dazzlingly green grass provide a fantastic welcome. The message is clear: this is not a place that is about to be uprooted and destroyed. The people here continue to care for everything, to plant, to clean and polish, and to develop. The stores in the shopping center sell everything you want. The owner of the pizzeria has just finished renovating the walls of his store with bright new wood paneling. The clothing store sells stylish clothes that would not be out of place in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. The restaurants offer their diners varied menus of tasty dishes. In the restaurant we meet many soldiers and journalists who receive, together with their food, a lesson in love of the homeland and the residents' determination to remain there forever.

On to Shirat Hayam and Kfar Yam, that are right on the coast, as their names imply: "Song of the Sea" and "Sea Village." As soon as you enter the gate, you hear the jackhammers and see the construction. Yes, Shirat Hayam is renovating the abandoned structures there, and, with God's help, in the next few days the sixteen families who live in Shirat Hayam will be joined by dozens of new ones. Shirat Hayam was established as the Zionist response following the attack on the school bus from Kfar Darom. The Arabs kill us, in order to drive us out from Eretz Israel? The response is unequivocal: we establish a new community in the land of Israel!! Today, Ariel Sharon's "disengagement" plan is a sort of mega-attack against the Jewish people's existence in its land, and so it, too, must be met with a Zionist-Jewish response. Sharon, like the PLO and Hamas, wants to deport Jews from parts of Eretz Israel? Our response is unequivocal: we build, absorb new families, and declare to the entire world: "The Land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel, according to the Torah of Israel" - and we will not let anyone, Jew or Arab, drive us out!

The more families that come, the easier it will be for us to prevent the deportation. The renovations and absorption of new families are spearheaded by a wonderful couple, Dr. Arik and Datia Yitzhaki, who founded the Kela Authority two months ago. They succeeded in convincing a considerable portion of the residents of the need to speedily absorb dozens of additional families, in all the structures that can serve as housing. In addition, the Kela Authority is collecting second-hand furniture, electrical appliances, and emergency supplies for D-Day (the "d" word is deportation - don't forget that), such as food, blankets, and tents, all stored properly. The Administration distributes the furniture, mattresses, and refrigerators to the new families, and stores the emergency supplies for D-Day. If and when Prime Minister Sharon will attempt to implement his malicious plan and close the Gush, the human shield of tens of thousands of Jews from all of Israel who will cut the fence and reach Gush Katif in order to defend the Gush with their bodies will receive food and tents from those stores. But Arik and Datia don't think that day will come. The government will realize that it is incapable of carrying out its plan. If we provide enough of a deterrent, the government will retreat and find some way to cancel its evil decree. If that happens, Arik and Datia promise to distribute the food stores to needy families before Rosh Hashanah. Anyone who spends even a few minutes together with this couple, as in meetings with the owners of the greenhouses, cannot help but be impressed by their faith, determination, and love of the people and land. Arik and Datia already invite all the people of Israel to the gigantic sukkah that they will erect in their yard for Sukkot 5766, five months from now.

We haven't mentioned the wonderful youth of Gush Katif, the hundreds of young people who spend their days and nights in different activities in defense of their homes, knowing that this struggle is not just for their homes, but for the entire State of Israel. "Gush Katif is the flak jacket of the country" is a slogan with which every Gush Katif child is familiar, and anyone who visits here knows that this is true. On Memorial Day, at the very emotional ceremony in Ganei Tal, one girl from the settlement lit a torch and said that this torch was in honor of Prime Minister Sharon, thanks to whom the entire settlement of Ganei Tal has been filled with new families; thanks to whom hundreds of thousands of people, who didn't know where Gush Katif was on the map, have come to visit; and thanks to whom the youth have mobilized for the labor of love on behalf of the land and homeland. Another youth lit a torch in honor of all the parents of the children of Gush Katif who continue to smile and to raise their children with love and joy; who do not despair; and, driven by their faith, mobilize for all the difficult and exhausting struggles against Sharon's destruction plan. This boy thanked all the parents, in the name of the children of Gush Katif, for the great merit of growing up in the Gush. He said how proud the children are of their parents, and promised to follow in their path and develop Gush Katif for the generations to come.

This is the same youth that, instead of having a good time like their peers, contend every day with the mortar shells that land in their settlements. They don't understand why the government ties the hands of the IDF and refrains from responding. My children, as well, who already experienced their first mortar shelling, in their first days in school, right next to the schoolyard, were, on the one hand, impressed by the heroism of the children, but, on the other, were strongly disappointed by the army's turning tail. They asked me: "Mother, how is it that the army invests so many forces to the paving of roads for the deportation of Jews, but doesn't do anything against the Arabs who want to kill us?" I answered that the army doesn't respond because the government won't let the army act. I wanted to add: "Honey, we're actually talking about a government that implements the platform of Hamas and the Jihad. Both want to drive us out. Both think that Jewish blood is free for the taking." But I restrained myself. I knew that when he grows up he will already understand this by himself. Then, with God's help, there will already have been a Jewish revolution in the country, the state will be headed by a true Jewish-Zionist leadership, and people like Sharon and the rest of the Oslo criminal crowd who surround him will be just a nightmare from the distant past, written in the history books, with their names tarnished forever.

I could give many more examples of the heroism and steadfastness of the inhabitants of Gush Katif. The media turns the spotlight on the few weak ones, and hopes to thereby chip away at the other families. As in poker, the first to blink loses. All the knowledgeable commentators report that the government is on the brink of collapse, and it's just a matter of time until the "disengagement" plan is relegated to the trash bin. The government already knows that tens of thousands of soldiers will not obey the illegal and immoral deportation order. After the successful trial run by Habayit Haleumi, it is clear to the government that what we saw in the roadblocking operation will be nothing compared to what will happen on D-Day. Therefore, all eyes are turned to Gush Katif. If, Heaven forbid, they collapse and sign on in large numbers to plans that are actually deathtraps, like the Nitzanim plan or any other plan, then it will be extremely difficult to frustrate the Sharon plan. But if, on the other hand, the inhabitants of Gush Katif continue their firm and determined stand, and declare to all: "They will never move us from here," then we will have won, and the residents of Gush Katif will be written in the history books as those who saved the entire State of Israel, and not just the settlement enterprise in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, from destruction and ruin. After a week in Gush Katif and my firsthand acquaintance with the inhabitants, my impression is that, thank God, the decisive majority of Gush Katif's residents are strong and steadfast and understand how fateful is the hour and the responsibility that they bear.

Dear brave and heroic residents of Gush Katif, continue to be strong!

It is a great honor for our family to be part of you. With God's help, together with those faithful to Eretz Israel in Israel and abroad - we shall prevail!

Nadia Matar,
Co-Chairperson, Women in Green
Kfar Yam, Gush Katif

Moshe Saperstein and his wife Rachel live in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, in the Gaza Strip. He is a Jerusalem Diarist, one of the group of Israelis who are recording their experiences living in Israel.

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Posted by Michael Freund, May 20, 2005.

This article appeared today in Arutz-7 and is archived at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=82349

Dozens of Subbotnik Jews from Russia have been allowed to move to Israel after the Jerusalem-based Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org) organization helped them overcome years of waiting due to bureaucratic delays.

The Subbotniks are descendants of Russian peasants in the Voronezh region, located hundreds of miles south of Moscow, who converted to Judaism nearly two centuries ago and clung to their new religion despite facing persecution and discrimination at the hands of the Czars.

They came to be known as "Subbotniks," as a result of their observance of the Subbot, or Jewish Sabbath. In the early 19th century, Czar Alexander I expelled them from their homes and deported them to various parts of his empire as punishment for their adoption of Judaism. During World War II, many Subbotniks in Russia and the Ukraine were murdered by the Nazis.

Since the beginning of the mass aliyah from the former Soviet Union, thousands of Subbotniks have moved to Israel. Although they are Jews according to Jewish law (halacha) in every respect, former Interior Minister Avraham Poraz imposed restrictions on their immigration in 2003, claiming their Jewish origins were unclear.

On a recent visit to the Subbotnik village of Vysoki, not far from Russia's border with the Ukraine, Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund met with dozens of members of the community, most of whom have relatives and friends already living in Israel. Some 800 Subbotniks live in Vysoki, and they told Freund about the anti-Semitism they continue to endure at the hands of their non-Jewish neighbors, which includes job discrimination, threats and verbal abuse.

The Subbotniks presented Freund with a petition addressed to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, demanding the right to join their loved ones in Israel.

"After returning to Jerusalem, I contacted the Prime Minister's Office and sent them the Subbotniks' petition," Freund says, adding, "I also insisted on receiving an explanation as to how the government could possibly justify its policy on legal, Zionist and moral grounds."

Shortly thereafter, dozens of Subbotnik families in Vysoki were granted approval to make aliyah. Many of them had been waiting more than three years for an answer from Israel's Interior Ministry. Over a dozen Subbotnik Jews from the community moved to Israel last month and settled in the Beit Shemesh area outside of Jerusalem.

While pleased at this "positive development", Freund, remains far from satisfied, noting that there are thousands of Subbotnik Jews located in various parts of the former Soviet Union who still wish to come to Israel.

He cites research carried out by Dr. Velvl Chernin, an ethnographer who works as a Jewish Agency emissary in Moscow, according to which there are an estimated 10,000 Subbotniks spread throughout Russia, Ukraine, Siberia and the Caucasus.

Chernin asserts that Soviet-imposed assimilation on the Subbotniks succeeded in weakening the younger generation's ties to Judaism such that unless they are allowed to come to Israel, they will largely disappear within a generation or two.

"The Subbotniks are Jews in every respect, and we need to pressure Israel's government to save them before it is too late," Freund said. "They want to come to Israel, and it is shameful that the Interior Ministry continues to place obstacles in their path."

"They braved czarist cruelty and Soviet repression to be Jews, at great risk to their lives and well-being. Don't we owe it to them now to bring them home?" Freund said.

For more information on the Subbotniks, contact: Michael@shavei.org.

Michael Freund served as an aide to former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

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Posted by Moshe and Rachel Saperstein, May 20, 2005.

During the past two days Palestinian terrorists fired over 60 rockets and mortar shells into Gush Katif settlements, whose residents were advised to remain closed indoors to escape injury.

Sadly, and ironically, our Israeli army (the strongest in the Middle East) fired hardly a single shot in response, and merely threatened the enemy that they, Israel, would retaliate if, and when, enemy terrorist action "exceeded the `red line`"!

Miraculously, thank G-d, despite the massive rocket attack, only one person was slightly injured in Neve Dekalim.

And the following true miracles really happened:

Sderot automobile hit by rockets

1. At home and in the car

Shay Mazaki, Director of the local branch of Mizrahi Bank in Neve Dekalim, and his wife, Bat-Oren, a teacher in the Ulpana in Shaar HaNegev, have lived in Neve Dekalim for l4 years. Yesterday, l8th May, 2005, Bat-Oren was on a Teachers` yearly tiyul away from the settlement; the children - the daughter, Li-Noi, aged l0 years, and two sons, Shilo - 6 years and Yehonatan - 4 years - were at home while their father, Shay, worked in his office. Suddenly at 4.30 p.m. a rocket crashed near their home, and while Li-Noi, terrified, was relating this to her father, another rocked plummeted and landed in their back yard. Luckily, the double-fitted windows in the lounge where Li-Noi was standing didn't splinter, and she wasn't hurt!

Shay immediately started driving home but on the way a third rocket found the Mazaki family - and landed just behind his car. Shay drove even faster and when he stopped he realized that a third miracle had occurred. The fuel tank had been hit ---and hadn't exploded! Tires were punctured, windows smashed and the car-body was perforated with holes ---altogether a very badly damaged vehicle

But Shay, thank G-d, was unharmed, and not particularly worried about the car. His main concern was to reach his children and home as soon as possible. It was clear that a miracle had taken place and all, thank G-d were safe.

Today, the Mazaki family are functioning as usual and will continue to do so in the future in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif.

A Kassam rocket fired into Sderot

2. when the school bell rang

Yesterday, 18.5.05, at l:30 p.m., a group of l5-year old schoolgirls left their school building (which is near the Municipal offices in central Neve Dekalim) after the school bell rang for recess and they were on their way to carry out a project nearby. A minute after walking over the pedestrian crossing a rocket fell where they had passed.

Fifteen young pupils of Neve Dekalim were saved; thank G-d - not by the bell, but by an open miracle!

Maybe one can find some significance in yesterday's date:

You can help by contributing funds to the Gush Katif community to help them fight to save their homes. In Israel, write:
Dror Vanunu
Israel: Katif Region Development Fund
Neve Dekalim, D.N Hof-Aza, 79779

In USA, write:
Friends of Gush Katif
PO Box 1184
Teaneck, NJ 07666
VISIT THE www.katifund.org

Moshe Saperstein and his wife Rachel live in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, in the Gaza Strip. He is a Jerusalem Diarist, one of the group of Israelis who are recording their experiences living in Israel.

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Posted by Voice of Judea, May 20, 2005.

Thursday night, a kassam rocket fell near the municipal basketball court of Sderot directly into the front yard of one of the local residents. Seven people have been killed over the past year in Sderot by kassams fired from the nearby Gaza Strip. Thousands of mortar shells and rockets have also been fired onto Jewish towns in Gaza over the past year.

Voice of Judea Commentary:

Let us stop kidding ourselves. These blood-thirsty Arab terrorists cannot restrain themselves for five minutes from the thrill of killing Jews. They can not hold themselves back until after Sharon surrenders the land to them in the upcoming disengagement. If their hatred of Jews permits them to continue their terror now, in spite of the risk it should present to the unilateral withdrawal (under fire), what will be after the withdrawal of Israeli troops and the expulsion of the Jews who live in Gaza? What will be when the border controled by the PA is that much closer to Sderot, Ashqelon and Tel Aviv? What will be when the Arabs improve the range of the rockets and smuggle more sophisticated missiles and rockets into Gaza and into Israel?

As we have learned from the Philadelphi line that separates Egypt from Gaza, the security fences and borders do not stop massive smuggling of weapons. And as we have learned form the Gaza crossings, the sophisticated walls and fences between Gaza and the rest of Israel do not prevent kassams from landing on Sderot and the Western Negev.

There is one way to distance the threat of domestic Arab terror and kassam style rockets and that is by distancing those who perpetrate those acts of terror and distancing the hostile population that harbours them. The Sharon disengagement plan does the exact opposite: It brings the areas under terrorist control that much closer to major Israeli cities!

If the majority of Israelis have let Sharon continue with his dsiengagement scheme it is only because they seek to separate themselves from the hostile Arab population of Gaza and Northern Shomron. Sadly, enough, running away from Gaza, will not bring about that separation.

The majority of Jews would gladly vote against the Sharon plan if they were given an alternative plan that would truly distance the Arab threat of Gaza and the Northern Shomron. If only the nation of Israel was given the opportunity to vote and to decide their own destiny and if they were given an alternative Jewish disengagement plan that would call for the expulsion of the hostile Arabs to an area beyond a deep security zone outside of Israel, therby effectively distancing the threat of Arab domestic terror and kassams from major Israeli cities. Why expel brothers, run away from terrorists and bring them closer to the heart of Israel, if you could expel enemies and distance them from major Israeli cities?

Sharon needs to understand that by refusing to allow the people of Israel to vote in a government sponsored referendum he is only widening the opposition and causing the intensification of the Jewish uprising against him and his suicidal disengagement plan. The people of Israel will not wlak to their death like sheep. The majority of Jews oppose this plan and they will use any and all tools of protest and civil disobedience to challenge Sharon, who they feel is behaving like a dictator. Referendum now! Allow the Jews to decide their own destiny! Allow the Jews to decide who to expel!

There is a small group known as Mishalot Yisrael that is presently conducting an independent referendum offering these very alterantives. If you have not yet voted you can do so by visiting the sepcially designed referendum site http://www.referendumforisrael.com

Please circulate this anywhere you can. Please contribute funds to sponsor this private referendum to save Israel from Sharon and his dangerous disengagement. Send funds to Mishalot Yisrael, POBox 6592, Jerusalem, Israel, 91060.

We desperately need funds to sponsor ads, banners, and ballots! Call 718 8742057 from USA or in Israel 054 7 910 341 [Editor's note: See HOME page.]

2. Hundreds participate in memorial for child Kassam victim

Hundreds of Sderot residents participated in a memorial marking 11 months since the death of Ofek Ohayon, the 4-year-old boy, murdered by Arabs who fired Kassam rockets into Sderot, last June. In the attack, Mordechai Yosefov, another resident of Sdeort was also murdered. Ruth, Ofek's mother was seriously wounded in the attack along with ten others who were lightly to moderately injured.

To read the rest of this story visit: http://www.voiceofjudea.com/featured.asp?featured=24

3. Thousands block traffic Hundreds Arrested

For the first time in Israel's history, thousands of Jews blocked traffic in more than 40 intersections, throughout the land. The grass protest was arranged by a new group known as "Habiet Haleumi" to show opposition to Sharon's "disengagement" plan. Approximately 300 protesters were arrested. To read the full story visit: http://www.voiceofjudea.com/featured.asp?featured=22

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Posted by Women in Green, May 20, 2005.

This was written by Yaakov Katz and Amir Mizroch and appeared in today's Jerusalem Post.

"The barbed wire will keep the evacuating forces out of my house on the day they come to uproot us," Yitzhaki said Thursday. "They will never succeed in getting me or my family out of here alive. Am I a lamb that will just let them come in and take us out?"

Yitzhaki, who has a doctorate in history, is also the head of the Kela Authority - an acronym for the Gaza Absorption Authority and a play on the Sela acronym for the Disengagement Authority - together with his wife, Datia, and is in the process of renovating homes in Gush Katif to accommodate the hundreds of right-wing activists he expects will arrive in Gaza to participate in the resistance to the evacuation this summer. According to Yitzhaki, 100 families have already moved into the newly renovated homes and "hundreds more are on the way."

Kfar Yam, a settlement of six families, sits on one of the most beautiful strips of beach in the Gush Katif settlement bloc. This week, the compound absorbed a new resident: Women in Green leader Nadia Matar. On Thursday, Matar, running around in her trademark baseball cap and jeans, met with potential donors and showed them the Kela Authority's various projects. Matar is working with Yitzhaki to fortify her new home in Kfar Yam. With much vigor, Matar was overseeing several of her children and some other local youngsters, who were busy painting the recreation area inside the walled-in compound.

"The kids have just come back from school," Matar said, brushing off concerns that this last-ditch compound would one day be the scene of a traumatic confrontation with Israeli security forces.

Not far from the Yitzhaki compound, several dozen Hilltop Youth members were busy giving a face-lift to the beachside Palm Beach Hotel, empty and in ruins for the past three years. The youths, who refused to give their real names, saying they were from "the North" and "Eretz Yisrael," have taken up residence in the abandoned hotel rooms and have even set up a synagogue, where they sat Thursday poring over the works of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav. Another large group was running on the white beaches while others swam and surfed in the Mediterranean.

One of the youths, who called himself Ze'ev (Hebrew for wolf) "because they always say I warn of things that don't happen," said he had come to the hotel to check up on his little brother who had made it his home "for eternity."

Gaza police chief Asst.-Cmdr. Shimon Ben-Harush told The Jerusalem Post that while he was aware of Kela's work and the new Hilltop Youth residents, for now there was nothing the police could do but keep an eye on their recent arrivals. Ben-Harush said police intelligence indicated that some 200 to 400 right-wing activists from across the country have recently taken up residence in Gush Katif to participate in the resistance. The Gaza police chief said he did not expect violent resistance from the Gush Katif settlers, whom he has known for years and calls "the salt of the earth."

Police intelligence, he said, was "acutely aware" of the activities of the new residents streaming into the area. "There is no law preventing them from coming here, and the police work within the framework of the law," Ben-Harush said. "As long as there is no such law we cannot do anything, even if they are provocateurs. For now we can only keep an eye on them."

Predicting the evacuation would in the end be canceled, Datia Yitzhaki said the Kela Authority "did not believe in miracles" and was therefore working to prevent the pullout by whatever means necessary. The authority has even bought stockpiles of diapers which will be needed for all the babies in Gaza during the evacuation.

"For now we are settling the new residents in the 300 vacant homes we have located in Gush Katif," she said. "The second stage will be when we begin erecting the 2,000 tents we have purchased to house resisters."

Between the barbed wire and the hotel renovations, the Yitzhaki couple is keeping busy. "We believe the evacuating forces won't even get here since all the roads will be blocked," Arik said. "But if they do, God forbid, get into the settlements, the Palestinians will begin firing thousands of Kassam rockets and mortars at us and there will be a massacre here. We won't let that happen since we know that the war is not over our home but over the future of the entire country."

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

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Posted by Yehudit Tayar, May 20, 2005.

It is very sad to reflect upon the deep and sudden concern of certain of our fellow countrymen with regards to the welfare and safety of our children.

It is hypocritical to suddenly worry about our children being injured in traffic accidents when the Israeli government plans to evict our children from their homes, schools, communities and drag them away from all that they know and love. In truth uprooting our children from their homes would be far more dangerous and damaging than a possible traffic accident.

The government intends to reward the murderers of our children, of our babies, and adults by uprooting thousands of loyal patriotic citizens for no valid reason. The government because of this horrific plan intends to build new and more sophisticated fences and barriers in the vain attempt to prevent the upscale in terror attacks that they know will follow if indeed this madness is implemented. And these enlightened people are worried about our kids getting hit by a car? These people are upset because they are stuck in traffic? How will they feel when the missiles begin to hit their homes and neighborhoods? Or will they also silently allow themselves to be uprooted from their lives? This selective hypocritical concern today, when our young people out of deep concern for the future of our country, are even willing to go to prison in the name of non-violent civil protest is if nothing else sad.

As parents we try to teach our children traffic safety, respect for other peoples feelings and privacy. We - meaning not only the residents of Yesha, but indeed any Jewish Israeli parent who remembers who we are and where we come from. Any parent who believes in the deep connection we have with our Land and history believes in our right to fight to protect the future of our people in our Land.

Where were these same concerned people when our children were gunned down because of weapons given to terrorists to prevent terror? Where were they while the Arab children continued to learn to hate and murder us by the official propaganda taught in schools under the Palestinian Authority? Where are they while over 5,000 missiles hit Katif, and hundreds of more in the Negev? This is not dangerous?

Does anyone imagine that we prefer having to go out and demonstrate in an attempt to wake the public up? Does anyone imagine that we would prefer to stand out all hours of the night and be dragged sometimes very brutally by the police and soldiers and thrown into jail?

We are teaching our children the same lesson taught by our people throughout the ages, that we are mutually responsible for one another. We Jews will go, and have gone to the end of the earth to save our people. We will not sit quietly as if we were in the Diaspora pretend that this is not happening, and that if we close our blinds and ignore it then we will be safe.

We know that aside from the moral issue of this plan to uproot and turn our fellow Jews into refugees, even the Prime Minister expects a deterioration in the security situation if this diabolical plan is implemented.

We know our children; our youth are the ones who are muralim - (crazy) to go and volunteer for the most dangerous combat units. We know that they, like us, believe in the motto that we as Israelis live by - "after me".

This mockery of concern portrayed by certain of our fellow Jews is pathetic and lacks honor. It is hypocritical to worry about our children in traffic and do nothing to prevent this undemocratic, dangerous plan from being implemented.

We shall continue to follow our consciences, to actively protest and to try and wake the public up before it is tragically too late, and these same concerned people find that traffic jams and being late for an appointment is nothing compared to what a future with no moral fiber, no security and a split nation would be.

Yehudit Tayar lives with her family in the Shomron and is one of the veteran spokespeople for the Settlement Movement

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Posted by Janet Lehr, May 20, 2005.

For those who still read the NY Times, this article is a MUST READ. Yesterday is not different from today. The Sulzberger in charge of the paper today, has a very poor relationship to his Jewishness. This article was written by Eric Fettmann and is archived at http://www.nypost.com/php/pfriendly/pfriendly_new.php. It is a review of "Buried By The Times: The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper" by Laurel Leff (Cambridge University Press, 426 pages, $29.)

ON this 60th anniversary of the allied triumph over Na zism, do we need another book examining The New York Times' failure to report news of the Holocaust?

After all, the refusal to seriously report the mass murder of Europe's Jews as it was unfolding was a failing of the entire American press. (The New York Post was one of the few Exceptions.) And the Times itself has publicly acknowledged that it grossly underplayed coverage of the Holocaust.

But, as Laurel Leff documents in this important book, which makes extensive use of the Times' corporate archives, there are many memos that document how and why the paper failed so abjectly.

And that failure had tragic repercussions: "The Times was unique . . . in the comprehensiveness of its [foreign] coverage and the extent of its influence among American opinion makers." Indeed, she writes, "no American newspaper was better positioned to highlight the Holocaust than the Times, and no American newspaper so influenced public discourse by its failure to do so."

Part of the problem was journalistic: The paper's Berlin bureau chief, Guido Enderis, was a Nazi sympathizer; its Paris correspondent viewed things through the prism of the pro-Nazi Vichy regime. Throughout the war, Europe was covered by second-string reporters, many of them disdained by the paper's editors.

Ultimately, however, this is the story of one man: Times publisher Arthur Hays Sulzberger, whose relationship to his own Jewishness clouded the way his paper covered the extermination of European Jewry.

Sulzberger's assimilationist beliefs and fierce anti-Zionism have long been known, but even those versed in Times history will be astonished by the depths of his feelings, as uncovered by Leff in previously unpublished memos.

Jews, decreed Sulzberger, should "not be treated as a group in the pages of the Times or in public policy." He refused to accept that Jews were being persecuted solely because they were Jews - and even when the evidence became overwhelming, he refused to accept that Jews should be the subject of separate rescue efforts.

"A minority, it seems to me, cannot save itself through its minority status but can only be successful it if can, with integrity, merge its cause with a larger movement," wrote Sulzberger, explaining why the Times had "deliberately referred to those persons of Jewish faith who battled so gallantly in [the] Warsaw [Ghetto] as unfortunate citizens of Poland."

The paper's editors knew of his feelings - because he made them clear in written orders. Stories about refugees and persecution could not single out Jews as victims; Times editorials "never emphasized the Jewish side of the question." And such stories - at a time when the number of Jewish victims already had reached the millions - inevitably appeared inside the paper, not on the front page.

Yet, writes Leff, Sulzberger "had no trouble giving prominent display to articles about atrocities" against other people. News about the Jews, she writes, "was perceived as a footnote to a larger narrative that fit comfortably on an inside page."

Even after V-E Day and the liberation of the death camps, Times stories refused to focus on the Jewish victims: "The thrust of the reporting was to document what the Germans had done, not to show to whom it had been done. . . . The Times, both deliberately and through happenstance, continued to bury the story of the Jewish genocide."

Perhaps the best summation of the tragedy of the Times' coverage of the Holocaust was offered in 1944 by Oswald Garrison Villard, a former publisher of The Post and The Nation:

"If ever there was a case where the Times should have risen superior to fear of consequences, it is this. For never were human beings more entitled to be defended and championed by a great organ of public opinion; certainly, never have men and women anywhere been tortutured and slaughtered in such numbers for less reason."

Janet Lehr is publisher/editor of IsraelLives. To receive email articles, contact her by email at janetlehr@mindspring.com

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Posted by Marlene Young, May 19, 2005.


In the last few days, the PA allowed Hamas terrorists to launch Dozens of Qassam Rockets as Israeli Civilian Population Centers. If this were any other country, a massive military operation would be underway to stop this aggressive attack and remove this threat to the safety and security of citizens. After releasing some empty tough words to the media yesterday, Sharon had a meeting with his Cabinet and authorized...more gestures to the PA to "strengthen" it !

At the exact same moment that Israeli law-abiding, loyal citizens are facing deportation, Israeli PM Ariel Sharon is going to allow, as a concession to Hamas terrorists, the freeing an additional 400 Palestinian prisoners, allowing the return of wanted Palestinians deported to Europe following the standoff at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity in 2002, and allowing the return of Palestinians deported from the West Bank to Gaza.

Can these echos of Oslo, the exact same words, the exact same Leftists, be repeating themselves YET AGAIN? The PA is armed to the teeth, and it does not lack the means to stop Hamas. It is apparant that henceforth the PA can simply use Hamas to attack Israel, and then demand endless concessions, money and weapons to "restrain" them. We are now at a juncture when the Israeli socialist Left has completely paralyzed the IDF and allows the Israeli public to be Blackmailed and live under the Hamas threat of a sword held to their throats.

A new player in this evil game is The U.S. Security Coordinator, General William Ward, who is behind this latest arm twisting of Israel. How can we, the public, respond to Mr. Ward's perposterous demands that Israel ignore every PA violation and respond to Hamas terror with more concessions?

This article is called "PM okays gestures to PA despite renewed shelling" and was written by Aluf Benn and Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondents. It is archived at http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/578321.html

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz on Thursday approved a series of gestures to the Palestinians, over the objections of the Shin Bet security service and despite the continued barrage of mortar shells in the Gaza Strip.

Shin Bet Chief Yuval Diskin opposed the proposal on the grounds that there are too many warnings of terror attacks. But the Israel Defense Forces supported the decision. At a meeting with Mofaz on Thursday, senior officers warned that if Israel did not act to strengthen Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, "he'll fall, and then we'll have to give more abatements to Hamas, which will gain power in his stead."

The measures, which will be brought to the cabinet for approval after Sharon returns from the United States later this month, involve steps that Israel originally promised at February's Sharm el-Sheikh summit: freeing an additional 400 Palestinian prisoners, allowing the return of wanted Palestinians deported to Europe following the standoff at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity in 2002, and allowing the return of Palestinians deported from the West Bank to Gaza.

The U.S. security coordinator, General William Ward, had pressured Israel to take these steps in recent days. "You complain that the Palestinians are not fulfilling their commitments," he told his Israeli interlocutors. "But what about your commitments?"

The decision to approve these steps now is also related to Abbas' planned visit to Washington Thursday. Thereby, Sharon hopes to deflect Abbas' expected complaint to U.S. President George W. Bush that Israel is not helping him.

Sharon approved the gestures despite the ongoing escalation in Gaza. Palestinians fired at least 14 mortars at the Gush Katif settlements on Thursday, and four Qassam rockets landed in Israel - including one in the courtyard of Sderot's municipal offices. The shelling caused property damage, but no casualties. Palestinians also shot, and launched antitank missiles, at IDF troops in Gaza.

The IDF did not respond to the shelling, even though the government has authorized it to respond to mortar and rocket launches, particularly if Hamas seems to be trying to cause escalation. Israeli intelligence believes that while Hams does want some escalation in the run-up to new local elections in Rafah, it also does not want the cease-fire to collapse. Thursday's shelling, therefore, was not carried out by Hamas, but by other Palestinian factions - primarily the Popular Resistance Committees, a Fatah breakaway, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

It is possible that Hamas is financing, or even giving orders for, shelling by other groups, army sources added, but Hamas leaders seem to want to end the current round of violence - which is why Israel responded to the shelling mainly with threats rather than action. Hamas did not even attack, as the IDF had expected it would, when a Hamas operative wounded by an IDF air strike Wednesday died of his wounds on Thursday.

Despite the Gaza escalation, the IDF believes that abatements should continue in the West Bank, because the PA has begun security coordination with Israel - albeit not against the terrorist organizations. The army proposes removing roadblocks and allowing more West Bank residents to work in Israel. It also recommends preparing to hand Qalqilyah over to the PA once the latter makes progress on collecting weapons from wanted men in the two cities it already controls, Jericho and Tul Karm.

Also on Thursday, a group of Israelis, apparently Breslav Hasidim, visited Joseph's Tomb in Nablus without coordinating with the IDF. Palestinians opened fire at them, and the IDF had to rescue them. None of the Israelis were hurt, and the group is now being investigated by the police.

Minister Haim Ramon met with Palestinian Minister Mohammed Dahlan Wednesday to coordinate the disengagement from Gaza. Government sources said the talks were "difficult" and full of mutual recriminations.

Contact Marlene Young by email at marleneyoung1@yahoo.com

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Posted by Naomi Ragen, May 19, 2005.

Me and the Foreign Ministry: or Why Australian Book Week has Two Palestinian Writers and No Israelis


One of the reasons I started this e-mail list was because of the appalling state of Israel's information efforts.

Now, I am just a private citizen, and yet I've worked many hours every day in my little office for years sending out e-mails all over the world to counter Arab lies and media misinformation.

All that time, I was never contacted by the Foreign Ministry of Israel, whose work I was helping (I won't say doing, because that would be hubris.) Finally, in January this year, a member of the Foreign Ministry called me. He set up a meeting. He was a fine fellow, eager to help me. He wanted me to go abroad and speak in foreign countries...

What can I say? I was flattered. I was pleased. And even though I would be a volunteer, and it would be more time and effort expended, I would have the chance to further Israel's best interests. Would I consider going to Sydney in May? He didn't officially ask me, and I didn't officially say yes, but we both said we'd think about it.

In the meantime, I'd already agreed to go to the London Jewish Book fair in March. Again, as a volunteer. Of course, I had no doubt I would be speaking about my latest book on terrorism, "The Covenant." To my surprise, even though the Foreign Ministry was paying my fare, the organizers only wanted me to talk about books I'd written ten years ago, concerning the haredi world. So I insisted, that at the very least, I be allowed to set up another venue in London to speak about Israel's war on terrorism. The Consulate promised to help. Then they said they couldn't. And finally, fed up, I arranged this myself through my e-mail list. I traveled to London (still haven't been reimbursed for the fare) was put up at a hotel without central heating, made my speeches and went home to find my father in law dying.

I called the Foreign Ministry and said I would not be able to leave Israel, and they should find someone else to go to Sydney. They had over three months notice.

When my dear father in law passed about two months ago, I called the Foreign Ministry. I told them I was now free to go if they still needed me. I was told they had found someone else to take my place. The truth was, I was disappointed. I love Sydney, and would have loved to go.

A few days ago, I got the following letter from a list member in Australia:

"I have just read the Australian Jewish News and discovered that you have decided to cancel your visit to Sydney to attend the Australian Book Week. As a result of your late decision there is to be no Israeli delegate....Don't you think that is a dreadful pity? Especially in these difficult times when we need as many wise Israeli mouths to counter the propaganda and lies being put out constantly by the Arabs. It is such a shame that you could not attend or at least found someone to replace you.... naughty Naomi."

Astonished, I asked her to please re-read the piece.

She confirmed that on 29th April 2005 on page 4, the Sydney edition of The Australian Jewish News printed an article by Oryana Kaufman which repeats several times that I cancelled at the "last minute" and for that reason there was no opportunity to secure a replacement. Mention is made of an Israeli author called Michal Govrin who "was set to come to Sydney but by the time Ragen had cancelled and Govrin had confirmed, the festivals' itinerary had been printed".

I contacted the editor of the paper, Dan Goldberg, who wrote me the following

"Here's the story: You cancelled for personal reasons, which we wrote.

The Festival director said she tried to secure a replacement through the Israeli Embassy as they always have an Israeli and, moreover, they have two Palestinians coming. She said she was "very disappointed" you were not coming. She said she didn't want the festival to be seen as presenting only one side of the conflict.

Sharon Polishuk at the embassy said he had Michal Govrin lined up but by the time she confirmed the festival brochure had been printed. Hence no replacement."

I've asked Mr.Goldberg to print my letter with the truth. I've asked the fine fellow at the Foreign Ministry who got me into this mess to admit what really happened. But he doesn't answer his phone, and has so far ignored my e-mails.

So, if you are wondering why the Israeli Embassy is having trouble with it's hasbara effort, remember this story.

Naomi Ragen

Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and journalist who lives in Jerusalem. She can be contacted at www.naomiragen.com, where you can subscribe to her newsletter.

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Posted by IsrAlert, May 19, 2005.

This article was written by Tad Trueblood, who has more than 20 years of experience as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and as an analyst in the national security community. He is a Santa Clara resident. This article appeared in The Spectrum of Southern Utah (www.thespectrum.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ article?AID=/20050518/OPINION02/505180320/1014/OPINION). It is also available at the author's website.

One of the toughest things about the global war on terror is figuring out who the enemy is. The enemy is certainly not Islam itself and even Islamic "fundamentalism" is not specifically the adversary. Fundamentalists are not necessarily terrorists. When we get down to defining "radical" Islam, or the so-called Islamists, we are a bit closer. The Islamist philosophy starts with an immutable demand - that God's laws (as defined by the Islamists) are superior to man's laws and it is justified to establish God's laws by force. Islamism also declares the strategic goal of reestablishing a worldwide Caliphate.

However, to find the main enemy, we have to peel layers off the onion, to uncover various schools of Islamist thought such as the Wahabis, and terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and the infamous al-Qaida. But hidden within this nest of vipers is a small group, sharing a dangerous and deadly philosophy that makes them the core terrorist enemy.

They are known as Takfiris and they have become the modern embodiment of the Assassins, that ancient order of secret political killers. Their doctrine, or movement if you will, is called "Takfir wal Hijra" - translated as "excommunication and exile." In many ways, their existence was obscured by the attacks of Sept. 11 and the subsequent hunt for al-Qaida operatives around the world, but the Takfiri are now a main focus of counter-terrorism experts. It is said that both al-Zawahiri (bin-Laden's number two and ideological mentor) and Abu-Musab Zarqawi (his man in Iraq) share in Takfiri views. The March 2004 train bombings in Spain were the work of Takfiris from Morocco and North Africa. Jonathan Schanzer, a terrorism analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy has dubbed the Takfiris "al-Qaida 2.0".

The Takfiri movement was born in the Egypt of the 1970s, the breeding ground of so much of Islamic extremism. Today Takfirism has taken root mainly in North Africa, in the slums of Morocco and Tangiers. It has also spread among the growing Islamic minorities of Europe, particularly among the younger generation that feels excluded from society - not just from Western society, but traditional Islamic society as well.

And that is perhaps the defining characteristic of Takfiris, the sense of being complete outsiders, of being beyond the pale. For Takfiris, the enemy is not just the United States, Israel or even secular Muslim leaders and regimes. For those who espouse this violent outlook, armed jihad is a life-long obligation and other Muslims are apostate (and therefore fair-game) if they are not likewise inclined.

A core concept for Takfiris is that of "taquyaa," which makes them the ultimate sleeper agents. Taquyaa is practicing the art of deception by adopting Western dress, lifestyle and habits in order to better blend in. Adherents are encouraged to essentially abandon traditional Islamic values, so that they can better fight the holy war in Islam's name. This justifies all sorts of very un-Islamic behavior, including shaving beards, frequenting nightclubs and strip joints, engaging in fraud and petty crime, drug use and drug dealing, and of course, murdering innocent people. As an example, Spanish police reported that the Madrid train bombers traded 55 pounds of hashish for the explosives they then used to kill 189 innocent people.

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

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Posted by Tamar Rush, May 19, 2005.

Read this one carefully....we've all been sold to a bunch of Saudi slave-drivers. This is from the DEBKAfile. It is called "Saudi Oil and Backing for US Are Contingent on Israeli Concessions."

Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon is due in Washington Monday May 23 to address the pro-Israeli lobby AIPAC's annual conference. So far, DEBKAfile's political sources know of no appointments set up for him with any Bush administration officials.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is tentatively scheduled to arrive three days later on May 26. After telling his confidants "Nothing will come of the visit," Abbas is making sure that something does. The first move he pulled off was to persuade the White House to make sure Sharon was out of the capital before he arrived.

The Palestinian leader is meanwhile spinning out a complicated globe-girdling itinerary. He went to Brazil last week for the first Latin-American Arab conference (where he worked hard on anti-American and anti-Israel resolutions that denounced the American occupation of Iraq and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.) This week he touches down in China, Japan and India. If for some reason, the prime minister prolongs his stay in the United States, Abbas will draw out his Far East travels until Sharon is gone.

How was Abbas able to manipulate the Bush administration's timetable and marginalize Sharon's presence in the US capital? DEBKAfile reveals that it was the Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah who set the maneuver up for him when he visited US president George Bush at the presidential ranch in Texas on April 25.

DEBKAfile's Washington sources report exclusively that the US and Saudi leaders ended their talks with understandings that restored the Saudis to a dominant role Washington's Middle East policies. Bush agreed to enlarge US-Saudi arms deals - out in the open now, not under wraps as in the last three years; Saudi capital for investment and the purchase of US government bonds would flow back to the United States; and most of the post 9/11 restrictions would be lifted on the entry of Saudi businessmen and students to the United States.

Abdullah promised to pump up oil production from 10 barrels per day to 12.5 million short term and 15 million long term. But he insisted his immediate priority for the royal purse was the promotion of reforms and better education, health and social welfare systems for his subjects. Therefore investment in expanding oil production would take some time, but it would come about.

Abdullah then laid down his price for "opening a new chapter in US-Saudi strategic relations."

One, Sharon must be pushed towards keeping step with Abbas and meeting his demands, to continue propping the Palestinian leader up and to do nothing that might hasten his downfall.

Two, Sharon must be urged into serious negotiations with Syria.

Three, The Bush administration must avoid any action that might topple Bashar Assad or bring about the demise of the Assad regime in Damascus.

The Saudi prince put it this way: We did as much as you to force Syria to pull its troops out of Lebanon. It is now your turn to meet us halfway. Neither Assad nor Syria must be humiliated any further.

DEBKAfile's sources have not discovered the US president's response to these demands. More tellingly, neither has the Israeli prime minister's office. The blackout Bush has ordered on the conversation is dense.

But, upon his return from Washington, Abdullah lost no time in visiting neighbors to brief them on his achievements at Crawford. He saw Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Assad and King Abdullah of Jordan.

For Israel, these achievements are major setbacks:

1. If the Bush administration is not briefing, let alone consulting with, Jerusalem on key elements of its Middle East policy, then the special Israel-US strategic relations are far from being all the Sharon government has cracked them up to be.

2. If Bush accedes to Abdullah's request on Abbas, then Sharon and defense minister Shaul Mofaz might as well abandon their efforts to achieve accords with the Palestinian Authority on the evacuations of the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank. All the Palestinians will need to do is make their demands known. For example, Israel will be required to demolish abandoned homes against its will because that is what Abbas wants. He is also demanding that the Gaza Strip be turned over complete with international border crossings to Egypt and full sovereignty over Gaza's air space and sea waters - all this without spending a minute on the road map or peace talks.

Israel will also have to turn a blind eye Abu Mazen's refusal to disarm the Islamist radical Hamas and Palestinian terrorist units at large. Instead, Abbas will be allowed to integrate them with their weapons into the Palestinian security forces.

To get around Abbas' pledge at Sharm el Sheikh in February to crack down on and dismantle terrorists, The Palestinian Authority from time to time reports some small group or other has handed in its weapons, describing this as "the beginning" of its decommissioning operation. In fact, the operation stops there and the majority of terrorists have been left fully armed and with their structures intact.

3. Ahead for the Sharon government is a uniquely polarizing, painful and costly withdrawal that makes a free gift to the Palestinians after five years of terrorism. It is hard to see any Israeli leader being in any state soon to plunge into a peace process with Syria that would entail a pullback - be it even in stages - from the Golan. On the other hand, the Syrians, cheered on by the Saudis, will no doubt maintain that if Israel is capable of one unilateral withdrawal, why not another?

Israeli military experts believe that the three days of Hizballah rocket fire last week at Israeli positions guarding the disputed Shaaba Farms area were aimed more at pointing up Syria's case for talks with Israel than jockeying for position in Lebanese politics. Syria will make full use of Hizballah and its belligerence to keep the heat on Israel before and during any talks.

In the coming months, the Sharon government will therefore be faced with radical policy adjustments to the new reality generated by the Saudi ruler's enhanced standing in the Bush White House.

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Posted by Dr. Arieh Zeritsky, May 19, 2005.

This was written by Dr. M.G. Ettinger.

* First of all, Oil and Gas. The Prime Minister of Israel, together with General Mofaz, in deciding to dump the Gaza district, must have been aware that we get millions of dollars' worth of offshore gas from the Gaza coast. If the Sharon/Mofaz plan were to be implemented, we would be cut off from our gas supplies, and from all potential on-shore and off-shore oil and gas. No more motor cars, no more electricity, no more air conditioning!

* Secondly, but even more important: Does the Sharon/Mofaz team understand that dumping the Gaza district means giving away vital water resources for Southern Israel and for the Northern Negev? Also giving away the possibility of sea water desalination? And have they reviewed the sewage data? Their dumping of the Gaza district would ensure that, what little remains of our underground water, will be heavily polluted by the sewage from Gaza and Khan Yunis.

* And who is responsible for the proposed sacking of 4500 Israeli teachers? Would the "saving" of their salaries pay for the overtime expected by (actually, already being paid to) the police or SA men heavily engaged against the Jews wearing orange shirts or black kipot? Who paid for 100 highly trained German police horses, and how much?

* So, Israel would be forced to import most of its water from Turkey. And most of its oil and gas from Egypt - probably in a very few years from the Palestinians. But Israel would receive vast quantities of Arab sewage absolutely free!

* Some of these facts may appear incredible. But ask the British Gas company, and see the 1995 Oslo agreement (surely not written by friends of Israel). This refers to oil and gas exploration (page 247), and to prevention of harm to water resources (p 200).

* Is it really possible that a new district, with housing and infrastructure for the expellees, can be established in three months in the Nitzanim area, as foretold by the PM on 17 May? Even the Germans must have taken longer to set up their camps!

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Posted by NGO Monitor, May 19, 2005.

SUMMARY: War on Want, a registered UK "charity", has launched a new attack in its ongoing campaign against Israel. Using highly inflammatory rhetoric, WoW exposes its extremist political agenda, in alliance with members in the radical political NGO network, while fabricating numerous allegations which are presented at face value.

War on Want, a registered "charitable" organization claiming to "fight global poverty", has launched a new round of the ongoing political campaign to boycott and isolate Israel globally. This public relations effort appears timed to reinforce the academic boycott and a parallel the HRW/ISM-led campaign in the U.S.

As demonstrated in previous NGO Monitor analyses of War on Want, its leaders advance their fringe political goals under the guise of a charity. WoW was formerly headed by British MP George Galloway, currently implicated in the "oil for food" scandal with close ties to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. WoW routinely uses hate rhetoric such as "apartheid", "slavery", and "a heavyweight beating a child" in its assault against Israel, while accusing Israeli leaders of attempting to simulate the aftermath of a natural disaster for Palestinians. Repeating terms used routinely by the radical Palestinian NGO network regarding refugee claims and calls on Israeli citizens to refuse military service, War on Want's program seeks to undermine the survival of the State of Israel and its right to defend itself.

Like the other elements in the movement to demonize Israel, War on Want's latest campaign focuses on the security barrier, which it calls "the world's biggest prison". WoW's incitement makes no mention of the terrorism that has killed over 1000 Israelis (mostly civilians), and which highlights the moral rationale of this defensive response.

Following the standard pattern, War on Want repeats the messages of other members in the extremist NGO network, such as the Democracy and Workers' Rights Center, the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC), PNGO, BADIL, Electronic Intifada, www.stopthewall.org, etc.

On the basis of these "sources" alone, WoW's alleges that Israel's security barrier "is destroying the possibility of a Palestinian state, because Palestinian land is being divided into ghettos." Other false allegations include electrification of the barrier, "with watchtowers and sniper positions every few hundred metres." In several instances their website unsettlingly features a photo of a Swastika inside the Star of David, reflecting the fundamentally immoral comparison of Israeli self-defense with the Nazi Holocaust. In a similar assault, WoW blames Israel for a lack of sufficient healthcare facilities in Palestinian towns, going on to proclaim that "the Wall is part of an on-going attempt to make life unendurable for Palestinians."

Highlighting its fraudulent abuse of the "charity" banner, War on Want acts as if the concept of human rights does not apply to Israelis. Instead, this assault justifies terror and brutality, claiming that the violence "is a result of Palestinian anger and desperation at the situation they have suffered." The campaign presents figures on Palestinian casualties, while failing to mention Israeli victims of Palestinian terror. And War on Want adopts traditional antisemitic libels (such as "poisoning the wells") in repeating allegations that the Israel Defense Forces targets Palestinian water sources "as a form of collective punishment". Similarly, in WoW's distorted image, Israel alone is to blame for the "seemingly endless downward spiral of violence".

Towards the end of this statement, which is the antithesis of its official charitable mandate of combating poverty and world hunger, WoW's leaders recognize their vulnerability. In an awkward attempt to hide the evidence, they ask: "What's this got to do with Poverty?" The answer they present is that "the Palestinians' poverty is deeply political" - a telling reflection of the primacy of their radical ideological agenda. When it comes to the Middle East, WoW exploits the charitable status to promote its extremist position.

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Posted by Women in Green, May 19, 2005.

Professor Israel Hanukoglu, a well-known genetics scientist and former Chairman of Professors for a Strong Israel,and former Science Adviser to the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and formerly associated with the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, was arrested during Sunday's demonstrations.

He recently was part of a delegation of Christians and Jews who visited Congress in the States in behalf of Gush Katif and Northern Samaria. He also spoke at the successful rally of Christians and Jews that was held in Crawford, Texas, on April 11, when Prime Minister Sharon was visiting the ranch of President Bush. That Rally was arranged by Christian Pastor Jim Vineyard, a Minister of a large Baptist Congregation in Oklahoma City.

Dear Ruth,

During the demonstration in Rishon Lezion we had a small group of a few women and two men myself included. We were not involved in road blockings. We did not lay on the road. I took on myself the task of distributing stickers with the message: People of Israel are with Gush Katif.

Policemen apparently did not want to deal with the elderly women. They approached me and asked me to stand aside. I followed their order. Then they asked me to get into their car, transferred me to the Police station. After police interrogation (that included physical threats, ridicule, etc., but this is another story), I was put in a small cell of about 1X1 m that is normally used for visitor communication with jailed mates. I spent there several hours. Then at night I was transferred to the Maasiyahu jail. The policemen who transferred explained to me that distributing stickers is against the law!

After I was jailed all night long demonstrators kept pouring into my section. By the morning my cell of eight people was full. I had the great honor that one of the people put in my cell included Rabbi Levinger from Hebron the Founder of the Hebron community.

I was brought before a judge who released me to partial house arrest with option to go to work during day hours. These limitations hold until my case will be brought for further discussion on next Wednesday. The case was delayed because the large number of people arrested did not permit proper trial of each case.

Welcome to USSR.

Best regards,
Israel Hanukoglu

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

[Editor's note: Lise Rubin wrote Professor Hanukoglu and received a letter from him. Some excerpts:

Dear Ms. Rubin,

The story is true. According to the newspaper Makor Rishon, the police have confirmed that they have arrested people who were bystanders who were not involved in road blockings. The threats of the police against me included, physical threats to make my hands "unusable". One of the interrogators at the police station made the following comments.

"I moved to Israel from Ukraine. Just I moved from there to here, people in Gush Katif can move to Israel."

He boasted that he has undergone training in removal of the people from their homes, and he knows how to remove the babies from their mother's hands. He asked me: "what would you do if I pull your baby from your hand? Wouldn't you rather let the baby go, rather than having a damage caused to your baby?"

In the jail I met people who had marks of beating or signs of being dragged. The worst case was told to me by an 18 year old high school boy. He said that policeman asked all people leave the room, beat him with his fists and kicked him.

I must say that the Israeli law enforcement agencies have become forces directed against the national-religious Jews (kipa wearing Jews).

Sorry that I have to report to you these incidents. But you have to be aware of what is happening here.

I immigrated to Israel from the USA. Not even for a second do I regret that I made Aliyah.

The fullness of life here and the feeling that we are reestablishing our Nation in the Promised Land is worth all.

The fight has intensified because the religious Jews are becoming a majority while the leftists who control all centers of power are losing their electoral base. So they have formed a coalition with the Arabs. There is hardly any law enforcement in Arab cities or villages. Not against building without a permit, not against tax evasion, not against crime. The worst case now is the lack of action, against terrorists who are showering missiles on Gush Katif communities. So clearly Sharon, to save his skin from his corruption problems, has joined the left-Arab coalition to suppress the religious Jews.

Shabat shalom, Best regards,

Israel Hanukoglu, Ph.D. Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Personal web site: http://www.science.co.il/hi/
Editor, Israel Science and Technology Homepage http://www.science.co.il/]

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Posted by Batya Medad, May 19, 2005.

I finally started moving myself from my comfortable office chair and onto the frontlines of the Anti-Disengagement Movement. Last week I went to the big rally in the Jerusalem Hyatt.

When I was a teen the worst insult was to call someone "an armchair liberal." We were hypersensitive to anything that even hinted of hypocrisy. Honestly, that's one of the reasons we made aliyah so young. How could one be "an American Zionist?" What an oxymoron! Either you're a Zionist and live in Israel, or you're not a Zionist. So how could two young idealists stay in America? And when we made aliyah we moved straight to the Old City of Jerusalem, which wasn't the upper middle class neighborhood it is today. Today the building we were in is considered a convenient and desirable part of the Jewish Quarter, but then, thirty-five years ago, there was no "Jewish Quarter," and it was surrounded by Arabs and accessible by mud paths.

I must admit that it was a bit too much, so we moved to a more conventional Jerusalem neighborhood, straight from the maternity ward, after the birth of our first child. But the yearning to live in a part of Eretz Yisrael liberated in the Six Days War of 1967 didn't leave us. Ten years later we moved to Shiloh.

Personally, I find living in Shiloh rather effortless and am constantly amazed anew when people think that we're doing something admirable or that visiting us would endanger their lives. When people do come here they're amazed at the pastoral beauty and calm. Unfortunately, I haven't made it to Gush Katif recently. No excuses.

When I got a call about the big rally over a week ago in Jerusalem, I knew that I had to attend. It was a long day, beginning with testing over twenty students in Ulpanat Ofra (girls high school) and the rally only in evening. The enormous room in the Hyatt was set up with hundreds, maybe even thousands of chairs. A half an hour after the official start, people were still milling around. Then it began.

From my vantage near front center, I didn't notice hundreds more arrive; a short while later I turned around, and it was full. We listened to a large variety of speakers, who spoke short and to the point. There were almost no politicians, just activists. MK Arye Eldad was given a standing ovation, but I consider him an activist, not a politician. He's one of the world's best plastic surgeons, specializing in skin transplants for burn victims and left his profession to save our country.

The theme was totally optimistic. Various speakers, very logically, pointed out how Disengagement is losing momentum and how the government's goals can't be met. Nomi Ofan, wife of Neriya - the first Administrative Detainee, standing with their four children, told the crowd how proud she was of her husband and how jail isn't a deterrent. That was definitely one of the main themes. Certificates of Honor were given to government employees who wouldn't cooperate in the expulsion of Jews from their homes and to people who had already been arrested or detained. Arrest is seen as a way of choking the system. It's a badge of courage against an unjust regime.

After it was over, I was determined to do more than type. So when a neighbor called asking me to speak at a local information rally Saturday night, I was surprised at his request, but agreed. I told the story of my son's Bar Mitzvah during the Oslo nightmare. Most people have forgotten that according to the Oslo Accords, we were supposed to have been thrown out of our homes before Passover 1994. We were scheduled to be homeless refugees at the time of my son's Bar Mitzvah. I couldn't plan anything; for months I was paralyzed in terror. As you all know, we're still here in Shiloh, but Disengagement is a direct descendent of Oslo. And just like our community wasn't destroyed, G-d willing Gush Katif will continue to flourish.

And so this past Monday, I traveled with a neighbor to a major intersection to photograph and participate in one of the demonstrations. Apparently we missed the big excitement at the beginning, when some neighbors, fathers of large families, walked into the streets, hands high, tied in orange, stopped traffic and were arrested. There were people from a number of different places, not just Shiloh. The police were there in numbers, but much less than the demonstrators. The junction was very large with at least eight traffic lights, and the mostly good-natured cat-mouse choreography went on for a couple of hours. Every once in a while, there would be a shout, and everyone would run after the police who were dragging someone away. There were many photographers, including the police taking pictures of us. One demonstrator spent his time trying to talk to a policeman, convincing him to refuse to carry out immoral orders. All of us with cameras kept focusing on the tagless (those without name tags) policemen. In general, where we were the atmosphere was "civilized."

Simultaneously there were dozens and dozens of demonstrations at various intersections all over the country. Some groups really managed to stop, rather than just slow down, the traffic, and some of the police were a lot more violent than the ones I encountered. On the whole it was a success. This was just a rehearsal, a bit of practice. In the courts, some of those arrested managed to be freed without paying or promising anything, because their lawyers were able to prove to the judges that the police had just rounded up demonstrators who weren't doing anything illegal.

It's sad that we have to demonstrate against the Israeli Government, but the government is made of people, and people sometimes make terrible mistakes. We must stop the Disengagement before it destroys our country.

This is Musing #119. Batya Medad lives in Shiloh. She can be reached by email at Shilohmuse@yahoo.com or visit her website http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/ or go to http://www.shilo.org.il This essay is also available at http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2005/05/119-from-frontlines.html

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Posted by Ruth Matar, May 19, 2005.

Dear Friends,

In today's Jerusalem Post there is a "must read article" by Daniel Pipes, a Member of the United States Institute Of Peace (to which office he was appointed by President Bush in 2003). Daniel Pipes' article "A Massive Policy Wreck Waiting To Happen" is timely and relevant, since Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has been invited to meet with President Bush at the White House for the first time since he was elected in January of this year. The meeting between George W. Bush and Abu Mazen will take place next week, Thursday May 26, at the White House. The talks will focus on Israel's withdrawal from Gaza and Abu Mazen's request for further U.S. financial aid. The PA Foreign Ministry said that Abbas will call for intensified U.S. pressure on Israel to implement its Road Map obligations, including a total freeze on settlement activity and the immediate dismantling of unauthorized outposts in the West Bank.

Daniel Pipes wrote at the time of Abu Mazen's election to head the Palestinian Authority that: "He is potentially a far more formidable enemy to Israel" than was Arafat. Mr. Pipes says in this article that his prediction has unfortunately come true and that Abu Mazen is unambiguously leading the Palestinians to war after the Israeli retreat from Gaza in August 2005. It is essential that you read Mr. Pipes' article very carefully, in order to understand that Abu Mazen and his Palestinian Authority is a danger, not only to Israel, but also to the United States. (The article follows after my letter.)

For example: A few weeks ago the Palestinian Authority sent a public birthday greeting to Saddam Hussein: "We wish him long life for the sake of Iraq and to free the Arab nation from the enslavement of foreign imperialism. Oh, the glory of victory, with the help of Allah." (Of course, "foreign imperialism" refers to the United States).

It is interesting to note that not only the Palestinian Authority Chairman, Abu Mazen, is coming to Washington, D.C. to promote the "Israeli disengagement from Gaza plan" but Israel's Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, as well, is descending on New York City and Washington D.C. during the same week to defend his intention to deport Jews from their homes in Gush Katif.

It is not difficult to understand why Abu Mazen relishes a possible Israeli disengagement from Gaza. He is coming to ask President Bush for further economic aid from the United States, so that he can most effectively build a Palestinian economy in the areas of Gush Katif and northern Shomron, when, G-d forbid, the Arabs inherit the possessions of the Jews expelled by their own Sharon government.

It is much more difficult to understand, or, as a matter of fact quite impossible to understand, why the Israeli Prime Minister is coming to New York City and Washington, D.C., to convince American Jews about the wisdom of his plans to unilaterally expel Jews from their homes in their own homeland. (Hillary Clinton is the other speaker at the AIPAC Conference. No surprise that she is supporting the transfer of Jews).

The good news is that a Coalition of Christian Zionists and Jews is in formation to protest the Sharon expulsion of Jews plan, and also President Bush's official meeting with the terrorist, Abu Mazen, who co-founded the Palestine Liberation Organization together with Arafat in 1964.

Abu Mazen is a Holocaust denier who wrote his doctoral thesis, which later became a book, on "The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism And Zionism." Abu Mazen raised doubts in his work that the gas chambers were, in fact, used to kill Jews. He was, as well, the financier of the Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes in 1972. When Abu Mazen was elected last January, he stated: "I present this victory to the soul of Brother Martyr Yasser Arafat and to our shahids. The little jihad has ended and now the big jihad is beginning!"

Americans who believe in Jewish Biblical, historical, and moral rights to the Land of Israel must use every opportunity to demonstrate that belief. The following is a schedule of demonstrations against the Disengagement Plan (Deportation of Jews Plan) and its supporters, Israeli Prime Minister Sharon and Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen: SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2 P.M., in NYC

Prime Minister Sharon will be speaking to The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. We will hold a Prayer Vigil at the same location, to be announced. Participants are urged to wear ORANGE clothing, the color of solidarity with Gush Katif/Gaza. OUR MESSAGE: DON'T EXPEL THE JEWISH PEOPLE FROM THEIR PROMISED LAND!

MONDAY, MAY 23: People are urged to travel to Washington, D.C., by car pool, train, plane, bus or chartered bus (if we get enough people signing on for one, call 212-828-2424) in order to arrive by 1 P.M. The plan is to visit Congressional offices in the House and Senate to distribute information packets explaining the dire world-wide consequences of removing the Jewish community from their homes in Gush Katif and Northern Shomron. Plans should be made to stay overnight so that we can form a protest group on Tuesday morning. Again, ORANGE bags and clothing are suggested to demonstrate solidarity.

TUESDAY, MAY 24: Prime Minister Sharon is scheduled to speak at the AIPAC Conference at the Washington Convention Center on Tuesday morning between 9:30-11 AM. (Hillary Clinton is the other speaker. Maybe we could have some placards with Hillary Clinton kissing Suha Arafat.) We must be there in our ORANGE clothing, with signs, sleeping bags and tents, indicating the homelessness of the Jews being expelled from their homes. All media should be alerted. Bring your family and friends.

THURSDAY, MAY 26: Palestinian Authority Chairman, Mahmoud Abbas, is expected to visit Washington on May 26 for talks with President George W. Bush. The PA Foreign Ministry said that Abbas will call for intensified U.S. pressure on Israel to implement its road map obligations, including a total freeze on settlement activity and the immediate dismantling of unauthorized outposts in the West Bank. He also said that he would seek financial aid to boost the Palestinian economy. OUR MESSAGE TO BOTH PRESIDENT BUSH AND ABU MAZEN: ISRAEL BELONGS TO THE JEWS!


SUNDAY, JUNE 5: The 12th Annual Israel Day Concert in Central Park, at the East Meadow, located at 97th Street and 5th Avenue, on Sunday, June 5, 2005 from 2:30 - 6:00 PM, rain or shine. Over 35,000 people are expected to gather at this year's event, which is dedicated to supporting the Jewish Communities of Gush Katif and Northern Shomron, and against the surrender of Jewish Land in this region.

Further information on the event is available by calling Romm Torossiam at 202-999-5585.

TUESDAY, JULY 19 (This date is not as yet firm)


We hope to have simultaneous demonstrations in Washington, D.C. and Tel-Aviv, Israel and in cities all over the world by a coalition of Jews and Christians to prevent Ariel Sharon from expelling close to 9,000 people from their homes, farms, schools, synagogues and graveyards, and turning the Jewish Land over to the Arab enemy.


Dear Friends: I am a Holocaust Survivor, born in Austria. I was fortunate to be able to become a naturalized American citizen after World War II. My husband is an American Jew born in New York City. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1942, my husband immediately volunteered to fight in the American Army.

When we were first married, I said to my husband: "I admire you as a committed American who fought on the Japanese front for the duration of World War II. But during that war, 6 million of your own Jewish People were murdered. How come you didn't raise a hue and cry at that time?"

His answer was very simple: "But We Didn't Know!"

But, dear friends, YOU do know! With advanced technology (computer technology, faxes, television, world-wide radio, newspapers and widespread telephone networks), it is no longer possible for the British Foreign Office and the U.S. State Department and other special interest groups to deliberately suppress what happens in the rest of the world. It is a different world today than what was during the Nazi domination of much of the world during the reign of Hitler.

When a bus in Jerusalem full of innocent civilians is bombed, you see it almost immediately on your television screens. When Jews are murdered for no other reason than the fact that they are Jews, you can read about it in your morning newspaper. When a sermon is broadcast on Abu Mazen's Palestinian Authority television, calling for the subjugation of all Christian countries under Islam, and the extermination of every Jew, you can read about it shortly thereafter.

Dear friends: Don't permit another Holocaust to happen! Don't permit the Islamic takeover of the Western Judeo-Christian Civilization, and Islamic rule over Christian countries. It is, therefore, the duty of every Jew and Christian in the world to fight the evil radical Islamic plan to divide G-d's Holy Land.

With Blessings and Love for Israel,

Ruth Matar

Yasser Arafat's demise in November excited great hopes among those who saw his malign personality as the main reason for Palestinian intransigence.

But those of us who saw the problem as larger than Arafat - as resulting, rather, from the deep radicalization of the Palestinian body politic - expected little change. Indeed, I wrote at the time of Mahmoud Abbas's election to head the Palestinian Authority that "he is potentially a far more formidable enemy to Israel" than was Arafat.

How do things look a half year after Arafat's death? About as awful as anyone might have expected. Specifically, Abbas is unambiguously leading the Palestinians to war after the Israeli retreat from Gaza in August 2005. Consider some recent developments.

Hiring terrorists as soldiers: Rather than arrest terrorists, as required by the informal February 2005 cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians, Abbas has instituted a unique employment program for them, incorporating them into his security forces.

The Associated Press explains the charming point system to determine who gets what rank: "A high school diploma... is worth eight points, while a year in an Israeli prison or on the run count for two points each. Gunmen don't get credit for time served in Palestinian lockups, but they win extra points if they were wounded by Israeli army fire or had their homes demolished."

The Israeli authorities have accepted that even convicted Palestinian killers carry weapons.

Arming terrorists: The Palestinian military intelligence agency facilitates terrorist groups smuggling SA-7 Strella shoulder-fired missiles into Gaza to use against Israeli aircraft.

Inciting the population: As Palestinian Media Watch, the Center for Special Studies, and Michael Widlanski have exhaustively detailed, the political speeches, media content, mosque sermons, school textbooks and wall posters remain as rabidly anti-Israel and anti-Semitic as during the worst days of Arafat's rule.

For example, Ahmed Qurei, the PA's so-called prime minister, has threatened "an explosion" over Israel's handling of Al-Aksa Mosque.

Pretend arrests of terrorists: As under Arafat, the PA plays the charade of arresting terrorists with fanfare and then allowing them quietly to "escape" from prison. Two examples of these revolving-door arrests: two perpetrators who assisted a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv in February left jail in April; and the Palestinian police arrested their first Hamas terrorist on May 2 but promptly released him one day later.

AS A result of these steps, Palestinian terrorism, especially coming out of Gaza, has dramatically increased since April. Things have reached such a low point that one analyst, Leslie Susser, finds that the February cease-fire "may be on the verge of collapse."

It is hard to argue with Caroline Glick's conclusion that the Sharon government and the Bush administration were both "horribly wrong" in betting on Abbas. And yet, neither of them concedes this error because, having stressed Abbas's good intentions, both now find themselves deeply invested in the success of his political career.

The planned Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in August is likely to precipitate new rounds of violence. One could come in July, as the IDF engages in a massive sweep of Gaza to ensure that the forthcoming retreat does not take place under Palestinian fire.

More violence will likely follow in September, as the Palestinians, Gaza now under their belt, begin a new assault on Israel. That round presumably will feature the substantial rocket arsenal that Hamas has been amassing.

Israel's chief of General Staff, Moshe Ya'alon, is on record predicting, "Immediately after the disengagement we can expect a burst of terrorism." Thus has Ariel Sharon neatly arraigned all the elements for a massive train wreck.

Ironically, the one thing that might prevent this scenario from playing out would be a Hamas victory in the Palestinian National Council elections scheduled for mid-July. Increasing numbers of Israeli voices are calling for the Gaza withdrawal to be postponed or even annulled should Hamas do well, as seems likely.

For example, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom has said, if Hamas wins the elections, it would be "unreasonable" to implement the disengagement plan and allow Hamas to create a "Hamas-stan" in Gaza.

So, there are many possibilities in the next four months. Their common element is that by September the Arab-Israeli theater will be in yet worse shape than it is today.

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

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Posted by Bryna Berchuck, May 19, 2005.

This is incredible. One-third of those who are professed members of the Labor Party are Arabs. Peres - who probably controls Sharon - has shown his loyalty to the Arabs by lowkeying their barbaric behavior and by urging the world to give the Arabs more money, more sympathy and more land.

And consider another statistic. Over the years, Israeli Arabs have been radicalized - that's a nice way of saying they are sympathetic to the terrorists in the territories. Many of them have been more than sympathetic. They have actively helped by supplying cars and information to Arab bombers and snipers. What's the point of having a fence when these Trojan horses - or should we say Arabs in automobiles - can freely drive terrorists around Israel?

Some knowledgeable Israelis suggest that anywheres from 80% to 90% of the Arabs in Israel proper are not to be trusted. And the Arabs - thanks to Leftist nuts like Peres - are going to determine the fate of the Jewish state!

Five candidates vying for Labor Party leadership submitted their candidacy at the party's Tel Aviv headquarters. Party leaders are in shock at the fact that Arabs comprise 1/3 of its membership.

The five men who feel they are worthy to lead the party, and who filled in and submitted the relevant forms today, are: current temporary leader and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak (pictured), Histadrut Labor Union chief Amir Peretz, former IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Matan Vilnai, and former Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer.

It has been learned that 30,000 of the newly-revamped party membership are Israeli-Arabs. Investigative journalist Yoav Yitzchak writes, "The significance of this is that they will be able to place Israeli-Arabs in one-third of the party's Knesset seats, and in effect, because of the in-fighting in the party, take control of the party's path."

Most of the Arabs were registered in the "camps" of Ben-Eliezer, Peretz and Vilnai, and some in Peres' camp as well. Yitzchak writes that party leaders are concerned about this development, but are keeping quiet so as not to be accused of racism.

The shock is particularly acute because the Labor Party is the continuation of the movement that largely founded and built the State of Israel.

The party is undergoing another crisis regarding "irregularities" in its just-ended registration drive. It was announced originally that 130,000 members had signed up. However, some 35-40,000 forms were found to be illegal, duplicates or otherwise disqualified.

In the previous Labor membership drive, which took place a number of years ago, some 80,000 members signed up, of which 11,746 were Israeli-Arabs.

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, May 19, 2005.


The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organization (PNGO) network has the goal of delegitimizing the State of Israel. Like the former Communist agit-prop, the PNGO wields the language of incitement and defamation. Thus it accuses Israel of seeking the demise of the P.A. Arab people and its proposed joint industrial zones as schemes to enslave Arabs. (But the rest of the world insists that Israel hire Arabs and strengthen the P.A. regime that seeks the demise of Israel.)

That umbrella group for P.A. NGOs conceived of the boycott of certain Israeli universities. In voting for the boycott, the UK Association of University Teachers (AUT) cited a PNGO report. PNGO constantly calls for various boycotts of Israel. PNGO has been circulating false reports about Israel, this being one of them. A letter to AUT from the attorneys for one of those universities points out that the boycott was voted upon without having elicited the university's explanation. (Facts would be inconvenient; bigots want pretexts.)

Although PNGO claims to value transparency and accountability (just buzz words, to it), actually it does not reveal its sources of funding (IMRA, 5/10).

The narrow and small AUT voting majority did not care about getting accurate information before voting. They seized upon this new complaint about Israel. Like most accusations against Israel, this one was false.

The more general problem is one of Westerners being led to unfair positions by Arabs. If the Westerners want to be fair not only to Israel but also to themselves, they must learn to distrust the Arabs, who lack integrity. The Arabs will make any accusation they can think of. Ironically, the Arabs are guilty of most of what they charge Zionism with. In this case, the charge is lack of academic integrity. The Arab world has little of academic integrity. They degrade the West's.


Deputy PM Olmert announced that the current abandonment plan is part of a larger one. One can see that it would "leave Israel as a huddled, indefensible ghetto surrounded by deadly enemies." PM Sharon denied the claim.

A few months later, PM Sharon's personal aide, Dov Weisglass proclaimed the opposite. The abandonment of Gaza and northern Samaria would be the final one, intended to keep the rest of Yesha under Israeli control. Sharon denied that, too. Both aides couldn't be wrong. Then Sharon must be lying about one or the other denial (sorry, lost source) unless he changed his mind.)


Congress has heard testimony that Iran successfully tested its ability to detonate by remote control a nuclear or non-nuclear missile still in the air. Iran is working on magnetic pulse technology. Using that technology, Iran's bomb would emit pulses that would destroy America's technical and electronic infrastructure. Rogue states and organizations might be working on the same weaponry. Iran is thought to be negotiating in order to buy time to complete its preparations. It would take months or years for the US to recover. Without electricity, US society might collapse. (Meanwhile, the enemies of the US would not be idle.) This is a far worse danger than another 9/11 attack. The US has been warned. It must act.

Backup facilities would be relatively inexpensive to provide. However, the US probably should start attacking the enemy to prevent the catastrophe here (Winston Mid East Analysis from Joseph Farah). I think there would be too much to back up. We must resume the war on terrorism, but it would have to be a total war and one largely of annihilation. It's them or us.


Suppose PM Sharon engineers enough withdrawal for the P.A. to become sovereign. The P.A. would sign defense treaties with other countries. It would disavow terrorism, but, as always, allow it and finance it. If Israel retaliated, a full-scale regional war could ensue, involving weapons of mass destruction (Moshe Dann, Outpost from Americans For a Safe Israel, 2/2005, p.9).

There has been almost no "what-if" thinking by Sharon and his fellow leftists. There has been a great deal of such projection by the Right, but the major media pay no attention to it. Thus Israel enters foreign policy based on unsupported assumptions and unanswered questions.


Sharon's Cabinet has declared 44 towns in Israel "frontline," all the ones within 7 kms. of the Gaza security fence. The 44 would replace the half as many so designated now in Gaza and northern Samaria that he would abandon. Abandoning them means that instead of having the Israeli Army intercepting rocket squads in the P.A., and preventing most of the bombardment, he expects Arab terrorists freely to move up to the lengthy Green Line and target more Israeli towns.

He would have to spread those troops out in a greater area. He is spending a great deal putting up concrete shelters and reinforcing roofs in those towns, mostly in vain.

Meanwhile, the P.A. is testing rockets of greater range. More than 44 would become "frontline." He has turned the police into thugs, trained to use violence to remove Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria. All this is so criminal, that the government should be put on trial. It is no excuse or a false excuse that Sharon thinks this would establish good relations with the US. He has the Judenrat mentality, that he can save some Jews by sacrificing some. It didn't work before and it wouldn't work with today's fanatics (Winston Mid East Analysis, 5/10, e-mail).


Mr. Halkin is sanguine about Hamas possibly taking over the P.A.. He considers Hamas a more implacable enemy of Israel than the PLO and to have committed more suicide-homicide. On the other hand, once in power, Hamas would have to be accountable and responsible. To be taken seriously it would have to move towards peace, so it would tend to avoid armed confrontation (NY Sun, 5/10, p.9).

Inasmuch as the PLO has not been responsible and made peace, why would Hamas? Appeasement-minded people used to mollify fears about a Nazi takeover of Germany with the argument that once Hitler took power, he would have to be responsible. He took power, but pursued Holocaust and war. He was a fanatic. So are the Arabs, whose second favorite book is Hitler's autobiography.

Many aggressor states are not responsible. Many Muslim rulers do not care about their people, as proved by Iran, the PLO, and Saddam. They care about themselves or their religious cause or both. Whether it is the PLO or Hamas, they use power to further their cause.

The PLO is just as implacable an enemy of Israel as is Hamas. The distinction made between the two, as one being extremist and the other being moderate is a Western fabrication. The fabrication comes out of a duplicitous anti-Zionism or Western journalism's desire to create a sense of dramatic choice. The PLO has committed more terrorism than has Hamas, and has deployed more human-bombs in recent years.

Halkin discusses Hamas and the PLO as if not understanding Muslim fanaticism and dictatorship. A theme of his articles is rationalization to prepare public opinion for Israeli capitulations.

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

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Posted by Marcel Cousineau, May 19, 2005.

I think it must be something in the water in the Knessett dining hall.

When I hear ludicrous statements coming from Israeli politicians that the Palestinian Terrorist Authority is no match for Hamas, I'm reminded of George Orwell's new speak.

Their deceptive spin is that poor Abbas and his gang are doing all they can for the peace but are too weak to do anything about the 'others' so Israel must do nothing to harm the nonexistent peace that may harm Abbas chances to do nothing.

In this Road Map scam, Israel is always the blamed the Palestinians always the poor victims who need more time, more money, more excuses.

The loud and clear message from Washington to Israel is ALWAYS 'Restraint, do nothing.'

Sharon, the good General, always follows orders well.

The message to the Palestinian terrorists from Washington is a wink and a nod, a 'we're with you all the way to the creation of your own terrorist Palestinian state on Jewish land.'

The reality is that a moslem will never stop his fellow moslem from the religious duty of Dar Al Harb against who they see are infidel Jews and not peace partners.

The fact that most Jews can't figure this out yet appears to be some kind of mental condition that consists of delusions and early stages of madness. There is no way to end the Dar Al Harb except to defeat the enemy totally, fully and completely. Totally, Fully. Completely.

The reason why the false peacemaker on the Potomac calls for Israel to show restraint is to allow the losers in five wars to finally win one.

There is a fog, a heavy cloud of deception, that has clouded the rational mind of so many in Israel.

My hope is that there is a cure before it is too late. A total, full and complete defeat of the Palestinians is Israel's only TRUE solution. That's always been the true road to peace. Instead, today, we have Israel pressured to appease and retreat, a sure recipe for disaster.

Marcel Cousineau can be reached by email at up2zionsg8@yahoo.com

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posted by Barry Rubin, May 19, 2005.

Let's not mince words: The Hamas landslide victory in the recent Palestinian local elections is a disaster for the Palestinians, hopes for peace, and Israel. It is a historical turning point. The West will have to choose between recognizing what is happening or veering onto some very dangerous ground.

It is first necessary to dispose of the desperate, outrageously naíve attempts to soften the blow. The main ones are to claim Fatah "won" the election despite the fact that it received only 40 percent of the votes or that victory will moderate Hamas.

The key point is that Hamas now will be able to veto even the smallest steps toward peace or compromise by Abu Mazin. In effect, a peace process that might produce a comprehensive agreement in the next few years is finished. Consider these points:

--Fatah will not rise to the challenge by stamping out its own corruption or elevating better leaders.

--Sensing Fatah's weakness, the dissident faction supporting Marwan Barghuti will raise its demands and perhaps think increasingly of an alliance with Hamas. If independent Fatah candidates run, Abu Mazin's forces will do even worse in the parliamentary election scheduled for July.

--After this next balloting, Abu Mazin would face a parliamentary opposition of Hamas, leftist hardliners, and dissident Fatah members who can intimidate or block any hint of compromise, moderation, or even living up to the Palestinian Authority's previous commitments.

--Hamas did not win the election because of moderation but through its terrorist attacks, demands for total victory, and opposition to a negotiated peace agreement. While the movement's social services and reputation for less corruption also helped, no Hamas leader is concluding that the victory requires abandoning extremism. On the contrary, the vote is a mandate for intransigence.

The essential issue is this: If Abu Mazin was too afraid to crack down on terrorists, to moderate Palestinian ideology, or negotiate a compromise peace with Israel when he had all the power, he will now be even more timid. Who cares if Fatah is still in control if it does nothing and changes nothing? If he would not disarm Hamas or use force against terrorists before will he act against such a powerful organization now?

Two examples from before the election. Palestinian terror attacks rose 54 percent between March and April due to Abu Mazin's passivity. When his forces arrested one Hamas member for firing a rocket at Israel, Hamas simply closed down Gaza with demonstrations for a few hours and threatened government officials' lives until they released him. Is anyone going to be constrained now from attacking Israel or defying the Palestinian regime?

In turn, this means that no matter how many concessions Israel makes by withdrawals and prisoner releases or how much money and support the West gives Abu Mazin, there will be no serious peace process. The Palestinian leadership is paralyzed and will do nothing to offend Hamas, which will veto any real peace negotiations, taunting Abu Mazin for real or imagined concessions. Whether Hamas, for its own purposes, lets the ceasefire continue or not, any hope of a real breakthrough is finished.

So great is the assumption that the Palestinian movement must be moderate and pragmatic that many will simply ignore the new situation and go on expecting that Abu Mazin - all evidence to the contrary - to make peace. Others, especially in Europe, will argue that Hamas can be moderated if appeased at Israel's expense. Having failed to moderate Arafat or his successors, they would use the same tactics on the much tougher, more extreme Islamists.

Aside from all the obvious points about its ideology, which has consistently demanded Israel 's destruction, why should Hamas abandon a program so demonstrably appealing to Palestinians and a strategy clearly working? Its great advantage is terrorist violence. Carrying on more attacks against Israelis, its leadership reasons, will even further show how much more effective it is than rivals.

Ironically, the foundation for Hamas's victory was created and maintained by Fatah, the child of Yasir Arafat's combination of extremism and incompetence. It is the natural outcome of his rejection of peace in 2000 and his launching a four-year-long terrorist war. The nationalist leadership daily told the people for years that Israel will collapse, the Palestinians have a right to all its land, violence is the only tactic that works, and compromise is treason.

Now Israel is faced with the problem of withdrawing from a Gaza Strip where Hamas will be dominant, turn over West Bank towns to a Palestinian Authority showing no interest in disarming or stopping terrorists, and try to help a regime that has no interest in making a peace agreement.

The other factor is how the West will see these developments. Observers are already dragging in irrelevant analogies without reference to the specific facts about Hamas and Palestinian politics, concluding that a little kindness and running some town councils will moderate Hamas. Many will blame Israel for not making more unilateral concessions. But it was Abu Mazin's failure to break with the past and his colleagues' disinterest in real change that made Hamas seem an attractive alternative.

The problem remains the same as before: a Palestinian movement shaped by Arafat, extremism, terror, and demonization of Israel has not produced a moderate leadership or ideology. Western forces appeasing and even cheering the extremists ensure their intransigence. The last peace process took seven years to arrive at its bloody, depressing result; this round seems likely to last less than one year.

Barry Rubin is Director of the GLORIA Center of the Interdisciplinary Center and co-author of "Yasir Arafat: A Prof. Rubin's columns can now be read online at http://gloria.idc.ac.il/columns/column.html. This article is archived at http://gloria.idc.ac.il/columns/2005/05_17.html

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Posted by Marlene Young, May 19, 2005.
[Editor's note: Rafah is a town where they bring in weapons and equipment directly from Egypt via underground tunnels that exit into the houses of the townspeople. Rafah is the town that Arab-aiders like Rachel Corrie and others of the International Solidarity Movement came to support the "innocent" Palestinians.]

These are AP photos of the "partners for peace" Hamas Terrorists, winners of PA "Democratic" elections, marching today, May 18 in Rafah, Gaza.

Under the Disengagement Plan, These Hamas members will be the New Owners and Residents of Jewish neighborhoods, homes and farms in Gush Katif and Shomron, after the Jewish residents and farmers are transferred out to Jails and Trailers in a temporary Deportation Camp:

The peaceful Hamas terrorists told media outlets they are upset that a Hamas terrorist was killed by IDF while launching 20 Qassam Rockets at Israeli towns. NewsWire Reports concluded that Israel's action may jeopardize the "peace".


Contact Marlene Young by email at marleneyoung1@yahoo.com

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Posted by IsrAlert, May 18, 2005.

Two items from World Net Daily (www.worldnetdaily.com).

1.) "Palestinians used Bible as toilet paper: Muslims' desecration of holy book received little notice," http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=44324

While Muslims have responded with deadly outrage to the now-retracted report by Newsweek of alleged Quran desecration by U.S. interrogators, there was little outcry three years ago when Islamic terrorists holed up in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity reportedly used the Bible as toilet paper.

Catholic priests in the church marking the spot where Jesus was believed to have been born said that during the five-week siege, Palestinians tore up some Bibles for toilet paper and removed many valuable sacramental objects, according to a May 15, 2002, report by the Washington Times.

Newsweek is under fire for a report in its May 9 edition that sparked protests and rioting across the Muslim world resulting in 17 dead, scores injured, relief buildings burned down and a setback to years of coalition-building against terrorists.

Newsweek's Periscope column written by Michael Isikoff and John Barry included a brief item alleging U.S. military investigators at the Guantanamo Bay prison found evidence that interrogators placed copies of the Quran down the toilet in an effort to get prisoners to talk.

Despite Newsweek's retraction, the outrage in the Muslim world continues.

In Saudi Arabia yesterday, the country's top religious authority, Grand Mufti Adul-Aziz al-Sheik, condemned the alleged desecration and called for an investigation "to alleviate the sorrow that befell Muslims."

"We condemn and denounce this criminal act against Muslims' most sacred item," al-Sheik said.

Afghanistan's government said Newsweek should be held responsible for damages caused by the demonstrations, and Pakistan said the magazine's apology and retraction were "not enough."

In contrast, during the 2002 church siege, the muted complaints of Christians under the Muslim-dominated Palestinian Authority gained little traction.

The Palestinian gunmen, members of Yasser Arafat's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, seized church stockpiles of food and "ate like greedy monsters" until the food ran out, while more than 150 civilians went hungry, the Washington Times report said.

The indulgence lasted about two weeks into the 39-day siege, when the food and drink ran out, according to an account by four Greek Orthodox priests trapped inside. A church helper told the Times the quantity of food consumed by the gunmen in the first 15 days should have lasted six months.

Angry Orthodox priests showed reporters empty bottles of whiskey, champagne, vodka, cognac and French wine on the floor along with hundreds of cigarette butts.

"They should be ashamed of themselves. They acted like animals, like greedy monsters. Come, I will show you more," said one priest, who declined to give his name.

Computers were taken apart and a television set dismantled for use as a hiding place for weapons.

"You can see what repayment we got for 'hosting' these so-called guests," said Archbishop Ironius, according to the Times report.

(2.) "Flush To Judgment: Muslim double standard on religious desecration?" by Aaron Klein, http://worldnetdaily.com/news/printer-friendly.asp?ARTICLE_ID=44303

JERUSALEM - With Muslims worldwide protesting a now-retracted Newsweek report that claimed U.S. Army interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had flushed a Quran down the toilet, the father of a rabbi who was murdered while trying to defend a Jewish holy site from Palestinian rioters blasted Muslim leaders yesterday in an exclusive WorldNetDaily interview.

Rabbi Zevulun Lieberman, whose son Hillel died trying to save Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus from Muslim rioters, told WND he is "sickened by this Muslim outcry when Muslims have shown the world they don't have any respect for religion whatsoever. They lost the right to protest about disrespect for religion and holy objects a long time ago."

Accusing Muslim leadership of using the Newsweek story to create "anti-American incitement," Lieberman asked, "Where were the protesters when Muslims desecrated Joseph's Tomb and other sites?"

In an issue dated May 9, Newsweek reported U.S. military investigators found evidence that interrogators placed copies of Islam's holy book in washrooms and had flushed one down the toilet to get inmates to talk.

The report prompted demonstrations across the Muslim world, with thousands rallying in Afghanistan, Pakistan Indonesia and Gaza City to denounce America. At least 15 people died in riots in Afghanistan alone.

Yesterday, Newsweek officially retracted the story.

Lebanon's most senior Shiite Muslim cleric said the alleged desecration is part of an American campaign aimed at disrespecting and smearing Islam. Spiritual leaders in Afghanistan gave the U.S. three days to respond to the accusations. The 22-nation Arab League issued a statement saying if the allegations panned out, Washington should apologize to Muslims.

Qazi Hussain Ahmed, a hard-line Pakistani Islamist leader and opposition lawmaker, said Islamic groups in Pakistan, Egypt, Malaysia, Britain, Turkey and other countries would hold more rallies to protest the alleged desecration.

In its retraction, Newsweek stated, "Based on what we know now, we are retracting our original story that an internal military investigation had uncovered Quran abuse at Guantanamo Bay."

In a note to readers in its current issue, Newsweek Editor Mark Whitaker said the magazine's information came from "a knowledgeable U.S. government source," who, he said, later could not be sure he had read about the alleged Quran incident in the report that was cited.

Tomb desecrated

In October 2000, after Israeli troops evacuated the city of Nablus as a peacemaking gesture, scores of Palestinians stormed into the Joseph's Tomb compound and destroyed the site believed to be the burial place of the biblical patriarch Joseph - the son of Jacob who was sold by his brothers into slavery and later became the viceroy of Egypt.

The 1993 Oslo Accords put Joseph's Tomb under Israeli jurisdiction, but on Oct. 7, 2000, then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak ordered a unilateral retreat, based on a Palestinian agreement to protect the site.

Within hours of the Israeli withdrawal, smoke was seen billowing from the tomb as an Arab crowd burned Jewish prayer books and other holy objects. Palestinians used pickaxes, hammers and later bulldozers to tear apart the stone building. The dome of the tomb was painted green, and a mosque was subsequently erected in its place.

Destroyed gravestone at traditional burial site for biblical patriarch Joseph.

Rabbi Hillel Lieberman, who lived nearby, headed by foot to the tomb when he heard of its desecration, hoping, his family said, to save any Torah scrolls or other holy objects that might have been left intact.

Lieberman disappeared. His bullet-ridden body was found the next day in a cave.

"[Hillel] was unarmed, wearing a tallit (Jewish prayer shawl), and he was brutally murdered by our enemies who want to erase our existence," said Yehudit Tayar, spokeswoman for the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

Hillel's father, Zevulun, a religious instructor at Yeshiva University, told WND: "If indeed the Quran was flushed down the toilet, that is despicable. But now they protest? The religion that actually desecrated the grave of Joseph, the great-grandson of Abraham?

"Nowhere in the parameters of humanity is it tolerable to destroy a holy site. The Muslims did something even an animal wouldn't do. Only humans who are completely sick with no sense of reason can do such a thing. And only a religion that is beyond the pale of humanity can sit back and not protest such an act."

Lieberman accused Islamic leaders of using the Newsweek article to spur anti-American incitement: "These leaders, who have no conscience, they aren't upset for religious reasons. It's just an excuse."

Building at Joseph's Tomb site after Palestinian Authority took control.

Susan Roth, director of the Eshet Chayil Foundation, one of the main benefactors of the biblical matriarch Rachel's Tomb, to which surviving artifacts of Joseph's Tomb were recently transferred, told WND: "There was almost total silence in the Muslim world when Palestinians blew up Jews at their Passover seder, when Joseph's tomb was desecrated, and even overall with regard to terrorism."

Roth was referring to a Hamas suicide bombing March 2002 that killed 30 and injured 140 when a bomb was exploded in the midst of a Passover seder at an Israeli hotel.

Nathan Katz, professor of religion at Florida International University, told WorldNetDaily: "Joseph's tomb is one of many, many examples of a lack of Muslim respect for religious sites and objects, and the silence of Islamic leaders following such desecrations."

He cited the desecration of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem by Palestinian gunmen in April 2002, and the dynamiting of 2,000-year old giant Buddhist statues at Bamian, Afghanistan, by the Taliban regime in March 2001.

"In fact, those statues, destroyed by the Taliban, were first defaced when the Arabs came to Afghanistan in the late seventh and early eighth century. They cut the faces off the statues then. Later, the Taliban completely wrecked them. Like Joseph's Tomb, the Muslims were largely silent."

Israeli archeologists say they have convincing documentation of the authenticity of Joseph's Tomb's, dating to biblical times. The book of Joshua says, according to the New International Version, "Joseph's bones, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried at Shechem (Nablus) in the tract of land that Jacob bought for a hundred pieces of silver from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem. This became the inheritance of Joseph's descendants."

Said Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum: "This sequence of events reflects badly on everyone concerned: Newsweek, a stalwart of mainstream media, that can neither get its facts right nor its apology convincing; the U.S. government, which talked about the 'Holy Quran,' thereby falling into its old pattern of promoting Islam; and the Muslim masses, which took to the streets in lethal anger on nothing more than unconfirmed (and latterly rescinded) hearsay. This episode contains within it many lessons; let us hope they are properly learned."

"Either Muslims respect religion," Leiberman said, "and they protest their own intolerable and repeated desecrations, or they don't. They can't have it both ways."

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

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Posted by Yoram Ettinger, May 18, 2005.

Will the White House welcome Abu Mazen in view of the following achievements? Will Congress tolerate foreign aid which would reward the following achievements (the PA controls all Palestinian NGOs)? Would the US welcome and assist an Iraqi/Afghani leader, who would demonstrate such achievements?

1. TERROR INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADED. Abu Mazen has utilized the "ceasefire" (which chopped Israel's counter-terrorism operations by 90%!), in order to upgrade the infrastructure of Palestinian terrorism, to accelerate the smuggling of missiles and explosives, to regroup Palestinian terror organizations, to extend the range - and improve the precision - of PA missiles (illegally manufactured and smuggled into Gaza, and shortly into Judea & Samaria). Abu Mazen has not dismantled terror organizations, led by the PA's "security organizations" and by Abu-Mazen's Fatah Brigades. Abu Mazen has not apprehended the weaponry and ammunition of PA and Hamas terrorists, let alone the terrorists themselves. Abu Mazen has not fought Hamas terrorists; he has integrated them into the PA terror/"security" organizations, thus protecting them from Israel's security forces.

2. ANTI-US PRO-SADDAM EDUCATION PERSISTS VIA PA-controlled mosques, media and schools. Abu-Mazen-subsidized daily, Al Quds, rejoiced (May 13, 2005) US losses in Iraq and mocked US fear of terrorism. The Abu-Mazen-controlled daily, Al-Khayat Al-Jadida, published on May 1, 2005 birthday greetings to Saddam Hussein: "Blessing to Saddam Hussein the faithful, the legal President of the Iraqi Republic, on the occasion of his 68th Birthday... We wish him... to free the Arab nation from enslavement by [U.S.] foreign imperialism." Ibrahim Mudayris, the prominent PA clergy from Gaza: "Allah will get rid of the USA... He caused Russia to disappear, and He can remove the USA and bring it down...We used to rule the world and we shall rule it again" (May 13, 2005 sermon, broadcast live on Abu Mazen-controlled PA TV and radio). Just like all PA-paid clergies, Mudayris is pro-Bin Laden, pro-Saddam. Abu-Mazen does not apprehend the terrorists, who murdered 3 American officials in October 2003 in Gaza.

3. CHILD ABUSE. Abu Mazen, the architect of PA hate-education, has brainwashed the minds of K-12 children, as evidenced by PA school textbooks. He has featured children on TV programs, in order to draft more youth to the ranks of suicide bombers.

4. ANTI-SEMITISM EDUCATION SUSTAINED. "The Jews are the ones who provoked the Nazis and incited the world to fight Germany...Thousands of prophets were murdered by the Jews...The Jews are a virus similar to AIDS..."(Ibrahim Mudayris, PA TV and radio, May 13, 2005).

5. SETBACK TO PEACE (IT'S NOT THE SIZE - BUT THE EXISTENCE - OF ISRAEL). Surrounded by maps, flags, insignia and emblems, depicting the whole of Israel as part of Palestine, Abu Mazen inaugurated the 57th anniversary of the Naqbah ("Catastrophe") - the 1948 establishment of the Jewish State. He urged his People in Gaza and in the West Bank never to forget their right to return to the "Palestinian homeland" (pre-1967 Israel). Abu Mazen's innovation: A siren sounded in the PA territory at noontime on May 15, mourning Israel's 1948 establishment on "Palestinian soil". Re-enforcing Abu Mazen's message, Ibrahim Mudayris declared on PA TV and radio that "The establishment of false state of Israel was the loss of the Muslim nation...Israel is a cancer... (May 13, 2005). Abu-Mazen's Bureau of Statistics published a special report for the "Naqbah": "[In 1948, Israel] occupied more than 3/4 of Palestine..."

6. HERALDING HOMICIDE BOMBERS. Abu-Mazen provides monthly allowances to parents of homicide bombers and holds them in high esteem.

7. Welcoming Abu Mazen to the White House would be in sharp contrast to the values and principles guiding US moral war on terrorism. It would constitute tailwind to terrorism, a reward to hate-education, a blow to Palestinian moderation and to peace, a setback to vital US values and interests.

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

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Posted by Hillel Fendel, May 18, 2005.

[Editor's note: The photos are from http://www.mysticalpaths.blogspot.com, May 20, 2005, from an article called "Vendyl Jones closes in on the Aron." The article has additional information.]

An unnamed Kabbalist has granted blessing to famed archeologist Dr. Vendyl Jones to uncover the Holy Ark of the Covenant. Jones plans to excavate the Lost Ark by the Tisha B'Av Fast this summer.

The famed archaeologist, the inspiration for the "Indiana Jones" movie series, has spent most of his life searching for the Ark of the Covenant. The ark was the resting place of the Ten Commandments, given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, and was hidden just before the destruction of the First Temple.

The Shemen Afarshimon, the Holy Anointing Oil, from the Holy Temple, was found in April, 1988 by the VJRI excavation team. After intensive testing by the Pharmaceutical Department of Hebrew University, financed by the VJRI, the substance inside the small juglet was verified to indeed be the Shemen Afarshimon of Psalm 133.

The Talmud says the Ark is hidden in a secret passage under the Temple Mount. Jones says that the tunnel actually continues 18 miles southward, and that the Ark was brought through the tunnel to its current resting place in the Judean Desert.

Throughout the many years of his quest, Jones has been in close contact and under the tutelage of numerous Rabbis and Kabbalists. Extremely knowledgeable in Torah, Talmud and Kabbalah sources dealing with Holy Temple issues, Jones has now received permission from both known and secret Kabbalists to finally uncover the lost ark.

Dr. Jones, who divides his time between Texas and Israel, has been here since March 9th ready to finally reveal the Ark. However, he has been waiting for both permission from the mysterious Kabbalist and for project funding to come through.

As recently as last month, the rabbi, who only communicates via messenger, told Jones that the time was not yet right to discover the Temple vessels.

Last Thursday, however, Dr. Jones received a communication from the rabbi reading, "The time is right."

Armed with this and other blessings, Jones is now excited to uncover his life's pursuit. He believes the ark will be discovered by Tisha B'Av (Aug. 14), a day of repeated tragedy in Jewish history. Most notably, it is the anniversary of the destruction of both the First and Second Holy Temples.

Noahide guru Jones says that the State of Israel is passing through the same biblical straights as the generation that first entered Israel after the exodus from Egypt. "If history repeats itself, the history itself is prophecy," Jones says.

"Israel is different from all other nations in a lot of ways, but more than anything else, Israel is the only nation whose history was written before it happened."

Once a Christian pastor, Jones left his post to become a leader of the growing Noahide movement. Noahides are G-d fearing non-Jews who observe the seven laws of Noah, which are obligatory upon all of humanity.

The explorer and teacher published a book in 1959 predicting the precise outbreak of the Six Day War, based on his analysis of the period from the Exodus from Egypt up until the First Temple Period. He says that applying biblical analysis to modern times points to major events that will "turn the world right-side-up."

Jones calculated the war in 1967 by analyzing the sequence of events in the First Temple Period and transposing them onto the "Third Temple Period" - the period beginning with the Jews' foundation of an independent State in the Land of Israel in 1948.

"It fits just like tongue in groove," he says.

Jones analyzed the following passage from the book of Bamidbar (Numbers): "Every man from 20 years old and upward, all that are able to go to war...". He said it could be read this way, "So from 20 years old and upward, all that are able to go, went to war in Israel."

"Well, '67 was the 20th year," said Jones, who received acclaim for fighting as a non-listed soldier in the Six Day War. He was the only non-Jewish American to take part in the combat.

"Two years at Mt. Sinai, and then the Jewish people went to Kadesh Barnea," he says, referring to the time immediately following the Exodus. Transposing the Jewish people's first entry into Israel via the Jericho region and the re-entry to those areas in 1967, one can find striking similarities.

"At Kadesh Barnea, [the Jewish Nation] sent in those [twelve] spies who gave the evil report, and because they believed the evil report, they were sentenced to wander for 38 years before they could come into Gilgal" - an ancient city near Jericho.

"1967 was a repetition of Kadesh Barnea," Jones says. "If Israel had come in and taken this place, the Arabs would have fled like they did in 1948. But no, because of the evil report of Golda Meir and Motta Gur and Moshe Dayan, who said "We cannot do that, world opinion will be against us."q So Israel was sentenced to 38 years more - and June the 7th [2005], Jerusalem Day, will be the 38th year.

Jones believes that the Jewish prophecies regarding the greatly anticipated redemption are occuring in front of our eyes.

Jones' escapades and explorations were the inspiration for the blockbuster movie 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' of the 'Indiana Jones' trilogy. The man who wrote the first draft of the film, Randolph Fillmore, was one of the volunteers who worked with Jones in 1977.

"I agreed to help him write the movie," Jones said, "as long as - number one - he wouldn't set it here (in Israel). Some people believe the ark is in Ethiopia or Egypt, some believe its in Constantinople or Rome. I just didn't want it to be portrayed as being here. The second thing was, 'Don't use my name.' So he didn't. My name is Vendyl - V-E-N-D-Y-L. So he just dropped the first and last letters and it ended up Endy Jones."

Although at the time of the film, Jones was far from pinpointing the location of the Ark, he has come a long way since then. With the help of an ancient document found in Qumran together with the Dead Sea Scrolls, known as the "Copper Scroll", Dr. Jones is convinced he has pinpointed the location of the Ark of the Covenant.

"In the copper scroll, the first five lines say, 'In the desolations of the Valley of Achur, in the opening under the ascent, which is a mountain facing eastward, covered by forty placed boulders - here is a tabernacle and all the golden fixtures,'" Jones says.

"This is what we have been looking for all these years, and I've walked over those boulders thousands of times without really stepping back and looking - realizing 'hey, those boulders have been brought in here, they've been placed in here, they didn't come off a mountain. And they're huge.'"

Jones recounts his early explorations into the tunnels which lead from the ancient Old City of Jerusalem, near Jaffa Gate, to the foot of the Dead Sea. "My son and I went an hour and 20 minutes into the tunnel. There were so many branches and we didn't have anything to mark the route, so I said, "We better get out of here and come back with a roll of string." Then I made the mistake of asking permission to do it. That was before I learned that Israel is a lot like heaven - it is a lot easier to get forgiveness than it is permission."

The Qetoret - (Temple Incense) - Vendyl Jones examines samples of temple incense found in 1992 dig.

Dr. Jones, wearing an orange anti-disengagement bracelet, dismisses the current Israeli government's plan to uproot the Jews of Gaza and northern Samaria from their homes. "There will not be any disengagement, nor will there be any Palestinian State," he says.

Jones, who has a photographic memory, quotes: "Chapter One in Isaiah: 'How has the holy city become a harlot' Righteousness filled the street, but now murderers. The ruler is a friend of thieves and the ministers desire bribes.'"

"The prophet wasn't talking about his day - he was talking about now. 'Therefore, says the L-rd, I will restore them to their beginnings. I will set judges up as at first, and counselors as in the beginning.'"

The Sharon government will soon be history, Jones asserts, and the Sanhedrin (the Jewish High Court of 71 judges) will take its place and lead the Jewish people. "The Sanhedrin was established October the 13th of last year. Now all we have to do is have an election to elect counselors. The Sanhedrin is like a Senate and the elected counselors are like a House of Representatives."

Dr. Jones says the discovery of the lost ark will "flip the whole world right-side-up."

"I just gotta drill a bore-hole into the chamber, drop a pin-camera in and there it is. And everything is gonna change, believe me. The Jewish people are gonna come back."

Listen to an exclusive interview with Dr. Jones on the Noahide Movement, on IsraelNationalRadio's brand new show: 'Light Unto the Nations.'

Learn more about Dr. Jones' excavations online at www.vendyljones.org.il.

Hillel Fendel is editor of Arutz-Sheva (www.IsraelNationalNews.com)

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Posted by Max Yas, May 18, 2005.

This is not the letter that was scheduled for to-day, but as soon as Daniel Pipes' excellent article reached my mail box, I could not resist the desire to share it with all of you. The facts brought out in Pro-Israel 'Palestinians' identify the reasons behind Palestinian outrage: Envy and repressed Admiration.

This article was written by Daniel Pipes and appeared today in Jewish World Review (www.JewishWorldReview.com).

Shalom from Max

For all their rhetoric about Israel's "vicious" and "brutal" occupation, Palestinians - including their leaders - sometimes let down their guard and candidly acknowledge how much they prefer Israel to the Palestinian Authority (PA). Here are some of their themes:

Restraints on violence. After the PA police raided the house of a Hamas supporter in an after-midnight operation, roughed up both him and his 70-year-old father, the father yelled at the police, "Even the Jews did not behave like you cowards." And the son, when he came out of the PA jail, declared his experience there much worse than in the Israeli ones. An opponent of Yasir Arafat pointed out how Israeli soldiers "would first fire tear gas, and then fire rubber bullets and only then shoot live ammunition. - But these Palestinian police started shooting immediately."

Rule of law. Haydar 'Abd ash-Shafi', a Gazan leader, once observed, "Can anyone imagine that a family would be happy to hear a knock at the door in the middle of the night from the Israeli Army?" He went on: "When the infighting began in Gaza, the people were happy because the Israeli Army imposed a curfew." Likewise, Musa Abu Marzouk of Hamas compared Arafat unfavorably with the Jewish state: "We saw representatives of the Israeli opposition criticize [Israeli Prime Minister Ehud] Barak and they were not arrested - but in our case the PA arrests people as the first order of business."

Democracy. Israel's 1999 elections, in which the sitting prime minister lost, impressed many Palestinian observers. Columnists remarked on the smooth transition in Israel and wanted the same for themselves: "I envy [the Israelis] and desire a similar regime in my future state." Even Hasan al-Kashif, director-general of the PA's Information Ministry, contrasted the changes in Israel with the power of "several names in our leadership" which go on ruling in perpetuity. Nayif Hawatma, leader of the terrorist Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, wants the PA to make decisions like Israel, by presenting them for a vote.

Minority rights. Christians and secular Muslims particularly appreciate Israel's protection at a time when Palestinian politics has taken an increasingly Islamist cast. A Christian Palestinian declares that when the Palestinian state comes into existence, "the sacred union against the Zionist enemy will die. It will be time to settle accounts. We will undergo the same as our Lebanese brothers or the Copts in Egypt. It saddens me to say so, but Israeli laws protect us."

Freedom of expression. In an ironic turn of events, Na'im Salama, a lawyer living in Gaza, was arrested by the PA on charges he slandered it by writing that Palestinians should adopt Israeli standards of democracy; for his audacity, he spent time in jail. Hanan Ashrawi, an obsessive anti-Israel critic, acknowledges (reluctantly) that the Jewish state has something to teach the nascent Palestinian polity: "freedom would have to be mentioned, although it has only been implemented in a selective way, for example, the freedom of speech." 'Iyad as-Sarraj, a prominent psychiatrist and director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, confesses that "during the Israeli occupation, I was 100 times freer [than under the Palestinian Authority]."

Economic benefits. Palestinians who live in Israel (including Jerusalem) appreciate Israel's economic success, social services, and many benefits. Salaries in Israel are about five times higher than in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and Israel's social security system has no parallel on the Palestinian side. Palestinians living outside of Israel want economically in; when the Israeli government announced the completion of the security fence in one region, a resident of the West Bank border town of Qalqiliya reacted with revealing outrage: "We are living in a big prison."

Free elections, rule of law, minority rights, freedom of speech, and a higher standard of living: Palestinians dream of these. In their hearts, they know that besieged Israel living under constant attacks, is a much better place to live in than the PA. Despite the insanity of the PA's political extremism and terrorism, it is good to know that a Palestinian constituency exists for normality.

Unfortunately, it remains a furtive constituency with no political import. The time has come for decent Palestinians to make their voices heard and state that Israel's existence is not the problem but the solution.

Contact Max Yas by email at maxyas@victoria.tc.ca

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Posted by Editor, FrontPage Magazine, May 18, 2005.
This was written by Daniel Pipes and Sharon Chadha and appeared today on www.FrontPageMagazine.com. The original article has links to additional information.

Should you read Unequal Protection: The Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the United States 2005, an annual report issued last week by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), you'll learn how the Muslim experience in America is worsening. Specifically, the number of "anti-Muslim hate crimes in the United States" has gone up dramatically: from 42 cases in 2002, to 93 cases in 2003, to 141 in 2004.

This news prompted headlines in the mainstream media. "Muslims Report 50% Increase in Bias Crimes," announced the New York Times; "Crimes, Complaints Involving Muslims Rise," broadcast the Washington Post; and "Muslims Cite a Rise in Hate Crimes," echoed the Los Angeles Times. That these leading newspapers treated the CAIR study as a serious piece of research served as an important endorsement.

But CAIR is part of the Wahhabi Lobby, so (unlike the mainstream media reporters) we thought it a good idea to take a closer look at the report. We examined in detail some "examples of anti-Muslim hate crime reports received by CAIR in 2004," on p. 43, plus some "samples" on p. 53 and discovered a pattern of sloppiness, exaggeration, and distortion: (1) CAIR cites the July 9, 2004 case of apparent arson at a Muslim-owned grocery store in Everett, Washington. But investigators quickly determined that Mirza Akram, the store's operator, staged the arson to avoid meeting his scheduled payments and to collect on an insurance policy. Although Akram's antics were long ago exposed as a fraud, CAIR continues to list this case as an anti-Muslim hate crime.

2) CAIR also states that "a Muslim-owned market was burned down in Texas" on August 6, 2004. But already a month later, the owner was arrested for having set fire to his own business. Why does CAIR include this incident in its report?

3) CAIR lists the March 2005 lawsuit filed by the Salmi family for the firebombing of their family van as one example of a hate crime reports it received in 2004. However, the crime named in the lawsuit occurred in March 2003, was already reported by CAIR in 2003, and should not have been tabulated again in the 2004 report.

4) CAIR reports that "a home-made bomb exploded outside of the Champions Mosque in the Houston suburb of Spring, Texas," staking its claim on eyewitness reports that on July 4, 2004, "two white males" were seen placing the bomb. We inquired about the incidents and found that Spring's sheriff department could not locate any police files about an explosion. Further inquiries to the mosque and an e-mail to CAIR both went unanswered. There is scant evidence that any crime even occurred.

5) CAIR notes that "investigators in Massachusetts are still investigating a potential hate motivated arson against the Al-Baqi Islamic Center in Springfield." However the case was long ago ruled a simple robbery, news that even CAIR's own website has posted. The Associated Press reported on January 21, 2005, that prosecutors determined the fire was set by teen-age boys "who broke into the Al-Baqi mosque to steal money and candy, then set the fire to cover their tracks." The boys, they clarified, "weren't motivated by hatred toward Muslims."

6) CAIR describes what happened to a Muslim family in Tucson, Arizona: "bullet shots pierced their home as they ate dinner in October 2004" and two months later their truck was smashed and vandalized. But the only evidence that either incident was motivated by hate of Muslims is the Dehdashti family itself, not the police. Detective Frank Rovi of Pima County Sheriff's Department, who handled the shooting investigation, said that according to the neighbors, the desert area by the Dehdashti house was often used for target practice. Neither incident was classified as a hate crime and both cases were closed by February 2005, long before the CAIR report went to press.

Of twenty "anti-Muslim hate crimes" in 2004 that CAIR describes, at least six are invalid - and further research could likely find problems with the other fourteen instances.

Nor is this the first unreliable CAIR report; earlier ones were just as bad. Speaking about the 1996 CAIR report, terrorism expert Steven Emerson noted in congressional testimony that "a large proportion of the complaints have been found to be fabricated, manufactured, distorted or outside standard definitions of hate crimes." The 1996 report included the arrest of Musa Abu Marzouk, a Hamas leader, and the trial of Omar Abdul-Rahman, the blind sheikh and ringleader of the foiled "Day of Terror" plot to blow up New York City landmarks.

Even more absurdly, CAIR classified as an American hate crime the shooting of Ahmed Hamida in Jerusalem on February 26, 1996, as he fled after driving his car into a crowd of Israeli civilians, killing one and injuring twenty-three others. One wonders why the killing of a terrorist in Israel would be classified as an American issue; more of CAIR's sloppiness?

Indeed, very little of what CAIR asserts checks out. CAIR's significant inaccuracy has potentially great consequence. Note what happened after Newsweek reported in its May 9 issue that the Koran had been desecrated at the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo, Cuba. Protests raged in the Muslim world, including demonstrations that turned violent in Afghanistan and killed at least sixteen people. Newsweek eventually retracted the story but a bit late. Had things turned out otherwise, CAIR's erroneous report could have provoked similar violence.

The staff at CAIR does not divulge to us its reasons for not retracting at least the provably false incidents embedded in its inflated "hate" figures, but we can think of two reasons: to scare its constituency, thereby raising more money; and to put the American public on the defensive, thereby winning more privileges for Islam, such as the 2000 U.S. Senate resolution inveighing against the "discrimination and harassment" suffered by the American Muslim community.

But why do journalists report the results of CAIR's survey - as though it came from a source without a viewpoint bias, as though past studies had been reliable, as though its polls are scientific, as though it has not been party to threats against an American Muslim dissident, and as though it has not protected Osama bin Laden's image, as though five of CAIR's staff and board members have not already been associated with terrorism, and as though it is not named as a defendant in 9/11 terror lawsuit?

One wonders what it will take for old media to ignore CAIR's unreliable research and instead start reporting the words of Steven Pomerantz, a former chief of the FBI's counterterrorism section, that CAIR's activities "effectively give aid to international terrorist groups."

Daniel Pipes (www.DanielPipes.org) is director of the Middle East Forum; Sharon Chadha (sharon.chadha@verizon.net) is the co-author of Middle East Politics (forthcoming).

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, May 18, 2005.


A third of the Israeli Army officers are Orthodox. Religious Jews now make the most dedicated combat troops. They are fervent in their Zionism.

Religious Zionists are rethinking matters, however. Some of them are leaning toward the non-Zionist, ultra-Orthodox view. The ultra-Orthodox feel that the State, founded by secular Zionists, should not have come before the Messiah or at least should have been founded on religious principles, and that therefore the State is not legitimate. They do not want it defeated by the Arabs, but neither do they respect its political leaders, who betray Judaism and, eventually, Zionism (Jewish Political Chronicle, 3/2005, p.20).


Turkey is training the air forces of some Gulf states in the use of the F-16 (IMRA, 5/7).


Supposedly moderate Indonesia, to which Israel has done no harm, treats Israel as an enemy. It maintains no diplomatic relations with Israel and forbids Israeli planes from flying over its territory. Nevertheless, Israel is proud of having aided the tsunami victims, most of whom are Muslim and many of whom are Indonesian. This aid is being misrepresented as offensive by Israel.

An Indonesian official denied having received aid from Israel, which he calls unacceptable. Muslim "intellectuals" accuse Zionism of using the aid program to abduct children orphaned by the tsunami. A professor in Yemen claims that Zionism controls much of the slave market, through which it spreads evil (Outpost by Americans For a Safe Israel, 2/2005, p.2).

Israel is making the ethnocentric mistake of following the golden rule with other cultures. It treats other cultures as it would like them to treat it. By the way, Arabs still have slaves.


An Israeli court sentenced a cell of Arabs holding Jerusalem residency permits to decades of prison. "The accused have expressed no regret; on the contrary, they are proud of their criminal deeds, of sowing death and destruction throughout Israel. They have even called on others to follow in their footsteps...They acted as a murderous and bloodthirsty terrorist cell, seeking the blood of innocents whose only crime was to be Jews in the Land of Israel." They murdered at least 35 people.

"Interior Minister Pines-Paz wrote to the four that they had perpetrated acts of terrorism by exploiting their freedom of movement in Israel, which they had due to their Israeli identity documents. In light of the foregoing, the Minister informed the four that he is considering using his authority under the law and revoking their permanent residence permits. The four have 30 days in which to reply in writing."

Dr. Aaron Lerner notes that if they lose their Israeli residency status, then they may be released under another prisoner amnesty (IMRA, 5/10). What good then are lengthy sentences?

The Minister is "considering" revoking their permits. Shouldn't revocation be automatic, for people convicted of murder? Is this a war or is it ordinary crime? Answer: this is a war for survival. Instead of waiting for more Arab residents to commit crimes, the whole lot should be expelled. No Arabs, no terrorism. An Israeli Jew who waved a banner stating those words was arrested. So much for national security, democracy, and a Jewish state.


I passed on a remark that the assertion by Jordan of some jurisdiction over the appointment of Irineos as Patriarch of Jerusalem was unfounded. The remark was based on Jerusalem being outside Jordan's control, since Jordan had seized the Old City by aggression in 1948, and lost it after further aggression in 1967.

The remark assumes that as Patriarch of Jerusalem, Irineos' jurisdiction is the City of Jerusalem. That is not how the Eastern Orthodox operates. The name of the diocese does not indicate its bounds. The Patriarch of Jerusalem has authority over Church matters in Jordan, too, as well as a group in the US (according to a member of that group who informed me by phone).


Pres. Bush did not go to the former Soviet Union to pick a quarrel with Pres. Putin. He let pass some outrageous statements by Pres. Putin, celebrating the victory of the Red Army over Germany in WWII, but made his own statements about current conditions. Pres. Putin called for freedom in Belarus and praised the restoration of freedom in the Republic of Georgia. Both those postures work against Putin's post-Soviet, pro-Soviet policy. In that regard, Bush has the mark of greatness.

What did Putin say that is outrageous? He told the veterans that "good triumphed over evil and freedom triumphed over tyranny." (NY Sun, 5/10, p.6.)

Why is it outrageous? Just before WWII, the USSR was the ally of that evil tyranny, Nazi Germany. The war was started when Germany and the USSR invaded Poland. The Soviets stuck with their ally. It was Germany that betrayed the alliance. Up to then, the USSR did not call Germany evil. Besides, who was KGB man Putin to call Germany an evil tyranny? What was the mass-murdering USSR he served?

At first, about as many Soviets fought for Germany as fought for the USSR. They wanted to be rid of their insane dictator, Stalin. The Ukranians hoped to gain independence. Up close, however, they learned how bestial the Nazis were. That was when they turned on the Nazis. The Russians fought bravely against the Nazis, because they had to.

The USSR did more than preserve its evil dictatorship. The Red Army conquered, purged, looted, and occupied or annexed parts of neighboring countries, including Finland, Poland, Romania, and others, and imposed Communist dictatorships. The Red Army spread tyranny.


"Haaretz" criticizes the prospective appointment of politician Dan Meridor to the Supreme Court of Israel. He would be the first politician on the Court. Although the Court should be kept out of politics, this appointment would bring politics into the Court (Foreign Ministry, 5/9).

Some of the more distinguished members of the US Supreme Court have been politicians. One recalls former President Taft, former Governor Earl Warren, and Justice Douglas, who hoped to become Vice-President or President. Less fortunate was Justice Abe Fortas, who conferred with Pres. Johnson over political issues, providing the Nixonites an excuse to replace him.

Israel has no democratic means of appointing those judges (or setting limits to its power over the people's elected representatives. The system is self-perpetuating. Most of the appointees are from the leftist, even far-leftist clique that runs the judiciary of Israel. They mobilize ideology at the expense of the rule of law. About that real problem, far-leftist "Haaretz" is silent.


A Syrian spy was captured by Israel on the Golan Heights. A month earlier a terrorist infiltrated from Syria into the Golan. These incidents of Syrian aggression prompted an Israeli commander to challenge Syrian promises to combat terrorism. Syria said it would stop terrorists from passing into Iraq, it would shut down terrorist organizations operating in Damascus, and it would freeze the bank accounts of suspected terrorists. It did none of those things (Arutz-7, 5/9).

The "NY Times" tends to feature Arab promises as "new hope" for peace. It takes their promises too seriously. They are not promises but propaganda attempts to stave off a US attack.


A pro-Islamist candidate won a seat in Parliament, thanks to the Muslim voters. Muslims abandoned PM Blair, for his sending British troops into Iraq. This Islamist vote approves of the 9/11 attack on the US and wants Islamic law to prevail in what is fondly called the United Kingdom (Daniel Johnson, NY Sun, 5/10, p.7). Fifth column paralyzes national security.


Almost all of the Jews scheduled for expulsion are standing pat. The government has no place for them to be moved to. Opposition to the plan is growing. The government is resorting more to police state tactics. It just arrested an anti-abandonment activist under preventive detention, an emergency law designed against terrorism. He will not be tried for any crime. Ironically, terrorists attacked his family, after his arrest. The Arabs are the real enemy (Arutz-7, 5/9).

The government is contemplating building a new community on vacant land near Nitzanim, if the settlers sign up for it (IMRA, 5/10). It has been pointed out that building plans probably would draw environmental lawsuits. Houses and farms would not be ready on time.

Preventive detention is for repressing terrorism without having to reveal one's sources of information about the terrorists, lest their organization learn how to counter-act anti-terrorism. Most of Israel's arrests of terrorists does not utilize preventive detention, and the terrorists are given a military trial. It's use against peaceful Jewish civilians is fascistic.


Iran is building mini-subs. They are meant for ferrying troops. Perhaps they would ferry troops to the Gaza Strip, when Israel abandons it (IMRA, 5/10).


The P.A. war on Israel so preoccupies senior Israeli commanders, that they have not been planning a defense against a war by other adversaries, such as Syria and Iran (IMRA, 5/10) or Egypt. Israel needs to defeat and end the P.A..


Although both the P.A. police and the Fatah militia were organized by Arafat, Fatah gangs have been confronting P.A. police. So have ordinary criminal gangs. "?sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims has broken out in recent weeks in Bethlehem. Dozens of Christians have been injured by Muslims and PA gunmen in clashes sparked by the kidnapping of a Christian girl by a local Muslim man, who is also a PA policeman. The girl, an American citizen, was released thanks to US diplomatic intervention." (Arutz-7, 5/10.)

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

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Posted by Deb Kotz, May 18, 2005.

This was sent by Bel21mar@aol.com and is crossposted on the Freeman Center (http://www.freeman.org), Mystical Paths (http://mysticalpaths.blogspot.com, IsraPundit (http://israpundit.com) and Engage for a Secure Israel (http://efsi.blogspot.com/)

Below are two stories. The second appeared in Arutz-7 (www.IsraelNationalNews.com), May 15, 2005.

This morning, Minister of Public Thought Matan Vilnai, together with Minister of Public Secuirty Gideon Ezra and Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni declared the color orange to be an enemy combatant. As such, it is subject to immediate arrest and adminstrative detention (without trial) as a significant public security risk.

Israeli Cabinet Ministers. Several have left (in)voluntarily

Orange appealed to the Supreme Court, but Chief Justice Barak quickly ruled that declarations by the Minister of Public Thought could no longer be thought about (except by the Justices), and therefore Orange not only had no standing to raise the issue but was in violation of the law by doing so. Orange quickly departed from the court.

All citizens (at least Jewish ones) found to be wearing the color Orange will be considered in violation of thought rulings and subject to arrest, interrigation and administrative detention, unless they are part of evening wear for those living in the upscale sections of Tel Aviv.

Jaffa orange growers also brought an appeal to the Supreme Court, declaring their livelihood at risk by the ruling. However, Justice Elyakim Rubinstein declared them qidiotim gamurim (complete idiots), as in Hebrew the color orange and the fruit orange aren't the same word. He made sure they understood that Katom (the color) should be avoided while Tapuz (the fruit) should be consumed. The orange growers left, though their trucks were seen unloading a year's supply to the court dining room.

Chevrat Orange (http://orange.co.il), the Israeli cell phone company, quickly announced that they were renaming themselves Chevrat Adom (Red), in honor of the government's excellent new policy. Further, internal research showed that the naming of the company Orange had been a anti-anti-zionist plot.

Prime Minister Sharon was questioned by the media about the ruling, and whether the public could protest it. He reminded the reporters that Israel is a democracy and the public is free to protest any matter they wish, as long as they don't think any thoughts that have been ruled inappropriate public thoughts, associated with them in any way (such as wearing or using them), or congregate in groups greater than 10 in public (he would have done less than 10 but didn't want to seem like he was matching a ruling from Roman times).

One might think that the story above is a parody. Read on ...

"Prayer in Orange Forbidden at Western Wall," News item, Arutz Sheva (http://www.IsraelNationalNews.com), May 15, 2005.

Guards at the Western Wall prohibited visitors at a Remembrance Day ceremony from wearing orange shirts. Orange is the official color of the anti-Disengagement struggle.

Sarah Baumol from Gush Etzion said her eighth-grade son and the rest of his class went to the Western Wall in Jerusalem to pray at the conclusion of a school trip. "A policeman stood there and demanded that my son (and several of his friends) remove any orange T-shirts or bands and tossed them in a pile," said Baumol.

She said his son asked the guard for his name but simply was told that he was acting under orders.

"My son was wearing his orange T-shirt under two other layers, a sweater and a white shirt. He was forced to undress in front of the crowds pouring in and give in this shirt," she added.

"My other son had his orange bracelet removed by this policeman."

Ninth-graders from a girls' high school in Bet El also attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Western Wall. The girls were shocked when classmates who were wearing orange-colored clothing and bracelets were told at security checks to step aside. Those that didn't agree to or couldn't remove the orange articles of clothing from their bodies were denied access to the holy site.

Baumol added, "My son and all of our family are quite devastated by this, and I would like to see I can take legal action against the police."

Deb Kotz is an active member of the Brandeis Chapter of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and maintains an email list to distribute articles of interest to the local community. She can be reached at DebKotz@aol.com

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Posted by Steven Plaut, May 18, 2005.

1. A seemingly trivial incident sheds enormous light on the corruption of the Israeli Left, its bully tactics, and the manner in which it imposes Oslo on the country.

The incident involves the "Peres Center", a "Think Tank" (using the word thinking very loosely) set up to spread the "ideas" (term used very loosely) of Shimon Peres. It is directed by Ron Pundak, one of the two pseudo-academic far-leftist moonbats who originally "negotiated" with the PLO illegally at the behest of Yossi Beilin in order to construct the original Oslo "Accord".

This week, the Brazilian soccer superstar Ronaldo was due to appear in Israel, in a Peres Center initiative, before crowds of Jewish and Arab children soccer fans (www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ ShArtVty.jhtml?sw=peres+center&itemNo=577262).

As part of the promotion, Ronaldo was to give an exclusive interview to Channel Two TV. But the Peres people insisted that the interview be conducted with a large ad banner next to Ronaldo promoting the Tapuzino soft drink. Tapuzina is colored sugar water, what we used to call in summer camp back in the Olde Country "Bug Juice". Anyway, Channel Two was unwilling to give Tapuzina free publicity. Peres Center people then said, "No Bug Juice Ad, then No Ronaldo!"

The Peresites then tried to sell the same exclusive right to interview Ronaldo with the Banner to Channel 10 and they also turned it down.

So what was going on? Well, it seems the Peres Center people were due to get a huge "contribution" from Tapuzina in exchange for having their banner bedeck the Brazilian soccer player in the TV interview. When the Peres people extorted the TV stations, it was so they could pocket the bounty Tapuzina would pony up and use the money to impose more of Peres' "ideas" about making peace on the hapless country.

"Six O'Clock With" presenter Sheli Yehimowitz (a Far Leftist 'Post-Zionist') said yesterday that the Peres Center, influenced by donations, acted "like a huckster of the lowest sort. This is a case of avarice and the blurring of boundaries between ideology and money."

The Peres Center spokesman confirmed that Tapuzina had sponsored the event and added: "This activity, intended to allow Israeli and Palestinian children to meet one another via soccer instead of rifle sights, costs a lot of money and is funded by donations and sponsorships."

2. "The Counterpunch Crowd and their Genocidal Bedfellows" by Steven Plaut.

Al-Ahram is the largest of the government-controlled dailies in Egypt and has a long history of running medieval anti-Semitic blood libels and primitive "Der Sturmer" style attacks against Jews. So naturally, it is arguably the medium of choice read by Counterpunch columnists, or at least the ones who are not fluent enough to read German leaflets from the 1930s. A few days back the wonderful Aaron Klein ran a column in World News Daily on the abominable genocidal bigotry in Egypt's leading daily.

For example, an April 18 article in Egypt's government sponsored Al-Akhbar daily lamented "the bogus historical rights of Jews in Palestine," claiming the foundation of the state of Israel was based on "fabrications and lies that have their source in the Old Testament and in the Talmud [including] the lies of Israel and world Jewry about the number of Jews exterminated by Nazi Germany," according to a translation provided by Israel's Center for Special Studies. Al-Ahram has also run pieces praising the anti-Semitic czarist forgery "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", always popular among nazis and Holocaust Deniers and Saudi princes hosted at the White House.

Aaron Klein is also one of the few columnists around to make the point we suggested needed making, in the "Toiletgate" media debacle, concerning the anger of Moslems at imaginary desecration of the Koran but the indifference of the Moslem world to desecration by Moslems of holy objects and buildings of other religions.

Now it turns out that there are oodles of columnists at al-Ahram who are shared and featured on Counterpunch, the anti-Semitic, pro-terror, anti-American web magazine run by Alexander Cockburn, who despises America but just not enough to give up his perqs and go back to his rainy native Britain.

Al-Ahram co-runs some of the same columns that appear in Counterpunch. When pro-terror "professor" Shahid Alam of Northeastern University wrote an article calling for an academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions, it appeared in both Counterpunch and al-Ahram. Edward Said used to publish the same column in both al-Ahram and Counterpunch. Mega-moonbat Lawrence Davidson has also done the al-Ahram-Counterpunch two-step. Ditto for Omar Barghouti and Steve Niva (a faculty member at Evergreen State College whence Rachel Corrie was dispatched to her death). You would be hard pressed to find a Counterpunch article by neofascist anti-Semite Paul de Rooij that does NOT cite al-Ahram!

In a few cases, columns written by Israeli far-Left anti-Semites, like Ilan Pappe and Neve Gordon, have appeared in BOTH al-Ahram and Counterpunch. Al-Ahram has praised Cockburn himself, especially for his anti-Jew pieces. It also likes Cockburn's moonbat brothers, Patrick and Andrew, almost as venomous as Alex. Many of the Counterpunch regulars cite al-Ahram favorably and often.

"The filthy lies published in Egypt's media just expose Egypt, which received billions in American aid, for what it is - a supporter of terrorism and a distributor of vicious, dangerous anti-Israel propaganda," Mort Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, told WorldNetDaily. The same words apply to Counterpunch and the Cockburns.

(See this web site for links: www.discoverthenetwork.org/moonbatcentral/ 2005/05/counterpunch-crowd-and-their-genocidal.html)

3. "Innocent" Mistake at Newsweek? (www.discoverthenetwork.org/moonbatcentral/2005/05/ innocent-mistake-at-newsweek.html)

The Wall Street Journal, among others, is challenging the Newsweek whine that its "Toiletgate" debacle was an "innocent mistake," and so Newsweek should not be blamed for the seventeen or so people murdered by its bogus story. In Andrew McCarthy's words, "The false report, according to the New York Times, instigated 'the most virulent, widespread anti-American protests' in the Muslim world since...well, since the last virulent, widespread anti-American protests in the Muslim world." As John Podhoretz notes, "the Boston Globe, the New York Times, Nightline and others are trying to make the world believe that even though the Newsweek story on the Koran was spurious, its substance was true. Here we are back again in Memogate territory. It's 'fake but accurate -- which is the last refuge of the media scoundrel."

The Wall St Journal writes:

"If printing such an explosive allegation based on the memory of what a single, anonymous source claims he read is standard Newsweek procedure -- no documents were even produced -- its readers must wonder about the rest of its content too. The more consequential question here, it seems to us, is why Newsweek was so ready to believe the story was true. The allegation after all repudiated explicit U.S. and Army policy to treat Muslim detainees with religious respect, including time to pray, honoring dietary preferences and access to the Koran. Yet the magazine readily printed a story suggesting that what our enemies claim about Guantanamo is essentially true. Why?"

In other words, Newsweek is a captive of the anti-military and anti-American mindset of the lib'ruhs, a vintage member of the Dan Rather School of New Journalism. The neonazi spokesman for the Uruknet web site of Israeli Ba'athists urged that Newsweek stick by its story even if it is false.

Even Kenneth Woodward, a contributing editor at Newsweek, takes his colleagues to task for their foolishness and unprofessionalism.

Middle East Studies pseudo-scholar Juan Cole hurried to scream his outrage over the anti-Islam behavior of the US in the bogus story, and has been trying to keep the story alive, in spite of the retraction by Newsweek, deconstructing the retraction so as to leave open the possibility that the original "story" was really true:

"Isikoff's source, in other words, stands by his report of the incident, but is merely tracing it to other paperwork. What difference does that make? Although Pentagon spokesman Lawrence DiRita angrily denounced the source as no longer credible, in the real world you can't just get rid of a witness because the person made a minor mistake with regard to a text citation. It is like saying that we can't be sure someone has really read the Gospels because he said he read about Caiaphas in the Gospel of Mark rather than in the Gospel of John. Newsweek has, in other words, confirmed that the source did read a US government account of the desecration of the Koran. Nor is this the first such indication of this sort of incident."

THAT has got to be the most mind-numbing comment of all on the Toiletgate debacle!!

Meanwhile, several people are wondering why the Toilet Incident, if it had really been true, should not have been as entitled to funding by the National Endowment of the Arts as are those many descrations of Christian religious objects funded by the American taxpayer.

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

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Posted by Gerald M. Steinberg, May 18, 2005.

In reply to "Sanctions can Work", by Hilary Rose and Steven Rose, Times Higher Education Supplement, 13 May 2005

The attempt by Hilary and Steven Rose to justify a boycott of Israeli academics highlights the core fallacy of their cause - the comparison between the apartheid regime in South Africa and the ongoing Arab-Israeli dispute. This invalid analogy diminishes the suffering of the black population of South Africa by exploiting it to justify a radical pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli bias.

There is no question that the Middle East conflict and the violence it has generated for over a century is tragic and has taken a huge toll on Jews as well as Arabs, but this is in no way comparable to South African history. Similarly, comparison of identity conflicts in Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, the Balkans, Armenia/Azerbijan and many other areas with South Africa is untenable. Those who focus exclusively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for this false analogy are exploiting the tragedy of apartheid to advance their prejudices.

In this process, the authors of this article have censured and selected the empirical evidence to fit their political predispositions. The narrow map to which they refer is limited to the Israeli-Palestinian dimension of this conflict, with no mention of the involvement of Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran in the numerous wars and terror attacks. When the wider map is restored, the artificiality of their analogy and the fictitious image of Israel as "all powerful" becomes clear. And their version of history is also carefully chosen - they have conveniently erased the first and most important United Nations resolution and its aftermath from the chronology. This resolution, adopted on November 29 1947 by a two-thirds majority, called for partition of the British mandated territory into two states - one for the Jewish inhabitants and one for the Arabs. The Jewish leadership agreed, but the Arabs rejected this division and launched a military assault in direct violation of the UN Charter. Three decades and many wars later, Egypt was the first to end the state of war, but elsewhere, the conflict continues - crushing the principle of peaceful settlement of disputes.

Such misleading and selective claims would be unacceptable in serious academic publication, and this approach - designed to turn Israel into a pariah state -- should also be transparent to the members of the AUT. On the moral and ethical level, the demonization also devalues the impact of valid criticism of Israeli responses to decades of violence And by taking the side of the more radical and violent Palestinians, those who endorse this boycott undermine the fragile process of restoring some cooperation and hope for a peace based on compromise and mutual acceptance. This would be the most deadly consequence of replacing the universal values of academic cooperation with particularist political biases.

Gerald M. Steinberg is editor of NGO Monitor and director of the Program on Conflict Management at Bar-Ilan University.

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Posted by Rachel Saperstein, May 17, 2005.

I spoke with my great nephew, Danny Shlomo, last night. Danny lives in Brooklyn and attends a yeshiva high school there.

Last year he and his family visited Gush Katif and like most people who visit fell in love with the area and its people.

Danny loves animals, especially snakes. So imagine his surprise when he met my neighbors, the Shomrons, owners of three dogs, a couple of snakes, turtles and lizards. Danny was in heaven. "You know, Aunt Rachel, I don't know a soul in Brooklyn who has that kind of collection. People may own a dog but that's it."

He walked the dunes near our home checking the display of footprints, trying to guess which creatures had walked, hopped or crawled through the sand. He saw the sea and the whitecaps and the mist. Flatbush, Brooklyn is not Neve Dekalim.

Danny fell in love with Israel and was passionate about Gush Katif and its pristine beauty. The disengagement plan of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon devastated the boy from Brooklyn.

"Why, Aunt Rachel, why?"

I had no answers.

Danny was on the phone last night. "We were studying about resistance movements around the world as part of our history lesson and my teacher brought up Gush Katif as an example. My class knows that I have an aunt and uncle there. I guess I talk about you a lot. Anyway, my teacher said that the battle for Gush Katif is not like any other resistance movement. It is based only on love and Torah ideals. And it's non-violent. Our teacher said this quiet, respectful battle has no precedent."

We spoke and I told him how the people of Gush Katif would not sign away their homes. No matter how they have been threatened, intimidated, insulted or bribed they would not capitulate.

We have been intimidated with "deadlines", threats of violence and arrests. We have been bribed with the promise of beach-front apartments, grants, and rental payments, and we have held firm.

Parents here have signed up their children for first grade in our elementary school. Registration is now taking place for kindergarten. Every teenage girl in Gush Katif who is graduating from the eighth grade has chosen Ulpana Neve Dekalim [the religious girls high school] as her high school. Girls from high schools all over Israel are lining up to register at the Ulpana.

And building continues. New homes are going up. A new synagogue was dedicated on Independence Day. We danced and sang as a new Torah scroll was brought in and a mezuzah was affixed to the doorpost.

Yesterday we saw non-violent demonstrators at dozens of roads blocking traffic and willing to be beaten and imprisoned by the police.

Yes, Danny, history is being made in Gush Katif. Our story will be told and retold in every history class in the world. It is the story of people, ordinary people, who with love, self-discipline and belief in the Almighty fought a government determined to expel them from their homes, synagogues and community, and to give their property in the Holy Land of Israel to the Arab enemy.

Danny, I'm so glad you visited us in Gush Katif and now history is real to you. This is a place where your aunt and uncle live, where neighbors own dogs and snakes, where animal footprints are seen on the dunes.

Gush Katif is a real place, with real people. We are a shining example to the world.

Rachel Saperstein and her husband Moshe live in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, Gaza, Israel. She is a teacher at the Neve Dekalim ulpana and a spokeswoman for the Katif Regional Council.

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Posted by Barry Rubin, May 17, 2005.

The negotiations attempting to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons are on the verge of collapse. Unless some new pretended arrangement is developed soon to conceal the fact, it should soon be clear that nothing stands between Tehran and the possession of atomic bombs except for the final stages of technical development.

In one of the Monty Python comedy troupe's best routines, a man goes into a pet store to buy a parrot. The parrot is obviously dead but the store owner insists there is nothing wrong with him. No matter how the customer proves the parrot is dead--for instance, by showing he only remains upright because he's nailed to the perch--the store owner has a ready answer to deny the easily demonstrable truth.

The Middle East is full of parallels to this skit, situations in which the denial of the obvious wins the day through sheer persistence and a readiness to lie: such dead parrot arguments as Yasir Arafat really wanted peace, terrorism does not actually exist, the Arab-Israeli conflict is the region's most important issue, Saddam Hussein was an Arab hero, or the idea that democracies can make deals with radical Islamists. Denying or apologizing for Iran's driveto obtain nuclear weapons is one of the most outstanding such issues on the current international agenda.

Another Middle East pattern also fits Iran's behavior on the nuclear issue, in which a party demands concessions and hints that once these are given it will accept a compromise solution. But when the democratic counterpart--the West or Israel depending on the specific situation--gives up on most or all points, the other side--an Arab dictatorship, radical movement, or Iran--then ridicules the concession, fails to implement its own promises, and insists on getting more.

The recent history of Iran's nuclear program combines these two features. First, there are the dead parrot arguments to "prove" Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons. But it is doubtful that one of the world's main oil-producing countries believes it needs nuclear energy when this mode of power generation has been a costly, dangerous failure. Nor has Iran spent so much money to develop long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons to distant targets to build an overnight mail delivery service to compete with Federal Express.

For those somewhat more attuned to reality, the first fallback argument is that Iran needs nuclear weapons because it is surrounded by enemies. This neglects the fact that Iran would have few enemies (the worst of the real ones, Saddam Hussein, is now an imprisoned ex-dictator) if it was not the world's main supporter of terrorism, subverter of Arab-Israeli peace, and official sponsor of anti-Americanism, while also sabotaging Iraqi stability and daily threatening to wipe Israel off the map.

The second fallback argument is that Iran has as much right to have nuclear weapons as other states, which neglects the regime's actual nature, ideology, and aggressive ambitions. If Iran had a democratic moderate regime, it would probably not be seeking nuclear weapons and if it was few would object. It is quite true that Israeli analysts and officials doubt Iran would immediately use nuclear weapons to carry out its publicly stated genocidal intentions against Israel.

The principal concern, however, is that Tehran would be able to do so whenever it wanted. The fact that much of the Western world is indifferent to that possibility shows how completely the last Holocaust has been erased from any practical effect, even as it is commemorated in formal, sterile ceremonies. But there are other dangerous implications of Iranian nuclear weapons which should make stopping Tehran's drive to get them a priority for many others:

--Such weapons would be far more likely to fall into the hands of terrorists than any other nuclear arms in the world, through carelessness or intention of even a small group of Iranian government extremists.

--The weapons could more likely be used in the likely event that the Iranian regime faces domestic instability or imminent overthrow.

--Possessing such power would give Iran tremendous strategic leverage. Who in the area would say "no" to a Tehran so armed? A Europe already too quick with appeasement would go even further in that direction, while U.S. ability to act in the region would be greatly reduced. The Gulf Arabs, freed from the menace of Saddam Hussein, would now face an equally or even more frightening threat.

--Such a development would be an inspiration to radical movements and terrorists to become even more reckless, believing Tehran would back them up or at least their enemies would be demoralized and the West too afraid to help their intended victims.

Western diplomatic efforts to stop or slow down Iran's program are quite complex but seem to be on the verge of collapse in the coming weeks. Concern over the danger has sparked some U.S.-Europe cooperation. Yet Iran is not bargaining in good faith but merely buying the time necessary so it can reach its goal and ward off further pressure by flourishing its new nuclear arms.

What will be the consequences when--not if--it is clear Iran has broken its pledges and openly rejected making a deal. Probably nothing.

Of course, much could be done to stop Iran if Europe were to join the United States in a serious program of economic and political sanctions combined with tough, credible warnings along with real pressures on Russia, China, Pakistan, and North Korea to stop any help to Iran. But Europe would not back such measures, fearing confrontation and the loss of both oil imports and profits from trade with Iran. The same point applies to any attempt to topple Iran's regime, which would not work any way.

Thus, despite all the talk of efforts to stop Iran's nuclear weapons' effort and gossip about someone attacking Iran's nuclear facilities, this is probably not going to happen. Thereafter, the only defense for Iran's intended targets will be deterrence and hope. The implications for the region's future can be summarized by the title of another Monty Python sketch: "And now for something completely different."

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and co-author of "Yasir Arafat: A Political Biography" and "Hating America: A History" (Oxford University Press, August 2005). Prof. Rubin's columns can now be read online at http://gloria.idc.ac.il/columns/column.html.

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, May 17, 2005.
So the true plan is being made public. No more indirect hints. Get rid of the Jews. Steal their land, homes and businesses. Then turn the whole area into a multi-billion dollar casino-resort complex. No more need to speculate as to why Sharon and his gang of cut throats are doing all this. It is money and money and more money.

This is a news item from today's Arutz-7 (http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=82122). It is called "IDF General: Make Neve Dekalim an Arab Tourist Resort"

An IDF General wants Gush Katif's 1125 acres of hot houses to become businesses for Arab farmers. He favors having Jewish homes in Neve Dekalim serve Arab resort guests. World Bank adopts his ideas.

An IDF General, Yosef Mishlev, the government's coordinator of activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza told Israel radio on Tuesday morning that he favors handing over all the hot houses in Gush Katif, 4500 dunams (1125 acres), to the Palestinian Authority so Arab farmers can establish thriving businesses.

Mishlev said that Israel should take an active part in building the Palestinian economy in Gaza after the government expels the area's 10,000 Jewish residents. The Druze general said that in his opinion, the homes, business, and infrastructure of Gaza's Jewish communities should be used to bolster the PA's economy and not be destroyed.

According to the cabinet decision authorizing the expulsion, all the Jewish communities in Gaza and northern Samaria were to be razed. The issue of whether to raze the communities or leave them for the Palestinians has been the subject of debate among government ministers over the past few weeks. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said recently that he was in favor of leaving the communities intact because of the prohibitive cost of destroying them and carting away the debris. He said razing Gush Katif might endanger the lives of soldiers left behind to guard the operation.

Mishev's suggestions take that policy one step further, recommending that the infrastructure of Gush Katif remain in place and be used to develop the Palestinian economy. He proposes that Neveh Dekalim, the largest community in Gush Katif, located just off the Gaza beach, become an Arab tourist resort. The homes would welcome vacationing Arab guests.

Mishlev also favors transferring the Neve Dekelim and Erez industrial zones to Arab businesses with Israel providing their electricity, paid for by international donors.

According to Mishlev's plan, despite the disengagement, Israel would remain actively involved in finding jobs for unemployed Palestinians workers and opportunities for PA businessmen. He suggests that 35,000 Arab workers from the PA should be granted work permits in Israel until 2008. Israel should also increase the number of Palestinian businessmen allowed to travel into Israel, and grant them VIP status.

General Mishlev's recommendations have appeared in a plan drafted by the World Bank for rehabilitating the Palestinian economy.

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

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Posted by Marlene Young, May 17, 2005.
There was a Rally in Jerusalem today (May 16, 2005) and attempt to Block the Roads to Jerusalem by thousands of Disengagement opponents. My daughter is a Student at a school a block away from the rally on Bar Ilan St. in Sanhedria, and so she found herself in the midst of it, though she had previously been shielded from the whole issue and controversy by her school. She called me in a state of shock from the Rally just a few minutes ago upon witnessing the Police Brutality against the protestors. Police were pushing people violently back, throwing children and women to the floor and then stepping on them and kicking them. A few Rabbis in particular, those who were "Hareidi" - hasidic in appearance - were singled out and thrown to the ground and beaten. She could not believe the level of brutal physical violence she was seeing the Israeli police perpetrate against their fellow Jews. She asked me crying over the phone how what she was seeing could be possible. She naively asked me if I was seeing the scene on Television, as she assumed that such a remarkable event was being covered in the media.

Why is the Police Brutality NOT being reported in the Israeli media?

Why are Jews in America unaware of the Police State that the Sharon/Mofaz Dictatorship government has become?

WHY do American Jews continue to obliviously blindly lend support the Sharon government?

There is a severe disconnect between the reality in Israel, and American Jewry's awareness of what is happening. Something must be done to address this disconnect to the facts.

Contact Marlene Young by email at marleneyoung1@yahoo.com

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Posted by Moshe Burt, May 17, 2005.
Shalom Friends;

I am sending out this report on last night's events from my venue in Beit Shemesh. Take heart, and don't be disheartened by the dis-information and mis-information spewing from US and Israeli media today. There is NO truth to reports that 400 Gush Katif families have signed on to Nitzanim.

Best regards,
Moshe Burt

At 5 PM on Monday, 16 May, 2005, a group of between 75 - 100 people effectively slowed rush hour traffic entering Beit Shemesh down to a crawl. Although there were few incidences of actually blocking traffic and only 8 teenagers and 2 adults were dragged or carried to paddy-wagons, those who participated slowed traffic to a curiosity-crawl by holding signs and chanting "Medinat Mishtara" (Police State), "Jews don't expel Jews" and other such chants as well as continually crossing slowly back and forth across the 4 sides of the intersection. Many drivers honked in staccato style to signify their support for the demonstration.

The police were vastly outnumbered by demonstrating Beit Shemesh residents, many of whom took still pictures and videos of police activity and of the police bodily shoving or carrying traffic blockers to the paddy-wagons.

Nationwide, many thousand protesters blocked large numbers of intersections throughout the country with traffic being slowed for hours during rush hour. Similarly, news reports indicate that police were vastly outmanned nationally by the demonstrators. Ha'aretz reports just before midnight on Monday that approximately 400 protesters were held or arrested nationwide. The actions taken on Monday were billed as a "dry run" for and a taste of what can be expected in the future should, chas v'chalila, the Sharon regime make Gush Katif and the Shomron "closed military zones." Indications are that our side scored big by Monday night's action. One homemade sign in English at Tzomet Shimshon said it best, "You ain't seen nuthin' yet!"

Moshe Burt is a commentator on news and events in Israel. He is founder and director of the Sefer Torah Recycling Network. He lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh. Contact him at mosheb@sefer-torah.co

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Posted by Hillel Fendel, May 17, 2005.

1. Roads Jammed as Protestors take to streets

"If you're arrested, you've won!" was the slogan of Monday's mass protests. Over 400 Israelis were arrested in acts of nationwide civil disobedience, in which 30 major thoroughfares were blocked.

An army of orange - the color of the anti-disengagement struggle - took to the streets, outsmarting and outmanning close to 4,000 police officers stationed across the country. This was the first round of major protests aimed at derailing the proposed disengagement plan this summer. Streets were closed, and traffic paralyzed for up to an hour in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Be'er Sheva, Haifa and elsewhere.

The organizers, many police officers and much of the media agreed that the project was a resounding success, proving that the police would not be able to handle both the disengagement and keeping law and order at the same time.

During the course of yesterday, the police uncovered various stashes of ready-for-burning tires around the country, and arrested or detained several activists, in preparation for the evening of traffic jams and disturbances. They did not succeed, however.

Organizers of the protests, from the Bayit Leumi (National Home) organization, disseminated tens of thousands of posters and pamphlets in the past week, calling upon the public to take part in the road-blockings wherever they could.

Last night, the organizers issued a statement calling the event a "dizzying success." The National Home statement said, "Congratulations to all the Land of Israel loyalists who went out with great dedication and blocked the roads. The preparations by the police and all their attempts to stop us did not succeed. Today, the People of Israel realize that the transfer affects every single person in the country."

"The police will not be able to prepare better than they did today," the statement reads. "In the event that areas of the Land of Israel are closed to Jewish travel, the whole country will be blocked up. We call upon everyone to whom the Land and People of Israel are dear to their heart to join the struggle." The National Home pamphlet explained in brief the democratic concept of civil disobedience. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s letter is quoted as writing in a letter from prison:

We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal." It was "illegal" to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers.

"The basic principle of non-violent civil disobedience," the pamphlet states, "is that even in a democracy, there can be laws that though they were legislated in a most democratic manner, according to proper procedure, they are legal but immoral. Recent 20th-century history proves that even in the most democratic and legal manner, mankind can reach the most terrible ethical lows.

"Democracy is the 'rule of the people,' i.e., the making of decisions by representatives of all layers of the nation with consideration of the minority opinion. It is not the tyranny of the majority over the minority - and certainly not a dictatorial minority rule over the majority. Democracy is not electing a dictator once every four years so that he can do whatever he wants.

"The principle of non-violent civil disobedience is a mandatory tool to strengthen and preserve the democracy. Civil disobedience is the pulse of a democracy; it is not illegitimate, but precisely the opposite: the best way of preserving democracy and enabling its existence. There are basic civil rights that a democratic majority cannot nullify without ceasing to be a democracy. Civil disobedience is an important tool that signals to the democracy when it has strayed, by enabling a public that feels that its basic rights have been trampled upon to object to the 'rules of the game' and to violate the law, and thus rock the legitimacy of the regime's decisions and to lead to its replacement."

"One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty," wrote Martin Luther King. "I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law."

Of the more than 400 people who were arrested last night, several dozen are being brought to court this morning for extension of their custody. The detainees were held in very difficult conditions, complaining this morning that they were held in a very crowded bus until 5 AM - men and women together, without food or drink, and without being allowed to go to the bathroom. They also said that the policemen kicked and cursed them - even those whose hands were tied.

Intersections and highways that were blocked included the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway at the Geha Junction and the entrance to the capital; Bar-Ilan and elsewhere in Jerusalem; Omer and Arad in the south; Shoket, Silver, Gevim, and Sderot junctions in the Negev; Somekh in the north; Modiin; and more.

2. First-Person Reports From a Road-Blocking

Arutz-7's Ezra HaLevi was at Bar-Ilan junction in Jerusalem, and was even briefly arrested. He says that even drivers stuck in traffic showed understanding.

"About an hour before the designated time, I started to see people, some wearing orange, milling about in the area. There were only about seven policemen in the area... At exactly 5:00, about ten protesters marched down the block and sat in the middle of the gigantic intersection. From all sides, people joined them and soon the whole road was blocked in all directions. The protesters had their hands tied with orange tape to make it clear to both the officers and the media that they refused to employ violence. The policemen tried dragging the protestors away, but there were far too many for them to handle, and they called for reinforcements.

"In the meantime, many motorists left their cars and joined the road-blockers. Dancing and singing broke out. There were some irate drivers who evidently hadn't been listening to the news or believed the police claims that they would be able to keep the roads clear - but when activists handed out cold drinks and snacks, many calmed down and enjoyed the historic event.

"An important feature of that particular intersection is that it is located in the center of a hareidi-religious neighborhood. About half an hour into the protest, hundreds of local residents came out of their homes and houses of study to see what was going on, and scores of them joined the protestors in the streets in opposition to the disengagement. Many were arrested.

"Eventually, police fired concussion grenades, and a water cannon was brought to the scene as well - but a crowd ran toward it and blocked it some 200 meters before it could reach the large intersection.

"I had been continually taking pictures, and at one point, I heard someone announce that it was over. I was puzzled by this, and asked others if this was true. When they said that their organizers said it was not over, I called out, 'He's a GSS man; it's not over!" I was then suddenly accosted by police, who appeared to be looking for organizers, and detained. They brought me to the Russian Compound prison, and released me without restrictions later in the evening after I promised not to participate in demonstrations for the next 24 hours.

"The Russian Compound was filled with protesters, all in good spirits. We held a Mincha minyan (afternoon prayer service) in the courtyard with the permission of a religious officer. The fellow who led prayers had been arrested at the entrance to Jerusalem and was still wearing handcuffs. Outside, dozens of parents whose children were still being held in the compound stood arguing with guards who would not let them meet with their children. After being released, I saw two more police vans filled with protestors driving in as I was walking out. The song 'Am Yisrael Chai' - 'the Nation of Israel Lives' - was being sung by the passengers at the top of their lungs."

Hillel Fendel is editor of Arutz-7 (www.IsraelNationalNews.com)

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Posted by Sliwa News, May 17, 2005.

(MALWAL KON, Sudan) 135 recently freed Black Sudanese slaves reached Malwal Kon, Southern Sudan on May 14 after traveling 160 miles from Muglad, Northern Sudan in four open trucks.

This exodus of slaves was led by the "Dinka Chiefs Committee" (DCC) -- a group of Khartoum-based Southern Sudanese community leaders. They received financial and logistical support from the Government of Sudan's Committee for the Eradication of the Abduction of Women and Children (CEAWC).

At Malwal Kon, Christian Solidarity International (CSI) distributed food and survival kits, containing essentials such as mosquito nets, water containers, plastic sheeting, and blankets. The freed slaves returned to a famine-affected area with virtually no possessions apart from the clothes on their backs.

According to DCC representative Yel Nyang, the return of 42 additional slaves was prevented by the Arab authorities in Muglad following the last-minute intervention of UNICEF officials. However, Nyang continued, after two days of negotiations in Muglad between the DCC, UNICEF and the local authority, all 42 were allowed to depart for Southern Sudan. UNICEF opposes what it calls the DCC's "forcible" repatriation of abductees, and has urged the Sudanese government to suspend its operations. The DCC rejects UNICEF's allegation of forcible repatriation. The "Dinka Chiefs" say that slaves cannot exercise their free will while in close proximity to their captors, and that they should therefore be returned to their homeland where they can determine their future in greater freedom and security. CSI interviews with 53 freed male and female slaves reveal the following pattern of abuse by masters:

Subjected to racial insults: 92%
Frequently beaten: 91%
Forced to work without pay: 90%
Forcibly converted to Islam: 62%

52% of the 33 interviewed adult females said they had been raped while in bondage. Two women claimed they had been genitally mutilated. One boy admitted he had been raped. Two freed adult male slaves were unable to speak coherently, apparently due to physical and psychological abuse.

At the end of last year, the DCC announced it was poised to repatriate 7,000 freed slaves to Southern Sudan by the end of May 2005. But it has succeeded in returning less than 1,000 this year. With the onset of the rainy season this month, further large-scale repatriations by the DCC this year are doubtful. The DCC estimates that tens of thousands of Dinka slaves remain in bondage in Northern Sudan, notwithstanding the 9 January peace agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Army. According to a report issued on 25 January by the UN's International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur, Black girls and women are still being captured and subjected to "sexual slavery" by the armed forces of the Government of Sudan and its allied militias.

Contact: The Rev. Dr. Keith Roderick, Christian Solidarity International (CSI)-Washington, D.C., 202-498-8644, keith.roderick@csi-usa.org, www.csi-int.ch

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Posted by Ken Heller, May 17, 2005.

June 22, 1948 is the date that the Altalena sunk after it was attacked by the brutal bolsheviks led by Yitzhak Rabin and David Ben-Gurion. Another great bolshevik dictator is about ready to wreak havoc on the Jewish People this August.

Many actions have been taken to fight against the "re-settlement" by good Jews from all walks of life and from all over the country. Monetary contributions, literary contributions, communication contributions and yes prayerful contributions have all bee made, yet the Bolshevik Crime Minister seems not to have wavered in his attempt to propagate his perfidy on his people.

I noticed in Arutz this morning how 400 good Jews were arrested across Israel as they blocked highways as a measure of civil disobedience against the Crime Minister's evil decree. Supposedly, it took 4,000 police to get a handle on the civil disobedience and it is thought, and hopefully so, that there will be no way the disengagement forces will be able to supress the protests as well as implement the disengagement. Baruch Hashem.

This June 22nd will be the 57th anniversary of the Altalena tragedy and this is the day I have chosen to protest the disengagement with a Gush Katif Rally in Philadelphia. Because of the significance of the date, won't you consider organizing a rally in your city?

Please try. There are less that 90 days from this day and it would be a beautiful gesture of solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Gush Katif.

I would appreciate your reply.

Stay well and be strong during these perilous days.

With love of Israel and with fear for her future,

Ken Heller

Ken Heller is a pro-Israel activist and a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Americans For A Safe Israel. He can be reached at kjhnha@aol.com.

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, May 17, 2005.


The terms of service of the IDF Chief of Staff and of the Secret Service were not renewed, after they had found grave security breaches in PM Sharon's abandonment plan. Now Israeli intelligence planning assumes that in this abandonment, Egypt will cooperate. They base their assumption upon it being in Egypt's interest to prevent a destabilizing, radical regime in the P.A..

Egypt, however has not been constructive. Its diplomacy seeks primarily to maintain, rather than disarm and destroy, the radical militias. It continues to let smugglers bring weapons into Gaza. It cajoled the P.A. to release Hamas militiamen caught with rockets.

Israel almost lost the Yom Kippur War because of similarly unfounded optimism towards Egypt. It is preparing a similar disaster (Dr. Aaron Lerner, IMRA, 5/4).

PM Sharon is so obsessed with his war on the settlers, that he will bring an Arab war upon all Israelis. He doesn't want to complicate his abandonment with realistic considerations about Egypt. He goes along with the US assertion that Egypt is being helpful. The official Egyptian media, meanwhile, indoctrinates the people in such Jew-hate, that they are ready for war.

US military planning covers multiple assumptions. That is what Israel should do. One always must prepare for the worst, but Israel assumes the best. It is not Israel's place to decide what is in Egypt's interest. Egypt gives priority to jihad.


The premise of having a quartet monitor the Road Map is to get more support and "legitimacy" for it. Pres. Bush claims to want to use it to democratize the Arabs, but Pres. Putin criticizes that approach and suggests being conciliatory towards terrorist Syria, his customer for destabilizing missiles and other weapons. He wants to sell the P.A. armored personnel carriers and helicopters. He is selling Iran part of what it needs for nuclear weapons development. (He also opposes democratization of European states in the former Soviet Union.) He has called the demise of the Soviet Union the greatest man-made catastrophe of the 20th century. (Why not WWII, the Holocaust, terrorism, AIDS, pollution, or the emergence of a-bombs?).

Russia is restoring the old Czarist and Soviet policy of moving on the Mideast, especially now that Russia lost influence in East Europe, busy joining the EU, and in the former Soviet republics, prizing their independence. It seeks the influence of a great power. (Silly like France.) Hence Putin ignores Arab and Iranian Muslim terrorism, although Russia suffers from Muslim terrorism. Russia's real interest lies with the US and Israel. (Russia ships oil through Israeli pipelines.)

Like Syria, Abbas, trained by the KGB, which taught both Putin and him tactics of disinformation and peace offensives, hopes to play the Quartet against the US. Then Abbas would look less helpless to his people. Abbas and Putin share undemocratic policies

What is the sense of bringing adversaries such as Russia (and the UN and EU) into the Map program? (IMRA, 5/5 from Wechsler Family Foundation and Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs).

It's not due just to US naivete. Like Egypt and Russia, US policy is anti-Israel before it is patriotic.

Remember that Nazi Germany gave priority to its war on the Jews over its defense of fatherland.


Arab youths threw rocks at Israelis building the security fence. Israeli troops killed two. The P.A. accused Israel, without evidence, of deliberately escalating violence in order to end the ceasefire. Israel is agonizing over whether its troops should have fired. Meanwhile, Israel is issuing biased intelligence assessments that the P.A. is disarming its terrorists in certain cities from which those supposedly disarmed terrorists still shoot at Israelis (IMRA, 5/5 from Michael Widlanski).


An Israeli company developed a radar system for the US-built F161 plane. The Israeli Air Force found it superior to a US-manufactured radar system. Nevertheless, the government is buying the inferior one. The Air Force believes that this decision is a political one that will cost lives (IMRA, 5/7).


Senate Majority Leader Frist is well meaning towards Israel and wants to win the war on terrorism but his visit to the P.A. left him supporting the P.A., though it is waging a terrorist war on Israel.

He remarked that both sides must fulfill their obligations. The P.A. must dismantle the terrorist groups and stop the attacks. Israel must halt settlement activity (whatever that means) and expansion (whatever that means). This false ethic equates Israeli house building with Arab terrorism. Despite that continued terrorism that Abbas refuses to dismantle, Sen. Frist praised Abbas for "tremendous leadership," although PM Sharon had told him that Abbas is strengthening the terrorist organizations

One-sidedly, Frist accepted P.A. clams that Israeli checkpoints kill Arab children by restricting their access to emergency medical care. He admits the "information" he gained during his visit was from the Arab point of view. (That means it isn't information but slanderous propaganda. He was led astray.)

But he calls Israel a "vital friend and ally" that "stands for what American stands for." "Surely, though, Dr. Frist is shrewd enough to realize that if Israel is indeed a vital friend an ally, it should be able to build houses for its citizens on land to which it has a strong historic, legal, strategic, moral, and religious claim. And that Israel's elected leader doesn't deserve to be publicly contradicted by a senator praising a longtime Arafat aide who has failed to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure." This is no way to treat and win allies (NY Sun 5/11, Ed.). Abbas is NOT doing what Frist praised him for.


Immigrants automatically receive Israeli citizenship if they can claim one Jewish grandparent. One such immigrant who came from Russia under that program has a swastika tattoo, Nazi literature, and, like his mother, hates Israel. She explained that they came to receive the immigration benefits. Both were arrested for possible connection with Nazi organizations. The authenticity of the immigration documentation is being checked. The Interior Ministry warns that the law is complex, and it may not be easy or possible to deport them (Arutz-7, 5/6).


PM Sharon said that he did not want to relinquish parts of the Territories, but was doing so in response to pressure. He said he would "strive" to retain other parts. The logic of his two statements is to encourage those who exerted pressure successfully so far, to continue to exert pressure, in order to get Sharon to cave in more (IMRA, 5/9).

He did not divulge the nature or source of the alleged pressure. One wonders whether there really was pressure, meaning threats to withhold aid or something tangible, or just exhortation. Friends of Israel ought to know who is exerting any pressure on Israel. It might open their eyes.


A public debate is shaping up outside of Congress over the Real ID Act. Does it enhance national security? Does it abridge freedom? Does it belong in a budget bill? Should it be deferred in favor of comprehensive immigration reform? New legislation is expected to arrange for a temporary worker program that may reduce illegal immigration and enhance border security. (Would it?)

The Act seems about to pass. It requires verified ID for drivers' licenses, among other provisions. Some of those other provisions would enable the government to deny political asylum on minor clerical errors in applications. Applicants would have a heavier burden to prove that their native countries would persecute them. The bill also would extend the period within which people granted asylum may wait for green cards. Another would leave unlimited asylum for applicants fleeing forced sterilization.

The bill is expected to stop the abuse of asylum law by terrorists, who gained release from detention by applying for asylum, then plotted terrorism (Daniela Gerson, NY Sun, 5/12, p.5).

An earlier article explained that New York State uncovered hundreds of thousands of fraudulent drivers' license applications, using non-existent or other people's Social Security numbers. Other states know of this problem, but refuse to do anything about it. In their defense, some pundit pointed out that since 9/11, no terrorist has used fraudulent drivers' licenses. He means, none has been caught using them. His is a poor argument. If a house has a dozen windows, do you lock only the ones that burglars have not come through before?

The newspaper discusses this issue as if it were a stew. One taster liked the onions. Another liked the meat. A third sampler thought there was too much salt. A fourth thought it was too watery. Each one judged the whole stew by one criterion. The Real ID Act is not a stew. Its components stand on their own and should be kept or deleted on their individual merits. The discussion is not balanced, except that pros and cons are stated. The commentators seem to be driven by pre-existing positions, their private agendas, and not by concern for national security or the effects of immigration upon this country. Why can't they admit there is a security problem and that drivers' licenses should be legitimate and not fraudulent?

Public debate over proposed legislation should take place within Congress and after staff studies, as well as outside Congress. Congress should stop sneaking substantive bills (usually being anti-environmental) through boring budget bills that the media may overlook.

We need a national debate whether our country exists primarily to help foreigners or citizens. The effects of immigration should be studied better, before legislating about it.

Theoretically, comprehensive reform is better. Practically, it tends toward paralyzing compromises and too lengthy a law to comprehend and coordinate.


Founded by Pakistani Islamists on principles of jihad against the West, the Leicester Foundation received a prize from Prince Charles. The Mayor of London embraced Yusuf Qaradhawi, who issued fatwas such as justification of suicide bombing of civilians in Europe. The Islamists are counting on European naivete to conquer Europe (Jewish Political Chronicle, 3/2005, p.27 from Caroline Fourest, Wall St. J. Europe, 2/2/05).


In the past few weeks, clear evidence has been adduced that Abbas is not cracking down on terrorism. Absolute proof was right before us all along. Its significance passed over most people's heads. We read about it, but did not draw the logical conclusion.

One of the first decisions by Abbas in his new office was to expedite the execution of convicted "collaborators." In dictatorships such as the P.A., dissidents and people subject to extortion are convicted of crimes as punishment. In P.A. parlance, "collaborators" officially means Arabs who inform Israel of terrorist plots. Those Arabs were saving innocent lives by impeding terrorist plots.

It is one thing for Abbas to plead helplessness to crack down on terrorism. It is another thing for him to act within such power as he does have to prevent a crackdown. It was to prevent one that he expedited the executions of "collaborators." If he were against terrorism, he would not punish those informants of Israel who also are against terrorism. This proves Abbas phony.


They used to say that after each war, the generals plan how to re-fight it. Not any more. Not for the US military. The armed forces of the US prepare for more advanced warfare. It no longer is slow to catch on to new technology, whose advocates once risked court-martial.

Law enforcement in democracies still is too slow. It produces statutes whose loopholes experts soon find. Laws may be slow to be enacted, but they are drafted and passed in haste. Legislative staffers should specifically seek out the loopholes, before offering a final draft. Sometimes public discussion uncovers flaws in bills, but the solons in Congress do not make the desired changes, they vote on the bills.

Professional criminals devise new methods that the law is too slow to catch up with. It is years since the 9/11 perpetrators used false I.D. to get around, but only now are the legislators trying to prevent a recurrence.


Like the Arabs, the State Dept. ignores illegal Arab settlement in the Territories and criticizes legal Jewish settlement there. All of the arguments they use are rationalizations behind their real motive, which is to clear the Jews out so the Arabs can move in. The people to whom they offer these arguments cannot tell the difference between genuine reasons and rationalizations. They cannot tell who is sincere and who has an unseen axe to grind.

People come across demands in the media that the Jews leave their settlements. People hear that the settlements are an obstacle to peace. Why are they an obstacle? Not explained and not asked. The Arabs demand it, something is demanded of the Arabs, too, so people support the Arab demand, thinking that is fair. But it isn't fair. Any concessions from the Jewish homeland and any concessions to the Arabs committing aggression against the Israelis, are not fair. This is a question of right and wrong, not of compromising. Besides, one really cannot compromise with jihadists, who do not stop with a compromise, but use it as a spirngboard for further demands.

The latest casualty of "crowd-think" is Sen. Majority Leader Frist. Told by the P.A. that Israel should stop developing its settlements in Yesha, he parroted the complaint. He didn't get the other side. He didn't justify it. He didn't think about it, or he would have to see it cannot be justified. His blunder reflects a serious flaw in US democracy: a disinforming media directed by a defeatist ideology, a therefore misinformed public, and a leadership that accepts as genuine the false complaints of duplicitous fanatics out to destroy Western civilization.

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

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Posted by Moshe and Rachel Saperstein, May 17, 2005.

This essay comes from Sara Shomron. It was written by her daughter Shifra, who is 18 years old. The family lives in Neve Dekalim, Kush Gatif, Gaza, Israel.

My father has always been the family pragmatic. He is sensible, practical, and nearly always right. And with Prime Minister Sharon's "Disengagement Plan," my father behaved as usual; pragmatically.

The pragmatic behavior progressed until he wasn't willing to put the time and effort into repainting the interior house walls before Pesach (Passover) or touching up the gorgeous aqua colored paint which borders our outside doors and windows. We didn't quite agree with him, but we all understood his view that you can not enjoy something properly if it isn't going to last for long.

However, when my father stopped watering our lush, welcoming front lawn, I thought he had gone too far. I, for one, can definitely enjoy a sparkling green oasis in the midst of golden sand dunes! Even if it might only be for a few more months.

The straw that really broke the camel's back though was when he stopped watering the trees and hedges. Now, while grass only takes a few months to grow in, trees and hedges are a matter of years of dedication, pruning, and devotion. It has taken our olive colored square hedge seven years to reach its current height of five feet. And with the lovely warm Spring days, our stately trees have only just covered themselves with a delightful array of numerous light-green colored leaves!

So many hours, months, and years have gone into creating our small personal Garden of Eden. So many tears and droplets of sweat have soaked through the Good Earth stirring the roots to spread and deepen and firmly take root. My father used to walk with us kids around the garden on the warm summer nights, the plants glittering after having just been watered and the stars sparkling in the black sky above. We'd stop by every tree and bush looking for new growth... and he'd describe to us, his eager children, how big and spread out it would be by the season's end. And how much bigger it would be next year and the year after that.

And today something changed. "Hey Shifra, I've been working in the garden today," my father greeted me as I returned home from school. "Really?!" I asked surprised. "Did you enjoy it?" I couldn't help adding teasingly in response. "Actually, yes, I did" my father said cheerfully sounding a bit amused at himself.

I was soon to find out the reason for this delightfully drastic change.

Today thousands flocked to the streets and 350 of them were arrested. These thousands of protestors realized the probability of their being arrested and decided that it is an honor to be arrested if it is for a good cause. And they decided that our cause is the best in the world. Those 350 protestors were arrested while blocking major streets in major cities in Israel in order to show that if a Jew's life is disrupted in Gush Katif then Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Lod, Holon, S'derot ... will not be able to continue with its' regular hustle-n-bustle life. And if these cities are determined to ignore it's brothers plight in Gush Katif, then thousands of protestors will determinedly bring the entire country to a halt for a desperately needed and long over due lesson in loving ones fellow Jew as oneself.

And it is these thousands of precious protestors who have convinced my father to take good care of his Garden of Eden and not allow himself to be banished from it.

Am Yisroel Chai - The People of Israel Live!

Moshe Saperstein and his wife Rachel live in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, in the Gaza Strip. He is a Jerusalem Diarist, one of the group of Israelis who are recording their experiences living in Israel.

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Posted by Steven Plaut, May 17, 2005.

1. "Moonbats to Boycott Harley-Davidson for its Sales to Israel?" by Steven Plaut

In recent days one of the main "causes" of the encephelophobic Left has been the Caterpiller Company. It seems the company sells bulldozers to Israel, mainly for civilian uses, but occasionally having military uses. Bulldozers and earth movers are used to build Israeli military posts and fortifications and they are used to destroy houses hiding smuggling tunnels into Gaza from Egypt so that the tunnels can be dynamited. These are tunnels through which the Palestinian terrorists smuggle missles, explosives and bombs, which have taken a toll of many hundreds of Israel lives. These were the tunnels Rachel Corrie was protecting when she decided to commit suicide on behalf of terrorism by challenging an Israeli bulldozer to a game of "chicken" and winning.

Since the Corrie suicide, her family and moonboosters have been trying to organize a campaign against the hapless Caterpiller Company and an international boycott of the company. Leftist leprecauns in Ireland declared Limerick City a "Caterpiller-Free Zone." CAT told the moonbats to go bite a bulldozer!

But now there is a really important NEW piece of breaking news. It seems that Harley Davidson is also selling motorcycles, or for those of you in Los Angeles - "hogs", to the embattled democratic state of Israel. To be used by the military. Really!

The Israeli Defense Forces' Military Police have purchased 60 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles using American aid money. The legendary motorcycles will gradually replace older models over the next two years. Military Police Head Brigadier General Miki Barel said his unit plans to replace all its motorcycles with new Harley-Davidson Sportsters. "We are indeed talking about a prestigious bike, but in practice it did not cost that much, because it was partly paid for with money from the U.S. This is no doubt a step up from the motorcycles we have in the corps today."

You realize what this means?

The Bash-Israel "anarchists" and whackos will now have to organize a worldwide boycott of Harley-Davidson! They can stand outside all convocations of motorcycle gangs - from Sturgis, South Dakato to Altamont, California - and tell the tattooed muscular gents about how communism and vegan food are the true path to a just world!

We look forward to the Hell's Angels reliving Altamont upon the heads of the International Solidarity Movement pro-terrorists!

2. Last night I was chatting about the counting of the Omer (counting of days between Passover and Shavuot) with my wife and mentioned that the custom is that someone not sure of the count asks someone else "What day in the Omer was it YESTERDAY?" The reason is that if one asks what day it is TODAY, then the answer is already the count. I then asked my wife what we are having for dinner tonight. She answered by telling me what we ate last night.

3. "Academic Cavemen" by David Burge IowaHawk Blog, May 17, 2005.

Cambridge, MA - Two years ago [in March], Alan Lowenstein, associate professor of philosophy at Harvard University, came to a fateful conclusion. "I suddenly realized that the oppression of western technology extended to my own life," he explained. "That's when I got rid of my computer, threw away my Brooks Brothers suits, changed my name to Grok and moved into a cave."

A passionate critic of Euro-American "linear thought," Grok is one of a growing number of college professors around the nation who have relocated to caves, mud huts and makeshift sweat lodges to demonstrate their disdain for western culture and technology. For Grok, 44, the move to a cave was a natural step in his intellectual progression.

"My dissertation at Columbia synthesized the seminal works of Jacques Lacan, Derrida, and Michel Foucault," says Grok, referring to the influential French deconstructionist philosophers. "I was able to prove, conclusively, that conclusiveness is not conclusive."

The 1988 dissertation, entitled "Beyond the (Dis)Integration of Post-Modern Post-Toasties Pair 'o Dimes and Paradigms: Look at How Clever I Am," created a stir in academic circles and landed Lowenstein a prestigious teaching position at Harvard. From there, he honed his cutting-edge research.

"I began to deconstruct everything I could get my hands on," says Grok. "The Old Testament, Shakespeare, Dick and Jane, a 1967 J.C. Whitney catalog, the Boston phone book, you name it. I showed how everything is a lie, that everything could be deconstructed. Well, except Deconstruction, obviously."

When he earned tenure in 1991, Grok decided to broaden his philosophical research. "I realized that deconstructing literature was overly limiting. It was clear that other fields of inquiry could benefit from deconstruction."

It was then that Grok published a series of influential articles in which he deconstructed the sciences. "I initially showed that the so-called 'scientific method,' so treasured by the self-appointed high priests of science, was nothing but a bizarre ritual of the industrialist phallocracy," said Grok. "From there, it was a short intellectual leap to disprove the reality of the periodic tables, gravity and algebra."

The Awakening

Despite being elected chairman of the Philosophy Department in 1995, Grok felt an intellectual void. "I needed some way to explain why literature and science were so bad, so putrid, so incredibly vile," said Grok. "That's when it dawned on me. They were the products of western culture."

The shocking realization lead Grok to a new stream of research that unveiled the oppressive nature of western civilization. He immersed himself in the writings of third world revolutionaries Franz Fanon, Rigoberta Menchu and Ted Rall. With CUNY professor Leonard Jeffries, he documented NASA's theft of earth-orbiting satellites from the Kung bushmen of sub-Saharan Africa.

"This stream of research completely obliterated the thin propaganda veneer of western cultural hegemony," says Grok, proudly. "Plus, I got a fat merit raise out of it."

Strangely ill at ease, Grok was about to have an epiphany. "It was at the Modern Language Association meeting in Chicago in '97," he explains. "I was chairing a session on the link between Malibu Barbie dolls and the Guatemalan counterinsurgency movement. Then it occurred to me... here we were, complaining about western science and culture, using animated Power Point slide presentations. At the Four Seasons, no less. It was just a tad hypocritical."

The scene caused Grok to re-examine his own life. "I suddenly realized then that I, too, was a victim of white male Eurocentric western culture. My brainwashing was so complete, so insidious, it took forty-two years to discover it," he says.

"I think it all goes back to that Stingray bike I got in fifth grade," adds Grok, who grew up in affluent suburban Winnetka, Illinois. "Like other victims, I became fixated on material things. There was actually time, before graduate school, when I considered getting a job."

After the conference, Grok vowed to eliminate the trappings of western culture in his own life. First to go were his personal computer, his BMW sedan, his fashionable Back Bay apartment, and his expensive wardrobe. They were replaced by a typewriter, a bicycle, a phone-free studio apartment and secondhand clothes.

To his chagrin, Grok eventually realized that the even the low-tech alternative technologies were also contaminated by western culture. "The wheels on the bicycle, for example," notes Grok. "Only western civilization would be as arrogant to speak of 'perfect' circles."

Grok says that each of his attempts to replace western technology brought more frustration. "Last year, when I was lying over a heating grate in my cardboard box, I realized I was merely a pawn of western industrialists. Like the developing world, I had been seduced and entrapped by their addictive steam and cardboard technology."

A Simple Plan

Over the last year, Grok continued to cleanse his personal life of western culture and technology. While he is "not quite there yet," he said he is finally happy in his 8' by 4' by 4' dirt cave along the banks of the Charles River.

"Finally, I have broken the cycle of oppression," he says, violently hacking up a thick clot of blood-streaked mucus. He refuses my offer to contact medical assistance. Noting that "western medicine is merely a front for the hegemonic pharmaceutical industry," Grok applies another leech to his chest.

"Like the indigenous peoples, I have everything I need here," says Grok. "Especially stray dogs."

Like the prairie bison to the Lakota Sioux, stray dogs are an important source of hides, meat and milk for Grok. A committed animal rights activist, he does not skin or eat the dogs until they have died of natural causes.

Grok says his simplified, non-western lifestyle has made him a more spiritual man.

"Each day, I pray to the dog god for more stray dogs," he says. He has even sculpted a totem of the dog god, made entirely of dried dog excrement. He considered cave paintings of the dog god, but rejected the idea as "too European."

Paradigm Shift

Grok's dramatic commitment to western technology-free living has inspired others in the academic community. One convert is Eegah, chairperson of the department of gender studies at the University of Michigan, who now lives in a creek bed outside Ann Arbor.

"There is something very liberating, very empowering about abandoning phallocentric culture," says Eegah, who was until recently known as Katherine Robinson. "Cave dwelling authenticates our visceral experience, releasing us from the bond of western patriarchal oppression."

As an example, Eegah notes that she is no longer dependent on money. "I have adopted the traditional barter system of non-western, matriarchal societies. I get all the furs and meat I need by having sex with hobos."

Eegah says that non-western living has other advantages. "I have been liberated from western standards of female beauty. I no longer shave my armpits, bathe, or see the dentist," said Eegah, noting that she has lost "fewer than a tooth per year" since going non-Western in 1996.

Duke University english professor Mognuk, formerly known as Phillip Turner, tries to bring his own commitment to non-western thought directly into the classroom - or in his case, classcave. Instead of using the department Xerox machine to print syllabi and exams, Mognuk painstakingly copies each, by hand, onto tree bark using frog blood for ink. The process is made more difficult by the lack of daylight before spring semester.

"The Xerox machine is an avatar of the sterility and conformity of European-based civilization," explains Mognuk, stroking his mud-encrusted beard. "And it is full of evil spirits."

Kristin Hawley, Duke sophomore and a student in Mognuk's popular class, E2605 - Fire Bad, says the unconventional course has opened her eyes to the evils of western hegemony. "Before this course, I had always assumed that Fire Good," say Hawley. "It wasn't really my fault, I was simply parroting the western culture propaganda. You know, 'Fire Good, Fire Good.'"

"Because of Professor Mognuk, I now know that Fire Bad - Fire Very Bad," adds Hawley. "I finally feel my parents are getting something out of that $35,000 tuition."

More Research Needed

Back in his Cambridge cave, Grok is stirred from his sleep by the blaring horns of taxis on Massachusetts Avenue. It is a bitterly cold January morning, and he insulates himself by slathering his skin with a thick slab of dog lard and wrapping himself in extra dogskins. Struggling to clear the snow blocking the cave entrance, Grok emerges, squinting against the bright sunlight as it reflects off the snow and the Boston skyscrapers.

"That is exactly what I'm fighting against," says Grok. "The blight and despoilage and glare of western culture." He will spend the next hour foraging for a breakfast of nuts and tree bark in the shadows of Boston's skyline, with little success.

Hungry and discouraged, Grok attempts to mug a passing jogger by jumping on his back. However, at 5'6", 123 pounds and weakened by spasmodic coughing, he poses little threat. In sympathy, the jogger offers Grok a granola bar, which he hungrily accepts.

"I know it's processed food," says Grok apologetically. "But I used force to take it from my prey. My research shows that predatory scavenging is an authentic non-western method of wealth redistribution."

Clearing the snow from his makeshift twig sundial, Grok notes the time. "Damn," he exclaims. "I'm late for my lecture." He painfully hobbles toward campus wearing Wonderbread wrappers on his feet -- one of his few remaining concessions to western technology.

While it has been tough at times, Grok says he has no regrets. "Western culture is a cancer, and I'm committed to wiping it out. Plus, the whole cave-dwelling thing should help with my promotion case and journal articles."

Meanwhile, Grok says he plans one more fling with western technology.

"I have to take a plane to Paris next week," he notes sheepishly. "To pick up my French Lgion d'honneur."

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

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, May 17, 2005.

The rage in entertainment for the past decade has been "Reality TV." The concept being that reality is far more entertaining and bizarre than anything the imagination of an underpaid TV writer could ever come up with. So here you are ladies, gentlemen and all you others: Israel's Reality TV. Have a good laugh. This comes from Dr. Aaron Lerner is Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis) imra@netvision.net.il, Website: http://www.imra.org.il. It is called " Former Shabbak Jewish Section Head: ISS Never Used Agent Provocateurs" and is archived at http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=25212

In a live interview on Israel Television Channel Two's "Newsroom" program this evening, Yitzhak Pantin, identified on the program as a former head of the Jewish Section of the Shabbak (ISS), denied the possibility that the Shabbak was using agent provocateurs now. Pantin then claimed that the Shabbak never used an agent provocateur and that Avishai Raviv (who was provided some of the most memorable fake anti-Oslo photo ops) was not an agent provocateur and never initiated any action.

It should be noted that "Newsroom" is a news program rather than a satire and Pantin is not a comedian but actually a former Shabbak official.

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

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Posted by Gerald A. Honigman, May 17, 2005.

When is a catastrophe not so?

When it is--or was--totally avoidable and brought about primarily by the oppressive attitudes and actions of the alleged victims themselves.

Such is the case with what Arabs call their nakba, celebrated each year on May 15th.

While tragedy indeed occurred, it was born of an oppressive, racist attitude and mindset which declared that none besides Arabs--be they Kurds, Copts, Berbers, Assyrians, Jews, Black African Sudanese, or others--were worthy of political rights in the region when the empire of the Turks, who ruled the area for over four centuries, was dismantled by the Allies after World War I.

Since the wars of the Jews for their freedom against Rome, culminating in Emperor Hadrian renaming Judaea Syria Palaestina after the Jews' historic, non-Semitic enemies, the Philistines, to supposedly put an end to Jewish hopes once and for all, the region was ruled by one empire after another. When the Arabs burst out of the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century, they too ruled for the next few centuries via their Caliphal empires based in Damascus and Baghdad. During this time period they conquered, settled, occupied, and forcibly Arabized much of the region.

For Arabs, imperialism is evidently only nasty when someone besides themselves are in control. Which brings us back to the genesis of their nakba.

May 14th on the Western calendar marks the anniversary of the rebirth of Israel, the sole, microscopic state of the most persecuted people this planet has ever known. So, reading Mahmoud Abbas' nakba comments blasting Israel this past May 15th, placing the usual guilt trip for the Arabs' own refugee status and predicament after 1948 on Israel, made me rethink all this yet again.

I couldn't help, for starters, contrasting the new sweet-talking Arafatian leader's current comments with some he made several decades ago.

The current darling of the West, Abbas, stated in Falastin a-Thaura in March 1976...

"The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians...but instead they abandoned them, forced them to leave...and threw them into prisons (refugee camps) similar to the ghettoes in which Jews were earlier forced to live."

Reading this--and volumes of other well-documented evidence, much of it from Arab sources--it's hard to buy into Abbas' and other Arab current claims that the Jews sought to turn them into homeless victims. Indeed, that evidence overwhelmingly shows that the Arabs themselves were primarily responsible for the flight and predicament of their own refugees.

After hostilities erupt in any conflict, no side can claim sainthood. When bullets and bombs start to fly and comrades fall, too often all Hell breaks lose. But if Arab armies had not invaded a reborn Israel in 1948, not one Arab refugee would have been created.

Arabs want Jews to say that they were wrong and admit original sin for wanting in one tiny state the same rights and dignity that Arabs demand for themselves in some two dozen of their own. And the moderate Abbas insists that Israel commit suicide by allowing the return of millions of these folks.

Do Arabs acknowledge original sin for denying 30 million truly stateless Kurds the one best chance they had at independence after World War I, when British petroleum politics colluded with Arab nationalism to shaft Kurdish dreams? Or when they gassed and slaughtered Kurds by the hundreds of thousands over this past century for keeping those dreams alive?

Do Arabs acknowledge original sin when they outlawed the majority Berber population of "Arab" North Africa their culture and language and murdered those who wouldn't be Arabized? Or when they oppress and intimidate Copts in Egypt?

While the world seems to have finally opened its eyes--if ever so slightly--to the Arab genocidal atrocities in the Sudan, I see no Arabs beating their chest over this real catastrophe either. Or easily a dozen other examples of true original sin which Arabs think absolutely nothing of. Refer again, please, to the opening paragraphs here to understand why.

And regarding those "Palestinian" Arab refugees who suffered the nakba...

Consider the following:

When the United Nations Relief Works Agency--UNRWA--was set up to assist Arab refugees, so many alleged "native Palestinians" were recent arrivals themselves into the Palestinian Mandate that UNRWA had to adjust the very definition of the word "refugee" from its prior meaning of persons normally and traditionally resident to those who lived in the Mandate for a minimum of only two years prior to 1948. Please understand the meaning of this.

Now also keep in mind that for every Arab who was forced to flee the fighting that Arabs started, a Jewish refugee was forced to flee Arab/Muslim lands (where they were commonly known as kilab yahud, "Jew dogs") into Israel and elsewhere...but with no UNRWA set up to assist them. Half of Israel's Jewish population consists of these people. And as just a few of many other examples, greater New York City alone now has tens of thousands of Syrian Jewish refugees and their descendants, and most of France's post-Holocaust Jewish population consists of these Jewish refugees from "Arab" lands as well.

As for those "native Palestinians," Arafat himself was born in Cairo, Egypt. Scores of thousands of other Arabs came from Egypt earlier in the 19th century with Muhammad Ali and son's Ibrahim Pasha's armies and many, like Arafat a bit later, settled in Palestine. Hamas' patron saint, Sheikh 'Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, was from Latakia, Syria...a neighbor of those Syrian Jews above.

During the mandatory period after World War I, the League of Nations Permanent Mandates Commission recorded additional scores of thousands of Egyptian, Syrian, and other Arabs--with one of the world's highest birthrates--entering into Palestine and settling there. It is estimated that for each one of these incoming Arabs who were recorded, many others crossed the border under cover of darkness to enter into one of the few areas in the region where any economic development was going on because of the influx of Jewish capital. They would later become known as "native Palestinians" while hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from those same "Arab" countries--Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Yemen, and so forth--would be branded settlers.

While there were some native Arabs also living in a highly depopulated Ottoman Turkish Palestine, many, if not most, of the Arabs were also relative newcomers--settlers--themselves. And there were Jews whose families never left Israel/Judaea/Palestine despite the tragedy of the Roman wars and the subsequent great Diaspora as well.

The point, of course, is that if any people needed the protection of their own nation state in the age of nationalism to end their own perpetual nakba, it was the Jews. And the evidence indeed shows--despite Arab nakba parades, accusations, and such--that they sought to achieve this in a just and honorable way. Arabs made off with the lion's share of the original 1920 Palestinian Mandate when Colonial Secretary Churchill created Transjordan from 80% of the total area in 1922. Arabs then rejected a partition plan in 1947 which would have given them about half of the remainder. So much for nakba fairy tales about Jews getting all of Palestine.

Now consider, please...What compromises did Arabs offer to any of their own perceived competitors? The latter either submitted to Arab subjugation or were slaughtered.

The plight of the Arab child, kept by his elder brethren as a political pawn in their perpetual war to deny Jews their own small share of justice, thus suffers for all of this.

It is hard for a knowledgeable and truly objective observer to support a people who deny all others the same dignity that they themselves seek. This is especially so when you consider that what's at stake here is the creation of the Arabs' 22nd state...on a total of over six million square miles of territory. The sole state of the Jews consists of less than one quarter of one percent of the land in the area...a state that you would be hard pressed to find on a map of the world without a magnifying glass. Yet the Arabs still insist that their new state will arise in place of Israel--not along side of it--as a quick look at any of their maps, websites, and such shows. Or try listening to or reading a sermon given by one of moderate Abbas' imams.

In contrast to the Arabs' largely self-inflicted nakba, forced conversions, being branded the deicide people or killers of prophets and being treated accordingly, inquisitions, demonization, dehumanization, ghettos, blood libels, massacres, expulsions, the Holocaust, and existence as perpetual stranger in someone else's land became the plight of the "Wandering Jew,"... his own nakba. But not of his own making.

It is estimated that as many Jews were killed prior to the Holocaust, slaughtered in the Muslim East (beginning with Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, himself) as well as the Christian West, as were killed during the Holocaust.

Would that he had possessed some two dozen other states like Arabs have, there would have been no need for the rebirth of Israel. But the Jew did not possess even one state, let alone almost two dozen.

The sad reality is that the alleged Arab nakba occurred because Arabs insisted that the millennial nightmare of the Jews should continue into perpetuity. No compromise was feasible with "their" kilab yahud Jew dogs in the Dar ul-Islam.

Had Arabs been willing to grant Jews a small slice of the same human dignity and justice that they themselves demand, their own nakba could have been resolved decades ago.

Gerald A. Honigman, a Florida educator, has created and conducted counter-Arab propaganda programs for college youth, has lectured on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has publicly debated Arab spokesmen. His articles and op-eds have been published in both the print media and on websites.

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Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, May 16, 2005.

Israel's Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz lies faster than a cat on a hot tin roof. The simple fact is that President George Bush has given his marching orders to fill the Jewish homes, farms, factories, etc. with Arab Muslim Palestinians. Bush, having started his fateful "Road Map" concept suddenly discovered that it would be the U.S. who would have to fund the Arabs year after year with their exploding (literally) population and their tendency not to develop their own industry to reach self-sufficiency.

So, the Bush Administration wants Israel to not only provide them housing but also the employment for Arab Muslim Palestinians flowing into the newly "Judenrein" Gaza Strip. In other words, there would NOT be a "Disengagement" but rather a forced re-engagement with Israel providing the economic sustenance to the hostile Palestinians.

When Shaul Mofaz gives us all sorts of 'reasons' for first evacuation and then leaving everything in place for Arab Muslim Immigration, he is lying! But, then again, anyone connected to the SHAME of Prime Minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon is a liar or else he (or she) would have been fired (or quit with honor).

Driving the 9,000 Jewish men, women and children out of the territories (Jewish from thousands of years ago and by G-d's promise to the Jewish people) and forcing them to leave all they had built with their own sweat equity to the hostile Muslim Arab Palestinians, goes back to the early 1980s and the Rabin-Peres deals with Yassir Arafat.

Below are two articles that deal with this.

(1.) "Fate of Settler Homes in Gaza Unknown" by Karin Laub, Associated Press Writer, Israeli and Global News, May 14, 2005.

JERUSALEM (AP) -- What to do with just over 2,000 homes in Gaza's Jewish settlements - raze them or leave them untouched - is turning into a political headache for Israelis as well as Palestinians.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has put off the decision, in part because of the emotionally charged debate over Israel's withdrawal. Yet he needs to move quickly, since the pullout is to begin in mid-August.

In the Palestinian Authority, a majority is emerging in favor of demolition. They want to avoid a fight over who should have the homes and besides, the one-story cottages don't fit housing needs in densely populated Gaza, planners say.

In Israel, two camps have emerged, led by rivals vying for Sharon's job.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz argues that demolition and rubble removal would keep Israeli soldiers in Gaza for three months after the 8,500 settlers are evacuated, exposing them to possible attack.

"It will be very difficult for me to look into the eyes of the mothers of Israeli soldiers ... and explain to them that their sons were killed because we insisted on destroying these buildings," Mofaz said on Israeli TV.

Sharon's other rival, Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reflected the view of many Gaza settlers when he told the Yediot Ahronot daily that handing over the homes would make Israel look weak. "There is already a long line of terrorists gazing eagerly at these homes, hoping to get them as a prize for murdering Jews," he said.

The withdrawal plan approved a year ago stipulates that in the 25 settlements to be evacuated - 21 in Gaza, four in the West Bank - all homes are to be demolished. A 2004 World Bank report counts 2,051 housing units in Gaza settlements, and says the houses in Gush Katif, the largest Gaza settlement bloc, "should probably be dismantled."

However, Sharon has since allied with the moderate Labor Party, and his Cabinet now has a majority opposing demolition. The few dozen homes in the West Bank settlements is less of an issue, because Israel will continue to control most of that territory after withdrawing from one area in the north.

Sharon recently told Israeli TV that he may reverse the decision to demolish, but only "if there is full coordination with the Palestinians, and that coordination is not yet complete."

A precedent was set in 1982, when Sharon, then defense minister, sent in bulldozers to flatten the settlements Israel left when it returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt.

That demolition went quickly. In Gaza it would be more time-consuming and risky for Israel's soldiers. And the Palestinians also insist Israel remove the rubble.

The Palestinian Authority has taken no formal position, but a majority of ministers involved in planning for the post-Israel era in Gaza want the homes razed, said Mohammed Dahlan, the Palestinian disengagement czar, who himself is inclined against demolition.

Omar Shaban, an economist on Dahlan's team, said the Palestinians don't want to see everything flattened. He said Israel should leave behind the infrastructure, businesses and hundreds of acres of greenhouses.

A major concern cited by Shaban is looting and trophy-hunting by Palestinians who have endured occupation for 38 years, fenced off from Jewish neighbors who have lived comfortably in the midst of Gaza's squalor.

There's also an emotional argument for demolishing settlements that symbolize the occupation. "We don't want anything from Israel but our free land," said Suleiman Najar, 23, a law student from Khan Younis, a town next to Gush Katif, the largest bloc of Gaza settlements.

Demolition would also prevent wrangling over who gets the homes, particularly the better villas with their stunning Mediterranean views.

Israel worries that Palestinian militants will get first pick as a reward for fighting Israel. Sharon is inclined to leave the houses standing if guaranteed that the settlements won't become colonies of militants, a Sharon aide said on condition of anonymity.

The Palestinians have proposed a joint inventory tour of the settlements, but have been rebuffed, Shaban said.

Another argument against demolition comes from Yossi Beilin, a dovish legislator. He says that left intact, the settlement assets could become part of the compensation Palestinians might demand for the homes they lost when Israel came into being.

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(2.) "'Gush Homes Too Costly, Too Dangerous to Raze,' Says Mofaz" Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews.com, May 11, 2005.

"To raze or not to raze." That is the question regarding the future of the homes of Jews living in Gaza and N. Samaria. Mofaz says they should be left standing, while the PA says, "Bulldoze them."

Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz told Israel Radio today that he was opposed to demolishing the homes of Gush Katif residents because the operation would be both too costly and too dangerous. It would endanger the lives of soldiers who would be left behind in "enemy territory," he said.

""I am not prepared, as the Defense Minister of the State of Israel, to endanger Israeli soldiers, in order to destroy the houses of settlers,"" he said.

Mofaz explained that after the expulsion, substantial military forces would have to be left behind in what he called ""enemy territory"" in order to carry out the demolitions. There is "no assurance there won't be terror attacks," he said.

The government has been debating the issue of whether to raze the homes of Gaza's Jewish residents, or leave them standing. According to the original cabinet decision approving the expulsion of Jews from their homes in Gaza and northern Samaria, the homes are to be demolished. Changing that decision would require cabinet approval.

In contrast to Israel's uncertainty about what to do with the Jewish homes the government wishes to abandon in Gaza and northern Samaria, the Palestinian Authority is far from ambivalent. The PA wants the houses razed to make room for high-rise apartments which they claim are more suitable to their population.

Mofaz has previously stated his preference for leavingthe buildings intact, citing the position of the defense establishment. "The defense establishment has concluded that it is not right to demolish the settlers' homes," he said.

According to a Defense Ministry study, razing the homes would cost NIS 200 million, and would require trucking the debris back across the 1967 ceasefire lines.

The report also notes that destroying the homes would take ten months, delaying the transfer of the territory to the PA, while potentially endangering Israeli soldiers in the process. Defense Ministry officials are also worried that demolishing the homes would harm the environment, and that photos of the destruction would harm Israel's image abroad.

On the other hand, photos of terrorists dancing on the roofs of homes of Jews they so recently terrorized and murdered would be bad publicity for the government at home.

Mofaz also said he thinks that a speedy pull-out from Gaza would improve Israel's security, but noted that the effect might not be immediate. "I think our security situation the day after the evacuation will improve over time," Mofaz said. "I also hope the number of civilian and military casualties will diminish to a minimum. This has to be looked at as a process, and not as a point in time immediately after the evacuation."

Overall, Mofaz sees the pull-out as cost-effective: providing Israel with greater security "at a much lower cost," he said.

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

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Posted by Hebron Community, May 16, 2005.
1. "Closing down the State" (More pictures at http://www.hebron.com/news/hasima.htm)

Activists opposing the Sharon expulsion plan decreed that at five o'clock this afternoon 'the state of Israel would close down.' Titled 'Trying out the plan', thousands of people throughout the country would block major intersections for a short time, thereby issuing a 'hands-on warning' to the Prime Minister and his government: When you close down Gush Katif and the northern Shomron, we will close down the country.

Arresting Rabbi Levinger

About 100 people from Hebron and Kiryat Arba, traveling in a bus and private cars, drove to the entrance to Beer Sheva, where police were waiting. When the police stopped the bus, everyone poured out and promptly sat down in the street, blocking traffic in both directions.

Police began arresting participants in the protest. Among those incarcerated: Rabbi Moshe Levinger, Rabbi Hillel Horowitz, Noam Arnon, and others from Hebron and Kiryat Arba.

At one point, Bedouins observing the protest began hurling rocks on the demonstrators, hitting cars, police vehicles and people. Several Arabs attempted to run down protestors. The police didn't react to the stone-throwing or the attempted running down of protestors. [emphasis added]

About forty five minutes after the demonstration began, the Hebron-Kiryat Arba residents boarded the bus and cars and headed back home. Twelve of their friends had been arrested. Listening to the radio on the way back, they heard that thousands of protestors blocked almost all the major intersections in Israel, proving that a concerted effort on the part of Sharon's opposition has the power to 'beat the police,' who spent the entire day preparing for the protests, but were not successful in stopping them.

Protest leaders expressed satisfaction, saying, 'we were successful, in a very big way. If and when 'D-Day' arrives and Sharon blocks off Gush Katif and the northern Shomron, the entire country will come to a standstill.'

Police officials were quoted as saying, 'when the disengagement starts, this will be much worse,' and 'we don't have the forces to deal with this, on a massive scale.'

2. Noam Federman again arrested and again released

Early this morning police arrived at the Hebron home of Noam Federman, arrested him and spent the day interrogating him. He is suspected of inciting against the state, rebellion, and other such charges. These charges stem from alleged activities protesting the Sharon expulsion plan.

He was also accused of violating his house arrest: he is charged with praying at the Avraham Avinu synagogue, next to his home. This, according to the police and the house arrest order, is forbidden.

This evening Federman was allowed to return home, but must return for further questioning tomorrow.

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Posted by Yaacov Ben-Yehudah, May 16, 2005.

If you look at today's "Latest News" section of Arutz-7 (http://www.israelnationalnews.com), you will find that it is filled with updates surrounding today's massive protest in Israel against the proposed expulsion of Jews from Azza and the northern Shomron. The updates include the interrogation of a 14-year-old, yielding a stash of tires, more arrests of protest [& potential protest] leaders, a declaration of today's "victory," as well as the usual idiocy pouring from MK Sha'ul Yahalom's (NRP) mouth. (How anyone could possibly vote for the NRP in the next elections currently eludes me.)

But, did anyone notice the story below. Did you all see it coming? Living in the Shomron helped me to see it. But that was no guarantee, and it still hit me like a brick in the head. Below you will find what I consider to be the most disturbing story of today's Arutz 7. The "make the laws fit our needs and desires" approach of Israel's justice system is fast achieving its ultimate aim.

No, its ultimate aim is not the dismantling of Jewish towns. No, it is not the complete, psychological and spiritual destruction of a large segment of the Jewish People (as if these people have ANY idea as to what "spiritual" means). No, it is not the total Europeanizaion of the state of Israel.

These are only the "necessary" steps to their ultimate aim: The complete destruction of the state of Israel. That can be the only logical conclusion. Very few in the Kineset see it. American governmental officials simply see this activity [those who are paying attention, that is] as the natural evolution toward proliferation of "religious freedom" throughout the world.

Trust me. The descendants of the Eruv Rav, those trouble-makers who came out of Egypt with us, are still among us. They are at work, and they have a head start in this race against time. Whether they are actual, genetic descendants, or spiritual descendants, it doesn't matter. They are in control of the media, the government, and certainly have their feet well-implanted in the governmental system.

They have worked hard to break Sephardi and Yemenite Jews of their spirituality and their great respect for Torah and Torah leaders. They have done their best to lure their religious, Ashkinazy cousins in Me'ah Sha'arim (a religious, and predominantly non-Zionist neighborhood) and other areas, away from Torah through various means. They have convinced much of the national religious world that all civilized communities must embrace feminism, and the gender-separate institutions are illegitimate, and belong only in prehistoric times. (The last hold-outs, may God forbid, will have their last remaining, gender-separate schools destroyed by latest educational reforms, causing the necessity for schools to "consolidate." - the main points of the report can be downloaded from http://www.etni.org.il/index.htm. Notice the PC buzz words.)

With the Eruv Rav's plan to eliminate Torah, the foundation of the Jewish People's connection to the Land of Israel, Now, all they have to do is to implement their program of dehumanization, starting with the gradual chipping away of our rights, as in the article below.

I have no doubt that many of you will chalk up my above statements to an over-active imagination or even paranoia.

Only time will tell.

These evil people can not, and will not prevail. I have faith that The Almighty will not allow it. I have faith that He will not forget His covenant with His people, and our fore bearers, and He will bring us back to our Land for His Own Sake, even if we were not shown to be worthy (Ezekiel 36). However, we are not exempt from "our part" (our "hishtadluth").

For some of us it is to go out onto the streets, like today. For some, it is to write, to talk, and to answer the questions Jews are too embarrassed even to ask, about their own heritage. If we do not know the answers ourselves, it is incumbent upon us to go and learn the answers. That goes without saying.

But, first many of us must wake up from the numbness, and with the next victory, we must NOT become victims of our own complacency.

Sound familiar? Not to minimalize (God forbid!) the hard work and self-sacrafice of my Jewish brothers and sisters here in Israel, but it does sometimes seem to be the history of Israel's national camp.

So, now that you have been made aware, or reminded, of the problem, what are YOU going to do about being part of the solution?

Ya'acov Ben-Yehudah

"Atty. General's Office Doubts if Yesha Jews Protected by Israeli Law" http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=82009, May 16, 2005.

(IsraelNN.com) The Attorney General's office has expressed doubts as to whether Israelis living in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha) are protected by basic Israel human rights legislation.

The Ha'aretz newspaper today reported that the lawyers in the Attorney General's office will be meeting to discuss whether or not Israelis in Yesha are protected by Israeli law. According to the office, the areas in question have an "unclear" legal status.

The question was raised, according to the report, in the context of attorney discussions surrounding the current petitions before the High Court of Justice filed against the Evacuation-Compensation Law.

Contact Yaacov Ben-Yehuday at benyehudah5764@yahoo.com

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Posted by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, May 16, 2005.

The final stage of history will be the subjugation of all Christian countries under Islam and the extermination of every single Jew - this according to the PA religious leader during Friday's Sermon. The Jews are so evil, Ibrahim Mudayris teaches, that they cannot be subjugated like the Christian countries, and therefore the only solution awaiting them is death - literally the extermination of every Jew. In his words: "The day will come and we shall rule America, Britain, we shall rule the entire world, except the Jews."

Photo from Guysen Israel News

In the sermon Ibrahim Mudayris reiterated many of the often-repeated PA justifications for the anticipated genocide, including the following hate messages:

1. The Jews have inherently evil character traits that Muhammad warned Muslims about in the Koran.

2. The Jews have been the source of conflict throughout all of history: "The Jews are a virus similar to AIDS, from which the entire world is suffering."

3. The persecution of Jews throughout history is presented as natural responses of self-defense by numerous countries against the evil of the Jews. Britain, France, Portugal, Czarist Russia, Nazi Germany, all persecuted and/or expelled Jews - as acts of self-defense and revenge.

4. Zionism was created by Britain in order solve its Jewish problem by sending them to Israel.

5. God has predetermined that the Jewish problem will be solved with the extermination of the Jews.

6. God has predetermined that the Christian -Islam interactions will end with today's Christian countries under Islam.

7. Israel has no right to exist and will be destroyed.

PMW's report: Kill a Jew - go to Heaven - a full report outlining the PA systematic justification of genocide, can be found on the PMW web site, at the following address: http://www.pmw.org.il/KAJ_eng.htm

Ibrahim Mudayris, Friday Sermon, May 13, 2005 http://www.pmw.org.il/asx/PMW_MudyrisMay13.asx

Koran: "Indeed you will find that of all mankind, those with the strongest hatred of the believers are the Jews and the pagans" al-Maada : 82 [the Table]

Mudayris: "There is no god but Allah, Who warned His Prophet and Beloved [Muhammad] of the Jews; who murdered their prophets, and falsified their Bible; who were corrupt and corrupted throughout their existence; [and] violated their treaties and agreements. Hundreds of verses about them came down [from the heavens] and appeared in the Koran. And in them it is told of the corruption of their qualities and their evil intentions... Had Allah not protected your Beloved, he would have been a victim of the Jews' treachery, he would have been one of the thousands of prophets that were murdered by the Jews...

This [May 15, the day the PA marks Israel's Independence] is the hardest day of remembrance for the Palestinian people - because with the loss of Palestine, the Arab nation was lost, and with the establishment of the false State of Israel, the whole Muslim nation was lost.

With the establishment of the State of Israel, the entire Muslim nation was lost because Israel is a cancer that spread in the body of the Islamic nation; because the Jews are a virus similar to AIDS, from which the entire world is suffering. This has been proven in history. Read the history! I don't want you to read the Koran, because the Koran is clear and permanent and we all believe it, but for those who do not believe the Koran, we say to them: read the history... You'll find that Jews behind every conflict on Earth. The suffering of nations? The Jews are behind it! Ask Britain! What did it do to the Jews at the beginning of the sixth century? What did they do to the Jews? [They] chased them down them, made them suffer, and prevented them from entering for more than 300 consecutive years... Ask France what it did to the Jews! They made them suffer, chased them down and burned their Talmud, for the conflicts that they [i.e. Jews] tried to ignite in France in the period of Louis XI. Ask Portugal what it did to the Jews! Ask Czarist Russia - who hosted the Jews and they plotted to murder the Czar! And they were massacred again and again. Don't ask Germany what it did to the Jews, since the Jews are the ones who provoked the Nazis so the world would go to war against it. On the day the Jews provoked - through the Zionist movement - the nations of the world to fight Germany economically, and to boycott German goods; on the day that they incited Russia, Britain, France and Italy, the anger of the Germans toward the Jews increased significantly, and what happened - happened at that time so that [Holocaust] Remembrance Day is commemorated by the Jews to this day.

For they are doing worse things than what was done to them in the era of the Nazi war. It is likely some of them were killed, and it is likely some of them were burned, but they're exaggerating the description [of the Holocaust] in order to gain [the attention of] world media, and world sympathy.

The worst criminal acts in history were perpetrated upon the Jews, but they are not worse than those perpetrated upon the inhabitants of Palestine. What was done to the Jews is a crime, but isn't what they are doing in Palestine a crime?

The Jews did not have a national home on this earth because they are liars! They are liars if they say that the establishment of a national home in Palestine appears in their faith. They were never interested in and never considered the establishment of a national home in Palestine itself. They were interested in a national home in any place at all, any place at all... Britain is the one that promised them the establishment of a national home on the land of Palestine. Why? Because Britain was disgusted by the Jewish presence there, in Britain, and wanted to be relieved of them, and therefore promised to establish a national home in Palestine?

The right [of the Jews] stems from their power, but our right - or our power - stems from our right. The rights of the Jews stem from their power, and power is transient?

Know, O Muslims, that the Jews in their conferences, led by the cursed Herzl did not set Palestine as their goal for the establishment of a national home...

Herzl admitted, and said: 'We could have accepted the establishment of a national home in Mozambique.' Mozambique, which Portugal wanted to give them - also to get rid of them ... Liar - anyone who says that the Jews have any rights to this land aside - besides being occupiers. And they will disappear!...

The Jews have the power of a balloon; it isn't real. Why? Because the Jews drew their power from the Muslims' weakness - our weakness. They drew their power from our weakness... If we wished to measure power, then [we'd find that] power is the power of character, the power of determination and faith is the real power. And the Jews have nothing of that power. Because Allah, who created them, is the one who confirmed that to us...

Allah is the one who says that the Jews have the character of cowards; they fear Muslims more then they fear Allah...

The Palestinian nation is the strongest on earth. Look at all the civilizations! Look at all the states! Look at all the civilizations and forces and empires. Where did Great Britain disappear? Where did the Czar's Russia disappear? Where did France, which almost ruled the world, disappear? Where did Nazi Germany, which massacred millions and ruled the earth, disappear? Where did all those forces disappear? In Allah's will, He will get rid of the USA like he got rid of them. He caused Russia to disappear within a day, and He is the one Who can remove the USA and bring it down, and so He shall do it, in Allah's will...

We [Muslims] have ruled the world [in the past] and a day will come, by Allah, and we shall rule the world [again]. The day will come and we shall rule America, Britain, we shall rule the entire world, except the Jews. The Jews will not live under our rule agreeably permanently, since they have been treacherous in nature throughout history. A day will come when all shall rest from the Jews, even the tree and the stone, which have suffered from them. Listen to your Beloved [Muhammad], who tells you about the most dire end awaiting the Jews. The tree and the stone want the Muslim to bring every Jew to his end. You all know the Hadith." [PA TV, May 13, 2005]

Mudayris here is referring to following Hadith:

"The Hour [Resurrection] will not come until the Muslims make war against the Jews and kill them, and until a Jew hiding behind a rock and tree, and the rock and tree will say: "Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!"

He explains that the fulfillment of the often-preached Hadith means the extermination of every last Jew is Allah's will and is, thus, inevitable.

Itamar Marcus is director of PMW - Palestinian Media Watch - (http://www.pmw.org.il). PMW is based in Jerusalem. Barbara Crook, a writer and university lecturer based in Ottawa, Canada, is PMW's North American representative.

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, May 16, 2005.

This is a development I predicted about seven or so years ago when the Knesset failed to renew the Yeshah enabling law. That law created the legal structure for the application of Israeli law in Yeshah. Since Yeshah is not a part of the State of Israel (it was unfortunately never annexed) but disputed territory, Israeli law no more applies to it than to London or Los Angles. It was legislated shortly after the liberation of Yeshah from the Arabs. When it was not renewed, Yeshah was officially under military occupation law. That meant that the legal status of the Jews in Yeshah was identical to that of the Arabs.

As we have seen, the reality has been that the status of the Jews is less than that of the Arabs. No one is claiming that the Arabs have no human or civil rights. No one is attempting to exterminate their communities and ethnically cleanse Yeshah of Arabs.

Furthermore, there is an Israel dimension to this. Israeli law requires people in certain categories to live in Israel or lose their status. All members of the security forces (police, military, SHABAK and such) must live in Israel. Also to have a licence to be a lawyer, doctor, dentist and dozens of other professions, one must live in Israel. A member of the Knesset is also required to live in Israel and to vote in Israeli elections one must live in Israel.

When the Yeshah law was not renewed, I warned people that at some time in the future an Attorney General would suddenly "discover" that all those Jews living in Yeshah are no longer in Israel. They are all in fact in HUTZ LEARTZ, outside the State of Israel. That is, after all, the real implications of this opinion. Its consequences will no doubt be selectively applied.

If Yeshah is not under Israeli law then why do we pay VAT? Why are we paying any Israeli taxes at all? What are Israeli policemen doing arresting people? Why do we go to Israeli courts? You get the picture. These consequences will of course not be mentioned. What will be pointed out is that the Jews in Yeshah have no rights as Israelis and the Government can do as it pleases.

That, by the way, is clearly not the case. The legal status of Jews in Yeshah is no worse than that of the Arabs and time and time again, Israeli courts have awarded Arabs in Yeshah all sorts of human and civil rights.

What should be clear is that this is not a legal opinion but a political decision. The decision being to strip the Jews of Yeshah of all rights as a precursor to driving us all out of our homes. The Judenrat has been ordered to make Yeshah Judenrein and they will obey orders!

This a news item from today's Arutz Sheva (www.IsraelNationalNews.com). It is called "Atty. Gen.'s Office Doubts if Yesha Jews Protected by Israeli Law." It is archived at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=82009

(IsraelNN.com) The Attorney General's office has expressed doubts as to whether Israelis living in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha) are protected by basic Israel human rights legislation.

The Ha'aretz newspaper today reported that the lawyers in the Attorney General's office will be meeting to discuss whether or not Israelis in Yesha are protected by Israeli law. According to the office, the areas in question have an "unclear" legal status.

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

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Posted by NGO Monitor, May 16, 2005.


* When NGOs with strong political and ideological agendas are utilized by journalists with the same biases, the combination can be particularly explosive. An usually clear example is found in the case of the BBC radio program "From Our Own Correspondent", broadcast on 28 April, 2005. Guerin's headline "Palestinians fear for Jerusalem's future" provides further evidence of her anti-Israel agenda. Beyond the evident bias which essentially ignored the Jewish dimensions of Jerusalem (including the destruction and desecration of the Jewish Quarter before 1967), Guerin included a lengthy interview with ICAHD's Jeff Halper, who just happened to show up "to admire the view". As demonstrated in NGO Monitor's report, ICAHD - funded by the European Union under the assumed flag of promoting "human rights" - is essentially a one-man NGO that specializes in demonization and promoting the campaign to label Israel as an "apartheid state". In this blatantly staged interview, Halper was ready to provide Guerin with the appropriate quotes, referring to alleged Israeli land grabs, and invoking the standard Palestinian themes of victimization. This is a blatant violation of professional standards by a journalist, and the exploitation of the rhetoric of human rights for political ends.



* BADIL, which leads the subversive Palestinian political campaign for the "right of return" and is active in anti-Israel incitement, applied for accreditation with the UN Economic and Social Council. Such status gives NGOs a platform to submit reports to delegates and take part in various official activities. As noted in NGO Monitor's report and analysis of BADIL, its extremist anti-Israel political agenda is incompatible with universal human rights norms. The NGO Monitor report on BADIL was circulated among the members of ECOSOC, reflected in the questioning and discussion, and contributed to the decision to defer BADIL's application. According to press reports, "...Germany's representative asked if the NGO had ever dealt with the issue of terrorism. The representative of Cuba wanted to know if the organization made a distinction between terrorism and national liberation movements, while the representative of the United States asked the organizations position regarding the land issue between Israel and Palestine. The Observer of Palestine voiced strong support for the application."



* Despite its worthwhile efforts in other parts of the world, Mercy Corps pursues a politically-charged campaign against Israel, under the banner of Palestinian human rights. Mercy Corps fails to acknowledge efforts by Israel to alleviate suffering and the reasons behind Israel's security measures, while ignoring Palestinian corruption and terrorism, which contribute to this humanitarian crisis. Read the article at www.ngo-monitor.org/editions/v3n09/ MercyCorpsHumanitarianAssistanceMarred ByAntiIsraeliPropaganda.htm



* The Geneva-based NGO known as COHRE has joined BADIL in publishing a highly biased political attack against Israel. BADIL's agenda and activities have been analyzed in detail by NGO Monitor and COHRE's director, Scott Leckie, is a former staff member at the PLO's Palestinian Negotiations Support Unit. The 2000-2002 biennial report states "COHRE and BADIL are planning to jointly hire a lobbyist to co-ordinate a campaign to change policies within various UN agencies and States with regard to the right of Palestinian refugees to repossess the properties confiscated by Israel since 1947." (p. 61) This report is part of that political campaign. COHRE's donors include The Body Shop, Ford Foundation, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Germany), Canada (CIDA), Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden (SIDA), United Kingdom (DFID), Smith Richardson Foundation, UN-Habitat Programme, UNHCR,UNIFEM, and the World Bank.



* The academic boycott instituted by the Association of University Teachers in the UK on April 22 was based on the activities of the Palestinian NGO Network, an organization that uses the guise of a "civil society" human rights network to promote an extremist pro-Palestinian agenda designed to justify violence against Israel. Read article at www.ngo-monitor.org/editions/v3n09/ TheCentralRoleOfPNGOInTheAUTAcademicBoycott.htm



* The recently concluded 61st Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights was again characterized by intense political attacks focused against Israel, in which many NGOs played a major role. Read article at www.ngo-monitor.org/editions/v3n09/ NGOsTargetIsraelAtUNCHRMeeting.htm



* Draft Report on Human Rights Watch: a Comparative Analysis of Activities in the Middle East by NGO Monitor Download article from ComparativeAnalysisOfHRWMEActivities.pdf



* Since the Ford Foundation issued guidelines and declared its intention to implement more stringent funding guidelines, there has been limited progress with a number of highly politicized NGOs continuing to receive Ford funding. As the following update demonstrates, implementation is taking place, but slowly, and with very limited transparency. Read article at www.ngo-monitor.org/editions/v3n09/ FordFoundationUpdateApril05.htm



* Reflecting Amnesty's consistently fierce pro-Palestinian political agenda, this NGO's latest report on women's rights in the Palestinian territories also blames Israel for intra-Palestinian violence against women. Rather than a significant examination of this issue, the document, which relies on biased sources and lacks credibility, exploits this issue in the political campaign against Israel. The authors patronizingly deny Palestinian society the maturity to act responsibly, instead blaming Israeli policies for these failures. Read article at www.ngo-monitor.org/editions/v3n09/ AIExploitsWomensRights.htm



* Michele Chabin, "Dovish Group Stung By Own Grantee," The Jewish Week, April 15, 2005

* Latest Allegation from UK "Charity" Christian Aid: "Israeli Strikes Cost British Tax Payers Millions," Christian Aid, April 25, 2005.

The NGO Monitor organization (www.ngo-monitor.org) promotes critical debate and accountability of human rights NGOs in the Arab Israeli Conflict.

Note that the original article contained dynamic links to additional material - see http://www.ngo-monitor.org.

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Posted by Deb Kotz, May 16, 2005.

See also the AFSI bloged below. about plans for Sunday, May 22 in NYC and Monday-Tuesday, May 23-24, in Washington, D.C.

Protests in the U.S. and Israel, a hunger strike and solidarity visits to Gaza and northern Samaria are planned this week amid growing worldwide opposition to evacuating Jews from their homes.

Students from 46 college campuses are to begin a strike Sunday and stage a hunger strike on Monday opposite the offices of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, while other groups are planning simultaneous acts of civil disobedience.

The unilateral aspect of the surrender of Jewish Gaza has bolstered opposition from both religious and secular circles. "We understand the logic of peace for peace, and maybe even land for peace," said student organizer Ron Shoval. "But what is the logic of land for terror? The struggle for the future of the country is not only that of the settlers. We are secular and religious students from both sides of the Green Line against the disengagement program."

In the United States, protestors decked out in orange, the color that has become symbolic of support for Jewish life in Gaza and northern Samaria, are preparing a noisy reception for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who is scheduled to visit the U.S. next Sunday.

The Coalition of Americans to Save Gush Katif/Gaza and the N. Shomron Communities is promoting a mass protest and prayer vigil in New York City on Sunday, May 22. While Prime Minister Sharon will be a visiting guest of the Conference of Presidents, Federation and the Israeli Consulate, thousands of expected protestors will be standing outside at Baruch College at 17 Lexington Ave. & 23 St. The organizers are urging attendees to wear orange clothing or purchase orange t-shirts at the demonstration.

Prominent Rabbis and public figures who will speak at the rally include Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) National President Morton Klein, New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, and Rabbis Steven Pruzansky, Heshy Reichman, Moshe Tendler, and Neil Winkler.

The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations has voted to support the evacuation but has rejected a move to publicize its support. Liberal groups within the umbrella organization plan to publish pro-Sharon advertisements this week.

Malcolm Hoenlein, vice-president of the Conference, admits, "We're headed for more difficult times... It will be very difficult for a lot of people to see Jews taken from their homes."

Sharon fears that opposition to his plan will make it difficult to win Congressional support for massive aid, including $1.6 billion to help fund the evacuation. A House Appropriations Committee member questioned whether Congress would approve more aid. "What's the rationale? Israel says it's taking a unilateral action in its own interest."

ZOA president Klein said his group "should be telling people that any extra funding that is being considered to help facilitate the forced deportation of Jews is funding used to violate human rights."

The ZOA also noted that the American population as a whole has reversed its opinion of two years ago concerning the establishment of a new Arab state. Most respondents to the poll prefer a new state only after an end to violence and recognition of Israel. Two years ago, the majority favored the idea that a new state would foster peace.

Active support for Jews under the threat of evacuation is coming from Jewish groups who are scheduled to visit Gush Katif in the coming weeks. New York State Assembly Delegate Dov Hikind is to lead his second mission in early June, following a mission by Americans for a Safe Israel this month. The group has prepared a back-up plan to stay in nearby Ashkelon in the event that the government tries to prevent them from entering Gush Katif.

Several members of Hikind's first mission were detained at the airport when they arrived and underwent questioning and a "debriefing." Officials told them they could not visit Gush Katif because it was a closed military zone.

Hikind explained to the officials that his group comes from a country where protesting government policy is a right of every citizen, and that members of his mission would not be discouraged from exercising the same right in democratic Israel. After their release, they boarded buses and freely entered the area, which had not been closed to civilians.

Deb Kotz is an active member of the Brandeis Chapter of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and maintains an email list to distribute articles of interest to the local community. She can be reached at DebKotz@aol.com

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Posted by David Ben-Ariel, May 16, 2005.

It doesn't matter in principle, whether it's an inch of land or a mile, the Jewish homeland is the Jewish homeland and its people and land must not be abandoned. It is the Arabs who must be taught the fear of God and the IDF and expelled for the sworn enemies they remain.

The whole premise of removing the Jews "for their own safety" isn't sound. Safe until when? Until the Arabs start terrorizing them again? And then what? Pick up and leave again and again and again....

It is better to STAND YOUR HOLY GROUND AND REMOVE THE THREAT. Israel ought to be planning on expelling those who would terrorize the innocent, those who would chase Jews like hornets from their homes and properties, and remove from office those who give in to such Arab blackmail and cower before such terrorist threats!

May the Jews in exile return Home, leaving their towns, villages and cities BY CHOICE and loving obedience to the God of the Hebrews, not made under duress or threat, and such "home" towns should correctly be put into persespective, seen as temporary home towns, stops on the sojourn, rest stops along the way Home.

Such faithful actions of leaving the sukkot of the exile for the Bayit Shlishi of Eretz Yisrael, following the divine directives, are not to be compared to the faithless retreat from parts of the Jewish homeland due to the cruel and unusual demands of a pharoah from within.

Aliyah is the lifeblood of the nation. Help Israel live and return to Zion!

For Zion's Sake,
David Ben-Ariel

David Ben-Ariel is author of "Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall." Contact him at http://www.benariel.com

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Posted by Women in Green, May 16, 2005.

This article was written by Sarah Honig, and it appeared in The Jerusalem Post, May 11, 2005

Yad Mordechai, Nitzanim, Kfar Etzion and Kfar Darom share much in common. All were lost to invading Arab forces during the vicious existential war imposed on the newborn Jewish state in 1948. All were eventually won back, all resettled and reclaimed from the utter ruin to which unbridled hate reduced them.

The first to fall, and perhaps the most emotively remembered, was Kfar Etzion on the Jerusalem-Hebron road. Its area was purchased by Jews in 1927, but the small settlement founded there was devastated in the 1929 murderous Arab pogroms, which also eradicated Hebron's ancient Jewish community. The settlement was resurrected in 1932 and named Kfar Etzion for the orange grower who owned the holding. It was redestroyed in the bloody Arab insurgency of 1936. The JNF restored it in 1943, when it became a religious (Hapoel Hamizrahi) kibbutz.

Kfar Etzion was defeated on May 14 - the day Israel declared its independence. Its captured defenders were cold-bloodedly massacred.

Next in the tragic chronology came Yad Mordechai, bordering the edge of today's Gaza Strip and named after the Warsaw Ghetto uprising's heroic leader. The Hashomer Hatzair kibbutz straddled the strategic invasion route by which the Egyptian army strove to penetrate all the way to Tel Aviv. It was, therefore, pounded with the full might and ferocity of the Egyptian army.

A small besieged band with scant light weaponry held back tanks, artillery and infantry regiments, but finally, on May 23, after a six-day battle in which 24 defenders were killed, Yad Mordechai was overwhelmed. Its survivors escaped under the cover of darkness.

The story of more northerly Nitzanim is similar. Founded by Haoved Hatzioni on JNF land, it too took the brunt of Egyptian attacks. Again it was persevering resistance of the few against the many until the Egyptians overpowered the defenders, on June 8. There were casualties, POWs, MIAs, atrocities, sadistically mutilated corpses and gang rapes.

KFAR DAROM held out the longest, but its plight was identical and every bit as hopeless.

Its western Negev plot was acquired by citrus farmer Tuvia Miller in 1930. His groves were ravaged repeatedly during the 1936-39 Arab riots. In 1945 the JNF bought him out and Kfar Darom was established as another Hapoel Hamizrahi kibbutz. It was named after a talmudic-period village in the vicinity.

Kfar Darom too constituted an obstacle on the Egyptian penetration path into the coastal plain, inviting brutal battering and interminable shelling.

A major offensive on May 10 was thwarted at close range by besieged pioneers, none of whom emerged unhurt. Seventy Arab dead were left behind and Kfar Darom's incredible stand became legend. A relief convoy, which barely broke through on May 15, only made things worse. Its men, many of them injured, were entrapped in the blockaded kibbutz as well, and the few provisions left now had to stretch further. Nevertheless - outnumbered, hungry, thirsty and bleeding - the defenders foiled another large-scale Egyptian onslaught that very day.

Kfar Darom hung on by sheer grit for several more months. There was no way to remove the wounded, relieve any beleaguered fighters, deliver ammunition or replenish severely dwindling supplies.

Attempts to parachute food in failed. Another rescue convoy was ambushed and managed to sneak out only eight days later with some walking-wounded and women. Before sunrise on July 8 the remaining defenders clandestinely retreated along with stretcher-borne wounded, their few guns and two Torah scrolls.

There was an epilogue, however.

Six months after Yad Mordechai and Nitzanim fell, the IDF liberated them.

The same happened to Kfar Etzion and Kfar Darom - but after a 19-year delay.

The Six Day War returned both to Jewish hands.

All four once-lost settlements were lovingly revived. Nobody nowadays would imagine ceding Yad Mordechai or Nitzanim. Their earlier liberation placed them within the Green Line. For now, the vast majority of Israelis consider it sacrilege to even suggest giving up Kfar Etzion. Its bloodletting and courage are still part of our fading national lore.

But phoenix-like Kfar Darom - twice destroyed and twice arisen from its ashes - is about to be surrendered. It isn't because of battlefield disasters but because an uncoerced Israeli government decided to unilaterally sacrifice it. That's all that differentiates Kfar Darom from Kfar Etzion (also liberated from Arab occupation in 1967), or from Yad Mordechai and Nitzanim (fellow victims of genocidal Egyptian aggression).

What will the sacrifice of Kfar Darom prove? Only that trendy defeatist dogma considers Jewish losses irretrievable, while Arab losses are inherently reversible and mandate a return to square one.

Jews are portable. They can never legitimately regain territory forcibly wrested from them. If they do, they'll be branded unlawful occupiers. This is something for all the good folks in Yad Mordechai, Nitzanim and Kfar Etzion to lose sleep over.

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

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Posted by Richard H. Shulman, May 16, 2005.


Do diplomats meet to exchange views or to exert pressure and to ratify their agreements and make it seem as if they, themselves, worked out the agreements?

The joint greetings, joint communiqués, or press releases are all treacle. They cite traditional cooperation between their countries, meaning past, discontinued cooperation. They find and tout sentimental points of coinciding between their cultures. Overdoing it, they paper over significant incompatibilities. The Turkish Premier and Russian Presidents visiting Israel pretended to come as friends but hope to influence Israel to make suicidal sacrifices and to claim credit for it among anti-Zionist proponents of the fraudulent peace process.

They compete to drive another nail into the Zionist coffin, and the media competes to depict their demolition as construction.


I met a well-meaning woman who, although not conversant with Judaism, had hit upon some of its key ethics. One is love for one's fellow Jews, which she finds in short supply. This is true, but whereas she thinks it is a shortage on the part of the religious, I find it a shortage mostly of the secularists. She sees the Arab-Israel conflict by the light of the "NY Times," whereas I see through the "Times" to it. It is the advantage I have of access to multiple viewpoints. We come from the same city, but it is as if we live in different worlds.

She had the popular misconception that Pres. Bush was favorable to Israel. I averred that his war on terrorism has stopped short of the Palestinian Arab terrorists. He pursues the subtle State Dept. anti-Zionism, manifested most when Pres. Truman had to keep his intention of approving the UN Resolution for Israeli statehood secret from that Dept., lest it sabotage it. Pres. Bush expresses sometimes friendship for Israel and sometimes neutrality. These two stances are incompatible, for if one is neutral about the Arabs, whose goal is to conquer Israel, one cannot be Israel's friend. He demands steps of Israel that would get its people killed and its country conquered.

When she attributed violent internecine Jewish antagonism to the religious, I explained that the secular Jews of Israel call the ultra-Orthodox "lice", liken them to the Nazis, and take the Arab side against the Jewish people as a whole. She correctly reminded me that the anti-Zionist Satmar Hasidim and their Israeli counterparts in the Naturei Kartei sect liken Israel to Nazi Germany (without citing examples). I didn't have time to explain how few there are of these misguided souls, for she went on to assert that the Right threatened the lives of Israel's leaders.

I denied it, so she countered with, "They murdered Rabin, didn't they?" "No," I answered, but before I could cite the evidence, the party we were at moved on, as relatives paid tribute to their grandmother. I was left musing over the false assumptions that the "Times" inculcates in people.

The "Times" presents to its readers, such as that woman, a simple but false picture of the Arab-Israel conflict. The "Times" has been manipulating such news since about the 1920s - it is a pioneer of advocacy journalism. As the last article in May "Commentary" points out, the "Times" minimized the Jewish dimension of the Holocaust for selfish, neurotic reasons. The "Times" at one time also minimized the Soviet threat, the Communism of Castro, and the danger of the Sandinistas. There is a media conspiracy against Israel.

The media obscures to that woman the conspiracies by the Quartet against Israel and by the Left against Zionism. She doesn't know about the leftist government's dirty tricks that led to the demonization of the religious Right, the murder of Rabin, and the false allegation of death threats now.

The Left drums up hysteria against non-existent religious extremism, then demands action against the religious.


This is an important question. Why do some of those who opposed Oslo as naïve about peace and harmful to Israel now favor PM Sharon's plan to abandon Gaza and northern Samaria? They know that the Arabs have not changed. Instead of analyzing the effects of abandonment upon the US (and Israel), leading conservatives vaguely call it a "bold step." There is no basis for their favoring this plan. (The effects would be deleterious for the US and disastrous for Israel.)

The main answer is that they trust Pres. Bush and PM Sharon as hawks. They assume that Pres. Bush does not appease the Arabs, whom he insists democratize. They rely upon Ariel Sharon's reputation as a defender of Israel to prevent his surrender of Israel (Jewish Political Chronicle, 3/2005, p.11 from Ruthie Blum, Jer. Post, 2/17).

The Bush and Sharon reputations are not understood or still deserved. Facing indictment, Sharon is a tool of the leftist Attorney-General, who, in return, staves off indicting him. Bush follows the State Dept. and oil industry. What wishful thinking, to rely upon the word of two notoriously duplicitous politicians!

Politicians tenure is brief, and time flies. Assurances from even a sincere politician is fleeting. Fact is, the abandonment plan has nothing to commend it and much to abhor about it. When presented with a plan that does surrender to a jihadist enemy, it is time to notice that Bush has made an exception of his war on terrorism to support the Arab terrorist war on Israel. Are the supposed American hawks so childish as to take the pledge of a President who does not keep his word or weasel-words his pledge? Having been President more than four years, how is it that he has continued aiding the P.A. rather than urging Israel to finish it off or at least suspending US aid until the P.A. actually does crack down on terrorism?


Arabs and Iranians in the West have at least two dozen satellite TV stations to select from. These stations broadcast the leading Islamist imams. Their messages feature hatred.

Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi found it "beautiful" to watch the Twin Towers fall, in punishment of the "wretched" Americans. Western Muslims broadcast appeals to wage jihad. That was what a London imam recently did. Another London imam claimed that the rest of the world is waging psychological warfare upon Muslims (who are the aggressors but pretend to be the victims), but the Muslims are the stronger, because of faith in the "one true religion." The Sheikh of Al-Azhar in Egypt urged confrontation. Typical message: kill Christians, Jews, and US soldiers.

Are these messages effective? Yes. Captured terrorists say they were influenced by Qaradhawi's sermons, leading Saudi religious authorities, and Al Jazeera station. Islamic broadcasting rouses Muslims to commit holy war.

In reaction, France has banned two channels, and the EU seeks to ban some. The answer is to block transmission of all Islamist stations (Steven Stalinsky, NY Sun, 5/11, p.6), just as we seek to block transmission of terrorism funding, arms, and personnel.

The West should bar Muslim immigrants and deport those earlier accepted. That would remove a fertile source of Islamists. It is not tolerance to keep those apostles of intolerance but foolish to admit a potential fifth column that increasingly radicalizes.


Abbas asserted that: (1) The frontier must return to that as of before the 1967 war; (2) The Palestinian Arabs must have their entire homeland; (3) All the Jewish settlements in it are illegal and must be evacuated; and (4) Meanwhile the IDF must adhere to the agreement for it to withdraw from the P.A. cities. P.A. TV reasserted a right by the descendants of the Arab refugees from Israel to move to Israel. (They call them refugees, but only some of the oldest among them are.) The P.A. welcomes Russia's proposal for a peace conference.

According to P.A. election rules (which in this case are like Israel's), P.A. broadcasters are not supposed to allow electioneering shortly before elections. For Abbas, P.A. radio and TV broke the rules (IMRA, 5/4 from Michael Widlanski).

"Israel, obviously, could not go to the final-status negotiating table denying the Palestinians' (Arabs) right to a state. Yet the Palestinians are openly doing just that to Israel when they claim a 'right' to move to Jaffa, Acre and elsewhere in Israel" (Jewish Political Chronicle, 3/2005 from Jer. Post, 3/27).

Just before the 1967 war, Gaza was controlled by Egypt, and Judea-Samaria was controlled by Jordan, as a result of invasion. Would Abbas like his territory to return to that (illegal) status?

Is he sincere about wanting just Yesha? No, not when he talks about having the entire homeland. Abbas does not tell the West, and most of the Western media does not report, that the P.A. considers Israel part of its homeland. (I deny that any part of the Land of Israel is the Arabs' homeland, but that is a different issue.) He is applying the PLO doctrine of the conquest of Israel in phases, first to undo the territorial results of the 1967 war, and later to undo the territorial results of the 1948 war. If Israel gives in on withdrawing from Yesha, then the Arabs would turn to demanding further withdrawal, from Israel, itself. Making two states is no solution.

In demanding IDF withdrawal from P.A. cities in accordance with an agreement, Abbas reflects the dishonest Arab attitude towards agreements. While violating the agreement, themselves, the Arabs demand that the party against whom they are violating the agreement nevertheless keep the agreement. Arab policy is to exempt themselves form compliaiance but denounce the infidels fro suspending compliance in reaction to Arab violations.

After maintaining illegal militias, committing war crimes, building illegally, and breaking all its other agreements, the PLO hypocritically and incorrectly calls Jewish settlement illegal. The P.A. is known for the absence not only of the rule of law but for the absence of a body of law. If the Western media had a bit of integrity, it would expose this improper PLO stance. Newspapers could be much more interesting if they reported the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but truth.

Abbas insists that the Arabs whose families at one time had lived in Israel and mostly for a shorter period than in their current residency, now be allowed to flock in to Israel, which they hate and which they say oppresses Arabs! This reveals his imperialist double standard. The Arabs have explained that the purpose of this demand is to destroy Israel. Although much of the US media acknowledges that such is the purpose, it fails to connect this purpose to its evaluation of Abbas. His purpose is extremist, but the media still calls him moderate. Mentally in a rut, the media fails to see what is before it.

Abbas, supposedly a moderate, is extremist in following the phased conquest plan of the PLO. What temerity in demanding IDF withdrawal from P.A. cities. How hypocritical to call Jewish settlements illegal. In demanding a "right of return," he is seeking to destroy Israel.

Israel had better declare that Arab violations of Oslo void it. This would free Israel from an impossible position. It had agreed to negotiate a final status agreement with fanatics who remain dedicated to demanding too much and to using agreements to soften Israel for invasion.


"Enormous progress" has been made towards what the Bush administration demands, a "two-state solution." The border doesn't matter as much as that there may be one between "two respectful nations." (Jewish Political Chronicle, 3/2005, p.14 from Boston Herald, 4/12, Ed..)

It isn't a "solution," when the Arab world does not accept a Jewish state and the P.A. intends using statehood to destroy the Jewish state. Is that hard to understand? P.A. defamation is so vile, how can the "Boston Herald" think the P.A. may be "respectful" of Israel?


The President of Columbia U. has denounced a proposed boycott of some Israeli universities (because it upheld academic standards against a leftist fraud). He called it an "unacceptable attack on the basic tenets of academic freedom and scholarly life." Some of his professors signed onto that boycott. Therefore the "NY Sun" asks, why doesn't he denounce those faculty members of his and ask whether such supporters of "antisemitic discrimination ought to be trusted in the classroom with Jewish and Israeli students" (5/6, Ed.). They would mislead all students.

When will college presidents discover that the so-called scholars they have brought in from Arab areas have come not to study and teach but to wage jihad by indoctrination?


Pres. Bush asked Congress to appropriate $350 million directly to the P.A. for political, economic, and security reforms. According to the "Times," the new head of the P.A. "has been struggling to rein in extremist factions." In a "vote of no-confidence" in Abbas, the House of Representatives approved $200 million, but not directly to the P.A. $150 million was to go through US agencies, NGOs, and philanthropic groups. "Adding insult to injury," $50 million was set aside for Israel to build terminals for people at checkpoints, and $2 million to Hasaddah (5/9, Ed.)

What "reforms?" Unifying his forces so they could more effectively fight Israel? What does "rein in" terrorist groups mean? Abbas won't disarm and arrest them; he recruits and arms them. He doesn't tell them they never must wage war, he tells them to wait until he is finished negotiating. Terrorism is continuing. Naturally Israel has to maintain checkpoints, as the House realized. Abbas warrants more than a vote of no confidence but an arrest warrant for terrorism.

The "Times'" language about aid to Israel "adding insult to injury" is careless. The "Times" usually cloaks its anti-Zionism in words friendlier to the Jewish state.

Shouldn't the House have realized is that in the totalitarian P.A., collectively waging jihad, NGOs almost all follow the official line and are part of the jihad?


The NGOs at that Commission again singled out Israel for (unfair) criticism and ignored actual Palestinian Arab oppression. They condemned Israel for its defensive methods, imputing all sorts of motives to them except defense against terrorism. Terrorism is a basic denial of human rights that the Commission ignores. They refer to Arab suffering and not to Israeli suffering from Arab attacks. Waxing hysterical, they refer to Israeli "war crimes" and "ethnic cleansing," though war crimes are the Arab method and ethnic cleansing of Jews is Sharon's Arab goal. Amnesty Intl. and Human Rights Watch criticized the double standards involved, but the latter was unfair to Israel, itself (IMRA, 5/5).

Hooray for Amnesty Intl.!

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

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Posted by Evelyn Hayes, May 16, 2005.

Have they told you they don't want to be political, refuse to listen and are silencing those who don't accept the unacceptable, calling it a done deal even as more than ever are protesting?

Have you noticed the actions of those refusing to obey the unacceptable? Remember the largest demonstrations in Israel, the 200,000 in Jerusalem, the four day march of the children of Gush Katif to the Kotel to save their homes, the eleven hour traffic jam to Gush Katif last Israel Independence Day, the human chain from Gush Katif to Jerusalem, three thick and shoulder to shoulder with a lot of friends strolling in unity with those acting to keep their country united and sane? Have you noticed the resignations in the Knesset, the Army, the masses who are refusing to fight their brethren and to surrender to evil?

Are you shocked that those who silence those who are acting with responsibility act as if they are the majority? Have you noticed the MK firings, the threats, the political bribes and rewards? As reported in the Jewish Week, we see that the President's Conference may show public support for the pullouts initiated by the Geneva Coup-ers who were voted out of office and are acting like officials; Seymour Reich would make statements of political manipulation to express for the silenced; The Anti-Defamation League together with the Union of Reform Judaism, Bnai Brith International even Hadassah are also considering getting into the politics against the Jewish people to disclaim legitimate protests, wasting money on ads in media that is biased against Israel to further the bias while the Israel economy is suffering from ghettoing itself in, building walls while supporting and arming its proclaimed enemies, who are also the enemies of America?

It is time to do one line ads while directing all our charities to the Jews on the line some uncivil Jews would cut, underfunded schools and yeshivas, the Jewish children of unemployed families suffering poverty and the Jewish communities threatened by disengagement from homes, livelihoods, schools, shuls, cemeteries. It is time to fax the Prime Minister and US President and the organizations trying to speak for those they silence to stop the pan-jihad appeasement policy. It is time to call the media and say that the politics of the anti-political is gagging the voices of democracy, erasing the pages of history and aiding, abetting and enabling pre-meditated mass murderers of Jews and world jihad against all dhimmis.

Democracy rests on responsibility. Basics of Judaism are not to murder, steal or commit false witness. The Disengagement Plan appeases murderers lusting to loot the property of the Jews and excludes the facts of the Bible, Jewish history and Jewish survival and reclamation. The Disengagement Plan enables wrong to the rights of those who have turned sand dunes into gardens with the most praiseworthy acts of creation and production. Bulldozing the most admired accomplishments of our time for the most evil suicide jihadniks is a crime of the greatest injustice to the Jewish refugee who has achieved dignity again and to the world suffering jihad.

As the anti-political are going to the press to politically exile the Jews from their history, homeland and future, it is time for all of the wise and compassionate to impress the truth on those who follow the politics of the silencers without knowledge and with prejudice. Why are those who never heard of Gush Katif ready to condemn their fellow Jews to refugee camps again by illegal and harsh, cruel, brutal force.

How many minds have been changed by just looking at the pictures of the Gush Katif children, refugees of Arab lands, second and third generation in communities of their families for three generations. As our brethren wear orange, are even under scrutiny for wearing orange, it is time for us to unite and wdxear orange to support our people. I see a parade of orange on Israel Independence Day this year. As we walk alongside Central Park, let orange be the vitamin C to stop the plague and be a statement for the continued engagement of the Jewish people with their Holy Land and Higher Morality. Not being political means being responsible, vocal and acting as a free citizen in a free land. It means saying no to the crime of expulsion of Jews from their land and the destruction of miracles. It means not saying yes to Jihad that says no to life, liberty and the pursuits of all dhimmis.

Let Jihad go away. Let our people stay.

Evelyn Hayes is author of The Plague Series: "The Eleventh Plague, TWINS, because their hearts are softened to accept the unacceptable" and "The Twelfth Plague, GENERATIONS, because the lion wears stripes." and "Thirteen, REDEMPTION, if" Contact her by email at haze@rcn.com

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Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, May 16, 2005.

See the true face of the Junta. Read this a few times and understand the depth of evil of people who can do such things. This is a news item from today's Arutz-7 and is archived at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=81987

(IsraelNN.com) Israel's Prison Service is considering opening a nursery school for children whose parents have been arrested trying to stop the government from forcibly expelling Jews from their homes in Gaza and northern Samaria.

According to Israeli law, children under the age of two can be sent to jail to be with their parents when both parents have been imprisoned. The Justice Ministry has yet to determine what to do with children over the age of two.

The Prisons Service has already prepared 900 places to imprison demonstrators in the Ma'asiyahu prison in Ramle and the Dekel prison in Beersheva.

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

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Posted by Janet Lehr, May 15, 2005.

How lucky can we get?

The Israeli government again permits PA police to carry guns on the West Bank which includes Jericho and Tulkarem. Just months ago there was considerable concern voiced by Sharon himself because Abbas was not arresting terrorists in Jericho and Tulkarem, a specific condition of Israel's withdrawal from these towns. If this seems like Oslo redux to you, it does to me too.

A recent poll showed that only 53% of Israeli's favor disengagement. What might on first glance seem like a majority, though a slim majority of Israelis favoring disengagement, is in fact an appallingly low approval number, unless you approve of Arabs dictating Israel's policy. Israel is 20% Arab. That brings the % of those favoring disengagement to 33% - Unless you believe the Arabs should dictate Israeli policy, it is time for all in Israel and in the diaspora, and all of our supporters, to press our elected representatives, in whatever country we live in, and the Knesset, to have Sharon revoke the disengagement plan.

Jews can not afford to be passive.   IsraelLives has compiled a list of useful pro-Israel websites and email addresses for US, Canadian, EU, Israeli and Australian political representatives and press. Write me at JanetLehr@mindspring.com for a copy and start using it. As Hillel said, "If not now, when?" Disengagement is scheduled to happen in fewer than 100 days. Voice your opinion to all media outlets.

Below are two articles, the first from Haaretz, the second a confirmation from IMRA. IMRA: "Israel Radio confirmed the report this morning that the Israel is permitting the deployment of armed police. As indicated by this article, Israel has agreed to this even though - many announcements and Ze'ev Schiff notwithstanding - the PA hasn't collected the overwhelming majority of the weapons of the wanted terrorists."

(1.) "Israel lets PA police carry guns in W. Bank" by Amos Harel and Arnon Regular, Haaretz Correspondents, 15 May 2005 http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/576110.html

Israel has given its approval for the deployment of hundreds of armed Palestinian Authority police in all West Bank cities to crack down on crime. According to senior Israeli defense officials, the move is intended to strengthen the PA ahead of the transfer of additional cities to Palestinian control.

So far, Jericho and Tul Karm have been transferred to Palestinian control, with Israel conditioning the transfer of additional cities on the monitoring of wanted men and the confiscation of weapons.

The personnel, who must be in uniform, are authorized to carry assault rifles in all cities except Hebron, where they will be limited to small arms.

Meanwhile, the PA Interior Ministry has begun to collect weapons from wanted Fatah members in Jericho and Tul Karm. The men, most of whom had served in the Palestinian police or security branches, have begun to report to their units and sign declarations promising they would not become involved in terrorism or the sale of weapons or ammunition, and that they would accept the authority of their superiors. They also pledged not to erase serial numbers on the weapons, which Israel has in its records.

Between five and ten men reportedly turned in their weapons in Tul Karm out of a list of 50 wanted men. Forty-seven of the 50 have signed pledges not to be involved in terror.

A Palestinian source said 17 wanted men in Jericho had also signed the pledge. None are from Hamas or Islamic Jihad. According to the agreement between these organizations and the PA that led to the present calm, it will not collect their weapons.

"There are no scenes of piles of weapons brought in by wanted men, but rather the acceptance of the wanted men, with their weapons, into the Palestinian police," a Palestinian source said.

The arming of the PA police is proceeding although the Israel Defense Forces continues to enter the cities to arrest terror suspects. Israel has told the PA that when the IDF enters a city, the police should keep to their bases, and warned that it will not tolerate the use of the weapons against its forces. IDF soldiers have been issued special rules of engagement to avoid hitting armed Palestinian police.

"We have no illusions that [the Palestinian police] will prevent terror," an IDF source said. "Therefore, we are continuing to operate in the cities as necessary. But an armed presence brings back some law and order, and deters some of the armed gangs, and that is also important," a senior source said.

The IDF said that although the PA has only partially complied with its road map obligations, terrorism has clearly declined in the West Bank.

(2.)"Wanted terrorists in Jericho & Tulkarem can carry weapons if join PA forces," Aaron Lerner, IMRA, 15 May 2005.

IMRA asked the IDF Spokesperson's Office if the Palestinian terrorists on Israel's "wanted list" who are in Jericho and Tulkarem can now carry weapons once the sign a declaration, join the PA security forces and put on a uniform.

As a follow up, IMRA asked the IDF Spokesperson's Office if the same would hold true in the case of a terrorist "with blood on their hands" who escapes now from an Israeli prison, makes his way to Jericho or Tulkarem and then is identified as a wanted terrorist located in those cities.

An official defense source replied to IMRA that the Palestinian terrorists on Israel's "wanted list" who are in Jericho and Tulkarem can now carry weapons once they sign a declaration, join the PA security forces and put on a uniform.

As for terrorists who escape from Israeli prisons while serving sentences for murdering Israelis, the official defense source explained that if they make it to Jericho or Tulkarem and then are added to the list of wanted terrorists known to be located in those two cities then they could also carry weapons once they sign a declaration, join the PA security forces and put on uniforms.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis) can be contacted by email at imra@netvision.net.il or visit the IMRA website: http://www.imra.org.il

Janet Lehr is publisher/editor of IsraelLives. To receive email articles, contact her by email at janetlehr@mindspring.com

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Posted by Marcel Cousineau, May 15, 2005.

Frighteningly insane - or what?

"Mofaz warns of Hamas growth, Hezbollah plan to abduct soldiers"

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday that Hamas is growing stronger and becoming a power in its own right, in parallel to the Palestinian Authority, but that Israel was prepared to do nothing.

He also said there have been concrete threats made recently by Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah to abduct Israeli soldiers, and that the GOC Northern Command, Major General Benny Gantz, had been alerted, and was told to sit on his hands and do nothing and that this would encourage the enemy to become more brazen in their attacks.

Hamas has scored an impressive political success in the May 5 local elections and, said Mofaz, is building a popular army, under the PA's nose and the IDF is powerless to do anything because President Bush's chief skirt, Condi, won't let us do anything.

He said the PA was not moving effectively against terrorist organizations because it was unwilling to clash with them.

We are very stupid and just figured this out, Mofaz said.

Last week, Mofaz said, several Hamas members were arrested by the PA, but were released several hours later after they threatened the PA with candy.

We were also very stupid about this Islamic strategy of helping out fellow moslems against Israel, Mofaz said.

We thought they would support us and not their fellow moslem brothers, at least, that's what we were told by the experts.

The security calm has been eroding ever since the Sharm el-Sheikh summit in February and there have been more than 400 violations of the cease-fire, mainly by Islamic Jihad and Hamas, and we have done nothing, absolutely nothing, said Mofaz.

The Lebanon retreat model is still our main strategy in dealing with this problem, he said.

He also said that since April there has been an increase in rocket attacks coming from the Gaza Strip across the pre-1967 borders, and said that further escalation is possible and that Israel would not risk harming the false peace to incur the wrath and anger of Mr. Bush. We're just terrified of this, he said.

In reply to a question from Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as to whether the terrorists have high-trajectory weapons, Mofaz said that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are working to increase the range of their rockets and that Israel would not interfere with their efforts and risk angering Mr. Bush and that Egypt was doing all it could to help the Palestinians in this area.

"We'll continue monitoring these attempts, and won't accept firing at Israel, including Gush Katif," he said, but we have to acccept it as long as the death toll is not too terribly high.

If it is high we get permission from Mr. Bush to tear down a few empty old buildings. We're good at that, said Mofaz, and it fools our people into thinking that we are doing something to defend them.

Mofaz said that any attempt to introduce high-trajectory weapons into the West Bank or any intelligence about such arms development constitutes a "ticking bomb," and he has instructed the security services to address the issue.

By addressing the issue it is understood