Saturday, May 17, 2003
Friday, May 16, 2003
Arafat speech commemorates the "Catastrophe" of the establishment of the state of IsraelSaud Abu Ramadan reports for United Press International the following quotes from Arafat's May 15 speech broadcast by the PA-controlled local channel:
- Palestine "is our country, to which every Palestinian refugee has the right to return."
- ". . . the Israeli state was founded as a result of a colonial conspiracy and was established on Palestinian lands whose residents were expelled and massacred."
- Arafat said he will not "accept humiliation and Israeli colonialism and the Israeli aggression carried out against Palestinians and their holy sites." He insisted that Israel must withdraw from all the lands it occupied in the 1967 Six Day War.
- "For the past 55 years, martyrs have fallen for the sake of the homeland, freedom and the return of the refugees."
ARAB REFUGEES, AS OF 21 MARCH 2002 -- according to the UNRWA:
1,708,507 registered refugees and ten refugee camps in Jordan.
390,498 registered refugees and twelve refugee camps in Lebanon.
407,742 registered refugees and ten refugee camps in Syria.
647,919 registered refugees and 19 refugee camps in Judea/Samaria ("West Bank").
901,092 registered refugees and eight camps in Gaza.
In 1948, within 24 hours of the establishment of the state of Israel, that new country was attacked on the north, east and south by five Arab nations: Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Transjordan and Egypt. Both Arabs and Jews were displaced during that war. Approximately 600,000 Jews (of the 870,000 living in Arab countries) sought and received refuge in the state of Israel. In 1949, the UN Conciliation Commission put the number of displaced Arabs at 726,000. They, and their descendants --now four generations -- remain in refugee status, and number over four million. Approximately 30% remain in camps run by the UN Relief and Works Agency, originally envisaged as a temporary organization. Its mandate has most recently been extended to the year 2005.
What happened in 1948, according to Abu Mazen, now prime minister of the Palestinian Authority:
"The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny but, instead, THEY ABANDONED THEM, FORCED THEM TO EMIGRATE AND TO LEAVE THEIR HOMELAND, imposed upon them a political and ideological blockade and threw them into prisons . . . The Arab States succeeded in scattering the Palestinian people and in destroying their unity. They did not recognize them as a unified people until the States of the world did so, and this is regrettable" - from "What We Have Learned and What We Should Do", by Abu Mazen, published in Falastin el Thawra, the official journal of the PLO, of Beirut, in March 1976.
For more on the Arab refugees, I highly recommend The Peace Encyclopedia.
Thursday, May 15, 2003
"Sharon and settlements"An editorial in today's Washington Post queries if Sharon is "backing away from his previously stated willingness to reach a compromise with Palestinians that would include giving up some of those settlements." The editors recommend that "If Mr. Sharon doesn't clarify his position on settlements before he arrives in this country, President Bush should insist that he publicly do so when he gets here."
The fog of equivalence spread on the "negotiating" table is amazing to me. On the one hand, brutal and murderous attacks on civilians -- on the other hand, construction of housing for Jews. It would be interesting to compare the numbers of editorials written on each of the two. I would wager that at least three times as many outraged editorials have been written about stopping the threat of Jewish homes, than have been written calling for an end to terrorist attacks.
And why do so many sit still and silent when it is discussed that no Jews must live in the terrortories? I thought much of the world had grown beyond the notion that certain peoples could be barred from living certain places. Not something usually endorsed by the US, or its left-wingers, concerned non-racist humanitarians all. Israel, of course, must abide Arabs in its midst, with full citizenship and all rights. If it weren't so hideous, it would be funny: just think how the world would go nuts if the shoe were on the other foot, if it were demanded that Arab houses in Israel (and the Arab families in them) constituted a threat to peace, and therefore their "settlements" must be "removed," or at least "frozen."
The application of such a "double standard," and the fact that so few can see it, is simply mind-boggling.
THE GOOD NEWSFinally, a voice from the Arab world condemning the "deadly fanaticism" of terrorism. Sulaiman Al-Hattlan, columnist for the Saudi daily Al Watan and post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard, was in Riyadh when the bombing occurred. He writes in today's New York Times that "we Saudis must acknowledge that our real enemy is religious fanaticism. We have to stop talking about the need for reform and actually start it, particularly in education."
The Global MatsavAccording to DEBKAfile, there is an "imminent" terror threat in Kenya. Yesterday was the second bomb attack in Chechnya this week. After midnight on Monday, a housing compound for Americans and other Westerners was bombed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. European tourists were recently kidnapped in the Sahara by a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda. In Israel, a suicide attack in Petach Tikvah was thwarted, when the terrorist was arrested with a 7-kg explosive pack and several accomplices; a 30-kg bomb was found and neutralized near the Gush Katif town of Morag.
Last night, I watched a FoxNews report from Baghdad, where an angry mob was forming around the reporter, up in arms (literally) over the lack of running water, electricity and gasoline. One of them said, if things didn't soon improve, he was going to become a suicide bomber (who wants to simply fix things, or make them better, when you could just blow yourself up instead?)
Today, an Israeli woman was shot when Palestinian Arab terrorists fired on her car as she was driving near Neve Tsuf. Also today, in an interview with the Jerusalem Post, members of the Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in the West Bank said they are receiving $200 per month. "We were told that the payments were from the new Palestinian cabinet," said one of the goup's members. Oh, and lest I forget, Yasser Arafat has pledged to name a street after Rachel Corrie, for protecting his friends' houses and the tunnels they use for transporting and hiding explosives.
I think, if we infidels don't want to be forever lost in the global terror war being waged against us, then we had better consult something a little more substantial than the Road Map currently being offered.
Boulderite: "It is now the time for more constructive and supportive ideas for good will and optimism"This morning's Daily Camera features a letter to the editor, denouncing Charles Krauthammer's commentary in the paper May 10 as "naively biased against Palestinians." The writer, Aldona A. Siczek, also holds that "Ariel Sharon is not any better on every and each account."
I can think of absolutely no logical or reasonable explanation for this kind of adoration of Palestinians, especially Arafat. What's to like, much less admire? And how can anyone call Krauthammer's support for a Palestinian state (sans Arafat), "biased against Palestinians"? What, the Poor Palestinians should keep Arafat, keep killing Jews, and get a country handed to them by the world? How can anyone claim to support peace and Arafat in the same breath? I'm afraid Siczek is not showing much in the way of the good will and optimisim she proclaims are needed -- not toward Israelis, anyway. They say the space between anti-Israel-ism and antisemitism forms a "slippery slope." Siczek may have just lost his footing. Not to mention his moral bearings.
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
The Numbers Game"Almost 1900 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the “al-Aqsa Intifada”, compared to almost 700 Israelis. Numbers like these are used to create an image of lopsided slaughter, with Israel cast as the villain. But such numbers distort the true picture: They lump combatants in with noncombatants, suicide bombers with innocent civilians, and report Palestinian “collaborators” murdered by their own compatriots as if they had been killed by Israel." Click here to get the inside story on the Numbers.
Thumbs downI'd like to personally condemn the Greek Orthodox Church in Israel. The Church's spokesman paid a solidarity visit to families of Arab suicide bombers in Israel on Easter Sunday. Arutz Sheva quotes him as strongly praising the increased power and strong spirit of the "Palestinian freedom fighters struggling against the Israeli occupation."
To offer words of comfort and support to families of suicide bombers, instead of the victims of suicide bombers, is unthinkably grotesque, an act unworthy of any religious institution.
Israel is singled out for ambiguityThe BBC has online "Country Profiles," with overview, facts, leaders, media, etc. Under "facts," all the other countries manage to have a "capital," but Israel alone does not. What Israel has is a "seat of government." Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself.
And the BBC is not the only one to question Israel's sovereignty in Jerusalem. Read about the US State Department's lack of recognition of Jerusalem -- as part of Israel -- in David Bedein's May 12 opinion piece at Arutz Sheva: "Where is Jerusalem?"
"Four of our six children were born in Misgav Ladach hospital, in west Jerusalem. They hold US passports which state "Jerusalem", with no country."
Telegram to PowellAccording to Arutz Sheva, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has sent a telegram to US Secretary of State Powell, urging him to replace his pressure upon Israel to free terrorists, with pressure upon the Palestinian Authority to surrender the terrorists who murdered one or two Israelis in the past week and took shelter in Arafat's Mukata headquarters in Ramallah.
You, too, can send a telegram. Western Union offers an online process, $14.99 for about 200 words.
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Main Switchboard: 202-647-4000
Public Communication Division: 202-647-6575
Israel "Desk" 202-647-3672
NOTE Secretary Powell's words yesterday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: "This is criminality, terrorism at its worst, and there is no justification for it in any way, shape, fashion or form." WHY doesn't he say this about Palestinian Arabs killing Jews in Israel? You might ask him. Click here to Send a Message to the Secretary of State.
Tuesday, May 13, 2003
UN International Meeting in Support of Middle East Peace in Kyiv, UkraineKofi Annan today urged both sides (in the Arab war on Israel) to "recognize that they are partners in this endeavour and can only succeed or fail together." Annan moves easily from this stance of equivalence, to one that castigates Israel more for her self-defence, than the Palestinians for their terrorist atrocities. Consider his statement: “Terrorist attacks against civilians, arbitrary assassinations, arrests and detentions, house demolitions, stifling closures and blockades, settlement activities – all unilateral measures of one kind or another should come to an end."
Palestinians, 1, Guilty of terrorist attacks.
Israel, 7 times as guilty -- of assassinations, arrests, detentions, demolitions, closures, blockades, and everything to do with settlements.
Things are bad enough as they are. Can you imagine if Kofi Annan had his way, and Israel halted all these defensive measures? It's ludicrous; he might as well ask Israel outright, to commit suicide. He has a lot of nerve saying such things in the Ukraine.
BLECH from Independent Media Center, courtesy of littlegreenfootballsIsrael's work [Comments by Seth Applestein 8:25am Tue May 13 '03]:
"The rumors of a US led invasion should have everyone in the Middle East trembling, except for Israel. This Zionist entity has succeeded in planting a Jewish hegemon in Saudi Arabia to pose as a Wahabiist leader. The Israeli neocons in Washington have been planning terrorist attacks in many countries to facilitate finger pointing at oil producing nations in the Middle East. No organization can simultaneously coordinate attacks such as 9/11 or such atrocities like yesterday, 4 bombs in Riyadh against westerners and a massive attack in Chechnya. This type of groundwork needs the help of a sovereign country. There is only one entity that has a free hand to operate at will inside all countries in the West. Only one entity continues to benefit from supposed terrorist attacks against West. Only entity uses the free hand to continue terrorist attacks on Western interests. Only one entity wants World War Three: The Zionist Entity in Israel."
Uzi Landau: "Israel is interested in compromises but not in suicide"Some great quotes from Uzi Landau (Likud) in JPost internet edition. How's this for very clear? The road map is totally unacceptable "because it rewards terror and threatens the very existence of the state." Amen.
Jewish cemetery defaced in Slovakiaaccording to JTAA Jewish cemetery in Slovakia was desecrated by unknown perpetrators. Police said about 20 gravestones were torn down and several graves destroyed in Michalovce. The cemetery contains some 1,250 graves.
Thomas Friedman: "Lunatic Israeli Settler Movement."I missed Friedman's piece, May 11, where he called Israeli settlers "lunatic." I must not have been paying attention to Mr. Friedman; imagine that. I have a friend who swears he's pro-Palestinian from reading Friedman's books. What can I say when he tells me that he was educated by a Jew, therefore his resulting point of view is not anti-Jewish?
Note two letters in response to Friedman, one from a "bona fide member of the lunatic Israeli settler movement," living in Shiloh. I wonder: How did the word "settler" achieve such negative connotations? And how is it that Arabs and their proponents control the vocabulary of the media war?
Monday, May 12, 2003
Wiesenthal Center says Anti-Semitism at highest level since World War IIAn international conference on intolerance, at UNESCO in Paris, opened today with the warning that acts of hatred against Jews, particularly in Europe, have reached their highest level since WWII, according to an AP article in JPost.
Good 'Ol Antisemitic BoulderA letter to the editor in this morning's Daily Camera objects to United States aid to Israel, which the writer (Kimberly Gibbs) says entails financing the "slaughtering [of] Palestinians . . . under the fanatical leadership of PM Ariel Sharon." Gibbs goes on about the "the all-powerful Israeli-Zionist lobby" . . . You know the drill: the Jews run the country, yadda yadda yadda.
I hope Boulder Jews will wake up, smell the antisemitism, and start writing! People like Gibbs don't mind Jews as victims, as starved and traumatized Holocaust survivors, but they resent Jews who would defend themselves and their children. A strong response from local Jews and other Zionists would stop this sort of public attack. Write to openforum@TheDailyCamera.com, deliver letters in person to their offices at 11th and Pearl, snail-mail to Open Forum, Daily Camera, POB 591, Boulder, CO 80306, fax to 303-449-9358 or call 303-473-1304. DO IT NOW!
Sunday, May 11, 2003
I kid you not.The Libyan mission to the UN is urging the community of nations to revoke the Simon Wiesenthal Center's NGO status if it doesn't apologize for criticizing Muammar Qaddafi's human rights record. Read the full story at JPost.
PETITION -- 20 Days Left to Sign
"THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE
FOR ENDING INCITEMENT AGAINST ISRAEL."
Sign now and email to your friends.
Deadline is 5/31/03.
17,366 ATTACKSAccording to the IDF Spokesperson today:
-- 29 September 2000 through 11 May 2003 --
768 Israelis killed (532 Civilians and 236 Security Forces),
5,362 Israelis injured (3,771 Civilians and 1,591 Security Forces),
in 17,366 attacks, not including those with rocks or firebombs.
"May He swallow up death forever, and may HaShem the G-d wipe away tears from every face and remove the scorn of His people from throughout the world . . ."
Yasher kochah . . .
. . . to my cyber-friend, Alyssa Lappen, who has carved out a very interesting and influential niche in defense of Israel: writing book reviews at Amazon.com. She also monitors reviews and advises Amazon editors of those who abuse the review process by using it as a soapbox for anti-Israel, anti-Zionist, anti-Jewish propaganda. Read her review of Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians by Noam Chomsky and Edward Said.
Also at Amazon.com is Alyssa's review of Final Report: Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building Bombing April 19, 1995. A very talented and dedicated writer, Alyssa contributed to The Middle East Forum, co-authoring an article about Columbia University's Radical Middle East Faculty, which appeared in FrontPage Magazine as well. Our continuing gratitude for your scholarship, Alyssa. Keep up the good work.
Feel-Good(?) Israel PresentationCheck out this slide show, and don't forget to have your speakers on and the volume pumped up, for HaTikvah. The site advertises the "Spirit of Israel" happening in Washington DC May 19th, organized by the Israel Forever Foundation. Israel is not alone. Kol Yisrael aravim z'lzeh ~ all Jews are responsible for one another.
Free Speech in Judea/SamariaSupporters of HAMAS have assembled a model of the paradise which Arab Islamist terrorists say awaits those killed in fighting with Israel. The display, at An Najah, the largest universityin the "West Bank," is meant to "raise students' morale" by illustrating the rewards for carrying out attacks on Israelis. One of the organizers characterized it as "a response to those criticizing the armed uprising against Israel." Six suicide bombers have been students from An Najah.
The exhibit is entitled "The Victory of the Just," and is fully air-conditioned. Read the AP article in the Toronto Star.
CIA will help outAccording to the London Telegraph, Colin Powell will today offer the "new Palestinian leadership" millions of dollars worth of military aid, and the help of the CIA.
Boker Tov, Shavua Tov.Top Story in the Jerusalem Post this morning: Israel has released 60 Palestinian Arab prisoners, and expects to release 100-140 tomorrow, promises to release 'hundreds of prisoners' more, as well as issue some 25,000 work permits to Palestinian Arabs --as gestures of goodwill. Media reports said Sharon will also ease closures in the 'terrortories,' allow more trade with Palestinian Arabs, and afford more rights to Arab fishermen off the coast of Gaza. Sharon hopes to meet with Palestinian Arab leaders soon.
On the other side, Palestinian Arab terrorists murdered a 52-year-old Israeli gardener named Zion David, in a shooting attack early Sunday morning. David, the father of six children, was driving to a work site near the Nablus area. He died of "shrapnel embedded in the head," according to police. Arafat's FATAH, HAMAS and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (based in Damascus, Syria), all claimed responsibility for the murder. Elsewhere in the terrortories, the head of the PA's Preventive Security Service in Gaza said his organization had no intention of disarming any Palestinian.