Thursday, June 05, 2003
A joke for you
. . . or is it just Israeli cluelessness about the Arabs?A redhead walks into a sports bar around 9:58 PM. She sits down next to this blonde at the bar and stares up at the TV. The 10:00 news is on, covering a story of a man on a ledge of a large building, preparing to jump.
The redhead turns to the blonde and says, "You know, I bet he'll jump." The blonde replies, "Well, I bet he won't."
The redhead places $20 dollars on the bar and says, "You're on!"
Just as the blonde is placing her money on the bar, the guy does a swan dive off of the building, falling to his death.
The blonde, very upset, hands her $20 to the redhead and says, "All's fair. Here's your money."
The redhead replied, "Honey, I can't take your money - I saw this earlier on the 5 'clock news and knew he would jump."
The blonde replied, "I did too, but I didn't think he'd do it again."
The Peace Encyclopedia: The Six-Day War, The 6-Day War, 1967In 1967, Palestinian raiders from Syria increasingly put the lives of Jewish immigrants in danger. Encouraged by the U.S.S.R., Egypt, and its charismatic leader Gamal Nasser, was thought to have "expansionist" tendencies, and a desire to invade Israel. As 100,000 Egyptian troops massed on the Sinai, Israel took the only action available to prevent certain defeat...on June 5, 1967, they attacked. A brilliantly planned air attack destroyed almost the entire Egyptian air force as it sat on the ground. By gaining air superiority, the Israelis were then able to maneuver their tank corps with impunity, not fearing Egyptian air attacks. A series of armored cavalry and tank task forces then advanced rapidly and surrounded or cut-off Egyptian defenders. Six days later, it turned into a rout, and the Israelis gained both territory and the respect of other military forces in the region. --- by Clark Staten, Emergency Response & Research Institute, Chicago, IL
Today in Israel: Highest Level of AlertPolice forces are on the highest level of alert today, according to Israel National News, due to the "quantity and specificity" of intelligence warnings of impending attacks. Police commander Shlomo Aharonishky said that the operational assumption is that the Aqaba Summit will provide terrorists with motivation to attempt attacks today.
This news was greeted with sarcasm from my friends in Jerusalem, who write: "NEW INTERNATIONAL GAME RECEIVES RAVES! -- HOW MANY DEAD JEWS DOES IT TAKE?!" -- the new game sensation, sponsored by the Bush administration, is sweeping the world and producing billions of dollars in armament sales for Carlyle Group (the Bush-Saudi enterprise), as casualty rates are predicted to peak." G-d forbid.
50,000+ Rally in Jerusalem against a Palestinian state"At last night's demonstration sane Israelis protesting the "peace trap" gathered in the thousands in Zion Square, site of so many homocide bombings, drenched with the blood of so many, many victims. Days ago, the man who exploded a refrigerator in Zion Square killing 14, and injuring 70 was let out of jail, a "gesture of good will" demanded by the Bush administration of the Israeli government. There were over fifty thousand people there, to demonstrate against the latest attempts to lead us to our graves quietly, peacefully. We will not go quietly. Not this time." -- Naomi Ragen
Wednesday, June 04, 2003
More on the House of SaudFrontPage magazine.com carries a detailed article by Robert Baer, who served with the CIA for 21 years, primarily as a field officer in the Middle East.
"Signs of impending disaster are everywhere, but the House of Saud has chosen to pray that the moment of reckoning will not come soon--and the United States has chosen to look away. So nothing changes: the royal family continues to exhaust the Saudi treasury, buying more and more arms and funneling more and more 'charity' money to the jihadists, all in a desperate and self-destructive effort to protect itself.
Not all the wishing in the world will change the basic reality of the situation.
* Saudi Arabia controls the largest share of the world's oil and serves as the market regulator for the global petroleum industry.
* No country consumes more oil, and is more dependent on Saudi oil, than the United States.
* The United States and the rest of the industrialized world are therefore absolutely dependent on Saudi Arabia's oil reserves, and will be for decades to come.
* If the Saudi oil spigot is shut off, by terrorism or by political revolution, the effect on the global economy, and particularly on the economy of the United States, will be devastating.
* Saudi oil is controlled by an increasingly bankrupt, criminal, dysfunctional, and out-of-touch royal family that is hated by the people it rules and by the nations that surround its kingdom."
Sharon's office: Israel agrees to 'possibility' of Palestinian statehoodJPost --Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office announced Wednesday that his statement after the Aqaba summit would conditionally accept "the possibility of establishing a Palestinian state within temporary borders." Such a state would be completely demilitarized, and while it could serve as a home for the Palestinian diaspora, "no Palestinian refugees will be permitted to enter the territory of the State of Israel."
Disturbing Commentary by Lee Kaplan, DAFKA National Director
". . . the Arabs, like a pack of wolves, smell the blood. They can finally buy an American President. They found the formula."President Bush has finally shown his true colors regarding Israel's security and survival. In the past, he allowed Colin Powell to be the "bad cop" in the media as the nails in Israel's coffin were being lined up. For domestic purposes, and to arouse support for the War On Iraq, the President allowed the media to present him as being detached yet sympathetic to Israel's survival. Yet all one had to do was see the signs: Bush fawning over Prince Abdullah at the Crawford, Texas ranch; Bush sending Abdullah to his own PR firm, Qorvis Communications, to spruce up the Saudis' "image" in the US after 9/11; and ,of course, let us not forget his personal intervention in allowing the Bin Laden family to flee the day after 9/11 without allowing the FBI to at least interview them. Twice he warned Sharon not to exile the mass murderer Arafat. His personal envoy, George Mitchell, cynically keeps talking of Arafat as the "democratically elected" leader of the Palestinians. Some democratically elected leader. Elected to a three year term he is now in office five years and his Palestinian opponents are murdered and lynched in the streets as collaborators.
President Bush and Colin Powell rub elbows all the time with Prince Bandar, the Saudi foreign representative in the US. Despite proof that Bandar's wife sent funding to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars to aid the terrorists on 9/11, the President continued his personal relationship with the Saudis. He has never uttered one word of criticism for Saudi funding of Hamas and suicide bombers. And why should he? He never once criticized the Royal Family for funding those who murdered 3,000 people in New York on 9/11. If he won't make demands on the Saudi Royal Family over Americans murdered, why should he over Israeli murders?
So Bush's acquiesence to the Road Map, which is really the Saudi's peace proposal of last year, is really the result of an ultimatum by Prince Abdullah to stop doing any business with the United States. Bush and his National Security Council of Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell et al., simply have too much at stake after leaving office to offend the Saudi potentate. For those who follow contemporary history closely, the signs have always been there: Powell's speeches of Hizbollah being a "liberation", not terror movement, and his fawning over the Saudis and receiving kickbacks for other "speeches" were only the beginning of the pot of gold waiting after leaving office. Powell is Bandar's racquetball partner; imagine the world shaking foreign policy decisions in the lockerroom.
During his tenure as Speaker of the Assembly in California, the late Jess Unruh once said "money is the mother's milk of politics". Photographs of George W. Bush shaking hands with Sami Al-Arian at the White House during fundraisers, the easy access to the White House by CAIR and the American-Arab Anti-discrimiantion Committee (both Saudi front groups) show where that mother's milk is going to come from for George W. in the next election. 71% of Americans support Israel and oppose a Palestinian State run by terrorists. To Bush and his inner circle this is meaningless; he goes where the money is for reelection and beyond. Look for huge campaign contributions to his campaign from Arab "interest" groups next election. Although these groups will be run by Arab-Americans, the money will come from Riyadh. Condoleeze Rice predicts the Road Map will get Bush reelected and she may well be right. But not because it leads to peace for Israel, but rather it will please the Islamic-Facist Arab governments enough to fund his next election campaign.
Continued . . .
Islamists burn to death Christian pastor and family in SudanWorldNetDaily.com reports that a Christian pastor and his family were among the 59 unarmed victims of an Islamist massacre, which took place simultaneously in ten Sudanese villages. This came at a time when Secretary of State Colin Powell met with Sudanese officials to discuss removal of Sudan from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Palestinian Arabs continue violenceThis report from Arutz Sheva:
The Arabs greeted the summit with three mortar shells at Gush Katif last night; one of them actually landed very near a house - that of the family of Rabbi Yitzchak Arama, who was murdered by terrorists five months ago -- causing major damage to the family car and puncturing shrapnel holes in the bedroom walls. Miraculously, no one in the family - the widow and six orphans - were hurt.
In other attacks, Hizbullah terrorists fired towards Kiryat Shomnah in the north, armed Arabs fired at IDF positions in Gaza, and firebombs were hurled an IDF patrol in Tul Karem. No one was hurt in these incidents. In addition, the army has received intelligence warnings of possible terrorist attacks originating in Jenin, and has imposed a curfew on the city. The army razed the homes last night of three terrorists in the hostile Arab village of Yata, south of Hevron, and arrested five wanted terrorists elsewhere in Yesha.
What?! No gestures of good will from HAMAS?
HAMAS will "stand by the gun"According to the AFP, Hamas said it would "stand by the Palestinian people and by the gun," following a three-way US, Israeli and Palestinian summit in Jordan. "We won't allow anyone to give up a parcel of our land," Hamas leader Abdelaziz Rantissi told AFP, minutes after Palestinian prime minister Mahmud Abbas pledged to disarm the intifada.
He did it!Pres. Bush, in closing the Aqaba summit on Wed., referred to Israel as "a vibrant, Jewish state." Thank G-d for small favors. Had he refused to make this reference, as was rumored earlier, I would have lost a lot more sleep. More at JPost.
"APARTHEID ISRAEL" EXHIBIT AT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTAccording to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, The European Parliament is hosting an exhibition entitled "The New Doors of Jerusalem: Apartheid Israel".
In a letter to the President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox, the Simon Wiesenthal Center's International Liaison Director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that, "Not only does the display focus on so-called 'Israeli colonialism', the 'sociocide' of the Palestinian people, 'coerced' land sales to Jewish settlers, it also includes personal attacks on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and features Jews through racial and religious stereotypes."
Samuels continued, "The timing of this exhibition, when Israel has accepted 'the Roadmap' and its Prime Minister has demonstrated his willingness to take immeasurable risks for peace, is politically and morally repugnant." The Center demanded "the immediate removal of this exhibit and the public condemnation and disciplining of whoever authorized it."
Email Pat Cox, the President of the European Parliament at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, June 03, 2003
well worth reading, and so posted here in its entirety.
The Israeli Street
They've been here before.TEL-AVIV -- "It's not just the Palestinians. It's Syria, it's Lebanon, it's Iran, it's Saudi Arabia." The old Israeli man had wanted to know what an American thought about "this whole thing," by which I gathered he meant the peace process -- and this is the response I got when I tried to give some banal answer about Palestinians and Israelis maybe finding some room for "compromise."
Although it isn't instantly apparent, most Israelis seem to be keenly aware that the struggle most Americans view as an Israeli-Palestinian issue is, in fact, much larger. Israelis with whom I've spoken in the past few days, in both Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, realize that they are wanted dead by a massive portion of the world -- almost all of which surrounds their tiny country. President Bush's visit to the region this week has done little to infuse ordinary Israelis with a sense of optimism.
In the residential streets of Jerusalem Thursday afternoon, and in the business district of Tel-Aviv the night before, I found the kind of atmosphere you might expect in Los Angeles or New York. Sitting outside restaurants and nightclubs, people are walking, flirting, laughing. Most of the Tel-Aviv delis (or convenience stores, as some Americans would call them) have no fourth wall, suggesting an openness that belies the residual anxiety many Israelis feel.
One Israeli, a light, olive-skinned woman in her mid 20s whose family emigrated here from Yemen, told me the look of it can be deceiving. "Israelis are nervous, but we are allowed to be," she explains. "I used to live right over there" -- she pointed to an apartment building near the U.S. embassy, about two blocks in from the Mediterranean Sea. "There were three bombings right nearby in the year I lived there." Just one block from where we talked is Mike's Place, the site of a suicide bombing just a month ago that killed four.
Walking past Mike's Place now, an observer would see no clues that an attack had taken place -- except for the small, makeshift memorial about 15 feet from the entrance. Photos of the victims adorn a small, four-foot-tall sign. The bar, which is a popular hangout for U.S. embassy staff (who work in the building just behind it), was rebuilt within one week of the April 30 attack. That is common here in Israel. More than anything else, it is a statement of perseverance -- of the Israelis' determination to stand strong in the face of evil.
To an American on his first visit, Israelis can seem unflappable. But talk to anyone long enough, and emotions ranging from apprehension to angst come to the fore. "What most Jews don't want to verbalize," notes an Israeli man who emigrated from the U.S. over 20 years ago, "is that they know, deep down, this is never going to stop." The man, who is a high-ranking official in the Jerusalem police force, added: "This has been going on for thousands of years." At a jazz nightclub in Tel-Aviv Thursday night, an American Jew on his fourth visit here said, "The Holocaust was not of a different kind, but of a different degree." The two Israelis at the table with us nodded solemnly in agreement.
At a meeting with several Sharon advisers Thursday, there were platitudes about how maybe peace might actually happen this time. Palestinian Authority prime minister Mahmoud Abbas arrived at prime minister Sharon's office building just minutes after I left; perhaps that kind of face-to-face contact -- which is simply not possible with Arafat -- was what spurred the cautious optimism of some of the advisers. When asked if Arafat was still calling the shots -- a reasonable question, given that Arafat loyalists still dominate the PA power structure -- one adviser responded, "He is not a puppet. Give him time," he added, "and he might control things and do what Arafat could not." But the Sharon aides who seemed more honest -- though all would only speak on the condition of anonymity -- were resigned to yet another process that will produce little more than false hope.
Right on the beachfront, just minutes from my hotel, is the Dolphinarium, which used to be a popular nightclub for the city's teenagers. Just before midnight on June 1, 2001, a young Palestinian was standing in line, talking to the young girls waiting to get inside for a party. Without warning, he squeezed the trigger inside his hand — and the lives of 17 people were ended. Four more people died at the hospital. These victims were children. Mostly recent immigrants from Russia, they were almost all young girls ranging in age from 14 to 21. Only three of those murdered would have been old enough to buy a beer in America.
In the United States, parents' greatest fear for their children is a senseless car accident. Here, it is senseless and savagely brutal mass murder. One Israeli father told me told me that he gave his five-year-old son a cell phone in an effort to soothe his own nerves. "Sometimes, if my son hasn't called after he should have arrived at school, I call him up, just to hear his voice."
At the two-year anniversary ceremony Sunday night, more than 100 people crowded around the memorial, with lit candles and mourning mothers expressing emotions that in many ways might be as raw as two years ago. With the boarded-up building in the background, the obvious anguish wasn't the only reminder of the devastation wrought by a single murderer. As hard as Israelis try to carry on with everyday life, the still-closed Dolphinarium is a tacit acknowledgement that not everything can go back to the way it was.
Skepticism is the norm on the streets of Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. Almost no one really believes peace is imminent. They've been teased too many times before with the promise of a truly normal life. Israelis are, if anything, less amenable to compromise because of having been willing to give up so much in the past. Younger Israelis are slightly more sanguine -- but it seems superficial, dissipating once the conversation progresses beyond casual chatting. When asked if Bush's visit next week will accomplish anything, a 23-year-old Israeli woman who works at a hotel near the beachfront said, "I hope so." But after a few minutes she expressed the same sentiment I've heard from many others here: "Can peace really come? I doubt it."
-- Joel Mowbray is an NRO contributor and a Townhall.com columnist. Mowbray is the author of the upcoming Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Endangers America's Security.
If Israel is not the "Jewish state," then there is no Jewish state
Summit SpeculationsRegarding the upcoming tripartite summit in Jordan, senior Israeli sources say they have received the address that Mahmoud (Abu Mazen) Abbas plans to deliver at the conclusion of the Aqaba summit. In it, the sources said, he will declare that the Palestinian Authority will make every effort to bring an end to the "military nature" of the Oslo War. This is a step back from the requested announcement that he would fight terrorism and the terrorist infrastructure. Abu Mazen also refuses to explicitly recognize the Jewish State in his remarks. Not just Abu Mazen, however. It has just come to light that President George Bush will also refrain from explicitly mentioning the right of Israel to exist as a "Jewish state" in his remarks. Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Israel will urge the U.S. to include the terminology in President Bush' s summary statement, but if it is not so included, then Prime Minister Sharon would include it in his own remarks at the end of the summit.
Ahead of tomorrow's Aqaba summit, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will hold consultations with those ministers joining him for the talks. They are Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, Trade and Industry Minister Ehud Olmert, and Justice Minister Yosef Lapid. Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu refused to join the Israeli delegation to Aqaba, due to his opposition to the establishment of a Palestinian State in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
Sorry, I don't have the source for this piece. Y.
Would the U.S. release mass murderers as "goodwill gesture" to Al Qaida?Friends,
Here we go again. President Bush is fighting the war against terror by pressuring Israel to release terrorists with Jewish (and in this particular case, Arab) blood on their hands. Abu Sukkar who, on July 4, 1975, detonated an explosives-laden refrigerator in Jerusalem's Zion Square, killing 14 people and wounding more than 70, is scheduled for release as a "gesture".
Let me get this straight: Post 9/11 the release of mass murderers is a "good-will gesture" except if the blood of U.S. citizens (not those killed in Israel, mind you, they are the exception) are involved? When Americans die, we invade and destroy countries, and track down lists of war criminals. Have I got that right, Mr. Bush, Mr. Powell?
For further information on the fridge bomber, see the New York Times article, "Palestinian bomber, freed after 28 years, talks peace." Don't let the headline fool you.
The Letter the Rocky Mountain News Won't PublishThis letter was written in response to an article in the Rocky Mountain News 5/13/03: "Discussion on Israel draws protestors: Outside synagogue, Israeli, Palestinian backers are peaceful." Things changed after the reporter left, according to this eye witness. I think it's absolutely shameful that the RMN won't publish the letter.
I was one of the participants in the rally for truth and against terrorism held at synagogue Rodef Shalom, written about by Ms Tillie Fong (RMN 5/13/03, "Discussion on Israel Draws Protesters"). I found it to be much more than a face-off between supporters and detractors of Israel, as implied in this article. Instead of equivalency, I found portents of the kind of evil decent people pray never to see face to face.
I was struck by the lack of symmetry between the two opposing groups. For the most part, the supporters of Israel were quite content simply to be there, holding their Israeli and American flags, and occasionally singing the songs "America", or Israel's national anthem, "The Hope" (Hatikva in Hebrew). Quite a contrast to the signs carried by Arafat's supporters comparing Israel to the Nazis, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to Hitler, Zionism to Fascism and Apartheid, and the plight of Arabs in Palestine as a genocide worse than the Holocaust. Israel's supporters carried no banners denouncing Arafat, the Palestinian Authority, homocide bombers, or any of the many Arab atrocities which have come to define terrorism in our age.
This makes sense, since the pro-Arab group came to Rodef Shalom with the stated intent of disruption, provocation, and confrontation, angered as they were by the discussion of Israel advocacy taking place inside the synagogue. Israel's supporters, however, were there to affirm basic rights, that of free speech and free assembly. And so the well rehearsed taunts and insults flung by one side against the other were largely ignored, properly so, since there was nothing of merit in them.
As the demonstration wore on, and after your reporter had left, this group of spoilers, now becoming angry at being ignored, gradually became more animated and agitated, then breaking into a chant, meaningful to those who know Arabic and those who know hate.
"Idbach al Yahood, Idbach al Yahood." "Kill the Jews, Kill the Jews," they were saying. First only a few, then more, then even more joined this cry for blood. Since many of the people there, including the police, did not know what was being said, there was not a general reaction. But some understood, for I heard one Jewish man tell his young son, about eight years old, to run into the synagogue if anyone rushed across to his side of the street. And those chanting understood, and they laughed, and they danced about in glee.
If one wants to know the truth of the Arab-Israeli war, here it was in bold display. This is not a dispute over borders or land or water. This is not a quest for yet another Arab state, to which Israel, in any case, has already agreed. No "road map" can point the way here, no Israeli concession short of suicide can satisfy this blood lust. The simple sad truth is that the Arab-Israeli war drags on because Arabs do not accept the right of Jews to have a sovereign state in their ancestral homelands. All of the Israeli concessions under Oslo have only stoked Arab hatred, masterfully orchestrated by Yasser Arafat into a worldwide campaign of genocidal Antisemitism not seen since the 1930's. Now, even in Denver, a handful of Jews meeting in a synagogue to discuss Israel is enough to trigger a mob calling for their murder.
Perhaps the best example of the corrosive, self-destructive effects of this obsessive hatred is the reflexive violence of the Arab world in general and of the Arabs in Palestine in particular. Whatever their differences, these people are united by their hatred of anything that hints at being Jewish, and that means the very values that underpin America, and what we call Western Civilization. So caught up are the Arabs in their hatred that they have sacrificed their economy, distorted their religion, neglected their education, betrayed their culture, even transformed their children into aspiring, hateful suicide bombers. Taken together, they have denied themselves a future. What could be worse? By their own hands, the destruction Arabs wish so fervently for the Israelis is coming down upon their own heads.
Don't WorryWe hear this from our friend, Shirley, in Jerusalem: "Don't worry, Abu Bush is going to seriously consider Israel's reservations regarding the Road Map. Abu Bush is going to change Israel's name to Palestine, then there won't be any reservations to consider!"
Also, this: "Dear Ones, ....It sounds like it could be time for an underground. Or we can live on Mars. You KNOW the Jewish nation will prevail. We always do. But we may have to fight to the teeth. I'm in. Are you? Shalom, Shirl"
Bush: "We can't let a few terrorists prevent Mideast peace deal"Pres. George Bush told Arab leaders at a meeting in Sharm el-Shiek on Tuesday that "we must not allow a few people, a few killers, a few terrorists" to prevent the Israelis and Palestinians from reaching a peace deal." Does anyone else read this as, "What's a few more dead Jews?"
Today's Jerusalem PostWell, let's see, do we want to read,
"Bush presses Israel for concessions"OR
"Bush presses Israel on settlement issue"OR maybe
"Bush ferries Arab leaders around summit site in golf cart"How about,
"Israel frees 100 prisoners,"or better yet,
"Rubinstein urges right-wing protestors not to incite"
You choose; I can't bear it. JPost Latest News
Sharon will evacuate 17 settlementsAccording to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, MK(Likud), the settlements to be removed are those breaking the territorial continuity of the future Palestinian state, including "probably Nokdim, the home of Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Tekoah, Ganim, Kadim, Homesh and other settlements near Nablus, Bethlehem and Binyamin." More, from Haaretz.com.
Mea Culpa! CORRECTIONSLots of mistakes yesterday.
1. Actually the New York Times DID cover the Israel Parade. It was in Monday's paper, in the METRO SECTION, page B3. My apologies to all, and my gratitude to Rabbi Melman for his correction.
2. I sent copies of the "Palestine Day" piece (below) to many people in the Boulder area, without explanation. My intent was NOT to advertise, promote or support this event, but rather to make people aware of the promotion of such disgusting propaganda in our midst. I was in such a rage about it, that I neglected to explain in the emails. I'm working on sending a revision . . . I apologize for all the confusion and upset I generated.
Letter to the Editor, The Boulder Daily Camera, June 3, 2003
ISRAEL: If you're talking about terrorism...On May 17, the Camera printed a list (provided by the Associated Press) of some terrorist attacks around the world beginning in 1998. There were attacks in Tanzania, Kenya, Yemen, the Philippines, Tunisia Pakistan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Israel did not appear on the list.
Were there no terrorist attacks worth mentioning in Israel? What about the children killed while on a school bus? The families killed eating in a pizza shop? The teenagers murdered in a nightclub? The baby targeted in her stroller? The families destroyed while eating a Passover seder in a hotel? The people killed riding a bus to school or work? The people murdered while shopping? The people killed driving their cars? The people slaughtered while having coffee in a caf? The people murdered in their homes?
Israel has been under continuous assault since September 2000. Homicide bombing of civilians originated with the Palestinians. Are none of these terrorist murders worthy of inclusion on a list of recent terrorist attacks? Does the AP simply define terrorism as something that can only occur outside the land of Israel?
FROMA FALLIK, Boulder
Kol hakavod, Froma.
Monday, June 02, 2003
INTERNATIONAL PALESTINE DAY . . . Travesty in Boulder
"to protest the 36th year of Israel's illegal military occupation of Palestine"
A cultural event to celebrate PALESTINE with music, literature, artifacts, food, and more!
WHEN: THURSDAY! June 5, 2003, 5:30pm-8pm
WHERE: Boulder Courthouse Lawn, on the Pearl Street Mall
WHY: Joining efforts internationally for a day of action for Palestine. Activists, NGOs, humanitarian groups and others around the world will be holding demonstrations, vigils, panel discussions, teach-ins, etc. . . .
For more information contact:
Coalition for Justice in Palestine: 303.492.8567
Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center: 303.444.6981
"Roadmap for Dummies"Shmuel Neumann, Ph.D, lives in the Shomron, where he is actively involved in creating communities for English-speaking olim, and in an emigration program for Palestinians. In this opinion piece at Arutz Sheva, Dr. Neumann writes:
"Sharon's intention to remove 'illegal' outposts and his determination to remove established settlements is nauseating. The blatant anti-Semitism in the 'NO JEWS ALLOWED' policy of the bullies' Roadmap is even more sickening. Hundreds of Jewish families have bought land in the West Bank, but are prohibited to step foot on their own land only because they are Jews. An Israeli Arab may move onto a farm he purchased in the West Bank. An American citizen that is of the Moslem or Christian faiths may move into the West Bank. Only Jews are barred.
This insidious Roadmap to Peace is not only morally wrong, but useless and counterproductive. Israel should not be required to make 'painful' compromises for peace. Making one 'painful compromise' after another, rather than bringing peace, only reinforces the disgraceful persona of the cursed wandering Jew and invites attack."
NY Times didn't bother to cover the 39th annual Israel ParadeAccording to JPost, 100,000 New Yorkers marched, "with dozens of floats and marching bands and countless dignitaries" down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Under the theme, "WE SALUTE THE COURAGEOUS SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL," JPost notes the participation of Zionist youth groups, 1948 war veterans and Hebrew day school students, and quotes this marcher: "Sampson Lester Friedman, a 79-year old World War II veteran who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his numerous sorties over Japan, described just one life regret as he marched with the Jewish War Veterans. 'I'm only sorry I didn't fight for Israel,' he said."
So why didn't the NY Times cover this? Do you think they would have covered a parade down Fifth Avenue, of any size, were it their beloved and oh-so-interesting ARAB MUSLIMS doing the marching? Call them on their bias; write to:
"What do we have to lose, except everything?"Read Reuven Koret's Roadmap to Auschwitz from Israel Insider:
"The Quartet roadmap is a peace plan in the same way that Auschwitz was a work camp. The sign then said: "Work makes you free." The roadmap now says: "Unilateral concessions bring peace."
In celebration of International Children's Day,
1 June 2003 -- Israel Television Channel Two News correspondent Ehud Yaari showed a tape this evening of the meeting Yasser Arafat held in Ramallah with children to mark International Children's Day. Arafat devoted his remarks to encouraging the children to be "shahid" (die for the cause), noting that one shahid who dies for the sake of Jerusalem has the power equal to 40 of the enemy dying. Yaari noted that Arafat said nothing in his remarks about peace or reconciliation.
Arafat encourages children to kill themselves to kill Jews
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NAVAH: A Non-profit Association for Volunteering and Assisting the HurtThis organization will be distributing flower arrangements, care packages, cheesecakes, and more to families of terror victims in time for Shavuos. You can send a personal greeting with your gift.
NAVAH also sponsors a special project geared for children's participation. The children of your school or synagogue can send artwork and writings to those Israelis who are recovering in hospitals, rehabilitation centers and at home, from terrorist attacks.
"To all the Staff at NAVAH,
I want to thank you on behalf of my father, Yosef Samira. He was very touched by the letters and the gift that he received for the holiday. It made him very happy. My father was seriously injured in May 2002 in the terror attack in Rishon LeTzion. He is paralyzed from the waist down due to a needle that entered his spine. He still is in the hospital. We hope that during this New Year my father will get his life back to "normal." Thank you very much for your love and support. Be strong and be strengthened.
A good, healthy year to all of us.
Joseph Samira & Family"
Sunday, June 01, 2003
Ben Nighthorse Campbell urges Bush to make Countering Anti-Semitism a PriorityContact: Camden Hubbard, (202) 224-5852
Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Press Release of Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In lead up to the Group of 8 (G-8) summit in France (June 1-3, 2003), Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) urged President Bush in a letter to raise U.S. concerns with other G-8 leaders over the rise in anti-Semitism and related violence and to "seek a joint commitment to work closely together to counter this disturbing trend."
"The G-8 Summit is one of the international calendar's major events. Heads of state from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the Russian Federation, with the European Union, meet to address political as well as economic issues facing societies represented and the wider international community. I urge President Bush to set anti-Semitism as an international priority at the summit because it is one of the largest and most appropriate forums for such a discussion," said Campbell.
In addition, Campbell authored a Congressional resolution to condemn anti-Semitism. The resolution was approved by the Senate May 22, ensuring that the U.S. is on record against the scourge of anti-Semitism.
"Europe experienced an alarming spike in anti-Semitic violence last summer, which goes to show that anti-Semitism can still happen in the industrialized Western world. The United States itself is not immune from sporadic acts of anti-Semitic vandalism and violence," said Campbell who serves as Co-Chairman of the Helsinki Commission. "It is important that the United States, the embodiment of democratic values, be willing to go on record and fight acts of violence against members of the Jewish community and their institutions," said Campbell.
Kol hakavod, Senator.
Sound Familiar? LETTER FROM YASSER ARAFAT TO PRIME MINISTER RABIN:September 9, 1993
Prime Minister of Israel
Mr. Prime Minister,
The signing of the Declaration of Principles marks a new era in the history of the Middle East. In firm conviction thereof, I would like to confirm the following PLO commitments:
The PLO recognizes the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security.
The PLO accepts United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.
The PLO commits itself to the Middle East peace process, and to a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the two sides and declares that all outstanding issues relating to permanent status will be resolved through negotiations.
The PLO considers that the signing of the Declaration of Principles constitutes a historic event, inaugurating a new epoch of peaceful coexistence, free from violence and all other acts which endanger peace and stability. Accordingly, the PLO renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence and will assume responsibility over all PLO elements and personnel in order to assure their compliance, prevent violations and discipline violators.
In view of the promise of a new era and the signing of the Declaration of Principles and based on Palestinian acceptance of Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, the PLO affirms that those articles of the Palestinian Covenant which deny Israel's right to exist, and the provisions of the Covenant which are inconsistent with the commitments of this letter are now inoperative and no longer valid. Consequently, the PLO undertakes to submit to the Palestinian National Council for formal approval the necessary changes in regard to the Palestinian Covenant.
The Palestine Liberation Organization
Krauthammer: The Middle East 'road ahead'"On May 23, just a week ago, the official newspaper of the supposedly reformed Palestinian Authority carried a front-page picture of the latest suicide bomber dressed in suicide-bomber regalia. It then referred to the place where she did her murdering as 'occupied Afula.' The town of Afula is in Israel's Galilee. It is not occupied. It is not in the West Bank or Gaza. It is within Israel. If Afula is occupied, then Tel Aviv is occupied, Haifa is occupied, and Israel's very existence is a crime.
This bit of incitement and delegitimation was, to my knowledge, reported in not a single American newspaper. It is simply too routine. It is the everyday stuff of Palestinian newspapers and television, schoolbooks, and sermons."
Unless Abu Mazen takes real steps to end incitement and terror, no peace is possible, "and the new Bush peace initiative will amount to nothing more than Oslo redux." Enjoy Krauthammer's clarity in full at townhall.com.
New Palestinian PM Says Arafat Is Still in ChargeWed May 21, 2003 10:01 AM ET
CAIRO (Reuters) - New Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas said President Yasser Arafat remained in charge despite a U.S. and Israeli refusal to deal with him, and said his stamp of approval should precede any political action.
"Arafat is at the top of the (Palestinian) Authority. He's the man to whom we refer, regardless of the American or Israeli view of him," Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, said in an interview with Egypt's semi-official al Mussawar weekly.
"For us, Abu Ammar is the president elected by the Palestinian people and he is the chairman of the whole Palestinian Authority. We do not do anything without his approval," Abbas said, referring to Arafat by his nom de guerre.
Ah, the irony of making "peace" with someone who has a nom de guerre . . .