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Friday, June 27, 2003

IDF prevented major attack -- one soldier killed

In the PA neighborhood of Bakshi near Netzarim, IDF forces surrounded the home of Hamas leader Amran Al-Awal. He refused, and a "protracted battle" resulted, in which Al-Awal, his cousin and another terrorist were killed. The IDF said Al-Awal was a "ticking bomb," having planned a major attack for the Netzarim or Karni areas today. IDF St.-Sgt. Erez Ashkenazi of Kibbutz Reshafim was also killed and another soldier lightly wounded.

Down the block (Arutz Sheva said it, I didn't), Fatah terrorist Muhammad Abu Atiye was killed in a similar "shoot-out."

Yesterday, a 15-year-old Palestinian terrorist shot and killed a telephone company worker, Amos Amit Mantin, 31, in Baka al-Garbiye, on the pre-1967 side of "Green Line Israel." The murderer, who in a sane world would have been considered a child instead of a danger, was taken to HaEmek Hospital in Afula, in serious condition, shot by telephone company workers.

Also in Baka al-Garbiye, the IDF killed two Palestinian Arabs and arrested two others. The Arabs were carrying bombs "on their persons."

Kassam rockets continue to be fired at Sderot in the Negev. Nine mortar shells hit Gush Katif on Tuesday night and Wednesday, and another 11 landed Wednesday night and Thursday morning. School buildings and a telephone pole were damaged, but no one was hurt.

A terrorist with a large bomb to be detonated in Petach Tikvah was caught before it could be exploded, and a terrorist planning to commit a suicide bombing
was picked up near Tul Karem.

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This is insanity, absolutely, but what is the more worrisome insanity is found in headlines such as this in today's Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald: "Militants nearer truce despite bloodshed." The lead-in says "Palestinian negotiators say militant groups are inching closer to a ceasefire in their war with Israel, despite Israel's rejection of the truce and its continuing assassination attempts against them." Very last paragraph begins: "Palestinian violence also continues to dog the peace process."

I've been monitoring the world press on this issue for more than a year now, and it's shocking how commonplace the bias against Israel has become, how out of control. And believe me, the press does not answer one's objections. Try it and see, at this site for posting "editorial and story feedback" at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Andrew Wilkie, Oxford Professor of Genetics, and in my humble opinion, a neo-Jew-hater and academic fascist.

From: "Andrew Wilkie"
To: "Amit Duvshani"
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2003 9:58 AM
Subject: Re: PhD application

Dear Amit Duvshani,

Thank you for contacting me, but I don't think this would work. I have a huge problem with the way that the Israelis take the moral high ground from their appalling treatment in the Holocaust, and then inflict gross human rights abuses on the Palestinians because the[y] (the Palestinians) wish to live in their own country.

I am sure that you are perfectly nice at a personal level, but no way would I take on somebody who had served in the Israeli army. As you may be aware, I am not the only UK scientist with these views but I'm sure you will find another suitable lab if you look around.

Yours sincerely
Andrew Wilkie

Nuffield Professor of Pathology,
Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine,
The John Radcliffe,
Oxford OX3 9DS,

More Wilkie

From "Oxford Blueprint," the newsletter of the University of Oxford, 10/31/02:
New Professor of Pathology

Andrew Wilkie, currently a Wellcome Trust* Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science based at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, has been elected Nuffield* Professor of Pathology with effect from May 2003 when he will become a Fellow of Pembroke College*.

Professor Wilkie, who is also an Honorary Consultant in Clinical Genetics at the Department of Medical Genetics, Churchill Hospital*, has been a Professor of Genetics at Oxford since 2000.

Over the past nine years Professor Wilkie's research has focused on the developmental genetics of skull and limb malformations, caused by alterations (mutations) in genes involved in the normal processes of embryonic development. In 1995 Professor Wilkie's group discovered the cause of Apert Syndrome, which is characterised by both craniosynostosis (fusion of the skull bones) and syndactyly (fusion between the digits). Professor Wilkie works closely with the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Radcliffe Infirmary where many affected children are treated.


These are some of the people and organizations who are responsible for placing --and maintaining-- Prof. Wilkie in his present position of influence (and yes, power) which he has attempted to wield in anti-semitic fashion:

Media Office
E-mail: media.office@wellcome.ac.uk

Human Resources
E-mail: hr@wellcome.ac.uk

Policy Unit
E-mail: policy.unit@wellcome.ack.uk

"one of the UK's best known charitable trusts"
-- funds the Wellcome Trust, above, and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, below, on which the professor serves.

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics
Public Liaison Officer: Nicola Perrin
28 Bedford Square
Tel: 020 7681 9619
Fax: 020 7637 1712
E-mail: bioethics@nuffieldfoundation.org
E-mail: nperrin@nuffieldfoundation.org

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics
Chairman: Prof. Bob Hepple, QC
(Master of Clare College and Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Cambridge)
Tel: +44 1223 333241
Fax +44 1223 333219
E-mail: bgh1000@cam.ac.uk

Old Road,
Oxford OX3 7LJ
Tel: 01865 226026

News Release from University of Oxford

27 June 2003

Comments by Professor Andrew Wilkie

A spokesperson for the University of Oxford said:

“Our staff may hold strongly felt personal opinions. Freedom of expression is a fundamental tenet of University life, but under no circumstances are we prepared to accept or condone conduct that appears to, or does, discriminate against anyone on grounds of ethnicity or nationality, whether directly or indirectly. This candidate is entitled to submit an application and to have it dealt with fairly according to our normal criteria.

“Professor Wilkie has issued a personal apology regarding remarks he made by e mail to an applicant for a research degree at Oxford. An immediate and thorough investigation of this matter is now being carried out in accordance with the University’s procedures and a report will be presented to the Vice-Chancellor next week.”

Note to editors:

The full text of Professor Wilkie’s apology is:

“I recognise and apologise for any distress caused by my e mail of 23 June and the wholly inappropriate expression of my personal opinions in that document. I was not speaking on behalf of Oxford University or any of its constituent parts. I entirely accept the University of Oxford’s Equal Opportunities and Race Equality policies.”

University of Oxford, Public Relations Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD
Tel: 01865 280528
Fax: 01865 280535

- End -

The text of Wilkie's email to Israeli applicant for a doctoral position:

Original Message -----

From: "Andrew Wilkie"
To: "Amit Duvshani"
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2003 9:58 AM
Subject: Re: PhD application

Dear Amit Duvshani,

Thank you for contacting me, but I don't think this would work. I have a huge problem with the way that the Israelis take the moral high ground from their appalling treatment in the Holocaust, and then inflict gross human rights abuses on the Palestinians because the (the Palestinians) wish to live in their own country.

I am sure that you are perfectly nice at a personal level, but no way would I take on somebody who had served in the Israeli army. As you may be aware, I am not the only UK scientist with these views but I'm sure you will find another suitable lab if you look around.

Yours sincerely
Andrew Wilkie

Nuffield Professor of Pathology,
Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine,
The John Radcliffe,
Oxford OX3 9DS,

Tel (44)-1865-222619
Fax (44)-1865-222500
Email awilkie@worf.molbiol.ox.ac.uk

Israelis and Palestinian Arabs Take to the Streets

Israeli Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv Friday

Palestinian Islamic Jihad "militants" march in Gaza City Thursday

France: Declaring HAMAS a terrorist organization would sabotage the "peace process"

A European diplomat said Thursday that most members of the European Union now agree that Hamas's political wing should be declared a terrorist organization. France, however, is still opposed, the diplomat said, arguing that such a move would sabotage efforts to restart the Mideast peace process, as Hamas's political wing is a "popular movement" that reflects the goals and aspirations of many Palestinians. from HaaretzDaily.com

"The Sign of Lunacy" By Berel Wein

"There is a famous hassidic story about a king and his wise adviser who discover that the grain crop of the coming year contains a substance that, when ingested, induces lunacy. Since the kingdom is wholly dependent on the local grain crop for its sustenance there is no escape from consuming this lunacy-inducing grain.

The king initially suggests that he obtain healthy grain for himself, his adviser and their families. But the adviser gently reminds the king that if everyone else in the country is insane and only he and the king remain sane, they will be judged the insane ones.

The king sighs and says, 'You are right. We also will eat from the lunacy-inducing grain to be like everyone else. But let us at least put a mark on our foreheads so that when we look at each other we will realize and be reminded that we are really insane!'

I can think of no better parable to describe our current political, diplomatic and military situation. What sane country would dismantle outposts, release terrorist murderers from prison, and offer to strengthen the hands of those who are pledged to destroy it - all in the name of an illusory road map to peace that has no more chance of leading anywhere than its ill-conceived predecessors over the past 40 years, all while its citizens are subject to daily terrorist attacks?"

Continued . . . at JPost

Antisemitism Alert

Israeli rejected by Oxford for being Israeli Jew

Israeli Amit Duvshani applied to Oxford for a doctoral position. This is the reply that he received from Andrew Wilkie, Nuffield Professor of Pathology, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine,The John Radcliffe, e-mail: awilkie@worf.molbiol.ox.ac.uk.

I think that we should all, every one of us, send the good professor a message on his Facist tendencies and his disgusting Nazi-like tactics in dealing with Israelis (i.e. Jews, and don't we all know where you are coming from Herr Professor).

My own letter to Herr Professor is below.
Naomi Ragen


Original Message -----

From: "Andrew Wilkie"
To: "Amit Duvshani"
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2003 9:58 AM
Subject: Re: PhD application

Dear Amit Duvshani,

Thank you for contacting me, but I don't think this would work. I have a huge problem with the way that the Israelis take the moral high ground from their appalling treatment in the Holocaust, and then inflict gross human rights abuses on the Palestinians because the (the Palestinians) wish to live in their own country.

I am sure that you are perfectly nice at a personal level, but no way would I take on somebody who had served in the Israeli army. As you may be aware, I am not the only UK scientist with these views but I'm sure you will find another suitable lab if you look around.

Yours sincerely
Andrew Wilkie

Nuffield Professor of Pathology,
Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine,
The John Radcliffe,
Oxford OX3 9DS,

Tel (44)-1865-222619
Fax (44)-1865-222500
Email awilkie@worf.molbiol.ox.ac.uk


Dear Dr. Wilkie,

Ah the wonders of the internet. No longer can closet anti Semites ply their trade under the cover of darkness. Now the entire world knows who you are, as your disgusting bias in dealing with Amit Duvshani is now out there for all to see. The Jews have been living in the land of Israel for three thousand years. Indeed, as Disraeli pointed out, while your ancestors were still swinging from the trees, ours were priests in the Temple of Solomon.

You can accept or reject Mr. Duvshani on the basis of his academic qualifications. But to reject him on the basis of his qualifications as a human being because he served in the Israeli army and defended the Jews in their ancestral homeland shows me, an Israeli, a Jew, the author of six books, one play, and numerous articles that you Brits are still swinging from the trees in a Neanderthal morality that stinks of eras only lately ended.

For shame, Herr Professor. For shame Oxford.

Naomi Ragen

Kol hakavod to Rabbi Daniel Horowitz

President of the Rabbinical Assoc. of Greater Kansas City stands up in the Kansas City Star:
By Daniel Horowitz
Special to The Star

On June 17, I called to offer condolences to a friend whose wife was blown up in a bus bombing in Jerusalem. Genia Berman, a mother of five, was murdered because she was a Jew who lives in Israel. She was a victim of a campaign conducted by those offended by a Jewish presence in the Middle East.

On June 18, I read Rev. Vern Barnet's column offering his psychological explanation of the Middle East conflict. He suggests there are aggressors, protectors and victims. He writes: "Jews, recalling the Nazi Holocaust...respond to what they see as an Arab threat against their nation by switching to the attack mode while thinking of themselves as victims."

"What they see" -- what Israelis see -- as an Arab threat, is rather well-documented. From pogroms in the 1920s to today's homicidal bombings and genocidal education, the threat to eliminate Israel is very real. This doesn't mean every Arab supports this or that President Bush's "road map" to peace can't be traveled, only that Israel has every reason to take such a threat seriously.

But Barnet believes that Jews are just "recalling the Holocaust" and "switching to the attack mode," as if no Arabs had ever tried to murder them. This smacks of the tired "cycle of violence" line that treats the murdered and the murderer the same.

Incredibly, he casts the Palestinians as former rescuers now become victims, and writes: "Some become so confused in this new role that they become aggressors." These terrorists are not evil, just confused; all they have to do is give up playing a role. He does not acknowledge terrorism and incitement to genocide as factors with which Israel must contend.

Undoubtedly many Palestinians are victims. Everyone understands that innocent Palestinians have died, and that their circumstances are excruciating and often humiliating. But the Palestinians are largely the victims of their own leadership, which has consistently turned away from peace. The Arab-Israeli conflict is a result of this intolerance and rejectionism. The sooner Palestinian leadership changes course, the sooner the entire region will be able to arrive at a lasting peace. But that won't happen through simplistic psychological analysis or by blaming those who respond to such hatred with appropriate means of defense.

Genia Berman didn't wish to play the role of victim. She is a victim, a victim of evil in action and of those who excuse it. And if you don't understand that, you can't broker useful discussion among Jews and Muslims.

SOLANA: "There's no wave of anti-Semitism in Europe"

At the sidelines of Wednesday's US-EU summit in Washington, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana met with the House of Representatives International Relations Committee, Reuters reports.

"When the issue of increased anti-Semitism was raised, he looked at us and said, 'There's no anti-Semitism. There's no wave of anti-Semitism in Europe,'" said Florida Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler, who has visited Israel and Syria recently.

"I was stunned to hear him say, more or less, that there has not been a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe," said Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a leader on the committee. "And so I said, 'Oh, it must be another Europe.'

The Simon Wiesenthal Center and other groups have noted a spike in anti-Semitic attacks in Europe since 2001, with 1,300 attacks in France alone, including the stabbing of a rabbi in Paris and the torching of a synagogue in Marseilles.

"There is More Antisemitism Today than in the 1930s." - Simon Wiesenthal - April 2003

"Antisemitism is the Burden of Europe." - Rudolph Giuliani, Former New York City Mayor and head of the U.S. Delegation to the OSCE Conference on Antisemitism - June 2003


United Kingdom:

East Ham, London - May 2003

· 500 gravestones were damaged in East London in the worst recorded desecration of a Jewish cemetery in Britain.

· Member of Parliament Tam Dalyell, Father of the House, (Labor’s senior MP) accused Prime Minister Blair of "being unduly influenced by a cabal of Jewish advisers."

· After a trip to the Middle East, two British Members of Parliament compared the situation in Gaza to the suffering endured by Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi era.

· The first member of the openly antisemitic and racist British National Party, Ramon Johns, was elected to an English City Council seat. He won the election in Broxbourne on an anti-asylum platform.


Berlin, May Day 2003

· German authorities counted 1,257 antisemitic attacks in statistics released for 2002.

· An Orthodox Jewish student was attacked by 3 youths in Berlin who followed him out of a subway and beat him; a man wearing a Jewish Star of David was kicked and spat on in a public bus by youths, and a religious Jew was assaulted by a group of four youths on a busy Berlin street as passersby looked on.

· Four neo-nazis in Eastern Germany tortured and murdered a schoolboy because they decided he looked like a Jew. The body was found 4 months after the murder when one of the assailants boasted of the killing.


· Photos of "veiled Palestinian women" were displayed above pictures of Holocaust victims in a Holocaust exhibition at the Italian Monument for the Deportation Museum in the former concentration camp of Fossoli di Carpi. After protests by the Wiesenthal Center, the offensive pictures were removed.

Etaples, France - April 2003

· A British Allied cemetery was desecrated in Northern France with hate graffiti including "they are soiling our land" and "may Saddam prevail and spill your blood."


· A rabbi in Vienna was attacked by two youths who shouted antisemitic insults, kicked him, and hit him over the head with a beer bottle. His three children, who were with him were not injured.


· The Croatian government has announced it has plans to buy land in Austria to build a monument honoring thousands of Croat Nazi troops and civilians who were killed there in the aftermath of World War II.

· A memorial to the victims who perished during the Holocaust in the Minsk Ghetto and a Jewish graveyard were defaced with Nazi swastikas. Four graves in the Bobroisk Jewish cemetery 90 miles south of Minsk were desecrated with antisemitic graffiti.

The Russian Interior Ministry says there are currently up to 15,000 skinheads in Russia with the largest group operating in Moscow.

· Moscow City court ruled that the publication of books like the Jewish Occupation of Russia, Mein Kampf, and The Protocols do not incite racial hatred. The Court closed an investigation against the publisher of these books who wrote that, "Jews are by their very nature destroyers, the children of the Devil...."


· Nazi sympathizer, Michel Delacroix, has been appointed by the far-right National Front Party to the Belgian Senate.


· Vandals painted swastikas on a monument in memory of the 50,000 Jews from the Greek town of Salonika who died in Nazi concentration camps.

· A prominent Greek professor from the London School of Economics, Nikos Mouzelis, wrote an article published in the Sunday edition of To Vima, the largest Greek newspaper, blaming the Jews for the crisis in the Middle East and for the lack of peace in the world.

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Beyond Antisemitism

Absolutely horrifying.

See www dot InformationClearingHouse dot info slash article3940 dot htm

"There you have it, this “tiny, little, poor nation of Israel, just struggling to survive.” Let us now get rid of this myth; let us face the reality. This Israel is not the Israel Moses would have wanted, nor Jesus, nor the God these religions profess to believe in. For this Israel is a powerhouse of intrigue, lies, brutality and cunning with only destruction of others in mind—with lessons the Ashkenazim Jews learned from Hitler—so that even to this day, the Falasha (Ethiopian Jews), the Sephardic (the true Mediterranean Jews) are treated like second and third class citizens in their own land (they have lived there for thousands of years, the Ashkenazim of Europe, descendents of the Khazars, converts from Slavic tribes to Judaism, have only come to the Middle East in the 20th century), and of course, the Palestinians (Philistines in Arabic and Hebrew) who have lived there for several thousand years are being brutalized so that Sharon and his minions may push them out of this false Israel, aided by their ignorant American “Christian” allies who hope that when Armageddon comes, all the Jews will convert to Christianity."

The author is a Ph.D., and supposedly "an expert on world affairs, especially the Arab and Muslim worlds. He writes often for www.CounterPunch.com and www.todaysaltnews.com ; he is a former advisor to the U.S. State Department and served as editor of Third World News in Wash, DC." His email address is provided.

AP World Photos is re-running the photo of Rachel Corrie with a new, updated caption

See for yourself.

"This is a February 15, 2003 file picture of Rachel Corrie, 23, from Olympia, Washington, a member of the 'International Solidarity Movement' burning a handmade U.S. flag during a rally in the southern Gaza Strip (news - web sites) town of Rafah. Corrie was run over and crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer Sunday, March 16, 2003 while she was trying to stop it from tearing down a building in the Rafah refugee camp, witnesses said. Israel's military prosecutor has exonerated Israeli soldiers in the death of Corrie, the army said Thursday, refuting eyewitness testimony that the woman was in the line of sight of the bulldozer driver who ran her down." ( AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Call AP Photos at 212-621-1900. Tell 'em Yael sent you.

I guess the driver wasn't an "eyewitness" after all. But doesn't that just go to prove the IDF is right? See story below.

IDF Advocate General: Rachel Corrie killed by accident

The military investigation of Rachel Corrie's death included extensive interrogations of the bulldozer driver and his commanders, over a long period of time, with the use of polygraph tests and video evidence. An autopsy of Corrie's body revealed that the cause of death was from falling debris and not from the tractor physically rolling over her. The Military Advocate General's office further stated that it was impossible for the driver to have seen or heard Corrie. According to a military source quoted in JPost, "she was standing behind debris which obstructed the view of the driver and the driver had a very limited field of vision due to the protective cage he was working in." Both the driver and his commanders were cleared of any wrongdoing. Full story at JPost.

The Foreign Ministry, the IDF, the Government Press Office and the Prime Minister's Office have all suggested and begun to implement a number of steps to curtail the presence of "those whose aim is to interfere with IDF operations in the area, including the area along the border with Egypt - acts that endanger their lives and those of the soldiers - such as those who belong to the ISM organization."

Checking to see if there was any response from ISM (there's not), I did notice they're trying to drum up business for the summer. Think of all those college students with free time. In a promotion for "Freedom Summer Palestine 2003," -- a campaign designed to "directly challenge the Israeli occupation policy of caging Palestinians in their cities, towns and villages" -- the ISM promises (or threatens) that "hundreds of people from all over the world will converge in Palestine for 6 weeks of actions aimed at highlighting and challenging the oppressive Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and lives, through coordinated popular, nonviolent direction-action."

Too bad there's so many antisemites who are willing to pay good money to help out terrorists.
It's sick, it's getting worse, and hardly anyone objects.


(Eilat, Israel) June 25, 2003 - Tourism to Israel rose a whopping 36% in May 2003 over May 2002, it was announced today in Israel's Red Sea resort of Eilat by Rami Levi, Tourism Ambassador of Israel to North and South America.

Tourism from North America makes up approximately 25% of the total number of tourists to Israel, says Levi, a 20% growth in share since 2000.

TO KNOW EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT TRAVEL TO ISRAEL, VISIT: www.goisrael.com or www.ibelieveinisrael.com

What is so special about the Palestinians?

"Actually, nothing," says Martin Peretz, "except that their neighbors are Jews." Read his "Traveling with Bad Companions: Western supporters of the Palestinian cause are morally blind" in the Los Angeles Times.

Irish Foreign Minister Brian Cowen meets with Arafat Thursday. Knowing full well that if he met with Arafat, the Israelis would not see him, Cowen cast Ireland's lot with the master terrorist.

Kudos to Bibi?

BusinessWeek Online has an interesting article about the Israeli economy. While it shrank in 2000 and 2001, and is likely to grow less than 1% this year, something's up: "The leading Tel Aviv stock index is up 34% so far this year." Includes an interview with Israel's Finance Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.

In our lifetime, G-d willing . . .

The ramifications of the next 25 years will be critical
Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics recently reported that 5.4 million Jews live in Israel, while the number of U.S. Jews is apparently less - between 5.1 and 5.3 million.

However, Professor Sergio Della Pergola, head of the Center for Contemporary Judaism, told the Knesset Immigration Committee that there could be 5.3 million Jews in Israel, and 5.4 million in the U.S. In any event, Pergola said, within three years Israel will certainly have more Jews than the United States.

In addition, he predicts, within 25 years or so, more than half of the world's Jews will live in Israel. The Halakhic [Jewish legal] ramifications of that will be critical, as many commandments such as installing a King, rebuilding the Holy Temple, and others are contingent upon having an absolute majority of the world's Jews in Israel.

Let's pretend there is a Palestinian State

by Katy Whelan
published Thursday, April 4, 2002 at WorldNetDaily.com

I think it's fair to say in order to prepare for a future state of Palestine, it may prove beneficial to journey into the unknown. Take a moment and step out of this present reality and into the world of our imagination. This will be a necessary tool in perceiving such a plan. I would hate to have to be the one to say I told you so or, be careful what you ask for.

Let's pretend that one day you wake up and read the morning paper. The headlines say, "A Nation is Born, the State of Palestine." Let's pretend that Yasser Arafat no longer lies, and he is now a man of honor driven to make a better life for his people. Let's pretend that the millions of dollars in aid subsidizing the Palestinian Authority and used to smuggle bombs, guns and weapons of carnage and death will be used to build a healthy society – a society filled with job opportunities, good education and prosperity for all Palestinians.

Imagine the schoolbooks that teach Palestinian children to hate and murder Jews are burned in the town square. Let's pretend Palestinian radio and television join in the celebration and destroy their library of media propaganda advocating martyrdom in order to achieve peace and heavenly reward. Let's pretend that the Palestinian people eagerly await the new schoolbooks that teach brotherly love and acceptance of their Jewish neighbors and to embrace the state of Israel with open arms.

Imagine that the Palestinian summer camps for children that instruct 5- and 6-year-old boys how to shoot and blow up Jews, are now filled with activities like painting, ceramics and horseback riding.

Let's also imagine that all Palestinian men, women and children wake up one day and have forgotten everything they have ever learned about hatred. All the mothers and fathers of children who have blown their bodies up for the cause of peace are now accepting the fact that it was all a lie, that their children were duped and sacrificed for absolutely nothing! Pretend they have forgiven their political and religious leaders for deceiving them and there is a sense of joy and forgiveness in the air.

Now don't give up yet folks! Stay with me on this one. The human mind is quite remarkable in its ability to venture beyond logic. Let's pretend that Yasser Arafat wakes up one day and one truth comes out of his mouth. He repents to his people and to the world for being a bloodthirsty killer. He asks forgiveness for masterminding and implementing terror on the world for the past 40 years.

Let's pretend that Yasser Arafat is a changed man. He no longer feels compelled to annihilate the Jewish people, but instead wants to live side by side in peace and harmony.

This will be a stretch for some. Try to imagine the tens of thousands of young Palestinian men (and women) who have known absolutely nothing but hatred and bloodlust towards the Jewish people from the time they were children, have found a new peace in their hearts. Imagine they surrender their guns, bombs and ideologies and long to befriend their Jewish brothers. Decades of lies, and PA-sponsored moral and social depravity have simply vanished from their lives.

Let's pretend that the Palestinian people are dancing in the streets, handing out candy and celebrating their newfound love for their Jewish neighbors and their willingness to embrace their differences and share their resources and live together in peace!

Game over. Reality check.

The Middle East reality is that a Palestinian state will never and should never be allowed to exist within the borders of Israel! It simply will not work. It will be a cancer in the heart of Israel. Cancer is not something that can be negotiated with, nor can it be managed by "surgical strikes." It must be attacked aggressively and completely until all signs of the deadly disease are destroyed.

Aside from the fact that all of the land of Israel was promised to the Jewish people by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the unfortunate reality is that Palestinian society, so diseased by hatred, will not be able to co-exist in peace with Israel.

Generations of Palestinian hostility and the destruction that follows will in fact grow more powerful if granted statehood. The cancer of Israel will have metastasized. It will now have a life and a sovereignty of its own.

We must stop pretending that a Palestinian State will bring peace to the Middle East. It will surely prove to be more deadly than any present horror that is occurring in Israel today.

International Solidarity Movement should itself be considered a Terrorist Organization

". . . Despite its peaceful image, the ISM has crossed the line from protest to an alliance with hate."

David Bedein, bureau chief of the Israel Resource News Agency in Jerusalem, has written a scathing indictment of the ISM in today's JPost.

"At a May 6 press conference I asked ISM spokesman Raphael Cohen how his group defines the "occupation." His definition? "The Zionist presence in Palestine" that is, in all of the country including Israel within its pre-1967 borders. Cohen went on to say that the ISM view of peace would be a "one-state solution," or no Israel at all . . . "

Rachel Corrie, ISM member who was killed trying to thwart an IDF operation in Gaza to destroy tunnels used by terrorists to smuggle in explosives and weapons from Egypt.

Naomi Ragen, on the accumulation of horror


Something just snapped in me the last two weeks. It was an accumulation of horror, I suppose. For the first time in the last thousand days of horrors since Arafat decided to show these idiot peacemakers his true colors, I couldn't watch them put the bodies into bodybags in the center of Jerusalem. Couldn't watch the reporters interview the victims in the hospital. Couldn't listen to the politicians say what politicians always say...I turned off the television. Stopped reading newspapers.

But of course, information trickled through. The seven year old girl shot in the head in her parents' car on Israel's main highway on her way home to Haifa. Briefly, flipping by CNN, catching their description of it as a "shooting of a settler in the West Bank." And then, someone e-mailed me the news about the American father killed a day after his son's wedding...I felt something weaken when I heard that. But I suppose it was the information I read online from Maariv: that Colin Powell had transferred $300 million directly to Muhammad Dahlan, Abu Mazen's "security chief" (responsible for blowing the legs off children in Kfar Darom in a terrorist bus attack) to buy equipment to "fight terrorism" that finally tore my heart in two. According to security sources quoted in the article, the Americans were giving Dahlan three months to prove himself. How many weapons could be purchased, how many suicide belts, how many terrorist cells rebuilt, restaffed, with $300 million in three months?

I never thought much about the phrase, to "tear your hair out." Until I sat down and wanted to do just that. The interesting thing, though, about falling apart, is that you can't. Not really. I'd promised my grandson's teacher I'd come to Rechovot and give the fourth graders a lecture on literature. So I washed out my red eyes, put on a nice linen suit, and went to Rechovot.

There I was, led down to the bomb shelter which serves as a meeting room in my grandson's State religious school. There I was, in a sweltering room faced with the beautiful little faces of Israeli ten year olds. Little girls with ponytails and shining eyes; exquisite Ethiopians, little Russian blondes, big, lively boys...And here I was, and they were all looking at me. Suddenly, I forgot about everything else. I suddenly didn't want to disappoint or bore them. I wanted, suddenly, to tell them how, in second grade, I had a wonderful teacher who showed me the joys of expressing your imagination on paper. I would tell them about the joy of writing, and reading and being published.

In the heat of an Israeli summer, those fifty kids and I forgot about the world around us, and talked about the future, where each one would be free to learn, create, and perhaps even publish. They asked a million questions, and suddenly I found my heart whole again, if not quite uncracked.

A day later, I went to the Bat Mitzvah celebration for the daughter of good friends. Sitting next to me was a woman who'd lost her wonderful son in the army only six months ago, defending the State of Israel. She was surrounded by her other children. And when the music began, she was the first one to get up and dance. She danced with the mother of the Bat Mitzvah girl, and the girl herself, stepping to the Jewish music as the stars shone above us in Jerusalem's hills, twinkling as they do, night after night, as they did during the battleafor Jericho when we Jews came out of the desert to claim our inheritance. Twinkling as they did above the Holocaust survivors in '48 when they came straight from concentration camps to give their lives to build a Jewish State. Twinkling above the heads of the fourth graders in Rechovot as they dreamed of becoming artists and writers, and policemen and dancers in the Land of Israel, when they grow up...when they grow up, safe, and well, and beautiful, into Israeli adults.

And as I saw her dancing, I felt a few more cracks begin to heal. And I too, got up, to dance.

Every blessing,

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

DEBKAfile headlines

Palestinian minister Dahlan again postpones security minister with Israeli representative Wednesday.

Fresh terror alert in Sharon region of central Israel after large-scale terrorist attack was averted. First alert Wednesday morning was lifted briefly after two Fatah-Tanzim terrorists captured with 10-kilo bomb in Kafr Kassam on West Bank border 20 miles east of Tel Aviv on way to attack in Petach Tikva.

In south, Qassam missile fired from Gaza damages car in Sderot. Two armed Palestinians killed in clash with Israeli force seeking Qassam rocket crews in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip. Two Israeli troops slightly hurt. Israeli helicopters strike at Palestinian Qassam rocket crew in Khan Younes in southern Gaza Strip Wednesday afternoon. Palestinians report four injured.

by John Deering, in Jewish World Review.

Je ne se quois: EU to return Palestinian Terrorists

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Nabil Sha`ath says he has a commitment from the EU to return to the territories Palestinians expelled from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem over a year ago, reports Israel Radio.

After a five-week standoff in May 2002, the 123 Palestinian gunmen who had been holed up inside the church were released.

Thirteen Palestinians described by Israel as 'having blood on their hands' were flown on a British military plane to Larnaca in Cyprus, which served as a transit port to six European nations that agreed to accept the fugitives. Twenty-six Palestinians were taken by bus to Gaza City, where they returned to a heroes' welcome. The remaining 84 Palestinians were released to their homes.

Nabil Sha'ath claims that the arrangement reached with the European Union are set to expire after one year.

EU Envoy Miguel Mauratinos then told reporters that the 13 were free men, and not prisoners or deportees. 'I want to underline this point. They are not prisoners or detained people. They have signed on a personal basis an agreement to go to a third country. They came here voluntarily...it was not deportation,' he said.

The 13 men are affiliated with Hamas and Fatah Tanzim and all were allegedly involved in either the planning or perpetrating of numerous terror attacks against Israeli citizens, including the dispatching of terrorists to carry out suicide bomb attacks. JPost


Boulder Theatre, 14th Street just north of Pearl Street Mall, at 7:00 pm.

Tough Luck, You Lose

By Moshe Feiglin

The journalist who visited Karnei Shomron intended to write an in-depth article. He wasn't interested in details of the Likud Conference and didn't even mention Rabin's murder. He asked substantive questions and our conversation became increasingly serious. "You say that Sharon is incapable of extricating us from the crisis", the journalist stated. "So who is capable? What's your alternative?"

"No current politician, whether from the Left or the Right, is capable of confronting reality", I replied. "They lack the tools to understand reality, and certainly those needed to deal with it. This is the same as expecting a Chinese person to analyze a text written by Agnon in Hebrew."

"So what's the solution?" he added.

"The solution is to establish a Jewish State here", I replied.

"You mean an Halachic State?"

"I don't know what an Halachic State is. I haven't come across halachot related to running a country in the Shulchan Aruch and, unfortunately, the world of the yeshivot has not developed such halachot over the course of the last two thousand years. No, I don't mean an Halachic State. I mean a country that is constantly aspiring to implement its Jewish identity.

The role of Manhigut Yehudit is merely to indicate the way. The process will take place by itself. We have to make every effort, because the faster we advance, the more blood and bereavement will be saved."

"How will a Jewish State solve the problem of terror?", the journalist continued to ask.

"The fundamental solution is based on the fact that when we realize what we are doing here - why we came and why we must remain - we shall radiate determination, and the belief that we are right. The other side will then automatically lose its hope of expelling us. Furthermore, the Israeli Army will act in accordance with Jewish moral principles, instead of adopting the false Western-Christian morality. When we understand that this is our country we shall have no inhibitions about expelling those who challenge our sovereignty and are doing their best to destroy us. We shall not only pursue the direct murderers, but the entire supporting neighborhood will pay a heavy price. In short, a Jewish State that believes that it is in the right can overcome its enemies."

"I understand", said the journalist. "But you know, I have a problem. Actually, you've got a problem. I'm not religious. I'm the eighth generation of my family in Israel, and my grandfather was a Rabbi in Tiberias, but I don't believe in all this. Hebron means nothing to me, and as far as I'm concerned it's OK to exchange Eastern Jerusalem for peace. So what can you do with someone like me who prefers Israel the way it is? I don't want your Jewish State."

I didn't really believe what he was saying. He didn't seem to me to be a strong supporter of Tommy Lapid. It seemed more likely that he was protesting in order to induce me to make an interesting remark for the interview. I thought for a moment what to answer him.

"Tough luck, you lose", I said to him in the end.

"What do you mean, 'You lose'?", he asked in amazement.

"Look", I replied. "The current issue is not peace or war. We are at war whether we like it to not. The real issue is the identity of the state: Shall we have a Jewish State, or one of all its citizens. Those who wish to eliminate the Jewish identity of the state are also those who wish tirelessly to get rid of the territories associated with our Jewish identity: Shechem, Hebron, the Temple Mount. In contrast, those who hold on to their Jewish identity are also holding on to Eretz Israel. The greater their personal Jewish identity, the deeper their link with, and hold on, the country."

"Your problem is that because Israeli consciousness lacks identity you are incapable of facing up to reality. You board a bus and don't know if you'll get off it. You enter a coffee-house and they check to see if you're concealing a bomb in your shoe. The IDF enters Gaza and then withdraws, and the Kasam missiles continue to fall on Sderot. It's only a question of time until the Hizballah starts bombarding Haifa - and the average Israeli has no answer. Your life is slowly becoming uncertain. You don't change your plans when you hear of a terrorist attack, you don't even stop eating a hearty meal when you hear that another bus has been blown up. This is somewhat reminiscent of what happened to the Ghetto Jews - after a certain stage they became used to the dead bodies surrounding them."

I let the journalist absorb my words, and then continued: "You were in exile for two thousand years. Every time you encountered a similar situation you got up, packed the contents of your home into a suitcase and made your way to another country. Now you have citizenship, but the State of Israel has removed your option of receiving a UN refugee's certificate. In short, you're stuck with your Israeliness and your life is rapidly losing its meaning, in the physical sense also.

The question whether we will have a Jewish State or a state of all its citizens, whether to be Jewish or Israeli, is no longer a theoretical one. This is a question of life or death. You have no option of choosing whether to be a Jew or an Israeli. The question that is becoming increasingly more clear, is whether to be a Jew or not be at all. "It seems that we are once again in a situation in which we are faced with no real choice, as at the time when the Jewish people received the Torah on Mount Sinai: Either accept your Jewish identity, or be buried here (or, as expressed colloquially: tough luck, you lose)."

Shtetl Diplomacy

"for a proud and independent state such as Israel to behave like a submissive subordinate . . . is as ominous as it is unbecoming"
I agree with Michael Freund's op-ed in today's Jerusalem Post, that Israel should abandon the road map now before it is too late. But all of us, left and right, must take heed of today's editorial "To Israel's Jewish critics," which cautions that Israeli Jews alone, and not American Jews, are entitled to decide.

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

from The Peace Encyclopedia

regarding Arab refugees
"As a goodwill gesture during the Lausanne negotiations in 1949, Israel offered to take back 100,000 Palestinian refugees prior to any discussion of the refugee question. The Arab states, who had refused even to negotiate face-to-face with the Israelis, turned down the offer because it implicitly recognized Israel's existence.

Despite this, on humanitarian grounds Israel has since the 1950's allowed more than 50,000 refugees to return to Israel under a family reunification program, and between 1967 and 1993 allowed a further 75,000 to return to the West Bank or Gaza. Since the beginning of the Oslo process Israel has allowed another 90,000 Palestinians to gain residence in PA-controlled territory.

Arabs who lost property in Israel are eligible to file for compensation from Israel's Custodian of Absentee Property. As of the end of 1993, a total of 14,692 claims had been filed, claims were settled with respect to more than 200,000 dunums of land, more than 10,000,000 NIS (New Israeli Sheckels) had been paid in compensation, and more than 54,000 dunums of replacement land had been given in compensation. Israel has followed this generous policy despite the fact that not a single penny of compensation has ever been paid to any of the more than 500,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries, who were forced to flee from the Arab/Muslim world, to Israel."

- by Alexander Safian, PhD, CAMERA (The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America), published in The Peace Encyclopedia.

The UNRWA defines a "Palestinian refugee" as any Arab who said they resided in [the British Mandate for] Palestine for at least two years prior to May 1948 and was displaced a result of the war in 1948-9. The definition is an expansive one and takes in all of the refugees' offspring.

In 1949, there were 730,000 Arab refugees. There are now 4 million.

According to the UNRWA, as of 30 June 2002:

There are 1.7 million registered refugees in Jordan.

There are 626,532 registered refugees in Judea and Samaria, "West Bank," controlled by Jordan 1948-1967, and by Israel since 1967.

There are 878,977 in the Gaza strip, controlled by Egypt 1948-1967 and by Israel since 1967.

There are about 400,000 registered refugees each -- in Lebanon and Syria.

Israel arrested more than 130 Palestinian Arabs in Hevron

and charged five Israeli Arabs with funneling millions to Hamas
JPost: Israel arrested more than 130 Palestinians in the [West Bank] city of Hebron on Tuesday, targeting Hamas as the Palestinian government awaited word on whether the Islamic terror group would agree to a cease-fire. The Israelis also charged five Israeli Arab leaders with funneling at least $6.8 million to Hamas in a trial that comes amid increasing tension between the government and the Arab community.

Palestinian officials and Egyptian mediators said they expect a positive response soon from Hamas and other terror groups to a proposal to halt attacks on Israelis. "There is a feeling of optimism that something like this (a truce) will be announced in the next few days," Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher said Tuesday in Cairo.

Arafat gets funds from Libya for continued killing

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Arafat has raised $2.5 million from Libya's leader, Moammar Khadafy, to continue terror attacks against Israelis. Their sources say the money has been paid into Arafat's bank accounts in Beirut and Cairo.

The Mystery of Jewish Optimism
A story is told of a Jewish man who was riding the subway reading a Middle East Arabic newspaper. A friend of his, who happened to be riding in the same subway car, noticed this strange phenomenon. Very upset, he approached the newspaper reader: "Moshe, have you lost your mind? Why are you reading an Arabic newspaper?"

Moshe replied: "I used to read the Jewish newspaper, but what did I find? Jews being persecuted worldwide, Israel being attacked, Jews disappearing through assimilation and intermarriage, Jews living in poverty.

So I switched to the Arabic newspaper. Now what do I find? Jews own all the banks, Jews control the media, Jews are all rich and powerful, Jews rule the world. This news is so much better!"

Monday, June 23, 2003

The Poisonous Return of Anti-Semitism

By Fraser Nelson
TheScotsman.com | June 23, 2003

LAST month, the largest anti-Jewish attack on Britain since the Second World War was visited on a cemetery in east London. The photographers found a staggering scene: some 390 graves desecrated.

The picture did not make the news; few Fleet Street titles covered the story at all. In the grand scheme of things, it was treated as a local act of vandalism which had few wider implications.

This was not a one-off attack. It was part of a series which has sent the number of such incidents in London soaring by 75 percent during the first three months of this year alone. Even now, few are willing to name this poison. Anti-Semitism is back.

Its return to British shores has come in several phases and under numerous disguises - having crept back through a grey area opened through the Iraq war.

It started on September 11, 2001. Continued . . .

The Forgotten Jewish Exodus

This is a fabulous website about the one million Jews who, in the 20th century, have been forced to flee oppression in the Muslim world.

Check out the great posters, especially the one showing the New York Times headlines Sunday, May 16, 1948 -- "Jews in Grave Danger in All Moslem Lands: Nine Hundred Thousand in Africa and Asia Face Wrath of Their Foes" and "Protection of U.N. Sought for Jews." See also The David Project.

We need to learn more, and teach more, about the histories of the Mizrahi, the Jews of Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Egypt and Morocco.

Explosives ship seized by Greece was heading for Sudan

AFP/Yahoo News reports that this ship seized Sunday in Greek waters, carrying 680 tons of explosives, was on its way to Sudan.

Loaded in Tunisia, the cargo ship flew the flag of the Comoros Islands in Africa, "had yo-yoed around the Mediterranean during May and June," and was addressed to a non-existent chemicals firm at, get this, a post office box, in Khartoum.

Greater minds than my own have posed the question of how this shipment was expected to fit into a post office box.
Join the lively discussion at littlegreenfootballs.

One-Way Road Map

Israel's Maj. Gen. Amos Gilad met today with the Palestinian Security Minister, Mohammad Dahlan.

News is, Dahlan listed the following conditions for the PA assuming security responsibilities in Gaza:

* Israel stops targeted killings.
* Israel ceases all military operations within the territory.
* Israel allows freedom of movement between northern and southern Gaza.
* Israel opens the Rafiah checkpoint 24 hours a day.
* Israel refurbishes Gaza Airport.

Reports say nothing about whether the PA will stop its killings or military operations, or whether the Arabs will allow freedom of movement for Israelis, such as that on public transportation. And why don't they refurbish their own damn airports? The employment might get some of those tens of thousands of incessantly marching young men off the streets (see "Monday Morning in Gaza" below). Just a thought.

If found, return to Pharaoh

Some 3,500 years after the biblical Exodus, it is thought that Egyptian chariot wheels have been found in the sea. See the story at WorldNetDaily.

Our Apology

By Stephen Berger
FrontPageMagazine.com | June 23, 2003

Following the latest atrocity in Jerusalem, Secretary of State Powell urged the Palestinians to issue some form of denunciation. Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas complained that only the Palestinian side is ever required to denounce terror.

Predictably, the Palestinian denunciation later mumbles that they "deplore the murder of civilians on both sides."

Perhaps the Palestinians have a point, and so to set the record straight, I do hereby denounce the following in the name of the Jewish people:

1. All Jewish suicide bombers who have ever acted against Arabs.

2. All Arab buses blown up by Jews.

3. All Arab pizza parlors, malls, discotheques and restaurants destroyed by Jewish terrorists.

4. All airplanes hijacked by Jews since 1903.

5. All Ramadan feasts targeted by Jewish bombs.

6. All Arabs lynched in Israeli cities; all Arab Olympic athletes murdered by Jews; all Arab embassies bombed by Jews.

7. All mosques, cemeteries and religious schools fire bombed or desecrated by Jews in North Africa, France, Belgium, Germany, England or any other country.

8. The destruction of American military, governmental and civilian institutions in Kenya, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Yemen - >> along with the murder of U.S.Marines and diplomatic personnel.

9. All Jewish school books which claim that Arabs poison wells, use Christian blood to bake pita, control world finance, and murdered Jesus; or that Arab elders meet secretly to plot a world takeover.

10. And I am particularly ashamed at the way my fellow Jews attacked the World Trade Center, Pentagon and civilian aircraft on September 11th and danced in the streets to celebrate the act.

Prof. Stephen Berger works at the Tel Aviv Medical Center.

Hudna means "Time Out" -- It's not a truce

Honest Reporting's latest communique is all about the upcoming hudna with Hamas. The Associated Press translates this as a "legal concept dating to the birth of Islam . . . a truce of fixed duration." The New York Times (pardon my French) touts the possible hudna as "a major breakthrough." FoxNews even translates the concept as 'truce.'

Hudna has a distinct meaning, however, dating from the 7th century, when Mohammed struck a legendary, ten-year hudna with the Quraysh tribe that controlled Mecca (Hint: you don't hear much about them these days). That hudna was a time to step back, regroup and rearm, to wait for some advantageous change in circumstances, then leap on an infraction or technicality as a justification for breaking the hudna, and attacking the enemy, as Mohammed did in full conquest of Mecca. This is not the same as the Western concept of 'truce' as a step toward making a full peace.

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy records ten such "ceasefires" declared or offered by Hamas in the last decade; see their Peacewatch #424 for the history of how these times were used as advantageous 'time-outs' in the course of war, not instead of war.

Then, if you're salivating for more, read Krauthammer's Washington Post piece, "No Phony 'Cease-Fires' with Terrorism,":

"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 delegitimization was, to my knowledge, reported in not a single American newspaper. . . "

surprise, surprise . . . see why I'm such a cynic?

Ever Google Yourself?

It actually wasn't an act of vanity. I was trying to find out if anyone had picked up my term, 'zioneocon' (no one had), when I found that one of my local letters to the editor had been copied out by a truly disgusting antisemitic website. It was printed under the heading, "More Jewish desecration of the memory of Rachel Corrie."

The site, for those with a strong stomach, is jewishtribalreview dot org. It describes itself as "a compilation of links to online articles (largely from the mainstream media and Jewish ethnic sources) about Jewish influence in popular culture, Jewish power, Jewish ethnocentrism, Jewish wealth, Jewish power, Jewish ethnocentrism, Judaism, Jewish racism, Jewish political lobbying, Israel, and Zionism." The site further boasts a "2,000 page online scholarly work," called "When Victims Rule: A Critique of Jewish Pre-Eminence in America."

I shared this with my teacher, who pointed out that, despite all the allegations, the site does not address the most fundamental of questions: Who and what are the Jews? There is no answer to the mystery of what makes our people a distinct group. We are not simply a race, religion, creed or nationality, yet we are the object of the only word in any language in the world, coined to describe the hatred of one particular people -- 'anti-semitism.'

My teacher asks, "Why is the world eternally obsessed with Jews?" and I have no answer. Only a deep sense of dread.

Monday Morning in Gaza

Plans for Expulsion and Resettlement

If anyone suggests that the Arabs in Israel be "transferred" elsewhere, all hell breaks loose. But notice the silence surrounding the news that two "ministerial bodies" in the Israeli government are preparing a plan to "resettle" "uprooted" Jews from Judea and Samaria (West Bank) . . . to the Negev and Galilee!

The Yesha Council -- which represents the "settlers"-- suggested that the minister set a personal example and move his own extended family to that "attractive destination."

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Guess what, the Associated Press is biased against Israel

You've gotta read Charles' blog called "Job Safety" at littlegreenfootballs about AP coverage of Palestinian Arabs killed in Gaza in a "work accident."

It makes me crazy.

Who Murdered Tzvi Goldstein?

Israeli security sources now suggest it wasn't Hamas, as previously thought. It seems to have been two shooters from the Palestinian Authority security forces (Abu Mazen), who also belong to Fatah (Abu Mazen). Thick as thieves, these murderers.

"Anti-Semitism rears its head"

Denver Post - Guest Commentary
by Bruce H. DeBoskey, Evan Zuckerman and Joyce Rubin

Sunday, June 22, 2003

That ancient bigotry, anti-Semitism, has been creeping into public discourse here in Colorado and elsewhere. Anti-Semitism has often been compared to a virus. History has shown us that sometimes the contagion spreads, and sometimes it abates. After the Holocaust, the world was so horrified by the "final solution to the Jewish problem" that most nations worked hard to eliminate anti-Semitism, and the virus subsided.

But now, the virus is spreading again. Anti-Semitism has risen to epidemic proportions in some parts of the Arab world, where it is taught in schools, surfaces regularly in the media and is spread by fundamentalist clerics and government leaders. In Europe, it has resurfaced in acts of vandalism, arson and physical violence against Jews and Jewish institutions. Terrorist bombers have attacked Jewish targets in Morocco and Tunisia. Last month, concerned officials finally held two separate international conferences on the topic, one in New York and one in Paris.

Here in America, anti-Semitism has become visible in places where it would have been unthinkable a decade ago. On college campuses, in the media and in political discourse, there is an undercurrent of Jew-bashing. Allegations of "Jewish control" of government, media and finances - which used to come only from extremist hate groups - are now being spread by mainstream figures and in the media.

When the United States invaded Iraq, some pundits and even a congressman openly suggested that American Jews were conspiring to dictate Bush administration policies. Respected newspapers across America, including this one, published an editorial cartoon containing blatant and ancient anti-Semitic stereotypes concerning money and greed. The swastika, the ultimate symbol of anti-Semitism, was brandished outside of a Denver synagogue last month by Palestinian sympathizers demonstrating against an Israel advocacy program.

Today's strain of anti-Semitism usually targets Israel in some form. The most socially acceptable way to vent anti-Semitism today is to criticize Israel, the only state controlled by Jews, by holding Israel to standards not applied to any other country. Of course, it is not anti-Semitic to express sympathy with the Palestinian people or to disagree with Israeli government policies. But a hateful bias is revealed when critics subject Israel, and Israel alone, to invective and demonization, while human-rights abuses of other countries are overlooked or excused.

Thus, criticism of Israel has provided the cover for bigots to spread their hate. When French Jews are beaten and synagogues are burned, that's not political protest against Israel, it's anti-Semitism. When pro-Palestinian demonstrators at San Francisco State University chanted, "Hitler didn't finish the job," that's not taking sides in the Mideast conflict, it's anti-Semitism. When "Jews rot in Hell" was spray-painted on a CU-Boulder fraternity house displaying a pro-Israel sign, that's not political discourse, that's anti-Semitism, too.

Why should anyone who isn't Jewish care? The answer is clear: How a society treats those who are in the minority reflects that society's moral health. Wherever Jews and other minorities have been treated with respect and equality, societies have flourished and liberty has prevailed. Wherever Jews have been mistreated, human rights for other groups have also been trampled.

The response of all communities and individuals to anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry must be outrage, condemnation and continued vigilance. We must call it what it is when we see or hear it and raise our voices loudly to educate against it. It must never become acceptable to allow prejudice, hatred and bigotry to flourish. Only through our collective, dedicated efforts will the virus become dormant once again.

Bruce H. DeBoskey is regional director of the Mountain States Office of the Anti-Defamation League. Evan Zuckerman is associate director; Joyce Rubin is assistant director.
Kol hakavod, all!

HAMAS dictating and Powell hallucinating

Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz told the Cabinet this morning that he has increasing doubts as to whether the PA even wants to fight against terrorism. He said that it's been three years now, beginning after the Camp David summit, that the Palestinian terrorism effort has continued - and the PA is evading taking security responsibility. Minister Mofaz feels that the PA has essentially deposited the key to diplomatic progress with Hamas, "as it's Hamas that is dictating the course of events."

Expressing once again Israel's lack of patience with the hudna (temporary cease-fire arrangement), the Defense Minister warned that if the PA does not take charge and the terrorism continues, "Israel will resume its full-scale active war against Hamas and the other terrorist organizations."

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, speaking today in Jordan, contradicted Mofaz by saying that he sees that the Palestinians have been taking more action against terrorism. (Arutz Sheva)

So what's new, in the last 300 years or so?

". . . Things were in this state when the Mahomedans suddenly assailed the Synagogue on Sabbath, the 8th of Marcheshvan, 5481 (about 1st of November, 1721), set it on fire, and burnt up whatever was combustible, together with all the books and the rolls of the law, of which there were forty in the buildings, which latter also would surely have fallen likewise a prey to the fearful conflagration, had they not been constructed out of large and heavy stones. They also seized the officers and the most respectable members of the congregation, and threw them into prison; they then took possession of all the buildings, driving the Ashkenazim away out of them. These unfortunate people, driven to despair, fled precipitately, in all directions, some to Hebron, some to Zafed, and others beyond the limits of Palestine. Thenceforth no Ashkenazi durst to show himself in Jerusalem. The Mahomedans, the creditors of the congregation, took possession of everything: they made use of the outer court of the Synagogue as a dung and rubbish heap, so that there arose here by degrees a natural dung and rubbish hill. All the cellars and other subterranean structures, likewise, were filled up completely with dung and rubbish. "

See this Descriptive Geography and Brief Historical Sketch of Palestine (1850) in its entirety, scanned, formatted and indexed by L.M. Berkowitz.

Tell me this is not child abuse

Palestinian children take part in a "rally" organized by HAMAS and Arafat's Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in the Samarian town of Qalqilya, only eight or ten miles from Tel Aviv.

Yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle quoted Palestinian cabinet minister, Ziad Abu Amr, as saying "If the Israelis are serious, then they would give the Palestinians a chance to prove themselves."


Saturday night, the IDF killed Abdullah Kawasme, HAMAS engineer of bus bombings, mastermind behind the recent bus bombing in Jerusalem that killed 17, and wounded scores more -- and at least four other major attacks.

Colin Powell's response? "I regret it happened," Powell said. "I regret that we continue to find ourselves trapped in this action and counter-action, provocation and reaction to provocation . . . I regret we had an incident that could be an impediment to progress," he said. "It is a matter of concern. It is still important to remain committed to moving forward."

Meanwhile, PM Sharon is ready to hand over security control of any parts of the terrortories for which the Palestinians are ready to take responsibility, and Hamas will not accept a ceasefire. "They say they have not been defeated." More at JPost.