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Thursday, August 14, 2003

BOKER TOV BOULDER! takes a break

The blog and I are checking out til Tuesday the 19th

SICK: Suicide attacks "jolt hopes" and "may hurt Palestinian effort" -- no mention of the murdered

Dear HonestReporting Subscriber,

On Tuesday, Palestinian suicide bombers in Ariel and Rosh HaAyin murdered two Israelis ― 18-year old Erez Hershkovitz and 43-year old Yechezkel Yekutiel ― and wounded more than ten. Hamas perpetrated the Ariel attack, and Fatah's Al-Aksa Brigades carried out the Rosh HaAyin killing.

The most egregiously biased report on Tuesday's terror attacks came from the Christian Science Monitor, whose homepage headline read: "Suicide attacks jolt Mideast peace hopes; Bombings may hurt Palestinian effort to stop Israel's barrier."

The text of the article first indicates that the bombings "threaten to undermine the Palestinian Authority's campaign to stop Israel's barrier," and only afterward notes that the terror attack "left two Israelis dead and 11 wounded." The bulk of the article then continues to address not the bloody terror attack itself, but the damage it caused to the Palestinian anti-fence campaign.

Apparently, the warped moral compass of CSM determined that the most serious injury the twin suicide bombings inflicted was not to actual human victims, but to the "hurt" Palestinian political goals.

Beyond this grave insensitivity, CSM twists this story 180 degrees: The attacks illustrate the clear need for the security fence ¯ whose very purpose is to prevent suicide bombings. Instead, CSM tries to use the attacks to arouse sympathy for those opposed to the fence.

How ironic that CSM prides itself on following the mandate: "To injure no man, but to bless all mankind...to reach many homes with healing, purifying thought."

We doubt the families of Erez Hershkovitz and Yechezkel Yekutiel are gaining much "healing" or "purifying thought" from CSM's insensitivity toward their victimhood. Comments to: CSM's feedback page


In covering Tuesday's attacks, many news reports promoted two falsities:

1) that the twin attacks were an abrupt break from a Palestinian cease-fire; and
2) that Hamas' bomb was a "revenge attack" for an IDF anti-terror raid four days earlier.

1) What "Cease-fire"?

Fiction: USA Today stated, "Two Palestinian suicide bombers broke militant groups' 6-week-old cease-fire Tuesday."

Fact: Since the beginning of the hudna on June 28, 35 Israelis have been killed or wounded in 180 attacks by Palestinian terrorists. An additional four Israelis have been victims of suspected Palestinian kidnappings. In addition, Israeli security services have foiled 36 planned "major attacks" since June 28.

Palestinian attacks since the "cease-fire" include:

- an Israeli woman killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber at Moshav Kfar Ya'vetz (July 7)
- an Israeli man stabbed to death by a Palestinian on Tel Aviv's beachfront promenade (July 15)
- an Israeli man stabbed in Jerusalem's Yemin Moshe neighborhood (July 20)
- an Israeli man stabbed while riding his bicycle in Jerusalem by four Arab assailants (July 23)
- an 11-year-old girl wounded by Palestinian gunfire (July 28)
- four Israelis wounded in an ambush shooting near Jerusalem (August 3)
- six Israelis injured by a rocket attack, fired from a Gaza area under PA control (August 9)
[For more details, go to the homepage of IsraelInsider ― look for the section called "Specials," and the link to "Security Incidents Map and Timeline"]
Clearly, Tuesday's twin suicide bombings did not "break" any cease-fire. The only unusual aspect of these attacks is that they were more dramatic than the stabbings and kidnappings that characterized the past six weeks.

Comments to USA Today: editor@usatoday.com

2) Palestinian "retaliation"?

Fiction: Associated Press described Tuesday's suicide bombing as a "revenge attack" for an IDF anti-terror raid four days earlier against Hamas.

Fact: Last week, the Israeli Shin Bet security service announced they were following twelve active warnings of planned attacks, including five warnings of suicide bombings originating from the West Bank. The IDF anti-terror raid on Askar -- the pretext for Hamas' "retaliation" -- took place on Friday. Tuesday's attacks, therefore, had almost certainly been in the works long before the Askar events.

The media have continually rationalized Palestinian terror attacks as retaliation for IDF actions. For example, the June 11 bus bombing in Jerusalem that killed 17 Israelis was spun by most media outlets as retaliation for the IDF attempt on Hamas leader Rantisi's life, one day earlier. However, a Hamas accomplice to the bombing has now confirmed to Israeli police that the Jerusalem attack was planned by Hamas an entire month beforehand.

Comments to Associated Press: feedback@ap.org

HonestReporting encourages subscribers to monitor their local media for false claims of "calm" during the Palestinian "cease-fire," and for ongoing rationalizations of Palestinian terror that blame Israeli victims for the bloodshed they suffer.

Thank you for your ongoing involvement in the battle against media bias.


Data show suicide bombers single, young and well-educated

The Jerusalem Post has published some interesting data on suicide bombers.
Since 1993, 303 suicide bombers have launched themselves against Israeli targets. Of that total, 242, or 80 percent, have come since September 2000, according to data released this week by security sources.

Of the total launched, 167, or 55 percent, completed their efforts to kill themselves and others. In the first seven years of suicide bombing, 70 percent of attempts were successful. Since September 2000, despite a far higher rate of attack, only 51 percent have succeeded.
Suicide bombers are usually single (87%) and young (76% aged 17-23).

38% of suicide bombers had university educations and 47% had high school educations. This, from a general population where only 5-6% are enrolled in vocational education, community colleges or universities (UNDP, 2000).

Palestinians shout anti-Israel slogans . . . Nablus, August 8, 2003.

They're sending out the cream of their crop to blow themselves up to murder Jews. Doesn't bode well . . . for anyone.

The Problem with Boulder

From today's Daily Camera: "WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND HE IS US"

We are part of the equation

What are the similarities between Sept. 11, 200l and Dec. 7, 1941? In both cases, we were attacked by non-whites whom we had subjected to ridicule and to whom we had made it clear that we thought we were better than they were. I recall a young Japanese named Shiro Adachi, who was on my intramural hockey team at the University of Wyoming in 1940, about a year before Pearl Harbor.

After questioning a call by the referee, who was a member of the university coaching staff, Shiro was characterized as "a little sinoid bastard." I remember the tears that came to Shiro's eyes, as he gazed up at the man towering over him. He could have reminded the man that he was just as good an American as anybody, but that would not have elicited much of a favorable response from this redneck coach. After Pearl Harbor, I found myself wondering if this redneck had the slightest idea that it was people like himself who brought on the Japanese attack.

I quote from Todd Buchanan's piece in the Camera of Aug. 3: "They (Muslim terrorists) see violence against oppressors as a cleansing force that frees Muslim youth from inferiority complexes and despair." Better education is a big part of the solution, which should be one of Islam's aims and I think we should help them instead of making war on them. Violence always brings on more violence, as Einstein reminded us.

Todd goes on to say, "President Bush has said repeatedly that terrorists hate us because we love freedom. Most Americans understand it isn't so simple. The only thing that can defeat fanatic Islam is moderate Islam, and more thoughtful American policies can help. A little humility will impress Muslims as no unilateralism can." Pogo might have summed up this letter in his famous line: "We have met the enemy, and he is us."


Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Submitted today to the Daily Camera
Juliet Wittman (Aug. 6) is correct that Mimi Ito made a mistake in quoting her; Wittman did not say “indigenous people,” though she did supply a quote that referred to the Aztec and Sioux. This is a red herring: if you can’t win the argument, try changing the subject.

What about the substantive issues? Wittman's letter failed to address Ito’s assertion that Jews come from, and have continuously inhabited the land of Israel for over 3,000 years. She did not confront Ito’s remarks about antisemitism and criticism of Israel, nor the question of moral equivalence. In the one argument she put forward, about the number of Palestinians wanting peaceful coexistence, Wittman perniciously accused Ito of “indifference to accuracy” and distortion of survey results, neither of which is true.

A Pew Global Attitudes poll of 15,000 people in eight Arab and Muslim countries (June) revealed that 80% of Palestinians agreed with the statement, “The rights and needs of the Palestinian people cannot be taken care of as long as the State of Israel exists.” 90% of Moroccans, 85% of Jordanians and 72% of Kuwaitis also agreed with this statement, as did solid majorities in Lebanon, Pakistan and Indonesia.

Beyond polls, we can extrapolate from current events: July 7th a Palestinian suicide bomber blew up a grandmother in her own home. This morning (Aug. 12), a 42-year-old father of two walked into a grocery store and never walked out, murdered by a suicide bomber. An hour later, another bomber blew up a teenager standing at a bus stop.

Wittman does not cry out, in mourning or in outrage, that this is unacceptable in our world. Rather, she advises that we ignore the “agitators” (sic).

Terrorism is thriving on such well-intentioned but severely misguided acceptance. How hard can it be to understand that NO MATTER WHAT, it is wrong to detonate a nail bomb laced with rat poison next to a pregnant woman?

Anne Lieberman
Boulder, Colorado

TIME FLIES: Week 15 of the Road Trap

During the first 15 weeks since Abu Mazen was appointed Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority and the Road Trap was published, there have been 389 Palestinian Arab terrrorist attacks or attempted attacks. 53 people have been murdered and 334 wounded.

My gratitude to the Zionist Organization of America for so closely monitoring the situation:
During week #15, August 5 - August 11, 2003, there were at least 10 terrorist attacks or attempted attacks, in which one person was murdered and nine wounded.

August 5: Shooting attack on an Israeli Army positon near Shechem (Nablus).

August 6: Mortar rocketed fired at Neve Dekalim.

August 7: Shooting attack on Israeli soldiers in Gaza.

August 8: Shooting attack on Israeli soldiers in Shechem (Nablus); one murdered, three wounded.

August 9: Mortar rocket fired at Morag; six Israelis wounded ... Mortar rocket fired at a second Israeli community in Gush Katif ... Mortar rockets fired at the Gush Katif perimeter fence.

August 10: Shooting attack on Israeli soldiers near Neve Dekalim.

August 11: Two shooting attacks on Israeli soldiers in Gaza.
The Road Map obligates the Palestinian Arabs to "immediately undertake an unconditional cessation of violence, and to issue an unequivocal statement reiterating Israel's right to exist in peace and security and calling for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire to end armed activity and all acts of violence against Israelis anywhere."

The Road Map obligates the Palestinian Arabs to "undertake visible efforts on the ground to arrest, disrupt and restrain individuals and groups conducting and planning violent attacks on Israelis anywhere."

The Road Map obligates the Palestinian Arabs to "commence confiscation of illegal weapons."

The Road Map obligates the Palestinian Arabs to carry out the "dismantlement of terrorist capabilities and infrastructure."

The Road Map requires that "all official Palestinian institutions end incitement against Israel."

The Road Map obligates the Palestinian Arabs to undertake "consolidation of security authority, free of association with terror and corruption."

The Road Map requires the Palestinian Arabs to take "action on a credible process to draft constitution for Palestinian statehood", hold "free, open, and fair elections," and take "steps to achieve genuine separation of powers, including any necessary Palestinian legal reforms for this purpose."


Tuesday, August 12, 2003

PA plans Day of Rage this coming Friday

How will they differentiate it from any other day?
JPost article says that the Palestinian Authority has declared this coming Friday as a "day of rage" to be marked with protests and rallies (how unusual) against the ongoing construction of the security fence in the West Bank.

A leaflet distributed in a number of Palestinian cities (NB: Palestinians live in cities. Jews live in "settlements") Monday, is quoted as saying, "We urge our people to intensify their protests against the racist wall and the settlements and in support of our detainees." It says the Israeli government bears full responsibility for the possible collapse of the current cease-fire because of its "continued aggression against the Palestinian people."
Why do I even repeat this? They say the same thing over and over, and people listen to them no matter how ridiculous they are. As soon as they do something really wretched, they turn around and blame Israel for something, anything from their never-ending litany. It's such simple deflection, but it seems to work like a charm. The papers are full of how the fence is, as Arafat put it, "a big crime against humanity," but hardly anyone says that the suicide bombings are that. Just dead Jews, eh? No big deal? It's strenuous to wrap my mind around the possibility that perhaps we really are hated to that extent.

Poli Sci Professor: "Who cares which terrorist organization perpetrated the attack?"

From an interview with Arutz Sheva:
"It's just like in soccer, where one player kicks his opponent very hard, but because there's a referee, he apologizes and says, 'no hard feelings.' It's all a game. Abu Mazen is nothing more than Arafat's washrag, he does nothing at all without Arafat's OK - we see this, and record it, and we know it, and we pretend that we don't see it and that everything is fine. All Abu Mazen wants is quiet among his factions and to have the terrorists freed...

Arafat continues to control the level of the violence; he is the brains behind the terrorism of Hamas and the others. There is no doubt that they both have the same goal. ...

Hamas is using this period to re-organize, and to strengthen its terror capabilities, and we, in our stupidity, are helping them. ...

Government officials such as Minister Gideon Ezra [who said today that the Road Map is proceeding acceptably] see no further than their government chairs. We unfortunately have one of the weakest governments in our history precisely now when we have to fight a war against terrorism."

--Dr. David Bukay of Haifa University.

PM Sharon delays prisoner release

A bus carrying 69 Palestinian criminals whose sentences were commuted yesterday by Israel's president, was on its way to a West Bank checkpoint, where the prisoners were to be released, when word came of the two terrorist bombings. PM Sharon delayed their release, and the bus returned to the prison in northern Israel.

Two Terrorist Bombings in Israel: Two are dead, 11 wounded

"The hudna has cost us dearly" -- Benny Elon
The first attack ocurred in a shopping mall in Rosh Ha'ayin, an eastern suburb of Tel Aviv at about 9 a.m. Israeli time. Yechezkiel Yakuteli was murdered in when a 3 kg. bomb, containing ball bearings, exploded in the Hazi Kupa supermarket. He was making purchases. Yakuteli was 42 years old, a repairman and the father of two children. Eight were wounded.

Less than an hour later, Erez Hershkobitz, 18 years old, of Elon Moreh, was murdered in a bombing attack at a bus stop at the entrance to Ariel, in the Shomron (Samaria). Several others were wounded, and two are fighting for their lives in hospital.

While Ariel may be referred to in mainstream media as a "settlement," it is a town or village of over 15,000 residents, just east of Tel Aviv. There were two terrorist bombings there last year.

IDF Samaria area commander Har-el Knafo said there is no cease-fire as far as he is concerned. Israeli security forces have arrested 19 would-be bombers since the PA's "hudna" or temporary ceasefire began on June 30.

While both Arafat and Abu Mazen condemned the attacks, Abu Mazen also said that he condemns "the recurring Israeli provocations."

More Letters to the Camera - in response to Walker
Joe Madalia:
Dear Editor: In regard to Joan Walker's describing a "Berlin Wall" to keep "Palestinian culture" away from settlers, she is both wrong and right. The Israeli fence/wall has nothing to do with a "Berlin Wall". The "Palestinian culture" is the years of attempted genocide against Jews by Arab terrorists. Would you not want to protect yourself against people whose sole purpose in life is to kill your family? Can you even imagine such a condition? According to the "Road Map", Palestinian Arabs are supposed to disarm terrorist organizations to promote a true chance for peace. No steps have been taken whatsoever in that direction by the Palestinian Authority. So what is the real intention of the Palestinians?

Jon Blum:
Ms. Walker suggests that the security fence being built by Israel doesn't "work towards peace" and is "its own version of the Berlin Wall to keep Palestinian culture away from the settlers." Excuse me?? If your definition of "culture" is waves of suicide bombers intent on blowing up as many shoppers, bus passengers and other civilians as possible, then I sincerely question your command of the English language. It is somehow acceptable that the US has miles of "Berlin Wall" to keep unwanted Mexican immigrants from taking "our" jobs here, but it is not OK for Israel to build a fence to keep out countless numbers of hostile terrorists intent on killing as many men, women and children as possible? I'm sure you are aware that there have been NO successful suicide bombing missions launched from the Gaza Strip because . there already is a fence there! Wouldn't you agree that a fence could save lives on both sides?: 1) Fence keeps out (most) suicide bombers. 2) Israel is not forced to forcibly disarm the terrorists embedded in a civilian population, thus reducing the deaths of civilians on both sides.

Let's focus on the real reason for the Road Map stall: Prime Minister Abbas has publicly declared that he will NOT disarm Hamas and Islamic Jihad (last week's speech in Cairo), as REQUIRED under Phase 1 of the Road Map. Instead, Abbas, Ms. Walker, and much of the media focus on the security fence and insufficient prisoner release (both NOT issues under the Road Map.) Indeed Israel has taken its first steps towards its obligations by dismantling some illegal settlements, relinquishing security control in key West Bank cities, as well as good will gestures (e.g. prisoner release). The time has come for the world to recognize Israel's right to self defense, and the Palestinian's commitments and obligations to actively prevent terror so that this thin thread of hope for peace is not lost.

Monday, August 11, 2003

Pope will make nice with Abu Mazen

This story from Yahoo News/AP:
Pope John Paul II will meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas on Aug. 26 at the pontiff's summer residence outside Rome, Palestinian officials said Monday.

Vatican officials confirmed that the pontiff and Abbas would hold talks but did not give details. The Palestinian representative in Rome, Nimer Hammad, said the two men would meet at the papal palace in Castel Gandolfo.

John Paul, who has made numerous appeals for an to end the Mideast conflict, has met several times with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, including two summers ago in Castel Gandolfo. But the Aug. 26 meeting would be the first talks between the pope and the new Palestinian prime minister.

Abbas will hold talks a day earlier in Rome with Premier Silvio Berlusconi, Hammad said. On the agenda will be discussion about the possibility of a visit by Berlusconi to the Palestinian territories, Hammad said. The Italian premier went in June to Israel, where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon but avoided Arafat.


According to Jihad in Jersey, this banner was hung in the Douglas Campus Student Center at Rutgers in March of this year. The University Legal Council determined that not putting up the banner would violate the rights of The Rutgers Association for Middle East Justice (RAMEJ) to Freedom of Speech.

The banner was to be taken down on March 10th, but then a second banner went up on the main campus at the Rutgers Student Center. When asked to remove it, the Douglas administration said it could stay since it was not inflammatory. The writer at Jihad in Jersey spoke to Deanna Ferrante, Assistant Dean of External Affairs (ferrante@rci.rutgers.edu), who said it was protected free speech.

The website makes an excellent point:
"This statement seems to say that Israel should not exist. The issue is not free speech. "From the river to the sea" has a particular historical connotation - the destruction of Israel, and by extension the 5.5 million Jews who live there . . . Calling for "Palestine from the river to the sea" is just as threatening to Jews as a burning cross is to black Americans. It is just as threatening as a swastika. Calling for "Palestine from the river to the sea" is incitement to violence against Jews. It's intent is to terrorize Jews like a cross burning terrorizes blacks. History and context give meaning to words & symbols."
According to Chief Rabbi (UK) Jonathan Sacks, in The Forward, June 2002, "A student newspaper at Rutgers University carried an article containing the words, 'Die Jew. Die, die, die. Do us all a favour and build yourself an oven.' "


I'm glad to pass on this contact information provided at Jihad in Jersey, so that readers might avail themselves of some free speech.

Rutgers President president@rutgers.edu

Rutgers Bias Prevention cclarke@rci.rutgers.edu; suliali@rci.rutgers.edu; bbender@rci.rutgers.edu; dlewis@rci.rutgers.edu; kowens@rci.rutgers.edu; marcohen@rci.rutgers.edu; dlewis@rci.rutgers.edu; lkull@rci.rutgers.edu

Rutgers Office of Harassment uche@hr.rutgers.edu

US Congressmen/Senators


(web form) http://corzine.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Congressman Frank Pallone E-MAIL: Frank.Pallone@mail.house.gov

State Assembly/State Senators

State senator Bob Smith -no email (732) 752-0770

Assemblyman Egan AsmEgan@njleg.

Assemblyman Chivukula AsmChivukula@njleg.org

Governor http://www.nj.gov/governor/govmail.html (web form)

NJ commission on higher education: E-mail- nj_che@che.state.nj.us

Only one ISMer deported

According to Arutz Sheva,
The Interior Ministry announced yesterday that it had received - and largely rejected - a request from the Israel Police to issue deportation orders against 39 left-wing activists, all foreign nationals. The foreigners had been arrested the day before for having disturbed the work of security officials.

The 39 were protesting the construction of Israel's anti-terrorism partition wall in the western Shomron, and one even used violence against IDF soldiers. Officials of the Population Administration decided to reject the police request, except regarding the Italian national who used violence against IDF soldiers. The ruling was that since the other 38 had held a quiet demonstration, they would receive warnings and be asked to sign a statement in which they agreed not to defy orders by OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky, not to disturb the work of security officials, and not to return to the area. If the incident recurs, the decision states, they will be deported.
Big Day Tomorrow for ISM: from their "press release" --
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 11:01:02 +0300
From: ISM Media
Subject: There Is More than One Way to Tear Down a Wall, Mr. Sharon
Press Advisory, August 12, 2003, beginning two weeks of action against the wall and the occupation.

When: 10:00 AM, Tuesday August 12th, 2003
Where: Qalqilya, West Bank
What: Attacking the Wall
Who: Palestinians, ISM activists, Israeli peace groups

The US congress says they will cut funding to Israel if they continue to build their Apartheid Wall, so "The Educational PAC Group" from AIPAC wined and dined the Democrats last week, trying to convince them that the wall won’t hurt Palestinians.

So, where were the Democrats when they visited? They didn’t come to Qalqilya and see the 24-foot Apartheid Wall, now a prison for 40,000 Palestinians.

Tomorrow, Palestinians from Qalqilya, Israeli Peace groups and ISM internationals will march against the Wall to tell the world how the Israeli occupation is stealing Palestinian land and water, strangling the economy, and eventually destroying any hope for peace. Hundreds of demonstrators will march with banners and kites, and along the road, Palestinian students will paint scenes on the wall of what existed before it was built. Once at the wall, we will show the Israeli occupation forces that there is more than one way to tear down this prison wall.

One of the released prisoners, a man nicknamed "The Nelson Mandela of Palestine", a man who has spent 22 years in Israeli prisons will speak about being in prison, then released to the prison of Qalqilya. At the end we will release doves to symbolize Palestinian hopes of
peace and freedom.

ISMer gets carried away

These kids are so sadly misguided. I hope they get deported. But on second thought, they'll just come back to make trouble for Israel on various and sundry campuses. Like Rutgers. Oy.

ZOA criticizes Secy Powell for Jumping the Gun

The ZOA criticizes remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on August 4 that imply that Judea and Samaria belong to the Palestinian Arabs. In comments on Radio Sawa, a U.S.-funded Arabic-language radio station that broadcasts to the Middle East, Secretary Powell stated, 'in the case of the Israeli fence, we are concerned when the fence crosses over onto the land of others.'

Secretary Powell's views indicate that the Bush Administration cannot serve as an honest broker in facilitating negotiations between Israel and Palestinian Arabs regarding the final status of Judea and Samaria. While the Roadmap plan sponsored by President Bush calls for a Palestinian Arab state in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, the plan provides that the borders of the state must be negotiated by the parties. The Secretary's statement indicates that the Administration has already decided where the borders must be.

Previous U.S. administrations have refrained from prejudging the outcome of negotiations over borders between Israel and Palestinians, and have instead deferred to international law by regarding the territories as disputed. For instance, U.S. Secretary of State William P. Rogers stated on December 9, 1969, that: 'The boundaries from which the 1967 war began were established in the 1949 armistice agreements....Those boundaries were armistice lines, not final political borders....The Security Council Resolution [242] neither endorses nor precludes these armistice lines as the definitive political boundaries."

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg, who was America's U.N. Ambassador when U.N. Resolution 242 was enacted, wrote on June 26, 1980, regarding Israel's obligations under Resolution 242: "The notable omissions [from the Resolution] are the words 'the' and 'all.' The significance of these omissions is vital to a proper understanding of Resolution 242. The Resolution, in essence, neither commands nor prohibits total Israeli withdrawal. Rather, it remits the extent and timing of any withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the parties to the conflict to negotiate."

Secretary Powell's statement is false as a matter of international law; it is out-of-line with longstanding U.S. policy; and it rejects the Israeli position before final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs have even begun.

Monday Morning in Nablus

Palestinian gunmen from the Al Aqsa Brigades march in the center of Nablus, shooting in the air and calling for Palestinian people not to work with Israelis nor buy Israeli products, in the West Bank town of Nablus, Monday Aug. 11, 2003. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

While the Arabic name of this place is Nablus, derived from the Roman name, Neapolis, for Jews and Christians it is the biblical Shechem. Shechem was the first stop of Avraham Avinu when he came into Canaan, and the place where Hashem promised him that the Land would be given to his descendants (Bereshit/Genesis 12:6-7). Later, Jacob would return here with his family and settle. Jacob purchased land in Schechem (Bereshit/Genesis 33:19), and when he died he handed it down to his son Joseph (Bereshit/Genesis 48:22). Joseph's Tomb is in Shechem:
And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, they buried in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob purchased from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph (Joshua 24:32).

Until August 2000 --

THE EVENTS AT JOSEPH'S TOMB IN NABLUS From the IDF Spokesperson (8.10.00):
The Tomb of the Patriarch Joseph is a recognized Jewish holy site, which also houses a yeshiva (a Jewish religious seminar). During the last few days massive shooting and attacks by Palestinians took place against the border policemen securing this site.

During these incidents a border policemen was wounded. The agreement between the IDF and the Palestinian security forces specified that it was the Palestinians' responsibility to evacuate the wounded policeman. The Palestinian forces could not evacuate the wounded policeman because of the heavy rioting at the site. As a result of the delay, the wounded Israeli policeman, Yusuf Madhat, died.

The shooting by Palestinians at Joseph's Tomb and the hindering of the evacuation of the wounded policeman are a violation of all international agreements and ad hoc understandings.

Since the signing of the Israeli-Palestinian interim agreements in Washington, in September 1995, the PA has been responsible for the security of the Jewish holy sites in Area A. The agreements also stated that joint patrols in the area would allow free access and safe use of the site, and Israel would also had the right to place guards inside the Tomb compound. The events are in clear violation of the PA's commitment in the Interim Agreement to protect the Tomb. The site was attacked with live fire, stones, and firebombs. Despite this, those present in the compound succeeded in withstanding the attacks, and stopped several attempts by armed Palestinians to break in.

Acting on the recommendation of the Chief of Staff and the Chief of the General Security Service, the Prime Minister (who is also the Minister of Defense), decided, on October 6, to temporarily evacuate Joseph's Tomb, leaving it under the protection and full responsibility of the PA. The decision to evacuate the Tomb was based on the desire of both sides to avoid bloodshed and lower the level of violence in the area.

The PA pledged to return the Tomb to its original state after the evacuation, and after the violence had settled down. They also pledged to look after the site and prevent any vandalism. This pledge was brazenly violated about two hours after the evacuation, when a Palestinian mob entered the Tomb compound and began to systematically destroy everything in sight, including all remnants of the yeshiva, the furniture, and books that were left behind. The Palestinian police failed to prevent this any of these violent activities, despite their pledge to guard the Tomb. The damage to this holy site resulted in the further escalation of the situation, which was already tense anyway.

These events are evidence of:
1. A flagrant violation of signed agreements;
2. A breach of confidence, following the pledge to protect the holy site, and to care for it after its evacuation.
3. The desecration of holy places, undermining the Palestinians' claim that they are the guardians of the holy places in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount (al-Haram al-Sharif).

The events at Joseph's Tomb clearly show that the Palestinians cannot be trusted to control events under their jurisdiction, despite signed and binding agreements to that effect. It is another example of their consistent violation of agreements, which can also be seen in the attack on the police station on Temple Mount.

See also "Arab vandals desecrate Joseph's tomb" (February 2003) at WorldNetDaily. I remember this; WND was the only American media outlet to pick up the story.

For the even vaguely religious, Rabbi Pinchas Winston's "The Destruction of Joseph's Tomb" at Aish.com will be of further interest.

Kol hakavod, Boulder Writers of the Lost Art!

Daniel Stern:
Joan T. Walker's recent letter calling Israel's security fence a "Berlin Wall" and its actions unpeaceful is disturbingly misguided. The Berlin Wall separated two cultures to oppress an entire people under communist rule. The security wall Israel is building is a means of protecting its people from killers who blow up people, places, and themselves in the lone democratic state in the region. How is Israel practicing discriminatory behavior by constructing this wall, and yet simultaneously granting Arabs who live in Israel proper (composing nearly 20 percent of Israel's population) the same equal rights it grants Israeli Jews? How is Israel practicing a system of segregation by letting Arabs (including those of Palestinian origin) serve in the Israeli parliament? No Palestinians living under Arab rule can be elected to democratic office, but they can in Israel. In fact, Jews cannot even walk on Palestinian soil without being slaughtered immediately, which seems to be a far more obvious case of racial discrimination than building a safety barrier from those who try to thwart freedom and tolerance.

K. Whelan:
Joan let me commend you on your correct assessment of, as you put it, "to keep Palestinian culture away from settlers". The only definable "CULTURE" of the Palestinian people is a culture of hatred and envy, driven by the insatiable need no kill every living Jew. One thing I must correct you on however was your analogy of the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall as you may have studied but failed to grasp the truth, was to keep an oppressed people in against their will. The "fence" in Israel is to keep murdering Palestinians out of Jewish land and away from innocent Jews.

Perhaps a refresher course on world history may be of some help. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Israel Rosencrantz:
There seems to be some confusion in people's minds about what the source of violence in the Middle East is and what is an appropriate way to protect citizens against it. The building of the wall by Israel to prevent suicide bombers from coming into Israel is, no doubt, frustrating to those that would do violence in Israel.

When the Palestinians can stop the terror machine that they created, then it may be possible to remove the wall. The wall is not designed to keep out Palestinian culture, as Joan T. Walker suggests, but rather to keep out terrorists. By the way, the people living in the western areas of Israel are not settlers any more than people living in California are settlers. The only thing that makes it a frontier is the hostility of the neighbors.

The 'Roadmap' calls for the dismantling of the terrorist infrastructure. PM Abbas said that he will not dismantle it because it would cause civil unrest. It is clear that if the Palestinians cannot even carry out the first step towards peace, then Israel must protect itself. The wall will allow Israel to stem the tide of suicide bombers without endangering any of the young people in the IDF.

The only ones that are provoked by the wall are those that wish violence against Israel to continue.

Yours truly:
Joan Walker castigates Israel for not working toward peace. The settlements, superhighways, and fence she mentions are scary things. I thought violence was bad, but houses, highways and fences are worse, especially if Jews build them.

Those Jews have some nerve, don’t they? They could be making peace, but instead they’re trying to save lives by keeping suicide bombers out with a fence. How selfish.

Israel released over 300 Palestinian prisoners in a gesture of goodwill not called for in the road map, but what an insult it was. Palestinians should never be subjected to rule of law and the humiliation of courtroom trials in the first place, much less incarceration! It’s the Palestinians’ right to be free.

Israel did transfer $470 million to the Palestinian Authority last week – but what are they doing for PEACE? They’ve dismantled some settlements, forcibly removing Israeli families from their homes and destroying those homes, but how many? A dozen settlements? ALL those settler Jews must get out of the West Bank, because no Palestinian should ever have to suffer a Jew living nearby.

Walker refers to "multi-lane superhighways" -- they sound terrible. How dare Israelis build highways! Who do they think they are? At least some Zionist aggressors who had the nerve to drive a car on a highway were ambushed and shot by Palestinians last week. You can bet that mom and her three children won’t be on the highway again anytime soon. When they’re released from the hospital, they’ll have to take their chances on the buses instead.

And, oy vey, that citizenship law! Every other country on earth limits conditions for citizenship, but Israel should be more open than any. Just because there are 60 times more Arabs than Jews in the Middle East, that doesn’t give Israel the right to retain a Jewish identity. And besides, who is the Knesset to tell anybody what to do? They think that because they are democratically elected by Israeli voters, they can make laws that Palestinians don’t like?

In light of such grave injustice, I urge all peacemakers to tear down their houses and fences, in condemnation of Israel.

Letter in today's [Boulder] Daily Camera

Sharpen your pencils! We need to respond

Not the moves of a peacemaker

Israel continues to build settlements despite international condemnation. Israel continues to build multi-lane superhighways, creating divisions across Palestinian lands. Israel is building its own version of the Berlin Wall to keep Palestinian culture away from settlers. And just this week, Israel adopted a policy to prohibit Palestinian spouses of Israeli Arabs from living in Israel. It doesn't sound to me like Israel is working towards peace in the Holy Land.


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Sunday, August 10, 2003

WOW, this one's going to turn some heads

"A Fence Is Offense Is Offensive" by Irwin N. Graulich
How does the Arab world get "offended?" In virtually every way possible. Since honor and shame are among the two most important values throughout the Muslim world, and since 22 Arab nations together cannot defeat Israel or America in any battle or civilizational accomplishment, they have developed a totally new strategy.

This novel "offensive" weapon is to get "offended" about everything. Israel and America have put virtually every Arab nation to shame. With world domination being the ultimate Muslim goal, both Christianity represented by America, and Judaism represented by Israel have become the Arab world's dominant masters.

Imagine, one billion Muslims not being able to destroy a tiny state located within their midst encompassing a few million Jews, many of whom learn in yeshivas all day. Yet these Islamic countries could not create a single democracy with comparable technological, medical or intellectual achievements. How embarrassing and shameful!

So why was "a fence" necessary? Since cowards will not fight the IDF, their targets become innocent citizens whom they sneak up on. These macho Palestinians are obviously insulted that it only requires some concrete and metal wire to keep those "tough guy" Arab terrorists from blowing up school children on buses; or to make sure those "dangerous" Palestinian fighters do not blow up babies eating their first slice of pizza; or to stop the "heroic" Al Aqsa brigade members from detonating nail bombs laced with rat poison in front of pregnant women.

So why was "offense" necessary? Israel responded to attacks and the Arab world finally realized that it could not defeat anyone except each other in a war. This reality has tremendously "offended" their macho honor. All the oil money, the vast numbers of soldiers and they are still pathetic losers every time. A few million Jews showed the world in several wars that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon are truly made of.....silly putty.

Therefore, because Israel and America have an undefeatable "offense," the Arab "offense" had to change from physical to verbal. Mohammed, that incredible warrior, must be spinning in his grave. Like little children, the Arabs now use lies and nasty words to insult, lie and win the fight. Occupation, colonialism, imperialism, Nazi, Jihad and freedom fighter are just a few of the carefully selected tactical terms.

Initially, Arab nations used the threatening phrase "to push Israel and the Jews into the sea." Now that they have lost their confidence and realize their inabilities, Israel must not be permitted to construct "a fence" on territory that biblically belongs to Israel, and Bible aside, was won by Israel in a war designed to destroy it.

Initially, "offense" by the Israeli military (IDF) gets criticized no matter how moral or necessary, evidence Jenin. Now, "a fence" by the Israeli military gets criticized, no matter how moral or necessary. There is no winning against evil unless it is completely destroyed.

When an army like Israel fights too morally and is not mean or tough enough, their "offense" will lead to "a fence," which inevitably will lead to "offending" the enemy. The Arab world respects strength and power. How dare those Jews think "a fence" is all that is necessary to stop our heroic Arab fighters. The once dominant and indeed beautiful, ethical monotheistic Islamic faith has evolved into a fraudulent, weak religious system that has contributed nothing to our modern era; all the while Christianity and Judaism prevail and produce verything positive.

Whether it is building "a fence" or taking "offense," the morally confused Arab world gets "offended" and therefore becomes "offensive." This is the key reason there are many honor killings by Arab fathers who murder their daughters simply because they lose their virginity before marriage. They have dishonored and "offended" their family; and so has Israel in so many ways.

Remember the great fearless Arab hero, Lawrence of Arabia. The new Arab hero, Osama bin Laden is a man who hides fearfully from the enemy in caves and blows up innocent women and children. The strongest Arab leaders get defeated by Israel in six days or by America in a few weeks.

The mighty leader Saddam now has to go undercover in his own country, wearing a woman's burka. This cannot be an elevating concept for the grandiose macho Arab male ego. It is truly amazing that the politically right-leaning, almost fascistic Arab world has adopted the philosophy of the western world's left by shifting blame away from the individual and holding inanimate objects responsible for their problems and weaknesses. The left in America and throughout much of the world does not assume personal responsibility. Instead, they blame societal violence on television movies, out of wedlock births on lack of condoms, the large increase in the prison population on poverty and increasing murder rates on guns. The Arab world has learned well from this strategy and now blames " a fence" for all of their troubles.

Irwin N. Graulich is a well known motivational speaker on morality, ethics, Judaism and politics. He is also President and CEO of Bloch Graulich Whelan Inc., a leading marketing, branding and communications company in New York City.

Kucinich? NO WAY!

Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 15:17:20 -0400
To: zioneocon@comcast.net
Subject: Kucinich for President Campaign
From: info@kucinich.us
Thank you for writing. The issues you raise are not simple. I will try to give a brief answer to each.

Israel has done thousands of things to make themselves safe from terrorism, and it has not worked. The only thing they haven't tried is to deal with the Palestinians out of respect. That is the only thing that can possibly work. That is as true of Israel as it is true of the United States. Dennis will work from a point of view that we must make friends rather than threaten enemies. Yes, we will maintain a military force, and security measures, but those alone will never be enough. IF we would not have nurtured terrorists, but had delt with their concerns by respecting them, we wouldn't have so many enemies to worry about. As Ben Franklin said, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." We cannot remain free if we rely upon force and terrorism ourselves. We must also rely on truth, honor, and respect, even with those that disagree.

We must move Israel and Palestine to see common interests and respect for each other. Without that, the terrorist attacks on each other will continue, with each trying to exact revenge for the past rather than reaching for peace now and providing for peace in the future.

Please join us in our campaign by logging onto http://kucinich.us/volunteer.php - we welcome your help and support.

Please keep an eye on the www.kucinich.us website for updates to the campaign's progress, the issues, and his schedule as well as downloadable campaign materials.

Once again, thank you.

Kucinich for President Campaign

Not a single American media outlet seems to have covered this

A Hong Kong fashion company, IZZUE, has produced a line of fashion with Nazi symbols printed on them, and has hung symbols of the Third Reich from the ceilings of their 14 stores to promote it. According to Independent Online (South Africa), one branch broadcast Nazi propaganda films on a wall with a projector.

The company's marketing manager, Deborah Cheng, said that the designer wanted the clothes to have a military theme and did not realise that the Nazi symbols would be considered offensive.

German and Israeli diplomats have launched complaints and urged the public to boycott these shops. Cheng says that IZZUE is "seriously considering removing the displays. But before we take them off, we have to find a replacement," she said.

UPDATE: See more incredible photos of IZZUE Nazi fashion at LittleGreenFootballs.

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AFP story at Yahoo News.

Goggle News Hits on antisemitic Tony Auth cartoon: only 5

Editor & Publisher Online has picked up the story of Tony Auth's antisemitic cartoon showing a Magen David - shaped fence penning in Palestinian men, women and children, though without the added dimension of the Nazi propaganda poster which it so disturbingly resembles.

You can encourage E&P to go further on this story by writing to the article's author and senior editor, Dave Astor: dastor@editorandpublisher.com

For email addresses of other media outlets, see HonestReporting's Contact the Media page. If we don't complain about the cartoon, and the subsequent lack of media coverage of its resemblance to Nazi propaganda, we will only be faced with more and worse as time goes on.

For background and photos, see "Evolution of a Cartoon" by Ricki Hollander and Cynthia Ittleman at CAMERA, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America.

When is smoking a good thing? When Hezbollah is shelling the Galilee

from Naomi Ragen:

At 12:15 p.m. Hezbollah terrorists shot anti-tank shells into the heart of the little community of Shlomi in the Galilee. They aimed for the shopping center, kindergarten, and the an old age home. A fifteen year old boy was killed, and others- miraculously- received light injuries. One of them was a man whose life was saved because he had a package of cigarettes in his shirt pocket that took the shrapnel that would have otherwise entered his heart. The doctor who examined him said:" People shouldn't smoke, but in this case, smoking saved his life."

Yesterday, the Hezbollah fired shells on Israeli army positions in Har Dov. Israel has protested to the United Nations.

I would like to ask my government what it plans to do about these unprovoked attacks on its civilian population? Or is one person dead not enough for them to act, as in the past they have allowed similar attacks to go on without response because miraculously there were no casualties? Or is waiting for miracles now going to be the official Israeli military policy regarding unprovoked attacks?

Mr. Sharon, I'm waiting.

CHAZAK! Steven Plaut exposes the "rank hypocrisy" of Israel-bashers

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in enlightened government and progress -- but overlook Arab fascism and are silent when Algeria or Sudan massacres its civilians.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in peace -- but support all forms of military aggression against Israel and think such aggression must be rewarded.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in democracy -- but feel that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that must be dismembered and destroyed. The Israel-bashers claim they believe in basic freedoms -- but back the likes of Arafat, Mubarak, the Saudis and the Assads.

The Israel-bashers claim they oppose violence -- but "understand" Palestinian terrorism.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in human rights -- but not in Arab countries.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in freedom -- but are not disturbed that slavery still exists in Sudan, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere among Arabs.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in freedom to practice religion freely in the Middle East -- but of course only for Muslims.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in progress and enlightenment -- but endorse concessions to those preaching jihad, medieval blood libels, and Holocaust denial.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in progress, but Arab societies should never be expected to progress beyond 13th century feudalism.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in honest government -- but have nothing to say about Arab kleptocracies.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe that human rights of Arabs must be protected -- but not in Arab countries.

The Israel-bashers claim they oppose the use of torture -- except when practiced by the Palestinian Authority or other progressive Arabs.

In fact, the only "human right" the Israel-bashers really think Palestinians need is the right to attack Jews and destroy Israel.
From "Middle East Orwellism," published 8/6/03 at JewishPress.com.

Islamic Jihad leader admits terrorists using hudna to re-arm

"It is natural."
The Scotsman quotes Mohammed al-Hindi as saying on Sunday in an exclusive interview:
"It is natural that we strengthen ourselves during hudna."

"It is natural that the Palestinians, Fatah, the Islamic Jihad, Hamas, be ready to defend their people in the coming stages."

"As long as Israel does not recognise the rights of the Palestinian people, there will be more violence and more violence and Israel will be the one to be blamed and to take responsibility."
In other news, an Israeli teenager was killed Sunday and four people wounded when Hizbullah shelled northern Israel for the third consecutive day. Israel has submitted an official protest in the United Nations.

Syria, which sponsors Hizbullah and occupies Lebananon (from whence the shelling occured), is the official president of the United Nations Security Council. No, this is not a joke. This is true. See Arutz Sheva for details of the attack.

Syrian President Bashar Assad is presently hosting Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah in Damascus for what Arab News calls "vital talks." Abdullah met with Abu Mazen on Friday, and will go to Egypt, Morocco and Russia "in a bid to unite the Arab ranks."

Syrian Vice President Masharika told the Saudi Press Agency that "The present situation demands joint Arab action and the strengthening of Arab solidarity."
He emphasized the need to bolster Arab unity to restore Arab rights and liberate occupied territories. He blasted Israel’s expansionist and aggressive policy, saying it contradicted the requirements of a just and comprehensive peace settlement in the region.

Palestinian beats one policewoman, bites another

No kidding. Center city, Jerusalem
How many times have people said to me, "You act as though these people are incapable of living peaceably"? Well, hmmm. I'm sure that not all Palestinians would bite a policewoman, only a few fringe extremists. And I suppose he could have been provoked by Israel, you know, by having to wait on line at a checkpoint before entering Jerusalem. But all in all, with as much fairness as I can muster, I still want that SOB on the other side of The Wall.

Read the full story at JPost.