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Monday, March 22, 2004


Many thanks to readers for your support. I really appreciate it, and hope to come back stronger than ever in April.

It's a pleasure to close down the blog on a high note:

to Rabbi Yitzi and D'Rebbetzin Dina Hurwitz
of Chabad Temecula (CA)
on the birth of their daughter.


You can help The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews provide security guards equipped with metal detectors at bus stops throughout Eretz Yisrel.

They say you can secure one bus for $1200, ten seats for $240, etc. Donate today in honor of the IDF's successful strike against one of terrorism's worst monsters, for the protection of our brothers and sisters against Arab pogroms.

Sharon finally gets around to doing what he was elected to do -

Readers should pay immediate and active attention to how this is covered in the media. As usual, Israel is being cast in a negative light. I've already this morning received a communique from HonestReporting.com, which warns of these four media myths:

1. The Yassin strike will escalate violence
Apparently, nearly all news reports are claiming that this targeted assassination will escalate the war. This comes right from the official PA statement, and is included in news reports as if it were fact, instead of editorial. News reports should of course indicate this as the official Palestinian position, and include also Israeli positions on the matter. That is, if they are to be "fair and balanced."

If you see news reports that omit the Israeli position -that Yassin was an "obstacle to peace" and a danger to the entire region- give 'em hell. Terrorist attacks may increase temporarily, but in the long run the elimination of Yassin will upset their capabilities and serve as a powerful deterrent to Palestinian terror.
2. Yassin was a frail old man
Yeah, right. His health problems didn't seem to keep him from orchestrating unprecedented terror, directing dozens of attacks. Note that Yassin was in a wheelchair since age 12, and it was a sporting accident that left him paralyzed, not Israeli oppression/occupation, etc.
3. Yassin was a spiritual leader
HonestReporting says that already, CNN has called Yassin a spiritual leader, but then put scare quotes around Israel's reference to him as a "terrorist." Yassin continually called for suicide terrorism as a religious obligation. Yassin was a terrorist mastermind, not a spiritual leader.
4. Israel's strike will bring more Islamic terror to the West
Yassin was always anti-American: on the Hamas website in March 2003 he called on "the Islamic nation" to "strike at Western interests everywhere is Iraq is conquered." And just two weeks ago, Hamas announced its commitment to "the global level of the Islamic world" as the reason for its choosing British suicide bombers to murder Jews at Tel Aviv's Mike's Place in 2003. If the press tries to provoke fear of retribution, remember that fear is what terrorism is all about.
Hey, do ya think Arik read my post (just below)? Yassin's assassination will not get us loved, but it will get the attention of our enemies. They should be afraid to attack us.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Reconsideration continues

In the process of reconsidering this blog, I came across this that I wrote last spring, at about the same time I began to blog. I figure I might as well post it, probably took me hours to write, and it would be a shame to waste the effort. I can only notice that very little has changed.
How is it that I come to find myself to the right of Ariel Sharon? In my thirty years of voting, I’ve never so much as cast one ballot in favor of a Republican; I’ve always been a liberal, a Democrat, a pacifist, a peacenik. Always, until a year ago.

A year ago, pro-Palestinian activists made a jarring and frightening presentation at my son’s high school here in Boulder. A year ago, a Passover seder was bombed in Netanya, on the other side of the world, when hours later, I would go to a seder myself. The collision (collusion?) of these two events somehow turned my life inside out and nothing has been the same since. Not since my son saw his classmates and lifetime friends nodding at unfounded accusations of Israel, not since I ate matzah when the matzah of other Jews was literally stained with the blood of their deaths.

In this year, I have read interminable numbers of histories and analyses of the Arab war on Israel, and have chronicled the rise of antisemitism in Europe and America. I have read arguments exploring the fine, even indecipherable, line between legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies and racist hatred of that Jewish state. I have cried legions of tears when Jews-who-could-be-me-or-mine have been blown up, killed, and left barely living, maimed for life. I have pondered x-rays that show nails and screws in the oddest places in the bodies of Israeli people. I have exposed historic connections between Palestinian terrorism and the German Nazi leadership. I have talked to Holocaust survivors and Jews “for peace.” I have witnessed swastikas on the CU campus and celebration of “Palestine Day” on the Boulder courthouse lawn. I have read and talked and listened and read some more, to near-exhaustion. I have watched reams of Arab incitement to hate and murder Jews, on little screens on my computer where they assume a toylike nonreality. I have railed at the press, at professors and their university administrations, at friends and family, at individuals known to me and not. I have driven people nuts.

And just lately, I have watched as Ariel Sharon accepted the possibility of a Palestinian Arab state in lands controlled by Israel. I have watched as he agreed to plans to make areas of biblical Judea and Samaria (“West Bank”) Jew-free, in the interest of something called “contiguity,” which, ostensibly, the Palestinians will require. I watched the summit in Jordan, where the flags of Jordan, Syria, the PLO, the US and European Union adorned the streets, but the Israeli flag was not allowed. Underneath the absence of this flag, Sharon acceded to territorial demands, and made further “painful concessions” on behalf of the Jewish people, in exchange for naught. I have watched the old terrorist, Abu Mazen, in a new suit, in front of international news cameras, unable even to speak specifically of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

Abu Mazen’s promises of “effort” are not impressive and so far, he falls short of having any influence among his own: the Al-Aqsa bridgades (part of Arafat’s Fatah), Islamic Jihad and Hamas have said they refuse to cooperate with the road map to peace, but instead will continue to make war on the Jews, to win from them an “Islamic Palestine.” The Palestinian Authority website shows a map of Israel, without Israel, called Palestine instead, and reputable reporters refer to “Palestine” as if that nation actually exists. And exist it does, in the minds of those who equate the danger of suicide bombings with the danger of housing construction for Jewish families -- equivalent threats to peace, as if that makes any sense at all.

Finally, I come to the point. None of this makes any sense. Examined from any and all angles, constructed, deconstructed or outlined, why people hate the Jews as a collective (or a polity), remains outside of rationality. It is a vile, yet cosmic, mystery. What is of urgent interest is the question of how the Jewish collective responds to being hated this time around, be it by forthright Arab Muslims who seek their destruction, American peace activists who try to thwart their self-defense, or old-new-style French antisemitism, where rabbis are beaten on the streets.

I, for one, am sick of explaining how the Israeli claim to the land of Israel predates and dwarfs any other possible claim, how the existence of a distinct Palestinian people is a fabricated hoax which originated with Arafat in the 1960s, and how Israelis just want to live in peace, unmolested and protected by their own. Why should I try to impress upon the world that the numbers of Israeli civilians killed and wounded actually represent innocent human beings? Why should Jews make unending “painful concessions” only to be slaughtered some more? I am sick of Jewish leaders giving away our inheritance in international antisemitic atmospheres and settings.

I don’t know what has possessed Arik Sharon to refuse the warrior role he was elected to play, and suddenly choose to reinvent himself as the Great Peacemaker. I don’t care to know what it is the U.S. has threatened him with, or promised. To see him acquiesce, is to see him apologize for Jewish existence.

If only I could explain to him, “We are not hated because we are blamed for everything; we are blamed for everything because we are not loved” (Jabotinksy, 1911). Sharon’s efforts to get us loved in the world will no doubt prove as fruitless as were those of countless others in the past. He should get over it.

Shavua Tov

Submitted today to the Boulder Daily Camera

Bill Evans wrote (3/20/04): “Suicide bombers have a reason for their madness. In Israel it is to get the settlers out of their land.”

Suicide bombers do have a reason, or maybe better said, a goal, for their madness. The question is, why don’t they take this goal to the negotiating table and save themselves the trouble of blowing themselves up? They can’t, you see, because their goal is non-negotiable.

In an interview with Oriana Fallaci in 1974, master terrorist Yasser Arafat made it very clear: “The end of Israel is the goal of our struggle, and it allows for neither compromise nor mediation. . . the purpose of this violence is to liquidate Zionism in all its political, economic and military forms, and to drive it out of Palestine forever."

Fallaci: "Conclusion, you don’t at all want the peace that everyone is hoping for."

Arafat: "No! We don’t want peace. We want war, victory. Peace for us means the destruction of Israel and nothing else. . . We will fight until victory. Decades if necessary. Generations.”

And so they have. Over time, Arafat has learned not to speak so directly in English, but to call for jihad only in Arabic. Others of his ilk do not bother to conceal the “reason for their madness.” Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said in January of this year, “The march of resistance will continue until the Islamic flag is raised, not only over the minarets of Jerusalem, but over the whole universe.”

This is what Israel, Iraq -and even Boulder- have in common; we are all “settlers” in this same universe. Senior al Qaeda author Saif al-Din al-Ansari recently wrote: “Just as the requirement to destroy infidel forces was implemented against ancient nations, it will be implemented against the infidel forces of our day. Not one will escape.”

If the Arabs can convince Bill Evans that Israel is “their land” --when a census of the Middle East conducted for Emperor Claudius (49 CE/AD) showed 7 million Jews, six hundred years before a single Muslime ever existed-- then what’s to say they cannot convince him that Boulder, too, is “their land”?

Madness, you say? Never mind, they “have a reason for their madness” – it is the Islamic “requirement to destroy infidel forces.”

Anne Lieberman