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Friday, April 09, 2004

Shabbat Shalom


Tammy Shamaev, a Metro State College student from
Israel, walks through Denver's City Center Park
in the rain, Friday, April 9, 2004. An all day rain storm is
expected to turn to snow late Friday with a forcast of up
to six inches of snow by Saturday. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Letter to Editor, Daily Camera, 4/8/04

"This war in Iraq is all about Israel and has nothing to do with al Qaeda"
MIDDLE EAST: New 'crusade' not good for peace

The debacle in Iraq demonstrates the damage religious fundamentalism can cause. The far right wing in this country wanted a new Crusade and now they have it: radical Islam on one side, Christian fundamentalists on the other.

This war in Iraq is all about Israel and has nothing to do with al-Qaida. There will be no Palestinian-Israeli peace while President Bush is in office. Land for peace is an anathema to the Christian right. They believe the Jews have to dominate all of Palestine for there to be a second coming of Christ.

Land for peace doesn't fit their literal interpretation of the Bible. Fundamentalists don't want to build Palestinian schools or hospitals. They want to eliminate the Palestinians, so Jesus can return.

The Bush foreign policy is a conspiracy involving powerful Christian fundamentalists and Zionists. The right-wingers in the Bush administration want to destroy any country that could possibly interfere with Israel's supposed biblical mandate. The fact that the Jews will have to accept Jesus as their messiah or be forever damned is a minor detail for another day. If Bush is re-elected, we will invade Syria or Iran next. It's part of the Wolfowitz/Bush plan. How many more young Americans will have to die before we say no more?

JEFF EWING
Erie
I imagine this will get a response from Christians, but hullo? where are the Jews?

Israel wishes US victory in Iraq,
Palestinians side with insurgents fellow Arab Islamist jihadis

AFP: JERUSALEM - Israel expressed its full support for embattled US troops in Iraq, saying it hoped they would crush "terrorism", as several thousand Palestinians marched in support of anti-coalition insurgents.

"We are crossing our fingers for the Americans in Iraq. Their success is vital for world peace," Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told the mass circulation daily Yediot Aharonot. "If the Americans manage to control the situation in Iraq, which Israel is convinced they will, it will have a positive impact on the whole Middle East, (on) the oil market and the international community's authority."

But he warned that "if the Americans are forced to withdraw from Iraq as a result of terrorist pressures, a new and dangerous Arab regime will seize power. The axis of evil will lift its head again and threaten world peace."

By contrast, more than 2,000 Palestinians, including masked gunmen, participated in a rally in Gaza City against the US-led occupation, called by the radical Islamic Jihad.


Palestinian militants of the radical Islamic Jihad movement hold up
weapons and the Iraqi flag during a rally in Gaza City to protest the
latest violence in Iraq. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

"Death to Israel, death to America," chanted the angry crowd.

They burned effigies of US President George W. Bush and of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

"We want to show the Iraqi people and the whole world today that we are fighting the same battle. Our people's throats are being cut by Sharon's knife and Iraqis are being slaughtered by Bush's knife," said one of the group's spokesmen, Mohammed al-Hindi.

Hamas chief Abdelaziz Rantissi had drawn a similar parallel Thursday.

In the northern West Bank city of Nablus, some 400 Palestinians commemorated the first anniversary of Baghdad's fall, waving banners reading: "Baghdad and Jerusalem -- resistance is the only alternative", and: "Bush and Sharon are the godfathers of terrorism."

The demonstrators, who marched after the main weekly Muslim prayers, set US and Israeli flags ablaze as a large Iraqi flag flew overhead.


Palestinian demonstrators burn the U.S. flag during a
pro-Iraqi protest against the U.S. led military campaign
in Iraq, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Friday,
April 9, 2004. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

An armed offshoot of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's mainstream Fatah movement, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, condemned in a statement "the terrorist massacres" perpetrated by US-led forces.

Also in the Gaza Strip, hundreds of Palestinians answered a fundraising call by Hamas to support their anti-Israeli attacks, donating jewelry and cash. The Islamist group had invited contributions to "equip fighters going to martyrdom," a euphemism for suicide bombers headed for Israel.

The Palestinians really get what side they're on. I only wish more Americans had that kind of clarity.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

ASK FOR DEATH

More on the Indoctrination of Palestinian Children
by Itamar Marcus, Director of Palestinian Media Watch

The Palestinian Authority has created a violent, death seeking reality for their young children, having taught them to see death for Allah – Shahada – as an ideal, which they are expected to achieve. As Arafat said in his message to children: "Is it not the greatest message to the world when that hero becomes a Shahid?"

The examples presented in this report are a representative selection, demonstrating the comprehensive campaign waged by the Palestinian Authority. If just 1% of the children attempt to fulfill their "duty" and seek Shahada through suicide terrorism, the ramifications will be cataclysmic.


READ THE FULL REPORT.

Are you a COLORADO DEMOCRAT?

IF SO, THIS NEEDS YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION!
A Boulder organization called Common Security wants to "help shape the Democratic message" into a "wiser approach to the world." They have proposed caucus resolutions which they intend to submit to the Colorado Democratic Party Platform Committee.

If you are a COLORADO DEMOCRAT, you can rank and give feedback on eight proposed resolutions but only until 4/9/04.
#1, "A Comprehensive Resolution," calls for a "truly even-handed approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

#5, "Israel and Palestine," holds that the U.S. should support the "Clinton parameters" . . . "As well, the United States should employ its full diplomatic and economic influence to encourage Israel to abandon Jewish settlements . . . cease military incursions . . . and negotiate with the Palestinian leadership a two-state solution."

Click on "Detail & Comments" to read all the juicy whereases. According to these people, Sharon needs to "commit in earnest to a two-state solution" (no responsibilities accrue to the Palestinians), the Geneva Accord provides a model of how a solution could be negotiated, and a "perceived American bias toward Israel" is not only "foremost among Muslim concerns," but also causes "intense anti-American emotions."
Of course there is no mention of Jewish concerns (existential or otherwise), of Palestinian terrorist attacks or the charters of terrorist organizations calling for the destruction of Israel, no revulsion over suicide bombings, no moral indignation about Palestinian involvement of children in warfare, yadda yadda yadda.
PLEASE TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO VOICE YOUR SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL.

THIS LINK will take you to the page where you can rank and respond to the draft resolutions, "as to whether you want them included in your County, Colorado and National Democratic Platforms."

Many thanks to Mimi for finding this and urging our participation.


For readers who are not Democrats: Deliver us from Democrats by Ann Coulter:
Sean Hannity's latest book, Deliver Us From Evil, is even better than his last. It hit No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list the week it came out and stayed there for at least five weeks. This explains the huge cover story on Hannity in the latest New York Times magazine, as well as that big NPR profile on him – wait, neither of those happened. Indeed, not a single major mainstream newspaper has reviewed it.

And now . . . something truly frightening

SAUDI LOBBY AND MONEY ON AMERICAN CAMPUSES
by Lee Kaplan, FrontPageMagazine

One wonders why a theocratic totalitarian regime where 30% to 50% of the population is illiterate, and where PhDs teach that Jews use the blood of gentile children to make matzoh, would take such interest in the American educational system instead of their own. Yet the money the Saudis are pouring into our universities and colleges as gifts and endowments is alarming:

King Fahd donated $20 million dollars to set up a Middle East Studies Center at the University of Arkansas;

$5 million was donated to UC Berkeley’s Center For Middle East Studies from two Saudi sheiks linked to funding Al Qaeda;

$2.5 million dollars to Harvard;

$8.1 million dollars to Georgetown including a $500,000 scholarship in the name of President Bush;

$11 million dollars to Cornell;

$1.5 million dollars to Texas A&M;

$5 million dollars to MIT;

$1 million dollars to Princeton;

Rutgers received $5 million dollars to endow a chair as did Columbia which tried to hide where the money came from.

Saudi largesse included UC Santa Barbara; Johns Hopkins; Rice University; American University in Washington, D.C.; University of Chicago; Syracuse University; USC; UCLA; Duke University; and Howard University among many others.

Saudi infiltration works on several levels. By creating new Middle East Studies Centers and such endowed chairs on campuses across the US, the Saudis are able to influence the curriculum taught to the next generation of American students about the Middle East situation as taught at Saudi-funded madrassas both here and abroad. That curriculum is decidedly anti-Western and full of incitement against Christians and Jews. Based not on truth as much as the agenda of the totalitarian regime in power, it “molds” the next generation to hate Israel and to hate America as an “imperialist” or “racist” nation.

READ IT ALL.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Let My People -Go- Stay!

by Ruth and Nadia Matar of Women In Green

Passover is with us again. Only this time we are in the Land of our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and are not slaves in the Land of Egypt. We are in the Promised Land. The Land of Milk and Honey. The Land which the Lord of the Universe Himself promised in the Bible to our ancestors thousands of years ago. We literally have come from the four corners of this earth, back to our Holy Land. A true miracle for all to see, and ponder. A clear proof that life has purpose, meaning and fulfillment.

There is an awesome message in this turn of events. Despite Arab and Moslem terror, the Jews have come home, and are here to stay. Despite the vicissitudes, and imponderables, there is a clear message coming out of Israel, whereas, heretofore the message of freedom called out to Egypt to: Let my People Go!, the message for our generation is: Let My People Stay!

There may be skeptics, and those who wish to rewrite history, but one thing is crystal clear, the Jews are proof positive that there is an Almighty. Their miraculous survival throughout the ages, and their return from whence they originated almost two thousand years, raises the spirits and provides hope to all of the downtrodden of this earth.

For if the Jews can make wastelands in Israel bloom, and make their barren land fertile once again, they have a vital and inspiring message for everyone.

Moreover, the sanctification of life, should be the important concept rather than the Moslem emphasis on death and sexual rewards in the hereafter. Furthermore, we must concentrate on the eradication of Arab terror from the Holy Land. Terror is an unacceptable solution for solving societal problems.

However, what the world craves desperately is a spiritual center. Jerusalem, and particularly the Temple Mount, fulfills this need. Out of Zion will come forth the law, and the word of G-d from Jerusalem, is no idle phrase. It can and should become our moral guide for a richer and more meaningful life.

Above all else, this Passover should mark the beginning of a new era with regard to Israel. Let the Jewish People Stay and flourish in all of the Land of Israel, should become the catchwords for all freedom loving peoples.

May it be His Will, that the upcoming Passover, be special for the People of Israel; that their Land be blessed with peace and prosperity; and that Arab terror be finally eradicated from the Holy Land forever.
Views expressed by the author[s] do not necessarily reflect those of israelinsider.

STEINSALTZ on the Haggadah



$45.00 at Judaism.com

DEBKAfile has charted a Special New Map of Iraqi Flash Points

Check it out.

Note also that DEBKA is reporting: "Bush begins Easter break at Crawford by telephoning Blair and holding video conference with US security chiefs including Rumsfeld, Bremer and Iraq commander Sanchez. Their assessment is that Iraq situation is under control."
On the other hand, what else can they say?

My thanks to H. Eberhard Roell

This letter appeared in the Boulder Daily Camera April 5th.
TERRORISM: Cautious liberals can't fault Bush

Liberals accuse Bush of responding too slowly to al-Qaida's threat. Considering the source, that's quite the charge. These are the same Monday morning quarterbacks who accuse him of responding too precipitously to the threat of WMD, perceived, rightly or wrongly, by the world's best intelligence services. Can you imagine the brouhaha, had Saddam gassed New Yorkers after he had gassed the Kurds?

They talk about our "unilateral" action when some 60 countries side with us. They insinuated "blood for oil" when we're now paying up to $2 a gallon at the pump ? not politically expedient before the elections. France, Germany and now Spain are held up as moderate sophisticates. But France lost 30 times as many of its citizens to a heat wave as we lost in our march on Baghdad. Germany was cowed, rightly so, by its own militaristic past, which was no excuse for Schroeder & Co. forgetting their own deliverance by us from their Saddam 59 years ago. Spain had its 3/11 and capitulated to the terrorists by rolling out the white flag - a dangerous encouragement for future atrocities.

"America should have waited for the U.N.," these liberals say. After 12 years of defied resolutions - Kofi Annan is a gentleman diplomat. Any mother would want him to read bedtime stories to her children. Indeed, it's easier for me to picture him putting Robinson Crusoe's foot on the nape of his neck than to see him standing up to murderous regimes. Massacres in Bosnia, Rwanda, Indonesia, and - yes - Iraq, as well as other past and present hot spots of the world are glaring blots on the U.N.'s resume. Terrorists and tyrants just don't go much for negotiations. Indeed, swords (not words) will be turned into plowshares, but this is not the time.

H. EBERHARD ROELL, Boulder

I agree with Roell here, but find his letter of just a month ago (about Gibson's movie) less than compelling:
"Jewish denial of complicity seems unwise in a day when some revisionists would question the historicity of the Holocaust."
I think Roell is missing the connecting thread here: the death of Jesus and the Holocaust were both manifestations of virulent Jew-hatred. To want Jews to admit "complicity" in this is pretty sick.

CHARLES HAS IT RIGHT: "Gd save us if this man is elected president"

little green footballs: "This may be the worst thing said yet by a Presidential candidate; even as Muqtada al-Sadr’s goons are killing coalition soldiers, John Kerry told NPR this morning that al-Sadr and his jihad newspaper are a legitimate voice."
Speaking of al-Sadr’s newspaper, which was shut down by coalition forces last week after it urged violence against U.S. troops, Kerry complained to National Public Radio, "They shut a newspaper that belongs to a legitimate voice in Iraq."

In the next breath, however, the White House hopeful caught himself and quickly changed direction, adding, “Well, let me . . . change the term legitimate. It belongs to a voice — because he has clearly taken on a far more radical tone in recent days and aligned himself with both Hamas and Hezbollah, which is a sort of terrorist alignment.”

See the full story at NewsMax.

Nit-Picking Photo Captions: IRAQ


Armed Shiite militiamen loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr patrol the streets
of the Shula district of Baghdad during a peaceful anti-American protest
Tuesday April 6, 2004. U.S. troops battled Iraqi guerrillas Tuesday on the edges of Fallujah,
which hundreds of Marines and Iraqi troops have surrounded in a major operation to pacify
one of Iraq's most violent cities. The military reported four Marines killed in the area.
(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)


At least this one doesn't say "peaceful"

Shiite demonstrators cheer a sword-waving man, in downtown Baghdad, Iraq,
during an anti-American protest Sunday April 4, 2004. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)


Ya gotta love it: No one shoots, gunfire just "erupts"

Shiite demonstrators run for cover as gun fire erupts near the Baghdad hotel in Baghdad,
Iraq, during an anti-American protest Sunday April 4, 2004. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
So much for the peaceful protest.

PA suddenly favors "political pluralism"

Arafat prepared to embrace Hamas and Islamic Jihad in a "new leadership organization"
JPost: Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat is prepared to include Hamas and Islamic Jihad in a new leadership organization that would function alongside the Palestinian Authority, senior PA officials said Tuesday.

The PA daily Al-Ayyam said Arafat is willing to include Hamas and Islamic Jihad in a united national leadership that would be established soon. The paper did not specify what the new organization's function would be. [hmmm.... we can only guess.]

The United States, however, has warned the Palestinian administration against inviting the Hamas to join its ranks, reported IBA news Wednesday morning.

The Hamas is a terror organization, the message said, and must be boycotted.

A source in the Prime Minister's Office dismissed the move as a desperate bid by Arafat to stay in power.

"Arafat will do anything to stay in power, to get away from the isolation that he finds himself in," said the source. "Instead of issuing statements as to whether he will accept reforms, he is moving further to the extreme and wants to join forces with an organization that very clearly does not want any negotiations with Israel or compromises. It shows the man has learned nothing."

Al-Ayyam quoted Fatah Central Committee member Hani al-Hassan as saying the new leadership group could easily coexist alongside the existing leadership structure.

Palestinian women's organizations endorse The "New Intifada"


Palestinian women step on the US flag during an all women's protest
in suport of Iraq in Gaza City. Some 150 women, representatives of
women's organisations, took to the street to protest the US presence
in Iraq.(AFP/Mohammed Abed)



Palestinian demonstrators burn the US flag as others
shout anti-Israeli slogans during an all women's protest
in support of Iraq in Gaza City. Scores of Palestinian
women protested against what they called US 'war
crimes' in Iraq as the hardline Islamic Jihad movement
hailed the 'new intifada' against the US-led occupation.
(AFP/Mohammed Abed)

Kennedy calls the war on terror "George Bush's Vietnam"

Powell cautions Kennedy to be more "restrained and careful" in criticizing the war
AP/Newsday: WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell cautioned Sen. Edward M. Kennedy to be more careful in criticizing the war in Iraq after the Massachusetts Democrat called the conflict "George Bush's Vietnam."

Kennedy "should be a little more restrained and careful in his comments because we are at war," Powell said Tuesday on Fox News Radio's "Tony Snow Show."

Powell said debating the Iraq war was appropriate and an important part of American democracy. But, he said, "this is the also the time that we rally the nation behind the challenge that we face in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Kennedy said Bush misled the public about the war, the economy and education, compromising America's reputation at home and abroad.
CNN reports that an official with the Bush campaign "called the comparison between Bush and Nixon 'bizarre' " -- Roger Simon agrees:
When Teddy Kennedy compares this situation to Vietnam, I can only scratch my head. Partisan politics is one thing, but that's simply delusional. Ho Chi Minh wasn't supporting Hezbollah. What's he talking about? The man has carbohydrate poisoning.

See also Silent Running, for discussion of John Kerry's comment:
"There has to be a political, diplomatic solution which, regrettably, this administration seems stubbornly determined to avoid."

He called the absence of Arab neighbors as part of the stabilization force "staggering," saying, "All have a major stake in not having a failed Iraqi state, no matter how they feel about our getting there."
Like Silent Running's Wind Rider, I'm curious as to what this solution might look or sound like. I already don't like the way it smells.

Arab neighbors as part of the stabilization force? On which planet?

In Germany, conviction of 9/11 terrorist overturned

"Suspect" released, "going home to his family"
AP: HAMBURG, Germany - The only person convicted in the Sept. 11 attacks was freed by a court Wednesday, pending the outcome of his retrial on charges of aiding the Hamburg al-Qaida cell that included three of the suicide pilots.

Mounir el Motassadeq, 30, smiled broadly as he left the Hamburg prison where he had been held since November 2001. He walked past reporters without comment before his friends and lawyer whisked him away in a car to an unknown location.


Moroccan Mounir el Motassadeq charged with helping
the Sept. 11 hijackers leaves a justice building after
he was freed by a court in Hamburg, northern Germany,
Wednesday, April 7, 2004. El Motassadeq who was
convicted in February 2003 of more than 3,000 counts of
accessory to murder and membership in a terrorist
organization
and sentenced to the maximum 15 years in
prison is awaiting a retrial after his conviction was over-
turned by a German appeals court.
(AP Photo/ Christof Stache)

Lawyer Josef Graessle-Muenscher said el Motassadeq was returning to his wife and two children in Hamburg. "When I went to pick him up, he was happy and smiling at me," the lawyer told reporters. "Now he's going home to his family."

Explaining the decision, judges said their suspicion that Mounir El Motassadeq could be guilty of more than 3,000 counts of accessory to murder — the main accusation against him — had lessened. He was ordered to stay in Hamburg and report to police twice a week.

El Motassadeq has acknowledged training at an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan (news - web sites) and being friends with Hamburg-based hijackers Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah, but denies any knowledge of the Sept. 11 plot.

He has been serving a maximum 15-year prison term in a Hamburg prison since a court in the city convicted him in February 2003 of giving logistical help to the al-Qaida cell. He was expected to be released later Wednesday.

His release was a fresh setback for prosecutions of Sept. 11 suspects after the same Hamburg court acquitted el Motassadeq's friend and fellow Moroccan Abdelghani Mzoudi of identical charges in February.

An appeals court last month threw out el Motassadeq's conviction and ordered a retrial starting June 16, saying he was denied a fair trial because the U.S. government refused access to a key witness in its custody.

He still faces charges of membership in a terrorist organization, court spokeswoman Sabine Westphalen said. But the original arrest warrant's "urgent suspicion" that he was guilty of being an accessory to murder was downgraded Wednesday to "adequate suspicion," she said.

Prosecutors say el Motassadeq was privy to the plot to attack the United States and helped cell members conceal their involvement while they lived and studied in Hamburg. They say the former electrical engineering student used his power of attorney over al-Shehhi's bank account to pay rent, tuition and utility bills, allowing the plotters to keep up the appearance of being normal students in Germany. They also noted that he signed Atta's will.

El Motassadeq said he was only helping out friends.
Nice guy.

Leaked document: Saddam DID have WMD plans

The Scotsman: SADDAM Hussein had the ability to unleash biological and chemical weapons "at short notice" on foreign nations, according to a potentially explosive new report by inspectors.

The leaked document, written by Charles Duelfer, the new director of the Iraq Survey group, concludes that hard evidence does exist that Saddam had the ability to wreak terror with the weaponry.

Furthermore, there was evidence that he was plotting to expand his facilities last year, prior to the invasion of British and American troops. . .

Duelfer’s report provides what he calls "new information" on Saddam’s military build-up. "Iraq did have facilities suitable for the production of biological and chemical agents needed for weapons. It had plans to improve and expand and even build new facilities," he says in the report, seen by Scotland on Sunday.

Duelfer says he has fresh evidence that long-range ballistic missiles were being tested. He also reveals evidence from a research centre in Iraq where scientists were found to have been apparently testing commercial biopesticide, which can be used as anthrax.

The report is Duelfer’s first since his appointment in February when he took over from David Kay - who quit saying he did not believe there were any large stockpiles of weapons.

Montreal Yeshiva Firebombed - No Injuries

Arutz Sheva: The United Talmud Torah School in St. Laurent, Montreal, was targeted in a hate crime attack on the eve of the Passover holiday. There were no injuries reported in the Monday firebomb attack. Damage was heavy with the incendiary device resulting in a major blaze to the building. Local police report arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

“The attack against a place of learning where young people study is unacceptable...the assault was not directed at the Jewish community of Montreal but it was an act of violence directed at all Canadians” stated Prime Minister Paul Martin. According to an Israel Radio report, the Jewish community of Montreal is concerned over the attack perceived to be in response to Israel’s ongoing war against terrorism.
"This is just a beginning"

CP/Canadian Press reports that
Security around Montreal's Jewish institutions was stepped up after the fire and police said they'll be keeping an extra eye on Muslim mosques.

The TVA network reported that sources say the notes denounced recent attacks against Palestinians, including the killing of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, leader of the Islamic Hamas movement.

Reports quoted a portion of the letter Monday night. The network reported the note warned: "Our goal was only to sound the alarm without causing deaths. . . .but this is just a beginning. If your crimes continue in the Middle East, our attacks will continue."

Monday, April 05, 2004

Pesach Sameach!

I'm so excited!!

EURABIA?

by Niall Ferguson in Sunday's NY Times Magazine

In the 52nd chapter of his ''Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,'' Edward Gibbon posed one of the great counterfactual questions of history. If the French had failed to defeat an invading Muslim army at the Battle of Poitiers in A.D. 732, would all of Western Europe have succumbed to Islam?

''Perhaps,'' speculated Gibbon with his inimitable irony, ''the interpretation of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Mahomet.''

When those words were published in 1788, the idea of a Muslim Oxford could scarcely have seemed more fanciful. The last Muslim forces had been driven from Spain in 1492; the Ottoman advance through Eastern Europe had been decisively halted at the gates of Vienna in 1683.

Today, however, the idea seems somewhat less risible. The French historian Alain Besancon is one of a number of European intellectuals who detect a significant threat to the continent's traditional Christian culture. The Egyptian-born writer Bat Yeor has for some years referred to the rise of a new ''Eurabia'' that is hostile in equal measure to the United States and Israel. Two years ago, Pat Buchanan published an apocalyptic book titled ''The Death of the West,'' prophesying that declining European fertility and immigration from Muslim countries could turn ''the cradle of Western civilization'' into ''its grave.''

Such Spenglerian talk has gained credibility since 9/11. The ''3/11'' bombings in Madrid confirm that terrorists sympathetic to Osama bin Laden continue to operate with comparative freedom in European cities. Some American commentators suspect Europeans of wanting to appease radical Islam. Others detect in sporadic manifestations of anti-Semitism a sinister conjunction of old fascism and new fundamentalism.

Read it all.

Dhimmitude no longer a possibility


New Radical Islamic Thinking Justifying the Genocide of Infidels
by Jonathan D. Halevi, Jerusalem Viewpoints

  • The Islamic victory over the USSR in Afghanistan, the creation of the al-Qaeda global network, and the spread of Islam in many Western countries are seen as signs of an Islamic awakening that from the radical Islamist perspective may lead to the restoration of Islam as the world's most dominant power.


  • In this emerging world order, Christians and Jews are no longer protected minorities under Islam. As a result, there is a dangerous trend among militant Islamist clerical authorities, especially from Saudi Arabia, justifying not only acts of terrorism against individuals, but also mass murder against whole groups of people regarded as infidels. Their call for the complete extermination of peoples means they have moved ideologically toward the justification of genocide.


  • Jihad against America is the realization of "the right of self-defense" in retaliation for the terrorist war waged by the United States against the nation of Islam. Based on the Islamic principle, one al-Qaeda leader argues that Muslims have the right to kill four million Americans, while a Saudi scholar argues for killing ten million.


  • The citizens in democratic Western countries become full participants in governmental decision-making by voting in elections and therefore they are no longer considered "non-combatants." Democracy is a prohibited innovation that contradicts Islamic values and embodies a new heretical religion.


  • An official al-Qaeda publication presents a new, comprehensive concept of total extermination of Islam's enemies. Al-Qaeda's Saudi clerics are also having a growing influence on other militant groups, from Hamas to Chechen groups to the mujahideen in western Iraq: their legal rulings appear on the websites of these organizations in Arabic.


  • There has only been a partial moderation of these trends as a byproduct of Saudi Arabia's internal struggle with al-Qaeda since May 12, 2003; some clerics have called for discontinuing the practice of takfir - branding Muslims as infidels worthy of destruction. But they have not altered their harsh doctrine against Christians and Jews.

Sunday, April 04, 2004

DON'T FORGET:
COMMUNITY CHAMETZ BURNING
OUR HOUSE
11 AM MONDAY MORNING


NY Times Correction

from Power Line via DANEgerus
Correction in the NY Times April 2nd:
An article on Saturday about Israel's promotion of its plan for a withdrawal from Gaza and part of the West Bank misstated the estimated number of Palestinians who fled their homes when Israel was established in 1948. It is about 700,000, not in the millions.
The article being corrected, published March 27, said:
Israel also wants an understanding from Washington that in a final deal with the Palestinian side, there will be no "right of return" by Palestinians ? the right asserted by the millions of Palestinians who fled Israeli territory in 1948 and afterward to get their homes back.
If you don't get the chance to follow the links, at least read this (and save for future reference):
Habib Issa, Secretary General of the Arab League (Azzam Pasha's successor), in the newspaper Al Hoda, June 8, 1951:

"The Secretary General of the Arab League, Azzam Pasha, assured the Arab peoples that the occupation of Palestine and of Tel Aviv would be as simple as a military promenade. . . . He pointed out that they were already on the frontiers and that all the millions the Jews had spent on land and economic development would be easy booty, for it would be a simple matter to throw Jews into the Mediterranean. . . Brotherly advice was given to the Arabs of Palestine to leave their land, homes, and property and to stay temporarily in neighboring fraternal states, lest the guns of the invading Arab armies mow them down. "
So that, if you didn't know, is how there came to be "Palestinian refugees."
And if you didn't know that there happened to be an equal number of Jewish refugees from Arab countries at the same time, check out these Middle East Facts.




IDF battling against time :)

Maariv: The tight timing of this year's Passover is making IDF rabbis tense, as kashrut supervisors and soldiers are working double-time to make their units' kitchens kosher for the holiday. The Sabbath, which ended just last night, left them with only 24 hours to complete the task.

"We decided to launch the preparations as a special operation, and we deployed extra soldiers to the units in order to complete the mission by 9 a.m. tomorrow morning", said Lieutenant Colonel Rabbi Zvi Black, head of the religious services division of the IDF.

Some refreshing changes will be made to the traditional IDF Passover Seder menu this year. Ten tons of beef tongue are being prepared, as well as five types of fruit and three types of lettuce. Fresh garlic and mushrooms will replace the usual canned varieties.

Meanwhile, Israel's Chief Rabbis, Shlomo Amar and Yona Metzger officially sold the country's chametz (leavened bread products) to Hussein Ismael Jabar, a resident of the Arab village of Abu Ghosh. Jabar, 39, has been purchasing Israel's chametz for the past decade. He presented this year's deposit of NIS 20,000 to the two chief rabbis and Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the end of the Passover week, both the chametz and the deposit will be returned.
From One Family Fund: As we celebrate our ancestors' freedom from slavery in Egypt - and the deliverance of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, we say to the survivors of terror:
"We stand shoulder to shoulder with you in the quest to secure the freedom to be a Jew in our homeland. We are committed to assisting you however we can."
May it be Your will, Hashem our Gd and Gd of our forefathers, that the injured are healed, and the mourners are comforted.

May He guard the children of Israel from all evil, and bring peace to our Land. As it is written, "He who makes peace in the heavens, may He bring peace to us and all of Israel." AMEN.


. . . and now, if I don't get off this computer, and into the kitchen, we won't be ready in time. Have a happy and kosher Pesach. Next year in Jerusalem! Amen!

Beware Alarmist Email Flying around the Innernut
about Reinstitution of the Draft

Blames Bush, but bill actually introduced by Charlie Rangel (D-NY) last year

I just got this email message from a friend:
If YOU know anyone that can influence the death of these bills, please send it to them and let them know how you feel about this.

Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 10:31 AM
Subject: Our kids...

This will affect all of our kids in the USA! Please do read down to the end, and pass it on, especially to those you know who have kids of draft age.

There is pending legislation in the House and the Senate (twin bills: S89 and HR163) which will call for the conscription of all men and women between the ages of 18 & 25 into military service.

Are we ready for endless war? It seems like that is what this administration has planned for the USA. Read on....
Dear friends and family,

I wanted to pass on to you this distressing news, from Sonoma State University's media research group which tracks significant issues which are under reported in the press. This will affect us all. The article details the current administration's agenda to reinstate the draft in order to staff up for the " protracted war on terrorism." ( Not that it should make a difference, but this plan, among other things eliminates higher education as a shelter and includes women in the draft-also crossing into Canada has already been made very difficult.) There is pending legislation in the House and the Senate (twin bills: S89 and HR163) which will time the program's initiation s0o the draft can begin as early as Spring 2005-just after the presidential election. The administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed NOW, while the public's attention is on the elections, so our actions on this is needed immediately. Details and links follow. Even those voters who currently support U.S. actions abroad may still object to this move, knowing their own children and or grandchildren will not have a say about whether to fight.

ACTIONS, ACTIONS, ACTIONS:

Please send this on to all of the grandparents, parents, teachers you know and all of the aunts, uncles, friends..

And let you children know-it's their future, and they can be a powerful voice for change! Please write top your representatives to ask them why aren't they telling their constituents about these bill and write to the newspapers and other media outlets to ask them why they're not covering this important story.

BILL TO REINSTITUTE THE DRAFT WAS ACTUALLY INTRODUCED LAST YEAR BEFORE THE WAR IN IRAQ BEGAN
BY NY DEMOCRAT CHARLIE RANGEL


Rangel introduced this legislation to frighten people into NOT SUPPORTING the war in Iraq, and because he feels that his constituency (of poor black men) is over-represented in the professional army we now have.

The following quotes were published at the time (1/8/03) by CNN.com:
The New York Democrat told reporters his goal is two-fold: to jolt Americans into realizing the import of a possible unilateral strike against Iraq, which he opposes, and "to make it clear that if there were a war, there would be more equitable representation of people making sacrifices."

"I truly believe that those who make the decision and those who support the United States going into war would feel more readily the pain that's involved, the sacrifice that's involved, if they thought that the fighting force would include the affluent and those who historically have avoided this great responsibility," Rangel said.
* * *


Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told reporters Tuesday he sees no need for a draft. He said the military is managing to attract enough skilled recruits without one.

"We're not going to re-implement a draft. There is no need for it at all," Rumsfeld said. "The disadvantages of using compulsion to bring into the armed forces the men and women needed are notable."
Misinformation like this (meant, no doubt, to hurt the Bush campaign for re-election) drives me mad! If you get one of these, please respond to the sender with this clarifying information, and ask that the sender return it to their source, etc. The damage is done already, I'm sure, the way these things spread . . . but we can try. After all, truth is still important . . . isn't it?

CNN: Madrid bombing ringleader 'dead'


MADRID, Spain (AP) -- The ringleader of the Madrid terror attack was among four suicide bombers who died Saturday in a police raid, Interior Minister Angel Acebes said Sunday.

Acebes said the four included a Tunisian named Sarhane Ben Abdelmajid Fakhet, described by Spanish authorities as the leader of the group suspected of carrying out the March 11 attacks that killed 191 people.

"The core of the group that carried out the attacks is either arrested or dead," Acebes told a news conference.

The blast gutted at least one floor of the building -- a square structure with a central courtyard where children had been playing soccer until they were evacuated.

The explosion sent up a huge plume of black smoke and revealed rooms littered with concrete and wires dangling from ceilings. Architects will now decide whether it is to demolished altogether because of structural damage.

Police had approached the building at around 7 p.m. to make arrests as part of an escalating manhunt for those responsible for the March 11 bombings.

The suspects spotted the police from a window and shot at them, shouting in Arabic, the Interior Ministry said. No police officers were hurt by the gunfire.

Over the next two hours, police evacuated as many people as they could from the building and surrounding area and prepared for an assault on the apartment.

As the terrorists shot at police from the apartment, "they shouted 'God is great' and Islamic verses," the newspaper El Mundo quoted a resident of the building as saying.
Now why on earth would the AP put 'dead' in quote marks? Isn't that weird?

GOOD NEWS

IDF CAPTURES "PRACTICALLY THE ENTIRE LEADERSHIP OF HAMAS IN SHECHEM"
Arutz Sheva: In a wide-ranging, multi-target offensive over the Sabbath, the IDF captured practically the entire leadership of Hamas in Shechem, which was engaged in planning a large suicide attack in Israel within the next two days.

The offensive, which netted no fewer than 26 Hamas terrorists, included almost all the special units in the IDF: Sayeret Matkal (General Staff Reconnaissance), Fleet 13, the Duvdevan undercover unit, and the Yamam Special Forces. One armed Arab youth was wounded, but the IDF suffered no casualties or injuries.

In February 2003, the IDF largely cleaned out Shechem - Nablus, located in the heart of Samaria between Herzliya and the Jordan River - of Hamas terrorists. The organization made a gradual recovery there, and the city has in fact served lately as Hamas terrorism headquarters. Intelligence gathered over the past several weeks enabled the Israeli forces to swoop down simultaneously on some ten different targets in which the terrorists were hiding, and most of the leading murderers sought were captured.

The intelligence services have received nearly 60 terrorist warnings - close to a record number - of possible attacks throughout the country, reports Arutz-7's Kobi Finkler. The army and police continue to be on very high alert, in view of the upcoming Passover holiday and the continuing threats to avenge the killing of arch-terrorist Sheikh Ahmed Yassin almost two weeks ago. Yesha towns are considered to be likely targets, as the tight security will make terrorist infiltrations into pre-1967 Israel very difficult.

An Israeli soldier in the northern Shomron was shot and moderately wounded this afternoon by armed Arab gunmen. The attack occurred near the community of Kadim.

Ten other wanted terrorists of both Hamas and Islamic Jihad were arrested last night, in the Hevron, Bethlehem and Ramallah regions... This afternoon, IDF forces engaged a terrorist cell in Tul Karem, wounding several and killing the one who is suspected to have dispatched the terrorist of this past Friday night's murderous attack... Two terrorists were apprehended on the Jerusalem-Modiin Highway (Rt. 443) last night. They were carrying spikes and a tire to set ablaze and place on the road, as well as firebombs... Another Arab terrorist was apprehended on Friday while cutting the security fence of the community of Maaleh Hever near Hevron...

In Gaza, IDF forces shot on Friday night at two suspicious figures approaching the Gaza perimeter fence in central Gaza. Yesterday morning, the body of a terrorist was found at the site, lying aside two large explosive bomb-packs, weighing 20 and 10 kilograms, respectively... Another armed terrorist was killed in a similar manner near the Karni-Netzarim road on Friday afternoon... A large bomb was detected in southern Gaza this morning, and was neutralized in a controlled explosion... Two Kassam rockets were launched from Gaza at a Negev kibbutz this morning, causing no damage.

Israeli army forces discovered a large arms-smuggling tunnel yesterday, and Givati Brigade engineering forces blew it up. The tunnel, used to smuggle in arms and explosives - and sometimes terrorists - from Egypt to Gaza, was 600 meters (660 yards) long and 20 meters (22 yards) deep. The forces were attacked during the operation, but no one was hurt.

Palestinian children grow up (literally) in the shadow of terrorism



A Palestinian girl watches as Islamic Jihad
militants march in Gaza, April 4, 2004. . .
REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
UNICEF Mission Statement

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children.

UNICEF insists that the survival, protection and development of children are universal development imperatives that are integral to human progress.

UNICEF mobilizes political will and material resources to help countries, particularly developing countries, ensure a 'first call for children' and to build their capacity to form appropriate policies and deliver services for children and their families.

UNICEF is committed to ensuring special protection for the most disadvantaged children -- victims of war, disasters, extreme poverty, all forms of violence and exploitation and those with disabilities.

UNICEF responds in emergencies to protect the rights of children. In coordination with United Nations partners and humanitarian agencies, UNICEF makes its unique facilities for rapid response available to its partners to relieve the suffering of children and those who provide their care.

UNICEF is non-partisan and its cooperation is free of discrimination. In everything it does, the most disadvantaged children and the countries in greatest need have priority.

UNICEF aims, through its country programmes, to promote the equal rights of women and girls and to support their full participation in the political, social and economic development of their communities.

UNICEF works with all its partners towards the attainment of the sustainable human development goals adopted by the world community and the realization of the vision of peace and social progress enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.
“A United Nations that will not stand up for human rights is a United Nations that cannot stand up for itself.” – Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Baghdad


Muslim worshippers fight to shred an Israeli flag during a mock funeral
of assassinated Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin following the traditional
Friday prayers at the Kazimia shrine in Baghdad Friday March 26 2004.
(AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Palestinian Authority Chutzpah

IMRA provides a translation of the official Palestinian statement on Friday's "clash" in Jerusalem, wherein hundreds of Palestinians rioted, throwing rocks at Jews praying at the Kotel, and Israeli police responded.
Official Statement
The Palestinian Leadership

www.p-p-o.com/Eng/defultE.htm [Official PA website]

Ramallah, 2/4- The occupation forces, accompanied by Jewish settlers, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque, after Friday prayers and fired stun grenades, tear gas and live bullets at worshippers. More than [25] were injured, some of them critically, including paramedics and more than [15] worshippers have been arrested until now. And the occupation forces are preventing ambulances from reaching the place.

With this dangerous escalation, Sharon government continues with its criminal plan to take over the Holy Shrine. Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger and Muslims, Christians and all freedom loving peoples in the world must take steps to protect it from these Israeli dangerous plans.

I'm sure that of course, the vast majority of Palestinian people see through this propaganda, since they have access to other news sources as well. Oh, whoops, they don't have access: Only 0.6% of Arabs use the internet.


My official statement?

Arabs Riot, Attack Jews Praying at the Kotel



An elderly Jewish worshipper is helped by an Israeli
riot policeman to flee the Western Wall, Judaism's
holiest site, during a confrontation at the Al Aqsa
Mosque compound, in Jerusalem's Old City, Friday,
April 2, 2004. Israeli riot police stormed the disputed
Jerusalem holy site
Friday, which abuts the Western
Wall, firing tear gas, stun grenades and plastic bullets
to disperse hundreds Muslim worshippers who threw
stones and shoes at them. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

SHABBOS TERROR IN SAMARIA

Arab terrorist murdered father of six in his home Friday night
Teenage daughter wounded by gunshots


Yaacov Zaga, 40-year-old father of six,
murdered by terrorists in his own home, on Shabbos.

May those who grieve be comforted among the all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem . . .

JPost: Ya'acov (Kobi) Zaga, 40, of Avnei Hefetz in Samaria, was buried today in Sgula cemetery near Petah Tikva.

Zaga was murdered and his daughter Hanni, 14, suffered light-to-moderate gunshot wounds when a terrorist infiltrated the community shortly before 1 a.m. on Saturday morning. Hani Zaga underwent surgery at Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, and her condition was described as stable on Saturday.

The father was armed; the terrorist shot him at point blank range
Soldiers from the Nachshon Battalion shot and killed the terrorist, who was identified as Ramzi Arda, 18, of the Tulkarm refugee camp. Sources in the Shin Bet confirmed that was released last week from a military prison, where he had been incarcerated for "less than a few months" for throwing firebombs and stones at soldiers and civilians.

Shortly before 1 a.m., residents alerted soldiers at the base located next to the community that a girl had been wounded.

. . . at least two terrorists drove to a nearby village. "They parked their car and approaching the western side of Avnei Hefetz on foot. Then one of them left and the other entered in an area where there is no security fence," he said. "The terrorist reached a row of houses. The first two were dark, but he saw a light in the third house.

"He went around the back, kicked in the door of the utility room, and began shooting. Here we believe he wounded the daughter. The father went out the front of the house. He was armed with a gun and circled to the back of the house where he confronted the terrorist, who shot at him twice at point blank range, killing him."

HAMAS claimed responsibility for the attack.

More than 180 families live in Avnei Hefetz, Vinograd said. The Zaga family moved there 12 years ago. Ya'acov worked as a comptroller for United Mizrahi Bank and his wife Esther is a psychologist for the Samaria Regional Council.

"They are a wonderful family, and have six children. Their eldest daughter Hani was wounded in the attack, and their youngest, a daughter, is four years old," she said. "Esther immigrated from Argentina as a student and has no family here."
Arutz Sheva reports: Police transported the body victim of terror victim Yaakov Zagha and the terrorist who murdered him in the same ambulance.


According to the Israeli military, via AP, 25 settlements have been attacked during the Sabbath and holidays, with 41 Israelis killed and more than 60 injured -- since September 2000.


((((MEDIA BIAS))))


A Reuters story in the New York Times, -headlined "Palestinian Kills Israeli in West Bank Settlement"- has all of this to say about the attack:
Hamas said an attack on a Jewish settlement in the West Bank was a reprisal for Yassin's death. A gunman killed a settler and wounded his 12-year-old daughter before soldiers shot him dead.
Scroll down, these two sentences do not appear until the ninth paragraph.

WRITE TO DANIEL OKRENT, PUBLIC EDITOR AT THE NEW YORK TIMES: public@nytimes.com