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Saturday, May 01, 2004

Shavua Tov


Graffiti reading 'Jews out' and depicting a swastika are painted
at the entrance of a Jewish cemetery in Herrlisheim, eastern France,
Friday, April 30, 2004. About 100 headstones have been desecrated
in the cemetery and the French government quickly condemned the
attack. In the past few years, France has suffered a wave of violence
against Jewish schools, synagogues and cemeteries that coincided
with new fighting in the Middle (AP Photo/Gil Michel)



Friday, April 30, 2004

Submitted to the Daily Camera

It is now over a hundred years ago that Theodor Herzl said, "If we [Jews] could only be left in peace. But I think we shall not be left in peace."

Certainly Leslie Lomas (OpenForum 4/29/04) would not leave us in peace. In Nov. 2002 she signed an ad placed in the Daily Camera that stated the first step to peace in the Middle East should be "Israel's withdrawal from the Occupied Territories, including evacuation of the settlements" (move the Jews).

That would be more feasible if we hadn't already been ping-ponged around the world. Our first expulsion, that from the land of Israel, was tended to by the Babylonians in 597 BCE. We were expelled from Rome by the emperor Claudius, from Alexandria in the year 415 and from Spain (the first time) in 694. We've been expelled from Switzerland four times and from France, five or six. We were expelled from England by Edward I in 1290, from Hungary in 1349 and from Cologne in 1453.

In 1492, we were expelled from Sicily, Sardinia, Lithuania and Spain. In the 1500s we were expelled from Arles, Italy, Carinthia, Austria, Portugal, Nuremberg and Brandenburg. We were then expelled from the French colonies in the New World, from the Ukraine, Brussels, Little Russia, Great Russia, Prague, Bohemia, Moravia and Warsaw. We were even expelled from northern Mississippi, Kentucky and western Tennessee - by Ulysses S. Grant.

Almost all the Jews (over 800,000) have been expelled from Arab countries since 1948.

The state of Israel was supposed to solve all that, yet in my lifetime, I have to read Leslie Lomas recommending moving the Jews again, as a "step to peace." And as if this weren't enough, she then adds insult to injury by being outraged against any notion of moving Arabs. That, she says, would be "ethnic cleansing"!

I was prepared to support Sharon's desperate plan to expel the Jews from Gaza, but Lomas has shown me the error of my ways: When it comes to moving the Jews, justification can always be found -be it a poisoned well or a chance at peace- but no matter how much we move, it's never enough. It reminds me of those medieval mobs who dug up Jewish cemeteries and burned our bones. We just cannot get dead enough to satisfy.

So why try to please?

Thorney Lieberman
Boulder, CO

NYTimes: "France Struggles to Curb Extremist Muslim Clerics"

de Villepin's answer? to encourage the emergence of a tolerant "French Islam"
VÉNISSIEUX, France, April 23 — This town's largest mosque is temporarily leaderless, its chief cleric having been expelled from France last week for advocating wife beating, stoning and other medieval Islamic views at odds with the principles of the modern French state.

The cleric, Abdelkader Bouziane, was the fifth cleric expelled from France this year on charges of spreading a dangerously divisive brand of radical Islam. The country has kicked out dozens since 2001. . . .

Part of the problem is a dearth of domestically trained clerics to lead congregations of European-born Muslims. As a result, mosques like that in Vénissieux often have to rely on imported imams or self-proclaimed clerics who espouse fundamentalist beliefs that grate against Europe's more tolerant societies. . . .

Mr. de Villepin said last week that France would have to help Muslims to train moderate prayer leaders here to encourage the emergence of a tolerant "French Islam." The country's government-sponsored Muslim Council is working on a training program but says it needs state aid. Any government move to support such a program, however, faces huge obstacles because of France's strict laws barring the state from meddling in religion.
If you make it to the final paragraph, you are rewarded with this enlightening tidbit:
In the housing projects near Mr. Bouziane's mosque, a young man with a closely cropped beard said he thought that the cleric had done nothing wrong. "If my wife cheats on me, I have the right to correct her," he said, "and not just with a slap on the bottom, but with a gunshot."

New report: Freedom of the press declined in 2003

In the Middle East, only Israel has a FREE Press
NEW YORK, April 28, 2004 – Press freedom suffered a substantial worldwide decline in 2003, according to a major study released today by Freedom House.

Legal harassment, political pressure, and violence by state and non-state actors against journalists combined to worsen conditions in many countries, resulting in the second consecutive year of a global decline in freedom for news media.

The study, Freedom of the Press 2004: A Global Survey of Media Independence, revealed that some of the most serious setbacks took place in countries where democracy is backsliding, such as in Bolivia and Russia, and in older, established democracies, most notably Italy.

The report was released in advance of World Press Freedom Day, which takes place May 3.

Data from the report is available online at www.freedomhouse.org/research/pressurvey.htm

The survey assesses the degree of print, broadcast, and Internet freedom in every country in the world and assigns to each a category rating of Free, Partly Free, or Not Free. It analyzes events during the calendar year 2003.
Regional Trends / Middle East & North Africa:

Of the 19 Middle Eastern and North African countries, only one (5%), Israel, is rated Free. One country (5%), Kuwait is Partly Free, while 17 (90%) are Not Free. In 2003, Morocco slipped over the cusp to Not Free, primarily as a result of restrictive anti-terrorist legislation and a legal crackdown on critical media voices. The Middle East is the only region with an average rating of Not Free.

These guys will get the houses and farms of the Jews in Gaza?


Masked Fatah militants show their support to
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a rally
in Gaza City.(AFP/Mohammed Abed)
MAYBE NOT . . .


Sharon's Party May Reject Plan:

MALEH ADUMIM, West Bank, April 29 -- Four separate public opinion surveys published Thursday reported growing opposition within the Likud Party of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to his plan to withdraw Jewish settlers and Israeli soldiers from the Gaza Strip.

A poll of Likud members published April 15 in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper showed supporters of what Sharon has called his disengagement plan holding a 22 percentage-point lead over opponents.

But the polls published Thursday revealed a marked shift. A poll published by the same newspaper showed 47 percent of Likud members who were questioned opposed the plan and 39 percent favored it; one by Maariv, another daily paper, showed 45 percent opposed and 42 percent in favor; Israel Radio's poll had 47 percent against and 43 in favor; and the Haaretz newspaper's poll registered 43 percent against and 36 in favor.

The campaign against the initiative is being waged by such Likud activists as Gidon Ariel, working from his apartment here in the West Bank's largest Jewish settlement. He updates a database listing which party members support and oppose Sharon's plan -- while dozens of like-minded activists are pounding the pavement and working the phones, arguing, cajoling and pleading with party members to vote no.

Ariel said he and others began mobilizing against Sharon's plan from the moment it was announced, seeing it as a dangerous precedent that could lead to the abandonment of West Bank settlements. Others opposing the pullout said they feared that Palestinians would see the Gaza evacuation as proof that terrorism pays.

"It's the coercive expulsion of more than 7,000 people from their homes," Ariel said, referring to the Jewish settlers in Gaza, noting that some had lived there for 30 years.



Jewish children of Gaza help to make salad of Gush Katif produce

Two Democrats from 9/11 Commission
walk out on the President's testimony

Drudge Report: President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney answered every question on Thursday from the panel investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, a meeting that both the White House and the 9/11 commission had billed as historic.

The Oval Office session began at 9:30 a.m. and ended at 12:40 p.m., but two Democrat commission members -- Lee Hamilton, the vice chairman, and Bob Kerrey -- walked out before it was over!

The stunning walk out -- after Democrats had complained that Bush was not alloting enough time for questions -- has ignited talk throughout official Washington.

In a written statement, Kerrey said he left an hour early to attend a previously scheduled meeting with Senator Pete Domenici on Capitol Hill.

Kerrey: "My office has received several calls asking why I left the White House prior to the conclusion of the session with the President and the Vice President. The reason is I had a previously scheduled meeting with Senator Pete Domenici on Capitol Hill."

Kerrey explained to reporters: "Yeah, it's a little awkward to leave early. But the president certainly understood what we were doing."

Hamilton left Bush/Cheney 70 minutes early to meet with the Canadian Prime Minister.

National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
301 7th Street, SW
Room 5125
Washington, DC 20407

Tel: (202) 331-4060
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Email: info@9-11Commission.gov

It's Friday, and that means Krauthammer

A NEXT STEP FOR ISRAEL?

Anti-Semitism, once just a European disease, has gone global. The outgoing prime minister of Malaysia gets a standing ovation from leaders of 57 Islamic countries when he calls upon them to rise up against the Jewish conspiracy to control the world. The French ambassador to London tells dinner party guests that Israel is a "s--tty little country ... why should the world be in danger of World War III because of those people?''

Ah, those people. Kofi Annan's personal representative in Iraq now singles out the policies of the world's one Jewish state -- and only democratic state in the Middle East -- as "the great poison in the region.''

It is in this kind of atmosphere that Israel offers unilateral withdrawal from Gaza -- uprooting 7,000 Jews, turning over to the Palestinians 21 settlements with their extensive infrastructure intact and creating the first independent Palestinian territory in history -- and is almost universally attacked.

Moreover, and much overlooked, Israel will also evacuate four small West Bank settlements, which creates extensive Palestinian territorial contiguity throughout the northern half of the West Bank.

The Arabs have variously denounced this as Israeli unilateralism, a departure from the "road map'' and a ruse and a plot. The craven Europeans have duly followed suit. And when Tony Blair defied the mob by expressing support for the plan, he was rewarded with a letter from 52 Arabist ex-diplomats denouncing him.

This Nuremberg atmosphere has reached the point where if Israel were to announce today that it intends to live for at least another year, the U.N. Security Council would convene on a resolution denouncing Israeli arrogance and unilateralism, and the U.S. would have to veto it. Only Britain would have the decency to abstain.

Continue . . .
Thank you, Charles.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Likud decides on Israel's soul

by Michael Freund
Jerusalem Post, April 27, 2004

For a nation that rightly prides itself on its humane treatment of its enemies, Israel needs to start taking a long, hard look at how it treats its own citizens.

This coming Sunday, the fate of some 8,000 Jews will hang in the balance, when members of the Likud cast their ballots on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's proposal to withdraw from Gaza and northern Samaria.

It is a vote laden with significance, in political as well as diplomatic and strategic terms, one whose outcome will have far-reaching repercussions, both locally and on the international scene.

But amid all the debate and discussion regarding the various aspects of Sharon's proposal, there is one key question that has been largely ignored: What kind of society is Israel becoming?

After all, it is not every day that a liberal Western democracy considers the mass expulsion of thousands of its citizens from their homes, barring them from living in a certain area because of their ethnicity and religion. Nor does it happen very often that an entire community finds its right to exist called into question, thereby implying that it is somehow less legitimate or less equal than others.

Put aside for a moment your thoughts about the wisdom of Jews living in Gaza, and consider this: What does it say about a society when it is willing to countenance the forcible eviction of Jews?

And how does such a possibility mesh with the age-old vision of Zionism, or the modern day conception of the individual's right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"?

The vote this Sunday, then, is more than just a referendum on Jews living in Gush Katif. It is a vote for Israel's soul, a fateful verdict on the nature of what Israeli society and morality have become, and what they wish to be.

Because deep down, we all know that if Gaza's Jews were Palestinians, this would never be happening.

Indeed, if a government in Israel arose which sought to put the question of evicting Arabs up to a vote, it would rightly be denounced as racist and immoral.

But when it comes to Jews, it seems that a double standard is too often applied.

Take, for example, the issue of prayer on the Temple Mount. Week in and week out, thousands of Palestinians stream to Jerusalem's Old City for Friday prayers. Yet Jews who wish to do the same, tax-paying citizens of this country, who seek to exercise their basic right to freedom of worship, are subjected to all sorts of restrictions and limitations.

When Palestinians suspected of terrorism are placed into administrative detention, the defenders of freedom and human rights raise a hue and a cry, denouncing the government for resorting to extra-judicial means.

And yet, when the very same tool is used against a Jewish settler, an Israeli citizen ostensibly safeguarded by all the rights and protections that civil society affords him, the voices of concern suddenly fall silent.

THE OBSESSION in certain circles with ensuring Palestinian rights has inevitably led to a lack of resolve when it comes to protecting Jewish rights. Indeed, although the Left likes to assert that the "occupation" is corrupting Israel's soul, the only thing that has truly been tarnished is Israel's treatment of its own citizens.

And so, because Jews are not Palestinians, the government feels free to do things to them that it would never even consider doing to our foes.
Sad, sick and very true. Read the rest.


And see too what Sharon is saying, as the polls are starting to show him losing the Likud ballot: Sharon warns of perils of rejecting Gaza plan:
He predicted victory, but also warned hardline party members, many of whom oppose the proposed Gaza withdrawal, that a defeat could topple the Likud-led government.

"You cannot be for me but against the plan I am spearheading. Whoever believes in me must vote for the disengagement plan," he told Israel's Army Radio.

"Otherwise it will be a victory for Arafat and Hamas
and will ultimately bring about Likud's downfall," he added. . . .

Sharon's camp had seen victory as a foregone conclusion after President Bush endorsed the plan. . . But an Israel Radio poll on Thursday showed 51 percent of the Likud against a pullout and 39 percent in favor, Sharon's worst showing since introducing the initiative.


An Israeli woman walks past a poster advertising the upcoming Likud
party referendum, which reads in Hebrew, 'Love you Sharon, voting
against the disengagement plan' in Jerusalem April 29, 2004.
(Reinhard Krause/Reuters)

YELLOW BADGE

From Wikipedia

A mandatory mark or a piece of cloth of specific geometric shape, worn on the outer garment in order to distinguish a person of certain religion or ethnicity in public. Yellow badge is traditionally associated with persecution of Jews. In some countries badge was accompanied or replaced by identifying garb or hat. In the Middle Ages clothes worn by different groups of people were regulated by law.
Brief history

717 Caliph Omar II orders both Jews and Christians to wear a distinguishing mark.

807 Persia Abbassid Caliph Harun al-Rashid orders Jews to wear yellow belt, blue for Christians.

853 Caliph Al-Mutavallil of Persia issues a yellow badge edict.

1005 Fatimid Caliph Al-Hakim orders Jews of Egypt and the Land of Israel to wear bells on their garments and "golden calf" (made of wood) around the neck. In 1301, they were obliged to wear yellow turbans.

1215 Fourth Lateran Council headed by Pope Innocent III declares: "Jews and Saracens of both sexes in every Christian province and at all times shall be marked off in the eyes of the public from other peoples through the character of their dress." (Canon 68)

1219 Pope Honorius III issues a dispensation to the Jews of Castile.

1222 Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton orders English Jews to wear white band, later changed to yellow.

1228 James I orders Jews of Aragon to wear it.

1267 In a special session, the Vienna city council forces Jews to wear Pileum cornutum (a cone-shaped head dress, prevalent in many medieval illustrations of Jews). This distinctive dress is an additon to yellow badge Jews were already forced to wear.

1269 France June 19. St. Louis IX of France ordered all Jews found in public without a badge (AKA rouelle or roue) to be fined ten livres of silver.

1274 Edward I of England enforces the decree. The badge was a piece of yellow cloth in the shape of the Tablets of the Law which had to be worn above the heart by every Jew over the age of 7.

1294 Erfurt: The earliest mention of the badge in Germany.

1315-1326 Emir Ismael Abu-I-Walid forces the Jews of Granada to wear the yellow badge.

1321 Henry II of Castile forces the Jews to wear the yellow badge.

1415 Bull of the Avignon Pope Benedict XIII insists the Jews to wear a yellow and red badge, the men on their breast, the women on their forehead.

1434 Emperor Sigismund reintroduces the badge at Augsburg.

1528 The municipal board of Venice allows famous physician and professor Jacob Mantino ben Samuel to wear the regular black doctors' cap instead of Jewish yellow hat for two months (period extended later), upon the recommendation of the French and English ambassadors, the papal legate, and other dignitaries numbered among his patients.

1555 Pope Paul IV decrees that the Jews should wear yellow hats.

1566 King Sigismund II passes a law that required Lithuanian Jews to wear yellow hats and head coverings. The law was abolished 20 years later.


Yellow badge also appeared in the German regulations during Nazi regime. It was then a part of the plan of Holocaust and motivated by anti-Semitism.

1933-1945 During the Holocaust, Nazi regime forced Jews in some occupied countries to wear identifying mark under threat of death. There was no consistent requirements across Europe as to color and shape: from white armband to yellow Star of David badge.

1940 The Danes undertake heroic efforts to shelter their Jews and help them escape from the Nazis to Sweden. A popular legend portrays king Christian X of Denmark wearing an armband as he makes his daily morning horseback ride through the streets of Copenhagen, followed by non-Jewish Danes responding to their king's example, thus preventing the Germans from identifying Jewish citizens and rendering the Nazi order ineffective.

In the book Queen in Denmark (by Anne Wolden-Ræthinge) the Queen Margrethe II of Denmark says about the legend: "It is a beautiful and symbolic story, but it is not true. The myth about the King wearing the star of David... To me, the truth is an even greater honor for our country than the myth."
Not true?! WHAT?

And what does she mean, "the truth is an even greater honor"?

ISRAELI STUDENT FOUND!


A few hours ago, Shaul Gor Ziv was found in New York City where he has been staying, apparently, for the past week. He is now meeting with people from NY Society for the Deaf -- Jewish Deaf Services, people from the Jewish community in NY, and his father and brother. He is safe and reasonably well.

Thank you so much for your caring and concern. We never would have found him without the major effort put forth by people in the Jewish and Deaf communities, and our wonderful network of friends.

Haggith, Shaul's mother, is incredibly grateful for everyone's help and support during such a difficult time.

PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO ANY INDIVIDUALS OR LISTSERVS YOU MIGHT HAVE PREVIOUSLY CONTACTED ABOUT SHAUL'S DISAPPEARANCE. JUST AS IT WAS IMPORTANT TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT HIS DISAPPEARANCE, IT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO LET PEOPLE KNOW HE HAS BEEN FOUND.

Paula E. Tucker, Ed.S.
Director, Gallaudet University Hillel
800 Florida Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-651-5049 v/t

Letter in today's Daily Camera accuses local Zionists of "promoting ethnic cleansing"


Everyone must have known that Raz 's letter would provoke a response, but Leslie Lomas gets pretty outrageous.
The rabbi didn't use that phrase, but advocated the forcible expulsion of all Palestinians from the Occupied Territories. I call that ethnic cleansing.

The writer says this out of one side of her mouth, while advocating the forcible expulsion of Jews out of the other:

See this ad placed in the Daily Camera Nov. 24, 2002, where Lomas's organization, as well as Lomas personally, publicly stated that
"Steps to peace should include: 1) Israel's withdrawal from the Occupied Territories, including evacuation of the settlements;"

Somebody should ask this lady how she can claim both: that expelling Arabs would constitute "ethnic cleansing," yet expelling Jews would be a "step to peace."


UPDATE: I missed it, but Esther Sarah points out this letter in yesterday's Camera which slams Rabbi Shifren as being "fanatic," advocating "ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people as 'the will of Gd,' " and for not presenting "an objective perspective" - while Chernut, he says, "demonstrated courage." The writer, who describes himself as "a Palestinian," lives in Louisville.

CNN loss is Arab gain

Reporter to wed Jordanian prince

CNN reporter Rym Brahimi (R) told AFP she had quit her job after her engagement last week to Jordan's Prince Ali (L), a half brother of King Abdullah II.(AFP/HO/File/Yussef Allan)


AMMAN (AFP) - CNN reporter Rym Brahimi told AFP she had quit her job after her engagement last week to Jordan's Prince Ali, a half brother of King Abdullah II.

"Yes, I can confirm that I resigned because of conflict of interest," after the Friday engagement in Paris, said Brahimi, the daughter of the UN special envoy to Iraq Lakhdar Brahimi.

She said, however, that she will be working in Jordan as journalist for al Jazeerah although she did not elaborate.

"I will be working here soon, as I found another niche and in journalism of course," said Brahimi who had been working for CNN for the past six years in such hot spots as Iraq.

King Abdullah attended the private engagement, and the royal court said a wedding date has been set for September 7.

The Bush Letter(s)

Israel got one, so now King Abdullah (Jordan), Saudi Arabia and the Palestinians all want one too
Haaretz: Also Wednesday, the U.S. administration moved to soothe Israeli fears in the wake of reports that Washington intended to send a letter of assurance to Jordan to "balance" the letter President George W. Bush sent to Sharon detailing his commitments regarding the disengagement.

Bush provided Sharon with the document during their White House meeting two weeks ago.

Senior White House officials spoke with Israeli Ambassador to Washington Daniel Ayalon on Wednesday, to clarify that Bush does not intend to renege on the commitments he granted to Sharon, despite Jordanian and Palestinian pressure. The U.S. has informed Israel it will have to make a "corrective" move toward its European allies and the Arabs, but that it will under no circumstances renege on its promises to Sharon.

"The president's commitments to Israel, detailed in the letter to the prime minister, are valid and binding as they are written and are clear and to everyone," said a statement released by the Israeli Embassy in Washington following the meeting between Ayalon and the White House officials.

Reports that the American administration is inclined to present King Abdullah with a "balancing message" to the letter of commitment that Bush presented to Sharon have reached Jerusalem over the past few days. The monarch is due to visit Washington on May 6.

Bush is considering giving written assurances to Abdullah that the issues of settlements and the Palestinian refugees will be decided in negotiations between the two sides, the Reuters news agency reported.

The Jordanians had requested a letter of this nature in talks with American officials, but when it met with opposition, they decided that Abdullah would postpone his visit to the American capital until after Sunday's Likud vote on Sharon's disengagement plan.

Similar letters have been requested from the Americans by Saudi Arabia and the Palestinians.


Jordan's King Abdullah (L) welcomes Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed
Qurie on his arrival at the Royal Palace in Amman, April 28, 2004.
REUTERS/Yousef Allan

Jordan's King Abdullah told visiting Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia Wednesday that Israel's planned pullout from the Gaza Strip should be part of a "total Israeli withdrawal" from all Palestinian areas, said a statement from the royal court.

Connect the Dots

Madrid Suspect Indicted on 9/11 Charges
Europe AP: A Moroccan sought in connection with last month's Madrid train bombings was indicted Wednesday on charges of helping plan the Sept. 11 attacks.

Amer Azizi helped organize a meeting in northeast Spain in July 2001 that key plotters in the U.S. attacks, including suspect suicide pilot Mohamed Atta, used to finalize details, Judge Baltasar Garzon said. Azizi provided lodging for people who attended the July 2001 meeting in the Tarragona region of Spain and acted as a courier, passing on messages between plotters, Garzon said in the indictment.

The new indictment is based on information provided by authorities in Britain, Turkey, and the U.S.

Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen, remains the only person charged in the United States as a conspirator in the Sept. 11 attacks. Moussaoui, who is awaiting trial in Virginia, has admitted belonging to al-Qaida but denied he was part of the terror plot.

Earlier this month, the only Sept. 11 suspect ever convicted walked out of a German jail less than 2 1/2 years into his 15-year sentence after judges ruled the evidence was too weak to hold him pending a retrial.

Mounir el Motassadeq, a 30-year-old Moroccan, was convicted on more than 3,000 counts of accessory to murder and membership in a terrorist organization. But that conviction was overturned last month by a German court.
See also UK/AFP: Police free last of Manchester terror suspects.

Israeli survives Arab shooting attack near Nablus

Maariv: Yael Zar was driving home on the road bypassing Nablus on Wednesday night when Palestinians opened fire at her car. A few bullets hit the vehicle but Zar was unhurt.

"I thought stones were being thrown at the car," Zar recalled. "[When] I came across an IDF jeep...the soldiers shone their searchlight at the car and showed me bullet holes in the wheel and door."

On March 29, 2001, Yael's son Gilad Zar, the Samaria regional council's security officer, was shot dead on that very same road.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

U.S. State Department issues warning not to travel to Israel

Warns Americans to leave Gaza immediately
AFP: WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States warned US citizens to avoid all travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories and renewed appeals for Americans to leave the Gaza Strip immediately, citing terrorist threats stemming from Israel's killing of two militant Palestinian leaders.

The State Department updated an existing March 23 travel warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza issued the day Israel assassinated Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin to include threats to avenge the April 17 killing of his successor, Abdelaziz Rantissi.

"In the aftermath of the killings of two Hamas leaders by Israel in less than a month, statements have been made by some Hamas elements and other terrorist groups threatening revenge against US interests, which could include kidnappings," it said in a statement.

"The Department of State warns US citizens to depart Gaza immediately and to defer travel to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza due to current safety and security concerns," it said.

Although the department said it had no indication that the threats would actually "be carried out at this time," it stressed that the security situation throughout Israel and the Palestinian territories remained highly unstable.

Imshin: Terrorism is Cancer

If we are gentle to cancer, if we say, ‘We should give our cancer love and compassion, and then it will change its mind and go away’, then our cancer will laugh in our faces. This victim is an easy one, it will scorn.

To survive cancer we must be very strong and determined. To survive cancer we must inflict unspeakable agony on ourselves. Sometimes, we have to cut out parts of our bodies. Other times, we have to pour poison inside us, again and again. Often, we must destroy parts of our body that are not cancerous, just because they happen to be adjacent to parts of us that are. We have no choice but to be very cruel.

The alternative is to endure slow torture, a hell on earth, followed by annihilation.

And if you think that is good, her post yesterday, Dear Amanda, is one of the most exquisite things I've ever read about Israel. Please go read it in full.

If I were Amanda, I would be very grateful to have (apparently) provoked this . . .
On both sides of this conflict there are people, Amanda, real people. No one asked the Native Americans how they felt about the establishment of the United States of America; no one asked the people of Andalusia in Spain how they felt about the Muslim invaders in the Middle Ages, and no one asked them how they felt about the Christians who came after, with their cruel Inquisition.

No one asked the Jews of Poland if they would prefer to die of starvation in Warsaw Ghetto or in the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

Four Wounded as Israel Thwarts Major Car Bomb


An Israeli soldier searches a damaged Israeli army vehicle
after a thwarted car bomb attack by Palestinian militants
near the Jewish settlement of Kfar Darom in Gaza Strip
April 28, 2004. (Gadi Kabalo/Reuters)

GAZA (Reuters) - A Palestinian suicide car-bomber hurt four Israeli soldiers who stopped him reaching his target in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. . .

Soldiers opened fire at a suspicious jeep speeding toward the settlement of Kfar Darom shortly after dawn on Wednesday. Moments later the jeep, marked with an Israeli flag, exploded killing the driver. Four Israeli soldiers were wounded.

"We succeeded at preventing what could have been a deadly attack," field commander Lieutenant Colonel Tomer Golan told Reuters.

Claiming responsibility, Hamas identified the bomber as Tareq Hmaid, a 24-year-old member of its Izz-el-Deen al-Qassam armed-wing -- which has vowed bloody revenge for Israel's assassination of top leaders of the militant Islamic group.

"Tareq's operation was only a reaction to the terrorist attacks by the Zionist occupiers," said the bomber's father, Diab Hmaid. The car contained 550 pounds of explosives, Hamas said.

This story is not getting a lot of play in the media. They're MUCH more interested in the fact that Sari Nusseibeh was briefly arrested.

DEBKA Analysis: Al Qaeda Terror Ring Draws Closer to Israel

"The threat of non-conventional warfare hangs more palpably over the Middle East now than ever before"

Yes, DEBKA reads like a spy novel, but the thinking is outside the box to which we are accustomed, and there is lots of good information here. Recommended.
April 28, 2004

The partial reports filtering out of Damascus indicate that the large-scale terrorist attack carried out Tuesday night, April 27, in the al Maza diplomatic quarter of the Syrian capital - a simultaneous car bomb, machine gun, grenade, rocket assault on several targets that set UN offices on fire and singled out the Canadian embassy - has brought the encroaching global terror warfront dangerously close to Israel.

Earlier on the same day, the new Saudi network leader, Abdulaziz al-Muqrin, on a newly-released audio tape threatened fiercer than ever attacks this year against "the Jews, the Americans and the Crusaders." He promised that Saudi Arabia would not be able to protect US interests. But "the Jews" topped his list of targets.

The Damascus assault by mixed bombing-shooting teams recalls al Qaeda's pattern of attack in most of the strikes it has carried out in the Saudi capital of Riyadh since May 2003. If al Qaeda was indeed behind the Damascus raid, its Tehran-based commanders are clearly in the process of further stretching their warfront across the Middle East into a fresh theatre, adding Syria to its bases of operations. While the Americans focus on their war against insurgents in Iraq and the Israelis are caught up in fighting Palestinian terrorists, al Qaeda is drawing a ring of fire around both.

Monday night, April 26, Jordanian TV aired the confessions of captured al Qaeda-linked terrorists, including Syrians, saying they had planned a chemical attack on Jordanian intelligence and US embassy in Amman. Jordanian security reported trucks seized with 20 tons of toxic chemicals that could have killed 80,000.



DEBKAfile reported earlier this month, that this attack was directed equally against targets in Amman and the Adam Bridge gateway from Jordan into Israel.

Al Qaeda's order of action this month shows a certain logic in terrorist terms:
first, the chemical weapons attack that was foiled by Jordan,

followed by the bombing of Saudi General Intelligence headquarters that wrecked the kingdom's counter-terror nerve center in Riyadh,

then the homicidal speedboat bombers that aimed to sever Iraq's main oil exporting route at Basra offshore terminal and,

three days later, the attack on foreign missions in Damascus, including UN offices and the Canadian embassy.
The sound of these blasts was still reverberating around the Syrian capital Tuesday night, when Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN secretary's special envoy to Iraq, stood before the UN Security Council in New York and emphasized the importance of sticking to the June 30 handover deadline in Iraq. Brahimi is determined to get a caretaker government up and running in Baghdad before that date; Al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents are equally bent on frustrating his effort.

The Damascus attack alarms in Israel on two scores:
1. The ease with which al Qaeda's cells and killers pass through borders and move across the Middle East at will, striking from operations centers uncomfortably close to Israel's borders in Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

2. It is feared that they will next attempt to infiltrate Israel from several directions at once.
The following passage from an article published by DEBKA-Net-Weekly 153 sheds new light on al Qaeda's current mode of operation:

Al Qaeda's new methods were exposed by two earlier events this month - a suicide bombing that destroyed the heavily secured, seven-floor Saudi General Security headquarters on Riyadh's al-Washm Street on Wednesday, April 21, and the raid a day earlier by Jordanian security forces on a villa in Amman's affluent Upper Hashami neighborhood. In the second event, the Jordanian squad made two astonishing discoveries. One was that they had seized a section of a terrorist ring bent on a chemical weapons attack. The other was the first Iraqi cell known to be working for al Qaeda.

The threat of non-conventional warfare hangs more palpably over the Middle East now than ever before. So too does the very real menace to the royal houses of Saudi Arabia and Jordan. It is now clear that al Qaeda or its surrogates have infiltrated Saudi and Jordanian intelligence and counter-terror agencies to a degree that imperils the two thrones.

Read it all - DEBKA's strength is in the detail:
. . . The grave breach discovered in his capital and his security and intelligence services was the real reason why King Abdullah called off his trip to Washington at the last minute, rather than affront at what his spokesmen claimed was President George W. Bush's retraction of the Middle East "road map."

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

URGENT: MISSING Israeli Gallaudet Student



An Israeli student, Shaul Gor Ziv, is missing and last seen in the DC area. He is deaf. We are being asked to disseminate this far and wide. Please do your best!

Shaul Gor Ziv was last seen at Gallaudet University on Wednesday, April 21, 2004. He has not been seen since then, and has not responded to email or IM messages.

He is a freshman from Israel at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. He is 6'2" tall, thin build, with dark brown hair and eyes. He is deaf and wears a hearing aid. He communicates through sign language and writing.

If you have seen him, please contact his mother or the DC police:
(We may have the numbers mixed up so keep trying if you have any information which might help find Shaul)

Haggith (Shaul's mother) 301-589-4274
DC police (202)727-4510
Missing person (#054419) (202) 215-7657

haggith_gor@smkb.ac.il

Paula Tucker
240-481-5224
pet@tmail.com
Our prayers are for this young man's safe return.

Did you hear the one about the two Palestinian muggers who tried to rob a suicide bomber?

I haven't been able to blog today because the home front is overwhelming, but I just read this at LGF, and I can't not pass it along.
From Ireland On-Line:

A Hamas suicide bomber blew up two armed Palestinians who tried to rob him at gun point in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas claimed the “stickup men” worked for Israeli intelligence, while Palestinian security forces said the two were ordinary thieves.

Rather than give up his explosives, the bomber detonated them, killing himself and the two robbers near the border fence between Gaza and Israel.

Palestinian security officials said the the gunmen were criminals who were involved in a car theft ring that brought stolen vehicles from Israel to Gaza.

Hamas said the bomber was on his way to try to infiltrate into Israel, accompanied by another Hamas member and a guide, when they were stopped by the armed men.

The robbers forced the bomber to lie on the ground and tried to steal the bomb, but the militant detonated it, killing all three. The other Hamas man and the guide escaped.

There have been cases of rival groups stealing each other’s explosives, but no group claimed the two gunmen, and their families did not go to the hospital to take the bodies, indicating that the two were not militants, who are revered in Palestinian society.

A Hamas official said that whatever their intention, the two should be considered agents of Israel.

“Anyone who tries to stop a fighter from doing his work is a collaborator,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Israeli military officials said one of the dead was Ashraf Nafa, 21, the Hamas leader in Tulkarem. The other was Amjad Amra, 21, from the Islamic Jihad group. The officials said both had links to Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas and planned attacks against Israelis.
I guess this is the punch line:
The wounded man, a member of Hamas, was taken to an Israeli hospital.

Happy (Re)Birthday, Israel!





Israel Insider launches Israel's story in maps

As Israel celebrates its 56th birthday, Israel Insider is proud to present the most comprehensive digital cartographic collection telling the story of the Jewish People's 3000-year connection to this Land and their struggle to create and defend their State. Israel's Story in Maps comprises more than 70 Flash maps and charts as well as printable high-resolution PDF files.

Originally commissioned by Israel's Foreign Ministry, the collection, continually updated, represents an unparalleled resource for grasping the historical and geographical perspective on the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel. A significant portion of the maps and graphs are presented free for all, online, while the full collection is available for a nominal fee, either online or on CD.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Kudos to Phil Lucas at the Panama City (FL) News Herald

Up against fanaticism
by Phil Lucas, Executive Editor


April 4, 2004

If straight talk of savagery offends you, if you believe in ethnic and gender diversity but not diversity of thought or if you think there is an acceptable gray area between good and evil, then turn to the funny pages, and take the children, too.

This piece is not for you.

We published pictures Thursday of burnt American corpses hanging from an Iraqi bridge behind a mob of grinning Muslims.

Some readers didn’t like it.

Mothers said it frightened their children. A woman who works with Muslim physicians thought it might offend or endanger them.

Well, we sure don’t want to frighten, offend or endanger anybody, do we? That’s just too much diversity to handle. I mean, somebody might get hurt.

We could fill the newspaper every morning with mobs of fanatical Muslims. They can’t get along with their neighbors on much of the planet: France, Chechnya, Bosnia, Indonesia, Spain, Morocco, India, Tunisia, Somalia, etc. etc. etc. Can anybody name three ongoing world conflicts in which Muslims are not involved? Today, where there is war, there are fanatical Muslims. We might quibble about who started what conflicts, but look at the sheer number of them.

One thing is sure. Muslim killers started the one we are in now when they slaughtered more than 3,000 people, including fellow Muslims, in New York City.

Madeline Albright, the former secretary of state and feckless appeaser who helped get us into this mess, said last week Muslims still resented the Crusades. Well, Madame Albright, if Westerners were not such a forgiving people, we might resent them too.

Let’s recap the Crusades. Muslims invaded Europe and when they reached sufficient numbers they imposed their intolerant religion upon Westerners by force. Christian monarchs drove them back and took the battle to their homeland. The fight lasted a couple of centuries, and we bottled them up for 1,000 years.

Now, a millennium later, Muslims have expanded forth again. Ask France. Ask England. Ask Manhattan. Two-and-a-half years ago fanatical Muslims laid siege to us. We woke up to the obvious. Our president announced it would be a very long war, then took the battle to the Islamic homeland. Sound familiar?

Let’s consider the concept of a “long war.” Last time it was 200 years, give or take.

Anybody catch Lord of the Rings? You know, the good part, the part that wasn’t fiction, the part that drew us to the books and movies because it was the truest part: the titanic struggle between good and evil, between freedom and enslavement, between the individual and the state, between the celebration of life and the worshipping of death.

That’s the fight we are in, and it never ends. It just has peaks and valleys.

Read it all.
And thank Mr. Lucas here, if you care to.

Bush - Kerry Poll Numbers

DANEgerus has some interesting FoxNews poll numbers -
38% of Kerry supporters back him because he's "Not Bush"
Wow.

Along these same lines, half a million (or more) protestors rallied and marched on the Mall in Washington Sunday, to object to "erosion of reproductive freedoms" under the Bush administration. Did they outlaw abortion, and no one told me?
. . . Gloria Steinem accused Bush of squandering international good will and taking positions so socially conservative that he seems -- according to Steinem -- to be in league with the likes of Muslim extremists or the Vatican.

I became a devoted feminist back in the 70s, but I swear, I don't know what these people are talking about; no one says anything specific. I don't get it, and I find Steinem's comparisons irresponsible in the extreme. Bush-hatred run amok. again.

Israel Today

Haaretz: Israel's population has climbed to 6.78 million people on the eve of the country's 56th Independence Day, 8.4 times more people than at the first Independence Day in 1948.

Of Israel's population, some 81 percent are Jewish, while 19 percent are Arab. Of the country's Jewish citizens, 66 percent were born in Israel, and 34 percent were born abroad. In 1948, the numbers were reversed, with only 35 percent of Jews born in the country.

Jerusalem is the largest city, with 692,000 residents - 464,000 Jewish and 228,000 Arab.

Some 30 percent of Israel's population, or 1.5 million people, were born in Israel to a family in which the father was born in Israel, and 1.2 million people were born in Israel to a father born in the former Soviet Union. Morocco is the country of origin of about 500,000 Israelis, another 245,000 are from Iraq, 240,000 are from Romania, and 220,000 are from Poland.

Since last Independence Day, some 144,000 babies were born in Israel and 21,000 immigrants came to the country. Slightly more than half of this year's immigrants hail from the former Soviet Union, 2,600 are from Ethiopia, 1,800 are from France, 1,600 are from the United States, and 1,200 are from Argentina.

Remembrance Day




On the day Israel commemorates Memorial Day for its
fallen soldiers, comrades, one of them wounded in the
same attack against border police officer Yaniv Mashiah,
cry during Mashiah funeral in the Holon cementery in
Tel Aviv Monday April 26, 2004. Mashiah was killed late
Sunday by Palestinian militants
in a shooting attack
near the West Bank town of Hebron. (AP Photo/Yossi Aloni)


Ariel Sharon Speaks at the Memorial Service
for Israel's Fallen Soldiers



Dear Families,

Soon darkness will fall, the siren will sound. The State of Israel will
unite and remember it's fallen, its heroes. It seems that on this day,
Israel's Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers, more than any other day, the
feelings of internal unity, national solidarity and our sharing in the grief
of the bereaved families is genuine and profound. The gates of our hearts
open on this one day in humility, pain and eternal gratitude.



For you as well, members of bereaved families, Remembrance Day is not like
other days, although all your days and nights are filled with memories and
sorrow. On this one day, more than any other day, you are enveloped by
feelings of fellowship and mutual destiny. More than any other time, on this
day you are not alone in your grief.



Your loved ones who fell are the beloved of the entire nation. The pennant
of heroism on which their names are engraved is the central pillar in
building the State of Israel. It is the basis for its establishment, and
since then we have leaned on it for our existence and security. Devotion,
valor and supreme sacrifice are not slogans or figures of speech. Whoever
led warriors in the most difficult of battles, whoever saw them charge in
the face of heavy bombardment, whoever watched them overcome obstacles over
water and landmine fields under lethal shelling, whoever felt their pain
over a fallen comrade and saw them wipe away a tear and go on, dress their
wounds and return to the line of battle - whoever was witness to all this
will cherish the soldiers and commanders, the warrior spirit, until their
dying day.



The following lines by Natan Alterman about warriors at the end of a battle
depict this reality:
".. tired to no end, denied of repose --
wearers of grit and gear and heavy shoes ---
they did not change clothes, did not clean with water yet
the tracks of the day of hard labor and the night of the front line.."


We will lower our flags in their honor today, and you, our sisters and
brothers from the bereaved families, we embrace with love, and we will
strengthen your hands to help you bear your burden of sorrow. We will work
and do all we can to be worthy of the pure virtue of the sacrifice made by
the fallen, in order to establish our society on the foundation of equality
and justice, and so that we can imbue our homes and borders with security
and peace.



We will not wait and we will not delay, we will not allow others to
determine our destiny. We will take the initiative and stride determinedly
and courageously forward, and will mold, with our own hands, a reality which
will coincide with the security and political interests which are so important to
us, and with our profound desire for peace. It is our duty to know we have
done everything so that the rows of headstones will not get any longer, so
that the beautiful among the flowers of our lives will no longer be plucked in
their prime.



May the memory of the fallen be engraved in our hearts
and the eternity of Israel.
From Naomi Ragen

On the radio, I heard a bereaved mother talking about the importance of memorial day. "For one day the whole country feels like I feel every day." It was important for people to call, to enquire, to comfort. To make those suffering from loss feel surrounded by a cocoon of warmth and love and solidarity, she said.

That is so hard, I thought. Because the last thing in the world you want to do is intrude on someone's private grief. But Memorial Day makes that grief public, giving all of us a chance to say: We live because your son, your daughter, your father, your brother, your sister gave their lives to guard and protect us. Our country continues to function because your grandmother, your little girl, took a bus, bought a pizza, sat in a park, and in so doing, lost
their lives to those who wish to take our country away from us. Too cowardly to fight our soldiers, they fight our old people, our babies.

When Memorial Day is over, we will dry our tears. We will go out into the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, our hearts still heavy with cumulative grief, and watch the fireworks. And little by little, we will start to smile again, to celebrate that our little country--our little miracle-- is 56 years old. And that, despite everything, we love her and wish her well and would give anything --anything--to protect and nurture her and her people, the bravest and most compassionate people in the world.

Happy Birthday Israel. God Bless the Jewish people, the People of Israel.
May He heal our wounds, and dry the tears from all faces.
Amen.

Arabs in Lebanon angered by UNRWA directive

Agency wants posters of Yassin and Rantisi removed from schools
The (Lebanon) Daily Star: The director general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Lebanon, Richard Cook, angered Palestinians in Lebanon when he recently requested that pictures of Palestinian leaders be torn down from UNRWA schools in northern Lebanon.

The decision caused serious discontent among the refugees in Sidon camps who said Cook was the first director general to take this decision, under the pretext of implementing UN resolutions and in a bid to prevent children getting accustomed to violence and terrorism.

The decision ordered the removal of pictures of Hamas leaders Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and Abdel-Aziz Rantissi, both recently killed by Israel, children throwing stones at Israeli forces and victory banners.

Popular Palestinian committees expressed their views in a two-hour meeting held by Cook at the UNRWA offices in Sidon, which saw heated debate. The committees chaired by Secretary General Abu Maqdah expressed surprise at the decision, when it was adopted by the UNRWA administration.

Abu Maqdah asked why the decision coincided with Palestinians' anger at the Yassin and Rantissi's assassination when Israeli forces, invading UNRWA institutions and schools in the Jenin camp, killing students and raising the Israeli flag instead of the UN's. Cook said that the UNRWA was incapable of deterring Israeli forces and added that the UNRWA administration was created to serve refugees.

Abu Maqdah conveyed to Cook the Palestinians' fears about the initiative and its political dimensions. He added that visiting schools wouldn't reduce the Palestinians' suffering, but increased assistance from the international community would.

Hamas' leader in Sidon, Abu Ahmad Fadl, stressed the importance of martyrs in Palestinians' lives, adding that schools constituted a center to educate students about their rights. Fadl said he hoped the international community's resolutions would bind Israel as well.
No sweat. I'm sure there will be no objection -from Israelis- to taking down all the posters of terrorists which adorn the walls of Israeli schools. You could probably consider it already done.



On the first day of school, September 2, 2001, Israeli
children dance under a sign that reads in Hebrew:
"Year of Peace and Security." The school is in the
Israeli neighborhood of Gilo, Jerusalem, which has
been a target of violence in the past.
Photo: AP/Wide World


To find that photo of Israeli schoolchildren, I searched Google Images for [Israeli + school]. After seven pages of wounded and suffering Arab children, this was the first image listed that showed Israeli children in school, but check out the original context of the photo, a Scholastic webpage for (American) teachers called "Life in the Middle East."



You can post your comments to Scholastic's Customer Service at this web page.

Spain criticizes Arafat Israel

for threatening Arafat
AlertNet, Alerting humanitarians to emergencies:

CASABLANCA, Morocco, April 24 (Reuters) - Spain's new prime minister on Saturday criticised Israeli threats against Yasser Arafat and pledged to work intensely for Middle East peace.

"I don't think certain threats, that undoubtedly contribute to intensifying the climate of tension...are the right way," Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told a news conference during a visit to Morocco.


Spain added its voice to international condemnation
of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's threat against
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.(AFP/File/Abbas Momani)

He was responding to a question about threats by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon against the Palestinian president. Sharon said on Israeli television this week he was no longer bound by a pledge not to harm Arafat.

A deepening Israeli-Palestinian conflict would have a negative effect on "many of the problems of security, peace, and understanding" in important regions of the world, he added.

AFP: "Like the north American administration and all our European partners, we do not consider these declarations opportune," said Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.

"Above all (they are) unlikely to promote a climate of dialogue and understanding," he added, saying Europe sees Arafat as "the elected president, voted for in the only democratic ballots which have taken place in Palestine."

Now that's a new twist: supporting Arafat = supporting democracy. Very creative.

JIHAD IN LONDON


Abu Hamza, a cleric, preaches
martyrdom outside a London
mosque. AFP-Getty

New York Times: LUTON, England, April 24 — The call to jihad is rising in the streets of Europe, and is being answered, counterterrorism officials say.

In this former industrial town north of London, a small group of young Britons whose parents emigrated from Pakistan after World War II have turned against their families' new home. They say they would like to see Prime Minister Tony Blair dead or deposed and an Islamic flag hanging outside No. 10 Downing Street.

They swear allegiance to Osama bin Laden and his goal of toppling Western democracies to establish an Islamic superstate under Shariah law, like Afghanistan under the Taliban. They call the Sept. 11 hijackers the "Magnificent 19" and regard the Madrid train bombings as a clever way to drive a wedge into Europe.

On Thursday evening, at a tennis center community hall in Slough, west of London, their leader, Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammad, spoke of his adherence to Osama bin Laden. If Europe fails to heed Mr. bin Laden's offer of a truce — provided that all foreign troops are withdrawn from Iraq in three months — Muslims will no longer be restrained from attacking the Western countries that play host to them, the sheik said.

"All Muslims of the West will be obliged," he said, to "become his sword" in a new battle. Europeans take heed, he added, saying, "It is foolish to fight people who want death — that is what they are looking for."

On working-class streets of old industrial towns like Crawley, Luton, Birmingham and Manchester, and in the Arab enclaves of Germany, France, Switzerland and other parts of Europe, intelligence officials say a fervor for militancy is intensifying and becoming more open.

. . . Some Muslim recruits are going to Iraq, counterterrorism officials in Europe say, but more are remaining home, possibly joining cells that could help with terror logistics or begin operations like the one that came to notice when the British police seized 1,200 pounds of ammonium nitrate, a key bomb ingredient, in late March, and arrested nine Pakistani-Britons, five of whom have been charged with trying to build a terrorist bomb.

Stoking that anger are some of the same fiery Islamic clerics who preached violence and martyrdom before the Sept. 11 attacks.

On Friday, Abu Hamza, the cleric accused of tutoring Richard Reid before he tried to blow up a Paris-to-Miami jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoe, urged a crowd of 200 outside his former Finsbury Park mosque to embrace death and the "culture of martyrdom."

. . . At a mosque in Geneva, an imam recently exhorted his followers to "impose the will of Islam on the godless society of the West."
See also Terror on the dole from the London Evening Standard:
"As far as I'm concerned, when they bomb London, the bigger the better," says Abdul Haq, the social worker. "I know it's going to happen because Sheikh bin Laden said so. Like Bali, like Turkey, like Madrid - I pray for it, I look forward to the day."

"Pass the brown sauce, brother," says Abu Malaahim, the IT specialist, devouring his chicken and chips.

"I agree with you, brother," says Abu Yusuf, the earnest-looking financial adviser sitting opposite. "I would like to see the Mujahideen coming into London and killing thousands, whether with nuclear weapons or germ warfare. And if they need a safehouse, they can stay in mine - and if they need some fertiliser [for a bomb], I'll tell them where to get it."

His friend, Abu Musa, the security guard, smiles radiantly. "It will be a day of joy for me," he adds, speaking with a slight lisp.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

[via LGF] Children's terrorism calendar from RamAllah Elementary

For Sale at EBay
Item #2240471475 Description:

For sale is a calendar issued to Arab schoolchildren encouraging martyrdom and terrorism. I am not sure what the calendar says since I can't read Arabic but I would imagine it says something like "Martyr yourself for Saddam! Crush the invasion of the infidels, and you and your family shall be granted access to holy paradise(in heaven)." I got these posters from a Ramallah elementary school. This calendar is for sale with the express purpose of providing concrete examples of fundamentalist Arab incitement to terror worldwide, in order to provide insight as to why this growing strain of Islamic fundamentalist terror is such a grave threat to all humanity. The sacrifice of children is unheard of virtually all over the planet. It is terrible to see such examples of fundamentalism inside of Arab countries and territories. Given that the publication of these posters is sponsored by the education authorities of certain Arab governments and authorities, it is easy to understand that the cause we are fighting against is deeply rooted in the propogandistic education of innocent children. For more information on the abuse of children in warfare please see the OPSICK websitehttp://www.operationsick.com/homepage.asp . These young children are shown holding rocks and slingshots, dressed in fundamentalist garb. The calendar measures 12.5" x 19".
There are 6 bids so far, the current one at $ 4.50.

Make that WAS at $4.50. I refreshed to see if there were more recent bids, but it's gone! Vanished! I wonder who pulled it and why?

Maariv Poll:
If you were a Likud member would you vote . . . For disengagement?

With only 218 votes cast so far, the majority (81%) has voted in favor.
This is a tough one. I can support Sharon's plan in that it will cut off Arab access to Israeli life (literally and figuratively), but I absolutely abhor the idea of expelling Jews from Gaza, and handing it over, judenrein, to the Arabs - who will obviously view such a retreat as victory. And yes, it will increase their appetite for Jewish land.

I think Sharon is being pragmatic: It will save lives to separate the two peoples, and it's easier to expel the Jews than the Arabs. Even though more than 20,000 Israelis have been killed "in war and hostilites" since the re-establishment of the State, there is still no public mandate, even in Israel, to transfer Arabs.

It's funny (not ha-ha) - expulsion of Jews has occurred over so much of the planet, even in the United States, and even in the Holy Land -on more than one occasion- and still in this day and age, it's being considered . . . by the Jews themselves.
So, on that happy note, go vote your conscience.


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'Honor killing' in Rochester NY

Coming soon to a city near you?
Ismail Peltek, a Turkish immigrant, has been indicted in Rochester, NY on charges of intentional murder and murder displaying "a depraved indifference to human life." His wife died after being stabbed repeatedly and bludgeoned on the head with a hammer. His daughters, 22 and 4 years old, suffered fractured skull from hammer blows, but both survived. According to the Democrat and Chronicle, Peltek was concerned that his family's "honor" had been "taken" when his brother had molested his wife and 22-year-old daughter.
So-called “honor killings” of females are common in Turkey and countries of the Middle East, according to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. UNICEF defines the practice as one “in which men kill female relatives in the name of family ‘honor’ for forced or suspected sexual activity outside marriage, even when they have been victims of rape.”

In a February 2002 report by National Geographic News, Widney Brown, advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, said the practice “goes across cultures and across religions.”
Yeah, right. Ever hear of Methodist "honor killings"?

See also this article in the NRO, about honor killings and Islamic law in Europe.
Young women killed for dating. Limbs amputated for petty theft. Makeshift courts deciding the fates of members of local Muslim communities. The Western world has grown accustomed to hearing about the brutalities of Islamic law. However, these primitive practices are no longer limited to the remote tribal areas of Pakistan, the backward kingdom of Saudi Arabia, or oppressive, mullah-dominated Iran. Today, thanks in large part to a massive flow of immigration from Muslim countries, sharia law and medieval customs are becoming increasingly common in the heart of Christian Europe.



'LIKE A SISTER': On March 8, American Fern Holland (in center of back row)
stood with Iraqi women from some of the four women's rights centers that
she helped start. The next day, she, her Iraqi deputy, Salwa Ourmashi (front,
no scarf), and coalition press officer Robert Zangas were assassinated.
HILARY WHITE/COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY

Read the full story at the Christian Science Monitor.
UPDATE: More from Rochester NY: Mohamed Subeh charged with three felony counts of lying to FBI about plans for suicide bombing in Israel . . .

Small world.