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Friday, June 04, 2004

The Swastika Rears Its Ugly Head in Rome

A U.S. flag with a swastika is seen during a
protest against a visit by President Bush in Rome,
Friday June 4, 2004. A(P Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Masked demonstrators hurl objects during clashes with
Italian Police at Circo Massimo grounds at a protest
against the visit by President Bush in Rome, Friday
June 4, 2004. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

An unidentified man holds an American flag and an Italian flag
with pictures the Italian Carabinieri who died in a bombing
attack in Nasiriyah, Iraq, at a pro US rally in Piazza Navona
Square at the same time of protests at the nearby Monument to
the Unknown Soldier against a visit by President Bush in Rome,
Friday June 4, 2004. (AP Photo/Massimo Sambucetti)

Nit-Picking the Captions : Funny how, in the caption of the photo of the seemingly lone Italian supporter of America, it is mentioned that at the same time, there was a protest against Pres. Bush.

The captions of the protest photos, on the other hand, did not mention any demonstrations in support of the President.

Bias? Nah.

Weapons Ship Intercepted in Turkey

Vast weapons trove aboard cargo ship en route to Egypt from Ukraine
Arutz Sheva: Turkish television reported today (Thursday) that the Turkish Customs Authority succeeded in catching the weapons ship, which stopped in Turkey on the way to Egypt from Ukraine. The operation was overseen by Turkish Trade Minister, Korsad Touzman.

The weapons aboard the ship included a radio-controlled missile and launcher as well as a number of rockets and warheads. "We can say that the weapons are the kind that we can describe as 'sophisticated,'" Touzmen said in an announcement. He did not provide further details on the quantity or nature of the weapons, saying an investigation was underway.

The vessel had anchored for refueling at the port of Ambarli, in the Bosphorus Straits, unloading the containers filled with weapons there, where another ship was scheduled to carry the cargo to Egypt. The captain of the ship lied to customs officials, saying the containers contained “spare parts,” Tousman said.

More Good News: Terrorist Murderer Caught

Another Palestinian terrorist murderer who participated in the lynching of Dov Dribben has been caught - six years later. Mussa Debasa, long wanted for the crime, was captured in the hostile village of Yata, near Hevron, on Monday evening. Intelligence information enabled a combined police/IDF/Border Guard force to capture Debasa.

On April 19, 1998, some 8-10 terrorists ambushed Dribben and a friend at a farm adjacent to Maon Tzviel, just south of Hevron. The attack began with stones and clubs, after which the terrorists snatched the Jews' weapons and opened fire upon them. Dribben was killed, his friend was seriously wounded, and a third Jew was injured with stones when he attempted to defend the other two.

Vets Favor Bush

in new CBS Poll
CBS News: In the 2004 campaign, President Bush is touting his record as Commander-in-Chief in the war on terror, while decorated Vietnam veteran John Kerry has often stood with his "band of brothers" in his ads and appearances. So far, that battle for veterans' votes is going to Bush: the President leads by a wide margin among veterans nationwide, 54% to 40%.

Three Strikes and the Jews are "Out"


DEBKA: Muslim shouting Allah is Great attacked group of Jewish students
with a knife near Makor Yisrael yeshiva seminary in northern Paris

Student Israel Yifrach seriously injured in stable condition.

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Palestinian Hamas supporters chant anti-Israeli slogans during
a Hamas martyrs rally in Rafah refugee camp southern Gaza Strip
Friday June 4, 2004. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)


Key Biscayne Elementary yearbooks recalled

8th-grader wrote "Death to the Jews" in German
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Students at Key Biscayne Elementary will have to hand over their yearbooks today to have a message of hate removed.

An eighth-grader wrote an anti-Semitic remark in German in the comments section. Though misspelled, translated, it means, "Death to the Jews." About 450 copies of the yearbook had already been distributed by the time a parent noticed the phrase and contacted the school.

"It's surprising that it would slip by, but in this case it did," said John Schuster of Miami-Dade County schools.

Students who already had their yearbooks were told to rip out page 66, which is where the words appear. School principal Dr. Ana M. Rasco also sent a letter home to parents. In part, it reads, "In spite of careful editing to ensure that everything printed in the memory (book) is proper and in good taste, some inappropriate material slipped by us."

The eighth grader thought to be responsible has been suspended for the rest of the school year, which ends next week.

Sharon fires Elon and Lieberman

A combination picture shows May 2004 file pictures of Israeli
National Union ministers Benny Elon (R) and Avigdor Lieberman
in Jerusalem. (Gil Cohen Magen/Reuters)
Jerusalem Post: Cabinet secretary Yisrael Maimon spoke Friday morning with all Israeli Cabinet ministers, informing them of prime minister Ariel Sharon's decision to dismiss Transportation Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Tourism Minister Benny Elon.

Once all the ministers were informed, as is demanded by Israeli law, messengers were sent to Elon and Lieberman's homes with their letters of dismissal. "According to the protocols of the law I have decided to relieve you of your post, as is my right as prime minister," the terse letters said. Lieberman received his dismissal letter while working out at a gym near Jerusalem. Elon was not at home a the time the messenger arrived, and has not yet received his notice.

Elon told Israel Radio he would do all he could to avoid receiving it. He claimed he would not accept a phone notification, since he could not be certain it was in fact the Prime Minister speaking to him and not "Yatzpan" (a popular comedian famous for his impersonations of Israeli politicians).

"I will do all I can to prevent this irresponsible act and fight against the disengagement," Elon said. I will do everything I can to make sure that there won't be a majority in the Cabinet vote on Sunday.

Elon said he spoke with the Prime Minister on the phone. "He called me, and I told him that by law he cannot fire me over the phone. I got a call on my cellular phone, and the voice was similar to that of Arik Sharon. But on the assumption that it was not Yatzpan, I told him everything that was needed to be said about his behavior. I told him that I can't be sure if it really is the prime minister or if it is Yatzpan on the other end of the line. But just in case you're not Yatzpan, I have to tell you that I didn't expect you to end your glorious career by imposing an artificial majority. I think we have arrived at a somewhat demeaning situation," Elon said.
George Soros:

Bush's War on Terrorism Worse than 9/11

WASHINGTON – After a rousing introduction by Sen. Hillary Clinton, multibillionaire George Soros wasted little time in excoriating President Bush in a speech Thursday.
Bush’s war on terrorism has turned Americans “from victims to perpetrator,” he said to loud applause from the “Take Back America” audience, organized by the leftist group Campaign for America’s Future.

In his soft-spoken, lightly accented voice, the Hungarian-born Soros, who made his fortune trading in and manipulating the world’s markets, described how in his opinion “the war on terrorism as conducted by Bush has since caused more innocent victims than the victims of the [9/11] attack on America.”

At one point, he compared the “Bush Doctrine” with fascism and communism. “The common ground between fascists and communists is that they both want to impose their point of view on the world.” Soros said the Bush Doctrine was similarly aimed at imposing a point of view on the world.
Ugh, read the rest.

U.S. Employers Added 246,000 Jobs in May

Good News for the country - Bad News for Kerry and the Dhimmicrats
NewsMax: WASHINGTON – U.S. employers added almost a quarter million jobs in May, extending a nine-month hiring spree and accommodating enough job-seekers to hold the unemployment rate steady at 5.6 percent of the labor force.

Friday's report was good news for President Bush, who has been counting on continued employment growth to boost his re-election prospects. The economy was expected to be a major drag on his campaign, but that might prove otherwise.

Bush still is on track to be the first president since the Great Depression to have lost jobs during his watch, but those losses are shrinking. His administration was widely criticized for an overly optimistic forecast that 2.6 million jobs would be created this year. But economists now say the chugging economy could approach that mark.

Friday Krauthammer

"The first critical step has just been taken."
WASHINGTON -- "Today the guns are silent. ... The entire world is quietly at peace." So said Douglas MacArthur in September 1945. Last week, seeing that quotation, now inscribed in stone at the new World War II Memorial in Washington, I was struck, touched, by its optimism.

And transience. The end of the war brought peace to Germany and Japan, which had been reduced to rubble. But that was the peace of the grave. There was no peace in Greece or China, where guerrilla war continued through the 1940s. There was tremendous civil unrest in France where communist parties came very close to winning power. And then, of course, the postcolonial aftermath: wars in India, Palestine, Indochina, Burma, and the list goes on.

A few days after my encounter with that MacArthur quotation, I read a brilliant and impassioned article by the eminent British military historian, John Keegan, skewering the commonplace and ahistorical idea -- claiming World War II as a model -- that wars end cleanly, neatly and completely. Keegan's article (London Daily Telegraph, June 1) detailed the bloody aftermath that continued for years after MacArthur's words on the battleship Missouri.

Keegan's larger point was contemporary, however. "The British and American media retail with evident satisfaction every scrap of information" -- bad war news, coalition soldiers' misconduct -- that "undermines any expectation by readers and viewers of a successful outcome to the Iraqi involvement." The fact that transition from the coalition conquest of last April 9 to whatever new Iraq emerges will be difficult and bloody and contentious is the historical norm, argues Keegan, and yet it has been used by critics to discredit both the war and Bush and Blair for having undertaken it.

Keegan does not just know more history than all the sage Iraq critics combined. Within hours, his resistance to the Iraq panic sweeping Washington and London was looking prescient. The panic-mongers had been telling us that all was chaos, that the June 30 date for the handover of power to an interim Iraqi government was approaching with nothing but violence, bickering, and no one to hand the reins to.

As of this week, we have an interim Iraqi government, remarkably balanced in terms of ethnicity, region and tribe. Such encouraging developments, however, are apparently not to be permitted to puncture the current defeatism.

A moderate Shiite is appointed prime minister, and the headlines prominently mention that he was supported by the CIA, thus implicitly encouraging the notion that the man is illegitimate.

First of all, from where was an Iraqi exile, hunted by Saddam, to get help, if not from the CIA and MI6? From France? Germany? Russia? Kofi Annan? George Soros?

Secondly, Ayad Allawi cooperated with the CIA in a mission that was entirely honorable (though terribly bungled by the CIA): a coup to overthrow the Saddam dictatorship.

Then it is said that this new Iraqi government is illegitimate because it consists of just the old, discredited interim Iraqi Governing Council reappointing itself. In fact, the new government of 36 ministers contains just four from the Governing Council.

Then comes my favorite: the new government has no legitimacy because it is composed of so many exiles. What kind of political leadership does one expect in a country that endured three decades of Stalinist tyranny in which any expression of opposition met with torture and death?

Strange. I do not remember any of these critics complaining about the universally hailed Oslo peace accords that imposed upon the Palestinians a PLO government flown in from Tunisia composed nearly entirely of political exiles.

Ah, but Yasser Arafat, thug and terrorist, instantly wins legitimacy in the eyes of Western intelligentsia because he is a self-proclaimed revolutionary, while Iraq's interim prime minister, who was nearly axed to death by Saddam's agents in London, is dismissed as an "exile."

Who better than these exiles -- some rather heroic, many of whom created and sustained organized political opposition for decades -- to run a transitional government? Note: Transitional. Unlike the Palestinian Authority, a tyrannous kleptocracy that grabbed power and has not relinquished it for 10 years, this new Iraqi government will be out of business in seven months. Its major function is to prepare elections, which will ratify the rise of new indigenous leaders who have emerged in the (by then) year and a half since the fall of Saddam.

Yes, Iraq is a mess. Postwar settlements almost invariably are. Particularly in a country where the removal of a totalitarian dictator leaves a total political vacuum. Of course there are difficulties and dangers ahead, and no guarantee of success. But the transition to Iraqi rule is under way. The first critical step has just been taken.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

BACKGROUND: Jewish Connections to Gaza

by Anthony David Marks, via Israel Hasbara Committee

In the minds of some there is confusion or lack of knowledge of the Jewish Biblical and modern historical connections to the Gaza Strip area. They are more substantial than most realize. The following references should elucidate the subject.

Biblically speaking:
1. Genesis 15 – The area in which Gaza is located was included as part of Abraham’s inheritance.

2. Numbers 34:2-6 - The Bible details precisely the northern, southern, eastern and western borders of ancient Israel. Readers should note that in every reference there is a body of water – the Mediterranean Sea, a lake, a river and a wadi (a dry river bed that flows only after an infrequent heavy rain). Bodies of water are permanent markers in most cases.

In Numbers 34:5 with reference to the southern border it states: From Azmon the boundary shall turn towards the Wadi of Egypt (near el-Arish, see photos [1] and [2]) and terminate at the sea (Mediterranean). This would include the entire present-day Gaza Strip and additional land in the Sinai.

3. Joshua 13:2 - The Lord said to Joshua: This is the territory that remains to be conquered: all the districts of the Philistines, those of the Gerurites, from the Shihon, which is close to Egypt, to the territory of Ekron in the north, are accounted. Canaanite, namely those of the five lords of the Philistines – the Gazities (Gaza), the Ashdodites (Ashdod) etc….

4. Joshua 15:47 - Most Biblical commentators hold that the modern day Gaza Strip was within the territory allotted to the tribe of Judah.

5. Consider in Joshua Chapter 15: This was the portion of the tribe of Judea (15:20); Ekron, with its dependencies and villages (15:45); Ekron, westward, all the towns in the vicinity and Ashdod, with their villages (15:46); Ashdod, its dependencies and its villages, Gaza, its dependencies and its villages, all the way to the Wadi of Egypt and the edge of the Mediterranean Sea (15:47).

6. Judges 1:18 - And Israel captured Gaza and its territory, Ashkelon and its territory, and Ekron and its territory.

7. Kings 5:1 – Solomon’s rule extended over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines and the boundary of Egypt (Wadi of Egypt or to el-Arish).

8. Ezekiel 47:19-20 – 47:19 The southern limit shall run: A line from Tamar to the waters of Meriboth-kadesh, along the Wadi (of Egypt and ) the Great Sea (Mediterranean). That is the southern limit.

Historically speaking:
During the 3rd century BCE, Gaza and Akko were the leading centers of trade and industry. Both cities had numerous Jewish residents, including some very wealthy and influential families. [1]

There were Jewish communities in Gaza during the Hasmonean period (166-63 BCE).

During ancient times, in the taking of tithes (shmittah), the Gaza area was included in this Jewish religious obligation. Shmittah is observed to this day in Jewish settlements located in the Gaza Strip as it was deemed part of ancient Eretz Israel.

In 145 C.E. King Yochanan, brother of Judah the Maccabee, recaptured Gaza and sent Jews to rebuild the community.

During the 4th century CE, Emperor Constantine attempted to build a church in Gaza but the Jewish population located there was opposed to this. At that time, Gaza was the principal port for trade and commerce for the Jewish population of the Holy Land. A very ancient synagogue was excavated there some time ago. Influential rabbis, Israel Najara, author of the popular prayer and Shabbat song Kah Ribon Olam, and Rabbi Avraham Azoulai, the renowned mekubal, lived in Gaza Jewish communities.

During the 7th century CE: “When the Arab hosts now began spreading northward, they encountered the first focus of resistance in the city of Gaza, then occupied by a strong Byzantine garrison under the command of the provincial governor, Sergius. At that time Gaza embraced a substantial Jewish settlement, in fact the most important community in Judea. Jews seem to have fought alongside the Byzantines in the ensuing battle, which ended in Sergius’ defeat.” [2]

Also during this period, “…according to the famous grammarian, Jonah ibn Janah, Gaza, too, lost its status as the foremost community in Judea, but it remained a center of learning and well-developed community life.” [3]

In 1665 Shabbtai Tzvi, the false messiah, stopped in Gaza and met Abraham Nathan, b. Elisha Hayyim Ashkenazi. Nathan later convinced Shabbtai Tzvi of his messianic destiny. Shabbtai Tzvi then proclaimed himself the Messiah.

Rabbi Yaakov Emden (1697 – 1776), a leading rabbinical authority, in Mon Uketziya wrote: “Gaza and its environs are absolutely considered part of the Land of Israel, without a doubt.”

In 1799 Jews were forced to leave Gaza when Napoleon’s army marched through.

From 1885 to World War I Jews lived in Gaza.

A renewed Jewish community existed in Gaza until the Muslim pogroms against Jews in 1929. To prevent a slaughter of the Jews of Gaza, the British army forced the Jewish community to evacuate.

During this time, Jews were murdered in many communities throughout Palestine, especially Jerusalem, Hebron and Safed – three Jewish holy cities.

The following is a list of Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip:
Alei Sinai, founded in 1983
Bedolach, founded in 1986
Bnei Atzmon (Atzmona), founded in 1979
Dugit, founded in 1990
Gadid, founded in 1982
Gan-Or, founded in 1983
Ganei Tal, founded in 1979
Katif, founded in 1986
Kerem Atzmona, founded in 2000
Kfar Darom, founded in 1946
Kfar Yam, founded in 1984
Morag, founded in 1984
Netzer Hazani, founded in 1977
Netzarim, founded in 1984
Neve Dekalim, founded in 1983
Nisanit, founded in 1984
Peat – Sadeh, founded in 1989
Rafiah – Yam, founded in 1986
Shirat HaYam, founded in 2000
Tel Katifa, founded in 1992

Recent quotes from leading Israeli politicians about disengaging from Gaza:

Natan Sharansky, Minister without Portfolio:
Minister Natan Sharansky, part of the Likud Party said in a radio interview, “… the move would give a big boost to terrorism while dividing Israelis. Maybe I’m stupid, but I don’t understand why we are doing something so painful and dramatic at a time of war on terror.”
Moshe Arens, former three-time Minister of Defense:
“I don’t want to suspect [Sharon] and believe that the timing [of his statement regarding Arafat] is connected to the referendum… I know that he and his aides are very determined to pass this thing, and bring up all sorts of claims in its favor, some of which are not valid……”

“We are right in the middle of the war, and we’re making gains - we’re even hearing various Arab spokesmen say that terrorism is not gaining them anything, and the like – and therefore this is not precisely a smart time to retreat. As the Chief of Staff said, a retreat from Gaza will strengthen and encourage the terrorists. Even President Bush has said that the main thing is to dismantle and destroy the terrorist infrastructure – so now we should give them territory?”

“The American policy is quite stable, long-standing and does not change from day to day, and I don’t think it will worsen if the disengagement doesn’t pass.”
Benny Begin, former Likud Minister, speaking on national TV 19 April 2004:
“The truth must be told. This is a plan to evacuate the communities in Gaza and northern Samaria, and nothing else. It will allow Hamas to unfurl its flag over the synagogues in Neve Dekalim.”

“…..we all know if we leave Gaza, terrorism will increase and the situation will deteriorate.”

“According to this plan, who will provide electricity to Gaza? – Israel. And who will provide food to Gaza? – Israel…………..This is precisely the situation today.”

“It’s absurd to speak of disengaging when Sharon’s plan states that the IDF will maintain security in Gaza, and will permit workers to cross into (pre- 1967) Israel daily. This is not disengagement……”
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said in 2002:
“Netzarim [a Jewish town in Gaza] is the same as Negba and Tel Aviv; evacuating Netzarim will only encourage terrorism and increase the pressure upon us.”
Binyamin Ben Eliezer, when serving as Yitzhak Rabin’s Minster of Housing and Construction(Jerusalem Post, 9 March 1993):
“I wish I could believe that pulling out of Gaza would solve the problems. But this won’t solve anything and is only running away from the problem which we have to face.”
Shimon Peres, when serving as Foreign Minister, (Israel Army Radio’s “Good Evening, Israel” program, 22 March 1988):
“To just get up and leave Gaza would be a mistake and a scandal. It would create a chaotic situation, a situation like Lebanon; I don’t suggest we take such a step.”
Yisrael Galili, a minister in the cabinet of Golda Meir’s Labor Party government (Jerusalem Report, 14 July 2003):
“[Gaza was] critical for Israel’s security and could never be given up.”

The above information is by no means a complete account of the Jewish connection from time immemorial to the area now known as the Gaza Strip, only an indication of it. But it is obvious from the above references that there was a distinct and undeniable Jewish presence in the Gaza Strip area from ancient times.

In modern times, in 1929, Jews were forced to flee the area just as they were forced to flee Europe in the 1930s and Arab lands after the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. This time in 2004 a Jewish government is forcing them to leave.

[1] A Social and Religious History of the Jews^t6, Salo Wittmayer Baron, Vol 1, page 255, (Original copyright 1937)

[2] Ibid, Vol 3, page 87

[3] Ibid, page 102
Source: Israel Hasbara Committee.

For more, see also the Jewish Virtual Library.

The President compares today's war to WWII

Speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy Graduation Ceremony
Like the Second World War, our present conflict began with a ruthless, surprise attack on the United States. We will not forget that treachery, and we will accept nothing less than victory over the enemy.

Like the murderous ideologies of the 20th century, the ideology of terrorism reaches across boarders, and seeks recruits in every country. So we're fighting these enemies wherever they hide across the earth.

Like other totalitarian movements, the terrorists seek to impose a grim vision in which dissent is crushed, and every man and woman must think and live in colorless conformity. So to the oppressed peoples everywhere, we are offering the great alternative of human liberty.

Like enemies of the past, the terrorists underestimate the strength of free peoples. The terrorists believe that free societies are essentially corrupt and decadent, and with a few hard blows will collapse in weakness and in panic. The enemy has learned that America is strong and determined, because of the steady resolve of our citizens, and because of the skill and strength of the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and the United States Air Force. (Applause.)

And like the aggressive ideologies that rose up in the early 1900s, our enemies have clearly and proudly stated their intentions: Here are the words of al Qaeda's self-described military spokesman in Europe, on a tape claiming responsibility for the Madrid bombings. He said, "We choose death, while you choose life. If you do not stop your injustices, more and more blood will flow and these attacks will seem very small compared to what can occur in what you call terrorism."

Here are the words of another al Qaeda spokesman, Suleiman Abu Gheith. Last year, in an article published on an al Qaeda website, he said, "We have the right to kill four million Americans -- two million of them children -- and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands. Furthermore, it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological weapons."

In all these threats, we hear the echoes of other enemies in other times -- that same swagger and demented logic of the fanatic. Like their kind in the past, these murderers have left scars and suffering. And like their kind in the past, they will flame and fail and suffer defeat by free men and women.
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Young Israelis and the trauma of Palestinian terrorist attacks

BBC: A recent Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma survey of young people in Jerusalem found that 50% had been exposed to a terrorist attack and that 20% had lost a relative.

Despite this, researchers found that Israeli children are "extraordinarily resilient" and that only 5% had developed full blown post-traumatic stress disorder.

The study found that young people living on settlements in the West Bank and Gaza were less susceptible to trauma despite being exposed to more frequent attacks.

06/08/04 UPDATE: I cannot help but compare this to the findings of a Palestinian psychologist, who claims, according to World Net Daily, that more than half of Palestinian children aged 6 to 11 dream of becoming suicide bombers.

Dr. Massalha's study led him to the conclusion that "in about 10 years, a very murderous generation will come of age, full of hatred and ready to die in suicide missions."

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Iraq The Model blogs on

The dogs bark but the caravan keeps moving.

It seems that things are going against the will of the terrorists and the totalitarian regimes. The interim government is now a fact they have to accept and deal with and this is better for them than the naive nervous reactions these countries and organizations show in response to the events in the Iraqi field; their moves became tense and stumbling recently, and here I recall the reactions of Hizbollah and Iran after the clashes in Najaf; they were trying to become more Iraqi than we are by their pathetic demonstrations, as if they were given the permission from Iraqis to speak on behalf of them, when, in fact Iraqis were watching what was happening with silent approval despite the fact that the coalition troops were fighting in a city that is considered holy for many Iraqis. Iraqis proved that they’ll support any action that can help them get rid of the remnants of tyranny wherever that might take place.

Today comes another powerful strike to terrorism and the neighboring countries, when the process of forming the transitional government went very smoothly and peacefully. there was a competition between two men; Pachachi who seemed to be favored by the Americans (and by me as well) and Al-Yawer who apparently had the approval and support from most of the GC members and other political powers but Pachachi withdrew in the last moment, the move that proves my point that he was the best man for the job.

Still, Al-Yawer has many points that qualify him for the job; he’s got the support of the Shammar tribe which is one of the largest and strongest ones in Iraq that mainly reside in the west and north-west parts of Iraq which may play a major role in stabilizing that area which was always a big source of troubles. And now as one of 'their sons' is on top of the coming government they will certainly stand by his side and help in preventing the sneaking of terrorists through the western borders of Iraq. Also the man doesn't have any significant affiliation to any religious or ethnic group which will help making him more acceptable for both, Sheiát and Sunni as well as the Kurds and other minorities.

Another point is that this man was the candidate of the Iraqis not the CPA which indicates that Iraqis had more effect in this choice than what the major media suggested.

There appears to be no rejection to the new government in the Iraqi street at all but some Iraqis expect this government to find magical solutions for all the current hardships, which is far from being a realistic expectation of course, but the good aspect is that Iraqis have shown their will to accept the change and to move forwards on the road to accomplish the mission until democracy is established.

Some might say that having a Sheikh as the new president of Iraq is a step backwards that will bring back the rule of the tribal laws but this is not accurate because the tribes do not want to rule the country; they just want to be represented in the government and have their voice heard which is a legitimate right of course, also it's a good idea because the tribes are the only power that can confront the dangerous and radical religious parties.

It's worth mentioning that Yawer, although carries the family name of a Sheikh and he's dressed like a Sheikh, is a modernized man with a high scientific degree. Also, having a cabinet that includes five female ministers should tell us that the tribes couldn't/didn't want to force their law, and at the same time carries a message to the Islamists that the interim government will provide equal opportunities to all segments of the Iraqi people.

I believe the difficulties we are going to face are very serious and could prove to be even harder than the previous ones, as the enemies of the change in the world are so many and so united against us and only by going on with our plans we can force them to abandon their dreams of bringing tyranny back to Iraq.
I believe that this move is a corner stone in the process of building the new model of democracy in the Middle East, IRAQ.

By Mohammed.
Mazal tov, we're rooting for you.

Current Poll at Jerusalem Post

Should religion play a greater or lesser role in Israeli law?

I just voted (I'm not telling - you'll have to guess), and when I saw the results immediately thereafter, they were exactly 50-50, with 870 votes having been cast.

I wonder what it was just prior to my voting? One answer or the other must've been ahead ever so slightly. The next vote will break the tie, and it could be yours.

Whaddaya think?

Internet Haganah connects the dots

Caroline Glick wrote this in the JPost, under the title, "What Europe Wants" -
Standing before the EU parliament in Brussels on May 16 2001, French EU parliamentarian Paul Marie Couteax made a stunning statement. After condemning Israel's actions to defend itself against Palestinian terrorism as the "theocratic excesses of this religious state," Couteax declared that Europe should supply the Arab world with nuclear weapons. In his words, "I have no hesitation in saying that we must consider giving the Arab side a large enough force, including a large enough nuclear force, to persuade Israel that it cannot simply do whatever it wants. That is the policy my country [France] pursued in the 1970s when it gave Iraq a nuclear force."

Couteax's statement, though over the top, follows a flow of seemingly obtuse and illogical statements and actions by the EU and its member states since the start of the Palestinian terror war almost four years ago.
Aaron at Internet Haganah connects the dots this way: "Europe wants the Arabs to nuke Israel for them."

I thought I couldn't be any more shocked or depressed, but I am aghast at his conclusion. This is not to say that I disagree.

Another "response" to my letter

WAR ON TERROR: Osama just wants us to have fun!

Anne Lieberman (Open Forum, May 26) asked "When your grandchildren ask what you did to oppose the global Islamist takeover, what will you say?"

Just a few pages away we got our marching orders from Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge: "America's job is to enjoy living in this great country and go out and have some fun."

Uncle Sam wants you! Don't mess this up.


Personally, I don't get it, especially the way they headlined it, but maybe it's just late and I should go to sleep. Surely tomorrow will be better. No prize for Mr. Harding.

What can you do to help?

There's lots of things, and a good place to start is Spirit of America.
Marines and SeaBees seek tools for Iraqi tradesmen.

The 1st Marine Division seeks school supplies, frisbees and soccer balls for Iraqi kids.

Air Force Chaplains want supplies, clothing and toys for schools and orphanages in Kirkuk, Iraq.

U.S. Army Special Forces request shoes, clothes and tools for villagers in remote Afghanistan.

And while you're at it, plant a tree in Israel. There's even an option to plant one in a forest in Israel, dedicated to the memory of the 1.5 million children who lost their lives in the Holocaust.

Jews control the world

"Senator Bigot," a Jerusalem Post editorial
General Anthony Zinni says that George W. Bush and Richard Cheney were "captured" by "neocons" who drove them to war. Vanity Fair titled its longest article ever "Neoconned: The Path to War." And now retiring Senator Ernst Hollings has written that the only explanation for the war in Iraq is "Bush's policy to secure Israel." This is not subtle. It is anti-Semitism in one of its most classic and purest forms. Knowingly or not, it tears a page from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, once again "revealing" that the Jews control the world. Regardless of where one stands regarding American foreign policy, anti-Semitism must be recognized for what it is and condemned like any form of bigotry.

Hollings now claims that charging him with "anti-Jewish stereotyping or scapegoating is ridiculous." If so, one wonders why he did not mention the much larger number of Jewish advisers and cabinet officials who served in the Clinton White House, or the fact that he himself, though a Democrat, voted for the war in Iraq.

As noxious as it is, however, the fact that bigots like Hollings (a former segregationist, who as late as the 1980's was still talking about "darkies" and "wetbacks") are having trouble containing themselves is instructive. It is of a piece with the general rise in anti-Semitism since 9/11. Has anyone stopped to think why this has happened and what it means?

Continue . . .

While at the Post, read the inimitable Mark Steyn:
Most of the guys I hang out with demand to know why Bush is being such a wimp, why's he kissing up to King Abdullah about a few stray bananas in some jailhouse, why's he being such a pantywaist about not letting our boys fire on mosques, why hasn't he leveled Fallujah.

So, on my anecdotal evidence, folks want Bush to stop pussyfooting around. And, blow me, it turns out it's not that anecdotal. An Opinion Dynamics poll for Fox News last week found Bush and Kerry tied at 42%. Nothing very new there. What was interesting was the answers to the follow-up questions, such as this:

"When you hear about the continuing violent attacks against US troops in Iraq, are you more likely to think the United States should be pulling troops out of Iraq, or that the United States should be using more force to help stop the attacks by Iraqi insurgents?
Pull troops out: 32%

Use more force: 52%
In other words, don't make the mistake of assuming that Bush's poll numbers on Iraq have fallen because people want him to be more multilateralist and accommodating. In that respect, for all the media hawks beating themselves into doves, what's more telling is the one guy moving in the opposite direction.

And take heart from Michael Freund, who has cancelled his subscriptions to Yediot, Maariv and Haaretz because of their "decidedly left-wing agenda, anti-religious bias and outright demonization of certain sectors of the population."


Interview with survivor of the Jewish uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto

I just received this from Tanker Schreiber. It's very important.

Marek Edelman is the last surviving military leader of the heroic Jewish Uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943. He recently spoke to a Polish television channel TVN24, and the interview has been re-published in a Polish weekly "Przekroj". It's not available anywhere else in English (or for that matter electronically), so I take this opportunity to translate and publish extensive excerpts from the interview. Edelman experienced evil many times in his long and distinguished life; he has also faced it and fought it bravely. What he has to say bears listening to.
Interviewer: Not a day seems to go by in Iraq without a terrorist attack, and in the last few days two Polish soldiers and a Polish journalist have died.

Edelman: And do you know any war where nobody dies? I don't. Alas, it's in man's make-up; there's a fatal flow there that makes him kill, for pleasure or over some silly beliefs.

Interviewer: So this war is one over some silly beliefs?

Edelman: Now, now. Who started killing people? Americans didn't invade a wonderful democratic Iraq. There was a dictatorship there, torture, terror.

Interviewer: But there are people who say it's not our business.

Edelman: And whose business is it? Every war with fascism is our business. In 1939 there were also many people who said that the war in Poland was not their war, and what happened? Great nations fell because politicians listened to those who were saying that it's not worth dying for Gdansk [Danzig]. If only we'd intervened militarily after Hitler re-entered Rhineland we probably would not have had the war and the Holocaust.

Interviewer: Many people do understand that, but they don't understand why the Americans have to go to the other side of the world and fight over Iraq now.

Edelman: And why did they go to Europe then? Who defeated Hitler and saved Europe from fascism? The French? No, the Americans did. We thanked them then because they saved us. Today we criticise them because they're saving somebody else.

Interviewer: Returning to the question about having Polish soldier on the ground in Iraq. Many Poles don't want them there.

Edelman: If they don't want them there, let's just keep waiting and then let's see from which direction the rockets and the bombs will come from - will we in the end be lorded over by Saddam's viceroys or Bin Laden's, just as we were once lorded over by Hitler's viceroys.

Interviewer: Do you really believe in such a scenario?

Edelman: It's possible. If we will keep closing our eyes to evil, then that evil will defeat us tomorrow. Unfortunately there's more hatred in men than love. Those who murder understand only force and nothing else. And the only force that is able to stand against them is the American democracy.

Interviewer: But the Americans aren't going too well with introducing democracy in Iraq.

Edelman: That's true, but it's a difficult war. The Second World War went for five years. Democracy tends to be structurally weak. Dictatorship is strong. Hitler was able to mobilise several million people and chase another few million into gas chambers or slave labour. But only democracy saves the humanity and saves millions of lives. The more I see people getting murdered the more I believe that we need to put a stop to that. The murderers understand only deeds.

Interviewer: What about the photos from Abu Ghraib - don't they cause you to start question that American democracy?

Edelman: Well, it happened. Among several hundred thousand American soldiers there were a few perverts...

Interviewer: But the incident nevertheless seriously damaged America's standing. What to say to Polish people after the death of several more of our soldiers?

Edelman: But they died fighting for their freedom. How many thousands of people died in the Warsaw Uprising [in 1944]?

Interviewer: But those people then were fighting for their country.

Edelman: They were fighting for their world. Free and democratic. Just like those who died during the martial law [in Poland in 1981-3]. Did they die only for Poland? No. They died for the freedom of the whole Europe, for the freedom of all those enslaved behind the Iron Curtain.

Interviewer: But the Spanish withdrew their troops from Iraq after the terrorist attack in Madrid.

Edelman: Please don't tell me what the Spanish did. So what? Do you seriously think that it will save them from further attacks? No. The weak just get punched in the head. Pacifism lost a long time ago.

Interviewer: There are more and more voices saying that Poland shouldn't work so close with the Americans and that instead we should get closer to France and Germany.

Edelman: France used to be a great power, culturally and intellectually. And what happened to them? They didn't want to fight for their own democracy, they thought it wasn't really their war [in 1939]. And they lost everything, because when you bend over and take it - even once - then you're finished. And what's that whole talk about the difference between American politics and European politics? There is no other politics but international democratic politics. If we withdraw from Iraq now, what do we have left? Cosying up to Iran and Saudi Arabia? ...

Interviewer: Is it possible to introduce democracy by force?

Edelman: Yugoslavia showed that it's possible...

Interviewer: You used your own personal history and your moral authority to appeal for the intervention then.

Edelman: Yes... Those who say that you don't have to fight for freedom, don't understand what fascism is. I do.
Edelman is no stranger to talking strong and principled stances. Having survived the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943, he came back to Warsaw the following year to fight in the Warsaw Uprising. In the 1980s he was an anti-communist activist in the "Solidarity" movement, and in the late 1990s he wrote an open letter to President Clinton urging him to take action to stop the slaughter in Kosovo. Last year, at the start of the Iraqi war, he already spoke out in support of the Coalition action.

Marek Edelman is a man of great courage and moral conviction. His voice needs to be heard.
This man's wisdom is part of our legacy. PLEASE DISTRIBUTE far and wide, and encourage media outlets to seek and publish a full English translation.

UPDATE: I apologize for neglecting to mention Arthur Chrenkoff as the translator, and the one who originally posted this on his blog. Since I received it in an email from someone else, its origins weren't altogether clear to me. Kudos to Mr. Chrenkoff, and my thanks to Eugene, who set me straight.

Boker Tov Lite

It's not a good week for blogging. The news is overwhelmingly bad, and my son is graduating from high school this weekend. I need to clean house and clean house.

Here is Iraq's first post-Saddam President, who took office in spite of another autobomba in Baghdad.

Ghazi Yawar

In other news, President Bush is set to visit Italy, beginning Thursday night, to commemorate the liberation of Nazi-occupied Rome by allied soldiers on June 4, 1944. Thousands of pacifists are preparing major protests.

If you're not feeling as discouraged as I am, then you can read about Bush's "Unprecedented Negativity" in the Washington Post or "How We Will Lose the Islamo-Fascist War" at Jewish World Review.

Nota Bene, on this day in Jewish history, 56 years ago, the Arab states and Israel agreed to a cease-fire, as the Altalena set sail from France "with 4,000 tons of arms and ammunition and 900 volunteer fighters, mostly Holocaust survivors."

If you find yourself craving more Boker Tov, Boulder! - just keep your shirt on. . .

Palestinian youths shouth anti-Israel slogans during a march through
the streets of the southern Gaza town of Rafah.(AFP/Said Khatib

. . . I'll be in and out.

Monday, May 31, 2004

Hamtramck USA: "a CliffNotes version of America"?

Population is more than one third Muslim
Detroit News: HAMTRAMCK — Masud Khan came looking for America, and found it in a city where many do not speak English.

Polish grandmothers in babushkas and Pakistani teens in burkas stroll along the sidewalk outside the Al-Islah Islamic Center where Khan, a Bangladeshi, is secretary. Perched above them, on the roof of the mosque, are three shiny silver loudspeakers. The speakers, and what Kahn plans to broadcast over them beginning today, have spawned petitions, political recalls, death threats and computer viruses.

“They have a right to do what they want,” Kahn says quietly. “And we have a right to do what we want. It’s America.”

Masud Khan, secretary of the Al-Islah Islamic Center, plans to begin broadcasting calls to prayer today [Friday 5/28].

. . . . Few places celebrate democracy, or make it seem as messy, as this blue-collar enclave inside the borders of Detroit. Today, immigrants seeking the American dream clash with immigrants who have come before them; city government brims with community activists, but is paralyzed by a cycle of petitions and recall elections.

Today, those tensions will focus on a former chiropractor’s office, where daily Islamic calls to prayer may begin broadcasting onto public streets. The broadcast is sure to further inflame a controversy splitting the city’s Polish and Muslim communities. . . .

“Because of our sense of community, people are more engaged here,” said former Mayor Gary Zych. “Unfortunately, sometimes engagement turns it into enragement.” He believes Hamtramck is a CliffsNotes version of America, condensing the nation’s admirable and disreputable tendencies into 2.1 square miles of frame homes and dollar stores.

“We’re a stronger brew here,” Zych said. “Whether it’s an election or social change, (residents) react vociferously.”

Hamtramck has a higher percentage of first-generation immigrants than any city in the Midwest. According to the 2000 census, 41 percent of city residents were born outside the United States, about four times the national average. One-third of the 23,000 residents report speaking English “less than very well.”

The city has always attracted immigrants. But instead of Poland, the new Americans are coming from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bosnia and the Middle East. Between 1990 and 2000, the city’s Arab population jumped more than fivefold, while its traditional Polish population dropped by more than a third. City Council member Ahmed estimates Hamtramck is now more than one-third Muslim. . . .

[Detroit News reporter, Ron French:] "With so many immigrants in so little space, residents may need to get used to something new."

Read here about residents' reactions upon hearing the first broadcast.
Shahidul Haque, 40, of Troy, was among those who answered the call. He didn't understand why such a big deal was being made about it.

“It just calls people to pray for God and for peace,” he said. “It is mostly Muslim around here, so they have the right. Everybody has their religion.”

The call to prayer is hardly a new tradition. The Islamic custom dates back centuries. Calls of this nature, however, are rare in the United States.
According to this translation of the Muslim call to prayer, there is no mention of the word "peace." Curious, isn't it?

I'm with the Hamtramck resident who said, if they're so religious, they should know what time to go to church.
In Italian, it sounds less worse

Autobomba, 2 Morti

FoxNews: KUFA, Iraq — A car bomb left at least two people dead and 20 injured near the "Green Zone," and fighting raged in the Shiite holy city of Kufa (search) early Monday, further eroding a deal to halt clashes with followers of a radical Muslim cleric.

On Monday ambulances rushed to the scene of the car bomb that rocked Baghdad near the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq.

The blast occurred about 500 yards from the place where the head of the Governing Council was assassinated in a car bombing on May 17. It wasn't clear if the attack was caused by a homicide bomber or what the target of the bomb was. Residents said there were no government officials living in the immediate vicinity.

Argh. an answer to my letter

in today's Daily Camera

WAR: Terrorism, dressed as righteousness

In her May 27 Open Forum letter, Anne Lieberman's statements, "Faced with global jihad" and "the global Islamist takeover," expose her religious prejudice, that age-old fuel of human violence in the world.

War is terrorism, shrouded in the pretense of national/global righteousness. The concept of war as a sustainable solution is bunk. It is as helpful a cure as amputation, because the possibility of prevention was ignored.

We have the choice to create a future free from the terror of war. We need to find the compassionate equanimity to make that choice. One of the first steps in that direction is to think/feel within a paradigm of possibility rather than within a paradigm of scarcity or fear or blood-debt.

How long will we spend billions on death, destruction and the pirating of resources/land, instead of creating well-supported schools for our young and providing affordable health care? In part, this means treating teachers with the importance and respect that they deserve. We should also explore the potential of new curricula that aim more toward critical thinking and conflict resolution than the asinine goals of standardized testing. Then, who knows, maybe those children will even figure out a way to share the abundance of this planet's resources without continuing to endanger it.

So, what will we tell our grandchildren about how we conducted ourselves in the first decade of the 21st century? I'd like to tell them that we finally learned to live in cooperation instead of competition. Wishful thinking? Quixotic? Now is the time for a lot of that, and for a lot of action along those lines.


For "compassionate equanimity" in the face of a terror war, Mr. Buechler wins this tshirt.
100% cotton. Email me for details on how to collect your prize.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Was Rachel Corrie Blind?

Consider: The Israeli government revealed that 90 weapons-smuggling tunnels were constructed between the Egyptian border and Rafah. At least some of these tunnels were known to end underneath the homes in Rafah.

With 90 tunnels running underneath Rafah, there must have been lots of suspicious activity. Corrie and her friends would have had to be blind not to notice.

First, there are the tunnel connections underneath the homes. ISM'ers who stayed with Gazan families might have seen the tunnels themselves, or they at least spotted people going back and forth from the basement of the home.

During deliveries, people would have been hauling the goods out of the homes. Maybe Corrie herself did some heavy lifting.

The weapons then had to be transported somehow. Vehicles appear to be the natural choice. They would have had to be driven to the tunnel entrances and the weapons would need to be loaded onto the trucks.

Would you wonder about this kind of activity if you were personally on the scene?

Wherever ISM members mingled and even lived among Gaza and West Bank Arabs, it is possible that many of these Arabs were terrorists or helped the terrorists by feeding and housing them. The ISM'ers could have been at gatherings where they were introduced to suspected terrorists, heard stories about violent activities or noticed otherwise suspicious activity.

Actually, there is not only evidence, but proof of ISM aiding and abetting terrorists. When terrorists seized a church in Bethlehem, a few ISM'ers smuggled food to them.

If you put it all together, a reasonable person must conclude that the ISM members knew they were aiding and abetting terrorists.

If you go to that link above, about the weapons smuggling tunnels, go to page 11 of the (Adobe Acrobat) IDF document. There's a photo there of "seized weapons that were intended for Palestinian terror organization" that will knock your socks off.

If anybody has a connection to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you should tell them that we pro-Israel bloggers need access to photos like that. These Adobe Acrobat documents stink.

IDF has Photos: Palestinians Killing Two Palestinian Children

from MEMRI
Aaron Lerner Date: 23 May 2004

An official IDF source confirmed Amir Orens' 21 May story this afternoon to IMRA that two Palestinian children who died in the Rafah procession incident were murdered by Palestinian gunmen and that the IDF photographed the shooting.

The official IDF source explained that the pictures have not been released to the media because information derived from the photographs would compromise security in the field at this time.

The following is a repeat of the excerpts from Oren's original article:

Inside Track / Rafah is a nightmare

By Amir Oren Haaretz 21 May 2004

... When the procession with armed men in its midst set out in the direction of the forces, (the commander of the Gaza Division, Brigadier General Shmuel) Zakaii tried to speak with the community leaders in Rafah. The head of the Liaison and Coordination Administration, Colonel Poli Mordecai, phoned Nasser Saraj, the head of the Civil Committee in the city. Had the Liaison and Coordination Administration sufficed, they would not have needed the tank commander. Saraj, a respected individual, formerly the director-general of the Ministry of Trade and Industry in the Palestinian
Authority, listened to Colonel Mordecai's pleas, but took no steps to
prevent the disaster.

When men obeyed the calls over the loudspeakers to turn themselves in to the IDF authorities (and to the intelligence people who wanted to question them), they were confronted by members of the terror organizations, who opened fire on them and killed two children. A senior officer in Gaza reported yesterday that the IDF have in their possession pictures of this incident, of Palestinians killing their children. He expressed amazement as to why the army has refrained from publishing them.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(Mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730
INTERNET ADDRESS: imra@netvision.net.il
Website: http://www.imra.org.il


bu Nissan Ratzlav-Katz at Arutz Sheva, via Danegerus
Nick Berg, an American from Philadelphia, was kidnapped and tortuously beheaded by Arabs in Iraq sometime in May. The murderers filmed the deed and proudly displayed the victim's severed head.

After killing six Israeli soldiers in an attack on an armored vehicle in Gaza on May 11, the Arabs near the scene of the carnage gleefully held aloft human body parts in front of rolling cameras. One of the Arab terrorists was later interviewed on film with what appeared to be a human head in front of him.

The week before, after shooting at Tali Hatuel's car, causing it to skid and stop, Arab terrorists walked over to the vehicle to finish the occupants off. They looked at the heavily pregnant mother and her four no-doubt frightened girls; the youngest was two years old. And then shot them all. At point-blank range. With sadistic satisfaction, they systematically murdered Tali Hatuel and her unborn son, as well as all of Tali's daughters - Hila, age 11, Hadar, 9, Roni, 7, and two-year-old Meirav.

In Fallujah in March, crowds of townspeople dragged four American civilians out of their vehicles, shot or beat them to death, mutilated their bodies, dragged them through the streets, suspended them from a bridge and burned them.

And they danced and cheered.

With their children.

In Ramallah in 2000, two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped, beaten, stabbed countless times, had their eyes gouged out, and were literally disemboweled and dismembered by an Arab lynch mob.

The people - and I use the term loosely - who carried out the initial beatings threw one of the victims down to the waiting mob, where his face was further crushed with stones, feet, fists and even a heavy metal window frame. One Jew was set on fire and dragged along the street as Arab onlookers danced and cheered. Some of the butchers celebrated their crimes with the victims' internal organs. One of the killers, famously captured on film, proudly displayed his blood-soaked hands to the cheering Ramallah crowd.

And it gets worse. In 2003, nearly two years later, Arab parents in Gaza cheered again when their little children dressed up as members of the Ramallah lynch mob, complete with hands painted blood red, for a kindergarten graduation ceremony.

According to a report by Dr. Michael Widlanski, an Israeli Arabic expert, the Voice of Palestine called the attack on the Hatuel girls "an act of heroic martyrdom". The targeted children and their mother, the PA radio reported only as "five settlers".

Among the participants at the funerals of the Hatuel family members was President of Israel Moshe Katzav. He said, "This day of blood will be engraved in our history. An earthquake has happened. No one in the world can stand apathetically by in the face of these acts by such evil people. Where are those who speak in the name of Allah?"

National Review contributing editor David Frum posed the same question in his May 12 "Diary" on NRO: "Where are the imams?" he asked.

Some of "those who speak in the name of Allah," Mr. President, were busy sawing Nick Berg's head from his body in Iraq. "Allah is great!" they shouted in triumphal glee as they killed their bound and helpless victim. The imams are in the mosques, Mr. Frum, waving swords and exhorting their followers to behead a Jew: "Allah willing, we will cut off his head! Oh Jews! Allah is great! Allah is great!" They are also in Saudi Arabian palaces, telling their subjects that they are 95% certain Zionists are behind Islamist terrorism. They are also writing for the Arab media, explaining that Jews are behind all the evil in the world. And they are even organizing soccer matches, Mr. President, honoring mass murderers.

This is the enemy. Don't look away.
Absolutely right on. Absolutley continue reading.

Prominent Greek Journalist [fill in the blank]

If you guessed, "Accuses Jews," you're right!
JTA via Israellycool

A prominent Greek journalist has accused Greek Jews of being puppets of the Israeli government and of censoring criticism of what he calls "fascist" Israeli policies.

Kostas Betinakis, a former foreign editor of the Ta Nea newspaper, Greece’s largest, made his comments on his news Web site.

The incident raises the issue of anti-Semitism in Greece at a time when a leading Jewish group has reiterated its call for a travel boycott of the country just months before Athens hosts the 2004 Olympics.

Betinakis, known for his anti-Israel views, criticized the country’s Jews after the Central Board of Greek Jewish Communities wrote to the Greek Journalists Union about anti-Semitism in the media following a series of editorial cartoons following Israel’s assassination of Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin in March.

The cartoons included depictions of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Nazi garb and images of Sharon as a butcher cutting up bloody human limbs with a hatchet.

One cartoon portrayed a conversation about the Yassin assassination between two Greek villagers in which one asks the other: "Why did Sharon kill a religious leader?"

The other answers, "They were practicing for Easter," repeating the canard that the Jews killed Jesus.
. . .

Betinakis’ anti-Israel beliefs are not new. As foreign editor of Ta Nea, Greece’s largest newspaper, he has been known to omit news items about Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel.

His Web site also has a 2001 article he wrote about Israel in which he states that the "armored policemen of the U.S. in the Middle East remind one of a caricature of a Jewish small-time merchant breaking his promises and contracts."

What's the matter with you people?

This story (posted below) has seeped more deeply into my consciousness over the day, and I am completely freaked out.
"Also in Paris, a 12-year-old girl coming out of a Jewish school was attacked by two men. They beat her, held her down and slashed her face with a box cutter. They carved a swastika into her face and walked away. Her parents have filed a police report."
I have a daughter who is eleven, and the way I figure it, the outrage would be the same if this had happened to her (in Paris, that is; it's still fairly inconceivable that it would happen in the U.S.). As I was saying, the outrage. There is none. I can't even find any news coverage of it.

In my news search, I did come across this exhibit of editorial cartoons from the 1940s that challenged the U.S. response to the Holocaust.
"At a time when many Americans were indifferent to the plight of Europe's Jews, these courageous artists used their talents to try to rouse America's conscience," said Rafael Medoff, director of the Wyman Institute.
Americans are uninformed and indifferent to the plight of Europe's Jews today. Again.

We failed to protect this child. At the very least, we should be ashamed.

Hither . . .

. . . and Yon

Palestinians from the militant wing of Hamas march with
flags during the funeral for local commander Wael Nassar,
in Gaza City, Sunday, May 30, 2004. Nassar, his assistant,
and a bystander were killed in an Israeli missile strike
early Sunday. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

See also al Qaeda vows to "cleanse" Arabian Peninsula of Infidels

And if you have any further "perplexing questions" about al Qaeda, the New York Times answers them here, and Victor Gunasekara answers them here.

Researchers say Sunshine on Earth Dimmed after 2000

:) How long til Bush and Sharon get blamed?
New York Times: Tracking the brightness of Earth by looking at its reflection on the Moon, scientists have concluded that sunshine on Earth brightened in the 1990's, then dimmed after 2000.

The findings, being reported today in the journal Science, add a new level of mystery to the recent debate about "global dimming" and its causes.

"Dangerous Democrats Demoralizing America"

from junkyardblog, via American Digest

Stream this film and pass it on. Quicktime version at: Gore Speaks

Atlantic City Schools Recognize Islamic holidays

via LGF
Newsday.com: ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City has become the fourth school district in New Jersey to recognize Muslim holidays.

The city's board of education approved districtwide days off for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two sacred Islamic holidays, for the upcoming school year.

Previously, under state law Muslim students and teachers were allowed to take off Islamic holidays without being penalized. According to Superintendent Fredrick P. Nickles, about 560 of the city's 7,800 children are Muslim.

Board member Cornell Davis, who is Muslim, called the decision "courageous" in light of current tensions between Americans and Islamic extremists.

"It shows a lot of character about us as Americans," Davis told The Press of Atlantic City.

Eid al-Fitr, a festival celebrating the breaking of the fast of Ramadan, will be observed on Nov. 15. Eid al-Adha, a festival of sacrifice and pilgrimage, will be observed on Jan. 21.

Spring in Paris

by Carole Raphaelle Davis, Jewish Journal 5/29/04 - via Isralert
The spring 2004 fashions have arrived in the chic boutiques of Paris, and along with 50s-style full skirts and prim lace collars, anti-Semitism is back in fashion. In France this season, Jew-hating is all the rage — literally.

Attacks against Jews and their property have escalated to an alarming extent. The French Jewish community (at 600,000, the second-largest Jewish population outside of Israel) is living in a state of anxiety.

Hostile acts against Jews are posted weekly on the Web site of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France and on a government hate-crime report center. Here are just a few examples from the last few weeks:
A 14-year-old boy wearing a yarmulke came out of the Ourq metro station and was followed by two young men. They called him a "dirty Jew" and robbed him in front of a crowd of witnesses. The men knocked the boy down, beat him on the head and broke his nose. The boy begged for help from passers-by, who simply walked away.

In central Paris, a teacher from a Jewish school was beaten up by young men, who ripped the Star of David from the teacher’s neck and trampled her. They called her a "dirty Jew" and lit her hair on fire. They also told her, "We’re going to burn all you Jews."

A group of four young men interrupted a class in the auditorium of the University Medical School of Saint-Antoine in Paris. They yelled, "We’re going to kill all the Jews" and, "We’re armed and we’re going to take you all down."

When a Jewish student confronted the men they beat him and robbed him. The professor who was teaching the class said nothing and the men walked out without a care while the class looked on in silence. The dean of the University has been told of the situation but has not yet responded.

On the walls of the Rue Des Rosiers (in the Marais, the Jewish quarter), once again there are signs of the Star of David in yellow paint accompanied by the slogan, "And don’t forget the showers of Zyclon," referring to the gas used in Nazi death camps.

Also in Paris, a 12-year-old girl coming out of a Jewish school was attacked by two men. They beat her, held her down and slashed her face with a box cutter. They carved a swastika into her face and walked away. Her parents have filed a police report.
A swastika carved into the face of an innocent Jewish girl proves how anger directed at Jews in France has moved beyond mere hate-speech and racist vandalism. The symbols of hate have jumped from desecrated tombstones and subway walls to the actual skin of Jews.

Unlike the last big wave of anti-Semitism in France, the people who are committing these crimes today are predominantly first-generation descendants of immigrants from the former French colonies in North Africa — Muslim Arabs. Radicalized Islam is taking root all over Europe, encouraged by the international Arab press, the successes of Al Qaeda and sympathy for the Palestinian intifada.

This malignant hatred is fueled by the Internet, where thousands of French, European and Arabic-language sites give voice to and connect cyber-haters in Internet chat rooms. Virtual Jewish blood is flowing from ever-growing e-mail lists while live screaming for Jewish blood is heard at pro-Palestinian/anti-American demonstrations on the Grands Boulevards of Paris.

A 12-year-old Jewish girl walking home from school in Paris is not an Israeli in "occupied territory," but these days she might as well be. She is defenseless and we must step forward to protect her. This new generation of anti-Semite "Arabullies," are also virulently anti-Israel.

Sadly, but not surprisingly, if one speaks in support of Israel at French dinner parties, one is shouted down. Even at my own dinner table, when I told a guest of my fears about living in Paris in such a climate of anti-Semitism, he insisted, "There is no anti-Semitism in France, don’t be ridiculous."

When I told him about everything I had read about the rising tide of anti-Jewish hatred, he told me I was being "influenced by the Jew lobby" and that whatever I was reading was "Jewish propaganda."

When I told him that among other papers, I was reading The New York Times, he said, "You know, The New York Times is a Jewish paper and Jews control all the media."

He said it with a smile, even knowing that I am a Jew. What made his comments especially chilling is that he is on the Catholic Board of Education of Paris.

So this spring in Paris, like every spring, the fashion runways are a jumbled mix of styles, as each designer angles to dominate the nouveau look of the season. This season, I’m afraid the designers of bigotry and hate are already having a good year. In fact, those long, belted black leather Waffen SS coats look an awful lot like Gucci’s sexy new fall line. I wonder what will be modeled on the Paris runways next spring — striped pajamas? Starched black shirts? Europeans have always had a soft spot for this fascist garb; I just hope America doesn’t follow suit.