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from Charles Johnson at LGF,
who came across these posters "all over Venice and Santa Monica"
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from Charles Johnson at LGF,
who came across these posters "all over Venice and Santa Monica"
Facing the newly formed Iraqi court today, Saddam Hussein defiantly questioned the authority of the tribunal. Gazing at his surroundings, he sarcastically smiled, calling the set up a mere "theater". Promptly, numerous articles, many written by human rights activists and journalists, have come to signal the difficulties the Iraqi authorities will face in the process of prosecuting Saddam. Stories of missing evidence, unclear chains of command and invalid court legitimacy have come to surface, thus undermining the success of an effective trial.
Saddam, still claiming to be President of Iraq, held that he was immune to the jurisdiction of the court and refused to sign any document without the presence of an attorney. Participating in a bloody coup and ruthlessly rising to rule the ba’athist party are few of the many ingredients Saddam used to cook his so called legitimate presidency, and yet, the man who once shot his minister of health while presiding a meeting speaks of legal immunity.
The theater Saddam claimed to be standing in was also criticized for being a puppetry of stooges, with nothing but hand picked judges. How undemocratic one would say, forgetting that some of the world's leading judicial systems still handpick their Supreme Court judges. Furthermore, Saddam's legal defense team, which ironically does not include a single Iraqi lawyer, complains of the difficulties it faces in obtaining official recognition and a general lack of Justice. A 20 -strong team consisting mostly of Jordanian lawyers was assembled by Saddam's loving wife, and I ask, where are the unaccounted billions of dollars that mysteriously disappeared before the US-led invasion and how is she paying their salaries?
There is no perfect legal system and the people of Iraq thirst for Justice. We have seen the failures of International Law in the handling of the Milosovic case, and though the current Iraqi tribunal is far from perfect, it should follow its course without unnecessary delay. In an ideal world, all humans should be treated with equal dignity and respect. Sadly, those who least deserve this universal right seem to receive greater priority.
Where are your supporters and where are your loyal servants?
Why didn’t we see millions cheering your name or calling for your innocense?
Why didn’t any Iraqi lawyer accept to defend you?
We reject you and we’d like to expel you out of our minds forever.
We’re nothing like you and we’re not going to treat you the way you treated your opponents when you grabbed power.
We’re going to get a fair trial and you’re going to have lawyers to defend you and we will listen to you although you refused to listen to us for thirty five years.
We will not start our new life with mistakes like you did; this is a new Iraq, an Iraq that neither you nor any of your fellow criminals can recognize.
The new Iraq is totally different from what you wanted or planned in your sick mind.
This is the Iraq where everyone listens to anyone even to criminals like you.
The people of Iraq have judged you decades ago, from the first day you came to power.
Your denial to the people’s judgement didn’t do you any good; all the killing and all the torture you did will haunt you.
This is the moment to carry out a sentence that was agreed on decades ago.
I cried when I saw you in that cage because it took a very long time to happen and it has cost us a lot.
We hope that the world will never allow such a crime to happen again.
A whole nation had her history written with tears and blood and pain and humiliation and death.
Please do not let this happen again.
Let’s learn a lesson from the suffering of Iraq.
And let’s make it a trial for the history that caused all this to happen, not only for Saddam.
This June I attended a “training session” of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), an organization of volunteers whose purpose is to obstruct Israeli defense forces attempting to protect the civilian population from terrorist acts. The ISM was set up by the Palestinians after Arafat broke off the Oslo peace talks and launched the second intifada. Its organizers were Ghassan Andoni, a physics professor from Bir Zeit University in the West Bank, and Palestinian activists George Rishmawi and George Qassis. The idea was to bring in international volunteers, mostly radical students from the United States, Canada and Europe, as “nonviolent peace activists” who would interfere with the Israeli army’s anti-terrorist operations. If the volunteers were injured or arrested, the international repercussions would be detrimental to Israel, a propaganda win for the PLO. The operation costs the Palestine Authority very little since many of the radical volunteers pay their own transportation costs and live in the homes of Palestinians during their stays in the Middle East.Fascinating . . . read it all.
The ISM made international headlines when one of its activists, Rachel Corrie, a college radical from Olympia, Washington, was killed while attempting to block an Israeli bulldozer. The bulldozer was attempting to destroy tunnels from the Gaza strip through which the terrorists imported weapons and explosives. Corrie became a martyr to the cause, and inspiration to other radicals to follow.
The most visible American figure in the International Solidarity Movement is Adam Shapiro, a Brooklyn Jew and college radical,who became a human shield for Yasser Arafat when the Israeli army surrounded Arafat’s Ramallah compound following the massacre of 30 Israelis – some of them Holocaust survivors -- at a Passover seder, shortly after the Intifada was launched. When I interviewed him last year, Shapiro told me point blank that he does not consider himself a Jew. He is married to Huwaida Arraf, a Palestinian-American activist from Michigan whose father holds Israeli citizenship. They have become the spokespeople for the ISM in the United States. In articles on the ISM website where they discuss their goals of dismantling Israel by supporting Palestinian terrorists they use euphemisms such as “legitimate resistance” or support for “legitimate armed struggle” while claiming that they are nonviolent. The ISM uses as its motto “by any means necessary.”
Such means include the hiding of terrorists like Shadi Sukiya, who was arrested in an ISM office in the West Bank. An arms cache was also found in an ISM office. Two suicide bombers gained entry for their murderous agendas under the auspices of the ISM. These Pakistani Muslims from Great Britain entered Israel through Jordan as clients of the Alternative Tourism Group, an operation set up by Andoni to aid ISM volunteers coming to Israel. They then met with the ISM at their offices for an entire day in Gaza before proceeding on to Tel Aviv where they bombed a popular beach bar, Mike’s Place, killing three people.
In the last three years the ISM has developed an extensive presence in the United States, while operating under several organizational names to avoid unwanted scrutiny of its operations. One of these entities, Al Awda (the Return in Arabic), is also known as the Palestine Right to Return to Return Coalition (PRRC). It is led by Mazen Qumsiyeh, a Yale geneticist. There are Al Awda chapters all over the United States, particularly in the vicinities of U.S. college campuses. Other ISM groups under the name SUSTAIN (Stop U.S. Taxpayer Assistance to Israel Now) operate in Los Angeles and New York. In New Jersey, the ISM supporters call themselves Palsolidarity. When the volunteers go to the Middle East to aid the PLO they go under the umbrella name of the International Solidarity Movement. When they hold events in the U.S. and Canada they call themselves the Palestine Solidarity Movement.
The party line, however, is always the same. The right of so-called Palestinian refugees to return to Israel is “unconditional” and Israel itself must become “Palestine.” The number of actual refugees from that part of the former Ottoman empire where Israel was established in 1948 was 600,000, most of whom are no longer alive. The number of refugees the Palestine Authority now recognizes is close to 5 million. The population of Israel is 6 million, including 1 million Israeli Arabs. The math is simple and the desired result: the liquidation of the Jewish state.
At the Palestine Solidarity Conference held at Ohio State last year, Adam Shapiro told me that the ISM has Palestinian “handlers,” or undercover supervisors at all demonstrations against Israel. These supervisors direct attacks against the separation fence that is being built to keep suicide bombers and armed terrorists from infiltrating into Israel and other targets. One of the handlers leading the current attacks on the security fence at the start of this summer’s campaign is a veteran of the Marxist terrorist group PLFP named Hisham Jam Joun. The ISM website, www.palsolidarity.org , openly proclaims that the organization is “Palestinian-led.”
I signed up for the ISM training session, after seeing their Internet announcement calling for volunteers for their new campaign, which they called “Freedom Summer 2004,” after the nonviolent campaign of the civil rights movement in the American south in the 1960’s. There were similar announcements on local websites run by the ISM all over the United States.
The phone number I dialed put me in touch with Paul LaRudee, a 68 year-old retired Berkeley professor who, along with his Lebanese wife, has been a leader of the ISM movement in the Bay Area. LaRudee assured me that they welcomed everybody, no matter how old or inexperienced. “Most of our volunteers are in their sixties,” he said. I was advised if I wanted to train with the ISM I needed to attend an orientation lecture at The New College of San Francisco which was being given by an Arab-American named Jess Ghannam, a psychoanalyst and professor at the University of California Medical School.
Ghannam’s lecture was a two hour diatribe, reviewing the history of the Middle East. It was so pathologically anti-Israel that it even reversed the famous slogan of the PLO, originating with Arafat’s uncle the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem that the goal of Palestinian liberation was to “drive the Jews into the sea.” In Ghannam’s version it was the Jews who intended to drive the Arabs into the sea, though how this could be done with 200 million people he failed to explain.
Ghannam concluded his lecture by telling a story about an Israeli soldier who asked him for his ID card when he was at a checkpoint in the West Bank. The young soldier noticed that Ghannam was from the San Francisco Bay Area and, being friendly, mentioned he’d gone to Mt.Tamalpais High School near Ghannam’s home. “Imagine!” Ghannam said indignantly, “This soldier, a Jew born in the United States, had the nerve to ask me for my ID on my land!” Yet Ghannam had told us in the beginning of the lecture that he was also born in the United States.
The following Saturday morning, June 12th, I arrived for my actual training. The session was held at 2263 Mission Street in San Francisco, a ratty storefront theater in a rundown area of the city that had a folding grid gate barring the entrance from the public.
About ten of us showed up, counting both volunteers and trainers. Before we were allowed to enter the storefront, however, we had to go through a simulated interrogation by an “Israeli border guard” impersonated by a woman named Jamie, who was a social worker for the city of San Francisco.
Jamie took her role very seriously. We learned later that she was an ISM veteran, having been a volunteer in Israel two years earlier as a member of San Francisco’s Jews For A Free Palestine (JFFP) and would be going again this summer.
Jamie went through my belongings and, on finding my notes from the ISM orientation lecture, asked me why I an Arabic name like Jess Ghannam appeared in my notebook.. Playing the game, I replied that I thought Jess was a Christian name and that I had no idea that Ghannam was an Arab. She asked me what hotel I was staying at in Israel, to which I replied the Sheraton. She allowed me to pass inside, and then turned to the next signup.
After everyone passed through the interrogation ritual, the gate was secured with a big padlock so nobody could get in or out. We were told we were in there for the entire day with just a brief break for lunch, a potluck meal which we had all been asked to contribute to.
Now that we had entered “Israel,” Jamie continued with the instruction. She had us form a circle and then led a discussion of the “border checkpoint” we’d just been through. I was told I did the right thing to get past the guard by lying that I had not realized Ghannam was an Arabic name and making up the hotel, since I would be actually staying with Palestinians. In other words, the ISM training session began with the idea of breaking the law to enter a democratic country by deceiving its border guards. In fact, everything we were instructed to do in the course of our training while we were in Israel would involve some form of breaking Israeli law.
Graffiti reading: "Die Jewish Dogs" was daubed on a wall near the Chabad House of Caulfield Synagogue in the Melbourne suburb of East St. Kilda.
On 24th June 2004, a letter with antisemitic and xenophobic contents was received at the Jewish Community Building in Vienna.
On 24th June 2004 at about 23:00 hours, four yeshiva students were attacked in Wilrijk a suburb of Antwerp. The students were attacked by 10 Belgians of North African extraction. One of the students was grabbed and stabbed in the back. He suffered serious injuries, but is in stable condition in a hospital in Antwerp. Representatives of the entire political spectrum in Belgium condemned the incident. In reaction to the attack, the Belgian Jewish community planned a pluralistic demonstration for Sunday 27th June 2004 near the cenotaph in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
Several vandals sprayed swastikas and other Nazi symbols on more than 40 gravestones in the Jewish cemetery in Düsseldorf. The vandalism was discovered by a member of the Jewish community who had come to the place. A complaint was registered with the police.
A person received an anti-Semitic telephone call on 23 June in Liverpool. The caller said, "you are the dirtiest Jew in the world...you should have been gassed in Auschwitz...I'm going to cut you up."
A mezuzah had been taken off the front door post of the side entrance of a Jewish community centre.
A pupil got onto a bus, leaving her Jewish school and saw two males and two females that had previously bullied her. The victim tried to avoid them but they followed her to the front. They started calling the victim, "dirty Jew," and, "you shouldn't be in this country, why are you on this bus, it's getting dirty, you piece of scum." When the victim tried to alight the bus, one of the perpetrators pressed the close button, and the door shut on the victim's arm.
Three different kosher butchers had received a letter from a group called PWA (Protection and Welfare of Animals). They claim that they do not tolerate the appalling cruelty and suffering that religious slaughter involves.They state that the government is not doing anything, as it is, "so weak and accommodating of both Muslims and Jews and their every request." The letter finishes by the declaring that the establishments have until the end of July to close down, and if the recipients of the letter do not comply, then they will close their shops for them.
A journalist received an antisemitic mailing. The letter – 11 pages long – accuses Judaism of being Communist, Bolshevik and of Jews controlling the media. It claims that Israel uses pornography in their battle against the Palestinians. It also claims that all movements in the world have derived from Judaism, that's why the Jews are hated.
A Jewish family found on 22 June that the air had been let out of the tyres of the family's car. This is not the first time that they had been victims of an attack. They have found excrement on their driveway, the wires were cut to their outside light, their front door was scratched badly and their mezuzah was broken on their front door.
A woman was standing outside her house holding her grandchild when a female came up to the victim and started shouting, "you fucking Jewish bitch, Hitler should have got you all,you all should have died."
The famous Czech actress Bara Hrzanova received a number of threatening letters which mention the fact that she is Jewish, and speak of her "Jewish" hair and nose. The background to these letters was the thank you speech she had made on the occasion of her receiving an award. In her speech, she read a piece from the play "Hrdy Budez" in which she is appearing in which she calls Russians and Communists swine. (The play deals with the Communist era in Czechoslovakia). The letters claim that the Jews and the ODS Party are responsible for the situation in the Czech Republic and not the Communists. The letters also included threats to her family. In addition to that, the Czech Communist Party will sue Bara Hrzanova for her racist remarks.
Window panes were shattered on three of the six front doors of the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation on 21 June.
The victim was walking around Borehamwood, Hertfordshire when three youths shouted "Jew" at him and started to follow him so he ran away.
On 17th and 18th June 2004, two synagogues were torched in London. In the first instance, vandals broke into the storage eroom of a synagogue in South Tottenham in London and stole a roll of toilet paper. After they had removed the bars from the window of a small synagogue attached to the main sanctuary, they set fire to the roll of toilet paper and tossed it into the synagogue. The burning roll set fire to a number of sacred books, some of which were over 100 years old and had been smuggled out of Germany and Poland by Jews who fled after Crystal Night. Construction workers working nearby noticed the smoke and tried to put out the fire. When their attempts failed, they called in the fire fighters. The synagogue suffered considerable damage.
In the second instance, the Center of the Esh Hatorah Educational Organization in Britain located in the Hendon section of London was set on fire. The organization's offices, located on the first floor were completely destroyed by the fire, and damage was also caused to a building housing a synagogue. Two Torah scrolls were torn up and many sacred books went up in flames. In addition, writings, representing years of work by rabbis, were destroyed.
Since late 2000 over 100 synagogues have been desecrated in Britain.
On 18 June a Jew was walking home from synagogue in Hendon, London, when a vehicle drove past and the occupant shouted, 'fucking dirty Jews,' at him.
On 17th June 2004, vandals daubed the words "Boycott Israel" in a number of places on the sidewalk and steps near the entrance to a Jewish-owned shop in Stockholm.
Four youths were outside a Jewish school; one of the youths was waving a gun as the pupils were leaving. The police were called and arrived quickly and stopped the youths.The gun is thought to have been a toy gun.
On 16 June 68 gravestones were desecrated in the Jewish section of the Middlesborough cemetery. The perpetrators, apparently local youths, knocked down and smashed the gravestones causing severe damage to the site.
A number of youth verbally abused a Jewish family walking through the high street in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire on 15 June 2004. The husband wears a skull cap.
The newspaper Russkaya Obshchina Yekaterinburga was shut down on orders from the Sverdlovsk District Court following the publication of antisemitic articles. The order was issued in keeping with the law against incitement and xenophobia.
Pupils harassed Jewish pupils travelling home by bus from their Jewish school in Kenton. The pupils turned round to one of the Jewish pupils and said, "Judgement day for the Jews." They also declared that the victims had, been getting too loud for them. The perpetrators proceeded to throw a bottle filled with drink at them. They then rattled a glass bottle threateningly towards the victims.
On 13th June 2004, a Youth League soccer game was played between the "Maccabi" and the "Iftin" Club made up of the children of Somali immigrants. The Somali coach was heard to instruct his team to beat up the Jewish players. In the course of the game epithets such as "Death to the Jews" and "We'll get you after the game" were heard as well as "Viva Falastin" and "Crush Zionism". After the game was over, at the time when it is customary for the players to exchange handshakes, the "Iftin" coach went over the one of the "Maccabi" players and punched him in the face. This "act" developed into a fist fight in which the "Maccabi" players (who had lost the game) were "treated" a shower of punches. When the fight was over, one of the "Maccabi" players was rushed to the hospital, where he required stitches. A complaint was made to the police as well as to the Soccer Association about the Somali coach's incitement and the behavior of his players.
On 13th June 2004, a 16 year-old Jewish girl was attacked in Stockholm by a group of skinheads who shouted antisemitic epithets at her and called her a whore. They also gave the Nazi salute and shouted "Heil Hitler". They kicked her, knocked her to the ground and cut her with a knife. She was injured in the stomach, the chest and the hands. The girl managed to get to a public park and policemen there rushed to a hospital where she related that she had been attacked and cursed at. Despite the fact that the girl was attacked in a public place and in broad daylight, no one came to her aid.
On 13th June 2004, an e-mail letter denying the Holocaust was received by a Jewish organization in London. The letter read that the Jews are exploiting the lie of the Holocaust in order to blackmail the world and profit from German money. The writer added that the Jews had no right to land in the Middle East, that he himself had been a member of the "Waffen SS" in World War II and that he would shortly divulge the truth about the Holocaust.
On 11th June 2004, a drawing on a wall at the former concentration camp in Rivesaltes near Perpignan was defaced with the use of a scraper.
The sketch had been made by Jewish children in 1942 among the approximately 4500 Jews held in that camp, some 2300 of whom were murdered in Auschwitz.
A meeting dedicated to the memory of the children at the camp, with the participation of the Prefet and representatives of the Jewish community was scheduled for 12th June.
On 11 June a Holocaust denial letter was sent to a Jewish organization in London. An identical letter claiming that the Holocaust was a lie and never took place and that the Jews have been blackmailing the world to get money from the German people and land in the Middle East that they have no right to have, was sent to Jewish organizations in London also on 13 and 19 June. The writer claimed that he was a former member of the Waffen SS.
On 9th June 2004, a group of young persons which included three women and 10 men drew close to a group of about 20 youngsters of one of the Jewish youth movements. The leader of Jewish group, who wanted to prevent provocation, gathered the children together and tried to leave the scene. The other group surrounded them and started shouting at them: "You f…ing Jews"! One of the gang tried to start a fight with one of the girls from the Jewish group, but the members of his own group stopped him.
A pupil, wearing the uniform of a Jewish school, was leaving her Jewish school when a vehicle drove past and one of the occupants shouted out of the window, "Hitler's going to get you."
On 6th and 8th June 2004, members of the Jewish community in London received letter from the National Director of the Aryan Nations Organization. In the letters he wrote that there would soon be an opportunity to exterminate the Jews, that Hitler had been a gift to the race and that the organization had been rehabilitated and strengthened following a period of failure and inactivity.
On 5th June 2004, stickers reading "Jews are ruining your life", and other antisemtitic graffiti were spotted in the Bondi section of Sydney. The stickers were found on houses, street signs and the like. This is a neighborhood with a considerable Jewish population with two synagogues.
A class yearbook published at a Middle School in Florida contained an antisemitic remark. An eight-grade pupil wrote "Death to the Jews" in German. Following a complaint made by a parent, the pupils were asked to tear that page out of the book and the "perpetrator" was suspended from school until the end of the school year in mid-June. The school's Administration claims that the message, which contained spelling mistakes, had somehow slipped through the editing process.
On the evening of 5th June 2004, a demonstration was held in Paris protesting United States policies and those of President Bush, who was visiting France at the time. The protestors passed by the building which houses a branch of the Beitar Zionist Youth Movement, the local Likud Party branch and a small synagogue serving the Jewish residents of Bd de Strasbourg. Some 15 demonstrators of Arab extraction tried to break down the building's external entrance door. Having failed to do that, they daub graffiti reading "death to Beitar" and the like on the door. An hour later, a group of 10-15 demonstrators who had failed to break down the door returned and tried once more, again unsuccessfully.
On 4th June 2004, a 17-year-old Jewish youth was stabbed near the school he attends in Epinay-sur-Seine. The victim said that his attacker had shouted "Allah Akbar" in the course of the attack. The youth was taken to the hospital in serious, but not life-threatening, condition. French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin arrived at the scene of the attack and vociferously condemned it. Others condemning the act were French President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin.
On 3rd June 2004, swastikas and the words "Die Jews" were daubed on a local power station in Jersey.
On 3rd June 2004, Swastikas were daubed on a building belonging to the Jewish community in Yoskhar-ola.
On 3rd June 2004, 20 Jewish graves were desecrated at the historic cemetery in Saint-Foy, a section of Quebec City.
An Israeli wearing a skullcap who was on a visit to Germany was attacked by two men identified as Palestinians. He suffered face injuries and required hospital treatment. The police are investigating.
The word "Intifada" made out of wooden sticks and sprayed with green paint was discovered opposite the medical school in the city of Hradec Kralove. Some 30 Arab students are studying at the school. The police are investigating.
On 1st June 2004, a Jewish family living in Saint-Prix discovered that both their cars had been vandalized with swastikas and the word "Pacho" (fascist) scratched on them.
On 1st June 2004, a young woman was called a "dirty Jew" by the husband of the concierge of the building in which she lives in the 2nd Arrondissement in Paris.
87% support attacks against Israeli soldiers,68% of Palestinians believe a majority of their people view Sharon's disengagement plan as a victory for armed struggle. This belief is highest in Gaza and in refugee camps, at 72%.
86% support attacks against Jewish "settlers," and
53% support attacks against Israeli civilians.
67% believe that armed confrontations have helped the Palestinians achieve "national rights" in a way that negotiations could not. Last December this percentages stood at 64%.
80% believe that Hizballah came out a winner from the prisoners' exchange with Israel.
Only 7% of Palestinians support the adoption of a school curriculum in [a future] Palestinian state that would recognize Israel and teach children not to demand return of all Palestine to the Palestinians.
Arafat's popularity is steady at 38%. Fatah is the most popular faction (27%) in the West Bank, while Hamas (27%) is most popular in Gaza.
"Rabbi Yochanan says that all types of purgatory take control of an angry person... The lowest level of hellish impurity rules the angry person" (Babylonian Talmud, tractate Nedarim, 22a). The Talmud adds, "An angry person ignores the Divine presence", to strengthen the notion that anger severs a person's soul from holiness. "Rabbi Jeremiah of Difthi says that an angry person forgets his knowledge and becomes stupid" (ibid. 22b).
Rabbi Moshe Chaim Ephraim writes (Deggel Machane Ephraim, parshas Mishpotim), "It is a known fact that anger causes the holy soul to take leave from the body". Death is also characterized by the holy soul separating from the body. Once a person is dead, the body is rendered ritually impure. As such, an angry person is as spiritually contaminating as a dead person.
Jonathan Rosen is editorial director of Nextbook, an organization devoted to Jewish culture and ideas. His new novel, "Joy Comes in the Morning," will be published in September.
in today's BOOKS OF THE TIMES
Mr. Cramer's unnatural standard for Israel implies that the country's failure to create a utopia, however high its aspirations, delegitimizes its existence — as if the year were still 1947, and the jury were still out on statehood. This impression is reinforced by Mr. Cramer's habit of referring to Israelis, in the manner of rejectionist Arab states, as "the Jews."
And what does he think of "the Jews"? Mr. Cramer professes blanket enthusiasm: "I love the Jews for being so ably mercantile, agile and glibly hucksterish." It was love like this that helped create Zionism in the first place.
La PazHOWEVER, they fail to include images of Gay Pride Festivities in Ramallah, Amman, Abu Dhabi, Manama, Tunis, Algeria, Dijbouti, Riyadh, Khartoum, Damascus, Mogadishu, Muscat, Doha, Moroni, Kuwait, Beirut, Tripoli, Cairo, Rabat, Nouakchott OR Sanaa. Is this discrimination against Arabs, or what?
Rio de Janeiro
New York City
Australian Broadcasting Company: A Palestinian who reportedly spied for Israel was shot dead in public by militants near the northern West Bank town of Jenin, Palestinian security sources and witnesses said.
Mohammed Tawfiq Daraghmeh, 45, was shot in Qabatya by five militants from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, an armed group loosely linked to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement.
The sources said the militants were not masked.
In a statement sent to AFP, the group said Daraghmeh had been spying for Israel for the past 15 years and had provided information that led to the killings of Palestinian militants wanted by Israel.
Daraghmeh, from Tubas, also in the northern West Bank, was seized by Al-Aqsa militants four days ago. The group said it decided to kill him after Daraghmeh reportedly confessed to spying for Israel.
Palestinian militants publicly executed an accused collaborator
with Israel with machineguns in a West Bank town square on
July 2, 2004 after a throng of Palestinian onlookers called
for him to die. Wild celebrations broke out among the hundreds
of spectators after four gunmen from the al-Aqsa Martyrs
Brigades, part of President Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement,
shot father-of-two Muhammad Rafiq Daraghmeh, 45, in Qabatiya.
A masked Palestinian from the Islamic militant group Hamas
marches during an anti-Israel protest in Gaza in this June 29,
2004 file photo. Photo by Suhaib Salem/Reuters
By Sarah Liebowitz, Globe Correspondent
LONDON -- Recent arson attacks against two north London synagogues have fueled already heightened concerns among British Jews about what they perceive to be an escalating climate of anti-Semitism. More than 100 synagogues have been desecrated in Britain since 2000.
On June 17, perpetrators broke windows and threw burning material into the Orthodox United Synagogue in South Tottenham, near the predominantly Orthodox Jewish community of Stamford Hill, destroying prayer books smuggled out of Germany and Poland prior to World War II.
The next day, a fire at Aish HaTorah, a Jewish educational center in the north London suburb of Hendon, inflicted an estimated $450,000 of damage. Two handwritten Torah scrolls were torn up and used as kindling for the fire.
Investigations into the attacks are underway. Although both fires are being treated as suspicious racial incidents, London's Metropolitan Police insist that the two attacks are not linked. . . .
Britain is home to an estimated 300,000 Jews, two-thirds of whom reside in greater London, with the highest concentration living in the northwest of the city.
Compared with European countries such as France, where several synagogues were burned or firebombed in 2002 and 2003, Britain is not known for anti-Semitism.
But Michael Whine, spokesman for the Community Security Trust, said "we've seen since 2000 an annual increase in anti-Semitism, and we've seen an increase in violence." According to the Community Security Trust, 100 out of 350 anti-Semitic incidents in 2002 were related to Israel or the Middle East.
"Clearly incidents rise and fall when there's tension in the Middle East," added Whine. A report commissioned by the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia, showed a dramatic upsurge in anti-Semitic incidents in Britain in April 2002, coinciding with the move of Israeli troops into cities in the West Bank.
According to the Community Security Trust, incidents of anti-Semitism in Britain increased by one-third from 2002 to 2003. In 1996, there were 31 incidents of anti-Semitic property damage and desecration; by 2003, that figure rose to 72.
The Jewish community in Britain was particularly shaken by a desecration in April 2002, when assailants at a synagogue in London's Finsbury Park, a neighborhood with a large Muslim population, painted swastikas over the lecturn and smeared excrement on the floor.
Two months later, an attack on a South Wales synagogue destroyed an 18th century scroll from Spain.
Jewish cemeteries also bear the weight of anti-Semitic vandalism. Nearly 400 Jewish graves were desecrated in Newham, London, in May 2003. In July 2003, vandals covered graves in a Jewish section of Southampton with swastikas.
Beyond physical acts of anti-Semitism, British Jews are concerned about what Whine calls "intellectual anti-Semitism, which often masquerades as anti-Zionism."
In two cases, politicians' comments have raised alarm. In January, Jenny Tonge, a member of Parliament from the Liberal Democratic Party, said of Palestinian suicide bombers, "I think if I had to live in that situation, and I say this advisedly, I might just consider becoming one myself."
In May 2003, Tam Dalyell, a veteran Labor Party member of Parliament, told Vanity Fair magazine that he feared Prime Minister Tony Blair was "being unduly influenced by a cabal of Jewish advisers." When criticized for his remark, Dalyell claimed he was referring to the administration of President Bush, rather than to Blair's advisers.
Before leaving his post this spring, Israel's ambassador to Britain, Zvi Shtauber, remarked during an interview with the Observer newspaper, "If there is a concern, it is a growing anti-Semitism, covered in a [veneer] of being anti-Israel, that is coming from the left."
Jewish leaders in other European countries have expressed concern about the new connection they see between anti-Israel sentiment and anti-Semitism. In a poll of Europeans done last fall for the European Union, a majority of respondents, 59 percent, said they viewed Israel as a threat to world peace.
In France, home to Europe's largest Jewish and Muslim populations, the Le Monde newspaper wrote in a November editorial that the "disapproval and condemnation of Israel's policy in the Palestinian territories have clearly lowered the barrier -- already unclear to some -- between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism."
Whine says anti-Semitism won't go away until the government recognizes that it "comes from new and different directions; increasingly it comes from Islamists, Arabs, the far left." Anti-Semitism, says Whine, "is like a virus that mutates."
BBC: The bombers behind the 11 March train blasts in Madrid planned more attacks in the Spanish capital.
Documents found by police in a flat of several suspects list three potential new targets, including the Jewish recreation ground Masada, the Synagogue Hotel, and a British primary school.
Edict of the Expulsion of the Jews [from Spain] 1492
translated from the Castilian by Edward Peters
(1) King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, by the grace of God, King and Queen of Castile, Leon, Aragon, Sicily, Granada, Toledo, Valencia, Galicia, the Balearic Islands, Seville, Sardinia, Cordoba, Corsica, Murcia, Jaen, of the Algarve, Algeciras, Gibraltar, and of the Canary Islands, count and countess of Barcelona and lords of Biscay and Molina, dukes of Athens and Neopatria, counts of Rousillon and Cerdana, marquises of Oristan and of Gociano, to the prince Lord Juan, our very dear and muched love son, and to the other royal children, prelates, dukes, marquees, counts, masters of military orders, priors, grandees, knight commanders, governors of castles and fortified places of our kingdoms and lordships, and to councils, magistrates, mayors, constables, district judges, knights, official squires, and all good men of the noble and loyal city of Burgos and other cities, towns, and villages of its bishopric and of other archbishoprics, bishoprics, dioceses of our kingdom and lordships, and to the residential quarters of the Jews of the said city of Burgos and of all the aforesaid cities, towns, and villages of its bishopric and of the other cities, towns, and villages of our aforementioned kingdoms and lordships, and to all Jews and to all individual Jews of those places, and to barons and women of whatever age they may be, and to all other persons of whatever law, estate, dignity, preeminence, and condition they may be, and to all to whom the matter contained in this charter pertains or may pertain. Salutations and grace. . . .
(5) Therefore, we, with the counsel and advice of prelates, great noblemen of our kingdoms, and other persons of learning and wisdom of our Council, having taken deliberation about this matter, resolve to order the said Jews and Jewesses of our kingdoms to depart and never to return or come back to them or to any of them. And concerning this we command this our charter to be given, by which we order all Jews and Jewesses of whatever age they may be, who live, reside, and exist in our said kingdoms and lordships, as much those who are natives as those who are not, who by whatever manner or whatever cause have come to live and reside therein, that by the end of the month of July next of the present year, they depart from all of these our said realms and lordships, along with their sons and daughters, menservants and maidservants, Jewish familiars, those who are great as well as the lesser folk, of whatever age they may be, and they shall not dare to return to those places, nor to reside in them, nor to live in any part of them, neither temporarily on the way to somewhere else nor in any other manner, under pain that if they do not perform and comply with this command and should be found in our said kingdom and lordships and should in any manner live in them, they incur the penalty of death and the confiscation of all their possessions by our Chamber of Finance, incurring these penalties by the act itself, without further trial, sentence, or declaration. And we command and forbid that any person or persons of the said kingdoms, of whatever estate, condition, or dignity that they may be, shall dare to receive, protect, defend, nor hold publicly or secretly any Jew or Jewess beyond the date of the end of July and from henceforth forever, in their lands, houses, or in other parts of any of our said kingdoms and lordships, under pain of losing all their possessions, vassals, fortified places, and other inheritances, and beyond this of losing whatever financial grants they hold from us by our Chamber of Finance.
MEMRI's latest initiative - the Arab TV Monitor Project - has been launched. Translated segments from Arab TV channels are available through a dedicated website. Media broadcast-quality versions will be made available to the media in addition to regular streaming video version for ordinary viewing.You've gotta see this - it's amazing. We should all support MEMRI's efforts.
MEMRI's TV monitoring center operates 16 hours per day, overseeing every major Arab channel. The center has the in-house capability to translate, subtitle and distribute the segments from Arab TV in real time to Western news channels across the world . . .
Labor Party faction leader Dalia Itzik called Wednesday on the attorney-general to launch an investigation against Jerusalem Old City Rabbi Avigdor Neventzal for incitement to violence after he told Israel Radio that anyone intending to give over parts of Israeli land falls under the halachic category of din rodef – someone who endangers life and thus can be killed if necessary in order to stop him.
That term has not been used in public discourse since the trial of Yigal Amir, prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassin.
Labor MK Ophir Pines-Paz also said that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who serves as religious affairs minister, should suspend him from his post.
Neventzal added, however, that the term is not applicable under present circumstances, since half the country supported the government's plan. Any action taken in accordance with din rodef would only lead to civil war, he explained.
Neventzal had originally given this opinion at a rabbinical conference Tuesday at the Givat Haro'eh outpost, which was then quoted the next day in Haaretz. Neventzal told The Jerusalem Post later that none of the rabbis there, among them the chief rabbis of Kiryat Arba and Beit El, had objected to his ruling.
During the radio interview, Neventzal said that he himself could not rule that Sharon fell under the category of rodef, since he is subject to non-hassidic haredi authority Rabbi Shalom Yosef Eliashiv, who had already ruled that Sharon was not.
Prof. Shmuel Sandler, holder of the Lainer Chair of Democracy and Civility at Bar-Ilan University, said the combination of Zionism and haredism that Neventzal represents is dangerous. "Neither Zionism nor fundamentalism is dangerous in itself, but a synthesis of the two can be combustible," he said.
He said that in this way Amir, whose family background is haredi, differs from Merkaz Harav graduates, for whom, in the classic national religious tradition, "the [Jewish] state is holy."
Prof. Yedidya Stern of the Bar-Ilan Law School and a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute also saw the haredi element in Neventzal's profile as dangerous. The government has to guard free expression, no matter how extreme, Stern said, but once rabbis make halachic rulings that challenged society's norms, the government must take action.
However, in this particular case, Stern said he would not prosecute Neventzal as the rabbi had made clear that his halachic decision should not in any manner be implemented.
Rabbi Nahum Rabinowitz of the Rabbinical Council of Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip, said that those who had spread the story nine years ago that rabbis, including himself, had given Amir halachic approval to kill Rabin, knew very well that it was untrue. "They only wished to blacken the honor of the rabbis. If it is not the function of rabbis to declare what is moral and what is not, then they have no function."
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin called for a discussion on the danger of "severe statements that are liable to cause extreme acts."
The debate is to be held at the request of Pines-Paz, who said there are people in Israeli society who are "preparing to sabotage the democratic decisions of the government by carrying out a political murder." Rivlin responded that decisions of the majority must be accepted, and it is forbidden to say things that could lead to a civil war.
AP in Jerusalem Post: A defiant and downcast Saddam Hussein rejected charges against him as he appeared before an Iraqi judge Thursday, telling the court "this is all a theater, the real criminal is Bush," a CNN pool report said.
Former Iraqi leader's hands were cuffed when he was brought into court for the arraignment, which lasted about 30 minutes. The cuffs were taken off when he went in.
"I am Saddam Hussein, the president of Iraq," Saddam was quoted as saying.
Three Israeli high court judges led by chief justice Aharon Barak handed down a landmark ruling Wednesday, June 30, which said explicitly that the welfare of ten West Bank Palestinian villages is more important than the security of Israeli citizens. The court accepted a Palestinian petition claiming the defense barrier separated villagers from their land, schools and jobs, and ordered the Israeli defense ministry to reroute 30 kilometers out of 40 kilometers of the fence designed to keep Palestinian suicide killers out of the capital. This stretch runs northwest of Jerusalem from Givat Zeev to Nataf. The IDF proposal to cut four gates in the fence was not accepted.
The court affirmed in principle that the barrier’s purpose was to save lives rather than a political land grab and was not therefore illegal. No demands were made of the Palestinians with regard to renouncing support for terror. The director of the defense ministry barrier project said the court had handed down “a very bad judgment for Israel and made a mockery of the victims of the Palestinian Authority and terrorist organizations”. . . .
The route must now be shifted even though it forces a six-month delay on the Jerusalem fence project and leaves the city wide open to Palestinian suicide attacks. . . .
For Wednesday’s high court decision offers a precedent for some 20 Palestinian petitions pending against additional sections of the 425-kilometer barrier – Ariel in the north, Modi’in in the center and Gush Etzion in the south, as well two sections of the Jerusalem perimeter fence at A-Ram north of city and Wallajeh to the south.
Because of these and other delays, including violent protests, only one-quarter of the project has been completed. Even that small section has proved its deterrent worth in the last six months. Its existence, together with round-the-clock preventive missions by Israeli troops, has reduced Palestinian suicide attacks against central Israel by seventy-five percent.
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UPDATE 07/02/04: Story about this ad makes Page Six.
"Think Clinton's ambition matched with Gore's endlessly self-callibrating mind. Now remove all charm whatsoever. There's a reason he went un-noticed in the primary campaign. No sane human being would ever want to notice him. He's a human anti-histamine. He's Botox for the brain.
And, just as in the primaries, this stealth-bore strategy is starting to work in the general election campaign as well. For weeks, Kerry has been all but non-existent on the American stage. And the less you see of him, the better he does."
"Can I come over for Shabbat?" my daughter asked. Her husband had been called up for reserve duty. Again.
"Of course. But didn't he just do reserve duty?" I asked her.
"Yes, and they promised they wouldn't call him back this year. But they did anyway. This is something special..."
I was happy to say yes. What could be better than having my three grandkids and my daughter spend the weekend? I was just sorry my dear son-in-law couldn't join us too. My five year-old granddaughter missed her father terribly. She even kissed the chair around the Sabbath table he usually sits in. The two boys, ten and eight, were busy with their latest dungeons and dragons game, regaling their eighteen year-old favorite uncle, who will be going into the army at the end of the summer, with their plans for including him in their magic wars.
The phone rang right before we lit Sabbath candles. My daughter spoke to her husband briefly, then let my granddaughter speak to her daddy.
"Where is he? It's not dangerous, is it?" I asked her. My daughter
shrugged. "He never tells me. But I hope not..."
I thought of my son-in-law, modest, quiet, studious, a financial consultant with a large bank. He had a wife and three kids, but he was still being called up every time the army needed him. And he never complained. He just went.
The day passed peacefully, a cool wind blowing through Jerusalem, making it pleasant to walk to synagogue and play in the parks. We ate ice-cream, and the kids chased each other around. We took long naps, and short walks, until the sun sank over the hills, and the street lamps came on. My husband took out the candle and wine and spices for the ceremony marking the end of the Sabbath and the beginning of the new week.
And when the Sabbath had ended my daughter picked up the phone to call her husband. It was a short call.
"He said he can't talk right now."
"Did he say where he is?
She paused. "He's in Nablus."
I held my breath. All week long, the army had targeted Nablus, the center of training and deployment of suicide bombers in the last few months. Soldiers were going house to house searching for terrorists.
"Put on the news!"
We learned that as we were sitting around the Sabbath table, the Israeli army had found the secret weapons slick beneath the houses in the Casbah in Nablus. They had blown it up. And in so doing, they had found the hideout of all the leaders of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade (who were- it turns out- all hiding out together, so much for propaganda about rivalries, etc.) All the bomb belts, all the enormous weapons they had stored up to kill our children blew up in their faces. Ten terrorists. One of the dead was
responsible for the death of 23 Israelis in Neve Shaanan in Tel Aviv; another for the death of two Israelis in Kfar Saba. Just last week they had sent a suicide bomber to Jerusalem on orders from Hizbollah, a bomber who was intercepted. They had even terrorized fellow Palestinians in Nablus as well.
Over our quiet Shabbat, fathers and brothers and sons had risked their
lives to deliver what Palestinians themselves are calling a "fatal blow" to the terrorist infrastructure that has cost so many innocent lives.
When my daughter arrived home, she called me. Her husband had called her back. He was out of Nablus. He'd be coming home in a few days. And if I know him, he won't tell us a thing about how he spent his reserve duty.
But this time, unlike all the other times, we'll know, and hopefully, so will you when you open your newspapers and television sets and hear the inevitable ugly spin that will be put on this heroic achievement of the modest, quiet,wonderful men and women of the IDF. God bless them all.
"Peace needs to be built together, by both sides, and it requires parallel and reciprocal efforts, and this also means efforts on the Israeli side," Barnier told reporters following an hour and a half of talks in Arafat's battered Ramallah headquarters in the West Bank.
For there to be peace, Barnier said Israel must "lift its blockade (on the Palestinian territories), end repression, end the construction of the separation barrier" in the occupied West Bank.
The French minister also called for Israel to put a stop to Palestinian "evictions and to a certain number of (property) destructions".Barnier, who said he was "sincerely touched to find (himself) in the heart of the Palestinian territories", said he hoped that peace was within reach, despite the current cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier shakes hands with
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, Tuesday,
June 29, 2004.(AFP/Abbas Momani)
Dear Tom, Kevin, Kirby and Ted,
As your father, I believe I owe it to you to share some thoughts on the present world situation. We have over the years discussed a lot of important things, like going to college, jobs and so forth. But this really takes precedence over any of those discussions. I hope this might give you a longer term perspective that fewer and fewer of my generation are left to speak to. To be sure you understand that this is not politically flavored, I will tell you that since Franklin Roosevelt, who led us through pre and WWII (1933 - 1945) up to and including our present President, I have, without exception, supported our presidents on all matters of international conflict. This would include just naming a few in addition to President Roosevelt - WWII: President Truman - Korean War 1950; President Kennedy - Bay of Pigs (1961); President Kennedy - Vietnam (1961); Eight presidents (five Republicans & four Democrats) during the cold war (1945 - 1991); President Clinton's strikes on Bosnia (1995) and on Iraq (1998). So be sure you read this as completely non-political or otherwise you will miss the point.
Our country is now facing the most serious threat to its existence, as we know it, that we have faced in your lifetime and mine (which includes WWII). The deadly seriousness is greatly compounded by the fact that there are very few of us who think we can possibly lose this war and even fewer who realize what losing really means.
First, let's examine a few basics:
1. When did the threat to us start?
Many will say September 11th, 2001. The answer as far as the US is concerned is 1979, 22 years prior to September 2001, with the following attacks on us: Iran Embassy Hostages, 1979; Beirut, Lebanon Embassy 1983; Beirut, Lebanon Marine Barracks 1983; Lockerbie, Scotland Pan-Am flight to New York 1988; First New York World Trade Center attack 1993; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Khobar Towers Military complex 1996; Nairobi, Kenya US Embassy 1998; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania US Embassy 1998; Aden, Yemen USS Cole 2000; New York World Trade Center 2001; Pentagon 2001. (during the period from 1981 to 2001 there were 7,581 attacks worldwide).
2. Why were we attacked?
Envy of our position, our success, and our freedoms. The attacks happened during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2. We cannot fault either the Republicans or Democrats as there were no provocations by any of the presidents or their immediate predecessors, Presidents Ford or Carter.
4. Who were the attackers?
In each case, the attacks on the US were carried out by Muslims.
5. What is the Muslim population of the World? 25%
6. Isn't the Muslim Religion peaceful?
Hopefully, but that is really not material. There is no doubt that the predominately Christian population of Germany was peaceful, but under the dictatorial leadership of Hitler that made no difference. You either went along with the administration or you were eliminated. There were 5 to 6 million Christians killed by the Nazis for political reasons (including 7,000 Polish priests). (see http://www.nazis.testimony.co.uk/7-a.htm). Thus, almost the same number of Christians were killed by the Nazis, as the 6 million holocaust Jews who were killed by them, and we seldom heard of anything other than the Jewish atrocities. Although Hitler kept the world focused on the Jews, he had no hesitancy about killing anyone who got in his way of exterminating the Jews or of taking over the world - German, Christian or any others.
Same with the Muslim terrorists. They focus the world on the US, but kill all in the way - their own people or the Spanish, French or anyone else.. . The point here is that just like the peaceful Germans were of no protection to anyone from the Nazis, no matter how many peaceful Muslims there may be, they are no protection for us from the terrorist Muslim leaders and what they are fanatically bent on doing - by their own pronouncements - killing all of us infidels. I don't blame the peaceful Muslims. What would you do if the choice was shut up or die?
7. So who are we at war with?
There is no way we can honestly respond that it is anyone other than the Muslim terrorists. Trying to be politically correct and avoid verbalizing this conclusion can well be fatal. There is no way to win if you don't clearly recognize and articulate who you are fighting.
So with that background, now to the two major questions:
a. Can we lose this war?
b. What does losing really mean?
If we are to win, we must clearly answer these two pivotal questions.
We can definitely lose this war, and as anomalous as it may sound, the major reason we can lose is that so many of us simply do not fathom the answer to the second question - What does losing mean? It would appear that a great many of us think that losing the war means hanging our heads, bringing the troops home and going on about our business, like post Vietnam. This is as far from the truth as one can get.
What losing really means is:
We would no longer be the premier country in the world. The attacks will not subside, but rather will steadily increase. Remember, they want us dead, not just quiet. If they had just wanted us quiet, they would not have produced an increasing series of attacks against us over the past 18 years. The plan was clearly to terrorist attack us until we were neutered and submissive to them.
We would of course have no future support from other nations for fear of reprisals and for the reason that they would see we are impotent and cannot help them.
They will pick off the other non-Muslim nations, one at a time. It will be increasingly easier for them. They already hold Spain hostage. It doesn't matter whether it was right or wrong for Spain to withdraw its troops from Iraq. Spain did it because the Muslimists bombed their train and told them to withdraw the troops. Anything else they want Spain to do, will be done. Spain is finished.
The next will probably be France. Our one hope on France is that they might see the light and realize that if we don't win, they are finished too, in that they can't resist the Muslimists without us. However, it may already be too late for France. France is already 20% Muslim and fading fast. See the attached article on the French condition by Tom Segel. 
If we lose the war, our production, income, exports and way of life will all vanish as we know it. After losing, who would trade or deal with us if they were threatened by the Muslims. If we can't stop the Muslims, how could anyone else? The Muslims fully know what is riding on this war and therefore are completely committed to winning at any cost. We better know it too and be likewise committed to winning at any cost.
Why do I go on at such lengths about the results of losing? Simple. Until we recognize the costs of losing, we cannot unite and really put 100% of our thoughts and efforts into winning. And it is going to take that 100% effort to win.
So, how can we lose the war? Again, the answer is simple. We can lose the war by imploding. That is, defeating ourselves by refusing to recognize the enemy and their purpose and really digging in and lending full support to the war effort. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose. If we continue to be divided, there is no way that we can win.
Let me give you a few examples of how we simply don't comprehend the life and death seriousness of this situation.
- President Bush selects Norman Mineta as Secretary of Transportation. Although all of the terrorist attacks were committed by Muslim men between 17 and 40 years of age, Secretary Mineta refuses to allow profiling. Does that sound like we are taking this thing seriously? This is war. For the duration we are going to have to give up some of the civil rights we have become accustomed to. We had better be prepared to lose some of our civil rights temporarily or we will most certainly lose all of them permanently.
And don't worry that it is a slippery slope. We gave up plenty of civil rights during WWII and immediately restored them after the victory and in fact added many more since then. Do I blame President Bush or President Clinton before him? No, I blame us for blithely assuming we can maintain all of our Political Correctness and all of our civil rights during this conflict and have a clean, lawful, honorable war. None of those words apply to war. Get them out of your head.
- Some have gone so far in their criticism of the war and/or the Administration that it almost seems they would literally like to see us lose. I hasten to add that this isn't because they are disloyal. It is because they just don't recognize what losing means. Nevertheless, that conduct gives the impression to the enemy that we are divided and weakening, it concerns our friends, and it does great damage to our cause.
- Of more recent vintage, the uproar fueled by the politicians and media regarding the treatment of some prisoners of war perhaps exemplifies best what I am saying. We have recently had an issue involving the treatment of a few Muslim prisoners of war by a small group of our military police. These are the type prisoners who just a few months ago were throwing their own people off buildings, cutting off their hands, cutting out their tongues and otherwise murdering their own people just for disagreeing with Saddam Hussein. And just a few years ago these same type prisoners chemically killed 400,000 of their own people for the same reason. They are also the same type enemy fighters who recently were burning Americans and dragging their charred corpses through the streets of Iraq. And still more recently the same type enemy that was and is providing videos to all news sources internationally, of the beheading of an American prisoner they held.
Compare this with some of our press and politicians who for several days have thought and talked about nothing else but the "humiliating" of some Muslim prisoners - not burning them, not dragging their charred corpses through the streets, not beheading them, but "humiliating" them. Can this be for real?
The politicians and pundits have even talked of impeachment of the Secretary of Defense. If this doesn't show the complete lack of comprehension and understanding of the seriousness of the enemy we are fighting, the life and death struggle we are in and the disastrous results of losing this war, nothing can. To bring our country to a virtual political standstill over this prisoner issue makes us look like Nero playing his fiddle as Rome burned - totally oblivious to what is going on in the real world. Neither we, nor any other country, can survive this internal strife. Again I say, this does not mean that some of our politicians or media people are disloyal. It simply means that they absolutely oblivious to the magnitude of the situation we are in and into which the Muslim ists have been pushing us for many years. Remember, the Muslimists stated goal is to kill all infidels. That translates into all non-Muslims - not just in the United States, but throughout the world. We are the last bastion of defense.
- We have been criticized for many years as being 'arrogant'. That charge is valid in at least one respect. We are arrogant in that we believe that we are so good, powerful and smart, that we can win the hearts and minds of all those who attack us, and that with both hands tied behind our back, we can defeat anything bad in the world. We can't. If we don't recognize this, our nation as we know it will not survive, and no other free country in the World will survive if we are defeated. And finally, name any Muslim countries throughout the world that allow freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of the Press, equal rights for anyone - let alone everyone, equal status or any status for women, or that have been productive in one single way that contributes to the good of the World.
This has been a long way of saying that we must be united on this war or we will be equated in the history books to the self-inflicted fall of the Roman Empire. If, that is, the Muslim leaders will allow history books to be written or read.
If we don't win this war right now, keep a close eye on how the Muslims take over France in the next 5 years or less. They will continue to increase the Muslim population of France and continue to encroach little by little on the established French traditions. The French will be fighting among themselves over what should or should not be done, which will continue to weaken them and keep them from any united resolve. Doesn't that sound eerily familiar?
Democracies don't have their freedoms taken away from them by some external military force. Instead, they give their freedoms away, politically correct piece by politically correct piece. And they are giving those freedoms away to those who have shown, worldwide, that they abhor freedom and will not apply it to you or even to themselves, once they are in power. They have universally shown that when they have taken over, they then start brutally killing each other over who will be the few who control the masses. Will we ever stop hearing from the politically correct, about the "peaceful Muslims"?
I close on a hopeful note, by repeating what I said above. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose. I believe that after the election, the factions in our country will begin to focus on the critical situation we are in and will unite to save our country. It is your future we are talking about. Do whatever you can to preserve it.
Arutz Sheva: Two people were killed - a grandfather and a four-year-old - and at least 14 injured this morning at about 8:30am when terrorists from Gaza launched two Kassam rockets into the city of Sderot in southern Israel.
The victims have been identified as Mordechai Yosefov, of Sderot, and Mordechai's grandson, Afik Zahavi. Afik was critically injured when a Kassam rocket slammed into the pathway into his kindergarten; he was pronounced dead in the trauma unit of the Soroka Medical Center.
His mother, Ruti Zahavi, remains in serious condition in the same hospital, as does one other person.
Twelve other victims are described in light condition and are being treated for hysteria. They have been transported to the Barzalai Hospital in Ashkelon. State psychologists are attending to the traumatized kindergarten children who lost a classmate to Arab terrorism this morning.
The Hamas terrorist organization is boasting responsibility for killing the child and his grandfather in Sderot this morning.
International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem: Filled with angst and confusion, Yitzhak Ohayon embraced the lifeless body of his three-year old “miracle child,” Afik Zahavi, at his funeral in Sderot Monday afternoon, just hours after a Palestinian rocket killed the son he had waited so long to have.
Yitzhak and his wife, Ruth Zahavi, were a middle-aged Israeli couple that had tried for 15 years to have a child. They finally opted for in-vitro fertilization and young Afik was their “miracle”.
Afik was walking with his mother, Ruth Zahavi, to nursery school yesterday morning when Hamas terrorists in northeast Gaza launched a barrage of advanced Kassam rockets at Sderot. Both were severely injured when one of the missiles landed just outside the kindergarten.
Within moments, neighbors rushed to the scene to aid the wounded and found the mother and child lying next to each other, life draining from their bodies.
Afiki’s backpack, along with candies he was bringing to his final day of nursery school, were scattered about drenched in blood. After providing the name of her child to a neighbor, the mother passed out.
Afik also lost consciousness before paramedics arrived. Both were rushed to hospital in Be’er Sheva, where the boy was pronounced dead and his mother endured over ten hours of surgery and remains in critical condition.
Days earlier, Yitzhak had beamed as only a father can when his boy handed him an invite to the end-of-the-year party at the kindergarten, planned for 11:00 am yesterday morning. But instead of heading to the school, Yitzhak was now speeding to the hospital, tense from sketchy reports of a rocket strike near his son’s nursery.
“I waited 15 years for this child,” he told waiting media after learning of his son’s death. “I cannot grasp this disaster.”
Hours later, Yitzhak leaned over his son’s body and said a painful farewell. “Just tell me good night,” he pleaded.
As friends and relatives led the father away sobbing, he said, "I just wanted him to tell me ‘Good night, Daddy.’”
The mother, her critical condition somewhat stabilized today, has still not been told of her son’s funeral.
"I just wanted him to tell me goodnight Abba."
The mourning father cries.
Four years old and six feet deep
This innocent child now lies.
To pay for this they'll give our land
And take our homes away.
Peace they claim is in our hand
It will be here any day.
We pay in lives. In empty beds.
For what? For being Jews.
The darkness cries and chants its song,
"The Jews must pay our dues."
No simple matter for empty heads
This battle for our lives.
Giving over land and taking homes
Will not stop their swords and lies.
read the rest by Leah Guildenstern.