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Saturday, August 21, 2004

Why did they attack us? Because America supports Israel (a/k/a the Jews)

2nd letter this week to make the association between the safety of Americans and our support of Israel

'WAR' ON TERROR? Bush's real war is on the truth

Can we all please stop calling it the "war on terrorism"?

First, it's not a war.

Second, it has almost nothing to do with stopping terrorism. A serious campaign against terrorism would seek to analyze the problem and put forth solutions that attack its root causes. The war on terrorism seeks to obscure the causes while "taking the fight to the enemy."

As if we can just kill it. The causes of terrorism (both ours against them and now theirs against us) are kept secret in the United States. The dust had hardly settled in lower Manhattan when President Bush declared that the terrorists "hate democracy." Huh? Gosh, Costa Rica has a robust democracy, maybe they're next! Or Canada, heck they're democratic, why not them?

But many of us believed our president. The press was, well you know what the press was: silent.

So why were we attacked, really? Could it be because of (gasp) our foreign policy? Is that just too obvious?

But which foreign policy? Ten years of bombing and starving Iraq? Unwavering support for Israel? Contempt for the Palestinians? Propping up dictators? Establishing U.S. military bases near Islam's holy sites? Grabbing oil? Years of assassinations and bombing soft targets in Islamic countries? Supplying weapons of mass destruction to Saddam? All of these?

Or was it because, as Bush asserts, the terrorists can't stand our Bill of Rights?

It is my belief that Bush's well-publicized lies about Iraq are far less damaging than his unpublicized lies about terrorism. For me, the low point of his administration, if it's possible to pick one, is his fake "war on terrorism."

For all his flag waving, Bush is not on our side. He's on his side. And the corporations' side. He makes us less safe from terrorist attack. The only war he has ever fought is his War on Truth.


Got this email from my son.

Mom -

you should watch this video, it is by this Jewish guy named Sacha Baron Cohen. He is a comedian who has all these fake personas (http://www.hbo.com/alig/bios/)

anyway in the video he is Borat Sagdiyev, a journalist from kazakhtstan. He goes into a bar and sings this song called “throw the jews down the well” and all these people are just cheering and clapping along. It is not rehearsed, but filmed live. It is pretty [messed] up.



Thursday, August 19, 2004

Boker tov, Athens

Arik Zeevi, Israel's judo champion, wins the bronze!

Yes, the same judo champion against whom the Iranian wouldn't compete. (That story went nowhere fast. Just imagine if someone had refused, "on principle," to compete against a Black person. It woulda been a hullaballoo.)

Arutz Sheva covers the win:

"I couldn’t imagine this could really happen," Zeevi told Voice of Israel radio following his win. "I tried to imagine how this would feel, but it does not compare." Zeevi added that although he was under intense pressure to succeed on behalf of Israel, he greatly appreciated the outpouring of support from his fellow Israelis.

Zeevi’s bronze medal is the fifth in Israel’s Olympic history. In 1992, Yael Arad and Oren Smadja won silver and bronze medals respectively in the Judo competition, in 1996, Gal Friedman won a bronze metal for windsurfing in and in 2000, Michael Kolganov won a bronze medal for kayaking.

Zeevi is the reigning European Judo champion and ranks second place worldwide. He carried Israel’s flag at the Olympics’ opening ceremony.
Yasher koach to all the Israeli athletes, and thanks to Joshua for the free food.
WSJ Opinion Journal


We wish this Presidential election had nothing at all to do with Vietnam. There were good people who served and good people who didn't, good people who supported the war and good people who protested it. What happened really shouldn't be an issue more than 30 years later unless you lie about it. So why do the Democrats keep bringing Vietnam up, and to their own detriment?

John Kerry, for starters, has made his four-month service in that country the centerpiece of his campaign. But just last week his staff was forced to admit the Senator had been inaccurate, to put it charitably, when he claimed on multiple occasions to have spent Christmas Eve of 1968 in Cambodia while (he also said) the U.S. government was lying about his presence there.

Now comes Tom Harkin. On Monday the Iowa Senator lashed out at Dick Cheney, claiming the Vice President had no right to criticize Mr. Kerry's policies for the war on terror because Mr. Cheney had a deferment back then: "When I hear this coming from Dick Cheney, who was a coward, who would not serve during the Vietnam War, it makes my blood boil."

"Coward"? Such a comment would take chutzpah coming from anyone. But Senator Harkin is a proven fabricator when it comes to his own Vietnam-era record, as shown during his own failed 1992 Presidential bid. . . .

One would think that the post-1991 Tom Harkin would know better by now than to assail anyone else's Vietnam record. As for our media colleagues, is it too much to ask that they finally take notice of which party is responsible for keeping Vietnam front and center in our Presidential campaigns?

Democratic presidential candidate Senator John Kerry salutes the delegation after taking the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Boston to formally accept the party's nomination and announcing 'I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty', July 29, 2004 AL REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

(I support the President.)

Iranian talk of an attack on America

Jewish World Review: There are growing indications that Iran may be planning an attack on American soil. These indicators are not secret — they appear in speeches, newspaper articles, TV programs, and sermons in Iran by figures linked to the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and other government officials, all discussing potential Iranian attacks on America, which will subsequently lead to its destruction.

A report on May 28 in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported that an Iranian intelligence unit has established a center called "The Brigades of the Shahids of the Global Islamic Awakening."The paper claimed that it had obtained a tape with a speech by Hassan Abbassi, a Revolutionary Guards intelligence theoretician who teaches at Al-Hussein University. In the tape, Mr. Abbassi spoke of Tehran's secret plans, which include "a strategy drawn up for the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization." In order to accomplish this, he explained,
"There are 29 sensitive sites in the U.S. and in the West. We have already spied on these sites and we know how we are going to attack them."

Author Steven Stalinksy is Executive Director of The Middle East Media Research Institute, affectionately known as MEMRI.

Election "reform" in Colorado?

How Colorado could help Kerry win
Bruce Bartlett at townhall.com:
One of the great strengths of the Electoral College is that it tends to magnify presidential victories. For example, although Bill Clinton never got a majority of the popular vote in either 1992 or 1996, he won comfortably in the Electoral College, which gave him a mandate to govern even though he lacked majority support among voters.

The reason for this is that almost all states have a winner-take-all system for awarding electoral votes. Whoever wins the popular vote gets all the state's electoral votes -- even if he wins by a single vote. A state's electoral votes equal the total of its congressional seats plus two votes for its senators. (Washington, D.C., gets three votes -- what it would have if it were a state.) Thus there are 438 total electoral votes, and a candidate must get an absolute majority to become president. . . .

The proposed Colorado system, which will be on the ballot for voter approval in November, is quite different. It would prorate all of the state's electoral votes on the basis of the popular vote. In practice, this means that the loser will always get at least four of Colorado's nine electoral votes.

To see how this system would have worked in 2000, Bush won all eight of Colorado's electoral votes (it received another in the 2000 census) and got 271 nationwide, compared to Gore's 266. If Bush had only gotten five electoral votes in Colorado and Gore had gotten the other three, then Gore would have won the election with 269 electoral votes to Bush's 268. (The total does not add to 538 because one elector from the District of Columbia apparently did not vote.)

Although there are legitimate criticisms to make of the Electoral College, the Colorado effort is nothing but a transparently partisan effort to give Kerry a couple of extra electoral votes. If the election this year is as close as the polls suggest that it will be, it could mean the margin of victory.

UPDATE: Joshua has more here and here - he knows a helluva lot more than I do about this and other state issues.
In almost perfect follow-up to Loftus

WaPo: U.S. Eyes Money Trails of Saudi-backed Charities

Only one small problem with this Washington Post article. It says

In the 1960s, the kingdom was sparsely populated and still relatively poor. It had no trained foot soldiers to run the Muslim league. So the royal family enlisted scores of Egyptian teachers, scholars and imams belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, a highly secretive movement of political activists dedicated to restoring Islamic rule over secular Arab societies.

That last phrase is not exactly correct. Hassan al Banna, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, wrote in 1934 that
"it is a duty incumbent on every Muslim to struggle towards the aim of making every people Muslim and the whole world Islamic, so that the banner of Islam can flutter over the earth and the call of the muezzin can resound in all the corners of the world: Allahu akbar [God is greatest]!"
According to Robert Spencer, al Banna's vision was in "perfect accord with that of classical Muslim scholars such as Ibn Khaldun, who taught in the fourteenth century that
'in the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force.' "

Boker tov, people. It's time to wake up.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

I'd rather blog

Kuwaiti Newspaper:
Iran Delivered Missiles to Hez b'Allah

MEMRI: The Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassa recently reported that Iran has delivered missiles to Hizbullah in Lebanon via Syria, and that Iran and Syria are cooperating closely in missile development and deployment. The following are excerpts of the article: [1]

"Two cargo aircraft landed on the morning of Wednesday, August 4, 2004, at one of the Syrian military airfields in north Damascus. There to greet the planes were Iranian Ambassador to Syria Riza Baqiri and Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mas'ud Idris."

Al-Siyassa also reported that "several Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers had arrived the previous day from their headquarters at a Hizbullah military camp near the town of Qasrbana in al-Buqa' in order to unload a significant number of surface-to-surface missiles."

According to information received from the Syrian opposition in London on Saturday, August 14, the missiles "are of the most recent and improved Iranian model, with a 250- to 350-kilometer range, with which it is possible to hit any target in Israel." The sources also reported to Al-Siyassa that the two deliveries comprised 220 missiles "that Iran had not so far supplied to any foreign entity…

"Over Thursday and Friday [August 12-13], the missiles were transported in civilian Syrian and Lebanese trucks to three Hizbullah military bases" in the regions of Jenta and Yahfufa near the Syrian border, as well as to southern Ba'albek.

The Syrian opposition said that according to information they claim to have received from a senior source in the Syrian military in Damascus, "the alert level of the Syrian missile corps, deployed mostly in the North and East of the country [i.e., Syria], has been raised to high after commanders in military intelligence and in the Ba'th party in Damascus received information about the possibility that the Israeli Air Force would attack the nuclear reactors in Iran via Jordanian, Iraqi, and Turkish skies."

It was also stated that in the event of such an Israeli attack, "Hizbullah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Lebanon overseeing the deployment and maintenance of thousands of missiles of various ranges would fire these missiles at cities in the Hebrew state, which could expand the aerial attacks on the nuclear, chemical, and biological installations and uranium-enrichment plants in Iran, such that the attack would also include Syria and Lebanon." In the same article, Al-Siyassa reported that a "Syrian military source told the Syrian opposition in London that an Iranian military delegation specializing in missiles had accompanied the two deliveries to Syria, in order to oversee the deployment of the missiles in the various regions in Lebanon."

The newspaper also quoted the source as saying that Iranian-Syrian missile cooperation is "the closest cooperation in the history of the two countries' strategic relations, since Iranian scientists working on developing the Shihab missiles in Tehran had gone to Syria at the beginning of the year [2004] to participate in the development of missile artillery based on the same source on which Iran relies – that is, North Korea."

[1] Al-Siyassa (Kuwait), August 17, 2004.

Gore 2000
Bush 2004

My own letter to politicalunit@abcnews.com will not budge from the Outbox (hopefully, their mailbox is full and it's not some malfunction on my end), so out of frustration I thought I'd post these half a dozen or so from others. Enjoy.

Dear ABC News,

I saw your request here for emails from people who voted for Gore and are now going to vote for Bush. You claim not to have heard of any. Wow. Where you been? Just in my personal experience, I estimate 8-10 face-to-face, and I estimate 30-40 people in discussions on blog comment threads over the past 6 months.

I voted for Clinton both times, don't regret it, voted for Gore in 2000, was very upset at the Florida voting dispute. I am feminist, pro-environment, pro-gay-rights, pro-choice, very civil libertarian and supportive of improving human rights around the globe. Fiscally I am moderately libertarian. I found Gore a good match in 2000, although he seems to have become fairly deranged since.

I will be voting for Bush this year, because the war on terror trumps all other issues right now, and Kerry is clueless (not to mention has no character or positive track record). Also I don't like Kerry's demagoguery on outsourcing. The candidate most in line with my political profile would be Leiberman, but the Dems didn't want him, so I am going with Bush.

Judith Weiss

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Because I believe the U.S. is now composed of September 10 people and September 12 people and George Bush AND Dick Cheney are men that will lead us where we need to go in this World War in which we are now engaged. I don’t have any interest in having a Commander In Chief who will make the decision to send my children to war (my son just got back to Germany from Iraq), only if the French tell him it’s okay to do so.

There are very many of us thinking Americans who believe that our country and way of life is under long-term, potentially fatal attack from Radical Islam and we are in a World War that we must win in order to preserve the U.S. and that John Kerry is not the man to lead us in that war. I’ve been unable to determine where John Kerry stands on any issue other than the issue of his own election.

My problem with John Kerry stem entirely from his voting record, which has been clearly against the military for his entire Senate career. Although I am the daughter of a deceased Vietnam veteran, I do not believe Kerry’s Vietnam service record should have been an issue in this campaign but since HE chose to make it one, he must therefore take the heat he’s getting from Vietnam Vets and Vets’ families.

While I do not support George Bush on many of his policies, my bottom line is that he is a man who will do what he says he’s going to do and I believe that is the kind of leader we need at this time in our history.


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Here's the text of what I wrote abc news:

I voted for Al Gore in 2000 in the state of Illinois, Cook county. I am voting for Bush this time around mainly for one reason, 9-11-01. We are at war with Muslim Extremists, and I support the President in the actions he has taken since that fateful day. This is not a time to be nuanced, thoughtful, sensitive, or particularly worried about what our European “allies” think about our actions. It is a time to be strong, and take strong action against those that want to kill us simply because the majority of us are infidels. You can disagree with every one of President Bush’s domestic policies, as former Mayor of New York City Ed Koch does, and still vote for Bush because of the leadership he has displayed in this historic struggle. Tax-cuts, welfare, school vouchers, expanded medicare, universal healthcare, etc. won’t mean much if we have car bombs and other terrorist attacks going off daily and the US resembles the carnage that is Israel on a daily basis. No, I don’t have much faith in Mr. Kerry’s grand plan to get out of Iraq and the overall war on terror by involving France and Germany and the other nation’s who’s leaders secretly hope that he beats Bush. Nations do not make foreign policy based on personalities. It is clear that they do not have the stomach for the fighting in Iraq, and it is up to us to finish the job. Mr. Kerry’s record in the Senate strongly indicates that he is for multi-nationalism, a weak American military, and appeasement as evidenced by his postions both during the cold war and the first Gulf War. That is neither realistic nor what this nation needs at this critical time in our history. I’m sorry, but I just can’t go Democrat this time, I’m voting for Bush

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You're kidding, right? Not one Gore voter who is now voting Bush?

Well, here's your one. Feel free to count my wife as number two. But really, I can't imagine you guys have been truly looking and come up empty. I mean, have you considered asking Zell Miller?

Look, I know we're not the only ones. I'm not that atypical. I live in the suburbs, I have an undergraduate degree from a Catholic liberal arts university, I have two kids. And voting for George Bush is a no-brainer. Reasons:

  1. September 11. Predictable, I know. But this is when I said to myself, "Thank God George Bush is our president and not Al Gore." Keep in mind this was before Gore went into cuckoo-land. Bush isn't going to hedge with terrorists. He isn't going to play nicey with countries that support them just because they have a seat at the UN (unlike our poor friends from Europe who are getting the run-around from Iran). He wants results, not a maintenance of appearances. We all know that Kerry has no intention of being a leader against terrorism. His obeisance is to the "international community," to "consensus," and to an appearance of peace. It is not to security. The smoke and mirrors of the convention couldn't cloud over what comes out of his own lips.
  2. Integrity. Democrats will only admit this when it serves their purposes, but deep down they know it's true: George W. Bush governs by his principles and he sticks to them. Sure, in a political season there's plenty of opportunism and rhetoric. But the policies of Bush--from anti-terrorism to immigration to tax cuts to education--come from his fundamental beliefs, not from pure political triangulation. They aren't crazy fundie religious beliefs, either; they're just common American values. I thought Gore was the same way when I voted for him. But given his post-2000 decline, I think it's clear that there was a deep instability in his values. Kerry, meanwhile, can't even summon up the kind of mask that Gore had. His values are groundless, fleeting, and may as well be non-existent because he has no interest in expressing them publically. I may not agree with every step Bush takes, but I trust that he has a compass that's taking him somewhere. Kerry's groundlessness begins right at the root of his personality: he's a sham Catholic who can't stand up against the political demands of his party to defend even one important principle of the religion to which he claims to adhere.
  3. Fiscal responsibility. I don't mind paying taxes. I don't mind my government spending my money on things of value, even abstract value. I want it to support the arts. I certainly want it to have the best weapons. All I ask is that it is accountable to someone besides itself. I don't know if Bush's private social security accounts will work. But Kerry and the Democrats won't even entertain the idea merely because they want to protect the existing bureaucracy and keep the money safely in government hands. Bureaucracy is not what I pay for; results are. Same with schools. If John Kerry really wanted to improve education in this country he wouldn't be pandering to the bureaucracy that's been failing miserably for decades and has no plan for improvement besides "more money please." Does Bush's deficit annoy me? Sure. But his priorities for where to take the money from and where to put it are far better than, say, Tom Dacshle's. Or John Kerry's. Again, I used to think the Democrats had the best sense of balance between big and small government. But Kerry's unthinking fealty to government programs--especially ones that don't work--is crippling. When Democrats can't even field a candidate with the political courage of Bill Clinton, then I'm going to abandon their spineless party and so are a lot of people.

I probably sound too harsh and too decisive to be someone whose political affiliation changed over the course of the last four years. But a lot has changed in those four years. The strength of my words here don't reflect the strength of any party loyalty, only the strength of my basic values and my desire for a good life. I think you'll find a lot of Americans share those same values and that same desire. So I think you'll also find--if you really bother looking--that a lot of them will be voting with me.

Look, I'm just a schmoe who can't even afford the $25 to register with the National Journal, so far be it from me to question their expert analysis. The election may indeed be beginning to favor the challenger... Too bad there is no challenger.

Chris Floyd
Broomfield, Colorado

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Gore voters mugged by 9/11
By: Sissy Willis

I immediately fired off a note to The Note, calling their attention to the case of one Stewart Johnson, a Brooklyn portfolio manager at a Manhattan financial services firm quoted in Mark Wallace's recent New York Times article, For Red-State Visitors, a Touch of Kerry Blue, where the life-long Democrat mugged by reality spilled his heart out:

"The change for me started post-9/11," Mr. Johnson said of his political shift. "The Democratic Party has just totally changed. They've gone from icons like F.D.R. to Michael Moore. How far can you fall?"


If this doesn't knock your socks off,
nothing will

The Arab-Nazi Connection

John Loftus Speech, Yom Ha Shoah 2004

It always seems a little strange to have an Irish-Catholic talking about Yom Ha Shoah.

I had an unusual education in the Holocaust. When I was working for the Attorney General, I was assigned to do the classified research about theHolocaust, so I went underground to a little town called Suitland, Maryland, right outside Washington, D.C. and that's where the US Government buries its secrets - - literally. There are twenty vaults underground and each vault is one acre in size.

Anyone see the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark"? The last scene of that movie is what the underground vaults are really like, only not as organized as they are in the movie. And in those underground vaults I discovered something horrible. I learned that many of the Nazis that I had been assigned to prosecute were on the CIA payroll, but the CIA didn't know they were Nazis because the British Intelligence Service had lied to them.

What the British Intelligence Service didn't know was that their liar was Kim Philby, the Soviet communist double agent - - a little scandal of the Cold War. But our State Department swept it all under the rug and allowed the Nazis to stay in America until I was stupid enough to go public with it.

What do you do when you want to go public with a story like this one? You call up 60 minutes. We had a great time. Mike Wallace gave me 30 minutes on his show. For a long time, it was the longest segment that 60 minutes ever did. When the episode about Nazis in America went on the air back in1982, it caused a minor national uproar. Congress demanded hearings, Mike Wallace got the Emmy award, and my family got the death threats. It was a great trip.

Then a funny thing happened. Over the last 25 years, every retired spy in the U.S. and Canada and England all wanted me to be their lawyer, for free of course. So I had 500 clients, they paid me $1 apiece. So I am the worst paid lawyer in America, but among the better employed.

Let me give you an example. This year a friend of mine from the CIA, named Bob Baer wrote a very good book about Saudi Arabia and terrorism, it's called "Sleeping with the Devil". I read the book and I got about a third of the way through and I stopped. Bob was writing how when he worked for the CIA how bad the files were. He said, for example, the files for the Muslim Brotherhood were almost nothing. There were just a few newspaper clippings.

I called Bob up and said, "Bob, that's wrong. The CIA has enormous files on the Muslim Brotherhood, volumes of them. I know because I read them a quarter of a century ago."

He said, "What do you mean?"

Here's how you can find all of the missing secrets about the Muslim Brotherhood -- and you can do this too. I said, "Bob, go to your computer and type in two words into the search part. Type the word "Vanna," V-a-n-n-a. He said,"Yeah." Type in "Nazi." Bob typed the two words in, and out came 30 to 40 articles from around the world. He read them and called me back and said, "Oh my God, what have we done?"

What I'm doing today is doing what I'm doing now: I'm educating a new generation in the CIA that the Muslim Brotherhood was a fascist organizationthat was hired by Western Intelligence that evolved over time into what we today know as al Qaeda.

Here's how the story began. In the 1920's there was a young Egyptian named al Bana. And al Bana formed this nationalist group called the Muslim Brotherhood. Al Bana was a devout admirer of Adolph Hitler and wrote to him frequently. So persistent was he in his admiration of the new Nazi Partythat in the 1930's, al Bana and the Muslim Brotherhood became a secret arm of Nazi Intelligence.

The Arab Nazis had much in common with the new Nazi doctrines. They hated Jews; they hated democracy; and they hated the Western culture. It became the official policy of the Third Reich to secretly develop the Muslim Brotherhood as the fifth Parliament, an army inside Egypt.

When war broke out, the Muslim Brotherhood promised in writing that they would rise up and help General Rommell and make sure that no English orAmerican soldier was left alive in Cairo or Alexandria.

The Muslim Brotherhood began to expand in scope and influence during World War II. They even had a Palestinian section headed by the grand Mufti ofJerusalem, one of the great bigots of all time. Here, too, was a man - -The grand Mufti of Jerusalem was the Muslim Brotherhood representative for Palestine. These were undoubtedly Arab Nazis.

The Grand Mufti, for example, went to Germany during the war and helped recruit an international SS division of Arab Nazis. They based it in Croatia and called it the"Handjar" Muslim Division, but it was to become the core of Hitler's new army of Arab fascists that would conquer the Arab peninsula from then on to Africa - - grand dreams.

At the end of World War II, the Muslim Brotherhood was wanted for war crimes. Their German intelligence handlers were captured in Cairo. The whole net was rolled up by the British Secret Service. Then a horrible thing happened. Instead of prosecuting the Nazis - - the Muslim Brotherhood - - the British government hired them.

They brought all the fugitive Nazi war criminals of Arab and Muslim descent into Egypt, and for three years they were trained on a special mission. The British Secret Service wanted to use the fascists of the Muslim Brotherhood to strike down the infant state of Israel in 1948. Only a few people in the Mossad know this, but many of the members of the Arab Armies and terrorist groups that tried to strangle the infant State of Israel were the Arab Nazis of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Britain was not alone. The French Intelligence service cooperated by releasing the Grand Mufti and smuggling him to Egypt, so all of the ArabNazis came together. So, from 1945 to 1948, the British Secret Service protected every Arab Nazi they could, but they failed to quash the State ofIsrael. What the British did then, they sold the Arab Nazis to the predecessor of what became the CIA. It may sound stupid; it may sound evil, but it did happen.

The idea was that we were going to use the Arab Nazis inthe Middle East as a counterweight to the Arab communists. Just as the Soviet Union was funding Arab communists, we would fund the Arab Nazis to fight against. And lots of secret classes took place. We kept the Muslim Brotherhood on our payroll.

But the Egyptians became nervous. Nasser ordered all of the Muslim Brotherhood out of Egypt or be imprisoned, and we would execute them all. During the 1950's, the CIA evacuated the Nazis of the Muslim Brotherhood to Saudi Arabia.

The rest, as they say, is history -- but you must read it all.

John Loftus is a former Justice Department prosecutor, who once held some of the highest security clearances in the world, with special access to NATO Cosmic, CIA codeword, and Top Secret Nuclear files. Born in Boston, Loftus now lives in St. Petersburg where he volunteers as the first Irish Catholic President of the Florida Holocaust Museum, the fifth largest in the world.

He is the author of four history books, three of which have been made into films, two were international best sellers, and one was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Thanks to Sharon in Yerushalayim for sending this.



by Norman Podhoretz in the new issue of Commentary

Yes, it's 38 pages, but you'll have plenty of time, so no excuses. This blog is winding down as my son packs for his Ascent to College. We're leaving Monday, and will see you in September, Gd willing.

If you finish Podhoretz before I get back, then read ADAM GOPNIK inThe New Yorker.

Thanks to Alan, who (because or in spite of ?) being 12 or 13 time zones away, stays one step ahead of me.

Mary Habeck makes a good point

Via Lawrence Auster in FrontPageMagazine

When trying to explain the Islamists' global campaign of mass murder, both liberals and conservatives, despite their fierce mutual disagreements, make the same underlying mistake.

People on the anti-war left believe that Al Qaeda attacked us because we're imperialist, or because we're racist, or because we don't do enough for Third-World hunger (yes, there are people who actually believe the hunger argument; most of them are Episcopalians).

By contrast, many people on the pro-war right, especially President Bush, believe that the Islamists hate us for our freedoms, opportunities, and overall success as a society.

In other words, the left believes that the Islamists hate us for our sins, and the right believes that they hate us for our virtues.

Both sides commit the same narcissistic fallacy of thinking that the Islamist holy war against the West revolves solely around ourselves, around the moral drama of our goodness or our wickedness, rather than having something to do with Islam itself.

A very different perspective on the Islamist challenge comes from Mary Habeck, a military historian at Yale University. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation on August 13, Habeck said that the various jihadist groups base their war against non-Moslems on the Islamic sacred writings, particularly the Sira, which, unlike the Koran, tells the Prophet’s life in chronological sequence.

Using Muhammed as their model, the jihadis live and think and act within paradigms provided by the stages of Muhammed’s political and military career. According to Habeck, this internally driven logic of Islam, and not any particular provocation, real or imagined, by some outside power, is the key to understanding why the jihadis do what they do.

. . . . For example, the terrorists who murdered 190 people in Madrid on March 11, 2004 did not target Spain because of its involvement with the U.S.-led Iraqi reconstruction; the group had been planning the Madrid attack for two years, going back to before the American invasion of Iraq. They attacked Spain because it was the Near Enemy—a formerly Islamic land that they hoped to win back for Islam.

Similarly, regarding the all-important question whether the Wahhabist Osama bin Laden would have been willing to work with the secularist Apostate Saddam Hussein in an attack on America, Habeck says it is entirely possible, because bin Laden believes that his primary enemy is the Greater Unbelief, the United States, and therefore in the short term he would cooperate with an Apostate such as Hussein. Then, after America had been finished off with Hussein's help, bin Laden with the enhanced power and prestige gained from that victory could redirect the jihad back at Hussein and other Moslem Apostates.

Point well taken. ESSENTIAL reading.

Al Jazeerah: People, Governments Show Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners Strike

In Jordan, official spokeswoman of the Jordanian government, Asma Khader, told reporters yesterday that Jordan insists that every single Palestinian prisoner should enjoy his/her rights completely in accordance with international humanitarian law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

In the Saudi Arabia, in its editorial, the major Saudi newspaper of Al-Riyad criticized obviously the Israeli detention of Palestinians, resembling such a policy with the US detention center of Guantanamo in southern Cuba.

The Qatari-based newspapers stressed on Monday the need that the solidarity activities in Palestine should be followed by similar campaigns worldwide, particularly in both Arab and Islamic countries.

The Emirate-based Al-Bayan newspaper also focused on the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike, recommending that the League of Arab States dedicate August 15, as a day of solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners.

Gulf News’s editorial indicated that the prisoners’ ‘empty stomachs battle’ emphasizes the fact that these Palestinians enjoy a free will and strong determination to resist the Israeli occupation.

See also "Arafat joins prisoners' hunger strike"

These people are so good at diverting the attention of their people and simultaneously staying in the news, it's unbelievable.

According to Arutz Sheva,

The imprisoned terrorists demand the removal of the glass walls separating them from their visitors, as well as other improvements in their visiting arrangements. They also want telephones in their cells or wings, as well as the right to have cell phones, a computer in each cell, no Value Added Tax on their canteen purchases, air conditioners in their cells, no more body checks, and more.

. . . Prison and police officials say that they will not give in on any demands that have to do with security. "The jails have become, over the past few years, top headquarters for the Palestinian terror organizations," they say.

Dozens of terror attacks have been planned during this period by imprisoned terrorists, with the aid of cell phones smuggled to them by visiting relatives. Some 850 such phones were found and confiscated over the past year.

U.S. Army units training in IDF anti-terror school

Jerusalem Post: In order to improve their skills and learn firsthand tactics adopted by the IDF in urban and guerilla warfare in the West Bank and Gaza, US Army units are undergoing training in the special anti-terror school located in the Adam base near Modi'in.

After completing their training, the units will return to Iraq. The IDF Spokesman said, "The army does not comment on cooperation with foreign armies," but did not deny US forces were currently training in Israel.

See also al Reuters: "U.S. Says No Troops Training for Iraq in Israel"

Cast your Vote!


"Do you support the creation of a PLO state in the Land of Israel?"
Israpundit has the details. Here is the online ballot.
The vote tally and ballots will be presented to President Bush and the Congress.
Go ahead, have your say.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Raids across England yield charges against terror suspects

BBC: Anti-terrorism police have charged eight men with various offences, including conspiracy to murder. All eight will appear in Bow Street Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, Scotland Yard said on Tuesday.

Here are the charges in full:

DHIREN BAROT, 32, OF WILLESDEN, LONDON - Conspiracy to murder.Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives. Possessing a reconnaissance plan of the Prudential Building in New Jersey. Possessing reconnaissance plans of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, the stock exchange and Citigroup, both in New York, and two notebooks with information on explosives, poisons, chemicals and related matters.

MOHAMMED NAVEED BHATTI, 24, OF HARROW, MIDDLESEX - Conspiracy to murder. Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives.

ABDUL AZIZ JALIL, 31, OF LUTON, BEDFORDSHIRE - Conspiracy to murder. Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives.

OMAR ABDUL REHMAN, 20, OF BUSHEY, HERTFORDSHIRE - Conspiracy to murder. Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives.

JUNADE FEROZE, 28, OF BLACKBURN, LANCASHIRE - Conspiracy to murder. Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives.

ZIA UL HAQ, 25, OF PADDINGTON, LONDON - Conspiracy to murder. Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives.

QAISAR SHAFFI, 25, OF WILLESDEN, LONDON - Conspiracy to murder.Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives. Possessing an extract of the Terrorist's Handbook containing information on the preparation of chemicals, explosive recipes and other information about explosives.

NADEEM TARMOHAMMED, 26, OF WILLESDEN, LONDON - Conspiracy to murder. Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives. Possessing a reconnaissance plan of the Prudential Building in New Jersey.

A ninth man arrested with them on 3 August was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.

Police charged them of conspiring "together and with other persons unknown" between 1 January 2000 and 4 August 2004 under the Criminal Law Act 1977.

Under the Terrorism Act police had a deadline of Tuesday afternoon to charge them or release them, having questioned them for a fortnight.

They were arrested with four other men in raids across England, including Blackburn, Luton, and London.

Two of the 13 arrested on 3 August were freed without charge; two more are no longer being questioned under the Terrorism Act but were rearrested on suspicion of other offences. Three of the nine charged on Tuesday were also charged under the Terrorism Act 2000.

Boker tov, World!

Saddam's Agents on Syrian Border Helped Move Banned Materials

Washington Times: Saddam Hussein periodically removed guards on the Syrian border and replaced them with his own intelligence agents who supervised the movement of banned materials between the two countries, U.S. investigators have discovered.

The recent discovery by the Bush administration's Iraq Survey Group (ISG)is fueling speculation, but is not proof, that the Iraqi dictator moved prohibited weapons of mass destruction (WMD) into Syria before the March 2003 invasion by a U.S.-led coalition. . . .

The United States spotted the heavy truck traffic via satellite imagery before the war. But spy cameras cannot look through truck canopies, and the ISG has not been able to determine whether any weapons were sent to Syria for hiding.

Read it all.

I'm not sure what they mean by "between the two countries." Saddam shuttled the "banned materials" back and forth? or just into Syria?

That "heavy truck traffic" before the war was probably just Saddam sending food and medicine to Syria.

I hate to think what would be considered "real proof" of the existence of those WMD . . .

Kerry's Vietnam commander:

"I do not believe John Kerry is fit to be Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the United States."
The Barnes & Noble here in Boulder doesn't even have the book, Unfit for Command by John O'Neill and Dr. Jerry Corsi; I had to order it.

If you too are having trouble getting a copy, you can preview a single chapter by signing up at HumanEventsOnline to have it sent to you by email. WARNING: this is an admittedly {gasp} conservative website :)

David Limbaugh, also admittedly conservative, writes this at townhall.com :
You can certainly say that John O'Neill and the some 250 Swiftees supporting his position are lying. Or you can say that John Kerry was lying about Vietnam and continues to today. But you cannot honestly say that both groups may be telling the truth. . . .

If just one tenth of what the Swiftees assert is true, we should shudder at the prospect of a Kerry presidency. Where are the media?

I point out the conservatism here because no one else is talking about this book! While there is criticism of the book as a Bush-Regime-driven Smear Campaign, none of Kerry's supporters, Democrats, liberals, lefties, or the mainstream media are speaking to the actual charges made and documented in the book. It reminds me of a child covering his/her eyes so that no one can see them! Surely this attempted blackout -on potentially pivotal news- will come back to bite those who wish to impose it.

And while we're on the subject of liberal censorship, check out this opinion piece at NRO that USA Today accepted before they rejected (for being too biased in favor of Bush). Oy vey.

In the New York Times, everything Bush says or does is Wrong

Misconceived Military Shuffle:

"The troop redeployment plan announced yesterday by President Bush makes little long-term strategic sense. It is certain to strain crucial alliances, increase overall costs and dangerously weaken deterrence on the Korean peninsula at the worst possible moment. Meanwhile, it will do nothing to address the military's most pressing current need: relieving the chronic strain on ground forces that has resulted from failing to anticipate the long, and largely unilateral, American occupation of Iraq. . . .

The Bush administration justifies these movements by pointing to fundamental changes in the geography of threats since the end of the cold war."

The NY times notwithstanding, I imagine most Americans would agree that having 70,000 American soldiers in Germany in this day and age is a waste of time, and that 35,000 ground troops in South Korea would be basically powerless in the face of a nuclear threat from North Korea.

Liberal positions make less and less sense to me: they want our troops to come home from Iraq where there's a war, but they want to keep troops in Europe where there is no war.

Go figure.

See also this Voice of America report, describing the President's weekly radio address; he welcomed the fact that athletes from a free Afghanistan and a free Iraq are taking part in the games. . . .

"The rise of freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq is transforming life in those nations, and its effect will spread far beyond their borders," he said. "For the first time in history, people everywhere will see women competitors wearing the uniform of Afghanistan" . . . . Today, because the world acted with courage and moral clarity, those nations are free, and their athletes are competing in the Olympic Games."

That is truly a monumental achievement, and I admire the President for leading (some of) the world in that feat of "courage and moral clarity."

The Olympics, however, lack both these qualities, and always have. Read this.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Blogosphere gets noticed in a big way

"Right wing. Left wing. Indifferent. Irreverent. There's a blog for every taste, opinion and attitude. washingtonpost.com's 2004 Best Blogs - Politics and Elections Readers' Choice Awards is your chance to speak out and vote for your favorite politics and election blogs."

My initial take on this is that they're trying to co-opt the blogosphere, and I despise them for it. Bloggers and blog-readers love to express their opinions, however, so I won't even bother to suggest that you not participate.

tr.v. co-·opt·ed, co-·opt·ing, co-·opts

  1. To elect as a fellow member of a group.
  2. To appoint summarily.
  3. To take or assume for one's own use; appropriate: co-opted the criticism by embracing it.
  4. To neutralize or win over (an independent minority, for example) through assimilation into an established group or culture: co-opt rebels by giving them positions of authority.

UPDATE 08/17/04: Walter Cronkite, on the other hand, is not so enamoured of us. DANEgerus quotes him as saying,

"I am dumbfounded that there hasn't been a crackdown with the libel and slander laws on some of these would-be writers and reporters on the Internet. I expect that to develop in the fairly near future."
Brace yourselves :)

75% of US Jews agree with the Palestinian Authority:

Don't believe me? Just see today's Jerusalem Post:

75% of US Jews favor Kerry over Bush

and PA silently supports Kerry in US election

The Palestinians actually say the same thing the American Left says, i.e. that any other administration "can only serve their interests better," another way of saying "anyone but Bush" - a expression which, when Googled, yields almost 4 million results.

See also Kerry appoints Mel Levine top Mideast adviser.

To gauge Kerry's attitude toward Israel, one need only look at his votes during 20 years in the US Senate, according to Levine.

"By every rating and criterion, Kerry's votes have shown 100 percent solid support for Israel," he said.
Not so, says Rick Richman in The Jewish Press:

I decided the best indicator of the depth of Kerry's support would be the instances where the pro-Israel position got 60 votes or less -- by definition the most controversial situations, the ones where Kerry's vote mattered most. There were 10 of those votes in the JVL list, and Kerry's record there was . . . envelope please . . . six pro-Israel votes out of 10. So in the close-call category, Kerry was basically a 60-40 guy.

Antisemitic Graffiti at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

"Death to the Jews"
Associated Press: PARIS - Anti-Semitic graffiti, including a sign saying "death to Jews," was found Saturday scrawled on the grounds of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. The graffiti, which included a swastika, was written in black marker on a low wall along the cathedral facing the Seine River. Three stones of the wall had been dislodged, police said.

The mayor said that places of worship and cemeteries around Paris have been under increased surveillance since July.

"Scouting Boys"

Palestinian Islamic Jihad scouting boys wear uniforms and
painted faces during a protest demanding the release of
Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails, at the
Palestinian Legislative council in Gaza city, Monday, Aug.
16, 2004.

Comments from reader of Imshin's Not A Fish

"[M]ore and more I see articles exclaiming "Why can't the Israelis see that the occupation is destroying their country and just end it!" - completely oblivious to the fact that millions of Israelis (and Jews in the Diaspora) DID reach this conclusion at the end of the 1980's, the result being Oslo, and the elections of Rabin and Barak with mandates to seek peace through an end to occupation.

Today it is as if Oslo never happened, Camp David never happened, Taba never happened."

Dems have spent $85 million on registering new voters

Newsmax: So far, the pro-Kerry 527s [non-profit committees that can raise unlimited donations from individuals, corporations and labor unions, registered under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code] have spent $33 million on TV ads bashing Bush.

But the same 527s, backed by Bush-hating billionaires like George Soros, have spent more than triple that amount - some $85 million -- on registering new (read Democratic) voters. These voter registration drives are below the radar screen, but may prove decisive for the Democrats on Election Day.

Steve Rosenthal, head of one of the leading 527s, Americans Coming Together, says, "There has never been anything like this magnitude of voter contact in history."

Rosenthal doesn't lie. The Republicans -- already on track to be outspent by the Democrats by 2 to 1 -- have not mounted any comparative effort.

There is no hard data on how effective the grassroots voter efforts have been so far, but NewsMax hears that the 527s are pouring millions into building get-out-the-vote operations in two states: Florida and Ohio.

Now hold on, I always thought the BigEvilCorporation guys were Republicans. Check this out (from www.PublicIntegrity.org):

With the Democrats promising to "cut family premiums by up to $1,000," why would a giant insurance company macher contribute to them?

What's up in this country anyway?

This Olympic thing really bothers me

For instance, in the Guardian:
Officials of the sport's ruling body debated the possibility of sanctions against the entire Iranian judo team at an emergency meeting yesterday, after an Iranian world champion forfeited his match against an Israeli, apparently because of his country's refusal to compete against the Jewish state.

The officials could not reach a conclusion and new talks were scheduled for today.
* * *
Since the 1979 Islamic revolution Iran has refused to recognise Israel's right to exist. The Iranian National Olympic Committee in Tehran yesterday issued a statement saying: "This is a general policy of our country, to refrain from competing against athletes of the Zionist regime, and Arash Miresmaeili has observed this policy."
When asked if it was the athlete's decision to pull out, a spokewoman replied: "No."
* * *
The International Olympic Committee declined immediate comment, reluctant to intrude on such a sensitive political matter.
"This has not been brought to us as an issue and until it is we would not have any comment," said a spokeswoman for the IOC.

Let's see, wasn't there some other time in our living memory when the world was "reluctant to intrude"? And yet the Jewish people still bend over backward to try to please, gauging their self-interest according to, not what is just, but the desires of the "international community."

"We are heading into a disengagement plan that includes the evacuation of four Samaria settlements. This process is critical to reducing friction with the international community. We will have to evacuate more settlements in the future for this reason.

This isn't just, but it is necessary in order to remain a democratic Jewish state. The United States is virtually our only friend, but even the U.S. supports retreat to almost the 1967 borders." -- Ehud Olmert on Thursday.

Big mistake if you ask me.

But no one did. So I got a blog.

See also this article at Israel 21c about Israeli contributions to security at the Olympics.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Democrats' SPIN out of control

A Kerry-Edwards Campaign press release claims that the "9-11 COMMISSION AGREES WITH KERRY APPROACH TO WAR ON TERROR." (See for yourself at U.S. Newswire - scroll down to the last item).

Did I miss something? I don't think my copy of the 9/11 Commission Report even mentions John Kerry.

Christopher Hitchens "Taking the Measure of John Kerry"

in the NY Times Sunday Book Review
A Call to Service, by Kerry himself, merits Mark Twain's comment on the Book of Mormon -- ''chloroform in print.'' It has no music at all. But if it were to draw its title from any popular song, it would have to bow toward Joni Mitchell and announce itself as ''Both Sides Now.''

For a more obsequious America

Never, Never, Never

Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

-- Sir Winston Churchill

Yale professor predicts GWB victory,
but the New York Times will have none of it

Story at Little Green Footballs.
Arrogant no-integrity journalism at the former paper "of record."
Drudge Report banner headline:


al Reuters: ATHENS - Iran's world judo champion Arash Miresmaeili refused to compete against an Israeli Sunday, triggering a fresh crisis at the Olympic Games where race, creed or color are barred from interfering in sport.

The International Judo Federation (IJF) failed to agree how to deal with the politically explosive issue at an emergency meeting and said it would hold further talks Monday.

The burning issue was whether any penalty would hit Miresmaeili alone or the entire Iranian team, as the intrusion of the Middle East's bitter politics threatened to fly in the face of the Olympic ideal.

My thanks to Michelle for the tip. She writes,

This just validates why I won't watch the Olympics. It's a farce and sham to pretend these people are our "friends." I won't forget Munich in 1972 or the repulsive spectacle of Hitler hosting them in the 30s.

My fellow Jews, I have a question: What exactly does "Never Again" mean to you? ~ Yael*

JUDO UPDATE: Sports columnist Shaun Powell at Newsday:

The beauty of the Olympics lies in its ability to peacefully unite the world. This magnetic pull is needed now more than ever. And yet, while Olympics chief Jacques Rogge was asking all countries to "put aside" any differences for the sake of the Games, the Iranians were putting another brick in the wall between them and Israel. By fixing it so their fighter couldn't compete, the Iranians spit on the Olympic flame. They laughed at the Olympic spirit. They shook their first in the face of goodwill.

And if the organizers here had any guts, they'd put Iran on the next flight to Tehran.

. . . . an Israeli athlete said he had one wish. "Maybe the next Olympics."

Guess who's building a security wall now?

from Naomi Ragen


You're not going to believe this, but the very same EU that has been hammering Israel about the fence is now building one of its own, maybe even with Israeli help. This is NOT a joke.

From http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=823974&fid=942

After European representatives launched a campaign against Israel's separation fence, and voted against Israel at the UN general assembly, theEU is planning a separation fence of its own. The EU plans to build a fence to separate its new members - Poland and Hungary - from its new neighbors -Russia, Belarus and Ukraine - to prevent the free movement of migrants seeking to enter the EU.

Israeli companies that specialize in the construction of warning fences and security systems will participate in tenders to build hundreds of kilometers of fences along the EU's new eastern border.

Maybe Israel should change say the fence is to keep out migrant workers, not terrorists.


Iran warns its missiles can hit anywhere in Israel

TEHRAN, Aug 15 (Reuters) - A senior Iranian military commander said on Sunday Israel and the United States would not dare attack Iran since it could strike back anywhere in Israel with its latest missiles, news agencies reported.

Iran last week said it carried out a successful test firing of an upgraded version of its Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile. Military experts said the unmodified Shahab-3 was already capable of striking Israel or U.S. bases in the Gulf.

"The entire Zionist territory, including its nuclear facilities and atomic arsenal, are currently within range of Iran's advanced missiles," the ISNA students news agency quoted Yadollah Javani, head of the Revolutionary Guards political bureau, as saying.

Location, Location, Location

For those who ask why the Bush administration chose to focus on Iraq, instead of any of the other terror-supporting nations, one need only see where Iraq is.

Right in the middle of Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia- Iraq could provide an enormously important wedge, potentially thwarting collaboration or unification among/between the terror nests that surround it. In addition, Syria becomes isolated, surrounded by relatively moderate, relatively free countries, and Iran gets stuck between Iraq and Afghanistan (on its eastern border).

I heard someone interviewed speak of the liberation of the Middle East . . . such that Arabs could be free and Westerners could be safe. If the president framed it in such terms, he would be giving us something to get behind, not just something to fight. (Hear that, George?)

Looking at it geographically, one can even see our invasion of Iraq as the opening volley in a courageous and forward-looking plan. Please Gd, let there be such a plan.

Anyway, distribute the map. Or a better map that shows Afghanistan as well. Americans don't generally know where Iraq is. And that's so important.

Major Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem AVERTED

Two-day terror alert ends
Arutz Sheva: The high-level terror alert that began in the capital on Wednesday ended this morning (Friday) with the capture of the third of three terrorists intelligence sources indicated were planning to strike in Jerusalem.
See also Terrorists on Hunger Strike (demanding telephones, computers and air- conditioners in their cells, among other things).

PA prime minister Ahmed Qurei took advantage of the situation to demand the release of all 8,000 PA prisoners being held in Israeli jails. "The release of all the prisoners is an essential condition for any solution or progress in the peace process," he said today.

Cell phone found inside Koran at Eshel Prison.
Photo: Israel's Channel 1 TV, via the Jerusalem Post.