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Posted on May 1, 2012 8:02:52 AM PDT
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L. King says:
Jordan is the Palestinian State

Palestinian political thinker Mudar Zahran makes some interesting observations:

1. That minus King Abdullah, Jordan is essentially an Palestinian State, and would be if the monarchy fails.
2. Abdullah's control of the country is far less effective than that of his father, so a grass roots regime change is possible.
3. The Palestinians are fed up with the morally bankrupt leadership of Hamas and the PA, and their political posturing.
4. That Pal-Arabs are treated better in Israel than in any Arab country, bar none.

Watch the whole clip:

Zahran's analysis is refreshingly honest. Jordan administered and paid for the administration of the west bank up until around 1990 and the legal system in that area is still largely Jordanian. Neither Israel nor the PA have altered that. A reunification of much of the west bank with Jordan is still a reasonable option in order to create a viable independent Palestinian state. Even if the King remains, his wife Rania is a Palestinian and so the children (and next heir to the throne) would be as well.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 8:08:29 AM PDT
L. King says:
Watch the May 3rd elections. Ken Livingston wants to turn London into a Mecca for the message of Islam. In which case it might look like this:

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 8:10:24 AM PDT
Sixties Fan says:
And then it will change its name to Londonistan?

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 8:11:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2012 8:13:09 AM PDT
L. King says:
I'm still rooting for Boris. Ken may be counting on the Muslim vote, ala George Galloway's campaign, but many of them are east Indian and Pakistani, not Arabs.

Posted on May 1, 2012 8:37:56 AM PDT
Sixties Fan says:
Speaking of elections:

Monday, April 30, 2012
How Egypt's Presidential Election Will Change the Middle East and the World

By Barry Rubin

What might well be the most significant election in Middle East history is about to happen yet the situation and its implications are simply not understood abroad. On May 23-24, with a probable run-off on Jun 16-17, the most important country in the Arabic-speaking world is almost certainly going to choose a revolutionary transformation that will ensure continuous earthquakes of war, suffering, and instability for decades to come.

Of the dozen candidates only three are important and the question is which of them will end up in the run-off.

--Muhammad Mursi, head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party.

--Abdel Moneim Aboul Fatouh, a former Muslim Brotherhood leader who resigned to run for president.

--Amr Musa, a radical nationalist who combines being an anti-American, anti-Israel demagogue with some real experience in government and some sense of realism and restraint. He has proclaimed the Egypt-Israel peace treaty to be dead. If you don't have a peace treaty that means you are in a state of [three letter word being with "w" and ending with "r."

There are also, among the more serious of the also-rans, a leftist, an old regime supporter, three liberals, and another Islamist.

The mainstream Western view of the election is bizarre and very damaging. In this fantasy, Aboul Fatouh is portrayed as the liberal candidate. If he wins, everything will be just fine and dandy. You can go back to sleep.

What evidence is adduced for this picture? Basically, none. The idea is that his moderation was proven because he defied the Brotherhood to run for the office. Yet the reality is the exact opposite. The Brotherhood refused to run a candidate at a time when it was following a cautious strategy, wanting to show that it wasn't seeking total power and could co-habit-at least for five years-with a non-Islamist president.

By declaring his candidacy, Aboul Fatouh was in fact taking a more radical approach. Later, when the Brotherhood felt more confident after winning almost half the parliamentary seats it became more aggressive.

Most important of all, Aboul Fatouh is the candidate endorsed by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Qatar-based anti-American, antisemitic hardliner. Qaradawi would never endorse anyone who was actually "moderate" much less "liberal."

There are three factors likely to determine the outcome of the first round:

--What proportion of Muslim Brotherhood (parliamentary) voters will support Mursi? Perhaps a quarter or more of the Brotherhood voters backed the group not so much because they wanted an Islamic state but because they thought the Brotherhood was more honest, would govern better, and so on. Will they stick with the Brotherhood for the presidency or will they go for Aboul Fatouh or even Musa?

--Having no candidate of their own who will the Salafi support? Since their goal is to provide a more radical alternative to the Brotherhood, some-but not all-of the leaders will probably go for Aboul Fatouh. But what about their voters who have almost no organizational loyalty-in contrast to the Brotherhood voters-and will presumably support the man they see as the one with the most radical Islamist vision. Few of these people will back Musa.

---Who will support Musa? There is no nationalist bloc in Egypt today. Might Musa emerge as the secularist candidate uniting those voters (only 25 percent we should remember) who don't want Islamism? No. The Christians and liberals don't look at Musa as their man and will probably split their vote among three competing liberal candidates who don't have a chance.

The result may well be an Islamist versus Islamist run-off. In any event, it is likely that by the end of the year Egypt will have an Islamist president, parliament, and Constitution. Laws will be drastically altered, women's rights will disappear, and Hamas would be backed up if it attacked Israel.

Once in power, an Islamist government would eventually appoint similar people to run the military, the religious establishment, the schools, and the courts. Those who don't like it will head for the West in droves.

The alliance with America would be over, whatever cosmetic pretense of friendship remained and despite how much money the Obama Administration pumped in. And the whole region will be sent a signal that this is the era of revolutionary Islamism and jihad at a time when America is weak or even-as many moderate Arabs believe-siding with the Islamists.

In the West, no one in power is prepared for this revolution, an upheaval that will rival or exceed the 1979 one in Iran for its impact.

Posted on May 1, 2012 8:41:56 AM PDT
Sixties Fan says:
From the State-wannabe:

May 1, 2012

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PA celebrates Abu Jihad's terror

Six sporting events named after the arch-terrorist

PA TV and PA official news agency WAFA
venerate Abu Jihad's 125 killings

PA TV broadcast of Abu Jihad speaking in the 1960s and 1970s:
"On one street, for example, we will hold 500 people [hostage]... at any moment, he can blow up everyone; blow up their building, or the whole thing, no matter how many people are there... We want to turn the Tel Aviv day black. We want to turn the Tel Aviv day into destruction, Allah willing. We will turn the Tel Aviv day so it will be remembered in the history of Tel Aviv as black Saturday, black Sunday. Tel Aviv will be closed that whole day with blood and destruction." [PA TV (Fatah), April 16, 2012]

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

During the week of the anniversary of the death of PLO arch-terrorist Abu Jihad, the Palestinian Authority held events and broadcast TV programs celebrating him and his terror attacks. One of the striking components of the Abu Jihad festivities was the presentation of the 125 Israeli civilians and soldiers killed in terror attacks he planned and directed, as a positive achievement. Six sporting events were also held in his honor.

WAFA, the official PA news agency, glorified his killing of Israelis and his attacks on civilian targets in an article that also appeared in the official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
"Abu Jihad was killed by the Israeli Mossad in Tunisia on April 16, 1988... and was crowned the Prince of the Martyrs of Palestine... Among the military operations planned by Abu Jihad: the explosion at the Zohar reservoir in 1955; the operation to blow up the Israeli National Water Carrier in 1965; the operation at the Savoy Hotel in Tel Aviv, which killed 10 Israelis, in 1975; the blowing up of a truck bomb in Jerusalem in 1975; the killing of Albert Levi, the senior sapper, and his assistant, in Nablus in 1976; the Dalal Mughrabi operation (i.e., bus hijacking), in which more than 37 Israelis were killed, in 1978; the shelling of the Eilat Port in 1979; the Katyusha fire on the northern settlements [in Israel] in 1981..." (See full listing below).
[WAFA and Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 16, 2012]

WAFA lauded Abu Jihad for attacking numerous civilian targets and depicts the killing of civilians and soldiers as positive accomplishments. Because of his successful record of terror, the anniversary of Abu Jihad's death is celebrated.

Sporting events portraying him as a hero and role model for youth were held throughout the anniversary period, as reported in the official PA daily:
"The anniversary of the Martyrdom-death of our people's legendary leader, Khalil Al-Wazir, Abu Jihad, is approaching, and in its honor the sports organizations in Palestine are organizing many tournaments in diverse branches of sports... the knights of the Ansar Al-Quds club have commemorated this anniversary every year, and continue to do so. This year they will be holding their 18th tournament."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 12, 2012]

Other sporting events in his name, included:
"Abu Jihad table-tennis championship reaches the quarter-finals."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 16, 2012]

"Veterans of Tulkarem prepare for the 'Abu Jihad' Tournament."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 21, 2012]

"The Palestinian Judo Association held the Martyr Abu Jihad judo tournament on the anniversary of the death of commander Khalil Al-Wazir - 'Abu Jihad'... Ziyad Abu Sbih delivered a moving address in which he reviewed the life of Martyr Abu Jihad and his national achievements. He told the children and youth about the Martyr's biography."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 24, 2012]

"Sponsored by the Palestinian Investment Fund - 'The Prince of Martyrs Abu Jihad' Tournament draw will take place today at the 'Al-Ansar club ."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 22, 2012]

"The Boxing Association has announced the launch of the Third Palestine Tournament for Men and Boys. The association has named [the tournament] 'the Martyr (Shahid) Khalil Al-Wazir, Abu Jihad, Tournament.'"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 27, 2012]

The period was marked with events. For example:
"Marking the anniversary of the Martyrdom-death of Abu Jihad at the Open University in Bethlehem..."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 22, 2012]

"Martyr (Shahid) Abu Jihad School names the winner of the Ya'bad marathon..."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 7, 2012

Posted on May 1, 2012 8:43:11 AM PDT
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Sixties Fan says:
More from the same site:
(vide Videos online)

The PA TV documentary on Abu Jihad included
this image of a bus that was destroyed
in one of Abu Jihad's attacks

The second PA TV film on Abu Jihad glorified terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who participated in the bus hijacking and killing of 37 civilians,
that was planned by Abu Jihad
Parts of a long documentary program, including old films showing Abu Jihad planning large scale terror attacks against Israel was broadcast on PA TV. The film, entitled Abu Jihad: Revolution of a man; a man in the Revolution, shows Abu Jihad telling PLO terrorists about to embark on their terror attack that his goal is "to turn the Tel Aviv day black... Tel Aviv will be closed that whole day with blood and destruction."

The following are texts from the documentary broadcast on PA TV. The film was produced in 2010 under the auspices and supervision of Fatah MP Ashraf Jum'a. It opens with a note that the film contains footage of Abu Jihad making "final arrangements for self-sacrificing operations in occupied Palestine." The PA term "operations in occupied Palestine" refers to terror attacks in Israel. Parts of the documentary film were broadcast on April 16 , the day of the celebrations of his "Martyrdom" death and other parts were broadcast earlier on PA TV in January 2012. Another film honoring him was broadcast on the same day - April 16, 2012.

The following is the video and transcript of the first Abu Jihad film:

Abu Jihad: "After we strike the [Israeli] headquarters, Allah willing, we will close off the streets [of Tel Aviv]. On one street, for example, we will hold 500 people [hostage]. 500 people at once. Can anyone bargain over them? No one, without exception, is allowed to go there unless he sets up the fuse and the explosives. At any moment, he can blow up everyone. Blow up their building, or the whole thing, no matter how many people are there. Our dagger will be a poisoned dagger in our enemy's heart, and we will take down as many as possible. We want to land on enemy territory (Israel) and to be like a single fortress. When we get there, Allah willing, we will begin to fire, to fire on our enemy. We will dig in his throat and heart with the massacres that we spoke about. We want to turn the Tel Aviv day black. We want to turn the Tel Aviv day into destruction, Allah willing. We will turn the Tel Aviv day so it will be remembered in the history of Tel Aviv as black Saturday, black Sunday. Tel Aviv will be closed that whole day with blood and destruction."

Narrator: "It occurred to Abu Jihad to publish a Fatah journal named The Call of Life - Palestine. The first issue, published in October 1959, called for an armed revolution to uproot the Zionist entity. [Abu Jihad] was the mastermind of the armed struggle against Israel. He is a symbol of Palestinian armed struggle. Abu Jihad fell as a Martyr, and symbolized the generation of the fighting commanders who adopted the path of resistance as the first and last solution for the nation's cause. He was known as a tough fighter and an extraordinary commander who was always in a state of war and never lost his way."
[PA TV (Fatah), April 16, 2012

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William B says:
L. King:

RE: Any thoughts or reactions?

From personal experience I can tell you that the American services tend to degenerate in times of peace and have become refuge for all manner of flotsam. The existence of past undercurrents of rabid anti-Semitism and radical racism is undeniable. My view is that this was especially true in the Army because of low enlistment standards. During the time that I was in the service they had Project 100,000 thrust upon them and Army officer entrance standards were significantly lower than Air Force requirements. The advent of wars with concomitant influxes of personnel tended to mitigate the more radical influences and promote the assumption of general societal norms. Now, since the military is so strongly hierarchical leadership's influence can be significant. My sense is that because of active, robust leadership the problem of radical racism remarkably improved. In the case of anti-Jewish sentiment my sense is that although Israel was strongly admired militarily, the leadership was more invested in the "pragmatic" political lines of George Marshall and James Baker. In general, however, they were essentially mute on the issue; perhaps because there were no service-wide instances of anti-Semitism. Neither do I remember any specific instances that came to my attention - it simply appeared to be a non-issue. The case may just be that the low number of Jews in the services and that their otherwise relative invisibility rendered the problem mute.

Now, the case of Major Nidal Hasan may indicate a problem. The toleration of his outspoken radicalized beliefs leads me to believe that an enforced political correctness has led to tolerance for traditional Muslim anti-Jew sentiments. Once that putrefaction erupts without being properly addressed all manner of vultures will be drawn to the rotting flesh.

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Diva says:
An amazing post, thank you!

Edit: Why did Amazon delete this post?? Sixties, please re post after checking for trigger words.

Posted on May 1, 2012 10:59:48 AM PDT
Sixties Fan says:
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Fresnozionism - Who created the state of Israel?
30 April '12..

In a NY Times obituary for Benzion Netanyahu, the father of Israel's PM, who died today (Monday) at the age of 102, this sentence appears:

Ultimately, Israel was created as a result of the partition the revisionists opposed.

(full article online)


In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 11:11:25 AM PDT
John M. Lane says:
Hello L. King,

Thanks for posting about Joseph Bendersky's book, THE JEWISH THREAT: ANTI-SEMITIC POLITICS OF THE U.S. ARMY. I'm a US citizen and served in the US Army during the early 1960s.

Although I'm Christian myself, I do recall hearing anti-semitic remarks on a regular basis including some high-ranking officers. I didn't pay much attention to it and later chalked it off to "rhetorical anti-semitism", but see some of those same attitudes reflected in debates over the LIBERTY incident in 1967.

Anyway, thanks for the reference. I'll see if I can locate a copy and take a look at it.

Posted on May 1, 2012 11:39:40 AM PDT
Sixties Fan says:

Op-Ed: Confront the Israel Bashers
Published: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 8:45 AM

Don't let them get away with it. Be an active advocate for Israel.

David Haivri
David Ha'ivri heads The Shomron International Liaison Office. He deals with foreign press, tours, partnerships and philanthropy for the development of the Jewish communities in the Shomron. He is a strategic advisor to Mayor Gershon Mesika. He and his wife Mollie live in Kfar Tapuach with their eight children.

Many leading professional Israel-bashers are so off the wall and obnoxious with their ridiculous claims that at times, it's hard to figure out where to start.

Last year in Washington D.C., I had the opportunity to debate Hussein Ibish, who has a PhD in obnoxiousness.His strategy is to use his academic rhetoric to make nonsense sound important.

On a recent visit to the UK, I had the opportunity - or dubious honor - along with Shomron Governor Gershon Mesika, to meet with one of England's most prominent Israel-bashers, Member of Parliament Julian Brazier.

MPBrazier has recently gone on record speaking out against the light rail train in Jerusalem, claiming that it is a tool of Israel's apartheid policies, and that it connects "illegal settlements" to "recognized" areas of Israel.

On one hand, he claims that he has never called for a boycott of Israel, while at the same time, he calls for an investigation of local UK municipalities working with the French waste management company Veolia, because of their involvement in the light rail project in Jerusalem.

Beyond that, MP Brazier claims that Israel's "settlement" activity in the "West Bank" is the cause of the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, as well as anti-British sentiments in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

All this takes us back to my opening question: where do you start, when claims so detached from reality are bombarded on Israel by academics and elected officials in modern Western countries? I can understand those who say that it's of no use, those who suggest ignoring the accusations.

But I would suggest that we do confront these bashers and not let them get away so easily

So I was glad for the initiative of the British Israel Coalition, who asked our leadership to meet with Mr. Brazier to set the record straight. After Brazier's recent statement, BICPAK organized a letter-writing campaign to the British Parliament and local newspapers, to speak out against his outrageous statements.

I am glad that we have people like Gershon Mesika, who is an effective municipal administrator with a clear pragmatic agenda of building the Jewish communities of the Shomron. But I am also not ashamed to say, in any forum (including the UK's House of Commons), that the land of Israel is the birthright of the Jewish people, as stated in the Bible. This is not "occupied" land - it belongs to no other people but Israel.

The development of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria is not the cause of the Arab Spring in the Middle East or anti-West sentiments in Islamic societies. Fundamentalist Islamisation is the cause.

Also attending this meeting was Jordanian writer and activist Mudar Zahran, who reminded MP Brazier that the Palestinians already have a state in Jordan and called for his assistance in replacing the Hashemite monarchy with their own leadership.

I do not think that we succeeded in changing Brazier's anti-Israel outlook, which (as he pointed out) is based on three generations of his family's involvement in the region. Both his father and grandfather served in the British army during their occupation of the land.

Still, supporters of Israel do not need to sit back and accept this kind of bashing as a "given." We should stand up and state the simple truth. This is our land. Those who wish to live with us in peace stand to enjoy great benefits from our friendship and ability to bring the region forward in all aspects.

Israel is not the cause of anti-Western sentiments; at best, it is a convenient excuse and meeting place for anti-West and anti-Semitic persons who pose as liberals and human rights enthusiasts. The suffering of the people in Syria, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Egypt has nothing to do with the light rail in Jerusalem, or with the number of Jews who live in Judea and Samaria.

Julian Brazier might not have been convinced to stop bashing Israel, but after the letter writing campaign and the meeting with Shomron leadership, he knows that if he wishes to continue on the path of confronting Israel, his work will only grow more demanding; he will need to do more work and better research if he doesn't want to be exposed as a fool.

All of this might - just maybe - bring him and his like to reconsider how much time and effort they can invest in dealing with an issue that is far from their constituency's real needs and interests.

Posted on May 1, 2012 1:46:36 PM PDT
Sixties Fan says:

Turkish Raids Aim to Lower Israeli Threat Warning

Officials in Ankara ordered a series of raids on groups targeting Israelis; CTB lowers warning for Israelis headed to Turkey.

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By Gabe Kahn
First Publish: 5/1/2012, 10:08 PM

Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Tuesday lowered its threat warning for Israelis travelling to Turkey.

The decision came after Ankara in recent days ordered a series of raids on groups targeting Israelis in Turkey.

The raids were reportedly possible due to Israeli cooperation with Turkish security officials "behind the scenes."

While the raids did not eradicate the terror groups targeting Israelis in Turkey, they were deemed sufficient to remove "the immediate threat."

The current rating of "continuous potential threat" is the lowest level of threat warning issued by the CTB.

"Turkey is still a country where there is an ongoing threat of terrorist attacks against Israelis," the lowered warning said on Tuesday.

"Therefore, the Counter Terrorism Bureau recommends avoiding non-essential visits to Turkey," it advised. "Or, at least taking the necessary precautions."

Tuesday's decision to lower the threat level for Israelis wishing to travel to Turkey comes over a year after a much more serious warning was issued.

Last March, the Turkish media reported that Turkish intelligence officials had credible warnings that Iran's covert foreign action Quds force planned to strike at Israeli diplomats in Ankara.

The Turkish raids and lowered threat warning comes just months after a series of attacks targeting Israeli diplomats in Asia.

A botched bombing attempt in Bangkok was carried out by three Iranian nationals, while police in Delhi have arrested a man in connection to the bombing of an Israeli diplomat's car with ties to Iran.

Police in Tsbili, Georgia disarmed a bomb attached to an Israeli embassy car as well. However, the investigation into that incident has not yielded fruit.

Posted on May 1, 2012 1:48:17 PM PDT
Sixties Fan says:

'Matanyahu' Seal Found near Solomon's Temple

Seal with name similar to Prime Minister's found in the physically closest structure to King Solomon's Temple ever unearthed.

By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/1/2012, 12:50 PM
Matanyahu seal
Israel Antiquities Authority

Another amazing find on the Temple Mount: Archeologists digging under Robinson's Arch in the archeological garden next to the Kotel have found remains of a structure from the late First Temple period, under the base of the drainage ditch currently being exposed.

This is the closest structure, geographically, to King Solomon's Temple ever unearthed.

On the floor of the ancient structure, the diggers discovered an ancient Hebrew seal from the late First Temple period. It is made of semiprecious stone and bears the name of the owner of the seal: "To Matanyahu Son of Ho..." (the rest of the name is not legible).

The name Matanyahu appears twice in Chronicles 1:25, in a section listing names of Hebrews whom King David had appointed to sing G-d's praise and perform other functions at the Holy Tabernacle. A few lines away, the name Netanyahu also appears. Both names are etymologically very close and mean the same thing: "Gift to [or from] G-d."

The seal is about 2 cm. (less than one inch) in diameter. Private seals in First Temple times served people for signing documents and were set on rings.

The archeologists had decided in advance that all of the dirt to come out of this dig would be thoroughly sifted - through use of "wet sifting" and meticulous sorting of the remaining materials in the sieve. The sifting is carried out with the help of thousands of school children from all over Israel, at the Emek Tzurim National Park. About 4,500 pupils participated in the work in the last few months, as well as other volunteers.

Archeologist Eli Shukrun commented, "The name Matanyahu, like the name Netanyahu, means 'gift to G-d.' These names are mentioned several times in Scripture. They are typical of names in the Judean Kingdom at the end of the First Temple period - from the late 8th century BCE until the Temple's destruction in 586 BCE.

"Finding a First Temple seal in the location closest to the Temple Mount is very rare and a very moving experience. It is like a tangible message from the person Matanyahu who lived here over 2,700 years ago. In the ancient structure under the base of the canal, we also found pottery shards typical of the period, on the floor, as well as fallen rocks and remains of a fire."

Posted on May 1, 2012 2:21:58 PM PDT
Sixties Fan says:

Wiesenthal Center Blasts Professor's Anti-Semitic Diatribes

Wiesenthal Center denounced anti-Semitic rhetoric of Prof. Galtung, who blamed Jews for Holocaust, linked mass murderer to Mossad.

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By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 5/1/2012, 9:04 AM

The Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced the anti-Semitic diatribes of Professor Johan Galtung, a respected Norwegian academic who linked mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik to the Mossad, recommended the infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion and claimed that Jewish achievements in Germany led to the Nazi Holocaust.

Galtung has claimed that Jews control the media, academia and deserve the anti-Semitic onslaughts to which they are subjected.

"The anti-Semitic ravings of Professor Galtung, known as `the father of peace studies', disqualify him from being considered as a respectable participant in any field of study, especially one that deals with peace," asserted Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center's associate dean and Mark Weitzman, the Center's Director of Government Affairs.

"His promotion of hate-filled canards such as The Protocols of Zion demonstrates that he cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy," they added.

Cooper and Weitzman charged that Galtung's attempt to link Israel to the acts of a Norwegian mass murderer is, "simply an updated version of the anti-Jewish medieval blood libel."

"We hope that Norwegian academia, the media and the rest of Norwegian society will repudiate these pernicious stereotypes," the Wiesenthal Center officials added. "The next book that Professor Galtung should be required to read is Dismantling the Big Lie: the Protocols of the Elders of Zion which is the first full length refutation of theProtocols. It might actually inject a dose of historical reality into the anti-Semitic conspiratorial theories that dominate his world view," they concluded.

Posted on May 1, 2012 2:32:47 PM PDT
Sixties Fan says:

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Posted on May 1, 2012 3:45:42 PM PDT
Sixties Fan says:
IDF Exonerated in Samouni Clan Deaths

Soldiers battling terrorists killed 21 bystanders from the Samouni clan during Cast Lead in 2009; they did not act recklessly.

By Gabe Kahn
First Publish: 5/1/2012, 9:44 PM
IDF soldiers enter Gaza in Cast Lead
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Investigators tasked with investigating the deaths of 21 civilians in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead in 2009 concluded IDF soldiers were not reckless or negligent.

"The investigation has completely refuted the serious accusations leveled against the IDF by various groups that forces directly targeted non-combatants during hostilities, or made hasty or reckless decisions in regards to civilian safety," the IDF Judge Advocate General said Tuesday.

"None of those involved in the incident, from the brigade commander on down," acted carelessly.

The tragic deaths - including 9 children - occurred when the house was fired upon by IDF soldiers from the Givati Brigade under the command of Col. Ilan Malha.

Members of the Samouni clan had remained in their home per IDF orders as soldiers fought an ongoing battle with terrorists in the area.

However, at one point during the battle, some members of the family attempted to leave the building.

They came under fire from nearby troops, who fired shells at the group. One or two shells hit the home, causing it to collapse.

In addition to the 21 killed, several members of the Samouni clan were injured in the collapse.

Terrorists in Gaza routinely conduct activities in densely populated civilian areas in violation of the rules of war.

IDF commanders charge terror leaders cynically place civilians in harm's way in order to generate headlines wherein the IDF is falsely portrayed as `targeting civilians.'

During Operation Cast Lead, terrorist fighters systemically booby-trapped family dwellings, and placed snipers in and on buildings with non-combatants inside, such as mosques and schools.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 3:47:27 PM PDT
John M. Lane says:
Most of the attacks I've seen on Christians don't come from Jews, Lawrence A. Dickerson. They come from you and your henchmen.

Posted on May 1, 2012 3:50:53 PM PDT
Sixties Fan says:

Part 1

Historical revisionism (negationism)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Historical revisionism is either the legitimate scholastic re-examination of existing knowledge about a historical event, or the illegitimate distortion of the historical record such that certain events appear in a more or less favourable light. For the former, i.e. the academic pursuit, see historical revisionism.[1] This article deals solely with the latter, the distortion of history, which-if it constitutes the denial of historical crimes-is also sometimes (but not commonly) called negationism.[2][3]

In attempting to revise the past, illegitimate historical revisionism appeals to the intellect-via techniques illegitimate to historical discourse-to advance a given interpretive historical view, typically involving war crimes or crimes against humanity. The techniques include presenting known forged documents as genuine; inventing ingenious, but implausible, reasons for distrusting genuine documents; attributing his or her own conclusions to books and sources reporting the opposite; manipulating statistical series to support the given point of view; and deliberately mis-translating texts (in languages other than the revisionist's).[4] Practical examples of negationism (illegitimate historical revisionism) include Holocaust denial and some Soviet historiography.[5][6] Contemporarily, hate groups practice negationism on the Internet. In literature, the effects of historical revisionism are usually described in science fiction novels such as Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), by George Orwell. Moreover, some countries have criminalised the negationist revision of certain historical events.

[edit] Reasons for Revisionism

Historical revisionism is conducted to influence a target's ideology and/or politics for a particular purpose. Revisionists understand Plato's dictum that, "those who tell the stories also hold the power."[7] Sometimes the purpose is as innocent as wanting to sell more books or attract attention with a startling headline.[8] Often, however, that purpose is to achieve a nation's aims by transferring war guilt, demonizing an enemy, providing an illusion of victory, or preserving friendship.[9] James McPherson, President of the American Historical Association in 2003, wrote that some would want revisionist history understood as, "a consciously falsified or distorted interpretation of the past to serve partisan or ideological purposes in the present."[10] Broadly understood, there are two motivations behind revisionist history: the ability to control ideological influence and to control political influence.

[edit] Ideological Influence

See also: Social Influence and War of Ideas

Historical revisionists ..."seem to have been given a collective task in [a] nation's cultural development, the full significance of which is emerging only now: to redefine [a nation's] status in a changing world."[11] History is a tool that contributes to the shaping of national identity, cultures, and memories. Through the study of history, individuals are imbued with a particular identity. By revising history, therefore, one has the ability to specifically craft that ideological identity. Because historians are credited as people who single-mindedly pursue truth, revisionist historians capitalize on the profession's credibility and present their pseudohistory as true scholarship.[12] By adding a measure of credibility to their work, their ideas are more readily accepted in the public mind.[12] To an extent, historical revisionism is recognized as `truth-seekers' finding different truths to fit the needed political, social, or ideological context.[13]

[edit] Political Influence

History provides insight into past political trends and helps predict political implications of the present. Revisionism can be used to cultivate specific politically motivated myths - sometimes with official consent.[14] Self-taught, amateur, or dissident academic historians manipulate and/or misrepresent historical accounts to achieve deliberate political ends. Herodotus, for example, wrote his version of history to gather political support for the Greek system of government over the aggressive Persian despot.[15] Also, Communism and Soviet historiography treated reality and the party line as one and the same,[16] employing historical revisionism to advance a specific political (and ideological) agenda.[17]

[edit] Revisionist Techniques

Most (if not all) of the techniques used in historical revisionism are used for the purpose of deception and/or denial. The specific techniques of historical revisionism vary from using forged documents as genuine sources (or inventing reasons to distrust genuine documents), to exploiting opinions by taking them out of their historical context.[18] Other techniques include manipulating statistical series to support the given point of view, and deliberately mis-translating texts (into other languages)... etc. Instead of submitting their work to the challenges of a peer review, revisionists rewrite history to support an agenda, and often use logical fallacies to obtain the desired results.[4] Because historical revisionism can be used to deny, deceive, or influence explanations and perceptions, it can be regarded as a technique of propaganda.[19] Finally, techniques of historical revisionism operate within the intellectual battlespace in order to advance an interpretation or perception of history.[20]

British historian Richard J. Evans describes the difference in technique between historians and revisionists thus:

Reputable and professional historians do not suppress parts of quotations from documents that go against their own case, but take them into account, and, if necessary, amend their own case, accordingly. They do not present, as genuine, documents which they know to be forged just because these forgeries happen to back up what they are saying. They do not invent ingenious, but implausible, and utterly unsupported reasons for distrusting genuine documents, because these documents run counter to their arguments; again, they amend their arguments, if this is the case, or, indeed, abandon them altogether. They do not consciously attribute their own conclusions to books and other sources, which, in fact, on closer inspection, actually say the opposite. They do not eagerly seek out the highest possible figures in a series of statistics, independently of their reliability, or otherwise, simply because they want, for whatever reason, to maximize the figure in question, but rather, they assess all the available figures, as impartially as possible, in order to arrive at a number that will withstand the critical scrutiny of others. They do not knowingly mistranslate sources in foreign languages in order to make them more serviceable to themselves. They do not willfully invent words, phrases, quotations, incidents and events, for which there is no historical evidence, in order to make their arguments more plausible.[21]

[edit] Deception

See also: Disinformation

Deception is offensively using falsified information, lying, and obscuring the truth to manipulate information or opinion. Revisionist historians use deception techniques to help achieve their political or ideological goals. Within literature, history distinguishes between books published by academic historians doing peer-reviewed work based on credible sources, and deceptive history books based on uncredible sources.[22] The distinction between types of history books rests upon the research techniques used in writing such histories; accuracy and revision are central to historical scholarship. As in any scientific discipline, historians submit their papers for peer review, however, instead of submitting their work to the challenges of a peer review, revisionists rewrite history to support an agenda, often political, and use many techniques and logical fallacies to obtain the desired results. In doing so, the revisionists therefore engages in deceiving their audience into believing manipulated information. The distinction between types of history books rests upon the research techniques used in writing such histories; accuracy and revision are central to historical scholarship. When these techniques are purposefully side-stepped, the presented information may be considered deception.

[edit] Denial

See also: Denialism, Conspiracy Theory, and Lie

Denial is defensively protecting information from being shared or claiming facts are untrue. Protection can include both physical security, and prevention techniques such as blame shifting, censorship, distraction, and media manipulation. Negationism is the denial of established historical facts - particularly in regards to denying the crimes of World War II and the Holocaust.
The Holocaust and Nazism: Deborah Lipstadt contends that the concept of "comparable Allied wrongs", such as the post-war expulsions and the formal Allied war crimes, is at the center of, and a continuously repeated theme of, contemporary Holocaust denial, calling them "immoral equivalencies".[23]

Further information: Holocaust denial and Criticism of Holocaust denial

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[edit] War crimes

[edit] Japanese war crimes

See also: Japanese imperialism and Japanese war crimes

The post-war minimisation of the war crimes of Japanese imperialism is an example of illegitimate historical revisionism;[24] some contemporary Japanese revisionists, such as Yuko Iwanami,[note 1] propose that Japan's invasion of China, and the Second World War, itself, were justified reactions to racist Western imperialism of the time.[25] On 2 March 2007, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe denied that the military had forced women into sexual slavery during the war: "The fact is, there is no evidence to prove there was coercion." Before he spoke, some Liberal Democratic Party legislators also sought to revise Yohei Kono's apology to former comfort women in 1993;[26] likewise, there was the controversial negation of the six-week Nanking Massacre in 1937-1938.

Tsuneo Watanabe, editor-in-chief of the conservative newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, criticized the Yasukuni Shrine as a bastion of revisionism: "The Yasukuni Shrine runs a museum where they show items in order to encourage and worship militarism. It's wrong for the prime minister to visit such a place".[27] Other critics note that men, who would contemporarily be perceived as "Korean" and "Chinese", are enshrined for the military actions they effected as Japanese Imperial subjects.

[edit] Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings

The Hibakusha ("explosion-affected people") of Hiroshima and Nagasaki seek compensation from their government and criticize it for failing to "accept responsibility for having instigated and then prolonged an aggressive war long after Japan's defeat was apparent, resulting in a heavy toll in Japanese, Asian and American lives."[28] Historians Hill and Yukiko have pointed out that attempts to minimize the importance of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is revisionist history.[29] EB Sledge expressed concern that such revisionism, in his words "mellowing", would allow us to forget the harsh facts of the history that led to the bombings.[30]

[edit] Serbian war crimes in the Yugoslav wars

Main article: Serbia in the Yugoslav Wars

There have been a number of scholars and political activists who have publicly disagreed with mainstream views of Serbian war crimes in the Yugoslav wars of 1991-1999. Among the points of contention are whether the victims of massacres such as the Raèak massacre and Srebrenica massacre were unarmed civilians or armed resistance fighters, whether death tolls were inflated, and whether prison camps such as Sremska Mitrovica camp were sites of mass war crimes. Scholars, commentators, and activists who have taken contrarian/negationist views, arguing that reports of Serbian war crimes were exaggerated, include Diana Johnstone,[31] Lewis MacKenzie,[32][33] Milorad Dodik,[34] Pamela Geller[35][36] and Julia Gorin.[37]

[edit] Turkey and the Armenian Genocide

Main article: Armenian Genocide denial

Turkish laws such as Article 301, that state "a person who publicly insults Turkishness, or the Republic or [the] Turkish Grand National Assembly of Turkey, shall be punishable by imprisonment", were used to criminally charge the writer Orhan Pamuk with disrespecting Turkey, for saying that "Thirty thousand Kurds, and a million Armenians, were killed in these lands, and nobody, but me, dares to talk about it."[38] The controversy occurred as Turkey was first vying for membership in the European Union (EU) where the suppression of dissenters is looked down upon.[39] Article 301 originally was part of penal-law reforms meant to modernise Turkey to EU standards, as part of negotiating Turkey's membership to the EU.[40] In 2006, the charges were dropped due to pressure from the Turkish government.[39]

On 7 February 2006, five journalists were tried for insulting the judicial institutions of the State, and for aiming to prejudice a court case (per Article 288 of the Turkish penal code).[41] The reporters were on trial for criticising the court-ordered closing of a conference in Istanbul regarding the Armenian genocide during the time of the Ottoman Empire. The conference continued elsewhere, transferring locations from a state to a private university. The trial continued until 11 April 2006, when four of the reporters were acquitted. The case against the fifth journalist, Murat Belge, proceeded until 8 June 2006, when he was also acquitted. The purpose of the conference was to critically analyze the official Turkish view of the Armenian Genocide in 1915; a taboo subject in Turkey.[42] The trial proved to be a test case between Turkey and the European Union; the EU insisted that Turkey allow increased freedom of expression rights, as a condition to membership.[43][44] The Republic of Turkey does not deny the Ottoman Armenian casualties, but denies they were genocide, specifically claiming that said deaths were consequence of war, and also were criminal killings neither approved nor committed by the Ottoman Empire.

[edit] Soviet history

See also: Soviet historiography

During the existence of the Russian SFSR (1918-1991) and the Soviet Union (1922-1991), the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) attempted to ideologically and politically control the writing of both academic and popular history. These attempts were most successful in 1934-52 period. According to Mehnert, the Soviets attempt to control academic historiography (the writing of history by academic historians) to promote ideological and ethno-racial imperialism by Russians.[5] During the 1928-56 period, modern and contemporary history was generally composed according to the wishes of the CPSU, not the requirements of accepted historiographic method.[5] According to some authors, such as Mehnert, this practice was fundamentally corrupt.

During and after the rule of Nikita Khrushchev (1956-64), Soviet historiographic practice is more complicated. Although not entirely corrupted, Soviet historiography was characterized by complex competition between Stalinist and anti-Stalinist Marxist historians.[6] To avoid the professional hazard of politicized history, some historians chose pre-modern, medi¿val history or classical history, where ideological demands were relatively relaxed and conversation with other historians in the field could be fostered;[45] nevertheless, despite the potential danger of proscribed ideology corrupting historians' work, not all of Soviet historiography was corrupt.[6]

Control over party history and the legal status of individual ex-party members played a large role in dictating the ideological diversity and thus the faction in power within the CPSU. The history of the Communist Party was revised to delete references to leaders purged from the party, especially during the rule of Joseph Stalin (1922-53).[citation needed][note 2]

Original: Nikolai Yezhov at Stalin's left.

Censored: Yezhov deleted from Stalin's left.

In the Historiography of the Cold War, a controversy over negationist historical revisionism exists, where numerous revisionist scholars in the West have been accused of whitewashing the crimes of Stalinism, overlooking the Katyn massacre in Poland and disregarding the validity of the Venona messages with regards to Soviet espionage in the United States.[46][47][48]

[edit] In fiction

In the science fiction novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) by George Orwell, the government of Oceania continually revises historical records to concord with current politics. For example, when Oceania is at war with Eurasia, records indicate that this has always been the case, yet when they are no longer fighting the historical records are changed and the populace are brainwashed to believe that the two nations have always been allies. In the novel, historical revisionism is the principal method of propaganda used by the Ministry of Truth, where the protagonist, Winston Smith, works as a historical revisionist.[49][50] In his novel, Orwell writes, "He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future."[51] This quote illustrates Orwell's understanding of how the past can influence both ideology and politics, offers a counterpoint as to why protecting the scholarly practice of history is important, and describes the extreme effects of state-sponsored censorship.

See also: Fahrenheit 451

[edit] Holocaust denial

Main articles: Holocaust denial and Criticism of Holocaust denial

Many Holocaust deniers reject "denier" as an accurate description of their point of view, preferring, instead, the term "Holocaust revisionist";[52] nonetheless, scholars prefer "Holocaust denier" to differentiate deniers from legitimate historical revisionists, whose goal is to accurately analyze historical evidence with established methods.[note 3] Historian Alan Berger reports that Holocaust deniers argue in support of a preconceived theory - that the Holocaust either did not occur or was mostly a hoax - by ignoring extensive historical evidence to the contrary.[53]

Hence, as retroactive minimisation of the Holocaust, Holocaust deniers have attached themselves to the Heimatvertriebenen (ethnic Germans expelled mainly from the eastern quarter of Germany annexed by Poland and the Soviet Union after the war), and have, per their opponents, attempted to use sympathy for said Germans, and blame the Jews[citation needed] for the suffering of the Heimatvertriebenen. Moreover, when the discredited author David Irving[note 4] lost his English libel case against Deborah Lipstadt, and her publisher, Penguin Books, and thus was publicly identified as a Holocaust denier,[54] the trial judge, Justice Charles Gray, concluded that:

Irving has, for his own ideological reasons, persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence; that, for the same reasons, he has portrayed Hitler in an unwarrantedly favorable light, principally in relation to his attitude towards, and responsibility for, the treatment of the Jews; that he is an active Holocaust denier; that he is anti-semitic and racist, and that he associates with right-wing extremists who promote neo-Nazism.[55]

On 20 February 2006, Irving was found guilty, and sentenced to three years imprisonment for Holocaust denial, under Austria's 1947 law banning Nazi revivalism and criminalising the "public denial, belittling or justification of National Socialist crimes".[56] Besides Austria, eleven other countries[57]-including Belgium, France, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and Switzerland-have criminalised Holocaust denial as punishable with imprisonment.[note 5]

[edit] In textbooks

[edit] Russia

In May 2009, Russian president, Dmitri Medvedev, established the History Commission of Russia (formally, the Presidential Commission of the Russian Federation to Counter Attempts to Falsify History to the Detriment of Russia's Interests) to counter aggressive attempts to rewrite history to Russian disadvantage, yet Alexander Cherkasov of the Memorial human-rights group, called it a regression to Soviet-era control.[58] Historian Isaak Rozental says, "Their [the Kremlin's] approach is not to study history but to use it."[59] The textbook History of Russia and the World in the 20th Century (2004), by Nikita Zagladin, replaced the National History: 20th Century, by Igor Dolutsky; Zagladin's textbook was produced under the aegis of President Vladimir Putin, who wanted a more patriotic textbook. Critics of the textbook note the lack of detail about historical events such as the Siege of Leningrad (1941-44), the Gulag forced-labour camps, the Russo-Finnish Winter War (1939-40), the First Chechen War (1994-96), and the Second Chechen War (1999-2000), as serious factual inaccuracies; most egregious, the critics propose, is the absence of the Holocaust (1933-45), and the glorification of the rule of Josef Stalin (1922-53).[60]

[edit] Japan

The history textbook controversy centers upon the secondary school history textbook Atarashii Rekishi Kyôkasho ("New History Textbook") said to minimise the nature of Japanese militarism in the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-95), in annexing Korea in 1910, in the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-45), and in the Second World War (1939-45). The conservative Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform commissioned the Atarashii Rekishi Kyôkasho textbook with the purpose of traditional national and international view of that Japanese historical period. The Ministry of Education vets all history textbooks, and those that do not mention Japanese war crimes and atrocities are not vetted;[citation needed] however, the Atarashii Rekishi Kyôkasho de-emphasises aggressive Japanese Imperial wartime behaviour and the matter of Chinese and Korean comfort women.

[edit] Pakistan

Further information: Pakistani textbooks controversy

Allegations of historical revisionism have been made regarding Pakistani textbooks in that they are laced with Indophobic and Islamist bias. Pakistan's use of officially published textbooks has been criticized for using schools to more subtlety foster religious extremism, whitewashing Muslim conquest in the Indian subcontinent and promoting "expansive pan-Islamic imaginings" that "detect the beginnings of Pakistan in the birth of Islam on the Arabian peninsula".[61] Since 2001, the Pakistani government has stated that curriculum reforms have been underway by the Ministry of Education.[62][63][64]

[edit] Ramifications and Judicature

Some countries have criminalised historical revisionism of historic events such as the Holocaust. The Council of Europe defines it as the "denial, gross minimisation, approval or justification of genocide or crimes against humanity" (article 6, Additional Protocol to the Convention on cybercrime). The European Union has a provision

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