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Posted on Jul 3, 2012 7:39:15 AM PDT
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Head of UN Drug Agency Denounces Iranian Anti-Talmud Remarks

The head of the U.N.'s drug fighting agency has criticized anti-Jewish remarks made by an Iranian vice president last week.

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By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 7/3/2012, 5:33 PM

The head of the U.N.'s drug fighting agency has criticized anti-Semitic remarks made by an Iranian vice president last week.

A United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime statement says agency chief Yury Fedotov expressed "his dismay and serious concern" while meeting with a senior unnamed Iranian diplomat in Vienna "about the anti-Semitic comments of Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi," The Associated Press reported.

Rahimi was cited by Iranian media as saying that "the spread of narcotics in the world emanates from the teachings of the Talmud... whose objective is the destruction of the world."

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton also condemned the remarks saying, ""Such statements are unacceptable and should not be tolerated."

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 7:43:43 AM PDT
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http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/157463

New Fund Will Protect World Jewry

The IFCJ and Jewish Agency have partnered with the Friendship Fund to raise funds to protect Jewish communities from rising Antisemitism


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By A7 Staff
First Publish: 7/3/2012, 3:56 PM

A new joint fund to maintain the security of Jewish communities worldwide has been established by the Jewish Agency and International Federation of Christian and Jewish Communities (IFCJ).

According to sources, the new fund is to be administered in partnership with the Friendship Fund, established in 1993.

Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky cited the sharp rise in anti-Semitic attacks worldwide, including the murder of a rabbi and three children outside a Jewish school in Talouse, France, as the motivation for establishing the fund.

Sharansky said, "Jews in the Diaspora need a strong Israel, and Israel needs the power of world Jewry. The Jewish Agency also has a major role in securing Their safety and security of Jewish communities around the world."

"To prevent the next Talouse massacre, we have established this fund to help protect the Jewish schools, and all community institutions and its members, wherever they may be," he added.

The new initiative was announced at a meeting of the Coordination Committee, which is comprised of Jewish Agency and Israeli government representatives.

In attendance were Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Chairman of the Board of Governors, James Tisch, Chairman of the Executive, Natan Sharansky, and the Fellowship Fund Chairman, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 1:37:23 PM PDT
Susanna says:
"We'll put them on the bottom of the gulf."

The US grew a set!!:

The United States has deployed ships and aircraft in the Persian Gulf region in a clear warning to Iran that "the military option is on the table" if Tehran tried to block the strategic waterway uses by oil and gas tankers, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

"Don't even think about closing the strait. We'll clear the mines," a defense department official told the newspaper. "Don't even think about sending your fast boats out to harass our vessels or commercial shipping. We'll put them on the bottom of the gulf."

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/157461

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Posted on Jul 3, 2012 4:22:20 PM PDT
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Church of Nativity Decision Blasted as 'Politically Perverted'

The ADL has called the UNESCO decision to put the Nativity on the list of endangered World Heritage Sites 'politically perverted.'


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By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 7/3/2012, 8:46 PM


Manger Square outside Church of Nativity

Israel news photo: Flash 90


The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed deep disappointment that the UNESCO World Heritage Committee succumbed to the politicized Palestinian bid to put Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity on the list of endangered World Heritage Sites.

"With this vote, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has forsaken its responsibility for protecting the world's most important and sacred sites, and has proven to be another hackneyed, politicized body," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, who added that the United States should, therefore, "re-evaluate the value of remaining a member of UNESCO."

"We do not dispute that the Church of the Nativity is a treasured and sacred site that could qualify for special status," Foxman said. "We dispute the process, which supported the Palestinian's cynical strategy to circumvent World Heritage procedures and facetiously claim the site to be endangered. In bowing to this perverted Palestinian bid, the committee ignored the recommendations of their own advisory council's investigation and the entreaties of the church's own religious leadership who must live with the practical implications of this decision."

ADL expressed appreciation to the six countries that voted against the measure in keeping with established procedures and norms. Thirteen countries voted in support of the designation, and two abstained.

The Palestinian Authority applied for expedited World Heritage status for the church, which is one of the most holy sites in Christianity, claiming it was endangered. This procedure is generally used for sites deemed to be in dire physical danger of destruction, but many claim that the PA is using it to further their own politicized agenda.

Moreover, in a letter leaked to the media, the three guardians of the Church, Theophilus III, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Custos of the Holy Land, and Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, Patriarch of the Armenian Church, wrote to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas opposing the authority's bid for emergency UNESCO status.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 4:26:02 PM PDT
Sixties fan says:
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
"Palestinian Arabs want a leadership with Jewish blood on its hands"

Father Georgios Tsibouktzakis, 34,
one of the victims of Marwan
Barghouti's "political" campaign.
The bearded young Greek Orthodox priest,
one of two monks who lived in,
and maintained, the ancient St. George
Monastery perched on the edge of Wadi Kelt,
was mistaken for a Jewish driver by Barghouti's
Jew-phobic gunmen, and paid with his life.
Frimet/Arnold Roth..
This Ongoing War..
03 July '12..

Writing from inside the world controlled by the Palestinian Authority, the journalist Hisham Jarallah has some views about where his society is headed. The extracts from his essay below ["The Future Leaders of Palestinians: Terrorists"] were originally published several days ago by the Gatestone Institute.

The future leaders of the Palestinians are currently sitting in Israeli prisons. They include dispatchers of suicide bombers, heads of terror cells, ordinary terrorists and political leaders of various terror groups in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

He refers to an opinion poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research that points to a rise in the popularity of Hamas over Fatah, and in particular (something that has been noted in the past) that the convicted and imprisoned murderer Marwan Barghouti, a Fatah leader, would win a presidential election if it were held today.

Palestinians prefer someone like Barghouti to lead them because he launched terror attacks on Israelis and is sitting in Israeli prison. The fact that Barghouti's attacks resulted in the death of a number of Jews gives him leadership credentials. He is popular among Palestinians because he has Jewish blood on his hands and was involved in "armed resistance." Barghouti, according to the poll, would even defeat Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh if they ran against him in a presidential election.

Moderates and technocrats like Salam Fayyad, the current prime minister in the Abbas regime, are going nowhere politically because they did not take part in terrorism directly:

Fayyad never spent a day in Israel prison and that is enough -- as far as many Palestinians are concerned -- to disqualify him as a future leader. The U.S.-educated Fayyad, in other words, is too moderate and too peaceful and too educated. Palestinians adored Yasser Arafat mainly because he was a symbol of the armed struggle against Israel. They loved his military uniform and pistol because they were viewed as a symbol of the armed struggle against Israel. Arafat was loved because he was personally responsible for dozens, if not hundreds, of terror attacks against Israel... Economic prosperity and the peace process with Israel are not going to convince most Palestinians to vote for people like Fayyad or Abbas.

Here's the money line:

Moderate Palestinians who are opposed to violence and terror will have no say in the future decision-making process. All this bodes ill for the peace process and stability in the region. If anything, the results of the poll show that the Palestinians are headed toward further radicalization.

Their fetishization of mass murderers goes well beyond radicalization, in our view. The idea that Barghouti, who was indirectly involved in our child's murder and who masterminded numerous other killings of unarmed, innocent people - guilty only of being Jewish - is a serious contender to represent and lead the Palestinian Arabs is an indictment of their values and their society.

Link: http://thisongoingwar.blogspot.co.il/2012/07/3-jul-12-palestinian-arabs-want.html

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 4:33:13 PM PDT
Sixties fan says:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/157452

US Charges UNESCO with `Hotwiring PA Heritage Site'

The US charged UNESCO with "hotwiring" the process that termed the Church of Nativity a PA heritage site. Is the Temple Mount next?

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 7/3/2012, 1:02 PM

The U.S. State Dept. charged UNESCO on Monday with "hotwiring" a Palestinian Authority demand that the Church of Nativity be declared a PA heritage site.

The designation is usually reserved for sites that are under the threat of destruction. The United Nations agency, which recently accepted the Palestinian Authority as a member over American objections, rejected its own advisors' opinions and named the church in Bethlehem as an official Palestinian Authority heritage site.

The decision adds another pillar to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's strategy of trying to turn the Palestinian Authority into a de facto country.

State Dept. spokeswoman Victoria Nuland rejected Associated Press reporter Matt Lee's argument that American opposition to the heritage designation was "political."

The World Heritage Commission's decision to include the church of Nativity as a world heritage site was made despite "the official recommendation of the International Council of Monuments and Sites, the expert body that evaluated the site," Nuland said.

She explained, "This procedure in the World Heritage Committee has only been used four times in the past, in extreme cases when the site in question was under threat of being torn down. That was not the case here.... It - from our mind, it speaks to a political move rather than a well thought-out move with regard to the site..."

"It speaks to hotwiring a process that should have been done more properly... It wasn't an absolute imperative to designate it under this emergency thing."

Another reporter alleged that Israel is digging under the Temple Mount, a supposed activity that could allow the Palestinian Authority to claim that the Dome of the Rock mosque is in danger.

"Do you counsel against taking similar activities with the Dome of the Rock and the Haram Sharif because there is digging underneath there, and there may be plans to do the same thing with UNESCO - Joseph Tomb, the Holy Sepulcher Church, and many other places?" the journalist identified as "Said" asked Nuland.

"We are prepared to see the World Heritage Committee review any appropriate sites. We just want to see it done through normal procedures," she answered.

Lee of the AP unsuccessfully tried to corner Nuland into saying that the American opposition to accepting the Church of Nativity as a Palestinian Authority heritage site was based on its concern that the Palestinian Authority "shouldn't be a member of UNESCO in the first place."

Nuland replied, "I think we've gone to the end of this one. Anybody else? Anything else? All right. Thank you, all."

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 6:45:32 AM PDT
Sixties fan says:
Erev Tov Israel !

http://blogs.forward.com/the-arty-semite/158820/liberty-tells-human-story-of-immigrants/

July 4, 2012, 5:00am

'Liberty' Tells Human Story of Immigrants

By Blair Thornburgh


courtesy of warner theater

There's a lot more to the Statue of Liberty than stone, copper and a great view of New York Harbor.

As the new musical "Liberty" points out, it was living, breathing people - many of them Jewish - helped turn Lady Liberty into an iconic symbol of freedom.

Written by brother-and-sister team Jon and Dana Leslie Goldstein, "Liberty" recasts its eponymous heroine from inanimate statue to a French immigrant girl living in 1884 New York.

She meets prominent people who help her along the ways, including a handful of Jews.

Joseph Pulitzer, the newspaper magnate, mobilizes the public to give to the construction of Liberty's pedestal with his decision to print names of donors publicly. Emma Lazarus, the poet, pens the lines inscribed below Liberty's feet that famously offer refuge to the "huddled masses."

Many of the characters also wrestle with deeper issues of acceptance and identity. Lazarus, a Jew of Sephardic ancestry who's become "naturalized" to American life, feels pressure to assimilate further to "uptown" society. Russian immigrant Olga Moscowitz scrapes by as a pushcart vendor in the city. Eventually, with Liberty's help, Lazarus comes to terms with who she is, giving Liberty the book she holds as a gift.

The musical opened last weekend at the Warner Theater in Torrington, Conn., and runs there through July 14.

The characters' struggle to define an American Jewish identity is a complex one and the storyline developed gradually. "They started as caricatures," says Jon Goldstein, 42, who composed the show's music. What began as a "happy little play" for children turned into a "fleshed-out, stronger show" when producer Theresa Wozunk came on board in 2008. With the help of a new team, the Goldsteins reshaped "Liberty" into a sweeping story of the American immigrant experience.

It's a narrative that Dana Goldstein, 48, the playwright and lyricist of the duo, finds relevant both historically and personally. "I've always been in awe of people who have the courage to leave comfort for the sake of the next generation," Dana Goldstein says. "The statue symbolizes the best of what America is."

The immigrant story definitely hits close to home. The Goldsteins' father was brought to the U.S. as a child from Poland by way of pre-Worlld War II Palestine. The two siblings found creative partners in each other early on, performing their first plays in their parents' basement. But growing up in Manhasset, L.I., in a neighborhood with few Jewish families, Jon says the question of "fitting in" was always looming - a theme that carries over from childhood productions to the story of Liberty and Emma Lazarus on a bigger stage.

"Liberty" is the ultimately an inspirational tale of a country that Dana Goldstein calls the "polyglot like no other place."

And Jewish identity and Jewish characters are truly the cornerstones of both the story and the statue.

"Who's to say what would have happened if Joseph Pulitzer hadn't supported her and Emma Lazarus hadn't branded her base?" Wozunk said. "We might not have that icon."

Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/the-arty-semite/158820/liberty-tells-human-story-of-immigrants/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=The%2520Forward%2520Today%2520%2528Monday-Friday%2529&utm_campaign=Daily_Newsletter_Mon_Thurs%25202012-07-04#ixzz1zf40IM2O

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 6:47:48 AM PDT
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http://blogs.forward.com/the-arty-semite/158864/jesse-eisenberg-to-premiere-holocaust-play/

July 3, 2012, 5:06pm

Jesse Eisenberg to Premiere Holocaust Play

By Blair Thornburgh


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A play written by Jesse Eisenberg about a young writer visiting a Holocaust survivor cousin in Poland will be one of five world premieres mounted in the 2012-13 season of the New-York based Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the New York Times reported."The Revisionist" will be the second Rattlestick production for the actor/writer, whose drama "Asuncion" was nominated for a Drama League Award this past year.

The 28-year-old, best known for his performance as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network" and his current starring role in Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" is of Polish heritage, though he's a Queens native and grew up in New Jersey. Nevertheless, he's also a relatively new bar mitzvah, having undergone a 10-minute ceremony in 2010 as preparation for his part in "Holy Rollers," which told the story of Hasidic drug mules.

With that rite of passage out of the way, he's ready to give focus to his burgeoning role as a playwright, even when it means acting the underdog: "I also like writing about people who feel outcast because it's an interesting topic to examine on stage. Feeling outcast is a deeply personal experience and to explore it in a public setting like a theatre is inherently dramatic and relatable," Eisenberg said in a February interview with Rebel Magazine. "The Revisionist" is set to begin performances at the Cherry Lane Theater on February 6, with Kip Fagan directing.

Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/the-arty-semite/158864/jesse-eisenberg-to-premiere-holocaust-play/#ixzz1zf4a5fXd

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 6:52:58 AM PDT
Sixties fan says:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/157490

Ex-High Court Judge: Israel not 'Occupier' Under Int'l Law

A panel headed by a retired High Court judge concluded that there is no "occupation" and international law does not bar Jews from Yesha.


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By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 7/4/2012, 10:01 AM

A panel headed by a retired High Court judge concluded that there is no "occupation" and international law allows Jews to live in Judea and Samaria.

The conclusions of the committee represent a revolutionary turn of thought against the view widely accepted by the international community that Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are part of an "occupation" prohibited by international law.

Edmund Levy, who served on the High Court from 2001 until his retirement, headed a three-man committee that concluded that from a historical and legal prospective, and considering agreements with the Palestinian Authority, the international law against "occupation" does not apply to Judea and Samaria.

It noted that Jordan's assumed sovereignty over most of Judea and Samaria after the 1948 War for Independence was not legally recognized by the international community, meaning that Israel did not "occupy" the same land during the Six-Day War in 1967.

Virtually all of the international community including the United States, has continually labeled Israel as an "occupier" based on the notion that it took over Jordanian land in the war. In fact, the land was administered by Britain under a League of Nations Mandate after World War I and was to be divided between Israel and a new country of Trans-Jordan after the declaration of Israel as an independent country.

Arab nations, including Jordan, did not accept the partition plan and unsuccessfully tried to annihilate the young state of Israel. Jordan then occupied most of Judea and Samaria after the war.

The conclusions of Levy's committee will be turned over to the Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, the Hebrew-language Yisrael HaYom newspaper reported. He has previously said he is not obligated to accept the report's conclusions.

The committee declared that international law does not apply to Judea and Samaria and recommended that the government not destroy houses and expel families from communities that were built with government approval. It said financial limitations precluded their examining other communities and outposts, often built in neighborhoods that have no territorial link to the home community. However, it noted it is difficult to believe they were built without the knowledge of cabinet ministers.

It also said that the government should make its policies clear to prevent different interpretations when it approves new communities. The committee suggested that Arabs and Jews register their land claims within four or five years or lose their rights.

The committee's report will be turned over to the newly created ministerial committee on settlement in Judea and Samaria.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 6:58:58 AM PDT
Sixties fan says:
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Palestinian Protests! Where's the Coverage?
TS..
CAMERA/Snapshots..
02 July '12..

Normally, the Western media giants deem Palestinian protesters clashing with security forces newsworthy. Normally, the media takes a keen interest in all developments and setbacks regarding Israeli-Palestinian talks.

And so, the media's total lack of interest in recent Palestinian demonstrations against talks with Israel is noteworthy on two counts. Over the weekend, and continuing today, Palestinians have been demonstrating in Ramallah and in other West Bank locations. On Saturday, seven were arrested. Ten were hospitalized, including a local journalist beaten as he tried to cover the events.

The Palestinian Authority's Minister of the Interior has called for an investigation. But the major media outlets, usually so quick to run photos of Palestinian demonstrators, has almost entirely ignored the story. Not a word from the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, CNN, New York Times, International Herald Tribune and others.

Editors, all too eager to print photos of Palestinians demonstrating against or clashing with Israeli forces, have lost their interest in the latest round of Palestinian protesters. The reason? Perhaps because the protesters are not facing off against Israeli soldiers, but against Palestinian police. Initially, they protested Palestinian plans (now cancelled) to meet with Israeli Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz.

The western media, usually saturated with images of Palestinian protesters, has virtually none of this weekend's clashes, which started as protests against engaging in peace talks with an Israeli, and which morphed into anti-(PA) police violence. Here are some of the protest images not covered by the international media: (vide photos online)

Palestinian policemen scuffle with protesters opposing a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, July 1, 2012. A scheduled high-profile meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz has been postponed indefinitely, a senior Palestinian official said Saturday. The rare high-level talks would have been a step toward resuming formal peace negotiations, although expectations were low that they would produce any breakthrough. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

Palestinian protestors hold banners and national flags during a protest against a scheduled meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Israeli Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on 01 July 2012. A senior Palestinian official announced that the meeting had been postponed

Ramallah, West Bank, Palestinian Territory - Palestinians help a wounded man, injured in a protest against a scheduled meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Israeli Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on 01 July 2012. A senior Palestinian official announced that the meeting had been postponed

See also Elder of Ziyon.

http://blog.camera.org/archives/2012/07/wheres_the_coverage_the_ignore.html

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 7:13:40 AM PDT
Sixties fan says:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/157481

JNF Reservoirs Helped Israel Through Drought

Arutz Sheva visits the JNF's booth at the Cleantech exhibition, learns how JNF helped enrich Israel with 260 million cubic meters of water.


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By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 7/4/2012, 4:12 AM


Arutz Sheva visited on Tuesday the Jewish National Fund's booth at the Cleantech exhibition which opened at the Exhibition Grounds in Tel Aviv.

The booth shows how the JNF's activities in the field of water help enrich Israel's economy by 260 million cubic meters of water. This water is collected drop by drop from floods in the Negev and Galilee and from sewage treatment facilities across the country.

The JNF is presenting during the Cleantech exhibition a series of projects and new collaborations aimed at promoting environmental protection, allowing a more informed way of dealing with the water problem in Israel and promoting international cooperation in environmental protection and water quality.


Avri Kadmon, Manager of the Information Unit at JNF's Development Enterprises Department, told Arutz Sheva that "JNF's activities focused on the construction of reservoirs all over Israel. Until today we've constructed 222 reservoirs with a total capacity of about 160 million cubic meters."

He said that the JNF's work helped Israel during the recent drought and water crisis because "Israel was never in a position where there was not enough water for domestic consumption."

Kadmon added, "Our reservoirs saved Israel's agriculture. There is no doubt about that. I can definitely say that without these reservoirs, we could have found ourselves in a situation where we would have had less than a 24-hour supply of water in our homes."

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 4:25:42 PM PDT
Sixties fan says:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/11863

Op-Ed: Annexation Wins Hands Down over a Two-State Solution


Published: Wednesday, July 04, 2012 5:53 PM

History, demographics, and law favor Israel's annexation of Judea and Samaria, not a two-state solution.

Matthew M. Hausman, Att'y
Matthew M. Hausman is a trial attorney and writer who lives and works in Connecticut. A former journalist, Mr. Hausman continues to write on a variety of topics, including science, health and medicine, Jewish issues and foreign affairs, and has been a legal affairs columnist for a number of publications.

It has become an article of political faith in the West that the creation of an independent Palestinian state will resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. But the two-state paradigm is based on fictional assumptions - that an ancient Palestinian people occupied the land for thousands of years until its displacement by Israel, that the conflict is driven by this displacement, and that Israel usurped ancestral Arab soil.

These false premises are used to obscure the true nature of the conflict, which is not really a dispute between Israelis and Palestinians over real estate, but rather is a war of annihilation being waged by the entire Arab-Muslim world. The establishment of an independent Palestine will not facilitate peace because the goal of this war is Israel's demise.

A more rational resolution, and one that makes historical, legal and demographic sense, would be for Israel to annex some or all of Judea, Samaria and other areas that were part of the ancient Jewish commonwealth, which was the only sovereign nation ever to exist between the Jordan and the Mediterranean.

The western media relegates any discussion of annexation to the lunatic fringe, but there is nothing radical about the concept. Indeed, the San Remo Conference of 1920 and the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine of 1922 originally contemplated Jewish settlement throughout the traditional homeland, well before the term "Palestinian" entered common usage after 1967 as a dissimulative weapon in the propaganda war against the Jewish state.

After Transjordan was created on the bulk of Mandate lands under British control, the goal for the remainder was unrestricted Jewish habitation west of the Jordan River. This objective was recognized long before the dialogue was hijacked by the myth of Palestine, a nation that never existed, and by the canard that Judea and Samaria were historically Arab lands. No amount of subterfuge can change the fact that Palestinian nationalism is an artificial construct or that Judea and Samaria were never lawfully part of any sovereign Arab nation.

Ironically, commentators who condemn any discussion of annexation as right-wing extremism conveniently ignore the singular role of Arab-Muslim rejectionism in perpetuating the state of war with Israel. The liberal media portrays the Palestinian Authority as moderate despite a charter that plainly calls for Israel's destruction and regardless of its reconciliation with Hamas, whose own charter screams for jihad and genocide.

The Obama administration and European Union remain deaf, dumb and blind to Palestinian prevarications and incitement, even as they chastise Israel for not offering ever more unilateral concessions. Arab provocations are ignored or rewarded, while Israel is labeled obstructionist, despite the unrequited compromises she has made in the naive search for peace with those who seek her destruction.

Examples of this inequitable treatment abound. Israel facilitated Palestinian autonomy in much of Judea and Samaria, permitted the PA to arm itself, and fueled a local economy that provides the highest standard of living in the Arab world, and yet she is accused of discrimination and economic suppression.

She has afforded her Arab citizens the same political rights, economic opportunities and freedom of movement as Israeli Jews (indeed, many live in West Jerusalem and serve in the Knesset), but stands accused of apartheid.

She compromised her own security by unilaterally disengaging from Gaza, and yet remains the target of rancorous attacks from a delusional left-wing that persists in portraying Gaza as occupied.

She takes great pains to prevent or minimize civilian casualties when engaging in defensive military actions, only to be wrongfully accused of targeting noncombatants.

If the Palestinians were truly a displaced, indigenous people, they presumably would have demanded statehood when the Arab powers who today claim only to support their cause actually controlled the territories to which they now claim historical title.
In contrast, the Palestinians are barely reprimanded as they reject Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state and continue to engage in systematic incitement and terrorism against Jewish men, women and children. Moreover, Palestinian national claims are validated uncritically in the West - even though there was no Palestinian nation at the time of Israel's independence and although there was no demand for Palestinian statehood when Egypt controlled Gaza and Jordan occupied Judea and Samaria from 1948 to 1967.

If the Palestinians were truly a displaced, indigenous people, they presumably would have demanded statehood when the Arab powers who today claim only to support their cause actually controlled the territories to which they now claim historical title.

If these inequities show anything at all, it is that those who push the two-state agenda have no regard for Israeli sovereignty or Jewish historical rights. Rather, they are preoccupied with creating yet another Arab-Muslim state and in promoting the false narrative underlying Palestinian national claims.

Absent any historical justification for a state of Palestine, such blind advocacy can only be explained by hatred for Israel and the growing tolerance of western progressive culture for political antisemitism and the devaluation of Jewish claims. Indeed, delegitimization of Israel has become de rigueur in liberal intellectual society, which provides safe harbor for the boycott, divestment and sanctions ("BDS") and anti-Israel "lawfare" movements.

Given the disregard for Jewish sovereignty that lies at the heart of American and European efforts to impose a two-state solution, it is clear that Israel is at a crossroads: Either she can continue participating in a farcical "peace process" that is heavily weighted against her national interests, or she can proactively seize the day and craft a solution that makes sense historically, geographically and legally.

If the inclination of the Obama administration and EU to denigrate Israel, favor the Palestinians, and appease Arab-Muslim sensibilities is any indication, Israel must act on the latter impulse. That is, she needs to reclaim Judea and Samaria as ancestral Jewish lands and shake off all vestiges of the societal ambivalence that was engendered by the Israeli left when it cajoled the nation into the ill-fated Oslo process, which led only to increased terrorism and diplomatic isolation, two costly wars in Lebanon and Gaza, and the disenfranchisement of Israel's political center.

(full article online)

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 4:29:28 PM PDT
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http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il/2012/07/future-terrorists-being-trained-in.html

(vide photos and video online)

Tuesday, July 03, 2012Future terrorists being trained in Islamic Jihad summer camps
Summer's here, and time is right for - jihad!

Islamic Jihad is sponsoring summer camps again this year. Some 10,000 potential murderers between 12 and 16 are being indoctrinated in about 50 camps.

This year's theme is "Signs of Victory."

The camps are meant to identify the next generation of jihadists.Activities include visiting the families of "martyrs."

Here you can see the logo for the summer camps, that is on all the campers' T-shirts.

And this is only Islamic Jihad. Hamas has summer camps too.

Naturally, I must bring out one of my favorite videos on the topic, my classic Hello Martyr, Hello Fatah:

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 4:37:13 PM PDT
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http://www.jewishjournal.com/david_suissa/article/note_to_boycotters_israel_is_not_a_thief_20120703/

July 3, 2012

Note to boycotters: Israel is not a thief

By David Suissa
Alice Walker in 2007. Photo by Virginia DeBolt

There is an obvious way to respond to author Alice Walker's refusal to allow her novel "The Color Purple" to be translated into Hebrew. In case you missed it, Walker accused Israel of being "guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories."

The obvious response is to refute her charges, as many writers have done.

As Daniel Gordis wrote in JPost: "Walker writes as though the Palestinians are identical to the blacks of South Africa; they suffer only because of the color of their skin (or their ethnicity, in this case), not because of anything they have done. She writes as though Israel is the only obstacle to their `freedom,' as though Israel is, as a matter of policy, committed to perpetuating their second-class status without end. But no reasonable reading of the Middle East justifies any such claim."

Gordis adds: "[Walker] even makes a point of saying that Israel is guilty of apartheid inside the Green Line as well. But name a single country in which some minorities do not get the short end of the stick. Is every country on the planet therefore guilty of apartheid? And if so, why boycott only Israel? It can't be because of Israel's social policies, which are far better than those of many other countries that Walker is not boycotting."

I agree with everything Gordis said, but I also think he didn't go far enough.

Here's my theory: As long as the world believes that Israel is an "illegal occupier," nothing we do or say will make much difference. The haters and boycotters of Israel will keep exploiting that perception. The stench of the illegal occupation will continue to undermine the good that Israel does, inside or outside Israel.

In other words, the strongest case Israel can make against boycotters is to show, once and for all, that it is not a thief.

Israel's historic mistake has been to unwittingly reinforce, in its search for peace, the dubious and dangerous narrative that it is returning stolen land.

When Israel made its peace offers, it never said: "We believe that, according to international law, Israel has a legitimate claim to Judea and Samaria. But for the sake of peace, we're willing to give up most of that land."

By focusing on security and failing to make this legal claim, Israel allowed the illegal narrative to take hold - and the haters and boycotters went on to have a field day.

As if that weren't bad enough, Israel's land concessions were perceived as worthless. Since the Palestinians believed that all the land already belonged to them, and no one ever disabused them of that notion, what was there to negotiate?

The sad part is that Israel could have made a strong case that the territories are not, in fact, stolen land. At the very least, they had enough evidence to argue that the land is "disputed" rather than "occupied." For example:

Jeffrey S. Helmreich, author and writer for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs: "The settlements are not located in `occupied territory.' The last binding international legal instrument which divided the territory in the region of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza was the League of Nations Mandate, which explicitly recognized the right of Jewish settlement in all territory allocated to the Jewish national home in the context of the British Mandate. These rights under the British mandate were preserved by the successor organization to the League of Nations, the United Nations, under Article 80 of the U.N. Charter."

Stephen M. Schwebel, professor of International Law at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (Washington), and President of the International Court of Justice from 1997 to 2000: "Where the prior holder of territory [Jordan] had seized that territory unlawfully, the state which subsequently takes that territory in the lawful exercise of self-defense [Israel] has, against that prior holder, better title."

Eugene W. Rostow, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Distinguished Fellow at the U.S. Institute for Peace: "The Jewish right of settlement in the West Bank is conferred by the same provisions of the Mandate under which Jews settled in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem before the state of Israel was created. ... The Jewish right of settlement in Palestine west of the Jordan River, that is, in Israel, the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, was made unassailable. That right has never been terminated. ..."

There are plenty of books and essays that elaborate on the above. But the point here is not to defend the wisdom of the occupation; you can believe that the occupation is the dumbest move Israel ever made and still believe there is value in making a legal claim to the land. In fact, maybe the occupation will end only after Israel regains its moral standing by showing it is not occupying stolen land.

A thief is never credible. Israel needs to face the monster head-on and begin an all-out campaign defending its legitimate claims to Judea and Samaria. It's the most powerful way to counter the boycotters.

There will always be haters of Israel, but we don't have to make it easier for them. Before Israel can make peace, it needs to reclaim a piece of the truth.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 7:31:06 PM PDT
Sixties fan says:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/11866

Op-Ed: Sympathy? No. It's Arrogance - and Who Needs It.


Published: Thursday, July 05, 2012 5:05 AM

An old friend of the writer turns out to have lost his understanding of Israel. Sympathy is not what Israel needs.


Paula R. Stern
Paula R. Stern is the Founder and Documentation Manager of WritePoint, a technical writing company.
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Sometimes the truth you knew when you were younger really is the truth after all. Sometimes, in growing up, it is not clarity that comes but a blurred vision caused by the twists life takes you on. I had that feeling recently listening to a man speaking at a conference. I'd known him in his youth, was dazzled by his intelligence and his commitment to the same causes I hold dear. He was a mover and a shaker; someone who got things done. He traveled to Russia, to Ethiopia, and far beyond. He flew on President's planes and interviewed kings.

I found my direction and I think he lost his. David returned to live in the United States, where he thinks great thoughts, plans great plans, maps out great maps...all on a plain that exists in his mind.
He reminded me of the Harry Chapin song about the sun and the moon. In those early years, David Makovsky, now close to President Obama, was the sun, shining bright with ideas and thoughts. I was madly in love with the man I would marry but I enjoyed working with David and I believed in his abilities and motivations. For a few years, we were a great team, working on important projects with Jewish college students around the country. I left the job and a while later had a baby. David continued to move upwards and onward. He moved to Israel and became connected with politicians and editors, senators and ambassadors and presidents. I was busy with my family, having children and watching them grow.

I found my direction and I think he lost his. David returned to live in the United States, where he thinks great thoughts, plans great plans, maps out great maps...all on a plain that exists in his mind. He came to Israel, to the President's Conference as a guest, to speak on a panel about tomorrow. I stood quietly on the side of the room, shielded by the darkened room while David sat on the podium in the light. I thought of asking him a question in front of everyone but decided I would instead simply go up to him at the end. He doesn't have a clue, I thought to myself so many times. This is all an academic exercise to him. He thinks the difference in the sides is so minor; that it's all about the lines on his precious maps.

He drops names with the expectation that we will be impressed. He told President Abbas this; some other leader that. He believes; he knows; he thinks. And yet, it isn't his life, his country, his battle, his son. I stood there quietly remembering the boy he was; the dreams he had. He would have led us all to Israel, and we would have followed. I know how I got to where I am, living where I do. I don't really understand how he got to where he is now and how the boy he was lives within the man he is now.

He recognized me immediately and that was nice. He said my name, at least the name it was before I married - in the same tone of the young man I knew. We should get together - and I handed him my business card and he handed me his. But I doubt we ever will. We live in different worlds, it seems.

Most importantly, I didn't get a chance to tell him that he was wrong, in so many ways. During his comments, he was speaking about me - but he didn't know it. He kept talking about me, about how my life was on hold and I just couldn't move forward until he and the politicians in the US and Israel found a peace settlement that would work. I am a settler, you see; or so he thinks. All that I am, all that I have done in my life seems nothing compared to where I live.

My life is on hold? If I could have laughed about that alone, I would have. I have made three weddings, two engagement parties, a bar mitzvah and a bat mitzvah in the last five years! I have adopted precious additions to our family, become a grandmother for the first time. I sold a house and bought another. Sold a car and bought two more and with all the changes in my life in the last five years alone, I anticipate that much more, God willing, in the next five years to come. Isn't this living?

I have a business that I have worked more than a decade to build and hosted national conferences every year. I'm getting closer and closer to celebrating 30 years of marriage to the same man that I fell in love with when I was 17 years old. I am a person, David, and you are wrong to judge me by where I live. My life is so much more than a speck on the maps you flashed on the wall. And, if you are correct, that a person should be judged by where he lives and not what he has done in his life - what does that say about you and where you make your home?

From distant shores, David has created maps of my homeland, of lines but not people; of cities and towns, but not lives. He's offered his suggestions for this peace he dreams of. The settlers, he kept saying, the settlers. Me, I kept thinking...me. Finally, one man on the panel, Naftali Bennet, responded for all of us by saying, "We aren't settlers; we are people."

Beyond the settlers and the "in limbo" comment, there was one other that surprised me.. It was when my friend David tried to explain his reasons for doing what he does by saying, "I'm sympathetic to Israel."

It was said as part of a response to a question - quickly passed over by many. Afterwards, a few people tried to remind me of the years David had lived in Israel; and more importantly, of the young man I remembered from so long ago. I wish I could buy into it; but I can't. Sympathetic?

I spoke to someone who also knew David from those earlier years - listen to the word he used, I told the other man. Listen. How would you describe yourself? A lover of Israel; a friend of Israel; pro-Israel...I would never use the word sympathetic to Israel...who needs his sympathy?

Yes, the other person agreed. It was a strange term to use. It is a diplomat's term; a politician; perhaps a journalist of a foreign country; perhaps a thinker of strategies for global concerns. Sympathetic. This boy who dreamed of Israel and sang in Hebrew and gave such beautiful speeches is sympathetic.

The word haunts me more than the maps he designed. They are, after all, meaningless. He's met President Abbas...does he really think Abbas will ever make peace with Israel? Does he really believe his maps will ever be taken seriously? And does he believe that 200,000 or 250,000 Jews living in these many settlements are living in limbo, doing nothing while we wait for him and for others to find the solution for us?

No, that doesn't bother me - that is the arrogance of academics who think great plans and draw silly maps on lines that have no meaning. What lingers in my mind was the single admission that he is no longer a lover of Zion, but a sympathizer of Israel.

As the days go by and I think about how he spoke, I too am filled with sympathy, not for Israel, a land I love beyond words, but for the boy I knew before he grew into the man he is.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 7:44:53 PM PDT
Sixties fan says:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/157499

eBay Docking in Israel

The giant eBay website is strengthening its operations in Israel, and its CEO will visit the Jewish state in September.

By Tzvi Ben gedalyahu
First Publish: 7/4/2012, 9:45 PM

The giant eBay website is strengthening its operations in Israel, and its CEO will make his first-ever business visit to the Jewish state in September, when he will deliver a keynote address at a conference.

John Donahue, head of eBay, will address the HTIA 2012 conference of Israel Advanced Technology Industries in Jerusalem, Globes reported.

eBay said Donahue will be promoting its operations in Israel and will highlight how the company's centers in Netanya and Tel Aviv support eBay worldwide.

The company invested heavily in Israel seven years ago with the purchase of the Israeli company Shoppng.com, for which it paid $634 million.

eBay also bought the Gifts Project Israeli start-up last September and used it as a base for its Tel Aviv center.

Globes said that Donahue also visit the PayPal center in Israel, set up after the company bought out Fraud Science four years ago.

"Israel is one of our industry's leading hubs for technology innovation and talent. eBay Inc.'s investments in Israel have made significant contributions to the company's global vision in commerce and payments, and I look forward to meeting Israeli startups, strategic partners and our local employees," Donahue said.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2012 7:49:25 PM PDT
J. Schwarz says:
Many of the big corporations do their fishing for tech in Israel. IBM, Motorola, Intel, Dell, Apple and a host of other companies either have research groups set up or buy Israeli companies outright. It is the place to be if you want high tech.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 6:29:06 AM PDT
Sixties fan says:
Erev Tov Israel !

July 5, 2012

Did Arafat die of AIDS, poisoning, or something else?

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Al-Jazeera reported this week that a Swiss lab hired to examine the clothes of Yasser Arafat found high levels of radioactive polonium. According to Al-Jazeera, while the findings are not conclusive, it could indicate that Arafat may have been poisoned. [http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/whatkilledarafat/2012/07/20127413371805105.html]

Yasser Arafat died in November 2004 in a hospital in Paris after being treated for an unnamed illness. The French hospital never publicly disclosed the cause of death and the Palestinian Authority never released the medical records it received from the hospital.

In 2007, Ahmad Jibril, head of the PFLP-GC (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command) told Al-Manar TV (Hezbollah) that at a meeting with PA Chairman Abbas, he was told by one of the delegation that the French medical report concluded that Arafat died of AIDS:

"When [PA Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas came to Damascus, I asked: "What was found in the [medical] inquiry of the death of brother Arafat?" One [of the delegation] said: "Frankly, the French gave us the medical report, and the cause of Arafat's death was AIDS."
[Al-Manar (Hezbollah TV), July 5, 2007]

Click to view

This statement was never reported to the Palestinian public.

According to the new Al-Jazeera report, the doctors who treated Arafat when he was sick, still today refuse to release any information, some saying the information related to his death is a "military secret":
"The Swiss doctors had hoped to study the blood and urine samples taken from Arafat while he was at Percy Military Hospital in France. But when she [Suha Arafat] requested access, the hospital told his widow that those samples had been destroyed. 'I was not satisfied with that answer,' Ms. Arafat said. 'Usually a very important person, like Yasser, they would keep traces - maybe they don't want to be involved in it?' Several of the doctors who treated Arafat said that they were not allowed to discuss his case - even with Ms. Arafat's permission - because it was considered a 'military secret.' And most of his onetime doctors in Cairo and Tunis refused requests for interviews as well."
[http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/whatkilledarafat/2012/07/20127413371805105.html]

While refusing to allow access to the medical report that would describe his illness, senior PA sources consistently have blamed Israel for poisoning Arafat.

At a PLO cultural celebration in the presence of the PA Minister of Culture, a child on stage performed a skit comparing Arafat's death to the death of Jesus by the Jews.

Boy 1: "Father, father the Elder (Arafat). Why did it happen this way? Why did it happen this way? Death chose you, and you did not complete the path."
Boy 2: "Do not ask why it happened this way. Yesterday they (i.e., the Jews) crucified Jesus; today they poisoned the father, the Elder (Arafat)."
[PA TV, June 4, 2010, Dec. 31, 2010]

Click to view

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Yasser Arafat Institute, Nasser Al-Qidwa, said last year:

"We shall neither tire nor grow weary... of the demand to receive an answer concerning the Martyrdom-death of our commander [Arafat], who was poisoned by Israel. We are convinced of this, but we want proof, and we want to submit the murderers and criminals to justice."
[PA TV (Fatah), Nov. 16, 2011]

To give credence to the poisoning story, the PA has reported on an international intrigue in which Israel initiated the murder plan, the US approved it with certain conditions, and the French doctors who treated Arafat concealed the truth in order to salvage the peace process.

Click to view this and the entire history of the "Israel killed Arafat" libel on PMW's website.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 6:39:50 AM PDT
Sixties fan says:
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Arafat: Polonium poisoning?
Sarah Honig..
Another Tack..
05 July '12..

Some tall tales refuse to die. In the Arab Mideast they even grow - often to gargantuan proportions, usually proportionate to their inherent preposterousness.

This is the case with insinuations about the cause of Yasser Arafat's death eight years ago, at the age of 75. Conspiracy theories abound. The only scenario serially discounted is natural cause.

The years haven't mitigated the plethora of wacky suspicions/fabrications.

Quite the contrary. Thus Al Jazeera reported last Tuesday that tests at a Swiss lab conducted on Arafat's purportedly uncontaminated personal items, such as clothing and a toothbrush supplied by his widow, Suha, yielded indications of elevated traces of radioactive Polonium 210. This, it should be noted, is the substance used six years ago to eliminate Russian spy-turned-dissident Alexander Litvinenko in London.

The Lausanne lab stressed that nothing can be said for certain without exhuming Arafat's body, but that is no impediment to innuendo. The Palestinian Authority said it would agree to an exhumation from the Ramallah mausoleum if Suha Arafat requests it.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Arafat, leading the accusing chorus, summed up the Al Jazeera "documentary" by asserting that it has been firmly established that her husband's death was part of "a criminal scheme."

These allegations are hardly new and surfaced hot on the heels of Arafat's demise at a French military hospital (which did not divulge the cause of death but did note that Arafat's symptoms were in no way remotely compatible with those of polonium poisoning). The appeal of conjuring nefarious plots persisted and in 2009 became the stuff of intense challenges to Arafat's successor, Mahmoud Abbas.

That was when Fatah co-founder Farouk Kadumi - who brands the two-state solution "just a temporary phase" - showed Al Jazeera TV what he asserted were protocols of a three-way collusion by Abbas, Arafat's longtime sidekick Muhammad Dahlan and then-prime minister Ariel Sharon to assassinate Arafat.

To cleanse himself and counter the politically loaded charges, Abbas recruited Bassam Abu Sharif, Arafat's consigliore, nicknamed the "Face of Terror." But Abu Sharif's tack was hardly to deny the calumny. He merely modified it to place the culpability more squarely on Israel.

Tall tales of a plot to murder Arafat are too good to pass up in a setting where fact and fiction are intrinsically indistinguishable.

Since no one would anyhow believe Arafat died a natural death, better just blame all foul-play on Israel.

In that spirit and with Abbas's unstinted backing, Abu Sharif claimed he knew for a fact that Israeli agents substituted toxins for medications Arafat was taking. Moreover, the lethal Israeli concoctions were, according to Ramallah's officially sanctioned version of events, brewed especially for this purpose by a leading Israeli pharmaceutical firm.

Nobody asked how Abu Sharif came to possess this information, whether he can back it up or why he chose to divulge it so late. Instead, all delegates to the 2009 Fatah convention in Bethlehem - without a single redeeming skeptic among them - raised their hands in favor of a resolution proclaiming that Israel is responsible for Arafat's "poisoning."

The convention unanimously demanded an international inquiry into Israel's role in terminating the Nobel Peace laureate.

But such slander is not the exception. It is the Palestinian norm. In a 1999 ceremony welcoming America's then-first lady Hillary Clinton to Gaza, Suha Arafat railed in indignation: "Our people have been subjected to the daily and extensive use of poisonous gas by the Israeli forces, which has led to an increase in cancer cases among women and children."

Mrs. Arafat charged that Israel deliberately contaminated with lethal toxins 80 percent of the water (not 79% or 81%) consumed by Palestinian females and infants (but presumably not by adult males). Clinton uttered no objection.

Herein lies the trouble. The failure of the international community to object gives assorted canards legitimacy.

Hence Arab masses are convinced that Israel was behind the 9/11 destruction of the Twin Towers.

Not only is invaluable energy expended on deception at the expense of tackling real problems, but fantastic convolutions of trumped-up cloak and dagger stories do not bolster the cause of true peace. Falsehoods negate peace.

Where the culture of mendacity reigns, trustworthy accords cannot grow. That is why the latest twist in the "Arafat assassination" tale matters.

Link: http://sarahhonig.com/2012/07/05/polonium-poisoning/

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 6:40:56 AM PDT
J. Schwarz says:
According to the Romanians who invited Arafat for a stay it was most likely HIV. Seriously how can they give a true indication of how he died after so many years and the possibility of contaminated clothing by a party who seeks to blame Israel for his death. The guy was into a lifestyle where HIV is common. Watch the Palestinians try to put the blame on Israel because you know Israel is responsible for all the drug addicts in the world since Jews are the great Satans of the world.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 6:44:21 AM PDT
Sixties fan says:
J, they will take anything gullible people will believe in and run with it. It has worked for 90 years, they are hoping for 90 more.
And the Arabs and the West are very gullible when it comes to putting the blame on the Jews.
Protocols, 9/11.....the Jews wrote it, planned it, did it.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 6:47:27 AM PDT
Sixties fan says:
Thursday, July 5, 2012
What does Friedman mean? A teachable moment.
Mistress Power..
04 July '12..

Part 1

(As an opening post to the new blog "Mistress Power", Wow!)

As much as I'd prefer to not dignify writing and thinking as muddled as that of Thomas Friedman, I am going to risk doing so in the hopes that Mr. Friedman's latest `contribution' to the ever expanding corpus of material discussing the Jewish state will prove to be a `teachable moment'. It seems to me that there are two major problems with this article:

1)Friedman's `analysis' and understanding of, well, everything.

2)The use of now classic Judeophobic characterizations of Jews as scheming and anti-democratic that form the basis of the work and analysis of Leon Wiseltier, which provides the bulk and meat of the rest of Mr. Friedman's article.

According to Mr. Wieseltier, the Jews have historically "preferred vertical alliances to horizontal ones", preferring "to have a relationship with the king of the bishop so as not to have to engage with the general population." If we translate this into less cagey language, basically, the Jews, according to Mr. Wieseltier, deal in private deals with authoritarian, absolute leaders and, we are to understand, disdain democracy. He allows that "they often had reason to be distrustful" of the non-Jewish majority, but we shouldn't let that distract us from the fact that they "preferred" to deal undemocratically with "bishops and kings" as opposed to democratically with...oh, wait, in medieval Europe -- the last time there were really kings and bishops to petition for rights or protection -- there wasn't actually a democratic alternative. So, basically Mr. Wieseltier is accusing the Jews who were the targets of popular pogroms, blood-libels, inquisitions and near-complete social and economic exclusion in the middle ages and pre-modern period of CHOOSING to eschew the non-existent `democratic' popularity contest by dealing with the only leaders that existed at the time: religious and political.

In case you haven't been following along, I'll be explicit: the accusation itself makes no logical sense. Jews could not have chosen "democratic" relations with the majority population in Medieval Europe even if they'd wanted to. There simply weren't any democratic institutions with which Jews could have dealt or in which they could have worked. So what the heck is actually going on here? The assertion makes as much sense as me admonishing Voltaire for "preferring" his anachronistic horse and carriage over high-speed rail trains available in Europe today. What is Mr. Wieseltier doing and how come no one, including Mr. Friedman, seems to have caught onto the historical and logical impossibility of Mr. Wieseltier's `historical observation'?

Here's where Judeophobia steps in to patch in the holes of flawed reasoning and simply nonsensical historiography. One of the major themes of modern Judeophobia is that of the Jew as secret schemer and enemy of the people. Indeed, the Jews-as-undemocratic slur only made sense after the watershed moments of democratic modernity such as the storming of the Bastille or the Boston Tea Party. Around the time that Herder was theorizing the unique and beautiful nature of the volk -- as the basis of democratic self-rule -- people began viewing the Jew as outside the volk and thus as a dangerous and inherently anti-democratic element. We know this libel so well and so instinctually that we follow its logic even backward to a time before democracy or anything even resembling democratic self-rule or nation-states. We knew this un-logic even before it was infamously enshrined in the Russian-forgered Protocols of the Elders of Zion. We know this un-logic so well that it just makes sense when we read about the suspicously powerful "Israel Lobby" working behind the scenes -- and thus undemocratically -- to undermine American democracy. It doesn't matter that lobbying is a central touchstone of American democratic institutions; when Jews do it, it's anti-democratic.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 6:49:47 AM PDT
Sixties fan says:
Part 2

Thus with a sophistic slight-of-hand made possible by a now centuries-old tenet of modern Judeophobia, Mr. Wieseltier is able to project the Jew's essentialized anti-democracy back into a pre-modern, pre-democratic age and then use the new a-history as `proof' of modern Israel's contempt for democracy and the volksgemeinschaft.

Whew, what a feat! I suppose I can't really blame Mr. Friedman for going along with it. The idea that Jews prefer to work against the people is so understood, so common-sense at this point, that it's not simply an invisible assumption; it's a structuring component of our collective analytic framework. It's an illogic that allows for a broader, somewhat simplified, world view to remain firmly in place.

What happens if the Jews are no more or less democratic than any other minority group (or majority volk in the Jewish nation-state)? Should the Jew [state] have refused to make peace with any of its neighbouring states until they were all turned into nice western liberal nation-states and constitutional democracies?

(read full article online)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 6:58:27 AM PDT
CAM says:
1st of all, the Romans crucified Jesus. Yes the unbelieving jews of the day did get them to do it. But it was God's predetermined plan - see, Isaiah 53 - Acts 4:27, 28 - Acts 2:23 As far as Arafat - The only one that has ever done that kind of killing is the Russians, to one of there dissidents/spies. But the haters of Israel will always look for an excuse to blame the Jewish people. The only regret I have as an American citizen. Is we should have never gave Arafat millions of dollars. Money he never used to help his own people. I hope these idiots bring his death back up, so we can expose them for all the money he stashed in various different Bank accounts around the world. Money we should be freezing and taking back. He was always trying to use our money to buy weapons to attack our ONE TRUE ALLIE in the middle east. Israel. May God continue to bless the Jewish people. Give them wisdom and fortitude to stand against the islamofacists. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Psalm 122:6 May all those who attack her be defeated by The Lord God Almighty............ AMEN!
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