November 2005 Archives

Smooth

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Smooth Stone dissects the fabricated "ancient" palestinian history. With no holds barred.

There is no "palestinian land." It is only the constant repetition that makes people believe that the "West Bank" belongs to the "Palestinians." Judea/Samaria (the "West Bank") is part of the Jewish homeland. Any land that Israel might eventually yield to the Arabs to establish some kind of autonomy would be an act of generosity and accommodation unprecedented in world history.

Because unlike the political Arabian Nation, the Zionist movement to Palestine/the Land of Israel represents a return, not an invasion.

If you're not already reading Smooth's blog regularly, you should be.

Perversion

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Perhaps someone can explain what a paid link to this garbage is doing on the Jerusalem Post website?

The children of Israel (Ppuh) (Jews) perverted the law of God (the Old Testament), by the evil pen of scribes, the law of the Lord is no longer with them, the Bible of today is not the true authentic one, but it is the perverted copy that they changed.

Oh, I see. It's "Ads by Google." Heh. The hazards of content-targeted online advertising. Well, the ads rotate, and I'm not seeing this one popping up again. Good.

David Duke and Syria

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Perfect together.

Former US Louisiana Representative David Duke on Monday expresses solidarity with Syria in face of the pressures and threats against the country.

Duke told a news conference at the 'Nation's Tent' at Rawda Square in Damascus that "I have come to Syria to express my support to the Syrian people and their just stances...it's the duty of every free man to reject the conspiracies and threats Syria is exposed to."


He added that the pro-Israel neoconservatives in the US have influence on their country's foreign policy and have been working behind the scenes through their mass media in the US to hide "the reality of Israeli terrorism against the Arabs."

And there's more on the "Zionist-controlled mass media" and its insidious influence on American foreign policy, of course. Hey, once upon a time, somebody voted for this guy.

Good fences aren't enough

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Case in point: Matt's dumbass neighbor who's trying to set fire to the entire 'hood.

This has dramatic implied international security/diplomacy implications, of course. Which I won't go into now. (But, well, they're sorta obvious.)

Out of the question

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Interview today:

IMRA: Is it possible to reach peace and have a unified Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

[Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister and Information Minister Nabil] Shaath: It is out of the question.

Next?

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Current apparent candidates for leadership of Israel's Likud party now that Sharon has bolted:

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz
Education Minister Limor Livnat
Agriculture Minister Yisrael Katz
Former Finance Minister (and former Prime Minister) Binyamin Netanyahu
Former Minister of Internal Security Uzi Landau
Likud activist Moshe Feiglin

Calling it a week

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It's a week.

(Yes, Friday afternoon posts tend to get very short this time of year.)

Shabbat Shalom.

The journalist returns

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Khaled Abu Toameh paid a return visit to the Philadelphia area last night. It was a nasty night, with lots of hard rain and wind. And the hall was packed.

I was a little reluctant to venture out in that mess myself, wondering if I was just going to hear the same things I heard a year and a half ago. But I figured I should show up anyway. Smart move.

This time, Khaled's visit was sponsored by CAMERA. And he most certainly had some new things to say. Significantly, he seems to be much less impressed by President Bush these days. Back in April, 2004, he said, only half joking, that Bush was "the savior of the Arab masses" -- that Bush's hard-line wake up call was exactly the right approach to plant the seeds of democracy in the Middle East. Last night, he had a different message.

"I don't trust any of these Abus," he said. "And if Condoleeza Rice does, that's her problem."

U.S. support for Abu Mazen (he referred to Abbas throughout the evening by that name alone) drives palestinians into the arms of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The PA is still run by Arafat cronies. Arafat is gone, but "Arafatism" remains, the old Tunis crowd is still in charge and nothing has really changed. The money the U.S. sends to the PA will disappear under Abu Mazen the same way it disappeared under Arafat. Why do we never learn?

It sends the wrong message, he says, when Condoleeza Rice stands up and praises Abbas for consolidating the security forces, when on the street just outside you can see armed representatives of the several different branches, each still bearing their own insignia. It doesn't help for Rice to applaud the PA's cessation of anti-Israel incitement when the same day their own government controlled newspapers are full of virulent examples of such incitement. There have been no reforms of the security services, no reforms of corruption, no decrease in incitement. And yet the White House pretends otherwise. To what end?

Khaled drops a little bomb, as I've heard him do before, as if his rapt audience needs to be shocked into paying even closer attention. Isn't it important to prop up Abu Mazen if the alternative is Hamas? No, he says. In fact, he would vote for Hamas himself. Hamas is building the hospitals and the playgrounds and the schools. The PA isn't doing that. It's using the funds it solicits from the international community to pay for the shopping sprees of a certain lady in Paris. And it's the current regime that's stifling dissent and threatening anyone who dares to challenge it. It's the PA security forces, subsidized by that same international community, that are the real problem.

Yes, Hamas also recruits and supports suicide bombers. But there is no difference, he says, between Hamas and the PA when it comes to the desire for the destruction of Israel.


But aren't Abu Mazen's hands tied? Isn't he doing a dangerous balancing act between reining in terror and triggering a civil war? Khaled Abu Toameh dismisses this suggestion out of hand. Abu Mazen was elected with a mandate to bring reform and disarm the terrorists. The people want accountability and calm and order, they want the normal life that Arafat was bent on denying them. Fear of civil war is a transparent excuse for failure to act.

Finally, don't all of the Muslims just want to kill the Jews? "Well, I'm a Muslim, and I don't want to kill Jews," Khaled says quietly (while most of us look very hard at our laps). He goes on to explain that the Islam he grew up with teaches respect for others, tolerance, charity and peace. And I realize with mild surprise that I believe him.

Worrying signs

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Indeed they are.

Most Arabs say Israelis carried out last week's terror attack

There was a real outpouring of sympathy in Israel for last week's terrorist bombings in Amman, and what appeared to be sincere appreciation expressed by King Abdullah. I wondered at the time how deep that would run in his subjects. Not very, as it turns out.

The claim that it is impossible for Muslims to carry out such a loathsome act, and therefore the culprits cannot possibly be Muslim, is simply understood by many Jordanians: If the attack wasn't carried out by Muslims, then it must have been carried out by someone else.

And if it was carried out by someone else, it must have been someone or group trying to weaken the Arabs – in other words, the Jews.

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One British reporter traveled to the village in the West Bank. On a small path near the mourning tent, he spoke to family members of the victims and asked them who they thought was responsible for the massacre. Every single one blamed Israel.

Why would Israel have killed them? The answers were angry and babbled, but they showed clearly that they, too, had internalized the message that Muslims wouldn't have murdered fellow Muslims, and so it must have been Israelis, born with a murderous nature.

Stone wall

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CAMERA exposes, in detail, the ambivalent relationship between Israeli English left-wing daily Ha'aretz and the truth.

In the last year, CAMERA has contacted the paper's editors concerning multiple factual errors, taking the identical approach used with U.S. publications — emailing editors behind the scenes, providing data substantiating why a report is incorrect, requesting a correction, following up with phone calls, and finally, posting an item on our Web site and/or sending out an alert. (In a particularly egregious case, we published an Op-Ed in the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles about a serious and uncorrected error.)

However, unlike prominent American and international outlets, Ha'aretz apparently considers itself above criticism. Ha'aretz editors seem unaccustomed to responding to readers in a straightforward process and appear to believe readers have no right to fault them for shoddy, inaccurate coverage. Rather than considering the substance of CAMERA's queries, Ha'aretz has stonewalled completely, refusing to correct errors. Indeed, the English edition of the newspaper, in contrast to almost every major American newspaper, has no regular corrections section; a lone correction appears once every few months.

Not to mention its apparent phobia of constructive criticism.

In response to CAMERA's request for a correction on this issue, Ha'aretz assistant editor Ruth Meisels inadvertently sent CAMERA's Israel Director Tamar Sternthal what was clearly meant to be an internal Ha'aretz email. Addressed to a Ha'aretz employee who apparently handles phone calls, the email warned (in Hebrew):

In the event that this [CAMERA complaint] gets to you: We have a quasi 'policy,' on the orders of [editor-in-chief] David [Landau], to ignore this organization and all of its complaints, including not responding to telephone messages and screening calls from Tamar Sternhal [sic], director of CAMERA. Otherwise, we will never finish with them.

Thus, Ha'aretz editors appear to have little interest in the accuracy of their coverage or the accepted standards of journalism – unlike their American counterparts – and seem to believe (wrongly) that not returning a phone call or responding to an email will deflect CAMERA's efforts to redress false and inflammatory assertions.

Sad.

Life

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A constant but welcome interruption.

Hopefully, posting here will return to a more regular schedule soon.

Shabbat shalom.

Jordan rising

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This is a very healthy reaction.

Hundreds of Jordanians took to the streets of their capital Thursday, shouting "Burn in hell, Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi." "We sacrifice our lives for you Amman," chanted the protesters, who gathered near one of three hotels that were hit by suicide bombings Wednesday in attacks claimed by the Jordanian-born al-Zarqawi's al-Qaida in Iraq group.

Jordanian officials said 56 people, mainly Jordanians, were killed in the attacks on the Grand Hyatt, the Radisson SAS and the Days Inn.

"Death to al-Zarqawi, the villain and the traitor," shouted the angry crowd - Jordanians of all backgrounds, including women and children.

Drivers of vehicles decorated with the colorful Jordanian flags and posters of Jordan's King Abdullah II honked their horns. A helicopter hovered overhead.

About 115 people also were wounded in near-simultaneous attacks shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday.

There are changes afoot. The terrorists are continuing to take lives, but they're losing ground.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon today (Thursday), 10.11.05, telephoned Jordanian King Abdallah II and expressed his condolences over the terrorist attacks that struck Amman yesterday. The Prime Minister said that he was greatly saddened to hear about the attacks and added that Israel was prepared to immediately render such assistance as may be requested. The Prime Minister told King Abdallah that it was forbidden to compromise with extremist terrorism and that it had to be fought with determination. King Abdallah thanked Prime Minister Sharon for his remarks and said that the hearts of Jordanians were warmed by the fact that Jordan had friends who stood by it at very difficult hours such as these. Prime Minister Sharon asked King Abdallah to convey his condolences to the families of those who were killed and his best wishes for a quick recovery to the wounded; King Abdallah asked to convey his gratitude to the Israeli people.

Pay attention

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Some warnings get repeated so many times they start to seem like the proverbial "cry wolf." That's one of the things the Wakf is counting on.

In a renewed dispute, a group of Israeli archaeologists has condemned the Wakf's planned renovation work of an ancient tower adjacent to the Temple Mount, warning that such a move is part of a long-running plan by the Islamic Trust to expand a recently-created mosque at the Jerusalem holy site.

The non-partisan 'Committee Against the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount,' which has been leading the public campaign against Wakf construction at the site has sent a letter to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the Director of the Antiquities Authority Shuka Dorfman lambasting the proposed renovation work on the historic structure.

The site in question, known as Hatuniyah, lies adjacent to the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount just outside the ancient compound, and has served in the past as a tower approach to the Temple Mount by way of the Double Gate.

"As part of our follow-up on Wakf activities over the last years, it has become clear that these projects are part of an overall Wakf plan to turn the whole compound into one exclusive Muslim site...and we have firm basis to suppose that the Wakf's aim this time as well is to take over this structure as well and incorporate it into the mosque at the site," the November 7 letter read.

Piece by piece, as they say, inch by inch, Judaism's holiest site is being undermined and appropriated. This would be disturbing but unsurprising if it was under the rule of a Muslim regime. But it's not.

According to decades-old regulations in place at the Jerusalem holy site, Israel is in charge of overall security at the compound, while the Islamic Trust or Wakf are charged with day-to-day maintenance at the site.

The archaeologists' letter, which was made public on Wednesday, states that the prime minister's office and or the Antiquities Authority has approved or is planning to approve the Wakf's renovation plan.

The Prime Minister's Office had no immediate comment Wednesday.

Glorious

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Finally, the leaves have changed! What's left of them (because we lost quite a few early on to pests and disease) are simply beautiful. A late but glorious riot of color in Eastern Pennsylvania. Who would have thought?

Shabbat Shalom.

Honoring Rabin

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Dr. Aaron Lerner asks:

Does it honor Rabin to distort his message?

Well, it's been ten years. Hard to believe, but not all that long, really. Not nearly long enough to justify the memory lapses and revisionism that always seem to proliferate around the anniversary of Rabin's assassination. From Dr. Lerner, some clarity:

The positions of Rabin circa 1995 are not a matter of speculation. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin made the crystal clear when he addressed the Knesset on October 5, 1995 -- a month before he was gunned down -- when he presented the Israel-Palestinian Interim Agreement for ratification. [translation of the entire address]

Those positions were indeed crystal clear. And they may come as quite a shock to many who fail to realize just how far down Israel has been dragged in the past decade. Prime Minister Rabin:

We view the permanent solution in the framework of State of Israel which will include most of the area of the Land of Israel as it was under the rule of the British Mandate, and alongside it a Palestinian entity which will be a home to most of the Palestinian residents living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

We would like this to be an entity which is less than a state, and which will independently run the lives of the Palestinians under its authority. The borders of the State of Israel, during the permanent solution, will be beyond the lines which existed before the Six Day War. We will not return to the 4 June 1967 lines.

And there was more:

And these are the main changes, not all of them, which we envision and want in the permanent solution:

A. First and foremost, united Jerusalem, which will include both Ma'ale Adumim and Givat Ze'ev -- as the capital of Israel, under Israeli sovereignty, while preserving the rights of the members of the other faiths, Christianity and Islam, to freedom of access and freedom of worship in their holy places, according to the customs of their faiths.

B. The security border of the State of Israel will be located in the Jordan Valley, in the broadest meaning of that term.

C. Changes which will include the addition of Gush Etzion, Efrat, Beitar and other communities, most of which are in the area east of what was the "Green Line," prior to the Six Day War.

D. The establishment of blocs of settlements in Judea and Samaria, like the one in Gush Katif.

Like the one in Gush Katif that is no more.

Rabin's true legacy, despite attempts to besmirch it by his "friends" and enemies alike, lives on. Barely. For now.

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