Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Evacuation started today

The Evacuation of Gush Katif started today; after a quick but violent encounter between rioters and soldiers, the Maoz HaYam Hotel (a stronghold for the anti- disengagement forces of settlers and rioters) has been completely evacuated.

shortly after that, the army declared the entire Gush Katif area a no-entry zone, completely cut off from the rest of Israel. although the politicol echelons directing the army claim this was done due to 'violations of the law and order'. most people, (me included) believe this was done to cut the protesters of from their supporters outside of Gush Katif.


The full IDF statement announcing the 'temporary closure' follows:

"During the past 24 hours, factors opposing the disengagement have radicalized their activities in the Gaza Strip, including repeated violations of the law and order, as well as harm to Palestinian residents of the area and to the security forces. [palestinians started throwing rocks and the jews fought back, but don't mention that, or that several jews were injured also, please].

Updated information exists regarding additional groups of Israelis that are moving towards the Gaza Strip, in an attempt to provide backup for the rioters and to act to further escalate the situation.

A further escalation of this course of action taken by radical elements may have grave effects on the region.

In light of this situation, the GOC Southern Command, Maj.-Gen. Dan Harel, signed an order regarding a temporary limitation of entrance and presence in the Gaza Strip. Entrance to these areas will be allowed to Israelis working in the area, providing essential services, to Israelis who are listed as residents of the area, and to others whose entry is permitted by the authorities.

The IDF and the Israeli Police forces plan to act in the near future in order to restore calm in the area. Upon completion of this activity, the order limiting entry to the area will be removed.

It should be noted that this order is not the order of limitation to be issued by the political echelon as part of the preparations for the implementation of the disengagement plan.

The IDF and the Israeli Police are in continuous contact with the leaders of the Gush Katif communities, and are updating them regarding all developments. The IDF and Israeli Police are making every effort to minimize the harm to the residents' daily lives."

I am in Israel (I've mentioned this in earlier articles) and I live in the schtachim (the territories) with my family. So i have something of a personal stake in how the evacuation (I hate that, it's not an evacuation; it's expulsion, it's withdrawal, it's forced resettlement: it's almost anything but an evacuation) turns out: If the politicos succeed in forcing the 'evacuation', Ariel Sharon will cede yet more land to the Palestinian (terror) Authority. (there's a list of cities and towns that Sharon had promised the PA; the place where I'm living is included).

If you've read my earlier article 'A Hospital Meeting' you'll Know exactly what the palestinians intend to do with the land once they've got it: they're already building and importing weapons for as soon as we've withdrawn from the lands and they'll be in range of Israeli cities.

The only hope for peace is if the withdrawal can be stopped and the IDF and Israeli police can go back to their real jobs of protecting Innocent lives

If you want to lear more, please go look at www.israelnationalnews.com (Arutz Sheva)

Cows and Political Science

> DEMOCRATIC
>
> You have two cows.
> Your neighbor has none.
> You feel guilty for being successful.
> Barbara Streisand sings for you.
>
>
>
> REPUBLICANISM
>
> You have two cows.
> Your neighbor has none.
> So?
>
>
>
> SOCIALIST
>
> You have two cows.
> The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
> You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage his cow.
>
>
>
> COMMUNIST
>
> You have two cows.
> The government seizes both and provides you with milk.
> You wait in line for hours to get it.
> It is expensive and sour.
>
> CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE
>
> You have two cows.
> You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.
>
> BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE
>
> You have two cows.
> Under the new farm program the government pays you to shoot one, milk
> the other, and then pours the milk down the drain.
>
> AMERICAN CORPORATION
>
> You have two cows.
> You sell one, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on the 2nd one.
> You force the two cows to produce the milk of four cows. You are
> surprised when one cow drops dead. You spin an announcement to the
> analysts stating you have downsized and are reducing expenses.
> Your stock goes up.
>
>
>
> FRENCH CORPORATION
>
> You have two cows.
> You go on strike because you want three cows.
> You go to lunch and drink wine.
> Life is good.
>
>
>
> JAPANESE CORPORATION
>
> You have two cows.
> You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow
> and
> produce twenty times the milk.
> They learn to travel on unbelievably crowded trains.
> Most are at the top of their class at cow school.
>
>
>
> GERMAN CORPORATION
>
> You have two cows.
> You engineer them so they are all blond, drink lots of beer, give
> excellent quality milk, and run a hundred miles an hour.
> Unfortunately they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per year.
>
>
>
> ITALIAN CORPORATION
>
> You have two cows but you don't know where they are.
> While ambling around, you see a beautiful woman.
> You break for lunch.
> Life is good.
>
>
>
> RUSSIAN CORPORATION
>
> You have two cows.
> You have some vodka.
> You count them and learn you have five cows.
> You have some more vodka.
> You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.
> The Mafia shows up and takes over however many cows you really have.
>
>
>
> TALIBAN CORPORATION
>
> You have all the cows in Afghanistan, which are two.
> You don't milk them because you cannot touch any creature' private
> parts.
> You get a $40 million grant from the US government to find
> alternatives
> to milk production but use the money to buy weapons.
>
>
>
> IRAQI CORPORATION
>
> You have two cows.
> They go into hiding.
> They send radio tapes of their mooing.
>
> POLISH CORPORATION
>
> You have two bulls.
> Employees are regularly maimed and killed attempting to milk them.
>
> BELGIAN CORPORATION
>
> You have one cow.
> The cow is schizophrenic.
> Sometimes the cow thinks he's French, other times he's Flemish.
> The Flemish cow won't share with the French cow.
> The French cow wants control of the Flemish cow's milk.
> The cow asks permission to be cut in half.
> The cow dies happy.
>
>
>
> FLORIDA CORPORATION
>
> You have a black cow and a brown cow.
> Everyone votes for the best looking one.
> Some of the people who actually like the brown one best accidentally
> vote for the black one.
> Some people vote for both.
> Some people vote for neither.
> Some people can't figure out how to vote at all.
> Finally, a bunch of guys from out-of-state tell you which one you
> think
> is the best-looking cow.

Why Christians leave Mideast

By Joseph Farah, Editor, WorldNetDaily.com


Just before Christmas, the New York Times figured out a way to blame Israel for the exodus of Christians from Bethlehem.

This is called journalistic gymnastics.

The story by Greg Myre began:

"In the town where Christians believe Christ was born, the Christians are leaving. Four years of violence, an economic free fall and the Israeli separation barrier have all contributed to the hardships facing Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem, one of the largest concentrations of Christians in the region."

There you have it. Why are the Christians leaving Bethlehem? At least partly, according to the New York Times, because of the Israeli security fence.

Now, ask yourself a question: Why would the security fence disproportionately affect Christians? If the security fence were contributing to the exodus, it should be causing an exodus of Muslims as well, right?

Why is the New York Times lying?

Because, for the life of this reporter and his editors back home, they can't think of a single legitimate way to blame Israel for the Christian exodus.

In fact, if you read between the lines, as patrons of this column are expected to do, you will notice that the New York Times actually gives away the reason for the exodus. But it requires background knowledge of the situation. It requires context not provided in the story.

Before I give you that context, let me say this is a real problem. Sometimes, often, the New York Times creates problems out of whole cloth. Not this time. As the story points out, Bethlehem, once a majority Christian town, now only claims 21,500 of the 60,000 Arab residents about 35 percent.

They haven't left for no good reason. They have left for very good reasons. In fact, knowing the conditions these Christians face today, it's surprising there are still 21,500 there.

But does it have anything to do with the Israeli security fence? No.

Four years ago, when this exodus began, the Israelis had not even started construction of the security fence. But the New York Times story correctly shows that's when the mass exodus began.

"Bethlehem was more than 90 percent Christian until the middle of the last century," the story continues. "Then the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, begun by Arab states in response to the founding of Israel, brought an influx of Muslim refugees to the Bethlehem area and signaled the start of a demographic shift. But what began as a steady emigration of Christians accelerated into a relative flood with the onset of violence four years ago."

Here's a key paragraph buried in this story:

"In the early days of the uprising, Muslim gunmen in the Bethlehem area took hilltop positions in Beit Jala, which is predominantly Christian. That afforded them a clear firing line at the southernmost part of Jerusalem. When the Israeli military responded, Beit Jala residents found themselves on the front lines of the conflict, and occasionally among its casualties."

Muslim terrorists have intentionally placed Christians in the crossfire between them and Israel. They did that when they seized the Church of the Nativity, nearly destroying it, defecating in the hallways, smashing statues and stealing precious objects. The Israelis, for their part, negotiated an end to the standoff rather than destroy the church that represents so much to the Christian world.

If the Israelis contributed in any way to the exodus of Christians it was by withdrawing from Bethlehem and the so-called "Palestinian territories" in the West Bank. Since they left, the Palestinian Authority has waged a jihad against the Christian community, raping women, extorting businessmen, lynching "collaborators" and seizing homes.

That's why the Christians have left and continue to leave. They enjoyed life while their towns were under the control of Israel. Once they were turned over to the terrorists, there wasn't much left to keep them in the areas in which their families lived for generations.

That's the story the New York Times, the "newspaper of record," dares not tell.
Senator Hillary Clinton was invited to address a major gathering of the
American Indian Nation in upper New York state. She spoke for
almost an hour on her future plans for increasing every Native
American's
present standard of living, should she one day become the first female
President. She referred to her career as a New York Senator, how she
had
signed "YES" for every Indian issue that came to her desk for approval.

Although the Senator was vague on the details of her plan, she seemed
most
enthusiastic about her future ideas for helping her "red sisters and
brothers". At the conclusion of her speech, the Tribes presented the
Senator
with a plaque inscribed with her new Indian name - Walking Eagle. The
proud
Senator then departed in her motorcade, waving to the crowds.

A news reporter later inquired to the group of chiefs of how they come
to select the new name given to the Senator.

They explained that Walking Eagle is the name given to a bird so full
of shit it can no longer fly.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

"The Virtues of Martyrdom"

by Osaamah Khayyaat (to be found at AlMinbar.com)

...Also, in our time, many of the shining stars from the righteous of the Muslim nation have joined the caravan of martyrdom. These are the people whose blood testifies to their heroism and immense sacrifice; they are the martyrs of Bosnia, Kosova, Chechnya and before them Afghanistan, as well as many other Muslim lands.

Today we Muslims and indeed the entire world can witness the greatness of martyrdom being illustrated in the uprising of Palestine in general and Al-Aqsaa In particular. This kind of stance, which revives the magnitude and virtues of martyrdom in the heart of the Muslim nation, is exactly what we need at this time. It is vital that the Muslims exert every effort to spread the love for achieving martyrdom just like the pious early generations of Muslims did. We must continue on the same road that they were on, which is that of our Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam and indeed all the prophets before him, in order to support our religion and defeat our enemies.

...O people of knowledge and leaders of influence! Revive the importance of martyrdom and reawaken the spirit of seeking it. Instil the virtues of it in the hearts and minds by all methods possible, whether that is written, audio, video or otherwise. Our country has set an example in supporting this and donating generously in its cause from all different sections of its community; scholars, officials, men, women, elderly and children alike have not held back in this, which is cause for delight to the believers and enragement for the Jews as well as those who support and protect them. Likewise, in all other Muslim countries, the Muslims have supported their Palestinian brethren. May Allaah reward everyone for all that they have sacrificed in support of their brothers in faith. We ask Allaah that this convoy of support will continue and increase. We must increase in this and therefore rush towards Paradise which is greater than the heavens and earth. Allaah says what translates as “Indeed, Allaah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allaah, so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’aan. And who is truer to his covenant than Allaah? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment.” (At-Tawbah: 111).

And here you have it! Past all the Blobbery, Misdirection, and outright lies, from the lips of a Muslim 'Intellectual': Their "Martrdom" is nothing more than a hypocritical double-name for brainwashing their young people, loading them with explosives and sending them off to die.

Why, Some of my Best Friends are anti-Semites!

Fairly long, but very funny

By Julia Gorin

And there's no need to apologize

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last month, the small pond of Ithaca, NY swelled into a storm of controversy when a Mother's Day piece appeared in the Ithaca Journal, describing one mother's "growing sense of inner peace and well-being" that has made her a "more open, kind, loving and patient" parent after eschewing the kind of victimhood mentality that pervades the Palestinian-Israeli conflict:

"On the global scale, for example, Zionist Jews in Israel have occupied Palestinian land in the name of G-d and victimhood. If anyone criticizes Israel for their terrorist attacks and slaughter of the Palestinians, they are immediately labeled "anti-Semitic" and guilt-inflicted for the Holocaust without any regard for Palestinian suffering."

The article was written by a yoga instructor named Sandy Wold, who runs a business called "Healing the Goddess" and is part of a larger "New Age Goddess" movement that includes a queen goddess named Starhawk who, according to an Honest Reporting dispatch, writes books on "earth-based spirituality," and regularly attacks Israel for its "racist policies" and "apartheid wall."

Yet the controversy that these self-actualized women have aroused seems overblown. After all, Ms. Wold and Starhawk are not the first people to find inner peace and well-being by siding with Palestinians over Israelis. In fact, for my own well-being, rather than empathize with an imperfect society, I too have found a way to sympathize with a murderous one. I've decided to adopt the approach of the enlightened classes — the diplomats, the media, the literati and the Europeans — wherein I shrug off par-for-the-course bombings of Israeli civilians but loudly condemn targeted assassinations of terror organizers that result in even a single Palestinian civilian death. It's a way of saying, "Wink-wink, do you see how indignant I am over the loss of Arab life? Please remember that the next time you're scouting for bombing targets closer to here…leave me and mine out of it, okay?"

The goddesses have inspired me to reflect, and I marvel that I was once a Jew who, as Wold describes, labeled as anti-Semitic those who simply object to the Israeli policy of existing. First of all, being anti-Israel and being anti-Semitic aren't synonymous: I'm sure there are plenty of people who agree with Israeli policies even while not particularly liking Jews. But more importantly, I've come to understand why the Palestinian who lived through the indignity of being asked to open his violin case at an Israeli checkpoint last year made international headlines (though indeed a guitar was used in the 2001 Jerusalem Sbarro attack) and why the story was embellished to look as if the violinist were asked to play for the soldiers' amusement; I also understand why Palestinians had to dig up old graves to show massacre in Jenin, and why everyone pointed to a corner-rounding magic Israeli bullet killing the crouching 12 year-old Mohammed al-Durra in 2000 crossfire, tragically before he ever got the chance to take 20 Jews with him as a shahid (though subsequent investigations indicate only Palestinian gunfire could have gotten to him); and finally, I understand why in 1999 Suha Arafat accused Israelis of poisoning Palestinian water.


The hope is that if Israeli "genocide" of Palestinians (or "terrorist attacks and slaughter" as Ms. Wold terms it) is cited often enough, it will bring international peacekeepers in to tie Israel's hands and be at the mercy of the world. Why else would everyone get so angry when two or three Palestinian civilians are killed in the course of military responses to massacres? It's the agonizingly slow pace of this genocide! The displaced Arabs started out with 400,000; they screamed genocide and became four million. This is what happens when you leave genocide up to Jews.

Anyway, it's the only rational explanation I can think of for why anti-Israel rhetoric has increased "in direct proportion to the growing toll of Jewish casualties from Arab terrorism," as commentator Dennis Prager points out. Still on probation for the Holocaust, the Europeans can only cheer the Arab world on from the sidelines, plus contribute what they can through UN programs like the Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which employs and transports Hamas members and explosives.

Understandably, the Israeli breed of Jew has confounded the world. (Jews fighting back? What's gotten into them? Their behavior was so much more palatable in WWII. Why do they refuse to jump into the Red Sea? Maybe it'll part for them again!) It used to be: "Jews, go to Palestine!" Now it's: "Jews, get out of Palestine!"

I have faith, though, that the world is committed to the Holocaust "never again" happening to the Jews. (I suppose not leaving any Jews for it to happen to again is one way to go about it.) To stay true to the promise, though, something will have to be done about the anti-Jewish climate at our universities. It's time to introduce courses on tolerating people, and perhaps a course on tolerating Jews. For starters, they can explain why Jews getting preferential admission into Israel is "racism," but blacks getting preferential admission to universities is "affirmative action."

Then again, the most constructive thing, as Ms. Wold advises, is for each of us to do "our inner work to resolve our inner turmoil" and stop the "fighting, arguing, advising, debating, protesting, blaming and name-calling," so that "each of our truths will help us co-evolve exponentially, and…solutions to complex issues and world peace will come," accelerating the planet's "pure thought-form around peace that harmonizes…everyone on neighboring islands and neighboring countries…the 'Hundredth Monkey' phenomenon."

To that end, I have begun to confront my own "biases, opinions and judgments," and have come to accept that I suffer from what can only be Islamophobia. Because on practically a daily basis, I imagine there are news reports detailing horrors all over the world — car bombings, suicide bombings, even air planes crashing into buildings — and in every case, Muslims are the ones executing these acts. Isn't that awful of me? Charting a path to my own self-actualization, then, I placed myself into therapy, knowing that the problem must be inside myself and that if I just heal my own mind, all these horrors will stop and peace will prevail.

I am now also open to the possibility that Palestinians aren't responsible for exploding Jews at all. Just look at the disparity between these two Reuters headlines: "Israel Kills Three Militants" vs. "Bus Blows Up in Central Jerusalem." In other words, the Jews are suffering too, but apparently what they suffer from is spontaneous combustion.

Yes, I'm quite sure now that it's all just been my imagination all along. Thanks to the lucidity of the goddesses, I now see that even if massacres from Bali to Beslan to Madrid were indeed wrought by Muslims, somehow, in a departure from this worldwide pattern, on the one singular, exceptional sliver of land that happens to be dominated by Jews (who wouldn't have even fit onto it had they not been so skinny coming off the Holocaust), it's not Muslims who are the culprits, but the Jews themselves. (That's why what you're really worried about when getting on an airplane is seeing a Hasid get on with you.) So what we have is the following scenario: Jews get bombed by Muslims, and it's Israel's fault; Muslims fly airplanes into American buildings, and it's Israel's fault (because of our pro-Israel policies — and someone should feel guilty since Muslims don't); and finally, Lebanese Christians kill Lebanese Muslims in Shatilla, and it's Israel's fault.

Once you understand this, the world becomes so much less overwhelming, and you can deal with just about anything. You'll even know the first thing to ascertain should aliens descend on the earth and start eating people: What did Israel do now? My computer-programmer husband is actually developing software that will calculate the percentage of Jewish responsibility for everything that happens in the world, so soon we won't have to do any thinking at all. In my current self-transforming work to count myself among the "authentically peaceful, loving, non-reactive, and nonjudgmental" so that, as Ms. Wold suggests, "the human vibration and potential rises," simultaneously raising global consciousness, promoting healing for all, and evolving humanity so that we might avert "global catastrophe," I have learned that the most important thing to keep sight of is that Jews and Palestinians aren't so different, and it's our similarities that we should focus on. For example, a proud Jewish mother says, "So my son the doctor…" And a proud Palestinian mother says, "So my son the suicide bomber…" (Indeed, the best gift a Palestinian kid can give on Mother's Day is martyrdom, which has bought moms new apartments, jewelry and social status.) Similarly, a Jewish father has a conversation with his son about his future: "Ok, kid, it's time to start thinking about making a living!" And a Palestinian father: "Ok, kid, it's time to start thinking about making a killing!"

The resemblance is so great, who can deny we're cousins? And who can accuse Israelis and other Jews of "hating" Arabs? Hate them? We worship them! How many Jewish sacrifices we've laid at the altar of Islam — a thousand offerings to appease our Muslim gods. And with the Gaza withdrawal this year, Jew will turn against Jew and spill more blood. Is this not love?

After international pressure does finally push the Israelis into the sea, though, I just hope no one is disillusioned to see suicide bombers swimming after them to carry out their mitzvah before the Jews can drown. (If the Jews left Israel and moved to Mars, the Palestinians would develop a space program before a constitution.)

And that's because if Palestinians woke up one morning without an excuse to kill a Jew, there'd be no reason to get out of bed. It is said the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Well, if it doesn't involve an opportunity to kill Jews, what's the point? What else are these largest per-capita recipients of international aid going to do with their money and aggression? Open a business? If they lose a grip on their hate, they'll have a massive identity crisis, and suicide bombers will become actually suicidal. To wit, Mideast expert Daniel Pipes cites a Palestinian Christian, who declared that when there's a Palestinian state, "the sacred union against the Zionist enemy will die. It will be time to settle accounts…It saddens me to say so, but Israeli laws protect us." (Goddesses, let's hope that the man who betrayed his people with such candor has since been arrested.)

But if what he says is true, it means President Bush had it right in his September address to the UN, when he said, "Peace will not be achieved by Palestinian rulers who intimidate opposition, tolerate corruption, and maintain ties to terrorist groups. The longsuffering Palestinian people deserve true leaders capable of creating and governing a free and peaceful Palestinian state…[in the form of a] stable democracy." They deserve leaders like, well, the Israelis.

Just look at the West Bank fence that humiliates Palestinians by helping stop over 100 planned attacks on Israelis a month, according to embassy numbers — an essential step toward Palestinian statehood. The apartheid wall could single-handedly impose the Palestinian dream of self-determination on the Palestinians. Such that at the next Olympics we might be able to cheer athletes from an actual Palestinian nation, and perhaps even see brick-throwing and belt-bombing become official Olympic sports. (Rival martyr factions already compare their competition to a British soccer league.)

Thus striving toward a more just world, Western society will expand its spirit of equitableness so that soon, as we stroll along New York's Yitzhak Rabin Way, we can look for a matching Yassir Arafat Square. And Holocaust education in schools will become more fair and objective: To little Shlomo, Hitler may seem like a villain, but little Qudsia may see things differently. (This will mean taking a page from our friends in Europe where, as the 700 Club informs us, Muslim students cheer at the mention of the Holocaust.)

Ms. Wold wrote to Honest Reporting apologizing for the "lack of sensitivity to and inclusiveness of your group's perspective and experience," but there was no need. After all, a goddess can't be wrong! She should just think of it as a growth experience. At least now she knows that her relationship with those "many Jewish friends" who "know a lot more" about the conflict than she does has been utterly meaningless. Besides, who's judging? Today's anti-Semites-slash-anti-"Zionists" are out and they're proud. (Not that there's anything wrong with that…why, some of my best friends are anti-Semites!)

In fact, these days even regular folks have started to repeat ideas and phrases from the likes of Mahathir Mohamad, the recently retired Malaysian prime minister who said that Jews rule the world by proxy and own newspapers, and suggested that Muslims fight the Jews using brains and not just bombs. I must admit, it was sort of neat hearing this stuff come out of someone of Mongoloid stock; you don't see that every day. It's all about diversity, folks, give everyone a chance! (Incidentally, it's a big lie that there's no freedom of speech in the Muslim world: Anyone can go over there and with virtually no consequences announce that Jews suck; here it's not so easy — as the goddesses have learned.)

May the world forgive this brash display of my inordinate Jewish influence, but I thought it would actually seem rather tame, considering that I spend the rest of my time drinking the blood of Arab teenagers.

At least my therapy is teaching me to be less defensive. After all, it worked so well in the 1930s.

Thank G-d for Ariel Sharon

by: Shmuel Sackett
International Director of Manhigut Yehudit

He has woken up the "right wing."

He has invigorated the youth.

He has created a level of excitement in Israel that is unparalleled!

He has brought people from America to Yesha in a show of solidarity
and support.

He has increased the population in Gush Katif, Sa-Nur and Homesh more
in the last year than in the previous 5 years combined!

His name is Ariel Sharon.

But wait... there's more! He has legitimized the concept of
"transfer" (just with the wrong people), has shown us the true colors
of his Likud buddies (such as Netanyahu, Livnat and Mofaz), has proven
that no opposition exists from any existing Knesset member and -- most
importantly -- has united the "national" and "faithful" camp into a
strong and unbreakable force.

That was no easy feat!!!

The groundwork has been done. Thanks to Ariel Sharon, the impossible
dream has become real. Less than two years ago we were depressed,
beaten and pessimistic about our future. Today we have hope. Today we
have a vision and today we have a plan.

The new and exciting energy that exists in Israel will be channeled
into the creation of a real and proud Jewish State! The frustrated IDF
(Israeli Defense Forces) will soon emerge with the G-d given Jewish
power it always had, but was afraid to use, and the Jewish People will
finally rise to the challenge of spreading G-d's light and wisdom
throughout the world!

Why all of a sudden? What did Ariel Sharon do to cause this
revolutionary and historic shift?

Simple... he challenged us. He put us up against the wall and made us
rethink exactly who we were.

Are we proud Jews with an unbreakable bond to the Land or just
homeowners who move out when the neighborhood gets bad?

Are we connected to the promise G-d gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
or is it all just lip service?

Do we truly believe in the Torah -- and all that it says -- or do we
bend the rules for convenience sake?

And for the Jews outside Israel: Do we really consider the Jews in
Israel our brothers and sisters -- with a family allegiance to helping
them -- or do we just like to visit them on our yearly Israel tour?

Ariel Sharon put these questions in our face. He forced us to answer
them. He pushed us into a corner and, like a U.S. Marines drill
sergeant, screamed; "Why can't you be like every body else???"

Thank G-d, we answered correctly. We all gave out a collective scream
that "We are Jews, we couldn't be prouder, and if you can't hear us,
we'll shout a little louder!" We are indeed different and we responded
to Sharon's challenge by rethinking our goals, redirecting our future
and reshaping our lives. Our priority list was rewritten and we
instantly attached ourselves to the holy Jews of Gush Katif, Sa-Nur
and Homesh, even though we didn't know their names.

Our youth, normally thinking about summer camp and swimming pools,
gave of themselves like never before with complete mesirut nefesh
("self-sacrifice"). Summer "Visiting Day" took on a new meaning in
Israel as hundreds went to jail with smiles and love.

As rockets rained down on Gush Katif, dozens of new families moved
in. In Kadim, a city in Northern Shomron (on Sharon's hit list) --
with no running water -- 13 families moved in last month alone! And in
Sa-Nur, so many new people came that they have been running out of
food!

This strength had always been inside of us but had lain dormant for
years. We trusted the leadership of Israel that "knows better" and
continued with our daily lives. Prime Minister Sharon changed all
that. He slapped us in the face and gave us a wake up call. Had it not
been for Sharon, the Jewish People would have slept longer than Honei
Hame'agel and Rip Van Winkle combined.

Now we are awake! The Jewish lion ROARS and will no longer accept
compromises or deals that weaken the King. We have left our national
comatose state and are looking for new leadership... one that focuses
on Jewish values alone!

We will no longer support the dream of becoming "a nation like all
other nations." Yes -- we are different and we are proud of it... and
we demand leadership that reflects that ideology.

Thank you G-d for sending us this wake-up call named "Ariel Sharon."
Now that we are awake, please help us stay that way so that we can
bring honor to Your great and holy Name. Am Yisrael Chai!!!

Note from Bill: I'm living in Israel so when I saw this, I knew I had to put this up.

Rudyard Kipling; very eloquent, and very helpful in getting across an idea I cannot articulate on my own

Tommy
I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, 'We serve no redcoats here.'
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' Tommy, go away
But it's 'Thank you, Mister Atkins,' when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's 'Thank you, Mister Atkins,' when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me:
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls
when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls !
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' 'Tommy, wait outside';
But it's 'Special train for Atkins' when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's 'Special train for Atkins' when the trooper's on the tide.

Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' 'Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?'
But it's 'Thin red line of 'eroes' when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll, 
O it's Thin red line of 'eroes' when the drums begin to roll.

We aren't no thin red' eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you ;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints ;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' 'Tommy, fall be'ind,'
But it's 'please to walk in front, sir,' when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's 'Please to walk in front, sir' when there's trouble in the wind.

You talk of better food for us, an' schools, an' fires an' all: *
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that an' 'Chuck him out, the brute !'
But it's 'Saviour of 'is country' when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool - you bet that Tommy sees !

What We'd Like to See in Paris...

(I pulled this off of omdurman.org where there is a lot of really great stuff you ought to see)

"Eleven thousand Allied soldiers lie buried in well-tended peace at Etaples, on the Channel coast near Le Touquet, victims of the struggle by Anglo-Saxons to liberate the French from the German invaders during the First World War."

" Last week the obelisk raised in their memory was defiled by red-painted insults such as 'Rosbeefs go home'; 'May Saddam prevail and spill your blood'; and, in a reference to the long-dead casualties beneath the manicured turf, 'They are soiling our land'." http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,5944-631671,00.html April 02, 2003 "One in three French backs Saddam" By Charles Bremner and Alan Hamilton

Dear France: I would like to apologize to your s****y little country on behalf of my country and its English BROTHERS who are fighting side by side to overthrow your beloved dictator, Saddam Hussein. I am truly sorry that the "Rosbeefs" did not STAY home in 1914 and allow you to get what you deserved (as you did in 1870).
I am really sorry that the hundred thousand or so Americans who died in YOUR war during 1917 and 1918 are "soiling your land," and that Germany did not win the war before we got into it.
Despite our little family quarrel during the 1770s, England and the United States have a lot in common. The United States was founded, after all, largely by Englishmen with English ideas about freedom and liberty. Unlike France, the United States did not have a reign of terror with Madame La Guillotine imposing her own ideas about "liberte, egalite, et fraternite." Even Oliver Cromwell chopped off far fewer heads (Charles I's being the most notable) in England's civil war than the French did in the Terror. Maybe that is why France likes terrorists so much; they remind the French of the good old 1790s, Madame Defarge, and her knitting.
The United States' secondary colonists were GERMAN. We have a "King of Prussia" in Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia), which was doubtlessly named for someone like Frederick William I or Frederick II ("The Great," great because he initated the wonderful Prussian tradition of kicking French backside all over Europe). England's downhill slide began when England stopped fighting the French (side by side with the Prussians, as Wellington and Blucher did) and fought the Germans instead (on behalf of the French) in 1914. About half of all the United States' military casualties (noting that we did a good job on ourselves in our civil war) resulted from our wars to save the French from the Germans. We had to fight Hitler because the Nazis were even worse than the French, but we should have stayed out of World War I. Anyway, perhaps it is time to remember that the United States has a lot more in common with England (whose favorite pastime from the 1300s through the 1800s was fighting the French) and Germany than with France.

Now here is a list of some truly great people, and they all have something in common...
Edward the Black Prince   King Henry V    The Duke of Marlborough   Frederick the Great   The Duke of Wellington    Horatio Nelson   Field Marshal Blucher   Aleksandr V. Suvorov    Mikhail Kutuzov   Helmuth von Moltke

Our World: They bequeathed us freedom

Caroline Glick, THE JERUSALEM POST
May. 10, 2005

The legacies of the wars and the heroes who fought to bring us victory have
passed through the hands of many who have sought to twist the meaning of
the past to comport with their own desires and convenience. The fact that
this has occurred should not blind us to the true gifts that the wars
themselves and the heroic sacrifices of those who have fought them have
bequeathed to us, who live today in freedom because of what they did.

This week we witness again attempts to co-opt our memories – with the
commemoration of V-E Day and our commemoration of our fallen soldiers on
Yom Hazikaron (Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel's Wars), which
begins tonight.

Speaking ahead of V-E Day, Germany's ambassador to Britain, Thomas
Matussek, reportedly said, "The British behave as if they had conquered
Hitler's hordes singlehandedly. And they continue to see us as Nazis, as if
they have to refight the battles every evening. They are enchanted by this
Nazi dimension. It's not anti-German sentiment precisely, but it's because
we know too little about each other. Ignorance can breed xenophobia, which
can breed hatred. That's what we've learned in Germany."

So, 60 years after the fall of Nazi Germany, the German ambassador to
London can conjure up no greater meaning for the Allied defeat of Germany
than to say that it's all about getting to know one another better.

In a speech on V-E day at the US military cemetery at Margraten, Holland,
US President George W. Bush took a different view of the lessons of the
war. Bush said, "We come to this ground to recall the evil these Americans
fought against. For Holland, the war began with the bombing of Rotterdam.
The destruction of Rotterdam would be a signpost to the terror and
inhumanity that the Nazi lie would impose on this continent. Like so much
of Europe, over the next years of occupation, Holland would come to know
curfews, and oppression, and armbands with yellow stars, and deportation
for its Jewish citizens."

In determining the national calendar for the infant State of Israel, David
Ben-Gurion understood the importance of embracing symbolism and symbols
that would instill and uphold the meaning of the rebirth of Jewish freedom
in the Land of Israel so that the nation, once free, would neither forget
the costs of powerlessness nor take its liberty for granted.

And so it was that he fixed the 4th of Iyar as the date on which we
remember the men and women who have died defending the country, coming as
it does both a week after Holocaust Remembrance Day, when we remember the
six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the day before he declared
Israel's independence 57 years ago.

The message, of course, couldn't be clearer. The Holocaust was able to
occur because the Jews were powerless to stop it. Our freedom today is the
direct consequence of our soldiers' heroic willingness to make the ultimate
sacrifice for the greater good.

The disparity of views between the Germans and the Americans regarding the
lessons of World War II does not mean that the truth lies somewhere in
between. The Germans, perhaps stunned by their barbarity, saw an embrace of
pacifism as an antidote to their embrace of Hitler. But pacifism isn't the
opposite of evil, good is. Militarism in and of itself is a tool, not a
value system, and therefore one cannot understand and thus prevent the
recurrence of what the German people did by simply attributing it to the
tool that was used to advance the pure evil they embraced and advanced as a
people.

In Israel we also have a problem of divergent interpretations of the
symbols of our collective identity. Particularly since the inauguration of
the Oslo process with the PLO in 1993, leaders on the political and
cultural Left have often claimed that our soldiers who have died in the
defense of our country made their sacrifice in order to advance the peace
process. "In their death," so the slogan goes, "they bequeathed us peace."
But is that really what they did? Or were our honored dead, through their
self-sacrifice that has enabled us to live in our land, doing something else?

In his eulogy to Lt. Col. Yoni Netanyahu, who was killed commanding the
raid to rescue the hostages at Entebbe on July 4, 1976, Yoni's comrade and
commander Ehud Barak placed his sacrifice in the context of the true
meaning of our continuous struggle for our freedom:

"In the generation that saw with its own eyes the Holocaust of Israel, the
rebirth of Israel and the wars of Israel – the crowded nature of the
chronology of events, of our disasters and our victories assaults the
faculties and makes it difficult for the faint-spirited among us to discern
that through all time – from Yonatan, the son of Shaul, through the various
Yonatans of the Maccabees and up through our Yoni – the rebirths of Israel
and the sovereignty of Israel were dependent on the Sword of Israel held in
the hands of a few of her sons, and on the willingness of the sons to grasp
the sword and raise the heavy burden.

"Because more than armaments, people, and the foundations of training and
experience; more than the delicate balance between the planning,
operational and decision-making levels – between bravery, and sound
judgment; between imagination and responsibility – beyond all of these, the
indomitable spirit of Israel is what stood for a test at Entebbe. It was
the spirit that propelled him – at great cost, but with an undaunted will.

"We will never be able to restore Yoni, the man, to life, but Yoni the
legacy and the symbol – this spirit that was pure, this warm heart,
thirsting for knowledge, this belief in the justness and value of the cause
and in the willingness to place yourself in the balance, until the end –
all these we can, if we wish, adopt and uphold for ourselves, and teach
them to those who come after us. If we do not do these things, we will be
egregiously sinning against the commitments that his death bequeaths us."

The legacy of heroism of those who fought for freedom – whether of the
entire world or just our tiny nation – is one of constant vigilance in the
defense of our liberty, and not the embrace of childish, self-indulgent and
naive dreams.

Freedom is our greatest gift. Our dead gave it to us as a trust to protect
for those who come after us.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

On this day

On June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World War I.

Brigitte Gabriel vs. columbia university

Columbia University in the City of New York  -
March 6, 2005

Environments of Hate: Indoctrination in the Arab
World and Propaganda Advocacy in Americas
University Classrooms

I'm honored to bring Columbia a unique
perspective concerning the academic freedom issue. I see
similarities between the issue and my personal
experiences growing up. I was raised in an Arabic
society in Lebanon that took impressionable young
minds and filled them with propaganda. Minds that
were young and didn't know any better. I am an
eyewitness and a victim of the indoctrination of
hate education, racism, intolerance, intimidation
and fabricated lies by my government and religious
influences.

This indoctrination was for one purpose: To
eradicate the newborn state of Israel; To foment
hatred and wipe out Jewish presence in an Arab
dominated world. For Arabs, the simple existence of
Israel was viewed as a catastrophe...al nakbah! This
pan Arab hate indoctrination was a reaction to
Jews returning to their homeland after Arabic and
Islamic belief for 1400 years that the Yahuds were
vanquished and subjugated as Dhimmi.

I believe hate motivated indoctrination fosters
irrational thinking and faulty reasoning whether
it influenced my education as a child in Lebanon
or the "advocacy education" that roils the
classrooms here at Columbia. This is the root cause, for
the controversy swirling around several members
of the Middle East Asia Languages Arts and Culture
(MEALAC) faculty and their alleged intimidation
of students and other faculty!

What is at stake is our future, the students of
today who will become tomorrow's leaders. If their
minds are poisoned with irrational hatred and
the hate is not combated and eliminated, then
academic freedom and free speech in an open
marketplace of competitive ideas is dead.

But let me begin by talking about my experience
growing up in Lebanon where doctrinal hatred of
Jews and Israel was ever present.

From Television programs, to national songs,
hourly radio newscasts and newspapers, our citizens
were fed a steady diet of lies poisoning our
attitudes towards the Jews. Israel - Aaesrael , Israel
is the devil. Al-Yahud shayateen, The Jews are
evil. Sarakou Al-Ard Al Arabiyah. They stole Arab
land. Al Wakt al wahid allazi yassir endana salam
huwa lamma naqtul kul al yahud wa narmihum bil
bahr, The only time we'll have peace in the Middle
East is when we kill all the Jews and drive them
into the sea. Every time Israel was mentioned it
was attached to the phrase, Al adew al Israeli.
The Israeli enemy.

My country and others saw nothing wrong with
practicing this form of mind abuse. Of taking a
generation hostage, molding them into misguided
weapons; some willing to be martyred in the name of
Islam or Palestinian nationalism. It's a form of
mental child abuse taking place in every Arab
country.

As a Maronite Lebanese I went to a Christian
private school. The pervasive national animosity
toward the Jews affected us there to the extent that
our Bibles did not include nor did we study the
Old Testament. We didn't even know it was a part
of the bible. We were told that the Torah is the
enemy's book. We were young. We didn't know any
better. These were our teachers. We respected them
and trusted them.

Had I not had the opportunity for an up-close and
personal experience with the Israelis, I would
have had nothing by which to judge or compare what
I was being told by my society.

My eyes were opened when I spent 22 days in a
hospital in northern Israel in the early 1980's. I
watched unbelievably as Israeli doctors treated my
mother wounded by an artillery shell before he
treated the wounded Israeli soldier lying next to
her. They treated Lebanese Muslims and Palestinian
militia fighters on a par with wounded IDF
soldiers. I was shocked that this enemy, hated by the
Arabs, treated us all with utmost courtesy,
compassion, and respect. It was a transforming
experience countering the lies and all the propaganda
that I had been indoctrinated in as a child.

Ultimately, I made a commitment to leave my home
country and move to Israel to be with these
people whose values I respected.

I ended up working in Israel as a television news
anchor. I never felt like a second class citizen
in Israel. To solidify my commitment to Israel I
buried my beloved parents remains in the same
Mount Zion cemetery in Jerusalem where the grave of
a "ger t'zeddik" or righteous gentile-Oscar
Shindler would one day be. I was tired of the lies,
exaggerations and manipulations of Arabic society,
which brings me to another parallel concerning
academic freedom and objectivity.

Where is objectivity in the Arab world when they
claim that the destruction of the World Trade
Center was a CIA/Mossad plot? Where is objectivity
on campuses when similar claims and distortions
are made? Can there be objectivity when advocacy
and hatred is involved? Professor Richard Bullet
was right when he coined the term "advocacy
education". How can a student get the facts by which to
make a decision when professors advocate in their
courses using ideological distortions to force
form opinion instead of providing objective
information for students to form their own opinions?

The lies that Arab society tried to teach me as a
child in Lebanon are the same as those spread
under the guise of academic freedom on the
Morningside campus of Columbia. During a recent speech at
a Columbia Law school forum, Professor Massad
repeated 24 times in a half-hour that, "Israel is a
racist Jewish apartheid oppressive state." His
exercise in academic freedom ignores the facts. As
a Middle Easterner brought up on this patent
"Israel is a racist state" propaganda, I discovered
it is total hate inspired nonsense. I've seen with
my own eyes what kind of society Israel is. I
consider Israel to be one of the most multi-racial
and multi-cultural countries in the world. There
are no racial restrictions on becoming a citizen
of Israel like there are in many Arab countries.
Remember, Jews can't live in the neighboring Arab
Kingdom of Jordan or in the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia.

Israel's multi-racial society belies the charge
of Racism. More than 100 different countries of
the world are represented in the population of
Israel. Consider how the Israeli government spent
tens of millions of dollars airlifting more than
40,000 black Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 1984 and
1991. Since 2001 Israel has reached out to help
others taking in non-Jewish refugees from Lebanon,
the Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Vietnam, Liberia,
Congo and even Bosnian Muslims. How many such
refugees have the 22 states in the Arab league taken
in? The Arab world won't even give Palestinian
refugees citizenship in their host countries.

Over one million Arabs are full Israel citizens.
An Arab sits on the Supreme Court of Israel.
There are Arab political parties expressing views
inimical to the State of Israel sitting in the
Knesset, Israel's parliament. Women are equal partners
in Israel and have complete human rights.
Professor Massad... show me an Arab nation with a Jew in
their government. Show me an Arab country with
half as many Jewish citizens as Israel has Arab
citizens. I'll borrow some of your academic freedom
now and say that Arab nations are the real racist
and oppressive states.

In the David Project film, "Columbia Unbecoming,"
you hear a word familiar to us in the Arab world
mentioned by these brave students and Rabbi
Charles Sheer, the emeritus executive director of
Barnard /Columbia Hillel. The word is: intimidation.

And people here at Columbia are up in arms that
intimidation is mentioned? Let me tell you about
intimidation. I know what using fear to deny
freedom of thought is. In parts of the Arab world
freely expressing your thoughts can get you killed. I
said things as a news anchor that the Arabs did
not like and it got my picture published in
Hezbollah and PLO newspapers and magazines saying I
should be killed.

What sort of academic atmosphere do you think
that would foster here on American campuses? I'd
like to think the ACLU would be up in arms and
coming to my defense. As one who escaped repression
and came to America I'm shocked that such elitists
as the ACLU are the enemy to the pursuit of
freedom. That people in America support the oppressive
actions that I left in the Middle East simply
astounds me.

Here at Columbia or DePaul I find more irony.
When you speak out as a student you are told by some
of the MEALAC faculty to leave the classroom. In
the case of Professor Thomas Klocek at DePaul
University you are suspended without due process for
challenging lies about Israelis being Nazi
occupiers by a Students for Justice in Palestine campus
group. These are matters to be addressed by the
Columbia administration, the ACLU and the AAUP
now. What we're getting is people hiding behind
psychobabble about academic freedom and free speech."
What we see is freedom being used to spread lies,
bar the facts, bend the truth and poison the
minds of future leaders.

Speaking for millions who suffered and those
still suffering under tyranny and oppression... we
don't understand how people in American
universities, who have enjoyed freedom for so long, can
abuse that very freedom by doing things that hinder
the spread of freedom throughout the world.

I see another parallel involving history that is
happening here at Columbia and on other campuses.
Anti Semites and anti Israelis have tapped into
that part of the DNA of most Jews that paralyzes
them from being confrontational when attacked.
It's as if the Arabs studied Krystallnacht...the
night of broken glass November 9th, 1938 in Nazi
Germany. Scare Jews off and they will not respond or
won't come back. Turning academic freedom into
academic intimidation is the tactic being used here
at Columbia and other campuses across the nation.

These ideologues know that they are teaching
students who have no background or prior knowledge
of the Middle East situation. What they are doing
is an extension of what is taking place in
schools in Palestinian and Muslim madrasses across the
Islamic crescent. Repeat a lie enough and it
becomes truth. You listen to what we say. If you
don't there will be consequences.

I have heard that a graduate student at the
School of International and Public Affairs here at
Columbia approached a professor about holding
programs on global anti-Semitism. The tenured faculty
member said that he would be "blacklisted."
Blacklisted by other Columbia faculty for even raising
the topic. Further, this young graduate student
was told not to even think of bringing up the
subject of Genocide in the Sudan! Sounds like
intellectual fascism to me.

This brings me to something I was surprised to
discover. I have always known that Jews are into
studying and debating and being informed people. I
knew about the Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation
and really thought that American Jewish children
were prepared for life. What shocked me, really
confounded me was how totally unprepared teenage
Jews are when it comes to understanding the history
of the Middle East conflict. The Jewish community
has let freshmen down in preparing them to face
what biased or hate filled college environments
are throwing at them today.

Let me tell you something else about hate in the
Arabic environment. Arab children are taught
hatred of the Jew from their mother's milk. They are
constantly bombarded with stories and information
presenting the Jew as barbaric, conniving,
manipulative, warmongering people. You name it. While
the Jew is taught patience, humility, service and
charity to all:Olam tikkun olam-to repair the
world. No wonder professors with an agenda of hate
propaganda can intimidate and belittle young
Jewish students. It is time for the Jewish community
to wake up. It is time that Jewish youths are
prepared to do battle in the open cockpit of debate
in college classrooms.

It is also time for tenured faculty at Columbia,
Carnegie Mellon, DePaul, Duke, the University of
California at Irvine to find their moral
compasses and rise up with their colleagues and
administrations to reclaim their campuses from the
poisonous indoctrination of hate. Reclaim it and return
the classroom to an intimidation free environment
for young minds to learn the truth through open
debate and give them, us and the world a better
future.


Thank you.

When intolerance stalks faith

By Suzanne Fields

Anti-religious innuendo from politicians descends in deleterious ways to the larger society, shaping public attitudes and encouraging religious bigotry


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The debate over freedom of religion has turned into a debate over freedom from religion. Religious men and women founded America, and for centuries, religious faith was considered by nearly everyone to be a key to good citizenship. The Founding Fathers would not allow religion to govern the state, but they appreciated the way religion governed the private lives of good citizens.

I didn't grow up with religious rituals, but my parents, who were proud of being Jewish, taught me to respect those who did. When a mischievous redheaded neighborhood boy went into the priesthood, my mother told him that he was "too good-looking" to be a priest. She felt sorry for the pretty young girls he would never court. But she taught us by example to respect his choice of a "higher calling," even though it wasn't our calling.

We were particularly taught not to express anti-religious sentiments about others. (Jewish humor, after all, mostly makes fun of Jews.) Christianity was the dominant religion in America, and it got a pass from public criticism. Protestants and Catholics occasionally feuded with one another in public. Not until John F. Kennedy convinced voters that he would govern as an American without consulting the Vatican did that begin to diminish.

In the 1960s, American identity was conspicuously tied up with religious faith, but as an impulse to do good rather than propagate dogma. The civil rights movement, midwifed by the black church, was borne on the wings of the religious rhetoric of Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist preacher. Rabbis and priests united behind his message. The idea prevailed that politics was separated from religion, but religion and politics nevertheless shaped American social values together, challenging licentiousness dangerous to the state and appealing to a higher ideal to make the country a better place for everyone.

That's why it's particularly alarming that slurs and innuendo are used against religious people today. No matter how Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, tries to wiggle out of the implications of his remark that the Republican Party is made up of "white Christians," he expected his remarks to inspire Democrats to contribute money to a party willing to shun white Christians, though it's odd that any politician would knock whites and Christians, who comprise the majority of voters. Ken Mehlman, the Republican national chairman, hit him where he hurt with his remark that if the Republicans are all white Christians, "a lot of folks who attended my bar mitzvah would be surprised."

Hillary Clinton, the star attraction of a fundraiser in Los Angeles, jeered that Republican leaders are "messianic" in their belief that they enjoy "a direct line to the heavens." She tried to turn it into a joke about her own channeling of Eleanor Roosevelt, but realistic Democrats were not pleased. They understand that she will have to win votes in red states as a Methodist moderate if she expects to get back to the White House in '08.

Anti-religious innuendo from politicians descends in deleterious ways to the larger society, shaping public attitudes and encouraging religious bigotry. In Knoxville, Tenn., deep in the Bible Belt, a 10-year-old boy took his Bible to school to read together with like-minded classmates at recess. The principal disbanded the group and told the boys never to bring their Bibles to school again, thus relegating what most of us call "the Good Book" to the category of weapons and drugs.

Most of us see the absurdity of the principal's decision, but the debate about vouchers in schools is subtler in its anti-religious fervor. The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments the other day over whether vouchers are constitutional if cashed at religious schools. It's an important case because Florida kids liberated from failing public schools can now take their tuition voucher to any school of their choice. This puts religious schools in the mix. Two years ago, 25 percent of the parents of children with vouchers chose a religious school. Such vouchers especially help minority children. In the most recent school year, 700 vouchers were awarded to minority children, 61 percent of them black and 33 percent Hispanic. Vouchers thus become the civil rights issue of our own time.

How vouchers are used depends on a family's choice, not a bureaucrat's whim, and it's silly to argue that vouchers break down the wall between church and state. Does a state-subsidized senior who chooses a church-affiliated nursing home breach that wall? Vouchers are not about establishing a state-based religion, but empowering parents of moderate means to educate their children as they choose — just like parents who can afford private schools.

Monday, June 27, 2005

On This Day

On June 27, 1950, President Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean War following a call from the United Nations Security Council for member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North.

Taliban death toll rises (Yes!)

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 25 - A total of 178 Taliban fighters were killed and 56 captured in three days of fighting in southern Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry said Saturday.

But senior Taliban commanders who were thought to be in the area escaped, said Muhammad Ishaq Paiman, the spokesman for the ministry.

The Interior Ministry, which on Friday gave a toll of 109 guerrillas dead, said most were killed by American airstrikes in the area where the provinces of Kandahar, Uruzgan and Zabul meet.

If you haven't met or heard of the great Palestinian comic, meet Goffaq Yussef....

(my sister sent ths to me, hope you like it)


10 Reasons To Love Palestine
by Goffaq Yussef

Golly gee, I am SOOOO proud to be Palestinian Arab from the West
Bank. Let me tell you the reasons why I have such warm, fuzzy
feelings about my people and culture:

1. There is no such thing as Mothers Day. No worry about cards,
gifts, and expensive meals. There is no honor in being a woman in
our culture, so there is no reason to devote a day to her. We do,
however, get to enjoy watching our fathers beat our mothers
senseless for the slightest real or imagined infraction. Also, if
Dad suspects that Mom spoke to a strange man in the street, he gets
to kill her to preserve the family honor!

2. Weapons. Every child, from the time he can grasp an object, is
trained to feel comfortable with a rifle or pistol in his hand. And
every Palestinian has a weapon: a gun, a rocket launcher, a pound of
C-4. What good are hands if they aren't used to kill?

3. Hate. Boy, we love to hate. Hate is the very basis and
foundation of our culture. From the time a child is old enough to
understand language, we teach him to hate. Hate Jews, hate the
West, hate his fellow man, and most of all, hate himself. We have
no love songs, we do not preach love, the word love does not appear
anywhere in our society. Hate is the fuel that runs our motors.

4. Death. The moment a Palestinian Arab child is born, his parents
begin to plan his death. How will he die? Will he be struck by an
Israeli bullet while being used as a human shield by Palestinian
gunmen? Will he get shot while throwing rocks at Jewish soldiers?
Will he be packed with explosives and sent to blow himself up,
killing others? Or will he merely be one of the many Palestinians
murdered by other Palestinians in the normal course of daily life in
the death-culture of the Palestinian Arabs? Who knows? That's part
of the thrill.

5. Unemployment. Palestinians used to have jobs, working in
Israel. But then, our leaders had a brilliant idea: suicide
bombings! For their own protection, Israel had to close its
borders, preventing Palestinians from going to their jobs, so they
could sit around unemployed and blame the Jews for it. What great
fun to be your own worst enemy!

6. Martyrdom. Who in their right mind wants to be a martyr? Among
normal people, a martyr complex is considered immature and
obnoxious, if not downright crazy. With us, it's the central
syndrome of our society! Hey, look at me, I'm gonna kill myself and
become admired! And then, when we do kill ourselves, instead of
being considered pathetic, we DO get admired! It's a whole complete
cycle of sickness! American kids collect baseball cards;
Palestinian kids collect martyr cards (really! no joke!).

7. A feeling of entitlement. When Israel came into being, we
declared war. We lost. We fought again. We lost. We fought
again. We lost. Israel had the right to kill us all (we sure would
kill all of them if we got the chance). Instead, they allow us to
live on land they conquered. But we can't leave that alone. We
have to claim entitlement to live on land that we lost in 6 wars.
Since when does the loser of a war get to claim the land he fought
over? They don't. But we do. Not only that, but we happily kill
our kids over it! Hey, what's more important -- a chunk of dirt, or
some worthless kid who isn't going to amount to anything anyway?

8. Uselessness. The Jews have won more Nobel Prizes than all other
ethnic groups combined. Their contributions to science, art,
literature and the humanities is far out of proportion to their
population. What have Palestinians produced? Nothing! Not a
thing. We don't do anything productive. We're too busy rioting and
killing and chanting and screaming and calling for everyone's death.
And we blame the Jews for it, as though the Jews stop us from being
productive.

9. Friends. The Palestinian people sure know how to pick 'em.
Saadam Hussein. The Taliban. Adolf Hitler. You name a psychopath,
and we embrace him. And look who our supporters are! The American
Nazi Party. The KKK. Just check their websites and see how they
stand in solidarity with us. When you support the Palestinian
"cause," you're in real good company. Bring your white sheet!

10. Freedom. The biggest laugh in the world is when people call us
"freedom fighters" or they say we're fighting for our freedom. Take
a look at all 22 Arab countries. Do you see any freedom there?
Well, that's what our country will be like if we ever get one. It
will be a dictatorship run by armed, masked thugs who will kill
anyone who dissents. Just like we are now. Freedom???? LOLOLOLOL
The word doesn't even exist in our language. Hey, just like George
Orwell said: "Freedom is slavery. Long live big brother!"

Remember: Israel is bad! LOLOL -- It's existence keeps reminding us
what a bunch of losers we are.

(Note from Bill: this is a palestinian saying this; this isn't an israeli or an american who like, heard this from a palestinian, or some comedian who wrote this to make fun of palestinians. Now wait a minute...)

A Hospital Meeting

Sorry to anyone desperate enough to actually be a regular reader for my long absence; I'm very indolent and I've been sick. I hope you enjoy this:

By Mike Levine - freelance journalist living in Israel since 1985

I recently spent four days in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and
something important did happen while I was there that I'd like to tell
you about. One morning the nurses and a doctor rolled a new patient
into our four bed room. He was accompanied by his brother, mother, and
sister.

It was obvious from their conversation they were Arabs.

His bed was directly across from mine. I said, "Shalom" and they all
replied except for the patient who seemed to be sedated. I went back
to reading my newspaper.

The patient was a medical Doctor from Gaza, the director of a clinic
which treats about 1,500 people a month, you name it, everything from
a runny nosed baby to gunshot wounds.

Fifty three years of age, and facing quadruple bypass surgery to
replace arteries totally blocked and worn out. He was admitted two
days early in order to fortify him with fluids, antibiotics, and
medications before the operation.

His brother, who planned to stay with him, sleeping in a chair during
the entire hospital stay, is a school principle, well educated,
erudite, caring, and communicative.

He and I had several interesting, in depth discussions about
relations between Jews and Arabs.

We basically agreed that:

a.. Biblically and genetically we are cousins.
b.. There is no reason most of us can't get along.
c.. There is enough of everything-land, food, water-for both peoples.
d.. The Arab attitudes toward Jews must change.
e.. The leadership of both sides have made many mistakes.
f.. We were glad Arafat was gone.
g.. We can all live in peace if the haters and killers are eliminated.
h.. Cooperation will bring great benefits to both sides.
i.. We are both tired of this war that has dragged on for 100 years.

I was curious how someone from Gaza, a hotbed of anti-Israeli
terrorism, could manage to get himself admitted into a hospital in
Jerusalem.

He told me that there never was hostility between most of the doctors
in Gaza and their colleagues in Israel, that in fact, there was
constant communication, and that Israeli medical people had often
shipped medical supplies and medicines when Gaza had shortages, which
was often. He told of numerous children sent to Israel for treatment
and surgery impossible to do in Gaza, and that there never was a
charge for anything!

Now when was the last time you saw that reported on CNN, or BBC, or
in your daily newspaper? When did you hear Kofi Annan stand up in the
UN and talk about this?

He told me that most of the educated people in Gaza were more than
ready to live in peace with us, but that they were afraid to speak
out, fearing a 'collaborators' execution.

What he feared most, he told me, was what would happen the moment the
Israeli army left Gaza following the expulsion of the Jews of Gaza!
That terrorist groups, Hamas, Jihad, Fatah, Hezbollah, and others were
already amassing huge stocks of arms and explosives, most brought in
from Egypt, taking advantage of the temporary lull in fighting to
build hundreds of Kassem rockets, bigger and more accurate ones, that
were now being infiltrated into Samaria and Judea (west bank), close
to most Israeli population centers. In his eyes, a much larger, more
deadly 'Intifadah' was on its way following Sharon's abandonment of
Gaza.

I asked why his family don't all stay in Israel, something they might
be able to arrange because of his brothers connections. He said they
had discussed it, but his brother would not leave his patients without
medical care, and the rest of the family would not abandon the
brother.

The next morning, when it was time for me to leave the hospital, we
hugged tightly, silently, one Arab, one Jew, each lost in thoughts of
what 'could have been', what 'might someday be', but tragically was
not yet to be.