Klinghoffer Blog Archive 4-30-03 to 6-13-03Blog Archives
THE SAD STATE OF THE ROADMAP 08-18-03
I could not have written this better.
Posted by Judith 6:06 p.m. EST
DAN PIPES AND PEACE INSTITUTE GRANTS
It seems that the Daniel Pipes controversy is reaching a peak and being the naive political amateur I am, I had to listen to Marty Moss-Cohen on NPR to figure out what the fuss is all about. Apparently, it is all about the grant money distributed by the Institute of Peace.
Without Daniel Pipes on the board, the money will continue to flow to the mainstream practitioners of Middle East Studies, those who argue that the terrorism emanating from radical Islam is a marginal though"understandable" response to Western"aggression" in the Third World as a whole and in the Middle East in particular. Their studies focus on the"sins" committed by the West against the Arab world with the creation of Israel as the most egregious symbol of this Western"aggression." Solve the Arab Israeli conflict, they have been teaching their students and telling American presidents and you have solved the problem of Middle east radicalism. No one followed this advice more religiously than President Clinton. Under no president did radical Islam enjoy greater growth than under the same president.
Consequently, when President Bush searched for a Middle east academic who could explain to him 9/11 he had to reach out to an eminent octogenarian named Bernard Lewis. For young Middle Eastern scholars who did not share the establishment's point of view had difficulty getting funded or finding a teaching position. Dan Pipes had to find private financing.
Daniel Pipes views Radical Islam as radical political ideology which uses terror as a legitimate method to achieve its goal of world domination. He wants to confront this virulent ideology in the same manner the US confronted Nazism and Communism, i.e., ideologically, economically, politically and militarily. He can be expected to support funding for scholars who would look into the governance problems which retarded Middle east development and left it prey to the virulent ideology of radical Islam.
Such funding is the lifeline of Middle east studies at our universities. Ph. D. students consciously or unconsciously choose topics which can be funded. Universities seek scholars able to attract funding. So, though as a single board member Dan Pipe's voice would not be decisive, it would help widen the range of projects funded by the Institute. Campus Watch is proof of his commitment to encouraging such much needed reform in Middle Eastern Studies.
Therefore, it is absolutely vital not only to our country's long term national security but to world peace that he be appointed to the board to help insure that Americans would be in possession of more varied, and hopefully, more accurate, analysis. Mistaken academics fearful of losing their fiefdoms should not be allowed to stand in the way!
Posted by Judith 6:06 p.m. EST
I AM BACK 08-15-03
Sorry about the lengthy silence. I had hoped to continue to post from Western Canada but it did not work out. Sorry! To be honest, little new is happening in these dog days of summer except forest fires, heat waves and power cuts. But, thank God, no major terrorist success! This does not mean that all is well. The Palestinian Authority continues promote child sacrifice and leading Egyptian Islamic clerics call for Jihad Against U.S. Troops in Iraq.
It is a small wonder that Moslems feel humiliated. Given such religious and political leadership, how else can they feel? Still, they should be encouraged by the few courageous voices which refuse to be intimidated into silence and by the fact that their voices are varied. A Saudi call for reform follows a Syrian call for reform. Then, their is a Then there is a reminder that the Arabs, too, have occupied non Moslem lands.
"RED TAPE" IS THE ENEMY OF THIRD WORLD DEVELOPMENT
My friend just came back from a year in Turkey. He has been invited to revamp their English curriculum."How was it?" I asked."The country is wonderful. The people are wonderful. The bureaucracy is terrible." His words reminded me of the Anna Lanoszka's perceptive op-ed in the Canadian paper The Globe and Mail about that very same subject."Cutting through the development barrier" means busting bureaucracy and building trust. Yes, trust! Indeed, the American success in Iraq, depends on generating trust in a country very much bereft of it.
CANADA, OH CANADA
A popular commentator of Canadian political culture summed it up thus: Canadians want to keep Americans out, the French in and the natives down in the subconscious. Well, signs of the First Nations are everywhere but what remains uncounscious is the RACISM treatment accorded to Asians in Canada. No, I am not talking about immigration laws. I am not talking about the concentration camps in which Canadians like their Southern neighbors confined their Japanese residents during the Second World war. I am talking about the treatment of Chinese born in Canada. Did you know that until 1947 Chinese Canadians could not vote, were barred from civil service as well as professions such as pharmacy, accountancy and law.
I discovered this during a visit to the Chinese Cultural Center in Vancouver. Suprised at my ignorance on the subject, I rushed to the book store. I looked under suffrage, elections, voting and nothing. Actually, I discovered that French Canada did not permit its women to vote until 1945! But there was nothing about the disfranchisement of the Chinese. It seems that they failed to pass the appropriate victimhood test.
A canandian professor suggested that Canada become "A new kind of 'World power" by"doing a job the U.S. cannot: Nation-building". After visiting Chinatown, his criticism of the US sounds more hollow than ever.
DO NOT RELEASE AL AKZA PRISONERS 08-04-03
This is not a very nice post. But it is imperative that the punishment fit the crime.
In southern Jerusalem late Sunday, a 40-year-old woman was seriously wounded and her three children were also hurt as Palestinian gunmen fired on their car, Israeli emergency service officials said. The woman's daughter, nine, was shot in the leg, while the other children were only lightly hurt by shrapnel, public radio said.
The shooting comes exactly a month after the Israeli army pulled out of the nearby West Bank town of Bethlehem and surrounding villages, as part of a deal to transfer security responsibility to Palestinian security forces.
The Al Akza brigade took responsibility for the attack. Hence, their prisoners should not be released! And their Palestinian families should know who to hold accountable for their continued imprisonment.
Mistakes are unavoidable but let us not repeat the costly Oslo ones!
Posted by Judith 8p.m. Est.
NEWS FROM THE IRAQI WMD FRONT 08-02-03
It looks as if David Kay is going to deliver for Bush. At least this is what the Debka reports.
FRENCH VANDALIZE ANGLO-SAXON WAR GRAVES
First they vandalized Jewish graves, now its the turn of those who dared to kick the Nazis out.
INDIA TOO IS BUILDING A FENCE
For decades India has been consturcting a fence to prevent militants' infiltration between India and Pakistan. The Indian fence is made of a thick mud wall, topped by an 8-foot high, 30-tier maze of barbed wire, along with Israeli ground sensors, radars, and French thermal-imaging devices to detect movement. Some 900 miles of fence have been completed, and the intent is to cover the entire 1,800 miles of border with Pakistan. The fence is now pushing ahead in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan considers this area disputed territory and objects to the fence along the cease-fire line. Some 21 bulldozer drivers constructing the wall have been shot.
Maybe there too, good fences will make good neigbors.
CHINA BITES THE BULLET 08-01-03
Good news from Korea. America did nothing and in so not doing forced China to act. After all, the nuclearization of the Korean peninsula is worse for China than it is for the US. Three cheers to the Bush administration. See my article on the subject.
SUICIDE BOMBING PAYS
That is the chilling message of this chilling article entitled THE GLOBALIZATION OF GAZA
GALBRAITH DOES NOT LIKE IRAQ
The NYT quotes Peter W. Galbraith wish to see Sadam judged by"the world" rather than by Iraqis. Of course, he works for Indict, a London based group vying for a piece of the action. This reminded me of Galbraith's keynote speech last spring in a Kurdish conference at American University (I think!). He told the audience not to settle for ANYTHING LESS THAT FULL KURDISH INDEPENDENCE. I thought that was a rather irresponsible recommendation (the Kurds with whom I discussed the matter seemed to agree) and I think his recommendation now is similarly irresponsible.
ISRAELI ARABS ARE IN DANGER
No, Israel is not the main danger facing the Israeli Arabs. The Palestinian leadership is. Having destroyed the Palestinians under their own authority, they are now turning their attention to those living in Israel. First, they recommended that they engage in fictious marriages with non-citizens and then began to train their children in blowing them selves up!
This from the Israel National News:
Police in the Galilee have arrested four summer camp organizers on charges of rebellion and incitement. The four have been running a camp they call Camp of Shahidim - Holy Martyrs - for Israeli-Arab children and youth. Channel 10 TV says the camp is designed to"erase from the children's heads the propaganda of the Zionist educational system."
The police who arrived at the camp yesterday were astonished to find that one of the organizers was a Jewish left-wing activist from Haifa, age 48, who has already been charged 150 times with incitement and rebellion. The police arrested him, as well as three others, and are pursuing a fifth.
The camp is geared for 6-15-year-olds, of which 200 attend. Education Minister Limor Livnat said she has no doubt that these camps"base their appalling content of incitement and hatred on the same material that we see in camps like this in the Palestinian Authority - funded partially by the United Nations." She stated, as an example,"The Shahids Boy Scout Camp."
MORE ON THE PRO-TERROR CONFERENCE AT RUTGERS
Well, I am NOT happy. Some Jewish organizations, including Hillel, made a tactical decision to not to challenge the conference but to use it for recruitment. Newspapers decided it is a"freespeech issue" and refuse to entertain all arguments to the contrary. Republicans to use McGreevey's support for the conference against him and so it goes. Read this article to learn more and do not forget to check out the petition asking"No sanction for promoting ethnic hatred and advocating violence at Rutgers University."
Posted by Judith 12:00 p.m. Est.
SAUDIS FUME BUT REFUSE TO COOPERATE 07-30-03
The media is filled with Saudi complaints of unjustified vilification. I needed to go to Albawaba.com for the following:
After the White House meeting, Prince Saud spoke for about an hour with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. He said later she told him U.S. authorities want to question Omar al-Bayoumi, an employee of the Saudi aviation authority who befriended two of the Saudi hijackers on their arrival in California.
Earlier, Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz on Tuesday ruled out the extradition of al-Bayumi.
"We have never handed over a Saudi to a state or a foreign side and we will never do it," Prince Nayef told al-Hayat.
Reports that Omar al-Bayumi is an agent of the Saudi government are baseless and not true," the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, said last week.
DO SIGN - IF YOU AGREE
HOW LOW CAN ONE SINK? 07-29-03
As I have mentioned a friend of mine started a petition to Governor McGreevey asking him to stop the ISM from holding its conference at Rutgers. At one point some people began to post hateful messages. Fair enough. But this one went too far. Somebody noticed that I share the last name with Leon Klinghoffer, the terror victim of the Achilles Laurel shipjacking. So, they posted the following signature:
Name - Leon Klinghoffer
Profession - Professional Long Distance Swimmer (wheelchair Olympics)
State/City - Bottom O' The Briny Sea
Here is an instructive paragraph from today's NYT:
But the startegy of setting condions for possible troop deployment in Iraq could backfire. When Secretary General Kofi Annan of the UN asked Mr. CHirac in May to sen Frenceh troops to lead a peacekeeping force in Congo, Mr. CHirac did not say no but responded with tough condiditions. He was said by aides to have been stunned when the conditions were swiftly met.
ONLY ISRAELI CONCESSIONS? 07-27-03
Barry Rubin whose new book about Yassir Arafat is about to hit the stands sent me this excellent analysis of the media coverage of the Abas visit:
other words, this conception of the story—not
shared by the Bush administration but dominating the
way most others are presenting it--Abu Mazin or the
Palestinians don’t have to do anything except say what
they want and explain what a great job they are doing.
Israel’s job is to make concessions, there isn’t much
question of getting anything in return except a
“continuation” of the ceasefire. Bush’s job is to put
pressure on Israel until it gives what Abu Mazin
idea that Israel might have legitimate demands or
concerns, the notion that maybe there isn’t so much of
a ceasefire after all, the very definition of the
Roadmap (which we should always remember is called a
“Performance-Based Roadmap”), and other such key
factors are left out of the equation.
can see this orientation in many of the media
stories and in international reactions. The
politicians and journalists are straining to say over
and over: what will Israel give? Why doesn’t Israel
make more concessions? It isn’t enough! Even when the
specific items—releasing the prisoners; stopping the
building of a security fence—aren’t even in the
the same time, Palestinian obligations under the
Roadmap, like dismantling the terrorist groups and
really stopping incitement, are barely mentioned or
are declared unreasonable.
There should be no doubt, however: this is not the
Bush administration’s position. Even the State
Department briefings stress the requirement for
Palestinian action and effectiveness.
Which reminds me of my favorite line in Abu Mazin’s
White House statement: The Palestinians, he boasted,
have stopped the attacks, something that the mighty
Israeli army failed to do. Funny, I can remember being
repeatedly told over the last two years by the
Palestinian leadership that of course it had no
control over the attacks and no connection with them.
He who turns the spigot off so easily is the one who
turned it on in the first place.
runner up was Abu Mazin’s statement that those
whose release he is demanding are “political
prisoners,” despite their own proud and officially
sanctioned record of murder or attempted murder.
entally, it went generally unnoted that Abu
Mazin climbed down from his earlier statement that he
would never visit Washington unless Arafat could go
anywhere he wanted.
And of course the attacks have not stopped, though
they have fallen by perhaps fifty or sixty percent. My
other favorite reporters’ line of the week was from a
journalist who explained to me that the continuing
terrorism was only being waged by “renegades.”
That sounds good to someone who doesn’t give it
another moment’s thought but the flimsiness of the
excuse is embarrassing. By definition, anyone who
attacks is an “opponent” of the ceasefire. Yet are
these people stopped, deterred or punished? Are they
insulted and disgraced or winked at and even helped?
In that case, they may be opponents of the ceasefire
but instruments of the Palestinian leadership, at
least the real leadership that continues to be in
control behind Abu Mazin’s back.
led me recently to ask about Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon’s trip to Washington. After a
few moments it became clear that the story was defined
as follows: Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazin was
going to Washington to make demands, what will Sharon
concede and what will President George Bush do if he
doesn’t do so?
other words, this conception of the story—not shared by the Bush administration but dominating the way most others are presenting it--Abu Mazin or the Palestinians don’t have to do anything except say what they want and explain what a great job they are doing. Israel’s job is to make concessions, there isn’t much question of getting anything in return except a “continuation” of the ceasefire. Bush’s job is to put pressure on Israel until it gives what Abu Mazin wants.
idea that Israel might have legitimate demands or concerns, the notion that maybe there isn’t so much of a ceasefire after all, the very definition of the Roadmap (which we should always remember is called a “Performance-Based Roadmap”), and other such key factors are left out of the equation.
can see this orientation in many of the media stories and in international reactions. The politicians and journalists are straining to say over and over: what will Israel give? Why doesn’t Israel make more concessions? It isn’t enough! Even when the specific items—releasing the prisoners; stopping the building of a security fence—aren’t even in the Roadmap.
the same time, Palestinian obligations under the Roadmap, like dismantling the terrorist groups and really stopping incitement, are barely mentioned or are declared unreasonable.
There should be no doubt, however: this is not the Bush administration’s position. Even the State Department briefings stress the requirement for Palestinian action and effectiveness.
Which reminds me of my favorite line in Abu Mazin’s White House statement: The Palestinians, he boasted, have stopped the attacks, something that the mighty Israeli army failed to do. Funny, I can remember being repeatedly told over the last two years by the Palestinian leadership that of course it had no control over the attacks and no connection with them. He who turns the spigot off so easily is the one who turned it on in the first place.
runner up was Abu Mazin’s statement that those whose release he is demanding are “political prisoners,” despite their own proud and officially sanctioned record of murder or attempted murder.
entally, it went generally unnoted that Abu Mazin climbed down from his earlier statement that he would never visit Washington unless Arafat could go anywhere he wanted.
And of course the attacks have not stopped, though they have fallen by perhaps fifty or sixty percent. My other favorite reporters’ line of the week was from a journalist who explained to me that the continuing terrorism was only being waged by “renegades.”
That sounds good to someone who doesn’t give it another moment’s thought but the flimsiness of the excuse is embarrassing. By definition, anyone who attacks is an “opponent” of the ceasefire. Yet are these people stopped, deterred or punished? Are they insulted and disgraced or winked at and even helped? In that case, they may be opponents of the ceasefire but instruments of the Palestinian leadership, at least the real leadership that continues to be in control behind Abu Mazin’s back.
HOW TO WEAKEN ABAS 07-26-03
No one is more delighted with the rise of Mahmoud Abas (it is important to drop the use of his nom DE guerre Abu Mazen) as I am. I also believe that he enjoys widespread support within the Palestinian people. Otherwise, the terrorists would not have agreed to a cease fire! He signed the road map in which he agreed to dismantle the terrorists infra structure and create a single authoritative authority with which Israel can negotiate and hold responsible for noncompliance.
Arafat signed the same agreement in Oslo and then ignored it without being held to account. How? By focusing world attention on the Israeli settlements which were NOT a part of OSLO. The terrorists and Arafat demand that Abas follow the same strategy. Instead of trying to fulfill his own obligations they told him he should focus world attention on the release of prisoners which were NOT part of the ROAD MAP.
The success of this strategy will UNDERMINE Abas and prove that Arafat and the terrorists were right - Abas does not need to comply with his obligations to benefit from Israeli concession and world support.
No - the release of prisoners is not a way to strengthen moderates and encourage Arabs in general and Palestinians in particular to take their responsibilities seriously. The opposite is true.
WHO WON THE INTIFADA?
It is worth reading Khuttab's analysis.
Unfortunately Kuttab end his thus:"To be honest I would say that the Palestinians have lost the latest round in points rather than through a knockout, which means that they still have a chance to regroup themselves. This means that national unity must be preserved at all costs. Palestinians must be careful not to fall in the trap of a civil war or a leadership struggle and, at the same time, try to agree on an honest evaluation of what is possible in the current political landscape".
In other words, do everything but do not dismantle the terrorist infrastructure.
Reports from the Bush-Abbas meeting seem to imply that Bush was not buying. We may have peace yet!
INTELLECTUAL HONESTY COMES AT A PRICE AT THE PA
But, then, I should not be too tough on Kuttab. Being honest can be dangerous in the Arab World and, most especialy, in the region Arafat controls. Read this!
I am reading Woodward's"Bush at War" and I came across something Bush said as he was planning to address the nation for the first time after 9/11
We will defeat our enemies, we will set a tone for future Presidents, he said."Two years from now only the Brits May be with us."
Posted by Judith at 9 p.m. EST
MCGREEVEY JOINS OPPOSITION TO ISM CONFERENCE AT RUTGERS 07-23-03
Well, I am delighted. In fact, this is the most delicious crow I ever ate. After checking with Assemblyman Egan's office, I am forwarding the most encouraging email I received from him. His office also assured me that the Assemblyman discussed the matter with the governor and the governor is committed to work hard to make sure that the conference does not happen. This does not mean that we can drop our vigilance. I do hope that you will help strengthen the Governor's position by signing the petition bellow.
This is the important part of the email:
In the email you sent, your criticism of the Governor for appointing Amir Baraka, is misdirected. He was not appointed by Governor McGreevey. He was appointed by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the New Jersey Council on the Arts. C:52;16A-26.9, otherwise known as the New Jersey William Carlos Williams Citation of Merit, only allows the Governor to present the citation. It does not allow the Governor to be part of the selection process. Nor does it allow him veto power over the selected choice.
You also criticized Governor McGreevey for his stance on the proposed conference at Rutgers University. You may be surprised to know that Governor McGreevey expressed serious concerns about this conference and his position on the conference has not changed. It is my belief that the Governor shares your views on these matters, and I feel compelled to assure you that Governor McGreevey is and will continue to work hard to end racism in New Jersey
This further strengthens by belief in democracy. Sooner or later in works.
AN INCISIVE ANALYSIS OF ANTI-AMERICANISM
I highly recommend this National Interest article> reprinted by frontpagemag.com.
CNN PLAYS GOD AGAIN
CNN editor admitted after the fall of Iraq that it had failed to broadcast the information it had showing the brutality of the regime. It is doing it again.> How sad!
Posted by Judith at 9 p.m.EST
SAY NO TO HATE IS THE NAME OF THE PETITION 07-22-03
I could not be more delighted. My friend, the father of an alumnus and a current Rutgers Univerity Student took the initiative and posted a petition asking University president and the state governor to cancel the three day pro-terrorist international conference tentatively planned to take place at Rutgers. I have just read and signed the petition asking"No sanction for promoting ethnic hatred and advocating violence at Rutgers University."
I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider signing yourself and forwarding it to your friends. Together we should be able to make a difference.
If you wish to know why there are few moderates speaking out in the Arab world, click here.>
Posted by Judith 8:00 p.m. EST
SAD TIMES AT RUTGERS AND NEW JERSEY 07-18-03
Rutgers University decided that the best way to inaugurate its next academic year is with a three day international conference of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement. The Movement supports"any" measure Palestinians may choose to bring about the destruction of the state of Israel. That means it supports terror and suicide bombers.
The president of the university decided that"freedom of speech" equals providing the"deplorable" views of the groups public money and a location for their conference. The AAUP university leadership did not bother to ask their members' opinions and came out in support of the President. Our governor soon backed him. I beg to differ and have only just began to fight. Here are some letters I posted to my listserv:
1.Does anyone imagine President McCormick would have agreed to have a three day Ku Klas Klan conference on campus? Or that he would have had the guts to ask Black students not to let such a conference upset the campus harmony?
2.Well, now the AAUP stepped in to protect the right of a group of anti-Semitic terrorist advocates to use university funds and locale for a three day conference. See their press release bellow.
First let's be clear, this is NOT a free speech issue. Free speech means the right to express you opinion on street corners or even march in downtown New Brunswick. It does not include the right to public funds (extracted from students) to PAY for a major conference promoting terror and homicide bombing.
Second, the AAUP"leadership" is wrong. These days, holding a philo-Semitic, anti terrorist conference would help promote 'the mission of the University as promoting the free exchange of ideas and discourse on a variety of issues, including those that are controversial". Anti-Semitism is all the rage. Note our esteemed former New Jersey poet laureate.
Finally, to hold this kind of conference at the state university is an affront to all the New Jersey citizens who lost their lives on 9/11 to suicide bombers.
What can I say, some people never learn. They must wait until they themselves are hurt. The hurt of their fellow citizens does not seem to touch them.
As a member of a family who lost most of its members during the holocaust and as a friend of Israelis and Americans who lost their lives to suicide bombers both here and in Israel, I have vowed never to commit the crime of silence. I urge you to make the same commitment.
3. Once a philosopher. Twice a pervert. This is how this New Jersey voter feels about our spineless governor. I cannot imagine ever voting for McGreevey again. The man has done nothing but encourage ethnic conflict in New Jersey. He began by appointing a premier racist named Amir Baraka (ne LeRoi Jones) to the position of New Jersey poet laureate.
Here are some of the exalted verses that made him worthy of the honor:
"Who do Tom Ass Clarence Work for
Who doo come out the Colon's mouth
Who know what kind of Skeeza is a Condoleeza
Who pay Connelly to be a wooden Negro"
Then there is:
"nihilismus. Rape the white girls. Rape their fathers. Cut the mothers' throats. Black dada
Nihilismus, choke my friends".
Then, came 9/11 and the New Jersey poet laureate responded to it with his infamous anti-Semitic blood libel.
Our governor proclaimed not to have known who he was dealing with and took long months to take away his official title. Baraka used the time to spread his racist message in schools and colleges all over the state.
Let me reiterate again: Neither the Baraka case nor the pro-terrorist"New Jersey Solidarity" conference have anything to do with the issue of free speech. Free speech means the right to express you opinion on street corners or even march in downtown Newark. It does not include the right to public funds (funds student are forced to pay to a state university are public funds) to PAY for an international conference promoting terror and homicide bombing. I suggest doubters read today's New York Times article on the subject Trenton Backs Rutgers U. on Conference along with the profile of Charlotte Kates, the group's self professed Communist leader Public Lives: A History of Left Turns
Note the following developments: At first McGreevey's spokesman said that"the governor has grave concern about whether this is going to be a balanced, open forum or a pro-scripted anti-Israeli rally and he intents to present them to President McCormick."We take this very seriously," the spokesman concluded. After he spoke to McCormick he no longer took those concerns seriously. Instead he fell back on the bogus free speech argument. Instead, he announced that there is no proof the organizers"espouse terrorism."
The governor must be the only person in the world who does not understand that"We unconditionally support Palestinians' human right to resist occupation and oppression by any means necessary" means we support terror and suicide bombings. (As Americans learned on 9/11 that any argument valid to murder Jews is valid to murder Americans, Australians, Russians, Philippines, Moroccans, etc..)
What are the governor's current concerns? Security for the racists and those protesting against them. McCormick assured him"that Rutgers will work with the conference organizers to provide adequate security for the event, while allowing attendees and protesters a chance to express their views".
So, additional public funds will be used to protect the participants in the ethnic clashes expected to accompany this conference.
BRAVO McGreevey - You really know how to bring us together!
I will keep you abreast of further developments.
Posted by Judith 12p.m. Est.
THE NOT TOO SPONTANEOUS GRAFFITI COMES DOWN - 07-15-03
Good news can come in funny packages. This one demonstrates that the hate messages were as centrally financed as the suicide bombers. Surprise, suprise!
BUT DO NOT PUT ON ROSE COLORED GLASSES YET
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TV: MOHAMMED ORDERED MUSLIMS TO KILL JEWS
Palestinian Media Watch reports on yet another PLO TV broadcast presenting the murder of Jews as a religious obligation. Dr. Hassan Khader, founder of the Al Quds Encyclopedia, appeared on PA television on Sunday with the following quote from Mohammed:"The Hour [Day of Resurrection] will not arrive until you fight the Jews, [until a Jew will hide behind a rock or tree] and the rock and the tree will say: Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!"
Although the basis for the current negotiations between Israel and the Arabs is that the conflict is not a religious dispute but rather a political one, PLO religious and academic leaders repeatedly cite Islamic sources demanding, in the name of Allah, that Jews be hated and even killed.
Yesterday's broadcast is but another example of the world-view propagated by the PA media according to which Redemption is dependent on Muslims' murder of Jews. Click here to view the broadcast, as well as a previous televised citation of the same source by a Muslim religious leader.
PMW also reports that yet another PA summer camp for children has been named for a terrorist. The most recent one is now named Shihad Al-Amarin, in memory of the founder of the suicide terror division of Fatah's Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade.
A report in Sunday's edition of the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida writes that 150 boys and girls aged 12 and 13 are taking part in the camp, and that"yesterday the camp's participants went to the home of the shahid Jihad Al-Amarin, where [they were greeted by] the shahid's wife, children and family. During the visit there were speeches praising the virtues of the shahid Jihad Al-Amarin, who was assassinated a year ago by the forces of the occupation.
Other schools and camps have been named for Dalal Mughrabi, who participated in the bus hijacking and murder of 37 Jews in Israel in 1978; for Ayyat al-Akhras, an Arab girl who killed two Israelis as she blew herself up in a supermarket in Jerusalem in March 2002; and others.
THE BATTLE IN IRAN GOES ON
Despite the deafening silence of the international media, the battle for democracy in Iran goes on.
350 Iranian dissidents demand regime reforms In an open letter to the Supreme Leader, they hit out at the judiciary and call for all political prisoners to be releasedScreams The Singapurian Strait Times
Khatami took to heart Abbas' example and threatened to resign. I hope he does not end up folding the way Abbas did. It would be revolutionary if Middle Eastern moderates will stop letting totalitarian rulers use them to legitimize their curropt regimes. In the meantime Blair demonstrates that he can stand up to Bush - He insists on maintaining his ties with Yassir Arafat!
Posted by Judith, 10p.m. Est.
THANK YOU BILL SAFIRE - 07-14-03-
The New York Times decided Truman's anti=Semitism and complete dismissal of the holocaust were not worth mentioning. Thank God for Bill Safire for saving the paper of record from itself. These is how he ends the beautifully nuanced piece:
This diary outburst reflected a longstanding judgment about the ungrateful nature of the oppressed; in a letter to Eleanor Roosevelt, he repeated that"Jews are like all underdogs. When they get on top they are just as intolerant and as cruel as the people were to them when they were underneath."
Did this deep-seated belief affect Truman's policy about taking immigrants into the U.S., or in failing to urge the British to allow the Exodus refugees haven in Palestine? Maybe; when the National Archives release was front-paged last week in The Washington Post, historians and other liberals hastened to remind us that the long-buried embarrassing entry was written when such talk was"acceptable." The director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum dismissed it as"typical of a sort of cultural anti-Semitism that was common at that time."
For decades, I have refused to make such excuses to defend President Nixon for his slurs about Jews on his tapes. This is more dismaying.
Lest we forget, Harry Truman overruled Secretary of State George Marshall and beat the Russians to be first to recognize the state of Israel. The private words of Truman and Nixon are far outweighed by their pro-Israel public actions.
But underdogs of every generation must disprove Truman's cynical theory and have a duty to speak up. I asked Robert Morgenthau, the great Manhattan D.A., about Truman's angry diary entry, and he said,"I'm glad my father made that call."
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION TREATS RIGHT THOSE WHO ARE WITH US
that is the central message of T. Christian Miller's article in The Los Angeles Times I can only say - bravo!
Posted by Judith 6:30 p.m. Est.
IF IRANIAN STUDENTS BLEED, IT DOES NOT LEAD- 07-011-03 The inability of bleeding Iranian students to capture the attention of the international press is most astonishing. The emotionally charged NYT story decribe"three students, Ali Moghtaderi, Arash Hashemi and Reza Amerinassab, were thrown into three separate cars by about 15 armed men. Mr. Moghtaderi's face was covered with blood, after having been shoved to the ground by the men". It was placed on page 8.
The New York Times is not alone. Imagine if this had occurred in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Iraq or even in China. As my daughter would say, what gives?
Perhaps the correct explanation is that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. The Iranian authorities are charter memebrs of Bush's axis of evil. Bush is the enemy of the"international press," hence the Iranian clerics are the friends of the media. Sorry, freedom seeking students!
THE REAL SAD STORY
A friend sent me the following description of this past week's events in Iran:
Violent three-way clashes in Tehran marked the July 9 anniversary of the brutally suppressed student demonstrations of 1999, despite the Islamic regime's advance crackdown against the pro-democracy student movement. Hundreds of hard-line Islamic vigilantes, police and students milling about outside Tehran University got into running battles Wednesday night. Police clashed with students as well as with the Basiji vigilantes, who are fiercely loyal to Iran's radical spiritual leader Ali Khamenei and controlled by the Revolutionary Guards, to prevent them from getting closer to the university. DowntownTehran was jammed with loudly hooting cars and Basijj motor-bikers.
In expectation of trouble, the authorities had banned gatherings and closed campuses. Riot police lined the streets around Tehran University. Earlier Wednesday, three student activists were hauled off by vigilantes after declaring President Mohammed Khatami's reforms a failure and declaring the intention of staging a sit-in opposite the UN.
Official preemptive actions included the arrest of the entire student leadership along with protest organizers after inciting them to demonstrate for ten nights in June in order to catch them off-balance a month before the anniversary. To make the student leaders show their hands, the pro-government Kayban and Jomhouri-e Eslami newspapers published inflammatory reports of government plans to privatize universities and force students to pay prohibitively steep tuition. The Basij were used as agents provocateurs to fan the flames of protest so as to mark out student activists for arrest or worse. Basij students are granted free tuition and exemptions from university entrance exams.
despite mass arrests - even official figures showed some 4,000 people had been detained - multitudes of non-students kept on joining the protests, keeping them on the front burner for days. They then moved on to hunger strikes that went on and off for about three weeks.
But they failed to make much of an impact on the domestic and international press and many gave in to exhaustion. By the time July 9 rolled around, most student leaders were behind bars or in hiding, with death threats being made covertly and openly against their families. A new wave of arrests and trials has begun. According to DEBKA-Net-Weekly's sources, known political reformists have been targeted and at least seven newspapers belonging to the freedom camp will be closed.
Though cheered on from Washington and Iranian émigré communities around the world, the pro-democracy students and reformists have failed to shake the theocratic regime which has ruled Iran for a quarter century.
But demonstrators may get a second chance; more street protests are expected soon. The United States is also keeping Teheran under pressure with accusations of granting sanctuary to senior al-Qaeda operatives and demands that Iran throw all its nuclear sites open to closer and unannounced international inspections.
AN IRANIAN STUDENT ASKS: Are You Hearing Us?
Posted by Judith 10p.m. EST
BAD NEWS ARE ALL AROUND US- 07-09-03
Sorry for having neglected the blog. But I trust most of you were busy enjoying the holiday. My daughter was visiting and I was also trying to put together a few words of"wisdom" about the mess in Iraq. You can read the results in the new issue of HNN. The Wall Street Journal is right we are in the midst of a guerrilla war in Iraq and the sooner we acknowledge it the better. I, as usual, believe that empowering Iraqis and sideling Mideast experts will go a long way towards solving the problem. To follow events in the Middle East, click on Debka in the list of my recommended sites. I hope you like them and you like the new format. More changes to come, promise!
AMERICAN DIPLOMAT IS NOT SURE IF LEBANON DESERVES TO BE A NATION-STATE
If you are interested in the efficient manner in which our diplomats make friends and influence people click here and find an apt description of Ambassador Battle's disasterous meeting with American-Lebanese. For example:
The last and crowning surprise was that Mr. Battle talked a lot more than he listened. He was clearly annoyed at the questions, lashing out at his audience that he is not here to listen to their comments, but take their questions and answer them. Never mind that he consistently deflected the questions and never addressed the real concerns of his audience. To the question of whether he, as the self-proclaimed student of history, believed that Lebanon deserved to be a nation-state, Mr. Battle cited examples of numerous other countries that had become nation-states at the end of the 19th century and with the de-colonization process of the 20th century. He believed that Lebanon’s borders were drawn in an arbitrary way. At the end of the question-answer session, Mr. Battle bolted out of his chair, refusing to take more questions. The social, I thought, had turned into a great asocial disappointment and a bitter duel of nerves
So, Israel is not the only victim of Arabists!
I love to post good news. Here is one from Corsica. The citizens of Corsica defeated a referendum supported by all powers that be in both the island and in the French mainland. It was eferendum was designed to set up a single executive body to run Corsican affairs. Why did the Corsican oppose it? Because reportedly they, unlike the French government, did not wish to cave in in to nationalists and violent tactics.
Posted by Judith at 12 A.M. EST
GREAT NEWS FROM THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY - 07-02-03
The new poll numbers are in, hidden on page 8 of the NYTimes in an article entitled"Skepticism Lives on Scarred Jerusalem Street." What do they show? They show that 61% of the Israelis and 56% of the Palestinians supported the"road map" leading to the establishment of a Palestinian State living side by side with Israel.
A couple of weeks ago History news Network published a letter I sent from Israel bemoaning the indefinite delay in of election in the PA. At the time, 80% of the Palestinians told pollsters they did not believe coexistence with a Jewish was possible. Commentators translated their answer to mean that given a chance, they would support the rejectionists. I begged to differ.
This is how I ended my letter:
"Only election would make the Palestinian leaders dependent on their population. Citizens, unlike ideological elites, put their daily well being before their emotional demands for revenge. Many Palestinians may wish to see Israel destroyed just as many Israelis would love not to have them as neighbors. But both know this is merely wishful thinking and both will rather live together than continue to bleed".
When given a chance citizens moderate their ideological leaders. This is true in the Palestinian territories and this would be true in Iraq. (More about that in my next week posting). Don't be afraid to give them a chance. Our founders dared and look at the results!
SHOULD WE CANONIZE ANTI-ISRAELI ACTIVIST RACHEL CORRIE?
Oliver Kamm has the answer and the fact I wish I could write blogs as good as his. Do click Here
Happy Fourth of July.
Posted by Judith at 5:15 P.M. EST.
I DEMAND AN APPOLOGY FROM M. DOWD - 06-29-03
This Jewish woman demands an apology from a Catholic one. Writing about Scalia Dowd equates what she calls the"Old School" with the"Old Testament." Both representing an"era when military institutes did not have to accept women, and elite schools did not have to make special efforts with blacks, when a gay couple in their own bedroom in irons, when women were packed off to Our Lady of Perpetual Abstinence Home of Unwed Mothers."
First, let me remind her that the only thing the"Old School" had to do with the"Old Testament" is that those who believed in it were not only persecuted mercilessly by the followers of the"New Testament" but were persona non grata in them. Anti-Semitism celebrated in them. Dowd clearly has some"issues" with the Catholic Church but the facile manner in which she attributes everything she dislikes in it to my holy book is inexcusable most especially since it is factually wrong. My Tanach (which she calls the Old Testament) is the ultimate text of revolutionary liberation and that was the reason slave owners were not permitted to read much of it to their slaves. And do remember Deborah - our celebrated military leader. No, it was not Jews who conceived or advocated sending women to convent. In other words, stop using my holy book as a club.
For those of you not familiar with debka.com, here is a sample. Do take into account that at times their reach acceeds their grasp. On the other hand, it should be recalled that Syria is the only Arab country ruled by the Baath Party. Syria’s Pivotal Role in Iraqi Resistance Is Glossed over in Washington
Posted 4 p.m. EST
I AM BACK - 6-27-03
Six weeks is a long time to be away from home. Luckily, my daughter has kept this blog going. Now its time for me to get back to work. Let me start by sharing with you some of what susrprised me.
I have learned that Cambridge, England has a flourishing community of evangelist Anglicans; that Spain, like Ireland has been transformed from a country of emigrants to a country of immigrants and that those immigrants are often the descendents of former emigrants and, that Israelis, like their brethren elsewhere, are preoccupied with the fluctuation of the dollar, the misbehavior of politicians and the conflicting advice of health gurus. In other words, they remain normal, if a little weary.
SUICIDE BOMBERS IN ISRAEL KILL ARABS, TOO
"What does an Israeli Arab woman feel about the fact that her husband was murdered in a terrorist attack perpetrated by a Palestinian woman who blew herself up at the entrance to a shopping mall?" asks Haaretz correspondent Vered Levy-Barzilai ."What is the experience of an Arab in Israel whose beloved brother was killed in a suicide bombing? How does the family cope with this unexpected loss and bereavement? Where do they channel their rage and frustration? Where do they direct their outcry of grief?" Here is part of the answer:
Aeda Tuataha isn't yet capable of talking about it. Her brother-in-law, Hasan, 48, married and the father of four, the principal of an elementary school in Jisr al-Zarqa, says quietly,"What should I tell you, that I am starting to develop a hatred for the Palestinian people? That would not be true. That I now think that all the Palestinians are despicable murderers? No. I know there are all types. In the meantime, the pain is greater than any anger. Certain things keep going through my mind. The question that cuts through my heart is: How is it possible to come and murder innocent people, just like that, without any thought about what will happen to their families? It's such a barbaric deed that the mind can't take it in. I am in a state of shock. And I was in shock before this, too, when Jewish friends of mine from Hadera were killed in terrorist attacks. I have lost two friends to terrorist attacks.
ISRAELI ARAB DOCTORS TREAT THEM ALL
This is the inspiring, heart breaking message of the op-ed article written by Helen Schary Motro. I am posting it because it accurately describes the reality of the city where I grew up:
Ghalab Tawil originally took a job as a cleaner in Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital so he could spend time with his daughter Iwan, 13, who has leukemia. Tawil often slept by her side. But Iman is no longer hospitalized, so Tawil spent Saturday night at his home in Shuafat, north of Jerusalem. Early Sunday he boarded the first bus to work. He never arrived, because at 5:45 a.m. a Palestinian detonated a bomb that killed Tawil and six other passengers. Tawil, like his murderer, was a Palestinian.
The next day, when a 19-year-old Palestinian exploded her bomb at the entrance to a mall in Afula, three people were killed. One was Hassan Ismail Tawatha, 41. After 15 years as an employee he had dreamed of opening his own electronics business. Tawatha was not at the mall to shop. He was there as a student, attending a preparatory electronics course run by a local college. The next day his entire village of Jissr al Zarka turned up for the funeral. Tawatha, too, was an Arab.
And so the list goes on, of Arabs killed or wounded in attacks perpetrated by Palestinians who see themselves as heroes, and who are often perceived as martyrs in the communities they come from.
What would the suicide bombers' answer be if they knew that some of their victims would be Arabs? Would they call it collateral damage, worthwhile for the cause they believe they are serving? What would Iman Tawil say to that, now that she has no father left? She and the other orphans?
Of Israel's 6 million citizens, approximately a million are Arab. Although Israeli society is far from integrated, it is far from apartheid. In Haifa, Arabs and Jews live together in the same neighborhoods. On Jerusalem's streets the two peoples rub shoulders daily, their children play in the same parks and some attend the YMCA's binational kindergarten. In a northern town like Afula, or a southern one like Beersheba, Arabs and Jews ride beside each other on the escalators of the shopping mall.
When ambulances raced most of the 71 wounded in the blast Monday to Afula Hospital, they were received by Dr. Aziz Daroushe, the A
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