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Speaking out For Israel: Excellent Article(s)

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Speaking out For Israel: Excellent Article


THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE MEMORANDUM
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: David Harris
DATE: April 16, 2002
RE: Oriana Fallaci on Anti-Semitism

Oriana Fallaci, one of Italy's most prominent journalists, has
written a powerful polemic on anti-Semitism. It was the cover story in the current issue of Panorama, one of Italy's leading weekly news magazines. The issue came out this past Friday and by Saturday it was virtually sold out. There is much discussion about her article throughout Italy and a great deal of controversy surrounding it.

As you will see, she minces no words and takes no prisoners.

The translation is mine and I make no claim to capturing her unique style, but I think you will get the flavor of it.

Some will undoubtedly ask if she is a Jew. She is not.

Regards.

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Oriana Fallaci on Anti-Semitism
Panorama, April 18, 2002

(Unofficial) Translation from Italian by David A. Harris, American
Jewish Committee

I find it shameful that in Italy there was a procession of
individuals who, dressed as kamikazes, uttered vile insults at
Israel, held up photos of Israeli leaders on whose foreheads they had drawn a swastika, inciting the populace to hate the Jews. And in order to see the Jews again in the extermination camps, in the gas chambers, in the crematoria of Dachau, Mauthausen, Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen, etc., they would sell their own mothers to a harem.

I find it shameful that the Catholic Church permits a bishop,
moreover one housed in the Vatican, a "saintly" bishop, who, in
Jerusalem was found with an arsenal of weapons and explosives hidden in special compartments of his sacred Mercedes, to participate in that procession and to place himself in front of a microphone to thank, in the name of God, the kamikazes who massacre the Jews in the pizzerias and supermarkets. He called them "martyrs who go to death as to a party."

I find it shameful that in France -- the France of "Liberty, Equality
and Fraternity" -- synagogues are torched, Jews are terrorized, and their cemeteries profaned. I find it shameful that in Holland and Germany and Denmark youngsters show off the kaffiyeh like the vanguard of Mussolini displayed the stick and the Fascist emblem. I find it shameful that in almost every European university Palestinian students take over and nurture anti-Semitism; that in Sweden they asked that the Nobel Peace Prize given to Shimon Peres in 1994 be withdrawn, and left solely in the hands of the dove with the olive branch in his mouth -- that is, Arafat. I find it shameful that the esteemed members of the (Nobel) Committee, a committee that it seems makes choice based on politics and not merit, are taking the request into consideration and thinking of fulfilling it. To hell with the Nobel Prize and hooray to those who don't receive it.

I find it shameful (we are back in Italy) that the
government-controlled television stations contribute to the revival
of anti-Semitism by crying over Palestinian deaths only, minimizing
the importance of Israeli deaths, speaking in a brisk and dismissive tone about them. I find it shameful that in television discussions the scoundrels with the turban or kaffiyeh, who yesterday extolled the slaughter in New York and today praise the massacres in Jerusalem, Haifa, Netanya, and Tel Aviv, are received with such deference. I find it shameful that the press does the same -- gets indignant because in Bethlehem Israeli tanks surround the Church of the Nativity, but doesn't get upset that in the same church 200 Palestinian terrorists (among them various leaders of Hamas and Al-Aksa), well-armed with machine guns and explosives, are not unwelcome guests of the monks (and then accept from the tank soldiers bottles of mineral water and baskets of apples.) I find it shameful that, given the number of Israeli casualties since the onset of the second intifada (412), one well-known daily felt it appropriate to emphasize in bold headlines that more Israelis die in road accidents (600 per year).

I find it shameful that l'Oservatore Romano, that is, the newspaper of the pope -- a pope who not too long ago left a note in the Wailing Wall apologizing to the Jews -- accused a people exterminated by the millions by ******ians, by Europeans, of extermination. I find it shameful that the survivors of this (Jewish) people -- people who still carry a number on their arm -- are denied the right to react, defend themselves, avoid being exterminated again, by that same newspaper. I find it shameful that, in the name of J**** ****** (a Jew without whom they would all be unemployed), priests from our parishes or social centers or wherever flirt with the murderers of those who in Jerusalem cannot go to eat a pizza or buy an egg without being blown up. I find it shameful that they choose the side of the
very people who launched terrorism by killing us on planes, in
airports, at the Olympics; and today these same people make sport of killing Western journalists -- shooting them, kidnapping them, slitting their throats, beheading them. (After the publication of my piece "The Anger and the Pride," someone in Italy wanted to do the same to me. Citing Koranic verses, he exhorted his "brothers" in the name of Allah to kill me. Actually, to die with me. Since he is someone who speaks English well, I respond to him in English: "F**k you.")

I find it shameful that virtually the entire Left, that Left which 20
years ago permitted a trade-union procession to place a coffin (a
Mafia-like warning) in front of the synagogue in Rome, has forgotten the contribution of the Jews to the anti-fascist struggle: of Carlo and Nello Rosselli, for example; of Leone Ginzburg, Umberto Terracini, Leo Valiani, Emilio Serani; of women such as my friend Anna Maria Enriques Agnoletti, shot in Florence on June 12, 1944; of 74 of the 335 victims of Fosse Ardeatine; of the infinite other deaths under torture or in combat or in front of the firing squads; the friends, the teachers of my childhood and of my early youth. I find it shameful that, in part because of the fault of the Left -- no, especially because of the fault of the Left (think of the Left that begins its congresses applauding the PLO representative in Italy, who represents here the Palestinians who seek Israel's destruction) -- the Jews in Italian cities once again are frightened.
And in French and Dutch and Danish and German cities, it is the same.
I find it shameful that when the scoundrels dressed as kamikazes
march, (Jews) shudder as they trembled in Berlin during Kristallnacht, that is, the night on which ****** began the hunt of
the Jews.

I find it shameful that, obeying the stupid, vile, dishonest, and,
for them, the extremely opportunistic fashion of political
correctness, the usual opportunists -- no, the usual parasites --
exploit the word "peace." In the name of the word "peace," now more devalued than the words "love" and "humanity," they absolve just one side of hate and bestiality. In the name of pacifism (read conformity) from the mouths of shrill voices, the same voices that earlier genuflected to Pol Pot, they now incite people who are confused, naïve, or intimidated. They cheat them, corrupt them, take them back half a century, that is, to the yellow star on the coat. These charlatans care as much about the Palestinians as I care about them (the charlatans), i.e., not at all.

I find it shameful that so many Italians and so many Europeans have chosen as a role model Mister -- and I use the word advisedly -- Arafat, this nonentity who, thanks to the money of the Saudi royal family, acts like Mussolini in perpetuity and in his megalomania believes he will go down in history as the George Washington of Palestine. This uneducated man who, when I interviewed him, could not even put together a complete sentence, an articulate thought.
Therefore, to put a piece together, to write it, to publish it, is
such a hard ordeal that one concludes that, compared to Arafat, even (Libyan leader) Gadhafi becomes Leonardo da Vinci. This fake warrior who always goes around in uniform like Pinochet, who never wears civilian clothes, and yet who has never participated in a single battle. He leaves war, and has always left war, to others, in other words, to those unfortunate ones who believe in him. This pompous incompetent who, playing the role of head of state, caused the failure of the Camp David negotiations and the mediation efforts of Clinton. "No, no, I want all of Jerusalem to myself." This eternal liar who has a flash of sincerity only when (in private) he denies Israel's right to exist, and who, as I wrote in my book, lies every five seconds. He always plays a game of duplicity; he lies even if you ask him what time it is, and, therefore, you can never trust him.
Never! One is systematically betrayed by him. This eternal terrorist who only knows how to be a terrorist (from a safe distance), and who in the 1970s -- that is, when I interviewed him -- also trained the Baader-Meinhof terrorists. And now with them, he trains (Palestinian) children who were ten years old. Poor kids. (Now they are trained to become kamikazes. One hundred baby kamikazes are ready for action: 100!)

This opportunist who keeps his wife in Paris, cared for and revered as a queen, while he keeps his people in the s**t. From the s**t he removes them only to send them to die, to kill and to die, like the 18-year-old girls who, to achieve equality with men, have to fill themselves with explosives and blow themselves up together with their victims. And yet so many Italians love him -- yes, just as they loved Mussolini. And so many other Europeans do as well.

I find it shameful, and I see in all of this the growth of a new
fascism, of a new nazism -- a fascism, a nazism, so much more
malevolent and repulsive because it is conducted and nourished by those who hypocritically play the part of the good guys, the
progressives, the communists, pacifists, Catholics and even more, the ******ians, who have the gall to call those like me who shout truth at them a warmonger. I see it, yes, and therefore I will state the following: to the tragic and Shakespearean Sharon, I never gave him a break. ("I know that you came to add a scalp to your necklace," he murmured almost with sadness when I went to interview him in 1982.)

With the Israelis, I've argued often and bitterly, and in the past I defended the Palestinians quite a bit, maybe more than they deserved.

But I am with Israel, I am with the Jews. I am with them now, as I was with them as a young girl -- in other words, from the time when I was in the trenches with them and the Anne Maries were shot to death.

I defend their right to exist, to defend themselves, to avoid a
second extermination. And disgusted by the anti-Semitism of many Italians, of many Europeans, I am ashamed by this shame that dishonors my country and Europe, in the best of cases, not a
community of nations (e.g., Europe) but a well of Pontius Pilates.
And even if all the inhabitants of this planet think differently, I
will continue to think this way.
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This is a fantastic speech,

After reading this, PLEASE send Senator Jim Inhofe a letter of thanks
via fax, or call and leave a message. His phone number is (202) 224-4721,
fax (202) 228-0380. His website for sending a message is
http://www.senate.gov/~inhofe/webform.html


United States Senate:
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST -- (Senate -
March 04, 2002)

Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, I was interested the other day when I heard
that the de-facto ruler, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah, made a
statement which was received by many in this country as if it were a
statement of fact, as if it were something new, a concept for peace in the
Middle East that no one had ever heard of before. I was kind of shocked that
it was so well received by many people who had been down this road before.

I suggest to you that what Crown Prince Abdullah talked about a few days
ago was not new at all. He talked about the fact that under the Abdullah
plan, Arabs would normalize relations with Israel in exchange for the Jewish
state surrendering the territory it received after the 1976 Six-Day War as
if that were something new. He went on to talk about other land that had
been acquired and had been taken by Israel.

I remember so well on December 4 when we covered all of this and the fact
that there isn't anything new about the prospect of giving up land that is
rightfully Israel's land in order to have peace. When it gets right down to
it, the land doesn't make that much difference because Yasser Arafat and
others don't recognize Israel's right to any of the land. They do not
recognize Israel's right to exist. I will discuss seven reasons, which I
mentioned once before, why Israel is entitled to the land they have and that
it should not be a part of the peace process. If this is something that
Israel wants to do, it is their business to do it. But anyone who has tried
to put the pressure on Israel to do this is wrong. We are going to be hit by
skeptics who are going to say we will be attacked because of our support for
Israel, and if we get out of the Middle East--that is us--all the problems
will go away. That is just not true. If we withdraw, all of these
problems will again come to our door. I have some observations to make about
that.
But I would like to reemphasize once again the seven reasons that Israel
has the right to their land.

1. The first reason is that Israel has the right to the land because of
all of the archeological evidence. That is reason, No. 1. All the
archeological evidence supports it.

Every time there is a dig in Israel, it does nothing but support the fact
that Israelis have had a presence there for 3,000 years. They have been
there for a long time. The coins, the cities, the pottery, the
culture--there are other people, groups that are there, but there is no
mistaking the fact that Israelis have been present in that land for
3,000 years.

It predates any claims that other peoples in the regions may have. The
ancient Philistines are extinct. Many other ancient peoples are extinct.
They do not have the unbroken line to this date that the Israelis have. Even
the Egyptians of today are not racial Egyptians of 2,000, 3,000 years ago.



They are primarily an Arab people. The land is called Egypt, but they are
not the same racial and ethnic stock as the old Egyptians of the ancient
world. The first Israelis are in fact descended from the original
Israelites. The first proof, then, is the archeology.

2. The second proof of Israel's right to the land is the historic right.
History supports it totally and completely. We know there has been an Israel
up until the time of the Roman Empire. The Romans conquered the land. Israel
had no homeland, although Jews were allowed to live there. They were driven
from the land in two dispersions: One was in 70 A.D. and the other was in
135 A.D. But there was always a Jewish presence in the land.

The Turks, who took over about 700 years ago and ruled the land up until
about World War I, had control. Then the land was conquered by the British.
The Turks entered World War I on the side of Germany. The British knew they
had to do something to punish Turkey, and also to break up that empire that
was going to be a part of the whole effort of Germany in World War I. So the
British sent troops against the Turks in the Holy Land.

One of the generals who was leading the British armies was a man named
Allenby. Allenby was a Bible-believing ******ian. He carried a Bible with
him everywhere he went and he knew the significance of Jerusalem.

The night before the attack against Jerusalem to drive out the Turks,
Allenby prayed that God would allow him to capture the city without doing
damage to the holy places.

That day, Allenby sent World War I biplanes over the city of Jerusalem to
do a reconnaissance mission. You have to understand that the Turks had at
that time never seen an airplane. So there they were, flying around. They
looked in the sky and saw these fascinating inventions and did not know what
they were, and they were terrified by them.

Then they were told they were going to be opposed by a man named Allenby
the next day, which means, in their language, ``man sent from God'' or
``prophet from God.'' They dared not fight against a prophet from God, so
the next morning, when Allenby went to take Jerusalem, he went in and
captured it without firing a single shot.

The British Government was grateful to Jewish people around the world,
particularly to one Jewish chemist who helped them manufacture niter. Niter
is an ingredient that was used in nitroglycerin which was sent over from the
New World. But they did not have a way of getting it to England. The German
U-boats were shooting on the boats, so most of the niter they were trying to
import to make nitroglycerin was at the bottom of the ocean. But a man named
Weitzman, a Jewish chemist, discovered a way to make it from materials that
existed in England. As a result, they were able to continue that supply. The
British at that time said they were going to give the Jewish people a
homeland. That is all a part of history. It is all written down in history.
They were gratified that the Jewish people, the bankers, came through and
helped finance the war.

The homeland that Britain said it would set aside consisted of all of
what is now Israel and all of what was then the nation of Jordan--the whole
thing. That was what Britain promised to give the Jews in 1917.

In the beginning, there was some Arab support for this action. There was
not a huge Arab population in the land at that time, and there is a reason
for that. The land was not able to sustain a large population of people. It
just did not have the development it needed to handle those people, and the
land was not really wanted by anybody. Nobody really wanted this land. It
was considered to be worthless land.

I want the Presiding Officer to hear what Mark Twain said. And, of
course, you may have read ``Huckleberry Finn'' and ``Tom Sawyer.'' Mark
Twain--Samuel Clemens--took a tour of Palestine in 1867. This is how he
described that land. We are talking about Israel now. He said: A desolate
country whose soil is rich enough but is given over wholly to weeds. A
silent, mournful expanse. We never saw a human being on the whole route.
There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the
cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the
country.

Where was this great Palestinian nation? It did not exist. It was not
there. Palestinians were not there. Palestine was a region named by the
Romans, but at that time it was under the control of Turkey, and there was
no large mass of people there because the land would not support them.

This is the report that the Palestinian Royal Commission, created by the
British, made. It quotes an account of the conditions on the coastal plain
along the Mediterranean Sea in 1913. This is the Palestinian Royal
Commission. They said: The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a
summer track, suitable for transport by camels or carts. No orange groves,
orchards or vineyards were to be seen until one reached the Yavne village.
Houses were mud. Schools did not exist. The western part toward the sea was
almost a desert. The villages in this area were few and thinly populated.
Many villages were deserted by their inhabitants.

That was 1913.

The French author Voltaire described Palestine as ``a hopeless, dreary
place.'' In short, under the Turks the land suffered from neglect and low
population. That is a historic fact. The nation became populated by both
Jews and Arabs because the land came to prosper when Jews came back and
began to reclaim it. Historically, they began to reclaim it. If there had
never been any archaeological evidence to support the rights of the Israelis
to the territory, it is also important to recognize that other nations in
the area have no longstanding claim to the country either.

Did you know that Saudi Arabia was not created until 1913, Lebanon until
1920? Iraq did not exist as a nation until 1932, Syria until 1941; the
borders of Jordan were established in 1946 and Kuwait in 1961. Any of these
nations that would say Israel is only a recent arrival would have to deny
their own rights as recent arrivals as well. They did not exist as
countries. They were all under the control of the Turks.
Historically, Israel gained its independence in 1948.

3. The third reason that land belongs to Israel is the practical value of
the Israelis being there. Israel today is a modern marvel of agriculture.
Israel is able to bring more food out of a desert environment than any other
country in the world. The Arab nations ought to make Israel their friend and
import technology from Israel that would allow all the Middle East, not just
Israel, to become an exporter of food. Israel has unarguable success in its
agriculture.

4. The fourth reason I believe Israel has the right to the land is on the
grounds of humanitarian concern. You see, there were 6 million Jews
slaughtered in Europe in World War II. The persecution against the Jews had
been very strong in Russia since the advent of communism. It was against
them even before then under the Czars.
These people have a right to their homeland. If we are not going to allow
them a homeland in the Middle East, then where? What other nation on Earth
is going to cede territory, is going to give up land?

They are not asking for a great deal. The whole nation of Israel would
fit into my home State of Oklahoma seven times. It would fit into the
Presiding Officer's State of Georgia seven times. They are not asking for a
great deal. The whole nation of Israel is very small. It is a nation that,
up until the time that claims started coming in, was not desired by anybody.

5. The fifth reason Israel ought to have their land is that she is a
strategic ally of the United States. Whether we realize it or not, Israel is
a detriment, an impediment, to certain groups hostile to democracies and
hostile to what we believe in, hostile to that which makes us the greatest
nation in the history of the world. They have kept them from taking complete
control of the Middle East. If it were not for Israel, they would
overrun the region. They are our strategic ally. It is good to know we have
a friend in the Middle East on whom we can count. They vote with us in the
United Nations more than England, more than Canada, more than France, more
than Germany--more than any other country in the world.

6. The sixth reason is that Israel is a roadblock to terrorism. The war
we are now facing is not against a sovereign nation; it is against a group
of terrorists who are very fluid, moving from one country to another. They
are almost invisible. That is whom we are fighting against today. We need
every ally we can get. If we do not stop terrorism in the Middle East, it
will be on our shores. We have said this again and again and again, and it
is true.

One of the reasons I believe the spiritual door was opened for an attack
against the United States of America is that the policy of our Government
has been to ask the Israelis, and demand it with pressure, not to retaliate
in a significant way against the terrorist strikes that have been launched
against them.

Since its independence in 1948, Israel has fought four wars: The war in
1948 and 1949--that was the war for independence--the war in 1956, the Sinai
campaign; the Six-Day War in 1967; and in 1973, the Yom Kippur War, the
holiest day of the year, and that was with Egypt and Syria. You have to
understand that in all four cases, Israel was attacked. They were not the
aggressor. Some people may argue that this was not true because they went in
first in 1956, but they knew at that time that Egypt was building a huge
military to become the aggressor. Israel, in fact, was not the aggressor and
has not been the aggressor in any of the four wars. Also, they won all
four wars against impossible odds. They are great warriors. They consider a
level playing field being outnumbered 2 to 1. There were 39 Scud missiles
that landed on Israeli soil during the gulf war. Our President asked Israel
not to respond. In order to have the Arab nations on board, we asked Israel
not to participate in the war. They showed tremendous restraint and did not.
Now we have asked them to stand back and not do anything over these last
several attacks. We have criticized them. We have criticized them in our
media. Local people in television and radio often criticize Israel, not
knowing the true facts. We need to be informed.

I was so thrilled when I heard a reporter pose a question to our
Secretary of State, Colin Powell. He said: Mr. Powell, the United States has
advocated a policy of restraint in the Middle East. We have discouraged
Israel from retaliation again and again and again because we've said it
leads to continued escalation--that it escalates the violence. Are we going
to follow that preaching ourselves?

Mr. Powell indicated we would strike back. In other words, we can tell
Israel not to do it, but when it hits us, we are going to do something. But
all that changed in December when the Israelis went into the Gaza with gun
ships and into the West Bank with F-16s. With the exception of last May, the
Israelis had not used F-16s since the 1967 6-Day War. And I am so proud of
them because we have to stop terrorism. It is not going to go away. If
Israel were driven into the sea tomorrow, if every Jew in the Middle East
were killed, terrorism would not end. You know that in your heart. Terrorism
would continue.

It is not just a matter of Israel in the Middle East. It is the heart of
the very people who are perpetrating this stuff. Should they be successful
in overrunning Israel--which they won't be--but should they be, it would not
be enough. They will never be satisfied.

7. No. 7, I believe very strongly that we ought to support Israel; that
it has a right to the land. This is the most important reason: Because God
said so. As I said a minute ago, look it up in the book of Genesis. It is
right up there on the desk.

In Genesis 13:14-17, the Bible says: The Lord said to Abram, ``Lift up
now your eyes, and look from the place where you are northward, and
southward, and eastward and westward: for all the land which you see, to you
will I give it, and to your seed forever. ..... Arise, walk through the land
in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it to thee.''
That is God talking. The Bible says that Abram removed his tent and came and
dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar
before the Lord. Hebron is in the West Bank. It is at this place where God
appeared to Abram and said, ``I am giving you this land,''--the West Bank.
This is not a political battle at all. It is a contest over whether or not
the word of God is true.

Conclusion: The seven reasons, I am convinced, clearly establish that
Israel has a right to the land. Eight years ago on the lawn of the White
House, Yitzhak Rabin shook hands with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat. It was a
historic occasion. It was a tragic occasion. At that time, the official
policy of the Government of Israel began to be, ``Let us appease the
terrorists. Let us begin to trade the land for peace.'' This process
continued unabated up until last year. Here in our own Nation, at Camp
David, in the summer of 2000, then Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak
offered the most generous concessions to Yasser Arafat that had ever been
laid on the table. He
offered him more than 90 percent of all the West Bank territory, sovereign
control of it. There were some parts he did not want to offer, but in
exchange for that he said he would give up land in Israel proper that the
PLO had not even asked for. And he also did the unthinkable. He even spoke
of dividing Jerusalem and allowing the Palestinians to have their capital
there in the East. Yasser Arafat stormed out of the meeting. Why did he
storm out of the meeting? Everything he had said he wanted was offered
there. It was put into his hands. Why did he storm out of the meeting? A
couple of months later, there began to be riots, terrorism. The riots began
when now Prime Minister Ariel Sharon went to the Temple Mount. And this was
used as the thing that lit the fire and that caused the explosion. Did you
know that Sharon did not go unannounced and that he contacted the Islamic
authorities before he went and secured their permission and had permission
to be there? It was no surprise.

The response was very carefully calculated. They knew the world would not
pay attention to the details. They would portray this in the Arab world as
an attack upon the holy mosque. They would portray it as an attack upon that
mosque and use it as an excuse to riot. Over the last 8 years, during this
time of the peace process, where the Israeli public has pressured its
leaders to give up land for peace because they are tired of fighting, there
has been increased terror.

In fact, it has been greater in the last 8 years than any other time in
Israel's history. Showing restraint and giving in has not produced any kind
of peace. It is so much so that today the leftist peace movement in Israel
does not exist because the people feel they were deceived. They did offer a
hand of peace, and it was not taken. That is why the politics of Israel have
changed drastically over the past 12 months. The Israelis have come to see
that, ``No matter what we do, these people do not want to deal with us. They
want to destroy us.'' That is why even yet today the stationery of the PLO
still has upon it the map of the entire state of Israel, not just the tiny
little part they call the West Bank that they want. They want it all.

We have to get out of this mindset that somehow you can buy peace in the
Middle East by giving little plots of land. It has not worked before when it
has been offered.

These seven reasons show why Israel is entitled to that land.

I yield the floor.
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> I am attending the Israel Venture Association annual conference and was introduced to Andrea Koppel from CNN as we were waiting for Prime Minister Sharon and Secretary of State Powell to finish their discussion Sunday evening at our hotel.

> While we were chatting, an American-born Israeli joined us to tell Andrea about his perception of media distortion in that the press that stresses moral equivalence between Israeli civilian deaths caused by Palestinian terror and Palestinian civilian deaths caused by Israeli military actions.

He argued that Israel has tried to engage in a peace process since Camp David and has been double crossed over and over by the Palestinian Authority. Further, he argued the deaths caused by Palestinians are intentional, whereas the deaths caused by Israel are mostly the tragic, unintentional results caused by Israel trying to defend itself.

Andrea replied, "So when Israeli soldiers slaughter civilians in Jenin, that is not equivalent?"

> Israeli, "What are your sources, were you in Jenin, how do you know there was a slaughter?"

> Andrea, "I just spoke with my colleagues who were there and they told me of the slaughter."

> Israeli, "Did they see the shooting, the bodies?"

> Andrea, "Palestinians told us about the slaughter."

Israeli, "And you believe them without evidence; they lie and distort facts."

Andrea, "Oh, so they are all just lying?"

Israeli became emotional in describing that his children are afraid, his friends have been murdered, and if this goes on, "We could lose our lives or we could lose our country."

Andrea, "Yes, you will lose your country."

At this point, I interrupted the two of them and asked, "Did I hear you correctly that you believe the current crisis will lead to the destruction of the State of Israel?"

Andrea, "Yes I believe we are now seeing the beginning of the end of Israel."

Needless to say, I was stunned to hear a senior CNN correspondent express this extreme "worldview". It was very disturbing for obvious reasons, and I was particularly upset by her extraordinary geo-political conclusion that the State of Israel is bound for destruction. I asked her how she came this conclusion - what was her background scholarship in Middle East history or military geo-strategy?

Andrea, "Well you know, I took a course on the Middle East when I was at Middlebury College and our professor assigned us five books on the history of the conflict. So I first read a book written by an Israeli and I thought all the land belongs to the Israelis. Then I read another book by a Palestinian and thought all the land belongs to the Palestinians. There are many points of view, and it is so complex."

Her background scholarship and intellectual depth on the subject duly noted, I turned to consider what to do next.

1) Complain to CNN management?

2) Expose this to other press (say Fox or 60 Minutes, letters to the editor?)

3) Try to educate her towards a more realistic understanding of Israel's geo-political position?

4) Tell the Israeli Foreign Ministry and let them deal with it?

5) Do nothing? (I hope not)

I don't know what do to about this, but I thought you may have the right suggestion. Feel free to forward this to others.

David J. Blumberg
>
> david@blumbergcapital.com <mailto:david@blumbergcapital.com>

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DAYENU by Ron Dermer - March 26, 2002
|
| When the British gave three-fourths of Mandatory Palestine to the
Arabs
| in 1922, it should have been enough for us.
|
| When in 1929, the incitement of local Arab leaders falsely accusing the Jews of trying to destroy the Temple Mount sparked riots across the country and led to the massacre of the Jewish community of Hebron, it
> > | should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When the mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, called on ****** to
> > | allow the Arabs to solve the "problem of the Jewish elements in
> > | Palestine by the same method that the question is now being settled
in
> > | the Axis countries," it should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When the Arab world rejected the 1947 partition plan that would have
> > | created both a Jewish and an Arab state, it should have been enough
for
> > | us.
> > |
> > | When five Arab armies invaded the newly-established State of Israel in
> > | 1948, it should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When the Palestinians neither demanded a state nor decried the
> > | "occupation" during the 19 years that Jordan occupied the West Bank
and
> > | Egypt occupied the Gaza Strip, it should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When all Israelis - Jews, ******ians and Muslims - were prevented from
> > | praying in Arab-controlled Jerusalem, it should have been enough for
us.
> > |
> > | When the PLO was founded in 1964, a time when there was not one Jewish
> > | settlement in the "territories," nor any Jewish "occupation," it
should
> > | have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When the United Nations silently complied with Nasser's order in 1967
to
> > | remove its Emergency Forces from Sinai, it should have been enough for
> > | us.
> > |
> > | When three Arab states launched a "battle of annihilation" against
> > | Israel in 1967, it should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When the PLO slaughtered Israel's Olympic delegation in Munich in
1972,
> > | it should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Yom Kippur, it
should
> > | have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When it took 25 years for the Saudis to match Israel's contribution to
> > | NRWA, the UN agency charged with alleviating the plight of the
> > | Palestinian refugees, it should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When the PLO outlined its "phased plan" to destroy Israel in 1974, it
> > | should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in 1975 equating
> > | Zionism with racism, it should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When the State of Israel was condemned by the entire world, including
> > | the United States, for bombing Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981, it
> > | should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When the Saudi delegate to the 1984 UN Human Rights Commission
> > | conference on religious tolerance declared that "the Talmud says that
if
> > | a Jew does not drink every year the blood of a non-Jewish man, he
will
> > | be damned for eternity," it should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When Arafat supported Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War, and
> > | Palestinians danced on their rooftops as Scuds rained on Tel Aviv, it
> > | should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When a few months after signing the Oslo agreements, Yasser Arafat
> > | called on the Muslim world to wage "jihad" and compared the agreements
> > | to a treaty Muhammad once made and then abrogated, it should have been
> > | enough for us.
> > |
> > | When in 1996, Arafat told Arab diplomats that the PLO's strategy was
"to
> > | make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population
> > | explosion," and that its objective was "to eliminate the State of
Israel
> > | and establish a purely Palestinian state," it should have been enough
> > | for us.
> > |
> > | When PA-controlled television featured children singing "When I wander
> > | into Jerusalem, I will become a suicide bomber," it should have been
> > | enough for us.
> > |
> > | When during a papal visit to Syria, Bashar Assad accused the Jews of
> > | trying to "betray and kill Muhammad" like "they betrayed J****
******,"
> > | it should have been enough for us.
> > | When Yasser Arafat's wife accused Israel of using poison gas against
the
> > | Palestinians, it should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When Yasser Arafat told president Bill Clinton at Camp David that
there
> > | never was a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, it should have been enough for
> > | us.
> > |
> > | When the Palestinians rejected Ehud Barak's offer at Camp David and
> > | unleashed their orchestrated campaign of terror, it should have been
> > | enough for us.
> > |
> > | When two Israeli reservists were savagely lynched at a Palestinian
> > | police station in Ramallah, it should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When the United Nations refused to give Israel all the information it
> > | had on the three soldiers kidnapped by Hizbullah, it should have been
> > | enough for us.
> > |
> > | When an Arabic translation of Mein Kampf became a bestseller in the
> > | "territories," it should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When suicide bombers massacred Jews before September 11 at the
> > | Dolphinarium and Sbarro, it should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When American declared its war on terror after September 11, it should
> > | have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | When during that war, Palestinian terror continued to claim the lives
of
> > | scores of Jews on our roads and buses, in our shops and cafes, north
and
> > | south, east and west, it should have been enough for us.
> > |
> > | One has to ask: When will it REALLY be DAYENU!?!? enough for us?

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> > The Jewish People is definitely disproportionately endowed with talent
and
> > outstanding achievements!
> >
> > > > The numbers speak for themselves!!!!
> > > >
> > > > >>
> > > >> CHECK OUT THESE NUMBERS
> > > >>
> > > >> >> The Contribution of Muslims to civilization:
> > > >>
> > > >> 19.6% of World's Population
> > > >> 1.2 billion Muslims
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Nobel Prize Winners:
> > > >>
> > > >> Literature
> > > >>
> > > >> 1957 Albert Camus
> > > >> 1988 - Najib Mahfooz 1988.
> > > >>
> > > >> Peace
> > > >>
> > > >> 1978 - Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat
> > > >> 1994 - Yaser Arafat (yeah, we know...)
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Chemistry
> > > >>
> > > >> 1990 Elias James Corey
> > > >> 1999 - Ahmed Zewail
> > > >>
> > > >> Medicine
> > > >>
> > > >> 1960 Peter Brian Medawar
> > > >> 1998 Ferid Mourad
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> The Contribution of the Jewish People:
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> 0.2% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION
> > > >> 14.1 Million Jews
> > > >>
> > > >> NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS:
> > > >>
> > > >> Literature
> > > >>
> > > >> 1910 - Paul Heyse
> > > >> 1927 - Henri Bergson
> > > >> 1958 - Boris Pasternak
> > > >> 1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
> > > >> 1966 - Nelly Sachs
> > > >> 1976 - Saul Bellow
> > > >> 1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
> > > >> 1981 - Elias Canetti
> > > >> 1987 - Joseph Brodsky
> > > >> 1991 - Nadine Gordimer
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> World Peace
> > > >>
> > > >> 1911 - Alfred Fried
> > > >> 1911 - Tobias Michael Carel Asser
> > > >> 1968 - Rene Cassin
> > > >> 1973 - Henry Kissinger
> > > >> 1978 - Menachem Begin
> > > >> 1986 - Elie Wiesel
> > > >> 1994 - Shimon Peres
> > > >> 1994 - Yitzhak Rabin
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Chemistry
> > > >>
> > > >> 1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
> > > >> 1906 - Henri Moissan
> > > >> 1910 - Otto Wallach
> > > >> 1915 - Richard Willstaetter
> > > >> 1918 - Fritz Haber
> > > >> 1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
> > > >> 1961 - Melvin Calvin
> > > >> 1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
> > > >> 1972 - William Howard Stein
> > > >> 1977 - Ilya Prigogine
> > > >> 1979 - Herbert Charles Brown
> > > >> 1980 - Paul Berg
> > > >> 1980 - Walter Gilbert
> > > >> 1981 - Roald Hoffmann
> > > >> 1982 - Aaron Klug
> > > >> 1985 - Albert A. Hauptman
> > > >> 1985 - Jerome Karle
> > > >> 1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
> > > >> 1988 - Robert Huber
> > > >> 1989 - Sidney Altman
> > > >> 1992 - Rudolph Marcus
> > > >> 2000 - Alan J. Heeger
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Economics
> > > >>
> > > >> 1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
> > > >> 1971 - Simon Kuznets
> > > >> 1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
> > > >> 1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
> > > >> 1976 - Milton Friedman
> > > >> 1978 - Herbert A. Simon
> > > >> 1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
> > > >> 1985 - Franco Modigliani
> > > >> 1987 - Robert M. Solow
> > > >> 1990 - Harry Markowitz
> > > >> 1990 - Merton Miller
> > > >> 1992 - Gary Becker
> > > >> 1993 - Robert Fogel
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Medicine
> > > >>
> > > >> 1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
> > > >> 1908 - Paul Erlich
> > > >> 1914 - Robert Barany
> > > >> 1922 - Otto Meyerhof
> > > >> 1930 - Karl Landsteiner
> > > >> 1931 - Otto Warburg
> > > >> 1936 - Otto Loewi
> > > >> 1944 - Joseph Erlanger
> > > >> 1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
> > > >> 1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
> > > >> 1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
> > > >> 1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
> > > >> 1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman
> > > >> 1953 - Hans Krebs
> > > >> 1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
> > > >> 1958 - Joshua Lederberg
> > > >> 1959 - Arthur Kornberg
> > > >> 1964 - Konrad Bloch
> > > >> 1965 - Francois Jacob
> > > >> 1965 - Andre Lwoff
> > > >> 1967 - George Wald
> > > >> 1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
> > > >> 1969 - Salvador Luria
> > > >> 1970 - Julius Axelrod
> > > >> 1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
> > > >> 1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
> > > >> 1975 - David Baltimore
> > > >> 1975 - Howard Martin Temin
> > > >> 1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
> > > >> 1977 - Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
> > > >> 1978 - Daniel Nathans
> > > >> 1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
> > > >> 1984 - Cesar Milstein
> > > >> 1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
> > > >> 1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
> > > >> 1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
> > > >> 1988 - Gertrude Elion
> > > >> 1989 - Harold Varmus
> > > >> 1991 - Erwin Neher
> > > >> 1991 - Bert Sakmann
> > > >> 1993 - Richard J. Roberts
> > > >> 1993 - Phillip Sharp
> > > >> 1994 - Alfred Gilman
> > > >> 1995 - Edward B. Lewis
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Physics
> > > >>
> > > >> 1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson
> > > >> 1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
> > > >> 1921 - Albert Einstein
> > > >> 1922 - Niels Bohr
> > > >> 1925 - James Franck
> > > >> 1925 - Gustav Hertz
> > > >> 1943 - Gustav Stern
> > > >> 1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
> > > >> 1952 - Felix Bloch
> > > >> 1954 - Max Born
> > > >> 1958 - Igor Tamm
> > > >> 1959 - Emilio Segre
> > > >> 1960 - Donald A. Glaser
> > > >> 1961 - Robert Hofstadter
> > > >> 1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
> > > >> 1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
> > > >> 1965 - Julian Schwinger
> > > >> 1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
> > > >> 1971 - Dennis Gabor
> > > >> 1973 - Brian David Josephson
> > > >> 1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
> > > >> 1976 - Burton Richter
> > > >> 1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
> > > >> 1978 - Peter L Kapitza
> > > >> 1979 - Stephen Weinberg
> > > >> 1979 - Sheldon Glashow
> > > >> 1988 - Leon Lederman
> > > >> 1988 - Melvin Schwartz
> > > >> 1988 - Jack Steinberger
> > > >> 1990 - Jerome Friedman
> > > >> 1995 - Martin Perl
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Someone just sent me a calculation to reflect what the proportionately
> equivalent
> American casualty numbers would be based on the Israeli numbers:
>
> 21,700 equivalent Americans killed
> 178,000 wounded.
>
> I wonder how the Americans would react if they sustained such casualties.
> The population figs for U.S. and Israel (Israel's 2001 figs. 6.46 million
> (includes the 15.2% Muslims)) and U.S., 285 (284.8) million
> as of July 1, 2001, growing at 1.2% per year).
>
> Equivalent figs in U.S. would be 21,709 killed and 178,032 injured.
>
> Actual figures in Israel:
> 3,749 injured and 458 killed - Israeli Casualties 29 September 2000
> through 11 April 2002
> Injured: 2,624 Civilians + 1,125 Security Forces = 3,749 Total Israeli
> Injured
> Killed: 308 Civilians + 150 Security Forces = 458 Total Israeli Killed
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By WILLIAM SAFIRE


Most of the leaders of the Democratic Party and its liberal media voices distanced themselves from Israel in the midst of its defense against Arafat's war. Their echo-chambered furor caused George W. Bush to waver tempora
rily, but an outcry of moral dismay from Republicans stiffened his administration's spine.

Too partisan a reading? Consider: As the Palestinian murder of Jewish civilians exploded, Democrats blamed Bush for having been "disengaged." This charge of "noninvolvement" had one plain meaning: Bush should have continu
ed the failed policy of Bill Clinton, pressuring Israel's newly elected leader to offer again the dangerous concessions of Camp David and Taba.

The Democrats' line was laid down by Clinton himself. He told Reuters on April 10 that U.S. "involvement" was indispensable, that he was "thrilled" by the dispatch of Colin Powell to negotiate. He took the Palestinian sid
e that "there cannot be a cease-fire without a withdrawal" and equated Arafat and Ariel Sharon as "bull-headed."

Democrat Tom Daschle, Senate majority leader, then blocked a bipartisan resolution by Senators Mitch McConnell and Dianne Feinstein to designate the P.L.O. as a terrorist group. "Counterproductive," said Daschle, preferri
ng to send his Democratic whip, Harry Reid, to repeat the mantra that Bush "should have been involved in this much earlier."

Democrat Joe Biden then refused to allow Bibi Netanyahu to appear before Senate Foreign Relations. The former prime minister's purpose was to call attention to Sharon's acceptance of — and Arafat's rejection of — the U.S.
proposal for a cease-fire that would have saved hundreds of civilian lives.

"Totally inappropriate," decreed Biden, forcing his fellow Democrat Joe Lieberman and Republican Jon Kyl (denounced as a "sicko" by the chief U.S. Arab lobbyist) to provide a less prestigious forum to get Israel's message
across.

Lieberman, as he famously did in another moral matter a few years ago, went against the Democratic leadership. He said Bush's call to stop the counterattack "muddled our moral clarity" in the war against terror.

This emboldened other presidential candidates, Senator John Kerry and Representative Richard Gephardt, to speak out against the liberals' crusade to force Israel to abort its clean-out of terrorist nests. New York's senio
r senator, Charles Schumer, had been blasting the hypocrisy of blaming Sharon for responding as Bush did to terrorist outrage, while the junior senator's office ritually co-signed a note and put out a release.

But not Al Gore, titular leader of the Democratic Party. Gore re-entered the political fray in Florida with a harangue about lockboxes and global warming — and not a word about Topic A. Gee, Al used to be an outspoken sup
porter of Israel.

In refusing to take a stand, Gore avoided the ridicule of liberal pundits. From Mary McGrory in
The Washington Post to Mark Shields on CNN, a falafel curtain has descended across our
continent, transmogrifying the Arab aggressor into the victim. ABC-Disney leads that parade, as
the BBC vies with Al Jazeera to inflame the European street. Pro-Palestinian journalists gain
cover from Israel's dovish Haaretz, but such dissent is a democracy's strength; if a Ramallah
paper criticized Arafat, the editor's body would be dragged through the streets as a
"collaborator."

Contrariwise, what voices were first to blow the whistle on Bush's misbegotten need to placate
the shaky regimes in Egypt and Jordan? Conservative commentators, of course. The editorials of
The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times; the columns of Charles Krauthammer,
George Will, John Leo, Bill Kristol, Michael Kelly and other right thinkers in what the left still
calls "the vast conspiracy" — all were well ahead of late-arriving Lieberman and his tiny band of
principled Democrats.

We are accompanied in support of embattled Israel, as Tish Durkin notes in the current National
Journal, by the much-maligned ******ian right, to which Menachem Begin wisely reached out.
These voters are an active part of the Republican base.

Here is the political paradox in all this: Eight out of ten American voters who are Jewish have
been voting for candidates of a Democratic Party that now only tepidly supports the government
overwhelmingly chosen by Israelis. Though foreign policy is not always decisive, perhaps that 80
percent should think again.
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The time has come to send your message to the New York Times

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!!


Over the past 18 months The New York Times has been engaging in unprecedented bias Anti-Israeli reporting. Examples of this is well documented in numerous publications and web sites. (See www.honestreporting.com and www.smartertimes.com ) Their news articles ( and when there is no news, their editorial commentaries and "human interest stories" ) serve as a daily assault on public opinion with an agenda to create pro Palestinian and anti-Israeli sentiments. The reality of this campaign is that the fine line between anti-Israel and anti-Semitism has been breached. The New York Times is treading on very dangerous ground.

Therefore, May 1, 2002 is being designated as "Cancel Your Subscription to the New York Times Day". Our goal is for the NYT to receive 100,000 calls canceling subscriptions. This will send a strong, powerful and potent message that we will not stand silent in the face of reporting by the likes of James Bennet and C.J. Chivers. These cancellations will also have significant financial ramifications as NYT advertising revenues are based on circulation.

This drive is being supported and encouraged by a multitude of Jewish and ******ian organizations, political figures, community leaders, schools and Synagogues.

On May 1st, call 1-800-6397 (1-800-NYTIMES) and tell them the following: " I am calling to cancel my subscription to the New York Times due to your bias anti Israel Reporting. We demand the replacement of your current Middle East reporting staff with writers who will report truthfully and fairly"

Will this help? A similar campaign was conducted last year which resulted in the removal of Debra Sontag, a virulent anti-Israel reporter, as the NYT correspondent to the Middle East.

We ask that you maintain your cancellation for as long as possible, but in no event for less than 30 days.

Please forward this letter to as many individuals and organizations as possible. Thank you for your participation in this most powerful and effective campaign.
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Quite an amazing letter by Se. McCain's brother


Subject: Joe McCain (Senator McCain's brother)
Date: 04/11/2002 9:34:09 AM Pacific Daylight Time

"NEVER AGAIN"
There is a lot of worry popping up in the media just now -- "Can Israel
Survive?"

Don't worry about it.

It relates to something that Palestinians, the Arabs, and perhaps most
Americans don't realize -- the Jews are never going quietly again.
Never.

And if the world doesn't come to understand that millions of Arabs are
going to die. It's as simple as that.

Throughout the history of the world, the most abused, kicked-around race
of people have been the Jews. Not just the holocaust of World War II,
but for thousands of years. They have truly been "The Chosen People" in
a terrible and tragic sense.

The Bible story of Egypt's enslavement of the Jews is not just a story,
it is history, if festooned with theological legend and heroic epics.

In 70 A.D. the Romans, which had for a long time tolerated the Jews
--even admired them as 'superior' to other vassals -- tired of their
truculent demands for independence and decided on an early "Solution" to
the Jewish problem. Jerusalem was sacked and reduced to near rubble,
Jewish resistance was pursued and crushed by the implacable Roman War
Machine -- see 'Masada'. And thus began The Diaspora, the dispersal of
Jews throughout the rest of the world.

Their homeland destroyed, their culture crushed, they looked desperately
for the few niches in a hostile world where they could be safe.
That safety was fragile, and often subject to the whims of moody hosts.
The words 'pogrom', 'ghetto', and 'anti-Semitism' come from this
treatment of the first mono-theistic people.

Throughout Europe changing times meant sometimes tolerance, sometimes
even warmth for the Jews, but eventually it meant hostility, then
malevolence.

There is not a country in Europe or Western Asia that at one time or
another has not decided to lash out against the children of Moses,
sometimes by whim, sometimes by manipulation.

Winston Churchill calls Edward I one of England's very greatest kings.
It was under his rule in the late 1200's that Wales and Cornwall were
hammered into the British crown, and Scotland and Ireland were invaded
and occupied. He was also the first European monarch to set up a really
effective administrative bureaucracy, surveyed and censused his kingdom,
established laws and political divisions.
But he also embraced the Jews. Actually Edward didn't embrace Jews so
much as he embraced their money.

For the English Jews had acquired wealth -- understandable, because this
people that could not own land or office, could not join most of the
trades and professions, soon found out that money was a very good thing
to accumulate. Much harder to take away than land or a store, was a
hidden sock of gold and silver coins.

Ever resourceful, Edward found a way -- he borrowed money from the Jews
to finance imperial ambitions in Europe, especially France. The loans
were almost certainly not made gladly, but how do you refuse your King?
Especially when he is 'Edward the Hammer'.

Then, rather than pay back the debt, Edward simply expelled the Jews.
Edward was especially inventive -- he did this twice. After a time, he
invited the Jews back to their English homeland, borrowed more money,
then expelled them again.

Most people do not know that Spain was one of the early entrants into
The
Renaissance. People from all over the world came to Spain in the late
medieval period. All were welcome -- Arabs, Jews, other Europeans. The
University of Salamanca was one of the great centers of learning in the
world -- scholars of all nations, all fields came to Salamanca to share
their knowledge and their ideas.

But in 1492, Ferdinand and Isabella, having driven the last of Moors
from the Spanish Shield, were persuaded by the righteous fundamentalists
of the time to announce "The Act of Purification". A series of steps
were taken in which all Jews and Arabs and other non-******ians were
expelled from the country, or would face the tools and the torches of
The Inquisition. From this 'cleansing' come the Sephardic Jews --- as
opposed to the Ashkenazis or Eastern Europe.

In Eastern Europe, the sporadic violence and brutality against Jews are
common knowledge. 'Fiddler' without the music and the folksy humor. At
times of fury, no accommodation by the Jew was good enough, no profile
low enough, no village poor enough or distant enough.

>From these come the near-steady flow of Jews to the United States. And
despite the disdain of the Jews by most 'American' Americans they came
to grab the American Dream with both hands, and contributed everything
from new ideas of enterprise in retail and entertainment to becoming
some of our finest physicians and lawyers. The modern United States, in
spite of itself, IS The United States in part because of its Jewish
blood.

Then the Nazi Holocaust -- the corralling, sorting, orderly eradication
of millions of the people of Moses. Not something that other realms in
other times didn't try to do, by the way, the Germans were just more
organized and had better murder technology.

I stood in the center of Dachau for an entire day, about 15 years ago,
trying to comprehend how this could have happened. I had gone there on a
side trip from Munich, vaguely curious about this Dachau. I soon became
engulfed in the enormity of what had occurred there nestled in this
middle and working class neighborhood.

How could human beings do this to other human beings, hear their cries,
their pleas, their terror, their pain, and continue without apparently
even wincing?

I no longer wonder. At some times, some places, ANY sect of the human
race is capable of horrors against their fellow man, whether a member of
the Waffen SS, a Serbian sniper, a Turkish policeman in 1920's Armenia,
a Mississippi Klansman.

Because even in the United States not all was a Rose Garden. For a long
time Jews had quotas in our universities and graduate schools. Only so
many Jews could be in a medical or law school at one time. Jews were
disparaged widely. I remember as a kid Jewish jokes told without a wince
-- "Why do Jews have such big noses?"

Well, now the Jews have a homeland again. A place that is theirs.
And that's the point. It doesn't matter how many times the United States
and European powers try to rein in Israel, if it comes down to survival
of its nation, its people, they will fight like no lioness has ever
fought to save her cubs. They will fight with a ferocity, a
determination, and a skill, that will astound us.

And many will die, mostly their attackers, I believe. If there were a
macabre historical betting parlor, my money would be on the Israelis to
be standing at the end. As we killed the kamikazes and the Wehrmacht
soldaten of World War II, so will the Israelis kill their suicidal
attackers, until there are not enough to torment them.

The irony goes unnoticed -- while we are hammering away to punish those
who
brought the horrors of last September here, we restrain the Israelis
from the same retaliation. Not the same thing, of course -- We are We
Šthey are they.

While we mourn and seethe at September 11th, we don't notice that Israel
has a September 11th sometimes every day.

We may not notice, but it doesn't make any difference.
And it doesn't make any difference whether you are pro-Israeli or you
think Israel is the bully of the Middle East.

If it comes to where a new holocaust looms -- with or without the
concurrence of the United States and Europe -- Israel will lash out
without pause or restraint at those who would try to annihilate their
country.

The Jews will not go quietly again.

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> "If the Passover Story Were Reported by The New York Times or CNN"
> by Daniel P. Waxman
>
> The cycle of violence between the Jews and the Egyptians continues with no
> end in sight in Egypt. After eight previous plagues that have destroyed
the
> Egyptian infrastructure and disrupted the lives of ordinary Egyptian
> citizens, the Jews launched a new offensive this week in the form of the
> plague of darkness.
>
> Western journalists were particularly enraged by this plague. "It is
simply
> impossible to report when you can't see an inch in front of you,"
complained
> a frustrated Andrea Koppel of CNN. "I have heard from my reliable
Egyptian
> contacts that in the midst of the blanket of blackness, the Jews were
> annihilating thousands of Egyptians. Their word is solid enough evidence
> for me."
>
> While the Jews contend that the plagues are justified given the harsh
> slavery imposed upon them by the Egyptians, Pharaoh, the Egyptian leader,
> rebuts this claim. "If only the plagues would let up, there would be no
> slavery. We just want to live plague-free. It is the right of every
> society."
>
> Saeb Erekat, an Egyptian spokesperson, complains that slavery is
justifiable
> given the Jews' superior weaponry supplied to them by the superpower God.
>
> The Europeans are particularly enraged by the latest Jewish offensive.
"The
> Jewish aggression must cease if there is to be peace in the region. The
Jews
> should go back to slavery for the good of the rest of the world," stated
an
> angry French President Jacques Chirac.
>
> Even several Jews agree. Adam Shapiro, a Jew, has barricaded himself
within
> Pharaoh's chambers to protect Pharaoh from what is feared will be the next
> plague, the death of the firstborn. Mr. Shapiro claims that while
slavery
> is not necessarily a good thing, it is the product of the plagues and when
> the plagues end, so will the slavery. "The Jews have gone too far with
> plagues such as locusts and epidemic which have virtually destroyed the
> Egyptian economy," Mr. Shapiro laments. "The Egyptians are really a very
> nice people and Pharaoh is kind of huggable once you get to know him,"
> gushes Shapiro.
>
> The United States is demanding that Moses and Aaron, the Jewish leaders,
> continue to negotiate with Pharaoh. While Moses points out that Pharaoh
had
> made promise after promise to free the Jewish people only to immediately
> break them and thereafter impose harsher and harsher slavery, Richard
> Boucher of the State Department assails the latest offensive. "Pharaoh is
> not in complete control of the taskmasters," Mr. Boucher states. "The
Jews
> must return to the negotiating table and will accomplish nothing through
> these plagues."
>
> The latest round of violence comes in the face of a bold new Saudi peace
> overture. If only the Jews will give up their language, change their
names
> to Egyptian names and cease having male children, the Arab nations will
> incline toward peace with them, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah declared.
>
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Jerusalem, 09.04.2002
>
>
> The fall of George W. Bush?
>
>
>
> You began so well, praying in the Washington DC Cathedral with all your
> people, seeking the favour God - the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - in
> your Nation's fight against the terrifying scourge of terror. You set out
> with courage and great determination to root out this terror, announcing
> that the war would be long and hard, and not necessarily confined to
> Afghanistan.
>
> And now you, who gave the world such a shining example of moral
> determination, are telling your most faithful and trusted ally in the
whole
> world - the tiny nation of Israel that has suffered more from the scourge
of
> terror than any other Nation on earth - that they should not take "as much
> time as it takes" to deal with this violence that has ravaged this country
> and people for decades.
>
> How can you not see the preposterousness of this hypocrisy? How can your
> spokesmen and government ministers have anything but deep understanding
for
> Israel's painstaking military campaign against terror so close to their
> cities, a campaign that up to this point has caused far less civilian
> casualties than your air force's ruthless months-long bombing in
> Afghanistan? I am not criticising you for having dealt with terror
> forcefully when you and your people suffered the consequences of it; what
I
> am appalled at is your double standard in relation to your ally Israel, a
> double standard many of your courageous senators and congressmen have also
> recently spoken out against in deep concern.
>
> Now I want to come to you with a warning in the name of the same God of
> Israel, the Lord Who, in His mercy and favour as He promised in His word,
> has brought His people back to His land that He promised them "as an
> everlasting possession":
>
> Mr. President, if you continue on this hypocritical way, forcing Israel
to
> stop her fight against terror whereas you allowed your army all the time
it
> needed to finish the job, then from this day onwards - unless you turn
from
> this ungodly way - your presidency will bear the mark of Cain in relation
to
> God's people that has been so battered and bloodied by the same terror you
> promised before God to fight with all your might.
>
> May God forgive you for thus sinning against His people, the apple of
His
> eye, against your presidency, and against your own nation's security, for
if
> you continue on this disastrous road it will surely bring God's
retributive
> response.
>
> May this not have to happen, I pray.
>
>
>
> Jan Willem van der Hoeven
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Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I fill-up the tank, I am sending my money to people who are trying to kill me, my family, and my friends. I thought it might be interesting for you to know which oil companies are the best to buy gas from.
Major companies that import Middle Eastern oil (for the period 9/1/00 -8/31/01).
Shell 205,742,000 barrels
Chevron/Texaco 144,332,000
Exxon/Mobil 130,082,000
Marathon 117,740,000
Amoco 62,231,000

If you do the math at $30/barrel, these imports amount to over $18 BILLION!

Here are some large companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil:

Citgo 0 barrels
Sunoco 0
Conoco 0
Sinclair 0
BP/Phillips 0


All of this information is available from the Department of Energy and can be easily documented. Refineries located in the U.S. are required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing. They report on a monthly basis. Keep this list in your car; share it with friends. Stop paying for terrorism
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Thanks Jude and BLewbavitch for these excellent articles! It's great, especially when most of the media is so anti-Israel (and all think they are so PRO-Israel ...)

Incidentally, in the JP there's an absolutely beautiful letter to President Bush, on the center page. The only problem is that I don't know how to access it online, and cannot type it all out. But I do invite you all to feel free to check it out, it's really poignant.
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With all the anti-Israel media propaganda out there, it is refreshing to read some articles that are, for once, pro-us!

A little to think about. Open letter to the world by Ariel Ben Attar, an Israeli
Dear World, I
understand that you are upset by us, here in Israel. Indeed, it appears
that you are quite upset, even angry. (Outraged?) Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset by us. Today, it is the "brutal
repression of the Palestinians"; yesterday it was Lebanon; before
that it was the bombing of the nuclear reactor in Baghdad and the
Yom Kippur War and the Sinai campaign. It appears that Jews who
triumph and who, therefore, live, upset you most extraordinarily.
Of course, dear world, long before there was an Israel, we -
the Jewish people - upset you. We upset a German people who elected
****** and upset an Austrian people who cheered his entry into
Vienna and we upset a whole slew of Slavic nations - Poles, Slovaks,
Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Russians, Hungarians and Romanians. And
we go back a long, long way in the history of world upset. We
upset the Cossacks of Chmielnicki who massacred tens of thousands of
us in 1648-49; we upset the Crusaders who, on their way to liberate
the Holy Land, were so upset at Jews that they slaughtered untold
numbers of us.For centuries, we upset a Roman Catholic Church
that did its best to define our relationship through inquisitions,
and we upset the arch-enemy of the church, Martin Luther, who, in his
call to burn the synagogues and the Jews within them, showed an
admirable ******ian ecumenical spirit. And it is because we became so
upset over upsetting you, dear world, that we decided to leave you
- in a manner of speaking - and establish a Jewish state. The
reasoning was that living in close contact with you, as
resident-strangers in the various countries that comprise you, we
upset you, irritate you and disturb you. What better notion, then,
than to leave you and thus love you - and have you love us? And so we
decided to come home - to the same homeland from which we were driven
out 1,900 years earlier by a Roman world that, apparently, we also
upset. Alas, dear world, it appears that you are hard to please.
Having left you and your pogroms and inquisitions and crusades and
holocausts, having taken our leave of the general world to live
alone in our own little state, we continue to upset you. You are upset
that we repress the poor Palestinians.You are deeply angered
over the fact that we do not give up the lands of 1967, which are
clearly the obstacle to peace in the Middle East. Moscow is upset
and Washington is upset. The "radical" Arabs are upset and the gentle
Egyptian moderates are upset. Well, dear world, consider
the reaction of a normal Jew from Israel. In 1920 and 1921 and 1929,
there were no territories of 1967 to impede peace between Jews and
Arabs. Indeed, there was no Jewish State to upset anybody.
Nevertheless, the same oppressed and repressed Palestinians slaughtered tens of Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Safed and Hebron.
Indeed, 67 Jews were slaughtered one day in Hebron in 1929. Dear world, why did the Arabs - the Palestinians - massacre 67 Jews in one day
in 1929? Could it have been their anger over Israeli aggression in
1967? And why were 510 Jewish men, women and children slaughtered
in Arab riots between 1936-39? Was it because Arabs were upset over
1967? And when you, world, proposed a UN Partition Plan in 1947 that
would have created a "Palestinian State" alongside a tiny Israel
and the Arabs cried "no" and went to war and killed 6,000 Jews -
was that "upset" caused by the aggression of 1967? And, by the
way, dear world, why did we not hear your cry of "upset" then? The poor Palestinians who today kill Jews with explosives and firebombs
and stones are part of the same people who - when they had all the
territories they now demand be given to them for their state
-attempted to drive the Jewish state into the sea. The same twisted
faces, the same hate, the same cry of "itbach-al-yahud" (Massacre
the Jew!) that we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The
same people, the same dream - destroy Israel. What they failed to
do yesterday, they dream of today, but we should not "repress" them. Dear world, you stood by during the holocaust and you stood by in
1948 as seven states launched a war that the Arab League proudly
compared to the Mongol massacres. You stood by in 1967 as Nasser,
wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Arab capital in the world, vowed
to drive the Jews into the sea. And you would stand by tomorrow if
Israel were facing extinction. And since we know that the
Arabs-Palestinians dream daily of that extinction, we will do
everything possible to remain alive in our own land. If that
bothers you, dear world, well - think of how many times in the past
>you bothered us. In any event, dear world, if you are bothered by us,
here is one Jew in Israel who could not care less.Ariel
Ben Attar Israel
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Beseeching G-d with a Tank

Talk By Chief Rabbi Simcha Kook of Rechovot (Delivered in Teaneck, N.J.)

The eve of Yom Kippur is a busy time for Rabbis, but last Yom
Kippur I received a most inspiring question. A young soldier, an
American named Motti, called me from a town in the Gaza strip,
called N'tza'rim.
This latest Intifada had started on Rosh Hashanah, so by Yom
Kippur the fighting was quite fierce in Gaza. At first I questioned
the soldier: "You don't mean you are in N'tza'rim, you mean you
are in an army base near N'tza'rim." "No," came the reply, I am in
N'tza'rim."
I knew that there were only two ways to reach N'tza'rim; either by
Tank, or by helicopter at night.
So I asked him: "How did you get there?"
"I told my commander that it was my custom to go to the Mikvah
before Yom Kippur, and the only Mikvah around, was in the Jewish
community of N'tza'rim. So he let me use a tank."
Now came the reason for the young soldier's call:
"I am borrowing a Sefer Torah from the community synagogue to take
back to the base. And the Jews of N'tza'rim have donated enough
Tziziot, for my whole platoon.
My question is: "What kind of Yom Kippur Tefilah can I conduct?
Besides myself, there is only one other Orthodox soldier on the base.
Most of the other soldiers have, believe it or not, never attended a
Yom Kippur service in their lives."
"Don't worry," I assured him. You just conduct the service and you
instruct them to say "Amen" to your blessing and it will be as if they
were praying themselves."
Motti called me after Yom Kippur to tell me that the Tefilah turned out
to be the most incredible davening of his life:
"All the soldiers put on the Tziziot provided by the Jewish community of N'tza'rim.
They listened attentively as I lead the davening and answered "Amen"
to my blessing. I read from the Torah and my friend and I took turns being
called up to the Torah. Soon other soldiers requested to be called to
the Torah and I showed them which blessing to make. We ended
calling up no less than 20 soldiers to the Torah that day."



As you can imagine, I was greatly inspired by the courage and
determination of this young man. In fact his phone call right before
the start of Yom Kippur inspired me to deliver what was probably the
most effective sermon of my career. I spoke before a packed audience before Kol Nidrei.
I got up in front of them and I said:
"Dear friends, I want to pray to G-d. You are all invited to listen, but
I'm not talking to you. I'm talking to G-d."
"Dear G-d, there are many countries in this great world of yours which
have armies. And many of these armies have tanks. Some have many
tanks and some have fewer tanks. But G-d, is there another country in
this world that used a tank to help someone go to the Mikvah before
Yom Kippur? Is there another country that used a tank to bring a Sefer
Torah to an army base, so they could have a Minyan for Yom Kippur?
G-d, only in Your land Israel, are tanks used this way -- so you must
protect your country Israel."
Now I want all of you, here in Teaneck, who are listening to my words,
to do one thing for the Jews in Israel. Please insert in your Silent Prayer
(in the blessing of Shema Koleinu or Elokai N'tsor) a special prayer for
Yoshvei Erets Yisrael (those who dwell in the land of Israel). After the
6-Day War we Israelis thought we were invincible, but now we know
that we need your prayer. And if you pray for us we, in turn, will pray
for you.
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This 20-point list was compiled by a ******ian University Professor.

1. Nationhood and Jerusalem. Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C.E., two thousand years before the rise of Islam.

2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.

3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 B.C.E. the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.

4. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 C.E. lasted no more than 22 years.

5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.

6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.

7. King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.

8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.

9. Arab and Jewish Refugees: In 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged
to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.

10. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.

11. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is
estimated to be the same.

12. Arab refugees were INTENTIONALLY not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own peoples' lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey.

13. The Arab - Israeli Conflict: The Arabs are represented by eight separate nations, not including the Palestinians. There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended itself each time and won.

14. The PLO's Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them with weapons.

15. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and ******ian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.

16. The UN Record on Israel and the Arabs: of the 175 Security Council
resolutions passed before 1990; there were 97 directed against Israel.

17. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.

18. The UN was silent while 58 Jerusalem Synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians.

19. The UN was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.

20. The UN was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
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> Never Prouder to be an Israeli and a Jew
> Naomi Ragen
>
> I was walking down the street in Jerusalem the other day when it suddenly
> occurred to me in the way those obvious thoughts just pop into one’s head
> out of nowhere, that never, in all my life, have I felt more proud to be
an Israeli and to be a Jew.
>
> This might sound ironic coming at such a time; a time when the world is
> frothing at the mouth, flinging every vile name at the Jewish people and
the land of Israel, accusing us of crimes they perfected sixty years ago, and
> terminology that they—those wise, cultured Europeans -- invented because
no terms existed in the history of mankind for the barbarity they inflicted
on the Jewish people. Holocaust. Concentration Camps. Mass Murder. Nazis.
> And now, they think they can somehow wipe off their guilt by throwing
those terms at the survivors of their brutality and their children.
>
> I was walking down the street, and I thought about the Church of the
> Nativity, and the old priest who was holding the sheet painted in red with
> the words :”Help Us” on it. And the way our soldiers took him out and put
> their arms around him. And the way this old priest faced the cameras and
> said, with tears in his eyes: “Thank you. They’ve stolen everything. Our
> crosses. Everything. Thank you for helping me.”
>
> We saw it on Israeli television. I thought about the fifty children that
> are being held hostage in the Church of the Nativity and about the silence
> of the Pope, busy dealing with pedophiles, too busy to worry about
> condemning Muslim terrorists who invade ******ianity’s holiest shrine and
> hold priests and children hostage. And about the Israeli soldier that was
> critically wounded just yesterday by a terrorist hiding in the church,
> hiding behind those children, that have no food, and little water. A
soldier who didn’t want to tear gas the place, or shoot back.
>
> I thought about other soldiers in the Israeli army which insisted on going
> from booby-trapped house to booby trapped house in the terrorist
stronghold Jenin they jokingly call a “refugee camp.” Home to suicide bombers and
bomb belt factories. They wouldn’t bomb those houses, and we lost 23 precious
> sons. Because we didn’t want to kill innocent people – if there were any
in such a place. Hard to imagine.
>
> I thought about the Muslims in Sudan who kidnap ******ian little girls
(New York Times, April 23, 2002)and enslave them, beating and raping and
selling them as wives to old men. And I thought about Muslims in Saudi Arabia
> holding telethons to raise money in the billions for suicide bombers who
> will go on an indiscriminate murder spree all over the world. And I
thought about the IDF army spokeswoman who described the army’s efforts to get
food and medicine to the refugee camps, and how they can get the food inside,
but that the Palestinian Authority isn't making any effort at all to
distribute it because they are still engaged in planning terror attacks from Arafat's
> compound, to which Europeans in well-cut suits arrive by the busload daily
> to pay the mass murderer and war criminal their respects. I suppose,
given Europe's history, they feel right at home there.
>
> Jews don’t burn mosques, or Churches. We don’t target children, or old
> women. We, despite all that was done to us, and all the hatred we
receive, continue to be compassionate, to value justice, and human life. We
continue to teach our children to value life, and love other people, and strive
> towards peace. Our children don't throw stones at Arabs. We don't burn
the flags of other countries. We don't refuse to do business with the anti
> Semites in France, and the Nazi sympathizers in Belgium. Maybe we should,
> but we don't. We judge each man on his merits, not his nationality or
> religion. And despite the fact that an Arab tried to kill me and my
husband and children only a few weeks ago, I don't hate Arabs. Just terrorists
and their supporters.
>
> The other peoples of the world have always seemed better off, stronger,
more numerous. They live in lands that stretch out endlessly, and have
treasures of oil, iron, gold in their hills, and lush forests and abundant rainfalls
> and beautiful rivers. But I have never been prouder to say those words
in the prayerbook: “Thank you God, for not making us like all the other
> nations of the world, all the other families on the earth.” For they don’
t have a clue how to cherish what they’ve been given. How to share it with
> their own people and with others. And we, in our little, tiny, desert
land, care deeply about those among us who are hungry and poor. We don’t waste
> water, and we eat our fruits with a blessing. We glory in the beauty of
our tiny Lake Kinneret, and walk along our Mediterranean shore on a summer’s
> afternoon with joyful hearts as we watch the sun set, our minds empty of
> hatred and plans for killing. Our minds on our family’s well-being and
the future, a better future for all mankind when they recognize that all the
> Earth belongs to God, and no one has a God-given right to kill others
> because they want something they don't have. And that to kill someone who
> is trying to kill you is a good deed, not an immoral act.
>
> Yes, Mr. Kofi Anan. The whole world can be wrong and the Jews right..
> Whether they are ignorant tribesmen spewing hate in tents, or
sophisticated newsmen, spewing their hatred and prejudice through sophisticated cable networks and outer space satellites.
>
> All those who join with us and bless us now, at this time, will be
blessed.
> And all those who join our enemies, now, at this time, will be cursed.
>
> I’ll bet my life on it.
>
> Thank you God, for making me a Jew, and teaching me your Laws, at this
time, and in this place, when so many all over the world have lost their moral
> bearings and have sunk so low. Thank you for keeping Your promise to
> Abraham, for bringing me, his descendant, back here thousands of years
> later. I will try to be worthy of being a Jew, to be worthy of all the
good you've showered on me and the Jewish people by giving us back our
homeland, and helping us to defeat our enemies, the enemies of all good people
> everywhere.
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"The whole world can't be wrong." - Kofi Annan


By Jan Willem van der Hoeven
Director, International ******ian Zionist Center

Jerusalem - April 21, 2002

In an impassioned plea for the international community to send armed foreign forces into Israel, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan urged the Security Council to support his call, saying, "The whole world can't be wrong."

Really, Mr Secretary-General?

A. The whole world was wrong when it criticized Israel's destruction of the dangerous weapons of mass destruction in the hands of the Butcher of Baghdad, Saddam Hussein, when Israel's air force destroyed his nuclear plant at Osirak with pinprick precision.

B. The whole world was wrong when it accepted, sheep-like, that an unrepentant arch-terrorist and murderer of, among others, his own people, received the Nobel Prize for Peace in Oslo to world acclaim.

C. The whole world was wrong again when, together with its politicians and commentators, it chose to believe that the handshakes on the White House lawn in 1993 would bring peace to the Middle East.

Hardly anyone then saw that, for Arafat, Oslo was just a clever PR ploy to deceive the whole world regarding his unaltered intentions. In this the PLO chief emulated ****** who, with his handshake with Chamberlain, was able to receive the world, especially Europe. Also back in the late 1930s, as in 1993 after Arafat's White House handshake, the journalists exclaimed in chorus: "Tremendous breakthrough." "Peace in our time."

How wrong can the whole world be, Mr Annan?

D. When you now send a UN committee of investigation into what occurred in one of the most vicious terror supporting Palestinian centers - the refugee camp near Jenin from which proportionately more gruesome terrorist acts were perpetrated against Israel than from any other city in the West Bank - and you will find no evidence of a massacre committed by the Israel Defense Forces - then again you will prove that the whole world can be and often is mis-directed in its famed pursuit of justice.

E. Mr Kofi Anan, you are an African, and you know that the real inhuman massacres are happening right there in Africa, among other places in the Sudan, where thousands upon thousands of southern Sudanese ******ians have been gruesomely massacred, tortured, enslaved and sexually abused by the Taliban-and Al-Qaeda-friendly masters of Khartoum!

What has the world, now led by an African Secretary-General, done to prevent further torture and massacres of these poor southern Sudanese people? And you say, again, the whole world can't be wrong? It is wrong, and unjust, nearly all the time!

Do I need to add all the other real massacres that have taken place in this world in Africa and elsewhere, where the world you are heading never dispatched a committee of investigation?

How can it? This world has crowned Syria, which massacred more than 20,000 of its own people in Hama, with a seat on the Security Council which now sends a committee, not to Hama – of course not - no, to Jenin!
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Unread 04-28-2002, 08:58 PM   #20
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Using the Sacred as a Political Tool
> >B. F. Spears, Jr. (pastor in Fort Worth, Texas)
> >12 April 2002
> >
> >Yasser Arafat got on his cellular phone Thursday and told an Egyptian
group
> >meeting in a church in Cairo, "The (Israeli) occupation is going beyond
> >limits, not only against... our children, our women... (but) against our
> >******ian and Muslim sanctuaries." He continued, "The aggression that
> >continues today against the Church of the Nativity... is a crime... We
will
> >continue to defend these churches regardless of anybody."
> >
> >What a great guy. As a ******ian pastor, I take great comfort in knowing
> >that Yasser is watching out for my interests over there.
> >
> >Yasser Arafat is one of the world´s greatest geniuses at what I like to
> call
> >"political multi-tasking." This is when you´re able to accomplish two -
> >seemingly incompatible - political goals at the same time. For instance,
> you
> >make a vicious attack on an enemy, but your enemy gets a black eye for
> being
> >the aggressor. How does it work?
> >
> >Arafat sends waves of suicide bombers at a democratic, open society,
> moaning
> >all the while that he really wants peace and that we could have it if
> Israel
> >would just stop their aggression. He attacks, but accuses Israel of being
> >the villain. He wins both ways. Political multi-tasking.
> >
> >Now that Israel has refused to be handcuffed by world opinion and is
moving
> >strongly against the PA, Arafat´s people have to hide somewhere. So what
> >better place for his thugs to crawl into than a world-famous ******ian
> >church in Bethlehem? In the most cynical vein imaginable, terrorists hide
> >but in a site sacred to the world´s ******ians with full confidence that
> >Israel will respect the sanctity of the spot (even while the terrorists
> >don´t). Then Arafat trumpets to the world that Israel is committing
> >"...aggression... against the Church of the Nativity...," that it "is a
> >crime..." and "We will continue to defend these churches regardless of
> >anybody."
> >
> >Arafat cynically uses a sacred spot as a hideout for murderers, then
> >declares that Israel is trying to destroy the church. He gets a hideout
and
> >Israel gets the international black eye. Arafat wins both ways. Political
> >multi-tasking. Watch for it. He does it all the time. The really tragic
> part is that much of the world actually believes it.
> >
> >The situation in Bethlehem is causing all kinds of people to find
> >religion.For example, the Egyptians, who, as mentioned above, hosted the
> >church meeting that was addressed by the PLO leader. According to AP
> >reports, what took place on Thursday at the Abbassiya Cathedral in Cairo
> was
> >"the first political forum convened in an Egyptian church since 1919."
> >Muslim-dominated Egypt may be tough on ******ians, but that won't stand
in
> >the way of a public relations coup. Five thousand gathered to hear Yasser
> >Arafat lambasting Israel.
> >
> >The incident does make for a great picture of his character. Remember,
> >Arafat has a vested interest in Bethlehem - poor Yasser didn´t get to go
to
> >Bethlehem for ******mas. He was quoted as saying that the Israelis were
> >keeping him from fulfilling his "duty to God." The poor guy was so eager
to
> >get to Bethlehem´s Midnight Mass that he was ready to go "even on foot ."
> >Hey, I´m just a Texan, but I never knew that ******mas was that big a
> Muslim
> >holiday. Go figure. Is it remotely possible that Mr. PR himself was using
a
> >religious holiday as a tool to get some good publicity? Surely he´s not
> that
> >cynical.
> >
> >As long as Arafat is so concerned about the poor ******ians in Bethlehem
> and
> >their church, wouldn´t it be reasonable to ask how they´re faring?
> Published
> >reports have said that Bethlehem´s Arab ******ians dwindled from 60% of
the
> >population in 1990 to 20% in 1998. Notice that the ******ians fled while
> the
> >PA was overseeing the town. When I was in Jerusalem in January, a
> Protestant
> >leader told me it would be a surprise if the ******ian population were
even
> >3% by now, because of severe persecution by the Palestinians. In nearby
> Beit
> >Jala, ******ians were the town´s majority when the Palestinians took
over.
> >We´re now told that more ******ians from Beit Jalla live in South America
> >than remain in Beit Jala itself. Maybe they just couldn´t stand all that
> >wonderful "protection" from Arafat and his friends.
> >
> >Remember Beit Jala? That's where Palestinian terrorists would sneak into
> the
> >town to fire at Gilo across the valley. The gunmen loved to station
> >themselves as close to the ******ian sites as possible. After all, if the
> >IDF missed their target and hit a church, it´s a PR bonanza. The
> >Palestinians intentionally try to murder innocent civilians in Gilo, but
it
> >would be the Israelis who would be said to have ruthlessly attacked a
> >******ian church, getting the bad publicity. Political multi-tasking.
> >
> >Beit Jalla, too, forms a picture of Arafat´s character. Any religious
> >symbol, anything that is precious to others, no matter how sacred, is
just
> >another weapon in Arafat´s hand. A world famous church? Hide murderers
> >inside and accuse Israel of trying to destroy it. A church in Egypt? Use
it
> >as a public relations prop. A church in Beit Jala? Shoot Jews from behind
> it
> >and then hope the IDF hits it by mistake.
> >
> >I hear so many people say that if we get rid of Arafat, he´ll just be
> >replaced by someone else just as bad or worse. Yet what is Arafat´s real
> >talent? He´s a master of public relations. He sends the bombers and comes
> >out looking like the victim. It´s amazing. Is there another Palestinian
> >leader who has the international respect (painful, but it´s true) and the
> >worldwide political contacts that Arafat has? How many Palestinian
leaders
> >have a Nobel peace prize in the trophy case? His Rolodex alone would be
an
> >international politician´s dream.
> >
> >For 38 years, Arafat has presided over an increasingly shaky coalition of
> >terrorist groups. These factions have had one common denominator - a
> >commitment to the destruction of Israel. Yet what really presents a
danger
> >to Israel is Arafat´s ability to cynically and brilliantly manipulate
world
> >opinion. Is it working? So well that a significant percentage of the
world
> >believes Arafat is in the right and the Palestinians are victims. So well
> >that, because of the pressure of that world opinion, Israel didn´t dare
to
> >act forcefully to protect its own people until two weeks ago.
> >
> >It´s time for Arafat to go.
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Unread 05-01-2002, 12:10 PM   #21
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Subject: John Walsh on Larry King



John Walsh, host of "America's Most Wanted", was on Larry King on April 22nd, 2002.
Check out what he had to say:

WALSH: ... I would do a whole show about Yasser Arafat because when I
was in the Persian Gulf right after 9/11. I was the only guy allowed at
Ground Zero. You and I talked about it -- the FBI and NYPD took me down
there and I did a two hour show. No other media was allowed down there.

After that I went to the Persian Gulf to try to catch one of bin Laden's
money men. I saw what goes on over there and what Yasser Arafat was
saying on television. I had an interpreter. I had a bodyguard that was
provided by the sheik of dubai. I would watch Arafat and I would watch
him on Al Jazeera, and I would watch him on Egyptian TV.

He'd say one thing to CNN and act like a victim and the Israelis are doing
this. Meanwhile, he's sending suicide bombers -- if those bombers were
going into Nate and Al's in Beverly Hills and Starbucks and blowing up
your mother or your wife or your children, you would be after Arafat. But
he turned right around on Al Jazeera and say, the suicide bombers are
with Allah now. They are heroes. Drive the Israelis and the Jews into
the ocean. Kill every Jew. Let's get back...

KING: He said things like that?

WALSH: Absolutely. On Arab TV, which the media has just started to pick
up in the last month or so. And he would say, you know, the Americans
are the bullies of the world. They support Israel. They haven't been
fair to us. Yet he'll go in his compound over there when there's a mile
of evidence as high as the empire state building that he has been a
murderer and a terrorist and is harboring two guys in that room with
him that killed an Israeli member of parliament that should be turned
over to the Israelis to be tried, he's a thug, Larry. He's a thug and
a coward. That's what he is.

KING: Other than that you have no opinion on him.

WALSH: No, other than he should be dead.
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MITCH ALBOM: Terror, Mideast and hypocrisy
> FREE PRESS COLUMNIST
>
> When suicide bombers attacked America last September, nothing
> could stop our retaliation.
>
> Yet when suicide bombers attack Israel, week after week, Israel is
> told -- even by Americans -- to back off.
>
> When we bombed Afghanistan, where Al Qaeda was organized, it was a
> mission to "smoke them out."
>
> Yet when Israel attacks its hornet's nest of terror, it is accused
> of "occupying" and told to retreat.
>
> When we fired on Kabul, from the safety of the air, we said
> innocent people would be caught in the crossfire and, sadly,
> this was war.
>
> Yet when Israeli soldiers go door to door in Palestinian areas,
> the most dangerous yet humane way to root out terrorists,
> we call them "murderers" the moment one civilian is killed.
>
> When Osama bin Laden denied any involvement with Sept. 11, we said
> he was lying and vowed to get him "dead or
> alive."
>
> Yet when groups tied to Yasser Arafat boldly claim responsibility
> for suicide attacks, Israel is told not to harm their leader.
>
> When we struck back against extremist terror, Israel was behind
> us.
>
> When Israel strikes back, we say, "Enough is enough."
>
> You tell me. Is that hypocritical?
>
> Sympathize and negotiate
>
> When we were scorned by critics who thought our treatment of
> prisoners in Guantanamo was inhumane -- because we
> bound them, gagged them and blindfolded them -- we bristled and
> said, "These are dangerous people."
>
> Yet when Israel demands certain Palestinians strip and stay on the
> ground, we say this is outrageous and must be
> stopped.
>
> When a videotape emerges showing bin Laden speaking of Sept. 11,
> we say it proves the man is evil.
>
> Yet when Israelis produce documents to show Arafat funds terror,
> they are accused of forgery.
>
> When certain Muslims suggest we hear out bin Laden and Al Qaeda,
> that we understand their cause and the reasons for
> their anger, we grit our teeth and say those people want us dead,
> why should we talk to them?
>
> Yet when Israel says the same thing, it is told it must be
> sympathetic and negotiate -- even with people who deny Israel's
> right to exist.
>
> You tell me. Is that hypocritical?
>
> Targets of death
>
> War means death. There are innocent victims -- Palestinians as
> well as Israelis -- on all sides of this equation.
>
> But let's be consistent. Our nearly 3,000 dead in the World Trade
> Center was horrific, but Israel, relative to its small
> population, has lost a half-dozen World Trade Centers in the last
> 18 months -- all to suicide bombing. Every time you see
> five Israelis dead in an attack, it is like 250 Americans dead
> here. How many of those events would it take for us to lash
> out with all our power?
>
> Would we pause and consider that the enemy wanted its own state?
> Or that its people were "desperate"?
>
> No way. For radical groups such as Hamas and Hizballah, statehood
> is not a stop sign anyhow. They want Israel
> obliterated, state or no state, the same way bin Laden wants
> Westerners obliterated. Bin Laden had his own country. He
> had billions. Did land and money keep him from murder?
>
> No. No more than desperation drives you to it. There have been
> desperate people in Rwanda and Bosnia, yet they never
> chose to blow themselves up. There have been occupied people
> across the globe -- even right here, with American
> Indians. Would we accept if descendants of the Sioux Nation began
> blowing themselves up in shopping malls?
>
> There is a difference between "desperate" and "brainwashed."
> Desperate people want to make their lives better.
> Brainwashed people think "kaboom" sends you to heaven. Innocents
> are being killed on both sides. The difference is, for
> Palestinian terrorists, those are the targets.
>
> We can tell the Israelis to stop, but we wouldn't stop. We can
> tell them to negotiate, but we wouldn't negotiate. We can see
> their dead and say it hurts as much as ours, but we don't mean it.
> Because if it were ours, we'd be doing what they're
> doing. And we'd **** anyone who spoke against us.
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"It's a free world and you don't have to like Jews, but if you DON'T, I
> > suggest that you boycott certain Jewish products, like .....
> >
> > The Wasserman Test for syphilis,
> > Digitalis, discovered by Doctor Nuslin,
> > Insulin, discovered by Doctor Minofsky,
> > Chloral Hydrate, discovered by Doctor Lifreich,
> > The Schick Test for Diphtheria,
> > Vitamins, discovered by Doctor Funk,
> > Streptomycin, discovered by Doctor Woronan,
> > The Polio Pill by Doctor Sabin, and the Polio
> > Vaccine by Doctor Jonas Salk.
> >
> > Go on, boycott!
> > Humanitarian consistency requires that my people offer all these gifts
> > to all people of the world. Fanatic consistency requires that all
bigots
> > accept
> >
> > Syphilis,
> > Diabetes,
> > Convulsions,
> > Malnutrition,
> > Infantile Paralysis and
> > Tuberculosis as a matter of principal.
> >
> > You want to be mad at us? Be mad at us!
> > But I'm telling you, you ain't going to feel so good."
> >
- by Sam Levinson
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Unread 05-01-2002, 12:24 PM   #24
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Alan Keyes is the host of "Making Sense" seen 10:00 PM
Eastern, Mondays -
Thursdays on MSNBC, seen on cable and satellite in the
U.S., and digital
cable in Canada. He knows his stuff, does his
homework, and isn't afraid to
ask tough questions and to expose the myths, lies and
deceipt of the
Palestinians. This is a letter he wrote to Mesora
(http://www.mesora.org/_private/mesora.html).

"Letter to Mesora"

"I write to express my solidarity with the people of
Israel in this
difficult time, and to assure you of what I know you
cannot doubt, that
millions of Americans stand with Israel as well. We
will remember the truth
of Israel's honorable record, insist that others treat
Israel in light of
that truth, and not succumb the cowardly passions of
the moment.

When the European Union asserts moral authority to
coerce Israel into a
shameful surrender of its just claims, we will
remember that many Europeans
sat on their hands and did nothing while millions of
Jews were slaughtered
in the era that gave birth to the state of Israel.

When "the international community" asserts its moral
authority to dictate
Israel's security policy, we will remember what the
"international
community" did in 1967, when Arab forces were amassing
to launch a death
blow against Israel, when Egyptian President Nasser
kicked out the U.N.
troops from the Sinai, and the international community
did precisely
nothing.

We will remember how the "international community" sat
and waited for those
hundreds of thousands of Arab troops to deliver a
deathblow to Israel, and
we will remember that such a blow wasn't thwarted by
international outrage,
but by the unanticipated brilliance of the Israeli
military.

We will remember that Israel acquired the Sinai, West
Bank and Gaza not in a
war of conquest, but in a desperate and just defensive
war for survival.

We will remind the "international community" that
territory acquired in a
defensive war of survival can, according to universal
understanding,
international law, and common sense, be retained until
a negotiated peace is
reached. And we will proclaim the truth that the
Israeli people have again
and again shown their willingness to put those
territories on the table in
the hope of achieving just such a negotiated
settlement for just peace.

Israel's friends in America will insist that the world
acknowledge that the
Israelis have shown that they will negotiate in good
faith, and keep
agreements reached in good faith. We will remember the
historic Camp David
accords between Israel and Egypt in 1978, which
resulted in Israel's
peaceful return of the Sinai to the Egyptians. An
agreement made, an
agreement kept.

We remember that with Egypt, with Jordan, even quietly
with Syria, the
Israelis have proved to be a people of their word,
when faced with a
negotiating partner willing to meet its solemn
obligations.

And because we will remember all these things, we will
continue to insist
that American and international policy recognize the
poisonous significance
of the unbroken record of murderous deceit which is
the history of the PLO,
the Palestinian Authority, and Yasser Arafat. While
the Israelis have made
concession after concession, and followed through with
real and dangerous
steps, such as turning over to Yasser Arafat authority
in the West Bank and
Gaza, Arafat has consistently refused to honor those
agreements, to make
significant concessions, and to do the one needful
thing * to stop killing
Israelis. We remember, and see to this day, what the
"international
community" of appeasement refuses to see * that the
Palestinian strategy
remains the manipulation of all discussion through the
intentional use of
terrorist violence, with the ultimate goal of
destroying a demoralized,
intimidated and isolated Israel.

We will remember these things, and speak the truth
about them, not only out
of respect and solidarity with the decent and heroic
people of Israel. We
will do so as well because we know that peace for all
people of the region
cannot be built on a foundation of manipulation,
deception, violence.

The first pre-requisite for peace, and for
self-government, is the restraint
of one's own passions and violence out of respect for
justice and fairness.
Israel's noble restraint is unique in the history of
the world. Israel has
continued, to this day, to impose on herself the
rational restraints of
justice and truth, under circumstances of danger and
assault far exceeding
those normally sufficient to entice a people to submit
entirely to rage and
retribution. It is difficult to find words to express
the contemptibility of
the moral lectures such a noble people routinely
receives from the
self-appointed guardians of moral smugness in Europe
and elsewhere.

The people in the Middle East deserve a better fate
than tragic
self-immolation. They will attain such a better fate
only when they
understand that the plea of victimization *even if
true, which in this case
it is not * cannot excuse the surrender to evil in
one's own soul. The
friends of Israel serve the cause of the people of the
entire region when we
insist that the path to peace requires dismantling the
Palestinian terror
machine.

The truth, and the truth alone, will set the
Palestinian people free, for
they are imprisoned not by the Israel's just defense
of its right to exist
and defend its people, but by the self-imposed hatred
that poisons the soul,
and withers the future.
Israel is today, as Israel has always been, a sign of
hope that God's
children can seek to be pleasing in His sight. Israel
is today, as Israel
has always been, hateful in the eyes of those whose
neck is stiff, and whose
heart is filled with hate and falsehood. Until it
shall please God to make
the land of His special favor a pleasing sight to all
the nations, may it
please Him to continue to give all Americans the eyes
to see in Israel, as
is truly the case, a beacon of justice, courage, and
truth.

My prayers, my heart, are with the brave people of
Israel.
- Alan Keyes"
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Subject: Dennis Miller on the Middle East crisis

A brief overview of the situation is always valuable, so as a service to all Americans who still don't get it, I now offer you the story of the Middle East in just a few paragraphs, which is all you really need. Don't thank me. I'm a giver. Here we go:

The Palestinians want their own country. There's just one thing about that: There are no Palestinians. It's a made up word. Israel was called Palestine for two thousand years. Like "Wiccan," "Palestinian" sounds ancient but is really a modern invention. Before the Israelis won the land in war, Gaza was owned by Egypt, and there were no "Palestinians" then, and the West Bank was owned by Jordan, and there were no "Palestinians" then. As soon as the Jews took over and started growing oranges as big as basketballs, what do you know, say hello to the "Palestinians," weeping for their deep bond with their lost "land" and "nation."

So for the sake of honesty, let's not use the word "Palestinian" any more to describe these delightful folks, who dance for joy at our deaths until someone points out they're being taped. Instead, let's call them what they are: "Other Arabs Accomplish Anything In Life And Would Rather Wrap Themselves In The Seductive Melodrama Of Eternal Struggle And Death." I know that's a bit unwieldy to expect to see on CNN. How about this, then: "Adjacent Jew-Haters."

Okay, so the Adjacent Jew-Haters want their own country. Oops, just one more thing. No, they don't. They could've had their own country any time in

the last thirty years, especially two years ago at Camp David. But if you
have your own country, you have to have traffic lights and garbage trucks and Chambers of Commerce, and, worse, you actually have to figure out some way to make a living. That's no fun. No, they want what all the other

Jew-Haters in the region want: Israel.

They also want a big pile of dead Jews, of course-that's where the real fun is-but mostly they want Israel. Why?
For one thing, trying to destroy Israel-or "The Zionist Entity" as their textbooks call it-for the last fifty years has allowed the rulers of Arab countries to divert the attention of their own people away from the fact that they're the blue-ribbon most illiterate, poorest, and tribally backward on G-d's Earth, and if you've ever been around G-d's Earth, you know that's really saying something. It makes me roll my eyes every time one of our pundits waxes poetic about the great history and culture of the Muslim Mideast. Unless I'm missing something, the Arabs haven't given anything to the world since Algebra, and, by the way, thanks a hell of a lot for that one.

Chew this around and spit it out: Five hundred million Arabs; five million Jews. Think of all the Arab countries as a football field, and Israel as a pack of matches sitting in the middle of it. And now these same folks swear that if Israel gives them half of that pack of matches, everyone will be pals. Really? Wow, what neat news. Hey, but what about the string of wars to obliterate the tiny country and the constant din of rabid blood oaths to drive every Jew into the sea? Oh, that? We were just kidding.

My friend Kevin Rooney made a gorgeous point the other day: Just reverse
the numbers. Imagine five hundred million Jews and five million Arabs. I was stunned at the simple brilliance of it. Can anyone picture the Jews strapping belts of razor blades and dynamite to themselves? Of course not.

Or marshalling every fiber and force at their disposal for generations to drive a tiny Arab state into the sea? Nonsense. Or dancing for joy at the murder of innocents? Impossible. Or spreading and believing horrible lies about the Arabs baking their bread with the blood of children? Disgusting.

No, as you know, left to themselves in a world of peace, the worst Jews would ever do to people is debate them to death.

Mr. Bush, G-d bless him, is walking a tightrope. I understand that with vital operations coming up against Iraq and others, it's in our interest, as Americans, to try to stabilize our Arab allies as much as possible, and, after all, that can't be much harder than stabilizing a roomful of supermodels who've just had their drugs taken away. However, in any big-picture strategy, there's always a danger of losing moral weight. We've already lost some. After September 11 our president told us and the world he was going to root out all terrorists and the countries that supported them. Beautiful.

Then the Israelis, after months and months of having the equivalent of an Oklahoma City every week (and then every day) start to do the same thing we did, and we tell them to show restraint. If America were being attacked with an Oklahoma City every day, we would all very shortly be screaming for the administration to just be done with it and kill everything south of the Mediterranean and east of the Jordan. (Hey, wait a minute, that's actually not such a bad id . . . uh, that is, what a horrible thought, yeah, horrible.)
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