|Lieberman demands population exchange||Ronny Sofer -- YNET -- In official document presented to Prime Minister Olmert, minister for strategic affairs draws red lines ahead of US-sponsored Mideast peace conference; says `holy basin` in Jerusalem must remain in Israel`s hands||29/10/2007|
|Bob Dylan and Ayatollah Khamenei||Tony Karon - Rootless Cosmopolitan - "Oy. If these guys [Iranis] are thinking that the U.S. decisions are going to be made on the basis of what’s best for the world economy or avoiding a recession, we’re in serious trouble... Bush last week, with that trademark idiot-bully grin of his, was tossing around bon mots about World War III, claiming that Iran was pursuing nuclear weapons in order to eliminate Israel. The fact that more sober heads in Washington and Israel pooh-pooh such hysteria may not matter when the decisions are taken: In Israel and the U.S., the political echelon is talking itself into a lather of hysteria which may, in itself, narrow their options for avoiding confrontation. "
|Rudy Roughs Up Arabs ||Maureen Dowd - New York Times - `Even before Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, the Republican presidential candidates were pitching in yesterday at the Republican Jewish Coalition Victory 2008 Forum here.
“I don’t know if you’ve noticed this about the Democratic debates,” Rudy Giuliani said, “but they never use the word ‘Islamic terrorist.’ Ever.” “You know, Israel’s not perfect, and America’s not perfect, but we’re not terrorist states,” he said.` [Editor`s comments (VB) (1) A wise old Jewish saying states `The condemner condemns kimself; (2)Can you imagine this chap as a president of US?]. And a related Democracy Now interview with Jack Shaheen: "Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People"||23/10/2007|
|More women going AWOL, military police says||Hanan Greenberg -- YNET -- IDF Central Command launches mass operation to apprehend deserters; 1,873 still at large, military police reports rise in number of defecting female soldiers||22/10/2007|
|Nadim Sayib, 23, visited Nahariya and was badly beaten for speaking Arabic.||Eli Levy -
nrg - "30 young people hit me continuously and without pity.. They yelled at me: these Arabs raise their noses and suddenly show up here - but I am Druze – the son of a family that all do the military service, serve in the police and the prisons."
|The Lost Lesson of Sabra and Shatilla||Bezalel (Buzzy) Gordon-Forward-"The lone reservation was voiced by David Levy, the housing and construcation minister: “[W]e could come out with no credibility when I hear that the Phalangists are already entering a certain neighborhood; I know what the meaning of revenge is for them, what kind of slaughter. Then no one will believe we went in to create order there, and we will bear the blame.” His prophetic remarks were ignored, and the last chance to avoid the inevitable catastrophe was lost."||11/10/2007|
| UST president says he made wrong decision, invites Tutu to campus||Father Dennis Dease-Bulletin,University of St. Thomas-"I have wrestled with what is the right thing to do in this situation, and I have concluded that I made the wrong decision earlier this year not to invite the archbishop. ...The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas has agreed to serve as a co-sponsor of the forum, and I expect other organizations also to join as co-sponsors."||11/10/2007|
|`War on terror` has been a `disaster`: British think tank||AFP - "Chief among the report`s criticisms is that the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 was a "grievous mistake", which had created a combat training zone for extremist elements linked to or inspired by Osama bin Laden`s Al-Qaeda.
The report, "Towards Sustainable Security: Alternative Approaches to the War on Terror", said the situation was comparable to the rise of the mujahedin that rose against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s.
And another article by the report author P. Rogers - "A Thirty Year War?" -
"There is simply no recognition that the view from across the Middle East, and indeed in large parts of the majority world, is of a form of overt imperialism backed up by the rigorous and uncompromising use of military force "||9/10/2007|
|I was lobbied by the `Israel lobby`. A dispatch from inside the soft sell||Elaine McArdle - boston.com News (section on higher education!) - "I wasn`t around at the time the [ Mearsheimer - Walt] controversy ignited. I happened to be in Israel with eight other American journalists, on a first-class, all-expenses-paid tour funded entirely by AIPAC.
Among AIPAC`s many lobbying activities - it has a 200-person staff and an annual budget of $47 million - are the well-known tours it organizes to Israel three or four times a year, not just for journalists but for politicians, too. This summer, it hosted 40 US congressmen from both parties"||9/10/2007|
|A Conversation with Mahmoud Abbas ||The Washington Post - "..now you have three states.
No, Gaza is not a state. Nobody recognizes Gaza. We have one authority, one cabinet, one government. Hamas is an illegal government."||2/10/2007|
|Convert soldiers celebrated||Roi Mandel -- YNET -- Prime Minister Ehud Olmert hosts 2,000th Convert ceremony, celebrating immigrant soldiers who have completed official conversion process to Judaism. Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi says for every soldier 1,000 Jews should be brought to Israel||1/10/2007|
|Eight times world surfing champion on a peace visit||Associated Press - At Herzliya, near Tel Aviv, eight-time surfing champion Kelly Slater, an American of Syrian descent, was seen helping a young Arab girl learn to surf. The "Surf for Peace" program, for which he came to the country, involves teaching a surfing workshop for Israeli and Arab youths. ||20/10/2007|
|Religious tensions flare as Mideast conference nears||Michael Paulson -
The Boston Globe - "The conference, titled "The Apartheid Paradigm in Palestine-Israel," is rapidly becoming another source of tension between the leadership of the Jewish community and mainline Protestant denominations. Its keynote speaker is scheduled to be Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his advocacy of nonviolence in the struggle against apartheid in his native South Africa."||16/10/2007|
|Banning Desmond Tutu - and demoting professor Toffolo||Matt Snyders - City Pages - Marv Davidov, an adjunct professor within the Justice and Peace Studies program: "As a Jew who experienced real anti-Semitism as a child, I`m deeply disturbed that a man like Tutu could be labeled anti-Semitic and silenced like this," he says. "I deeply resent the Israeli lobby trying to silence any criticism of its policy. It does a great disservice to Israel and to all Jews." [For protest, see Activism box. ed] ||4/10/2007|
|Dissenting at your own risk||Cecilie Surasky - Star-Telegram - Self-appointed gatekeepers work diligently (...). Non-Jewish critics, even former President Carter, are denounced as anti-Semites. Special ire is reserved for Jewish dissenters, who are branded as "self-hating" or "marginal," while Muslim and Arab-Americans are easily smeared and even criminalized with charges of supporting terrorism.
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