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   We are told that there is a difference between extremist Islam and peaceloving normal Islam.
   Judging by their behavior, Muslims are anti-West, anti-Democracy, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-Buddhist, and anti-Hindu. Muslims are involved in 25 of some 30 conflicts going on in the world: in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, East Timor, India, Indonesia (2 provinces), Kashmir, Kazakastan, Kosovo, Kurdistan, Macedonia, the Middle East, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Russia-Chechnya, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda and Uzbekistan.
   Doesn't this mean that extremist Islam is the norm and normal Islam is extremely rare?

"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism.

"For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan."   (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.) [The Palestinian leadership, including Ahmed Shukar and Yasir Arafat, has openly admitted Palestinian "peoplehood" is a fraud; read this.]

It should be remembered that in 1918, with the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Britain and France were handed more than 5,000,000 square miles to divvy up and 99+% was given to the Arabs to create countries that did not exist previously. Less than 1% was given as a Mandate for the re-establishment of a state for the Jews on both banks of the Jordan River. In 1921, to appease the Arabs once again, another three quarters of that less than 1% was given to a fictitious state called Trans-Jordan. (Jack Berger, May 31, 2004.)

The total for all the 22 Arab League countries is 6,145,389 square miles (SM). By comparison, all 50 states of the United States have a total of 3,787,318 SM. Israel has 8,463 SM, about one-sixth of that of the State of Michigan. Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan are Muslim but not Arab and are not included.
     World Arab population: 300 million; World Jewish population: 13.6 million; Israel's Jewish population: 5.4 million. (reference: Dr. Wilbert Simkovitz,
http://dehai.org/archives/dehai_news_archive/apr04/ 0223.htmldehai.org/archives/dehai_news_archive/apr04/0223.html)

"It has no heart. It has no spine. Its mouth serves as its anus. It has a diffuse net of nerves instead of a brain. Is it a jelly fish or an Israeli politician? Pick one. Whichever one you picked, you were right." (Eliezar Edwards, June 20, 2005)

To Israeli Secularists: You want a normal country, like everybody else? I will tell you how. Forget ads featuring bikini-clad hotsies. Forget promoting "alternative" life styles. The secret is to adopt the right attitude. A normal country doesn't give up an inch of land that belongs to it. A normal country doesn't let its citizens go hungry while it feeds its enemy and gives them medical care. A normal country doesn't let foreigners take over its holy sites — Hebron, the Temple Mount, Joseph's Tomb. Looking at what counts, it's the religious Jews of Samaria and Judea and the Golan that are acting normal, not you. (Eliezar Edwards, March 20, 2008)

Some 900,000 Jews left behind $300 billion in assets when they were forced to flee for their lives from the Arab countries in the 1940s. They hold deeds for five times Israel's size. (Independent Media Centre, Winnipeg)

A Palestinian State? You want that? OK. BUT not in Israel. No way. Not now. Not ever. Put this Arab state in Dubai or Kuwait or Saudi Arabia or Libya or Syria. Make it big. Fill it with the Po' Arab "refugees". And with the Arabs of Gaza and Samaria and Judea (AKA West Bank). And treasonous Arabs who have Israeli citizenship. Build a big fence around it. Let them learn to develop the infrastructure of a state. Or let them destroy themselves, if that's what they prefer. If they ever become civilized, then it's time to consider letting them join the human race. (Eliezar Edwards, August, 2008) [For an early excellent solution, read Eli E. Hertz, "The U.S. Congress in 1922," here.]

What is ironic is that Israel belongs exclusively to the Jews by International Law. (Google Think-Israel for articles by Howard Grief, Yoram Shifftan, etc., for the legal basis of Israel's ownership of Israel and the Territories.) So why do the Arabs insist the land is theirs? Because the Jews have been so crazy for peace, they have been willing to share, to give up pieces of their tiny country, for a piece of paper. The Arabs created a phony people in 1964, called the "Palestinians" and blanketed the world with the mantra that they were the Palestinians and Palestine was theirs. There has not ever been a country or a state called Palestine. There have been Palestinians. During the British Mandate — from 1922 to 1948 — the Jews called where they lived Palestine. They played music in the Palestine Philharmonic. They read the Palestine Post (now the Jerusalem Post.) As the Palestine Brigade, they fought in the British Army in World War 2. The Arabs also fought hard — for Hitler (Eliezar Edwards, December, 2008.)

"... during the late 1940s, more than 40 million refuges around the world were resettled, except for one people. They [Palestinian arabs] remain defined as refugees, wallowing 60 years later in 59 UNRWA refugee camps, financed by $400 million contributed annually by nations of the world to nurture the promise of the "right of return" to Arab neighborhoods and Arab villages from 1948 that no longer exist." (Noam Bedein, Jerusalem Post, January 6, 2009.)

"Land for Peace" is a medicine based on the wrong diagnosis. The war against Israel is not a territorial conflict and thus can not be solved with territorial concessions. Giving away an area does not help. Hamas cum suis are not fighting for pieces of land but for the total final victory of Islam, to which the rapid destruction of Israel is only a transitional stage. The conflict is jihad, the violent duty of every Muslim. Israel is located on the fault line of the dar-al-Islam and dar-al-Harb. To Islam, all of Israel is occupied territory and Tel Aviv is as much a "settlement" as was Netzarim. (Geert Wilders and Martin Bosma, "Land for peace doesn't work", Gates of Vienna Blogspot, January 6, 2009)

"By 1920 the Ottoman Empire had exercised undisputed sovereignty over Palestine for 400 years. In Article 95 of the treaty of Sevres, that sovereignty was transferred to England in trust for a national homeland for the jews. The local Arabs had never exercised sovereignty over Palestine and so they lost nothing. Their rights were fully protected by a provisio in the grant: '...it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine...'. The proviso has been fully observed by the Israelis. Since 1950 the Arabs have built some 261 new settlements in Judea and Samaria — more than twice as many as the Jews, but you never hear of them. They fill them with Arabs from Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan and by the grace of God they become Palestinians. Allahu Akbar! The Arabs call Judea "the West Bank' because they would look silly claiming that Jews are illegally living in Judea." (Comment by Wallace Brand on Martin Peretz "Narrative Dissonance" The New Republic, July 1, 2009)

Within less than a century, between 7 million and 10 million Balkan refugees have been uprooted from their homes. After WW2, between 12-16 million Germans were forced out of Sudentenland (Czechoslovakia), Romania, Hungary and Poland into Germany; many of them had not supported the Nazis during the war. 14 million people were exchanged between Hindu India and Moslem Pakistan. In 1994, 540,000 Moslems fled Christian Armenia for Azerbaijan and 360,000 Armenian Christians fled Azerbaijan for Armenia. As Israel did with the Jewish refugees from Arab countries, Armenia absorbed the Christian refugees, while — just like the Arab refugees from Israel — the Moslem refugees languish in Azerbaijani refugee camps. From the late '80s on, 75,000 non-Moslem blacks from Mauritania were exiled to Senegal and Mali, while 75,000 Arabs fled to Mauritania. Ethnic conflicts in the Sudan continue — between Muslim Arabs and black animists in the South; and between Muslim Arabs and black Muslims in Darfur. 3 t0 4 million black farmers of Darfur have fled Arab-dominated Khartoum, where some 200,000 to 400,000 black Muslims have already been killed. Cyprus has been split between Christian Greeks and Moslem Turks; this included a population exchange, where 200,000 Greeks and 50,000 Turks were shifted. Even before Israel became a state and increasingly after that, more than 800,000 Jews were forced to flee the Arab countries, where many of them had lived way before the Arabs Conquest; most of them came to Israel. Starting even before the Arabs invaded Israel when it became a state in 1948, Arabs left to avoid the coming war, fled in fear incited by their own press or were forced by their leaders to leave Israel. The Arabs claim 650,000-750,000 up to a million refugees, while the UN Acting Mediator in October, 1948 (unispal.un.org) set it at 472,000, of which 360,000 required aid (UNRWA is now supporting 4.5 million of their "descendants".) Of all the refugees, only these Arabs have demanded the right of return. (Data mostly taken from Ben-Dror Yemini, MidEast Truth Forum, January 15, 2009. See also the Addendum here.)

"In the 61 years since Israel was founded on one-sixth of one percent of land in that area described as land of the Arab world, there has not been a moment of peace for Israel, not as peace is properly understood. How many Americans understand that when Israel was founded in 1948, no Palestinian state was invaded, no Palestinian state was destroyed? There had not been a Palestinian geographic entity since between the departure of the Romans and the arrival of British rule. How many know that the West Bank, referred to by the president as 'occupied territory,' by inference occupied Palestinian territory, is under international law an unallocated portion of the Palestine Mandate rightfully occupied by Israel, because it occupied it in repelling aggression that came from that territory in 1967?" (George Will, speech at Claremont Review of Books dinner, July 2009).

"The officer who decided to assign a Palestinian Islamist supporter of suicide bombers to provide psychological counseling to American soldiers should have his head examined." (Dry Bones political cartoon, November 9, 2009)

Speaking of the Religion of Peace, REMEMBER
the MUSLIM bombing of PanAm Flight 103, 12/21/88
the MUSLIM bombing of the World Trade Center in 2/26/93
the MUSLIM bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon, 10/23/83
the MUSLIM bombing of Khobar Towers, U.S. Barracks Saudi Arabia, 6/25/88
the MUSLIM bombing of U.S. Embassies-Nairobi & Dar es Salaam, Africa, 8/10/98
the MUSLIM attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon & (probably) the White House or Congress on 9/11/01
the MUSLIM bombings of 4 commuter trains in Madrid 3/11/04
the MUSLIM murders of at least 368 children in Beslan, Russia 9/1/004
the MUSLIM murders of at least 1500 Israelis since Oslo was signed 9/13/93, with tens of thousands wounded — many maimed for life!
all the AMERICAN and other lives who were lost in those vicious MUSLIM attacks.
Islamic Terrorists Have Carried Out More Than 14,374 terror attacks since 9/11/01. [TheReligionofPeace.com] (Debbie Schlussel Nov 12, 2009)

"This year [2009] the Religion of Peace racked up well over 1600 dead bodies and 291 deadly terror attacks in 17 countries across the globe during its holiest month." (English Kaffir website)

 

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MARCH-APRIL, 2010

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JANUARY-FEBRUARY, 2010

 

What we are talking about in the January-February 2010 issue:
EDITORIAL: CROSSROADS
SECTION 1: IF IT WADDLES LIKE A TERRORIST
(Ohri, Ibrahim, Rubin, Warner, Sidman, Frantzman, Glazov, Averick, Suseelan, Adams)
SECTION 2: CROSSROADS IN EUROPE: DEMOCRACY OR ISLAM
GEERT WILDERS' TRIAL (Fjordman, Wilders, NRO Symposium)
EUROPE: MUSLIM IMMIGRATION AND RISING ANTI-SEMITISM (Murphy, Phillips, Erlich, Bawer, Fjordman)
SECTION 3: ISRAEL AND ITS VIRULENT NEIGHBORS
GUSH KATIF REMEMBERED (Saperstein, Ronen and Kempinski, Wilder)
DIDDLING IN IRAN (Imani, Glassman and Doran, Timmerman)
ISRAELI PROBLEMS AND HOW SOME OF THEM BEGAN (Rose, Gordon, Kaplan, Greenfield, Glick)
THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE - PART OF THE ARAB UMMAH (Brand, Wohl, Julian, Toameh)
U.N. AND UNRWA - KEEPING THE ARAB REFUGEE PROBLEM ALIVE (Steyn, Sorek, Delmar)
SECTION 4: AMERICAN JEWS - HASBARA, ACTIVISM AND PASSIVITY
(Darwish, Schwartz, Ashery, IDF Soldier, Tossavainen, Rosenbluth, Jacobs, Marano)
HISTORY SECTION (Sharpe, Duke, Ostroff)
READERS' BLOG-ED PAGES (January, February)


CROSSROADS

It's the start of another year and a traditional time for stock-taking. In the January-February 2009 issue, we presented the Stages of Global Muslim Takeover. We would like to repeat them now.

  1. Infiltrate quietly, settling in small numbers near or among the locals' towns and villages.

  2. Establish friendly relations, and convince others of the virtues of Islam.

  3. Participate in community activities and provide charity for the poor and generosity to all, while encouraging the immigration of other Muslims.

  4. Get converts and supporters from the rank and file of the local population, particularly from the poor and disenfranchised of the host society, via the multiple mosques and madrasas and charitable and human rights groups. (Today, in the case of the US and EU, converts come in great numbers from the ranks of criminals, especially imprisoned African-Americans.)

  5. Agitate for greater and broader rights and considerations for Muslims, and for protection against real or imagined "Islamophobia".

  6. Organize a political party to push for changes in law to permit Muslim-only enclaves and for laws that formalize the host society's accommodation of Muslim religious needs.

  7. Institute the divide-and-conquer strategy of making pacts with some anti-establishment or minority government groups, legal (as has been done in the USA with Green Party, National Lawyers Guild) or illegal (KKK, Aryan Nation) so they will help in the following stages.

  8. Once you have the power base (some 10-15 percent of the population), then use violence, strikes, street riots, assassination, intimidation and bribery of government officials to destabilize the government.

  9. If the host country's government response to the violence is not effective, then there is a de facto green light to start full-blown terrorism which will topple the government and allow Muslim leaders to move up the power ladder with the help of the anti-establishment groups. Once in power, Muslim leaders can use their influence over the agitating Muslim population to quell the violence, thus pretending that they are helping restore order even as they themselves orchestrate the violence.

  10. Abandon the erstwhile anti-establishment allies and reign supreme; establish Shari'a, and declare the state to be a new Muslim nation where Shari'a is law and non-Moslems are dhimmi.

Terrorizing the populace is a much-used technique of global jihad. As the Strategy Page blog of January 11, 2010 writes: "In the last few months, Moslems have attacked Buddhists in Thailand, Jews everywhere, Baha'is in Iran and Christians in Egypt, Iraq, the Philippines, Pakistan, Malaysia and elsewhere. This is not a sudden and unexpected outburst of Moslem violence against non-Moslems. It is normal, and at the root of Islamic terrorism." Below we examine some features of Islamic terrorism and suggestions for fighting the terrorists.

This issue contains essays on what's happening in Europe, Israel and the U.S.A. The driving force in all cases is — depending on your views — Islam itself or an aberrant and marginal bunch of Muslims, variously called Fascist Islamists, Islamofascists, Islamists, Radical Islamists or extremists.

Judge for yourself how much more — or less — safe the world has become in this past year.

SECTION 1: IF IT WADDLES LIKE A TERRORIST ...

We start with characterizing the Islamic terrorist. We ask: How do you tell when you are dealing with a terrorist — i.e., someone who genuinely hungers to kill you. His reasons change. His aim doesn't.

This set of essays explore some of the features to look for. And what to do about it.

THE LONG MARCH OF ISLAM: CHAPTER 3
by R.K. Ohri

  We are serializing R.K. Ohri's book entitled The Long March of Islam. Previously, Ohri first laid out Islam's grand ideas for its global future and then discussed Islam's foundation tenets. In Chapter 3, he examines in detail a directive that towers above all others: to wage jihad against the infidel until he accepts "Allah as his Lord, Islam as his religion and Muhammad as his Apostle." Jihad is not an occasional act. "It is a holy war to be waged throughout the ages till the Day of Judgment." Current apologists of Islam make jihad sound like a fuzzy finding oneself spiritually. In reality, jihad calls for slaughter in the land; i.e., putting infidels to the slaughter. Which may be why jihad — better described as terrorism — has become so soul-satisfying in recent years with the Muslim youth and clergy. It is interesting that in India, jihad is justified because the British supposedly abolished the Caliphate; in the Middle East, the reason given is that the Jews are "occupying" Arab land; Osama bin Ladin cited the insult that westerners were in Saudi Arabia as the reason to destroy the World Trade Center and try to knock out the White House and Pentagon. The reasons vary; jihad slaughter is a constant.
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HOW TAQIYYA ALTERS ISLAM'S RULES OF WAR
by Raymond Ibrahim

  Raymond Ibrahim has previously written about taqiyya (unabashed lying to the infidel), a practice highly praised in Islam as a superior way to win a battle or an argument. Feigning apostasy — and not just under threat of death — is another aspect of taqiyya that is encouraged. The Qu'ran may itself be viewed as a study in taqiyya. Admonitions for peace in the earlier verses — written when Islam was still weak and outnumbered — are later replaced by calls for sustained jihad to convert the infidels. It is the later verses that are to be obeyed. In another context, a peace treaty can be made only for a fixed period of time, ten years at most; open-ended truces are illegitimate. Lies that further the spread of Islam are legitimate. "Yet", Ibrahim notes, "most Westerners continue to think that Muslim mores, laws, and ethical constraints are near identical to those of the Judeo-Christian tradition." For us in the West to continue to believe the Muslim is programmed in the same way as a Christian or Jew, is dangerous folly.
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RADICAL ISLAMISM: AN INTRODUCTORY PRIMER
by Barry Rubin

  Barry Rubin makes an important distinction. Jihadism and Terrorism are not equivalent; "Revolutionary Islamism is the main strategic problem in the world today. Terrorism is the main tactical problem." This suggests we stop limiting ourselves to the notion that we are fighting — or we were, pre-Obama — terrorism and acknowledge the enemy is the jihadist who uses terror. The Jihadist is fighting to inflict the rule of Islam everywhere in the world. As do many, Rubin takes comfort in separating political-theological Islamism from theological Islam. As he points out, "Islamism is an interpretation of Islam and not the only one possible. Indeed, for centuries there have been different interpretations." True, but from the start Islam was political as well as theological; jihad spread the word more efficiently than persuasion. We need to identify our enemies before we see the whites of their eyes. It will be too late, then.
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IS A NICE MUSLIM A GOOD MUSLIM?
by Bill Warner

  Bill Warner starts with the proposition that it a binary situation: one is either a muslim OR a kafir (a non-believer). There are no religious gradations in degree of belief in the fundamental Muslim credo. If an individual follows Muslim doctrine, he is a Muslim. Otherwise he is a kafir. And the two are treated differently. As Warner notes, "The Koran says that kafirs may be hated, plotted against, deceived, murdered, raped, enslaved, mocked and tortured. All of those actions are Islam and perfect doctrine." "So how do you tell if a nice Muslim is good or bad? From the kafir point-of-view, there is only the fact that a Muslim is following Mohammed's example. And that is bad, very bad."
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A GOD WHO HATES
by Fern Sidman

  One view of Islam asserts it is a warm religion of peace. Asked why almost all terrorists are Muslims, the response is: Well, a few marginal people — deprived, uneducated, frustrated — are terrorists, but they aren't authentic Muslims. The other view of Islam makes do with the facts: in practice, Islam is violent. Its practitioners are taught that violence and dishonesty as well as beheading and sneak attacks are acceptable weapons in fighting the infidel. Considering that the Muslim global population is estimated at 1.6 to 1.8 billion, even if only 15% of Muslims are pro-terror in that they will at least riot and burn tires to bolster suicide-bombers and snipers, we are talking about more than 250 million people, (which is getting mighty close to the population of the U.S.A.) Fern Sidman reviews a book by Wafa Sultan, an ex-Muslim, who has seen the religion from the inside and the outside and who has the training to assess it analytically — an ability few of its propagandists have.
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FALSE PROGRESSIVES IN THE MUSLIM WORLD
by Seth J. Frantzman

  Seth Frantzman suggests a practical test of how advanced a Muslim country is. Ignore what it says it is. Look at the way women are treated in the country. Look specifically how the Muslim male treats the women in his own family. Nothing dramatic. Just the ordinary things. How much freedom of action does she have? How much control does she have over choosing her friends? How is she allowed to dress in public? Forget the official PR. It is a sad fact that most Muslim countries, including the Arab ones, have become ever more regressive.
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THE ISLAMIC ROOTS OF ABDULMUTALLAB'S SUICIDAL ODYSSEY
by Jamie Glazov

  The new morality is that jihadists aren't responsible for their crimes for they are the victims of society, poverty, neglect and other social causes. So the the attempted destruction of a planeload of people by a rich, nice, educated Muslim is puzzling to those who won't believe "what Islamic terrorists like Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab themselves insist motivated them: ... following Islam and reading the Koran." Jamie Glazov argues that the causes of Umar's hate aren't to be found in Marxist economics and politics but in the "life-hating teaching of a religion that demonizes earthly happiness, joy, and pleasure." As Ayatollah Khomeini said, "there is no fun in Islam." There is too much hate — more than too many Muslims can cope with in a rational way.
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MADE IN AMERICA MUSLIM TERRORISTS
by Lori Averick

  Hostile activity by Arabs and other Muslims often takes the form of maligning non-Muslims, writing poorly-spelled but brutally ugly comments on the internet, disrupting public meetings organized by non-Muslims, and randomly attacking Jews physically on the street. There are also intra-Muslim hate crimes, such as the honor killings by even "moderate" Arabs — Muzammil H. Hassan beheaded his wife because she was uppity — and these are feebly reported by the press. What is becoming more frequent, as Lori Averick reports, is the western or westernized born-Muslim or convert, who wakes up one day and takes it upon himself suddenly to shoot up a Jewish community center, a group of fellow soldiers or — trying for the brass ring — to explode a planeful of people. An early example was Sayyid Nosair, Rabbi Meir Kahane's murderer, who came from Egypt and became a member of the notorious al-Farouq Mosque in Brooklyn. Whenever we have a single-person attack, the sob sisters of the FBI immediately reassure us that there is no conspiracy; the murderers were not radicalized by their religious leaders. It was simply that they were hurt, harrassed, insulted, ignored, picked upon, slighted, scorned, forced to this, forced into that, etc., etc., by the insensitive majority society. Yah, right.
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DEFEATING JIHADI TERRORISM
by Dr. Babu Suseelan

  Dr. Babu Suseelen writes about the impact of random terrorism on the lives of the citizens where the attack occurred. Security officers and political leaders warn against attack, but are silent about the jihad ideology that motivates the jihadists. In time, "citizens have become inoculated against the terrorists. And these habituated citizens who are inoculated and who are hiding behind a thick wall of denial no longer react." We need to fight back to preserve our future — for example, to demand that "hatred from the Koran be expunged." "Commonsense suggests that citizens have the right to identify people trying to ferment violence, spread hatred and terror in our country."
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A CONFLUENCE OF FOLLY
by D. L. Adams

  This comes as close as any article I know to articulating that we are at a crossroads — "a crossroads where denial and ignorance meet rationality and common sense." A reader, Christopher Ward, commented: "D.L. Adams lays out for us the dangers of fundamentalist Islam and the way we are reacting or rather not reacting."

We are currently militarily engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both these countries and both sides in both countries are ideologically governed by Sharia law. Sharia law with its lack of tolerance to any other religion and its refusal to allow woman freedom of action is intrinsically "contrary to our concepts of justice and human rights." As Adams points out, "We fight against jihad at the same time we create states that will mandate it and support it — we will always be its victims; this is folly." More recently, in Iran, we've again sided with an ideological Islamic regime, not with those who want lessened state control.

Adams asks, "What is our purpose in supporting the creation and growth of societies and governments that are fundamentally opposed to our existence." How do we define victory? Whatever the outcome, it can hardly be called democracy?

Aside from the larger issues that need examination, we need to rethink some of our prejudices. We have rejecting profiling in airports, though profiling is a sensible way to pick out potential terrorists. We fear giving offense to Islam to the point that we have weakened our security. It is ludicrous but significant that the Dep't of Homeland Security has eliminated the word terrorist from its vocabulary. We need to understand that those who think of us as the Great Satan will not love us, no matter what we do. "The adherents of Islamic doctrine attack us because they hate us; they hate us simply because we exist."
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SECTION 2: AT THE CROSSROADS IN EUROPE: DEMOCRACY OR ISLAM?

If democracy is defined as freedom for the individual within a context of a single language and single sense of "countryhood", then Great Britain -- indeed most of Europe -- continues to fritter away its freedom under the seductive sway of multiculturalism. The current trial of Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch parliament, is on. It is clearly emblematic of the struggle between democracy, which provides freedom for all groups, and a form of multiculturalism that favors Islam. It eventually leads to the most determined group taking control.

THE TRIAL IN HOLLAND OF A MEMBER OF ITS PARLIAMENT

Geert Wilders, a Dutch parlimentarian, made a documentary, Fitna. He showed actual footage of Muslims behaving in their own interpretation of "peaceful" with voice-overs reading relevent portions of the Koran condoning this behavior. This infuriated Muslims and the Muslims so frightened the usually 'anything-is-OK' Dutch authorities, that Wilders was treated as a criminal. He was not even allowed into England a year ago. He was put on trial by the Dutch in early 2010, in the words of Pat Condell ( a must read. click here. ) for the "crime of embarrassing them with the truth." The judges have rejected all but 3 of Wilders' 18 witnesses — experts in Islam, social cohesion, and practioners such as Mohammed Bouyen, the Koran-believer who slaughtered Theo van Gogh in 2004, and Sheikh al-Qaradawi, enthusiast of the healing power of camel urine. The trial has been postponed until at least next summer. It's still a cliff-hanger.

GALILEO AND GEERT WILDERS
by Fjordman

  It is trite to say that many a time we don't recognize when our civilization is at a major crossroad at the time when it happens. Bringing that strong advocate of freedom for the individual, Member of the Dutch Parliament Geert Wilders, to trial on January 20, 2010, for insulting Islam, may be one of those epochal events. Fjordman makes us understand this by comparing Wilders' persecution to that of Galileo, who was forced to recant his conclusion that the earth traveled around the sun, and not, as was commonly believed and enforced by the Catholic Church, that the sun traveled around the earth.
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AMERICA, THE LAST MAN STANDING
by Geert Wilders

  This was the Address given by Geert Wilders, Chairman of the Party for Freedom (Netherlands), at the Four Seasons, New York City, September 25, 2008, introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem.
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WESTERN CIVILIZATION ON TRIAL
by National Review Online (NRO) Symposium

  NRO asks a group of experts about the start of Geert Wilders trial: (1) Is there any legitimate reason he's in court? (2) What are the implications of such a trial being held, nevermind its outcome? These are the thoughtful and analytic responses by Bat Ye'or, a leading authority on the islamization of Europe, Paul Marshall and Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute Center for Religious Freedom, Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch, and Daniel Pipes, Director of the Middle East Forum.
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EUROPE: MUSLIM IMMIGRATION AND RISING ANTI--SEMITISM. GREAT BRITAIN AS A CASE STUDY.

SALMA YAQOOB OF THE BRITISH RESPECT PARTY
by Paul Austin Murphy

  As in America, the left ideologues and the Muslim fundamentalists in Britain find common cause in anti-war and anti-zionism activities. Paul Austin Murphy writes about Salma Yaqoob, a leader of the Respect Party, whose membership comes from Socialists and Communists on the left and Muslims on the right. Ideologic differences on gay and women's rights have caused the Party problems, but there is one area of perfect harmony among the members — they all hate Zionists (pronounced: Jews) and are for Palestinian rights. Murphy challenges some of Yaqoob's arguments, including her downplaying terror in Britain and complaining that Muslims are demonized. He also questions her claim to be of the "working class". He points out that her type of defamation of Judaism is responsible for much of the recent rise of anti-Semitism in England.
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THE SECRET PLOT TO DESTROY BRITAIN'S IDENTITY
by Melanie Phillips

  Christian churchmen, such as Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, are warning against uncontrolled Islamic immigration that threatens Britain's "very ethos or DNA." As Muslim immigration has increased, rather than leading to a multifaceted but integrated community anchored in a single language and democratic goals, it has led to increased outlay in welfare expenses, demands that England give way to Muslim culture by adopting sharia law and a radicalization of the younger generation of Muslims. In this article, Melanie Phillips points out that Muslim immigration didn't just happen — it was encouraged in the name of "multiculturalism." Ironically, Muslim immigration is leading to a bizarre monolithic society where Islam is topdog and the other groups subservient.
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BRITAIN AS A FOCUS FOR HAMAS' POLITICAL, PROPAGANDA AND LEGAL ACTIVITIES IN EUROPE
by Reuven Erlich

  Britain has shown great concern for Muslim sensitivities. It has been extremely accomodating to what Muslims claim they need to perform their religious duties — to the point of stamping on the religious and social sensitivities of everyone else: not allowing non-Muslim employees to eat in the lunch room during Ramadan; not allowing Christian religious icons to be displayed publically, not allowing mixed bathing in swimming pools, not teaching the Holocaust, etc. One result has been that Muslims dedicated to violence have made London the base of their political, propaganda and lawfare activities. Hamas is on the European Union's list of terrorist organizations. Yet, camouflaged as a supporter of the Palestinian cause, it has turned "Britain into a center for extensive anti-Israeli activity." Hamas and its ideology has infiltrated "British politics, media and universities." Reuven Erlich provides us examples of their activities.
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WHILE EUROPE SNEERED
by Bruce Bawer

  When a believer in the basic goodness and fair-mindedness of mankind come up against guys who seem to be maniacally driven to kill people, something has to give. When the disparity is in the mind of a politicized intellectual expert, he often will sneer away the hard facts to preserve his political integrity. As Bruce Bawer describes so vividly, using Justin Vaïsse, as a case in point, he will ignore "the draining of European welfare systems by Muslim families, the explosion in rapes and gay-bashings and Jew-baitings, the proliferation of honor killings and forced marriages and no-go zones..." Curiously, the supercilious know-it-all is often not even concerned about fellow experts and professionals, who haven't denied reality but forthrightly fight against the ugliness and brutality that the entry of a large number of colonizing Muslims has brought to Europe. Calling those who fight to preserve European culture Islamophobes won't make the problems go away.
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REVIEW OF CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL'S REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN EUROPE
by Fjordman

  Fjordman comments on a book by Christopher Caldwell emphasize that while it is a lucid presentation of the major problem confronting Europe — namely, that Europeis being inundated by colonizing Muslims — the book does not come to grips with the likely consequence that Europe may soon lose its identity and be absorbed into the world of Islam. As example of the tenor of the book, Caldwell states that "Europeans can only hope that newcomers, especially Muslim newcomers, will assimilate peaceably." Fjordman points out that "Muslims have never 'assimilated peaceably' anywhere." He is justifiably annoyed that by downplaying the problem now, Caldwell contributes to a bloody future when and if Europe wakes up.
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SECTION 3. ISRAEL AND ITS VIRULENT NEIGHBORS.

Isaac Asimov, in writing his Foundation series talked about a Seldon crisis, where problems that had perhaps been building for years suddenly come to a boil and there is no escape from dealing with them. Israel may be at that point.

Most urgent is Iran, which is run by Mullahs whose ambition is to build a spectacular nuclear device to act as a silver bullet to kill off Israel, a major obstacle in their pursuit of dominion over the Middle East.

The real issue is: will the region -- not just Israel -- survive? If Iran is allowed to carry out its nuclear program, an Iranian strike would devastate the entire Middle East. Some of it will be demolished; the rest will be too crippled to maintain delivery of the oil on which much of our transportation and manufacturing industries depend.

The Obama administration's response to this possibility is to ignore it. Instead, it treats Israel as a pesky dependent that needs taming and downsizing. The Administration has finally found an enemy it is prepared to fight. Israel. Not Iran. It seems to be doing all it can to paralyze Israel (or at least distract it from concentrating on how to handle Iran) without arousing the ire of the American people, the majority of which favor Israel, not the Arabs. Other countries treat Iran's threats as Israel's headache. The U.N. and the E.U. are useless.

As a second component in the crisis, terrorist gangs that have harassed Israel for years are consolidating. And the U.N. has declared -- using the Goldstone Report as certification -- that attempts by Israel to fight the terrorists are war crimes. To prepare to face this combined hostility, Israel must not only prepare militarily but it must also become less lackadaisical about her internal enemies, the Jewish Marxist ideologues who fight for the Palestinian cause.

In addition, there is the long-standing factor that the Palestinian arabs ignore history, geography and international law by claiming that they are a people and that the Land of Israel belongs to them. Appeasement by Israel has proven a failure, and the mistake continues to paid for in Jewish dead bodies.

By not asserting her rights to her land, Israel has lost the propaganda war by default. The American Administration acts as if the way to peace in the Middle East -- even with a belligerent Iran, an aggressive assortment of terror groups controlled by resurgent Islam and a regional war taking place by proxy in Yemen -- is to give the Palestinian arabs a good chunk of Israel. It refuses to allow normal and quite legal growth of the Jewish towns in Samaria and Judea as part of its irrational push for a Palestinian state. It is more committed to this goal than are the Arabs who are to become the citizens of this new state.

Israel might continue to give aways pieces of her tiny land, hoping to appease the local Arabs and foreign powers who are intent on destroying Israel. Or she will stiffen her spine and use her brain to solve the Palestinian problem by (1) annexing Samaria and Judea and Gaza, which are rightfully hers; and (2) urging regional and world groups to grant the "Palestinians" -- including the Arab refugees -- an area carved out of the enormous amount of the Middle East land the League of Nations allocated to the Arabs. That will be the real beginning of peace.

GUSH KATIF REMEMBERED

THREE CHANUKAH MIRACLES; MY STONES... WHICH WERE NEVER MINE
by Moshe and Rachel Saperstein

  Moshe Saperstein relieves himself of his opinon of a Chanukah obscenity -- inviting an enemy of Israel to light the Chanukah menorah in Washington, D.C. But he also writes of three small miracles, all of which happened at Chanukah time. Rachel posts an essay by Paula R. Stern, a moving story of how she salvaged stones from the synagogues that were left behind by the Jews forced out of Gaza. They were desecrated by the new Arab inhabitants.
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GUSH KATIF REMEMBERED THROUGH ART
by Gil Ronen and Yoni Kempinski

  As a reader commented, "just too bad that a tragedy such as this one at Gush Katif was the spark that ignited their tremendous creative spirits. Here's hoping that these talented women continue to bring beauty in to the world. Theirs is a great example of tikun olum."
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A 'NATIONAL HEROES' LAW
by David Wilder

  Ugly punishments were meted out to teenagers who stood and protested — without stones or guns or any weapons — that expelling the Jews from Gush Katif was dreadfully wrong. They were treated much more harshly than Arab prisoners in Israel who have been found guilty of killing Israelis. The Arab prisoners even study for degrees while in jail; the teenagers were locked up "pre-trial" for indefinite amounts of time. That has now been judged by the courts to be excessive. The expulsion from Gaza has also been judged wrong. David Wilder is perhaps looking at a possible future when the Israeli leadership fearful of 'them' — America, the media, "world opinion" — might commit the crime of expelling some 200,000 to 300,000 Jews from Biblical Israel. This would be so outrageous as to make the suffering and demoralization caused by the Gush Katif expulsion seem mild in comparison. So he suggests that now that the Judiciary has come to its senses, it pass a law recognizing all the expellees as national heroes and making the leaders promise that this will Never Again Happen. It follows, for the law to have teeth, that the leaders responsible of the Gush Katif evil pay for their crime.
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DIDDLING IN IRAN

Undeniably, the best way to stop the development of Iran's doomsday bomb would be to let the Iranian people handle it themselves. Two of this set of articles discuss how angry the Iranian populace is at the government and ways we could assist them to bring about regime change. Unfortunately, as Timmerman's article shows, the American administration is — looking at its actions and lack of action — pro-Mullah. The U.N. is unworried — it's too busy calling Israel's scrupulous military action in Gaza a year ago a war crime and the EU doesn't seem to understand that any disruption of the fragile stability of the Middle East will affect them in many unpleasant ways. Given that none of the major groups that could possibly rein in Iran are doing anything, it is unlikely that the best way to stop bomb building in the Middle East will have time to succeed.

For those who are convinced Iran doesn't mean what it says about nuclear-bombing Israel, we suggest you read Joshua Teitelbaum's monograph, "What Iranian Leaders Really Say about Doing Away with Israel," available from JCPA.

EMPOWERING IRANIANS TO DISLODGE THE MULLAHS
by Amil Imani

  Amil Imani suggests that "all signs point to an early demise of the Islamic Republic — and the establishment of a secular democracy." In response to the public's unrest, the Iranian government has become more repressive and brutal, and in doing so, it becomes yet more unpopular. Imani estimates it has at best the support of some 10-15% of the population. "[T]he opposition movement is massive and determined, capable of exploiting any opportunity to disempower the regime." It includes labor and teacher unions, student groups, religious and ethnic minorities and journalists. They should be backed up by the world's nations imposing immediate sanctions. Whether the revolution or the bomb will come in first is still to be answered.
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THE SOFT POWER SOLUTION IN IRAN
by James K. Glassman and Michael Doran

  James K. Glassman and Michael Doran provide us with ABB — All But the Bomb --- ideas on dealing with Iran's as yet unstopped program to build nuclear bombs. They suggest ideas for a regime change in Iran, following up on the obvious dissatisfaction among the Iranians due to the fraudulent reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last summer. Should Iran be allowed to continue her nuclear plans, even if she doesn't immediately blast Israel, she becomes the more powerful state in the Middle East, or, as more likely, starts a race among the group of equally-unstable barely-civilized Arab states of the region to secure their own nuclear weapons.
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U.S. ACTING IN IRAN'S INTEREST, OPPOSITION LEADER SAYS
by Kenneth Timmerman

  Kenneth Timmerman describes his interview with Rahman Haj Ahmadi, leader of the outlawed Free Life Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PJAK) in Europe. As Timmerman writes, "Far from being a terrorist group, PJAK is dedicated to the overthrow of the Islamic Republic regime in Iran and its replacement by a pro-Western, secular, united Iran that recognizes the rights of all its citizens." Instead of encouraging this dissident group, the American Administration has, under the media radar, labeled the group as terrorist and frozen its assets, thus ensuring that other groups would avoid working with it.
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ISRAELI PROBLEMS AND HOW SOME OF THEM BEGAN

Let's first consider some bad political decisions Israel has made. It has sacrificed its own needs and damaged its image and its self-respect in the vain hope of gaining peaceful accomodation with its Arab neighbors. As Evelyn Gordon points out below, "The Oslo process [instituted in 1993] led Israel to sideline its own claim to the West Bank and Gaza, which all Israeli governments (and international Jewish leaders) had stressed to some extent before 1993. The argument in favor of Israel's right to sovereignty there was simple: these territories are the historic Jewish homeland, the heart of the biblical Jewish kingdom. They were explicitly allotted to the future Jewish state by the 1922 League of Nations Mandate, which was never legally superseded." Instead of leading to peace, the concessions made to the local arabs increased their appetites for further encroachment and renewed terrorism, not for peace.

HISTORICAL ERRORS AND CONSEQUENCES
by Alex Rose

  Alex Rose describes some bad decisions Israel has made in its short lifetime, sometimes for noble reasons, sometimes from timidity and fear of asserting its legitimate rights. These decisions have led to some almost insolvable present-day problems. Moreover, her continued concessionary attitude and preoccupation with peace and peace partners and the peace process are giving her enemies a better shot at her destruction. She has not, however, been responsible for one of the most stupid decisions in the recent history of the Middle East, namely, Jimmy Carter's undermining the Shah of Iran. We can thank him for Iran's present-day rulers, the tyrannical Mullahs.
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THE DEADLY PRICE OF PURSUING PEACE
by Evelyn Gordon

  The conventional wisdom is that Israel's international standing depends on its willingness to advance the "peace process." If so, why, Evelyn Gordon asks, "has Israel's reputation fallen so low despite its numerous concessions for peace since 1993?" She points out that "among anti-Israel radicals, Israel's increasingly frantic pursuit of peace has aroused not admiration but rather the instincts of a predator scenting blood." To the terrorists, a concessionary Israel signals that Israel is in panic, so it's a good time to step up terror. Israel should attend to some truisms. First: Diplomats pressure the pressurable. Second: Terrorists expand their terror activities whenever possible. The Arabs in control of the Territories are terrorists. As Gordon points out, "the desperate pursuit of peace is not the solution but the problem."
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CHARLIE MCCARTHYISM
by Lee Kaplan

  The term McCarthyism — describing unfair accusations reminiscent of the pronouncements of the late unlamented Senator Joseph McCarthy — is a favorite retort of Marxist academics, especially when they are accused of disloyalty. They proclaim loudly and angrily that they are being deprived of their right to free speech, no matter how sloppy or non-factual or treasonous their speech. They never call it McCarthyism when they don't allow their students or colleagues the same right to free speech. Lee Kaplan explains the origin of the term McCarthyism, and suggests that the spectacle of Israeli Marxists becoming offended when their pseudo-scholarship, inaccuracies and political ideology are called into question is more Charlie McCarthy than Joseph.
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ISRAEL, STATE AND NATION
by Daniel Greenfield

  A particularly damaging action by the Israeli left has been to insert "appeasement [touted as peace] into the culture and the educational system of the State of Israel." This is while the government knows Arab kiddies are inculcated from the time they can crawl to celebrate murder of Jews. One consequence has been a fall in IDF recruitment from the Israeli Left — when once almost all Israelis aspired to join the army — while more Arab youth are recruited as suicide-murderers. An unforeseen paradox has been that Israel must rely on the religious Jew in the army, but the religious soldiers are put into the position of being commanded to crush their own religious Zionist communities at the behest of the Leftist politicians. How long can Israel function while violating the deepest patriotic values of the majority of its citizenry?
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THE NEW ISRAEL FUND AND THE NEXT WAR
by Caroline Glick

  Caroline Glick points out that Israel is being hemmed in by different groups of Muslim terrorists, which suggests that a regional war is imminent. To prepare for it, Israel of course needs to examine the potential military aspects. It also needs to neutralize the political-social items that would prevent Israel from responding effectively: the 5th column some Israeli arabs have shown themselves to be; "the ideological dependence on the far left and its central contention that it is Israel's presence in contested areas rather than our enemies' commitment to Israel's destruction that causes wars"; and the support given by a single source — the New Israel Fund — to all of the 16 anti-Zionist NGOs which wrote the war crimes charges made official by the Goldstone Committee in its attempt to prevent the IDF from fighting effectively in future engagements. NIF's motto might as well be: 'we'll do anything to undermine Israel: we support riots, terrorize Israeli officials, and amplify the voices of radicalized Islam.' Israel needs to make it clear that "the political open season on Israel is over." Israel must never again sue for peace after winning the war.
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THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE — PART OF THE ARAB UMMAH

Why the Palestinian people was invented and the corruption of their handlers.

SOVIET RUSSIA, THE CREATORS OF THE PLO AND THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE
by Wallace Edward Brand

  If Yasser Arafat was the father of the Palestinian People, Russia was its mother. Wallace Edward Brand writes about the role Soviet Russia played in literally creating the Palestinian People in 1964 and in establishing Yassir Arafat as its leader. He bases much of this on the revelations of Major General Ion Mihai Pacepa, who has been vetted and certified as a credible source. Creating the "Palestinian" people as a propaganda weapon to counter Israel's ownership of Mandated Palestine has also been confirmed by many Arab sources (cf. here.)
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HISTORY LESSON FOR ARAB SPOKESMEN
by Assaf Wohl

  This essay by Assaf Wohl is written as replies to assertions by prominent Arabs who insist the Land of Israel belongs to them, past, present and future. That they say so would ordinarily be their own business — and error — but unfortunately, their words have incited Arabs to riot. Would that Assaf Wohl's essay motivates them to substitute Israel's real history for their fantasy version. As he has pointed out, "in every Arab village where you dig a little, you will find a synagogue."
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THE TWO FACES AND ZERO AUTHORITY OF MAHMOUD ABBAS
by Hana Levi Julian

  Mahmoud Abbas is quite a guy. He has two faces — the smiley one he turns toward Westerners when he asserts that he abjures violence and the dedicated look of the good Muslim when he honors Arabs terrorists. Two faces and no elected position — his term of office as President expired January 9, 2009. So they just extended it — with new elections sometime in 2010. Maybe. And yet, the American administration spends more effort worrying about how to get Israel to gift him with Samaria and Judea than it does worrying about the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah-Hamas alliance. I'm guessing the USA administration figures it would complicate things if Hamas wins in Samaria and Judea in a new election before the U.S.A. can "peace-process" Israel into giving its land away.
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PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY: STILL STEALING "HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS." HAMAS TAKING OVER
by Khaled Abu Toameh

  Abbas may not be as colorful a murderer as Arafat, but his heart is in the right place: he too believes in the Arab version of the work ethic: take home whatever you can steal. The longer he stays in office, the more likely it is that he and his buddies will live like Arafat's widow does. Arafat died in 2004, but widowlady Sufa still keeps dress boutiques and fancy food stores in business, all by her little self. Wot a benefactress. Of course, Hamas also takes big chunks of the money coming in to welfare the po' Palestinians in Gaza. No difference.
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THE UNITED NATIONS AND UNRWA - KEEPING THE ARAB REFUGEE PROBLEM ALIVE

WHEN IN ROME, DO AS THE VISIGOTHS DO
by Mark Steyn

  In writing this article about the U.N. Mark Steyn is as usually witty, incisive and right on the mark. It is a bit depressing to ponder that this description of the U.N.'s corruption is five years old. And it is still accurate.
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HOW TO SOLVE THE ARAB REFUGEE PROBLEM
by Yoav Sorek

  Yoav Sorek presents a brief synopsis of the Israeli Initiative for solving the Palestinian refugee problem. He argues that "the Palestinian refugee issue [is] the key to real change in the Middle East. Contrary to popular understanding, this issue could be solved in a relatively simple way: treating the Palestinian refugees like all other refugees. A fair humanitarian solution to this problem is of interest to all who seek stability and peace — Israel, the US, moderate Arab regimes, and of course, the Palestinian refugees themselves. The main obstacle for rehabilitation of the Palestinian refugees has always been the Palestinian National Movement, which takes advantage of the refugee issue, and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the body responsible for the perpetuation of the refugee situation over six decades. The fact that UNRWA is financed by western countries with the US as its largest sole donor, gives us an opportunity to make a change." Something needs to be done soon. After the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the U.N estimated the number of Arab refugees at 472,000, of which 360,000 needed help. The number has grown so that UNRWA, whose only clients are these Arab refugees, feeds, houses, educates, provides health care and propagandizes for more than 4.5 million people who claim to be the original refugees and/or their descendants. And the number continues to grow.
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THE PALESTINIAN ARAB'S RIGHT OF RETURN — TO THEIR HOMELAND, ARABIA
by Mark Delmar

  Mark Delmar supplies references for facts that have been submerged by the fraudulent claim of the "Palestinians" that they are the original occupants of the Land of Israel and that the Jews invaded their land and are occupying it. There never was a country or state called Palestine. It is a fantasy that owes little to history and geography. Quite the reverse is true. When the Jews returned in numbers to their ancient land of Israel at the end of the 19th Century, the land was a poverty-striken, unfertile, unsanitary part of the Ottoman Empire. The Jews revitalized the land and the Arabs came in because of the renewed economic opportunities. The truth has often been told. It is time it was accepted.
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SECTION 4: AMERICAN JEWISH GROUPS — HASBARA, ACTIVISM AND PASSIVITY

The Obama administration, whether through design or ignorance, appears to be operating consistently to aid the growth of Islam in America and abroad. In this country, terrorist acts that can't be attributed to al-Qaeda are seen as random and individual. Islam continues to infiltrate our educational and political systems. A growing network of mosques manufactures the manpower to promote sharia law by terror and by persuasion -- whichever works in the particular situation. The Jewish community has unwillingly become a major target for Islamic activism.

Many have forgotten that not that long ago American Jews were subjected to restrictions and quotas, some crude, others more low-keyed, but all hurtful and damaging. Too many American Jews are too young to realize how important Israel is for them personally, if only as an escape hatch, should the rising anti-semitism — compliments of Arab money and influence working with Marxists and religious anti-semites — reach the heights it has in Britain and France. Unlike the old prejudice that seldom spoke loudly — except for the neo-nazis and Father Coughlins — the new anti-semitism announces itself openly.

On campuses, while Jewish students march and chant for peace and ecumenism, arab students hang posters showing Jews dripping blood as they eat arab babies. They boldly disrupt meetings they don't like. College administrators may prefer that these vulgar demonstrations didn't happen, but too often they do exactly nothing to stop them,

It is easy for Jews to take quiet pride in Israel's accomplishments in medicine, in computers, in technology. But most Jews are not equipped to handle bad press in the media and condemnations from their fellow students and coworkers. The political manipulations in the U.N. are way beyond them.

Jewish hasbara is poor. The U.N.-staged Goldstone report and malicious blood-libel stories in the media have been countered intelligently and decidedly by thoughtful and analytic articles. But the defamation of Israel is not a topic the majority of Jews are passionate about. It isn't something they bring up with coworkers at lunch. The typical reaction to accusations against Israel is embarrassment; Jews too often blame Israel for causing them distress. They are light years away from even thinking of refuting the libel effectively.

Things are not getting any better. Thanks to Saudi money and an organized network of hate-spewing mosques, Arabs have cornered the market on profiling the players in the Middle East: Islam is peaceful, Israel is evil. Somali muslims have killed hundreds of thousands of blacks who are their co-religionists in Darfur; Sunnis kill Shi'ites and Shi'ites kill Sunnis; Iran crushes its election protesters; Fatah shoots Hamas and Hamas throws Fatah off roof tops; Rwanda, Bosnia, Sri Lanka have seen indiscriminate massacres. But the only 'crime' that excites the media and the leftist humanitarian peacenikers is Israel's tempered attempt to stop Arab terrorists from aiming missiles at Israel.

Calls for academic boycotts of Israel began in 2002 and continue. Jewish academics do rebuff such calls. Sadly, their response is often a whine that there's lots of Israelis that care about human rights for the arab. How pathetic. They haven't the guts to say that if the punishment for inconveniencing Arabs at a checkpoint is an academic boycott, the punishment for the same group of arabs killing Jews should be death or, at the very least, a complete quarantine.

Why are defenders of Israel apologizing? Geert Wilders (see above) has pointed out that "the war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us." Why aren't we educating European academics that it is daft to undermine Israel when it is one of the few places not willing to commit suicide so that Islam can take over the world?

A cheery note. American Jews are beginning to ask: why aren't our leaders out there in the front lines yelling at the Arab propagandists? Why is Bnai Brith helping Muslims condemn Israel? Why is JNF letting the Arabs take over Jewish land? Why is AIPAC promoting an Arab state in Samaria and Judea (aka the West Bank), Judaism's birthplace? Why are they so eager to give the Arabs the Biblical land of Israel, with its many towns whose names are obviously from Biblical times, including Seilun (Shiloh), where Joshua brought the Ark of the Covenant, and Hebron, where Abraham and Sarah are buried and David was crowned King? Jews aren't happy to discover that most prestigious Jewish organizations are doing very little to fight Arab bigotry and hate. Or, like the ADL, they are actually going in the wrong direction. We'd be better off without the ADL defaming our Christian friends and preaching tolerance for those who hate us.

Most of the articles in this set examine our weak leadership and ineffective hasbara. Even when Israel behaves magnificently, moving an entire area — aid after a natural disaster — to a new and higher standard of care, we can still expect people will decide Israel is doing it for ugly motives. On the other hand, there's nothing easier to sell than a story that Israel is doing something nefarious — like cutting up Arabs for their bullet-shattered organs. With the help of a cooperative media and a compliant educational system, the Muslims are making great strides in getting their bizarre version of reality out to the public. They are using our openness and respect for other people's points of view to convince us to take on their medieval ideas.

Like it or not, Jews in America and Jews in Israel are bonded. We need to support each other without equivocation. Israel has had to take the brunt of Islamic hate for America as well as for the insult she inflicted on Arab sensibilities by staying alive when her Arab neighbors tried to kill off the brand new modern state. Jews in America have to learn to defend Israel as if it is for themselves. For it is.

CIVILIZATION VERSUS BARBARISM
by Nonie Darwish

  Nonie Darwish describes yet another way that Islamic attitudes and values are infiltrating our educational system and affecting the values of young students. They send around speakers to schools, who, under the guise of explaining Islam, mispresent Islam, excusing its violence and spouting misinformation. These tactics are also designed to create an attitude of hate against Israel and America in the next generation. As Yuval Zaliouf has said of this essay, "Here is a clear example of the infestation of barbarism into our civilization." The unfortunate fact is that so many in the "civilized" world, particularly in academia and in the media, side with those barbarians. See for example the uncivilized tactics at UC Irvine here.
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WAHHABISM AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT
by Michael W. Schwartz

  Michael W. Schwartz makes a novel distinction between American religious institutions and foreign ones, specifically, Saudi-funded and staffed mosques in America. The reason is that the political aspects of what is taught in Wahhabi mosques have been implicated in several massacres by American Muslim terrorists. As one reader of the original article wrote: "The Constitution is not a suicide pact. Citizens have not only rights but responsibilities ..." Another reader noted that if Islam is a religion and not a political invasion, then we should go by the principle of mutuality: "They get as many mosques [here in America] as we get Churches/synagogues — Houses of Worship [in Saudi Arabia.]."
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HASBARA: TELLING THE ISRAEL STORY TO THE MANY WHO JUST DON'T KNOW
by Avrum I. Ashery

  Avrum I. Ashery reminds us that there are many effective and creative ways of letting people know about "Israel's exciting accomplishments in health, science technology and agriculture." And Israel's fast and brilliant response when disaster strikes. And its religious tolerance despite the fact that it lives in a region of widespread religious intolerance. Use the included list of some of Israel's accomplishments to start you off.
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IN THE IDF MEDICAL CORPS DELEGATION TO HAITI WHICH IS HOUSED IN TENTS....
An IDF Soldier

  Israel's immediate response to the earthquake in Haiti was dazzling; it set a new standard for dealing with a disaster by integrating high-tech and well-trained and dedicated professionals. As Emanuel Winston put it: "Israel's contribution became the focal point for other doctors from all over the world. Regrettably, the International Media worked very hard to insure that Israel's contribution was either not mentioned or only minimally, at best." And many internet crazies were sure Israel was there to harvest organs. The article is an IDF soldier's eyewitness account of the Israeli field hospital personnel and the reaction of the Haitians whose lives were saved.
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THE AFTONBLADET ORGAN-TRAFFICKING ACCUSATIONS AGAINST ISRAEL: A CASE STUDY
by Mikael Tossavainen

  Not long before the totally unwarrented and monstrous attack on Israel by the United Nation's Goldstone Report, Israel suffered another undeserved kick in the ribs. A Swedish paper, the Aftonbladet, skillfully mixed rumors, distortions, suggestions, lies and irrelevent information to accuse Israel of harvesting organs from dead Palestinians. Tossavainen does an excellent wrap-up of the story and its aftermath. Or some of the aftermath. It takes but a moment to realize that organs for transplant need meticulous handling and the organs of a bullet-riddled terrorist are hardly likely to be suitable. Nevertheless, such malicious and blatently dishonest stories about Israel are readily believed by those happy to accept any negative story about Jews.
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ASSESSING FOXMAN OF THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE (ADL)
by Susan L. Rosenbluth

  Abe Foxman and the ADL are long-time institutions in the American Jewish community. Politically, like Merlin in the King Arthur legend, Foxman seems to be traveling backward in time. Half a century out of date, he thinks his enemies are right winger who love Israel like Rush Limbaugh and Christian evangelicals. He rants against right wing Nazis, whose impact is somewhere around minus zero but he pursues ecumenical ties with the Muslims, who spend time, money and human resources in promoting antisemitism in America. Foxman continues to use his position to side with the political Left, apparently believing the Left is still philo-semitic and the Right anti-semitic. What is most disturbing is that Foxman doesn't seem to recognize the extent that Arab targetting of Jews has influenced American campuses and churches. In this essay, Susan L. Rosenbluth examines Foxman's record, particularly his protection of those, like Bishop Tutu, who defame Israel. It's not clear we can any longer afford an ADL that defames our friends and ignores the danger posed by Arabs suffering from Judeophobia.
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PERHAPS WE NEED A REPLACEMENT FOR ADL
by Charles Jacobs

  The ADL is an outstanding example of an important Jewish organization that is inadequately responding "to the threats posed by Islamist antisemitism." Unfortunately, it isn't the only one that is passive in the face of Muslim in-your-face hostility. Other major Jewish organizations have not forthrightly warned their membership about the extent of Muslim planning and infiltration into America's educational, religious and political institutions. These groups certainly know that the Muslims have geared up to isolate Jews and demonize them in the U.S.A, Canada and several South American states. Charles Jacobs may have figured out the main reason why they haven't — they just don't know how to explain it to the Jewish community. I have news for them. All they have to do is say it. Plainly. In plain English. The facts. The unvarnished facts. The worst that can happen is some ostriches will resign from the groups. But that's better than being accused later of knowing what was going on and pretending that things would get better. To put it another way, NOT to shout in a theatre when there's a fire is criminal.
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ISRAEL IN YOUR HANDS — U.S. VOTERS HAVE A SAY ON WHAT HAPPENS IN THE HOLY LAND
by Lou Marano

  As Lou Marano writes, "Contrary to the received wisdom and official U.S. policy, a Palestinian state is not necessary, desirable or inevitable." For those committed to a Jewish State in the otherwise monopolistic Muslim Middle East, he argues it is time for proactive support. Why? Because there is evidence that the military means used to impose the current Washington-requested 10-month freeze on new Jewish construction in Samaria and Judea may portend an expulsion of these same Israeli Jews from their homes and businesses. A government that hasn't yet resettled the 8000 to 10,000 Jews it hounded out of their homes in Gaza in 2005 may be about to repeat this act of terror against another 200,000 to 300,000 of its citizens. If eastern Jerusalem is included, the number would go up to 500-600,000 Jews made refugees by their own government in their own country.
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THE HISTORY SECTION

The articles range from the First Liberation -- the Great Liberation of the land destined to be our homeland - to the Crusades and to the more recent massacre of Deir Yassin, which -- like so many Arab tales -- turned out to be a hoax.

THE GREAT LIBERATION
by Victor Janice Sharpe

  Victor Sharpe says of his article, "At this time when the international community, including the Obama Administration and the State Department, is applying unbearable pressure upon the Jewish state to give away its Biblical and ancestral heartland of Judea and Samaria to the Arabs, who call themselves Palestinians, it is vital to return to the biblical passages in the Book of Joshua. Joshua was the great military leader of the Jewish people. It was he who first freed the Promised Land in what I call the Great Liberation. The article/essay is replete with biblical passages that list the liberated territories on both banks of the River Jordan and which we ignore today at our peril." How foolish it would be to to give away our patrimony for a bowl of promises that the Arabs have no intention of honoring.
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THE CRUSADES: WHEN CHRISTENDOM PUSHED BACK
by Selwyn Duke

  Selwyn Duke asks: "Were the Crusades really expansionist ventures by an imperialist Europe? Or were they something else entirely?" He reminds us that by 732 A.D, when Islam was little more than 100 years old, Muslims had already taken over many of the Christian countries of the Middle East and North Africa, Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and were nearing Paris before they were stopped. But Islam didn't stop trying to take over Europe. The Crusades, begun some four centuries later, were attempts by Christianity to take back territory once theirs and to stop further encroachment. Duke suggests we need to understand the Crusaders in the context of their time. Muslims were relentlessly invading and occupying large swatches of Europe, The Crusaders fought back — perhaps not brilliantly and with dark episodes. But they fought for the survival of their lands and religion.
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THE BIG LIE ABOUT DEIR YASSIN REVEALED
by Maurice Ostroff

  History sometimes has a way of repeating the same elements of the same story over and over again. In Jenin and again in Gaza last year, Israel put its own soldiers at risk to prevent the killing of Arab women and children, whose own families callously put them at risk to shield the terrorists that Israel was targetting. The same thing happened when the new state of Israel was just born and immediately invaded. Deir Yassin was not a peaceful village; it was fortified and well-equipped with a large supply of arms being used by a large number of native and foreign fighters, shooting down into Jewish areas. Strategically placed high up in the hills, it was blocking the road to Jerusalem. Rather than a surprise attack — which would have saved Jewish lives — the Jews, using a loudspeaker, offered the town the opportunity to send away the women and children before they attacked. What the Jews got for their scrupulous behavior was the Deir Yassin myth, which asserted the Jews had raped the women and massacred the town. And this was years before Judge Goldstone with solemn face falsely certified that Jews committed war crimes in Gaza.
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NOVEMBER-DECEMBER, 2009

What we are talking about in the November-December 2009 issue:
LET'S START WITH SOME FOUNDATION PAPERS (Belman, Hertz, Sherman)
JEWISH OUTPOSTS AND SETTLEMENTS, REFUGEES AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE (Julius, Saperstein, Tucker, Ratzlav-Katz, Fendel)
WHAT ISRAEL IS DOING RIGHT RIGHT NOW (Senor and Singer, Gilder)
TO BRING ISRAELI POLITICS UP TO THE QUALITY OF ITS TECHNOLOGY (Schecter, November, Lademain, Sharpe, Freund, Belman, Shapiro)
CHRISTIANS IN BIBLICAL ISRAEL (Grobman, VanZile)
OTHER MIDDLE EAST CONFLICTS (Erlich, Rubin, Spyer, Silverberg)
HOW ISLAM TREATS FELLOW MUSLIMS AND INFIDELS (Ohri, Roberts, Alexiev, Rubin)
ANTI-SEMITISM IN AMERICAN BLOGS AND SYRIAN RADIO AND EARLIER INFLUENCE (Kesler, Levick, Erlich, Herf)
ACADEMIC ANTISEMITES (Shifftan and Lipkin, Plaut, Waltzer, Plaut)
EUROPE ON THE WAY TO DISSOLUTION (Bawer, Fjordman, O'Neill)
AMERICAN PERCEPTION OF TERRORISM (Spengler, Lerner, Emerson and Himelfarb, Jonas, Dzubow)
BLOG-ED PAGES (November, December)

LET'S START WITH SOME FOUNDATION PAPERS

We discuss the one and only really salient point. It is International Law and yet no one seems to know about it, including the U.N. and U.S.A. administrations: namely, Israel is the sole owner of Israel and the territories. That is international law. That is irrevocable. It means that Israel isn't occupying Arab land; the reverse is true. It means that every time the U.S.A. wheedles more of Israel's land for the "Palestinians", it is breaking its own law. So why doesn't Israel blare this from every media source? Beats me. Aside from the fact that Israel would be giving over its holy places and birthplace to the Arabs, the major reasons for not allowing an Arab state in Samaria and Judea (aka the West Bank) are (1) the Arabs would be sitting on the mountain tops looking down at Israeli cities in the plain; and (2) they would have control of Israel's major water supply. A Palestinian state in, on, around, through or next to Israel is a very bad idea.

SUMMARY OF ISRAEL'S LEGAL RIGHTS TO JUDEA AND SAMARIA
by Ted Belman

  Ted Belman summarizes the unbroken series of treaties and resolutions, laid out by the San Remo Resolution, the League of Nations and the United Nations, that give the Jewish People title to Mandatory Palestine and the city of Jerusalem. Ownership of the Land went from the defunct Ottoman Empire to the present State of Israel. The Arabs were never involved. The "Palestinians" had never owned the land; they had never had a state on the land. Considering that during the same period and by the same mechanisms, the Arabs acquired title to over 99% of the Middle East, the Arabs can hardly be considered to be deprived of land.
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UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS 181 AND 242
by Eli E. Hertz

  Eli Hertz presents the pertinent information about two U.N. Resolutions — 181 and 242 — that are often used inaccurately to 'prove' that Israel needs to give up yet more of its tiny country to the Arabs. Resolution 187 was adopted by the General Assembly in 1947 and would have partitioned mandated Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state. It was never adopted by the Security Council, so it was never a binding resolution. In any event, the Arabs rejected it. It became null and void when the Arab states invaded the new-born state of Israel in 1948. U.N. Resolution 242 was adopted after the 6-day war by the Security Council. It said that Israel was to return some of the land it conquered when the Arab states formally agreed to allow Israel to live in peace with secure and recognized borders. It did not mention Palestinian arabs.
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BARGHOUTI, AMNESTY AND TRAVESTY
by Martin Sherman

  Palestinian Arabs should have a contest on who can invent the most awful thing to blame on Israel, especially when they have highly partial NGOs like Amnesty International to help them. Water is so basic, everyone can sympathize with the po' Palestinians being deprived of water by the evil Israel. Unfortunately, the figures don't support their claim. Their problems — as usual — are self-inflicted: their leaders are not the most ept in maintaining distribution and they have allowed "untreated effluents to endanger 'downstream' Israeli supplies." Martin Sherman is discussing the Mountain Aquifer in Samaria and Judea (the West Bank). Imagine the disaster if they plonk an Arab state there — the aquifer would go the way of the Coastal Aquifer that the Gaza arabs have ruined.
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JEWISH OUTPOSTS AND SETTLEMENTS, REFUGEES AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

The 2005 expulsion of the Jews of Gaza from their homes and businesses was made possible by a government that was ruthless against its own people and craven before "world opinion." The Sharon-Olmert Government acted as if the "settlers" were the enemy, not the Arab terrorists. (Kind of reminds us of the Obama government worrying about "rightwing" soldiers and refusing even to call Muslim terrorists terrorists.) In preparing for the expulsion, it practiced psychological warfare and made solemn promises of resettling the Gush Katif communities as communities, and not scattering them around. The Government coopted some Jewish settlement leaders who helped to psychologically disarm the settlers as well as encouraging them to engage in pointless and exhausting marches rather than in preparing for resistence. Soldiers were actually hardened ("brainwashed") so they would act against innocent fellow-Jews instead of the confirmed enemies of Israel. Moreover, many Jews, not just those in Gush Katif, Gaza, deep down didn't believe Jews would do such harm to other Jews. The Jewish farmers of Gaza were hard-working, innovative, productive and patriotic citizens of Israel, whose very presence helped protect the rest of Israel from surprise attacks by terrorists.

Given that experience, the Jews who oppose giving up their land now are much less sanguine. They see the current settlement freeze in Samaria and Judea (aka West Bank) and part of Jerusalem as preparatory to expelling Jews again and giving land to the Arabs again and to increased terrorism against Israel again. They understand that the Government and the Judiciary favor Arabs because they fear Arabs might riot and they are not at all worried by how Jews typically complain: letters to Government officials and polite protest marches and demonstrations. The current resistence to the housing freeze in Sameria and Judea and parts of Jerusalem is starting to take a more effective approach.

The Government took no action when some soldiers refused to serve in the West Bank to carry out military action against what they saw as innocent Arabs, even though these innocents were shielding in their midst friends and relatives who had murdered innocent Israelis and planned to continue to murder Jews. Now, when religious Jews comprise 40% of the army and eagerly request the most dangerous jobs, the Government has chosen to be stupidly confrontational against rabbis who have trained these soldiers to be patriotic Israelis, because defending Jewish land is part of being strong in devotion to Torah Judaism.

In this section, we present an essay about famous Jewish musicians forced to flee their Arab homeland in 1950; stories of rebuilding by Jews made into refugees in 2005 by their own government, which expelled them from their homes and farms in Gaza; and a story about a young couple whose farm was recently destroyed by a capricious government that hired Arabs to carry out the job.

THE AL-KUWAITY BROTHERS ARE BACK!
by Lyn Julius

  Lyn Julius tells the story of the al-Kuwaity brothers, Saleh and Daoud, who became famous in the Arab world as composers and performers. They were born in Kuwait of Iraqi Jewish parents a century ago. When Iraq and the other Arab countries began terrorizing their Jewish communities, the brothers fled to Israel along with most of the other Iraqi Jews. As is usual in totalitarian countries, they became unpersons in the Arab countries that had acclaimed their compositions. Their music was still played, but "attributed to Muslim musicians or labeled 'of folk origin'". Julius writes, "The Arab world needs to acknowledge its debt and to accept that uprooting their Jews exacted a heavy price. The day that a street in Baghdad is named after the al-Kuwaity brothers would be a day for celebration, indeed."
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NIGHTMARE ON CHELM STREET. CATS ALL, FOLKS. BUILD OR FREEZE. 3 DUFFLE BAGS.
by Moshe and Rachel Saperstein

  This issue, we learn from Moshe Saperstein the reality on the ground while little-boy politicians play Real Politiks with people's lives. And Rachel Saperstein gives us the grown-up version of the story for children about the little red hen that grew the wheat and eventually baked the bread. Her neighbors came around when the bread was baked, not before. In the grown-up version, some of the Jews expelled from Gush Katif, Gaza, shook off despair and set down a new community in Lachish. The bureaucrats that have mucked up their resettlement of the Gaza Jews came to the opening ceremonies to take the credit.
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HANUKAH AND A HOME
by Anita Tucker

  Over the years, we've posted letters from Anita Tucker, starting from when she was a farmer in Gaza. Like the Sapersteins (see above), she and her family were expelled from Gush Katif, Gaza, in August 2005, by a government that put a lot of effort in destroying the lives of some of their best citizens and then all but abandonned them. Like the Sapersteins, she found the courage to build again, a community they will call Netzer Hazani, named after the community destroyed in Gaza, She writes how the Obama-inspired 'building freeze' is affecting the community.
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'A LIFE'S WORK' DESTROYED IN SAMARIA
by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

  Standard English Slander for Jewish villages and towns in the territories and parts of Jerusalem: an outpost is a few trailers, usually on a hilltop and preventing Arab settlers seizing the land illegally; a settlement is any Jewish village, town or city smaller than Tel-Aviv.

Just a few months after Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved new housing in Samaria and Judea, he's back destroying "illegal" Jewish homes and farms such as the Botzer farm in Mevo Dotan West. These acts are barely reported in the media. I don't know what is more horrifying about this latest — that the Israeli government destroyed the home of a young industrious couple that is part of a community dedicated to keeping Israel Jewish or that the Israeli government hired neighboring Arabs, many of whom are themselves living in illegal housing, to carry out the destruction. How would we feel if men like the would-be airplane bomber were hired to smash up the home of a family of a soldier on duty in Iraq? As Ellie Katz (http://elyakatz.wordpress.com/) wrote, "This farm was dismantled with the assistance of local Arabs! What is the Israeli government doing? This is giving the Arabs an appetite for this sort of thing."
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  'ANTI-FREEZE' ACTION PLAN RELEASED
by Hillel Fendel

  The settlers have a deserved reputation of taking a lot of insult and physical abuse from the Israeli authorities, with minimal response. The police, judiciary and government have been blatently supportive of Arab settlers and hostile to Jewish settlers. Some of the settlers experienced being expelled from their homes in Gush Katif in 2005 only to find their Government had made a pointless gesture that had no impact on the world except that it demanded further concessions. They understand that a settlement freeze is likely to become permanent and be the the start of yet another expulsion. This time they know from experience the government will act against patriotic Jews instead of the Arabs that want to destroy Israel. As Hillel Fendel shows us, the Jews are planning with more perspicacity.
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WHAT ISRAEL IS DOING RIGHT RIGHT NOW

Israel's politicians are generally not outstanding, but its technical and scientific people are world-class. And they put their innovative skills to practical use. It is a sad irony that while Israel in the last few years has proven the wisdom of rejecting its socialist past and going to market capitalism, America appears to be going in the opposite direction — it is starting to adopt a socialist leveling philosophy, to our economy's detriment.

ISRAEL'S LIVELY START-UP CULTURE KEEPS ECONOMY THRIVING
by Dan Senor and Saul Singer

  "Israel has more companies on the tech-oriented NASDAQ than any country outside the United States — more than all of Europe, Japan, Korea, India, and China combined." Dan Senor and Saul Singer suggest that the U.S. could learn lessons from Israel's vital economy and high concentration of innovation and entrepreneurship. They attribute Israel's success in part to the experience young people gain in the army taking responsibility and making vital decisions on the basis of incomplete information and inadequate resources. Other factors are important. Israel is open to new immigrants — dynamic capitalists from America, engineers and scientists from Russia — and has sensible banking practices. And it was a major boost when they abandoned their socialist-based financial structure.
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SILICON ISRAEL: HOW MARKET CAPITALISM SAVED THE JEWISH STATE
by George Gilder

  Israel blossomed as a powerhouse of technological developments when it rejected its early socialist economic philosophy and adopted market capitalism. George Gilder points out that in a very short time, Israel has "become a center of innovation, second in absolute achievement only to the United States, and on a per-capita basis dwarfing the contributions of all other nations, America included." It is a world leader "in launching new companies and technologies." Some of Israel's technology achievements have millitary application, which "makes Israel one of America's most important economic allies."
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TO BRING ISRAELI POLITICS UP TO THE QUALITY OF ITS TECHNOLOGY

Israel must take control of the land that is its by Bible, by history, by international law and by conquest. And she can't possibly allow the Arabs to control her water supply. Without a strong stance, she is always kept off balance, defending herself from blood libels by the media and the U.N. For example, she was accused of war crimes in Gaza when she killed some 1200 — the majority of whom were terrorists and their human shields. In Yemen, they haven't counted the many thousands that have been killed and/or displaced in the Saudi-Iran proxy war, and the U.N. says nothing. This section looks at what Israel needs to do to inprove its political position -- from casting off its 'court Jew' persona to taking control of land that it owns legally, morally, and by right of conquest.

WHITHER ISRAEL?
by Stephen Schecter

  Stephen Schechter speaks bluntly of the unremitting hatred of the Arabs to Israel — a hatred that makes them insist, ignoring both history and law, that Jews have no connection with the land; a hatred they satisfy "by Jew hatred, terror, violence and blood lust." Jews, in contrast, continue to believe (oh so unrealistically) that there has to be a peaceful solution, even though every Israeli concession — including stripping itself of bits of its tiny land — inspires the Arab world to greater monstrosity. Shechter, ever the realist, argues that the Jews need to forsake the Court Jew mentality, defeat the Palestinians "militarily, a goal perfectly within Israel's capability" and reassert "sovereignty over the land promised to the Jews by God and the Balfour Declaration." From his lips to Israel's ears.
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GEORGE ORWELL IS ALIVE AND WELL IN ISRAEL
by Tsvi November

  In Orwellian Newspeak, doublethink is the ability to believe wholeheartedly and simultaneously in two contradictory statements or in a conclusion that flies in the face of the plain known facts. Tsvi November describes Israel's own version of Newspeak: the media and the leadership praise appeasement and abasement as furthering peace, when experience continues to demonstrate that catering to the Arabs make them ever more violent and demanding. Israel grows more prosperous and self-sufficient while the social, economic, political and demographic problems in the Arab countries worsen, yet the appeasers insist time is working against Israel. Some Israelis believe there will be real peace if only the "Palestinians" sign an agreement even though when they themselves shop in a souk, they don't believe anything the Arab owner says without verifying it for themselves. In Newspeak, "disputed territories" meant land not held permanently by one of the Superstates; "disputed territories" is how Israel's diplomats describe land they own by international law but are afraid to say so. It's time the media stopped feeding the public "the peace in our time' fantasy" and let common sense come to the fore.
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ISRAEL'S LEADERSHIP IS IGNORANT OF LAW
by Paul Lademain

  It is Paul Lademain's contention that Israel's leaders — he doesn't think highly of them — are not dealing correctly with the Arabs encroaching on Jewish land. Israel makes stupid gestures of goodwill "bargaining away its right to assert control over lands in its possession," whereas the Arabs understand — as Israel's leadership apparently does not — that, practically speaking, possession is 90% of the law. "Nations who agree to relinquish their land or their power in exchange for air-kisses are correctly perceived as 'losers.'" He recommends that "[t]o perfect control over YOUR land you must first resolve that the land is YOURS--and shall always be yours--and to do so without any qualms and with absolutely no guilt." Sensible advice.
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ARABS TO ISRAEL: JUDEN RAUS
by Victor Sharpe

  Victor Sharpe points out that Israel jeopardizes its future by not asserting its rights. Even if it were foolish enough to allow a Palestinian State in Biblical Israel, the Palestinians would still attempt to grab more land. The Arabs would yell for Israel to move to the 1949 Armistice Lines as now they yell for Israel to withdraw to the 1968 lines. And in whatever territory they take over, they allow no Jews. So there is actually a very stark option. Either Israel take control of its land or the Arabs will. Sharing is not in the cards.
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IT'S ANNEXATION TIME
by Michael Freund

  Since Oslo — or perhaps since 1968 when Israel regained Biblical Israel — Israel has kept the future of the thriving Jewish communities of Samaria and Judea ambiguous, hoping to use them as a bargaining token, where many of them would be swapped for peace with Israel's Arab neighbors. Over the years, Israel's ambition shrunk to a hope for peace with the local Arabs, who had started to call themselves "Palestinians"; and now even the putative head of some of these arabs mocks them. It has been a foolish policy that has destroyed the lives of some of her best citizens and gained Israel nothing except condemnation, whatever it does or doesn't do. Michael Freund suggests a different course, one based on Israel's legal ownership of the land, when he writes, "For far too long, Israel has been overly vulnerable to Palestinian machinations and games by leaving the status of the settlements unresolved. Now is the time to send a clear message to our foes, and there is no better place to start than with our own unilateral measures, chief among them the annexation of all the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria." An Addendum from The Israeli Initiative suggests a somewhat different way to regain what belongs to Israel. A good start to doing what Israel should have done in 1968.
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UNILATERALISM IS OUR ONLY OPTION
by Ted Belman

  Many arabs were settled into Biblical Israel — eastern Jerusalem, Samaria and Judea — by Jordan after 1967 when she occupied the area and many have come in legally and illegally since then. Ted Belman reviews his way of regaining Biblical Israel and also variations suggested by others. As does Michael Freund (see above), these plans deal with the human rights of the Arab population in the Territories; they were not granted political rights (voting) in Mandated Palestine. The ultimate objective is to do what should have been done in 1968 — take back control of Samaria and Judea, land that legally belongs to the State of Israel in the name of the Jewish people.
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WE NEED HEROES TODAY. LET US BE LIKE MACCABEES
by Bernard J. Shapiro

  The Maccabees had to fight both their Greek rulers and Hellenized Jews, whose goal was for Israel to reject Judaism and be like everyone else — assimilated into the Greek culture of their time. Bernard J. Shapiro suggests that Israel can strengthen its "political and strategic situation" by annexing land that is rightfully theirs "from the Mediterranean to the Jordan, from the Golan to Gaza" and otherwise focus on making Israel Jewish instead of favoring the Arab. He advocates a "loyalty oath and national service for all citizens of Israel, including Arabs" and letting the IDF stop terrorists, even when they use their civilian population as shields.
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CHRISTIANS IN BIBLICAL ISRAEL

These essays discuss the plight of the Christian minority living in the Territories under Muslim Arab rule. The facts are not hidden, so it is curious that so many theologians in the West and locally in Biblical Israel ignore the violence that Palestinian Arabs display to the Christians in Gaza and Samaria/Judea (West Bank) and blame Israel for everything. The attitude of the local Christians is understandable -- there isn't much distance between their throats and the knives the Muslims hold close by. But why do Western clerics blame Israel?

CHURCH LEADERS REMAIN SILENT WHILE PALESTINIAN CHRISTIAN ARABS SUFFER AT THE HANDS OF MUSLIMS
by Alex Grobman

  Christian Arabs are molested, sexually harassed, raped, murdered, terrorized, forceably converted to Islam, forced to pay extortion money and have their cemeteries desecrated in areas controlled by Muslim Arabs. Yet some of their church leaders "[a]gainst all evidence claim that the Christians Arabs are living comfortable and prosperous lives." Out of fear and intimidation by the Muslims in control, Christians are leaving cities where they used to be in the majority and Muslims are taking over. In 1990, Christians were 60% of Bethleham's population; by 2001, they were down to 20%. Yet prominent Christian clerics blame Israel for Christian flight. Alex Grobman provides us with some accurate information.
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MAINLINE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN "PEACEMAKERS" AGAINST ISRAEL
by Dexter Van Zile

  This is a well-documented and thorough study of five prestigious Protestant churches that have taken a hard anti-Israel stance and are unswervingly pro-Palestinian. They portray Israel as almost solely responsible for Arab hostility and violence towards Israel and for not trying hard enough to achieve a peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Actual facts — e.g., the Arabs speak proudly of their genocidal acts against innocent civilians because they have the seal of Islamic approval — are waved aside. The leaders of these churches promulgate anti-Israel propaganda and engage in boycott and divestment activity against Israel, with the hope they will "help transform bipartisan American support for Israel into an artifact of the hard Right." Resistance to this myopic view has been growing within the Church membership, but there are still unanswered questions: why the initial instinct of the Protestant leadership to blame just Jewish Israel? What motivates a bishop such as Rev. Margaret Payne to lie blatantly about easily-checked facts when propagandizing for the Palestinian arabs? What makes a Christian Arab like Naim Ateek whitewash the Muslims who are destroying his community? What makes an ordained minister like Gary Burge distort the plain meaning of the Torah to flay modern Zionism? What makes him insist that Jews don't own Israel because they have rejected Jesus as the Messiah? Is it that being anti-Israel is really a way to express Jew-hate, an attitude that is not exactly politically correct?
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OTHER MIDDLE EAST CONFLICTS

There is a widely-held belief, a widely-held hallucinatory belief, that yet another Palestinian state — in addition to Jordan and Israel that are already states carved out of Mandatory Palestine -- would bring peace to the Middle East. This ignores that the Middle East is an unstable area where Sunni fights Shi'ite and Iran fights Saudi Arabia and the latest splinter terror group fights the previously most rabid terrorist group. These quarrels have little or nothing to do with Israel; they have much to do with competing versions of Islam and competition for which country will be top dog in the Arab Middle East.

YEMEN SEIZES IRANIAN ARMS SHIP CARRYING WEAPONS FOR THE SHI'ITE REBELS IN THE COUNTRY'S NORTH
by Dr. Reuven Erlich

  Iran and Saudi Arabia are fighting a proxy war in Yemen, with Saudi Arabia aiding the Yemen government, Iran sending supplies and men to the Houthi Shi'ite rebels fighting the Yemini army in the north. The rebels are trying to bring down a government they say is too pro-Western. Thousands have died on both sides and some 150,000 people have been displaced. All this has taken place with little media attention and no action by the U.N. except to help create a refugee camp. This article by Dr. Reuven Erlich is about the capture of an Iranian arms shipment on its way to Yemen. Iran has similarly shipped weaponry by sea to Hezbollah to fight Israel.
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  THE ENDURING IRAN-SYRIA-HEZBOLLAH AXIS
by Michael Rubin

  Syria isn't strong enough to be a major power but it does well for itself acting as a major node in the distribution of weaponry from Iran to Hezbollah. Over the years, Hezbollah has conducted suicide attacks against Israel as the active arm of Iran and Syria — states that are not in a position to wage war openly. Hezbollah has its own power base — it controls Lebanon. When Syria was forced out of the Bekaa Valley, which is noted for its opium poppy fields and marijuana production, Hezbollah took control. Michael Rubin points out that Iran (operating from its embassy in Damascus) and Syria have bonded; they work well together and have common goals and outlook. They have unified the Shia in the region — in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and even Bahrain — and are a steady source of support for other regional terrorist groups, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad. This network would be united in a confrontation with Sunni Saudi Arabia. The U.S. State Department continues to believe it can woo Syria from its power-conferring relationship with Iran.
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HEZBOLLAH'S DELUSIONS
by Jonathan Spyer

  Jonathan Spyer makes the point that Hezbollah's victories in Lebanon are a miniature version of "larger regional developments." After its election victory, Hezbollah is now pushing to force Shi'ite rule on everyone. A similar push to a more orthodox Islam can be seen in Turkey, Iran and Gaza. As part of this, of course, the United States is demonized and Israel is targetted for destruction. "But at the core of the strategic thinking of Hezbollah and its patrons lie a series of delusions, which are likely to bring about the defeat of the movement over time." Especially if the West starts to understand that this political ideology can not be ignored or accomodated.
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AS THE ISLAMIC CURTAIN DESCENDS
by Mark Silverberg

  Mark Silverberg chronicles the gradual evolution of an Islamic mini-state in Gaza under Hamas rule and Shari'a law. A dress code for women is enforced "on the street, in schools and in the courts"; mixed-gender classes in schools are discouraged; gender separation in public is encouraged; religious studies have been expanded; and more mosques and madrasses and Shari'a courts are being constructed. Nevertheless, Hamas has not satisfied some still more religiously stringent groups, who now consider Hamas offices legitimate targets to attack. On the other hand, other Gazans may find increased conformity to Shari'a law too restrictive.
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HOW ISLAM TREATS FELLOW MUSLIMS AND INFIDELS

Chapter 2 of R.K. Ohri's book on the tenets of Islam sets the stage for the other articles in this set on how muslims treat fellow muslims and infidels, anybody and everybody, as prescribed by the Muslim religion.

THE LONG MARCH OF ISLAM: CHAPTER 2
by R. K. Ohri

  In the previous issue, R.K. Ohri discussed the "geo-political implications of the long reach of radical Islam and the consequences of their global designs for the civil society of 'tomorrow and the day after.'" In the current essay, Ohri describes Islam's foundation tenets: the 'Shahada', its declaration of faith; namaz (prayers); zakat, (giving charity); roza (fasting, as used in India); and Haj (pilgramage to Mecca). These are unexceptionable in a religion. However, a Muslim's life is prescribed by Sharia, "the collectivity of laws that govern the lives of Muslims"; sharia allows for no individual interpretation. In addition, there is "'Ummah' ... a grand idea that binds Muslims all over the world into a common brotherhood or one single fraternity." In practice it means that allegiance to Islam comes before loyalty to country — as we saw recently when Major Hasan massacred his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood. If there is a fight between foreign Muslims and the Muslim's country, a Muslim has no choice but to fight for the foreigner. This is continously preached from mosques around the world and confirmed by Islamic scholars.
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FITNA AND THE KAFIR
by Kenneth Roberts

  It is the crime of fitna if one says something publically that would "cause controversy, testing, fragmentation, scandal, chaos, or discord, disturbing social peace and order within the Muslim community,.." The punishment is death, which any Muslim can administer to the perpetrator, his family or his whole community. Kenneth Roberts points out that violence against critics of Islam applies to everyone, Muslim and infidel. Even "[t]o analyze Mohammed's ethical inconsistencies is fitna." Official dogma of mainstream Sunni Islam, who number almost a billion, it is an effective technique for controlling public information sources and inducing self-censorship. The Danish cartoon riots were to teach infidels not to disagree with Mohammed in public. Even five years later, a Somali man was caught breaking into the cartoonist's home, armed with a knife and hatchet. It is easy nowadays to spot newspapers that snipe and sneer at Jewish and Christian practices but are mealy-mouthed about Muslims; they are practicing self-censorship to avoid trouble.
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JIHAD, INC.
by Alex Alexiev

  The FBI has arrested some 20 homegrown Muslims planning terrorist attacks in just the last 6 months alone. They were radicalized in mosques in America by imams preaching an ideology that demonizes "the West as a subhuman civilization that must be destroyed if Islam is to survive and triumph," starting with America. As Alex Alexiev explains, "[P]eaceful coexistence between Islam and any other religion or ideology is rejected." Their enemy is anyone, Muslim and non-Muslim, that doesn't accept sharia law. They began building infrastructure back in 1960s — a well-funded, active and growing network of student and professional associations, publishing houses, schools, mosques and charities. The Fort Hood massacre was dramatic, but their preferred methods are those that arouse less antagonism: "taking over moderate Muslim institutions, radicalizing mainstream believers, indoctrinating the young, aggressively proselytizing among the infidels, infiltrating government institutions and the political establishment, and organizing support for extremist causes and jihad overseas." The U.S. Government needs to start connecting the dots.
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WHY I MURDERED 13 AMERICAN SOLDIERS AT FORT HOOD: NIDAL HASSAN EXPLAINS IT ALL TO YOU
by Barry Rubin

  Before he massacred army personnel at Fort Hood, Major Hasan had given a Power Point lecture explaining how the Koran framed his view of how a Muslim in the U.S. Army should behave when forced into a situation where he might have to kill brother Muslims in Afghanistan and Iran. He concluded he couldn't fight in an infidel army — the army of his own country, America — against other Muslims. Barry Rubin points out that, having examined alternative ways of handling the situation, Hasan "clearly did see himself as a Jihad warrior" with limited options of what to do.
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ANTI-SEMITISM IN AMERICAN BLOGS AND SYRIAN RADIO AND EARLIER INFLUENCE

The number of the polite and respectable sources of attack on Jews — the ones that mask their agenda — have increased over the years; and they add new areas and inventive arguments all the time. Moreover, they make possible the advent of American blogs that openly spout anti-semitic hate and assert the truth of nonsensical non-facts. The more openly hateful opinions are becoming more prevalent on blogs and comments to blog articles. They are not as virulent as Arab propaganda but they are closer than they were after World War 2, when shock as the details of the Holocaust came out had a temporary paralyzing effect on the customary anti-jew statements.

RULES OF ETIQUETTE FOR MODERN ANTI-SEMITISM
by Bruce Kesler

  Bruce Kesler provides us with an superb summary of how much of anti-semitic propaganda is spread in America using a variety of smoke screens to mask the hate-the-Jews message. The number of attacks from polite and respectable sources have increased over the years. Modern anti-semitism "wraps up old canards in purposely cute circumlocutions, to deceive and forward its deadly goal, the death of the civilized West so that backwardness, tyranny and barbarities can continue or prevail in greater safety from exposure, comparison or challenge. "
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ANTI-ISRAELISM AND ANTI-SEMITISM IN PROGRESSIVE U.S. BLOGS/NEWS WEBSITES: INFLUENTIAL AND POORLY MONITORED
by Adam Levick

  For years even after World War 2, hate was expected from the Right, not from the liberals, the democrats, the "good guys." Since then, it is the Left that has become the major home of anti-semitism and anti-zionism. Adam Levick chronicles the temperment of some on the "respectable" Left, where anti-semitism, pro-Palestinian, globalism and share-the-wealth live comfortably together.
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THE HATE INDUSTRY: THE PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF ZION IN A RADIO BROADCAST FROM DAMASCUS
by Reuven Erlich

  The Arab media maintains a steady stream of anti-Jewish T.V. and radio shows. Unlike in the West, there is nothing to inhibit the Religion of Peace from spouting hate.
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HATE RADIO: THE LONG, TOXIC AFTERLIFE OF NAZI PROPAGANDA IN THE ARAB WORLD
by Jeffrey Herf

  In this essay, Jeffrey Herf deals with the contribution Nazi anti-semitism made to the Muslim's religious obligation to be globally superior to all other groups. He writes, "The founding charter of Hamas, the militant Palestinian group, recapitulates conspiracy theories about Jews that were popular in Europe in the 20th century. Al Qaeda's war against 'the Zionist-Crusader Alliance' and the anti-Zionist rants of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran also display a blend of anti-Semitic themes rooted in Nazi and fascist, as well as Islamist, traditions. To be sure, each of these movements and ideologies have non-European, local, and regional causes and inspirations. But the formulation of Nazi propaganda during World War II and its dissemination stand as a decisive episode in the development of radical Islamism."
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ACADEMIC ANTISEMITES

In a recent paper in Front Page Magazine entitled "Auto-Genocide, Jewish Style," Kenneth Levin wrote that many Jews "support those openly calling for the Jews' annihilation, and still more ...downplay the threat and caricature concerned voices. Hardly less unsavory are the myriad Jews who attack Israel's policies as the source of all the nation's difficulties, insist that 'peace' can be had if only Israel would reform itself and make sufficient concessions, militantly advocate such a course and say nothing of the genocidal agenda of the nation's enemies or of their aggressive indoctrinating of additional cadres dedicated to enacting that agenda."

Levin notes that many are children of Holocaust survivors. "In their twisted thinking, they trumpet their parents' history as though it somehow confers on them a special right to back forces that aspire to another Holocaust."

Auto-genociders ignore significant facts. The illogic of their 'if-thens' is particularly blatent when manifested in Jewish academics. With the exception of Allison Weir, everyone on the group discussed below is Jewish. Sad to say, they are not unique — they are just part of a large herd of academic Jewish Jew haters in the West and in Israel.

SHLOMO SAND AND THE ORIGIN OF JUDAISM
by Yoram Shifftan and Bernice Lipkin

  Shlomo Sand has written a book denying that present day Jews are connected to the ancient Land of Israel; instead, they are descended from relatively recent converts to Judaism. It is a popular book, already translated into several languages. If nothing else, it is a testament to how many people are delighted by the idea that Jews may be neither authentic nor ancient. There is a lovely bit of sleight-of-hand associated with written reviews — the emphasis is on the outrage the orthodox Jewish community must be feeling because the book destroys some of its "myths." This helps to authenticate Sand's arguments; it frames the issue as a joust between two points of view. In this essay, Yoram Shifftan and Bernice Lipkin suggest that the problems with the book are intrinsic. It's not just the what and where. It's the impossibility of the how.
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RICHARD FALK: A COLLABORATORS IN THE WAR AGAINST THE JEWS
by Steven Plaut

  Steven Plaut labels Richard Falk "America's leading practitioner of the Orwellian inversion. " For Falk, "America is a fascist monstrosity, while the world's fascist and totalitarian monstrosities are democratic enclaves of freedom. For him, Israel is a terrorist aggressor, while the Arab terrorist aggressors are innocent victims and peace-loving progressives. For him, Israel is a Nazi-like country seeking genocide, while the genocidal Islamofascists of the Hamas and their backers are merely protesters against social inequality inside Israel. For him, terrorist aggression against Jews is really the pursuit of peace, while self-defense by Israel is criminal, terrorist aggression and genocide." So it is not at all surprising that the U.N. appointed him as "Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories."
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INTRODUCING ALISON WEIR
by Ken Waltzer

  Alison Weir is representative of the latest model journalists that wave academic credentials to support their virulent chants of hate against Israel. They make no bones about their desire to erase the Jewish state and countenance any violence that will make this possible. They are not at all uneasy that their claims have no factual basis. They assert — ignoring factual history — that the land really belongs to the Arabs calling themselves Palestinians, and the Jews are occupying it illegally. No libel is too outré for them to mouth. The latest lurid assertion by Weir and her fellow Jew-haters — that Israelis harvest Palestinian organs for transplant — is just too juicy to be squashed by the fact that conditions during a military operation — or in any situation that impedes the complex procedure for a successful transfer — make it impossible to salvage usable organs.
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HARVARD'S HAMAS DUMPLING: SARA ROY
by Steven Plaut

  Steven Plaut writes about Sara Roy, a foot soldier in the War Against the Jews. In most ways, she is a very ordinary Jew-hating Jew. She is an academic who claims expertise in areas where she has no credentials. She is the child of Holocaust survivors who preaches about the evils of the Jewish state. Billed as an intellectual, her publications are heavy with anger but light on facts. She stands out in the crowd of Jew-haters only in that she specializes in whitewashing Hamas, painting them as seekers of peace and chock full of concern for the Palestinian Arabs. She has argued that Fatah has probably killed more Israells than Hamas. In that, she may be right.
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EUROPE ON THE WAY TO DISSOLUTION

What a difference a few million Muslims make! In 60 years, the number of European Muslims went from some two hundred thousand to over 50 million and is climbing rapidly. This set of articles estimate where we are on the graph charting Islam's take over of the Christian nations of Europe. Jews in Europe are particularly hard-hit. Together with insisting on universalizing Shari'a, Muslims are openly and viciously anti-Jewish -- there are hundreds of incidents of Muslim youth attacking Jews in France, Sweden, etc. — making it easier for the more politically correct natives to join the choir.

WHO'S SLEEPING MORE DEEPLY — EUROPE OR AMERICA?
by Bruce Bawer

  In this benchmark article written a year ago, Bruce Bawer argues that Europe is in a more parlous state than the USA, when it comes to denying the inroads Islam has made into cracking up Western culture. A year later, Europe has had two bits of good luck: the Swiss referendum against minarets and the revelation that the CRU group in England so manipulated its weather station data, it might as well have started with random numbers — and in some cases, did. Meantimes, in America, Prez Obama won't let these revelations prevent him from trying to make a cap and trade deal in Copenhagen that will further improvish America. Clearly, there are opposing trends — globalization versus concern for the individual's freedom of action. Which will dominate?
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SURVIVING THE COMING CRASH
by Fjordman

  In this essay Fjordman points out a reality most of the media ignore; e.g., that "European Union (EU) has forced through the EU Constitution/Lisbon Treaty and in essence ... [has] dissolved dozens of nation states, while making "legal opposition to their rule" impossible. Meantime, the staggering debt the USA has incurred has so weakened the dollar that it is unlikely the USA will long keep its leadership position. If the breakdown of western democracies was planned and staged, Fjordman is inclined to blame groups advocating a global oligarchy. Factor in that there are documented plans to include Muslim North Africa and Middle East in the EU. Factor in that it is de rigeur for teachers and the media to disparage or minimize the contributions of white culture. Factor in that, as the Muslim population in Europe expands, some European leaders seem comfortable with the idea that the natives in white majority Western countries will soon be a minority in their own countries. Fjordman is clear that Europe's external problems will never be solved unless Marxists are stopped from destroying the European structure and character of the Western countries. As he puts it, "We must switch from a 'save the world' to a 'save ourselves' mode."
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NAZI EURABIA AND AMERICA'S FATE
by Jim O'Neill

  Jim O'Neil writes a clear summary of some of the changes in Europe since Muslims started to arrive in sufficient numbers to make a difference. They didn't just soak up welfare funds and have babies. The Left promoting globalization and share-the-wealth and Islam promoting Islam have made common cause — at least for the while — which ensures that Muslim violence is mostly ignored. In France, Muslims initiated a marked increase in anti-Jewish crimes — beatings, harassment, vandalism — without government action. Only when a young Jew was kidnapped and slaughtered were the Muslim murderers put on trial. In England, Sharia law is now the law for Muslims and people are becoming used to having their values and feelings take second place while sensitivity to Muslim concerns is emphasized. Resistence against Muslim rule has started to grow in Switzerland and Denmark, and poll after poll indicates the people approve curtailing Islamic growth, even if their leaders don't. In America, Islamic activity has todate been mostly operating under the radar, and the administration tamps down calls for awareness and alertness between the periods of so-called lone wolf terror acts.
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AMERICAN PERCEPTION OF TERRORISM

In America, perhaps because terrorist acts have been isolated and minimized both by the press and the government, there is not the understanding how the sustained work of the Islamists is slowly changing America. Previous issues have dealt with Muslim infiltration into mainline churches, law courts, the media, text book publishing and education, with Marxist professors openly hostile to democracy. This set of articles suggest that America needs to face the fact that the Islamists are fighting us in many ways. Many of these attacks create dry rot termite-style and do not confront us with a locust swarm of devastation. We don't even seem to recognize friend from foe. We don't comprehend how fear of terrorist retaliation has already created self-censorship in the media. We ignore that Islamic preaching of hatred of America may prefigure Mumbai-style attacks in the U.S.A. And pro-Palestinian 'grass roots' groups continue to promote boycotts of Israeli products — not, of course, the cell phone and computer and medical equipment developed in Israel, but the stuff they personally don't need. Given that the major Jewish organizations are ineffective in seriously fighting the multi-front attack on Judaism and Jews, we end with a story how one organization is fighting the boycott with a buycott of Israeli goods.

THE IDIOT TWINS OF AMERICAN IDEALISM
by Spengler

  Trust Spengler to come up with the perfect telegraph-length assessment of a morass of wrongheaded opinions. He notes that "[a] widely shared fantasy ... doesn't qualify as reality" and proceeds to demolish opinions that sound "realistic" but are based on facts that are not significant. Thus, a multitude of friends of Islam think Mearsheimer and Walt are realists because they want America to break its alliance with Israel, which has only 7 million population, when the Muslims number well over a billion. All that proves is that they can compare two numbers and pick out the larger one. Spengler highlights the significant information: given Israel's advanced technological skills, its "contribution might be decisive in a number of fields, for example avionics and especially drone technology." America needs that edge.
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THE WAR FOR 21ST-CENTURY FREEDOM
by Barbara Lerner

  "Islamists are fighting for control of the world." Their power increases; their alliances multiply; Iran serves as their model — "the world's first Islamist nuclear power." We are at war, Barbara Lerner writes, "a long-dormant, 14-century-old religious war against the Christian West," a war we must win, if we are to retain our religious freedom, our fundamental freedoms, including "the right to disbelieve." Yet here it is 8 years after 9/11. Neither Bush and now Obama faced the fact that we are at war with resurgent Islamists, a war we didn't chose and still try to deny. Iran has been on the offensive since 1979, and our leadership still ignores its attacks, believing we can work things out by negotiation and friendliness. Fortunately, Lerner points out, we "have two great trump cards: the fundamental honesty and good sense of the American people, and the back-against-the wall courage of the Israeli people." Given the right leadership, that might do.
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WOULD IRAN PROVIDE A NUCLEAR WEAPON TO TERRORISTS?
by Steven Emerson and Joel Himelfarb

  Given the number of supposedly lone-wolf terrorists attacking army bases, air planes, synagogues and Jewish community centers, there is growing concern that an Iran with nuclear weapons might decide to share these weapons with terror organizations. Steven Emerson and Joel Himelfarb ask whether such a concern is reasonable. We know there has been informal cooperation between al-Qaeda, al-Jihad, Iran and Hezbollah, including supplying weapons and training in explosives. Moreover, attacking the United States is a publically stated ambition of these groups. We know al-Qaeda continues to seek nuclear weapons, components and information in Europe and Pakistan. There is evidence that Iran is "uncomfortable at the prospect of terrorists acquiring such weapons" because our retaliation would include Iran. But conditions might change. And meantime, while some supplies from Iran have been seized, it is also likely that other shipments have succeeded in making it to Middle East terror organizations.
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THE BOMB IS JUST THE BEGINNING
by George Jonas

  An amazing story that will make you understand the real scariness of terrorism. As George Jonas writes, "The bomb is just the beginning." The act of terrorism causes you to distort your thinking to keep yourself from recognizing that you are terrified. You feel like a coward for feeling that way. The real awfulness is that you then persuade yourself you have become passive for good sensible reasons, not fear. It makes understandable the behavior of newspapers like the New York Times that worry about injuring the "sensitivity" of Moslems — who show their anger violently — but will print nasties about Christian and Jews — who politely complain.
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BUYCOTT ISRAEL. DON'T LET THE BOYCOTT BITE
by Roberta E. Dzubow

  Roberta Dzubow suggests a way the ordinary citizen can fight the Islamic campaign to lash out at Israel in as many ways as possible. A major tactic is to boycott Israeli products in the grocery. Or to attempt to destroy them. The Buy Israel Steering Committee has organized to counter their efforts by buying Israeli products. The basic strategy can be supplemented by having a camera handy and making a movie to post on You Tube. Talk to the other shoppers about the unfairness of the boycott campaign. Buy some of the products and hand out samples to people walking by. Just start. You'll figure out what to do next. Don't be shy.
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My aunt, Elaine Cutler, made aliyah yesterday, Thursday, November 12, 2009. She is excited about beginning this new adventure.

She was born between 1908 and 1910. So if she isn't already 100, she likely will be on her birthday, come next month.

Here she is being greeted by two of her grandchildren, Natan and Liat, at the airport.


SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER, 2009


What we are talking about in the September-October 2009 issue:
EDITORIAL: JUDGING JUDGE GOLDSTONE
THE GOLDSTONE AFFAIR (Altman, Carl of Jerusalem, Landes, NGO Monitor, Phillips, Cotler, Halevi, Warren)
OTHER WAYS THE UN GANGS UP AGAINST ISRAEL (Honig, Hertz, Grobman, Glick, Posner)
MEANTIME, THESE ARE BEING IGNORED (Huessy, Glick, Washington Times Editorial, Erlich, Stakelbeck, Phillips)
THE PEACE PROCESS AND THE 2-STATE SOLUTION (Pipes, Kaplan, Mehlman, Ettinger, Isseroff, Silverberg, Grobman, Alrabaa, Pritzker)
GUSH KATIF (Saperstein, Fendel, Miskin)
ENDING THE STALEMATE: THE TRANSFER SOLUTION (Leibler, Mandel, Greenfield, Dann, Elon, Samson Blinded)
JEWISH SELF-HATERS (Plaut, Kaplan, Stotsky)
AN INVENTIVE HISTORY FOR AN INVENTED PEOPLE (Dann, Yemini, Plaut, Chemla, Feferman)
ISLAM AS IT ACTUALLY IS (O'Neill, Warner, Ohri, Warner, Erlich, Greenfield, Imani, Greenfield, Suseelan)
MUSLIM INFILTRATION INTO THE U.S.A. (Williams, Gaffney, Shulman, Shulman, Chesler, Jasser)
HISTORY SECTION (Stein)
BLOG-ED PAGES (September, October)

EDITORIAL: JUDGING JUDGE GOLDSTONE

The Goldstone report is fast becoming the Goldstone Affair.

When we first heard of the oncoming report by a committee headed by Judge Richard Goldstone, it was because of a series of letters written by Maurice Ostroff to Judge Goldstone back in May 2009, when the fact-finding mission was first announced. We wondered why the fuss. There was no way a country as meticulous as Israel could be accused of war crimes. Arab terrorists know they are safe from IDF couterattack if they shoot from within a group of woman and children. True, even though Israel had sacrificed her soldiers in Jenin to spare civilians, still the Arabs accused them of killing some 5000 civilians. (The final count — when the propaganda smog cleared — was around 50, almost all of whom were terrorists or who had aided the terrorists by luring the IDF troops to their deaths). Notwithstanding, we still thought this was plain silly. If unintentially killing an actually innocent occasional civilian was a war crime, was there a democratic country that could not be so tarnished? And as for the arab and other totalitarian countries, had anyone even bothered making a count of their crimes against civilians?

The founders of the United Nations envisioned an environment where its members would behave in a gentlemanly fashion to argue out and negotiate differences in a peaceful manner. But times have changed.

We ignored that the Goldstone Commission was put in place by UNHRC, the Human Rights Council of the U.N. UNHRC had a long history of unsubstantiated attacks on particular countries, while it ignores what other particular countries do, no matter what they do.

But we naturally assumed there would be a red-line drawn at some point on outrageous accusations.

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THE GOLDSTONE AFFAIR
 

A LETTER TO JUSTICE RICHARD GOLDSTONE
by Professor David Altman

  There have been many articles which accurately point out the airbrushed terminology and misleading statements and bald lies in the UN Goldstone singularly biased report on Israel's conduct when it invaded Gaza in December, 2008, to put an end to eight years of Hamas' shooting missiles into Israel that targetted civilians. This letter by Daniel Altman deals with another aspect: his horror and loathing of the Cain-like behavior shown by Richard Goldstone, a Jew who has used false witness and his prestigious position to destroy his own brethren and his own country. As Altman writes, "What was in your mind, Justice Goldstone, when you became the emissary of the world's most intractable states? What were you thinking of when you became the representative of Sudan, Syria and Libya?" It is a plausible guess that Goldstone was delighted to be furthering the work of Human Rights Watch an organization — his organization — which, judging by its activities, is unduly devoted to the Palestinian cause.
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HOWARD BERMAN FISKS GOLDSTONE
by Carl of Jerusalem

  The Goldstone Report itself has fared badly in the real world. In fact, except in institutions dominated by Muslims and/or Marxists, articles are moving from condemning the report — it's so obviously biased and error-ridden, it's almost too easy a target. Now the interesting question is: why would anyone, especially a Jew, take on a task knowing from its initial mandate that it could only end by condemning what should have been praised — the care that Israel took in Gaza to avoid civilian injury while attempting to destroy the missiles Hamas was deliberately shooting at Israeli civilians. Goldstone himself wrote a disengenuous and distorted defense in the New York Times — where else? But all it showed was that he was now on the defensive. On November 3, 2009, The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly 344 (36 voting against and 22 voting present) for a resolution that strongly rejected the Goldstone report. When the Resolution was first mentioned, Goldstone submitted a condemnation of the proposed Resolution. It was brilliantly demolished by Representative Howard Berman, (D-Cal). Carl of Jerusalem provides us with the details.
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FISKING GOLDSTONE: WHAT'S HAPPENED TO THIS MAN?
by Richard Landes

  As Representative Howard Berman (above) critiqued Judge Goldstone's rebuttal to the Congressional resolution, here Richard Landes takes apart Goldstone's New York Times essay in self-justification. Unfortunately for him, his actions don't map well onto his attitude that he is the injured party and his puzzled wonderment that his conclusions are being questioned. As more of the Committee's foolish acceptance of obvious distortions and bald lies comes to light, Judge Goldstone appears to be reacting by reinventing himself, painting a false picture of a hero trying to make sure both Israel and Hamas were treated fairly and objectively. Israel was not. And much of the reason is Goldstone's lack of objectivity and his inability to conduct a professional examination.
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HOUSE OF CARDS: NGOS AND THE GOLDSTONE REPORT
by NGO Monitor

  NGOs — Non-governmental agencies — have acquired credibility by their informal linkage to the United Nations. Some NGOs have acquired notoriety by their flagrant politicization, sacrificing truth for will-say-anything in support of the Palestinian cause. The current essay makes the point that the already notorious Goldstone report did not — as it was chartered — directly examine much actual evidence. The Goldstone group relied heavily on available reports from prejudiced NGOs that had an anti-Israel agenda; whose personnel were almost always one-sided and anti-Israel; and who in arguing were prone to illiterate and imaginative "interpretations" of International Law.
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HOW 'HUMAN RIGHTS' HAVE TURNED INTO INHUMAN WRONGS
by Melanie Phillips

  OUT of the many NGO's that supplied the Goldstone's commission with flagrantly dishonest information, Melanie Phillips deals specifically with the irresponsible behavior of one particular NGO — Human Rights Watch (HRW). What makes HRW of particular interest is, first, that Judge Goldstone was an active member until very recently. Second, HRW's behavior was so egregiously biased that its chairman for many years found it necessary to write that HRW has lost its ability to distinguish "between open and closed societies." It "has lost critical perspective on [this] conflict." The end notes include links to some pertinent videos.
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THE GOLDSTONE MISSION — TAINTED TO THE CORE
by Irwin Cotler

  The abstract in the Jerusalem Post reads that In Part I, "Professor Irwin Cotler explain[s] how the Goldstone Commission was tainted by the UN Human Rights Council resolution creating its mandate, as well as the predisposed views of some of its personnel. In the second part of his piece, he elaborates the systemic and systematic bias of the UN council itself, and the implications this bias has on the fact-finding mission and on the integrity of international law generally." [emphasis added] To put it bluntly, you can't make anything resembling a silk scarf if you start a bunch of boars with coarse hair.
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BLOCKING THE TRUTH OF THE GAZA WAR: HOW THE GOLDSTONE COMMISSION UNDERSTATED THE HAMAS THREAT TO PALESTINIAN CIVILIANS
by Col. (res.) Jonathan D. Halevi

  Goldstone and his cohorts have aided and abetted anti-Israel forces by making Israel the villain of the Gaza operation last winter. That is not the same as saying they were actually interested in making life better for the ordinary Arab in Gaza. They operated with the same motives as the UNRWA staffers that force Palestinian arabs to live in refugee camps in the Arab states and refuse to let them be absorbed as citizens in these Arab countries. The goal is to turn public opinion against Israel; it is not to help the arab populace. Colonel Halevi makes the point that offensive acts by Hamas against Gazan civilians were ignored, while negative statements against Israel were eagerly accepted as factual. The Goldstone gang played the trivia game, asking many questions about such matters as when evening prayers took place in the Ibrahim al-Maqadma mosque but asking no questions about the terrorists operating from the mosque. Their questioning "proved to be superficial and was ill-suited to elicit the truth about events in Gaza."
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THE LATEST ANTI-ISRAEL STUNT
by David Warren

  David Warren's article starts with essential context, "The significance of Israel is that she stands proxy for America and the West in the minds of our most lethal enemies." The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) is loaded with countries that — themselves human rights violators — use preaching about human rights as weapon to weaken the West. Their latest missilehead is a nominal Jew, who has changed political sides much more often than Ahmadinejad has changed suits. By refusing to withdraw from the Council, [the American administration joined HRC around the time of Durban 2 in the spring of 2009] the U.S. government is again signalling its willingness to seek favour from its own worst enemies, by throwing Israel to the wolves."
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OTHER WAYS THE UN GANGS UP AGAINST ISRAEL.

Various groups in the U.N. continuously press Israel to give up land to the Palestinians. In doing so, they ignore that the land that is Israel, Samaria, Judea, the Golan, and yes, Gaza, is held in irrevocable trust for the Jewish people. Who is responsible for maintaining this unbreakable trust? It's the U.N., who took it over from the League of Nations. Ignoring their responsibility, the Arab bloc and its allies want to destroy Israel, which sits on land they consider Arab. So they revise history, ignore mandates and continuously pressure the Jews to give up land to that invented people, the Palestinians.

IT'S NOT THE SETTLEMENTS, STUPID
by Sarah Honig

  Sarah Honig argues that it's distortion to ignore historical context, particularly, as in this case, where false premises about root causes have continued to lead to solutions that don't solve and that are continuously being dissolved and reconstructed into yet another pseudo solution. She clears up one aspect of the puzzling fact that the non-Jewish population of the Palestine Mandate, dormant for hundreds of years, jumped up dramatically in the 20th Century. It wasn't just the economic opportunities created by the Jewish Aliyah. It was specific anti-Jewish tactics by the British caretakers to reduce the Jewish population of what was destined to be Israel that gave unhindered Arab immigration a boost up.
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WORLD LEADERS IGNORE INTERNATIONAL LAW
by Eli E. Hertz

  Eli Hertz talks about the international law that pertains to the Middle East. The territory the Ottoman Empire had owned for hundreds of years was taken over by England and France after World War I. The area labeled Mandated Palestine was to be Jewish. The rest — 99.9% of the Middle East — was carved into present-day Arab states; this was never challenged. Only the peaceable Jewish state must show cause for existing, despite its title to the land. In addition to the citations in this paper, you can read other relevant legal opinions by googling Yoram Shifftan and Howard Grief.
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A DAY OF INFAMY: NOVEMBER 10, 1975
by Alex Grobman

  November 10, 1975 was one of the United Nation's most memorable days in its mission to increase harmony and civility in the world by creating an environment conducive to the peaceful resolution of differences between member countries. It was on that day that the General Assembly declared that Zionism Equals Racism. As Alex Grobman points out, this was the first time the UN condemned the intrinsic ideology that formed the bedrock of the culture and religion of a member state. It made any and all spurious charges against Israel — unthinkable in the atmosphere envisioned when the United Nations was created — acceptable. It encouraged "the campaign of disinformation orchestrated by the Arabs and their collaboraters." How else does one explain why a country that has made extraordinary advances for human betterment is treated as more evil than antiquated regimes that treat their own women and all infidels as an underclass and hate democratic ideas almost as much as they do Israel.
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THE RIGGED GAME
by Caroline Glick

  The mentality that produced the Zionism is Racism U.N. resolution and the consequent demonization of Israel is the same that encourages Europe to view Israel as evil, while overlooking Iran's ambition to create destruction nuclear power. Israel is always to blame for Iran's behavior. "So too, Arab terrorism is explained away while every act — small and large — that in any way asserts Israel's right to defend itself is pounced upon as proof of Israel's criminality and brutality." Fortunately, most Americans are more clear-eyed and assign the blame for unsuccessful peace overtures to Iran on Iran. Unfortunately, the present administration is not among this group.
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HUMAN RIGHTS LEADERS GET THEIR PRIORITIES IN ORDER
by Michael Posner

  Sarcasm is hard to get right — to make the point and not sound bitter or sour. In this essay, Michael Posner gets it just right. He envisions a meeting of the heads of important human rights groups gathered together to determine which country is the most heinous practitioner of crimes against human rights. No, it's not Darfur, or Somalia, or Sri Lanka, or Iran, or those states that mutilate the genitals of women and murder the victims of rape, or the muslims will be muslims Shi'ites and Sunnis engaged in mutual destruction. I think we know who they picked as the worst of all.
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MEANTIME, THESE ARE BEING IGNORED

While the U.N. fiddles with pasting a false label on Israel, using the Goldstone Report as glue, real problems are ignored. The UN Security Council Resolution 1701 is ignored and Hezbollah fires rockets into northern Israel from Lebanon — see this. But then #1701 never did have teeth; nor would the U.N ever suggest that Arabs firing missiles at Jewish civilians were committing a war crime. Some events, however, threaten to upset the Middle East as a whole. The increasing competence of Iran in nuclear atomics. The proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia in Yemen. The Al-Qaeda network. The effective attack against Europe. All ignored. Until when?

A 20-YEAR-OLD PUZZLE: HAVE WE DISCOVERED WHAT IRAN IS REALLY UP TO?
by Peter Huessy

  "Iran's constitution calls on the country to export its brand of murderous Islam" and it has single-mindedly sought power and regional control, using terror, kidnapping, murder, lying, bribing, arming and training terrorists, etc. In this context, Peter Huessy asks: what do we know and/or can surmise about the Iranian nuclear facilities, so we can predict future developments? We know Iran, aided by Russia, China, North Korea and Syria, is building nuclear warheads. We know her ballistic missiles can be launched quickly and will soon be able to reach Europe. We know the West, joined by Third-World countries, has not built a superior defensive shield; it has not taken military action; it has instead wasted its time lambasting "unilateral" action by U.S.A. and — including us — negotiating with the mullahs. Heussey projects what this means for interactions and actions in the near future.
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WAGING DIPLOMATIC WAR
by Caroline Glick

  A reader of the original article writes "Ms Glick is spot on. Goldstone set up Israel with his report & now his vultures are springing the trap with this talk about 'inquiry'". As Caroline Glick writes, the Goldstone report has been approved by the General Assembly. It is expected that it will eventually bring home the gold — acknowledgment by the World Court in the Hague that Israeli's entrance into Gaza was indeed a criminal act and Israeli leaders should be tried as criminals. It also sets a precedent for prosecuting Western countries for fighting terrorists. Concomitantly, the major powers announced they would be enriching Iran's uranian, thus helping Iran's nuclear program move forward faster. Iran, in characteric Muslim fashion, didn't think this good enough — and why ever would she let the enriched fuel out of the country? The American administration thinks this is all swell. Oh well, there's one silver lining. Obama has performed a miracle — Jimmy Carter will not win the prize as the worst president America ever had.
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GETTING READY FOR THE ISLAMIC BOMB
by Washington Times Editorial

I freely admit that I believed that Prez. Obama's quisling acquiescence to all things Muslim was, in a way, America's best protection against a Muslim mass murderer of the sort that has killed hundreds of Israelis and wounded thousands in the last decade alone. Why would they bother when they were successfully infiltrating and termite-gnawing at our educational and political infrastructure? Major Hasan proved me wrong. In similar fashion, this Editorial from the Washington Times points out the devastation we — not just Israel and the Arab countries of the Middle East — will suffer, should Iran be allowed to achieve nuclear capability. It points out that Iran currently supplies Hamas and Hezbollah weapons; "it is chilling to consider how much more bold Iran will be with an atomic arsenal." And, I may add, helpful to future Hasans.
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IRANIAN SUBVERSION IN YEMEN
by Reuven Erlich

  Reuven Erlich writes about how Iran is attempting to subvert the Sunni government in Yemen by aiding the Shi'ite Houthi rebels in north Yemen by providing them ideological, religious and material support. The addendum notes that Saudi Arabia is similarly aiding the Yemen government. It adds up to a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia for control of the region.
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AL QAEDA IN NORTH AFRICA THREATENS THE WEST
by Erick Stakelbeck

  Al Qaeda certainly keeps up with the times. Al Qaeda is securely situated in Pakistan and anxious to obtain Pakastan's nuclear bombs. As Erick Stakelbeck writes, al Qaeda is not isolated. It has extended tentacles across the globe, essentially delegating regional franchises to like-minded groups. A leader of one of these groups, AQIM — Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb — has said, "We will not hesitate in targeting (the United States) whenever we can and wherever it is on this planet." AQIM pays its expenses by drug trafficing and kidnapping. It is alive and well; it shares the "goals of al Qaeda's hierarchy in Pakistan"; it has a network and a mission — to carry out jihad against the West.
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THE UNCOVERED CONSPIRACY TO TRANSFORM BRITAIN
by Melanie Phillips

  Citing a recent article by Andrew Neather, "speech writer for Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett," Melanie Phillips concludes that the extreme increase in Muslim population in Britain didn't just happen. "It was a deliberate policy of mass immigration ... to change the very makeup of this country without telling the electorate." Immigration controls were loosened, effectively reversing a stated policy limiting the entry of foreign workers, so that "some 2.3 million migrants have been added to the population since 2001." The Labour government continue to see it as a praiseworthy way to create a multicultural England. Many a voter sees it as destructive of English culture. Moreover, if allowed to continue, it will introduce a huge number of immigrants — many of whom are iliterate and without skills — into an already overcrowded country. No wonder that the white working class is voting for the British National Party, that strongly objects to unrestricted immigration. The article mirrors what is happening in much of Europe.
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THE PEACE PROCESS AND THE 2-STATE SOLUTION

Again, the world powers are pushing for a two-state solution, whereby the Arabs gain Samaria and Judea to attach to Gaza. Whatever its form of administration — one state or two or a bunch of fiefdoms controlled by the various terrorists splinter groups — it will be called a state, just as the process whereby this occurs is called the peace-process. This is traditional ritual engaged in by Western governments, even our own — Obama is the current enthusiast. All it ever seems to do is to exacerbate Arab hostility and make the region more unstable. What has spoiled this plan each and every time is that the peace process is not a solution; it just becomes part of the problem. The so-called Palestinians aren't interested in creating yet another Arab state. If they gain this land, they will just expand their facilities for attacking what's left of Israel. But that doesn't stop Israel's "friends" from calling on Israel to stay quiet while the they chop away land that is hers by international law, by history, by bible and by conquest, when Israel fended off invasions by her Arab neighbors.

When the Ottoman Empire was dissolved, Britain was entrusted with the job of developing a tiny piece of the former Empire — labeled Mandated Palestine — as a homeland for the Jewish people. This was put in the form of an irrevocable trust for the Jewish people. Attempting to revoke this opens up a nasty can of worms — many of the current Arab states were created out of the rest of the Middle Eastern section of the Ottoman Empire. It isn't clear that they have the same standing in international law and as strong a claim to legitimacy that Israel has. (To learn more, start with the Mehlman and Mark Kaplan articles in this Section. And the Hertz article above.)

PEACE PROCESS OR WAR PROCESS?
by Daniel Pipes

  The Oslo Accord, once proclaimed as a brilliantly successful peace process and the start of a new Middle East, was a bust. Daniel Pipes examines how it was that Israel made such a profound mistake and how the Arab response to the Israeli effort shaped the Israeli rejectionist attitude towards more recent attempts at fantasy "peace processes". At the heart of the Israeli delusion was Rabin's belief that one made peace with one's enemy. "Rather," is Pipes' wise assessment, "one makes peace with one's former enemy" — after he has been defeated and given up his goals.
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THE MIDDLE EAST MATRIX
by Mark B. Kaplan

  Mark Kaplan suggests we stop listening to invented facts designed to facilitate an Arab takeover and start examining the actual facts, namely, that Israel is not occupying Palestinian land. She is occupying Jewish land, and so says international law. He may be too idealistic when he asserts that "[b]ringing the Jewish People's rights before the legal system, where propaganda will lose to factual evidence, will end the illusion of illegal occupation and firmly establish the Jewish Nation's legal rights to all of Israel." But it beats letting the Arab fantasy provide the basis for political action.
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A LANDMARK WORK
by William Mehlman

  William Mehlman begins his review of Howard Grief's recent book, "The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law: A Treatise on Jewish Sovereignty over the Land of Israel this way: "With The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law (Mazo Publishers, Jerusalem) Canadian-born Israeli constitutional scholar and lawyer Howard Grief has given us a book that shatters every myth, lie, misrepresentation and distortion employed over the 61 years of Israel's existence to negate the sovereign rights of the Jewish People to their national home." This is exactly right. It should be required reading for every self-styled maven, journalist, politician, ethicist and humanist — including the Jewish leaders of Israel — who thinks he knows Middle Eastern political history, when his information is, more often than not, anectodal and received from dubious sources.
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A PALESTINIAN STATE: FUEL TO THE FIRE OF A BURNING MIDDLE EAST
by Yoram Ettinger

  Yoram Ettinger reminds us that US administrations have been a major factor in the (re)(re)(re)resurrection of the insistence on creating a Palestinian state. When it comes to the Middle East, they have had many such bad ideas, beginning in 1948 when US agencies "were convinced that establishment of the Jewish State would trigger a war [it did], producing a second Jewish Holocaust in less than a decade [it didn't, but the Arabs sure tried], that a Jewish State would be a strategic burden upon the US [we have only fought wars for the Arabs, not the Jews], that Arab oil producers would boycott the US [and forfeit their stretch limos?] and that Israel would join the Communist Bloc [they got that wrong, too]." What they don't seem to recognize is that a Palestinian state isn't just a threat to Israel. It "would doom the Hashemite regime to oblivion, would constitute a tailwind to pro-Saddam terrorists in Iraq and to Islamic terrorists in Egypt, Lebanon and the Persian Gulf and would provide a foothold in the eastern flank of the Mediterranean to Iran, Russia, China and North Korea."
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GHETTO ISRAEL AND THE CREATION OF AN ARAB TERROR STATE
by Raanan Shalom Isseroff

  Raanan Isseroff illustrates his theme that Israel's leaders are colluding in the death of Israel with American agencies that produce the official U.S. maps of the Middle East. Borders and territory that are said to be not-finalized (optimistically not even negotiated) appear to be a dead certainty according to recent U.S. administrations — at least in the minds of the CIA and State Department. Israel is to be hacked and nibbled, piece by "peace process". When the new Palestinian State is created — or perhaps the new Palestinian states of Gaza and West Bank — then the Arabs will consider it an equal playing field in which to finally destroy what is left of Israel.
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OBAMA'S TWO-STATE FANTASY
by Mark Silverberg

  Pressuring Israel for concessions to the intransigent Arabs is again the wrong medicine for a misdiagnosed situation. More to the point, the peace process can be put on the back burner, with no damage. But "...if the Iranian regime continues to advance its nuclear program, it risks Iranian domination of the oil-rich Persian Gulf, threats to U.S.-allied Arab regimes, the emboldening of Muslim jihadists in the region, the creation of an existential threat to Israel, the destabilization of Iraq, the shutdown of the Israel-Palestinian peace process, and a regional nuclear-arms race." Mark Silverberg warns that "President Obama's whole Middle East strategy is in the process of imploding. He had best re-evaluate his policies rather than advise the Israelis to re-evaluate theirs." An addendum lists Steven Plaut's "The 14 Lies Blocking Peace in the Middle East."
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IS ANYONE LISTENING TO WHAT THE ARABS ARE SAYING ABOUT ISRAEL?
by Alex Grobman

  Alex Grobman provides us with some history of the Arab monomaniacal resistence to sharing any part of land they regard as their own with Jews. (How quickly they forgot that it was the Ottomans, not the Arabs, that had ruled the Middle East for hundreds of years!) It reinforces his statement that "[e]ven if the Obama administration were to succeed in compelling Israel to accept a two-state solution and stop building settlements in Judea and Samaria, this would not placate the Arabs or ensure peace in the region." Considering their history of protracting the conflict, this is an understatement.
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ARABS ARE NOT READY FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
by Dr. Sami Alrabaa

  Professor Alrabaa rounds out the ideas in the previous paper with cogent insights into current-day Arab thinking. To ready the Arabs for peace would require extirpating their universally undemocratic systems of government and dismissing the demagogues that rule the area, It would require a formidable change in Arab attitudes towards themselves and towards everyone else, who, at present, they either look down on or resent. If the West is serious about peace in the region, it will tell the Arab regimes: change or perish! Only then peace will prevail in the Middle East.
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HEVRON : A MICROCOSM IN THE NEW YEAR
by Yonina Pritzker

  Yonina Pritzker describes her visit to Hebron, viewing it both as an ancient Jewish city in which Judaism's early history is rooted and as a small-scale model of the players and the pressures Israel needs to confront to protect her heritage. She writes, "Hevron is a microcosm. Hevron represents the duplicity and grave injustice that is being perpetrated against Jews today, against Jewish history and heritage. If something so clear, so straightforward, so indisputable as Hevron, if something as unmistakable as the Jewish connection to Hevron can be so rewritten, so misrepresented; if those around the world can literally turn history on its head and accuse Jews of being occupiers in Hevron, then the absolute, dire necessity to stand up and fight against this attempt to subvert the truth and rob Jews of their history, heritage, and homeland has never been made more clear."
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GUSH KATIF

As we know, there has been a trial run of ceding land to the Palestinian Arabs to develop infrastructure to run themselves as a civilized state. It failed miserably, despite the good wishes of most of the world, an abundance of funds contributed by the EU, the UN, the USA and private individuals. Aside from enriching some of the Arab thugs running Gaza, it caused a catastrophic disruption in the lives of some 10,000 Israeli Jews. The results should not encourage anyone to repeat the disaster on a larger scale, when up to some half a million or more Jews would become homeless refugees in their own country, dependent on a services of a bureaucracy that has convincingly proven itself inept.

MOSHE: BETRAYED BY OUR OWN; RACHEL: FLASHBACKS
by Moshe and Rachel Saperstein

  These are some recent essays from the Sapersteins, who were as traumatized as one is when forced out of what Moshe has described as Paradise — their community in Gush Katif, Gaza. But they've picked themselves up. Being Jews, they didn't feel gunning down people was the way to ease their heartache; instead they started rebuilding their community in a different location. An amazing couple.
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IMMEDIATE GUSH KATIF ASSISTANCE ADVISED
by Hillel Fendel

  There was a period of demonizing the Jews of Gush Katif, Gaza before they were expelled from their homes and greenhouses and farms in August 2005. Many believed that as soon as Gaza was turned over to the Arabs, peace would descend. What descended was the large number of rockets the Arabs lobbed into Israel, deliberately targetting the civilian population. Most people wised up and since then, appeasement has been a hard sell. Still, the people who suffered most were the families who were forced to leave thriving enterprises, where they had grown bug-free vegetables that were sold all over the world; their plight was not made easier by the inept governmental bureaucracy responsible for resettling them. Many have still not recovered. What is also interesting about the article is that there are still people like Nechemiah Strassler, a columnist for Haaretz, who seems to have learned nothing from the expulsion and retained much of the government-induced belief that the Jewish settlers of Gaza were demons who were preventing peace from happening.
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MAZUZ OKAYS HOUSING FOR KFAR DAROM EXPELLEES
by Maayana Miskin

  The Kfar Darom community had developed innovative agricultural techniques and grown bug-free vegetables that were sold all over the world. Four years after the expulsion, their greenhouses have long since been vandalized by the Arabs and plans for permanent housing for them are just now being made. And the settlers themselves have suffered unemployment that has forced them to use up the compensation money that was to pay for building new homes.
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ENDING THE STALEMATE: THE TRANSFER SOLUTION

These essays deal with procedures that have a chance of succeeding because they are not built on fantasy and wishful thinking. First, Israel must stop blustering and being defensive and start standing tall. Then Israel's legal and moral right to its land has to be strongly asserted. And the Palestinian Arabs have to be moved where they can not just walk down the road to carry out an act of terrorism.

ISRAEL HAS TO STOP APOLOGIZING AND TAKE THE OFFENSIVE
by Isi Leibler

  Isi Leibler makes the case that the best defense for Israel is an effective offense. Applied to responding to the Goldstone report, this would mean that Israel would not be focussed on responding to the findings in the report. Instead, as Leibler writes, "these past few months we should have been concentrating on exposing the evil nature and crude bias of the Human Rights Council before it released its 'findings.' We should have more vigorously exposed the prejudice and double standards of the despicable NGO human rights bodies that have adopted Israel-bashing as a vocation." It's not too late to begin to be effective.
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THE ONLY FEASIBLE BASIS FOR ARAB-ISRAELI PEACE
by Daniel Mandel

  Daniel Mandel writes that peace-process diplomacy is ultimately worthless. "In the current round, Fatah, which controls the PA, can hold a conference reasserting its refusal to accept Israel's existence as a Jewish state while glorifying terrorists and rejecting an end of claims in any future peace agreement with Israel and yet the Obama Administration acts as though the key to the problem is to stop Jews moving into eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank." But long term it would be better if "Israeli and Western leaders would ... declare candidly that Palestinians do not accept Israel and support terrorism against her and that they will not deal with or support the PA under these conditions." That would put the onus on the Arabs, and after all only the terrorists can stop their own terror acts voluntarily. Israel can't stop terror by giving the Arabs concessions that just whet their appetites for more Israeli concessions.
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THE INHUMANITY OF BEING HUMANE TO TERRORISTS
by Daniel Greenfield

  Daniel Greenfield in answer to a reader's comment wrote: "I don't admire Patton, I'm pointing out that he was correct about the priorities of wartime." The objective was to win. And to win, "you must kill the enemy." Today we need to fight a war that was started by Islamic terrorists. And we won't win by ascribing to them our high-minded views. The choice is binary. "We can coddle the terrorists, or we can push them. We coddled them for years until 9/11 happened. Now we have gone back to coddling them again. But there will be more than only a moral price to pay for that, but a bill presented written in the blood of Americans."
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ANNEXING JUDEA AND SAMARIA: THE ONLY VIABLE ROAD MAP TO PEACE, STABILITY
by Moshe Dann

  Moshe Dann articulates what must be done to prevent Israel losing land that legitimately belongs to it. He writes, "The State of Israel can and should change its archaic and ambiguous position and extend full sovereignty to all Jewish communities throughout Judea and Samaria, including State Land and areas necessary for defense and security." Obviously, Israel should acknowledge that Samaria and Judea belong to Israel. If she doesn't, why should anyone else?
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SOLVING THE REFUGEE ISSUE
by Rabbi Benny Elon

  Of the millions of refugees around the globe, the Palestinian refugees are the only ones that continue to be refugees for more than a few years. In fact, generations of their descendants have been added to the refugee list, and no one has been removed. The Palestinian arabs are kept from resettling for political reasons. Rabbi Elon points out that the Palestinian refugee problem can be solved by taking the refugees and the money expended for their care away from UNRWA. "This money can be put to better use when it will be invested in full and generous rehabilitation of the refugees, funded by the US, Europe, and Israel, together with the Arab oil-producing countries."
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TRANSFER MADE EASY
by Samson Blinded

  The majority of international organizations are still trying to square the circle — how to get Palestinian Arabs and Jews to live together or next to each other as friendly neighbors. This experiment has been ongoing for a hundred years and it doesn't work — the Arabs want to kill off Israel, not live peacefully in it or next to it. And the romantics — the Jews who thought the Arabs would be delighted because the Jews were reawakening a sluggish, poverty-stricken area, by introducing a viable economy — well, they seem to have all died out. What you have now in Israel is a majority opinion that wants to separate from the Arabs and a minority Marxist opinion that wants to bolster the Palestinians even if it means destroying Israel. The Land of Israel belongs to Israel by international law. There is no reason Israel should not transfer the Arabs from its territory a few miles into the immense domain that is Arab land. Samson Blinded discusses how this can be done.
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JEWISH SELF-HATERS

This group of self-haters may not have done as much damage to Israel's good name as Judge Goldstone, but they are in there, trying their best.

JOEL BEININ'S JIHAD
by Steven Plaut

  Front Page Magazine has been running a series on Jewish Leftists — Collaborators, Quislings against the West and its strongest ally, Israel. In this essay, Steven Plaut examines what makes Joel Beinin of Stanford Univeristy tick. It is bizarre that living on an egalitarian kibbutz made him a believer in Israel as evil while living in Egypt with its "open racial and religious discrimination" made him a believer in the Arab desire to destroy Israel. Today, he has graduated to admiration to that murderer par excellence, Chairman Mao of China. What still needs examination is why a poor excuse for a scholar holds a prestigious position in an elite university.
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SALARIED BY ISRAELI TAXPAYERS, HISTORY PROFESSOR SHLOMO SAND DENIES THE EXISTENCE OF A JEWISH PEOPLE
by Lee Kaplan

  Lee Kaplan writes about Shlomo Sand, who is strikingly audacious, even among the many Israeli Marxist academics, who devote themselves to delegitimizing Israel in new and outrageous ways. He doesn't just think Jews are living on Arab land — he denies the entire history of the attachment of Jews to the Land of Israel. Admittedly, his revisionism isn't quite up to the level of Columbia's Arab professor, Nadia Abu El-Haj, who is capable of denying the tangible evidence of archeology. Sand merely distorted historical fact and minimized Israel's anguished history in the diaspora. In his version there is a disconnect between today's Jews and the Jews of the Bible. And while his history might be defective, his assertions have certainly pleased many an anti-semite.
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CHOMSKY LITE: ANNA BALTZER JOINS ANTI-ISRAEL CAMPAIGNS
by Steven Stotsky

  Steven Stotsky writes about Anne Baltzer, who "tours US campuses, churches and community venues denigrating Israel with baseless and propagandistic allegations." She invokes her "Jewish roots and grandparents lost to the Holocaust to establish her supposed moral authenticity," but her "ideological roots are firmly planted in the anti-Zionist movement. ... She is affiliated with the International Women's Peace Service (IWPS), a group closely associated with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Her political message closely reflects the official Palestinian line claiming Israel is a foreign occupier guilty of ethnic cleansing and that the wrongs done to the Arabs can only be righted by reverting back to a mythological pre-Zionist Palestinian land." The narrative relies on historic falsehoods and extravagant fantasies, well beyond what even Amnesty International and HRW will swallow.
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AN INVENTIVE HISTORY FOR AN INVENTED PEOPLE

The first articles in this set discuss how the Palestinian people were invented. How group cohension is perpetuated is no mystery: education, food, housing and health care for anyone declaring himself a refugee are subsidized by the monies given to UNRWA, the U.N. agency responsible for keeping them in perpetual homelessness. In Gaza, huge amounts of funds poured in to pump up the economy artificially and in short spurts. The early history of Palestine is never discussed — maybe because there never was a state or country of Palestine. But ancient myths persist. The myth of peaceful coexistence between Muslim, Jews and Christian in medieval times — with Muslims in the driver's seat, of course — should by now have gone the way of ex-Prez Bush's pronouncement right after 9/11 that Islam is a peaceful religion. Instead, it is still being shamelessly asserted.

A DIRTY LITTLE SECRET
by Moshe Dann

  Crafty Yasser Arafat is the one credited with deciding that the Arabs weren't going to destroy Israel by fighting the Jews head on. So he invented the Palestinian people, who, he claimed, were native to Palestine (a state that had never existed). Ignoring that this "people" were mostly natives of the neighboring Arab countries, he declared Israel was occupying Palestinian land. Ergo, they were justified — and here the media and many a mainline church agreed with him — in doing anything and everything to regain their land. As Moshe Dann points out, "the fraud worked!" "The success of 'Palestinianism' is a tribute to what money, influence and Jew-hatred will buy and attract." It's time this hoax was exposed.
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INCITEMENT WINS OVER THE ECONOMY AMONG THE PALESTINIANS AT THE END OF THE DAY
by Ben-Dror Yemini

  The major theme of the Palestinian People Myth is that there exists a people that once owned a country called Palestine and this land was invaded and occupied by foreigners, Jews. A subsidiary myth dear to the hearts of foreigners, Westerners, is that if you give a guy a home and a job, he won't want to vandalize and destroy and terrorize his neighbors. Unfortunately, that doesn't work in Gaza. Money has poured in. But the spiritual and secular leaders keep the people in shape for rapid explosion. The Arab people have been emotionally prepped for violence by skillful conditioners.
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OUT WITH THE OCCUPIERS!
by Steven Plaut

  The belief that the Arabs own the Land that is Israel and the Jews do not is a political version of Goldilocks and the three bears. The Jews owned it too long ago and too short a time ago. But the Arabs who conquered the area at the rise of Islam — well, that's just the right time ago. A popular pro-Arab argument is that it has "been nearly 1,900 years since Jews exercised sovereignty there — and it is absurd to argue that any group still has rights to land they last governed such a long time ago." Steven Plaut turns the argument on its fez with a few home truths. For one, If recency wins, then the birth of modern Israel trumps because the last time the Arabs held the land was much earlier. And even then, it was Arabs, not Palestinian Arabs, in charge. It's a pleasure to watch a logical mind spell out the implications of the fanciful nonsense the Arabs dish out.
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AN "ISLAMICALLY CORRECT" CONFERENCE
by Véronique Chemla

  The myth of Islam's benevolent rule over its minority citizens, Christians and Jews, in medieval Spain, has been exploded. Being a dhimmi was ego-crushing, at best. Nevertheless, as Véronique Chemla informs us, the fiction of peaceful coexistence is apparently still serviceable. At the recent Aladdin Project conference at UNESCO, it was promoted by Jewish and Christian diplomats, educators and clerics and other culture gatekeepers, all anxious to develop better relations with Islam. The myth suggested that it would be wonderful to reinstate the good old days and it spread a feeling of bonhomie within the group. Under such circumstances, it would be boorish to complain about the brutal treatment of dhimmis in countries currently under Sharia law. But West-bashing and Israel-bashing were acceptable. All in all, the Conference contributed to the advancement of the long-term Muslim agenda.
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THE MYTH THAT FUELS MIDEAST CONFLICT
by Bob Feferman

  Bob Feferman points out that when UNSCOP visited Mandated Palestine in 1947, it was clear that the Jews — who already numbered some 450,000 before World War 2 — had developed the infra structure of statehood: agriculture, industry, schools, health-care, newspapers, theatre. They were ready. Nevertheless, Arab propaganda blast forward with one theme. "... the Jewish state was created at the expense of the Arabs of Palestine in order to ease the conscience of the world over the tragedy of the Nazi Holocaust." This distorted history makes it seem the Jews had a free ride to statehood, so the local Arabs could — and still do — ignore their own lackluster efforts toward developing a modern state.
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ISLAM AS IT ACTUALLY IS

Arabs, by and large, are Muslim. As such, their lives are determined by the Koran, the Islamic holy book, the Hadith (Mohammed's traditions) and the Sunna (a compilation of Mohammed's words and actions). This group of essays examines aspects of Islam, not as fantasizers describe it, but as it actually is. Some of these essays deal directly with misleading but politically correct notions that are foisted on the public by pro-Palestinian propaganda in the media.

ISLAM AND THE DARK AGE OF BYZANTIUM
by John J. O'Neill

  The received wisdom is that Islam salvaged the textual fruits and scientific findings of the classic civilizations of Greece and Rome when the western part of Charlesmagne's empire, Europe, went into a decline in the 7th century. In the 1930's a Belgium historian, Henri Pirenne, argued Islam was itself responsible for the Dark Ages in Europe by blockading the Mediterranean. The counter argument to Pirenne was that the emergence of Islam didn't destroy Byzantium, the Eastern part of the Empire — by all accounts it continued to thrive. In this essay and in his book, John O'Neill suggests that if we discount the Byzantine propaganda, recent archeological evidence supports Pirenne — civilization fell in both the East and the West with the advent of Islam.
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FACTS, FALLACIES AND BIGOTS
by Bill Warner

  Bill Warner presents us, in his words, with "an exercise in fact-based rational thought." He quotes a fairly typical, politically correct, fair-minded Rabbi committed to ecumenicism and determined to think well of everyone. Warner quotes the letter that embodies that point of view, then proceeds to demonstrate that this image of Islam doesn't conform to reality. Defusing the hatred in the Koran because the Jewish and Christian Scriptures also — in the Rabbi's words — contain "bad material" doesn't anwer why Jews and Christians have moved on, but Muslims still stone people and behead them and cut off hands for trivial offenses.
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THE LONG MARCH OF ISLAM: INTRODUCTION AND CHAPTER 1
by R.K. Ohri

  This essay is the Introduction and Chapter 1 of R.K. Ohri's book "Long March Of Islam: The Future Imperfect. As K.P.S. Gill — who served as Director General of Police in Punjab and is currently a consultant on counter-terrorism — writes in the book's Foreword, "Political Islam has gone broadly unchallenged, ... The disastrous consequences of this neglect are now manifested in the increasing radicalisation of this ideology, and its assertion through an assortment of Islamist terrorist movements projected by their principals as jehads. [...] The global response has, however, centred overwhelmingly on neutralizing these manifestations alone — the terrorist groups that constitute immediate and direct threats to individual and state security. An ideological response to the rising tide of Islamist terrorism is yet to emerge in significant measure." Ohri's book is an serious but very readable examination of the ideological underpinnings of terrorism within the context of group relationships, affiliations and population size — factors that affect actual events, now and in the future.
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LOSING ISRAEL
by Bill Warner

  Bill Warner asserts that "Israel is losing the propaganda war, hasbarah, and for a very good reason." Israelis are not inclined to deal with propaganda because they would have to examine Islam. They would have to "face the facts that the Koran and the Sunna (the actions and words of Mohammed) are filled with invectives against the Jews." They would have to grasp that "... when the Jews of Medina rejected Mohammed as a prophet they were all enslaved, exiled, murdered and robbed — all acts of jihad. These were not historical acts, but perfect examples of Islamic action towards Jews models prescribed for Muslims to follow up to the present time." Jews also need to understand that resurgent Islam isn't just targetting them. "[T]he Israel/Palestinian conflict is no different than the jihad in Kashmir, India, the Philippines, or in dozens of fronts in Africa" but global jihad does target Jews, and this has to be acknowledged before intelligent and incisive action can be taken. Praying for some flabby peace won't work. People don't fight effectively against a threat until they acknowledge the threat is real.
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ISRAEL IN THE IRANIAN MEDIA
by Reuven Erlich (Colonel, Ret.)

  Iran is on a roll. The nastier she sounds, the nicer the West is towards her. And the West did nothing to encourage the election protesters. As Reuven Erlich writes, "This past month Iranian defiance of Israel and the West reached new heights.." Basically, Iran's leadership feels ready to take on the leadership of those who are anti-West in the Middle East. It is "of the opinion that it has the military and ideological-religious capabilities to breathe new life into the original sentiments of the Muslim-Arab peoples: hatred for Zionism, the establishment of the State of Israel (the 'cancerous growth') and the West which supported it after the Holocaust ('an imaginary event'). " Using what's written in the press as a mirror of government thinking, Iran feels its a winner and its first target is Israel. It has every intention of pursuing "a defiant, revolutionary agenda, where emphasis will be placed on support for the terrorist and Islamic networks around the world, especially the Middle East." This article is loaded with insights into the thinking of the leaders of a country that has made itself a major threat to world peace.
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IS ISLAMIC TERRORISM REACTIVE OR PROACTIVE?
by Daniel Greenfield

  This essay by Daniel Greenfield deals with the politically correct notion that terrorism is "a kind of desperate activism taken in reaction to oppression." It treats the terrorist as a victim of X, where X depends on the writer's own attitudes. X is capitalism for the Marxist, Zionism for the anti-Semite, US foreign policy for the hater of America, etc. But the reactive model breaks down when subjected to inquiry into who the terrorists are, where did they come from and what was their ideological education. A statement from the Muslim Brotherhood makes clear that jihad "is an obligation on every Muslim in order to spread Islam to the infidels and subjugate Jews and Christians who refuse to live under Islamic law." And millions of Muslims subscribe to this belief. [Addendum: the media ascribed the massacre at Fort Hood to Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome until it was pointed out that Major Hasan had never been to a war zone. Then some suggested he caught it from returning soldiers — like it was a virus.]
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ISLAM IS MISUNDERSTOOD
by Amil Imani

  To believe the ubiquitous ads and media puff pieces about peaceful, tolerant Islam, you'd have to conclude that Islam is being undeservedly maligned. People just haven't understood how well Islam fits into a multicultural country. It is curious, Amil Imani notes, that the multicultural euphemism is not ever "even mentioned by any Islamic leader, ever printed in the Islamic press, or ever appears in any form anywhere in Muslim countries." To put it bluntly but accurately, the purpose of the "multiculturalism gambit is Islam manufactured wool to pull over the eyes of the non-Muslims while the Muslims carry on with their unrelenting campaign of eradicating anything or anyone non-Islamic anywhere in the world."
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THE MUSLIM WOLF AT FEMINISM'S DOOR
by Daniel Greenfield

  The spread of Islamic customs and practices to Europe, North America and Australia means that immigrant Muslim women continue to be treated as they are in Islamic countries. Moreover, because any women is regarded as subject to punishment if they are not completely covered, rapes of non-Muslim women are becoming common. Daniel Greenfield deals with one aspect of this: the non-response, the lack of indignation, by feminists. He notes that "[r]ather than confront the threat to women posed by Islamic law, feminist authors like Naomi Wolf are instead claiming that the wolf is really a misunderstood poodle." They do not support their sisters who try to fight back in Muslim countries; they side with Islam law, ducking the issue by insisting that the wearing of a head schmatta will make women free. How very curious.
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THE MAKING OF ISLAMIC TERRORISTS
by Dr. Babu Suseelan

  The world has come a long way towards civilized behavior by suppressing destructive instincts. Islam is different. "Islam was started by predators and spread by predators. It has lived off the decaying corpses of the civilizations it has destroyed." Babu Suseelan notes that "[s]ince 1973, there have been 179 armed conflict around the world 169 were involved with Muslims." Their goal is to replace democracy with Sharia law, with the suicide/bombing a major tool. To understand this, Suseelan examines the psychology of the jihadist homicide bomber, starting with his early indoctrination from his Islamic religious education, and proceeding, state by stage, to more ideologically-driven conscienceless behavior. Suseelan points out this will not stop as long as our only response is attempting to punish the jihadist in a criminal justice system, which has proven ineffective in handling this type of situation.
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MUSLIM INFILTRATION INTO THE U.S.A.

The beltway sniper, who terrorized Washington, D.C. and its environs in 2002, is finally going to be executed this November. This news occasioned essays on loner terrorists and why the media and law agencies continue to deny that they were inspired by a similar ideology, even if the gunmen didn't conspire as a group. Mearsheimer and Walt and terrorist fronts like Cair and the major media continue to blame the Jooz for whatever ails us, It is a distraction from what we should be attending to — preventing the spread of Sharia law. An immediate problem is preventing the return of a Muslim girl who converted to Christianity to her parents, because that would increase the chances that she will not live to see her next birthday.

BELTWAY SNIPERS EXPOSED AS MUSLIM TERRORISTS
by Paul L. Williams

  Most building invasions and drive-by killings by single Muslims have been single-time events and dismissable as random. In this essay, Paul L. Williams follows up on the 2002 series of terror killings by John Muhammad and his 17-year old side-kick, Malvo. Muhammad's previous army experience was stressed, as if that was responsible for his behavior. It was just a year after 9/11, yet the duo's affiliation to terror groups, their dedication to Islam and their anti-semitism were heatedly denied or just ignored by the media, until courtroom exhibits made denial impossible. In 2009, the mainstream media are again ignoring the role the Islamic religion played in his terror spree when announcing that Muhammad's execution date has been set.
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TERROR SUSPECTS CONNECTION: SHARIAH
by Frank Gaffney Jr.

  There are individuals and small groups that — even if they have never met — are bonded in that they have the same commitment: to inflict sharia law on the West. At the very least, the success of one encourages others to work towards their common goal. The West seems to have no way to cope, except to treat each episode of terror as a separate event, unrelated to other such events. We focus on the terrorists who invades our airports and community centers, while ignoring their ideology. Frank Gaffney points out that dealing with the root cause of jihad by denial and accomodation has encouraged terrorism, not stopped it. [Update: This article was published before the Fort Hood massacre.]
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11 MEARSHEIMER-WALT ERRORS ON THE ISRAEL LOBBY
by Richard H. Shulman

  Mearsheimer and Walt's articles and books serve to popularize and make respectable the pro-Palestinian anti-Israel rhethoric in current use. They are professors in respectable universities — surely one can assume that they have carefully examined the facts and speak truth. Unfortunately, the only truth is that they nicely rephrase the raw anti-semitism heard from cruder tongues. They are very successful at this and are cited on all the sleezoid sites. Richard H. Shulman has done a masterful job in summarizing the major areas they cover and in uncovering their errors.
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HOW THE MEDIA REPORTS TEMPLE MOUNT CLASHES IN JERUSALEM
by Richard H. Shulman

  Think of this article as a teaching experience. Richard Shulman describes how two major newspapers reported a news story on clashes. Same data were available to both; both contributed political slants to a "news story." Considering the respect given The New York Times, it is surprising — except we've learned from experience this happens all the time — that its headline was misleading and important facts are omitted. Moreover, "the Times, as is its custom, writes that Israel is in "contested territory that Israel took from Jordan in the 1967 war. Without explanation, its seizure sounds improper. Actually, Jordan had no right to it, having seized it by aggression." The Wall St. Journal labeled the Jews that wanted to pray at their own temple "extremists" and "hard-line". Why? "Neither paper mentioned that the Muslim Arabs believe that they alone have rights to the Temple Mount and to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron." As usual, Arab violence is not the result of incitement by Arab leaders; "it is due to frustration with the stalled negotiations." Of course. What else could it possibly be?
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MUSLIM MAFIA EXPOSED
by Phyllis Chesler

  P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry have written a well-documented account of CAIR and its tactics in carrying out its mission, which is to islamize America, using a variety of tactics that include labelling anyone who criticizes them as an Islamophobe. CAIR — Council for American Islamic Relations — was founded by members of a Hamas-support network and its major funding is not U.S.A. "grass roots" but comes from Sunni Gulf States donors. In this essay, Phyllis Chesler focusses on how CAIR trivializes abuse of women and financially aids men who have committed honor code murders in the U.S.A. and Canada.
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RIFQA BARY, ISLAM, MUSLIMS, SHAR'IAH, AND APOSTASY
by M. Zuhdi Jasser

  Rifqa Bary converted from Islam to Christianity and fled her home, saying she feared for her life. Dr. Jasser, himself a devout Muslim, believes "the preponderance of the intellectual evidence shows a systemic intolerance and, in fact, there is strong evidence for legal (Shar'iah-based) underpinnings for the intolerance, abuse, discrimination, and even at its worst, direct countenance of murder of apostates." He believes this isn't acceptable to the majority of lay Muslims, but the ulemaa (theocratic scholars) do have their influence, even in the West. And there are enough cases of Muslims killing their children to protect the honor of the family to take Rifqa's fears seriously. There is also the larger question for the Muslim community: will they circle the wagons and play the put-upon victim as does CAIR or will they venture at reform. As Jasser writes, American Muslims "can either hold blindly onto tradition, victimization, tribalism, and obfuscation or they can use these cases as teaching moments to highlight the reform necessary within our communities..."
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HISTORY SECTION

THE SCOURGE OF ARAB INFILTRATION
by Leslie Stein

  Arab terror strikes against Jews in Israel began long before the recent claim that Arabs are merely reacting to Israel "occupying" the West Bank. From the late 1800's on, the Jews were reviving the economy in an area that had been rock-bottom stagnant for hundreds of years, but the controlling Arab sentiment was anger and resentment that any group other than Arab should dominate land — no matter how small and undeveloped — that Arabs claimed as their own. Leslie Stein writes about the Arab guerilla warfare soon after Israel became a state in 1948. It cost Israel hundreds of slaughtered lives before Israel began responding effectively. Sensibly, the "severity of Israeli retaliations had not been calibrated" on proportional retaliation but to the "potential impact on the behaviour of Israel's adversaries." It encouraged the Jordanian and Egyptian governments (temporarily) to curb some infiltration into Israel. Unfortunately, Israel was intimidated by the international outcry at Israel defending itself, a hostility mislabeled as the "moral" view. Sound familiar?
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JULY-AUGUST, 2009


What we are talking about in the July-August 2009 issue:
THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR THREAT (Bayefsky, Beres, Wald, Gilder)
A PALESTINIAN STATE INSIDE ISRAEL (Plaut, Sultan Knish, Ettinger)
NEW PALESTINA IN ARAB LAND (King, Al-Shiryan, Spengler, Honig, Faybyshenko, Shane, Kossoff)
WITHDRAWALS: PREVIOUS AND PROPOSED (YidWithLid, Greenwald, Issar, Saperstein, Dann, Ettinger)
HAMAS PR IN GAZA; FOREIGN PR COMES TO THE WEST BANK (Erlich, Schanzer, Frantzman)
JIHAD IN THE WEST (Gordon, Landen, Prelutsky, Jochnowitz, Fulford, Stillwell, Dann, Wasserman, Dunleavy, Ginsberg, Gorin)
CHRISTIAN CHURCHES IN THE WEST (Van Zile, Sharpe)
JEWISH SELF-HATERS (Frantzman, Kaplan, Hausman)
The MEDIA (Shepherd, Kramer, Rubin, Levin)
HISTORY SECTION: Islamic Colonizers, Rescuing Jews (Fjordman, Rigler)
BLOG-ED PAGES (July)

This issue, we emphasize two critical threats to Israel: Iran's continuing to build a nuclear bomb and the Obama Administration's insistence on creating a Palestinian state in Biblical Israel (the "West Bank"). As our readers know, Think-Israel has argued that either a 1-state solution or a 2-state solution was a prescription for a 0-state of Israel. The retort usually is: don't you think the Palestinians deserve their own State? To which we reply: If you want them to have another state to add to the existing 20 Arab states and the 57 Muslim states, there are large amounts of underpopulated regions in the 99.9% of the Middle East that the Arabs control. A tiny fraction of that land would provide space for a Palestinian state 10 times the size of Israel. This way, you still have a viable and productive Israel continuing to benefit mankind. And you just might have a functional Palestinian state: "New Palestina."

THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR THREAT

While Obama fiddles around hoping to play a soothing tune that will please the Iranian ear, Iran continues its development of the nuclear bomb to destroy Israel. It considers "collateral damage" to local Arabs and to oil pipes at Haifa worth it. Nor is it reassuring that the now Secr.-of-State Clinton promised last year that America will attack Iran if she launches a nuclear attack against Israel. Should a nuclear attack by Iran be allowed to happen by negligence or miscalculation by the policy makers, afterwards, along with the recriminations of why didn't the world act, we can expect stepped-up global terrorism from a jubilant Islam and strident demands for instituting sharia law. Israel? She will be barely viable. So, together with oil delivery disruptions and horror stories on the nightly news, the world will discover it has lost the powerhouse of modern inventiveness in technology, engineering and medicine that Israel has become.

HOW WE KNOW OBAMA WON'T STOP IRAN AND HOW HE GOES ABOUT DOING NOTHING
by Anne Batefsky

  Anne Bayefsky lists the reasons that make it obvious that President Obama — if it's left up to him — has no intention of stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear arms. Obama "... is refusing to back strong, immediate sanctions in response to Iran's umpteen violations of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and human rights." His "only concrete plan ... is more talk" despite Iran's lack of response and there are no plans for a reassessment of what is a failed policy based on false premises. This places Israel in the untenable position of risking potential annihilation by doing nothing or doing something and risking "the ire of a deeply hostile president." And all the while, Iran is certainly doing much of a something to develop her nuclear capability.
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MR. OBAMA'S CONTRADICTIONS AND ISRAELI SURVIVAL
by Louis René Beres

  Iran announces that it was developing a nuclear bomb — for peaceful uses, of course. Its first job has been announced: destroy Israel. And the world sits as quiet and uninvolved as the brain-washed captives in the Manchurian Candidate. Professor Beres paints a graphic and frightening and — worst of all — accurate picture of the physical and medical consequences of a nuclear attack on Israel. As he writes, "[n]o country can be expected to cooperate in its own annihilation."
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THERE IS A MILITARY OPTION ON IRAN
by Chuck Wald

  This is a sober assessment of how the U.S. military could confront Iran, before it succeeds in developing nuclear armament. General Wald points out that "[i]f the Iranian regime continues to advance its nuclear program despite the best efforts of Mr. Obama and other world leaders, we risk Iranian domination of the oil-rich Persian Gulf, threats to U.S.-allied Arab regimes, the emboldening of radicals in the region, the creation of an existential threat to Israel, the destabilization of Iraq, the shutdown of the Israel-Palestinian peace process, and a regional nuclear-arms race." The future consequences of Prez Obama's insouciance will likely make Jimmy Carter's gross error in forcing the Shah of Iran off the throne seem small potatoes.
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CAPITALISM, JEWISH ACHIEVEMENT, AND THE ISRAEL TEST
by George Gilder

  This article by George Gilder is based on his most recent book. David Pryce-Jones wrote about it this way: "Israel of course has its defenders, but they use arguments based on nationalism, territory, ethnicity, defence of minorities, rights, historicism, and so on. Gilder sees Jews since their emancipation as the vanguard of human achievement. They may be few in numbers, but their creativity has brought prosperity to themselves and those around them, and that prosperity in turn has brought freedom." Relating his thesis to the Arab-Israeli conflict, Gilder asks, "Are you for civilization or barbarism, life or death, wealth or envy? Are you an exponent of excellence and accomplishment or of a leveling creed of troglodytic frenzy and hatred?"
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A PALESTINIAN STATE INSIDE ISRAEL

Israel is faced with another threat to its survival, one just as pressing as the threat of nuclear annihilation — the creation of a Palestinian Arab state in Biblical Israel. Obama's CEO in charge of thuggery and threats, Rahm Emanuel, has told Israel it MUST make concessions to the arabs "for peace" — starting by throttling Jewish towns in the "West Bank" — else America will thwart any attempt by Israel to defang Iran. Sounds like a old third-rate movie: swallow the poison or I will shoot you. This section explains why we can't have a 2-state solution with an Arab state inside and/or next to Israel.

TWO-STATE SOLUTION — OR POTEMKIN PEACE
by Steven Plaut

  A one-state solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or a two-state solution would have the same predictable outcome: the destruction of the Jewish State. A one-state binational state would have the Jews pay for a preponderance of Arab births, which has only one objective: democractically crushing the Jewish state. The two-state solution sounds, in comparison, like a sober solution. It isn't. Steven Plaut points out it is paper-thin, with no substance. Trim away the nonsense and political babble and bombast and there is — as there has always been — one simple reason why there is no peace: "the refusal of the Arab world to come to terms with Israel's existence within any set of borders whatsoever." Israel continues to attempt to accomodate Arab 'sensitivities' and acts as if the Palestinian claim that Israel is occupying Arab land had historic substance. But it all continues to crash against the often-repeated reality that "any Palestinian state, regardless of who rules it, will produce nothing but escalated violence, terror and warfare in the Middle East, certainly not stability or peaceful relations."
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WHAT IS THE TWO STATE SOLUTION SUPPOSED TO SOLVE ANYWAY?
by Sultan Knish

  Sultan Knish describes what we can expect from a Palestinian State. Essentially, it's more of the same, but more so. More terrorism. More regional instability. More internecine conflicts between the different Palestinian groups. More unemployment because there aren't any major employers except UNWRA and the Palestinian Authority, which is a way of saying they are living on the dole. Having demonstrated that such a mix can not be shaped into a workable political entity, Sultan Knish concludes, "...if the Two State Solution can't even create a Palestinian state, what can it solve? Absolutely nothing."
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JUDEA AND SAMARIA — A WAKE UP CALL
by Yoram Ettinger

  Yoram Ettinger devotes this article to a recap of some important historical facts about Samaria and Judea — Biblical Israel — and to explaning the region's importance to Israel's security needs. As he pointed out in a previous paper that to talk about: "[d]efensible borders for the Jewish State on the one hand, and a giveaway of the mountain ridges of Judea and Samaria on the other hand, constitutes a deadly oxymoron." The current paper adds substance to that conclusion.
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NEW PALESTINA IN ARAB LAND

There is however a win-win situation. Israel has space to grow and develop innovations for all of us, instead of devoting its time to fending off Arabs obsessed with a self-imposed mission of destroying the Jewish state. The Palestinian Arabs have a munificent plot of land in which to create a state — if that's what they want. The former U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee put it well: "The question is: should the Palestinians have a place to call their own? Yes, I have no problem with that. Should it be in the middle of the Jewish homeland? That's what I think has to be honestly assessed as virtually unrealistic." These are different takes on where a viable Palestinian State could be located.

PUTTING FIRST THINGS FIRST — SOLVING THE ARAB REFUGEE PROBLEM
by Ruth King and Rael Jean Isaac

  Ruth King and Rael Isaac write that "the issue of 'refugees' remains the defining obstacle to any reconciliation in the region." The Arabs remain adamant that the Arabs that fled when the Arab states invaded Israel in 1948 must be allowed to return to their villages in Israel. Allowing in the millions who claim to be these refugees or descendants of these refugees would demographically overwhelm Israel. Resettling them in Arab countries would give the refugees the opportunity to live normal lives in a familiar milieu, instead of serving as the excuse for Arab leaders to continue their hostility and aggression against Israel. And a major obstruction to stabilizing the region would be eliminated.
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A CALL FOR RESETTLEMENT OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES
by Daoud Al-Shiryan (translated and organized by MEMRI)

  The myth of Israel creating the Arab refugee problem has been discredited in recent years as Palestinian Arabs have begun speaking out and putting the blame where it belongs — on the Arab leadership, which directed the local arabs to leave their homes in 1948, when the arab countries that neighbor israel attacked the brand-new state. (See PMW's "Arab responsibility for refugees" at
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=567.) Now a few voices — such a Daoud Al-Shiryan in this article — are speaking out that the Arabs who created the refugee problem be the ones to fix it. As noted by MEMRI, "Daoud Al-Shiryan, Al-Hayat columnist and deputy secretary-general of Al-Arabiya TV, recently published several articles criticizing how the Palestinian refugees have been treated by the Arab countries in which they live. He called on these countries to integrate the refugees into their societies and to resettle them before they are forced to do so by the international community." He pointed out that: "Objecting to resettlement is no different than objecting to peace. It is nothing but an unrealistic slogan."
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PALESTINE PROBLEM HOPELESS, BUT NOT SERIOUS
by Spengler

  Considering how our economy is going, we might consider asking the Po' Palestinians for a handout. Spengler provides us a clear picture of just how how well off the Palestinian Arabs are financially, especially as compared to the neighboring Arabs. (And that's just the acknowledged contributions from UNRWA, EU and us, the taxpayers of U.S.A.) They have free health care and receive better education than most other arabs. Given all that funding, "why," he asks, "should any Palestinian refugee resettle in a neighboring Arab country? This is particularly so because they haven't developed industries to support themselves. Moreover, because their subsidies depends in part on the Western belief that paying the Palestinians off will contain their violence, they have a disincentive to become peaceful. Given these facts, Spengler comes to conclusion that may be surprising but is obvious — once you look at the facts.
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(TRANS)JORDAN IS PALESTINE
by Sarah Honig

  The British were given the administration of the Palestine Mandate to aid the Jews settle Palestine as a homeland. Instead, the Brits gave the administration of the portion of Palestine east of Jordan River to the Hashemite clan, which today rules a state made up largely of what are called Palestinians. It is now withdrawing citizenship from many of these arabs. Sarah Honig writes about Jordan, pointing out some home truths.
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A PALESTINIAN STATE IN SAUDI ARABIA
by Gennadiy Baruch Faybyshenko

  Gennadiy Faybyshenko notes that the Saudi Arabian Initiative — which provides for the creation of a a Palestinian state inside Samaria and Judea and the return of enough Arabs to almost double Israel's Jewish population — would mean the end of Israel. That won't do. But given the Saudi concern for their Palestinian brethren and given that Saudi Arabia is huge but sparsely-settled, a comfortably-sized state for the Palestinian refugees could be set up in some small portion of Saudi Arabia. Refugee problem: solved! A state for the Palestinians: created! And, that, according to the Obama administration, is the key to peace and harmony in the Middle East.
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THE PERFECT PEACE-PLAN
by Brother Shane

  Brother Shane proposes a bold yet traditional peace-plan to stabilize the Middle East: First, the Arab terrorist thugs need to be eliminated, not rewarded. Then the Palestinian Arabs in the territories are to be moved to Jordan, where Palestinian arabs are already living. A novel part of the plan is to create borders for Israel in accordance with the ancient patrimonies of the original 12 tribes of Israel, erasing some modern divisions. Pagan and totalitarian practices are not to be tolerated; the United Nations — a puppet of Islamo-Fascists — will be designated a terrorist organization. This plan certainly beats Israel giving up some of its tiny bit of land to people with a much larger amount of land and a very large amount of hatred toward Jews.
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MID EAST PEACE? LET PALESTINIANS BE JEWISH
by Julian Kossoff

  I don't know if this is tongue-in-cheek but it certainly is thinking outside the box. Julian Kossoff suggests a novel way to solve the Israel-Palestinian Arab conflict. Convert the Arabs to Judaism. Let them become Jews. He reminds us that "[h]istorically, the key to the Jewish reluctance to convert non-Jews was an unwillingness to provoke the host Christian/Muslim community. But as a survival strategy that's now backfiring; in a post-Christian world that fear is no longer relevant, while the demographics aren't looking good." The Jews were indeed heavy into proselytizing Gentiles — some 10% of the Roman Empire in the 1st century C.E. was Jewish. They were told point-blank when the Church gained power that if they continued proselytizing, the Church would destroy Judaism. Unfortunately the Jews incorporated this negative attitude and have forgotten their strong commitment to converting the Gentile. Perhaps Kossoff will write another article on reclaiming all the Jews forced over the centuries into becoming Muslim at the point of the sword.
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WITHDRAWALS: PREVIOUS AND PROPOSED

This next articles reinforce the idea that Israel should not give up any more of Israell's patrimony. They deal with the involuntary withdrawal from Hebron after the 1929 Massacre and with Kadima's expulsion of all the Jews from Gaza in August 2005. The last article in the set reminds us that as Israel gives up land, people are waiting in the wings with demands on further land give-aways — all in the pursuit of a peace that becomes all the more unattainable the more Israel gifts to an enemy determined to destroy the Jewish state.

HOW HEBRON BECAME OCCUPIED TERRITORY
by Yid-With-Lid

  The 4000-year old city of Hebron, Judaism's second most holy city, is the site of the Machpelah, the Cave of the Patriachs, where Abraham and Sarah are buried. The Jews lived there no matter what the political climate throughout the centuries. In 1929, when rumors started to spread that the Arabs were planning to attack the Jews, many Jews refused to believe it. Sammy Benoit (Yid with Lid) writes of the massacre in August, 1929. Arabs, who for years had been friendly neighbors, turned vicious and, encouraged by the mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, slaughtered the Jewish population. The British removed the Jews from the city, not the Arabs — an early example of rewarding terrorism. The Jews were denied permission to return to Hebron. After 1967, when Israel regained the city and against the opposition of the local Arabs and their own government, Jews began to resettle in Hebron. This article appeared on the Yid-With-Lid website in December 2007. Since then, the Jews continue to be harassed by the Arabs and by the Israeli government, which make no secret of the fact that it favors the Arab population of Hebron in any dispute.
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THE HEBRON MASSACRE, AUGUST 23, 1929
by Toby Klein Greenwald

  This article by Toby Klein Greenwald provides additional history and eye-witness accounts of the 1929 Hebron Massacre, which we commemerate on August 23rd.
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PALESTINE NAKBA: LETTER TO THE CHILDREN OF THE MOUKHTAR OF COLONIA
by Arie Issar

  This is Arie Issar's account of his experiences at the time of the Hebron massacre. In August 1929, because he came down with a case of mumps, he and his family were unable to travel to Hebron to friends the day the Hebron massacre occurred. He learned later "that the Sheikh of Colonia (most probably the Moukhtar) came on the day before the massacre to the Makleffs [the friends] and vowed by Almighty Allah and the Holy Koran that they are safe and should stay at home." As Ami Isseroff says in the foreword, "the 1948 war was preceded by decades of Arab violence and bad faith, such as [this] incident. Issar draws this moral from the Sheikh's lies, "If you do not want your grandchildren to live in a refugee camp, do not betray your neighbor who trusted you and your vows."
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MOSHE: WHEN THE SPINELESS LEAD THE BRAINLESS; RACHEL: TO STRENGTHEN A PEOPLE
by Moshe and Rachel Saperstein

  This issue we have an essay by Moshe Saperstein who is in superb sardonic form. Listen to this: "Had my ancestors swung on the trees of Britain rather than Bialystok,... we would likely have a family crest. On that crest would be crossed salamis under a pickled herring. And the engraved motto would be — in Yiddish, of course — 'No Moment Spent Sleeping is Ever Wasted'." Rachel Saperstein, whose vision is more outward, talks about the Fourth Anniversary of Israel's sobering attempt at government-sponsored ethnic cleansing: the expulsion by the Israeli Government of the Jews from Gaza. It is a sobering thought for us that the Israeli Government has done such an inadequate job at resettling the 10,000 Jewish Refugees from Gaza that private citizens like Rachel are doing the Government's work. With its I-flunk record, how can the Government be contemplating another expulsion — this time of up to some 600,000 Jews from Samaria and Judea and Eastern Jerusalem? It boggles the mind.
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THE COSTS OF EVACUATION
by Moshe Dann

  Moshe Dann writes about some of the costs of ejecting the productive and patriotic Jews of Gush Katif, Gaza from their homes and business in August 2005. As he writes, "Biilions were wasted for nothing; military advantages were squandered and economic benefits to both Jews and Arabs were destroyed. The sheer human tragedy on all sides is difficult to evaluate." To rub salt into the wounds, most of these refugees have still not been fully compensated or permanently settled — and much of what has been achieved has been done by the expellees themselves or with private help. It is particularly important to consider the aftermath of the Gaza folly now that "the world" is demanding a Palestinian state be built in Gaza and Samaria and Judea and eastern Jerusalem. If Israel accedes to this demand, eventually it will necessitate expelling up to 500,000 to 600,000 Jews. How will a bureaucracy that couldn't competently deal with 10,000 refugees deal with this?
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THE GOLAN HEIGHTS, SYRIA AND WATER
by Yoram Ettinger

  The importance of Samaria and Judea to Israel's water needs has been discussed in sister articles, here. and here. This essay by Yoram Ettinger summarizes important facts about the Golan and its contribution to Israel's water supply. The Golan has again become an issue now that retards in the Israeli government are wistfully planning dialoguing with Syria. The Addition, Guy Bechor's article entitled, "Syria is drying up", explains why Syria is interested.
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HAMAS PROPAGANDA IN GAZA; FOREIGNER PR COMES TO THE WEST BANK

As Ethan Bronner put it: "Hamas has suspended its use of rockets and shifted focus to winning support at home and abroad through cultural initiatives and public relations.." In reality, Hamas does not accept Israel as a Jewish state and is still committed to violence. Domestically, Gaza is being 'talibanized' in that Hamas is increasingly imposing shari'a law enforced by religious police. Human rights violations are extensive and as Jonathan Schanzer writes, "Hamas maintain[s] control of Gaza's predominantly Sunni population through a combination of violence, authoritarian rule, and Islamism." In the area controlled by Fatah, it has become obligatory for foreign human righters and peacenikers to come and violently show their disapproval of what Israel is doing — whatever Israel is or is not doing.

HAMAS IS CONDUCTING A "SMILE SPIN" FOR THE WEST, PARTICULARLY THE UNITED STATES
by Dr. Reuven Erlich

  Hamas is trying something new. Instead of turnoffs like beheading the enemy or blowing up babies — Jewish babies, true, so it's really OK, but some oddballs seem to object — it is trying something new. The rhetoric has softened. They are reaching out to the West, using the non-stop media as conveyor of these new smile-ridden assertions. You understand, of course, that nothing has changed back at the ranch. But the ratings West-wise should be considerably inproved.
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THE TALIBANIZATION OF GAZA: A LIABILITY FOR THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD
by Jonathan Schanzer

  Hamas rightfully claims it is more popular than is the P.A. with the Palestinian Arabs, who appear to prefer unsullied, undisguised violence against Israel. Many in the American administration have suggested that American start dealing with Hamas directly as de facto and de jure rulers of Gaza and, more than likely, also Samaria and Judea, should Israel give up these areas. Such appeasement of a totalitarian government might make life simpler for the State Department, but other consequences are dire and should be considered. Jonathan Schanzer describes what life is like in Gaza, where Hamas is now unopposed.
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THE COLONIZATION OF THE CONFLICT
by Seth J. Frantzman

  We've progressed from the radical chic in the sixties to what Seth Frantzman calls protest tourism, where foreign and domestic visitors show their commitment to peace in the Middle East by making an obligatory stop in Arab Bilin where they harass Israeli soldiers until, if the gods be with them, the troops stop the rock throwing with rubber bullets and tear gas. As Frantzman notes, "That isn't peace, it is a manufacturing of the conflict, manipulation of the conflict for the cameras."
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JIHAD IN THE WEST

The initial essays benchmark the current highwater levels of the Islamic invasion of Europe and the U.S.A. The others suggest that one of the major activities of Islamic Jihad — preaching and promoting anti-semitism — has and is gaining adherents in several unrelated professional areas, government agencies and private institutions, even in prisons, as sympathy for — or fear of — radical Islam increases. The main reaction of the public to increased Muslim demands and sporadic violence by Muslims continues to be almost total indifference.

THE STEALTH JIHAD OF HIJRA: MUSLIM IMMIGRATION EXPOSED
by Jerry Gordon

  David Meir-Levi listed the ten stages of how Muslims take over a country "peacefully" and provided an estimate of far various countries are in the takeover process here. In this article, Jerry Gordon comments on a book review by Janet Levy of "Modern Day Trojan Horse" by Sam Solomon and Elias Al Maqdisi. The book describes more fully the Muslim strategy of peaceful conquest starting with Muslims migrating into the Dar-al-Harb, the Land of War, where they strive to consolidate their power and soften up the population for imposition of Sharia law and Muslim domination. In the U.S.A., we are really coming along, especially now that we have a Muslim president in place to smooth the way.
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EURABIAN SAFARI
by Thomas Landen

  It seems only yesterday that Malmö was pointed out because even though it was a western city, some of it was western-frei and controlled by Muslims. Now, as Thomas Landen indicates, it is one of many European areas — in Brussels, Sweden, France — where entry by a Westerner may be hazardous to his health. In fact, entry is usually by stealth, a safari entailing high risk. Landen notes that the Ramadan period is particularly dangerous, because the nightly "feasts easily spill over into nightly spasms of mayhem, vandalism, and violence. Europe's Ramadan riots often go on for days or weeks, during which hundreds of cars, shops and public buildings are set on fire" with little response from the authorities, who also "fail to impose the existing laws of the land on Islamic immigrants" and provide polygamous Muslims with welfare benefits. Landen predicts the next step with be "the imposition of Sharia law on everyone, non-Muslims as well as Muslims."
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THE STRAIGHT POOP ON RADICAL ISLAM
by Burt Prelutsky

  Burt Prelutsky asks why our leaders "pay lip service to these people[Muslims} in a way we never did with Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan or the Soviet Union. Is it because the Muslims commit sadism and murder in the name of religion and not country? If anything, I would think that would make their evil acts all the more contemptible." Their code of honor isn't much of a recommendation, either.
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THE UNIVERSALITY OF ANTI-SEMITISM
by George Jochnowitz

  George Jochnowitz has written on the pervasiveness of Anti-Semitism over time and often in areas that seldom, if ever, see a Jew. Nowadays, its universality owes much to a bizarre and illogical alliance of Muslims and Communists, both obsessed with a virulent and ferocious hatred of Jews. In other matters, they hold opposing views and are sworn enemies of each other. David Nathan wrote of this essay: "I have read much on the subject but never so fine and profound and succinct a piece as this." Read it. Perhaps, it will make you stop adducing all the variants of 'blame the victim' and ask instead: What accounts for the current manifestation of an attitude that, in Jochnowitz's words, "makes no sense" and "is pointless."
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WHEN CRITICIZING ISRAEL BECOMES RITUAL
by Robert Fulford

  Robert Fulford writes of the many ways that have evolved to show hate towards Israel. "Opposing Israel has become an institutionalized ritual" performed in "the universities, churches and unions," with activities that repetition has turned into traditions — such as" Israel Apartheid Week, celebrated every spring in universities." Muslims claiming they are oppressed by the Chinese are ignored; El-Fatah Palestinians killed by Hamas are not memorialized; nor are Hamas soldiers killed by the P.A. Israel is the exclusive target of this venom. This isn't criticism of Israel. It is simple, old-fashioned hate of the Jew that is being manifested.
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TERRORIST IN THE IVORY TOWER?
by Cinnamon Stillwell

  Academia has become a welcoming habitat for Marxists and Muslims. Anti-American preaching is common and is usually protected by University administrators and fellow academics, who — for all their virtuous defense of freedom of speech — are usually not as conscientious at protecting free speech by rightwingers. Cinnamon Stillwell writes of a new twist: professors who don't just accept Islamic terror but practice it. She writes about U of Ottawa's professor Hassan Diab, who stands accused of leading a PLO commando team that bombed a Paris synagogue in 1980. If true, he will join others such as William Ayres of the University of Chicago, who once practiced what they now preach.
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THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS' WAR AGAINST ISRAEL
by Moshe Dann

  Remembering that the International Red Cross had no problem accepting the Arab's Red Crescent (which has often taxied terrorists into Israel) but refused to allow the entry of the Jewish Magen David until it agreed to not display the Magen David symbol, it comes as no surprise to learn that the International Red Cross is a politicized anti-Israel participant in demonizing Israel. In this essay, Moshe Dann focusses on how they misuse the provisions of the Geneva Convention, specifically Article 49.
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THE AIPAC CASE AND PREJUDICE
by Gary Wasserman

  The spy case against AIPAC staffers has frittered out. Charges have been dropped. Two critical pieces of information suggest we're just beginning to see the outlines of the real story. First, the AIPAC men were at no point suspected of dealing with enemy foreign governments. As Gary Wasserman informs us, "they were targets of a bizarre sting in which they were fed false information suggesting that the lives of U.S. and Israeli operatives in Iraq were at risk"; they were told no one was doing anything. They tried openly to get different agencies to do something, to save lives. Second, the Iago in this sting operation, Larry Franklin, said he'd tried hooking other prominent Jews in government, using the same bait and he'd been asked by the FBI about other of his Jewish contacts. So why a sting operation against American Jews sympathetic to Israel, who weren't at any point suspected of being spies? Why Jews? Expand this a bit. Why is the FBI using Arabs in sensitive spots but won't hire Jews who are fluent in idiomatic Arabic too translate Arabic tapes? Why is the FBI giving classes in Sharia law? Why are meaningful words like terrorist dropped from Homeland Security's vocabulary? Why are CIA operatives threatened with law suits for doing their job effectively? What is going on?
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THE ROOTS OF RADICAL ISLAM IN PRISON
by Patrick Dunleavy

  Islam has found the prison system an excellent source for actively recruiting converts and candidates for acts of terror. It is a particularly hard group to infiltrate because the prisoners know each other and don't accept strangers. This article deals with such a network. When members of a Newburgh NY mosque were exposed before they could attack a Jewish community center, Warith Deen Umar, a muslim convert, who was both a prisoner and then a prison chaplain converting others to Islam, briefly became a topic for conversation. What is not recognized is that the wahabbist chaplains and their clerks have been creating a successful organization for converting prisoners to radical Islam for some 30 years. In this article, Patrick Dunleavy writes of five other Muslims affiliates of Umar, who have promulgated radical Islam and planned terror activity while in prison as prisoners or as prison chaplains or clerks.
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KING DAVID'S PALACE UNEARTHED IN JERUSALEM
by Rachel Ginsberg

  Some four years ago Israeli archeologist Eilat Mazar discovered a stepped stone structure in the City of David in Jerusalem that she believes is the remains of King David's palace. This is an exciting discovery in its own right, whether palace or not, yet It has been only meagerly publicized. Thanks are due Rachel Ginsberg not only for this excellent article on the find but for inquiring into why it is that it has been ignored by secularists, both archeologists and laymen, who claim greater objectivity. Their sneer campaign revolves around the fact that the dig has received financial support from a Jewish millionaire who believes in the Bible and their secular certainty that Judaism can not possibly have a rock-solid foundation (pardon the pun).
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MUSLIM TERRORIST'S NEIGHBORS STILL "LOOKING FOR REASONS"
by Julia Gorin

  Julia Gorin focusses on what is one of the more puzzling facts about America's general reaction to resurgent Islam — there seems to be a general indifference to the threat of Islamic Jihad. We are no longer concerned that Muslims that look to the resurrection of the Caliphate declared war on us September 11, 2001. Muslims who look to the return of the Mahdi declare they will bomb Israel — a true friend — into oblivion and we warn them that if they don't stop ... we will warn them again. We elect a self-declared Muslim as president while we are supposedly fighting Islamic terrorism and we excuse violent Muslim behavior — beheadings, massacres, bombings, drive-by shooting, tractor killings — as understandable. Gorin asks "[h]ow many more terror plots have to be uncovered before everyone realizes that Islam is a threat?"
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CHRISTIAN CHURCHES IN THE WEST

There is a sharp divide between the Christian churches in the West: the mainstream groups led by liberals are pro-palestinian while the more traditional and less trendy churches with closer contact to the Bible are pro-Israel. An anomoly is the Mennonite Church, which itself suffered torture and violence. Yet it is so dedicated to peace it doesn't recognize that it doesn't really understand the monomanical evil practiced by resurgent Islam.

KEY MENNONITE INSTITUTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL
by Dexter Van Zile

  Dexter Van Zile writes about the One-State Solution activists of the Mennonite church who equate peace in the Middle East with abolishing the sovereign state of Israel, while they "provide aid and comfort to those who ... seek Israel's destruction." Van Zile suggests that, despite the torture and persecution suffered by the Mennonites in post-Reformation Europe, they have "an inability to deal with the reality of evil and the power needed to confront it." Denying reality, they routinely portray Hamas and Islamism as either victim or "as idealistic religious movements" while the Jews are the bullies. This may be because the pacifist Mennonites can rely on others to keep them safe. Israel can not.
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CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS, PAST AND PRESENT
by Victor Sharpe

  Zionism, as Victor Sharpe reminds us, is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people. "In Biblical terms, it is the return from exile of the Jews to Zion — to that very special land promised by God to the first Jew, Abraham. And it is through reading his Bible that many a Christian has become a zionist, and consequently a friend to Israelis working to reconstitute their ancestral homeland. In this essay, Sharpe writes of some Christian zionists who helped further what at the time seemed an impossible dream — the reconstruction of their nation state by Jews after 2,000 years in the diaspora.
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JEWISH SELF-HATERS

We start with an essay on the general phenomenon, which describes the anger and denial of reality that marks the self-hating Jew. We then provide two specific examples, one an individual, the other a group. As Seth Frantzman says, "Jewish self hate is one of the most fascinating of phenomena." It is also mystifying.

THE PEOPLE OF ILLOGIC: NOTES ON JEWISH SELF HATE
by Seth J. Frantzman

  This is a continuation of Seth Frantzman's examination of Jewish self-hatred. He writes, "Jewish self hate is one of the most fascinating of phenomena. While many nations now produce intellectuals who have self-hate, the Jews seem especially adept at it. It is worth examining a few cases to understand that self-hate is primarily based on illogical concepts."
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MARXIST PROFESSOR ALALUF SUPPORTS EUROPEAN ANTI-SEMITES
by Lee Kaplan

  Lee Kaplan presents us with the case study of a Jewish sociologist, a professor in a European university, who in his devotion to the Arab cause distorts reality and ignores factual information. For him, Jewish nationalism is racism. He ignores the Socialist ideology of the early kibbutzniks and flays Israel as a "colonial enterprise of the capitalist west." More generally, his stance is always predictable: Israel is always the bad guy, no matter what the circumstances. If the Arabs act badly, it is always justified.
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THE MISREPRESENTATION OF J STREET
by Matthew M. Hausman

  J Street was created to counter Aipac, the major pro-Israel advocacy group in America. It proclaims itself as supporting Israel, but its actions don't match its words — unless, of course, you subscribe to the Arab story about its "historic" rights and believe that capitulating to Arab demands is good for Israel. It is not clear how many Jews it fools, but, certainly, some Muslims and pro-Palestinian activists recognize it for what it is and have given J Street both personal and financial support. If you are looking to support an active activist group devoted to Israel, put your money into AFSI.org, or ZOA.org or the newly-formed Z (for Zionist) Street. (18ZSTREET@gmail.com, http://ziostreet.wordpress.com/)
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THE MEDIA

Since it was started in July 2002, Think-Israel has chronicled media-created lies about israel and how easily the media accept Arab-generated lies. A particularly outrageous example is the story circulated out of Sweden accusing the IDF of harvesting Arab organs for transplant. What next?

SWEDEN'S NEWSPAPER BLOOD LIBEL OF THE IDF
by Robin Shepherd

  Using Arab sources, Sweden's largest-circulation newspaper, Aftonbladet, ran a ghoulish screed claiming the IDF killed Palestinians arabs and harvested their organs. Robin Shepherd examines the shameful events that happened afterwards. Aftonbladet's editor admitted the paper had no proof but refused to retract its assertion; in fact, he published it again. The Swedish government did not see this blood libel of Israel as important enough to contradict, portraying itself as the virtuous defender of free speech. It even refused to back up its ambassador to Israel who condemned the article. Contrast this to how news about Muslims is treated: many of the newspapers self-censor themselves, fearing violent repercussions by Muslims to even mild criticism of Islam or Muslim practices. Recall that the Swedish government reacted in panic to Muslim anger at a cartoon featuring Mohammad, even shutting down a website that showed the cartoon.
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PROPAGANDA'S VICTORY: THE TWO BIG LIES
by Rita Kramer

  This essay is about some home truths. Rita Kramer succintly describes two big lies that have emerged since Nazi times, when the world accepted that Germany was entitled to a population that was purely aryan and that the Jews were responsible for German's economic collapse. One is the retooling the educational system so that its function no longer is to teach Western values and culture. It has become an instrument to inculcate "diversity". The other big lie is that the world accepts the Arab myth that the Palestinian Arabs, through no fault of their own, are under Israeli occupation, a fantasy that justifies all savage behavior by the Arabs as necessary in their struggle to liberate their land.
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WHY IS ISRAEL DEMONIZED WHILE REAL RIGHTS' VIOLATORS AND WAR CRIMINALS ARE SANITIZED, EVEN LIONIZED?
by Barry Rubin

  Barry Rubin asks a fundamental question: why do the media single out Israel for human rights violations, most of which are eventually shown to be false, while Arab human rights violations — real, brutal and of long-standing — are excused? He offers a group of possibilities that include: Arab money/oil, Western guilt, Arab money/oil, physical intimidation, Arab money/oil, psychological intimidation and Arab money/oil [repetitions added.]
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GENOCIDAL LINKAGE
by Kenneth Levin

  Kenneth Levin makes an interesting association on how "The world's media have given scant coverage lately to the ongoing genocide in Darfur, and — despite extensive reporting on Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict — they have likewise offered little on the continuing campaign of genocidal incitement against Israel by her enemies." Levin develops the theme that the connecting link is the Arab non-acceptance of non-Muslims on what they see as Muslim land. And when the conflict is Muslim against Muslim, they will side with the Arabs. Their lead is followed by many in the media and politics and even in anti-Israel Jewish organizations.
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THE HISTORY SEGMENT.

The history of Muslim colonizers who enslaved Europeans and a successful rescue of Jews from a British detention center

EUROPEANS AS VICTIMS OF COLONIALISM
by Fjordman

  In this well-documented essay, Fjordman writes of the long-term colonization and enslavement of Europeans by Muslims. As a reader of the original article wrote: "Mohammedans are not 'ashamed' of their 1300 plus years of violent colonizing and conquest of the infidels, unlike the Europeans (who have come, through their political and social development, and philosophies, to regard all people as deserving of human rights and basic decency and respect), because the Muslim colonial movement is the sanctified dogma of the imperialistic, expansionistic Koran." Another reader noted, "We'd have far less tolerance of the 'Moslems as victims' pose if the appalling cruelties of Islamic imperialism were better known by the Western public."
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ESCAPE FROM ATLIT
by Sara Yoheved Rigler

  Starting in the 1930's the British 'forgot' that they were given the administration of the Palestinian Mandate to help the Jews create the infrastructure for a state, They curtailed Jewish immigration into Palestine, Just when Jews desperately needed to escape from Europe. Jewish immigration was declared illegal. The British didn't just close the borders; they intercepted ships "and sent their hapless Jewish passengers back to a certain death in Europe." Those who made it to Palestine before they were caught were interned in a military camp south of Haifa in Atlit. Sara Rigler tells the story of a daring rescue of prisoners from Atlit engineered by the Hagana and aided by Jew living in Haifa. "For once, the Jews united and won."
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READERS' BLOG-EDS

  This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days.

A Blog-Ed page has a quick list of the articles from which you can access any of the articles immediately. To go to the list, click the "Blog-Eds List" box in the Blue Strip on the top of the Blog-Ed page.

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NOTE: Because of various website reconstructions, we did not have a Blog-Ed page for August, 2009.




May-June, 2009


What we are talking about in the May-June 2009 issue:
EDITORIAL: ANOTHER FACET OF GLOBAL JIHAD: CREATE A PALESTINIAN STATE TO DESTROY ISRAEL
LINKAGES, OBAMA'S CAIRO SPEECH(Peters, Spencer, Yid with Lid, Ettinger, Kirchick, Kedar)
THE SETTLEMENTS (Auerbach, Sultan Knish, Krauthammer, Peck, Dann, Frantzman)
THE OTHER REFUGEES (Julius, Yemini, Saperstein)
PALESTINIANS AND PALESTINE (Mandelbaum, Shusteff, Eidelberg)
PEACE COMPLETE WITH TERROR (Mauro, Rose, Plaut, Prowisor, McCarthy, Reisman, Ehrenfeld)
PROBLEMS WITH ANOTHER PALESTINIAN STATE (Even, Arens, Hertz, Miller)
SOLVING THE PALESTINIAN PROBLEM (Bonner, Teich, Bussel, Sharpe, Eldad, Dann)
HOW ISLAM IS IMPACTING THE USA (Dreyfus, Glazov interviewing Gaubatz, Reyto)
ISLAM IN EUROPE (Landen, Steyn, Fjordman, No Sharia)
JEW HATE (Finch, Ravid, Schanzer, Gerson, Marquardt-Bigman, Franzman)
HISTORY SECTION (Medoff, Whartman, Zamir)
BLOG-ED PAGES (May, June)

EDITORIAL: ANOTHER FACET OF GLOBAL JIHAD: CREATE A PALESTINIAN STATE TO DESTROY ISRAEL

Barack Obama's Cairo Cuddle speech in June was in some ways a projective test. Areas in which he sought to praise the Arabs are those that count with Westerners, and may have been designed not just to flatter his Muslim listeners, but to tell us how close culturally Middle Easterners are to the West. The West is proud of its achievements in science and technology and medicine. Obama ignored Jewish prizewinners — relative to their percentage of the global population, their share of Nobel awards has been hugely disproportionate — and attributed such accomplishments to the Arabs. He wasn't completely wrong — a handful of Nobel science and medicine awards has gone to Arabs. Admittedly, saints such as Yassir Arafat have walked off with the Nobel Peace Prize, but, thanks to him and his fellow Arabs, no one takes the Peace Prize seriously any more. Obama plunged back into history to credit Arabs with technological achievements. As Robert Spencer points out, "much of this has been exaggerated" and misattributed. We care about defending democracy and so he claimed Morocco was the first nation to recognize the new United States of America. He must hope that Americans are as ignorant of history as they are reputed to be; otherwise, they might know that our major interaction with Tangiers was in fending off the Tripoli pirates that preyed on our ships. Shades of Somalia!

How far Prez Obama had to stray from the truth to make nice to Islam is a measure of how unproductive Islam really is except in terror and violence and other man-made evil.
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LINKAGES TO OBAMA'S CAIRO SPEECH:

In his Cairo speech, except for a few teaspoons of soothing oil for the Jews, President Obama's made it clear that he would be hitting on Israel and making nice to the Muslims. Shamefully, as do the Arabs, he linked the Holocaust and how the Israelis purportedly treat the Palestinian arabs. What was surprising in the Cairo speech was the number of factual howlers and mistatements. Obama promised he would "speak the truth..." Misinformation, disinformation, partial truths, lies dressed up as truths are not Truth Speak.

The Palestinian-Israeli hostilities took up much of the speech. Obama's miracle treatment to stabilize the Middle East is based on the proposition that there is a linkage between reducing the Iranian threat to nuke Israel and the Peace Process, where Israel "voluntarily" gives away Biblical Israel to create another Palestinian state. This set of essays discuss the speech and the Iran-Peace Process Linkage.

WHAT OBAMA TAUGHT ME
by Ralph Peters

  What did I learn from President Obama's Cairo speech, asks Ralph Peters. Let me count the ways. As example, terrorism? The President never mentioned the subject. It must have stopped. The Israelis who are routinely subjected to missiles from Gaza and sniping as they drive the highways will be thrilled to know this. Another example? Tolerance must have come to Saudi Arabia — why else did he not mention the Saudi fondness for torture and for not allowing churches and synagagues. He was quick enough to apologize for America's bad behavior.
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PLATITUDES AND NAIVETE: OBAMA'S CAIRO SPEECH
by Robert Spencer

  This is a transcript of President Obama's speech with glosses by Robert Spencer. In the main, the glosses point out factual errors, stuck like porcupine quills into a mass of gooey flattery. Whatever else one can say about it, it was an excellent piece of dhimmi writing, with patches where he scolds the Muslims. Is this the proper way for the President of the United States to act?
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HOW OBAMA'S CAIRO SPEECH THREW ISRAEL UNDER THE BUS
by Yid with Lid

  In his Cairo speech, Obama made clear he has accepted the Arab narrative — i.e., he has bought into the Arabs view history. All events are tethered to their rock belief that Islam is on the rise and will soon take its rightful place as dominant group, to which all others ethnic and religious groups must pay homage. Any hinderance towards their dominance — such as the Jews avoiding extermination when the Arabs invaded their country in 1948, 1967 and 1972 — is regarded as a tragedy. In their view, the Jews "got" Arab Palestine because of the Holocaust. This ignores of course Judaism's ancient ties to Israel. It ignores that in modern times, the Arabs are in Israel because the Jewish aliyas beginning in the late 19th century created economic opportunities so the people from the neighboring areas flooded into what was to become Israel, including Samaria and Judea. As Winston Churchill pointed out, 95% of the Arabs in "Palestine" came after 1905. Recall they were not declared a people until 1964, when the world conveniently forgot there had never been a Palestinian State. There had been "Palestinians" when England was given control of mandated Palestine to help the Jews make a state. These Palestinians were otherwise called Jews.
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A SELF-DESTRUCTIVE IRAN-PALESTINIAN LINKAGE
by Yoram Ettinger

  In no uncertain terms, Yoram Ettinger meticulously details that is wrong with linking the Arab-Israeli conflict with stopping Iran from producing a nuclear weapon. He points out that "[t]he attempt to link the battle against megalomaniac Iran and the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is detached from Middle East reality. It plays into the hands of Iran, exacerbates Arab radicalism, undermines critical US national security interests and causes a setback to peace." It will have no impact on the quarrel between Sunnis and the Shites. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Dubai and Oman will still "consider Iran a clear and present lethal threat." Nor will giving Judea and Samaria to the Palestinians "facilitate a broad anti-Iran coalition." The Arab countries have "shower[ed] Palestinians with rhetoric," not resources. In sum, "[t]he linkage concept creates an unwarranted US-Israel tension, thus adrenalizing the veins of Arab radicals and Palestinian terrorists, erodes Israel's posture of deterrence, pours cold water on the prospects of peace and adds fuel to the fire of terrorism, dealing a blow to vital US and Israeli interests."
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ISRAEL BETRAYED
by James Kirchick

  Obama has suggested that key to peace in the Middle East and the friendship of hostile Muslims is to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. And the key to doing that, judging by his actions, is to put all the blame for a stalled peace process on Israel. One consequence of the American administration's war against Israel is that this message amplified by the media has resulted both in Israel's reduced popularity and in Jews being blamed for America's financial crisis. Another likely consequence is that an unchecked Iran might frighten its neighbors sufficiently to "set off a regional arms race, with Saudi Arabia and Egypt as the next likely proliferators. Yet the Obama administration does not seem to realize that stopping an Iranian nuclear bomb ought take precedence over the stalled 'peace process.'"
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OBAMA THE ROOKIE
by Mordechai Kedar

  Mordechai Kedar points out that Barack Obama is as naive about the Middle East as Jimmy Carter, and is likely to do major damage to American interests, just as Carter did. Carter helped unleash the Iranian mullahs, and that lead to the present Iranian regime, with its nuclear ambitions. Obama believes he and the ayatollahs can reason together. He ignores that Iran "even before it has turned nuclear, quickly changes the face of the Middle East. Iran's long arms are already tightly grasping Lebanon, Iraq, and Gaza, and are also decisively and powerfully directed at other states such as Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia." Were Israel to disappear, it would solve none of the Middle East's problems. Iran will still try to take over its neighbors, which could ignite a nuclear arms race. The Sunnis and Shi'ites will still battle it out. And the end result will be that thousands will die because of Obama's foolish notions, just as thousands died because of Carter's misapplication of his "humanitarian" ideals.
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THE SETTLEMENTS

While sympathy is more or less extended to the Po' Palestinians and their terrorism excused, everyone is sure that the villains, the obstacles to peace, are the settlers (a sneer is obligatory when you say settlers). The settlers are the Jews who returned to live in Samaria and Judea and eastern Jerusalem ever since the Jews fought off the Arab invasion in 1968. The settlements are their towns and villages and cities and trailer camps and compounds. Why are these patriotic Jews demonized? Perhaps because they can't be persuaded by Arab-aiding nonsense. They know that this land is Jewish: by God's will, by the Bible, by history, by devotion, by never completely leaving the land over the centuries, by international law that established an irrevocable trust for the Jewish people, and by conquest after fighting off the invading Arabs. With all the facts on Israel's side, how does one promote the claims of a non-people, the Palestinians? Simple. Demonize the "settlers". Then no one will complain when you steal Jewish land.

This section is on the bravest of the brave: the settlers, Israel's staunch nationalists. They know it's their land and they plan to live there, despite the dangers and the hardships, during the times their government encourages them and during the times the government, at the bidding of foreigners, harasses them.

ARE SETTLEMENTS ILLEGAL?
by Jerold Auerbach

  Like holding up a cross to ward off the devil, "Geneva Convention!" is heard whenever the legality of the Israeli settlements in Samaria and Judea is asserted. The settlements are supposedly against the Geneva Convention which declares that an "occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies." As Jerold Auerbach lucidly explains in this article, the Geneva Convention does not apply in this situation and the settlements are not only legal, they are protected as Jewish land by international law that is applicable and binding. If I have one quibble, it is that it should be made clear that the Zionist Max Nordau used homeland as a non-confrontational term for State. It did not mean that the Jews were to have only a portion of the Land for a State.
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OBAMA, ISRAEL AND THE SETTLEMENTS
by Sultan Knish

  Another superb article by Sultan Knish dedemonizing the settlements and describing what they really are. In U.S.A. terms, they are towns and villages and cities that are suburbs of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, many of which were inhabited by Jews for thousands of years. Given Israel's friendly neighbors, they are also early alert systems to monitor the local Arabs. As Sultan Knish writes, "What Obama really wants is for Israel to put its own center of government in shelling range from a terrorist group ensconced in its own capital. No rational person should need an explanation for why Netanyahu has said, no." Israelis — especially the patriotic settlers — have no intention of cooperating with the terrorists.
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THE SETTLEMENTS MYTH
by Charles Krauthammer

  President Obama has applied his mantra of 'speak softly and carry no stick' everywhere except with America's only friend in the Middle East: Israel. There, he behaves like the medievel rulers in Europe who set absolute limits on how many Jews could live in a town, or even in the state. Obama, Charles Krauthammer writes, has ordered Israel to cease all ordinary population growth in the Territories — and this includes eastern Jerusalem. If a baby is born, Israel is forbidden to provide him with new shelter. This Obamian pharonic decree amounts to: thou shalt have NO new babies. As Krauthammer writes, "No 'natural growth' means strangling to death the thriving towns close to the 1949 armistice line, many of them suburbs of Jerusalem, that every negotiation over the past decade has envisioned Israel retaining." It also means that the Arabs will understand they need make no changes in their mission to destroy Israel. "Blaming Israel and picking a fight over 'natural growth' may curry favor with the Muslim 'street.' But it will only induce the Arab states to do like Abbas: sit and wait for America to deliver Israel on a platter. Which makes the Obama strategy not just dishonorable but self-defeating."
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TEAR DOWN? NAW...NOW, MORE THAN EVER, IS THE TIME TO BUILD!
by Arlene Peck

  In her inimitable style, Arlene Peck reminds us that the Palestinians have used American money to bring in arms for terrorist attacks; they teach their children to hate Jews; they desire to annihilate the Jewish state. But what Prez Obama and Sec.of State Clinton consider as the major obstacles to peace are the Jewish settlements. Peck writes: "[what] All Israel should be listening to is the Bible and following Jewish history. All of Israel is entitled to 'natural growth.' Hey, if the love of Israel is racist, then call me one too, as I am definitely a Zionist and Zionist I shall remain!"
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OUTPOSTS: RULE OF LAW, OR LAW WITHOUT RULES?
by Moshe Dann

  Thanks to the groundwork laid by Peace Now and others like them, descendants of Jewish settlers of European stetlach and Christian descendants of settlers of the Wild West are convinced that Israeli settlers of the Territories are in violation of the Law. The lowly outpost is perceived as particularly evil, perhaps because it is easier to demolish than Ariel, a settlement city of some 20,000. So the outpost — often a single trailer or two — has come to stand as a symbol of all Israeli building on supposedly Arab land. Moshe Dann points out that when the State shows bias to Jewish Israelis, "when government officials don't apply the law equitably, the authority of the state is undermined." His examination is particularly appropriate when one realizes that Arabs are taking over land and building illegally with enormous help from the European Union and without a murmur of disapproval from a cowed Israeli government.
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WHY DO PEOPLE CONDEMN HINDU NATIONALISM? THE ANSWER MAY BE CONNECTED TO A DISDAIN FOR ZIONISM
by Seth J. Frantzman

  We are accustomed to essays that emphasize the importance of an Israeli and India connection based on their both being democracies surrounded by Moslem countries, many of them virulent. Then too, they both have bent over backwards — to the detriment of their majority population — to cater to the minorities. And in both cases, yielding land to appease the Moslems has failed. In this essay, Seth Frantzman makes a novel connection: both are by nature nationalist — Israel is the only Jewish country in the world; India is the only Hindu country in the world. And both are condemned as nationalist Muslim countries are not.
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THE OTHER REFUGEES

In an article in the Wall Street Journal, André Aciman, himself a Jew born in Egypt and one of the 800,000 Jews forced to flee the Arab countries, leaving behind their houses, factories, books, art and religious artefacts, said in reference to President Obama's Cairo speech, "... for him to speak in Cairo of a shared effort 'to find common ground ... and to respect the dignity of all human beings' without mentioning people in my position would be like his speaking to the residents of Berlin about the future of Germany and forgetting to mention a small detail called World War II." This set of essays focusses on two sets of Jews refugees in Israel: the Jews who fled from Arab countries, when the Arabs made it clear they planned their own Holocaust for the Jews because Israel was born. The other refugees are the Jews of Gush Katif, Gaza, patriotic and productive citizens of Israel, who were made refugees in their own land when they were thrown out of their homes and businesses by Government decree in 2005. They are slowly reconstructing their lives largely by their own initiative, because the Government had carefully planned how to expel them but had little in place after the expulsion. We keep up by posting essays by some of these refugees.

THE MYTH OF THE MIZRAHIM
by Lyn Julius

  "Six hundred thousand Jews flooded into the struggling Jewish state in the 1950s: penniless Jewish refugees housed in leaky tents with insufficient food." They were Sephardic Jews, forced to flee Arab countries, where some of them had lived well before the Arabs came into the area. Lyn Julius brings us up to date on the integration of Ashkenazi and Mizrahi in Israel — intermarriage is running at 25%. Thousands are using their knowledge of Arabic by working in Israeli media and universities, But they retain memories of their unhappy history: "the oppression of the Jews by Arabs" over the centuries followwed by the "the destruction of their ancient, pre-Islamic communities" when they were expelled.
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THE JEWISH NAKBA: EXPULSIONS, MASSACRES AND FORCED CONVERSIONS
by Ben-Dror Yemini

  Everyone knows about the Arab refugees, victims of the Arab-Israeli war in 1948. Few know about the Jewish refugees, a much greater number, who fled the Arab states in realistic fear of their lives as Israel became a state. They left behind large amounts of real estate and personal property. Ben-Dror Yemini details how "...the massacres, the pogroms and the great expulsion of the Jews was a continuation of their suffering under Muslim rule." Contrary to the rosy picture painted of Muslim and Jewish amity through the ages, from Mohammad's time, the Jews were second-class citizens, dhimmis who were expected to show they understood they were inferior to the Muslim. Included as an addendum is a precis of Yemini's 2-part article on (1) Arab genocidal attacks on Arabs and other Muslims compared to Jewish killing of Arabs and other Muslims and (2) the number of refugees and population transfer this past century globally.
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BRENDEL; MISERY HATES COMPANY
by Moshe Saperstein

  Moshe Saperstein comes out with more astute political observations as asides than most political observers can manage in endless columns. He is right on target when he describes the self-hating destructive Israeli intellectual who provides the justification to hate and destroy Israel for the less verbally talented. And the cats are back. Saperstein includes a tale he wrote in 1974, when he was still in Rehab, learning to live with one arm. He has a chance to go to a concert that he knows he will enjoy, but he isn't quite up to a large crowd of strangers. He decides to go. The evening turns into a nightmare — but Moshe's description of his misery is magnificant.
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PALESTINIANS AND PALESTINE

We are reassured that the PA state is a dazzling solution that needs no examination. Create it and as sure as the day follows the night, peace will come. We owe it to this suffering people, who have lived under Jewish rule for nigh onto 60 years. Yet if one examines factually who the Palestinians are and the (non)history of Palestine, it is surprising that so many people have been persuaded that there ever was a Palestine and that Israel is occupying Palestinian land. But the Arabs, using a simple, compelling message, the image of suffering Arab refugees, lots of money, a supportive media and the fertile soil of anti-Semitism have done an excellent job of creating a worldwide urgency to help the po' Palestinian regain his homeland. So, while the foundation for creating another Arab state is non-existent, the demand is real. This section examines who the Palestinians are and what their "homeland" is.

THE ARABS IN THE HOLY LAND — NATIVES OR ALIENS?
by Dr. Harry Mandelbaum

  This is a much-amplified version of an essay first posted in March 2003. Using information from various sources, many of them Arab, this essay makes clear that the Palestinians are not native to Palestine. They are not an ancient people. They are not a people. Advertised as the original natives of a (never-existant) state of Palestine, they are the most successful scam the Arabs have ever run in their obsession to destroy Israel.
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THE MYTH OF "OCCUPIED" TERRITORIES
by Boris Shusteff

  Boycotters and all those who sympathize with the po' Palestinians because Israel is "occupying" Palestine should read this essay by Boris Shusteff. In simple terms, he makes clear that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews. It never was Palestine because there never was a Palestine. And lest you are about to say that it doesn't matter what the area was called, this was the ancient home of the natives now called Palestinians, don't. The vast majority of them — or their (grand)fathers and (grand)mothers — never entered into Israel or the Territories until the 20th century. The League of Nations "gave" the Jews the part of the Ottoman empire that encompassed ancient Israel, just as they "gave" the different Arab States all the rest of the part of the Ottoman Empire that we call the Middle East.
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JEW-HATRED OR STUPIDITY OR BOTH?
by Professor Paul Eidelberg

  This essay by Paul Eidelberg is a gem. Written in crib-sheet style, it says it all. The Arabs don't want a separate state. Even if they did, it is geostrategically impossible — it would dissolve into a dozen rival clans reinstating their murderous medieval culture. Whatever keeps the idea of a Palestinian state going? Is it plain stupidity or a generalized disease called Jew hate?
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PEACE COMPLETE WITH TERROR

Have we forgotten that the "Peace Partners" are a group of terrorists, proud of what they do, who teach their children to hate Jews (and Christians and Buddhists and Hindus and all Westerners) and expect with good reason that their children will carry on their tradition when they themselves explode into Paradise.

THE THREE TYPES OF JIHADISTS
by Ryan Mauro

  As the title indicates, Ryan Mauro distinguishes between three kinds of jihadist, differing in style and technique and area of operation. But their goals are the same. Mauro suggest that the Al-Qaeda model is the most flamboyant and best known. It advocates global jihad, but it is probably the least of a threat. The second group focuses on local jihad rather than world-wide terror — Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah are examples. The third type, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, "favors cultural jihad, infiltrating and hijacking institutions, and bringing about Sharia law and Islamization from the bottom up and inside out." The Muslim Brotherhood's methods are more insidious and less flamboyant, but that doesn't make them moderates, even if that's how they like to present themselves.
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FORGOTTEN COVENANTS
by Alex Rose

  Western Middle East "experts" urge us to start "dialoguing" with Hamas. With more boldness than brains, such political luminaries as Jimmy Carter, Paul Volker and Brent Scowcroft urge that we recognize Hamas. More circumspectly, the Obama administration flipflops on identifying Hamas as a terror group. At stake is whether Hamas will openly acquire the windfall money the USA is giving the Palestinian arabs. Hamas has acted as the spoiler, refusing to recognize Israel as legitimate, while offering a truce with a 10-year expiration date, providing that Israel first settles the millions of Arabs who claim descent from the original 420,000 Arab refugees. The PLO appears to be more accomodating to Western views, but basically it is just as vicious as Hamas. In this essay, Alex Rose reviews two fundamental Palestinian documents: the charters of Hamas and the PLO. Hamas's Charter, which says that its mission is to eradicate Israel, is phrased as a religious compulsion, and hence can not be revoked. The PLO charter is a political document, which has often been said to have been revoked — but never has. Both make clear that the Palestinian arabs regard the destruction of Israel as their mission, and they continue to steadfastly affirm this intent both in word and deed. This will not change, no matter how much the West denies reality or trivializes their core value.
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HAMAS: THE TERROR ELITE
by Steven Plaut

  Steven Plaut puts Hamas in perspective with his opening sentence, "It is one of the oddities of the global war on terrorism that while al-Qaeda is almost universally condemned, its Sunni terrorist counterparts in Hamas continue to attract a devoted following." An offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas controls Gaza and treats its residents as brutally as does Fatah in Samaria and Judea. Both are dedicated to destroying Israel. This is a valuable reference work.
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LAWRENCE OF PALESTINE
by Marc Prowisor

  Back in 1995, the Palestinian Authority (PA) already had 4 times the number of policemen per 1000 residents as did Israel. The PA no longer is in Gaza. Yet, as we write, Americans are engaged in training Fatah personal to shoot better and attack more efficiently. And we are doing this at our own expense. Marc Prowisor raises a point few seem to think about. They are to be used, it is said, in the forthcoming PA state. "The simple fact is," says Prowisor, "that this force is charged at keeping Abbas in power." Such is America's plan. But is it realistic in the unstable Palestinian environment? A few questions? Who will run the planned State when things shake down? Fatah terrorists or Hamas terrorists, especially when the people favor Hamas? Or a still-hungry splinter group, beholden to Iran or to establishing a Caliphate or just out to feed their own Swiss bank accounts. Who will these "police" be law-and-ordering? The local Arabs? Rival gangs? Hamas? Israel? Westerns? Are we creating the next generation's Osama bin Ladins? Perhaps the only saving grace: if they continue to perform as they have been — a 10-hour standoff by 3,000 PA troops against a handful of Hamas fighter and the suspicion is that it was the American trainers that finally knocked off the Hamas (May 31, 2009) — then in the words of Carl of Jerusalem, they will be more of a farce than a force. More likely, they will revert to type and kill Jews however they can.
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NEGOTIATING WITH TERRORISTS
by Andrew C. McCarthy

  Andrew McCarthy writes about how America is dealing with Iran, a major threat to the stability of the entire Middle East. By saying nothing to help the election protesters, President Obama is throwing away "the best chance in 30 years of dislodging an implacable American enemy." Even worse, ignoring a longstanding policy of not exchanging prisoners for hostages, "Obama is neck-deep in terrorist-for-hostages negotiations with Iran-backed killers who have American blood on their hands." These terrorist prisoners had brutally murdered five American soldiers in 2007. "Where," McCarthy asks, "where is Congress?" Where are the media?
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THE JEW, AS SEEN IN ISLAMIC RELIGIOUS LITERATURE
by Harold B. Reisman

  It is possible that Barack Hussein Obama is an accurate interpreter of Islamic thought. He did attend Muslim (religious) school during his childhood. But I suspect Harold Reisman has compiled a more accurate picture of how Islam sees the Jew as revealed by Muslim clerics and mullahs and the bedrock of the Muslim belief system — the Koran.
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A RECESSION IN TERRORISM FINANCE?
by Rachel Ehrenfeld

  Saudi income has decreased because of the downturn of the global economies, but, as Rachel Ehrenfeld notes wryly, the present crises has provided the Saudis "with an opportunity to practice da'wa (Islamic missionary outreach) through donations in the name of Islam. Such donations, including financial bailouts of cash-strapped Western institutions and businesses, have helped directly and indirectly to spread Islamism globally." Hamas is a major benefiary. Terrorist groups also benefitted from drug trafficking, smuggling, and other criminal activities. The financial crises has eased the way for more reliance on sharia'a banking — its available cash making it particularly attractive these days. Ehrenfeld points out that Sharia'a banking can easily launder terrorists' criminal gains and transfer them to the terrorists.
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THE PROBLEMS WITH ANOTHER PALESTINIAN STATE CREATED BY CARVING UP ISRAEL AND ITS UNILATERAL WITHDRAWAL

In previous issues, we considered the impact on Israel of giving up Samaria and Judea. It would need to take in some 300,000 to 600,000 Jews, made homeless and dependent on a State that has not been able in 4 years to settle the 10,000 Jews it expelled from Gaza. It would allow another State to sit on a major aquifer, knowing how the Arabs destroyed the Gaza aquifer when they were given it to control. It would see more of the Jewish Holy Places treated like Joseph's Tomb — the Arabs promised to care for it but vandalized it, ripped up Torah scrolls, and decorated it with feces and graffiti.

Here we ask, if it weren't the Jews who were being pressured, would the world be pushing for a Palestinian state? Are they ready for statehood? What are the benchmarks for readiness?

ISRAEL'S STRATEGY OF UNILATERAL WITHDRAWAL
by Shmuel Even

  This essay by Shmuel Even — based on the analysis of Israel's actual previous experience with unilateral withdrawal and their outcomes — puts to rest the excuses and rationalizations for unilateral withdrawal from the Territories. The thinking now is that any evacuation would need to be on "the basis of a stable agreement." That would clearly preclude giving up land to a non-functional group like the Fatah run by an ineffective leader who has no power to lead. Giving it up directly or indirectly to Hamas is a non-starter.
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SO WHAT'S YOUR SOLUTION?
by Moshe Arens

  Moshe Arens examines the two-state solution by setting down some reasonable axioms that should underlie any reasonable way of implementing a two-state solution. But before any plan can be pursued with any hope of success, there is a necessary precondition: an end to Palestinian Arab terrorism. It can not be bypassed.
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PALESTINIAN ARABS READINESS FOR STATEHOOD: FOLLOW THE EU BENCHMARK
by Eli E. Hertz

  The surge is on for Palestinian statehood, despite the facts that the Palestinian arabs have since Oslo become adept at creating terror and havoc, not the tools of government. Even though there is no peaceful and legitimate "Peace Partner" in the lot, Israel is pressured to sign on to creating a Palestinian state with unseemly haste. Eli Hertz makes an excellent suggestion. Let's slow down and pace ourselves, testing the degree of progress the arabs make toward peaceful coexistence and self-government according to the set of benchmarks the Europeans are using before they accept Turkey into the European Union (EU). No timeframe. No foregone conclusion. To qualify for membership in the EU, "the candidate country must have achieved stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, rule of law, human rights, and respect for and protection of minorities." And that's just the first step. Moreover, this pattern must be convincingly stable and sufficiently long-term to insure the candidate has internalized these important principles. Given the example how the arabs behaved when they gained full control of Gaza, "the yardsticks of judging readiness should be at least equal, if not more stringent for Palestinians."
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LAND FOR PEACE, AMERICAN STYLE
by Rob Miller

  Rob Miller has written a parody of what America is urging on Israel. In this version, America has given California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, to the Aztlan organization. Still to be done: the freeing of the Aztlan prisoners and ceding historic US sites such as the Grand Canyon, the Alamo and Yosemite. Of course, other groups are waiting in the wings with further demands. This is a parody, not a fantasy; there really are groups seriously advocating splitting up the U.S.A and returning the land to Mexico. Groups such as MEChA, the Brown Berets of Aztlan and La Raza and others are growing and attracting new members. Judge Sonia Sotomayor is — or was until recently — on the National Council of La Raza.
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SOLVING THE PALESTINIAN PROBLEM

The first essays in this set encourage Israel to take hold of its own destiny. The others suggest transferring the Arab refugees to Jordon or distributing them among the Arab countries in the region.

LAMENT IN OSLO
by Elena Bonner

  Elena Bonner, wife of Andre Sakhorov, both strong advocates of human rights, is an amazing woman, with an indomitable spirit, and, a reader put it, "a clearly articulated moral clarity." She and Sakhorov have insisted on Israel's "right to existence within safe borders." She asks why human rights advocates actively protest the treatment of the Guatanamo prisoners, but are unconcerned about Gilad Schalit. She quotes Sakhorov saying "All wars that Israel has waged have been just, forced upon it by the irresponsibility of Arab leaders"; "With all the money that has been invested in the problem of Palestinians, it would have been possible long ago to resettle them and provide them with good lives in Arab countries." As one reader remarked, "How eloquent she remains, and her end quote should be clipped and posted by all who care about the world retaining its essential proclivity toward decency, respect for Life and Freedoms. Both she and her husband were — are — beacons of light and courage for freedoms of conscience. They belong to the rare breed who retain their human dignity regardless of circumstances and through their actions and words dignify the Human Race."
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DRIVING OUR OWN DESTINY
by Howard Teich

  Like an unhealthy ghost that won't stop flapping, the "peace process" is back. Its backers, perhaps suffering from the affliction so many politicians have — a loss of long-term memory — again see negotiation for a 2-state solution as the magic nutrient for force feeding peace to a reluctant Israel. That Oslo and giving away Hebron as well as the aquifer in Gaza — and indeed, all of Gaza — almost killed the patient is ignored. Pressure is again applied and Israel's choking gasps are taken as signs that the treatment must be working. It isn't. The "peace" treatment is the problem. Howard Teich suggests we ignore Obama's rhetoric — it won't be his children who suffer and die if he is wrong. "[I]t's time, he states, "for American Jewish leaders to take their heads out of the sand and forcefully and loudly support a strong and effective future for Israel on its own terms." It's time for Jews to put aside fashionable ideologies and commit to their own survival.
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THE BLIND ISRAEL
by Ari Bussel

  Ari Bussel makes the point that Obama's America no longer sees Israel as an asset. "Moreover, we [Israelis] have blundered in our pursuit of 'peace' to completely misinterpret what peace means to our enemies." Meantime, the enemy grows louder and more confident — "The intention is to bring the final harm to the patient, all in the name of some convoluted, 'all merciful and benevolent moon god.'" To stop further damage to the Jewish state, Bussel insists "[i]t is time for Israel to disengage from all the rhetoric, act and assign a steep cost for failure to comply. Jerusalem is as divisible as Israel itself — remove a vital organ, be it the liver, the heart or the brain, will the body continue to exist?" But just reacting to hostility is insufficient. Israel must act boldly to save itself. It can not continue to rely on Arab outright expressions of hate and hostility to deter Israel's "friends" from chopping it up immediately.
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A TWO STATE SOLUTION — ON BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER JORDAN
by Victor Sharpe

  In this essay Victor Sharpe reviews the history of how the small piece of land intended as a Jewish state was twice reduced in size. Now, the shouting is for a third cut that would remove Biblical Israel from the Jewish state. This so-called 2-state solution is not a recipe for peace. Sharpe suggests that Jordan, which is already a Palestinian state — it is in Mandated Palestine and the majority of its population considers themselves Palestinian — become the homeland of those who call themselves Palestinian.
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THE SUN ORBITS THE PALESTINIAN STATE
by Arieh Eldad

  Dr Arieh Eldad states very clearly that there can only be one state on the land of Israel: either the only Jewish state on earth or yet another Arab state. Two-states won't work, even with the proviso that the Arab state be demilitarized because there'd be no way to control the Palestinians readying for more war any more than the West could stop Germany, demilitarized after WW1, from preparing for war. The reality is that "Moslems are enjoined from recognizing rule by heretics — Jews or Christians" — in what is Israel. He recommends settling the arab refugees in Jordan, which is already largely filled with Palestinians. This won't solve what is fundamentally a religious conflict, but it is a humanitarian thing to do and perhaps the Palestinians can over time be weaned away from teaching hatred and terror.
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A MULTI-STATE SOLUTION: AN ALTERNATIVE TO FAILURE
by Moshe Dann

  In Part I, Moshe Dann examines the "occupation of the Territories, land associated with Judaism from Biblical times on". In Part II, he points out that given Palestinian Arab culture, religion and what they consider acceptable behavior, imposing an Arab state on Israel is doomed to failure, no matter how hard Israel works to make it a success. "An alternative involves freedom from the obsession of Palestinian statehood and sovereignty. A new regional approach to resolving the conflict anchors national identity and political rights in already existing Arab, Muslim states. This would ensure a humanitarian solution to the 'Palestinian problem.'"
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HOW ISLAM IS IMPACTING THE USA

THE "ETHICS" OF OFF-SHORING OUR COLLEGES OVERSEAS: Sovereign Wealth Funds, And The Lessons Of Shariah-Compliant Investments
by Marion DS Dreyfus

  In the educational field, outsourcing — bringing the teacher to the foreign student — seem a reasonable way to make money especially during this period where so many areas suffer from financial meltdown. Marion Dreyfus points out some of the problems of assuming the generality of our ways of interacting when the locale is the Middle East, which has with different rules and gender bias. She provides us with examples where the disparity between normal-for-us behavior and what is tolerated in the host country was almost fatal to the teachers. More pernicious is the constant censorship by sharia "scholars", who hamper "meaningful intellectual inquiry." To go along with these restrictions ultimately will compromise our own educational standards. She also raises the problem of the impact of the far-left professor, who is assumed to be a voice for American values.
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THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN AMERICA
Jamie Glazov interviews Dave Gaubatz

  The Muslim Brotherhood has invested a great deal of effort and money to convince us they are centrist, moderate and reasonable. Jamie Glazov interviewed Dave Gaubatz who discusses how their material promoting Islamic terrorism is widely distributed to mosques. A Brotherhood manual "is very specific on how the youth are to become martyrs through physical Jihad in order to meet the objectives of the Muslim Brotherhood, specifically how to implement an Islamic Ummah (Nation) under Sharia Law worldwide." Far from being moderate, the Brotherhood teachings are violent and anti-American, encouraging "lone Muslims to carry out single and seemingly isolated murders across America which will seldom make the headlines of any news organization."
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PERILOUS EUPHEMISMS
by Susanne M. Reyto

  In the previous issue, Daniel Pipes discussed the difficulty the West was having in deciding what to call the Muslims that declared war against it. The terms acceptable to Governmental agencies seem deliberately neutered and imprecise. In this essay, Susanne M. Reyto expands on the significance of downgrading terminology and thereby destroying meaning. As she points out: "Language is critical. It shapes our thinking and determines our action. The enemy's perilous intensions cannot be blurred. If we do not name them, we cannot confront them."
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ISLAM IN EUROPE

Islam accomodation in Europe has reached the point where not just individuals but entire countries have adopted a dhimmi attitude, even if they themselves see their accomodation to Islam as just being reasonable, just being fairminded, just avoiding trouble... In Mark Steyn's words, "Long before Muslims are a statistical majority, there will be three permanent members of the Security Council — Britain, France, Russia — for whom the accommodation of Islam is a domestic political imperative."

A DHIMMI, JOANIE DE RIJKE, EXHIBITS PRE-CAPTIVITY STOCKHOLM SYNDROME
by Thomas Landen

  This article by Thomas Landen describes the circumstances surrounding the capture and ransom of a Dutch journalist. It is of interest in its own right. It also illustrates the mind set of the upper class Western dhimmis. They are politically correct, forgiving to those who put them in danger and treat them like toilet paper. They vent their anger at those who see Islamism as a growing danger to the host country.
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ISRAEL TODAY, THE WEST TOMORROW
by Mark Steyn

  As Europe becomes more accomodating to Muslim whims, wants, needs, preferences and demands, anti-Semitism increases and is manifested in physical violence while European nationalism and national icons are devaluated. Condemning Jews and Israel as the reason for Muslim emnity will not save Europe. As Mark Steyn writes, "It may be some consolation to an ever-lonelier Israel that, in one of history's bleaker jests, in the coming Europe the Europeans will be the new Jews."
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WHY MUSLIMS LIKE HITLER, BUT NOT MOZART
by Fjordman

  We could argue minutiae of religious differences between the West and Islam forever without ever seeing the enormous gap between us. We could ecumenically ignore differences and accentuate our religious communality with Islam — we are all monotheists — and still never see what separates us. Because it isn't just a religious difference. It is a difference in big things and small: how we expect other people to behave and why our musical tastes differ. In this essay, Fjordman explores why Islam doesn't take kindly to Western music. It isn't because our music is forbidden in the Koran. It is because the Koran fostered a mindset that is unresponsive to it.
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ISLAMIZATION OF EUROPE AND POLICIES TO PREVENT IT, PART 11
by No Sharia

  No Sharia is the nom de plume of an ex-Muslim living in Europe. To date, in a series of articles, he has been evolving a detailed plan to fight Sharia in Europe. Usually moderate applied to the muslim is a binary term — the muslim is regarded either as a moderate or an extremist. This latest essay is particularly important for formulating policy in that it grades moderate muslim by degree of adherence to the traditional interpretation of Islamic doctrine, thus helping to predict how the various categories of "moderate" will behave in the host country. It is the beginning of his treatment of national identitites and cultures.
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JEW HATE

These are some sources. Jew hate is propagated by the media, by academics and by Marxist Jews.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STOOPS TO JEW-HATE
by Mike Finch

  Mike Finch documents National Geographic (NG) joining the "It's all the fault of the Jooz" club, no matter what it is. Their latest issue featured a story on the Christians leaving the Middle East, and if NG is to be believed, it is mostly Israel's fault. Oh sure, regional violence and bad economic conditions contribute a tad, BUT, using a Palestinian Christian family living in the outskirts of Jerusalem as example, the main problem is the "horrible life they are forced to live. Israeli law, checkpoints, the 'Wall', permit papers, have made their life unbearable." It's just too too claustrophic. In Lebanon, "[t]he fall of the Lebanese Christians has nothing to do with Syria and Iran and their proxy, Hezbollah..." No, siree, it was the Jooz. And in Syria, the NG is about as informative as the State Department, which wrote that "Christians are influential in the cities, professions, politics and the armed forces, but their percentage of the population is shrinking due to a high rate of emigration to the Americas and Africa." (State Dept Religious Freedom Report, 2007). The State Department doesn't tell us why such a successful group is leaving the country, although it does mention that the government watches meetings held by religious groups and monitors sermons. I can't wait for NG to do another number on Israel, showing how they are responsible for the miserable lives the Egyptian Copts lead.
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PREJUDICE AND DEMONIZATION IN THE SWEDISH MIDDLE EAST DEBATE DURING THE 2006 LEBANON WAR
by Mathan Ravid

  In the July-August 2007 Issue, talking of his experiences as Israeli ambassador to Sweden from 2004-2004, Zvi Mazel concludes that "Sweden remains the most anti-Israeli country in the European Union and also the most pro-Muslim one." In this issue, Mathan Ravid examines in detail how Swedish newspapers reported the second Lebanese War. It appears that, despite the degree to which Sweden has been taken over by Sharia law, or perhaps because Sweden has been taken over by Sharia law, Sweden's nasty attitude towards Israel has not improved. Ravid analyzes the subtle differences in how Swedish newspapers expressed their hostility to the Jewish State.
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ISLAMIC SPEAKERS BUREAU BACKED BY RADICAL PROFS
by Jonathan Schanzer

  The California-based Islamic Networks Group (ING) "dedicated to 'teaching about Islam & Muslims' at U.S. high schools and college campuses features a board of advisors that is stacked with some of the most controversial activist professors in the field of Middle Eastern studies today." As Jonathan Schanzer points out, "The imprimatur of these scholars may signal a troubling shift toward the support of [Islamic] proselytizing efforts and the further unraveling of Middle East Studies in America." ING makes classroom visits — at no cost to the host — and distributes written material for grade schoolers. ING's professors are not objective; they are apologists and proselytizers for Islam. Let the listerners beware.
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CLARITY FOR THE DENIERS
by Michael Gerson

  Holocaust denial isn't just a bizarre aberration — totally illogical in light of the open and available facts available in the newspapers of the time, the recollections of the survivors even today, and, perhaps just as important, the proof of non-existence of relatives and friends who had never left the Old Country. It is most heard today from the mouths of those who hate Jews enough to hope for, and in many cases actively work towards, a second Holocaust. To them, Israel's statehood rests on the "lie" of the Holocaust. When they deny the Holocaust, they simultaneously deny the legitimacy of Israel's statehood. As Michael Gerson notes, President Obama made one incisive point in his flawed and foggy Cairo speech: Holocaust denial was baseless, ignorant and hateful. He didn't, however, seem to recognize that the deep anger which accompanies Holocaust denial in the Arab world may be resistant to his brand of diplomacy. As Gerson puts it, "Perhaps some don't merely wish to deny the Holocaust but to finish it."
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THE "FACTS-DON'T-MATTER" CAMP
by Petra Marquardt-Bigman

  This is a portrayal of the Jewish anti-Jew, the intellectual who can float above the facts, consistently and constantly blaming Israel no matter what the details, and become indignant when he is accused of being anti-Israel. Specifically, Petra Marquardt-Bigman writes about the antics of Antony Lerman, who is certain that "whatever the Palestinians do is legitimate resistance against a cruel and inhuman occupation." Whatever happens is Israel's fault. As Marquardt-Bigman observes: what interests intellectuals like Lerman are not the boring facts but the (s)weeping drama of victim turned victimizer. Unfortunately Lerman is not a rarity. As watchdog groups such as the Israel Academia Monitor have demonstrated, there exists a large group of intellectuals and academics who have strong anti-Zionist convictions firmly planted in fantasy.
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FROM AMOS ELON TO URI AVNERY: ODYSSEY OF SELF-HATE
by Seth J. Frantzman

  Seth Frantzman writes about the intellectual leftist Israeli elite, which by now has produced four generations of elitists, who actively work at destroying the Jewish state. Most of them or their parents were born in Europe and are wealthy, They "spend their lives supporting the terrorism that murders the poor among them. They seek to colonize Israel with European and foreign ideas." It is ironic that coming to Israel from countries with non-Jewish majorities, they now work to transform Israel into a state without a Jewish majority. They hate the Jews from Arab countries, who they consider useful only as grunt labor to be dumped in development towns, but they love the Bedouin and elite Muslims, imitating their 'exotic' style of furnishing, architecture and music. The symptoms are observable; the reason for their hate of Israel is puzzling. And troubling.
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HISTORY

Going counter to their Mandate, England cut off the free immigration of European Jews in the mid 1930s. Jabotinsky's son helped smuggle them in until World War 2 began. In 1948, the Arab states immediately invaded the brand new state of Israel. Egypt conquered Gaza and held it to 1968. Playing local politics, Ben-Gurion had a ship bringing arms to Israel destroyed.

ERI JABOTINSKY'S RACE AGAINST DEATH
by Rafael Medoff

  Eri Jabotinsky was a Betar leader, Irgun activist and son of Vladimir Ze'ev Jabotinsky, the founder of Revisionist Zionism. In 1937, the Irgun sucessfully smuggled Jews from Europe to Palestine. To appease the Arab leaders, England had started denying Jews the right to immigrate to Palestine, despite the fact that England was given the Mandate to Palestine to help Jews settle there in anticipation of developing the Jewish state. It was the start of an operation that, as Rafael Medoff tells us, "would bring tens of thousands of Jews to safety during 1938-1940, just as the Nazi inferno was starting to engulf Europe." Altogether, some 20,000 were saved during this period. During the War, Jabotinsky's efforts to save Jews were thwarted by the Nazis, the British and even American "mainstream Jewish leaders, who were reluctant to anger America's ally Great Britain." The more things change ...
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WHEN EGYPT WAS IN GAZA
by Eliezer Whartman

  Eliazer Whartman was eye witness to how Egypt governed the Gaza Strip, when it was under Egyptian control, from the first Arab invasion of Israel in 1948 up to the second Arab invasion of Israel in 1967. Conditions for the local Arabs were brutal; they were impressed into the Egyptian army, unemployment was high, education consisted mostly of indoctrinating hate of Israel, and the refugees were forcibly kept in vile condition "as an open sore, as a weapon against Israel." Interestingly enough, it was only when Israel captured the territory in 1967 and started providing the local Arabs with medical care, jobs and real education that the Arabs began complaining and demanding autonomy.
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A BURNING SHIP ON JERUSALEM BEACH
by Meir Zamir

  When Israel became a state May 14, 1948, it did not have a unified military; it had several volunteer armies that differed in politics and how much they would compromise on Jerusalem. On June 22, 1948, five weeks after the Arab invasion of the new state of Israel, while the several Israeli armies were still in the process of integrating, the acting Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, ordered Colonel Yitzhak Rabin and his Palmach troops to fire at the Altalena, anchored off the beach in Tel-Aviv. The ship was carrying 940 passengers and an assortment of arms from the French to the Irgun, led by Menachem Begin, Ben-Gurion's political rival. In this essay, Meir Zamir focuses on the shadow war between England and France to control Jerusalem and how that impacted on the actions of the Israeli political rivals.
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March-April, 2009

What we are talking about in the March-April 2009 issue:
EDITORIAL: A THIRD WAY
THE PEACE PROCESS, 2-STATE SOLUTION AND ISRAEL'S IRREVOCABLE RIGHT TO THE LAND (Sultan Knish, Belman, Grief, Beres, Sharpe, Singer, Kedar, Beres)
ISRAELI PROBLEMS (Faitelson, Frantzman, Sapersteins, Sugarman, Thornton, Sherman, Berlyn)
CHARACTER STUDIES OF MUSLIMS (Phares, Zubry, Rubin, Erlich, Hamid)
SHARI'A IS GAINING GROUND GLOBALLY (Plaut, Gaffney, Samson, Guitta, Bawer, Bensman, Rubin, Ibrahim, Pipes, Scruton)
USEFUL IDIOTS, FELLOW TRAVELLORS (Barron, Honest Reporting, Doron, Mossad, Eidelberg, Williams, Rabinowitz and Mayer, Frantzman)
HISTORY SECTION (Kramer, Zamir, Grobman)
BLOG-ED PAGES (March, April)

EDITORIAL: A THIRD WAY

For years there has been a strong though unexamined belief that the Arab refugees who came to be called Palestinians could not live anywhere except in Palestine. And not even in all of Mandated Palestine, which includes the hefty chunk the Brits "gave" to the Jordanian Hashimite King. (Please don't tell me 80% of the Jordanians are "Palestinian." It isn't part of the mythology.) No, they can only live as a people in the small part called Israel. Like the rare orchid that can only be pollinated by a particular type of bee or the snaildarter fish that can only live in the Paint Rock River in East Tennessee, the Po' Palestinians are kept in refugee camps in several Arab countries — fed, educated and medicated as charity cases — because UNRWA, their U.N. nanny, asserts they could only take root in their homeland, now called Israel.

Total bullshit, of course. Every other refugee group this century has been resettled and within a few years is well into starting a new life. This group was not allowed to do so. They were sequestered into camps and exploited as victims of Israel. Supposedly Israel was occupying their land — and that includes the state of Israel. With the help of a sympathetic media they have sold this belief to the world.

To make this work, the actual facts were ignored. Here's one: 95% of them and/or their daddies never came into Palestine until after 1900. Their ranks were swollen by Arabs living near the refugee camps whose standard of living took a big step upward when they declared that they too were refugees. But for many people, especially Bumstead Westerners, it was a Fact that the Palestinian could only thrive in his Homeland and this fact was the foundation of the demand that all the Palestinian refugees, now swollen from a few hundred thousand to several million, must be allowed to live in Israel.

The fact that the Palestinian is not different than the generic Arab in language, religion, taste in food, or social mores hasn't discomforted the Arab and U.N. propagandists. In fact, it is part of the argument that it is important that they be returned to Israel. The tautology is: they are in the refugee camps because they can only live real lives in Israel. It is proof that Israel is their only habitat, because in no other way are they different from other Arabs.

Because they are never examined simultaneously, the single-niche habitable environment "fact" lives comfortably next to some real facts that are totally incompatible. According to their own story, the Arab refugee and the others who call themselves Palestinian are kith and kin. So the same rules of appropriate environment apply to them — that is, they, too, can only take root in Israel. But except for the display Arabs languishing in the camps, it seems Palestinian arabs can make good lives for themselves elsewhere.

Some of this made the news quite accidently. When Kuwait was liberated in the Gulf War, the Kuwaitis kicked out some 400,000 Palestinians, who had been working in Kuwait and had sided with the invader, Saddam Hussain, to make the Kuwaitis lives miserable. We learned the surprising fact that they constituted some 40% of the people living in Kuwait, owned many of the businesses and had been living there comfortably for well over a decade .

When Jordan took in Arafat and his people years before the Gulf War, they busily began shooting at neighboring Israel, acting as a quasi-government in the areas where they lived, and plotting King Hussein's overthrow. He killed some 10,000 of them to retain his monarchy, and no one thought less of him for doing so.

They massacred Christians during Lebanon's civil war, and set up a state within a state — they collected 'taxes' and 'protected' businesses; they left garbage collection to others.

Where ever they go in bulk, they become violent and thuggish when the opportunity arises. But the point we are making here is that they can live and thrive outside of Israel.

Other facts have begun filtering out. When the Gazans broke through the barriers to Egypt, many tried to escape and make their way into Egypt. Polls made it clear to those who would hear that a very large number of Palestinians were eager to leave and go live elsewhere. Any elsewhere. Palestinian Arabs have taken available money and happily took off for Europe and America.
 

OVER THE YEARS, THOSE WHO CONTROL THE DOMAIN OF ARGUMENT asserted that it was an either-or. Either there would be a single state of Israel that was no longer Jewish. Or there would be two states, one Jewish which — thanks to the Jewish State's medical and welfare benefits — contained a burgeoning Arab minority. The other state (or statelets) — that was next to, inside of, cutting through and wedged against Israel — would be totally Arab, with no Jews allowed.

Even so, more and more people began to wonder why apartheid Jordan couldn't be declared as the Palestinian state — the local Arabs (AKA "Palestinians") were already some 70-80% of the population. Or, considering that the Arabs owned 99.9% of the Middle East, why destroy the single Jewish state that contributes so mightily to advancement in medicine, science and technology, when there's enormous amounts of land where the Palestinians could be relocated? And these thoughts came out, whenever the subject of a Onesie or a Twosie state came up, as shown by unrestricted readers comments to articles in the Jerusalem Post, and even in Haaretz. The Inquiring Mind wanted to know: Why couldn't the Palestinians be transferred to land owned by their oh-so-sympathetic Arab cousins?

Of course, they are sympathetic. Haven't they been telling us that the Arab states can't make peace with Israel, while their po' afflicted Palestinian cousins languished in refugee camps?

Most all of the media weigh in on the side of the "2-state solution." Operationally, the 2-state solution will disSOLVE Israel slowly, long enough for the diplos to declare a victory and get the hell out. The one state solution is more like the instantly-acting Jonestown CoolAid poison. It is hard for the Third Way to be heard, when the No 1 and 2 solutions clog the airwaves.

The third way? Why give up land that belonged to Israel by right of Bible, by history, by devotion, by living there through bad times and worse times throughout the centuries, by international law, by irrevocable trust and by conquest when Israel was attacked by the Arab countries? Why give up the Land and, if Sec-State Rice's doctrine is still doctrine, still need to feed and medicate the Arabs. The Third Way? Keep the land and give up the Arabs

A sensible solution. The Palestinian is capable of viability outside of Israel. He can be transferred to another spot in Arab Land. It would be like moving from Boston to New York. The set-aside land could be 5 times the size of Israel, 10 times its size and it still would be a drop in the bucket of the available land the Arabs control.

But admittedly, there wasn't sufficient mass to congeal such an idea into a SHOUT-IT-OUT fact. Until now. Now, there is a new voice that says loud and clear that a Palestinian can thrive outside of Israel. This new voice is even willing to put his money — actually, your money, but not let's quibble — where his mouth is. Who is this man? His name is Barak Hussein Obama, and he has set aside some 20 Million dollars to be used for the "purpose of meeting unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs" of the Palestinian arabs of Gaza. So, unlike UNRWA, he doesn't think they are hot-house fleurs that can only thrive on land that belongs to Israel. Admittedly, he hasn't come right out and said that Palestinians are omnihabitable (new word. And, listen up, Mr. Webster, I want the credit for it.) but obviously he wouldn't be wasting our money if the Palestinians couldn't root themselves outside of Israel, or as they quaintly call it, Palestine. Well, they would call it Palestine, if they could pronounce the P.
 

THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE WAS FABRICATED AS A MISSHAPEN GARGOYLE whose only purpose was and is to smash Israel. But why would any Westerner want to destroy the current first-line of defense to protect us from becoming dhimmis?

So, let's all become adherents of the third-way: give the Palestinians a large tract of Land in Arab Land. Fence it in. Help them farm if they wish. Help them set up colleges, if they wish. Spend the money that now goes on wasted business startups and fences in Israel and UNRWA salaries and terrorist training camps on helping the Palestinians truly learn how to run a state. And if they prefer terror and murder and adding nails dipped in rat-poison to their explosives, let them do it to themselves. Their choice.


The Peace Process. Dissolving Israel in a 2-State Solution.

The peace process is back. It's the same old plan from the brain of the State Dep't and the mouth of the Saudis: give up historic and strategic parts of your land, Israel. Let us flood your land with Arabs, and we will normalize relations. It's the same old, except that it has solved one knotty problem. As the diplomats so quaintly put it, Israel has no peace partner. Years ago, she was negotiating with the Arab countries, then with the "Palestinians", and finally with one man: Mahmoud Abbas, who is unlikely to win the next election — should the Palestine Authority decide on having one. Moreover, he has already repudiated the idea of agreeing to Israel's continued existence. If they don't have elections, Hamas will take over, anyways. So the new catchy phrase is: concentrate on establishing a Palestinian State in Biblical Israel with a land bridge to Gaza and the Arab States will normalize relations. It's not clear if they will "normalize relations" as most of the world understands the term — be friendly to your neighbors, exchange ambassadors, trade, visit each other's countries — or do they mean what seems to be normal for Islam — take over the other country as soon as you can. However it is phrased, splitting off any of Samaria and Judea and Gaza is a violation of Israel's irrevocable right to Mandated Palestine in international law.

 

WHO NEEDS A PALESTINIAN STATE?
by Sultan Knish

  Who needs a Palestinian State, Sultan Knish asks and answers it this way: aside from the Administration in Washington and the European Union, it's "the dictators of a dozen Arab states who agree that the only thing that will fix the region is adding another Arab dictatorship to the place, and subtracting the area's one democracy." That's it in a nutshell. As it is, the diplomats are pressing harder for a state than are the Palestinians themselves. A state doesn't particularly appeal to those Cultists of Death — the fabricated Palestinian people — whose unity derives from their common source of support, charity from various world governments, and the pride they take in their talent for killing.
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WHITHER THE "PEACE PROCESS"?
by Ted Belman

  Ted Belman summarizes the latest thinking on the Peace Process — creating a Palestinian state in Biblical Israel. Israel believes she can hold firm until the Palestinians do what they've committed themselves to but have never honored: stopping their violence. The American Administration believes it can make magic happen: two states in the Middle East, one of them Muslim, "living side by side in peace and security." The Arabs believe they can force Israel to accept the Saudi peace plan that will destroy Israel by flooding it with Palestinians; a Palestinian state is unimportant to them. All ignore that by international resolution, there is "the irrevocable right of Jews to settle in the area of Palestine..."anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The land is Jewish — all of it including the West Bank — by irrevocable legal trust conferred by the League of Nations and continued by the United Nations. In 1922 it was also confirmed by a unanimous endorsorsement by both Houses of Congress, So, as Belman writes, "... it lies ill in the mouth for the U.S. to now deny Jews the right to settle the lands. It is the settlement freeze that's illegal, not the settlements."
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THE QUESTION OF THE APPLICABILITY OF THE FOURTH GENEVA CONVENTION ON OCCUPATION TO JUDEA, SAMARIA AND GAZA
by Howard Grief

  Howard Grief makes clear why applying rules from the Fourth Geneva Convention (FGC) to Israel's ownership of Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank") and Gaza rests on dubious and incomplete interpretions of FGC. Briefly, the IDF can not be considered a "hostile army" occupying Judea, Samaria and Gaza because these areas did not belong to Jordan or Egypt. By irrevocable trust, the land belonged to Israel. He also overturns the myth that Israel is an occupier of Arab land, because Mandated Palestine was never Arab land. This is an important paper. We have included appendices on some basic documents that indicate that the Peace Process and the Two-State solution violate Israel's irrevocable right to Mandated Palestine.
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ON TWISTED HIGHWAYS TO "PALESTINE" WHY "OCCUPATION" IS STILL A LIE
by Louis Rene Beres

  Louis Beres provides clearly-stated facts and long-term contextual history that makes it clear that "the so-called 'Palestinian Territories' are not occupied by Israel." They are Israeli. The context enriches the legal discussion on Israeli's right to Mandated Palestine by Howard Grief (see above).
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FORCED TO CONCEDE A BIRTHRIGHT?
by Victor Sharpe

  Victor Sharpe points out in this essay that tearing off pieces of Israeli land supposedly for peace is not new. And the result has been greater Arab hostility, not peace. The objective now is to hack Biblical Israel out of tiny Israel. It has begun by Arabs creating facts on the ground — building illegally in Samaria and Judea — while the Israeli government devotes its time to harassing the Jews in Samaria and Judea who understand it isn't enough to own the land legally; Jews have to hold the land physically. Sharpe asks, "How long before the majority of politicians in the Knesset finally accept that Jews have returned to their ancestral and Biblical land, a land which presently stretches from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River." Until they themselves are persuaded, how can they communicate the facts to outsiders?
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WHY TIME IS ON ISRAEL'S SIDE: A LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVE ON ISRAEL'S SECURITY CHALLENGES
by Max Singer

  Max Singer succinctly summarizes Israel's major political and security problem: "... the Palestinians are determined to destroy Israel, and no concessions or improvements in our treatment of them will induce them to give up their goal." He argues that democracy is globally on the rise, and so long as Israel can continue to keep terror attacks at what he calls "tolerable levels", then within a decade, Israel can count on America to stifle the jihadist threat to the West. I wish he had given voice to how to handle related problems: as long as Israel continues a defensive minimalist policy, the morale of her citizens will continue to drop, while foreign diplomats, seeing Israel as an easy mark, will likely demand more and more concessions from her. Then too, what if, while Israel waits, Iran does just what she says she will. There is also the nightmare possibility that America will become a much weaker country, a weak reed to rely on.
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THE ROLE OF RADICAL ISLAMIC GROUPS IN ISRAEL: IMPLICATIONS FOR ISRAELI-ARAB COEXISTENCE
by Lt.-Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar

  As Mordechai Kedar writes, "The core question is to whom does this country belong? According to the Arab narrative, this has been an Arab Islamic state since the days of Omar, the caliph who conquered the country in the seventh century. According to the Islamic approach, since Islam began in 622 CE, all of history before that time has no meaning or significance." Nor do they accept that modern Israel holds the land because it overcame Arab invasions of Israel. Nevertheless, many of the names of the resident Arabs reflect the fact that they are not native to Israel but came originally from Egypt or Syria or Jordan or Lebanon or Iraq. And not that long ago. It is true that Islam insists that "land can only go one way, to become Islamic, and it can never go the other way," but why ever should we sane Westerners accept this Islam-centric view?
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BASIC THOUGHTS FOR THE NEW PRIME MINISTER
by Louis René Beres

  In this essay, Louse René Beres astutely advices the new prime minister of Israel to move cautiously. Some fundamental questions need to be answered: for example, for Israel's viability, is any form of diplomacy indicated? He notes that in its eagerness for peace, Israel has been too quick to follow directives from the "civilized world." As a result, it has yielded up Israeli land in return for nothing. Yet the Jews continue to hope for a negotiated peace while the Arabs speak plainly and truthfully that it is their "irremediable intention to annihilate the Jewish state." "For both Palestinian insurgents and Iran's president, conflict with Israel is always an all or nothing proposition [...] On the Palestinian and Iranian side, Oslo and 'Road Map' expectations have never been seen as anything more than a cost-effective method of dismantling Israel." If Israel is to survive, it must cast off some of its deepest-held fantasies, peace-seeking strategies and fallacious assumptions because it is dealing with Arab realists who know just what they want. They may on occasion need to slow down and may occasionally agree to negotiate, but they are never deviated from their goal — the destruction of Israel as a prerequisite to attacking the West. There is no middle ground and Israel should not be frittering away valuable time trying for measures — like a demilitarized Palestinian state — that look good but that have no substance. Beres' advice is both obvious and sensible: abrogate the Oslo Accord. It was a terrible and deadly mistake.
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As the previous set of essays report, Israel has a poor record in defending its political integrity. Even though the facts favor Israel, it has maintained a minimalist position. It responds to Arab distortions well past the time the Arab lies have gained ground. This set of essays discuss some additional Israeli problems: some of them internal, some the consequence of not being pro-active, some the result of poor judgment, some the consequence of a Marxist secular elite running many of the country's institutions.

POLITICS OF PALESTINIAN DEMOGRAPHY
by Yakov Faitelson

  Yoram Ettinger, who writes on the assesment of demographic data for Jews and Arabs, says about this essay by Yakov Faitelson: "Faitelson refutes Demographic Fatalism and documents Demographic Optimism. Faitelson highlights critical errors committed by demographic fatalism: understating Jewish fertility rate; overstating Arab fertility rate; ignoring the potency of annual Jewish Aliya (immigration) since 1882; overlooking the high Arab emigration; attributing to Jews West normative European demographic patterns, while Jewish demographics — and Jews in general — have been non-normative; accepting Palestinian Bureau of Statistics numbers without scrutiny, while these numbers have been inflated dramatically." Faitelson's essay is an excellent summary of actual demographic trends in Israel and the Territories.
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USING THE PRESENT TO FABRICATE HISTORY; USING HISTORY TO FABRICATE THE PRESENT
by Seth J. Frantzman

  A major reason Israel has communication problems is that the Arabs do so well fictionalizing history. This goes over well with an ignorant media. It is a truism that we see the present in terms of our history. Seth Frantzman makes the case for the converse: we see historical events in terms of our present biases. "... western slavery is seen as the greatest evil while Muslim slavery, which began earlier and murdered more people, is seen as positive and tolerant, all because we have a common view of the Old South as evil and Modern Islam as tolerant and diverse." Similarly, the PLO's new image as "moderate" is projected backwards. "People forget its role in Lebanon and Jordan, its mass murder of Olympic Athletes or its bombing of synagogues in Europe. People even forget that it was founded long before 1967, along with Fatah, and that its original goal was not the liberation of Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, but the opposite, only the destruction of Israel inside the Green Line." Part I presents a grotesque example of how the past is imagined as a doppelganger of the present in a book by a Holocaust survivor, who loathes Israel and blames America for the botchup in the Middle East. Part II describes the reality of life in Iraq in the 1920s. Despite our projected-backwards belief bolstering the assertion that modern-day Islam is tolerant, minorities in Muslim countries — Egypt's treatment of the Copts is an egregious example — were and are actively discouraged from maintaining their identities, until in many cases, they dwindle away. Part III gives us insight into at least one reason why Muslim countries are said to be tolerant and benign — their treatment by journalists as amplified in the Main Stream Press.
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PESSACH COMES
by Moshe and Rachel Saperstein

  Moshe Saperstein is in top form, his black humor at split-second timing as he records what he sees as his deteriorating body — which, all things considered, doesn't bother him as much as the soupy-headed ideas of much of the Israeli administration. in one essay, Rachel Saperstein writes of Aryeh Eldad — surgeon, politician and defender of the Jews of Gush Katif, when they were senselessly ripped out of their homes in Gaza — and his father, who she never met. She makes us wish that we too knew both father and son.
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THERE'S ROOM AT THE 'TREE' FOR YOU
by Catriel Sugarman

  Catriel Sugarman provides us with a brief but clear history of the Christian need to convert Jews. In modern times, this urgency has spawned Messianic Judaism. Initially conceived as a ruse to entice Jews into Christianity, it has — as do all social engineeering projects — had unintended consequences. It has mostly attracted Christians, some of whom try to live more or less "Jewish" while they acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, some of whom see themselves as the real Jews and are increasingly hostile to Judaism and some of whom have used it as a half way house to Judaism or Noahidism. It has also helped galvinize Jewish groups such as Jews for Judaism, Chabad and Aish HaTorah to work to stem the tide of Jews moving out of Judaism out of indifference, ignorance or amorphous spiritual longings. To date, missionaries of whatever stripe have been more of a problem in America, but Israel is also being targetted. A fascinating essay.
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THE SYRIAN FOOL'S ERRAND
by Bruce Thornton

  A major problem for the new Israeli administration is an American president who has not shown good instinctive judgment. He appears to have no familiarity with the major problem besetting the globe — if anything, he has ignored the global Islamic insurgency and put all his eggs in the 'let's reason together' diplomacy basket. In this essay Bruce Thornton points out that Washington's last attempt at engaging Syria in diplomatic talks is but the latest of a long sequence of fool's errands. We've been there, done that. Again and again. It doesn't work. Why? The basic reason is simple but always ignored by diplomats and other fantasists: the Arab countries refuse to have a non-Muslim state in the Middle East. As a result, as Thornton writes, "We in the West assume that the Arab countries really want peace and coexistence with Israel, if only the Palestinian Arabs get their own state and the 'occupation' is ended. So ... we pressure Israel into making concessions and offers, the offers are turned down ..., and then the whole process ends with Israel excoriated on the world stage for her stubborn recalcitrance, and the U.S. condemned for not putting enough pressure on Israel to make a deal." Can diplomacy work? It depends on the objectives. Hitler and Ahmadinejad of Iran have found diplomacy an excellent delaying tactic while building a war machine. It works particularly well when the other side is a western fantasist.
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A REALITY CHECK ABOUT GAZA
by Martin Sherman

  The IDF fought in a disciplined fashion in Gaza, but they were hamstrung by the politicians, who feared a bad press. The IDF wasn't allowed to finish the job — to destroy the sources and resources that continue to enable the Gazan terrorists to lob missiles at Israeli cities. In consequence, Hamas can, and does, claim victory. As Martin Sherman writes, Israel suffered a "calamitous diplomatic defeat" and "its international standing and image suffered." Sherman suggests the root cause of the poor showing in 2007 in Lebanon and now in Gaza is "a loss of faith in 'Victory' both as valid cognitive concept and as an attainable military objective... the real victor in both campaigns was in fact the myth of the 'The Impossibility of Victory.'" Israel needs to understand it will continue to be harassed by foreign politicians and local arabs until it is willing to "inflict a degrading defeat" on the radical Arabs and by military means make them understand that their "path can — and will — only lead to disgrace and dishonor."
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THE FAITHFUL CHILDREN
by Patricia Berlyn

  In the previous article, Martin Sherman indicated that convincing the politicians to change their belief structure is a major Israeli problem. In this essay, Patricia Berlyn writes of the IDF soldiers, who are disciplined and moral and more than willing to fight for their country. She writes about three of these soldiers and how they behaved during the Gaza campaign. Despite their discipline and compassion, the world press still managed to demonize them. And their politicians made sure they will have to fight again to finish Hamas' war from Gaza.
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These are studies of some Muslims and how they live. Pirates. The ordinary folk that were transformed into a Palestinian people. Moderate terrorists. Islamic clerics and their unusual ideas of how to utilize mosques. And oh yes, a suggestion that the clerics might consider leading the Muslim masses into the modern world.

JIHADI PIRATES ON HIGH SEAS: WHAT'S THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THEM?
by Walid Phares

  An American ship was recently hijacked by Somali pirates. The captain, Richard Phillips, acted heroically in protecting his crew as did the Navy snipers who took out the pirates. As reported in the Main Stream Media (MSM), Prez Obama got the credit. Actually the initiative came from the on-the-scene commander (see here.) while an indecisive Obama was still averaging out the advice from his multiple advisors. Further, the MSM ignored the fact that the pirates were Muslim and Jihadist. Walid Phares explains the significance of the episode thus: " [The pirates are] in fact part of a regional Jihadi apparatus ... [that] is not limited to the pirates but involves hostile forces from the mid Red Sea to East Africa. The Somali pirates are merely one facet of this grand circle."
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BARAKA
by Boris Zubry

  Boris Zubry has drawn on his experiences working in Saudi Arabia in several previous stories. In this one, he writes about a man named Baraka, an illiterate Muslim, a good observer, a philosopher of sorts. In our society he'd be called a homeless person. In his environment, he blends in. In this soliloquy he muses on a life filled with ugliness, abuse and death. Orphaned in Turkey he is routed to Gaza, where he and other immigrants from the Ottoman Empire "the refuse of the great empire, would" he writes, "claim this territory as our own. Who could say back then that they would teach us to hate the Jews more than the Turks?" He has been transformed into a "Palestinian." He has become member of a welfare group supported by the world and a useful weapon to club the Jews, but he is never allowed to be his own person.
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PALESTINIAN MODERATES WANT PEACE — WITH HAMAS, NOT ISRAEL
by Barry Rubin

  Months, if not years, of western and Israeli propaganda went out the window when Smiling Abbas — the Good Terrorist, Israel's 'peace partner' — announced he doesn't accept the Jewish state. Another assertion — that the PLO-PA moderates want to live in peace with Israel — was also punctured, as Barry Rubin demonstrates, when a leader of the moderates, Muhammad Dahlan, made it clear he seeks peace with Hamas, not with Israel. And the two are mutually exclusive.
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THE USE OF MOSQUES FOR MILITARY AND POLITICAL PURPOSES BY HAMAS AND OTHER TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS AND ISLAMIC GROUPS
by Reuven Erlich

  The Western mind doesn't see churches or synagogues as places to store and launch weaponry so it has difficulty believing Muslims have a different attitude towards mosques. Reuven Erlich provides us with detailed evidence that terror groups and their clerics find it acceptable to use the mosque for military purposes. Interestingly enough, this is not a recent innovation. As Erlich notes, "A commonly held view by Muslim religious scholars is that a mosque is more than just a place of worship and can have military and political uses, because in Muslim tradition Muhammad himself used the mosque for such purposes." What needs to be emphasized is that when a mosque is used to store explosives, launch missiles and train terrorists, it can not claim "the special protection afforded houses of worship [by international law] and may become legitimate targets for attack."
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ISLAM SHOULD PROVE IT'S A RELIGION OF PEACE
by Tawfik Hamid

  Geert Wilders' film FITNA links actual footage of violence committed by Islamists to quotes from the Koran. In consequence, Wilders has been accused of hate crime, and disrespect to Islam. Tawfik Hamid cut through the nonsense and asks the right question: "[is the] blame with Mr. Wilders, who simply exposed Islamic radicalism, or with those who promote and engage in this religious extremism." Phased thus, the answer is obvious. Hamid suggests it's time that Muslim scholars reinterpret the Koran to eliminate barbaric practices and the denigrating of other religions. These practices have no place in modern civilization. A fine idea but I'm not holding my breath.
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Sharia is gaining ground. Globally. Making alliances that are non-intuitive — like hooking up with Marxism and extreme Leftists. Making inroads into Europe by playing the downtrodden victim — although there's some hope that some people have had enough. Making inroads into America by frightening us into redesigning our terror vocabulary Orwell-style. The last essay of the set suggests why it is that Islam is gaining in the West and what we need to do to regain our sense of nationhood.

WHAT IS MARXISM?
by Steven Plaut

  Nowadays, Communism seldom commands front-page headlines and "You're a Communist" has ceased to be a dreaded exclamation of disapprobation, So many a younger American haven't a clue to what Communism is. Marxism, the parent of Communism, unfortunately, is still very much with us and nicely sums up the ideology common to extreme left-wingers, socialists, communists, power-to-the-peoplers, wealth-distributors, welfare-staters, nanny-staters, radical judicial activists, illiberal liberals, identity-politicians and radical theologians. Steven Plaut defines Marxism for us in clear terms. It is particularly necessary, now that the new administration in Washington seems to have embarked on yet another version of Marxism.
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SHARIAH'S BROTHERHOOD
by Frank Gaffney, Jr.

  Given Pres. Obama's new policy of showing Islam unreserved (and perhaps undeserved) respect, the command centers of current-day Islamism are having an easier time in attempting to make Sharia law universal. In the latest scheme, the United Nations is urged to criminalize Islamophobia. Islamophobia is an odd term — it doesn't mean an irrational fear of Islam. It means in practice any word or deed that will upset a Muslim. "The demand that no criticism of Islam be permitted is the preeminent feature of the Muslim Brotherhood's efforts in the West." As Frank Gaffney, Jr. points out "the 1990 Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam ... concludes with the caveat that, 'All the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Shariah.' Translation: Liberties enshrined in the UN's foundational Universal Declaration of Human Rights are largely rendered null and void." You are urged to contact the White House and speak against this threat to American freedom of speech.
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WARFARE THROUGH MISUSE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
by Elizabeth Samson

  Previous articles on Lawfare — waging war by using the muscle of the legal system — have focussed on specific cases and countries. In this article, Elizabeth Samson points out lawfare has acquired a global reach, using three legal manipulations: involving the International courts; "misus[ing] legal terminology to manipulate international institutions and the public"; and the "prosecution of foreign nationals in domestic courts for military and civilian action." Consequently, as she points out, "...the rule of law, a weapon designed to subdue dictators and tyrants is now being misused to empower the very same, and being manipulated to subvert real justice and indisputable truth. That is not the purpose the law is designed to serve." Lawfare is a particularly effective tool for Islamists to use because as Samson writes, "Lawfare is exponentially effective because one lawsuit can silence thousands who have neither the time nor the financial resources to challenge well-funded terror financiers or the vast machine of the international judicial system."
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SHARIA'S INROADS AROUND THE WORLD
by Olivier Guitta

  Olivier Guitta reviews the latest inroads Sharia law is making globally. In Pakistan, Sharia law has been imposed in the Swat valley. In Europe, it has made significant advances in the judiciary of several countries — Italy, France and Denmark — where the courts have ignored the laws of the land and have ruled in accordance with Islamic law. In England, many Englishmen are enthusiastically in favor of adopting portions of Sharia law. They may eventually find that just as it's impossible to be a little pregnant, it is impossible to adopt a portion of sharia law.
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EUROPE'S RIGHT TURN
by Bruce Bawer

  Bruce Bawer, an American who has lived in Europe for many years, is an astute observer of western Europe's changing political and social mores. Once proud of putting their socialist idealism into welfare practice, Europeans are finding that they can no longer afford the huge influx of Muslims living on their benevolence while attempting to subvert them to Sharia law. As one consequence, their socialized health and education systems are broken. As another, political alliances are in turmoil: while many voters are reacting to the deterioration of their countries by turning politically to the right, the entrenched political establishments are reacting by ignoring the Muslim threat and focussing on demonizing right-wing politicians. The U.S.A. should take warning.
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IRAN SETTING UP SHOP SOUTH OF THE BORDER
by Todd Bensman

  Iran doesn't just rant and polish her nuclear skills. It looks like she's taking advantage of a naive administration in Washington to infiltrate into Mexico. It's possible, of course, that Iran is lonely and just wants to chat with a fellow oil-producer. But we know that Muslims — Hezbollah included — come in from Mexico, blending in with the Mexican illegals, and occasionally leaving prayer mats at the border. It will certainly be nice for the Iranians to have America ignore them while they explore business opportunities with Mexican politicos and maybe even important Mexicans like the ones that run the drug cartels.
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NAIVETE KILLS
by Barry Rubin

  Barry Rubin writes of the arrogance and self-delusion of the ignorant reporter. He writes, "It never ceases to amaze me that people who know nothing about the Middle East, in this case Roger Cohen but many other names come to mind, can suddenly proclaim themselves experts and make the most elementary errors involving the lives of other people. It also never ceases to amaze me that people can visit a country, especially a dictatorship, be wined and dined, handed a line and believe it so thoroughly that their mind is closed ever after." They return and praise dictators, explain how justified the terrorists are and whitewash the Muslim Brotherhood. Unfortunately, too often, they write for influential newspapers that help certify they are to be taken seriously. They act in this generation as the notorious Walter Duranty did in the 1920-30s when he assured New York Times readers the Soviet dictatorship — which was busy starving millions of Kulaks — wa benevolent, doing a fine job and was just right for the Russian people. Rubin suggests reasons why "the gap between reality and perception [is] so much wider on the Middle East than on other subjects or areas of the world."
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TEXTBOOK LIES ABOUT ISLAM
by Raymond Ibrahim

  Raymond Ibrahim discusses the treatment of Islam and Muslims in textbooks used to educate our children, noting that "key subjects like jihad, Islamic law, [and] the status of women are whitewashed." Textbooks mislead "by projecting Western interpretations onto Islam." As Ibrahim writes, "... necessary knowledge is not merely ignored, but not even acknowledged as real in the first place. When American universities [or high schools] fail to teach Islamic doctrine and history accurately, a flawed epistemology permeates society at large. And since new students and new professors come from this already conditioned — towards — Islam society, not only do they not question the lack of accurate knowledge and education; they perpetuate it." So it is that while textbooks in Muslim countries openly teach hatred and hostility for non-Muslims, or infidels,..." in this country, "the government is now pushing to ban Arabic words connotative of Islamic ideology from formal analysis..." Ibrahim asks, "if children are sheltered from ugly truths today, how can they ever be expected to confront them as adults tomorrow?"
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THE VOICE OF AMERICA SILENCED ON RADICAL ISLAM
by Daniel Pipes

  It is a telling point that almost 8 years after 9/11 we still don't have agreed-upon terminology to label the Muslims who declared war against the West, America and Israel in particular. In fact, as Daniel Pipes makes frighteningly clear, the situation has deteriorated from an inability to decide whether all Islam was resurgent or only a small percentage — say 150 to 200 million Muslims — was on the rampage. Now, in both England and U.S.A., the trend among our leaders is never to use terrorist and Muslim or Islamist and fundamentalist in the same breathe. In Orwellian fashion, we will soon have no vocabulary or only a neutered vocabulary to name the enemy. This is the thinking in the Administration in Washington, the State Department, Homeland Security, the National Counter Terrorism Center, and many in the media. Islamic terrorism is now considered as 'anti-Islamic activity', as if the ones suffering are the Muslims, not us.
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ISLAM AND THE WEST: LINES OF DEMARCATION
by Roger Scruton

  In this thoughtful essay, Roger Scruton asks why radical Islam is so successful in the war they initiated against the west. True, they are dedicated to jihad, and confident they will succeed, but a major reason for their gain is that, unfortunately, the West is not confident. Scruton fears we may be at a point "in which the legitimate claims of our own culture and inheritance will be ignored or downplayed in an attempt to prove our peaceful intentions." Scuton undertakes to "spell out some of the critical features of the Western inheritance which must be understood and defended in our current confrontation." He stresses that we can not succumb to the debilitating belief that we are to blame for Islam's behavior. "... our enemies' hatred of us is entirely unjustified; and ... their implacable enmity cannot be defused by our breast-beating." An important essay. Read it carefully.
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What shall we call the people who help resurgent Islam, sometimes unknowingly, but more often out of some conviction that makes them think their activities are the right thing to do? Fellow travellors? Useful idiots? Lobotimized peaceniks? They are overrepresented in the universities and the media. But they also pop up in American Jewish organizations and synagogues.

FOLLOWING THE HERD
by Barbara Barron

  In the last issue of Think-Israel, Steven Plaut discussed the politicization of the Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal. In this essay, Barbara Barron writes of other professional journals in England that have succumbed to one-sided politics, publishing inaccurate and unprofessional pro-Palestinian articles that indulge in attributing all Palestinian ills to the machinations of the Zionist entity. As Barron points out: "The deliberate use of a professional body's publication to promulgate personal political views, especially when many of these are based upon lies and misconceptions, is unethical as well as immoral. Any professional body which actively encourages this by publishing it is in gross dereliction of its duty."
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EXPOSED: HOW PALESTINIAN FIXERS MANIPULATE THEIR MEDIA BOSSES
by Honest Reporting Staff

  There's a problem when foreign journalists need to depend on locals to translate and smooth the way, especially when the locals have a third-world political agenda and no sense of fairness or professional ethics. The locals "can be selective with the information they feed the journalist or, at worst, mistranslate the words of the interview subjects." In Israel and the Territories, far too often the Arab fixers and translators "encourage journalists to report exclusively on the 'evils' of the Israeli occupation, rather than on the lack of democratic freedoms or human rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza." This becomes the 'news' fed to the newpaper's readers. This essay by Honest Reporting Staff presents a case study of one such betweener — Nidal Rafa, who is both committed to the Palestinian 'cause' and a presumably-impartial employee of CNN and NPR. She was often the gatekeeper for what got through to the final reader; and she didn't let professional standards and ethics stand in the way of obscuring the facts in favor of the image she wanted to project. She was finally outed when she indulged in an unprofessional tirade during a talk given by Danny Ayalon, Israel's ex-ambassador to the United States — and this was caught on tape..
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POISONING THE AMERICAN MIND
by Daniel Doron

  This is an interesting case study on NPR's anti-Israel stance by Daniel Doron. NPR promotes the notion that Palestinian Arabs are a noble folk with a noble mission — to win back their homeland, occupied by Israel, who has no business being in the Middle East. They aren't indoctrinated with hate; no, of course not. The Palestinians resort to terrorism because they are weak and poor and have few resources. Israel is excoriated if — despite trying to avoid the human shields the terrorists cynically use — they hit one child. The Arabs, of course, are given a free pass, no matter how many Jewish children they deliberately kill. A noble mission is a powerful excuse. Just as interesting is the indignation shown by those who deny NPR's obvious bias. Doron records one such letter and his response.
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WHO WAS IT THAT DEMOLISHED THE WORLD TRADE CENTER (WTC)?
by Ron Mossad

  Ron Mossad takes on the conspiracy theorists who are sure it was the Jooz that attacked the World Trade Center. This time it's a chemistry teacher that's sure nano-thermite was the method used to ignite the buildings to a high enough heat to destroy the structure. What remains a mystery is how, when the culprits are known — the Saudis who learned to fly a plane but not how to land it — and the planes crashing into the building were witnessed by anyone owning a TV set, it is still the Jews who are blamed. But why stop there? In conspiracy-think, there was no Holocaust. Or it was greatly exaggerated. And the recent stock market and housing market crash? Maybe you think it was the politicians who forced the banks to lend to people who couldn't afford the homes they bought. Maybe you think it's groups like ACORN that used "the people" to persuade the politicians to insist the banks make risky loans. Maybe you think it was the bankers who saw a way to make a lot of money. The conspiracy theorists know better — they know it's the Jews.
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A METAPOLITICAL VIEW OF USEFUL IDIOTS
by Professor Paul Eidelberg

  For the last 30-35 years, Israel's leaders have pursued a monomaniacal policy of "land for peace," despite the fact that the Arabs continue to say openly — and demonstrate — that they wish to destroy Israel, not make peace. When Israel showed the Arab countries she could rebuff direct attack, they started following a phased peace-and-war strategy — taking over in stages. Unfortunately, Israel's wrongheaded policy is reinforced by useful idiots in the Administration in Washington, who believe that, unlike all who have previously tried their hand at a two-state solution, they will succeed. They won't.
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OBAMA AS MUSLIM APOLOGIST: AMERICA "ENRICHED" BY ISLAM
by PauL L. Williams with Michael Travis

  Dr. Paul Williams takes issue with Pres. Obama's attempt to rewrite history when he said that over the centuries "the United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans." In fact, no Muslim was in the army as late as World War 1 and less than 5000 lived here as late as 1975. His assertion that America "is not and never will be at war with Islam" ignores that even in Washington's time, American ships were harassed by the Barbary pirates, an earlier version of today's Somali pirates. The larger issue, of course, is whether Americans "must deny their heritage as a people for the sake of globalism, multiculturalism, and a New World Order."
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U. PENN HILLEL WORKING WITH HAMAS-SUPPORTING MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION (MSA)
by Beila Rabinowitz and William Mayer

  Arab student venomous hostility to Jewish students became a front-page issue in 2002 when, at San Francisco State University, they physicaly attacked a group of Jewish students from Hillel, which, ironically, was marching around singing about the joys of peace. But apparently many Jews still refuse to accept that they have been selected as attackable objects of hate by the Muslims. Beila Rabinowitz and William Mayer chronicle a recent example at U Penn, where Hillel has partnered with Muslim Student Association (MSA), a Muslim Brotherhood offshoot, to promote Shari'a law. They should look at Muslim websites, which make it clear that living with Jews in love and peace is not a Muslim goal. By participating in these "sham dialogues" the Jews don't persuade the Arabs to become peaceful. They do lose their self-respect.
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IS SELF-HATE A GOD OF THE JEWS?
by Seth J. Frantzman

  After reading so many books and articles by self-effacing Jews whose hearts go out to the Palestinians, never to the Jews, Seth Frantzman wonders if there aren't really two Judaisms, "one of Jews and the other of 'the Jews'." The first group practices the Jewish religion; the second talks about "being Jewish" and "what Jews should do." They distort the meaning of Jewish symbols and Jewish holidays to gain sympathy for the Palestinians and other causes, always for a group other than the Jews. Frantzman prefers actual, authentic Judaism, where one is instructed to kill one's intractable enemies, to the practise of the Jews in name only, who define "every cause as a 'duty' of Jews and who ceaselessly heap scorn and hate on other Jews because they believe those Jews reflect badly on them."
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History. These events took place after World War II and are part of the story of the creation of Israel.

WAVES OF FREEDOM
by Steve Kramer

  Steve Kramer writes of the years just after World War 2 when the survivors of the Holocaust were still languishing in temporary quarters in camps in Europe. The drive was on to bring these survivors to Palestine, despite the illegal and immoral ban the British had placed on Jewish immigration. The English had received the Mandate for Palestine to help Jews build their homeland. They did not honor their mandate, even when Hitler's policy of exterminating Jews made Palestine a desperately-needed haven. They encouraged Arab immigration and made bringing in Jews a hanging offense. After the War, ten American boats were retrofitted to transport civilians to Palestine. Kramer tells the story of one of these ships, HaTikvah. and the American volunteers, Jews and non-Jews, who manned it.
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ESPIONAGE AND THE ZIONIST ENDEAVOR
by Meir Zamir

  What a Eric Ambler plot for a novel! It is 1948 and a secret and very large arms deal between a Swiss company and Egyptian and Jordanian envoys is finalized in the office of the British minister of state for foreign affairs, with Ethopia acting as beard for arms that will actually be shipped to various Arab states. If all goes well, there'd be no chance of survival for the soon-to-be-born state of Israel. Fortunately, French intelligence and the Swiss Government learn of the "Swiss-Ethiopian" arms sale, and it falls through. This isn't fiction; it happened. Meir Zamir traces the ramifications of the transaction for us, with the Hagana and France pitted against England and the Arab states. Subplots include England engineering a crisis in Syria to oust France, France planting a mole in the British Legation in Beirut and the Hagana seizing British diplomatic mail en route to the port of Haifa. It is a fascinating detailed look at a real-life spy thriller with duped diplomats, blackmailable leaders, spies, moles and duplicitous British politicians who schemed to divide Palestine among the Arab countries, not help it become a Jewish state. The underlying theme is the contrast between the actual manipulations by the colonial powers and their official position of neutrality in the Arab-Israel confllict. Scene 1 was soon followed by the invasion of the fledgling state of Israel by the neighboring Arab countries.
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REMEMBERING THE MASSACRE OF THE HADASSAH CONVOY APRIL 13, 1948
by Dr. Alex Grobman

  Alex Grobman recalls the last days of the Mandate period. Jews fought against the British to take the land already granted them and fought side by side with the British against the Germans. They also provided experts in fighting local medical problems — blood diseases, jaundice, dysentery, exotic fevers and an abundance of disease-carrying insects and poisonous snakes. The local Arabs, led by the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el-Husseini, an associate of Adolph Hitler, violently attacked both Jew and Brit. Grobman focuses on the day they ambushed a convoy of non-combatant Jews and massacred most of them, while the Brits, who had promised safe passage, watched and did nothing.
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January-February, 2009

What we are talking about in the January-February 2009 issue:

PART I: STAGES OF THE GLOBAL MUSLIM TAKEOVER
WHAT THE END-POINT OF A MUSLIM TAKE-OVER LOOKS LIKE (Sultan Knish, Fighel, Guitta, Tibi, Inbar and Kedar, Khalaji, Rubin)
MUSLIM SOCIETY (Ibrahim, jasser, Emerson, Hertz, PeoplesCube, Mirza )
ENGLAND ON THE TAKEOVER SCALE (Fjordman, Silverberg, Hove, Plaut, Ceren, Bat Yeor, Wilders)
FOISTING MUSLIM IDEOLOGY ON AMERICA (Shorrosh, Shaidle, McLaughlin, Stillwell, Emerson, Pearl, Shulman, Sacks, Merkley)  
PART II: ISRAEL BEARS THE BRUNT
INSTITUTIONAL ANTI-SEMITISM (Levin, Berlyn, Cotler, Eye on the UN, Tossavainen, Ross, Steinberg, Cravatts, Gerstenfeld, MacEoin, Spiegel Staff)
GAZA, HAMAS AND THE GAZA INVASION (Frantzman, Surbeck, McCarthy, Eastman, Harari, Rosett, McLeod, Cohen, Carmon et al, Feder)
THE START OF THE CURRENT GAZA PROBLEM: EXPELLING THE GAZA JEWS (Saperstein, Lerner, Shulman)
WE NEED NEW THINKING: TIRED NON-SOLUTIONS AND SOME NEW POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS (Grief, Eidelberg, Bingham, Dann, Leder and Greenfield, No Sharia, Sigmund, Carl and Alfred, Sultan Knish, Basch, Shoher, Warren, Freund)
HISTORY SECTION (Sharpe, Hertz, Krakow)
BLOG-ED PAGES (January, February)

PART I: STAGES OF THE GLOBAL MUSLIM TAKEOVER:

We are encouraged to view the various terrorist groups as independents — each with its own set of grievances. But maybe the cartoon riots served an unintended purpose — showing us a commonality. As the essays suggest, the goal is the same. The differences are a function of how far the Islamists have succeeded in infiltrating and overcoming a particular country.

David Meir-Levi lists the 10 stages in how to take over a country "peacefully." He considers Bangladesh at Stage 9, the EU and UK at stage 7 ready to move into 8, the USA at around Stages 4 or 5.
— (www.FrontPageMag.com, April 26, 2006). Considering how far along once-Great Britain has come, perhaps its ranking should be upgraded.

  1. Infiltrate quietly, settling in small numbers near or among the locals' towns and villages.

  2. Establish friendly relations, and convince others of the virtues of Islam.

  3. Participate in community activities and provide charity for the poor and generosity to all, while encouraging the immigration of other Muslims.

  4. Get converts and supporters from the rank and file of the local population, particularly from the poor and disenfranchised of the host society, via the multiple mosques and madrasas and charitable and human rights groups. (Today, in the case of the US and EU, converts come in great numbers from the ranks of criminals, especially imprisoned African-Americans.)

  5. Agitate for greater and broader rights and considerations for Muslims, and for protection against real or imagined "Islamophobia".

  6. Organize a political party to push for changes in law to permit Muslim-only enclaves and for laws that formalize the host society's accommodation of Muslim religious needs.

  7. Institute the divide-and-conquer strategy of making pacts with some anti-establishment or minority government groups, legal (as has been done in the USA with Green Party, National Lawyers Guild) or illegal (KKK, Aryan Nation) so they will help in the following stages.

  8. Once you have the power base (some 10-15 percent of the population), then use violence, strikes, street riots, assassination, intimidation and bribery of government officials to destabilize the government.

  9. If the host country's government response to the violence is not effective, then there is a de facto green light to start full-blown terrorism which will topple the government and allow Muslim leaders to move up the power ladder with the help of the anti-establishment groups. Once in power, Muslim leaders can use their influence over the agitating Muslim population to quell the violence, thus pretending that they are helping restore order even as they themselves orchestrate the violence.

  10. Abandon the erstwhile anti-establishment allies and reign supreme; establish Shari'a, and declare the state to be a new Muslim nation where Shari'a is law and non-Moslems are dhimmi.
 

The first article in this set explains why the attempt to co-exist with Islam is never static. The other articles examine what the end-point of a Muslim Take-Over looks like — the Muslim countries of the Middle East provide us with excellent examples. Use a big enough magnifying glass and there are many inter-state differences. But there's a sameness that overrides the differences: a lack of democracy, a lack of human and civil rights, a lack of respect for women, an intolerance for differing points of view, ugly treatment of non-Muslims and barbaric punishments for what the rest of the world would regard as non-crimes or crimes worthy only of minimal punishment. In sum, whether voiced openly or when actions do the speaking, there's a willingness to be guided by Mohammad's unrevised teachings.
     Perhaps most shocking is Saudi Arabia's godfather role in maintaining terrorist groups. Most disheartening — Turkey has a long history of secularization at least in its government and judiciary but with the election of a strong Islamist party, it seems to be sliding back into the orthodoxy practiced by all the other Muslim countries.

 

LIVING WITH CANCER, LIVING WITH ISLAM
by Sultan Knish

  A corollary to seeking accommodation with Islam is the belief that if we fulfill their current demands, Muslim demands for furthering Islam will stop. The situation will become static. It will have reached equilibrium. This is never true. It can't be true, because the thrust of resurgent Islam is what it has always been when not kept down — to become our overlords. Sultan Knish compares this ambition to the growth of a cancer — you can only stop it by drastic measures.
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THE SAUDI CONNECTION 1TO THE MUMBAI MASSACRES: STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS FOR ISRAEL
by Col. (res.) Jonathan Fighel

  Our friends the Saudis don't get the credit they deserve for playing both ends against the middle and paying off everybody. This essay by Jonathan Fighel examines one of their recent spectacular successes — the slaughter in Mumbai of non-Muslims staying at well-known tourist hotels and Jews staying at the out-of-the-way Chabad house. The deed was done by a local Muslim terrorist group in Mumbai. But the money for the months of training it took to carry out the task faultlessly came largely from the Saudis; their sense of righteousness came from the Saudi-promoted reading of the Koran; and their group coherence http://knol.google.com/k/-/-/1mpto2qu8knp0/j6k9gj/muslim-prayer.jpgcame from Saudi techniques of social engineering, which develop social networks for group solidarity and responsiveness to Saudi ideology. As Fighel points out, "The bottom line is that we are seeing the same pattern of global jihad-oriented groups starting to be active in Gaza." Global jihad takes advantage of local hostilities and emotions, but its motive power comes from a well-financed promotion of Islamic ideology.
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HOMEGROWN THREAT AGAINST SAUDI ARABIA
by Olivier Guitta

  Olivier Guitta writes how Wahhabi teachings about hate have come home to Saudi Arabia to roost and kill. This should have been clear right after 9/11. All but a couple of the terrorists were Saudis. They grew up in Saudi Arabia. They got their early education in Wahhabi mosques in Saudi Arabia. Now they wish to rid their homeland of foreign influences. To visualize their brainwashing a couple of decades ago, look at the pictures of young Palestinian Arabs blowing themselves up because they can kill a few Jews that way. Look at the toddlers being taught to hate the Jews and how to murder them. Conversely, we can project what the newer generation will do when they are older. England is already seeing what Wahhabi mosque education can teach in designing a successful bombing. Maybe we in America should start paying more attention to what the kiddies are learning from the Wahhabi mullahs in American mosques.
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ISLAMISTS APPROACH EUROPE: TURKEY'S ISLAMIST DANGER
by Bassam Tibi

  Bassam Tibi talks about the changes in Turkish society and in its attitude towards Europe since the Adalet ve Kalknma Partisi (AKP) came into power. Tibi points out that AKP aims at "... a creeping Islamization that culminates in a Shari'a (Islamic law) state not compatible with a secular, democratic order." And it favors Islamization of Europe. Ironically, AKP is backed by both the U.S.A. and the European Union. Consequently, "in Turkey, the West loses its true friends: liberal Muslims."
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EGYPT IS NOT GOING TO STOP THE SMUGGLING INTO GAZA
by Efraim Inbar and Mordechai Kedar

  It is only in contrast to blatantly anti-semitic, totally off-the-wall countries like Iran that Egypt can be considered a moderate country. It has a veneer of modernity and civility and secularism — if you discount the barbarism with which it treats its religious minorities such as the Christian Copts. And, despite a peace treaty with Israel whereby it regained all the land it lost when it invaded Israel, Egypt can not be considered a good neighbor. Instead, it plays a two-faced game that is overtly helpful or neutral or statemanlike but in actuality is hostile towards Israel. Smuggling by the Gaza arabs through tunnels that exit in Egypt is a case in point. As Efraim Inbar tells us, "Egyptian behavior is intriguing and cunning," designed to keep Israel off-balance and engaged in conflict with Hamas.
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EGYPT'S MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND IRAN
by Mehdi Khalaji

  Viewing the Muslim world as engaging in a bitter contest between Shi'ites and Sunnis may be a reasonable generalization for the long run but it's is a poor predictor of local and special-purpose political ties. Shi'ite Iran has long supported Sunni Hamas, which was established by the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood (MB), an organization that has a strong base in Egypt. And Iran helped shape Islamist revivalism in Egypt. Conversely, the fundamentalist MB has helped structure Iran's rigid Islamic ideology, making it the glue in which all of Iran's political, economic and social institutions are set. Mehdi Khalaji examines the ambivalent relationship between MB and Iran, both of which see the West as the enemy they are determined to conquer. Add to the mix the fact that MB has a good chance of governing Egypt when Mubarak dies; add in Iran's bonding with Hamas; add that both Iran and MB are successfully expanding. It could be an explosive mix.
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AN OPENING TO IRAN? THEY'VE SOLD US THIS RUG BEFORE
by Michael Rubin

  Michael Rubin traces the history of how we have tried over the years to reduce Iran's hostility by diplomatic means. He points out that Obama's announced willingness to talk without preconditions with Iran is not new. "Washington and Tehran have never stopped talking; indeed, many of Obama's supposedly bold initiatives have been tried before, often with disastrous results." As example, when the Iranians held our men hostage, Carter's pleas to the Iranians to sit and talk encouraged Iran to make ever more outrageous demands. "In fact, Obama's inattention to timing and target replicates Carter's failure. His outreach to Ahmadinejad" might well make Ahmadinejad a hero and winner of the forthcoming election. Hardly a wish come true.
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The previous set of essays looked at examples of states deeply steeped in the compleat Islamic view of how the world should behave in all aspects of life. The essays in the next set of essays look at Muslim society generically: how it is anchored in Koranic teachings and how it functions today, whether it be in control of the government or embedded in a larger society.

ISLAM, WAR, AND DECEIT: A SYNTHESIS
by Raymond Ibrahim

  Raymond Ibrahim has previously written about the Islamic view that waging war against infidels is a continuous process, with only a single acceptable endpoint. He was distressed that the connection between Koranic doctrine and the deceitfulness with which Islam wages war is ignored in the West. (See here.) In this essay, he explores in detail the importance the Koran itself bestows on the use of deceit in war and how seriously modern-day Islamic practioners of war and apologists for Islam take this instruction. As Ibrahim concludes: "...any Muslim who closely observes Sharia law — the definition of a Muslim — ... will always have a 'divinely sanctioned' right to deceive, until 'all chaos ceases, and all religion belongs to Allah.'"
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THE PLIGHT OF WOMEN UNDER ISLAMISM: TIME FOR MUSLIMS TO SHED THE DENIAL
by M. Zuhdi Jasser

  "Wife seeks divorce. Husband beheads her." We'd expect this to be a sensational, long-running news story, with reporters obsessively exploring every facet. Did the husband's religion really gave him permission to murder his wife? Was he was the "moderate Muslim" he claimed to be? It didn't happen. M. Zuhdi Jasser explores an important issue this 'non-story' highlights: denial in both the Main Street Media and in the American Muslim community. As a reader of the story sarcastically commented, "There we go again, wanting to impose our culture on someone else."
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'MODERATE' MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD CLERIC IS ANYTHING BUT
by Steve Emerson

  Steve Emerson writes of Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, a man who can speedily organize mobs when they are needed, a man noted for his organizational and leadership abilities, a man with a ferocious hatred of Jews. Despite his connections to terrorist financing and his fatwas that encourage using women suicide-murderers and murdering homosexuals and apostates, he has a cadre of prominent apologists who insist he's a moderate Muslim — and this lie is often repeated as fact in the Main Stream Media. Of course, within the Muslim milieu, his extremist statements may be moderate. (For additional information on his position in the Muslim Brotherhood, read this and this.)
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PALESTINIAN ARAB CHILDREN DYING TO KILL: PURPOSELY SACRIFICING CHILDREN
by Eli E. Hertz

  Brainwashing is retooling someone's belief system. In a recent example, it's been found the Israelis had to brainwash their soldiers in order to get them to expel fellow Jews from their homes in Gush Katif, Gaza in the summer of 2005. It doesn't seem the right way to describe what the Palestinian Arabs are doing to their children. As Eli Hertz writes, the children are taught from toddler-age to hate and to desire to kill fellow human beings. Maybe we need a new word: the Arabs braindirty their children, so they grow from little monsters to big monsters, with little sense of humanity or decency. This is truly child abuse.
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OMS — OFFENDED MUSLIM SYNDROME AND SELF-HELP SUPPORT GROUPS
by Red Square of People's Cube

  The People's Cube is a very funny website that makes some very serious points. This article highlights the Islamists' talent for playing victim while making pests of themselves. The ability of the Muslim to be offended by almost anything is also noted and cures are thoughtfully provided.
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WALKING AWAY FROM ISLAM
Front Page Magazine interviews Dr. Syed Kamran Mirza

  Dr. Mirza was born into a family of devout Muslims in Bangladesh and received a religious education, which didn't include a translation from the Arabic. In this interview, he talks about the events that initially shook his faith but it wasn't until he began studying the Qur'an that he rejected Islam. Speaking about the many terror groups and their ever-changing names, he says, "... their ultimate connection is of course their giant umbrella organization of modern day Islamic Jihad called Al-Qaeda — which is well connected to Islam and Qur'anic teachings." We should take seriously his assertion that Islamic terrorism "...is a more dangerous and deadlier phenomenon than communism." He makes the point that it is not a winning strategy to appease the Muslims or to babble that "[t]errorists are not real Muslims, Islam is a religion of peace." "Remember," he reminds us, "Muslims do believe strongly that Allah is working behind their ulterior plan of converting the entire earth under the fold of Islam; they call it peace or surrender."
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England is one of the many countries in Europe that are excellent examples of countries coming very close to the brink. People such as Aude Signoles — a political scientist, an expert on Palestinian communities and decidedly pro-Palestinian — fear that Europe is growing less sympathetic to the Arabs. "Europe fears an Islamist threat, whether internal or external, and this has begun to change the overall views on the Israel-Palestine conflict." Most observers, however, believe that Europe must make a strong assertion of its own identity and very soon, or it will be overwhelmed by Islam within a few years. These essays explore the theme. Several focus on what's happening to Geert Wilders. Is this the start of a reaction to the Muslim takeover or just another indicator that it's happening?

MULTICULTURALISM, SELF-INFLICTED DEFEAT OF THE WEST AND THE TRIUMPH OF ISLAM
by Fjordman

  Fjordman is one of the great essayists of our time, providing us with reasoned analyses of trends others do not perceive until long after he has discussed them. This essay is somewhat different. Oh, he definitely makes the case that Britain is fast being Islamicized, perhaps irretrivably, by the Muslims — and America may not be far behind. But the tone is clearly not dispassionate. He mourns for the England that was and regrets what England — as well as all of Europe — is allowing itself to become.
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THE BANALITY OF EVIL
by Mark Silverberg

  In this essay, Mark Silverberg gives us a good sense of the ominous anti-semitic environment in which English Jews now live. David Dastych, who sent Think-Israel this article wrote, "This is an excellent article showing how dangerous is an anti-Semitism of today and how indulgent are the media and societies of Europe towards islamist radicalism and terrorism. Euroarabia is more and more a reality than a theoretical notion. The anti-Semitic excesses in Europe are nothing but a prognostic of a great danger the Western civilisation is facing now and will be facing in the years to come."
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THE CUT-AND-OMIT TV NEWS
by Odd Sverre Hove

  This essay is a case study of the biased pro-Arab news coverage in Middle East reporting by a particular Norwegian T.V. station, Dagsrevyen. Odd Sverre Hove describes how Dagsrevyen presented the start of the second Intifada in 2000 and the lynching of Israeli reservists in Ramallah, and how, because essential facts were omitted, both accounts differed from the reality. Sad to say, Hove is accurately describing the "normal" state of TV coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict not only by Dagsrevyen but by most TV news stations in Europe — and for any time period.
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THE LANCET'S MISDIAGNOSIS OF GAZA
by Steven Plaut

  In England, the increase in both insensitive anti-semitism and "sensitivity" to Muslim desires go hand in hand with a corruption in standards of many of England's institutions. Medical journals would seem unlikely candidates for politicizing issues but they, too, have been affected. The leading British medical journal, the Lancet has disregarded scholarly standards for several years now and happily pimps for the Arab cause against both Israel and America. They recently issued a defective monograph on Gaza and Arab health. It has reminded Steven Plaut of some earlier excesses by the Lancet.
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I'M GOING TO MISS WESTMINSTER ABBEY
by Omri Ceren

  Fjordman's essay provided us with a keen summary of how sharia law is gaining power in England and Mark Silverberg focused on the concomitant rise of anti-semitism. This essay by Omri Ceren recounts some significant details that highlight how rapidly England is changing. the Muslims are demanding special treatment almost as fast as officials in the police, the church, the schools and in parliament are picking up the pace in satisfying their demands. The situation is well beyond the amusing bits we've heard about: abolishing piggy banks because Muslims don't eat pork; not allowing Brits to eat lunch openly during Ramadan because their Muslims coworkers are fasting; and changing educational standards to accomodate Muslim students. The much diminished pride in England's Christian and democratic roots is too weak to withstand a resurgent and often violent Islam. The English are responding by adopting practices that arise from Islamic ideology, including a rapidly-growing overt and even violent hatred of the Jews.
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GEERT WILDERS AND THE FIGHT FOR EUROPE
by Bat Yeor

  We should all take to heart Bat Yeor's right-on-target analysis of what the persecution of Geert Wilders really signifies: "In its efforts to defend the 'true image' of Islam and combat its defamation, the Organization [of the Islamic Conference (OIC) ] has requested the UN and the Western countries to punish "Islamophobia" and blasphemy. Among the manifestations of Islamophobia, in the OIC's view, are European opposition to illegal immigration, anti-terrorist measures, criticism of multiculturalism, and indeed any efforts to defend Western cultural and national identities. The OIC has massive funding from oil sources, which it lavishly spends on the Western media and academia and in countless 'dialogues.' It influences Western policy, laws, and even textbooks through pressures brought by Muslim immigrants and by the Western nations' own leftist parties."
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WHAT I PLANNED TO SAY IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS
by Geert Wilders

  What is happening to Geert Wilders, a film maker and a member of the Dutch parliament — Holland is a country traditionally tolerant of deviant life styles — epitomizes the Orwellian world we seem to be living in. Wilders mades a film that is billed as "controversial." It may be distasteful, impolitic, impolite, but how controversial can it be when it is mostly citations from the Koran appropriate to film strips of actual (not reconstructed) events? (See the film here.) He was chastized because he — not the Koran, not Muslim terrorists — is committing a hate crime! What happened to him is a smaller-scale version of what the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is pushing through the UN — namely that any criticism of Islam is to be treated as a hate crime, while Muslims and their friends will be allowed to continue to foam at the mouth vilifying all other religions. Wilders was then not allowed entry into England. This is the speech he would have given there.
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These next essays chronicle some institutions and groups that provide a home for foisting Muslim ideology onto America. The pressure is more subtle than in countries where Islamic ideology has sway. In his new book, Robert Spencer calls it Stealth Jihad, an apt term, which, as he writes, is subverting America without guns or bombs. Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood are sources of money, ideology and organizational tools; and the Saudis, in particular, can pay for a lot of help. We look now at Middle East Studies programs and the media, churches and disaffected Jews. To add to our problems, governmental organizations help introduce Islamic ideology — the Treasury Department giving courses in Sharia banking, as an example (see previous issues). The essay on the U.S. Army War College and Hamas is about another infiltration. And the prisons have for years proven to be a ever-renewable source of converts to Islam.

Some oddities about the associations that Islamists have formed are hard to explain. The joining together of white Marxists, black liberation theologists and Islamists, who still view slavery as acceptable, is real but not explicable in strict ideological terms. Homosexuals march for Palestinians and feminists excuse the treatment of women in Arab countries, but neither of these groups thrive in Koran-dominated countries.

 

TWENTY-YEAR PLAN FOR USA: ISLAM TARGETS AMERICA
by Dr. Anis Shorrosh

  This is a reposting of an article that first appeared in the May-June 2004 issue. This was the introduction: "It is commonly believed that at the moment, Islamists are focused on ridding the Middle East of Jews and other 'foreigners'. The battle for America is to come later. Dr Anis Shorrosh disagrees. He believes Islamists have already begun an intensive attack on America. This is his checklist of what they have already begun to do."
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MUSLIMS IN AMERICA
by Kathy Shaidle

  This is the start of a series of articles on how far and on how many fronts radical Islam has infiltrated America. It is interesting to compare Kathy Shaidle's Overview to Shorrosh's steps in an Islamic takeover (see above). Viewed as separate events, the trend is easy to ignore. It is only when the various encroachments are put in context does a pattern begin to emerge. In this issue, Shaidle examines the American prisons, where so many prisoners have been recruited into Islam.
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SCARY COURT CASES
by Tom McLaughlin

  Tom Mclauglin discusses two impossible-to-believe current court cases: one against the American, Roger Barnett; the other against the Dutchman, Geert Wilders. In the National Review, Bat Yeor writes that Wilders persecution was an instant of a ever-growing problem — in criminalizing "Islamophobia," Europe is trashing its own culture to appease Islamists (see Bat Yeor's article above). The Barnett case is equally outrageous — illegals running the border are suing Barnett for stopping them. (I wonder how they knew what lawyer to hire and where did they get the money to do so?) Are we playing catch-up with Europe in succumbing to Islamist coercion?
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HAMAS'S ACADEMIC CHEERLEADERS
by Cinnamon Stillwell

  Wouldn't you think that all the Middle Eastern Studies departments still led by the ghost of Edward Said would make some sheepish apology because their wise words and predictions about the Middle East became part of the 9/11 meltdown? Or why don't they just shut up. But judging from Cinnamon Stillwell's citations, they are still out there making bizarre assertions, demonizing Israel, making saints of the Arab murderers. As she says, "The next time one of these 'experts' purports to educate the masses on this most crucial of conflicts, consider the source."
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U.S. ARMY WAR COLLEGE PUBLISHES APOLOGIA FOR HAMAS
by Steve Emerson

  Ever since George Bush declared Islam was a peaceful religion soon after 9/11, we've been in the nightmarish position of promoting the ideas of the enemy who declared war on us. Steve Emerson writes about a particularly bizarre example: our Army War College — those are the people that educate the people in charge of making major decisions in fighting our wars — has just issued a monograph that "is more accurately described as an apologia for Hamas" and that "consistently demonizes Israel and its legitimate defense of national sovereignty under international law." What a far cry from World War 1, when Americans renamed sauerkraut — with its German association — Liberty cabbage.
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DUST OVER CAMPUS LIFE: UCLA AT A CROSSROAD
by Judea Pearl

  A recent "symposium, organized by UCLA's Center for Near East Studies (CNES), was billed as a discussion of human rights in Gaza." It of course was nothing of the sort — it was a prolonged one-sided mendacious rant against Israel. What made it particularly poisonous is, as Judea Pearl notes, that it was written up in the campus newspaper as "Scholars Say Attack on Gaza an Abuse of Human Rights," to which the good name of the University of California was attached..."[emphasis added] This trend of appropriating the power of a passive University will continue to happen as long as Jewish academics are too timid or too imbued with a "live and let live" mentality when they are confronted by a group of agressive pro-Arab academics, who are determined to demonize Israel, Zionism and Judaism. Aside from the tarnished name of the University, which preaches 'free speech' but doesn't make sure it isn't suppressed by intimidation, the other victims were the Jewish students, who saw that their elders were too timid to create a unified front to defend academic freedom — and them. Judea Pearl believes things may be going to change. Let's hope this isn't wishful thinking.
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ANTI-ZIONIST PROPAGANDA TECHNIQUES: TWO JOURNALISTS AND AN ACADEMIC
by Richard H. Shulman

  Richard Shulman examines several prop-ed pieces, two from major newspapers and one by an academic in an internet group. The reputation of the newpapers and the academic standing of the writer do much to persuade the reader he is receiving impartial, in-depth information about the particular story. There is some background information, there are the details that make the story interesting and there is a sizing up of the alleged "important issues", all in an easy-to-swallow capsule. There is also, unfortunately, intemperate bias, distortions, omissions and misinformation, which may condition the reader to come to a particular conclusion but, unfortunately, they prevent him from acquiring an understanding of what is really going on.
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THE PREDICTABLE PALESTINIAN PROPAGANDA PLOY
by Leslie Sacks

  Fox News is constantly being demonized by the more leftist press because it doesn't automatically condemn Israel. Yet it too has its staunch pro-Muslim advocates, the dramatic though seldom accurate Geraldo Rivera, and its guru when there's a crisis, Hanan Ashwari. As Leslie Sacks writes, "[Ashwari] harangues the audience with emotional and outrageous untruths, with nary a criticism. The interviewers, it seems, go mute in the face of such passionate, well-spoken English from the West Bank." Surely, there are better ways for Fox to be fair and balanced in its reporting.
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JIMMY CARTER, ISRAEL, THE CHURCH, AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
by Paul Charles Merkley

  Paul Merkley writes that "[a]s an evangelical Christian, Jimmy Carter knows that most fellow-evangelicals regard the coming-into-existence of Israel ... as a proof of the validity of the Word of God..." But over time he has moved away from his stated commitment to this view to a "Palestinian counter-historical narrative — how the Canaanites became the Arabs." "To enter into argument with this counter-history is a hopeless task, as it stands entirely on re-iterated fantasy." Merkley points out that "Carter attributes his reformed perspective" to the urgings of Anwar Sadat, who has written "The assassination of Arab brethren like Goliath, by Jewish sheep-herders like David, is the sort of shameful ignominy that we must yet set aright in the domain of the occupied Palestinian homeland." By now, Carter has gone "...beyond classic replacement theology [God has shifted his promises to the Jews to the Church] to also include the Muslims. He could be considered just another hard-working apologist for the Palestinian Arabs, defaming both Jews and fellow-evangelicals who disagree with him, but given his stature, he has opened up yet "another front of intra-Church conflict."
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PART II: ISRAEL BEARS THE BRUNT

Through no fault of its own, Israel has been thrust into the front lines of fighting back Islamism. It couldn't have happened at a worse time. Her Marxist citizens — who control the media — are so intent on pleading the claims of the Palestinian Arabs to the Land of Israel, they ignore the predictable endpoint: if they are successful, they will be massacred. While the American administration was ambivalent, Israel frittered away the opportunity to solidify her irrevocable claim to all of Israel — including the Territories — and reduce the strength of her enemy's proxies — Hezbollah, Hamas, Fatah and friendly Egypt. Now she confronts an American administration which is starting to act as if ideologically committed to a Muslim/Marxist view of the world.

The outline is clear. Israel is not willing to be submerged into Islam. Despite its weak leadership and Marxist media, it hasn't knuckled under. So big non-military guns are trained on it by respectable institutions within the United Nation and/or affiliated with it. The Catholic Church, which never deviated from its fight against Communism, has shown an uncharacteristic timidity in confronting Islam. Europe, which has few allies to help it resist being taken over by Islam, has manifested bizarre behavior. Instead of fighting Islam, it fights a proven ally — Israel. Moreover, Israel has an internal enemy: Marxist Jews embedded in its universities are so cocooned in their ideology, they also fight Jews, not Arabs.

We also discuss the recent war in Gaza and Gaza's overlords, Hamas. We remind the reader that many of the problems are directly traceable to the unfathomable decision to herd the Gaza Jews out of Gaza in the summer of 2005, leaving a unmonitored area for the Palestinian Arabs to do what they wanted. What they did was to toss missiles, lob bombs and do their suicide-murder shtick.

The final sections are on why it's time the Jews asserted what is true: they own the Land of Israel. And that includes the Territories. We discuss some non-solutions and present some solutions that are currently being tossed around in the media and think-tanks.

 

The essays in this set mostly deal with non-Islamic (or putative non-Islamic) institutions that display in-your-face anti-semitism. Institution-sponsored anti-semitism comes from the U.N. and its affiliates. The media and academics are active players as are a minority of the Protestant Evangelicals. And we are hearing again from unmuzzled bishops of the Catholic Church. Shades of Father Coughlin! But, as Kenneth Levin points out, Israel's major problems stem from poor decisions it has made — i.e., accepting the Oslo Accord and sticking to it long after it was obviously not working and then making Gaza judenfrei — to accomodate its enemy at the expense of its own citizens.


 

IS ISRAEL DOOMED
by Kenneth Levin

  Kenneth Levin writes that "[i]n addition to the animosity of the Arab world, Israel is faced with much hostile sentiment in Europe, fed by traditional anti-Semitism, by leftist anti-Americanism and association of Israel with America, by perverse, ahistorical leftist twisting of the Israeli-Arab conflict into Israeli colonialists brutalizing the supposedly indigenous population, and by the European media being house organs for anti-Israel bigotry of all these pedigrees." Add in the hate exhibited by various organs of the United Nations, peace-at-any-price Israelis, radicalized Israeli Arabs, estranged diapora Jews, the threat of nuclear annihilation and the constant barrage of rocket fire. That's a lot of ill-will directed against a tiny country. Yet its major problems seem of its own making: suffering Hezbollah attacks for years and then attacking without real preparation; expelling the Jewish residents of Gaza; and most stupidly, its pretending it had peace partners, when all these partners wanted was to destroy Israel. It needs to get over its "desire to propitiate its enemies, to see salvation in concessions and self-reform and to ignore the nature and the dimensions of the threat." This is a very wise assessment.
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PERVERSE CHILDREN
by Patricia Berlyn

  Patricia Berlyn provides us an insightful look at the "self-hating" Jew. She points out that for these perverse children, "[i]t is not enough for them to cast off a Jewish identity and merge into the mainstream; they must take on the identity of the most Judeophobic elements of that mainstream." Their talent for inventing reasonable-sounding but spurious arguments have provided the Judeophobes and the recently-invented people, the "Palestinians", some of their best material.
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MAKING THE WORLD JUDENSTAATREIN
by Irwin Cotler

  Irwin Cotler describes the rise of a new type of anti-semitism. "... classical or traditional anti-Semitism is the discrimination against, denial of or assault upon the rights of Jews to live as equal members of whatever host society they inhabit. The new anti-Semitism involves the discrimination against the right of the Jewish people to live as an equal member of the family of nations — the denial of and assault upon the Jewish people's right even to live — with Israel as the 'collective Jew among the nations.' Judenstaatrein applies to the Jewish state as judenrein does to jews. Cotler describes some characteristics of Judenstaatrein anti-semitism: it is overtly proposed by states; it is unabashedly proclaimed in terror-state proxies: the terror organizations of Hamas, PLO, Hizbullah, etc.; it has the weight of Islamic clerics and media behind it. Classic anti-semitism used the language of racism; this brand uses the benign words of humanism and civil rights. This article suggests that we can no longer pretend that those who want to destroy Israel are not gunning for Jews everywhere. This article needs to be taken seriously.
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PLANNING FOR DURBAN II — A CONFERENCE ON RACISM SCRIPTED BY RACISTS
by Eye on the U.N.

  We present excerpts from Eye on the U.N. Reports on the Planning Committee as recorded by Anne Bayefsky. The President of the Planning Committee is Libya; Iran is a Vice-President and non-countries like the Palestinian Delegation can help set the agenda. The Arab Bloc dominated the discussions, while the delegates from European Union bobbled their heads in agreement. What is disheartening is that the American Administration sat silent while the 'Zionism is Racism', the 'Arabs are victims of islamophobia', 'the Palestinians need protection', and 'the Holocaust might have happened, maybe' themes were locked in so that there can be no discussion about them at Durban II — the media can already write the pronouncements that will be coming out of the April Durban II Conference. It is also disappointing that the American Jewish Committee didn't kick up a storm, just a polite rejoinder. Yeah, that will work.
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THE HOLOCAUST IN ARAB PUBLIC DISCOURSE: HISTORICIZED POLITICS AND POLITICIZED HISTORY
by Mikael Tossavainen

  The Planning Committee for Durban (see above) is dominated by the Arab/Muslim countries that are imposing their views concerning the Holocaust, Zionism and the Arab-Israeli conflict on the documents that will be issued as the opinion of the United Nations. Mikael Tossavainen examines attitudes towards the Holocaust as expressed in the Arab media by Arab scholars, clerics and politicians. The Iranian leadership has frequently issued statements denying the historicity of the Holocaust and/or believing the Jews were responsible for the evil done. This is, of course, well-known. What is not usually recognized is that most of the Arab world, thanks to their leaders, has the same opinion. The result is the paradox that the Arabs and Iranians both deny and praise the Holocaust; they allege that the Zionists created the Holocaust "myth" while asserting that the Holocaust happened but it was a collusion between the Nazis and Zionists. They are sure the Holocaust wasn't as bad as the Jews paint it but the Jews are behaving like Nazis to the Palestinian Arabs. Gifted in fantasy, many of the Arab "thinkers" have created elaborate stories out of whole cloth, such as the theory that the Nazis moved to Israel — which nicely ignores that some Nazis did indeed move to Arab countries. Unlike the Europeans, who are reexamining their history, they seem eons away from examining their complicity in the Holocaust — how the Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Hussein actively encouraged Hitler to murder Jews as the only solution and how he recruited men to fight with the Nazis against the Allies.
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IT'S ALL THE ZIONISTS' FAULT
by Doug Ross

  If you believe the theme of the Doug Ross's photo essay below — that it's all the fault of the Zionists, the JOOZ — you're in good company. People who read the Times (almost any large-sized Times will do) or listen to BBC or CNN do, if they believe their news media. The Mainstream Media are terrified of calling a terrorist a terrorist; and seldom are the words Muslim or Islam written or spoken within 50 words of even the unkindest cut the wordsmiths can think to use — militant. The Media aren't about to put themselves in jeopardy by stating the obvious fact that most of the terror in the world today is created by Muslims. But you gotta blame someone. The Jews are a good choice. They aren't into beheading people who insult them.
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RIGHT OF REPLY: WAR, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY
by Gerald M. Steinberg

  The New Israel Fund NIF) purports to have Israel's interest in mind. In practice, as Gerald Steinberg points out, much of their funding goes "to the leaders of anti-Israel campaigns in the media, the United Nations and other venues" — and to an active program of covering up some of this questionable support. Supporting Arab minority rights, in practice, has meant funding places such as Adalah, which joins other Arab groups that loudly deny Israel's right to defend itself — to do so is considered bloodthirsty — but they have never condemned Arab missile attacks against Israeli civilians. Steinberg doubts that "this is what most NIF donors expect — particularly those who give through their local Jewish federations."
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'LAWFARE:' ANOTHER WEAPON IN THE JIHAD AGAINST ISRAEL
by Richard L. Cravatts

  Winning in the courtroom isn't exactly like playing poker, where the guy with the most money has a huge advantage — but it doesn't hurt to have the money to sue anyone you want to, however flimsy the grounds. After a while, people will not criticize you for fear of a possible lawsuit. This tactic has been used by Muslims in English and American courts against western media and academic critics and has come to be called Lawfare. As used by U.N.-affiliated non-governmental agencies (NGOs), it is used mostly against Israel. As Richard Cravatts concludes, "In an inverted moral universe where enemies of the Middle East's only democratic state regularly seek its destruction, the tactic of lawfare — with its once-meaningful language of genocide, international human rights, and war crimes — is now being used, by state and non-state actors alike, as an alternate, but equally dangerous, weapon in the unrelenting jihad against Israel."
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CHRISTIAN FRIENDS AND FOES OF ISRAEL
Interview by Manfred Gerstenfeld of David R. Parsons

  In an essay above, Paul Merkley wrote about Jimmy Carter and his changed position from a Christian Evangelical who supported Israel to one who adheres strictly to the Arab position. In this article, David Parson generalizes the concepts and describes both the impact of the Holocaust on theological thinking and the major differences between the binary split between points of view. Parsons says, "As adherents of biblical Zionism, we support political Zionism, as the Jewish people need a homeland and safe haven, but we add the element of divine purpose. This sets us entirely apart from the anti-Israeli camp that believes the election of the Jewish people no longer stands. In their theology the Jews are now fair game for criticism and worse. This is the key distinguishing factor between Christian friends and foes of Israel — whether or not you believe the Jews still have an enduring covenantal relationship with God."
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THE BISHOP AND THE HOLOCAUST
by Denis MacEoin

  Richard Williamson, a bishop of the Catholic Church, who was excommunicated two decades ago, was recently brought back into the fold. Denis MacEoin writes, "As an unbeliever who respects the Church as a bearer of moral values, it shocks me, not only that Williamson has been restored to communion with the Church with the sins of racism and the concealment of genocide on his hands, but that representatives of the Church have tried to put blue sea between the bishop's views and his reinstatement." Judging from the Bishop's recent statements, he isn't rehabilitated; and genocidal assaults against Jews aren't ready to be relegated to the past tense.
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LOSING TOUCH
by SPIEGEL Staff: Stefan Berg, Christoph Schult, Alexander Smoltczyk, Michael Sontheimer and Peter Wensierski

  This article by members of the Spiegel Staff is an excellent summary of the strained relations between the Vatican and Jewry following the Pope's revoking the excommunication of a notorious Holocaust denier. His action compounded the damage done by statement such as the one he issued in January just as the IDF entered the Gaza strip. "War and hatred are not the solution to any problem." He had ignored that Arab terrorists routinely seek out Jewish women and children to murder. He had not spoken out during the years Hamas bombed Israel without retaliation. See here for Rabbi Gerald Skolnik's view of the controversy: "I just Don't Understand... Pope Benedict and Holocaust Denial."
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This set of articles is about Gaza, Hamas in Gaza and the Gaza Invasion. Andrew McCarthy makes the reasonable proposal that what is necessary is that Israel be allowed to finish off the terrorists — the U.N. or the U.S.A or the E.U. routinely stop her before the job can be completed. The hands-on testimony of a soldier who fought in Gaza suggests that there is also the problem that the Israeli leadership forces the IDF to pull its punches, signal its moves and allow Hamas leaders escape paths. The politicians are more interested in good press than in protecting Israel's citizenry by letting the IDF fight to win. Other essays detail the interaction between Hamas and governmental bodies such as UNRWA; between Hamas and other Gaza terror groups; between Hamas and Iran; and between Hamas and the media, which accepts each new lie from Hamas as truth.

THE GAZA WAR 2009: HISTORY AND PERSPECTIVES
by Seth J. Frantzman

  Seth J. Frantzman first presents the background to the recent invasion of Gaza by the IDF. He then discusses the logic and illogic of concepts important in the discourse about the invasion. There is first the difference between the European view that humanity prefers peace to war and the Islamic view that there is to be constant turmoil until the entire world belongs to Islam — this had consequences in the inappropriate solutions the interfering Europeans proposed. Israel's supposed disproportionate force received a lot of media censure; and it is true that relatively few Israelis died from the rocket attacks, but that was not for lack of trying on the part of Hamas. Then there is the media's disproportionate fixation on Israel and its disregard for "more bloody conflicts, rage elsewhere in places such as Kashmir, Sri Lanka and Sudan." As Frantzman writes, "The question should not be why the international community, which is to say western people, care so much about what happens in Gaza, but why they have so rarely cared about what happens to other people in the world."
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ISRAEL, GAZA AND INTERNATIONAL LAW
by Jean-Jacques Surbeck

  This article was occasioned by a newpaper op-ed piece that falsely asserted that Israel was legally at fault when it invaded Gaza. The article also flaunted a flaming red herring that implied that Israel was reckless in its military action: "Defenders of Israel's military actions sometimes counter that Israel cannot afford to abide by international humanitarian law when it is endangered by a ruthless enemy" is a poor description of Israel's meticulous avoidance of civilian casualties, a difficult job considering that the terrorists waged war from ordinary civilian houses, hospitals and schools. Jean-Jacques Surbeck, an attorney specializing in International Humanitarian Law provides us with the actual legal facts. War crimes there were. Hamas committed them.
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BREAKING THE WILL OF THE PALESTINIANS: NO POLITICAL OR LEGAL PROTECTION FOR HAMAS
by Andrew C. McCarthy

  Andrew McCarthy argues that what Israel needs from America in its fight against Hamas is to be allowed to finish the job of destroying their ability — and even their desire — to terrorize Israel. For America, this means recognizing that the "Palestinians" aren't inflicted with Hamas — they chose Hamas. Hamas doesn't just represent them politically. Hamas represents their aspirations and their ideology. America needs to give up on the "fantasy that the Palestinians are legitimate actors worthy of statehood and its privileges." Neither Hamas or Fatah or any other group seeking power is willing to seek "peaceful coexistence with Israel." Were they to do so, they'd lose the support of the populace. We can also help Israel by making sure the U.S.A. doesn't join the 1977 Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions, which were "designed for the benefit of terrorist organizations, national-liberation movements, and third-world tyrannies." We need to understand McCarthy's clear definition of Protocol I and its implications — it attempts to subordinate military actions to inapplicable legal standards. "On the matter of who is a civilian, Protocol I is a humanitarian disaster." Like Lawfare, it can do much harm to Israel, and to us.
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HOW ONE SOLDIER SURVIVED THE WAR IN GAZA
by Joshua Eastman

  Joshua Eastman is a young American who made aliyah, a religious Jew, and, for more than a year, a soldier in the IDF. In this essay, he shares with us his experience participating in the Gaza invasion, his observations and his emotions, from the first tense, rumor-filled days before the invasion through the time he saw action. He writes about the bravery and the pain, the strength he drew from his faith in God and the cold bodily fear he endured every time he "squeezed the trigger, every time a missile landed nearby." He wasn't allowed to fire on civilians but, as he writes, "I saw the twelve year olds with missiles and RPGs strapped to their backs. I saw that it was with sadness and great anger Israeli troops recognized the need to fire on people who crossed the red line, the danger zone which meant they saw us, and knew where we were. Old people mined with bombs, children armed with detonators, tunnels that opened in the ground to swallow our soldiers." This is an awesome essay.
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A VIEW FROM THE TARGET ZONE
by Haim Harari

  Doctor Haim Harari is a trained observer. In this essay he enlarges on the details — the level at which most reporters stop — so we understand what has been happening in Gaza. He makes some important points. While Israel is scourged for every civilian it kills inadvertedly, no one complains that Hamas terrorists routinely target Jewish civilians, especially children. The rockets shoot randomly — so "they could not possibly be aimed at military or strategic targets." At home, Hamas — and Fatah is no different — uses women and children as shields. It's win-win. The world will complain should Israel hits a shield to get at a terrorist and Hamas gains sympathy; and, as is more likely, if Israel doesn't shoot because of the shields, the terrorists are safe. Since 2005, when Hamas took over the Gaza strip completely, it has had the option of constructing a functioning pre-state entity or waging war on Israel. It chose war. ".... rockets were now stored in mosques, schools, hospitals and normal apartment buildings. ... Schools financed by the UN were used in order to launch mortar shells and missiles." Harari also writes of UNRWA, which, almost single-handedly, has perpetuated the Arab refugee problem since 1948. Commenting on the various lies and hoaxes in which Hamas indulges, he says, "That the Hamas murderers use these tactics, lies and methods, is not at all surprising. That the international community, with all its investigative reporters, swallows these lies so eagerly, without exposing them, is something which demands an explanation."
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GAZA BEDFELLOWS: UNRWA AND HAMAS
by Claudia Rosett

  Claudia Rosett puts the essential facts about the Gaza populace bluntly, "In the current violence of Gaza, we are seeing the fruition of one of the most bizarre creations of modern diplomacy: a UN-supported welfare enclave for terrorists." and "Hamas has been running Gaza as a territory reduced to basically two industries: aid and terrorism." Strip out the fantasy that Hamas is mostly a beneficent social services agency. Strip the cunning propaganda that there's something so unique about the "Palestinian" Arabs that, unlike any other group of refugees in the world, they are never to be resettled anywheres but in the land they claim as their own and until then they are entitled to the services of an entire U.N. agency just for them. Strip out diplomat language that tries to hide that the United Nations has been corrupted. And you are left with the essentials Rosett states so well. Instead of being a force to encourage civility and human rights, the U.N. has become another forum for promulgating Arab propaganda and bankrolling terror.
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QANA'S GREEN HELMET GUY NOW WORKING FOR HAMAS?
by Judi McLeod

  The Arabs have acquired a well-deserved reputation for inventing or wildly exaggerating damage they suffer. For months Hamas's leaders were photographed sitting in chambers lit only with candles to prove that Israel was chintzy with supplying Gaza with electricity. It would have been more effective if sunlight hadn't peaked through gaps in the closed curtains. A more complex hoax in Qana in the 2006 Lebanese War was exposed by internet bloggers: in an Arab version of street theatre, Hezbollah personnel rushed from one photographer to the next while holding long-dead children as if they were rushing them to medical care. These photos received extensive exposure on the internet. So it is surprising that one of the more notorious photos from Qana has resurfaced with a new caption — this time the child is said to be a Gazan and its death is attributed to IDF action. Judi McLeod tells us how the latest hoax was discovered and some of the aftermath.
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JIHADIST GROUPS IN GAZA: A DEVELOPING THREAT
by Yoram Cohen

  Just to add another level of complexity, Hamas isn't the only terror group engaging the loyalty of the Palestinian Arabs in Gaza and even in the West Bank. Just as we were sure we knew the players — good terrorists (Fatah), bad terrorists (Hamas) — along come newer, maybe even nastier, splinter groups — who share Al-Qaeda's ideology and imitate their style. Yoram Cohen writes about several of the newer groups operating in Gaza. They are all dedicated to restoring the Caliphate and imposing sharia law universally. They regard Hamas "as insufficiently aggressive in conducting terrorist attacks" and target not only Israel but foreigners, Christians and anything that smacks of unIslamish western influence. Once, Hamas was willing to work with them, but now they are winning recruits from Hamas and gaining the loyalty of the locals. So much for the myth of the po' Palestinians, who want peace but have an evil government.
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AN ESCALATING REGIONAL COLD WAR: THE 2009 GAZA WAR
by Yigal Carmon, Yael Yehoshua, Ayelet Savyon and H. Migron

  Yigal Carmon et al put the Gaza Invasion into a larger context: the regional rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, with Hamas acting as proxy for Iran. They suggest that the Iran-Saudi conflict is key to understanding the Middle East in the 21st century. The "conflict is rooted in Iran's aspirations to regional hegemony — both geostrategic and religious — which pose a threat to Saudi Arabia" and has been sustained with more or less tension since the Iranian Revolution 30 years ago. "Iran's attempt to position itself as a regional military superpower," and its attempts to extend its power into the Arab world after Saddam Hussein's regime fell are additional irritants. The Iran-Syria-Qatar-Hizbullah Axis is mainly Shi'ite but includes Sunni groups that oppose the Saudis. and it is trying to win over Turkey. The Sunni Saudi-Egypt group is trying to win over some of Iran's Sunni allies. Saudi Arabia complains that Iran is interfering in internal Arab affairs and causing dissension; Iran rebuts that Saudi Arabia and Egypt collaborate with America (AKA The Great Satan). The Gaza War "ended with Hamas defeated on the ground" and thus should count as a victory for the non-Iranian camp; i.e., the Saudi-Egyptian side. But Iran boasts of its help to a victorious Hamas and the pro-Saudi camp "accuses Hamas of serving Iranian and Syrian interests rather than those of the Palestinians." Carmon et al suggest the way the two sides are reacting to Israel is moored in the Iran-Saudi struggle, with Iran denouncing any sort of accomodation with Israel as collaboration, while Saudi Arabia wants to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (on its own terms), to take it off the table.
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GAZA IS THE FACE OF A PALESTINIAN STATE
by Don Feder

  Don Feder in his own inimitable way sums up the facts we know about the Gazan Arabs and their Hamas overlords and the West Bank Arabs and their Fatah/Hamas overlords and draws the right conclusion. This is not a group of people that is ready to set up a state, especially not in Israel's heartland. Not now. Not in the forseeable future. And maybe never.
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Lest we forget, we have essays on the Settlers, those driven from their homes in Gaza by their disaster-wreaking government and those who live in Samaria and Judea and eastern Jerusalem — the Territories — who are threatened with the same fate suffered by the Jews of Gaza.

What we call the Territories is where Abraham and Sarah lived and were buried, where David was crowned King, where the Jews lived in Biblical times. There was no Tel-Aviv.

To briefly review recent history, Jews began settling in the Territories — Gaza, Judea and Samaria (what Jordan called the "West Bank") — after 1967 when Israel was invaded by her Arab neighbors for the second time, fought them back successfully and took back the Territories. Within a few years, the Jews of Gush Katif, Gaza, had developed innovative agricultural techniques and were contributing significantly to Israel's prosperity. By their very presence, they acted as an early warning of impending Arab terrorism. Palestinian Arab terrorism was given a tremendous boost when, in August 2005, the Israeli government exiled the Gazan Jews. Since their expulsion, Gaza has become a safe haven for the Arabs to train various local and foreign terror groups, teach their own children to kill Jews and to manufacture and store huge supplies of deadly armaments.

The Sharon-Olmert Kadima continued to harrass the Jewish settlers, in the unswerving belief that it would be able to give this Land to the Arabs in return for peace. Given the history of gross bureaucratic incompetence — most of the 10,000 Jews from Gaza are yet to be resettled in permanent housing (see Fendel, here) — an Israeli government that booted out some of the more than half-million Jewish "settlers" of Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, is unlikely to be able to cope with additional Jewish political refugees in what is left of Israel. Nevertheless, the war against the settlers continues, by stealth, by harassment, by cutting water and electricity from farmers who keep sheep and goats and grow plants, by treating them unfairly in the courts and in the press. This policy is pursued almost as strongly as the Arabs continue to insist by word and by nasty deed that
their objective is to destroy the Jewish State. I for one believe them.

THE GAZA WAR REACHES US
by Moshe and Rachel Saperstein

  Moshe and Rachel Saperstein are essayists who have recorded their experience from the time they lived in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, Gaza and since they, with all the other Jews who lived in Gaza, were expelled and given still-temporary housing. Moshe views this war as a pre-election ploy by the Kadima candidates, Barak and Livni, "to erase their wimpish images and be seen as Tough Protectors of the People." The Gaza excursion has no point if Israel leaves without disarming the terrorists, thus allowing them to rebuilt. The Sapersteins live through the sirens, the explosions of missiles and bombs from Gaza, the fear, the overeating of comfort food, the rumors, the interviews with closed-mind reporters, But there's also the miraculous escapes from death and friends. They had felt particularly vulnerable because their temp home is without air raid shelter. Moshe has developed grudging respect for the Government's on-the-fly use of concrete sewer pipes as shelters — which can, at least, withstand shrapnel. Included is the speech Rachel gave at this year's Jerusalem Conference.
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DEMONIZED ISRAELI SETTLERS
by Barbara Lerner

  The inhuman Mumbai terrorists who brutally tortured and massacred foreigners and resident Jews and whose agenda includes imposing Islamic law on the whole world get a better press that the law-abiding, patriotic and gifted citizens of Israel who live in Biblical Israel (the West Bank), who are collectively known as "the Settlers." (pronounced with a sneer in the mainstream media.) In Israel, as Barbara Lerner points out, the government turns "an increasingly blind eye to growing Arab violence against Jews" while routinely taking "... a hyperaggressive, hyperpunitive stance, then responding to nonviolent settler protests with the kind of brutality that would outrage most Americans if the victims were members of any other group anywhere." The settlers do indeed support ideas that the successive suicidal Israeli governments and the pro-Arab "Jewish" groups such as Peace Now do not appreciate. "Settlers claim a right to buy land and live and work on it, anywhere in the Biblical triangle between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean, and between the Red Sea and the Golan Heights, and they act on that right by building and living in communities in places like Hebron, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and Amona." How shocking! They wish to live in the Jewish State as Jews! Lerner also reminds the reader that the "Palestinians" are not the natives, the Jews are not the invaders. Anyone who knows his history and geography knows it is the other way around. But it does make sense for Islam and its adherents to attempt to destroy the Settlers — they are a powerful defense against the Islam's war against Israel — and the West.
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A PERSONAL VISIT TO JUDEA
by Richard H. Shulman

  Richard Shulman's visit to Israel included a tour of Judea, where some of the "Settlers" make their home. He describes accurately the discrimination the Settlers encounter from their own government, which favors the Arab in the law courts and in encounters between Arab and Jew. It hardly seems credible that in the Jewish state, the Jews can be intimidated by the local Arabs. But the Arabs have learned that the Israeli government literally lets them get away with murder and, instead, punishes the Jews who fight back. Some of the bigger happenings make the papers — when police came unexpectedly in the middle of the night and destroyed the home of a Jewish activist in Hebron; or when Jewish girls in their teens were thrown in jail to await trial months away for legally protesting the Gaza expulsion. But Arabs hassle Jews, shoot at/stone/beat up Jews and steal their crops, animals and cars all the time and these "incidents" seldom make the news. Shulman describes examples of "Israeli government complicity with terrorism." And of Arab contempt at Jewish attempts of appeasement.
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The Arab states invaded Israel for a second time in 1967. Israel turned the tables and reclaimed Samaria and Judea (Jordan named them the West Bank when it held them from 1948 to 1967) and Gaza. Reclaimed is accurate. The land is Jewish by international law. The Israeli government fears the Jewish state being overwhelmed by a Arab population in the Territories, which has grown, thanks to legal and illegal immigration from the Arab states and generous internal welfare and medical benefits. So the problem is usually stated as an either-or: (1) take over the Territories and become a single state that is likely eventually to lose its Jewish character, given the impressive ability of the Arabs to breed when someone else is footing the bill; or (2) create an (almost certainly hostile) Arab state in the Territories that wedges Israel on both sides and is intertwined with it in Jerusalem. Actually, neither option will bring peace, because the Palestinian Arab leaders, proxies of Iran and Saudi Arabia, continue to plot to destroy Israel, not live in a Jewish State or next to it.

In recent years, more and more people realize there is another solution. Why give up Biblical Israel and still be saddled with and/or surrounded by hostile Arabs? Why not transfer the Palestinian Arabs to some part of the vast domain the Arabs own — and keep the Jewish land?

The essays in this set make the point that new thinking is essential. The first essay is foundation: the Jews own what was Mandated Palestine and no amount of distortion in the media can change that fact. The next essays make clear that mouthing nonsense that peace depends on creating another Palestinian state makes no sense and could lead to a disaster that would have global impact. They examine essential flaws in the argument that the Arab war against the Jews can be swayed by concessionary negotiations and analyze the misrepresentations made about the Jewish settlements. The rest explore solutions that may be unfamiliar and may be incomplete. But they show promise and stimulate thinking. (See also Martin Sherman's proposal here.)

LEGAL RIGHTS AND TITLE OF SOVEREIGNTY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO THE LAND OF ISRAEL AND PALESTINE UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW
by Howard Grief

  We are reprinting the article from the July-August 2005 Issue. The introduction read: "In this essay, Howard Grief brilliantly fulfills his objective 'to set down in a brief, yet clear and precise manner the legal rights and title of sovereignty of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and Palestine under international law.' This paper should be part of your armamentarium for the next time you are told that Resolution XXX of the U.N. guarantees the rights of the Palestinian Arabs to YYY." You can read more about Israel's right to all of Jerusalem and Biblical Israel (AKA West Bank) by reading Howard Grief's articles such as this one. For other essays on international law that states that biblical Israel is a trust in perpetuity for the Jewish people and can not be given away, read Part I of Yoram Shifftan's "A Legal Challenge." and his essay on Gifting. Use the Google box at the top of this page to search on Howard Grief, Yoram Shifftan, legal, mandate and population transfer.
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MONOTHEISTIC PAGANISM AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
by Professor Paul Eidelberg

  A fairytale of our times is that any two groups can come reason together and work out their differences in civility. In this set of essays, Paul Eidelberg explores differences in attitude toward life, living and religion between Jew and Arab that are irreconcilable. Muslims do not see free-will and striving for human development as coming from God — as part of what it means to be made in His image. As Fackenheim has it, the Muslim God — the underpinning of their approach to life — demands "absolute idolatry." It isn't two views of the same God at all.

Differences in fundamentals lead to differences in life style. Eidelberg points out that we practice democratic diplomacy, "[which] regards negotiation between adversaries as a means of conciliation requiring mutual concessions leading to lasting agreement and peace," whereas the Arab regards diplomacy as warfare that might be disguised with a veneer of friendliness and an apparent willingness to compromise, but it can end only when he gains his objective.

The peace process is a type of negotiation where it is mistakenly assumed the quarrel is over land. It follows that reconciliation can come about if the Jew give up some of his Land for the Arab's promise to discontinue waging war. But, as Eidelberg reminds us, the "21 Arab League countries have 500 times more land than Israel" — they are larger than the U.S.A. Adding all of Israel and the territories won't increase the Arab holdings by a single percentage point. Nor are the Arab leaders interested in the diversified economic prosperity Israel can offer them. "Whereas these bellicose Arabs have no peace of their own to give Israel, peace-loving Jews have no land they can safely and rightly give Arabs." The peace process is a fraudulent ploy to deprive Israel of the small amount of land she has.
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A NEW BROOM
by Walter Bingham

  President Obama has appointed George Mitchell as Middle East envoy to resurrect the dead "peace-process." Mitchell has a reputation for seeming even-handed. In his first hop into the Arab-Israeli arena in 2001, he issued blanded down statements on Arab terrorism while reacting with horror at perfectly legal Israeli settlements. He had faith in the notion that if the Palestinians were given a state, they would become responsible citizens, ensuring Israel's security — a fantasy Hamas in Gaza has securely laid to rest. Walter Bingham is pessimistic that Mitchell's acumen has improved. His activities are unlikely to support Israel's viability, considering the blinkered emphasis his boss places on good relations with Muslims.
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REVIEW OF LORDS OF THE LAND: THE WAR OVER ISRAEL'S SETTLEMENTS IN THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES, 1967-2007
by Moshe Dann

  Moshe Dann reviews a recent book on the settlements, which expands on the notion — also promoted by Peace Now — that Jewish settlements are the primary cause of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The authors argue the settlements "have undermined the rule of law, have subverted the democratic decision-making process in Israel..." and are illegal in that the land belongs to the Palestinians. The first two arguments are easily refuted: "All Israeli governments have supported settlements — which were permitted by the Oslo Accords, the only negotiated agreement — because they have been a national, bipartisan effort reflecting Israeli consensus and, at least initially, backed by UN and US resolutions." The notion that the Jews stole Palestinian land has been applied to the current settlements but also to the settlements starting in the late 19th century that led to the rebirth of the Jewish state. The Arabs have certainly charged that Israel itself is illegal. Unfortunately for the Arab claim, there never was a Palestine, or for that matter, a Palestinian people.

Historically, from the 1500's, the entire Middle East belonged to the Ottomans. The area that is now Israel, Jordan and the Territories was underpopulated, unsanitary, dirt poor, with no economic resources. It was as neglected — in David Gelernter's words (Weekly Standard, 19Jan09) — "as a rat-ridden empty lot in a burnt-out neighborhood in the middle of nowhere, in the suburbs of nothing. The Jews gradually got possession of an arid stony wasteland ... complete with the odd picturesque, crumbling, dirty town; and they loved it. They turned it into a gleaming, thriving modern nation, not only a military but an intellectual powerhouse." During the Mandate period it was assigned to become a Jewish state, just as the rest of the Middle East was to become an Arab state. Immigrants who had poured in from nearby places and with various ethnic backgrounds were declared to be a people — the Palestinian people — by Arafat in 1964. Their sole purpose was to serve as claimants to Jewish land. I am always amazed when Israeli leftists such as the authors of the book under review are willing to distort the facts to support the Arabs' attempt to destroy Israel. Do they believe they are immune from rampaging Arabs, should the Arabs succeed?
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IS A TWO-STATE SOLUTION A ROADMAP TO DISASTER?
by Frederic Leder and Ricky Greenfield

  Frederic Leder and Richy Greenfield warn Israeli Jews they need to shed some habits learned over two thousand years living in various hostile environments as the underdog and powerless. Jews survived by "using compromise to buy another day or postpone imminent destruction." The environment may still be hostile, but their knee-jerk defensive posture of accomodation has to go, if they wish to survive. The two-state solution which will give Israel's heartland to a noxious, angry people desirous of destroying Israel, is deadly. Israel has first to secure its borders boldly by itself — and that means holding the land from the Mediterranian Sea to the Jordan River. When this is established, she can deal with the secondary problem of how to handle the Arabs within.
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A LIKELY SCENARIO FOR THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT
by No Sharia

  In a series of articles, No Sharia has been evolving a detailed plan to fight Sharia in Europe. In this essay, he asks the unthinkable: under what circumstances would Israel be forced into a strategy that could be called Mutual Assured Destruction In The Middle East. He makes the case that given the indifference — if not downright hostility — of so many countries, Israel may be forced into a position where the unthinkable becomes a possibility.
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ZIONISM AND WHY BILL MOYERS IS RIGHT ABOUT THE JEWS
by Sigmund, Carl and Alfred

  This is an updated version of the Sigmund, Carl and Alfred 2006 article entitled "Idiots Guide to Zionism" and was in part "inspired" by Bill Moyers' risible preaching that Jewish violence is a genetic affliction. Click here and here for background on Moyers' remarks.) Zionism has always been about redeeming the Jewish homeland and is part of the daily prayers. This essay talks about the concept as formulated by the Zionists who started coming back to Eretz Yisrael in the late 1800's. As one of the authors' citations point out: "In creating the modern State of Israel, the refugees from a smoldering Europe went on to build a modern, democratic state, with world class educational facilities, institutions and a vibrant economy. The Israelis did in 50 years what the obscenely oil rich Arab nations could not do in 2,000 — make the desert bloom."
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HOUSEBREAKING ISLAM
by Sultan Knish

As a reader of this article by Sultan Knish wrote: " An outstanding take on how the West needs to deal with the Islamic invasion by blogger Sultan Knish. His clear and unambiguous analogy of training a dog with a newspaper and teaching Muslims their limits in Western society is a gem." Yes, indeed.
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MORE ACCURACY AND DEPTH NEEDED
by David Basch

  David Basch proposes that any scheme that means Jews withdrawing from its land is wrong. It may seem necessary in order to separate from the Arabs. But it also "creates Jewish refugees and enable the Arab enemy to transform Israel's eastern territories into Gaza platforms for rocketing Israel's nearby cities." A better strategy is the one advocated by Meir Kahane. Basch suggests that, rather than reflexively labeling Kahane a racist, we should acknowledge that Kahane "recognized early the since proven implacable nature of the Arab enemy and advocated their relocation while retaining the strategic Jewish territories..." In sum, "Israel's survival depend[s] wholly on Israel's strength rather than on insane reeducation programs for these enemies of Israel ... Reeducation is no more a doable program with the Arabs than it would have been for the Nazis. The latter required total defeat to accomplish and no one should imagine the reality is different for Israel's enemies."
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THE CASE FOR JUDEA
by Obediah Shoher

  Obediah Shoher's book Samson Blinded: A Machievellian Perspective On the Middle East Conflict is as claimed: machievellian. His ideas most certainly are not conventional. But considering that conventional political thinkers continue to waste time promoting nice-sounding but disasterous ideas — like creating a bloodthirsty Palestinian State in Israel's heartland — this book is worth exploring for new ideas. In each segment, Shoher's astute observations become the basis for non-dithering procedures to solve some currently sticky problem confronting Israel. In one section of his book, he suggests making Jordan, where Palestinian Arabs are 75% of the population, the Palestinian Arab state. In the segment we present here, Shoher has observed that a religious state can make politically incorrect laws that would be frowned on in a democratic or socialist or dictatorial secular state. From this he argues that the split between the religious Jews and the secularists could be eased by creating a religious state named Judea in Judea and Samaria.
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WHEN DEALING WITH PUNKS, THERE'S NO TIME TO BE A LIBERAL
by David Warren

  When Rudy Giuliani became mayor of New York City, he decreed that ignoring graffiti, small vandalism and petty theft would hence not be ignored by the police. It seemed initially a silly focus, given the city's very large problems. But it worked wonders. In this essay David Warren makes much the same point in reference to Gaza: "...the leading cause of anti-social behaviour is permission. People, and young punks especially, will do things that even they know are malicious because no one will stop them." He writes of the synergy between Hamas, the punks who control Gaza, and UNRWA staff, local Arabs, often Hamas members, who aid Hamas and enable terrorism by generously lending them UNRWA facilities and equipment. UNRWA controls a network of camps in the Territories and in the neighboring Arab countries where successive generation of refugees are provided with an education, medical care, room and board but no jobs. It is no wonder that in Gaza alone, the population is 7 times as large as it was 60 years ago — although it is likely some of the growth is because local Arabs signed up as refugees because the benefits are so good. The "refugees" are raised to believe that they can not live permanently anywhere but in Palestine, which Israel is occupying — so becoming a murderer for the cause is an easy step.
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REBUILD GUSH KATIF
by Michael Freund

  Michael Freund writes, "With Israeli forces back in Gaza, now is the time to right the historical wrong of Ariel Sharon's 2005 Disengagement plan and to reconstitute the exiled Jewish communities of Gush Katif." This would say to the Jihadists: — "... The more you try to kill us, the more we will rebuild. For every Palestinian act of destruction, Israel will undertake an act of reconstruction. For every rocket that has been fired against us, let another Jew return to Gaza to rebuild." For the Arabs who are fed on the beauty of death, seeing their actions result in more Jews thriving in Gaza may be a greater threat than just killing them.
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HISTORY SECTION

GAZA'S RICH JEWISH HISTORY
by Victor Sharpe

  Victor Sharpe provides us with some little-advertised facts about Gaza and its role in Jewish history. The association didn't end with Samson's getting his hair and strength clipped. Jewish communities in Gaza were periodically destroyed but Jews came back there over the centuries, during which a succession of foreign powers captured and ruled over Gaza — the latest takeover by Hamas was only made possible because of the folly of the Sharon-Olmert government. Contrariwise, there is no historic association between modern-day Palestinian arabs and the ancient Philistines. The Philistines had disappeared well before Islam came to the area the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians claim as their homeland.
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PALESTINE IS A GEOGRAPHICAL AREA, NOT A NATIONALITY
by Eli E. Hertz

  Eli Hertz points out that Palestine is the name applied from time to time to a geographic area. There is not now and there never was a Palestinian nation. There is not now and there never was a Palestinian country. There is not now and there never was a Palestinian state. The Palestinians are Arabs, 95% of whom — or their great-granddaddies — entered "Palestine" after 1900 for economic opportunities. Hertz recounts some recent history of Philistia.
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THE BLOCKADE: HOW THE BRITISH PREVENTED RESCUE
by David Krakow

  The anniversary of the sinking of the Struma is the 24th of February. David Krakow writes about the attempt by Jews to flee the Holocaust by setting out in a boat, the Struma, to try to run the British blockade and reach Palestine. "British obstruction of rescue ranged from the official level — pressures exerted on the governments of countries through which the Jews had to pass — to an army of intelligence agents who pointed out the 'fugitives' to RAF and Royal Navy reconnaissance and interdiction, even in international waters." Krakow concludes, "It was a long time ago, but some of us can recall that we then quoted Giuseppe Mazzini: 'Without a country of your own you have neither name, voice, nor rights, nor admission as brothers in the fellowship of peoples. You are the bastards of humanity.'"
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November-December, 2008


What we are talking about this issue:

WE DEDICATE THIS ISSUE TO THE NEW ADMINISTRATION
THE MUSLIM WORLD VIEW (Ibrahim, Plaut, Rubin, Shapiro, Sharpe, Johnson, Glazov, Salih, Memri, Imani)
THOUGHTS ON A NUCLEAR IRAN AND AN ENUCLEATED ISRAEL (Phillips and Brookes, Epstein, Rosett, Imani)
GAZA AND GUSH KATIF (Mark, Elders of Ziyon, Eidelberg, Weiner and Bell, Plaut, Eidelberg, Glick, Tucker, Sapersteins)
ISLAM AT THE U.N. (Sprayregen, Jacoby, Zaidi, Loconte, Bayefsky)
ISLAM IN EUROPE (Coughlan, Fjordman)
ISLAM IN AMERICA (Imm, Lappen, Ehrenfeld and Abady, Goldstein)
HELPING THE MUSLIM CAUSE VOLUNTARILY OR UNWITTINGLY (Shulman, Merkley, Berlyn, Pipes, Shafran, Glick, Rubin)
HISTORY (Green, Gannon, Tsiddon-Chatto)

WE DEDICATE THIS ISSUE

TO the new administration in Washington, which is coming in all shiny and convinced they can do what has never been done before: talk radical Islam out of its mission: global jihad. It is odd they feel that way, seeing that so many of them — Hillary included — have been round the block with the administrations that failed to convince the Arabs that regional peace was more important than destroying Israel and conquering the West. It's scary that the new guys are listening to some uneducatable anti-Semites like Zbigniew Brzezinski and Jimmy Carter, the talking-book versions of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Like the White Knight in Alice In Wonderland Prez-Elect Obama has a mission: to "reboot America's image around the world and also in the Muslim world in particular." It's not one many American's would see as top priority — the economy, their jobs, unchecked illegal immigration, their shrinking retirement money and the rapidly developing list of unstable countries seeking to develop nuclear weapons would likely top their list. Nevertheless, as part of this campaign, he is out to find the Moderate Muslim Majority, the Reasonable Muslims, the Muslims who are interested in mutual respect and a partnership of peace and goodwill. He is undeterred by evidence as old as Mohammad's exploits and as new as yesterday when Arabs rallied for the po' Palestinians in Gaza but never raised one poster against the missiles the Gazan Arabs have fired on the Jews or even against the inhuman behavior of the Muslim terrorists in Mumbai.

The new guys kinda sound like Warren Austin, American Ambassador to the U.N. during the 1948 debates on creating a Jewish state. Listening to the Arab and Jewish representatives disagree, he plaintively moaned, "Gentlemen, can't we settle this in a true Christian spirit."

We hope the information in this issue will penetrate the thick layer of optimistic ignorance — and dogma — with which the new guys and the refurbished old guys are entering the fray.

The essays in this first set discuss some facets of the Muslim world view and why Islam is resistent to notions of equality among nations and between individuals. They make clear why a return to the hopes and assumptions at the time when the Oslo Accord had just started to bud and before its poisonous fruit had blossomed is a bad idea: experience has taught us concessions by Israel is not the way to peace because the argument isn't over land. It's a religious quarrel started and maintained by resurgent Islam. the Arabs want complete possession of the Middle East — for starters.

AN ANALYSIS OF AL-QA'IDA'S WORLDVIEW: RECIPROCAL TREATMENT OR RELIGIOUS OBLIGATION?
by Raymond Ibrahim

  Raymond Ibrahim asks whether al-Qaeda hates America for intrinsic religious reasons or because America has injured Islam in some fashion. Osama bin Ladin is consistent when speaking to the West in always blaming the West for inflicting some injury that he must repay. "The West attacks Muslims — for oil, Israel, land, or 'Crusader' hatred — and al-Qa'ida retaliates on behalf of Muslims." It is doubtful, however, that the West could ever pay its debt, especially because the religion of Islam insists its members have the obligation to make Shari'a law supreme everywhere in the world — and this is the message al-Qaeda always preaches to Muslims. As an example of his double talk, in offering the West a long-term truce, Bin Ladin claimed, "For we are the umma that Allah has forbidden from double-crossing and lying." There is no such fair-minded concept in Islam; in fact, it preaches "the need for deception in warfare." In other words, to the West al-Qaeda preaches that it practices defensive Jihad; to the Muslims, it preaches offensive Jihad. As Ibrahim makes clear in conclusion, the core problem isn't really Al-Qaeda; it is the insatiable demand of the religion to which Al-Qaeda is loyal that all non-Muslims must subjugate themselves to Islam. Ironing out small wrinkles between the West and Islam can not affect Islam's foundation doctrines.
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THE RETURN OF THE BAD OLD MIDDLE EAST
by Steven Plaut

  Steven Plaut argues it is time to "abandon the campaign of peace through make-believe that has governed efforts at resolving the conflict since late 1992." It is time to drop the earnest but erroneous assertions that ignited Arab bellicosity. It is time to accept the truth: conciliatory gestures by Israel are seen by the Arabs as weakness to be exploited. Giving Israeli land to the Arabs — who already have 99.9% of the Middle East — encourages war, not peace. The usual tools of reconciliation — education, improved economics, a "let's reason together" spirit — just don't work, however much we wish they would. Putting an Arab state in the heart of Israel is a prescription for genocide, not peace.
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DON'T FLATTER YOUR ENEMIES, PROTECT YOUR FRIEND
by Barry Rubin

  Barry Rubin has some sage advice for the Washington neophytes on how to succeed in the Muslim world. It's where "Harvard Law School meets the law of the jungle." Striving for popularity is not a winning strategy. Obama may be starting from scratch but the entire Middle East is deeply scarred from previous attempts at accord that were fueled by hope but that ignored a basic reality: "there are no concessions that will make an American president popular in a meaningful way among Middle Easterners." Just ask the Israelis. They've been trying the concessions route for years. It doesn't work.
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ENOUGH OF RADICAL ISLAM
by Ben Shapiro

  Ben Shapiro makes an important point. We are not fighting terrorism. We are fighting terrorists, specifically, Islamic terrorists. We should start treating them as the enemy, rather than a recalcitrant client who, sooner or later, will recognize how much he could benefit from our social services. Islam is NOT a religion of peace. Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are NOT our allies. "Appealing to the United Nations, run by thugs and dictators ranging from Putin to Chavez to Ahmadinejad, is an exercise in pathetic futility. Evil countries don't suddenly decide to abandon their evil goals — they are forced to do so by pressure and circumstance."
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DHIMMITUDE FOR DUMMIES
by Victor Sharpe

  As the title promises, this essay gives us insight into who and what a dhimmi is. Dhimmi, Victor Sharpe writes, "is the word that describes the parlous state of those who refused to convert to Islam and became the subjugated, non-Muslims who were forced to accept a restrictive and humiliating subordination to a superior Islamic power and live as second class citizens in order to avoid enslavement or death." Sharpe clarifies the connection between dhimmitude and jihad. In discussing the Islamist striving for global dominance, he makes clear why Muslims are immune to "Western notions of peaceful co-existence.between states, human rights and liberal democracy."
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AN INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW BOSTOM
by Alan Johnson

  Andrew Bostom has become a major proponent of the view that Islamic anti-Semitism is not new but is part of the Islamic belief that the Muslim is just naturally superior to all other people and the infidal must be made conscious of his inferiority at all times. More to the point, "there was a specific anti-Jewish animus, which comes from the foundational texts". This article is the record of an interview conducted by Alan Johnson, in which Bostom discusses some of the anti-Semitic themes from early Islam, diatribes that are still in use. "...general anti non-Muslim motifs ... are complemented by, or in some cases superseded by, specific antisemitic motifs." Bostom also points out that jihad is, and has always been, persistent open-ended religious warfare and there is no canonical basis for the apologetic proposition that jihad is an inner spiritual battle. Considering how much effort has gone into marketing the notion that Islam is a religion of peace, it is ironic that "the violent extremists have the sacred texts on their side, and that the very idea of a pluralist democratic mainstream Islam, while greatly to be desired, is something of a myth."
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ALLAH'S WHITE FACES
Interview with Abul Kasem by Jamie Glazov

  Muslims are quick to accuse Israel of practicing apartheid — even though this is easily disproven — but ignore the blatent racism prevalent in their own countries. Abul Kasem cites sources indicating that this racism goes back to Mohammad's concept of Allah. "It is clear from the exegesis of these verses that Allah likes white people and dislikes the black people, so much so, in fact, that even when a Black Muslim is entitled to enter Islamic Paradise, he will not enter it until Allah has turned him into a white person." Muslims rank above non-Muslims. Of the Muslims, the white Arab is considered to have the best pedigree. Kasem concludes, "Islamic racism is endemic. It emanates straight from the Qur'an, Sunna, and Sharia. The Muslims of black complexion will never be equal with the white Arabs. The concept of Islamic ummah, regardless of color and ethnic origin, is simply not true."
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THE RACIST, ARAB-SUPREMACIST NATURE OF ISLAM AND NON-ARAB MUSLIMS
by Mumin Salih

  Mumin Salih writes how non-Arab converts to Islam become more devoted to an Arab lifestyle than to their own culture. He suggests that "the claims of the non-Arab Muslims to be convinced of Islam are false claims that hide the uncomfortable reality that they believe in Islam because they take the Arabs' word for it." Many of the comments to the original article would confirm this conclusion — e.g., "To the convert, the arabic language and the sands of Arabia becomes sacred. He develops a contempt for his own culture which he starts regarding as inferior. Though the arabs call the shots and are biased towards the non arab muslims, the non arab muslim's slavery and devotion to Islam indeed defies logic..."
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SYRIAN JIHADIST SCHOLAR ABU BASIR AL-TARTUSI: SHEIKH YOUSEF AL-QARADHAWI IS AN APOSTATE
a Memri report

  Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi is a major leader in the Muslim Brotherhood (e.g., see Fjordman's February 2008 article.). In reading this essay, note that the Syrian scholar abu Basir Al-Tartusi is not upset that Al-Qaradhawi has, for may years, plotted — with great success — to overthrow law and religion in Western countries, replacing them with Shari'a law and Muslim ideas of 'proper' behavior. As this Memri Report makes clear: Al-Qaradhawi's crime — or it sin? — is that he is willing to nuance his actions to fit the situation instead of confronting the situation head on. But both Al-Tartusi and Al-Qaradhawi share the same goals. In a larger sense, this essay illustrates the fundamental error in the assertion that if a Muslim terrorist group becomes the government, it will become more involved in running its country than in killing off Israel and/or infiltrating Western countries. What really happens is that some more adamant, more virile terrorist group, which refuses to mask intent with fine phrases, will win popularity and gain support.
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ISLAMISM IS TO RELIGION AS SADISM IS TO HUMAN
by Amil Imani

  Amil Imani writes with love of his native land, Iran, and with anger at what it has become since radical Islam gained control. In this essay, he points out that "[i]n free democracies, governments are accountable to the people and serve at the people's pleasure. In Islamic theocracy, governments are accountable only to Allah and the people must serve at the pleasure of the government. And one can see the result of Islamic total or partial rule in eighteen or so countries which rank among the highest nations of the world on every index of misery." Islamic propagandists proclaim that Islam is a peaceful religion, when, in actuality, "Islam is violent, oppressive, racist, and irrational at its very core." Imani sounds the alarm that Islam is has grown rapidly in Europe, where Muslims form de facto states within states. It can happen here.
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THOUGHTS ON A NUCLEAR IRAN AND AN ENUCLEATED ISRAEL

No one is happy Iran is becoming nuclear — except Iran and North Korea and maybe the countries that are selling components to Iran like China and Russia and maybe .... Meantime it's all talk and nada is happening.

Before the election, we were told Obama would behave differently than Bush — which made for an inconsistency: Bush policy is often characterized as a catastrophe: bludgeoning and blundering about negotiating with Iran. To be different does Obama have to whisper sweet nothings? On the other hand, Obama wants to sit and talk but plans to stand firm on his objectives — which implies Bush was a kitten and his problem was he didn't stand firm. So what advice is President Obama getting from his experts?

After 18 months of cogitation, the Brookings Institute came up with this bit of philosophy as stated by Richard Haass "Terrorism is not something you eradicate. Like disease, it is a part of our lives." [and here I thought we are steadily doing very well eradicating diseases.] Martin Indyk, Director of their Saban Center had this sage advice, "... the most important balance that needs to be restored is between the use of force and the use of diplomacy. ...there needs to be greater emphasis on diplomatic tools." [Since diplomacy has previously been successful in gaining Israeli concessions — and squeezing Israel is a large part of the new plan to handle Iran — it should do splendidly when talking to Iran, no?] Even the New York Times didn't give them a rousing cheer; their Ethan Bronner concluded, "The Middle East is rich in awkward realities. Still, whether or not this plan will succeed, much of it will probably be attempted." If true, with the backing of these worthies, Obama's policy will call for hacking the Golan Heights from Israel while bringing Hamas into the Palestinian Authority [or is "bringing into" diplomatese for "taking control of"?]

George Perkovich of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace advices us to set a deadline on negotiations, and if Iran refuses to talk [nothing here about doing, just talking], then "we seek tougher sanctions." We don't threaten military action UNLESS we have proof Iran is developing nuclear weapons [what would that be? A registered letter invitation from the Mad Iranian announcing he's throwing a bomb-coming-out party? Wow, if this doesn't scare Iran, wot will? See Martin Sieff for a summary of the Brookings/CFR Mideast Strategy.] Sad to say, even Israeli experts don't come to grips with the question: If Iran keeps stalling for time while working towards a bomb, do we have a cut-off point? Ephraim Asculai and Emily Landau of the Institute for National Security Studies suggest "Engaging Iran is the Means, Not the Solution". They believe negotiations "must be preceded by strong economic measures and military threats." Even assuming that mild statements about using the military will work, Brookings has already ruled out military pressure. More to the point, what negotiation model works with an announced enemy that wants Israel dead and the West subservient and believes it is winning? Iran knows that increasing its nuclear strength increases its diplomatic strength, and talking prolongs the time it has in which to accomplish its mission.

"More diplomacy", "Stiffer sanctions?" . "More concessions from Israel" To Abbas? To Hamas? To Iran? It looks like Prez Obama and the State Department establishment will talk and squack. But who will do? We don't even plan to talk to groups in Iran who are anti-government. Just face to face, head honcho to head honcho, without preconditions. Meantime, of course, Iran's power in the region expands. She has a firm grip on Syria. She supports Hezbullah, Hamas and other terrorist groups willing to do and die. Moreover, we plan to leave Iraq, which gives it over to Iranian control — at best, they'll rule through a puppet Iraqi government. It is a no-brainer that Iran's influence will fill the vacuum created by the vacuous talk about the power of talking. But hey, 'Let us sit and reason together' is such an uplifting phrase, it should keep America passive, until events overtake diplomacy.

Most people understand Iran would send bombs to wipe out Israel even if it means wiping out a few million Arabs. The mullahs wouldn't wince. The local Arabs who we call Palestinians are useful as an excuse for demonizing Israel but they really aren't regarded with much affection, even in the Arab countries. And Iran is not an Arab country.

As things stand, it is likely that the only Middle East country that America plans to take on is Israel, its only friend in the entire region. The major plan is to force Israel to give up land that is hers by international law.[Google Think-Israel for articles by Howard Grief, Yoram Shifftan, etc., for the legal basis of Israel's ownership of Israel and the territories.] Making Israel concede land and benefits to the Arabs have traditionally provided us with our greatest diplomatic success stories. Of course, it never lasts long because the Arabs keep pushing for more.

Given the foreign policy advisors Obama has raised up from under the bus, we probably can predict what will become the bottom line for the new Administration. It probably goes something like this: Never mind that the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran will have enough for a single bomb by the end of 2009, Brookings says Iran is 2-3 years away from the bomb, so there's no urgency. Anyways, we can keep America safe even if we do nothing to prevent the development of the bomb. What's the worst that can happen? Suppose Iran actually bumps off Israel. No problem. We will destroy her the next day. Of course we'll have to do without a steady flow of oil from the region for a bit. No pipes. No workers. No engineers. No managers. Well, we'll tap our reserves. We'll drill. We'll ethenolize our gas. We'll do something. What about the worry that the winds will blow irradiated particles into the neighboring Arab countries and into Europe? Ah well, that would be nasty. But don't worry. It won't come to that. Iran will see reason. She'll have a revolution. She'll blow herself up. We'll give her some bribes she won't be able to refuse.

HOW MUCH CAN ISRAEL RELY ON THE GOOD JUDGMENT OF THE WESTERN DIPLOMATS? In fact, how much are Western diplomats willing to stake on their being right about the best policy to have toward Iran? That's the crux of the problem. Like a bunch of Alzheimers' patients, the various administrators/diplomats/government officials keep forgetting that they've been negotiating fruitlesslessly for years. And the only outcome has been that Iran is getting closer to the bomb.

Right now their only risk is that while Obama and Amad the Jihad Man are scarfing down felafels, Iran might shoot off a deadly missile at Israel. Remember in 1941 Japan was allied with Germany and they bombed Pearl Harbor while the Japanese diplomats were in America. Japan wanted to take over Dutch East Indies and they were in America trying to soften America's position — while reassuring us of the goodwill of the Japanese emperor.

So let's ensure this isn't a chess game, where the worst that can happen — for them — is to forgo the accolades because they guessed wrong. So to ensure they are really serious, let's give them a real stake.

Remember what they said about the Peace Process? Israelis were eager for peace, but not sure this was the way to achieve it. Rabin insisted Israel would have to make painful sacrifices for peace. Only the Israelis seemed to be the ones to make the sacrifice. Well, let's democratize it. This time, let's let the reassuring advocates join the fun.

It is time the new players in power showed they truly understand the possible outcomes of what they will propose. It is time that they show that they are willing to risk something besides more Jewish lives. This is a Reader's Comment from the Daisy Stern website, December 31, 2008 that says it well. Jack wrote:

Does Obama think there will be peace if Israel capitulates to Arab demands and returns to the 1949 Armistice lines and allows millions of "refugees'" descendants into Israel. Let him give us his wife and daughters as hostages, not to do anything heroic, of course, just to live quietly in a luxury apartment in a pleasant town on a peaceful border, someplace like Kfar Sava, Modiin or Jerusalem. Let them attend our schools and ride the buses with us and eat in pizza parlors and restaurants with us and sit in outdoor cafes with us. Let us see them every day to assure us that he is sincere in his conviction that we will have peace. And if Dhimmi Carter believes also that we can have peace if we give up "Apartheid," let him send us his grandchildren as hostages also. Same goes for James "F----the-Jews" Baker and Martin Indyk and all the others who want to "save Israel from itself." Same goes for "Rabbi" Eric Yoffe, who excoriates Israel for causing the Arabs to hate us (Jews) by not making sufficient concessions and then opposes sending Reform youth to Israel because it's too dangerous. "I'm sure it will work. You try it." That doesn't make it. Whoever wants to impose a "solution" on us, send us your children and grandchildren.

YES, A NUCLEAR IRAN IS UNACCEPTABLE: A MEMO TO PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA
by James Phillips and Peter Brookes

  James Phillips and Peter Brookes go well beyond the Brookings Report in taking into account that the U.N. is ineffectual if not downright supportive of Iran; that attempts to negotiate a diplomatic deal with Iran represent the triumph of wishful thinking over past experience; that there exist Iranian opposition groups and they should all be encouraged; and that a military force stands ready. They make the important point that letting Iran proceed will set off nuclear arms race throughout the "already volatile" Middle East. They suggest no meetings until the Iranians agree "to end their nuclear weapons efforts in a verifiable manner based on intrusive international inspections." The essay stops short of answering: what if Iran refuses?
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IRAN AND THE BOMB: THE CIA WAS WRONG (AGAIN)
by Edward Jay Epstein

  Edward Jay Epstein reviews the recent sorry history of America's intelligence agencies. Relying in large measure on CIA estimates, in 2007, the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) strongly denied Iran's nuclear capability. NIE said: "We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program." Unfortunately, the CIA had ignored some important aspects of what it takes to make a nuclear bomb and how Iran was doing. In 2008, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had accumulated evidence that Iran's nuclear program had never stopped and was quietly proceeding. Unfortunately, too many people prefer to continue to want to believe we have lots of time in which to handle Iran.
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IRAN'S BOMB AND AMERICA'S IMPLODING FOREIGN POLICY
by Claudia Rosett

  The U.N. is often cited as the way to handle Iran. After all, it initiated sanctions against Iran some time ago (sanctions that Iran has todate disregarded). Claudia Rosett spells out the reality: far from being treated as a pariah, Iran has a great deal of power at the U.N. and is slated to get more. The United States is also purportedly mulling how best to stop Iran. Again there is the reality that Israel "was willing last year to take the risk of striking Iran's bomb program," and this was vetoed by President Bush. Rosett writes, "Iran has paid no serious penalty for sponsoring the killing of American troops in Iraq, for taking British sailors hostage, for mocking United Nations demands to stop enriching uranium, for backing terrorist groups in Gaza and Lebanon, or for setting up a menacing bridgehead to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez in America's own backyard. No measures to date have sufficed to overthrow the mullahs, or even forced them to shut down their uranium centrifuges." Will things change in the future?
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THIRTY YEARS OF LIVING HELL
by Amil Imani

  "For years, U.S. officials say the Islamic Republic of Iran has continued to provide funding, weapons, training, and sanctuary to numerous terrorist groups based in the Middle East and elsewhere, posing a security concern to the international community." As Amil Imani points out, they have for thirty years also conducted a reign of terror in Iran. In this essay, he makes a strong case for us negotiating with the Iranian people "directly with the Iranian people or their legitimate representatives, not its current enemies, the Mullahs, their quisling-like lobbyists and mercenaries in the United States or elsewhere."
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GAZA and GUSH KATIF

The IDF finally went into Gaza to stop the missiles that have been shot at southern Israeli cities for some years now. As would be expected, the media's portrayal of Hamas as innocent victim of Israeli aggression was aided by stories of Arab starvation and Israeli brutality. The facts are that IDF used expensive technology to pinpoint terrorist targets rather than shell the area indiscriminately. This policy was often ignored by the media, but not by the Arabs, who used their women and children to shield the terrorist leaders who were the targets of the Israeli invasion.

While the Israeli government is overly protective of civilian Arabs, it continues to harrass Israeli Jews who rightly see Biblical Israel (Ancient Samaria and Judea, or, as the news media call them, the West Bank) as Jewish and see no reason why it should be turned over to those pseudo-people, the Palestinians. The Government is in the minority that still believes — or acts as if it believes — that Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews can live peacefully in two states, side by side and intertwined. To bring this about, they need to push the half millions Jews now living in Samaria and Judea and the eastern part of Jerusalem out of their homes and businesses. It doesn't seem to faze them that they haven't yet settled the 10,000 Jews they expelled from Gaza in 2005 — Jews like the Sapersteins and Anita Tucker, whose essays appear below.

ISRAEL'S RESPONSE IS DISPROPORTIONATE
by Jonathan Mark

  This is such a satisfactory article. Jonathan Mark agrees with the those who claim that Israel's response to the Arabs shelling Israeli cities over the years has been disproportionate. It's been unbelievably mild. It has been totally insufficient. As one example of what would be a proportionate response, Mark writes, "A proportionate response will begin to remind Jews that there is no peace process like victory, just as Israel's decade of disproportionate restraint and self-doubt has convinced young Palestinians that their victory is inevitable, like Aryan youth in 1933 singing 'Tomorrow Belongs To Me.'"
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FPC REPORT EXPOSES MASSIVE CONTRADICTIONS IN EUROPEAN AID TO PALESTINIANS
Summary by Elders of Ziyon

  There are serious contradictions between the sporadic reports of the large sums the Europeans are giving the Arabs in the territories and the piteous stories of starvation, especially in Gaza. Given the number of Arabs in Gaza and the size of the contributions from EU, UN and America, they should be living high off the hog lamb. Stories of Hamas stealing medicine and food shipments probably help account for the discrepancy. Nor does the enormous amount of housing built by the European Union for the Arabs receive much attention. The last time there was an attempt at a full accounting of the monies to the Arabs in the Territories was in 1994, when the Funding for Peace Coalition (FPC) issued its report. The report can be downloaded from: http://eufunding.org.uk/FPC2004Report.pdf. This is the Summary of the report that appeared on the Elders of Ziyion website at that time.
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TO HAVE PEACE, WIN BIG
by Professor Paul Eidelberg

  This is a compilation of several of Professor Eidelberg's essays on generals and the conduct of war. He quotes General Patton's comment, "The object of war is not to die for your country. It is to make the other poor dumb bastard die for his." What would Patton have thought of a country whose leaders are intimidated by the enemy routinely plocking its "soldiers" among civilians? Would he believe that Israel politicos regularly stopped the war for several hours so that Gaza could be supplied with food and other necessities?
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INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THE FIGHTING IN GAZA
by Justus Reid Weiner and Avi Bell

  This monograph explores the many international legal issues raised by the Palestinian-Israeli conflict along Gaza's borders, examining both Palestinian Arab behavior and Israel's conduct. Justus Reid Weiner and Avi Bell show that the Palestinian attacks are terrorist attacks under international law and illegal under the Genocide Convention. "In contrast to the illegal Palestinian attacks from Gaza and the international silence that has greeted them, Israeli counter-measures have been both legal and, paradoxically, widely condemned." Weiner and Bell devote space to demolishing the inaccurate and biased criticism that has been levied against Israel, particularly by Richard Falk of the U.N., and define the accurate and legal context for viewing Israel's entry into Gaza. The coverage is extensive, with attention paid to issues such as proportionality, collective punishment, and occupied territory, terms often bandied about by the media in ignorance of their actual definitions. They conclude that "International law requires Israel and other states to take measures to bring Palestinian war criminals and terrorists to justice, to prevent and punish Palestinian genocidal efforts, and to block the funding of Palestinian terrorist groups and those complicit with them."
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THE CURRENT WAR HAS ORIGIN IN GUSH KATIF EXPULSION
by Steven Plaut

  Steven Plaut argues that the current foray into Gaza was one of the tragic consequences of the "catastrophically stupid" expulsion of the Jews from Gush Katif, Gaza in 2005. Turning the area over to Hamas gave them the opportunity to convert the territory to bomb factories and terror training grounds. Unfortunately, from the gingerly way the government is conducting the war, it still shows more concern about potential international indignation should the IDF hit a human shield than about the Israeli people. He notes cynically that "[t]he only lesson learned by the Olmert people is that the same arrangements that produced the hundreds of rockets on the Israeli south this week must be repeated in the West Bank."
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FIVE BASIC ARGUMENTS ADDRESSING THE CONCEPT OF A PALESTINIAN STATE
by Professor Paul Eidelberg

  In almost telegraphic style, Professor Eidelberg states important arguments againt creating a third state in Mandated Palestine and a 23rd Arab state in the Middle East. He presents economic, demographic, political, strategic and democratic arguments. Each point can be substantiated and enriched by many of the articles in Think-Israel. Find them by googling terms at the top of the Home page. The legal arguments — not discussed here — are also available. He concludes by asserting that the Arab-Israel conflict can be solved, but not by continuing to attempt to establish a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria.
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INEQUALITY BEFORE THE LAW
by Caroline Glick

  It hardly seems credible that Jews suffer severe discrimination in Israeli law courts. But such is indeed the case. In any legal disagreement involving a Jew and an Arab, the reality is that the Arab has the advantage, even when the evidence supports the Jew. This may be because of Israeli "affirmative action," or because so many of the Courts are manned by Leftists or because of government pressure or because the Government fears Arab riots, but whatever the reason, it is wrong. In addition, the government has given out harsh prison sentences to Right-wing Jews peacefully protesting land give-aways, while ignoring illegal acts by Jewish Leftists. What is true in individual cases is true when large groups are involved. The Beduins are stealing larges tracts of State land in the Negev and this is excused. The Jews of Hebron have legal right to a house they bought — the House of Peace — and they are expelled from it. In this essay, Caroline Glick writes that "Israel has become a society ruled by politicized law enforcement bodies that selectively enforce the law based on an individual's political affiliation and ethnic origin." This is not the way to maintain Israel as a democratic society.
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THE WAR — THE VIEW FROM GUSHKATIFERS NOW IN NETZER HAZANI IN EIN TZURIM
by Anita Tucker

  Many of the expelled Jews from Gush Katif, Gaza settled in the area that the Palestinian Arabs are now attacking with missiles. In Gush Katif, they had concrete homes safe from attack from the Arabs. Now in their new still-temporary homes, they don't have that security of closeby sturdy shelters — another detail the government forget when they gave Gaza over to the Palestinian Arabs. Anita Tucker, once a farmer in Gush Katif, writes how her group of ex-Kush Gatifers, now settled near Kibbutz Ein Tzurim, is coping. They worry about missile attacks and their children missing school. And they battle the intractable bureaucracies of the government, who are good at making poor decisions.
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SEWER PIPES AND THE GAZA WAR
by Moshe and Rachel Saperstein

  Moshe and Rachel Saperstein are essayists who have recorded their experience from the time they lived in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, Gaza and since they, with all the other Jews who lived in Gaza, were expelled and given still-temporary housing. In this article, they write of the Gaza War and the inadequate shelters — sewer pipes — to guard them from Arab rockets. As Rachel writes, "Those who flee from Gaza will find Gaza coming to them."
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ISLAM AT THE U.N.

Thanks to their voting as a bloc, the Muslim countries have a strong — and corrupting — influence at the U.N. What started as an organization devoted to humanitarian needs has changed. Many of the member nations have been sucked into the Arab/Muslim obsession. The "world" now agrees that Zionism is racism and a large proportion of General Assembly resolutions are anti-Israel, while real apartheid and terror are ignored. The bloc is now pushing through resolutions that benefit Islam directly, such as the one that will criminalize Islamophobia. Islamophobia translates roughly as anything — word or deed — that a Muslim feels disses Mohammed and Islam.

THE 'ISLAMOPHOBIA' CANARD AFTER MUMBAI
by Joel J. Sprayregen

  Under Arab pressure, the United Nations is in the process of passing a law criminalizing "defamation of religion." In practice, as Joel J. Sprayregen writes, this amounts to rooting out Islamophobia. Islamophobia is not, as you might think, an irrational fear of Islam. It is, as the Muslims see it, anything verbal or written that links Islam to "9/11, terror attacks, honor killings, suicide bombings, beheadings, executions by stoning, persecution of homosexuals, fatwas against authors, death threats to cartoonists, etc. The Organization of the Islamic Conference has decreed that even 'hostile glances' are Islamophobic." It should have little impact on how some of the major news and TV media do business. They have long refused to call an Islamic terrorist a terrorist and routinely omit material that might raise Muslim ire. This self-censorship was highlighted in Mumbai, where the New York Times, was the last to recognize that the massacre was committed by Muslims and that the slaughter at the Chabad House was deliberate, not random.
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UN'S OBSESSION IS GROTESQUE AND ORWELLIAN
by Jeff Jacoby

  Jeff Jacoby describes the U.N.'s obscene preoccupation with demonizing Israel while blithely ignoring the blatently immoral behavior of Israel's Arab neighbors. The U.N. is where Libya once chaired its Commission on Human Rights and Syria, China and Sudan served as members. The membership of the new Human Rights Council includes Cuba, China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Zambia. and the General Assembly is chock full of human rights violators. It would seem that Israel must be doing something right to earn the U.N.'s condemnation. "By aligning with Islamists, the U.N. would be supporting the stifling of free speech and the suppression of human rights, and crushing the goal of building tolerant democratic societies."
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THE UNITED ISLAMIST NATIONS
by Supna Zaidi

  In this essay, Supna Zaidi aptly describes the United Nation He notes that "[i]nstead of figuring out how to combat Islamic extremists, the United Nations is worried about offending them." "The OIC nations charge critics of Islamic extremism with 'racism' and 'Islamophobia' to deflect attention from the fact that such violence originates at the hand of Muslim clerics born and bred in their lands. This is because they realize they can't control Islamism, or they tacitly agree with its message." Muslim clerics also export this ideology to the West to radicalize Muslim immigrants abroad, and reform-minded Muslims are usually the first victims." "By aligning with Islamists, the U.N. would be supporting the stifling of free speech and the suppression of human rights, and crushing the goal of building tolerant democratic societies." What a perversion of the lofty goals it was hoped the U.N. would attain!
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HUMAN RIGHTS AT 60: THEY AREN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE
by Joseph Loconte

  It's 60 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. Sad to say, "More than half of the 47 members of the Human Rights Council, the principal U.N. body charged with promoting human rights, fail to uphold basic democratic freedoms in their own countries." Yet they routinely denounce Israel and America for supposed human rights failures. "The bitter irony is that another form of contempt for human dignity has appeared — and found safe harbor in the multicultural halls of New York and Geneva."
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DANGEROUS UN REVISIONISM AND DEFENSE OF DURBAN II FROM THE UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
by Anne Bayefsky

  Meticulously planned to create the belief that Israel was a dreadful — if not the worst — example of a racist country, Durban I has instead come to stand as a prime example of Orwellian inversion, where a conference called to examine racism in general became a willing "platform for hatemongers and a cover for human-rights abusers," whose only goal was to demonize Israel. In preparing for the upcoming Durban 2, its supporters are downplaying Durbin 1's targetted viciousness and blaming a couple of NGOs. As Anne Bayefsky writes, "A boycott denies legitimacy to a platform for hatemongers and a cover for human-rights abusers. For states to show leadership against racism and intolerance, they must join Canada and Israel and stay away."
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ISLAM IN EUROPE

The European Union (EU) is the superstructure binding together 27 member states. The Lisbon Treaty is intended to "streamline" EU institutions so that the EU can function more efficiently. The Treaty was signed in Lisbon in December 2007 but needs to be unanimously ratified before it can come into effect. The main holdout is Ireland, whose voters rejected it in a June 2007 referendum. The EU hopes to mollify Ireland's concerns so that the voters will approve the Treaty when the Irish again hold a referendum on it at the end of 2009. As background we reprint Professor Anthony Coughlan's December 2007 article on the Lisbon Treaty below.

Interestingly enough, the Charter of Fundamental Rights is declared to be legally binding but is not presented in the document. On the other hand, the code of Civil Rights will extend EU jurisdiction into areas previously decided by the individual countries.

The Lisbon Treaty would effectively subordinate the national Parliaments of the member countries and put decision making in the hands of the small cohort running the EU.

In Europe, radical Islam is not taking a nibble but all but the dessert. England for justified reasons is already called Englandistan. It's become a major locus of sharia banking. Its politicians are very sensitive — that's the new word for total fear of doing anything that will make Muslims angry — to Muslim concerns, from forcing non-Muslim coworkers to abstain from eating lunch in full view during Ramadan, to eliminating teaching about the Holocaust.

Now, as Fjordman explains, the EU seems ready to hook up with the Arab hegemony. It is drafting legislation that will make Islamophobia a crime. It would appear that Eurobia is closer to becoming a reality.

Having observed the sticky hand of Arab manipulation of the United Nations, it is hard to ignore how easy it will be for Arab paymasters to exert control on the small homogeneous group running the EU. They've been successful at the U.N. — a much larger group with conflicting ideas on most subjects.

THESE BOOTS ARE GONNA WALK ALL OVER YOU
by Professor Anthony Coughlan

  Caligula wished that all the Rome had but one head, the easier to behead everyone. Despite the overwhelming hostility of ordinary Europeans for elitist-controlled unification, the European countries are on the way to becoming a United Europe, making it easier for radical Islam to take over.

Professor Coughlan explains what the Lisbon Treaty does: essentially it recreates the European Union (EU) "in the constitutional form of a supranational European State." It allows a small group of politicians "to act as a State vis-a-vis other States and its own citizens." The major thing that won't change is the name; it will still be called the EU. How comfy!
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THE EURABIA CODE — 2008 UPDATES
by Fjordman

  Fjordman is a major analyst of how Islam is taking over Europe, how the formation of Eurobia — an amalgam of Europe and Arabian countries — is well underway. In this essay, he writes: "What has happened since 2006 is that European leaders are increasingly open about the idea of enlarging the EU to include the Arab world,.." This includes the acceptance of sharia law and making islamophobia a criminal offense. "In essence, the EU is formally surrendering an entire continent to Islam while destroying established national cultures, and is prepared to harass those who disagree with this policy. This constitutes the greatest organized betrayal in Western history, perhaps in human history, yet is hailed as a victory for 'tolerance'"
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ISLAM IN AMERICA

Sharia Banking is making inroads into our Banks with the approval of Governmental agencies. And Sharia Banking can not be separated from Sharia Law. Its proponents now have new platforms from which to proselytize their religion. And Muslims use the law courts to overturn the law — Constitutional Law — hoping to substitute shari'a law in its place.

AIG DEFIES U.S. TAXPAYERS BY PROMOTING SHARIA IN AMERICA
by Jeffrey Imm

  Jeffrey Imm carefully explains what Sharia law is and what is wrong with American International Group (AIG)'s taking USA money to power the substitution of sharia law, which derives its authority from the Quoran, for our system of law, which derives its authority from the U.S. Constitution.
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HUGGING SHARI'A FINANCE AT THE FED
by Alyssa A. Lappen

  Alyssa A. Lappen focuses on the encouragement given Shari'a banking at the Fed. Tim Geithner, current head of the Federal Reserve Bank and Obama's choice for Secretary of the Treasury, has continued the practice of letting "dangerous new Islamic and shari'a-based securities, markets and financial institutions gain business currency." The dangers of terrorist-associations by shari'a banks and shari'a advisors have been ignored. For example, "Shari'a finance advisor Muslim Brother Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo advised Pakistan's tyrannical Zia ul-Haq from 1981 to 1984, and ran the Virginia Islamic Saudi Academy educational program cited in 2008 for using hateful Islamic texts." And together with infiltration of Shari'a banking into the banking community comes hefty propaganda by its proponents at bank-sponsored events for the adoption of Shari'a law — and submission to Allah as "owner" of all material things — as an alternative to individual ownership rights, which is fundamental to our banking system.
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ISLAMIC BANKING. IS TREASURY COMPLICIT?
by Rachel Ehrenfeld and Samuel A. Abady

  Shari'a banking is not ancient practice, but was concocted by the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1920s; its "stated goal was to penetrate the Western finance system, corrupting it from within in hopes of creating a parallel system to re-establish a global Islamic empire governed by Islamic law (Shariah)." A feature of Shari'a banking is the required tithing, which often ends up funding terror groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood's creation, Hamas. Another feature of Shari'a financing is that it forbids loans to proscribed entities that include "industries that use alcohol, and to all Israeli businesses." Currrently, the banking industry is hungry for petrodollars and is encouraging Islamic banking, though as, Rachel Ehrenfeld and Samuel Abady write, it "corrupts our financial system, enables the illegal Arab economic boycott of Israel and entangles government with Islam in violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause."
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"LEGAL JIHAD": HOW ISLAMIST "LAWFARE" IS STIFLING WESTERN FREE SPEECH ON RADICAL ISLAM
by Brooke Goldstein

Lawfare is using the law courts to harass people who write or speak negatively about Islam. It is another technique of intimidation used by Islamists in countries where they are not yet strong enough to be boldly assertive. They use a necessary component of democracy to suppress democracy. It is one aspect of what has been termed creeping sharia. Using an unlimited supply of money and taking advantage of Western tolerance, Muslims and their agents are stealthily attempting to replace western law and culture with Islamic sharia law. Brooke Goldstein provides us with both details and conclusions. It is not a pretty picture but it is important you be aware of how Islamists are using democratic institutions to suppress democracy.
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HELPING THE MUSLIM CAUSE VOLUNTARILY OR UNWITTINGLY

Many institutions do so unwittingly, simply by fuzzing the facts about Islam, some deliberately deny them or leave out significant facts. This is true for much of the media. And it is also in effect when, for example, an institution such as the Holocaust Museum skims overs aspects of Jewish History that would make clear how the Arabs gained a strong foothold in Mandated Palestine.

MUSLIM IN TOLERANT DISGUISE
by Richard H. Shulman

  Richard Shulman takes the Washington D.C. Holocaust Museum to task for not sharply and clearly presenting important aspects of Jewish history during and just after the Nazi period. It slides over the injustice done the Jews by the British, who ignored their obligation to support strongly Jewish settlement in the future Jewish homeland. Britain clamped down on Jewish immigration while encouraging Arab influx. "The Museum should have explained that Britain's immigration policy for western Palestine made it an accomplice to Nazi Germany's policy to exterminate the Jews that Britain forced to stay in Europe." The sorry performance of prominent American and Israeli Jews also needs to be aired. What is particularly heinous is that Muslims who softsoap and misinterpret Muslim behavior and intentions are sanctioned as speakers at the Museum and their words are not challenged. As Shulman says, "Punches pulled, truth withheld."
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APPEASEMENT OF WICKEDNESS: THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES AND MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD
by Paul C. Merkley

  Paul Merkley writes of various leaders in the World Council of Churches who have been pleased to meet with Hezbollah and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Churchmen find them easy to talk to and are not put off by their terrorist activities against Jews or intimidation of Lebanese Christians. WCC leaders pre World War 2 had equally bad judgment. They thought well of Hitler, Mussolini and Chamberlain. And in the Cold War, they never spoke up for Christians suffering in Communist countries. Since 1967 they have been standing "with the Palestinian people in their struggle ..." Hostile towards Israel, they saw nothing wrong in giving Ahmadinejad a dinner and a platform. With each such stunt, the gap between Church leaders and their membership grows. More in keeping with the attitude towards Israel of the majority of the Christian laity was the statement by Malcolm Hedding, director of International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. He said, "We are outraged," he said, "that [Ahmadinejad] was on American soil in the first place, and that Christians met with him at all. We fear that it's an appeasement of wickedness ....After the failure of the churches to speak out in the face of Nazi Germany's anti-Semitism in the 1930s, we dare not be silent again."
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BLOOD LIBEL — PART II
by Patricia Berlyn

  In Part I, Patricia Berlyn wrote about the historic blood libel, where Judeophobics believed Jews killed people to drink their blood or for their matzoh, an odd accusation, considering that the Kashruth laws forbid Jews to imbibe blood. In Part 2, she surveys "contemporary purveyors of the Blood Libel" — some European countries that enable the dissemination of Judeophic lies; Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that are "Noxiously obsessed with pressing false charges against Israel, but show little if any concern about Arab aggressions and terrorism..."; and brings us up to date on some individual libelers. If ever there's a prize for libeler of the year, it might go to Clare Short, a member of the British House of Commons. She complained that "Israel undermines the international community's reaction to global warming."
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STILL ASLEEP AFTER MUMBAI
by Daniel Pipes

  Daniel Pipes observes that after highly publicized attacks by Islamists "a twofold pattern emerges: Muslim exultation and Western denial. The "world-wide acceptance of terror among many Muslims" in different groups of Muslims is well-documented by different polls and no longer surprises. Western denial also follows a pattern. "When a sole jihadist strikes, politicians, law enforcement, and media join forces to deny even the fact of terrorism; and when all must concede the terrorist nature of an attack, as in Mumbai, a pedantic establishment twists itself into knots to avoid blaming terrorists." Pipes wonders how big a terrorist attack it will take to "rouse Westerners from their stupor, to name the enemy and fight the war to victory?"
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TERRORIZED TIMES
by Rabbi Avi Shafran

  Rabbi Avi Shafran writes about the New York Times' refusal to use the word terrorist even about the terrorists who attacked Mumbai. The reasons given by the Times to justify their lack of accurate name calling are multiple but seem wide of the mark. So Rabbi Shafran supplies them with a definition. "A terrorist group is a terrorist group, even if it runs a hospital, wins elections, operates a soup kitchen, recycles its plastics and cares for abandoned kittens. And all who choose to support such a group or, by working under its auspices, to empower it are members of a terrorist group and, thereby, accessories to terrorism." And so are the media who misname evil.
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THE 'REALIST' FANTASY
by Caroline Glick

  Britain Channel 4 marked Christmas Day this year by providing Iran's Ahmadinejad a televised opportunity to urge Christians to convert to Islam. Channel 4 saw this as a public service because they felt people didn't get much of a chance to hear him speak for himself. Caroline Glick makes sense of the puzzlement that the network felt this way — Ahmadinejad certainly doesn't seem to suffer from media underexposure. She writes, "As far as the West's leaders are concerned, Iran and its allies are unimportant. They are not actors, but objects. As far as the West's leading foreign policy 'experts' and decision-makers are concerned, the only true actors on the global stage are Western powers. They alone have the power to shape reality and the world." Truly a fantasy. But one that has the power to do much harm.
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WHAT THEY SAY ISN'T WHAT YOU HEAR
by Barry Rubin

  Why are so many of us not appalled when the Arabs spew hatred at the Western countries and threaten Israel with annihilation? One reason is that we never get to hear an accurate translation of their actual words. Thanks to self-selected filters such as the New York Times and paid lobbyists such Edward Abington, the virulence is toned down, the words neutered. Then too, the news media often allows their fantasies to interfere with their reporting. Barry Rubin provides us with some trenchant examples of the art of whitewashing Arab hostility.
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HISTORY SECTION.

This set includes an article on the Arab treatment of Jews in Arab lands. The other articles are about England and the nascent Jewish State; specifically, on Britain's pledge to help create a Jewish state on land uniquely connected to the Jewish people, land that became available in World War 1, when the Ottomans lost ownership by being on the losing side. Then, after it received the Mandate in 1922 to help make a Jewish state, England broke her pledge.

It should be pointed out that the Arabs did not "own" the Middle East. (And the Palestinian people had not yet been invented.) The Ottomans had owned it — for some 400 years. Britain "gave" 99.9% of this region of the Ottoman Empire to the Arabs. Then, perhaps feeling this was insufficient, they chopped away the area east of the Jordan river (which was 78% of the land intended as a Jewish Homeland) and "gave" it to its wartime Hashemite ally to administer. This became Transjordan and is now known as Jordan. Jewish National Home was the term introduced by Max Nordau for Jewish State; it was not so in-your-face.

THE FORGOTTEN OPPRESSION OF JEWS UNDER ISLAM AND IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL
by Elliott A. Green

  Elliott Green writes, "Contrary to what many Jews and other people have believed, conditions in Muslim lands were often worse for Jews than in Christendom". They were subject to the extortion tax levied on all infidels, but they were singled out as the enemy and as inferior beings in the Quran and ever after were ranked at the bottom of the social structure, living in fear and humiliation over the centuries. It was particularly poignant to see this in Jerusalem, where, as Chateaubriand wrote, "these legitimate owners of Judea [are] slaves and strangers in their own land." Ignoring history, or perhaps banking on the general ignorance of their readers, writers such as Professors Walt and Mearsheimer speak of the innocent Arabs hounded by the Jews, a neat inversion of reality.
 
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ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO THE LAND
by Sean Gannon

  November 2 marks the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the letter that laid out Britain's intent to help establish a Jewish State. Sean Gannon writes about the Declaration in context of the Arab argument that the Jewish claims have no legitimacy. Its language was later incorporated into the League of Nations' Mandate, which put the land irrevocably in trust for the Jewish people. The Trust was passed on to the League's successor, the United Nations. Googling the search box at the top of Think-Israel's home page for "Howard Grief" and Yoram Shifftan" will provide you with in-depth articles on Israel's ownership of Mandated Palestine.
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BRITAIN IN THE MIDDLE EAST: A BAD CASE OF AMNESIA
by Colonel Yoash Tsiddon-Chatto

  The previous article points out that the Balfour Declaration was Britain's pledge to help establish a Jewish state and its language was incorporated into the League of Nations as a irrevokable trust in 1922. It was in that same year — as Colonel Yoash Tsiddon-Chatto writes — that Britain broke its pledge and adopted a pro-Arab policy, encouraging Arab immigration into mandated Palestine and discouraging Jewish immigration.
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September-October, 2008


What we are talking about this issue:

(1) MEDIA BIAS (McLaughlin, McCarthy, Golem, Feder, Malone, Phillips, Landes, Lipkin, Marquardt-Bigman)

(2) SHARIA INFILTRATION INTO AMERICA
   Promoting Sharia Law: (Dreyfus, Perazzo, Ibrahim)
   Adopting The Right Mind Set: (Frantzman, Mandel, Imm, Lieberberg)

(3) IS IT SMART TO WEAKEN ISRAEL, ESPECIALLY NOW?
   Coexistence isn't possible. (Frantzman, Salzman, Rubin. Spyer)
   Give the Arabs a state in Arab Land. This would also solve the refugee problem (Sharan, Rodban, Singer, Sherman, Grief)

(4) DEALING WITH THE ARAB AND ISRAELI MIND SET.
   Changing the Israeli Mind Set" (Celser, Kaplan, Lewin, Kedar, Shomron, Glick, Lademain)
   Paying attention to the Muslim Mindset (Jayate, Ibrahim, Suseelan )

(5) HISTORY (Elder of Ziyon, Perry)

SECTION 1.  MEDIA BIAS

The historic news is that Barack Obama will be our next president. The news media played a large part in his victory and John McCain's defeat. Some incidents were amplified, repeated everywhere again and again and/or given importance. Often the "meat" was removed, leaving a bland report, as when Rashid Khalidi was described as a professor in a prestigious university — which he is — without mentioning that he continues to be an open and vicious anti-semite. Other incidents were distorted, trivialized or simply not reported. What became obvious is that media reporting has, in large measure, evolved from a 'commentaries on the Op-Ed page, news otherwise' to a commentary-news mush.

If nothing else is certain, at least this election has answered one intriguing philosophical question. The best-known version of the conundrum posed by Bishop Berkeley is: if a tree falls in the forest [and no one hears it], does it make a sound? Or in an updated version: if the newpapers/TV stations ignore a tree, will it ever reach the pulp market? The media can also give an experience-based course on how to grow a twig into a redwood in the time between two commercials.

The articles in this set discuss media bias and publishers of reference material that tamper with the accuracy of the information that we receive.

OBJECTIVE PRETENSE — MEDIA BIAS AND THE ELECTORATE
by Tom McLaughlin

  Tom McLaughlin points out some specific instances of media bias in the presidential campaign. Sarah Palin was ridiculed while gaffes by the Democratic candidates for President and Vice-President were ignored. What makes Joe Biden's gaffe about where the duties of the vice-president are defined in the Constitution so telling is that it was barely reported, while the media insisted Palin didn't understand the role of the vice-president.
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THE LOS ANGELES TIMES SUPPRESSES OBAMA'S KHALIDI BASH TAPE
by Andrew C. McCarthy

  Andrew McCarthy tells us about a tape destined to become as famous as Nixon's partially-wiped tape. The real horror of what he discusses is that we now live in a world when A Mad Jihad Man comes to the U.N. with the Good News that he plans to bomb Israel into oblivion, and some Jewish Democrats, leftists, are more concerned that Sarah Palin will attract a large crowd, politically a problem for them. A world where Rashid Khalidi spews insults at his Jewish students, and Columbia puts him on the Selection Committee to nominate an acting head for their Jewish Studies program. A world where Barack Obama participates in a hate-a-Jew fest thrown by AAAN, an activist organization founded by Khalidi and funded by Barack Obama and William Ayers using Woods money — and not one major newspaper is outraged.
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THE WAR AND PEACE REPORT...
by Rachel Golem

  This is broad satire — you might think you were watching Saturday Night Live (SNL), except, of course, SNL would never tackle this subject. Rachel Golem gives us interviews with some well-known figures on the Extreme Left, as they might be done by Amy Goodman, another well-known Marxist.
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OUR ENEMY THE MEDIA
by Don Feder

  The New York Times rightfully identified Sarah Palin as a danger to Barack Obama's campaign. It went after her and John McCain with ruthless determination, while airbrushing negative information about Obama. As Don Feder points out, "The Gray Lady set the tone for the rest of the press." It taught the wolf pack of newpapers — most of the Press was campaigning for Obama — how to attack the Republican candidates. In becoming a partisan, its tactics ranged from ruminating about Sarah Palin's clothes to promulgating rumors about her family inventive enough to make the National Inquirer proud. To get Barack Obama elected, the Times was willing to shed its integrity. What is ludicrous, it yelps that it knows about the separation of news and opinion. As Feder puts it, "For sheer hypocrisy, this is hard to beat. In the real world, The New York Times is to objectivity what Jack the Ripper was to women's rights."
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MEDIA'S PRESIDENTIAL BIAS AND DECLINE
by Michael S. Malone

  Michael Malone has observed that over the years, some of the country's major papers have let "opinion pieces creep into the news section, and from there onto the front page." The networks are no better. "But," he points out, "nothing I've seen has matched the media bias on display in the current presidential campaign." The media attack dogs are all on the side of the Democrats. Malone puts the blame on the news editors, the people who assign to the reporters and lay out the news and editorial pages. The reasons for their bias for Obama will surprise you.
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MOVING THE FORWARD BACKWARD
by Moshe Phillips

  The Forward started as a socialist paper, but with the intelligence to translate classics into Yiddish and in other ways teach immigrants how to live as participants in America. After it needed to be written in English to maintain a readership, thanks to poor leadership, it soon could rightfully be labelled as anti-Semitic. Moshe Phillips provides us with some essential information and suggests some changes that would put the Forward on the right track. Between the lines, we can also read the hostility of Leftist ideologues to Judaism.
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THE MUHAMMAD AL-DURA BLOOD LIBEL: A CASE ANALYSIS
An Interview with Richard Landes conducted by Manfred Gerstenfeld

  The Al-Dura Hoax has become the morality play of our time. For years, it was assumed that Israeli soldiers had killed the boy, Muhammad. His death instantly became justification for Arab violence. When it was finally demonstrated that the bullet couldn't have been fired by the soldiers — the geometry precluded such an explanation — the hoax began to fall apart. And became more complex. The photographer, his boss at the TV station, the newpaper managers stonewalled. The mainstream media mostly ignored the significance of the new evidence presented in the court. Richard Landes reviews the story and provides more information on those that started the lie and those who insisted that the lie was true and whose who used the lie to castigate the Jews for their own purposes.
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PAN-ARABISM'S RACISM AND WIKIPEDIA BIAS
compiled and edited by Bernice Lipkin

  By now, it's fairly common knowledge that Wikipedia is fine for some subjects — maybe 'some parts of a subject' would be more accurate — and not for others. As a rule of thumb, distortions will increase the more the subject is politicized. In this case an article in Wikipedia was challenged by an unknown reader and the Wikipedia Editor was taken to task. Another reader supplied reliable references that would counteract the initial Wiki assertions.
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THE WARPED MIRROR: NO PRETENSE OF SCHOLARSHIP
by Petra Marquardt-Bigman

  It is curious that papers like the New York Times practice self-censorship and won't say something nasty but true about Islam while a publisher of an encyclopedia publishes 3-volumes of sloppy and inaccurate anti-Jewish text. Could it be that the Muslims will riot at the slightest criticism and Jews politely request ... — even when the document is noxious? It is of course MacMillan's right to publish what it wishes; and it is our duty to alert the educational community that a once respectable publishing house is selling racist propaganda disguised as a scholarly reference work. Petra Marquardt-Bigman tells us the story.
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SECTION 2. PROMOTING SHARIA; TIME TO RETHINK OURSELVES

(1) The Infiltration of Sharia Law into America by committed groups and by the increased number of financial institutions that want to engage in in Sharia Banking. A banking system that, on the surface, offers loans without interest seems too good to be true. It is candy few in the financial community can resist, because the no-interest-loan allows for an impressive variety of service charges. The real problem is that Sharia Banking demands an increased "sensitivity" to Sharia Law, which applies to all aspects of life. (There is some basic information on Sharia Banking here. The Sharia Finance Watch Section of The Center for Security Policy issues articles on a regular basis at
www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/category/center-for-security-policy/)

(2) Over time, Americans have listened while we were told what was wrong with our family structure, our way of looking at the world, our commitment to a set of values that were disregarded in more dictatorial countries. We were taught to substitute shame for pride in many of our institutions. These essays examine several of these notions and suggest we need to get back on the track that promotes freedom of action and freedom of thought and freedom of speech.

This set of essays is about several ways Sharia Law is infiltrating America. Banking institutions, lawyers and even the governmental agencies are eager to train people in Sharia banking. Blacks have been aggressively targetted for recruitment by jihadists. Converts to Islam work to establish an Islamic state. And Muslim immigrants show strong support for the Sharia law that governed every aspect of their lives in the "old country," the one they came here to get away from.

LEARNING ABOUT SHARIAH LAW IN THE BELLY OF THE A.B.A.
by Marion D.S. Dreyfus

  Marion Dreyfus provides us with an excellent picture of a training session on Shariah-compliant finance (SCF) given to non-Muslim lawyers by a panel of experts. The subject is complicated and Dreyfus made note of important areas that not covered or were sloughed off when the speaker was questioned. The number of deals involving SCF is increasing and she notes, "It was explained that the swelling numbers of deals would make NOT working with SCF 'almost impossible.'" The U.S. Treasury has also recently held a workshop to train U.S. government personnel in SCF.
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BLACK RACISTS RECRUITED TO GUIDE THE JIHAD
by John Perazzo

  In the '50s, we prefaced any not totally rightist opinion with "I'm not a communist BUT ..." In today's climate, dominated by the totally leftist, it's "I'm not a racist, BUT ..." But the spell of intimidation may be cracking. People are noticing that racism is equal-opportunity and some blacks — like some whites — are racist. Once we go past the surface, people like John Perazza, in this essay, are beginning to ask the important questions: WHY and HOW. Perazzo points out that many black racists are reborn Muslims just as black radicals used to be communist. Arafat was trained by the Russians and provided by them with techniques and talking points. Perhaps we will discover that the current generation of the radicalized is being manipulated the same way. After all, as the Muslim terrorists say by their actions: if it works, use it, again and again
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AMERICAN MUSLIMS' PRIORITY PROBLEMS
by Raymond Ibrahim

  Muslims are becoming more vocal in demanding that their environment and working conditions be reconstructed to suit their religious requirements. Raymond Ibrahim wonders why they voluntarily left Muslim countries very much in harmony with their lifestyle to "surround themselves with wine-imbibing, swine-eating libertines. Why?" He suggests they choose — either to stay in "sharia friendly" countries or "prepare to assimilate — that is, compromise — to some degree. It's a simple question of priorities."
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We have been told for a very long time that anybody's values are just as good as ours, yet only a Muslim can understand the Middle East, that you are free to say anything — if it's politically correct and won't offend the sensitive. People with induced low self-esteem are more likely to believe anyone who is completely convinced his is the Way ... And Muslim missionaries don't suffer from uncertainty. Maybe we need to work on strengthening our own beliefs and attitudes.

CAN ISLAM SAVE THE WHITE MAN?
by Seth J. Frantzman

  Call this essay by Seth Frantzman ironic. Call it sarcasm. But it expresses the great truth that what is denigrated by us in our society is admired in Other societies. We compare ourselves to Others and find ourselves lacking in .. (whatever is the fad of the moment). Frantzman uses as paradigm the redneck versus Muslim culture. We've allowed ourselves to be psyched out. It's time to rethink.
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OCCIDENTAL TRUTH
by Daniel Mandel

  Professor Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University has received recent media attention because of his association with President Elect Obama. His hatred of Jews has long been known on his home campus, where he is considered heir to the late Edward Said, the linguist. Said almost single-handedly set the assumptions and presumptions underlying Middle Eastern studies across the country. He was the giver of the received wisdom that the exploitative, racist West could not really understand the Middle East. His influence was strong and, for the most part, inhibited critical assessment of his proclamations. In this essay, Daniel Mandel reviews Ibn Warraq's critique of Said's influential book, Orientalism. As Mandel writes, "Said's theories laid the groundwork for 'post-colonial studies,' the academic discipline whose founding principle is the belief that the West — and everything identified with its intellectual and cultural traditions — is guilty of oppressing and exploiting those foreign cultures that came under its power and influence at one time or another."
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JIHAD AND THE RELATIVIST ENEMY WITHIN
by Jeffrey Imm

  As Jeffrey Imm writes, "In today's America, we now have those who call for relativism regarding the ideology of Islamic supremacy and those organizations supporting Islamic supremacism. Such relativists ask: who are we to challenge other ideas and values? They ask: why should Americans confront such an ideology, instead of engaging with it?" The answer is, of course, we have no choice, no choice that is, if we wish to preserve America's freedom. Resurgent Islam declared war on us, and unless we fight back they will win. That's why "...shrug-shoulder relativism towards the survival of America and defense of its values" is dangerous. "Relativism towards America's values goes from the decadence that such values aren't worth fighting over and ultimately leads to the nihilistic view that our very existence is not worth fighting over." We need to realize this is unacceptable behavior.
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REVOLUTIONARY SITUATION IN THE UNITED STATES
by Zack Lieberberg

  After Barack Obama said he supports laws that would allow illegal aliens to obtain drivers' licences, one group pointed out that there is one issue almost all Americans agree on: the 12 million illegal aliens in the U.S. should not get amnesty, should not get driver's licenses, should not get Social Security benefits, should not get automatic Medicaid healthcare cover and other government benefits. But as Zack Lieberberg writes, we're not willing to actually carry out actions we know we should. Where draconian measures are needed, we are not able to allow ourselves to use them, whether to fight the invasion by aliens, the drug war or the threat from resurgent Islam. The fear is that if strong measures are used, they will be turned against us, and it's not an irrational fear. Lieberberg suggests there is need for a new political party to do what is necessary.
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SECTION 3. IS IT SMART TO WEAKEN ISRAEL, ESPECIALLY NOW?

Israel has much the same problems as we do — invasion by aliens; in Israel they are called Palestinians. The nuclear threat hangs over Israel with even more immediacy than it does over us in America. The media, major mainstream churches, "human rights" groups and many of their own intellectuals have preached that whatever Israel does is wrong and whatever the Arabs do is justified. And the Palestinians have used Israel as a training ground to test explosives and try out new hate literature and propaganda for longer than they waged lihad against us. In addition, major figures in its government seem to be working for the Arabs, even though they draw paychecks from Israel's treasury. And they, like us, are about to deal with a new American president, who promises Change. Israel's level of confidence is not high.

We've been told America policy will shift to a "come let us reason together" approach, where we sit down with the Iranians, the Syrians, Hamas and whatever splinter groups command respect by blowing up people. Simultaneously, the Palestinian-Israeli so-called peace process will be resurrected to try to create a viable Palestinian State in Biblical Israel, whatever the cost to Israel. We ask: is this really the time to weaken Israel, America's only reliable friend in the Middle East? Israel, that has improved or invented or engineered items that improve not only our daily lives but the ability of the West to fight aggression? Is this really the time to weaken the only democracy in the Middle East? Why, when Israel needs to be strong to contribute to the fight against global Jihad, is there pressure on her to give up land? The Palestinians are now demanding not just Samaria and Judea (the West Bank) but significant parts of Jerusalem. Actually the latest trend is for a one-state solution, Arab style. Since the Arabs have told us time and again they want to destroy Israel, this shouldn't come as a surprise.

Perhaps we should consider a one-state solution in Israel: a Jewish one-State. The Palestinians can have their state in some part of the vast lands that were given over to the Arabs when the Ottoman Empire collapsed. They can have much more land than is available in Israel. And they'd be among mispocha, literally. Asking the Palestinian Arabs to live in peace with Israel goes against their grain. There's more chance of a successful peace by giving them a state well outside of Israel, where they might find other things to do besides obsessing on their hate of Israel. Evacuating the Arab refugee camps and setting up the refugees in this new country would simultaneously solve the very expensive Arab refugee problem, money that can be used for genuine refugees. Several of the essays consider how to implement this.

Let's get real. Everyone know "peace process" means "force land concessions from Israel." There is no chance that it will lead even to a temporary illusion of peace. It makes no sense to pressure Israel to give up more of its tiny country to appease a group of Arab countries that don't need more land. What they want is for Israel to disappear, so all of the Middle East will be Muslim. Which kind of Muslim and who will be in control are questions they will settle afterwards among themselves, probably in the traditional way — warfare, bloodshed, coercion and enslavement. The so-called Palestinians do not enter into the equation. They will have no more control than they had when Egypt administered Gaza and Jordan controlled Samaria and Judea.

The essays in this Section are in two categories:

(1) In the Palestinian Arab-Israeli conflict, is coexistence — of two states side by side or of the two people in a single state — possible?

(2) An alternative solution. Transfer the Arabs to their own place in some part of Arab-controlled land. These countries claim they can't think of recognition of Israel while their Palestinian cousins suffer. Think how happy they can make their cousins! This will also solve the Arab refugee problem. It likely won't cost more than the current costs of maintaining a large and expanding group of people on the dole. Giving Arabs their own state in some part of the vast land area the Arabs control is simple, doable, and effective. Moreover, it is legal by international law. Taking land from Israel is not legal by international law.

There have been long debates about whether Israel should be cut into two separate states or left as one. The 2-state solution would make Israel the meat in a sandwich where the Palestinians are the bread, say, Hamas pumpernickels in Gaza and the goodguy terrorists in Samaria and Judea. The Palestinian State would need, of course, a wide bridge between its parts, which, incidently, would cut Israel into two separated sections. The alternative visualizes a single state with Israelis and Palestinian Arabs sharing power and responsibilities. The Arabs would greet visiting VIP's from Europe; the Israelis would figure out how to collect the garbage without getting killed.

Few advocates of either case asked whether co-existence was possible? If the question was raised, usually a hitherto unknown mystic streak would emerge and we'd hear about the lions and lambs lying down together. Lunch would be served before anyone could ask: 'who got up?'. Or we'd be reassured that the Palestinians would be so busy building their state, they wouldn't have time for target practice.

These essays ask about coexistence, starting with a fundamental question: Is Coexistence Possible? And — is there any evidence that the Arabs would consider coexistence, except in the trivial case of existing in the same location until they could wipe out the Jews?

COEXISTENCE: THE MYTH
by Seth J. Frantzman

  Seth J. Frantzman asks whether coexistence is possible between two hostile groups. Setting aside movies that fantasize the possibilities, it's hard to come up with an example. As Frantzman puts it, "There has never been coexistence and there never will be. There is only individual coexistence. Communal coexistence does not exist." "Stories such as these usually involve some individual evidence of someone named Mahmud and some other person named Vikram and how they were friends and shopped at each others' stores and that their children played together." As I read this essay, I thought of the Seeds Of Peace program — Jewish-sponsored, of course — where Jewish and Arab children would learn to co-exist. In one sense, it succeeded beautifully — the Jewish Adam Shapiro from Seeds of Peace ran to Ramallah to protect Yasser Arafat, so he'd live to kill more Jews. But I don't think this is what people want, when they talk co-existence.
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SELF-INDUCED NAKBA
by Philip Carl Salzman

  Can two people coexist when A sees itself as the perpetual victim of B — while simultaneously looking forward to conquering B, for it is A's divine right established by Allah to rule over all other people? Not bloody likely! Philip Salzman writes that "Narratives of victimization, such as the Palestinian one, neglect to account for the active Arab response to the Jews and to Jewish immigration. Explaining all by Western imposition robs the Arabs of Palestine of their agency, and infantalizes them." The Arabs were much more active: "Arab opposition to the Jews [was] expressed in riots and pogroms..." Salzman sums Arab behavior this way: "They demanded all or nothing, and got nothing. But they have continued to hold to the rejectionist position, taking an annihilationist stance toward Israel and the Jews. So in reality the self-induced 'Nakba' is self-perpetuating."
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AP BLAMES ISRAEL FOR MAKING PALESTINIANS WANT TO DESTROY IT
by Barry Rubin

  The Associated Press (AP) is not noted for writing comedy. But Professor Rubin has identified a sthtick that would make an interesting situation comedy. The anti-hero, an Arab, keeps trying to kill the Jew. He keeps failing, the Jew not liking this part of the script much. The Arab blames the Jew for having forced him to want to kill the Jew and vows to try harder. Actually, it's not so funny in real life. It's also not funny that AP, a news agency, writes good fiction, when it should stick to fact. It might also translate for its readers Arabic circumlocutions in English; for example, that "Prominent Palestinians are lighting a fire under Israel's feet by proposing a peace in which there would be no separate Palestine and Israel, but a single state with equal rights for all." means terrorist violence, not a plea for coexistence.
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FORWARD TO THE PAST: THE FALL AND RISE OF THE 'ONE-STATE SOLUTION'
by Jonathan Spyer

  This is an important reference that clarifies the history and the intent of the Arabs, who have generally favored a one-state solution. As Jonathan Spyer writes, "Deeply embedded in Palestinian nationalism is the notion that Israeli Jewish identity is analogous to that of communities born of European colonialism, which are not seen as having legitimate claim to self-determination. No reconsidering of this characterization took place during the period of the peace process of the 1990s. Hence, the short period of acceptance of the "two-state solution," was a departure by Palestinian nationalism from its more natural stance, and the current trend of return to the "one-state" option is a return to a position more in keeping with the deep view of the conflict held throughout by this trend."
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There is an alternative solution. It has the advantages of 2-states for two people, without sacrifing one for the other. Give the Arabs their own state in some part of the land the Arabs own. The argument that the Arabs have been in Israel since time immemorial is untenable. There is no such thing as a Palestinian people, nor was there ever a State of Palestine. The vast majority of the Arabs now living in Israel and the territories entered into the area after 1900. They came from various places in the region, attracted by the economic opportunities the Jews and the English made possible. There is no tragedy moving them the distance from say New York to Miami, which will still contain them in their own culture, language and religion. The money now spent on sustaining a welfare cult could be better spent on a dowry for them to get a fresh start in their own culture.

It would solve the separation problem without separating the Jews from their ancient holy sites. And it would solve the festering refugee problem that has been perpetuated to create sympathy for the Arab cause. This solution is more realistic than the 1- vs 2-state solutions that occupy the diplomats. it is doable. It would work. And it is legal. (Google Think-Israel for articles by Howard Grief, Yoram Shifftan, etc for the legal basis of Israel's ownership of Israel and the territories.) Taking land from Israel is not legal by international law, because the land is held as an irrevocable trust for the Jewish people. In brief, we should not be trying to turn Samaria and Judea into a state for a group of Arabs who never owned this land, even if they have started calling themselves Palestinians.

Only Israel has ownership of the land.

ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS: WHAT IS THE "REFUGEE" PROBLEM?
by Shlomo Sharan and collaborators

  This is an excellent analysis of the creation the Palestinian "refugees" and how they continue in refugee status decades after they should have and could have been settled into new homes. A secondary objective is to bring to light the "profound and far reaching distortions as well as sheer disregard for historical evidence" by those who use the "refugees" for political propaganda.
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THE ISRAEL RESETTLEMENT FUND
by Gregory Rodban

  This can be considered a minimalist plan for reducing some of the growing Arab population. It doesn't address the growing radicalism of Israeli Arabs, who receive welfare benefits, but don't serve in the Army and don't feel any loyalty to Israel.
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PALESTINE: BUY UP OR SELL OUT?
by David Singer

  The peace process has died many times and has been put back on artificial respirators whenever foreign politicians saw some advantage in it for them. David Singer takes a nibble out of the problem by suggesting Israel buy up the tract of land still designated as "no man's land." He points out that "Israel has now been given a very real window of opportunity to buy up tracts of West Bank land occupied by Arab residents; rather than being forced to sell out Israel's heritage by compensating 700,000 Jewish residents to vacate their West Bank homes to enable the creation of President Bush's new Arabs-only State in the West Bank.
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A NEW PARADIGM FOR THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT: FROM THE POLITICAL TO THE HUMANITARIAN
by Martin Sherman

  This is a reprint of Martin Sherman's December 2006 essay on how to solve the present hostilities. The introduction read "Conventional political plans that propose resolving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs by establishing a self-governing Palestinian entity in the territories have been short-lived because they ignore that the Palestinian leadership doesn't want a state; its focus is on destroying Israel. The Jerusalem Summit suggests a new approach — to provide "dowries" to the Palestinians themselves to set them up financially in the neighboring Arab countries. They would be affluent rather than poor refugees. Surprisingly, polls indicate that the majority of the Palestinian Arabs would be willing to emigrate. Martin Sherman of the Jerusalem Summit urges everyone to get involved and publicize the plan."
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SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 242: A VIOLATION OF LAW AND A PATHWAY TO DISASTER
by Howard Grief

  In 1948, Jordan, one of the Arab armies that invaded Israel, conquered the eastern part of Jerusalem, Samaria and Judea. Israel took these areas after the Arabs invaded Israel again in 1967. The U.N. passed a non-binding resolution, 242, when fighting stopped. The Arabs have often falsely claimed that according to Res. 242, Israel was to return to the pre-1967 borders. Howard Grief's comprehensive article explains exactly what Res 242 did and did not assert. And what it was wrong in asserting — i.e., "the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war" does not apply in that Israel was not the aggressor. It had been threatened by imminent aggression. "In this case it is certainly admissible under international law for the state under imminent attack to keep the territory that was captured from which the planned aggression emanated." More importantly, Grief makes the point that "the Security Council does not have and never had the authority or right to order Israel to withdraw from territories that constituted historical and legal areas of the Jewish National Home and Land of Israel that had been recognized implicitly or explicitly as belonging to the Jewish People in various acts of international law: the San Remo Resolution of April 25, 1920; the Franco-British Boundary Convention of December 23, 1920; and the Mandate for Palestine, confirmed by the League of Nations on July 24, 1922 and accepted by the United States in the Anglo-American Treaty on Palestine of December 3, 1924." This land is held in a perpetual trust for the Jewish people (Google Shifftan and Grief for 'trust jewish people' in Think-Israel for amplification.)
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SECTION 4. DEALING WITH THE ARAB AND ISRAELI MINDSETS

In this Section, we examine two other aspects important in bringing Israel up to strength: how to change the Israeli mindset; and why we should start paying attention to the Muslim mind set.

(1) Israel has been under physical and psychological attack for so long that she needs a mental overhaul. These essays point out some of her attitudes and behavior patterns that need changing. She could do with a lot less tolerance for the radical left academics that have detached themselves from a sense of loyalty to Israel. She could recognize that if she gives up the physical remains of her coalescence as a people — the Temple Mount and Hebron — as she gave up the Tomb of Joseph, she is destroying her roots. She could stop going along with the Government's persecution of Rightists in Samaria and Judea — their crime is that they don't want to give up their land to Arabs that will destroy the Jews and once again ruin the land. She could stop being proud that her soldiers are careful of the lives of Arab women and children and start demanding that Israelis who defend the State by living in dangerous areas get support. What's a dangerous area? Anywhere within a 10 mile radius of a group of hostile Arabs. She could stop blaming the settlers for everything that went wrong when the Sharon-Olmert government gave up Gaza. The sentiment seems much like our blaming the Vietnam vets for not winning the war, when they weren't allowed to fight. She could start making restitution for the hell her government put the Gush Katif people through instead of being proud of caring for the Gazan Arabs, who show their thanks by shooting live bullets.

(2) Maybe we should all start seeing Muslims as they see themselves, not as the peaceful critters we pretend they are. We need to connect the dots of Islamic doctrine and Islamic practices.

Changing the Israeli Mind Set

I DON'T LIKE MOST OF YOU RIGHT NOW
by Boris Celser

  A reader that sent in this article wrote, "His awesome insight. I deem it as one of the most outstanding pieces of journalism that I've read lately. it's a deeply moving cry for Israel's survival. It's outstanding for its knowledge, perception of reality, the depth of his love for Israel that his well-known wry humour and harsh criticism may try to conceal. It moves me deeply because I see the situation as he sees it, and it's so painful that it nearly drive me to despair. Words fail me. Thank you Boris."
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POLI SCI LECTURER MENACHEM KLEIN NEVER SAYS DIE TO A "PEACE PROCESS"
by Lee Kaplan

  Lee Kaplan tells us about "Professor Menachem Klein of the Bar-Ilan Political Studies Department, ....[who is] one of those Israelis who helped instigate the Oslo Accords and promoted the 'peace agreement' that led to so many dead Jews in its wake over the last fifteen years." Curiously, the deadly consequences of Oslo seem to have taught him nothing. Listening to the habitual lies the Arabs tell him has not persuaded him they don't really want peace. Instead, he's devoted himself to a monomaniacal pursuit of peace. To maintain his vision, he has to believe he sees what others can't. He has to believe every who doesn't think like him is just too stupid to understand. One clear-eyed view at Arab hostility would destroy his fantasy. So he has to believe that the Arab lust for murder, and their hatred of Jews are just superficial and will go away when there's peace. He does have a gift for explaining away embarrassing facts. It is a gift that is appreciated by a Who's Who of Jew haters, who aren't under a spell of peace — they just want the Arabs to win and they appreciate his help.
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PEACE NOW: A 30-YEAR FRAUD
by Kenneth Levin

  Kenneth Levin writes about Peace Now's history — its beginnings in 1978 with the slogan that "The security of Israel depends on peace, not on territories.", a curious notion, considering how tiny Israel is and how hostile the neighboring Arabs are. Levin tells us that "[t]hose attracted to the organization were people unwilling to reconcile themselves to the reality that Israel's Arab adversaries were in control of deciding whether there would be peace, and that, with few exceptions, their decision ... was against Israel's existence." They believed that only Israel could impose peace or withdraw and peace would enter the vacuum. The corollary was that if peace didn't blossom, it was Israel's fault; she hadn't done enough. From the beginning they were convinced that Jewish settlements — not Arab settlements — in the territories are the chief impediment to peace. One of their more pernicious ideas is that Israel should stop being a Jewish state because that would appease the Arabs."They must yield even their belief in the value of Jewish peoplehood." As events gave the lie to their convictions, they could change their position or hold tight to notions that had been disproven by the Arabs themselves. They chose to ignore reality and began to invent fraudulent claims and openly become propagandists for Arab claims. As Levin puts it, "it was and is a cult that worships at the altar of self-delusion and wishful thinking and that, intoxicated with its airy visions of "peace," was and is prepared to sacrifice anyone who challenges it, no matter what evidence, what realities, he or she invokes in that challenge."
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THE MYTH OF AL-AQSA: HOLINESS OF JERUSALEM TO ISLAM HAS ALWAYS BEEN POLITICALLY MOTIVATED
by Mordechai Kedar

  Mordechai Kedar notes that when "the Prophet Mohammad established Islam, he introduced a minimum of innovations. He employed the hallowed personages, historic legends and sacred sites of Judaism and Christianity." The importance of Islamizing Jerusalem was "to undermine the legitimacy of the older religions, Judaism and Christianity, which consider Jerusalem to be a holy city. Islam is presented as the only legitimate religion, destined to replace the other two, because they had changed and distorted the Word of God, each in its turn." In more recent years "Yasser Arafat, himself a secular person (ask Hamas!), did exactly what the Califs of the Umayyad dynasty did 1300 years ago: He marshaled the holiness of Jerusalem to serve his political ends." Kedar asks, "Must Judaism and Christianity defer to myths related in Islamic texts or envisioned in Mohammad's dreams, long after Jerusalem was established as the ancient, true center of these two religions, which preceded Islam? Should Israel give up on its capital just because some Muslims decided to recycle the political problems of the Umayyads 1250 years after the curtain came down on their role in history?"
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SUKKOT: WHEN TEMPORARY IS GOOD
by Sara Layah Shomron

  The Olmert Gov't has been talking about giving Samaria and Judea to a single person — Abbas — who will soon be replaced by Hamas, UNLESS Israel wants to spill its blood to save this aging terrorist. We were horrified at that idea. Did the Israeli Government not understand that some 500,000 OR MORE (estimates go to 700,000) Jews would be become homeless — refugees in their own country? We wondered why even math-deficient politicians couldn't understand the unbearable overload it would place on their Gov't. Didn't they understand the chaos it would create? Didn't they realize it would give the Arabs a perfect time to attack? While we were thinking about this, the Gov't was making plans to add the Golan to its list of give-aways. Mind you, this is a government that still — 3 and a half years after kicking some 10,000 productive and patriotic Jews out of their homes in Gush Katif — has still not settled them in permanent housing. One of these refugees, Sarah Layah Shomron, writes of the one time of the year that Temporary is good. At Sukkot.
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OLMERT'S PARTING BLOWS
by Caroline Glick

  Perhaps the most egregious of Israel's problems is her political leadership. Caroline Glick discusses Olmert's latest strikes at Israel's security in context. "Why is it, she asks, "that for the past 15 years, at a certain point in their tenures every prime minister aside from Netanyahu has come to the conclusion that Israel must turn over its land to those sworn to its destruction?" It isn't just that they are self-serving, arrogant and often incompetent. They do seem to be acting in the best interests of the Arabs, a stance that wins the approval of Israeli's Leftists. They have seconded Arab claims while harassing those citizens who want to keep Israel intact. They have received nothing in return from their "peace partners" except missiles aimed at their civilian population, yet, optimistically, they continue to forge ahead into disaster. They have never explained the logic of the give-aways; what reasons they have given have been contrary-to-fact. Perhaps there is no rational reason that isn't criminal or self-protective.
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EXPEL THE ARAB INTERLOPERS AND THE ACID THROWERS
by Paul Lademain

  Paul Lademain says in a short essay what this Section has been about. How should the Jews change their ways of thinking and acting? What do the Jews of Israel need to do to become again a proud people in their own land? What should they stop doing? What should they start doing? Read this.
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Paying Attention to Arab Mindset.

The suggestion has often been made that the Israelis as well as other western countries pay attention to the actual Muslim mindset, instead of treating it as a Rorschach test onto which we project our own ideas. To be sure, each Muslim country and region has its own characteristics, just as New Yorkers and Georgians differ in accent, walking speed and maybe charm. But there is a unity we call American. The prototypic Muslim is very much a product of his religion and its doctrines and demands, as set down by Mohammed. Islamic doctrine impacts all aspects of his life, including how he thinks about acts of terror and deceptions.

MOHAMMAD: PROPHET OF TERROR
by Zulfikar Khan

  Zulfikar Khan does a masterful job of presenting Mohammad as he was in the early days of his prophethood, when he was creating the ideals of Islam and the code of behavior that Muslims would ever after follow. He paints a realist portrait of the man, by recounting his actual deeds and the convenient messages from Allah that came just when they were needed to allow Mohammed and his fellow Muslims to mutilate, rape, massacre, kidnap and loot. His early victims were the Jews of Medina, who had befriended him when he was forced to flee Mecca.
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STUDYING THE ISLAMIC WAY OF WAR
by Raymond Ibrahim

  Raymond Ibrahim elaborates on the fact that Islamic war doctrine — unlike those developed by Clausewitz, Sun Tsu, Machiavelli ... — has not been studied. "As a consequence, we still do not have an in-depth understanding of the war-fighting doctrine laid down by Muhammad, how it might be applied today by an increasing number of Islamic groups, or how it might be countered." We ignore that in war Islamic doctrine says shooting catapaults (today, missiles) where there's non-combatants, deceiving the enemy and breaking peace treaties are all legitimate activities. They are all moral and need not trouble one's conscience. This article should be read together with Suseelan's essay (next item down) on Islamic morality. They explain Islamic concepts we need to understand. We need to know the strong connection between terror activities and Islam's moral code.
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CAN MUSLIM FUNDAMENTALISTS BE MORAL?
by Dr. Babu Suseelan

  Dr. Suseelan points out that "Islam rejects differing world views, ethical philosophy and refuses to recognizes changes in moral perspectives which emphasize the interrelatedness of individuals and community and their mutual responsibility for one another." Not only does this limit their perspective but it contributes significantly to their attitude to the non-Muslim. They know "... that non-Muslims are unethical, immoral and inferior and should be oppressed and forced to assume an Islamic identity" for their own good. Therefore, terrorism, criminality or heinous behavior — "forcefully converting infidels or issuing a fatwa against a kafir writing a book critical of Islam. " — can not be immoral. So the answer to the question is: only in their own terms. And there is little chance they will see any other point of view as worthy of consideration.
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SECTION 5. HISTORY

We present two articles, one on the treatment of the Jews in Damascus in 1816, the other about the Balfour Declaration.

THE RICHEST JEW IN DAMASCUS, 1816
by Elder of Ziyon

  A page out of the diary kept by James Silk Buckingham on his travels. He was entertained in Damascus by the local prime minister. The guests included a Jew, described by Buckingham "as the wealthiest and the most powerful of all present", a personage who managed the machinery of government. Yet as a Jew, he was dhimmi. The other guest sat or stood; the Jew sat on the ground.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BALFOUR DECLARATION!
by Ashley Perry

  Balfour Day on November 2 recognizes the dedication of Lord Balfour to the return of the Israelites to their ancient homeland. He helped lay the diplomatic and legal foundations that led to the League of Nations declaring Mandated Palestine in perpetual trust for the Jews. Thanks to Jews who were made uneasy at the thought of Jews being their own boss and to British treachery, the original vision was diluted. But it was a start for the most remarkable nationalist movement in history. Ashley Perry tells us some of the history of the Balfour Declaration and makes clear that the intent of the document was to pave the way to a Jewish State (a homeland was Max Nordau's term for state).
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SPECIAL ISSUE: OCTOBER 2008

Dear Readers

Think-Israel doesn't usually get into US politics. But, frankly, I don't think Obama bodes well for Israel. So we've put out this edition outside of our regular schedule.

I've talked to neighbors, friends, acquaintances, who say they are going to vote for Obama. The reasons they give sum up to 'he is friendly and he seems one of us.' But some would frown thoughtfully as they said it.

I asked: do you know how his economic plan would affect you? do you know about his very far left associates? Do you know his political views before he became a candidate? Do you know about ACORN? Answer: not really.

Thanks to the mainstream media, while most Americans can tell you all about Sarah Palin's clothes budget, they don't know much about Obama except in bits and pieces.

It may be late in the game, but one thing is becoming clear. He isn't just an empty suit. Obama does have a point a view. He is, to speak plainly, on the team that unites the Far Left, the Radical Left, Socialists, Marxists, Communists, Black Liberation theologists, Israel haters and resurgent Islamists. They all preach replacement theology, though they have different ideas of the replacement. But they all want to replace how America works and thinks. They want to replace Israel with a state to be called Palestine. With them in power, we Americans will be free to say anything we want — providing it isn't hateful. And guess who will decide what is hateful?

Obama preaches openness but he hasn't been open about his intentions or his ideology. So we on the Think-Israel staff have composed several essays with information you should have to vote intelligently.

Obama and his Economic Plan

Obama and the Constitution

Obama and Odinga

Obama's Birth Certificate

If you agree these issues are important, please don't delay. Use the next few hours to educate your friends and family. Feel free to send these articles to your email lists. You will find much aditional information on the Think-Israel Blog-Ed pages for recent months.

Thank you

Bernice Lipkin
Managing Editor

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence.

You cannot help men permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

— by Reverend William Boetcker, in a 1916 pamphlet entitled Lincoln on Limitations




July-August, 2008

What we are talking about this issue:

MUSLIM GLOBAL WAR
The 4 Stages of Appeasement(Sultan Knish)
SECTION 1. MUSLIMS WAGE WAR IN THE FAR EAST:
   The Muslim Jihad in India (Swamy, Sherman, Klinghoffer, Guitta)
SECTION 2. MUSLIMS WAGE WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST:
   Gush Katif (Fendel, Tucker, Saperstein)
   Gaza — Al-Qaeda's new base(Glick, Guitta, Halevi)
   Yet Another State In Mandated Palestine?(Kasnett, Ibrahim, Benzimra, Beres)
   Israel's "Good" Neighbors(Rubin, Spyer, Brown, Imani)
   Iran(Bostom, Sharpe, Eidelberg, Sharon, Peters)
   Israel's Other Problems(Plaut, Winston, Sherman, Eshel, Weiner, Kaplan, Dobrin)
SECTION 3. MUSLIMS WAGE WAR IN THE WEST:
   The New Jews, And How We Must Defend Them(Fitzgerald)
   Sharia Inroads into Government and Banking(Imm, Gaffney)
   Islamic Inroads into the Media and Education Sectors(Cravetts, Glick, Oboler, Van Zile, Emerson, Romirowsky)
   Essays On Survival(Kedar, Margetta)
HISTORY(MacEoin, Karsh, Grobman, Baker)

This issue we discuss some separate but connected themes. We present different facets of the war Islam is waging globally — the major difference being that Islam is more circumspect where it doesn't have the power, and more brutal where it does. Against the West, Islam has made no secret that its first task is to destroy Israel; then it will move on to concentrate on the West. As yet — except for the brutal drama of 9/11 — Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood nibble away at America, at our educational system, at our financial institutions, at our freedom of speech. They work inside a fog of benignity, sprayed by professionals, diplomats and academics working directly or indirectly for Middle East money. In England and Europe, a large influx of Muslim immigrants demand that their way of life become the way of life for their host countries. In the Middle East, "friendly-neutral" Arab/Muslim states and frankly hostile ones see Israel as the only obstacle to their version of Peace Islamica. And in the far East, murder, brutality, and a complete lack of respect for human life predominate the Muslim attack on the East.

Throughout the topics below, there is one note that is repeated, sometimes loudly by overt threat, sometimes softly by implication: Islam has no brakes. It has no peaceful endpoint. It often acts as if it is ready to deal — or the opposite side pretends that accomodation will work. On the contrary, the common experience of all who negotiate has been this: appease it and it will demand more. Diplomatic hacks like Dennis Ross discovered, with feelings of disbelief, that when he thought by being generous (with Israel's land) at Camp David, Arafat was agreeing to peace, Arafat disillusioned him almost immediately by demanding more, never accepting the "final" compromise.

The Blogger Sultan Knish wrote this perspicacious essay of the "Four Stages of Appeasement"

For some nations and individuals, appeasement is a station at the end of the line that they reach right away, after some traumatic cultural or national event, for others it is a journey of stages along the line, stop after stop marking a point at which values and morals are surrendered for ephemeral things until they reach the end of this dark journey and the end of their national existence.

This is the express train of appeasement we now find ourselves riding, wherever we live, we are but another stop on the line, from dusk to darkest night.

Stage 1 — Washington D.C. — Washington D.C. is a relevant present day example, but London in the 30's is just as good of an example. At this stage the appeasement is being carried out by a nation fairly confident in its own power but believing itself overextended and seeking to safeguard its commercial interests is listening to those domestic diplomatic and business interests eager to avoid a fight.

While a world power and perhaps even an empire, at Stage 1 the nation's diplomatic and even business interests have gone native abroad and are no longer protecting its interests, but their own. These forces combined with the lassitude that has taken hold in the nation during its age of prosperity have convinced it that there is more to be gained by transforming its enemies into allies through appeasement. At the heart of this belief is the mistaken idea that these enemies are not genuinely hostile, but are pawns or simply misled. And the participation of these enemies is seemingly needed to maintain the nation's economic power.

This form of appeasement seemingly proceeds from strength, but is in truth a weakness that slowly eats away at the nation revealing the rot within.

Stage 2 — London — While the nation still holds to an illusion of strength and self-sufficiency, it is an illusion that few at home or abroad believe anymore. The nation still has some of its former renown, but less of its capability and virtually none of its former confidence. The international trade empire that once sustained it has become a dependency, a crutch and soon a drain. While its enemies immigrate, a slow trickle of its citizens are beginning to emigrate.

Appeasement here proceeds from the need to save face. While on the surface the nation practices appeasement from strength, in private it practices it from weakness. While the nation is far stronger than it appears, the rot has become so pervasive that this is buried and forgotten. Rule over foreigners has become foreign rule, and there is very little confidence to be had except among its newest immigrants. At this stage you will actually find immigrants more willing to battle for the country, than its native population.

Appeasement here has become a reflex, because its leadership no longer thinks of its strength, but only of maintaining an international trade empire by any means necessary. Strength at this stage is primarily used as a bluff and as a diplomatic counter behind which stands raw naked fear. It is a fear that its enemies can smell and with guile feed upon. At Stage 2 the nation is not quite willing to sacrifice itself yet, but is eager to throw any allies it has into the flames to protect itself for the loss of a nation's faith in itself is accompanied always by acts of faithlessness.

Stage 3 — Jerusalem — The formerly confident nation has had its confidence eroded to the point of engaging in increasingly erratic behavior. Appeasement began on the D.C. and the London track and by the time it reaches the Jerusalem station, it combines the foreign agenda of the business and political elites with a country that has lost the ability to depend on itself.

Appeasement rather than bringing peace, erodes the confidence of a nation, until at each stage it comes to feel helpless and is incapable of a consistent policy toward its enemies. Like a dog that has been promised a treat too often and yet is repeatedly beaten, it whines, begs, lashes out and then begs again. This is the process by which men are made into slaves and nations into ruins.

At this station on the appeasement track, the nation which began by defining terms for its enemies now obsessively watches its enemies for any signs of legitimacy, constantly bemoans their unfaithfulness and rather than acting against them, proceeds to another round of negotiations in the futile certainty that there is no other option.

At Stage 3 on the appeasement track the nation has lost what little self-worth it had in Stage 2 and is floundering and repeating the same insane pattern of appeasement it has become fixated on as the only solution. Meanwhile its business and diplomatic elites are in full fire sale mode as the nation's people cast adrift question their own right to exist.

Stage 4 — Stockholm — By Stage 3 the nation had lost faith in itself and is seriously questioning its right to exist. By Stage 4 the question has already been decided in the negative. The nation now feels that it has no right to exist. Its appeasement is no longer defensive, but a moral act of atonement for its own existence. While such sentiments have existed in the nation's culture even at Stage 1, they were part of the aforementioned rot, they are now the absolute dominant voice.

The nation has come to be convinced of its utter worthlessness and now identifies with its attackers. When it is attacked, it can do nothing but bow its head and ask for more. Its lack of confidence and faith in itself has instead lead it to project its identity on the one source of strength it beholds, its enemies. Taking on the identity of its enemies, the nation at Stage 4 is the city openly wishing to be conquered.

International trade may be good and prosperity may be sufficient, but the nation lives in shame of itself and is only waiting for someone to get around to officially asking it to surrender. This is the terminus of the Appeasement Express, the stop at the end of the line when the passengers get off in darkness. Beyond it lies only the moans of the conquered and the newly fortified walls of the conquerors. There is a reason why Stockholm Syndrome is another name of appeasement's endgame and this is it.

MUSLIM GLOBAL WAR

SECTION 1. MUSLIMS WAGE WAR IN THE FAR EAST: The Muslim Jihad In India

KASHMIR IS THE DEFINING ISSUE OF INDIAN IDENTITY
by Subramanian Swamy

  For those of us who worry about Israel's reluctance to take sufficiently strong measures to protect its citizens from the predations of an enemy that recognizes no red line, this essay is eerie. Substitute Israel for India, Palestinians for Hurriyat and the pack of Arab states for Pakistanis. Both Israel and India know that a sharp response now will save much blood later. But both are reluctant. Both hope for an easy way out. But there is none. Professor Subramanian Swamy spells out the inevitable consequences of not taking action now.
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THE INDIA-ISRAEL IMPERATIVE: INDO-JUDEO COMMONALITIES: THE SYMBOLIC AND THE SUBSTANTIVE
by Martin Sherman

  Martin Sherman presents an analysis of the commonalities between the very large India and the very small Israel, commonalities that encourage their strategic cooperation. Both are democracies in regions that are mainly totalitarian. Both have a common enemy — resurgent Islam. Both would prefer peaceful solutions but are forced continuously to update their military supplies. Sherman records major areas where cooperation benefits both countries.
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INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN: RISE OF JIHAD
by Judith Apter Klinghoffer

  Judith Apter Klinghoffer brings us the text of the prideful boasts and taunts of the Indian Mujahideen who are currently bombing, killing and otherwise terrorizing India. With delight, they promise more of the same.
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INDIA UNDER ISLAMIST THREAT
by Olivier Guitta

  India was partitioned in 1947 and Muslims of India were given their own independent state, Pakistan. The fatal flaw was that Muslims continued to live in India and many of the Muslim youth have been radicalized by Pakistani and Saudi Arabian terror missionaries and trainers. The previous essay chronicled the Song of the Muslim terrorists, the Indian Mujahedeen, that are attacking India. Olivier Guitta presents some of the "exploits" in which they take pride. All for the love of Allah.
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SECTION 2. MUSLIMS WAGE WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST:

The effects of Israel's unbelievable stupidity in expelling Jews and walking away from Gaza continue to widen, not diminish. Muslim terrorists have gained a worry-free expanse in which to train foot soldiers — many of them women and children — and manufacture and store war goods. Pro-Hamas propaganda insists the Palestinians are starving and are without water and electricity. It's not clear why, when Israel presumably cut Gaza loose in August, 2005, it is severely criticized for not supporting Gaza even more than it is. The once productive Jews of Gaza, proud contributors to the Israeli economy and agricultural innovators, are now jobless and still not settled in permanent housing. The government that is supposed to attend to them is too busy working on how to make another half million Jews — the Jews of Samaria and Judea and eastern Jerusalem — homeless and rootless. The soon-to-be-replaced American adminstration has obsessively fixated on cutting Israel in half and placing another Palestinian state inside of Biblical Israel — apparently they see this as Prez Bush's contribution to the world making peace with the Peaceful Religion, Islam. Meantime, the world has not stomped on Iran for baldly stating it plans to nuke Israel, no matter what that does to the people of the region and the region's major commodity: oil. Israel's neighbors, seeing how the wind is blowing, have started cozying up to Muslim terrorist groups. And the erosion of Israeli morale since the Oslo Accords has accentuated Israel's other problems.

Gush Katif. On August 10, 2008, some 3000 expelled Jewish residents of Gush Katif, Gaza, marked the 3rd year of their "disengagement" from their homes and businesses, from their synagogues and youth centers. In all this time, their lives have been marked by governmental ineptitude and viciousness. The Olmert Kadima government — which is now engaged in creating the infrastructure for ejecting up to some half million Jews from Samaria, Judea and Jerusalem — has yet to resettle the initial 10,000 refugees. See the video of their protest at Kisufim:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/exp.aspx/e123365 See also
GushKatifBook, a website that documents the current status of the Gaza refugees.

The Major American Jewish organizations, stubbornly sticking to their initial mistake of approving the Gaza withdrawal, are distinguished only by their absense in helping these displaced Jews. The good news is that the Gush Katif community — noting that the land has gone back to the sand dunes it was before the Jews developed Gaza — is determined to return and rebuild.

THREE YEARS OF HARDSHIP FOR GUSH KATIF EXPELLEES
by Hillel Fendel

  When the Jews were expelled by the Israeli Government from Gush Katif, Gaza three years, many were housed in paper-based trailers that are said to be bio-degradable in that that they would last only some 3 years. The three years are almost up. And 81% of the Jews made refugees by their own government still do not have permanent housing. The good news is — despite heckling by Peace Now — the "government has once again approved construction of new housing for the Jordan Valley community of Maskiot, where Gush Katif expellees from Shirat HaYam are living in temporary quarters." The rest of the picture is not rosy. 50% of the expellees have no jobs, they have had to use their compensation money for everyday expenses and are supported by relatives and friends.
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PRIVILEGE TO YEARN AND LONG FOR A HOME AND HOMELAND
by Anita Tucker

  Anita Tucker is one of the indomitables of the world. Supported by her faith in Torah Judaism, starting with land that was sand, dunes and sand dunes, she saw her sweat equity as a farmer in Gaza come to fruition, provide her family much happiness, and be destroyed by her own government. She longs for her old home and, by the same token, is girding up to rebuild.
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BEHIND THE LOVELY FACE
by Rachel Saperstein

  In this issue, Rachel Saperstein formerly of Gush Katif, Gaza, currently a refugee in her own country, has written two essays. With a couple of strokes, the first profiles Tzippi Livni, gofer for Olmert and flunky for American Sec-State Rice. The second is a tale about two Shlomo's, one her father, the other a cousin and how their lives connected.
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Gaza — Al-Qaeda's new base

IGNORING FAILURE IN GAZA
by Caroline Glick

  Caroline Glick writes of the expulsion of the Jews from Gush Katif, Gaza, a mistake that was realized almost instantly when the Palestinian Arabs torched the synagogues, vandelized the greenhouses, shot missiles from Gaza and Hamas took control — it was a mistake that still has not been rectified. Glick points out — comparing "good" Fatah and "bad" Hamas — that (1) "[t]here is little to distinguish between the groups' embrace of terrorism as a means of achieving their aim of destroying Israel. Fatah forces have carried out more attacks against Israel than Hamas has;" and (2) "Israeli society has managed not to discuss why it failed or to learn the lessons stemming from its failure." Three years later, there is still governmental bungling, and no introspection about the "mistakes that led to the withdrawal."
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AL QAEDA'S OPPORTUNISTIC STRATEGY
by Olivier Guitta

  Israel and its local terrorists, Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad, etc., did not receive much attention from Al-Qaeda, when, on 9/11, Osama Bin Laden reclaimed Saudi Arabia's honor — it had been besmirched by American feet standing on sacred Saudi soil. But, as he became aware that "Palestine" made a good talking point, bin Laden became a Palestinian supporter. Now, as Olivier Guitta points out, al-Qaeda waits for an eruption in the Iran-Israel confrontation, when it will make a major move to reestablish an Islamic Caliphate. Meantime, it has been moving into land areas that surround Israel, particularly in Gaza. So while Israeli's leaders don't seem capable of thinking a day ahead, Al-Qaeda is patiently building bases around Israel. It plans to be very strong and very ready when the time comes.
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AL-QAEDA AFFILIATE — JAISH AL-ISLAM — RECEIVES FORMAL SANCTUARY IN HAMAS-RULED GAZA
by Lt. Col. (res.) Jonathan Dahoah Halevi

  As the previous essay pointed out, terror groups that are al-Qaeda subsidiaries and terrorists who share al-Qaeda goals are infiltrating Gaza. Jonathan Dahoah Halevi writes about one of these groups, Jaish al-islam, now living in Gaza under Hamas jurisdiction. He concludes, "Hamas has established a terror hothouse in Gaza designed to continue the jihad against apostates, pursue the struggle against Israel, secure the overthrow of the Abbas regime in the West Bank, and assist the efforts of the parent movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, in overthrowing the moderate regimes in the Middle East headed by Jordan and Egypt."
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Hello, out there. When will the die-hards admit (1) the world is round; and (2) The Land of Israel belongs ONLY to the Jews. As Eli E. Hertz writes in his latest article on Mandated Palestine: Click here.)

The "Mandate for Palestine," an historical League of Nations document, laid down the Jewish legal right to settle anywhere in western Palestine, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea... an entitlement that remains unaltered. "Any attempt to negate the Jewish people's right to Palestine. Eretz-Israel, and to deny them access and control in the area designated as the Jewish National Home by the League of Nations is a serious infringement of international law.

Those claiming that Jewish settlements in the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea are illegally occupied, should answer just one simple question: In 1922 Jewish settlements were perfectly legal — What has changed?

Should there be yet another State in Mandated Palestine? No. These essays restate what should be known to all.

THE MYTH OF STOLEN ARAB LAND
by Israel Kasnett

  With this essay by Israel Kasnett, we add to our store of articles on Israel's irrevocable right to Mandated Palestine with information on the view of the Peel Commission of 1937 on the Balfour Declaration and the Mandate. The Commission confirmed the large increase in Arab population in Palestine since 1920. It states: "Jewish immigration and subsequent economic growth in Palestine led to increased Arab immigration from other countries by those seeking economic opportunity."
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SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT IN CONTEXT
by Raymond Ibrahim

  In this essay, Raymond Ibrahim explores the irony of Arabs, when all of today's Muslim countries were taken by bloody conquest, arguing 'humanitarian' justice to regain them Palestine — land the Jews are said to have stolen from them. "Historically," he points out, "the land of Palestine has been conquered, and conquered, and conquered again — by a myriad of peoples, including Hebrews, Babylonians and Persians, Greeks and Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, Turks, and now finally, modern-day Jews." "Even Arabia, home of Islam, was militarily conquered by that religion." Moreover, the Arab concept of justice isn't humanitarian: "Islamic law says it's just, indeed, compulsory, for Muslims to seize the infidels' lands by the sword."
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NO, MR. KOUCHNER, MIDEAST REALITY IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK
by Salomon Benzimra

  Salomon Benzimra wrote this article to provide a factual rebuttal to ignorance-based outrageous statements made by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs during a TV interview, who insisted that a "viable Palestinian state" must be created. The article also serves as a summary of the official position of the French government towards the "peace process" — it is a needed corrective to the feel-good interpretation of some conciliatory statements made to Israel by President Sarkozy. Benzimra recommends that an intelligent beginning to solving the Arab-Israeli conflict would be "to have the courage to face reality." And a good place to start facing reality would be to use semantics that actually reflect the facts, not invented fantasies.
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THE RAMIFICATIONS OF A PALESTINIAN STATE
by Professor Louis René Beres

  Professor Beres points out that a Palestinian state would have no proper authority under international law. (Under binding international law, Mandated Palestine is held as an irrevocable trust for the Jewish people.) Nor does it conform to the four specific requirements of the 1934 Montevideo Treaty for statehood. Ironically, Arab violence is not a bar to statehood. "In law, all that matters in establishing statehood are certain identifiable demographic, geographic and political facts." Which the projected Palestinian state flunks.
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Israel's "good" neighbors

A MIDDLE EAST STRATEGY FOR THE WEST
by Barry Rubin

  Barry Rubin points out some ineluctable facts that Israel and the West must face if they are to understand Israel's Muslim neighbors. (1) The current jousting is between Arab Nationalism and Islamism — democracy isn't a player. (2) All the various Islamist groups are dangerous. (3) The forces are local in the Middle East; the West is an outsider. He makes sensible recommendations for dealing with the situation.
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DIPLOMACY AND TERROR — SYRIAN-STYLE
by Jonathan Spyer

  The Syrian-Lebanese apparent rapproachment is hailed by many, such as French President Sarkozy, as "historic progress." More accurately, as Jonathan Spyer puts it, "it will represent not the normalization of Syrian-Lebanese relations, but rather the enveloping of Lebanon into the regional alliance led by Iran, of which Syria is a senior member." "The Iranian-Syrian-Hizbullah alliance has known how to combine brutal military tactics on the ground with subtle and determined diplomacy." On the other hand, Syrian's diplomatic interactions with Israel has little to do with Israel, much to do with the Syrian desire to appear to offer the West reconciliation. As Spyer says, "When it comes to negotiating with Israel, Assad is keen to take the dowry, while showing little enthusiasm for embracing the bride."
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JORDAN'S LEGAL JIHAD
by Stephen Brown

  In England and America, Muslims have sued writers and publishers for libel, thus interfering de facto and de jure with their freedom of speech. Their vast money resources have forced writers to withdraw well-researched factual anti-jihad essays; leaving the field vacant to be filled with puff pieces and pleasant fantasies about Islam. Stephen Brown describes another version of how Islam tries to stifle debate about Islam. He writes, "a Jordanian court recently summoned twelve European citizens to answer criminal charges of blasphemy and inciting hatred." Critics of Islam face the imposition of a death sentence, "if the charge is blasphemy and it is being tried by a sharia court." This isn't a joke. It isn't sufficient to avoid travelling to Jordan. It means the condemned "libeler" needs to be careful to avoid travelling to any third country — even just a stopover at its airport — that has an extradition treaty with Jordan. It also indicates that Jordan — which is lauded as western-oriented — expects Muslim law to be obeyed by Europeans.
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IS TELLING THE TRUTH ISLAM BASHING?
by Amil Imani

  Islam has a new slick talking point: it asserts that anyone who says anything — anything — against Islam must be suffering from an awful neurosis: islamophobia. Amil Imani doesn't tremble at the thought that he will be called an Islam basher. "If telling the truth about Islam is Islam bashing, then mea culpa." He then calmly points how badly Islam treats everyone that is of a different religion. This isn't just true in "fanatic" Muslim countries. It exists in Egypt, a supposedly civilized state, where children of the Baha'i faith are denied education, where women are denied employment opportunities. It is curious that Islam, so respected by multiculturalists, is itself monoculturalist, respecting no other religion. "Why is it, Imani asks, "that these self-righteous Islamist villains don't bother to prove me wrong? Why don't they document what I say as being false?" Why, indeed.
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IRAN is a special case. It has mouthed the most menacing threats against Israel. It has put its money where its mouth is and is trying to develop a nuclear weapon to strike Israel. The global response has been sanctions, threats to use sanctions, new sanctions, new threats... Iran has cleverly used money shifts and threats of money withdrawal from foreign banks to circumvent sanctions.

Negotiation with Iran only appears to be going on forever. It has an end point: the minute Iran nukes Israel. And/or its proxy, Hezbullah, brings in dirty bombs that do the job. Or it gifts Hamas with a radioactive suitcase.

Some take comfort in believing that if Iran doesn't verbally threaten Israel daily, it doesn't mean it. It does. Many believe we can reason together — when Iran's leaders believe their divine mission is to bring back the Mahdi, the 12th Iman, just as the Sunni Muslims work towards the reestablishment of the Caliphate. Many believe that Iran is rational as we Westerners understand "rational", ergo, they are not going to risk their civilian population and/or their Palestinian Arab correligionists. They forget that Iran cleared mine fields when it fought Iraq from 1980-88 by sending thousands of children into the field to act as human shields and mine triggers. Swapping the lives of their own children to explode land mines was acceptable. Why would they balk at killing off a couple of million Arabs — who aren't even their kin and kith — to make sure Israel is effectively destroyed?

We know there are many dissident groups in Iran who would be happy if if mullah rule was weakened. The groups include dissidents who mostly live outside of Iran and many ordinary people inside Iran — students, cab drivers — as well as groups such as the Jaff Sassani that have kept their identity over the centuries. We've published articles on them and from them through the years. But to recruit them, organize them, moralize them, time-wise, we might as well go back to negotiating. Regime change from the inside is important as an adjunct strategy, but it isn't going to crack open the problem.

So mainly we focus on the military options. Why the military? Because — as even the NIE admits — Iran continues to develop ways to satisfy its nuclear ambitions. (People crowed over the fact that they faked one missile out of 4 fired — but what about the other 3?) Hezbollah grows in power. Hamas becomes better trained by the day. America is training Fatah and giving Egypt sophisticated weaponry. Jordan can be counted on — not to join the Muslim pack until it looks like the Muslims are winning. And Israel hasn't thrown off its inept government and shows signs of simply substituting another set of corrupt and ineffectual politicians at the next election. So it is well past the time when the growing threats all aimed at Israel can be nipped in the bud. All we can do is hope Israel acts before Arab and Iranian strength is fullgrown and ready to be used.

Military action is not a happy choice. But as time passes, thanks to Iranian belligerancy and Israeli government's ineptitude, it may very soon be the only choice. That, or sit in a fog of indecision and denial, waiting to be destroyed.

Let's hope Israel doesn't have to go-it-alone.

SHI'ITE IRAN'S GENOCIDAL JEW HATRED
by Andrew Bostom

  The often-repeated passionately-voiced intent of Shi'ite Iran to destroy Israel in particular and Jews in general is not superficial or recent or "just talk". Tracing the origins of Shi'ite Iran's animosity towards Jews, Andrew Bostom concludes that "[t]he pillars of this continuous modern campaign of annihilationist antisemitism are the motifs from traditional Islamic Jew hatred, including, most significantly, Islamic eschatology. These deep-seated Islamic theological motifs are further conjoined to Holocaust denial, and the development of a nuclear weapons program intended expressly for Israel's eradication."
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THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS MAKING PEACE
by Victor Sharpe

  Victor Sharpe cogitates about peace and says many wise things. "There is no such thing as making peace. If a nation desires peace with its neighbor, but that neighbor implacably rejects peace, then any imposed peace process from outside is nothing more than a handmaiden to futility or worse." Applying this to Israel, he observes, "Israel's leaders have sought peace above all else and considered its attainment with hostile neighbors as the great panacea. But making peace must never be the goal of a nation when confronted by enemies who look upon peace with contempt." And as Islam gains confidence in its bid to rule the world, it becomes more and more true that "Deterrence, unwavering strength and deterrence, is the only salvation for Israel against the Islamic onslaught just as it is for an equally blinded West increasingly confronted with Islamic terrorism."
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WAR MODELS
by Prof. Paul Eidelberg

  America has aggressively fought wars, not stopping until the adversary's complete surrender — as in World War 2 — and has fought wars with minimalist objectives — as in Vietnam. A democracy with limited war objectives ultimately must fail when the adversary is not accountable to its populace, doesn't mind losing a lot of people and and can outwait the democracy. The democracy has signalled that the war isn't all that important by not going all out, so it is hard to resist calls to stop the war that come from citizens anxious to get onto other matters. Ironically, this means, as Professor Paul Eidelberg writes, that limited wars can end up taking longer and/or resulting in a greater number of deaths. He suggests "If any model is appropriate in dealing with Israel's implacable enemies, it is the model used by the United States against Nazi Germany."
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WE ONLY GET ONE STRIKE
by Moshe Sharon

  Iran intends to annihilate Israel. It is serious. As a Shi'ite Muslim country, it believes the destruction of the Jews will herald in "the dawning of messianic times." It must be stopped. If Israel has to go it alone, she can not farble, fumble or fizz out before the job is completed — as she did in the Second Lebanon War. Moshe Sharon points out why Israel has to get it right in its first strike. Otherwise, it won't be just Iran that retaliates. It will be Iran aided by all the groups that are at the moment stocking up weaponry and training foot soldiers. This includes not only Hizbullah and Syria and Hamas and the PLO but also the many Israeli Arabs, full-fledged citizens of Israel, who have no loyalty to the Jewish state.
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WHAT 'BOMB IRAN' REALLY TAKES
by Ralph Peters

  Moshe Sharon warned in the previous article that an Israeli strike on Iran couldn't be haphazard. Ralph Peters looks at striking Iran should America need to stop Iran's nuclear threat by using a military strike. Like Sharon, he emphasizes the need to be decisive. He lists the specific targets that will need to be taken out to eliminate an Iranian nuclear threat.
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Israel has other problems. The main one seems to be a government run by people who intent on giving away the land to everyone but Jews, while harassing those Jews who object to this policy. This general policy has highly specific consequences. Fighting Israel's enemies eventually will be a lot harder, now that Israel has allowed terrorist organizations in Gaza, Samaria, Judea and Lebanon to build large and efficient bases. Carrying out the demoralizing ejection of patriotic Jews from Gaza was implemented by training the IDF to see the "settlers" as the enemy and the families of Arab terrorists as more worthy of protection than Jews. This made for a psychically weakened IDF when it was called on to fight in Lebanon the next summer. One would think that Israel's media people and academics would see the danger of allowing Israel to be painted as a genocidal occupier and would speak out and tell the world how tolerant and compassionate Israel has been towards her enemies — a veritable suffering Job among nations. Instead it is the same people in the media and universities who amplify the pro-Arab lies and distortions.

THE PEACE SNAKE
by Steven Plaut

  Steven Plaut writes a delightful story about the Peace Snake — how the Peres's of this world feed on our hunger for peace. Simon Peres, Israel's sneakest practitioner of snake-oil peace, together with his talk-alikes, is now vigorously promoting the division of Jerusalem AND giving Samaria and Judea to the Arabs. How else can we have peace with our Arab neighboring countries?    the Palestinians?    Fatah?    Abbas, maybe?    It worked in Gaza, didn't it? Perhaps Plaut's parable will teach some reality.
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IS THE GOVERNMENT THE ENEMY?
by Emanuel A. Winston

  If Israel survives, there's one thing we'll be able to say good about this period — the current Israeli government has established absolute zero. The ultimate low point in politicians. The benchmark that serves as the standard of pathetic, the dev/null of governance, the administration named zilcho. No government can get worse than this and still pretend to function. They used to say in England that the smart son went to University, the active son went into the army, and the nebish went into the ministry. In Israel, the technical and business types go into industry, the logical types go into science; the dedicated go into kollel; and the total misfits become political hacks. Emanuel Winston traces how the Left has used its political power since the Oslo negotiations began. He asks whether the degree of appeasement and secret concessions Israel makes to its enemies together with how much it has reconstituted the police and army as political tools is not treason?
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OUR TERMINAL STUPIDITY
by Martin Sherman

  If the government's actions are not treason, Martin Sherman argues, they have terminal stupidity, and might easily end in ending Israel. With the use of a smattering of common-sense, the consequences of the Oslo Agreement were predictable. What is appalling is that now that Oslo's terrible consequences are glaringly obvious — and it is even more obvious that Israel has not got an Arab peace partner (if ever it did) — the government continues to pursue a 2-state "peace process", aided by Marxist academics and media. It is oblivious to security risks, to the demoralization of its citizens and to the build-up time it has given Israel's enemies. It also hasn't figured out that if the Jews are expelled from Samaria and Judea (known to Jews as Biblical Israel and to Arabs since 1948 as the West Bank), the Arabs will control Israel's water supply, be able to target its airport and control the high ground that looks down on large population centers.
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THE MENTAL PREPARATION FOR THE DISENGAGEMENT AND ITS AFTERMATH IN THE IDF
by Gadi Eshel

  We all recognize how excruciating an experience it was for the Jews of Gaza to be expelled from their homes by other Jews. It is now becoming obvious that the government had another destructive task to perform to make the expulsion happen. It had to prepare the IDF, hitherto regarded as an agency for protecting Jews, to carry out this evil ejection, to go against its natural instincts. That the Olmert-Sharon government succeeded brilliantly in reducing a highly-motivated fighting force into a political tool can be seen from the IDF's lackadaisical performance in the Second Lebanon War.
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HIZBULLAH'S TRIUMPH: THE LONG-TERM IMPLICATIONS OF PRISONER EXCHANGES
by Justus Reid Weiner and Diane Morrison

  It's hard not to react with disgust at Israel's willingness to release a large group of Hizbullah terrorists including Samir Kuntar, a monster who cracked open a child's head by smashing her against a rock — in exchange for two dead bodies. Justus Reid Weiner and Diane Morrison go beyond emotion and tell us why this act is harmful to Israel's future health. They point out that a rogue group of terrorists now has the status afforded lawful soldiers. The exchange creates an appalling precedent that encourages further kidnappings, increases the possibility that Israeli captured soldiers will be mistreated or even murdered in custody, and rewards imprisoned terrorists by releasing them early to claim new victims. There is no virtue in Israelis telling themselves they have a higher morality; they have put more Jews in greater jeopardy, including Gilad Shalit, who is still a prisoner of Arab terrorists.
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TEL AVIV U'S CHOMSKY DISCIPLES IN LINGUISTICS LEAVE US SPEECHLESS
by Lee Kaplan

  It's amazing how much damage one man can do — and this a man engaged presumably in peaceful pursuits. A single man, Edward Said corrupted Middle East Studies for decades, enshrining the wrong assumptions about the Middle East and, as we learned on 9/11, leading everyone to the wrong conclusions. Said was a linguist, as is the subject of this essay by Lee Kaplan — Noam Chomsky. His anarchic hate-Israel politics — and maybe even his discredited linguistics — are in full play at Tel-Aviv University, where professors encourage their students to avoid serving in the IDF and otherwise strengthen the Arabs and their fantasy that Israel belongs to them. As one organization has asked: donors, do you know what your money is doing?
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THE SHAME OF DISLOYALTY
by Ralph Dobrin

  "Each military flare-up produces pictures of devastation and dead Arabs — often children — on the television screens of the world ..." Many people, Jews included, are ignorant of the context of these pictures. They aren't aware that the dead were used as human shields by their own relatives. They won't learn from their news sources that many of the awful-looking scenes are hoaxes staged with media collusion. But academics, particularly Jewish academics, don't have the excuse of ignorance. Are they acting this way because of their ideology or some twist in their personality or out of sheer wrongheadedness? Ralph Dobrin suggests it doesn't much matter why they are what they are. What is important is that we all learn to counter their spurious claims with the actual facts. He suggests some reliable sources of information.
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SECTION 3. MUSLIMS WAGE WAR IN THE WEST:

More so in America, less so in Europe, Islamists don granny masks to hide their wolfishness. They have infiltrated our banking institutions offering the monetary rewards of sharia banking and not emphasizing its anchorage in basic sharia law. They have managed to sanitize K12 textbooks so that, despite all evidence to the contrary, future generations will have the conditioned conviction that Islam is a peaceful religion. They have encouraged self-censorship from the press, who won't criticize Muslim activities, because they are aware the Saudis have sufficient money to eventually win any legal battle. They have infiltrated academia and, curiously, have become chummy with leftist multicultural faculty, who ignore that Islam does not approve of any culture but its own. And what is so often ignored, the current surge in anti-semitism isn't a mystery happening ex nihilo — it is a planned achievement, made possible by the liberal use of Middle East oil money. Denying respect to the Jews is but one aspect of Muslim denial of respect to Western democracy and their determination to supplant our system of governance with their complete answer to everything — Sharia law.

The first essay in this section lays out the general problem. The other sections explore various infiltrations.

THE NEW JEWS, AND HOW WE MUST DEFEND THEM
by Hugh Fitzgerald

  Hugh Fitzgerald has written a factual analysis on how Muslims differ from other immigrant groups in Western countries. Other groups strive to participate, to enjoy their new freedom; or they withdraw into their own community structure, with little contact to the larger society. Only the Muslims nibble away at the structure of the host society, often announcing openly that it is inevitable that their law — sharia — supercede the laws of the host country. Increasingly, they demand the larger society accomodate itself to Islam. They are unique in other ways. There is among them a group of unknown size — the silent minority that perhaps does not have supremicist intentions — but they do not protest when the extremists claim to speak for all muslims. They are less likely than other immigrant groups to become more American in later generations; in fact, a goodly number of the younger generations become more militant. Then too, they have taken a major role in fomenting hate and dissension. They benefit from the nonjudgmental attitude of the multicultural Westerner, but they themselves do not see the infidel as praiseworthy or equal. In fact, they are a major source of the recent increase in open, poisonous anti-semitism. Muslim students put up grotesque anti-semitic posters; Muslim professors deny the connection of Jews to Israel. They shamelessly distort, misinterpret and openly lie to blacken Israel's name. Fitzgerald lays out the extent of the problem and makes intelligent suggestions on how to counter the Muslim hostile takeover.
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Sharia Inroads into Government and Banking

JIHAD AND OUTREACH TO ISLAMIC SUPREMACIST GROUPS
by Jeffrey Imm

  How the mighty have fallen! In days of old when local police were often in league with powerful local criminals, the FBI was a shiny example of incorruptibility. Nowadays, their outreach program to the very Islamic groups they need to investigate is, at the very least, bizarre. As Jeffrey Imm writes, "Why would any federal government agency defend outreach to a group whose leaders support Islamic supremacist organizations?" When they fought white supremacists, they "...sought no guidance from white supremacist non-violent organizations in that war." Under the guise of concern for Islamic civil liberties, the FBI practices appeasement and ignores the ideology of the groups it courts. The focus on training FBI agents in sensitivity to Muslim concerns will not make for effective probing investigations — especially not when it is these very same Islamic groups that are training the FBI in how to behave in the presence of a Muslim.
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THE PERILS OF SHARIAH-COMPLIANT FINANCE
by Center for Security Policy

  Sharia banking is based on Islamic law. No interest may be charged but the come-on ignores hefty fees that are charged. More seriously, sharia banking is the string that pulls in the rest of Islamic law — including donating to Islamic charities that end up funding violent jihad. The Center for Security Policy has initiated a campaign to make us aware of the real costs of Sharia Banking. (See also articles by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr, Helena Christofi, and Patrick M. Wood in the November-December 2007 issue.)
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Islamic Inroads into the Education Sector. These essays examine some of the agencies and institutions involved in branding Israel as an illegitimate country while portraying the "Po' Palestinians" as innocent victims. The unquestioning media acceptance of whatever Palestinian proponents say has contributed much to this anti-Israel campaign. It has reached the point that they don't so much report the news as propagandize it, spreading Jew hate globally. Fact suppression also has become common in the publishing business, as publishers refuse to publish books that can get them sued for libel by Arabs. And it's getting hard to get an unpoliticized education in more departments at more universities.

HOW TO GET THE WORLD TO HATE ISRAEL
by Richard L. Cravatts

  When an event or a process defies logic — it couldn't happen but it has — it is often helpful to ask: were this a planned manipulation, how could it have come about. Richard Cravetts sequences a set of propaganda procedures that would explain how Israel came to be seen as an apartheid occupier of another people's land — a statement that is contrary to fact. He does all but ask who might be pushing the buttons. I'd vote for Muslim Brother and/or Saudi Arabia.
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THE MEDIA AND ENDURING NARRATIVE
by Caroline Glick

  Caroline Glick makes clear that pro-Arab media such as BBC consistently mimimizes the grotesque behavior of the Palestinians Arabs, to the point that there are only two known clips taken at the exact moment of the terror attack. And in both cases, the media apologized to the terrorists for showing them. The Arabs, themselves, unlike the Jews, dramatize their "victimhood" by showing their dead, preferably young, chopped up, and bloody. Glick states bluntly that BBC apologized ".. not because the film's images were too gruesome, but because it strayed from the accepted narratives of the Palestinian war against Israel." She highlights the problem inherent in the media-Arab connection: by showing one-sided images and ignoring underlying causes, the media's reinforces the Arab interpretation of events.
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GOOGLE EARTH: A NEW PLATFORM FOR ANTI-ISRAEL PROPAGANDA AND REPLACEMENT GEOGRAPHY
by Andre Oboler

  Andre Oboler writes on Google Earth, which allows pro-Palestinians to post glaringly incorrect "information" on putative Arab pre-ownership of current Israeli towns (they call it "user-generated content"), yet Google claims to "provide critical tools for understanding a story." They are saying "trust me" but they knowing let users post falsehoods under their imprimatur — they don't withdraw the patently false information. It is true that they allow separate user-created overlays from many different sources; it is equally true that the default overlay is Arab propaganda. Moreover, if it continues to take time and legal effort to force Google to make individual changes in an error-riddled map, how can we ever feel secure in what is still displayed? What a shame it is to lose confidence in a once well-regarded information-gathering resource!
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WALKING WITH ANGELS AT THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER
by Dexter Van Zile

  Dexter Van Zile writes, "NCR, the National Catholic Reporter (which has no official ties to the Roman Catholic Church) offers its readers an ideologically-driven narrative of the Middle East conflict that demonizes Israel and excuses and minimizes the behavior of those who seek its destruction. It portrays the state of Israel's history as a trail of blood, bereft of any efforts to make peace with its adversaries. And yes, in the process of offering this distorted narrative, NCR uses Jewish 'self-criticism' as an important source for its remorseless denunciation of Israel..." Van Zile does a masterful job of profiling some of NCR columnists, writers and editors: Robert Fisk, Rosemary Ruether, Neve Gordon and Margot Patterson.
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THE HECKLER'S VETO
by Steve Emerson

  Can the self-censorship in the publishing industry seen in Europe in the wake of the Muslim riots protesting cartoons of Mohammad come to America? Would publishers sacrifice their and their authors' right to free speech for fear of stirring up a "hyper-sensitive Muslim community"? Steve Emerson provides us with a recent example which gives us cause for concern. Random House has virtuously stopped its publication of a novel about Mohammed's 9-year old wife, out of concern for the safety of those involved in the book's publication. (For additional information, see here.) Their concern for Muslim retribution may be realistic, but is contracting our freedom of speech the way to go?
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IN ACADEMIA, HIRING TOKEN JEWS
by Asaf Romirowsky

  Columbia University has taken the lead in showing contempt for Jews while pretending to fair-minded listening to their concerns about Columbia's unscholarly, anti-Jewish Arab professors that continue to receive tenure. In reviewing Rashid Khalidi's taunting of pro-Israel students, it stacked the committee with members well-known to be strongly critical of Israel. To add balance in its Jewish Studies program — Rashid Khalidi was a member of the Search Committee — they selected Yinon Cohen, a Jew in name only. In this essay Asaf Romirowsky writes about other such academic Jews. As he so ably puts it, "[h]iring token Israeli Jews who share their views eliminates debate while providing the illusion of balance."
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We end this Section on a positive note. Here are two essays on survival — they suggest some ways that we in America and in Israel can fight back in the war resurgent Islam has been waging against us.

MIDEAST SURVIVAL GUIDE
by Mordechai Kedar

  Mordechai Kedar has a prescription on how to survive in the Middle East: The patience to outwait and outwit resurgent Islam; an ideology that bolsters our faith in what we need to do and makes us confident as we struggle; and endurance — staying in for the long haul, not quitting at the first sign of trouble. Is it any different for us in America?
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FORMER TERRORIST'S ADVICE FOR FIGHTING JIHAD: THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY
by Rob Margetta

  The first rule of warfare is: know your enemy. We don't. Seven years after 9/11 and we still haven't settled on who or what we're fighting. Is it the blight of poverty, despair, political disenfranchisement? If that's true, all we have to do is cure the ills of the world and terrorism will stop. Put another way, because we can never cure all the world's problems, the anarchistic forms of terror we now are seeing will never stop. We know we aren't fighting terror per se. The term Terror is descriptive of procedures and tactics used by terrorists. Even as we begin to identify that our troubles are caused by Middle Eastern terrorists, we haven't settled on a name that subsumes the local manifestions: Hamas, Hezbullah, Al Fatah, etc. Should we call them Islamists? radical Islam? resurgent Islam? Rob Margetta writes about a recent Senate attempt to come to grips with the nature of the terrorists who have declared us their enemy and how to deal with them.
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HISTORY SECTION: The first essay traces the historical context of what seems a simple word and reaches important conclusions. Of the other essays, two recall the early days of the Jewish State and the origin of the antagonism Israel still confronts. The third is a historical document for the future — it is one of the rare essays by a member of the media not enamoured of Barak Obama.

TACTICAL HUDNA AND ISLAMIST INTOLERANCE
by Denis MacEoin

  In analyzing the historic context that anchors the meaning of the term hudna — whose surface meaning is cease fire during a jihad — Denis MacEoin makes us understand that jihad itself must be continuous because it is designed to spread Islam, which "... holds that a set of rules exists, eternal, divinely ordained, and independent of the will of man, which defines the proper ordering of society. ..." These rules are intended to apply to all governments in the world and they are of course to be defined and controlled by Muslims. All Muslims can agree that Muslims must rule over infidels and this has given motive power for yet another jihad. History also demonstrates the instability and chronic internal war in Muslim governance. The various factions waged war against each other one. Generally the more barbaric ones would take power, only to lose it as another group grew strong and nasty enough to win the people's admiration.
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THE FIGHT OVER '1948'
by Efraim Karsh

  This is a fascinating essay by Efraim Karsh about the long-held assertion by Israeli revisionist historian, Benny Morris, that, well before Israel became a state, Israeli leaders wanted to drive out the Arabs. Examining Morris's documentation, Karsh became aware of "the systematic falsification of evidence aimed at casting Zionism as 'a colonizing and expansionist ideology and movement'...." It is only recently that Morris has acknowledged that it is the Arabs who deny the legitimacy of Jewish nationalism, not the reverse. Amusingly, this has "won Mr. Morris the ire of former allies and admirers — such as the notorious duo Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer — who continued to use his academic writings in their Israel-bashing endeavors." But revisionist historians have never needed a close connection between evidence and their politically-charged conclusions.
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INTRODUCTION TO NATIONS UNITED: HOW THE UNITED NATIONS IS UNDERMINING ISRAEL
by Alex Grobman

  Dr. Alex Grobman is a historian who writes on contemporary issues affecting the Jewish community. In his latest book, he focuses on the gross hostility the U.N. has shown toward Israel. This essay is the Introduction to the book. It lays out the context — the centuries-long Jewish attachment to Israel and the Jewish return to reclaim and restore its land, the mission we call Zionism. And it characterizes Anti-Zionism, which, promulgated by obsessive Arab bloc voting in the U.N., became international in scope. As in the rest of the book, the writing is direct and the ideas comprehensive.
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HE VENTURED FORTH TO BRING LIGHT TO THE WORLD
by Gerard Baker

  In this presidential campaign, Obama has generated chuckles flip-flopping and making a fool of himself. To paraphrase Him: Jerusalem is to be undivided (to AIPAC cheers) ... well, actually it should be the capital of Palestine (to Palestinian Arab cheering in Ramallah) ... well of course Jerusalem should remain undivided. We don't want barbed wire running through it, no sirrey. But that's more scary than funny. We have, however, seen two serious humor items. The New Yorker cartoon is farcical and encourages you to flip 180 degree but stay in the box. It says: you got him wrong. He isn't a skinny Marxist-Muslim combo. Au fond he's a ... (you fill in the blanks). This article by Gerard Baker is brilliant satire because it mirrors Obama's view of Himself. Who else, barely out of law school, would devote himself to writing his memoirs a la Jack Kennedy and Profiles of Courage. As ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny, an embryonic politico imitated an established pro.
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May-June, 2008

We celebrate Israel's 60th! Except for the first essay, we examine the Arabs' take on the founding of the Jewish state. They see it as the disaster in which they were forced to flee for their lives. A pathos-filled story. But a phony one. A highly-creative myth. These essays provide us with the truth about the birth of the "Palestinian refugee".

PERFECTION DEMANDED ONLY FROM LITTLE ISRAEL
by Chris Powell

  Starting in the late 1800s there was a surge of settlers into Israel, who, added to the Jews who had never left, slowly reclaimed their homeland. Around the time Israel was granted statehood, it needed to bring in refugees from Arabland and survivers of the European Holocaust. Israel took in people almost guaranteed to hold back development — the elderly, the traumatized, the weak, the demoralized, the unskilled. If that wasn't enough of a handicap, Israel was a poor country with no natural resources — no oil, few minerals, young forests, a poor water supply. And fending off Arab neighbors was a constant distraction. Yet, sixty years later, Israel is in the first-rank in advancing the quality of life for humankind. It has Nobel prize winners, engineers and computer scientists developing and improving global communications; physicians and biologists crafting medical innovations; agriculturalists growing wonderful fruits and vegetables with a scant water supply. During this time, the Arab states have become bloated with spending money but they have scarely moved forward towards modern times. So how is it the miracle of Israel is not appreciated? Chris Powell provides an interesting answer.
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1948, ISRAEL, AND THE PALESTINIANS — THE TRUE STORY
by Efraim Karsh

  Efraim Karsh writes of the beginning of the Arab refugee extravaganza. During the 1948 invasion of Israel by the Arab states, the local Arabs fled. Arab propaganda claimed that they fled because the Jews forced them out. Using newly declassified documents to determine what happened in what is now the State of Israel between 1920 and 1948, Karsh shows that the flight of the Arabs and their consequent resettlement as unwanted refugees in the Arab countries was the result of the Arab leadership instructing their people to leave their homes so the Arab armies could destroy the new state of Israel.
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SELF-MADE NAKBA
by Barry Rubin

  Barry Rubin adduces four reasons why the Arabs rejected partition and attacked the fledgling state of Israel: namely, 1) the Mufti of Jerusalem, Hitler's buddy, wanted to destroy the Jews, not live next to them; 2) the Arab laity wanted war; 3) the Arab countries envisioned looting and grabbing land; 4) they foresaw an easy victory. They haven't changed much, have they?
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UNRWA: REFUGE OF REJECTIONISM
by Barry Rubin, Asaf Romirowsky and Jonathan Spyer

  This report, recently released by the GLORIA Center, details how UNRWA, nominally a humanitarian effort to help Palestinian refugees, uses its huge budget to hamper resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and blocks the resettlement of its ever-growing number of charges. Oh, and it also furnishes finances, facilities, and recruits for terrorist groups — but that it does for free.
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THIS IS AN ONEROUS LIFE?
by Steven Shamrak

  Aside from the fact that many of the Arab refugees were locals living near the refugee camps (they actually improved their lives signing up as refugees), their lives are pretty good. It might be boring but they won't starve and they are better educated than Arabs in most of the Arab countries. And for excitement, the various terrorist organizations are there — as UNRWA staff — to inculcate them with an exciting mission: KILL THE JEWS.
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US CONGRESSMEN DEMAND UNRWA REFORM
by Etgar Lefkovits

  Israel Zwick of CN.net gathered these interesting facts from UN official sources: UNHCR handles all the UN-supported refugees and stateless people in the world except the Palestinian arabs; in 2007, UNHCR cared for 32.9 million people in 110 countries. UNHCR requested a total of 1.673 billion — regular budget and supplemental funds — for 2008. Of their clients, the vast majority returned home or were resettled within 5 years. UNRWA's clientele is exclusively Palestinian arab; in 2007, UNRWA cared for 4.5 million people in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank. They requested 1.09 billion for 2008. To sum up: to cater to 14% of the number of people that UNHCR cares for, UNRWA's non-supplemental 2008 budget is almost 2/3 of what UNHCR spends for all other UN-supported refugees in the world. UNRWA has resisted resettling clients for some 60 years, insisting that — unlike other refugees — these arabs can not go anywheres except to Israel.

The United States is a major UNRWA sugar daddy. So it is appropriate that it be the one to say: Enough's enough. As Etgar Lefkovits writes, several U.S. Congressmen are demanding reform, pointing out that "UNRWA was actually designed to perpetuate the festering sore of the refugee problem."  READ MORE
 

Thanks to the Sharon-Olmert government, Israel also has refugees. In August 2005, the Jews of Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip were made refugees by their own government. They are forced to rely on each other and on Jews with a conscience in Israel and the Diaspora. To date, UNHCR has not contributed a cent to their welfare. Nor has their own government provided them with adequate compensation for the houses and greenhouses and businesses they were forced to leave. They live in shoddy trailers due to disintegrate in the near future and are unemployed or underemployed. This is shameful!

IT'S NOT GUSH KATIF
by Ann Goldberg

  Ann Goldberg describes a trip taken to visit some expellees from Gush Katif, who are now living in a section of Kibbutz Ein Zurim. The refugees have renamed the area Nezer Hazani, the name of their hometown in Gush Katif in the Gaza strip. If there was a compelling reason for the eviction, the Olmert government never made it clear. What is clear is that the major tangible return Israel got for the expulsion is the constant barrage of missiles coming from the Arab terror community that now inhabits Gush Katif.
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1000 DAYS WITHOUT A HOME
by Dror Vanunu

  The exiled Gush Katif communities has created superb graphics that will in short order fill you in with what's happened to the productive, patriotic and proud Jews that lived in Gush Katif, Gaza. Dror Vanunu reminds us that they need your help now to recover from the trauma inflicted on them by the Sharon-Olmert government. They need your financial and moral support. You need their conviction that the all of Land of Israel belongs to the Children of Israel. You need their spiritual strength. Help them for their sake. Help them for your sake.
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GOODBYE 12, UPWARD AND ONWARD
by Moshe Saperstein

  Moshe Saperstein in his sardonic fashion continues to explore recovering from a trauma inflicted by the petty bureaucrats and gross ideologues that were supposed have his interest at heart. These administrators destroyed his beloved community in Gush Katif, Gaza, and they continue to destroy the country he loves. He began his current set of essays — the Goodbye series — in March 2008. Goodbye 1-4 and 8-10 are to be found in "Gloom, Doom — And Yet..." in the Think-Israel's March-April 2008 issue. Goodbye 11 is on the April 2008 Blog-Ed page. This issue we present essay "Goodbye 12 and onward."
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RAPTORS IN LACHISH; WEDDING IN SUSSIYAH
by Rachel Saperstein

  Two short essays, deceptively simple. Raptors make a stopover in Israel on the way to Europe. On land needed by people who need housing. How do you prioritize? Rephrase the question and the answer changes. In the second essay, we learn how some of the Israeli young are connecting themselves to their people's history. Rachel Saperstein always leaves us with much to think about.
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THE MISTAKES THAT LAUNCHED 3,000 ROCKETS
by Richard A. Baehr

  Richard A. Baehr reminds us that not so long ago Israeli leadership made a disasterous error — forcing all the Jewish Israelis out of the Gaza strip. He recalls all the supposedly sound reasons for vacating the land — demographics, not having to worry about protecting the Gazan Jewish civilians. public relations, peace, and letting the Arabs run their own show. As we know, the actual result was a rain of missiles from Gaza. So why are they dredging up the same old arguments to leave Samaria and Judea (aka the West Bank)?
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THE TWO-PRONGED ASSAULT ON RELIGIOUS ZIONISM
by Caroline B. Glick

  Caroline Glick makes clear what many have long suspected — driving Jews from their homes in Gaza had little to do with peace or security and much to do with the hostility the far-left Israeli secularists feels toward religious Zionist Jews because they want to be Jews, not Marxists. The expulsion "...wasn't about peace with the Arabs. It was about cultural supremacy within Israel." In doing so, the secularists demoralized some of Israel's most productive and patriotic citizens; gave the Arab terrorists now in control of Gaza more confidence as well as more unmonitored space in which to assemble and hurl their missiles; and weakened the state of Israel to further military and diplomatic attacks. The irony is that the Left strives to be like everyone but picks wrong and/or inadequate implementations. It is religious Zionism that is revolutionary, nationalistic and above all, normal in its desire to hold onto its own land and live its own version of the good life. Unfortunately, it has acquired another opponent — the non-Zionist Jewish religious establishment, which is comfortable in the attitudes and habits of powerlessness that it developed to survive hostility in the diaspora. Yet, as Glick concludes, "Israel and the Jewish people need Religious Zionism more than anyone will ever admit." [For another facet of the consequences of the Jewish incorporation of the need to keep a low profile, to be politically powerless, see Seth J. Frantzman, "Jews, Power And The Creation Of The Palestinians" below.]
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Jewish leftists academics and professional "humanitarians" seem particularly prone to self-hate. They blame Jews, in particular Israeli Jews, for anything and everything. Arguments defending the Jewish state are never strong enough; arguments defending Arab terrorism can be ridiculously weak but they are solemnly accepted. The last article in this set discusses what may be the root cause of this Jewish self-hate.

THE LIZARD NAMED OZ
by Lee Kaplan

  Lee Kaplan draws us a character sketch of Avraham Oz, a professor of theatre and drama studies and a darling of the Israel-hating press, both at home in Israel and abroad. He can always be counted on to see Jews as bad, their terrorist neighbors as good, or at least as justified in their despicable behavior. "The Arabs keep claiming they are being ethnically cleansed as their population in Gaza and Yesha increases almost exponentially." The Arab choir has a stock set of derogatory phrases to condition people to despise Israel, its army and its citizens. And Oz is one of their lead singers, mouthing their words and specializing in demoralizing his own country.
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HRW'S POLITICIZED CHARACTERIZATION OF THE BEDOUIN ISSUE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
by NGO Monitor

  Human Rights Watch (HRW) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that routinely accuses Israel of war crimes. It can be counted on to overstate, exaggerate, distort and invent atrocities Israel is supposed have committed against the Arabs. When their spokesmen are caught out — as they were in Jenin and Qana — far from being embarrassed, they shrug it off and move on to their next bout of indignation. This essay from the NGO Monitor carefully analyzes the distortions in their report on their latest cause — the "plight" of the Bedouins in the Negev. Clearly, their cause may have changed, but their shoddy research and muddled writeups haven't. What makes HRW different from other vicious anti-Jewish NGOs? Its executive director is a Jew, whose father is a holocaust survivor. It seems to be the only difference.
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JEWS, POWER AND THE CREATION OF THE PALESTINIANS
by Seth J. Frantzman

  Seth Frantzman has written a singular and brilliant essay. He sums up the components and evaluates the essentials of the Jewish attitude against taking political responsibility — an attitude initially conditioned by the need to maintain a non-threatening profile in order to survive in a hostile diaspora. Unfortunately, the Jews internalized the need not to challenge the prevailing political and religious powers. They developed ways of surviving, but achieving independent political power was not one of them. Before Israel became a state, this attitude took the form of denying the virtue of having a Jewish state. In recent years, this has translated into a moral stance by Jewish leftist intellectuals, who created the notion of the indigenous Palestinian and want to give away Israel's birthright, its very identity, to these Palestinians. This would put the Jews right back in the role of an impotent minority group. The leftist Jews see this rootlessness as good; disembodied, so to speak, Jews could concentrate on being a "light unto the world." Unfortunately, it would also put them at the mercy of an irrational majority group intent on destroying Jews — but that doesn't appear to concern the Jewish leftist intellectual.
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These essays provide us with the history and character of the Palestinian Arab and make clear that the vision of two people living side by side in peace will never happen — not while one of them is the Palestinian Arab, a fabricated people designed to usurp Jewish land.

Why shouldn't there be yet another Arab state carved out of land belonging to Israel? Because the West Bank is Biblical Israel. It belongs to the Jews by way of the Bible, by history, by the Palestine Mandate, by international law, by decency and morality. If you insist that land can only be acquired by conquest — because that's how most countries became states — then, OK, Israel conquered the area in 1968, taking it from Jordan, who took it in 1948, when she, together with Israel's other neighbors, invaded the newly-created state of Israel. Before that? It belonged to the Ottomans for some 400 years. Then when the Ottomans had the misfortune to back the wrong side in World War 1, England was entrusted with the territory to help the Jews turn it into a state.

THE INVENTION OF PALESTINE
by Tsafrir Ronen

  Tsafrir Ronen bluntly provides us with some historic facts that are usually ignored by diplomats formulating a fantasy of two people living side by side in peace, when the reality is that one of these people — the Palestinian Arabs — is not an authentic people. They were invented as a way to challenge the Jewish people's return to their land. As Ronen writes, "[t]his is the essence of the Arab propaganda war, which is intended to steal the identity of Eretz Yisrael and to transform it into Palestine, and by such means to turn the Jewish people into occupiers of Eretz Yisrael. That's the whole story." Who says so? The Palestinian Arabs. Their very own leadership says so. Openly. And in print. Read some of their statements in this article.
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CAN WE PLEASE CUT THE QUACKERY?
by Jack Engelhard

  We are often told that Palestinian Arabs really want peace — they are being misled by some of their leaders. It isn't true. The motive force for the Palestinian Arab psychopathy comes from the Arab laity. It comes from the mothers who jump for joy when they learn their children have massacred Jews while blowing themselves up. Jack Engelhard points out they voted for Hamas, they wanted Hamas. Unfortunately, the Israeli Jews aren't stopping their Prime Minister from giving away Jewish land. And, as Engelhard says, "[t]hose of us (like AFSI) who favor a strong Israel, unconditionally, are finding ourselves outnumbered by our own Jewish brothers and sisters who, along with our politicians and media elites, have bought the jihadist narrative."
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DEATH OF A VISION
by Uri Elitzur

  Uri Elitzur asks why the Israelis continue to cling to the two-state solution, especially, when one of the groups, the Palestinian arabs, desires to obliterate the other group, the Jews. "Why, he asks, "do logical people cling to such an unrealistic vision, which has crashed time and again against reality, and always with bloodshed and suffering? The answer is fear and despair. Fear of the Arab population about to drown us in a dark demographic sea, and despair over the State of Israel's ability to rule and control its own fate." He advices Israel to stop being afraid. Recent demographic figures show the Arabs aren't going to become a majority in Israel and the territories now or in the future. What Israel needs to do is to put its own interests first, not try to represent both us and them [the Arabs], both the UN and the International Court of Justice."
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WHAT IS AN IRRECONCILABLE ENEMY? EXAMINING HAMAS AND HEZBOLLAH
by Nicholas Guariglia

  The Jihadists of the Middle East have declared us of the West their enemy, and no softsoaping, no bribes, no diplomacy, no appeasement will deter them. Their if-thens are not our if-thens. They aren't just talking nasty. They mean to take over the West, starting with Israel and then going big time. Using a personal experience, Nicholas Guariglia makes us understand what it is to have a group make themselves your irreconcilable enemy "... even if you are unaware of their lethal intent. You are their enemy, and thus they yours, and they, not you, have made it so." Why in the world would we give Hamas, created by the Muslim Brotherhood and which now rules directly or indirectly over the Palestinian Arabs, or Hezbollah, which controls much of Lebanon for the Iranians, more land to use to develop more ways to murder people?
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The diplomats and much of the media continue to try to square the circle, to put a hostile group of Arabs plonk inside of Biblical Israel and label it an independent state, but a dependent state — an independent dependent state (now that's an Obamaism), where Israel continues to be their nanny, providing them with water, electricity, food, jobs and medicine and they continue to do what they do best: murder Jews. In the longer version, this is to continue until enough Arabs pour into Israel to wipe out its Jewish character and probably its Jews. In the fast-forward version, Israel and the Arabs start off by sharing a single state, including any Arab from all over Arab land that claims he's a Palestinian and any Jew that survives. The Jewish character of the State is immediately wiped out.

These essays suggest a third way. Tiny Israel is too small for two states, especially when the Arab group takes joy in massacring Jews. The Arabs own 99.9% of the Middle East. They have the space to place ALL the Arabs who claim to be Palestinian — without cramping. They have the money to settle the Palestinians, especially if the money now spent on the Arab "refugees" is added in. And why should there not be room in the Middle East with its 20 Arab states for a single Jewish State? In fact, when you think about it, the major question is: where should the Palestinian arabs be resettled? That's what this group of essays mostly discusses — that and the need for Israel to stand firm and look out for its own interests for a change.
[See also: Martin Sherman's "A New Paradigm For The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: From The Political To The Humanitarian," here.]

REB HOROWITZ AND A TICKING CLOCK
by Dov Kahn

  We are always being told Israel has to make some new painful decision for peace. They can all be summarized as: share Jewish land or give it away; risk your future and the future of your children. And they have all have the same result: no peace and less security. In this essay, Dov Kahn suggests an agonizing decision that differs from the previous peace plans in that it actually could lead to peace. It would at the least make Israel a safer place to live.
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THE SOLUTION: DUBAI
by Moshe Feiglin

  Moshe Feiglin outlines why Dubai would make a good place to resettle the "80% of Gazans [who] are now begging to leave. In Judea and Samaria 60% of the Arabs would prefer to live elsewhere." Dubai is thriving and has a booming economy and gigantic construction projects. It could use the help of the Palestinians. He points out that "all that we need to do to solve the Kassam problem is to allow the Gazans to leave and then to annex Gaza to Israel. It is that simple."
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THE LAST FANATIC
by Rabbi Benny Elon

  Rabbi Benny Elon's Israeli Initiative plan has several components: (1) the refugee camps will be dismantled and the refugees will be absorbed as citizens in various countries; (2) Jordon will replace the PA as the representative of the Palestinian arabs; and (3) Israel will extend its sovereignty over Samaria and Judea (the West Bank). He has advocated this plan for several years and is winning support from both Israelis and Americans. In this essay he encourages you to view some explanatory videos and download software that will aid you in promoting the Israeli Initiative.
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IT'S TIME TO RECONSIDER A FEDERAL ARRANGEMENT
by Israel Zwick

  Israel Zwick bases his plan in part on the minority opinion of the 1947 U.N. Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) which pointed out the area was too small for two independent states. They recommended a Federal State, with Arabs and Jews having "full powers of local self-government". Zwick suggests there be a Federal State that includes Israel, Judea, Samaria, Gaza and the Golan Heights. Arabs in the Territories would be offered financial incentives to relocate. The Arabs within Israel's borders would have a choice: they could become part of their own semi-autonomous government, rather like Puerto Rico vis-à-vis the U.S.A. Or they could choose to be Israeli citizens "with full personal rights, but not national rights" — exactly what was proposed in the original Mandate.
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It is a common — though incorrect — belief that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the linchpin of all the conflicts in the Middle East (ME). Solve it, it is claimed, and all turbulance in the region will evaporate. Not so. At most, the argument provides an excuse for Israel's neighbors so they don't have to come to cordial terms with the Jewish state. The first essay addresses the issue of linkages and lists some nine conflicts that are simultaneously taking place in the region. They may intersect dynamically and to different degrees over time. But they are separate operations. The other essays demonstrate features of the instability and shifting alliances in the ME. For example, even putative friends of Israel and the West, whether they be Moslem secular or Moslem religious, see nothing bizarre in spewing out hate statements against the West, particularly against Jews. Jordan publishes articles and cartoons specializing in Jew-hate. And as Turkey becomes more illiberal politically, the more it views the Koran as the only authority and guide in all matters. Iran has designs on Lebanon, controls Syria and dreams of destroying Israel. Similarly, Al-Qaeda, a "non-state actor" in Martin Kramer's terms, berates Saudi Arabia, has discovered sympathy for the Palestinians and makes plans to nuke America.

THE MYTH OF LINKAGE
by Martin Kramer

  Martin Kramer disassembles the insidious and incorrect notion that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the cause/root/essential condition that keeps the Middle East turbulent. As Walter Reich wrote in a comment to this article: "Martin Kramer's post is a superbly-executed and much-needed act of intellectual hygiene about "linkage" and the "Middle East conflict." It's a corrective — to use a phrase that others, alas, have invented — to "stinkin' thinkin'" about one of the most important dimensions of international affairs.
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THE HATE INDUSTRY: THE JORDANIAN PRESS CONTINUES TO PUBLISH ANTI-SEMITIC ARTICLES
by Dr. Reuven Erlich

  Dr. Reuven Erlich provides us with examples of Jordanian hate publications and cartoons. They are blatently anti-Jewish, with the usual equation of Zionism and Nazism. The same swill is served up in secular Marxist publications as in fundamentalist publications associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. A curious occupation for a country that wouldn't last long were it not propped up by Israel and America.
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TURKEY TURNS BACK TO THE BOOK
by John David Lewis

  Turkey, the most secular of the Muslim countries, is becoming more religious. This is being hailed as "reform." John David Lewis sets us straight. "This is not reform," he writes. "It is a call for a new fundamentalism on the authority of a thirteen-hundred-year-old vicious fairytale, and for a ceaseless struggle against those who would criticize it. Indeed, the use of terror in fighting the enemies of Islam is directly sanctioned by the Koran. ... Any 'interpretation' of Islam that is consistent with the Koran as a revealed, unquestioned authority will end in a reversion to its brute, fundamental meaning: the subordination of women and non-Muslims to dictatorial rule by a clerical elite." Wise words.
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THE IRANIAN ROOTS OF HIZBULLAH
by Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli

  Just as the Muslim Brotherhood created Hamas, so did Iran create Hizbullah. Both are characterized by adherence to fundamentalist Islam. Both are barbaric, with no scruples about jeopardizing their own women and children to protect their soldiers. In this essay Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli describes some of the early history of Hizbullah. He concludes that with Iranian financing, Hezbullah was able to build an educational, political, social welfare and military network and "now serves as an extension of Iran's strategic expansion into the Mediterranean." Moreover, Iran would not have been able to gain entrance into Lebanon "without the collusion or approval of the Syrian regime. Syria is also the main conduit of arms from Iran to Hizbullah."
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AHMADINEJAD'S PAST TELLS IT ALL
by Olivier Guitta

  Olivier Guitta recounts the early history of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's current president. He was — and is — a very pious Muslim. He was — and is — a brutal murderer, one who, like so many nazis, thoroughly enjoyed work when torturing people. Would he be repelled at the idea of killing millions of Jews and Arabs in an atomic blast? Unlikely.
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AMERICA IN ASHES?
by Christopher S. Carson

  While Ahmadinejad is set on erasing Israel no matter what it takes, Osama bin Laden is said to be planning a "nuclear hell storm" in America. Christopher Carson uses information obtained from "Khalid Sheik Mohammed, (KSM), mastermind of 9/11 and chief operating officer of al-Qaeda," to describe how al-Qaeda plans to develop the means to build a nuclear device and bring it to a target. He develops a plausible sequence of events that can, sooner or later, bring the threat of nuclear attack to America. "The question confronting American policy makers is: Are we prepared to stop this threat before it becomes a terrible reality?" Are we?
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The Muslims who see a chance of conquering the world are active in England and Europe. Except for the occasional bombing and the now-routine tire and car burnings, their tactics are gentler than in the Middle East, but just as persistent. Their aim, as always, is to install shari'a law and replace the law of the land. As their numbers grow, they inspire and/or actively help revive Europe's traditional anti-semitism, which, after World War 2, was beginning to wane.

EUROPE SHALL BLEED, ONCE AGAIN
by Amil Imani

  Europeans are generally devoted to the idea of multiculturalism and try to accomodate the alien Muslims, who reciprocate by scheming to impose Islam and control the lives of their unsuspicious hosts. Amil Imani provides us with a list of cities where the percentage of Muslims is disturbingly large. It is a truism that when their numbers grow, Muslims begin demanding that the natives start doing thing the Muslim way. Amin Imani has seen freedom repressed in his native Iran, and is alert to the early warning signs of danger. He believes the longer Europe ignores the danger, the bloodier it will be should Europe decide to fight the sharia takeover in the future.
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EUROPE AND ISRAEL: WORLDS APART?
by Robin Shepherd

  This is a thoughtful article. As Robin Shepherd points out, "Europe's relationship — perhaps relationships might be a more appropriate term — with Israel is multi-layered." And rocky. Trade and technology are blossoming but traditional anti-semitism remains, reinforced by new hostility from a Europe that increasingly has become pacifist, secular and disapproving of nationalism. Leftists, despising Western capitalism, can sympathize with Islam's rejection of western power. For rightists, "[t]he quasi-feudalistic, traditionalist character of much of the Arab world resonates with old right values in a way that 'upstart' Israel never could. There is certainly a sense in which anti-Israelism unites people and ideological viewpoints which feel that they have lost out in the modern world." But nationalism seems to be making a comeback. Shepherd concludes, "It remains to be seen how Israel will fare when one or other of the continent's various potential futures finally comes out on top."
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These next essays discuss the growing anti-semitism in the world

HOW SECURE ARE JEWS IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD?
by Dr. Irving Kett

  Irving Kett writes that we Jews must face up to an unpleasant reality about our situation in the world; there is "... a serious worldwide recrudescence of anti-Semitism, the likes of which has not existed since the 1940's." In Europe, which is fast becoming judenfrei, Arab funding and "large scale immigration of fanatic Jew-hating Moslems" have fueled a surge of life-threatening anti-semitism. If that weren't enough, we have rejectionist Jews, "... Israeli academics who are in the forefront of international anti-Zionist, anti-Israel propaganda." It is important that Israel be encouraged to reject foreign aid, so that she is not under obligation to appease the arab terrorists at the cost of her own security.
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ISLAM'S HISTORY OF ANTI-SEMITISM
by Raymond Ibrahim

  Raymond Ibrahim uses data from Andrew Boston's new book The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism to decide whether Islam was itself anti-Semitic or did it just take Jew-hate over from European, particularly German, sources. He concludes that "[t]he historical documents make clear that, from day one, Jews and Christians have been systematically treated as second-class citizens, dhimmis, in the regions conquered by Islam." "...far from being a by-product of Western anti-Semitism or the creation of Israel, animosity toward the Jews has a firm doctrinal base tracing back to Islam's most authoritative texts." What makes this hate source [the Koran] particularly troubling is that "... it is not just history, but immutable theology, which transcends time and space and needs to apply today no less than yesterday." In other words, there is no polite way to modulate or change Islamic anti-semitism.
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HOLOCAUST HYPOCRISY
by Brad Macdonald

  Brad Macdonald observes that there is a certain irony in that while Western governments pay lip service and honor the victims of the Nazi Holocaust, they "actively, to one degree or another, condone, even promote, the demise of Jewish statehood", which can surely lead to another holocaust. "...Hitler attempted to destroy the Jews as a race: Today that same anti-Semitic spirit is being directed, subtly, at the Jewish state." The U.N. spends much of its energy and most of its indignation in scolding the State of Israel. The Roman circus it sponsored at Durban in 2001 was advertised as promoting tolerance among nations; instead the only important item on the agenda was throwing Israel to the lions. Bemoaning the previous holocaust and creating conditions for another is hypocrisy and many western countries are guilt of it.
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In America, the under-the-radar battle to impose sharia law continues. Muslims have made massive inroads on the American campus, and are just beginning to use the lower grade classrooms for tutorial sessions on Islam appreciation. They bank on the greed of the bankers to accept Shari'a banking without examining what societal committments shari'a banking demands of us. And we revisit a long ago prominent assassination that is just being reexamined to see if it should have been linked to Muslim terrorists.

THE FIFTH GENERATION WARFARE
by Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen

  Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa Lappen give us the very good advice that winning the war against radical Islam requires more than a winning military strategy; it "requires understanding the role of shari'a and the Muslim Brotherhood in developing a global ideological and political movement supported by a parallel 'Islamic' financial system to exploit and undermine Western economies and markets." They set about to educate us on what we need to know about what they rightfully call "financial jihad" so that we can protect ourselves from this insidious route Muslims use to infiltrate our social structure in order to overide our financial system with theirs and to win acceptance for the strings attached to shari'atheir ideas on the status of women; their ideas on how to treat minor infractions of the law; their ideas on which religous group should dominate; ideas that would restrict our political independence and lose us our freedom of action.
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DISTORTED HISTORY LESSONS
by Robert Holland

  There have been sporadic attempts to persuade schoolchildren of the beauty and superiority of Islam by having them role-play being a Muslim, dressing Muslim, praying Muslim, eating food politely according to Muslim etiquette. Now we are discovering that a one-sided flattering view of Islam is being promoted in the classroom by way of common ordinary textbooks. Robert Holland points out that "[m]odern textbooks shy away from presenting a positive picture of Christianity and Judaism as important influences ..." but the same censorship apparently doesn't hold when discussing Islam. The American Textbook Council examined some 10 textbooks and concluded that they "present an incomplete and confected view of Islam that misrepresents its foundations and challenges to international security." Islam is portrayed as tolerant, Christianity as aggressive. Holland suggests that the ideology of multiculturalism contributes to this distorted view of reality. "Its most ardent proponents in academe depict the European-rooted common culture as evil and oppressive and Third World cultures as universally heroic."
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SLAYING GAVE US A FIRST TASTE OF MIDEAST TERROR
by Sasha Issenberg

  In the last issue we presented an article by Andrew McCarthy entitled "When Jihad Came to America" that suggested that the assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1990 was an early example of Islamic Jihad operating in America. Rabbi Kahane was killed by an Arab who was part of a jihadist cell training for various acts of terror. In this issue, Sasha Issenberg recounts the assassination of Bobby Kennedy in 1968. The Arab who shot the then presidential candidate said he did so because Kennedy favored Israel over the Arabs. At the time, the shooting was seen as the act of a loner; it seemed part of the "civil turmoil" of the time. We now understand there was a pattern of well-planned Arab political terrorism outside of the Middle East even before 9/11. It included the killing of the Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympics; the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro, when an elderly man in a wheelchair was thrown overboard; and the first attack on the World Trade Center. If the assassination had happened today, the various Arab terrorist groups would be on the top of the list of suspects.
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In this issue of Think-Israel, the media section features articles on some specific bizarre behavior in the news and entertainment fields. One of the essays explains why truth in news presentation is important to keep us safe in a world where Jihadists have vowed to conquer us and have explosively shown they are serious. There is also an article that will teach by example how to analyze a speech objectively.

WHERE HAVE ALL THE SMART MEDIA MOGULS GONE
by Burt Prelutsky

  In this essay the witty Burt Prelutsky bemoans the of absence of the old time Hollywood moguls and newspaper publishers whose bottom line was making a profit. Crass? Uncouth? True. But it saved having producers who insisted on producing ideologically-motivated bummers that the public — with good and sensible reasons — rejects. And as far as newspapers go, it doesn't make sense to so slant the news leftward that you lose all objectivity. No wonder so many people have tossed their newspapers in the garbage for the last time and get their news from more reliable sources.
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THE FORWARD TAKES ISRAEL BACKWARD
by P. David Hornik

  The Forward newspaper has the same set of beliefs as Peace Now and other groups that are certain that removing Israeli settlements in Samaria and Judea will hasten their version of the Messiah: the coming of an yet another Arab state in Biblical Israel. Discrediting Jewish settlements is so important to them that they don't mind substituting belief for fact. In this essay David Hornik answers each of their allegations.
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DO LIBERALS KNOW THERE IS EVIL?
by Richard H. Shulman

  Newspapers such as the New York Times don't so much report the news about Israel as act as advocate for the Palestinian Arabs. "... false statements, misleading figures, or omissions that survive readers' correction and are one-sided in favor of the Arabs, in headlines, photographs, news items, and editorials. Too much one way for coincidence." Richard Shulman analyzes the Times' propaganda techniques, how they mislead readers who look to them for objective assessments and for facts set in context. What the Times is doing goes well beyond michief-making when it helps determine foreign policy. Worse, when it keeps us passive while our enemies grow in strength; or, as Shulman puts it, "They turn us into sitting ducks for an Islamist death cult."
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BREAKING DOWN OBAMA'S AIPAC SPEECH
by Sultan Knish

  Sultan Knish doesn't waste his time trying to decide whether Barak Obama meant it when he said blah, blah or when he said aha-ah-blah, blah, the two being completely contradictory. Instead he shows us how to boil down some typical political speeches to extract the meager supply of actual information they contain.
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The History Section this issue has a biography of a remarkable historian and remarkable man. And some events during the time Britain held Mandated Palestine...

JAMES PARKES: A FINAL RECKONING
by Haim Chertok

  James Parkes was an Anglican clergyman and a historian of Jewish history, both ancient and modern. Haim Chertok paints a portrait of his life and provides an assessment of his writings. James Parkes was an unusually gifted historian, who was capable of true love and appreciation of the Jewish people without allowing that to veer him from scrupulous accuracy. He was able, too, to look with clear eyes on Christian treatment of Jews throughout Church history. Chertok writes of Parkes, "For over fifty years, promoting what he had the wit and courage to recognize as the main thing, the overriding purpose of his life — his Christian duty ... to render justice to the Jewish people — he never lost focus or faltered in determination. In the process he became one of the authentic intellectual and ethical heroes of our time."
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TRIPLE CROSS: HOW BRITAIN CREATED THE ARAB-ISRAEL CONFLICT
by Rachel Neuwirth

  In 1917, Britain was entrusted by the League of Nations to strive to "secure the establishment of the Jewish national home," (national home was Nordau-talk for state.) When the authority of the League was transferred to the U.N., Mandated Palestine continued to be in perpetual trust for the Jewish people and was so written into the the U.N. Charter. [See here and here. ] But it is also true that England, perhaps having senior moments, promised the area to both the local Arabs and the Syrians. Rachel Neuwirth writes of this triple-cross. Under the guise of having the Hashemite Abdullah ibn Hussein administer much of the area, the Brits also helped the Kingdom of (Trans)Jordan eventually come into being. But that's another story.
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March-April, 2008

Next month Israel will be 60 — a youngster as countries go. An anomaly in so many ways. A young country with an ancient history. A Jewish state where many of its elite long only to be "like every other country." A state with a firmer right to its real estate than most others but the only state where people continue to question its right to exist. The tiniest state in the Middle East but the only one with Nobel prize winners in anything but "Peace". The tiniest state in the Middle East but the only one that is a world leader in medicine, scientific innovation, engineering development, agriculture, managing water resources, etc., etc., etc. The only state in the Middle East that allows its academics to advocate its demise in favor of erecting another Arab terror state. The only one that manages to live joyously while worrying that its monomaniac neighbors will again erupt with malice and this time cause devastation. These next essays look at the new state's beginning in 1948 and how it's been harassed by internal enemies — the revisionist historians.

LETTERS FROM JERUSALEM, 1947
by Chedva Margolit; foreword by Steve Kramer

  As Steve Kramer writes in his foreword: "Nothing is more appropriate on the 60th anniversary of Israel's Declaration of Independence than reading the words of a young Jewish wife who left America and came to Israel for love of Eretz Yisrael." This essay is to be treasured.
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WHO DID WHAT FOR ISRAEL IN 1948?
by Norman Berdichevsky

  It is appropriate as we celebrate Israel's 60th to examine some of the received wisdom about those days. Norman Berdichevsky demolishes the myth that the USA was Israel's only friend and made Jewish statehood possible, supplying "money, manpower and arms". While the U.S.A voted for partition, it was primarily Czech arms, East European and Soviet manpower and East Bloc political support that enabled Israel to decisively win the military and diplomatic battles. If you think this reads like the novel 1984 — with flip flopping alliances — you may be right.
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THE 60-YEAR WAR FOR ISRAEL'S HISTORY
by Efraim Karsh

  One sometimes wonders if Israel's Arab enemies aren't overkill — her internal haters do such a good job denigrating Israel's accomplishments, rewriting her history and denying her right to exist as a Jewish state. Efraim Karsh writes of the "new historians ... who systematically rewrote the history of Zionism, warping the saga for Israel's survival." They didn't just reevaluate the facts; in many cases, they invented them or distorted their meaning by omitting key information. Unfortunately, though their tactics have been exposed, the new historians are not yet history.
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This month we celebrated Passover. The first essay reminds us of some real bitter herbs that have historically accompanied the festival. In the second, the Passover seder serves as an allegory for how Jews should be living their lives in Israel today.

BLOOD LIBEL — PART I
by Patricia Berlyn

  We look forward to Passover but it brings with it some baggage we'd like to think was left behind in the Dark Ages — the Blood Libel, the accusation that the Jews killed Christian children for blood for their matzohs. The Jews. Of all people! A people whose religion forbids ingesting blood! As Patricia Berlyn writes, the Libel hasn't died; it lives on in Muslim mythology — the Arabs have taken it up and, as authentic modern-day medievalists, they need no evidence to propagate the lie as literal truth. Abetted by a friendly media, they have concocted other libels centered around the conviction that Jews target children for killing. It seems that the more the Jews attempt to minimize loss of Arab lives, the more grotesque the lies the Arabs invent.
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A PASSOVER STORY FOR ISRAEL TODAY
by Steven Plaut

  Using as parable a tale about a Pesach guest too impatient to wait past the symbolic seder food for the later feast, Steven Plaut makes an important point: Israel had just about defeated the first Arab intifada and there was little sympathy for PLO barbarism, when, in the early 1990s, the Israeli leadership was foolish enough to step onto the slippery slope of the Oslo "Peace" Accords. This commitment has not led to peace or even to an increase of tranquillity. "The Oslo era was accompanied by a massive assault upon Israel's pride, morale and confidence by its own leaders and intellectual elites." Is it too late to bring back "an understanding of Jewish heritage" and the pre-Oslo achievements?
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These essays examine a dysfunctional government: the U.S.A. In the twilight of its power, the Bush administration is pushing Israel to make concessions that will severely weaken — if not destroy — America's only friend in the Middle East.

BUSH-RICE BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO THE JEWISH NATION
by Emanuel A. Winston

  The reasons given for Bush's sudden rush to establish a Palestinian state are (1) to establish a legacy for Bush and (2) to sacrifice Israel for Arab cooperation in extricating the U.S.A. from Iraq. Neither makes sense — in that it is unlikely the Palestinian Arabs will maintain a facade of civility long enough for either to happen. Realistically, you can't make a viable and peacable state from a bunch of hate-filled savages eager to kill and loot, savages led by a bunch of thugs who make a profit from promising peace while collecting the weaponry for another try at eliminating Israel. Emanuel Winston speculates on how the Bush administration proposes to start dismantling Israel.
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YOUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT WORK ... FOR PALESTINIANS
by Anne Lieberman

  The Arab population in Gaza, Judea and Samaria is reportedly going hungry, with only a trickle of electricity and no clean water. Yet, when it comes to getting foreign funding, the PLO — and its more recent incarnation as the P.A. and Hamas — has been outstandingly successful. It has received billions of dollars from the European Union, the United Nations, Arab and non-Arab countries, non-governmental organizations, church groups and private "charities." And — as Anne Lieberman shows us — the United States government.
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There is the story of the man watching to make sure the workmen didn't steal. He watched them leaving and made sure their wheelbarrows were empty. They were stealing the wheelbarrows. So it is, we worry about dirty bombs and mass explosions — and so we should — but meantime, in the West, we have "isolated" killings of Jewish groups by crazies that just happen to be Muslim, and manipulation of our workplaces, banks, libraries, schools and universities by Sharia-activists. Some stories are dramatic, but many are just small items, Islamic creepage that stays pretty much below the radar.

MURDEROUS MOTHERS: THE HIDDEN FEMALE FACE OF HONOR KILLING
by Phyllis Chesler

  This is the story about an honor killing. It isn't really novel that it happened in America. It isn't even unique that it happened in the U.S.A. and the mother helped slaughter her own daughters. But it is an absorbing story that Phyllis Chesler tells us. As she concludes, the victims "... were American citizens. America was their culture. Their desire to live as Americans, and not as Arab Muslims in Egypt is precisely what doomed them."
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"SHARIA CREEP" AROUND THE WORLD
by Kathy Shaidle

  Kathy Shaidle writes about some small nibbles Sharia-activists are taking out of our democratic structures. They're small, they push the envelop, they encourage our universities and workplaces to be "sensitive" to what are claimed to be Islamic requirements — even if every one else is discomforted. More to the point, they soften us up — each concession we make makes us more compliant, more likely to agree with the next demand request.
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SHILLING FOR SHARIA AT HARVARD
by Hillel Stavis

  Noah Feldman is a respected member of the Harvard Law School Faculty and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Who better to flog Muslim Sharia law, claiming it represents the highest state of "the rule of law"? Hillel Stavis describes Feldman's conclusion this way: "In Feldman's revisionist account, the evolution of Islamic law echoes the Western experience and is compatible with it. To Feldman, Sharia evolves from 'higher law' to 'the rule of law' in a neat conflation of the secular with the holy that places the Islamic code alongside the West's rigorously evolved concept of secular justice." Stavis concludes, "And it can only be a matter of time before the professor, having asserted that Sharia law is desirable, will assure us that its introduction in the United States is inevitable."
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A TALE OF TWO ARCHBISHOPS
by Daniel Mandel

  In Great Britain, the Sharia banking system is courted by the banking community and "sensitivity" to Muslim needs is a top priority in the educational system. Too often, Christian national and religious symbols are banned while Muslim "requests" are respected. Giving legal status to sharia courts means allowing Muslim women to be treated as chattel — not exactly a feature of democracy. Daniel Mandel contrasts the statements of the past and current archbishops of Canterbury to illustrate how high the tide of sharia compliance has reached. "[The previous Archbishop] Carey sees democracy as tender and in need of consolidation; [the current Archbishop] Williams sees it as something rigid and in need of modification." As Mandel points out, "the prevalent reaction, as the events of recent years show, has been to opt for the Williams model of modifying democracy, rather than the Carey model of consolidating democracy, to flee the Islamist challenge rather than confront it."
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These essays write about another dysfunctional country: Israel. Israel's government — trying to stave off corruption charges — is actively working for another Arab state to be located in the heart of the Jewish state. It is aided by an inadequate electoral system, an unrestricted judiciary and a politicized media.

ISRAEL'S ELECTORAL COMPLEX
by Amotz Asa-El

  The Israeli government has shown itself to be both corrupt and inept — a combination unlikely to win respect from the voters. In this important article, Amotz Asa-El argues that the problem is more complex and unlikely to be solved by a change in leadership. He discusses the structure of the Israeli electoral system itself. It is based rigidly on proportional representation of the parties, with no local representation. It has encouraged talented people to avoid politics, leaving the field to the self-serving, to the mediocre, to people who are the least competent to deal intelligently with Israel's most important matters. He argues convincingly for the need for electoral reform.
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HOW I DEFEATED ISRAEL'S DUAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
by Steven Plaut

  Steven Plaut has the distinction of being slapped with a frivolous libel lawsuit in an Israeli court, having the presiding Arab judge rule against him — she based her opinion on her own prejudices — and finally winning out, thus striking a blow for democratic free speech. A harrowing experience but a blow for fairness that will benefit all who are tried by a judiciary system that creates rules on the fly. This is his fascinating account.
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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE SUICIDAL KIND: CRIMES AGAINST JEWISH HUMANITY
by Boris Celser

  Boris Celser writes about the Israeli media and academics who protect Israel's wrong-way politicians. As a case in point, he writes of the Israeli newspapers that protect Israel's recycled politicians, thus helping to perpetuate government by the incompetent and to encourage Israel's policy of appeasement. He points out that "the game ends when one side runs out of land" — a real possibility given official Israel's suicidal policy of giving up real land for paper peace. The tone of the article is cynical but the words are sober and wise. As Celser write, "can anyone deny that since Oslo the politics of yesterday and today have not worked, are getting worse by the day, and are not going to work tomorrow?" And in acceding to dememberment, Israel harms not only herself but all of Jewish humanity.
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LIES BEGGING TO BE EXPOSED
by Evelyn Gordon

  Evelyn Gordon identifies one element in Israel's poor public relations — "Israel's persistent failure to refute Palestinian lies." As example, a recent poll was misinterpreted as proof that the Palestinian arabs shows increased support for violence because of the Israeli offensive in Gaza. "Far from being unprecedented, however, that figure is almost identical to what it was 18 months ago..." But the Arab lies are not refuted and so they stand, unchallenged. As Gordon points out, "It would be nice if journalists, world leaders and international human rights organizations consistently noticed such lies on their own, but the reality is that they rarely have the time, energy or interest to do the necessary research. For Israel, however, exposing Palestinian lies is a vital interest." But, thanks to her defeatist Government, Israel doesn't.
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EX-GUSH KATIF RESIDENTS MARK 1,000 DAYS OF WANDERING
by Hillel Fendel

  With Iran, Hamas, Fatah and Hezbollah making serious preparations for another attack on Israel and with the American administration preparing to plant an Arab terror state in Biblical Israel, the Olmert government is focusing on what it does best — trying to kick the religious Jews of Sameria and Judea out of their homes. This would be farce if it weren't tragic. The same administration that hasn't been able in 1000 days to resettle some 10,000 Israeli citizens is working to uproot another 250,000 to 500,000 Israeli Jews. The Jewish refugees from Gaza in this article by Hillel Fendel warn the potential refugees: don't let the Government do to you what they did to us.
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These next articles are about Jewish refugees — old and new. The first group fleeing from Arab countries was welcomed by Israel; the second was destroyed by the Israeli government.

These are some You-Tube clips about the Gazan Jewish refugees.
You Tube: The Expulsion of the Jews from Gush Katif Part 1.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8goaeVJNxQ
You Tube: The Expulsion of the Jews from Gush Katif Part 2.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv5VGXl0In8&feature=related
You Tube: "Palestinians" are burning synagogues in Gush Katif
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydtJqFcRtGc&feature=related

THE PALESTINIAN REFUGEE ISSUE: RHETORIC VS. REALITY
by Sidney Zabludoff

  Curious, isn't it, that according to received wisdom, the attack of the Arab States in 1967 resulted in hundreds of thousands of Arab refugees and not a single Jewish refugee. In reality, as Sidney Zabludoff writes, there were many more Jewish refugees — they fled for their lives from the Arab countries, many of them to Israel. Despite the Arab countries crying crocodile tears for their Palestinian brethren, the Arab refugees are still with us. And there really are no Jewish refugees — they have become full-fledged citizens of Israel and the western countries to which they fled.
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THE CAROB TREE IS WAITING FOR US
by Nadav Shragai

  We know that the Jews who were expelled from their homes and farms and orchards in Gush Katif, Gaza in August 2005 by their own government are still in refugee status. We know they live in paper trailers and temporary shacks. We know that they are demoralized and many are unemployed. We know they don't have the resources to recreate the innovative agricultural techniques that made their vegetables and flowers world-renowned. We know that the government has probably spent more money pretending that all is A-Ok than in resettling these people. Nadav Shragai writes of their emotional response — of their longing for their old homes and the sense of community they once had.
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OF CONCERTS AND CRIMINALS
by Rachel Saperstein

  Rachel Saperstein writes of the irony that the Gush Katif orchestra gave a concert at towns that were indifferent when the Gush Katifers were kicked out of Gaza. Now that these towns are being constantly struck by missiles from Gaza, they sing another tune. And she writes of a wonderful man, a rabbi who founded AMISHAV (My People Return) to help returnees to Judaism. His grandchild was murdered in the Yeshivat Merkaz Harav massacre "because he was a Jew.".
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GLOOM, DOOM — AND YET...
by Moshe Saperstein

  Moshe Saperstein writes a frighteningly honest account of his bitterness at all the phonies who contributed to the people of Gush Katif becoming dispirited refugees in their own country. And he's none too pleased with the gullibility of the general public, which is so easily duped by the anti-Jewish Israeli government.. And yet, there are the everyday chores to do, there's family, there're the cats to worry about, and there's the dream of returning to his personal paradise — Gush Katif — to make it as it was before the Arabs uglified it.
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TO BE OR NOT TO BE — THIS YEARS PASSOVER QUESTION?!
by Anita Tucker

  Anita Tucker was a successful farmer in Gush Katif, Gaza. She was one of the many Jews that made that desert bloom. Now she is a refugee, made homeless by her own government. It is the Passover. And she asks: why? why? why did this happen? It is the Passover. She vows, with the help of caring Jews, to rebuild, and to preserve "the community and the values we have held onto for dear life for the sake of the People of Israel, the Land of Israel, the Torah — for us." What a remarkable woman!
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These next essays compare Jewish and Arab cultures, and how this affects Israel's ability to fight its self-labeled enemies effectively. Jews rationalize and some look for a non-existent symmetry between Arab and Jew. Arabs riot. Jews fight libel with sarcasm and ironic humor. Arabs riot. Jews try to avoid injuring the Arab civilians who shield the terrorists. The Arabs consider it a virtue that their own people die so long as Jews die with them. And that ain't funny.

MERCAZ HARAV AND THE G-WORD
by Richard Landes

  This is a brilliant essay — it is as if we are allowed to examine the essayist's thoughts as he thinks them while he engages in mental conversation with people who objected to SPME (Scholars for Peace in the Middle East) characterizing the murder of the young students at the Mercaz Harav as genocidal. Richard Landes cogitates on the massacre and makes us understand why others who object to this characterization as too strong have missed the mark — they don't yet understand that the attack wasn't a random act of violence but was part of the concerted genocidal assault by Jihadist Islam on Judaism.
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MAYBE IT'S TIME TO FESS UP
by Jeff Dunetz

  Jeff Dunetz takes hold of a lively canard — Jews own/run/control the WORLD — and, metaphorically speaking, he beats it to a well-deserved death. Admittedly, he has his work cut out for him, given that tenured academics and even an ex-president have pickled, smoked, salted and marinated this duck, preserving it in fancy lies. Next time some stupido sounds off that the Israel Lobby sent us to make war against Iraq or that the anti-Semitic New York Times is Israel-friendly because its founders were Joowish, remember this essay.
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THE HEARTBREAKING REALITIES OF TODAY'S ISRAEL
by David Pryce-Jones

  Israel no longer has the luxury of taking the moral high ground yet maintaining her edge against the Arab hordes. Unfortunately, she seems stymied by her own moral sense, a failing the Islamic countries do not have. David Pryce-Jones quotes a military strategist who argues Israel needs to exterminate the terrorists in Gaza before they become even more capable. But her unwillingness to harm the Arab civilians who shield the terrorists prevents her from doing what is necessary. Iran, run by deeply religious Muslim mullahs, on the other hand, is perfectly willing to sacrifice millions of Muslims in destroying Israel. Willing or not, "[i]n the new Cold War shaping up between Islamism and the democratic West, Israel holds the front line." To hold that line, she needs to stop denying the reality the Muslims have created.
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ISRAEL'S FEAR OF WORLD OPINION
by Edward Bernard Glick

  Edward Glick points out bluntly that Israel's virtues work against her. Her pride in her noble restraint awake no respect in "world opinion" and especially not in her enemies — they have a different set of values. As Glick puts it, " Those who wish and work for Israel's destruction do not shrink from killing innocent civilians. So they are unimpressed by Israel's failed policy of limiting and apologizing for such casualties, and then begging for forgiveness from a world that masks its politically incorect anti-Semitism with politically correct anti-Zionism." He suggests a more realistic approach to winning the war the Arabs have been waging for a very long time.
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Characterizing Islamic Culture

REFLECTIONS ON HAMAS JIHADI DEPRAVITY — THE BRUTAL TRUTH
by Tom Carew

  Tom Carew reflects on depravity — as manifested, for example, in the massacre of the eight young Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva students — and provides us with a useful list of the features that characterize depravity. Unlike TV shows of depraved criminals, it isn't just the individual Arab murderer who is depraved but his entire culture, which finds joy in depriving others of life. An obscene death lust has permeated all of Palestinian Arab culture. "All those who celebrate such Depraved Crime are also morally corrupting and gravely abusing their own children, and as such not fit to have or retain or influence or teach any children." As front-line people "in the struggle for humanity," Israel has an obligation to stop the depraved behavior of their depraved neighbors — for all our sakes.
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SHAYKH YUSUF AL-QARADAWI: PORTRAIT OF A LEADING ISLAMIST CLERIC
by Ana Belén Soage

  In his article on the Muslim Brotherhood's infiltration of the West (January-February 2008 Issue), Fjordman described Yusuf al-Qaradawi, spiritual leader of the Brotherhood, as one who "exploits democracy as a Trojan horse." In this article Ana Belén Soage rounds out the picture of Qaradawi as a prolific writer who can find Koranic justification for whatever innovative position he wants to take. He is a persuasive ideolog respected by Islamic theologists; yet he is a man of action — he is credited for creating the riots over the Danish cartoons of Muhammed (See Danish Cartoons.) All he wants from the West is for it to convert to a higher truth — Islam — and he has the financial, theological and people resources to put his ideas into action.
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PATHWAYS TO JIHADI TERRORISM
by Dr. Babu Suseelan

  Over the years, Dr. Babu Suseelan has explored various components of the Jihardi Muslim value system and how Muslims conceptualize the world. In this article he rejects the comforting but wrong notion that jihadi terrorism is the result of "unjust social forces" — that terror acts are the "frustrated responses to political injustices". Instead, he identifies the roots of Muslim terrorism: "religious, psychological, educational, and historical factors", which evolve into terrorism because of the faulty thinking Islam encourages. This thinking is hard to correct because, as he points out, "Islam is a closed dogma and Muslims are forbidden to test its validity or utility..."
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WHY A TERRORIST STRATEGY?
by Barry Rubin

  It's almost seven years after the Islamists declared war on us — the 911 unprovoked attack by Muslims on American government and financial centers — yet most of the media are still too finicky to call people who commit acts of terror terrorists. They describe terrorists as militants or freedom fights and immediately find excuses for their vile behavior. The problem with this tactic, Barry Rubin points out, is that "[while] honest grievances can be resolved by mutual concessions... [w]ith determined, ideologically clear, mass-based revolutionary movements you can only defeated them or surrender." Maybe we should start calling a terrorist a terrorist.
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REASSESSING OSLO

Have you noticed how Israel's peace negotiations keep shrinking in concept and in ground covered. First, Israel was trying to make peace with her Arab neighbors. Then she was persuaded with the Oslo Accords to make peace with just the PLO, reeincarnated as the P.A. Now Hamas's Gaza is out of range and she is being pressured to make peace with Arafat's one-time crony and now putative head of the P.A., Mahmoud Abbas, who continues to bleat he'll accept nothing less that everything. And yet the Olmert government keeps spending money and energy making peace noise and making miserable the lives of the patriotic religious Jewish citizens who live in Samaria and Judea. I could have taught a mouse to go for the food and not the electric shock in less time that it is taking Olmert to learn that striving for peace isn't going to give Israel peace. Striving to trounce Israel's enemies strongly will. More and more Israelis understand this. Unfortunately, while Olmert fiddles around with "peace" and bribes, the Arabs grow stronger and more confident.

The Oslo Accords have proven to be the Jewish state's biggest mistake. These next essays look at different aspects and consequences of the Oslo Accords — when Israel officially adopted blindness, stupidity and appeasement as official objectives. Their message to Israel: Forget peace; go for victory.

HOW ISRAEL GOT TRASHED
by Isi Leibler

  Isi Leibler notes that the change from passionately repudiating Arab falsehoods to diffidence and appeasement came with the Oslo Accords. Diplomats were directed to plead the Arab case, not their own. Many of Israel's newspapers followed suit. One reader pointed out that "[c]oncepts like eternal refugees, blatant revisionism and even the concept of 'Palestine' are symptoms of the denial of reality." Yet these became constant staples in the diet Israeli newspapers such as Haaretz have fed their readers. "Haaretz effectively provided the mainstream Western media with a kosher certification to incorporate the most extreme anti-Israeli content. 'If Israeli papers can publish this, why should we be less inhibited?' became the standard response of numerous editors when accused of anti-Israeli bias and double standards."
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SHELVE THE SHELF AGREEMENT
by David M. Weinberg

  The latest magic trick for making peace between Jews and Arabs Palestinians Fatah Mr. Mahmoud Abbas is to write out a "if you're good, you get this for Ramadan" document, which spells out the goodies the Arabs get should they learn to contain their hostility long enough to claim the prize. David Weinberg tells us why even this mild request for some commitment to peace on the part of the Arabs won't work. "Israel is negotiating against itself in a vacuum with a phantom Palestinian partner." And as American negotiators with the Palestinian Arabs have painfully discovered, "Experience attests that with the Palestinians, negotiations are never over..." The Arabs never stop bargaining for yet another concession, without fulfilling any of their commitments. In sum, the Shelf agreement is a shell game in which only the Arabs win and the Jews lose bigtime.
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IMAGINED PARTNERS
by Jonathan Spyer

  "Given the title of this article, it is not surprising that Jonathan Spyer argues that "the emergent reality of regional cold war necessitates sober strategic thinking. One of the results of this — in reality if not immediately on paper — is likely to be the reversal of the 16-year-old Israeli wrong turn of seeking peace with an opponent that neither sought nor was able to accept coexistence with the Jewish state." A very sensible assessment.
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NEW IDEAS

FORGING A MODERN VIABLE ECONOMIC UNION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
by Jaff Sassani

  This is an unusual offering — Jaff Sassanian is the nom de plume of a spokesman for the Sassanians who live in Iran. His essay is a reminder that it isn't just Jews that dislike the notion of living as second-class citizens under Islam. The Sassanians are an ancient people who were conquered by the Arabs. Like the Jews they have held onto their culture and traditions. Read what Jaff Sassanian has to say. If he's right, perhaps the debate about going into Iran or not isn't the issue. Perhaps we should be giving more support to Iranian dissidents. If — of course — if there's enough time and the Iranian leaders haven't jumped ahead in developing their nuclear power while our "intelligence" services lulled us into complacency.
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THE THREE REVOLUTIONS
by Henry A. Kissinger

  Henry Kissinger points out that there are several different revolutionary forces at work today globally. [The] "three simultaneous revolutions occurring around the globe [are]: (a) the transformation of the traditional state system of Europe; (b) the radical Islamist challenge to historic notions of sovereignty; and (c) the drift of the center of gravity of international affairs from the Atlantic to the Pacific and Indian Oceans." Kissinger writes that "Today it is radical Islam that threatens the already brittle state structure via a fundamentalist interpretation of the Koran as the basis of a universal political organization. Jihadist Islam rejects national sovereignty based on secular state models; it seeks to extend its reach to wherever significant populations profess the Muslim faith." The lesson here is that the Islamist reach is global. We won't reduce its virulence by believing that sacrificing Israel's integrity by planting a Palestinian Arab state in Biblical Israel addresses the problem of resurgent Islam in any meaningful way.
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THE GOLAN HEIGHTS PEACE PLAN
by Moshe Feiglin

  Moshe Feiglin takes what happened in the Golan in the Yom Kippur War as a model for how to achieve peace in the Territories — Gaza, Samaria and Judea. There are five essential elements: 1. Encourage Arab emigration; 2. Conquest; 3. Israeli sovereignty; 4. Settlement; and 5. No peace accords! He writes, "Israel declared sovereignty over the entire Golan, settled it and most important of all — never signed a peace treaty with Syria. This is how we have prevented the war under the guise of peace that we suffer on our border with Egypt from repeating itself on our border with Syria." It's hard to argue with success, particularly when every concession for negotiated "peace" with the Arabs has led to a weakened Israel and a more hostile Arab response.
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THE HISTORY SECTION

Several of the articles here center on the size of the Palestinian population. The Muslim population in Palestine west of the Jordan river in 1691 is estimated at 219,000, the Muslims having gained 74,000 in population between 1539 to 1691; and another gain of 27,000 from 1691 to 1800, indicating a very low population growth. From 1800 to 1890 — during which time the Jewish aliyah had seriously begun — they gained 186,000 people, suggesting an influx from the neighboring countries. It fits with what is known about the people living in that desolate region of the Ottoman Empire that was to become the western portion of Mandated Palestine: most of the Arabs in Palestine were dirt poor, with poor nutrition, a high infant mortality and a short life span, made shorter by untreated diseases and constant fighting between tribes. Yet according to Arab mythology, this group of people grew to 6-9 million (different estimates) "Palestinians" — in Israel, Jordan, in refugee camps in the Arab countries and abroad in Europe and America — by natural growth of the original indigenous population in around 100 years.

"A LAND WITHOUT A PEOPLE FOR A PEOPLE WITHOUT A LAND"
by Diana Muir

  In 1890 there were some 500,000 people (some 50 ethnic groups, including Jews, Christians, Arabs and other Muslims) in the desolated Ottoman territory that would become the portion of mandated Palestine west of the Jordan river and that included today's Gaza, the Golan, Israel, Samaria and Judea. A staple in the Arab list of grievances is that the early Zionist immigrants were shocked to find that the land wasn't empty — implying there was a thriving Palestinian population, a "Palestinian people", that Israel subjugated. Diana Muir concludes that certainly it was known there were some people on the land. A land without people means the territory "was without a national character". The notion of a Palestinian national identity "only developed in reaction to Zionist immigration." She tracks the origin of the phrase and its use as anti-Zionist propaganda.
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ON THE RIGHTS OF 'SETTLERS'
by Shmuel Katz

  When Shmuel Katz writes history, he writes from his own knowledge and experience — he's been there, done that. Here he cuts through the claims by the Arabs and their sympathizers that the major obstacles to peace are the Jewish settlements in the Territories. Very simply and very accurately, Katz explains that these settlements are indeed legitimate: "the Mandate remained the defining document for governing Palestine." As he puts it, "From the point of view of international law these settlers are as legal as any resident of Manhattan or of Shreveport, Louisiana."
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THE PALESTINIANS: A PEOPLEHOOD BASED ON A BIG LIE
by Eli E. Hertz

  This is a very excellent review of the facts about the "Palestinian People" and their short but violent history. Eli E. Hertz notes that "[m]ost so-called Palestinians are relative newcomers to the Land of Israel." How true. If they were indigenous, their huge jump in population in a relatively short time under poor environmental conditions would be the biggest demographic miracle in history. So why the recent creation of an indigenous "Palestinian people" when Israel conquered the Territories after it was invaded by the neighboring Arab countries? As Hertz writes, "Suddenly a separate Palestinian peoplehood appeared and claimed it deserved nationhood — and 21 other Arab states went along with it."
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COLUMBIA, AHMADINEJAD, AND NAZI GERMANY: ROUND TWO
by Rafael Medoff

  Some Columbia University faculty are planning to accept Iranian president Ahmadinejad's invitation to visit his country. Rafael Medoff reminds us of a historical parallel — in the 1930's, "Columbia was among the U.S. universities that sought to forge warm relations with Nazi-controlled German universities." In what Medoff calls "Totalitarian Tourism', the Nazis made elaborate preparations for foreign visitors from universities, the press and the Red Cross, providing them with selected, camouflaged and prettified views of what was actually happening in Germany. These efforts paid off — the visitors went home to broadcast how pleased they were with what they saw. After visiting some of Iran's sanitized universities, will the present-day Columbians come back with similar enthusiasm?
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January-February, 2008

The Peace Process — briefly resurrected in Annapolis — is dead. Well, at least it's back on the respirators, even if Condaleezza Rice is chalking up enough fly miles to last her the rest of her life. All that survives of it in Israel is a government that still wants to give away the store to the Arabs to win favor with "the world", while harassing some of its very loyal citizens — could Olmert's timing be worse? In many ways, things are grim for Israel. She looks weak. She acts weak. Her enemies are enboldened.

But thats not the whole story. We may actually be in a time of transition — when people drop the Land For Peace mantra and more realistically assess what's going on in the world. Initially, the predation of violent Islam on a western world was met with little resistence — our opinion makers had benevolently adopted moral relativity and multiculturalism as their equivalent of the Ten Commandments and it was — and is — important to them to defend this image.

But more and more people in Israel and Europe and America are recognizing that their tolerance has allowed in a large number of Muslims intent on making shari'a law substitute for the laws of the host country; and if this continues, it will lead to the death of the native culture. Moreover, there is a — still minimal — awareness that without oil, the implementation of the war Islam is waging will dry up, so we need to find alternative sources of energy.

So backlash has started, both in the growing anti-Islamist media and in technological advances.

The real question is: can we of the West fight back soon enough and strong enough before the monomaniac Islamists overwhelm us with their usual tactics: suing and harassment of officials; terrorism; high birth rate, overwhelming the social services of the host country; an uncompromising certainty that they know best, which usually makes diplomats urge the less fanatical other side to do all the compromising; murder of targetted Jews and Christians and anti-Islamic Muslims; bribery and intimidation of news media people; bribery and intimidation of politicians and diplomats; rioting; blackmail that they will riot if their demands aren't met; bribery and intimidation of academics, etc, etc, etc.

SECTION 1. This issue of Think-Israel starts with an assessment of the condition of Jews, especially in Israel. Israel seems to have been chosen — without its consent — to be among the first countries to do sustained battle with Muslims intent on taking over the world.

MEMO FROM GULFISTAN
by Martin Kramer

  Martin Kramer provides us with a realistic assessment of where the Peace Process stands. Bottom Line: it's out of steam. Posturing maybe, but no real pressure. And even among themselves, the Arabs are not doing kissy-kiss and make-up. Saudi Arabia may from time to time support both Sunni and Shiites, but there's no united front against Iran. What is puzzling then: what — or who — is fueling Olmert's monomania to destroy the Jewish communities of Samaria and Judea?
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WINOGKATIF
by David Wilder

  David Wilder puts the current appeasement of the Arabs in historic context, pointing out that Israel's first crumbling was after the 1967 Six Day War, when in their hunger for peace with their Arab neighbors, Israel acted as if it were the defeated side and destroyed Jewish settlements that had been started in the Sinai. The attitude that Israel must make all the concessions for peace plus a Marxist educational system that teaches the lie that Israel really doesn't belong to the Jews plus an IDF that is taught it isn't nice to win have all contributed to the parlous state in which Israel now finds itself. It is an excellent summary not only of what is going on in Israel but it points out: "the aim of Islam is not only the end of Israel; rather it is the Islamization of the entire western world and culture, including a takeover of Europe and North America."
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ON THE PRESENT DANGER FACING ISRAEL AND ALL JEWS
by Rachel Neuwirth

  Rachel Neuwirth does a masterful job summerizing the dangers Jews face around the world. Terorism, particularly in Israel, has not abated since the 1993 Oslo Accords; instead it has increased and the terrorists are stronger than ever. Terrorism against Jews in the diaspora is still minimal — which means this is the time to stop it — but the FBI refuses to connect the dots. The diplomats find it more rewarding to pressure Israel, which has been willing to make concessions, that to deal with the Arabs, who won't budge from their position. The propaganda attacks against the Jews continue. And what really drains our strength is that "[t]housands of Jewish journalists, academics, filmmakers, artists and 'intellectuals' in the United States, Canada, Europe, and within Israel itself have actively participated in the campaign of vilification and lies against Israel. Neuwirth's essay is not happiness-making. But it is impossible to improve a situation until you understand it.
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These next essays are about Israel's legal rights in Gaza and an assessment of Mahmoud Abbas, their "peace partner"

INTERNATIONAL LAW AND GAZA: THE ASSAULT ON ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE
by Abraham Bell

  One of the Dr. Seuss books chronicles the ever more disasterous results of trying to correct what started as a single stupid mistake. As analog, we have Israel's withdrawal from Gaza in the mistaken belief that Israel could thus separate itself from the nasties who live in the Territories. The Government has been generally indifferent to its own displaced Gazan Jews, a demoralized group of once proud and productive citizens. But their plight has received little attention. On the other hand Israel is held responsible for the welfare of the Gazan Arabs, and there is much media indignation if she cuts back on services. The new owners of Gaza are too busy to worry about their own infrastructure — they are occupied making bombs and distributing them for free to as many Israeli cities as they can reach. They've also mucked up the water supply and — now that they've broken the barrier with Egypt — are bringing diseased animals in from Egypt. As Israel tries to deal with the worsening situation in Gaza, the pro-Arab press has taken up a new version of an old mantra: it's all Israel's fault. Abraham Bell explains the legality of what Israel is doing. I wonder if it will have any impact on those who want Israel dead.
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PALESTINIAN CONDITIONAL NON-VIOLENCE — DENYING THE FUNDAMENTAL BASIS OF THE GAME
by Dr. Aaron Lerner, with translation from the Arabic by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Cook

  America trains Arab terrorists to fight; Israel gives them guns and Abbas smiles — all of them, it is claimed, are determined to defeat Hamas and establish a peaceful Palestinian state inside Israel. The reality: Abbas turns over the weaponry to Hamas, sometimes willingly; Israel releases prisoners who return to killing Jews; and Abbas announces that peace with Israel is not really what he is after. Extermination is a closer fit to his plans. Dr. Aaron Lerner succinctly summarizes Abbas' actual plans, not the misty nonsense American and Israeli politicians spout. The article includes some direct quotes from Abbas' latest interview from the PMW website. The reality is: (1) we help Abbas and he gets strong, then joins Hamas to fight Israel openly; or (2) we don't help Abbas and in high dudgeon he joins Hamas to fight Israel openly. Why is Israel waiting while its enemies gather strength?
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FATAH AS MODERATE. A HARD LOOK POST-ANNAPOLIS
by Arlene Kushner

  Arlene Kushner asks whether Mahmoud Abbas and his party are moderate and whether they are legitimate peace negotiation partners. This divides into several subquestions, starting with: (1) are they able to control Samaria and Judea? The answer is NO. Is Abbas corrupt? The answer is YES. Is he a strong leader. The answer is NO. (2) Does Abbas intend to be a Peace Partner? All the signs say NO. This is a fact-filled logically-presented discussion on whether the Palestinian state Olmert is so intent on creating has any chance of being a viable structure and a peaceful neighbor.
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By his own words, P.M. Olmert is dedicated to creating another Palestinian state — which means expelling up to half-million Jews from Samaria and Judea and Jerusalem. Ignoring for the moment the brain-damaged notion of giving up Biblical Israel, it is time to examine how well the Government was able to accomplish a much smaller task — relocating the 9000 Jews they expelled from Gush Katif, Gaza, rehousing them in permanent homes and getting them the resources to live as a community and farm their marvelous organic vegetables. The government and its horde of incompetent petty bureaucrats completely flunked the small task. How in the world will they be able to handle something this size? The next essays are about the Jewish refugees of Gaza.

THE WILL TO SURVIVE; SURVIVING WITH HOPE
by Rachel Saperstein

  The latest from the journal of that remarkable couple, the Sapersteins, previously part of the proud, productive and patriotic community of Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, Gaza and now part of a demoralized, underemployed community living in paper caravans, a community struggling to survive the afflictions inflicted on them by an uncaring government. This reads like a HOW-TO survive as menchen.
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GUSH KATIF REFUGEES CONFRONT RAIN, RATS AND A RIDICULOUS BUREAUCRACY
articles by Gil Ronen, Hillel Fendel and Michael G. Bard

  This is a compilation of recent items on the plight of the people of Gush Katif, Gaza that were converted from a productive and thriving community into a bunch of unemployed refugees. And this by their own government, which had spent time training the army and police to oust the people but had not bothered to plan how and where to relocate them and provide them adequate housing, jobs and schools. As we've read over the years from the Sapersteins (google "saperstein" Think-Israel, top of home page), the temporary paper caravans that serve as their new homes were badly set into position. The latest rains have helped the rats; but they haven't pushed the do-nothing bureaucracy into doing anything except maybe moving their jaws a bit more vigorously.
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People automatically assume the Israeli Arabs are treated as second-class citizens — after all, BBC and CNN have told them so, over and over again. The truth is there is discrimination — Arabs tend to receive preference in the law courts and universities; the Government releases Arab terrorists from prison but holds a Jewish teenager — a peaceful protester — in jail for months; the Government proudly sends supplies to Hamas Gaza instead of feeding its own poor; the IDF worries about the safety of Arab women and children, but lets its own families suffer Arab terrorist attack. What these next essays have in common is they all detail the way the Olmert government and the Israeli left cater to the Arabs, at the cost of risking the destruction of Israel. This one-sidedness has consequences that further undermine the land of Israel. Israel's catering to the Arabs is destroying Jewish morale.

DAN BAR-ON'S DEFAMATORY PSYCHOBABBLE
by Joel Amitai

  Usually the Israel Academia Monitor lets leftist ideologues expose themselves and the ideas they inculcate in Israeli youth simply by presenting us with articles they have written. In this essay, Joel Amitai draws us a character sketch of Dan Bar-On of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), one of the most egregious of Israel's "psycho babblers." I wonder if BGU will award him a research prize as did Hebrew U, in acclaiming a study that claimed that the IDF was racist because the soldiers didn't rape Arab women (see here.)
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A GLIMPSE INTO THE MINDSET OF A JUDICIAL OLIGARCH
by Rabbi Steven Pruzansky

  What is practicised by Israel's leftist judiciary is described politely as "judicial activism" and, more accurately, as "judicial tyranny". It has become one of Israel's major problems, severely crippling her ability to defend herself against Arab terrorists. As Rabbi Steven Pruzansky puts it, "The dangers of subjectivity in law — by a self-perpetuating judicial oligarchy answerable to no one, composed exclusively of like-minded liberals who are charged with appointing their successors — became apparent. It was now easy to understand how Jewish teenagers who had blocked a highway to protest the Gaza expulsion could be sentenced to two years in prison." And why terrorists are afforded more protection than Israel's Jewish citizenry.
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LIP THE LIAR AND HARDLY HA HA
by Boris Celser

  Boris Celser presents us with a bitter satire on Bush and Olmert, puppeteer and totally compliant puppet, who together preside over a sick Israeli administration — an administration that kowtows to the Arab and disdains the Jew. It is a country that has deviated so far from its moral core that Jews are not allowed to pray openly on the Temple Mount. When they are permitted access, they may pray to their God but they mustn't move their lips. And the Arabs keep a sharp watch. Back in 1967, the local Arabs were — casually and with no public discussion — given control of Judaism's holy site. And the people has allowed this distorted state of affairs to continue for some 40 years. It's time this stopped.
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THE LATEST DAMAGE TO ANTIQUITIES ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT
by Nadav Shragai

  When Israel conquered the eastern part of Jerusalem in 1968, the Arabs came, hoping they'd be allowed to worship quietly on the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Moshe Dayan made the grand gesture of giving effective control of the Temple Mount to the Waqf. Over the years, the Arabs have become bolder and have shown how little respect they have for Jewish worship. They have increasingly violated the laws governing new construction and preserving antiquities. Nadav Shragai tells us about the most recent Arab violations: endangering the structure by illegal construction and destroying artefacts that point to an ancient Jewish presence. What is appalling is that the Israeli government, initially fearful of calling attention to Arab non-compliance with the Oslo Accords, never called a halt to this flagrant destruction. The government doesn't act because it fears the Arabs will riot; they are not ashamed of allowing the desecration of Judaism's most sacred site. Nor are they swayed by polite protest.
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NO PLACE FOR A SON OF ZIONISM
by Michelle Nevada

  Israel is proud of doing its upmost not to injure Arabs that are not obviously terrorists, even though the Arabs take advantage by hiding among civilians and using their children as couriers, even sending them in to collect the guns from dead terrorists, secure in the knowledge that the IDF will not shoot. But Israel's foolish protection of the lives of "innocent" Arabs to the point of jeopardizing the lives of her own children and soldiers has consequences. Israel's using her soldiers to throw Jews out of their homes as in Gaza and Amona also has consequences. Michelle Nevada spells out one of them — it has soured diaspora Jews who are strongly Zionistic from encouraging their sons to join the IDF. As Nevada puts it, "It is a place where those who are religious are held back from the best positions in the service, a place where they are interrogated about whether their loyalty is to the IDF or to the Torah, and a place where they must be forced to chose between the two. If you choose to keep your religious ideals, you go to jail." The consequences may be unintended but they are real.
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SECTION 2. Using several Palestinian Arab hoaxes as anchor, the articles examine the three components that contribute to an Arab hoax: 1) The Arab fakers playing victim; 2) Israel cast as villain and allowing the hoaxers to control the play; and 3) the media, which confirm that the Arabs speak truth.

Arabs are pretty good at creating a story out of whole cloth. Their hoaxes have become classics in the art of swaying public opinion by sheer invention or by ballooning some small incidents. The 52 dead in Jenin became, according to Palestinian Arab diplomats, 5000 and was only much later discredited. The Qana hoax was brilliantly executed by Hezbollah but failed because bloggers — not the main stream media (MSM) — found discrepancies and inconsistencies and squelched the hoax before it could be firmly established — no thanks to Israel's PR people. (Read "Bloggers Take On The Qana 'Massacre,'" here.)

Recently, Hamas tried a Hezbollah-like stunt, holding Israel responsible for death by starvation and curtailed electrical power in Gaza rather than, as in the Lebanon War, death by bombing.

Israel hasn't gotten much swifter at countering these theatrical stunts. But, to play theater critic for a moment, Hamas simply doesn't have Hezbollah's verve and boldness and technique in hoaxery.

The third component — the media — they haven't changed much, either. At Qana, they knew that the Hezbollah point man was running around from photographer to photographer carrying a dead child with no danger to himself. But they wrote it up as if the actor was fearlessly running for medical help to save the baby's life and they implied Israel was bombing the area. The media does what it can to malign Israel, but they don't have much to work with — Hamas is much too amateurish. More generally, the media practices self-censorship when dealing with Arab misdeeds and can be relied on to find fault with Israel no matter what the circumstances.

INDEPENDENT EXPERT: IDF BULLETS DIDN'T KILL MOHAMMED AL-DURA
by Adi Schwartz

  At the beginning of the second intifada in 2000, a photograph of a man and his son unsuccessfully trying to avoid Israeli gunfire won the sympathy of the world. Among the Palestinians, the child, Mohammed al-Dura, was commemorated as a martyr and became a role model for the Arab youth. France 2 claimed his death had been caught on tape, but it later became clear the shooting was a hoax. Positioned where they were, the IDF could not have shot him. What still isn't clear is whether the hoax was perpetrated independently by the Arab camera man, or by him and his boss, Charles Enderlin, with collusion by France 2, the TV station that broadcast the scene. In fact, it isn't clear that Al-Dura is dead. Adi Schwartz writes that an independent investigator has cleared the IDF of responsibility. And in time, the hoax will unravel — but the damage it has done is not as easily undone.
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HOW RACHEL CORRIE REALLY DIED (HINT: NOT PROTECTING A HOUSE)
by Carl of Jerusalem

  Rachel Corrie, a member of the Marxist International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and a strong supporter of the Palestinians was killed in March 2003. The world was told she was run over — twice — by an Israeli tractor. Rachel Corrie won fame as did Mohammad al-Dura. Both served the Arab cause against Israel. Both had deaths that shocked and sorrowed the world. In both cases, eye witnesses confirmed that their deaths were caused by the IDF. Both were treated as martyrs and memorialized in various ways. After the initial shock, both deaths were seen as puzzling and suspicion increased that they were staged. Years later, we learn that the IDF was not responsible in either death. In fact, there is strong evidence in al-Dura's case and circumstantial evidence in Corrie's that they were done in by the Palestinians.
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THE BLACKOUT – A HAMAS-ALJAZEERA CO-PRODUCTION/STAGED GAZA BLACKOUT PICTURES
by Martin Solomon

  These pictures of the Gaza blackout are instructive. There is no way that the pathos-filled pictures could have made their way to print without the collusion of Arab photographers, who took them at angles that hid the light and the truth. The news editors are equally culpable. They presumably knew that the Gazans were not in an electricity blackout. They knew that creating hoaxes is an often-used tool in Arab propaganda. Why did they print the Israel-demonizing pictures without verification?
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LIGHTS [OFF]. CAMERA. ACTION
by Amir Mizroch

  Israel has often needlessly taken the blame for Arab death — e.g., Mohammed al-Dura and the family that set off an explosive while having a Gaza beach picnic. It was later — much later — discovered Israel wasn't responsible. Even when they do respond to Arab hoaxes and ordinary mistatements, exaggerations and just plain lies, Israeli counter information most often comes too little and too late — long after the damage has been done.. Amir Mizroch writes about the Gaza blackout story, focusing on the mistakes made by the Israelis. As is often the case in Israeli botch-ups, the culprit was poor communication within a bureaucracy that may fear bad press but hasn't mastered how to produce timely counter responses.
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ARAB BELLIGERENCE, ISRAELI SELF-ABASEMENT
by Kenneth Levin

  Dr. Kenneth Levin points out that despite the many opportunities Israel has had to "to unmask the murderous hypocrisy of Palestinian leaders talking 'two-state solution' and 'mutual recognition' in speeches to Western audiences while militating for a single, Arab, state in all the land when talking in Arabic...," Israeli leaders do not. Nor do they object publicly to how its peace partner Egypt continues to demonize the Jews, producing vile propaganda that inculcates hate through the Arab world. They ignore both Arab words and Arab hostile deeds. But this will not bring peace. Israel longs to be a normal nation. Then it should explain to the world the "true challenges posed by its enemies — challenges that preclude for the present any possibility of genuine peace." That is what a normal nation would do.
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ISRAEL'S SELVES AND HER USE OF HASBARA (ADVOCACY)
by Babs Barron

  Barbara Barron utilizes Jungian concepts to sketch out an analysis of what is wrong with Israeli hasbara. She suggests that Israel's "...persona of hardiness and resilience has become more and more rigid and inflexible, perhaps as a reaction to her realisation of the shadow, in the shape of her growing sense of unease about how she is perceived and often, it seems, willfully misunderstood, by the rest of the world ...[which] is in turn exacerbated by the way in which her government spokespeople fail to represent her fully in the international arena, and, worse, often seem publicly to undermine their country's ethos." The result is she shows all the signs of the "emotionally bullied" individual. A remedy is to be found if Israel would repeat what she knows is the truth to counter Arab lies, no matter how often it takes "for the message to be got across." Perhaps in doing the obviously necessary, she will heal herself.
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PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A DHIMMIFIED MAN
by David J. Rusin

  Many news media, book publishers, museums, art galleries, movie houses and culture centers in Europe fear that Muslims will react with violence to any article or work of art that might be considered insulting to their religion. After all, documented reaction has included everything from rioting to murder. So they have taken to self-censorship, refusing to publish or produce items in a pre-appeasement ritual to potential Muslim disapproval. Or they remove a long-established item because it might offend Muslims. A feature of this self-censorship is that it often takes place with no threatening input from Muslims, whereas the same culture gatekeepers loftily dismiss Jewish and Christian protests against their religions as an affront to free speech.
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NOT EVEN PRETENDING TO BE FAIR: THE NEW YORK TIMES ON GAZA
by Barry Rubin

  Barry Rubin dissects a recent article on Gaza from the New York Times and demonstrates how the Times carelessly ignores facts and how they insert sly suggestions that Israel is responsible for the distress of the Gaza Arabs. Perhaps the Paper of Record is after a Guinness Book record on how much slander and distortion can be written about Israel in the smallest amount of space. If so, they have competition from several other main stream papers that claim to be more truthful than the National Inquirer.
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SECTION 3: The next group of essays deal with the structure of Arab and Muslim societies and how their culture and religion contribute to their resurgence as a belligerent group aiming at global domination. This includes their revived clashes not just with Judaism but with Christianity and Hinduism in different parts of the global. What is curious in these conflicts is that the U.S. government has favored the Muslims in Bosnia and in Kosova; we have been less than vigorous in preventing African Muslims from enslaving and slaughtering African Christians; we fought a war to protect Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's invasion; and we continue to weaken Israel both by preventing her from thrashing the terrorists and by arming Arab countries and terrorist groups.

THE MIDDLE EAST'S TRIBAL AFFLICTION
by Daniel Pipes

  Daniel Pipes reviews a new book by Philip Carl Salzman, which discusses the importance of the tribal social structure to the understanding of Arab society. The family-clan-tribal structure, common to many Islamic societies, coupled with "tyrannical centralism", would account for key aspects of "Middle Eastern family life", including cousin marriage — which increases the number of children with genetic abnormalities — polygyny and honor killings. Pipes also makes the point that Arab tribal structure, by its very nature, is highly resistant to a quick fix.
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ISLAM AND THE JEWS: THE STATUS OF JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN MUSLIM LANDS, 1772ce
by Jacob Marcus

  "In 1772," Jacob Marcus wrote, "a Muslim scholar in Cairo was asked how Jews and Christians should be treated." This text is his reply. It is in keeping with earlier Muslim practices (see, e.g., Andrew G. Bostom (ed.), The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History) and indicates a continuity in discrimination against Christians and Jews throughout Islamic history. It certainly calls into question modern spins on Muslim intolerance — that it is due to their unhappiness with what Israel and America are doing; that it is due to a few irrational fanatics on the fringe of the religion; that it is due to Muslim shame at being left behind by western technology and science; and that it is due to modern dictatorships and would disappear if democracy — usually defined as the right to vote, which many Muslim dictatorships already have — was adopted in Muslim countries.
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THWARTING SCIENCE AND MEDICINE: WHAT PART DOES FOREIGN FUND-UNDERWRITING PLAY?
by Marion D.S. Dreyfus

  If any field is immune to sharia takeover, you'd think long-term investigation in medicine would be. Marion D.S. Dreyfus describes what a sharia invasion would do to such research — it would dry it up. Israel would go from being a major contributor to scientific and medical journals to the current level of research from the Arab countries, which is close to zero. More generally, this essay asks: what happens when politics and ideology invade science?
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The next group of essays deal with the Islamic attempts at takeover in Europe and India.

THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD'S INFILTRATION OF THE WEST
by Fjordman

  The Muslim Brotherhood spawned the terrorist group, Hamas, but it also spreads its influence in ways that are less violent but just as dangerous. It controls mosques and it has paid for and successfully infiltrated political, social, academic and banking institutions and organizations in the Middle East, Europe and increasingly in America. Since its beginning in the 1920s, it has planned big and well in advance and it has sufficient oil money to implement its plans. It has been remarkably successful. Frightenly so. Fjordman gives us a picture of the Brotherhood's reach and reviews some of the pertinent articles about it. In America, judging from puff pieces written about them, they have coopted a goodly number of academics and media people. And their spiritual leader, Yusif al-Qaradawi, has been directly implicated in the Danish cartoon riots.
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SLEEPING WITH DEADLY JIHADI TERRORISTS
by Babu Suseelan

  Babu Suseelan provides us with a terrifying but accurate picture of what Muslim terrorists are doing in India against Hindus: "... homicide bombing, killing of innocent Hindus, destruction of temples, research institutions, burning passenger trains, hijacking airplanes and assassination..." Sound familiar? I'm surprised Condoleeza Rice hasn't yet blamed it all on Israeli intransigence.
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Strife Between Islam And Christianity

THE CLASH OF IDEOLOGIES IN AFRICA: KENYA
by David J. Jonsson

  Kenya has become a news-worthy place, thanks to its association with the Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, who was raised there as a Muslim and now declares himself a Christian. Kenya is also, as David J. Jonsson writes, a place where Islam and Christianity have been in ideological conflict, and where Islam is projected the winner. As Jonsson reminds us, Islam brings with it its violence, its all-encompassing shari'a law and its triumphalist ambition to spread its ideology globally.
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KOSOVO: ISLAMISM'S NEW BEACHHEAD?
by Julia Gorin

 Julia Gorin raises concerns about America's sanctioning Kosovo's breakaway from Serbia to become another Muslim state. She points out that post-9/11, is it "... the free world's business to spread Shari'a law, as is always the upshot of any Islamicizing region?" It will more than likely serve as an al-Qaida base, because of the al-Qaida links to the KLA. Moreover, approving Kosovo's breakaway sets a bad precedence for how to handle belligerent minorities around the globe, Muslim and non-Muslim.
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THE KOSOVO PRECEDENT
by Arieh Eldad

  This article by Arieh Eldad focuses on what the implications of a Kosovo breakaway are to Israel. If Israel accepts the Kosovo separation, then it has cut itself off at the knees, having no reason to reject, say, the Arabs in the Galilee demanding the area become theirs. For that matter, taking it a step further, what will America do as the Azlatans — a group advocating the return of the American southwest to Mexico — grow more vociferous and begin to "liberate" California on the grounds that the whites are an unwelcome minority?
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SECTION 4. This area examines some of Islam's inroads into America — non-violent influence on educational curricula and the policy of some mainline churches. The Saudis are also actively promoting wahhabism via the preachers they select to run their mosques. And murder to achieve an objective is acceptable — the murder of Rabbi Kahane some 17 years ago is a case in point.

The first set of articles looks at activism in some mainline churches. After several decades of internal propagandizing — Arab Christians in particular were effective proselytizers of the church decision-makers — in July 2005 the Presbyterian church became the first Christian denomination in America to vote to divest from companies that do business with Israel. Caterpillar, Motorola, ITT, inter alia were targetted. Membership backlash following Presbyterian-Hezbollah meetings caused the Church to profess some reassuring words. Nevertheless, the anti-Israel activists continue to operate with a free hand, becoming more obviously anti-Jewish, no longer justifying their animosity on supposed "sins" committed by Israel. These next essays probe the Presbyterian attitude and some bizarre behavior among pro-Palestinian Methodists.

CHURCH ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVISM AND ANTISEMITISM
by Will Spotts

  This is a remarkable examination of anti-semitism in the Presbyterian Church by an Elder of the Church, who has divested himself of slogans and superficial explanations for the phenomenon of the current and growing hostility to Jews by mainline churches. He looks at the problem from several viewpoints, and trashes many of the usual reasons to justify the Church's hostility.
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THE METHODIST CHILD INDOCTRINATION LEAGUE
by Mark Tooley

  If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the Methodists are now actively imitating the earlier drive by the Presbyterians to divest themselves of stock in companies doing business with Israel. But they have gone well beyond their mentors. Mark Tooley writes how The United Methodist Women's Division is even targetting the Methodist young with hate-Israel messages gussied up as instructional stories on how to empathize with the Po' Palestinians. Oh those evil Jews Israelis!
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Curious it is that while the Harvard Prez was hounded out of job for hinting girls is different from boys and anti-Black discussions are taboo, yet anti-Jewish remarks are acceptable. We hear them from Church groups, an ex-president and academics — some of whom are from first-rank universities. Mostly, these remarks are still labeled "anti-Zionist" or "anti-Israeli", as if that made them acceptable. The essays below examine the book by two scholars, Walt and Mearsheimer, on two levels: its specific inaccuracies and its genealogy — it is a product of the coupling of realist theory in international relations and profound ignorance of the Middle East.

THE FRAUDULENT SCHOLARSHIP OF PROFESSORS WALT AND MEARSHEIMER
by Alex Safian

  Professor's Walt and Mearsheimer's book has become a foundation text for many a nutter's article on anti-Jewish websites. Now that Jimmy Carter has been discredited — partially by his own statements — the anti-Jew lobby has little but sleezoid writings to give them accreditation except for the study by real professors from fancy schools — Walt and Mearsheimer, from U of Chicago and Harvard yet. Alex Safian takes a look at how academically sound their work is. He focuses specifically on some of the book's factually incorrect statements, significant omissions and unsubstantiated conclusions. If their universities reflected the level of their scholarship, they'd be teaching at "Get-yr-phd-in-2-mos University.
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IGNORANCE CANNOT BE REALISTIC: A CRITIQUE OF THE MEARSHEIMER-WALT THESIS
by Ofira Seliktar

  Ofira Seliktar examines Walt and Mearsheimer's book, which is written from the point of view of realist theory applied to international relations, and provides us with an excellent understanding of why the book fails so badly as an informed analysis: the authors have little real knowledge of the Middle East. They assume the Arabs have Western-rational goals. Casting Israel as Middle Eastern bogeyman of the Western world is actually their bizarre attempt to salvage their school of thought, which had totally failed to explain 9/11 and does not comprehend the mindset of the Arab leaders. As Seliktar writes of their invalid conclusions: "They were trying to solve an imaginary problem, since their puzzlement arose from their mistake of recasting the region into a tight realist mold that did not fit its realities." The paper also provides an excellent summary of why the Peace Process hasn't worked and can not work – it runs counter to the Arab goal of destroying Israel; they have no intention of living with Israel in neighborly peace.
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Islamic Violence In America

WHEN JIHAD CAME TO AMERICA
by Andrew C. McCarthy

  Want to know how our grandchildren will date when Islam brought its jihad against the U.S.A directly to America? Not on 9/11. No. It was earlier. It was in 1990, when they assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane, a Jew who couldn't be intimidated and who promulgated the then radical idea that the Arabs be transferred out of Biblical Israel. Against all the evidence to the contrary, the killing was declared a lone act of violence by the FBI, which — just like these days — took its time translating much of the Arabic handwritten notes found in the assassin's apartment. Three years later, other members of his cell made the first attempt to destroy the World Trade Center. It was only partially successful, but it was a morale-booster and gave the jihadists valuable information for a more dramatic future attack. Andrew C. McCarthy provides us with a vivid account of the killing of Rabbi Kahane by an Arab from Egypt who was part of a jihadist cell training for various acts of terror under the guidance of the "Blind Sheik," Omar Abdel Rahman.
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RAV MEIR KAHANE'S 2007 YAHRZEIT
by Meir Jolowitz

  This is a companion piece to McCarthy's article (see above). In his time Rabbi Kahane was reviled as a racist for baldly saying it's them or us vis a vis the Arabs and the Jews. He frightened people by telling them the obvious: there really are some binary events with no in-between. The sun shining in the middle of the night is impossible. If the sun is shining, it isn't night. He was one of the first victims of the newest Arab war against the West, the first certainly on American soil. Now the secular Jews advocate what he preached — separation between Arabs and Jews. They want it so much, they are willing to give up Biblical Israel and much more. This is the speech Meir Jolowitz gave at the Rememberance Service 17 years after Rabbi Kahane was — do we call it murder or assassination?.
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GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY'S WAHHABI FRONT
by Patrick Poole

  I don't know what the going rate is for full control of a American university but as Patrick Poole demonstrates, the Saudis are getting their money's worth from a paltry 20 meg donation to Georgetown University that endowed a Center dedicated to Muslim-Christian understanding. "The Center's director, John Esposito, has been known for his vigorous apologetics for Islamic extremism, ... and the Center has affiliated with institutions and people that front for and speak for Hamas and Hamas' parent organization, the Muslim Brotherhood. And they have hired staff such as Susan Douglass, who once taught at the Islamic Saudi Academy, which graduated several students who went on to commit acts of terrorism; she now turns out propagandizing textbooks on the K-12 level. In short, the Center has become an effective conduit for promoting the acceptance of wahhabi-style Islam and infiltrating it into the larger community.
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SECTION 5. FIGHTING BACK: This issue started with an assessment of the unwilling fighters of Islam. It ends with some hopeful signs that people are beginning to understand that Islam is waging a war against us and ignoring it won't make it go away. Several of the articles make suggestions on how to fight back.

ISRAEL'S FOLLY
by Hugh Fitzgerald

  This is an impassioned yet sensible essay by Hugh Fitzgerald summarizing how far the world has progressed in comprehending that Muslim aggressiveness can not be appeased but must be repelled. Unfortunately, the politicians and the diplomats and the so-called leadership in Israel and this country seem the least enlightened, still believing they can sway Islam to civilized neighborliness. "But," Fitzgerald writes, "[t]he logic of events, the inevitability of Muslim aggressive demands and Muslim violence within the countries of Western Europe, and nothing else, will make that reassessment [of what Islam is really after] happen. All Israel has to do is to hold on, not give in, do nothing to whet, by further surrenders to the sly Slow Jihadists of Fatah." The problem reduces then to: how to keep Israel from foolishly divesting itself of its land until the tide of global public opinion turns against the Muslims.
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THE ZIONIST REVOLUTION
by Yehuda HaKohen

  Most people have only a vague idea about what the Zionist revolution entails. Nevertheless, it is fashionable — especially for those who do their meditation sitting on Tel-Aviv bar stools — to insist that Zionism is dead. Yehuda HaCohen makes the point that, on the contrary, the Revolution is still in its infancy and is just beginning — as Israel's achievements in science and technology indicate — to blossom for the benefit of mankind. As the Jews slough off the European-Marxist ideologies of the first generation kibbutzim and go back to their own roots, that's when the Zionist revolution will really begin in earnest.
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THE FALLACY OF GRIEVANCE-BASED TERRORISM
by Melvin E. Lee

  Melvin E. Lee's thesis is that we labor under "[t]he fundamental premise .. that grievances with U.S. policies in the Middle East motivate Islamist terrorism." He makes clear that "[s]uch assumptions ... misunderstand the enemy and its nature. In reality, the conflict is sparked not by grievance but rather by incompatibility between Islamist ideology and the natural rights ... incorporated into U.S. political culture." Accepting that Islam has genuine grievances against us — they blame their economic, technological and social stagnation on the West — leads us to a policy of appeasement, which only encourages the Jihadists to increased hostility. To understand the roots of Islamic terrorism, we need to look not at their long list of grievances but at their culture and religion. This will take a major overhaul of our attitude of moral relativity, whereby we accept most groups at their own evaluation. It's a big part of our multicultural view of the world, but it won't help us develop useful ways to deal with adherents of a religion that blames us and never themselves for their misery. Lee suggests some major changes in our tactics.
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HOW DO I KNOW? (ABOUT ISLAM)
by Dr. Babu Suseelan

  Dr. Babu Suseelan counters the pernicious and paralyzing argument that only a Muslim can understand the Muslim religious experience — and by implication — interfere with or condemn the actions of a Muslim. Dr. Suseelan replies that experience can be a starting point but not a terminator of outside examination. "One can gain knowledge and insight about Islamic theocracy without believing in Koranic concepts...most people acquire the view that Jihadi terrorism and suicide bombing are wrong on no experience of terrorism or bombing..." Consistency and coherence "with other common views and historical facts" serve us as guides to what we accept. It is important that we be able to question the Islamic belief system, especially when their adherents are attempting to inflict their values on the rest of us.
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THE ROOTS OF THE MUSLIM VICTIM MENTALITY AND HOW TO FIGHT ISLAM
by Amil Imani

  Iranians are Muslim, but not Arabic. Amil Imani views himself as a descendent of ancient Persia and shrugs off the Islam superimposed on the populace when the Arabs conquered Persia — now Iran — in the mid 7th Century. In this essay he describes the Muslim character as shaped by Muhammed's personality and notions. He then suggests general principles to fight the threat that Islam has become to the West.
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PAY NOW, GET NOTHING LATER
by Barry Rubin

  Barry Rubin explains how the Arabs easily overwhelm the West and Israel by a simple con game that cleverly plays on the Western feeling of responsibility and desire for fairness and its willingness to negotiate: Oh pity us, we've been victimized by you, so pay attention to our grievances. If you want us to trust you, you must build up our confidence in you by giving us gifts. "But," Rubin points out, "the real problem is the Arabic-speaking world's political structure and prevalent ideology. Nothing outsiders can do will change this very much, or at all." So it's time we stop making concessions and start expecting responsible behavior from the Arabs.
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ISLAMIZATION OF EUROPE AND POLICIES TO PREVENT IT, POLICY AREA 8
by No Sharia

  No Sharia has now finished writing about the 8th Policy Area in his model. It concerns the best policy regarding immigration, visas and citizenship. He starts with defining our most dangerous enemy — it is not the terrorists but the moderate muslims (moderate in the Muslim meaning of the word). He then formulates the main goals for an immigration policy of an European country, before specifying the rules and principles concerning tourist visas, temporary residence permits, permanent residence permits and citizenships. The intent, as always, is to develop ways of preventing further Islamization of Europe.
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HISTORY SECTION

WHO'S ZOOMIN' WHOM?
by Michael Zebulon

  Michael Zebulon has the gift of making it fun to learn some necessary information we should all know about "Palestine" and the "Palestinian people". The Arabs have another kind of gift — they have been able to invent a people — the Palestinians — and a country called Palestine, where this people is said to have dwelt from ancient times. Never mind that there is no P in Arabic, so ironically, having a suspected terrorist say Palestine is an effective shibboleth. But we have the facts of geography and history available and they are an excellent way to counter the Arab fantasy. We simply need to speak up whenever we hear the fantasy.
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BRITAIN'S TREACHERY, FRANCE'S REVENGE
by Meir Zamir

  This is an article by Meir Zamir from Ha'Aretz about British plotting against Israel/Zionism and against France circa 1944-1948, and in favor of Arab nationalism. One reader of the original article commented, "I hope Professor Zamir is frantically writing it up as a book. This will be a major contribution to our understanding of the real dynamics in the Middle East after WWII."
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November-December, 2007

Given the scary consequences in store for Israel at the rigged game about to take place in Annapolis, prior to the Summit we reprinted two articles on peace from the July-August 2007 issue of Think-Israel: Moshe Sharon's cautionary tale of bargaining with Arabs and Michelle Nevada's essay on that often-uttered sound 'peace' — as well as a prediction by Elyakim Haetzni and some links to articles written by different bloggers.

NO PEACE, NO PEACE PLANS, NO PRICE FOR PEACE — A SHORT GUIDE TO THOSE OBSESSED WITH PEACE
by Moshe Sharon

  Moshe Sharon has personal experience of how wily and manipulative Arabs can be in what Westerners regard as straight-forward diplomatic negotiations. As he puts it, "...in the bazaar of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the two sides are not discussing the same merchandise." and "...if you are clever enough you can sell nothing at a price." In this essay he provides us with some useful guidelines in bargaining with Arabs. And the Arabs won't be ready to bargain seriously until they "... have lost all hope of annihilating the Jewish state.."
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A NEW DEFINITION OF 'PEACE'
by Michelle Nevada

  Michelle Nevada, the essayist, speaks for many of us in noting that the word peace is content-free. It is all things to diplomats and nothing of any real use to the rest of us. To be of use, peace should bear some relationship to "life, as we know it, ... a potpourri of conflict, struggle, noise and dissonance." As it is for the person, it is for the country. "To exist, people and nations must fight to survive. If we fail, we die — and only in death do we have 'peace'." Truly, a liberating concept.
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THE SCIENTIFIC PRELUDE TO AN ODE TO ANNAPOLIS
by Elyakim Haetzni

  Elyakim Haetzni makes a habit of predicting the next stupid capitulation of Israel's leaders to Arab and American demands and their next pre-programmed hostile action aimed at Israel's religious and patriotic "settlers". He warned that P.M. Olmert would try to divide Jerusalem and cede Biblical Israel as starters to total abject surrender of national pride and national land. The implementation of these idiotic and dangerous actions seems to have started — Olmert and Abbas are "negotiating" — Olmert is ready to give all and Abbas to take all and give nothing.
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BLOGGERS ON THE UPCOMING ANNAPOLIS SUMMIT
collected by Bernice Lipkin

  These are articles from various blogsites before the Annapolis Summit/Conference/Meeting and General Give-Away. They make points downplayed in the mainstream media about the upcoming Annapolis Conference. These are just some of the many sites on the internet that care about Israel's future. They are more representative of the actual feeling of both Americans and Israelis than the mouthings of the American State Department and a few traitor Jews in both countries.
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The Annapolis shindig is over — at least for the mainstream media. They're on to other things. Nevertheless, suppressed facts are coming out via blogs and emails. As Janet Lehr reports, "Israeli delegates were literally treated as Dhimmis: 1-Forced to enter by a service entrance; 2-Arabs would not shake their hands; 3-Arab delegates refused to wear the earphones provided for translations, thereby rudely ignoring PM Olmert's speech."  Yet despite these and other clear indications that the Arabs aren't looking for peace with Israel, Israeli leaders are still suicidally acquiescing in the American administration's compulsion to create another Arab state, no matter what the cost to Israel. These next essays present information on — as Frank Gaffney put it — the "Annapolis gang rape" and post-confab events such as the State Department's illegal attempt to get the U.N. to sanctify its wishes; as well as reflections on what Annapolis represents and thoughts on what Israel needs to do to survive her current role as world-class patsy.

GANG-RAPE IN ANNAPOLIS,  SAUDI STYLE
by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

  Picture this: a large number of Arab countries, their current "friends" — Russia, Europeans and the anti-Israel NGOs — and, shame, shame, the U.S.A. ganged up on one side. And Israel all alone on the other. It's a mockup of the U.N. General Assembly (GA), and like the GA, makes a mockery of fairness to Israel. As Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. notes, "The bigger problem is that the government of Ehud Olmert seems disposed to go along with the emerging 'international consensus.'" Bad news for Israel.
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UN MACHINATIONS  AGAINST ISRAEL
by Ed Lasky

  The aftermath to Annapolis: a dash to the U.N. to get a Security Council endorsement of the Annapolis 'we've agreed to talk about thinking about when ...' This would reposition Annapolis — Israel would now be pitted against the Security Council. This wasn't sanctioned by the White House. The State Dept seems to have tried to do an end-around around Bush and get the U.N. to certify to its version of what was agreed upon — rather like the Intelligence Community trying to make policy with their Iran N.E.I., which is certainly so much more fun that doing dull assessments. Ed Lasky provides us with a surprising linkage — namely, the Lebanese anti-semitic USA Ambassador to the UN; a Jew of the Democratic Party persuasion, who has sworn to destroy Bush and, oh yes, make Israel secular and multicultural; and an ex-Annan flunkie, whose job it was to make the UN oil scandal go away.
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CULTURE OF KVETCH
by Sarah Honig

  Sarah Honig writes about an earlier Arab-Israeli peace meeting and the Israeli negotiators who were so intent on making a peace deal with Yassir Arafat — Abbas' old crony and boss — they never noticed he had no set of demands that, fulfilled, would get him to agree to a peace treaty with Israel. It took a disgracefully long time for the Israeli negotiating team to realize that they were making so many unrequited concessions for peace that pretty soon there'd be no Israel to enjoy the peace they were hoping for. A pathetic bunch. And Olmert has learned nothing from their stupidity.
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THE LOOMING DANGER OF ANNAPOLIS
by Shmuel Katz

  Shmuel Katz reminds us of the important matter: the Arabs had not and have no intention now to carry out their responsibilities under the previous peace plan — the Road Map — and here they were at Annapolis, primed to demand another Palestinian state, with all their unfulfilled contractual promises ignored.  Yet Israel in the person of Ehud Olmert was and is eager to strip itself of land and of self-respect, willing to make concessions that endanger its existence.
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THE CONDOLEEZZA STORY
by Emmanuel Sivan

  A way of viewing the Annapolis sitcom is to see it as a structure designed for and by its initiator, major promoter and arbiter of protocol, Condoleezza Rice. Professor Emmanuel Sivan suggests her performance is rooted in her mediocrity, her "intellectual frailty and character weakness". Fortunately, she'll be history soon — running some girl's college into the ground, perhaps. But, unfortunately, she can do a lot of damage in the short time left, especially when she is dealing with a compliant Israeli government.
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FARCE.  BURYING THE BUSH DOCTRINE IN ANNAPOLIS
by Andrew C. McCarthy

  In September, 2001, just after 911, speaking to the uncommitted and to jihadists everywhere, George Bush said, "You are either with us or against us." There was a clear differentiation between the problem — terrorism — and the solution — terrorists had made us their enemy and we would fight them. Then we began backtracking. The final shattering of the Bush doctrine came with the Annapolis meeting. As Andrew C. McCarthy puts it, "Seduced by the fantasy of peace-loving Palestinians, the president and his top diplomats have made creation of a sovereign state for these blood-soaked jihadists the bedrock of our Middle East policy — thus undercutting any credibility the Bush Doctrine may have had."... "This administration is hellbent on granting statehood to savages who worship 'martyrdom,' who have bombed their way to the table, and whose non-negotiable demand — a 'right of return' to Israel for millions of migrant Palestinians — would sound the death-knell for a civilized democracy that is our only true friend in the region." What a terrible way to treat a friend; what a foolish way to treat an enemy.
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BUT TO DO AND DIE
by Sarah Honig

  Annapolis may be over but it reeinforced the traditional aftermath of a Arab-Israeli "peace conference" — Arabs will need to do nothing and Israel is to make land giveaways. If there's a change, it's that the America is giving up its "honest broker" pretense and has appointed a monitor to ensure Israel's compliance to do and die for a Palestinian state. Sarah Honig's excellent essay makes us understand Israel's demoralizing future, thanks to policy (re)set in Annapolis.
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NO LASTING PEACE — THE ILLUSIONS OF ANNAPOLIS
by Ralph Peters

  Ralph Peters has concluded that "[s]hort of intolerable carnage, there's no durable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem. None. " The Arabs don't want peace; it would throw things out of kilter. There'd be a large group of unemployed men, whose only job skill is killing people. Moreover, Arab leaders wouldn't have Israel to blame for their incompetence. No, that would never do. And there is the elephant-sized fact that Israel is tiny. There is simply no room for two states in it.
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AFTER ANNAPOLIS, WHAT?
by Edward Bernard Glick

  What a sensible article this is! Edward Bernard Glick strips away the blarney about how Israel should, all by itself, carry the morality torch for all of the Middle East and talks about the critical issue — survival. He points out, "In the zero-sum-game Middle East, if you don't win, you lose." For Israel that means she must worry less about inflicting civilian casualties and more about winning big.
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Allowing Israel to go to the Annapolis meeting and suffer humiliation and potential loss of Biblical Israel isn't the only major example of poor judgment by Israeli leaders in the recent past. The Gaza expulsion of 2005 has been a complete failure. Israel's ability to take care of its citizens has diminished. Contrary to what the Israeli government expected from this 'noble' deed, Israel's image worsened after the Disengagement (click here.) Leaving Gaza gave the Arabs an expanded, unsupervised area they have used to create weapons of war and aim them at Israelis.

What is most unforgivable is the agony and suffering Israel inflicted on some of its most loyal and productive citizens, turning them from proud contributors to Israel's economy to demoralized, jobless dependents of the state.

Residents at the former Gaza Strip settlement of Elei Sinai before the disengagement in 2005. (Limor Edrey/Archives)

This quote is from Guysen International News, December 19, 2007: "28 months after the disengagement, 85% of the evacuated families are still living in temporary housing. The delay by the government to find permanent accommodation for the expelled from Gush Katif and northern Samaria has already cost the state 1 billion shekels and will cost another 140 million shekels yearly if it continues. This information was presented in a new study carried out by the Sadan-Lowenthal center led by Professor Ezra Sadan, former head of the Treasury."

We wonder where Olmert plans to resettle the up to half-million Jews living in Samaria and Judea and eastern Jerusalem he and the Bush Administration are planning to kick out of their homes, farms, businesses and synagogues. As we pointed out in the September 2007 editorial , "In a bizarre way, Israel will become the homeland of homeless Jews. If the treatment of the Jews of Gush Katif, Gaza is an indication, and it is, the Jews of Samaria, Judea, some of Jerusalem and maybe the Golan will become street wanderers, living in dilapitated hotels and pressed-paper trailers, a drain on the economy, a clump of dispirited citizens and an easy mark for the next wave of Arab terrorism."

GOODBYE TO ALL THAT
by Moshe Saperstein

  Moshe and Rachel Saperstein together with 9000 other Israeli Jews were expelled from their homes in Gush Katif, Gaza in August 2005. They have written essays about their (mis)adventures dealing with a government that was competent only in harassing them and driving them from their homes — a government that had made almost no preparation for handling this mass evacuation and has still not made amends. In this latest of their essays, Moshe recalls when the expelled Jews were allowed back to their former homes for the day to pack their things.
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THIRTY YEARS IN THIRTY MINUTES
by Anita Tucker

  This is a powerful essay expressing the emotions Anita Tucker has felt since being pointlessly expelled from her home and the farm she and family had created in Gush Katif, Gaza. They have left. The Arabs have it all. And the land has returned to the bleakness, rocks and sand it was when the Jews took back Gaza in 1968. The Jews made it flourish and contributed to Israel's economy. Under Arab control, it is unproductive — unless you count the weapons of destructions the Arabs have been putting together there and using against Israel.
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The next set of essays start with some important facts Israel has to accept if it is to come out of its mum-mum state of denying the obvious, and work out ways to regain its confidence and do what is necessary to retain viability in a hostile neighborhood. Because Israel has never been allowed a clean victory every time the Arabs started a war, Arab aggression was never followed by forced democratic education of the kind given Germany and Japan after WW2. Now the Arabs are again psych-ing themselves up for another go at destroying Israel, the pearl that sticks in their craw. Iran, acting as mouth, announces she will destroy Israel as soon as she has the means, even at the cost of a nuclear war in the Middle East. Egypt works against Israel in the periphery. Saudi Arabia funds the terrorists. America announces the most important matter is ensuring the po' Palestinians have their own state. The more Israel signals she is willing to sacrifice for peace, the more confident her would-be-destroyers become.

Clearly, Israel has to overcome the conditioning of years that taught — to put it more baldly than did their peace conditioning — that it was better to have her own children murdered than kill an Arab child. She must resolve to act in her own interest, even if this means suffering sustained international condemnation, without the occasional pat on the head when she makes another "concession."

Say "transfer out the Arabs" or "population transfer" and conditioning kicks in — the weapon of choice is the epithet: "racist", "ethnic cleansing", immoral." But this ignores what the Muslim Arabs are doing. While Israel tries different appeasement schemes — or maybe because Israel caters to them — Israeli Arabs have increasingly become radicalized and see themselves as Palestinian or as part of the larger Arab Muslim community, and not as Israelis. As far back as 2000, fewer than 15% of the Israeli Arabs said they'd support their country against the Palestinians. And they have often been implicated in helping the Arabs in the territories commit suicide-murder. More and more, they reject the notion that they are a minority group in a Jewish state. Eliminating Israel as a Jewish entity has become an attractive goal — and they aren't agonizing about how to resettle the Jews peacefully elsewhere. (They have successfully forced out most of the Christian Arabs from once-Christian cities such as Bethlehem without concern about their future.) All the Arab leaders including supposed moderates like Sari Nusseibeh (see here) have said straight out that Jews are not — and will not be — allowed to reside in Arab countries. (What a great way to avoid being accused of apartheid!) Besides keeping their countries clean of Jews, they want a form of ethnic dirtying — they are dead serious about moving any Arab who claims to be a refugee into Israel.

By now, the Jews have abandonned their onetime dream that they and the Arabs would together build a splendid culture in the Middle East. Most Israelis want to be separated from the Arabs. Here, too, conditioning kicks in. The demographic argument that the Arabs in the territories will swamp the country has been demolished. Yet many Israelis — as do people everywhere in the world — assume that separation must mean Israel gives up Biblical land that legally, morally, historically and by conquest belongs to it. This is a self-defeating notion that does not address the problem of the untrustworthy Arabs living in Israel. Clearly, Israel can not allow a large treasonous population inside Israel while fending off external invaders.

If there's any good that can come from the Gaza expulsion, it is that Sharon legitimitized expulsion when he 'disengaged' the Gazan Jews from their land. More and more Jews have come to see they should keep their land and transfer out the Arabs physically or politically. Making the Arabs who live in the territories citizens of Jordan has become a popular solution. Alternatively, they could be given "dowries" and moved out of Israel. The latter has the advantage that these Arabs will have a decent-sized state somewhere in the 99.9% of the Middle East that the Arabs control without the Jews committing suicide for it to happen. In fact, when you think about it, this could solve a major problem without the American administration losing face. Bush and his cohorts put high priority on the Palestinian Arabs having a state, but why does it have to be inside Israel?

JERUSALEM IS A JEWISH ISSUE
by Ted Belman

  One indication that Jerusalem is on the cutting board is P.M. Olmert's clearly expressed annoyance that diaspora Jews believe they have a stake in and a say about Jerusalem. Olmert claims Jerusalem is solely an Israeli issue. Ted Belman summarizes the arguments that acknowledge the legality of world Jewry's claim to Jerusalem. You can read more about Israel's right to all of Jerusalem and Biblical Israel (AKA West Bank) by reading Howard Grief's articles such as this one. For other essays on international law that states that biblical Israel is a trust in perpetuity for the Jewish people and can not be given away, read Part I of Yoram Shifftan's "A Legal Challenge." and his essay on Gifting. Use the Google box at the top of this page to search on Howard Grief, Yoram Shifftan, legal, mandate and population transfer.
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SMASHING THE DEMOGRAPHIC DEMON
by Emanuel Shilo

  The spectre of the Arabs overwhelming the Jewish state by producing more babies (this actually shows signs of happening in several European countries) has been the major argument for Israel's giving up Biblical Israel (known as the West Bank by the ignorati), land that is legally hers. The argument, as Emanuel Shilo puts it, is that Israel must "choose between a state with a solid Jewish majority without Judea and Samaria, and a bi-national state in the entire west-of-Jordan area." The data that supported the supposed overwhelming Arab growth has been discredited. (See this article by Bennett Zimmerman) and Google for Yoram Ettinger's articles. Shilo's essay goes beyond statistical proof. He points out ethical, moral and political questions — which warrant the extensive consideration now given primarily to the demographic factor
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THE TRIUMPH OF LEGAL DEFEATISM
by Caroline Glick

  The Israeli judiciary is crippling the Israeli Defense Force. It views asserting "dominance over Israel's political and military leadership" as what's important, not winning wars. As Caroline Glick writes, the IDF has begun to restrict their behavior "to conform with perceived legal restrictions" — to avoid criminal indictments. The left-leaning judiciary is defining the rules of the game. And that is very dangerous for the country.
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TIME TO END THE CHARADE
by Salim Mansur

  Salim Mansur notes that every American president since Nixon has liked the idea of an international conference to end the "conflict between Arabs and Jews."... "But the truth of the matter is that there is nothing to broker when one party, the Palestinians and their Arab-Muslim financiers and supporters, remains committed to the destruction of the other party, the Israelis." Mansur suggests, "It is time for Americans to politely tell the truth and end the charade of demanding Israeli concessions for Arab-Muslim doublespeak where 'peace' means, as Arafat explained to his people, temporary truce in the war for 'liberating' all of Palestine which includes Israel." Now why is it so hard for the politicians to see the obvious?
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THE CONSPIRACY TO DIVIDE JERUSALEM
by Michael Evans

  Michael Evans reviews the dismal history of previous peace plans, which led not to peace. He reminds us that in 2003 "[w]hen Abbas refused to implement the very first clause of the plan — to disarm the terrorist organizations — the plan died in utero." He suggests we stop these pointless exercises and try other ways to resolve the crisis, namely, dismantle the refugee camps and resettle the people in the Arab countries now housing them; and let the kingdom of Jordan serve as their representative body. This is similar to Benny Elon's plan which would give the Palestinian Arabs citizenship with voting rights in Jordan. To read about the Elon plan, click here.
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THE CASE FOR POPULATION EXCHANGE
by Lewis Lipkin

  This is a reprint of Lewis Lipkin's 2002 article. The introduction read: "Population exchange is not a new idea. Sometimes a complete separation is the only way that two groups unable to live together can get on with their lives. It might be time to complete the separation of the Jews and the Arabs. The Jews were evacuated from Arab countries when Israel was born. Maybe it's time to do the second half of the transfer: move the Palestinian Arabs to Arab countries"
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A WIN-WIN SOLUTION TO THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT
by Rachel Neuwirth

  This is a reprint of Rachel Neuwirth's 2004 article. Scraping away false facts that serve as base for unworkable peace proposals to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, Rachel Neuwirth uses significant factual data on land availability to propose a resolution that would benefit the Palestinian Arabs as well as the Israelis; namely, transfer the Palestinian Arabs to their own place in a sparsely inhabited part of an Arab country such as Saudi Arabia.
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A NEW PARADIGM FOR THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT: FROM THE POLITICAL TO THE HUMANITARIAN
by Martin Sherman

  This is a reprint of Martin Sherman's December 2006 essay on how to solve the present hostilities. The introduction read "Conventional political plans that propose resolving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs by establishing a self-governing Palestinian entity in the territories have been short-lived because they ignore that the Palestinian leadership doesn't want a state; its focus is on destroying Israel. The Jerusalem Summit suggests a new approach — to provide "dowries" to the Palestinians themselves to set them up financially in the neighboring Arab countries. They would be affluent rather than poor refugees. Surprisingly, polls indicate that the majority of the Palestinian Arabs would be willing to emigrate. Martin Sherman of the Jerusalem Summit urges everyone to get involved and publicize the plan."
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For Islamists, jihad is to be pursued where ever Islam doesn't prevail and is to be implemented by warfare, sabotage, suicide bombings, shootings, law suits, propaganda, baby production, destroying the social fiber of the community, bankrupting a community by its demands for welfare and special treatment, implicit threats, explicit threats, coopting the media, etc., etc., etc. They also have no compunction about asserting that words that mean very different things in Arabic and English are exact translations. These next essays speak to these global ambitions and various subterfuges.

KNOWING THE ENEMY
by Ariel Cohen

  In a calm and sober fashion, Ariel Cohen articulates some unpleasant home truths about the global war Islam is waging, facts that too many are reluctant to examine. It's not an easy war for us to fight — it's certainly not a clash of warriors, with both sides abiding by the same rules. It involves confrontation on multiple fronts, including managing how events are perceived, how and from whom the irregulars get their intelligence information and support infrastructure, and understanding how the political, historical and religious dynamics function as tools. We should be implementing innovative techniques, not denying reality.
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THESE BOOTS ARE GONNA WALK ALL OVER YOU
by Professor Anthony Coughlan

  Caligula wished that all the Rome had but one head, the easier to behead everyone. Despite the overwhelming hostility of ordinary Europeans for elitist-controlled unification, the European countries are on the way to becoming a United Europe, making it easier for radical Islam to take over.

Professor Coughlan explains what the Lisbon Treaty does: essentially it recreates the European Union (EU) "in the constitutional form of a supranational European State." It allows a small group of politicians "to act as a State vis-a-vis other States and its own citizens." The major thing that won't change is the name; it will still be called the EU. How comfy!
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THE PARISIAN INTIFADA AND "THE PROJECT"
by Patrick Poole

  Muslim rioting in Paris slowed down after the major rioting in 2005, but never really stopped and now it's heating up again — youngsters are again on the rampage, burning cars, throwing rocks and, even, fighting the police. Patrick Poole points out that the systematic violence by Muslim immigrants in major cities in Europe is "in accord with the strategic planning documents drafted by the Muslim Brotherhood in recent decades in their hopes to establish a global caliphate through jihad." One of these documents, The Project, calls for "the utilization of various tactics, ranging from immigration, infiltration, surveillance, propaganda, protest, deception, political legitimacy and terrorism." The Muslim footsoldiers continue to follow the blueprint successfully, and we ignore the threat.
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'RADICAL ISLAM' IS ISLAM
by Steven Zak

  Thanks to our being told so often that Islam is a peaceful religion, it is de rigueur to assume the majority of Muslims are peaceable and there's only a fringe group of nasties — the ones we call radicalized Muslims or Islamists or fanatics or freedom fighters. It says something about our mindset that we haven't been able to settle on a name when we've been in a war with Islam for now seven years ever since 911. Steven Zak's article straightforwardly states the obvious: "You can't fight an enemy you're afraid to offend."
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HUDNAH AND SULH DO NOT MEAN "PEACE"
by Moshe Sharon

  In this essay Moshe Sharon provides us with terms that are critically important in any "peace" negotiation with Muslims; more specifically, with the connotations and usage of hudnah, and sulh, terms that loosely — very loosely — mean "peace." He cautions us that "[t]he Arabs, as Moslems, and of course Arafat, build on the ignorance of the Israelis, on the one hand and on their dreams of peace on the other in order to sell them the poison of death in the wrapping of 'peaceful jihad', 'sulh peace' and 'hudnah ceasefire'. Sulh is not peace and hudnah is no unconditional armistice."
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ISLAM AND CNN'S SUPERSTAR CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR
by Lev Navrozov

  Lev Navrozov weaves together history, grammar and theology as he examines how academics — particularly Moslem professors of Islam – Moslem clerics, and non-Muslims who use their credentials to disseminate Islamic propaganda have made excellent use of the phrase "Islam is peace." He centers on Christine Amanpour, a superb practioner of the art of deception, and explains her methodology, using some of her more outlandish statements. He also provides a thorough explanation of the term salaam — which is Arabic for a kind of peace, but not the peace Westerns assume it to be. Published in 2002, the article is pertinent, except that the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran, who died in 1989, is no longer the Iranian with the most atrocious opinions that the media love to quote.
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Islam is expanding its hold on Western countries, taking over important pieces of our superstructure and remodeling them to suit themselves. Among the latest takeover startups is our banking system. Banking in conformance to sharia law allows no interest to be charged, so it isn't, but somehow, the banks manage — still in accordance with sharia law — to charge interest, often at higher than normal rates. The problem for the West is that the believers in Sharia law work towards ensuring it will eventually be the law of every land.

SHARIAH'S TROJAN HORSE
by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

  The fear that the Arabs are in process of buying us out, bank by bank, port by port, has increased markedly now that the Arabs are putting their money to work promoting what is called "Shariah finance" – banking that conforms to the strict limits of Islamic law. Frank Gaffney, Jr. points out that it might satisfy Islamic religious law, but it is unfortunately another "beachhead in the Islamofascists' patient, determined and ultimately seditious campaign to subvert and supplant Western free societies." Read also the referenced paper by Alex Alexiev entitled "Islamic Finance or Financing Islamism?".
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ISLAMIC BANKING IN BRITAIN
by Helena Christofi

  Helena Christofi describes for us how "Islamist clerics with terrorist connections and a mission to Islamize Europe are infiltrating the United Kingdom through its banking system" and she explains how Shari'a banking works operationally. Britain may well become the center of global banking, but will it be British?
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GLOBAL BANKS ADOPTING ISLAM
by Patrick M. Wood

  Shari'a law is a package deal — wife beating, banking, charity, beheading — you don't pick and choose. Western bankers have become active seekers out of moneyed Muslims, and they are not at all fazed at having to conform to shari'a banking and loan practices. The down side is, as Patrick Wood points out, that "global banks are doing for Islam what it could never do on its own: give legitimacy to Shari'a and infiltrate it into the fabric of Western society." All of it.
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The UN has become notorious in its single-minded hostility to a single country — Israel. As single-minded as Nazi Germany, which was willing to sacrifice resources she needed to fight the war to exterminate the Jews. Similarly, Kristallnacht in 1935 was a watershed event — the Nazis had softened Germany and were now ready for strong-arm physical repression of the Jews. Similarly, at Durbin in 2001, the Islam-supporting NGOs that live in symbiosis with the U.N. were well-trained to attack the Jews by turning a Conference against Racism into what was an unanticipated, direct, vicious and well-organized hatefest against Jews. Now there's another Durbin Conference coming up.

UN PLANS ANOTHER DURBAN RACISM CONFERENCE FOR 2009
by Rebecca Tobin

  There's another UN-sponsered Durbin Conference scheduled for 2009. As Rebecca Tobin points out, if anything it should top the first in targetted hate toward Jews and the Jewish state. Surprise. Surprise. Of course, the designers of Durbin 1 are ready to move on to the next stage: to make defamation of Islam a no-no. And the Muslims will decide what activities are defamatory.
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RIGHTING RIGHTS WRONGS
by Gerald Steinberg

  It is a macabre fact that the countries that have the least respect for life and human rights are in control of Human Rights at the UN. They are reinforced by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that wear the prestigious mantle of the UN and dress themselves in noble humanitarian motives, but in practice they are rabidly anti-Semitic with a hate-Jews agenda. Gerald Steinberg tells us about some of the recent shenanigans that we are graciously permitted to fund.
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THE UN LAUNCHES DURBAN II
by Anne Bayefsky

  Anne Bayefsky examines the deeper significance of Durban 1's labeling Zionism as racism" and demonizing Israel. She points out that "[t]he forces behind Durban I ... understood the UN to be the ideal vehicle to defeat America and Israel on a different, but no less crucial, kind of battlefield." As usual, the European Union (EU) lost control to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which has announced that, like Alice in Wonderland, human rights issues will be whatever the OIC says they are. With a parliamentary veneer and a hate-driven agenda, Durban 2 promises to outdo Durban 1. As usual, the Western countries will have some input — they will be the ones contributing the funding for this obscene show. How long will we stand for this?
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Here are some more examples of the Islamist grip on the media, the universities and Jewish groups that act for the Arabs. Sad to say, the far left Marxist Israelis are among the ablest of the aiders and abetters of Islamism. Of course, their motives are pure: to protect free speech and free activities, providing this speech and these activities aren't anti-Arab.

REWRITING HISTORY
by Noah Pollak

  In this essay, Noah Pollak demonstrates how insidious anti-Israel propaganda can be — especially when it is targetted at people with little knowledge about the Arab-Israeli conflict. He dissects the comments of Daniel Levy and demonstrates how they are both truth-sounding and very wrong, because they leave out much conditioning information. As Richard Shulman has pointed out (December 2007 Blog-Eds, 27dec07), "Levy bolsters his case with digression and irrelevant points, facts out of sequence, and fabricated facts."
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A REACTION TO THE REMOVAL OF A MEZUZAH IN HEBRON
by David Wilder

  An example of propaganda by omission: a news item in an Israeli newspaper sounds like the Rabbinate was imposing its will upon the IDF and exacerbating a tense situation. David Wilder supplies context for the incident. It reminds me of a trip where as usual, single women were doubled up as room mates. I came across some of the group sitting in the lobby, indignant because Alpha had been unreasonable and had forbidden Beta to open the window when Beta just wanted to do her morning (vigorous) exercises. Finally, I asked, "Did Beta tell you she was opening the window at 4 in the morning? Did Beta tell you Alpha was getting very little sleep for days before she complained?" The ladies got up and left the lobby. Without a word.
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IDEOLOGY OVER INTEGRITY IN ACADEME
by James R. Russell

  Columbia University is an egregious example of what happens to a university where far left academics — who had looked for an ideology when communism petered out — are sheltered by an administration benefitting from Arab money. The result, as Russell ably illustrates has been a loss of scholarly integrity. Russell suggests some ways to deal with the problem — including the suggestion that students planning to major in Middle Eastern (ME) studies take their brainpower to ME departments that haven't acquired a reputation "for Jew-baiting; apologia for terrorism, and unscholarly  chicanery..." And donations now going to Columbia could be diverted to build up strong ME departments in uncorrupted universities.
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THESE RECORDS ARE FROM ANCIENT TIMES
by Patricia Berlyn

  It would seem impossible that anyone would assert that there was never a thriving Jewish nation in Israel in ancient times. But as James Russell pointed out in the previous essay, Columbia's recently tenured Nadia Abu El-Haj makes exactly this claim, dismissing archeological evidence as unconvincing. Those who propagandize that it's the Arabs that are the natives of what they call Palestine have the same bottom line as a school of biblical "scholars" who deny any history in the Bible that isn't supported by archeological evidence. Patricia Berlyn's essay examines biblical and non-biblical sources that make it obvious that ancient Israel was and is the Jewish homeland and the physical center of Judaism was the Temple in Jerusalem. The Arabs have been feverishly destroying Jewish artefacts on the Temple Mount and the Tomb of Joseph. Will they now start destroying their ancient books and non-Jewish ancient artefacts?
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This Issue's history section centers around the second illegal splitting of the land set aside to become a Jewish State by international law inbedded in the U.N. charter. The Arab countries found even an emasculated Jewish state intolerable and immediately invaded Israel in 1947. Israel fought them to a standstill. And survived.

As David Meir-Levi's article points out, it is ironic that the Arabs argued against creating a Jewish state because, they said, the region was really a part of southern Syria. They pointed out that no such people as "Palestinians" had ever existed, so it would be an injustice to Syria to create a state ex nihilo at the expense of Syrian sovereign territory. (This, of course, was before the Palestinian "people" was invented.) They ignored that the same League of Nations that enabled the Colonial Powers to create the State of Syria gave them the duty to set aside Mandated Palestine for the Jews. Syria had not been an independent state but was part of the Ottoman Empire. And, if — as the Arabs now assert — the U.N. as inheritor of the League of Nations didn't have the authority to proclaim that Israel was the only legal owner of Mandated Palestine, then why are the other states the League created –– all of them Arab –– legal?

AN UNASSUMING PATRIARCH
by Steve Kramer

  Steve Kramer wrote of this essay, "Here's a biography of a wonderful Israeli." And it is. Yassi Margalit had fought in WW2, helped liberate a concentration camp and landed in Israel as the Arabs invaded the newly-declared State of Israel in 1948. How remarkable "ordinary" people can be! If only we had leaders of their caliber.
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IS NOVEMBER 29 A DAY TO CELEBRATE?
by Caroline Glick

  This is a wonderful amalgam of history and analysis. Caroline Glick makes clear why it was self-defeating for Israel to continue to base her existence — e.g., the Annapolis malignancy — on the General Assembly resolution of 1948. This is a great corrective to the 'everybody knows' belief that the 1948 Resolution was a great victory for the Jews that a magnanimous Britain inflicted on the poor suffering 'Palestinians'. Read this in conjunction with Ted Belman's article above, which details the actual international law underpinning Isra