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September 14, 2002

Shiri's Story: Lest We Forget

I received this email tonight. Yom Kippur this Sunday and Monday is about teshuva, return to goodness through repentance. I am posting this in the hope that it might inpire some to rethink tolerance or understanding of terrorism. I also hope it will make all of us consider how our own words and actions might contribute to a better future for everyone.

We are the family of 22 year old Shiri Negari who was one of 19 people killed in a Jerusalem bus suicide bombing on June 18th 2002.

We cannot allow Shiri's death to become just another statistic. We send you this message because we think Shiri's story must be heard. Please help us distribute Shiri's story (locally, media and around the world), and preserve Shiri's memory using any means you may have.

We want Shiri to be remembered for who she was, and we know that anyone who will get to know Shiri through the web site will realize that there is absolutely no justification for suicide bombings.

On the following web site you can find Shiri's story (In 5 languages), view her pictures and listen to her singing."
A beautiful person who sang "sing a song for love and not for war" was murdered. May she rest in the care of the source of all life and goodness, the most merciful G-d.

Her legacy is now behind her. Ours remains before us. What will we choose?

  -- Joe Katzman, Winds of Change
Peres' Treachery Continues

Not satisfied with the irreparable damage that he has already inflicted on Israel, Shimon Peres on Friday promised US officials that Israel would be willing to offer a similar deal to the one “negotiated” by Barak and rejected by Arafat at Camp David in 2000. This announcement comes despite Ariel Sharon’s stated opposition to the parameters of Camp David deal. This deal includes, of course, the surrender of Yesha and the Temple Mount to the savages. On the day of the ninth anniversary of the Oslo disaster which he personally engineered, Peres is still dedicated to a policy of appeasement and surrender to the murderers. We can only hope that Israel will survive his treachery.
(Jerusalem Post) Foreign Minister Shimon Peres told top US government officials Friday that he believed that a modified Camp David deal could still be reached with the Palestinians and urged the US to expedite the process of Palestinian Authority reforms.

Speaking at a Council on Foreign Relations breakfast, Peres predicted that a similar deal to the one proposed at Camp David in 2000 would be offered by Israel if final status negotiations resumed. This would be "to concentrate all the settlements of the West Bank in a small piece of land.. and to have a swap," Peres said.

"My impression, is that the Palestinians are ready to accept, so once we enter the permanent negotiations this, in my judgment, will be put on the table again," Peres added. [Read More]

Crime and Reward

The ink has not yet dried on the pictures of the Palestinian Arabs demonstrating in Gaza to support Saddam Hussein, nor has the image of Palestinian-Arabs celebrating 9-11 faded, and Bush is eagerly continuing to pursue the old Western appeasement system of rewarding dictators and terrorists.

A news story posted by AP under the title, Bush Holds Talks With Palestinians, dated September 14, 2002, reports:

In his first-ever discussion with a Palestinian Authority official, President Bush said statehood is a prerequisite for ending Palestinian suffering, the official said Saturday...

The conversation between Bush and Nabil Shaath, the Palestinian minister for international cooperation and planning, occurred Thursday during a reception Bush held for heads of state and representatives in New York, where the U.N. General Assembly is meeting.

Shaath said the two spoke for about seven minutes. He said Bush reiterated his support for an independent and economically viable Palestinian state.

"He (Bush) told me he meant every word, that this was the minimum that the Palestinian people deserved, that there can be no end to the suffering of the Palestinian people without achieving this independent state," Shaath said.

Well, any animal trainer can tell Bush what to expect when bad behaviour like terrorism is rewarded the way he is rewarding the Palestinian Arabs.

Remember Munich, September 1938.

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland

Water Fight

BEIRUT (AFP) - Lebanese President Emile Lahoud vowed to thrust ahead with plans to divert water from the country's Hasbani river, despite threats from Israel over the use of the water supply that feeds the Jewish state's own fresh water resources.

Lahoud hailed the decision to channel water from the Hasbani's tributary, the Wazzani, for 20 villages in south Lebanon as "a definitive and irreversible decision."
For full story
[click here]

End The Occupation--Syria in Lebanon

The World Lebanese Organization

A movement dedicated
To the self determination of its Christian people, as well as to human rights and democracy for all people in the Middle East.
Note: many links provided. See [click here]
see also: Syrian occupation of Lebanon and American Appeasement of Syrian occupation of Lebanon and American policy of appeasementand Syrian motives for occupying Lebanon
via Slate.

Bill Schorr, United Media
August 12, 2002

found via Slate Magazine.

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First in War

As a former army field commander, Ariel Sharon puts great stock in holding the physical high ground, controlling the lines of sight and measuring distances in terms of artillery range. But those military doctrines are deployed in the service of more basic beliefs, developed during his years of growing up just north of Tel Aviv on a moshav, a small semicooperative agricultural community, during the years of the British mandate, when Israel's eventual statehood was far from a certainty and Jewish survival on the land seemed a daily battle against harsh conditions and hostile neighbors.

That sense of embattlement was particularly intense in young Arik's own family, where his prickly and suspicious Russian Jewish father distrusted not just the Arabs and the British but many Jewish farmers on the moshav as well. This upbringing forged in Sharon both his aggressive individualism and a hard view of what Zionism requires of both Israeli Jews and the worldwide Jewish diaspora. It also gave rise to his belief that only when Jews show they will fight to defend their land will their Arab neighbors respect them and let them live in peace. For full book review on Ariel Sharon, see
[url] NY Times, reg req'd.

L'affaire Netanyahu, Part III

I am still reeling from the violent assault on democracy in Montreal by the supporters of the Palestinian Arabs. On 12 September 2002, Canada’s Globe and Mail ran an article which elaborated on the background to this assault on democracy, and my shock has doubled. To serve as a permantent record, here are selected excerpts from the article by William Johnson, entitled, The yahoos who shamed Canada:

Call it poetic justice. The pro-Palestinian ultras who prevented Benjamin Netanyahu from speaking at Montreal's Concordia University on Monday, achieved the antithesis of what they wanted.

By rioting against an eminent foreign visitor's presence on a university campus, they gave Israel's former prime minister an international spotlight he could never have commanded without the smashed windows, attacks on police, the kicking and spitting on Jews, and bullying of those who came to hear the speaker...

Were this an isolated incident, that would end the story. But the riot highlighted recent years of gross pro-Palestinian agitation that divided the students of misnamed Concordia and set a majority against the misnamed Concordia Student Union Council.

Consider. During Monday's confrontation, a familiar figure leaped on the roof of a police van and harangued the crowd with a megaphone. This was Laith Marouf, a Syrian national whose father is in Montreal working for an international agency, with diplomatic immunity.

Mr. Marouf was banned last year from the campus by rector Frederick Lowy after he was caught a second time in a week spraying anti-Israel graffiti on university walls. He broke away from the guards and sprinted to the student council office (he was then vice-president of the student union), where an altercation occurred...

At the time, Mr. Marouf's standing was designated "failed." He went to court to appeal his expulsion -- his costs were assumed by the student union, to which every student must contribute (though only 9 per cent of students had voted in last year's council elections). The court rejected his petition and imposed costs, to be paid to the university.

Last year's student council included Samer Elatrash, who is of Palestinian origin and who was one of seven people arrested in April for occupying the office of Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, who is Jewish. Mr. Elatrash was a main organizer of Monday's action...

Last year's council put out to all students an "agenda" book (Uprising) paid for by student fees. It waxed lyrical over the intifada, designated May 15 (Israel's independence day) as Al Nakba (The Catastrophe), and July 1 as Anti-Canada Day, when students are urged to "burn the Canadian flag."

It advised students not to pay rent. "Squatting is simply the acceptance of the illegitimacy of rent." It reflected on Steal Something Day: "Stealing is the redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor." It recommended a shoplifting spree at the local mall, and described the university's governors, many from large corporations, as "mass murderers."

Is the current student council more representative? Two signs are posted on the council wall: "America is a Terrorist State," and "Globalize the Intifada."

I’m beginning to feel as though my country, Canada, is an “occupied territory”, occupied by violent supporters of the Palestinian Arabs for whom democracy is expendable. And it would appear that the authorities are either indifferent or intimidated, as no serious steps have been taken against those who consider July 1 to be “Anti-Canada Day”.
Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland

L’affaire Netanyahu, Part II

Following the violent riots by supporters of the Palestinian-Arabs in Montreal on Monday, 9 September, 2002, some Canadians spoke out in articles and letters to the editors of major papers. Unfortunately, the government of Canada, the Montreal Police and Concordia University seem rather silent.

Following are the four letters that the Ottawa Citizen ran on Friday, September 13 (p. A17).

Concordia riot was an affront to our values

Re: Montreal riot silences Netanyahu, Sept. 10.

It was a total disgrace that Middle Eastern demonstrators at Concordia University went on a rampage and committed so much violence, all to prevent freedom of speech for Benjamin Netanyahu, former Israeli prime minister.

These demonstrators are obviously intent on converting Canada into a hell-hole such as the Middle East has become. It is a disgrace to such people and to any cause that they represent, and it is against all human values, Canadian or otherwise.

The students and other demonstrators must be identified and severely punished. The punishment should include their expulsion from the university and if they are foreign students, cancellation of their student visas and deportation from Canada.

I don't believe any Canadian wants such violent people to live in this country. R.A. Shankar, Ottawa

Zero tolerance

This violent action must be dealt with quickly and firmly and never be allowed to happen again.

All those who participated in these riots who are not Canadian citizens must be expelled from Canada, regardless of stripe. Canadian citizens who participated should be interviewed and placed on a watch list. Immigration from the Mid-die East should be suspended.

I hope that zero tolerance can save our country from import-jag the never-ending hate these people have for each other. Henry Klassen, Ottawa


This demonstration in Montreal was embarrassing to Canadians. It was a reminder of the problems encountered, and avoided, several months ago, when the University of Ottawa had the foresight to vet potentially offensive materials being posted in an area frequented by students.

Canadian universities should be areas of intense discussion and debate. However, when they are used by self-serving militant groups to threaten the security of others, we must ensure their acts do not take place.

Canada must be free for all to enjoy without fear of being subjected to the imported vio-lence-prone troubles of other countries.

The Citizen reported on the former RCMP Security Service keeping track of certain university student activities (RCMP spied and kept files on hundreds of 'VIPs,' Sept. 9)- While that may have raised some eyebrows, intelligence gathering of this type may help prevent future problems. F. Dale Boire, Ottawa

Fate of democracy

This small mob trying to silence the opposition conjures up the image of Germany in the 1920's and 1930's, when small fascist groups successfully silenced anyone and everyone who held different views.

If we fail to raise our voices now, we may well end up exactly as the Germans ended up. Let us not keep silent, as the fate of our democracy is at stake. Joseph Alexander Norland, Ottawa

When I wrote my letter (the last in the series of four), I was concerned that I may be the only one to address the issue. I am pleased to note that at least three other Canadians have done the same, and more letters may appear in the coming days.

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland

L’affaire Netanyahu, Part I

The violent actions in Montreal by the supporters of the Palestinian-Arabs, which prevented Benjamin Netanyahu from delivering his address on Monday, September 9, 2002, have given Netanyahu a great deal of publicity. One manifestation is an (almost) full-page interview which the Ottawa Citizen ran on Thursday, September 12, 2002 (p. A15). In the interview, Netanyahu specifically addressed the issue of a second Palestinian-Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Here is the excerpt dealing with this issue:

Q: You are opposed to a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, at least publicly. But given that almost every other country in the world appears to be making that promise, including the United States, is this something you can still feasibly put forward?

A: I believe that we need a transition period to detoxify Palestinian society once Arafat is ousted. And I think this will take three to five years of political and economic packages administered by the United States to induce the kind of reforms that might lead to free elections where a leadership would have to disavow the so-called right of return, that is, the right to destroy Israel, and the method of terrorism.

And then we can negotiate with them. Even when we negotiate with them, we cannot be sure that democratization would take root.

The first component is to give them self-determination; we don't seek to govern them. We are in their cities now to prevent terrorism, but nobody seriously believes, nor do I, that in the long term, we have to sit there and be in their cities and govern them.

But we also don't want them to have the power to threaten our lives, so we would like them to have all the powers of self-government, but none of the powers that could threaten Israel's security and it's very life. I don't believe that self-determination requires that the Palestinians have an air force or the ability to import weapons from Iran or Libya or that they could poison the water table that feeds Israel 60 per cent of its water.

So there are ,certain powers that are normally associated with statehood, but have nothing to do with self-government that I would delimit for the foreseeable future. That is why I am loathe to use the word "state."

When you use the word "state," you imply that you will give all these powers.

I would much rather speak in terms of self-government for the Palestinians and security of Israel for the foreseeable future.

Now, had the supporters of the Palestinian-Arabs in Montreal allowed the address to go ahead, this interview would probably have been read by very few readers; now it is food for thought for many who are probably thinking, "considering how the supporters of the Palestinian-Arabs comported themselves in Montreal, maybe Netanyahu is right after all".

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland

September 13, 2002

Sponsoring Terrorism: Syria and the PFLP-GC

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) continues to occupy a special place in the pantheon of Syrian terror surrogates. Of all the major Palestinian and Lebanese paramilitary groups sponsored by Damascus, the PFLP-GC exercises the least strategic and operational autonomy. While the perks of this servitude are considerable (it is the only group to have received tanks from the Syrian government), so too are the limitations (its lack of independence has precluded the growth of a strong popular following).

Despite its relatively weak presence in the West Bank and Gaza, the PFLP-GC has played a vital role in perpetuating the second Palestinian intifada by smuggling arms and explosives from Syria and Lebanon to Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants in the territories.
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5-Year-Old Escapes Death in Hevron Attack

Meanwhile Perez and Ben-Eliezer eagerly "negotiate" to return Hebron to the murderers in return for a "cease fire."
(Arutz Sheva) A 5-year-old girl escaped death a few minutes ago as terrorists opened fire at Hevron residents in the Avraham Avinu and Admat Yishai (Tel Rumeida) neighborhoods of the holy city. Eyewitnesses report the gunfire narrowly missed the child.
U.S. to Increase Aid to P.A.?

George Bush continues to reward the savages for their persistence in murdering Jews.
(Arutz Sheva) The Bush administration's reported plan to increase American aid to the Palestinian Authority by another $20 million is raising some eyebrows. The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) notes that these intentions are puzzling in light of "the PA's ongoing terrorist war against Israel and the widespread financial corruption and misuse of funds among PA officials."

The ZOA notes that the U.S. has provided the PA with $100 million each year since 1994, and that the Bush administration has recently been pressing Congress to approve an additional $50 million this year to repair damaged areas in PA-controlled territories - damages resulting from a war the PA itself started. In addition, the Jerusalem Times reported yesterday that "the U.S. and the World Bank have agreed to pay $35 million to start a new investment guarantee fund to support [PA] investment projects [of which] the U.S. will pay $20 million."

The ZOA telegrammed President Bush with the following complaint: "In your speech in June, you called on the Palestinian Arabs to stop their terrorism, wipe out terrorist groups, and embrace democracy, human rights, and free market economics. They have not done any of that. How, then, can you justify rewarding their terrorism with $170 million in American taxpayers' money? What incentive will they have to ever give up their terrorism and corruption, if you increase the aid before they have changed their behavior? Mr. President, stop funding those who promote, glorify, and fund terrorists."

Ironically, it was just yesterday that the official PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida published two cartoons harshly ridiculing the United States on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. One of the cartoons showed Uncle Sam running way from long legs representing the date September 11, while the other showed the World Trade Center towering over a pile of dead bodies labeled "victims of American imperialism."

I guess it depends on how you define black

I guess this may be a manifestation of the Transnational Progressivism USS Clueless like to talk about. Mendela says Iraq is a black nation and Israel is white.

Newsweek: What about the argument that’s being made about the threat of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and Saddam’s efforts to build a nuclear weapons. . . . .

Mendela … Scott Ritter, a former United Nations arms inspector who is in Baghdad, has said that there is no evidence whatsoever of [development of weapons of] mass destruction [who has not been inspecting for the last four years]. Neither Bush nor [British Prime Minister] Tony Blair has provided any evidence that such weapons exist. But what we know is that Israel has weapons of mass destruction. Nobody talks about that. Why should there be one standard for one country, especially because it is black, and another one for another country, Israel, that is white.

With the Ethiopians (and maybe the Ultra Orthodox), I would think that Israel is more 'black' than Iraq.
The Double Standard

Earlier this week, former Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu's, scheduled speech at Concordia University in Montreal was cancelled when a group of pro-Palestinian protesters rioted, attacking Netanyahu's Jewish supporters. Read Elana's retelling of the event as well as this other first hand account. Howard Fienberg also has a thorough round up of stories about the riot.

The most striking commentary comes by National Post reporter, Daniel Kay, who was at the incident and listenedd to both the protesters and the press conference afterwards held by Netanyahu. I've extracted the important quotes:

First from the protesters themselves:

To the protesters -- well-steeped in the specious propaganda of the Arab world -- all of this was "legitimate resistance."

"Look what the police have done," a thin, friendly Concordia student named Ahmed told me, gesturing dramatically at a pane of smashed glass.

"But the protesters smashed the window," I said.

"Yes," he responded, "Out of frustration. Look at the way they're being treated!"

As we spoke, a group of Jewish students raised an Israeli flag. Almost immediately, a group of men chanting slogans in Arabic took it from them.

"Is that an act of frustration too?" I asked Ahmed, half seriously.

"They have no business taunting us," he said with great solemnity. "It's a provocation."

And now from a reporter at the press conference:

There are people who feel that holding your event at a place like Concordia University with a history of difficulties... was like waving a red flag in front of these people," she said. "Perhaps that caused the problem."

Now consider what happened at Colorado College when it invited Dr. Hanan Ashwari, considered by many (this author included) to be an apologist for Palestinian terrorism, to give a keynote speech on September 12 about the effects of 9-11. Outraged Jews and non-Jews alike started a letter writing campaign to the college expressing dismay at her selection. Although the college did allow Daniel Pipes to speak, it stuck to its guns and allowed Ashrawi to speak. As it turned out, while there was a great deal of arguing and protesting, peace reigned as there was no violence to be found on either side.

So let's summarize: the Arab population of Concordia is angry and there have been previous violent incidents involving these same students, so nothing should have been done to "incite" them, including inviting a controversial speaker such as Netanyahu. These are the words of both the protesters themselves as well as their sympathizers, and are eerily similar to those sentiments castigating Ariel Sharon for taking his now infamous walk to the Temple Mount in September of 2000. As far as I can tell, these words are tantamount to saying that Arabs cannot and should not be expect to control themselves, so nothing should be done, no matter how non-violent, to provoke them. Imagine the fall out if the Jews had rioted in the same way as did the Corcordia Arabs, Not only would have they been condemned by the usual suspects (CAIR et al.) but undoubtedly by Jews all over (myself included). But we don't see this happening regarding the Concordia riot - while there were condemnations issued by (ostensibly) non-aligned parties, all that is offered from the pro-Palestinian side is justification. Mr. Singh's missive is particularly egregious in this regard as it offers the following:

Free speech, expression and debate are crucial values in a society presumed to be democratic, but it wasn't the protesters who were attacking those values on Monday; rather, it was the organizers of Mr. Netanyahu's event at Concordia, as well as the university administration, that gave the event a go-ahead...

...And certainly don't expect Palestinian students -- many of whom are direct victims of Mr. Netanyahu's policies and the Israeli occupation -- to sit idle, or settle for being "polite."

And thus we have the double standard: free speech and violence for me but not for thee and until the Palestinians and especially their sympathizers hold themselves to the same standards as the hold Westerners and Jews, we should not expect the Israeli-Arab conflict to be settled, at least peacefully, anytime soon.


Kassam rocket hits Kibbutz Sa'ad

A Kassam rocket hit a home in Kibbutz Sa'ad in the western Negev, nearly five kilometers from the Gaza Strip, Thursday night. No one was wounded as the house was unoccupied at the time, but it suffered extensive damage. [link]

Israel decides to retaliate, as any sane country would when attacked with missiles. The AP reports:

Israel invades Gaza town, killing Palestinian, destroying workshops, houses

Israel tanks and troops swept through the Palestinian town of Rafah on the Egyptian border early Friday, killing a Palestinian, damaging houses and blowing up suspected weapons factories, residents and the military said.

Completely deviod of any context. Unbelievable. Oh, and don't bother mentioning that the workshops Israel destroyed in the title were bomb-making factories.

Please excuse me, but i'm going to plug AUFI - Americans United for Israel one more time.

Have a great weekend.

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by Micahel Ramirez, Los Angeles Times.

Liar, Liar

Barely a day after Yasser Arafat called for ending terrorism against Israeli civilians, the official PA television station broadcast ten minutes of films calling expressly for violence against Israel. For full report, see [click here]

Oy Canada

Call it poetic justice. The pro-Palestinian ultras who prevented Benjamin Netanyahu from speaking at Montreal's Concordia University on Monday, achieved the antithesis of what they wanted.
[click here]

The Price Of Weakness

Micheal Freund reminds us that it was today in 1993 that the Oslo Accords were signed. The unimaginable tragedy that followed surely makes that day one that "will live in infamy." How ironic it falls so close to 9/11, another day that symbolizes the tragic failings of the appeasement obsessed left. How many bodies must pile up before we learn? How many five-year-olds must be shot by terrorist thugs in their bed before the ideologies of appeasement and surrender to evil are forever discredited? Even now the pied piper of the left Shimon Perez continues to insist that Oslo is a success and that it should be re-implemented under the guise of “Gaza First.” Even now Ben-Eliezer plots to deliver the children of Hebron to the murderers. Just yesterday, George Bush crawled to the thugocracy of terrorists, dictators, European collaborators and anti-Semites that make up the UN begging for permission to defend the US against the savages.

As I sit here looking at the ruins of the WTC outside my window, I wonder how many Munich Agreements can we live through? How many Hitlers and Stalins and Arafats can be allowed to murder Jews with impunity before somebody says enough? How long will Israel bow down to the murderers begging for “peace”? Why is the only solution building ghetto walls instead of victory? As the barbarians build their bombs we debate about “human rights” and the “peace process.” While the Kapos renounce their citizenship to gain favor in European high society, synagogues burn in Paris, Brussels and Kiev and the anti-Semites riot in Montreal, we are silent. The silence is deafening. The trains are rolling once again and we look to the UN for justice! The black smoke rises from the chimneys and we apologize for fighting back! Less than sixty years after Birkenau and Belzec we have already forgotten the price of weakness and disunity. G-d save us all.
(Jerusalem Post) Though different in form and in substance, 9/11 and 9/13 do share one important trait in common: they both exemplify the danger of Western inaction when confronting an implacable enemy.

Remember: 9/11 was the second, not the first, attempt to blow up the World Trade Center in Manhattan. In 1993, a truck bomb exploded underneath one of the towers, killing six Americans. Had the Clinton administration reacted as it should have, and launched its own war on terror, had it hunted down the perpetrators and refused to rest until Osama bin Laden was behind bars, who knows how much pain and suffering and even death might later have been averted?

Once bin Laden had joined the ranks of international terrorists, he should have been treated accordingly. But the fact is that he was not, and on September 11, we all learned just how shortsighted and deadly that decision proved to be.

THE SAME can be said for Israel's willingness to sign an accord with Arafat, treating him as a lofty statesman rather than a lowly killer. Brushing aside three decades of PLO terror, the government of Israel handed Arafat the keys to Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and allowed him to create a corrupt, authoritarian terrorist entity straddling the Jewish state's narrow boundaries.

It was an exercise in self-delusion. The desire to appease the enemy led Israel's leaders to think that yesterday's murderer could serve as today's peace partner.
Instead, had Israel acted as it should have, arresting Arafat and trying him for murder, rather than transforming him into a head of state, who knows how much turmoil and bloodshed might have been prevented? All told, 869 Israelis have been killed by Palestinian terrorists since the signing of the Oslo Accords, which is nearly twice the number that were killed in the 25 years that preceded the agreement. Clearly, the decision to accommodate Palestinian terror, rather than eliminate it, has proven to be a grave and fateful error on Israel's part. (Emphasis Added)
The Events of September 11 and the Arab Media: The New Antisemitic Myth
(MEMRI) In March 2002, MEMRI released a study of the Arab media's response to the events of September 11, titled, "A New Antisemitic Myth in the Middle East Media: The September 11 Attacks Were Perpetrated by the Jews." Since the release of MEMRI's study - and regardless of the information accumulated about the identities of the perpetrators - officials, journalists, and religious leaders throughout the Arab and Muslim world have continued to claim that the perpetrators of the attacks were not Arabs or Muslims. The claim that American and or Jewish/Israeli elements carried out the attacks has become an accepted, albeit false, and common myth in the Arab world, to the point that U.S. President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell have been accused of masterminding the attacks.

This updated report, which is based on research compiled over the past five months, reveals another trend that has emerged in the Arab media whereby Arab writers have begun to base their fictitious allegations on the widely discredited "research" of Western sources such as former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy. The apparent intent of the Arab writers is to add credibility to their false allegations by relying on Western sources whose claims they erroneously believe will be readily accepted by a Western audience. [Read Full Report]

These are the people to whom a second Palestinian-Arab state is offered - cont.

Today [12 Sept 2002], Canada’s Globe and Mail ran an AFP story concerning Arafat and his corrupt cronies. The report reads in part:
Yasser Arafat's leadership was pushed close to the abyss yesterday, not by Israelis or Americans, but by the Palestinian parliament.

In a stunning rebuff, angry legislators forced the resignation of the Palestinian leader's entire cabinet amid fiery accusations of ministerial corruption.

The government "reeks of corruption," Bourhan Jarrar, a member from Hebron, charged. "This cabinet is worse than the [Israeli] occupation!"

"I will tell you simply, I can no longer stand the faces of the cabinet members," another member, Abdel Karim abu Salah, said.

To most of the world the corruption charges hardly come as a surprise, but it is nonetheless noteworthy when such accusations come from Arafat’s colleagues. Following are the appraisals from “a person in the know”, Edward Said himself.

In his recent book,

Edward W. Said. The end of the peace process. NY: Pantheon Books, 2000,

Said writes:
What I find unforgivable is that in all this he [Arafat] has appealed not to his people's best instincts, but to their worst. On the one hand, people are made to feel that their interests can be personally served by attaching themselves to the Authority's large, corrupt, bureaucratic, and repressive apparatus; on the other, people are cowed into silence and apathy. The various beatings, tortures, closures of newspapers, and summary arrests have induced an atmosphere of fear and indifference: everyone now looks out for himself... The cynicism of the Authority, with its thugs, its crooked dealmakers, and its huge army of incompetent bureaucrats, is worse, I think, than its collaboration with the Israelis...

There is no real law under the Authority, there is no due process, there are no real freedoms and democratic rights. Look, for example, at how badly Palestinian women--the real core of the Intifada--have been treated. They have been given no positions to speak of in the Authority, their needs and their aspirations are not part of Mr. Arafat's agenda, and their situation has become worse. There are more child marriages, more killings for "honor," more forcing of women back into the kitchen or field, than ever before. (Pp 18-19)

All the newspapers run advertisements praising Mr. Arafat as a great man, and they express gratitude for the things he has done. Yet no one has any illusions at all that his rule is anything but corrupt, that his police and prisons (there are thirty-five prisons in Gaza alone) are cruel, torture is rife, due process is suspended most of the time, and if you need to get anything done you have to have a connection with someone in the Authority. (P. 65)

When a report issued by his own internal auditors states flatly that 40 percent of the Authority's budget has either been wasted or misused, it would be absurd to blame Israel, or to say that all Middle Eastern governments are corrupt and inefficient and so why should we be different. Nor is it the case that Pales-tinian official malfeasance is an invention of the pro-Zionist Western media. A few weeks ago the Guardian's senior correspondent, David Hirst, a lifelong sympathizer with the Palestinian tragedy and a first-rate reporter who has devoted his life to living in and writing about the Arab world, wrote a devastating report entitled "Shameless in Gaza" in the Guardian on "the open corruption of the Palestinian Authority." He described the enormously ostentatious and expensive villas being built on the coast by Abu Mazen and Um Jihad, the company called "al-Bahr" which, true to its name (the sea), swallows up property and businesses for Mr. Arafat's interests, the nightclubs, the luxurious limousines, the commercial abuses of various high officials, all of them going on at a time of huge unemployment in Gaza, the protracted misery of the thousands of camp dwellers, the total paralysis of the Palestinian economy and the complete breakdown in any sort of advance in Palestinian rights...No one needs to be reminded that Mr. Arafat's word in the Territories is law; he is the Authority and very little can get done without him; he is the sole source of patronage, and only he knows the full scope of the budget.

In the face of virtually no productivity and no public works, Arafat simply inflates the size of his bureaucracy and security forces now totalling about 90,000 people, many of them without real jobs except for a title (750 directors-general of ministries to cite just one example) and a salary. To survive, Palestinians must become servants of a despotic tyrant who has nothing real to offer his unfortunate people except himself, more failure, more corruption, and mediocrity.

The really serious theft is the system of monopolies operated by Arafat and his cronies, including his ministers, their children, wives, uncles, and aunts. There are now monopolies on wheat, cement, petroleum, wood, gravel, cigarettes, cars, gasoline, cattle feed, and a few other commodities; all these compel the ordinary citizen to pay inflated prices several times greater than the price under direct Israeli occupation. (P.178-179).

Here are quotations from another of Edward Said’s books, namely,

Edward W Said. Power Politics and Culture. New York: Pantheon Books, 2001.

I was also unhappy with the mafia-like quality of the PLO [after Madrid], and I thought that Arafat, whom I’ve always been loyal to - he’s a friend - I thought that his tenure had been too long. It’s not been good for us. I began my critique in Arabic about three years ago, in 1989. They don’t know where they’re going. (Pp. 226-227)

I have taken the position, based upon the evidence I have gathered, that the leadership is obdurate and unreformable. They neither listen to each other - Arafat and Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) and Abu Alaa (Ahmed Qurai), to mention just three, are now no longer on speaking terms with each other - nor are they interested in listening to anyone else. They are simply interested in perpetuating their own positions and their own risible power. (P. 395).

Arafat has not been able to clean the streets of Gaza, but he has been abl4e to establish five intelligence services all spying on each other. I think it’s an outrage. He closes newspapers, people are bullied into silence, and so on. (p.395)

We have only one decision maker, namely Mr Arafat, and he’s a man of no education, he cannot read a foreign language, he’s distracted and he is governing an entire nation... It’s a disgrace. (p. 400)

Do you know what they were negotiating the last night before the signing of the 4 May Agreement, according to the British press and according to a friend who was there? Whether Arafat could put his likeness on the postage stamps! That’s what’s of interest to him. And a friend of mine who was on the PLO Executive Committee at the time told me that dur9ing the negotiations in Oslo between chief Palestinian negotiator Abu Alaa and the Israelis, Arafat only took interest in those sections that had to do with him. (P. 401)

Just two months ago (i.e., March 1997), 19,000 public-sector teachers in secondary and primary schools went on strike. Why? Because they were getting salaries of between $200 and $300, which is half the salary of the driver of a director general in the ministry, of which there are now 750 in only twenty-six ministries. They have of course, no real jobs. They’re simply being paid from the public purse to keep them loyal to Arafat. So what happens? The authority refuses to even talk to them. They pick up twenty-five of the “leaders” of the strike. They jail them. They torture them. None of them - I’m very pro8und of this as a teacher myself - none of them capitulates. Arafat then says; “Bring them to me.” So twenty-five leaders are brought to his office. Arafat curses them fo4r one hour, trying to break them, insulting them in the most obscene and filthy language. (The correspondent of the Guardian/Observer, who is himself not Arab but knows Arabic, rang me from Jerusalem and said: “did you hear what he did to those twenty-five people? Where did he hear that kind of street language?”). They didn’t break. (P. 427-428).

He [Arafat] has an enormous and unproductive bureaucracy. According to the World Bank, he employs in the bureaucracy about 80,000 people, which we don’t need at all. I mean, it’s totally unproductive. But if you add up the security forces and the bureaucracy and multiply them by seven or eight, which is the number of dependents of each person he employs, you’ll find that he, in effect, employs about 700,000 or 800,000 people. And that’s where his support comes from. People who are indebted to him... (. P 433)

The important point to note here is that this criticism comes not from those who support Israel, but from Edward Said, the Palestinian-Arab who was a PNC member and saw the corruption and ineptitude from the inside.

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland
Peace At Last

On this anniversary of the Oslo disaster, please take the time to read Steven Plaut's vision of the future of the "peace process."
It was in the year 2006. The Israelis at long last gave up their attempts to resist the pressures of the world. They elected a new government headed by Prime Minister Yossi Beilin, the original promoter of the Oslo Peace Process, in coalition with the Jewish and Arab parties of the Left. They announced that Israel was willing to accept the unanimous proposal for peace supported by every single country in the world, and would return to its pre-1967 borders, remove all Jewish settlements from the territories of the new state of Palestine, recognize Palestine and grant Palestine all of East Jerusalem, that is, all of the city located east of a line running north-south through Zion Square, renamed Jihad Square.

The world had not seen celebration like that which greeted the Israeli decision since the fall of the Berlin Wall or the transferal of power in South Africa to the black majority. All-night celebrations were held in every city on the planet, but none so enthusiastic as the party held in Tel Aviv in Rabin Square. Speaker after speaker appeared under a banner "Liberation at Last" and praised the decision to agree to the terms of the accord as the ultimate completion of the work and dreams of Yitzhak Rabin.

The settlers were marched out of the lands of Palestine at bayonet point, with crowds of jeering Israeli leftists pelting them with garbage as they moved into their temporary transit camps inside Green Line Israel. Liberal Jews in the United States organized a million man march in Washington together with Arabs and the Nation of Islam to celebrate the breaking out of peace and the final settlement of the conflict. "Peace at Last" was the number one pop single. The State Department sent out a message urging Israel and Palestine to conduct good-faith negotiations and round-the-clock talks on all outstanding issues of disagreement still separating the two sovereign states. At long last, there were two states for two peoples. Land had been exchanged for peace. Peace had at long last broken out in the world´s most troubled region......[Read More]

September 12, 2002

The speech he couldn't give

Violent protesters at Concordia University in Montreal
prevented former Israeli prime minister BENJAMIN NETANYAHU
from addressing students on Monday. This is what he planned to say:
[ Click Here]

US may use Israeli army bases against Iraq

AFP [ MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 09, 2002 11:02:59 AM ]

JERUSALEM: Israel has authorised the United States to stockpile military hardware at its army bases, in view of a possible US-led offensive against Iraq, the daily Maariv reported on Monday.

According to the paper, which got hold of an official document, Israeli Defence Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer has given the green light for the weaponry to be brought in the coming days.

A senior US officer was quoted, anonymously, confirming the report.

Under a strategic cooperation agreement, Israel has placed its bases at the disposal of the United States, and will provide logistic and intelligence aid, the source said, although Israel would not be an active player in any military action against Iraq.

Maariv added that dozens of US officers and troops were already in Israeli army bases to prepare for the arms shipments.

"The quantities of arms which have already been shipped to Israel are enormous because Israel is the only country in which we have such confidence," one of the officers said.

Ari Fleischer Is Mistaken--There Is Evidence Of Saudis Funding Palestinian Arab Terror

Contrary to the recent claim by White House spokesman Ari Fleischer that there is no evidence of Saudi Arabian financial support for Palestinian Arab terrorism, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) points out that there is, in fact, considerable evidence that the Saudis are doing so.

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said: "The Bush administration's position is yet another example of its policy of appeasing regimes that harbor or sponsor terrorists, such as Syria, the Palestinian Authority, and Saudi Arabia." Article : [ link]


Updating my post below on the language from the Durban NGO conference, read this article by Anne Bayefsky in jpost today. Excerpts below, but read the whole thing.

Since Durban: An entrenchment of hatred

This week marks the anniversary of another hate-filled event with broad international repercussions, the UN World Conference Against Racism...

The intervening year has not been one of exorcizing, lessons-learned reviews. On the contrary, the UN sponsor and the international human rights organizations that failed at the critical hour have engaged in a systematic cover-up and entrenchment of the Durban agenda. The UN calls it "follow-up." The follow-up campaign to Durban has been sweeping...

One official UN Web page on Durban specifically directs the user to
Carrying the official UN logo, the latter site boasts the Durban NGO Forum document and pictures of satisfied Durban participants carrying signs such as "Authentic rabbis have always opposed Zionism," and the old favorite about Bush and Palestinian blood...

The post-Durban concoctions of NGOs and the UN divulge two dangerous characteristics: highly selective compassion and willful amnesia.

They emphasize the sections on education as "a means of imbuing humanistic respect for others" but neglect to mention that the draft provisions on Holocaust education were deleted.

They stress the parts calling for legislation to punish acts of racial discrimination and prohibit racist organizations and their activities, and say nothing about the Conference removal of Holocaust denial from the draft list of prohibited or punishable acts.


DURBAN HAS already been used as it was intended, to deny victimhood to Jews and to demonize the Jewish state. References to "anti-Semitism" in prior UN resolutions were immediately attacked when the Durban agenda item came to the General Assembly.

Led by the Group of 77, whose members include most developing nations, anti-Semitism was deleted as a specific concern of the UN's Third Decade to Combat Racism on March 27, 2002.

Government representatives used the General Assembly to repeat the Durban mantra of Israeli racism, or in the words of the Iranian Ambassador in February to object to Israel from its creation as "the most vivid manifestation of institutionalised racism...for half a century."

A UN-accredited NGO circulated a UN document at the 2002 Commission on Human Rights stating: "[t]he Zionist authorities, from the founding of the state of Israel (1948) until the end of 2001 in ideology and their constitution have done all they can with their racist behaviors to force the Palestinians to leave the occupied fulfill their ideals of the cleansing of 'Promised Land,' as it was revealed in the Durban Conference Against Racism..."

In April, the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People created on the same day as the UN Zionism is racism resolution and still going strong sponsored a meeting in Nicosia and invited the input of Mercia Andrews, the host of the Durban NGO Forum and President of the South African NGO Coalition. The result yet another UN report recounting the "obvious parallels between Israel and Apartheid South Africa."

The lessons learned from Durban?

Racists use the charge of racism for political gain. The description of Israel as an apartheid state, or Marwan Barghouti as Nelson Mandela, show no understanding of apartheid, or of the participation of Arabs in Israeli society (let alone the intolerance of Jews in Arab societies), or of the violence of Barghouti and his terrorist comrades. But it does show an appreciation of the politics of racism an accusation that Palestinians have used to fuel the violent, rally the na ve, and intimidate the weak.

The Durban phenomenon is one of substituting the voices of alleged victims, and the false consensus of UN mob-rule, for universal standards.

Sadam is bad, but it is all Israel's fault? British MP Peter Ainsworth writes in the Spectator this week (Sep. 14) that, yes, indeed, Sadaam is bad. Really bad. He does not obviously quibble with any of the points laid out by President Bush before the speech he made at the UN today.

However, as Ainsworth points out, he thinks we should not invade Iraq because we haven't made Israel stop oppressing the Palestinians yet:
The nub of the region’s problems lies in the miserable and continuing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. From this festering sore has poured out more than 30 years of insecurity, hatred and violence. A year ago, a tributary of this tide of grief reached Manhattan and Washington. It is reasonable to ask, therefore, what role a US-led war against Iraq would have in stemming the wound. It is by no means clear that the hawks on Capitol Hill have asked themselves this question, and even less clear that they have an answer. Would an attack on Iraq, especially one undertaken without UN approval, be more or less likely to bring about a lasting deal between Israel and the Palestinians? It is hard to imagine anything more conducive to prolonging and deepening the bitterness which already exists.

Ainsworth does not explain how Sadaam's evil behavior is driven by the "festering sore" of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Or how Bin Laden, who made the focus of his (now presumed ended) life the destruction of the U.S. and the West, was driven by the "tide of grief" from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Luckily, Ainsworth leaves the solution implicit rather than speaking his mind. He simply uses the Israel problem as a foil, to deflect any possible attack on Iraq, because it would not solve the 'root cause.'

Ainsworth's main concern is with being called unpatriotic, as he explains in his first paragraph: "As the likelihood of war grows, raising questions gets even harder. It becomes unpatriotic." He even concludes on this point: "Yes, I expect that I will be called unpatriotic."

What patriotism has to do with his argument remains unclear. I guess that is just supposed to be implied too.
Why terrorism works
Alan Dershowitz explains how the world community opened the door to al-Qaida by rewarding Palestinian terrorists.

As FBI nears end to El Al probe,
officials say terror was always focus

The FBI has viewed the July 4 shooting at the El Al ticket counter of the Los Angeles International Airport as a possible act of terrorism from day one, according to a letter sent to a New York congressman last month. Full article , see

Israel pleased with Palestinian cabinet resignation; PA: Elections just after Israeli withdrawal

The Palestinian leadership was still trying on Thursday to understand the events that led the parliament to force the resignation of Yasser Arafat's Cabinet, widely considered corrupt and inefficient, AP reported, in the article to be read in full at
[ click here]

Letter from Montreal

Below is an e-mail from a young woman who witnessed the Palestinian riot in Montreal a few days ago. I have taken her name off for her privacy.

Dear Friends and Family,

In April 2001 I sent out a letter detailing my experiences
working as a street medic at the protests in Quebec City. Today I am
sending a similar letter to you, however it is in regard to a
radically different situation.

This morning my friends and I set out to Concordia
University, in the heart of downtown Montreal, to hear Benjamin Netanyahu
(former Prime Minister of Israel) speak. Many articles were featured
in the Montreal papers leading up to today's speech, warning of
protest action. I had a good idea of what we would face as we
approached Concordia, but I could never have predicted what actually
happened once we were there.

To enter the building we had to make a giant circle around
it, to get to the supposedly "safe" entrance. We had to walk right
through a volatile protest of hundreds of Palestinians and their
supporters in keffiyehs, with flags, screaming vitriolic hate. Once
having run this gauntlet, we waited patiently outside the Bishop street
entrance, held back at the gate by security and police. After
about an hour they started admitting us inside, but it was too late
because a huge group of Palestinian 'demonstrators' had
appeared in our midst. I was fortunately right at the entrance, and as
dozens of violent protesters pushed their way to the front, I tried
to get through. Right next to me appeared the ringleader, who tried
to push his way in. The cop in front of me punched him in the
face while pulling me through the gate at the same time. I rested
against the wall and watched as at least a hundred (I think)
red-and-green coloured protesters attacked the barriers and
tried to get in. Riot cops appeared, dozens of them, and went to the
gate as I and a few others were herded into the building. There was
yelling and chanting, drumming and fighting going on outside the
doors, with hundreds of our people stuck behind the gate being abused by
hundreds of violent demonstrators. A few of us were waiting
after the metal detectors for our friends to come through, when all
of a sudden we heard loud chanting and yelling INSIDE the
building. The riot cops came storming in and up the stairs beside us, and
we began hearing fighting, crashing, yelling, punching. Chaos broke
out and riot cops made us run for the door to the auditorium - I
thought we were going to get killed, I swear. It was the scariest
feeling, because I knew that these people wanted to hurt me and anyone
who supports Israel or is Jewish.

Once inside the auditorium, we were told to be patient as
more people would drift in from the insanity outside. We waited
inside for three hours, as the commotion outside grew increasingly

We could hear chanting and yelling, and the protesters began
trashing the university building. The police tear gassed and
pepper sprayed the entire building and outside, and we began to feel
the effects if we stood too near the doors. After hours of
waiting, and bomb searches by RCMP sniffer dogs, we were informed that
Bibi Netanyahu could not speak after all - too much danger to him
and to us. This was an incredible disappointment and we were
naturally upset. We however managed to maintain a kind of composure and
instead of fighting, the 650 of us inside began to sing
Hatikvah, the national anthem of the State of Israel. We sang peace
chants and then just waited to be let out, in groups of 10, escorted
by police.

The scene as we exited was disgusting. Benches were
overturned, papers and garbage streaked across the hallways, and broken
windows. We were shoved outside directly into a HUGE Palestinian
riot, where some of our people were apparently attacked. The cops
did nothing. We stood on one side of the barrier, while they
stood on the other, and we faced off. On our side, we sang and danced
and celebrated being free and Jewish. On their side, they threw
bottles at people's heads, screamed hatred, and tried to break the
barriers down to hurt us. They started tossing pennies and coins at us
- one of the oldest ways to taunt Jews by saying we're all
'money-grubbing'. While we sang Hatikvah arm in arm, they
spat at us. Finally we decided to disperse and leave them to their

Today was a sick and sorrowful day not only for the Jewish
students and community of Montreal, but for Jews everywhere, the city
of Montreal and Canada. Today a man was gagged and not allowed
to express an opinion; today hundreds of people were denied the
opportunity to listen to him speak. Today a riot broke forth
on our peaceful streets, and today no police managed to restrain

Today Montreal Jews were made to feel afraid for our lives,
and today Jewish students were threatened in our own home. If we
cannot express ourselves here in Canada, champion of free speech and
human rights, where on earth can we do so? If we cannot feel safe
in our own cities where we have grown up and thrived, where are we
to go?

I can answer my own question with what many of us already
know -Israel is our place. She is our homeland, and opens her arms
to us, willing to protect us at all costs. The Jewish people need
Israel, and she needs us.

Even so, we must voice our distaste at the violence which
occurred in Montreal today. We must all take our own individual stands
against this fascism, by which freedom of speech was denied.
What happened today in my city cannot be condoned or allowed to
repeat itself. We must act.

So I am sending you all this long letter, with my own
personal feelings and an eyewitness account. Please do what you can to
see that this message is spread to anyone you can think of - from
friends to work associates, to politicians, and from Jews to
non-Jews alike. We have a chance to fix these wrongs, but
only if we take action and don't sit back as passive observers. We
say NEVER AGAIN, but unless we protest these attacks on our
freedoms, it is fruitless to put up that chant.

Last but certainly not least, a personal lament on our
situation: today I saw raw hatred, and it cut me to the core. I have
never feared for my life as I did today. I have never feared for
our free society the way I do today. I wish beyond anything that we
can one day fix the agonizing rifts between our peoples, and erase
the hate from our and their hearts alike.

Shanah Tovah to all Jewish readers of this letter, and a
sweet year. To all non-Jewish readers: thank you for reading, and please
understand what I am expressing here. It is most important
for you to know what really happened here today, and it is vital that
you see this side of the story.

Hezbolla's Israeli Operatives

During the last two years, Hezbollah has been surprisingly successful in recruiting Arab Israeli citizens to gather intelligence about Israeli military movements and prospective targets for terrorist operations, smuggle weapons into the country from Lebanon, and even plot kidnappings of fellow Israelis. While Palestinian groups have also enlisted a modest number of Arab Israelis since the start of the second intifada in September 2000, Hezbollah's success is puzzling. for complete story, see [link]

These are the people to whom a second Palestinian-Arab state is offered

While I am researching the documentation for the “catalogue” of 23 reasons to oppose the creation of a second Palestinian-Arab state (see entries dated September 8,9, and 11, 2002), this question keeps puzzling me: judging by the conduct of the Palestinian-Arabs, as reported daily in the press, how can anyone in the West, except for a self-hater, support such a group?

Following are two examples from today’s press.

The first example comes from a Jerusalem Post article written by Khaled Abu Toameh, who could hardly be accused of being anti-Arab. In the article entitled Many Palestinians still consider bin Laden a hero, he reports:

Ahmed Abu Laban is one of the Palestinians who rejoiced last year upon hearing about the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. The 53-year-old father of seven, who lives in the Dehaishe refugee camp near Bethlehem, even took to the narrow alleyways to participate in the celebration.

On Wednesday, in his new three-story house on a hilltop overlooking the camp, home to some 12,000 refugees, Abu Laban said he and many Palestinians still consider Osama bin Laden a hero.

"He's a big man, a leader of the Muslims and Arabs, and we fully support him," he said...

"We love bin Laden, we love Saddam Hussein, and anyone who is willing to destroy the US," Abu Laban said. "And I'm not the only one here who thinks like this. The whole refugee camp shares my views and everyone supports bin Laden." Neighbors and friends who are listening to him nod their heads in agreement.

Palestinian Authority policemen were on high alert yesterday in Bethlehem and elsewhere in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to thwart any attempt to organize celebrations marking September 11. By late afternoon, there were no reports of such celebrations taking place.

Some Palestinian journalists and cameramen told The Jerusalem Post they had been warned by the PA not to cover any form of celebration in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In east Jerusalem, some residents interviewed on the street said they regarded bin Laden as a hero. "We hope he will carry out more attacks against the US and the Western countries," said Jamil Shehadeh, a 46-year-old taxi driver...

Aisheh Abdel Rahman, a 30-year-old chemistry teacher, said she was happy when she first heard about the attacks. "I was very relieved to hear the news because it's time that the US, which is a superpower, stops supporting Israel in its aggression against our people. Bin Laden is a hero of all Muslims and Arabs."

The second story comes from IMRA, and is entitled, Killer of three Americans sheltered in Arafat's compound. The article reads in part,

A Palestinian Arab terrorist who is responsible for murdering three American citizens and wounding five others is being sheltered in Yasir Arafat's compound in Ramallah, and the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is urging the Bush administration to demand that Arafat surrender him for extradition to the United States.

Ha'aretz reports (Sept.11, 2002) that at least 25 fugitive terrorists are being sheltered in Arafat's compound, including "the Force 17 commander in Ramallah and his deputy."

The commander of Force 17 in Ramallah is Mahmoud Damra. In early 2001, a group of Force 17 terrorists captured by Israel confessed to a series of attacks, including the October 30, 2000 murder of U.S. citizen Esh-Kodesh Gilmore (whose parents are from Ohio and New Jersey) and the December 31, 2000 attack in which U.S. citizens Binyamin and Talia Kahane (from New York) were murdered, and five of their children were wounded. The terrorists said they operated under the direct command of Mahmoud Damra. (Jerusalem Post,Jan. 28, 2001, March 16, 2001 & April 24, 2001)...

* A total of 36 American citizens have been murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists since the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993, 24 of them since the Palestinian Authority launched the current wave of violence against Israel in September 2000.

* In addition, 69 Americans have been wounded since 1993, 44 of them since September 2000.

* At least 103 Americans have been murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists, and 120 wounded, since 1968.

Does Bush realize to whom he wishes to grant a sovereign state?

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Noralnd

Russian Aliya

As more non-Jews come to Israel,
Israelis re-examine Russian aliyah

JERUSALEM, Sept. 10 (JTA) — A renewed call to change the Law of Return – which guarantees citizenship to any Jew in Israel with at least one Jewish grandparent — is turning the spotlight on immigration from the former Soviet Union
For complete story [click here]

September 11, 2002

Tossing out the trash. Good riddance

Israeli Arab requests that name be removed from all records after he is "evicted" from Israel for helping terrorists. For story see
[ link]

Ben-Eliezer Destroys Jewish Homes

In his never ending effort to insure that no Jews live outside the newly constructed ghetto walls, Ben-Eliezer is continuing to "evacuate" Jewish settlements in Yesha.
(Ha'aretz) IDF and police forces evacuated the illegal settlement outpost of Ein Horon on Wednesday morning, which is close to the West Bank settlement of Bracha, south-west of Nablus.

Several settlers living in the outpost were evacuated, and a mobile home placed in the outpost was removed. A residential building in the outpost was sealed.

Defense officials told Ha'aretz that the evacuation was not coordinated with the Yesha Council of Jewish Settlements. They said that Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer was determined to evacuate another 20 illegal outposts, regardless of whether the Yesha council agrees to cooperate with him or not.
Sharon On 9/11
"The suicide bombers of bin Laden, the Hamas terror, the Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah, the terror utilized by the Palestinian Authority, the involvement and support of Saddam Hussein in the Palestinian terror, or the terror webs used by Iran, they are all one indistinguishable part of the axis of evil which threatens peace and stability worldwide."

Ariel Sharon

For the record

A news story that ran today [Sept 11, 2002] by AP reports as follows, under the heading, Suspected al-Qaida Hide-Out Raided:
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - Heavily armed police wearing body armor stormed a suspected al-Qaida hide-out Wednesday, killing two gunmen and capturing at least five others in a three-hour shooting battle, police said. One child was killed in the cross fire.

When Palestinian-Arab civilians are caught in the cross-fire, there is no end to the denunciation of Israel, with Kofi, Solana, Robinson and similar saints competing for the harshest criticism. When a similar incident occurs in Karachi, the whole affair is summarized in two AP lines.

It is vital that one keep a running record of the double standard used by the "international community".

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland
Strong-Arming the Truth

Karen Armstrong is the one of media's favorite faux-academic pundits. I think it's b/c she bills herself as a former nun, so that she seems to have an air of religious authenticity and at the same time an air of critical doubt. She had an article in Monday's WaPo blaming the U.S. and Christians for Muslim fundamentalism. She decries fundamentalists in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, but never mentions that nowadays it's almost always Muslim fundamentalist who slaughter people of other faiths. Instead, she makes an equivalence between killing people and saying that the ideology that animates those killers is evil. At the least the Post had a companion article by Bernard Lewisexplaining that the Muslim world is just pissed b/c they're not on top anymore.

This isn't the first time Armstrong has covered up for Islam, tho'. She wrote an article in the Times during the Camp David negotiations of the summer of 2000, based on her book on the history of Jerusalem, that denied Jewish attachment to the city. Among her arguments was that the city "only became central to Judaism after its destruction by King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C." Oh, I get it, Karen. Only for 2500 years. Then she goes on to claim that when the city was in Jewish hands, non-Jews were kept out, and it was an open city when Muslims controlled it! Um, Karen, where were you from 1948 to 1967, when Jews couldn't ge to the Western Wall? Where have you been since then, when the Waqf controls the Temple Mount? At the same time, she exaggerated the importance of the city to Muslims: Muslims ever since the Prophet Muhammad began to preach in 610 A.D.; Muslims have lived and worshiped in Jerusalem as long as Anglo-Saxons have been in Britain; Jerusalem is the third-holiest city of Islam. But she's wrong. First, the Muslims prayed toward Jerusalem when Mohammad thought he could get the Jews to join him. When they didn't, he literally turned his back on the city. And then there's that cliche about Jerusalem being the third holiest city in Islam. If it's the third, then there must be two more important ones. Let's see, uh, yeah, they're called Mecca and Medina, and the Muslims have them. And Karen, if everybody gets their #3, then the Jews certainly get Hebron, which would be Judaism's #2 holiest site, b/c it's the site of the tomb of the Patriarchs.

CAMERA has an excellent report on Armstrong that goes into more detail about her lies. For example,

Pervasive negative characterizations of Judaism – and Christianity to a lesser extent – also color much of her argument and narrative. For example, while she warmly describes what she calls the “inclusive notion of holiness” in Islam, the humane attitudes of the Qur’an and the benign expansion of the religion, she deplores the so-called “separations and exclusions” of Judaism, as exemplified by dietary laws, Shabbat and regulations regarding who could and could not enter the ancient Temple.

Armstrong routinely omits or obscures contradictory information, such as the total “exclusion” of all non-Muslims from Islam’s holiest city of Mecca.

[T]he Arab riots of 1929 include a cryptic line about Jewish casualties without any specifics about the slaughter of Jews in their homes and the widespread burning and looting of Jewish property in the city and suburbs. Armstrong omits entirely the Arab massacre of Hebron’s Jews.

Armstrong writes that, “On 13 April the Arabs attacked a convoy carrying Irgun terrorists, who had been wounded at Deir Yassin, to the Mount Scopus Medical Center, killing forty innocent Jewish medical staff.” In fact, the convoy included just one man from the Irgun injured at Deir Yassin, and seventy-eight Jewish medical staff were killed.

Later she writes that “On 16 March 1949, Israel and Jordan signed a formal agreement accepting the armistice lines as the legitimate borders between their two states.” On the contrary, Jordan, like all the Arab states, refused to recognize any cease-fire lines with Israel as legitimate borders.

Arab Entrepreneurship - Not on the Lighter Side

Along with a recently seized arms shipment to the palestinians, Israel found commemorative lighters, picture below. Perhaps not commemorating what normal humanistic people commemorate about 9/11. Link from IMRA.

Osama lighter

Another view of the lighter is HERE.
MSNBC Investigates Hamas: Justin Weitz has an extensive list of the bias and inaccuracies in a recent MSNBC program: "Hmm, I thought. This will certainly explain how Hamas is a terrorist organization which murders Israeli children while supported by Yasser Arafat. Wrong."

A blindman who used his insight

The following was written by Eric Hoffer, that uniquely American longshoreman/social philosopher. Hoffer lived from 1902 until 1983. He wrote nine books, countless columns, and hundreds of essays. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He wrote the following in 1968!!


By Eric Hoffer (LA Times 5/26/68)

The Jews are a peculiar people: Things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.

Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it. Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks, and Algeria a million Frenchmen. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese--and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab.

Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace.

Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world. Other nations when they are defeated survive and recover, but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed. Had Nasser triumphed last June, he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews.

No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on. There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Negroes are executed in Rhodesia. But when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one remonstrated with him.

The Swedes, who are ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we do in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore and ball bearings, and serviced his troop trains to Norway.

The Jews are alone in the world. If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts and Jewish resources.Yet at this moment Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.

I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel, so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the holocaust will be upon us.

sent to me via e-mail.

Dead Bodies

How come the press is very willing to, and frequently does, show pictures of dead palestinians but purposely avoids showing pictures of dead Americans from 9-11? I guess showing dead palestinians fits into the agenda of most of the media but showing dead Americans does not. If anything, the media should avoid showing dead bodies, especially when they are being paraded around for propaganda purposes.

More of the same old stuff?

Public opinion polls I have recently seen suggest that the Palestinians favor continued use of terrorism against Israel. This PLO official, in an editorial, says it is now time to end all terror. For the article, see [link]

Source for this editorial:

Leadership and reformist rumblings

Although Yasser Arafat did not go as far as calling for an end to suicide bombings in Israel, progress of sorts could come from this week’s meeting of the Palestinian parliament. That could be at the expense of some of Mr Arafat’s own powers. For article, [click here]
Americans United for Israel

There's a new American Israel advocacy group - Americans United For Israel ( The site is still in it's preliminary stages, so be sure to register and to visit it again soon.

Why one should oppose a second Palestinian-Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza - Part 3 of 23

This piece continues a series the first parts of which were posted on September 8 and 9, 2002. The object of the series is to provide a data base that is not only reliable and well-documented but also one for which documents are easily accessible, preferably from web resources. Some of the historical data were culled from of the tome written by the famous British historian, Sir Martin Gilbert:

Gilbert, Martin. Israel. New York: William Morrow & Co., Inc, 1998.

Where Martin Gilbert is quoted, the relevant page is noted.

Reason 3 of 23:

3. The mandatory power, Britain, betrayed her mandate by slicing off the majority of the territory allotted to the Jews by the League of Nations; the Jewish people should not now be required to relinquish sovereignty over more territory.

The entire story of Britain chipping away at the Jewish National Home is told by a map showing the 1920, 1921 and 1923 borders of Palestine. This map has been reproduced in web sites and in history books numerous times. For example, the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, or PASSIA, runs a site with numerous maps relevant to Palestine politcs. Using this site, one can find an annotated map showing the boundaries of mandatory Palestine. (PASSIA is “an Arab non-profit institution located in Jerusalem/Al-Quds with a financially and legally independent status. It is not affiliated with any government, political party or organization”.)

The same map is also reproduced in Martin Gilbert, p. 623 .

After WW I, the major powers at the 1919 Peace Conference in Paris agreed on granting the mandate over Palestine to Britain, along the lines of the Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917 (Martin Gilbert, p. 42). The details were fleshed out in the San Remo Conference, April 1920, where the boundaries of Palestine were outlined to include contemporary Israel, Judea, Samaria, Gaza, Jordan and the Golan Heights.

The political events in 1919-1920 that are relevant to this article include the crowning of the Emir Feisal of Hedjaz as King of Syria and his ouster by force at the hands of the French army that occupied Syria and Lebanon in July 1920 (shortly after the San Remo Conference). As a result, Faisal’s younger brother, Abdullah, made his way to contemporary Jordan at the head of a small band of fighters to help Faisal. Contemporaneously, the Palestinian Arabs had become vocal in their opposition to the Zionist project. Thus, at the Cairo Conference of March 1921, Churchill took another step in a long series of attempts to appease the Arabs: the east bank of Palestine was delivered to Abdullah as his future kingdom, together with a hefty subsidy (i.e., bribe), and the area was excluded from the Jewish National Home. In return, Abdullah gave up the attempt to reinstall his brother as king of Syria. This exclusion of "Transjordania" from the Jewish National Home was enshrined in the mandate given by the League of Nations to Britain on July 24, 1922. (A future article will deal with the issue of Britain’s useless attempts to appease the Palestinian-Arabs and the consequent emboldening of the Palestinian-Arab terrorists which ultimately backfired on the British themselves.)

The exclusion of the east bank removed 78% of the total area allocated to the Jewish National Home by the League of Nations at San Remo.

In 1923, the Golan was ceded by Britain to France, the mandatory power over Syria and Lebanon. The circumstances under which this chunk of land was lopped off the Jewish National Home is explained in an article posted by Camera, as follows:
Having discovered the Golan lacks oil but that the Mosul area in northern Syria is rich in oil, the British cede the Golan to France in return for Mosul. Traditionally Mosul was part of Syria while the Golan was part of the Galilee. In return for the Golan, France relinquishes any claim to Palestine.

It is unclear how this act was reconciled with the League of Nations mandate which stipulated quite explicitly in Article 5:

Article 5.
The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of, the Government of any foreign Power.

It should be noted, finally, that the famous “Resolution 242" refers clearly to “the principle” of “withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict”. There is no reference to withdrawing from all the territories, and as explained by the architects of the resolution, that was not the intention in the first place. Since Israel returned most of the territory occupied in the course of the 1967 War, namely, Sinai, as part of the 1979 peace agreement with Egypt, Israel is quite right in placing the stamp of “Enough is Enough” on any further withdrawals. The issue of Resolution 242 will be dealt with separately in greater detail in a forthcoming article.

To summarize, the Jewish National Home has already been reduced in size, and there is no justification for any further reduction, especially one designed to create a 23rd Arab state (which would also be the second Palestinian-Arab state).

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland

September 10, 2002

Fatah Leaders Deny They're Stopping Terrorism
(Arutz Sheva) Contrary to today's widespread reports that Fatah had agreed to call off terrorism, Fatah leaders said this afternoon that "whoever speaks of such a thing is a traitor."

The story began with an alleged "rough draft" of a Fatah declaration, prepared with the help of the European Union, ruling out terrorism against "Israeli citizens." Though a CNN headline blared, "Fatah: End attacks on civilians," and other media featured similar headlines, the declaration was soon renounced by Fatah leaders. Ynet reported today that Fatah bigwigs Hussein A-Sheikh and Fares Kadura said they would publish a formal announcement distancing themselves from the declaration. A leader of Fatah's Al-Aksa Brigades said that his organization carries out most of the attacks and that he had never agreed to stop any terrorism.

Even if the declaration were true, it promised relief only to some Israelis. The draft reads, "We remain loyal to our intention to struggle against the conquest of territories that were conquered in 1967. We will continue in this struggle until they are liberated. At the same time, we in Fatah reject and object to strikes at Israeli citizens, in accordance with the supreme interests of the Palestinian nation [sic]…" Translated, this means that Jewish residents of Yesha and soldiers are "fair game" for Palestinian terrorist murderers even during a period of "no terrorism."

Israeli child getting new outfit for school

An Israeli boy checks the size of his new gas mask at a shopping mall in Jerusalem. Israelis usually rush to trade in their gas masks for newer ones when tensions with Saddam Hussein regime's in Iraq are on the rise.

Photo: Orel Cohen/AFP
9/11, one year on...

firefighters @ Ground Zero

What Is Going on at the Forward?

The Forward, whose quality has dropped precipitously since Seth Lipsky was forced out last year, finally went all the way and published an article by Khaled al-Maeena, editor of the Arab News, called, of all things, Arabs May Disagree With U.S., But Don't Call Us Anti-America."" Are the editors at the Forward just stupid? Are they unaware of what the Arab News prints? Or do they not care?
Buy a Hat and Support Israel

Summertime is hat time! Buy a hat and support Israel! Saw the link in this article.
Camp David Two Years Later - What Might Have Been
by Mitchell Bard

In 2000, Israel offered the Palestinians what they had long claimed to have desired, an independent Palestinian state. They rejected the offer and have conducted a premeditated war of terror that has taken the lives of more than 600 Israelis and maimed hundreds more, mostly civilians.

Had Yasser Arafat said yes to a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip instead of holding out for a Palestinian state in place of Israel, it is likely the Palestinians would be enjoying full independence today.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered the Palestinians dramatic and previously unthinkable concessions. By eschewing the piecemeal approach of Oslo, Barak hoped to bring the conflict to an end, but Arafat was unwilling to make peace. "For him to end the conflict is to end himself," said Ambassador Dennis Ross, the chief negotiator for the U.S.

According to Ambassador Ross, Barak offered to withdraw from 95% of the West Bank and 100% of the Gaza Strip and to allow the Palestinians to establish an independent state.

Putting the lie to the old refrain that settlements are an obstacle to peace, Barak offered to dismantle isolated settlements and Arafat himself agreed to allow Israel to maintain blocs of settlements within the area annexed to Israel. Not even removing the hated settlements could move Arafat to make peace.

A year after the summits, apologists for the Palestinians claimed Arafat turned down the deal because it would have left the Palestinians with only cantons. This is simply a lie. Ambassador Ross states flatly that Israel offered to create a Palestinian state that was contiguous.

Barak also made previously unthinkable concessions on Jerusalem, agreeing that Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem would become the capital of the new state and the Palestinians would have "religious sovereignty" over the Temple Mount.

Israel also addressed the concern about the Palestinian refugees. Since every Israeli leader since Ben-Gurion has said that allowing the refugees to return to Israel would be suicide, and even Palestinians such as Sari Nusseibeh acknowledged it was an unreasonable demand, Barak guaranteed the right of Palestinian refugees to return to the Palestinian state and proposed that they receive reparations from a $30 billion international fund.

Contrary also to subsequent Palestinian claims that Israel planned to deny the new state access to water, Israel agreed to give the Palestinians desalinization plants to ensure them adequate water.

In return for these risky Israeli concessions, Arafat was asked to accept Israeli sovereignty over the parts of the Western Wall religiously significant to Jews, and three early warning stations in the Jordan valley, which Israel would withdraw from after six years. Most important, however, Arafat was expected to agree that the conflict was over at the end of the negotiations. This was the deal breaker. Arafat was not willing to end the conflict.

The consensus of Mideast analysts — that Israel offered generous concessions and that Arafat rejected them to pursue a violent insurrection — was undisputed for more than a year before the Palestinians recognized they had to counter the widespread view that Arafat was the obstacle to peace. They subsequently manufactured excuses for why Arafat failed to say "yes" to a proposal that would have established a Palestinian state. Had the terms of the proposal really been the problem, all Arafat had to do was offer a counterproposal. He never did.

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