Friday, September 13, 2002

Gil Shterzer's take on the President's speech to the U.N. The boy has got it right :-)
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Four legs good Two legs bad behhhhhh (that's the beh sound of a sheep, by the way, and the reference, on the off chance you didn't get it, is to George Orwell's Animal Farm.) Read:

The Sounds of Silence -- A politically correct tyrant visits New York.
Outside some Berkeley coffee house or an anti-American United Nations development summit, there aren't too many places in this world where Robert Mugabe can count on a warm welcome. But one, apparently, is New York's City Hall. Yesterday the president of Zimbabwe was feted at a reception there sponsored by councilman Charles Barron and the City Council's Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. Keep reading.
Daniel Pipes will appear on the Fox News Channel on Sep. 13, at 1:35 p.m. EDT, to discuss the arrests today in Florida and their implications for finding potential terrorists within the United States.
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Thursday, September 12, 2002

Two excellent articles:
After the Deluge -- How Israeli intellectuals are rethinking Oslo
and
Fixing the Game -- Yasser Arafat and the myth of legitimacy
both links posted by Imshin.
This is really really scary: On Sept. 10, 2001, a sixth-grade student of Middle Eastern descent in Jersey City, N.J., said something that alarmed his teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. "Essentially, he warned her to stay away from lower Manhattan because something bad was going to happen," said Sgt. Edgar Martinez, deputy director of police services for the Jersey City Police Department. Initially, the Jersey City rumor was met with some controversy. The New York Times called it an unsubstantiated rumor, and both the Daily News and the Jersey Journal quoted a board of education official who denied that the boy had made any reference to the Sept. 11 attacks at all. Despite their reports, Martinez said the FBI-JTTF took over the matter for further investigation.
On Sept. 11, NYPD school-safety officers interrogated a Middle Eastern boy at Health Opportunities High School in the Bronx who had made similar comments that alarmed his teacher. Catie Marshall said the boy told his peers something as the school was being evacuated on Sept. 11.
"He warned them not to ride any city buses because he had been told at his mosque the week before to stay off all public transportation for a while," said one NYPD officer from the investigating 40th Precinct. "He said it wouldn't be safe." The FBI-JTTF since has taken over the matter.
One New Utrecht official told me that of the 509 Arab-American students who attend the school, many have come forward with their own stories about having prior knowledge. "Kids are telling us that the attacks didn't surprise them," she told me. "This was a nicely protected little secret that circulated in the community around here. I guess they were talking about it among themselves, but they didn't share it with us — at least not before the attacks."
According to students, many of their Arab-American peers were seen taking photographs of the crumbling twin towers from New Utrecht on Sept. 11. "Don't you think it's strange so many of them happened to take their cameras to school that particular day?" one student asked me.
A story.

The report said it was a tragic random event, a screw clattered loose in his engine, a spark in the wrong place, he didn't feel anything (how do they know,) nothing left to bury. We fought the night before for the first time, actually it wasn't really a fight, I've never fought with any of the men that passed through my life, I always just left; he said "I think I've slipped through the thoughts that make you happy; you make me feel like I am holding quicksilver, like your emotions are a lightswitch and when I go you turn them off and don't look back except with the same fondness you remember a flower or a sunset" and I said nothing but my eyes said you are right and he saw and the line that formed in his face when he kissed my hair goodbye and left for his base told me I killed him.
I met him on the wave breaker on the beach where all my memories are stored. I always swam out there in the evening when there were no lifeguards to call me back and lay on the warm rocks until the sun almost set and then turned to shore.
He waited for me there one day and offered a strong hand to climb out of the water and I liked his face so I accepted it and smiled at him and went to my rock. He watched me and when dusk came swam back after me and I dressed and walked on the shore to his base and fell asleep in his room because I was cold and he was warm and I liked him.
His body was very strong, I never drew him because my hand traces lines of women and he had none. He smelt the way I see him when I close my eyes. I can smell him still even though his face slips away now, I never missed him in my bed because I smelled him on the blanket; I slept on his side when he was gone.
I never asked him about his life before me, I never thought of it. I never asked him of his self when he was not with me. It is not important: the being with overcomes always the without. He came and he went and I was there sometimes when he came and I washed his hair and body from the desert dust and held his hand to my face and lay in his arms until we slept.
I never thought to ask his old address or his birthday or his shoe size or so many other irrelevant details that collect like dust on the souls of those around me. I never think about these now. I only think of the sun that set when my back was turned, the last sunset I didn't see, because the milk was boiling or the cat needed to be fed or something distracted my attention for a moment when the world chose to die and I? didn't.


Palestinian schoolbooks fan the flames of hatred.

Israeli Textbooks Still Push Peace
No Israeli text books call for war or violence against Arabs in spite of the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians, according to a study released Tuesday by the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace. A study by the CMIP last year showed that 58 textbooks being used in Palestinian Authority schools did not mention Israel or the peace process. In contrast, the new study of 350 Israeli textbooks, including those published in 2000 and 2001, showed that many promote peace, speak of the peace process, and discuss the issue of borders between the Israelis and the Palestinian Authority. (Jerusalem Post)

“Anti-Semitism and Racism as Policy in the Palestinian Authority” A 50 page report prepared by the Wiesenthal Center for the UN Conference on Racism at Durban, September. Documents the use of Palestinian Authority organs (media, education system and religious outlets) to vilify and demonize Jews and the Jewish religion. 2001.

Arab Anti-Semitism Documentation Project

Detailed reports on Anti-Jewish propaganda in the Arab government media, by country

The Big Lie
An overwhelming majority of people in the Muslim world, according to a Gallup poll, do not believe the attacks of Sept. 11 were orchestrated by Osama bin Laden, or by Arabs, or by Muslims. Many believe, instead, that the whole thing was a conspiracy orchestrated by Jews. (60 Minutes II - CBS News)

We Have Committed a Serious Mistake Nabil Amr, former Palestinian minister for parliamentary affairs, catalogued the Palestinian Authority's mistakes in a letter to Chairman Arafat published in Al Hayat (London):
Let us be frank with each other: There is something other than conspiracy that has made the whole world either stand against us or incapable of helping us. What works is frankness and admission that a grave failure has occurred.
Doesn't the "giant fighter" (the Palestinian people) deserve some time to rest and take a breather? Is it not wise to besiege Sharon with calm, perhaps we will win the third party that we have lost because of our miscalculated steps?
What prevents us from acting immediately to stop the chaos spreading in the administrative department where the army of employees has reached 130,000 persons, three quarters of whom do not know what their work is?
We have committed a serious mistake against our people, authority, and the dream of the establishment of our state. (IMRA)
See also Ex-Minister Criticizes Arafat (Ha'aretz)
Ex-PA Minister: Arafat Missed Chance at Camp David (Jerusalem Post)

Where did the money go?
Britain's National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) estimated the PLO's loot in a 1993 briefing paper at $8-10 billion. In addition, the PLO enjoyed an annual income of about $1.5-2 billion from "donations, extortion, payoffs, illegal arms dealing, drug trafficking, money laundering, fraud, etc."
In 1996, a Palestinian Legislative Council investigative commission found that nearly 40 percent of the PA's $800 million annual budget (coming mostly from foreign aid) had been lost through corruption and mismanagement. The PA's comptroller wrote: "The overall picture is one of a Mafia-style government, where the main point of being in public office is to get rich quick."
The London Daily Telegraph revealed records of about $8 billion held in numbered PLO bank accounts in New York, Geneva, and Zurich, as well as secret holdings of the PLO in front companies, European real estate, and shares in Mercedes-Benz and the national airlines of the Maldives and Guinea-Bissau.
Die Zeit's special investigation into EU funding revealed that at least 4.1 billion euros have flowed from the EU to the PA since the autumn of 1993, in addition to hundreds of millions of euros in grants contributed by individual European countries.
U.S. aid to the PA runs about $75 million annually, not including the millions of dollars sent each year from private sources.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat is worth an estimated $1.3 billion
According to Israeli Intelligence in a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday: Arafat's financial adviser Muhammed Rashid is continuing to channel funds from PA monopolies to Arafat, despite the progress made by newly appointed Finance Minister Salem Fayad in taking control of the ministry's finances. As for Arafat's position, Ze'evi said that he is "isolated," but is maintaining his power and legitimacy by means that include the meetings of his ministers with Israeli officials. Even those who are close to Arafat are trying to maintain a distance from him, and are insisting on being part of the decision-making as a condition for cooperation with him, he added.

What $1.3b could do by Tal Muscal
With wealth greater than that of Jeff Bezos, founder and chairman of Amazon.com ($1.23 billion, according to Fortune magazine), Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat could pour his money into new housing, hospitals, and health care.
For $1.3 billion, 40,625 six-family dwellings could be built for PA residents ($32,000 per unit).
It could feed 3 million Palestinians for an entire year, and leave $892 million to be spent on 1,000 mobile intensive care units ($69,900 each), as well as funding for 10 hospitals, such as Gaza's Ahli Arab Hospital, for 10 years, leaving $585m. to fund other social projects such as:
Computerization of 10 hospitals at a cost of $4.57m.
The annual salaries of 10,000 medical employees ($4,200 each).
Hepatitis vaccinations for 3 million PA residents ($11.25 per injection).
The price quotes are based on statistics of NGOs providing humanitarian assistance to the PA.

Christian Exodus from the Middle East
Christian persecution in Bethlehem
Persecution of Christian converts in the Palestinian Authority

Saudi payment to suicide bombers (openly visible on the Saudi embassy website)

ABUSE OF ARAB WOMEN BY ARAB MEN IN THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

22% of Palestinian Arab Women Are Victims of Sexual Assault
A study by the Gaza Psychological Health Program in 1999 found that 22% of
Palestinian Arab women "experience sexual assault."
(Jerusalem Times, Oct.8, 1999)

An investigative report by Ma'ariv (March 24, 1995) found
a pattern of "random beatings, rapes, and torture" committed by PA
policemen in Jericho, which had "turned the lives of the city's 12,000
residents into a living hell." The article described several brutal rapes
by PA policemen, which the PA leadership refused to investigate on the
grounds that in each case, "she consented."

In early 1995, the PA's chief of police in Gaza, Ghazi Jabali, reportedly
raped a local woman. In order to preserve "family honor," the woman's
family forced Jabali to marry her. In July 1995, she was found shot to death.
(Al Akhbar, July 17, 1995)

B'Tselem reported in early 1994 that "nearly all" of the 107 Palestinian Arab women murdered by
Arafat's "Fatah decency squads" during 1988-1993, supposedly because they
were "collaborating" with Israel, "were in fact victims of honor killings."
(Associated Press, Feb. 15, 1994)

"During the intifada all those elements that wanted to impose a
conservative way of life on society...made women who worked outside their
homes suspect of collaboration with the authorities. These relatively
independent women, not subjected to constant supervision by the family
men," became the targets for Arafat's death squads. "In 1989, sewing-shop
owner Varda Safariye was murdered, and in 1991 the Fatah Hawks murdered
Na'ama Jouda, who worked in a sewing shop in Deir el-Balah...In 1989, six
women who worked in medical institutions were murdered--five nurses and one
cleaning woman in a clinic--after being accused of collaboration...many
nurses decided not to risk their lives and resigned...The murder of the Abu
Shawish sisters had particularly great impact. Aisha Abu Shawish was chief
nurse and department head in the Nasr hospital; four hooded men murdered
her in her home with axes. Her sister Susan Abu Hussein was murdered in
the hospital." (Ha'aretz, June 17, 1994)

During the spring of 1989, there were numerous reports in the Israeli press
of Palestinian Arab women who were "gang raped by masked Arab terrorists"
because their husbands "persist in taking jobs in Israel for the purpose of
supporting their families. 'Offenders' are first warned, and if they
persist the terrorist underground visits their wives when they are away,
and amid cries of 'Allah is great' and 'Death to the Jews,' perpetrate
their dastardly crime." There were also cases in which women were raped by
Arafat's squads "after being accused of promiscuity and cooperating with
the [Israeli] authorities."
(Jerusalem Post, April 27, 1989; Jewish Post and Opinion, May 31, 1989)

WORDS OF A CHILD:
Transcript of an interview with a 3-year-old girl conducted May 7, 2002 by Muslim Woman Magazine host Doaa 'Amer on Iqraa television, one of the global satellite channels packaged by the Arab Radio and Television Network (ART), a Saudi-based company.
Alan Dershowitz explains how the world community opened the door to al-Qaida by rewarding Palestinian terrorists.

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Look out terrorist murderers. We are COMING TO GET YOU!!
The real England.
Thanks LGF for posting this.
From the Canadian National Post: "It was 1939 Europe all over again," said Thomas Hecht, 73, chairman of the Canada-Israel Committee's Quebec branch. About 25 protesters screaming "Palestinian checkpoint!" encircled Mr. Hecht, a Czechoslovakian-born Holocaust survivor, as he attempted to enter the Hall Building. Several protesters pushed him against a wall, spitting on him and kicking his ankles.
"This is a violation of all that Canadians value," a shaken Mr. Hecht said after he was guided to safety by another man and a group of journalists.
Police moved in with tear gas and pepper spray only after the windows were smashed. Earlier that morning, 24 riot police looked on as protesters spat on journalists and blocked them from entering the building. A demonstrator was permitted to chant slogans into a megaphone while perched atop a police van.
Protesters also grabbed Israeli flags and spat on a group of Jewish students who walked into the crowd singing Hebrew songs. "We were trying to show that peace is possible," said Dalia Lubell, as she pushed her way out of the angry crowd.

More from the Post:
For anyone worried about the "right to dissent" in the post-Sept. 11 era, I offer, in rebuttal, Concordia University. The school is already well known to Canadians thanks to its student union, which last year published a handbook demonizing Israel and glorifying Palestinian violence. Yesterday, Concordia won new notoriety: An Arabist rabble shut down a scheduled speech by Benjamin Netanyahu, the former Israeli prime minister. The protests were so violent the police had to spray tear gas, causing the university's main building to be evacuated.

Not that the cops seemed to care much about whether the speech went on or not. Bizarrely, the row of helmeted policemen stood to one side and let the protesters control access to the Hall building, where the speech was supposed to take place. At one point, Laith Marouf, a Syrian who was expelled from Concordia last year after defacing a school building with pro-Palestinian graffiti, climbed on top of a police van and used it as his pulpit. I pointed out the irony to a nearby cop, but he just shrugged.

With no speech to cover, I drifted among the protesters. Most of them had no idea they'd prevailed, and delivered statements to me in the vein of "as we speak, a blood-soaked war criminal is inside that building spewing his racist propaganda." When I told them of the cancellation, they were ecstatic.

At his press conference, Mr. Netanyahu put a brave face on all of this. He said the protesters had undermined their own cause because they'd showcased the intolerance, hatred and censorship that are the calling cards of Yasser and Saddam. Some reporters in the room rolled their eyes -- particularly the francophones, many of whom imagine the Palestinians to be kindred political spirits.

But there was a lot of truth in Mr. Netanyahu's words. Concordia University is the centre of militant Arabism in Canada, and it has recently seen a steady stream of extremists parade through its halls. (Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, a prominent university group that organizes demonstrations, has circulated articles by Holocaust deniers alleging Israel is developing an "ethnic bomb" that will kill Arabs but not Jews.) But you never see Jews or anyone else coming to block SPHR from saying its piece. It is only among the school's Arabs -- many of whom, like Marouf, are immigrants from Arab nations where free speech is non-existent and anti-Semitic filth is widespread -- that it is considered acceptable to shut your opponent up by force.

Photos: One. Two.
Bruce Walker writes about the Domino theory and how it applies to our current situation. Saw the link on an LGF comment.
Bin Laden souvenirs among seized Palestinian Authority arms shipment
Security officials seized a shipment of guns and other weapons intended for the Palestinian Authority at the port of Ashdod two months ago.. The container had been packed in crates supposedly filled with a donation of toys sent to the Gaza Strip by an Islamic charity... Details of the operation..were released for publication yesterday.
Crates containing hundreds of kilograms of guns, ammunition, telescopic lenses, and night-vision equipment were found inside the container, as were "toys" in the shape of cigarette lighters with pictures of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and the twin towers of the World Trade Center in the background.

PA worried about repeat celebrations
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
The Palestinian Authority's security forces are on top alert Wednesday in an attempt to prevent any form of celebration of the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

According to information received by some PA officials, Palestinian activists in a number of cities and villages are planning celebrations marking this event. Some Palestinian journalists have been told that celebrations would take place in the Gaza Strip and in West Bank cities where the IDF lifts the curfew.

The PA fears that such celebrations would cause grave damage to its image and portray the Palestinian people as supporters of terrorism and Osama bin Laden.

Last year, PA security agents confiscated tapes from cameramen who covered pro-bin Laden rallies in Nablus. Similar outbursts of joy took place in east Jerusalem, Ramallah, Jenin, and the Gaza Strip.

Many Palestinian journalists and crewmen working with foreign networks said they have been warned by the PA not to help in the coverage of any celebration. The PA threatened to arrest any Palestinian who defies these instructions.


YUP, hide it under the rug, intimidate the press so it's documented, and pretend it never happened.
In Afghanistan, a country battered and transformed by the events of Sept. 11, soldiers and diplomats unveiled the site where a piece of the World Trade Center was buried under the flagpole at the U.S. Embassy, as a bugler played taps and the Stars and Stripes was lowered to half staff.
A steel-gray marble headstone marked the resting place of the remains brought from the ruined towers by a Marine from New York. Inscribed on it: ``We serve because they cannot.''
``My fear is that people will start to take things for granted, forget about it. ``That some kind of amnesia starts to set in,'' said Lt. Kyle Aldrich, a 27-year-old New Yorker who had worked on Wall Street and joined the Marines after losing friends in the attacks.
NYT
NEVER FORGET 9/11/2001

It is a war of civilizations, and those who worship death and sacrifice their children to murder ours and dance in the streets when they hear of thousands dead must not be allowed to win it.

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Buy a hat and support the only democracy in the Middle East!
It was released for publication today that Israel intercepted another shipment of combat materials bound for the Palestinian Authority two months ago. The shipment, which originated in Taiwan in June of this year, was marked "Toys," and was sent by a Moslem charity organization to an Arab resident of Khan Yunis, Gaza. On the way, the ship stopped in an unnamed Arab country that has diplomatic ties with Israel, where the shipment was apparently switched. When it arrived at Israel's Ashdod port, where Israeli authorities confiscated it, it contained hundreds of kilograms of weapons, ammunition, telescopic sights and night-vision equipment. The label "Toys" was not entirely inaccurate, as the shipment also contained some toy lighters featuring likenesses of the World Trade Center and Bin-Laden's head. Source.
I'm reading several books about the Holocaust. Did you know that the Dutch helped the Germans murder 78% of all Dutch Jews?? They compiled complete and orderly lists of Jews (much like the French did) to be murdered.

Monday, September 09, 2002

Think times have changed in Europe? Think again.
"Animal rights" advocates or simply human haters? Judge for yourself. Click on the link and read all the quotes. Here are some examples:

I don’t use the word "pet." I think it’s speciesist language. I prefer "companion animal." For one thing, we would no longer allow breeding. People could not create different breeds. There would be no pet shops. If people had companion animals in their homes, those animals would have to be refugees from the animal shelters and the streets. You would have a protective relationship with them just as you would with an orphaned child. But as the surplus of cats and dogs (artificially engineered by centuries of forced breeding) declined, eventually companion animals would be phased out, and we would return to a more symbiotic relationship – enjoyment at a distance -- Ingrid Newkirk, PETA's President, quoted in The Harper's Forum Book, Jack Hitt, ed., 1989, p.223.

Even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we'd be against it. -- Ingrid Newkirk, President, PETA (Vogue, September, 1989).

On the consequences of stopping animal research: "Don't get the diseases in the first place, schmo." -- PETA's David Mathews (USA Today, July 27, 1994).

The life of an ant and the life of my child should be accorded equal respect. -- Michael W. Fox, Vice President, The Humane Society (The Associated Press, Jan. 15, 1989).

We need a drastic decrease in human population if we ever hope to create a just and equitable world for animals -- Freeman Wickland, Animal Liberation League, and editor of "No Compromise" in "No Compromise", September 1996.

Arson, property destruction, burglary and theft are 'acceptable crimes' when used for the animal cause. -- Alex Pacheco, Director, PETA.

I would be overjoyed when the first scientist is killed by a liberation activist. -- Vivien Smith of ALF (USA Today, September 3, 1991).
I saw this in one of the comments on LGF, and it deserves front page billing. Attention, any of you who still harbor illusions about the supposed objectivity of the BBC:

Hamas: BBC reporter expressed solidarity
By Douglas Davis

LONDON Ð A senior BBC correspondent in the Gaza Strip is reported to have told a Hamas gathering that journalists and media organizations are "waging the campaign shoulder-to-shoulder together with the Palestinian people."

The alleged remarks, by BBC Arabic Service correspondent Faid Abu Shimalla, were reported on the Hamas Web site, which said they were made at "an impressive and well-attended ceremony" earlier this month to honor some 140 Palestinian, Arab, Islamic, and international journalists and attended by Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

A BBC spokesman last night confirmed to The Jerusalem Post that Shimalla has been the Gaza Strip correspondent of the BBC Arabic Service for the past five years, but he said the BBC was unable to locate the Web site and could not comment further.

He noted, however, that Shimalla is "a senior and experienced journalist who knows the requirements for impartiality."

At the ceremony, Hamas official Ismail Abu Shanab said journalists should be honored for "the special role they have played through their cameras, pens, and skills, as well as through their rare courage and daring which they have demonstrated by their joining the nation struggling fiercely against the enemy."

He praised their "accurate depiction of the terrorism employed by the Zionist enemy and its vile crimes, as well as the outstanding courageous portrayal of our children and martyrs."

Speaking on behalf of the journalists, Shimalla, who is described as a correspondent of the BBC, thanked the Hamas movement for holding the event, "despite the pace of current events and the sensitive circumstances applying to journalists and media organizations, which are waging the campaign shoulder-to-shoulder together with the Palestinian people."