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A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

Commented Apr 18, 2011 at 11:26:01 in World

“Radicals are common on both sides - agreed without counting heads at what side the number of extremists is larger.
The big difference between Israel and Palestinian Authority (not speaking about HAMA/ Hezbollah) is that in Israel the human values of equality, rejection of any hate language,and extremist agendas is major policy of Israeli Government Education System and State controlled or regulated Media. Extremists Politicians like Meir Kahana and it parties were prohibited by low. Personally more education on tolerance should be made – but Government Agencies are adamant to promote this line in Hebrew speaking and Arab speaking educations systems.
On the side of PA nothing of above has even started. Some English speaking PA politicians are talking “politically correct” slogans – but in Arabic the education program and on state controlled and regulated media the language is of hate and extreme intolerance that start in programs for children and continue with hateful messages for the general public.
Try the site : http://www.memri.org/ translates to English Arabic speaking newspapers and Media – and you will understand (if you are not Arab speaking, what I am talking about.

In such type of education – Radical Parties will prevail and in any elections in West Bank in the next 20 years – and any realistic Peace Settlement will be empty agreement.”
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Eric Cantor Runs Interference for Bibi

Commented Apr 18, 2011 at 09:44:10 in Politics

“I agree with you that keeping West Bank is social and economic disaster for Israel where billions are wasted on infrastructure that will never serve Jewish state and if Israel will not move fast it will be ”stuck” with huge hostile minority to democratic and Jewish state.
That is the majority opinion in Israel in spite of the strong attachment to places which are the cradle of Jewish history.

Gaza experience shows that removing the Jewish settlement is painful but feasible exercise. It also shows that places where Israel isn’t present leave Arabs civilians exposed to oppression and tyranny of Islamic and Iranian backed militias and Israel civilians on the other side of the boarder to their Rockets and Mortar Fire.

The real impediment for Israel to get rid of any control of West Bank areas is lack of any realistic option for long term agreed and sustainable arrangements to prevent rocket firing militants 15 - 30km from its main airports and population centers.

European Left and US “progressive intellectuals” of MJR type are delaying the peace agreement by supporting PLO, HAMAS and other Militants manipulations to “progress” closer to strategic centers of Israel, through false claims of “human rights” and “freedom” slogans.

Recent polls in Israel show that Jewish population want “freedom” from military and any other form of control of the Arab populated areas in West Bank the sooner the better – if realistic long term security arrangements can be agreed.”

Yank in France on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:27:20

“That is a pleasant surprise; we seem to agree on the essential, despite our different perspectives.

However, I would not at all put Hamas and the Muhammad Abbas and his PA in the same category. There has been huge economic progress made in the WB that has positively affected the lives of many of its residents. Abbas has worked to stop terrorism in the WB and he has succeeded in curtailing it, although no one can promise a violence-free occupied territory anywhere in the world.
Heck, we can't even promise violence-free cities within the US itself!

I also agree that a large percentage of Israelis want to cut an historic deal with the Palestinians that is surely more realistic anything Netanyahu is likely to propose, but extremist parties there will continue to play the role of kingmakers in a proportional electoral system where extremism pays dividends.”
A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

Commented Apr 18, 2011 at 09:18:50 in World

“Dear Veronica,
I disagree with Julian Political concept that Arab and Jewish people leaving in one two-national state can work, and his subsequent struggle against definition of Israel as Jewish state. His political camp in my view delay “de-facto” 2 state solution of Israel living in secure boarders side by side with Palestinian State. Julian opinions are voiced by many politicians and parties in and outside Israel, including the Communist party. I cannot "object" to political opinions, I can only disagree and oppose these ideas as utopist and dangerous to both Arab and Jews concept.
In 20th, century we experienced utopist very “sweet” Communist Ideology and its “pilot implementation” that has been proven deadly experiment for millions of massacred Russians, Ukrainians, Cambodians, North Koreans and very long list of other nations.
Julian death was chilling evidence how life of families can move in horrific circles. Western Leftist Idealists were seduced to migrate to “Soviet Paradise” and assist building “future progressive” society. Most of them were killed by Bolshevik Tyrants who did not want true independent ideologist in their domain.
Julian and his family paid the ultimate price for Julian failure to understand that the forces, which him as his parents tried to assist, do not want the “light” he tried to bring in to the life of Arab children. What they wanted is Julian’s “light” to assist these dark forces to “burn” the Jewish State, the way Bolsheviks wanted Western Leftists to burn the Western Democracies.”

Veronica on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:45:23

“I may not agree with all your views (I take a less charitable view of Israel, but that is mostly due to the current Likud government and certain radical elements rather than any inherent objection to a defined Jewish state) but I do understand your point about how dangerous and misguided utopian ideology can be. I honestly don't know what the correct "solution" is, if there even CAN be a solution to this protracted, frankly repulsive-on-both-sides conflict. I wish I was not so cynical on the matter, but, it's difficult. I can not help but compare Mer-Khamis's death to that of Yitzhak Rabin. Hope and tolerance running smack into a wall of hate and extremism ostensibly from their "own" sides.”
huffingtonpost entry

Eric Cantor Runs Interference for Bibi

Commented Apr 17, 2011 at 07:41:27 in Politics

“The two Researches you quote wrote a thesis that in accordance to their opinion show that USA is making mistake supporting Israel in the way it does.
There are many not less reputable and objective scholars and books that preach opposite thesis and see in Israel on of the major stable and reliable ally of the democratic countries in the Middle East.
All opinions are legitimate - but in accordance to the democratic practices the US Administration and Senate have the final say.
My point was against the “conspiracy theory" of MJR that some "selfish interest" is directing the support for Israel.
There are many Economists in Israel who wrote thesis about USA support as not needed and on the contrary in long term and final account Israel will be much better without it.
The purpose isn’t to agree “who is correct” about the final balance of benefits and losses to USA from it support.

However I presume that we can agree that US support to Israel is of different nature from support to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestinian Authority where US payers money is flowing in very undefined direction and sometimes to the pockets of the wrong people.

Israel is a place where investment and support is quiet rewarding. To undertand why suggests reading the following links:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4049405,00.html
http://www.mideasttruth.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=19926

Yank in France on Apr 17, 2011 at 15:25:13

“I do not question that private investment is rewarding in Israel, and so much the better for Israeli entrepreneurs and investors!

I also am not claiming that Israel does not provide benefits to the US: it surely does.

And no, Israel cannot be compared to Afghanistan or some other Third World nation.

But I do indeed agree with Mearsheim and Wait that Israel's actions, although helpful to Jewish settlement expansion in Israel, is detrimental to US interests in the Arab world in particular and the Muslim world in general.

If the US were to take a firmer position with Israel over a long time stretch, I feel certain that moderate Israelis would put a brake on the settlements.

Left to their own devices, each successive Israeli government simply bows to the demands and threats of the settlers and their allies.”
huffingtonpost entry

Eric Cantor Runs Interference for Bibi

Commented Apr 17, 2011 at 04:32:05 in Politics

“The claim that support for Israel is done of “non patriotic motives” US Senators and Administrations give Israel “something for nothing” is unprofessional.
Serious analysis show that US loans and the grants to Israel are benefitting US industry and economy not less that it benefits Israeli economy.
USA loans and Grants are given against buying US Products and create long term cooperation with significant orders for spare parts and maintenance and secondary purchases from USA.
The conspiracy theory of selfish motivations and enthusiastic feedback to these theories in numerous postings will be strongly denied by many US based factories and it employees.
Very long list of USA plants are benefitting from the products supplied at first stage through loans and grants and at long term create huge supply agreements of US Industry as after –sale service and secondary orders.
Major purchases of the Israeli Public and Private Sector – totally not linked to USA Government Support are made from US based companies because of the strong industrial ties developed between the economies and large Industries.
Recent Multibillion orders from Civil Airplanes were made from Boeing in spite of very aggressive competition of Airbus is one of the numerous examples.”

KevinPA on Apr 18, 2011 at 09:19:35

“Ridiclous. Yank in France explains why.”

Garvagh on Apr 17, 2011 at 13:42:30

“hanmicta - - Israel is a giant parasite, feeding off the American taxpayers. Granted, there are some benefits, but nothing balancing the insane cost of "protecting" Israel (and its policy of permanent suppression of the Palestinians).”

Yank in France on Apr 17, 2011 at 05:32:22

“Your claim that generous US taxpayer support of Israel really amounts to Israel support to US taxpayers has been amply exposed as fraudulent by the esteemed scholars, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Wait, in their renowned work, The Israel Lobby.

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More important, saying that Israel and the US are united by a shared terrorist threat has the causal relationship backwards: the US has a terrorism problem in good part because it is so closely allied with Israel, not the other way around. Support for Israel is not the only source of anti-American terrorism, but it is an important one, and it makes winning the war on terror more difficult. There is no question that many al-Qaida leaders, including Osama bin Laden, are motivated by Israel’s presence in Jerusalem and the plight of the Palestinians. Unconditional support for Israel makes it easier for extremists to rally popular support and to attract recruits.
As for so-called rogue states in the Middle East, they are not a dire threat to vital US interests, except inasmuch as they are a threat to Israel. Even if these states acquire nuclear weapons – which is obviously undesirable – neither America nor Israel could be blackmailed, because the blackmailer could not carry out the threat without suffering overwhelming retaliation. The danger of a nuclear handover to terrorists is equally remote, because a rogue state could not be sure the transfer would go undetected or that it would not be blamed and punished afterwards. The relationship with Israel actually makes it harder for the US to deal with these states. Israel’s nuclear arsenal is one reason some of its neighbours want nuclear weapons, and threatening them with regime change merely increases that desire.
A final reason to question Israel’s strategic value is that it does not behave like a loyal ally. Israeli officials frequently ignore US requests and renege on promises (including pledges to stop building settlements and to refrain from ‘targeted assassinations’ of Palestinian leaders). Israel has provided sensitive military technology to potential rivals like China, in what the State Department inspector-general called ‘a systematic and growing pattern of unauthorised transfers’. According to the General Accounting Office, Israel also ‘conducts the most aggressive espionage operations against the US of any ally’. In addition to the case of Jonathan Pollard, who gave Israel large quantities of classified material in the early 1980s (which it reportedly passed on to the Soviet Union in return for more exit visas for Soviet Jews), a new controversy erupted in 2004 when it was revealed that a key Pentagon official called Larry Franklin had passed classified information to an Israeli diplomat. Israel is hardly the only country that spies on the US, but its willingness to spy on its principal patron casts further doubt on its strategic value."

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/john-mearsheimer/the-israel-lobby
huffingtonpost entry

The Relevance of Israel's Nuclear Ambiguity in an Era of Radical Political Change

Commented Apr 16, 2011 at 12:39:38 in World

“Logically, justification for Israel Nuclear Power can be summarized in one sentence: Israel can win many wars, but Israel can lose only once.
What would Arab states or PLO/ Hamas /Hezbollah do to the Jews if they would have won, and what “human rights “Jewish population would experience if Arab forces would prevail? No need of strong Imagination – enough to check what Iraqi Saddam did to Kurds and Shiats, Taliban did in Afghanistan, Sudanese did to Black Muslims in Darfur and the list is long…

Thank God Jewish State is strong enough to win in each war, still preserve humanistic democracy and maintain the highest among Western Armies Standards of minimizing civil casualties in areas where terrorist use civil population as human shields.

Important comment on the usual repetitions of the claim that Israel is the largest beneficiary of US foreign assistance – insinuating that because of some “non patriotic motives” US Administrations give Israel “something for nothing”

Serious analysis show that US loans and the grants to Israel are benefitting US industry and economy not less that it benefits Israeli economy.
USA loans and Grants are given against buying US Products and create long term cooperation with significant orders for spare parts and maintenance and secondary purchases from USA.
It is mistake to compare the above assistance to the money given to some countries that are not using it same way Israel does.”

Shingo on Apr 18, 2011 at 01:38:06

“>> Israel can win many wars, but Israel can lose only once.

Israel has lost wars and the only consequence was a blow to Israel's pride and sense of superiority.

Israel has not won a war since 1967. In 1973, Israel were saved by a massive airlift from Nixon. In 2000 and 2006, they were beten back by Hebollah. Cast Lead was a turkey shoot, not a war.

>> Serious analysis show that US loans and the grants to Israel are benefittin­g US industry and economy not less that it benefits Israeli economy.

False. There is no serious anamysis that supports that claim, only partisam capaign pieces from law makes in Washington.

USA loans and Grants are used to finance the occuaption, the settlements, edcuationa nd helth programs in Israel while Americans go without. Trade agreements with Israel are so heavily biaed in favour of Israel that US industries have folded becaseu of unfair competition from Israel.”
huffingtonpost entry

Eric Cantor Runs Interference for Bibi

Commented Apr 16, 2011 at 09:37:55 in Politics

“Reading of MJR weekly publication dealing with Israel – is interesting exercise and each time additional "jewel" can be found. This time:"As for the lobby and its congressional acolytes, including Cantor, of course, they benefit from the status quo. An ugly status quo may be terrible for Israel and the Palestinians, but it is a great tool for fundraising."
Is it the fundraising for US or for Israeli politicians or for both?

The conspiracy theory how the Jewish State is controlling the Word and USA as part of this world – is an old motive reflected in the “Zion Elders Protocols” very popular in 18th - 19th centuries and in some states like Iran and Saudi even today.

This time MJR is much more specific, if we read what he says carefully.

"Terrible situation" in the Middle East means death of many Arabs, Jews and sometimes USA civilians and soldiers.
The blame that Israeli Prime Minister and Senior US Senators are "happy with such dangerous for all their citizens "status quo" because they are benefiting from this dangerous situation - by getting more money for some funds whether Israeli or American is a very serious accusation!
I presume MJR would like to change the above sentence and the far reaching accusation of Israeli Prime Minister and American Senators of being cynical and indifferent to the risks to their countries and to their citizens for such revolting reasons like fund raising.”
huffingtonpost entry

Eric Cantor Runs Interference for Bibi

Commented Apr 16, 2011 at 07:01:24 in Politics

“It is interesting that you are quoting Noam Chomsky in support of MJR Argumentation.
For the purpose of full transparency you must also disclose Chomsky Well Recorded Support for practically all “progressive movements” that have well recorded notorious record of hideous oppression and mass murders.
Few examples can be mentioned: Chomsky Outrageous Support for Cambodian Khmer Rouge, Maoist Cultural Revolution with it millions of victims, Good old Soviet Regime. And the list is long.
In his recent visit in Lebanon of all parties this “Human Rights Activists” choose to meet Iranian Supported Hezbollah.
Suggest thinking again before quoting Chomsky in support of any candid human rights dialogue.
I suspect that MJR will think twice before accepting support of Mr. Chomsky - I hope I am not wrong on this one!”

Brewerstroupe on Apr 16, 2011 at 15:52:01

“It is even more interesting that you cite the reactionary, ad hominem attack on Chomsky as if it were fact, an attack launched by the very elements most unsettled by Chomsky's exposure of the U.S. contribution to the Cambodian conflict:

"What I wrote was, and I don't have any apologies for it because it was accurate, I took the position that Pol Pot was a brutal monster, from the beginning was carrying out hideous atrocities, but the West, for propaganda purposes, was creating and inventing immense fabrications for its own political goals and not out of interest for the people of Cambodia."
- Noam Chomsky interviewed by Andy Clark Radio Netherlands, December 18, 2005

In any event, "The Fateful Triangle" does not rely on Chomsky's opinions, it relies on the vast array of verifiable fact which he presents, properly supported by documents and the authenticated quotes of the protagonists.

Time to update your playbook regarding Hezbollah. They are a significant part of the Lebanese Government with bi-partisan support, including that of Christian factions. Evidence of Iranian support is scant and certainly does not extend to offensive weapons which Iran possesses aplenty. It is nothing short of hilarious to see those who support an annual 5 billion U.S. dollars worth of military aid to Israel, the aggressor in every Lebanon war, scream foul at Iran's piddling support of Lebanon's defence.”

seamonkeyking on Apr 16, 2011 at 14:57:30

“Attacking Chomsky? Truth blows away the lies of the Israel lobby and its agents. So they attack the messenger. Typical projection from the usual sources.”
huffingtonpost entry

Any Gauze in Gaza? Supply Shortages Add to Medical Misery Inside Strip

Commented Apr 16, 2011 at 04:59:39 in Impact

“Sorry for refusing to go to direction of “human suffering” and educated zooming why the direct importation to Gaza harbor can make civil and medical supply easier.

The purpose of |Egypt, Israel and all Western Security Services blockade of direct shipping to Gaza is to prevent military supply from Iran.
Military supply from Iran will bring mush more suffering to civilians than you are reporting about present hardship under blockade.

Your complaint against Palestinian Authority is not familiar but may be correct.
Perhaps PA is trying to weaken HAMAS and have some negative sentiments against HAMAS.
You must remember that HAMAS took the Power in Gaza from Palestinian Authority by bloody coup, with cruel killing (shooting in the knees and throwing for the roof of 7 storey building) hundreds Palestinian Authority officials.

I support more efficient humanitarian assistance to Gaza Citizens – but frankly the experience shows that with HAMAS regime in charge – the chance of any improvement in human rights of civilians including medical treatment is slim because humanitarian crisis are used by HAMAS for their propaganda in support of direct shiiping. At least on this we can agree!”

hp blogger Jan McGirk on Apr 16, 2011 at 14:31:28

“I am not advocating any particular political solutions here, but was reporting on a Norwegian team's assessment of what goes on in Gaza's medical sector. Please do not put words in my mouth, hanmicta. It's unsanitary! I do not agree that an entire population should suffer an avoidable humanitarian crisis, nor should people's movement be restricted. Israel continues to control maritime, airspace, and most access to the Gaza Strip; and it enforces a restricted buffer zone along the border inside Gaza. Inspections of medical shipments should be done in a timely manner by Israel and/or Egypt--otherwise the welfare of the civilian population is at risk, and this violates the Geneva conventions.”
huffingtonpost entry

Eric Cantor Runs Interference for Bibi

Commented Apr 16, 2011 at 03:50:55 in Politics

“Sometime one sentence of a writer demonstrate and summarize writer’s agenda better than 1000 words of any critic.
Such sentence in MJR the today weekly article on Israel is: "And Turkey, …, is so disgusted by Israel's treatment of the Palestinians that it is distancing itself (from Israel) as fast as it can.”
Turkey is developing “as fast as it can” closer relations with Iran, Syria, considering opening “office of interests” of Taliban in Turkey and many other examples of closer ties with oppressing regimes .
Turkey isn’t disgusted by: Iran, Taliban, Syria and other human right violations incomparable and even not close in their severity to the hardships civilians in Gaza are going through - due to the military struggle of Israel with HAMAS Militants.
Turkey has much worse record in it fights against the Kurds on its Southern Boarder – and you can’t suspect them that they do not understand the ““human rights violation game” that is conducted by Palestinian militants.
The repeating MJR claim of “Israel mistreating Palestinians” and “Progressive Forces Distancing Themselves from Israel”, and “Lack of Peace in Middle East is Israel Fault”, can get proper perspective if we understand what kind of arguments MJR is trying to provide to substantiate his claims.
The above example of “Turkey is disgusted of Israel treatment of Palestinians” gives proper perspective on validity of MJR arguments.”

Hank007 on Apr 16, 2011 at 13:49:55

“If you want to spout Israeli talking points, at least write them in a way that makes sense.”

Michael II on Apr 16, 2011 at 05:39:24

“Turkey tried for a long time to facilitate contacts between Israel and Syria. Its contacts with Iran are not necessarily a bad thing either. Neither of these exclude contacts with Israel, which is a separate issue between the foreign affairs people of Turkey and Israel.”

Brewerstroupe on Apr 16, 2011 at 04:34:53

“To be disgusted one has to look no further than the History of the Israel project.
No less a figure than that " cited as a source more often than any other living scholar from 1980 to 1992...... also the eighth most cited source of all time, and is considered the "most cited living author" has written extensively on the subject.
By simply googling "Fateful Triangle pdf", Chomsky's book is available free to all who have an interest in these affairs. It details the History of this conflict with rock-solid references that demonstrate that what is being sold is rather different than what is being bought.”
huffingtonpost entry

Any Gauze in Gaza? Supply Shortages Add to Medical Misery Inside Strip

Commented Apr 16, 2011 at 03:19:39 in Impact

“Here come again articles that is zooming on specific hardship of Gaza citizens and magnify this misery without relevant explanation “how we got there?”.
It is well known what kind of oppressors and human rights violators are ruling Gaza today! They know perfectly well why Egypt & Israeli army and other security services world-wide prevent direct and uncontrolled cargos to Gaza – in order to prevent flow of arms from Iran to Hamas militants that is actively practicing terror.

Western Radicals in it recent fusion with Radical Islam continues regrettable offense against both Jews and Arabs by providing “back wind” to Hamas Militant Rulers.
These Radicals organize today "publicity exercises" called “flotillas of peace” (same like “peace marches” of western pro-soviet communists) to “break the blockade” in name of” HUMAN Rights” of Gaza citizens!
Today there is no limitation from both Israel and Egypt authorities on the supply of medical drugs and equipment.
The “peace flotillas” presently organized by Radical Islamist with the typical back wing of Western Radicals do not support well being of Gaza Citizens – they support the interest of Militants of HAMAS to have freedom to import from Iran the weapons for their military systems.

Interesting fact – when the crates marked as Drugs and Medical materials were opened by Israeli Authorities in presence of UN and EU observers – ALL THE DRUGS WERE FOUND AS DRUGS NON FIT TO BE USED BY HUMANS AS THEY HAVE CROSSED THEIR EXPIERY DATES!”

hp blogger Jan McGirk on Apr 16, 2011 at 04:23:13

“The question asked by civilians inside Gaza who need medical help is more likely to be "how do we get outta here?", rather than "how we got here"? You seem to be misinformed about the drug supply inside the strip, hanmicta; What is your source? If you read the linked Lancet article, you will see precisely what the Norwegian doctors were investigating. The split between Fatah and Hamas has amplified the shortage of medicines in the enclave. Permissions go through Ramallah. Many pharmaceuticals are dumped as a charitable gift once they get close to expiration date. The delays due to sporadic checkpoint closings in Egypt and Israel waste time and allow needed drugs to expire. Furthermore, the Israelis do not allow in advanced xray equipment out of fear that terrorists could use them for something other than radiology treatments. Ordinary families suffer. No misery is being magnified here. The humanitarian situation inside Gaza is distressing.”
A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 12:25:12 in World

“Hearing such declaration that “treating people worse than animals make them behave like animals” – I can imagine at whom you automatically will point as the oppressors / aggressors/ victimizers to be blamed for death of Julian and Vittorio. Interesting also to hear who you think were the murderers?
I wish to share with you some historic experience that may make you rethink your unshakable confidence at whom to direct the blame and who is the permanent victim who can’t be held responsible for any evil and horrific act he does.
In Soviet times devoted western communist migrated to USSR to help building the “communism” and just society.
Most of them have been executed by soviet NKVD/ KGB who were not interested in Western witnesses to the agony of Russians, Ukrainians etc… under the Bolsheviks oppression.
It is well documented historic fact that many of Western Communists good comrades / of those who died in Soviet Gulags, and knowing how they died and of the million massacred – remained devoted Communists.
These Radicals refused to condemn the Soviet regime and continued their chants in the usual choirs on the evils of Capitalism, Colonialism, and… you guested right - Zionism who is the reason for all the problems of the World.
The hardships in USSR, according to the said radicals, were created by the necessity to fight Capitalism, Zionism, etc… and release the oppressed working class in the west who had nothing to lose apart it chains!”
A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 10:50:42 in World

“Sorry to disagree – these Anti Israeli Western activists (some of whom are tragically murdered by extremists) are not friends of Palestinians. They are part of their problem.
The back wind provided by Western Radicals to the Radical Islamist though false image as “Freedom Fighters” and “Protectors of Palestinian Rights” are one of the factors that make difficult for moderate Arabs to establish normal civil society in West Bank, Gaza and negotiate reasonable agreement without being marked as "traitor" and subsequently terrorized.
Famous and high profile example of such “progressive intellectual” was the recent resident BBC reporter in Gaza that was warned of the risk of kidnapping (also by Israeli intelligence). This usually anti-Israeli reporter dismissed all the warnings by saying - the worth what can happen to kidnapped by Hamas journalist is gaining weight, due to Arab diet and hospitality.
Poor fellow was finally kidnapped and luckily for him freed alive after 30 days.
After regaining freedom this starved and traumatized man was finally admitting the reality about the “freedom fighters” of Gaza describing his captors as perverts at the best case.
Interestingly he described in the same interview to BBC as one of his happiest moments - when he finally reached the Israeli – Gaza boarder and saw Israeli officer as symbol of his newly regained freedom.”

Via Dolorosa on Apr 18, 2011 at 02:09:58

“Well, what do you suggest? That HR activist only go to danger-free places? If the lives of Jews were at stake, would you still give the same advice? Or would you condemn people for not caring or doping anything to help? I think your only problem with these activists is their criticism of Israel and genuine support for the Palestinian people; that's for you anathema, whether they are alive or dead, they just don't count and must be distorted and trashed.”
A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 07:59:39 in World

“Via Dolorosa, You got my above posting totally wrong.
My suggestion is : cooperati¬ng with Palestinia¬n society to stop such heinous murders.
That was my suggested conclusion to the author Julian Schnabel. In my view the most appropriat¬e way to commemorat¬e the senseless death of Mer and so many others - is start education of Arab youthin AP and Hamas controlled areas for tolerance and non -violence.
I oppose to Mer ideas but I would do everything to protect his right to say his ideas, in order to have the open mind of my opponents to listen to my ideas and perhaps to sustain the option of the compromise between us.
If even most devoted Anti – Israeli activists like late Julian Mer and recent tragic victim in Gaza - Victorio Arigoni - cannot stay alive in the environmen¬t prevailing today in West Bank and Gaza – you can’t blindly repeating same mantra: “Occupatio¬n to be Blamed for Everything¬!” .
I am sure that MER and Victorio families would like commemorat¬e their legacy (which I personally oppose as politicall¬y mistaken) by establishi¬ng fund to promote education of the young people in West Bank and Gaza for tolerance and non- violence! For sure such education will save additional senseless murders.”

Via Dolorosa on Apr 18, 2011 at 02:16:44

“"promote education of the young people in West Bank and Gaza for tolerance and non- violence."

This should go both ways. I don't see any such promotion of nonviolence in Israel; certainly not in the army or among settler communities. The evidence shows that violence against Palestinians is acceptable and rarely questioned. There is a clear disregard among Israelis for Palestinian human life and a growing racism and fanaticism. Unless you admit that the problem of violence and dehumanization exists on both sides, it's hard to take you seriously.”

Veronica on Apr 17, 2011 at 18:51:13

“What exactly is it that you find objectionable about Mer's views?”
A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 03:12:45 in World

“I am glad that you have chosen “politically correct” reply, and do not insist on backbiting “horror stories” on Jewish doctor refusing stitch women after delivery….)
This kind of remarks are the premeditated demonization of Jewish State and it citizens that are often taken by militants of your camp one step further.
Militants use such horror stories for indiscriminate killing of civilians in Israel and in other countries.”
A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 02:44:56 in World

“Death of any man, especially through pre-meditated cruel murder in front of his family is shocking and should be condemned in strongest possible terms.
Mer was not peace activist. He took side of the most radical section that believed in “one state solution” in accordance to the distorted claims that all the lands of historic Israel were lands “stolen from Arabs”.
In Israel irrespective his extreme views, he had the right to his opinions and freely performed in Haifa and other Israeli theaters.
Mer was killed in West Bank Jenin by Militant of same kind that are frequently killing political opponents, homosexuals, suspected "traitors", women that “offended family honor”, etc…
Many of the above endangered people finding their hidouts in Israel.

I would expect from human rights and peace supporter like Julian Schnabel using this regrettable murder for preaching for stop of violence and intolerance that prevent political, social and economic development under Hamas and PLO regimes in West Bank and Gaza –
Instead - The Author choose to close his eyes to ugly reality and “arrest the usual suspects": Occupation!”

Via Dolorosa on Apr 15, 2011 at 06:47:59

“The only person here who is using this heinous murder to advance a narrow pro-Israel agenda and spread lies and propaganda is you.”
A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

Commented Apr 14, 2011 at 19:00:33 in World

“The story of “Jewish doctors refusing stitch women after delivery of a baby" and allowing her to “bleed to death” is typical “horror propaganda” that plaguing certain supporters of “Palestinian cause”.
Jewish physicians are well known for treating and saving lives of the worst and the most horrific Palestinian terrorists murderers.

I prefer the horror stories about Jews using children blood for the Matza- Passover Bread.

Interesting enough also the label on Jews using children blood was invented in 12 century by converted to Christianity Jew.”

Avirahim on Apr 14, 2011 at 19:41:02

“"To compensate, Mer-Khamis for a time adopted his Jewish maternal name and joined an elite fighting unit of the Israeli army. "For a whole year my father wouldn't talk to me. He simply kept silent," he says. But he soon had to face his Arab heritage. The confrontation came in 1978 when he was stationed at the West Bank town of Jenin and a car arrived with three young passengers and their grandfather. When he refused an order to remove the old man from the car, he ended up in a fight with his commander and was imprisoned for a few weeks and left the army. "It was then that I realized," he says, "that I don't belong on the Jewish side."

Mer-Khamis has spoken out publicly on a number of occasions in support of mixed marriages. But he and his Jewish partner, Mishmish, decided to avoid the uproar their marriage would have caused by living together. As he watched his own daughter frolic outside their home in Haifa, Mer-Khamis told Maclean's she is free to marry whomever she wants. Rosenblum, for one, thinks Mer-Khamis's vow not to interfere in his daughter's future is courageous. "These mixed couples have a social mission," says Rosenblum. "I believe the future will show us that those who dared follow their hearts are the true leaders of a quiet course to peace in the area."

http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=20031027_67999_67999
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Revolution Blues

Commented Apr 14, 2011 at 07:00:07 in World

“What is going on in Egypt?
The High Profile Humiliation of the former President is not a good sign. There are less radical and damaging ways to restore efficient and not corrupt civil society.
It seems that instead dealing with building the democracy and better economy the people seems to be obsessed of destroying any sign of previous establishment and it symbols – irrespective the damages to economy, civil structures etc…
All regime changes that worked successfully, it leaders managed - after removing the heads - testablishing truth committees based on multicultural and multi-ethnic groups to deal with the past (see South Africa, Germany, Yugoslavia States (after killing times ended), East Germany. IT MAIN EFFORT WAS DIRECTED TO POSITIVE BUILDING OF DEMOCRACY AND CIVIL ESTABLISHEMENT.
If this passion to destroy and humiliate all the heads of previous establishment will continue the Anarchy in Egypt and Economic Chaos will prevail!
The only group that will benefit fro such anarchy will be Muslim Bratherhood at worst case of Military in the best case will be called to take over the power and “restore sanity and order”
Don’t they see the “writing on the wall”? Don’t they have some sober leading figure that can put stop to these radical moves?
Hope the Serious and Braver Part of the Egypt Opinion Leaders and Politicians will come out of their hideouts and allow Egypt to start moving to Democracy instead falling in to Anarchy and Iran Type Radical State.”
Poll Shows U.S. Public Evenly Divided on Unilateral Palestinian State

Poll Shows U.S. Public Evenly Divided on Unilateral Palestinian State

Commented Apr 12, 2011 at 16:15:35 in World

“Napoleon who was very brave man was asked if there is anything or anybody he fear?
His answer was – I afraid only from one thing, to have in my command stupid and brave officer with an initiative!
I can’t imagine better example than declaration of Palestinian State in September that can demonstrate better how dangerous fool with initiative can be!
MJR assumes that anything that to certain “human rights and peace activists” seems as harming Israel is also good for Palestinians.
Suggest to those who honestly want 2 state solutions to consider the following:
1.In 1947 Palestinians got UN declaration and recognition of the state.
2.In the West Bank and Gaza area between 1948 – 67 no Arab state even considered to established Palestinian state,.
3.In Gaza and West Bank Hamas VS PLO are geared to overtake each other by force.
If declaration will really take place the result is written on the wall:
A.Two Gaza Type terror entities most probably controlled by Iran will do everything possible (like Hamas in Gaza does today) to destabilize the region.
B.Israel, Syria and Egypt will “have enough” of such craze and annex Gaza to Egypt and West Bank to Jordan at agreed with Israel Boarder.
Personally I believe it can be reasonable solution that MAY help ME citizens including WB and GAZA citizens.
One more prediction – East Jerusalem Arabs will do all they can IN ABOVE SCENARIO, to stay Israeli Citizens”
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Palestinian Incitement Against Israel

Commented Apr 12, 2011 at 09:18:52 in World

“That is the slogan Taliban Use in Afganistan against NATO - Find better mantra”

CigarGod on Apr 12, 2011 at 09:52:03

“Find a better response...your deflection is showing.”
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Palestinian Incitement Against Israel

Commented Apr 12, 2011 at 09:16:43 in World

“Bad conditions in West Bank and Gaza?. You are totally misinformed!
The main indicators of: health, Education, longevity, infant mortality etc.. Under "Israeli Occupation" is better than any other state in ME including Golf States.

Please read the article which is based on EU, UN and WHO statistics:
See the article in the link demonstrating the above problems: Support and standard of living in Palestinian territories: http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART1/529/562.html/

The issue of National Independence? Israel will be the first to Provide Arabs in West bank and Gaza National and separate State! - unlike Jordan and Egypt.

Jordan Egypt and Syria did not consider Arabs living in West Bank as Gaza as population that deserve separate state. Check if in 67 War Israel took these territories from Palestinian State of from Egypt and Jordan?

The obstacle we have for two state solution is the extremist from far Left and radical islam and their ensitement addressed in the article that do not want 2 states solution of Jewish and Arab States.

The Extremist whose opinions are well demonstrated in numerous posts below - want Arab State instead of Jewish state, which is based of Historically distorted propaganda that Jews have “stolen” Arab Lands”

KevinPA on Apr 12, 2011 at 10:13:29

“By the way, why do you refer to Palestinains as Arabs. Are you one of those that thinks they are squatting?”

KevinPA on Apr 12, 2011 at 10:12:19

“Wait a minute, have you been to a refugee camp? I have. Its deplorable. My point stands, no one is going to listen to messaging that is not even remotely connected to reality on the ground. That goes for either side.”

Rianna on Apr 12, 2011 at 10:11:43

“I don't know what your source is, but it seems to be misleading you. Go to more neutral sources, especially internationally. Have you ever been to other Middle Eastern countries?
Since the US and perhaps Israel is prevented from seeing what really goes on in Palestine, I don't blame you for thinking they are living a great life. How can children be educated when they Israel deprives them from getting basic writing implements? Perhaps this neutral article will give you some idea.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6270331.stm
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Palestinian Incitement Against Israel

Commented Apr 12, 2011 at 08:45:43 in World

“Your comment is quiet shocking! You have just demonstrated how blind some people are to History!
Washington and Jefferson were Terrorists?!

You confuse struggle against colonialism that also has it human limits - Washington as General never terrorized his own people! And with English he conducted war in limits of international law!
How can you compare such people with humanist and democratic values of Jefferson and Washington - with internal terror of Al-Qaida, Hamas and Taliban who kill civilians indiscriminately just to promote generally lunatic what they think Islamic Ideals.

The distance between Islam as Human and Universal Religion and terrorist of Al Qaida, Taliban and Hamas type – according to my numerous Muslim highly educated friends is as distance between The Socialism Ideology and National-Socialism of Adolf Hitler.

I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT AL-QAIDA WILL NEVER GET WHAT IT WANTS FROM USA AND NOT FROM ANY OTHER STATE.
THE SAME IS THE CASE WITH OTHER OF SAME NATURE ORGANIZATIONS.

TERRORISTS WILL BE DEFITTED AND THEY SUPPORTERS ASHAMED.”

MarcEdward on Apr 12, 2011 at 09:31:40

Washington as General never terrorized his own people!
Google "Whiskey Rebellion" Mr. Historian.
Yeesh.”

CigarGod on Apr 12, 2011 at 09:26:13

“Yes.
In addition to shingo's point...it applies directly to their policies toward NA's.”
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Second Thoughts on the Goldstone Report

Commented Apr 12, 2011 at 07:07:49 in World

“Sorry to confuse you with some logic:
HAMAS AS OTHER terrorists know human conduct of IDF and that is the reason they use civilians as human shield as their cowardly protection of their own lives.
Hamas Leaders know better that writes ups of your kind are empty propaganda.
Terrorists prove this trust in Humanity of IDF, by what they do and not what they say!
Can you think about the above in logic terms?”

Via Dolorosa on Apr 15, 2011 at 06:06:54

“"Can you think about the above in logic terms?"

No,not really, because it make no sense at all..!”
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Palestinian Incitement Against Israel

Commented Apr 12, 2011 at 06:41:37 in World

“Israel , Jordan, Egypt Lebanon and Syria, finally will eliminate terror the way Wester Societies did it in their own countries. Only few foreign terrorist can penetrate the social net that support it security organizations that are successful in 99.9% against the few attempts still made by terrorists and to prevent such terrorists acts..

Peace and two state solution is possible between moderates of both sides when swamps of extremists will be marginaliz¬ed by its own societies.

Instead of appeasing terror because of false claim that it is not possible eliminate it, - support moderate Islamist, and moderate majority always manage to deal with its extremists while given proper support.

The swamps of extremist style in schools and public media need to be eradicated to eliminate terror as legitimate way in minds of young generation in the Middle East.

Far left extremism with it recent fusion with Radical Islam create "back wind" to radicals and delay and make victory over terror more difficult.
Moderate Muslim Majority will prevail in the ME like moderates prevailed in Western countries, Far East and other places.”

CigarGod on Apr 12, 2011 at 08:58:18

“Occupation is Terror.”

Shingo on Apr 12, 2011 at 08:20:11

“>> Israel , Jordan, Egypt Lebanon and Syria, finally will eliminate terror the way Wester Societies did it in their own countries

The way Western countries eliminate terror was to give the terrorists what they wanted. In the US, the terrorists were the founding fathers. In Israel, the Stern, Hagan and Irgun became irrelevant once Israel was created.”
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Palestinian Incitement Against Israel

Commented Apr 12, 2011 at 05:02:50 in World

“It is exactly what they said about elimination of malaria. Eliminate one mosquito – 10 other come.
Israel , Jordan, Egypt Lebanon and Syria, finally will eliminate terror the way First Zionist Jewish Pioneers in 19 century eliminated malaria by persistent drying of swamps and created flourishing country.
Peace and two state solution is possible between moderates of both sides when swamps of extremists will be marginalized by its own societies.
Instead of appeasing terror because of false claim that it is not possible eliminate it, - support moderate Islamist, and moderate majority always manage to deal with its extremists while given proper support.
Far left extremism with it recent fusion with Radical Islam create "back wind" to radicals and delay and make victory over terror more difficult.
Moderate Muslim Majority will prevail in the ME like moderates prevailed in Western countries, Far East and other places.”

Shingo on Apr 12, 2011 at 08:32:41

“>> Israel , Jordan, Egypt Lebanon and Syria, finally will eliminate terror the way First Zionist Jewish Pioneers in 19 century eliminated malaria by persistent drying of swamps and created flourishin­g country.

The way terrorism was eliminated in Israel was when the Zionist terro groups got what they wanted. Their own state.

Same thing in Ireland.”
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