Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Why is Gaza Getting More Aid Than Haiti?

Posted: 23 Mar 2010 07:51 PM PDT

So how are they doing over there in Gaza? After all, they are supposed to be under siege, with a blockade preventing necessary essentials from entering. On March 18, Jacob Shrybman, Assistant Director of the Sderot Media Center, wrote: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is set to arrive in Israel to visit the Gaza Strip amidst demands to end a so-called siege on the terrorist-controlled territory. Yet one has to ask what siege, or blockade, he is referring to, with 738,576 tons of humanitarian aid being transferred into the Gaza Strip in 2009. Moreover, the UN has provided $200...

Hillary's peculiar speech

Posted: 23 Mar 2010 04:07 AM PDT

Yesterday, Secretary of State Clinton addressed the AIPAC conference. A number of points she made were questionable. In her speech to AIPAC, she said: The inexorable mathematics of demography are hastening the hour at which Israelis may have to choose between preserving their democracy and staying true to the dream of a Jewish homeland," Clinton said. "Given this reality, a two-state solution is the only viable path for Israel to remain both a democracy and a Jewish state." This is dishonest. Charles Krauthammer observed in August 1997: Let's be clear. This guerrilla war is not about Israeli occupation. Ninety-eight percent...

The njdc doubles down

Posted: 23 Mar 2010 03:25 AM PDT

During the presidential campaign of 2008, supporters of Barack Obama and Democrats generally insisted that the candidate's commitment to Israel was unshakable. Those who questioned his commitment to Israel were deemed as dishonest or worse. Take this post at the NJDC's blog following the election: There will always be some Democrats who disagree with the Democratic party's positions on Israel. No Democrat agrees with the party on everything; we have every right as Americans to disagree. But when Republicans attempt to use those isolated voices to divide our community and achieve electoral success by smearing the Democrats on Israel, we...

MPAC.ie delighted over epic litigation

Posted: 22 Mar 2010 11:00 PM PDT

As you may have heard UP TO 95,000 descendants of the prophet Muhammad are planning to bring a libel action in Britain over "blasphemous" cartoons of the founder of Islam, even though they were published in the Danish press . . . [The lucky lawyer] said the descendants could argue that the cartoons -- which first appeared in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper in 2005, sparking violent protests around the world -- were a direct slur on them. [...] The Times article explores the jurisdiction issue--is this the latest and ultimate example of "libel tourism" in Great Britain? I'm struck by the...

Holy to Three Faiths

Posted: 22 Mar 2010 09:42 PM PDT

There is certain statement, actually a cliche: Jerusalem, we are often told, is "holy to three faiths." It is holy, we might say, to Judaism and to every other religion derived from it. That's correct, isn't it--and even obvious? Muslims don't avoid pork, pray towards the east, name their children the Arabic versions of Abraham, David, and Solomon, and practice circumcision by accident, do they? There are various other ways to paraphrase that statement. If I were in the mood to really offend people, I could state Jerusalem is holy to all true Judaisms (all one of them) and a...

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