- Time for a post about summer camp
- On L'Affaire Thomas
- Some sense from the washington post
- Persepctive, daoud, perspective
Posted: 06 Jun 2010 07:58 PM PDT
It's getting to be time for camp. The Judeokinderlach have been getting ready: clothes, luggage, cameras, seforim. And meanwhile, in the Gt. Jamahriya, Summer Camp Youth have sent a cable to the Leader of the Revolution:
Youth Summer Camps for this Year expressed their pride of the big achievements realized by the leader of the Revolution and put Libya on the political, economic and social world map.In another current offering from JANA we learn that "Thousands of Palestinian Supporters of Palestinian People Took to the Streets in Central London Against Israeli Piracy Crime Against Freedom Ships":
Demonstration of anger continued worldwide organized by supporters of the Palestinian people in Gaza, who belong to different nationality in condemnation 0f the tight blockade imposed by Zionists and against the raids on Freedom Ships.I cleaned up the strange punctuation and spacing, but not completely. I like seeing George Galloway with quotation marks around his name.
Crossposted on Judeopundit
Posted: 06 Jun 2010 05:07 PM PDT
Helen Thomas has now apologized for her remarks that Israelis should just "go home" to Germany or to Poland or to the United States. She has apologized for contradicting a bunch of platitudes about "respect and tolerance," but she has not corrected the basic distortion that makes her remarks so outrageous.
The great majority of Israeli Jews were born in Israel and conduct their daily lives speaking Hebrew. For them, Israel is the only place which is "home" in any meaningful sense. (And by the way, more Israeli Jews had ancestors who came from Morocco than from all the countries Thomas mentioned put together.)
Israelis constitute a unique nationality and for the most part they are natives to their land. (A "native" is someone who was born in a certain place.) There is a country called Germany, but the "home" for Israel's Jews called "Germany" is a chimera, a myth. Calling on someone to return to an imaginary home is akin to calling for him to breath imaginary air. It is a polite way of regarding him as having no legitimate interests, no humanity. Helen Thomas has not renounced her belief in such murderous fairy-tales. Why should she? She is at home in a vast and respectable mob.
Crossposted on Judeopundit
Posted: 06 Jun 2010 03:32 AM PDT
The editors of the Washington Post weigh in today with, Turkey's Erdogan bears responsibility in flotilla fiasco. While still not absolving Israel from responsiblity it makes a number of valuable points about Turkey's disruptive role.
Mr. Erdogan's crude attempt to exploit the incident comes only a couple of weeks after he joined Brazil's president in linking arms with Mr. Ahmadinejad, whom he is assisting in an effort to block new U.N. sanctions. What's remarkable about his turn toward extremism is that it comes after more than a year of assiduous courting by the Obama administration, which, among other things, has overlooked his antidemocratic behavior at home, helped him combat the Kurdish PKK and catered to Turkish sensitivities about the Armenian genocide. Israel is suffering the consequences of its misjudgments and disregard of U.S. interests. Will Mr. Erdogan's behavior be without cost?
At a time when the administration and its allies are blaming Israel for the lack of peace in the Middle East (via memeorandum) this is an important reminder that the administration's outreach to the Muslim world has not been reciprocated.
Posted: 06 Jun 2010 03:27 AM PDT
During Israel's justified response to repeated Hamas attacks against it southern citizens, Daoud Kuttab, a prominent Palestinian "moderate" described the rocket attacks:
In its efforts to stop amateur rockets from nagging the residents of some of its southern cities, Israel appears to have given new life to the fledging Islamic movement in Palestine.
I dunno, Daoud, but does this look like "nagging" to you?
Yesterday Kuttab wrote:
The Unites States cannot continue to be all but silent on an attack in international waters on civilians representing most Western countries, including the United States. It cannot hide behind the facade of waiting for an inquiry when basic facts such as the location of the attack, the perpetrators of the killings and the absence of violent intent or goods on board the ships are so obvious.
Does this picture look like the "absence of violent intent?"
Remember, this violence took place before the Israeli commandos shot anyone. Clearly, then, the Israeli soldiers were acting in self-defense.
Someone else lacking in perspective is Turkey's ambassador to the United States, Namik Tan, who writes:
Whatever the aid carriers may have chanted in opposition to Israel, this was a humanitarian initiative. In any democratic country, people have freedom of expression so long as they avoid violence.
But incitement to violence is not tolerated.
And it appears that the flotilla participants were doing more than chanting "in opposition to Israel." MEMRI reports:
The father of Kuwaiti activist Abd Al-Rahman Al-Filkawi told the Kuwaiti Al-Watan daily that his son had told him that the flotilla participants' morale was high, and that they "would sacrifice themselves for the sake of Allah. He added that his son had "told them before embarking that he would be a martyr for the sake of Allah." The next day, the father told a press conference: "My son Abd Al-Rahman came to me and said: 'Reckon my sacrifice [of my life] in anticipation of the reward of Allah' and I did so. Then he went to his mother and she reckoned his sacrifice in anticipation of the reward of Allah. If he dies there [with the flotilla], he dies as a martyr [with the predetermined aim of becoming one]."
And the chants were in "opposition to Israel" in a way that Nazis are in opposition to Jews.
On board one of the ships, according to Al-Jazeera, the "humanitarian" Palestinians sang "Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews, the army of Muhammad will return" -- a reference to the 628 massacre of Jews in Arabia at the hands of Muhammad.
So yes, a little perspective would be nice. Unfortunately we've gotten precious little of it regarding Israel's self-defense.
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