The United States State Department and the EU have hypocritically refused to consider the “partition” of Kosovo into Serb and Kosovar Muslim areas.
Burns has joined the European Union’s new special envoy for Kosovo, Pieter Feith, in flatly rejecting any partition of the former Serb province. But in remarks to foreign reporters in Washington, reflecting Vienna comments earlier Thursday by EU diplomat Feith, Burns said the United States will not tolerate or support any move toward partition be it informal, creeping or de jure.Read more …
“There’s only one rule: stay in the light.” Richard Riddick in Pitch Black
by Bill Levinson
To which we add two rules for swimming with sharks:
(1) Don’t get bitten
(2) If you violate rule #1, don’t thrash around or bleed. It doesn’t help, and it only attracts more sharks.
Barbara Barnett’s A New Round of Anti-Obama Emails Spreads Virally Through the ‘Net shows us exactly what we have to do to keep this phony smile on top of an empty suit out of the White House. We must act on this information as aggressively as possible, and we have posted a couple of viral E-mails for circulation. As stated by Barnett,
by Bill Levinson
The following material is placed in the public domain, and readers are encouraged to copy and circulate it freely. Lengths are given for purposes of writing letters to the editor. Please feel free to paraphrase in your own words.
Less than 500 words, including subject line.
Subject: Barack Obama Enables Racism, Hatred and Contempt for Jews and Catholics
In fairness to Barack Obama, I must say up front that I have never heard or read of him personally speaking a word against Jews, Catholics, or white people in general. It is his failure to understand, or more likely failure to care, that his public appearances with and endorsements of professional bigots and hate organizations enables racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Catholicism that makes him unfit for any office of public trust or responsibility.Read more …
Arabs are rethinking it.
By Leslie Susser j
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Irked by the slow rate of progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, major Arab players are threatening to withdraw their offer to normalize ties with Israel once a Palestinian state is established.
Underlying the Arab reassessment is a deeper problem: Arab belief in the viability of “the two-state solution,” Israel and Palestine at peace, is diminishing. And the worry in Jerusalem is that this growing lack of confidence could undermine the fragile negotiating process so carefully put in place at the regional peace conference in Annapolis, Md., last November.
By Ted Belman
If you think my post on Obama was something, you ain’t heard nothing yet.
Pamela at Atlas Shrugs has put together a very well researched post covering entirely different matters particularly Obama’s early life.
Here’s one tidbit
He called himself Barry as a child. Why did he change and go back to Barack Hussein? This was a conscious decision that he made. Why? And if Barack went to all the trouble of going from Barry to Barack Hussein, why are we vilified when calling him by the name he prefers?
by Bill Levinson
“Anti-Semites for Obama” by the Tennessee Republican Party barely recognizes the tip of the ugly iceberg. Obama’s association with and refusal to repudiate anti-Semites, racists, and Catholic-haters is indeed a problem, but his open promotion of anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic, and racist individuals and organizations is far worse. Let us first examine the taqqiya du jour of the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), an association of shills that use their nominally Jewish identity to persuade Jewish voters that anti-Semitic and other forms of ordure from Barack Obama’s numerous associates doesn’t stink.
“The Tennessee Republican Party has attempted to smear Barack Obama in a crude, cynical outburst of dirty politics,” said NJDC Executive Director Ira N. Forman. “To use anti-Semitism for political gamesmanship is an insult to Jews of all political persuasions. And frankly, such a blatant stunt isn’t going to fool anyone.”
The National “Jewish” Democratic Council, with its long and extensive record of whitewashing and sanitizing anti-Semitism and other forms of hate while promoting hatred of Christians for political gamesmanship, is an insult not only to Jews but to all decent people of all political persuasions. We can see no other motive behind Ira Forman’s press releases than a desire to whitewash and sanitize at all costs Barack Obama’s willful association with and promotion of professional hate mongers and their reprehensible organizations.
Abbas rejects Jewishness of Israel, doesn’t rule out armed conflict and is proud to have taught terror to world
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, Palestinian Media Watch
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he doesn’t rule out armed conflict against Israel. He also said that he was “honored” to have fired the first bullet of the Fatah terror organization in 1965, and to have taught terror tactics around the world, including to such groups as Hizbullah.
In an in-depth interview published today in the Jordanian daily Al-Dustur, Abbas said that the PA is “unable” to pursue armed conflict for now, but said that “in the future stages things may be different.”
· British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Development Secretary Douglas Alexander recently alleged that Israel’s decision to respond to ongoing Palestinian rocket attacks by limiting the supply of fuel to Gaza violated international law. The new UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert H. Serry, also asserted: “Israeli measures amounting to collective punishment are not acceptable. We call on Israel to meet its obligations toward the civilian population of Gaza under international law.” Yet international law does not require Israel to supply Gaza with fuel or electricity, or, indeed, with any other materials, goods, or services.
By Arieh Eldad, Ma’ariv, February 29, 2008
The legal and political status of Judea, Samaria and Gaza are complicated and subject to debate. To our great detriment, the Knesset did not extend Israeli law to these areas immediately following the Six Day War.
The status of Jerusalem is different. On June 28, 1967, the Knesset extended Israeli law over the territories of Greater Jerusalem. In 1980, the Knesset went further and buttressed the city’s status in its wider boundaries by enacting the Basic Law “Greater Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel.” Anyone who wishes to change the status of the city or its boundaries must turn to the Knesset and ask for a change in the law.
At the height of the wave of terror called “The Second Intifada,” the government of Israel decided to build a separation fence to prevent terrorists from crossing over the Green Line and into Jerusalem. The fence – proclaimed Ariel Sharon and his government’s representatives in various international arenas, and also in Israeli courts – is only a security fence; it has no political significance. When the fence was built around Jerusalem, the country’s leaders decided to use it to also block Arab immigration into the city, and so they detached from the city several Arab neighborhoods that lie within Jerusalem’s municipal borders. Tens of thousands of Arabs who carry Israeli identity cards live in these neighborhoods between the fence and the areas of Judea and Samaria.
by Jerry Gordon
Over the past two days more than 100 Kassem and Katyusha rockets have fallen on Israel. The rockets are falling in Sderot, the western Negev and in Ashkelon spreading death, injuries and terror. These recent Kassem and Katyusha rocket attacks have resulted in the killings and maiming of Israeli civilians, such as deaths of a 19 year old Sderot student at Sapir College, a 47 year old father of four and injuries to more than 17 persons in the Southern town of Ashkelon. These recent unrelenting attacks have raised the level of outrage among Israelis clamoring for action. The Kassem rocket attacks have been going on for over six years. With the recent blockade of Gaza, they have intensified both in volume and types of missiles being unleashed against Israeli towns, cooperative farms and kibbutzim in the South and Western Negev. The US would never have tolerated rockets fired into San Diego and its suburbs from across the border in Mexico. We would have retaliated, with or without the permission of the central Mexican government.
by Hillel Fendel
Following speakers Caroline Glick, Isi Leibler, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, and Tzafrir Ronen, former MK Elyakim HaEtzni presented his thesis that the simple explanation for Israel’s failure at effective PR is “pathological. Israel is sick, with a condition called ‘Jewish self-hatred,’ and this phenomenon must be investigated… For 2,000 years, the world has been telling us that we’re no good – so finally, like a child who receives only criticism, he naturally begins to believe he is no good! In addition, there is something in the Jewish religion that is very noble, but that if taken too far, can be dangerous. Other nations, when they are hit, blame the hitter – but we always blame ourselves; we ask what we did wrong. We originally thought this was just an Exile-mentality phenomenon, but that’s not true; there are Jews abroad who are much prouder than many born-in-Israel army officers…”
By:Louis Rene Beres
“This second part of the column by Professor Beres (“After Annapolis: Israeli Rights, Arab/Islamic Anti-Semitism and International Law”) continues his legal examination of Arab/Iranian anti-Semitism, with particular reference to pertinent norms under international law and to recommended strategies for authoritative enforcement of Israel’s fundamental human rights.”
Some years ago, following one of the devastating suicide bombings in which small Jewish children were blown to bits, prominent Palestinian columnist Fahd al-Rimawi – then writing with obvious approval of Nobel Peace laureate Yassir Arafat in Amman’s al-Majd newspaper, gleefully celebrated the monstrous act of terror: “Let us rejoice and applaud the operation with the sweetest of songs and ululations (sic). We greet that act of ingeniousness with the sweetest of chants and we bid farewell to our bold martyrs who have lit the night of Jerusalem…and given luster and meaning to Arab valor…. We will not apologize for the Jewish blood that will be spilt nor denounce the heroic actions of the Mujahideen who represent the soul of this nation and echo the pulse of the masses and the Palestinian people’s conscience….”
by Bill Levinson
The common rat is very adept at dodging and evading, and it took the combined efforts of MSNBC’s Tim Russert and Senator Hillary Clinton to corner Barack Obama long enough to get him to use the word “reject” in conjunction with the endorsement of the prominent racist, anti-Semite, and Catholic-hater Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. As reported by Byron York’s Obama and the Farrakhan Trap: The Democratic frontrunner stepped in it Tuesday night:
NBC’s Tim Russert asked, “Do you accept the support of Louis Farrakhan?” Obama might have said, “No.” But instead, he seemed to go out of his way to denounce some of Farrakhan’s statements while not taking on Farrakhan himself (and even using Farrakhan’s preferred honorific in the process). “You know, I have been very clear in my denunciation of Minister Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic comments,” Obama said. “I think that they are unacceptable and reprehensible. I did not solicit this support. He expressed pride in an African-American who seems to be bringing the country together. I obviously can’t censor him, but it is not support that I sought. And we’re not doing anything, I assure you, formally or informally, with Minister Farrakhan.”
THE JERUSALEM POST Feb. 27, 2008
A student at Sapir College in Sderot was killed and one other person wounded by shrapnel after a Kassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit the western Negev campus.
At least five other people were reported in shock. Army Radio reported that everyone present on the college campus was being shepherded into sheltered areas.
The rocket that struck the college’s parking lot was one of a barrage of six fired late Wednesday afternoon, two of which landed in Sderot. One rocket hit and caused severe damage to a residential building in the city’s Neveh Eshkol neighborhood. No one was wounded.
The revelation that the Iron Dome system can’t protect Sderot is only the latest bad card played by the Olmert government as it goes through all its options for dealing with the problem of rocket attacks from Gaza, except the only one that will actually work– reoccupying Gaza.
Month after month, Hamas has made the political and strategic case for reoccupying Gaza. Yet even with Israeli soldiers being held hostage in Gaza and Sderot continually under fire, it’s the one card off the table as far as the Olmert government is concerned. And that is why Hamas has boldly made the case for reoccupying Gaza, because it knows this government is too weak to actually do it.
by Hillel Fendel
Part One of two on the Jerusalem Conference’s Session on Israel’s Public Relations Efforts
Caroline Glick, a columnist and editor at the Jerusalem Post, told the Jerusalem Conference this week that ever since Oslo, when Israel recognized the PLO and accepted the establishment of a Palestinian state as its goal, the efforts of the Jewish State to explain and defend its policies abroad have basically collapsed.
The popular commentator moderated a session at the annual conference held at Jerusalem’s Regency Hotel, heading a panel including Tzafrir Ronen, Isi Liebler, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Elyakim HaEtzni and Melanie Phillips (some of whose remarks are cited below).
Glick explained that there are three chief elements to any country’s hasbara (public relations) efforts: The desire to explain, the specific objectives and strategies of the hasbara campaign, and the style in which the hasbara is delivered.
By Ted Belman
According to Aaron Klein’s latest article Obama raised funds for Islamic causes, it is clear where Obama’s sympathies lie.
Klein quotes Ali Abunimah, a Chicago-based Palestinian-American activist and co-founder of Electronic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian online publication,
“I remember personally introducing [Obama] onstage in 1999, when we had a major community fundraiser for the community center in Deheisha refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. And that’s just one example of how Barack Obama used to be very comfortable speaking up for and being associated with Palestinian rights and opposing the Israeli occupation,”
by Bill Levinson
By Jacqueline L. Salmon
The United Church of Christ, Sen. Barack Obama’s spiritual home, is in hot water with the Internal Revenue Service over a speech Obama gave to its national convention last June.
…According to a copy of an IRS letter that the church received Monday, the IRS is launching the inquiry “because reasonable belief exists that the United Church of Christ has engaged in political activities that could jeopardize its tax-exempt status.”
In addition, the IRS letter alleges that “40 Obama volunteers staffed campaign tables outside the center to promote his campaign.”
The Israeli town of Sderot lies less than a mile from the Gaza Strip. Since the beginning of the intifada seven years ago, it has borne the brunt of some 2,500 Kassam rockets fired from Gaza by Palestinian terrorists. Only about a dozen of these Kassams have proved lethal, though earlier this month brothers Osher and Rami Twito were seriously injured by one as they walked down a Sderot street on a Saturday evening. Eight-year-old Osher lost a leg.
It is no stretch to say that life in Sderot has become unendurable. Palestinians and their chorus of supporters — including the 118 countries of the so-called Non-Aligned Movement, much of Europe, and the panoply of international aid organizations from the World Bank to the United Nations — typically reply that life in the Gaza Strip is also unendurable, and that Palestinian casualties greatly exceed Israeli ones. But this argument is fatuous: Conditions in Gaza, in so far as they are shaped by Israel, are a function of conditions in Sderot. No Palestinian Kassams (or other forms of terrorism), no Israeli “siege.”
By Jerry Gordon, American Congress for Truth blog, February 26, 2008
This morning when I opened up my email there it was. A note sent out by Naomi Ragen to her vast email list. In it Ragen had a web link to Brigitte’s response to the ‘slamming’ by UJC head, Howard Rieger, and the JTA article about the kerfuffle at the West Palm Beach Jewish Federation event when a woman in the audience asked “was Obama anti-Semitic”. The ACT post was entitled “Sacrificing Clarity on the Altar of Appeasement”.
Who is Naomi Ragen?
Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and playwright who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. She has published seven internationally best-selling novels, and is the author of a hit play. Naomi also publishes a regular column that deals with Jewish subjects, especially Israel.