Wednesday, May 28, 2008

"Palestinian" Territory, Occupied?

Two things wrong with that claim: (1) There is no longer such a thing as "Palestinian," and (2) the "illegal occupiers" of the "territories"--Judea (Yehuda)*, Samaria (Shomron)**, and Gaza (Asa)***--are Moslem Arabs, not Israeli Jews.

To repeat in slightly other words: The illegal "occupiers" of the "territories"--Judea, Samaria, and Gaza--are Moslem Arabs, not Jews.

"Palestine" (Palaestina) was a name given to Judea (Yehuda) by the Romans to humiliate the Jews (Judeans, Yehudim) by calling their depopulated land by the name of their ancient enemy, the Philistines (pleshti). ****

The Moslem Arabs who today claim the name of "Palestinians" were created by the despicable Egyptian sodomist Arafat. As has been stated since times immemorial, the people first called "Palestinians" were the Jews that had remained and returned to the Turkish-ruled "Palestine" and the British-ruled Mandate of "Palestine."

The Moslem-Arabs that were the remnants of the Moslem-Arab invasion of Byzantine Greek-held Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, were simply referred to as "Arabs." That is what they were not descendants of ancient pleshti (non-semitic "sea people" thought to have come to the area from the Greek archipelago).

Of course this population contains arabized, moslemized people of different strains that at the time of the "Palestine" Mandate considered themselves to be Arabs and Moslems (yes, with Christian Arabs amongst them--some of them more Arab than Christian, others as Jew-hating as the Moslem Arabs, and some aware of their status as "subhuman" (dhimmis) under Moslem rule who realized that the Jews did not relegate them to that inferior status.)

Now, as far as the territory that was intended for Jews and a Jewish homeland by the League of Nations Mandate--which is now occupied by Arab late-comers and interlopers--the land that includes Judea, Samaria, and the given-over-to-the-savages Gaza, it was to have been part of that Jewish homeland--the Jewish State of Israel (a Jewish State, where only Jews should have been granted citizenship, with residence allowed for non-Jews that held no ill-will towards Jews, and expulsion of Jew-haters of any stripe--a country for Jews to seek refuge from a mostly Jew-hating world.)

These territories "occupied" now by Moslem Arabs include Judea, Samaria and the lately "Moslem-Arab occupied" Gaza. No matter what Roman Latin and Moslem-Arab names given to Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, these are the ancient lands of the Jews.

The sniveling, shedding-tears-for-murderous-and-murdering-Arab-Moslems representatives of the nations--be they from Scandinavia, Italy, or Islamic-Turkey--the TIPH (Temporary International Presence in Hebron), have replaced the Arab-against-Jews-supporting unlamented British of the Mandate, except that they go about armed with anti-Israel propaganda weapons instead of immediately lethal arms and laws, and the Jew-crushing former occupiers of the ancient lands of the Jews, the Turks, Byzantines, Arab-Moslems from Arabia, and Romans.
* Judea - 1. Roman name of the ancient kingdom of the Jews, Yehuda (Judah).
2. The area that roughly corresponds to a part of that kingdom, part of which is in the southern part of the West Bank of the Jordan, including Hebron and Jericho.
In Herod's time, the Kingdom of Judea encompassed all of the area of Jewish sovereignty, including Gaza.
Major or well known towns of the Judea district in ancient times included Jerusalem, Betar, Hebron, Jericho, Tekoa and Bethlehem.
Geographically, the Judea region includes these region: the Hebron hills, the Jerusalem saddle, the Bethel hills and the Judean desert east of Jerusalem. This last is southeast of Jerusalem and reaches the Dead Sea. In ancient times the Judean hills around Jerusalem were forested. The Bible records agriculture and sheep farming being practiced in the area. Animals are still grazed today, with shepherds moving them between the low ground to the hilltops (which have more rainfall) as summer approaches. Roman and Byzantine agricultural terraces are clearly visible in the Judean hills approaching Jerusalem.

The name Jew derives from Yehuda (Judah)

"Israel is the very embodiment of Jewish continuity: It is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language, and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago. You dig the soil and you find pottery from Davidic times, coins from Bar Kokhba, and 2,000-year-old scrolls written in a script remarkably like the one that today advertises ice cream at the corner candy store."
The people of Israel (also called the "Jewish People") trace their origin to Abraham, who established the belief that there is only one God, the creator of the universe (see Old Testament). Abraham, his son Yitshak (Isaac), and grandson Jacob (Israel), are referred to as the patriarchs of the Israelites. All three patriarchs lived in the Land of Canaan, that later came to be known as the Land of Israel. They and their wives are buried in the Ma'arat HaMachpela, the Tomb of the Patriarchs, in Hebron.
The name Israel derives from the name given to Jacob (see Old Testament). His 12 sons were the kernels of 12 tribes that later developed into the Jewish nation. The name Jew derives from Yehuda (Judah) one of the 12 sons of Jacob (Reuben, Shimon, Levi, Yehuda, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Yisachar, Zevulun, Yosef, Binyamin). So, the names Israel, Israeli or Jewish refer to people of the same origin.
Israel celebrates 60 years of independence - related resources
Ingathering of the Israelites
Quote from Charles Krauthammer - The Weekly Standard, May 11, 1998

** "Shomron is the heart of Biblical Israel. Most of today's communities were built near ancient sites from the First and Second Temples periods, and the time of the Mishna and the Talmud." See especially

*** The current occupiers of most of Gaza/Aza today are the Arabs/Moslems. But they are not the descendants of the original inhabitants. Gaza/Aza is mentioned 18 times in The Bible as part of the Jewish homeland. The Israelites had been in Gaza before the time of Samson (Judges, 16:1) and were still in possession of it in the time of Solomon (Kings I:4:1). (6) However, just as what happened in Judea and Samaria, Gaza/Aza had its Jews expelled, and has been occupied by numerous invaders and foreign civilizations.
Gaza/Aza was part of the Jewish homeland long before Islam sprang into being. Archeologists have documented remains of a Roman-period synagogue in Gaza which includes Judaic inscriptions on a column located today in the major mosque of Gaza/Aza. This writing is a Hebrew-Greek inscription complete with Jewish motifs that mention Hananiah, the son of Jacob. It has been dated to the second or third centuries -- long before Mohammed lived.

****For Hebrew-Jewish relation to the Land of Israel, see,2107657/Chart-of-Events-in-Jewish-History.html, especially the later, historical portions. Also, see and also

Judah - The Ancient Kingdom of Judea after division with Israel

Judea - The Roman province of Judea, with capital at Caesaria.

Israel and Judea
After the death of David's son, Solomon, the kingdom split into two: Israel in the north, Judea including Jerusalem in the south (maps). Brief History of Early Palestine in maps.

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Who Are The Palestinians?
by Yashiko Sagamori,

QUOTE from a "Palestinian" (born in Egypt):

"We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem....All the rich Jews who will get compensation will travel to America....We of the PLO will now concentrate all our efforts on splitting Israel psychologically into two camps. Within five years we will have six to seven million Arabs living in the West Bank and in Jerusalem....You understand that we plan to eliminate the State of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian State....I have no use for Jews; they are and remain Jews."Yasser Arafat - Palestinian 'President', Jan. 30, 1996, Private speech to Arab leaders - "The Impending Total Collapse of Israel", Stockholm, Sweden More Quotes
Dry Bones:Hagee, CUFI, and Campaign 2008

Hagee, CUFI, and Campaign 2008

The attacks on Pastor Hagee seem so obviously part of an "Obama had his extremist backer and so does McCain, so let's just forget about Obama's relationship with his pastor, Reverend Wright" campaign tactic, that I titled this cartoon "Campaign 2008".

Here's a Letter to the Editor that appeared in the New York Times on April 10, 2008

"To the Editor:

Re “For McCain, Little Talk of a Controversial Endorsement” (news article, April 8), about the Rev. John C. Hagee and the organization he founded, Christians United for Israel, and the reaction to his efforts on behalf of Israel:

Pastor Hagee has been a true friend of Israel for many years. Christians United for Israel is among the strongest supporters of Israel in the United States.

The signers of this letter have been chairmen of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and we appreciate and respect Pastor Hagee’s dedicated efforts and those of Christians United for Israel.

Harold Tanner
James Tisch
Mort Zuckerman
Mel Salberg
Lester Pollack
Shoshana Cardin
Ken Bialkin
New York, April 8, 2008"

It is also becoming embarrassingly clear that "united for Israel" is NOT what the American Jewish Community is at present.

To visit the CUFI website click on CUFI.

-Dry Bones- Israel's Political Comic Strip Since 1973

To visit the CUFI website click on CUFI.
-Dry Bones- Israel's Political Comic Strip Since 1973
Hatred, Arab Style

By Prof. Paul Eidelberg

When reservist Shmuel Meiri was attacked by Arabs in Ramallah on December 14, 1994, the photographs taken of the faces of his assailants convey a hatred of visceral and demonic proportions. To appreciate how much Moslems hate Jews, consider first what Moslem Chechens think and feel about Russians.

Writing on the subject in The New York Times (December 18, 1994), Steven Erlanger quotes two celebrated Russian authors, Tolstoi and Lermontov. Tolstoi writes of the Russian destruction of a Chechen village: "The emotion felt by every Chechen, old and young, was stronger than hatred. It was not hatred, it was a refusal to recognize these Russian dogs as men at all, and a feeling of such disgust [and] revulsion ... that the urge to destroy them, like the urge to destroy rats, venomous spiders, or wolves, ִwas an instinct as natural as self-preservation."

Lermontav summarized the Chechen in the Russian imagination this way: "Their god is freedom, their law is war ... Their hatred is as boundless as their love." That this boundless hatred describes the feelings of Muslims toward Jews is evident in the faces of those Arabs who attacked Shmuel Meiri.

If further evidence is wanted, let me remind the reader of how Syrian president Hafaz Assad celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. He had Syrian militia girls killing four-foot snakes with their teeth, blood running down their cheeks. The pieces were then roasted and served to Syrian militia men. The men subsequently twisted off the necks of puppies and drank their blood. This is what Arabs and Muslims think of and feel toward Jews.

Postscript: May 2008

And now Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wants to yield the Golan Heights to Syria for “peace.” This suggests that Mr. Olmert and people of his ilk are either stupid or mentally deranged. In Olmert’s case, however, it may be that he is simply trying to distract public attention from suspicions of corruption that would prompt a less shameless person to resign from office even if he were innocent.

(Published in December 1994 with a 2008 Postscript)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sultan of Knish From NY to Israel The Sultan Reveals the Story Behind the Story

"Obama is an African Arab with a Muslim background positioning himself for the White House."

With a slim record and a campaign built primarily around his outgoing personality, Obama is America's biggest mistake waiting to be made. Let's not play any part in making it.

We don't need to be saved by a lifelong con artist with a manufactured biography who repackages himself to appeal to everyone while concealing his real sympathies behind a facade of multilevel marketing outreach.

We need to be saved from him and only we can save ourselves from him.
Sultan Knish From NY to IsraelThe Sultan Reveals the Story Behind the Story

. . . how much did it take to get Obama to reject the endorsement of a vicious racist, Catholic-hating bigot, and anti-Semite? The answer is that Obama had to be cornered like a rat in front of millions of people, and someone who does the right thing only when he is cornered is totally unfit to hold any position of public trust or responsibility.

It is also a matter of record that Barack Hussein Obama was asked to reject the endorsement of Michael Moore and because of their insults to our Armed Forces and even sympathy for our country’s enemies. Moore’s Web site calls the terrorists who are murdering our men and women in uniform “Minutemen.”

FROM Obama Embraces Anti-Semites and Racists . . .




[At Last! A New tikva (hope) for Israel]

Notes and Bio From A Frustrated Jewish, Zionist, Israeli, Texas American
by Bernard J. Shapiro

Be sure to read the whole plan at . This is only an excerpt:

The Israeli government allow[s] its citizens to be attacked solely because they [are] Jews. In no other country of the world would such a policy be tolerated.
. . . Today rockets, mortars, and missiles rain down on Israel with impunity. The Israel government is paralyzed and can only think of retreat, appeasement and surrender . . .

This did not happen without a massive assault on the principles of Zionism, on which Israel was founded. The right of Jews to their Holy Land was challenged by Israeli leftist, anti-Semites, and Islamists world wide. The Israeli education system and military was stripped of patriotism and the new religion of "peace and surrender" was meant to supplant Judaism.


. . . Israel has a majority of good proud Zionist Jews, but they have failed in understanding the dynamics of mass movements. As Eric Hoffer, enunciated so well in his book, THE TRUE BELIEVER, mass movement need a leader and the Nationalist Camp in Israel has not had a true leader since Ariel Sharon, who sold them them out.

They are so divided that they may never be victorious. I say to them, don’t wait for Mosiach or miracles, BE THE MIRACLE! Put personalities aside and unite behind one banner as I wrote in my editorial for June 1994 issue of THE MACCABEAN. It was entitled VICTORY PLAN FOR ISRAEL, and recieved wide praise from the Nationalist Camp. But it never was implemented. Here are the essential ingredients:
1. Formation of a United Zionist/religious Front with one leader and a committee made up of all constituent groups. Agreement not to worry about personal gain or power, but only what is best for Israel.

2. Name the Front after heroes from Jewish history like the Maccabees

3. The Maccabees (if that is the name) should begin to march all over Israel wearing blue and white and carrying Israeli flags.

4. Flags should deck every balcony and car

5. Marches should grow in number and intensity all over the country. Not just in the largest cities.

6. Catchy slogans, posters and bumper stickers should appear everywhere. The message should be positive. For example:
A. The Maccabees with save Israel
B. The Maccabees will drive the Pagans (leftists) from Jerusalem
C. The Maccabees will make Jewish history
D. The Maccabees can save Jerusalem, Yesha, and the Golan
You can think up a million more.

7. Maccabeen armbands similar to the logo for the Freeman Center or something else like an Israeli flag should be worn everywhere so journalists and politicians can see the growing strength of our front.


[Illustration of party platform -- not written in stone -- subject to discussion. But beware of spending too much energy on platform details. Keep your eyes on the prize: the fall of Rabin and the saving of Israel from dismemberment. And now, of course, Olmert, Livni and Barak.]

1. All of Eretz Yisrael is the rightful possession of the Jewish people.

2. Israeli sovereignty extended to all of Eretz Yisrael.

3. Jerusalem is the united captal of Israel and all foreign embassies must be in Jerusalem. Countries not wishing to have an embassy in Jerusalem are welcome to have consulates in other Israeli cities.

4. The Arabs, who wish to live in peace with their Jewish neighbors, are welcome and should have full civil rights including self-rule in their villages and towns.

5. Item #4 does not imply or give any political sovereignty to the Arab population.

6. Those Arabs that desire to do harm to their Jewish neighbors or who claim sovereignty over any part of Eretz Yisrael should be re-settled among other Arab countries.

7. Arabs resisting item #6 should be forcibly removed from Eretz Yisrael.

8. Economic and political incentives for the Arabs to emigrate other countries.

9.Israel's economy should become a fully open free enterprise economy. Government regulations, taxes, and bureaucracy that have inhibited economic growth for 45 years should be removed immediately. All government enterprises should be privatized as soon as practical.

10. In all matters Israeli foreign policy should be conducted in a manner that reflects the dignity and sovereignty of the Jewish state. There should be an end to the bowing and scraping reminiscent of ghetto Jews, complete with the acceptance of insults from friend and foe alike.

11. A new constituency based constitution similar to the one I proposed as the Rafi Party platform in 1965 and Prof. Paul Eidelberg is proposing now.

12. Plus whatever you wish......


1. It is positive and exciting and will restore momentum to the Right-wing.

2. The Right is in an almost clinical depression. This plan will cause a dramatic mood shift by focusing on the future and victory.

3. Since I am proposing this plan, and I have no political following in Israel, then each member of the Nationalist/Religeous camp is free to agree to a plan that is not proposed by a political contender.

4. Marches, parades. flags, and symbols make good TV news. Good visual images.

5. The use of Blue and White and massive displays of flags will associate the Israeli flag with the Maccabee Party. Every flag displayed will promote the Maccabee Party.

6. Several members of the Kadima Party would leave a sinking ship if there were an alternative. If they see the public rallying to the Maccabee Party and they see that we are in the ascendancy and the Maccabee Party offers them a role as a faction in the party then maybe 7-10 Kadima MK's will join.

7. If #6 works then there will be new elections.

8. The Maccabee Party must maintain unity and compete in the elections with great professionalism.

9. Use the power of the Maccabee Party to introduce total civil disobedience in Israel as I presented in my article, BLACK DAYS FOR ISRAEL, if necessay to prevent withdrawals from Eretz Yisrael (see my articles on my blog or website)


.........Theodore Herzl (1897)

It is as simple as that. If you put your heart and soul into this campaign, you can win. By force of WILL, you can create The Maccabee Party, and save Israel from disaster.
Will you do it???

Read the entire plan and its foundation at

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The Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH)


(The Arabs there are de trops, unwanted useless, spawn of the 7th century Moslem invaders)

This "Temporary" International Presence in Hebron has been there far too long. Make it really "temporary," get it out of Jewish land.

TIPH (Temporary International Presence in Hebron): Fact and Fiction
David Wilder
May 27, 2008

In an article published by the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) called "About TIPH []," it is stated: The two parties [Israel and the Arabs] agreed that TIPH should be the neutral witness on the ground who monitors and reports on the situation. TIPH's neutrality might be weighed against the following TIPH statements:

In a TIPH information pamphlet [] they state: Typical TIPH reports concern violence and harassment around settlements, shooting incidents and misconduct by police or soldiers, house searches, prolonged ID-checks and restrictions of freedom of movement.

In an article titled "A Brief History, [ ]" TIPH refrains from stating that Ma'arat HaMachpela was closed to Jews and Christians for 700 years, despite the fact that it is a " holy city for the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths."
They also state "After the war of 1948, Hebron came under Jordanian rule which lasted until the war of 1967 when Hebron was occupied by the Israeli army."
Note that Hebron came under Jordanian rule but was occupied by the Israeli army."

Also note that "since then (2002) the Israeli army operates over the entire area in violation of the agreements." However no violation of agreements or obligations of the Arabs is mentioned.

An article headlined "Six years since two TIPH observers were shot dead in Hebron" [] refrains from mentioning that the observers were killed by an Arab terrorist. It was also noted that members of TIPH and representatives of the Palestinian authority were present at a memorial for the two TIPH officers. It is not clear whether any Israelis were invited to participate.

In an article headlined "Israeli settlers occupy Palestinian building in Hebron" [] "TIPH urges the IDF to evacuate the settlers from the building to avoid that new facts of the ground are being established, TIPH Head of Mission Karl-Henrik Sjursen says. This action of the settlers can be seen by the Palestinians as an unnecessary provocation in an already tense environment. It might have serious consequences for the security situation in the city, TIPH Head of Mission Karl-Henrik Sjursen adds.

In an article headlined "Increased violence around newly occupied house in Hebron" [] TIPH states, "The occupation of the house has not only led to increased violence but also further destabilized the situation in Hebron as a whole. In this respect TIPH again urges the Israeli authorities on all levels to take necessary measures to evict the occupants."

In an article headlined, TIPH welcomes the eviction of illegal occupants from the wholesale market in Hebron [],TIPH states, TIPH is concerned about the recent development in the city of Hebron and urges the Israeli authorities to uphold law and order and protect all people living in the area.
- In the light of the ongoing violence and the continuing violation of both Israeli and international law we also encourage the Israeli authorities to evict the settlers occupying the house on Patriarchs' Hill with no further delay, TIPH head of Mission Karl-Henrik Sjursen also says.
A map sold in Hebron, distributed by the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, donated by and under the auspices of TIPH, contains the symbol of Palmap – the entire state of Israel. The map labels all Israeli sites in the city as 'palestinian:' The Avraham Avinu neighborhood is called Al Hisbeh settlement; Beit Romano is Madraset Qsamah; Beit Hadassah is Al Dabboya; the Gutnick Center is called Al-Isterahah settlement; and of course Ma'arat HaMachpela is called Al Haram al Ibrahimi. The map also describes Hebron as an "Arab Islamic City."

In a TIPH public opinion poll [] they ask:
Table 11: Knowledge about some of activities implemented by TIPH according to place of residence
One of the possible replies is: Physical protection of houses against settler harassment.Is TIPH responsible for 'physically protecting" Arabs from 'settler harassment?'Does TIPH act to 'physically protect' Jews from 'Arab harassment?'

Figure 26: One of the choices given when asked about about how long they think that the organization should stay, was: that TIPH should stay until the end of occupation.Why does TIPH relate to a Jewish presence in Hebron as 'occupation?' Why does TIPH take for granted that the Jewish presence (occupation) will come to an end?

Figure 30: TIPH is currently holding a campaign to raise the awareness of the citizen on their legal rights under occupation. Did you hear about this campaign and the activities?Again, TIPH relates to Jewish presence in Hebron as 'occupation.'
The Public Opinion Poll []Some interesting responses:

Figure 2:Only 9% of the population is unemployed.
Figure 4: 69% are optimistic – 21% are pessimistic
65% of those living in H2 are optimistic
Table 7:Issue of concern:Economic hardship: In H1 – 21% - In h2 – 25%
Not concerned at all: In H2 – 24%
TIPH influenceFigure 8 – Table 962% feel less secure since inception of TIPH H1- 61% H2 – 69%Only 22% feel more secure
Figure 9 – 10 Needs:Household needs: 29% answered employment – 40% answered security Community needs: 31% answered employment – 69% answered securityThe report states: "The need for employment is higher among respondents living in H1. So is the need for education and security."

Table 11: Have you heard about TIPH implementing… Physical protection of houses against settler harassment - 90% no

Figure 16:30% - TIPH is working to fulfill its mandate

Figure 17: What is TIPH doing in Hebron:12% Physical protection of houses against settler harassment

Figure 18:
65% TIPH doesn't really see what is happening in the city or don't know
Figure 19: 58% never met TIPH member
Figure 21: 86% never reported incident to TIPH
Figure 22: 49% reporting incident doesn't improve situation
Figure 23:Benefits:83% haven't benefited from TIPH
Figure 25:34% satisfied with TIPH work in community
Figure 26:Question of duration of mandate: 35% - TIPH shouldn't be here58% - TIPH should stay until end of occupation
Figure 27:Support of TIPH presence46% support54% - not support/indifferent
Figure 28:Support sending more TIPH observers:54% oppose

From the above statistics we can learn:
1. TIPH is far from being a "neutral observer." To the contrary, TIPH is clearly biased towards the Arabs in Hebron, and shows absolutely no concern or sympathy for the Jewish community in Hebron.TIPH relates to an Israeli presence in Hebron as 'occupation' and seem to be working to end this 'occupation.' They also assume the the 'settlers' harass Arabs. However no mention is made of Arab terror against Jews.
2. The TIPH presence in Hebron has little, if any influence, on the Arab population of Hebron. They see little, if any need for TIPH, with many of those asked rejecting any positive TIPH influence and rejecting their necessity in the city.
3. According to the poll, only 9% of Hebron's residents are unemployed; this compared to reports of between 25-27% in all of 'the west bank.' Economic hardship concerns only a quarter of the population. In other words, the claims of 'Israeli repression' due to closed shops in the H2 region of Hebron are false. Some 65% of H2 residents are classified as 'optimistic' concerning the future.

Clearly, from the above facts and statistics, Israel, in allowing TIPH to remain in Hebron, is supporting an overtly enemy organization, which actively works against Israel, has no cares for Jewish rights or security, and is totally ineffective in working the Hebron's Arab population. Israel must end the TIPH mandate in Hebron and demand that they immediately leave the country.

See also:


"Palestinian" Territory, Occupied?

The Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH)


(The Arabs there are de trops, unwanted useless, spawn of the 7th century Moslem invaders)

This "Temporary" International Presence in Hebron has been there far too long. Make it really "temporary," get it out of Jewish land.

TIPH in Hebron
David Wilder
May 27, 2008

TIPH in Hebron - Articles by David Wilder
To TIPH or Not to TIPH
Addressing the question of international observers in Israel
(An abbreviated version of this article was printed in the Jerusalem Post, headlined, 'To Tiph or not to Tiph' on December 17, 2000)

Israel’s political leadership is presently debating the merits of an international observer force to be deployed throughout Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Hebron has first-hand experience with such a force. For almost four years anyone visiting Hebron has witnessed, among other things, small white Opel automobiles traveling the narrow road between Hebron’s three Jewish neighborhoods. Big red letters reading TIPH adorn the sides of the car, while a small triangular flag flies from the radio antenna. The car’s occupants, wear grayish off-white uniforms with blue sleeves and a red armband reading OBSERVER.

The Temporary International Presence in Hebron, otherwise known as TIPH has frequented Hebron’s streets for the past four years. TIPH observers are imported from six ‘host’ countries, four of which are Scandinavian: Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as Italy and Turkey. Their job is to observe. “Observation” according to TIPH needs to be defined.

According to the official TIPH mandate, their major functions include:
· to provide by their presence a feeling of security to the Palestinians of Hebron;
· to help promote stability and an appropriate environment conductive to the enhancement of the well-being of the Palestinians of Hebron and their economic development;
· to observe the enhancement of peace and prosperity among Palestinians.

The TIPH internet homepage says explicitly, “It is TIPH's purpose to create a feeling of security among the Palestinian population of Hebron and contribute in restoring normal life” The allegations implicit in this mandate are clear. In spite of the fact that the Palestinian Authority now controls 80% of Hebron, including the hills overlooking the Jewish community, Hebron’s Arabs are ‘insecure’ and their lives are abnormal due to the Israeli presence in the city. TIPH has no obligation to ‘observe’ Arab instigation or violence against Hebron’s Jewish citizens.

TIPH observers are unarmed, that is, they carry no firearms. However, they are armed with movie cameras, tape recorders and notebooks. Such equipment, when utilized objectively, is not definable as weapons. However, when used subjectively, video cameras can definitely be classified as ammunition.

For example: In March 1998 soldiers near Beit Hadassah apprehended an Arab on the Israeli 'wanted list.' The Arab resisted arrest, reacted violently and was subdued. TIPH observers did not arrive in time to witness the Arab’s violent resistance, but did film his being restrained.

As they were filming, an eight year old Israeli boy sitting on a soldier’s lap, shot a toy water gun at one of the TIPH observers. The observer grabbed the child, hit him in the chest, and dug his fingers into the child's neck. Fingernail marks and the red patches on the boy's chest were both witnessed and recorded by Israeli police, when later a complaint was issued.

The TIPH observer then removed his nametags, preventing identification, and attempted to leave the area.

This past summer a 16 year old Hebron girl was physically assaulted by an Arab while walking from Hebron to Kiryat Arba. TIPH observers did not record the attempted rape, but did record the reaction of angry Jewish residents.

The point being made is quite simple: TIPH observation is a one-way street. They see what they want to see and ignore what they wish to ignore.

There are other examples of TIPH’s lack of objectivity. A participant in the Norwegian contingent was interviewed in a Oslo suburb newspaper, ‘Nordstrands Blad’, on April 5, 2000. The article begins, “Hebron has always been a Palestinian city with a small Jewish population.” Yngvil Mortensen says about Israeli soldiers, “the make noise, cause damage on houses, throw down waste and urine [from the rooftops] and let the Jewish settlers almost ravage freely.”

When asked about Palestinian stone-throwers she responds, “Would you have liked to be checked three times a day by foreign soldiers? Or that your city is occupied by a foreign power? … If we compare with the German occupation of Norway during the 2nd World War, we called the sabotage and attacks on Germans resistance fighting.”

Every three months TIPH issues a ‘Periodic Report’ to the host countries, Israel and the United States. These reports are tagged ‘secret’ and are generally unavailable to anyone else. However one copy of these reports, “Periodic Report III, dated 1 October 1997 – 31 March 1998 was obtained. Several examples of very one-sided observations:

“Settlers in the Old City have harassed their Palestinian neighbors by throwing objects (stones, bottles, acid, vegetables and eggs), trespassing of Palestinian properties during the night, threatening and using abrasive language.”

The one-sidedness of these types of accusations is reflected by the fact that they are based, many times, not on eyewitness accounts, but rather on complaints issued by Arabs. Hebron’s Jewish Community has never been requested to respond to these charges, which are entirely false.

“Also, soldiers have been witnessed playing with children…the intermingling between settlers and IDF weakens the respect for the responsible security apparatus. It is also undermining the feeling of equal protection under the law…it is in the interest of all parties that such conduct should be stopped.”

The report ignores the fact that during March 1998 Hebron came under a full week of attacks by Arabs, including rock and fire-bomb attacks, as well as 2 shooting attacks at the Avraham Avinu neighborhood.

The only mention of Arab attacks against Jews in the 15 page report records: “TIPH has also observed and reported attacks against the settlers, who frequently complain about their feeling of insecurity. When settlers complain about lack of security, this often results in increased military presence, exacerbating the situation for the Palestinians”.

How does TIPH affect the IDF? Correspondent Hugh Pope, writing in the Wall Street Journal on November 10, 2000 wrote, "When TIPH comes past, we put our guns down," said a young Israeli soldier guarding a deserted crossroad in the 20% of Hebron controlled by the Israeli army.”

When examining the possibility of an international observer force throughout Yesha, it is necessary to ask: are we prepared to accept such international observers in Gilo? What will be the Israeli response to such observers stationed in Beit Jalla, during an Arab shooting attack on Gilo? Will the IDF dare retaliate, knowing that Israeli shooting may endanger the ‘observers.’

The final question that must be addressed is the actual effectiveness of the observer force in enforcing any type of normality. The answer seems to be crystal clear. TIPH observers have theoretically increased the Arab sense of security over the past four years, thereby bringing about a ‘relaxing of tensions’ in the city. Despite this, the Jewish Community of Hebron has been under constant shooting attacks for the past two months. If this is any measure of TIPH’s ability to bring about peace and quiet, they can only be judged as a total failure.

On November 10, 2000 Mr. Einar Henriksen, current TIPH Head of Mission issued the following statement: "During the last weeks, the level of conflict has been high. In Hebron, as well as elsewhere, this has unfortunately resulted in a high number of injuries and casualties. I take this opportunity to express my condolences to the bereaved families and to wish the injured full and speedy recovery." This is full extent of TIPH’s reaction to Arab attempts to kill Israelis day after day, night after night, in Hebron.

Allowing such biased, subjective, and in some cases, anti-Semitic ‘observers’ throughout Yesha and possibly in “Israel proper” can only be detrimental to the best interests of the State of Israel.

Hebron-Past, Present and Forever
by David Wilder
The Jewish Community of Hebron

Strangers in a Strange Land
March 8, 1998

For a moment use your imagination: A narrow street, shops, automobiles, horses, push-carts, tens (sometimes hundreds or more) of people milling about, in the middle of the street. Among the people some adorn Kafiyas. Some women wear clothe mask covering their faces. Others only cover their hair. Other men and women also have their heads covered, with kippahs (Yarmulkahs) and kerchiefs respectively. A uniformed military presence is obvious too.

Into this mass confusion add some surrealism: small white cars with red lettering on the side. Flying from the antenna is a triangular flag, also with red lettering. Standing next to the car are its driver and passenger, both wearing off-white gray uniforms and blue vests.

Now the icing on the cake: Walking down the middle of the street is a group of red-hatted (baseball cap) people.

It sounds like a scene out of a bad science fiction book? Well, its not science fiction, but it is strange.

Hebron 1998 - it's not enough that Jews and Arabs mingle - mostly indifferent to each other - sometimes doing business together - occasional problems, but mostly, each going about his or her own life, ignoring the others. Hebron has turned into an international city -- with unwanted guests.

Two groups today wander the streets of Hebron - one official, the other unofficial. They are both known by acronyms: TIPH and CPT: Temporary International Presence Hebron and Christian Peacekeeping Team.

TIPH has been in Hebron for about a year. Actually they made their first appearance almost four years ago but that didn't last very long. Then, they wore white uniforms and red hats - they were labeled "The Pizza Men." Today, these hundred or so men and women from various countries have invaded. Turkey, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Switzerland among those nations represented. What do they do in Hebron? Officially, they are 'observers.' So, they observe. What do they observe? That is a good question. They see what they want to see. And what they don't want to see - well, your guess is as good as mine.

To be fair, I have had some personal contact with groups of these people - periodically I give them tours of Ma'arat HaMachpela and an occasional lecture about the Jewish history of Hebron. Once in a while we strike up a conversation in the street. My experience has shown that they are not all Israel-Jew haters. Some are neutral, a few like us, and there are others… However, the group, as a group, cannot be seen as impartial. I have been told that recently they began issuing reports about Palestinian infractions in Hebron. But these accounts are few and far between - and much too late. The Arab violence against Jews in Hebron, and unceasing violations of the Hebron accords has left a bloody trail one year long. The fact that now they remember to add a word here or there about Arab transgressions is no excuse for the overt bias shown since they arrived in Hebron.

Nevertheless, the problem with their being in Hebron is deeper than the pure objectivity, or lack of it. Again, imagine walking down the street - over one shoulder you watch to make sure your next-door neighbor isn't planning on sticking a knife in your back. Over the other shoulder you watch for the blue-vested TIPH with their movie cameras and notebooks, jotting down whatever you do or say. Shades of Big Brother is Watching! TIPH presence certainly doesn't add to a cool, calm and relaxed living atmosphere.

Occasionally tempers flare and uncalled for actions occur. For example, this week Israeli soldiers near Beit Hadassah apprehended an Arab on the Israeli 'wanted list.' The Arab resisted arrest, reacted violently and was subdued. Of course, TIPH missed the first part of the show and arrived for the second act, movie cameras and all. As they were filming, an eight year old, sitting on a soldiers lap, played with a toy water gun. It seems that he managed to shoot at one of the TIPH observers, whose pants were dampened. Whether the child did this intentionally or not, I don't know - possibly yes, possibly no. But the TIPH observer grabbed the child, hit him in the chest, and dug his fingers into the child's neck. Fingernail marks and the red patches on the boy's chest were both witnessed and recorded by Israeli police, when later, a complaint was issued.

The TIPH observer then removed his nametags, preventing identification, and attempted to leave the area.

Later, a Reuters correspondent called me, asking for a reaction to the following account she had received: Jewish settlers threw water and eggs at TIPH observers filming Israeli soldiers arresting two Arabs. Israeli cars blocked the road, preventing the TIPH people from leaving the area, until Israeli security forces intervened.

This is not the norm. It is serious, should not have occurred and should not be repeated. The TIPH observer who attacked an 8 year old who squirted him with a water gun must be severely reprimanded and possibly be brought to trial and deported.

The major problem with TIPH is the overwhelming naivete that plagues their existence here. They have no idea what they are observing, due to a total lack of cognizance as to the underlying conflicts that permeate Hebron. They try to make sense out of events which are foreign to their thought processes, because of their inability to understand what has led up to the event in question, and its possible consequences. They then report inaccurately back to their superiors giving accounts of what they thought they saw, without realizing what they truly witnessed. Of course, a staggering percentage of their subjective chronicles shed a negative light on the IDF and/or Israeli citizens in Hebron.

I once had an interesting conversation with two of these observers both of whom come from Italy. They said to me: "We are both religious Roman Catholics. You (the Jews) and the Arabs are both religious. Religion should unify you. Why doesn’t it?"

So, I replied, "Where was this religious unity when Jews were slaughtered by the thousands by Christians during the Crusades, among other time periods, because they refused to accept Christianity?"

They looked at each other, scratched their heads, and then one responded, "Well, you are right, but that doesn't make it right."

This is the 'impartial observer force' doing its duty in Hebron. Strangers in a strange land.

See also:

"Palestinian" Territory, Occupied?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The New Cold War: A Challenge to America*
Prof. Paul Eidelberg

Edward Lucas’s book, The New Cold War (2008), is must reading, especially for Americans wondering about whom to vote for in the November presidential election.

The subtitle of Lucas’s book is How the Kremlin Menaces both Russia and the West. The book has been endorsed by former prime minister of Estonia Mart Laar. Vladimir Bukovsky, a former Soviet dissident, also endorsed the book. Bukovsky warns that former KGB operator, Vladimir Putin, who came to power in 1999, is attempting to “restore the Soviet Empire.” Twice elected president, Putin is now Russia’s prime minister.

Lucas points out, however, that under Putin Russia “has dropped three Soviet attributes from its foreign policy: a messianic ideology [i.e., communism], raw military power and the imperative of territorial expansion.” This makes the Russian threat less visible but more dangerous.

Despite some democratic reforms in post-Soviet Russia, authoritarianism and Russian nationalism are steadily and cunningly resurgent. Russia, says Lucas, “has adopted the trappings of a Western system—laws, elections and private property, to conceal a lawless, brutal and greedy reality… It uses the Soviet Union’s most powerful legacy, the monopoly hold on gas and oil pipelines running from east to west, to blackmail and bribe its frontier satellite countries.” Lucas provides some startling data:

Bulgaria, Slovakia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are 100 per cent dependent on imported Russian gas. Slovenia, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria and Greece are more than 50 per cent dependent on Russian gas. Switzerland, Netherlands, France, Italy and Germany are 13 to 40 per cent dependent—and the trend is upward.

Russia presents an attractive face to the West. The Russian middle class is getting richer; the workers are not doing badly; and there are now Russian billionaires or “oligarchs. By 2004, however, Putin had the business community under his thumb. Capitalism had become state capitalism. Meanwhile, criticism of post-Soviet Russia by the media has been evaporating.

“Russia,”says Lucas, “has become one of the most dangerous places for journalists.” Since 1992, forty-seven have been killed. The record under Putin is not encouraging. According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, since Putin’s ascendancy, fourteen journalists have been murdered and eight suspicious cases are under investigation. Nor is this all.

As in the days of Stalin, various critics of the regime are being sent to psychiatric hospitals. And yet, despite this repression, Putin enjoys a very high public approval rating. Indeed, since his rise to power, “the FSB [successor to the KGB] has achieved something the KGB never quite managed: its members, current and former, are running the country.” They run the country and own the country. Some commentators call Russia a “criminal state.” Does the United States know how to deal with this new Russia? I wonder.

During the first Cold War, American Sovietologists spoke of an inevitable “convergence” between the US and the USSR. They believed that the dynamics of the modern industrial state inevitably leads to decentralization of power. They were wrong. Power is increasingly concentrated in Russia’s executive branch. “Every member of Russia’s legislature,” says Lucas, “owes his … seat to the Kremlin’s whim.” Hence, “they must dance to the Kremlin’s tune. Their task is to look enough like a parliament to maintain the pretense that Russia is run by a legislature with real powers.” (This reminds me of Israel’s Knesset, which, during 60 years, has never toppled a Labor-led or Likud-led and now Kadima-led government! Quite a democracy.)

What shall we call Russia? Since February 2006, Putin’s administration has been described as a “sovereign democracy.” Its supporters interpret this to mean that the government’s actions and policies ought above all enjoy popular support within Russia itself and not be determined from outside the country. However, Masha Lipman of the Carnegie Endowment maintains that “Sovereign democracy is a Kremlin coinage that conveys two messages: first, that Russia’s regime is democratic and, second, that this claim must be accepted, period. Any attempt at verification will be regarded as unfriendly and as meddling in Russia’s domestic affairs.” This resembles the dogma that Israel is a democracy which no American Zionist organization dares criticize for the same reason!

Some Western observers scorn the term “sovereign democracy” in Russia as a subterfuge to mask what is otherwise known as dictatorship. (We have something like this in Israel. Thus, when Likud Prime Minister Ariel Sharon adopted Labor’s policy of “unilateral disengagement” in December 2003, he nullified the results of the January 2003 election, when the public overwhelmingly rejected Labor’s policy. Labor’s policy nonetheless became a fait accompli, since Sharon’s cabinet ministers knew that if they voted against unilateral disengagement, the Government would fall and they would lose their cabinet posts and power. No public figure dares tell the truth: democracy in Israel is a subterfuge to mask an illegitimate government and prime ministerial dictatorship.

Returning to Russia: despite its tremendous growth in wealth spurred by soaring oil prices, Russia is still a hard place to live. Since 1991, almost ten million people have left the country. Life expectancy is only 59 years; and such is the decline in the birthrate that the Russian population is shrinking by almost a million a year.

Nevertheless, the old nationalism of imperial Russia excites the Russian mind. Russian racism and xenophobia are on the upswing. Thus, despite some political pluralism in the 1990s and the veneer of capitalism, the old authoritarian style of government in Russia is very much alive along with Russia’s global ambitions.

Although Russia does not pose an immediate military threat, since most of its nuclear weapons are obsolete, Russian economic penetration of the West via its newfound wealth is ominous. Given its state capitalism, its tremendous oil and gas resources, its penetration of Western markets and stock exchanges, Russia has the wherewithal to split the American-European alliance, especially now when Europe is steeped in anti-Americanism.

How ironic! Not Russian communism but Russian money is the key to Russia’s imperial ambitions. Thus, while Russia uses business investments for political objectives, the myopic West sees only business. It allows state-run and even criminal enterprises in Russia to compete in international capital markets, which should only be open to private and lawful enterprises.

The question arises: Is American up to this challenge? Unfortunately, none of the candidates running for president measure up to Ronald Reagan. None seem equal to the threat posed by the New Cold War—a threat compounded by Islamic imperialism. Senator Barack Obama is worrisome. He has no experience in international affairs, and his position on the far left of the political spectrum renders him more inclined to negotiate with and appease tyrants and terrorists.

Also ominous, he has Professor Zbigniew Brzezinski, former President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, is in the Obama camp. Brzezinski persuaded Carter to lower the U.S. defense budget, just as Obama has promised to do if elected president. Moreover, with Brzezinski as his national security adviser, Carter undermined the Shah of Iran and virtually installed the Ayatollah Khomeini. The anti-Western Iranian Revolution that followed may be the most momentous in world history if Iran obtains nuclear weapons.

It should also be borne in mind that Brzezinski is a globalist. He believes that the nation-state system fragments mankind and is historically obsolete. Obama may be close to this position even without Brzezinski. When he calls for CHANGE, he may have in mind the subordination of the United States to the United Nations. This would advance Russia’s global ambitions as well as Islam’s. The fate of Western civilization—or what’s left of it—may hang in the balance of America’s forthcoming presidential election.
Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, May 19, 2008.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Some home truths about Barack Obama:

[from "The Company He Keeps"
Meet Obama’s circle:
The same old America-hating Left.
By Andrew C. McCarthy
National Review Online]

. . . he’s not, as some hopefully dismiss him, a charismatic lightweight with a gift for sparkling the same old vapid cant. Judging from the company he chooses to keep, Obama’s change would radically alter this country. He eschews detail because most Americans don’t believe we’re a racist, heartless, imperialist cesspool of exploitation. The details would be disqualifying.

So, instead, we get glimpses. The most profound influence in his life, his wife Michelle, is notoriously less circumspect than her careful husband about where she’s coming from. Her college thesis, which Princeton tried to keep under lock and key, testifies to a race-obsessed worldview. She may have refined it, but she’s never grown out of it. After four years at one of America’s most esteemed academic institutions, Michelle recoiled at the thought of “further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant.” That the sky has been the limit for her, that she has managed to ride the “periphery” from Princeton to Harvard Law School, to one of the country’s top law firms, and to a plethora of prestigious institutional positions, has not much altered her perspective. Through the windows of her mansion on Chicago’s south side, American society still appears as a caste system.

The United States, says she, is “just downright mean.” Never, prior to her husband’s presidential run, had she had a reason to feel proud of it, she told a campaign throng. But by last November, with Barack’s pursuit of the brass ring catching momentum, she suddenly got plenty proud. And confident: so much so that she was moved to tell MSNBC, “Black America will wake up and get it” — unite and carry him over the finish line.

Years earlier, the Obamas had gravitated to the baleful Rev. Jeremiah Wright, an unapologetic racist and hard Left firebrand. They were comfortable with him — and he with them. By the senator’s own account, Wright is the inspiration for his memoir, The Audacity of Hope — the title is cribbed from a Wright sermon (“The Audacity to Hope”). For Michelle, who had written that a racial “separationist” would have a better understanding of American blacks than “an integrationist who is ignorant to their plight,” Wright’s Trinity Church mission statement had to resonate, right from its opening declaration:
We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian… Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain ‘true to our native land,’ the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.

Rev. Wright inspired his congregation — of which the Obamas were 20-year members — with “black liberation theology.” The doctrine is itself the inspiration of James Hal Cone, a professor of “Systematic Theology” at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Cone is also the author of several books, which a tendentious Wright urged Sean Hannity to read during a recent interview. It’s a useful suggestion. For example, there is Cone’s 1969 opus, Black Theology and Black Power, in which he helpfully explains:
Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community.... Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.

Read the whole article at

AND . . .

[from "Change that Sees No Evil"
Obama tries to explain Ayers.
By Andrew C. McCarthy
National review Online]

Who is El Sayyid Nosair?

Well, I know him. I spent an awful lot of time around him. I know all about his background. So what if, upon being asked that question, I told you, “Oh, Sayyid — yeah, he’s an engineering student from Egypt who became a mechanic for the New York State courts.”

You might respond, “Wait a second. Wasn’t he the guy who murdered Meir Kahane (founder of the Jewish Defense League) in front of a room full of people at some hotel in Manhattan?”

“Oh, that. Yeah, well — but that was nearly 20 years ago.”

“And didn’t he, like, shoot a 70-year-old man who tried to block him from getting away?”

“I suppose.”

“… And then shoot it out on the street with a cop while about a thousand people buzzed around?”
“Technically speaking, it was a postal police officer, but I take your point.”

“Wasn’t Nosair pals with that big red-headed Egyptian guy whose picture they used to show on TV all the time?”

“Sure, Mahmud Abouhalima. He was a cabdriver from Brooklyn.”

“A cabdriver from Brooklyn? Wait a second. I remember this now. This Mahmud guy was here on some immigration scam, right?”

“Well, ‘scam’ is such a divisive term. He was legally in our country: he had a work permit under the Agricultural Workers Program.”

“Agricultural worker? In Brooklyn?”

“Er, yes, okay, but that just underscores that we have to do something to bring these people out of the shadows — ”

“Hold on. Didn’t Mahmud end up bombing the World Trade Center? Didn’t he work for that blind sheikh who kept telling everyone to kill all the Americans?”

“You mean Omar Abdel Rahman. Well, actually, he was a doctor of Islamic jurisprudence graduated from one of the world’s great universities — became a professor and a renowned expert in Muslim law. I don’t know why you keep dwelling on ancient history that distracts us from the real issues …”

Such inanity is not far from last week’s Philadelphia debate, when ABC’s George Stephanopoulos displayed the audacity of hope that Barack Obama might try to explain his friendly relationship with Bill Ayers, a terrorist.

A terrorist, Stephanopoulos elaborated, who bombed the Pentagon and the United States Capitol, among other targets.

The T-word, though, would not pass Obama’s lips.

Look, he responded, “this is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago.”

Sure he is: A professor of English … who professes that his bombings weren’t really terrorism because he was merely seeking “to educate” — and if, during the, er, lessons, “the bastards” finally got “what was coming to them,” so be it.

The Candidate of Hope seamlessly mixed pathetic understatement with bald lying and, naturally, righteous indignation. Ayers, whom Obama carefully cultivated as a young “community organizer” in sharp-elbowed Chicago politics, was not someone he had “received some official endorsement from.” No, of course not. Ayers and his wife (and fellow terrorist) Bernadine Dohrn merely launched his political career by hosting his coming out fundraiser in 1995 — an imprimatur that credentialed the up-and-coming Obama in the hard Left circle where he remains most comfortable.

Ayers, Obama added with Clintonian flair, is “not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.” Well, Senator, it all depends on what the definition of “regular” is, doesn’t it?

Ayers and Obama most certainly did exchange ideas. Like on the importance of not jailing young criminals. Like on who should get the money they were jointly in charge of doling out when they served together on the board of the Woods Fund, a Leftist charitable foundation: The beneficiaries included Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity Church (a cauldron of bigotry to which Woods awarded $6,000 expressly as homage to church member Barack Obama), and the Arab American Action Network co-founded by Rashid Khalidi, a long-time admirer of Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian “resistance” — or, as Obama might put it, a professor of Arab studies.

Yes, Obama whined to Stephanopoulos, “the notion that … me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn’t make much sense.”

Actually, Senator, it makes perfect sense. Yes, the bombings happened many years ago, but the seething hatred of America that inspired them lingers still. Indeed, it lingered for all to see on September 11, 2001 — when America’s latest terror nightmare became the fitting stage for Ayers’s brazen taunt that he regrets only his failure to carry out more bombings. America, he told the New York Times, still makes him want “to puke.”

Obama didn’t cut him off at that point, and why would he? Anyone who knew Ayers and spent any time around him had to know exactly where Ayers stood. Nothing Ayers told the Times could have surprised Obama. The unrepentant terrorist was simply reflecting the worldview that makes the hard Left the hard Left.
It’s the hard Left Obama comes from. That’s why he’s got the most liberal voting record in the United States Senate.

Here in 2008, the point is not that we should hold Obama accountable for “detestable acts” Ayers committed decades ago.

It’s that the vision which drove Ayers to savagery back then — a revolutionary vision “progressives” have vaporously relabeled “social justice” — is the same vision to which he still clings: the vision of a racist, imperious, exploitative America in need of upheaval. A vision we have every reason to think Obama, the Agent of Change, shares.

In the alternative, you could, I suppose, just tell yourself that Obama — a star at Harvard Law School who has risen like a meteor to a seat in the United States Senate and the verge of his party’s presidential nomination — somehow managed the feat despite being utterly clueless. Perhaps he looks at Ayers and really does see an English teacher, looks at Wright and sees only your average Christian pastor.

The question then becomes, are you comfortable with a president who looks at Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and thinks, “Oh yeah, he’s that engineering student who was mayor of Tehran”?

Read the whole article at

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Yee an Obama delegate

James Yee, the Army Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo who was accused of spying and jailed in 2003 before he was exonerated, is an Obama pledged delegate from Washington state:

When the Army dropped six criminal counts against Yee in March, military officials said they did so to avoid making sensitive information public — not because he was innocent. An Army general stressed that again in April, when he took the unusual step of removing the case from Yee's permanent military record.

Well, the circumstances of the charges being dropped against Mr. Yee are a little more complicated than the article indicates:

From (left-leaning) Wikipedia:

James Yee

James J. Yee ( also known by the Arabic name Yusuf Yee) (born c. 1968) is an American, former United States Army chaplain with the rank of captain. He is best known for being subject to an intense investigation by the United States, but all charges were later dropped.

Yee, a Chinese American, was born in New Jersey and raised in Springfield Township, where he attended Jonathan Dayton High School. Yee graduated from West Point in 1990. Shortly afterward, he converted from Christianity to Islam in 1991, undergoing religious training in Syria and meeting his wife Huda, a Palestinian Arab, with whom he now has two children.

In his appointed role as chaplain, Yee ministered to Muslim detainees held at Guantánamo Bay Naval base. Yee was awarded two distinguished service medals for his work there.

When returning from duty at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, he was arrested on September 10, 2003, in Jacksonville, Florida, when a U.S. Customs agent found a list of Guantanamo detainees and interrogators among his belongings.

He was charged with five offenses: sedition, aiding the enemy, spying, espionage, and failure to obey a general order. These charges were later reduced to mishandling classified information in addition to some minor charges.

He was then transferred to a United States Navy brig in Charleston, South Carolina. The government did not name the country or entity for whom it suspected Yee was spying.

All court-martial charges against Yee were dropped on March 19, 2004, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller “citing national security concerns that would arise from the release of the evidence,” and he was released to resume his duties.

Yee was then accused of adultery and storing pornography on government computer; the charges were dismissed in April 2004. He left the US military with an honorable discharge in January, but he is also seeking an apology.

Which is to say, Mr. Yee wasn’t exactly “exonerated.” The charges against him were dropped because to present the evidence necessary for a conviction would have compromised national security.

But, sure, it’s a natural thing that Mr. Yee would be an Obama supporter.

Only too natural.


Also, once again, don't forget to look at the must-see rules set up by the Obamas about what we can and what we cannot talk about that self-annointed "sacred family."
Date added: 5/20/2008

JERUSALEM -- Two Jewish security guards were jailed despite a final plea to the Supreme Court to grant a stay of sentence while a presidential pardon is under consideration.

The Supreme Court failed to answer the final appeal by the Dan and Yitzhak Halamish and they began their respective sentences of seven months and eight months on May 20.

"The implementation of the sentence without allowing enough time for the president to complete the pardon process harms the standing of the president of the state," defense attorney Dov Even Or said. "The jailing of the brothers today despite the consideration of a presidential pardon, a process which takes six months, makes a mockery of the [court's] decision if the pardon is accepted."

On May 4, Supreme Court Judge Salim Jubran rejected the previous appeal by the Halamish brothers to postpone judicial proceedings until President Shimon Peres considers their application for a pardon and ordered them immediately to jail on May 5. Jubran is the same judge who rejected their original right to appeal the conviction. The Supreme Court then extended the beginning of the sentence to May 20.

The brothers appealed to the Supreme Court after the president's office advised that Dan and Yitzhak apply for a stay of proceedings, granted to a third defendant, Baruch Feldbaum.
Dan and Yitzhak Halamish, two members of an Israel Army-sponsored unit have been abandoned by the military and sentenced to jail for protecting a Jewish community in Judea and Samaria.

The Halamishs, as part of their reserve military service, were members of a security response team organized, equipped and trained by the Israeli Army to help protect their community and surrounding region from Arab attack. On Feb. 21, 2004, the brothers were summoned by another security officer, Baruch Feldbaum, to help expel Bedouins who trespassed into the Jewish community of Sdei Bar and were encamped near a student dormitory. Bedouin tribes in the area had been deemed responsible for the killing of several Jews in the area in previous years.

Under the direction of Feldbaum, the Halamish brothers ordered the Bedouin squatters to leave. The Bedouins refused, and about 20 of them approached the Jewish security officers with sticks and rocks. Feldbaum shot toward the ground when the Bedouins continued to move closer.
The response team later said that it shot in self-defense. An army medic who arrived at the scene determined that nobody was struck by the gunfire, an assertion disputed by the Bedouins.
At that point, the military abandoned its own security team and allowed a police investigation. Although police refused to conduct ballistic tests or even a lineup of suspects, the brothers were convicted of shooting toward the Bedouins. Dan was sentenced to seven months in prison; Yitzhak, to eight months.

An Israeli appeals court said ballistic tests or a lineup weren't necessary. The word of the Bedouins -- who refused to show up to police headquarters to identify their purported assailants -- was enough.

The court also rejected a recommendation by the probation officer for community service. The three-judge panel said it wanted the Halamish brothers to go to jail to serve as a lesson to others.

On May 5, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch postponed the start of the prison terms for Dan and Yitzhak Halamish, two Jewish security guards, convicted of assaulting 20 Bedouins who surrounded them with sticks and rocks on land belonging to the Jewish community of Sde Bar in eastern Gush Etzion. The brothers were sentenced to seven and eight months respectively and have applied for a pardon from President Shimon Peres.

The Knesset has approved a law stipulating that criminal records will automatically be expunged after seven years, when the case of the crime has been closed.

Prison authorities at the Ayalon Prison in Ramle discriminated against Jewish security prisoners on Holocaust Day. Authorities forbade the prisoners to leave their high security cells to attend the ceremony but allowed Arabs prisoners to attend instead. Prison authorities said they refused the request from the Jewish prisoners to attend the ceremony for their own safety.

The Netzer outpost between the Jewish communities of Elazar and Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion was destroyed for the eighth time on April 29. On April 30, the army declared the area a closed military zone and arrested four people. Security forces under order from IDF Etzion Commander Nir Salomon later stole all the furniture and a closet filled with prayer books from the destroyed structure.

A new home built in the Jewish community of Netiv Avot located between Elazar and Neve Daniel in Gush Etzion has been threatened with destruction. Munir Abu Hasan, supported by Pease Now, filed a suit in the Supreme Court against Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and home-owned Mordechai Bibi to have the home destroyed, claiming the land as his own. The Supreme Court will decide the case in May.

On April 3, the army destroyed the Jewish synagogue of Hazon David between Kiryat Arba and Hebron. The synagogue, dedicated to the memory of two Jewish victims of Arab terror, was destroyed over 30 times by Israeli policy and the army. Anti-government activists have pledged to rebuild it.

On the eve of Passover, Israeli soldiers arrived at the new home of the Ben-David family located in the vineyard of the Jewish community of Negohot to throw them out of their home and serve them with a closed military zone area order. The troops cut off the gas and electricity and threw out the furniture and the food of the family just hours before the Passover Seder. The soldiers returned on the first day of Passover to serve them a second closed military zone area, thus breaking the Sabbath. The Ben-David's have five children and are expecting their sixth and they have been living in Negohot for 11 years. Negohot was one of the communities built by the government of Israel.

Israeli police and the Civil Administration destroyed the swimming pool in the home of Attorney Doron Nir Zvi in the Jewish community of Havat Yair during Passover. Nir Zvi wrote a letter to the Samarian Police Commander Albert Ohayun saying that Russian Kossacks acted in the same way. Ohayun has filed a complaint against Nir Zvi for insulting a public official.

The Israeli Association for Civil Rights has filed a suit with the Supreme Court against the government which has enacted a new law allowing the police to examine all cellular phone records and internet records of citizens. The new "big brother" law is scheduled to go into effect in June 2008.
The Association for Civil Rights in Judea and Samaria has filed a civil suit against three police officers filmed violently a attacking a Jewish minor demonstrating against the government's demolition of nine homes in the Jewish community of Amona in February 2005. The police department for investigating police officers closed the case but the video clearly shows officers Dvir Tamim, Eyal Cohen and Ben-Zion Hazan sticking their fingers in to the nostrils of the youth who was not resisting and then kicking him in the testicles.

The police have once again refused to evict Arab squatters from a Jewish-owned home in the Arab neighborhood of Beit Safafa in Jerusalem. After a 15 year legal battle against the Arab squatters, the Jerusalem District Court ruled that Yitzhak Hershkowitz is the rightful owner of the property but the police refuse to implement the court's decision despite an order to do so.

On the eve of Passover, the Supreme Court ordered the State Prosecution to answer why two Jewish security guards, brothers Dan and Yitzhak Halamish, should not be allowed to stay out of prison whilst Israeli President Shimon Peres considers their application for a pardon. The state was given 15 days to respond to the Supreme Court.

The Knesset approved a law on March 25 that said that criminal records will automatically be expunged after seven years. In most of these cases, a criminal file was opened but did not result in an indictment, usually due to lack of evidence or lack of public interest and the cases were closed but the criminal records remain in the police database. The new law also protects employees. Until now, employers were entitled to obtain criminal records of job applicants from the police. This will no longer be permitted. Employers will be now be precluded from obtaining the criminal records of job applicants.

On March 16, 22 demonstrators were arrested at a demonstration in the Jerusalem neigborhood of East Talpiot after they clashed with police at the entrance to the Arab village of Jabal Mukhaber. Demonstrators gathered at the village to destroy the house of the terrorist who had murdered eight young students at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Earlier, Jerusalem Magistrates Court Judge Haim Li-Ran ordered police to release six right-wing protesters who had gathered on the promenade at East Talpiot. Li-Ran ruled that the police violated the demonstrators' civil rights to non-violent protest.

The Jerusalem District Court has rejected the plea by two Jewish security guards to appeal to the Supreme Court against their conviction and sentence for firing toward Arab attackers in the West Bank. The court rejected the appeal by Dan and Yitzhak Halamish who were ordered to begin serving their sentences of eight months and seven months respectively at the beginning of April. The Halamish brothers were members of a security team trained, equipped and supervised by the Israel Army to protect Jewish communities in the West Bank. On Feb. 21, 2004, the brothers were summoned by another security officer, Baruch Feldbaum, to help expel Bedouins encamped outside a Jewish community. The Bedouins refused to leave, and about 20 of them surrounded the brothers as well as Feldbaum. Yitzhak Halamish was said to have fired into the air and Feldbaum shot toward the ground. Police failed to conduct an identity parade or ballistics test which would have shown what weapon was fired.

A former Yassam riot police office, Motti Mehager was indicted at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court for brutally beating passive protesters at an anti-government demonstration in the West Bank Jewish community of Amona in February 2006. Mehager was charged with three counts of aggravated assault against unarmed protesters who sat on the floor in one of nine houses slated for demolition by security forces and police. One of the complainants, Yishai Greenberg, said that Mehager beat him with a club for two full minutes on his head, arms and leg, causing him a permanent disability. For his part, Mehager said that he had been ordered to club protesters by his commanding officers. Over 200 passive protesters, mostly youths and two parliamentarians, were injured by police during the demolition.

The Israeli army has confirmed that a Jewish settler shot at an Arab mob in self-defense near the West Bank Jewish community of Neria on March 2. The settler was walking near Neria when a mob of more than 30 Arabs from the neighboring village of Mazraa El Kabaliye headed towards him and began bombarding him with rocks and other heavy objects. Fearing a lynch, he first fired in the air and then at their legs. The Arabs claimed that a 17 year-old youth who was injured, later died. Police investigated the settler and also concurred that he acted in self-defense but the incident is still being investigated.

The Knesset has passed the "Shai Dromi" legislation on the first reading. The legislation must pass three readings to be enacted into law. The legislation, named for southern Hebron Hills farmer Shai Dromi who shot a Bedoiun intruder last year, allows for people to avoid criminal prosecution if they perceive a threat to their lives. Dromi was charged with manslaughter.

An Israeli court has ordered Police Commander Ron Yehuda to pay 7,000 Israeli shekels [$1,938] in compensation to two Jewish protesters against the government's expulsion of 16,000 Jews from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank in August 2005. The court convicted Yehuda of brutality against the two, Assaf Yafin and Malchiel Ben Yosef. The court awarded the damages to Yafin and Ben Yosef after the judge rejected the testimony of a key witness, another police office, as being contradictory.

The unit for police complaints has closed the criminal investigation against Border Police Commander Shlomi Even Paz but ordered a disciplinary hearing. During the past year, three complaints wwere filed against the commander for tampering with investigations and destroying evidence of police violence against Jewish protesters at West Bank Jewish outposts, including the previously destroyed community of Homesh. A complaint was also filed against Even Paz by a photographer for the Israeli daily Mekor Rishon, Miri Tzahi. Tzahi said that Even Paz attempted to grab her camera at the Harchivi outpost near Elon Moreh and prevented her from photgraphing police violence despite her press pass.

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz has agreed not to indict Jewish protesters, who were arrested at new settlements, after they lodged complaints against police violence. The youths were arrested in October 2007 in the newly established West Bank Jewish community of Shvut Ami, near Kedumim. Two 14 and 15 year-old boys filed a complaint against police officer Abu Salman Aslah, whom they said brutally beat them at the police station. The same exemption from prosecution was reached earlier for young Jewish protesters at the newly-formed community of Maoz Esther.

On Feb. 7, Tel Aviv Magistrates Court Judge Hanan Efrati sentenced former policeman Eran Naim, convicted of aggravated assault against an anti-Disengagement demonstrator, to six months in prison. In November, Efrati sentenced Naim to six months community service but after he failed to report to the authorities, Efrati changed the sentence to prison. Naim was convicted of violently assaulting then 18 year-old Akiva Vitkin, a passive demonstrator, when he inserted his fingers into Vitkin's nostrils and ripped his head back. During the trial, Efrati said Naim was under no threat from Vitkin who did not resist arrest and was subdued on the ground by three other police officers.

On Feb. 3, the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court sentenced Mordechai and Elitzur Harel Levinstein to 40 months and 30 months respectively for planning to block a highway to protest the government's expulsion of 16,000 Jews from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank in August 2005. Judge George Kara sentenced the two brothers, who have already spent eight months in jail, for endangering lives in a public thoroughfare. Kara said that they intended to place an explosive device on the highway. The brothers had planned to set fire to their car on the side of the road but aborted the plan. The brothers plan to appeal the extremely harsh sentence.

Three soldiers from the Hesder-yeshiva army program were sentenced to three weeks after they refused to participate in a course given by a female soldier. The Hesder units are segregated but the army punished the soldiers. IDF officers said that the combat soldiers had refused orders by refusing to participate in the course.

Police arrested a group of seven Breslaver Hassidim after they prayed at Joseph's tomb in Nablus. The Hassidim, who were removed by the army, refused to identify themselves and were brought before a Kfar Saba magistrates court. The judge ordered them to appear before the court again and released them. The Hassidim have since charged the army with neglecting their property. The Hassidim were evicted from the tomb by the army and were forced to abandon their vehicle which was then torched by Arabs.