June 30, 2007

Farfur, R.I.P

Bad news everybody, Farfur, that Mickey Mouse doppelganger dreamed up by Hamas and broadcast on their TV station in order to indoctrinate children, has met his untimely death at the hands of fictional Israeli agents:

In the final broadcast an actor said to be an Israeli agent tries to buy the land of the squeaky-voiced Mickey Mouse lookalike.

Farfur brands the Israeli a "terrorist" and is beaten to death.

"You and I are laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists. We will return the Islamic community to its former greatness, and liberate Jerusalem, God willing, liberate Iraq, God willing, and liberate all the countries of the Muslims invaded by the murderers."

If only Barney would meet a similar fate.

June 28, 2007

Every Other Country In The World Thinks The U.S. Is Too Supportive Of Israel

And that includes Israel, according to the new Pew report and highlighted by Richard Silverstein.

Even in Israel, a slim 42% plurality says America is too supportive of their country, while 13% say the U.S. favors the Palestinians too much and 37% say U.S. policies are fair.

Too bad the Israeli hawks have hired the right lobbyists, and according to that other Silverstein, the lobbyists can do pretty much anything.

June 14, 2007

Birth Pangs

You know what was wrong? Not enough purple fingers:

GAZA CITY (CNN) -- President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority government and declared a state of emergency Thursday after four days of fighting that has left Hamas in control of much of Gaza.

In announcing the decision, Abbas aide Tayeb Abdel Rahim said Abbas' declaration also established a Fatah-led interim government.

The move comes after Hamas announced Thursday that Gaza is now under its Islamic rule, the first step to becoming an Islamic state.

Under the state of emergency, Abbas will have the authority replace the current Hamas Cabinet with his Fatah allies. The temporary Cabinet would have to be approved by the Palestinian Legislative Council after 30 days.

Currently, there is no government control in Gaza, according to Palestinian legislator Saeb Erakat.

"Gaza is now officially out of our control as the Palestinian Authority," said Erakat, who is aligned with the Fatah party.

He blamed a "renegade force" in Gaza for staging a "major coup d'etat."

"This is a coup against the president, against the Palestinian people, and against the Palestinian cause," Erakat told CNN.

He called the situation "very, very grave" and said the violence is "setting us back 50 years at least."

Meanwhile, Hamas continued to put pressure on Fatah fighters in Gaza after seizing key security installations across the Palestinian territory.

A Hamas representative Thursday told CNN that the group's goal is not to take control of the Palestinian territory but to control rogue Fatah forces in Gaza.

The escalating violence has prompted the European Union to suspend humanitarian aid to the region and could result in a dissolution of the Hamas-led Palestinian unity government.

May 14, 2007

Let Allah Sort Em Out

This was the great military mind guiding our way through the beginnings of the Eye-Rack occupation:

HOLMES: There are some good things happening here. There's - you know, Petraeus is -- General Petraeus is a smart guy. He's a scholar of counterinsurgency. Written books about it. And he's doing some very good things, but I wonder whether they're a couple years too late.

(GENERAL RICK) SANCHEZ: I'm just thinking that is there a way to win? And what is the definition of winning? Mine would be -- I'll share mine with you. Mine would be, A, stop killing them, thereby they'll stop hating you and wanting to kill you, or B, kill them all.

And people wondered how Abu Ghraib happened.

The diarist, Gorette, who posted the story on Daily Kos is right. It's a wonder how people can spew these things and wonder why people hate us. Everyone has been getting outraged (OUTRAGED) over the Hamas video shown on television where some guy in a Mickey Mouse costume is indocrinating children to seek violence against Israel and America. But if the Arab world had the equivalent of MEMRI or CAMERA scouring the western media for genocidal messages against Muslims and Arabs, wouldn't their examples be limitless? The very fact that someone responsible for waging war in Eye-Rack and was actually in the business of killing Arabs without restraint harbors those very same deplorable tendencies trumps whatever foolishness comes out of Al-Aqsa TV.

(via Atrios)

April 24, 2007

The Rise Of The Settlers

You know the peace in Palestine is elusive when these parasites are gaining political momentum:

HEBRON, West Bank, April 20 — One night last month, 100 Jewish settlers marched down the main road here with little more than a stack of sleeping bags and claimed a vacant four-story building in the middle of an Arab neighborhood.

When an Israeli officer arrived to investigate, they handed him papers that they said proved they were the new rightful owners. After he left, they danced and sang to celebrate the first major compound that Jews had acquired in the ancient city of Hebron in two decades.

Spring 2007 was not expected to be a time of settler assertion. After the evacuation of 9,000 Jewish settlers from Gaza 20 months ago, Ehud Olmert was elected prime minister on a platform that included removing thousands more settlers from the West Bank and an end to the occupation of large swaths of that territory.

But much has changed in the past year. The militants of Hamas are in power in the Palestinian government, and Israel’s war with the Lebanese militia Hezbollah last summer has left Mr. Olmert politically weak.

Those who took over the Hebron building now say with confidence that they will stay for many decades.

“We know that we must say, ‘This is my place,’ and be determined to live in it,? said Yesca Levinger, 31, who is sharing a small room in the building with her husband and three children.

Political analysts say the settlers see an opening.

“They finished licking their wounds,? said Akiva Eldar, a columnist for Haaretz. “They feel much stronger because there is a kind of consensus that the disengagement was a mistake. They paid the price for the mistake, they are the underdogs and everybody in the Israeli mainstream has to ask for their forgiveness. The government will be very careful not to touch them.?

On Tuesday, Israel’s Independence Day, thousands of advocates plan to march to the site of Homesh, a northern West Bank settlement that the government evacuated in 2005. This week, the Israeli news media quoted military officials offering approval of the march, but on Friday they appeared to reverse that decision. A spokesman for the Israeli Army said officers would “take legal action? against anyone who tried to enter the area.

But organizers say warnings are not likely to matter in the West Bank, where blue and white posters proclaiming “Return to Homesh? were plastered on nearly every bus stop. Such protests have already had some success — when an evacuation of a settlement in Amona erupted in violent clashes, the army and the government were criticized as much as the settlers.

Come on, the Israelis weren't serious about stemming the West Bank settlers anyways, according to this:

For each of the last five years, the population of the settlements has grown by nearly 5 percent, twice the rate of the previous average growth, according to Peace Now, a group that opposes the settlements and closely tracks them. Kiryat Arba, the Jewish settlement less than a mile northeast of Hebron, has more than doubled in the last two decades, to 7,000 residents today. Hebron itself, considered to have some of the most uncompromising of the settlers, has some 700 Jews.

March 28, 2007

The Coming Apartheid State

They hate Jimmy Carter because he's right:

"Over half of the Jewish population in Israel believes the marriage of a Jewish woman to an Arab man is equal to national treason, according to a recent survey by the Geocartography Institute.

The survey, which was conducted for the Center Against Racism, also found that over 75 percent of participants did not approve of apartment buildings being shared between Arabs and Jews. Sixty percent of participants said they would not allow an Arab to visit their home.

Five hundred Jewish men and women participated in the poll, which was published Tuesday.

According to the survey, racism against Arabs in Israel has seen a sharp rise since a similar survey was conducted two years ago.

In 2006, 247 racist acts against Arabs were reported, as opposed to 225 one year prior."

March 21, 2007

It Costs More To Be Stingy

Here's an argument for the intractable Israeli hawks who think its a good thing to starve a population into changing its government. It looks like it cost the international community more to cut aid to the PA than it is to give the money to the PA and let them handle their own affairs:

JERUSALEM, March 20 — Despite the international embargo on aid to the Palestinian Authority since Hamas came to power a year ago, significantly more aid was delivered to the Palestinians in 2006 than in 2005, according to official figures from the United Nations, United States, European Union and International Monetary Fund.

Instead of going to the Palestinian Authority, much of the money was given directly to individuals or through independent agencies like the World Food Program.

The International Monetary Fund and the United Nations say the Palestinians received $1.2 billion in aid and budgetary support in 2006, about $300 per capita, compared with $1 billion in 2005.

While the United States and the European Union have led the boycott, they, too, provided more aid to the Palestinians in 2006 than 2005. Washington increased its aid to $468 million in 2006, from $400 million in 2005.

The European Union and its member states alone are subsidizing one million people in the West Bank and Gaza, a quarter of the population, as part of their effort to avoid creating a catastrophe from the embargo.

Asked if the European Union could spend any more money on the Palestinians if it recognized the new Palestinian government than it does now, a senior European diplomat laughed and said, “We’d probably spend less.?

One side effect of the redirected aid, some officials said, is that while starvation has been avoided, institutions are withering and a culture of dependence is expanding.

In 2007, the United Nations began a humanitarian appeal for the Palestinians of more than $450 million, twice the 2006 appeal, the third largest United Nations request, after Sudan and Congo, ahead of 18 other disasters.

“These numbers are quite stunning,? said Alexander Costy, head of coordination for ?lvaro de Soto, the United Nations special Middle East envoy, “given the relatively small size of the population of the Palestinian territory.?

He added: “What we do know for sure is that Palestinians, and their economy and society, are becoming increasingly dependent on humanitarian handouts, and this dependency is growing fast. For a state in the making, I think this was a step backwards in 2006 and a cause for alarm.?

There's an easy partial solution to this problem, just have Israel let go of the tax money the PA is legally entitled to

While Israel recently handed over $100 million of the sum as a humanitarian gesture to the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, Israeli officials say that as of today, they are holding back $475 million in money belonging to the Palestinians, a big hole in the normal Palestinian budget.

March 16, 2007

"Do As I Say" Diplomacy: Palestinian Edition

Looks like Fatah and Hamas has formed a coalition, however tenuous it is, to form a unity government. The bad news is that it looks like they've united against a common enemy - Israel. And because they haven't aquiesced to Israeli demands, the EU and U.S. will still deny aide.

You know what, why don't they just get it over with, invade their country, kill their leaders and convert all of them to Christianity? Because these actions just further proves that democracy and self-determination among the Arabs in the middle-east is just another dead end that will not win any favors from the West. Autocracies and tyrannies get more respect and engagement than the Palestinians simply because they wash their hands of the Palestinian problem and have renounced their grievances against Israel. As Ken Silverstein said, that open hypocrisy makes for very dangerous implications for political progress in the Mideast.

March 13, 2007

United States of Israel

Sometimes I wonder if it makes any damn difference which party is in power:

Top House Democrats retreated Monday from an attempt to limit President Bush's authority for taking military action against Iran as the leadership concentrated on a looming confrontation with the White House over the Iraq war.

Officials said Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of the leadership had decided to strip from a major military spending bill a requirement for Bush to gain approval from Congress before moving against Iran.

Conservative Democrats as well as lawmakers concerned about the possible impact on Israel had argued for the change in strategy.

Now why would one country have such significant veto power over US foreign policy? Oh yeah. . .

As everyone knows, House and Senate Democrats are trying to put together an Iraq war spending bill that will pressure the President to bring the troops home sooner rather than later. There is a general consensus on most issues relating to Iraq.

However, the authoritative Congressional Quarterly daily report reveals today that some Democrats are fighting Speaker Pelosi's language which would prevent the President from going to war on Iran without the approval of Congress. Simply put, Pelosi wants to avoid a repeat of the Iraq experience in Iran.

For the Dems, this is a no-brainer, or so one would think. But, according to the CQ some of the same Democrats most vehement about ending the Iraq debacle are resisting denying the President unilateral authority to go to war on Iran.

The hypocrisy is astounding. It is worth noting that the AIPAC conference begins in Washington this weekend with thousands of citizen lobbyists are being deployed to Capitol Hill to deliver the message that Iran must be dealt with, one way or another. This battle over the Pelosi language is part of the overall Iran effort. And you thought it couldn't happen again!

Indeed, Attacking Iran at this time with this army is just so laughably absurd and will only contribute to the ruination of this country that anyone who advocates for that plan has nothing but ill will towards this country. I guess we all know which country's welfare the Israeli apologists has in mind: their own, not the US.

Morons all.

January 9, 2007

Apartheid Not Peace

And the Israeli apologist are ripping Jimmy Carter apart over the title of his newest book:

A Haifa University survey investigating Arabs and Jews' views on one another reveals disturbing results.

The poll showed that 75 percent of Jewish students believe that Arabs are uneducated people, are uncivilized and are unclean.

On the other hand 25 percent of the Arab youth believe that Jews are the uneducated ones, while 57 percent of the Arab's believe Jews are unclean.

Over a third of the Jewish students taking part in the survey confirmed that they are afraid of Arabs.

The poll was conducted by Dr. Haggai Kupermintz, Dr. Yigal Rosen and Harbi Hasaisi of Haifa University's Center for Research on Peace Education.

January 6, 2007

You Have GOP To Be Kidding Me

Even the Israelis are saying that they were better off with Saddam still in power:

Jerusalem - Although few tears were shed in Israel over Saddam Hussein’s death last week, a small but growing chorus — including government officials, academics and Iraqi émigrés — is warning that Israel could find itself in more danger with him gone, and that it might even regret having welcomed his toppling.

“If I knew then what I know today, I would not have recommended going to war, because Saddam was far less dangerous than I thought,? said Haifa University political scientist Amatzia Baram, one of Israel’s leading Iraq experts.

Saddam was feared and reviled in Israel, both as a tyrant and as an enemy of the Jewish state. He demonstratively supported Palestinian terrorists, and few have forgiven his bombarding of Israel with Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf War.

“Retrospectively, justice has been done,? Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh told Israel Radio this week. Still, he cautioned, Israel must now be concerned “about what is liable to happen in the future.?

Saddam’s death, Sneh warned, could lead to “a reinforcement of Iranian influence in Iraq.? He said that Iraq had turned into a “volcano of terror? following the war, with “destructive energies? that could spill over into Jordan and Israel.

Such misgivings, though rarely aired publicly for fear of offending Washington, reach high into Israel’s security establishment. Yuval Diskin, director of the Shin Bet security service, told a group of students in a military preparatory program last May that Israel might come to regret its support for the American-led invasion in March 2003.

“When you dismantle a system in which there is a despot who controls his people by force, you have chaos,? Diskin said, unaware that the meeting was secretly recorded. “I’m not sure we won’t miss Saddam.? The tape was later broadcast on Israeli television.

Although Iraq was long feared as a formidable enemy of the Jewish state, on the eve of the invasion it was poor and powerless. Palaces across the country were made of cheap plaster. Nuclear and biological weapons seen as threats by the Bush administration were nonexistent.

Baram, the Iraq expert, said that before the war started, he advised American officials of problems they might face afterward. What he did not anticipate, he said, was the scale of terrorism that would spread across the country, calling it “much, much more than I expected.?

. . .Even some of those who suffered directly from Saddam’s brutality told the Forward that in retrospect, Israel was better off with him than without.

Baghdad-born Avraham Eini was a teenager when his father was arrested and tortured by Saddam’s security agents in the 1970s. “He later died of his wounds,? said 54-year-old Eini, who had escaped with his family and settled in Ramat Gan. Two decades later, in 1991, Iraqi Scud missiles fell 200 yards from his house.

Eini said he felt a sense of “revenge and relief? when Saddam was executed last week. Yet, he said, “Israel would be safer today if Saddam stayed in power."

December 26, 2006

And They Wonder Why Hamas Is In Power

Please, keep giving unconditional support to these people:

JERUSALEM, Dec. 26 — For the first time in 10 years, Israel said Tuesday it will build a new Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, prompting Palestinian anger and American concern.

The announcement, by the defense ministry and settler groups, seems to run counter to the prevailing effort by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who has offered a series of gestures to the Palestinians after a meeting with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, several days ago.

. . .Even before the meeting, Mr. Abbas was being criticized by his political rivals in Hamas, which preaches Israel’s destruction, for carrying out what it calls an Israeli and American agenda with little to show for it.

One Israeli official hinted that the new settlement may be part of a deal with West Bank Jewish settlers to get their tacit acceptance of the removal of illegal settlement outposts there.

Another Israeli official, however, insisted that the settlement was not “new,? exactly, but a revival of a settlement that was approved in 1981 and had become a pre-army school by the mid-1990’s.

The Defense Minister, Amir Peretz, the dovish head of the Labor Party, gave his approval to a promise made by his predecessor — Shaul Mofaz, then of Likud and now of Kadima and the current Transport Minister — that houses would be built on the site of an army base in the northern Jordan Valley to resettle some of the Israelis who were forced to leave settlements in the Gaza Strip in 2005, according to a Defense Ministry official.

. . .The new settlement will be called Maskiot, and approval was given for the construction of some 30 houses. The Israeli official insisted that all construction would be privately funded.

They will be used by the 20 families of the hawkish Gaza settlement Shirat Hayam, which resisted evacuation and wanted to move as a group. To get them to leave Gaza peacefully, the army promised to keep them together.

The decision, the official said, “sort of went through and now it’s done and would be very hard to undo.?

December 22, 2006

"Birth Pangs" Expecting Twins

As Garance Franke-Ruta says over at TAPPED, the Bushies aren't content with husbanding one civil war in Eye-Rack. Now the Crusader Zionists insists on inserting itself in a possible civil war between Fatah and Hamas, namely in the camp of Mahmoud Abbas:

The Chronicle has obtained a training manual distributed to officers of the Al-Haras Al-Rayassi, Abbas' Presidential Guard, during a two-week course held in Jericho earlier this year at which the chief instructor introduced himself as a U.S. Secret Service officer who served during the Reagan administration. The manual, titled "Advanced Protective Operations Seminar," is emblazoned with the logo of the Counterterrorism Training Group, which includes the U.S. government seal.

Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton, the U.S. security coordinator to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, told the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth after news of the training sessions leaked out that since Iran is helping arm and fund Hamas political and military activities, the United States wants to prevent "moderate forces" in the Palestinian territories from being eliminated.

"We are involved in building up the Presidential Guard, instructing it, assisting it to build itself up and giving them ideas. We are not training the forces to confront Hamas," Dayton told Yedioth. "Hamas is receiving money and arms from Iran and possibly Syria, and we must make sure that the moderate forces will not be erased," Dayton said....

Great. When Yasser Arafat died and removed an "obstacle to peace", the United States did nothing to support the new government headed by Abbas outside paying it lip service. Sharon decided to unilaterally pull out of Gaza without coordinating with the PA, making it look weak and allowing outside terror groups like Hamas to claim credit for the withdrawal. That later led to the election that put Haniyeh and Hamas into power. And now this country suddenly decides to support Fatah, but only as a proxy in a civil war? Good lord.

December 12, 2006

Jimmy Carter: Has He Got Some 'Spaining To Do?

Via American Footprints, there's a neoconservative blog that makes a seemingly credible case that Jimmy Carter's new books has utilized some maps of the 2000 Clinton peace proposal between the Israelis and Palestinians that were plagiarized and mischaracterized from Dennis Ross's own book. If it is true, then it's very unfortunate that Jimmy Carter would go through with that. But then again, we are talking about a neocon making these assertions, so I'm taking the accusations with a boulder-sized grain of salt.

December 7, 2006

"It's Her Fault! She Fought Back When I Tried To Rape Her!"

The Israelis, in a pathetic attempt to shed the responsibilities incurred during the August war with Lebanon are now releasing self-serving videos and other evidence that purports to show that Hezbollah militants uses civilian infrastructure to fight the Israelis. Well that's a huge DUH, because that is exactly how guerrilla wars are waged. The people without the advantages of airpower and other military machinery utilizes all the tools available, including the civilian population, to launch their attacks. It has been that way since modern rebellions were waged and third world nations have started ejecting their colonizers. I should suspect that Hezbollah has been using similar tactics the last time Israel occupied the south from 1982 to 2000.

This time around they tried to subjugate a population using primarily air power and it didn't work. They found they would have to re-enter into another distasteful full-scale occupation that will not win them a lot of friends in the world, especially now thanks to instant internet news that will reveal all the messiness of that operation in real time. The only way Israelis can justify their misguided endeavor in Lebanon is to present themselves as victims, no matter how preposterous the claim is.

December 2, 2006

The Christian Wing Of Hezbollah

Well, if this poll from this August was any indication, this was bound to happen sooner or later:

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 1 — The official goal was to overthrow the government, but the atmosphere was bizarrely festive on Friday as hundreds of thousands of Hezbollah supporters poured into the center of Beirut, banging drums, chanting slogans, pressing shoulder to shoulder as they surged past army troops seeking to keep order.

. . .A recorded message by Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, echoed over the square: “As I’ve always promised you victory, I promise you victory again.?

In this fight, the battle lines are not so much ideologically driven as leader driven. Many said they were present because their leaders had asked them to participate, including the few noticeable followers of Gen. Michel Aoun, the Christian whose party is allied with Hezbollah.

“Maybe Michel Aoun has made a mistake with this alliance, but the March 14 forces have made many mistakes over the years,? said Bernadette Chemail, of Kesrun, using the name for the governing coalition. “The Shiites are Lebanese; we cannot throw them away.?

General Aoun was the special guest at the rally and gave a brief speech from a lectern protected by bulletproof glass.

“We seek to return to power — not to rest on the seats of authority, but for the sake of our participation,? General Aoun told the crowd.

On one side of this fight are Hezbollah, its Shiite ally, the Amal party, and its Christian ally, General Aoun and his Free Patriotic Movement. Their alliance, which is considered pro-Iranian and pro-Syrian, wants veto power over all government actions. On the other side are the March 14 coalition: Sunni, Druse and Christian parties aligned with the United States and France who control the largest bloc in Parliament, and therefore the government.

General Aoun’s alliance with Hezbollah caused a huge split within the Christian community and may have cost him some political support. It was also clear that the Sunni Muslim community, one of the largest in Lebanon, was clearly in support of this government. In a rare show of support, the grand mufti, Muhammad Qabbani, gave the Friday Prayer from inside the Grand Serail.

Do we really need an ally like Israel that unites people of all faiths in the Mideast against us?

November 22, 2006

No More Excuses. Never Again.

The illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank has always been an obstable to peace in Palestine. Now we learn that much of the settlements sits on privately owned Palestinian land:

JERUSALEM, Nov. 20 — An Israeli advocacy group, using maps and figures leaked from inside the government, says that 39 percent of the land held by Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank is privately owned by Palestinians.

Israel has long asserted that it fully respects Palestinian private property in the West Bank and only takes land there legally or, for security reasons, temporarily.

If big sections of those settlements are indeed privately held Palestinian land, that is bound to create embarrassment for Israel and further complicate the already distant prospect of a negotiated peace. The data indicate that 40 percent of the land that Israel plans to keep in any future deal with the Palestinians is private.

The new claims regarding Palestinian property are said to come from the 2004 database of the Civil Administration, which controls the civilian aspects of Israel’s presence in the West Bank. Peace Now, an Israeli group that advocates Palestinian self-determination in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, plans to publish the information on Tuesday. An advance copy was made available to The New York Times.

The data — maps that show the government’s registry of the land by category — was given to Peace Now by someone who obtained it from an official inside the Civil Administration. The Times spoke to the person who received it from the Civil Administration official and agreed not to identify him because of the delicate nature of the material.

That person, who has frequent contact with the Civil Administration, said he and the official wanted to expose what they consider to be wide-scale violations of private Palestinian property rights by the government and settlers. The government has refused to give the material directly to Peace Now, which requested it under Israel’s freedom of information law.

Shlomo Dror, a spokesman for the Civil Administration, said he could not comment on the data without studying it.

That day when we finally realize who we as a country have been supporting all these years will come sooner than you think.

October 15, 2006

For We Warned Them, So We Are Excused

Jonathan Scwarz at A Tiny Revolution makes a damning comparison between the recent Lebonon bombing campaign by Israel and the current sectarian ethnic cleansing going on in Iraq. We all know how the Israeli hardliners, even those who are intelligent and who I used to admire, (and Ed Schultz) excuse the bombing of civilians using the abominable fig leaf that the Israelis dropped a bunch of fliers warning the people that they should leave their homes and livelihoods behind.

A simple response to that contemptible argument is to ask the apologists how much better they would feel about the rocket attacks if Hezbollah delivered similar leaflets upon Israeli villages and cities beforehand, but now in a way we don't have to imagine anymore since other killers of Shiites have also been kind enough to post warnings before they embark on their slaughter:

In the name of Allah, the most merciful Subject: Deportation

As a result of the criminal and sectarian behaviour of what is called (the disgraceful) Jaish Al-Mahdi and (the treacherous) Badr forces by killing, kidnapping and deporting the Sunni community (at Mahmoudiya, Rashidiya, Sha’ab, Shu’la and Hurriya), as well as violating the honour of Sunnis and plundering their possessions, the organisation has decided, Inshallah, to return the strike twofold and treat them the same (an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth). It has been decided to deport you from Sunni areas, including Ghazaliya, within 24 hours, or otherwise your heads will be cut off, the same as your militias act with members of the Sunni community. He who has warned is henceforth excused.

Compare to the warnings that the Israelis papered Southern Lebanon with a few months ago:

To the people of Lebanon Pay attention to these instructions!!

The IDF will intensify its activities and will heavily bomb the entire area from which rockets are being launched against the State of Israel.

Anyone present in these areas is endangering his life!

The State of Israel

Don't take my word for it, take Dershowitz's: Israel is justified in bombing civilians because they are not stopping the terrorists who attack Israel. Likewise, the sectarian militias are justified in killing civilians because they are protecting the rival militias. If that's the moral universe Israel chooses to occupy (all puns intended) then I only feel sorry for the Israeli citizens who have to suffer because of their government's choices.

October 11, 2006

"The Only Free Country In The Mid-East"

Israel is proving how morally superior they are to the Arabs by banning Palestinians from their universities:

ANATA, West Bank, Oct. 9 — Sawsan Salameh, a Palestinian from the West Bank, was thrilled to get a full scholarship from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to begin a doctorate in theoretical chemistry.

But a recent move by the Israeli Army to ban new Palestinian students from Israeli universities for security reasons is keeping her from studying at the campus, just two miles from her home.

“The first time I applied for a permit I was rejected,? said Ms. Salameh, 29, a Muslim wearing a firmly fastened head scarf and a black denim skirt that skimmed the floor. “I was shocked, because I thought there must be some kind of mistake, so I kept trying. I kept hoping.?

Her situation is familiar to many Palestinians whose freedom of movement has been limited in recent years because of the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ms. Salameh said that after she appealed six times to the Israeli government agency that handles Palestinian affairs, she decided to turn to the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, Gisha, an Israeli group that is an advocate for Palestinian rights, submitted a petition on her behalf to the court, calling the ban illegal.

“Gisha calls upon Israel not to prevent Palestinian students from studying just because they are Palestinian,? said the group’s director, Sari Bashi. “No one should be denied access to education based on his or her national identity.?

The practice of reviewing student permits has been in effect since 2001, the last time any new Palestinian student was granted a permit, officials said. But before the outright ban began this summer, the army reviewed requests case by case, something it says it will not do now. Gisha is asking that individual reviews be restored.

The official ban comes before the beginning of the Israeli academic year at the end of October. But in effect it dates from the Palestinian uprising that began in the fall of 2000, when the security situation began to deteriorate, said Lt. Adam Avidan, a spokesman for civil administration in the West Bank.

Hebrew University was the scene of a suicide bombing in July 2002, when a Palestinian blew himself up in a student cafeteria, killing seven people.

One of these days, the Israelis are going to figure out that one of the rare times they had peace and no suicide bombings was when they cooperated with the PA and gave more freedoms to the Palestinians. But I guess the cult of retribution consuming the Israeli society is just too addictive.