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Thanks Irit.  Check it out indeed.  It’s less energetic than the previous one, but it’s in a mall, so probably is witnessed by many more people, some of whom are seen taking the flyer.   Also roughly 5 minutes.


October 27, 2010

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365 AM: the Gaza war, live

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In the winter of 2008, two days after Christmas, Israel launched one of it’s deadliest and most controversial wars. Whilst preventing the people of Gaza from fleeing the territory it proceeded to rain missiles down on them using some of the most sophisticated weaponry available. Trapped with them, were the only two foreign reporters inside Gaza at the time.

They found themselves locked inside a war zone as the only voices able to reach the English-speaking world. This is their incredible, and as yet untold, story.

Ayman Mohyeldin, a 30-year old American citizen and Sherine Tadros, a 29-year old British national lived through the war – for three weeks reporting for Al Jazeera English amidst an international media blackout.

Now, they want to tell others what they witnessed – raw and uncut. 365 AM will stimulate audiences with exclusive footage and images captured in different formats from professional cameras to mobile phones. The film draws on powerful images from over 100 hours of footage, mostly from Al Jazeera English, and never-before-seen personal video of Ayman and Sherine during the war.

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Dear All,

4 items below, and a 5th for Canadians only: An announcement that   Former British MP George Galloway will be speaking in Canada on a 10-day tour.

Item 1 has its own brief intro preceding the report. 

Items 2 and 3 are about East Jerusalem, where things are not looking good.  Will Israel succeed to drive Palestinians from there, too?  If not it won’t be for lack of trying.

Item 4 is Dov Weisglass telling us to take Thomas Friedman’s warning seriously.  This has double importance since Weisglass—a lawyer, business man, and in the past, senior advisor to Ariel Sharon—is no less Zionist than is Friedman.  Among other things that Weisglass quotes is, “Support for Israel is declining among US government circles, the general public, and the Jewish community, especially among young people.”  If support for Israel declines greatly among Jews, Israel might continue to receive American military aid, but will have no justification for existing.


1. Headline: “Merkel offering millions of Euros to a country willing to absorb the influx of Jews attempting to infiltrate  Germany.  ‘The problem of illegal Jewish infiltrators presents a threat to the Aryan and democratic character of Germany,’ said Merkel.”

Well, if the above fictional  headline sends shivers down your spine, then so also should the report below.  When the demographic nature of a country becomes top hat, becomes, that is, the single most important criterion for a country, then there are no limits to the extremes that a country might take to insure that criterion—as Nazi Germany should remind us.

Nor can I agree with the distinction that the Civil Rights Association Israel and the Hotline for Migrant workers make below “between a refugee and an asylum seeker trying to escape war and danger in his home country, and work migrants who only seek to better their lives.”  Even work migrants seeking to better their lives might be in danger of starvation and deprivation in their home countries, and therefore be in need of refuge.




October 27, 2010

Source: Israel offering millions of dollars to pass off African migrant.

Netanyahu orders Foreign Ministry to renew contacts with African and Western states willing to accept these infiltrators, tells defense establishment to begin construction of Egypt barrier at once.

By Barak Ravid

Jerusalem is ready to renew its offer to pay millions of dollars to any African or Western country willing to absorb the influx of migrants attempting to infiltrate Israel, a senior official said on Wednesday.

During deliberations with his political-security cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Foreign Ministry to renew its contacts with Western and African states to see if any would be willing to take in these migrant workers.

The Foreign Ministry has already held a round of talks on the matter with a number of states with whom Israel has diplomatic relations, but has not yet received a sufficient response to the request. Even those states willing to take in migrant workers are not prepared to absorb the numbers of people presented by Israel.

Netanyahu also ordered the defense establishment to begin immediate construction of a barrier on the Egyptian border and said he expected a report on the matter within a month. The works were due to start in July, but following disagreements on budgeting have been delayed by over three months.

The premier also said that alternatives needed to be found to reduce the flow of infiltrators before the barrier was in place.

The barrier is meant to prevent Islamic militants, drug dealers, African migrants and other asylum seekers from entering Israel from Egypt. At least 1,000 people enter the country illegally from Egypt each month, according to Israeli estimates.

“The problem of illegal infiltrators in the south presents a threat to the Jewish and democratic character of Israel,” said Netanyahu. “I want to see actual results of the beginning of a barrier on the ground within the coming weeks. In four weeks, the cabinet will be meeting again and will hear the defense establishment’s report on the matter.”

“The urgency of this problem requires close and focused treatment,” he added.

Civil Rights Association Israel and the Hotline for Migrant workers said in a joint statement: “Netanyahu’s proposal testifies to particularly short historic memory. The prime minister has to learn to distinguish between a refugee and an asylum seeker trying to escape war and danger in his home country, and work migrants who only seek to better their lives. Many of those arriving in Israel over the Egyptian border are asylum seekers, escaping atrocities in their own land.”

“A state set up by refugees cannot turn its back to refugees of war who seek asylum,” the statement read.


2.  Haaretz,

October 28, 2010

Rightists furious over Palestinian plans for new East Jerusalem schools

Palestinian premier Fayyad to rededicate schools renovated with PA funding.

By Nir Hasson

The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel yesterday asked Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch to prevent a planned visit next week to East Jerusalem by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, to rededicate two schools.

The organization’s website says it is “committed to protecting human rights in Israel, ensuring sound government, and preserving the national integrity of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.”

  Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad smiles before a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee for Assistance to Palestinians at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010.

Photo by: AP 

Right-wing activists were said to be infuriated by a report in yesterday’s Haaretz, according to which the Palestinian Authority is close to completing renovations, which it funded, of 15 East Jerusalem private schools.

Most of the schools are in relatively centrally located neighborhoods, such as Sheikh Jarrah and Wadi Joz. The two whose rededications Fayyad is to preside over are in Dahiyat al-Salam and in Dahiyat al-Barid. While these are more remote, they are nevertheless still within Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries.

In a letter sent on behalf of the forum to Aharonovitch, police commissioner David Cohen and Jerusalem District police commander Aharon Franco, attorney Adrian Aggasi said the planned visit by Fayyad was “an attempt to demonstrate Palestinian sovereignty in Jerusalem in a manner that contravenes the law.”

According to the letter, the visit also contravenes agreements between Israel and the PA. “It seems that there is no activity of a more governmental nature than the inauguration of a school by the PA prime minister within the capital of Israel,” he wrote.

Aggasi called on Aharonovitch to prohibit the ceremony and said the forum would petition the High Court of Justice if its demand was not met.

This is not the first time the PA has undertaken governmental activity in Jerusalem. About two weeks ago the PA funded NIS 1.2 million in road repairs in Dahiyat al-Salam.

Residents of East Jerusalem say that PA security officials intervene from time to time in conflicts in that part of the city.

“This is a continuation of PA involvement in East Jerusalem,” Jerusalem council member Elisha Peleg (Likud ) said yesterday. “I view it very gravely, but point an accusing finger at the government of Israel.”

Senior municipal officials said they were unaware of a planned visit by Fayyad and that the municipality opposed activity by the PA in Jerusalem.

“Responsibility for dealing with the matter rests with the Prime Minister’s Office and relevant bodies, as with every foreign entity that is not Israeli and has no standing in Jerusalem,” a municipal official said.


3. Ynet,

October 28, 2010

    Silwan Arabs: Mayor pouring fuel on fire

Municipality asks court to authorize immediate demolition of east Jerusalem structure it claims it is ‘hotbed of violence, incitement.’ Residents say tent set up on roof part of legitimate struggle against house demolitions,7340,L-3976050,00.html

Ronen Medzini

The residents of the Al-Bustan neighborhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem have been campaigning against the demolition of Palestinian homes in the area for nearly three years. As part of the struggle, the residents set up a protest tent, which the Jerusalem Municipality is now looking to dismantle. 

The tent, which is adorned with signs in Hebrew, Arabic and English, has become a symbol of the residents’ struggle and is visited by people from all over the world. It was set up on the grounds of a community center which is slated for destruction in June 2011, in accordance with a court order.

The Jerusalem Municipality asked the court for authorization to raze the structure sooner, claiming it has become a hotbed of violent and dangerous conduct.

“They want to destroy our homes, and they won’t even allow us to protest,” said Attorney Ziad Kawar, who represents the residents. “This is an evil attempt by the City to silence the residents and trample on their human rights.

“This sort of conduct is redolent of dark regimes such as the one in Tehran,” he said, “It’s a shame that the authorities have decided to help the cause of radical right-wing groups that are pushing the State and region into an abyss.”

“It seems as though the City of Jerusalem is looking for a third intidafa,” said Fahri Abu-Dihab, whose house is also under the threat of demolition. “This tent is a symbol of legitimate protest against the destruction of homes in east Jerusalem. The municipality has declared war against us and it trying to stop our legal struggle to get us to react violently.

“The mayor (Nir Barkat) himself is pouring fuel on the fire,” he said. 

The Jerusalem Municipality said in response that a destruction order for the community center had been issued because it was built illegally and without the proper permits. The court ruled that the order is to be implemented in June 2011, and the City has already appealed this decision because the owners of the structure took advantage of the extension to illegally set up a huge tent on the roof.  

“The structure serves as a breeding ground for violence, incitement, riots and stone-throwing,” according to the municipality.


4.  Ynet,

October 28, 2010

Op-ed: Top journalist’s grim assessment of US-Israel ties should raise great concern,7340,L-3975716,00.html

Dov Weisglass

Thomas Friedman is one the world’s foremost journalists and a New York Times columnist. Last week, he published an unusually harsh critique of the Israeli government over its policy on the Palestinian issue. Among other things, he likened Israel to a “spoiled child.” One NYT reader responded with a letter charging that Israel is not only acting like a spoiled child, but one who ran away from home yet keeps using the family’s credit card.

Later on, Friedman was interviewed by Meet the Press on Israel’s Channel 2. As disturbing as his article was, listening and watching him provoked truly deep concern. In the interview, he explained that the Israeli government’s conduct on the Palestinian front increasingly erodes Israel’s status in the US: Support for Israel is declining among US government circles, the general public, and the Jewish community, especially among young people.

According to Friedman, Americans don’t understand what Israel wants or where it’s heading, and are questioning its desire for peace. On the other hand, Friedman emphasized, the current Palestinian Authority, especially as result of its success in bringing security and restraining terrorism, deserves more than ever before a true Israeli chance to secure an agreement. 

Friedman is completely aware of the complexity and difficulties inherent in securing an Israeli-Palestinian agreement. However, he is pleading with Israel to at least try. He feels deep concern for the resilience of Israel-US relations; he protests the disrespect shown to the American president as manifested by the rejection of his request to extend the building moratorium for two more months; he also keeps warning about the deterioration of the critical ties between Israel and its one and only friend in the world. 

Friedman no self-hating Jew

Friedman was a little agitated, emotional, and at times even angry, yet it was clear how pained he is by the current state of affairs. His words are doubly difficult because they were uttered by a lover; a person who does not hide his deep, unalterable sympathy for the State of Israel.

Be warned: Friedman should be taken seriously; very seriously. Not only because he is an important and influential man, but mostly because of his connections, knowledge, understanding, and vast experience. He maintains direct ties with decision-makers, shows rare familiarity with developments in Israel, in the region, and in the US, and possesses academic education supplemented by dozens of years of research, involvement, and in-depth journalistic observation of the region – both from near and from far. 

Friedman has been maintaining warm, close ties with the State of Israel ever since his adolescence. It is therefore difficult to excuse the gravity of his words with the usual “self-hating Jew” charges. His words should provoke great concern here. We need to listen to Friedman closely; listen and change, as soon as possible.



October 27, 2010

Former British MP George Galloway announces ten-city speaking tour of Canada

Tour includes visit to Jason Kenney’s Calgary constituency

Toronto – Former British MP George Galloway will appear in ten cities on a pan-Canadian speaking tour from November 16 to 27, 2010. Organized by local peace coalitions and Palestine solidarity campaigns across Canada, the tour is called “Free Palestine, Free Afghanistan, Free Speech”. Mr. Galloway will speak about the Canadian government’s attempts to ban him as well as the political situation in the Middle East and Central Asia.

“I’m looking forward to speaking in person with the many Canadians who have defended their right to hear me, including those who disagree with me,” said Mr. Galloway from London, UK. “I’m also looking forward to challenging Jason Kenney to a public debate, who has yet to account for his role in trying to keep me out of Canada.”

Mr. Galloway’s tour includes the following cities: Montreal (Nov 17), Halifax (Nov 18), Toronto (Nov 20), Hamilton (Nov 21), Vancouver (Nov 22), Calgary (Nov 23), Yellowknife (Nov 24), Edmonton (Nov 25), Winnipeg (Nov 26) and Ottawa (Nov 27).

Details of each event are available at

On September 27, the Federal Court of Canada ruled that Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney had attempted to ban Galloway from Canada for purely political reasons: “It is clear that the efforts to keep Mr. Galloway out of the country had more to do with antipathy to his political views than with any real concern that he had engaged in terrorism or was a member of a terrorist organization” ( – paragraph 8). The ruling cleared the way for Galloway to return to Canada. On October 2, he arrived in Toronto. The next day, he addressed a crowd of over 800 people at a downtown church.

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For more information, please contact:

Ron McKay
Spokesperson, George Galloway:

James Clark
Spokesperson, Defend Free Speech Campaign: or 416-795-5863 (cell)

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October 27, 2010
by crescentandcross


Mr Gorbachev also said democracy in Russia was experiencing problems

The former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, has warned Nato that victory in Afghanistan is “impossible”.

Mr Gorbachev said that the US had no alternative but to withdraw its forces if it wanted to avoid another Vietnam.

As Soviet leader, he pulled his troops out of Afghanistan more than 20 years ago after a 10-year war.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said troops would not be withdrawn from the country until their “very difficult” work was complete.

In an interview with the BBC’s Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg, Mr Gorbachev praised President Barack Obama for his decision to begin withdrawing troops next year, but said the US would struggle to get out of the situation.

“Victory is impossible in Afghanistan. Obama is right to pull the troops out. No matter how difficult it will be,” Mr Gorbachev said

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He said before the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan, an agreement had been reached with Iran, India, Pakistan and the US.

“We had hoped America would abide by the agreement that we reached that Afghanistan should be a neutral, democratic country, that would have good relations with its neighbours and with both the US and the USSR.

“The Americans always said they supported this, but at the same time they were training militants – the same ones who today are terrorising Afghanistan and more and more of Pakistan,” Mr Gorbachev said.

Because of this, it would be more difficult for the US to get out of the situation.

Russian co-operation

“But what’s the alternative – another Vietnam? Sending in half-a-million troops? That wouldn’t work.”

The best that Nato could hope to achieve, he said, was to help the country get back on its feet and rebuild itself after the war.

Meanwhile the NATO secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has confirmed that he is talking to Moscow about how the Russians could help with the mission in Afghanistan.

Mr Rasmussen said he hoped important decisions on co-operation “on a broad range of areas” would be made at the NATO-Russia summit in Lisbon next month, but added that Russian troops would not be sent to Afghanistan.

“For historical reasons we will not see Russian boots on the ground in Afghanistan. But Russia can contribute in other ways. They can provide helicopters, they can also conduct training of Afghan security forces in Russia, we can co-operate on counter-narcotics,” he said.

In a House of Commons statement, Mr Hague said life in Afghanistan had improved in recent years, particularly in education and healthcare.

However, he added: “We have not yet achieved our central objective, which is our own national security and that is why we have to continue to work at this, even though it is very difficult.

“So I will not claim to you that we have achieved swathes of our objectives – our central objective has not yet been met and we have to continue to work at it.”

Democracy ‘in trouble’

In his BBC interview, Mr Gorbachev also expressed fears about how the political situation was developing in Russia.

“I am very concerned, we’re only half way down the road from a totalitarian regime to democracy and freedom. And the battle continues. There are still many people in our society who fear democracy and would prefer a totalitarian regime.”

He said the ruling party, led by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, “has been doing everything it can to move away from democracy, to stay in power”.

Mr Putin served two terms as president, the limit on consecutive terms, before becoming prime minister in 2008.

He has hinted he may run for president again when President Medvedev’s current term expires in 2012




Nicolas Sarkozy admits Jewish ancestry, French press reveals ties to Israeli intelligence

October 27, 2010

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Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt); October 25, 2007
As if his marital challenges were not enough cause for concern, “Sarco the Sayan” has suddenly emerged as the most infamous accolade of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
The influential French daily Le Figaro last week revealed that the French leader once worked for — and perhaps still does, it hinted — Israeli intelligence as a “sayan” (Hebrew for helper), one of thousands of Jewish citizens of countries other than Israel who cooperate with “katsas,” or Mossad case-officers.
A letter dispatched to French police officials late last winter — long before the presidential election but somehow kept secret — revealed that Sarkozy was recruited as an Israeli spy. The French police are currently investigating documents concerning Sarkozy’s alleged espionage activities on behalf of Mossad, which Le Figaro claims dated as far back as 1983. According to the author of the message, in 1978, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin ordered the infiltration of the French ruling Gaullist Party, Union pour un Mouvement Populaire. Originally targeted were Patrick Balkany, Patrick Devedjian and Pierre Lellouche. In 1983, they recruited the “young and promising” Sarkozy, the “fourth man”.
Ex-Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky describes how sayanim function in “By Way Of Deception: The Making and Unmaking of a Mossad Officer.” They are usually reached through relatives in Israel. An Israeli with a relative in France, for instance, might be asked to draft a letter saying the person bearing the letter represents an organization whose main goal is to help save Jewish people in the Diaspora. Could the French relative help in any way? They perform many different roles. A car sayan, for example, running a rental car agency, could help the Mossad rent a car without having to complete the usual documentation. An apartment sayan would find accommodation without raising suspicions, a bank sayan could fund someone in the middle of the night if needs be, a doctor sayan would treat a bullet wound without reporting it to the police.
And a political sayan? It’s rather obvious what this could mean. The sayanim are a pool of people at the ready who will keep quiet about their actions out of loyalty to “the cause”, a non-risk recruitment system that draws from the millions of Jewish people outside Israel.
Such talk sends chills down spines, especially Arab and Muslim ones. Indeed, the revelation did not go unnoticed in Arab capitals or come as much of a surprise. Paris can be a sunny place for shady people. When it comes to intelligence gathering on behalf of Israel, a question mark is immediately raised on the moral caliber of the person in question. But, how does this scandal influence France’s foreign and domestic politics?
It is of symbolic significance that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was on a state visit to France in the immediate aftermath of Le Figaro ‘s exposé — ostensibly to discuss Iran‘s nuclear agenda and the Palestinian question. Proud and prickly France under its supposedly savvy new president hopes to play a more prominent role in the perplexing world of Middle Eastern politics. On Monday, Sarkozy flew to Morocco, the ancestral home of many of France’s Jewry, soon after his Mossad connection was made public. There is no clear evidence that the revelation is to make France any more unpopular in the Arab world than it already is, especially not in official circles.
On the domestic front, however, there are many conflicting considerations. The Jews of France now display a touch of the vapours, in sharp contrast to the conceited triumphalism with which they greeted his election: “We are persuaded that the new president will continue eradicating anti-Israeli resistance,” Sammy Ghozlan, president of the Jewish Community of Paris pontificated soon after Sarkozy’s election. France is home to 500,000 Jews, mostly Sephardic Jews originally from North Africa and Mediterranean countries.
Sarkozy’s own maternal grandfather Aron Mallah, hailed from Salonika, Greece, and is said to have exercised considerable influence on his grandson. Even though raised as a Roman Catholic, “Sarkozy played a critical role in moving the French government to do what is necessary to address the ill winds that threaten the largest Jewish community in Western Europe,” noted David Harris, the executive director of the American Jewish Committee. Sarkozy, after all, was a political product of the predominantly Jewish elite neighbourhood of Neuilly-sur-Seine, where he long served as mayor.
France’s Muslim minority was far from surprised by Le Figaro ‘s revelations, even though some may have feigned disappointment. Others have been more forthright. “France is not run by Frenchmen, but by lackeys of the Zionist International who control the economy,” lamented Radio Islam, of militant Islamist tendencies. When Sarkozy was France’s minister of interior and clamped down hard on Muslim immigrants, calling mainly Muslim rioters “scum” in a widely-publicised interview, they retaliated by calling him “Sarkozy, sale juif [dirty Jew]“. Obviously there is no love lost between the five million-strong French Muslim community, the largest in Western Europe, and the French president. He has grounds for concern. He assiduously courts the Israelis. That much is known.
In the scientific annals of French politics there is a cautionary tale of pantomime. French presidents are not always what they seem. There are, however, two key observations concerning Sarkozy. One, is Sarkozy’s intention of implementing a “new social contract” between employers and employees, capital and labor. This smacks of Thatcherism. His determination to force a “cultural revolution” in the collective national psyche is a trifle farcical. And unprincipled to boot. He recently introduced legislation — in tandem with his pension cuts, calling for genetic profiling of immigrants to ensure any relatives intending to immigrate are linked genetically. The strategy appears to be to soften the blow of the social security cuts by appealing to xenophobic racism.
The state of race relations in France is an even more muddled picture than the devastating caricatures by French-African comedian Dieudonne suggest. He is notorious for playing the part of a Hassidic Jew who mimics the Nazi salute. Few politicians blame their troubles on cynical comedians, though, and Sarkozy is no exception. His fans point accusing fingers at the “irresponsible press”.
The real magic starts when you power Sarkozy with his ex-model wife. She, after all, played a part in the freeing of the Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian medical doctor. She, too, is of Spanish-Jewish ancestry. But, that may be nothing but an insignificant aside. France, generally, regarded their bust-up as something of a bad joke. Unlike the Americans, the French do not take the private lives of their presidents terribly seriously. There was the late François Mitterrand, for example. Hardly anyone in all France raised an eyebrow when it transpired that he had an illegitimate daughter. The French are more concerned with the ideological orientation and political affiliation of their president and are not in the least interested in their private affairs — at least not in any political sense.
The interesting twist, however, is that the contest between Cecilia and Nicolas Sarkozy is a comic cross between a lover’s tiff and the battle of the sexes. It appears befuddled French voters are being forced to turn a blind eye to their leaders’ antics. Sarkozy’s divorce follows hard on the heels of the separation of France’s first female presidential candidate Ségolène Royal, the “gazelle” of French politics, from her lifelong lover François Hollande barely a month after she lost the presidential race in May. Moreover, at the tender age of 19, Royal sued her father for his refusal to divorce her mother and pay alimony and child support. That was way back in 1972; barely a decade later she won the case against her father. Ironically, Royal’s own mentor the late French socialist president Mitterrand was notorious for his extra-marital affairs, the most conspicuous being his love affair with Anne Pingeot and subsequent disclosure towards the end of his life that he fathered an illegitimate daughter Mazarine with her.
And what of the voters? The latest hazard facing the French president has been his socio-economic policies. Sarkozy’s showdown with the trade unions threatens to turn into a deciding moment for France. Foreign policy, too, has come under much scrutiny. France has become fanatically Atlanticist under the presidency of Sarkozy. Although, unlike US President George W Bush, Sarkozy does not make much noise about his own dubious religious convictions. The commonest criticism of Sarkozy is that he is overly conscious of his religious heritage, a trait that is not appreciated by the fanatically secular French political establishment. France is culturally the most irreligious country in Europe, itself the most secular and anti-religious of the world’s continents.
For a politician acclaimed for his acumen, it is startling that Sarkozy has been tripped up by events he should have seen coming. His sagacity obviously failed him this week. Le Figaro let the cat out of the bag. And his wife, too, after shopping with Lyudmila Putin, the Russian first lady, apparently decided that she had had enough of being treated as “part of the furniture” and made their rift very public.
France is now in the awkward position of having no first lady. The 49 year- old former model, lawyer and political advisor is by no means media shy. “I gave Nicolas 20 years of my life,” she told the popular French magazine Elle in a special feature which she asked for personally, despite the awkwardness of its timing. She had long complained of being politically peripheralised. Troubling as that interpretation is, it is in a way a consoling one for Sarkozy. He is now free to handle his opponents without his maverick Cecilia breathing down his neck or, on the contrary, disappearing at crucial moments.
Even with his personal life in tatters, Sarkozy is obliged to hoist the French tricoleur high in the international arena. Which flag is it to be?


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October 27, 2010


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Israel ‘Outraged’ as UN Calls for End to Settler Attacks

October 27, 2010

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UN Envoy Slams Attacks on Mosques, Olive Trees

by Jason Ditz, October 26, 2010

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry today condemned a flurry of high profile settler attacks across the West Bank, urging the Israeli government to “combat violence and terror” by the settler groups.

The settlers have launched a number of attacks in recent weeks, burning mosques and chopping down olive trees ahead of the harvest. Israel’s government has criticized the attacks, but made no arrests.

And naturally Israeli officials are “outraged” by what they termed the “reprehensible” comments of Robert Serry, with one insisting that it was unfair to criticize the “vigilante actions” instead of focusing on “Palestinian suicide bombers attacking civilian buses.” Of course there hasn’t actually been a Palestinian suicide bomber in over two years, and that was against a military target.

At the same time settlers have not only continued to launch attacks with impunity, but have pledged to launch more “price tag” operations. The attacks, though targeting West Bank civilians, are ostensibly meant to protest the ongoing peace talks, and have been shrugged off by a number of members of the Israeli government who are themselves opposed to the talks.


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May Those Responsible for This Rot In Hell–Israeli Siege Kept Baby Girl From Leukemia Treatment

October 27, 2010

by crescentandcross

Doctors rush two Gazan infants to treatment during Operation Cast Lead (Photo Reuters)

Israeli Siege Kept Baby Girl From Leukemia Treatment

Palestine Monitor

 Palestine Monitor, October 26, 2010 Nasma Abu Lasheen died on 16 October, 2010 from treatable leukemia, 155 kilometres from adequate medical facilities. She had spent most of her two years sick, ferried around Gaza and Israel between blood tests, treatments and doctors in six different hospitals.

Her family had celebrated her second birthday in Gaza City, waiting on permission from Israel to continue the chemical treatment. By the time it came, Nasma was too weak to move. Her tragedy is the story of hospitals, doctors, clinics and medicine under siege.


Nasma was the fourth child of Neja Abu Lasheen, a police officer with the Palestinian National Authority in Gaza City. She was born on October 8, 2008 in Shifa hospital, Gaza’s largest, older than Israel itself. When Nasma was three months old, Israel invaded Gaza in what became known as Operation Cast Lead. During the first hour of the invasion, over 300 Palestinians perished in Shifa’s crowded halls because the hospital, like Gaza’s entire health sector, lacked the capacity to deal with the mass trauma. A planned additional surgical building, which could’ve saved many at Shifa during the invasion, had been blocked by Israeli siege policy according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

During the havoc, Nasma was immunised on April 8, 2009. The small shot was a bad sign – what inoculates normal babies afflicted her. She stopped eating and her temperature rose. After five days of illness, she needed a deeper examination. Doctors discovered her spleen and liver were enlarged. They did not know what ailed the baby, but they knew doctors outside of Gaza would. Nasma stayed in Shifa for over a month until May 21, waiting to leave.


“Everything is on the verge of collapse in Gaza since Operation Cast Lead. But even before that it was very, very bad,” said Reut Katz, project coordinator for Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) in the occupied Palestinian territories. “A lot the facilities have been damaged or destroyed.”

Israeli forces did not spare Gaza’s health sector in the invasion. The windows were blown out of the Al Nasser pediatric centre. Israeli tanks shelled Al Quds hospital’s administrative building as a phosphorous shell incinerated the top two floors: the staff restaurant, the largest meeting hall in Gaza, the childrens’ playroom, and the medical supplies warehouse were wiped out while the socio-cultural centre and ambulance station sustained damage. Artillery fire struck the walls, water mains and electrical system of the Gaza-European Hospital, and multiple detonations rocked both Al Awda and Al Dorah emergency rooms. Despite International Committee of the Red Cross pleas for Israel to stop pummeling the medical facility Al Wafa, it’s new building was destroyed.

The 15 hospitals and 41 medical clinics damaged in Operation Cast Lead remain broken today. Their restoration materials are kept out of Gaza by Israel’s occupation, according to PHR. The blockade and siege of Gaza has led to a system-wide lack of such basics as construction material, medicine, equipment, and electricity.

Nasma’s parents needed to get her out of their devastated, besieged homeland. They applied for and received permission from the Gaza District Coordination Office (DCO) for Nasma to enter Israel for medical tests at Jerusalem’s Al Muqasid hospital. But her father Nija did not. The responsibility of caring for and carrying the sick infant fell on the shoulders of her nine-month pregnant mother. Nija is still angry about the designation that forced his wife, alone, heavy with child, and cradling their sick daughter, across the Beit Hanoon/Erez border into Israel on June 4 for blood samples. The news wasn’t good.


“Her lymph glands showed she had a bad type of cancer,” Nija said of the diagnosis.

The doctors there knew they couldn’t help her, and Nasma was transferred to a third hospital, Al Muta’l, where doctors said her sickness was in an advance stage and exceeded their abilities. Again, Nasma and her pregnant mother entered a new hospital, this time in Tel Aviv. Here Nisma’s family received bad and good news. Their daughter was suffering from a “very dangers and very sophisticated” cancer – but now she had a baby sister. Her mother gave birth in the iconic metropolis of her people’s occupiers to a healthy child who would outlive her.

The authorities quickly revoked Nasma’s mothers access to Israel: she returned to Gaza with the new child. Nija replaced her in Tel Aviv and stood vigil while Nasma had surgery. New blood tests revealed she had B-cell lymphoma – a disease that, if found and treated early, can be cured. Rarely can Gazan doctors do so, kept from medicines, equipment and modern techniques.

“Early detection of diseases in Gaza – especially in cases like cancer when its critical – is very, very low,” Katz said. “These problems we are encountering again and again.”

“There most significant problem is a problem of diagnosis and medical skills because of the situation,” Katz said. Students cannot train to become doctors, and doctors cannot study new medical practices. “The Gazan medical community is disconnected from the world medical community and this will take many, many years to solve.”

However, even if Nasma’s lymphoma – a cancer which turns B-cells in the blood malignant – had been detected, she still would have had to leave Gaza.


“Cancer patients in Gaza have serious problems,” Katz said. Cancer treatments involve radiological devices – which aren’t allowed by the Israeli siege into Gaza because their radioactive pieces could be weaponised. “Radioactive materials are not allowed at all into Gaza, and so any cancer patient must leave for treatment because they can’t have radiology treatment in Gaza. It’s important they leave on time.”

Over 1,000 sick Gazans are referred to hospitals inside Israel, the West Bank or Jordan every month, according to current monthly WHO reports. To receive proper care afforded by adequately staffed, powered, stocked and equipped hospitals, each needs to apply through a complex procedure involving Hamas, the PA and Israel. Knowing treatment is needed and available, but not knowing when, or if, access to it will be granted, takes a heavy psychological toll.

Since the flotilla attacks Israel has issued fewer potentially life-saving permits, according to PHR. Thirty-two patients have died waiting to access the hospitals they were referred to, according to the WHO.

Five organizations must vet all patients seeking a treatment outside Gaza in “a very long and exhausting procedure,” Katz said. Nasma’s family petitioned their hospital, Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, a liaison committee, the DCO and finally Israel’s intelligence service. Cleared by Shein Beit, the DCO passed along her file to the liaison committee who told the family Nasma could go abroad for help.

“In anyone one of these there could be a delay or something could happen,” Katz said, noting Israeli security checks hinder applications alongside infighting between the Palestinian National Authority and Hamas. “In urgent cases they are supposed to work quicker, but as you can see, sometimes its too long.”

Physical and political divides between Hamas and Fatah, Ismail Haniyeh and Abu Manzen, Gaza and Ramallah, keep Palestinians from reaching treatment abroad. Medications to Gaza enter through the PA Ministry of Health in Ramallah, where a management system, complex by nature, divides medicines and equipment. The cooperation necessary in such a multi-faceted system doesn’t happen between Hamas and the PA: neither can visit the other.


On June 28, 2010, Nasma and Nija returned to Gaza. After ten days, she was accepted to the Ramdam hospital in Haifa where on June 7, she underwent chemical treatment. She had to return to Gaza before again resuming chemical treatment in Haifa for two months. Then Nasma began therapy at her sixth hospital, Ha-Emek in Afula. The PA Ministry of Health denied Nasma entry on September 28 but allowed her return on October 4.

Back in Gaza city on October 6, Dr. Mohammad Abu Sha’aban told the Israelis Nasma needed to resume Afula’s treatment. Nasma spent her second birthday, cancer coursing through her, waiting for permission to receive adequate medical treatment. No word came from the Israelis for a week, and a desperate family called Physicians for Human Rights on October 13, who successfully got exit permission for Nasma and her father the next day.

But it was too late. Dr. Abu Sha’aban said the baby girl was too weak to be moved and her family watched her deteriorate for two days until her death on October 16, 2010. 

“The problem wasn’t that Nasma was denied exit,” Katz said. “The reason why she couldn’t leave was essentially bureaucracy.”

  Physicians for Human Rights






October 27, 2010

Oct 26, 2010

An aide to Israel’s former internal security chief says his boss has canceled a trip to Spain for fear he could be arrested for alleged war crimes.

Avi Dichter, now a parliament member, was supposed to head an Israeli delegation to a peace conference in Spain beginning Thursday.

Dichter faced charges of crimes against humanity in Spain for his role in a 2002 airstrike that killed a Hamas commander and 14 civilians in the Gaza Strip.

The court dropped the suit, but Dichter spokesman Nisan Zeevi said Tuesday that Spain could not guarantee Dichter would not be arrested.

Pro-Palestinian lawyers have filed a number of war crimes charges against Israeli officials in European courts. No cases have gone ahead, but officials have canceled trips for fear of arrest.




Parashat Balak

“Just then one of the Israelites came and brought a Midianite woman over to his brethren, in the sight of Moses and in the sight of the whole Israelite community, who were weeping at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. When Phineas, son of Eleazar son of Aaron the priest…he took a spear in his hand…and he stabbed both of them, the Israelite man and the woman, through the belly” (Numbers 25:6).

In the portion of Shelach we showed that a person who accepts the Torah’s laws is forbidden to investigate and clarify for himself if our Torah is indeed G-d’s. In the portion of Korach we showed that one is permitted to kill people consecrated to G-d with no court of law or witnesses. In the portion of Chukat we showed that even acts of idolatry are permitted if the Torah allowed them. In this portion we shall show that according to the Torah what is written in Genesis 9:6, “In His image did G-d make man,” are not said of every man on earth. And it is known already of Rabbi Simeon bar Yochai’s statement in Yevamot 61a, “Thus did Rabbi Simeon bar Yochai say…you are called ‘man’ and idolaters are not called ‘man’.”

Zimri the son of Salu desired a Midianite woman and took her before all of Israel. Phineas the son of Eleazar took a spear and killed both of them without law or judgement, and even received a reward. “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Phineas, son of Eleazar son of Aaron the priest, has turned back My wrath from the Israelites…therefore I grant him My covenant of peace.” It is true that one should not commit acts of passion in public, but the death penalty? For what? Whom did those two hurt?

Woe to a society which makes such laws for its citizens, cruelty for its own sake. More than that: In the wake of that past evil, let us see what Rabbi Hertzog, Chief Rabbi of Israel, wrote when asked about a cohen who married a gentile woman in a civil ceremony–should she be converted? While discussing the issue he wrote in Responsa “Heichal Yitzchak,” Even HaEzer 1, section 19: “In this issue, it is in public, and therefore the zealous may harm him, for an overseas civil marriage is considered in public.” In our enlightened days, in a country of law, the chief rabbi writes and invites an act of murder.

This is exactly what he decrees, based on our holy Torah, that if a Jew marries a gentile woman they both may be killed on the street, just so, with no trial, no witnesses, and no warning. We have not seen religious Jews carrying this out every single day, everywhere, because we do not have amongst us those as zealous as Phineas, but who’s to say whether someone as zealous will not come along and kill them? We have already seen zealots killing in the recent past.

Not only do zealots harm the man for a gentile woman, but even for a Jewish woman who has turned apostate. She is considered like a gentile, and the law is that the zealous may harm her husband!

As Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef wrote in his book “Yabiyah Omer,” part three, Even HaEzer, section 21: “And more than this, I say that even if we clarify through witnesses that the husband and wife, at the time they married, were both irreligious, and some time afterwards the spirit of G-d began to move him, and he repented and demands of his wife that she should no longer disobey the laws of Moses and women’s customs in Judaism…she is divorced without paying off the sum stated in her marriage contract…Anyway, the matter is clear…if she violates the Sabbath in public or eats non-kosher meat simply to anger, there is no greater violation of the religion that this, she is like an idolater in everything, and according to several halachic arbiters he [her husband] is as one who has wed a gentile, whom the zealous may harm”! This is what one who was a chief rabbi of Israel wrote, one whose salary was paid from the taxes of those women who violate the Sabbath and whom he sentences, along with their husbands, to death and the loss of the money due to them according to their marriage contract. Happy is he who grasped this and did not loose that either; not only he drank from the well, but also spitted therein.

You should know that the rule “the zealous may harm him” without a trial or judgement is valid only during the act itself, and applies only to who weds a gentile or convert away from Judaism, but according to a convert away from Judaism himself, one may kill him at any time and any place, as Maimonides wrote in The Laws of a Murderer, chapter four, halacha 10: “Heretics, which are those among Jews who deny the Torah and prophecy–it is a commandment to kill them, and if he has strength to kill them with a foil he does so in public, and if not, he should act against them with cunning, until he causes them to be killed.

If he sees one fall into a well and the ladder is in the well, first he should remove the ladder and say, ‘I must take my son down off the roof, I’ll bring it back’ or some such thing.” Not only may he kill with the Torah’s permission, but he may defraud and trap innocent people to kill them. What is the other’s fault? That he thinks differently? That he does not believe in a Divine Torah? So what?! Let him believe what he will. Does anyone think that another can be forced to believe by death threats? Is this how one defends the faith?

In recent generations the arbiters’ and rabbis’ fear, that these laws would actually be carried out, had risen, and therefore the Chazon Ish wrote on Yoreh Deah, The Laws of Ritual Slaughter, section two, paragraph 16: “And it seems that this law applies only in those times when His supervision is clear, like in the time when there were miracles and a Heavenly voice and the righteous of the generation were under clear personal supervision.

Heretics were then especially perverse in swaying the impulses towards lust and lawlessness, and at that time clearing out the evildoers was protection of the world, for all knew that the pushing the generation away [from the ways of the Torah] bring punishment to the world and causes pestilence, war, and hunger to come upon the world. But when Divine supervision is hidden and faith has been uprooted from the doorways of the nation, such acts do not build a fence against lawlessness but add to the lawlessness, for they will see it as an act of destruction and violence, G-d forbid. Since we are supposed to fix things, we should not apply this law when it does not lead to correction. But we must return them through ties of love and put them in the rays of light as much as we can.”

We should say several things about the words of the Chazon Ish. First, that in the time of the prophets People of Israel did really do what was evil in the sight of G-d, in the time of King Manasseh they forgot the Torah, and in the time of Ezra they violated the Sabbath and married non-Jewish women, but that is not a “special perverseness,” different essentially from what happened in other generations.

Another thing we should note is that the Chazon Ish saw it would be inappropriate to permit killing in our days, so he went and changed the halacha, for the preferences of people had changed. This is what we’ve said often–the sages determine what will be practiced in their generations. Sometimes they will say that reality had changed and halacha had not, sometimes they will say that reality had changed and the halacha had, too. See what we wrote about this in Pamphlet 8.

But what is especially difficult is that the Chazon Ish did not take his “ties of love” to the logical conclusion and only permitted not killing those who violate Shabbat. On matters of ritual slaughter and wine, their fate remained as those who worship stars and the zodiac. Who can explain why in these laws the Chazon Ish did not think it worthwhile to bring closer those who destroy the fences, using “ties of love”? Love which does not allow one to raise a glass of wine in toast with a Jew is definitely love dependent on something.

Not only are apostates and idolaters sentenced to death, but so is a gentile, even a Noahide. Their blood is permitted according to the Torah; the Shulchan Aruch in The Laws of Sabbath, section 330, subsection two, wrote quite explicitly: “One does not help a gentile woman give birth on the Sabbath.” The reason is that saving a life overrides the Sabbath only for those who observe Sabbath in the first place.

And the others? Let them die! The Mishnah Brurah in that section screams about the actions of doctors: “Know that the doctors in our time, even the most religious, are not careful about this at all, for every Sabbath they travel beyond the allowed limits to heal those who worship stars and the zodiac…and G-d save us, they are completely in violation of the Sabbath.” Certainly they, too, are sentenced to death, for to save a Jew is permitted and even required, but a non-Jew? Such a one is not even called a person. (Note that it is not spoken of people who actually worship stars, the sun and the moon, for there were no such idolaters in Chafetz Chayim’s milieu.

He meant all non-Jews. Why did he call them “worshippers of stars and the zodiac”? Only because he was afraid of gentile authorities and their anger with the Jews.)

Come see how far the matters go. In “Yabiyah Omer,” part eight, Orach Chaim, section 38: “About an outstanding non-Jewish doctor who loves Jews, and who had saved several Jewish souls from death and habitually treats poor Jews for free and who has become dangerously ill and calls a Jewish physician to come and let his blood–if he does not come it will be an act of great animosity and will turn the non-Jew’s heart, so that he joins our enemies. He will give only bad and will stop treating Jewish patients,” and the rabbi permitted curing the non-Jewish doctor “because the Jewish doctor is not doing it for the non-Jew’s benefit but to save himself and Jewish patients from danger…There is no Torah prohibition, and one should rule to permit.”

All the non-Jewish physician’s merits and good deeds, the fact that he is one of the righteous among the nations, are worth nothing; if it is permissible to save him it is only for selfish, utilitarian, and petty reasons. A Jewish physician will not say to himself, “I am lucky to be able to return good for the good done by this worthy man,” but according to the Halacha must have the intention “only to save himself and Jewish patients.” What can we say of this?

Not only is this the law for righteous among the nations, but also for those who publicly violate the Sabbath. One may not violate the Sabbath to save them, as is written in the Mishnah Brura, The Laws of Sabbath, section 329, paragraph four: “A Jew who sins…but if he does it only to anger others it is forbidden to save him, even during the weekdays, and it is certainly forbidden to violate the Sabbath for him.” One may ask about religious doctors, perhaps even Charedi ones, who work in the hospitals, even on Sabbath, and save non-Jewish patients, and non-religious patients who publicly violate the Sabbath, but Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef was already asked about this in Responsa “Yabiyah Omer,” part eight, Orach Chaim, section 38: “I was asked by G-d-fearing physicians who work in public hospitals, even on Sabbath, whether they are allowed to treat gentile patients who are dangerously ill and are hospitalized in public institutions, even if it would mean violating Torah prohibitions.”

And the rabbi answered: “We learn that in our times, when there is fear of greater animosity in the world, if Jewish doctors forbore from treating non-Jew on the Sabbath and left them to die, even this issue is one of saving Jewish lives, for if non-Jewish doctors heard this they would stop treating Jewish patients.” No morality, no human decency, and no compassion. Only calculations of utility and benefit. It is as though he said, “A non-Jew? Save him? No, he ought to die. But his death might harm Jews, so we are permitted to treat him.”

Rabbi Eliezer Waldenberg (b. 1917, served as head of the religious court in Jerusalem) added his own personal touch in “Reponsa Tzitz Eliezer,” part eight, section 15, essay Meshivat Nafesh, chapter six: “And therefore we have a clever idea for physicians who must treat, according to universal law accepted by all, dangerously ill idolaters, for whom one has necessarily to violate even the Torah prohibitions on Shabbat: he should intend not to save the idolater, but himself, so that he not be punished, and through himself all the Jewry…in this way he will not violate the Torah prohibitions by his actions, but only the Rabbinical ones.”

For that reason he allowed also saving a non-religious Jew, “From what was said, we have a general permit to consider the time and situation in which we find ourselves, because of our many sins, that medical treatment involving the violation of Torah prohibitions is required to be given to heretics who publicly violate the Sabbath…for if a religious doctor did not give this treatment, non-religious doctors would withhold treatment as payback…and from this they would be in danger.”

Why is one allowed to save a secular Jew from death on Sabbath? Only to prevent payback by non-religious doctors! The author of “Tzitz Eliezer” can rest easy; non-religious doctors are truly moral and decent and would not neglect any patient for any reason. The followers of “Tzitz Eliezer” can continue to decide that religious doctors should not treat the seculars on Sabbath, and nothing bad will happen to their public, though they will have to battle their own consciences.

Thus the Torah given by God, who “created man in His image” is turned on its head. According to halacha a “man” is only a Sabbath observant Jew. Is this the Jewish viewpoint? Of the billions of people on earth, only a million and a half or so are men and all the rest are as beasts of the field? Are all the interpersonal commandments in the Torah only between Sabbath observant Jews? In place of an answer we will bring here what “Hagahot Maimoniyot” wrote in the Laws of Opinions, chapter six, halacha three: “Every person is commanded to love each and every Jew (and not gentile) as himself, for it is said, ‘Love your fellow-man as yourself.’ It is because he is your fellow-man in fulfilling the Torah and the commandments, but an evil man who does not accept admonition, him it is a commandment to hate, as it says, ‘the fear of G-d is the hating of evil,’ and it is written, ‘I hate those who hate You, O Lord…’.” Simply thus: it is a commandment to hate! Did not the hands of he who wrote this shake?



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