Friday, August 26, 2005

When you have a moment of clarity:
Remember and Do

After reviewing the reports and images of the expulsions last night on Arutz-7, I could not sleep. Out of that sleepless night came a moment of clarity, distilled down to a logo.
Remember. Jewish Gaza and Shomron will arise and prosper, long after the people who committed this wicked betrayal have gone to their reward. May they find t’shuvah in this life.
We live in the day of Israel’s Return and that is the task of this Jewish generation. You may not be called upon to complete this great work, but neither are you free to abandon it.
Anything I am doing that does not advance this dust.

Clear? Crystal.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Media Party Special appearance: Terror chief Zakaria Zubeidi

Top terrorist Zakaria Zubeidi made “guest appearance” in video prepared by Reuters staff as “going away” gift for colleague, Ynetnews has learned

By Yaakov Lappin

TEL AVIV - Close buddies? Top terrorist Zakaria Zubeidi made a “guest appearance” in a video prepared by the staff of Reuters news agency in Israel and the Palestinian Authority as a “going away” gift for a colleague, Ynetnews has learned.

Zubeidi, who heads Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in Jenin, has been named by security officials as a key figure in organizing terror attacks on Israeli civilians.

Zubeidi’s al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades have claimed responsibility for more than 300 terror acts in the last five years. A Reuters
spokeswoman confirmed the video’s existence, but said the London-based news organization is “not associated with any group or faction in any conflict.”

The screening, which occurred in a Jerusalem restaurant last March, involved the showing of a video during a private party. "The video's theme was what Israel would be like in 10 years," said an Israeli government official who attended the party and viewed the video. "All of a sudden, at the end, there is Zakaria Zubeidi, playing the head of Reuters. Zubeidi was sitting in Reuters' Jenin office, saying he was Reuters’ chief,” the official said. 'They thought video was hilarious.'

The party included guests from the BBC, ITN, the Independent newspaper, and French journalists. "They all thought the video was hilarious, "the official said. He added that only a few individuals did not seem amused during the screening.

"They were laughing; they thought it was very funny, he said.”

Reuters spokeswoman Susan Allsopp said in a statement to Ynetnews that the film “was a spoof video put together for a departing member of staff by a few of his colleagues in Israel and the Palestinian territories. It was shown at a private farewell party and was meant to be humorous.

“As soon as editorial management in Jerusalem became aware of the video they told the staff involved that Reuters found it to be inappropriate and in poor taste,” the statement said. “The member of staff for whom the party had been held has never met Mr. Zubeidi. Reuters would like to make it clear that it is not associated with any group or faction in any conflict.”

Sunday, August 14, 2005

No comparison... nope, none at all.

<bitter irony warning> I am so happy and relieved that the president of Israel has cleared it all up for us now--there is no connection between the expulsion and Tisha B'Av. You see, this time Jews will merely deport fellow Jews. The rest of the world will be glad to take care of the rest: imprisonment, murder, desecration. But this expulsion is a good start. </bitter irony warning>

Israel National News -- Aug 14, '05 / 9 Av 5765

( President Moshe Katsav on Sunday afternoon met with members of the Gesher organization which promotes dialogue between Israelis.

During the event, the president told Rabbi Chaim Druckman, a prominent nationalist rabbi and leader of Bnei Akiva that a comparison cannot be made between Tisha B’Av and the disengagement, adding that the disengagement is not destruction and not the end.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Truth in advertising... at random

Sometimes those Google auto-ads create strange juxtapositions.
Take a look at this one from the Townhall website.

Here is a page with Mona Charen's essay, "Londonistan," about home-grown jihad terrorism in London. Now... Take a look at the ad that (based on a keyword match, no doubt) got dropped into the page on the right-hand column. Sometimes you laugh just so as not to cry. Enough said.
Londonistan screenshot

Thursday, August 04, 2005

When your enemy starts telling the truth... be very afraid.

That'll be the day.

Timed with the opening of a new terror franchise in Gaza, Al-Qaeda has begun publishing a glossy magazine called "The Tip of the Camel's Hump." This month's cover is--believe it or not--a picture of what looks like Jewish men praying at the Kotel. Though the cover story is written under a 'nom de guerre,' the author is widely believed to be Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, commander of Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Translated excerpts of the article have been published as an exclusive on Debkafile.

Here are some major points. The comments in brackets are from the Debkafile editorial staff. When I imply that the enemy is speaking the truth, of course it's not all truth--there's a big whopping lie mixed in there. The big lie is in his conclusion: that G-d is finished with the Jews. But I have often found that the more evil a person becomes, the less he needs to lie about issues that to him have become incidental. See some examples below. I doubt if you'll be able to resist clicking the links for the entire piece.

"Allah decided to test the Jews when they were still an oppressed people. [Ed. In Pharaoh's Egypt]. He seeks to lead them to the path of faith and victory and therefore urges them to conquer the Land of Israel [acknowledging that Allah caused the Jews to return to and conquer the Land of Israel]. But the Jewish people's main weakness emerges at this early stage. Its shoulders are too feeble to carry the heavy burden; the Jews always aspire to victory, but they are not willing to devote the necessary effort, sacrifice or sweat to achieve this end."

"Throughout the generations it transpired that Jews, unlike Muslims, do not fear Allah and are incapable of understanding that the world’s moving force is fear of Allah, not of people. For example, they are even more afraid to fight for the Promised Land than they are of God. [Ed. This argument attempts to portray the Jews as cowards who are scared to fight for their paramount value, the Promised Land, and willing to give away parts in order to shirk war.]"

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Analogy operating in the background: Israel and Northern Ireland

I'm sure we've all wondered why and how the world can clearly recognize terrorism everywhere but in Israel. Could it be that in the policy centers of major governments, there is a hidden analogy operating in the background: Israel and Northern Ireland?

See these short excerpts and then follow the link below.
Lessons from Northern Ireland for the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Dean Godson, published on the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs website.

• Many British officials see a strong resemblance between the Israelis and the Unionists, both of whom have to be pulled down a peg or two. Both are now perceived as "Afrikaaners," or "settler" groups who have driven out indigenous peoples.

• The post-September 11 anti-terrorism legislation of 2001 holds that terrorism for no rational political purpose, such as the re-creation of a global caliphate, has to be subject to the most stringent anti-terrorism measures. However, the British government does not put Palestinian terrorism or Northern Irish terrorism into that category.

• In recent years, PLO flags and large wall murals of Arafat can be seen in Catholic-Republican neighborhoods, while Unionist-Protestant zones are covered with Israeli flags. In fact, Northern Ireland is one of the very few parts of Europe where there is a very wide measure of popular support in the majority community for the State of Israel.

Lessons from Northern Ireland for the Arab-Israeli Conflict