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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Irrational intolerance is a frightening reality

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This is the first of weekly columns by local religious leaders. Cindy Trane Christeson's "The Moral of the Story" will continue in this space once a month.

I taught at UC Irvine for 22 years. I am glad to have left a campus that has become fertile ground for hate speech and take pride in joining Chapman University, where discourse is passionate but civil.

Last year, I was invited back to UCI to speak about Israel to several hundred political science students. The ad hominem attacks launched by the Muslim class members, the insults they flung at me, the rage that contorted their faces, indicated an irrationality never to be imagined in a university classroom. Later, the professor confessed his fear that physical violence would explode and that he had considered calling security to protect me as I left.

Muslim students recently sponsored programs geared to whip up a frenzy against Israel. The only democracy in a sea of tyrannical and primitive regimes was likened to Nazi Germany and apartheid in South Africa. It is a crime punishable by imprisonment for a Christian to wear a Cross in Saudi Arabia, and yet this is the culture that attacks Israel for its alleged intolerance.

Islam, a faith profoundly inimical to Western values, divides the world into realms of dar al Islam, believers, and dar al harb, unbelievers. The Koran of Medina commands: "Then your Lord spoke to His angels and said, 'I will be with you. Give strength to the believers. I will send terror into the unbelievers' hearts, cut off their heads and even the tips of their fingers!' " We of the West, who affirm, "Love your neighbor as yourself," recoil at the global jihad that daily implements this homicidal Koranic message.

We must condemn speech that descends into vilification. As Lebanese-born Arab reformer Brigitte Gabriel recently said to my congregation, "What is at stake on campuses is our future; the students of today will become tomorrow's leaders."

I tremble.

Friday, May 18, 2007 Ted Kennedy on Immigration [Mark Krikorian]

1965: "The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset
the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission.
It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs."

1986: "This amnesty will give citizenship to only 1.1 to 1.3 million illegal
aliens. We will secure the borders henceforth. We will never again bring
forward another amnesty bill like this."

2007: "Now it is time for action. 2007 is the year we must fix our broken

please listen to this audio !!!!

The great audio of Mark Levin's interview with Robert Rector of the Heritage
Foundation about the impact of the proposed bill is here:



If you loved America, if you were a proud American, why wouldn't you want to help fight the war against our mortal enemy. In CAIR's case, it's because they are the enemy.
In today's CAIR ALERT;


Looks like they have their moles on the Denver Post payroll

U.S. attorney will lead parlay
Arab-Americans and Muslims concerned about FBI efforts to recruit them as informants and other tactics designed to prevent terrorism plan to meet today with U.S. Attorney Troy Eid.

Why wouldn't any good American want to help prevent terrorism?

Among issues they say they want addressed:

FBI pressure on Arab-Americans and Muslims to work as informants - reporting what friends say and do.


Federal authorities' intervening in local court cases against people with Mideast and South Asian ties.

Clear criteria for placing people on government terrorist watch lists and removing names in case of mistakes.

"We try to say: 'You are in America, a different society from the one you came from that had secret police who could take you away,"' said Djilali Kacem, executive director of the Colorado chapter of the Muslim American Society and imam at a Northglenn mosque.
But visits by FBI agents and alleged random security searches at airports leave newcomers from the Mideast and elsewhere skeptical, Kacem said.

"They tell (immigrants): 'If you will help us, we will help you get the green card."'

When FBI agents visited Palestinian-American Zuhair Mahd, a computer programmer who moved to the U.S. as a teenager, "They put the pitch: 'There are bad people in the community. Sept. 11 was a bad thing. Would you be willing to serve as a source for us or report to us about suspicious or bad people in the community?"' Mahd said.

Sounds mighty reasonable.

Mahd, now 33, refused, telling the agents, "I don't like to fill in the blanks when I don't know the full story," he said. Now he reckons his refusals are "a driving factor" in FBI delays approving a security background check that has stalled his otherwise-approved citizenship application. (MORE)

9/11 wasn't a full enough story?

Friday, May 18, 2007

Palis SHOOT 15 Human Shields
Mainstream media crickets chirping

This is how you can determine just how antisemitic and jihad loving the media really is. Can you imagine if a Jew killed a human shield (even accidentally - can you say Rachel Corrie?) But the blood lusty barbarians are given every courtesy. Hell in a hand basket, folks, hell in a hand basket.

Palestinians Shoot 15 Human Shields IRIS Blog

200 Gaza residents decided their "human shield" tactics worked so well against the Israelis, they would try it to stop the shooting between rival terrorists in Gaza:

"Just as we used to protect you from the occupation by acting as human shields, we have come to protect you from yourselves," one protester shouted at gunmen, referring to instances when Palestinian civilians positioned themselves between militants and Israeli forces.

The gunmen used it as an opportunity to refine their technical skills, injuring approximately 15 of them.

See also: Gaza City: "A City of Corpses and Ghosts"

"Even during the Israeli occupation the situation wasn't this terrible," says Um Mohammed, praying for an end to the lethal Palestinian infighting raging outside her Gaza City home. Fear reigns throughout the city, deserted but for prowling groups of armed men, loyal to rivals Hamas or Fatah, living on a daily diet of ambushes, kidnappings and assassinations. Dozens of snipers on the rooftops of the tallest buildings open fire seemingly on anything that moves. "We can't go near the window, let alone on the balcony. We have all become targets," says Um Mohammed. "This is a city of corpses and ghosts."

See also: AP Reporter in Gaza: "This Is the Worst It's Been"

On Wednesday, I saw several people shot in front of my building, I heard the screams of terrified women and children in a burning building, and I argued with gunmen who tried to take over my home. I have seen a lot in my years as a journalist in Gaza, but this is the worst it's been.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


May 18, 2007

" We are being innudated with support..." was the reply by Esti Sherbelis, International Public Relations Officer of the Israel Medical Association in response call for physicians signatures by Scholars for Peace in the Middle East to a letter from the the IMA to the British Medical Association and World Medical Association. This initiative was in response to a call by a 135 British physicians to ban the IMA from the World Medical Assocation recently published in the Guardian.

Dr. Edward S. Beck, President of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East commented, " Over the last years the international academic and professional communities have seen an alarming rate of increase in anti-Israel activity by individuals of significant influence using distorted facts and propagandist tactics which do not further the cause of peace, but inflame possibilities for dialogue and collaboration."

Mark Pepys MD. Head of the Department of Medicine at the Royal Free and University College Medical School in London asked that his name be added to the letter which, "demonstrated the malign falsehoods which comprise the call for a boycott of the IMA."
"It is objectionable as it interferes with the integrity of scientists and healthworkers and mingles science and politics." stated Prof.dr.L.Kater University Medical Center, Utrecht,the Netherlands.
George Fresh MD of Harvard Medical School write of his experiences of treating critically ill Palestinian patients who were transported to Israeli facilities who then returned to their homes in Gaza cured...all at the expense of Israel.
" Please add my name to the anti-bocott letter from physicians supporting the IMA and opposed to the actions of the 135 foolish British doctors attempting to get the World Medical Association to
boycott the Israel Medical Association." added F. Carl Grumet MD Professor of Pathology, emeritus
Stanford University.
"The targetting of a non political association with no ties to the government or its policies is wrong and clealy one sided as other associations across the muslim world are not called to answer for their governments' actions. Bruce Raphael MD Clinical Professor of Medicine, NYU Medical School. New York City"
"I note that I have personally rounded at Hadassah Mount Scopus with both Israeli and Palestinian residents on Israeli and Palestinian patients. All were treated equally and well." wrote
David Siegel MD, Chief of Medicine VA Northern California Health Care System, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Medicine School of Medicine, University of California Davis.
Robert H. Seller, MD, FACP, emeritus professor of Medicine and Family Medicine, Medical School of the State University of New York writes: "I am appalled at the attempt on the part of a group of British physicians to have Israel expelled from the World Health Organization. This is political bias of the worst kind. "

Philip Lemper, MD of Itaca NY points out,"...I worked at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem 1969 to 1970. At that time groups of physicians from the ophthalmology department would go to Gaza in order to provide care. The people there has essentially no access to ophthalmic care during the Egyptian occupation. It might be worthwhile to point this out to the Guardian."
Among the many prominent physicians included who signed this letter include, but certainly were not limited to: Harvey Risch and Edward Kaplan, Yale University; Edgar Pick, Sackler School of Medicine; Oliver Harari, Hammersmith Hospital London; Jean Claude Gluckman, Marie Curie Medical School, France; F.Carl Grumet and Ralph Rabkin, Stanford University Medical School; David Fisher, Harvard University Medical School; Stuart Sprague, Northwestern University School of Medicine; Harvey Arbesman, David Kaye, Robert Seller and Leonard Katz, University of Buffalo Medical School; Bruce Raphael, NYU Medical School; Michael Goldberg, Aaron Manson, Warren Widmann and Mitchell Berman, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Jack Greenberg; Drexel University Medical School; Alan Geller, Tufts University Medical School; Gabe Vorobiof, University of Rochester School of Medicine; Ashley Grossman, St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London; Robert Epstein, University of Virginia; Daniel Vorobiof, Johannesburg, South Africa; David Levine and Stephen Lerner, Wayne State University Medical Center; Rosyln Seligman, University of Cincinnati; Jack Arbiser, Emory University; Kenneth Norwich, University of Toronto; and David Seigle, University of California, Davis and many more others. This list is by no means complete.
In addition, Andrew Marks MD of Columbia University and head of International Academic Friends of Israel has launched a similiar initiative to gather physician colleagues support against any boycott of Israel physicians.
For Further Information Contact: Dr. Edward S. Beck, President Scholars for Peace in the Middle East

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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May 16, 2007

An Israeli mother and her three children were wounded this week by rockets from Gaza. On Tuesday, 24 rockets hit Israel and wounded 30 people. Since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Palestinian terrorists have fired more than 1,300 rockets into Israel.

The Palestinian response? More TV campaigns – this time with a Mickey Mouse look-alike – to teach children to be terrorists.

We need your help educating the media about these attacks.

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