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Saturday, August 26th

Lebanon: It was a famous victory

Everyone in the Arab world is convinced that Hassan Nasrallah and his Hezbollah won a great victory over the Zionist entity. Nasrallah is being hailed as the new Nasser and the new Sallah e-din.

That may well be the case. Israel counts about 150 casualties. Lebanon claims over a thousand (the numbers vary from day to day, and are slowly creeping upward). Lebanon claims that 15,000 houses were destroyed, including a significant chunk of the Dahyeh area of Beirut. It is only a small victory, since most of Beirut is still there, and Israeli troops only reached the Litani river. Next time Hezbollah will grant Lebanon an even greater victory for certain.

In a recent interview, however, Lebanese PM Fuad Seniora is quoted as saying:

"I don't believe it can happen again. I don't think Hizbullah is in the same position where it was before the war, and won't be able to repeat what it did. It learned the lesson from what happened.

What a killjoy! He doesn't want another famous victory!* I wonder why.


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Ami Isseroff on 08.26.06 @ 02:54 PM CST [link]

United Church of Canada retreats from Israel divestment (somewhat)

United Church of Canada joined Presbyterians and others in retreating from the once fashionable divestment panacea. Most interestingly, the United Church of Canada resolutions seem to have turned the boycott Israel campaign back against its initiators. The main idea of people like Jeff Halpern and groups like Sabeel was to use the boycott campaign to turn Israel into a pariah and delegitimize Zionism, but the new resolutions explicitly call for boycotting those who do so.

A revised resolution called for "ethically responsible businesses" which contribute to "peace and a secure and economically viable Palestinian state alongside a secure and economically viable State of Israel."


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Ami Isseroff on 08.26.06 @ 02:25 PM CST [link]

Friday, August 25th

Civilian casualties and war crimes

Before the UN cease fire, Lebanon had no army south the Litani river. Therefore, everyone killed by Israel is a "civilian," whether they were really little kids, or Imams in a Hezbollah mosque that was a stash for rockets, or Hezbollah fighters or their families who lived with them. All civilians. Therefore it is not surprising that both HRW and Amnesty should come to the conclusion that Israel deliberately targeted civilians. There was nobody there but "us civilians" to target.


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Ami Isseroff on 08.25.06 @ 01:23 PM CST [link]

Presbyterian Church USA Doesn't Recognize Israel

The Presbyterian Church USA hasn't given up its romance with the Hezbollah. Solomonia reports:

Despite backing off its previous anti-Israel and divestment positions, the Presbyterian News Service of the PC(USA) has given space to Rev. Nuhad Tomeh, "PC(USA) regional liaison for Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and the gulf," but otherwise known as Hizballah's "fixer" for travelling Christians. (See: Fallout for the PC(USA) and Criticism of Church Behavior Equals Attacking the Body of Christ?) Tomeh is the man who has arranged for traveling Presbyterian groups to have sympathetic meetings with Hizballah, and his writing shows it. This piece is about as pure a demonstration of straight propaganda as you're likely to find.


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Ami Isseroff on 08.25.06 @ 12:08 PM CST [link]

Japan and Zionism - a basic question

Some questions and issues are only raised about Israel for mysterious reasons. They are always loaded in such a way as to imply that Israel is unique among all the countries of the world, and does things that no other country is allowed to do. The Israeli occupation is billed as the longest occupation. It is not - China has been in Tibet much longer, and Britain has been in Ireland for several hundred years. "Israel is the only state that" can be truthfully completed by the phrase "Has more trees in 2006 then it did in 1906" but probably not much else is uniquely true of Israel.


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Ami Isseroff on 08.25.06 @ 01:22 AM CST [link]

Thursday, August 24th

Zionism, anti-terrorism and hoaxism versus integrity

Nothing can be more valuable to supporters of Israel. Zionism and the war against terror than the integrity of the information that we provide. That is why it is appalling to find that hoaxsters have repeatedly abuse the credulity of audiences to spread disinformation. They are helped by anyone and everyone who is willing to pass on an email letter or post an article that has no provenance, and who will not take the time to check information. The examples are legion. The people who start them are harming the cause. They invent these lies from egotism, boredom or malice. If you circulate them you are harming the cause. Bloggers and others who post this nonsense are undermining their own credibility. After circulating so many obviously false items, when they try to tell people about fake Reuters newsphotos and other things that really happened, who will believe them?

Please check information carefully before forwarding it. Be certain to include the origin. If you don't know the origin, and cannot find it on the Web, ignore the "information" entirely.


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Ami Isseroff on 08.24.06 @ 03:48 PM CST [link]

It takes courage

This is one more instance of an article from a series of articles I termed the “Voices of Reason”; it was published in the NY Sun and titled: “Filled With Grief“ by the noted Egyptian intellectual and writer Tarek Heggy.

A distinguished Egyptian writer who saw clearly through the events of the wars in Gaza & Lebanon and the doings or undoings of Hamas and Hezbollah, and who can attest to speaking to more than a hundred of his Lebanese friends only to hear them echo the sentiments portrayed in his article.

I believe there are more people like Mr Heggy who have the sensitivity and intellect to analyze and understand what had just happened and why it happened.

I can only hope that their voices will add to his; because it is only with such a crescendo of voices that the needed changes in attitudes will occur and in the process will positively affect the dynamics of Peace and coexistence in the Middle East.

Israel Bonan


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Israel Bonan on 08.24.06 @ 03:54 AM CST [link]

Wednesday, August 23rd

Israel - The Mouse that Squeaked?

Ralph Seliger put his finger on an important part of the Israeli dilemma:

Both Israel and its critics need to see Israel for what it is – a small country, forced into an unnatural situation of being the region’s most potent military power. The Jewish people have tried it the other way, with the defacto passivism of living as a defenseless minority.

Israeli military performance in the past generated high expectations. When those are not met, some argue, it is not "fair" to chastise Israel and voice disappointment, because Israel is a small country after all. Unfortunately, the world is not a fair place at all. Fair has nothing to do with it. If the Israeli Army does not work right, one time, or if our leaders make the wrong choices, just once, Israel may cease to exist.


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Ami Isseroff on 08.23.06 @ 11:41 AM CST [link]

Tuesday, August 22nd

Who violates the cease-fire?

Since the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah went into effect over a week ago, Israel killed 12 Hezbollah fighters, mostly in clear acts of self-defense, and in a raid against resupply of Hezbollah by Syria. Kofi Annan expressed his concerns about this and condemned the army raid as a violation of the cease-fire, after a complaint from Lebanon, and UN envoy Terje Larsen repeated this message to foreign minister Tzipi Livni, adding: "If you discovered arms smuggling, you could have complained through diplomatic channels."


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Ratna Pelle on 08.22.06 @ 07:54 PM CST [link]

Sunday, August 20th

Angelo Frammartino: The tuition of saints and fools

While the fighting was going on in Lebanon, terrorists claimed another victim. He was not one of us "bloodsucking Jews," not an evil Zionist settler in Tel Aviv or New York. He was a 25 year old Italian student, Angelo Frammartino, who came to our country to help the nice Palestinians in their struggle against the evil and greedy Zionist warmongers. Angelo was an active member of the Refondazione Comunista movement, which supports the Iraqi "resistance" and was apparently sent here by them:

Frammartino était le directeur de la section de la jeunesse de Monterotondo du Parti de la Refondation Communiste en Italie (PRC) et un pacifiste trčs actif dans les campagnes pour le développement durable des pays du Tiers-Monde

Translation - "Frammartino was the director of the Monterotondo youth deparment of the Italian Refondazione Comunista Party (PRC) and a very active pacifist in the campaign for sustainable development in third-world countries." Apparently, sustainable development and pacifism must be supported by the work of Iraqi suicide bombers.

Frammartino was stabbed in the back while walking with four friends in the Sultan Suleiman street in Jerusalem, near the Prahim Gate, on August 10. Israel police later apprehended his murderer, who confessed. The murderer was a member of the Islamic Jihad movement.


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Ami Isseroff on 08.20.06 @ 04:07 PM CST [link]


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