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Saturday, September 2nd

The Alice in Wonderland language of the Middle East: 1984 and beyond

"Terrorists," "war criminals," "Genocide," "imperialists," "racists," "Nazis." Who is best described by these words, if not the Hamas and Hezbolla and related groups?

How would you describe someone who wants to conquer another country, not their own? Aren't they imperialists? Haven't the Hamas and Hezbollah declared their intention to conquer Israel, and hasn't Mr. Ahmadinejad declared that he is looking forward to a world without Zionism?


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Ami Isseroff on 09.02.06 @ 01:02 PM CST [link]

Friday, September 1st

Fundamentals: Zionism is the God that Didn't Fail

I came across an article by Martin Peretz entitled The God that did not fail (Zionism) that may be a diamond in the rough. It was written in 1997, perhaps to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Basle Congress that founded the Zionist movement. Peretz makes the point that communism, or as he calls it, "socialism" was, in the words of Arthur Koestler, "The God that Failed." Instead of a new world of democracy and equality, it brought despotism and mass executions. For the Jews in particular, the failure of communism to bring about the longed for status of equality was a particularly bitter disappointment. The little fragile Zionist movement did not fail however.


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Ami Isseroff on 09.01.06 @ 05:29 PM CST [link]

Thursday, August 31st

Arbeit Macht Frei: Son of Nazism returns or just ignorance?

Some of us were shocked to learn that a local Italian official, Tommaso Coletti, used the slogan "Work makes you free," in pamphlets advertising unemployment centers (see story below). Of course, this is a translation of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" slogan that was written across the gate of Auschwitz death camp.

The lesson is apparently not that Italy is becoming Fascist or Nazi or that Coletti is an anti-Semite. It is much more subtle. Coletti wrote in the pamphlet:

"Work makes you free. I don't remember where I read this phrase but it was one of those quotes that have an instant impact on you because they tell an immense truth."


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Ami Isseroff on 08.31.06 @ 02:07 PM CST [link]

Wednesday, August 30th

Lebanon - Last to make peace with Israel

In the real world, it would make sense for Lebanon to make peace with Israel, as Israel and Lebanon really have no insoluble issues dividing them, and both would benefit immensely from peace. Not getting bombed or hit by rockets periodically is a sufficient benefit for most world leaders. In the Middle East world, peace between Lebanon and Israel can't happen apparently.


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Sunday, August 27th

What Israeli Jews now expect of American Jews

A very important fellow named Aron U. Raskas (he must be important, as he says so himself) published an article in Ha'aretz outlining the minimum expected by American Jews of Israelis. It seems we let down our American brethren, as not enough Israelis died in the last war. Mr Raskas paid for a big war, and he claims he didn't get what he paid for. We didn't deliver the goods. Not enough of our sons came home in boxes.

Contrary to most American Jews, who insist that Israel has to give up all the territories yesterday and act with "compassion" to the Arabs of Palestine, the Hezbollah and others, Raskas expects a more militant Israel. He also has some interesting ideas about recent history and US positions on the Middle East:


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Ami Isseroff on 08.27.06 @ 07:08 PM CST [link]

Gaza 'Peace' Education: Camp kill-a-Jew teaches 'anti-Zionism'

Hey kids! Spend your summer at camp kill-a-Jew. Not exactly genocide, just drive-em-into-the-sea. Ha'aretz has this news about the program of a summer camp in Gaza:

"We teach the children the truth. How the Jews persecuted the prophets and tortured them. We stress that the Jews killed and slaughtered Arabs and Palestinians every chance they got. Most important, the children understand that the conflict with the Jews is not over land, but rather over religion. As long as Jews remain here, between the [Jordan] river and the sea, they will be our enemy and we will continue to pursue and kill them. When they leave we won't hurt them."

Well now we know what the conflict is about, we know what the solution must be, right? It's not anti-Semitism. We don't hate the Jews. We just teach our kids the truth - Jews have horns and tails and we have to kick them out of their homes. Who says anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism?


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Ami Isseroff on 08.27.06 @ 11:20 AM CST [link]

9/11 and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

In recent years conspiracy theories about the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001 have become rather popular in anti-American circles all over the world, both among Moslems and in radical left scenes. A majority of people in Egypt, Syria and Morocco believe that these attacks have not been carried out by radical Moslems, but by the CIA or the Mossad. This is not very surprising unfortunately.


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Ratna Pelle on 08.27.06 @ 02:48 AM CST [link]


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