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Mr. Abbas, tear down this wall!

P.A. maintains Palestinian refugees in ghetto:

It is not the absence of peace that keeps Palestinians “waiting” in refugee camps. Rather, most Arab leaders since 1948, including the current Palestinian leadership itself, insist that the refugees—originally numbering between 500,000 and 750,000 but now swollen through natural increase to over four million—must remain in those camps until allowed to return en masse to Israel. This insistence in turn makes it impossible to achieve any resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, let alone a “new beginning” in the Middle East.

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 2:30 PM  | David Kuner

Brits deem anti-Israel group Holocaust event ‘offensive’

Government bans any mention of Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) event on the official Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s website

On Holocaust Memorial Day last year, SPSC hosted Azzam Tamimi, a Hamas supporter who condones suicide bombing in Israel, at an event titled “Resistance to Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing: from Europe in the 1940s to the Middle East Today.”

In 2006, it staged Perdition, a play that implies Zionist complicity in the Shoah. The same year, it hosted Gilad Atzmon, an alleged Holocaust-denier and anti-Semitic musician.

In his writings, Atzmon has said, “To regard Hitler as the wickedest man and the Third Reich as the embodiment of evilness is to let Israel off the hook,” and, “Perhaps we should face it once and for all, the Jews were responsible for killing Jesus.”

In a written response to SPSC last month, the government said it deemed the content of the event “offensive” and that it was the trust’s policy to bar anything “inappropriate.”

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 8:42 AM  | David Kuner

Brits deem anti-Israel group Holocaust event 'offensive'

Government bans any mention of Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) event on the official Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s website

On Holocaust Memorial Day last year, SPSC hosted Azzam Tamimi, a Hamas supporter who condones suicide bombing in Israel, at an event titled “Resistance to Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing: from Europe in the 1940s to the Middle East Today.”

In 2006, it staged Perdition, a play that implies Zionist complicity in the Shoah. The same year, it hosted Gilad Atzmon, an alleged Holocaust-denier and anti-Semitic musician.

In his writings, Atzmon has said, “To regard Hitler as the wickedest man and the Third Reich as the embodiment of evilness is to let Israel off the hook,” and, “Perhaps we should face it once and for all, the Jews were responsible for killing Jesus.”

In a written response to SPSC last month, the government said it deemed the content of the event “offensive” and that it was the trust’s policy to bar anything “inappropriate.”

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 8:42 AM  | David Kuner

Christians call for united Jerusalem during Feast of Tabernacles

6,000 Christians expected to convene in the Holy City throughout the week

Christians from around the world are gathering in Israel this week to show support for an undivided Jerusalem during the annual Feast of Tabernacles, which began Thursday.

The weeklong celebration hosted by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) also marks the organization’s 30th anniversary, which is to be commemorated Friday with a reception at the Zionist organization’s international headquarters.

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Friday, September 24th, 2010 at 3:07 PM  | David Kuner

Ahmadinejad as conspiracy theorist


Friday, September 24th, 2010 at 2:46 PM  | David Kuner

Breakfast with Ahmadinejad

The Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens shares behind-the-scenes observations from a press conference with the visiting Iranian president.

The first question goes to an editor from Fortune magazine, who wants to know how the Iranian economy is doing. Ahmadinejad devotes a good 10 minutes to extolling Iran’s economic strengths—industrial exports have “tripled”; investment in infrastructure is way up; the service sector is thriving; agriculture has experienced “a gradual but consistent pattern of growth.”

All of this is, of course, a lie, which is why the regime no longer allows its Central Bank to publish economic statistics. And yet it is a flawlessly delivered lie, spoken in the kind of modulated tone you would expect from an IMF technocrat. As a matter of performance, it’s masterful.

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 at 4:00 PM  | David Kuner

Ahmadinejad: U.S. orchestrated 9/11

 

The Iranian president uses the podium at the U.N. to level a charge that would be laughable if it weren’t so despicable:

The United States government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks in order to save the “Zionist regime”, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday.

The U.S. and several European delegations left shortly after Ahmadinejad made the remarks.

As well they should have. But it would have been far better if Ahmadinejad had not been given this forum in the first place.

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 at 2:37 PM  | David Kuner

Anti-Semitism: It can happen here

West Rogers Park, one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse neighborhoods in Chicago, is home to the largest concentration of Jews in the city. Drive or bike through the neighborhood and you’ll see many synagogues, kosher markets, and restaurants. On Saturday, Jewish men, women, and children coming to and from synagogue fill the sidewalks.

Sadly, this heavy Jewish presence means that the neighborhood also attracts acts of anti-Semitism. It was here, for instance, in 1999 that white supremacist Benjamin Nathaniel Smith shot and wounded six orthodox Jewish men, before going on to murder renowned Northwestern University basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong later that day.

Anti-Semitism is still a reality here, as it is everywhere. Some time Monday night or early Tuesday morning, members of the Temple Menorah arrived at their synagogue to find that windows had been broken, and a sukkah — the traditional booth built to celebrate the Sukkot holiday that begins tonight at sundown — had been heavily vandalized. A rabbi commented, “It’s definitely a hate crime … we are appalled and disgusted.” As we all should be.

So, if there is any lesson to be drawn from this event, perhaps it is: Anytime you find yourself thinking “It can’t happen here,” think again.

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at 9:43 AM  | David Kuner

Ahmadinejad: Iran will never recognize “Zionist regime”

 

On his seventh visit to New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated that Iran will never recognize Israel. The Iranian leader is in New York to attend meetings at the U.N. General Assembly. As is his custom, Ahmadinejad used the platform to ridicule and attack Israel and the U.S. He went on to criticize western media for its “bias” against Muslims, bashed capitalism, and called for a new world order.

Beyond his hateful words, the mere fact that Ahmadinejad is allowed to appear before the General Assembly is mind boggling. This man and the mullahs that pull his strings are the greatest danger to the world since Hitler. And yet, a respected world governing body offers him a platform from which he can preach his venomous hatred.

There is no place for Iran in any organization whose stated purpose is “to maintain international peace and security,” and whose membership is open to “peace-loving states” (as is written in the U.N. Charter). Countries that seek to change the world order towards tyranny and dictatorship should not be afforded the same privileges by the U.N. that democratic, peace-loving states enjoy.  And thus, people like Ahmadinejad, who espouse a hateful radical Islamist agenda, should not be allowed to speak in the General Assembly, nor should any democratic country allow him within its borders.

Ahmadinejad’s treatment at the U.N. tells the enemies of the U.S. that the West lacks the resolve to fight an ongoing and seemingly endless battle against terrorism and the countries that support it. The question we need to ask ourselves is: Has the west lost the will to survive? If we don’t stand up to tyrant dictators like the ones controlling Iran — if we offer them the same freedoms, such as free speech, that we treasure and they deplore — then we have tied our own hands behind our backs.

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at 6:22 AM  | afarkas

Ahmadinejad: Iran will never recognize "Zionist regime"

 

On his seventh visit to New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated that Iran will never recognize Israel. The Iranian leader is in New York to attend meetings at the U.N. General Assembly. As is his custom, Ahmadinejad used the platform to ridicule and attack Israel and the U.S. He went on to criticize western media for its “bias” against Muslims, bashed capitalism, and called for a new world order.

Beyond his hateful words, the mere fact that Ahmadinejad is allowed to appear before the General Assembly is mind boggling. This man and the mullahs that pull his strings are the greatest danger to the world since Hitler. And yet, a respected world governing body offers him a platform from which he can preach his venomous hatred.

There is no place for Iran in any organization whose stated purpose is “to maintain international peace and security,” and whose membership is open to “peace-loving states” (as is written in the U.N. Charter). Countries that seek to change the world order towards tyranny and dictatorship should not be afforded the same privileges by the U.N. that democratic, peace-loving states enjoy.  And thus, people like Ahmadinejad, who espouse a hateful radical Islamist agenda, should not be allowed to speak in the General Assembly, nor should any democratic country allow him within its borders.

Ahmadinejad’s treatment at the U.N. tells the enemies of the U.S. that the West lacks the resolve to fight an ongoing and seemingly endless battle against terrorism and the countries that support it. The question we need to ask ourselves is: Has the west lost the will to survive? If we don’t stand up to tyrant dictators like the ones controlling Iran — if we offer them the same freedoms, such as free speech, that we treasure and they deplore — then we have tied our own hands behind our backs.

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at 6:22 AM  | afarkas

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