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Thanks to everyone who spread the word regarding the banning of The Handmaid's Tale in San Antonio, TX. There were over 200 people at the board meeting (I was crowded into a stairwell). The board had to listen to over 3 hours of tesimony about the book- only 5 people spoke against it! The president of the board was bombarded by email! The board voted AGAINST the superintendent and the book weas re-instated on the AP reading list at Judson ISD. It was an inspiring evening. As a teacher, I was moved to see so many people- live and on the web- go out of their way to keep learning open. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF STUDENTS- Thanks again!!
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Judson board set to write final chapter on sci-fi book

Web Posted: 03/22/2006 12:00 AM CST
Karen Adler
Express-News Staff Writer
Judson Superintendent Ed Lyman has pulled a critically acclaimed novel from the district's Advanced Placement English curriculum after a parent complained she found it sexually explicit and offensive to Christians.
Lyman overruled the recommendation of a committee of teachers, students and a parent when he agreed to remove "The Handmaid's Tale" by Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood from the curriculum.
He made the decision even though district policy allows parents who object to reading material to request their children be given an alternative assignment.
The committee that approved its use has appealed Lyman's decision to the school board, which is to render a decision at its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday.
Lyman said he found some of the descriptions in the book too sexually explicit for high school students. He said his beliefs as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints didn't influence his decision.
"The tone of the book does not support, in my opinion, the effort by our state Legislature to encourage abstinence outside the bonds of marriage," said Lyman, who came to Judson less than a year ago from Ingleside, where he also was superintendent.
"The Handmaid's Tale," published in 1985 and made into a film starring Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway and Robert Duvall, tells the story of an environmentally blighted United States after a coup.
Civil war rages as a fundamentalist Christian regime revokes all women's rights and presses the few who remain fertile into sexual slavery as breeders, called handmaids, for infertile couples.
The novel takes the form of a memoir written by one of the handmaids.
The novel won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Los Angeles Times Best Fiction Award and was short-listed for the Ritz Hemingway Prize and the Booker Prize for Fiction.
The Handmaid's Tale "is about rights being taken away," said Jacque Middleton, chairman of the Judson High School English department. "Eerily, we are feeling the same thing. Our rights and our students' rights have been taken away."
Cindy Pyo, who said she holds degrees in English, Bible and education, requested her son be given an alternative assignment, a request the school honored. He and a handful of other students in the class read Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" instead of "The Handmaid's Tale," she said.
That wasn't solution enough for Pyo, who said Tuesday that she feels it's her duty to ensure no student be able to read "The Handmaid's Tale" in class.
"I have a responsibility to the country and our community to speak up for the values that will strengthen our society," she said.
The Judson Independent School District wouldn't be the first to ban the book, which is widely used in AP English classrooms across the nation.
"The Handmaid's Tale" made the American Library Association's "10 Most Challenged Books of 1999" and is No. 37 on the ALA's "100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000."
Judith Krug, director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, said "The Handmaid's Tale" definitely has an undercurrent of sex, "but it's not explicit," she said. "It's implied. Those kids understand it."
Even as the book is being challenged, it also is being used more frequently because teachers are trying to bring in contemporary, well-written material that interests students, Krug said.
"They're dealing with real literature," she said. "These are kids who are about to step into the real world." She added: "These are people who are going to be voting soon."
Robert Cimmino defended the novel as a cautionary tale. He is a student who sat on the committee that denied Pyo's request to ban the book.
"The society in the novel believes that if the women could have any sort of autonomy then the women will rise up from their oppressive state," he wrote in the evaluation committee members prepared. "This extreme censorship is meant to scare the reader into realizing the forms of censorship that exist in our society. Attempting to ban this novel is doing exactly what the book professes to be wrong."
Middleton said the book was added to Judson's curriculum for AP English, considered a college level course, about 10 years ago.
Through the years, some parents have requested an alternative reading assignment for their children. But until now no one has formally challenged the book, which she said is one of the few that addresses a feminist viewpoint in an anti-utopian genre, she said.
Lyman, who said he has read "80 (percent) to 90 percent," of the book, said school board members have been reading it and will be prepared to make a decision at Thursday's meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the board room, in the district's administrative offices at 8012 Shin Oak Drive in Live Oak.
Trustee June Adair said she's not sure how the board will vote and wanted to make sure she hears from all sides before making a decision.
Trustee Johnny Harris said he wants the book reinstated.
"I believe in this day and time you can't shield children from the realities of the media they're exposed to," he said. "We have access to much more harmful material by turning on the TV or the radio."

kadler@express-news.net

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Mar 19, 2006
STORY FOR JEWS AND CHRISTIANS , by Hillel Alkin , JP.
Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the
Jewish World
courtesy by "ChristianActionForIsrael" newsletter
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Essay: A love story for Jews and Christians
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            Hillel Halkin, THE JERUSALEM POST
Mar. 16, 2006
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Recently, I spent two weeks at the University of Illinois in
Champaign-Urbana. Besides being an all-around Israeli in residence on
the campus, I gave a series of three lectures on the great Iberian
Hebrew poet and philosopher Yehuda Halevi. In the first of these
lectures, I sketched the story of Halevi's life, and of his legendary
death at the gates of Jerusalem, by means of some poems of his that I
had translated. One of these was his well-known Tsiyon halo tish'ali
lishlom asirayich:
Zion! Do you wonder how and where your captives
Are now, and if they think of you, the far-flocked remnants?
From north and south, east, west, and all directions,
Near and far, they send their greetings,
As I send mine, captured by my longings
To weep like Hermon's dew upon your mountains.
Halfway through this poem, which is a long one, I glanced at the
audience and saw, sitting in the front row, a pretty, redheaded woman
with tears running down her cheeks. I knew who she was, because she and
her husband had been introduced to me at a reception the night before,
at which I was struck by their warmth and aliveness. Their names were
Carrie and Mark Burns, and they were evangelical Christians who ran a
local radio station that broadcast to listeners in the area.
Well, people don't usually cry at my lectures, not even if there's
poetry in them. Yet at the lecture's end, before I could ask Carrie
Burns what had happened, she was gone. The next morning I received an
e-mail from her that went:
Do you think that it is fair
To catch this soul so unaware?
How, sir, could I have known
This Spaniard's life would touch me so?
His Zion words, they are mine own,
Heart of my heart. No, bone of my bone.
SIMPLE THOUGH they might have seemed, these were a very intelligent six
lines, for they mimicked almost perfectly certain aspects of Yehuda
Halevi's style, or at least of his style in my translation. And they
were followed, in English letters, by the Hebrew words Mikol halev -
"from all my heart."
I believed that. I believed it even more several days later, after my
wife and I were driven by the Burnses to their country home, on the
outside of which hung two large flags, one American and one Israeli.
They had asked to interview me for their radio station, as part of an
unrehearsed husband-and-wife talk show that they broadcast every
morning. In the course of this interview, Carrie, who had read Zion, Do
You Wonder to her listeners the day before, asked me to read aloud
another poem of Yehuda Halevi's. One written upon the death of a
daughter, after which she shut her eyes and said a spontaneous prayer in
Jesus' name for all those who had lost a child of their own. It could
have been cornball, but it wasn't. It was quite simply, once again,
mikol halev.
I could go off at this point on a discussion of evangelicals, Jews and
Israel, which is something I have written about in the past in these
pages and will no doubt write about again. But Carrie and Mark Burns,
while their feelings are shared by many Christians like them, were not
only clearly exceptional in the intensity of them (they have between
them led over 15 evangelical study groups to Israel), they were also the
first evangelicals I had ever sat down and talked with, and I wouldn't
be so foolish as to try to generalize on the basis of such a one-time
encounter. (Nor did they encourage me to. "Don't think there aren't
plenty of wackos out there," Mark Burns said to me when I asked him if
he and his wife were typical.)
The point I'd like to make, rather, is this: There is a mystery about
who falls in love with Israel and who doesn't that involves Christians
as well as Jews, and that has no entirely rational explanation that I
can think of.
I've seen it happen over and over. Someone visits Israel who I have
every reason to think will be deeply moved by the experience. He or she
has the religious education, the historical knowledge, the family
background, the sensitivities that should make them highly responsive -
and they're left cold. They come, they tour, they take in the sights,
and they have a better or a worse time, but the core of them is
untouched. They have been to a foreign country called Israel just as
they have been to foreign countries called Sweden and Spain, and there's
not much more than that to say about it.
BUT I'VE seen the opposite happen more than once, too. Someone arrives
in Israel who has no ostensible reason at all to be excited by it - and
is. I've seen lives changed this way. I once knew an American (he did
not happen to be Jewish) who was passing through Israel, about which he
knew nothing and in which he intended to stay for only a few days on his
way to India - and who never left.
Does this happen to some people with other countries too? I suppose it
must, but I suspect that it happens with Israel more. (Of course, there
are those who hate Israel at first sight also, which is probably part of
the same phenomenon.) The mystery is why it does.
What is it about this land, or about us who live in it? What is it about
those who come and never leave, or who leave part of their hearts behind
them when they do leave? None of the obvious reasons that can be given
seem able to account for it. It's true that evangelicals like the
Burnses come to Israel for the first time with all the religious and
emotional baggage needed for a positive reaction to the country their
savior lived in. But plenty of other evangelicals, though they may be
appreciative of what they see, are not moved to the depths in the same
way. Neither, needless to say, are plenty of Jews.
I don't wish to wax mystical about it. I don't know if my and Carrie and
Mark Burns's souls have to have some profound commonality just because
we feel the same way about the same country. Maybe there are other
things at work, too. But I do feel, without wishing in the slightest to
minimize the difference between being a Christian and being a Jew, that
they are, in their love for Israel, part of my family.
Perhaps I've written all this just to tell them that.
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PSM TERROR CONFERENCE AT GEORGETOWN - FIRST HAND ACCOUNT!
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Finberg PSM TERROR CONFERENCE AT GEORGETOWN - FIRST HAND ACCOUNT! Date:
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The Conference:
www.palestinesolidaritymovement.org<
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I and my JDL brothers along with approximately 100 general supporters,
Holcaust Survivors, and Russian Refuseniks attended this conference in
order to protest, disrupt, and educate the attendees to distinguish
between lies and truth about Jewish activity in the Land of Israel and
the history of Jews in the Middle East since 1880. We were successful in
interfering with several of their seminars, and got the cameras and
microphones off the speakers and on us many times. PBS was there filming
a documentary which will be shown in about 8-10 months. The rhetoric was
vile, and the University behaved horribly toward us. They used excessive
force to remove one of us (a 65 year old man with a cane and a heart
condition) who demanded a straight yes or no answer on whether the panel
would condemn homicide bombers. I was banned from attending press events
Sunday even though I had bona fide press credentials because I also had
a paid-for participant pass. I was free-lancing for a local paper. The
vice-president for communications of the school Eric Smollson refused to
explain his decision and brushed me off with a rude "have your publisher
call me Monday." His eyes burned with hatred. I was also banned from
sessions Sunday because I was seen distributing Israeli flags to the
Survivors and Refuseniks who were so proud and pleased to see Jews
standing up to the Wahabist agents. Some had tears in their eyes. A
young Jewish female student ran to us crying thanking us for our
presence because the Nuturei Karta had been so hateful to her as she
merely walked through campus and asked who they were. To tell you the
truth, the University Administration, in its heavy handed and
unexplained expulsion of Jewish protestors who merely yelled out
remarks, were worse to deal with than the Muslim students. Most of the
participants and organizers were outside provocateurs, communists, and
anarchists. Palestinian Solidarity of New Jersey had a Palestinian flag
with a bloody fist adorning its table. The group was giving away lapel
pins which included an AK47, AK47 in a raised hand, and red stars with a
hammer and sickle. When I asked the young Caucasian nebbish whether he
realized his heroes are happy to die for the cause and whether he was
ready to do so as well, given his symbols of death and mayhem, he
ignored me and looked at the floor. Nobody would even begin to discuss
with me how Israel had been selected for boycotts and divestment efforts
for alleged human rights violations over all of the other states who
sponsor them such as most Muslim nations which condone honor killings of
rape victims, stonings of adulteresses but pats on the backs of
adulterers, denying women the right to vote and drive cars, and so on.
They were utterly baffled as to why "Palestinians" living in Lebanon,
Syria, Jordan, and Egypt as refugees were denied the right to vote in
the PA elections. Neither could they explain to me why the Jew is so
vile and offensive that he cannot visit much less live in 22 Moslem
countries and should be removed from our very holy Judea and Samaria. It
was reassuring and not surprising to keep in mind that not a single
college or university in the U.S. had been swayed by the divestment
efforts over the past few years despite the heart rending but
intellectually dishonest comparisons of Israel with apartheid South
Africa. Noting that Caterpillar, the manufacturer of tractors used to
destroy terrorist hide-outs and the subject of the sponsor's boycott had
a record year in 2005 with its stock skyrocketing. I asked the secondary
boycott table to give me a list of the other companies they are
boycotting so that I could better invest for my retirement. ISM founder
and self-loathing Jew of the year for 2 years running denied his
identity with a smirk to avoid conversing with JDL while his and ISM
co-founder wife Heidi (Huwaida) Arraf spoke about supporting
"Palestinian Resistance to Occupation: Volunteering with the
International Solidarity Movement." Abraham "Abe" Greenhouse, chairman
of the central New Jersey branch of "Jews Against the Occupation," had
the bad fortune of having his table next to that of the JDL. He was
repeatedly informed that it was very bad form to have tossed a pie in
the face of Anatoly Sharansky right before he was about to address a
crowd of students at Rutgers University a year ago. Very few people
young enough to be undergraduate students were seen anywhere at the
event. In fact, at Shabbat dinner, the Hillel students told us that they
had a generally good relationship with Muslim students on campus and
felt that outside troublemakers had come in to stir things up. They told
us that there were no incidents of anti-Semitism or disrespect to
Muslims. On the other hand, a strong turnout of George Washington
University, American University, and University of Maryland Students
were there to protest the Hoya event. I was screamed at by one Caucasian
woman of about 30 holding a baby (neither a student) who accused me of
being a racist pig and the JDL of being a listed terror organization
which had murdered people. As to the personal charges, I calmly
complained that she didn't even know me and should talk with me if she'd
like to know what I am. As to the JDL points, I explained that she was
misinformed and seemed to be yelling out of an irrational fear or hatred
of Jews who have big mouths. I got the same treatment from featured
speaker Alison Weir. I asked her if she would dialogue with me or had to
lecture me. She insisted that she had to lecture me and then took
extreme close-up pictures in my face until I called security. Ms. Weir
is a contributing writer to David Duke's website with a history of
spewing Jew and Israel hatred. There was one pathetic youngster of
Middle Eastern lineage who complained bitterly in one session that she
had been banned from her paper at the University of Cincinnati based on
her race. When asked what she had written for them, she proudly
announced a very scholarly piece deny the Holocaust. Oy! There was also
a session in which attendees were taught how to use the Birthright
Israel program (intended to pay for the first trip to Israel of a Jewish
youngster) to get free airfare to the Land of Israel and then to break
away from the group to join up with the ISM and other Israel haters in
terror strongholds in places like Ramallah and Shchem. The school was in
the grips of terror over losing Saudi money to tolerate free speech
expressed by Jews. The vice president of communications, vice president
for public safety, and vice president for student affairs were
constantly shadowing us with a cadre of campus police. Although the
event was justified based on values of free speech, Jews were physically
prevented from participating. I violated not a single rule of conduct
and hadn't even interrupted a speaker when I was banned for the
aforementioned flag distribution. Large, muscle-bound campus security
blocked me from entering the building, one of whom had no name tag and
would not give me his name. They were twitching to bust heads and had
been very poorly prepared to deal with articulate and law abiding
protesters. Let's add another event which should Never Happen Again.
Never Again should any educational institution in the U.S. host such an
anti-Semitic terror conference.
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Citizens for Destroying Iranian Nuclear Facilities


While you are reading this, the Iranian reactor produces enriched bomb-grade uranium. Terrorists can deliver that bomb to your city, and it can kill you and your children. Yet the government does nothing.


Do we demand violence? Not in any common sense. Similarly, police use force to arrest criminals in order to stop violence.


But Iran is not a criminal? Wrong. Iran has proven malicious intent. Iran, under the current regime, conducted many terrorist bombings in the West, and sponsors deadly terrorists. Iranian leaders repeatedly called for fight against the United States and annihilation of Israel.


Perhaps Iran needs nuclear weapons for self-defense? No. Iran already bullies the Middle East with its huge conventional army. No country threatens Iran.


No country threatens Great Britain, as well, yet it is nuclear power; why refuse Iran the same right? Superpowers did not use nuclear weapons because of the Mutual Assured Destruction. Iranian government, however, does not fear reciprocity. It does not value its people; Iran marched its teenage soldiers to clear the minefields. Iranian government, unlike the British, needs neither popular consensus, nor overwhelming reason to use nuclear weapons.


Why would Iran risk using nuclear weapons? Because religious fanatics value their mad ideas above lives. Iran need not even use the bomb, but only threaten to deliver it to terrorists or sell to rogue states – and obtain any concessions from the West. Any.


Cannot the United Nations control Iranian nuclear weapons? No, neither the UN, nor other international agencies can control nuclear stocks. Nobody will know how much fissile material Iran produced, how many bombs it has, and where it hides them.


Isn't Iran a sovereign state, and its borders inviolable? No more than a criminal storing dynamite in his apartment can claim the right of privacy.


Since the eighth-century jihad and the Ottoman army at the gates of Vienna, the West has never been exposed to such threat. Iran's several nuclear bombs can inflict more damage on America than the World War II. Never before the Islamic fundamentalists who hate the West and dream of attacking it had military might of apocalyptic dimensions. Are you crazy to doubt they will use the bomb?


We call on the United States government: Do not hesitate. Protect your people. Protect your allies. Destroy the Iranian reactor!



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[jerusalemdiaries] Please understand....
Friends,
Generally we don't post unsigned messages to Jerusalem Diaries, but in
this case the author is someone I know personally and his desire to
remain anonymous is legitimate. The views expressed reflect the
sentiments being voiced by many in the national religious community here
and are worthy of your consideration.
With best regards from Jerusalem
Judy Lash Balint

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1. I consider myself, my wife and our children to be Jewish, observant
of Judaism (despite my commission of too many sins), very strong
Zionists and lovers of the Jewish people worldwide, the land of Eretz
Yisrael and the modern State of Israel.
  2.     As American citizens we consider ourselves to
simultaneously be loyal patriots of the USA and we believe strongly in
civil and human rights, the "rule of law", "innocent until proven
guilty" and all of the principles put forward in the "Bill of Rights" of
the USA Constitution.
3.     We ALSO believe that our State of Israel must (somehow) be
both Jewish and Democratic (at least until the `Mashiach´ – Messiah
comes) even though the marriage of the words "Jewish" and "Democratic"
may at times be difficult.
4.     We abhor and deplore violent speech against the police and /
or army of Israel by anyone.
5.     Finally, we also believe that physical violence against the
police and / or army of Israel by anyone is wrong and must be punished.
6.     None of what is critical below should be construed to imply
that any of our deep commitments or our loves (mentioned in #1 through
#6 above) have changed.
  My family and I have been blessed and privileged to live here in
the State of Israel as olim (permanent immigrants) for more than twenty
years. NONE of what has happened here in our beloved State of Israel
changes our beliefs nor our firm commitment to stay here and try to help
build the country.
  My wife wrote the following and sent it to one person, who felt
strongly that she should share it with other people, that other people
should know about this. Normally, my wife is very apolitical (and so am
I) and a very private person.
1.     Our son, who studies in a "Religious Zionist" high school
recently went to the Amona outpost to protest (non – violently) the
action of the Israel government to dismantle / destroy the homes that
were built there.
  2.     These were homes built without proper government
approval. [The residents have been living in caravans for 10 years and
did file for all the proper permits. They were not granted by the
government, yet the government provided water and electricity –
strange considering that they were "illegal"].   3.     Our son
went there with our permission because he intended to exercise his right
as a citizen to be involved in non-violent civil disobedience, as a form
of protest.   4.     If you feel that he shouldn't have been
there, that's fine, but that's NOT the point: whether or not they should
have been there is a separate question from what happened once they were
there. We felt that he is 17 years old and this had to be his decision.
  5.     We didn't agree with it whole-heartedly because the
court had ruled that the buildings were illegal, but on the other hand,
the fact is that previous Israeli governments had encouraged the setting
up of many of these "outposts"
  6.     The present government's policy has left no room for
building additional homes in the legal settlements, despite the desire
of many of the children, who are now married, to live near their parents
so their grandchildren can see their parents and because they like the
life style in these "suburban areas"
  7.     There are probably more than 100,000 illegal structures
built by Arabs in these areas which are de-facto, under Israeli law.
Those buildings are equally illegal but almost none have been threatened
with distruction.
  But for now, let's skip the political debate. It is NOT the point.
The following, I think, are the relevant facts:   a. Our son was
inside the 4th house. He did NOT go on the roof because he's very
strongly OPPOSED to using ANY violence of any kind against the police,
army, etc.
  b. All of the rock throwing was done by young men standing outside
the homes and other young men standing on the roofs.   c. As far as
we have been able to determine, NONE of the Members of the Knesset and
NONE of the young women or the young men who were inside the 9 homes
exhibited ANY violent behavior.   d. During this past summer –
  1. special sensitivity training had been required of the soldiers
who carried out the forced evacuation of the settlements in the Gush
Katif region.
  2. Women soldiers, for the most part, were used to deal with
women.
  3. Male and female soldiers tried in most cases to speak to the
young citizens they had to take away and tried to convince them to
leave.
  4. When words did not work, 4 soldiers or policemen would carry
each person away, simply – each one taking one arm or one leg. There
was virtually NO violence.
  f. The forces that were sent to evacuate Amona were a combination
of "Mishmar Ha Gevul" and "Yasamnikim". These units are semi-police,
semi-army units used for riot control (obviously, usually to deal with
violent Arab rioters). They are known in Israel to be very rough people.
They're not known for being un-willing or un-able to restrain themselves
and have been involved in acts of brutality before. Some came on
horseback (never before used against protestors) and hit demonstrators
with long wooden sticks (from the photos and TV these sticks seem to be
about twice the size of a `nightstick´.
  The vast majority of the police / soldiers carried (and used)
steel nightsticks. They all wore combat helmets that can stop a bullet,
plexiglas / plastic face shields, padded vests and combat boots for
their own protection. Some had large plastic riot shields.   Rocks
can be lethal and there were quite a few policemen / soldiers who were
hurt – and a handful seriously. Some of the violent protestors threw
sand, paint, and other objects which I think were mostly harmless.
However, some threw glass light bulbs filled with paint, which can be
very dangerous.
  In my opinion, those protestors (maybe 10% of those who were on
the roofs or on the ground outside the houses) who threw rocks or glass,
should have expected to be treated violently and arrested and that is
part of law enforcement. There was a VERY small handful that threw large
cinderblocks from roofs and I think they should be charged with
attempted murder.
  (Some of those on the roofs used boards to try to keep the
soldiers from scaling the roof. That did not look dangerous on the TV
and of course was completely futile.)
  In the house where our son was, there was another young man in the
room with a video camera that called out, just before the police / army
entered the windows, "Remember, this camera will film you, if you do
anything wrong also!".
  One of my son's teachers came to the house he was in on the day
before the police / army arrived and gave a shiur (class) on
"makhloket"("confrontation") and its dangers and how it must always be
"le'shem shamayyim" (for a good reason and carried out in a proper way).
The young men and women stayed in separate houses. My son's group sat up
all night, the night before, studying Talmud, It was too packed to lie
down.
  My son called us that Tuesday evening to say "It's starting, my
cellphone will be off for a while" at about 9pm . He finally called
again at 4am to say it was postponed, but then he called again at 9am
Wednesday to say it was starting so again his cellphone would be
switched off.
  He was in the 4th house, sitting not far from the window. (All the
doors had been closed off with cinderblocks and cement more than a week
before by the "settlers" as part of an attempt to reach a legal
compromise in court.)
  As the police /soldiers entered our son noticed that NONE of them
wore their personal "ID" name-tags and most spoke with Arabic accents
(clearly Beduin soldiers) with a few Russian immigrant soldiers –
again – known in Israel for their brutality.   The usual rule of
the non-violent protestor at these protests is to sit on the floor and
be dragged or carried away by the police / soldiers. These police /
soldiers told my son to get up, and he didn't. [but he did not raise a
hand in any way]. One policeman / soldier started pounding his calf with
his steel nightstick, repeatedly, and then picked him up by the upper
arm and started to drag him out. At that moment another policeman /
soldier came over, while he was getting up and pounded his upper arm and
shoulder even though he was getting up. As the first guy dragged him out
of the room, he told me that he was walking, but slowly because his leg
hurt very badly.   From then on, as he exited the building as best
he could, each and every policeman / soldier that he and his friends
passed along the way hit each of the protestors in some way. It was like
running a gauntlet. Even though he was walking to get out, they just
kept hitting him. One policeman / soldier came up and kicked him very
hard in the stomach, so he couldn't breathe. He fell and got up again
and continued walking away from the buildings. A moment later, another
policeman / soldier punched him repeatedly on the head.
  Our son finally made it to the area where they were keeping the
protesters in a large crowd, away from the 9 houses, in a place where
the protestors could watch the other policeman / soldiers emptying the
houses and starting to destroy the houses with their huge military
bulldozers.
  Then, every few minutes the policeman / soldiers yelled at the
protestors they'd already removed to this big, encircled group, to get
further back [even though they weren't trying to move forward] and the
policeman / soldiers came at them with the steel nightsticks, and chased
them. Each time the policeman / soldiers beat the kids. During each of
those incidents, our son was beaten, again, repeatedly, across the back
of his legs as he was trying to run away [i.e. he was running in the
direction the police WANTED him to go].
  When it was all over, he said the police just disappeared. [In the
weekend edition of the "Jerusalem Post" there was a report that before
they left, the policemen / soldiers took off their riot gear and took a
group photo, all smiling broadly, in front of the rubble left of the
homes].
  The demonstrators then walked across the fields about 15 minutes
to Ofra. At that point our son called us and told us he was okay.
  Later he told us that he had waited about an hour to call us until
his voice was steady enough that he wouldn't worry us because of how he
sounded. He kept saying, "I'm fine, I promise. There's nothing to worry
about".
Our son was so worried about worrying us, he just kept reassuring us,
and only told us what actually happened when he got home around 6 pm
that night.
  There are things we'll never know about our kids, but I know for
sure, 100% that our son is extremely committed to his principles. If he
had lost his temper and raised a hand to a policeman, he would have been
eating himself up about having let his temper rule his
decision/intellect. He would have felt terribly, "how could I allow
myself to lose control".
  (He will not "jay walk" or cross against the traffic light because
he feels the laws of this State are holy. His Rosh HaYeshiva used to don
Shabbos clothes if someone from the government would visit the yeshiva
because he considered that person to be the equivalent of a
representative of Jewish Kingship!)
  Therefore, we believe him fully, when he says that he did nothing
[except be there, as a form of civil disobedience].   I can not
understand or see how someone can justify the use of the kind of force
that the Israeli policemen / soldiers used towards these unarmed 15, 16,
17 and 18 year olds. Worse: just as much force was used on the young
women!! On the TV we saw them hit these young women and when they fell
on the ground from the first blow, they kept hitting them repeatedly!
  One of our son's friends was in the hospital with a broken arm and
they were checking him for a concussion. Another friend was taken out on
a stretcher and he doesn't know what happened to him. Another has
serious damage to one eye.
  We were blessed with good fortune. Our son, thank G-d, other than
some bruises and who knows what psychological effects, seems to be okay.
We are very grateful, B"H.
  We love our country, but the times we find it most difficult to be
Israeli are when we realize just how few civil rights we have here, just
how much of a "police state" this can be when they choose to make it so.
(Fact: the Israeli police can hold someone they arrest for 24 hours
before the suspect is allowed to contact a lawyer.)   a.      
How could the policemen / soldiers have come looking for such a level of
violence? Talking to the protestors wasn't tried!
  b.       The politicians were also hit by the police
  c.       Those politicians said that the local commanders
were not there at the sight so there was no address to whom they could
complain at that moment
  d.     How could they fail to differentiate between those who
threw stones and those who did not?
  e.       How could they come with their name tags removed
– to hide the evidence?
  The radio, TV and the papers are full of the police and government
blaming the protesters. As if all those pictures on tv of the policemen
/ soldiers pounding away at the demonstrators with steel nightsticks was
just in our imagination, or worse, somehow justifiable. Originally, the
President of Israel called for an investigation as did several Members
of Knesset. As of today, it now seems that the present government's
leadership has managed to refuse to hold any investigation
.
  Now I may really anger you so please forgive me: When the Reform
and Conservative Rabbis in the USA felt that their Rabbis in Israel were
being treated unfairly by the State of Israel, they threatened to stop
raising money from their congregations to the UJA / Federations. Some of
the funds they now raise are "earmarked" only for the Reform and
Conservative Movements in Israel.
  I'm wondering about those American Jews who think that what
happened at Amona is unacceptable – will they mention that to those
who sell Israel Bonds and raise contributions to the UJC (UJA /
Federations) ?
  Will they, at the least, ask them, "why should I support Israel
without getting some answers (some reasonable accountability) as to
what's happening in Israel vis a vis civil rights and police brutality
toward Israel's Jewish citizens"?
  I'm sorry to be so controversial and so heavy. I don't know if you
can understand how we are feeling and how depressed we are about
Israel's future this week. I have spoken to many friends and
acquaintances. Many religious Zionist Israelis are feeling more
disenfranchised from Israeli society than they have felt in almost 40
years!
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Posted: Feb 11, 2006 6:00pm
Feb 11, 2006
Here is yet another one of those testimonials that tears my heart in pieces. I marvel at the courgage of a 17 year old boy and the strength of his family to let him go to what he believes in so strongly.
I always knew politics were corrupt but what is happening here is a travesty!!!
PLEASE READ- in this case IGNORANCE IS DEADLY 

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sentiments being voiced by many in the national religious community here
and are worthy of your consideration.
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Judy Lash Balint

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1. I consider myself, my wife and our children to be Jewish, observant
of Judaism (despite my commission of too many sins), very strong
Zionists and lovers of the Jewish people worldwide, the land of Eretz
Yisrael and the modern State of Israel.
  2.     As American citizens we consider ourselves to
simultaneously be loyal patriots of the USA and we believe strongly in
civil and human rights, the "rule of law", "innocent until proven
guilty" and all of the principles put forward in the "Bill of Rights" of
the USA Constitution.
3.     We ALSO believe that our State of Israel must (somehow) be
both Jewish and Democratic (at least until the `Mashiach´ – Messiah
comes) even though the marriage of the words "Jewish" and "Democratic"
may at times be difficult.
4.     We abhor and deplore violent speech against the police and /
or army of Israel by anyone.
5.     Finally, we also believe that physical violence against the
police and / or army of Israel by anyone is wrong and must be punished.
6.     None of what is critical below should be construed to imply
that any of our deep commitments or our loves (mentioned in #1 through
#6 above) have changed.
  My family and I have been blessed and privileged to live here in
the State of Israel as olim (permanent immigrants) for more than twenty
years. NONE of what has happened here in our beloved State of Israel
changes our beliefs nor our firm commitment to stay here and try to help
build the country.
  My wife wrote the following and sent it to one person, who felt
strongly that she should share it with other people, that other people
should know about this. Normally, my wife is very apolitical (and so am
I) and a very private person.
1.     Our son, who studies in a "Religious Zionist" high school
recently went to the Amona outpost to protest (non – violently) the
action of the Israel government to dismantle / destroy the homes that
were built there.
  2.     These were homes built without proper government
approval. [The residents have been living in caravans for 10 years and
did file for all the proper permits. They were not granted by the
government, yet the government provided water and electricity –
strange considering that they were "illegal"].   3.     Our son
went there with our permission because he intended to exercise his right
as a citizen to be involved in non-violent civil disobedience, as a form
of protest.   4.     If you feel that he shouldn't have been
there, that's fine, but that's NOT the point: whether or not they should
have been there is a separate question from what happened once they were
there. We felt that he is 17 years old and this had to be his decision.
  5.     We didn't agree with it whole-heartedly because the
court had ruled that the buildings were illegal, but on the other hand,
the fact is that previous Israeli governments had encouraged the setting
up of many of these "outposts"
  6.     The present government's policy has left no room for
building additional homes in the legal settlements, despite the desire
of many of the children, who are now married, to live near their parents
so their grandchildren can see their parents and because they like the
life style in these "suburban areas"
  7.     There are probably more than 100,000 illegal structures
built by Arabs in these areas which are de-facto, under Israeli law.
Those buildings are equally illegal but almost none have been threatened
with distruction.
  But for now, let's skip the political debate. It is NOT the point.
The following, I think, are the relevant facts:   a. Our son was
inside the 4th house. He did NOT go on the roof because he's very
strongly OPPOSED to using ANY violence of any kind against the police,
army, etc.
  b. All of the rock throwing was done by young men standing outside
the homes and other young men standing on the roofs.   c. As far as
we have been able to determine, NONE of the Members of the Knesset and
NONE of the young women or the young men who were inside the 9 homes
exhibited ANY violent behavior.   d. During this past summer –
  1. special sensitivity training had been required of the soldiers
who carried out the forced evacuation of the settlements in the Gush
Katif region.
  2. Women soldiers, for the most part, were used to deal with
women.
  3. Male and female soldiers tried in most cases to speak to the
young citizens they had to take away and tried to convince them to
leave.
  4. When words did not work, 4 soldiers or policemen would carry
each person away, simply – each one taking one arm or one leg. There
was virtually NO violence.
  f. The forces that were sent to evacuate Amona were a combination
of "Mishmar Ha Gevul" and "Yasamnikim". These units are semi-police,
semi-army units used for riot control (obviously, usually to deal with
violent Arab rioters). They are known in Israel to be very rough people.
They're not known for being un-willing or un-able to restrain themselves
and have been involved in acts of brutality before. Some came on
horseback (never before used against protestors) and hit demonstrators
with long wooden sticks (from the photos and TV these sticks seem to be
about twice the size of a `nightstick´.
  The vast majority of the police / soldiers carried (and used)
steel nightsticks. They all wore combat helmets that can stop a bullet,
plexiglas / plastic face shields, padded vests and combat boots for
their own protection. Some had large plastic riot shields.   Rocks
can be lethal and there were quite a few policemen / soldiers who were
hurt – and a handful seriously. Some of the violent protestors threw
sand, paint, and other objects which I think were mostly harmless.
However, some threw glass light bulbs filled with paint, which can be
very dangerous.
  In my opinion, those protestors (maybe 10% of those who were on
the roofs or on the ground outside the houses) who threw rocks or glass,
should have expected to be treated violently and arrested and that is
part of law enforcement. There was a VERY small handful that threw large
cinderblocks from roofs and I think they should be charged with
attempted murder.
  (Some of those on the roofs used boards to try to keep the
soldiers from scaling the roof. That did not look dangerous on the TV
and of course was completely futile.)
  In the house where our son was, there was another young man in the
room with a video camera that called out, just before the police / army
entered the windows, "Remember, this camera will film you, if you do
anything wrong also!".
  One of my son's teachers came to the house he was in on the day
before the police / army arrived and gave a shiur (class) on
"makhloket"("confrontation") and its dangers and how it must always be
"le'shem shamayyim" (for a good reason and carried out in a proper way).
The young men and women stayed in separate houses. My son's group sat up
all night, the night before, studying Talmud, It was too packed to lie
down.
  My son called us that Tuesday evening to say "It's starting, my
cellphone will be off for a while" at about 9pm . He finally called
again at 4am to say it was postponed, but then he called again at 9am
Wednesday to say it was starting so again his cellphone would be
switched off.
  He was in the 4th house, sitting not far from the window. (All the
doors had been closed off with cinderblocks and cement more than a week
before by the "settlers" as part of an attempt to reach a legal
compromise in court.)
  As the police /soldiers entered our son noticed that NONE of them
wore their personal "ID" name-tags and most spoke with Arabic accents
(clearly Beduin soldiers) with a few Russian immigrant soldiers –
again – known in Israel for their brutality.   The usual rule of
the non-violent protestor at these protests is to sit on the floor and
be dragged or carried away by the police / soldiers. These police /
soldiers told my son to get up, and he didn't. [but he did not raise a
hand in any way]. One policeman / soldier started pounding his calf with
his steel nightstick, repeatedly, and then picked him up by the upper
arm and started to drag him out. At that moment another policeman /
soldier came over, while he was getting up and pounded his upper arm and
shoulder even though he was getting up. As the first guy dragged him out
of the room, he told me that he was walking, but slowly because his leg
hurt very badly.   From then on, as he exited the building as best
he could, each and every policeman / soldier that he and his friends
passed along the way hit each of the protestors in some way. It was like
running a gauntlet. Even though he was walking to get out, they just
kept hitting him. One policeman / soldier came up and kicked him very
hard in the stomach, so he couldn't breathe. He fell and got up again
and continued walking away from the buildings. A moment later, another
policeman / soldier punched him repeatedly on the head.
  Our son finally made it to the area where they were keeping the
protesters in a large crowd, away from the 9 houses, in a place where
the protestors could watch the other policeman / soldiers emptying the
houses and starting to destroy the houses with their huge military
bulldozers.
  Then, every few minutes the policeman / soldiers yelled at the
protestors they'd already removed to this big, encircled group, to get
further back [even though they weren't trying to move forward] and the
policeman / soldiers came at them with the steel nightsticks, and chased
them. Each time the policeman / soldiers beat the kids. During each of
those incidents, our son was beaten, again, repeatedly, across the back
of his legs as he was trying to run away [i.e. he was running in the
direction the police WANTED him to go].
  When it was all over, he said the police just disappeared. [In the
weekend edition of the "Jerusalem Post" there was a report that before
they left, the policemen / soldiers took off their riot gear and took a
group photo, all smiling broadly, in front of the rubble left of the
homes].
  The demonstrators then walked across the fields about 15 minutes
to Ofra. At that point our son called us and told us he was okay.
  Later he told us that he had waited about an hour to call us until
his voice was steady enough that he wouldn't worry us because of how he
sounded. He kept saying, "I'm fine, I promise. There's nothing to worry
about".
Our son was so worried about worrying us, he just kept reassuring us,
and only told us what actually happened when he got home around 6 pm
that night.
  There are things we'll never know about our kids, but I know for
sure, 100% that our son is extremely committed to his principles. If he
had lost his temper and raised a hand to a policeman, he would have been
eating himself up about having let his temper rule his
decision/intellect. He would have felt terribly, "how could I allow
myself to lose control".
  (He will not "jay walk" or cross against the traffic light because
he feels the laws of this State are holy. His Rosh HaYeshiva used to don
Shabbos clothes if someone from the government would visit the yeshiva
because he considered that person to be the equivalent of a
representative of Jewish Kingship!)
  Therefore, we believe him fully, when he says that he did nothing
[except be there, as a form of civil disobedience].   I can not
understand or see how someone can justify the use of the kind of force
that the Israeli policemen / soldiers used towards these unarmed 15, 16,
17 and 18 year olds. Worse: just as much force was used on the young
women!! On the TV we saw them hit these young women and when they fell
on the ground from the first blow, they kept hitting them repeatedly!
  One of our son's friends was in the hospital with a broken arm and
they were checking him for a concussion. Another friend was taken out on
a stretcher and he doesn't know what happened to him. Another has
serious damage to one eye.
  We were blessed with good fortune. Our son, thank G-d, other than
some bruises and who knows what psychological effects, seems to be okay.
We are very grateful, B"H.
  We love our country, but the times we find it most difficult to be
Israeli are when we realize just how few civil rights we have here, just
how much of a "police state" this can be when they choose to make it so.
(Fact: the Israeli police can hold someone they arrest for 24 hours
before the suspect is allowed to contact a lawyer.)   a.      
How could the policemen / soldiers have come looking for such a level of
violence? Talking to the protestors wasn't tried!
  b.       The politicians were also hit by the police
  c.       Those politicians said that the local commanders
were not there at the sight so there was no address to whom they could
complain at that moment
  d.     How could they fail to differentiate between those who
threw stones and those who did not?
  e.       How could they come with their name tags removed
– to hide the evidence?
  The radio, TV and the papers are full of the police and government
blaming the protesters. As if all those pictures on tv of the policemen
/ soldiers pounding away at the demonstrators with steel nightsticks was
just in our imagination, or worse, somehow justifiable. Originally, the
President of Israel called for an investigation as did several Members
of Knesset. As of today, it now seems that the present government's
leadership has managed to refuse to hold any investigation
.
  Now I may really anger you so please forgive me: When the Reform
and Conservative Rabbis in the USA felt that their Rabbis in Israel were
being treated unfairly by the State of Israel, they threatened to stop
raising money from their congregations to the UJA / Federations. Some of
the funds they now raise are "earmarked" only for the Reform and
Conservative Movements in Israel.
  I'm wondering about those American Jews who think that what
happened at Amona is unacceptable – will they mention that to those
who sell Israel Bonds and raise contributions to the UJC (UJA /
Federations) ?
  Will they, at the least, ask them, "why should I support Israel
without getting some answers (some reasonable accountability) as to
what's happening in Israel vis a vis civil rights and police brutality
toward Israel's Jewish citizens"?
  I'm sorry to be so controversial and so heavy. I don't know if you
can understand how we are feeling and how depressed we are about
Israel's future this week. I have spoken to many friends and
acquaintances. Many religious Zionist Israelis are feeling more
disenfranchised from Israeli society than they have felt in almost 40
years!
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Posted: Feb 11, 2006 5:54pm
Feb 8, 2006
I usually post things here that I can give 100% support too, emotionally or intellectually. Tonight I post something that stirs a response in me that is viceral and frightening. I don't want to slam shut the doors to my mind- believing that MUSLIMS= danger but I cannot close my eyes to all I see. I cannot play "blind American" as the Nazi party constructs another Work Camp and Hitler rallies his troops. At what point must you pass judgement?

I would really like some feedback here...


                  Long time
ago, as a young man, fresh out of Moscow University, I lived for a few
years in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, which was, at the time, one of
the 15 Soviet republics. Those were not the most enjoyable years of my
life, but they gave me my first-hand experience of living among Muslims
and the basis for understanding them, their grievances, and their
dreams. More often than not, those bits of understanding were gained
from isolated, seemingly meaningless episodes.
                    One such
episode occurred on a summer morning, before dawn, when, for a reason I
no longer remember, I had to go somewhere with a friend of mine. I was
waiting for him near the Aeroflot ticket office where he was supposed to
pick me up. He was late. I felt sleepy and bored. The streets were
empty, with the exception of a small group of people standing in a tight
circle near the corner at the end of the block. Judging by their clothes
and by the heavy bags they were holding, they were Azeri peasants on
their way to the marketplace. They were all looking at something located
at their feet inside the circle. They resembled people watching the
victim of a fatal accident while waiting for the authorities to pick up
the body.
                    But there
had been no accident. I decided to come closer to take a look. The group
paid no attention to me. They were completely absorbed in the spectacle
unfolding on the sidewalk in front of them. They were watching it in
reverent silence. Their rough, peasant faces were solemn and seemed
illuminated by an inner light of the kind that can sometimes be seen on
the face of a man when he is reading a favorite book which he hadn't
touched for years. He knows what's going to happen, but that knowledge
does not diminish his pleasure. Not having ever witnessed an execution,
I imagine that those who have might have a somewhat similar _expression
on their faces: the complex combination of the sadness of the event, the
physical revulsion at the inevitable details, and, overall, the profound
feeling of rightfulness of what's happening.
                    Inside their
circle, nervously glancing at the silent, immobile spectators, two stray
dogs were hurriedly mating.
                    For a few
moments after they disengaged and went their separate ways, the peasants
continued standing there, looking at the now empty stage, keeping their
dramatic silence while the light gradually faded from their unshaven
faces. Finally, one of them moved, and the entire group slowly came back
to life. Without a single word, they looked at each other's faces, and
the degree of mutual understanding I saw in their eyes could only be a
result of shared intimacy. At last, they too began moving apart, and,
for a fraction of a second, the disintegrating group looked almost as
dramatic as Rodin's The Citizens of Calais.
                    I was
reminded of that completely inconsequential episode when I saw a
photograph showing a group of Muslims burning a Danish flag. They looked
just as immobile and as solemnly satisfied as those Azeri peasants. The
resemblance was not accidental. In both cases, the Muslims, cruelly
deprived of the real thing, found comfort in whatever substitution was
available.
                    The Azeri
peasants, in accordance woth Muslim laws and traditions were deprived of
a normal sex life to such a degree that I don't think they knew such a
thing existed. Everything about sex that we consider normal constitutes
the most depraved debauchery to the Muslims; we, on the other hand,
gently disapprove of their zoo- and pedophilia.
                    The
flag-burners, on the other hand, were deprived by cruel circumstances of
an immediate opportunity to wash their hands in the blood of the
infidel, which, under the same Muslim laws and customs, is both their
sacred right and sacred duty. In both cases, the substitution was
precious and, at the same time, lacking.
                    The major
difference between the two groups is that the Azeri peasants will never
have their dreams — whatever they might be — fully realized. Unlike
them, the flag burners have a pretty fair chance to realize theirs.
                    The media
report the latest fit of Muslim rage with even more sympathy than they
displayed while reporting the recent Muslim riots in France. According
to the New York Times, those riots were caused by France's failure to
assimilate the immigrants.
                    Being an
immigrant myself, I can comment on that with confidence. I came to the
country of my choice, the United States of America, uninvited. I am
forever grateful to America for letting me come and stay and for
treating me equally under its laws. I have assimilated myself to the
degree which made me feel comfortable, no more and no less. I never
expected America to be assimilating me. What's more, I would never
choose to live in a country that would make an effort at assimilating
me. The Soviet Union kept trying to assimilate me for the first 34 years
of my life, and failed.
                    Some of my
friends are immigrants themselves. Their degrees of assimilation vary,
and some of them are much less assimilated than I am. I know a lady from
China who has lived in this country for 20 years. Once I invited her for
lunch to an Italian restaurant. She was unfamiliar with even the most
common dishes. She thought that the word Pizza was the name of a store
chain, like Te Amo. She was surprised to discover that some of that
foreign food was actually palatable. She was terribly unassimilated, and
it caused her some very serious problems. Nevertheless, I guarantee that
under no circumstances would she ever consider addressing her problems
by burning a car. She was not a Muslim.
                    The excuse
the Muslims have used this time seems almost reasonable in comparison.
How many times have you read that they consider any image of Mohammad an
insult to their religion? Guess what? That's just another Muslim lie.
                    There is a
book sitting on my desk, The Legacy of Jihad by Dr. Andrew Bostom. Its
cover is adorned with a depiction of the massacre of the Jews of Medina.
Presiding over the massacre is the non-prophet himself, along with his
(if I am not mistaken) cousin, Ali, and their faceless wives. You don't
need to be an art expert to realize that it is a Muslim painting.
Produced in the 19th century, it betrays its author's complete ignorance
of the laws of perspective and other basic techniques used by European
artists for many centuries. Flames in that painting look like a plywood
model of a cactus, and it takes an effort to figure out which of the
victims are already down and which are still standing.
                    In short,
this Islamic masterpiece does not quite reach the level of
sophistication achieved by Cro-Magnon artists some 30,000 years earlier.
Nevertheless, it provides an accurate, even if artless, depiction of one
of the many genocidal episodes comprising the entire history of Islam
and the genocidal blood thirst that constitutes its essence. I have
never heard that Muslims objected to that picture, even though their
beloved fuehrer, if you look closely, appears to be severely
constipated.
                    Generally, I
believe that people — individually or collectively — never deserve
more respect than they show towards others. When was the last time
observant Muslims demonstrated any respect for anything or anyone
outside their death cult? The answer is, never. But then, the question
itself is tricky, since, in the Muslim world, respect is synonymous with
fear and submission. It gets even trickier if you recall that the
so-called Muslim world — every square inch of it — was taken by them
from its rightful owners by ways of jihad, the Islamic war of conquest
and genocide continuing non-stop for 14 centuries.
                    Do you
remember how, in 2002, a group of Arab terrorists escaping capture by
the IDF barricaded themselves inside the Church of the Nativity and took
hostage the priests who happened to be inside? The Arabs did not
hesitate to urinate and defecate inside the church. Imagine the reaction
of the Muslim world if "infidels" had done something similar to the most
insignificant mosque on earth.
                    Although the
Church of the Nativity constitutes one of the most important Christian
holy places, not a single Muslim objected to its desecration. Christians
did not demand any apology from that particular group of Muslims, or
their leaders, or Islamic authorities in general. There was no
anti-Muslim backlash in any Christian country. Instead, Christians,
following their 2000-year-old tradition, blamed the Jews for the
incident. Jews, faithful as ever to their own customs, did not respond
to the new libel with a backlash against the Christians either.
                    This
demonstrates the importance of anti-Semitism in the world affairs. To
the villains, it offers a convenient scapegoat. To the majority of their
intended victims, it offers a comforting delusion that the villains are
after someone else. This simple tactic allows our common enemy to pluck
us out one by one, and every time we lose one of ours, we delude
ourselves into thinking that they will never come to our door.
                    They most
certainly will, just as they have come to the door of Denmark. The
Christian response is as cowardly as the Israeli response to the Arab
atrocities on its territory. Take the boycott of Danish goods, for
example. What would be the appropriate response of the civilized world?
Any response as long as it is meaningful. But not a single Western
country, not a single Western manufacturer has taken its goods off the
shelves in the Muslim world out of solidarity with Denmark's stand for
the freedom of _expression.
                    Was there
ever any danger of such a response? Of course, not. We are doing
everything in our power to fulfill Lenin's prophecy about selling to our
enemies the rope on which they will hang us.
                    What would
be the appropriate American response to the accusation of mistreatment
of the Koran at the Guantanamo Bay? The immediate confiscation of every
single copy of the Koran from the prisoners. Is there any danger of
that? Of course not. It is far more important for us to remain
politically correct than to win the war unleashed on us by the Muslims.
                    Every lame
anti-terror measure of the Bush administration is being malevolently
scrutinized for possible violations of our constitutional rights and
erosion of our freedoms. I'll tell you what constitutes the vilest, the
most dangerous violation of my constitutional rights, what threatens my
freedoms more than anything else. It is the ever growing influence of
Islam in this country. How hard is it to understand that the most
important component of freedom is not listed in the Bill of Rights
because it is taken for granted like the oxygen in the air we breathe?
How hard is it to understand that the most vital component of freedom is
physical safety?
                    You cannot
be free if you are not safe. You cannot be safe in your own country when
its Muslim population is growing. You cannot be safe in this world when
Islam is spreading like metastasized cancer, and Western governments,
including our own, instead of doing anything at all to oppose it,
compete with each other in their expressions of abject dhimmitude.
                    But there
has not been any terrorist attack inside the country in more than 4
years, you might object. Very well, let us ask why. Is it due to the
heroic efforts and unbelievable efficiency of the Department of Homeland
Security, the FBI, the CIA? To a degree, yes, although juries composed
of decent American citizens routinely undermine their successes. But
these organizations, by their very essence, can only provide passive,
defensive measures, and you know as well as I do that no war can be won
by passive, defensive measures alone.
                    The truth is
that our enemies do not need to commit another atrocity right now. The
mass migration of Muslims to the United States continues. In a couple of
generations, there will be enough of them to vote the Constitution out
and Sharia in. When our policies begin threatening the success of their
venture, there will be another terrorist act in the US, and our leaders,
along with their colleagues from Western Europe, will obediently make
the necessary adjustments.
                    Our
misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq do nothing to prevent that from
happening. The administration must have realized long ago that our
military presence there does nothing to diminish the threat of
terrorism; that's why they substituted the original, unreacheable, goal
of our invasion with the chimera of establishing democracy in the Middle
East. That's why Osama bin Laden keeps dictating his letters to the
American people.
                    The only
tangible result of our absurdly benevolent conquest is the ongoing
deterioration and impending destruction of the only democracy that is
possible in that poisonous region.
                    Once the
imams and ayatollahs established that Western voting rituals, although
meaningless, do not contradict Sharia, the Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq,
and the Arab-occupied territories of Israel went to the voting booths.
In Afghanistan, the election was as meaningless as it used to be in the
Soviet Union, where people were forced to cast their vote for the only
candidate on the list. In Iraq, it brought to power people openly
hostile to us and our goals, but that was inevitable since everyone in
Iraq is hostile to us and our goals. In Israel, the Arabs cheerfully
used the occasion to shamelessly demonstrate that they are not a
"people", but a terrorist organization.
                    Nevertheless,
we continue treating the nobody called Hamid Karzai as an ally. We
continue pretending that the death of our soldiers in Iraq does
something good to this country. And we are holding our breath waiting to
see if Hamas will accepts Israel's right to exist. Why isn't Hamas
worried whether Israel will accept its right to exist?
                    These are
not signs of our defeat. These are signs of our disintegration.
                    Twenty-six
years ago, Iran attacked the United States and took 66 of our citizens
hostage. The general consensus was that the United States was powerless
to respond to the Iranian aggression since that might lead to the
execution of the hostages. Unfortunately, the United States accepted
this cowardly point of view.
                    It was
cowardly because, at that time, Iran could not, even in theory, harm
more than the 66 hostages they were holding. The United States, however,
could easily hold hostage their entire country, with a clear, credible
promise to unleash the wrath of God on it for any harm they might have
caused to their captives.
                    A minimally
decent person in place of Jimmy Carter, would have given the ayatollahs
24 hours to deliver the hostages and the 500 "revolutionary students"
who had invaded the embassy, and, if they failed to meet the deadline,
proceed with the systematic and thorough destruction of Iran's "holy"
places, elite residential areas, oil installations and whatever else it
was necessary to incinerate in order to ensure that the new Iranian
regime would forever remain the most convincing proof of Islam's
unshakeable peacefulness. Even if the "revolutionary students" were
stupid enough to harm their captives, no Muslim would ever again
contemplate taking Americans hostage or flying our planes into our
skyscrapers.
                    But Jimmy C.
was not the kind of a guy who would take their little ones and dash them
against the rock. He has always preferred to see our little ones dashed
against the rock, which is exactly what earned him his Nobel Peace
Prize. Today, 26 years later, one of the organizers of that attack on
the United States is leading the Iranian front of global jihad in the
official capacity of the president of the Islamic Republic and is about
to acquire nuclear weapons. What are we going to do? What can we do?
                    We can do a
lot. We are perfectly capable of stopping jihad forever by next
Wednesday. Instead, we will do nothing, because taking Babylon's little
ones and dashing them against the rock takes the courage we no longer
possess.
                    We, my dear
friends, are not really that different from those Azeri peasants. Only,
instead of stray dogs, we are silently, passively watching the unfolding
of a new holocaust.
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I am working on a series of essays about my college days- some pretty crazy- some fairly typical. I used to move every six months and I thought to tie the essays in together by introducing each section with the apartment I was in at the time. Hence, the title..


My coolest apartment was a triangular walk up on the side of the mountain that bordered Mexico and topped off an Arabic Grocery Store

It was called the Sunshine Grocery but there were no windows and you could get groceries on credit and on Sunday the landlord would buy all the residents who were awake and waiting a cup of thick, black brew

there weren’t many of us who were sober on Sunday mornings

there weren’t many who wanted to sober up

the coffee was .10 a cup with no free refills but after you drank it the store owner’s wife would dump out the grounds and read them for you

that was always my favorite part- except she wouldn’t look at me

she would read the grounds and then translated through her son, a 12 year old boy who knew more then than I ever have

it wouldn’t be a big deal except I knew she spoke English- I listened to her read everybody else

she wouldn’t wait on me either

19 and I knew everything- "Anti Semitic b_... " toss the cup , unlock the gate, head up the 3 flights

My apartment had 2 rooms and no closets and I window unit and I didn’t have a TV and my dresser drawers were in the living room and I would eat on the floor because I had no table and the kitchen was the hall between the living room and the bedroom

I was keeping company with a very large black cat named Zoya. She stuck to the one bay window that opened and weighed in at 17 pounds

I became very flexible because peeing required one foot in the tub and I foot on the outside of the sink and I was glad that men could pee in the sink and I refused to let my mind wander any farther than that

I paid $275 for 250 feet and that included a balcony ,whose doors never latched, and leaned over the freeway and provided the constant wall of cars and trucks coming from both borders

In the summer the temperature would drop with the sun and the desert breeze would kick the smell of oil and gasoline and just a hint of spice up through the rift

The intercom didn’t work so friends would stand on the ground and yell for entrance and local news got networked via grapevine-

There was a church several blocks north and on Sundays I would sit on the balcony

and listen to the church bells. They played throughout the day every hour on the hour

Sometimes they played showtunes


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THIS HANUKKAH, LET'S TEACH OUR CHILDREN HOW TO GIVE

by Gil Troy

Updated December 2005 version of article first published in

The Canadian Jewish News - 28 November 2002, B2-B3

http://www.cjnews.com/default.asp

Jews are preparing to celebrate Hanukkah, our festival of lights,
during
a particularly dark period. The world seems to have gone mad. Islamic
extremists
declare war on the West, and many, especially in Europe and Canada,
deny and
dither, afraid to respond too assertively. Palestinians declare a war
of terror
on Israel, and too many, including Israelis and Jews, are quicker to
blame
Israel, the victim, than the Palestinian perpetrators. The terror has
slowed but
not disappeared -- Israel has stood strong, but there are too many
victims
throughout the world, still reeling from the blows in
Hadera and
Sderot, in
London and Bali, where fresh wounds this year were added to communities
already
scarred by this scourge.  It is precisely during such bleak moments
that we are
compelled to celebrate. Rejoicing in past victories helps put our
current
troubles in perspective, reminding us that we have suffered before, and
not just
survived but thrived. Moreover, with terrorists trying to rob innocents
of any
joy, and any semblance of a normal life, observing holidays becomes yet
another
act of defiance, a leap of faith asserting our commitment to stick to
the
everyday.

Nevertheless, even as we celebrate, it behooves us to reassess the
meaning of the holidays how we observe them. Precisely now, during this
time of
crisis, we should be rededicating ourselves to Jewish renewal, finding
the joy
in Judaism, not just the "oy." Such a reevaluation is particularly
necessary in
the case of Hanukkah, a
holiday whose meaning has changed over the
years.

While Hanukkah's basic plot line has remained unchanged for almost two
millennia, the Hanukkah we know and love is a twentieth-century
invention. The
central themes we associate with Hanukkah, of heroism and power, both
physical
and spiritual, were Zionist ideas; for centuries the Rabbis dwelled on
the
miracle of the oil. When the Zionist revolution a century ago
reevaluated
Judaism, the Maccabees' story proved that Jewish history was not just
about the
anti-Semites who hated us and the Rabbis who taught us. The Maccabees
were
home-grown heroes, rooted in Israel's ancient soil, and willing to
fight, if
necessary, for their homeland, their beliefs, and their freedom. In
fact, before
World War I, many Jews used Hanukkah as an opportunity for giving not
receiving,
donating the modern equivalent of the "shekel" the Biblical coin, to
the Zionist
cause.


At the same time, the other great twentieth-century Jewish revolution,
the rise of North American Jewry, also transformed Hanukkah. As with
Passover,
the theme of "freedom" resonated in the land of liberty, giving the
ancient
Jewish holiday a contemporary American flavor. But, even more
important, the
quirk of scheduling, as well as the anthropological linkage to another
winter-solstice festival of lights, made for the gift-giving frenzy we
see
today.

As a delightful holiday of dedication, Hanukkah has long been
child-centered. Traditionally, Jewish communities used Hanukkah to
rededicate
themselves to their children's Jewish education. In that spirit,
parents gave
children "gelt" or coins to sweeten the experience of Torah study.

In the modern world, this festival of gelt-giving and of lights became
the popular Jewish response to Christmas envy, the malady that seized
many a
Jewish household each
December. In fact, with eight nights, and thus
eight
opportunities for gift-giving, Hanukkah became a way for Jews to trump
their
Christian neighbors.

Tragically, both Hanukkah and Christmas have become "Festivals of
Consumption," in historian Daniel Boorstin's apt phrase. A minor
sweetener to
facilitate Torah study has become the major focus of the holiday, even
as this
traditionally minor holiday has become a major highlight on the North
American
Jewish calendar.

This, then, is the year to rededicate Hanukkah, and ourselves, to
reorient the holiday. It is time to rejuvenate the holiday by making it
a
highpoint on our tzedakah calendar, our schedule of giving, while
teaching our
children about generosity not just materialism. It is not realistic,
nor
necessary, to declare a gift-giving ban. Most of us, thankfully, do not
have to
choose between self-indulgence and good works. Moreover, to set up

false choices
by being too austere, defeats the educational purpose behind the
gelt-giving.
But is it too much to ask for this year, that every family, every
school, every
Jewish institution, every Hanukkah get-together carve out some time to
think
about others who are less fortunate, others with whom we should share
our good
fortune? Is it too much to ask that as we teach our children the joy of
receiving gifts from loved ones we also teach them the joy of giving
gifts to
strangers?


The smallest of gestures can teach this most important of lessons.
During the traditional Hanukkah grab bag, one additional toy can be
thrown into
the hopper, and that toy can be designated for a child in need.
Similarly,
children awash in presents could be asked to give one old toy and one
new toy to
tzedakah. Relatives from far away who are going to send Hanukkah checks
can be
encouraged to allocate part of their gift
to a charity of the
children's choice,
or parents and children can agree on a certain percentage of all gifts
to be
donated. Even more important, acts of loving kindness, good deeds,
should be
encouraged so we go beyond many Jews' tendency to assume that the only
way to
help others is materially.

This Hanukkah, of all Hanukkahs, why not take advantage of the eight
nights, the eight candles, to designate our thoughts, our prayers, and
our gifts
of time, talent, and money in the following directions:

On the First Night of Hanukkah, let us dedicate ourselves to the
Victims
of Palestinian Terror, hoping to bring a little light into their lives
:
Terrorists have slaughtered more than 1000 people, and maimed
thousands. We must
adopt families of the victims, embracing them, supporting them,
befriending
them, sending both love and money.
For more information on how your
family,
school, synagogue, friendship
circle, etc., can adopt a family, send a
Hanukkah
toy basket, or take any number of initiatives visit
www.onefamilyfund.org
<http://www.onefamilyfund.org/

To support Camp Koby, a summer camp, in memory of victims of terror
for
victims of terror and their siblings, visit
www.kobymandell.org/home.htm

On the Second Night of Hanukkah, let us dedicate ourselves to the
Israelis who are still Missing in Action, honoring their heroism, and
that of
their families:
In 2004, the painful purgatory for the families of Adi
Avitan,
Binyamin Avraham, Omer Souad, and Elchanan Tenenbaum ended, with only
one happy
ending. As Tenenbaum was reunited with his family, the survivors of
Adi,
Binyamin and Omer mourned, along with everyone who rejects the cruelty
of
Hizballah. These four families share a unique bond of anguish with the
families
of Ron Arad,
Zachary Baumel, Zvi Feldman, and Yehuda Katz, who have
been missing
since the 1980s.
For more information, including addresses of public
officials
to whom you should write, access www.mia.org.il
<http://www.mia.org.il/>

On the Third Night of Hanukkah, let us dedicate ourselves to the
Children of Israel, who deserve to live in freedom, free of fear:
Israeli
society has proved itself remarkably resilient, but the war, combined
with the
economic troubles of the last few years, took its toll. Even as the
security
situation has stabilized, and the economic numbers have improved, there
is far
too much poverty in Israel, and there are fears that the gap between
the rich
and the poor is growing greater than ever.  We must be proactive not
just
reactive, thinking about how to help improve the quality of Israeli
life. One
lovely initiative is the Jade Bar
Shalom Books for Israel Project, an
attempt to
get new and slightly used English books sent to Israeli schoolchildren
to help
compensate for budget cutbacks.  Since July 2005, over 41 tons of
donated
English literature and reference books have been delivered to over 200
of
Israel's Jewish, Druze, Bedouin, Christian, Bahai, and Muslim public
schools.
For more information about this project, including how to set up local
chapters,
access
http://www.edu-negev.gov.il/bs/b4i/

On the Fourth Night of Hanukkah, let us dedicate ourselves to the
Institutions of Israel, the well-oiled infrastructure which keeps the
society
functioning:
Even as we champion new initiatives, we need to continue
supporting
agencies that have laid the foundation for the Jewish state, and help
make it
thrive. To name only a few, during these difficult times, Hadassah

continues to
maintain and modernize Israeli medical facilities, the Magen David Adom
(Israeli
"Red Cross") serves all people in Israel under very trying
circumstances, the
Jewish National Fund continues renewing and rebuilding the land.


On the Fifth Night of Hanukkah, let us dedicate ourselves to Our Local
Jewish Community, renewing our collective ability to help us renew
ourselves and
our own Jewish identities:
Even while fighting fires abroad, we need to
keep our
home fires burning, as it were, by supporting our local synagogues,
schools,
Federations, agencies. This Hanukkah is a perfect time to rededicate
ourselves
to Jewish education, on all levels, for young and old alike. We all
need to be
engaged in lifelong learning, the more formal, the better, the more
time-intensive the better.  More broadly, let us challenge ourselves by
asking
not only how much money am I willing to donate, but how much time
am I
willing
to volunteer this coming year?

On the Sixth Night of Hanukkah, let us dedicate ourselves to neighbors
in need, bestowing gifts on neighbors who are suffering:
Most of us
live in
cities marked by huge disparities between haves and have-nots. Those of
us who
have should take the time to help those who have less, both Jews and
non-Jews,
seeing what we can do to make sure that none of our neighbors go to bed
hungry,
cold, or lonely, that none of our neighbors are deprived of the joy of
celebrating this season.  Wherever we stand on the War in Iraq, we
should all
stand united in support of the American troops, our idealistic,
vulnerable,
heroic knights in Kevlar willing to risk so much. Creative ways of
supporting
the troops include donating Frequent Flyer Miles so troops on leave can
fly home
for free (see
http://www.heromiles.org <http://www.heromiles.org/>  );
buying
pre-paid calling cards so soldiers can call their loved ones for free
(see
https://thor.aafes.com/scs/default.aspx ) or sending messages of
support (see
https://thor.aafes.com/scs/default.aspx ) Given the coincidence between
Hanukkah
and Christmas this year, we have a lovely chance to make Christmas and
Hanukkah
wishes harmonize, as we celebrate Hanukkah by helping neighbors
celebrate
Christmas.

On the Seventh Night of Hanukkah, let us dedicate ourselves to
non-Jewish friends and causes, understanding the power of affirming our
common
humanity, and helping one another
: It is too easy, during these times
of Jewish
stress, to turn inward. These last five years we have certainly seen

the power
of Hillel's teaching, that "If I don't care for myself, who am I?" And
the
strategy worked. The situation has improved dramatically.  But let us
not forget
the second part which is "And if I only care for myself, what am I?"
The United
Way, Centraide, and dozens of other organizations are happy to help us
help
others, as are our local Federations and Jewish groups such as Young
Judaea, the
Zionist youth movement which organized an impressive aid convoy from
the
Northeastern United States to Katrina-stricken New Orleans. The crisis
in the
Darfur region of Sudan demands our action and our outrage. Let us not
stand by
idly, complaining of others' inactions, yet not doing anything
ourselves. The
American Jewish World Service has been a particular leader in this,
combining
education, advocacy and intelligent giving. Check out
http://www.ajws.org/index.cfm?section_id=15

On the Eight Night of Hanukkah, let us dedicate ourselves to the Power
of Teaching, of Leading Our Children by Example:
If every night, we
channel our
children's charitable impulses, giving a guided tour of the
possibilities of
giving, on this, the last night of Hanukkah, let us ask our children to
take the
first baby steps in this world of responsibility and great
satisfaction, by
asking them to pick a charitable deed, a mitzvah for someone else they
plan on
doing.


The time and resources are limited; the work is great - and
overwhelming. Yet our sages teach that it is not upon us to complete
all the
work, nor are we free to evade it. No one should feel guilty for
failing to
carve out a charitable moment every one of the eight nights - yet no
one should
feel free to ignore this challenge completely.

For decades now, kids have greeted
each other every morning of
Hanukkah
with the question:
"What did you get last night?" This year, perhaps,
we can
also
teach our children to ask: "What did you give?"

Gil Troy is Professor of History at McGill University and the author
of
Why I Am A Zionist: Israel, Jewish Identity and the Challenges of
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