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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

No place like home

Well its been a long time since my last post, turned out my last 'break' would be longer than I thought - the last thing I was doing during this time was taking a break!

So... I have moved back to Israel and am now based in Tel Aviv -- its good to be home.

Sorry for letting things slip on the blog front, events have really left me with little time to blog properly. So, this is just to say hi to anyone who's wondered what happened!

In the meantime, I'll keep the blog up, and if I get some more time, I'll come back to it. If anyone wants to get in touch and doesn't have my email address, leave me a message here with your email address.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Palestinian Incitment Rears Ugly Head

"With the establishment of the State of Israel, the entire Muslim nation was lost because Israel is a cancer that spread in the body of the Islamic nation; because the Jews are a virus similar to AIDS, from which the entire world is suffering."

-- Sheikh Ibrahim Mudayris, Palestinian Authority preacher, in a broadcast on Palestinian television.

Here's a charming video of a Palestinian Sheikh preaching genocide against the Jewish people and Islamic world domination, in a classic supremacist rant.

Related Fact Of The Day

"Abu Hitler" is the self applied nome de guerre of Fawsi Salim el Mahdi, an architect of the Palestinian terrorist intifada, and commander of Fatah's Force 17. He has named his 2 sons Eichmann and Hitler.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Taking a break

Dear readers,

I apologise for not posting this sooner,

I've been taking a break from blogging due to work, but I will return in the not too distant future.

Till then... take care :)

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Next Year, in Jerusalem..!

Next Year in Jerusalem video (Click on free download, then its a 45 second wait before downloading, see bottom of the screen)

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

New online radio station from Eilat

Introducing... Radio Yo, broadcasting online (only) 24/7 from studios in Eilat... a nice selection of music! Enjoy.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Hamas chief: Calming down is a trick

Hamas Political Head: Calming Down is Just a Trick Within the Resistance Plan; Hamas Does Not Object to the '67 Borders as an Interim Solution

From MEMRI's Special Dispatch Series - No. 894

April 19, 2005

A convention held by the Egyptian newspaper "Al-Ahram," which was attended by writers and experts on Palestinian affairs following the Palestinian Cairo agreement on calming down the situation [ Tahdiah ], also hosted the head of the Hamas political bureau, Khaled Mash'al. Speaking at the convention, Mash'al stated that the Tahdiah was a trick and that the resistance will continue as long as the occupation exists. Mash'al also expressed concern about the PA and Fatah taking over settlement lands after the withdrawal and stated that in the eyes of Hamas, there is no objection to the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders as an interim solution. The following are excerpts from Mash'al's speech: [1]

We Agreed to the Tahdiah to Prevent an Internal Palestinian Implosion

"We have made an achievement in the Palestinian arena... We wanted to avoid the internal Palestinian implosion that Sharon wanted. He [Sharon] wished for dissent [among us] so that he [could] pressure Abu Mazen to confront the resistance... [With our consent] we avoided it. Our second goal was to send a message to the international community that the problem does not lie with the Palestinian people or the Palestinian resistance, [but rather] with the occupation... Our third goal was to give a chance and headspace to set the Palestinian house in order... Fourth, we strived to achieve, through the temporary initiative of Tahdiah, a chance to fulfill the Palestinian peoples' direct interests, such as releasing prisoners...

"... Every term has a special meaning, and our choice [of the term] Tahdiah is not incidental. A Hudna [cease fire] is an agreement whose terms are acceptable to both sides, but in the current situation there are no such terms. The Palestinian side is the weak one... we treat this Tahdiah as a Palestinian initiative conditional to the other side fulfilling the terms...

"… Hamas controls its military wing... and despite that fact that it is one of the largest factions of the resistance, it is highly capable of keeping its men disciplined. Tahdiah means Tahdiah [and when you talk of] escalation, there is escalation. There is a commitment and it is honored... In the eyes of Hamas, Tahdiah is a trick within the resistance plans, [but] in the eyes of the [Palestinian] Authority, Tahdiah is a step on the way out of the resistance plan... but we still give it a chance... we can be patient and suffer, but not from the perspective of those who want to be free of the Intifada..."

Hamas Has Never Carried Out an Operation Whose Purpose Was to Sabotage Diplomatic Plans

"... Regarding the nature of the struggle, we know and understand that the international arena does not accept harming civilians... but the existence of the occupation requires resistance... Hamas is not in power and it operates according to the public's state of mind. If the public would shun the resistance, Hamas could not uphold it. We respect the public, for if not, why would we have accepted this Tahdiah now?...

"... Hamas's project is the resistance. [History] has not seen an occupation end without resistance... every negotiation devoid of resistance is useless... Hamas will become a political body only after an independent state is established. As long as there is occupation, it [Hamas] will combine the resistance with political activity...

"... We do not deny that when Hamas acts decisively, it often hurts the security and policy [of the PLO]. [We] make mistakes and we do not deny them. However, there are issues in which the Palestinians are not done justice, for example, the [the criticism of Hamas regarding] the timing of operations. Hamas has never carried out an operation whose purpose was to sabotage diplomatic plans. I do not want to take responsibility for the failure of plans that I am convinced were doomed [anyway]... I [myself] often do not approve of the timing of a certain operation, but can't control it due to the circumstances in the field. Hizbullah for example, have control because they are at the front [and can determine whether] to attack a certain target on a certain day or not... the opposition factions find it difficult to control the timing [of operations]..."

I Told Abu Mazen: "Beware, Less They Poison You as They Did Arafat"

"... As we draw near the end of the summer and the end of 2005, the following atmosphere will be created: The [diplomatic] settlement will be 'refrozen,' and one cannot deny the possibility that Sharon will blame Abu Mazen for being the obstacle for peace, just as Abu Ammar [Arafat] was considered one. Abu Mazen heard this from me, laughed, and said that 'this is a predictable and unsurprising scenario.' I replied: Beware, less they poison you as they did Arafat...

"... I cannot be satisfied with the 1967 borders alone and see them as a permanent solution... A Palestinian might say: 'Who gave you the right to forego the rights of Palestinians?' So Abu Mazen himself says, in his talks: 'I cannot forego the right of return.' It will be his political suicide, for there are 5-6 million whose problem must be solved. However, Hamas has no objection to accept the 1967 borders as an interim solution.

"... Is there ambiguity about Hamas's position regarding the future of the Palestinian state? [Does Hamas want] a democratic state or a bi-national one? We want a democratic state... in the religious aspect, we will not impose anything on the people, and we do not want fanaticism or extremism. As for a bi-national state, I understand the concept, but the meaning of a bi-national state is that you, the weaker side, ask for equal rights. I can ask for this for one hundred years, and we already have experience with the 1948 Palestinians [Israeli-Arab citizens]. A bi-bational [state] is not a practical solution and in the end [Palestinians will be annexed] to an occupation state..."

When Israel Withdraws From Gaza, There Will Be a Period of Rioting Over the Loot

"... There is concern that a conflict will break out over the loot [in the settlements that Israel will withdraw from in Gaza]. The main fear isn't from the public at large, but from the PA personnel – those who are supposed to be the guardians [of the assets] are themselves the thieves. All those who took land [without a permit] and built shacks on them on the beaches of Gaza are men from the [Palestinian] Authority and the [Palestinian] security forces. Therefore, there is an agreement among all Palestinian bodies that the Fatah or the PA will have no sole right on these lands. I fear that if Israel withdraws from Gaza, and it must, there will be a period of rioting or problems resulting from a conflict over the loot and control [and the question] of who will fill the void... Hamas will not be part of this conflict, but it will not let the decision in Gaza be a monopoly of one body. It will insist on being a partner with others..."


[1] Al-Ahram (Egypt), March 30, 2005.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

British academics may boycott Israel

Ynet reports:

Members of Britain's lecturers' association have filed motions to boycott Israeli academics who refuse to condemn the government's military actions in the territories, London's Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday.

According to the report, the association's annual council meeting, beginning April 20, is also set to discuss the possibility of boycotting three of Israel's eight universities - Haifa University, Bar Ilan University and Jerusalem's Hebrew University - due to their alleged support of government policy in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

However, the motion does state that "conscientious Israeli academics and intellectuals opposed to their state's colonial and racist policies" will be excluded from the boycott.

(I'm a little confused by the tone in the paragraph above -- ed)

Palestinians join call

While the association vetoed a similar measure two years ago, it believes a recent call by Palestinian academics to boycott Israel is enough to push the resolution through this year, the Guardian reported.

Birmingham University lecturer Sue Blackwell said she is convinced the motion will be approved this year, as boycott campaigners are better organized.

"One of the reasons we didn't win last time was that there was no clear public call from Palestinians for the boycott. Now we do."

Counter-motion may be filed

Council president-elect and executive member Gargi Bhattacharyya said he too would support the boycott motion.

"Things aren't getting better there for our (Palestinian) academic colleagues, he said. "They are saying the internationally emotional pressure is an important and a peaceful way for us to support them. I think within the sector… there is a huge concern that the Palestinian education structure has been destroyed."

While the union's executive has not yet decided how to tackle the motions, according to the Guardian sources have said it may file a counter-motion, as it "recognizes that the peaceful resolution of the problems facing the Middle East will not be brought about by the erection of barriers, but by open dialogue".

Hebrew University Professor Nachman Ben-Yehuda said the boycott would prove "damaging" to the Jerusalem university.

"I think it's right to criticize a country or university if it does something wrong, I think we should be criticized for things we shouldn't be doing," he said. "But to say we won't talk any more goes against something very, very basic. We solve problems through dialogue."

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