Saturday, April 27, 2002

We're all so sad...
Posting will stop for the next couple of days because my beloved grandfather, David Cohen-Boulakia, passed away last night. I've dreaded this day for a while and can't even express my grief. I would be forever grateful to anyone who would say Kaddish for him. I loved my grandfather with all my heart and know that he would have loved to have read this blog for years to come. He was passionate about politics, especially Israeli politics, and seems to have passed that love down to me. I love you Pappy.

Friday, April 26, 2002

String him up by the...

Who the hell is Geraldo? And how did that ass go from hosting a show that regularly featured titles like "My maid screwed by brother-in-law's chauffeur", to reporting on the situation in the Middle East? We've all seen him up there on the hill in Gaza, bullets whizzing past his little head, with that stupid air of moral superiority and concern for the human life being lost on the Palestinian side (either that or constipation....), so why haven't people complained to FOX NEWS about the quality (or lack thereof) of journalism they're getting? Well, if you weren't convinced by what you've seen on the tube, maybe this report from will convince you to demand the prompt dismissal of that little weasel....I know I was.
Are you sitting down? This article actually comes from a BRITISH newspaper. No, I am not kidding. A must read!

Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips: Why the Jews are always to blame

The Spectator 20 April 2002

Melanie Phillips says that the Israelis are victims of terror but are being portrayed as cold-hearted, fascist thugs It has come to something when the Sun becomes so alarmed at the firestorm of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hatred blazing daily out of the British media that it feels the need to publish a full-page leading article telling its readers, 'The Jewish faith is not an evil religion'.

Not evil? Why should anyone even think such a vile thing? After all, aren't the Jews in Israel the victims of terror? Aren't they being blown to bits by suicide bombers who are deliberately targeting elderly Holocaust survivors at Passover Seders and children in pizza parlours? Haven't they suffered casualties that would be equivalent in Britain to some 4,000 dead and many thousands more injured since this intifada began in November 2000?

But Israel has committed a heinous crime. That crime is to seek to defend itself against the attempt to annihilate it. For this effrontery, a torrent of lies, distortions, libels, abandonment of objectivity and the substitution of malice and hatred for truth is pouring out of the British and European media and Establishment.

The authorised version, from which there is barely any deviation, goes as follows. The Palestinians, denied a homeland by Israel and understandably driven to terrorism in their despair, are now under murderous assault by Israel's Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, who is using the suicide bombings as an excuse to destroy the Palestinians.

This will understandably produce more suicide bombings; so, if more Israelis are blown to smithereens, it will be their own fault. Indeed, all this mayhem is their fault anyway because they won't negotiate. If only they would give the Palestinians what they want, the violence would end, and the world would be a safer place. As it is, the whole region may go up in flames, Israel included. That, too, will be Israel's fault.

The double standards, twisted history and hate-imbued moral blindness in this analysis defy belief. Imagine if a terror organisation camped out in, say, Wales, were sending suicide bombers into English towns and cities every day, murdering dozens of people every week and injuring thousands more. Would anyone seriously suggest that Tony Blair should not use the army to stop the killings but instead should negotiate the terrorists' demands while they continued to murder British citizens?

But for the British and European media, Israel doesn't do self-defence, apparently; it only does revenge and collective punishment. Because, hey, doesn't everyone know from their cradle that vengeance is the Jewish thing?

Thus the battle in Jenin was an Israeli massacre. The media know it happened because the Palestinians said so, and that must be true because everyone knows that Israel is awful and Sharon is a butcher and, oh yes, a Jewish Nazi. So they tell the world about the undoubted suffering in Jenin and the brutality of the Israelis, often without even recording the Israeli version of events. This was that Jenin was riddled with men ready and armed for suicide missions; the Israelis had offered the gunmen in Jenin safe passage if they surrendered, but the terrorists had booby-trapped their houses and were determined to make a deadly last stand.

The devastation in Jenin is indeed dreadful. But war is not pleasant. If terrorists hide among civilians, there will obviously be countless human tragedies; this is a war, however, not a massacre. If the Israelis had really wanted to kill Palestinians indiscriminately, they would have carpet-bombed them. Instead, they engaged in the tactic most dangerous to themselves - house-to-house searches. Some 23 Israeli soldiers died in Jenin, a grievous toll for this tiny country.

Israel, for all its faults, is a democracy and an open society. The Palestinian Authority is a corrupt despotism which has brainwashed its people into believing mediaeval blood libels against the Jews. But Western journalists and intellectuals automatically assume that the Israelis are telling lies. For everyone knows that the Israelis cannot be victims because they are always to blame.

In the same fashion, everyone knows that Chairman Arafat is not a terrorist. He is a statesman with the support of such world figures as EU commissioner Chris Patten. The worst Arafat is guilty of, according to Patten, is failing to denounce suicide bombings with sufficient vigour. Israel, by contrast, as a democracy 'contradicts much of what it stands for'. Dear me. So just what do Chairman Arafat and the Palestinian Authority (PA ) stand for?

Many of the suicide bombings carried out in the last few weeks have been the work of outfits connected to Fatah, the PA's terror department. Israel has produced seized documents bearing Arafat's signature relating to payments for bombs made to men who they say were orchestrating suicide attacks. If anyone doesn't believe Israel, they should look at what the PA itself has said. In December 2000 Sakhr Habash, a Fatah official, told the PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida that the intifada was being orchestrated by Arafat. 'The leadership of the PA remained the source of authority, and it alone was the factor capable of leading the operations of the intifada throughout the homeland. I can say for certain that brother Abu-Ammar [Arafat] is the ultimate authority for all operations, and whoever thinks otherwise does not know what is going on....'

Even worse is the PA's incitement to children to become 'martyrs' and suicide bombers. It puts out sickening, mesmeric television appeals which glorify the sacrifice of children, urging them to come forward and blow themselves up, and their families are paid blood money for the terrorist deaths of their brainwashed children.

On the basis of such facts, Arafat should be put on trial as the fount of terror. But of course we cannot expect our media to report such evidence. After all, has not the Nobel Peace Prize committee shown the proper response to Arafat's terrorism by calling not for Arafat but for Israel's former prime minister, Shimon Peres, to be deprived of the 1994 peace prize they shared? Clearly, for the Europeans, if suicide bombs are going off, the right response is to attack the victims.

The reason everyone gives for blaming Israel is the running sore of the West Bank and Gaza. There is no doubt that Israel has behaved badly to the Palestinians in these territories. It was wholly wrong to settle them; those settlements should have been dismantled and the territories returned years ago.

But the territories are a monumental diversion from the issue, which is that the Palestinians want the Jewish state destroyed. They do not want a 'two-state' solution. That was offered in 1948 and - with only a few brave exceptions - has been rejected by the Arabs from that time onwards. Their demand for the 'right of return' of all Palestinians to Israel - in addition to their own state - which would destroy the Jewish homeland, makes that clear. Sakhr Habash has said, 'When we declare the establishment of a state and independence, we will have the right to liberate the rest of the occupied land....' The leading Palestinian dove Faisal Husseini told the Egyptian daily Al-Arabi in July 2001 shortly before he died that the peace process was a 'Trojan horse' and that the long-term goal was 'the liberation of Palestine from the river to the sea'.

The territories are not the issue, above all, because Israel did offer them back. At Camp David and then at Taba in 2000 Israel offered back some 96 per cent of the West Bank and Gaza, plus half of Jerusalem, a gesture widely agreed to be startlingly courageous.

The Palestinians claim that this still didn't amount to a viable state. But anyone negotiating in good faith would have presented an alternative peace proposal. Instead, Arafat responded by starting the intifada and unleashing the suicide bombers. Imad Al-Faluji, the PA communications minister, was reported on more than one occasion as saying that the intifada was a premeditated response to the Palestinians' failure to achieve their goals at Camp David.

But everyone knows that giving back the territories would bring peace. Just as they knew that when Israel withdrew from Lebanon there would be peace there because Sharon was to blame then too, big time. So Israel withdrew and what has been the result? Armed by Iran (from whom a shipment of arms was intercepted en route to the non-terrorist Arafat), Hezbollah now has 8,000 Katyusha rockets trained on Israel's northern towns, and has been lobbing mortars at Israeli targets.

Have the media acknowledged this? Did they report the fact that journalists had to flee for their lives after trying to take footage of Palestinians who had been shot and strung up as Israeli collaborators? Did they report that ambulances were being used to harbour terrorists? Did they report that the Palestinian 'victims' holed up in the Church of the Nativity had shot the locks off the church and desecrated it by taking it and its inhabitants hostage? Did they report Israel's list of the terrorists in that church? Of course not; because everyone knows that whatever terrible deeds the Palestinians commit, it's always the Israelis who are to blame.

There is a widespread view that the Middle East impasse has to be solved before the assault on terror can proceed. This is precisely the wrong way round. There will be no prospect of the Palestinians making peace until their terrorist sponsors in Iran, Iraq and Syria are dealt with.

Israel's incursions are said to have inflamed Arab grievances and made terror attacks more likely. When the Americans launched their attack on al-Qa'eda, their action was conceived as an attack on Islam, thus justifying further outrages. So it is with the Palestinians. They view Israeli self-defence as an unjustified assault. The response of Britain and Europe is not to acknowledge that this is a monstrous inversion of moral reasoning but to agree that such self-defence is an act of brutality.

This is in part because the mind-twisting of the terrorist feeds the moral confusion of the West's corrupted liberal orthodoxy. This sees a moral equivalence between terror and measures to protect against it. Believing here is no such thing as truth, it embraces lies instead and cannot distinguish victims from their victimisers. And, of course, Israelis can't be victims because they have the power of America behind them. After all, everyone knows that the Jews run America.

The facts are, as ever, somewhat different. The Jews are merely one lobby among many. The biggest and most uncritical American supporters of Israel are the evangelical Christians. America gives as much aid to Arab states such as Egypt as it does to Israel. The biggest funder of the PA is Commissioner Patten's EU. Does he ever stop to ponder the fact that this has funded the guns and explosives with which the PA is murdering Israeli families? Of course not; because Commissioner Patten knows that Israel is to blame.

The view that America is run by Jews is a classic anti-Semitic trope. And here comes the really vicious bit: just as everyone knows Arafat cannot be a terrorist, so everyone also knows that the Jews always start whingeing about anti-Semitism to cover up their own misdeeds. A.N. Wilson has told us so in the Evening Standard. Indeed, he mused, he was no longer sure that he was against terrorism at all. Because, after all, it was Israel that was committing the 'willful' burning of church buildings and massacring the innocent.

For the real crime of Israel is this: to have fought back. Jews aren't supposed to do this. They are supposed to go passively to their deaths. If the Jews do fight, they should lose. What they must never do is to win.

People who think that the Jews are all-powerful cannot imagine that Israel could ever be destroyed. But it is all too possible. Continuous terror through suicide bombing - the weapon that tears up the rules of human behaviour - could so demoralise it, cripple its economy and sap its military strength that it could finally become vulnerable to the Arab states that have always wanted it gone. An armed Palestinian state imposed by Chris Patten's EU would then really be revealed as a Trojan horse.

But if all those who believe the Jews run America really think that the world would be better off if only those dreadful Jews would kindly disappear, they should think again. For radical Islam, the West is next on the list.

The question is whether the West will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel in its war against terror or whether it will side with terror against it. At present the signs are ominous. The leitmotiv of the state of Israel, forged after the world looked the other way from the Holocaust, is 'never again'. The West has now given its response: 'Yes, again'; and if they are destroyed, the Jews, as ever, will be to blame.

Melanie Phillips is a Daily Mail columnist.

And the hypocrisy continues

The US Administration has continued its hypocritical treatment of Israel. The Detroit Free Press seems to have caught on and posted this last Sunday:

"Terror, Mideast and Hypocrisy"

When suicide bombers attacked America last September, nothing could stop our retaliation.

Yet, when suicide bombers attack Israel, week after week, Israel is told - even by Americans - to back off.

When we bombed Afghanistan, where Al Qaeda was organized, it was a mission to "smoke them out."

Yet when Israel attacks its hornet¹s nest of terror, it is accused of "occupying" and told to retreat.

When we fired on Kabul, from the safety of the air, we said innocent people would be caught in the crossfire and, sadly, this was war.

Yet when Israeli soldiers go door to door in Palestinian areas, the most dangerous yet humane way to root out terrorists, we call them "Murderers" the moment one civilian is killed.

When Osama bin Laden denied any involvement with Sept. 11, we said he was lying and vowed to get him "dead or alive."

Yet when groups tied to Yasser Arafat boldly claim responsibility for suicide attacks, Israel is told not to harm their leader.

When we struck back against extremist terror, Israel was behind us. When Israel strikes back, we say, "Enough is enough."

You tell me. Is that hypocritical?

Thanks to Gopal who keeps forwarding me all this stuff!

Thursday, April 25, 2002

John McCain for President!!
This is an amazing speech by Senator John McCain. His clarity is so refreshing these days. The speech is a bit long but well worth the read. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 23, 2002
McCain Addresses AIPAC Annual Policy Conference

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today made the following remarks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference regarding the current situation in the Middle East:

"There will always be an Israel. The terrorist onslaught against her people represents not progress towards a refoundation of historic Palestine but a plunge into an abyss of moral decay perpetrated in the name of the Palestinian people by their own leaders. There will always be an Israel, because the Israeli people will defend their homeland against murderers who pose as martyrs, and will never accept justice imposed on them by leaders who send children to kill their children.

"There will always be an Israel, strong and free, because Israel, and her supporters in this country, will never allow the depravity of her enemies to obscure the moral clarity that inspired her founding, 54 years ago last week, as the homeland of a people who understood evil long before Americans saw its more recent expression on September 11th.

"Terrorism is terrorism, whether in the form of professional killers who crash civilian aircraft into buildings or amateur murderers undistinguished by anything other than their willingness to take innocent lives. "A political solution to the conflict with the Palestinians is the best answer to Israeli insecurity, of course. But no moral nation – neither Israel nor America -- can allow terrorists to chart the political course of its people. No freedom-loving nation can tolerate a terrorist state on its border. And no great nation can abandon the obligations of moral clarity for the convenience of situational ethics. "If we are serious about the values we in America and Israel live by, and the opportunities we would like all people in the Middle East to enjoy, we can allow terrorists no role in the political process.

"Indeed, we must work to spread our values in the Middle East, first by opposing tyranny in the Arab world. The celebration of freedom in the streets of liberated Baghdad will serve as a counterpoint to the state-directed Arab media's distortion of the Palestinian conflict. It will be a reminder to other Arab tyrants that the United States is a natural ally of Arab people who aspire to freedom. Freeing Arabs from repression by tyrannical regimes is the priority of neither Yasser Arafat nor the dictators he counts as his allies. But bringing liberty's blessings to Arab peoples will do much more to improve their lives than will their jihad against Israel.

"Unfortunately, when it comes to advocating freedom and opportunity in the Arab world, our values know few champions. In the monarchies and dictatorships of the Middle East, cynicism is the essence of statecraft. Americans find ourselves handicapped in our Middle East diplomacy by a native regard for moral clarity.

"It is our fidelity to the values Arab leaders reject that makes it unmistakably clear to Americans who destroyed the peace process begun in Oslo. The authors of that disaster were the Palestinians themselves – and the Arab leaders who encouraged or accepted Yasser Arafat's rejection of the sweeping settlement offered by former Prime Minister Barak at Camp David, and provided rhetorical and material support for the ensuing intifada waged by suicide bombers.

"I don't think our cultural differences with Arab states are so vast that a common recognition of what constitutes real peace and a just settlement is unattainable. I think Arab leaders know exactly what it will take to achieve real peace between Palestinians and Israelis, and that what they currently offer serves only to perpetuate the conflict.Telethons and poems glorifying suicide bombers are not steps toward peace. Cash payments to the families of suicide bombers are not steps toward peace. Communiques glorifying the murder of innocents are not steps toward peace. All of this is evil, pure and simple.

"It is not peace, but fear of each other that motivates Arab dictators, and fear of their own populations, whose resentments toward Israel and America have been inflamed for generations to distract them from grievances against their own rulers for the economic and political inequities they are expected to endure permanently. "It is the unenlightened rule of Arab dictators, not the plight of the Palestinians, that condemns the Arab world to the civilizational crisis in which it finds itself. Which Middle Eastern nation grants its Arab citizens the most political freedom? Israel. Which countries' leaders have the blood of innocents on their hands but hear nothing about it from the Arab League? Iraq, Syria, and Sudan, for starters. Which country has the most egregious record of occupying another today? Syria, in Lebanon. In which countries do Palestinian refugees suffer without rights and the most basic freedoms? Other than Israel, only Jordan has treated these people with any dignity. Which nation in the region has matched its payments to the families of Palestinian murderers with money for health care, education, and other development in the territories? Not one. "How Arab leaders can abide their own hypocrisy is one question. Why they expect us to do so is a better one. "Arab leaders recoil in mock indignation from any suggestion that they have a responsibility to discourage Palestinian treachery. Instead, they demand that the United States pressure the Government of Israel into forsaking its obligation to defend its citizens from terrorism that Arab governments celebrate and support.
"I'm also distressed that some of our European allies are dismissing Israel's legitimate security concerns. In some quarters, Jews are once again threatened with attacks on their institutions. We are witnessing once again the torching of European synagogues. All world leaders must condemn, in the strongest terms, such despicable behavior.

"Israel has proved its willingness to risk its strategic interests by returning territories captured in war, and living cheek by jowl with a Palestinian state in exchange for peace and acceptance of Israel's right to exist by its Arab neighbors. Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority he claims to lead insist on a settlement that would threaten the eventual extinction of a Jewish state in the Middle East, and accept and support murder as a means to achieve it. Official sponsorship of Palestinian terror is a self-induced mockery of the Palestinian leadership's moral authority, and that of its Nobel Peace Prize-winning chairman.

"The Oslo peace process was premised on the notion that Israelis and Palestinians could live together. I believe it is now time to explore ways in which they can live apart. It is time to consider alternatives such as that proposed by former Prime Minister Barak -- to erect a security barrier between the Israelis and the Palestinians. This is not to accept the hopelessness of a political solution, but to embrace the hope that Israel's people can live in safety until a Palestinian leadership truly committed to peace emerges from the chaos and despair inflicted on Palestinians for generations by leaders who lack the courage and compassion and wisdom to make a better life for their people.

"Friends, I make no claim to wisdom on how to resolve the crisis in the Middle East. Like you, I look for guidance in the values we share with the only democracy in the region. I know this: no American leader should be expected to sell a false peace to our ally, consider Israel's right to self-defense less legitimate than ours, or insist that Israel negotiate a political settlement while terrorism remains the Palestinians' preferred bargaining tool. "The moral clarity you bring to American understanding of Israel's plight is the most effective antidote to the cynicism and hostility that parade as Arab diplomacy in the Middle East today. We will defeat terrorism against America, and we will stand with Israel as she fights the same enemy. "One of the great privileges of my life was the friendship that I developed with the late Senator Henry Scoop Jackson. I got to know Scoop when I was the Navy liaison to the Senate in the late 70's. Scoop was and remains the model of what an American statesman should be.

"In 1979, I traveled to Israel with Scoop, where I knew he was considered a hero. I had no idea how great a hero he was until we landed in Tel Aviv. When we arrived, we were transferred to a bus big enough to accommodate our large delegation, as well as the U.S. Ambassador in Israel and several of his staff. About a hundred yards outside the airport, the bus was surrounded by a crowd of seven or eight hundred Israelis screaming for Jackson, waving signs that read "God Bless you, Scoop," "Senator Jackson, thank you," and dozens of other tributes. For a patriot like Scoop, their affection for him was nothing less than affection for America. "Scoop understood a deep truth. The bond between America and Israel is not just a strategic one, though that is important. Today, in the war against terror, we have no stronger ally than Israel. The more profound tie between our two countries, however, is a moral one. We are two democracies whose alliance is forged in our common values. To be proudly pro-American and pro-Israeli is not to hold conflicting loyalties. As Scoop understood, it is about defending the principles that both countries hold dear.

"And I stand before you today, proudly pro-American and pro-Israel. Thank you."

"Where are Arab peace marchers?"
WorldNetDaily, Apr.25/02
Joseph Farah explains why Palestinians aren't big on gettin' along

For those who truly believe there is moral equivalence between the Arabs and Israelis, consider the following question: When was the last time you heard about an Arab peace march? I've been observing the Middle East closely and professionally for 25 years. I can tell you I have never seen one. Nor do I expect to see one any time soon.

Why is this important? What's the relevance? Until the most recent outbreak of Arab violence and terrorism in Israel some 18 months ago, the Israeli public was divided fairly evenly between those who believed peace with the Arab world could be achieved through appeasement and those who believed it could be achieved only through strength. Regularly, Israelis would turn out by the hundreds of thousands urging more concessions to the Arabs, more talks with Yasser Arafat, Jewish retreat from predominantly Arab territories.

The fact that there is no equivalent peace movement in the entire Arab world should provide further evidence of two things:

There is no freedom of speech nor freedom of assembly in the Arab world and no tolerance for any form of dissent from government policy.

There is no desire in the Arab world for living in peace and harmony with the Jewish state.

Many in the West continue to portray Israel as some sort of aggressor in the Middle East. Nothing could be further from the truth. Israel has been a model of restraint in the face of unspeakable provocation and violence precisely because of internal checks and balances within its free society. Because there are people like Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak, who seemingly never tire of appeasing terrorists like Arafat, those who would take stronger military actions must think twice. There are political considerations to make. They cannot afford to alienate politicians who help form their coalition governments. They cannot write off huge sectors of the public - no matter how misguided and naive they may be.

There is no such public accountability anywhere in the Arab world. The entire Arab world is structured from the top down. There are rulers and there are servants. The people are told what the rulers want them to know and they do what they are told. There is no moral equivalency between these two ways of life - any more than there is between the United States and, say, Afghanistan under the Taliban.

Why can't there be negotiated peace between these two sides? Because they live in completely different worlds, they speak entirely different languages, they operate in different dimensions of reality. Israelis can see both sides of the issue. The Arabs cannot. Israelis see shades of gray. The Arabs see only black and white. Israelis live in a free society. The Arabs live in the most closed societies on earth. Israelis are free-thinking people with access to all kinds of information from many points of view. The Arabs are like programmed automatons, hearing and seeing only what their governments want them to see and hear.

An Arab peace movement? It's almost incomprehensible to consider, isn't it? But you will also see things in the Arab world you won't see in Israel. For instance, when was the last time you saw a Jewish child turned out by his or her parents to fight on the frontlines against the Arabs?

You have never seen it. Nor will you ever see it.

Why do the Arabs send children to die as suicide bombers? Why do they send children to throw stones at Israeli police? Why do they encourage the youngest and most innocent to fight their unholy wars?

It certainly isn't because they are outnumbered. In fact, the Arabs outnumber the Jews in the Middle East by a factor of about 10 to 1. That doesn't even include many of Israel's non-Arab enemies in the region. Yet, the Arabs can't seem to find enough adults to fight this vastly outnumbered foe. Strange. Yet, despite these considerations, despite the fact that Israel is a civilized nation defending itself in civilized ways against barbaric attacks by people who have no respect even for the lives of their own children, there are still those in the West who see no difference between the two sides.

I have a name for such people: They are moral relativists. They cannot distinguish between wrong and right, or between good and evil. Unfortunately, such people fill the offices of the U.S. State Department, the newsrooms of the Western world and the halls of the United Nations.
Blackmailing: the Arabs' favorite negotiating style

Saudi's Crown Prince Abdullah is meeting with Bush today and is going to demand that the US change its "Pro-Israeli policy". Rumors abound that should the Prince be unsuccessful, then Saudi Arabia may start waving the possibility of an oil embargo as a way to force the US's hand. Ah, Saudi Arabia, a model country which can only be described as well-intentioned, free, democratic, fair, peace-loving, etc... is finally getting a chance to reprimand the US, the bastion of corruption, non-existent human-rights, racism, persecution and poverty. How dare the US not yield to a country which produced 15 of the 19 September 11 terrorists as well as their mastermind, OBL? A country which just raised $100M through a telethon to arm more Palestinian terrorists. A country which is known to finance such beacons of benevolent goodness as Hamas, Hezbollah and Al Queida. A country where the practice of any religion other than Islam is forbidden. A country where the persecution of women is second only to that practiced by the Taliban. A country where human rights are non-existent.
I mean come on now, obviously such a country occupies the moral high ground and the US should take its cues from the Saudis. Right!!!
I hope that Bush uses one of Trudeau's most famous quotes if asked what the US would do if the Saudis threatened an embargo: "Watch me!"
"If the Passover Story Were Reported by The New York Times or CNN"
by Daniel P. Waxman

The cycle of violence between the Jews and the Egyptians continues with no end in sight in Egypt. After eight previous plagues that have destroyed the Egyptian infrastructure and disrupted the lives of ordinary Egyptian citizens, the Jews launched a new offensive this week in the form of the plague of darkness.

Western journalists were particularly enraged by this plague. "It is simply impossible to report when you can't see an inch in front of you," complained a frustrated Andrea Koppel of CNN. "I have heard from my reliable Egyptian contacts that in the midst of the blanket of blackness, the Jews were annihilating thousands of Egyptians. Their word is solid enough evidence for me."

While the Jews contend that the plagues are justified given the harsh slavery imposed upon them by the Egyptians, Pharaoh, the Egyptian leader, rebuts this claim. "If only the plagues would let up, there would be no slavery. We just want to live plague-free. It is the right of every society."

Saeb Erekat, an Egyptian spokesperson, complains that slavery is justifiable given the Jews' superior weaponry supplied to them by the superpower God.

The Europeans are particularly enraged by the latest Jewish offensive. "The Jewish aggression must cease if there is to be peace in the region. The Jews should go back to slavery for the good of the rest of the world," stated an angry French President Jacques Chirac.

Even several Jews agree. Adam Shapiro, a Jew, has barricaded himself within Pharaoh's chambers to protect Pharaoh from what is feared will be the next plague, the death of the firstborn. Mr. Shapiro claims that while slavery is not necessarily a good thing, it is the product of the plagues and when the plagues end, so will the slavery. "The Jews have gone too far with plagues such as locusts and epidemic which have virtually destroyed the Egyptian economy," Mr. Shapiro laments. "The Egyptians are really a very nice people and Pharaoh is kind of huggable once you get to know him," gushes Shapiro.

The United States is demanding that Moses and Aaron, the Jewish leaders, continue to negotiate with Pharaoh. While Moses points out that Pharaoh had made promise after promise to free the Jewish people only to immediately break them and thereafter impose harsher and harsher slavery, Richard Boucher of the State Department assails the latest offensive. "Pharaoh is not in complete control of the taskmasters," Mr. Boucher states. "The Jews must return to the negotiating table and will accomplish nothing through these plagues."

The latest round of violence comes in the face of a bold new Saudi peace overture. If only the Jews will give up their language, change their names to Egyptian names and cease having male children, the Arab nations will incline toward peace with them, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah declared.

Told Ya So!

Powell: No evidence of Jenin massacre

WASHINGTON - While trying to clear the way for UN fact-finders, US Secretary of State Colin Powell told Congress yesterday he has no evidence of an Israeli massacre of Palestinians at the Jenin refugee camp.

..."I have no evidence of mass graves. I see no evidence that would support a massacre took place." Powell said he based his assessment on a three-and-a-half-hour inspection of the refugee camp Friday by US Assistant Secretary of State William Burns.

Burns subsequently reported a mass destruction by Israeli troops, who invaded the camp in the search for terrorists and explosives.

Yeah....I saw the destruction at Jenin. You know what it reminded me of? The Dolphinarium, The Banquet Hall from the Passover Massacre, The Momemts Cafe, and the Supermarket.....except Jenin didn't have all those hideous corpses. Now it will be hard for the creeps in the UN "Fact"-Finding mission to lie and say that they saw absolute atrocities, human suffering and carnage. I never thought I'd say this but.....Good Work Powell.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Unfortunately, this humorous list depicts events where real people were slaughtered. It really puts things into perspective especially for those pundits who keep looking for moral "equivalency". Enjoy!

Following the latest atrocity in Jerusalem, the Secretary Powell pleaded with the Palestinians to issue some form of denunciation. Arafat complained that only the Palestinian side is ever required to denounce terror. Predictably, the Palestinian denunciation later mumbles that they, "deplore the murder of civilians on both sides."

Perhaps the Palestinians have a point, and so to set the record straight, I do hereby denounce the following in the name of the Jewish People:
1. All Jewish suicide bombers who have ever acted against Arabs.
2. All Arab buses blown up by Jews.
3. All Arab pizza parlors, malls, discotheques and restaurants destroyed by Jewish terrorists.
4. All airplanes hijacked by Jews since 1903.
5. All Ramadan feasts targeted by Jewish bombs.
6. All Arabs lynched in Israeli cities; all Arab Olympic athletes murdered by Jews; all Arab embassies bombed by Jews.
7. All mosques, cemeteries and religious schools fire bombed or desecrated by Jews in North Africa, France, Belgium, Germany, England or any other country.
8. The destruction of American military, governmental and civilian institutions in Kenya, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Yemen - along with the murder of U.S. Marines and diplomatic personnel.
9. All Jewish school books which claim that Arabs poison wells, use Christian blood to bake pita, control world finance, and murdered Jesus; or that Arab elders meet secretly to plot a world takeover.
10. And I am particularly ashamed at the way my fellow Jews attacked the World Trade Center, Pentagon and civilian aircraft on September 11, and danced in the streets to celebrate the act.

Prof. Stephen Berger
Tel Aviv Medical Center
These bloody idiots actually take themselves seriously!

After three Armenian monks were rescued from the Church of Nativity and began telling the world about having been beaten by the Palestinian gunmen, Palestinians chose now to start pretending they're a trustworthy and real government. They said that they insist the gunmen be escorted back to Gaza by an international third party (don't you just love it when terrorists make demands as if they had ANY right to be doing so?). They also said that Israelis needn't worry about the gunmen being released without punishment because "If there are accusations against any of them, they can be formally made to the PA court. We cannot agree to their being deported, as it violates the Oslo Accords and sets a terrible precedent.

Hahahahahahahahahaha "....a PA court". What a joke. Can you imagine?: "President Bush, we implore you to release the five KKK members that you've arrested for burning down homes and assaulting old black men. If there are punishments to be laid, the members of the KKK assure both you and the American people that our brothers in robe will receive appropriate sentences. We rencently created our own court system and sentencing system....really. You can trust us."

And then the terrorists made this demand of Israel:

"We also asked Israel to improve the hygienic situation inside and restore the power and water and food supplies".....the same way the Palestinians did in the Jenin camp after Israelis returned it to Palestinian control under the Oslo accord a few years ago.
Yavol General
After realizing what a mistake it was for the German police to ask Jews to "stop looking Jewish", they scrapped that idea and came up with a new one.

Gestapo Gazette: In yet another display of the Germans' uncompromising dedication to efficiency, the German police have announced a new plan to ensure the safety and well-being of all German Jews. A specially designed numerical system will soon be implemented in which all Jews will have ID numbers inscribed in their forearms so that if anyone should go missing, the police can easily find out who it is they're looking for. When asked exactly how this system would help prevent attacks against Jews, the police accused reporters and critics of "haggling over meaningless minutiae". The newly appointed Chief of Police, Adolf Benz, praised the efforts of the team of engineers and scholars who thought up the security plan, saying that they may have finally found the "final solution to the problem of the Jews".
OK, I think I will call myself a Euro-Pundit...heck why not?

The events around the first ballot of the French Presidential election, I think is the sign of a much greater phenomenon that we are witnessing throughout Europe. Europe has reached the saturation point when it comes to immigration of third-world immigrants. With over 16 million North Africans in western Europe, mostly concentrated in low-income areas, Europeans are seeing that their way of life is being slowly "diluted" to accommodate the way of life of a significant minority. Is this right? Is this wrong? Who knows, it just IS. Le Pen, the fascist candidate who came second in the election happens to be at the right place at the right time. The fact that he is an anti-semite or fascist or whatever is almost inconsequential. He got the votes because he says out loud what the politically-correct elite cannot and will not say: when a society as a whole feels threatened by the influx of elements which start making overt change to this society, then a grassroots backlash will start to take shape and will only stop when it is either victorious or beaten down. Note that Le Pen is not a lawyer or a product of the elite school ENA (which has formed most of France's political class since Napoleon); he is a paratrooper with limited education. He is grassroots. He is one of the little guys who has seen his country, his way of life stretched and changed so much that it doesn't feel like home anymore.
So what will happen next? I make 3 predictions. At the next ballot, there will be a massive turnout of voters. They will re-elect Chirac with about 75% of the votes but Le Pen will move up to 25%. And finally, there will only be a short reprieve before massive trouble erupts in France. As in the rest of Western Europe which has seen a significant increase in the number of far-right voters (Austria, Germany, Italy and now France), there is a large part of "little people" who feel completely disenfranchised by the political systems there and the willingness of Europe to open its doors wide open to North African immigrants. Western Europe will be the first battleground for the clash of civilizations between Western and Middle-Eastern life styles. And I see trouble in France of the magnitude of what we saw in 1968. Rioting and urban warfare. You just cannot keep 25% of the population at this level of frustration without eventually witnessing a massive explosion.
Yes, I am pretty pessimistic about this. I hope I am wrong.
Ottawa's Rideau Centre Shopping Mall: Fashion for wherever life takes you....unless of course you're a Jew

Thought the Second Cup incident where 3 girls were refused service after being told that the establishment "didn't serve Jews", was bad? (See the "Going Home" post below) Check out what happened to two young Jews who went shopping after last Sunday's Ottawa Solidarity Rally for Israel. Apparently the kindly security guards at Ottawa's Rideau Centre Shopping Mall decided displaying flags was criminal enough to handcuff the students, assault them and then disallow them to call their lawyers.

And the French thought they were embarrassed about being French!! Oh to be an American......

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Going Home
This past Sunday, as a group of McGill students traveled to Ottawa with me for the Israel Solidarity Rally, something struck me. As I listened to the excited chatter of students in all areas of study discuss politics, war, terrorism and life, I kept hearing the words “I’m leaving on…” and “Let’s meet up in Tel Aviv/Jerusalem/Ashkelon”. At a time when so many people watch the horrors of Palestinian terror on television, I have never seen so many people, young and old, returning to their roots and more importantly, returning to Israel.

When I traveled to Israel three years ago, I was one of the only ones in my entire circle of friends who had visited the country. As you may or may not remember, three years ago there were only a few small problems in the region. Every few days a bomb would go off somewhere in a field or in the hills, far from the cities. Nevertheless, I was always worried that something would happen to me, and my friends often told me that their parents wouldn’t dare send them to Israel with such bloodshed unfolding. Over the course of the past 19 months, since the beginning of the Intifada, I have sent more friends off to Israel that I can count. Ironically, as the situation worsened, more and more of my friends and peers signed up for trips like Birthright and Marva. These aren’t religious fanatics, these are modern (and unusually secular) students who are putting their studies on hold to visit Israel for a couple months and sometimes to move their permanently.

So, what’s the reasoning behind the travels to Israel? It was probably my friend Joel who said it best when he said, “Why am I going? I’m a Jew. I’ve gotta be there”. My friend Clifford, who will be “making Aliyah” (moving to Israel permanently) next week, said that his parents are desperately worried about his well-being but understand exactly why he has to move there. He knows that buying an apartment and getting a job in Israel would do a great deal of good for the local economy in Jerusalem, but he still doesn’t feel that he’d be doing enough. Instead, he’s decided that he’ll be joining the IDF’s elite paratrooper unit. Other friends of mine are spending the 4 months of summer volunteering for Magen David Adom (Israel’s ambulance service), while others are simply traveling to the country to pump a bit of cash into the economy.

In the past 4 months, Israel has welcomed 9000 new immigrants into its boarders…..not bad for a country plagued by terrorism, hostility and Arab brutality. Why are people moving to Israel? I don’t think that there is a rationale explanation but I think a possible cause of the migration is that friends of mine like Lillian, who was humiliated on a Montreal bus for wearing a Star of David, and the three McGill students who were kicked out of a Second Cup after being told that “we don’t serve Jews” because “you’re the cause of all the problems in the Middle East”, are realizing that if they’re going to be treated in such a despicable manner, they may as well be helping out their fellow Jews in the process. Just like we were all New Yorkers on the evening of 9/11, Jews feel like a bunch of Tel Avivniks every time a “Moment Café” or “Dolphinarium” explodes.
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Our friendly Canadian Muslims

On Sunday, at CBC report (you know the Canadian Biased Corporation) covered the two demonstrations, which took place on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. First it showed images of the pro-Israel demonstration and devoted about 10 seconds to the whole event (attended by at least 10,000 people) by showing one of participants stating (verbatim): “the Palestinians are wrong, we are right”. Powerful, huh?
Then it went to the next topic, the pro-Palestinian event. There, they selected to show a child (who appeared to be about 8 years old) who said in perfect English, with no accent (again, verbatim): “when I grow up, I want to be a Shahid [martyr], so I can go and kill Israelis and free my country”. Then, the commentator said something to the effect that there is a wide gap between the warring factions. Then, onto other news.
Is it just I or has an important point been missed? This child was obviously born and raised in Canada. Where did he pick up this hatred for Israelis to the point where he has adopted the views of the brainwashed children in the territories? Let us examine that. If it was at home, then surely this kind of teachings must be contrary to the well being of the child under Canadian Law and Child Services should step in. If it was at school, then surely a crime was committed (as this stuff is not part of the curriculum, I think) and the police should step in. And if he learned it from his friends, then the other kids should be investigated. Either way, the government should be stepping in even if some of our Muslim "brothers" get their shorts in a knot. I mean, come on now. Surely if kids were being taught to kill Americans or Blacks, or Native Indians, someone would be in jail for it. But killing Israelis? Nah, that’s OK, after all these Jews only get what they deserve, right?
And to think that my tax money goes to pay for the CBC. I am just so proud of this Canadian institution!
Ok, I think this guy is a bit of a fence-sitter. Jimmy Carter and Al Gore would have a fit. Check out this speech.

Speech from the former U.S. Air Force ACC commander (now retired and not restricted to being politically correct), General Hawley.

Since the attack, I have seen, heard, and read thoughts of such surpassing stupidity that they must be addressed. You've heard them too. Here they are:

1) "We're not good; they're not evil; everything is relative." Listen carefully: We're good; they're evil; nothing is relative. Say it with me now and free yourselves. You see, folks, saying, "We're good" doesn't mean, "We're perfect." Okay? The only perfect being is the bearded guy on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The plain fact is that our country has, with all our mistakes and blunders, always been and always will be, the greatest beacon of freedom, charity, opportunity, and affection in history. If you need proof, open all the borders on Earth and see what happens. In about half a day, the entire world would be a ghost town, and the United States would look like one giant line to see "The Producers."

2) "Violence only leads to more violence." This one is so stupid you usually have to be the president of an Ivy League University to say it. Here's the truth, which you know in your heads and hearts already:
Ineffective, unfocused violence leads to more violence. Limp, panicky, half-measures lead to more violence. However, complete, fully-thought-through, professional, well-executed violence never leads to more violence because, you see, afterwards, the other guys are all dead. That's right, dead. Not "on trial," not "reeducated," not "nurtured back into the bosom of love." Dead. D-E-... Well, you get the idea.

3) "The CIA and the rest of our intelligence community has failed us." For 25 years we have chained our spies like dogs to a stake in the ground, and now that the house has been robbed, we yell at them for not protecting us. Starting in the late seventies, under Carter appointee Stansfield Turner, the giant brains who get these giant ideas decided that the best way to gather international intelligence was to use spy satellites. "After all," they reasoned, "you can see a license plate from 200 miles away." This is very helpful if you've been attacked by a license plate. Unfortunately, we were attacked by humans. Finding humans is not possible with satellites. You have to use other humans. When we bought all our satellites, we fired all our humans, and here's the really stupid part. It takes years, decades to infiltrate new humans into the worst places of the world. You can't just have a guy who looks like Gary Busey in a Spring Break '93 sweatshirt plop himself down in a coffee shop in Kabul and say, "Hiya, boys. Gee, I sure would like to meet that bin Laden fella." Well, you can, but all you'd be doing is giving the bad guys a story they'll be telling for years.

4) "These people are poor and helpless, and that's why they're angry at us." Uh-huh, and Jeffrey Dahmer's frozen head collection was just a desperate cry for help. The terrorists and their backers are richer than Elton John and, ironically, a good deal less annoying. The poor helpless people, you see, are the villagers they tortured and murdered to stay in power. Mohamed Atta, one of the evil scumbags who steered those planes into the killing grounds (I'm sorry, one of the "alleged hijackers," according to CNN-they stopped using the word "terrorist," you know), was the son of a Cairo surgeon. But you knew this, too. In the sixties and seventies, all the pinheads marching against the war were upper-middle-class college kids who grabbed any cause they could think of to get out of their final papers and spend more time drinking. At least, that was my excuse. It's the same today. Take the Anti-Global-Warming (or is it World Trade? Oh-who-knows-what-the-hell-they-want?) demonstrators. They all charged their black outfits and plane tickets on dad's credit card(!) before driving to the airport in their SUVs.

5) "Any profiling is racial profiling." Who's killing us here, the Norwegians? Just days after the attack, the New York Times had an article saying dozens of extended members of the gazillionaire bin Laden family living in America were afraid of reprisals and left in a huff, never to return to studying at Harvard and using too much Drakkar. I'm crushed. I think we're all crushed. Please come back. With a cherry on top? Why don't they just change their names, anyway? It's happened in the past. Think about it. How many Adolfs do you run into these days? Shortly after that, I remember watching TV with my jaw on the floor as a government official actually said, "That little old grandmother from Sioux City could be carrying something." Okay, how about this: No, she couldn't. It would never be the grandmother from Sioux City. Is it even possible? What are the odds? Winning a hundred Powerball lotteries in a row? A thousand? A million? And now a Secret Service guy has been tossed off a plane and we're all supposed to cry about it because he's an Arab? Didn't it have the tiniest bit to do with the fact that he filled out his forms incorrectly ---three times? And then left an Arab history book on his seat as he strolled off the plane? And came back? Armed? Let's please all stop singing "We Are the World" for a minute and think practically. I don't want to be sitting on the floor in the back of a plane four seconds away from hitting Mt. Rushmore and turn, grinning, to the guy next to me to say, "Well, at least we didn't offend them."

SO HERE'S what I resolve for the New Year:
Never to forget our murdered brothers and sisters.
Never to let the relativists get away with their immoral thinking. After all, no matter what your daughter's political science professor says, we didn't start this. Have you seen that bumper sticker that says, "No More Hiroshimas?" I wish I had one that says, "You First. No More Pearl Harbors."
The Jenin battle as recounted by one of the Palestinian terrorists

In this interview, he confirms everything that the Israelis have said: the camp was booby trapped; there were about 100-150 Palestinian fighters; there was no massacre, just a "hard-fight". Let's hope that the UN "fact finding mission" gets a chance to talk to this guy. By the way, where is the UN fact finding mission in Afghanistan?

Here's a revealing excerpt:

Mardawi drew a map of the camp and talked about the course of the battle. Their weapons were guns and crudely made bombs and booby traps -- "big ones" for tanks and "others the size of a water bottle." He estimated 1,000 to 2,000 bombs and booby traps were spread through the camp.
A slight exaggeration...yet again!

If you read the press, watch CNN and basically let yourself succumb to the usual litany of one-sided reporting, you'd think that Jenin (which is now the object of an International Inquiry, had been leveled, crushed, basically eradicated from the face of the Earth. Right? Wrong!!
Take a look at these pictures of Jenin after the Israelis withdrew from this terrorists nest. They show that not only is Jenin still standing, but the area of combat represented probably no more than 5% of the entire city. Unbelievable!
Here we go again...
JPost reports: Berlin police to Jewish residents: Hide skullcaps, stars

Jewish residents of Berlin have been warned by local police not to wear clothing or jewellery identifying them as Jews. Police recommended against wearing skullcaps or the Star of David, Army Radio reported.
......and then, when the police realized that this plan to "protect" Jews wasn't working, they asked that the entire Jewish community sew bright yellow stars onto their sleeves to that the police could tell exactly who it was they were protecting.
Who you gonna believe now?

Jpost reports:Monks escape Palestinians in Behelehem standoff

Three monks held captive in Bethlehem's Church of The Nativity were rescued earlier today by the army. The clerics climbed onto a roof inside the compound and waved a sign to soldiers that said, "Save us." Troops managed to get the three out of the compound. The monks told the IDF that Palestinian gunmen in the compound had beaten some of them last night, desecrated crosses and had stolen gold artifacts, army sources said.

But don't get us wrong....they're doing it for peace.

Monday, April 22, 2002

Back to France now...

Isn't it the funniest thing that the French were among the staunchest critics of the Austrians when they elected G. Heger (the far-right, neo-Nazi candidate) as prime minister two years ago? Now, the French have almost done the same thing themselves by pushing Jean Marie Le Pen to second place. What an indictment for the French political elite and political system. By allowing 16 candidates to run, effectively splitting both the centrist and Leftist votes, the only candidate which effectively carried through with all his votes was Le Pen who ended up in second place with a whopping 17% of the votes. What an indictment also to think that the average French person is so disgusted with the political elite that the 2 mainstream candidates (Chirac and Jospin) together garnered less than 40% of the total votes, meaning than 60% of the electorate rejected them outright.

But I digress. As far as France's policy towards Israel and the Middle East in general, there is no hope of a change in France's foreign policy for several reasons: France is more dependent than ever on Arab oil, France has a very militant population of over 5 million Muslims and France needs an outlet for its nuclear and armaments industries. And, based on History, France has always had a very tumultuous relationship with Jews, ranging from Napoleon who relied on Jewish money to bankroll his wars against England, to the Dreyfus episode, to Vichy, etc... which showed that vicious anti-semitism is always very close to the surface in France and just needs a spark to explode and spread in no time. Trust me, I was born and I grew up in France and I experienced it first hand.

The funniest thing I've seen all week

There is a t-shirt that is circulating around Montreal that is truly one of the most clever things I've seen in quite a while. The t-shirt reads "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize". Priceless. Absolutely priceless!
They've got my support!

The Israeli government has been debating the issue of what to do with non-Jewish parents of IDF soldiers. Under current law, non-Jewish parents of soldiers are allowed to stay in the country while their son or daughter is in the IDF. But, they must leave when the child is released from the IDF, unless the child dies in uniform, at which time they are granted automatic citizenship.

I must admit that this seems quite silly to me. Given the current situation in Israel, the government should accept all people who have honest and legitimate aspirations of fighting (and possibly dying) for the Holy Land. It is quite a slap in the face to have parents sending their children to fight in a war and then not allow them to remain in the country if their kid comes out alive....that's gratitude for ya! The Israelis need everyone they can get, and this type of selection seems insensitive at best. I would hate to think that Israel lost a bunch of potential soldiers on account of this silly rule. It's time to change this one. Christian parents have my support in their fight for citizenship.

AP reports: Gadhafi's son says Arabs taking orders from Bush

I really don't think this one needs the help of sarcastic's funny enough as it is!

Sunday, April 21, 2002

President Chirac of France recently denied that the French were anti-semites. Today, during the first ballot in the French presidential election, the far-right, anti-semitic (actually anti-non-French) candidate Le Pen came in second. Don't you hate it when this happens?

Once again, the voice of the people contradicts what the left-wing intelligentsia has been spouting in France since the resurgence of anti-semitism has been so obvious. The people has voted for Le Pen, the far-right candidate who campaigned on the slogan of "France for the French" (meaning of course that all the non-French should be kicked out, such as, oh let's see...Jews, Arabs, Blacks, know, the usual trouble-makers). So much so that the Socialist candidate (and current Prime Minister) Lionel Jospin has announced that he is retiring from politics altogether. I guess he realized that pushing socialist ideas in a country which just voted for a neo-Nazi candidate would be like trying to convince the French that white wine is better than red with French cheese. Case closed!

But seriously, pundits are arguing that the fact that the government has decided to deny, deny, deny that there was any antisemitism in France (while there have been more than 400 reported cases since the beginning of Intifada 2) has led to the feeling that the government was actually scared of the 5 million + Muslims who are in France today, often in areas which are so crime-ridden that the police doesn't dare go in. Maybe if the government had shown some testicular fortitude, the people would have given the parties in power another chance to solve this mounting problem. Instead, they decided to bury their heads in the sand. And while they were not watching, the neo-nazis cruised to near-victory.
This just in...Jews have finally taken over the

I'm all excited as I just got back from a day trip to Ottawa where I attended the brilliantly successful "Israel Solidarity Rally" on Parliament Hill. The crowd was huge, the microphones echoed throughout the ENTIRE city, and I had warm fuzzies all day long! (not to mention the great reunion I had with my father, brother and sister whom I haven't seen in a while since I live in a different province!). The weather was beautiful and the sun was shining upon us as if to say "Way to go guys! Here's my contribution!". I was so proud to listen to the intelligent speeches, the peace songs and the solidarity chants. I was also proud to be alongside a very extensive group of Christian Canadians who were present to show their solidarity with Israel. A few weeks ago I posted a comment discussing how worried I was about the fact that Christians were beginning to buy into Arab propaganda. From what I saw today, I know I was dead wrong. Thank you all for showing up and joining us in our fight for justice, our efforts for peace and our war against terrorism. You can't imagine how much it means to us all.

Noticeably absent from the rally were Canadian MPs (although I will say that a select few did show up and give their support....thanks a lot!); more specifically, one of the absent ones was my MP Elinor Caplan (a jew) who continues to crack under pressure and support resolutions and motions against Israel (despite the fact that her constituency is 90% Jewish). So here's to you Elinor: May you back into a pitchfork and grab a hot stove for support. Amen.

Thanks to the McGill Jewish Student Union for driving me to and from Ottawa for a grand cost of 10 bucks! And thanks to all the Jewish kids who decided to capitalize off the event and sell me some Sprite when I was thirsty after the rally! You're all off to a great start. Shalom and "Am Israel Chai"