Steven Plaut

Sunday, August 31, 2003

Saturday, August 30, 2003

No the above headline is not a new Plautian spoof.

Edgar Bronfman is the President of the World Jewish Congress and a
longtime advocate of political liberalism as Judaism. He should not be
confused with Charles Bronfman, who I think is his brother. Charles and
Edgar are the scions of the Bronfman family booze empire. Charles is the
one who is spending the family fortune on promoting Jewish homosexuality,
as we documented in a recent posting.

Anyways, the New York Jewish Press of AUgust 22, 03 reports, in a
Jewish Telegraphic Agency news piece, the story of Edgar's latest bon mot.
Edgar is a personal buddy of Uncle Shimon Peres and a longtime cheerleader
for Israel's commiting Oslo suicide. He also openly endorses the use of
extortionate pressure by the US to force Israel to sacrifice its
security interests and toe the American line regarding the Palestinians.
He effectively endorses the elimination of Israeli sovereignty in the name
of promoting the American diplomat agenda at Israel's expense.
The Bronfman quote that set the fires going was when he said it would
be more a effective Palestinian tactic to launch attacks only against
Israeli settlements and settlers, rather than inside pre-1967 Israel.

Here we have the spectacle of the President of the World Jewish
Congress saying it is ok for Palestinian nazis to murder Jews if they
happen to live outside the 1967 Green Line, and this of course includes
many Jerusalem neighborhoods of "settlers".
Edgar later tried to "explain this all away" by insisting he really
thinks all murder and mayhem are not nice.
He added:
"If the Palestinian suicide bombers only went to the settlements and told
the whole world they were wrong, then the whole world would have had a
case against Israel and there would be a two-state solution by now.
Instead they sent them into Israel proper, which is ghastly." Never mind
that the two-state solution would involve Jordan and Palestine. The
spectacle of the Prez of the WJC seeking ways to help the PLO build its
"case" against Israel is no less pathological.

Meanwhile, the heroic and valiant Isi Leibler, a senior Vice Pres at
the WJC, attacked Bronfman's call for murder. Leibler, also a wealthy
Jewish industrialist, demanded that Bronfman apologize or resign.
Bronfman then pulled out the modly old defense tactic of Far Leftists and
insisted that Leibler and people like him were McCarthyists trying to
deprive Bronfman of his rights to free expression.

Now Bronfman does not live in Israel and so his calls for murder
cannot be prosecuted under Israel's anti-incitement laws, which anyhow are
never applied to leftist racists and pro-terrorists, only to poor pathetic
Kahanists. Other than that, I do not exactly see how anyone thinks
Bronfman was in any danger of being arrested for expressing his pro-murder
opinions. But neverthless, he is waving his stigmata, pretty much in the
same way as the Tikkun crowd constantly whine about being persecuted by a
Jewish conservative witchhunt. Bronfy was endorsed by the PC Rebbe, Eric
Yoffie, president of the Reform synagogue's Union of American Hebrew
Congregations, and a man who has never heard of a leftist cause or
bumper sticker he does not insist represents the true esence of Judaism.

Bronfman eventually issued a half-hearted "apology", although I do not
think that will be much comfort to the Jewish settlers murdered this week
by the Palestinian savages.

2. I find it tedious to listen to the world's leftists whine about the
"quagmire" the US is supposedly bogged down in there in Iraq. After all,
last week the number of US casualties AFTER the war surpassed the number
killed during the combat. The Left thinks this somehow redeems its own
pro-Saddam activism during the war, but in fact it is nothing more than a
reflection of HOW FEW American and allied troops died during the combat.
The Left insists that if the "reconstruction" of Iraq has not been
completed yet, this proves the whole war was evil and mistaken.
SO exactly how long is a reasonable period for the "reconstruction" of
Iraq to take place before being judged a success or failure? Well I have
a suggestion. As a litmus test and basis for comparison, how long did the
Reconstruction of the American South after the Civil War last? The
answer? Many decades and in some ways it is STILL CONTINUING AND HAS NOT
BEEN FINISHED. Does this long period prove that Lincoln was a warmonger
and occupier seeking to steal the mineral wealth of Alabama?

Meanwhile, one of the most interesting developments
in the New Iraq is the American policy regarding Iraqi universities.
According to the Wall Street Journal from a couple of weeks back, the US
is implementing a policy of Denazification at Iraqi universities, purging
them of Baathist loyalists the same way the US purged nazis and fascists
from German and Japanese and Italian schools after World War II.

The Iraqi universities had been propaganda institutions and apologists
for Baath terror and oppression. They were filled with Baath yes-men and
amen-sayers. The US decided that for peace, these people must be kicked
out on their hineys and replaced with others. They bear personal
responsibility for their roles in promoting terror and war.

Now it occurred to me that the very best and most effective thing the
US could now do to eliminate terror and war in the Middle East is to
implement a similar policy of purges for Israeli universities. Israeli
schools are crawling with Far Leftist radicals, serving as groveling
amen-sayers and propagandists for the Israeli Left. They are at
least as morally
responsible for serving as mouthpieces and apologists for those promoting
terror and war as the tenured Baathists, and a few of the Israeli Tenured
Left would no doubt be proud to join the Baath Party. Most Israeli profs
were and remain enthusiastic
supporters of the Oslo Left and assisted Peres and his junta in
implementing the Oslo Accords in the 90s. They are as directly
responsible for the growth of terrorism as the Iraqi profs. Many
Israeli profs openly justify the terror and violence by Palestinians.
The academic Left's latest banner is the "One-State Solution", also known
as the Rwanda Solution, where Israel will cease to exist as a Jewish state
and it will be replaced by a Third World unified "Palestine" with a small
Arab majority.

So what could be a more effective form of Reconstruction for the
Middle East? What could be a more promising basis for extracting Israel
from its Oslo debacle than an American -led purge of Israeli academics
directly responsible for the Oslo bloodbath and the escalation of Oslo

Friday, August 29, 2003

1. Monument to Ten Commandments is Removed in Alabama, but THIS monument
is fine:

2. LAtest from Shimon:

3. Thought this was cute:

4. 1. Hamas Leader Rantisi: The False Holocaust - The Greatest of Lies
Funded by the Zionists (August 27, 2003, MEMRI)

Dr. Al-Rantisi has found time between giving his daily interviews to
Western television and radio to write an article for Al-Risala (August
21, 2003) titled "Which is Worse Zionism or Nazism?" He quotes such
western Holocaust revisionists as the "famous French philosopher Roger
Garaudy," British "historian" David Irving, and Austrian author Gerd
Honsik, who "was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment because he wrote a
number of articles denying the existence of the gas chambers in the Nazi
detention camps." Rantisi's article is in the same vein as the writings
of Palestinian prime minister Abu Mazen, who wrote his PHD thesis and a
book ("The Other Face: the Secret Connection Between the Nazis and the
Zionist Movement," 1984) denying the truth of the Holocaust.

Dr. Al-Rantisi, one of the BBC's favorite interviewees, writes: "When
we compare the Zionists to the Nazis, we insult the Nazis."

Interestingly, Dr. Al-Rantisi, also writes: "They [The Jews] have
managed to present themselves to the world as the only victims of the
Nazis." This is significant because several mainstream western media
have lately begun to significantly exaggerate the numbers of
homosexuals and Roma (Gypsies) killed in the Holocaust. The New York
Times, for
example, has twice stated recently that "600,000" Gypsies died in the
Holocaust. In fact the highest figure ever given by a serious historian
is that "up to 220,000" Gypsies died in the Holocaust. Some historians
put the figure at around 100,000. (It is agreed that a total of 32,000
Gypsies died in concentration camps. What is uncertain is the exact
figures of Gypsies killed during World War Two in other massacres. The
recent efforts to treble the numbers of gypsies killed, which have now
found their way into the New York Times, were begun by neo-Nazi groups in
Germany in the 1980s, with the specific aim of showing that Jews had
exaggerated their "share" of Nazi suffering - TG)

Thursday, August 28, 2003

1. I have long suspected that it is the Israel grand strategy to defeat
the Palestinians by forcing them to laugh themselves to death.

That seems to be the only way to understand the latest resuscitation
of the RRH doctrine. The RRH doctrine was invented in the early days of
Oslo and stands for REALLY REALLY HARD. The idea was that Israeli
governments would give away the farm and kitchen sink and then promise
that it did not really matter cause if the Palestinians misbehaved, Israel
would hit out at them Really Really Hard. If anyone ever took the RRH
threats seriously, by the mid-1990s the RRH was little more than a joke.
After each Palestinian atrocity, Netanyahu would threaten RRH and then
meow or purr loudly. Then Ehud Barak would threaten RRH, but its
implementation consisted of attacking empty Palestinian buildings after
Barak had warned the PLO to empty them of humans. Similar RRH strategies
were applied towards Syria and the Hizbollah.

The bottom line is that no one on earth can keep a straight face any
longer when listening to the empty Israeli RRH bravado. Israel has had
more than 10 years to implement RRH, and if the best it can come up with
is some small hits of Hamas officials, then RRH is next to meaningless.

Which brings us to the new rocket attacks by the PLO on Ashkelon. The
main effect of the moronic Hudna and Road Map to Suicide adopted by the
Beilinized Sharon government was to allow the PLO to upgrade its rockets
in its factories in Gaza in the quiet time Israel was granting it from
incursions. The new improved Kassam rocket can hit Ashkelon from Gaza
and today one did. Sharon and his people responded with a new round of
RRH, threatening the PLO with consequences so dire that Arafat and his
goons are soiling their nappies in laughter. Let us note that when
Israel held military rule over the Gaza Strip, there were no Kassam
rockets. Let us also note that the wonderful security fence that
surrounds Gaza, and serves as role model for Sharons new fence in the West
Bank, has yet to stop a single Kassam rocket. Remember the West Side
Story tune about Got a Rocket in yo Pocket play coolly cool boy?

The PLO knows what we know, that Sharon is afraid to take the only
action that will end the shooting of Kassam rockets into Jewish homes,
namely R&D = Re-Occupation and Denazification.

Israeli spokesmen said that the rocket shooting at Ashkelon was
crossing the Red Line. Now I thought this amusing because the PLO has
been shooting these rockets into the Negev town of Sderot for years with
no serious Israeli response. SO I guess shooting rockets at Sderot, with
its unimportant impoverished religious Moroccan Jews, was NOT crossing any
Red Lines.

2. Perhaps almost as funny is the fact that the whole world is having
little happy puppy yelps because Arafat has appointed a new security
lapdog to carry out his terrorist wishes, none other than Jibril Rajoub.
Rajoub has been Arafats Goering for years, and he will start arrested
Hamas bombers as soon as pigs become kosher. Anyway I thought you might
enjoy a reposting of this older piece:

Mister Rajoub's Neighborhood
One of the first decisions of the Palestinian Authority was to open
its own television broadcasting station. It has now announced that a new
educational program will be shown on Palestinian television to celebrate
the new era of peace that has broken out since the signing of the Oslo
Accords. The new program will be based on the world-famous children's
program Mister Roger's Neighborhood. It will star the head of the
Palestinian Authority's security forces, Mr. Jibril Rajoub, and will be
called Mister Rajoub's Neighborhood.
In the pilot show, in walks Mister Rajoub, singing:
"It's a wonderful day in this neighborhood,
A wonderful day for a neighbor,
Won't you be mine, won't you be mine."

Mister Rajoub then hangs up his sweater and puts on his slippers.
There is a knock at the door and in comes Mister Postman. Mister
Rajoub strikes up a conversation with Mister Postman, and asks him to show
the children watching how to make letter bombs to mail to the neighbors
across the Green Line and to Palestinian "collaborators". After Mister
Postman leaves, Handyman Haigerry comes by, always willing to explain how
gadgets, gizmos and other things are made. Today Mister Rajoub asks
Handyman to demonstrate how to construct a car bomb in which the neighbors
can visit some of the other neighborhoods, like Haifa and Jerusalem.
Handyman Haigerry makes an especially interesting presentation. "Thank
you ever so much, Handyman," says Mister Rajoub when it is time for him to
leave. "Oh, just call me The Engineer," replies Handyman.
But, hey, what time is it now, boys and girls? Yes, it is
storybook puppet time! Mister Rajoub takes all the children in the
neighborhood for a ride on Mister Trolley to go see Good King Friday, King
of the State of Palestine, who got his name because of his sermons on
peace in the mosques on Friday. Today Good King Friday will be
explaining to the children of the neighborhood how to make Jihad. He is
joined by his friend Lady Ebilene, who is sporting a new royal gown laced
with TNT and detonators, just right for travelling to other neighborhoods
on Egged buses.
Together Mister Rajoub, King Friday, and all their friends break out
into song, "Oh you are special, yes so special, everyone is special, in
their special way." Mister Rajoub plays the triangle in accompaniment.
Alas, it is time to go and say goodbye to the neighborhood. But we can
all come back and visit with Mr. Rajoub again tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Open Letter to the Prime Minister of India from Shimon Peres:

My heartfelt sympathies to you and the Indian people for the Bombay unrest
this week.

But we must really speak about how to deal with these atrocities and
protests, including the attacks on India, by these misunderstood Islamic
activists. Mister Prime Minister, I have a great deal of experience in
dealing successfully with terrorism and this is why I wish to come to your

The first thing you must realize is that one can only make peace with
oneÕs enemies. With oneÕs friends there is no need to make peace. There is
no military solution to the problems of terrorism, and this is why you
must seek a diplomatic solution. No Justice, No Peace, as they say. You
must invite the leaders of this Islamic organization to Delhi to meet with
you and perhaps tour the Taj Mahal. You must learn to feel their pain and
understand their needs. You must offer to turn a third of your
territory over to them so that these stateless Moslems can have their own
state. I have no doubt Pakistan will applaud your efforts.

You must meet their demands nearly in full. In addition, you must offer
them internet web services and five-star tourist hotels in exchange for
his promising to abandon violence. That is how we turned Yassir Arafat
into a peace partner. You see, military force serves no role any more.
It is passe. It is archaic. Today economic interests dominate the world
and the Islamist activists of the earth will surely make peace in exchange
for some profits from participating in global trade.

The attacks on Bombay came because you have been insufficiently sensitive
in understanding the needs of Moslem fundamentalists. You took their
rhetoric at face value, whereas WE in Israel know that all this rhetoric
is empty and in fact these people simply want peace. Sure they praise
Hitler and celebrate atrocities, but what is it that they REALLY want?
You must negotiate even while under attack; conditioning negotiations on
an end to violence is a no-win situation. It will simply extend the

You have been trying to rule over others and failed to be sensitive to The
Other. You have illegal settlements that you have yet to remove from
Kashmir and Hyderabad and Punjab and Gujarat. You must put your own house
in order and eliminate inequality and injustice inside India and then the
terrorists will no longer target you.

The key is to build a New Middle Asia, one in which everyone is so busy
with the important matter of development tourism and investments and
hi-technology that they have no time to pursue violence. The era of war is

Moreover if you strike at the perpetrators of the Bombay unrest-protests
and their supporters, you will simply extend and enlarge the cycle of
violence. Your bombs will no doubt injure some innocent children and
civilians alongside any terrorist activists you strike, and that will
simply enrage the rest of the world and make the victims seek revenge.
Your bombing these militants and activists will cause them to hate the
Hindus and drive the separatists to embrace terrorism. Moreover, if you
refuse to negotiate with the Moslem separatists, then their leader will be
toppled and a REALLY violent militant and fanatic will take his place. In
that case you will have lost the window of opportunity to make peace.
Begin by declaring a unilateral ceasefire!

Mister Prime Minister, Blessed is the peacemaker. Remember Mohatma Gandhi
but not Rehavam Gandhi. The entire world will support you and congratulate
you if you respond to these horrific attacks by disarming India and
opening dialogue with the terror activists. All we are saying is give
peace a chance. Y itzhak Rabin would have approved. Yes, chaver, what you
need is shalom, salaam, peace. You will be cheered and awarded a Nobel
Peace Prize in recognition. Do not allow yourself to be drawn into the
gutter of violence. Violence never achieves anything. History is no
lesson. History is the dead past.

End the cycle of violence. Show restraint. Forego the juvenile impulse to

Follow my example!! Provide the Bombay bombers with anti-aircraft and
anti-tank missiles so that they can battle against the TRUE radicals and
fanatics. And they will do so with no ACLU nor Supreme Court to restrain
them. Demonstrate your humanity by paying pensions to any widows and
orphans of the terrorist who blew up the cars.

Mister Prime Minister, the proof is in the pudding. My own peace policies
have eliminated war and bloodshed and terror from the Middle East. We no
longer have terrorists to deal with in the Levant, only peace partners.
If you follow in my footsteps you can achieve the same lofty goals.

Peacefully yours,

Shimon Peres, Peacemaker-at-Large

Sunday, August 24, 2003

As the thousands of browshirt nazis marched in Gaza this week in the
funeral for the Hamas terrorist recycled by Israel, while Israel did
absolutely nothing to the funeral marchers, I was reminded of this piece:

The Summer of 2009 (A Story) by Steven Plaut (back to articles)
Monday,Ê23 SeptemberÊ2002, It was a bright, sunny day in the summer of

It was in that period when the monthly death toll from Oslo passed its
1100 mark. The four remaining Knesset Members of the Israeli Labor Party
were calling for more goodwill gestures by Israel and concessions to the
PLO. Meretz and Peace Now were demanding that Israel seriously consider
the latest peace offer from the Palestinians to convert Israel into a web
site. Meanwhile, the Americans were demanding that Israel exercise
self-restraint after the latest bus bombings. The State Department had
just floated a new diplomatic compromise proposal that would involve
running the border separating Israel from Palestine down Shenkin Street in
Tel Aviv.

And it was right after the 1000th Israeli bus was blown to pieces by a
Palestinian suicide bomber. The bomber of that 1000th bus had come from
the West Bank town of Tul Karem, as the standard videotape of his bravado
broadcast on Palestine Television showed.

Only three hours after the 1000th bus exploded, 14 well-placed car bombs
in Tul Karem exploded in unison. There were dozens of casualties. The
death toll from these car bombs reached 49, nearly half of whom were not
wanted terrorists.

Later that day, a mysterious message was passed on to the BBC's Palestine
news desk operating out of Jaffa. The message claimed a group calling
itself the ÒTriple TÓ, shorthand for the ÒTerrorize the TerroristsÓ
organization, had placed the car bombs there.

The news of the car bombings aroused immediate fury from everywhere around
the world. The Americans denounced this horrific terrorism as serving as
an obstacle to striking a peace deal between Israel and the PLO, one that
was just around the corner. The Israeli government insisted it had no
knowledge of the perpetrators of the bombings, but did not rule out that
they were PLO car bombs meant for Israel that had simply exploded
prematurely, and in any case promised to run its own investigation. The
PLO and its affiliates in Palestine issued their usual shrieking oaths of

For ten days, a tense tranquility prevailed. On the 11th day, a
Palestinian suicide bomber tried to blow himself up on a Haifa bus, but
fortunately the fuse fizzled and the bomb did not go off. Under
questioning by the police, it turned out that the would-be bomber came
from Nablus. Three hours later central Nablus was shaken by a series of
huge explosions. Large bombs that had been planted in garbage containers
destroyed the entire market area. The carnage was almost as large as the
earlier bombings of Tul Karem.

And once again, the mysterious Triple T organization took credit for the
blasts. The State Department demanded that Israel take action and find the
terrorists responsible for the blasts in Tul Karem and Nablus or face

In the coming weeks, hundreds of incidents of sniping and shooting at Jews
were recorded in the West Bank and Gaza, but -strangely - none of these
occurred in Tul Karem or Nablus themselves. In those two towns, the Hamas
organized protest marches to demand that Tel Aviv be blown to bits in
revenge, but no acts of terrorism were initiated from their environs.

Two weeks after the Nablus bombings, the Hamas organized its largest mass
rally ever in fields outside of Gaza City. In the midst of the rally, when
the Sheikh who leads the Hamas began to speak, the entire field in which
the rally was being held exploded in a ball of flame. The fireball was so
large that it was visible from space, as photographed by a passing
satellite. Body parts were found as far as half a mile away. The scene was
horrific. The entire Gaza leadership of the Hamas sitting on the podium
was annihilated, and hundreds of rank and file Hamas members were badly

And again the shadowy Triple T organization took credit. The Israeli
cabinet sent out police patrols to locate the perpetrators of these
outrages. The Knesset denounced the 3T terrorists and expressed sympathy
or the families of the Palestinian injured.

After the Gaza explosion, once again a tense period of tranquility lasting
several months transpired. When the Palestinian shootings and snipings
reignited later that spring, they were noticeably less intense than
previously. But, more significantly, after many cases of snipings at Jews,
bombs would almost immediately go off in the Palestinian villages closest
to the scene of the shootings or in those from which the snipers had

By the following summer, the rate of Palestinian snipings had dwindled to
a trickle. Far more important was the fact that during the entire summer
not a single Israeli bus was attacked.

While the bombings of Palestinians by the Triple T appeared to have
slowed, they did not stop altogether. Various Palestinian figures were
blown to pieces when they started their cars or answered their cell
phones. Curiously, these included many of the Palestinians who served as
spokesmen for the Tanzim and other terror organizations, people whom the
world was accustomed to watching on TV denouncing the Jews. The
assassination of the spokeswoman for the Tanzim was particularly gruesome.

The Americans were still livid at the 3T violations of Palestinian human
rights. Israel's government insisted it was doing everything it could to
discover the identities of the Triple T terrorists and to apprehend their
leaders and members. The Triple T appeared to be too slick and well
organized to be easily tracked down.

The level of Palestinian violence in 2010 was far lower than it had been
the previous summer. It had not dropped to zero, and the bombings of
Palestinian markets, cars, and offices after Palestinian-initiated violent
incidents continued. When gunmen opened fire on the Jerusalem neighborhood
of Gilo, the nearby town of Beit Jala was almost leveled in the largest
explosion yet claimed by Triple T. It took weeks to clear the rubble.

Meanwhile, other important political changes were taking place.
Statisticians noted that while the Palestinian death toll from the Triple
T blasts was tragic, and indeed had passed the 410 mark, it appeared that
if one were to extrapolate the Jewish death toll from the previous summer,
and compare what its trend had been to the numbers actually killed in the
past year by Palestinian terrorists, for every Palestinian death 12 Jewish
deaths had been prevented!! And even that number was based on the full
year; in the last quarter of the year by itself the ratio of saved to
killed was 60 to 1.

But not all was tranquil. From the Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm there
emerged a team of suicide bombers who exploded themselves in downtown
Afula, killing many passersby. Three weeks later the Islamic
fundamentalist movement held a mass rally in the Umm al-Fahm stadium,
under banners declaring that the Jews were threatening the al-Aqsa Mosque,
and showing their solidarity with the Palestinian victims of Triple T.

The film crews caught the explosion on live camera. The grounds of the
entire stadium had been mined and turned into a huge fireball. The injured
lay everywhere and 18 were dead.

For the next 29 months, there did not occur a single bus bombing and the
number of shooting incidents over this entire period in the entire West
Bank and Gaza Strip was reduced to a handful. After the last Triple T
explosion, a large emigration had begun from Umm al-Fahm and from the West
Bank. It was estimated that in many West Bank towns as much as a third of
the population had simply left and moved elsewhere, overseas. From Tul
Karem the numbers were closer to two thirds. Some Israeli Arab towns and
villages within the Green Line lost as much as a third of their
populations as well.

All of the Israeli Arab Knesset Members from the PLO-surrogate parties and
from the communist party had resigned from the parliament following the
Umm al-Fahm massacre. For the next two years, there were no Arab members
of the Knesset.

But three years after the first Triple T explosion, a group of Israeli
Arab intellectuals established the Arab Zionist Party. Its basic platform
was denunciation of all Palestinian claims to sovereignty, denunciation of
all violence, loyalty to the state of Israel, and encouraging of Israeli
Arabs to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces. In its first election
contest, the party won 3 seats. In its second contest four years later, it
won 13 seats, making it the third largest party in the Knesset, following
the Ichud Leumi and the National Religious Party (led by the Prime
Minister). The AZP initiated a series of proposals for affirmative action
preferences that benefit Jews, to compensate them for their historic
victimization by Arabs over decades.

Changes were also visible across the Green Line. In some Palestinian
villages, local vigilante squads rounded up wanted terrorists and
delivered them to Israeli army and police stations, occasionally lynching
them beforehand. Large posters showing the pilots who had bombed Bin
Laden's underground hiding place to smithereens appeared on Palestinian
billboards as local heroes. In some places, posters of the two Ghandis -
Mohatma and Rehavam, could be seen under the slogan "Our Martyrs".
Palestinian schools underwent a remarkable change in curriculum. They now
emphasized the moral right of Israel to exist and instructed all
Palestinians who were uncomfortable living under the democratic rule of
the Jewish majority to move to Detroit or to Kuwait or to New Zealand.

A new Palestinian militia arose based in Bethlehem, dedicated to
collaborating with the Israeli police and to patrolling the Palestinian
streets and arresting anyone promoting violence against Jews. The militia
later fielded candidates for mayors of West Bank towns and won about two
thirds of all those contested.

Teams of Palestinians prayed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and on leaving their
prayers they rushed to the gates to invite Jews to join them in praying
for peace on the Temple Mount. Groups of Palestinians asked to come to
Jewish homes on Jewish holidays to pay their respects and to bring gifts.
Among the Palestinians, there was a religious transformation. New pacifist
and quietist sects of Moslem Sufis gained popularity. Small numbers of
Palestinians converted to Buddhism. Thousands of Palestinians volunteered
to serve in the Peace Corps and other volunteer organizations promoting
non-violence overseas. Others volunteered to fight in squadrons of
American and British military units tracking down Islamist terrorists in
other countries. Many Palestinians named their children Schwartzkopf, in
honor of the general who had attacked Iraq.

Israel also underwent a political transformation. Israeli universities
became the centers for the new movement of Post-Post-Zionism, and groups
of rowdy students tarred and feathered campus professors who had once
supported Oslo. The Jewish History and Bible departments at the
universities had to move to larger facilities. Synagogues throughout the
country were filled to overflowing. The brand new Museum of Folly,
documenting the Oslo years, was now the most popular stop for tourists and
Israeli schoolchildren in Jerusalem.

While thousands of Palestinians petitioned to be annexed by Israel and
made full citizens subject to military conscription, the government of
Israel decided to put off the question for now. Meanwhile the
out-migration of Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza continued, with
expatriates selling their homes to some of the 1.5 million Jewish
immigrants that had flooded into the country in the past 3 years.
Delegations of Jordanian Arabs from the northwestern areas of Jordan,
opposite Beit Shean, submitted petitions to the Israeli government to be
annexed. Several even offered to convert to Judaism if their homes could
be annexed. Israeli flags were raised along the Jordanian side of the
Jordan River. The BBC and CNN started showing the Bashan region of Jordan
on their maps as Occupied Israeli territory. Along the eastern bank of the
Jordan River, choirs of Arab school children chanted, "How Good are Your
Tents Oh Jacob", like Bil'am in the Bible.

The Israeli economy was booming. A new wing was added to the Museum of
Folly to describe the decades of Israeli socialism long since ended,
documented for disbelieving school children. A wave of new Hebrew
literature, film and drama started the world-wide "Israel Wave". Almost
the entire Jewish population of California moved to Israel in order to
enjoy the living standards so much higher there. The bankrupt publishers
of Haaretz newspaper sold out to new owners, and the new editors made
little attempt to hide their admiration for the 3T guerillas. Tikkun
Magazine changed its name to Triple T (ikkun), to show its solidarity with
the underground. All of France was paralyzed in the annual Honor the Jews
parades, organized in large part by Palestinian emigres. The rest of the
EU countries sent contingents.

Interpol is still hunting the shadowy Triple T organization. Its criminal
members were never apprehended.

The nations of the world now send delegations to Jerusalem to join in the
Succot celebrations, as the Prophet predicted.

Friday, August 22, 2003

Euphemism for annihilation, By Efraim Karsh
Aug. 21, 2003

Few phrases have epitomized the Palestinian and Arab rejection of Israel's
legitimacy more clearly than the "right of return."

In their internal discourse, the demand for the return of the 1948
refugees and their descendants to territory now part of the State of
Israel, plus their financial compensation for losses and suffering, is
invariably equated with the destruction of Israel through demographic

In addressing non-Arab audiences, however, Palestinians have been less
than genuine about their objectives, presenting this "right" as
humanitarian, as grounded in international law, and as a long-overdue
redress of historical injustice.

It is hardly surprising therefore that when Nabil Shaath, the PA foreign
affairs minister, promised Palestinian refugees in Beirut last weekend
that the US road map guaranteed their "right of return" to villages and
cities inside Israel, Palestinian officials went out of their way to
dismiss this statement as a thoughtless slip of the tongue.

"We are trying to resolve the withdrawal from Jericho, and Nabil starts to
talk about solving the refugee problem and the right of return," one
official said mockingly. "Why did he have to promise them to return to
Haifa?" complained another PA source.

The timing of Shaath's statement may have been inopportune. At a time when
Israel seems willing to repeat the Oslo folly of making unilateral
concessions to the PA, it needs to be reassured of Palestinian intentions
rather than intimidated.

Yet Shaath did little more than reiterate the standard Palestinian
position, which had always regarded the "right of return" as an integral
part of the Oslo process. Arafat underscored this point in a string of
interviews in September 1993, while a PLO report leaked a week after the
historic handshake on the White House Lawn by "a source close to Arafat"
solemnly stated that "The right of return is an inalienable right that
cannot be measured by money. No compensation, however substantial, will be
of any value so long as the refugees do not have an independent state on
their own land."

The PA's guiding principles, published shortly after its establishment in
mid-May 1994, pledged "to work for the achievement of the legitimate
Palestinian goals: independence, freedom, equality, and the return,
through a graduated process." This graduated process was not confined to
the "liberation" of the West Bank and Gaza.

The document makes extensive use of the language and vocabulary of the
PLO's 1974 "phased plan" which stipulated that the Palestinians take
whatever territory surrendered to them by Israel, then use it as a
springboard for further territorial gains until achieving the "complete
liberation of Palestine."

It also repeatedly refers to UN General Assembly Resolution 194 of
December 11, 1948, widely interpreted by the Arabs as ensuring the
Palestinian "right of return." In fact, far from recommending the return
of the Palestinian refugees as the only viable solution, the resolution
advocated that "the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at
peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest
practicable date," but also that efforts should be made to facilitate the
"resettlement and economic and social rehabilitation of the refugees."

Moreover, the PA's guidelines underscored both the "Arabness of Palestine
and its being a part of the Arab nation," as well as "the Palestinian and
Arab identity of our people in the Galilee, the Triangle, and the Negev"
(i.e., within Israel proper). Borrowed directly from the Palestinian
Covenant, these phrases effectively reject Israel's very legitimacy by
presenting it as a usurper of Palestinian-Arab land and oppressor of the
Palestinian nation.

WHILE FOR most Western observers the term "occupation" describes Israel's
control of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, areas that it conquered
during the Six-Day war of June 1967, for Palestinians and Arabs the
Israeli presence in these territories represents only the latest chapter
in an uninterrupted story of "occupations," dating back to the very
creation of Israel on "stolen" land. Hence the "right of return" is meant
to reverse the effects of the "1948 occupation" - that is, the
establishment of the State of Israel itself.

While freely spelling out in inter-Arab forums the dire consequences of
the "right of return," PLO spokesmen took great care to hide the essence
of this "right" from their Israeli interlocutors, not to speak of Western
audiences, skilfully evading all requests for clarification. It was only
at the Camp David summit of July 2000 that the Israelis were confronted
with the full extent of the "right of return" for the first time.

"It is not a matter of Jerusalem alone," Ahmed Qurei (Abu Ala), the chief
Oslo negotiator and speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council said,
explaining the reasons for the summit's failure. "The refugee issue is
actually more complicated than that of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is deep in the
heart of each of us, but the refugee issue is a right claimed by the
Palestinian citizen."

Some Israelis, however, would not shed their illusions even at this late
stage. During the Taba summit of January 2001, four months after the
launching of Arafat's terrorist war, Yossi Beilin, the minister of justice
in Ehud Barak's cabinet appointed to discuss the refugee problem at the
summit, submitted to his Palestinian counterpart, Nabil Shaath, a
"non-paper" which effectively recognized the Palestinian "right of return"
though "in a manner consistent with the existence of the State of Israel
as the homeland for the Jewish people."

According to senior Palestinian sources, Beilin also proposed the return
of 200,000 Palestinians, but was rejected by Arafat since "the refugees
are not a matter for bargaining or trading." And just there, no doubt,
lies the crux of the dispute over the "right of return."

As starkly demonstrated by Shaath's latest statement, for the Palestinians
the "right of return" is not a bargaining chip, it is the heart of the
matter. Their adamant insistence on its full implementation, at a time
when Israel had effectively agreed to the creation of a Palestinian state
on the pre-1967 lines, provides yet another reminder that, in the
Palestinian and the Arab perception, peace is not a matter of adjusting
borders and territory but rather a euphemism for the annihilation of the
Jewish state.

In the candid words of Sakhr Habash, the PLO's chief ideologue, at the
height of the Camp David summit: "The moment I am given the right of
return, I will go back to my village of Beit Dajan as an Israeli citizen.
Because it is my dream that the territory called Palestine, between the
river and the sea, will revert to its old self - democratic Palestine."

The writer is head of Mediterranean studies at King's College, University
of London. His book, Arafat's War (published by Grove Atlantic) will be
released in October.

(see also

All the Middle EastÕs a Stage, or ArikÕs Tutu
By Steven Plaut

Shakespeare said that all the worldÕs a stage, but in fact it is mainly
the Middle East which is a stage. It is a performance theater in which
everyone is pretending and posturing and acting out parts in skits,
prancing across the stage in costume and ballet tutu.

Abu Abbas pretends he is really concerned about terrorists blowing up
Jewish children and is horrified by that, and then he pretends that he is
doing all he can to arrest the Hamas terrorists except Arafat is not
letting him or his militia is not large enough. And so the whole world
needs to strengthen him and help him build up his power base. Arafat
pretends he does not control the tanzim and Al-Aqsa Brigade Nazis and
terrorhoids carrying about the atrocities and the whole world pretends
they do not know he directly controls and commands them. The Western
media pretend they thinks Israelis are mean and brutal and that they are
motivated by something other than hatred of Jews.

Meanwhile, Ariel Sharon pretends that he is acting to defend Israeli
children and Israeli lives. He skirts across the stage in his tutu, on
his tiptoes, pretending he is acting with military force against the
savages. He conducts empty and meaningless symbolic actions but refuses
to choose military victory as a strategy. His government pretends it is
conducting negotiations and dialogue with the PLO that are something other
than empty stage theatrics.

The Israeli army pretends it is serious about battling the
terrorists. The United States government pretends it is upset when the
terrorists blow up Jewish children or that it thinks Israeli security is a
matter of interest or importance. The White House and the State
Department pretend that they really believe that creating a Palestinian
state will reduce the barbarism of Arabs and result in peace, or that such
a state will be used by the Arabs for something other than mass murder and
genocide. The Israeli government pretends that it really thinks the
Palestinian Authority will Òcrack downÓ the terrorists. The Eurotrash
pretend that t he Palestinian Authority has been reformed. The Israeli
Labor Party pretends that it was not responsible for turning Israel into
the Valley of the Shadow of Death. The American Jewish establishment
pretends that it is interested in things other than promoting political

The Israeli school system pretends it is educating children. So
does the Israeli university system, although many professors are full-time
propagandists for the PLO. The Israeli army leadership pretends it knows
what it is doing. The Israeli intelligence community pretends it discerns
new moderation in the Palestinian leadership. Israeli politicians pretend
that Abu Mazen is himself not a nazi. and terrorist The United States
pretends that Middle East ceasefires obligate the Arabs as well, and
pretend that they are unaware that the Palestinians violate them every
hour. And everyone pretends there is a Palestinian ÒpeopleÓ.

The Israeli Left pretends that it seeks peace, while in reality it
seeks a second Holocaust of Jews. Tikkun magazine pretends that Michael
Lerner is a Rabbi. (Lerner just sent out one of his long-winded screeds
entitled, ÒWhen Will Israel Stop Endangering Jewish Lives?Ó, explaining
that Israel is responsible for all of the Arab violations of the ÒHudnaÓ
- see below) The western campus Left pretends it is acting under motives
other than anti-Jewish bigotry and anti-Americanism.
The Israeli political establishment pretends that there is a serious
distinction between the Likud and Meretz. Haaretz pretends it is a
newspaper. American officials will pretend they give a ratÕs ass about
murdered Jewish babies. Israeli politicians pretend they still believe
that demonstrations of Israeli goodwill and weakness and nicesness will
induce Arab niceness. They pretend there is something at the end of the
ÒRoad MapÓ other than a swastika. And then in a few more days, after all
the bus children are in their graves, they will once again pretend that
some new ÒceasefireÓ is in earnest this time and will at long last produce
reduced violence.

Tikkun Screed reprinted here:
(sent out a few days ago):

Who Is Destroying the Hudna (cease fire)?

A few days ago we printed on our website an analysis by Gideon Levy which
appeared in Ha'aretz, the Israeli newspaper, showing that Ariel Sharon's
provoactive assassination of a Hamas leader (which took place before the
so-called ceasefire went into effect Ð SP), together with his
construction of the Wall and other acts designed to undermine the Road
Map, would ensure a breakdown of the Hudna. Here is a link to that

We hope that you check our website at at least every few
days, because we continually print there important new articles from
Israeli, Palestinian and American sources on Middle East peace,
globalization, American politics, etc.

The breakdown of the ceasefire and the renewed punishment of the entire
Palestinian people for the actions of a few underscores the importance of
getting our Resolution for Middle East Peace widely signed and endorsed.
(end of Tikkun screed)

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

As part of my wanderings this summer I happened upon a town named
Provincetown, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. As it turned out, to my
innocent surprise, Provincetown is one of those places where one is feels
completely out of place walking down the street with a member of the
opposite gender or with oneÕs offspring. It seems to be the capital for
gays and not just the quiet withdrawn type, but rather the sort of
Òflaming fruitsÓ who walk down the street in drag and where drag queen
bars outnumber the Seven Elevens.

And as it turned out, the very shabbas I spent there, Provincetown was
hosting a conference of Ògay, lesbian and transgendered JewsÓ. Y skin
should stop crawling by Rosh Hashana. Now for those of you outside the
bastions of PC wackiness, you may not be aware of the fact that
ÒtransgenderedÓ is the latest ÒcommunityÓ in possession of ÒrightsÓ, and
as far as I can tell they are transvestites and drag queens, but may also
include those people like Israeli pop singer ÒDana InternationalÓ, those
with surgical reorder south of the border.

The details of this assembly of such people are at

Now, if I am not mistaken, this was just one of the series of
similar assemblies of Jews financed by Charles Bronfman, scion of the
Bronfman booze empire, and its charity institutions. Apparently Bronfman
has decided that what with peace having broken out in the Middle East and
Diaspora assimilation under control, promoting homosexuality should be at
the top of the Jewish agenda.

The BronfmanÕs have long been serious financiers for the gay
militants (see The Bronfman Center at
NYU, probably the largest Bronfman campus institution, and other smaller
Bronfman centers on other campuses, have long been active in promoting the
militant homosexual agenda.

Or consider: Queer Urban Retreat (New York City)

The Bronfman Center's Queer Urban Retreat will take place on Halloween
weekend, Friday October 31st-November 2nd 2003. The two and a half day
event will consist of workshops, break-out sessions, and cultural
presentations that serve to enrich individual understandings of Jewish and
Queer identities. Workshops will include skill building and leadership
training for Queer students as well as explorations of religious and queer
identities and guides for increasing sensitivity and diversity at Hillels
and other Jewish organizations. Students who attend will be offered
home-stay with local NYU students and accommodations will be made for
religious participants, and participants with differing gender
presentations/identity. Participants will also have the opportunity to
experience the one of a kind phenomenon that is the Village Halloween
Parade. All students, regardless of sexual orientation or religious
identity are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Mike Brown

Now as you know, I happen to believe that gay people are as
entitled to our sympathy and pity as all other people suffering from
behavioral disorders. I support George W. in opposing creating any sort
of legal acknowledgement of gay ÒmarriagesÓ, although I can live with
forms of private contracting such as gay folks leaving their property in
wills or sharing their pensions with their partners if they so wish. I
utterly oppose gay couples adopting children and think it should be

And I have long wondered about some things. I would love to hear
how Bronfman and similar people would answer these:

+ If a form of mental illness, personality disorder, or behavioral
disorder is rather common, say Ð afflicting as many as 1% of the
population, does that mean it stops being a disorder?

+ If people suffering from a behavioral disorder say they like having
it and do not wish to be ÒcuredÓ of it, does that mean it no longer is

+ When the psych profession is brow-beaten into taking a disorder off
its lists of disorders, does that mean we should all acknowledge it as

+ Why should homosexuality be accepted as something Ònormal and
healthy, but not bestiality and necrophilia?

+ If gays should be funded to hold Gay Pride parades and events, why
should not those suffering from other behavioral disorders and
afflictions? Why not hold a Jews Mental Illness Pride Parade each spring
in NYC, with Bronfman money paying for it?

Oh, and for those seeking to lose their breakfasts, take a look at

The Oslo Appease Process is misnamed. So is the Road Map. They
are nothing new. Indeed, the correct name for them is the Cult of Moloch.
Anyone with any doubts should just look at this eveningÕs news and the
latest mass murder for peace. The Cult of Moloch has ruled Israel since
1992 under both Labor and Likud governments.

There are repeated references in the Bible to the Cult of Moloch or
Molokh, a Canaanite or perhaps Phoenician Cult. According to Deut., xii,
29-31; xviii, 9-14, the passing of children through fire was of Canaanite
origin [cf. IV (II) Kings, xvi, 3]. The chief feature of Moloch's worship
seems to have been the sacrifice of children, and the usual expression for
describing that sacrifice was "to pass through the fire", a rite carried
out after the victims had been put to death. The Cathaginians,
descendents of Phoenicians and worshipers of Baal, appear to have adopted
the child sacrifice.

The passages of the original text in which the name stands probably
for that of a god are Lev., xviii, 21; xx, 2-5; III (A. V. I) Kings, xi,
7; IV (II) Kings, xxiii, 10; Is., xxx, 33; lvii, 9; Jer., xxxii, 35. The
special centre of such atrocities was just outside of Jerusalem, at a
place called Tophet (probably "place of abomination"), in the Valley of
Gehenom. According to III (I) Kings, xi, 7, Solomon erected "a temple" for
Moloch "on the hill over against Jerusalem", and on this account he is at
times considered as the monarch who introduced the cult into Israel.

The custom of causing one's children to pass through the fire seems
to have been general in the Northern Kingdom [IV (II) Kings, xvii, 17;
Ezech. xxiii, 37], and it gradually grew in the Southern, encouraged by
the royal example of Achaz (IV Kings, xvi, 3) and Manasses [IV (II) Kings,
xvi, 6] till it became prevalent in the time of the prophet Jeremias
(Jerem. xxxii, 35), when King Josias suppressed the worship of Moloch and
defiled Tophet [IV (II) Kings, xxiii, 13 (10)].

The offerings by fire, the probable identity of Moloch with Baal,
and the fact that in Assyria and Babylonia Malik, and at Palmyra
Malach-bel, were sun-gods, have suggested to many that Moloch was a fire-
or sun-god.

There is no Jewish state in the Middle East. Instead there is a
Canaanite state with superficial Jewish trappings, ruled by rulers
practicing the rites of Moloch. The practitioners and believers in the
Cult of Moloch respond to each atrocity by pretending to strike new
agreements with the murdering Islamofascists of the PLO. These respond
to each such goodwill gesture with new atrocities.

They are always ever so surprised that the latest ÒceasefireÓ has
been blown to smithereens on the Jerusalem bus. They are astounded that
the PLOÕs pledge to keep its eye on terrorists but not arrest them has
resulted in more than a score dead Israelis, including children on the
Jerusalem bus. They are amazed that IsraelÕs releasing hundreds of
terrorists did not result in tranquility but in new mass murders, carried
out by terrorists from the PLO-controlled area in Hebron. They are
astonished that new demonstrations of Israeli weakness and defeatism and
capitulation have produced new barbarism.

And the one thing of which we can all be certain is that after a few
days, when this round's children are in their graves, the prophets of
Moloch, especially the Canaanite pagan political Left
in Israel, joined in short order by the Beilinized party of Ariel Sharon,
will once again insist that the only solution is more sacrifices of
children to the pagan peace god, more passing of children through fire,
more human sacrifices for the delusion of peace.

For what choice is there?

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

The Fight Over Daniel Pipes
By Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal | August 19, 2003
In fighting the war on terror, it would be nice to think there is a role
for one of the few U.S. scholars to warn of the danger from militant Islam
in advance of September 11. Instead, the nomination of Mideast scholar
Daniel Pipes to the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace has turned into
one of the nastier confirmation battles of the Bush Presidency.

Bear in mind this is not a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.
It's a position at a relatively obscure government think tank for a term
of four years. The Institute of Peace was set up by Congress in 1984 to
research non-military solutions to world conflicts and has earned a
reputation as politically centrist, not to mention occasionally as a
political sinecure.

Mr. Pipes would be much more than a time-server. He is founder and
director of the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia. He's taught at Harvard,
the University of Chicago and the Naval War College. He is the author of a
dozen books, several on Islam. He runs a useful Web site --
-- that posts English-language translations of the Arabic-language press.
(Yesterday's offering: "Al-Qa'ida Claims Responsibility for Last Week's

For years Mr. Pipes has been raising the alarm about Islamic terrorist
organizations operating in the U.S. -- including in an article with Steven
Emerson for this page on August 13, 2001. After 9/11 he made the obvious
point that the best hiding place for radical Muslims in the U.S. would be
in moderate Muslim communities and in mosques. He favors "profiling,"
which is to say paying more attention at airports to young Arab men than
to American grandmothers. If the polls are correct, most Americans agree
with him.

For these insights, Mr. Pipes is now being dubbed a "racist" and a "bigot"
-- the equivalent of appointing former Ku Klux Klan figure David Duke to a
civil rights position, as one opposition group analogized last week. The
Council on American-Islamic Relations is leading the charge, calling Mr.
Pipe's appointment "a slap in the face to all those who seek to build
bridges of understanding between people of faith."

Anyone who's read Mr. Pipes's work knows such accusations are absurd. Yes,
he has a point of view, which he expresses vigorously and with which we
sometimes disagree. But he has repeatedly stated that radical Islam, not
Islam itself, is the threat. As he's said, in a line oft-quoted by his
supporters, "Militant Islam is the problem, and moderate Islam is the

Leading the charge against Mr. Pipes in the Senate is Ted Kennedy, aided
by Democrats Tom Harkin and Chris Dodd and their fellow-traveler Jim
Jeffords. A committee vote on the nomination was postponed last month
after Senator Kennedy rose to attack him. President Bush is now reported
to be planning to bypass the Senate and give Mr. Pipes a recess
appointment while Congress is on vacation. This would allow Mr. Pipes to
serve until the end of next year.

This is a good idea. The subtext of the Pipes confirmation battle is the
conflict between two views of how to defeat terrorists. The pro-Pipes side
believes they have to be confronted and defeated; the folks opposing him
believe they can be mollified and co-opted. Appointing Mr. Pipes would
send an important signal about which side is running U.S. foreign policy.

Back when I was a nipper in summer camp, we used to sing a campfire
song. It was a bit raunchy but I bring it to you here, for reasons you
will see.

It went like this. To the tune of Glory Glory Hallelujah, we sang a
series of verses, each one word shorter than the one before it. Here is
the list (would be one round for each):

Oh Sir Jasper Do Not Touch Me (repeated)É
Oh Sir Jasper Do Not Touch
Oh Sir Jasper Do Not
Oh Sir Jasper, DO!
Oh Sir Jasper!!
Oh Sir!!!

Ok, if you have stopped your heavy breathing, I can get to the point.
I believe that the Oslo Òpeace processÓ and its Road Map are simply
updated versions of the Sir Jasper song.

Let me explain. Like the Sir Jasper song, the Road Map consists of
dropping off the ending of sentences, one at a time, until all one is
left with is the OOOHHHHHH.

In the beginning the Oslo Peace Process was supposedly about making
peace and ending violence. SO the dialogue and Israeli concessions were
based on reciprocity and a total ceasefire and halt to all Palestinian
atrocities. It was based on Palestinian democratization, rhetoric
devotions to non-violence expressed daily by the PLO, economic
cooperation, and renunciations of fascist xenophobia and anti-Semitism by
the Palestinians. It was based on altering those nazi textbooks used by
the PLO, altering the Palestinian Covenant, arresting terrorists,
extraditing them to Israel, military and intelligence sharing by the PLO,
disarming Islamist groups, It was based on explicit renunciation of the
so-called ÒRight of ReturnÓ by the PLO, explicit acknowledgement of
IsraelÕs legitimacy as a sovereign Jewish State. It was based on the
expectation that the PLO would announce to the world that in exchange for
its being recognized and legitimized by Israel, the Arab-Israel conflict
was over as far as it was concerned.

But all of this was followed by a long series of lopping off the
last clauses to the going version of what obligated the PLO. The PLO
was just kidding about abandoning its ÒCovenantÓ and ÒjihadÓ? Oh Sir
Jasper Do Not Touch me. The PLO had no intention of extraditing
terrorists from Hamas and Jihad? Oh Sir Jasper Do Not. The PLO would
not end the anti-Jewish incitement and nazi textbooks and if anything
would escalate their use? The PLO would glorify suicide bombers and teach
murder to summer camping children? The PLO would continue to demand the
ÒRight of ReturnÓ and IsraelÕs destruction? Oh Sir Jasper Do! The
PLOÕs own al-Aqsa brigades and tanzim would become the main murdering and
terror organizations under ArafatÕs direct control and command? The PLO
would never arrest anyone for terrorist atrocities but instead glorify
them and celebrate them? It would import countless tons of missiles and
produce rockets it would shoot regularly into Jewish homes? It would
destroy JosephÕs Tomb and turn RachaelÕs Tomb into a battleground? It
would praise Saddam and call for chemical annihilation of the Jews? It
would select a Nazi Holocaust Denier as its ÒPrime MinisterÓ as the entire
set of ÒreformsÓ of the Palestinian Authority? Oh Sir Jasper! And
when the PLO would announce that it was not even going to arrest any of
the Hamas and Jihad terrorists in exchange for Israel releasing hundreds
of murdering terrorists this week? Oh Sir!

And in the face of these, after each and every shortening of the
song phrase, after each and every violation and atrocity by the PLO, after
each new proof that the PLO had no intentions of complying with ANYTHING,
that the best Israel could hope for is buying a few weeks of reduced
bloodletting with only a few Jewish children and other living things being
murdered each day in exchange for new appeasements, where the PLO itself
would continue to launch most of the terrorist atrocities at the same time
that it was being appeased, where there are daily proofs that the only
reason the Palestinians want a ÒstateÓ is as a launch pad to attack Israel
and murder Jews, where Israel GOES AHEAD AND RELEASES HUNDREDS OF

Even THEN the Beilinized government of Ariel Sharon proceeds with the
appeasements of the Appease Process, rewarding the PLO for its savagery
and barbarism, promising to strive for a Palestinian ÒstateÓ whose raison
dÕetre will be IsraelÕs destruction, never conditioning a single
appeasement by Israel on PLO compliance with anything, agreeing to new
unilateral ceasefires, displaying cowardice when the Hizbollah shells
Israel, turning the other cheek when the PLO fires rockets into Sderot,
glad handing and male bonding with Abu Mazen, pretending that the
Palestinian Authority has been reformed and granting it new legitimzation
in the world, re-proving over and over again that Israel seeks to achieve
peace through cowardice and weakness, that Israel has lost its will to
survive and resist.


Friday, August 08, 2003

(I am on the road still, but you may enjoy this)

Middle East Orwellism
Posted 8/6/2003
By Steven Plaut
It is just one more of those unpleasant facts of life that the
anti-Israel lobbies of the planet have no real interest in the well being
of the Palestinians, but are merely motivated by hostility to Jews. It is
another unpleasant fact that those protesting their support for the
Palestinians are merely seeking the destruction of Israel.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Middle East Orwellism. It
took September 11 to force the Western world to confront the realities
of the Middle East, and as part of this, the prevalence of Orwellism in
that part of the world.

In the Middle East, words often mean their opposite, causes
and effects are generally reversed, victims are generally blamed and
aggressors whine about their victimization. The same pattern is
increasingly characteristic of the Israel-bashing choruses in the
Western media and elsewhere.

In the aftermath of September 11, Americans were treated to
daily lectures by demagogues from the Arab world about U.S.
culpability in the ?oppression? of the Palestinians. Spokesmen for the
most barbaric and oppressive regimes on earth lectured the West about

its "insensitivity" and immorality. Supporters of terrorism argued with
a straight face that the attacks on New York and Washington were the
work a Jewish cabal.

Israel, of course, has had to deal with the Orwellism of the
Middle East all along. It has long listened to the
reversal-of-cause-and-effect homilies coming from the Arab world,
under which Israeli retaliations for barbaric terrorist attacks against
civilians are "aggression," while those very attacks themselves are
"protests" by frustrated "activists" and "victims."

Israel has also been lectured by the Western armchair
peacemakers about how its settlements are the cause of the
Arab-Israeli conflict, whereas they are in fact its consequences. Israelis
are told that their "occupation" of the West Bank and Gaza Strip
caused Arab hatred and resentment, whereas their occupation was in
fact the consequence of that hatred and resentment.

In the Middle East`s Orwellisms, victims are turned into
aggressors, savages and barbarians are painted as victims, imperialists
and warmongers are declared moderates, defense is aggression, offense
is defense, democrats are denounced as imperialists, dictators are
lauded as democrats, and there are no problems on the planet that
could not be resolved through the destruction of Israel.

The anti-Israel lobby demonstrably puts on display its
recreational compassion for the "suffering Palestinians." In fact, it has
no interest at all in any Arab suffering unless it can somehow be used
as a bludgeon to delegitimize Israel. The simple fact of the matter is
that Arabs living under Israeli rule are the only Arabs in the Middle
East who are not brutally oppressed by their rulers. They are the
best-treated political minority in the Middle East. They are the only
ones living under some semblance of the rule of law, the only ones
enjoying basic freedoms,

the only ones who can vote, the only ones protected by due process,
and the only ones not subject to summary execution and mass murder
when challenging their regime.

The Middle East is the planet`s best illustration of Moynihan`s
Law, which posits that the degree of oppression of any people is in
inverse proportion to the cries of oppression one hears from them. The
only government in the Middle East that does not indiscriminately
shoot Arabs

who criticize it is that of Israel. But Middle East Orwellism has been
swelling, especially in Europe and in liberal circles in the United
States. The rank hypocrisy staggers the objective mind:

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in enlightened
government and progress -- but overlook Arab fascism and are silent
when Algeria or Sudan massacres its civilians.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in peace -- but support all
forms of military aggression against Israel and think such aggression
must be rewarded.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in democracy -- but feel
that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that must be
dismembered and destroyed.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in basic freedoms -- but
back the likes of Arafat, Mubarak, the Saudis and the Assads.

The Israel-bashers claim they oppose violence -- but
"understand" Palestinian terrorism.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in human rights -- but not
in Arab countries.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in freedom -- but are not
disturbed that slavery still exists in Sudan, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere
among Arabs.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in freedom to practice
religion freely in the Middle East -- but of course only for Muslims.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in progress and
enlightenment -- but endorse concessions to those preaching jihad,
medieval blood libels, and Holocaust denial.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in progress, but Arab
societies should never be expected to progress beyond 13th century

The Israel-bashers claim they believe in honest government --
but have nothing to say about Arab kleptocracies.

The Israel-bashers claim they believe that human rights of
Arabs must be protected -- but not in Arab countries.

The Israel-bashers claim they oppose the use of torture --
except when practiced by the Palestinian Authority or other
progressive Arabs.

In fact, the only "human right" the Israel-bashers really think
Palestinians need is the right to attack Jews and destroy Israel.

Steven Plaut is a professor at Haifa University. His book ?The
Scout? is available at He can be contacted at