Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama Appoints New ME Envoy: Urges Gaza Borders to Open

By Maggie M. Thornton

Photo Courtesy Reuters
President Obama with new Middle East Envoy, George Mitchell

Barack Hussein Obama, only one day after his second-swearing in ceremony, throws Israel under the bus, AND he indicates that Palestine is seeking peace!
Now we must extend a hand of opportunity to those who seek peace, as part of a lasting ceasefire [Obama said during a maiden visit as president to the State Department]
Does anyone believe that Hamas "seeks peace?" We know, and Obama knows, they seek to rearm.

"Hamas has given Israel until Sunday to open the borders,"...and Obama helps things along by "urging" Israel to get the Gaza border open.

A better idea: Let Israel decide when and why they will open the border for their barbarian neighbors. And who is Hamas to be making demands...what position are they in to make demands...why will we let them make demands - they got whipped, for gosh sakes...losers don't call the shots?

And where is the immovable demand that Hamas return Gilad Shalit post haste? Why are we, or any country, putting up with these terrorists? Had Mexican soldiers encroached our borders and grabbed an American, the United States wouldn't stand for it. Hmmmmm, oh yeah, guess we probably would - over and over again. (*See what America's War Department did after a "rancher" was kidnapped in 1915 at the end of this article)

The US and NATO is now charged with ending the weapons flow through Gazan-Egyptian tunnels.

A better idea: Let Israel finish their mission and then we don't need "minders" to make Palestine behave.

NPR says European and Arab leaders met in Egypt this past Sunday, "pledging support for rebuilding Gaza and calling for an end to arms smuggling....But the details of a coordinated multinational effort to block weapons into Gaza have yet to be finalized."

A better idea: Let the "brother" countries tell Palestine: hey - stop it! Ya hear? We're not coming to your defense anymore. This is your last chance. Another rocket into that pesky [insert something Arabic here] heathen land known as Israel, and we'll let them seal you up and shut you up.

I mean honestly, NO ONE in the Middle East wants Palestinians, refugees or not, to settle on their lands.

Why should the world let Hamas dictate ANYTHING, while that same world puts the lives of others "on the line" to guard the borders - just so that Palestinians can continue to smuggle right under their noses, anyway? Do we really think smuggling will stop?

Rebuilding Gaza? Yes, let the EU and Egypt do it. Not a nickel of American funds should flow, but can't you just see Obama funding the project, then sending unemployed Americans there to build the roads and bridges - for pay - from the United States - a kinda-sorta stimulus plan, since his proposed program to do the same here in the U.S. will take years and years to get underway.

Evidently foreign donors are lining up to send their monies to Palestine to rebuild, BUT...some common sense prevails, according to The Financial Times:
...many foreign donors share Israel's concerns that the reconstruction efforts should not be led by Hamas, or enhance the group's legitimacy.
Now here's something interesting. Does Obama say he is concerned about the loss of Palestinian and Israeli lives? - or does Obama say he is concerned about the loss of Palestinian lives?

The London Financial Times quotes Obama saying that he is concerned about the loss of BOTH Palestinian and Israeli lives. Middle East Online, and Muslims Against Sharia says the same - Obama is concerned about the lives of BOTH Palestinians and Israelis.

Al Jazeera quotes Obama saying he is concerned about the loss of life in Gaza. NO MENTION of concern for Israeli's. PressTV, "the first Iranian international news network, broadcasting in English...: has also omitted any concern Obama may have for the loss of life in Israel, same with African Business.

So, we do not know whether President Obama said he is also concerned with the loss of Israeli lives. Our own press isn't talking.

Moving on...

Haaretz, quoting an Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, tells us what we think we already know:
1) "Hamas civilians have accused Hamas of forcing them to stay in homes from which gunmen shot at Israeli soldiers during the recent hostilities in Gaza."
And are you ready for this:
2) But the Italian paper also quoted a doctor at Gaza city's Shifa Hospital as disputing the number of Palestinians said to have been killed in the campaign.

3) It's possible that the death toll in Gaza was 500 or 600 at the most, mainly youths aged 17 to 23 who were enlisted by Hamas - who sent them to their deaths...

The Gaza doctor was further quoted as saying: "Perhaps it is like Jenin in 2002. At the beginning they spoke about 1,500 dead, and at the end it turned out to be only 54 - of whom 45 were militants."
Shifa is the same hospital where Hamas terrorists holed-up in basement bunkers, with patients still in residence on the upper floors, as Israel advanced on Gaza City. Shifa is the Gaza Strip's main hospital hospital, completely renovated, with new construction, and paid for by Israel.

George Mitchell, new Obama Israeli-Arab Conflict Czar
Attending 2000 Mitchell Commission Meeting
The committee bent over backwards to be fair and objective which had the unfortunate effect of blurring good and evil. From Palestine Facts
For Laughs: Obama's new Israeli-Arab Conflict Czar, former Senator George Mitchell says of Israel and Palestine:
There is no such thing as a conflict that can't be ended," Mr. Mitchell said at the Thursday press conference. "I saw it happen in Northern Ireland.
The point that Senator Mitchell completely misses is that Islam is not at issue in Northern Ireland. Sigh. Mitchell's 2000 Sharm El-Sheikh Fact-Finding Commission (known as the Mitchell Commission) failed.


About the 1915 New York Times archived article on a "rancher" kidnapped by Mexicans and taken across the border?

September 11, 1915, Saturday

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10. -- State and War Department officials were aroused today over the kidnapping of an American citizen by Mexican bandits at Columbus, N.M. A ranchman whose identity has not been disclosed was sized by a band of Mexicans said to be soldiers, carried across the border from Columbus and word sent back that he was being held for a $2,000 ransom.

You can download the pdf at the above link. The pdf says that "there was an intimation that United States forces would not hesitate to cross the border to rescue the kidnapped American if his whereabout could be ascertained. The resolution isn't reported, but wouldn't it be great to have our State and "War" Department get "aroused" about illegal crime against American citizens?



    THANK GOD Jewish communities around the world are at last coming to their senses! Killing unarmed civilians, men, women and children with missiles, bombs, white phosphorus, or a bullet through the head is a criminal act - A WAR CRIME. No amount of propaganda from the Israeli embassy will alter that fact. These atrocities are not done in the name of ordinary Jews and we condemn these acts, outright. Judaism expressly forbids such terrible killings. Please use your voice to get President Obama to STOP THE SALE OF ARMS TO THE MIDDLE EAST NOW - tanks, planes, cluster bombs, white phosphorus, guns and spare parts.

    Let this senseless brutality cease! Do NOT support the killing of any civilians – particularly children. It is an act against God.


    Jan 22nd, 2009

    “We Shall Not Be a Party to Their Counsel!”

    As human beings, we are shocked and appalled at the mass destruction unleashed by the State of Israel against the people of Gaza in its current military operation, following years of Israeli occupation, siege, and deprivation.

    As Americans, we protest the carte blanche given Israel by the US government to pursue a war of “national honor,” “restoring deterrence,” “destroying Hamas,” and “searing Israel’s military might into the consciousness of the Gazans.”

    As progressives, we reject the same justifications for the carnage that we heard ad nauseam from the supporters of the Second Iraq War: the so-called “war on terror,” the “clash of civilizations,” the “need to re-establish deterrence” – all of which served to justify a misguided and unnecessary war, with disastrous consequences for America and Iraq.

    But as Jews of different religious persuasions, from Orthodox to secular atheist, we are especially horrified that a state that purports to speak in our name wages a military campaign that has killed over 1,000 people, a large percentage of them civilians, children, and non-combatants, with little or no consideration for human rights or the laws of war.

    While the moral and legal issue concerning Israel’s right to respond militarily in these circumstance can be debated, there is near-universal agreement that its conduct of the military operation has been unjust and even criminal – with only the usual apologists for the Jewish state disagreeing.

    As Jews, we stand united with another Israel, the patriarch Jacob, who cursed his sons Simeon and Levi for massacring the people of Shechem in revenge for the rape of their sister Dinah. Like Jacob, “we shall not be a party to the counsel of zealots. We shall not be counted in their assembly. (See Genesis 34. 49: 5-7).

    As Jews, we stand united with the Jewish sages who rejected the zealotry of the Jewish “terrorists” at Masada, those who masked ethnic tribalism in the cloak of “self-defense” and “national honor.”

    As Jews, we listen not only when the sage Hillel says, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?” but also when he says, “If I am only for myself, what am I?” Hillel’s closing words also ring true in this hour of decision when a full cessation of conflict is demanded of both sides: “If not now, when?”

    Finally, as American Jewish progressives, and as human beings, we condemn Hamas and Israel for violating the human rights of civilians on both sides, although we do not necessarily declare these violations to be morally or legally equivalent. We affirm the rights of both Israeli and the Palestinian peoples to self-determination and self-defense, as we affirm the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    Rabbi Leonard Beerman
    Rabbi Brant Rosen
    Rabbi Rebecca Lillian
    Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak
    Tony Judt, NYU
    Howard Zinn
    Brian Leiter, Wilson Professor of Law, Univ. of Chicago
    Irena Klepfisz, Barnard College
    Adam Rubin, PhD, HUC-JIR (Los Angeles)
    Mark Le Vine, UC Irvine
    Daniel Garber, Princeton, Philosophy dept. chair
    Ned Block, Silver Professor, NYU
    Gideon Rosen, Princeton
    Matthew Noah Smith, Yale
    Aryeh Cohen, PhD, American Jewish University
    Ilya Kliger, New York University
    Paul Loeb
    Alice Rothschild
    Murray Polner, former editor, Present Tense
    Larry Yudelson
    Jerome Slater, SUNY Buffalo
    Joanne Yaron, World Meretz
    Chana Bloch, UC Berkeley
    Marilyn Hacker, CCNY
    Rita Karuna Cahn, UC San Francisco
    Nance Goldstein, University of Southern Maine
    Gordon Fellman, Brandeis Univ.
    Harry Mairson, Brandeis University
    David L. Green, University of Illinois
    Stephanie Sieburth, Duke
    Priscilla Wald, Duke
    E. James Lieberman, M.D., George Washington University School of Medicine
    Norbert Hornstein, University of Maryland
    David Auerbach, Univ. of N. Carolina, Raleigh
    Joseph Levine, Univ. of Mass., Amherst
    Shari Stone-Mediatori, Ohio Wesleyan Univ.
    Ido Roll, Carnegie Mellon Univ.
    Philip Wadler, University of Edinburgh
    Assaf Oron, Univ. of Wash.
    Clare Solomon, Washington Univ.
    Judith Norman, Trinity Univ.
    Steven Bell, Berry College
    Charles Manekin, Univ. of Maryland
    Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam
    Dan Fleshler, Realistic Dove
    Dan Sieradski, Orthodox Anarchist
    Bram Hubbell, Friends Seminary

    Ilana Abramovitch, Ph.D.
    Kate Abramson
    David Adler
    Dina Afek
    Delmas and Sally Allen
    Tracy Allen
    Marshall Ansell
    Paul Ansell
    Harry Appelman
    Darwin Aronoff
    Jesse Bacon
    Sonia M. Baku
    Walter Ballin
    Adam Barolsky
    Kathy Barolsky
    Tsela Barr
    David Basior
    Elliott Battzedek
    Elizabeth Biele
    Peter Belmont
    Nicolas M. Benacerraf
    Lori Berlin
    Judith Berlowitz, Ph.D
    Murray & Marcia Bernstein
    Nancy Bernstein
    David Eugene Blank
    Alan L. Blitz
    Hedy Bookin-Weiner
    Elisa Bowyer
    Sallye Steiner Bowyer
    Dennis Brasky
    China Brotsky
    Ellen Brotsky
    Robert Browne
    Patricia Carmeli
    Rina Chomsky
    Liza DiPrima Cibula
    G Sherman Cole
    Mariani Didyk
    Pioter Drubetskoy
    Ann Colleen Dunham
    Bacia Edelman
    Carole Edelsky, PhD
    Steven R. Edelstein
    Dr. Amy Eisenberg, Center for World Indigenous Studies
    Lynne Eisenberg
    Liz Elkind
    David M. Ellis Ph.D
    Anita E. Feldman
    Andrew Felluss
    Eva Ferrero
    Raya Fidel
    George Figdor
    Daniel Fisher
    Terry Fletcher
    Dr. Chris Fox
    Stephen Saperstein Frug
    Racheli Gai
    Ellen Garvey
    Doris Gelbman
    Myles Gideon
    Jim Glionna
    Roberta Gold
    Mary Goldman
    Daniel Goldstein
    Julius Gordon
    Bruce Gould
    essica Greenbaum
    Kathy Grisham
    Sherrl Grosse Yanowitz Rogall
    Kay Halpern
    Tony and Hillary Hamburger
    Lawrence R. Hamilton
    Peter Handler
    Hasibul Haque
    Wendy Hartley
    Glen Hauer
    Katherine Herman
    Dr. Annette Herskovits
    Hanna J. Hoffman, PhD
    Jack Holtzman
    Rebecca Hughes
    Nomi Hurwitz
    Barbara S. Kane, PhD, LCSW
    Ilene Kantrov
    Wendy Kaufmyn
    Aimée Kligman
    Susie Kneedler
    Judith Kolokoff
    Steve Kowit
    Rebecca S. Krantz, PhD
    Judith Laitman
    Sheldon H. Laskin
    Betsy Lawrence
    Mirna Lawrence
    Shamai Leibowitz
    David Leipziger
    Jack Leiss
    Oded Adomi Leshem
    Yossi Levanoni
    Jeremy Levick
    John F. Levin
    Rebekah Levin
    Joan Levitt
    Mary-Lee Lutz
    Marsha C. Manekin
    Richard Manekin
    Gideon Manning
    Yitzhak Y Melamed
    Alan Meyers
    Gert Meyers
    Katya Miller
    Sherin Miller
    Susan Miller
    Daniel Millstone
    Sarah Anne Minkin
    Cary Moskovitz
    Rick Nagin
    Dorothy Naor
    Germana Nijim
    Sara Norman
    Joel Dansky
    Henry Norr
    Leonard Bruce Novick
    Diane O’Bannon
    Elijah Oberman
    Miller Oberman
    Abigail Okrent
    Benjamin Orbach
    Dr. Stephen Oren
    Tova Perlmutter
    Karen Platt
    Lynn Pollack
    Dr. Betty Potash
    Harriet Putterman
    Joyce Ravitz
    Susan Ravitz
    Deb Reich
    Avram Rips
    Mara Rivera
    Lee Robinson
    Jennifer Rose
    Dorah Rosen
    Ellen Rosner
    Sue Rouda
    Novelle Saarinen
    Lawrence Saltzman
    Meg Sandow
    Linda Siegel Sang
    Marlena Santoyo
    Karl Schaffer, PhD
    Cindy Shamban
    Wendy Scher
    Madeline Schleimer
    Eugene Schulman
    Kayla Schwarz
    Janet Settle
    Lee Sharkey
    Dr Peter Sheridan
    Brian S Sherman
    Meryl Siegal
    Jessica Siegel
    Rich Siegel
    Earl Silbar
    Marc Silverstein
    Shayna Silverstein
    Miriam Simos
    Jeffrey Sklansky
    Laura Sklarsky
    Jerome Slater
    Kathrin Smith
    Daniel Sniderman
    Louisa Rachel Solomon
    Talli Somekh
    Nicole Witte Solomon
    Dr. Wendy Elisheva Somerson
    Doug Sparling
    Neta Stahl
    Aaron Stark
    Burton Steck
    Jane Stein
    Mark Stenzler
    Mae Stephen
    Lynne Strieb
    Danny Stone
    Robert Stone
    Shirley Stone
    Debbie Stone-Bruell
    Uri Strauss
    Leslie Sudock
    Yaakov Sullivan
    Michele Sumka
    Cecilie Surasky
    Lois Swartz
    Amir & Roni Terkel
    Theodore Warmbrand
    Tom Weltsch
    Janis G. White
    Robin Winogrond
    Rachel Farrell Wofsy
    Bruce Wolman, MD
    Michael J. Zigmond

  2. Nice try.
    But there is still no justification for the acts that a terrorist organization backed by an invented people has commited against Israel.
    The phosphorus is legal and any fool with eyes and ears knows why Palestinian civilians are being killed.
    Right, lets re visit the mistakes of the past and open the borders once again so we can take a step back into the persistent suicide bombings once leveled against the Jews.

    The protests you mention are those of self hating American liberal Jews who are clueless to the plight of the Israelis and are just a wrapped up in their "kumbaya" rationality as any far left American Obamanite would be.