Saturday, July 22, 2006
Tel Aviv University's Cheerleader for the Hizbollah
1. While katyushas rain down on Israel, Ran HaCohen from the literature
department at the University of Tel Aviv has been busy celebrating and
promoting the Hizbollah. Think I am kidding? Here is HaCohen singing
the praises of the Hizbollah:
http://www.antiwar.com/hacohen/h081303.html . The web site in question,
antiwar.com, is a neo-nazi web site that also promotes the "theory" that
the Jews were behind the 911 attacks on the US.
Notice the bio on the right of that page,
where HaCohen brags of his being on the faculty of Tel Aviv University.
This piece was very widely reprinted, such as here -
and on many other anti-Semitic web sites enjoying the notoreity of an
Israeli celebrating the Hizbollah.
If you are upset that TAU has someone on its faculty promoting the
Hizbollah, why not tell the heads of TAU how you feel?
They can be reached via the information here:
Tel Aviv University:
Friends and Alumni Associations: http://www.tau.ac.il/friends-eng.html
Public Affairs: http://www.tau.ac.il/affairs-eng.html
2. A couple of days back, al-Jazeera ran a special on defending Hezbollah
and attacking Israel. One of those featured in the special was Haaretz
columnist Gideon Levy, who defending Hezbollah and attacked Israel.
3. An End to Peace thru Fantasizing?
The dangerous fantasy of peaceful Arab intent
By Edward Alexander
Special to The Times
The two-front war launched against Israel by the Hamas and Hezbollah
branches of the worldwide Islamic fascist movement -- the same folks who
brought us the recent Bombay massacre, to say nothing of 9/11 and the
London Underground abattoir of last summer -- has shattered many lives,
and will undoubtedly destroy many more.
Is there any hope that it will also shatter illusions tenaciously held by
accredited experts on the Arab-Israeli "conflict" (more accurately called
the Arab -- also Iranian -- war against Israel)?
For nearly 40 years, academic Middle East experts and State Department
inventors of quixotic "peace plans" have insisted that Israeli occupation
of "Arab lands" causes Arab hatred and terror and is the "root cause" of
the conflict; end the occupation, they have always said, and all will be
How, then, is it that, starting the very day after its withdrawal from
Gaza last year and six years after its unilateral retreat from Lebanon,
Israel is under attack from both those places?
Would it not be closer to the truth to say that terror is caused far less
by Israeli military occupation than by the removal of that occupation?
Complete removal of Israeli forces and Jewish residents from an area
achieves nothing except to invite greater terror and aggression from
people who use every meter of land they control not to build their own
state but to destroy an existing state.
This is why the idea -- promoted by virtually every recent American (and
Israeli) administration -- of two sovereign entities, Jewish and Arab,
between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean is dangerous fantasy.
What, except historical amnesia, could have made the experts forget that
it was Arab hatred and aggression that led, in 1967, to occupation, and
not occupation that led to Arab hatred and violence? For 19 years,
starting in 1948, the Arabs had full possession of the "West Bank," theirs
to do with whatever they chose, and -- as always -- what they chose was
not an independent Palestinian state but incessant terrorist attacks on
Fences afford Israel only temporary and partial protection; they cannot
keep out rockets and missiles, such as have been raining down on Israeli
towns in the south of the country ever since Hamas won the election in
Gaza (a voting result that could have come as a surprise only to the
experts, including Condoleezza Rice). Unless Israel controls both sides of
its borders, it can have no security against invaders bent on raw murder.
Can anything positive emerge from the current carnage? Perhaps. Since
Hezbollah has over the years killed hundreds of Americans (most notably
the Marines in Lebanon) without ever paying a price, its destruction by
Israel would constitute a major American victory; the same may be said of
Hamas, whose agents of mass murder are already operating in America.
Perhaps the incessant nattering about "the occupation" will finally give
way to a recognition that the real "root cause" of Middle Eastern wars is
a genocidal Islamicist culture, which must be uprooted by a process
roughly akin to the denazification of Germany after World War II.
Perhaps the Israeli politicians who were so proud of their flight from
Lebanon and Gaza will conjure the ghost of Winston Churchill rebuking
arch-appeaser Neville Chamberlain: "You were given the choice between war
and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you will have war."
Perhaps -- but maybe this is too much to hope -- even our Middle East
experts in this country (who bear a large portion of responsibility for
our mental unpreparedness for 9/11) will be subject to liability laws for
scholarly malpractice of the sort that have long been in place for medical
Edward Alexander is emeritus professor of English at the University of
Washington and co-author (with Paul Bogdanor) of "The Jewish Divide Over
Israel: Accusers and Defenders" (Transaction Publishers).
Max Boot: Let Israel Take Off the Gloves
The true sources of terrorism need to be confronted; Syria would be a good
July 19, 2006
Why Ground Offensive?! Yoram Ettinger, Ynet, July 18, 2006
6. A new grad from the University of DUH?
The Lebanese really blame Hezbollah
8. Israel's 1982 Invasion:
9. The Enemy is Iran:
10. The David Duke Left: