Sunday, October 29, 2006
1. Good point:
Speaking of detention camps
The next time some British politician talks about how awful Guantanamo Bay
is, it is time to remind him of some scenes depicted in the movie Exodus,
about the British military detention camps set up on Cyprus after WW II to
hold Jewish refugees caught trying to go to Palestine. As long as they are
decrying good conditions, let us remind them about really harsh ones.
The Decision to Detain Jews in Cyprus Transshipment and detention camps
on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, in which the British authorities
held Jewish .illegal. immigrants, most of them European survivors of the
Holocaust trying to enter Palestine. On August 7, 1946, the British
government made a decision to detain these Jews in Cyprus, hoping that
this deterrent would put an end to Jewish illegal immigration. The
decision was geared to the British policy of breaking the power of the
.Hebrew resistance movement. in Palestine. But before long, the British
came to realize that detention was not achieving the desired aim; the
would . be immigrants continued their attempts to reach Palestine despite
violent clashes with British troops and transshipment to Cyprus. The use
of the Cyprus detention camps began on August 13, 1946, and ended on
February 10, 1949, when the last group of detainees left for what had
become the state of Israel. During this period, fifty two thousand Jews
passed through the Cyprus camps, having been taken off thirty . nine boats
in their attempts to get to Palestine. To this number must be added twenty
. two hundred children who were born in the camps. Some detainees spent
only a few months in Cyprus, but many were held there for a year or
Jack Kemp (not the politician) 10 26 06
2. George Soros' Guppies attack Jews:
Daniel Pearl.s parents fighting .Zionophobia. one journalist at a time
by joe eskenazi
You know what Judea Pearl could do without? Sentences that begin: .It.s a
shame your son was kidnapped and murdered, but . .
He.s getting really tired of the .but..
.I am not happy with the typical response we get from the Muslim world,
which is that so many Muslims are being slaughtered in Iraq and Kashmir
and Palestine and Chechnya, so what.s all this fuss about an American
Jewish journalist?. recalls Pearl, the father of Daniel Pearl, the Wall
Street Journal reporter killed by terrorists four years ago in Pakistan.
.This is a technique of blurring the definition of terrorism,. he said in
a phone interview. .The argument is based on counting bodies regardless of
intention. It.s an attempt to say that everybody is a terrorist..
Pearl has fighting words for many in both the Muslim and Jewish
communities, but he isn.t fighting with fists or missiles. Through the
Daniel Pearl Foundation . he.s the president and his wife, Ruth, is the
CFO . he.s working to combat hatred and intolerance through the mediums
his son excelled in: journalism, music and dialogue.
.We are trying to change the world. We are trying to bring some sanity
into this world,. says Ruth Pearl.
The couple, both 70 and both American-Israeli dual citizens, were at
Stanford on Tuesday, Oct. 17 for the inaugural Daniel Pearl Memorial
Lecture; CNN.s Christiane Amanpour spoke to a capacity crowd of roughly
The lecture series is just one of many projects that have become full-time
jobs for the Pearls. Ruth is running the foundation, and Judea, a computer
science professor at UCLA, is burning the midnight oil as well.
Most readers know of Daniel Pearl only in the context of his death and the
hostage crisis which led up to it, so it may come as a surprise that Pearl
was a funny guy who played the violin and mandolin in a number of bands.
The Pearl foundation has helped to organize roughly 360 concerts in 36
countries to spread the message of tolerance and cooperation through music
and dialogue, just as Daniel Pearl did in life.
The foundation has also started a program in which journalists from Muslim
nations are given the chance to work at American newspapers, either as
working writers or as observers.
So far, writers and editors from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Yemen and Nepal
have gotten the chance to contribute at the Los Angeles Times and,
intriguingly, the L.A. Jewish Journal.
.We met the editor of the Saudi Gazette at the airport and spent time with
him, and he turned to me and said, .You two are the first Jewish people I
have ever met,.. recalled Ruth Pearl.
Another journalist .went back to Yemen and organized training seminars. He
also publicly responded to the Arab journalist organization that suggested
no Arab journalist should be trained in the West. We have strong
connections with these people. A journalist has an impact that is far
greater than one person.s. An editor has even more..
Daniel Pearl.s murder at age 39 changed his parents. world forever, as it
would for anyone who outlived their child. But the Pearls decided to do
more than just grieve.
.Everything we do now, we have never done before. I was dealing with
equations, and Ruth was dealing with computer software,. said Judea Pearl.
.Now we are engaged with social activism..
Pearl blames .classical anti-Semitism. for fueling the men who killed his
son, but also sees .Zionophobia,. a term he coined. Zionophobia is
different from anti-Semitism, and he feels the organized Jewish community
has been slow and incompetent in fighting it.
.Denying Jewish people the right for nationhood is straight racism, not
anti-Semitism. Jews fight Zionophobia by labeling it anti-Semitism, which
is a mistake. It is so easily deflected by saying .My best friends are
Jewish. or .I.ll go to prison to defend a Jew.s right to wear a yarmulke
or eat kosher food. but still want Israel to be abolished,. argues Pearl.
Bandying about the term anti-Semitism .makes us look paranoid. It makes
the whole fight against anti-Semitism lose its edge..
4. The next war:
5. Lying about Corrie:
6. Tikkunizing Mount Scopus?
The Hebrew University is hosting a joint Jewish-Palestinian conferences
devtored to making peace through promiting the use of cannabis. Really.
At .First Israeli-Arab Joint. conference at Hebrew University in
Jerusalem, pro-marijuana party presents its vision for Mideast peace .
through pot: .Cannabis brings about a basis for common identity.
Weed for peace? Marijuana may achieve the end of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict - or at least so believe members of the Green Leaf party, which
organized the First Israeli-Arab Joint conference at Jerusalem.s Hebrew
7. Sleaze and sleazette:
8. Interesting piece: