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Monday, 12 January 2009
Rally outside Manchester Town Hall
I have found a decent report of the Northern arm of yesterday's rally in Manchester in the Manchester Evening News. There is also a report from BBC Manchester.
A CROWD of 2,000 people gathered outside Manchester Town Hall during a pro-Israel rally which passed off peacefully.
Members of the Jewish community from Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds gathered for the event, billed as a rally for peace for the people of Israel and Gaza, at 1100 GMT.
The crowd, many sporting Israel flags, had gathered in Albert Square to listen to a group of high ranking officials and MPs.
But before the rally could get underway a group of around 200 Palestine supporters, many chanting ‘shame on you’ marched down nearby Mount Street today (Sunday).
Around 100 police officers separated the two groups. A number hurled abuse but the event passed off without any arrests.
Many of the pro-Israel supporters waved placards bearing the slogan ‘End Hamas Terror!’. They cheered speakers who defended Israel’s actions in Gaza.
Ivan Lewis, Labour MP for Bury South, told the crowd: “This community stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Israel in the good and the bad times. No government in a democracy would survive if it allowed rockets to be fired from a neighbouring territory on to its civilian population and did nothing in response.”He said those who fired rockets ‘are no different to the terrorists who created murderous carnage in London on 7/7’.
Louise Ellman, the Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, said: "We should stand together to stick up for Israel, to support Israel's right to defend herself, to say no to Hamas, to say yes to a negotiated solution, yes to peace, no to terror."
Talya Lador-Fresher, deputy ambassador of Israel, (Ron Prosser the Ambassador was at Trafalgar Square) received a cheer when she told the rally: “The age of terror must be brought to a close so we can build an age of peace. The missiles must stop.”
At one point a Palestinian flag was waved from a town hall window to a crescendo of boos. The flag bearer was swiftly led away.
A message was also read out on behalf of the Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch calling for ‘dialogue and co existence’.
Clutching an Israel flag, Mark Goldstone, 44, from Cheadle, said: “We are here for peace and to demonstrate against the attacks on Israel. We are not here to breed hate. We are not racists.”
Wearing a Palestine scarf, Shahir Hunaina, 50, from North Manchester, said: “Manchester is a diverse, multi-cultural place and it is good that we can do this. . . "
Things threatened to turn ugly when a group of four young girls, one bedecked in an Israel flag, crossed the road and confronted the pro Palestine group. They were shouted at and chased down Brazennose Street before police moved in.A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said no arrests were made at the rally which he described as ‘boisterous but good natured’
Posted on 01/12/2009 2:04 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 12 January 2009
Hand grenade thrown at synagogue in Paris suburb
Other reports say it was a Molotov Cocktail. From EJP News.
A hand grenade was thrown Sunday night at a synagogue in Saint-Denis, a northern Paris suburb, setting fire to a contiguous Jewish restaurant.
"The hand grenade didn’t damage the synagogue but a fire started at the restaurant," police said.
According to Sammy Ghozlan, head of the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, a witness saw three people fleeing the scene. Ghozlan said he had warned local authorities last week that a protest demonstration against Israel’s operation in Gaza would incite to violence and Jewish hatred. He asked for the demonstration to be prohibited.
French Interior Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie condemned this "coward and intolerable attack with the utmost firmness." In a statement, she said that all efforts would be made "to find the perpatrators of the attack and bring them to justice."
Posted on 01/12/2009 3:56 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 12 January 2009
Israel a le droit de se defendre.
Another picture worth 1000 words from EJP. French Jews in Marseilles over the weekend.
Posted on 01/12/2009 4:09 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 12 January 2009
Taliban kills 'dancing girl'
From The Telegraph
Pakistan's celebrated dancing girls are fleeing in fear of their lives as Taliban militants increase their strength in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province.
The bullet-ridden body of Shabana left in the centre of Mingora's Green Square sent two clear messages to the locals in the Swat Valley's largest town: "un-Islamic vices" will no longer be tolerated, and the Taliban is now effectively in control.
Shabana's body was found slumped on the ground, strewn with bank notes, CDs of her dance performances and pictures from her photo album. In case anyone had not grasped the message the local Taliban commander Maulana Shah Dauran broadcast a warning on one of its FM radio stations in the valley: his men had killed her and if any other girls were found performing in the city's Banr Bazaar they would be killed "one by one".
This weekend the last of the bazaar's dancing girls, many of whom had trained under Shabana's wing and lived in her house, were seen loading their belongings on to trucks and fleeing to the relative safety of Karachi and Lahore, where their talents remain in great demand.
The banishment marks a key turning point in the battle for the Swat Valley between Taliban militants and the Pakistan Army.
The performances of the dancing girls in Banr Bazaar had been one of the city's last "vices", but in the narrow street where, until last week, they plied their trade, signs were posted on doors stating: "We have stopped dancing, please do not knock on the door." The street now closes at 8pm and only those who live there can leave or enter.
More than 1,000 girls have now fled, though some who remained told The Daily Telegraph that Shabana had paid the price for publicly defying the Taliban's radio mullahs and that she had ignored personal warnings to stop the performances and the training of young dancers in her home.
"On the eve of January 2, some men knocked at the door and asked for a dance party," said Shabana's father Qamar Gul. "She instantly agreed and opened the room and asked the men to wait while she prepared herself." When she returned the four men said: "Let us start." They seized her at gunpoint and told her they were going to slit her throat.
Shabana begged repeatedly while crying for help but they dragged her out of the house, took her to the Green Square and shot her. (What big brave men they are!)
Posted on 01/12/2009 4:23 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 12 January 2009
Nashville Stands With Israel
There were two events in Nashville yesterday. The first took place at the synagogue, "The Israel Solidarity Gathering For Peace," and I must say, it was very unsatisfying. I was expecting a strong call to call to arms, but instead found an apologetic call to the peace process and the two state solution. Many of the speakers were young girls talking about their experiences in Israel. The only person to mention Islam (as "political" Islam) and the call to genocide from Hamas was a young Israeli girl who had served in the IDF. She received a standing ovation, but then the tone immediately reverted to its former apologetic state, as if to say, "we don't really want to defend ourselves, but we have to, and we're very sorry about it."
After this, there was an outside rally put on by "Proclaiming Justice to the Nations" a Christian Zionist organization. About 250 people stood in the cold to cheer rousing speeches in full support of war. As the pictures below show, these people know what we're fighting and that Israel's war is our war. The contrast with the gathering at the synagogue could not have been more striking.
Posted on 01/12/2009 7:05 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 12 January 2009
May I remind you of John Stuart Mill:
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
Exactly! And better men than we are, are fighting in Gaza today – they are Israelis laying down their lives for our future freedoms, laying down their lives for the freedoms which we take for granted and which they, citizens of the only democracy in the Middle East, still have to fight for.
Need I say more?
Posted on 01/12/2009 8:41 AM by John Joyce
Monday, 12 January 2009
The U.S. Votes 'Present' at the U.N.
When this U.S. action at the UN was mentioned at the rally in Nashville yesterday, there came a strong chorus of boos in response. John Bolton writes in the WSJ:
Last week, the United Nations Security Council adopted a British resolution calling for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Resolution 1860 was a slap at Israel's self-defense, but, unusually, the United States abstained on the vote.
That's no way to lead. If Washington concluded that a harsh resolution on Gaza was warranted, the proper course was to vote for it. And that is, apparently, what Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had hoped to do. Speaking to the Security Council, Ms. Rice endorsed the basic content of the British draft, saying "this resolution is a step toward our goals." She also said that the U.S. was abstaining to give Egypt's ongoing mediation efforts time to work.
The Palestinian Authority's foreign minister, however, indicates that there may have been another reason. He said publicly Ms. Rice told him just before the vote that she had "been given new instructions" (certainly from President George W. Bush) not to support the draft.
In the past, both Democratic and Republican administrations reacted to one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions by vetoing them. And if the real issue here was timing, the U.S. could have delayed the vote by threatening a veto until it was satisfied that the Egyptian mediation attempt had run its course.
When the U.S. abstains, it cedes the field to others on the Security Council. And our global interests make losing the initiative unacceptably risky, especially on critical issues such as the Middle East.
Ms. Rice's abstention last Thursday, for example, neither mitigated the council's pressure on Israel, nor increased the likelihood of a cease-fire. As a display of weakness, it simply invites a diplomatic feeding frenzy. That will almost certainly happen now in regards to Gaza, where Resolution 1860 is having no effect.
Finally, abstaining encourages careless decision-making in Washington, especially for an administration seeking to avoid hard foreign-policy choices in order to focus on domestic issues. In short, abstaining passes the buck to those who do not have the U.S.'s interests at heart, while allowing those in Washington to feel like they are actively managing our interests.
No doubt President-elect Barack Obama, who believes in multilateralism and who voted "present" numerous times in the Illinois legislature, will find U.N. abstentions attractive, even though abstaining will neither help him avoid hard choices nor advance U.S. interests.
Unfortunately, the Bush administration's failure of leadership on Resolution 1860 has set the precedent. And so on this issue, as on so many others, the new president will, sadly, simply copy his predecessor.
Posted on 01/12/2009 9:35 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 12 January 2009
Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Denies “Organizational Relationship” With Hamas
An Internet news portal has reported on a dispute between Egypt’s official press and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood over the organizational relationship between the two organizations. According to the report, the Egyptian press is claiming that such a relationship exists:
Egypt’s official press has recently alleged an “organisational relationship” between the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB) opposition movement and Palestinian resistance group Hamas, currently facing the brunt of Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip. MB spokesmen, however, say their relationship with Hamas is purely ideological. “Hamas has adopted the principles of the MB,” Essam Al-Arian, leading member of the Egyptian MB, told IPS. “But there is absolutely no ‘organisational relationship’ between the two movements.” On the first day of Israel’s campaign against the Gaza Strip, governed by Hamas since the summer of 2007, Egyptian officials renewed claims that Hamas was taking its instructions from the leadership of the Egyptian MB. “Politically and organisationally, Hamas belongs to the Egyptian MB,” Mohamed Ali Ibrahim, editor-in-chief of prominent official daily Al-Gomhouriya wrote on Dec. 27. “It is not, therefore, concerned primarily with the interests of the Palestinian people or cause.” Ibrahim pointed to a recent declaration by Hamas founding member Abdel-Fattah Dukhan, in which Dukhan publicly swore allegiance to the “mission of the Muslim Brotherhood.” “I swear to God I will be faithful to the mission of the MB and abide by its founding principles,” Dukhan said in Gaza City on Dec. 14, on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the movement’s establishment. “I have full trust in its leadership and will follow its instructions.” According to Ibrahim, Dukhan’s statement “represents proof that Hamas takes its instructions from Mehdi Akef,” the supreme guide of the Egyptian MB, whom Ibrahim went on to describe as the “head of the global MB organisation.”
The report goes on to detail the response of an Egyptian Brotherhood spokesperson who denied an organizational link to Hamas, stating that their Supreme Guide, Mohamed Mahdi Akef, is only a “symbolic leader”:
Spokesmen for the Egyptian MB strenuously deny official claims of an “organisational” link to Hamas. “The Egyptian MB’s supreme guide is only a symbolic leader to other MB movements, but he does not issue orders or instructions,” said Al-Arian. “Various branches of the MB around the world have their own leaderships, which act according to their respective circumstances.” Different branches of the MB do, however, share certain principles, added Al-Arian. These principles, he said, include “a commitment to peaceful means of political change and the renunciation of violence, a moderate approach to Islam, and a commitment to political methods for achieving the improvement of society.” Al-Arian went on to stress, however, that the MB’s commitment to peaceful means of change did not contradict the group’s support for the Hamas-led armed resistance against Israel.
In order to analyze these competing claims, it should be understood that one of the salient characteristics of the global Muslim Brotherhood is deception and this is not the first time that Egyptian Brotherhood leaders have attempted to obscure the nature of its relationships. An earlier post discussed similar claims and using similar language by the Egyptian Brotherhood denying that it had any “representation” in this U.S., stating that it has “absolutely has no organizational links, ties, or associations” with any of the organizations comprising the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. As that post noted, the Chicago Tribune reported in 2004 that Mohamed Mahdi Akef, now the Egyptian Brotherhood Supreme Guide, says he helped found the Muslim American Society (MAS), one of the organizations mentioned in the Egyptian Brotherhood statement, by lobbying for the change during trips to the U.S. The Tribune investigation further reported that the MAS decided that it would operate by concealing its Muslim Brotherhood affiliation. Both federal prosecutors and a cache of internal U.S. Brotherhood documents introduced into federal court proceedings also further identify and support the identification of many of the organizations in question as part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
According to a U.S. federal court filing one of the former leaders of the U.S. Brotherhood and its Palestine Committee is Mousa Abu Marzook who has recently been speaking to the media as a deputy of the political bureau of Hamas:
By the outbreak of the First Intifada, the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States was significant and well organized. In 1987, the governing body of the International Muslim Brotherhood decided to focus its mission on the Palestinian issue, and directed that Palestine Committees be formed in countries throughout the world. In the United States, the Palestine Committee was comprised of active Muslim Brotherhood members of Palestinian origin. The leader of the Palestinian Committee in the United States at that time was unindicted co-conspirator Mousa Abu Marzook. Marzook is now – and has been since 1995 – a Specially Designated Terrorist and Hamas leader. In fact, in the early 1990s, Marzook left his post as a leader of the United States-based Muslim Brotherhood and Palestinian Committee to take over as Hamas’ Political Bureau Chief, the organization’s highest official position. The creation and growth of the Palestine Committee in the United States are evidenced in part by documents that the government seized in 2004 from the Virginia home of unindicted co-conspirator and Palestinian Committee member Ismail Elbarasse. As shown by those documents and other evidence, the Muslim Brotherhood directed its Palestinian Committees throughout the world, including the United States, to carry out the mandate of assisting Sheik Yassin and his newly-formed Hamas Movement.
It should also be noted the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), another organization with which the Egyptian Brotherhood says it has no relationship, had its origins in the Palestine Committee of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
In other words, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has had strong ties to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and Marzook, as well as other leaders of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood were, in fact, also Hamas leaders. While the command and control of the global Muslim Brotherhood is not well understood and there appear to be struggles for control over its networks between the Egyptian and Saudi/Gulf led factions, any denial of an organizational relationship between the Egyptian Brotherhood and Hamas should be considered in the context of the Brotherhood’s deception strategies. As another previous post discussed, all elements of the global Muslim Brotherhood would prefer to be viewed as a set of disaggregated civil rights, cultural, relgious, and/or national-aspirational groups, rather than the inter-related global network to which they in fact belong.
Posted on 01/12/2009 1:50 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 12 January 2009
"If the world has to change, reproduction has to go."
Hat tip to Mark Hemingway for unearthing this gem:
Along with the emancipation of women, sexual liberation has become very much a part of politics around the world. To the conservatives, both these issues challenge ‘family values’.
But what if there were no families? What if we say no to reproduction?
My understanding of reproduction is that it is the basis of the institutions of marriage and family, and those two provide the moorings to the structure of gender and sexual oppression. Family is the social institution that ensures unpaid reproductive and domestic labour, and is concerned with initiating a new generation into the gendered (as I analyzed here) and classed social set-up. Not only that, families prevent money the flow of money from the rich to the poor: wealth accumulates in a few hands to be squandered on and bequeathed to the next generation, and that makes families as economic units selfishly pursue their own interests and become especially prone to consumerism.
So it makes sense to say that if the world has to change, reproduction has to go...
Posted on 01/12/2009 2:09 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 12 January 2009
The Long Arm of Fetullah Gulan
Rachel Sharon-Krespin has a very detailed and interesting article on Fetullah Gulan in the Middle East Quarterly:
As Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalk?nma Partisi, AKP) begins its seventh year in leadership, Turkey is no longer the secular and democratic country that it was when the party took over. The AKP has conquered the bureaucracy and changed Turkey's fundamental identity. Prior to the AKP's rise, Ankara oriented itself toward the United States and Europe. Today, despite the rhetoric of European Union accession, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has turned Turkey away from Europe and toward Russia and Iran and reoriented Turkish policy in the Middle East away from sympathy toward Israel and much more toward friendship with Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria. Anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Semitic sentiments have increased. Behind Turkey's transformation has been not only the impressive AKP political machine but also a shadowy Islamist sect led by the mysterious hocaefendi (master lord) Fethullah Gülen; the sect often bills itself as a proponent of tolerance and dialogue but works toward purposes quite the opposite. Today, Gülen and his backers (Fethullahcilar, Fethullahists) not only seek to influence government but also to become the government.
Today, Turkey has over 85,000 active mosques, one for every 350 citizens—compared to one hospital for every 60,000 citizens—the highest number per capita in the world and, with 90,000 imams, more imams than doctors or teachers. It has thousands of madrasa-like Imam-Hatip schools and about four thousand more official state-run Qur'an courses, not counting the unofficial Qur'an schools, which may expand the total number tenfold. Spending by the governmental Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet Isleri Baskanligi) has grown five fold, from 553 trillion Turkish lira in 2002 (approximately US$325 million) to 2.7 quadrillion lira during the first four-and-a-half years of the AKP government; it has a larger budget than eight other ministries combined. The Friday prayer attendance rate in Turkey's mosques exceeds that of Iran's, and religion classes teaching Sunni Islam are compulsory in public schools despite rulings against the practice by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the Turkish high court (Danistay). Both Prime Minister Erdogan and the Diyanet head Ali Bardakoglu criticized the rulings for failing to consult Islamic scholars.
Gülen now helps set the political agenda in Turkey using his followers in the AKP as well as the movement's vast media empire, financial institutions and banks, business organizations, an international network of thousands of schools, universities, student residences (isikevis), and many associations and foundations. He is a financial heavyweight, controlling an unregulated and opaque budget estimated at $25 billion. It is not clear whether the Fethullahist cemaat (community) supports the AKP or is the ruling force behind AKP. Either way, however, the effect is the same...
The Gulan organization even has a branch in Nashville, TN.
Posted on 01/12/2009 2:22 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 12 January 2009
Chief Petty Officer Bill Stone.
Bill Stone the former Royal Navy seaman and the youngest (108) of the 3 veterans of WWI who attended the ceremony in November Last Voices of a Generation on the 90th anniversary of the armistice died on Saturday.
His obituary is here.
Bill Stone attributed his long life to his faith and a prayer taught him by his wife (who died in 1995): "Lord, keep us safe this night, secure from all our fears, and may angels guard us while we sleep till morning light appears."
Photograph with Harry Patch taken in Whitehall on 11-11-08 at 11.04am
Posted on 01/12/2009 2:57 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 12 January 2009
Sharia law in the UK
The online petition against Sharia Law in the UK received the following response from the Prime Minister's Office:
Shari’a law is the code of personal religious law governing the conduct of Muslims. It can extend into all aspects of people’s lives – personal, religious, family, civil and criminal.
Shari’a law is not part of the law of England and Wales. The Government does not intend to change this position in relation to the whole or part of the United Kingdom. However, provided an activity prescribed by Shari’a law does not contravene the law of England and Wales, there is nothing to prohibit it. Muslims can, for example, wear traditional dress and follow dietary rules. They are completely free to worship in the way that they want.
There can never be reliance on the fact that an act is permitted under Shari’a law as a justification for committing what is, under the law of England and Wales, a criminal act. Nor, for example, could someone expect a civil court, in reaching a decision on a contractual case under English or Scottish law, to apply the principles of Shari’a law.
Criminal matters, both small and serious, will always be heard in a Crown or Magistrate’s Court in England and Wales, and in Sheriff’s Courts in Scotland. The decisions made in an alternative court will not be recognised.
This is unsatisfactory for two reasons.
First, the fact that something is technically legal under UK law doesn't make it right. It is not illegal for a woman to waive her rights under British law regarding inheritance. She may "choose" to accept only half that of her brother. Unless duress can be shown - difficult in a closed community - such an "agreement" could be binding. Of course the woman will get her full rights if she applies to a British court in the first place, or if she contests the Sharia ruling, but she may well not do so.
Secondly, although the law has not changed, Muslims have become emboldened and are taking advantage of loopholes in it, specifically the Arbitratin Act 1996. Emboldened Muslims are not something this country wants or needs. Sharia law needs to be actively opposed, even if it does not contravene British law.
Posted on 01/12/2009 3:37 PM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 12 January 2009
Apologists of Totalitarianism: From Communism to Islam, Part I
ISLAM AS TOTALITARIANISM
by Ibn Warraq (Jan. 2009)
Charles Watson, and G.-H. Bousquet refer to Islam as a totalitarian system tout court, while Bertrand Russell, Jules Monnerot, and Czeslaw Milosz compare Islam to various aspects of communism, and finally, among others, Carl Jung, Karl Barth, Adolf Hitler, Said Amir Arjomand, Maxime Rodinson and Manfred Halpern note Islam's similarities to fascism or nazism (the latter two terms often used synonymously). more>>>
Posted on 01/12/2009 4:41 PM by NER
Monday, 12 January 2009
Turkey: Antisemitism Gets Out of Control
This disturbing report was sent to me by Prof. Barry Rubin of GLORIA Center in Israel. Rubin is a noted Turkish expert. This anonymous report is without attribution for a reason. The writer’s life in Turkey could be in grave danger if his identity was revealed. The current Islamist government of Prime Minister Erdogan is whipping up a frenzy of antisemitism rivaling that of Nazi Germany in the wake of Israel’s incursion in Gaza. After all, Erdogan recently commented that “Qassems Don’t Kill”, further increasing tensions between Turkey and Israel.
The message conveyed by Rubin is that the existence of the Turkish Jewish community may be seriously in jeopardy if these reports prove out.
Even the graffiti used by Turks is eerily similar to that of Nazi propaganda minister, the infamous Joseph Goebbels.
“Do not buy from here, since this shop is owned by a Jew.” A group put posters on his wall saying that: “Jews and Armenians are not allowed but dogs are allowed.
And not long ago, Turkey’s secularist governments were military allies of Israel. My how things have changed with the onset of Militant Islam in Turkey.
The following has been sent to me by a very reliable friend who has agreed to distribution as long as his name is not used. You are invited to post or send to your list. It is not unthinkable that the future of the Turkish Jewish community is in doubt.—Barry Rubin
The Prime Minister in Turkey has encouraged hatred against Israel in his speeches which has become obvious anti-Semitic propaganda among the general public.
There are people around the clock besieging the Israeli consulate in Istanbul shouting their hatred against Israel and Jewish people. All around Istanbul billboards are full of propaganda posters against Israel like; “Moses, even this is not written in your book” and “Israel Stop this Crime.” On the streets the people are writing such graffiti as: “Kill Jews,” “Kill Israel,” “Israel should no longer exist in the Middle East,” and “Stop Israeli Massacre.”
The week-end before, some people wrote, “We will kill you” on the door of one of the biggest synagogues in Izmir resulted in the closing down of synagogues. Near Istanbul University, a group put a huge poster on the door of a shop owned by a Jew: “Do not buy from here, since this shop is owned by a Jew.” A group put posters on his wall saying that: “Jews and Armenians are not allowed but dogs are allowed.” Some young people are even threatening others with violence if they are seen as pro-Israel in social networking websites such as Facebook and Hi5.
[An] official statement by the minister of education stating that tomorrow [January 14] at 11am in all the high schools and primary schools will instruct the students to pay homage to the women and children dead during the war and furthermore, the teachers of art will organize the session of painting and writing on the subject: “Humanity Drama in Palestine” and the winners will receive awards.
The Jewish community can do nothing in response to what has been going on for the last few weeks, except giving vague statements that the Turkish Jewish Community does not want the war to be continued any more.
We have previously faced some strong reaction regarding previous operations in Gaza and the West Bank but this time is really different from former ones. I feel open anti-Semitism and hatred from all these people. Nobody understood, Even some widely read columnists in Turkey are writing things that lead all these groups toward this hatred becoming much more dangerous day by day.
But I know one thing: that the world should know about the widespread and openly anti-Semitic propaganda which far exceeds anything happening in Europe.
Posted on 01/12/2009 10:01 PM by Jerry Gordon