Gleanings, 15.03.11

NB. Most of the postings (and the regularity of) the Gleanings comes from Fabian Pascal (oao), who blogs at The PostWest.

Bret Stephens: Are Israeli Settlers Human?

I have a feeling that years from now Palestinians will look back and wonder: How did we allow ourselves to become that? If and when that happens—though not until that happens—Palestinians and Israelis will at long last be able to live alongside each other in genuine peace and security.

But I also wonder whether a similar question will ever occur to the Palestinian movement’s legion of fellow travelers in the West. To wit, how did they become so infatuated with a cause that they were willing to ignore its crimes—or, if not quite ignore them, treat them as no more than a function of the supposedly infinitely greater crime of Israeli occupation?

Lori Lowenthal Marcus: J Street: ‘Maybe Israel really ain’t a good idea’

“Maybe, if this collective Jewish presence” — that is, the Jewish State in the Middle East — “can only survive by the sword, then Israel really ain’t a good idea.”  So said Daniel Levy, one of J Street’s founders, at the 2011 J Street Conference.  You can hear him, and the lack of any objection from even one of the 2000-strong audience, here, at 1:26:15 on the J Street Conference video, on J Street’s own website.

Martin Peretz: Obama’s Scandalous Approach To The Middle East

What is now clear is that the only help Barack Obama was willing to give to the Arabs was his coldness to the Jewish nation. Or, and I want to be frank, his hostile indifference to Israel.

Jonathan Tobin: The Importance of Blockading Gaza

Just as important, this story exposes the hypocrisy of those who continue to oppose Israel’s blockade. Far from bringing humanitarian supplies to a Gazan population that faces no shortages of food or medicine, what the blockade-runners are trying to do is to buttress the military capabilities of Hamas’s terrorists. While it appears that the arms did not originate in Turkey, the deadly nature of the Victoria’s cargo nevertheless puts the Turkish protests over last summer’s flotilla seizure in a very different light. The Israeli government is being careful to do or say nothing that will turn this seizure into fodder for a dispute with either Turkey or Egypt, yet the fact remains that, at the very least, the Turks were negligent about preventing arms smuggling.

Lee Smith: More from the Arab Uprising: Protests Today in Damascus

It’s hard to tell how many protesters are in the streets of the Syrian capital, but it’s hardly surprising that, after Egypt and Libya, the regime in Damascus might be next in line. Bashar al-Assad and his security chiefs guessed as much, which is why the last few weeks they warned the foreign and Arab press corps not to cover the protests scheduled for today and the only record we have so far is from YouTube. Here are two videos from today’s scenes in Damascus with more protests scheduled for other Syrian cities, like Aleppo, Qamishly and even Deir al-Zawr, which was the site of the regime’s secret nuclear program that Israel bombed in the fall of 2008.

PowerLine: Wonderful World, Obama style

Barack Obama’s theme song may as well be the Sam Cooke classic “Wonderful World,” or at least the part of it in which the singer confesses he “Don’t know much about history.” During the 2008 campaign Obama regularly issued sophisticated historical pronouncements that demonstrated he simply didn’t know what he was talking about, even though he sure loved talking about it. And he hasn’t let up much since … During the campaign, I kept an open mind on the question whether Obama was exploiting the ignorance of target voters or simply didn’t know what he was talking about. I agree with Ferguson that the answer is the latter, but let it be noted it is a condition that applies to Obama’s “senior aides” as well.

RL additions:

BENJAMIN WEINTHAL,  “47% of Germans think Israel exterminating Palestinians”

BERLIN – A think-tank affiliated with Germany’s Social Democratic Party issued a new report last week that revealed high levels of anti-Semitism in Germany, Poland and Hungary, as well as varying manifestations of racism, homophobia and prejudice in eight European countries.

Dr. Beate Küpper, a researcher from the University of Bielefeld who co-authored the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s study along with her colleagues Andreas Zick and Andreas Hoevermann, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday that the study showed a strong presence of “anti-Semitism that is linked with Israel and is hidden behind criticism of Israel, and is not neutral.”

Peter Schmidt, Education Dept. Investigates Complaint of Anti-Semitism at UC-Santa Cruz

The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has announced plans to investigate the University of California at Santa Cruz for anti-Semitism, based on a lecturer’s complaint that administrators there had turned a deaf ear to her concerns that critics of Israel were creating a hostile climate for Jewish people on the campus.

Jihadist magazine advises women on beauty, marrying mujaheddin

For those women who felt left out by previous jihadist magazines, the people behind a new publication may think they have an answer.

The newly released Arabic-language Al-Shamikha magazine mixes advice on beauty and fashion with instruction to raise children to be ready for jihad, according to Britain’s Daily Mail and the Independent.

6 Responses to Gleanings, 15.03.11

  1. “Israel – A Brief Summary of the History of The Situation”
    http://danielbielak.blogspot.com/2011/03/israel-brief-summary-of-history-of_17.html

    “Why the West Is, with Lies, Vilifying Israel – Excerpts from Articles by Matthias Küntzel and Ruth Wisse”
    http://danielbielak.blogspot.com/2011/03/why-west-is-vilifying-israel-excerpts.html

  2. SE says:

    http://www.jidaily.com/xsGJV
    Guy Bechor, A Mask for Janus
    Arafat played a two-faced game, engaging in both a diplomatic process vis-à-vis Israel and terror against it simultaneously. However, Abbas and Fayyad realized that terror against Israel in fact strengthens the Jewish State, both domestically and internationally. Hence, they shifted to a more refined game, engaging in both a diplomatic process vis-à-vis Israel as well as a de-legitimization campaign against it.

    Abbas’ Palestinian Authority is the one that manages an anti-Israel campaign in the United Nations, at other international forums, and in global public opinion. In September of this year, the PA also wants to force a Palestinian state upon Israel. Indeed, Abbas’ PA makes an effort to embarrass us at every opportunity and work against our very existence.

    This de-legitimization is more dangerous than Hamas’ terror, so paradoxically Hamas rule in the Arab parts of Judea and Samaria is better for Israel than Abbas’ duplicitous game, as it would make clear to the world who the good and bad guys are in this story.

    • Cynic says:

      But at what cost in lives? In human lives, not those of the savages until such time as the West/World reluctantly admits to the facts?
      Even now after the Itamar massacre with the decapitation of a 3 month old baby girl where is the West’s acknowledgment of who is good and who is bad without trying to find excuses?

  3. oao says:

    I agree with the analysis but I am with Cynic on the conclusion.

    The problem with the West Bank is that it has a strategic location with respect to inflicting crippling murder and damage on Israel’s critical center. Imagine what a field day Hamas would have with hiding behind the population, forcing Israel to fight back in ways that would invite crushing response from already demonizing West.

    In fact, I will be shortly blogging about the danger of applying the Libyan solution to Israel once the West starts convincing the Arabs that they don’t just attack muslim countries. What do you think they will do to prove that to the arabs?

  4. The following is an article, by retired commodore of the Royal Saudi Navy, Abdulateef Al Mulhim, that was recently published on the Web site Arab News.com.

    “What if Arabs had recognized the State of Israel in 1948?”, by Abdulateef Al Mulhim, March 19, 2011
    http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article322715.ece

    The following is a comment that I wrote, on a post by Caroline Glick, on Caroline Glick’s Web site, in which I informed about the article by Commodore Abdulateef Al Mulhim, and in which I posted the contents of the comment that I posted on the article by Commodore Abdulateef Al Mulhim on the web site Arab News, and in which I informed about the e-mail correspondence that I subsequently had with Commodore Abdulateef Al Mulhim.

    http://www.carolineglick.com/e/2011/03/americas-descent-into-strategi.php#comment-221280

    I hope that it was not wrong of me to, on Caroline Glicks’s blog, and I hope that it is not wrong of me to, by writing this comment, on this blog, publicly disclose the contents of my private e-mail correspondence with Commodore Abdulateef Al Mulhim.

    I disclosed the contents of my private e-mail correspondence with Commodore Abdulateef Al Mulhim with the intention that my doing so would be beneficial, and in the hope that my doing so would be beneficial, and I am, by writing this comment, disclosing the contents of my private e-mail correspondence with Commodore Abdulateef Al Mulhim with the intention that my doing so will be beneficial, and in the hope that my doing so will be beneficial.

    I feel dread that it may have been wrong of me to have done so, and I feel dread that it is wrong of me to be doing so, but I hope that it was not wrong of me to have done so, and I hope that it is not wrong of me to be doing so. I hope that my having done so will be beneficial, and I hope that my doing so will be beneficial.

    If I have done wrong, please correct me.

  5. I apologize to Commodore Abdulateef Al Mulhim if it was wrong of me to publicly write about the e-mail messages that I sent to him, and if it was wrong of me to publicly write about the e-mail message that he sent to me.

    Daniel Bielak

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