Thursday, 01 March 2007


Ken Berwitz

My sister, Barbara, brought this article from Tuesday's New York Sun to my attention.

To read this story is to understand the hopelessness of Israel's 40 year attempt to make peace with palestinian Arabs (bold print is mine):


Synagogues Used as Bases To Fire on Israel

Special to the Sun
February 27, 2007

 TEL AVIV The ruins of two large synagogues in evacuated Jewish communities of the Gaza Strip have been transformed into military bases used by Palestinian Arab groups to fire rockets at Israeli cities, according to a senior leader of a Gaza militant group.

When Israel withdrew from the Gaza in August, 2005, it left intact 20 synagogues of the Gush Katif Jewish communities following an Israeli Cabinet decision against demolishing the structures. Immediately after the Israeli evacuation was completed, Palestinian Arabs destroyed most of the Gaza synagogues.

Speaking to The New York Sun from Gaza, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, Abu Abir, said the area in which the synagogues once stood is now used to fire rockets at Israel.

"We are proud to turn these lands, especially these parts that were for long time the symbol of occupation and injustice, like the synagogue, into a military base and source of fire against the Zionists and the Zionist entity," Mr. Abir said.

Mr. Abir blamed the Jewish state for the desecration of the Gaza synagogues by Palestinian Arabs, claiming the decision to leave the structures intact was part of an Israeli conspiracy.

Israel "left the synagogues behind so the world would see the Palestinians destroying them," Mr. Abir said.


It would be hard to overstate the sickness of this account.  Let's review:

---Israel left the land to palestinian Arabs.  It was NOT their land;  Israel won Gaza from Egypt, not "Palestine", which has never existed, not then and not now.  The land, and the structures on it, were handed over for the purpose of trying to move palestinian Arabs towards accommodation and peaceful coexistence.

---Israel left 20 synagogues in place.  Understandably, palestinian Arabs would not want them as synagogues.  But they are permanent structures, given over to a destitute population.  They could have been used as schools, as grain storage facilities, as SOMETHING.  Instead, they were destroyed.  These are the people who cry about having nothing.  So when buildings are handed to them as a gift, they destroy them.

---The remains of two synagogues are now being used as "military bases" to fire rockets at Israel, the country that handed them to the people firing those rockets.  No school, no industrial use, no beneficial use of any kind at all.  These are the people who go in front of the cameras and cry when Israel bulldozes the homes of suicide/homicide bombers and when Israel comes into their area to root out attackers.  So when buildings are handed to them as a gift they destroy them and use what's left to attack Israel.

---Their spokesman declares they are PROUD to do this.

---Then, in comments that are unbelievable even by the standards of a "proud" terrorist, he proclaims that Israel's handing over the synagogues for nothing, to do with as they please, was a plot .  Why?  Because when they destroyed them and used the remains to kill Jews in Israel, people were able to see them doing it (as opposed to them being able to do it when no one was looking).

It is impossible to make peace with people who do and say things like this.  Period. And the fact that virtually no mainstream media bothered to report this story is absolutely despicable.

These are the same media which barf out platitudes about 'the peace process' on cue, as if peace means a thing to the people described in the article above.   They allow themselves to be useful tools.  They have no ethics and no integrity.  They report their agenda, not the news.  And Israel is on the short end of that agenda.  They are beneath contempt.

One other thing:  these are the same media who report your political news, folks.  Never ever think it is without an agenda.  And never ever think their objective is giving you the whole story.  If this doesn't prove it, nothing will.

blogger You are correct in that everyone has an agenda, especially the media which plays into the hands of the politicians' and government's agendas. The only way to truly get the truth is to read newspapers from all around the world and cull out the truth. Don't be so sure that synagogues are being used as terrorist bases; just as you shouldn't believe that there can never be peace between Israel and Palestine. They lived in peace for many many years prior to the British screwing up the entire area with their divide and conquer program. Instead of focusing on the media, how about focusing on peace. As an American Jew I am appalled by the reality that it is the American Jews, both here and in Israel that are the staunchest advocates of continuing the battle to prove a point rather than making peace with other human beings. Remember, the Israelis have used tactics in this fight that are equally dirty. The media here excuses them because the Israeli government says, "Oops! We're sorry; that was an accident." And terrorism; what do you think the Haganah was? (03/01/07)

Ken Berwitz You're telling me not to be so sure that the synagogues are being used as terrorist bases, after reading the quote of their spokesman that "We are proud to turn these lands, especially these parts that were for long time the symbol of occupation and injustice, like the synagogue, into a military base and source of fire against the Zionists and the Zionist entity,"????? You have to hate Israel an awful lot to ignore what is in front of your own eyes and contort logic this completely. (03/01/07)


Ken Berwitz

This is from the Foreign Policy magazine blog and was written by Mike Boyer, one of its editors.  You don't need me to supply the punchline, I'm sure you can pick and choose among many of them without my help.

Try using the keywords of "hypocrite", "war profiteer" and "anal aperture" (you might want to contract that last one, I would).

Normally, I'm willing to overlook the hypocrisy of the liberal elite. If Al Gore and his Hollywood cronies want to fly around on gas-guzzling, atmosphere-polluting private jets while railing against global climate change, I'm willing to overlook it.

But the latest move by globe trotting, hyper-liberal billionaire George Soros borders on being too much. According to papers filed with the SEC, in the fourth quarter of 2006 Soros purchased nearly 2 million shares of ... hold your breath ... Halliburton. The Halliburton shares reportedly went for an average purchase price of $31.30 a share. That puts Soros' total investment in Halliburton at around $62.6 million, or about 2 percent of his total portfolio.

Soros, of course, is the dean of Democratic money giving. And Halliburton, of course, is the company that embodies everything the Democrats see as evil. Dick Cheney is its former chief, for goodness' sake. But Soros is also a man of contradictions. He supported campaign finance reform for years, only to declare that defeating President George W. Bush was the "central focus" of his life. To prove it, he sunk $24 million of his own "soft" money into the 2004 campaign, helping make that election one of the most divisive in modern history.

Soros' position in Halliburton is reported to be his first, which means he bought it with a full understanding of Halliburton's reputation. Soros may not see a problem with profiting from a company that has been accused of everything from sweatheart deals to cooking the books to serving U.S. troops lousy food in Iraq. The real question, however, is whether, the Center for American Progress, and other organizations that have benefitted from Soros' charity will see a problem with accepting money earned off Halliburton shares?

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