Monday, 10 June 2013

IS THAT AN APARTHEID STATE?

Ken Berwitz

Israel:  Is it an apartheid state, as many have claimed?

Well, with a tip of my (non-existent) hat to our pal re-lo Myra, here is a response to that charge from Lord Jonathan Henry Sacks, Britain's Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.  See if it resonates as much with you as it does with me:

Today in a radicalised Middle East, Israel is the only country where Christians can live openly as Christians without fear. Is that an apartheid state?

Israel is where a British Muslim MP said he would choose to raise his family if forced to leave Britain, because there his children would feel "the warm embrace of freedom and liberty." Is that an apartheid state?

Israel is where Jews and Muslims work together in its hospitals to treat all people of all faiths alike,

Where universities teach students of every race, religion and ethnicity,

Where a Christian Arab was the presiding judge at the trial of the former President Moshe Katzav,

Where a former commodore of the Saudi Arabian navy said in The Times last October that Palestinians enjoy greater political and social rights than their Arab brothers elsewhere in the Middle East.

Is that an apartheid state?

Israel is a blessing not just to its citizens but to the world.

Because while its enemies have been holding whole populations captive to the pursuit of arms and missiles and terror, Israel has been ...

Developing agriculture to grow food where no food was ever grown before.

Developing medicine to heal sicknesses that were not healed before.

Developing technology to create human possibilities that did not exist before.

As I go around Israel I see a country that has taken every curse thrown against it and turned it into a blessing,

by leading the fight against terror,

by becoming world experts in treating post-traumatic stress disorder,

by bringing disaster relief wherever it's needed.

I see a country and a people that have shown the world what it is to choose life.

In Israel the language of the Bible speaks again

In Israel Jewish history lives again

In Israel the Jewish people has come home again.

So let us say loud and clear

We are close to Israel.

We love Israel.

We are proud of Israel.

And may God bless Israel

And all its citizens of every faith

With hope, with life, with peace.

Anyone want to compare that description to Israel's neighbors - on the apartheid front or anything else?  I didn't think so.


THE TRAYVON MARTIN TRIAL - DAY 1

Ken Berwitz

On paper, this is a trial which should not be taking place:

-No one knows for sure what happened between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. 

-Mr. Zimmerman's physical injuries, (the ones we saw photographs of weeks after the shooting - while Martin's family, legal counsel and much of our wonderful "neutral" media kept dishonestly suggesting he was not harmed at all) are consistent with his side of the story, and the only eye-witness accounts support Zimmerman's side;

-Therefore, unless there is a major surprise in the courtroom (e.g. a videotape of the encounter which clearly shows it was initiated by Zimmerman) or the introduction of physical evidence definitively establishing he did so (like what, for instance?)  it is literally impossible to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. - especially given the fact that second degree murder, in the state of Florida, requires the accused to have "a depraved mind showing no regard for human life".  How that possibly be proved against Zimmerman when the evidence cannot clearly show him as the attacker instead of someone defending himself? 

So why is George Zimmerman on trial for second degree murder?  Frankly, the one and only reason this trial is taking place is that Trayvon Martin was Black, and the race hustlers among us (as opposed to genuine civil rights leaders who give a damn about Black people), seeing a "White man kills Black kid" narrative (FYI:  Zimmerman is half Peruvian and not completely White) have seized upon this case and are pushing it to the nth degree.

Apparently, it does not seem to matter at all to this bunch that Trayvon Marton was far, far from a model citizen:

-Far from being some cherubic little angel, like the picture of a pre-teen little cutie-pie which media, to its eternal discredit, incessantly showed us, Trayvon Martin was a nearly 6 foot tall, athletic (he played organized football) young adult. 

-Martin sported tattoos on his arms, an earring and  wore a "grille" (i.e. phony gold teeth, gangsta-thug style). 

-The reason he was available to be in Sanford that day, is that he had been suspended from his high school -- for the third time in six months.

-A search of his backpack during one of his suspensions, turned up women's jewelry he could not account for, and a burglary tool.  

-And then there is the fact that the real Trayvon Martin - the one George Zimmerman saw - looked 0% like the picture on the left, but 100% like the picture on the right, and below:

TM

A little more imposing, a little more threatening, wouldn't you say?

Nor does it matter that, from all accounts, George Zimmerman was in no way a racist:  in fact he actively protested what appeared to be a racist incident involving a Black homeless man (Sherman Ware) and a police officer's son, and he mentored several Black children in the area.  In all this time, has the Martin team come up with anyone who accused Zimmerman of racism prior to the shooting?  Not a one.

The bottom line?  Given what we know at this moment (always subject to change based on new information, of course), it would seem that there is only one reason George Zimmerman could be convicted of second degree murder:  that the judicial system in Sanford will find a way to sacrifice him (take that any way you care to), out of fear that an acquittal would result in race riots, by people who have been primed to erupt if there is any other verdict. 

What a sad travesty that would be.


CAN GABRIEL GOMEZ WIN? (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Last week a polling company that works for Republicans showed Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez pulling to within 1% of long time Democrat Representative Ed Markey, for the U.S. Senate Seat vacated by John Kerry: Markey 45% - Gomez 44%. 

But political polls are iffy at best, and a great deal "iffier" if they are conducted by a presumably partisan organization. 

However, we now have this, excerpted from Joshua Miller's article in the decidedly un-Republican Boston Globe:

A new poll of likely voters released today found Democrat Edward J. Markey leading Republican Gabriel E. Gomez by seven percentage points, just over two weeks before Massachusetts voters choose their next US Senator.

The Suffolk University poll found Markey ahead 48 percent to Gomez's 41 percent, with 10 percent of respondents still undecided. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.4 percent.

The race appears to have tightened substantially since early May, when a Suffolk University/7 News poll found Markey had a 17-point lead over Gomez.

Can Gomez win?  It is still a long shot -- but the answer is yes, he can. 


TIM TEBOW SIGNING

Ken Berwitz

Unless the reports are wrong, Tim Tebow has either signed, or is about to sign, a contract with the New England Patriots.

I no more than a tepid football fan, and my team is the New York Giants, not the Patriots.  I share neither Tim Tebow's religion nor his degree of religious fervor.  I have never "Tebowed", and don't ever intend to.

That said, however, I wish Tim Tebow every success.....and hope that if he is given a start against Rex Ryan's New York Jets, he passes for two or three touchdowns and beats them silly.


AN ISSUE OF SECURITY AND TRUST

Ken Berwitz

Yesterday, on Face the Nation, Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, asked this question:

"The optics are terrible in this case when you consider the recent scandals.  You have to ask yourself this question: can you trust this administration with your phone records?"

The answer to that question is not an easy yes or no.

In this era of cyberspace, is it necessary - even 100% imperative - that our government have the ability to monitor the transfer of information between certain parties under certain circumstances?  Yes it is:  even moreso during the Obama administration than it was during the Bush administration, since the technology which can be used against us (and, most assuredly will, if given the chance) continually develops and expands.  We have to keep ahead of these threats to insure our safety, even our survival.

On the other hand, information-gathering always runs the risk of being abused for non-security purposes.  And, in my opinion, no administration has been more committed to abusing the gathering of such information than the current one.

For the above reasons, I admit to struggling with this issue.  But I have to say that my concerns about our government having the latitude to conduct surveillance, especially on individual citizens, would be a lot easier to deal with if I had any trust in Barack Obama and the people around him.  Which, for eminently good reasons, I do not.


TIM TEBOW SIGNING

Ken Berwitz

Unless the reports are wrong, Tim Tebow has either signed, or is about to sign, a contract with the New England Patriots.

I no more than a tepid football fan, and my team is the New York Giants, not the Patriots.  I share neither Tim Tebow's religion nor his degree of religious fervor.  I have never "Tebowed", and don't ever intend to.

That said, however, I wish Tim Tebow every success.....and hope that if he is given a start against Rex Ryan's New York Jets, he passes for two or three touchdowns and beats them silly.


ARAB SPRING UPDATE: EGYPT DIVISION

Ken Berwitz

Here is the latest news from Egypt, where President Obama and his administration were nice enough to facilitate the removal of  Hosni Mubarak from power, to be replaced by mohamed morsi, the Israel-hating, Jew-hating leader of Egypt's terrorist-organization Muslim brotherhood.

Excerpted from the Jerusalem Post:

A few thousand Muslim Brotherhood supporters rallied on Friday at the Cairo Stadium in a Global March to Jerusalem, marking the 46th anniversary of the occupation of east Jerusalem and its Judaization, according to a report in Ahram Online on Friday.

The march began after Friday prayers at the Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque led by Salah Sultan, secretary-general of Al-Azhar's Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs. Culture Minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz took part in the rally and Prime Minister Hesham Kandil was to attend, according to Sultan.

"The marches aim to highlight the issue of Jerusalem - by which we point out the racism and Judaization practices of the occupying state against Jerusalem and Palestine," Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Ahmed Aref said on Thursday.

Other Islamist parties also participated in the rally.

A video report by AFP quoted a protester who said, "Today we say to Israel that we are here and one day we will liberate Jerusalem from the Jews."

"It is a message to Israel that Jerusalem is Arab land and it must become Arab territory again," said another participant.

Isn't that nice?  The ruling-party Muslim brotherhood, along with other Islamist parties, marches by the thousands to highlight what a racist hell-hole Jerusalem is.  And how it will be taken back and made Arab land again.

This, of course, is the same Jerusalem which Jews have thousands of years of history in;  the same Jerusalem in which both Jews and Arabs live; the same Jerusalem in which there is complete religious freedom for all.

Anyone want to compare that to the last time any part of Jerusalem was under Arab rule?   When the Kotel (west wall of the temple) was used as a latrine, and Jewish grave markers were taken from cemeteries and used as road pavement, which those friendly Arab folk rode their cars and camels on?

On a thoroughly sarcastic note, as a believer in religious freedom, a believer in racial, ethnic and religious tolerance, and as a Jew, I would like to heartily thank President Obama for working so hard to put in place an administration which would legitimize this march by allowing its Culture Minister and Prime Minister to attend. 

Isn't it wonderful to see how Egypt has progressed since the takeover?

Or, to put it in a less sarcastic way, I do not know if this occurred because of the Obama administration's ineptitude, its preference to have such a regime in power, or maybe both.  Regardless, I count the days until Obama & Co. leave power - to be replaced, I fervently hope, by people who give a damn about what I (and, I think, most others in the USA) give a damn about.


ARAB SPRING UPDATE: EGYPT DIVISION

Ken Berwitz

Here is the latest news from Egypt, where President Obama and his administration were nice enough to facilitate the removal of  Hosni Mubarak from power, to be replaced by mohamed morsi, the Israel-hating, Jew-hating leader of Egypt's terrorist-organization Muslim brotherhood.

Excerpted from the Jerusalem Post:

A few thousand Muslim Brotherhood supporters rallied on Friday at the Cairo Stadium in a Global March to Jerusalem, marking the 46th anniversary of the occupation of east Jerusalem and its Judaization, according to a report in Ahram Online on Friday.

The march began after Friday prayers at the Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque led by Salah Sultan, secretary-general of Al-Azhar's Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs. Culture Minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz took part in the rally and Prime Minister Hesham Kandil was to attend, according to Sultan.

"The marches aim to highlight the issue of Jerusalem - by which we point out the racism and Judaization practices of the occupying state against Jerusalem and Palestine," Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Ahmed Aref said on Thursday.

Other Islamist parties also participated in the rally.

A video report by AFP quoted a protester who said, "Today we say to Israel that we are here and one day we will liberate Jerusalem from the Jews."

"It is a message to Israel that Jerusalem is Arab land and it must become Arab territory again," said another participant.

Isn't that nice?  The ruling-party Muslim brotherhood, along with other Islamist parties, marches by the thousands to highlight what a racist hell-hole Jerusalem is.  And how it will be taken back and made Arab land again.

This, of course, is the same Jerusalem which Jews have thousands of years of history in;  the same Jerusalem in which both Jews and Arabs live; the same Jerusalem in which there is complete religious freedom for all.

Anyone want to compare that to the last time any part of Jerusalem was under Arab rule?   When the Kotel (west wall of the temple) was used as a latrine, and Jewish grave markers were taken from cemeteries and used as road pavement, which those friendly Arab folk rode their cars and camels on?

On a thoroughly sarcastic note, as a believer in religious freedom, a believer in racial, ethnic and religious tolerance, and as a Jew, I would like to heartily thank President Obama for working so hard to put in place an administration which would legitimize this march by allowing its Culture Minister and Prime Minister to attend. 

Isn't it wonderful to see how Egypt has progressed since the takeover?

Or, to put it in a less sarcastic way, I do not know if this occurred because of the Obama administration's ineptitude, its preference to have such a regime in power, or maybe both.  Regardless, I count the days until Obama & Co. leave power - to be replaced, I fervently hope, by people who give a damn about what I (and, I think, most others in the USA) give a damn about.


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