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Of course, had they created the Jewish homeland by giving them Paris and all its suburbs or say the City of New York, we'd have the same reaction to the resulting map?
http://kurtnimmo.com/?p=480Israelis Slaughter U.N. Observers Tuesday July 25th 2006, 5:31 pm After Israel bombed a U.N. shelter near Khiam, Lebanon, killing four observers, Daniel Ayalon, Israeli ambassador to the United States, had the audacity to tell Wolf Blizter of CNN he expects an apology from U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan for complaining. Of course, this is nothing new, as the Israelis routinely attack the United Nations and little if anything comes of such murderous crimes against humanity. For instance, on April 18, 1996, in the Lebanese village of Qana, during Israel’s “Operation Grapes of Wrath” invasion, the IOF killed 106 Lebanese refugees seeking protection at a Fijian UNIFIL compound. As usual, the Israeli government expressed regret, but words are cheap, especially considering the fact the IOF consistently issues such meaningless apologies after slaughtering innocents. The Zionist state added insult to injury, or rather mass murder, by not paying compensation to the victims. A few days earlier, on April 12, an IOF attack helicopter fired a missile at an ambulance in the village of al-Mansuri, killing two women and four young girls. On the same day the Israelis killed refugees at Qana, a “helicopter gunship attack on a house in the village of Upper Nabatiyeh on April 18, 1996 … killed nine civilians, including a newborn baby, six children under thirteen years old, and their mother,” according to Human Rights Watch. No word if Daniel Ayalon or his counterpart at the time expected an apology from the families of the victims. Israel’s IOF has engaged in numerous massacres in Bint Jbeil, Khan Yunis, Maaraka, Jibaa, Qibya, Saida, Trqumia, Homeen al-Tahta, Seer al-Garbiah, Yohmor, Sabra and Shatila, on and on, ad nauseam, killing thousands of Arabs, massacres so common we rarely hear about them here in America, what with our “fair and balanced” corporate media. The numbers of United Nations personnel killed by the IOF pales in comparison. However, on 3 December 2002, sixty-four U.N. workers issued a petition demanding the Israeli military stop “beating and killing” them, according to the Memory Hole, an appropriate venue, as the corporate media ignored the petition.“You might think that such a strongly-worded statement sent by more than five-dozen United Nations workers to the ‘Middle East’s only democracy’ would be highly newsworthy. Apparently not. Among the very few media outlets to cover it were Reuters, the BBC, the Independent (London), Ha’aretz (Jerusalem), and the Jerusalem Post. Notice that all these sources are British or Israeli. Not one American media outlet has covered the story.”“[F]or two years United Nations staff have been subject to escalating harassment and violence by Israel’s military, so that the protection supposed to be afforded by the blue letters of the UN is being steadily eroded,” the petition explains. “UN staff—international and Palestinian alike—have been verbally abused, stripped, beaten, shot at, and killed by Israeli soldiers.”Tragically Iain Hook was not the first person working with the UN to die at the hands of the IDF this year. In March, Kamal Hamdan was shot and killed while travelling in a clearly marked UNRWA ambulance in the West Bank. In April, Husni Amer died in Israeli military custody in Jenin after, according to witnesses, receiving a brutal beating by the soldiers at the time of his arrest. From its silence, we presume the Israeli authorities have ignored UN requests for an investigation and report of these two incidents, and have not seen fit to take any disciplinary action against the soldiers involved. To us, this seems to confirm a pattern of utter contempt on the part of the Israeli army for the lost lives of these men, the safety of UN staff or the minimum standards imposed by international law which should protect UN staff and other humanitarian workers.Again, no word if Daniel Ayalon demanded an apology.AddendumIt appears the IOF targeted UNIFIL for a very specific reason, namely to send the message the Zionist state doesn’t need no stinkin’ peacekeepers, especially peacekeepers who mostly evacuate citizens from Israel’s killing fields. More specifically, it was a message sent in regard to the prospect of yet another multinational peacekeeping force sent to Lebanon. As Bush, or rather the neocons, tell us, Israel must be left alone to go after Hezbollah, that is to say Lebanese resisting invasion and occupation. It didn’t take long for the corporate media to shellack the murder of the UN observers with sickening excuses. In addition to excuses, the Chicago Tribune felt compelled, as a standard lickspittle for Israeli crimes, to powder puff the invasion:“The experience for the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, or UNIFIL, has not been a good one. In place since 1978 and comprising soldiers from France, Poland, India, Italy and a few other countries, UNIFIL was unable to stop the July 12 Hezbollah border raid that resulted in the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers. It was also unable to block retaliating Israeli troops from entering Lebanon a few days later.”As we know, the Israeli soldiers were captured in Lebanon, as reported by Forbes, the Associated Press, ABC News, the Boston Herald, the Hindustan Times, the Bahrain News Agency, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, AFP, Asia Times, and others. For more on the ever-morphing story, see this blog entry. But then, naturally, the Chicago Tribune would be bucking the pro-Israel corporate media stampede if it told the truth. Imagine Winston Smith rewriting historical documents so that they match the current party line, which changes on a daily basis, over at the Ministry of Truth, and you’ll get a good idea of what’s going on here. One wonders what the response would be if the Palestinians and Lebanese “retaliated” against Israel for kidnapping their citizens, numbering in the hundreds. Finally, according to the Washington Post, the IOF continued firing on the targeted shelter, even as rescue workers attempted to clear the rubble. But then this should not be surprising, as the surviving members of the USS Liberty, the intelligence ship attacked by Israel on June 8, 1967, will likely tell you. In that instance, our “friends” attacked lifeboats with torpedoes and machine gun fire, a war crime. It seems the Israelis are mighty fond of war crimes.
If you aren't careful you're gonna lose your "liberal media" press pass!Too funny!Jess
New York City has 1.4 million Jewish citizens, which is more than Jerusalem itself! Right now, more Jews live in the United States than anywhere in the world, even Israel. So Chance's theory probably doesn't hold water. The Jewish presence in the USA is far greater than in the Middle East and we aren't declaring it necessary to eliminate them. We and Paris and the rest of Europe have found ways to live in relative peace with our diverse citizens. The Middle East is obviously less tolerant.
Chin up Alabama,Have you ever read Arab sources on this?There is a difference between having a society that tolerates and even includes a religious minority and that minority beging given "sovereignty" over parts of your country. For example having 1.6 million jews in New York City is not at all the same thing as having New York City become a Jewish state run by and for the Jewish people with all non-jews in the new country becoming second class citizen there. How would you feel if the Tutsis from Rwanda were given the city of Miami as a homeland? Certainly, they deserve a safe place to live that they control.
A history lesson is needed. Regarding Palestine, the land was Jewish land from long before Christ. The Crusaders killed many of them, then Saladin retook Palestine for Arabs/Muslims, then Rome exiled the Jews. After the Holocaust in Europe, when the land was partitioned in 1947, the UN gave some to Arabs and some to Jews. The Arabs hated it; war happened and the Jews won ... Israel was created in 1948. So one might argue that Arabs won the land fair and square from the Jews in Saladin's war, then Arabs eventually lost it fair and square in the 1947 war. If allied Arabs are trying to win it back through war now, they must consider that Israel (and her allies) will fight back. No matter how you slice it, it would be wrong to say that somehow Arabs suffered an injustice at the hands of colonial or empire-building Jews, or that Jews have somehow set their sights on conquering all Muslim territory. The opposite is true: Muslim lands have set their sights on eliminating Israel.
This map illustrates clearly why the Muslim world is feeling persecuted and intimidated by Israel!!! LOL
The following is a list of Arab cointries: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Morocco, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Mauritania, and Yemen. Many of these are not shown or not named on the map of supposedly Arab countries you posted, Ron. And several of the countries that are identified as Arab on the map you posted are, in fact, not Arab countries at all! Your map is a piece of blatant propaganda, and it is indicative of the kind of ignorance, stupidity, exaggeration, and foolishness that characterize many Westerners' views of the Arab and Muslim worlds. FYI, the terms Arab and Muslim are not synonymous. I'll leave it to you to see if you can sort out the difference in their meanings.
I doubt we'll be able to sort it out on our own, Michael, without your superior intellect.(Please note that the headline uses the word "Muslim," not Arab. The wording on the map is not mine, but the original mapmakers'.)Not all Arabs are Muslims and not all Muslims are Arabs. For readers who want to know the difference between Arabs and Muslims, here's an explanation from Yale University:"Arab is a term that refers to an ethnic group made up of a member of an Arabic-speaking people who share a distinct culture. On the other hand, Muslim is a term that refers to a person who practices the religion of Islam. The fact is that some, if not most, Arabs are Muslims. However, some are not. Many Arabs, especially in Lebanon, are Christians. On the other hand, some Muslims are Arabs, but most are not. Another clarification should be made. All Palestinians are Arabs but not all Palestinians are Muslims. In fact, some of the Palestinian leaders such as Hannan Ashrawi and Edward Said are Christians."
well, for that matter about a big chunk of israelis are arabs and a portion are muslims.the difference? in isreal, they have equal rights as citizens and are represented in the government. in addition, they are protected and allowed to worship freely as muslims or whatever religion they choose.in fact, most israelis, while jewish are not necessarily religious.so the argument that these countries aren't muslim is really grasping at straws. the issue is that jews are not welcome and not safe in these countries.many jews are originally from iraq, iran, egypt and yemen.but imagine if they demanded the right of return and reparations?yeah right...like the racist un would stand for that.
I think That We're forgetting that ITS THEIR LAND! Yahweh HIMSELF gave them that land! Arabs have no right to be in that land, or indeed, anywhere within the perscribed boundaries of the Promised Land.
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Crash Course on the Arab Israeli Conflict Here are overlooked facts in the current Middle East situation; these were compiled by a Christian university professor. It makes sense and it’s not slanted. Jew and non-Jew –it doesn’t matter. Thank You. 1. Nationhood and Jerusalem. Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C.E., two thousand years before the rise of Islam. 2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel. 3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 B.C.E., the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years. 4. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 C.E. lasted no more than 22 years. 5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit. 6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran. 7. King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem. 8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem. 9. Arab and Jewish Refugees: In 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier. 10. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms. 11. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is estimated to be the same. 12. Arab refugees were INTENTIONALLY not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee-group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own peoples’ lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey. 13. The Arab – Israeli Conflict: The Arabs are represented by eight separate nations, not including the Palestinians. There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended itself each time and won. 14. The P.L.O.’s Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them. 15. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths. 16. The U.N. Record on Israel and the Arabs: of the 175 Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel. 17. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel. 18. The U.N was silent while 58 Jerusalem Synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians. 19. The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives. 20. The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
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