Ronald Reagan - then a liberal Democrat - campaigns on the radio for President Truman in 1948. He also supports Hubert Humphrey for Senator from MinneLabels: Ronald Reagan
A passport issued in 1996 by then-interior minister Haim Ramon for Jonathan Pollard, when he was granted Israeli citizenship.
Why is the life of one Israeli captive deemed so precious that Israel's leaders are willing to dispense with all logic and morality in order to redeem him? Why is the life of another Israeli captive dismissed as if it were worthless?
Why is the life of one captive such an urgent national priority that the safety and security of every single Israeli citizen must be put at risk? Why is the life of the other captive so inconsequential - after decades of captivity - that negotiations for his release have never been undertaken?
Are we, the People of Israel, so incompetent, so bereft of will, talent, imagination and faith in God that we really believe the only way to secure the release of the former captive is at a price so exorbitant that it beggars the imagination? Do we really believe that the wholesale release of terrorists and murderers is a rational response? Are we, the People of Israel, so bereft of vision that we cannot grasp that burying one captive alive while we pray for the release of the other drives the blessing away and brings shame and dishonor upon us all?
Are we, the People of Israel, so politically brainwashed that we cannot see that, in both cases, mere expediency reigns supreme in a morally-bankrupt government? This is not fulfillment of the mitzva of pidyon shvuyim!
Those who are willing to close their eyes to the truth and follow lockstep with Israel's "leaders" in support of this unconscionable plan to unleash the forces of evil by allowing the architects of mass murder to pour forth from Israeli jails are placing their own lives at risk as well as the lives of their loved ones.AS LONG as Israeli leaders demonstrate a unanimous will to exploit the value of rescuing one captive because it suits their political ends, while simultaneously ignoring another captive, there can be no national honor, nor national self-respect. There is only political expediency. Self-serving, opportunistic, political expediency.
Those who fail to speak out and protest Israel's lopsided, immoral policy of selective rescue - damning one captive while saving the other and simultaneously putting the lives of all citizens in jeopardy - must know that they are complicit in this criminal deed.
It is painfully clear that Israel's mainstream media has stymied all rational debate on this issue, just as it has, for its own self-serving reasons, lent its support to the government's cowardly abandonment of the latter captive.
Nevertheless, moral conscience does not permit us to remain silent.
If our words are not heard today, so be it. A time will come when they will be heard. We hope that by then, it will not be too late.
Jonathan Pollard is an American-born Israeli citizen currently in the 25th year of his life sentence in an American prison for his activities on behalf of the security of the State of Israel.
Esther Pollard is his wife.
Spent the last 24 hours dealing with a Dhimmi Rabbi n his friends telling me that what Islam has written isn't so because he is a RabbiLabels: Islam
Noah David Simon December 5 at 9:52pmnot sure which one of you wrote the invite to this group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=226922005624&ref=share , but if it is you or if you think this group is a good thing... please get the hell of my profile.
I'm defriending each one of you. if you get what I am saying you are welcome to refriend me after reading the following below
From the Hadith
Bukhari (52:177) - Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him."
In addition to being a rabbi, I have also studied the Koran extensively, and I can assure tyou that there are many more passages there that refer to the Jews as "Allah's chosen" and "people of the book". In the same vein, there are Moslem Zionists and philo-Semites like the Islamic scholar Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi (see link below) who see the establishment of a Jewish homeland as fulfillment of Allah's word (17:104, The Night Journey). Unfortunately, there are many passages in the Torah and the Talmud which could also be construed in a literal sense as racist or xenophobic, but I believe it is important to resist these fundamentalist interpretations--from any side-- that merely inspire hatred and fear. There is enough of that in the world already without religion adding more. For that reason, I have accepted this particular invitation, even though it is my general policy to curtail my participation in Facebook groups; and because I feel that it is so vital to reestablish the natural kinship and affinity we as Jews share with our Moslem brothers and sisters. If you want to defriend me for that "sin", I am more than happy for you to do so.
בברכת שלום ואהבה Blessings of peace & love,
A change in my views has happened over the past 5 or 6 years. I am a Muslim Zionist. I firmly believe the Jewish people should be allowed to live in the holy land. I abhor terrorism and any needless loss of life. However, unless we do something to bring Muslims and Jews closer together, cultivating understanding and love between them, there will never be security for the Jewish people. Noah, if you wish to interpret the Qur'an in ways that inspire fanatics to increase their hostilities towards the Jewish people... I'm afraid I cannot stop you... But know that I'm doing what I can to destroy their ideology, promoting spirituality instead, which should in turn help to create a safer, more peaceful world for everyone...
Blessings and peace,
Noah David Simon December 5 at 11:12pmthere is no equivalences to the level of hate in Islam. even the interpretation "we will gather you together in a mingled crowd" in Israel alludes to a way to slaughter them behind those trees.
"Jews and Israel must face the facts that the Koran and the Sunna (the actions and words of Mohammed) are filled with invectives against the Jews. At first the words were complimentary, but when the Jews of Medina rejected Mohammed as a prophet they were all enslaved, exiled, murdered and robbed -- all acts of jihad. These were not historical acts, but perfect examples of Islamic action towards Jews -- models prescribed for Muslims to follow up to the present time. To illustrate the severity of this predicament, statistically speaking, in the Koran of Medina 10.6% of the text is devoted to Jew hatred, whereas, only 6.8% of Mein Kampf is devoted to Jew hatred."
Noah David Simon December 5 at 11:14pmhere are some verses for you to look over. they do not include the versus that my Hindu friends have put together.
"Qur'an (2:191-193) - "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]...and fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah." There is a good case to be made that the textual context of this particular passage is defensive war, even if the historical context was not. However, there are also two worrisome pieces to these verse. The first is that the killing of others is authorized in the event of "persecution" (a qualification that is ambiguous at best). The second is that fighting may persist until "religion is for Allah." The example set by Muhammad is not reassuring."
Noah David Simon December 5 at 11:21pmwho killed Mohammed? do you know Rabbi?
Perhaps you did not register when I told you that I have studied the Koran and am familiar with all of those verses, but I am not a literalist and believe in developmentalism when it comes to religions. Fortunately, I know other Moslems like Paul who are redefining the Koran by rejecting the literal interpretation of those verses which, as you correctly state, must be framed in historical contexts. I also had the good fortune to live 3 years in Morocco, a country that has a long history of tolerance-- certainly better than the record set by many Christian nations. In that respect, while you are onm the prowl for those to hate, you might want to read Prof James Carroll's Constantine's Sword to see the Christian record on scriptural intolerance towards Jews. You may rightly end up with only Hindu (and Buddhist) friends, which is fine with me-- except, of course, that according to Torah law they are idolators whom you are not allowed to befriend! At any rate, Noah, though I am as much against terrorism and Islamic radicalism as you, I am more inclined to accept Paul's invitation for a vision of Moslem- Jewish unity than I am yours to a continuation of Moslem-Jewish hatred, so thanks but no thanks!!
Noah David Simon December 6 at 9:33amI'm not a literalist. my religion has a history of debate and a rejection of irredentism. something that Paul's religion does not have. I'm not interested in a debate with people like yourselves. History already has one Shabetai Zevi.
How can you fight against something you appear to be incredibly ignorant of? Islam has a long history of debate, between different scholars and factions, who in some cases have taken very different standpoints. I respectfully suggest, if you wish to continue what you are doing, you partake in some thorough research first; looking at the whole picture and not just the bits that fit your prejudices.
Noah David Simon December 6 at 3:04pmI've seen a lot of pulling rank here and attempts to contradict without any examples. I've given my examples and you have not given me one religious historical institutional narrative or system to back up anything you say. you claim prejudice, but I've given examples of where my ideas come from and you return with ad hominum conjecture. personal attacks just further a very obvious orchestrated hate of Jews.
On Sunday morning, security forces discovered parts of a projectile that was fired by Palestinians in the central Gaza Strip.
The rocket hit an open area near Kibbutz Alumim. No one was hurt in the incident and no damage was reported.
After examining the projectile, the IDF determined it was a Russian-made S5K-type rocket, intended to be fired from fighter bombers and helicopters to attack ground targets.
Copenhagen Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard sent postcards to city hotels warning summit guests not to patronize Danish sex workers during the upcoming conference. Now, the prostitutes have struck back, offering free sex to anyone who produces one of the warnings.
Copenhagen's city council in conjunction with Lord Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard sent postcards out to 160 Copenhagen hotels urging COP15 guests and delegates to 'Be sustainable - don't buy sex'.
"Dear hotel owner, we would like to urge you not to arrange contacts between hotel guests and prostitutes," the approach to hotels says.
Now, Copenhagen prostitutes are up in arms, saying that the council has no business meddling in their affairs. They have now offered free sex to anyone who can produce one of the offending postcards and their COP15 identity card, according to the Web site avisen.dk.
According to the report, the move has been organized by the Sex Workers Interest Group (SIO).
"This is sheer discrimination. Ritt Bjerregaard is abusing her position as Lord Mayor in using her power to prevent us carrying out our perfectly legal job. I don't understand how she can be allowed to contact people in this way," SIO Spokeswoman Susanne Møller tells avisen.dk.
Møller adds that it is reprehensible and unfair that Copenhagen politicians have chosen to use the UN Climate Summit as a platform for a hetz against sex workers.
"But they've done it and we have to defend ourselves," Møller says.
Edited by Julian Isherwood
Now there are so many wonderful points to made about this! First, note the Spiegel name for Copenhagen as Gropenhagen. Just think of what Sigmund Freud could do with that!Second, note how the "sex workers" in the article are offering to provide free services for those who are prostituting themselves to the Global Warming pseudo-scientific cult, and doing so within days of all the "Climategate" revelations about how so much of the global warming hysteria is really based on fraud. If you have not been following THAT story, take a look at http://frontpagemag.com/2009/12/04/the-con-artists-of-climategate-by-floyd-and-mary-beth-brown/Third, note how the mayor of Copenhagen objected to the hankying and the pankying on grounds that it was not "sustainable." As an economist I have been arguing before students for decades that "sustainable" is nothing more than a PC nonsense term, one that is not based on any actual understanding of environmental issues, problems, or solutions. So it is nice to be proven right by Hers-Honor, the mayor of Copenhagen. Of course, she was using it (see above story) to pander to the Global Warming circus members coming into town. But she managed to discredit the term deliciously.Fourth, I gotta tell you, I am really feeling more out of it and geezerly as time goes by. Why, just the other week, I went into a clothing store on campus to buy a gym towel. There were two young female students standing in line in front of me to pay for their new string bikini. The clerk told them it would cost about $30. Being a warm blooded economist, my mind raced, naturally, and so I immediately commented to all present that if one converts that into an equivalent price per square meter, then it is REALLY expensive! Everyone in the store just stared at me and shook their heads in pity.Which brings me to the above news story about "sex workers." I had to read the story a few times before I understood what it was referring to. You see, I am from the generation that still referred to such folks as hookers, except for the black kids in my neighborhood, who preferred the term "hoes." So whenever I read news stories about "sex workers," I always assume that they are referring to aging men over 50 with prostate problems who really have to work hard in order to participate at all with their wives. I guess one could term them prostatutes.In any case, I finally realized why Bill Clinton was so anxious to attend the conference.
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