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One nomination is the Wikipedia article on Israeli Settlement, which on August 31 began:
Israeli settlements are Jewish only settlements” built by the Israel on occupied and confiscated land that is occupied through wars (such as the Six-Day War) and forceful evacuation of the indigenous people from their homes in Palestinian West Bank. Such settlements currently exist in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The latter two areas are governed under Israeli civil law but all three territories are considered to be under military occupation by the international community.A number of points are raised by Wikibias in the fisking of just this one paragraph alone, among them:
Indigeneity is both hotly contested and difficult to define. The Jewish people is indigenous or autochthonous in Judea and Samaria since this is where the Jewish people arose over 3,300 years ago. The Palestinian Arabs are also autochthonous in this sense, having come to define themselves as Palestinian in the 1920′s by some accounts, and with the founding of the PLO in 1964 by others. The Arab people are autochthonous or indigenous to the Hijaz where they arose in the seventh century. They arrived in the Land of Israel as conquerors.Read the whole thing.
On an individual level, many Jews were born in these villages and towns, some before 1948 and many after 1967. As individuals, they are indigenous. But just as the ancestors of many of the area’s Jews immigrated from other lands, so did the ancestors of many of the area’s Arabs, who came in a series of historical waves, including a great wave of immigration to economic opportunity in the early twentieth century. If they are not less indigenous than the Jews who came then, neither are they more indigenous.
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Just when you thought that all the dung had hit the fan about J Street.....
Daniel Levy is an English-Israeli political scientist, policy advisor and diplomat. He is a Senior Fellow at both the New America Foundation and The Century Foundation, and directs Middle East projects for both organizations (respectively, the Middle East Initiative and the Prospects for Peace Initiative).
Levy was the Director of Policy and International Efforts at Heskem, the Israeli headquarters of the joint non-governmental Israeli-Palestinian Geneva Initiative. Levy led the working-level Israeli negotiating team for over two years, and was the lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Accord.
Levy previously served as senior policy adviser to former Israeli Minister of Justice, Yossi Beilin, from March 2000 to March 2001. In this capacity, he was responsible for coordinating policy on various aspects of the ministerial portfolio, including issues related to peace negotiations, the Palestinian minority in Israel, civil and human rights, representing the minister on governmental committees.
During the Ehud Barak government, he worked in the Prime Minister's Office as special adviser and head of the Jerusalem Affairs unit under Minister Haim Ramon.
Levy was a member of the Israeli delegation to the Taba Summit with the Palestinians in January 2001, and of the negotiating team for the "Oslo 2" Agreement from May to September 1995, under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
In 2003 Levy worked as an analyst for the International Crisis Group Middle East Program, during which time he authored reports, including "A Time To Lead – the International Community and the Middle East", "Middle East Endgame – How a Comprehensive Peace Settlement Would Look", "A Middle East Roadmap to Where?", and "Identity Crisis: Israel and its Arab Citizens" He also worked for three years as projects director for the Economic Cooperation Foundation, a Tel Aviv based policy ‘think-tank and do-tank’ whose mission is to promote regional peace and stability in the Middle East.
He served his compulsory army service as an NCO in the Liaison Office with the United Nations Forces based in the region and in the office of the Deputy Coordinator of Government Activities in the territories.
He is also the co-founder of J Street.
Last May, at al-Jazeera's Fifth forum, Levy was on a panel with Al-Quds Al-Arabi editor-in-chief Abdel Bari Atwan, NAF Strategic Program Director Steve Clemons, surreal Hamas apologist and one-stater Allister Sparks, and accused terrorist Basheer Nafi.
Omri Ceren has obtained a transcript of the panel. Here's what Levy said.One can be a utilitarian two-stater, in other words think that the practical pragmatic way forward is two states. This is my understanding of the current Hamas position. One can be an ideological two-stater, someone who believes in exclusively the Palestinian self-determination and in Zionism; I don’t believe that it’s impossible to have a progressive Zionism. Or one can be a one-stater. But in either of those outcomes we’re going to live next door to each other or in a one state disposition. And that means wrapping one’s head around the humanity of both sides. I believe the way Jewish history was in 1948 excused – for me, it was good enough for me – an act that was wrong. I don’t expect Palestinians to think that. I have no reason – there’s no reason a Palestinian should think there was justice in the creation of Israel.Read the whole thing.
...like a pedophile who doesn't molest children
The MEMRI TV YouTube channel, which was housed at http://www.youtube.com/user/MEMRITVVideos, now shows a YouTube message saying "This account is suspended."
I have no details, but given that there have been concerted campaigns against pro-Israel uploaders on YouTube - some of which I was a victim of - it seems that Google/YouTube has caved to the Israel haters.
Meanwhile, YouTube continues to host thousands of jihadi videos.
(h/t The Jawa Report)
UPDATE: There is a different MEMRI TV channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MemriTelevision
It has far fewer videos than the old channel.
But the channel linked from their website is the one I gave above.
Former secretary of state blasts Afghan withdrawal date.
(WaTi) Reagan-era Secretary of State George Shultz blasted President Obama Monday night for his scheduled July 2011 date to begin withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Mr. Shultz, 89, made the unusually blunt remarks at a packed dinner for the International Republican Institute -- the GOP-aligned counterpart to the National Democratic Institute -- where he was receiving the organization's 2010 Freedom Award.
"You're out of your mind," he said at a question-and-answer forum, when asked his opinion of the president's drawdown date. "How can you say that 'if I haven't won by six or nine months from now, I'm leaving?' "
Mr. Shultz -- who earlier served under President Nixon as Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Labor and director of the Office of Management and Budget -- called for a prompt extension of the Bush tax cuts and expressed theoretical support for President Obama's goal of a world without nuclear weapons.
According to the Palestine News Network, Israeli Zionists are indoctrinating their kids in summer camps:
Oops! Wrong picture--that's the Hamas summer camp. Here's the picture PNN uses:
Before her death, which was brought on by a stroke, the suburbanShe was stoic, resilient, baked great cakes and lied about her ageShe saw it all. And when you are 111, that’s a wealth of history.
Fannie Forman Buten, believed to be the oldest Jewish person in the world, died on September 24 and was buried two days later in a private graveside service.
Philadelphia resident was listed as the “oldest living” Jewish person
“whose age had been verified,” according to Robert Young of the
Gerontology Research Group. Buten, also the oldest person in
Pennsylvania and 37th oldest in the world, was a living history book,
said her son-in-law, S. Ty Steinberg. He noted that she witnessed the
invention of the telephone, television, flight, automobiles and “the
wonder of cellphones,” as well as lived through two world wars.
One of five daughters, Buten was a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls who entered the workforce as a secretary.
She was active throughout her life in Jewish concerns, according to
family members. Her husband, the late Mottie Buten of the prominent
paintstore family, joined her in these endeavors.
Buten at the time of her death was a member of Congregation Adath
Jeshurun in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, and was a past member of Har Zion
Temple, Green Valley Country Club and the erstwhile Locust Club.
Among her many charitable endeavors, she worked at the now-defunct Elder
Craftsmen, which provided local elderly artisans a sales outlet for
handmade goods, in Philadelphia.
Charity begins at home, she taught, but she also viewed the world as her homefront.
“It is easy to give money, but the most important thing is to give of
one’s self,” Buten, of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, told family members.
By all accounts she wore the age distinction well. Young said Buten was
“likely the world’s oldest Jewish person since the death of Rosa Rein of
Switzerland, 112, on February 14, 2010.”
The number one seemed to be a seminal figure in her life. Not only was
she No. 1 on the Jewish gerontology list at age 111, she scored a
hole-in-one in her 70s on the greens of the Green Valley Country Club.
Buten was born in Austria in 1899 – according to the manifest at Ellis
Island, she arrived in the United States at the age of two. Steinberg,
however, says there is no birth record.
That presented a problem when Buten applied for a passport to visit
Israel decades ago, but eventually she sought the help of a Pennsylvania
state senator to cut through the red tape.
The incident was in keeping with the characteristics described by Rabbi
Seymour Rosenbloom of Adath Jeshurun as a woman filled with “immense
resilience and stoicism.” And one with a sense of humor.
“She was so well-known for her milk sponge cakes with coconut,” said her
daughter, Marjorie Steinberg. “And when you’d go to blow out the
candles, the coconut she sprinkled on top would be all over the place.”
Apparently it was a favorite family tradition.
Her greatest joy, the Steinbergs said, was her family, including Marcia
Picus, her late daughter, and Herbert Picus, a surviving son-in-law.
“The growth of her family was of the utmost importance to her, and she
loved cooking the favorite dishes for her surviving 12 grandchildren and
14 great-grandchildren,” Ty Steinberg said.
Highlighting her historic age upon her passing probably would have angered her mother, said Marjorie Steinberg.
“She always lied about her age,” Steinberg said, “so this probably wouldn’t please her.”
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