Archive for September, 2009

Targeting Israelis via International Law: Israel and Its Enemies

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

by Barak M. Seener*

Based on principles derived from the Hague and Geneva conventions, individuals have been brought to trial for war crimes, crimes against peace, and crimes against humanity. The outstanding examples of such trials were those held at Nuremberg after World War II where numbers of leading Nazis were brought to court for some of the many crimes committed by Germany under the Third Reich. The shadow of those trials is still visible today. In July 2009, John Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian accused of crimes while working for the Nazis as a concentration camp guard was deported from Canada to Germany to stand trial. On a smaller but significant scale, cases have been brought against individuals responsible for the genocide that took place during the Bosnian war of 1992-95. More recently, however, individuals and organizations with political grievances have started to make use of war crimes legislation in order to pursue a variety of officials from states equipped with well-run courts and tribunals, notably the United States, Great Britain, and–most of all–Israel. Should this matter to us? Aren’t war crimes clear and cut; shouldn’t those who commit them be pursued with the full force of the law? This essay tries to answer those questions and others.

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Israeli Minister Barak Facing Arrest in England: British Lawyers Try to Have Israel’s Minister of Defense Arrested as a War Criminal

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

By Phyllis Chesler

Really, guys, you can’t be serious.

I am afraid they are maliciously, purposely serious. The noose continues to tighten around the collective Jewish neck, just as I feared it would.

The United Nations just listened to Qaddafi speak — Amadinejad too: they honored these terrorists, monsters, menaces to decent people everywhere, beginning with their own people. The monsters came, they left, and neither assassin nor legal eagle sent them on a way-way trip to Hell or to the Hague.

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Persian Singer Mamak Khadem Makes The Case For A Free Iran

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

By Andrew L. Jaffee

“It’s 2009. Is it so much to ask for freedom and democracy in Iran?” So said Iranian singer Mamak Khadem during an interlude between songs at her performance this weekend at the “¡Globalquerque!” annual international music festival. She spoke sincerely, calmly, and eloquently, yet with a hint of urgency. “We must honor those brave Iranians who peacefully filled the streets of Tehran in June to plead for democracy,” said Khadem. She received a standing ovation.

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Avoiding the Unthinkable: Missile Defense is Israel’s “Secret” Weapon Against Iran’s Nuclear Weapons

Monday, September 28th, 2009

By Barry Rubin

Remember the name Uzi Rubin because he might emerge as the most important individual in the issue of Iran’s nuclear weapons drive. Rubin is the former head of Israel’s missile defense program and now a defense consultant. He has developed the best alternative (or supplement) to blocking the dangers of a radical Islamist, genocidal-oriented, terrorist supporting, antisemitic regime having nuclear-tipped missiles pointed at Israel.

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A UN State of Mind: Where Tyrants Are Literally Never Stopped

Monday, September 28th, 2009

By Phyllis Chesler

We live at a moment in history when tyrants hold forth with none to stop them. Ahmadinejad-the-Monster held forth in all his western-suited glory at the UN and so did the terrorist, Gaddafi. No one at the UN stopped the Libyan madman from speaking well beyond his allotted 15 minutes. If the UN can’t even do this, can you imagine them actually stopping a genocide or a terrorist plot in process?

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The Increasingly Obvious Failure of Obama’s Middle East Policy

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

By Barry Rubin

It’s a development of shocking proportions if properly noticed and evaluated. President Barack Obama’s entire Arab-Israeli and Iranian policies are miserably failing, though partly concealed by theatrical events and media protection.

Here’s the latest development. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner arriving at the UN General Assembly session, stated that he doesn’t favor blocking the export of refined oil products to Iran, the keystone of the new sanctions proposed by Obama.

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Illegal, But Not Undocumented: Panel Explores Immigration, Employment, and Document Fraud

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

By CIS.org

WASHINGTON (September 23, 2009) — Despite the euphemism “undocumented,” illegal immigrants are anything but. About half of all working illegal aliens are on payroll tax forms, meaning they have fraudulently identified themselves in some way. Federal authorities would often use such document crimes to facilitate the arrest, detention, and deportation of illegal aliens. However, a Supreme Court decision earlier this year severely limited federal authorities’ ability to charge illegal aliens with identity theft.

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Nonie Darwish Under Fire

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

By Phyllis Chesler

Not again. Ah, yes again and again until we have won this war of ideas.

Nonie Darwish, the warmest, sanest, least prejudiced Palestinian/Egyptian whom I know, has both been attacked and has not been defended by the administrative elite at the Whittier College Law School where she is scheduled to speak later today. According to Steven Emerson, the Muslim Student Association on campus defamed Darwish and tried to stop or at least delay her presentation.

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Ellison’s Seditious Behavior?

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

By Andrew Whitehead

For over fifteen years, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has spread its evil tentacles over our country. Our soldiers are currently fighting Islamist terror overseas and yet we face the ugly truth that not only do we have a foreign front for Islamist terror eating like a cancer from within, but that this terrorist-supporting “Muslim civil rights group” has been actively supported by a member of our own government.

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Peace Process or War Process?

Monday, September 21st, 2009

by Daniel Pipes*

When Barack Obama announced in June 2009 about Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, “I’m confident that if we stick with it, having started early, that we can make some serious progress this year,” he displayed a touching, if naïve optimism.

Indeed, his determination fits a well-established pattern of determination by politicians to “solve” the Arab-Israeli conflict; there were fourteen U.S. government initiatives just during the two George W. Bush administrations. Might this time be different? Will trying harder or being more clever end the conflict?

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Mother of Dead Dallas Girls Calls Their Murder An “Honor Killing”

Monday, September 21st, 2009

By Phyllis Chesler

The mother who lured her two young daughters, Sarah and Amina, to their tragic deaths at the hand of their father, Yaser Said, now regrets what she did. Downplaying her own role, or rather, insisting that she is innocent, Patricia (“Tissy”) Owens calls the murder of her daughters an “honor killing” by an “evil man.” Despite years of paternal child abuse at home, “Tissy” now insists that she had no idea that Yaser was actually going to kill the girls whom he sexually and physically abused and whose “too Western” ways enraged him.

Sarah and Amina refused to marry older, unknown men from Egypt in arranged marriages. They had American ways, academic ambitions, and Christian friends, including Christian boyfriends. Unthinkable! And, like Rifqa Bary, they knew they were in danger and so they ran away. Their mother sweet talked them back home. They were dead within hours. Their father has never been found. Continue reading…

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Remembering 9/11, Eight Years Later

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

by Cinnamon Stillwell*

Eight years after the Islamic terrorist attacks of 9/11, it appears that America has largely drifted back into complacency. Certainly, many Americans still understand that the threat of repeated attacks remains real, but the sense of urgency has faded with time.

Meanwhile, the country’s current leadership and its supporters are inhabiting the willful blindness of a pre-9/11 mindset, if not acting as apologists for and, in some cases, active supporters of America’s enemies.

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Remember the Motivations Behind the 9/11 Attacks

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Remember the Motivations Behind the 9/11 Attacks...

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Torah for your table: A personalized guide to the essence of the Torah [Book Review]

Friday, September 11th, 2009

By Rabbi Yisroel Jungreis and Rabbi Osher Anshel Jungreis
Compiled by Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

Reviewed by Fern Sidman

There is no doubt that the times that we live in are fraught with innumerable dangers. For the Jewish people, it is a particularly horrifying juncture in the annals of our history, as we witness an exponential rise in anti-Semitism and the continued demonization of Israel; while the world remains eerily silent. On a collective scale, our nation is faced with the escalating and alarming scourge of intermarriage, assimilation and youth alienation. Our personal lives have taken on an ever increasing load of financial challenges and emotional stresses that often result in families being torn asunder. From time immemorial, the indefatigable Jew has faced similar, if not infinitely worse scenarios in terms of our personal and national survival, yet has continued to prevail over all pernicious forms of adversity. The question has often been asked, “Given their history, how could the Jewish nation possibly survive and even triumph?”

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Saving Pakistan From Itself

Friday, September 11th, 2009

by Supna Zaidi*

Despite being born at the same time as India, Pakistan seems to be regressing while India becomes an increasingly influential player in global politics. This is because Pakistan has refused to end the feudal system unlike India. Pakistani land reforms were first attempted in the 1950s by General Mohammad Ayub Khan’s government, who wanted, among other social improvements, to increase “agricultural output, promote social justice, and ensure security of tenure”. However, the regulations didn’t really break up large land holdings or reduce the power of the zamindars. The ceiling was placed on individual ownership, not on families, so land was simply distributed among the family members, thus leaving all the power and control with the zamindars.

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