Archive for October, 2010

The Sacrifice Of Sarah

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

by Phyllis Chesler and Rivka Haut

Abraham and Sarah seem to have been living apart when she died in Hebron, although the text is not explicit as to why. Apparently, the Akeidah (the near-sacrifice of Isaac) separated them. Abraham “came to mourn for Sarah” [Gen. 23:2], arriving from somewhere else, to bury her.

Our founding ancestors are both admirable and flawed. Many praise Abraham for his blind obedience to God — but few blame him for pretending that Sarah is his sister and therefore available to both Pharaoh and Avimelech. This deception is viewed as justified, because it saves Abraham’s life. And many blame Sarah for her cruelty towards Hagar.

(more…)


The Hispanic Vote in Next Week’s Election: A Baseline to Judge Turnout on Nov. 2

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON (October 26, 2010) — Some commentators have argued that Hispanic turnout in the upcoming mid-term elections will be higher than usual, while others have argued that it will be lower. A new report from the Center for Immigration examines these claims and provides a means for evaluating them, based on data collected by the Census Bureau.

The Hispanic Vote in the Upcoming 2010 Elections” is available online. Among the findings:

(more…)


Are U.S. Officials Understanding and Responding to Middle East Crises? Ya Think?

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

By Barry Rubin

If you’ve lost faith in the current administration’s ability and mass media’s ability to respond to Middle East developments, here’s more evidence. There’s a relatively new American idiomatic expression, “Ya [you] think?” Said sarcastically, it means: Wow, duh, the answer to that question is really obvious!

So consider how hidden, obscure stories [sarcasm] are being dug out by policymakers and top media. The New York Times reports that the U.S. government is “increasingly alarmed by unrest in Lebanon, whose own fragile peace is being threatened by militant opponents of a politically charged investigation into the killing in 2005 of a former Lebanese leader.”

(more…)


Palestinian TV: Jews harmed Europe because of their “great love of money”

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

The Palestinian Authority (PA) — a corrupt, bigoted entity which Israel is being pressured to accept as a “peace partner” — continues to use its TV broadcasts to deny Israel’s right to exist and rewrite Jewish history:

… a PA TV history program … explained that the Jews’ behavior had been “harmful” to Europeans because of the Jews’ “great love of money.” They cited Shakespeare’s fictitious character, the moneylender Shylock, as proof of this “harmful” Jewish trait. …

As Palestinian Media Watch has reported, the idea that Jews were a threat to every nation in which they lived, and therefore had to be expelled, is an essential concept in the Palestinian Authority’s denial of the Jewish connection to Israel, and the denial of Israel’s right to exist. …

Watch for yourself:

(more…)


Islamists Accuse Egypt’s Christians of Behaving Like…Islamists?

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

by Raymond Ibrahim*

The persecution of Egypt’s Coptic minority is taking an ironic, and dangerous, turn: Islamist leaders are now projecting the worst traits of radical Islam onto Egypt’s Christians. A psychological phenomenon first described by Sigmund Freud, “projection” is defined as “the attribution of one’s own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people.” As such, consider how the following excerpt from this recent report is a perfect example of projection:

In the last month various fundamentalist groups held ten demonstrations [in Egypt], each after coming out of mosques following Friday prayers, against the 86-year-old ailing Coptic Pontiff, in which he was accused of being a US agent, an abductor and torturer of female Muslim converts from Christianity, of stockpiling weapons in monasteries and churches to carry out war against Muslims, and of plans to divide Egypt to create a Coptic State.

(more…)


Pushing Back Against Arab Land Grabs: An interview with Joel Busner of the “Buy a Piece of Israel” Project

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

By Fern Sidman

Arab demographics in Israel has been a hot button topic for the last 25 years, as the burgeoning Arab birth rate has resulted in a significant Arab majority in the Galilee region and a formidable Bedouin presence in the Negev. As such, Israel finds itself in the midst of a national crisis of hitherto unknown proportions as Jewish farmers and landowners find themselves victimized by the illegal expropriation of their land through means of robbery, violence and intimidation by their Arab neighbors. Illegal grazing, planting and residential construction by Arabs have taken place over huge tracts of Jewish owned land that came with the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. It would appear that the government of Israel has been unwilling or unable to enforce laws that would prevent such actions.

(more…)


MSNBC’s footnote on why Democrats will lose the House

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

This morning, MSNBC posted a note on why Democrats probably will lose the House in November’s elections. MSNBC’s list of reasons was prioritized backwards, leaving the most salient reason Democrats will get pounded as a footnote. This first statement should have started their headline paragraph (shown below):

… And there’s this: Democrats, after two years in FULL control, were unable to deliver on their biggest thematic promise to change the way the Washington works. …

Here’s the whole paragraph — to put things… in context (oh, that phrase!):

… Why Dems are on the verge of losing the House: Over the last two days, we’ve explained how Republicans could win control of the House, or how Democrats could be able to hold on to their majority. Today, we turn to the why. Here’s why Democrats are on the verge of losing the House and maybe (though much less likely) the Senate. Part of it would be history (a president’s party almost always loses seats in a midterm cycle). Part of it would be the nation’s disinclination of one-party control. Much of it would be due to the nation’s high unemployment rate (9.6%), and the economic stimulus’ inability to reduce it substantially over the past two years. Just those four items in one stew would be enough to put Democrats on the verge of a loss in House control, but it doesn’t end there. Another culprit would be Democrats’ inability to sell the public on the health-care law and their inability to fire up their base. Outside GOP money has played a role, too, by expanding the playing field. And there’s this: Democrats, after two years in FULL control, were unable to deliver on their biggest thematic promise to change the way the Washington works. …

(more…)


GOP Candidate Jay Townsend takes on Chuck Schumer in Debate for US Senate seat

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

By Fern Sidman

On Sunday evening, October 24th, GOP candidate Jay Townsend challenged incumbent Charles Schumer (D) for the coveted US Senate seat in New York in an hour long televised debate sponsored by the cable channel NY1. The debate was held at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and was carried on the YNN channel for upstate New York viewers.

(more…)


Can the GCC Weather the Economic Meltdown?

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

by Onn Winckler*

As the storms of economic crisis gathered throughout Europe, Asia, America, and the rest of the world in late 2007, one area alone seemed immune. By mid-July 2008, oil prices had skyrocketed to almost $150 per barrel (p/b), higher than ever before, and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) seemed set to benefit from a huge financial surplus. This rosy scenario was short-lived; soon enough, the wave of economic disaster sweeping the world reached the shores of the Persian Gulf, damaging the petroleum export revenues as well as the oil-related and tourism businesses. But beyond having to cope with the dramatic economic turndown, the crisis has exposed an Achilles’ heel in the oil-based economies of the region. The GCC countries’ traditional reliance on foreign nationals for labor as well as their subsidization of the native population through make-work “white collar” jobs seems no longer sustainable and may have disturbing short- and long-run political effects.

(more…)


Muscovites Hold Rare Anti-Putin Rally

Monday, October 25th, 2010

By Andrew L. Jaffee

While I admire the courage of brave Russians standing up to Stalin, er, ah, Putin, the below-detailed story, “Rare anti-Putin rally held in Moscow,” is not a significant sign of liberalization:

Up to 500 protesters from left wing and liberal anti-Kremlin opposition groups gathered on Moscow’s Pushkin Square to call for Vladimir Putin’s removal, kicking off what they said was the start of a campaign to oust him. …

(more…)


Democrats to lose big-time: Los Angeles Times hedges; New York Times sees writing on wall

Monday, October 25th, 2010

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Never mind just the poll numbers (see here and here), you can feel it in the air. Americans are pissed — mostly at Obama and his Democratic congress. Even our “great” media outlets are admitting that Democrats are in trouble, but to varying degrees. Take the LA Times and NY Times. The former is desperately trying to put lipstick on the pig, while the latter is basically admitting the truth, though reluctantly:

The LA Times cries, “Conservatives struggle to unify for voter outreach:”

(more…)


A conversation with Reverend Michael Faulkner; candidate for the 15th congressional district in Manhattan

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

“SETTLEMENTS ARE NOT AN OBSTACLE TO PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST”

By Fern Sidman

This may be the first time that the Rev. Michael Faulkner is running for elected office, but it is not the first time that Faulkner is running. If the name sounds at all familiar, especially to sports fans, it is because this passionate Christian evangelical minister is also a former NY Jets defensive lineman and has more than ample practice achieving his goals both on the gridiron and on the field of life.

Israel National News spoke with Rev. Faulkner (R) about his campaign to unseat his political rival, Charles Rangel (D-NY); a political icon who has spent the last 40 years representing the people of Manhattan’s 15th congressional district, which includes the upper West Side, Harlem and Washington Heights.

(more…)


A Gift to the Drug Cartels: Will New Mexico Become the New Arizona?

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

By Janice Kephart, CIS.org

The border area between New Mexico and Mexico is sparsely populated and has limited natural or man made barriers to illegal crossing. This, coupled with an extensive road network that traverses the state in all directions, makes New Mexico a haven for the transshipment of illegal drugs from Mexico to destination points throughout the United States.

Current enhanced enforcement operations by the Department of Homeland Security in Arizona will most likely force drug traffickers and alien smugglers to shift their smuggling efforts from Arizona to New Mexico. This, in turn, will have a serious impact on enforcement operations and judicial proceedings in New Mexico. While additional enhancements for Border Patrol agents in southern New Mexico has somewhat mitigated the increased use of southern New Mexico as a viable route for alien smuggling, there has been a marked increase in the number of drug seizures and apprehensions of illegal aliens.

- DEA New Mexico Report (2008)

Obviously, the impact of the [Wilderness] policy is severe on our operations. When you can’t drive in those areas, it makes it impossible to patrol and enforce the law, and it transforms it into a sanctuary for illegal aliens.”

- T.J. Bonner, President, National Border Patrol Council, the union representing more than 12,000 Border Patrol agents (July 2010)

To date, discussion of the porous Southwest border has largely left out New Mexico. That is about to change if Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) are able to pass an otherwise innocuous bill that changes which laws apply to a stretch of federal land on the New Mexico border. The bottom line is, if S. 1689, the “Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wilderness Act,” becomes law, New Mexico will likely become the next staging ground for drug cartel and illegal alien smuggling activity, tracking what happened in Arizona. Why? The bill would change the designation of Department of Interior lands, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, from “public lands” to “wilderness,” severely curtailing the Border Patrol’s ability to conduct preventative, ongoing, and necessary operations due to the stringent nature of wilderness laws that are now four decades old. New Mexico would suffer the same results as those documented by the Center in the “Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border” three-part series showing the waste, destruction, and unsafe circumstances that borderlands suffer when wilderness laws (and poor federal government policy) create a vacuum of law enforcement presence.

(more…)


A Conversation with Joel Pollak – Candidate for Chicago’s 9th congressional district

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

By Fern Sidman

As candidates from both sides of the aisle feverishly stump to achieve a victory in the upcoming November mid-term elections, pundits and opinion makers have been focusing on a small but highly significant race for Chicago’s 9th congressional district. It is in this suburban Chicago setting where political neophyte Joel B. Pollak (R) is seeking to unseat the incumbent, Rep.Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) who is running for her seventh term in congress.

Israel National News spoke with Mr. Pollak, a soft spoken 33 year-old Orthodox Jew and Harvard trained lawyer who decided to throw his hat in the political ring for the very first time. “I grew up in a traditional home but my parents and I became observant Jews and I learned first hand of the special significance that Israel holds for the Jewish people” says Pollak. “I love Israel – not just because it is my religious homeland, and not just because of my family roots there, but also because of the principle that it represents. The State of Israel stands for the idea that an oppressed people can take control of its own destiny, and build freedom and prosperity with nothing more than faith and hard work. It is the same idea that built America. That is why our two countries are so close, and will remain so,” he declares.

(more…)


NPR CEO stoops to calling Juan Williams names; NPR was gunning for Juan for a long time

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

By Andrew L. Jaffee

National Public Radio’s (NPR) firing of Juan Williams had less to do with his (benign) remarks about Muslims on airliners, but more about finding a pretext to dump him. Just yesterday, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller stooped to name-calling against Williams, stating, “that whatever feelings Williams has about Muslims should be between him and ‘his psychiatrist or his publicist — take your pick’.” This belies the deep resentment NPR held against Williams for his “controversial” views. Many at NPR probably considered Williams an “Uncle Tom,” just as the same left-wing epithets were tossed at great minds like Condi Rice and Colin Powell. Williams’ Muslim remarks were just a pretext for NPR to do what it’s wanted to do for a long time: Fire Williams and derive perverse pleasure from it. Here’s Williams being “controversial,” speaking the truth, caring for his own community with passion, and encouraging self-responsibility:

(more…)