Thursday, July 31, 2003

Uday Hussein, RIP: ""This time I think the Americans are serious. Bush is not like Clinton. I think this is the end."

You are correct.

The article is in the London Telegraph and those words were spoken to Ala'a Makki, the former director of his television station.

That statement alone is reason enough to re-elect George Bush.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Saudis Murder Maid Who Can't Understand Arabic -- And Get Two Years In Prison

This is a culture protesting because the world views them as savages. Meanwhile, an 18-year-old maid has died as a result of severe burns inflicted by her employers, Al-Madinah reported.

The woman of the house poured scalding water on the maid because she could not understand Arabic, the paper said, while the husband tied her up. Both husband and wife are teachers. When the maid’s condition worsened following the assault, the woman took the maid to her mother’s house with the intention of having her deported for failure to fulfill her contractual obligations.

The mother attempted to treat the maid with aspirin, but the girl, of Asian nationality, succumbed to her injuries soon after, the paper said.

A court sentenced the husband to four years and the wife to two years in jail. The wife’s mother will receive 80 lashes for conspiring to conceal the crime.

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Sunday, July 13, 2003

Palestinians Attack Pollster Who Finds Most Palestinians Don't Want To Live In Israel

The latest buzzwords in the peace talks for the last four or five years has been 'right of return' not 'occupation.' See, in 1999 the Israelis had pretty much conceded on the occupation issue. There were some tricky details, since there are a lot of Jews living there, but for the most part the territory issue and the sovereignty issues has been worked out.

Arafat went off to talk with the Arab states and came back with a new twist -- 'right of return.' That's right, every Palestinian who had been forced out in 1948 ( or ever, for that matter ) and every one of their descendants must be allowed to return -- to Israel.

You can do the math here. No one knows exact number of displaced people ... it's not like Palestine was densely populated, even in 1948, but reliable estimates place the displaced Palestinians at around 250,000 people. Yet Arafat insists today that number is four million. So adding four million Arabs into Israel would effectively eliminate the Jews as a majority. They could accomplish with diplomacy what they never could with terrorism or war -- the annihilation of Israel.

As you might expect, Israel balked at that idea. So when Khalil Shikaki, the director of the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research, found a surprising poll result stating that most Palestinians didn't want to live in Israel anyway, he prepared to publish his findings. If true, the remaining diplomatic sticking point was gone ... or just something Arafat was told to demand.
What Khalil then got was not what he expected. Eggs, smashed computers and nine assaulted staff members later one of the attackers said, "This is a message for everyone not to tamper with our rights."

Apparently they do not understand what the term 'rights' means.

For his part, Dr. Khalil was upbeat. "These people," he said, "had no idea what the results were. They were sold disinformation."

Welcome to Palestine.

Just so you know, the poll results were:

10% wanted to live in Israel.
54% wanted to live in Palestine.
17% wanted to live in Jordan or Lebanon.
2% wanted to live anywhere else.
13% were waiting for Israel to disappear.
2% did not know.

Yes, the third most popular option was to wait until Israel was gone. Disinformation is a way of life there, it seems.

I suppose the 13% waiting for Israel to disappear could be counted among those who want to live 'in' Israel ... after the soil is wet with the blood of slain Jews, of course ... but Khalil was too honest to spin the numbers that way.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Racism At Oxford Causes Outrage

How would you like to apply for a university position and get this response?

"I have a huge problem with the way that the Israelis take the moral high ground from their appalling treatment in the Holocaust, and then inflict gross human rights abuses on the Palestinians because they (the Palestinians) wish to live in their own country. I am sure that you are perfectly nice at a personal level, but no way would I take on somebody who had served in the Israeli army. As you may be aware, I am not the only U.K. scientist with these views but I'm sure you will find another suitable lab if you look around."

That's right ... he didn't like that Israel has conscription and because he favors Palestinians he wasn't going to consider someone from Israel.

Oxford says, "Under no circumstances are we prepared to accept or condone conduct that appears to, or does, discriminate against anyone on grounds of ethnicity or nationality, whether directly or indirectly." Well, clearly if the university weren't fostering this sort of intolerance it wouldn't be happening. The professor, Andrew Wilkie, was clearly so confident his views were acceptable by Oxford he put them in an email to the candidate. Oxford had no intention of pursuing this until the email made its way to scientists all around the world, who were suitably outraged. This gave Oxford little choice.

The student, Amit Duvshani, responded, ""I really don't know if someone with such racist views can change, but I do hope you will reconsider and not judge all 6 million of us Israelis the same way."

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