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I write to you, America, as a Muslim-American who is frustrated at seeing both sides of my identity spreading myths about each other. In part one of this two part article, I address America from a Muslim perspective. In part two, which will follow in the coming weeks, I shall write to the Muslim community, from an American perspective.
Our world today is assaulted with myriad headlines describing rising extremism and terrorism, and political instability in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East. Despite the plethora of bad news, most recently we have seen a day of hope marked by the end of Ramadan, where Muslims from all nations, social classes, and sects openly united in the spirit of humility, brotherhood, thankfulness, and peace.
As human beings, you and me have a tendency to let the negative marginalize the good and the true. But in this Ramadan the unity and the message of peace and humility that nearly a billion Muslims have exhibited should not go unnoticed, nor should it be underestimated.
America, even though you are part of us (Muslims) and we are a part of you, you often fear and misunderstand the one thing that unites the billion of us around the world is peace, love, and spiritual strength. You fear our religion, Islam. I write the following to not accuse anyone or apologize on behalf of any group. In part one of this article, I speak to you America, as one Muslim who is part of the majority of Muslims standing against the Ahmedinijads, Bin Ladens, and Taliban and Al Qaeda. These men have stolen my voice... our voice. The actions of a violent minority have for too long trumped the selfless and righteous actions of the moderate majority who do good in the name of Islam.
Firstly, Muslims are not a violent people and Islam is not a violent religion. I fear you overlook the fact that the faith of Muslims has been monopolized by the corrupt despots of Muslim countries and Muslim extremists. And it is the extremists whose power is bolstered by a media that has paralyzed the voice of the Muslim majority, who in fact abhor violence and terrorism.
It can be confusing even to me because on one side we only see Muslim extremists on the TV preaching hate in the name of Islam and we barely hear the majority. As I will touch on in part two of this article, Muslims have even marginalized themselves. But America, Muslims are a community of over a billion people, most of whom live in poverty within developing countries governed by oppressive, abusive, authoritarian regimes. These very regimes remain bunkered against an alienated group of extremists who are taking to the gun instead of a potentially rigged ballot. It is our mothers and daughters and sons who are being killed on a daily basis by either violent extremists or botched missile attacks by NATO. We are against violence and terrorism America, be it from Muslim extremists or NATO bombs. We are against violence because it is we who are the primary target of most terrorist attacks today. And while we may disagree with your military actions and policies, we look up to the principles that make up America... I speak of the freedom to be critical of yourself as a society and government; the opportunities awarded by the most comprehensive education system in the world; and your effortless ability to adapt in an ever transforming world.
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mohsin-mohiud-din/dear-america-letter-from_b_299362.htmlI write to you, America, as a Muslim-American who is frustrated at seeing both sides... more
Saudi Arabia is opening their first coed university. In what can only be considered a positive move for human rights and gender equality, Saudi Arabia is opening its first-ever fully integrated coed university. King Abdullah Science and Technology University, or KAUST, is a multi-billion dollar project, and claims state-of-the-art labs, the world's 14th fastest supercomputer and one of the biggest endowments worldwide.
Is this the beginning of a brave new day for Saudi Arabia, or smoke and mirrors hiding the same old repression?Saudi Arabia is opening their first coed university. In what can only be considered a... more
“So why did the Israeli government boycott the commission? The real answer is quite simple: they knew full well that the commission, any commission, would have to reach the conclusions it did reach.”
The important points come near the end: that the rather conservative findings of the report (and its acceptance of Israel’s dubious right to self-defense–dubious because Gaza is effectively occupied), have acted as a "bombshell" in Israel because Goldstone calls for action, and because the report contributes to the fraying of Jewish support for Israel and to the "Legitimacy War" that Israel has been losing in the eyes of the world. "A historic contribution" to the Palestinian struggle for justice, Falk concludes.
Uri Avnery (Israeli peace activist, and former Knesset member), “On the Goldstone Report” 19 Sept 2009
Richard Goldstone, former judge of South Aftica’s Constitutional Court, the first prosecutor at The Hague on behalf of the International Criminal Court for Former Yugolavia, and anti-apartheid campaigner reports that he was most reluctant to take on the job of chairing the UN fact-finding mission charged with investigating allegations of war crimes committed by Israel and Hamas during the three week Gaza War of last winter. Goldstone explains that his reluctance was due to the issue being “deeply charged and politically loaded,” and was overcome because he and his fellow commissioners were “professionals committed to an objective, fact-based investigation,” adding that “above all, I accepted because I believe deeply in the rule of law and the laws of war,” as well as the duty to protect civilians to the extent possible in combat zones. The four-person fact-finding mission was composed of widely respected and highly qualified individuals, including the distinguished international law scholar, Christine Chinkin, a professor at the London School of Economics. Undoubtedly adding complexity to Goldstone’s decision is the fact that he is Jewish, with deep emotional and family ties to Israel and Zionism, bonds solidified by his long association with several organizations active in Israel.
Despite the impeccable credentials of the commission members, and the worldwide reputation of Richard Goldstone as a person of integrity and political balance, Israel refused cooperation from the outset. It did not even allow the UN undertaking to enter Israel or the Palestinian Territories, forcing reliance on the Egyptian government to facilitate entry at Rafah to Gaza. As Uri Avnery observes, however much Israel may attack the commission report as one-sided and unfair, the only plausible explanation of its refusal to cooperate with fact-finding and taking the opportunity to tell its side of the story was that it had nothing to tell that could hope to overcome the overwhelming evidence of the Israeli failure to carry out its attacks on Gaza last winter in accordance with the international law of war. No credible international commission could reach any set of conclusions other than those reached by the Goldstone Report on the central allegations.
In substantive respects the Goldstone Report adds nothing new. Its main contribution is to confirm widely reported and analyzed Israeli military practices during the Gaza War. There had been several reliable reports already issued, condemning Israel’s tactics as violations of the laws of war and international humanitarian law, including by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and a variety of respected Israeli human rights groups. Journalists and senior United Nations civil servants had reached similar conclusions. Perhaps, most damning of all the material available before the Goldstone Report was the publication of a document entitled “Breaking the Silence,” containing commentaries by thirty members of the Israel Defense Forces---continued below“So why did the Israeli government boycott the commission? The real answer is... more
The United Nations nuclear assembly voted on Friday to urge Israel to accede to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and place all atomic sites under the world body's inspections, in a surprise victory for Arab states.
The resolution, passed narrowly for the first time in nearly two decades, expresses concern about "Israeli nuclear capabilities" and calls on the International Atomic Energy Agency chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, to work on the issue.
The Middle East resolution, sponsored by Arab states, was backed by 49 votes to 45 against in a floor vote at the IAEA's annual member states conference. The vote split along Western and developing nation lines. There were 16 abstentions.
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Its about time... the worlds starting to wake up to Israels arrogance .The United Nations nuclear assembly voted on Friday to urge Israel to accede to the... more
In a landmark decision, Britain’s trade unions have voted overwhelmingly to commit to build a mass boycott movement, disinvestment and sanctions on Israel for a negotiated settlement based on justice for Palestinians.
The motion was passed at the 2009 TUC Annual Congress in Liverpool today (17 September), by unions representing 6.5 million workers across the UK.
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Its growing every day. Israel needs to change her way, not yesterday-today.
“Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak… Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win.” César Estrada Chávez (1927 – 1993) was an American labor leader, and civil rights activist.In a landmark decision, Britain’s trade unions have voted overwhelmingly to... more
In a document published by The Israel Project entitled “The Israel Project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary”, Dr Frank Luntz unmasks a modern-day propaganda campaign that would have made Napoleon and Machiavelli proud. He writes:
There is NEVER, EVER, any justification for the deliberate slaughter of innocent women and children. NEVER. The primary Palestinian public relations goal is to demonstrate that the so-called “hopelessness of the oppressed Palestinians” is what causes them to go out and kill children. This must be challenged immediately, aggressively, and directly.
The emotional appeal to saving children works, but the appeal is based on two lies:
(1) that Palestinians generally (not only suicide bomber extremists) are the ones who kill children, while Israelis (not individual extremists, but Israel's armed forces) never slaughter Palestinian children.
(2) The second falsehood is that the Palestinians have a public relations goal that must be challenged when, in fact, the Palestinians have proven to be hopeless and goalless when it comes to public relations. Unlike Frank Luntz, the Palestinians have no effective PR voices. They can't even get their ambassador in the UK to speak out to the British public about Israel’s lies and propaganda.
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Americans AND the world needs to take note. If we allow this lobby to regain their power in America, the wold loses. Just look at their campaign...excerpts are within this information at the link as well as a rightful and truthful analysts.
Lets do away with the rhetoric and hate towards people. If the right and Israel really wants peace, they would have a better attitude. Peace has always been in Israels hands, but if it is not benefiting Israel, they figure who needs peace when war and killing gives us more.In a document published by The Israel Project entitled “The Israel... more
Here's the 500 plus page report coming from the United Nations. Skim it and refer to what interests you. You'll find out that Israels indictment here is much more serious than the indictment against Palestine. Israel committed some grave humanitarian crimes, amounting to far more serious war crimes than Palestine is charged with.
Now we know the lobby and the far right will post here and are going to say bias, lies, etc when in fact, the world knows the truth about Israel. Every day more and more people find out and demand justice. Every day more and more corporations and countries and colleges are divesting AWAY from Israel. Its pretty clear who is the evil party.
Israel will face the music in the International Criminal Courts and hopefully pay the ultimate price handed out by justice.
Here is the pdf document straight from the UN:
Many more news stories on this, my post is just one example.Here's the 500 plus page report coming from the United Nations. Skim it and refer... more
Based in San Francisco, Jews For a Free Palestine (JFFP) is an organization of nominally Jewish activists who support what they call "Palestine liberation solidarity efforts." In conjunction with its partner organization, Renounce Aliyah, JFFP says: "[W]e denounce the continued racist and inhumane policies of the Israeli government. There can be no safety for Jews internationally as the Israeli government continues in the role of occupier and oppressor, while falsely claiming to represent us all."
JFFP protested side-by-side with such groups as International ANSWER, United For Peace and Justice, Al-Awda, the International Solidarity Movement, If Americans Knew, the Muslim Students' Association of the U.S. and Canada, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Jews for a Free Palestine calls on Jews to actively oppose U.S. economic aid to Israel, and to "affirm the Palestinian Right of Return." JFFP places the number of Arabs who ought to be granted this "Right of Return" to Israel at 5 million.
More pictures at the link.
Couldn't have said it better: FREE PALESTINE!Based in San Francisco, Jews For a Free Palestine (JFFP) is an organization of... more
Just released from prison for being one of the most outspoken critics of US policy and Israel, as well as the big Israeli lobby group AIPAC, former congressman James Traficant discusses how he was able to prove a convicted Holocaust Nazi was in fact innocent of charges, taking this innocent man off death row.
Also, he discusses US Policy with Israel and how he is going to legally fight against Israeli government until his death.
Americans take note.Just released from prison for being one of the most outspoken critics of US policy and... more
Why are we not surprised that the Israeli government would continue to steal land not belonging to them. This was part of the Road Map to Peace-a BIG part that they originally agreed on. It was a lie to not only steal land, but to dupe the American people of the 3 billion dollars a year, PLUS billions of dollars more in aid from unsuspecting and trusting Americans.
Israel will then have an excuse for the violence they themselves will precipitate from this 'Fuck You' attitude and call it Terrorism, when in fact, the Palestinians are defending their property and their lives.
Netanyahu basically says "Fuck You Americans, just give me more money, we have you under our control"
Here's part of the story, more at the link:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuffed U.S. demands for a total West Bank settlement freeze on Monday, digging in his heels before a crucial meeting with Washington's special Mideast envoy.
Netanyahu told parliament's powerful foreign affairs and defense committee that Israel would consider suspending any new plans to build in the West Bank for a limited time, according to a meeting participant.
But Netanyahu said he would allow approved construction plans to go ahead in order to strike a balance between Israel's desire to resume talks with the Palestinians while at the same time enabling "normal life" in the settlements, a euphemism for building to accommodate the growing settler population.
Israel will continue to build some 3,000 apartments that have already been approved, and will also keep building without restrictions in east Jerusalem, Netanyahu said, according to the meeting participant.
He spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting's contents were not officially made public.Why are we not surprised that the Israeli government would continue to steal land not... more
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has apparently released another message to Americans, rehashing his longstanding grievances against the United States for what he says are US injustices against the Muslim world.
The tape added little to the terrorist leader’s previous addresses, the latest of which came June 3. Mr. bin Laden has released similar statements in previous years during the weeks surrounding 9/11.
Agence France-Presse reported that the tape was released on Sunday by Al-Qaeda’s media group, As-Sahab.
It was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group and IntelCenter, “two groups in the United States that monitor jihadist Web sites,” the New York Times reported.
In it, Mr. bin Laden called US President Barack Obama “powerless” to stop the war in Iraq and Afghanistan because the Israel lobby and corporate interests control US policy. The Associated Press reported:
Bin Laden argued against the claims that the war is necessary for U.S. security, saying current White House officials are merely following the strategy of former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney to “promote the previous policies of fear to market the interests of big companies.”
When Obama became president and retained many of the Bush administration’s military leaders, such as Defense Secretary Robert Gates, “reasonable people knew that Obama is a powerless man who will not be able to end the war as he promised,” bin Laden said.
In another part of the tape, bin Laden reminded Americans of the chief causes of the conflict between Al Qaeda and the US, especially US support for Israel.
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So there it is folks, like I've been and many others have said- the Israeli Lobby (AIPAC). Their work on the US government to pass laws only to help Israel has put the US at odds with the Muslim world causing this confrontation. My suggestion to Mr bin Laden is to turn himself in to US authorities so he can speak more openly about this and have his day in court. It's a valid point he has (and does not annul any other crimes he may have committed) and the fact of the Israel Lobby actions has pissed off many people in the world, besides the Muslim world since Israel indeed mistreats Palestinians (and others) in many criminal ways.
I for one do not condone ANY violence-from his side or Israels side- and if he does turn himself in, he would have to be treated in the most respected way because of the magnitude of such an act and the fact that he did turn himself in. The world would be listening and watching closely.
I also must say, Obama has throttled the Israel lobby, and recently, within the Obama watch, AIPAC has lost much clout in swaying the US congress as illustrated recently in a nuke ban law they tried to pass. So, Obama needs to have some credit on that. Obama is working to make things fair.
So, if he turns himself in, he has the worlds ears and eyes fixed to him. If he has an attorney to negotiate his turning in, he can be assured he will be treated without harm and have some access to the press and attorneys. He will probably live the rest of his life in prison, but at least he was able to have his feelings and reasons broadcast to the world. That in itself can change the landscape of how the world does business with Israel after Israel is further put under the light and microscope.
Meanwhile, the Israel Lobby needs to take a hike! They have cost many lives and are only out for Israel at the cost of those millions of innocent lives. In my opinion, THEY are the ones that should go to prison along with any other guilty party.Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has apparently released another message to Americans,... more
This video shot by a credible media outlet shows a Palestinian child in an Israeli court of law being convicted of a juvenile act, one that is questionable. It took less than a minute to convict her. Many children are held indefinitely and for years before they even get the chance for a trial. Remember the White Flag Killings? This story shows what Israel also does with children. Is this Genocide-slow genocide? Whats wrong with this picture?-heres some of the story....
Each year, hundreds or even thousands of Palestinian children are arrested, tortured, interrogated, abused and incarcerated by the criminals of the Israeli military occupation. In many cases the children are abused sexually by the Israeli interrogators. They are also imprisoned together with teenagers, criminals, and drugs dealers, who also attack the children, abused them sexually, and steal their personal belongings. Two children from the Nahalin village near Bethlehem told me how they had been abused sexually at the Israeli jail by criminals detained there.
According to the human rights organization “Defence for Children International” (DCI), many children were jailed under administrative detention without any charge or trial.
Administrative detention is often based on “secret evidence.” Israeli military order 1226 empowers military commanders to detain Palestinians, including Imalb0600children, for up to six months if they have “reasonable grounds to presume that the security of the area or public security require the detention.” The initial six month period can be extended by additional six-month periods, indefinitely.
The DCI confirmed that the Palestinian child detainees routinely face violations of their human rights during arrest, interrogation and imprisonment. They are exposed to physical and psychological abuse, amounting to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and sometimes torture. They are denied prompt access to a lawyer and often denied contact with their families and the outside world. These children face substandard conditions of detention and are denied access to proper education services.
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First of all, Israel is breaking (again) International laws by holding and incarcerating children. Any democratic government will tell you this. Torturing and sexually abusing children while incarcerate is horrific and those responsible should be held accountable.
Stand up against this violence, stand up against Israeli government that perpetuates this evil as well as many other evils Israeli government conducts every day.This video shot by a credible media outlet shows a Palestinian child in an Israeli... more
Since Barack Obama took office in January, his administration has been plagued by a number of contentious controversies. From the economic stimulus to health care reform, Obama has had trouble maintaining support among liberals and conservatives alike. But the president's most consistent critics have been Jewish moderates and conservatives worried that Obama is more likely to challenge Israel than past presidents have been.
But surging to power with the most impressive following since Ronald Reagan, Obama is well positioned to challenge the Israel Lobby's hard-line stalwart, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In his latest Mother Jones contribution, "Is AIPAC Still the Chosen One?" Richard Dreyfuss attributes the dwindling power of one of DC's most powerful lobbies to the popular new president and the recent rise of dovish advocacy groups such as J Street and Israel Policy Forum.
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Pro left is having more power in US Politics, giving AIPAC less clout. AIPAC's waning clout was underscored this past spring, when Rep. Howard Berman, chair of the House foreign affairs committee, stalled one of AIPAC's babies, the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act.
Little by little, the people that really care about what is happening in Israel and Palestine as a whole, are being listened to. We will see the end of laws and resolutions being passed that only gives Israel more power and confidence to stick their noses up at world laws, and continue their barbaric and inhumane actions against innocent people.
SO, hit the road AIPAC, we know your real agendaSince Barack Obama took office in January, his administration has been plagued by a... more
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew the wrath of Israel's most influential newspapers on Thursday over what they described as lies issued by his office about a secret flight to Russia.
Netanyahu's first major media fiasco since taking office six months ago began with a simple question many Israelis, using their leader's nickname, asked on Monday: Where's Bibi?
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Well, we knew all this.
1 that he and the Israeli government lies thru their teeth, and
2 Israel is trying to make a deal with Russia
(I had stated this in an earlier post and was called an idiot for posting that lie lol)
So now even Israel newspapers themselves, the biggies are calling him a lier. and his pants are definitely ablazePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew the wrath of Israel's most influential... more
STOP AIPAC! Stop the Israeli Lobby from dictating USA policy that puts the US at odds with the world and funds the brutality of the Israeli government.
Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 Union Square. Protest Ehud Olmert, former Prime Minister and un-indicted war criminal for his role in the brutal attack on Gaza in December/January, who will be appearing as a speaker for the World Affairs Council.
Let Olmert know he is considered a criminal by millions around the world!!
Let Olmert know justice will be served!!
Let Olmert know we will not stand by and watch Israels criminal brutality!!
Let AIPAC know they do not run the USA!!
Let AIPAC know we know their real agenda!!
Let AIPAC know they are not welcome!
Stand up for Peace in the Middle East and Against the Pro-War Policies of AIPAC !
Now is the time to let AIPAC, politicians, and the public know that Israeli Apartheid, violence, and oppression of Palestinians is not acceptable! Join us for a demonstration outside the event where we will protest unjust Israeli policies, demand human rights for Palestinians including the Right of Return, and call for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel. We’ll have flyers to educate passersby about the issue and we’ll also be addressing the media.
December 15th, 5 PM San Francisco @ Hilton Hotel Protest the AIPAC annual dinner 333 O'Farrell St - More details coming soon.
PICTURE: Young Boston Jews hold Passover seder outside AIPAC, JCRC offices
Credit: Hannah Mermelstein
Remember, these are PEACEFUL protests. Gandhi did wonders without violence. You, too can do wonders!
Stand up for Peace against the Beast!
more info at the stopaipac link above.STOP AIPAC! Stop the Israeli Lobby from dictating USA policy that puts the US at odds... more
In a statement issued Tuesday, the Swedish EU presidency said settlements are illegal under international law and "constitute an obstacle to peace."
09 September 2009: The European Union has expressed concern about Israel's decision to approve new settler homes in the occupied West Bank.
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Without a doubt, the whole world is little by little turning against Israel. Very soon, Israel will have no choice but to obey laws of the land as well as humanitarian laws.In a statement issued Tuesday, the Swedish EU presidency said settlements are illegal... more
PARIS, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused Israel of genocide against the Palestinian people, telling a French newspaper that the bombing of Gaza late last year was an unprovoked attack.
"The question is not whether the Israelis want to exterminate the Palestinians. They're doing it openly," Chavez said in an interview with Le Figaro published on Wednesday.
The Venezuelan president, who has just completed a tour of Middle Eastern and Arab countries, brushed aside Israeli assertions that its attack on Gaza was a response to rocket fire from Islamist group Hamas which rules the coastal enclave.
"What was it if not genocide? ... The Israelis were looking for an excuse to exterminate the Palestinians," Chavez said, adding that sanctions should have been slapped on Israel.
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I've lost count of all the nations and organizations that have condemned Israel for its bloodbath on Gaza-now its time to up the pressure and indict Israel on these war crimes.PARIS, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused Israel of... more
JERUSALEM (CNN) — A new report by a human rights group says that more than half of the Palestinians killed during Israel’s three-week offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip earlier this year were civilians, contradicting an Israeli military claim.
Israel had said that more than 60 percent of those killed in the military campaign were “terror operatives.”
The Israeli human rights organization B’tselem released figures Wednesday, saying that, of the 1387 killed, 773 “did not take part in the hostilities” and, that of those, 320 minors were killed.
Israel says it launched the military operation in late December and early January in Gaza to stop Hamas and other militant groups from firing rockets into the southern parts of the country.
The accounting, which B’tselem says was based on “months of meticulous investigation and cross checks with numerous sources,” is at odds with official numbers released by Israel. In March, the Israeli military spokesman’s office said that 1,166 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza operation, also known as Operation Cast Lead, and that 709 of them were “identified as Hamas terror operatives, amongst them several from various other terror organizations.”
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God could come down and say the same and Israeli government would say He is biased and an Anti-semitic jerk.
We know the truth. Israel is the most deceptive, greedy and murderous country in the world.JERUSALEM (CNN) — A new report by a human rights group says that more than half... more
The Israeli government has launched a television and internet advertising campaign urging Israelis to inform on Jewish friends and relatives abroad who may be in danger of marrying non-Jews.
The advertisements, employing what the Israeli media described as “scare tactics”, are designed to stop assimilation through intermarriage among young diaspora Jews by encouraging their move to Israel.
The campaign, which cost $800,000, was created in response to reports that half of all Jews outside Israel marry non-Jews. It is just one of several initiatives by the Israeli state and private organisations to try to increase the size of Israel’s Jewish population.
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WHAT! If any other democratic society did this, we would know this is discrimination, and even racial hate!
This is HATE against other people to the umph degreeThe Israeli government has launched a television and internet advertising campaign... more
BBC Newsnight, Israel: Israel's army is changing. Once proudly secular, its combat units are now filling with those who believe Israel's wars are "God's wars".
If the video isn't showing, here it is:
Military rabbis are becoming more powerful. Trained in warfare as well as religion, new army regulations mean they are now part of a military elite.
They graduate from officer's school and operate closely with military commanders. One of their main duties is to boost soldiers' morale and drive, even on the front line.
Israeli general warns of dangers of turning war into 'jihad'
This has caused quite some controversy in Israel. Should military motivation come from men of God, or from a belief in the state of Israel and keeping it safe?
The military rabbis rose to prominence during Israel's invasion of Gaza earlier this year.
Some of their activities raised troubling questions about political-religious influence in the military.
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I cannot imagine priests and the Pope putting on military uniforms and fighting for what the Israeli government fights for. Now I know for a fact, the Israeli government is INSANE!
here's the video:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/8232694.stmBBC Newsnight, Israel: Israel's army is changing. Once proudly secular, its... more