Abbas and his henchmen create and sustain fictitious stories about Israeli mistreatment of Palestinians to maintain the Arab Israel conflict Reader comment on: The Palestinian Authority's Policy of Duplicity at the Gatestone Institute
Submitted by Batya Casper, Israelathebook.com, Sep 28, 2012 13:22
And so Palestinians - and the rest of the world - continue to believe that Israel is the source of all Palestinian suffering. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a manufactured aspect of the more global Arab-Israeli conflict, one that is not limited to the Middle East, for it has designs over the West, too.
Tyger, Tyger burning bright... Reader comment on: US and Europe's "Oneness" Integration Project posted in Gatestone Institute
Submitted by Batya Casper, Israelathebook.com, Sep 27, 2012 11:12
Wonderful article. So far we've been dealing with little tigers, with murdering people in embassies, burning of mosques and toppling twin towers, not to mention turning our own blind eye in Western countries to the horrendous abuse of women and children and other horrors of Sharia law. But now that we are reaching into the maw of a nuclear-ready Iran? The armament that ultimately saved the world in World War II was Churchill's abiding understanding of Western values, his clearheadedness and, unlike Chamberlain, his refusal to ride the tiger. It was Churchill's sense of right and wrong that wone that war, his understanding of the consequences of such a breach. We have lost that. Since Vietnam, we have learned to be embarrassed by such rigidity and have increasingly given in to the blurring of boundaries. Wrong is not really wrong; it is understandable confusion, or simply a different perspective - and in many cases, that is indeed the case. Yet, in a current, politically correct society, condemning something as wrong has become tantamount to being a fascist. Right is not right; it is rigidity. Again, while in many cases that might be true, in some, right is still right, and wrong is still dangerous. To clean up our current mess, right and wrong have to be brought out of the closet in their original garb, because without them, we will be hopelessly ill-equiped to protect our civilization. We have to clearly and honestly know what we stand for, and what the tiger in our midst stands for - and recognize the difference, because the Iranian threat is like the Arab-Israeli conflict or the Arab-West conflict, tenfold.
Hezbollah and its stance in the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict. Reader comment on: Kick Me: European Union Backs Iran's Hezbollah
Submitted by Batya Casper, Israelathebook.com, Sep 25, 2012 17:44
The EU's self interest with regard to the Hezbollah and other fundamentalist agents of evil is neither new nor surprising. What is surprising is how the rest of Europe allows the EU to perpetrate, and thereby normalise, the ongoing atrocities made in the name of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the destabalization in the Middle East, and the increasing threat to the West. When will the West take responsibility for it demise?
Free speech Reader comment on: How Much For A Piece Of The First Amendment?
Submitted by Batya Casper, Sep 24, 2012 13:45
Thanks to Karen Lugo for her direct and honest thinking. She points out that "Military families, Christians, Jews, tea party activists, and various other groups must suffer insult with a stiff upper lip so that discourse can run the full range of parody and ridicule" - as so it should be, and reminds us that free speech is the gift of our free society. It provides us with a climate for the unfettered interchange of ideas. That is true. Yet, in this interchange of ideas, it is essential for all to examine every statement or point of view, however slanderous, for what they are. American liberty requires rigorous, thoughtful inquiry. It requires vigilance. Sadly, instead of availing ourselves of one of the greatest human rights, we have grown lazy. We have allowed slander and hate to be slapped around like mud over entire sections of society, over races and countries - absent of honest scrutiny, dialogue, or vigilance. Freedom does not give us the right to ban expression, but it does oblige us to be honest and thoughtful in our assessments.
The barbarism that has grasped center stage since 9/11 is confronting us with the end result of our intellectual lethargy. This should be a wake up call for the west. Free speech is not part of a kid's goody bag like balloons or toy guns, it is a responsibility, an obligation to hear differing opinions, to consider them honestly for what they are, and to take note. We of the West have not taken note.
Dear Mr. Stephens,
I've writing in response to your newspaper article out of a sense of overwhelming gratitude to you and Mitt Romney.
Because you are of course right. Years ago, Israel was the "pluckyunderdog, the proud member of the Socialist International."willing to
give its all to build a country in which its people could live in
peace with its neighbors. And you are right again when you publicly
acknowledge - finally someone, no, not one, two wonderful individuals
acknowledge - that Israel exports "technology, not tyranny and
terrorism," that it devotes all its energies that are not dedicated to
defense, to life-enhancing research. May God bless you for that.
Because, though Israelis have by now relinquished their dream of
peace, they have no interest in perpetuating their tiresome Arab
Israel conflict. Nor, strange as this might seem, is Israel (no larger
than Rhode Island) interested in giving away anymore of its territory
for a peace that is never forthcoming. What is wrong with this
generation that rewrites history every five minutes, and lies to do so? - What is wrong with our generation that it so intensely wants to believe a people whose fury at Israel stems simply from Israel’s being there, near them – more, for its being plucky, successful, and dedicated to life.
The Palestinians too can have a life of wellbeing. All it needs to do is to allow Israel to exist, and build a home dedica of its own on the territory they already call Palestine..
Arab-Israel conflict and the Palestinian agenda of intolerance Reader comment on: The Peace Process: View from the West Bank
Submitted by Batya Casper, Israelathebook.com, Sep 20, 2012 10:58
For sure, we of the West are enlightened. Freedom of speech and the open exchange of ideas are integral to our inalianable liberties. Yet, freedom of ideas has allowed the PLO imams and the Hamas to spread their wild fire of anti-Israel hatred among its citizens. It has enabled them to spread their script of Israel as the evil occupier and as an apartheid state to their own people and to innocents around the world, ignoring the reality that Palestinians enjoy freedoms in Israel that they are denied in Arab countries. Freedom of speech, ironically so stifled in most of the Middle East countries, has enabled fundamentalist Arab states to lay the ground work for their agenda which has always been, and which remains, the Arab takeover of the Jewish state. Arab anti-Israeli slander is now accepted parlance in the policy making halls of the EU and the White House. It is taken as given in the homes and minds of the gullible and the ready-to-believe around the globe. In short, the Israel-Arab conflict is alive, kicking and lethal.
I am Orit’s guiding spirit. I’ve visited her nightly in her dreams, thrusting myself between her mothers and her fears. Slowly I’ve persuaded her to forgive. I hear the man in the hat and the prayer shawl say I can rest now, that my job is done. I don’t want to rest. I want to whirl around the bridal canopy my wind transforming its fabric into birds. I want my palm trees to wave in giddy celebration, my tide to run along the beach in lapping tongues and wash the feet of the guests just as Abraham washed the feet of his angels, so that they blessed him with children and children’s children at the beginning of this, our story.
The death of Naama’s brother has followed her. A tree never heals when its limb is ripped away, but she’s learned to invest in the clay pots she bakes in her kiln; in the sweet-smelling lotions on her bathroom shelf, in the copper pot set just so on that out-of-the way windowsill. At any hour of the day or night, after finishing a book or making love to her husband, you can find her in her kitchen whipping celebratory frosting for a cake. Naama takes her grandchildren to my flowering hilltops in the north and my southern desert sands. Her workdays? Those she devotes to the healing of bodies and souls, ripped apart by evil.
Tell me, is that woman not a child of mine?
Life in Israel is full of surprises. A California Jewish native meets a Daliyat El-Carmel, Israel Druze native ~~ MK Akram Hasson.
It was a honor and privilege to meet a man who gives so much to his community and Israel. Akram's background is very extensive. He did his national Israeli service between 1978 and 1981, worked as Director of Youth and Sports at a local council. The following year he briefly worked as a teacher in a high school in Daliyat al-Karmel and the prison system, before starting work at a law firm in Haifa. He left the firm in 1986 and became director of the Daliyat al-Karmel community center. In 1989 he became Deputy Mayor of the city, a position he held until 1998.
In 1996 he graduated with a BA in Education, gaining an masters degree in Business and Education administration the following year. In 1997 he became a headteacher, before working as the Director of the Israeli branch of the Lincolnshire University from 1998 until 2001. In 2002 he was awarded a PhD. Between 2003 and 2008 he served as mayor of Carmel City and a member of the Planning and Building Committee in Haifa. Since 2005 he been a member of the Committee for Changing the System of Government in Israel.
Hasson became a member of the Israeli Knesset in May 2012. A truly wonderful man who wants to make this world a better world!!
Author Batya Casper.