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To: Nadine Carroll who wrote (1588)4/27/2002 12:07:49 PM
From: StormRider
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sad but true...

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To: StormRider who wrote (1591)4/27/2002 12:48:09 PM
From: StormRider
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By Barbara Ferguson, Arab News, 4/25/2002

WASHINGTON, 25 April - The San Francisco Superior Court has awarded former
Congressman Pete McCloskey, R-California, a $150,000 court judgment against
the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

McCloskey, the attorney in the case, represented one of three civil
lawsuits filed in San Francisco against the ADL in 1993. The lawsuit came
after raids were made by the San Francisco Police Department and the FBI on
offices of the ADL in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, which found that
the ADL was engaged in extensive domestic spying operations on a vast
number of individuals and institutions around the country.

During the course of the inquiry in San Francisco, the SFPD and FBI
determined the ADL had computerized files on nearly 10,000 people across
the country, and that more than 75 percent of the information had been
illegally obtained from police, FBI files and state drivers' license data

Much of the stolen information had been provided by Tom Gerard of the San
Francisco Police Department, who sold, or gave, the information to Ray
Bullock, ADL's top undercover operative.

The investigation also determined that the ADL conduit, Gerard, was also
working with the CIA.

Two other similar suits against ADL were settled some years ago, and the
ADL was found guilty in both cases, but the McCloskey suit continued to
drag through the courts until last month...

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To: StormRider who wrote (1592)4/27/2002 1:14:39 PM
From: StormRider
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By Danna Harman, The Christian Science Monitor, 4/23/02

BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK - The food in the besieged Church of the Nativity is
running out. The priests, nuns, monks, and friars trapped between Israeli
soldiers stationed in Manger Square and some 200 Palestinians gunmen hiding
inside the church have almost gone through their stocks of beans and
spaghetti - and are reportedly rationing pretzels and drinking well water...

"Before, our identity as a Christian minority within the Palestinian
community was threatened - so we held onto it tight. Today, what is being
threatened is our national identity as Palestinians, and that is the
important struggle," says Nuha Khoury, a Christian Palestinian professor at
Bethlehem University.

"Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon never heard of divide and rule," she
says sarcastically. "He started with an assault on Al Aqsa," she explains,
referring to Sharon's trip in September 2001 to the holy Muslim site in
Jerusalem which sparked the current intifada. "And now he is ending with
the Church of the Nativity. Nothing is sacred to him. We are all the same
to him. Palestinians. The enemy..."

Peter Qumri, the Christian Palestinian director of Bethlehem's general
hospital points at another aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that
is pushing the Christians here closer to their Muslim brothers.

"The support of the Christian right in the US for Israel has embarrassed us
and forced us to prove our identity and become even more nationalistic," he
says. Sitting in his office surrounded by a framed photograph of himself
kissing the pope's hand on one side and a giant poster of Arafat on the
other, Dr. Qumri says that "any Christian that comes to support Israel is
not a real Christian."

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To: StormRider who wrote (1593)4/27/2002 1:17:42 PM
From: StormRider
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By ROBERT SCHEER, The Los Angeles Times, 4/22/02

Is there media bias against Israel?

The claim, hotly expressed in thousands of angry e-mails and subscription
cancellations, that the U.S. media are anti-Israel is so absurd as to
suggest hysteria. Are American Jews in such deep denial about the brutality
of Israel's recent actions that they would damn those who report the truth?

Certainly the American media are far more sympathetic to Israel than
publishers and journalists in the rest of the world. This is particularly
true in Western Europe, perhaps reflecting the widespread public sympathy
there for the Palestinians, as measured in recent polls. Not that sympathy
for Israelis, bloodied repeatedly by a merciless bombing campaign targeting
civilians, is not equally warranted...

Moreover, no group is so safely denigrated in the mass media of this
country, particularly in film, as "the Arabs," who became the enemy of
choice in post-Cold War movie-making in such films as "True Lies." And no
group is as underrepresented in the media work force; there are more than 3
million Arab Americans, yet it is exceedingly rare to find one working as a
newspaper reporter or TV news personality...

To humanize a people does not mean to apologize for the behavior of
murderous individuals, movements or institutions representing the dark
revenge fantasies of a people's consciousness, of course. But to blindly
endorse the outrage of one side while ignoring the pain of the other does
both a disservice...

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To: Nadine Carroll who wrote (1588)4/27/2002 1:19:54 PM
From: denizen48
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You know what you can do with those polls? Especially once we get into WWIII.
Look. These "peace negotiations" have been going on since 1967. And all that time Israel has been settling the West Bank. As a matter of fact, I believe Barak made Sharon his minister in charge of settlements during his tenure.
So what's it gonna be, land or peace? And why should Americans support this well-organized land grab?
My kid just got activated in the reserves. War is coming. It's going to turn a lot of senseless hate loose in this country. We have nothing to gain by it.

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To: denizen48 who wrote (1595)4/29/2002 1:19:41 AM
From: StormRider
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israel banned the UN Jenin probe... surprise, surprise...

By JACK KATZENELL, The Associated Press, 4/28/2002

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's Cabinet decided Sunday not to allow a U.N. fact-finding team to come to the region to look into the battle in the Jenin refugee camp, a Cabinet minister said…

Rivlin, speaking for the Cabinet, criticized the team's composition and said it was inevitable that the mission's report would blame Israel.

“This awful United Nations committee is out to get us and is likely to smear Israel and to force us to do things which Israel is not prepared even to hear about, such as interrogating soldiers and officers who took part in the fighting,” Rivlin said…

In an eight-day battle that ended April 11, the center of the Jenin refugee camp was devastated by Israeli bulldozers and tanks. Palestinians charged that Israeli soldiers massacred hundreds of civilians…

After an international outcry, the United Nations, following a U.S. initiative, put together the inquiry team to look into what happened at the camp. At first Israel agreed, but then objected to the framework and procedures the team was to follow, as well as the composition of the team.

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To: StormRider who wrote (1596)4/29/2002 2:50:12 AM
From: denizen48
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Israel is the eternal victim, while it plays smashmouth with its neighbors.There was an open peace invitation on the table just one month ago. But now they are in danger of being crushed. By who, I'd like to know? Surely not the Palestinians.

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To: denizen48 who wrote (1595)4/29/2002 11:19:33 AM
From: Thomas M.
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"How would Americans view a president who regarded over 100,000 dead and injured American civilians merely as unavoidable collateral damage toward his ultimate goal of annexing Mexico? We would view him as a madman."

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To: StormRider who wrote (1591)4/29/2002 11:22:27 AM
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To: Thomas M. who wrote (1598)4/29/2002 4:09:45 PM
From: pie-faced-mutt
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Apartheid in the Holy Land

"Desmond Tutu
Monday April 29, 2002
The Guardian

In our struggle against apartheid, the great supporters were Jewish people.
They almost instinctively had to be on the side of the disenfranchised, of the
voiceless ones, fighting injustice, oppression and evil. I have continued to
feel strongly with the Jews. I am patron of a Holocaust centre in South
Africa. I believe Israel has a right to secure borders.

What is not so understandable, not justified, is what it did to another people
to guarantee its existence. I've been very deeply distressed in my visit to the
Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in
South Africa. I have seen the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints
and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white police officers prevented
us from moving about.

On one of my visits to the Holy Land I drove to a church with the Anglican
bishop in Jerusalem. I could hear tears in his voice as he pointed to Jewish
settlements. I thought of the desire of Israelis for security. But what of the
Palestinians who have lost their land and homes?

I have experienced Palestinians pointing to what were their homes, now
occupied by Jewish Israelis. I was walking with Canon Naim Ateek (the head
of the Sabeel Ecumenical Centre) in Jerusalem. He pointed and said: "Our
home was over there. We were driven out of our home; it is now occupied by
Israeli Jews."

My heart aches. I say why are our memories so short. Have our Jewish
sisters and brothers forgotten their humiliation? Have they forgotten the
collective punishment, the home demolitions, in their own history so soon?
Have they turned their backs on their profound and noble religious
traditions? Have they forgotten that God cares deeply about the

Israel will never get true security and safety through oppressing another
people. A true peace can ultimately be built only on justice. We condemn the
violence of suicide bombers, and we condemn the corruption of young minds
taught hatred; but we also condemn the violence of military incursions in
the occupied lands, and the inhumanity that won't let ambulances reach the

The military action of recent days, I predict with certainty, will not provide
the security and peace Israelis want; it will only intensify the hatred.

Israel has three options: revert to the previous stalemated situation;
exterminate all Palestinians; or - I hope - to strive for peace based on
justice, based on withdrawal from all the occupied territories, and the
establishment of a viable Palestinian state on those territories side by side
with Israel, both with secure borders.

We in South Africa had a relatively peaceful transition. If our madness could
end as it did, it must be possible to do the same everywhere else in the
world. If peace could come to South Africa, surely it can come to the Holy

My brother Naim Ateek has said what we used to say: "I am not pro- this
people or that. I am pro-justice, pro-freedom. I am anti- injustice,

But you know as well as I do that, somehow, the Israeli government is placed
on a pedestal [in the US], and to criticise it is to be immediately dubbed
anti-semitic, as if the Palestinians were not semitic. I am not even
anti-white, despite the madness of that group. And how did it come about that
Israel was collaborating with the apartheid government on security

People are scared in this country [the US], to say wrong is wrong because
the Jewish lobby is powerful - very powerful. Well, so what? For goodness
sake, this is God's world! We live in a moral universe. The apartheid
government was very powerful, but today it no longer exists. Hitler,
Mussolini, Stalin, Pinochet, Milosevic, and Idi Amin were all powerful, but
in the end they bit the dust.

Injustice and oppression will never prevail. Those who are powerful have to
remember the litmus test that God gives to the powerful: what is your
treatment of the poor, the hungry, the voiceless? And on the basis of that,
God passes judgment.

We should put out a clarion call to the government of the people of Israel, to
the Palestinian people and say: peace is possible, peace based on justice is
possible. We will do all we can to assist you to achieve this peace, because it
is God's dream, and you will be able to live amicably together as sisters and
brothers. "

Desmond Tutu is the former Archbishop of Cape Town and chairman of South
Africa's truth and reconciliation commission. This address was given at a
conference on Ending the Occupation held in Boston, Massachusetts, earlier
this month. A longer version appears in the current edition of Church Times.

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