September 2009

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The Spanish Inquisition,Its construction background / DR.R.S.Lissak

The first wave of Jewish conversion to Christianity began as a result of a pogrom against the Jews of Sivilia that started a wave of pogroms around the counrty in 1391. The Jews were forced to choose between conversion and death. About 100,000 Jews converted, while others were killed and their women were raped.

Exposing People to Evil Ideas / Prof.Barry Rubin

After publishing an op-ed by a radical Israeli professor urging a boycott of Israel, Los Angeles Times editorial page editor, Jim Newton, said, “Had Hitler submitted an excerpt from Mein Kampf in the late 1930's [I would have published it] because the world would have benefitted from exposure to evil ideas."

This is an interesting subject for discussion but first it should be noted that Newton misworded his answer, a rather serious mistake for a professional journalist and editor. Perhaps it is even a Freudian slip.

Shfar'am was Jewish in the Past and Jews lived There until 1920 / DR.R.S.Lissak

The Galilean City, Shafar‘am, was formerly a Jewish town, with some Jewish families still living there at the beginning of the 20th century. The last Jew left in 1920.

Today, Shfar’am is an Arabic city in the Lower Galilee. Its population numbers about 33,500 residents, 45% Christian, 35% Muslim, and 20% Druze.

Internationa Law and the Right of Israel for Self- Defence / DR.Abraham Bell

Since Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in August 2005, Palestinian groups including Hamas, Fatah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Popular Resistance Committees have launched thousands of rocket attacks at Israel. All the attacks have been on civilian targets, with no more than a handful of possible exceptions. The brunt of the Palestinian assault has been borne by the town of Sderot. The attacks have killed several residents and injured dozens, struck houses and public buildings like kindergartens, and so traumatized residents that three-quarters of all Sderot children between the ages of 7 and 12 suffer from post-traumatic anxiety.

Is Israel Bound by International Law to Supply Utilities, Goods, and Services to Gaza?DR.A.Bell

On Feb. 9, 2008, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Development Secretary Douglas Alexander attacked Israel's decision to respond to ongoing Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza by limiting the supply of fuel to the Hamas-ruled territory. The two British leaders alleged that Israel's action violated international law. On Feb. 27, 2008, the new UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert H. Serry, also asserted in a briefing to the UN Security Council: "Israeli measures amounting to collective punishment are not acceptable. We call on Israel to meet its obligations toward the civilian population of Gaza under international law."

Kfar Yassif was formerly a Jewish village / DR.R.S.Lissak

Kfar Yassif was formerly a Jewish Village and Sephardic Jews lived there from the 16th century until 1870.

Kfar Yassif today is a large Arabic village in the Western Galilee, east of Acre. Its population of 9100 is comprised of 48% Christians, 48% Muslims, and the rest are Druze. There are 5 churches in the village, 2 mosques, and a holy Druze Maqam, El Khader.

Palestinian problem hopeless but not serious/ Spengler

Palestine problem hopeless, but not serious
"The situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable," declared United Sates President Barack Obama in his June 4 Cairo address. Really? Compared to what? Things are tough all over.

corazim was a Jewish Town and was Resettled Twice since than / DR.R.S.Lissak

Nowadays, Corazim is a communal settlement established in 1990-1991 as a union between the village Corazim (established 1982, about 2 KM east of the ruins of ancient Corazim) and the communal settlement Ma’of (established 1983). The unified village is home to 370 residents.

Its name Corazim is thought to be derived from the word “Caroz”, a herald. It is also called by its Aramaic name Corazin. In the New Testament it is mentioned as Corazin, the town whose inhabitants Christ tried to convert to his teachings and cursed when they refused.

Unilateral Plan of Salam Fayyad / Dan Dacre

Unilateral plan of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to a Palestinian state is a more threatening to Israel than what we've heard so far from the Israeli media. Actually, the program's intention to declare Fayyad Palestinian state within 24 months did not win much attention from the Israeli media, if at all. Can be explained by the Israeli media that traditionally gives less importance to what is being said than what is happening on the ground. But in this case our eyes can see with my own plan of Palestinian endorsed Obama administration, foreigners already $ 200 million Palestinian treasury under the control of Fayyad, to help him realize his vision. Fayyad also said that money was an American declaration of faith in his policies.

Chapter No. 3 - Jews under Arab- Muslim Occupation / DR.R.S.Lissak

Jews under the Arab-and Muslim Occupation (640—1071/1099): Arabization without Islamization


Chapter no.5 : Cultural Arabization without Islamization of Jews under Arab - Muslim Occupation

Jews under the Arab-Muslim Occupation (640—1071/1099): Arabization without Islamization


How Will IDF Confront Regional Threats? Strategic Overview / Ido Nehushtan

Three Channels of Middle East Radicalism: Iran's "Shia Crescent," the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Global Jihad

There is a need for a new paradigm to understand the complex of state and non-state actors in the Middle East. Hizbullah, a part of the "Shia Crescent," is an example of this new paradigm - a non-state organization supported with Iranian funds, know-how, and technology to become a powerful tool to advance Iran's policies.

Israel the World Media Didn't Tell You About/ Dafna O'neill

Did You Know?

The official emblem of the modern State of Israel is the Menorah, a 7-branched candelabra designed after the shape of the Sage bush. The Menorah was copied from the one taken from the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70AD by the Romans and shown on Titus' Arch of Victory in Rome.

Help of all kinds to countries:

Israel donated 2 tons of medical equipment to assist victims of 2007 earth quake in Peru.
Israel sent entire field hospitals, including staff and equipment to help treat injured civilians when earthquakes struck West India and Turkey

Goldstone Commission:Blocking the Truth of Gaza War / Jonathan D.Halevi

On September 15, 2009, the UN investigating commission known as the Goldstone Commission published its conclusions regarding Israel's Gaza operation (December 27, 2008-January 18, 2009), accusing Israel of violating both international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions, and committing war crimes.

Information On the Members of the Goldstone Commission / DR.R.S.Lissak

The chairman of the UN commission to investigate the war in Gaza, Judge Richard Goldstone, has made up his mind on Israel long ago.
He recommended accusing General Sharon of war crime in 1982 before the Hague Tribunal.
He initiated a public- trial at the University of New York on the legitimacy of the Israeli fence.
He was a member on the HRW (the Human Rights Watch) Board, an organization blamed for its poor investigations and inaccurate reports , for its ideological bias against Israel, and of getting grants from Saudi- Arabia, known for its anti-Semitism and anti- Israel sentiments.

Jewish Converts to Christianity Against Their Brothers:The Barcelona and Tortosa Debates /DR.R.S.Lissak

According to the ideology of the Catholic Church, G-d despised the Jews and transferred the status of the Chosen People to the Christians. The Catholic Church wanted Jewish conversion to Christianity as proof that G-d had transferred the elected status to the Christians. The way to persuade Jews to convert was to impose restrictive laws designed to humiliate them and isolate them from Christian society.

Israel- Arab Relations:How The U.S AND Europe Can Help / Panel Discussion,Gloria Center

Panel Discussion. *

On June 8-9, 2009, the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung jointly held a conference in Jerusalem entitled, "Israel and the Arab States: Parallel Interests, Relations, and Strategies." Brief biographies of the participants can be found at the end of the article.

Joe Stork of the HRW supported Munich Massacre/ Ben Dror Ymini

Joe Stork, a senior official in Human Rights Watch, which accuses the IDF of killing Palestinians who waved white flags, is a fanatical supporter of the elimination of Israel. He was a friend of Saddam, ruled out negotiations and supported the Munich Massacre, which "provided an important boost in morale among Palestinians."

Jewish Converts to Christianity Against their Brothers:The Barcelona and Tortosa Debates, Part Two / Dr.r.s.Lissak

The Tortosa Debate 1413/14
In 1413/14 a second debate, this time between a group of Jewish Rabbis and Geronimo de Santa Fe', a converted Jew, was organized in the town of Tortosa, by the Catholic Church and Ferdinand the First, King of the Kingdom of Aragon. 5 Rabbis, were chosen to confront Santa Fe', a converted Jew: - Zarchia Halevy, Astrik Halevi, Joseph Albo, Nissim Ferrer, and Matityahu Yitzhari.

Goldstone's Sin of Omission / Dan Kosky

Richard Goldstone's long-awaited report has confirmed suspicions that his investigation is guided by an agenda to isolate Israel. The farcical investigative process has produced a report which vilifies Israel but helps little in better understanding the Gaza conflict.

Motives and Interests in Israel- Gulf Relations / Prof.Barry Rubin

This article considers prospects for developing relations between Israel and the Persian Gulf monarchies: Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. A central feature of U.S. Middle East policy--and one doomed to fail--is an effort to urge Gulf countries to take steps toward peace or confidence-building measures with Israel.

Some Interesting Evidence on the Gaza War/ DR.R.S.Lissak

An Italian reporter, Lorenzo Cremonesi, published his report on a visit to Gaza in the Italian newspaper "Corriere della Sera" on January 22, 2009.

Cremonesi visited several hospitals in the Gaza Strip and reported that, in "nearly all of Gaza's major hospitals, and especially those in major conflict zones, he found most beds empty."

Goldstone is the Criminal / Ben Dror Yemini

Let's start at the end. Richard Goldstone perpetrated a moral crime. Not against the State of Israel but against human rights. He turned them into a weapon for dark regimes. Goldstone was not negligent. He did this with malice.

Hamas,The Gaza War and Accountability under International Law / Symposium

Session One: The Limitations of International Law in Handling the War on Terrorism

Chairman: Adv. Sigall Horovitz, Legal Officer, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; PhD Candidate, Hebrew University
Daniel Taub, Director, General Law Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Prof. Yoram Dinstein, Law Faculty, Tel Aviv University
Prof. George P. Fletcher, Columbia Law School
Prof. Gerald Steinberg, Executive Director, NGO Monitor; Bar-Ilan University; Jerusalem Center Fellow
Dr. Roy S. Schondorf, Legal Consultant to Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Israel

Missle Defense is Israel's "secret" Weapon Against Iran's Nuclear Weapons/ Prof. B.Rubin

Remember the name Uzi Rubin because he might emerge as the most important individual in the issue of Iran’s nuclear weapons drive. Rubin is the former head of Israel’s missile defense program and now a defense consultant. He has developed the best alternative (or supplement) to blocking the dangers of a radical Islamist, genocidal-oriented, terrorist supporting, antisemitic regime having nuclear-tipped missiles pointed at Israel.

Kfar Manda was Jewish Kfar Mandi until the 14th Century / DR.R.S.Lissak

kfar Manda was Jewish Kfar Mandi until the 14th Century/ DR.R.S.Lissak

Today, Kfar Manda is an Arabic village, situated at the foot of Mount Etzmon, north of the Bet Netofa reservoir in the Lower Galilee. The village's population, as of 2008, is 17,000. Most of the population is Muslim.

There are various explanations of the name’s origins:
An Arabic tradition holds that the name was derived from Midyan, after Jethro who lived in the village 2000 years ago, and that his daughter Zipora, Moses’s wife, is buried there (this is historically impossible).

A Letter to the Guardian/ DR. Denis MacEoin

Note to a friend:
>> Goldstone has
> brought me out in boils. Me and everybody
> else. So I’ve just sent this little missive to The
> Guardian. Hey Ho.

>>The Letter:

> Dear Sir,
> What exactly have the Jews done to deserve the treatment
> now handed out to
> them? I’m not a Jew, but I wonder about this all the
> time. It nags at me.
> Two thousand years of repeated persecution in the Muslim
> and Christian worlds,
> but apparently they only have themselves to blame. Finally,
> they are given
> permission to build a nation in which to protect

The Nexus between Iranian Banks and International Terrorist Financing / Shimon Shapira

On December 19, 2007, a U.S.-based law firm succeeded in freezing the funds of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) in France on behalf of American clients who, in the judgment of U.S. courts, were victims of terrorist attacks sponsored by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Four CBI accounts at Natexis Banques Populaire totaling 90 million Euros, 52 million Swiss francs, and 25 million British pounds were included the freeze. CBI accounts at Bank Melli (the National Bank of Iran) in Paris that held 231 million Euros and $52 million were also frozen.

The Islamic Republic of Gaza / Jonathan Spyer

Deriving accurate and reliable information from within the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip is not easy. The Strip is largely closed to journalists, and its inhabitants are reluctant to speak in detail of events there.

Nevertheless, reliable sources confirm that one observable trend taking place there is the growing dominance of Islam. This process is being driven forward by the growing strength of Salafi and extreme Sunni elements.

The Gaza Report is a Disaster for Human Rights and Peace / Prof.B.Rubin

The United Nations-sponsored Goldstone report, created for the purpose of bashing Israel over the Gaza war with phony claims of “war crimes,” is possibly the most inaccurate document ever produced by that organization.
In fact, several commission members declared the defendant guilty before being selected; sections of the report echoed previous ones by groups known for their bias; virtually all the data included are unverified claims by politically committed Palestinians who view Israel as an enemy to be destroyed; and scores of specific items can be shown to be false.

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