Tuesday, June 18, 2013
let me explain why everybody is mad at me. It’s because I have confronted people with the following contradiction: you can’t have Zionism and democracy at the same time. And for those who criticize me, it’s very difficult to get out of this contradiction.
Now let me answer your question. First of all, Western democracy has to be ruled out. For me that’s cut and dried: there’s no question of setting up democracy in Israel, because democracy means equal rights for all, irrespective of racial or religious origins. Therefore democracy and Zionism cannot go together. And Israel’s Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed this state to be a Jewish state, is a totally schizophrenic document. You just can’t, on the one hand, want a Jewish state and at the same time give non-Jews the right to become a majority. When Abba Eban makes beautiful speeches in twelve languages and starts talking about Jewish democracy-what on earth does that mean, Jewish democracy?"
PS Adam kindly translated: ""Anis Farayhah one of the creators of the Phoenician doctrine and its "scientific promoters. His book “A Lexicon of names of Lebanese cities and villages” is biased and not-impartial. For example, for the name “Hirmil”, he rules out an Arabic origin for the word (is contained in Lisan Al-`Arab). He sneaks in the possibility, a mere possibility, that the origin is Grecian (page 114). However, in his book “A Lexicon of Spoken Dialects”, he is obliged to finally admit that “’amiyyeh” (spoken Arabic) is fundamentally Arabic. Note: His book “Hear, O Rida!” is enjoyable for children."
Monday, June 17, 2013
-You get the same result by googling Edward Said, Khalil Sakakini, and other Palestinian Jerusalemites, all born before Israel
was even established; their birthplace is given by Google (in the right-hand corner) as: Jerusalem, Israel.
- Even more bizarre, the birthplace of the medieval Islamic geographer, al-Muqaddasi,, born in 940 AD, is given as (you guessed it): Jerusalem, Israel.
- You get the same result if you google two of Islam's holiest monuments, al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, not to mention the
Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
- Google also identifies Jerusalem as "Capital of Israel" in the right-hand sidebar when you search for the city, without any qualification.
- Supporters of the Palestinian cause celebrated in early May when Google replaced the words "Palestinian territories" on the homepage
google.ps with the word "Palestine," thus seeming to recognize Palestinian statehood. That small symbolic gesture has now been more
than offset by its considering Jerusalem, its residents, sites, and monuments, all to be under Israeli sovereignty, and by recognizing the
city to be capital of Israel, something even the United States has not done.
- The information portal of our time consecrates Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory and declares Jerusalem to be Israel's alone,
without so much as indicating that there is a dispute over its sovereignty. The occupation of Jerusalem and the disenfranchisement of
its people seems to have been consecrated into common knowledge.
Do with this as you will."
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Abbas instructed the PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contact international Palestinian embassies to mobilize support for the Arab Idol star." (thanks Mohamed)
The government has refused to reveal which countries are involved."
" Britain and France have also said there is convincing evidence that Syria has used chemical weapons, but neither they nor the United States have made their evidence public."
In an interview with the French TV station LCP, former French minister for Foreign Affairs Roland Dumas said:
‘’ I’m going to tell you something. I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met with top British officials, who confessed to me that they were preparing something in Syria.""
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Kidding of course: you know that hotel was the favorite for King Husayn of Jordan who avoided the Madison. His contacts in the city would procure prostitutes for him and bring them to his suite over the years. But don't get me wrong: the man was moderate and visionary--a visionary of surrender and capitulation and bribery.
HRDAG obtained data from the eight sources listed in Section 1 via dif-ferent mechanisms and at di erent times. Below is a brief description of each source, how and when HRDAG obtained data from each source, and any additional information available about each source's mission and data
collection and veri cation methods.
March 15 Group: This list was provided to HRDAG by OHCHR in February 2012. The group was recommended to OHCHR by the Local Coordination Committees, among others.
Syrian Government: This list was provided to HRDAG by OHCHR in September 2012.
Syrian Center for Statistics and Research: HRDAG scraped16 SCSR's website17 in May 2013 to obtain a copy of their published data. Indi-viduals can ll out a form on the SCSR website to add victim infor-mation. HRDAG established direct contact with SCSR in late May 2013 and in the future will be able to access data directly from SCSR.
Syrian Network for Human Rights: This list was provided to HRDAG by OHCHR in August 2012. Beginning in February 2013, HRDAG established a direct relationship with SNHR. SNHR conducts monthly reviews of their records and subsequently updates their dataset with newly discovered victims. These updates were not shared in time to be included in the data used in this analysis. SNHR maintains a website18 where they describe that they `adopt the highest approved documentation principles by the international bodies.'
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: This list was provided to HRDAG by OHCHR in December 2012 and again in May 2013. This list includes only \[c]ivilians and opposition ghters who are not de-
fectors" as categorized by SOHR. SOHR also collects data on defec- tors, pro-government militia (Sabihha), military and police personnel, unidenti ed persons, unidenti ed and foreign ghters, and Hezbollah
selves as `. . . a group of people who believe in Human Rights, from inside and outside the country, observing the Human Rights situation in Syria, documenting and criticizing all Human Rights violations, l- ing reports and spreading it across a broad Human Rights and Media range.' The website also speci es that SOHR `. . . is not associated or linked to any political body.'
Syrian Revolution General Council: This list was provided to HRDAG by OHCHR in February 2012 along with the description that `. . . a sta of 5 is diligently dedicated to documenting numbers of deaths using di erent means including visiting families of those killed and contacting mosques and also verifying medical records and in some cases inspection of the body by person when possible.'
Syrian Shuhada: This list was provided to HRDAG by OHCHR in February 2012. Subsequently HRDAG scraped the website20 several times in 2012 and 2013 to obtain updated data. It is worth noting that the SS website collects data from several sources, including the Syrian Network for Human Rights (one of the other sources for this analysis). As of 24 May 2013 the SS website reported 5,605 total records from SNHR, about 8% of SS's total database.
Violation Documentation Centre: This list was provided to OHCHR
in February 2012. Subsequently HRDAG scraped the website21 several
times in 2012 and 2013 to obtain updated data. The `About' page of
their website describes the data classi cation methods and three-stage
data veri cation process implemented by the VDC."