Archive for October 2nd, 2006

Pali Terrorist Fight Each Other

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Riots Between Hamas and Fatah Factions in Gaza Strip, West Bank Kill 8

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Heavily armed Hamas militiamen’s efforts to break up anti-government protests on Sunday sparked gunbattles across the Gaza Strip that killed eight people in the worst internal Palestinian violence since the terrorist group took power.

Militants from the opposition Fatah group retaliated by torching the Palestinian Cabinet building in Ramallah, attacking Hamas offices throughout the West Bank, kidnapping a Hamas minister and threatening a mass strike. The spasm of violence dampened already fading hopes for the creation of a national unity government between the two groups that could end crippling economic sanctions.

The fighting continued throughout the day and sent schoolchildren and other civilians in downtown Gaza City fleeing for cover.

Hamas shuts down gov’t offices to protest clashes

Hamas militiamen withdrew from the streets of the Gaza Strip on Monday and returned to their normal posts after the worst day of internal violence since Hamas took control of the Palestinian government in March.

In the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party enforced a general strike, closing shops and private schools in a show of force against Hamas. For its part, the Hamas-led government ordered all ministries closed to protest Fatah attacks on government buildings.

Fatah militants also released Samir Birawi, a Hamas official in the Finance Ministry they had briefly kidnapped, telling him his abduction was intended to send Hamas a message to end the Gaza violence, Hamas officials said. The Fatah men also burned Birawi’s car.

Gaza, the center of the violence that killed eight people on Sunday, remained tense Monday, and many shops were closed out of fears of renewed attacks.

Despite appeals for calm from Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, militants in Gaza torched the Agricultural Ministry early Monday, and a group of young students in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanun stoned the house of Hamas minister until his bodyguards chased them away by firing in the air.

“The New Anti-Semitism” by Victor Davis Hanson

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Hating Jews, on racial as well as religious grounds, is as old as the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Later in Europe, pogroms and the Holocaust were the natural devolution of that elemental venom.

Anti-Semitism, after World War II, often avoided the burning crosses and Nazi ranting. It often appeared as a more subtle animosity, fueled by envy of successful Jews in the West. “The good people, the nice people” often were the culprits, according to a character in the 1947 film “Gentleman’s Agreement,” which dealt with the American aristocracy’s social shunning of Jews.

A recent third type of anti-Jewish odium is something different. It is a strange mixture of violent hatred by radical Islamists and the more or less indifference to it by Westerners.

Those who randomly shoot Jews for being Jews — whether at a Jewish center in Seattle or at synagogues in Istanbul — are for the large part Muslim zealots. Most in the West explain away the violence. They chalk it up to anger over the endless tit-for-tat in the Middle East. Yet privately they know that we do not see violent Jews shooting Muslims in the United States or Europe.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promises to wipe Israel “off the map.” He seems eager for the requisite nuclear weapons to finish off what an Iranian mullah has called a “one-bomb state” — meaning Israel’s destruction would only require one nuclear weapon. Iran’s theocracy intends to turn the idea of a Jewish state on its head. Instead of Israel being a safe haven for Jews in their historical birthplace, the Iranians apparently find that concentration only too convenient for their own final nuclear solution.

In response, here at home the Council on Foreign Relations rewards the Iranian president with an invitation to speak to its membership. At the podium of that hallowed chamber, Ahmadinejad, who questions whether the Holocaust ever took place, basically dismissed a firsthand witness of Dachau by asking whether he really could be that old.

The state-run, and thus government-authorized, newspapers of the Middle East, slander Jews in barbaric fashion. “Mein Kampf” (translated, of course, as “Jihadi”) sells briskly in the region. Hamas and Hezbollah militias on parade emulate the style of brownshirts. In response, much of the Western public snoozes. They are far more worried over whether a Danish cartoonist has caricatured Islam, or if the pope has been rude to Muslims when quoting an obscure 600-year-old Byzantine dialogue.

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The renewed hatred of Jews in the Middle East — and the indifference to it in the West — is a sort of “post anti-Semitism.” Islamic zealots supply the old venomous hatred, while affluent and timid Westerners provide the new necessary indifference — if punctuated by the occasional off-the-cuff Amen in the manner of a Louis Farrakhan or Mel Gibson outburst.

The dangers of this post anti-Semitism is not just that Jews are shot in Europe and the United States — or that a drunken celebrity or demagogue mouths off. Instead, ever so insidiously, radical Islam’s hatred of Jews is becoming normalized.

The result is that the world’s politicians and media are talking seriously with those who not merely want back the West Bank, but rather want an end to Israel altogether and everyone inside it.

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At Issue: ‘Religious Accommodation’ in Public Schools

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Once again, the ACLU is suing to keep Christians from expressing religion in school.

(AgapePress) – The ACLU has gone on the attack again against prayer on school property, this time in Tennessee. At the same time, a Muslim group in Virginia says schools should examine their policies to see that they accommodate the religious needs of Muslim students.
The Tennessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit claiming that Wilson County school officials promote prayer and other religious activities. According to an Associated Press report, the ACLU claims that a group called “The Praying Parents” meets monthly in Lebanon’s Lakeview Elementary School cafeteria to pray for the school, faculty, staff, and children.
The suit claims “The Praying Parents” are endorsed in the school newsletter, their flyer is distributed to students, and group members enter classrooms to inform students that the group is praying for them. The ACLU says it is suing “to protect religious freedom.” (“Protect Religious Freedom”?? Is the ACLU kidding? How are eath are they “Protecting Religious Freedom”. -ed.)
Lakeview’s principal insists the parents group neither comes in contact with students nor prays with them. In previous court cases involving prayer on school property, the only consistent prohibition has been in the area of school employees initiating prayer activity.
A spokesman for a First Amendment law firm contends that the ACLU may be stretching it a bit by saying “The Praying Parents” is a violation of the Establishment Clause. (will someone please show me where and when schools were given the right to “establish” a national religion? I thought that laws were made by the legislature, not the schools. -ed) Steve Crampton, chief counsel for the Center for Law & Policy, says he believes the presence of parents on campus for their group does not alone constitute a violation.
“There’s every good secular reason to allow well-intended parents to come in and do what they think is a public good by praying over classrooms, and praying for students’ protection, for example, while they’re at school during the hours that the schools are open,” says Crampton. “So I think it’s a very defensible, very winnable case for the school.”
Meanwhile, a Virginia-based Muslim group says it has launched a campaign to visit middle and high schools to review policies for accommodating what it calls “the religious needs” of Muslim students during Ramadan and throughout the year. The move comes after a high school in Burke, Virginia, agreed to compromise its policy on what students must wear during gym class. It says it will now allow a female Muslim student to wear Islamic attire in those classes instead of the required gym shorts.
According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the girl was threatened with failing the class if she did not wear shorts. CAIR’s Maryland and Virginia chapter says it is making plans to conduct “diversity training” for newer staff members at the Burke school.
There is no word yet whether the ACLU will launch a lawsuit against the school accommodation of the Islamic student.

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Update:
Gym Attire Gripe Latest Bid to Force Shari’a in US, Critic Says

Daniel Pipes, a frequent critic of CAIR and the director of the Middle East Forum, told Cybercast News Service that the gym shorts are part of a “campaign” by CAIR to replace rules in the U.S.
It is a campaign “to adapt public schools in the United States to Islamic norms,” Pipes said, and “is an integral part of its effort to adapt the country to the Shari’a, or Islamic law.”
“Its success in getting the gym rules changed at Lake Braddock High School, plus its success in providing ‘diversity training’ for school staff, have inspired it to become more bold and to ‘review the policies’ in other middle and high schools in an attempt to bend them too to the Shari’a,” Pipes added.