Archive for January 9th, 2008

“Israeli-Arabs: ”Don’t ‘Unoccupy’ Us” by Jack Kinsella

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Although 2008 is supposed to be the year that sees the development of a Palestinian state, not every Palestinian is happy about the idea — especially those who live on the Israeli side of the fence.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently shook Jerusalem’s Palestinian population to its core when he hinted that Israel would be willing to give up parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority.

Nabil Gheit, the Palestinian mayor of Ras Hamis, a suburb of Jerusalem, doesn’t exactly consider Israel to be a friend. Indeed, he has two posters hanging on the wall of his shop dedicated to “the martyr, Saddam Hussein”

He’s lived for forty years under Israeli “occupation” — served two terms in an Israeli prison, and he complains that the military checkpoint up the street from his shop hurts his business.

But when he heard Olmert was considering ceding his town over the Palestinian authority, he told a reporter for the Toronto Globe & Mail;

“If there was a referendum here, no one would vote to join the Palestinian Authority. We will not accept it. There would be another intifada [uprising] to defend ourselves from the PA.”

Gheit also told the reporter that, over the past five years, some 5,000 people have moved into Ras Hamis from other parts of the West Bank. He said they were afraid they would lose their Israeli identification cards if they didn’t live within the city limits of Jerusalem or its suburbs.

There would be a mass exodus into other parts of the city, or other towns in Israel, if it looked likely that Ras Hamis and Shuafat, home to a combined 50,000 people, were about to be declared no longer part of Jerusalem, he said.

It is worth remembering that not only is Gheit no friend of Israel, but neither is the Toronto Globe & Mail.

For that matter, neither is the Associated Press, who quoted a Palestinian cab driver saying; “Are you kidding? To bring a corrupt [Palestinian] Authority here? This is just what we are missing.”

In point of fact, when polled, the overwhelming majority of Palestinians living under Israeli rule prefer it that way. When asked by pollsters “Would you prefer to be a citizen of Israel or a new Palestinian state?” sixty-two percent of Palestinian Jerusalemites preferred Israeli citizenship.

Asked if they support transferring the heavily Arab “Galillee Triangle” from Israel to a new Palestinian state, a whopping seventy-eight percent of the Palestinians living there oppose it.

Just as surprising was the finding reported by Daniel Pipes that seventy-three percent of Triangle Arabs said they would resort to violence to prevent changes in the border.

Their reasons, he noted, were divided fairly evenly between those claiming Israel as their homeland (43 percent) and those cherishing Israel’s higher standard of living (33 percent).

Overall, eighty-two percent of all Palestinians in the survey said they would prefer to live under Israeli rule.

Since Ohlmert’s comments about transferring areas of Jerusalem on PA control, thousands of Arab Palestinians have filed applications for Israeli citizenship.

“I don’t want to have any part in the PA. I want the health insurance, the schools, all the things we get by living here,” says Ranya Mohammed.

“I’ll go and live in Israel before I’ll stay here and live under the PA, even if it means taking an Israeli passport. I have seen their suffering in the PA. We have a lot of privileges I’m not ready to give up.”

Traditionally, the Israeli Interior Ministry only processes about 300 Palestinian requests for Israeli citizenship per year. Once Israel started talking about ceding some of Jerusalem over to the PA, that number jumped to 3000 in just four months.

And in the view of Fadal Tahabub, a member of the Palestinian National Council, an estimated 70 percent of the 200,000 Arab residents of Jerusalem preferred to remain under Israeli sovereignty.

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Rare Winter Tornadoes Rip Through Midwest; Towns Flooded, Houses Destroyed, 8 Dead

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Strange weather these days.
Since man made global warming has been debunked, I wonder who will be blamed now?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A line of thunderstorms fed by warm weather continued spinning off unusual January tornadoes Tuesday, killing a man in Arkansas and carrying a cow close to a mile.

At least three people died and hundreds evacuated because of flooding in Indiana, where more than 5 inches of rain in some areas and melting snow pushed rivers and streams over their banks. Two of the victims were young children trapped in a submerged car.

A tornado that hit Appleton, Ark., rolled a double-wide mobile home off its cinder block supports, killing a man and injuring his wife. The trailer appeared to have rolled for 50 yards before smashing against a stand of trees.

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Christian Persecution Likely to Increase Worldwide In ’08

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Continue to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters.

While persecution against Christians increased dramatically last year in countries such as India, Pakistan, and Indonesia, [Dr. Carl Moeller, the president of Open Doors USA] expects the new year to see more instances of Christian persecution. The Open Doors leader says recent events show that hostility against Christians is on the rise worldwide.

“[The year] 2007 was probably the worst year on record for the growth of persecution worldwide,” he shares. “But now as 2008 has started, it’s very evident that as bad as 2007 was, 2008 is proving to be even more unstable in many, many parts of the world.” He cites the current situation in Kenya, as well as the recent assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan — which Moeller says has resulted not only in political instability there, but also the possibility of even greater persecution of the Christian community in Pakistan.

For now, Moeller says North Korea is the worst country when it comes to persecution against Christians. However, he says persecution has increased dramatically against believers in India and Indonesia. It is time, he says, for Christians in free nations to take action.

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Christian Arraigned For Preaching on Public Sidewalk

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Christians, here in the U.S., are finding themselves more and more, subjected to anti-preaching rules. These rules are aimed at keeping Christians from peaching, even in public areas.

Michael Marcavage had been preaching to people on a public sidewalk outside the Liberty Bell Center this past October when he was arrested by officers from the National Park Service. The arrest came after he refused to move to a so-called “free-speech zone” across the street from the building housing the Liberty Bell. The incident occurred during Repent America’s annual pro-life evangelism tour, and according to Marcavage, he was just exercising his constitutional right to free speech.

“It’s a very dangerous case and another example of how our nation is headed down this path of destruction when people are not free to speak,” he cautions. “Then we find ourselves in a society in which we’re no longer enjoying the liberties God has bestowed upon our nation.” And it is ironic, he adds, that his right to free speech was challenged in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American freedom.

The chief ranger at the site told Marcavage that due to policy changes, freedom of religion and speech are prohibited anywhere on the public park grounds without a permit, and only then if in the free-speech zone.

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Pakistanis Believe US Greater Threat than al Qaeda

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

This is why Osama is still running wild and free. We do the right thing and respect the borders of a sovereign country, while they do the wrong thing and harbor a mass murdering terrorist.

Washington (CNSNews.com) – Pakistanis think the U.S. military presence in Asia and Afghanistan is a far greater threat to Pakistan than the terrorist group al Qaeda, according to a new survey.

The study showed that 72 percent of Pakistanis view the U.S. military presence in Asia as a “critical threat” to the “vital interests of Pakistan” with an additional 12 percent seeing it as an “important but not critical threat,” for a total of 84 percent.

For the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, the numbers were 68 percent and 15 percent, for a total of 83 percent of Pakistanis who view the U.S. in that situation as a possible vital threat to Pakistan’s interests.

Only 62 percent (41 “critical” and 21 “important”) said al Qaeda was a possible threat to Pakistan’s interests.

The survey of 907 Pakistani urban adults was conducted Sept. 12-18 by the United States Institute of Peace and WorldPublicOpinion.org – this was before Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency.

The survey, released Monday, showed that most Pakistanis have a negative view of radical Islam but also view the United States poorly. In addition to their views on the U.S. military as a threat, for example, the people surveyed oppose U.S. forces fighting al Qaeda in Pakistan.

Sixty percent of respondents said they thought Islamist militants and al Qaeda posed a threat to Pakistan. Yet four out of five would not support giving U.S. forces permission to enter Pakistan to fight al Qaeda.

In addition, about two-thirds (64 percent) do not trust the United States to “act responsibly in the world.” Only 27 percent feel that cooperation between Pakistan and the U.S. has benefited Pakistan. And 86 percent say it is a U.S. goal to weaken and divide the Islamic world.

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