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BDS Museum Agitators Likened to Nazis Quite Correct

September 9th 2011
A letter writer who termed the BDS movement little more than following in the footsteps of the Nazis in the 1930s was quite correct. The uniforms are different, but the anti-Jewish shouts are similar. The claim back then was that Jews "imprisoned Germans" by their very existence. Today, they claim it is Gaza which is ruled by terrorists in Hamas. So Mr. Black's account of the Building Museum and the Caterpillar award event cancellation (see As 9-11 Nears, Pro-Palestinian Agitators Shut Down D.C. Museum Ceremony, Page One, September 9, 2011) rings quite true to the historical precedent. In the 1930s, the Nazi stormtroopers ran amok. In our society, we cannot tolerate such hatred and interference.

BDS Against Building Museum and Royal Albert Hall Likened to Neo-Nazi Protest

September 9th 2011
Why don't we all just admit it. The so-called BDS movement or whatever they call themselves are exactly what the Nazis were in the 1930s. They boycotted, protested and disrupted Jews in business, the arts, government and anyone who worked with them. Edwin Black's article reciting what has happened to one of America's prestigious museum's (see As 9-11 Nears, Pro-Palestinian Agitators Shut Down D.C. Museum Ceremony, Page One, September 9, 2011) when pro-Palestinian neo-Nazis tried to shut down a simple public ceremony to a United States company for engineering excellence is only the latest example. Disrupting the concert at Royal Albert Hall will not be forgotten. The police need to recognize the threat more than they do and take action.

Duke University, Wake Forest and the various Medical Societies Implicated in North Carolina Eugenics

September 7th 2011
Edwin Black's column on North Carolina and eugenics compensation (see North Carolina's Reparations for Eugenic Genocide is a Mere Down Payment on Justice, Opinion Sept 7, 2011) does not name the names. Why not? Let's admit who the culprits are Duke University, Wake Forest and the various medical societies, not to mention past legislatures. Yes to compensation, but yes as well to what Black calls "illumination." Our schools and colleges should hold courses on eugenics. The medical societies should provide free medical attention to the victims for their crimes.

Wake Forest and Duke Are Silent as North Carolina Eugenics Debate Intensifies

September 7th 2011
I could not agree more with Edwin Black comment that North Carolina and indeed every state needs better "illumination" about the tragic episode of eugenics (see North Carolina's Reparations for Eugenic Genocide is a Mere Down Payment on Justice, Opinion Sept 7, 2011). My question is why is this subject not taught in the high schools and by the colleges. Wake Forest and Duke were among the worst offenders in established this racist ideology. I notice they are greatly silent even though we read about our state's compensation plan almost every day. Is this a coincidence? Wake Forest and Duke should speak up.

PEPCO's Last Chance

August 26th 2011
As we await Hurricane Irene, it is PEPCO's last chance to prove it has a right to exist. If once again, my office and my home are thrown into prolonged blackouts, days-long power outages, than I agree with the others. PEPCO should then pay every penny of the damage, and be liquidated. Its assets should be used to bury the lines and deliver renewable energy. We can only pray.

Dismantle PEPCO and Use the Assets to Create Diversified Energy Community Sources

August 21st 2011
Let me agree with a comment made by an earlier writer. PEPCO is an arrogant company that should be compelled to pay high dollars for the damage they have inflicted during protracted outages. Power lines are not buried as they should be to protect them from weather problems. I lost my computer after the power flickered on and off for several minutes. Let me also agree that big fines should only be the beginning. Dismantle the company entirely. Take its assets and use them to create a diversified community infrastructure of renewable energy such as solar, wind, and even road pressures. The thought that our country's capital is dependent upon this dysfunctional company is unnerving.

Parents Must not Make a Mistake with Deaf Children

August 21st 2011

Monica Davey’s NY Times article, “Among Twists in Budget Woes, Tensions Over Teaching the Deaf” went to the public on July 26, 2011--and like others I have found that comments can no longer be accepted. So, the deaf community, as we have before, turns to the Cutting Edge News. My message as a parent of a lovely deaf girl is that American Sign Language (ASL) is our chosen language. Our desires are constantly distorted by the media, thanks to the well-oiled surgical implant industry. With ASL, our children learn, thrive, and contribute greatly to our society. Parent decisions that ignore this reality because they have been taken in by the press, are decisions that will damage their children forever. Just look at the vibrant conversations that take place among the deaf--visual not spoken.  

Iraqi-Jewish Archive has Been Stolen by Baghdad Government from Expelled Jews

August 4th 2011

Just as the US is allocating $3 million for the restoration of the so-called "Iraqi-Jewish" archive, found in the flooded basement of the Iraqi secret police HQ in 2003, Baghdad has ramped up its campaign to have the documents returned from Washington to Iraq. Regrettably, press coverage of the "tug-of-war" glosses over the fact that the documents, scrolls and books, which Iraq now claims as part of its "national heritage," were stolen by Iraq’s secret police from private Jewish homes and synagogues. Assuming that Iraq has the resources and capability to restore the archives, there is no guarantee that they would be accessible to all, particularly since Iraq remains deeply hostile to Jews. If Iraq wants to learn about its Jewish heritage it should begin by honestly acknowledging its responsibility for brutally ‘ethnically cleansing’ its 2,600-year-old Jewish community--now reduced from 150,000 to seven. It would be a fitting gesture of atonement for Iraq to concede that the collection be returned to its rightful owners in Israel, where 90 percent of Iraqi Jews and their descendants now live.

Fining PEPCO Should Only the Beginning

August 1st 2011

Fining PEPCO should only the beginning. This company has abused customer confidence for too long. I still cannot understand why more lines are not buried where they are immune from weather extremes. In today's world, being disconnected means stopping life. PEPCO is never prepared. If PEPCO can be made to pay stiff fines, whether it's $25,000 per day or $10 million in special penalties, as has been recommended, that will demonstrate that we are serious. But then take the next step. Begin adding sustainable energy sources that will capture the winds, rains, sun, and melting snows.

New York Times Horribly Wrong on the Deaf

July 28th 2011
This is in response to Monica Davey’s NY Times article, “Among Twists in Budget Woes, Tensions Over Teaching the Deaf” of July 26, 2011. Comments are no longer accepted :( We deserve full recognition of American Sign Language (ASL) we hand to Deaf lives. What bugs me more is when editors/reporters state how we are “whining” which is an ongoing misleading judgment of us Deaf people. It just breaks my heart when our views are being misrepresented as we try to share our experiences for you to understand how critical it is when Deaf children do not acquire a language so that they could learn about the world.
Mainly through ASL, Deaf children get information about the world. Deaf children have the opportunity to grow up bilingual. Do not allow our Deaf children fall short of the education they deserve just because the hearing professionals think it is more important to speak. We the Deaf people are the very people who end up being the most affected by parental decisions influenced by hearing professionals. We understand how budget shortfalls are forcing difficult decisions in every state BUT legislators and critics or should I say cronies still do not get it. Deaf people and parents have actually LIVED through the experiences of the educational and medical systems. We know exactly what it takes to raise Deaf children. Why can’t every Tom, Dick, and Harry understand us who have our own language and identity as individuals in our own distinct culture? ASL is a real, visual “spoken” language on a par with any other languages. An interesting contrast was brought up between the belief that exposure of ASL to a hearing baby will aid them in language development, whereas a Deaf baby at times must show the inability to learn a spoken language before they are taught ASL. This notion was originated due to the idea that sign language hinders the development of a spoken language in Deaf children! (Mayberry, 2008)
Attempts to wipe away ASL demonstrate an assault as genocide treaties made clear “…that obliterating a group's culture is a form of genocide." That, we cannot allow such put-down of one's Deaf life. The extreme focus on the medical aspect of fixing the hearing/ears, rather than being focused on language development, has created this situation. An intervention is very much needed to resolve the unrest behind the promotion of cultural destruction that is sure to bring back the slippery slope of eugenics. We. Do. Not. Accept. This. Mistreatment. If that's considered whining, so be it.

PEPCO to be Fined Millions

July 24th 2011

As the public might remember, during the recent session of the General Assembly (which ended in April), we passed legislation which significantly increased oversight of electric utilities, particularly PEPCO. I think all will be pleased to know that the "People's Counsel" has recommended that the Public Service Commission fine PEPCO between $10 to $14 million dollars. This is only a start, but finally perhaps, PEPCO will realize that we are serious in our effort to have secure, reliable electic power. I also want to emphasize that PEPCO will not be able to pass the cost of the fines to electric consumers.They must be absorbed by the shareholders. The provisions of our legislation include:

    * $25K per violation per day on penalties
    * Increased penalties for safety violations
    * The utilities are prohibited from passing on the costs of penalties to the ratepayers
    * The bill is an emergency bill so it takes effect as soon as the governor signs it into law

Kumar P. Barve is the Demoratic Majority Leader of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing central Montgomery County, Maryland.

In Wake of Brutal Ketzky Murder, Seeking Incentives for More Surveillance Cameras

July 21st 2011

I am truly devastated by the tragedy that occurred this July 11, 2011. According to law enforcement officials, 8 year old Leiby Kletzky was abducted and murdered at the hands of Levi Aron. On July 18, 2011, I attended Leiby’s Shiva to pay my respects to his family. I again want to give my sincerest condolences to the Kletzky family and the Borough Park community. I know it is hard to lose any family member; but when it is under horrific circumstances such as this one, it is especially difficult. I too, along with Senator Savino and Assemblyman Hikind represent the Borough Park community. It is one of the safest areas in my district. I will do all that I can to assist the family in their time of need. In an effort to deter any future tragedies, I plan to support the Savino/Hikind legislation to provide economic incentives to our business owners to install surveillance cameras. I also believe it would be helpful to law enforcement if we had a uniform system to address missing persons such as the Lori Ann’s law introduced by Senator Valesky and Assemblyman Reilly (S.659/A.3526). I call on the Governor and Senator Skelos to pass these bills at the next special legislative session. Additionally, I call on the District Attorney to conduct a thorough investigation and prosecute this case to the full extent of the law. Rest assured, I will do all that I can to help the family receive closure and to deter any re-occurrences of such a horrific crime.

Senator Kevin S. Parker represents a large Hassidic Jewish population in his district, and is the Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, former Majority Whip and Chair of the Democratic Task Force on New Americans.

Enormous Defeat for Gaza Flotilla Agitators

July 10th 2011

The Greek government was not the only country that helped stop the provocative flotilla to Gaza (see Greece Stands Up to Illegal Gaza Flotilla--Arrests American Captain, Page One, July 2, 2011). Other nations joined the effort--Cyprus, Russia, and even Turkey. This must be an enormous defeat for the Gaza flotilla agitators. After trying to label Israel a pariah state, it appears diplomatic action and international cooperation won the day and validated Israel's position. The Gaza blockade is legal and has been observed by both Egypt and Israel. Even Egypt which allows humanitarian crossings maintains a blockade on suspect materials and persons. All this completely negates the protester storyline. Plus, it became obvious to all, that anyone who genuinely wanted to bring aid into Gaza could simply dock it in Egypt or Israel and proper inspection would pass it through.

Greece was Thoughtful and Correct in Stopping Illegal Flotilla

July 3rd 2011

I have written to George A. Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece, with the following letter (see Greece Stands Up to Illegal Gaza Flotilla--Arrests American Captain, Page One, July 2, 2011). Dear Mr. Prime Minister: We are writing to express our sincere appreciation for the action taken by Greece to prevent the ships involved in the Gaza flotilla from leaving Greek ports. Your willingness to act in such a responsible manner serves as an example for the entire international community. As you well know, the Gaza flotilla was not intended to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza. It is a provocative effort by anti-Israel activists to bring their skewed view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to international attention by publicly challenging Israeli forces who are defending Israeli territorial waters. Greece’s actions to stop these ships from using Greek ports as a launching point will help prevent the public confrontation with Israeli naval authorities these activists are seeking. We know a great deal of thought and consideration went into your decision and we thank you for this important effort.

Abraham H. Foxman is National Director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Gaza Flotilla Organizers Admit on al-Jazeera Their Mission is Not About Humanitarian Aid

July 3rd 2011

I just heard an activist for Gaza Flotilla 2 repeatedly declare on al-Jazeera TV that their action was not about humanitarian aid. Rather, she emphatically stated it was about delegitimization and confrontation. She actually stated the flotilla organizers were opposed to what she called "a cycle of humanitarian aid." So Athens has clearly stopped a provocative and illegal flotilla to Gaza (see Greece Stands Up to Illegal Gaza Flotilla--Arrests American Captain, Page One, July 2, 2011). Now the media needs to stop calling this naval provocation a "humanitarian mission." This is about disobeying lawful commands by Cypriot, Greek, and Israeli naval vessels--commands which the agitators cannot pick and choose from and decide which to obey and which to disobey. If the EU, the Quartet, Greece, Cyprus, Washington, Moscow, and even the United Nations oppose the flotilla, maybe this exercise is exactly what it seems: a naval encounter designed to provoke and international incident.

Gaza Flotilla Stoppage by Greece a Stand for International Law

July 3rd 2011

Basically, the world must now take a stand against illegal border pentrations. Or there will be no borders. The Athens government has done that by stopping the illegal flotilla to Gaza (see Greece Stands Up to Illegal Gaza Flotilla--Arrests American Captain, Page One, July 2, 2011). Last time, the Gaza flotilla from Turkey resulted in an international incident of immense proportions. Gaza is under legally permissible naval blockade because of its daily rocket attacks against civilians and its government's declared desire to mass murder Israeli civilians. America's blockade against Cuba was legal. The international community's blockade against Iranian weapons shipments is legal. Israel is also acting legally. Just imagine what would happen if 1000 Mexican nationals and their sympathizers decided to storm the border at Texas or California to overturn the Treaty of Hidalgo that ceded that land to the United States. Imagine what would happen if 1000 Canadians decided to storm the U.S. Northwest border to reclaim the territory agreed as being transferred to Oregon. Imagine what would happen if 1000 Hispanics decided they have a right to work in Arizona and stormed the border there--which is something actually done almost every day. What if 1000 Armenians stormed the Turkish border to proclaim a state. Greece has shown the way and now others must follow its example. When Gaza recognizes Israel the way Egypt and Jordan have, the borders will be established for all to respect. Until then, international law and treaties will need to be respected.

Greece Shows Gumption in Defying Hamas-Bound Flotilla

July 2nd 2011
Hooray for the Greece government for showing real gumption at a time when its economic house is in disorder and its streets are aflame with austerity rioters (see Greece Stands Up to Illegal Gaza Flotilla--Arrests American Captain, Page One, July 2, 2011). I refer to the decision by Athens to arrest the captain of the American ship participating in the second Hamas-bound flotilla, and block other ships in this patently illegal exercise designed to link to an international terrorist group. Clearly, the Greek government does not need another international headache at this moment. That is all the more reason to take notice that the rule of law still reigns in Greece.

Proud My Country Greece Stood Up to Gaza Flotilla

July 2nd 2011
I am proud that my adopted country Greece stood fast against the latest Gaza flotilla (see Greece Stands Up to Illegal Gaza Flotilla--Arrests American Captain, Page One, July 2, 2011). With all the black eyes Greece is taking now over the budget crisis and bloody riots, this is a shining moment to show that Greece can stand tall in the face of pressure by the flotilla provocateurs.

Greece Should Ignore Gaza Flotilla Pressure

July 2nd 2011
All Greeks should push back on the Internet war now being launched against our nation by the organizers of the Second Gaza Flotilla (see Greece Stands Up to Illegal Gaza Flotilla--Arrests American Captain, Page One, July 2, 2011). Hamas is a dangerous terrorist organization that throws its political oppoinents off of rooftops, throws acid at young women who look the wrong way, and supports international terrorism. This includes shooting continuous rockets against school children in Israel. If the flotilla organizers really want to help the Gaza residents, why not deliver their cargo to Egypt which has an open border crossing, or Israel which brings in tons of supplies regularly? Answer: they do not want to help--they want to provoke. To pressure Greece now when the country is struggling to recover from its bailout problems is unconscionable.

A Disagreement on Immigration Reform

June 28th 2011

After reading Armstrong Williams’s June 23rd 2011 article “In Immigration Reform, It’s The Consumer that Matters” I must offer a correction. There is no “edge” to hiring illegals. Companies that hire illegals are held in court to be liable to pay for the cheap labor from individuals who have rights and are represented by the lawyers from NCLR, MALDEF, LULAC, or ACLU, while groups like the Brown Berets de Aztlan, Barrios Unidos, and M.E.Ch.A., network to defend the illegals’ unlawful presence. Ilegals who are material witnesses in court cases are offered Permanent Residence Under Color of Law (PRUCOL) status where they have every right except to vote or apply for citizenship.

How is PRUCOL determined? If you have been able to escape capture as an illegal alien and has been able to give birth to a US citizen; become so debilitated that you can collect SSI or for other health reasons; or had somehow illegally obtained a job and gotten laid off or fired and have benefits coming to you; or you are in the process of filing complaints to obtain such taxpayer-funded benefits.

Each PRUCOL criterion is handled by a different federal and / or state agency. So if you are an alien who has been here for more than twenty years, or have been granted a stay of deportation by the courts, or are not being deported because you have U.S. citizen children, or you are just not going to be deported (a Salvadoran or a Cuban for example) you can go on with this sometimes for the rest of your natural life. So, yes they can, and they do complain if they are cheated on their paycheck, protest unhealthy working conditions, or reject wages beneath the minimum federal wage level. If they do complain, they can be placed in PRUCOL, immediately detained, and not sent back to their countries of origin, at cost to every honest hardworking US citizen. And so this keeps them coming here to work as “slave labor.” Give me a break! Read more ..

Israel Failed to Jail First Flotilla

June 27th 2011

I am one of those who completely agree that Israel messed up when it failed to jail the first Gaza flotilla team. I regret the loss of life on all sides. But the ones Israel took into custody were the cause. They should have been prosecuted for what they did. That is why the second flotilla can sail with impugnity. Because Israel messed up. Hopefully, it will be wiser the next time around--which will be any day now. What would the US do if that flotilla was headed our way.

Send Gaza Flotilla Activists to Jail--Israel Erred Last Time

June 26th 2011
For sure, sending Gaza flotilla agitators to an Israeli jail would be the best idea. By now, it must be obvious to everyone that Israel erred the last time in simply coddling and releasing those who had entered combat with her own naval officers. Long terms behind bars are called for--whether the agitators are Turkey or American.

Imprison Flotilla Participants in Israel First and Then Prosecute in the USA

June 26th 2011
I agree with the notion that Gaza flotilla participants who are obviously coordinating with a known teroriorst entity--that is, Hamas, should be prosecuted. But not just in America. The Israeli government should go beyond simple detention and deportation. They should arrest, try, convict, and imprison all those involved, from the ringleaders to the passengers to the deck hands. Monetary penalties to recoup the naval and military expense should be added. The second Gaza flotilla, like the first, is an obvious naval provocation. The crossing with Egypt has been open for some weeks. Israel has expanded all international deliveries. So what is left but but what the flotilla organizers profess: violate Israeli sovereign rights to protect itself and create an international incident. After the provocateurs are released from Israeli prisons--then and only then should they prosecuted once more in their home locations. Then the next wave may think twice about such antics.

Washington Warns Flotilla Against Arrest

June 24th 2011
On June 21 I wrote to Attorney General Holder urging the Obama Administration to warn the Gaza flotilla participants "that they are placing themselves in jeopardy of breaching federal criminal law." Today's  warning from the State Department does just that. Since the participants have made clear that they are moving forward, the question now is whether the government will follow through and investigate and prosecute.

Reflecting on Yale University's Decision to Close YIISA

June 20th 2011

Recently, Yale University officials informed us of their precipitous decision to close YIISA, the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism. It became evident that YIISA and Yale University have different visions and approaches to the study of antisemitism. YIISA, like Yale, believes in the necessity to publish in top tier journals. YIISA scholars, its graduate and post-doctorate research fellows, esteemed senior visiting professors, and scholars associated with YIISA have done so at a high caliber and with success.YIISA, however, is committed to critical engaged scholarship with a broader approach to the complex, and at times controversial context of contemporary global antisemitism.It is this mission that my colleagues at YIISA so eloquently and with a sense of integrity engaged. This was reflected, for example, in the conference, “Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity”. Held in August 2010 it was the largest academic conference on the study of antisemitism ever.This illustrated not only the relevance of YIISA, but the concern, if not alarm, that scholars of antisemitism have for the contemporary global condition. It also marked the launching of the International Association for the Study of Antisemitism (IASA) a professional association, of which I was elected by peers to be its first President.
We believe that the role of a true scholar and intellectual is to shed light where there is darkness. It is a responsibility of scholars to understand the implications of antisemitism on society, nationally as well as internationally. YIISA has been successful in this regard since our formation in 2006. YIISA was the first research center based at a North American University dedicated to the study of antisemitism, and will continue to be a trailblazer in the field. I wish to express appreciation for the role Yale students and professors played in the development of YIISA. I am especially grateful for the community of scholars from across the United States and from around the world that contributed to YIISA. I look forward to continuing to work with these scholars. I also look forward to work with academics that will be associated with the new Yale Program on Antisemitism, to be constituted, especially with my esteemed colleague Maurie Samuels. We are all colleagues on a subject matter with profound implications. I would also like to thank members of the YIISA Board of Trustees for their efforts and for their continued commitment to further our mandate. I am also grateful for the thousands of people that attend our events and support our work. We are in conversation with several academic institutions that understand the importance of our mission. They have expressed interest in YIISA becoming part of their academic community. It is also my hope, given the importance and timeliness of the subject, that several research centers, dedicated to the study of antisemitism, especially the contemporary global context, will open at universities across the United States.

Charles Asher Small is Executive director and founder of the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism.

Yale Bowed to Foreign Donations in Cutting YIISA

June 19th 2011

Yale University has shown itself to be cowardly in cutting out its distinguished Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism (YIISA). This university has now figured out that foreign donations are now more important than promoting American values of tolerance and religious freedom. For shame, Yale. I would have thought that an institution as entrenched as Yale would have shown more independence and the gumption needed to promote freedoms.

If Yale Cannot Stand Against Religious Hatred, It Facilitates It

June 15th 2011

Yale should not be bending to the forces of religious hatred. Like others, I am ashamed the university has done away with the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism (YIISA). These are times when men are returning to the bad old ways. Regretfully, Yale cannot stand up to that trend and in doing so facilitates it.

Recent Yale Action Rivalled by University of Wisconsin Press

June 13th 2011

I can understand why Yale is being excoriated for putting down anti-Semitic studies at its [Yale] Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism. It is just another sign of the decaying quality of universities just when we need them most. But let us not forget the great minds at the University of Wisconsin Press who publish books without even so much as a staff fact-check. That revelation still sends me. In any event, it now seems crystal clear that there is need for reform at our campuses--not just in the Midwest, but in the Ivy League as well.

Yale Should Show the Way on anti-Semitism After Dark Eugenic Past

June 11th 2011

Yale now joins the ranks of other college campuses which have proven they do not stand for tolerance at a time when intolerance is on the rise. I refer to its decision to terminate its anti-Semitic study program [Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism]. Yale and the other Ivy League schools should be leading the way after establishing a dark record of eugenic intolerance that led to the death and destruction of so many Hispanic communities in the early part of the twentieth century. See Edwin Black's work, War Against the Weak for the scoop on just murderous this science was and Yale's role. I guess some things never change, especially when donations can make a difference.

Ashamed to be a Yale Alum after University Axes Anti-Semitism Program

June 11th 2011

Speaking as an alumnus who remembers my days at Yale as among my best, I am ashamed of the University’s action discontinuing the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism (YIISA), which I only learned at The Cutting Edge News. Axing this program just as anti-Semitic agitation is on the rise across the country is a dire mistake which to me only suggests money was speaking louder than values. If an institution as respected and fiercely independent as Yale can succumb to money talk, than all of academia takes a hit. I call on my alma mater to change its decision.

Wrong to End Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism

June 10th 2011

Yale University’s decision to shut down the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism (YIISA) at the end of July is deeply dismaying given the persistence of anti-Jewish hatred in the United States and around the world. Whatever purported issues and problems arose regarding the Yale Initiative, what was required was a concerted effort to work out the problems rather than preemptively ending the program. At a time when anti-Semitism continues to be virulent and anti-Israel parties treat any effort to address issues relating to anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism as illegitimate, Yale’s decision is particularly unfortunate.  The Yale Center was organized in a serious way and, under the leadership of its director, Professor Charles Small, produced significant programs and research in its short history. f there were problems that the university raised, they needed to be dealt with and resolved. The decision to close the Center was a bad one on its own terms, but it is even worse because it leaves the impression that the anti-Jewish forces in the world achieved a significant victory.

Abraham H. Foxman is National Director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Egypt's "Arab Spring" Shifting Power from Monster to Mob

June 5th 2011
The so-called Arab Spring seems not a wave of democracy but rather an wave of Arab Street actions in which the power is shifted from one monster to a group of new monsters. Egypt gang raped a CBS-reporter in the Tahrir Square and the ruling military junta that saved the day imprisoned a blogger for a mildly critical comment. This same junta per your coverage enforced "virginity checks" on protesters. Also in Egypt, the Copts continue to be threatened and mistreated. Soon, the Muslim Brotherhood will take half the seats in Parliament, and control many more through front candidates. Why does the leadership in Canada and the United States fail to see what is really happening. Instead, billion-dollar loans are being forgiven, and all sorts of other aid is on the way. So the monster of Egypt, Mubarak, is now to be replaced with a another monster--the mob.

Australia's Place in the Universe Assured

May 30th 2011
As a Monash University alum, I can say that I and every Australian is proud that a student here, 22-year old Amelia Fraser-McKelvie, helped locate the great missing matter in the universe (see Australian Student Astronomer Finds Universe's Missing Mass, Page One, May 29, 2011). I think Australia's place in the universe is now assured.

Once Again Science is Slapped Awake

May 30th 2011
Once again, science is slapped awake--this time by a Monash University astronomy student no less, who just happened to discover a large chunk of the missing matter in the universe that had baffled and eluded so many experts before him (see Australian Student Astronomer Finds Universe's Missing Mass, Page One, May 29, 2011). The greatest minds thought the world was flat, but they soon discovered they were wrong. Until the mid-20th Century, no one understood the existence of tectonic plates that move entire continents. To me this is a re-affirmation that our ignorance is far greater than our grasp, and sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can find an entire universe of reality.

Why Not Support the One Existing Democracy in the Middle East

May 26th 2011
It is certainly a glaring example of our hypocrisy that we are moving billions of our tax dollars and battalions of our precious men and women under arms to "promote democracies in the Middle East." But the one flourishing democracy--Israel--Mr. Obama wants to shrink, pressure, and threaten by financing its opposition along the extremists in Egypt. Say what? We have not been able to speak with a clear policy since the Arab uprisings began. We bomb Libya and we baby Bahrain. No wonder we are not respected and ineffectual. The Obama Administration should stand with our one true ally in the Mideast--Israel.

Obama Directly Undermines Israel Security by Calling for pre-1967 Borders

May 21st 2011

Israel is the United States’ strongest friend and ally. By calling for a return to the pre-1967 borders, President Obama has directly undermined her. Rather than stand by Israel against consistent unprovoked aggression by longtime supporters of terrorism, President Obama is rewarding those who threaten Israel’s very right to exist. This is not only ridiculous, but dangerous. There is strong disapproval in Congress for the President’s new posture towards Israel, and I will introduce a resolution next week affirming Israel’s right to maintain its territorial integrity. Now, more than ever, the security interests of the United States and Israel are linked.  Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons is a clear and present danger to both of our nations.   We cannot distance ourselves from our Israeli friends.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is introducing a Congressional Resolution disapproving of President Obama’s new policy towards Israel.

Nuclear Energy Must Now be Deemed Hazardous at Any Level

May 19th 2011
The tragic and continuing saga of Japan's nuclear crisis is only the latest nuclear shock in the wake of Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and many other lesser known catastrophes. It must now be enormously clear to all right thinking individuals that nuclear power cannot be made safe, because of the prodigious threat it poses. Atomic energy must now be considered hazardous at any level. What a disastrous way to boil water.

Pakistan Surely Knew about bin Laden Lair

May 9th 2011
We are not dumb. Pakistani intelligence surely knew about bin Laden's lair. If a bunch of guys in Virginia at our intel centers figured it out, how come the guys next door and down the street did not. Throw some more billions at Pakistan. As many have said, Pakistan is the most troubled country in the world, and we see it here in action. Problem is, we are tied at the hip.

New Palestinian Government has Rejected the Basic International Standards for Peace with Israel

May 4th 2011

Today’s signing of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement confirms that the Palestinian Authority has chosen unity with a terrorist organization over peace with Israel. This new Palestinian government has rejected the basic international standards set forth by the Quartet, including the rejection of violence and recognition of Israel’s right to exist. This agreement comes just days after Hamas condemned the U.S. operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden, a vile terrorist whom Hamas mourned as a “holy warrior.” Israel cannot be expected to move forward without a partner that shares its same commitment to peace. Just days after news of the reconciliation broke, I visited the Israeli community whose children’s school bus was just recently targeted by a Hamas rocket. Pursuant to U.S. law, American aid to the P.A. must cease now that these terrorists are part of its government.

Ted Deutch is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 19th Congressional District, and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Open Letter to Mahmoud Abbas: Your Actions Threaten U.S. Assistance

May 2nd 2011

We write an open letter to Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee and President of the Palestinian National Authority:

We have serious concerns about your intentions to seek recognition of an independent Palestinian state at the United Nations and the pursuit of a unity government with Hamas, which has not recognized the Jewish state of Israel’s right to exist. We urge you to end these actions and return to direct negotiations with Israel, which will provide the only path to a viable and durable two-state agreement. The 1993 Oslo Accords were explicitly understood to be part of an ongoing, negotiated peace process. In fact, a letter from the Palestinian leadership stated that the PLO “commits itself to a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the two sides and declares that all outstanding issues relating to permanent status will be resolved through negotiations.” That understanding enabled Israel to turn over governance of significant aspects of Palestinian society to an elected Palestinian government.

Since that time, the U.S. Congress has been a strong partner in your government’s efforts to build the institutions that will someday govern an independent Palestinian state. The U.S. government has provided billions of dollars as well as technical assistance and training to increase security, promote economic growth and fiscal independence, strengthen public institutions, and meet humanitarian needs.

U.S. aid is predicated on the premise that your government has demonstrated a firm commitment to pursuing efforts to establish a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace with Israel. As you know, U.S. law also requires a commitment to countering terrorism, confiscating weapons, and dismantling terrorist infrastructure. In addition, it prohibits aid to Hamas, Hamas-controlled areas, and any power-sharing government that includes Hamas, until Hamas publicly acknowledges the Jewish state of Israel’s right to exist and commits to a two-state solution. Your current courses of action undermine the purposes and threaten the provision of United States assistance and support.

We have been strong supporters of aid to the Palestinian Authority in the hopes of ensuring prosperity, stability, and peace for the Palestinian people and all people in the region. However, our ability to support current and future aid would be severely threatened if you abandon direct negotiations with Israel and continue with your current efforts.

Kay Granger chairs, and Nita Lowey is the ranking member of, the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Committee on Appropriations of the U.S. House of Representatives. Read more ..

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