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|Roger Birnbaum||November 16th 2010|
The recent comment by Yitzhak Santis (see Foreign Entities Endanger Academic Freedom in the US, Slices November 15, 2010)
about academic freedom, the boycott movement against Israel and the false appeal by the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) should be a reminder of how the civilized world is always threatened by those who skillfully use our democracy to undermine our own democratic institutions. I am particularly revolted by the use of Jewish names and Jewish personalities in this movement as though that lends any credence to the cause. It does not. I disregard that factor and others should as well.
|Bliss Baker||November 11th 2010|
The International Energy Agency World Energy Outlook has revealed that global fossil-fuel subsidies amounted to $312 billion in 2009. The $312 billion included subsidies to fossil fuels used in final consumption and to fossil fuel inputs to power generation but, did not include direct producer subsidies which topped $100 billion last year according to the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance. According to the IEA, these consumption subsidies were down from $558 billion in 2008 largely because oil prices declined in 2009. Conversely, these oil subsidies are set to climb in 2010 with increasing oil prices. As we strive to develop alternatives to oil we must recognize that renewables are not competing on a level playing field. Massive multi-billion dollar oil subsides are a serious obstacle to the development of cleaner greener alternatives. Oil has a huge competitive advantage financed by global taxpayers. The G20 will meet in Korea and the issue of oil subsidies is on the agenda following a commitment made at the last G20 meeting in Pittsburgh in September 2009. Despite the IEA’s public optimism that there is momentum for reducing subsidies, not one country has eliminated an oil subsidy program since signing on to the pledge in 2009. In addition to the consumption subsidies, several countries continue to provide domestic producer subsidies to oil companies at alarming rates. According to a November 2010 study done by Earth Track, many countries continue to provide direct producer subsidies to oil companies. Canada, for example, provides over $2 billion per year to oil companies, while U.S. producer subsidies reached $52 billion in 2009. Elsewhere, the European Union provided $8 billion in subsidies to oil companies in 2009.
It is time for the G20 to show leadership and reverse this practice of never ending subsidies to big oil. It is time to move beyond oil to a world with sustainable alternatives to crude oil such as biofuels and other renewable forms of energy.
Bliss Baker represents the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance.
|Sal Paterno||November 8th 2010|
After reading your article and the letter from a reader about the jihad boycott against Israel (see 38 Nobel Laureates Call for Rejection of Anti-Israel Boycott and Divestment Initiatives
, News, November 8, 2010), I picked up on the term "BDS," which stands for Boycott, Dis-Investment and Sanctions, and discovered that major companies everywhere are under assault by anti-Israel boycotters. My eyes have been opened. This is nothing less than harassment. Our corporations and investment funds owe an allegiance to our country and their investors, not boycotters under foreign control. Happy The Cutting Edge News
ran this article, but not happy it has become necessary. Our country needs to fight back against this movement. I also wonder if the anti-Israel boycott includes drugs and pharmaceuticals produced in Israel by Israeli companies? I suppose it depends if your health depends upon it. Mine does.
|Leon Hermosa||November 8th 2010|
Congratulations to the 38 Nobel laureates for condemning the anti-Israel economic boycott that economic jihadists are waging across our country (see 38 Nobel Laureates Call for Rejection of Anti-Israel Boycott and Divestment Initiatives
, News, November 8, 2010). This so-called humanitarian-based boycott is like the "humanitarian flotilla" to Gaza. It is just another method for pro-Islamic radicals to control our normal commerce, and force us to submit to the will of those who would have us discriminate against Israel and adhere to a jihadist agenda. Jihad comes in many forms, and this is just one of them. Israel makes it possible for my community to visit and worship freely the Christian sites that we hold holy. This bothers the economic jihadists who wage war against Christians and Jews using every tool at their disposal--from suicide vests to boycott demands. Look at what has been done to Catholics, Armenians, and Copts in the Middle East. I hope everyone will help unmask this so-called BDS movement for what it is: an economic jihad as your article labelled it.
|Bill Owens||November 3rd 2010|
Salt Lake City
(see Obama Should Grant Pollard Clemency
, November 1, 2010) suggesting Pollard be granted clemency after more than 25 years of imprisonment is a good one but fails to ask the principle question. What are the forces that have come together to keep him in prison for five and six times longer than some of the worst and most damaging espionage offenses against this country. Pollard's was a violation but his disclosure was to an ally. So when will someone look into the "why" of his fantastically long imprisonment?
|Larry Ostenreich||November 1st 2010|
Jonathon Pollard has now served more than 9100 days in a federal prison. He is entering the 26th year of incarceration. If anyone was ever a candidate for executive clemency to time-served, it is Pollard. The average for even the worst espionage cases is just a fraction of what Pollard has served, in some cases just a few years, but generally less than eight years. Remember that Pollard was never found guilty by any trial proceeding. He entered a guilty plea to a single charge of passing classified information to an ally without intent to harm the USA. Pollard intended to cooperate with the investigation and and did so, and was promised leniency. Yet, Pollard received a life sentence. Today, he is serving a much longer sentence than the worst enemies of America have served for far more egregious cases. Caspar Weinberger, at the time secretary of defense, the man who demanded that Pollard be sentenced to life, has admitted in an interview with investigative reporter Edwin Black that the entire Pollard affair was an exaggeration. Black's article spotlighted the fact that Weinberger omitted the Pollard episode from his published memoir. Black wrote, "Asked in an interview why he omitted the incident, Weinberger casually replied, 'Because it was, in a sense, a very minor matter but made very important.' Asked to elaborate, Weinberger repeated, 'As I say, the Pollard matter was comparatively minor. It was made far bigger than its actual importance.' Pressed on why the case was made far bigger than its actual importance, Weinberger answered, 'I don't know why — it just was.'" It is time to now undo the tragic injustice done to Pollard. President Obama is the only one with the power to grant Pollard clemency. He should do so today.
|Jesse Lerner||October 31st 2010|
NPR's firing of Juan Williams because he expressed him honestly--but sensitively--about Muslim dress on airlines while he was on the O'Reilly Show shows us how the media manipulates our everyday speech. First, the Williams firing conveys what the NPR-types would call "a chilling effect" on other members of the media to avoid speech that NPR personalities feel should be censored. Second, we the people are deprived of the free exchange of ideas that Williams was participating in, a free exchange which defines our very democracy. It is fine for the head of NPR to denigrate Williams the next day before the cameras saying Williams must consult his psychiatrist, and that ad hominem evokes no sanction. The double standard is at play once again. But this the media is diverse enough that it can be exposed. I think Williams should consider a lawsuit.
|Susan Berger||October 27th 2010|
The Claims Conference has over a billion dollars in the bank and exists for the purpose of helping Holocaust survivors. Talk about charity cases. While all sorts of programs get hundreds of thousands of dollars, survivors should be a pathetic charity case? Holocaust survivors must go begging while the Claims Conference gives to Birthright so that kids from Greenwich CT with millionaire parents can go to Israel for free? I know three personally. It is time for Holocaust survivors to stop thinking like pathetic jerks who don't deserve anything. What law says Child Survivors need to have been abandoned for 18 months to get some of that money? Why not a single day? And why do we allow all types of organizations to serve on the board of the Claims Conference instead of only survivors? Let them deal with US and let that organization finally become transparent and responsible. Every day I speak to survivors who were rejected - rudely, always - with some excuse. I have said many times that Greg Schneider and company have only disdain for us...and can't wait until we all die so that they can do "really important" things with the money. Food and shelter and medication and health care are only a waste of money as far as they are concerned. What is wrong with us survivors that we have so little self esteem?
|Lenore Sweet||October 18th 2010|
The German language, the Arabic language and the French language give those groups their identity and their culture. No one disputes that. If that is the case, why can the world not understand that Deaf people have their own language and identify around that as individuals in their own distinct culture. Trying to wipe out Deaf sign language is as bad as forcing Mexicans to stop speaking Spanish. It cannot be morally done. Don't do it. But if we open our minds and listen up we will discover that the Deaf language is a real--but not visual--spoken language. That visual nature does not lessen the richness of the Deaf culture.
|Mary Thackery||October 11th 2010|
I recently heard Edwin Black speaking on a radio show about his new book The Farhud
. I have long heard the stories of the Mufti of Jerusalem. I have done some poking around on this topic. What I found was terrible. I for one had no idea that the relationship between the Nazis and the Arabs was so expansive and far-reaching with whole German divisions of Nazi Arab soldiers fighting on Hitler's side. This information is shocking but I am also shocked at why the fuller picture has not been brought out sooner.
|Michael Spaney||October 4th 2010|
While Iranian president Ahmadinejad had his appearance at the UN in New York last week, the STOP THE BOMB campaign in Germany held a rally against the continuing transactions between the Hamburg-based Europäisch-Iranische Handelsbank (EIH) and the Islamic Republic of Iran. While the US treasury has put EIH on the sanctions list, the German government still refuses to do so. STOP THE BOMB calls for the immediate closure of the this terror bank, which is owned by the Iranian regime and registered as a German institute. On September 8th the EIH has been blacklisted for sanctions by the American Treasury Department. According to Treasury official Stuart Levey, EIH has supported the Iranian nuclear weapons program. EIH is the loophole in Europe regarding the enforcement of Iran sanctions and the German government won´t close this terror-bank despite criticism. Previous news reports suggest that Germany did protect the Iranian bank before the EU sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran were issued on July 26th. The New York Times reported on a phone call by President Obama to German chancellor Merkel, who refused to sanction EIH. Chancellor Merkel has to immediately ban EIH. Germany has to get active regarding Iran sanctions. The claim of the German government to prevent Iran from getting nuclear, while intensively sustaining trade relations with Iran, is just lip service when it protects a bank which circumvents existing UN sanctions. German trade volume with Iran increased by 14 percent in the first months of 2010 despite the EU sanctions. Similar to the case of EIH, Stuart Levey put several German companies on his sanctions list in August. Mainly the Germany-based Iranian companies Ascotec and IFIC and their subsidiaries are subject to the US ban. It is not known if the German authorities have started to investigate the involvement of these companies in Iran's nuclear weapons program. IFIC also holds 4.5 percent of Germany's steel giant ThyssenKrupp which recently has announced its retreat from Iran business. A vast amount of German engineering exports to Iran is still not effected by the current EU sanctions. To exert decisive pressure on Iran a ban on these businesses is necessary.
|Louis Harkand||October 2nd 2010|
I recently saw a reference in The Cutting Edge News to Islam persecuting Baha'i. Just now, Baha'i leaders are still jailed, their possessions seized and their families persecuted by the Iranian regime solely because they are worshipers of the Baha'i faith. Why does the media ignore this reality when they ask their questions of Muslim leaders or do their explanatory special features? Do members of the Baha'i religion have a right to exist in a Muslim land or not? That would go a long way to answering whether Islam is a religion of peace.
|Timothy Riker||September 30th 2010|
Today the Deaf American Sign Language community is celebrating the veto of AB2072 Mendoza Eugenics Bill which should have never been introduced in the first place. We are expecting thousands to attend the American Sign Language Celebration today. The fight to stop eugenics and linguistic genocide does not end today. It is time for the diverse Deaf community to take its rightful place in politics and have a voice in its own future. We must stop our tax money from supporting national organizations such as the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) at Utah State University which, like a wolf in sheep's clothing, pushes its agenda of cochlear implants and the auditory-oral education method, while claiming that its representative of the communication options. The diverse Deaf community needs to exercise its might to ensure early intervention and Deaf education respects American Sign Language.
|J. Corey Colombo||September 29th 2010|
Yesterday, September 28, The Cutting Edge News ran a story online that was authored by a Congressional candidate which contained completely unsupported assertions about Congressman Dennis Kucinich. I contacted you to alert you regarding the inaccurate and misleading statements in the story. I appreciated your immediate response, your professionalism, and ultimately your decision to remove this article from The Cutting Edge News. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
Editors Note: We agreed the reference to Kucinich could not be supported, even in an Opinion piece, and it was removed shortly after it appeared.
|Kevin Clark||September 28th 2010|
On September 30th, Sacramento, California will have an American Sign Language Celebration which attracts thousands of people who use American Sign Language. It is a global movement to celebrate International Day of Sign Language Rights and promote awareness about Deaf people. Senator Wiggins, Senator Leno, Assemblymember Huffman, Assemblymember Chesbro, and the Office of the Governor plan to appear as well to speak about the importance of recognizing and respecting American Sign Language and including Deaf people in the political process regarding anything about them. I read in the news that a recent celebration of Indian Sign Language in India ended in tears after a long day of public ridicule, but their success is that state social welfare minister Ram Kishore Saini did arrive at the venue two and a half hours after the scheduled time to speak.There is much to celebrate about sign languages around the world, which in too many countries are facing linguistic genocide and public ridicule.
|Jordan Michaelis||September 27th 2010|
J-Street is a disgrace. They have lied about the source of their funding and misrepresented their true aims. They are part and parcel of the George Soros-oil lobby Obama White House which lifted them into the saddle. Should this group not be compelled to forfeit its tax-exempt standing for misleading so many people and raising money in the process? Sounds like a reasonable prosecution to me.
|Sue Melcher||September 26th 2010|
The latest revelations show that J-Street--a so-called pro-Israel lobby--is a just massive deception by Saudi money and the George Soros fortune, a fortune which he is determined to use for anti-Jewish and anti-Israel purposes. Since Soros is a major funder of President Barack Obama, it explains the White House's sudden elevation of this fake Israel lobby J-Street to share the roundtable with such organizations as AIPAC and the Conference of Presidents. I had placed a lot of hope in both Obama and J-Street. I now join the ranks of many Americans, Jewish and otherwise who feel disappointed and deceived by both.
|Tina Seltzer||September 22nd 2010|
I have read with shock the saga of Tony Mendoza and his eugenic campaign against the Deaf of California. This is not a crisis just for California. This legislation will be emulated throughout the country. Mendoza should now be yanked from office, voted out or recalled and referred for prosecution if justified. It should be a warning to the other state legislators everywhere. The Deaf will not sit still for these measures designed to erase our identity. Edwin Black and 10 more like him should speak about the horrors of eugenics before it takes root across the nation.
|Michael R. West||September 20th 2010|
Turks refuse to allow a cross to show on the ancient Armenian Church they have blockaded in the region they exterminated Armenians. That is okay. But these same people want us to place their victory mosque over Ground Zero. What are we missing?
|Sarah Dern||September 20th 2010|
After I read a prior letter writer's comment about the Muslim persecution of Bahai's and how they would never be admitted to the Ground Zero Mosque, I waited for anyone to answer or for the mainstream media to cover this. All I got was silence. Is anyone willing to stand up for the Baha'i faith? Or don't they count? I am not Baha'i but from what I understand, they are being persecuted solely because they have a profit who came about from Muslim lands who preaches world peace--for real.
|Barry Morrissey||September 16th 2010|
I for one found the article on the (see Sheraton in Greensboro Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons Unwelcoming--Try Another
, Travel, Sept 16, 2010) a perfect shortee giving me exactly the information I need to know before I book my small but discriminating group for our winter meeting. There is no excuse for a hotel to be snooty to new clients, perspective clients or even past visitors. The writer of this article is correct. It is a down economy and no meeting hotel experiencing good times temporarily should think it is immune from the hard times that have befallen other hotels. I think the recommended alternatives, the O. Henry and the Proximity, will do just fine.
|Tim Riker||September 15th 2010|
After my involvement fighting during the California bill AB 2072 (Mendoza), I thought it would be appropriate to look at the wisdom of Deaf leaders in the past to understand the struggles of the Deaf community which continue to this day. The words of George Veditz, former president of the National Association of the Deaf, seem as fresh today as they did 100 years ago: "Right now let me say that a person who thus disregards the opinions of the educated and organized deaf has no license to pose as an
educator of the deaf nor as the head of a school supported by the taxes of the people and of which they pay their share. And right here let me say that the organized deaf do not understand their own might. It is in their power, if united, to dictate to the schools what methods of education should be pursued therein. Their cause is so palpably just that public, legislators and parents must in the end side with them." We must always remember Veditz's words were during a dark time of our history when Deaf educators saw their jobs being eliminated and replaced by arrogant hearing educators who did not know sign language. Many of the state funded schools for the Deaf were overrun by people advocating for only the oral education method regardless of whether the Deaf child benefited from it. Sign language was not taught and in many cases harshly forbidden in the schools. I will echo the words in my beautiful sign language, along with millions others who share it today, "Never again!"
|Donald J. Limperis||September 13th 2010|
Why does the media fail to ask the important question of Ground Zero Mosque advocates and Muslims in general? Are Bahai's welcome? The answer is no. Islam has been persecuting Baha'i' since its beginning. Baha'i believes in the oneness of all religions--but because it began in a Muslim lands after Mohammad, Muslim kill and persecute its adherents. Their shrines are destroyed. Their leaders are imprisoned. They aren't even allowed to be dhimmis--just dead. So CNN, Fox, New York Times--ask that question of the ecumenical advocates of the Ground Zero Mosque.
|Judith Kremmel||September 13th 2010|
After reading Edwin Black's stunning review of the new Michael Marrus book, I have two questions (see Michael Marrus Falters in Some Measure of Justice, Arts, March 1, 2010). First, how does one write a book on the Holocaust survivor lawsuits in Florida without contacting those people? Second, how is it possible for a knowing big-name historian with access to Google to claim that IBM head man Thomas Watson, convicted of fraud and blackmail and all the rest, was just "a maverick" and not "a corporate scoundrel?" A book on Watson was quoted by Marrus and that book says the opposite and does mention the conviction in detail. Count me among those who have learned from this experience. The Internet allows everyone to check everything and the old guard big names are no longer in charge of managing our take on history. I cannot wait for the next book by Mr. Marrus. My Google is ready.
|Abraham H. Foxman||September 8th 2010|
New York City
After having received calls and e-mails from around the country expressing outrage at TIME magazine’s September 13 article, “Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace,” the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on the editors to apologize for a cover story the League said was predicated on the “insidious subtext” of Jews being obsessed with money. The outcry from the Jewish community and others over TIME’s Israel cover story has been overwhelming. We have received calls and e-mails from around the country expressing outrage at the implication that Israelis care more about money than a future of peace and security. After reading the story, we understand why so many people were offended. In a letter to Managing Editor Richard Stengel, the ADL called on the magazine’s editors to issue an apology to readers, both for the timing of the article and its calling up age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and money. Our letter made this message clear: “The insidious subtext of Israeli Jews being obsessed with money echoes the age-old anti-Semitic falsehood that Jews care about money above any other interest, in this case achieving piece with the Palestinians. At the same time, TIME ignores the very real sacrifices made by Israel and its people in the pursuit of peace and the efforts by successive Israeli governments of reconciliation. One can only be cynical about the timing of the article, appearing as Israelis and Palestinians engage in direct negotiations and Jews the world over pray on the High Holidays for a New Year that will bring peace."
Abraham H. Foxman is National Director of Anti-Defamation League.
|Morton A. Klein ||September 8th 2010|
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) condemned the planned 9/11 Koran burning event organized by Pastor Terry Jones and his Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. The ZOA has not and will not support or condone burning religious scriptures of any faith. This proposed act of Koran-burning is not only offensive and counter-productive, but a diversion from real issues that concern us regarding extremism in the Muslim world. The ZOA has countless times articulated its genuine and substantive concerns about Islamic radicalism. We must combat jihadists as well as other Muslim extremists who legitimize, rationalize or seek to dishonestly sanitize violent, totalitarian doctrines that involve the murder and subjugation of non-Muslims and moderate Muslims. We oppose tirelessly Islamist terrorism and those Muslims who work for the subjugation of America, Israel and indeed all non-Muslim countries, whether this is attempted by immediate, violent and blatant means, or by gradual, non-violent and covert means. We should be seeking out, promoting and working with moderate Muslims. It will not be possible to do so if we support or fail to criticize Koran-burning events such as the one proposed in Florida. It has been argued, including by General David Petraeus, that this proposed Koran-burning will serve as a pretext for Islamist assaults here and overseas. His statement is misconceived. These are not the grounds on which we oppose and condemn this event. Burning the Koran should be opposed because it is offensive, wrong and counter-productive, not because it can be used to justify Islamist violence. If we take that approach, we will soon find that all efforts to oppose or challenge radical Muslims will be quickly condemned on the same grounds. This will morally and physically disarm us and encroach on our ability as a free society to challenge dangerous enemies. Radical Muslims need no pretext to attack us, so it is wrong to suggest that we are specially endangering ourselves by doing something, whether proper or offensive, to challenge them. Tragically, the attacks would come anyway, regardless of what we say and do today.
Morton A. Klein is president of the Zionist Organization of America.
|Pesach Lerner||September 8th 2010|
It now seems clear from the most authoritative juridical experts that Sholom Rubashkin's trial was conducted in violation of American legal and constitutional principles. The judge held numerous ex parte meetings with prosecutors starting six months before the original raid. The Justice Department's own memos refer to her a "stakeholder." Mr. Rubashkin is entitled to due process of law, like all American citizens, and we call on the Justice Department and the courts to treat him fairly and equitably. All the community is asking is for a fair and honest delivery of justice. Is that too much to ask for?
|Carol Godwin||September 6th 2010|
I am thoroughly outraged at TIME Magazine's clearly anti-Semitic cover story designed to irritate Jews on their holy days, Rosh HaShonah and Yom Kippur. I intend to get my copy out of the garbage, where it so richly deserves to be, tear out every advertisement, and paste them on my refrigerator to remind me daily who to boycott. They do not deserve and will not get my hard-earned cash. Same goes for TIME magazine.
|Lynne Rabinoff ||September 6th 2010|
New York City
Horror and dismay are not sufficient to express my utter outrage at the cover of TIME Magazine and the subsequent article. They didn't bother to show the young soldiers dying, the funerals, the rockets in Sderot, the terrorist shootings of 4 innocent people, one of whom was pregnant. The nerve of Israelis to sit on the beach. Why not show the pictures of Gaza and the malls and the olympic size swimming pools. How dare TIME use the Star of David to denigrate Israel and Jews - I'd like to see a full boycott of TIME and a full cover apology but better still - a going out of business sign. Jews are not free for all targets for the insidious anti Semitism (couched in anti Israel sentiments).
Goodbye TIME. It is time for TIME to go the way of all such rag tabloids.
|Shelly Stein||September 6th 2010|
I am completely outraged at Time Magazine Rosh HaShonah cover story featuring a giant Jewish star made of daises and declaring why "Israel Doesn't Care About Peace." Everyone should shred their subscriptions and notify the advertisers that they will boycott those who paid for this cover to be mass circulated. This is a new low. To focus on a few Israelis who have taken a justified moment off at the beach from their ever-present military duty and anti-terrorism fears, and declare this as proof that Israel does not want peace is as offensive on this holiday as can be on the even of the Jewish New Year and the eve of peace negotiations. Shame on Time.
|Ryan Crane||September 6th 2010|
Deaf communities across America are rightly up in arms by the up-for-sale legislation in California designed to subtly push cochlear implants on Deaf infants. This is only the beginning. We will see new policies, new laws, new reimbursement rules, until the Deaf are made extinct by slowly whittling away their culture. This is how eugenics has always worked. California's bought-and-paid for AB2072 is troubling to the nation's entire Deaf community from shore to shore. Who is putting so much money to push implants? The only avenue the Deaf have now is to impeach, investigate and remove from office the legislators who have sold out the community for a few coins. Prosecute and Impeach--whichever comes first.
|Isabel Smith||September 3rd 2010|
I am writing to alert Cutting Edge News
readers regarding upcoming conference, "War by Other Means: the Global Campaign to Delegitimize Israel," hosted by Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America also known as CAMERA. Now, more than ever, Israel finds itself in a battle for fair treatment on the world stage. CAMERA’s event will bring together international experts such as Alan Dershowitz, Bret Stephens, Mark Steyn, and many others to articulate the enormous challenges of the moment and to formulate constructive action. The conference will take place October 10 – 11, 2010 in Metcalf Hall at Boston University. Topics will include the role of the media, NGO’s, the UN, academia and the mainline churches in threatening Israel’s legitimacy; the urgent conditions in Europe; hands-on sessions for training and activism; and special workshops geared exclusively towards students and young adults. “This conference will serve as ‘boot camp’ for those who want to help: it will provide thorough knowledge of key issues, and the tools needed to promote the facts,” in the words of Andrea Levin, President of CAMERA. Cutting Edge News
readers can find additional at www.camera.org
|Abraham H. Foxman||August 31st 2010|
New York City
We found the recent comments by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas Party in Israel, where he called for God to strike the Palestinians and their leadership with a plague, offensive and incendiary. Particularly on the eve of renewed peace talks, and on the eve of the Jewish New Year, one would have hoped that Rabbi Yosef could have inspired his students and followers with a message of hope, humility, repentance, and forgiveness. These comments do not exist in a vacuum. Such incendiary expressions contribute to a potentially dangerous environment of intolerance and hatred.
|Seymour Webster-Ross||August 30th 2010|
From what I can see, the legislation in California known as AB2072 was up for sale to the highest bidder. Whoever stood to make the most money from legislating Deaf ASL out of existence controlled the legislation. Pick them: audiologists, cochlear implant makers, schools for the deaf--whoever. While people were told the amendments would be made, they were lied to to. The legislation was skillfully changed at the last minute. Every deaf person in California should mobilize now to impeach, defeat for re-election and have investigated the legislators who committed this miscarriage of justice and return to Eugenics. My niece is Deaf and I pray this type of law does not come to Ohio. In the meantime, I salute The Cutting Edge News and eugenics expert Edwin Black for fighting to defeat this horrible measure.
|Bernhard Rosenberg ||August 30th 2010|
I am tired of counting swastikas and hearing antisemitic cat calls when my wife and I head home from synagogue. It happened to us again on Friday night August 20th on Route 27, where Jew-baiting by local teens has become trendy over the last year. On Friday night the lighting was so poor near the shopping center, we could discern only that the vehicle from which the epithets emanated was a dark-colored one and that the voices were female. I am also tired of calling the police, since there is little or no evidence left behind. It doesn't help when these hate crimes are dismissed as youthful pranks. In recent weeks, I have appeared on local and national news stations, the Wall Street Journal and other media, but the publicity, has now led to copycats who want to get in on the action. The screaming girls are thinking what they did was cool. It wasn't. And the local police and mayor have ignored my requests for assistance in dealing with these things. They don't even follow proper reporting procedures under the State's hate crime laws. Since the community can't be protected from these obnoxious hate crimes, and the police won't follow through, we, as citizens of Edison, must see how we can change these teen behaviors from the pulpit and in our classrooms. Danger lies ahead if we do nothing. It is my personal belief, that once these kids get bored with yelling epithets about Jews, they will move on to baiting Muslims and Latinos, going from verbal violence to physical violence. Their behavior is an indicator of a failure in our educational system, which mandates Holocaust Education but that doesn't always work. The point of learning about what happened to the Jews during World War II is that we aren't supposed to behave the way the Nazis did. We are Americans who believe in the Bill of Rights and that all people should be treated with respect and dignity. Our children need to know that and live by that. The only way these current hate crimes will stop is by working with students before they are hard-wired for hate. I hope that local clergy and educators will join me in showing our children that hatred doesn't work. If we ignore what's happening and do nothing, our children will take it as a license to escalate their behavior, and more people will be hurt. We've got one goal: to stop the hate.
|Phil R. Dirkson||August 23rd 2010|
The Hamas terror group has endorsed the Ground Zero Mosque. Its cofounder Mahmoud al-Zahar declared, "We have to build everywhere." He also said, "We have to build the mosque, as you are allowed to build the church and Israelis are building their holy places." Now what does this tell you about the political dynamics of this mosque. This is no longer a local religious edifice—this is now an international Islamic political matter and our State Department has joined in by sponsoring the fundraising trip across the Muslim world. Do we want such a mosque at Ground Zero? I do not.
|Troy Loomis||August 23rd 2010|
I consider the revelation that the University of Wisconsin Press does not fact check prior to publication (see Michael Marrus Falters in Some Measure of Justice
, Arts, March 1, 2010) good news indeed. For some time now I have been working on a book length manuscript proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that Elvis lives. Perhaps they would be willing to publish it.
|Tina Jo Breindel||August 16th 2010|
AB2072 was taken off "suspense" in the Appropriations Committee, and it will go to the Senate floor for a vote this week. The public everywhere should rally to influence California Senators to oppose AB2072, also known as Mendoza Eugenics for its intent to subtly wipe away the Deaf Culture. There are grave problems with this bill. Parents have the right to information about their deaf baby. Nevertheless, the view of this issue is still dominated by a "fix the problem" perspective. This needs to change to a broader consideration of nurturing each child as a whole individual and the importance of the child's mind and spirit, instead of being narrowly focused on the child's "ear."
The most recent amendments introduced by Assemblymember Mendoza include new language to add audiologists and physicians onto the advisory panel developing the brochure for parents. Mendoza also struck out a section that would restrict "special interests" and those who have a conflict of interest from contributing to the fund set up for implementation costs. These amendments, which were hastily added after the bill was put on suspense, are a "kill shot" removing any progress that has been made in improving this bill to include the views of Deaf ASL/English users. In passing this bill as it is now written, the California legislature is in effect saying, "We believe more strongly in a medical model of Deaf people, and give more value to those who pursue, even at great cost to deaf people, the path to 'normal'." How demoralizing to those of us in opposition to this bill, that after so much progress toward a greater understanding, the bill will still reflect old thinking.
The repercussions of this medical model approach will continue to negatively affect the system and children throughout their lives. In the past 50 years, the number of Deaf high school graduates is at an unacceptably low level. The extreme focus on the medical aspect of fixing the hearing/ears, rather than being focused on language development, has created this situation. Real innovative legislation would abandon the medical model as being ineffective.
Parental choice has everything to do with Deaf stakeholders and the knowledge they have. Deaf people are the very people who end up being the most affected by parental choice. In a comment from Assemblymember Mendoza, he said for us to rest assured he would keep our views in mind during this legislative process. Well, he has let us down. Clearly, an intervention is very much needed to resolve the unrest behind this bill that the Senators need to vote NO on AB2072 to stop a plan of privatization and human rights violation. Otherwise AB2072 with medical professionals brings back the slippery slope of Eugenics!
|Sheri A. Farinha ||August 16th 2010|
North Highlands, CA
As many are aware, California State Assemblymember Tony Mendoza suddenly and without notice submitted 16 amendments to the Appropriations Committee and controversial AB2072 bill passed.This bill which promotes cochlear implants is commonly referred to as "Mendoza Eugenics" because it is designed as the first step toward wiping out the Deaf culture. We are extremely disappointed that the wording we offered to Peter Hansel and Mia Orr of the committee staff was not accepted. We also shared our thoughts with Assemblymember Mendoza, but to no avail. We feel extremely let down, and now with the new amendment wording offered, "visual language, including but not limited to ASL [American Sign Language]," it has been watered down to the point where we may not even have any representation of ASL users.
We are fully aware of the special interest groups lobbying this measure, including the California Medical Association and the audiologist profession. We feel that this influence has banked heavily on the fact that Mia Orr is not paying attention and seems to harbor bias against us. She has not listened to us and is definitely not neutral as I thought health committee consultants are supposed to be, and keeps twisting things to say she hasn't received anything from us. We know this not to be truth. It is for this reason I am sharing with the public our extreme disappointed in how we were treated. We feel completely slammed by this recent maneuver against us. It was our hope that Senator Elaine Alquist would stand alongside us, especially since it was she who thought to add the restriction to the audiologists. Adding them to the panel of stakeholders was definitely a slap in our face. I guess money is more important than the people of California who are ASL users.
|Shoshana Bryen||August 16th 2010|
The State Department has confirmed that Feisal Abdul Rauf—who wants to be the imam of a mosque at Ground Zero—is taking a State Department funded trip to the Middle East to foster “greater understanding” about Islam and Muslim communities in the United States. “He is a distinguished Muslim cleric,” said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley. “I think we are in the process of arranging for him to travel as part of this program, and it is to foster a greater understanding about the region around the world among Muslim-majority communities.” Rauf is reportedly going to Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, and Qatar.
What a sack!
We know a lot of rabbis, some ministers and a few priests. We would be appalled to have the government of the United States, which by law favors no religion, sending a rabbi to Israel—or the former Soviet Union or France or Argentina, where there are communities of Jews—to talk about how Jews live in the United States. Having a priest travel to the Vatican, Honduras, Ireland or the Philippines to describe the lives of American Catholics would be outrageous. Likewise, ministers to Sweden.
What business is it of the American government to send a Muslim to Muslim-majority countries to talk about Islam? How offensive is it to think that the American government is using American tax dollars to fly a non-government person around the world to promote the activities and lifestyle of a particular religion? Better to send a non-Muslim American government official to talk about American religious freedom, cultural diversity and the virtues of the secular, democratic state.
To the speculation that Rauf will engage in fund raising for the proposed mosque at Ground Zero, Mr. Crowley said, “That would not be something he could do as part of our program,” he said.
We're so relieved. And we're so sure he will do only as the American government desires.
But Debra Burlingame, a 9/11 family member, told The New York Post, “‘We know he has a fund-raising association with Saudi Arabia’ ... noting that the Saudis have contributed money to underwrite programs by the American Society for Muslim Advancement, a not-for-profit that Abdul Rauf runs with his wife and that is one of the sponsors of the Ground Zero mosque. ‘He's going to the well, and how can they say they do or don't know what he's doing?’”
To be entirely clear, JINSA believes Ground Zero is a battlefield cemetery—the site of a battle for the liberal democratic state. We oppose the building of a Muslim sectarian monument there because regardless of what its supporters say, it will be widely understood in the Muslim world as a battlefield monument in the name of Islam.
Does the State Department really think Rauf (who said in English that the United States bears responsibility for 9-11) will tell the Saudis, Bahrainis, and Qataris that he is building a monument to cultural understanding, interfaith relations and peace in New York because America is a good, safe and decent place for Muslims as long as they understand the secular, democratic nature of the United States? And that he doesn't want their money because Americans will fund the mosque?
And how will the State Department know?
Shoshana Bryen is Senior Director for Security Policy at JINSA.
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