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AMERICA DECIDES 2004. Kerry machine and concerns about Dean sway Iowa Jews,
By Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, January 20, 2004
"Jewish voters in Iowa turned to Sen. John Kerry in large numbers because of a well-oiled machine that targeted Jews — and because of ongoing concerns about Howard Dean, activists there say. Alan Koslow, a Dean activist who hosted a caucus in West Des Moines — where many of the state’s Jews live — said he and his wife were the only Jews in the room Monday night voting for Dean, the former Vermont governor who was the early Democratic front-runner in Iowa. “I was absolutely shocked,” Koslow said. “The Jewish vote went so completely to Kerry, from what I could ascertain. He made a strong impression.” Koslow attributed the performance of Kerry (D-Mass.) to eight young Jewish campaign staffers who targeted the community. Koslow also had three helpers but said he only reached about 400 of Iowa’s 1,300 known Jewish families in the days before the election. An evening for Jewish voters that Koslow hosted last week with Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Jewish Democrat from neighboring Illinois, attracted far fewer people than expected. “I expected 100; about 45 came,” he said. “About a quarter of those were people who supported other candidates and who were upset at Dean’s perceived positions on Israel.” Dean once called for the United States to take an “even-handed” policy in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and once referred to Hamas terrorists as “soldiers.” Dean says he now regrets using the term “even-handed: ... Kerry was seen as the strongest performer at a synagogue event in Des Moines in November, and several congregants told him afterward that he had swung their support away from other candidates. Dean and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) also addressed the crowd. Kerry told the crowd how he had shouted “Am Yisrael Chai” from atop Masada, and he was the only one of the three to invoke the Holocaust, when he called for more thoughtful U.S. involvement in human-rights issues. Such particulars — and Kerry’s animated delivery — registered with the crowd. “John Kerry has been to Masada,” David Moskowitz said at the synagogue event. “He knows the issues.”

AMERICA DECIDES 2004. Edwards doesn’t cultivate Jews, but his views win Jewish support,
By Matthew E. Berger, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, January 20, 2004
"Sen. John Edwards ... is an exception in a presidential campaign marked by loud declarations of Jewish affinity. He has warm ties with Jews in his state, but he hasn’t made an issue of it. Edwards was a highly successful trial lawyer in North Carolina seven years ago when he sought a seat in the U.S. Senate and largely was able to self-finance his campaign. That meant Edwards didn’t spend as much time as other aspiring lawmakers courting support and dollars in the Jewish community, both in and out of his state, North Carolina Jewish activists said. “He didn’t seek out the Jewish community,” unlike others who “go from candidate event to candidate event begging for money,” said Jennifer Laszlo-Mizrahi, a Democratic political consultant who ran for Congress in North Carolina in 1994. “Because he was self-financed, he could avoid a lot of that.” Edwards nonetheless has earned the community’s support. He has a solid record on Israel and emphasizes the issues that resonate with Jewish voters like Dricker: health, education and poverty. ... “If somebody had told me John Edwards was going to run for political office, I wouldn’t have believed them,” said Fred Baron, co-finance chairman of Edwards’ campaign and former president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America ... “When he decided to run for political office, it made incredible sense to me because of his incredible talent to connect with people,” said Bill Cassell, a longtime Edwards friend and former Jewish federation campaign chairman in Greensboro ... Randall Kaplan, a Greensboro businessman who is a board member for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, remembers early meetings Edwards held with Jewish leaders in the community. “When he first started considering the Senate race, he was a great listener,” Kaplan said. “He was as knowledgeable as someone can get when they first run for office but didn’t have first-hand experience.” Edwards reached out to the Jewish community as a Senate candidate but didn’t court Jews the same way other aspiring politicians do. “He would certainly have ties to individuals in the Jewish community, but I don’t know that he has had any ties in any formal way,” Broun said. The North Carolina Jewish community also may not warrant the same treatment that Jews in larger states merit. “It’s a different kind of Jewish community,” Broun said. “Most of us are professional people who might be quite comfortable but are not business people with the kind of money that one would go to in Florida, Illinois or New York.” Laszlo-Mizrahi said, “That huge Jewish political machine in North Carolina just doesn’t exist.” Upon his election in 1998, Edwards continued listening. “John would always make himself available to us,” Kaplan said ... Kaplan now advises Edwards’ campaign on Israel and Middle East issues. Edwards visited Israel with Intelligence Committee colleagues in 2001 and was there when a suicide bomber attacked a Sbarro restaurant in downtown Jerusalem. “I think the trip left on him an understanding,” Kaplan said. “He really gets the strategic issues, the existential issues.” In a statement to JTA, Edwards said he would increase U.S. engagement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the appointment of a senior envoy to the region, and he signaled support for Israel’s anti-terror tactics, including the security barrier Israel is erecting in the West Bank. “As long as the Palestinian leadership fails to end terror, Israel has a right to take measures to defend itself,” Edwards said. “Such defensive measures are not the cause of terrorism — they are the response to terrorism.”

AMERICA DECIDES 2004. As Gephardt bows out, Jews lose a friend in Washington’s high places,
By Matthew E. Berger, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, January 20, 2004
"The political career of one of Congress’ strongest advocates for Jewish concerns may be over. Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.), who served as Democratic leader in the House from 1989 to 2002, ended his presidential bid Tuesday, a day after he captured only 11 percent of the vote and finished a disappointing fourth in the Iowa caucuses, which he won in 1988. “Today my pursuit of the presidency has reached its end,” Gephardt said Tuesday in a tearful press conference in St. Louis. “I’m withdrawing as a candidate and returning to private life after a long time in the warm light of public service.” Gephardt, 62, previously had announced that he would not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, thus ending a Washington career that began when he joined the House in 1977. “A lot of Jewish Democrats are quite saddened by the apparent end of Dick Gephardt’s political career,” said Ira Forman, executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council. “He was always a friend, not just on domestic issues, but on Israel.” Gephardt always was considered a friend on Middle East matters, but Jewish officials in Washington said he became a leader on behalf of Israel in recent years — perhaps because of his aspirations to higher office, but also because of the new international landscape after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Gephardt was the highest-ranking congressional official to speak at an April 15, 2002, solidarity rally for Israel at the Capitol."

US Vetoes At The UN In Favor Of Israel Since 1973,
rense.com, January 20, 2004
"July 1973, S/10974 Vote: 13 in favor, 1 veto (US), 1 abstention. The resolution strongly deplored Israel's occupation of the Arab territories since 1967, and expressed serious concern with the Israeli authorities' lack of cooperation with the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General. January 1976, S/11940 Vote: 9 in favor, 1 veto (US), 3 abstentions . The resolution called for Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories since 1967, and deplored Israel's refusal to implement relevant UN resolutions. It furthermore reaffirmed the right of the Palestinian people to self determination, and the right of return for Palestinian refugees" ... [Etc., etc., etc. A long list]

Chairman Pledges Closer Cooperation with NATO,
U.S. Info. State. Gov, January 21, 2004
"Passy, de Hoop Scheffer meet in Brussels Jan. 21. The new chairman-in-office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passy, met in Brussels January 21 with the new secretary-general of NATO, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Passy pledged to strengthen OSCE cooperation with NATO, particularly in the fight against terrorism and in resolving regional conflicts and building democracy in the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia, according to an OSCE press release. He described NATO and OSCE antiterrorism efforts as "mutually reinforcing" and said that building civil societies in all five Central Asian nations must be a priority. Following is the press release: ..."

Benador Associates Announce First Lecture in New 'Axis of Evil Series'; Journalist Claudia Rosett Speak on North Korea,
U.S. Newswire, January 27, 2004
"Eleana Benador and Benador Associates announce the inaugural event in a new series of lectures, the "Axis Of Evil Series." The first event will feature distinguished journalist Claudia Rosett, editorial contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and fellow of the Hudson Institute and Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Rosett will speak on "The Need For Regime Change In North Korea: Facing Facts" on Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 12:30 -- 2 p.m. EST."

Council for the National Interest -- Public Hearing: The Middle East in Election 2004 -- Voting Out the Neocons,
U.S. Newswire, January 22, 2004
"Contact: Terry Walz of the Council for the National Interest, 202 863-2951 News Advisory: When: Jan. 27 10:00 AM -- 12:00 PM Where: Room 2237 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC Two former Republican congressmen, Paul Findley (R-Ill.) and Paul "Pete" McCloskey (R-Calif.), Edward Peck, a former Chief of Mission in Baghdad, and Civic Leader Dr. E. Faye Williams will appear at a Public Hearing in Room 2237 Rayburn House Office Building on Jan. 27. The Jan. 27 event, between 10 am and 12 noon, will launch a major new series of hearings called "The Middle East in Election 2004." The first hearing will focus on "Voting Out the Neocons." The series will follow the presidential candidates' statements and positions while proposing a new policy approaches for peace in the Middle East in the interest of Americans. Findley has stated that the central issue of the 2004 election will be the failure of the Bush administration to deal effectively and honestly with terrorism. "The real ground zero of the war on terrorism is in Palestine, not in Manhattan," he says. The task for American voters in this fall's national election is to reverse the direction of US Middle East policy and vote the Neocons and President Bush out of office. Peck considers the war in Iraq a Pandora's box. He believes America has made critical mistakes, with potentially far-reaching implications for the entire world. Its effects will have especially negative implications for the US and Israel. McCloskey will examine whether the President has given in to the religious fundamentalists in America, provoking an increase in fundamentalism in the Muslim world. The speakers call on the American people to replace Bush and his Neocon advisers with an administration that will re-earn the trust of the world and of the American people."

Lantos to Check Libya's WMD Program,
Las Vegas Sun, January 21, 2004
"A senior Democratic congressman plans to go to Libya this weekend at the invitation of Moammar Gadhafi to check on the Libyan leader's pledge to dismantle his nation's nuclear weapons program. Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., will meet with Libyan officials and possibly Gadhafi, whose decision to halt development of weapons of mass destruction marked a major policy shift by the North African leader. Lantos, senior Democrat on the House International Relations Committee, will report his findings to Congress and to the Bush administration, his office said in a statement announcing the trip. A separate congressional group headed by Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., is going to Libya, as well. The visits signal a growing momentum to repair U.S. relations with Libya, although the administration has taken no action to remove Libya from its list of countries that support terrorism or to lift the economic sanctions the listing requires. Through a third party, Libya also has had preliminary discussions with Israel, a longtime foe."

Jewish lawyer named French junior minister,
Jerusalem Post, January 22, 2004
"The government named an Algerian-born Jewish lawyer on Thursday to replace a junior minister who resigned after being named a suspect in a corruption probe. Nicole Guedj, 48, took over from Pierre Bedier as secretary of state for building programs in the justice system. She will oversee the construction of prisons, courthouses and other such buildings. Bedier, 46, resigned Wednesday shortly after being placed under investigation in a corruption probe centered on bribes for public contracts in the town where he once was mayor. He has denied any wrongdoing. Guedj was born of a North African Jewish family in Algeria in May 1955, when it was still a part of France. The lawyer helps handle human rights issues for the UMP, President Jacques Chirac's party. She also was part of a Chirac-appointed commission that recently called for the banning of Islamic head scarves, Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses in public schools to keep them free of religious strife. The government plans to institute the ban with a law to be put in place for the start of the 2004-2005 school year in September."

Jews’ Primary Role Expanding. Race on to pick off Lieberman contributors; N.Y. vote looming larger,
by James D. Besser, Jewish Week, January 23, 2004
"As the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination shifts to New Hampshire, the Jewish community stands poised to play a dramatically expanded role, observers say. The big reason: money. That could be an especially important factor for Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the surprise victor in Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Kerry, according to Jewish activists in the state, surged among Jewish voters in the last days of the caucus fight. But it also could be a major factor for Wesley Clark, the retired general who bypassed Iowa and will make his first electoral stand next week in the New England chill. “The importance of Jews in the Democratic Party is suddenly greater than it was a few days ago,” said Johns Hopkins University political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg. “And the probable beneficiaries are Kerry and possibly Clark.” The Iowa surprise also increases the likelihood several primaries in states with large Jewish populations — including New York and Florida — could figure more prominently in the Democratic free-for-all ... Even before Iowa, several campaigns were ratcheting up their Jewish outreach efforts. This week the Clark campaign was staging a nationwide Jewish “house party,” bringing together young Jewish activists — Jewish Theological Seminary students were to meet Wednesday — to watch a filmed biography of the former NATO commander and discuss how they can help the campaign. James Rubin, the former Clinton administration State Department spokesman recently appointed senior foreign policy to the Clark team, has invited New Hampshire Jewish leaders to lunch on Friday to discuss the campaign. Clark backers have held Jewish events in Oklahoma and Florida in the past month. Clark also received the endorsement of a senior Jewish member of Congress, Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas). A campaign spokesman said that “the goal is to establish General Clark as someone who is every strong on security, but is also an active and experienced peacemaker.” A senior Kerry campaign official said “a lot of Jewish voters have been looking for an alternative to Dean. The Iowa results could put Kerry in that position, and we plan to take advantage of it.” No Jewish Consensus In New Hampshire New Hampshire Jews are disproportionately involved in the political dogfight — a prominent rabbi in the state estimated that “two-thirds of my congregants have met or listened to one or more of the candidates” — but the community has not shown an overwhelming preference for any of the major candidates ... Allen Solomont, a Kerry campaign steering committee co-chair, said that “people in our community admire John Kerry for his consistent and unshakable support for Israel, his mature and intelligent foreign policy experience and perspective, and his positions on domestic issues. He has the whole package.” Jewish votes are unlikely to play much of a role in the next few primaries, including the contest in New Hampshire and the slew of Southern primaries on Feb. 3. But with the dramatic changes in the Democratic nomination race, Jewish campaign money is taking on even more importance than usual. “People were saying that Dean showed a new way to raise money through the Internet that circumvented the traditional contributors, including many Jews,” said Ginsberg, the Johns Hopkins political scientist. “But it looks like the old ways are still the best. Now there’s going to be a scramble for Jewish money.” The scramble will be all the more intense because Kerry and Clark go into New Hampshire without enough cash in the coffers to sustain all-out campaigns. Speaking about Kerry, Goldstein said: “To capitalize on his momentum, he will have to raise a lot of money quickly. And American Jews are significant supporters of the Democratic Party, and they tend to work in networks that can produce contributions quickly" ... The Iowa results, by slowing the Dean surge and boosting Kerry and Edwards, also could magnify the importance of several primaries in states with large Jewish populations. “With the possibility this will be a more extended primary process than many had anticipated, the New York primary could be a significant event,” said Steven Grossman, national CO-chair of the Dean campaign and a longtime pro-Israel activist. “And with the big Jewish vote in New York, there will be tremendous competition between the candidates.” New York, California and Maryland hold their primaries on March 2; in all three, the Jewish vote could play an important role. Floridians vote the following week, another state with a big Jewish electorate ... Grossman, the Dean campaign CO-chair, said: “I’ve been struck by how many Jewish contributors are staying on the sidelines even at this point. One reason is that they have so many friends in the race; they don’t want to make enemies.”

Report: Rumsfeld considers striking Hizbullah to provoke Syria,
By Douglas Davis, Jerusalem Post, January 22, 2004
"US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is considering provoking a military confrontation with Syria by attacking Hizbullah bases near the Syrian border in Lebanon, according to the authoritative London-based Jane's Intelligence Digest. In an article to be published on Friday, the journal said multifaceted US attacks, which would be conducted within the framework of the global war on terrorism, are likely to focus on Hizbullah bases in the Bekaa Valley of eastern Lebanon. It noted that the deployment of US special forces in the Bekaa Valley, where most of Syria's occupation forces in Lebanon are based, would be highly inflammatory and would "almost certainly involve a confrontation with Syrian troops." Such a conflict might well prove to be the objective of the US, said the journal, which described Washington's strategic benefits from a confrontation with Syria. These include: * Pressuring Damascus into ending its support for anti-Israel Palestinian groups; * Persuading Syria to abandon its weapons of mass destruction and to withdraw its troops from Lebanon; * Stimulating a situation where Syrian leader Bashir Assad can be ousted; * Crushing Hizbullah and ending its presumed connections with al-Qaida. "The political consequences of a US attack against Lebanon. . . could result in the destabilization of a country that is still rebuilding its infrastructure a decade after a ruinous 15-year civil war," noted the journal. "It would also fuel Muslim and Arab hostility toward the US at a time when US-led occupation forces are fighting the ongoing insurgency in Iraq. "In these circumstances, taking on Hizbullah in the Bekaa Valley is likely to prove a highly risky undertaking. "However," it continued, "given the Bush administration's doctrine of pre-emptive strikes, it remains entirely possible that Washington will soon launch military strikes against Lebanon, regardless of the consequences for wider regional stability." The journal noted that the US administration has long considered Damascus "a prime candidate for regime-change," along with Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and, possibly, Saudi Arabia. "Syria, once a powerhouse of Arab radicalism that could not be ignored, has been seriously weakened, both militarily and politically. Washington may feel that the time is coming to oust Assad and the ruling generals ... During the past six months, it added, Washington has increased the US military presence along the Syrian border with Iraq "and, on several occasions, has sent special forces into Syrian territory or penetrated Syrian air space. "In one incident, US troops pursued suspected Iraqi militants into Syria and fought a running battle that left dozens of people, including some Syrians, dead. "Israel's air-strike in southern Lebanon earlier this week," it added, "is very unlikely to be the last time Israeli forces cross the border to strike at targets alleged to be militant bases and training camps."

American Democrat hopefuls sticking to pro-Israel policies,
by Nathan Guttman, Haaretz (Israel), January 22, 2004
"Surprising results this week in the Iowa primary have caused the American Jewish community, and supporters of Israel in the United States, to take a closer look at Democratic candidates who have up to now been trailing the pack. In past months, the Jewish community was preoccupied with then front-runner Howard Dean. It monitored closely what appeared to be worrisome comments made by Dean, particularly his reference to an "evenhanded approach" toward the Middle East conflict. Though the obsession with Dean obscured the other candidates, the other Democratic Party hopefuls did not forget the Jewish community. On Wednesday, Wesley Clark's staff organized a nationwide event aimed at his Jewish supporters. In dozens of cities around the country, rallies were held for Clark, and the retired general greeted his supporters in conference calls. Clark tried to allay Jewish voters' fears, most of them related to Israel. "I believe we should take risks for peace, and we will reach peace in the Middle East," Clark declared. He declined, however, to detail a peace plan. He did take a hard line toward the Arab countries. "Years ago, I saw that the Palestinians are teaching hate in classrooms, and I am also worried about the Saudis preaching hate. When I am president, I will take action against that," he stated. Clark struck a similar chord in his comments on Iran. He anticipated democratic reform in Tehran: "I am convinced that if we can get Western culture and Western ideas that are suitable for the younger generation [there], we will see a change in this society," he said. Clark indicated also that Syria should undertake reforms. While he is careful not to side with the conservatives in the Bush administration who evince full or partial support for the military option vis-a-vis Damascus, Clark recommended playing tough with the Syrians. U.S. policy toward Damascus, he declared, should aim at "breaking the grip of the extremists surrounding Bashar Assad. We want to see there an evolution that will end the threat on Israel and will enable them to reach a peace agreement with Israel, without Israel having to give assets needed for its security." As far as American Jews are concerned, the jury is still out on the Democratic Party's new star, John Kerry. An experienced politician with 18 years on the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee under his belt, he has a solid record of supporting Israel. American Jewish sources in Washington indicated that Kerry's comments in off-the-record talks recall the approach adopted by the Clinton administration: unqualified support for Israel, yet also insistence that a resolution to the conflict with the Palestinians depends upon Israeli concessions in the territories ... The bottom line, says one seasoned political observer in Washington, is that Israel has nothing to fear from Kerry, Clark or other Democratic hopefuls. All of the candidates endorse their party's supportive stance toward Israel, and the candidates are surrounded by staff workers who are long-standing friends of Israel."

Palestine Media Watch,
January 16, 2003
"The Stars and Stripes, the official newspaper of the US armed forces, published today an unprecedented op-ed from Adm. Thomas Moorer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1970 to 1974 and former 7th Fleet commander, which alleges not merely timidity by the US government in seeking the truth about what happened to the USS Liberty when it was attacked by Israeli airforce jets, but accuses the US government of outright cover-up and deception. The US media, as usual taking its cues from the US government, has been very timid in tackling this dark episode. But now that the Stars and Stripes has run this powerful op-ed, clearly at least the US military has lifted the taboo status off this tragedy. So, let's alert the media that it is ok for them to start talking about and investigating this episode. Please take the time to: 1. Write a letter: Email: letters@pstripes.osd.mil Phone: 202-761-0900 Use the PMWATCH interface: Circulate this op-ed and push your local paper to run this it and to pursue stories on the 1967 attack against the USS Liberty. Media contact information can be found at: http://www.pmwatch.org/pmw/contact/media.html The Stars and Stripes does not publish its op-eds on-line, but a pdf of the op-ed can be fount at: http://www.pmwatch.org/pmw/cast/Proof_BROO_OPIN_46216.pdf  For more on The Stars and Stripes, please go to: http://www.stripes.com/about/aboutstripes.html# Contacts: For more on the attack on The USS Liberty, please go to: http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/ussliberty.html Palestine Media Watch http://www.pmwatch.org (610) 993-0608 "

AIPAC Hosts Annual NY Event: Rep. DeLay, Rep. Menendez to Address Dinner; Regional Award to Be Presented to Howard Jonas,
U.S. Newswire, January 23, 2004
"On Thursday, Jan. 29, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will host its annual NY membership event, expected to draw over 1,000 people, including numerous federal and local elected officials and U.N. Ambassadors and dignitaries from over 40 countries across the globe. The event brings together national and local representatives, community leaders and Israeli officials from across the political spectrum to focus attention on the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship. AIPAC's Annual Northeast Regional Dinner is consistently the largest pro-Israel event in the region. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and Democratic Caucus Chair Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) will deliver keynote addresses. Both Reps. DeLay and Menendez have been outstanding leaders in working to shape U.S. Middle East policy and making sure the U.S.-Israel relationship remains strong. The event will also honor Howard Jonas, a long-time supporter of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and member of AIPAC's National Board of Directors. Consistently ranked as the most influential foreign policy lobbying organization on Capitol Hill, AIPAC is an American membership organization that seeks to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the United States ... Howard S. Jonas is widely considered a revolutionary figure in the international telecommunications sector and one of our community's most devoted political activists. Howard founded IDT Corporation in August 1990 and has served as Chairman of the Board and Treasurer since its inception. IDT is a model of upstart entrepreneurship. Howard brings the same vitality and commitment he has for business to his work with America's only pro-Israel lobby - AIPAC."

'Jewish lobby' is an anti-Semitic term, says US diplomat Gerald Kaufman: Tories show faith in Jewish leaders despite tradition of prejudice,
By Mary Dejevsky, The Independent (UK), 23 January 2004
"A senior US diplomat in London has ruffled feathers in Britain's foreign policy establishment by publicly implying that a reference to the "Jewish lobby" in the United States is an anti-Semitic remark. The incident happened yesterday at a Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) lecture on US foreign policy given by David Johnson, who is the second in command at the American embassy in London. During the question-and-answer session he was asked: "Will the US ever be willing to impose an equitable peace settlement in the Middle East, or is it perhaps that the Jewish lobby in America is too strong to make that feasible?" Mr Johnson responded indignantly, saying: "I am highly resentful of the last part of your remarks, just because of its ethnic slur." And he went on: "During my time here I have become increasingly troubled by the willingness of European audiences to skirt up to the side of anti-Semitic language as a political criticism." A retired US diplomat, now living in Britain, rose to defend the earlier questioner, objecting that Mr Johnson's remark reflected the American tendency to associate criticism of Israeli policy with criticism of Jews. "There is nothing racial about drawing attention to the existence of a particular ethnic group," he said, noting that the US had not only "a strong Israeli lobby" but Irish, Polish and other ethnic lobbies. There was a shout of "hear, hear" from the audience and applause rang around the crowded hall. Mr Johnson, who was US policy co-ordinator for Afghanistan before arriving in London in August, is an experienced State Department hand with extensive service in Europe. One of his tasks in London appears to be to woo back members of the British political, academic and media circles who felt alienated by George Bush's foreign policy, especially the war in Iraq, which is unlikely to be advanced by the exchanges. Later, Mr Johnson said he held "no animus" towards the questioner, saying that what he found unacceptable about the use of the term was its inference that "somehow the Jews control the US". He said he was surprised that the term was still so current in Europe, and especially in Britain, noting: "That is an unacceptable formulation."

18 Percent of Britons Don't Want Jewish Prime Minister,
Guardian (UK), PM Friday January 23, 2004
"Eighteen percent of Britons do not want a Jewish prime minister, while 15 percent believe the scale of the Holocaust has been exaggerated, according to a poll published Friday. The ICM survey for the Jewish Chronicle, a weekly newspaper, comes as Jewish groups warn of rising anti-Semitism in Europe. The European Union is convening a conference on the issue. Michael Howard, leader of Britain's main opposition Conservative Party, is Jewish, and stands to become prime minister if the party wins the next national election. Home Secretary David Blunkett called the survey results worrisome. ``It means people are prepared to set aside not only the evidence (for the Holocaust), but the overwhelming emotion that goes with it,'' he said. The poll found that 18 percent disagreed with the statement that a Jewish prime minister would be ``equally acceptable'' to a leader from any other faith. About 53 percent agreed with that statement. Lord Janner, chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust and vice president of the World Jewish Congress, said opposition to a Jewish prime minister was ``extraordinary,'' considering that Benjamin Disraeli held the post in the late 19th century. Disraeli was born Jewish but was baptized a Christian as a child."

Israel supporters in cabinet Jewish state has friends in the new Martin government, says Owen
by PAT JOHNSON, Jewish Western Bulletin, January 9, 2004
"Pro-Israel members of Parliament have significantly more strength in the new Liberal government under Paul Martin, according to Stephen Owen, member of Parliament for Vancouver-Quadra and the new minister of public works and government services. About a year ago, Owen and about two dozen other Liberal MPs formed Liberal Parliamentarians for Israel, which is now an official caucus committee. In the new cabinet, unveiled by Martin last month, members of the pro-Israel caucus were given significant new positions, including Irwin Cotler's appointment as minister of justice. Cotler, MP for the Montreal riding of Mount Royal, is a former head of Canadian Jewish Congress. Along with Owen, other cabinet members who belong to the pro-Israel group include Ontario MPs Joe Volpe (minister of human resources and skills development), Carolyn Bennett (minister of state for public health) and Jim Peterson (minister of international trade). Vancouver-area Sen. Jack Austin, who is Jewish, has been appointed leader of the government in the Senate, another cabinet position. Returning to cabinet is another member of the pro-Israel group, Montreal MP Lucienne Robillard, the minister of industry. Owen, who was first elected in 2000, previously served as secretary of state for western economic diversification, Indian affairs and northern development. Earlier, he served as parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice. Liberal Parliamentarians for Israel have issued a number of position papers, which were presented to Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham in a meeting last year. They outline the committee's stand on Israeli-Palestinian affairs, expressing specific concern over issues such as the language used around the debate. "Cycle of violence," for example, is a bugbear of a term, which Owen said distorts the reality of the conflict, with Palestinian terror put on an equal footing with Israel's right to defend its civilian citizenry. "It suggests an equivalency that does not properly describe the dynamics of violence in the Middle East," he said. Other issues the committee has explicitly addressed include Israeli soldiers missing in action in Lebanon, the struggle for recognition of Magen David Adom, the Israeli equivalent of Red Cross and Red Crescent, and the application to the CRTC by operators seeking to bring the Arab news channel Al-Jazeera to Canadian television viewers. The committee is also set to consider any Canadian complicity in funding Palestinian school materials that incite young people to violence and hatred. Though Liberal Parliamentarians for Israel is a small group of MPs, Owen said the orientation of the committee has not met with any disagreement within the larger government caucus. "I have not heard one thing in three years [from other Liberal MPs] that would contradict the thrust of [the committee's views on Israel]," Owen said. "It's not as if there is an acrimonious debate, or any debate, going on" ... Owen acknowledged that most members of the committee are either Jewish or represent ridings with significant Jewish populations. Though his own Vancouver-Quadra riding is home to part of British Columbia's Jewish community, Owen has more personal connections as well, being married to Diane Koerner, a member of a prominent Vancouver Jewish family."

Parents of activist killed by bulldozer criticize Israeli investigation,
By Tarek El-Tablawy, Detroit News, January 23, 2004
"The parents of an American activist crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in a Palestinian refugee camp criticized the Israeli government for not releasing the investigation report and renewed calls for an independent examination of their daughter’s death. Rachel Corrie, 23, of Olympia, Wash., was killed March 16 while trying to prevent the bulldozer from razing the home of a Palestinian pharmacist in Rafah, along the border with Egypt. An Israeli army investigation concluded Corrie’s death was accidental, with officials saying the driver of the machine could not see the woman. But Corrie’s parents, Craig and Cindy Corrie, say Israeli officials are stonewalling efforts to release the report to U.S. representatives. “What we want is what Prime Minister (Ariel) Sharon promised President Bush, an open and transparent investigation into Rachel’s death. We haven’t gotten that,” said Craig Corrie. “If (the bulldozer driver and the commander) are innocent, then there’s no reason not to release the report and there’s no reason not to welcome an independent investigation,” he said shortly before a Michigan fund-raiser for the International Solidarity Movement, the pro-Palestinian activist group for which Rachel Corrie worked when she died. Israeli officials view ISM activists as meddlers whose actions range from negligence to outright abetting of terrorism. A message seeking comment was left with the Israeli Consulate in Chicago on Friday. Cindy Corrie said according to eyewitnesses to the incident, her daughter was atop a mound of rubble and was clearly visible to the driver. “She stood her place and stared him in the eye. She thought he would stop, like they’d done in the past,” she said. “But he didn’t stop.” Joining the Corries at the fund-raiser was Brian Avery, a 26-year-old ISM activist from Chapel Hill, N.C. who was shot in the face by machine-gun fire in the West Bank town of Jenin shortly after Corrie was killed. Another ISM volunteer from Britain was also shot last April while helping school children to safety and died earlier this month. Along with helping raise funds for the ISM -- whose members often place themselves between Israeli forces and Palestinians -- the Corries are hoping to muster more support for the Rachel Corrie Resolution. The resolution, introduced in the House last March, calls for an investigation by the U.S. government into her death. In the past 10 months, only 51 legislators have signed it. For the Corries, it has been hard to understand why so few have thrown their support behind the resolution. “What Rachel was doing was trying to call attention to the suffering of the ordinary Palestinian people. These were not the houses of terrorists that were razed,” Cindy Corrie said. “It’s hard to explain why there isn’t more support for it except that there’s a reluctance on the part of Congressmen to challenge Israel,” she said."

The Neocon Case for Imprisoning and Executing Congressional War Opponents,
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo, Lew Rockwell.com, January 15, 2004
"The neocon cabal is beginning to make the case for imprisoning – or possibly executing – members of Congress who oppose the war in Iraq. An example of this development is a December 23 Insight magazine article by senior editor J. Michael Waller entitled "When Does Politics Become Treason?" (Insight is an appendage of the Washington Times, the voice of the Washington, D.C. neocon establishment. Just before our May 2002 Independent Institute debate on Lincoln, Straussian neocon high priest Harry Jaffa made it a point to tell me that he is the chairman of the academic advisory committee of the Washington Times, where his colleague MacKubin Thomas Owens had just published an intemperate and apoplectic hatchet job on my book, The Real Lincoln, only a few weeks after all but comparing Jaffa’s latest book on Lincoln to the Bible in the same book review section.) Naturally, the totalitarian/neocon case for imprisoning or executing the Bush administration’s political opponents is based on precedents established by Abraham Lincoln. "Lincoln’s policy was to have treasonous federal lawmakers arrested and tried before military tribunals, and exiled or hanged if convicted," Waller announces ... And according to Waller, these words "apply to some lawmakers today," even though these lawmakers insist that they are opposing the Bush war policy "to support the troops." Exhibit A in the neocon case for imprisoning political opponents is Congressman Clement L. Vallandigham of Ohio, who was forcefully taken from his Dayton, Ohio home in the middle of the night by 67 armed federal soldiers, thrown into a military prison without due process, convicted by a military tribunal, and deported ... So, don’t be surprised to see articles in the near future from the Claremont Institute, AEI, National Review, The Weekly Standard, and other neocon organs urging President Bush to be more "Lincolnesque" in his treatment of the war opponents in Congress."

Lieberman lodges protest with CNN over 'Jew question',
by Janine Zacharia, Jerusalem Post,Jan. 26, 2004
"Senator Joseph Lieberman complained to CNN on Friday after the cable news channel's anchor, Bill Hemmer, asked the Democratic presidential candidate how he felt "as a Jew" about the security fence. A source close to the Lieberman campaign said the senator "was offended" by Hemmer's questioning of him "as a Jew." Hemmer called the Lieberman campaign and apologized, a CNN spokeswoman said. The question was posed during CNN's America Morning show, which Hemmer co-hosts. "Senator, as a Jew, do you believe the construction of the security wall in Israel is the right path to peace?" Hemmer asked Lieberman. Lieberman replied: "I am running for president, Bill, as an American who happens to be Jewish. So the question I believe is inappropriate. I'm going to give you my answer as an American." Lieberman said the US should respect Israel's right to defend itself against terrorism and said he thinks "the wall will help." He also described it as "temporary," and said the US has "a right as [Israel's] ally to talk to them about where that wall goes." Referring to Hemmer's original question, Lieberman added: "But I want to repeat, it's the American way not to judge candidates by their faith, but by their policies. That's the way we do it in this country and that's the way I know the American people will judge me." The source said: "The campaign did call to complain. Bill Hemmer called back personally to apologize, did so profusely and honorably, said he did not intend to say anything discriminatory."

The Israel Project: For Security, Freedom, and Peace,
The Israel Project
"Our team includes the best and brightest in strategic communications: President: Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi Mizrahi is an expert in communications, public opinion research, media, and politics. Mizrahi has worked with the White House, 60 members of the United States Senate, and 114 members of the United States Congress. She has had successful communications campaigns in more than twenty countries. With a passion for advocacy and communications training, Mizrahi has authored training manuals and major articles on the nuts and bolts of winning campaigns. All the major US networks and newspapers have interviewed her. She has degrees in Judaic Studies and International Studies from Emory University. Mizrahi is the creator and day-to-day manager of The Israel Project. Key Strategist for Quantitative Research and Strategy (Europe) : Stanley B. Greenberg, Ph.D. Greenberg has been orchestrating winning political campaigns across the US and the world. He has served as lead polling advisor and strategist to President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. He was a key strategist to Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prime Minister Ehud Barak, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and others. The London Times noted that Greenberg is "widely considered the father of modern polling techniques," while Esquire voted Greenberg one of the top twenty-one innovators, creates and thinkers of the 21st century. Greenberg received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of several books. Greenberg conducted numerous polls for The Israel Project and has worked with key Israeli Spokespeople and officials communicating with the English language press. Key Strategist for Dial Testing of Spokespeople, Messages and Ads: Frank Luntz, Ph.D. Frank Luntz is one of the most honored political and communication professionals in America today. He is widely credited for his work on the “Contract with America” and as a strategist to House Leader Tom DeLay, and to former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Time magazine named Luntz one of “50 of America's most promising leaders aged 40 and under.” The New York Times wrote that “his well-chosen words helped turn an election. The “Instant Response” focus group technique Luntz has pioneered was profiled on 60 Minutes in 1998. He has been a guest on many networks and news shows and ran focus groups in Iraq during the war for MSNBC. Luntz got his Ph.D. at Oxford and is the author of several books. Luntz has conducted The Israel Project's dial testing, including sessions with opinion elites, college students and Jews. His “Talking Points” message manuals on how to speak on Israel and the crisis are being used by leading Israeli and pro-Israel spokespeople. Go to www.luntz.com for more information on Dr. Luntz's work. Key Strategist for Qualitative and Quantitative Research: Neil Newhouse. Neil Newhouse is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, one of the largest political and public affairs polling firms, recently named “Pollster of the Year". Newhouse and his partners have established a client base that ranges from President Bush to Fortune 500 companies. Newhouse's firm was behind more Republican victories in the 2002 election than any other firm. Newhouse's other clients include Senator John McCain, Governors Bush (Florida), Rowland (Connecticut), Taft (Ohio) and Swift (Massachusetts) as well as more than twenty-five US Senators and Congressmen, including Senate Majority Leader, Dr. Bill Frist ... Go to www.pos.org for more information on Mr. Newhouse's work. Television and Radio Advertising Production: Mark Moskowitz. Mark Moskowitz is one of the world's leading producers and directors of films and television commercials made to persuade audiences. His issue-oriented media, including over three thousand political spots, has been awarded “Pollies” for five years and has been the subject of features on all the major television networks. Moskowitz has produced numerous commercials for The Israel Project. Media & Advocacy Training: Michael R. Shannon. Shannon is the founder of MANDATE: Message, Media & Public Relations, a media/public affairs consulting firm specializing in radio and television advertising. His firm has participated in over 70 elections on three continents. A former reporter, Shannon is an expert in media training and has worked at the highest levels nationally and internationally, helping clients understand how to communicate effectively with the media. He serves as a media coach and consultant to The Israel Project. Print Media and Graphics: Dan Hazelwood. Dan Hazelwood formed Targeted Creative Communications, a direct marketing company based in Alexandria, Virginia in 1992. TC2 has worked for campaigns in virtually every state and all over the globe. His past clients include George W. Bush for President, Bob Dole for President, several US Senators, Governors, and members of the House of Representatives. Campaigns & Elections magazine named Hazelwood a "rising star" of the political consulting community in 1994 and a "Mover & Shaker" in 1996. Go to www.targetedcreative.com for more information on Mr. Hazelwood's work."

Mirth of a Nation, How Bill Clinton learned to tell jokes on himself--and get the last laugh.
by Mark Katz, Washington Monthly, January/February 2004
"He opened the door and I jumped to my feet. Watching the president of the United States enter the room is always a startling sight. Of course, the sight he encountered might have caught him off-guard too: a nervous guy in a tuxedo secluded in a dimly-lit holding room with a stack of pages in one hand and an egg timer in the other. Although this was the fifth humor speech I had prepared for President Bill Clinton since he'd taken office, we were about to have our very first one-on-one meeting. The occasion was the remarks he was about to give to the Alfalfa Club, the least known of the four annual Washington humor dinners that take place from January through April--collectively known as the "Silly Season." And on this snowy night in January of 1995, I was there to fulfill the duties of what was probably the oddest job description in town: a presidential joke writer, an adjunct member of the White House speechwriting staff on retainer by way of the Democratic National Committee. ... Self-deprecating humor comes naturally to only the most skillful practitioners of public power and your average Jew. At that moment in his presidency, the benefits of self-directed jokes were not yet evident to Bill Clinton. As the designated White House in-house humorist, it was my job to guide him through Washington's odd humor rituals with my best and funniest suggestions for the things he might say ... My first conversation with head speechwriter Michael Waldman that spring set the tone for what was to come."

AJC Expresses Horror at Jerusalem Bus Bombing,
U.S. Newswire, January 29, 2004
"The American Jewish Committee today issued the following statement after a Palestinian policeman destroyed a Jerusalem city bus, murdering at least 10 and wounding dozens, in a suicide bombing: 'After so many senseless, barbaric Palestinian terror attacks on Israeli citizens, it is difficult to find the right words to express our sorrow, our horror, and our anger, yet today we are even more outraged that a member of the Palestinian Authority police carried out the bombing in the heart of Israel's capital. We again are reminded that there are those Palestinians who not only oppose peace, but who object to the very existence of Israel, whatever its final borders may be. When the AJC Board of Governors travels to Israel and meets with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem in the coming days, we will personally express our deepest sympathies to the people of Israel, as well as our continuing, unwavering support for Israel's longstanding quest for peace and security.'"

Jewish Members Predominate
Henry Kissinger will present the award Women Protest US Award to Venezuelan Coup Leader Gustavo Cisneros,
Venezuelan News, Jan 29, 2004
"The U.S. based NGO Global Women’s Strike issued a press release today protesting an award expected to be given by the Inter-American Economic Council to Gustavo Cisneros, a Venezuelan billionaire identified by sources such as Newsweek, local Venezuelan publications and analysts as one of the protagonists and financiers of the April 11, 2002 coup d’etat against President Hugo Chavez. Cisneros is also credited with being a driving force behind the December 2002 nationwide lock-out and sabotage of the oil industry, which instead of ousting President Chávez from his elected office, drove the Venezuelan economy into the ground by causing a historical drop of 27% in the country’s GDP in the first trimester of 2003. Cisneros is the owner of AOL, Coca-Cola, DirecTV and Pizza Hut in Latin America, Univision in the US, and Venezuela’s biggest TV network Venevision. Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who according to declassified documents headed the CIA operation to overthrow Chilean democratically-elected President Salvador Allende in 1973, will be in charge of awarding fellow coup plotter Cisneros. The Global Women’s Strike statement follows: The Global Women’s Strike condemns the outrageous decision of theInter-American Economic Council to honor Latin American media tycoon Gustavo Cisneros at its 2004 Winter Gala on Thirsday January 29h. It shows once more the total contempt of the US administration for people’s right to elect their own government. To recognize as a person who “has consistently sought to create an environment where business and government can work together in meaningful ways for the betterment of society,” a man who has systematically used his corporate wealth and media monopoly to illegally and violently attempt to force from office the democratically-elected government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, is particularly cynical ... The Cisneros Group has been implicated in the December 2003 illegal shipment of US$2.5 million in cash seized aboard an American Airlines flight from Miami Florida to Caracas, no doubt intended to help finance another attempted coup against the Venezuelan people. Gustavo Cisneros personally spoke with the U.S. State Department's former Latin American Affairs Chief, Otto Reich and the U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, Charles Shapiro (currently under fire for hosting a puppet show ridicule of President Chávez in his home in Caracas) on the day of the coup, an event reported in Newsweek Magazine (see Newsweek, April 29, 2002, p.10). To add insult to injury, Henry Kissinger will be presenting this obscene award. Kissinger is himself a war criminal and a man reviled all over Latin America, the Caribbean and the world for leading the CIA overthrow of the democratically-elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile in 1973. He justified the coup which led to the disappearances of thousands of people and the exile of hundreds of thousands with the infamous statement: "I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves." Kissinger is also responsible for similar US policies in Indonesia and Cyprus. He recently had to withdraw his appointment by President Bush to head a commission investigating 9/11 because his reputation was too unsavory to give any credibility to the findings. He cannot travel to many countries for fear of arrest."

New Mexico Invests in Israel in Many Ways,
Israel National News, January 20, 2004
"The American state of New Mexico has been expanding its contacts, investments and relationship with Israel. The expanded contacts have been both official and through private organizations in the southwestern state. Last month, for the first time, New Mexico invested $10 million in Israel, in the form of Israel Bonds. State Governor Bill Richardson presented the check to Harold Albert of Albuquerque, chairman of Israel Bonds New Mexico, and expressed his support of Israel's security and economic well-being. In addition, Governor Richardson has announced that New Mexico, in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Greater Albuquerque, is planning a Business Mission to Israel this coming spring. Mission members will take part in a series of business meetings customized to the particular needs and interests of various New Mexico companies. Mission Chairman Morton Lieberman said that the delegates would focus on commerce, research and development, and collaboration in hi-tech, security, agriculture and water, and more. Jewish Federation sources say that the re-opening of the Israel Office of the New Mexico Department of Economic Development has led to increased efforts to establish and enhance strong business ties between New Mexico and Israel, increasing New Mexico's exports and creating more jobs in New Mexico. Another collaborative initiative to bring New Mexicans to Israel in 2004 is the Albuquerque Jewish/Christian Solidarity Mission to Israel, set for March. The local Jewish Federation, in conjunction with Congregation B'nai Israel, Congregation Albert and Bridges for Peace, is sponsoring the unique trip."

Erdogan vows to protect Turkey's Jews,
by Melissa Radler, Jerusalem Post, January 27, 2004
"Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to stamp out terrorism and protect his nation's Jews from future attacks during a ceremony in his honor in New York on Monday. "We will not tolerate terrorism, and we will act in solidarity to wipe it from the face of the earth," he said upon receiving the American Jewish Congress's Profile in Courage award. The first Muslim to ever receive the award, Erdogan accepted it at an HSBC bank. An HSBC bank in Istanbul was bombed in November just days after two synagogues in the city were attacked by terrorists. "There's no need for our Jewish friends to be concerned about the security of the Jewish community in Turkey because they are our citizens and have been entrusted to us by the Jewish world," he said. Erdogan told an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations earlier on Monday that Turkey's foreign policy is aimed at building peace and cooperation throughout the world. He also urged the world to recognize Turkey's past deeds, and called on Yad Vashem to grant the Righteous Among the Nations award to several Turks who saved Jews during World War II ... After his American Jewish Congress speech, which was attended by diplomats from Russia, China, Spain, Belgium, Germany, and Grenada, Erdogan asked Israel's deputy permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Arye Mekel, to relay a message to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "He said that he's ready to do whatever he can for the peace process," Mekel said. "He said that whatever is good for Israel is good for the region."

[Morris: Kerry Likely to Tap Hillary for VP,
Newsmax, January 28, 2004
"If Sen. John Kerry winds up as the Democratic nominee next summer, the first phone call he's likely to make is to Sen. Hillary Clinton - to ask her to be his running mate. That's the prediction of Dick Morris, whose advice made Bill Clinton the only Democratic president since FDR to win re-election. "Now that Howard Dean is clearly not going to be the nominee, there is a very good chance that Hillary will be the vice presidential candidate," Morris told Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes" Wednesday night. "I would flat-out predict that whoever wins this nomination makes the first phone call to Hillary to ask her to run," he said. Hillary should take the offer from Kerry or whoever else sews up the nomination, says Morris, as the best way to assure Sen. Clinton her own stint as president. "If I were advising her right now, I would say take it, because you're not going to lose by a lot," Morris urged. "And if a Democrat wins, if Kerry wins, how is she going to stay fresh for eight years in the Senate?" The one-time White House political guru noted also that if someone other than Hillary takes the VP slot and wins, she'll have another rival to contend with for her own White House bid."

Welcome to the world of J-Pandering. What have the candidates been doing for our votes and just how important is the Jew factor?,
by Benyamin Cohen, Jewsweek, January 29, 2004
"The Iowa Caucuses are over and the New Hampshire primary votes are in. And that can mean only one thing: election season is in full swing. Four years ago we were just a few chads away from having the first mezuzah in the White House. Now, a botched election, a war in Iraq, and several missteps later, we have arrived at that precipice yet again. And this time, Joe Lieberman isn't content with playing second fiddle, but is going for the Oval Office ... But before you start getting your tztitzit all tangled up, be aware of this -- Lieberman is not the only yid with presidential dreams. At last count, no less than half the candidates are pulling their Jewish heritage out of their back pockets and using them to bring in the votes. Consider this: Wesley Clark, whose last name used to be Kahane, is Jewish. And John Kerry, the Roman Catholic Massachusetts senator of Boston Brahmin heritage, recently discovered that his own background was Jewish. In addition, Howard Dean's wife, Dr. Judith Steinberg, is a member of the tribe and is raising her kids to be Jewish. And then, of course is Jumpin Joe Lieberman who, next to these other folks, looks like a chassid in Brooklyn. For a while there, it looked like Al Sharpton was the only one without a kosher connection. The candidates aren't stupid. (Well, maybe they are, but they do have smart people telling them what to do.) They know that a connection with Jewish identity can make a huge difference on election day. With Lieberman on the ticket, the Democrats gained 77 percent of the Jewish vote in 2000, their highest mark in years. Though proportionally Jews are but a tiny segment of the U.S. population -- less than two percent (but we're trying) -- we've always carried importance because of our high-profile engagement in politics, academia, and media; that we come out to vote in numbers vastly disproportionate to our size helps out a lot, too ... Retired General Wesley Clark, the most recent entry to the crowded field, is a religious amalgam: Raised a Southern Baptist, his family has deep Jewish roots -- his ancestors were eminent rabbis. But he converted to Catholicism in Vietnam and now attends a Presbyterian church. "I go to church. I've been a Christian my whole life," he says. As well, infamous Kabbalist and pop icon Madonna has thrown her support behind the religiously confused Clar ... Another issue is that the very religious identifier that could help a candidate with the wider electorate might hurt him within his own denomination. That is because so many faiths are currently roiled by divisive internal debates. Thus a Jewish candidate, for example, might be forced to answer sensitive questions about Jewish practice or relations with Israel. And Catholic candidates would likely become embroiled in the internecine fights over abortion rights and perhaps face sanctions from church hierarchy who want them to vote according to official church teaching. Indeed, when Lieberman ran in 2000, many Jewish journalists took the side of explaining why Jews should go out of their way to not vote for the yarmulke-wearing Connecticut senator. One reason, they claimed, was that having a Jewish leader of the free world would only fan the already growing flames of anti-Semitism across the globe. The Republicans are making a comeback For decades American Jews have been the most solidly Democratic bloc apart from African-Americans, and for nearly as long, Republicans have been saying they are on the verge of ending that monopoly. This year, experts say, the GOP may have its best shot at making that dream a reality. A July 2003 Jewsweek cover story entitled " Enter the Jewpublicans" discussed the burgeoning trend among younger Jews to vote Republican. The defining issue, of course, is the Bush administration's campaign against Islamist radicals. After 9/11, many Jewish commentators said that the United States was now experiencing, in terms of the daily threat of terrorism, what Israel has lived through for years. That close identification between Israel and the U.S. remains and many Jews across America have begun to fall in love with the Bush administration. This alliance is not without risks for the president, however. Experts say that if the war with Iraq continues to reveal cracks in the Bush administration's facade, or if President Bush tries to distance himself from the hard-line policies of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Jews in America could grow uneasy about the administration's commitment to defeating Muslim-based terrorism. Moreover, the political alliance between Bush's evangelical Christian base and Jewish groups is fraught with religious perils. The same conservative Christians who strongly support Israel often do so out of theological convictions about the Second Coming of Jesus and the need to convert Jews to Christianity. These are flashpoints that can explode at any time."

Rabbis Talk Jewish Life in Eastern Europe,
By VANESSA GERA, Newsday, February 2, 2004
"More than 100 Orthodox rabbis gathered Monday to seek ways to revive Jewish life in eastern and central European communities still recovering from the devastation of World War II and repression by the communists. The three-day meeting, which began Sunday, comes a few months before the European Union adds 10 new members, mostly ex-communist states where many Jews either perished in the Holocaust or fled communist rule. The chief rabbi of Russia, Berel Lazar, praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders in the ex-Soviet sphere for promoting religious tolerance and opposing anti-Semitism. "It's a miracle that the Jewish community is reviving after 70, 80 years of repression when synagogues were being closed and turned into warehouses, theaters, hospitals," Lazar said. "It's like people are coming out of prison and seeing freedom for the first time." Austrian President Thomas Klestil, who met with the rabbis Monday, called the gathering "a signal that Jewish people from all over the world are welcome in Austria" ...The new school will train rabbis, who then will be sent to former communist countries to help rebuild Jewish life there, Biederman said. It is financed by the Austrian government and the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, which has worked to revive Jewish life in formerly communist Europe. "The eastern communities are reviving after decades of communism, but they have to start from scratch and start schools," Biederman said. "We have to provide them with rabbis." Since the fall of communism, rabbis trained in Israel or the United States have been sent to synagogues and schools in former Soviet bloc countries ... At Monday's academy inauguration ceremony, European Commission President Romano Prodi will receive a humanitarian award for his efforts to protect minorities in Europe, according to the Rabbinical Center of Europe, the event organizer. The award comes as Prodi and Jewish leaders work to patch up their differences following several disputes. Prodi said Friday the European Commission will host a Feb. 19 conference on anti-Semitism in Europe, an event put on hold after some Jewish groups accused the EU head office of anti-Semitism. The New York-based World Jewish Congress condemned the European Commission for censoring a study highlighting the involvement of Europe's Arab minorities in anti-Semitic attacks in Europe in recent years. Previously, an EU-commissioned survey put Israel at the top of a list of nations seen by Europeans as threatening world peace. Several Jewish groups condemned the report, with the World Jewish Congress calling it "flawed and dangerously inflammatory."

Israeli Cabinet Minister Tzipi Livni Available to Discuss Situation in Israel, Peace Process,
U.S. Newswire, Februyary 2, 2004
"News Advisory: WHO: Anti-Defamation League (ADL) WHAT: ADL National Executive Committee Meeting WHERE: The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 5 - Friday, Feb. 6. Israeli Cabinet Member Tzipi Livni, Minister for Immigration and Absorption, will be available for interviews during ADL's National Executive Committee Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, February 5 - 6, 2004. Minister Livni will be available to discuss the current situation in Israel, the status of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, terrorism, the security fence, and comment on breaking news in the Middle East."

U.S. Envoy: Violence Robs Ireland Future,
By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Las Vegas Sun, February 2, 2004
"Continuing violence by the Irish Republican Army and other outlawed groups "robs the people of Northern Ireland of their future," the new American envoy to this long-troubled British territory said Monday, on the eve of another round of negotiations. Hopes were low that the planned three months of negotiations starting Tuesday would resolve arguments that have bedeviled the Good Friday peace accord, which proposed a vast package of goals six years ago to end the 35-year conflict here. The new envoy, Mitchell Weiss, met with Britain's governor here, Paul Murphy, at the start of a three-day visit to Belfast, Dublin and London. Weiss is a weapons control expert who serves as director of policy planning at the State Department. Weiss said his immediate goal was to "listen and learn" about the province's competing factions and prospects for progress. His predecessor as President Bush's envoy to Northern Ireland, Richard Haass, resigned last year to become director of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. Weiss said he understood that many people were frustrated by the failure to sustain a representative administration in this territory of 1.7 million people, about 55 percent of whom are British Protestants and 40 percent Irish Catholics."

Yukos-sponsored Khakamada accuses Putin,
The Russian Journal, January 14, 2004
"Yukos sponsored charity fund Open Russia will support Irina Khakamada, the co-chairman of the Russian rightist political party the Union of Right Forces (SPS), at the presidential elections. This was the statement made by the rightist candidate at a press-conference today. Speaking about herself in third person, she confirmed that Yukos sponsors her campaign: “Leonid Nevzlin has made a public announcement that he supports Khakamada and is ready to make a payment”. Nevzlin is one of the majot Yukos shareholders, living in Israel. “Nevzlin offered Open Russia members to support Khakamada”, the rightist said, not giving any detail about the size of the expected financial aid. At the beginning of her campaign, in the course of which she intends not to actually ‘challenge Kremlin and Putin, but to address democratic electorate with encouragement’, according to RIA Novosti, Khakamada nevertheless started with accusations against Kremlin. She appealed to Russians in an open letter accusing president Vladimir Putin of an intended and cold-blooded use of deadly gas during the storm of the music theater during the Nord-Ost crisis in Oct., 2002. Khakamada says she is running for the presidency to reveal the truth about this crime and other crimes of state authorities. Khakamada told journalists she was going to leave the Union of Right Forces in the event the party did not support her candidacy at the presidential elections, as she believes a candidate must not represent a party that does not support him. Khakamada added that the possibility of nominating other SPS leaders, Boris Nemtsov and Anatoly Chubais, as presidential candidates would be considered at an SPS convention on Jan., 28."

Khakamada meets US officials in Washington,
Russian Journal, January 27, 2004
"Irina Khakamada, former Union of the Right Forces leader and presidential candidate, made a trip to Washington on invitation of American congressman Christopher Cox. There she met American congressmen, State Department representatives and had a short unofficial meeting with US national security advisor Condoleezza Rice. On Tuesday she spoke at Carnegie Fund before experts on Russia and US government officials. During the trip Khakamada tried to propagate her ideas regarding current situation with democracy in Russia and to find support from the US administration. “I tried to explain first of all that US-Russia strategic cooperation is only possible"

Israel Asks State Dept. to Put Off Report,
By BARRY SCHWEID, Las Vegas Sun, February 2, 2004
"Israel has asked the State Department to postpone its annual human rights report for fear it could be used by the International Court of Justice against the security barrier the Israelis are building. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Israeli request was under consideration. Department spokesman Richard Boucher, when asked about an article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz disclosing the request, said he was "not aware of anything like that." Boucher also said the department intended to present the report on time, at the end of February. Another U.S. official said Israel worried contentions that its security barrier interfered with the lives of Palestinians might be reflected in the human rights report and influence the court in The Hague, The Netherlands. Last week, the United States backed Israel in opposing the court's consideration of the case. It was brought by the U.N. General Assembly, with a request for an opinion, not a decision. Still, the State Department told the court that cases can be brought only by states, not by the General Assembly, and that intervention could hurt prospects for negotiating a settlement of the issue. The European Union last Friday also opposed the court's involvement. The court is expected to begin hearings on the security barrier Feb. 23 with the backing of the Palestinians. It was not known when the court might issue an opinion. Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader, said nations that supported Israel's position "don't respect international law ... but rather follow in this mentality, the mentality of racist actions." President Bush and other senior U.S. officials have invoked Israel's right of self-defense in rebuffing Palestinian and Arab demands that the administration oppose the project outright. However, Bush and the other officials have strongly objected to parts of the construction plan on grounds that the combination of trenches, fences, walls, razor wire and electronic sensors would interfere with Palestinians' daily lives."

Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Frist to Address United Jewish Communities Washington 14 Conference, U.S. Senators Join Roster of Political, Media and Community Figures Speaking at March 21 – 23 Event, January 30, 2004,
United Jewish Communties
"Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) will address attendees of the United Jewish Communities (UJC) Washington 14 Conference, taking place March 21-23 in the nation’s capital. Washington 14, sponsored by the UJC Young Leadership Department, is expected to attract nearly 2,000 young Jewish leaders from across the continent who will hear from top American, Israeli and Jewish political, media and community figures, meet other socially involved Jews, and discuss critical issues affecting the Jewish community with their representatives on Capitol Hill. The conference theme, We Can Make a Difference, underscores the power of the next generation of Jewish leaders, collectively and individually, to create positive social and political change, and to practice tikkun olam, repair of the world. “We are honored and proud that two of the country’s most senior political leaders will address participants of Washington 14,” said conference Co-Chair Jonathan A. Mayer of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and a member of the UJC National Young Leadership Cabinet. “As majority leader, Senator Frist is the highest ranking member of the Senate, and Senator Clinton's leadership and reputation speak for themselves. “Their support over the years for issues of concern to the Jewish community is a testament to the strength of our involvement in the political process, and underscores the theme of Washington 14, We Can Make a Difference, both politically and socially,” he continued ... Washington 14 sessions will focus on such issues as anti-Semitism, terrorism, Israel’s image in the media, domestic violence, and social justice. Other guest speakers include: political satirist Al Franken; Daniel Ayalon, Israeli ambassador to the United States; Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-Nevada); Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia); Steven Emerson, award-winning author and commentator specializing in national security, terrorism and Middle East affairs; Rabbi Shoshana Gelfand, vice president and acting director of the Wexner Heritage Foundation; Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of CLAL - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta; Dennis Prager, radio talk show host on KABC, Los Angeles; and Dr. Sabi Shabtai, internationally recognized authority on terrorism."

France to Help Finance Jewish Security Measures,
Reuters, February 3, 2004
"France has earmarked $18.61 million to help boost security for Jewish schools, synagogues and offices threatened by recent anti-Semitic attacks, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said on Tuesday. "This is not just a problem for the Jews," he told the National Assembly. "Every time a Jew is attacked because he's Jewish, it's a stain on all of France." "We are determined to eradicate anti-Semitism in this country," he said, adding that attacks on Jews and Jewish property had fallen by 37 percent between 2002 and 2003. Also Tuesday, Justice Minister Dominique Perben said police in the eastern town of Macon had opened an inquiry after a Jewish singer was harassed with cries of "dirty Jew" and "death to Jews" as she sang a song about Jerusalem last week. Perben received the singer, known by her stage name Shirel, and told he was "very shocked by these anti-Semitic insults." Sarkozy, who has been working with France's Muslim leaders to better integrate their five-million strong community, told legislators the surge in anti-Semitic attacks in recent years was not a confrontation between ethnic groups. Officials have blamed anti-Semitic attacks in recent years mostly on disaffected Muslim youths taking revenge for Israeli policy in the Palestinian territories, sometimes after seeing reports from the region on Arab satellite television."

Ripping of the taxpayer, student-style,
by Ben Shapiro, Town Hall, Send February 4, 2004
"While most Californians -- like me -- are looking forward to government downsizing, some are afraid of losing benefits. Unsurprisingly, those crying the loudest for money from the pockets of others are my fellow college students, the "gimme" generation. A group led by the University of California Student Association and four UC students is suing Gov. Schwarzenegger for repealing the car tax and cutting outreach and labor programs at the University of California. Many of these outreach programs have admirable goals. None of them deserves state money. Private funding to help "underrepresented" groups reach the UC system is proper and worthwhile. But in a state where the top 4 percent of each high school class automatically are eligible to enter the UC system, race-based outreach should not be subsidized by public dollars. Outreach at the University of California is designed to bring "diversity" into the college classroom. After the abolition of affirmative action programs in California, outreach became big business. Outreach caters to black and Latino communities to the tune of $24 million per year ... As a UC student, I have benefited immensely from state education, but if the taxpayers are unwilling to spend money on my schooling, I must take personal responsibility for my own tuition. When Californians elected the Terminator, they voted for government cuts. Cuts hurt. But they hurt far less than tax increases, as Gov. Davis discovered." Benjamin Shapiro was born in 1984 in Burbank, Calif. Brought up in the home of two Reagan Republicans, where intelligent conversation about politics and philosophy was encouraged, Shapiro quickly developed into a reasoned political thinker and a powerful writer. He entered UCLA at the age of 16 and is currently a senior majoring in political science. Never afraid to antagonize his political opposition, he was the only counter-protester at an Affirmative Action Rally that drew over 1,500 people on UCLA's campus, and he has repeatedly challenged liberal professors and faculty. He was hired in the summer of 2001 by the advertising team that had run George W. Bush's presidential campaign, writing copy for its planned ad campaign in support of Israel. As a staunch conservative on the modern politically correct campus, Shapiro faces the political liberals head-on. From exposing the leftist tilt of the professoriate on college campuses to addressing the conflict in the Middle East, Shapiro's confrontational approach always draws a hailstorm of response. His columns are printed nationwide in major newspapers and websites, including Townhall.com, the Orlando Sentinel, and the Conservative Chronicle. He is a regular guest on numerous radio shows around the United States and Canada."

[Bush just announced his planned American budget, including a swarm of cuts in education and social programs, YET the U.S. will be kissing the Jewish Lobby's Omnipresent Butt and "compensating" the racist Israeli "settler" fanatics in Gaza. Why? Jews OWN American foreign policy. It is their personal plaything.]
The cost of a possible Gaza evacuation,
By Ellis Shuman, Israel Insider, February 3, 2004
"A Finance Ministry team has recently begun preparing a formula for compensating Jewish families that would leave their homes and businesses in 17 Gaza Strip settlements, Maariv reported today. The estimated compensation that would be awarded to each of some 1,500 families would be about $500,000. The United States will be asked to help cover the cost. The Finance Ministry team, led by Director-General Yossi Bachar, will present its compensation formula to National Security Council chairman Giora Eiland, who has been asked by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to prepare implementation of the disengagement plan, which would include the "relocation" of Gaza settlements to new locations in Israel. Sharon said the removal of the Gaza settlements should be made with the settlers' consent and the support of the American government. "We are talking of a population of 7,500 people. It's not a simple matter. We are talking of thousands of square kilometers of hothouses, factories and packing plants. There are people who are third generation there," he said. Compensation to the relocated settlers will be based on the same formula used to compensate settlers evacuated in the early 1980s from the Sinai following the signing of Israel's peace treaty with Egypt ... According to media reports, Sharon plans to present U.S. President George W. Bush a detailed list and timetable for the Gaza evacuation, which may begin as early as this summer. Sharon is expected to ask for special aid from the United States to help implement the plan, the reports said. Following the signing of Israel's peace agreement with Egypt, the United States paid for a large proportion of the cost of dismantling Jewish communities in the Sinai: both compensation payments to the Jews who lost their homes and the cost of relocating them in Israel, Globes reported. That American aid may serve as a precedent if Sharon's plan to evacuate the 17 Gaza Strip settlements is implemented."

'Irish-American' Kerry's Jewish roots revealed,
BY LYNN SWEET, Chicago Sun-Times, February 9, 2004
"Presidential candidates find their lives--and their lineage--are put under a microscope. In the case of Sen. John Forbes Kerry, new scrutiny led to the discovery that the grandfather of the Massachusetts Democrat was Jewish, born Fritz Kohn in a small town that was once part of the Austrian empire and now is in the Czech Republic. The revelation is interesting because Kerry is most often taken as a Boston Brahmin, mainly because his mother comes from the upper-crust Forbes and Winthrop families, who are well-known in New England. Kerry is also a practicing Catholic. His name and his home state, which contains the nation's biggest Irish-American population, have led people to conclude that he is something he is not. "People assume," said Kerry spokesman David Wade. "Your name is Kerry, you are from Massachusetts, the land of the Kennedys." It remains to be seen whether any issue will develop over whether Kerry tried hard enough to wave people away from the assumption that he was Irish-American. Several friends of Kerry who were interviewed said they assumed him to be Irish-American. Kerry learned about his grandfather's heritage last month from Boston Globe reporter Michael Kranish, whose research led to Kerry discovering the details of his grandfather's 1921 suicide in a Boston hotel washroom. The son of a diplomat, "John has talked a lot about how he grew up in different places, how he did not have a sense of connectiveness," said Wade. Since the story was published last Sunday, Kerry found it "great to have a sense of family history he did not have before." Kerry told the Globe he had found out about 15 years ago that his paternal grandmother, Ida Lowe, was born Jewish. But he said he knew nothing about his grandfather's roots. Wade said Kerry said he remembers his grandmother as a "zealous Catholic." The Globe pieced together Kerry's genealogy through Ellis Island immigration records, other documents in Chicago and records from the former Austrian Empire. The paper hired Felix Gundacker, director of the Institute for Historical Family Research in Vienna, to examine and translate the German-language records. Kerry's grandfather, who emigrated to the United States in 1905, was born in an Austrian town once known as Bennisch, which today is called Horni Benesov in the Czech Republic. Gundacker found birth records noting the 1873 birth of a Fritz Kohn and another record noting Kohn changed his name to Frederick Kerry on March 17, 1902. The Globe quoted Gundacker as "1,000 percent certain" that Kerry/Kohn was born to a Jewish family because the church records were on a page listing Jewish families. Ironically, Kerry's younger brother, Cameron, a Boston lawyer, converted to Judaism in 1983, when he married a Jewish woman. Kerry grew up in the dark over the circumstances of his grandfather's suicide.""

Dana Rohrabacher’s Troubling Friends,
By Kenneth R. Timmerman, FrontPageMagazine.com, January 26, 2004
"Top Jewish Republicans who have supported Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) for decades said in interviews that they have “serious concerns” with the California Republican’s ties to radical Muslim groups and their foreign backers, and his outspoken efforts to champion their cause in Congress. “Before 9-11, Dana’s views seemed idiosyncratic,” said Arnold Steinberg, a political consultant whose ties to Rohrabacher go back to Youth for Goldwater in 1964. “We rationalized that he wasn’t fully informed or had a blind spot” to the Islamists, who were contributing to his re-election campaigns, hanging around his office, and sponsoring trips by Rohrabacher and his staff to the Arab Middle East. Rohrabacher seemingly paid back those contributors by an “even-handed” approach toward the Israeli-Arab conflict, a key demand of influential Muslim backers. “Even-handed” is a code-word used by radical Muslim groups, such as the American Muslim Council (AMC) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), to signify support for the Palestinian cause, including Hamas, and angry condemnation of Israel as a terrorist state. After 9-11, Rohrabacher’s views and public actions took on a more sinister appearance, as radical Muslim groups began to count on him increasingly as support for their positions dwindled in Congress. In a heated May 2, 2002 exchange with conservative talk show host Alan Keyes, for instance, Rohrabacher insisted that “[Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon and [Palestinian Authority President Yasser] Arafat are cut out of the same cloth” and claimed that “there’s been acts of terrorism committed against the Palestinian people as well,” statements that made Keyes audibly gasp. ... Steinberg is just one of a closely-knit group of Rohrbacher friends and supporters who have been trying over the past eighteen months to get the California libertarian to open himself up to other viewpoints. For years, these supporters - many of whom asked not to be cited by name for this article - have urged Rohrabacher to travel to Israel. When he complained that no one would sponsor the trip, they offered to pay his travel expenses, but again he refused. “He was a journalist for years, he was in the White House, he was a member of congress since 1988,” one donor said. “Somehow, he never went to Israel, despite trips all over the world, and especially to Arab countries.” Rohrabacher finally traveled to Israel and the Palestinian territories as part of a three-day Congressional delegation in 2003. “Dana has a very antagonist attitude toward Ariel Sharon,” says long-time supporter Howard Klein, a member of the influential Lincoln Club of Orange county Republicans. “But it goes much deeper than that. He doesn’t understand the strategic or moral imperatives in the U.S. alliance with Israel and the forces that want to drive Israel to extinction.” Rohrabacher refused to answer questions for this article, on the grounds that the publisher of Frontpagemag.com, David Horowitz, has been “actively involved in trying to recruit someone to run against him in the Republican primary,” a spokesman said. But an aid who accompanied him on the trip to Israel insisted that Rohrabacher “spoke the same language” to Israeli and Palestinian leaders, infuriating them both."

Background / Will Sharon help Bush win re-election?,
By Bradley Burston, Haaretz (Israel), Februay 10, 2004
"When Ariel Sharon was elected to the premiership a few days after George W. Bush took his own oath of office in early 2001, Sharon began his victory speech by telling cheering supporters of a telephone call he had just received, from the White House. "No one believed then," the prime minister-elect quoted Bush as having told him, in a reference to a visit in which Sharon had taken then-governor Bush on a tour of the West Bank, "that I would be president and you would be prime minister. But as things turned out, despite the fact that no one believed us, I have been elected president, and you have been elected prime minister." They are two men who are accustomed to being underestimated, vilified as murderers, scorned as possessors of ill intent. They are two men who share a commonality of neo-conservative outlook and action. And, although diplomatic etiquette forbids them from saying so outright, they are two men who, it may be assumed, would very much like to see the other stay in office for the foreseeable future. No foreign leader has visited the Bush White House more often than Sharon, to whom Bush has referred in talks with visitors as "my friend Arik." For Sharon, the 2004 presidential election may be crucial to the fate of the policies he foresees. As a consequence, the U.S. race could be a key factor in determining outcome of a possible re-election campaign of Sharon's own. There is little doubt that Bush has been as congenial a U.S. president as Sharon could have desired, allowing the prime minister historic levels of freedom of action in both the military and diplomatic spheres. By contrast - and with Joseph Lieberman now out of the race to the White House - the positions of nearly all Democratic candidates are seen as likely to hew to Oslo-influenced lines inspired by party icon Bill Clinton. In spirit if not in detail or pace, the Democratic platform may well have its roots in Clinton's ill-fated rush to forge a workable Israeli-Palestinian peace before he turned over the keys to the Oval Office to Bush. Should they begin where Clinton left off, Democrats are unlikely to abide for even a moment such Sharon-bred notions as the creation of Palestinian cantons in the West Bank. In many areas of the United States, Arab American activists and donors also enjoy much better access to Democratic movers and shakers than to Republicans. If, in fact, Sharon would prefer to see George Bush re-elected, what can he do to help? The question is not a simple one, in view of the complexity of U.S. Jewry's relationship to Israel in general, and to Sharon in particular. American Jews have been among the strongest champions of Sharon's policies, and among the most acrid of his critics ... . The best way for Sharon to aid the Bush re-election bandwagon may be to stay out of its way. "On the one hand, Sharon must avoid situations that would force Bush into a head-on confrontation with Israel," says Haaretz commentator Akiva Eldar. "On the other, he must avoid any move that would embarass Bush, any move that could make Bush look like a jerk with regard to the road map and the 'Bush vision' - to avoid any move that could add the road map to the list of fiascos in the Middle East. "From now on, and until the election, what Sharon needs to do to help Bush is to put the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the back burner from the president's standpoint. To keep it out of the headlines. This involves, first of all, refraining from making any dramatic moves such as expelling or killing Yasser Arafat." ... Visiting Israel this week, insider's insider Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations said Bush might fare even better when Jews go to the polls. Jewish support for Bush "could go up higher, maybe even as high as 40 percent, which would be a significant change," said Hoenlein, who has been credited in the past with leading the organized Jewish community's perceived tilt to the right ... Bearing in mind that the Democratic majority among Jews remains strong, Bush's best strategy may be in working to keep Jewish donors from giving to the Democratic contender - at present, Kerry - Eldar believes. This involves casting doubt on Kerry's support for Israel, not an easy task in view of the senator's past pro-Israel record. "What I believe that what Bush will do is to try to convince the Jewish constituency that he is more pro-Israel than Kerry."

The City Politic. Cash and Kerry. The city’s wealthy Kerry backers have a message for undecided donors: Fund the front-runner—now—or lose to Bush later,
By Greg Sargent, New York magazine, February 16, 2004
"The cocktail party at financier Blair Effron’s Park Avenue duplex on February 3 had a simple purpose: to persuade some of the city’s biggest political fund-raisers to throw their considerable resources behind the one man their hosts believe can beat George W. Bush—John Kerry. Effron had invited a special guest, former Nebraska governor turned New School president Bob Kerrey, to convince this deep-pockets crowd that the front-runner was indeed electable. And there Kerrey stood, in front of a big screen bearing an image of the nation’s electoral map, pressing his case. As fund-raising targets like money manager Gregg Hymowitz and real-estate magnate John Tishman looked on, Kerrey outlined a detailed, state-by-state scenario in which the junior Massachusetts senator could take the White House. The room buzzed with excited political chatter ... Ever since Iowa, Kerry’s New York finance team, led by Jamie Whitehead, has done a remarkable job of diverting money and supporters his way. Just last week, for instance, Harvey Weinstein decided to back Kerry after a long period of fence-sitting. Weinstein was considered a coup, since he can organize celebrity-studded events that can move hefty sums of Hollywood cash into political coffers. And Kerry has won other big New York backers recently, like money manager Richard Medley and former ambassador Carl Spielvogel and his wife, author Barbaralee Diamonstein."

Jews Choose. Will George W. Bush get their vote come November?,
By Carl Schrag, Slate, February10, 2004
"Matthew Brooks, the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, has been riding high lately. Who can blame him? After toiling away as the leading spokesman of Jewish Republicans for more than a dozen years, he's finally starting to see signs that the tiny interest group might be growing. When the American Jewish Committee released a poll last month showing that as many as 31 percent of American Jews would vote for President Bush if presidential elections were held today, Brooks could hardly contain his glee. In fact, he didn't seem to try at all. "It [is] now undeniable that there is a major shift taking place among Jewish voters," Brooks trumpeted in a press release commenting on the poll ... Many would ask why the Jewish vote is so important—Jews comprise less than 2 percent of the country's population. But their significance comes from three key factors: First of all, Jews tend to vote in larger numbers than other ethnic groups. Secondly, their concentration in urban areas in high-population states means their votes help determine the allocation of large numbers of Electoral College votes. And finally, they don't limit their political activism to Election Day; Jews have been among the most generous supporters of political campaigns, especially those of Democratic candidates. While the high Jewish turnout is likely to continue, the largest concentrations of Jewish voters may not help the president, even if they do swing to his side. New York and California, home to the country's two largest concentrations of Jews, account for 86 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win, but even if Jews turn out for Bush, however, it's unlikely their votes will be enough to tip the balance in these two states. In swing states such as Florida, however, a change of Jewish heart could mean the difference for the Bush campaign."

Top Cops Return From JINSA-Sponsored Anti-Terror Study In Israel,
JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs), February 9, 2004
"Fourteen of the most senior police chiefs, sheriffs and state police commanders returned from Israel last week after five days of intensively studying counter terrorism techniques. These law enforcement executives traveled to Israel on January 24 and returned January 30, 2004. They went as participants in JINSA’s Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP). Modeled after the JINSA’s extremely successful Flag & General Officers Trip, the LEEP program is designed to establish cooperation between American and Israeli law enforcement personnel and to give the American law enforcement community access to the hard “lessons learned” by the Israelis in the interdiction of and response to all forms of terrorism. The Israeli National Police hosted the Americans with participation by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Israel Security Agency. The delegation studied methods and observed techniques used by Israeli police forces in preventing and reacting to suicide bombers, and joined Israeli police on a nighttime patrol of Tel Aviv. The agenda also focused on the critical role of intelligence gathering and interagency information sharing ... The group also took time to look at the Security Fence as a defensive measure to lessen the possibility of terrorist infiltration. The saw where the fence has already been constructed as well as planned future sights. The consensus of the group was that in light of prior Israeli casualties the fence has saved lives. Steven Pomerantz, Executive Director of the Center For Criminal Justice Technology at Mitretek Systems, in Virginia, led in the planning and execution of the trip on the American side. In summing up the goals of the LEEP project, Pomerantz, a former Assistant Director of the FBI and a member of JINSA’s Board of Advisors, noted, “Nothing can replicate American officials seeing these types of problems firsthand and the systems that are put in place to deal with them.” This is the second time JINSA has organized a delegation of U.S. law enforcement officials to learn from their Israeli counterparts. Called the Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP), JINSA hopes to undertake the trip annually, each time with a new group of officers. Participants were invited through a process that considered geographic region, their involvement in national professional policing organizations and their professional responsibilities in the fight against terrorism. For example, in addition to serving as chief of his department, Chief Joseph Polisar is the current president of the International Chiefs of Police (IACP), the largest international police organization in the world. All other major American law enforcement organizations were represented on the trip including the Major Cities Chiefs Association, Major Counties Sheriffs Association and the Police Executive Research Forum. Participants in the program included: Chief Joseph Carter Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Col. Richard Fuentes New Jersey State Police, Sheriff Patrick Gallivan Erie County, N.Y. [encompassing Buffalo, NY], William Gore Special Adviser and Chief of Investigations for the San Diego County, Calif. District Attorney, Commander Cathy Lanier Commanding officer of the Special Operations Division of the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C., Sheriff Patrick McGowan Hennepin County, Minn. [encompassing Minneapolis], Col. Jeffrey Miller Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau Chief John Miller Los Angeles Police Department's Critical Incident Management Bureau, Sheriff Jim Pendergraph Mecklenburg County, N. Car. [encompassing Charlotte], Chief Joseph Polisar Garden Grove, Calif. Police Department, First Deputy Superintendent Dana Starks Chicago Police Department, Deputy Chief Larry Thompson Chief of Uniformed Services, United States Capitol Police, and Chief Maryanne Viverette Gaithersburg, Md. Police Department. Mark Broxmeyer, JINSA’s Chairman traveled with the group."

Raiding the U.S. Treasury,
By Ronald Forthofer, Palestine Chronicle, February 16, 2003
"Like a thief in the night, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is planning a raid on the U.S. Treasury to the tune of $12 to $14 billion. This amount is in addition to about $3 to $5 billion Israel already receives each year from U.S. taxpayers. Shamefully, the Bush administration agreed to this raid, but asked Sharon not to campaign openly for these funds. Bush wants to keep the U.S. taxpayer in the dark about this incredibly huge transfer of our tax dollars to Israel. Bush is probably afraid that we taxpayers would question this gift in a time when he claims we can't afford to fund many programs here at home. For example, $12 billion could provide health care for millions of our children who currently have to go to emergency rooms for treatment. Or it could fund affordable housing programs for hundreds of thousands of Americans. Some might prefer to use it to put money into the cleanup of Super Fund sites. Others might use it to jump-start a renewable energy program to decrease our reliance on foreign oil. It is clear that there are many pressing needs here at home. There are also tremendous needs internationally where this money could make a huge difference in reducing poverty and help restore our image as a caring nation. Some claim that Israel is our ally and therefore deserving of this huge subsidy. This is the same country that spies on the U.S. and which provided the Soviet Union with information obtained from Jonathan Pollard, the American who spied for Israel. Casper Weinberger, then U.S. Secretary of Defense, said about Pollard's treason that: "It is difficult for me ... to conceive of a greater harm to national security than that caused by the defendant in the view of the breadth, the critical importance to the U.S., and the high sensitivity of the information he sold to Israel." Israel has also provided China with weapons based on advanced U.S. technology. In addition, Israel is the nation that deliberately attacked the USS Liberty in open waters, killing 34 U.S. sailors and wounding another 171. With friends like Israel, who needs enemies? If this aid were granted, how would Israel use it? Four billion dollars are for additional military aid and the rest is loan guarantees. Sharon, a war criminal to many throughout the world, claims Israel needs more military aid because of the second Palestinian Intifada. Talk about chutzpah! Sharon, along with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, were the ones who lit the match that sparked the Intifada. Sharon can point out that it costs a large amount to maintain the brutal, illegal and immoral oppression of three million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Paying for bulldozers used in the destruction of hundreds of Palestinian homes and small businesses is costly. Maintaining thousands of Israeli troops along with supporting tanks on Palestinian lands does not come cheap. Israel is also building a high wall between Israelis and Palestinians and this is a costly venture. ... The author Ronald Forthofer, Ph.D. visited Israel/Palestine twice with the Christian Peacemaker Teams, most recently in 2001. He is a retired professor and was a Green Party candidate for Congress from Colorado in 2000 and for Governor of Colorado in 2002."

Cameron Kerry and his in-laws talk of the Democratic frontrunner,
By Sharon Luckerman, Detroit Jewish News (from JTA), Feb. 12 , 2004
"When Cameron Kerry fell in love with Kathy Weinman, he chose to convert to Judaism from Catholicism. Little did Kerry know that he already had a strong Jewish connection. His father’s parents were Jewish — a fact uncovered last year when the Boston Globe hired a genealogist to check into the family roots of Kerry’s more famous brother, John Kerry, the Democratic presidential frontrunner. The Kerry family, thought by many to be of Irish background, was traced back to a small town in the Austrian empire, now part of the Czech Republic. There, the paper discovered that before immigrating to America, the Kerrys changed their name from Kohn and converted to Catholicism from Judaism. “It was mind-blowing,” says Cam Kerry about first learning of his grandparents’ true history from the newspaper story. Also surprising to him was the number of Jews in his synagogue who came up to him with similar stories. “It’s an American story,” he says. It also could be a powerful Jewish story if John Kerry wins the White House. He would be the first president of the United States with Jewish roots. “If my zayda could see this election,” says Anne Weinman, Cam’s mother-in-law, who originally emigrated from Eastern Europe along with her husband, Joe. “Joe, and I are first-generation Americans and it was inconceivable back then that we could be connected to the president of the United States.” Cam’s wife, Kathy Weinman, says, “We have to pinch ourselves once in a while. It’s amazing to have a ringside seat to history in the making.” She and their two daughters, ages 13 and 17, also have participated in this history. They were in New Hampshire during the primary. Her daughters campaigned for their uncle, knocking on doors, making calls and holding up signs. Their elder daughter worked in Iowa and volunteered for the Kerry campaign last summer. Cam, 53, has taken time off from his law firm, Mintz Levin in Boston, and from his position as an adjunct telecommunications law professor at Suffolk Law School there, to work on his brother’s presidential campaign. Last week, prior to the Michigan Democratic caucuses on Feb. 7, he was in Detroit stumping for his brother. He stayed with his in-laws in Farmington Hills, where, Anne says, she keeps a kosher kitchen, and Cam, who is knowledgeable of Jewish dietary laws, is one of the few people she trusts in it. Cam’s wife, Kathy, 49, attended public high school and went to Hebrew school in Southfield, Mich ... brought up Catholic, Cam decided to convert to Judaism before the marriage. “I was influenced by Kathy,” Cam says. “Judaism is deeply held and meaningful to her. Early on, we established we would raise any children we had as Jewish. So it flowed from that. To be a full participant in their religious education, I would convert.” Cam says what appealed to him about Judaism was the role of study in the religion, that it valued learning and intellectual pursuits, which were comfortable and a part of his upbringing. He adds that standing on the bimah, or synagogue podium, for each of his daughters’ Bat Mitzvahs as a full participant made his religious commitments well worth it. “Judaism is central to us,” says Kathy, who is active in her suburban Boston synagogue, Brookline’s Temple Israel. “Judaism is a core of my life and important to our family.”

Thomas Moorer, Ex-Joint Chiefs Chair Dies,
Las Vegas Sun, February 5, 2004
"Adm. Thomas H. Moorer, a Pearl Harbor veteran who became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Vietnam War, died Thursday. He was 91 ... He joined one of the early generations of naval aviators, flying fighters off of the first American carriers, according to an official Navy biography. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941. The following February, he was flying a PBY patrol plane over the water north of Darwin, Australia, when he was attacked by Japanese aircraft. He and his co-pilot landed the plane in the water and were rescued by a ship. That ship was attacked and sunk later that day. He received a Silver Star for gallantry throughout the ordeal and a Purple Heart for his wounds. He also received a Distinguished Flying Cross for a patrol mission later that year. After the war, he rose through the ranks. President Johnson selected him to be chief of naval operations, the service's top officer, in 1967. He was reappointed by President Nixon in 1969. Nixon also nominated him to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff the following year. During the next few years, he supervised the U.S. troop withdrawal from South Vietnam. After he retired, Moorer appeared frequently in the news media to comment on various issues. In 1998, CNN cited him as confirming the American use of sarin, a nerve agent, in a mission to hunt down U.S. defectors in Laos during the Vietnam War. But he soon said he had simply heard of unconfirmed stories about it and had no independent knowledge. The network later retracted the story and reached a settlement with Moorer. He also accused Israel of deliberately attacking the USS Liberty, an American spy ship monitoring the 1967 Six Day War. Israel said it was an error."

A Tragedy of Errors,
by MICHAEL LIND, The Nation, [from the February 23, 2004 issue] An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror by David Frum and Richard Perle
"About a decade ago, I invented a game with a colleague of mine who, like me, had once worked for Irving Kristol. We called it neoconservative bingo. The idea was that the clichés of neoconservative discourse would be arranged in various combinations on bingo cards: "The World's Only Superpower"; "The New Class"; "The China Threat"; "Decadent Europe"; "Against the UN"; "The Adversary Culture"; "The Global Democratic Revolution"; "Down With the Appeasers!"; "Be Firm Like Churchill." The free space in the center of the bingo card would be "The Palestinian People Do Not Exist" (nowadays it would be "No Palestinian State" or "All Palestinians Are Terrorists"). As you read an essay or a book by a neoconservative, you would check off each slogan on the card in the order in which it appeared. We never printed our neocon bingo cards. But the neoconservative manifesto by David Frum and Richard Perle, An End to Evil, which is more a collection of talking points than a coherent argument, can serve just as well. The United Nations "has traduced and betrayed" the dream of world peace. The China Threat: "Eventual Korean unification will reinforce the power of the world's democracies against an aggressive and undemocratic China, should China so evolve." There are the Neville Chamberlain appeasers and the Decadent Europe theme: "To Americans, [Europe's doubts about the invasion of Iraq] looked like appeasement. But it would be a great mistake to attribute European appeasement to cowardice--or to cowardice alone." There are the obligatory Churchill references--a chapter is titled "End of the Beginning"--and there is this: "We will never cease to hope for the civilized world's support. But if it is lacking, as it may be, then we have to say, like the gallant lonely British soldier in David Low's famous cartoon of 1940: 'Very well, alone.'" Bingo. Paradoxically, Perle and Frum happened to publish their manifesto of neoconservative grand strategy at the very moment many of their colleagues were insisting in print that neoconservatism does not exist, and that the neocons have no influence on US foreign policy. Up until the summer of 2003, neo-conservatives proudly championed their movement against adversaries on the left and against factions on the right (realist, paleoconservative and libertarian) that questioned the wisdom of invading Iraq. That summer, however, the invasion of Iraq--planned for a decade and carried out chiefly by leading neoconservative foreign policy experts like the Bush Pentagon's Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith--went terribly wrong. As of this writing, more US soldiers have died in the unnecessary second war in Iraq than have been killed in any other US military venture since Vietnam, and several thousand Iraqis have died, with many more maimed (the Bush Pentagon does not bother to count Iraqi casualties). As the enormity of the debacle became apparent, neoconservatives abruptly began avowing their own nonexistence. Not since Stalin ordered the US Communist Party to go underground has an American political faction pretended to dissolve itself in public like this. David Brooks recently claimed in the New York Times that only "full-mooners" believe that neoconservative institutions like the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) have any influence on Bush Administration policy because PNAC "has a staff of five and issues memos on foreign policy." But PNAC disseminates the views not of its paid staffers, receptionists and interns, but of powerful Administration insiders like Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, in the same way that the Committee on the Present Danger used to broadcast the views of Paul Nitze and Gene Rostow, who as government officials were guarded in their own public comments. Brooks continued: "In truth, the people labeled neocons... travel in widely different circles and don't actually have much contact with one another." In truth--to use Brooks's phrase--among those who have signed PNAC letters are Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Perle and Robert Kagan. PNAC is run by William Kristol, who edits The Weekly Standard, for which Brooks writes, and is the son of Irving Kristol, founder of The Public Interest and former publisher of The National Interest, who wrote a book called Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea, and is married to the neoconservative historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, William's mother. Norman Podhoretz, the former editor of Commentary, is the father of John Podhoretz, a neoconservative editor and columnist who has worked for the Reverend Moon's Washington Times and the New York Post, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns The Weekly Standard and Fox Television. Norman is the father-in-law of Elliott Abrams, the former Iran/contra figure and former head of the neocon Ethics and Public Policy Center and the director of Near Eastern affairs at the National Security Council. Elliott's mother-in-law and Norman's wife, Midge Decter, like many older neocons a veteran of the old Committee on the Present Danger, was recently given a National Humanities Medal after publishing a fawning biography of Rumsfeld, whose number-two and number-three deputies at the Pentagon, respectively, are Wolfowitz and Feith, veterans of the Committee on the Present Danger and Team B, the intelligence advisory group that grossly exaggerated Soviet military power in the 1970s and '80s. Perle, a member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board (and its former head), is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and sits on the board of Hollinger International, a right-wing media conglomerate (including the Jerusalem Post and the Daily Telegraph) controlled by Conrad Black, the chairman of the editorial board of The National Interest, which Black partly subsidizes through the Nixon Center. Perle and Feith--both PNAC allies--helped write a 1996 paper called "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," on behalf of Israel's right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Perle, Feith and the other US and Israeli authors called on Israel to abandon the Oslo process and to restore martial law in the Palestinian territories long before the second intifada began. Co-authorship is common among the neocons: Brooks and Kristol, Kristol and Kagan, Frum and Perle. These are people who, according to David Brooks, "don't actually have much contact with one another." According to Brooks, "To hear these people [the alleged conspiracy theorists] describe it, PNAC is sort of a Yiddish Trilateral Commission, the nexus of the sprawling neocon tentacles." He writes that "con is short for 'conservative' and neo is short for 'Jewish.'" With this vicious slur, Brooks has now joined Jonah Goldberg, Joshua Muravchik, Joel Mowbray, Robert J. Lieber and other neoconservative writers in accusing all critics of Israel's Likud government and its neoconservative supporters of treating "neoconservative" as a synonym for "Jew." Among those smeared by neocons in this way in the past year are Chris Matthews, William Pfaff, Eric Alterman, Joshua Micah Marshall, Gen. Anthony Zinni and yours truly. When I, the descendant, in part, of Jewish immigrants, exposed Pat Robertson's anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in 1995, Norman Podhoretz denounced me, not Robertson, reasoning that while Robertson was objectively anti-Semitic he could be forgiven because of his Christian Zionist support for Israel, on the analogy of the rabbinical rule of batel beshishim, which governs impurities in kosher bread. The most loathsome libel in this loathsome campaign was written by Mowbray: "Discussing the Iraq war with the Washington Post last week, former General Anthony Zinni took the path chosen by so many anti-Semites: he blamed it on the Jews.... Technically, the former head of the Central Command in the Middle East didn't say 'Jews.' He instead used a term that has become a new favorite for anti-Semites: 'neoconservatives.'"

US to hit Syria with sanctions,
by Janine Zacharia, Jerusalem Post, February 13, 2004
"The US plans to impose sanctions on Syria in accordance with the Syria Accountability Act, US Secretary of State Colin Powell told a Senate panel on Thursday. During the hearing, Powell also placed the burden for moving peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on the Palestinians ... In his testimony, Powell also said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is inspiring anti-American sentiment in the Middle East and affecting US reconstruction efforts in Iraq. "We fully understand that this conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis is the source of a great deal of the anti-American feelings that exist in that part of the world, and does affect what we're doing in Iraq, and that part of the world," he said."

Former Holocaust denier wants to atone,
Jerusalem Post, February 14, 2004
"An ultranationalist politician accused of making anti-Semitic remarks has promised to organize a pilgrimage to a Nazi death camp in an appeal for forgiveness of his past statements, a newspaper reported Saturday. Corneliu Vadim Tudor, who heads the Greater Romania Party, made the pledge in a letter to Eyal Arad, the chairman of an advertising firm in Israel. Tudor plans to run for president this year and wants the Israeli firm to work on his campaign, said Nati Meir, his adviser. The letter was published in the Jurnalul National. "I am asking for forgiveness from all Jews," Tudor said. "I've changed." Tudor, who once denied that the Holocaust occurred in Romania, said he would lead a group of party members to the site of the Auschwitz camp in southern Poland this year. He also promised that if he became president, he would introduce the study of the Holocaust in schools ... Last month, Tudor unveiled a bust of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in central Romania. Israeli officials accused Tudor of using the late prime minister's memory to further his election campaign."

Senator Arlen Specter is Porker of the Year for 2003,
Citizens Against Government Waste, February 5, 2004
"Citizens Against Government Waste announced today the final results of its online poll for Porker of the Year for 2003. Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) finished first with a whopping 51 percent of the vote, outdistancing his “porky” competitors by a 2 to 1 margin. The other finalists, in order of votes received, were: Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) (25 percent), Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) (14 percent), Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.) (6 percent), and Rep. Terry Everett (R-Ala.) (4 percent). The five finalists were chosen by CAGW staff from among the 11 Porker of the Month winners throughout 2003, and voted on by more than 3,300 participants. Several people wrote in other responses, such as “the entire Congress,” but were too few to factor into the final tally. Senator Specter was selected as the October Porker of the Month for including language in the fiscal 2003 Emergency Supplemental portion of the fiscal 2004 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act that provided $1.4 million for three pork-barrel projects in Pennsylvania. He also added several provisions to last April’s War Supplemental Appropriations bill including language that removes wording limiting the number of mailings senators can send to their constituents in counties of less than 250,000 people. While Sen. Specter claimed that such a move was vital to the war effort, it is an obvious benefit to incumbent senators, like Sen. Specter, who are up for re-election this fall."

Spy Ship Attack,
By James W. Crawley, San Diego Union-Tribune, February 17, 2004
"Retired Navy Capt. Ward Boston has sparked controversy after accusing Israel of intentionally attacking the Liberty in 1967. Ward Boston is an unassuming octogenarian who resides in a gated community on Coronado's Silver Strand. A retired Navy captain, he hardly attracts attention in a town full of active-duty and retired sailors. Yet Boston is in the maelstrom of a nearly 37-year-old controversy surrounding Israel's deadly attack on the Navy's spy ship Liberty during the Six-Day War with Egypt, Syria and Jordan. The June 1967 attack killed 34 Americans and wounded 171. Last October, Boston broke decades of silence and declared that the Navy admiral who investigated the incident had been ordered by President Lyndon Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara to conclude it was a case of mistaken identity, despite evidence to the contrary. As the chief counsel for the Navy's court of inquiry, Boston had an insider's view. "I didn't speak up earlier because I was told not to," Boston said in an interview. His revelation, repeated last month before a State Department conference about the Six-Day War, has rekindled a smoldering debate over how it happened and whether the United States and Israel covered up the truth. Anti-Israel factions portray Boston's words – true to his legal background, memorialized in two affidavits but rarely spoken to an audience larger than one person – as proof of Israel's guilt. Israel's supporters, including a federal bankruptcy judge who researched the attack and wrote a book on it, say Boston is lying. Some pin an anti-Semitic badge on his lapel. On Web pages and through e-mail, an electronic brawl is raging over Boston's disclosures among his admirers and detractors. But, for the men who survived the attack, Boston's comments endorse views smelted in cordite, blood and smoke. "We feel we've been vindicated," said James Ennes, the Liberty's officer of the deck the day of the attack, which left him severely wounded. "We've been saying for 37 years that the court of inquiry was a fraud, that it was corrupted, that it ignored evidence and made findings not supported by the evidence," said Ennes, whose book about the incident claims it was a deliberate Israeli attack. Boston's cover-up allegation is "enormously significant," said author James Bamford, who has written several books about the super-secret National Security Agency, which analyzed radio intercepts from Liberty and other U.S. surveillance ships. "It's equivalent to former Supreme Court (Chief) Justice Earl Warren coming out and saying 'the Warren Commission report on (the) Kennedy (assassination) – everything we said was not what we believed, but we were pressured to say it,' " Bamford said. "It puts an enormous shadow over everything that was in the (Navy) report," he said ... In the Pacific during World War II, Boston flew harrowing photo-reconnaissance missions over Tokyo and Iwo Jima in Navy Hellcat fighters, sometimes making three passes over a single target – once to take pre-bombing pictures, then joining other planes in attacking the target and, finally, a post-attack pass to photograph the damage. After the war, Boston went to law school, passed the bar and entered private practice. Meanwhile, he continued to fly Navy fighters as a reservist, including its first jet, the FH-1 Phantom. In the late 1940s, he joined the FBI and was assigned to field offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. During the Korean War, he rejoined the Navy, this time as a JAG officer. By June 1967, Boston was legal officer for then-Rear Adm. Isaac Kidd Jr. when the flag officer was assigned to head the hastily convened inquiry into the Liberty attack. Unable to interview hospitalized sailors and Israeli military and civilian officials, the investigative panel was given just a week to examine the battered ship, interview survivors and collect radio intercepts and other information. Boston said it was obvious then who was responsible. "There's no way in the world that it was an accident," Boston said. In his affidavits and a recent interview, Boston recounted how he and Kidd discussed their conclusions about the survivors' testimony. "(Kidd) referred to the Israelis as 'murderous bastards,' " Boston said. After Kidd delivered the panel's report to Washington officials, Boston said the admiral told him, "they aren't interested in the facts or what happened. It's a political issue. They want to cover it up." Then Kidd admonished Boston to keep silent. Boston said Kidd told him privately that orders came from Johnson and McNamara to find the incident was a mistake and not a deliberate act. ... Boston kept quiet too, until the 2002 publication of "The Liberty Incident," by Judge Jay Cristol, provoked him. Cristol's book, based on more than 10 years of research and hundreds of interviews and the collection of thousands of documents, argued that Israeli pilots, sailors and top military officials, in the heat of combat and the fog of war, were unaware the Liberty was a U.S. ship, mistaking it for an Egyptian vessel. The two men spoke twice during the 1990s while Cristol researched his book, but Boston said recently that he only discussed his career and did not reveal details of the inquiry. "It is Cristol's insidious attempt to whitewash the facts that has pushed me to speak out," Boston said in a Jan. 8 affidavit, read by Bamford at the State Department conference last month. Boston did not attend the conference."

Another President for the Occupation? "The Cause of Israel is the Cause of America",
By SEN. JOHN KERRY, CounterPunch, February 17, 2004
"[CounterPunch] Editors' Note: We offer this unfettered pledge of fealty to Israel by John Kerry as yet more evidence that there's scarcely a dime's worth of difference between the major political candidates of both parties on the life-and-death issues of our time. AC/JSC My first trip to Israel made real for me all I'd believed about Israel. I was allowed to fly an air force jet from the Ovda Airbase. It was then that Israeli insecurity about narrow borders became very real to me. In a matter of minutes, I came close to violating the airspace of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. From that moment on, I felt as Israelis do: The promise of peace must be secure before the Promised Land is secure on a thin margin of land. Back on the ground on that first trip, I toured the country from Kibbutz Mizgav Am to Masada to the Golan. I stood in the very shelter in a kibbutz in the north where children were attacked and I looked at launching sites and impact zones for Katousha rockets. I was enthralled by Tel Aviv, moved by Jerusalem and inspired by by standing above Capernaum, looking out over the Sea of Galilee, where I read aloud the Sermon on The Mount. I met people of stunning commitment, who honestly and vigorously debated the issues as I watched and listened intently. I went as a friend by conviction; I returned a friend at the deepest personal level. As the only true democracy in the Middle East, Israel has both the burden and the glory of a vigorous public square. We as Americans must be the truest and best kind of ally--forthright enough to say what we think--and steadfast enough to stay the course in hard passages as well as easy days. Herzl's famous words--"If you will it, it is no dream"--signify the promise and the greatest power of Israel--and the hope that a fair and secure peace can be achieved. We must be committed to support Israel in the exacting, essential search for that dream. I will never forget a moment on top of Masada, when I stood on that great plateau where the oath of new soldiers used to be sworn against the desert backdrop and the test of history. I had spent several hours with Yadin Roman debating whether or not Josephus Flavius was correct in his account of the siege--whether these really were the last Jews fighting for survival--whether they had escaped since no remains were ever found. After our journey through history--which we resolved with a vote in favor of history as recorded--we stood as a group at the end of the cliff and altogether we shouted across the chasm--across the desert--Am Yisrael Chai. And across the silence we listened as voices came back--faintly we heard the echo of the souls of those who perished--Am Yisrael Chai. The State of Israel lives. The people of Israel live. In this difficult time we must again reaffirm we are enlisted for the duration--and reaffirm our belief that the cause of Israel must be the cause of America--and the cause of people of conscience everywhere. John Kerry is a Massachusetts Senator and a Democratic Candidate for the Presidency of the United States. Articleoriginally appeared in the Brown Students for Israel publication "Perspectives: An Israel Review."

Did Jewish Problems Doom Dean?,
by James. D. Besser, Jewish Week, Febraruy 20, 2004
"How much of a role did former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s problems with pro-Israel leaders play in the spectacular collapse of his candidacy? Not much, say campaign insiders. But Dean’s Jewish woes, which began with his bumbling comments about the need for a more “balanced” U.S. approach in the Middle East, were symptoms of a much bigger problem that ultimately brought his campaign down in ruins. The anti-Dean effort by some pro-Israel Jews “wasn’t a factor” in Dean’s precipitous fall, said Steven Grossman, a longtime pro-Israel leader and — until Monday — the co-chair of the Dean campaign. Over the weekend, Grossman told reporters that he would leave the campaign if Dean lost Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary; on Monday, Dean announced Grossman was out of the campaign. But the “concerns that were expressed some months ago by Jewish supporters and activists occupied a significant amount of time for the campaign,” Grossman said. “So did the scurrilous e-mails that were floating around.” Dean was the target of a massive campaign of anonymous e-mails depicting him as hostile to Israel — a campaign that may be starting anew, this time focusing on Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, Dean’s successor as Democratic frontrunner. “It was a difficult and time-consuming set of issues we had to deal with,” said Grossman, who actively reached out to Jewish and pro-Israel groups in an attempt to put out the fires. “But I do not fundamentally believe that when the history of the Dean campaign is written, the concerns expressed by Jewish activists will be seen as playing a significant role in his failure to win the nomination.” A top Jewish Democrat said that Dean’s problems with some Jewish leaders were more a symptom than a cause of the campaign’s problems. “His misstatements on the Middle East played a role in reinforcing the image that he was not yet ready for the presidency,” this source said. “That was one of his biggest problems throughout the campaign — and his thrashing around on the Jewish issue made it worse.” “His statements about the Middle East were much less calculated than those of the other candidates,” said University of Richmond political scientist Akiba Covitz. “I don’t think he realized what was involved in putting together a national coalition as a Democrat — and that he couldn’t do that without mainstream pro-Israel support. His comments on the Middle East may be paradigmatic of a lack of understanding that words and actions make a difference in campaigns.”

An American Jewish lobby at the European Union,
By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz (Israel), February 19, 2004
"Last Thursday a gala evening was held to celebrate the opening of the Transatlantic Institute, a Jewish research institute whose declared aim is no less than strengthening the ties between the United States and the countries of the European Union (the undeclared aim is to serve as a lobby). After a formal dinner, there were speeches by the European Union's Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, and by Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio. Both of them showered compliments on the heads of the body that established the institute, the American Jewish Committee, and heaped praise on the importance of good relations. The person who insisted on spoiling the conciliatory and relaxed atmosphere was in fact the United States Ambassador to the European Union, Rockwell Schnabel, who told the guests that to the best of his understanding, the problem of anti-Semitism has reached the point where it was in the 1930s. Later, in the wake of the tempest caused by Schnabel's remarks, the ambassador's spokesman published a clarification, saying that the ambassador was relating to assessments by other bodies and was not expressing his own opinion or that of his government. The American Jewish Committee is an organization that sees itself as fulfilling the function of American Jewry's "state department." The Transatlantic Institute in Brussels joins offices that it has opened during the past decade in Berlin, Warsaw and Geneva close to United Nations headquarters. "Brussels today is the capital of 18 countries and within three months will become the capital of 25 countries, with a population of 500 million," explains David Harris, the executive director of the American Jewish Committee. "We need to be there, just as we need to be at the United Nations." Harris does not believe that the name of the institute or its declared aims suffer from any degree of pretentiousness. "The American Jewish Committee has always been in many ways the most universal of all Jewish organizations. In other words, we are a Jewish organization, but we have always defined our missions very broadly. We are an American and Jewish voice in Europe. If you take for example our position on NATO's expansion, we were saying that what's good for the democratic countries and for their security is also good for the Jews. If NATO expands, it's good for the kind of world in which Jews feel more secure." The main question is how the prominent presence of an American Jewish organization in the heart of the EU will be perceived. The World Jewish Congress and B'nai B'rith have maintained offices to deal with their interests in Brussels for several years now but these offices are manned mostly by people from the WJC and B'nai B'rith in Europe. Other American organizations like the Anti-Defamation League considered opening offices in Brussels, but gave up the idea, in part for economic reasons: The cost of maintaining an office in Brussels comes to $2 million a year. The concern that a permanent, high-profile presence would only reinforce the myth of the influence on the world of American Jewish power was considered by the founders but, says Harris, "I didn't lose any sleep over this." And perhaps with justification. Ricardo Levy, diplomatic adviser to the European Commission President Romano Prodi, said that he is not worried that the institute will be perceived in the EU as an American Jewish lobby or as a source of special power. According to him, "We have so many institutes here, the opening of another institute will only add to the dialogue and the public debate." American Jewish arrogance Researchers of anti-Semitism like Henrik Bachner of Sweden see the resurgence of this myth, especially since the war in Iraq, as the most worrying anti-Semitic trend today in European society. Harris: "There are some Jewish organizations who have thought about going in and creating, I quote a `lobby,' or trying to bring American political tactics, importing them to Brussels. In our judgment this may not be the most effective way to proceed. We have given a lot of thought to our own presence in Brussels, and we decided to open not an office but an institute, and we're calling it the Transatlantic Institute. The stated purpose of the institute is to contribute to the strengthening of relations between the United States and Europe." The establishment of the institute raises another, intra-Jewish problem. After all, this is the home arena of European Judaism. People like Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice-chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, believe that a Jewish lobby in Brussels should be run by European Jews, and not by American Jews. "The message here for the European Jewish establishment is `you've failed in the fight against anti-Semitism,'" says Dr. Sharon Pardo, a researcher at the Center for European Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and at Ghent University in Belgium. Pardo notes the criticism that has been expressed by American Jewish organizations of European Jewry's official line regarding the governments of their countries, a line that in their opinion expresses "weakness." "It is clear that there is arrogance here on the part of the American Jews toward the Europeans," says a former Israeli ambassador who served for many years in Europe. "Imagine what the Jews in America would think if a European Jewish organization were to open an office in Washington" ... Oded Eran, Israel's ambassador to the European Union, believes that the comparison between European Jewry and American Jewry "is not fair," in light of the huge advantages of the community in the United States with respect to its size and wealth. However, he thinks that the Jewish organizations in Europe would do well to unite in the end and set up a lobby. "On issues like the fight against anti-Semitism, a pan-European organization makes a lot of sense," he says. "It is possible, for example, to influence the EU Council of Education Ministers to decide on joint curricula against anti-Semitism or to influence the Council of Interior Ministers, who are responsible for the police, to formulate a uniform policy for the fight against anti-Semitic incidents." Eran, who has also served in Washington, also believes that there is still a huge difference with respect to lobbying between the European and the American political cultures ... The European Commission has enormous power, especially with respect to economic issues: It controls, for example, the whole issue of trade among economic firms inside and outside the EU. Most of the foreign clients of the law firms and lobbyists in Brussels are international companies and economic organization that engage in trade with the EU. "Brussels is the capital of Europe and its power grows day by day," says Maram Stern, the head of the World Jewish Congress office at the EU. The office is personally funded by Jewish multi-millionaire Edgar Bronfman, and Stern has headed it since it was opened nearly 20 years ago. If Washington is the city of publicly elected representatives, says Stern, Brussels is the capital of the bureaucrats, and the key to the success in lobbying activities there lies in understanding their mentality. "No one here cares too much about who sent him or who is funding him. In Washington you introduce yourself as a pro-Israel lobbyist and ask for 45 minutes with the senator in order to explain to him why he ought to support the Israeli interest. In Brussels you can't present things so directly. It has to come up at the end of a dinner and toward the end of the conversation and after you have offered your help to your interlocutor on a variety of other issues." The Transatlantic Institute will deal with the variety of issues that are on the agenda of the American Jewish Committee. Not surprisingly, it is possible to find there the fight against anti-Semitism and Israel-Europe relations. With respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the heads of the Committee stick close to the official line disseminated by the government of Israel and its head."

EU vows to tackle anti-Semitism,
BBC (UK), February 19, 2004
"European Commission head Romano Prodi has vowed concrete action to fight anti-Semitism in the European Union. Mr Prodi was addressing a high-level meeting in Brussels, called to address Jewish concerns that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe. "We are not here to beat our breasts in public and then do nothing," Mr Prodi said, urging European governments to make anti-Semitism an EU-wide offence. Attacks on Jewish targets have caused alarm among Jewish groups worldwide. Indifference The seminar was organised by the European Commission, together with the European Jewish Congress and the Congress of European Rabbis. It brought together political and religious leaders from Europe and beyond. "Anti-Semitism has returned. The monster is here with us once again," European Jewish Congress president Cobi Benatoff told the conference. "What is of most concern to us, however, is the indifference of our fellow European citizens." The seminar was briefly postponed after Mr Benatoff and the head of the World Jewish Congress, Edgar Bronfman, accused the EU and Mr Prodi himself of fostering anti-Semitism. The charge infuriated Mr Prodi, who was recently honoured by European rabbis for his part in promoting what he calls "a Europe of diversity" ... Mr Prodi's proposals echo calls by Jewish leaders for national governments to set up special taskforces to monitor and combat anti-Semitism - as France and Italy have recently done - and co-ordinate action internationally."

Greenspan Urges Care on Employment Issue,
Earthlink (from Associated Press), February 20, 2004 02:33 PM EST
"Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned on Friday that "protectionist cures" being advanced to deal with the country's job insecurities would make the situation worse. Entering the politically charged debate over U.S. service jobs being shipped overseas, Greenspan said that it was a lack of adequate educational training rather "outsourcing" which posed the greatest threat to future American prosperity. Greenspan, speaking to the annual meeting of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, said that it was not surprising that there was a high level of job insecurity in the country at present when more than 2 million people in the work force have been unemployed for more than a year. He predicted, as he did in congressional testimony last week, that the strengthening economy should lead to stronger employment growth in the months ahead. "We have reason to be confident that new jobs will displace old ones as they always have," Greenspan said, "but America's job-turnover process is never without pain for those in the job-losing portion." The issue of jobs - how to create them, find them and keep them - has dominated the Campaign 2004 early primary season talk ... Greenspan also said the recent migration of service sector jobs, such as employees working in telephone call centers, to India is a new phenomenon. But he cautioned that any answer that involved erecting trade barriers in this country would be wrong."

Helsinki Commission Hearing Reviews Bulgaria's Leadership of the OSCE,
U.S. Newswire, February 20, 2004
"The United States Helsinki Commission will hold a hearing on Bulgaria's leadership of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) featuring the testimony of His Excellency Solomon Passy, Foreign Minister of Bulgaria and Chair-in-Office of the OSCE ... This Helsinki Commission hearing will review the OSCE's program for 2004 under Bulgaria's leadership. Chair-in- Office Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passy has said that implementation of OSCE commitments would top the agenda for Bulgaria's Chairmanship of the OSCE. Specific issues expected to be discussed are the ongoing conflict in Chechnya, OSCE efforts to resolve the Transdniestrian conflict, work to resolve the "frozen conflicts" in the Caucasus, OSCE efforts to combat anti-Semitism and human trafficking, the situation in Central Asia, as well as promoting respect for human rights and democratic values throughout the OSCE region. The hearing will also highlight Bulgaria's experience in its own transition to democracy and ongoing human rights efforts. The OSCE is the largest regional security organization in the world with 55 participating States from Europe, Eurasia and North America. Its approach to security encompasses a wide range of security-related issues including arms control, preventive diplomacy, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, democratization, election monitoring and economic and environmental security. All OSCE participating States have equal status and decisions are based on consensus."

In Israeli president’s Paris visit, emotional symbols for French Jews,
By Philip Carmel, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Feb. 19, 2004
"For many of the thousands of French Jews that crowded into a Paris theater to welcome Israeli President Moshe Katsav this week, driving to the event was a deeply emotional experience. With the theater situated at the far west of the city, most of those attending had to drive down the Champs Elysees. It was the first time they had seen one of the world’s most famous avenues adorned with Stars of David. “It gives you a warm feeling in your heart and a deep sense of pride to see the Magen Davids like that,” Sandra Tobianah said as she fought her way through the crowds to catch a glimpse of the Israeli president. Tobianah was one of the lucky ones — around 2,000 people had to be turned away — filling the Palais de Congres for the French Jewish community’s official welcome for Katsav on Tuesday. The Israeli president was visiting France for only the second official visit by an Israeli head of state to France since Israel’s creation in 1948. Katsav’s visit comes at a time when French-Israeli relations — warm in Israel’s early years but generally cool since 1967 — are seeking to escape from an anti-Semitism-induced low. The Jewish state has been highly critical about the increase in anti-Semitism in France in the wake of the launching of the Palestinian intifada in 2000, and French foreign policy Israel regards as pro-Arab. Israel also has criticized France’s lukewarm attitude to possible Israeli membership in the Francophonie, an organization of nations with sizeable French-speaking populations. Such attitudes have been echoed by French Jews. But France has taken steps in recent months to shore up its stance on issues related to Jews and Israel, taking the lead on cracking down on anti-Semitism ... During the visit, Katsav took pains to smooth over the issue, praising Chirac’s strong commitment to fighting anti-Semitism. Darmon said the French are OK when it comes to the Holocaust and Jews in France, but bad on Israel. “When it comes to dead Jews, they’re perfect,” he said, alluding to the Holocaust. “And also when they talk about Jews in France, it’s not bad either. But when they talk about other Jews,” he said, “it’s very poor.”

Soldier for the Truth. Exposing Bush’s talking-points war,
by Marc Cooper, LA Weekly, February 20-26, 2004
"After two decades in the U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, now 43, knew her career as a regional analyst was coming to an end when — in the months leading up to the war in Iraq — she felt she was being “propagandized” by her own bosses. With master’s degrees from Harvard in government and zoology and two books on Saharan Africa to her credit, she found herself transferred in the spring of 2002 to a post as a political/military desk officer at the Defense Department’s office for Near East South Asia (NESA), a policy arm of the Pentagon. Kwiatkowski got there just as war fever was spreading, or being spread as she would later argue, through the halls of Washington. Indeed, shortly after her arrival, a piece of NESA was broken off, expanded and re-dubbed with the Orwellian name of the Office of Special Plans. The OSP’s task was, ostensibly, to help the Pentagon develop policy around the Iraq crisis. She would soon conclude that the OSP — a pet project of Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld — was more akin to a nerve center for what she now calls a “neoconservative coup, a hijacking of the Pentagon.” Though a lifelong conservative, Kwiatkowski found herself appalled as the radical wing of the Bush administration, including her superiors in the Pentagon planning department, bulldozed internal dissent, overlooked its own intelligence and relentlessly pushed for confrontation with Iraq. Deeply frustrated and alarmed, Kwiatkowski, still on active duty, took the unusual step of penning an anonymous column of internal Pentagon dissent that was posted on the Internet by former Colonel David Hackworth, America’s most decorated veteran. As war inevitably approached, and as she neared her 20-year mark in the Air Force, Kwiatkowski concluded the only way she could viably resist what she now terms the “expansionist, imperialist” policies of the neoconservatives who dominated Iraq policy was by retiring and taking up a public fight against them ...
KWIATKOWSKI: ... One person you’ve written about is Abe Shulsky. You describe him as a personable, affable fellow but one who played a key role in the official spin that led to war. Abe was the director of the Office of Special Plans. He was in our shared offices when I joined, in May 2002. He comes from an academic background; he’s definitely a neoconservative. He is a student of Leo Strauss from the University of Chicago — so he has that Straussian academic perspective. He was the final proving authority on all the talking points that were generated from the Office of Special Plans and that were distributed throughout the Pentagon, certainly to staff officers ... So Shulsky was the sort of controller, the disciplinarian, the overseeing monitor of the propaganda flow.
From where you sat, did you see him manipulate the information?
We had a whole staff to help him do that, and he was the approving authority. I can give you one example of how the talking points were altered. We were instructed by Bill Luti, on behalf of the Office of Special Plans, on behalf of Abe Shulsky, that we would not write anything about Iraq, WMD or terrorism in any papers that we prepared for our superiors except as instructed by the Office of Special Plans. And it would provide to us an electronic document of talking points on these issues. So I got to see how they evolved. It was very clear to me that they did not evolve as a result of new intelligence, of improved intelligence, or any type of seeking of the truth. The way they evolved is that certain bullets were dropped or altered based on what was being reported on the front pages of the Washington Post or The New York Times."

Kerry known for soliciting many views, but who has his ear on Jewish issues?
By Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, February 17, 2004
"Now that he’s running for president, Sen. John Kerry’s openness to a broad range of Jewish opinion is making some in the pro-Israel community nervous — and others hopeful. The very quality that attracted Jewish voters to him as a longtime Massachusetts senator is now earning the candidate closer scrutiny across the Jewish spectrum. Kerry’s Jewish supporters accurately cite his solid voting record in the Senate and his frequent readiness to meet leaders of Washington’s main pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. They also say he emulates President Clinton’s activist philosophy when it comes to Middle East peacemaking, an approach that won broad Jewish support during the Clinton presidency. Detractors inevitably — and just as accurately — mention Kerry’s closeness to critics of U.S. foreign policy who say U.S. Middle East policy is a dog wagged by Israel’s tail ... Kerry’s closest adviser, according to a profile published over the weekend in The New York Times, is his younger brother Cameron, who converted to Judaism two decades ago when he married Kathy Weinman ... Israel advocates across the political spectrum are quick to say that Kerry’s voting record is “stellar.” On the domestic issues Jews care about, Kerry’s record is unchallenged. He actually may be one of the few leading legislators who excites Orthodox and Reform Jews alike. “He’s very good at navigating the waters of the diversity of the Jewish community — the Orthodox, the Reform, the Jewish defense organizations,” said Nancy Kaufman, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council in Boston. On his Boston staff, Kerry employs Joan Wasser, a graduate of the city’s Jewish day school system who is well respected among Jews and who runs Jewish community outreach for Kerry. ... Some worry that Kerry might be taking advice from Yossi Beilin, the left-wing Israeli politician whose informal peace proposal, the “Geneva accord,” mirrored the Taba talks. People close to Beilin say the Geneva negotiators have met with Kerry no more than any other leading U.S. legislators — and they note that Kerry did not sign onto a non-binding “sense of the Senate” resolution this session that cites the Geneva proposal as positive. Still, supporters of the Geneva initiative give Kerry high marks and note with approval the closeness to his campaign of Alan Solomont, a top Boston Jewish philanthropist who raises funds for Kerry and who is prominent in the Israel Policy Forum, which backs greater U.S. engagement in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. “An engaged president and an engaged United States is what would provide the greatest amount of security to Israel,” said Ken Sweder, a past president of the Boston JCRC, who accompanied Kerry on a visit to Israel in 1986 ... Kerry’s supporters say the candidate will survive such attacks as it becomes clear that while he listens to a broad range of opinion, in the end he relies mostly on pro-Israel opinion, diverse as it is, in his assessments of U.S. policy in the Middle East. “I’m one of the people who call on his office,” said Glazer, of AIPAC, “and he’ll come and meet with us personally. Most people will send their foreign policy adviser, but John takes quite a lot of time to take questions."

AMERICA DECIDES 2004. In 2004, U.S. Jewish fund raising shifts to supporting — not unseating — incumbents,
By Matthew E. Berger, Feb. 16, 2004|
"It was a big deal two years ago, when Jewish money helped unseat two incumbent Democratic lawmakers viewed as anti-Israel. This year, Jewish fund-raisers in the United States expect business to go back to normal. This year, Jews will focus on supporting incumbents viewed as pro-Israel, including several facing tough challenges. While most of America is watching the presidential primaries play out, hundreds of lawmakers are seeking to maintain their congressional seats in the November elections and are quietly raising money. Jews are expected to play a large role in that fund-raising effort, with Jews engaged in some key races around the country, including Florida, Pennsylvania and Virginia. One-third of the senators are up for re-election, as are all House members. But only a few of those hundreds of seats are considered “in play,” or up for grabs. Jewish backing for challengers of incumbents in Democratic primaries made national news in 2002, when Jewish support for Denise Majette in Georgia and Artur Davis in Alabama helped unseat U.S. Reps. Cynthia McKinney and Earl Hilliard respectively. The Jewish community won respect for its role in pushing aside anti-Israel legislators. But a race in which Jews mobilize to unseat an incumbent only happens once every decade, a senior Jewish political analyst said. Now facing their first election as incumbents, both Majette and Davis are expected to receive continued donations from Jewish supporters. McKinney has yet to take steps to indicate a run for office, but her father has suggested that his daughter may challenge Majette, which likely would increase Jewish contributions to Majette’s campaign ... Morris Amitay, founder of the pro-Israel Washington PAC ... said some Jews considered targeting Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), a powerful senator who rarely supports pro-Israel letters or other actions. But Leahy is not expected to face a tough challenge. “We’d love to knock off Pat Leahy, but he’s utterly safe,” Amitay said. “He’s basically unfriendly on Israel issues.” However, Leahy, ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is considered an advocate for domestic issues that many Jews tout, including church-state separation and the appointment of more liberal federal judges. Amitay also listed Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), who is facing a challenge from a Jewish Democratic state senator, Burt Cohen, but said there has not been much excitement in that race, as Gregg is not seen as vulnerable. Jewish fund-raisers have switched their attention to assisting friendly incumbents. Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas) is seen as being in the most trouble. Because of redistricting in Texas, Frost will need to face off against incumbent Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) in a redrawn district made up of mostly Sessions’ constituents. Frost, who is Jewish, recently raised $100,000 in Jewish money at a Houston fund-raiser. He is seen as a leader on Israel issues and is the former chairman of the Democratic Caucus. One political analyst said Frost has some chance in the new district, because it is more than 50 percent minority voters, and Frost is a proficient fund-raiser. Meanwhile, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) is facing off against a House member, Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) in a Republican primary. While both men are seen as pro-Israel, Jewish supporters are much more likely to back Specter, both because he is the incumbent and because he is Jewish, one of only two Jewish Republicans in the U.S. Senate. The winner of the Republican primary also will face a formidable challenge in November from Rep. Joseph Hoeffel (D-Pa.). Allyson Schwartz, a Jewish state senator, is seeking Hoeffel’s seat. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), a Holocaust survivor and ranking Democrat of the House International Relations Committee, is facing two opponents from the left in next month’s primary, and is expected to get strong Jewish support. a... In addition, Jewish support may galvanize behind [Peter] Deutsch, an observant Jew who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) is vacating. It’s expected to be a tough race all around, with both Democratic and Republican contenders likely to put up a good fight. Few other Israel supporters are seen as vulnerable. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will receive large amounts of Jewish money, but it is unclear whether she will face a viable challenger. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will also get Jewish money in his state. He is a heavy favorite for re-election."

Women wore yellow crosses and burned the Israeli flag,
By Yehuda Lahav, Haaretz (Israel), Februry 19, 2004
"At a protest that took place in Budapest on January 11, demonstrators burned the Israeli flag. The pretext for the flag burning was not, however, a show of support for Palestinians. Rather, it revolved around a domestic national disagreement in Hungary that essentially had nothing to do with Israel. The pretext for the demonstration was an inconsequential program carried by a local radio station called "Tilos Radio" (Forbidden Radio) on Christmas Eve, during which the host declared: "I would like to exterminate all Christians." The managers of the pirate station immediately fired the host, who was drunk during the broadcast. After sobering up, he expressed remorse for the statement. But the slip of the tongue generated a wave of condemnation throughout Hungary. Extremist right-wing groups zeroed in on the flap as if they'd made a great find, in the process pumping it up to the dimensions of a national scandal. In dozens of articles and columns the rightists charged, without any factual foundation, that the host and his coworkers are in fact Jews, and before long all Hungarian Jews were being placed in the defendant's seat. The right-wing groups sought to create the impression that the Christian public in Hungary is facing a risk of annihilation, almost like the risk the Jews of Hungary faced in 1944. To underscore the dangers, several women taking part in the protest in front of the radio station studio wore yellow crosses on their clothes, intended to evoke the yellow star worn by Jews in the Nazi years. One of the speakers at the demonstration, the journalist Istvan Lovas (who despite his anti-Semitic pronouncements once applied for a permit to immigrate to Israel, and is therefore presumably Jewish) declared that an "aggressive minority in Hungary has for the past 50 years persecuted the Christian and Hungarian majority," and called for showing "zero tolerance" for this minority. The burning of the Israeli flag proved that the hint was well taken. ... The act induced a sharp condemnation from the Hungarian Foreign Ministry and spokesmen of the member parties of the socialist-liberal coalition, as well as protests from the Israeli embassy in Budapest and the Union of Jewish Communities in Hungary ... Given the circumstances, there was particular interest in last week's visit to Israel by Zsolt Nemeth, chairman of the Hungarian parliament's foreign affairs committee and a leader of the Fidesz party. In his conversations with Israeli Justice Minister Yosef Lapid and chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, MK Yuval Steinitz, Nemeth expressed sympathy for Israel and its objectives. He noted that all of the parties represented in the Hungarian parliament, both in the coalition and the opposition, supported Israel's right to live in security and the right of the Palestinians to an independent state."

No End to War. The Frum-Perle prescription would ensnare America in endless conflict,
By Patrick J. Buchanan, American Conservative, March 1, 2004
"On the dust jacket of his book, Richard Perle appends a Washington Post depiction of himself as the “intellectual guru of the hard-line neoconservative movement in foreign policy.” The guru’s reputation, however, does not survive a reading. Indeed, on putting down Perle’s new book the thought recurs: the neoconservative moment may be over. For they are not only losing their hold on power, they are losing their grip on reality. An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror opens on a note of hysteria. In the War on Terror, writes Perle, “There is no middle way for Americans: It is victory or holocaust.” “What is new since 9/11 is the chilling realization that the terrorist threat we thought we had contained” now menaces “our survival as a nation.” But how is our survival as a nation menaced when not one American has died in a terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11? Are we really in imminent peril of a holocaust like that visited upon the Jews of Poland? “[A] radical strain within Islam,” says Perle, “ ... seeks to overthrow our civilization and remake the nations of the West into Islamic societies, imposing on the whole world its religion and laws.” Well, yes. Militant Islam has preached that since the 7th century. But what are the odds the Boys of Tora Bora are going to “overthrow our civilization” and coerce us all to start praying to Mecca five times a day? In his own review of An End to Evil, Joshua Micah Marshall picks up this same scent of near-hysteria over the Islamic threat: The book conveys a general sense that America is at war with Islam itself anywhere and everywhere: the contemporary Muslim world .... is depicted as one great cauldron of hate, murder, obscurantism, and deceit. If our Muslim adversaries are not to destroy Western civilization, we must gird for more battles ... Fear is what Perle and his co-author David Frum are peddling to stampede America into serial wars. Just such fear-mongering got us into Iraq, though, we have since discovered, Iraq had no hand in 9/11, no ties to al-Qaeda, no weapons of mass destruction, no nuclear program, and no plans to attack us. Iraq was never “the clear and present danger” the authors insist she was ... By the second paragraph, Perle and Frum have given us a short list of priority targets: “The war on terror is not over, it has barely begun. Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Hamas still plot murder.” Now al-Qaeda was responsible for 9/11. But when did Hamas attack us? And if Israel can co-exist and negotiate with Hezbollah, why is it America’s duty to destroy Hezbollah? ... Hastily written, replete with errors, with no index, An End to Evil is a brief in defense of neoconservatives against their impending indictment on charges they lied us into a war that may prove our greatest disaster since Vietnam. And the charge of deliberate deceit is not without merit ... Indeed, our reputation as armorers and allies of Israel only damages us as Sharon rampages through the West Bank and Gaza walling off Arab land and denying to Palestinians that very right of self-determination we Americans espouse. Sharon is making hypocrites of us, and we are cowards for permitting it. To the neocons, however, Zionism is second nature. They cannot conceive of a foreign policy that is good for America that does not entail absolute solidarity with Israel. They are dangerously close to imbibing the poisonous brew that drove Jonathan Pollard to treason: If it is good for Israel, it cannot be bad for America. To evade admission of the transparent truth, neocons have begun to rationalize their passionate attachment, to sublimate it. “The Arab-Israeli quarrel is not a cause of Islamic extremism,” Frum and Perle protest. But when every returning journalist and diplomat and every opinion survey says it is America’s uncritical support for Israeli repression of the Palestinians that makes us hated in the region, how can honest men write this?"

Jews debate use of federal money to bolster building security measures,
By Matthew E. Berger, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Feb. 24, 2004
"It soon could be a conundrum for American Jews: Should communities allow government money into synagogues in order to keep terrorists out? Behind the scenes at this year’s Jewish Council for Public Affairs plenum, officials were debating how to reconcile steadfast support by some Jewish groups for strict separation between church and state with the growing need for money to ease soaring post-Sept. 11 security costs. Especially contentious is whether the money should go to synagogues and day schools ... It is unclear yet how much money UJC lobbyists will seek. U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), ranking minority member of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, may be a key ally on this issue, insiders say. The project could put Jewish groups in partnership with hospitals, museums and the American Red Cross. Some have suggested that mosques may also get aid. According to several sources, Jewish organizations are in almost complete agreement that seeking loan guarantees from the federal government for the security costs would not violate their perception of church-state separation, because no direct federal aid would go to the organizations. However, some are specifically pushing for grants instead of or in addition to the guarantees, which would be one of the first instances in which a majority of Jewish groups supported federal aid for religious institutions. ... Some Jewish groups believe that choosing the loan guarantees route would allow all Jewish organizations to save face. It may also be more achievable in Congress. Some argue that seeking money for security needs would be similar to calling on the services of the police or fire department. “This isn’t money that’s going to a church or synagogue, it’s going to bullet-proof glass,” a Jewish official said, noting that the need will be based purely on risk rather the religiosity of the institution. Even those who do not support seeking federal aid say they understand the rationale for the exemption from long-standing Jewish public policy. They are likely not to contest openly the majority’s decision. “There is not going to be a schism on this,” one Jewish leader said. “They will either support this or step back.”


Greenspan Urges Social Security Cuts,
Earthlink (from Associated Press), February 25, 2004
"Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, stepping into the politically charged debate over Social Security, said Wednesday the country can't afford the benefits currently promised to the baby boom generation. He urged Congress to trim those benefits to get control of soaring budget deficits, which he said threatened a "very debilitating" rise in interest rates in coming years. Democratic presidential candidates denounced his proposals, and President Bush and other Republicans sought to distance themselves from the Republican Greenspan. The central bank chairman also repeated his view that Bush's tax cuts should be made permanent to bolster economic growth. He said the estimated $1 trillion cost should be paid for, preferably, with spending cuts so the deficit would not be worsened. As for specifics on trimming Social Security, Greenspan told the House Budget Committee that one possibility would be to switch to an alternative measure of inflation for annual cost-of-living adjustments. Instead of relying on the Consumer Price Index, he suggested switching to a new chain-weighted CPI that gives lower inflation readings and thus would mean smaller payment increases. Greenspan, who turns 78 next week, also suggested tying the retirement age for full benefits to longer lifespans with the age continuing to rise. The 65-year age for retiring at full benefits started increasing last year and now stands at 65 years and four months. It will increase to 67 over the next two decades and then stop rising. Greenspan said his comments simply voiced views he has held since he chaired a blue-ribbon commission two decades ago. But the remarks set off a political storm. Democratic front-runner Sen. John Kerry said the way to address the deficit was to roll back tax cuts for the wealthy and "the wrong way to cut the deficit is to cut Social Security benefits. If I'm president, we're simply not going to do it." Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., called it "an outrage' for Greenspan to call for cuts in Social Security while at the same time endorsing making Bush's tax cuts permanent. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, went even further and called for Greenspan to resign as Fed chairman, saying his comments were "a disgrace."

Rifkind wins selection as candidate for Kensington,
By Paul Waugh, The Independent (UK), February 26, 2004
"Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former foreign secretary, began the long road back to Westminster, and possibly Downing Street, last night after he was selected as candidate for the Tory seat of Kensington and Chelsea. Sir Malcolm will replace Michael Portillo in contesting what is known as Britain's poshest Parliamentary constituency at the next general election. True to the glitzy image of "K&C", as it is known to locals, it was none other than Shireen Ritchie, mother of the film producer and director Guy Ritchie and mother-in-law to Madonna, who announced the result. Mrs Ritchie, the chairman of the local Tory association, said Sir Malcolm had been selected in the safe Tory seat on the first round of the ballot of more than 800 party members."

Academy presents U.S. ideas in Germany,
By THOM J. ROSE, Interest Alert (from UPI), February 27, 2004
"On the placid outskirts of Berlin, comfortable in a beautifully restored villa, handpicked American Academy fellows are on the front line of the international war of ideas. The American Academy, which has been home to high-profile U.S. intellectuals such as Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenidies, attracts top academic, political, journalistic and literary talents and gives them the freedom to work unbothered. At the same time, the privately funded academy encourages its fellows to do more than study. "We don't want to be an academic monastery," director Gary Smith told United Press International. Richard C. Holbrooke, former U.S. ambassador to Germany and the United Nations, planned the American Academy in 1994 to fill the vacuum left when the American military removed its last troops from Berlin. With help from former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former German President Richard von Weizsäcker, Holbrooke set up what he hoped would be an intellectual bridge between the two countries that could remain in place after military ties loosened. In the five years the academy has been running, its importance has skyrocketed. "No one could have imagined that this would be as successful as it has been," Davis said. Pursing large projects somehow related to Germany is the core of the academy experience, but fellows are just as encouraged to get involved in the problems of the moment -- and not just as distanced observers. The American Academy has become a top destination for German intellectuals, politicians and press looking to make contact with American thought ... The Iraq war and other issues have slanted German public opinion more and more against U.S. ideas. That tension has led to an increasingly political focus at the academy. "I'm deeply concerned about the different perspectives on the realities of the Middle East," Davis said. "We're working here to get Germans on the same page with Americans." Long considered Israel's starkest European ally, Germany has recently become more ambivalent. Yet U.S. aims in the region have yet to find widespread acceptance in Germany. In response to that split, a group of U.S. experts on the Middle East is set to come through the academy and enjoy its unique access to German political and intellectual circles. Three former diplomats -- Dennis Ross, special Middle East coordinator for President Clinton and now director of the pro-Israeli think tank, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Martin Indyk, former U.S. ambassador to Israel, who also headed the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and is now director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, and Edward Djerejian, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Syria and founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University -- will all be spending time at the academy over the next year. While there, the three men will hold roundtable discussions at the German Chancellery and foreign ministry. Two will have direct conversations with Foreign Minister Fischer. In addition to Middle East experts, Davis said corporate governance experts are a group that could well stand to be represented at the academy."

U.S. Jews vow to pump up volume as E.U. pledges to fight anti-Semitism,
By Philip Carmel, Deep South Jewish Voice (from Jewish Telegraphic Agency), February 22, 2004
"His tone was full of New York swagger, and clearly there was no intention of softening it for European sensibilities. Speaking about the president of the European Commission after an unprecedented E.U. conference on anti-Semitism last week, the chairman of the World Jewish Congress, Israel Singer, was very clear. “Romano Prodi says he’s gonna monitor anti-Semitism. Well, we’re gonna be monitoring him,” Singer told JTA. The blunt-spoken Singer came to Brussels to take part in the E.U. conference, where Prodi, the E.C. president, pledged to fight and monitor anti-Semitism in Europe. But some in Europe think U.S. Jews may already be speaking loud enough. Many participants at the Feb. 19 conference said they believe that European governments have been prompted to take tougher stands against anti-Semitism less because of the demands of local Jews than by pressure from U.S. Jewish leaders. A British newspaper columnist, The Independent’s Mary Dejevsky, went even further in an Op-Ed piece published the day of the conference. It is “hard to escape the impression that it suits the U.S. administration to depict Europe, especially France, as deeply and incorrigibly anti-Semitic,” she wrote. Dejevsky said the U.S. administration and U.S. Jewish groups were playing with fire and running the risk of “provoking the very racist backlash they purport to be trying to prevent.” Only last month, Singer had rushed to Brussels to put the conference back on track after the WJC’s president, Edgar Bronfman, and the president of the European Jewish Congress, Cobi Benatoff, accused the European Commission of “active and inactive” anti-Semitism — prompting Prodi to put the conference on hold temporarily ... Many Jews argue that much of the hostility toward Israel in today’s Europe is simply thin cover for age-old anti-Semitis ... The sin is anti-Semitism and the sinner is Europe, but conferences don’t solve sins,” Singer said. Not all participating Jewish organizations were as critical as the WJC. Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, praised what he called as the “real significance of coming together to discuss the issue.” Foxman said, “This seminar marks the end of the period of denial.” He said the European Commission showed “the moral authority” of the European Union in its desire to combat anti-Semitism. Foxman, who argues that anti-Semitism today is at its worst point since the 1930s, said he always has been troubled by the question of why so many people were silent in the lead-up to the Holocaust. “We’re not silent anymore,” Foxman said. The ADL’s national director also said he is reassured that “the model now exists” for coming to grips with anti-Semitism, citing recent moves by the French and Italian governments to set up ministerial committees to handle the problem and cooperate closely on the issue with Jewish groups. While Prodi called on participants at the conference to do more than just beat their breasts about anti-Semitism, it soon became clear that Jews were just talking to Jews, said Henry Grunwald, president of Britain’s Board of Deputies, a Jewish umbrella group. The conference — and the appearance of Dejevsky’s controversial column — also came just days after the opening of a new Jewish think tank in Brussels, the American Jewish Committee’s Transatlantic Institute. The institute is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between Europe and the United States — and benefiting Jews in the process. Jewish leaders in Europe have been wary of criticizing publicly U.S. Jewish organizations and their methods — epitomized by Singer’s outspokenness — though three senior European Jewish community leaders told JTA of their opposition to the attacks by U.S. Jewish leaders on the European Commission. Foxman said U.S. Jewish groups were merely following the line of European Jewish groups, not leading the fight. “We can’t do this without them,” Foxman told JTA. The chairman of the WJC, however, had his own ideas. Getting to the microphone during virtually every conference session, Singer warned European leaders that there “would be no more playing by other people’s rules.” The Americans are “proud to be partners,” he said. “We will listen to the way you do things here — but we will use some of our own clout.”

New Audio in the Archives,
Ken and Bob Show
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Mr. Ken Mehlman, the Bush-Cheney campaign manager, is probably the closest that John & Ken are going to get to the Bush administration…judging from how this interview went. Right out of the gate, he refuses to consider President Bush’s Amnesty Plan to be an amnesty plan. He even continues to wave the Weapons Of Mass Destruction flag. Since J&K gave his campaign manager here a lesson in “What Californians Are Pissed About”, it’ll be interesting to see how the Bush campaign changes by the time it gets to the west coast. Listen to the complete interview in the Audio Archives."

U.S. pitches Sharon plan to Europe, Arabs,
By Aluf Benn, Haaretz (Israel), February 28, 2004
"Rice tells Europeans plan could start chain of events similar to fall of Berlin Wall The U.S. administration is trying to persuade European and Arab states as well as the Palestinian Authority to support Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice has been telling European officials in recent days that Sharon is serious about his plan and that they should encourage Arab and Palestinian officials to respond in kind. According to American sources, Rice said small steps could lead to larger processes and just as the fall of the Berlin Wall was the result of a chain of events, the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza could lead to a "Middle East parallel" of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Rice is a Sovietologist, and often uses images and analogies from the Cold War era. According to reports from Washington, and White House briefings to reporters from The New York Times and Washington Post, the administration supports the Sharon plan and the only question is at what price and whether the U.S. will agree to Israeli demands like allowing Jerusalem to step up construction in the settlement blocs and freeing Israel of the need to negotiate with the Palestinians or propose any other alternative plans as long as Yasser Arafat heads the PA."

A jolly good fellow,
by Jayme Brener, Revista Pangea Mundo (Brazil), Nobember 2, 2003
"Brazilian President Lula da Silva starts to conquer the once resistant Jewish community. The name of Brazil´s newly elected Luís Inácio Lula da Silva has been enough to produce itches in the vast majority of local Jewish community during the last 20 years, mainly for the traditional links between Lula´s leftist Workers Party (WP) and the PLO. But a screen on his Cabinet, named last December, shows two Jews – Jacques Wagner (Labour) and Italian born Guido Mantega (Planning), apart of President spokesman, André Singer. Much more important, there are clear signs of mutual simpathy between the community and its leadership, and the new government. “There was an important meeting between Lula and 60 Jewish leaders shortly before November elections, when the now President expressed his admiration to Israel and to our community in Brazil”, says Jayme Blay, President of São Paulo Jewish Federation (Fisesp), the most important in the country. In spite of a long tradition of Jewish leftism in Brazil (see box) that drove many activists to the WP – or PT, for Partido dos Trabalhadores, in Portuguese –, the overwhelming majority of Brazilian 120.000/150.000 strong community had identified itself with former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and his centrist Social Democratic Party (PSDB). During his eight years of government, Cardoso had several Jewish aides, including Foreign Affairs minister Celso Lafer. Cardoso (who has Jewish family ties) and his PSDB also kept strong links with Jewish business circles. As a natural consequence, Cardoso´s candidate against Lula, José Serra, was supported by most of Brazilian Jews, including community leadership and rabbi Henry Sobel who is a very popular character for his commitment to human rights. But Lula´s skills to sew a broad political alliance and set up a new productive economic cycle, reducing Brazilian dependence toward international finance had seduced a good bunch of Jewish businessmen and professionals. Leading industrialists Ivo Rosset (textiles) and Eugenio Staub (electroelectronics) had openly left José Serra´s campaing for Lula, who also received a more discret support of steel magnate Benjamin Steinbruch. “Yes, I voted for Lula, since the last government drove our economy to a stalemate”, explains oil tycoon German Efromovich, owner of the Maritima Petroleum group. “We hope that the new government could promote changes for the best; otherwise, we´re sure that any change will be done inside democratic frames”, agrees Gerson Keila, chairman of the powerful Brazilian Franchising Association (ABF), who represents US$ 8 billions/year in business. Even the traditional links between the PT and the PLO don´t seem to haunt Jewish leadership in Brazil. “Lula has clearly stressed his commitment both to a Palestinian State and to the safety of Israel”, grants Fisesp´s Jayme Blay. “There´re no expectations of a major change in Brazil´s international policy”, adds Claudio Camargo, Foreign Affairs analyst at IstoÉ weekly magazine ... The honeymoon that Lula da Silva and the Jewish community are now enjoying has been prepared by a long flirt, since the very birth of the WP in 1979, melting new rank-and-file tradeunionists, former extreme left organizations and the catholic gauche. The party´s central slogan during its first electoral campaign, in 1982 (when Lula runned – and was defeated – for the São Paulo State government), was a reddish “workers shall vote for workers”, challenging the reformism of the old Communist Party. Some leaders of the Palestinian community, openly identified with the PLO, had then runned under the Partido dos Trabalhadores banner. But several jews were among the first representatives elected by the party, including now minister Jacques Wagner (a petrochemical tradeunionist), Carlos Minc (former guerrilla fighter converted to environmentalism) and Clara Ant, a trotskyite leader. Yes, there were some frictions between the WP and Jewish community along the last two decades. Ms. Luiza Erundina, then mayor of São Paulo, has caused tensions in the kehilá in 1989, when she named a square after State of Palestine. Incidentally, Yasser Arafat hadn´t already formally declared the independence of his State. When she saw the gaffe, Erundina called Jewish aides asking for names of Zionist leaders, to baptyze other areas of the city ... The own Lula da Silva has visited Israel, following an invitation by Labour leaders. Former labour prime minister Shimon Peres was one of the forefront international politicians in Lula´s possession ceremony. A group of selected matchmakers has played a very important role for this long engagement between Lula/PT and Brazilian Jewish community. Among them were former trotskyite leader Clara Ant, nowadays one of Lula´s closest informal aides; Israeli born businessman Oded Grajew, who is very active in social initiatives and works as a major WP´s fundraiser; and Argentinian born Felipe Warmus. Known by his “war name”, Luís Favre, this shadowy former trotskyite leader, who has close connections with French socialists, spreads jealousy over WP´s leaders for the influence he gained after marrying one of the party´s top stars: the mayor of São Paulo, Martha Suplicy. If Jewish community is in growingly good terms with President Lula da Silva and his majoritary faction in the Partido dos Trabalhadores, the same cannot be said of the fringe far left groups inside the party. The WP is one of the stars of the Porto Alegre Forum, a broad coalition of antiglobalization groups, set up to counterbalance the Davos Forum high finance yearly meeting. The Porto Alegre Forum was named after a WP stronghold in Southern Brazil, that shall host over 100.000 leftist militants next January for its yearly meeting. Terms like Israel and Zionism are some of the favourite blanks for those rank and file militants. “Extremist factions, I imagine, will not play a decisive role in the new government” evaluates economic analist André Friedheim. “Radical voices have been put apart of the decision inside of the party, which is showing an enormous common sense”, adds Fisesp´s president Jayme Blay. Wishfull thinking or not, the fact is that monthly magazine Caros Amigos, that usually voices the Forum de Porto Alegre visions, has recently published an article written by a pro-Palestinian activist, melting criticism to Israeli government with open racial offenses. The article says, for instance, that Israel was created by the Nazis and that Zionists were close collaborators to Hitler. The magazine has refused to publish the rainfall of critics received nor apologized to its readers, what motivated Human Rights organizations to take legal actions. Many of those protests against Caros Amigos came from non-Jewish and Jewish activists of the Lula da Silva´s Workers Party.
... a tradition Simpathy towards Communism and the Soviet Union was majoritary among Ashkenazim Jews in Brazil until the 1950s. The Jewish Section of the pro-USSR Communist Party was even larger than the Workers Section in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the country´s largest cities during the 30s. There were two Jews in the CP 8 strong São Paulo City Councilmen elected in 1946, including Elisa Kauffmann, one of the first women elected for this post in the country. The birth of Israel and the anti-semite campaigns led by Soviet strongman Josef Stalin had splitted the Jewish community – even institutions, like schools and clubs – between roitn (reds) and sionistn (zionists). Although the economic progress of the vast majority of Brazilian Jews had pulled them to the center-right, leftist parties had always had many Jewich activists. Last CP general secretary, for instance, was Salomão Malina, a veteran of the Brazilian forces which fought Nazis in Italy, during the 2nd World War. Several Jews had died fighting the military dictatorship (1964-1984), including Maurício Grabois, one of the commanders of the Maoist guerrilla warfare in the Araguaia (Northern Brazil), in the 70s, and Yara Yavelberg, wife of Carlos Lamarca, leader of urban guerrilla forces. Chael Charles Schreier, then a Medical student in his early twenties and a guerrilla sympathiser, died during brutal torture. The upsurge of a new wave of students and trade union protests, in the end of the 70s, with Lula as the big star, also produced a new layer of Jewish activists, mainly of Trotskyite origin. Those roitn kinder and Jewish survivors of the antidictatorship fight – like historian and former guerrilla ideologue Jacob Gorender – were among the founders of the Workers Party."

Serving Two Flags Neo-Cons, Israel and the Bush Administration,
By STEPHEN GREEN, CounterPunch, February 28-29, 2004
"Since 9-11, a small group of "neo-conservatives" in the Administration have effectively gutted--they would say reformed--traditional American foreign and security policy. Notable features of the new Bush doctrine include the pre-emptive use of unilateral force, and the undermining of the United Nations and the principle instruments and institutions of international law....all in the cause of fighting terrorism and promoting homeland security. Some skeptics, noting the neo-cons' past academic and professional associations, writings and public utterances, have suggested that their underlying agenda is the alignment of U.S. foreign and security policies with those of Ariel Sharon and the Israeli right wing. The administration's new hard line on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict certainly suggests that, as perhaps does the destruction, with U.S. soldiers and funds, of the military capacity of Iraq, and the current belligerent neo-con campaign against the other two countries which constitute a remaining counterforce to Israeli military hegemony in the region--Iran and Syria. Have the neo-conservatives--many of whom are senior officials in the Defense Department, National Security Council and Office of the Vice President--had dual agendas, while professing to work for the internal security of the United States against its terrorist enemies? A review of the internal security backgrounds of some of the best known among them strongly suggests the answer. Dr. Stephen Bryen and Colleagues In April of 1979, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Robert Keuch recommended in writing that Bryen, then a staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, undergo a grand jury hearing to establish the basis for a prosecution for espionage. John Davitt, then Chief of the Justice Department's Internal Security Division, concurred. The evidence was strong. Bryen had been overheard in the Madison Hotel Coffee Shop, offering classified documents to an official of the Israeli Embassy in the presence of the director of AIPAC, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. It was later determined that the Embassy official was Zvi Rafiah, the Mossad station chief in Washington. Bryen refused to be poly-graphed by the FBI on the purpose and details of the meeting; whereas the person who'd witnessed it agreed to be poly-graphed and passed the test. The Bureau also had testimony from a second person, a staff member of the Foreign Relations Committee, that she had witnessed Bryen in his Senate office with Rafiah, discussing classified documents that were spread out on a table in front of an open safe in which the documents were supposed to be secured. Not long after this second witness came forward, Bryen's fingerprints were found on classified documents he'd stated in writing to the FBI he'd never had in his possession....the ones he'd allegedly offered to Rafiah. Nevertheless, following the refusal of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to grant access by Justice Department officials to files which were key to the investigation, Keuch's recommendation for a grand jury hearing, and ultimately the investigation itself, were shut down. This decision, taken by Philip Heymann, Chief of Justice's Criminal Division, was a bitter disappointment to Davitt and to Joel Lisker, the lead investigator on the case, as expressed to this writer. A complicating factor in the outcome was that Heymann was a former schoolmate and fellow U.S. Supreme Court Clerk of Bryen's attorney, Nathan Lewin. Bryen was asked to resign from his Foreign Relations Committee post shortly before the investigation was concluded in late 1979. For the following year and a half, he served as Executive Director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), and provided consulting services to AIPAC. In April, 1981, the FBI received an application by the Defense Department for a Top Secret security clearance for Dr. Bryen. Richard Perle, who had just been nominated as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, was proposing Bryen as his Deputy Assistant Secretary! ... The DOD [Department of Defense] office involved in control of defense technology exports was the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) within Richard Perle's ISP office. The Director (and founder) of DTSA was Perle's Deputy, Dr. Stephen Bryen. In May of 1988, Bryen sent a standard form to Richard Levine, a Navy tech transfer official, informing him of intent to approve a license for Varian Associates, Inc. of Beverly, Massachusetts to export to Israel four klystrons. This was done without the usual consultations with the tech transfer officials of the Army and Air Force, or ISA (International Security Affairs) or DSAA (Defense Security Assistance Agency. The answer from Levine was "no". He opposed granting the license, and asked for a meeting on the matter of the appropriate (above listed) offices. At the meeting, all of the officials present opposed the license. Bryen responded by suggesting that he go back to the Israelis to ask why these particular items were needed for their defense. Later, after the Israeli Government came back with what one DOD staffer described as "a little bullshit answer", Bryen simply notified the meeting attendees that an acceptable answer had been received, the license granted, and the klystrons released. By now, however, the dogs were awake. Then Assistant Secretary of Defense for ISA, (and now Deputy Secretary of State) Richard Armitage sent Dr. Bryen a letter stating that the State Department (which issues the export licenses) should be informed of DOD's "uniformly negative" reaction to the export of klystrons to Israel. Bryen did as instructed , and the license was withdrawn. ... In April 2001, with the support of Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) Bryen was appointed a Member of the Commission by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. Last August, his appointment was extended through December of 2005. Informed that Bryen had been appointed to the Commission, the reaction of one former senior FBI counter-intelligence official was: "My God, that must mean he has a "Q clearance!" (A "Q" clearance, which must be approved by the Department of Energy, is the designation for a Top Secret codeword clearance to access nuclear technology.) Michael Ledeen, Consultant on Chaos If Stephen Bryen is the military technology guru in the neo-con pantheon, Michael Ledeen is currently its leading theorist, historian, scholar and writer. It states in the website of his consulting firm, Benador Associates, that he is "...one of the world's leading authorities on intelligence, contemporary history and international affairs" and that...."As Ted Koppel puts it, 'Michael Ledeen is a Renaissance man....in the tradition of Machiavelli.'" Perhaps the following will add some color and texture to this description. In 1983, on the recommendation of Richard Perle, Ledeen was hired at the Department of Defense as a consultant on terrorism. His immediate supervisor was the Principle Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs, Noel Koch. Early in their work together, Koch noticed with concern Ledeen's habit of stopping by in his (Koch's) outer office to read classified materials. When the two of them took a trip to Italy, Koch learned from the CIA station there that when Ledeen had lived in Rome previously, as correspondent for The New Republic, he'd been carried in Agency files as an agent of influence of a foreign government: Israel. Some time after their return from the trip, Ledeen approached his boss with a request for his assistance in obtaining two highly classified CIA reports which he said were held by the FBI. He'd hand written on a piece of paper the identifying "alpha numeric designators". These identifiers were as highly classified as the reports themselves....which raised in Koch's mind the question of who had provided them to Ledeen if he hadn't the clearances to obtain them himself. Koch immediately told his executive assistant that Ledeen was to have no further access to classified materials in the office, and Ledeen just ceased coming to "work". [This article goes on and on and it is horrifying: See the source.]

Jewish fury as Labour calls Letwin 'Fagin',
By Melissa Kite, Chris Hastings and David Bamber, Telegraph (UK), February 29, 2004
"Ian McCartney, the Labour Party chairman, was embroiled in a furious row last night after describing a Jewish member of the shadow cabinet as a "21st century Fagin". He caused outrage by comparing Oliver Letwin, the shadow chancellor, to the loathed villain in Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist, during a barnstorming speech meant to rally Scottish Labour MPs at their annual conference. During an attack on Tory spending plans Mr McCartney lampooned Mr Letwin, the descendant of Jewish refugees from Ukraine, as "Slasher Letwin". He told delegates: "The real danger . . . is the Tories. What would life under Slasher Letwin look like? No Oliver Twist, this man, more of a Fagin. "This 21st century Fagin will pick the pockets of Scotland's pensioners by abolishing the pension credit and then plan for a new generation of poor pensioners by abolishing the second state pension." Jewish leaders said that the slur was the height of irresponsibility when there were growing fears over a rise of anti-Semitism in Britain, which has 280,000 Jews. Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue, a spokesman for Reform Synagogues, said: "I find the remark highly offensive. It is a throwback to the worst kind of stereotype from a bygone age. It is totally gratuitous to compare someone to a fictitious Jewish villain from 1837. Consciously or otherwise it is a reference to Mr Letwin's face rather than his politics." Perhaps the best-known image of Fagin is Ron Moody's portrayal in the musical, Oliver, which won the 1968 best film Oscar. Moody, who is due to revive the role at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury next month, said he was outraged by the remarks and urged Mr McCartney to apologise. "I think it is disgraceful and irresponsible. Someone in Mr McCartney's position should choose his words more carefully. Fagin is a monstrous creation. He is a fence, a thief and a corrupter of children. "I do not think any Jewish person should be compared to him. Such a description is anti-Semitic." Lord Janner, the Labour peer and chairman of the Holocaust Education Trust, said he was "amazed" by Mr McCartney's comments. He said: "I know Ian is not an anti-Semite but comments like this do sound anti-Semitic. I know him very well and I like him very much. I am, however, astonished by the fact that he should make a comment like this" ... Mr McCartney said in a statement that it was "absolute nonsense" to say his scripted remarks were racist. "I have spent all my life campaigning against racism and anti-Semitism. No one who reads the remarks in context could interpret them in that way. It is simply a reference to the Tory policy on scrapping the pension credit. This was a comment about Oliver Letwin's politics and the Tory Party's policies." Mr Howard, the son of a Romanian Jewish shopkeeper and the first Jewish leader of the Tories in 100 years, disclosed in his anti-racism speech in Burnley that his grandmother died in a Nazi death camp. He is a member of a liberal synagogue. Until December, when he stood down to devote his time to being shadow chancellor, Mr Letwin was a director of NM Rothschild, the London branch of the Jewish banking dynasty. Lord Saatchi, the Tory chairman, is also Jewish."

EXCLUSIVE: BNP's Jew Claim,
by Justin Cohen, Totally Jewish, Mar 11, 2004
"The British National Party unveiled yet another sick stunt this week after claiming it has selected a Jewish candidate for June’s local council elections. Mother-of-two Pat Richardson, 58, who lives in Loughton, is set to represent the far right-wing party in the Epping Forest district council election. The ploy was greeted with anger and derision from community leaders, with Labour Friends of Israel’s David Mencer branding it “a sick stunt”. Mike Whine, Board of Deputies defence director, told TJ: “It’s a matter of great regret that a member of the Jewish community has aligned herself with the BNP, which retains its anti-semitic and Holocaust ideology, only just below the surface these days. The important thing is people vote for a democratic party in order to deny the BNP victory elsewhere.” Speaking exclusively to TJ yesterday, Richardson spoke of how she first became involved with the party together with her husband two years ago after being “quite impressed” when members approached her. Referring to accusations of anti-semitism and Holocaust denial levelled at the party, she said: “I think that is way, way back in the past and even a different party. But as parties move on and change, even the Labour party has moved on and changed for the worse I’d say, a lot of their manifesto today I totally agree with – stronger law and order, fairness for the elderly and to preserve what green spaces we’ve got ... But Gerry Gable, publisher of anti-Fascist magazine Searchlight, questioned the party’s claim, suggesting rumours of a Jewish candidate had been peddled around the time the BNP contested a by-election in Redbridge last year. He said: “The challenge remains the same as last year – to produce the person and evidence of their Jewish roots so, if it is true, the word traitor can be attached to their name.” Jason Douglas, the party’s organiser in Redbridge, said: “She put her name forward and we okayed it. She happens to be Jewish, but so what.” The news comes weeks after Tory leader Michael Howard described the BNP, which currently boasts a record 16 councillors nationwide, as “a stain on our democratic way of life”.

Blair Adviser Quits to Teach, [Offline paper edition]
by Jemma Wayne, Jewish Chronicle (UK), Febraury 27, 2004, p. 6
"The Tony Blair speechwriter who came up with the slogan "education, education, education, education" has traded politics for the classroom. Policy adviser Peter Hyman, 35, quietly quit his Downing Street job to take up a teaching post ..."

'We'll Now Play by Brooklyn Rules,' [Offline paper copy]
EU Conference Highlights Jewish Fears, and Anger, on anti-Semitism,
from Jenni Frazer, Brussels, Jewish Chronicle, (UK), February 27, 2004, p.12
"'We are not hear,' declared European Commission president Romano Prodi, " to beat our breasts and do nothing.' Indeed, through last week's day-along EC conference on anti-Semitism in Brussels, by far the most sustained applause came for those of the more than 40 speakers who put forward practical proposals ... Throughout the day an estimated 1,000 people from all parts of the official an non-official European community passed through the great 'salon' conference room of the EC's Charlemagne Building, as Jews and non-Jews lined up to denounce what Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Sacks described "as the greatest weapon of mass destruction -- not anthrax, but something in the human heart, and its name is hate.' 'A sickness of the soul requires a spiritual response. Anti-Semitism is not a doctrine, but a virus which attacks the body politic,' he added ... [Israel Singer, vice-president of the World Jewish Congress] by contrast, brought his native New York bluntness to the issue. Recalling world Jewry's successful fight on behalf of the Jews of the Soviet Union, he told delegates: ' That's a reminder today that we are going to fight against evil, the evil of people who don't like us, and we are going to flex our muscles ... There is a new kind of Jew here and people better get used to him. This is a Jew who has decided to say: 'No more.' We are going to play by our rules, which we found successful. We are now playing by the rules of Brooklyn and Tel Aviv -- and I tell my European Jewish friends, we will try to do it your way, but with some of our clout."

In Yassin slaying, Arabs see US hand. Israel's strike solidifies view that Bush administration has given tacit approval to Sharon,
By Howard LaFranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, March 23, 2004
"The "wink" the United States has given Israel in the wake of its assassination of the spiritual leader of Hamas, or the Islamic Resistance Movement, exemplifies once again how successful Israel has been at aligning its fight against militant Palestinians with the US war on terror. At the same time, the apparent tacit US approval - which contrasts with the swift condemnation of the killing by other countries - suggests why the road ahead in the Middle East remains so arduous for the US. What looks to Arabs in the region like a US "green light" to Israel also raises the prospect that the US, or at least American interests in the region, will become a target of militant Palestinian reprisal. "The Zionists didn't carry out their operation without getting the consent of the terrorist American administration, and it must take responsibility for this crime," Hamas reportedly said in a statement Monday. That may not portend attacks in the US, experts on the region say, but it does suggest how the deteriorating Israeli-Palestinian situation may have growing impact on the US-led war on terror. "Hamas is not about to shift the focus of its actions to the US, although Americans in the vicinity could be targeted as we've seen in the past," says William Quandt, a Middle East expert at the University of Virginia and a former National Security Council official. "But with less centralized control over the militants as the leadership is affected, we could see something emerge more like Al Qaeda, with a proliferation of more or less affiliated groups that add this kind of [assassination] to their list of grievances against the US." As for whether the US had probably received advance notification of Israel's act, Mr. Quandt says, "There isn't any need to be consulted. The US is in a position of having opened the door without having specifically given the green light, and [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon has become very adept at telling the US, 'We're doing exactly what you are doing' " in fighting terror. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said Monday that there had been no discussion between President Bush and Mr. Sharon about the plan, which resulted in an Israeli helicopter gunship killing Sheikh Ahmed Yassin as he left dawn prayers. But in an appearance on NBC's "Today" show, Dr. Rice added, "Let's remember that Hamas is a terrorist organization and that Sheikh Yassin has himself, personally we believe, been involved in terrorist planning." The killing - which the Israeli government had openly said would be pursued after an earlier attempt on the sheikh's life failed last September - was strongly denounced by European foreign ministers meeting Monday in Brussels. The assassination "is unacceptable," said British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. "It is unjustified, and it is very unlikely to achieve its objectives." That difference in response is an example of why the US, despite its goal of championing reform and development in the Middle East, remains in such low esteem and is so mistrusted among Arabs. The US is seen as so unequivocally on Israel's side in the Arab-Israeli conflict - and even more so in an election year - that acts such as the Yassin killing only reconfirm perceptions the US is no longer the "honest broker" it once was in the region. Yet negotiations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were going nowhere, with or without America's good auspices, some experts believe. They say the two sides have become stuck in a syndrome of attack and reprisal that leaves little hope for progress in the near term. "The situation is going to be worse for a while, as the pattern of revenge attacks we've seen in the past is carried out following this [Yassin killing], and it will stay that way as long as the Palestinians stick to this phase of trying to advance through acts of terrorism," says James Phillips, a Middle East specialist at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. Others say Hamas's vow for revenge highlights the need for the US to remain focused on the forces of terrorism that have proved to be its central enemies. "This only underscores the paramount importance of the US focusing its terrorism efforts on Al Qaeda and not conflating the threat to include other terrorist groups - such as Hamas - who do not attack the United States," says Charles Peña, director of defense policy studies at the Cato Institute in Washington. "This in no way justifies Hamas's or any other anti-Israeli terrorism, but simply recognizes that the US cannot afford to make other countries' terrorist threats our terrorist threat." Despite Hamas's warnings, Mr. Phillips says he does not expect to see the group carry out specific attacks against the US. "I think they understand they would be worse off because of it," he says, explaining that "they would risk losing those European and other friends" who see Hamas in terms of a nationalist struggle. Virginia's Quandt notes that the assassination was carried out with US-supplied military hardware - equipment over whose use the US by law retains some measure of control. "If we had objections as to how it's being used, the administration should have informed Congress of that," he says. The lack of any such objections tells Sharon his equating of the Palestinian conflict with the broader US-led war on terror is a winning strategy, he says."

SEP presidential candidate Bill Van Auken condemns US-backed assassination of Hamas leader .“A savage act by a criminal regime”,
World Socialist Web Site, 24 March 2004
"The Socialist Equality Party emphatically condemns the March 22 assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of the Palestinian Islamic group Hamas. This cold-blooded state murder of a 67-year-old, blind and quadriplegic cleric as he was pushed through the streets of Gaza in a wheelchair constitutes a particularly savage act by a criminal Israeli regime. Spokesmen for the government of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon boasted that Sharon had personally supervised the planning of the attack on Yassin. The murder was formally ratified in advance by a vote of the Israeli cabinet, which has descended to the level of a conclave of Mafia gangsters ordering a “hit.” As Hamas leaders have charged, there is every reason to believe—despite half-hearted denials from the White House—that the killing of Yassin was carried out in explicit collaboration with the Bush administration, which shares the guilt for this cowardly crime. There is no denying that the Apache helicopters and Hellfire missiles used to massacre Yassin and nine other people were supplied and paid for by the US government. The claim that an Israeli regime that is wholly dependent upon economic and military aid from Washington went ahead with this crime without obtaining a green light from the Bush administration is simply not credible."

U.S. Supports "Naming and Shaming" of Rights Violators. Says international community has responsibility to speak for victims,
US. Government, March 26, 2004
"U.S. Representative to the Commission on Human Rights Richard S. Williamson said the practice of "naming and shaming" gross violators of basic human rights provides the victims a voice and solidarity with the international community. "It is important to keep faith with the ideals and aspirations enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," Ambassador Williamson said in Geneva March 25. "They are noble ideals, which give voice to the inalienable rights of every man and woman." In remarks to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, Williamson spoke of countries that advanced human rights, countries that denied human rights, and the international community's responsibility to hold countries accountable for "violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms " worldwide. He noted that Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, Yemen, Oman, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Kenya, Guatemala and Peru have achieved significant progress in protecting and advancing human rights. He said Cuba, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Russia, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Burma, Vietnam, the Indonesian province of Aceh, North Korea and China continue to deny their citizens the rights to which they are entitled. He said it would be a "grave mistake" to delete item 9, under which the "naming and shaming" of human rights violators is conducted, from the agenda of the Commission on Human Rights. Democracies that respect human rights have an obligation to hold countries accountable for unacceptable behavior, Williamson said."

Kerry aides plot Moran's defeat,
By Charles Hurt, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, March 26, 2004
"Three top advisers to Sen. John Kerry are helping to unseat Rep. James P. Moran in an unusual effort to topple the seven-term fellow Democrat from Northern Virginia, who is routinely re-elected by wide margins. The Kerry workers join numerous Democratic Party leaders in supporting Alexandria lawyer Andrew Rosenberg's effort to oust Mr. Moran in the June primary. Among Mr. Rosenberg's high-powered backers are Robert M. Shrum, Steven A. Elmendorf and Steven Grossman, all top advisers to Mr. Kerry. Mr. Shrum, a top Kerry media consultant, lists Mr. Rosenberg as a client, while Mr. Grossman and Mr. Elmendorf, both top Kerry campaign officials, have made financial contributions to Mr. Rosenberg. The Kerry campaign said it takes no official position in this or any other local primary. "We're focused on winning the White House and changing America," a campaign official said. The most recent complaint about Mr. Moran among many Democrats concerns a remark he made last year blaming Jewish Americans for the war in Iraq. "If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this," he said at a gathering of antiwar activists in Reston a year ago. "The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should." The remark brought a stinging rebuke from reliable Democratic organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League, which called the comment "pure, unadulterated anti-Semitism." "That's only the latest in a string of inappropriate statements and actions the congressman has made," Mr. Rosenberg said yesterday. "The people of Northern Virginia are aware of his background. They know, as a member of Congress, he has repeatedly displayed bad judgment and that has undercut his effectiveness." Past scandals involving Mr. Moran include a questionable loan by a bank that had pending legislation before Congress. He also has a penchant for fistfights, including a famous 1995 tussle on the floor of the House with Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, California Republican. After his remark blaming Jews for the war, Mr. Moran was stripped of his post as regional whip for members of Mid-Atlantic states and asked by several Democratic House members not to run for re-election in the fall. "I don't think Moran should take this challenge lightly at all," said Mark Rozell, professor of politics at Catholic University. "This is the first time when the disgruntlement takes place more from within the party than outside it." Indeed, a recent poll released by Mr. Rosenberg suggests some dissatisfaction among Mr. Moran's base, which in the past has re-elected him with 60 percent of the vote. The poll, conducted by Lazarus Strategic Services for Mr. Rosenberg's campaign, found 45 percent of Democrats in Mr. Moran's district approved of his job performance ... Asked how he responds to fellow Democrats who accuse him of attacking one of their own, Mr. Rosenberg says voters are "desperate for an alternative." "There's a tremendous appetite for change in Northern Virginia," he said. "We want to make sure that choice is offered by another Democrat."

PLAYING ETHNIC POLITICS AT GROUND ZERO,
by Sam Smith, Progressive Review, MARCH 2003
"One of the reasons Rep. Jim Moran thinks Jewish leaders are powerful is because the ones he sees are. Jews outside of Washington - like gun-owners, doctors, and Chamber of Commerce members outside of Washington - don't have a strong sense of just how precisely their "community" is being defined daily by their capital lobbyists. There is no doubt - if one considers the 'Jewish community' as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and various large Jewish campaign contributors - that Rep. Moran was quite correct in saying that they could have had a significant effect on the course of our policy in the Middle East. For example, it took only three days for them to have a significant effect on the course of Rep. Moran's career, getting his cowardly colleagues to force him out of his House leadership position. Earlier, they helped to have a similar effect on Rep Cynthia McKinney, who went down to defeat thanks in part to an influx of pro-Israel money. AIPAC, after all, is a lobby powerful enough that at its most recent conference, one half of the Senate and one-third of the House showed up. The fact that the Washington leadership may not accurately reflect the diversity of its national constituency is not uniquely a Jewish problem; it is part of the displacement of democracy from the consensus of the many to the will of a select few that is speeding the decline of the Republic. And never have the selected been fewer than under the present Bush. In talking about the Jewish manifestation of this, politicians and the media use two different approaches. One is the sanitized patois of ethnic sensitivity as when the perpetually clichéd Eleanor Clift wrote: "Moran apologized, but the historical echoes that he awakened are so antithetical to what Democrats claim to stand for that he might as well bid goodbye to his political career." But in the same article in which he quotes Clift, Greg Pierce of the Washington Times also writes, "One political analyst said he counseled two Democratic presidential campaigns to call for Moran's resignation. 'It would be a cheap way to reassure Jewish voters,' he said. 'I don't understand why they haven't done it yet.'" In other words, what is considered anti-Semitic when stated at a town meeting, becomes in another context just your standard keen political analysis. When you look at the facts rather than the Washington rhetoric, you find that Moran was even more right than it appeared at first. A study by Belief Net found that only the Southern Baptist Convention and some Jewish groups supported the military approach and every other listed major denomination opposed it. True, the Southern Baptists were unequivocally in favor of war while the Jewish groups - Orthodox Union, Union Of American Hebrew Congregations (Reform), and United Synagogue Of Conservative Judaism - wanted to exhaust other alternatives first, but every other religion Belief Net checked opposed the war including the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Episcopal Church, Greek Orthodox Church in America, Mormons - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Presbyterian Church (USA), Quakers - American Friends Service Committee, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Unitarian Universalist Association. The Catholics weren't included but the Pope took a clear stand against the war. So why go to such efforts to deliberately conceal and prevaricate concerning the role of key Jewish organizations in supporting the Iraq invasion? Part of the answer can be found in none other than the hypocritically outraged Washington Post, in an article written by its White House correspondent, Dana Milbank, last November: A group of U.S. political consultants has sent pro-Israel leaders a memo urging them to keep quiet while the Bush administration pursues a possible war with Iraq. The six-page memo was sent by the Israel Project, a group funded by American Jewish organizations and individual donors. Its authors said the main audience was American Jewish leaders, but much of the memo's language is directed toward Israelis. The memo reflects a concern that involvement by Israel in a U.S.-Iraq confrontation could hurt Israel's standing in American public opinion and undermine international support for a hard line against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. . . The Iraq memo was issued in the past few weeks and labeled 'confidential property of the Israel Project,' which is led by Democratic consultant Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi with help from Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg and Republican pollsters Neil Newhouse and Frank Luntz. Several of the consultants have advised Israeli politicians, and the group aired a pro-Israel ad earlier this year. 'If your goal is regime change, you must be much more careful with your language because of the potential backlash,' said the memo, titled 'Talking About Iraq.' "It added: 'You do not want Americans to believe that the war on Iraq is being waged to protect Israel rather than to protect America.' In particular, the memo urged Israelis to pipe down about the possibility of Israel responding to an Iraqi attack. 'Such certainty may be Israeli policy, but asserting it publicly and so overtly will not sit well with a majority of Americans because it suggests a pre-determined outcome rather than a measured approach,' it said" ... Pro-Israel PACs have poured money into campaigns for Southern Democrats not immediately identified with their cause. For example, the Alabama delegation voted in a bloc with Mr. Bush in both the House and Senate. At first glance, this can be ascribed to the conservative, pro military character of the state. But pro-Israel PACs have also cultivated Democrats there in recent years." It is hard to imagine such a frank description of ethnic politics today. Thus it is not surprising that few know that the aforementioned Thomas Dines - then executive director of AIPAC and now head of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty - is a member of the advisory committee of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. The Post, which didn't mentioned Dines' involvement in plotting the seizure of Iraq, described the new organization as "modeled on a successful lobbying campaign to expand the NATO alliance." In fact, the last time prior to the war itself that the Post even mentioned AIPAC was back in August before the Iraq invasion plot took full shape. So you had to look elsewhere to find out what the Jewish leadership was up to ... We are entangled, in major part, in a religious war in which bin Laden, Bush and Sharon comprise a triptych of theological terror that is putting everyone at great risk. They are each involved in a vicious heresy, falsely defining their own myopic, immoral, and sadistic ambitions as their religion's moral faith. This is no time for politeness, politics, or silence. And while Jews are far from alone in needing to call their leadership back to sanity, neither are they exempt."

Nevzlin Offers to Fund Party,
By Carl Schreck, Moscow Times [Russia], March 26, 2004
"Leonid Nevzlin, Yukos' largest shareholder not in jail, has offered to fund the new political party of opposition presidential candidate Irina Khakamada. Nevzlin, who is residing in Israel to avoid prosecution in Russia, where he is facing charges of fraud and tax evasion, said he is ready to put his money on the line to back Khakamada's newly created Free Russia party. "I want to allow Russia to go down the path of democracy," Nevzlin said Thursday in a telephone interview with Interfax. "And for that reason I'm ready to support the democratic party that Irina Khakamada is creating." It was not immediately known whether Khakamada would accept his offer. Her spokesman, Konstantin Lazerev, said she would release a statement Thursday evening on her web site, Hakamada.ru, but as of 8:30 p.m. it had not been posted. Earlier this year, Nevzlin said he would help fund Khakamada's presidential campaign. Khakamada, however, later denied that she had taken any money from him. Nevzlin did not specify the amount of money he would like to give, Interfax reported, saying only that he will likely be "one of many who is ready to support this initiative, and that's why I'm ready to offer only partial financing necessary for building the party." Lazerev said Free Russia is actively seeking financial backers. Khakamada was a founder and co-leader of the Union of Right Forces, or SPS, but it did not support her candidacy, and she officially left the party earlier this week. Khakamada has described Free Russia as a "democratic, opposition party" that will work to attract new people, particularly young Russians, and build on "the energy and initiative of civil society" to change the country's course. The party's organizing committee held its first meeting Tuesday. Another former SPS leader, Boris Nemtsov, has left politics. He is head of the board of directors of Neftyanoi, and this week joined the board of Rostik Group, which owns Rosinter Restaurants, which owns the Patio Pizza, Planeta Sushi and Rostik's chains."

US Complicity in Israel's Misdeeds,
by Charley Reese, anti-war.com, March 27, 2004
"The murder of Hamas' spiritual leader, Sheik Yassin, makes perfect sense as long as you understand Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's strategy. That strategy is to make peace impossible. For three years, Sharon has done everything to prevent peace. He himself provoked the new uprising, re-invaded the occupied territories, destroyed the Palestinian Authority, forced Yasser Arafat into house arrest and launched an unprecedented, brutal campaign of assassinations, curfews, fences, destruction of property and random killing of Palestinians. The Israelis have killed about 2,700 Palestinians in the past three years, in contrast to about 700 Israelis killed in the same period. At the same time, Sharon has refused all offers to negotiate, and whenever the Palestinians arranged a cease-fire on their side, Sharon broke it with a provocative raid or assassination. No other rogue state or rogue leader would have been allowed to get away with such behavior, but Israel has the U.S. government in its pocket. That's the answer to the question posed by the French ambassador to Great Britain as to why the world allows "this (expletive deleted) little country to cause the world so much trouble." Sharon doesn't want peace, because he knows that any peace settlement would involve returning nearly all of the occupied territories to the Palestinians. Israel's goal has always been Palestine without Palestinians. He is greatly afraid that the world will lose patience and impose a settlement on Israel. Hence, his strategy is to make peace impossible so that he can impose unilaterally his own settlement – a settlement, of course, that will condemn the Palestinians to unlivable conditions. Now, that's all well and good if you are an Israeli and don't mind condemning future generations to perpetual conflict, but what about Americans? This is, after all, not legitimately our conflict. I've traveled in Palestine and the Middle East, and while it's interesting, it's not high on my list of vacation spots. We would be much better off if the only Americans who ever went there were the crews of oil tankers. Unfortunately, our politicians, by cravenly obeying the wishes of Israel and its powerful U.S. lobby, have made us a part of the conflict. We've already paid in blood and treasure. Anybody who doesn't understand that the attack on 9/11 was directly related to the Palestinian and Israeli conflict hasn't been paying attention. The Arab world sees us – correctly – as an accessory before and after the fact to all the crimes Israel commits against the Palestinians and other Arabs in the area. We cannot load Israel down with modern weapons, with gifts of more than $90 billion of American tax dollars, with absolute protection from all attempts to hold it accountable under international law, and then pretend we are innocent. We are guilty by proxy of murder, land theft, destruction of property and all the other human misery that Israel has caused in the region. So, if you're one of those rah-rah Israel First supporters, don't complain when the terrorists come looking for you. You've allowed your politicians to enlist you in somebody else's war, and in war there are always casualties on both sides. America has become a nation of pathological irresponsibility. Nobody wants to take responsibility for his or her own actions, which is the basic cause of the litigation flood. Least of all do American politicians wish to do so. They would rather heap on the manure that the terrorism directed at us has nothing whatsoever to do with the policies they have followed for the past 30 years or more. In truth, it has everything to do with those policies. So, if you or your loved ones get bloodied by terrorists, then blame your Christian Zionists, your Israel First crowd and your corrupt politicians who have their tongues in the ears and their hands in the pockets of the Israeli lobby."

 

[Another Jewish media mogul scandal threatens to bring down Poland's prime minister. Lew Rywin is Jewish, as is Adam Michnick. Leszek Miller?]
Miller's tale Leader,
The Guardian (UK), March 29, 2004
"Less than five weeks before Poland joins the European Union, its government is in chaos, its prime minister has been forced to resign, and the opposition are demanding early elections. If President Aleksander Kwasniewski nominates a prime minister designate today, he or she will be the 11th Poland has had in 14 years since the collapse of communism. ... For this, the outgoing prime minister, Leszek Miller, enjoys cross-party support. No one is clamouring for him to leave just yet. As long as he steers his country safely through Europe's portals on May 1, and then resigns the day after, honour is preserved. Quite how Mr Miller got himself into this position is unclear. He is a stubborn ex-communist and former politburo member, but that alone does not account for his plummeting ratings. For weeks, Poland has been gripped by the live televised hearings of a parliamentary committee of inquiry into a scandal that has now brought Mr Miller down. It has become Poland's answer to Back to Reality. Adam Michnik, the editor of Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's best independently owned daily newspaper, secretly taped a conversation in which Lew Rywin, co-producer of The Pianist and Schindler's List, claimed he could get an amendment to a media bill, which would allow Mr Michnik's media group to buy a television channel. Palms needed to be greased, and the price was $17.5m. Mr Rywin denies the charges. Mr Miller says the case was absurd and claimed Mr Rywin is a "psychotic". Mr Michnik himself is struggling to explain why he kept a lid on the story for over five months. Poland's EU entry is a done deal. But a virulently nationalist anti-EU party, led by of the populist Andrzej Lepper, is growing all the time. The party began as a protest movement of farmers, and with up to a quarter of Poles living on the land, it will not disappear any time soon. Poland's political shake-out will affect how this important country manages the first years of membership."

Former Treasury Secretary Roger Altman on Kerry's Jobs First Economic Plan,
U.S. Newswire, March 26, 2004
"News Advisory: Former Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman to host conference call to discuss Kerry's Jobs First Economic Plan today at 2 p.m. EST. WHAT: Conference Call WHEN: Today, Friday, March 26, 2 p.m. EST DETAILS: Roger Altman, deputy treasury secretary under President Clinton, will host a conference call at 2 p.m. EST today to discuss John Kerry's tax reform plan that will create 10 million new jobs. Altman is a senior economic advisor to John Kerry and will outline how Kerry's plan, the most sweeping international tax reform in 40 years, will encourage job creation and get the American economy back on track."

[JTR Contributor's Note about the next three articles: "Is there a pattern forming here?"]
Advisory: U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to Host Conference Call,
U.S. Newswire, March 30, 2004
"BACKGROUND: Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, will host a conference call Wednesday at 11:30 AM to discuss George W. Bush's broken promises and failed policies on the economy. Nearly 1.1 million jobless workers will have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits as of Wednesday, without receiving additional aid. Reich will outline Kerry's plan to create 10 million jobs during his first term in the White House and get America's economy back on track."

Attack on the Liberty. Lifting the 'fog of war',
By David C. Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, Mrch 28, 2004
"The bare bones are these: The intelligence ship Liberty, AGTR-5, on June 8, 1967 was describing a slow, dogleg pattern a little less than 13 miles off the Egyptian coast in the Eastern Mediterranean. Without warning, rocket-firing Israel jets, followed after an interval by torpedo boats, pummeled her to near-death; 821 separate holes would later be counted in the scorched superstructure. An Israeli torpedo blew a 40-foot hole in the Liberty's hull, devastating the cryptological spaces below decks and killing 25 U.S. National Security Agency technicians. The spy ship's defensive armament comprised a mere four machine-guns. These had been judged adequate, insofar as she was a noncombatant in international waters. The Israeli attack continued for an hour and a quarter. When the smoke cleared, 34 Americans were dead, another 172 lay wounded. The story of the intelligence ship in a sense resembles the Liberty herself: both refuse to go down. The heartbreaking saga is kept afloat by mutually antagonistic partisans – I dub them the "deliberates" and the "accidentalists." Periodically, the dispute flares anew, each side throwing punch and counterpunch. Some strikes are errant, or glancing, or below the belt; others, solid hammer blows the recovery from which seems impossible. Occasionally, as now, the action is in synch. In one "corner" are a retired Navy JAG captain-cum-judge and the government of Israel; in the other, Liberty survivors, former leaders of the highly secret National Security Agency and other spooky types. The judge, A. Jay Cristol, has written a controversial book, "The Liberty Incident." It alleges that the furious attack on the U.S. Navy ship (tasked by the NSA and the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff) was what Israel since 1967 has claimed: a "friendly-fire" accident, the sort that bedevils every war. For their part, Liberty supporters assert that the ex-Navy lawyer is merely the latest, albeit most effective, in a long series of apologists for Israel. He is helping Israel engage in a decades-long campaign of disinformation and deceit, they maintain. Some harbor their own "conspiratorial" suspicions, i.e., that Israel paid for the many research trips Cristol made to the Jewish state over many years. Regardless, they say the present round of rhetorical combat has exposed their nemesis as highly selective in the use of records, disingenuous and desperate. "He's on the ropes!" exclaims one. Perhaps. But with skeins of the story ever spreading, knotty issues left to be untied and core truths waiting to be teased out, neither side can declare "case closed." The sad slugfest continues. In June 2003, I published an investigative article in the United States Naval Institute's Proceedings magazine; one that drew on some unusually well-informed people. These weren't Israelis (Judge Cristol supplies those), but American intelligence leaders. They were addressing the tragedy for the first time; partly, some said, because of the Cristol book. Also included were interviews and conversations with the Liberty's surviving cryptanalysts and other specialists. In total, they pointed the way toward an unsettling conclusion: The Cristol/Israeli explanation of "accidental attack in the fog of war" may have grown so threadbare as to be virtually unsustainable. Proof Two former NSA directors – Adm. Bobby Ray Inman, Gen. William Odom – and two ex-deputy directors – Gen. John Morrison and Oliver Kirby – told me that there has never been any question at the agency but that Israel's attack on the Liberty was deliberate. Kirby, for example, is "absolutely certain" about this. A storied career NSA official, Kirby had founded the ELINT program under which the Liberty and her several sister ships operated. "It was my baby," he said in an interview last year. Pressed about what made him sure the Israelis wanted to destroy the Liberty, Kirby said it was because he'd personally analyzed the SIGINT intercepts of their communications gleaned from various American intelligence sources. These disclosed: 1) that the on-scene attackers that June 8 correctly identified the ship, and 2) that regardless, Israeli commanders at an as-yet-unknown level instructed them to annihilate the Liberty. Why had Kirby not gone public with this astonishing disclosure? "No one had asked me the right questions before," he told me. In an interview Feb. 24, 2003, retired Air Force Major General John Morrison, the agency's then second in command (and Kirby's successor), said he had been informed at the time of Kirby's findings and endorsed them. William Odom, former NSA Director and retired Army lieutenant general, said on March 3, 2003 that on the strength of such data, the attack's deliberateness "just wasn't a disputed issue" within the agency. On March 5, 2003, retired Navy Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, NSA director from 1977-81, said he "flatly rejected" the Cristol/Israeli thesis. "It is just exceedingly difficult to believe that [the Liberty] was not correctly identified." Inman said his conclusions were based on his talks with NSA senior officials who had direct knowledge at the time. All four officials said they were unaware of any agency official at any time who dissented from the "deliberate," conclusion, based on the intelligence. These men's comments undergird those recorded by other writers over at least two decades. In fact, the number of intelligence professionals who rejects the accidental, or related "mistaken identity" explanation is growing. In 2002, the late Richard Helms, then director of Central Intelligence, finally added his authoritative voice to the "deliberates," telling the Navy Times the attack was "no mistake." Previously, the then NSA director, Gen. Marshall Carter, and his deputy, Louis Tordella, said likewise. USS Liberty Veterans Association historian James Ennes (author of the 1980 book "Assault on the Liberty," now updated) says more apostates to the official Israeli – and United States – position are being heard from in sworn affidavits. For example, two ex-USAF Intelligence personnel state that the damning electronic signals they monitored had been captured by an NSA-operated EC-130 flying near the attack, translated and disseminated worldwide. Hundreds of technicians and intelligence specialists around the world had access to these intercepts. At least a few are now coming forward to discuss what they saw. Here it's worth reiterating something key to this dimension of the accidentalists vs. deliberates contest. The intercepts referenced by Odom, Helms, Kirby et al (whose existence the NSA officially denies) were real-time intelligence gleaned as the attack commenced. By contrast, the NSA-held material Cristol succeeded in declassifying, which he insists validates his view, appear limited to after-action reports by Israeli helicopter pilots. They'd arrived to survey the damage from the attack and played no role in it. In any case, the disparity between these intelligence officials' revelations and the official, steadfast American government position – "no evidence of deliberateness" – is as enormous as it is remarkable. Obviously, people like Helms (who as director coordinated the entire United States intelligence community) Inman, Morrison, et al were among the world's most knowledgeable. Thus, it seems difficult to understand why during so many years spent probing the Liberty, Cristol apparently caged only one of like rank for book jacket blurbs. And even this source – ex-Naval Intelligence director Rear Admiral Thomas A. Brooks – now contradicts the judge. He observes in the open-source intelligence journal he edits that the case is not closed. In any event, why the dearth of American intelligence professionals among sources cited by Cristol? Are they to be lumped in with the "conspiracists," pro-Arabs, etc.? Cristol does not say. (Various questions to him during the preparation of my Proceedings piece went unanswered, on the grounds, he wrote me, that I was biased.) The explanation is simple, Liberty men believe. They were steered clear of because their judgments would have collided with the "accidentalist" thesis. Why? The Liberty story entails an important ancillary question. How did this catastrophe occur and why would Israel – in 1967 much less tightly tethered to the American lifeline than now – commit such an outrage? Those I interviewed are like others who have spoken to the disaster for the past 36 years: They profess not to know about motive. Speculation here is as rife as it is, at times, sensational. Was the coordinated attack to prevent Washington from learning of an Israeli massacre of Egyptian prisoners of war on the Sinai coast nearby? (The killings were belatedly reported in 1995). Or, more plausibly, did the Israelis put the eavesdropping Liberty out of commission to conceal Israel's impending attack on Syria to seize the strategic Golan Heights? Why did Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. David McDonald shout orders to the two carrier commanders to recall jets sent to help the Liberty, which was then still under deadly attack? (This, according to Liberty's deck officer James Ennes, quoting an electronic technician aboard the Liberty who had "patched" McNamara and Martin together with the carrier skippers through the Naval Communications Station at Port Laerty, Morocco). Was the recall on orders from President Lyndon Johnson? Did LBJ fear political retaliation at home if he punished Israel? I don't know. I can say that McNamara once told me, as he has others in virtually identical language, that "I have no recollection of the Liberty, and therefore can be of no assistance to you." This is a dumbfounding remark, given the former defense chief's ability to recount decades-old conversations verbatim. Such tangential questions, interesting and provocative as they are, remain for the future to answer. But they pale before the issue of responsibility, what United States intelligence experts at the highest levels say they knew – and now publicly maintain about the attack. The curtain of official silence long enshrouding the Liberty seems to be slowly rising, and the fog of war lifting. This can only be to the good for all concerned; and for history. Human costs Never before or since, according to survivors, has a Navy vessel come under such concerted "friendless" fire, with officialdom's reaction being anything less than outrage. Calls for punishment in like circumstances do seem invariably quick and clarion. Witness for example Japan's 1937 attack on the United States gunboat Panay, North Korea's seizure of the Navy intelligence ship Pueblo in 1968 and the terrorist attack on the Navy destroyer Cole in 2000. This failure by any administration to probe the motive for the tragedy is wrenching for all who experienced the horror of the attack, cryptologic technicians and seamen alike. As Dr. Richard Kiepfer, the ship's overwhelmed physician, has written, "Never before in the history of the United States Navy has a Navy Board of Inquiry ignored the testimony of American military eyewitnesses and taken, on faith, the word of their attackers." A harsh judgment. Kiepfer was referring to a perfunctory hearing convened barely a week following the attack, memorable to survivors mainly for its frequent rejection of testimony and evidence that tended to implicate Israel in a deliberate attack. Shockingly, the court's chief legal counsel, Capt. Ward Boston, in 2002 told Navy Times the naval court was, in fact, a politicized sham. Its conclusions, he declared, had been preordained to exonerate Israel. Last month, Boston expanded upon those views in an interview with the Union-Tribune. He told Union-Tribune reporter James Crawley that a judgment of "no evidence of deliberate intent" was ordered from Washington to spare Israel embarrassment. Formerly, Cristol had supposed Boston would support him. The debate on such things rages still. But the aggrieved victims, their families and next of kin aren't really interested in legal minutiae, foreign lobbies or the intrigues of power politics or geo-strategies. They seek what they've always been, and likely always will be, denied: a public forum with official sponsorship but without back-room meddling; the opportunity to express grievances before fellow citizens, and to demand answers to volatile questions left too long unanswered. The questions are fundamental. To their own government: Why did you abandon us during the attack and ignore us until now? And to Israel: Why did you kill our friends? History's judgment Would it serve for the United States to call Israel to book at this late date, to insist the attackers be surrendered for questioning along with relevant paperwork and evidence; say, the orange life raft an Israeli torpedo boat seized after allegedly machine-gunning it and two others in the water? At least one senior Navy lawyer has said, yes. In 1986, Lt. Cmdr. Walter Jacobsen, writing in the Naval Law Review, argued the case for reopening the Liberty matter. Jacobsen based his argument partly on his belief that the attack violated international law and that the machine-gunning of life rafts released from the Liberty constituted a war crime. No statute of limitations exists for murder or war crimes. One probe might examine what the men saw and heard and wrote down in deck and radio intercept logs during and after the attack. That would reveal, they insist, the miscarriage of justice of the hastily convened naval court of inquiry. The second might go to motive: why Israel attacked this virtually unarmed, clearly unthreatening vessel on the high seas, and, per the Watergate process, ask "what the Johnson administration knew and when it knew it." This is, few would disagree, a calamity – a major historic controversy with possible toxic ramifications to this day. Does this country owe anything to the surviving crew, their next of kin and the public? Certainly not a public reading of every encrypted message. But also, not the boilerplate and obfuscation that have been trotted out for the past 36 years and that smack so transparently of cover-up. At a time when enormous amounts of intelligence and other government records dating to the 1960s have been declassified and released, Washington ought to come clean about the Liberty, no matter how embarrassing that might prove. Until that happens, the ghosts of the Liberty's dead will find no peace."

U.S., Israeli armed forces trade urban-warfare tips. American military officials studied attack on Jenin refugee camp,
By Christian Lowe, Marine Corps Times, May 31, 2002
"While Israeli forces were engaged in what many termed a brutal — some even say criminal — campaign to crush Palestinian militants and terrorist cells in West Bank towns, U.S. military officials were in Israel seeing what they could learn from that urban fight. Likewise, just weeks after the vicious fight in the Jenin refugee camp that ended April 15 with 75 Israelis and Palestinians dead and nearly 150 buildings in rubble, a senior Israeli Defense Force intelligence officer visited the United States to watch U.S. Marines experiment with new urban-warfare tactics. All this military-to-military contact comes at a sensitive time, one in which the Bush administration is taking pains to appear as an honest broker in the Israeli-Palestinian standoff. Moreover, human-rights groups and State Department officials have expressed concerns about the IDF’s urban counterterror tactics that U.S. military officials now are studying. A top Palestinian representative in Washington said the military visits could adversely affect a resolution to the Middle East conflict. “As far as it affects the Palestinians we think that it is unwise,” said Abdul Rahman, chief PLO representative in the United States. “Because at least the declared objective of the United States is to achieve a permanent peace in the Middle East. Therefore they need to judge how it really enhances this declared objective or hinders it.” The U.S. and Israeli armed forces were trading urban war-fighting tips gleaned from a campaign that even U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell had labeled “troubling” for its brutality. In an April 21 interview with ABC News, Powell said U.S. diplomats played a leading role in calling for a United Nations investigation of potential Israeli war crimes in the refugee camps — an investigation that ultimately never got off the ground. Powell told ABC News that reports from U.S. diplomats who went into Jenin “were disturbing — the loss of life, collapsed buildings, potential for disease. … We’re doing what we can to relieve suffering” in Jenin. A State Department official said the department was aware of the military visits, but declined to comment on the potential diplomatic fallout such visits could cause. Officials from the Israeli embassy, the Pentagon and Marine Corps all are unapologetic about the exchange of information about tactics, saying they are the result of a long-standing partnership ... The U.S. military, including the Marine Corps, is eager to learn what it can from the Israeli Defense Force’s successes and failures during the house-to-house fighting while those memories still are fresh. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab officials plan to examine closely Israel’s tactics and make changes to the Corps’ urban war-fighting doctrine to reflect what worked for the Israelis. For instance, the use of armor and air power in urban warfare always has been challenging, given its potential for collateral damage, so the Marines are looking closely at how the Israelis employed tanks and helicopters in their fight. Beyond Marine-specific efforts to gather lessons from the Israeli-Palestinian fighting, a Pentagon official confirmed that the Joint Chiefs of Staff sent a delegation of more than a dozen officials to Israel for a trip of about a week that wrapped up May 23. Led by the Joint Staff’s deputy director for international negotiations and politico-military affairs for the Middle East, Rear Adm. Carlton Jewett, the group gathered lessons from the fighting and other tips to help in the ongoing war on terrorism, according to Israeli officials. The Joint Staff’s visit was meant in part to plan an upcoming Defense Policy Advisory Group meeting. That session, involving Israeli and Pentagon officials, is planned for early June in Washington and led by Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith. Earlier, on May 8, the head of the Israeli Army’s Combat Intelligence Corps, Brig. Gen. Amnon Sufrin — accompanied by two Israeli military attachés from Washington — watched a Marine Corps urban-warfare reconnaissance experiment in Boise, Idaho ... An Israeli embassy spokeswoman confirmed there have been a number of visits between the U.S. and Israeli military both in America and Israel after Operation Defensive Shield began in April, but would not elaborate further. Questionable tactics It is as yet unclear just how the IDF urban-warfare lessons will be applied to the U.S. military’s training, but clearly, some of them are controversial. A U.S.-based Islamic group was quick to condemn the close U.S.-Israeli cooperation in the wake of the fighting at Jenin. “It’s troubling if it leads to the Israeli-ization of the war on terrorism,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations. “The bottom line is we’ve seen how counterproductive these Israeli tactics have been in terms of bringing peace and justice to the region. They would hardly be something we’d like to emulate.” A Human Rights Watch report published last month claimed witnesses to the April counterterrorist incursion saw Israeli troops used civilians as human shields who were forced to knock on the doors of apartments as the Israelis searched for hiding Palestinian militants ... Human Rights Watch claims 52 Palestinians were killed in Jenin, only 27 of whom were militants ... According to news reports, the IDF surrounded Jenin with tanks and sent in its most seasoned reservists to rout armed militants and suspected terrorists. Despite the heavily booby-trapped alleyways and near-constant sniper attacks, the IDF met with moderate success and took relatively few casualties. The troops went from house to house, clearing whole apartment blocks of militants after the Israelis said they warned residents to leave. Human Rights Watch and others dispute this, saying inadequate warning was given and that, in some cases, the IDF unleashed U.S.-built AH-1 Cobra helicopter gunships in indiscriminate missile attacks on apartment blocks. After Palestinian militants ambushed an Israeli patrol April 9, killing 13 soldiers, the IDF took the gloves off and sent in armored D-9 bulldozers to cut a swath through the city, demolishing entire apartment blocks as they went."

Justice Dept. Creates Intellectual Property Task Force. Agency cites growing piracy, counterfeiting by organized crime,
U.S. Government, March 31, 2004
"The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has created an Intellectual Property Task Force that will explore ways to improve protection of patents, trademarks, copyrights and other forms of intellectual property (IP). In a March 31 news release, DOJ noted the importance of IP industries to the U.S. economy and said that organized crime groups have recently increased "the scale, scope, and sophistication of international piracy and counterfeiting." The new task force will be headed by David Israelite, deputy chief of staff at DOJ and counselor to Attorney General John Ashcroft, according to the release."

Short Cuts,
by Sara Roy, London Review of Books, Vol. 26, No. 7, April 1, 2004
"Recently, at Harvard University where I am based, a Jewish student, using an assumed (gentile) name, began posting anti-semitic statements on the weblog of the Harvard Initiative for Peace and Justice, an anti-war, pro-Palestinian group on campus. The student, it turned out, is the secretary of Harvard Students for Israel - which dissociated itself from the incident - and had previously accused the HIPJ of being too tolerant of anti-semitism. He now went undercover as part of a self-appointed effort to monitor anti-semitism on campus. In one posting, for example, he referred to Israel as the 'AshkeNAZI state'. Incidents of this kind, which are becoming commonplace on American campuses, reflect a wider determination to monitor, report, defame and punish those individuals and institutions within academia whose views the right finds objectionable. The campaign is directed at area studies generally but the most virulent attacks are reserved for those of us in Middle Eastern studies whose ideas are considered anti-Israel, anti-semitic or anti-American. The relationship between Israel's hardline supporters and the 'Arab professoriat', as we have been called, has been tense for a long time. After 11 September, the right accused Middle East academics in particular of extremist scholarship and intellectual treason. Defending Civilisation: How Our Universities Are Failing America and What Can Be Done about It, a report published in November 2001 by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a non-profit organisation founded by Lynne Cheney, wife of the vice-president, and Senator Joseph Lieberman, effectively accused the academy of being unpatriotic and anti-American, a fifth column providing intellectual support for global terrorism. In evidence it cited over a hundred statements by academics (and others) calling for a more critical examination of the causes of the events of 11 September and the role US foreign policy may have played. Another indictment of Middle East studies appeared in Martin Kramer's Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America, published in October 2001 by the pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Kramer, who teaches Arab history and politics at Tel Aviv University, claims that Middle East studies in the US are dominated - indeed, crippled - by pro-Arab and anti-American sentiment. The academy, he believes, failed to anticipate and may even have concealed the growing Islamist threat that resulted in the attack on the World Trade Center. Middle East studies, he claims, have devoted too much attention to historical and cultural subjects that are of no use to the state and its national security imperatives, and may even harm them. What is needed, he says, is a new approach to the study of the Middle East that has at its core 'the idea that the United States plays an essentially beneficent role in the world'. There is no let-up. September 2002 saw the establishment of Campus Watch, a website whose primary purpose is to monitor Middle Eastern studies faculty in departments across the US for signs of anti-American and anti-Israel bias. Campus Watch is the invention of Daniel Pipes, a colleague of Kramer's, and director of the Middle East Forum, a think-tank devoted to promoting American interests in the Middle East. 'I want Noam Chomsky to be taught at universities about as much as I want Hitler's writing or Stalin's writing,' Pipes said to an interviewer. 'These are wild and extremist ideas that I believe have no place in a university.' Not only does Campus Watch monitor universities for signs of 'sedition', i.e. views on US foreign policy, Islam, Israeli policy and Palestinian rights that Pipes considers unacceptable; it encourages students to inform on professors whose ideas they find offensive. Recently, Bush appointed Pipes to the board of directors of the US Institute of Peace, 'an independent, non-partisan federal institution created by Congress to promote the prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts'. Given that the political climate here is in good part determined by an alliance of right-wing supporters of Israel and members of the neo-conservative establishment, it isn't surprising that the attack on area studies may soon be enshrined in law. On 21 October last year, the House of Representatives passed the International Studies in Higher Education Act, HR 3077. The bill is part of the Higher Education Act reauthorisation known as Title VI, which dates back to 1959 and mandates federal funding of international studies and foreign languages. Title VI renews international education and language-training programmes and has made several important improvements, but it also contains provisions that would impinge on curricula, faculty hiring and course materials in institutions that accept federal funding. A key figure behind HR 3077 is Stanley Kurtz, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and an associate of Kramer and Pipes. Testifying before the House on 19 June 2003, Kurtz accused scholars of the Middle East and other areas of abusing Title VI support with their 'extreme and one-sided criticisms of American foreign policy'. He believes that the basic premise of post-colonial theory is that 'it is immoral for a scholar to put his knowledge of foreign languages and cultures at the service of American power' and cites Edward Said's work in this area as the most pernicious. Kurtz's testimony was accepted by Congress without debate and many of his recommendations for 'repairing' the damage were adopted by the House. Potentially the most onerous of these recommendations is the establishment of an international higher education advisory board to ensure that government-funded programmes 'reflect diverse perspectives and the full range of views on world regions, foreign languages and international affairs'. The board would have seven members: three appointed by the secretary of education, of whom two will 'represent federal agencies that have national security responsibilities'; two appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; and two by the president pro tempore of the Senate. One of the board's functions will be to recommend ways 'to improve programmes . . . to better reflect the national needs related to homeland security'. ... What all this boils down to is an attempt to silence criticism of US policy, and put an end to disagreement with the neo-conservative agenda. It is not diversity that is being sought but conformity." Sara Roy is a senior research scholar at Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the author of several works on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict."

As terror fears rise, UJC idea could help garner homeland security funds,
By Matthew E. Berger, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, March 30, 2004
"With Jewish organizations divided over the use of federal homeland security funds to protect Jewish sites, supporters believe they have found a way to assuage concerns over church-state separation. The United Jewish Communities, which is spearheading the effort to garner federal funds for high-risk non-profit organizations, is touting a plan to give the federal dollars directly to contractors, who would perform security upgrades at Jewish and other vulnerable sites. “By having the flow of money go from the federal government to the contractor, there no longer will be church-state concerns,” said Charles Konigsberg, vice president for public policy at UJC, the umbrella organization of North American Jewish federations. But some Jewish groups concerned that the program may trample on church-state separation aren’t supporting UJC’s efforts. “It’s a gimmick to avoid the issue,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. “It’s still going to be synagogues, churches and mosques asking for money.” On Thursday, lawmakers were expected to introduce bills in both houses of Congress authorizing $100 million to upgrade security at high-risk, non-profit institutions. The legislation is expected to have bipartisan support, though it’s unclear whether there is enough money for the proposal in the national budget. Under the plan, non-profit sites would seek qualification from their states’ homeland security departments. Each state then would submit a prioritized list of sites to the Department of Homeland Security. The federal government would decide which sites to fund and would enter into contracts with security firms that would administer the work. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who is sponsoring the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives with Rep. George Nethercutt (R-Wash.), said he would not have supported direct federal aid to religious institutions but feels the suggested mechanism is acceptable. “It’s exactly equivalent to what we do in getting a cop outside a synagogue on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur,” Nadler said. The bill, to be sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), would provide some of the $1 billion that sponsors estimate is needed to secure non-profit institutions. After last year’s bombings of synagogues in Istanbul and Casablanca, Nadler said, he believes the government has an obligation to help secure U.S. sites that are vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Konigsberg said he believes the new system would expedite the process because money would be given directly to those performing the work. However, some lawmakers remain concerned that using contractors would make the process more bureaucratic — and that issue may put a hitch into UJC’s plans to roll-out the program this week. Some groups also argue that the use by synagogues or day schools of federal funds, even if they come through a middle man, violates the constitutional separation of church and state."

Kaufman wants economic sanctions against Israel,
Yahoo! News, March 29, 2004
"Labour MP Gerald Kaufman called for economic sanctions against Israel, including cutting off arms supplies, to force it back to the negotiating table with the Palestinians. "It is not enough for the world community, including our own government, to condemn the Israeli government's brutal policies of repression," he said late Sunday while addressing members of his Manchester constituency. "Only widespread economic sanctions on Israel, together with cutting off arms supplies, can make any impact on this government without a conscience". Kaufman, himself Jewish, said President George W. Bush's father, the former president Bush, had "understood the importance of forcing the Israelis to the conference table by imposing economic sanctions on a previous Likud Prime Minister, Yitzhak Shamir." Kaufman, once a front-bench Labour foreign affairs spokesman when the party was in opposition, criticised a decision by George W. Bush to receive Sharon in Washington. "Bush has shown whose side he is on in this grossly unequal struggle by refusing to invite the Palestinian prime minister, even though the ostensible purpose of the invitation to Sharon is the Middle East peace process," Kaufman said. Sharon has received an invitation to meet Bush on April 14."

EU to Israel: Don't kill terrorists, or else,
Jerusalem Newswire, April 2, 2004
"European lawmakers Thursday accused Israel of perpetrating state terrorism, and threatened to suspend the current Israel-EU trade agreement if any more "Palestinian" terrorist leaders were vaporized by IAF helicopter gun ships. A resolution presented to the European Parliament called for the immediate suspension of Israel's Association Agreement in response to the execution of blood-soaked Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin. It failed to gain majority support. Two compromise articles were passed, however, the first of which called on the body to fully suspend the trade agreement, which elevates the Israel's trade status with Europe, should Jerusalem carried out any more "extra-judicial" killings. The second accused Israel of engaging in "acts of terror" by launching anti-terror military operations that on occasion result in collateral damage among the largely terror-supporting "Palestinian" population."

'I saw papers that show US knew al-Qa'ida would attack cities with aeroplanes' Whistleblower the White House wants to silence speaks to The Independent,
By Andrew Buncombe, The Independent (UK), April 2, 2004
"A former translator for the FBI with top-secret security clearance says she has provided information to the panel investigating the 11 September attacks which proves senior officials knew of al-Qa'ida's plans to attack the US with aircraft months before the strikes happened. She said the claim by the National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, that there was no such information was "an outrageous lie". Sibel Edmonds said she spent more than three hours in a closed session with the commission's investigators providing information that was circulating within the FBI in the spring and summer of 2001 suggesting that an attack using aircraft was just months away and the terrorists were in place. The Bush administration, meanwhile, has sought to silence her and has obtained a gagging order from a court by citing the rarely used "state secrets privilege". She told The Independent yesterday: "I gave [the commission] details of specific investigation files, the specific dates, specific target information, specific managers in charge of the investigation. I gave them everything so that they could go back and follow up. This is not hearsay. These are things that are documented. These things can be established very easily." She added: "There was general information about the time-frame, about methods to be used ­ but not specifically about how they would be used ­ and about people being in place and who was ordering these sorts of terror attacks. There were other cities that were mentioned. Major cities ­ with skyscrapers." The accusations from Mrs Edmonds, 33, a Turkish-American who speaks Azerbaijani, Farsi, Turkish and English, will reignite the controversy over whether the administration ignored warnings about al-Qa'ida. That controversy was sparked most recently by Richard Clarke, a former counter-terrorism official, who has accused the administration of ignoring his warnings. The issue ­ what the administration knew and when ­ is central to the investigation by the 9/11 Commission, which has been hearing testimony in public and private from government officials, intelligence officials and secret sources. Earlier this week, the White House made a U-turn when it said that Ms Rice would appear in public before the commission to answer questions. Mr Bush and his deputy, Dick Cheney, will also be questioned in a closed-door session. Mrs Edmonds, 33, says she gave her evidence to the commission in a specially constructed "secure" room at its offices in Washington on 11 February. She was hired as a translator for the FBI's Washington field office on 13 September 2001, just two days after the al-Qa'ida attacks. Her job was to translate documents and recordings from FBI wire-taps. She said said it was clear there was sufficient information during the spring and summer of 2001 to indicate terrorists were planning an attack. "Most of what I told the commission ­ 90 per cent of it ­ related to the investigations that I was involved in or just from working in the department. Two hundred translators side by side, you get to see and hear a lot of other things as well." "President Bush said they had no specific information about 11 September and that is accurate but only because he said 11 September," she said. There was, however, general information about the use of airplanes and that an attack was just months away."

Israeli envoy blames Left-wing MPs for fuelling anti-Semitism,
By Melissa Kite, Telegraph (UK), April 4, 2004
"Israel's outgoing ambassador to Britain launched a stinging attack last night on Left-wing British politicians, accusing them of encouraging anti-Semitism. Zvi Shtauber said he had been shocked during his three years in London by the anti-Semitic views of some Left-wing MPs and activists. "All along we were afraid of the Right. Now there is an unholy alliance between the Left and Islamic fundamentalists," Mr Shtauber told the Observer. He singled out Tam Dalyell, the Labour MP for Linlithgow and Father of the House of Commons, and Jenny Tonge, the MP sacked from the Liberal Democrat front bench for expressing sympathy with Palestinian suicide bombers. Mr Dalyell has complained that Tony Blair relies too much on "a cabal" of Jewish politicians. Mr Shtauber, a former adviser to the Israeli ex-premier Ehud Barak, said that while negative references to Muslims and Hindus were routinely deplored, denigration of Jews was tolerated. The "terrible incitement" to hate Jews and Israel had made peace in the Middle East hard to achieve, he said. "Why would a boy in Gaza who has been told that Israeli agents deliberately spread Aids [among Muslims] want to make peace with us?" He said that much anti-Semitism from the Left was covered in a veneer of being anti-Israeli. "Anti-Semitism is a successful ideology," he said. "It is very important to make a stand." Mr Shtauber's outspoken remarks follow claims by the Israeli government that news organisations, including the BBC, had shown a deep-seated bias against Israel ... Baroness Symons, the foreign office minister, confronted him last month over the killing by missile strike of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the founder of the militant terrorist group Hamas."

The Jewish Card. Give me my job back or I'll call the Anti-Defamation League, you anti-Semite!,
BY BOB NORMAN, New Times (originally published by New Times Broward-Palm Beach), Aprl 1, 2004
"Backed by rabbis, Harold Wishna meant business. Accompanied by a handful of rabbis, Harold Wishna lowered the boom on the North Broward Hospital District last week. The 75-year-old political power broker stood before the district board, which is appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush, and complained that the public hospital system discriminates against Jews. The gray and balding Wishna, who wore a George W. Bush reelection pin on the lapel of his dark suit, gave a ten-minute speech before the board, which met at the North Broward Medical Center in Pompano Beach. The gist of his claim was that too few Jews occupy supervisorial positions at the district, the county's third-largest employer. It's the second time that the long-time Jewish community leader has brought up the allegation. Back in 1993, when Wishna served as a hospital district commissioner himself, his complaints led to increased advertising in Jewish newspapers. This time, Wishna held himself up as living proof of discrimination. After 20 months on the payroll, the district fired him in late January from his $52,000-a-year part-time job to promote NBHD to the Jewish community. While the seven commissioners, none of whom are Jewish, sat in silence, he blamed the anti-Semitic culture for his firing. "I look at you, and I say, 'When is this going to stop?'" he said into the loudspeaker. "We have a right to have Jewish personnel treated right." Wishna's claims made for quite a show at the board meeting and provided hot copy for the Sun-Sentinel, which published a story on the Local section frontpage with the headline, "Hospital district faces bias charge." I don't doubt that there is a dearth of Jews working in the district's administrative offices. And Wishna is genuinely concerned about it, I'm sure. But his impassioned speech was, in reality, little more than a play of the Jewish card in an attempt to get himself back on the public dole. And his firing had nothing to do with his religion. Like most everything else that goes on at the district, it was as political as that "W'04" button pinned to Wishna's suit. Wishna, in fact, will tell anyone who asks that he was really fired because of an ongoing power struggle between the former chairman, Paul Sallarulo, and the new one, J. Luis Rodriguez. The two commissioners have been engaged in bitter conflict for months. Wishna's saga involves the governor's office, the upcoming presidential election, and the George W. Bush camp's push for the South Florida Jewish vote. To really understand why Wishna's job was terminated, you have to know why he was hired. And the reason for that dates back to 1979, when he moved to Broward from New Jersey and took a job representing dozens of temples as regional director for the United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism. As a conduit to the Jewish community, the job made Wishna a key political property. Politicians wooed him, hoping he would help them tap crucial Jewish votes. Back then, Wishna was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, and he befriended U.S. Sen. Bob Graham and the late Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles, who appointed him to the hospital board in 1991. He was also an early supporter of Bill Clinton, who invited him to his inauguration and again to the White House in 1996 for one of those famous coffees. But in 1998, Wishna converted. Just eight days before Jeb Bush beat Democrat Buddy MacKay, Wishna announced that he was backing the Republican. Both the Herald and Sun-Sentinel reported charges by fellow Democrats that Wishna made the switch only because he wanted to gain sway with the impending Bush administration, which was way ahead in the polls. Wishna still denies that allegation, saying he simply didn't think MacKay was worthy of Chiles' legacy. Instead of reappointing Wishna (Bush had others in mind), the governor put him on other boards, including the Council on Education Policy. In 2000, Wishna had to make a tough choice for president: He could either support Jeb's brother or back Al Gore and Joe Lieberman, the first Jewish vice presidential candidate in U.S. history. Publicly, he was mum, refusing to voice allegiance to either side. He says he wound up voting for Bush. It wasn't until April 2002 that then-district chairman Sallarulo -- a top South Florida supporter of the Bush brothers -- helped Wishna land his $50-an-hour, 20-hour-a-week job to serve as a liaison with the Jewish community and to try to drum up new patients. According to one highly placed NBHD official, part of the deal was that Wishna would also use his clout to help reelect the president in 2004. This, of course, is an explosive charge. Using taxpayers' money to buy support for a presidential candidate is the kind of thing that might draw the interest of the federal grand jury now investigating the district's business deals. But Wishna denies that the job entailed his public backing of the president, as does Sallarulo, who otherwise refused to discuss the issue. "I don't mix politics with my work at the district," Wishna says with a straight face. Regardless, Wishna began to publicly support the president not long after taking the job, and in early 2003, he was named the statewide chair of the Republican Jewish Coalition's committee to reelect W. Last week, Wishna told me he would resign from the Bush campaign if it would help him get his job back. But he's adamant that the district job is completely separate from his work for the president. Wishna, as a district "executive consultant," tirelessly tried to drum up medical contracts for various services with predominantly Jewish condo boards. In his 20 months of employment, however, he never secured such an agreement. On January 31, NBHD Vice President Bob Burton fired him, saying there was no money left in the budget for his services. Wishna says that shortly after that, he heard the real explanation from Jillian Inmon, executive director of the Florida chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition. She told him she had learned from her GOP sources that he'd really been fired because of the ongoing feud between commissioners Rodriguez and Sallarulo ... The conversation degenerated into a shouting match during which, Rodriguez claims, Wishna called him an anti-Semite. Wishna also complained to the Anti-Defamation League that the district was discriminating against Jews but held off making it official until he would know if he could have his job back. The day before his appearance at the board meeting, he still hoped to get back on the payroll ... Long-time district activist Jane Kreimer addressed the board shortly after Wishna sat down and blasted the former commissioners. "It is not the province of the North Broward Hospital District to [financially] support former board members," she said, adding that Rodriguez should have called law enforcement when Wishna demanded his job back under threat of the anti-Semitism allegations. "It's extortion." After everyone spoke, Trower claimed that Wishna was terminated along with 43 other people due to NBHD's ongoing financial problems."

 http://cf.geocities.com/a2khedira/sarkozy.html
"Donc, Monsieur Nicolas SARKOZY, l'actuel de Ministre de l'Intérieur, a des origines juives puisqu'au moins son grand père maternel est un Juif. De plus, les agissements de Monsieur Nicolas SARKOZY semblent bien mettrent en exergue une personnalité qui soit plus juive qu'elle ne l'est congénitalement (un quart)."
His policy is decidedly jewish:
A Frenchman or a Jew? Topic Commentary,
By FERNANDA EBERSTADT, Middle East Information Center (originally from the New York Times, February 29, 2004
"In a working-class neighborhood of the 20th arrondissement in Paris, on a rainy, lead-gray morning last month, the housing blocks looked like sodden cardboard. But inside Brigitte Stora's apartment was an explosion of scarlet, ocher and flame gold, of Israeli and North African textiles, of pottery and a brass menorah. Stora, an Algerian-born Sephardic Jew ... belonged for decades to a political movement devoted to the cause of equal rights for Arab immigrants. French Arabs were her friends and political allies, and the integrated neighborhood in which she chose to live reflected those commitments. In the last three and a half years, though, Stora's perspective has changed ... Although the frequency of anti-Jewish incidents is said to have abated somewhat in the past year (thanks in part to more vigilant policing), many French Jews remain frightened, angry and dispirited. In 2002, the number of French citizens emigrating to Israel more than doubled from the year before to over 2,000. Like many of the country's secular Jews, Stora finds herself reconsidering the venerable French assumption that she and her family must be French first and Jewish second. For a thoroughly assimilated Frenchwoman (her husband is a deputy mayor of Paris), it is no small turnabout in her self-conception ... Secular French Jews of Stora's generation have felt the impulse to return to their roots before. As Stora pointed out, she, like thousands of girls born around 1960, was named after the cinema sex kitten Brigitte Bardot, but for her own children she chose names from the Hebrew Bible. ''I suppose I felt the need for my own moorings,'' she said. Even so, her children have embraced a much stronger form of Jewish self-identification -- one that is all the more militant for finding itself besieged. ''Because of anti-Semitism,'' she said, ''my children feel more radically Jewish than I ever did. Their attachment to Israel has become absolutely primary" ... ' The worsening of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has created painful rifts among French Jewish intellectuals, aggravating the relations between those who feel dutybound to condemn Israel's human rights abuses and those who maintain that support for Israel is a prime obligation of diaspora Jews, especially in a political climate rife with anti-Zionism. Even if they are critical of Sharon's leadership, many French Jews resist what the lawyer and activist Serge Klarsfeld has called the pressure to become ''political Marranos'' -- Jews called upon to renounce Israel much as Jews during the Spanish Inquisition were compelled to renounce their faith. In a widely condemned polemic that appeared on the French Muslim Web site Oumma.com, Tariq Ramadan, a well-known Swiss Muslim philosopher, accused a number of leading French Jewish intellectuals -- including the philosophers Bernard-Henri Levy and Alain Finkielkraut -- of having betrayed their commitment to the universal ideals of the French Republic for a narrow sectarianism. (Read: Zionism.) What shocked French readers most about Ramadan's essay was that he explicitly identified his targets as being Jewish (including, notably, one who wasn't) -- an argumentative tactic that until recently stood in flagrant violation of the Republican taboo against racial or ethnic profiling. Most European intellectuals insist on a distinction between even the fiercest criticism of Israel and an endorsement of anti-Semitism. Recently, however, this distinction has blurred. ... Many French Jews, too, were devastated when Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine dismissed the anti-Semitic violence in France as ''hooliganism'' and when a public prosecutor described three arsonists who were convicted of burning a synagogue in Montpellier as ''petty delinquents.'' All this has changed under the center-right government of Jacques Chirac, who was re-elected in 2002 on the strength of a far harsher view of ''delinquency.'' Nicolas Sarkozy, Chirac's ruthlessly energetic minister of the interior, has waged a ''zero tolerance'' war on hate crime while also taking steps to improve the position in French society of North African immigrants and their children -- creating an official Muslim council, for instance, and advocating affirmative action in government appointments ... Last November, after the burning of a Jewish school in the Parisian suburb of Gagny, Chirac went on national television and declared that ''an attack against a French Jew is an attack against France.'' Since then, the Chirac government has made the crackdown on anti-Semitism a top priority. It has taken a series of emergency steps, from tighter policing of Jewish sites to quicker investigation and prosecution of hate crimes to proposing a heightened focus on the Holocaust in the public school curriculum. In recent weeks, Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin has moved to block the broadcasts in France of Al-Manar, Hezbollah's television station, which shows anti-Semitic propaganda. But nothing has grabbed as much attention as the government's proposed ''anti-head-scarf'' law, which would ban the wearing of ''conspicuous'' religious signs in school. Joseph Sitruk, France's grand rabbi, has supported the head-scarf ban, and many French Jews own up to a guilty sense of relief at the reassertion of an official secularism -- from which French Jews historically have benefited. ... After leaving Brigitte Stora's apartment, I went to visit the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut at a cafe across from the Jardins du Luxembourg ... But his engagement with anti-Semitism today is now anything but theoretical. He has loudly sounded the alarm about what he calls a new ''Islamo-progressive'' alliance, in which the political left tolerates an age-old form of racial hatred that it has legitimized by calling it anti-Zionism. ''The loathing of Israel today is so thick you could cut it with a knife,'' he said. ''There is a consistent Nazification of the Jewish state: the memory of the Holocaust is always turned against Jews."

Former peace negotiator accuses politicians and media of anti-Semitism,
by Jason Burke, The Guardian (UK), April 4, 2004
"The outgoing Israeli ambassador to Britain has launched a stinging attack on the British Left, accusing it of tolerating and, in some cases, encouraging anti-Semitism. The comments are likely to spark new controversy after a week in which the Israeli government accused British media based in Jerusalem of anti-Semitism and the European Union published a report showing a significant increase in verbal and physical attacks on Jews across the continent. In his only interview before leaving the UK after more than three years here, Zvi Shtauber, a former soldier and university vice-president, said that he had loved living in such a 'tolerant' country but had been profoundly shocked by the anti-Jewish sentiments expressed by some left-wing politicians and activists and the lack of reaction to them. 'If there is a concern, it is a growing anti-Semitism, covered in a [veneer] of being anti-Israeli, that is coming from the Left,' Shtauber said. 'All along we were afraid of the Right. Now there is an unholy alliance between the Left and Islamic fundamentalists.' Shtauber singled out Tam Dalyell, the veteran Labour MP, Jenny Tonge, the former Liberal Democrat spokeswoman on children, and the New Statesman magazine for criticism. Tonge was sacked from her party's front bench after suggesting that she might have resorted to violence had she been a Palestinian. Dalyell told Vanity Fair magazine that Tony Blair relied too much on Jewish advisers, and the New Statesman published a cover showing the Union Jack pierced by a Star of David to illustrate a story on the support for Israel among Jews in the UK. Shtauber said that people paid attention to negative references to Muslims or Hindus but not when Jews were denigrated. 'Anti-Semitism is a successful ideology,' he said. 'It is very important to make a stand.' Last week's row was provoked by coverage of a 16-year-old suicide bomber who surrendered to Israeli troops on the Gaza Strip. The Israeli government accused British TV editors of having an 'agenda' and singled out BBC correspondent Orla Guerin, alleging that she had a 'total identification with the goals and methods of Palestinian terror groups' and a 'deep-seated bias against Israel'. The BBC denied the accusation. The row came as several foreign news organisations complained of increasing pressure from the Israeli government to curtail critical coverage or to report stories that Israel believes help to identify the Palestinian conflict with Islamic terrorism elsewhere in the world. In a wide-ranging interview in the heavily guarded Israeli embassy near London's Kensington Palace, Shtauber, a former policy adviser to Israel's last Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, said that, though he remained optimistic about an eventual settlement, a 'terrible incitement' to hate Jews and Israel had made peace in the Middle East very hard to achieve. 'It will not be tomorrow,' said Shtauber, who played a key role in the Camp David peace negotiations with the Palestinians in 2000. 'Why would a boy in the Gaza Strip who has been told that Israeli agents deliberately spread Aids [among Muslims] want to make peace with us? There are TV programmes all over the Middle East broadcasting the worst anti-Semitic slurs. They have a huge effect.' Shtauber, who retired from the Israel Defence Forces in l995 as a brigadier-general, was appointed to the UK before Ariel Sharon's landslide election victory in 2001."

The 10,000-Pound Elephant in the Room,
by Michael Saba, Arab News, March 27, 2004
"Richard Clarke is all over the news these days. The author of “Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror” had his book released this week, the same week that he appeared as a key witness at the blue ribbon Sept. 11 Commission meeting which focused on what went wrong with America’s intelligence leading up to that fateful day. Clarke, who retired from government service about a year ago, served 30 years under 7 US presidents, 5 of them Republican, as a national security expert. Clarke has made all the major TV talk shows and appeared on all of the TV networks chastizing Bush and his administration for mistakes prior to Sept. 11 and criticizing President Bush and his key officials for their obsession to go to war with Iraq rather than focusing on Al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. Yet with all of this talk and criticism, something was missing. There was a 10,000-pound elephant in the room and, although everybody could see it, nobody wanted to mention it. That 10,000-pound elephant is Israel. Clarke laid the blame and the Bush administration fought back. The Sept. 11Commission also got into the act when Clarke testified. Everyone was blaming everyone else but no one mentioned Israel as a possible participant in the equation. And Clarke, although he was taking on the neoconservatives, normally ardent supporters of Israel, seemed to be avoiding the mention of the Jewish state like the plague. Some courageous political pundits such as Pat Buchanan, have consistently pointed out the role of Israel and the pro-Israeli lobby in driving the United States toward war with Iraq. Then recollections of Clarke’s earlier career came to mind. Clarke served in both the Bush 1 and Clinton administrations. From 1989 to 1992 during Bush 1, Clarke served as the assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs overseeing sensitive US technology transfers. In a March 1992 report, State Department Inspector General Sherman Funk stated “alleged Israeli violations of US laws cited and supported by reliable intelligence information show a systematic and growing pattern of unauthorized transfers...dating back to about 1982.” According to other US officials at that time, those Israeli violations date back to the early 1970s. Many of those alleged violations during the Reagan era include Israel’s illegal transfers of American technology to China. The Funk Report heavily criticized State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs for ignoring scores of intelligence reports on apparent violations of retransfer restrictions and other restrictions and for not reporting them to senior officials and Congress, as required by law. The report also recommended that the then Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Richard Clarke be disciplined for his lack of oversight on Israel. Clarke was reprimanded and eventually lost his job. However Clarke, a consummate bureaucratic survivor, reappeared shortly after that on the National Security Council staff in the Clinton administration. When the Funk Report was issued and Clarke was removed from his State Department position, Funk allegedly received threatening phone calls at his home. Funk was summoned to closed-door hearings in the US House of Representatives and was allegedly accused by Representative Tom Lantos of California of harming Israel while others reportedly joined in a verbal assault of Funk’s positions on Israel. At that same time the Jerusalem Post reported, “It appears the bureaucratic target (of the Funk Report) was Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Richard Clarke. US officials reportedly say Clarke is being removed from his position for negligence.” The Jerusalem Post goes on to quote a pro-Israeli activist as saying, “Clarke was a friend of Israel in an administration where they do not necessarily grow on trees. Somebody was out there to get him.” Also defending Clarke at that time in the Jerusalem Post were neoconservative, pro-Israeli advocates Michael Ledeen and Stephen Bryen claiming that there was “lack of proof that Israel had violated any agreements.” Interestingly, both Ledeen and Bryen served in the Reagan administration at the same time as Clarke. Bryen was also reprimanded during that period for alleged improprieties regarding technology transfer to Israel. Bryen and Ledeen now serve on the US China Commission which oversees American technology transfers to China. Clarke himself was quoted in a 1990 article in the Syracuse(NY) Post-Standard as saying, “The US benefits in a lot of ways from its strategic relationship with Israel” and went on to say that Israel could serve as a “war reserve stockpile” in expanding American military capabilities. In Clarke’s book, he makes positive references to his friend, Richard Perle. The pro-Israeli Perle, known as the “Prince of Darkness” is widely credited as one of the architects of Bush’s attack Iraq policy. And Clarke is quoted in the official biography of Steven Emerson as saying, “I think of Steve as the Paul Revere of terrorism...(Clarke) credits Emerson with repeatedly warning of Al-Qaeda sleeper cells in the United States. He adds that he would attend Emerson’s speeches whenever possible because ‘we’d always learn things we weren’t hearing from the FBI or CIA, things which almost always proved to be true.” Emerson is one of the strongest pro-Likud, pro-Israeli advocates in the United States and is often cited for blaming the Arabs and Muslims for most of the acts of terrorism around the world."

Israel's Isolation – and America's,
By Patrick J. Buchanan, Defence Talk, Mar 29, 2004
"'Israel has a right to defend itself,' said President Bush. And against whom was Israel defending itself at dawn on Monday? A half blind and deaf paraplegic being wheeled out of a mosque after prayers, Sheik Ahmed Yassin was struck by missiles that blew him to pieces. In carrying out the assassination of the founder and spiritual leader of Hamas, Ariel Sharon used a U.S. Apache helicopter gunship. Thus, in Islamic eyes, we are passive accomplices in the killing. Instantly, protests erupted in Mosul and Basra. Ayatollah al-Sistani, the Shi'ite leader on whom we depend for a peaceful transfer of power in Iraq, was enraged: "(T)his morning, the occupying Zionist entity committed an ugly crime against the Palestinian people by killing one of their heroes, scholar-martyr Ahmed Yassin." Sharon's defenders say the sheik had sanctioned terror attacks on innocent Israelis. But why did Israel not then seize him, expose his complicity in murder, and put him in prison, as Israel had before? Why convert this crippled old sheik into a martyr-saint? Why enhance the prestige of Hamas? Has the killing made Israel more secure? If so, why were Israeli buses deserted all week? Has it made us more secure? Why then were the travel advisories issued to Americans in the Middle East? Why are U.S. embassies shutting down? How does inflaming the Islamic world against us advance the president's goal of persuading the world that Islam is not America's enemy? President Bush must begin to realize that his blind solidarity with Sharon, who has shown himself contemptuous of America's interests in the larger region, is among the greatest crosses we have to bear in the war on terror. A year after the fall of Baghdad, Bush's men are boasting of his triumphs – the overthrow of the Taliban, the liberation of Iraq, not one act of terror on U.S. soil in two years. But consider the war from bin Laden's vantage point. The murderous strike of 9-11 electrified America-haters, but produced blowback and near total disaster for bin Laden. In weeks, Bush had united a great coalition, smashed the Taliban and almost finished Osama himself at Tora Bora. Then came Iraq. Here Bush played straight into bin Laden's hand. By attacking a prostrate Arab nation that played no role in 9-11, we united Arab and Islamic peoples in hatred of America. We shattered alliances and ignited a guerrilla war. According to a Pew poll, U.S. prestige in the Muslim world has never been lower. Bush is widely detested. In Pakistan, 65 percent of the people hold Osama in high regard, while 8 percent are positive on Bush. We are losing the hearts and minds of the Islamic young, creating a spawning pool out of which future terrorists will emerge. Now, an attack in Madrid has left 200 dead and blown a hole in our coalition. A socialist has come to power who intends to pull Spanish troops out of Iraq. Poland, too, has begun to waver As Bush wins battles, Osama advances toward his strategic goals: Demonization of America as the enemy of Islam, isolation of America as an imperialist aggressor against Arab nations and the enabler of Sharon, and unification of Islam's young behind bin Laden's ultimate war aim: the expulsion of America from all Muslim lands. The legendary Col. John Boyd described strategy as appending to oneself as many centers of power as possible, while isolating one's enemy from as many centers of power as possible. Bush I did this brilliantly in the Gulf War, isolating Saddam. Bush II did it brilliantly in the Afghan war, isolating the Taliban. Now Bush has fallen into the trap his father avoided. He is letting Ariel Sharon create the perception that America's war and Israel's war are one and the same. In the Middle East, Sharon has no friends. He does not care whom he alienates. But we are a world power with friend, allies and interests in 22 Arab and 57 Muslim countries. To protect our interests, to win our war on Al Qaeda, it is imperative that we not let ourselves become as isolated as Israel is today. Between America and Israel there are thus common interests and a collision of interests. Sharon does not want us to confine our war on terror to those who attacked us on 9-11. He wants us to expand our list of enemies to include his list of enemies: Arafat, Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia. He wants us to escalate "the firemen's war" into an American war on Israel's enemies, so, together, we can establish joint hegemony in the Middle East. If Sharon and his acolytes in the Bush administration succeed in conflating Sharon's war with America's war, we could lose our war. Why cannot the president see what is going on?"

AJC's determined diplomat,
By GARY STERN, THE JOURNAL NEWS, April 4, 2004
"You would never have known David Harris was in hostile territory. Standing at the entrance to a Brussels ballroom, he reached for the hands and embraced the shoulders of one high-level European diplomat after another. He greeted each by first name or diplomatic title, without looking at name tags, and appeared as relaxed as if he were welcoming friends to a son's bar mitzvah. More than 450 leaders from 25 European nations were served the best kosher lamb chops in Brussels on this mild February evening. Many, if not most, were likely bitter toward America over the invasion of Iraq. Most, perhaps a large majority, were presumably opponents of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians. But Harris thrives on tough crowds. The executive director of the American Jewish Committee faced a ballroom full of influential minds that he could change, if ever so slightly. "The American Jewish Committee has for decades been a trailblazer in building bridges between Europe and the United States," he told the ... Officially, this private gathering of European decision-makers, which the local media called unprecedented in its scope, was to celebrate the opening of the Transatlantic Institute, the AJC's new think tank in Brussels. But the real pull was the growing sense that the AJC matters, even in Europe, and that David Harris has become ambassador-at-large for American Jews, their secretary of state. In 14 years as head of the AJC, Harris, who lives in Chappaqua, has become one of the three or four most influential Jewish leaders in America. He has used an even-tempered, behind-the-scenes style to rebuild the venerable AJC into a unique organization. The AJC is not as well known as the Anti-Defamation League when it comes to battling anti-Semitism and not as influential as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on defending Israel. But it carries weight in both areas, and has created a new and urgent role as advocate for the world's Jews, the diaspora-in-need. "Harris has given the AJC completely new life, taking it where no American Jewish group went before," said Nimrod Barkan, director of World Jewish Affairs for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "He has created a role that no group filled, bringing the concerns of American Jews to the international community. Now he is building a bridge to Europe, and the Europeans are not used to this kind of bridge" ... The AJC brought in $33.1 million in contributions during the 2001-02 fiscal year, according to its tax returns. Many New Yorkers know Harris from his biweekly spots on CBS radio, which the AJC has been airing in big cities since 2001. Aside from these commentaries, he keeps a low public profile, preferring that the AJC itself get any kudos. But in the Jewish and diplomatic worlds, he is known for an uncanny ability to spread the AJC's reach ... There are many stories about Harris' ability to woo foreign dignitaries and make them care about the AJC's agenda, which stresses broad ideals like pluralism, tolerance and democratic values. In Poland, Bulgaria and other former Soviet satellites, for instance, he has made quick and lasting relationships. The AJC has become the first American Jewish group to build strong ties with Asia. Harris is famous for making fast friends with German military officers. Outgoing Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio, a rising star in Europe before last month's terrorist attacks and the election of a new government, is another who fell under Harris' spell ... Watching Europe change Harris revealed his passionate side one night in January at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. The Jewish Film Festival opened with a showing of "Decryptage," a documentary that charges the French media with purposely distorting the truth in its Middle East coverage in order to smear Israel. When it was over, Harris, speaking on a panel, let loose: "More than anything else, I am filled with rage. Rage is not an emotion that should drive thinking, but there is anger inside me."

Americans Want Equal Mideast Accountability, Says Council for the National Interest,
U.S. Newswire, April 6, 2004
"In a clear break with U.S. policy and in direct opposition to Congressional attitudes, a majority of Americans now believe that Congress should hold Israel accountable for maintaining programs of weapons of mass destruction and for its human rights violations in the Palestinian Territories, according to the Council for the National Interest. A poll conducted by Zogby International for the Council for the National Interest and released today shows that 56 percent of Americans agree and 29 percent disagree that Congress should pass an Israel accountability act on weapons of mass destruction and human rights violations. Nearly one in three (30 percent) strongly agrees. Fifteen percent are not sure. As might be expected, Muslims were strongly in favor of such an act (72 percent), but so were a surprising percentage of Jews (45 percent). This flies in the face of repeated Congressional efforts, spearheaded by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and other pro-Israeli organizations, to penalize Arab governments for their support of Palestinian independence and failure to rein in "terrorists." The Syria Accountability Act, passed by Congress in 2003 and signed by President Bush on December 11 last year, promises economic and other sanctions against Syria for its support of "terrorist" organizations and for its "failures" to heed UN Security Council and Congressional resolutions. Currently Congress is considering a "Saudi Arabia Accountability Act," which promises sanctions if Saudi Arabia doesn't stop the private financing of "terrorism" and doesn't cooperate more fully with U.S. anti-terrorist efforts. Support for an Israel accountability act came primarily from Democrats and independents (61 percent), 18-29 year-olds (69 percent), progressives (70 percent), and liberals (72 percent), but also a plurality of Republican voters (46 percent). People with annual household incomes of $25,000-$34,999 were strongly in favor (70 percent), and also those with $75,000 and above (61 percent). There has been much written on the support of Israel by the conservative (Born Again) Christian group, but the Zogby poll showed the opposite: 49 percent agreed with an Israel accountability act and 34 percent disagreed, although many held no opinion at all."

[America has fallen prey to Israel's black shadow. It has become the Jewish nation, and broadening pockets of resistance to Jewish-Israeli Neo-Conism flame throughout the Middle East. The American army has become a disguised Israeli one, following all the Jewish state's tactics of brutality and oppression:]
Iraq Intifada: U.S. Faces New Resistance Front As Shiites Join Armed Uprising,
Democracy Now, April 6, 2004
"The Bush administration is facing a nightmare scenario in Iraq, fighting on two fronts against both Sunni and Shia militants. The center of armed resistance to the U.S.-led occupation has predominantly come from Sunni-dominated areas. But the U.S. occupation entered a new phase this past Sunday as Shiite Iraqis staged an armed uprising against the occupying forces in four cities. A total of at least 50 Iraqis and 10 U.S. troops died Sunday. Hundreds were injured. Up to 30 Iraqis were killed in clashes in the Sadr-City suburb of Baghdad alone, the worst the capital has seen since its fall to U.S. troops a year ago. American officials yesterday announced an arrest warrant for the young Shiite cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, who called for the uprising after the U.S. forces shut down one of his newspapers and arrested one of his top aides. The new resistance front comes less than three months before the U.S. is due to hand over power to an Iraqi government. Paul Bremer, Iraq's top US administrator, cancelled a visit to Washington to deal with the crisis and military commander, General John Abizaid, was considering the reinforcement of his 105,000-strong army of occupation. The Guardian of London reports that Gen. Abizaid gave 48 hours to come up with ideas on where fresh troops, American or allied, could be found. In the face of two resistance fronts, the U.S. has opted for a high-risk strategy of attempting to crush both of them simultaneously. U.S. forces yesterday used Apache gunships to attack targets in Baghdad for the first time since the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime, opening fire over the Shia neighborhood of Shulla. Meanwhile, a force of some 1,300 US marines and Iraqi troops began moving into the Sunni-dominated town of Fallujah. The town has been sealed off but witnesses speak of shelling and blasts and the use of helicopter gunships. This according to the BBC. The US has vowed to "pacify" Fallujah, after four US mercenaries were killed, torched and dismembered last week ...
AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to As'ad AbuKhalil, professor of political science at California State University, visiting professor at U.C. Berkeley, author of several books, including, Bin Laden, Islam, and America’s New War on Terrorism. He runs a news blog called the "The Angry Arab News Service" at angryarab.blogspot.com. Welcome to "Democracy Now!" ... It’s good to have you with us. Can you explain what you understand is now happening in Fallujah?
AS’AD ABU KHALIL: Well, I’m still recovering from the statements of Bush that you referred to. I think it is incredible that he feels that the message he needs to send is that the United States is not going to run. That's exactly what the Iraqis would like, that the United States pull back and run out of Iraq. I think also yesterday when he made references to Muqtada al-Sadr , he said, "This is a question of democracy vs. people who are opposed to democracy." I think these statements may go well somewhere in Iowa and Oklahoma; but for the Iraqis, they have watched in amazement over the last few months, watching the United States fighting tooth and nail against the prospects of democracy and elections, while there is an Ayatollah in southern Iraq who has not left his house in six years, calling on the United States to adhere to its old promises of holding elections inside the country. I think what's going on is extremely vague. I have always believed that once the rage and antipathy to the United States occupation sweeps to Shiite areas, the countdown for America’s withdrawal from Iraq could begin. If Ayatollah Sistani, the grand Ayatollah of Iraq, is now pressured by the street, as there are indications he is being pressured to give his agreement for some kind of Shiite resistance against the occupation, I think a two-sentence statement from him would read as an obituary for the American colonial adventure inside the country. What is amazing is that the United States is always trying to put the best face on events. Muqtada Al-Sadr is not somebody who can be linked, for example, to Al Qaeda or these groups, because these were heavy fanatics of the Bin Laden ilk, have only antipathy to everything that is Shiite. He also cannot be linked to Saddam die-hards, which is a common refrain by the American officials whenever they talk about Sunni fundamentalists. In this case, this is somebody who is, along with the Shiites, more anti-Saddam than anybody else. Also, some of the demands that they are offering, is that they feel the occupation has dealt very kindly with some of the functionaries of Saddam's regime, who are being brought back for the intelligence and military apparatus of the new government that is being set up. This is certainly not a minuscule percentage of the population, as an American official told the New York Times yesterday. This is a movement, a mass movement ... Yesterday, I watched detailed coverage on Al Manar TV and Al-Jazeera, and what struck me is that one correspondent for Al Manar TV said that when he was covering the events in al-Sadr City, which is predominantly Shiite, and in al-Azamia, which is Sunni-dominated, he said a lot of the fighters in the streets were insisting on national unity, and some of the slogans being chanted emphasized that Sunnis and Shias fight together. So I would say that the blunders of the United States may do the unthinkable, which is to unite the resistance into Sunni and Shiite alike. Yesterday the coverage I noticed also that we don't hear about the external terrorist conspiracies and infiltration into the country anymore, especially after they sealed the border. Now we know the truth that has been hidden from the Americans for a very long time, which is that the resistance and attacks against the Americans is largely due to a homegrown domestic and indigenous movement inside the country. The reports yesterday indicated that the people of al-Azamia district in Baghdad, for example, were one and the same with the resistance. They were hiding the fighters, feeding them, sheltering them. That is a new phenomena. We are not talking about some little tiny movement that the United States can flesh out in a two- or three-day operation. This is really big, and it could very well get bigger. The United States will lose if it stays, will lose if it leaves the country. That's one scenario that the Bush administration did not contemplate when they talked about changing the Middle East. They did change the Middle East into a more messy and bloody Middle East."

[JTR Contributor's comment: "How many out there will bet against me when I say that it will be less than 40 days and 40 nights from today (April 6, 2004) before Kalle Lasn "admits he may be mistaken" and "apologizes for any pain and suffering" his articles might have caused, but that "it's important to be open-minded" and everyone should "have the right to question official accounts" of history? Any takers? link:"]
Jewish ‘neocons’ tilt U.S. policy toward Israel, says magazine,
By RON CSILLAG, Canadian Jewish News, Aapril 8, 2004
"The editor of a left-wing Vancouver-based magazine is defending his own recent article that singles out prominent American neo-conservative Jews for, he says, tilting the Mideast policies of President George W. Bush toward Israel. The March/April issue of Adbusters checked off the names of 26 Jews on a list of 50 hawkish “neocons” said to have cozy relations with the war-minded U.S. Defence Department. The Jewish names include writers Norman Podhoretz and Irving Kristol; Deputy U.S. Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz; former arms negotiators Richard Perle; and academic Daniel Pipes. They appear alongside U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Vice-President Dick Cheney and former UN ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick. But the religions of those people are not identified. “A lot of ink has been spilled chronicling the pro-Israel leanings of American neocons and the fact that a disproportionate percentage of them are Jewish,” states the article, titled “Why won’t anyone say they are Jewish?” “Some commentators are worried that these individuals – labeled ‘Likudniks’ for their links to Israel’s right-wing Likud party – do not distinguish enough between American and Israeli interests,” it goes on. “For example, whose interests were they protecting in pushing for war in Iraq?” Adbusters, an alternative bi-monthly known for its biting anti-consumerist, anti-globalization stance, says it decided “to tackle the issue head on.” What those on the list share “is the view that the U.S. is a benevolent hyper power that must protect itself by reshaping the rest of the world into its morally superior image. And half of them are Jewish.” Kalle Lasn, the article’s author and the magazine’s editor, told The CJN he felt compelled to write the piece because “the mainstream and alternative media are somehow scared of talking about the Jewishness of the neocons and the Zionism there… and the influence this has on American foreign policy in the Middle East.” Other media outlets “just don’t have the guts because they’re afraid of this kind of vociferous backlash that I have experienced over the past few weeks.” Lasn said he’s received much abusive mail and even personal threats. “I really do understand what it feels like to be targeted by people who hate you.” He said the negative responses show a “kneejerk political correctness. It’s almost as if… many of them are Jews themselves. They’re in some sort of denial. They really think that somehow it is wrong to have a debate about the Jewishness of the neocons who are, after all, the most powerful political/intellectual group in the world today. “They [neocons] literally have the power to start wars and stop wars and they are the driving force behind the Bush administration’s foreign policy, not just in the Middle East, but throughout the world. They’re the people who make it possible for the American administration to give $3 billion a year to Israel, and many of them are connected to the Likud party. “It’s almost as though we have become so politically correct that we don’t even want to discuss the obvious anymore.” Lasn said he has “an incredible amount of respect” for Jews, who, owing to the Holocaust’s “deep imprint” on them, have developed a keen ability to spot dictators such as Saddam Hussein. “In that way, Jewish influence is wonderful.” However, “if 50 per cent of the neo-cons were Arabs or Palestinian, then this war [in Iraq] would not have started.” Canadian Jewish Congress, Pacific region, director Erwin Nest said CJC “will be considering action” against Adbusters, but declined to elaborate."

[What is "anti-Semitism?" Hostility to Jewish racism, Jewish Power, Jewish ethnocentrism, world Jewish tribalism, Israeli brutality, increasing Jewish cultural hegemony in the West, and the Zionist commandeering of so much of the U.S. government. Why would the U.S. government care so much about "all forms" of "anti-Semitism," which the Jewish Lobby defines to its self-protective, self-aggrandizing needs? Because pro-Israelism and Judeocentrism have become the ideological basis of power in America, and the West.]
Fighting Anti-Semitism a Top U.S. Priority, Jones Says,
U.S. Government, April 9, 2004
"Asst. Sec. of State Jones testimony April 8 before Senate panel "Anti-Semitism again has emerged as a serious problem in Europe and elsewhere in the world, including here in the United States," and fighting it is "one of our highest priorities," the State Department's Beth Jones told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on Europe April 8. Jones, the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, explained in her prepared testimony the three "tracks" on which the U.S. Department of State works to combat anti-Semitism: -- with European allies, particularly within the context of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); -- through the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research; and -- by means of bilateral action led by Ambassadors and Embassy staffs. She described the U.S. objectives for the upcoming conference on anti-Semitism in Berlin April 28-29: condemnation of all forms of anti-Semitism, unanimous agreement by all 55 OSCE member states on a number of specific steps aimed at fighting the problem. The steps the United States hopes to see adopted range from promoting educational programs to encouraging informal exchanges among experts on best practices in law enforcement and education. Jones said the virulent old anti-Semitism of neo-Nazis and other far-right hate groups has now assumed "new hateful forms" and is "part of a broader template." The new forms include "anti-Semitism masked as anti-globalism" and anti-Semitism "in the guise of criticism of the State of Israel that goes well beyond any legitimate criticism of Israel." "We must work together to act resolutely to counter these lies," she said. "I have instructed U.S. ambassadors at our missions throughout Europe and Eurasia to be both vigilant and vocal in denouncing anti-Semitism in the countries where they serve," Jones said ... The President has named a number of leading individuals from the Congress, as well as outstanding NGO members and private citizens active in the fight against anti-Semitism, to represent the United States: Former Mayor Edward Koch, a strong and experienced leader for many years in the fight for tolerance and racial justice, will head the U.S. Delegation. Stephan M. Minikes, our Ambassador to the OSCE in Vienna, and Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Edward O'Donnell will join him. We are pleased that Senator Voinovich, a distinguished member of this committee and internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance, will also be a member of the United States Delegation. We are honored by Senator Voinovich's participation and appreciate the strong leadership and wise counsel he will provide. Two distinguished members of the House of Representatives will be on the U.S. delegation and play a strong role for the United States in Berlin: Congressman Christopher Smith of New Jersey, Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and Congressman Benjamin Cardin of Maryland, a leading member of the United States Helsinki Commission."
 

[JTR Contributor's Note: "I didn't know there were suicide bombings in Canada."]
LEO ADLER, DIRECTOR OF CANADIAN FRIENDS OF SWC MEETS WITH PM PAUL MARTIN TO DISCUSS ANTISEMITIC ATTACKS AND SUICIDE BOMBING CAMPAIGN,
Simon Wiesenthal Center, March 30, 2004
"Leo Adler and representatives of other Jewish groups were invited to meet today with Prime Minister Paul Martin, Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, Immigration Minister Eleanor Caplan and other Toronto-area Ministers of Parliament in order to discuss the crisis facing Canadian Jewry. The frank 75-minute meeting resulted in a commitment by the Canadian government to make a principled case against suicide bombings internationally; to speak out more forcefully against antisemitism, both in Canada and in international forums; to confirm Canada’s commitment to Israel’s right to exist; to develop a national action plan to combat antisemitism and other forms of racism; and to stop sending out mixed messages about Canada’s attitude towards Israel. According to Friends of SWC’s Director of National Affairs, Leo Adler, “The Prime Minister has responded positively to the concerns raised and we applaud and welcome his resolve to see to it that Canada remains a bulwark of tolerance and civility.”

 


Dov S. Zakheim to Resign
,
Department of Defense (U.S. Government), March 24, 2004
"The Department of Defense announced today that Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense Dov S. Zakheim will resign from government on April 15, 2004. In this position, Zakheim initiated an enterprise architecture to achieve a vision of simpler budget processes, activity-based costing, and a clean audit by 2007. He oversaw three Department of Defense budgets, each totaling more than $300 billion, and recently proposed a 2005 budget of $401.7 billion. He played a leading role in raising in excess of $13 billion for the reconstruction of Iraq, and walked through six wartime supplementals in support of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He further created the Defense Business Board and worked closely with the Office of Management and Budget and the Government Accounting Office on financial management affairs ... Zakheim was sworn in to his current position May 4, 2001. Prior to that, his government service included a number of key positions, to include from 1985 until March 1987, as the deputy under secretary of defense for planning and resources in the office of the under secretary of defense (policy). He also held a variety of other Department of Defense posts from 1981-1985 and served with the National Security and International Affairs Division of the Congressional Budget Office. During other periods of Zakheim’s career, he served as a senior foreign policy advisor to then-Gov. Bush, during the 2000 presidential campaign. Prior to that, he was the corporate vice president of System Planning Corporation (SPC), a technology, research and analysis firm. He also served as chief executive officer of SPC International Corp., a subsidiary specializing in political, military and economical consulting ... Zakheim has been an adjunct professor at the National War College, Yeshiva University, Columbia University and Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., where he was presidential scholar. Zakheim has written, lectured and provided media commentary on national defense and foreign policy issues domestically and internationally."

CONTEXT TO ZAKHEIM:

Dov S. Zakheim,
Disinfopedia
"Dr. Dov S. Zakheim is Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Dov S. Zakheim, when nominated to the Department of Defense by President George W. Bush, was CEO of SPC International (System Planning Corporation International) and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). In 1998, the Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf sent an "open letter to then president Bill Clinton for Washington to adopt a 'comprehensive political and military strategy for bringing down Saddam and his regime', centred on support for the INC (Iraqi National Congress) and US air power. "That 1998 letter was signed by many of the charter members of PNAC (Project for the New American Century), including Donald H. Rumsfeld, and four of his top deputies at the Pentagon, Paul Dundes Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Dov S. Zakheim, and Peter W. Rodman."

Flight of the Lavi: Inside a U.S.-Israeli Crisis, by Dov S. Zakheim,
Amazon.com, From Publishers Weekly
"The Lavi was a new generation of high-performance jet aircraft that, in the mid-1980s, was supposed to be developed and manufactured in Israel with U.S. financial support. A great deal of prestige and money was at stake in the project, which embodied many of the commitments and expectations at the foundation of American-Israeli relations. But as development costs increased and doubts arose as to whether the Lavi would be the supreme warplane it was meant to be, the U.S. cooled to the project. As deputy undersecretary of defense for planning and resources during the Reagan administration, Zakheim was at the center of the development of the project, and of the U.S. steps to shut it down without unduly straining relations with Israel. His position was made even more difficult because he was, as he puts it, a "practicing Orthodox Jew' ... From Library Journal ... The author was heavily involved in the discussions at the highest level in the Department of Defense and thus is in a unique position to provide a useful commentary. Strongly recommended for academic and larger public library collections."

[JTR Contributor's Note: "here is a shameless pro-Israel article Zakheim wrote back in 1999, which appeared in the Jerusalem Post. This was in September, 1999, just before he became then-Gov. George W. Bush's senior foreign policy advisor."]
Might Israel have an image problem?,
by DOV S. ZAKHEIM, Jerusalem Post, September 6, 1999
"Matters relating to Israel do not appear to have come to the fore, or at least attracted The Citizen's attention, despite the secretary of state's trip to the Middle East and the prospects for a breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian deadlock over the Wye agreement. Indifference on the part of many Americans to what is taking place in the Middle East may not necessarily be a bad thing. That this is indeed the case can be gleaned from a Harris Poll of August 12-18, which asked over a thousand randomly selected respondents whether they considered members of a selected group of countries to be either "allies, friendly but not allied to, unfriendly to, or enemies of" the United States. The poll ranked each country in order of the percentage of respondents who considered it an "ally," and also listed the percentage that each country received in the other categories. Israel ranked fifth (37 percent polled) among those countries that were viewed as a close ally of the United States. Only Canada (69%), Britain (66%), Australia (45%), and France (38%) did better. If the rankings for "allied" and "friendly" were combined, Israel's position remained strong, commanding a combined 64 percent, slightly less than the combined "allied"/"friendly" scores for Japan (67%), Mexico (66%), and Germany (65%). All these states are formal treaty allies of the United States; Israel is not. Nor did Israel fare badly in terms of those who viewed it with slightly less friendly eyes. Fourteen percent considered Israel "unfriendly," but not America's enemy. A greater percentage had a similarly negative view of Germany, Mexico, and Japan, as well as of the Philippines, another US treaty ally. More troubling is the fact that 9 percent viewed Israel as actually an "enemy" of the United States. This result was far worse than for any other country on the Harris Poll list other than Russia and China. It may be possible to dismiss the 9 percent who view Israel as America's enemy as constituting a combination of strong supporters of the Arab cause, with a smattering - if not more - of antisemites and just plain crackpots. Yet combined with those who view Israel as "unfriendly," nearly one fourth of Americans have a negative image of the Jewish state. Why indeed should Israel, whose voting record in the despised United Nations is practically the most pro-American of all Washington's allies, and whose cooperative national security and commercial ventures with the US have been highly successful, be seen as "unfriendly?" While similar questions might be asked of other allies that were listed as "unfriendly," Israel depends more heavily upon American largesse than any other state in the world. It cannot afford to alienate a significant part of the American public. Is it possible that many American citizens are simply tiring of their government's seemingly endless involvement in the Middle Eastern diplomatic quagmire and hold Israel accountable for the lack of progress toward regional peace? ... Whether [then-Israeli prime miniser Ehud] Barak chooses the same media team that helped him win the election, or another group of equally talented "spinmeisters" is of little importance. Now that he has a new agreement with the Palestinians under his belt, what counts is that he moves quickly to mobilize media experts with nationwide influence who can put his country in the best possible light. Because it is not only in Washington that the views of Americans matter nor just "inside the beltway" that attitudes to Israel are likely to be shaped."
 

[Another example of world Jewish censorial hegemony, to clear the killing fields for apartheid Israel and the racist Jewish Lobby. Note the totalitarian system here: Jewish Zionist activist (now Canada's "Justice Minister") Irwin Cotler is highlighted in the Montreal Gazette as he attacks "hatred" of JEWISH "hatred." The Montreal Gazette is one of the Jewish Zionist Asper family's many Canadian media holdings.]
Federal initiatives to battle evil of hate. Ethnic communities to be strengthened. Blueprint expected to include advertising, funding for new crime-prevention programs,
by ROBERT FIFE and JANICE TIBBETTS, Montreal Gazette (CanWest News Service), April 8, 2004
"A national action plan to combat racism will call on law-enforcement agencies to set up special hate-crime units and establish initiatives to educate Canadians about the evils of hate, Justice Minister Irwin Cotler said yesterday. The plan, which is at the final stage of cabinet approval, was designed, in part, to fight growing anti-Semitism such as the firebombing of the United Talmud Torahs school in St. Laurent school on Monday and racially motivated incidents against Jews and Muslims in Toronto. The 10-chapter blueprint is expected to include advertising to get the message out that racism is poison, measures to strengthen ethnic communities, and an influx of new money into crime-prevention programs aimed at reducing racist acts. "We will have a national action plan to counter racism and that, I think, in all its components, will be an effective and comprehensive approach," Cotler said in an interview. "It has panoply of initiatives. It has an education component. It has a legal component and it has an inter-cultural dialogue component ... (because) we have to mobilize a constituency of conscience in this country." Cotler said Canada already has strong hate-crime laws and effective federal and provincial human-rights commissions to fight discrimination against minorities, but he noted it is "not always appreciated that we have one of the most comprehensive legal regimes anywhere in the world" ... The federal program is not expected to be a copy of one that is under way in France, where the government has told schools and colleges to screen films such as Schindler's List, Sophie's Choice and The Pianist, as part of a new government guide to sensitize French citizens in light of a growing anti-Semitism that is believed to be linked to the deteriorating situation in the Middle East."

[The ever-increasing Israelification of America. Sowing Jewish myth, Jewish racism, and Jewish brutality.]
Israeli General Shares Counterterrorism Expertise with American Law Enforcement,
Anti-Defamation League, March 26, 2004
"Under the auspices of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Brigadier General Dov Lutzky of the Israel Police (IP) conducted a series of special briefings for federal, state and local law enforcement officials in California. Brigadier General Lutzky, commander of the Galilee Sub-District in Northern Israel, with nearly three decades of experience fighting terrorism, provided U.S. law enforcement personnel with the opportunity to draw upon Israel's expertise in combating and responding to terrorist attacks, with particular emphasis on suicide bombings. During the course of his visit to the United States, Brigadier General Lutzky met with representatives of nearly ninety law enforcement agencies and presented to more than 400 personnel. In San Diego, General Lutzky presented at the first of six counter-terrorism conferences that will take place during the next year. The series, entitled Counter-Terrorism: Critical Skills for Law Enforcement, is jointly sponsored by ADL's San Diego Regional Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the San Diego Police Department. Visiting Israeli Brigadier General meets with the San Diego Police Department."

Kerry Indicates He Would Continue Bush's Pro-Sharon Policy,
by Ira Glunts, The Electronic Intifada, 6 April 2004
"Lately, Senator John Kerry has been reassuring voters that he will be as pro-Israel as President Bush. He has expressed his support for Sharon's policy of unilateral disengagement, building of the so-called security barrier and the political isolation of Yasser Arafat. The candidate's present position toward Middle East peace contradicts his past support of the Oslo peace process and provides a surprising contrast to his views when he was a young anti-war leader in the early '70s. In April 1971 young John Kerry, a war hero, who was a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War went to Washington to protest the American military presence in Southeast Asia. In what is considered the beginning of Kerry's public career, the handsome decorated officer testified before the the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was interviewed extensively in the national media. The young Kerry shocked the nation when he related that war crimes and atrocities were being routinely committed by American soldiers in an unjust war. Like the Americans in Vietnam, now Israeli soldiers are being sent by their government to battle against an indigenous population that is attempting to rid themselves of a foreign invasion force. The organization, Courage to Refuse, whose members are Israeli army reservists that refuse to participate in their country's war of occupation are reminiscent of the members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Like John Kerry in the early 70s, these reserve soldiers are telling the Israeli public about the war crimes, atrocities and violations of the Geneva Conventions that the Israeli army is committing routinely in the West Bank and Gaza. The Israeli refusers are saying that Sharon's war in the territories is not a just war of defense, but a unjust war of occupation and oppression. They are saying, as John Kerry said to US Senators in 1971, that what the soldiers are doing is not accomplishing any lofty goals, but are destroying the moral fabric of their own society. More than 30 years later, Senator John Kerry has been defining himself as a Presidential candidate who would, if elected, continue the Bush foreign policy in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If you listen to what he is currently saying, you get a feeling that he wants voters (especially Jewish voters) to believe that a Kerry presidency would be even more supportive of the Sharon government, and actually less even-handed in its dealings with the Palestinians than the current administration. This is his present position despite some previous statements Kerry made fairly recently which indicate that he may have supported a more open-minded US policy toward the region. Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League's national director, who was present at a recent meeting in New York City between Kerry and 40 Jewish leaders, reported that Kerry laid "to rest a nagging concern - that relentless Democratic criticism of Bush's foreign policy implied criticism of Bush's closeness to Israel." This is according to Ron Kampeas in a column published in The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles."

[An article from Brazil, and it is fascinating. The same Jewish-Zionist influence is spread throughout the West, wherever Jews are, whether America or Brazil. Jews are a miniscule percentage of the largely Catholic Brazilian populace, yet here they are in typical fashion: many enormously wealthy, many communist/guerilla activists in earlier times, plenty with important government positions around the Brazilian president (some even "former" communists and some "close aides" who are Israeli), some married to powerful non-Jewish politicians, and there's even the requisite censorial lawsuit against a Brazilian magazine for comparing Zionism to the Nazis. Even the former Brazilian president, Cardoso, had "Jewish family" ties. Does all this sound disturbingly familiar? There is a tribal web that links this Brazilian system to parallel Jewish Power Networking in countries around the world.]
A jolly good fellow,
by Jayme Brener, Revista Pangea Mundo (Brazil), Nobember 2, 2003
"Brazilian President Lula da Silva starts to conquer the once resistant Jewish community. The name of Brazil´s newly elected Luís Inácio Lula da Silva has been enough to produce itches in the vast majority of local Jewish community during the last 20 years, mainly for the traditional links between Lula´s leftist Workers Party (WP) and the PLO. But a screen on his Cabinet, named last December, shows two Jews – Jacques Wagner (Labour) and Italian born Guido Mantega (Planning), apart of President spokesman, André Singer. Much more important, there are clear signs of mutual simpathy between the community and its leadership, and the new government. “There was an important meeting between Lula and 60 Jewish leaders shortly before November elections, when the now President expressed his admiration to Israel and to our community in Brazil”, says Jayme Blay, President of São Paulo Jewish Federation (Fisesp), the most important in the country. In spite of a long tradition of Jewish leftism in Brazil (see box) that drove many activists to the WP – or PT, for Partido dos Trabalhadores, in Portuguese –, the overwhelming majority of Brazilian 120.000/150.000 strong community had identified itself with former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and his centrist Social Democratic Party (PSDB). During his eight years of government, Cardoso had several Jewish aides, including Foreign Affairs minister Celso Lafer. Cardoso (who has Jewish family ties) and his PSDB also kept strong links with Jewish business circles. As a natural consequence, Cardoso´s candidate against Lula, José Serra, was supported by most of Brazilian Jews, including community leadership and rabbi Henry Sobel who is a very popular character for his commitment to human rights. But Lula´s skills to sew a broad political alliance and set up a new productive economic cycle, reducing Brazilian dependence toward international finance had seduced a good bunch of Jewish businessmen and professionals. Leading industrialists Ivo Rosset (textiles) and Eugenio Staub (electroelectronics) had openly left José Serra´s campaing for Lula, who also received a more discret support of steel magnate Benjamin Steinbruch. “Yes, I voted for Lula, since the last government drove our economy to a stalemate”, explains oil tycoon German Efromovich, owner of the Maritima Petroleum group. “We hope that the new government could promote changes for the best; otherwise, we´re sure that any change will be done inside democratic frames”, agrees Gerson Keila, chairman of the powerful Brazilian Franchising Association (ABF), who represents US$ 8 billions/year in business. Even the traditional links between the PT and the PLO don´t seem to haunt Jewish leadership in Brazil. “Lula has clearly stressed his commitment both to a Palestinian State and to the safety of Israel”, grants Fisesp´s Jayme Blay. “There´re no expectations of a major change in Brazil´s international policy”, adds Claudio Camargo, Foreign Affairs analyst at IstoÉ weekly magazine ... The honeymoon that Lula da Silva and the Jewish community are now enjoying has been prepared by a long flirt, since the very birth of the WP in 1979, melting new rank-and-file tradeunionists, former extreme left organizations and the catholic gauche. The party´s central slogan during its first electoral campaign, in 1982 (when Lula runned – and was defeated – for the São Paulo State government), was a reddish “workers shall vote for workers”, challenging the reformism of the old Communist Party. Some leaders of the Palestinian community, openly identified with the PLO, had then runned under the Partido dos Trabalhadores banner. But several jews were among the first representatives elected by the party, including now minister Jacques Wagner (a petrochemical tradeunionist), Carlos Minc (former guerrilla fighter converted to environmentalism) and Clara Ant, a trotskyite leader. Yes, there were some frictions between the WP and Jewish community along the last two decades. Ms. Luiza Erundina, then mayor of São Paulo, has caused tensions in the kehilá in 1989, when she named a square after State of Palestine. Incidentally, Yasser Arafat hadn´t already formally declared the independence of his State. When she saw the gaffe, Erundina called Jewish aides asking for names of Zionist leaders, to baptyze other areas of the city ... The own Lula da Silva has visited Israel, following an invitation by Labour leaders. Former labour prime minister Shimon Peres was one of the forefront international politicians in Lula´s possession ceremony. A group of selected matchmakers has played a very important role for this long engagement between Lula/PT and Brazilian Jewish community. Among them were former trotskyite leader Clara Ant, nowadays one of Lula´s closest informal aides; Israeli born businessman Oded Grajew, who is very active in social initiatives and works as a major WP´s fundraiser; and Argentinian born Felipe Warmus. Known by his “war name”, Luís Favre, this shadowy former trotskyite leader, who has close connections with French socialists, spreads jealousy over WP´s leaders for the influence he gained after marrying one of the party´s top stars: the mayor of São Paulo, Martha Suplicy. If Jewish community is in growingly good terms with President Lula da Silva and his majoritary faction in the Partido dos Trabalhadores, the same cannot be said of the fringe far left groups inside the party. The WP is one of the stars of the Porto Alegre Forum, a broad coalition of antiglobalization groups, set up to counterbalance the Davos Forum high finance yearly meeting. The Porto Alegre Forum was named after a WP stronghold in Southern Brazil, that shall host over 100.000 leftist militants next January for its yearly meeting. Terms like Israel and Zionism are some of the favourite blanks for those rank and file militants. “Extremist factions, I imagine, will not play a decisive role in the new government” evaluates economic analist André Friedheim. “Radical voices have been put apart of the decision inside of the party, which is showing an enormous common sense”, adds Fisesp´s president Jayme Blay. Wishfull thinking or not, the fact is that monthly magazine Caros Amigos, that usually voices the Forum de Porto Alegre visions, has recently published an article written by a pro-Palestinian activist, melting criticism to Israeli government with open racial offenses. The article says, for instance, that Israel was created by the Nazis and that Zionists were close collaborators to Hitler. The magazine has refused to publish the rainfall of critics received nor apologized to its readers, what motivated Human Rights organizations to take legal actions. Many of those protests against Caros Amigos came from non-Jewish and Jewish activists of the Lula da Silva´s Workers Party.
... a tradition Simpathy towards Communism and the Soviet Union was majoritary among Ashkenazim Jews in Brazil until the 1950s. The Jewish Section of the pro-USSR Communist Party was even larger than the Workers Section in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the country´s largest cities during the 30s. There were two Jews in the CP 8 strong São Paulo City Councilmen elected in 1946, including Elisa Kauffmann, one of the first women elected for this post in the country. The birth of Israel and the anti-semite campaigns led by Soviet strongman Josef Stalin had splitted the Jewish community – even institutions, like schools and clubs – between roitn (reds) and sionistn (zionists). Although the economic progress of the vast majority of Brazilian Jews had pulled them to the center-right, leftist parties had always had many Jewich activists. Last CP general secretary, for instance, was Salomão Malina, a veteran of the Brazilian forces which fought Nazis in Italy, during the 2nd World War. Several Jews had died fighting the military dictatorship (1964-1984), including Maurício Grabois, one of the commanders of the Maoist guerrilla warfare in the Araguaia (Northern Brazil), in the 70s, and Yara Yavelberg, wife of Carlos Lamarca, leader of urban guerrilla forces. Chael Charles Schreier, then a Medical student in his early twenties and a guerrilla sympathiser, died during brutal torture. The upsurge of a new wave of students and trade union protests, in the end of the 70s, with Lula as the big star, also produced a new layer of Jewish activists, mainly of Trotskyite origin. Those roitn kinder and Jewish survivors of the antidictatorship fight – like historian and former guerrilla ideologue Jacob Gorender – were among the founders of the Workers Party." *

[The Jewish community is sick and morally bankrupt. Of all the things to threaten lawsuits about! The Mormons want to baptize Holocaust Jews posthumously. Big deal. It is the MORMON religion, baptizing dead Jews across the world is an abstract idea, and the Mormons mean well. But Jews don't want anyone's blessing. They apparently prefer to be loathed and cursed instead, which solidifies Jewish identity. Hilary Clinton is like a trained poodle for the Jewish Lobby. And here we also have the omnipresent Rabbi Marvin Hier screaming Mormon "arrogance."A guy like Hier condemning a non-Jew for "arrogance" is like a fish condemning a rock in a desert for getting wet. ]
Clinton aids Jews in effort to end Mormon practice of baptizing Holocaust victims, Newsday, April 9, 2004
"Despite a directive from Mormon leaders to stop posthumously baptizing Jewish Holocaust victims into the Mormon faith, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have continued the practice by adding numerous concentration camp victims to its roll of names offered conversion in the afterlife. A New York Jewish organization is so outraged that it has asked U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton to intervene, prompting a meeting in early March between the former first lady and Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, an LDS church member, The Associated Press has learned. "It was a private meeting between two senators," Clinton said when declining to comment on what was discussed. Likewise, Hatch, through a spokesman, would not comment, calling it a private matter. Proxy baptisms are conducted in Mormon temples and offer salvation to the dead. Church members stand-in to be dunked in water in the names of the deceased non-Mormons, a ritual the church says is required to get to heaven. However, the practice has caused tension with members of other faiths, especially Jews who find it arrogant and insulting. Ernest Michel, chairman of the New York-based World Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, said he asked Clinton to intervene to force the Mormon church to abide by a 1995 agreement to stop the posthumous baptisms. It's an agreement the church has reaffirmed formally and informally in recent years only to have watchdogs find new Holocaust victims added to church's database of 400 million names _ each of which has had, or will eventually receive, a proxy baptism. Michel said that Clinton is "now involved in planning our next step." "We are very hopeful that we will be able to convince the church to stop," he said. If not, his group will consider other options, including possible legal action. ... "It's ridiculous for people to pretend they have the key to heaven," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. "And even if they say they want to do somebody a favor ... it's not a symbol of love. It's a symbol of arrogance."

[Yet another dimension to the deep Zionist roots of the Bush administration. Condoleezza Rice jumped through the right hoops to get her job, under the tutelage of a hyper-propagandist.]
Professor Jonathan Adelman,
Israel Activism
"Professor Jonathan Adelman, a full professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, is a frequent and popular speaker on Israel. The Doctoral Dissertation Adviser of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, he is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington. The author and editor of ten books, Professor Adelman just returned from Israel, where he gave talks at the Israeli Foreign Ministry and for Hasbara Fellowships in the Old City of Jerusalem. After 14 international speaking tours for the State Department to 13 countries, Professor Adelman speaks on a variety of topics, including the the Palestinian Authority: its terrorism, corruption and incompetence; anti-Israel professors; and antisemitism in Global Perspective."

[We re reaching the point where the affluent Jewish community -- so vehement, worldwide, in supporting brutal apartheid Israel -- wants taxpayer funds to protect them from the consequences of their collective, tribal racism. We think the non-Jewish world needs government funds to protect everyone from Jewish exploitation and manipulation.]
Ontario government urged to fight anti-Semitism,
By JONATHAN FOWLIE, The Globe and Mail, April 14, 2004
"Two prominent Jewish groups will call on the provincial government this morning for help in preventing further outbreaks of anti-Semitic vandalism in Ontario.''It has gone on too long,'' Bernie Farber, executive director of the Ontario branch of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said in an interview yesterday. "We've had one of the longest spates of anti-Semitic crime probably in the history of the city," he said, citing recent vandalism of Jewish gravestones, houses, cars and schools. "It's time to think outside of the box, both in terms of protecting our dead and protecting our living." Ed Morgan, Ontario chairman of the congress, said the CJC and the United Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto will ask the province for increased police patrols -- and possibly even surveillance equipment -- for Jewish schools, cemeteries and synagogues."

[The Anti-Defamation League is a dual loyalist organization that masks its support for Jewish racism, Zionism, and bigotry as an alleged anti-bigotry lobby. Enormous sums of money and accompanying wads of chutzpah can do that.]
ADL Welcomes President's Strong Support for Israeli Disengagement Plan,
U.S. Newswire, April 14, 2004
"The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed President George W. Bush's strong support for the Israeli government plan to disengage from the Gaza Strip and areas of the West Bank, calling it "a historic step in the long relationship between the two countries." Barbara B. Balser, ADL national chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director, issued the following statement following the President's joint White House news conference with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon: We welcome President Bush's strong statement of support for Israel's disengagement plan, and his reiteration of the U.S. commitment to the security of the State of Israel and its existence as a Jewish State. The President's verbal statements, as well as his written commitment to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, is a historic step in the long relationship between the two countries and provides an important opportunity to move the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the right direction."

[Criticize Israel? It doesn't matter what else you say or do: you're an "anti-Semite."Don't be dismayed, Ms. Robinson. In Jewish eyes, ALL are "anti-Semites." And Jewish convention is always censorial.]
Robinson 'very hurt' by anti-Semitism allegations,
:ireland.com Thursday, 15th April, 2004
"The former president, Mrs Mary Robinson, said last night she was "very hurt and dismayed" by allegations of anti-Semitism made against her on a college campus in the US. Over 1,000 students and some academic staff at Emory University in Atlanta have signed an on-line petition accusing the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights of being anti-Semitic and fostering hostility towards Israel. The petitioners called on the university to remove her as commencement speaker at a graduation ceremony on May 10th. Mrs Robinson flew to Atlanta last week to explain her views to a group of two dozen staff and students at the university. Mrs Robinson has been criticised for her role in the 2001 World Conference on Racism held in South Africa. The New York-based Irish Voice newspaper reported that pro-Israel groups protested recently when Columbia University appointed her to a part-time position. Prof Kenneth Stein, the director of the Middle East institute at Emory, also questioned what he said was Mrs Robinson's belief that "the root cause of the Arab-Israeli conflict is the occupation". He told a college paper: "I'm troubled by the apparent absence of due diligence on the part of decision-makers who invited her to speak." Speaking to The Irish Times from her office at the Ethical Globalisation Initiative in New York, where she is executive director, Mrs Robinson said: "I am very hurt and dismayed." She continued: "It is distressing that allegations are being made that are absolutely unfounded." She intended to keep her speaking engagement on May 10th, she said. "The university are strongly siding with me. It's a wonderful university for Irish literature," she added. Describing her meeting at Emory, she said: "Some were convinced and some would not have been if I stayed a month. The unfortunate problem was a very difficult conference at Durban. Everyone who was at Durban knows I spoke out against anti-Semitism." Emory University said in a statement that it was "unaware" of the Durban controversy when it issued the invitation but added that "Mrs Robinson's own speeches, interviews, and actions repeatedly and explicitly condemn anti-Semitism, terrorist acts, and religious intolerance".

White House Pressured To Send Powell to Conference on Antisemitism,
By Ori Nir, Forward, April 15, 2004
"The Bush administration is feeling heat from human rights and Jewish groups pressuring it to send a high-level official — preferably Secretary of State Colin Powell — to head the U.S. delegation to the upcoming Berlin conference on antisemitism. The executive director of Human Rights First, Michael Posner, sent a letter to the secretary of state last month voicing "deep dismay" at Powell's apparent decision not to attend the two-day conference or to appoint one of his senior deputies to head the American delegation. Powell has tapped former New York mayor Ed Koch to lead the delegation to the two-day conference, which begins April 28. The conference is being organized by the Organization on Security and Co-operation in Europe, a group made up of 55 nations in Europe, as well as Canada and the United States. In his letter, Posner wrote that he had "serious concern about the absence of senior U.S. government representation." Posner's group was formerly known as the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights and remains one of the leading human rights groups in the United States. A similar letter was sent to Powell by the Anti-Defamation League. Other Jewish groups confirmed that they had written or spoken to the administration as well, but declined to have their communications made public. German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer will be heading the delegation of the host country. Posner and others warned, however, that European governments are likely to take their cue from the American level of representation and downgrade the level of their delegations ... The makeup of the U.S. delegation [to the "anti-Semitism" conference] has also prompted protests from critics who say the administration named Jewish communal leaders based on their closeness to the administration rather than their expertise in fighting antisemitism. The delegation was announced by Powell in March. Those named to the delegation include Fred Zeidman, chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council; Jack Rosen, president of the American Jewish Congress; Betty Ehrenberg, public affairs director of the Orthodox Union, and Stephen Hoffman, president and chief executive officer of United Jewish Communities, the national philanthropic network. The administration itself will be represented by O'Donnell, the Holocaust affairs envoy; the U.S. ambassador to the OSCE, Stephan Minikes, and the White House liaison to the Jewish community, Tevi Troy. Other delegation members include Senator George Voinovich of Ohio and Rep. Christopher Smith of New Jersey, both Republicans, as well as Democratic Rep. Benjamin Cardin of Maryland and a former Bush White House aide, Jay Lefkowitz. Senior State Department officials recently indicated to Jewish activists, as well as to members of the delegation to Berlin, that Powell still may join the delegation and speak at the conference's plenary session. Alternatively, he may send his top deputy, Richard Armitage, or Marc Grossman, undersecretary of state for political affairs, sources said."

Statement on the Nomination of Allen Weinstein to Become Archivist of the United States,
Society of American Archivists, April 14, 2004
"We are concerned about the sudden announcement on April 8, 2004, that the White House has nominated Allen Weinstein to become the next Archivist of the United States. Prior to the announcement, there was no consultation with professional organizations of archivists or historians. This is the first time since the National Archives and Records Administration was established as an independent agency that the process of nominating an Archivist of the United States has not been open for public discussion and input. We believe that Professor Weinstein must—through appropriate and public discussions and hearings—demonstrate his ability to meet the criteria that will qualify him to serve as Archivist of the United States. When former President Ronald Reagan signed the National Archives and Records Administration Act of 1984 (Public Law 98-497), he said that, “the materials that the Archives safeguards are precious and irreplaceable national treasures and the agency that looks after the historical records of the Federal Government should be accorded a status that is commensurate with its important responsibilities.” Earlier in 1984, when the National Archives Act was being discussed, Senate Report 98-373 cautioned that if the Archivist was appointed “arbitrarily, or motivated by political considerations, the historical records could be impoverished [or] even distorted.” P. L. 98-497 clearly states that, “The Archivist shall be appointed without regard to political affiliations and solely on the basis of the professional qualifications required to perform the duties and responsibilities of the office of Archivist.” In 1984, House Report 98-707 noted, “The committee expects that [determining professional qualifications] will be achieved through consultation with recognized organizations of archivists and historians.” The law also states that when the Archivist is replaced, the President “shall communicate the reasons for such removal to each House of Congress.” President Bush has not given a reason for the change, and there is no evidence to suggest that it is being made because of John Carlin’s resignation. We agree with these statements and believe that the decision to appoint a new Archivist should be considered in accordance with both the letter and the spirit of the 1984 law. We call on the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs to schedule open hearings on this nomination in order to explore more fully 1) the reasons why the Archivist is being replaced and 2) Professor Weinstein’s qualifications to become Archivist of the United States."

Castañeda raises campaign funds. THE FORMER FOREIGN SECRETARY HAS PUT TOGETHER US1 MILLION IN HIS INDEPENDENT BID FOR THE PRESIDENCY,
BY DAVID PLUMB AND NICK BENEQUISTA, The Herald (Mexico), April 16, 2004
"Jorge Castañeda, the former foreign secretary, said he has raised about US1 million for a month-old campaign to become the country's first independent president in at least a century. Castañeda, whose frustration about stalled immigration talks with the United States led him to resign from President Vicente Fox's cabinet last year, said Mexico's institutions, including the party system, are obsolete and the government should rule in part by national referendum. "With these political parties, Mexico can go nowhere," Castañeda, 50, told a group of bankers, executives and diplomats at the Council of the Americas in New York late Wednesday. "They came from, and belong to, the past." Once a member of Mexico's Communist Party, Castañeda is seeking to tap Mexicans' frustration with corruption and inaction among political parties, which have been deadlocked over Fox's efforts to boost foreign investment in the energy industry and other legislative changes. Castañeda, who teaches at New York University as a visiting professor of political science, is unlikely to win the 2006 election, said analysts such as Christian Stracke at CreditSights Inc. ... The Mexico City-native, whose father was also foreign secretary, speaks English and studied at Princeton University and later received a doctorate in the history of economics from the University of Paris."

In Toronto, shaken community calls on authorities for protection,
By Bill Gladstone, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, April 16, 2004
"The longest sustained anti-Semitic attack in Canadian history. That’s how Bernie Farber, executive director of the Ontario branch of Canadian Jewish Congress, sums up the recent barrage of attacks against Jewish targets here, which has mobilized Jewish officials to step up security at schools and other institutions — and to ask Ontario’s provincial government to supplement the police budget to cover additional surveillance and patrolling of Jewish sites. “Until now, the community has taken care of its own security needs, but” the financial burden “is becoming onerous and it’s having a significant impact on the community,” Farber said. “We shouldn’t have to bear these costs alone,” he said. “This is a unique situation faced only by Jews. We pay taxes like everybody else and we’re as deserving of protection as anybody else.” Toronto Jewish officials had hoped that the rash of anti-Semitic incidents in March would cease after three teenagers were arrested for desecrating the Bathurst-Lawn Cemetery. But vandals have struck three more Jewish cemeteries in southern Ontario since then — including Toronto’s 155-year-old Pape Avenue Cemetery, the oldest Jewish cemetery in the province. More anti-Semitic incidents also have been reported. According to Farber, quick action is required to extinguish these sparks of hate. “We need something right away,” he said. “It’s like a fuse burning out of control. We need to stop it hard and fast, and we can best do that with the assistance of the provincial government. We need them to be partners on this.”... Farber, Morgan and representatives of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto met Thursday with the province’s attorney general, Michael Bryant, and its minister of community safety and correctional services, Monte Kwinter. “Both ministers were very understanding of our situation,” Morgan said. “Of course, they didn’t write a check for more police resources on the spot, but they indicated that they would take the issue to their Cabinet colleagues and see what they could do to direct more resources to the problem.” Bryant also reportedly gave assurances to the CJC that anyone caught perpetrating anti-Semitic attacks would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. For years, a CJC committee has been working quietly behind the scenes, assessing and improving the community’s security needs."

Jews for GOP?,
by Deborah Ziff, Mother Jones, April 16, 2004
"This being an election year, no government action is without its baldly political dimension. That's true even of George Bush’s show of support -- robust even by his standards -- for Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan, which, while no doubt driven largely by conviction and geopolitical considerations, might have the happy side-effect of bringing a larger-than-usual quotient of swing-state Jewish votes into the GOP column this November. Bush endorsed Sharon’s plan to disengage from parts of Gaza in exchange for retaining settlements on the West Bank won during the 1967 war. The president said it was "unrealistic" for Palestinian refugees to return to the West Bank or return to pre-war boundaries. But because Sharon’s plan was not developed with Palestinian input, many argue that Bush is turning his back on Palestinian concerns. It also signifies a major shift in U.S. policy, held for some 20 years, that the West Bank settlements are obstacles to peace. At a news conference, Bush called Sharon’s plan "historic and courageous." He said: "His future depends upon his capacity to convince the Israeli people he's doing the right thing, and I think he is. He's a bold leader. That's what people want. They want leadership. There is a process that got stuck, and the prime minister steps up and leads." Palestinian reaction was angry. Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia told reporters that Bush’s support for Sharon's plan "kills the rights of the Palestinian people. We as Palestinians reject that. We cannot accept that. We reject it and we refuse it." Bush already faces growing Arab resentment over the continuing violence and unrest in Iraq, and this latest move merely reinforces the widespread perception that he is anti-Arab. Pollster John Zogby told the Washington Post, "This is pretty much the final nail in the coffin of the peace process as far as Arabs are concerned." He said his polling indicates the Palestinian cause is among the top three issues for 90 percent of Arabs in all Arab countries he has surveyed. "It's not even a political issue, it's a bloodstream issue," Zogby said. But many Republicans care much less about Arab opinon than about Jewish. The GOP hopes that this Bush administration, which is more aggressively pro-Israel than other recent administrations, will sway Jewish voters, who historically have been a solid Democratic voting bloc. (Bush generally poorly with Arab-Americans, so he doesn't have much to lose on that front. Zogby found last year around this time that Bush would win only 1/3 of Arab American votes.) Jews make up only 2-3 percent of the U.S. population. However, as Carl Schrag wrote in Slate last month, they are significant for several reasons: "First of all, Jews tend to vote in larger numbers than other ethnic groups. Secondly, their concentration in urban areas in high-population states means their votes help determine the allocation of large numbers of Electoral College votes. And finally, they don't limit their political activism to Election Day; Jews have been among the most generous supporters of political campaigns, especially those of Democratic candidates." In a tight election, even a small number of votes could give Bush a crucial edge in battleground states such as Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. And considering Bush only got 19 percent of the Jewish vote in 2000, it seems he can only do better this time around. In fact, the American Jewish Committee released a poll in January showing that when compared with Kerry, 31 percent of American Jews would vote for President Bush if presidential elections were held then. Nathan Diament, a lobbyist for the Orthodox Jewish movement told the Post: "Given that Jews turn out at an 80 percent turnout rate, if you swing the Jewish vote 10 percent in Ohio, that could give you Ohio." Ami Horowitz in the Weekly Standard notes the power of Jewish Americans turn an election: "A stunning reminder of Jewish political power came in the 2002 midterm elections, with the ousting of two vehemently anti-Israel legislators, Cynthia McKinney and Earl Hilliard. Both were Democrats and both were career antagonists towards Israel. The Jewish community targeted their reelection efforts. Both lost. (Interestingly, much of McKinney and Hilliard's money came from the Arab-American community.)" Republicans argue that Bush’s move on Wednesday in support of Sharon’s policies may mean a movement in Jewish voters favorable to Bush. Florida is home to the 3rd largest population of Jews in the country at 750,000 Jews, or 5 percent of the electorate. Considering Florida was decided in 2000 by a few hundred votes, and it’s already viewed as "the Florida of 2000" for this year’s election, it will no doubt be a close race. "This will make it that much harder for John Kerry to win Florida," said a Republican aide. House Chief Deputy Majority Whip Eric I. Cantor (Va.), the House's only Jewish Republican told the Post: "American Jews see that President Bush gets the fact that Israel is fighting the same fight against terrorism that we are. The very liberal Jews are not going to be able to put aside their environmental or abortion politics. But for the mainstream Jewish community, Israel is of paramount importance." Another indication that more Jews may vote for Bush this time around is that he has proven himself to be a friend to Israel. As Horowitz writes: "In 2000, the Jewish community viewed George W. Bush with more than a small amount of wariness as he entered office. His father was not considered a friend of Israel and many thought the younger Bush would continue his father's policies towards the Jewish state. Instead, he not only walked away from his father's views, but is perceived by many to be the most ardent supporter of Israel to ever occupy the White House. … How? For starters, Bush moved his administration decisively away from the Clinton doctrine of moral equivalency. His June 24, 2002 speech, in which he placed the blame for the current round of Middle East violence squarely on the shoulders of the Palestinian leadership, was a watershed policy statement. Bush has allowed Israel to take measures in self defense and has taken bold steps to reshape the Middle East towards the goal of democratizing the region. He has also surrounded himself with senior policy advisors who share his desire to support the Jewish state." It’s true that Israel is an important issue for many Jews (Schrag says he spoke with one women who told him, "Bush has been so good for Israel, and that's so important to me. I'm a lifelong Democrat. How can I vote for Bush?") But it’s not true to say that most Jews are one-issue voters. Indeed, one Republican official said "If it were true that these voters vote only on Israel, we would already be carrying the Jewish vote." Likewise, it’s not necessarily true that Jews who are highly engaged with Israel are necessarily aligned with Bush and Sharon. There are many American Jews who may not agree with Sharon’s hardline tactics. Kerry clearly thinks Bush’s decision was a good move politically, and he was careful to praise it: "I think that could be a positive step. What's important obviously is the security of the state of Israel, and that's what the prime minister and the president, I think, are trying to address." Kerry has a long, positive record on Israel and is in step with mainstream Jewish ideas about foreign and domestic issues. As Schrag concludes in Slate: "Jews would have to overlook major points of contention on domestic issues in order to reward Bush for standing by Israel. … If we're in for a tight race in November, even a few thousand Jewish votes for Bush—especially in a swing state like Florida—could be the key to a second term in the White House."

JINSA Holds Second U.S.-India-Israel Conference on Counter Terrorism,
The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), April 15, 2004
"Leading experts from the United States, Israel and India met in Herzliya, Israel, Feb. 16-17, 2004 to forge a consensus on the importance of strategic Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. cooperation in the war on terrorism. The occasion was the second annual trilateral conference on counter terrorism, sponsored by JINSA and several Israeli and Indian partners. The first conference, held in February 2003 in New Delhi, was first conceptualized - as well as co-sponsored - by JINSA. Joining JINSA in sponsoring the 2004 conference was the International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT), the Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy of Tel Aviv University and by Prof. M.D. Nalapat of India's Manipal Academy of Higher Education and was arranged by ICT scholar Prof. Martin Sherman. The next conference in the series is expected to be held in Washington, D.C. in early 2005. As a result of the conference, the American, Israeli and Indian delegations agreed to a multifaceted action plan to be carried out jointly by the sponsoring organizations and allied agencies as well as Congressman Stephen Solarz. independently within the three countries. The plan calls for fostering cooperation between non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to exchange experience and share relevant technologies, increase counter-terrorism cooperation among military and security related agencies in the three countries as well as in research and the development of enhanced counter-terrorism techniques, and establish frameworks to encourage the monitoring of possible radical Wahabbi-Khomeinist infiltration into scientific organizations relating to weapons of mass destruction. "Our goal is to provide a forum where the experts can meet on an informal basis, expand on their previous work in mapping a trilateral plan-of-action, and form concrete goals and policy recommendations," JINSA's executive director Tom Neumann said. The American delegation was composed of former New York Congressman Stephen Solarz*; former Alternate U.S. Ambassador to the UN Harvey Feldman*; Dr. Steven Blank, Professor of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College, and; Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, an expert on the funding of terrorism. The Indian delegation featured Prof. M.D. Nalapat, director of the School of Geopolitics at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education; V. Adm. K.K. Nayyar, former vice chief of the Indian Navy; B. Raman, a former head of the counter-terrorism division of India's external intelligence agency; Lt. Gen. R.K. Sawhney, former director general for Military Intelligence, and; Dr. Jagdish Shettigar, head of the Economics section of India's ruling BJP Party. The Israeli panelists included Dr. Martin Sherman of the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT); Brig. Gen. Doron Tamir, former chief Intelligence Officer for the IDF, and; R. Adm. Yedidia Ya'ari, commander of the IDF Navy. R. Adm. Yedidia Ya'ari. Panel chairmen included Maj. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Ben-Israel, former director of R&D for the IDF, and Maj. Gen. (res.) Eitan Ben-Eliahu, former commander of the IDF Air Force. Keynote speakers were the Hon. Raminder Jassal, Indian ambassador to Israel; Ehud Olmert; deputy prime minister of Israel; Ze'ev Boim, deputy minister of defense of Israel; Dr. Uzi Landau, Israeli minister for Intelligence Services and U.S.-Israel Strategic Relations, and; Shabtai Shavit, former head of the Mossad. * member of JINSA's Board of Advisors"

OUTSOURCING FOREIGN POLICY TO ISRAEL,
BY SAM SMITH, Progressive Review, APRIL 2004
"GEORGE BUSH, with the concurrence of his purported opponent, John Kerry, has effectively outsourced his major foreign policy to Israel, thereby creating a substantially increased risk of further attacks on the U.S. mainland. Both men, however, appear motivated primarily by domestic political considerations rather than the safety of their country. It has been clear for a long time that the single most effective thing America could do to improve both its relationships and its security in Middle Eastern affairs would be to end its coddling of the right wing Israeli government, pressuring it instead to come to a reasonable accommodation with Palestine. While much of American 'even handedness' in the Middle East over the years has been a charade, the latest move clearly ends even the illusion of fairness. As the AP reported, "A senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Sharon thought that no American president had ever made concessions so important to Israel as Bush did on Wednesday." Pollster John Zogby told Dana Milbank and Mike Allen of the Washington Post, "This is pretty much the final nail in the coffin of the peace process as far as Arabs are concerned." ... Republican officials in Washington said that while they are confident Bush made his decision for sincere policy reasons, they believe the potential impact on the politics of 2004 could be substantial. "This will make it that much harder for John Kerry to win Florida," said a Republican aide on Capitol Hill who refused to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue. Associates said Bush's strategists believe that even small inroads into the Jewish vote could mean the difference between winning and losing Florida, and several Republicans believe the announcement could further inhibit Kerry's fundraising in the Jewish community. David Winston, a pollster who advises GOP lawmakers, said that the policy change "is clearly going to generate some favorable reaction from people who have not been traditional Republican voters." "This expands the opportunity for the Republican Party," Winston said. There is a big price to be paid for viewing "the special relationship" as a political asset. Mark Mawozer, writing in the Financial Times, notes that: The tidal wave of anti-American feeling has eroded its position as an honest broker over Palestine, while lavish aid has given it scant leverage over Israeli policy. Other administrations, if not this one, have also resented the extent of the Israeli lobby's power over Congress and White House alike. John Foster Dulles, the late US secretary of state, had underlined the dangers of a situation in which "much of the world - and the Israeli government - believed Israel could in crucial moments control US policy". President Bill Clinton was not pleased when Benjamin Netanyahu, then Israeli prime minister, once referred - with unnecessary candor - to the US as Israel's strategic asset. Here surely is the partnership's paradox: despite enjoying a global supremacy unprecedented in history, the US finds itself reacting to events, not shaping them. Where the Middle East is concerned, the power of initiative lies not in Washington but in Jerusalem. Can any great power acquiesce indefinitely to such a self-limiting posture? President George Washington had warned Americans in his Farewell Address that "a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils". He was referring to their fondness for the French. One wonders if the current US attachment to Israel will ever go the same way. The Jewish electorate in America has changed dramatically in the past decades. For much of the 20th century, Jewish activism, along with mid-western populism, were major sources of the country's progressive ideas. But with the rise of Israel as an symbol and the upward mobility of succeeding generations, the Jewish electorate became increasingly conservative, much of it now a part of a SUV liberal right that is no longer much interested in populist politics. While Muslims are an increasingly important voting bloc, they are poorer, less well organized, and less concentrated than the Jewish vote and thus less appealing to politicians. What is amazing about all this is that under discussion is a policy that could easily lead to another disaster of the scale of 9/11. It is hard to find a parallel for such a negligently reckless foreign policy in recent American history. While politicians have repeatedly catered to ethnic groups with a foreign agenda, it is unusual for such behavior to cost so much in money, goodwill, and national security ... Today, but without a healthy left, Jewish-American politics presents some of the same dangers that Italian-American politics did in the 1920s and 30s: a misbegotten conversion of love of one's roots into loyalty to a government that is a betrayal of much of what those roots are meant to mean. And, as a result, all Americans, regardless of their roots, are placed in danger."

Backroom bureaucrat played key role in US deal with Israel,
By James Harding, Financial Times, April 16 2004
"When George W. Bush was in Britain last November, one of the president's aides was quietly dispatched to Rome for a discreet meeting. Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, was in Italy and took the opportunity to relay to Mr Bush his plan for unilateral disengagement from the Palestinians. The official the White House sent was Elliott Abrams. In shaping the Bush administration's historic and highly controversial decision this week to endorse Mr Sharon's Middle East vision, Mr Abrams, the National Security Council official chiefly responsible for Arab-Israeli relations, has played a central, if largely unseen, role. This does not overstate his influence. Mr Abrams has worked in a trio on Middle East policy that has included his superior, Stephen Hadley, the deputy national security adviser, and William Burns, the State Department official in charge of Middle East policy. Israeli and US officials also say that the individuals who forged this week's policy were the protagonists: Mr Sharon and Mr Bush. Mr Abrams' role, according to a senior administration official, was to "carry out what the president wants". In 10 weeks of consultations before this week's announcement, US officials made three trips to see Mr Sharon and his staff and there were two visits from Israeli delegations to the White House. Mr Abrams and his colleagues, the official said, were "kept on a short leash. [They] were not dreaming up policy." The Israeli prime minister was one of the few international figures with whom Mr Bush had a relationship before he became president: Mr Sharon was his guide to Israel in 1998 when he was Texas governor. "I had the honour of traveling the West Bank with Ariel Sharon by helicopter," Mr Bush told an audience at the Republican Jewish Coalition in 1999. "You can imagine what it was like to be given a history lesson by this great warrior and hero of freedom and democracy." Mr Sharon also had praise this week for Mr Bush. "I myself have been fighting terror for many years, and understand the threats and cost from terrorism," he said. "In all these years, I have never met a leader as committed as you are, Mr President, to the struggle for freedom and the need to confront terrorism wherever it exists." These words, say some Middle East experts, may resonate favourably for Mr Bush among Jewish and conservative Christian voters in an election year. Martin Indyk, the former US ambassador to Israel, says: "The president is in a tight spot and Jewish votes matter, particularly in some key states such as Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio." The White House insists election year politics did not play a part. "The poll data suggest that there is hardly anything that a Republican president can do to move his support among the Jewish community," the senior administration official says. But to appreciate the internal intellectual argument within the White House for supporting the Sharon plan, diplomats and officials generally agree with a former US official who says: "Elliott was instrumental." It was Mr Abrams, a senior White House official says, who reasoned that Mr Bush should not be bound by "myths and taboos". It was not helpful for Arab and Palestinian leaders to continue to perpetuate the "myth" that Palestinian refugees would one day return to their homes in Israel. It was important to create the precedent of withdrawal from the settlements, the official says, rather than making settlements untouchable. And, the official says, it was important to get things moving when there had been no progress since last August. Mr Abrams, a Reagan official implicated in the Iran-Contra affair, in 1991 admitted withholding information from Congress. He was sentenced to two years' probation and community service. In the years after he was pardoned by President George H. W. Bush, Mr Abrams wrote a book calling for Jews to return to their faith to stem assimilation. He also helped found the Project for the New American Century, a neo-conservative think-tank that included Dick Cheney, now vice-president, Donald Rumsfeld, defence secretary, and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz. Mr Abrams supported Mr Sharon, a leader, he once wrote, who knows "the road to peace lies through strength instead of weakness". He is seen as one of the most effective operators in modern American government. "Elliott Abrams is one of the best bureaucratic artists in Washington. He has traditionally taken bureaucratic positions and turned them into strong positions, because he reads the president and knows what he wants," says Jon Alterman, who was on the State Department's policy and planning staff."

EU Slams Rantissi Killing as Unlawful, Provocative,
Yahoo! News (from Reuters), April 18, 2004
"Israel's killing of top Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi was unlawful and "not conducive to lowering tension," European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Saturday. "The European Union has consistently condemned extrajudicial killings," Solana said in a statement issued during talks between EU and Asian foreign ministers in Ireland. "Israel has a right to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks, but actions of this type are not only unlawful, they are not conducive to lowering tension."

Qureia blames U.S. bias; Israel: Rantisi was terror mastermind,
Haaretz (Israel), April 18, 2004
"Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia on Saturday said Israel's assassination of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi was a "direct result" of encouragement from the United States. Rantisi was killed by a missile strike on his car in the Gaza Strip, the powerbase of the Palestinian Islamic militant group where he had been the top official. "The Palestinian cabinet considers this terrorist Israeli campaign is a direct result of American encouragement and the complete bias of the American administration towards the Israeli government," he said. Israel said it had killed a "mastermind of terrorism" by assassinating Rantisi and vowed to keep up strikes on militant leaders. "Israel... today struck a mastermind of terrorism, with blood on his hands," Foreign Ministry spokesman Jonathan Peled told Reuters. "As long as the Palestinian Authority does not lift a finger and fight terrorism, Israel will continue to have to do so itself," he said. The White House early Sunday declined to criticize the strike, saying instead that Israel "has the right to defend itself from terrorist attacks" and urging restraint in the region ... [T]he chair of the Yahad (formerly Meretz) faction, MK Zahava Gal-On, expressed doubt about the timing of the assassination, coming a few days after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met U.S. President George W. Bush on his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip ... A senior Palestinian Authority official condemned the killing of the Hamas leader as "state terror." "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this Israeli crime and state terror. It is evident now to the world that the Palestinian people need international protection more than ever," Palestinian Minister Saeb Erekat said. Speaking to CNN, Erekat expressed concern that Israel would now target PA Chairman Yasser Arafat. He said that acts of revenge would not serve either side, and warned that Israel and the Palestinians were in a "lose-lose" situation. Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Sha'ath also attributed the decision to assassinate Rantisi on what the Palestinians believe is a forgiving American attitude toward Israel. "I completely condemn this Israeli crime of cold blooded killing in front of the whole world, while America gives it bits of our land and our refugees' rights. The mercy of God upon Rantisi... Israel commits crimes and is rewarded by the American president. When it commits state terrorism, it gets promises."

Bush Blows It Again,
by Charley Reese, antiwar-com, April 17, 2004
"President George W. Bush continues to mislead the American people as to the cause of terrorism directed against the United States. This week he guaranteed that more Americans will die from terrorist attacks due to his stabbing the Palestinians in the back. He has from the beginning acted as if he were a ventriloquist's dummy and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon were the ventriloquist. He proved it again by buying into Sharon's scheme to steal great globs of Palestinian land in the West Bank, and by arrogantly denying the right of Palestinian refugees to return home or be compensated. Israel has no legal right to the land occupied by settlements; the whole world recognizes this and has for decades. The United States used to recognize it until Bush decided to kiss the most ample part of Sharon's anatomy. How dare George Bush tell Palestinian refugees, ethnically cleansed in 1947–48 and again in 1967, that they have no rights? What unmitigated gall and arrogance he shows, what contempt for the Palestinians and indeed for the whole Muslim world. When did God give George Bush the power to abolish the human rights of other people? It's no wonder he has to lie through his teeth to try to explain terrorism. We are not victims of terrorism because terrorists hate us or democracy or freedom. We are victims of terrorism because George Bush's policies inflict grievous harm on Palestinians, on Afghans and on Iraqis. One hates to say it, but Osama bin Laden makes more sense than Bush. If you doubt the role of our support for Israel's brutalizing Palestine in causing terrorism, listen to what bin Laden says: "The greatest rule of safety is justice, and stopping injustice and aggression. It was said: Oppression kills the oppressors, and the hotbed of injustice is evil. The situation in occupied Palestine is an example. What happened on 11 September and 11 March (the Madrid bombings) is your commodity returned to you." In plainer English, the more the Israelis shed Palestinian blood with our unadulterated support, the more of our blood bin Laden hopes to shed. He says quite plainly – addressing himself to the people instead of politicians – why don't you stop shedding our blood so we can stop shedding yours? He scoffs at being called a terrorist and says, "Our acts are reaction to your own acts, which are represented by the destruction and killing of our kinfolk in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine." He goes on to say that rational people would not sacrifice their security, their money and their children "to please the liar of the White House. Had he been truthful about his claim for peace, he would not describe the person who ripped open pregnant women in Sabra and Shatila (a reference to Sharon) and the destroyer of the capitulation process (a reference to the peace process) as a man of peace." Bin Laden says further: "He also would not have lied to people and said that we hate freedom and kill for the sake of killing. Reality proves our truthfulness and his lie. The killing of Russians was after their invasion of Afghanistan and Chechnya; the killing of Europeans was after their invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan; and the killing of Americans on the day of New York was after their support of the Jews in Palestine and their invasion of the Arabian Peninsula." As much as you might hate bin Laden, he is telling the truth about the cause of the conflict, and Bush is lying. Bush ought to come clean and tell the American people the truth about why we are in this war instead of spreading the lie that we were just innocent bystanders picked on by madmen. Even terrorists have rational reasons for what they do. Bush is following the Israeli example. Rather than address the cause of the problem, he just tries to kill his way out of it. That policy has failed the Israelis, and it will fail us."

Party led by Jewish politician does well in S. African elections,
by Michael Belling, Virtual Jerusalem, April 2004
"A political party headed by one of South Africa´s leading Jewish politicians has entrenched its position as the second-largest party in the country. The governing African National Congress continued its political dominance with a landslide win in the April 14 general elections, but the Democratic Alliance, led by Tony Leon, increased its vote by almost one-third, solidifying its status as the largest opposition party. Leon called it a mark of progress in South Africa´s young democracy — established after the peaceful transition from white rule in 1994 — that his Jewishness was not an issue in the campaign, with one or two minor exceptions. "The Palestine issue was brought up and injected into the campaign when I spoke in Lenasia," a largely Muslim area near Johannesburg, he told JTA. There are more than half a million Muslims in South Africa, which has a Jewish population of some 70,000. There was also an anonymous threat by "Al-Qaida types" against his wife, Michal, who is Israeli ... Two other senior Jewish politicians will return to Parliament — ANC member Ronnie Kasrils, the minister of water affairs who is outspoken in his anti-Israel views, and Ruth Rabinowitz of the Inkatha Freedom Party, with its largely Zulu power base. Several more Jews will take seats in the nine provincial legislatures. Jews largely backed the Democratic Alliance. The South African government´s pro-Palestinian stance — it supported the Palestinian position during the International Court of Justice hearings on the Israeli security fence — increased this support, said Mervyn Smith, the chairman of the African Jewish Congress and a former national chairman of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, the umbrella body of the country´s Jewish community. Michael Bagraim, current national chairman of the Board of Deputies, said Jews now felt they were really making a difference when they voted, in contrast to the situation under the old apartheid regime. "Now you feel free. You are proud of placing your cross. It doesn´t matter for which party. You are contributing to the country, making a difference and are part of the building blocks of the future," he said. Referring to an Op-Ed piece in the Cape Times during the run-up to the elections, which included accusations that the South African Zionist Federation was fomenting loyalty to Israel at the cost of allegiance to South Africa, Bagraim said he had met recently with Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad and the ANC leader in the Western Cape, Ibrahim Rasool. "Both assured us we are absolutely equal to any other citizen of this country and protected by the full weight of the law," Bagraim said. "Rasool went further and said he respects our allegiance as Zionists and it does not detract from our allegiance to South Africa as fully fledged citizens."

Ms. Benador manages the media PR firm greases skids for clients supporting Bush's Middle East policy,
by Bill Berkowitz, Working for Change, October 14, 2002
" This column actually is about the work of Eleana Benador. She is one of those influential public relations folks who work behind the scenes, managing and massaging the media. Eleana Benador runs a high-powered media relations and international Speakers bureau called Benador Associates. With offices in New York City, Paris, London, Madrid, and Geneva, she is a woman on a mission. The last time, and I must confess the first time, I heard about her activities was when Brian Whittaker, writing for Britain's The Guardian ("US think tanks give lessons in foreign policy"), described Benador's work promoting a gaggle of spokespeople that support Israel's objectives in the Middle East. Whitaker's article painstakingly described the coterie of Middle East "experts" -- nurtured by several right-wing, and mostly Washington, DC-based think tanks -- who have come to dominate the public discourse over Middle East policy. This domination has been aided and abetted by the work of Ms. Benador. An expert booking agent, Ms. Benador succeeds with remarkable ease in getting her clients maximum exposure on cable's talking-head television programs, and in placing their op-ed pieces in a number of the nation's major newspapers. Ms. Benador represents a constellation of right-wing politicos and conservative think tankers including: Alexander M. Haig, Jr., -- former Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan who currently runs Worldwide Associates, Inc., a company that assists "corporations around the world in providing strategic advice on global political, economic, commercial and security matters"; James Woolsey -- former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency for two years under Bill Clinton and one of the earliest of drum beaters for taking out Saddam Hussein; Richard Perle -- the neoconservative icon who is one of the chief architects of Bush's Middle East policy; Charles Krauthammer -- a regular columnist with the Washington Post who is a "hawk's hawk"; Michael Ledeen -- currently occupying the Freedom Chair at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.; Frank Gaffney -- founder and president of the Washington, DC-based Center for Security Policy and columnist with the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Washington Times; and Arnaud de Borchgrave -- Senior Adviser and Director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former editor-in-chief of the Washington Times. Dr. Khidir Hamza One of Benador's bright new stars is Dr. Khidhir Hamza, the dissident Iraqi nuclear scientist who recently charged that Iraq could have a nuclear bomb within months ... That's where Eleana Benador comes in. Over the past several months Dr. Hamza has been interviewed by the New York Times, Tom Brokaw, Nightly News, 60 Minutes II, PBS Frontline, NPR: All things Considered, and the Morning Show with Bob Edwards. Interlocking clients The website run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq recently linked to photos of Benador that, said website contributor Drew Hamre, were "apparently taken at a meeting that included: US Senator Joseph Lieberman... anti-Arab ideologue Daniel Pipes [director of the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum], and -- inexplicably -- Reza Pahlavi, the former Crown Prince of Iran. Adding absurdity to inexplicability," Hamre added, "the photos are posted on the vanity website of a Philadelphia-area realtor active in Middle East politics." Since the beginning of August, Michael Ledeen, one of Benador's clients, has written 6 columns in the National Review about Iran -- most of them urging the Bush Administration to rally around the opposition forces and add Iran to the list of future (not too distant) targets ... Ms. Benador, along with several of her clients, are listed as "Core Activists and Supporters" of the United States Committee for a Free Lebanon (USCFL) at its website. According to the Guardian's Brian Whittaker, the USCFL publishes the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin jointly with the Pipes' Middle East Forum. The Bulletin, which "is sent out by email free of charge -- but can never-the-less afford to pay its contributors," reports Whittaker, "specializes in covering the seamy side of Lebanese and Syrian politics." In June 2000, the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum issued a 48-page study, titled "Ending Syria's Occupation of Lebanon: The U.S. Role." According to a press release announcing its publication, the report called for the U.S. to "demand a Syrian withdrawal and restore Lebanon's sovereignty," and it "suggests a range of specific policy recommendations, from issuing a clear statement of policy ('All Syrian forces must leave Lebanon') to putting serious pressure on Syria." The media contact? Eleana Benador."

NCSJ Praises Announcement that Secretary Powell Will Attend Berlin Conference,
U.S. Newswire, April 19, 2004
"NCSJ today praised the announcement that Secretary of State Colin Powell will attend the conference on anti-Semitism, being sponsored April 28-29 in Berlin by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). "Secretary Powell and the State Department have been instrumental in envisioning and securing the OSCE mechanism for international cooperation against anti-Semitism," said NCSJ Chairman Robert J. Meth. "Through his participation in the OSCE Ministerial Council last December, he personally ensured strong support from the 55 member states for both the Berlin conference and the critical post-Berlin implementation of hate-crimes monitoring, legislation, training, and educational programs." Dr. Meth will be leading NCSJ's delegation to Berlin. According to NCSJ Executive Director Mark B. Levin, who served as a Public Member of the U.S. delegation to the OSCE's 2003 Vienna conference, "The Secretary's participation will further raise the level of what is already a high-profile international event. We anticipate many of his counterparts will be more likely to attend as a result." Mr. Levin will be joining other American Jewish representatives as a Public Advisor to this year's delegation being led by former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. NCSJ President Joel M. Schindler noted, "NCSJ has drawn on its diplomatic and policy contacts, its expertise in combating anti- Semitism, and three decades of participation in the historic Helsinki process that produced what we know today as the OSCE. We are very pleased to be working with a growing number of partner agencies, and with officials from the United States and a long list of European partners, many of whom have emerged from the Soviet shadow." The following is a list of recent key related developments, including new legislation in the United States Senate and a hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. April 7: Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) introduced S. 2292, a bill mandating an annual Global Anti-Semitism Review by the U.S. Department of State. The text of the bill and Sen. Voinovich's floor statement is available online at http://ncsj.org/AuxPages/040704Voinovich.shtml. NCSJ Executive Director Mark Levin told the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee: "By reporting on both the status of anti-Semitism and government responses to it, it will hold accountable those governments failing to take appropriate measures and recognize those moving forward. This is the formula that has allowed our country to lead the world toward effective enforcement of human rights standards and respect for religious freedom." ... The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) whose 55 member states comprise North America, Europe and the former Soviet Union, is holding a major international conference in Berlin, focused on coordinating the fight against anti-Semitism. A broad range of information is available online at http://Berlin2004.org ... . NCSJ: Advocates on behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia -- a voluntary, non-profit agency created in 1971 -- is the mandated central coordinating agency of the organized American Jewish community for policy and activities on behalf of the estimated 1.5 million Jews in the former Soviet Union. NCSJ comprises nearly 50 national organizations and over 300 local federations, community councils and committees across the United States. Through this extensive network, NCSJ mobilizes the resources, energies and talents of millions of U.S. citizens, and also represents the American Jewish community in dealings with similar national groups abroad, and at international fora."

 


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