Dayton, Ohio area events: Bob Simon, CBS foreign correspondent, will speak on "Is Peace Possible in the Middle East?" 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 144 Benton Hall, Miami University Oxford as part of Miami's Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the international studies program. Sunday, February 1, 2004, 9:30AM-11AM (home in time for Super Bowl coverage!): Israel Task Force featuring Andrew Jaffee, www.netwmd.com creator and pro-Israel activist, frequent contributor to Dayton City Paper and Dayton Daily News. Location JCC Denlinger Road. Mr. Jaffee will report on recent Palestinian Solidarity conference at OSU and more. Sunday, February 8, 2004: ?Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Can We Build a Road to Peace??, 4-6 p.m. Free. An interfaith forum of three speakers sponsored by the Greater Dayton Interfaith Trialogue, UD Department of Religious Studies, Dayton NCCJ, and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Office for Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations. Kennedy Union ballroom, University of Dayton. For more information, contact Rev. Kenneth Clark at 937-233-7754 or at sclark36@xxxxxxxxx and now, this week's snippets: Something to Monitor: Jewish Virtual Library?s website of US Presidential Candidates and their viewpoints on the Middle East: see http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Israel/electiontoc.html From http://www.arutzsheva.com/news.php3?id=55774: ??.Export Institute director Yechiel Assia told Globes that the ?Fine Foods from Israel? program boosted food exports to the US by 24%, to $56.5 million in January-September 2003, compared with $45.4 million worth of exports in the corresponding period in 2002. Most of the increased exports were of fresh produce, processed meat and poultry. Wine exports rose 60% to $8 million in January-September 2003 from $5 million in the corresponding period in 2002. ?. An anti-Israel web site calling for the boycott of all Israeli-produced goods has provided a thorough list of products that are made in Israel.? (That list: http://www.boycottisrael.org/is_goods_list.htm - thanks for letting us know how to support Israel!) From http://www.arutzsheva.com/print.php3?what=news&id=56379: Druze Religious Leader Commits to Noahide "Seven Laws" 17:46 Jan 18, '04 / 24 Tevet 5764 The spiritual leader of the Druze community in Israel, Sheikh Mowafak Tarif, this weekend signed a declaration calling on non-Jews in Israel to observe the Seven Noahide (Bnei Noach) Commandments? Several weeks ago, the mayor of the primarily Druze city of Shfaram, in the Galilee, also signed the document. The declaration includes the commitment to make a better "humane world based on the Seven Noachide Commandments and the values they represent ?. Behind the efforts to spread awareness of the Torah?s Seven Universal Laws is Rabbi Boaz Kelly,? the chairman of the Worldwide Committee for the Seven Noahide Commandments. The recent signature by Sheikh Tarif is part of Rabbi Kelly?s ongoing efforts among Israel?s non-Jewish community. In the past few years, Rabbi Kelly?s organization has placed roadside ads in Arabic calling for observance of the Noahide Laws, as well as distributing Arabic-language pamphlets on the subject among Arabs in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. According to the Torah, all humankind (the offspring of Noah, or Bnei Noach) is subject to seven Divine commandments. They are: to refrain from idolatry; to refrain from sexual immorality; to refrain from blasphemy; to refrain from murder; to refrain from theft; to refrain from eating the limb of a living animal; and to establish courts of law. Support for the spread of the Seven Noahide Commandments by the Druze spiritual leader contains within it echoes of the Biblical narrative itself. The Druze community reveres as a prophet the non-Jewish father-in-law of Moses, Jethro (Yitro), whom they call Shu?eib. According to the Biblical narrative, Jethro joined and assisted the Jewish people in the desert during the Exodus, accepted monotheism, but ultimately rejoined his own people. The Tiberias tomb of Jethro is the most important religious site for the Druze community. Point to ponder: The Fall, 2003 issue of Pakn Treger includes an outstanding article about the Warsaw ghetto archives, known as Oneg Shabes - ?A Stone Under History?s Wheel?: ?In the Oneg Shabes, party differences took a back seat to the common goal, which was to zaml, to gather materials, to write it down, tsu fashraybn ? and to write it down immediately, tsu fashraybn oyf der heyser minut. [Emanuel] Ringlebaum [organizer of the archive] understood that time and memory move very quickly during a war. What happens today is absolutely forgotten tomorrow because tomorrow could be worse. By 1942, when Jews were going to Treblinka, the early days of the Warsaw ghetto seemed like a paradise. There was even a common joke in the ghetto about a Jewish man who is woken up by his wife. The man says, ?Why did you wake me up? I was having such a wonderful dream.? And what was the dream? ?I was in a Polish park and Polish anti-Semites were chasing me, yelling, ?Jews, go to Palestine.?? Those were the good old days, before the war.? From www.jcpa.org/daily for 1/16/04: Hip-Hop Star Joins Anti-Semitism Fight - Shlomo Shamir ??.hip-hop legend Russell Simmons will urge African-Americans to join forces with Jews to fight anti-Semitism in Europe and the U.S. America's Jewish community cannot fight anti-Semitism on its own, says Simmons, an admired role model for millions of American blacks. If Martin Luther King were alive today, he would protest against the new wave of anti-Semitism, write Simmons and co-writer Rabbi Marc Schneier. Nor would Martin Luther King keep quiet about the "moral laryngitis" of political leaders who fail to speak out against hatred of Jews?.? (Ha'aretz) And from 1/15/04: Bringing Democracy to the Arab World - Joshua Muravchik There are 22 Arab countries. Of the world's 170 other governments, 121, or 71%, are elected. The number of Arab countries with freely elected governments: zero. Nine (20%) of the predominantly Muslim countries have elected governments - Turkey, Albania, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Niger, and Djibouti - proving that democracy is possible in a majority Muslim country. In the past 30 years, the proportion of states ruled by governments elected (in meaningful, competitive elections) by their citizens has gone from less than one-third to nearly two-thirds. Democracy, or at least its rudiments, has suddenly become the norm - a norm that one day will extend to the Arab world. (Current History/FrontPageMagazine) and IDF Evacuates Palestinian Families After Gaza Floods - Margot Dudkevitch (Jerusalem Post) IDF forces assisted in evacuating three Palestinian families after their homes were flooded near the Kissufim crossing in Gaza after heavy rains on Tuesday. Lt.-Col. Ya'acov Shalomov, head of the district coordinating office in the south Gaza district, said the area where the homes were flooded is known for its constant terrorist activity, where bombs and shooting attacks are daily occurrences. "Tuesday's assistance was purely humanitarian, despite the dangers involved," he said. From www.manhattan-institute.org/cfml/printable.cfm?id-=1202 : What Makes a Terrorist? - James Q. Wilson ?.of the 50 prime ministers and heads of state killed between 1945 and 1985, it is hard to think of one whose death changed a state?s policies. Bernard Lewis argues that the original Assassins failed: they never succeeded in overthrowing the social order or replacing Sunnis with Shiites. ?.dealing with the alleged root causes of crime would not work as well as simply arresting criminals?.German and Italian authorities, faced with [the German Red Army Faction and Italian Red Brigades], decided not to change root causes but to arrest the terrorists. That, accompanied by the collapse of East Germany and its support for terrorists, worked. Within a few years the Red Army Faction and the Red Brigades were extinct. ?. Imagine what it would have been like to eliminate the Baader-Meinhof gang if most West Germans believed that democracy was evil and that Marxism was the wave of the future, if the Soviet Union paid a large sum to the family of every killed or captured gang member, if West German students attended schools that taught the evils of democracy and regarded terrorists as heroes, if several West German states were governed by the equivalent of Fatah, and if there were a German version of Gaza, housing thousands of angry Germans who believed they had a right of return to some homeland. ?.Matters are worse when one state sponsors or accommodates terrorism in another state. In this case, the problem is to end that state support. To do that means making clear that the leaders of such a state will suffer serious pain as a consequence of that accommodation. --- Cherie Kurland --- kurlandc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx --- EarthLink: The #1 provider of the Real Internet. --- Cherie Kurland --- kurlandc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx --- EarthLink: The #1 provider of the Real Internet.