[yshavurah] this week's snippets, incl link to candidates' views on Middle East

  • From: "Cherie Kurland" <kurlandc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "senator dewine" <senator_dewine@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2004 18:20:55 -0500

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 

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 
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. 

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