Monday, August 23, 2010
Boston.com, the online edition of the Boston Globe, has made a gallant, but failed, effort to show that boycotting of Israel is gaining steam in the U.S.
The article in question, published yesterday, begins as follows: “In May, rock legend Elvis Costello canceled his gig in Israel. Then, in June, a group of unionized dock workers in San Francisco refused to unload an Israeli ship. In August, a food co-op in Washington state removed Israeli products from its shelves. “
Each of these “examples” deserves individual attention. The “food co-op in Washington state” is actually a small, two-store concern, both of whose stores are in one city – Olympia. The little company made headlines by demanding that Israel accept the PA position in its entirety. Click here for a detailed analysis of the co-op’s stance.
The dock workers who “refused” to unload the Israeli ship actually were not there when the boat arrived; a group of protestors had arrived to stop the unloading of the ship, but they succeeded only in blocking a Chinese ship from being de-cargoed; when the Israeli ship arrived several hours later, the local union followed rules by not ordering night shift workers to unload it. It was unloaded uneventfully the next day.
Costello, who made headlines at the height of his career in 1979 when he used racist profanities to describe black singers Ray Charles and James Brown, canceled his two summer appearances in Israel after tickets had been sold – even though the so-called “intimidation and humiliation of Palestinians in the name of [Israel’s] national security” about which he complained had not changed from the time he signed the contract for his Israel appearances. On the other hand, Elton John braved a call by British academics to cancel his performance in Israel, following other international stars such as Paul McCartney, Madonna, Leonard Cohen, and others.
In short, though Boston.com’s Farah Stockman writes that “the so-called ‘boycott, divestment, and sanctions’ movement aimed at pressuring Israel to withdraw from land claimed by Palestinians” is now showing signs of “picking up momentum,” this conclusion should be taken with a dollop of salt.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
(Note: Antisemites/anti-Israel people really need to read this - they're the ones whining about how Israel is the world's "welfare queen")
Researchers at Tel Aviv University are developing a new family of medicines that could provide preventive treatment for cancer, or turn existing cancer into a chronic disease that one can live with for years.
Details of the study, which was conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro of the Physiology and Pharmacology Department in the Sackler School of Medicine, will be published in the September 2010 issue of FASEB Journal – the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
The study is based on the idea that doctors can prevent a cancerous tumor from growing bigger by damaging the process of angiogenesis – the formation of new blood vessels that provide the tumor with oxygen and nutrients.
The researchers tested the efficacy of innovative polymeric carriers designed to deliver medicines directly to the cancer cells. In this way, the medicines do not harm healthy tissue and the amount of medicine required is significantly reduced, as are its side effects.
The carriers were developed by Dr. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro, Dr. Paula Ofek and colleagues at Berlin University. They were connected to a siRNA-type gene-suppressant and injected into laboratory mice with cancerous tumors. The results were very encouraging: the carriers took the siRNA directly to the cancer cells, and the compound passed through the cell walls and silenced the target genes, without causing the poisoning symptoms that usually accompany cancer treatments.
The researchers now hope to do the same thing with siRNA that can silence a gene that plays a key role in angiogenesis.
Dr. Satchi-Fainaro said that this kind of treatment could revolutionize cancer therapy. People who are not sick but are at high risk of developing cancer – like former cancer patients or carriers of certain genetic mutations – will be able to receive preventive treatment. In people who have cancer, the medicines will keep the tumor in a state of “hibernation” and turn the cancer into a chronic disease that can be managed for many years, while maintaining a high quality of life.
(Courtesy of IsraelNationalNews.com)
A new Iranian website has launched, dedicated to denying and mocking the Holocaust, particularly through caricatures. The website, holocartoons.com, has unsurprisingly angered Israel — and is actually relatively consistent with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s views.
The website — which can be viewed in Farsi, Arabic and English – features several cartoons and dedication to those who died “under the pretext of the Holocaust.” The Pink Panther theme music plays in the background.
The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Centre in Jerusalem called the website “the latest salvo emanating from Iran that denies the facts of the Holocaust and attempts to influence those who are ignorant of history.”
From a statement issued Thursday:
“The vulgar and cynical approach of the website, a combination of Holocaust denial and distortion, illustrated with anti-Semitic caricatures, further illustrates Iran’s disregard for reality and truth vis-a-vis the Holocaust, Jews and Israel.”
Ahmadinejad has expressed anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views numerous times in the past, and caused a stir when he called the Holocaust a “fairy tale” in 2005. Iran’s clerical regime has “repeatedly questioned or denied the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews” and the country has hosted a conference “endorsing Holocaust denial.”
On the more technical side, the website has painfully slow loading times, testing the patience of its visitors. Salon’s Judy Mandelbaum argues that this is what will prevent the site from becoming a problem:
If you can endure the excruciating loading times and then commit to slogging your way through all the primitive, intellectually insulting drawings and boneheaded texts without nodding off, then maybe, Houston, we really do have a problem. But let me suggest that if this is the best Tehran can throw at the supposedly defenseless West, we can leave Houston to its own devices for some time to come.
We’ll just have to wait and see.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Frank R Weltner, the owner of the racist anti-Semitic website JewWatch.com has been arrested for child pornography, and may face 10 years in jail. Below is the newspaper article from the St. Louis Today:
(AP) 68-year-old Frank Weltner is facing child pornography charges after police searched his Saint Louis home on Thursday.
The St. Louis authorities began an investigation that led to a search warrant being executed at Mr Weltner's residence at 6937 Bruno Ave and police seized several laptops and computers from the suspect’s home.
During the initial data review, hundreds of images of child pornography were located within the confiscated devices belonging to the Weltner, said Sgt. James Harrison.
Frank Weltner has been charged with several counts of possession of child pornography as well as accessing child pornography. The cyber crime analyst unit is continuing with the investigation of the data.
Weltner was released on bail on Friday, and is scheduled to appear in court on a later date. If convicted he could face up to 10 yrs in prison.
Weltner is also known for being the owner of the controversial website JewWatch.com as well as a member of the National Alliance (a white separatist organization).
Members of the St Louis Police Dept, began the investigation in May, which involved a broad monitoring of the public domain of the internet. As well as monitoring of the suspect’s home, which led to his arrest.
It’s not clear whether Weltner also engaged in sexual activity with minors, but authorities have thus far refused to comment, due to the ongoing investigation.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
A lot of us on YouTube are petitioning Google to remove videos by white supremacist David Duke, which have increased with an alarming rate over the last few months. Most of the emails I have sent to Admin have basically been ignored, and so far YouTube has done nothing to remove this individual from our community. Hope springs eternal, though, and perhaps the YT gurus will respond to our requests sometime soon.
It seems Duke's fan club, made up of every insignificant, aging xenophobe on the planet who can manage to straighten out their arthritic fingers and muster up the strength to reach his or her computer keyboard, is fanatically dedicated to putting his views out there, and equally dedicated to removing and blocking every voice that dissents from David Duke's personal point of view. Some of Duke's pernicious video offerings include rants that vilify the Jewish holidays of Chanukah and Purim.
I was looking at one of Duke's video pages, and I noticed that he seems to be talking to people in the comments section who don't seem to be there. Then I realized Duke, or whoever is running his channel if he himself isn't - is selectively removing any negativity or criticism posters may make about him in order to put the aging white supremacist in the best possible light. I don't fault him in the least - after all, Duke is still suffering from severe anemia in the public relations department.
I really don't care if David Duke is on YouTube talking about how his racial heritage is slowing eroding away, or that his white European people are being assimilated at an "alarming rate", or that his culture is being passed up while minority groups get the spotlight for advancing in areas of arts, sciences, and other endeavors. He is free to whine and complain all he wants. It's when he singles out a speciific group he thinks is ultimately responsible for keeping his people "down".
Would you like to hazard a guess as to which group Duke thinks bears responsibilty for all his white people's ills? In fact, I'll give you three guesses, and the first two don't count, O.K.?
David Duke has made a career and a living off of denigrating minority groups, and the latest people in his sights are my people, the Jews. Mind you, Duke has always loathed Jews, and on occasion in his youth has turned to other pastimes, such as spitting on Mexican immigrants or hanging African-Americans, but Duke has always held a special hate in his heart for myself and my tribesmen. He recently moved out of the U.S. to Salzberg, Austria, where he is the guest of one of his wealthier benefactors, who no doubt has an autographed portrait of Adolph Eichmann hanging above the fireplace in his "Tribute to the Waffen SS" rumpus room, right next to the glass-cased, mummified body of Hermann Goering's pet gerbil. If you look closely enough, you can still see where the fur was ripped off the poor creature's body removing the duct tape.
But I digress...
Duke, like most of his comrades on the Hitler pep squad, suffers from another malady - an anemic lack of judgment. The guy just doesn't get it - people don't like him or his views, and that includes American colleges and universities. They, like most others, think he's a vile, racist publicity-seeker with a bad haircut. The former Grand Dragon was betting on the notion that academia would somehow develop long term amnesia and forget his racist days of running the Klan. Duke lost the bet.
Thus the move across the pond to the country which had the misfortune of spawning one of the most homicidal monsters in history. Duke, when he's not enjoying the splendor of the Austrian Alps, travels to the Ukraine, where he is a "professor" at the private Ukrainian Interregional Academy of Personnel Management or MAUP, as it's know by it's acronym. In 2008 MAUP received the honor by the U.S. State Department of being, in their words, "one of the most persistent anti-Semitic institutions in Eastern Europe" which receives "a significant portion of its funding from Arab and Muslim states". MAUP's critics claim the institute exibits "traditional antisemitic propaganda traits that have no connection to Zionism, such as religious antisemitism or solely blaming the Jews for the Russian October Revolution or the Holodomor of 1932-1933. MAUP was apparently the only institution that would give Duke some sort of tenure.
On June 3, 2005, MAUP sponsored a one-day conference entitled "Zionism As the Biggest Threat to Modern Civilization" attended by Duke. The Ukrainian newspaper the Kyiv Post called the gathering - quote: "a disgusting orgy of racism and hatred". Two months later, MAUP awarded Duke with a PhD. and gave him a faculty position. Can anyone say "diploma mill"? Duke no doubt submitted a draft of his anti-semitic screed "My Awakening" as his final paper - just slap a fancy cover on it, and it was ready to go.
And to think I wasted all those years in school.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Richard Barrett, a longtime white supremacist leader, anti-Semite, and Holocaust denier who generated more publicity than influence, was found dead April 22nd in his Pearl, Mississippi home, apparently the victim of a homicide.
According to news reports, firefighters discovered his body in a bathroom after neighbors reported a fire at Barrett’s home around 8 a.m. Few details have been released about the incident, which is under investigation by local, state and federal authorities.Barrett, 67, had a long history of denigrating minorities, particularly blacks, Jews, immigrants and gays. In recent years, Barrett ran an online forum for racist skinheads.
Barrett's death shows a marked trend in retribution against white supremacists. It comes literally on the heels of the stabbing death earlier this month of South African White supremacist Eugene Terreblanche, leader of the neo-Nazi Afrikaner Resistance Movement. Terreblanche was bludgeoned and stabbed to death with clubs and a machete in an attack at his farm near the town of Ventersdorp in South Africa's North West Province.
I doubt many tears will be shed over Barrett's departure from this mortal coil, especially by this writer. People in general get fed up with these hate mongers, who abuse their 1st Amendment rights while wrapping themselves in the American flag. For someone like myself who is a veteran, I find it nauseating that Barrett spent the majority of his post-military life trying to upset the fabric of our democracy, something I fought to protect.
Hate has it consequences, sometimes violent. It may be long in being dealt out, but eventually, it catches up to the perpetrator, whether it's a long federal prison sentence, or in Barrett's case, a slab at the morgue.
"Liberty and Justice For All"...the last sentence of the Pledge of Allegiance. My hope is that dream will continue to be realized in America. Justice certainly was realized in the case of Richard Barrett.
No tears shed. Good riddance.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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(IsraelNN.com) The IDF cracked down on the Palestinian Authority’s sheltering foreign anti-Israel protestors and entered Ramallah on Sunday to arrest two women accused of being involved in “illegal riots that interfered with Israeli security operations.”
The PA charged Israel with violating agreements giving it self-rule. However, the same agreements allow Israel to act when its security is endangered. The IDF explained that the two women, Arianda Jove Marti of Spain and Bridgette Chappell of Australia, have been involved in riots protesting the separation barrier.
The women, both of them in their 20s, are activists of the pro-Arab International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and were officially charged by the IDF with remaining illegally in Israel, where one of them entered on a temporary tourist visa and the other on a fake visa. The ISM admitted that the visas were not valid but charged that the women did not break any law.
An ISM activist said that about a dozen soldiers arrested the two women early Sunday morning as part of an intensive campaign to prevent a spread of violent demonstrations that have resulted in dozens of injuries to soldiers as well as Arab and foreign protestors, many of them anarchists.
Last month, Israel deported a Czech woman who also was arrested in Ramallah.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
(IsraelNN.com) The IDF's rescue operation in Haiti received praise Thursday from former US president Bill Clinton, who is the UN Secretary General's Special Emissary to the Caribbean disaster zone.
Clinton mentioned the hospital at a round table session on philanthropy held Thursday at the International Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, in which Israeli President Shimon Peres was also a member of the panel.
Addressing Peres as the audience looked on, Clinton said: “Shimon, I don't know what we would have done without the Israeli hospital at Haiti. The Israeli hospital was the only operational facility which was able to perform surgery and advanced tests.”
Clinton added that “in the name of the aid workers that operated in Haiti, in the name of the people who live there, and on a personal level I want to thank, we all want to thank, Israel from the bottom of our hearts.”
Peres responded by saying that “Israel will be happy to offer all of its abilities in assisting the rehabilitation of the island.” After the plenary session Peres met with Clinton and the two discussed in detail the ways in which Israel could assist the international effort in Haiti.
Additional participants in the plenary session included Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Jimmy D. Wales, founder of Wikipedia; Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) non-profit association; Shelly Esque, President of Intel Foundation; John Edward Sexton, President of New York University, and philanthropist Victor Pinchuk, organizer of the event.