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Senior EU official Louis Michel blasted destruction in the Gaza Strip as "abominable" [26 Jan 2009|03:46pm]


EU official says Gaza destruction "abominable"

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JABALIYA, Gaza Strip (AFP) — A senior EU official touring Gaza on Monday blasted the "abominable" destruction in the enclave and said its "terrorist" Hamas rulers bear overwhelming responsibility for the war.

"It is abominable, indescribable," Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, told reporters in Gaza after touring some of the worst-hit places of Israel's deadly 22-day assault on the territory.

"At this time we have to also recall the overwhelming responsibility of Hamas," he said. "I intentionally say this here -- Hamas is a terrorist movement and it has to be denounced as such."

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They want to divide the land..... [02 Feb 2008|07:12pm]

They want to divide the land.....
Category: News and Politics


This blog will most likely bring some questions about what I believe - so let me go ahead and clear these things up ahead of time.

First off - I am not a Zionist. I do not hold to the beliefs that Zionists hold to.

Having said that there is a however - I do believe in Bible prophecy and I believe that what is going on right now is a part of that prophecy.

Another thing I believe is that if enough people act - we can change things - even put off prophecy for a future time so that we "push it forward" so to speak.

Now, in case you don't know - there have been meetings going on in which there has been a discussion about dividing the state of Isreal. Now, to me this sounds a lot like this.....

Joel 3:1-2 (Amplified Bible)

1. FOR BEHOLD, in those days and at that time when I shall reverse the captivity and restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,

2. I will gather all nations and will bring them down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and there will I deal with and execute judgment upon them for [their treatment of] My people and of My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations and [because] they have divided My land.

It is my opinion that this dividing of the land is something that should not be done.

Now I have said all that to get to this.....

I received this email today and I want to pass it on. If you also believe that dividing the land of Isreal is wrong - say so to someone that counts. Email addresses are provided at the bottom of this post.

Live Love - but stay informed.





Negotiations on how to set up a Palestinian terror state just a bike-ride away from Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and Israel's sole international airport are ongoing as we speak (the goal of Annapolis is to finish these this year -- 2008). The mother of this idea is said to be the Israeli government (although the Israeli government never agreed to set up a Palestinian state given that terror is still ongoing) - but the father is George Bush.


Therefore, American Jewish organizations must speak up against the two-state solution. So far, even the Orthodox have not bothered to do so. All English speakers should make the following Jewish Heart email campaign a top priority.


The Jewish Heart email campaign is the brainchild of FaigeRayzel, a well known American Hareidi activist on behalf of Eretz Yisrael. It is embarrassing to report that up until now, this outspoken woman activist has been working all alone to obtain statements from the Orthodox Jewish establishment organizations on behalf of Judea and Samaria. For example, here is her shortened report on recent conversations with 2 prominent Hareidi-American rabbis: 


"I attended the AJOP Convention in Baltimore.  I was privileged to speak with R' Kamenetsky the Rosh Yeshiva of Philadelphia and R' Feldman the Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Yisroel.  I caught the Roshei Yeshivoth in the hallways, surrounded by many.  I approached R' Kamenetsky and asked "What is the position of the Rabbonim regarding the 2-state solution, the abandonment of Yesha."  He smiled but didn't respond. I spoke about a Mishneh  which discusses how daylight is determined (for purposes of sacrifices) in which Hebron is a key player. I said: "Doesn't this show that in order to start the Avoda in Yerushalayim  you need Hebron?"  Rav Kamenetsky smiled as did all those surrounding him.  I then waited until others had finished talking with Rav Feldman and asked him also: "What about Yesha?".   Then, in a Question and Answer session, I passed the question "What is the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah position regarding territorial concessions in Yesha?"  From Rav Kamenetsky's answer it seemed he was sympathizing. On his way out, once again I managed to get a few words with Rav Kamenetsky.  I mentioned what Rav Feldman had said and asked Rav Kamenetsky to please relay certain information to Rav Feldman.  Rav Kamenetsky agreed."   


FaigeRayzel has asked everybody to please email the major American Orthodox Jewish organizations as follows (even better -- write your own email):


Distinguished Leaders of Young Israel,  OU, and Aguda USA: Aren't Agudath Yisroel of America, the National Council of Young Israel and the Orthodox Union (OU)  against a Palestinian "Homeland" and the destruction of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria? THEN, PLEASE SAY SO!  Make a Public Statement so that President Bush will hear you.  Don't just say so quietly to yourselves.   He thinks you support his Roadmap! Your constituents have faith in you to represent them, to be their voice. As a United Torah Voice tell President Bush that the Roadmap (the Two State Solution) is contrary to Torah. In the Torah, the Land of Israel is Promised to the Nation of Israel exclusively and is not to be shared with Palestinians or any other Nation.


Alternatively or in addition, point out: It is perfectly obvious that a new terror state -- just a bike-ride away from Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and Israel's sole international airport -- threatens the existence of the ONLY Jewish state in the world; whereas there are over 20 Arab states in the world already. Also, as pointed out recently by Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Yisrael Aumann, forceable deportation of tens of thousands of people (including Jews) is a crime against humanity. In many cases, the Jews who are at rish to undergo this suffering are first-degree relatives of your own members; it is unthinkable for you to fail to prevent their suffering: Please delay no further in speaking out on their - and Israel's - behalf.


The email addresses of the Public Affairs Departments at  Aguda USA, Young Israel and OU are:


 plerner@youngisrael.org; dzwiebel@agudathisrael.org; shafran@agudathisrael.org; ipa@oa.org;

Please notify  faigeRayzel@aol.com  and mattot.arim@gmail.com immediately if you get a substantive response.


You can also call:


Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel and Rabbi Avi Shafran, Public Affairs Deptl,  Agudath Yisroel USA:   212-797-9000 

Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Young Israel:  212-929-1525

Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, OU:  212-563-4000


Thank you!!

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Middle East countries wants to develope a nuclear technologies.

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[16 Apr 2006|07:44pm]

to everyone in the USA:

we need to stop HR4861.
never heard of it? basically it calls for cutting off all aid and communication to Palestine. it claims to promote the democratic process, but all it will do will further harm the fight for democracy and peace.

here's a link for info:

and then go here and send an email to your representative:

this is urgent, so sign it and send it to your friends!

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Palestine! [10 Apr 2006|08:46am]

For anyone in the DC area, this may be of interest for you. American University is having Palestine Awareness Week. We have some amazing events, like tonight we are hosting the Palestinian Ambassador Afif Safieh and Thursday is our 4th Annual Culture Night, a night of fantastic music and dance.

Here's the website to the full calendar!



Iran Freedom Concert Follow-Up [22 Mar 2006|11:19am]

We are writing to inform you about the Iran Freedom Concert held this past weekend at Harvard University, and ask for your help in spreading the word about its success.

Co-hosted by students at Harvard University and the Hands Across the Mideast Support Alliance (HAMSA, a project of the American Islamic Congress), the concert aimed to promote the message that "civil rights must be respected by any Iranian government, and freedom must become a reality for all Iranians."

The concert was an outstanding success, and was covered by major news organizations. Click here to read an article by the Boston Globe about the concert. 
To see pictures and video clips of the concert, please click here.

Our work, however, is not yet done. We are trying to bring the message and success of this concert to as many people as possible. We are especially trying to reach as many people currently inside Iran as possible, and let them know of this event.

Thus, we would be grateful if you could put a small post about the concert and its success in your journal,  and let as many people know about its message as possible. If you could do us the personal favor of sending us a link to any posts you make about the concert for our records, we would be grateful.

Please e-mail us if you have any questions, and thank you for your time.


Iran Freedom Concert [14 Mar 2006|03:29pm]

Harvard Students Hold "Iran Freedom Concert" in Solidarity with Iranian Student Movement for Democracy and Civil Rights

Event to be broadcast into Iran via satellite TV

CAMBRIDGE – On Saturday (March 18) Harvard University will host the Iran Freedom Concert, a rally organized by Harvard students to support their counterparts in Iran.

Prominent Iranian student leader Akbar Atri and Harvard's student body president John Haddock will address the crowd. Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, will be sending a statement of support.

"As tensions rise over nuclear issues, our diverse student coalition wants to spotlight the human side of the Iran crisis," said co-organizer Adam Scheuer, a senior and editor at the Harvard Middle East Review.

"Iranian students are denied basic rights Americans take advantage of every day. But there is a brave student movement in Iran working for change, and we need to support them." Widespread student protests in Iran have broken out in recent years, despite a brutal crackdown by the regime's security forces.

The concert, which begins at 9 p.m. at Leverett House, features leading campus musicians and speakers from campus groups exposing repression in Iran. Nine organizations are co-sponsoring, including an unusual alliance of campus Democrats and Republicans.

"The coalition doesn't take a stand on policy debates like foreign intervention," explained freshman co-organizer Alex McLeese. "But we agree that the fundamental rights of Iranians cannot be held hostage to diplomatic maneuverings over Iran's nuclear program."

The Iran Freedom Concert takes place just before the traditional Persian new year of Norouz – reflecting the students' hope for a new day for freedom in Iran.

"Iranian students are arrested for what they write on their blogs and have to take their exams in handcuffs," noted freshman co-organizer Nick Manske. "In fact, the essential elements of this concert are illegal in Iran: live singing, mixed dancing, and discussing social messages. Not to mention the restrictions on women, minorities, and journalists."

That message is being echoed on campuses across the country, with simultaneous rallies planned at Georgetown, UPenn, Duke, and other schools. Prominent Iranian dissidents, as well as the American Islamic Congress, are sending statements of support. The event will be broadcast into Iran via satellite TV.

"If there is no international pressure, there will be more crackdowns, arrests, and imprisonments," said Fatameh Haghighatjoo, the youngest female ever elected to the Iranian parliament. "But if there is international concern, these will be reduced."

"This is a critical moment for Iran," Scheuer said. "Iranian activists need to know that American students are ready to help them hold the Iranian regime accountable. We want to help our counterparts in Iran seize the moment and advance their civil rights movement."

For more information, see http://www.IranFreedomConcert.com or call 617.661.0053.

Civil Rights in the Middle East Essay Contest! [08 Feb 2006|01:07pm]

Speak your mind on freedom in the Middle East and win $2000!

The Hands Across the Mideast Support Alliance (HAMSA) is proud to announce its "Dreams Deferred" Essay Contest on Civil Rights in the Middle East. The contest has two parts: one for Middle Eastern youth (25 and younger) and one for American youth (25 and younger).

To participate, all you have to do is write a brief essay (600-2000 words) addressing one of three questions dealing with civil rights in the Middle East.

Winners will be selected by a panel of celebrity judges - including Gloria Steinem, Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim, and Norman Hill - and will recieve a $2000 prize, with other prizes for top essays!

For more information, please visit our website or send us an e-mail at info@hamsaweb.org


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