If you would like to see how deceptive the Arab media is with news and events regarding Arabs (including and especially Palestinians) and Israel, I suggest checking out Elder of Ziyon. The Elder of Ziyon does an excellent job of revealing discrepancies between reports in English and Arabic, as well as highlighting how much of Arab suffering is because of Arabs, although one would not know this if one is reading Arab media in English (or even in Arabic, in some instances).
Sidenote: “Ziyon” comes from a closer transliteration of the word usually rendered as “Zion”. This word is (ציון, tziyon) and occurs quite frequently in Jewish/Hebrew prayers.
There are a variety of people who root for terrorism-sympathizing peoples. This includes rooting for Hezbollah, Hamas, other Palestinian militant organizations, Islamist regimes and societies, and so on. This includes protesting against those people who are fighting these threats; these valiant warriors against oppression and terrorism include Jews, the State of Israel, the Israeli Defense Forces, the Armed Forces of The United States, The Government of The United States, and so on and so forth. This amuses me because these same people, in the lands for which they are protesting or rooting, would be oppressed, suppressed, prosecuted, persecuted, and most likely (considering their outspoken nature) killed.
Such categories, from which such amusing protestors come from, are: Read the rest of this entry »
Christopher Taylor mentioned this webpage in a comment section, and I think it’s very insightful. “The Jews are NOT the problem” by Bithead of BitsBlog. It contrasts Muslim Nobel Prize winners with Jewish winners, and offers some suggestions as to how this disparity can be overcome.
Thank you, Christopher Taylor.
Another interesting discovery: it seems that a number of Israeli Arabs refer to themselves not as “Israeli Arabs” but as “48 Arabs” or “Arabs 48” and other like permutations, and that this appellation is used by other Arabs to refer to Israeli Arabs. “48” refers to 1948, when the State of Israel was established. Evidently “48 Arabs” means “Arabs according to 1948, before the State of Israel was established.” This is evidently used to focus that they aren’t Israeli as much as they are Arab.
What significance could there be in the fact that these Arabs identify not with Israel but with pre-Israel Palestine?
Is it any wonder that Israeli Arabs (especially their politicians) are wont to ignite storms of criticism by Israeli society, accusing them of treason or undermining the state?
What does this say about the possibility of non-Arabs (primarily Jews) and Arabs coexisting in the same state?
Let us take a look at Syria for a moment.
Like many Middle Eastern states (especially Lebanon and Iraq), Syria is a state within which there are a number of groups. The major groups in Syria are the Sunnis, Nusayri Shiites (also called Alawi Shiites), Isma’ili Shiites, Twelver Shiites, Druze, and Christians. The ruling regime (consisting of the top military brass) consists of Nusayri Shiites. Read the rest of this entry »
According to a post (““The Real Winner in Lebanon””) by the inimitable Jeff Goldstein of protein wisdom, it may be possible that there is more than meets the eye regarding the Lebanon issue. More may be going on, more may have been planned, and more may be intended than what we can see on the surface. Read the rest of this entry »
It seems that Olmert may be in trouble. The very circumstances that bouyed the popularity of his government might lead to his own undoing. Read the rest of this entry »
In “A Sailor’s Parable” by HayZeus of HayZeus, Inc., there is a link to “A difficult lesson” by The Braden Files. This post consists of a story told by someone who was in the Air Force; the poster uses that story as a parable to describe how Israel can put an end to its terrorism tzoris (troubles) once and for all. It’s very enlightening and certain made me think. I was a little shocked by what he had to say, but I must admit that he has a very good point. I want to say I agree with him.
(Warning: This posts contains an attempt of dark humor. Please do not proceed if such humor may offend you.) Read the rest of this entry »
My mother just told me of an incident I thought would be educational to share. But, first, a warning: the following post may be considered racist and offensive. I am sharing this to offer some indication of how inter-racial interactions can be like and how certain ethnicities are prejudiced against others. Please do not continue if you think you might be offended. Read the rest of this entry »
According to “300 protest Gaza incursion outside PM’s home” by Linda Lipschitz of The Jerusalem Post, leftist Israelis protested against Operation Summer Rains outside the home of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
What makes this interesting is using this to compare Israeli society to Palestinian (and, really, Arab) society. When was the last time there was a pro-Israeli protest outside the residence or office of an Arab leader?