Archive for March, 2007


March 30, 2007

WND Exclusive

America unprepared for ‘likely’ nuke attack
Public awareness campaign is only hope, says 3-year

University of Georgia study

Posted: March 30, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Joseph Farah
© 2007

New York City

WASHINGTON – The most extensive study of the effects of nuclear detonations in four major U.S. cities paints a grim picture of millions of deaths, overwhelmed hospitals and loss of command-and-control capability by government. But the three-year study by researchers at the Center for Mass Destruction Defense at the University of Georgia says a concerted effort to teach civilians what to do in the event of a nuclear attack is the best – perhaps only – thing that could save an untold number of lives that will otherwise be needlessly lost.

“If a nuclear detonation were to occur in a downtown area, the picture would be bleak there,” said Cham Dallas, director of the program and professor in the college of pharmacy. “But in urban areas farther from the detonation, there actually is quite a bit that we can do. In certain areas, it may be possible to turn the death rate from 90 percent in some burn populations to probably 20 or 30 percent – and those are very big differences – simply by being prepared well in advance.”

While America was once prepared for nuclear war with civil defense shelters stocked with food and supplies and educational programs on how to react to a detonation, the report says the threat of a nuclear attack within the U.S. has grown significantly in recent years.

“The likelihood of a nuclear attack in an American city is steadily increasing, and the consequences will be overwhelming,” said Dallas. “So we need to substantially increase our preparation.”

The study looked at the impact of nuclear detonations of two sizes in New York, Washington, Chicago and Atlanta. Both 20-kiloton and 550-kiloton blasts were modeled in what the authors claim is the most advanced and detailed simulation published in open scientific literature.

International Journal of Health Geographics

The entire report, which also takes into account prevailing weather patterns and block-level population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, is published in the March issue of the International Journal of Health Geographics.

In the study’s worst-case scenario, one 550-kiloton detonation in New York City was shown to result in a fallout plume extending the length of Long Island, resulting in the deaths of 5 million.

A similar weapon detonated in the nation’s capital would destroy hospitals in Washington, but its fallout cloud would also incapacitate hospitals as far away as Baltimore, a city 40 miles from the District of Columbia.

Even a relatively small 20-kiloton blast in a downtown area would result in almost unimaginable devastation – leaving debris tens of feet think in streets with buildings 10 stories or higher. Roughly half the population in those areas would be killed, mainly from collapsed buildings. Most of those surviving the initial blast would be exposed to a fatal dose of radiation.

The larger bomb would create additional and substantial casualties from burns. Mass fires would consume cities, reaching out nearly four miles in all directions from the detonation site.

“The hospital system has about 1,500 burn beds in the whole country, and of these maybe 80 to 90 percent are full at any given time,” said William Bell, senior research scientist and a faculty member of the college of public health. “There’s no way of treating the burn victims from a nuclear attack with the existing medical system.”

The report points out hospitals, trauma centers and other medical assets are likely to be in “the fatality plume,” rendering them essentially inoperable in the crisis.

“Among the consequences of this outcome would be the probable loss of command-and-control, mass casualties that will have to be treated in an unorganized response by hospitals on the periphery, as well as other expected chaotic outcomes from inadequate administration in a crisis,” says the report. “Vigorous, creative and accelerated training and coordination among the federal agencies tasked for WMD response, military resources, academic institutions and local responders will be critical for large-scale WMD events involving mass casualties.”

Bell said a 20-kiloton nuclear weapon could be manufactured by terrorists and countries such as North Korea and Iran. The larger warhead is commonly found in the nuclear arsenal of the former Soviet Union and is likely to be stolen by terrorists.

The report confirms other findings that America is extremely vulnerable to a nuclear attack and unprepared to deal with its aftermath.

In a July 31, 2005, confidential memo to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon analyst John Brinkerhoff concluded: “The United States is unprepared to mitigate the consequences of a nuclear attack. We were unable to find any group of office with a coherent approach to this very important aspect of homeland security.”

In other words, after having spent more than $300 billion to protect the homeland in the last five years, America is no closer to a civil defense strategy for a nuclear strike by terrorists.

“This is a bad situation,” wrote Brinkerhoff. “The threat of a nuclear attack is real, and action is needed now to learn how to deal with one.”

Bits and pieces of a plan are in place, as Brinkerhoff suggests. For instance, the Energy Department’s Lawrence Livermore Laboratory is geared up to use real-time weather data, within minutes of a bombing, to create a computer model charting the likely path of a radioactive cloud. There’s just one problem. There is no communications system in place designed to reach the people most in need of the information.

The government’s own National Planning Scenario projects even a small, improvised 10-kiloton nuclear bomb would likely kill hundreds of thousands in a medium-sized city. The carnage was estimated at 204,600 dead in Washington, D.C. – with another 90,800 injured or sickened. Another 24,580 would likely die of thyroid cancer later because the simple compound potassium iodide, which can prevent it, was not made available to civilians in advance of the disaster.

President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the 9/11 commission have all concluded a nuclear terrorist attack is not only the nation’s No. 1 nightmare but also something of an inevitability at some time in the future.

The University of Georgia study calls for a public awareness campaign to teach civilians what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. Even simple measures, the researchers point out, can save many lives. For instance, since radioactive clouds move downwind, a person can determine which way the wind is blowing and flee in a perpendicular direction to the wind. Even on foot, people can move one to five miles can be the difference between life and death. On the other hand, though, people in areas upwind from the detonation site are better off staying put.

Dallas is scheduled to address the United Nations for the second time in as many years where he will discuss options for repairing the crumbling sarcophagus surrounding the reactor that triggered the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. He will also talk about the consequences of a nuclear attack and what nations can do about it.

“We want to try to encourage people to pay attention to this, because it’s not all the end of the world,” said Dallas. “There are actually steps that one can take to save lives. But we’re running out of time.”

The Center for Mass Destruction Defense is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is dedicated to reducing casualties and social disruption from weapons of mass destruction and natural disasters. JEWISH LAND – PART 1

March 28, 2007

(Originally published by JTF.ORG on September 22, 2004) A makeshift Jewish antitank gun from Israel’s 1948 War of Independence
Vastly outnumbered and armed with antiquated weapons, Israel beat back seven gigantic Arab armies bent on her annihilation

Self-hating Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says that Israel’s presence in Yesha is an “occupation” – In August 2004, he laughed as he faced the wrath of his own Likud Party members, who could not believe that their beloved “right-wing” leader was betraying them

In the 1967 Six Day War, tiny Israel liberated Judea, Samaria and the Gaza District (known collectively in Hebrew as “Yesha”). Since then, the Jew-hating world and the self-hating Jews have insisted that Israel has no right to these Biblical Jewish lands. Gentile anti-Semites and Jewish anti-Semites refer to Yesha as “Israeli-occupied territory,” refer to Judea and Samaria as the “West Bank” and claim that Israel has no right to keep these G-d-given, historic Jewish lands.

The new spokesman for the Jewish anti-Semites, self-hating Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, told a meeting of Israeli Knesset (Parliament) members from his ruling Likud Party that Israel’s presence in Yesha is an “occupation.” In other words, Yesha belongs to the Arab Muslim Nazis, Israel has no right to be there, and Israel is in Yesha solely as a temporary “occupier” of Islamic land.

The opposite view is represented by JTF’s allies in Israel – the Hilltop Youth. The Hilltop Youth contend that Israel liberated Yesha in the 1967 Six Day War, that Yesha is an eternal and inseparable part of the State of Israel given to the Jewish people by G-d, and that it is absolutely forbidden to even consider surrendering a single inch of this sacred Hebrew land.

A piece of paper with a prayer for Israel’s survival, inserted into a crack in Jerusalem’s Western Wall, took the shape of the Jewish homeland

Who is right? Sharon and his Bolshevik supporters in the left-wing Israeli news media and the corrupt Israeli political establishment, or the heroic Yesha pioneers of the Hilltop Youth?

This week and next week, JTF will examine the dramatic and breathtaking events that occurred before and during the 1967 Six Day War to determine if little Israel occupied or liberated Yesha.

JTF has already documented on prior web sites that according to Torah Judaism – and, of course, according to the Bible – all of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza District is an eternal part of the G-d-given Land of Israel, and it is completely forbidden to even consider or suggest surrendering a single inch of this holy Jewish land under any circumstances whatsoever. (See JTF’s July 21, 2004 article, What The Bible Really Says About Surrendering Jewish Land.)

Arab Muslim Nazi terrorist grafitti from the Al Aqsa terror gang – a part of the Arab Hitler Yasser Arafat’s Fatah (Conquest) party – proudly takes credit for murdering “Israeli pigs” in a suicide bus bombing

JTF has also documented that there never was a “Palestine” nation or state; that there never was a “Palestinian” people; that Muslim Nazi Egypt and Muslim Nazi Jordan illegally conquered Yesha during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence; and that Egypt and Jordan illegally occupied Yesha for 19 years (from 1948 to 1967) until Israel miraculously liberated Yesha during the Six Day War. (See JTF’s September 1 and September 8, 2004 articles, There Is No Palestine (Part 1) and There Is No Palestine (Conclusion).)

After tiny Israel miraculously defeated the Arab world in the 1948 War of Independence – despite being outnumbered by the Arabs 100 to 1 – the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain and the United Nations pressured the Jewish State to accept the anti-Israel 1949 armistice agreements.

The Egyptian Muslim Nazis who marched to annihilate Israel in 1948 prematurely issued a stamp depicting their victory over Israel

Israel had beaten back the huge invading Egyptian army, not only throwing the Egyptian Muslim Nazis out of the Negev Desert but pursuing the Egyptian aggressors deep into the Sinai Peninsula.

In fact, after Israel liberated Sinai territory up to El Arish, the Egyptians suddenly expressed interest in an armistice agreement that would prevent the tiny but fierce Jewish army from advancing even further.

Egypt’s British Nazi allies threatened to militarily intervene in the war on behalf of the Egyptians unless Israel agreed to retreat from the liberated Sinai. These are the same British Nazis who murdered over 6 million innocent Jewish men, women and children during the German Holocaust by forcibly preventing European Jews from entering the British-occupied Land of Israel to escape Hitler’s inferno during World War II. The British Nazi army and navy deliberately sent thousands of desperate European Jewish men, women and children who tried to enter the Holy Land in the 1940s back to Hitler’s gas chambers and ovens.

Not satisfied with being responsible for the murder of over 6 million Jews, the British Nazis then armed Israel’s Arab Muslim enemies to the teeth during the 1948 War of Independence in order to help the Arabs finish Hitler’s job.

When G-d gave the hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned Jews a miraculous victory in the 1948 war, the British Nazis then threatened to go to war against Israel to help the Arab Muslims.

Israel’s first Bolshevik dictator, David Ben Gurion, gave in to British Nazi threats after the 1948 War of Liberation and withdrew the victorious Israeli army from the Sinai

Unfortunately, Israel’s first Bolshevik dictator, David Ben Gurion, gave in to this British Nazi threat and agreed to a unilateral Israeli retreat from the liberated Sinai in 1949.

As soon as Israel completed her one-sided Sinai retreat, Egypt and the rest of the Arab world resumed their Islamic war of genocide against the Jewish people.

Constant Egyptian-directed Muslim terrorist attacks on Israeli communities inflicted heavy Jewish casualties.

From 1949 to 1956, the Egyptians murdered 101 Jews, injured 364, and carried out 1,339 armed clashes with Israeli soldiers.

In the early 1950s, Egypt declared war on Israel by engaging in a naval blockade – The Israeli port of Eilat on the Gulf of Aqaba, which was affected by the blockade, is shown as it was in 1950 (l.) and as a bustling, modern seaport and popular tourist attraction. (Both photographs were taken from almost exactly the same location.)

On August 9, 1949, even the viciously anti-Jewish UN Mixed Armistice Commission upheld Israel’s complaint that Egypt was illegally blocking the Suez Canal to Israeli shipping. Under international law, engaging in a naval blockade is a declaration of war.

On September 1, 1951, even the anti-Israel UN Security Council demanded that Egypt end its state of belligerency and ordered Egypt to open the Suez Canal to Israeli shipping.

Egypt refused to comply. In addition, Egypt barred Israeli shipping through the Strait of Tiran.

Being economically strangled by the Egyptian naval blockade, and facing increasingly murderous Egyptian terrorist attacks on her unarmed citizens, Israel finally responded in October 1956 by launching an all-out offensive against the Egyptian Muslim Nazi enemy. As a result of the 1956 war, Israel miraculously liberated the Gaza District and the entire Sinai Peninsula in only four days.

After the 1948 War of Independence, the Jews of Israel attempted to return to their peaceful pursuits – But they would soon find themselves in a new war with the Arab Muslim Nazis who want to exterminate them

When the 1956 Sinai Operation ended, the United States and the Soviet Union joined together to demand that Israel unilaterally retreat once again from both the Sinai and the Gaza District. And once again, Israel’s Bolshevik dictator David Ben Gurion agreed.

This time, the Americans and the Soviets decided to place UN troops between Egypt and Israel, and to offer international guarantees that there would be no resumption of hostilities.

Self-hating Jews in Israel and America were thrilled to see UN troops in the Sinai. Finally, they said, Israel would receive international guarantees and international protection that would prevent war.

Egyptian-directed Muslim terrorist attacks murdered and wounded hundreds of innocent Jewish men, women and children throughout the 1950s – A 1954 Islamic “fedayeen” terrorist attack on an Israeli bus murdered 11

However, the moment Israel completed her one-sided retreat from the Sinai and the Gaza District in 1957, new Egyptian-directed Muslim terrorist attacks were launched against defenseless Israeli Jewish civilians. And Egypt again violated its pledge to keep the Suez Canal open to Israeli shipping.

The UN troops, the UN guarantees and the guarantees from Washington and Moscow were all worthless.

As Egypt, Syria, Jordan and the rest of the Arab Muslim Nazi world stepped up their murderous Islamic terrorist attacks on Israeli Jews, Egyptian Nazi dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser proclaimed on July 26, 1959:

Prior to the 1967 Six Day War, the Arab Hitler Yasser Arafat took part in Islam’s warmongering pledges to commit genocide against the tiny Jewish homeland

“I announce from here on behalf of the United Arab Republic people that this time we will exterminate Israel.”

Indeed, Arab ambassadors to the UN openly boasted before the entire world that they intended to perpetrate a holocaust against Israeli Jews.

Saudi Arabia’s UN Ambassador Ahmed Shukari made numerous speeches at the UN promising that the Arab Muslims would “push the Jews into the sea” and “finish Hitler’s job.”

Self-hating Jews relied on the United Nations to “protect” them from the Arab Muslim Nazis – UN Secretary General U Thant (l.) is shown meeting with Kurt Waldheim, the Nazi war criminal who helped Hitler to commit genocide in the Balkans and Greece, and who went on to become the president of Nazi Austria – and U Thant’s successor at the UN

Shukari’s open calls for Nazi genocide were greeted with enthusiastic cheering, whistling and applause from the Muslim ambassadors and the other Muslim diplomats in the UN General Assembly.

On May 15, 1967, the anniversary of Israel’s independence, Egypt’s massive military forces rolled into the Sinai.

On May 17th, the Egyptian regime’s official radio station, Voice of the Arabs, proclaimed:

“All Egypt is now prepared to plunge into total war which will put an end to Israel.”

UN Secretary General U Thant (l.) with Soviet Russia’s murderous dictator Nikita Khrushchev (c.) and Khrushchev’s foreign minister Andre Gromyko – For decades, the Soviet Union supplied the Arabs with arms and training to exterminate the Jews of Israel

The Egyptians then demanded the removal of the UN troops in the Sinai. UN Secretary General U Thant immediately accepted the Egyptian demand, pulling all UN troops out in one day.

So much for the international guarantees and international protection that self-hating Jews were relying on for the millionth time.

On May 18, 1967, Egypt’s official Voice of the Arabs radio announced:

“As of today, there no longer exists an international emergency force to protect Israel…. The sole method we shall apply against Israel is a total war which will result in the extermination of Zionist existence.”

Egypt initiated a total blockade of all Israeli shipping in the Strait of Tiran – which is a declaration of war.

In May 1967, millions of Arabs throughout the Arab world took to the streets holding mass Nazi rallies while rhythmically chanting: “Hitler burned the Jews! We will drown the Jews!” and “First we slaughter the Saturday people [the Jews]! Then we slaughter the Sunday people [the Christians]!”

Egyptian Nazi dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser was a German Nazi sympathizer who gave sanctuary to many German Nazis after World War II – Nasser is shown (r.) in the 1960s greeting Haj Amin Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a fellow Arab sympathizer with Nazi Germany who toured and praised Hitler’s death camps during World War II, suggested that the same methods be applied to the Jews of Israel and formed two Bosnian Muslim Waffen SS brigades in furtherance of the Nazi cause. (A Nazi propaganda poster (l.) showed Husseini in the Balkans giving the “Sieg heil!” salute to his Bosnian Nazi brigades.)

Egyptian Nazi dictator Nasser addressed the Egyptian people almost every night with speeches that were enthusiastically broadcast throughout the Arab world.

Nasser’s message was clear:

“Our basic objective will be the destruction of Israel. The Arab people want to fight.” (May 27, 1967)

“We will not accept any coexistence with Israel…. The war with Israel is in effect since 1948.” (May 28, 1967)

“The armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon are poised on the borders of Israel … while standing behind us are the armies of Iraq, Algeria, Kuwait, Sudan and the whole Arab nation…. Today they will know that the Arabs are arranged for battle….” (May 30, 1967)

If genuine right-wing Jews in Israel win seats in the Israeli Knesset in the next election, Israeli Jews will finally hear the uncompromising truth about the justice of little Israel’s noble struggle to survive against an Arab Muslim Nazi world that is irreversibly committed to a new holocaust against the Jewish people.

Only the Hilltop Youth stand for Jewish justice, honor, truth, faith, morality and decency in the face of monstrous Nazi evil.

JTF is proud to be the main U.S. fundraiser for the Hilltop Youth.

Which is why we strongly urge our many loyal readers – both Jews and righteous Gentiles – to immediately do the following four things:

First, if you are a wealthy Jew or a wealthy righteous Gentile, and you have wealthy friends and associates, you can hold a fundraising cocktail party for JTF. Even if you are not wealthy – but have wealthy friends and associates – you can organize a cocktail party. If you wish to hold a cocktail party, please contact JTF.

Welcome to the heroic Jewish pioneering community of Gush Katif! – Gush Katif is a part of the Gaza District, which will be ethnically cleansed of its Jewish population if Ariel Sharon has his way, G-d forbid

Second, make out a generous check or money order (which can be anonymous) to “JTF” and send it out right away. If you prefer, you can mail a cash donation.

Third, zealously spread the word about the JTF.ORG web site. Posting portions of JTF.ORG on popular internet message boards is especially effective. We do get many new hits when we are posted.

Fourth, please remember to include the “Jewish Task Force (JTF)” in your will.


March 26, 2007






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GUARDIAN – POOR – note of caution that if you take too much metal off this
feed ramp you will put a hole in it because the recoil
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March 21, 2007






(Originally published by JTF.ORG on September 8, 2004)


There is no “Palestine” and there are no “Palestinians” – Arab boys, trained from infancy to hate Jews, fly the PLO terrorist flag in an Arab slum of Israel’s Gaza District


There was never a “Palestine” nation or state at any time in history.


When the Arab Muslim Nazis and their self-hating Jewish collaborators claim that there was a “Palestine,” we should respond with the following:


More Arab Muslim lies – In June 2004, the Arab Hitler Yasser Arafat, whose religion of Islam commands him to forcibly convert or exterminate all non-Muslims, lit an Olympic flame at Ramallah in the name of “world peace.” (Arafat ordered the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.)

  • Name one leader of this mythical “Palestine” – who was its president, prime minister or king?
  • Name one nation that had diplomatic relations with “Palestine.”
  • What was the currency of “Palestine”?

In fact, the Arabs themselves always denied that “Palestine” or “Palestinians” exist.


“There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not,” Dr. Philip Hitti, an Arab historian representing the Muslim world, told the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry in 1946 – Hitti was a professor emeritus at Princeton University whose best-known work is The Arabs: A Short History


“There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not,” Dr. Philip Hitti, an Arab historian representing the Muslim world, told the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry in 1946.


Arabs stage pogroms in Israel, calling for the death of the Jews (1936) – Before modern Israel even existed as a state, the Arab Muslim Nazis were bent on the extermination of her Jewish populace, notwithstanding that without the Jews, the land would have reverted to its poverty and desolation of the 1800s; from 1936 to 1939, the Arabs massacred 550 innocent Jewish men, women and children.


In Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, when the entire Arab world attacked the tiny Jewish State promising to “push the Jews into the sea,” all of the Arab states told the United Nations that the Land of Israel was part of southern Syria.


In the 1948 war, Egypt invaded and occupied the Gaza District, and Jordan invaded and occupied Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.


Israel’s former “peace partner,” the “statesman” Yasser Arafat – The Arab Hitler is shown in his younger days pointing to the barrel of a rifle and promising that only it will provide “peace” with the Jews


Thus, all of Yesha was controlled by Egypt and Jordan from 1948 to 1967. The Arabs could easily have created a “Palestinian” state in Yesha.


But from 1948 to 1967, no one called for the creation of a “Palestinian” state. No one even suggested that a separate “Palestinian” people exist in Yesha.


After self-hating Jews told the Arabs that they should invent a “Palestinian” people as part of their propaganda war to destroy little Israel, the terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was formed in 1964 in Cairo, Egypt.


Defying the whole world – including the United States, which imposed an arms embargo on her – the tiny Jewish homeland, her soldiers outnumbered 100 to 1, won her independence in 1948 by miraculously beating back seven gigantic Arab terrorist armies


The “warriors of Allah” – local Arabs – join in the 1948 war of extermination against tiny Israel


Yet even the PLO never called for an independent “Palestine” state in Yesha when Egypt and Jordan controlled Yesha. Only when Israel liberated Yesha in the 1967 Six Day War did the PLO, Egypt, Jordan and the rest of the Muslim world suddenly “discover” that Yesha Arabs are “Palestinians” who must be given an independent PLO terrorist state.


“Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identify serves only tactical purposes. The founding of a Palestinian state is a new tool in the continuing battle against Israel,” said Zuheir Muhsin, the head of the terrorist PLO’s “military department” in a March 1977 interview with Trouw, a Dutch daily newspaper.


Muhsin’s admission that a separate “Palestine” people is only a tactical deception in the Arab war to destroy Israel simply confirms the obvious: the Arabs invented “Palestine” and “Palestinians” in the 1960s for tactical propaganda purposes even though the terms have no historical validity whatsoever.


Only when Israel liberated Yesha in the 1967 Six Day War did the Muslim world suddenly discover “Palestine”

Only after little Israel’s miraculous victory in the 1967 Six Day War (top row), when Jewish soldiers prayed at the Western Wall after liberating Jerusalem, did hordes of hate-filled Arab Muslim Nazis (bottom row) chanting “Death to Israel!” discover the PLO Nazi flag.

A gathering of arrogant Arab Muslim Nazis wearing hoods and Islamic suicide headbands appeared on Jerusalem’s holy Temple Mount (r.), before the Dome of the Rock mosque which is the symbol of Islam’s war to annihilate Israel


The most astonishing part of this story about the myth of “Palestine” and a “Palestinian” people is the willingness of the Jews to accept such a transparent Arab Muslim lie aimed at bringing about the annihilation of the Jewish people.


What is it about the Jews of modern history that makes them so self-destructive, so masochistic, so pathologically sick?


What is it about the Jews of modern history that makes them so self-destructive, so masochistic, so pathologically sick? – Self-hating Jewish lawyer Stanley Cohen, representing the Arab Muslim Nazi terrorist group Hamas in the United States, rolls his eyes in exasperation as he tries to convince a skeptical interviewer, a mere seven months after September 11th, that Arab Muslim Nazi terrorism against Israel is “understandable” because she “stole” her land in the 1948 War of Independence


Why are Jews so unwilling to face reality, and so unwilling to stand up for truth and principles?


What is it about the Jews of modern history that makes them so self-destructive, so masochistic, so pathologically sick? – In an August 2004 interview, Dennis Ross, the Traitor-in-Chief Bill Clinton’s chief Mideast negotiator, again called for the creation of an independent PLO terrorist state in Yesha; stated that “we were remarkably close” to peace with murderous Syrian Muslim Nazi dictator Hafez Assad; and boasted that if all of the parties in the conflict had listened to Dennis Ross, a lasting peace would have been reached years ago. (Ross has written a Clintonesque memoir, The Missing Peace, in which he describes his “remarkable” skill at the negotiating table.)


Why are Jews so “practical” and “pragmatic” that they fail to realize that idealism, uncompromising devotion to principle and stubborn zeal are precisely the characteristics that kept the Jewish people alive for 4,000 years?


Indeed, it is the stubborn and uncompromising idealists not only among Jews, but among any people, who consistently win in the long run.


JTF’s allies in Israel are creating a renewal of the magnificent Jewish idealism, faith and determination that made the Jews a great people, and that will yet transform them into “a light unto the nations,” “a holy nation” and “a nation of priests” who will usher in the final redemption for the righteous throughout the world.


You can help JTF’s allies in Israel – the Hilltop Youth – bring the real truth to Israeli Jewish youth about Arab Muslim Nazi lies such as the absurd claim that there is a “Palestine” and that there are “Palestinians.”


A gathering of the Arab Hitler Yasser Arafat’s supporters in the Gaza District (August 6, 2004) – Visible are armed, hooded Islamic terrorists; a little Arab girl learning to hate Jews; and the flag of Arafat’s terrorist party, Fatah (Conquest), emblazoned with automatic rifles and the Dome of the Rock mosque, the symbol of Islam’s goal of annihilating Israel


Help us with our campaign to mobilize tens of thousand of young Jews who will resist through nonviolent civil disobedience the suicidal plan of left-wing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to surrender the entire Gaza District and northern Samaria to the PLO Nazi terrorist mass murderers.


JTF is proud to be the main U.S. fundraiser for the Hilltop Youth.


Which is why we strongly urge our many loyal readers – both Jews and righteous Gentiles – to immediately do the following four things:

First, if you are a wealthy Jew or a wealthy righteous Gentile, and you have wealthy friends and associates, you can hold a fundraising cocktail party for JTF. Even if you are not wealthy – but have wealthy friends and associates – you can organize a cocktail party. If you wish to hold a cocktail party, please contact JTF.

At a resistance training camp in Gush Katif of the Gaza District, heroic Jewish pioneers practice nonviolent civil disobedience to Ariel Sharon’s insane policies of suicidal surrender (August 2004)

Second, make out a generous check or money order (which can be anonymous) to “JTF” and send it out right away. If you prefer, you can mail a cash donation.

Third, zealously spread the word about the JTF.ORG web site. Posting portions of JTF.ORG on popular internet message boards is especially effective. We do get many new hits when we are posted.

Fourth, please remember to include the “Jewish Task Force (JTF)” in your will.


March 19, 2007

The Erev Rav Reveals its Ugly


The gruesome images on the left reflect the barbaric behavior of the goons sent by the government on February 1st 2006 to mercilessly beat up the heroic Jews who were defending nine homes in Amona.

Sixty years have past since the last recorded pogrom in 1946 against Jews in Kielce, Poland. Forty two Jews were killed during what is considered the last pogrom in Europe. A number of Polish army officers and security officers are known to have taken part in the attacks. The fact that after the horrors of the Holocaust were revealed in all their hellish details, anti-Semitic Poles could still lust for Jewish blood — is shocking. (For details of that pogrom click here).

Even more shocking though, is the Amona pogrom of 2006. This pogrom will be etched in the historical annals of Jewish suffering. It is  the very first time in recorded history that a pogrom was carried out by Jews against Jews. An historic event of this magnitude no doubt must have been alluded to in our holy books.

Following are 3 amazing prophecies.

1. From the Book of Daniel: Just prior to the Redemption the Israeli government will become increasingly evil and cruel.

2. From the Zohar: The Israeli government, led by the Erev Rav, will bring Hamas to power, and will be led by a pack of thugs.

3. From the Midrash: The Israeli government just prior to the Redemption will be led by a man named Olmert.

You are of course skeptical that all these details were known to our prophets and sages thousands of years ago. Please read on.

First let us deal with the fact that the Arabs of the Islamic faith occupying our lands in Gaza, Yehudah and Shomron have democratically elected the monsters of Hamas to lead them.

Many have commented that this is a positive development. They postulate that now there will be no pressure from the US, the EU, the UN etc. on the Israeli government to relinquish parts of our homeland to our sworn enemies. Perhaps now the supporters of Oslo will awaken to their tragic mistake and realize that through all the concessions we have made and through all the painful hellish suffering our people have endured since the signing of Oslo, we have only hardened our enemies and intensified their hatred.

Wake up my dear brothers and sisters, and righteous Gentiles. I assure you nothing will change! In fact, the Israeli government will continue its race towards granting the evil occupiers of Yesha statehood, parts of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount with uninhibited zeal.

Some childish gimmick will be devised so that the Israeli government can save face. Hamas will be asked to babble some meaningless words about a temporary truce and the march of disgrace will continue. First the Erev Rav government will evict another 80,000 from their homes in the Yehudah and Shomron. Then they will proceed towards dividing Jerusalem. Finally, they will achieve their end-goal of granting Islam full control of the Temple Mount.

The reason is very simple. As we explained in our small book “The Erev-Rav, 3000 Years of Treachery”, the motives of the Israeli government and the Western world in promoting a ‘Palestinian’ state have nothing to do with peace. Therefore even as it becomes abundantly clear that this process will only bring more suffering and death to Jews, nothing will change.

In Daniel Chapter 12 we read: “Things will become clear and in the open. Many will be refined, but the wicked will be even more wicked.” According to the Kabbalists (see Zohar Book 3:153b) this means that at the time just preceding the Redemption regular Jews (and righteous Gentiles) will become more refined. The Erev Rav however will become even more evil, and their wickedness will be fully revealed.

As explained in the aforementioned book, the Erev Rav were converts who joined the Jewish people just as they were leaving Egypt. The Erev Rav numbered in the millions! According to our sages they were not sincere and continually caused the Jews to rebel against G-d. They were responsible for the most grievous sin the Jews were ever involved with, the sin of the Golden Calf. They were also the driving force behind every major movement within Judaism to undermine our commitment to G-d and His Torah. They are power-hungry, selfish opportunists who seek power and glory at all costs, and will stop at nothing to attain their goals.

According to the Zohar and the Holy Ari, (the two most important sources of Jewish mysticism), some souls of the Erev Rav return in every generation to harass the Jews. However,  just prior to the redemption the original Erev Rav will return in full force to seize control of the Jewish people. Their goal is to delay the coming of Moshiach as long as possible. This is because after Moshiach comes they will be stripped of power forever. One of their methods is to keep the Temple Mount out of Jewish hands so that the Third Temple cannot be rebuilt.

They accomplish their goals through falsehood and deceit, convincing the Jews that they are friends seeking their well being. This is explained in detail by the great Gaon of Vilna in a book authored by his disciple Rabbi Hillel of Shklov called Kol Hator, recently republished in Jerusalem. (The book is available in English online here and here.)

Now for a little history. The Zionist movement began to take on serious momentum in the mid 1880s. Many Jews lost their lives in government sponsored pogroms. These vicious attacks convinced even secular Jews that no matter how much they try to shed their Jewishness and assimilate with the non Jews they will never be safe and always be hated.

The Erev Rav saw this as the perfect opportunity to seize power. Their motive in encouraging Aliyah to the Holy Land had nothing to do with the holiness of the Promised Land. They felt like real losers in Russia. After they tried to gain power and prestige by acting like non Jews, they realized that the non-Jewish anti-Semitic populous was not interested in sharing power with the Jew. So they had to seek other avenues to satisfy their egocentric drives.

Religious Jews who yearned to return to their ancient homeland for spiritual reasons were fooled into forming an alliance with these secular Zionists. They felt they can work together for a common goal. Little did they realize that their respective motives were diametrically opposed. Torah oriented Jews were seeking to enhance their relationship with G-d on the holy soil of Eretz Yisroel. Erev Rav quasi-Jews desired to have their own country where they would have control and power.

After a full and productively evil life of about 120 years, the mask has been removed from the Erev-Rav. In the very week in which every synagogue in the world reads the Torah portion which introduces us to the Erev Rav (in the portion of Bo, Exodus 12:38), the clothes have been removed to reveal the ugly nakedness of secular Zionism. In Amona G-d’s holy people faced the cruel worshipers of the Golden Calf, the Egyptian god of power and tyranny.

Should you ask: How can we know for certain  that acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Police Chief Moshe Karadi, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, and everyone else involved in the decision to initiate the pogrom in Amona, including, of course the actual behemoths in police uniform who perpetrated it — are indeed from the Erev Rav? Don’t real Jews have free choice as well? Can’t a full-fledged Jew choose to be cruel?

The answer is: No. Jews can choose to do all sorts of bad things. We are not angels. We have free choice. But a full-fledged Jew cannot be cruel to another Jew. The Talmud (Beitza 32b) tells of a certain Jew named Shabsi who traveled to a village in Babylon and asked the Jews there for some food. They refused to help him. The Talmud continues “It is clear that these people are from the Erev Rav because scripture states (Deuteronomy 13:18) ‘I will give you compassion’. Thus one who shows compassion is from the children of Abraham. One who does not have compassion is not from the children of Abraham.” Now, if denying food to a Jewish stranger is enough to determine one’s genealogy from the Erev Rav, then mercilessly beating children, women and elderly Jews for defending their homes is a screaming testimony to one’s lack of a real Jewish soul.

Let us return to the recent electoral victory of Hamas. It was the Erev Rav that actually brought Hamas to power. From the beginning of Oslo it was clear that no ‘Palestinian’ leader has any true desire to stop the terror. Not Arafat, not Abu Mazen, and surely not Hamas. Why should they? In spite of all the tough Israeli talk, from Shamir until Sharon about not giving in to terror, that is exactly what they all did. The Arabs know that. The Israeli leaders know that. And of course, you and I know that. It is only the brainwashed Israeli public that doesn’t see it.

Sign reads: Every demolished (Jewish) home is a victory for Hamas!

Every Israeli concession was accurately viewed by the ‘Palestinians’ as a victory of terror. Obviously the ‘Palestinian’ masses would vote for the party which openly vows to continue the path which has brought them such impressive gains.

Prior to Oslo only extreme left wing lunatics spoke of a ‘Palestinian’ state. After thousands of Jews were murdered and seriously maimed everyone from the US right wing president to the hawks of the Liked are conceding to the inevitability of such a terrorist state. Obviously terror works. A five year old could have predicted the outcome of these recent elections.

In the Zohar (Book 1, 25a) we find: “During the fourth and final exile the Erev Rav will be powerful leaders. They will bring the weapons of ‘Hamas’ over the Jews. Regarding this development scripture states: ‘The Land is full of Hamas because of them (Genesis 6:11)’. They (i.e., these members of the Erev Rav who are currently the leaders of Israel) are Amalekites.” (Amalek is the most evil nation on Earth slated for complete obliteration after Moshiach comes).


Wicked one! Why do you smite a fellow Jew?! (Exodus 2:13)

The simple meaning of the Zohar is that the Erev Rav are ruthless thugs. Hamas is Hebrew means violent thievery. By forcibly destroying the homes and businesses of almost 10,ooo Jews, with explicit plans to do the same to another 80,000 Jews currently living in Yehudah and Shomron, the Israeli government takes its seat amongst history’s cruel and evil dictatorships. Tyrannical dictators like Stalin robed countless Soviet citizens of their homes and livelihood. Sharon did the same. And Olmert vows to continue in their footsteps. But one can not ignore the clear reference to this government’s achievement in bringing ‘Hamas’ to power.

I find it fascinating that the name of the current leader of the Erev Rav has also been revealed to us by our sages. There is an ancient Midrashic text that is at least a thousand years old. It is called “The Book of Elijah”. It was first published in Saloniki 1743, and recently in Bet haMidrash (Jellinek) and in Otzer Midrashim (Eisenstein).

There we read that the leader at the End of Days will be either Romulus, or Tarmelo.

As explained in the book “The Erev Rav”, Armilus who is the Anti-Messiah (Targum Yonaton to Isaiah 11:4. Pirkei Heicholot 40) is the Spiritual Guardian of the Erev Rav (Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna in Kol Hator).

Armilus, the Hebraic form of Romulus (200+40+10+30+60=340), was the founder of Rome (Edom).

Romulus shares the same numeric value as Peres (80+200+60=340). Shimon Peres is the creator, nurturer and zealous worrier for the current process of unilateral concessions to unrepentant terrorists.

Tarmelo, spelled in Hebrew backwardsis Olimert!

Now you understand everything.  This opportunistic leader of the Erev Rav who seeks nothing other than power is willing to finance Hamas (hundreds of millions of shekels in customs and tax revenues were transferred to the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority), and give them Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. He ignores thousands of Arab violations of illegal building and ignores the rockets flying out of Gaza. Yet at the same time Olmert-Tarmilo is busy sending his goons against the heroic Jews whose lives are permeated with love of Torah and Eretz Yisroel.

In his drunken quest for power he believes that just as Sharon’s support jumped after cruelly evicting 10,000 Jews from their beautiful communities in Gush Katif, he too will score points by cracking Jewish skulls and breaking the hands and feet of our brothers and sisters in Amona.

The very same leaders who convinced Pharaoh to kill all Jewish babies in Egypt for fear that the Jewish leader will strip them of power (as elaborated upon in the above mentioned book) are back again viciously attacking Jews to satiate their lust for power.

To end on a positive note I will share another insight from the Talmud (Shabbat 119b):

“Says Rava, Jerusalem was destroyed because there were no Anshe Amona (people with firm trust in G-d). As the prophet declares ‘Wander through the streets of Jerusalem! Look around, take note, and search her streets, if you can find anyone who acts justly and places their trust in G-d, I will forgive her (Jeremiah 5:1)’.”

Jerusalem was destroyed and we were plunged into this long and bitter Exile due to the lack of people with true faith and trust in G-d. We, on the other hand, will shortly leave our state of Exile and behold the new Jerusalem with our glorious ThirdTemple in her midst thanks to the Anshe Amona, the heroic, G-d fearing Jews who courageously tried to defend Amona from the goons of the Erev Rav.

March 15, 2007

There Is No “Palestine”
And There Are No
“Palestinians” (Part 1)

(Originally published by JTF.ORG on September 1, 2004) There is no “Palestine” and there are no “Palestinians”
Arab boys, trained from infancy to hate Jews, fly the PLO terrorist flag in an Arab slum of Israel’s Gaza District

The murderous – and perverted – Roman emperor Hadrian – The right-hand bust is of Antinous, Hadrian’s lover boy, whom he deified after his accidental drowning in the Nile

One of the biggest and most successful Arab Nazi propaganda lies is the false claim that there is a land called “Palestine” and a people called “Palestinians.”

The term “Palestina” was invented by the murderous Roman emperor Hadrian. The Romans wanted to rename Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel) after the Philistines, the longtime enemy of the Jews. Hadrian believed that by renaming the Jewish homeland after the Jews’ archenemy, he would be able to forever break the bond between the Land of Israel and the Jewish people.

The Romans pillage Jerusalem – A Roman bas-relief, still extant on an ancient building in Rome, shows Roman soldiers robbing the menorah and other sacred objects of the Beit HaMikdash HaSheni (the Second Holy Temple)

But even the name of the Philistines, from which the term “Palestine” was adopted, is completely alien to the Land of Israel.

The name Philistines in Hebrew is plishtim, which comes from the Hebrew verb polshim (foreign invaders).

So those who call themselves “Palestinians” are using a term that actually means “foreign invaders.”

The Roman beasts annihilated over a million Jewish men, women and children in their Satanic effort to ensure that G-d’s people would never again be able to return to the Holy Land.

No amount of horrific suffering could break the eternal bond between the Jewish people and their Land of Israel – While Jewish babies were slaughtered in the German Holocaust (top row), everyday Hungarians (bottom row) gleefully looted the homes of Hungarian Jews deported to the death camps

The remnant of Jews who survived the Roman Holocaust were exiled from their land for 2,000 years to the four corners of the earth. Yet neither the Roman Holocaust nor 2,000 years of Crusades, inquisitions, expulsions, blood libels, pogroms and finally the 20th century German Holocaust could break the eternal connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.

Jerusalem in the 19th century

Even during this 2,000-year nightmare, there were always some Jews still living in the Land of Israel despite the horrific conditions.

In 1844 – when the Land of Israel was controlled by the Turkish Muslims – the Turkish census counted 7,120 Jews and 5,000 Muslims living in Jerusalem. Thus, Jerusalem was already a Jewish city 160 years ago.

Jerusalem was already a Jewish city in the 19th century – A Turkish soldier and Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem

Take note of how few people lived in Jerusalem in 1844 – even though Jerusalem was by far the largest town in the Land of Israel!

Jerusalem had a very small population because the Land of Israel as a whole was mostly uninhabited until the Jews started to return in larger numbers in 1870.

Israel’s interior areas were mainly a desert-like wasteland while her coast was a malaria-ridden swamp.

The Zionist chalutzim (pioneers) spent decades working to turn the deserts into gardens, and working to drain the coastal swamps until the Land of Israel became the breathtakingly beautiful, lush, modern nation that it is today.

“The wilderness and the parched land will be glad for them, and the desert will rejoice and blossom like the rose.” (Isaiah 35:1) – The Zionist chalutzim (pioneers) spent decades – and many died of malaria and other hardships – irrigating Israel’s nearly lifeless deserts and draining her malarial coastline

The claim of the Arab Muslim Nazis that they lived in the Holy Land for 2,000 years, until the Jews came, is a lie. Arabs only came to the Land of Israel in large numbers after the Jews returned in the 20th century and started to rebuild the nation, thereby creating economic and employment opportunities for Arab immigrants.

Prior to 1870, when Jews started to return to the Holy Land in large numbers, there were fewer than 100,000 Arabs living in what is today the State of Israel – including Yesha (the Hebrew acronym for Judea, Samaria and the Gaza District).

This small number of nomadic, tribal Arabs who lived in the Holy Land before the modern Jewish return never considered themselves to be a separate people or nation.

The Arabs who lived in the Land of Israel were not “Palestinians” but Arabs – part of a huge Arab people with 22 very large independent nations that control one-ninth of the land mass on the planet Earth.

Israel compared to the United States – The pictures, drawn to the same scale, show that Israel, only as large as the state of New Jersey, is a pipsqueak postage stamp of a nation – a tiny Jewish homeland which the Arab Muslim Nazis, who control one-ninth of the land mass on the planet Earth, nevertheless have repeatedly sought to annihilate

Indeed, the Arabs have more than 600 times the land that the Jews have. But the implacable Arab goal is to swallow up and destroy the tiny Jewish homeland.

Before the modern Jewish return, this is how Mark Twain described the Land of Israel after he visited the Holy Land in 1867:

In 1867, Mark Twain visited the Holy Land and described it in the strongest terms possible as a wretched, diseased, impoverished, nearly desolate wasteland – The few spots of greenery, Twain said, “seem mere toy gardens set at wide intervals in the waste of a limitless desolation…. [The land of Israel] sits in sackcloth and ashes.”

“A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds – a silent mournful expanse…. A desolation is here that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life and action…. We never saw a human being on the whole route…. There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.” (The Innocents Abroad)

In 1913, the British Royal Commission reported:

An “impromptu hospital” as diseased Arabs desperate for cures swarm an American doctor in Twain’s party – Amid a crowd of Arabs beset by horrible diseases and malformations, the doctor mixed a simple salve to ameliorate the eyesores found universally in Arab children:

“The little children were in a pitiable condition – they all had sore eyes, and were otherwise afflicted in various ways. They say that hardly a native child in all the East is free from sore eyes, and that thousands of them go blind of one eye or both every year. I think this must be so, for I see plenty of blind people every day, and I do not remember seeing any children that hadn’t sore eyes.

“And, would you suppose that an American mother could sit for an hour, with her child in her arms, and let a hundred flies roost upon its eyes all that time undisturbed? I see that every day. It makes my flesh creep.

“Yesterday we met a woman riding on a little jackass, and she had a little child in her arms – honestly, I thought the child had goggles [sunglasses] on as we approached, and I wondered how its mother could afford so much style. But when we drew near, we saw that the goggles were nothing but a camp meeting of flies assembled around each of the child’s eyes, and at the same time there was a detachment prospecting its nose. The flies were happy, the child was contented, and so the mother did not interfere.”

“The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track suitable for transport by camels and carts … no orange groves, orchards or vineyards were to be seen until one reached Yabna village…. Houses were all of mud. No windows were anywhere to be seen…. The ploughs used were of wood…. The yields were very poor…. The sanitary conditions in the village were horrible. Schools did not exist…. The rate of infant mortality was very high…. The western part, towards the sea, was almost a desert…. The villages in this area were few and thinly populated. Many ruins of villages were scattered over the area, as owing to the prevalence of malaria, many villages were deserted by their inhabitants.”

Lewis French, Director of Development for the anti-Jewish British Government, wrote in 1931:

“We found it inhabited largely by fellahin who lived in mud hovels and suffered severely from the prevalent malaria…. Large areas … were uncultivated…. The fellahin, if not themselves cattle thieves, were always ready to harbor these and other criminals. The individual plots … changed hands annually. There was little public security, and the fellahin’s lot was an alternation of pillage and blackmail by their neighbors, the Bedouin.”

The revival of the Land of Israel as a land “flowing with milk and honey” came only after the Jews returned.

Jerusalem in 1867, only a few years before the first Zionists arrived in the 1870s – Twain correctly described the eternal Jewish capital as an assemblage from the four corners of the earth, not the “Palestinian” capital of Arab Muslim Nazi lies:

“The population of Jerusalem is composed of Moslems, Jews, Greeks, Latins, Armenians, Syrians, Copts, Abyssinians, Greek Catholics and a handful of Protestants. One hundred of the latter sect are all that dwell now in this birthplace of Christianity. The nice shades of nationality comprised in the above list, and the languages spoken by them, are altogether too numerous to mention. It seems to me that all the races and colors and tongues of the earth must be represented among the 14,000 souls that dwell in Jerusalem.”

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March 12, 2007


DEBKAfile Exclusive: Bowing to Washington, Olmert agrees to go directly and unconditionally to final-status talks with Palestinians

March 11, 2007, 11:45 PM (GMT+02:00)


Prime minister Ehud Olmert conceded key Israeli policy points in his talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Jerusalem Sunday, March 11, according to DEBKAfile’s Middle East and Washington sources – contrary to advance statements from his office that the meeting was only a formality.

Last week, Bush administration officials notified Olmert’s senor aides Yoram Turbovitch and Shalom Turjman in Washington that the wait for the Palestinians to comply with roadmap conditions to recognize Israel and renounce violence was at an end. Whether a Palestinian government was led by Hamas or shared with Fatah, they were told, Israel must now initiate final settlement talks with Abbas. Saudi and Jordanian leaders had won President George W. Bush over on this point as leverage for cooperation on the Iraq and Iranian issues..

At the Sunday cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, the prime minister therefore announced he was seriously considering accepting the 2002 Saudi peace plan. He already knew the Saudis had informed the White House that the plan would not be revised at the coming Arab summit in Riyadh on March 28.

This means that Olmert has agreed to rescind the road map’s conditions for peace talks in favor of the tough Saudi peace plan.

It was left to Abbas to run down for Olmert’s benefit the steps expected from Israel, now that the road map’s provisions were out of the way:

1. The Israeli government must pledge unconditionally that the IDF will refrain from attacking the Gaza Strip. Abbas called this “a mutual ceasefire” although he offered no guarantee for the Palestinian termination of missile fire or other terrorist attacks emanating form the Gaza Strip.

After the Olmert-Abbas talks, Israeli officials spread reports of an Israel military alert in the area around the Gaza Strip in an effort to lay a smokescreen to conceal the prime minister’s concession.

2. Abbas said he would do his best to obtain the release of Hamas hostage Gilead Shalit, but offered no promises.

3. The “mutual ceasefire” is the first step to fast-track Israel-Palestinian negotiations on its extension to the West Bank.

DEBKAfile reports that Israeli military and intelligence chiefs are trying to impress on the prime minister that the cessation of Israel’s intense counter-terror operations on the West Bank will result in an eruption of a fresh wave of Palestinian suicide bombings inside Israel and the transfer of Palestinian missiles and rockets to launching positions opposite central Israel, including its main cities.

4. Security restrictions on Palestinian movements in the West Bank must be further relaxed.

5. In May or June of 2007, Israel will enter into direct negotiations with the Palestinians on a final -status framework.

Since the road map was formulated, Abbas has lobbied hard to skip the document’s prior condition for an end to Palestinian violence as the sine qua non for talks on a final settlement. Now the Palestinian leader has got is way.

6. Abbas voiced the hope that Israel’s flexibility in negotiating with the Palestinians would be rewarded by the willingness of “moderate” Arab and Muslim nations, like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia, to establish diplomatic and open economic relations with the Jewish state.

DEBKAfile’s sources note that the Olmert-Abbas conversation did not discuss the role to be played by Hamas in the diplomatic process dictated the Israeli government, when it heads the Palestinian government. Also left up in the air was the framework in which the moderate Arab and Muslim governments would “normalize” their relations with Israel. This would call for amendments of the Saudi peace plan. However, Riyadh has informed Washington that no such amendments would be tabled at the coming Arab summit.


March 11, 2007

Officers outgunned on U.S. border

By Jerry Seper
March 9, 2007
Violence along the U.S.-Mexico border is undergoing what U.S. law-enforcement authorities call “an unprecedented surge,” some of it fueled by weapons and ammunition purchased or stolen in the United States.
Federal, state and local law-enforcement officials from Texas to California, concerned about the impact of illegally imported weapons into Mexico, say they already are outmanned and outgunned by ruthless gangs that collect millions of dollars in profits by smuggling aliens and drugs into this country.
“These gangs have the weapons and the will to protect their lucrative cargoes,” said Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr., the sheriff of Zapata County, Texas, who founded and served as the first president of the Texas Border Sheriff’s Coalition. “With automatic weapons, grenades and grenade launchers, they pose a significant danger.”
Last month, Mexican military officials in Matamoros, just south of Brownsville, Texas, stopped a tractor-trailer containing weapons and ammunition, along with a pickup truck fitted with armor and bulletproof glass.
The weapons included 18 M-16 assault rifles, one equipped with an M-203 40mm grenade launcher. Also seized were several M-4 carbines, 17 handguns of various calibers, 200 magazines for different weapons, 8,000 rounds of ammunition, assault vests and other military accessories.
While Mexican authorities have not determined the source of the weapons, the truck was registered in Texas and authorities think the weapons were being smuggled across the border from the United States. U.S. and Mexican law-enforcement authorities have long described Matamoros as a key shipping center for drugs, weapons and illegal aliens.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) also ended a 20-month investigation last month into a Mexican drug-trafficking organization and its U.S.-based distribution cells, which resulted in the arrest of 400 persons nationwide and the seizure of $45 million in cash and 100 weapons.
Operation Imperial Emperor targeted the Victor Emilio Cazares-Gastellum drug cartel, which supplied multiton quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana monthly to distribution cells throughout the United States.
A task force led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) also seized two completed improvised explosive devices, materials for making 33 more, 300 primers, 1,280 rounds of ammunition, five grenades, nine pipes with end caps, 26 grenade triggers, 31 grenade spoons, 40 grenade pins, 19 black powder casings, a silencer and cash during raids in Laredo, Texas, last month.
“Keeping explosives and other high-powered weaponry out of the hands of violent criminal organizations is a central focus of the new Border Enforcement Security Task Force in Laredo,” said Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Julie L. Myers, who heads ICE. “ICE is working day and night with its task force partners to stem the tide of violence that has been ravaging border communities in south Texas.”
Task force members in Laredo have seized more than three dozen assault rifles bound for Mexico in the past year, along with kits to modify them for automatic fire. In Arizona, more than two dozen assault weapons have been seized in the past year.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon sent 3,300 military troops to the region after taking office in December. The troops have focused, in part, on the border towns of Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros, where hundreds of killings have been attributed to brutal turf battles between rival gangs.

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March 10, 2007


“Denying self-defense to GIs in Iraq”

It would be an interesting study to see what hapens to the number of troop deaths before and after the adoption of these rules. You raise the cost of defending people and it makes them more likely targets.

As part of President Bush’s troop surge now under way in Iraq, he insisted that Iraqi leaders “lift needless restrictions on Iraqi and coalition forces.” That’s an important step, but a deeply ironic one, because it overlooks other unreasonable restrictions imposed on US soldiers – by the US government.

In 2005, the Pentagon amended its Standing Rules of Engagement (ROE). The new rules make it harder for US troops to boldly counter hostile acts, and they specifically allow commanders to limit the right of soldiers to defend themselves!

The United States seeks to bring peace to Iraq by winning the “hearts and minds” of the civilian population. Unnecessary collateral damage and innocent civilian deaths undermine this effort. Presumably, the new ROE, which allow unit commanders to “limit individual self-defense by members of their unit” after notifying the secretary of Defense, were adopted with a noble purpose in mind: to lessen civilian casualties. However, limiting the right of self-defense is too drastic and it puts soldiers at risk.

Commanders take these restrictions seriously. Newsweek magazine recently quoted Marine Capt. Rob Secher, who complained that “anytime an American fires a weapon there has to be an investigation into why there was an escalation of force.” . . . .


March 6, 2007
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Texans fear US sovereignty will disappear down superhighway

London Telegraph | March 4, 2007
James Langton

If it were built, the road would be one of the engineering wonders of the 21st century -a trade route a quarter of a mile wide, carving a path from Mexico through the heart of America to Canada.

In its most radical form, it would allow lorry drivers to travel hundreds of miles from the Mexican border deep into the US before reaching customs and immigration controls in Kansas.

Backers of the idea, labelled the “Nafta Superhighway”, after the North American trade pact, say it would revolutionise patterns of commerce across the continent and enhance the economic prospects of millions. But its critics say it could spell the end of US sovereignty. In arguments akin to those deployed by critics of the European Union, opponents say that opening borders will hit businesses, create a terrorist threat and allow illegal immigrants and drugs to flood in.

Opposition is strongest in Texas, where the state’s plans for a vast road project, known as the Trans-Texas Corridor, are well advanced. Once complete, the corridor could become the first leg of a Nafta Superhighway, crossing the Mexican border at the Rio Grande, near Laredo, and then pushing north to Kansas. It would include a toll road with 10 lorry and car lanes, a high-speed railway, and oil, gas and water pipelines.

With costs estimated at $183 billion (£94 billion), the 1,200 ft wide road would consume one million acres in Texas alone. Construction could take up to 50 years.

Many of those fighting the project are conservative farmers who would normally be supporters of President George W Bush but who are suspicious of his support for more free trade. At a meeting in the Texas town of Temple last week, more than 100 people gathered to hear news from Corridor Watch, a group fighting the road.

advertisementAt a community hall built by Slovak immigrants nearly a century ago, many of the men wore cowboy hats, while their wives arrived with casseroles to sustain the gathering. Despite bowing heads for the Pledge of Allegiance, the meeting expressed anger at what the road would mean.

Hank Gilbert, a rancher, said: “At the Battle of the Alamo people came from all over the US to fight for our sovereignty. Now we are giving it away to the very people we fought.” Like many protesters, he believes the link will make it easier for cheap goods to flood into the US. “Farmers fear that this kind of globalisation will put them out of business,” he said.

In Texas, the superhighway would be so wide that critics say it would be too expensive to construct overpasses except in the cities, severing tight-knit rural communities.

The superhighway is being promoted by a pressure group, the North America’s Supercorridor Coalition, which includes business leaders, trade groups and government officials from Canada, Mexico and the US.

However, officials of the federal government in Washington deny that there is any transnational plan. A member of the Department of Transport told a congressional committee this month that all the government wanted to was improve existing roads.

Many conservatives disagree. They link the highway to agreements being negotiated behind closed doors between the Mexican, American and Canadian governments that they believe will transform the North American Free Trade Association into an EU-style superstate. They point to an agreement signed by Mr Bush, Vicente Fox, then president of Mexico, and Paul Martin, then Canada’s prime minister, in Waco, Texas, in March 2005.

The Security and Prosperity Partnership is intended to promote co-operation on security and boost economic opportunities. But it set alarm bells ringing on the Right because it formed working parties that fall outside the control of Congress.

Republican Ron Paul, a Texas congressman, says it is part of a drive for “an integrated North American Union” – complete with a currency, a cross-national bureaucracy and borderless travel. “It would represent another step toward the abolition of national sovereignty,” he said.