by Aron Heller
For the first time in years, the children of the Israeli town of Sderot can study in peace. Living under constant threat of rocket fire from militants in the nearby Gaza Strip, their schooldays were often interrupted by mad dashes to bomb shelters. But yesterday, they started the school year safe from attack in a new, fortified, rocket-proof school building.
The $US27.5 million ($26.5m) structure features concrete walls, reinforced windows and a unique architectural plan all specifically designed to absorb and deflect rocket fire. Notices on the walls of the "Shaar Hanegev" High School remind the 1200 students of their new reality: in case of a warning siren, it reads, stay put.
"You can finally teach without constantly worrying about what to do when there is a rocket attack," said Zohar Nir-Levi, the principal of the junior high school inside the complex. "You can concentrate on your studies. It used to be that even before you said 'hello' in the morning you were telling people where to run."
In the 12 years since rockets began raining down on Sderot, less than 2km from Gaza, residents say life has often been unbearable. Eight people have been killed, hundreds wounded and nearly everyone in the working-class town of about 24,000 has been traumatised by the frequent wail of sirens and explosions… The Israeli military says about 440 rockets have been fired so far this year. (Most residents of Sderot are suffering from PTSD - does the world care that they are subjected daily to Arab terror? Anti-Semitic bigots are only care about ‘poor Palestinians’!)
Disgraceful Act of Israeli Government
On Sunday Israel completed evacuation of Migron, culminating years of legal wrangling in a case that has become a rallying cry for Jewish patriots who opposed any withdrawal from Jewish land claimed by the fake Palestinian people.
Gush Katif all over Again
Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon gave residents of Migron a hard choice: leave their homes willingly, or fight eviction and risk homelessness. Yaalon argued that only families that cooperate with eviction should be allowed to use caravans in the Givat HaYekev site created to replace Migron homes. (Why is the Israeli government still self-destructive? Smart people are supposed to learn from their mistakes!)
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
Police killed 44 miners in
Playing Political ‘YoYo’ Game
Mahmoud Abbas has decided not to apply at the General Assembly session next month. The decision stands in contrast to last year, when the PA asked the Security Council to admit them as a full member state. Analysts expect the Palestinians to resume their campaign after the US presidential election. (They know that this application violates the Oslo Accords, as long as Israel is pushed into diplomatic a corner, nobody cares!)
Egypt has deployed US-made surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), and tanks near the border with Israel, in a breach of the 1979 peace treaty. “Right now, all of the (Egyptian) heavy weapons have been deployed along the Israeli border,” a defence source said. The Boeing-produced Avenger air defence system, also deployed near the Israeli border, contains the Stinger surface-to-air missile and was supplied to Egypt over the last five years. Meanwhile, the United States Department of Defence has awarded an $8.7 million contract to United Technologies for support of F100-PW-229 engines for Egypt’s order of 20 F-16 Block 52 multi-role fighters. (Deployment of SAMs in Sinai is a de facto cancelation of the peace treaty with Israel!)
President Shimon Peres commuted the prison sentences of seven Israeli Arab terrorists. Among the terrorists who will be freed are Kareem Younis and his cousin Maher Younis Ma’ara who were involvemed in the murder of IDF soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980; and Walid Daka, who was convicted of involvement in the murder of IDF soldier Moshe Tamam in 1984. Last year, after it was announced that Gilad Shalit would be freed for more than a 1,000 terrorists, activists protested outside the homes of both Neeman and Peres, demanding that they release Jewish prisoners serving time in Israeli prisons. The Justice Minister, however, did not act to release the prisoners as has been demanded by their families.
The Gaza Strip will not be "liveable" by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to improve water supply, power, health, and schooling, according to the United Nations' most comprehensive report on the Palestinian territory. "The population of the Gaza Strip will increase from 1.6 million people today to 2.1 million people in 2020, resulting in a density of more than 5,800 people per square kilometre," according to the United Nations report. (Corrupt PA and Hamas officials build luxurious villas and fat personal bank accounts. They have no interest in water supply, power, health or the environment!)
PA Academics are Against Normalisation with Israel
PA academics published a statement strongly criticising a German-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian academic project, initiated by al-Quds University and the Hebrew University, aimed at enhancing understanding between different cultures. The academics denounced the project as a form of normalisation with Israel and pointed out that cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian academics was in violation of a ban issued by the Palestinian Council for Higher Education. (Isn’t it a violation of the Oslo Accord? Why must only Israel honour all these useless and fake agreements?)
Without Naming Iran - UN Denounced Threats from Iran?
In a speech at the Non-Aligned summit in Tehran, Ban Ki-moon said: "I strongly reject threats by any member state to destroy another or outrageous attempts to deny historical facts such as the Holocaust," he said. "Claiming that Israel does not have the right to exist or describing it in racist terms is not only wrong but undermines the very principle we all have pledged to honor. (Convoluted diplomacy does not work - anti-Semitic bigots and culprits must be named and shamed! UN has never had a problem with naming Israel in its anti-Israel bigotry!)
Iran Made Another Step Toward A-bomb
Iran has doubled the capacity of its Fordo nuclear facility in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions and sanctions. A report, circulated to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) member states on Thursday, but not published, showed that Iran now has around 2,000 uranium-enrichment centrifuges installed compared with around the 1,000 it had in May, at Fordo. (Why is it not published?)
Quote of the Week:
"From a technical military point of view, Israel does not require any kind of coordination with the Americans. There is a concern that the Americans will learn of the date for an attack and try to prevent it in different ways. The Americans (Obama) have not given the Israelis a feeling that they are true partners in the operative arena, in the past two years. On the contrary, the IDF has identified preventive American activity against an Iran operation. This is particularly evident in the grave matter of the leaks regarding Azerbaijan in the past, about the Kurdish region, and recently in the publication of the flight paths to the target. All this is being produced by our ally, with the cooperation of one of the largest media platforms in Israel, which serves and assists the Obama administration against the government of Israel. The Americans are the ones who are feeding some of the arch-pundits with damaging information." - Amnon Lord, Israel's veteran journalist.
by Moshe Dann
letter to PM Netanyahu opposing the Levy Report organised
by the Israel Policy Forum (IPF) and signed by 40 critics of Jewish communities
Touted as ‘American Jewish leaders’, the individuals who signed, (except for those associated with the Reform Movement, Eric Yoffee and David Saperstein), represent no organisations or constituencies. They are mega-buck philanthropists, very wealthy businessmen like Charles Bronfman, Lester Crown, Marvin Lender, owner of Lender’s Bagels, and Richard Pearlstone, financier and real estate mogul, who bought their way into Jewish communal organisations, Susi Gelman (heiress to the Levi Strauss fortune), Edith Everett who runs a family foundation, some corporate lawyers, a few academics, a former Clinton advisor, and two former US ambassadors to Israel.
IPF was founded in 1993 with PM Rabin’s blessing to support the Oslo Accords and counter AIPAC - and to carry out propaganda campaigns as part of a network of American organisations with a similar purpose, like Americans for Peace Now, and New Israel Fund, and left-wing Israeli NGOs like ACRI, B’Tselem, etc, think tanks like INSS and the Peres Center for Peace.
president was Jack Bendheim, a wealthy businessman (Phibro and PAHC holdings) and philanthropist living in
According to Prof Ofira Seliktar, (Divided We Stand) in 1996 the IPF, led by Bendheim, along with billionaire S. Daniel Abraham (SlimFast), and Sara Ehrman (Americans for Peace Now) played a major role in convincing then-President Clinton and Secretary of State Albright to apply more pressure on PM Netanyahu for further withdrawals, halting settlement activity and concessions to Arafat as part of the Wye Agreements... (Having money or fame, does not automatically imply national loyalty or ‘brain’!)