Sabbar Kashur has been convicted
of "rape by deception"
after having consensual sex with an Israeli woman who believed he was a "Jewish bachelor looking for a long-term relationship."
Reports from Jerusalem Post
and Al Jazeera
. Haaretz asks if this conviction sets a dangerous precedent
for future cases. Al Jazeera's English-language Israel/Palestine blogger Sherine Tadros argues the 18-month conviction is racist
Wafa Younis is an Arab Israeli musician who organised a youth orchestra in the Jenin refugee camp. She recently
brought her orchestra to play for Holocaust survivors at an Israeli old age home. The performance was strongly criticised
by Palestinians as a hostile political act. Now the orchestra has been disbanded
, its performance space sealed
, and Ms Younis has been expelled from
the West Bank. [more inside]
Israeli Pro-Palestinian activist Tali Fahima to remain in custody. Tali Fahima
grew up in a conservative desert town in Israel and voted Likud
for years. As the second intifada erupted she read about the brutality of the occupation on the Internet and eventually travelled to Jenin refugee camp where she met Zakariyeh Zbeideh, a local leader of the terrorist organization and Fatah offshoot, Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade. She was arrested and jailed in Israel, accused of translating a document for Zbeideh into Arabic. that allowed him to warn fighters marked for Israeli assassination.
Fahima has been under arrest nearly six months. Her case
has gained prominence not just because she is an Israeli Jew supporting Palestinian resistance but because she is a Mizrahi
, a Sephardic or "Arab"
Jew. This group has historically formed a solid bloc of support for aggressive policies against the Palestinians. [MI]
Why Europeans And Arabs Hate America And Israel:
In this brash, provocative essay for The Weekly Standard
, good old David Brooks
blames what he calls bourgeoisophobia
. He may have gone too far in his desire to make his point, but there's something
in what he says. Is it envy? Is it anti-semitism? Is it hypocrisy pure and simple? There's definitely a ressurgence of the pushy, garish, ostentatious and arrogant "ugly American" stereotype after September 11. Apart from the conservative Daily Telegraph
, it's becoming more and more difficult for Atlanticists such as myself to avoid ritual America-bashing in the European mainstream press. What in the hell
is going on? My feeling is that Americans themselves are going out of their way to reaffirm their way of life and reinforce those prejudices. It's as if you vont
to be alone. Or is it, as I suspect, just us? [More inside
The best solution I've heard so far
to end the mess in Israel. A Saudi Prince suggests plan that trades occupied land in return for the Arab world recognizing the Israeli state. Is it a viable plan? Will Barak have the courage to give it a shot? Could the Arab nations ever recognize a Jewish state? Could Palestine and Israel coexist peacefully next to each other?
Arafat's duplicity revealed on video.
His call for an end to terrorism, published in The NY Times suggests peacful intentions. This article claims he has made videos which suggest to Arab audiences that his talk is merely strategic and he has the elimination of the State Of Israel as his goal
the map of terrorism
An Israeli commentator shows that there are many Arab states and not all are terrorist or so inclined. Regarding all is over simplification.
If Only It Was Arafat.
Good. If he was who they say he was, he deserved it. Keep Playing Hardball. The Israelis should play this kind of hardball for a few years. Then the rocks will stop, things will settle down, perhaps the Palestineans will stop claiming Jerusalem, get some kind of real government, and then, perhaps their own little state. Then again, since no Arab state comes close to being a democracy, perhaps that will never happen.