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February 14, 2010

The American Israeli Action Coalition (AIAC) today sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to reject the recent apparent conspiracy between 54 Democratic Members of Congress and 7 radical anti-Israel American groups to cast the full blame and responsibility on Israel for the current status of the residents of the Gaza Strip. 
AIAC is a non-partisan, non-political, issue-oriented NGO whose purpose is to represent the united voice of the more than 250,000 Americans living in Israel on issues which affect Israel, Israel-U.S. relations, and the Jewish people worldwide. AIAC also called upon all Jewish organizations, as well as all Americans of good will, to advise the White House of their views on this matter. 
Following is the text of the letter:  
Dear Mr. President: 
The American Israeli Action Coalition (AIAC), on behalf of the more than 250,000 Americans living in Israel, abhor the recent apparent conspiracy between 54 Democratic Members of Congress and 7 radical anti-Israel American organizations to use your presidency by each group sending a letter to you to promote the maliciously false charge that Israel has been inflicting “collective punishment” on the residents of the Gaza Strip.  We call upon you to loudly and clearly disassociate your presidency from such false charge and state unequivocally that (i) your administration thoroughly rejects it, (ii) such perniciously false charge is clearly motivated solely by anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiment, (iii) such false charge is not only anti-American in nature but that Israel’s activities are actually fully in accordance with long-standing American policy and (iv) propagating this false charge is actually an impediment to peace. 
AIAC is a non-partisan, non-political, issue-oriented NGO whose purpose is to represent the united voice of the more than 250,000 Americans living in Israel on issues which affect Israel, Israel-U.S. relations, and the Jewish people worldwide. 
Mr. President, as you well know, the State of Israel, although beset with its own humanitarian needs and under constant mortal threat from its terrorist enemies, has often provided humanitarian aid– far disproportionate to its small size—wherever needed in the world.  The recent, world-recognized, Israeli assistance to earthquake-devastated Haiti is only the most recent example.  Other examples are Israeli humanitarian assistance in the face of the Asian tsunami and the Mexico City earthquake. 
Accordingly, these recent charges are preposterous and amount to nothing more than outright, outrageous Israel-bashing. Nowhere do the “Gang of 54” Congressmen, or the “Cabal of 7” anti-Israel groups point out that there has not been an Israeli in Gaza ever since the Israeli disengagement from there 5 years ago (other than the approximately one month Operation Cast Lead in 2009, when Israel was forced to conduct a defensive operation against Hamas’ indiscriminate firing of almost 10,000 missiles against Israeli civilians). Nor did they mention that the well-being of Gaza’s population is solely the responsibility of Hamas – which they elected in 2007 – not Israel. The financial assistance given to Gaza by numerous European countries, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in aid pledged by the United States, has been used by Hamas either to further its terrorist activities or to line the pockets of its leaders, rather than to provide for the needs of Gazans. Any problems which the Gazans may have are theirs alone, not Israel’s. Indeed, Israel must continue to deal with repairing the human and economic damages it suffered at the hands Hamas terrorism. 
Mr. President, the blatant anti-Israel position of the “Gang of 54” and the “Cabal of 7” amply is demonstrated by  their use of the inflammatory phrase “collective punishment,” and the failure to even mention the responsibility of Hamas, which the U.S. government has designated as a terrorist organization. If Israel has been guilty of “collective punishment” for defending its civilian population from Hamas’ terrorist attacks emanating from Gaza, then why haven’t these same groups similarly charged the U.S. government with inflicting “collective punishment” on the civilian population for the almost 60 year U.S. embargo against North Korea, the almost 50 year U.S. embargo against Cuba and the ever increasing U.S. sanctions against Iran? Why do these groups believe that Israel has any less of a right to defend itself from its enemies than their own government has? Indeed, Israel’s actions are in full accord with U.S. policy, as demonstrated by these U.S. activities. Why do these groups support the Hamas terrorists and not the State of Israel, America’s best friend in the Middle East?
Most Respectfully,  
Harvey Schwartz                                                         Aaron S. Tirschwell
Chairman                                                                     Director

Mr. President, the American Israelis believe that these misguided groups represent neither the views of your administration nor those of most Americans. They deserve your censure and that of your entire administration. 




Geert Wilders to INN: “Traditional European Freedom at Stake”
February 14, 2010

by Hillel Fendel

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( Geert Wilders, of the PVV (Party for Freedom) in the Netherlands, is on trial in his native Holland, charged with five counts of discrimination against Muslims and similar offenses. He says that it’s not he who’s on trial, but his “freedom of speech” – and that at stake are traditional European freedoms.

In an exclusive interview with IsraelNationalRadio’s Yishai Fleisher on Monday, Wilders said, “I’m fighting for one thing: the preservation of our culture, which is based on Christianity, Judaism and humanism – and not on Islam… While Islamization of our society grows, the political elite looks in the other direction and ignores the real problem, namely, the impending loss of our freedom. I am fighting not against Moslems, but against the influx of a totalitarian ideology called Islam.”

Click here to hear the full interview.

Asked if he has been cited for generalizing about Moslems, Wilders responded that he does not talk about Muslims per se: “I know the majority of Muslims are not terrorists, but are rather law-abiding citizens. Islam is the problem; in Islam, there is no room for anything else but Islam, and therefore at the end of the day, we will lose everything that we stand for. I’ve visited almost every Islamic country, and I know that wherever Islam is dominant, there is one common denominator, and that is a loss of freedom, especially for Jews, women, non-Muslims, etc. We have to stand up and say that whoever wants to replace our ideology and culture with Islam is not welcome to stay.”

“Islam is more an ideology than a religion,” Wilders said. “It wants to dominate every aspect of the state and of people’s lives, and cannot tolerate criticism.”

“Who is suing you?” Fleisher asked. “Is it the people, or the government – or who?”

“Certainly not the people,” Wilders said. “Our party is very popular, tripling in size, according to the polls… The public prosecutor originally decided not to prosecute me, but he was overruled after some Muslim organizations and leftist politicians decided to appeal… If I am convicted, freedom of speech in Europe will have been brought backwards a few centuries.”

“People must know that I, a democratically elected politician who does not employ violence and the like, am being put on trial for speaking my mind and for making a movie (Fitna) that simply quotes the Koran itself. There must only be one outcome for this trial, and that is a full acquittal – and if not, Europe will pay a heavy price.”

Israel Must Not Fold
Wilders said that the Israeli-Arab conflict is not, “as some believe, an issue of territory; if Israel would give back land, nothing would change. In truth, it’s a conflict of ideology. Theirs is an ideology of hatred that wants to conquer the free world; Israel is like the canary in our coal mine. We cannot afford to lose Israel.”

He noted that the media in Holland is largely against him, and that his trial is not totally fair: “Of the 18 witnesses I wished to call in my defense, the court only allowed me three – and even those three will only be heard behind closed doors. How can I defend myself under such circumstances?”

In conclusion, he said, “many of our politicians in Europe are simply afraid; they are appeasers… There is a lot of fear and a lot of political correctness, and the only way to deal with this is to stand up and not be afraid and not allow yourself to be intimidated.”

Where Israel DID get wiped off the map!!!
February 14, 2010


Article by Andrea Peyser,  New York Post

Last Updated: 9:51 AM, February 4, 2010

Posted: 3:55 AM, February 4, 2010

It looks as if Iran has found allies in its quest to wipe Israel off the map — the dopes at your friendly neighborhood Target store.

On sale exclusively at Target is this innocent-looking toy globe. Thousands of these trinkets have already moved out of malls, from Queens to Honolulu, and landed in living rooms and kids’ rooms across America.

But folks who forked over a buck for the miniature worlds got less than they bargained for.

These planetary models contain just about all the countries on Earth — from France to China, Singapore to Spain. But there’s one glaring exception:

In the spot where Israel should be, this word is printed: “Palestine.” Some of those who unwittingly purchased the Israel-free orbs feel as if they’ve played a role in a modern-day Final Solution.

“They’re teaching kids there is no Israel, only Palestine,” said Rabbi Gary Moskowitz, who bought a globe at the Queens Center Mall for his 5-year-old daughter. “This encourages terrorism. This foments hatred.”

Bob Kunst learned of the globe’s omission when a friend’s 12-year-old daughter in Florida asked innocently, “Where’s Israel?”

“The very people who deny Israel’s existence also deny the Holocaust,” he said.

After receiving complaints, Target, which sold the globes for several weeks, finally responded. On Sunday, it began yanking the globes from its 1,744 stores in 49 states (Vermont is Target-free), and destroying them. We hope.

“We didn’t want to offend any of our guests,” said Amy Reilly of Target customer relations, who initially said the omission of Israel was due to lack of space on the item. (Isn’t “Palestine” a longer word?)

Devrian Global Industries of New Jersey, which imported “tens of thousands” of globes from China, apologized. “Obviously, it was a mistake. We obviously offended some people. Now we’re pulling them off the shelves,” said chief merchandising officer Larry Fine. No estimate on how many were sold.

So is this much ado about little? I think not. The movement to marginalize and even destroy the Jewish state has lately picked up steam. Israeli products are boycotted in Europe. Arabic textbooks deny Israel’s right to exist. Even the Obama administration has voiced policies of appeasement: In Cairo last June, President Obama went so far as to equate the murder of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust with Arab dislocation in the Middle East.

And, of course, there’s Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s infamous quote: “Israel must be wiped off the map.”
The globes were made in China by the Ningbo Beilun Beixin Plastic and Hardware Co., and were inspected and approved by the American firm Bureau Veritas. Its officers wouldn’t comment, citing “client confidentiality.”

None of this explains why so many people missed the flaw. Or did someone willfully look the other way?

Devrian, meanwhile, wants to talk to the Chinese manufacturer, to make certain such a thing doesn’t happen again. The company is having trouble doing so. With Chinese New Year approaching, officers said, no one is available to translate.

Israel will have to wait.

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