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    I don't know what to say. Can this sort of anti-semitic trash really be legal in this country?

    That Guardian readers apparently lap it up suggests a rotten core at the left of politics.



    Wonder where they get the ball-bearings ? I cannot imagine Iran can make them............. China ?


    The ball bearings were identified by the IDF as made in Syria.


    Over the years, Rowson's anti-Israeli stereotyping does have big effects on certain groups of people (i.e. avid Guardian and Independent readers). It tends to encourage the promotion of the "Israel - criminal entity" meme to the centre ground of acceptable left wing discussion. Fortunately, although these papers are widely read at the BBC and amongst the chattering classes inside the M25, they are not read by the vast majority of UK citizens, in particular those who read the Times and Telegraph in far larger numbers.


    However, there are some Times opinion columnists whose grip on reality in the Middle East does appear to be slipping:-,,6-2277670,00.html


    The cartoon by Rowson should serve as a wake-up call for those who still doubt the blindingly obvious connection between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.


    I'm appalled - and I generally accept that political cartoons should be relatively no-holds barred.

    Rowson is an posturing ass.

    You can be very sure he'll never draw a single cartoon showing the Prophet Mohammed as a grotesque caricature.

    Fatwas and death threats have a way of spoiling all those lovely lunches at the OXO building or those clever dinner parties in Islington...


    Oh, and one more thing about Rowson: he's singularly free of any real cartooning talent.

    I'm not that crazy about Steve Bell or Nick Garland, but at least their work displays a bit of flair.


    Peter Brookes' efforts in the Times are hardly balanced.But they are not grotesque


    Gotta love Haaretz. Out of all the residents of Nazareth they asked about the killing of the two children, they quote this one:

    The Israeli government is to blame for the incident. The Israeli aggression must stop.

    Jake Hayman

    OneVoice is a grassroots, non-partisan Israeli-Palestinian group working to empower moderates to stand up against extremism and seize back the agenda for conflict resolution. At a time when extremists are once again dominating the agenda, its need to exist and to deliver could not be more crucial.

    From OneVoice Youth Leaders, Saed Bilbeisi and Elad Dunayevsky

    Dear International Friends of OneVoice,

    There are rockets flying into Israel’s Northern towns as far down as Haifa as we write this, while the people of Gaza are in fear for their homes and lives, without electricity and running water. People are suffering, people are dying and people are afraid. It’s a crisis. We are writing to tell you though not to give up on us, or to give up on hope for an end to the conflict.

    The situation today makes it very difficult to talk about conflict resolution - to see an end to the conflict. Sometimes it is easy to see the light at the end of the tunnel, at the moment the tunnel is dark. But this crisis and this conflict will end, and we say that with sobriety and rationality. As much as we feel helpless today, as rational people we must see any crisis as an opportunity to rise up and overcome the reasons that brought that crisis.

    The situation will come to an end, when we do not know. In the meantime both people suffer so badly. Believe us that no-one is happy with this life. We want everyone around the world to know that we, and many friends and colleagues like us at OneVoice, are working to change this situation. We are ready. We are ready to do anything necessary to help end this situation. We have done so many activities and introduced so many people to OneVoice and it always gives them hope and energy. We can not and will not lose all of this however hard it is at this moment. We will strive to improve this life.

    A resolution to the conflict may seem like a dream, but let us dream it and keep helping us do whatever we have to do to make it a reality. The day will never come when Israelis and Palestinians are prepared to accept living with this situation. How far we are from the day when we have a situation we will accept is hard to say, but we will work for it, even as the fighter jets and rockets go overhead, we will work for it.

    Thank you,

    Saed and Elad

    Saed has been involved with OneVoice for around a year. He visits the OneVoice office to meet with other youth leaders and staff at least once a week and has even pioneered his own workshops on OneVoice in Ramallah, which have recruited many new volunteers. He spoke about OneVoice in Synagogues, community centers and campuses during OneVoice’s International Education Program tour to Canada.

    Elad has also been volunteering for around a year. He uses his Arabic and Hebrew language skills to speak with both Arabs and Jews about the work of OneVoice and has served to educate and recruit activists in the Region and also in the US, where he spoke at over 10 venues on behalf of OneVoice during their International Education Program tour to New York.

    OneVoice is a grassroots, non-partisan Israeli-Palestinian group working to empower moderates to stand up against extremism and seize back the agenda for conflict resolution. At a time when extremists are once again dominating the agenda, its need to exist and to deliver could not be more crucial.


    I regularly see a Christian cross being used to represent England, in cartoons and elsewhere: it's called the St George's Cross!

    The Star of David can be found on the Israeli flag. It's not unreasonable to use this as a representation of Israel.


    FROM CAROL HERMANHeck, M. Simon, even Patton, arriving first in Africa, had some pbelroms getting his troops working to their top proficiency. (And, afterward, because Patton was under British Command, he was always working his way around stupid orders.)In one brilliant manuever, when the stupid British plans to engage in Italy, after Sicily, had Patton mis-cast; he FLEW TO HIS AMERICAN SUPERIOR, and got an inked order "that he could take every available troop he had and try THIS: PALERMO.)BRILLIANT. Frontal assault, grabbing off the first big Italian City. Sure. If he had failed his career would have been KAPUT.)But the Three Weeks War in Lebanon met with UNPLANNED quirks.ONE: Bush pushing for Assad to be taken out. (Because this is what the Saudis wanted. ANd, this is what the American "community" wanted.)Some day, OLMERT WILL BE KNOWN AS EFFICIENT AS PATTON, when he had to deal with the British twerps. But Israel is not meeting the MSM 'fashtinkenehs' on the soap box terrain. You can slip and fall and break your head. And, no one will report the truth, anyway.WHILE IN ISRAEL, the real battle is so phoney. BIBI DOES NOT HAVE 61 votes. And, for some reason what the religious right is doing is using this summer "excursion." Where we now KNOW all the troops killed, if it wasn't friendly fire, died because of new, souped up RUSSIAN ANTI TANK MISSILES. Got only two Merkevas. But when shot at infantry, killed more than 50 men.Then, you have the reality that the communications for nasrallah were never punched out.So what Israel has been doing (and is still doing), is mapping out what's going on 20 km up in the Bekakta Valley. By the syrian border. Special Op stuff.While Condi WENT ON VACATION.Bush doesn't talk.It's his MAJOR defect. Because he can't lie, well. And, he doesn't want to give away any secrets.But if you think Bibi would get more than a few more chairs in the next election, how come "Mr. Famous" doesn't get 61 signatures?Yes, the stakes are now higher. For the SAUDIS! Since Assad is an unfriendly Allawite SHI'A. And, that sucks, when you see iran is still a playa. And, russian stuff is the killer sold to Assad.Fix this? Without America being a better broker? WHY? NOt to fix it is to condemn the stupid europeans to the pbelroms anti-Semitism has brought to their shores. While Mubarak keeps calling Assad a girl. And, Assad calls Mubarak a half-wit.How will these pbelroms solve themselves? Not by spewing MSM kaka. But my money is on the Secret Police. All the arab states have this. Things get planted and they explode. Then leaders are buh bye.Olmert's not any different today than yesterday. Or March 28th. When most voters weren't too enthused. But then they gave Bibi only a dozen seats. And, they sat the Pensioners in the Knesset with 8.While it seems Mazuz is trying to get everyone to focus on the derangement of spit exchange.Headlines? These won't survive to Rosh Hashanah. And, with all the hand ringing, there will be something from #1701 that keeps Israel's nose clean. And, lebanon's nose dirty. (15% of the lebanese shi'a have hightailed it back again, into syria. THEY ARE AFRAID OF THEIR OWN COMPETITORS, Druze, Christians, etc. With their own axes to grind on nasrallah's minions.Don't expect to read any reports. Or see anything that resembles military tactics. It's just mafia goons. Different playbook.


    I'm still waiting for Hizbollah to start fiinrg rockets.The Lebanese PM is sure they will honor the cease fire? Why? Because they are full of foght?No one is sure the Israelis will keep the cease fire. Why because they are defeated and fear another war? Why a Hizbollah style force? It is cheaper than a real army and would hold up longer. Thus defeat would be cheaper. i.e. more graft for the cronies (fewer folks to watch with coup power). Great military idea?Israel is burning for revenge. The comments here are typical. The "defeated" with an intact military are now building up for a grudge match.

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