How Israelis mark the birth of Christ

On Monday, December 28th, 2009 in News.

With self-detonating grenades, thinking bullets and robot warriors, humans on the frontline could soon be a thing of the past. When armies clash in the not-too-distant future, remotely-operated robotic weapons will fight the enemy on land, in the air and at sea, without a human soldier anywhere on the battlefield. The first robotic systems are already being used by the Israel Defense Forces and other armies across the world, and only budgetary constraints seem to be keeping science fiction from

Important developments in the UK

On Sunday, December 27th, 2009 in News.

Whistleblowers say top Zionist institutions in unprecedented crisis By Redress Information & Analysis 26 December 2009 Britain’s leading Jewish institutions are facing their worst crisis in living memory as their loyalty to the United Kingdom and support for basic universal principles of human rights and common decency come under growing scrutiny. In recent weeks Redress Information & Analysis has been approached by a number of existing and former employees and volunteers of prominent Jewish bodies, all pointing to an acute

Settlement Freeze?

On Saturday, December 26th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

If there were any doubt of Benjamin Netanyahu’s commitment to the settlement enterprise, he dispelled it this week. No Entrance To Bibi’s Freeze Inspectors,” reads the long, professionally printed banner hanging at the eastern entrance to Ariel. Ariel has a reputation of being a relatively moderate settlement. Its residents are mostly secular suburbanites; its eternally re-elected mayor belongs to Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s mainstream right-wing Likud. The Ariel finger — the heavily settled strip of land joining Ariel to Israel

Climatologists reconvene in emergency session at Copenhagen; Delegates to discuss effects of disappearance of Auschwitz sign on polar ice cap and carbon emissions; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon expresses "concern" after Israel threatens to nuke Amazon rainforest if sign isn't returned

On Saturday, December 26th, 2009 in News.

By David Hirsh John Mann is a British Labor MP who explains that there isn’t a single Jew among the industrial workers, farmers and retired coal miners in his constituency. He is one of the handful of MPs who came out of the recent parliamentary-expenses scandals cleaner than he went in. He was honored with an award at the Knesset during last week’s conference of the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism, for his work in Britain and internationally against anti-Jewish

Washington to convene international conference on missing Auschwitz sign. Workshops include: Ben Bernanke, "Impact of the Auschwitz sign's disappearance on the elasticity of the long-term business cycle and short-term interest rates"; Stanley Fish, "A Lacanian analysis of the Auschwitz sign as a discursive Foucauldian trope"; Dominick LaCapra, "A Derridean analysis of the Auschwitz sign as a discursive Lacanian trope"; Elie Wiesel, "There was only one Holocaust. (May I have my honorarium now?)"; Abraham Foxman, "Contrasting and comparing the disappearance of the Auschwitz sign with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima"; Tom Friedman, "The Auschwitz sign's disappearance as a metaphor for high-tech industry in Shanghai".

On Friday, December 25th, 2009 in News.

BERLIN — It was hard to know what was more shocking: the haplessness of the thieves who stole the “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign looming over Auschwitz, or the laxness of the security protecting this emblem of the Holocaust’s perversity and horror. The thieves first tried to steal the sign, which means “Work Makes You Free,” last Thursday evening. But they lacked the right tools. Undetected, they drove to a hardware shop in the nearby town of Oswiecim and bought better

And a HEIL HITLER! to you too.

On Friday, December 25th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

President Shimon Peres on Thursday wished the Christian world a merry Christmas and a peaceful new year, as religious leaders ushered in holiday celebrations in the Holy Land. “I want to wish each of you and all of you – all of us – a happy [and] merry Christmas,” Peres said in a clip he posted on his YouTube channel. “Let’s pray that the next year will be a year of peace, of brotherhood, of tolerance of affluence.” Also Thursday,

It appears that – yet again — they protest too much

On Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Israel has admitted pathologists harvested organs from dead Palestinians, and others, without the consent of their families – a practice it said ended in the 1990s – it emerged at the weekend. The admission, by the former head of the country’s forensic institute, followed a furious row prompted by a Swedish newspaper reporting that Israel was killing Palestinians in order to use their organs – a charge that Israel denied and called “antisemitic”. The revelation, in a television documentary, is

Israel demands $10 billion in Holocaust compensation from Poland for theft of Auschwitz sign — "It was made of solid oak," Israeli official explains.

On Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 in News.

Noah Klieger It was not a childish prank or an act of vandalism. No. The theft of the “Arbeit macht frei: sign at the entrance to Auschwitz appears to be a well planned and well thought-out act, whose aim was to damage the site symbolizing the Jewish people’s Holocaust; the site that will symbolize it for eternity: Auschwitz. The people who committed this crime, assuming they acted based on anti-Semitic motives, indeed engaged in careful planning as to how to

Comrade Hashemi on Iran

On Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 in News.

Denver, Colorado (CNN) — The moral conscience of Iran’s reform movement passed away Sunday morning. Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who died at 87, was the Iranian equivalent of South Africa’s Desmond Tutu for politics. Over the past 20 years, he distinguished himself by virtue of his persistent, judicious criticism of human rights abuses in the Islamic Republic and his defense of the democratic aspirations of the people of Iran within the framework of an ethical interpretation of Shia Islam.

After unsuccessful commando raid that left 26,000 civilians dead Israel threatens to nuke Burundi unless it releases sign

On Monday, December 21st, 2009 in News.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the Polish government on Sunday to track down the Nazi sign stolen from the entrance of the Auschwitz death camp memorial. The sign, stolen on Friday from the death camp in Poland, has the infamous saying Arbeit Macht Frei – Work sets you free. Netanyahu stressed the historical importance the sign has to Jews, saying that Poland must find those who desecrated the place where more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed during

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