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Events, happenings, and Opinions Concerning
Israel, Israelites, Judah, and Everyone Else
16 Adar-1 5738 22 February 20
1. Portuguese Holocaust Hero Belatedly
2. Arab Slums Much Worse than
PalArab "Refugee" Camps
3. Conspiracy Theories Breed Anti-Semitism
4. Global Warming Refuted by the Evidence?
5. Expert: Saudi Arabian Bankers Fueling Global Islamic Jihad
1. Portuguese Holocaust Hero Belatedly
Mailinfo Guysen Israel News - Wednesday 20 February 2008
13:36 Portugal is paying tribute to a diplomat who saved thousands of Jews
during the Holocaust. The Portuguese government has opened a website dedicated
to Aristides Sousa Mendes, who was dismissed in shame by the authorities,
fearing a confrontation with Nazi Germany. He was made famous by his phrase: ''I
prefer to be with Gd and against men, than with men and against Gd''. He died in
poverty fifty years ago. (Guysen.International.News)
2. Arab Slums Much Worse than
I must confess that when Hamas militants blasted holes into Egypt's border to
end an Israeli blockade on Gaza, my first thought was how lucky those Gazans
were. Landlocked and living on less than $2 a day -their plight rarely elicits
envy, I know. But there are Egyptian slums that swim in more sewage and are
submerged in even greater poverty. In those slums, chronic diseases go unchecked
and uncured, and children grow up next to the dead in tombs turned into
makeshift-housing.Yet nobody rushes to blast holes into the imaginary border of
poverty that suffocates those slums, nor are they sporting t-shirts urging us to
Because Israel cannot be blamed.
As a Jerusalem-based Reuters correspondent in 1998, I visited several
Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza, and was astonished to see
living conditions better than in the slums of Cairo, my hometown. (Frustration
and not mean-spiritedness compels me to make that comparison.)
It is still the rare Arab voice that points out the obvious - Palestinian Arabs
in "refugee" camps have been given decades of free food, shelter and education,
not to mention attention, that Arab countries do not provide for their own
Most Palestinian Arabs left the area for much more lucrative jobs in the Gulf
and would have happily settled elsewhere had the Arab countries allowed them to
become repatriated as refugees rather than purposefully keeping them stateless.
3. Conspiracy Theories Breed
A Point of View: Anti-Semitism in America must not be ignored
Finally, and most surprisingly, is the appearance in the mainstream of classic
anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. We expect these kinds of things from the Ku
Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, or Farrakhan's Nation of Islam. We don?t expect it
from professors at Harvard and the University of Chicago or from a former
President of the United States. One has to go back to the period before WWII
when the aviator hero Charles Lindbergh accused "powerful Jews" of dragging
America into war against the Nazis to serve the interests of the Jews.
Now Jews are being accused of bringing America to war against Iraq; of
controlling American Middle East policy for the benefit of Israel against
American interests; and of stifling free discussion if Middle East issues.
Quite a combination of accusations -- right out of the Protocols of the Elders
of Zion. Not that I believe most Americans buy into this claptrap. Still it
circulates in respectable circles. Mearsheimer and Walt, the two professors, are
welcomed on campuses across the country, as if all they did was present another
point of view.
4. Global Warming Refuted by the
So Much for Global Warming
By Phil Brennan
Are the world's ice caps melting because of climate change, or are the reports
just a lot of scare mongering by the advocates of the global warming theory?
Scare mongering appears to be the case, according to reports from the U.S.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that reveal that almost
all the allegedly "lost" ice has come back. A NOAA report shows that ice levels
which had shrunk from 5 million square miles in January 2007 to just 1.5 million
square miles in October, are almost back to their original levels.
Moreover, a Feb. 18 report in the London Daily Express showed that there is
nearly a third more ice in Antarctica than usual, challenging the global warming
crusaders and buttressing arguments of skeptics who deny that the world is
undergoing global warming.
The Daily express recalls the photograph of polar bears clinging on to a melting
iceberg which has been widely hailed as proof of the need to fight climate
change and has been used by former Vice President Al Gore during his
"Inconvenient Truth" lectures about mankind's alleged impact on the global
Gore fails to mention that the photograph was taken in the month of August when
melting is normal. Or that the polar bear population has soared in recent years.
As winter roars in across the Northern Hemisphere, Mother Nature seems to have
joined the ranks of the skeptics.
As the Express notes, scientists are saying the northern Hemisphere has endured
its coldest winter in decades, adding that snow cover across the area is at its
greatest since 1966. The newspaper cites the one exception - Western Europe,
which had, until the weekend when temperatures plunged to as low as -10 C in
some places, been basking in unseasonably warm weather.
Around the world, vast areas have been buried under some of the heaviest
snowfalls in decades. Central and southern China, the United States, and Canada
were hit hard by snowstorms. In China, snowfall was so heavy that over 100,000
houses collapsed under the weight of snow.
Jerusalem, Damascus, Amman, and northern Saudi Arabia report the heaviest falls
in years and below-zero temperatures. In Afghanistan, snow and freezing weather
killed 120 people. Even Baghdad had a snowstorm, the first in the memory of most
AFP news reports icy temperatures have just swept through south China, stranding
180,000 people and leading to widespread power cuts just as the area was
recovering from the worst weather in 50 years, the government said Monday. The
latest cold snap has taken a severe toll in usually temperate Yunnan province,
which has been struck by heavy snowfalls since Thursday, a government official
from the provincial disaster relief office told AFP.
Twelve people have died there, state Xinhua news agency reported, and four
remained missing as of Saturday.
An ongoing record-long spell of cold weather in Vietnam's northern region, which
started on Jan. 14, has killed nearly 60,000 cattle, mainly bull and buffalo
calves, local press reported Monday. By Feb. 17, the spell had killed a total of
59,962 cattle in the region, including 7,349 in the Ha Giang province, 6,400 in
Lao Cai, and 5,571 in Bac Can province, said Hoang Kim Giao, director of the
Animal Husbandry Department under the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and
Rural Development, according to the Pioneer newspaper.
In Britain the temperatures plunged to -10 C in central England, according to
the Express, which reports that experts say that February could end up as one of
the coldest in Britain in the past 10 years with the freezing night-time
conditions expected to stay around a frigid -8 C until at least the middle of
the week. And the BBC reports that a bus company's efforts to cut global warming
emissions have led to services being disrupted by cold weather.
Meanwhile Athens News reports that a raging snow storm that blanketed most of
Greece over the weekend and continued into the early morning hours on Monday,
plunging the country into sub-zero temperatures. The agency reported that public
transport buses were at a standstill on Monday in the wider Athens area, while
ships remained in ports, public services remained closed, and schools and
courthouses in the more severely-stricken prefectures were also closed.
Scores of villages, mainly on the island of Crete, and in the prefectures of
Evia, Argolida, Arcadia, Lakonia, Viotia, and the Cyclades islands were snowed
More than 100 villages were snowed-in on the island of Crete and temperatures in
Athens dropped to -6 C before dawn, while the coldest temperatures were recorded
in Kozani, Grevena, Kastoria and Florina, where they plunged to -12 C.
Temperatures in Athens dropped to -6 C before dawn, while the coldest
temperatures were recorded in Kozani, Grevena, Kastoria and Florina, where they
plunged to -12 C.
If global warming gets any worse we'll all freeze to death.
5. Expert: Saudi Arabian Bankers Fueling
Global Islamic Jihad
by Talia Zarbiv
(IsraelNN.com) Rachel Ehrenfeld, Director of the American Center for Democracy,
said at the Jerusalem Conference Tuesday that Saudi Arabian bankers are the main
financiers of global terrorism.
"Sharia financing" corrupt banking practices legal under Islamic law, are a
fairly new phenomenon, Ehrenfeld said, and were first developed by the Muslim
brotherhood in the 70s, following the financial power gained by Saudis during
the oil boom.
"Besides the money that is used to support Islamic agenda, twenty percent of
funds, labeled 'mandated charity' go directly to foreign companies in support of
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