Monday, March 31, 2008

Alan Rickman you are a Douche Bag!

I was watching Sweeney Todd the other night when Alan Rickman came on the screen. I recall reading somewhere that he was Jewish and went to the net to confirm that memory and what i found was not only was he not Jewish but he brought the play My Name Is Rachel Corrie to the stage. And those idiots at Jew Watch have Rickman listed as being Jewish. Here is someone that is totally on Jew Watch's side in spreading this garbage of a concept to the stage. It came out in late 2005 and was co-written by a self hating Jew Katharine Viner. Here is an interesting article I found online about some other Rachels who also happen to have been killed..but not by Jews.

BTW you might remember the uproar over a cartoon by Daniel J. Friedman in The Diamondback, the student newspaper of the University of Maryland (College Park), which is in Wynn's district. The cartoonist had penned a panel critical of Rachel Corrie, the 23-year-old peace activist from Olympia, Wash., who was run over and killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip while trying to block the dozer from leveling a house belonging to a Palestinian physician. The cartoonist pictured Corrie in front of the bulldozer with a mock dictionary citation underneath her reading, "Stupidity: Sitting in front of a bulldozer to protect a gang of terrorists." The cartoon prompted a student sit-in. Wynn offered a mild lecture to The Diamondback that the paper "has a responsibility to act responsibly." Anyone who has that cartoon please email it my way and I will post it. Rachel Corrie is what I would classify as a S.D.A.B.W.T.M.T.O.H.H (Spoiled dumb ass bitch with too much time on her hands)

Dead Jews aren’t news
Dead Jews aren’t news
By Tom Gross at The Spectator:
Rachel Thaler, aged 16, was blown up at a pizzeria in an Israeli shopping mall. She died after an 11-day struggle for life following a suicide bomb attack on a crowd of teenagers on 16 February 2002.
Even though Thaler was a British citizen, born in London, where her grandparents still live, her death has never been mentioned in a British newspaper.
Rachel Corrie, on the other hand, an American radical who died in 2003 while acting as a human shield during an Israeli anti-terror operation in Gaza, has been widely featured in the British press. According to the Guardian website, she has been written about or referred to on 57 separate occasions in the Guardian alone, including three articles the Saturday before last.
The cult of Rachel Corrie doesn’t stop there. Last week the play, My Name is Rachel Corrie, reopened at the larger downstairs auditorium at the Royal Court Theatre (a venue which the New York Times recently described as ‘the most important theatre in Europe’). It previously played to sold-out audiences at the upstairs theatre when it opened in April. (It is very rare to revive a play so quickly.)
On 1 November the ‘Cantata concert for Rachel Corrie’ — co-sponsored by the Arts Council — has its world premiere at the Hackney Empire.
But Rachel Thaler, unlike Rachel Corrie, was Jewish. And unlike Corrie, Jewish victims of Middle East violence have not become a cause célèbre in Britain. This lack of response is all the more disturbing at a time when an increasing number of British Jews feel that there has been a sharp rise in anti-Semitism.
Thaler is by no means the only Jewish Rachel whose violent death has been entirely ignored by the British media. Other victims of the Intifada include Rachel Levy (aged 17, blown up in a grocery store), Rachel Levi (19, shot while waiting for the bus), Rachel Gavish (killed with her husband, son and father while at home celebrating a Passover meal), Rachel Charhi (blown up while sitting in a Tel Aviv cafe, leaving three young children), Rachel Shabo (murdered with her three sons aged 5, 13 and 16 while at home) and Rachel Kol, 53, who worked at a Jerusalem hospital and was killed with her husband in a Palestinian terrorist attack in July a few days after the London bombs.
Corrie’s death was undoubtedly tragic but, unlike the death of these other Rachels, it was almost certainly an accident. She was killed when she was hit by an Israeli army bulldozer she was trying to stop from demolishing a structure suspected of concealing tunnels used for smuggling weapons.
Unfortunately for those who have sought to portray Corrie as a peaceful protester, photos of her burning a mock American flag and stirring up crowds in Gaza at a pro-Hamas rally were published by the Associated Press and on Yahoo News on 15 February 2003, a month before she died. (Those photos were not used in the British press.)
While Thaler’s parents, after donating their murdered daughter’s organs for transplant surgery, grieved quietly, Corrie’s parents embarked on a major publicity campaign with strong political overtones. They travelled to Ramallah to accept a plaque from Yasser Arafat on behalf of their daughter. They circulated her emails and diary entries to a world media eager to publicise them. They have written op-ed pieces, including a recent one in the Guardian.
The International Solidarity Movement (ISM), the group with which Corrie was affiliated, is routinely described as a ‘peace group’ in the media. Few make any mention of the ISM’s meeting with the British suicide bombers Omar Khan Sharif and Asif Muhammad Hanif who, a few days later, blew up Mike’s Place, a Tel Aviv pub, killing three and injuring dozens, including British citizens. Or of the ISM’s sheltering in its office of Shadi Sukiya, a leading member of Islamic Jihad. Or of the fact that in its mission statement the ISM said ‘armed struggle’ is a Palestinian ‘right’.
According to the ‘media co-ordinator’ of the ISM, Flo Rosovski, ‘“Israel” is an illegal entity that should not exist’ — which at any rate clarifies the ISM’s idea of peace.
Indeed, partly because of the efforts of Corrie’s fellow activists in the ISM, the Israeli army was unable to stop the flow of weapons through the tunnels near where she was demonstrating. Those weapons were later used to kill Israeli children in the town of Sderot in southern Israel, and elsewhere.
However, in many hundreds of articles on Corrie published in the last two years, most papers have been careful to omit such details. So have actor Alan Rickman and Guardian journalist Katharine Viner, co-creators of My Name is Rachel Corrie, leaving almost all the critics who reviewed the play completely ignorant about the background to the events with which it deals.
So in April, when reviewers first wrote about the play, they tended to take it completely at face value. ‘Corrie was murdered after joining a non-violent Palestinian resistance organisation,’ wrote Emma Gosnell in the Sunday Telegraph. The Evening Standard, for example, described it as a ‘true-life tragedy’ in which Corrie’s ‘unselfish goodness shines through’.
Only one critic (Clive Davis in the Times) saw the play for the propaganda it is. At one point Corrie declares, ‘The vast majority of Palestinians right now, as far as I can tell, are engaging in Gandhian non-violent resistance.’ As Davis notes, ‘Even the late Yasser Arafat might have blushed at that one.’
But ultimately the play, and many of the articles about Corrie that have appeared, are not really about the young American activist who died in such tragic circumstances. They are about promoting a hate-filled and glaringly one-sided view of Israel.
Posted by Tim Dormain at October 20, 2005 04:50 PM

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Germany is Israel's #2 importer after the US

Merkel tells Israelis of German 'shame'
By Isabel Kershner
Published: March 18, 2008

JERUSALEM: Angela Merkel on Tuesday became the first German chancellor to address the Israeli Parliament, crowning a three-day visit intended to upgrade ties between the two countries.
The Merkel visit was seen as highly symbolic by both sides, as the Jewish state prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its establishment against the background of the Holocaust.
Paying tribute to the "special relationship" between Israel and Germany, Merkel said that the Nazi genocide filled Germans "with shame."
High on the agenda was what Israel sees as Germany's crucial role in the international campaign against the development of an Iranian nuclear bomb. Germany, an important trading partner for Iran, has significantly reduced its commercial ties with the Islamic Republic in the last year. But the feeling in Israel is that more could be done.
"The chancellor is fully aware they have to do more to reduce the volume of trade," said Shimon Stein, a former Israeli ambassador to Germany.

Merkel told the Knesset that it was up to Iran to convince the world that it is not building a nuclear weapon, and that Iran's acquisition of one would have "disastrous consequences" and "must be prevented."
Germany, she said, "is setting its sights on a diplomatic solution, together with its partners," and if necessary would support additional sanctions against Iran.
"It's an uphill battle," Stein said of Merkel's commitment. "She's taken it upon herself. Let's hope she can live up to it."
Eight ministers of the German government accompanied Merkel on her visit and held a joint session with the Israeli cabinet Monday, agreeing to future cooperation in a variety of spheres. The Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, called the meeting "a unique event, perhaps even unprecedented, in the political history" of Israel.
Earlier Monday, Olmert had accompanied Merkel on her visit to Yad Vashem, Israel's official Holocaust memorial, a move that Merkel described as an "exceptional gesture."
As a head of government, Merkel's request to speak to the Parliament had to be approved by a committee of legislators; the honor is usually reserved for kings, presidents and heads of state.
Seven of the 120 legislators boycotted her address, objecting to the use of the German language in the chamber because of associations with the Holocaust. Others, including Holocaust survivors and the children of survivors, gave the chancellor a standing ovation.
Two German presidents have addressed the Israeli Parliament in their native tongue in the past: Johannes Rau in 2000 and Horst Köhler in 2005. Both times, some legislators stayed away.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Jews at West Point

Taken from: Jewish Cadets Find Friendly Environment at West Point
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By Jennifer SiegelThe ForwardWEST POINT, N.Y. - When Adam Sasso arrived at the U.S. Military Academy in the summer of 2001, he expected to find intense challenges, close friendships and rigorous academics. But he was pleasantly surprised to also find at the army's elite college a Jewish community he describes as "very committed."There are fewer than 90 Jews in West Point's 4,000-person student body, but they constitute a particularly tight-knit and active group: Jewish cadets gather for Friday night services, perform with a Hebrew choir and attend parties sponsored by the campus Hillel chapter. Moreover, students, alumni and Jewish staff say that they, as Jews, feel supported and embraced by the broader West Point community.The flourishing of Jewish life at many private and public universities across the country has long been taken for granted. But recently, West Point's sister institution - the U.S. Air Force Academy - has become embroiled in a growing scandal over alleged religious coercion after Jewish cadets there complained of Christian proselytizing. West Point's Jewish cadets and personnel have said that their experiences at a military academy could not be more different."West Point makes sure that the Jewish community is taken care of," said Bruce Bublick, a rabbi, captain and Air Force chaplain stationed at Stewart Air National Guard Base, 10 miles north of West Point. Bublick filled in as West Point's Jewish chaplain in 2003, when the academy's permanent rabbi was called to Iraq. He credits the administration with proactively seeking a replacement, noting that "rather than just sitting back and saying, 'You know, they're aren't enough chaplains to go around,' they said, 'We must have a Jewish chaplain at this academy.'"Last week, West Point's 18 graduating Jewish cadets - joined by classmates, family, alumni and several non-Jewish administrators - gathered in the Jewish chapel for a baccalaureate service before commencement. The choir sang, each graduate received a kiddush cup or candlesticks from the Jewish War Veterans, and Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary to President Bush, addressed the crowd. "You provide a double mitzvah," he told the cadets. "The epaulets on our shoulders tell the world you are Americans; the faith in your hearts tells the world you are Jews." After the ceremony, the crowd milled around tables piled high with cold cuts and salads.West Point insiders offered a range of explanations for the college's Jewish-friendly environment. Some noted that the school is located about 50 miles north of New York City, home to the country's largest Jewish community. In contrast, the Air Force Academy is located Colorado Springs, Colo., a city that has become a hotbed of evangelical Christian activism.Others credited the more team-oriented nature of army life and combat, or the active network of Jewish alumni.Whatever the reason, West Point's tradition of accepting Jews is as old as the institution itself: Simon Levy was one of two students in the academy's inaugural class of 1802. Throughout the 1800s, West Point typically had one or two Jewish students per decade; by the 1940s, the average had jumped to five to 10 per year. In total, the academy has nearly 820 Jewish alumni, about three-quarters of whom are living.Those alumni have supported Jewish life on campus. "I have a love for these cadets as if they were my grandchildren," said Lewis Zickel, class of 1949, who currently serves as the president of the West Point Jewish Community Council, which supports Jewish life at the academy. Alumni attend Friday night services regularly, donate food for parties and holidays, and sponsor off-campus trips for the cadets, which this year included community service in Baltimore and white-water rafting in South Carolina.The backbone of Jewish life on campus is the West Point Jewish Chapel, a modern mix of soaring skylights and natural materials that was designed by architect Max Abramovitz, who also created Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Alumni raised the $7.5 million needed to construct the building, which was completed in 1984 and donated to the school. Currently, West Point is the only service academy to have a specifically Jewish house of worship; the Air Force Academy has a Jewish sanctuary in its main chapel, while a synagogue at the Naval Academy is slated to open next fall.The chapel is invaluable as a home away from home, according to the Jewish cadets who go there for choir practice, Hebrew classes or just to watch football on the big screen television. It is also one of the few places on campus where they are not bound by a strict code of behavior. In addition, said Benjamin Diamond, 20, who will be a junior next year, "I come here for my bagel-and-lox fix."As for life outside the walls of the Jewish-only space, both students and alumni credit the West Point administration with fostering a tolerant atmosphere. Out of nearly 200 graduates, from the classes of 1936 through 2008, only 16% surveyed indicated any level of antisemitism at the academy, said Zickel, who is conducting research for a book about Jews at West Point.When abuses do occur, they are taken seriously by the administration, said Sasso, one of 19 graduating cadets selected to go to medical school next year. He recalled a Sunday during his first year at West Point, when an upperclassman told the assembled formation that those "not going to church were heathens and our blatant lack of religiosity disgusted him." After Sasso, prodded by his roommates, complained to the administration, the offending cadet was forced to make a formal apology to the entire company. "I was just so moved that someone cared so much about making sure that I felt accepted," Sasso said. During the remainder of his time at the academy, Sasso has participated in the Respect program, which was started in the early 1990s to ensure that incidents of sexism, racism and religious intolerance at the academy are recognized and dealt with. The program includes values-education training that is mandatory for all cadets. In addition, student representatives are responsible for reporting problems to the administration. In contrast, the Air Force Academy unveiled its first religious sensitivity training program last year; so far, it includes no formal component of student officers.Carlos Huerta, a captain and the academy's permanent rabbi, now back from Iraq, acknowledged that Jews at West Point are a minority that is sometimes going "down the stairs in the subway right when everyone is going" out, but said that interfaith tolerance "is almost the air we breathe over here." Huerta is regularly invited to a Bible study led by the head chaplain Scott McChrystal, who is an Assemblies of God minister. This summer, a rabbi will serve as the head chaplain at the academy's training camp. And next year, the musical director of the Hebrew choir will be a Muslim cadet. Several members of West Point's Jewish community said that army life is itself a major inculcator of tolerance. "I lived with my soldiers for three months on the battlefield [in Iraq] and we knew how each other smelled in the dark," Huerta said. "The major weapons system in the Air Force is what? It's a very expensive airplane. In the army, our primary weapons system is the individual soldier. So our whole moral ethic is directed to taking care of people. If a soldier is under enemy fire, you'll risk 10 other soldiers to bring him back."

Thursday, March 13, 2008

He could have been America's first Jewish president

Eliot's waste land
Michael Tomasky
March 10, 2008 8:30 PM

He could have been America's first Jewish president. Instead, the career of New York's crime-fighting governor is being ended by a sex scandal

When the news first broke earlier today, it was vague enough - Spitzer "involved in" prostitution ring - that maybe it was possible that New York governor Eliot Spitzer could skate through.

But now, an updated version of the story on the New York Times' website - a version that adds the co-byline of the Times' great police and crime reporter Bill Rashbaum, who has crazy sources on this kind of thing - indicates that Spitzer was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a prostitute in Washington DC last month. Last month!

He's finished. He did not say outright in his brief statement, issued at around 3pm east coast time, that he'll resign. But he'll resign. No governor can survive this. Especially not one who has so few friends and allies willing to go to the mat for him. I would expect he'll be gone by tomorrow.

This is just one of the most unbelievable political stories of the last couple years, and it caps (and ends) a pitiful gubernatorial term for a man who, just two years ago, was being touted as the guy who could one day become America's first Jewish president.

As attorney general of New York state, Spitzer could do no wrong. He sued and prosecuted all sorts of white-collar bad guys, won and relished his reputation as a white knight (even if some think he ultimately went too easy on Merrill Lynch, the deal he cut with Merrill didn't undercut the media's basic white-knight narrative). When Republican George Pataki announced that he would not seek re-election in 2006, it was a fait accompli that Spitzer would win the governor's race. He rolled.

The problems started very early on last year, with the so-called Troopergate scandal, in which he tried to destroy the Republican leader of the state senate. Within weeks of taking office, Spitzer's approval ratings were in the toilet. That was a worse-than-average political scandal, but the kind from which politicians who have three years until they face the voters again routinely come back from.

They don't come back from this.

What could he possibly have been thinking? (Yes, he's married, with three kids.) It just leaves one speechless. "OK, let's see. I'm the governor of New York, one of the highest-profile governors in the country. I have a reputation for self-righteousness. I'm already screwing up my job. I have loads of people out to get me. What should I do? Yeah, I know - go see a hooker!" Jesus H Christ.

I've known Spitzer since 1994. He ran a first race for attorney general, a race most of New York subsequently forgot completely about, when he finished fourth out of four candidates in the Democratic primary. He ran then as a centrist New Democrat and was a lousy candidate.

Four years later, he moved a little to the left to make himself more attractive to New York's Democratic voters. He won easily that time around. Then, he got to work. I remember interviewing him a few months into his term in office. He had assembled a great team of lawyers and investigators. He, I thought to myself, will be making a lot of noise over the next four years.

Well, his career is over. The next governor of New York will be David Paterson, an African American former state senator from Harlem who is now lieutenant governor (an office that serves the same function as vice-president nationally). Paterson is legally blind. He's the son of a historic figure in New York state black politics, Basil Paterson, who was a major leader in the first generation of really powerful black politicians in New York. I've known David for a long time too and have had a mostly good opinion of him, but lieutenant governors are basically there to balance the ticket and cut ribbons. Whether he's ready for this assignment is a very open question.

This is one of the most operatic political flame-outs in recent American history. Will even one male politician learn anything from this? I think we all know the answer to that.