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Arab American Activist: Muslim Riots May Rock Middle East
Arab American activist James Zogby warned Arab leaders in Bahrain Monday night that the
Muslim riots in France may spread to the Middle East. He said that foreign Arab workers in
oil-rich Arab countries are working in slave conditions. Several protests have erupted the
past few months in Kuwait and other Arab countries. Zogby said that Europe is learning
that foreign Muslim workers "are trapped in horrible conditions, denied justice and their
basic humanity." He compared the riots in France, which started almost two week ago, with
the black American riots in the 1960s.
Israel's Sharon Suffers Defeat in Parliament
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem) & Ha'aretz
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has suffered a humiliating defeat in parliament and is
facing a rebellion in his own party. The Knesset, Israel's parliament, gave l Sharon an
embarrassing slap in the face, by voting down his nomination of two new Cabinet
Rebels from the Prime Minister's ruling Likud Party led the charge. They want to punish
him for pulling out of the Gaza Strip last summer and dismantling 21 Jewish settlements
there. The rebels accuse Sharon of betraying traditional Likud ideology, which supports
settlement in all the biblical land of Israel.
Likud parliamentarian Uzi Landau is one of the most vocal opponents of the Gaza pullout
and the Cabinet nominations. "Today, simply we have to block this continued attempt by the
prime minister to go into those appointments, which are yet a further step towards
corrupting the political system of Israel."
Sharon is promising revenge. He has warned the rebels that if they make it impossible
for him to govern, he could call early elections that would topple the Likud from power.
Riding a wave of popular support from the Gaza pullout, the prime minister has hinted that
he could leave the Likud and form a moderate centrist party. Polls show that such a party
would win big in elections.
But bolting the Likud is not a good option, says Israel Television commentator Dan
Dyker. "Sharon's power comes from the Likud," he said. "It is a very big risk for him to
leave the Likud." That gives the Likud rebels leverage to achieve their goals. They want
the Gaza pullout to haunt Sharon for his remaining year in office.
However, the Prime Minister's Office denied on Tuesday a Channel 1 report that Sharon
has made a final decision to leave the Likud and form a new party to be named, "I Have No
Other Land." Sharon's associates said the broadcast was based on completely false
The prime minister's publicist Assi Shariv said, "There is no such decision and no such
party." An unidentified associate added: "Arik has still not made a decision to create a
new party. He has not given up yet on Likud. Aril has a staff, but at the end of the day,
he is a prime minister who knows what he wants - and what he wants is to be prime minister
for another term."
Sharon's close associates, who have accompanied him throughout the last two and a half
years, insist he has not informed them of any final decision on the matter - an indication
that the prime minister has still not made his decision.
But discussion on the subject is already underway, and the creation of a new party
seems more relevant now than ever - certainly after Sharon's defeat to Likud "rebels" on
Monday night in the Knesset, and considering Sharon's statement following the vote that
with things as they are, it is impossible to continue leading a nation.
Sharon's adviser Lior Horev told reporters Monday night that Sharon has decided to
support holding early elections, an indication that the prime minister has reached a point
of no return in Likud, something nobody in Sharon's office has denied or confirmed.
By Emanuel A. Winston (Commentary)
The difference between a great and a petty leader is the petty leader's need for
personal vengeance. Where Prime Minister Menachem Begin cut a deal for the Sinai, it was
done with regret and no vendetta against the pioneering settlers. Begin's advisors at the
time were Ezer Weizmann, Moshe Dayan and finally Ariel Sharon. All of who pushed hard for
the quick divestment of the Sinai Desert.
It was left for Arik Sharon to do the dirty work of forcing the Jews of Yamit and the
surrounding farming communities from their homes. As in the 25 communities of Gaza/Gush
Katif and the Northern Samaria, the Jews resisted and were hauled away. Here too Sharon
destroyed all that the pioneering Jews had built.
Fortunately, Sharon could only indulge his penchant for "getting even" with the
resisting settlers - only so far. Those who were arrested for trying to save their homes
and businesses, farms and synagogues, schools and cemeteries were released and their files
were closed on Begin's orders. Here one separates a great leader from a petty, vengeful
leader. One is decent and the other is vicious and calculating.
Such negative talents perhaps fit the profile of a great general that fights vicious,
unprincipled adversaries - often needing to become like them in order to successfully
But, the true leader of a nation does not lower himself to use vicious tricks against
his own people. He does not harbor a deep grudge when they defy his orders. He does not
use the judges in the courts as his own personal inquisitors to exact vengeance for
assembling 40-50,000 soldiers and policemen and women to force people out of their homes
as if they were his personal enemies. He does not encourage the police to beat protestors
(even minors) and then encourage them to lie in court, claiming the settlers attacked the
police. He does not encourage judges to ignore video evidence showing the police holding a
victim in a choke hold and then have those police testify that the victim endangered
When Sharon should have shown leniency, he instead insisted on show trials to exact his
"Pound of Flesh." He could have issued an amnesty but instead he urged the police and the
courts to pound unmercifully on the resistors to his expulsion. No one was exempt from
Sharon's heavy hand - not 15-year-olds, not the elderly.
While Sharon set the policy for the police and the courts, he had a large cheering
section of leftists and the leftist media in print, video and radio. While Sharon, in his
dictatorial role, plays the generous benefactor in releasing thousands of convicted Arab
Muslim terrorists, he has only vicious enmity for those who dared to defy his orders of
expulsion. He planned the lie of taking care of all the Jews he drove out of their homes.
We now see those Jews scattered around Israel, living like what are called 'street people'
in America. These were once hard-working, self-sustaining home builders and owners who
were bodily thrown out of these beautiful homes on a theory that the Palestinians would be
satisfied and President Bush could claim a fragmentation of victory out of cascading
There have been many great leaders in Israel but you will have to look hard to find
them in present-day Israel. Even the people following these petty role models seem not to
care about the corruption in the Israeli government, courts, the police, and even the once
admired military officers' corps.
In the meantime, Sharon and his gaggle of party hacks and thugs demonizing the most
decent and hard working Israelis and calls them settlers with a nasty smirk on his face.
Hopefully, one day a peoples' court will gather in this gang of uglies and will indict
them on charges of crimes against the Jewish people.
As I was proofreading this article at 6 a.m. on November 8th, I looked at the headlines
of the morning's Jerusalem Post. It read "PM Vows Consequences Against Rebels." This
referred to the November 7th vote on Sharon's attempt to appoint two party hacks, Roni
Bar-On and Ze'ev Boim as a reward for prior votes they cast in his favor. This time he
lost the vote 60 to 54 and then vowed vengeance against those who voted against him.
MK Uzi Landau said that Sharon's defeat in the vote marked "the curbing of the culture
of political aggression" and "boosted clean politics". (1) As we have often said, Uzi
Landau is "One Honest Man" who should lead the Likud Party in the next elections.
IDF Builds Fake Arab City to Practice Urban Warfare
The IDF is building a fake Arab city at its Ze'elim base in the Negev in order to train
troops in the art of urban warfare. The city is designed to be a replica of one
administered by the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria, complete with mosques,
crowded streets, overcrowded buildings, and Kasbah (old city).
Troops will train using high-tech laser devises that show how well they are aiming at
terrorist infiltrators. The IDF's technological and logistics division says that the
facility is unique and promises to save the IDF money on ammunition without compromising
on solders' training. Shots fired by laser, as well as soldiers' movements will be
analyzed by computers which will send back a complete depiction of the battleground to
commanders. Video cameras will also give commanders the ability to view the action live.
The facility is expected to be ready by the end of 2006 at the cost of $41 million.
Third emblem Seen Likely for Red Cross/Red Crescent
The global Red Cross/Red Crescent movement looks set to add a new emblem to its
familiar symbols in a move that could change the way many national societies identify
themselves, diplomats and officials said on Tuesday. Although they officially have no
religious significance, members according to their religious traditions choose the current
symbols --a cross or a crescent --. The crescent is generally used in predominantly Muslim
countries and the cross in those with a strong Christian tradition.
A decision on a third, non-denominational emblem -- an equilateral diamond-shaped red
crystal on a white background -- is expected at a conference called by Switzerland for
Dec. 5 and 6 of diplomats from the movement's 192 countries. "Although this has been
billed as allowing Israel to join, it may well open the way to quite a lot of changes in
the symbols that individual Red Cross and Red Crescent societies use," said one official
close to the issue, who declined to be named.
Israel, much of whose population professes the Jewish faith, says it can use neither
the cross nor the crescent, and so its Magen David Adom (Star of David) ambulance service
is excluded from the movement. The new plan as drawn up by Swiss officials would allow the
use of both symbols -- and for Israel the Red Star of David -- inside the crystal.
At present, members may use only one of the symbols, presenting difficulties for
countries with mixed religious traditions. The first to benefit is likely to be Eritrea in
eastern Africa, which has a mixed Muslim and Christian population and has been kept out of
full membership in the movement because it insists it must use both symbols.
Officials say the change could help some national societies which inherited symbols from
past rulers to attract new staff whose religious beliefs would bar them from working
exclusively under cross or crescent.
The Geneva Conventions, which underpin the movement, allow national societies to use
either the cross or the crescent as identification for their staff or vehicles, whether
working at home or on aid missions abroad. The global movement, which had its origins at
the bloody Battle of Solferino in Italy in 1859, has been struggling for years to agree on
a formula, which would allow Magen David Adom to come in as a full member.
Earlier attempts to find a solution have stalled as Islamic countries -- whose Red
Crescent societies were formally linked in one movement with Red Cross bodies in 1983 --
baulked at any action that would allow Israel in. However, diplomats say, the mood has
changed and a tour of the Middle East at the end of last month by Swiss Foreign Minister
Micheline Calmy-Rey left little doubt that the red crystal solution would be accepted.
Switzerland is the depository for the Geneva Conventions, and Swiss national Henri
Dunant set up the first society after seeing 40,000 soldiers from Austrian and French
armies left dead or dying without medical attention at Solferino. Geneva is also home to
the movement's two main arms -- the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which both back the red
crystal. Only official government representatives will be able to vote for the change at
the December conference.
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