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Re: Italian Journalist Freed, Injured By U.S. Gunfire; Guard Killed

"accidentally" on purpose

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Re: IDF Reopens Case

never provides proof
...but she adopts the veneer of a (psuedo) intellectual...sort of like the holocaust deniers.

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Re: Salinas man dies after getting hit by taser stun gun

i think its stupid that cops think they have all the power in the world you get in trouble for the dumbest things possble i may be only 15 but i know whats right and whats wrong. tazers arent right if you have been zapped with one you would know i myself have been zapped and i know how bad it hurts and i think he muct have put alot of power and agressiveness to do that i dont think all cops are dicks but alot of them are.

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Letter from Dora

copyedit by Talula) feel free to add literary translational improvements in the comments section; I could never do a great writer justice)
I understand perfectly that my presence in the United States would not be desirable in accordance with the criteria of the official dignitaries of the State Department and that they can unmake a visa, but nonetheless, I cannot accept under any circumstances the categorization of terrorist, that in a legal document of the U.S. Government, has been made against me. The facts of my live are and have been public. The Somoza dictatorship condemned me to 7 years in prison, accusing me of “illicit association to deliquency? for being a soldier for the Sandinista National Liberation Front, and for participating actively in the armed political struggle for its downfall, something of which I feel profoundly proud. I feel proud of having fought in the Northern Front of Carlos Fonseca, of having participated in the taking of the National Palace, of having guided the Western Front “Rigoberto López Pérez? and of having been in charge of the insurrection of León for the toppling of the dictatorship. Would these be the crimes of terrorism that the U.S. Government is accusing me of? Or is it the Progressive Sandinista Movement, the legally established political party in Nicaragua that I currently sit on, that has been included in the North-American list of terrorist organizations? This accusation that the US Government is making against me attacks my human rights, and I cannot but consider it as a threat upon my life, my security, my integrity, and my tranquility.
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Re: Pro-Israel speaker hot topic at UCSC

What a fine piece of propaganda this is...

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Racist speaker hot topic at UCSC

What is offensive is that the Israeli government murders Palestinians all the time and it is rarely mentioned in the corporate Sentinel. Why is the tearing down of racist posters “news? when pro-racist Israel propaganda dominates the corporate press of America. Now we are to believe the murderous Israeli government is the victim? If anyone is being silenced in the United States it is those calling for human rights, an end to racist oppression, and an end to U.S. military aid to Israel.

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Re:Racist speaker same old lies at UCSC

Ithmar Marcus is a racist.
Here is the New Zealand text


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"It's an education process and a socialisation process," says Marcus. "Recently, there was a girl talking on Palestinian television, and she said that the presence of Jews in Palestine, the existence of Israel, was the liberation of the world from the germ and the cancer of the Jews. And then, she went on to say, they had the cancer and they sent the cancer to us, and now we suffer from this cancer. This was an exact repetition of things that we have heard in the media."

This could not, he says, take place without the assent of the PA – and peace cannot occur until the PA outlaws such broadcasts, which it refuses to do.

This is not quite true. In 2003, the PA instructed both official and private media to cease "incitement to violence", closed down a private radio station that did not comply, and broadcast a "pacifist" video called A Song for Peace. The official message – and the message from officials – remains mixed.

Yet, the same could be said of Israel. Rehavam Ze'evi referred to Palestinians as "lice" and "a cancer" and advocated their removal. He was still an Israeli Cabinet minister when he was assassinated in retaliation for the killing of a Hamas leader in 2001. In the same year, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef delivered a notorious Passover sermon in which he called for the "annihilation" of the Arabs. Only weeks ago, he was still being wooed to lead his Shas Party into a new governing coalition.

In a 1999 study of 124 Israeli school texts and children's storybooks, Professor Daniel Bar-Tal of Tel Aviv University found that Palestinians and Arabs were negatively stereotyped as "murderers", "rioters" and "primitive", but said that, like the Palestinian texts, they were improving. Dr Eli Podeh of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem said that even the new texts contained "overt and covert fabrications" and rarely acknowledged Palestinian identity.

Brown notes the struggle for both education systems of incorporating radically different historical narratives. Marcus complains of the "hate mater-ial" that reappeared in imported Arabic texts after Israel stopped censoring them – includings maps that depicted both the territories and modern Israel as "Pale-stine". Ironically, when Israel controlled the books, the whole land, throughout history, was referred to as "Israel".

Marcus says the Palestinians' depiction of themselves as an oppressed people is a "horrific libel". He points out that, under Israeli occupation after 1967, life expectancy and the availability of education in the territories improved radically (some other commentators credit UN agencies). He blames the hate brought by "the Tunisians" (the PLO) in 1993 for interrupting such a peaceful coexistence.

Brown has written that the problem with Marcus's work is less what is in it than what is made of it. He's right. In Israel, Marcus's views form part of a complex political environment, stretching from the left to the religious bigotry of some settler media. But for many Americans (notably conservative Christians), the image of Palestinians as fatally savage and corrupt is an almost unchallenged story. MSNBC morning host Don Imus kept his job after calling Palestinians "stinking animals" on TV, and far worse appears on conservative websites.
Influential Israeli Itamar Marcus says he promotes peace with Palestine. But is that the case?
Itamar Marcus is a man of influence. His byline has appeared over columns in a string of major Western newspapers, and – to a far greater degree – his work turns up uncredited in opinion columns, news reports, press releases and websites.

He has addressed United Nations agencies, the US Congress and the European Parliament. He has convinced sovereign governments to alter their foreign policies. On his recent visit to New Zealand, he was received by our government officials. His host, the New Zealand Jewish Council, said that the understanding conveyed through his work contributes to "long-term peace between Israelis and the Palestinians and other Arab neighbours".

But Marcus has also been called a far- right-winger, an extreme Zionist and, quite frequently, a brazen liar.

Marcus is the founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), an Israeli-US non-governmental organisation dedicated to scrutiny of the Palestinian press, radio and TV. PMW finds material of concern in the Arabic-language press of the Occupied Territories and, with the help of a crew of military-trained translators, republishes it in English.

Much of what the PMW publishes is from the official Palestinian Authority (PA) media, and much of it is depressing. Some of it is frankly horrifying: racist, anti-Semitic commentary quite at odds with what PA leaders will say to English-language media. It conveys, Marcus says, "existential" hatred for the Jews and for Israel.

So do the schoolbooks that Palestinian children learn from, according to the Center for the Monitoring of the Impact of Peace (CMIP), a related organisation that Marcus helped found and still has links to.

The CMIP's reports on the curriculum that the PA developed after the 1993 Oslo Accord are easily the most widely quoted, and influential, English-language resource on Palestinian education.

In December 2000, the Italian Government ceased funding the fledgling Palestinian education system, citing a CMIP report that showed that new first- and sixth-grade textbooks contained hate material. Shortly afterwards, the World Bank, which had been co-ordinating the education project, told the Palestinian Ministry of Education that money for school texts and teacher training would be diverted to other projects. Other donor countries followed suit.

Was that, then, a good result? Marcus takes a deep breath: "What usually happens when legislators around the world see this material, and see the films that were on TV that promote hatred in the most vicious, vicious way, they'll say to me, 'What's the solution?' And I always answer, 'You here in Europe, especially in the EU, have the solution. Israel can't bring the solution. You're giving diplomatic support, you're giving financial support. Just condition your support on peace education and these things will be taken off the Palestinian television.'

"This material is not conflict-related and criticising Israel's behaviour, but criticising Israel's essence. These are the items that have to be eliminated. And I said, 'Yes, please use your leverage, your financial and political leverage, otherwise there won't be a change.'"

The European Union eventually conducted its own review, which concluded that "allegations against the new textbooks" were "proven unfounded" and that CMIP reports used badly translated material and quotations out of context, "thus suggesting an anti-Jewish incitement that the books do not contain".

Shortly after the Italian withdrawal, Marcus was savaged in a story by journalist Akiva Eldar in Israeli newspaper Haaretz, who said that "the Palestinians are being rebuked where they should in fact be praised".

Eldar described Marcus as a right-wing West Bank settler (in fact, Marcus developed his current interests working for the Labour government of Shimon Peres). He cited the findings of Dr Ruth Firer of the Harry S Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, that the new books were "freer of negative stereotypes of Jews and Israelis" than the old Egyptian and Jordanian texts previously used. (Firer also told Le Monde Diplomatique that she believed the CMIP's chief motivation was to prove that peace with the Palestinians was impossible.)

Marcus needs no reminding of the Haaretz story.

"In his entire article, he is coming from that extreme left fringe that was insistent on defending the Palestinians, no matter what," says Marcus. "And anything that seemed to be critical of the Palestinians, as opposed to seeing what I was doing, which was promoting peace education, they rejected, and tried to delegitimise, with all those inaccuracies in his article. I could go through it point by point and show you how it was a total misrepresentation of everything that was done."

Marcus's academic bete noire, Professor Nathan Brown of George Washington University in the US, also waded into the fray, accusing the CMIP of demonising the PA just as it was "creating a curriculum that – from an Israeli perspective – was far superior to any that an Arab state had used in the past" and systematically obscuring "tremendous change" for the good.

And yet, the material that the PMW team plucks almost daily from the Palestinian media (it even finds offensive material hidden backwards in crosswords) remains disturbing.
Marcus readily says he desires peace, contingent on the permanent repudiation of violence by Palestinian leaders. But his work – with its urgent depictions of a pervasive and generational Palestinian enmity – leaves little room for the leap of faith that might entail.

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Re: Ancient Divisions: Influential Israeli Itamar Marcus says he promotes peace with Palestine. But is that the case?

Palestinian school textbooks call Jews the sons of pigs and apes.

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