From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Uzi Benziman |Ha'aretz Daily | 4 August 2003 When Ariel Sharon formed his second government, he announced that he personally would head a single ministerial committee: the one that deals with the non-Jewish population. The prime minister, it was understood, intended to attend personally to the advancement of the population's Arab sector. Five months later, the Sharon government declared that a Knesset vote against the law depriving Palestinians married to Israelis of the right to Israeli citizenship amounted to a vote of no-confidence in the government.
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Uri Avnery | Avnery's News | 22 December 2003 He read out the written text of his speech, word for word, without raising his eyes from the page. It was vital for him to stick to the exact wording, since it was an encoded text. It is impossible to decipher it without breaking the code. And it is impossible to break the code without knowing Ariel Sharon very well indeed.
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Ran HaCohen | Antiwar.com | September 29, 2003 The eve of the Jewish New Year is an excellent occasion for what Jewish tradition calls Kheshbon Nefesh, or soul-searching on so-called "anti-semitism", which has now become the single most important element of Jewish identity. Jews may believe in God or not, eat pork or not, live in Israel or not, but they are all united by their unlimited belief in anti-semitism.
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Ibrahim Nafie | Al-Ahram Weekly | 20 - 26 November 2003 The Israeli right stands guilty of more than hypocrisy when they accuse others of being anti-Semitic, writes Ibrahim Nafie -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Israel and Zionist organisations are becoming increasingly dependent upon the charge of "anti- Semitism" as a political weapon. Individuals and organisations, indeed entire nations and societies, have found themselves so besmirched. Anti-Semitism has a very precise definition.
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Cihan News Agency | Cihan News Agency | 13 November 2003 ISTANBUL - The Turkish government will take precautions against an increase in banking activities and the purchase of land in northern Iraq. The Turkish government plans to respond to activities of "Kurdish Credit Bank" which grants loans to Kurdish people to purchase land belonging to the Arab and Turkmen people in northern Iraq, by opening a branch of the Turkish state-owned Ziraat Bank in the region.
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Ghada Karmi | Al-Ahram Weekly | 29 May-4 June 2003 Skillful manipulation by Israel of allegations of anti-Semitism has resulted in a culture of silence and intellectual intimidation with regard to Israel, writes Ghada Karmi* The Palestinian Intifada has been raging for over two years now. The death toll amongst Palestinians, which keeps rising daily, is well over 2000, with a further 20,000 wounded. Between 1 May and 3 May alone, the Israelis killed 25 Palestinians.
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Amiram Barkat | Ha'aretz | May 2003 Most of the new immigrants who joined the Israel Defense Forces over the past year were not registered as Jews, Chief Education Officer Brigadier Elazar Stern said yesterday at a conference in Jerusalem's Heichal Shlomo, headquarters of the Chief Rabbinate. "Last year 51 percent of the immigrants who joined the IDF were not registered as Jews," Stern said, adding that some 8,000 non-Jewish soldiers are serving in the IDF.
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Phil Baty |Times Higher Education Supplement | 16 May 2003 There was a time when student activists worshipped the then imprisoned South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, voting to name their union buildings after him. Now Birmingham University's guild of students has threatened disciplinary action against members who circulated a leaflet quoting Mr Mandela. They said it was a breach of policy forbidding campaigns on international conflicts and that Mr Mandela's "
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Tanya Reinhart | Electronic Intifada/Yedioth Ahronoth | 15 May 2003 Every few months, a “peace plan” is pulled out of the drawers of the White House and keeps the public discourse busy for a few weeks. Although this ritual has a fixed pattern and predetermined end, it is curious that many in Israel are still tempted to believe that this time it is different.
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Zionist Organisation of America | IMRA | 1 May 2003 NEW YORK- The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has strongly criticized the Bush administration's "Road Map" plan, warning that it is a road map to disaster--it will create a Palestinian Arab terrorist state that will endanger Israel and undermine America's war against terrorism: The ZOA is launching a nationwide campaign against the Road Map plan.