From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Uri Avnery | Media Monitors | April 20, 2003 It was an almost unbelievable news story: in order to trim the national budget, the Ministry of Education had decided to dismiss hundreds of teachers. A private company got the job of delivering the bitter news to the dismissed teachers. Two days before Passover – one of the highpoints of the Jewish calendar, both for religious and secular Jews, when families sit together around the table for the joyous Seder ceremony – the messengers of the company spread out to do their job.
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Michael Lind | New Statesman | 7 April 2003 America's allies and enemies alike are baffled. What is going on in the United States? Who is making foreign policy? And what are they trying to achieve? Quasi-Marxist explanations involving big oil or American capitalism are mistaken. Yes, American oil companies and contractors will accept the spoils of the kill in Iraq. But the oil business, with its Arabist bias, did not push for this war any more than it supports the Bush administration's close alliance with Ariel Sharon.
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Gideon Alon and Yair Ettinger | Ha'aretz | May 2003 The prime minister and defense heads have requested an amendment to the Citizenship Law to prevent automatic Israeli citizenship for a child with a Palestinian parent. The move follows the discovery that the suicide bomber who blew himself up at the Mazza restaurant in Haifa was the son of a Jewish mother and a Palestinian father.
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Joseph Massad | Al-Ahram Weekly | 10 -16 April 2003 As I was reading one of the latest death threats I received via e-mail, I remembered the defamatory campaigns to which Edward Said has been subjected since the 1970s and which included the firebombing of his office in the 1980s. Since last summer, apologists for Israel's "right" to be a racist state (and to use whatever violence it can muster in defence of that "
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Josh Ruebner | Al-Ahram Weekly | 10 -16 April 2003 Josh Ruebner*, in an open letter, calls upon Paul Wolfowitz to resign, now. To My Former Dean and Other 'Court Jews', Dear Assistant Secretary of Defence Paul Wolfowitz, I doubt it if you remember me. That's okay though. I don't think that I did anything to merit drawing the attention of the dean as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Bernard Josephs | The Jewish Chronicle | March 21, 2003 IRAQ-RELATED tensions and pro-tests from Jewish customers persuaded a Hampstead book store to cancel an appearance by anti-Zionist poet Tom Paulin. The Oxford lecturer and BBC cultural pundit - who has derided his critics as "Hampstead liberal Zionists" - had been due to participate in a discussion with West Indian-born writer Caryl Phillips about her book "
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Robin McKie, science editor | The Observer | 25 November 2001 A keynote research paper showing that Middle Eastern Jews and Palestinians are genetically almost identical has been pulled from a leading journal. Academics who have already received copies of Human Immunology have been urged to rip out the offending pages and throw them away. Such a drastic act of self-censorship is unprecedented in research publishing and has created widespread disquiet, generating fears that it may involve the suppression of scientific work that questions Biblical dogma.
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Michael Kinsley | msn.com | March 12, 2003 Rep. James P. Moran of Virginia, already a locally famous foot-in-mouther, went national last week by declaring at an anti-war rally that "if it was not for the strong support of the Jewish community," the war against Iraq would not be happening. He said that Jewish "leaders" are "influential enough" to reverse the policy "and I think they should.
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Matthew E. Berger | Jewish Telegraphic Agency | March 11, 2003 WASHINGTON, March 11 (JTA) — Rep. James Moran (D-Va.) says he understands why Jewish leaders are furious with him over a history of comments against Israel and the Jewish community, and predicts the Jewish community will mount a fierce opposition to replace him in the next congressional primary. Moran, 57, told JTA on Monday that he felt “hurt” and would not heed the call for his resignation by six local rabbis.
From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Shulamit Aloni |Gush Shalom | March 8, 2003 We do not have gas chambers and crematoria, but there is no one fixed method for genocide. Dr. Ya'akov Lazovik writes ("Academic Genocide", "Ha'Aretz", 4 March) that in the State of Israel it is impossible that the regime and the nation will plan and commit a genocide. It is difficult to determine if this is naivety or self-righteousness.