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Pollard Breaks His Silence
Jonathan Pollard, who has spent more than 27 years and more than 10,000 days in American prison, is breaking his silence.
In an opinion piece sent to the Jerusalem Post, which will appear on Friday, Pollard criticizes the Israeli government "over the past 60 years" on issues such as evicting Jewish communities, releasing murderous terrorists and his own situation.
"Israel is the only country in the world that ever voluntarily evicted citizens from their homeland in order to give the land to its enemies, and the only country that ever voluntarily destroyed the homes and businesses of its citizens, broke promises and shattered their lives," Pollard wrote.
Referring to his personal story, he wrote, "Israel holds the world record for betraying those who were loyal to it. It is the only country in the world that ever willingly cooperated in a lawsuit against its intelligence agent, refused to give him asylum, turned over documents to incriminate him, denied knowing him and then allowed him to rot in prison for decades."
Pollard also spoke about Israel releasing terrorists as a "gesture" to the Palestinian Authority ahead of peace talks, saying, "A sovereign state which can desecrate the dead by releasing murderers and torturing bereaved families, in principle, gives up and throws away the moral foundation of its existence."
He added, "Many of those released were serving life sentences for multiple heinous crimes. The blood of the victims cries out from their graves over the lack of human decency. Their cries are not being heard. The bereaved families of the victims asked and begged not to release the savage murderers of their loved ones. Their pleas were ignored. No one in Israel sees the broken hearts that are bleeding continuously over their losses."
UNESCO Passes Arab Resolution: Cave of Patriarchs 'Islamic'
UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) passed a resolution Wednesday listing the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem as Muslim sites.
The resolution - which passed with 26 in favor, six voted against, and 25 abstentions - condemned Israel for archaeological excavations in the Old City of Jerusalem and particularly near the Temple Mount.
An initial draft of the resolution had also called for the Kotel (Western Wall) to be listed as an Islamic site - or more specifically as an "extension of the Al Aqsa Mosque" - but that detail was hastily withdrawn after widespread condemnation, including from UNESCO's own Director-General.
The revised draft also toned-down some of the more blatant anti-Israel language in the original, including referring to Jerusalem as the "occupied capital of Palestine."
Nevertheless, the resolution accepted Wednesday does co-opt two other ancient Jewish holy sites: the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb, which contain the remains of the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs and are regular sites of pilgrimage for Jewish worshipers.
Both sites, however, have seen Muslims lay claim to them as well - which including the building of mosques directly on top of the Jewish shrines.
The resolution was backed by six Arab UNESCO members - Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and theUnited Arab Emirates (UAE) - who spearheaded the initiative on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.
The only countries who voted against were the United States, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Estonia.
The resolution "deeply deplores the recent repression in East Jerusalem, and the failure of Israel, the Occupying Power (sic), to cease the persistent excavations and works in East Jerusalem particularly in and around the Old City."
It also calls for the "prompt reconstruction of schools, universities, cultural heritage sites, cultural institutions, media centers and places of worship that have been destroyed or damaged by the consecutive Israeli wars on Gaza."
Israel has in fact allowed construction materials into the Gaza Strip, but construction work has been moving at a snail's pace due to corruption and inefficiencies, as well as some donor states failing to deliver on their pledges of funding to the Hamas government.
AFP contributed to this report.
Hypocrisy over Gaza
Radical Islam and the new Nazis.
The professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand.
'Are you a religious man? Does not matter which religion.''Yes sir,' the student says.'So you believe in God?''Absolutely. ''Is God good?''Sure! God's good.''Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?''Yes'The professor grins knowingly.. He considers for a moment. 'Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?''Yes sir, I would.''So you're good....!''I wouldn't say that.''But why not say that? You'd help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn't.'The student does not answer, so the professor continues. 'He doesn't, does he? My brother was a religious man who died of cancer, even though he prayed. How is prayer good? Can you answer that one?'The student remains silent. 'No, you can't, can you?' the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax. 'Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?''Er..yes,' the student says.'Is Satan good?'The student doesn't hesitate on this one. 'No.''Then where does Satan come from?'The student falters. 'From God''That's right. God made Satan, didn't he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?''Yes, sir..''Evil's everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything, correct?''Yes''So who created evil?' The professor continued, 'If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.'Again, the student has no answer. 'Is there sickness?
Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?'The student squirms on his feet. 'Yes.''So who created them?'The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question. 'Who created them?' There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. 'Tell me,' he continues onto another student. 'Do you now believe in God, son?'The student's voice betrays him and cracks. 'Yes, professor, I still do.'The old man stops pacing. 'Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you.Have you ever seen God?''No sir.. I've never seen Him..''Then tell us if you've ever heard your God?''No, sir, I have not..''Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God or smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God?''No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't.''Yet you still believe in him?''Yes''According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol,
science says your God doesn't exist... What do you say to that, son?''Nothing,' the student replies.. 'I only have my faith.''Yes, faith,' the professor repeats. 'And that is the problem science has with God.. There is no evidence, only faith.'
The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of his own. 'Professor, is there such thing as heat? '' Yes.''And is there such a thing as cold?''Yes, son, there's cold too.''No sir, there isn't.'The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet.The student begins to explain. 'You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don't have anything called 'cold'.We can hit down to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that.There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees.Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.'Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.'What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?''Yes,' the professor replies without hesitation.. 'What is night if it isn't darkness?''You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it?That's the meaning we use to define the word. In reality, darkness isn't. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?'The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester.. 'So what point are you making, young man?''Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.'The professor's face cannot hide his surprise this time.
'Flawed? Can you explain how?''You are working on the premise of duality,' the student explains.. 'You argue that there is life and then there's death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought.' 'It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.' 'Now tell me, professor.. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?''If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.''Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?'The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed..'Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?'The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided. 'To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.' The student looks around the room.'Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?' The class breaks out into laughter. 'Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain, felt the professor's brain, touched or smelt the professor's brain?No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir..' 'So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?'Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable. Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. 'I Guess you'll have to take them on faith.''Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,' the student continues. 'Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?'Now uncertain, the professor responds, 'Of course, there is. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world.
These manifestations are nothing else but evil.'To this the student replied, 'Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.'
The professor sat down.If you read it all the way through and had a smile on your face when you finished, email it to your friends and family with the title 'God vs. Science'PS: The student was Albert Einstein who wrote a book titled God vs. Science inThe nicest place to be is in someone's thoughts; the safest place to be is in someone's prayers; the best place to be is in the hands of God.=
Hamas Jeers: 'We Won the Media War'
Hamas deputy leader Ismail Haniyeh, who is the acting ruler in Gaza, on Tuesday praised the role Palestinian media is playing in inciting an intifada terror war.
Haniyeh made the comments during a visit to the offices of Hamas's TV channel Al-Aqsa in Gaza, in which he praised the broadcasters, editors and producers for their role in the terrorism.
Joining in the praise was Hussam Badran, a senior Hamas leader in the Judea and Samaria region.
Badran, like Haniyeh, praised the Palestinian media for getting Arab residents to launch terror attacks and try to brutally murder Jews.
"The local media in its expressions on TV, radio and print, and the continued and updated coverage about the events, proves without a doubt that our people have won the media battle and reinvigorated itself by correctly manipulating it, and that the occupation has suffered an embarrassing defeat," said Badran.
"The accusations of the occupation that our fighting media is recruiting, inciting and able to do so, is a mark of honor for every Palestinian media man, Arab and free defending the honor of man, his freedom, his holy sites and his legitimate rights," stated the terror leader.
Hamas has been far from the only terror group waging a terror war in the press. The Palestinian Authority's (PA) official paper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, recently described how Palestinian Arabs "insisted on inhaling the scent of the martyr's blood," in a bizarre fetish of terrorist worship inciting new attacks.