Month: July 2009


  • In Refugee Aid, Pakistan’s War Has a New Front

    In Refugee Aid, Pakistan’s War Has a New Front
    Jane Perlez

    QASIM PULA, Pakistan — Islamist charities and the United States are competing for the allegiance of the two million people displaced by the fight against the Taliban in Swat and other parts of Pakistan — and so far, the Islamists are in the lead.

    Although the United States is the largest contributor to a United Nations relief effort, Pakistani authorities have refused to allow American officials or planes to deliver the aid in the camps for displaced people. The Pakistanis do not want to be associated with their unpopular ally.

    Meanwhile, in the absence of effective aid from the government, hard-line Islamist charities are using the refugee crisis to push their anti-Western agenda and to sour public opinion against the war and the United States.

    “The Western organizations have spent millions and billions on family planning to destroy the

  • A Young Israeli Reflects on Gaza

    By Kobi Skolnick

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    It has been six months since Israel launched an incursion into Gaza, and the anniversary has prompted the Red Cross to release a report on life since the operation.

    According to the report, 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza are “trapped in despair” because of the continuing Israeli blockade, and since April 2007 there has been an 80% decrease in the number of truckloads allowed through the boarder. With the population of Gaza being made up mainly of teenagers and children, this means many children are suffering from malnourishment and poor health. Furthermore, the Red Cross reports the people of Gaza are powerless to restore their lives and are sliding deeper into hopelessness. (See the full report here.)

    Nor has the situation in Gaza left Israel’s soldiers unaffected. After the Israeli operation in December, there were alarming cases of immorality among our finest soldiers. According to

  • Hamas, Israel Reject Amnesty Report

    It is a half year anniversary of the Gaza War of 2009. I love this incisive report. Amnesty must be doing something right for both sides to condemn them. Their critiques are trenchant, to the point, based on simple facts, and they expose the brutality of this confrontation, including Israel’s paradoxical use of pinpoint, precision weapons to create wanton destruction, and Hamas’ purposeful and unabashed targeting of civilians while calling it defense. The moral bankruptcy of the military leaders on both sides is plainly apparent, and cries out for global leaders to intervene forcefully, for the sake of the innocents on all sides. Since the “precision” weaponry of Israel’s is so lethal when used indiscriminately, however, the vast majority of civilians killed are on the Palestinian side as usual, which is why the Occupation must go. (Those who think that Gaza is not occupied anymore with all borders and commerce …

  • Red Cross report: Gazans in despair

    Please read this account of what is happening in Gaza from seasoned outside observers. The question remains why? No explanation has ever been given why basic materials for life, excluding bomb making materials, have been choked off from over a million human beings. It remains as criminal as the day it began, and it is a travesty that must end.  One can only surmise that the assumption of Israel, and implicitly the West, is that it is ok to continue to punish and hold hostage over a million human beings for the actions of Hamas. So, hostage taking seems to be acceptable, except when Hamas does it? I still am amazed. The only way the rule of law ever succeeds in history is when it is universally applied, everything else is just a game.

    Red Cross report: Gazans ‘in despair’

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip has

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