The nerve of Russian President Putin has me too appalled to be able to remain silent. To visit Israel and while on his visit indirectly announce that he will do pretty much everything in his power to help the enemies of Israel destroy it?
For first time since al-Aqsa Intifada, head of state visits PA; Russian president warmly welcomed in Ramallah, says he will help Abbas fight terror By Ali Waked
RAMALLAH - Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a Ramallah press conference on Friday afternoon that his country was prepared to give the Palestinian Authority defense aid in the form of transport helicopters and training equipment.
"If we are waiting for Chairman Abbas to fight terror, it's clear that he cannot do it with his current resources,” Putin said. "We going to provide technical aid, equipment and trainers. We are going to provide them with helcopters and communications equipment."
I wonder what exactly President Putin's idea of "fighting terror" are. Something tells me (and call me clairvoyant here) that he does not have peaceful ways in minds. Also, I wonder what his definition of "terror" in this case would be. The IDF? Or.. Jewish presence in Israel? (No I'm just asking..).
Putin also said that his country would continue to help Iran develop its nuclear program.
I say down with the Russians!
Cheers in the PA
The Russian president was warmly welcomed in the Palestinian Authority, where he completed his Middle East diplomatic tour. The Palestinians put on an impressive ceremony replete with an honor guard, Russian flags and a band playing the Russian anthem.
Before meeting PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Putin laid a wreath at the grave of Yasser Arafat at Ramallah's Muqata Compound.
Alrighty. Well here are a fewmoregraves for you while you're at it.
Putin and Abbas met for an hour. Afterward, the two held a joint press conference and Abbas brought the Russian president's idea of an international peace conference held in Moscow.
"We are committed to peace with our Israeli neighbors and we don't want to waste the opportunity for international involvement in the process," Abbas said.
Abbas added that Putin's "was a historic visit symbolizing Russia’s commitment to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East on the basis of ending the Israeli occupation and the creation of an independent Palestinian state.”
Yes it is true. And it's also true that my name is Kunta Kinte.
Today I received a newsletter from the "Zion Friends of Israel", which consist of Icelandic, Christian zionists. While I am not a member and have paid no attention to their work, I have always been aware of their existence. The newsletter I received (much to my surprise) caused me to visit their website. While the "Icelandic Zionists" have a somewhat different approach from me in the sense that their emphasis on Christianity is obvious, I am certainly impressed to see how this website (as was their excellent newsletter) is informative, useful and clearly created by someone who knows and truly cares.
My day has consisted of the following events:
Getting up early, doing the laundry, making dinner for this day and the next (so I won't have to take precious time away from studying tomorrow to cook), having breakfast, making coffee and then studying for the next 11 hours with few and short breaks, while drinking ridiculous and extremely unhealthy amounts of coffee.
You guessed it, exam period has started. So until May 6th (along with an essay deadline set for the 17th), I shall not be blogging much (unless I'll be slacking, but considering the tight schedual I certainly hope I won't).
I hope to 'see' you all again after I'm done!
Since I have exam reading these days I have little time to spend on my blog (although I would neglect pretty much anything for this obsession-called-internet). Also I see that fellow bloggers are doing such an excellent job (as usual, except for David Treppenwitz though, he's slacking!) describing current events.
But I did want to mention one thing that crossed my mind while reading Gilly's blog. I have never met Gilly, but I am very well aware of the fact that he is born and bred in London, and according to David Treppenwitz (who has met him), he sounds like "a narrator for the BBC".
Now I don't know about the rest of you (again, except for Treppenwitz who calls them "voices in his head"), but I always, always narrate while reading blogs, and often the accents/voices I hear in my head make little sense. The only voices I've actually heard are those of the following:
Lisa: A Canadian with a very sophisticated and personalised way of speaking. It's really contagious.
She can speak really fast in Hebrew by the way.
My Obiter Dicta (Jeffrey): He speaks really fast and I actually sometimes had problems keeping up. (He and Lisa both speak in virtually unaccented Hebrew, which is unusual for anglo-Israeli adults).
Treppenwitz: Has the kind of voice that has a really calming effect on you. It has crossed my mind that David should have become a dentist. I think that might have worked out quite well!
However, apart from that it's left to my imagination, so I decided to share with you how I 'narrate' some of my regular reads (in my head, of course).
Geviha Ben Pesisa: American accent spoken fast, with an extensive vocabulary.
Hasidic Gentile: I don't narrate. But you are no Brit to me!
Israel Midnight Café: This is the mystery man, but I'm guessing you speak almost exactly with a typical American accent. (Until recently I sort of narrated with a British accent, though). And I'm also guessing you're not bad looking. It's just a guess.
Israellycool: American accent, in an excited tone of voice (and yes I know you're Australian).
Neither here nor there: British all the wayyy
Nice Jewish Boy: Super-American accent with slang and stuff
Not a Fish: Now you see this is weird. Don't you speak with a British accent? I narrate with more of an American..
Oleh Girl: Why do you sound like a "cowboy girl" in my head??
Reb Lazer's Shtibble: Oh well I've watched interviews, and you sounded different from what I would have thought!
Rishon Rishon: Good & educated language, soft voice speaking quitely (I could be way off here with the latter)
yiddishe-kop: Serious American girl who speaks calmly
But then the question remains. How do you all narrate me? Come on, lets hear it..
Orly has once again taken a quick break from her PhD studies to take some amazing photos. This time they are from Southern Tel Aviv. As usual, her photos give me mixed feelings of familiarity, nostalgia and pleasure, along simply being utterly charming.
The news of how the Brits have now banned Israeli universities, hardly come as a great surprise. But it is just as unpleasant, nevertheless. The matter is certainly of highly personal interest to myself, as someone hoping to start MA studies in Israel next year. It seems like if I do pursue graduate studies in Israel, I need to keep in mind that my education might stand and fall with the world's "attitude" towards Israel.
British academicians claim Haifa University censors criticism of Israel’s policies in territories, Bar-Ilan boycotted because it 'runs courses in colleges in the occupied West Bank;' Israeli official: ‘Last time Jews boycotted in universities was in 1930’s Germany
Britain's main university teachers' union said on Friday it had agreed to a Palestinian request to boycott two Israeli universities, angering Jewish students and administrators who said it could fan anti-Semitism.
Association of University Teachers (AUT) General Secretary Sally Hunt, announcing the boycott, said members are asked to avoid all academic or cultural cooperation with Haifa University and Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv.
Meanwhile, British Ambassador to Israel Simon McDonald said the British government opposes academic boycotts in general and the boycott against the Israeli universities in particular.The AUT council voted to boycott Bar-Ilan because it runs courses at colleges in the occupied West Bank and "is thus directly involved with the occupation of Palestinian territories contrary to United Nations resolutions". It boycotted Haifa because the university disciplined a lecturer for supporting a student who wrote about attacks on Palestinians during the founding of the state of Israel.
'A betrayal of academic principles'
The boycott, which is not compulsory, will last until Haifa "ceases its victimization of academic staff and students who seek to research and discuss the history of the founding of the state of Israel," it said. The AUT said it voted for the boycott in response to a plea for action by a group of Palestinian academics. British university administrators and Jewish student groups were outraged. "It is a betrayal of academic principles -- it looks like they are moving backwards into the hatred of the past few years," Union of Jewish Students spokesman Danny Stone said.
Reminiscent of 1930s Germany
The AUT's executive committee said it would look further into a call to boycott a third university, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, after claims that the institution had confiscated land occupied by Palestinian families in east Jerusalem.
But how far are the Brits planning to take their academic boycott of Israel? And how exactly are they planning on doing it, with one eye shut? Adam sent me an excellent article discussing the matter. (This is must-read material).
Pay attention, British professors. If you support the boycott of Israel proposed by some of your fellow academics -- and if you are to remain intellectually honest -- prepare for a radical lifestyle change. Firstly, unplug your computers. Good. Now switch off your interactive digital television sets. Well done. And now throw away your mobile phones. Excellent.
You see, Professors, these machines are not only the engine of the globalized, capitalist world but they also depend on technologies that have been produced by Israeli academics in the Zionist entity.Also, I'm afraid you may not use the British Library because it has been computerized by Ex Libris, a Zionist company that was spawned by the odious Hebrew University of Jerusalem.