At Arab Gathering on Development, the Talk Is All About Gaza

A Buddy of mine working in the “sandbox” sent me this……
I felt that since he has been in the ME for a few years that he is now getting a feel for the true pulse of the area.
January 22, 2009
NEWS ANALYSIS
At Arab Gathering on Development, the Talk Is All About Gaza
New York Times
KUWAIT — Two and a half years ago, a group of Arab leaders decided it was time to try to set aside their political differences and deal with what was ailing their countries: widespread illiteracy, ineffective schools, unemployment, inadequate water and food resources.
So they called for an extraordinary summit meeting to be held in Kuwait City this week. The plan was for the 22 members of the Arab League to agree on concrete ways to improve the lives of their 330 million citizens. Instead, they bickered over how to handle the Gaza crisis.
At nearly every turn, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict remains an obstacle to development in the Middle East. It inflames public emotions, serves as a convenient distraction for leaders unable or unwilling to reform their nations and is a tool in the hands of those seeking to promote their own regional standing, often at the expense of the Palestinians.
“The Arab-Israeli conflict reinforces the puritanical, radical, traditional and also the authoritarian because everyone holds onto what they have and there is no third way,” said Shafeeq Ghabra, a political science professor at Kuwait University. “Basically, this is a region stuck in time, stuck in space and in history and in conflict.”
When the presidents, kings and emirs arrived in Kuwait, they were scheduled to discuss regional cooperation to improve education, ease trade and travel barriers, improve food security and lift their citizens out of poverty. But they were barely talking to one another because of differences over how to deal with Israel’s offensive in Gaza.
“Yes, milit ary occupation is a serious matter that needs to be addressed,” said Amr Moussa, the secretary general of the Arab League. “But backwardness in our societies needs to be taken care of.”
There was a suffocating sense of despair hanging over the Kuwait meeting as the Gaza crisis eclipsed every other issue.
“The Arab ship is sinking,” Mr. Moussa said on the first day of the conference.
The Arab world has been in the same self-defeating fight for decades. In 1975 the Arab League took out an advertisement in The New York Times to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The headline said, “Political, economic and social unity in action.” The text said solving the Palestinian crisis was the group’s “first priority.”
But that headline was as much an illusion then as the headlines declaring that Arab leaders had reconciled their differences after the20first day of the conference. The flash point has not always been Israel. But the victim has always been a unified effort to improve regional economic and social development.
Arab leaders certainly have the ability to improve conditions at home, even amid the feuding. In that way, the Palestinian cause can become a useful distraction for authoritarian rulers reluctant to make changes that risk instability, or that might strengthen regional competitors.
The need for regional cooperation rests on data. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora of Lebanon said that the Arab states would need to create 50 million jobs in the next 20 years simply to keep unemployment at current levels. He said Arab universities were collapsing and scientific research was almost nonexistent.
By many measures, the Arab world is slipping further and further behind in its ability to compete globally. Perhaps the single greatest drag on the region, one that afflicts wealthy Persian Gulf states as well as poorer countries like Egypt, is the quality of schools. International trends in math and science among fourth- and eighth-grade students show that in math, for example, among fourth-graders, the bottom four nations out of 36 were Tunisia, Kuwait, Qatar and20Yemen. In science, eighth-grade students in Qatar placed second to last.
Since the 1940s, Arab leaders have been promising the creation of an economic union along the lines of what the Europeans have achieved. They have repeatedly said that Arabs should invest in and trade with Arabs first.
They were still talking about that this week.
In Kuwait, there were complaints that the region had failed to coordinate its electric grids, transportation systems and customs regulations. But the Palestinian issue so consumed the meeting they barely had the chance to discuss such matters.
“We have to be aware as Arabs that the absence of an Arab solution to the Palestinian issue also means the absence of continuous progress, major development, sustainable growth and agreement within our Arab world,” Mr. Siniora said at a conference in Kuwait before the summit meeting.
While no one was arguing that the Arab states should stop fighting for a Palestinian homeland, the summit meeting’s participants virtually begge d leaders to separate political differences from common economic needs. Many speakers at the conference had said that economic, social and human development could only help bolster the region’s position in its confrontation with Israel. But no one actually offered a compromise on how to overcome those differences.
The sense of urgency in addressing the developmental issues has been compounded by the economic crisis. At the opening of the summit meeting, officials said that Arab countries had so far lost about $2.5 trillion, and that 60 percent of the development projects in the oil-rich gulf had been postponed or canceled.
There is no one who would argue that resolving the Palestinian issue would suddenly produce a united Arab world. But the issue continues to play havoc with agendas and expose hypocrisies.
“We have written many times, ‘If Hezbollah loves the Palestinians so much they want to fight Israel, why can’t they fight to give the Palestinians human rights in L ebanon?’ ” said Mohammad al-Rumaihi, a newspaper editor in Kuwait. But pressure over the issue is relentless.
“The masses,” he said, “their hearts are with the Palestinians.”

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They are all over the place……..

The Nutters have come out of the woodwork!

Looks like the asylums doors were swung open on the public the last few days cause the crayon brandishing cut and paste crowd are out in force!

Seems that every sycophant miscreant neo Nazi terrorist loving fool with access to the internet has posted what they call blogs  ,,

Well I’ll just laugh my ass off.

Mostly I’ll laugh art those that quote Iranian press releases and Hamas statements as fact.  This is some funny stuff.

I love how the Iranians are now admitting there was a holocaust against the Jews during WWII where just a short while ago they were demanding that it was fiction!

I love how the chicken shits who call themselves the leaders of Hamas came out of their protected shelters to declare VICTORY over Israel even though they lost most of what they controlled including the Palestinian popular vote!

The next groups who get a face full of laughter are the Boycott brigade! These simple minded ass klowns   have neither the backbone nor the knowledge to perform the boycott they demand of everyone else, 

I’m also amazed at the lack of truth to their lists of companies they want to boycott…  the one that sticks out the most with me since I’m a lover of her products is “SARAH LEE” (When in the states she is on my plates) this company whom we might blame for our expanding waistlines does no business in or with israel.

So why are they on the boycott list?

And why are so many companies that do business with Israel not on the list?  Is it because the list makers don’t want to stop driving their cars? Motorcycles? Mopeds?

Is it because those Jeans they just bought are also big sellers here?

 These guys need to either step up to the plate or just fuck off the game cause no matter what they say they will never carry it out.

 

The next group is the Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Bad Jews. You hit back group!

You don’t get a laugh you get a kick in the head for being so stupid that you give your parents a headache every time you walk into the room with that pointed hat on!

The next ones are the guys that act as if they know everything about the military yet have never ever served due to the fact they either can’t due to medical/mental reasons or they are just plain CS’rs who won’t leave moms basement except to head off to chucky cheese’s for the special.

All the Gaza experts that have never been in the city let alone out of their own who try to tell everyone how it should be fair and balanced? LOL you know nothing of it, nothing at all

UNICEF funds schools in Gaza that teach children the art of war, not life skills… Hamas runs camps where the game is KILL the JEW!! And has classes in RPG 101 and IED 202…   But you only scream at us JEWS for defending ourselves…..  You don’t condemn Hamas for turning their city into one big arms dump! You don’t condemn HAMAs for letting the farms that Israel left them to go fallow…

You are  the simplest of them all the one brain cell nit wits that flood the internet with stupidity and hate for no reason  except it might get you a shot at that freaky chick down the hall that hasn’t shaved her legs in 18 years but then you so horny you couldn’t care, most of you are the same type to protest for PETA then head off to McDeaths for a grease burger

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UN Can’t complain since they Hired Terrorists to work there in the first place

what ever happened to  that “NO MOONLIGHTING” rule in most companies?

well you might think the UN would have this policy in place  but it’s too late now!

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,479940,00.html

 

Feel free to spew on this one

U.N. Agency That Runs School Hit in Gaza Employed Hamas and Islamic Jihad Members

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

By Joel Mowbray

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The United Nations agency that administers a school in Gaza where dozens of civilians were killed by Israeli mortar fire last week has admitted to employing terrorists to work at its Palestinian schools in the past, has no system in place to keep members of Hamas or Islamic Jihad off its payroll, and provides textbooks to children that contain hate speech and other incendiary information.

A growing chorus of critics has taken aim at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in recent years, although momentum on Capitol Hill has been slow. But last week’s incident, which Israel maintains was prompted by Hamas operatives firing mortars at Israelis from a location near the school, has prompted some lawmakers to scrutinize the U.N. agency.

Rep. Steve Rothman, D-N.J., introduced a resolution in the fall calling for greater transparency and accountability at UNRWA. The bill called on the agency to make its textbooks available on the Internet for public inspection and to implement “terrorist name recognition software and other screening procedures that would help to ensure that UNRWA staff, volunteers, and beneficiaries are neither terrorists themselves, nor affiliated with known terrorist organizations.”

Rothman said he plans to re-introduce his UNRWA resolution in the coming weeks because, “as timely as this bill was before, it is even more timely now. It is urgent that Congress can be assured that U.S. taxpayer money is not being spent to support Hamas and its murderous activities.”

A spokesman for UNRWA adamantly said that the agency is now free of terrorist connections. “We’re composed of social workers and teachers,” the official explained. “We take every step possible to have only civilians inside UNRWA facilities.”

But the U.N. Personal History form for UNRWA employees does not ask whether someone is a member of, or affiliated with, a terrorist organization such as Hamas or Islamic Jihad. And there is no formal screening to ensure that employees are not affiliated with terrorist entities.

Asked about this, the UNRWA spokesman replied, “Palestinian staff sign an undertaking confirming that they have no political affiliations whatsoever, and have not and will not participate in any activities that would violate the neutrality of the U.N.”

There is no formal enforcement, however, to monitor possible terrorist activities by employees after they sign the pledge at the time of hiring.

UNRWA official Chris Guinness told the Jerusalem Post this week that the agency screens names of new employees against the relatively small U.N. database of Taliban and Al Qaeda figures. Extremist Palestinians, however, are far more likely to belong to organizations, such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, that are not on that watch list.

In 2004, former UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen told the Canadian Broadcasting Company, “I am sure that there are Hamas members on the UNRWA payroll and I don’t see that as a crime.” He added, “We do not do political vetting and exclude people from one persuasion as against another.”

There have been several high-profile examples of terrorists being employed by UNRWA. Former top Islamic Jihad rocket maker Awad Al-Qiq, who was killed in an Israeli air strike last May, was the headmaster and science instructor at an UNRWA school in Rafah, Gaza. Said Siyam, Hamas’ interior minister and head of the Executive Force, was a teacher for over two decades in UNRWA schools.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill say they are also concerned that terrorist propaganda is being taught in UNRWA schools. A notebook captured by Israeli officials at the UNRWA school in the Kalandia refugee camp several years ago glorified homicide bombers and other terrorists. Called “The Star Team,” it profiled so-called “martyrs,” Palestinians who had died either in homicide bombings or during armed struggle with Israel. On the book’s back cover was printed the UNRWA emblem, as well as a photo of a masked gunman taking aim while on one knee.

There is evidence that students educated in UNRWA schools are much more likely to become homicide bombers, said Jonathan Halevi, a former Israeli Defense Forces intelligence officer who specializes in Palestinian terrorist organizations. Halevi has spent several years building an extensive database for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs of terrorist attacks by Hamas and other Islamic extremist groups.

Though he cautioned that estimates are tricky because the identity of an attacker is not always made public, Halevi estimated that over 60 percent of homicide bombers were educated in UNRWA schools. By comparison, roughly 25-30 percent of Palestinian students in the West Bank, the origin of almost all homicide bombers since the start of the intifada in 2000, attend UNRWA schools, according to the agency’s figures.

A UNRWA spokesman strongly disputed any connection between the agency’s schools and a greater likelihood of terrorist activity later in life. As proof, he pointed to UNRWA’s “special efforts in our schools to teach tolerance, human rights and peaceful conflict resolution.”

UNRWA sent an eight-page brochure to FOXNews.com that speaks about the group’s tolerance, human rights and peaceful conflict resolution curriculum. But it makes no mention of tolerance toward Jews or Christians or of peaceful coexistence with Israel. Rather, it is geared toward student interaction, the rights students should expect in society, and learning to express emotions through acting, painting, and storytelling.

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So you want to boycott Israeli goods?

I’ve seen tons of E Mails, Blog postings and others group postings in places like facebook and myspace calling for the boycott of Israeli goods etc.

I have to laugh each and every time i see this  because the unknowing that do this post don’t even know what they are talking about.

an example  of this is.

They use a pc/laptop with Intel inside. (intel has it’s major RnD labs in Israel along with a few very large factories. so does Microsoft, IBM etc so for a real boycott . get off your computers….

No? then watch this

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Who is breaking international law?

Guess who?

Suprise. it’s not Israel.

Here’s another one.

Again not israel.

Now  the question. Why aren’t you screaming bloody fucking murder at Hamas?

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To all my Fans and those that also wish me dead. please read on

I’m sometimes doing that deer in the headlights thing when I read all these anti Israeli/anti Jewish anti, anti Blogs around here. But then I take a close look at them and see that 99.9999% of them are posted by “CUT AND PASTE” Ass klowns… A “CnP” is someone that goes to his favorite virulent web site and  copies his/her/it’s newest piece of trash and posts it on his blog as if it was G-ds words spoken to him/her/it on the mountain side and that by their actions they are saving the world from us filthy Jewz.

I love it,   I actually love it. Why? Because it shows, a weakness of mind. It shows that there are actually only a few of them that actually have a free thought in their sylph addled brains. It shows that the idiots will follow if the words are sweet to their ears and like the lemmings they are they follow. (Anyone know the closest cliff?)

So in my daily travels through the sewers to see if anyone has posted anything original I continue to see without source

Witnesses claim….   Witnesses confirm……  UN says witnesses told them……….. I find this group of posters the most creative but also the most see through as they can’t back up one word of it.

I’ve also found the type that will attack your spelling in comments rather than the content saying that your lack of spelling skills   in their little minds makes what you say a pile of crap. (Put a spell checker in the comments section please) As I speak two languages, a drop in grammar/spelling now and then is nothing compared to the refusal to look at the content. This friends is a true weakness of mind. And of material.  To yell BAD SPELLING!! And ignore the message is to admit defeat!

(Example. They don’t attack me here. Because I have a spell checker in place). I’d love to hear from them but they tend to be to chicken shit to do so.

Also those that might tend to hide who they really are; this is also true of 99% of the “I HATE ISRAEL” posters. They hide their names so they can continue to live in their moms basements suck the bong, eat cheetos and wonder why their collective willies turned orange.

As you see here my name shows up in the author’s area. I’m not hiding from anyone. And why should I? None of these ass Klowns is ever going to visit me in Kfar Saba anyway.

 

 

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WHAT IF?

what-if

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