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Daybreak: Another Day on the Gaza Frontier

Plus Park51 ain’t goin’ nowhere, and more in the news

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The spot near a kibbutz where two Gaza mortars landed today.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

• Clashes in southern Gaza left a Palestinian militant dead and an Israeli soldier wounded. [NYT]

• The developers behind Park51 strongly denied a thinly sourced Haaretz story reporting that they were considering moving the location of the Islamic center. [NY Post/Vos Iz Neias?]

• A former Israeli soldier has caused a firestorm after posting pictures of her with blindfolded Palestinian captives on Facebook. [NYT]

• Hawkish Bush administration official John Bolton predicted that Israel would not attack Iran’s nuclear reactor at Bushehr, which is apparently merely a few days from its own tipping point. [Haaretz]

• U.S. circumcisions have dropped steeply: Fewer than half of boys born in conventional hospitals from 2006 to 2009 received the procedure. [NYT]

• Andrew Roth, a left-wing City College boy who after 1950 plied his journalistic trade in London, died at 91. [NYT]

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From the American Islamic Forum for Democracy

Mr. President this is not about religious freedom. It is about the importance of the World Trade Center site to the psyche of the American People. It is about a blatant attack on our sovereignty by people whose ideology ultimately demands the elimination of our way of life. While Imam Faisal Rauf may not share their violent tendencies he does seem to share a belief that Islamic structures are a political statement and even Ground Zero should be looked upon through the lens of political Islam and not a solely American one.

As a Muslim desperate to reform his faith, your remarks take us backwards from the day that my faith will come into modernity. I do not stand to eliminate Imam Rauf’s religious freedom; I stand to make sure that my children’s religious freedom will be determined by the liberty guaranteed in the American Constitution and not by clerics or leaders who are apologists for shar’iah law and will tell me what religious freedom is.

‘Park 51′, ‘The Cordoba House’ or whatever they are calling it today should not be built, not because it is not their right to do it – but because it is not right to do it.” Mr. President, your involvement in this issue is divisive not uniting. Your follow-up stating that ‘you will not speak to the wisdom of the construction of that mosque and center’ indicates a passive-aggressive meddling on your part that only marginalizes those Muslim and non-Muslim voices against it while pretending to understand both sides of the debate.

Marc, you need to get past your moral superiority complex on this issue. Not everyone who is against this Muslim Community Center/Mosque is a racist bigot. We are against this building because its in bad taste to build a 15 story Islamic center so close to Ground Zero. So far, they’ve done the exact opposite in what they want to achieve. They aren’t building bridges, they are burning them.

Vivian says:

I did not know of the american Islamic center for Democracy until I read David’s response. i am pleased to know that this Center exists and embraces american values and at the same time is pressing for the modernization of Islam.

Why does Tablet concern itself with the rate of circumcision in the United States? Is this something which Jews should be concerned with. Circumcision is a Jewish matter only for its relgious value. What the general public does in this affair is of no concern to anyone but the individual involved and his parents.

Ben Birnbaum says:

Response to Garry:

It becomes relevant as a cultural matter, I believe, because of a street-apologia for Judaism, dating from the 1950s (so far as I can tell), which saw the rise in male circumcision in the U.S., and the associated general belief that circumcision was good for health, as evidence that Gentiles had come around to recognizing the wisdom and utility that lay behind the ritual religious act, which non-Jews of the West had previously considered a primitive and barbaric mutilation. See Herman Wouk’s This Is My God (1959), for example.


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