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Daybreak: Stuxnet Strikes!

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The reactor at Bushehr, last month.(Majid Asgaripour/AFP/Getty Images)

• Iran’s nuclear program has been temporarily shut down due to rare and unexpected centrifuge problems. The Stuxnet computer worm, for which Israel is suspected, is suspected. [WP]

• The Knesset passed a law, supported by Prime Minister Netanyahu, requiring a referendum before Israel cedes land it annexed, which means East Jerusalem and the Golan. It will make it more difficult for Israel to negotiate land swaps involving those territories. [NYT]

• Iran’s parliament made moves to impeach President Ahmadinejad; the grand ayatollah stopped them. But clearly there are some legitimacy problems and general dissatisfaction. [WSJ]

• More than 40 Saudi-sponsored part-time schools in Britain are programmatically teaching anti-Semitism and homophobia, a BBC documentary revealed. [NYT]

• A profile of David Nyer, the Orthodox resident of Monsey, New York, who has been a prime mover behind the recent efforts to free Jonathan Pollard. [JTA]

• Israel honored its 3,000,001st tourist of the year (a record). Perhaps inevitably, he is a pastor leading a Christian evangelical tour from Brazil. [JTA/Jewish Journal]

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Lessons of hate at Saudi linked Islamic schools in England. Where is the problem ? Europe in general and England in particular has become very anti-semitic – better to accept anti semitism than to risk upsetting Saudi or other Arab hate-propagantists. This is today’s lesson, plus the fact that generally the British Press and the BBC in particular have shown strong pro-Hamas and anti-Israel bias over the years. One has to accept this situation which will only escalate with the passage of time.

jacobo says:

Since Zionism is not Judaism, no way does anti-Zionisn = antisemitism, Just in case you haven’t noticed, the public isn’t buying this deliberate lie. Especially not buying are young Jewish-Americans, fed up, as they are, with the one about Israel being a sanctuary for persecuted world Jewry. Face it, only an insignificant number of the Jews Israel is so desperate to obtain are emigrating there, with Germany being the Russian Jew’s favorite destination. The only way there’ll ever be a mass migration to Israel is for Mossad to bomb synagogues in the West, the way it did, post-48, when its agents blew up synagogues in Iraq, Egypt and Morocco. Might not work this time, however, because within 24 hours the culprits would be exposed on the Internet,

I feel for you, jacobo. You are among our children lost in the wilderness of historical ignorance. If and when you are faced with our next Shoah it may well be too late to appreciate the true meaning of antisemitism, an ingrained, two millennia-long cultural inheritance of our western Diaspora. That a Holocaust was possible in targeting the Jews is just the most obvious evidence of our position in the Diaspora.

As regards anti-Zionism = antisemitism, certainly the Jewish state has its faults and deserves to be taken to task for them. But Israel is also a convenient target for “polite” antisemites and, as you apparently represent, ignorant or self-deluding Jews, to openly attack the Jews at the core. One need only absorb the reality of Jews worldwide being attacked following the bald-faced provocation of Turkey’s Mavi Marmara. Or consider that the leader of Europe’s combined Jewish organizations is so alarmed for the security of Jews today as to describe antisemitism as the highest since before Shoah. But then, we are in a period when traditionally Jews are most visibly targeted, a time of economic and social uncertainty, during the Great Recession.

You are correct on one point though, jacobo. We Jews of the Diaspora, and particularly of America, do not recognize Israel as the expression of Zionism’s fundamental purpose; not a Jewish state for its own sake, but as refuge to ourselves in time of need. We are just too comfortable in our homes, accept the limited reality that what we see surrounding us, our neighbors, co-workers, friends and family, our level of assimilation, is real and immutable. We need to believe that we live in the “exceptional” Diaspora. As did our German community in the 1920’s.

Daniel says:

” We Jews of the Diaspora, and particularly of America, do not recognize Israel as the expression of Zionism’s fundamental purpose ” – the purpose of Zionism is not a “night sanctuary” (the name for the approach you describe, which was rejected by the Zionist congress).

Zionism is a national liberation movement designed to return the Jewish people into the political world. To take back our land from the Arab invaders (and yes, if you studied history you would know that the Palestinian did’nt get to Israel until the begining of the 20th century).

“anti-Zionism = antisemitism?”, strictly speaking nor does “Holocaust denial” or “Historical re analysis of the Holocaust” or the believe in the “Protocols of Elders of Zion” antisemitism according to such definition. Most people see through those sheer masks.

Some people are anti-Zionist jews. And some jews supported Hitler in his campaign. And Stalin. What’s your point ? every nation and every people has it’s fair share of idiots, sycophants, social climbers and traitors. And every minority on earth hates those people – and for good reason.

I just like when the design is kept simple and clean, any time someone overdoes it usually it doesn’t last long

Lawrence Peter Berra~ It aint the heat its the humility.


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