April 30, 2004

U.S. bombs pound Fallujah – And … the usual double standard


(Wednesday’s Associated Press news release was most interesting especially if one is sensitive to double standards. One reads that U.S. Airplanes and artillery pounded Sunni “insurgents” and asked them to surrender or face death. The release neglected to mention that 500-1000 pound bombs were also dropped on these areas with massive destruction. Also not mentioned is that multiple check points have been set up all over Iraq, trying to prevent the penetration of suicide bombers paradise-bent on killing American soldiers and innocent civilians.)

That’s all great. If someone is trying to kill you and yours they certainly deserve reciprocity. The question is why do some in the United States, especially the Arabist American State Department, and all of the European Union, expect Israel to not protect its soldiers and its citizens in the very same manner.

No, Israelis and Jews worldwide do not think Jewish blood is any cheaper. As a matter of fact, there are far fewer of us so, perhaps our blood might be considered more dear.)

Jerome S. Kaufman

Air strikes target Sunni insurgents holed up in city.

Associated Press April 28, 2004

Fallujah, Iraq — Iraq police moved into the streets of the besieged city Fallujah today following hours of pounding by U.S. Airplanes and artillery on Sunni insurgents in a show of force that comes amid U.S. demands for insurgents to surrender or face death.

The strikes late Tuesday smashed homes, sent huge plumes of smoke and orange flames into the night sky over Fallujah, where a fragile cease-fire with insurgents was extended.

U.S. and Iraqi forces are expected to begin joint patrols on Thursday, a step aimed at calming tensions in the city. Some US officers have expressed concerns that the patrols could be targeted by militants who refused to surrender their weapons.

Tuesday’s fighting appeared far heavier than the previous nights clashes, in which eight insurgents and a U.S. Marine were killed, suggesting that U.S. forces were trying to wear down gunmen in the Jolan neighborhood, a district that is considered a core of militant resistance.

A U.S. soldier died Tuesday in Baghdad, raising the U.S. death toll for April to 115. ##


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April 27, 2004

Islam's Agenda - A Concise Summary

A War Between Civilizations By Moshe Sharon

(Redacted from an overview of the basic principles of Islam in the newsletter, Outlet, published by Americans for a Safe Israel, April 2004)

There is no fundamentalist Islam.

There is only Islam full stop. The question is how the Koran is interpreted.
All of a sudden we see that the greatest interpreters of Islam are politicians in the Western world. They know better than all the speakers in the mosques, all those who deliver terrible sermons against anything that is either Christian or Jewish. These Western politicians know that there is good Islam and bad Islam. They even know how to differentiate between the two, except that none of them know how to read a word of Arabic!

The Language of Islam

So much is covered by politically correct language that, in fact, the truth has been lost. For example, when we speak about Islam in the West, we try to use our own language and terminology. We speak about Islam in terms of democracy and fundamentalism. One of my professors and one of the greatest Orientalists in the world says that doing this is like a cricket reporter describing a cricket game in baseball terms.

Driving Principles of Islam

A Moslem has to acknowledge the fact that there is only one God and
Mohammed is his prophet. These are the fundamentals of the religion that without them, one cannot be a Moslem. But beyond that, Islam is a civilization. It is a religion that gave first and foremost a wide and unique legal system that engulfs the individual, society and nations with rules of behavior. If you are Moslem, you have to behave according to the rules of Islam which are set down in the Koran and which are very different from the teachings of the Bible.

The Bible vs. the Koran

The Bible is the creation of the spirit of a nation over a very long period. It leads to salvation. It leads to salvation in two ways. In Judaism, it leads to national salvation—not just a nation that wants to have a state, but a nation that wants to serve God. That’s the idea behind the Hebrew text of the Bible.
The New Testament that took the Hebrew Bible moves us toward personal salvation. So we have got these two kinds of salvation, which, from time to time, meet each other. But the key word is salvation. Personal salvation means that God Himself, who leads a person through His word to salvation, looks after each individual.

The Essence of Islam

Now let’s move to the essence of Islam. Islam was born with the idea that it should rule the world. Let’s look, then, at the difference between these three religions. Judaism speaks about national salvation—namely that at the end of the story, when the world becomes a better place, Israel will be in its own land, ruled by its own king and serving God. Christianity speaks about the idea that every single person in the world can be saved from his sins, while Islam speaks about ruling the world. “Allah sent Mohammed with the true religion so that it should rule over all the religions.”

Mohammed held that all the biblical prophets were Moslems. Mohammed did accept the existence of all the Biblical prophets before him. However, he also said that all these prophets were Moslems. Abraham was a Moslem. In fact, Adam himself was the first Moslem. Isaac and Jacob and David and Solomon and Moses and Jesus were all Moslems, and all of them had writings similar to the Koran. Therefore, world history is Islamic history because all the heroes of history were Moslems. The laws are very clear—Jews and Christians have no rights whatsoever to independent existence. They can live under Islamic rule provided they keep to the rules that Islam promulgates for them.

Furthermore, territory that was under Islamic rule, it is considered to be perpetually Islamic. This is why whenever you hear about the Arab/ Israeli conflict, you hear— territory, territory, and territory. There are other aspects to the conflict, but territory is highly important. Any territory that comes under Islamic rule cannot be de-lslamized.

Christian civilization has not only been seen as a religious opponent, but as a dam stopping Islam from achieving its final goal for which it was created. Islam was created to be the army of God, the army of Allah. Every single Moslem is a soldier in this army. Every single Moslem that dies in fighting for the spread of Islam is a shaheed (martyr) no matter how he dies. This is an eternal war between the two civilizations. This is a war that will not end.

Islam and Peace

Peace in Islam can exist only within the Islamic world; peace can only be between Moslem and Moslem. With the non-Moslem world or non-Moslem opponents, there can be only one solution—a cease-fire until Moslems can gain more power. Peace can only come if the Islamic side wins. It will take another 50 years for the Western world to understand that it is in a state of war with Islamic civilization. And I want to tell you one thing—we haven’t seen the end of it, because the minute a radical Moslem power has atomic, chemical or biological weapons, it will use it.

Wherever You Have Islam, You Will Have War

The reason that we have what we have in Yugoslavia and other places is because Islam succeeded in entering these countries. Wherever you have Islam, you will have war. It grows out of the attitude of Islamic civilization.
What are the poor people in the Philippines being killed for? What’s happening between Pakistan and India? But there’s also war by infiltration.
One of the things to which the Western world is not paying enough attention is the tremendous growth of Islamic power in the Western world.

Islamic Rule and Jihad

What happens it Jews and Christians don’t want to live under the rules of Islam? Then Islam has to fight them and this fighting is called Jihad. Jihad means war against those people who don’t want to accept the Islamic superior rule. I received a pamphlet that was distributed to the world by bin Laden. He calls for jihad against America as the leader of the Christian world, not because America is the supporter of Israel, but because Americans are desecrating Arabia with their filthy feet.

The Koran sees the world as divided into two— one part, which has come under Islamic rule, and one part, which is supposed to come under Islamic rule in the future. . The world is described as Dar al-Islam (the house of Islam)—that’s the place where Islam rules—and the other part which is called Dar al-Harb—the house of war. Not the “house of non-Muslims,” but the ‘house of war.” It is this house of war which has to be, at the end of time, conquered. The world will continue to be in the house of war until it comes under Islamic rule. And if America doesn’t wake up, one day the Americans will find themselves in a chemical war and most likely in an atomic war— inside the U.S.

Is There a Possibility to End This Dance of War?

The question, which we in Israel are asking ourselves, is, what will happen to our country? Is there a possibility to end this dance of war?The answer is, “No. Not in the foreseeable future.” What we can do is reach a situation where for a few years we may have relative quiet. But, for Islam, the establishment of the state of Israel was a reverse of Islamic history. First, Islamic territory was taken away from Islam by Jews. You know by now that this can never be accepted, not even one meter. So everyone who thinks Tel Aviv is safe is making a grave mistake. Territory, which at one time was dominated by Islamic rule, now has become non-Moslem. Non-Moslems are independent of Islamic rule; Jews have created their own independent state. It is anathema.

And (this is worst of all) Israel, a non-Moslem state, is ruling over Moslems. It is unthinkable that non- Moslems should rule over Moslems. I believe that Western civilization should pull together and provide mutual support. Whether this will happen or not, I don’t know. Israel finds itself on the front lines of this war. It needs the help of its sister civilization. It needs the help of America and Europe. It needs the help of the Christian world that must finally understand that it is its own existence that is on the line.

Moshe Sharon is professor of Islamic History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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April 22, 2004

School Textbooks “dumbed down”

School Textbooks dumbed down to accommodate political correctness and multi-culturism while American history distorted.

Excerpted from article:
By George Archibald, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, April 11, 2004

Social studies textbooks used in elementary and secondary schools are mostly a disgrace that, in the name of political correctness and multiculturalism, fail to give students an honest account of American history, say academic historians and education advocates.

“Secondary and college students, and indeed most of the rest of us, have only a feeble grasp of politics and a vague awareness of history especially the political history of the United States and the world;’ says Paul Gagnon, emeritus professor of history at the University of Massachusetts.

Most textbooks, produced by a handful of giant commercial publishers, are exposing generations of children to cultural and history amnesia that threatens the very basis of American free institutions and liberties, warn leading historians who are calling for better-defined, more rigorous state teaching standards.

Just 11 percent of eighth-graders show proficient knowledge of US history in standardized tests — down from 17 percent in 2001, Mr. Gagnon noted in a recent study for the American Federation of Teachers.

“Less than half knew the Supreme Court could decide a law’s constitutionality,” he said in the Albert Shanker Institute study titled “Educating Democracy State Standards to Ensure a Civic Core” ... “Only a third knew what the Progressive Era was and most were not sure whom we fought in World War II?’

Publishers acknowledge having buckled since early 1980s to so- called multicultural “bias guideline & demanded by special nterest groups and elected state boards of education that require censorship of textbook content to accommodate feminist, homosexual and racial demands.

The California State Board of Education was the first to adopt such guidelines in 1982, according to New York University education research professor Diane Ravitch in her latest book, ‘The Language Police” The California guidelines instruct textbook publishers and teachers: “Do not cast adverse reflection on any gender, race, ethnicity, religion or cultural group!’ The board had informal “social content standards” going back to the 1970s.

A handful of commercial publishers produce most elementary and secondary school textbooks used in the United States, which cost the nation’s taxpayers about $250 million per subject. All companies have developed their own internal checklist that dictate writing, graphics, photos and other textbook content

A team of 16 academic reviewers in Texas, the second largest state market for textbooks behind California, found 533 factual and interpretive errors in 28 social studies texts submitted for adoption by the state board of education. The books were for sixth-grade world culture, seventh grade state history eighth-grade and high school American history, US. Government and economic and high school world history…

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April 19, 2004

The Choice of Most Jews for President?

From: The Washington Times, April 18, 2004

The Democratic Party, which gave America the proud legacies of men like Harry Truman and Henry “Scoop” Jackson, is poised to nominate for president a man ~who either doesn’t understand the struggle against radical Islam or blindly went trolling for votes from a radical Islamic organization.

In December, when John Kerry was badly trailing Howard Dean, the Massachusetts senator spoke at the annual convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), an anti-Semitic organization that has defended infamous terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah. Addressing the Long Beach, Calif., audience by phone, Mr. Kerry told the crowd that he “really wants is to earn the support of Muslim leaders across the United States?’

Mr. Kerry appealed to the crowd by strongly implying that the Bush administration is not protecting the First Amendment rights of Muslim. “I believe this administration is moving our country in a radically wrong direction and is cynically exploiting people in the country and has forgotten some of the heart of the Constitution of the United States of America,” he said during his speech.

Mr. Kerry’s words, though not justified by facts or any reasonable interpretation of reality, are not the primary problem. His willingness to address the group in the first place is. No presidential candidate should lend legitimacy to a group with MPAC’s track record. On the day of the September 11 attacks, MPAC’s executive director and co-founder, Salam Al-Marayati, wasted no time launching into an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, saying on KCRWFM’s, “Which Way, L.A.?” program that “we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list?’

MPAC has also defended the actions of terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah. Mr. Al-Marayati, at a speech at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997, lauded Hamas’ “social and educational operations” and downplayed what he called “its quote -- unquote military operations.’ In a 1998 speech at the National Press Club, MIPAC Senior Adviser Maher Hathout claimed that Hezbollah merely fights for the American values” of “freedom and liberty?’

It’s possible, of course, that Mr. Kerry’s campaign had no idea about the true nature of MPAC. But given the group’s notoriety, particularly among many in Los Angeles, how could the Kerry staff have been so careless? The other alternative is far worse. We don’t suspect that Mr. Kerry shares any of MPAC’s repugnant views. But knowing the ugly truth about MPAC and speaking there anyway would not be much better. We hope for Mr. Kerry’s sake that his campaign staff was simply completely inept. -


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April 16, 2004

Self-Hate is seen as an Abomination – By Phillip Slomovitz, Feb. 7, 1992


From: The Detroit Jewish News, February 7, 1992

Excerpted from a 1972 article by the late and great Phillip Slomovitz, former founding editor and publisher of the Detroit Jewish News and an ardent Zionist.

(What with John Kerry claiming unawareness of his paternal grandfather being Jewish, the declared unawareness of former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright that her female cousin, with whom she played daily, had Jewish parents, and the presentation by many of our local Jewish organizations, Federation, Council, Temples and synagogues and the Ann Arbor Hillel of speakers whose claims to fame seem to be the undermining of the State of Israel, this article is as pertinent as ever.)

Mr. Slomovitz summarizes the book: The JAP and Other Myths of Self-Hatred by Janice L Booker (Shapolsky Publishers): A debt of gratitude is due the author, an able journalist and radio broadcaster, and the publishers for producing this work concerned with judging self-esteem.

In the introduction, Janice Booker analyzes self- hatred abominations She calls attention to an analysis by an eminent Jewish scholar, Kurt Zadelc Levin (1890- 1947). Ms. Booker provides the very basis for her theme. She declares: “Anti-Semitism is not relegated to non-Jews. Jews, too, can be anti- Semitic, and when they are, what surfaces is a latent insecurity that arises from the humiliation of centuries of oppression. Those Jews who identify with the worldview of the anti-Semitic stereotype have tried to disassociate themselves from what is commonly regarded as “Jewish lifestyle.” Their desire is to be part of the majority and the ticket to that road is in agreement with stereotypical ideas about Jews.

Once a stereotype has been accepted as descriptive of Jews it then becomes easy to say there is a discernible type of behavior, or a philosophy, that one expects in the way Jews live. This is equally pernicious when applied to “good” behavior. It is no less damaging to maintain that all Jewish men are wonderful husbands than it is to say that all Jewish women become smothering mothers.

Self-hate is a form of metastatic anti-Semitism. Underlying the desire to identify with the majority is the acceptance of the negative stereotype …
If Jews as a people aren’t important enough for other groups to defend them, individual Jews begin to believe their continued existence really doesn’t matter. When a Jew accepts the negative stereotype as true, there is psychological fallout. It sets the stage for wanting to escape from what the mainstream regards as “typically Jewish?’ Jews come to believe the way to survive is to accept the beliefs of the majority, because the majority will work to save only those they think worth saving …

One of the steadfast, ongoing, ubiquitous tenets of society has been anti-Semitism. . . If the culture is anti-Semitic, and one is Jewish, the road to go is to criticize other Jews for those stereotypes that the culture has decreed.

In recognition of the guidelines in the Booker volume, there emerges a need to treat self-hate as a challenge needing uninterrupted recognition of the accumulated facts. The research, conducted by Ms. Booker should be an admonition to know that when we resort to self- ridicule, it affects our sense of dignity.

There are many elements implied in the study of the lessons provided by Janice Booker. … The Booker revelations represent an advocacy of positiveness. Those who resort to negativism that become Jewishly self- demeaning possess the abilities to propagate the highest standards of Jewish legacies. The guilty have failed to accomplish it.

There is a remarkable conclusion to the Booker volume that serves this purpose. It advocates submission to the basic values of Jewish learning, its culture and traditions. Ms. Booker pleads for the noblest Jewish dignities by declaring: There is no longer uniformity to how Jews live politically or religiously. As religious thought and experience take a back seat to daily living, the background of a shared tradition and a commonality of experience, ethical, moral and Judicial, must be the final arbiter of who is a Jew. And that binding force of a shared morality can rise above self-hate generated by centuries of self- doubt…

There are Jews who manage to exist in the mainstream without relinquishing Jewish identity. They work in integrated offices; they live in multi-ethnic neighborhoods; their children attend local public schools. This is how the Booker research attains the successful rejection of self-hatred and invites substitution for it at all times with pride and dignity in everything related to our lives.

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April 13, 2004

A Likud insider's analysis of P.M. Sharon's impending visit with Pres. Bush

April 11, 2004

Jerry, Shalom


As you know, PM Sharon decided to bring his plan of unilateral withdrawal from Gaza and 4 settlements in the northern part of Judea and Samaria to a referendum among all Likud party members in Israel. His decision was motivated because of his will to legitimize the plan by the party in large and thus he will be able to pass the plan smoothly in both the cabinet and inside the Likud faction in the Knesset.

As of now, the schedule looks the following:

Following the end of Passover PM Sharon is to leave Israel for a meeting with President Bush where he is expecting to hear the President supporting the withdrawal plan.

By April 18 the PM is expected to put the final plan on the table of the Likud election committee (the body that governs the referendum) and the committee is expected to send it to all Likud party members (around 200,000 people) for their review.

Referendum day is expected to take place on April 29 (elections will take place from 10 am till midnight).

If the PM wins the referendum he is expected to immediately convene a cabinet meeting and pass the plan in the cabinet and on May 3 (the first day of the Knesset's summer session) to pass the plan in the Knesset.

Of course, if the PM is not able to pass his plan then anything is possible - from back to usual business to the fall of Sharon's government.

PM Sharon has a number of assets at his disposal to use in order to pass his plan:

1) He is not only the PM of Israel, he is also the Chairman of the Likud party and the organization of the party is basically committed to him and his people. The organization of the party has decided of the referendum date accordingly with the PM's request, they are the people sitting on the full list of the potential voters, they are deciding the voting procedure, managing the referendum day and the counting process. That gives the PM and his people a lot of power in making the game rules to their advantage.

2) The main political supporters of the PM's plan include Defense Minister Mofaz and Deputy PM Olmert. The three of them can (and actively do) influence the public discussion in Israel. A PM, Deputy PM and Defense Minister in Israel are 3 positions that carry a lot of weight in the public opinion and can basically spin whenever they want the media and the public opinion. Add to that the fact that this is the month that has the most appearances in the media of these 3 on formal occasions (special Passover interviews, Holocaust day appearances, and Independence day appearances) together with the PM's trip to Washington this week - and you get a total domination of the PM, Olmert and Mofaz on the media and the public opinion from now and till referendum day.

3) Traditionally the Likud party is very protective of its leaders. The political operators don't like to see acts of disrespect towards the Likud leader, especially that he is an acting PM. You can oppose him, but do it with dignity and respect. The ending result of that is the fact that the number groups opposing the plan did not find the exact way to both oppose the PM and do it with respect to him. And the clock is ticking...

4) The opposition to the plan is based on a number of ad-hoc groups that are cooperating together. These groups still lack the leadership of someone with the scale of Netanyahu or the Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom. Most of the Likud main Ministers are sitting on the fence, and even if they oppose the plan, they don't show their opposition in public or take upon themselves the leadership role of forming a strong and united opposition to the PM.

5) PM Sharon has shown again and again that he is the best player in the Israeli political arena these days. He is one of the oldest and experienced leaders living in Israel (and in the world). That is an added value that he has over his rivals.

These are very strong factors that play on behalf of the PM. Nevertheless, there are also as strong factors that play against the PM:

1) The PM's credibility has eroded in the public eye due to the alleged fraud scandals of him and his sons. No one really knows if the withdrawal plan has been put on the table now due to his belief that this is the right thing for Israel or is it to counter the judicial attacks he and his sons sustain.

2) The opposition is a very strong grass rooted opposition. Yes, there are the famous 13 Likud Ministers and MK's that are opposing the PM's plan, but the base of opposition among political operators and party members is broad as well. The latest polls show that among potential referendum voters that declared that they will come to vote at any circumstances there is a lead of 2 opposing the plan for every 1 voter who supports the plan. That means that even with no strong organization and leadership, there is still a large base of grass root ideological voters that oppose the PM's plan at this point of time. From my own talks with potential voters and political operators I can tell you that you almost hear no one supporting the plan and those opposing the plan are very vocal and active.

These are two strong factors that play against the PM's plan. If the Likud party members won't believe that there is a real urgency and/or national profit from the unilateral withdrawal then they will simply do what they thought is right in the past – to vote against any unilateral plan that includes settlements removal. After all, that is exactly what the PM himself advocated for a very long period of time, basically for the past 30 years.

Best wishes,

Shimon

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April 11, 2004

Two important documents. Please read:

1. The CV of a solid, intelligent, highly moral, hard working, responsible friend who was just laid off after 30 years with the same company; has a marvelous wife and two highly intelligent kids that he still has to finance through college and who needs a legitimate job commensurate with his history and abilities, RIGHT NOW. If you know of an opportunity, please ad a note at the bottom of this message on Israel Commentary as to who he should contact.

I have purposely left out the person's name, etc. since this is a public record. Your reply will only be seen by me and him. It does not go on the web page without my entering it - which of course, I will not do.

Jerry Kaufman

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Looking for one of Hitler's victims.

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CV of job applicant:

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My background includes serving as Treasurer/CFO/Controller for an automotive OEM and aftermarket components supplier. Throughout my tenure, I have demonstrated an expertise in directing all areas of finance, accounting, and administration including acquisitions and new company start-ups. Additionally, I have successfully developed and installed effective accounting and financial systems and procedures, which significantly improved productivity and efficiency. I am a take-charge, detailed, and self-motivated professional with excellent assessment, organizational, and communication skills. As a result of my background and leadership talents, I trust that I can make a significant contribution to your organization.

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Over 25 years as a financial executive for an automotive supplier.

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· Skilled in cost accounting, inventory control, insurance, and credit and collections.

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

UNI-BOND BRAKE, INC. (GROUP OF COMPANIES), Ferndale, MI. Company supplies OEM’s and aftermarket automotive components.

Treasurer/CFO Controller, 1976 to 2004

Directly responsible for all organizational accounting, finance, and internal controls. Managed accounts receivable/payable, credit and collections, banking, payroll, and procurement of office equipment. Monitored, analyzed, and tracked insurance expenses to maximize benefits and significantly reduce costs. Developed annual business plan. Prepared quarterly and monthly taxes (state and federal). Oversaw preparation of financial statements. Increased lines of credit to $5 million and held financial signing authority on all checks (no limit). Directly responsible to the Chairman/CEO. Supervised a staff of five.

Accomplishments:

· Implemented automated treasury management system with bank.

· Led conversion to an automated hourly swipe card time clock system.

· Strengthened verification procedure semi-automated accounts payable system.

· Served as trustee of the 401K Plan.

· Served as part of a team to determine feasibility of potential corporate acquisition. Worked on purchase contract including overall language, financing, reorganization, and cost cutting. Changed existing insurances and dealt with vendors to retain established lines of credit. Negotiated new loan arrangements for the purchased company.

· Arranged financing for a start-up wholesale distributor. Set up accounting and financial procedures and systems. Instituted credit card system to better expedite payment.

· Helped lead team to achieve QS-9000 certification.

· Installed first and subsequent computer systems and assisted in network administration and implementation. Instituted ISDN and later T-1 line/Internet access


WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY, Detroit, MI

Worked as Administrative Assistant/Accounting – Counseling and Testing Services, 1974 to 1976 Responsible for finance and accounting for Counseling and Testing Department. Supervised ten part-time employees. Developed and controlled budget. Reported to the Director of the Division.


Accomplishments:

· Implemented initiatives which reduced purchasing costs.

· Provided copier cost and quality analysis for copier replacement program.

· Established program for monthly report analysis.


EDUCATION:

Lawrence Technological University, Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, 1977

Wayne State University, Master of Education, 1972

Wayne State University, Bachelor of Science, Math and Science, 1969








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April 07, 2004

Finance Minister Netanyahu’s Basic Conditions for Withdrawal from Israeli territory


Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated to Sharon yesterday that he would only support the retreat if all three of his conditions were explicitly
included in the exchange of letter between Sharon and Bush.

The following are Netanyahu's three conditions as presented in his speech at
the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce - Tel Aviv, 21 March 2004:

"1. The first condition is security arrangements and freedom of security
action, and foremost the retention of land, sea and air passages under
absolute Israeli control. We must not permit broken borders through which
terrorists from around the world will reach the Strip and turn Gaza into a
terror base against Israel and the world. For these purposes Israel must be
assured, on the international front, freedom of action to destroy terror.
This is a condition that the American Government can, and should, agree to.

2. The second condition is the completion of the security fence in Judea and
Samaria. The fence will give security to Israel. This fence should include
within it the Jerusalem- Tel Aviv Road 443, the Greater Ariel Bloc, Maaleh
Adumim and the Etzion Bloc - the concentrations of most of the Israelis in
Judea and Samaria. These cities and communities are the very heart of
Israel, and the first line of defense of Netanya and Tel Aviv, Kfar Sava and
Jerusalem. There is no budget problem here. The Treasurer makes available
everything that is need for the completion of the fence to the last Shekel.
And before the fence is competed from the Gilboa to the slopes of the Hebron
Hills with the settlement blocs within them - there should be no withdrawal
and not even one centimeter in the Gaza Strip. This is a necessary
condition for the daily security of the residents of Israel - a condition
that the American Government, that is well aware of the dangers of terrors,
can and should agree to.

3. The third condition is official and public American opposition to the
right of return, that means the destruction of Israel.
The erasing of the
right of return from the international agenda will deny from the
Palestinians any reason to dance on the roofs. When the strong power in the
world stands with Israel on this matter it is a message to the Palestinians
that is clear and incontrovertible: they will understand that Israel may
have withdrawn from the Gaza Strip, but they will have to withdraw from
their fantasy. America opposition to the right of return - is also a
condition that the American Government can, and should agree to.

These three basic conditions: Full Israeli control of the passages,
Completion of the fence around settlement blocs before the start of any
withdrawal. Official American opposition to the right of return

- they are one package.

It is impossible to bring only one or two and it is impossible to water down
or soften only one of them. If these three conditions are not met in full -
I cannot support, and not just me. Most of the public understands that we
cannot "come out as patsies" from the move - to receive terror in return for
withdrawal
. There is no withdrawal without proper compensation."

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)

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April 04, 2004

The Self-Hating Jew - By Dr. Kenneth Levin

A must read - A fascinating psychiatric analysis of enemies within the Jewish people.

By Kenneth Levin, International Jerusalem Post, March 19, 2004

Individuals betray their own nations and communities for well-known reasons —material gain, ideology retaliation for perceived grievances, and blackmail. But betrayal takes on special dimensions for those groups subject to chronic assault by the surrounding world. Exposure to persistent verbal and even physical attack, whether on the grounds of religion or ethnicity or some other communal characteristic, is a psychologically corrosive condition. Often those abused accept at face value the indictments of their accusers in the hope of thereby escaping their predicament.

They may seek to reform their community in a manner consistent with the haters’ indictments or they may simply abandon what they have come to see as a tainted identity or they may join the attackers as a means of more thoroughly separating themselves from their status as victim. The long history of Jewish Diaspora communities, chronically besieged, is replete with examples of such behavior, including actions that contributed to large-scale shedding of Jewish blood: The burning of Jewish books and more severe restrictions on Jews were often promoted by former Jews, like 13th-centufy French convert Nicholas Ponin and 16th.centuty Nuremberg apostate Josef Pfefferkorn.

In the wave of forced conversions that swept Spain in 1391 with much loss of life, one of those who converted was the Solomon Halevi, chief rabbi of Burgos. Wealthy and well connected, Halevi could likely have resisted with some sacrifice of his status and wealth but preserving his life. He instead became Paul of Burgos and used his connections to rise ultimately to bishop of that city. He also turned his status in the Church and his political clout to relentless attacks on Spain’s remaining Jews. This culminated in his authorship of Castilian proclamations in 1412 which deprived the Jews of virtually any means of supporting themselves, confronting them again with the choice of conversion or death and triggering a second wave of mass conversion.

More modern examples of such apostates eager to separate themselves from a besieged Jewry include Karl Marx and his screeds against the Jews. Philosopher Isaiah Berlin wrote of Marx’s anti-Jewish rhetoric: “He was determined that the sarcasms and insults to which some of the notable Jews of this generation, Heine, Lassalle, Disraeli, were all their lives a target, should, so far as he could effect it, never be used to plague him.”

The precise motives that drive any individual to join his community’s besiegers is, of course, often difficult to fathom, and some have noted that various Jews notorious for such behavior appear to have had intense conflicts with their families or serious psychological problems.Yet it is characteristic of the spiritual corrosiveness of besiegement that its victims are predisposed to associate any grievance, such as unhappiness with family, or any sensed inadequacy in themselves, such as maybe related to psychopathology as due to the communal taint. They are more receptive to seeing the fault in their family or themselves as a product of their Jewishness and the solution as lying in escape from that tainted identity.

Mordechai Vanunu’s motivation in betraying Israel’s nuclear facility is similar difficult to infer with any precision. But the role of Israel’s besiegement and a wish to distance himself from it is suggested by his conversion to Christianity. It is noteworthy in this regard that a docudrama of Vanunu’s story, made in Australia, is virtually an updated Merchant of Venice. Vanunu’s family, while in actuality of Moroccan origin, is portrayed as black-garbed Eastern European Jews full of hate and vengeance, to better convey the message that Israel’s nuclear arsenal is a reflection of unholy Jewish determination to exact pounds of flesh from its enemies. The Australian Christians who convert him are, in contrast, paragons of mercy, the quality of which is supposedly not strained even while the rhetoric is. Although examples of outright-treason such as Vanunu’s are relatively rare in Israel, a broader identification with Israel’s enemies is widespread and again a result of Israel’s besiegement.

Natan Sharansky, addressing the current global upsurge of anti-Semitism, recently suggested a definition of anti-Israeli criticism that is actually anti-Semitism: Demonizing the Jewish state or delegitimizing it or applying to it standards different from those by which others are measured. By these criteria there are more than a handful of Israelis who are fellow travelers with some of Israel’s most hate-driven critics.

For example, analogies of Israeli policies to those of the Nazis have appeared on Israeli campuses and in Israeli art galleries. That biased criticism of Israel is a path to visiting professorships abroad and an entry ticket to foreign art shows and film festivals has apparently not made Israelis avoid joining foreign bigots’ attacks on the Jewish state.

Israel cannot end the hatemongering of its enemies. It can, however, do more to inoculate its own population, as well as Diaspora Jews, against the spiritual corrosiveness that leads to psychological capitulation and rhetorical betrayal if not outright treason. Part of that effort must be in making anti- Jewish and anti-Israeli rhetoric among Jews as illegitimate as Sharansky and others are seeking to make it among non-Jews.

The writer, a psychiatrist and historian, is author of the forthcoming Surviving Deadly Delusions: The Challenge of Jewish Self-Blame


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April 02, 2004

A note of good cheer - How Beautiful of the State of Alabama


ALABAMA SUPPORTS ISRAEL

Alabama State Representative Jim Carns (Republican from Birmingham) sponsored the following joint resolution (House and Senate of Alabama) expressing solidarity with Israel in its fight against terrorism. Rep. Carns has thus followed in the footsteps of the 1943 joint resolution, adopted by both chambers in Alabama, in support of the establishment of a Jewish State. Local pro-Israel activists note that Jim and Judy Carns have been committed to the enhancement of Alabama-Israel ties in the areas of commerce and industry.

The resolution states, in part:

"WHEREAS, Palestinian organizations are engaging in an organized, systematic, and deliberate campaign of terror aimed at inflicting as many casualties as possible on the Israeli population, including through the use of homicide terrorist attacks; and

"WHEREAS, Israel has lost nearly 700 innocent lives, which as a percentage of population is commensurate with America losing over 30,000 lives in the terrorist attacks on New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington on September 11, 2001; and

"WHEREAS, the continued terrorism and incitement committed, supported, and coordinated by official arms of the Palestinian Authority are a direct violation of [prior commitments]….

"[The] State of Alabama: (1) Stands in solidarity with Israel as it takes necessary steps to provide security to its people by dismantling the terrorist infrastructure in the Palestinian areas. (2) Remains committed to Israel's right to self-defense and supports additional United States assistance to help Israel defend itself. (3) Condemns Palestinian homicide bombings. (4) Condemns the ongoing support and coordination of terror by Yasser Arafat and other members of the Palestinian leadership. (5) Demands that the Palestinian Authority at last fulfill its commitment to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure in the Palestinian areas, including any such infrastructure associated with PLO and Palestinian Authority entities tied directly to Yasser Arafat. (6) Is gravely concerned that Arafat's actions are not those of a viable partner for peace. (7) Urges all Arab states to declare their unqualified opposition to all forms of terrorism, particularly homicide bombing. (8) Commends the President for his leadership in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, particularly the efforts of the administration to engage countries throughout the region to condemn and prevent terrorism and to prevent a widening of the conflict. (9) Urges all parties in the region to pursue vigorously efforts to establish a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace in the Middle East. (10) Declares that it will work as an elected body to promote tourism, economic trade, and cultural exchange with the State of Israel, keeping relations healthy now and into the future for the benefit of the State of Alabama and Israel."

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