Truth Is Not Racism
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001
From: Mark Rosenblit
Columnist Amy Pagnozzi called Israel's President Moshe Katzav a racist because, in the aftermath of last month's bludgeoning murders of two Jewish teenagers in a cave near Tekoa by a group of "Palestinian" Arabs, he essentially declared that "Palestinian" society embraces Evil (which remarks he later clarified as referring only to "Palestinians" employing or supporting terrorism).
However, as if to endorse President Katzav's original declaration, official Palestinian Authority Television, on June 8, 2001, broadcast a sermon by Sheik Muhammad Ibrahim Maadi in which he praised the June 1, 2001 suicide slaughter of 20 Jewish teenagers at a Tel Aviv nightclub and called for more such suicide attacks.
Here is an excerpt from his sermon: "Woe upon whomever will not raid, and not tell tales of raids. Woe upon whomever does not give his children Jihad [Holy War] education... Blessed is he who fights Jihad in the name of Allah, blessed is he who goes on a raid in the name of Allah, blessed is he who dons a vest of explosives on himself or on his children, and goes into the depth of the Jews in their sinful discotheque. I ask of Allah that we see the Knesset building collapsing on the heads of the Jews."
If President Katzav's declaration is the Truth, then -- however politically incorrect it might sound to squeamish ears -- it is not Racism.
© Mark Rosenblit
Note: An upcoming conference in
'Fitna' filmmaker to attend
By Brenda Gazzar
Wilders is scheduled to speak and screen his film at the two-day conference
titled "Facing Jihad: a Lawmakers'
Eldad, who is chairing the December 14th-15th summit, said that the legislators attending the summit will discuss draft proposals that would better "regulate" immigration in their respective countries, including proposals that would require "declarations of loyalty" to the host country. The second day is to focus on the "education" of Israelis and Europeans, he said.
"The time has come to shatter some of the accepted truths on Islam," he said, during a press conference at the Ramada Hotel in
Eldad is seeking to hold the Islamic summit inside the Knesset and is waiting for a response from Chairwoman Dalia Itzik, who has the authority to accept or reject such requests. He threatened Wednesday to go to the Supreme Court if his request was rejected.
But at least some Arab parliamentarians are strongly opposed to the idea.
MK Ahmed Tibi (UAL-Ta'al) argued that the planned conference was "inflammatory" and motivated by anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment.
"I can't imagine that the chairwoman would allow the screening of a racist, anti-Islamic, fascist film inside the Knesset. The Knesset is not a place for these kinds of things," he said during a phone interview. "It can't allow conferences of this kind that encourage racism."
Eldad said Wednesday that the Arab-Israeli conflict is due to a clash of civilizations between Islam and the West -- in which
Other participants will include Baroness Caroline Cox of Queensbury, an independent member of
The December summit will be sponsored by the
AP contributed to this report.