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March 12, 2010: The Country of Palestine

June 30, 2010

You may know that there is no country of Palestine.  And I may know it.  But that doesn’t stop the Palestinian Authority from saying that there is such a country, and that Jerusalem (not “East Jerusalem”) is its capital.
 
The PA has said this in a booklet put out by the PA Ministry of Tourism.  The really big news here is that this was supported by the US government, via USAID (United States Agency for International Development). The USAID logo is on the cover and someone from the PA Ministry of Tourism told me about her office’s cooperation with USAID in Ramallah.
 
An article I wrote about this is in The Washington Times.  You can see it at:
 
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/12/rewriting-history-on-the-taxpayer-dime/
 
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Please, share this broadly.  Most importantly contact your representatives in Congress about this and ask them what the hell is going on.  Provide the URL.  (People with blogs and lists: this should go out big time.) USAID operates without Congressional approval and many in Congress will be enraged to learn how taxpayer dollars have been spent.
 
For your Congresspersons: 

http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml
 

For your Senators: 

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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I’ve written about the Friends of the IDF dinner in NYC at which Chief of Staff Ashkenazi spoke, and the counter-demonstration in support of the IDF that was organized by Lori Lowenthal Marcus of ZStreet (www.zstreet.org) and Marvin Belsky of Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam (HRCRI).  

Others supporting the effort included Americans For a Safe Israel (AFSI), ZOA Philadelphia branch (Steve Feldman), the Hebron Fund (Yossi Baumel), and Pam Geller (Atlas Shrugs blog).   

Thank heaven for all of these people and more not mentioned.  We need every friend we can get in the US.  I take the time to mention them because it’s important to know who our friends are.  I encourage you in the US to work with and support the efforts of these groups. 

And to be motivated by them: to see a living example of how action is important. 

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See the informative report of the event by Helen Freedman of AFSI: 

http://www.zstreet.org:80/index.php?option=com_lyftenbloggie&view=lyftenbloggie&category=media%20and%20other%20bias&Itemid=26

Lori says that the best revenge against the “haters” was that more than $20 million was raised at the dinner. 

To get an idea of what the anti-IDF demonstration was like, see the video below. “Haters” really is the proper term for these demonstrators.  Continue to the end to see a vivid example of pure anti-Semitism, which in the final analysis is a major motivating factor.

http://www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=ZOCd5iCfdEw&feature=player_embedded
 
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With the help of the Almighty, and determined action on the part of all of us, it will be Israel and not “haters” who will prevail.
 
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Shabbat Shalom.
 
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