ISRAHELL: List of pro-Israelis at service for Hasbara

Arab world and surrounding region
Culture

Avi Jorisch
Terrorism Expert
Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Office: 202-452-0650
Email: avi@defenddemocracy.org

Biography: Avi Jorisch is a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and he has written at length about Hizballah, al-Manar, and related subjects, with articles appearing in many prominent publications.  Mr. Jorisch was a Soref fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy from 2001 to 2003, specializing in Arab and Islamic politics. More recently, he served as an Arab media and terrorism consultant for the Department of Defense.

Naomi Babbin
Managing Director, Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace
Email: cmip@netvision.net.il

Biography: Naomi Babbin is the managing director for the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, a non-political, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization monitoring school textbooks used in the Middle East to determine if they are critical of Israel and to pressure the various governments to change the way Israel is portrayed.

Dr. Daphne Burdman
Psychiatrist, Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace,
Cell: 053-593-244
Home: 02-644-9370
Email: daphb@netvision.net.il

Biography: Dr Daphne Burdman is a psychiatrist who recently retired from the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. Her research is on martyrdom, indoctrination and the Palestinian education that teaches children to hate. She has written extensively on these topics.

Adina Shapiro
Director, Middle East Children’s Association,
Office: 703-761-3939

Biography: Adina Shapiro is a clinical social worker and therapist, and co-director of the Middle East Children’s Association (MECA), a joint Israeli Palestinian educational organization. She has served as Acting Director of the Institute for State Attorneys and Legal Advisors at the Israeli Ministry of Justice.  She trains Israeli and PA teachers, introducing programs of tolerance.  Her work has been nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.

Itamar Marcus
Director, Palestinian Media Watch,
Office: 02-625-4140
Cell: 050-528-4907
Email: itamar@pmw.org.il

Biography: Itamar Marcus is one of the founders of Palestinian Media Watch, Marcus is the current director. Mr. Marcus was also the Director of Research for the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace from 1998 – 2000, writing studies on Palestinian, Jordanian, and Syrian school textbooks. Mr. Marcus was a member of the Israeli delegation to the Trilateral Committee to Monitor Incitement established under the Wye Accords.

Barbara Crook
Palestinian Media Watch,
Office: 613-238-0933
Cell: 613-220-4570
Email: barbara@pmw.org.il

Biography: Barbara Crook is one of the founders of Palestinian Media Watch

Arab democracies; Terrorism; US Foreign Policy

Cliff May
President, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Office: 202-207-0719
Office direct: 202-207-0784
Email: cliff@defenddemocracy.org

Biography: Clifford D. May is the President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a  policy institute focusing on terrorism created immediately following the 9/11 attacks on  the United States.  He previously worked as a foreign correspondent for the New York  Times.  He is a frequent guest on national and international television and radio news  programs, providing analysis and participating in debates on national security issues.

Arab-Israeli relations; human rights; Islamic fundamentalism; Arab nationalism; democratization; status of Christians and other Middle Eastern minorities

Dr. Walid Phares
Professor, Florida Atlantic University
Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Office: 561-297-3215
Email: walid@defenddemocracy.org

Biography:  Born in Lebanon, Walid Phares is a professor of Middle East Studies and Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.  He lectures to academic and community audiences worldwide on various subjects such as Islamic fundamentalism, Arab nationalism, democratization, human rights, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the status of Christians and other Middle Eastern minorities. He has served as a board member of several national and international think tanks and human rights associations and is a leading advisor to several ethnic associations.

Arab-Israeli relations; US Foreign policy; Disengagement

David Makovsky
Senior Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy,
Office: 202-452-0650
Email: davidm@washingtoninstitute.org

Biography: David Makovsky is a senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he focuses on Arab-Israel relations and US foreign policy to the Middle East. He is an award-winning journalist who has covered the Middle East peace process since 1989. Mr. Makovsky is the former executive editor of the Jerusalem Post, serving as diplomatic correspondent. In addition, he was the diplomatic correspondent for Israel’s leading daily Ha’aretz (1997-99) and had primary responsibility at both newspapers for covering the peace process. He also served as the US News special Jerusalem correspondent for twelve years.

Arab-Israeli relations; US Foreign policy; Terrorism

Frank Gaffney
President, Center for Security Policy,
Office: 202-835-9077
Email: gaffney@cenerforsecuritypolicy.org

Biography: Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., is the founder and President of the Center for Security Policy, a columnist for the Washington Times, an advisor for Americans for Victory over Terrorism, and a founding member of  Project for the New American Century

Arab-Israeli relations; US Foreign policy

Martin Indyk
Former Ambassador to Israel, Saban Center
Office: 202-797-6462
Email: sabancenter@brookings.edu

Biography: Amb. Martin Indyk Middle East expert and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin S. Indyk joined the Brookings Institution on September 1, 2001, as a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program. Ambassador Indyk served two tours in Israel, the first during the Rabin years (1995-97), and the second (2000-June 2001) during efforts to achieve a comprehensive peace and stem the violence of the intifada. During these periods, he helped to strengthen U.S-Israeli relations, reinforce the U.S. commitment to advance the peace process, and substantially increase the level of mutually beneficial trade and investment.

Arab-Israeli relations; US Foreign policy; Peace Process

Dennis Ross
Counselor, The Washington Institute
Office: 202-452-0650

Biography: Ambassador Dennis Ross is The Washington Institute’s counselor and Ziegler distinguished fellow. For more than twelve years, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with the parties in negotiations.  His book The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, August 2004) offers comprehensive analytical and personal insight into the Middle East peace process.

Arab-Israeli relations; US Foreign policy; Iran; nuclear weapons

Congressman Brad Sherman
US Congressman, Subcommitee for International Terrorism and Nonproliferation
Office: 202-225-5911
Web Site:www.house.gov/sherman/about/

Biography: Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) is the ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee for International Terrorism and Nonproliferation and is on The Israel Project’s board of advisors. He supports American solidarity with Israel in its efforts against terrorism. He has repeatedly expressed his support for Israel on the floor of Congress and in his work.

Arab-Israeli relations; Israeli governance; Peace Process

Gidi Grinstein
Founder and President, The Re’ut Institute
Office: 011-972-3-624-7770
Cell: 011-972-52-220-0565
Email: gidi@reut-institute.org

Biography: Gidi Grinstein is Founder and President of the Re’ut Institute, a non-governmental think tank serving the State of Israel with analysis of long-term impacts on near-term decisions. He has extensive experience in policy-planning working with the Economic Cooperation Foundation. Under the Barak government, Mr. Grinstein served as Negotiation Secretary and Assistant Chief of Negotiations, Secretary of the Israeli delegation to Permanent Status Negotiations, and as a member of the official negotiations team on the Sharm el-Sheikh Memorandum. He was a 2001-2002 Wexner-Israel Fellow at Harvard University and holds a Law degree from Tel Aviv.

Archaeology

Professor Joshua Schwartz
Bar-Ilan Univ, Land of Israel Studies
Office direct: 03-531-8233
Home: 02-993-2625

Art

Professor Daniel  Sperber
Bar-Ilan Univ, Art Program
Office direct: 03-531-8645
Home: 02-561-7423

Chemical and biological weapons in Arab countries

Dr. Danny Shoham
Col., Begin-Sadat Center,
Office direct: 03-696-8953
Home: 03-695-2822
Email: shoham_d@netvision.net.il

Biography: Ph.d. Tel Aviv University

Counter-terrorism

Boaz Ganor
Executive Director, International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism
Office: 972-9-952-7277
Web: http://www.ict.org.il

Development of Israeli media; Media and Politics

Professor Sam Lehman-Wilzig
Bar-Ilan Univ, Political Science
Office direct: 03-531-8578
Home: 03-922-6288

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; civil-political relations

Dr. Zeev Rosenhek
Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office: 011-972-2-588-3185 or 011-972-2-648-1162

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; conflict resolution

Dr. Gaberiel Horenczyk
Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office: 011-972-2-588-2031
Home: 011-972-2-570-1437

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; conflict resolution

Dr. Illan Yaniv
Psychologist, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office: 011-972-2-588-3026 or 011-972-2-588-1373
Home: 011-972-2-581-5646

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; disengagement and public opinion

Dr. Reuven Hazan
Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office: 011-972-2-588-1117
Home: 011-972-2-533-3076

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; disengagement and resettlement

Dr. Shelley Fried
Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office: 011-972-2-654-1576
Cell: 011-972-52-250-8782

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; implications for society of disengagement

Professor Amia Lieblich
Psychologist, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office: 011-972-2-588-3031 or 011-972-2-588-3044 or 011-972-2-588-1870
Home: 011-972-2-563-3152

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; international relations; conflict resolution; the evacuation of Yamit

Professor Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office: 011-972-2-588-3150 or 011-972-2-588-2340
Home: 011-972-2-533-4122

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; Israeli and American-Jewish politics

Professor Peter Medding
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office: 011-972-2-588-3269 or 011-972-2-588-3059
Home: 011-972-2-563-5105

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; Israeli politics

Dr. Gideon Rahat
Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office: 011-972-2-588-3274
Home: 011-972-2-679-5744

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; Israeli politics

Professor Itzhak Galnoor
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office: 011-972-2-588-3160 or 011-972-2-560-5256
Home: 011-972-2-641-2406
Cell: 011-972-52-263-3091

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; law and politics in Israel

Dr. Menachem Hofnung
Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office: 011-972-2-588-3164
Home: 011-972-2-581-8132

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; military- civilian relations

Professor (Emeritus) Moshe Lissak
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office: 011-972-2-563-6652

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; politics and the media

Professor Gadi Wolfsfeld
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office: 011-972-2-588-3272
Home: 011-972-2-581-7680

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; U.S. role in the disengagement

Dr. Noam Kochavi
Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office: 011-972-2-588-3159
Home: 011-972-3-648-8786

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; U.S. role in the disengagement

Professor Michla Pomerance
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office: 011-972-2-588-3151
Home: 011-972-2-563-5995

Disengagement from Gaza and Samaria; right-wing politics

Dr. Morchechai Nissan
Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Office:011-972-2-588-2927
Home: 011-972-2-586-6350

Economy, industry, and financial sector

Professor Arye Hilman
Bar-Ilan Univ, Economics
Office direct: 03-531-8366
Home: 09-774-6424

Ethnicity, tradition and democracy– towards a new synthesis

Professor Avi Saguy
Bar-Ilan Univ, Philosophy
Office direct: 03-531-8421
Home: 03-619-7237

Final status negotiations; Israeli decision-making; Politics of the peace process; Settlers, settlements; Religion and party politics; Palestinian statehood – options and risks; Labor and Likud foreign policies; Israeli strategic thinking

Dr. Yossi Katz
Bar-Ilan Univ, Geography
Home: 02-993-1005

Biography: Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University is chairman of the political science department

Final status negotiations; Israeli decision-making; Politics of the peace process; Syria-Israel issues; Lebanon; Future of the Golan; Israeli Defense Forces- fighting doctrine, force structure, training, ongoing security operations

Major General Avraham Rotem
Bar-Ilan Univ,
Cell: 054-614-935
Home: 09-740-3329
Email: aromio@zahav.net.il

Biography: Ph.d. candidate at Bar-Ilan University

Final status negotiations; Israeli decision-making; Politics of the peace process; Syria-Israel issues; Lebanon; Future of the Golan; Palestinian statehood – options and risks; Labor and Likud foreign policies; Mideast military balance; Arms sales; Arms control; Nuclear weapons in the Mideast; Mideast space race; Missiles and satellites; NPT and other international control regimes; US-Israel strategic cooperation; U.S. Mideast defense policy force deployment; Gulf security; Arms sales; Regional commitments

Professor Gerald Steinberg
Begin-Sadat Center,
Office direct: 03-531-8043
Cell: 054-890-445
Home: 02-563-4426
Email: gerald@vms.huji.ac.il

Biography: PH.D. Cornell University is an associate professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University

Final status negotiations; Israeli decision-making; politics of the peace process; Syria-Israel issues; Lebanon; future of the Golan; Palestinian statehood – options and risks; Public opinion on national security issues; low intensity conflict; armed conflict with the PA; Israeli operations in south Lebanon; Terrorism/counter-terrorism; nuclear weapons in the Mideast; US-Israel strategic cooperation; Eastern Mediterranean strategic affairs; Israeli strategic ties with Turkey; Egypt’s role in regional affairs

Professor Efraim Inbar
Director, Begin-Sadat Center,
Office direct: 03-535-9198
Home: 02-587-0169
Email: inbare@mail.biu.ac.il

Biography: Ph.D. University of Chicago is Director of the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies

Final status negotiations; Israeli decision-making; Politics of the peace process; Syria-Israel issues; Lebanon; Future of the Golan; The Palestinian Authority; Terrorism/Counter Terrorism; US-Israel strategic cooperation; U.S. Mideast defense policy force deployment. Gulf security, arms sales, regional commitments; Eastern Mediterranean strategic affairs; Israeli strategic ties with Turkey; Egypt’s role in regional affairs

Professor Barry Rubin
Director, Global Research for International Affairs center,
Office direct: 09-960-2736
Cell: 050-279-571
Home: 03-528-7298
Email: profbarryrubin@yahoo.com

Biography: Ph.d.  Georgetown University is Senior Resident Fellow at the BESA Center

Final status negotiations; Israeli decision-making; Politics of the peace process; The Palestinian Authority; Palestinian economy; PA aid politics; Mideast economic cooperation; Israel-Arab trade; Arab economies

Dr.  Hillel Frisch
Bar-Ilan Univ, Political Science
Office direct: 03-531-8872
Home: 02-535-3593
Email: hfrisch@mail.biu.ac.il

Biography: Ph.d. Hebrew University

Foreign Press Association
Glenys Sugarman, Executive Secretary
Office: 03-6916143

Higher education, universities

Professor Shlomo Eckstein
Bar-Ilan Univ, Past President of BIU
Office direct: 03-531-8919
Home: 08-946-2074

History of Zionism and the State

Professor Shmuel Sandler
Chairman, Bar-Ilan Univ, Political Science
Office direct: 03-531-8158
Cell: 054-674-597
Home: 02-586-9206
Email: sandls@mail.biu.ac.il

Holocaust and the aftermath

Professor Dan Michman
Bar-Ilan Univ, Jewish History
Office direct: 03-531-7251
Home: 03-936-2256

Human rights; terrorism; tyranny

Claudia Rosett
Journalist in Residence, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Office: 202-207-0190
Email: info@defenddemocracy.org

Bio:   Claudia Rosett writes on international affairs, drawing on 22 years experience as a journalist and editor, reporting from Asia, the former Soviet Union, Latin America and the Middle East. Currently based in New York, she writes a column, “The Real World,” on issues of tyranny and human rights, especially as these relate to the War on Terror, for The Wall Street Journal’s http://www.Opinionjournal.comand The Wall Street Journal Europe.   Recently she has reported from Lebanon, and written on issues involving the United Nations, foreign dissidents, and tyrants who in various ways threaten the democratic world.

IDF

Miri Eisin

Biography: Colonel (Ret.) Miri Eisin is recently retired from the IDF intelligence corps.  Eisin has  served in various branches of the intelligence division, as well as serving as assistant  to the Director of Military Intelligence (the present chief of staff). She was assigned  as a special spokesperson of the Israeli government during Operation Defensive Shield and  has recently been at the forefront of presenting Israel’s case to the media, on national  and international news stations worldwide.

Immigration and absorption

Dr. Dvora Hacohen
Bar-Ilan Univ, Land of Israel Studies
Office direct: 03-531-7690
Home: 02-563-6667

Intelligence services; Mossad and GSS; Media and the security establishment; Role of the media in political extremism

Dr. Shlomo Shpiro
Bar-Ilan Univ, Political Science
Office direct: 03-531-8108
Cell: 054-550-840
Home: 08-972-9036
Email: sshpiro@isdn.net.il

Biography: Ph.d. Birmingham University

Intifada background; IDF

Jacob Dallal
Cell: 50-835-9323
Email: jacobdallal@yahoo.com

Biography: Jacob Dallal serves as deputy head of the International Press Office of the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, as spokesperson and liaison for the army with the press responsible for North American media.  Dallal holds the rank of captain. Dallal was born in Chicago and graduated from the University of Chicago.  He has appeared on television programs numerous times.

Iran

Ilan Berman
Vice President for Policy, American Foreign Policy Council and
Author, Tehran Rising:  Iran’s Challenge to the United States (2005)
Office direct: 202-543-1006

Larry Haas
Visiting Senior Fellow, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Cell: 202-257-9592 (cell)
Web site: http://www.larryhaasonline.com

Jeremy Issacharoff
Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel
Office: 202-364-5578 (office)
Web site: http://www.israelemb.org

Cliff May
President and Executive Director, The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Office:202-207-0190
Office direct: 202-207-0184
E-mail: cliff@defenddemocracy.org
Web site: http://www.defenddemocracy.org

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
Founder and President, The Israel Project
Office: 202-857-6644
Web site: http://www.theisraelproject.org

U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif.
Member, Committee on International Relations; Ranking Member, Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights
Office: 202-225-5911
Web site: http://www.house.gov/sherman/about/

Ken Timmerman
President, Middle East Data Project, Inc.,
Author, “Countdown to Crisis: The Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran” (2005)
Office: 301-946-2918
E-mail: timmerman.road@verizon.net;
Web site: http://www.KenTimmerman.com

In Israel:
Professor Ze’ev Maghen
The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University
Office: 011-972-3-531-7812
Cell: 011-972-52-383-4069
Web site: http://www.biu.ac.il/SOC/besa/

Iran; proliferation; terrorism; international law and international organizations; Middle East security issues; U.S.-Israel strategic cooperation

Ilan Berman
Vice President for Policy, American Foreign Policy Council
Office direct: 202-543-1006
Fax: 202-543-1007
Email: berman@afpc.org

Biography: Ilan Berman is Vice President for Policy of the Washington-based American Foreign Policy Council.  An expert on regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Russian Federation, he has consulted for both the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense, and provided assistance on foreign policy and national security issues to a range of governmental agencies and congressional offices.  Mr. Berman is Adjunct Professor for International Law and Global Security at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.  He serves as a member of the reconstituted Committee on the Present Danger, and as Editor of the Journal of International Security Affairs.  He is the author of “Tehran Rising: Iran’s Challenge to the United States” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005).

Israel Defense Forces- dissent and disobedience within the army, anti-terrorist undercover units and special operations, manpower policies, civil-military relations

Professor Stuart A. Cohen
Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Political Science
Office direct: 03-531-8958
Home: 03-921-9986
Email: cohenst@mail.biu.ac.il

Biography: Ph.D. Oxford University

Israeli Arab Affairs expert; Islamic Movement

Dr. Mordechai Kedar
Begin-Sadat Center,
Office direct: 03-531-8073
Cell: 054-477-8908
Home: 09-744-9162

Israeli history; Israeli-American relations

Mitch Bard
Executive Director, American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise,
Office: 301-565-3918
Email: mgbard@aol.com
Web Site: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org

Biography: Mitch Bard is the Executive Director of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise and a foreign policy analyst who lectures frequently on U.S. – Middle East policy. He also serves as the director of the Jewish Virtual Library.  He previously worked as the editor of The Near East Report and as a senior analyst in the polling division of the 1988 Bush campaign.

Israeli strategic thinking; Israel Defense Forces- dissent and disobedience within the army, anti-terrorist undercover units and special operations, manpower policies, civil-military relations; Israel Defense Forces- fighting doctrine, force structure, training, ongoing security operations

Dr. Avi  Kober
Major, Bar-Ilan Univ, Political Science
Office direct: 03-531-7936
Home: 09-740-6040
Email: avik@doubt.com

Biography: P.h.D Hebrew University

Israeli-American relations

Malcolm Hoenlein
Executive Vice Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations
Office: 212-318-6111
Email: info@conferenceofpresidents.org

Israeli-American relation; American Jewish Community

Biography: Michael Gelman serves as chairman of The Israel project and recently completed three terms as president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and is the new President of its Endowment Fund. Gelman is chairman of the United Jewish Communities Human Services and Social Policy Pillar and the UJC Birthright Committee. Mr. Gelman also sits on the boards of several organizations including the Jewish Agency for Israel, for which he chairs the Aliyah and Klitah Budget Subcommittee.

Israeli-American relations; American Jewish Community

Shoshana S. Cardin
Home: 410-486-2333
Email: shoshanaca@aol.com

Biography: Shoshana Cardin, born in Tel-Aviv in 1926, is a graduate of both UCLA and John Hopkins University. She is the president of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and has worked extensively in advancing the rights of women.

Jewish refugees from Arab countries

Professor Ada Aharoni
President, IFLAC,
Office: 972-4-8243230

Mordechai Ben-Porat
Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center,
Office: 03-533-9278
Email: babylon@babylonjewry.org.il

Shlomo Hillel
Office: 02-641-1416
Cell: 050-233-202

Asher Naim
Office: 972-2-679-2273
Email: anaim@mofet.macam98.ac.il

Military technologies & industries

Professor Zeev Bonen
Begin-Sadat Center,
Cell: 054-977-296
Home: 04-837-7787
Email: bonen@elronet.co.il

Biography: Ph.d. Cambridge University was the director-general and president of ‘Rafael’ and today serves as a research director for the Israeli Government’s Chief Scientist

Mother/Father of terror victim

Aviva Raziel
Cell: 050-809339
Home: 02-586-5681

Biography: Aviva Raziel was the mother of Michal Raziel, who was slain last August with her best friend and neighbor Malkie Roth, 15, and 13 others, including six children, when a suicide bomber attacked the Sbarro restaurant in the heart of Jerusalem.  At age fifty, she was a neonatal intensive care unit nurse at Hadassah Hospital for the past 25 years, had seen her share of life’s triumphs and tragedies.  Despite her husband’s two year battle with brain cancer in 1990, she raised four daughters – three of whom since married. But nothing prepared her for seeing “my lovely, beautiful, caring child,” Michal, 16, at Shaare Zedek Medical Center’s morgue

Frimet Roth
Cell: 055-746337

Biography: Frimet Roth was the mother of Malki Roth, 15 years old, originally from Melbourne, Australia, who, while dining with her best friend at the Sbarro in Jerusalem, was killed in a suicide bombing on August 9, 2001.  Her best friend was Michal Raziel, and she was also a victim of the Sbarro bombing.  Frimet Roth, is a freelance reporter who often writes for The Jerusalem Post.

Mother/Father of terror victim; Activist for Security Fence

Leah and Yossi  Zur
Cell: 054-424-8912
Home: 04-8248912

Biography: Lea and Yossi Zur and parents of Assaf Zur, who was a victim of a suicide bomb on a local bus in Haifa’s Carmeliya neighbourhood on March 5, 2003.  He was also a student of ORT Hannah Szenesh.  Assaf was only seventeen.

Arnold Roth
Home: 02-586-8937

Biography: Arnold Roth was the father of Malki Roth, 15 years old, originally from Melbourne, Australia, who, while dining with her best friend at the Sbarro in Jerusalem, was killed in a suicide bombing on August 9, 2001.  Her best friend was Michal Raziel, and she was also a victim of the Sbarro bombing.

Florence Bianu
Email: fbianu@gmail.com

Biography: Florence Biano was the mother of Mark Biano, who was 29 years old and one of 21 people killed in the suicide bombing carried out by a female terrorist from Jenin in the Maxim restaurant in Haifa on October 4, 2003.  Mark’s wife, Naomi (25), also was killed in the bombing.  Mark Biano was a reporter for a local Haifa cable TV news magazine, News of the Day and usually was the reporter who, ironically, covered terrorist attacks.

Seth and Sherri Mandel
Office: 02-6483758
Cell: 052-5225642

Motivation to serve in the IDF

Dr. Yaakov Katz
School of Education,
Office direct: 03-531-8557
Home: 02-993-1279

Music

Professor Edwin Serrousi
Bar-Ilan Univ, Musicology
Office direct: 03-531-8090
Home: 02-679-3885

Palestinian and Arab school textbooks

Naomi Babbin
Managing Director, Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace
Email: cmip@netvision.net.il

Biography: Naomi Babbin is the managing director for the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, a non-political, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization monitoring school textbooks used in the Middle East to determine if they are critical of Israel and to pressure the various governments to change the way Israel is portrayed.

Palestinian culture of hate

Nonie Darwish
Email: nonie@noniedarwish.com

Biography: Nonie Darwish speaks out against the divisive Wahabist ideology that is poisoning the Middle East and US. Raised in the Gaza Strip, Darwish grew up in conditions of intense hatred and anti-Semitic indoctrination. As an adult, she moved to America realized the full impact of indoctrinated hate she experienced and now speaks out against all around the world.

Palestinian economy; PA aid politics; Mideast economic cooperation; Israel-Arab trade; Arab economies

Dr. Gil Feiler
Begin-Sadat Center,
Office direct: 03-751-2780
Cell: 050-532-266
Home: 03-648-5297
Email: ipr@netvision.net.il

Biography: P.h.D Tel Aviv University is a consultant to the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information

Palestinian Liberation Organization

Walid Shoebat
Office: 877-832-7200
Email: walid@shoebat.com

Biography: Walid Shoebat was a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and participated in acts of terror and violence against Israel. He was imprisoned for his actions. But after studying the Jewish Bible he came to realize that what he had been taught about Jews and Israel was wrong, and he then made it his mission to spread the truths that he had learned.

Palestinian media; Palestinian polling

Dr. Aaron Lerner
Director, Independent media Review and Analysis,
Office: 972-9-760-4719
Email: imra@netvisaion.net.il

Biography: Dr. Aaron Learner is Director of Independent Media Review and Analysis.  IMRA, Independent Media Review and Analysis, was founded in 1992, by Drs. Aaron and Joseph Lerner, as an ongoing analysis of developments in Arab-Israeli relations. Awarded credentials by the Government of Israel as a news organization, IMRA provides an extensive digest of media, polls and significant interviews and events.

Palestinian press; Arab-Israeli relations

Khaled Abu Toameh
Journalist, The Jerusalem Post, Arab Affairs
Cell: 050-331-600
Email: khaledat@zahav.net.il

Biography: Khaled Abu Toameh, an Israeli Arab, is the West Bank and Gaza correspondent for the Jerusalem Post and U.S. News and World Report.  He previously served as a senior writer for the Jerusalem Report, and a correspondent for Al-Fajr. He has produced several documentaries on the Palestinians for the BBC and other networks, exposing the connection between Arafat and payments to the armed wing of Fatah and the financial corruption within the Palestinian Authority. He has been threatened by Palestinian leaders over his work.

Palestinian public opinion research

Khalil Shikaki
Director, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research,
Office: 972-2-296-4933
Email: kshikaki@pcpsr.org

Biography: Khalil Shikaki is an Associate Professor of Political Science, and Director of the  Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (Ramallah).  Dr. Shikaki has conducted  more than 100 polls among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since 1993.

Palestinian suicide bombers; Palestinian and Arab school textbooks

Dr. Daphne Burdman
Psychiatrist, Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace,
Cell: 053-593-244
Home: 02-644-9370
Email: daphb@netvision.net.il

Biography: Dr Daphne Burdman is a psychiatrist who recently retired from the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. Her research is on martyrdom, indoctrination and the Palestinian education that teaches children to hate. She has written extensively on these topics.

Palestinian textbooks; Syrian textbooks; Jordanian textbooks; Palestinian media

Itamar Marcus
Director, Palestinian Media Watch,
Office: 02-625-4140
Cell: 050-528-4907
Email: itamar@pmw.org.il

Biography: Itamar Marcus is one of the founders of Palestinian Media Watch, Marcus is the current director. Mr. Marcus was also the Director of Research for the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace from 1998 – 2000, writing studies on Palestinian, Jordanian, and Syrian school textbooks. Mr. Marcus was a member of the Israeli delegation to the Trilateral Committee to Monitor Incitement established under the Wye Accords.

Barbara Crook
Palestinian Media Watch,
Office: 613-238-0933
Cell: 613-220-4570
Email: barbara@pmw.org.il

Biography: Barbara Crook is one of the founders of Palestinian Media Watch

Religion and state; the Israeli judicial system; constitutional issues and conflicts

Professor Yedidia Stern
Bar-Ilan Univ, Law
Office direct: 03-531-8414
Home: 02-673-1122

Religious society and religious groupings and attitudes towards the Zionist enterprise

Professor Menachem Friedman
Bar-Ilan Univ, Sociology
Office direct: 03-531-8624
Home: 08-934-9184

Scientific advancement

Professor Shlomo Grossman
Bar-Ilan Univ, Life Sciences
Office direct: 03-531-8050
Home: 03-612-5511

Settlement and development of Jerusalem

Professor Zeev Safrai
Bar-Ilan Univ, Land of Israel Studies
Office direct: 03-531-8536
Cell: 069-98-423

Survivors of Terror Attacks

Gila Weiss
Home: 972-5-599-0836

Biography: Gila Weiss is a Maryland native who moved to Israel and was the victim of a terrorist attack in 2002. She was 27 at the time of the attack and suffered a severe gash on her head and extensive damage to her eyes and face from flying shrapnel. The attack was a suicide attack carried out by a woman, and the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eliad Moreh
The David Project,
Home: 617-428-0012
Email: eliadmoreh@hotmail.com

Biography: Eliad Moreh survived the fatal terror attack at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on July 31, 2002. In the bombing’s aftermath, Eliad’s stunning picture and words were beamed across the world. Moreh, an Israeli of French-Iraqi origin, holds an M.A. from the Hebrew University in Modern Art. She has been interviewed in the New York Post, Fox News, and other international news venues. As a survivor of Islamist terror, Moreh strongly believes that observers in the West must condemn terrorism of any kind and take seriously radical Islam’s threat against the Western world and minority cultures.

Teaching peace in Israel

Yael Barkol
Office: 09-771-0633
Home: 06-754-8469
Email: gybarkol@zahav.net.il

Biography: Israeli school teacher who teaches peace in her classroom.

Zehava Kaufman
Office: 09-766-3770
Home: 06-434-9498
Email: ztmmn@013.net.il

Biography: Israeli school teacher who teaches peace in her classroom.

Barbara Uri
Home: 09-891-0788
Email: ojacob@inter.net.il

Biography: Israeli school teacher who teaches peace in her classroom.

Teaching kids peace; Palestinian and Arab school textbooks

Adina Shapiro
Director, Middle East Children’s Association,
Office: 703-761-3939

Biography: Adina Shapiro is a clinical social worker and therapist, and co-director of the Middle East Children’s Association (MECA), a joint Israeli Palestinian educational organization. She has served as Acting Director of the Institute for State Attorneys and Legal Advisors at the Israeli Ministry of Justice.  She trains Israeli and PA teachers, introducing programs of tolerance.  Her work has been nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.

Terrorism; Middle East politics; Arab-Israeli Affairs

Aaron Mannes
Author, TerrorBlog and Profiles in Terror: The Guide to Middle East Terrorist Organizations
E-mail: author@profilesinterror.com

Biography: Aaron Mannes analyzes terrorist networks at the University of Maryland’s Semantic Web Agents Group.  He has consulted for a range of government agencies on various international security and homeland security issues.

Mannes has written numerous articles on Middle East affairs, terrorism, and other international security issues for popular and scholarly publications including Policy Review, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Jerusalem Post, National Review Online, The New York Post, Weekly Standard, and the Journal of International Security Affairs. He speaks throughout the United States, has been interviewed on radio and television worldwide, and is a Contributing Expert to the CounterTerrorism Blog (counterterrorismblog.org).

Terrorism; US foreign policy

Andrew C. McCarthy
Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert
Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Office:  202-207-0190
Email: info@defenddemocracy.org

Biography:  Andrew C. McCarthy is a former federal prosecutor and a contributor at National Review Online.  Following the September 11 attacks, Mr. McCarthy supervised the U.S. Attorney’s Anti-Terrorism Command Post in New York City, coordinating investigative and preventive efforts with numerous federal and state law enforcement and intelligence agencies.  He writes extensively on a variety of legal, social and political issues for National Review and Commentary, among other publications, as well as providing commentary for various television and radio broadcasts.

Terrorism; Arab culture, politics, and media

Avi Jorisch
Terrorism Expert
Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Office: 202-452-0650
Email: avi@defenddemocracy.org

Biography: Avi Jorisch is a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and he has written at length about Hizballah, al-Manar, and related subjects, with articles appearing in many prominent publications.  Mr. Jorisch was a Soref fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy from 2001 to 2003, specializing in Arab and Islamic politics. More recently, he served as an Arab media and terrorism consultant for the Department of Defense.

The interplay between democracy, religion, and society

Professor Ella Belfer
Bar-Ilan Univ, Political Science
Office direct: 03-531-8274
Home: 03-934-0071

Water problems and solutions; Eastern Mediterranean strategic affairs; Israeli strategic ties with Turkey; Egypt’s role in regional affairs

Dr. Amikam Nachmani
Bar-Ilan Univ, Political Science
Office direct: 03-531-8044
Home: 02-566-4391
Email: nachma@mail.biu.ac.il

Biography: P.h.D Oxford University

Dr. Jonathan  Rynhold
Bar-Ilan Univ, Political Science
Office direct: 03-531-8108
Home: 08-972-7220
Email: rynhold@mail.biu.ac.il

Biography: Ph.D. London School of Economics

Women’s rights in the Middle East; Middle East democracy

Eleana Gordon
Senior Vice President, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Office: 202-207-0190
Email: info@defenddemocracy.org

Biography:    Eleana Gordon oversees FDD’s democracy programs and communications, with a focus on promoting pro-democracy, anti-terrorism activists from the Islamic world. Ms. Gordon helped establish the Women for a Free Iraq, a campaign by over a hundred Iraqi women to rally support for the liberation of Iraq.   She works closely with Iraqi women’s groups such as the Women’s Alliance for the Democratic Iraqand the Iraqi Women’s High Council to advocate for a democratic Iraqi government that secures individual freedom and women’s rights.  She previously worked with former Secretary Jack Kemp on foreign policy issues.

Ref: theisraelproject.org

FIGHT ISRAHELL: THE PROPAGANDA DOCTRINE FOR THE PRO-ISRAELIS (warning this is real shit!)

SOME HIGHLIGTS
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Rewarding Israel’s criminal behaviour (Israel is no liberal Western-style democracy, it is an ethnocracy with a racist agenda)

Israel is no liberal Western-style democracy, it is an ethnocracy with a racist agenda.

By Stuart Littlewood

Members of the European Parliament recently took a critical view of proposals to upgrade the EU-Israel Association Agreement and put down amendments designed to toughen up the conditions. “It’s time for the Israeli government to stop considering itself above the law and start respecting it,” warned Luisa Morgantini, the Parliament’s vice-president.

As a result, the vote was postponed – “a political stunt”, said the frustrated Israel lobby. In the meantime, all 27 EU ministers voted unanimously to approve the upgrade. However, it is not a done deal just yet. The EU Parliament still has to vote on this.

Most citizens, myself included, are baffled by the way the EU operates. One thing is certain: it has little to do with democracy. I seem to remember that when they voted in 2002 to suspend the EU-Israel Agreement on account of Israel’s continual violation of human rights, they were ignored by the Commission and Council of Ministers – that’s Western democracy for you.

* Meet Israel’s European friends

Why would anyone in Europe think it a good idea to reward Israel’s disregard for international law and common decency? One of the MEPs in my region in England, a Conservative Friend of Israel, explained his position:

I have been closely following recent developments in the Middle East… I believe there is significant benefit in closer economic and commercial ties between the EU and the only functioning and embedded democracy in the Middle East. I have great sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians … but, in my view, the state of Israel has been placed in an impossible position by the continuation of terrorist attacks mounted from Gaza. The motive behind the Israeli restrictions was a refusal to tolerate unending and increasing attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups… I wish to see a two-state solution with an essentially Jewish state of Israel at peace with an essentially Palestinian neighbour, which is free from thuggery and terrorism, and where democracy and social and economic well-being can flourish.

Another, also Conservative, wrote in similar vein:

I am familiar with the situation in Israel and the occupied territories as well as the suffering of many innocent Palestinian caught up in the maelstrom of the terrorist actions of Hamas and the Israeli counter attacks… The Conservatives are opposed to any new settlement building in the occupied territories yet I support an enhanced agreement with Israel, because Israel, as a democratic government, is very similar to Britain. They hold free and fair elections, have a free press, healthy and lively public debate, an independent judiciary and uphold the rule of law. Because of these values Israel finds itself at the front line fighting the existential threat of Islamists.

Note the way the situation is redefined to make Israel smell good: Hamas the terrorist, Israel only responding, Israel imposing “restrictions” (when in truth it’s a full-blown blockade all the way down to shelling Gazan fishing boats), wishing to see a Palestinian neighbour “free from thuggery” (that’s funny coming from people who admire and support an apartheid state, the plain-language description of Israel by the president of the UN General Assembly, Miguel d’Escoto, and many, many others).

Yet another Conservative MEP the other side of the country sent out the same distorted framing of the situation, which we can assume is “standard issue” in the Conservative Party. He too was “very familiar with the situation in Israel and the occupied territories”, adding that the separation barrier had “considerably reduced the ability of human bombers to cross over and kill innocent Israeli civilians who are still subject to Hamas rockets launched from Gaza”.

It angers me that these MEPs claim to know everything but actually know only the nonsense they are spoon-fed. Israel is no liberal Western-style democracy, it is an ethnocracy with a racist agenda. I am deeply offended to be told by such ignorant people that we in Britain share its values. And when I recently asked a newspaperman in Jerusalem if the Israeli press was free he laughed in my face. Most of the time Israel bars journalists, and even medics, from entering Gaza to witness and report.

Upholding the rule of law? Maybe for Jews. Some 9,000 Palestinians, including women and children, abducted from their homes, are banged up in Israeli prisons, many without charge or trial. There are several reports, even by Israeli organizations such B’Tselem, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel and the Centre for the Defence of the Individual, drawing attention to Israel’s torture and medical neglect of prisoners and detainees.

When the Palestinians exercised their democratic right in free and fair elections in 2006, Israel and Western leaders rejected their choice and resolved to destroy their embryonic democracy and bring Palestinian civil society to its knees in an orgy of vicious collective punishment. As for the Hamas government now confined to Gaza, does it not have a perfect right under international law to take up arms (the same right the Israeli government pretends is exclusively its own) to defend its people against the brutal oppression of an illegal invader and occupier?

As for terrorists, anyone who has been to the Holy Land knows who they are.

How come the EU finds it so difficult to uphold justice in the Middle East? Meet the European Friends of Israel (EFI). And what does the EFI do? Its purpose includes:

At the core of EFI’s work, says the website, is a belief that Israel deserves better recognition of the cultural and democratic bonds that it shares with the EU. EFI’s objective is to “improve and help foster an environment in which Israel’s commercial interests are enhanced. Our aim is to increase the number of Europeans who share this belief and encourage them to take individual political action.

In signing up to support such a lawless foreign power, how can our politicians possibly conform to the Principles of Public Life, in particular the Principle of Integrity, which lays down that holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organizations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties?

And have they bothered to read and understand the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which they are pledged to observe and promote?

EFI, as you might expect, is economical with the truth. It says that Israel didn’t really want to build the Wall and resisted doing so for more than 35 years, but “was forced to act… It is important to stress, as repeatedly mentioned by Israeli officials, that the fence is not political, and is not a border.”

On the contrary, the Wall has been instrumental in Israel’s seizure of more than 38 per cent of the West Bank, including prime agricultural land and strategic water resources. These areas are now off-limits to Palestinians. Eighty per cent of the West Bank’s precious water is diverted to illegal settlers while Palestinians are strictly rationed or go without. If it is simply a security fence, then why wasn’t it built within Israel’s recognized border?

* Is an Israeli life more precious than a Palestinian life?

Another EFI gem was this statement after 27 months of siege:

Faced with unremitting rocket attacks from Gaza (4,000 rocket and mortar attacks on its civilians since the Jewish state dismantled every settlement and removed every settler from Gaza in 2005), the government of Israel has shown great restraint as it takes action to defend its citizens, the right and the prime obligation of any nation.

We hear the non-stop mantra about home-made rockets “raining down” on Sderot (although only 1 in 500 causes a fatality) but nothing of the countless thousands of Israeli bombs, missiles, grenades and tank shells that are blasted into Gaza’s tight-packed humanity. And nothing about how Israel still occupies Gaza’s airspace and coastal waters and all the Strip’s entries and exits.

EFI urges the freeing of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and “wants to keep awakening the conscience of the world, to display to Gilad’s family that Europe has not abandoned their son”. But it shows no such concern for the 6,500 children arrested by the Israeli army in the last eight years, usually after bursting into their homes between midnight and 4 a.m., and the use of handcuffs, blindfolds and leg shackles on these youngsters. They are held for up to 90 days, incommunicado and without access to a lawyer.

Nor do they urge the freeing of the 30-odd Palestinian MPs and legislators kidnapped and still under “administrative detention”.

So where is the balance expected of our EU legislators and decision-makers? Sad though it is, the Shalit story needs to be seen in context. To Palestinians, this is just another trained killer in Israel’s occupation force. How many women and children had his tank blown to smithereens? How many homes had it reduced to rubble? How much infrastructure, probably paid for by European taxpayers, had it wrecked?

Why aren’t the same powerful voices speaking up for the sons of Palestinians snatched from their homes and locked up in Israeli jails? In the Holy Land struggle eight Palestinians die for every Israeli. When it comes to children, the kill-rate is 11 to 1. Is an Israeli life deemed more precious that a Palestinian life?

I am greatly encouraged by the news that a group of human rights lawyers has now filed charges of crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Court against Israel and its leaders – Olmert, Barak, Vilnai, Dichter and Ashkenazi. Their bloodstained hands have no doubt been eagerly clasped by their many “friends” in Brussels.

Ref: Al Jazeera
Stuart Littlewood is author of the book Radio Free Palestine, which tells the plight of the Palestinians under occupation

A Pro-Israel Approach that Delivers on Palestine

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Ref: New American Foundation


Listen to the dude that askes what´s the problem with Apartheid? Why can´t it be good? And uses the old old pro-israeli rethoric of “continues” jewish statehood in Palestine and in the same breth implies that the Palestines are “recent” in the region. This is a hoax argument that surfaces so often by the Pro-Israelis…

They are incredible these right-wing Pro_israeli americans. Ignorant, hateful and so fucking single minded.

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Reflections on Obama and his the Pro-Israel kabinet

The Case Against Alan Dershowitz

In June 2007, DePaul University denied tenure to Norman Finkelstein, an assistant professor of political science. The decision ignited a firestorm of protest from DePaul students and faculty, as well as from faculty across the country and abroad. Finkelstein’s department had voted 9-3 in favor of tenure, and a college-level committee unanimously joined that recommendation, 5-0. But the University Board on Promotion and Tenure (UBPT) voted 4-3 against tenure, and DePaul’s president claimed to “find no compelling reasons to overturn the UBPT’s decision.”The tenure denial was a great victory for Harvard Law School’s Professor Alan Dershowitz, who had been campaigning vigorously against Finkelstein at least since the fall of 2006. The feud between Dershowitz and Finkelstein began when Finkelstein claimed that Dershowitz’s book The Case for Israel (2003) was partially plagiarized and wholly false. Finkelstein eventually published his critique as part of a book of his own, entitledBeyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History (2005). Dershowitz responded to Finkelstein’s charges in his book The Case for Peace (2005).In September 2006, as Finkelstein’s tenure review got underway, Dershowitz sent a 7-page, single-spaced letter, plus 14 single-spaced pages of supporting materials, to the former chairman of Finkelstein’s department, arguing that Finkelstein’s “purported scholarship” consists of nothing but “ugly and false assertions” and “preposterous and discredited ad hominem attack[s].” Dershowitz sent a similar but even larger packet of materials-totaling over 60 pages-to a large but unknown number of members of DePaul’s faculty and administration, including every professor at the law school.Those basic facts about the dispute are now fairly well known. What is not so well known is that there is compelling evidence that Dershowitz himself committed academic misconduct both before and in the course of his intervention in Finkelstein’s tenure case. I present that evidence below, along with some reflections on its ramifications for both DePaul and Harvard. In the end, this is not merely a story about two professors who dislike each other. It is a scandal implicating the leading institution of higher learning in the United States.HARVARD’S ROLEAll of these considerations serve to heighten the institutional concerns for Harvard. First, both plagiarism and deliberate misrepresentation of a professor’s work, particularly in the context of a pending tenure case, are matters of academic integrity, and Harvard presumably takes such matters very seriously.Second, because of Dershowitz’s repeated but apparently false claim that Harvard “completely cleared” him of Finkelstein’s charges, Harvard has been made an unwitting accomplice in Dershowitz’s wrongdoing. If my analysis is sound, then Dershowitz deliberately deceived DePaul not only about the plagiarism itself but also about the investigation that Harvard allegedly conducted. He used his purported acquittal by Harvard to bolster his own false claim of innocence, which in turn supported his claims that Finkelstein’s charges were “politically motivated” and “complete fabrications.”Now that Dershowitz’s misrepresentations have been exposed, Harvard cannot permit them to go uncorrected. If someone were revealed as falsely claiming to be a Harvard professor, perhaps making speeches or writing letters of recommendation in Harvard’s name, Harvard would never stand for it – the university would issue an official statement setting the record straight. Dershowitz’s deceptions are no less serious. He has sought to sabotage Finkelstein’s tenure case on the basis of an official exoneration by Harvard that, on one of Finkelstein’s central allegations, apparently never took place.I do not mean to be suggesting whether, or in what way, Harvard should discipline Dershowitz for the misconduct I have described. How Harvard addresses misbehavior by its faculty members is Harvard’s business, not mine. But this is not just between Harvard and Dershowitz, or between Dershowitz and Finkelstein. Rather, Harvard has a moral obligation to Finkelstein to acknowledge, at a bare minimum, that it has never completely cleared Dershowitz of Finkelstein’s plagiarism charges, because it has never rejected Finkelstein’s argument concerning the identical errors in The Case for Israel and From Time Immemorial.As of this writing, Dershowitz appears to have succeeded in protecting his own career by destroying Finkelstein’s. It is now probably too late to remedy all of the harm that Dershowitz’s conduct has caused, both to the review of Finkelstein’s tenure application and to public perceptions of Finkelstein and his work. But some sort of acknowledgement or apology by Harvard concerning Dershowitz’s wrongdoing might go some distance toward clearing the air and making amends.

 


Ref: Counter punchFrank J. Menetrez received his PhD in philosophy and JD from UCLA. This essay is drawn from his epilogue to the paperback edition of Norman G. Finkelstein’s Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, forthcoming from the University of California Press. He can be reached atfrankmenetrez@yahoo.com. 

Strike Iran for Israel


~Christians United for Israel~
BILL MOYERS JOURNAL reports on the politically powerful group Christians United for Israel, whose leader, Pastor John Hagee, advocates for a preemptive strike against Iran

Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, Oct 07, 2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaXs8M… (part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okLFCQ… (part 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQRiAn… (part 3)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h3xG-… (part 4)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWaZgl… (part 5)