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HAARETZ English Edition on Sunday, April 24, 2011  l   Nisan 20, 5771@Page 1 Top Right 60% Semi-Banner Head,to right;

Worshippers thronging the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire cerem

Worshippers thronging the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony in Jerusalem yesterday.

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Police firepower safeguards Holy Fire in Jerusalem

Orthodox Christians celebrate annual miracle


Found@Haaretz.com as:



Police firepower safeguards Holy Fire in Jerusalem as Orthodox Christians celebrate annual miracle

The Holy Fire ceremony occurs every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on the day before Orthodox Easter and has been marked for the past 1,200 years.

By Nir Hasson


Tens of dozens of Christian worshipers yesterday took part in the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.


The Holy Fire ceremony, described by Orthodox Christians as a miracle that occurs every year at this church on the day before Orthodox Easter, has been marked for the past 1,200 years at least and is considered the longest-attested annual miracle in the Christian world.


About 1,000 police officers safeguarded the site as the worshipers of various Orthodox Christian denominations packed into Christianity’s most sacred shrine, revered as the site where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. In the ceremony, a flame believed to be miraculously lit emanates from the tomb.


The rite, which in previous years was a source of numerous disputes and mass brawls among the denominations in charge of the church − especially the Greek Orthodox and Armenian − begins with a procession led by the Greek Orthodox and Armenian patriarchs.


The procession circumambulated the church three times, then the Greek Orthodox patriarch, adorned with a golden crown encrusted with jewels and religious icons, entered The Edicule, the small chamber at the core of the church marking the site of Jesus’ tomb.  http://www.haaretz.com/print-e...ual-miracle-1.357804


<h6 class="kicker">I.H.T. Op-Ed Contributor</h6>

Bring in the Taliban

<h6 class="byline">By ANATOL LIEVEN and MALEEHA LODHI</h6>

Washington’s military strategy in Afghanistan now aims to avoid the appearance of defeat for America, but for Afghanistan it is a recipe for unending civil war.

In essence, it is a version of the strategy pursued by the Soviet Union in the second half of the 1980s: to build up the Afghan army to the point where it can contain the insurgents without the help of outside ground forces, while seeking to win over individual insurgent commanders and their supporters.

This strategy may create forces that can defend key cities against the Taliban. But it is unlikely that Afghan security forces will be able to do this on their own. And it offers little real prospect of either eliminating or winning over enough of the Taliban to control the Pashtun countryside and end the insurgency. Nor can such a large security force be sustained by an impoverished country through its own resources.

Faced with awesome U.S. military power, most Taliban fighters neither fight to the death nor surrender. They just go home to their villages, and wait to see what happens next. This is exactly what happened after the U.S. overthrow of the Taliban regime in 2001.

To contain continuing Taliban influence across a large swathe of the country would require effective, honest, representative and locally rooted Afghan civilian authorities. Is this possible, given the experience of the past 10 years?






Other steps can also be taken to prepare the ground for political negotiations. An important step would be the creation of a Taliban office possibly in a Gulf country to encourage their transformation into a political actor from a fighting force. Such measures need be initiated without delay, for without them the prospect of an unending conflict looms, an outcome that is in nobody’s interest.

However, Gen. David Petraeus and the Pentagon have yet to accept the notion of talks with Taliban leaders. So far they have only embraced a policy of “reintegration,” which aims at splitting and weakening the Taliban, and not “reconciliation” which means negotiating with them.

A European diplomat depicted this stance rather graphically: “the U.S. military only wants to talk with their boots on the Taliban’s neck.” This approach no longer enjoys the confidence either of the international community or of a majority of Americans. Above all the Afghans want an end to the fighting and a chance at peace.

Anatol Lieven is a professor in the War Studies Department of King’s College London and author of “Pakistan: A Hard Country.” Maleeha Lodhi is the former Pakistani ambassador to Washington and London and editor of “Pakistan: Beyond the Crisis State.”


Of course, the Taliban are not simply not America’s friends. They are the enemy of every good and decent human impulse. The US went to war against the Taliban in 2001 because the Bush administration rightly held them accountable for Osama bin Laden and his terror army which the Taliban sponsored, hosted and sheltered on its territory.

But the Taliban are America’s enemy not just because they bear responsibility for the September 11 attacks on the US. They are the enemy of the US because they are evil monsters.

Apparently, the supposedly moral, anti-genocidal, pro-women Obama administration needs to be reminded why it is not merely distasteful but immoral to engage the Taliban. So here it goes.

Under the Taliban, the women and girls of Afghanistan were the most oppressed, most terrorized, most endangered group of people in the world. Women and girls were denied every single human right. They were effectively prisoners in their homes, allowed on the streets only when fully covered and escorted by a male relative.

They were denied the right to education, work and medical care. Women who failed to abide in full by these merciless rules were beaten, imprisoned, tortured, and stoned to death.


The Taliban’s barbaric treatment of women and girls probably couldn’t have justified their overthrow at the hands of the US military. But it certainly justified the US’s refusal to even consider treating them like legitimate political actors in the 10 years since NATO forces first arrived in Afghanistan. And yet, the self-proclaimed champions of the downtrodden in the administration are doing the morally unjustifiable. They are negotiating, and so legitimizing the most diabolical sexual tyranny known to man. Obama, Clinton, Power and their colleagues are now shamelessly advancing a policy that increases the likelihood that the Taliban will again rise to power and enslave Afghanistan’s women and girls once more.

(Above is a late segment from; )


Column one: Obama's altruistic foreign policy

Due to both sides’ inability to separate civilians from military targets, NATO forces are also killing their share of civilians.

US President Barack Obama
PhoAnti-government protesters endured their bloodiest weekend in Syria’s five-week old uprising, as rights groups said at least 113 people had been killed in rallies nationwide.

The violence came amid growing international condemnation of President Bashar Assad’s crackdown and the resignation of two lawmakers and a religious leader in the southern region where demonstrations first broke out.

to by: REUTERS/Jim Young



Back in the pre-Obama days, when US foreign policy was supposed to serve US interests, it would have mattered that these policies all weaken the US and its allies and empower its foes. But now, in the era of the purely altruistic Obama administration, none of that matters.

What does matter is that the purely altruistic Obama foreign policy is empowering genocidal, misogynist, bigoted tyrants worldwide.




The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, April 24, 2011  l  20 Nisan, 5771 Page 1 80% Banner Head,to right;



Death toll in Syria protests rises to 113

Video shows troops randomly firing at protesters; Obama slams ‘outrageous’ crackdown, accuses Assad of seeking aid from Tehran


Anti-government protesters endured their bloodiest weekend in Syria’s five-week old uprising, as rights groups said at least 113 people had been killed in rallies nationwide.

The violence came amid growing international condemnation of President Bashar Assad’s crackdown and the resignation of two lawmakers and a religious leader in the southern region where demonstrations first broke out.




At home and abroad, Israelis ignore the rest of the world

You might expect such a tourism-loving people to open its eyes and ears to what can be seen and heard around the globe. Instead, we keep walling ourselves in against what the world thinks and feels.

By Gideon Levy

More than 300,000 people are on their way home now. They once again traveled and vacationed abroad. The traveling nation is visible, very much so, but blind. You’ll see and hear them in all four corners of the earth, but they’ll come home without seeing much and understanding even less.


Some 20,000 will come from the Sinai without seeing Egypt, thousands of students come home from Poland every year without exchanging a word with a Pole, and tens of thousands come back from Goa or the Tierra del Fuego without listening to what the Indians of South America or the Indians of India have to say. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis have “done” America and Europe, east and west, and they will come home as oblivious and closed in as they were when they left.


No one seems to travel as much as the wandering Israeli, and no other nation turns it back as much on the rest of the world. You might expect such a tourism-loving people to open its eyes and ears to what can be seen and heard around the globe; instead, we keep walling ourselves in against what the world thinks and feels.


Every journey begins with a national scare campaign, a barrage of terror threats and travel warnings, which almost never materialize and which we don’t listen to anyway. The latest one, over the weekend, was that another global terror attack was on its way. And what are we supposed to do? Be extra careful? How exactly? Not travel? Not take cabs? Countless more Israelis have died in terror attacks inside Israel than abroad, without any travel warnings.


Alongside the threats of the Counterterrorism Bureau comes the usual threat about the whole world being against us. The Poles are anti-Semites, hardly anything needs to be said about the Turks and Germans, the Swedes all hate us and so do the French. Nearly every young person will come back with some fabricated story about some appalling anti-Semitic incident.


After the intimidation comes your ordinary Israeli condescension. The Americans are square, the Indians are primitive, the South Americans are backward, the Turks are Muslim, the Brits are old-fashioned, the Scandinavians are naive and the Italians are ridiculous. Israelis are the chosen people. We’ll teach them all a lesson in improvisation, resourcefulness and trickery.


It’s not that we don’t have anything to teach the world, but how about some modesty? Maybe the world can teach us something too? No sir. People around the world who haven’t heard about the murders in Itamar are seen as ignoramuses − yet what do we know about them? Zilch.


Then comes the coming together. Between the Chabad House in Nepal and Moshe’s hummus place in Thailand, Israelis come in tight bunches − Israelis with Israelis, no foreigners allowed. They eat shawarma and shakshuka, schnitzel in a pita and pizza on

a plate just like back home, including croutons and cornflakes from Israel. That’s why they went all that way − to be Israelis at home and Israelis abroad. Even when in Rome they don’t do as the Romans do.


You could expect something different to come out of all this welcome travel. These trips were supposed to provide some openness, modesty, curiosity and knowledge. They could have taught us that despite everything we’re told, the world is not entirely against us and we’re not always the world’s chief concern; that there’s a world without Israel and it’s rich with culture and lessons. They were supposed to expand our knowledge and understanding that sometimes we too should listen to what the world has to say.

But we insist: International law doesn’t concern us, and neither do international institutions and organizations. We don’t care about world opinion, or the opinions of other governments, and we don’t even want to hear about the lessons from other nations’ pasts.


There have been closed-in nations that traveled here and there. But this combination of complete apathy to the world and endless traveling around it is a truly Israeli invention. Why? Because as the bumper sticker says, Israeli is best, bro.


http://www.haaretz.com/print-e...f-the-world-1.357826 For documentation.


Israel, remember: Gaza will be part of Palestinian state

If the Palestinian state is recognized, Abbas will be responsible for what happens in Gaza, if he does not resign first. There will no longer be room for two governments.

By Zvi Bar'el

Israel’s Tahrir Square is going up on Second Avenue in Manhattan, in the glass building of the United Nations. No Israelis will be protesting the occupation there, nor will the Palestinian Authority be doing so. The success will be chalked up entirely to Gaza, or rather, to Hamas. Because the great international sympathy for the “Palestinian problem” − at least 130 countries’ supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state, according to Mahmoud Abbas – did not come about because of the shopping malls of Ramallah. Rather, it was born following Operation Cast Lead and the long closure on Gaza, which became a window onto the occupation.



Apparently, that “nest of terror” is a focus of international interest no less than it is the spring that activates Israeli politics and the military. Gilad Shalit is being held in Gaza, Iron Dome was developed and became successful − if that is success − thanks to Gaza, and the expected flotilla in May that is “threatening” Israel’s security is heading for Gaza. The supreme test of the relations between Egypt and Israel also goes through Gaza, as we tensely watch to see whether the new regime in Egypt will open the Rafah crossing and end the closure that symbolized Egyptian and Israeli security collaboration. As there is a lack of any other diplomatic process, Gaza and the Hamas leadership hold the veto over any move the PA will want to make.





And Now@4:13 PM Final holy Day of Passover draws near;Starting@SunSet.


My Friends of what is clear;I must now leave from journalistic 'jour gems';If I'm to E-Watch & then post of Now E-Showing IBA English TV Newscast.


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HAPPY  EASTER & Final Holy Day(s) of Passover 5771


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