Israel urged practicing Moral Excellence

The Future of Zionism Depends on Moral Excellence.



…  if Zionism means a willingness to occupy another people, and where the holiness of the land takes precedence over the moral principles of our people, then many will want to shed the Zionist ideal, and lead people to a post-Zionist identification.



In the world, even amongst Israel’s most loyal friends, the occupation of Palestinians in the West Bank is viewed as contrary to international law, antithetical to Israel as a democratic state, and in opposition to Jewish values, which believe in the equal treatment of all human beings created in the image of God. …



The future of Israel and Zionism require that we understand that very often our greatest enemy lies within, and that the future vitality and legitimacy of Israel and Zionism will depend on the moral strength of the policies that we adopt. …



http://hartman.org.il/Opinion_C_View_Eng.asp?Article_Id=549



 


A Jewish state or an Israeli democracy?



http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/a-jewish-state-or-an-israeli-democracy-1.315725



 


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Gideon Levy: The Most Hated Man in Israel — and the Most Heroic



…. “We have Jewish Israelis, who have full democracy and have full civil rights. We have the Israeli Arabs, who have Israeli citizenship but are severely discriminated against. And we have the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, who live without any civil rights, and without any human rights. — Is that a democracy?” …



Today, only those who speak up against Israel’s policies — who denounce the occupation, the blockade, and the war — are the nation’s true friends.” …



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-most-hated-man-in-isr_b_737411.html



 


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US Zionists in uproar over article showing Israelis don’t care about peace.



When Time magazine carried an article on “Why Israel doesn’t care about peace”, a whole coterie of American Zionist supporters reacted as if Time had become anti-Semitic.


http://www.redress.cc/americas/pjballes20100927



http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2015602,00.html





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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla released last week:



http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/15session/A.HRC.15.21_en.pdf



http://uruknet.com/?p=m70192&hd=&size=1&l=e



 


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Security Expert Suggests Stuxnet Virus Originated In Israel.



http://www.zerohedge.com/article/security-expert-suggests-stuxnet-originated-israel



 


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Billionaire George Soros revealed as mystery J-Street donor  … 



American financier had criticized liberal lobby group’s rival AIPAC for being too hawkish.  …. 



Soros and two of his children, Jonathan and Andrea, who had donated some $245,000 to the organization between July 2008 and June 2009.



http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/billionaire-george-soros-revealed-as-mystery-j-street-donor-1.315700



 


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A Haaretz special report on Martin Schlaff, a Jewish Austrian billionaire suspected of illicit funding of Israeli politicians, received a great deal of media attention in Austria on Thursday.


 


A Haaretz investigation into Schlaff’s affairs also uncovered a long list of other Israeli public figures who benefited from his millions, including former prime minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and former interior minister Aryeh Deri.



The Austrian media also focused on Schlaff’s dubious connections with the Austrian government.



http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/haaretz-report-on-jewish-billionaire-schlaff-stirs-up-austrian-media-1.313546



 


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7 Responses to “Israel urged practicing Moral Excellence”

  1. worzzz Says:

    The Future of Zionism Depends on Moral Excellence.

    … if Zionism means a willingness to occupy another people, and where the holiness of the land takes precedence over the moral principles of our people, then many will want to shed the Zionist ideal, and lead people to a post-Zionist identification.

    In the world, even amongst Israel’s most loyal friends, the occupation of Palestinians in the West Bank is viewed as contrary to international law, antithetical to Israel as a democratic state, and in opposition to Jewish values, which believe in the equal treatment of all human beings created in the image of God. …

    The future of Israel and Zionism require that we understand that very often our greatest enemy lies within, and that the future vitality and legitimacy of Israel and Zionism will depend on the moral strength of the policies that we adopt. …

    http://hartman.org.il/Opinion_C_View_Eng.asp?Article_Id=549

    A Jewish state or an Israeli democracy?

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/a-jewish-state-or-an-israeli-democracy-1.315725

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    Gideon Levy: The Most Hated Man in Israel — and the Most Heroic

    …. “We have Jewish Israelis, who have full democracy and have full civil rights. We have the Israeli Arabs, who have Israeli citizenship but are severely discriminated against. And we have the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, who live without any civil rights, and without any human rights. — Is that a democracy?” …

    Today, only those who speak up against Israel’s policies — who denounce the occupation, the blockade, and the war — are the nation’s true friends.” …

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-most-hated-man-in-isr_b_737411.html

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    US Zionists in uproar over article showing Israelis don’t care about peace.

    When Time magazine carried an article on “Why Israel doesn’t care about peace”, a whole coterie of American Zionist supporters reacted as if Time had become anti-Semitic.

    http://www.redress.cc/americas/pjballes20100927

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2015602,00.html

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    United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla released last week:

    http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/15session/A.HRC.15.21_en.pdf

    http://uruknet.com/?p=m70192&hd=&size=1&l=e

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    Security Expert Suggests Stuxnet Virus Originated In Israel.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/security-expert-suggests-stuxnet-originated-israel

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    Billionaire George Soros revealed as mystery J-Street donor …

    American financier had criticized liberal lobby group’s rival AIPAC for being too hawkish. ….

    Soros and two of his children, Jonathan and Andrea, who had donated some $245,000 to the organization between July 2008 and June 2009.

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/billionaire-george-soros-revealed-as-mystery-j-street-donor-1.315700

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    A Haaretz special report on Martin Schlaff, a Jewish Austrian billionaire suspected of illicit funding of Israeli politicians, received a great deal of media attention in Austria on Thursday.

    A Haaretz investigation into Schlaff’s affairs also uncovered a long list of other Israeli public figures who benefited from his millions, including former prime minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and former interior minister Aryeh Deri.

    The Austrian media also focused on Schlaff’s dubious connections with the Austrian government.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/haaretz-report-on-jewish-billionaire-schlaff-stirs-up-austrian-media-1.313546

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  2. worzzz Says:

    A Special Place in Hell / Top 10 worst errors Israel is about to make.

    Making major mistakes: what they are, why they matter, where they stand, and what you can do about it.

    http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/a-special-place-in-hell/a-special-place-in-hell-top-10-worst-errors-israel-is-about-to-make-1.318659

    http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/a-special-place-in-hell/a-special-place-in-hell-leftists-who-love-israel-a-self-help-guide-1.317137

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    Vatican synod criticizes Israel over settlements.

    ‘Israel cannot use the biblical concept of a promised land or a chosen people to justify new settlements in Jerusalem.’ …

    “Recourse to theological and biblical positions which use the Word of God to wrongly justify injustices is not acceptable,” the document said ….

    “The concept of the promised land cannot be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians,” …

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/vatican-synod-criticizes-israel-over-settlements-1.320795

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    Former U.S. president Carter joins Sheikh Jarrah protests.

    Carter says that the while the Sheikh Jarrah evictions may have been carried out in accordance with Israeli law, they were a violation of international law.

    …. no one could claim the demolition of someone’s home or the eviction of someone who has lived in a home for generations represents peace or justice.

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/former-u-s-president-carter-joins-sheikh-jarrah-protests-1.320798

  3. worzzz Says:

    Israel – Harming Democracy in the Heart of Democracy.

    …. The attacks against Israel’s democracy are mainly characterized by attempts to silence social or political minorities’ views or public criticism; attempts to delegitimize political rivals, human-rights organizations, and minorities; attempts to restrict parties with positions or activities that do not coincide with the political majority’s desired direction; and by presenting minorities in the Israeli society as enemies of the State, generalizing in an attempt to infringe on their civil and political rights. ….

    http://www.acri.org.il/eng/story.aspx?id=769

    http://www.acri.org.il/pdf/knesset031010en.pdf

  4. worzzz Says:

    The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment.

    http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/jun/10/failure-american-jewish-establishment/

    …. in the younger generations, fewer and fewer American Jewish liberals are Zionists; fewer and fewer American Jewish Zionists are liberal. One reason is that the leading institutions of American Jewry have refused to foster—indeed, have actively opposed—a Zionism that challenges Israel’s behavior in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and toward its own Arab citizens. ….

    Morally, American Zionism is in a downward spiral. If the leaders of groups like AIPAC and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations do not change course, they will wake up one day to find a younger, Orthodox-dominated, Zionist leadership whose naked hostility to Arabs and Palestinians scares even them, and a mass of secular American Jews who range from apathetic to appalled. …

    In his 1993 book, A Place among the Nations, Netanyahu not only rejects the idea of a Palestinian state, he denies that there is such a thing as a Palestinian. In fact, he repeatedly equates the Palestinian bid for statehood with Nazism. …

    In Israel itself, voices from the left, and even center, warn in increasingly urgent tones about threats to Israeli democracy. (Former Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak have both said that Israel risks becoming an “apartheid state” if it continues to hold the West Bank. …..

    in the United States, groups like AIPAC and the Presidents’ Conference patrol public discourse, scolding people who contradict their vision of Israel …

    In the American Jewish establishment today, the language of liberal Zionism—with its idioms of human rights, equal citizenship, and territorial compromise—has been drained of meaning. …

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    Caravan for Democracy empowers high school and college students to become advocates for the State of Israel. Caravan for Democracy is a program of Jewish National Fund and Media Watch International. Caravan for Democracy High School Edition is also co-sponsored by American Friends of Likud.

    http://www.jnf.org/caravan-for-democracy/about/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_Watch_International

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    Supreme Court okays Jewish-only buildings in Jaffa.

    The Supreme Court yesterday sanctioned the construction of three apartment buildings for Jews only that are slated to go up in the Jaffa neighborhood of Ajami, even as it implied that such a project could constitute improper discrimination.

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/supreme-court-okays-jewish-only-buildings-in-jaffa-1.323474

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    Netanyahu faces embarrassment in U.S. over new Jerusalem building plan.

    New embarrassment threatened to cast a cloud over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest U.S. trip Monday as Israeli authorities approved construction of over 1,000 Jewish homes beyond the Green Line in Jerusalem.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/netanyahu-faces-embarrassment-in-u-s-over-new-jerusalem-building-plan-1.323597

  5. worzzz Says:

    U.S. report highlights Israel’s religious freedoms violations.

    The International Religious Freedom Report 2009 released Wednesday placed Israel in the section with countries “where violations of religious freedom have been noteworthy.” Israel is in the same section as such countries as Afghanistan, China, Iran, Iraq and Sudan.

    Another section of the report highlights countries, some in the violators group, where positive developments have been seen; Israel does not appear in that category. ….

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/11/17/2741787/israels-religious-freedom-violations-highlighted-in-us-report

    International Religious Freedom Report 2010 – Israel

    http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2010/148825.htm

  6. worzzz Says:

    “ISRAELI WAR CRIMES: Your Tax Dollars At Work” – Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign.

    December 27 – On the second anniversary of Israel’s three-week assault on Gaza, Seattle-area activists are launching a Metro bus ad campaign to expose the use of U.S. taxpayer money to support Israel’s ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people.

    Inspired by similar public advertising campaigns in Chicago, San Francisco, Albuquerque and other cities, the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign is launching the advertising campaign aimed at securing equal rights for Palestinians and Israelis, as well as an end to United States military aid to Israel, which continues at a time of economic crisis and severe budget cuts that have resulted in massive unemployment. A companion website at http://www.stop30billion-Seattle.org suggests ways that people can get involved locally.

    The initial campaign begins on 12 Metro bus routes in the city of Seattle, with the slogan “ISRAELI WAR CRIMES: Your Tax Dollars At Work”. The ads will run 4 weeks.

    http://www.stop30billion-seattle.org/press.htm

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    PM announces he will formally call for Pollard’s release.

    Official request to Obama for the release of Israeli agent expected in next few days by Netanyahu; decision follows meeting with Pollard’s wife who pleaded for action to be taken.

    http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=200446

  7. worzzz Says:

    Former Israeli president Katsav convicted of rape.
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav was found guilty of rape and sexual assault, more than four years after he was first accused.

    The unanimous verdict of the three-judge panel was announced in Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday.

    Katsav, 65, was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting A., a former employee of the Tourism Ministry. He was also convicted of sexually harassing H. and of sexually abusing and harassing L., both employees of the President’s Residence, and of obstruction of justice. The incidents occurred when Katsav was serving as Israel’s president and tourism minister. The victims’ names have been kept in confidence by the courts.

    A sentencing date has not yet been set. A rape conviction carries a minimum prison sentence of four years and a maximum of 16 years. ….

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/12/30/2742361/former-israeli-president-katsav-convicted-of-rape

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fgw-israel-katsav-rape-20101230,0,3896537.story

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    Former Yukos CEO Khodorkovsky gets 14 years.

    Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for his conviction for embezzlement and theft. …

    Charges ranging from tax fraud to murder are facing other former Yukos officials, including Leonid Nevzlin, who fled to Israel to avoid the charges.

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/12/30/2742363/former-yukos-ceo-khodorkovsky-gets-14-years

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