Arianna’s Israel Diary: A Tale of Two Visits

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huffington gde twn.jpgThis is a guest note by Arianna Huffington who co-founded and serves as editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.
Huffington is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of twelve books.
She is also co-host of “Left, Right & Center,” public radio’s popular political roundtable program.
This post originally appeared on September 25th at
The Huffington Post, but TWN has asked permission to cross post Arianna’s thoughts here as there is no stamp on her observations.
Israel Diary: A Tale of Two Visits
JERUSALEM — At 2 a.m. on Friday morning (September 25), the streets outside my hotel in Jerusalem were jam-packed with thousands of people making their way to the Wailing Wall where, the day before, I had placed my own folded up prayer — and where I had to cover my exposed shoulders with a hastily borrowed shawl. What is it about shoulders, in particular, that God would find so disquieting?
Early Friday morning I headed to Tel Aviv to visit the Bialik Rogozin School, an extraordinary example of what is possible with real leadership.
The school has 750 students from 48 countries, including 21 orphans from Darfur. The majority of them come from the poorest parts of Israeli society — all studying together with stunning results. In Israel as a whole, 46 percent of high school graduates go on to higher education. At the Rogozin School, Martin Karp, of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation that provides a lot of support for the school, told me that figure is 68 percent. “68.6,” Karen Tal, the school’s director corrected him.
And it is Karen Tal’s leadership that is undoubtedly the key to the school’s remarkable transformation. Born in Morocco, she took over as director three years ago. When she arrived at the school, it was plagued by every possible problem, including outbreaks of violence and dilapidated surroundings.
But the school I toured with her was immaculate, with students’ paintings covering the walls, and new computers throughout. In one classroom, whose occupants looked like a mini-United Nations, kindergarteners were joyfully singing and dancing together. In another, I sat at a table with teenage students telling me their stories. Two sisters had come from Ghana; one boy from Ethiopia; another girl from Georgia; another from the Congo. A girl from Turkey had a particularly sad story, because she and her single mother, who works as a housekeeper, are facing deportation, as they are in Israel illegally. But everyone on the school’s board is using all their influence to try to keep the girl and her mother in the country. “It would be so hard for her to go back and try to restart her life in Turkey,” Tal told me.
I left Bialik Rogozin energized and inspired. So it was particularly jarring to drive straight from the school to the West Bank to see the Jewish settlements that have become a flashpoint of the stalled peace process.
The security wall. The roadblocks and barbed wire. The separate roads that the Palestinians have to use. The checkpoints and “buffer zones.” The very large, sprawling, and very permanent-looking Israeli settlements carved out on Palestinian land. No wonder Palestinians feel like strangers in their own land.
Taking it all in, it’s hard not to feel weighed down by a sense of hopelessness over the divisions that seem even more entrenched and permanent than the intruding settlements themselves.
Standing at one of the checkpoints, my mind went back to the school. There, the differences between nationalities felt utterly superficial, almost irrelevant. Here, the differences felt vast and unbridgeable.
Yet, in this land of miracles, we can still imagine the emergence of the kind of leadership that can transform both old hatreds and the facts on the ground.
– Arianna Huffington

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31 comments on “Arianna’s Israel Diary: A Tale of Two Visits

  1. David says:

    John Waring,
    Many, many thanks for that link. Forwarding it to my friends.

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  2. JohnH says:

    Putting a “human face” on Israel has been going on for decades. The Bialik Rogozin School is but one. People get to see each other’s humanity for a brief moment and then have to return to the harsh reality on one side or to a state of willful obliviousness to that reality on the other.
    So, I agree, there’s not a whole lot here that’s newsworthy. And, just like the New York Times does it, Arianna consigns harsh reality to the last couple paragraphs, after all the feel good stuff.

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  3. ... says:

    steve, what was impressive in this article of ariannas here at twn? a nice little pitch for a human face for israel via the school, and a footnote on the ongoing problems… that is impressive? some of us aren’t ”’impressed”’ as easily. this post is pure fluff…

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  4. Steve Clemons says:

    Chris — I value Arianna’s comments. She has been taking greater and greater risks in her critiques of the Obama administration and the Israel/Palestine situation. She is putting herself at odds with progressive occupiers of the White House — and that’s hard to do no matter who you are. It’s easy for folks like yourself to look past the content of someone’s argument because and try to stoke some populist character-assassinating comment…but it’s not how this blog operates. I’m impressed with her and her observations in Israel and Palestine.
    – Steve Clemons

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  5. Chris says:

    Why does ANYONE care what Huffington has to say about ANYTHING? She’s got to be the biggest opportunist in American politics right now.

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  6. John Waring says:

    David,
    Please go to O’Neil Compton’s site and read what a real FDR democrat sounds like. I think you will enjoy the read.
    I miss Fritz Hollings.
    http://www.onealcompton.com/index.php?modulo=noticias&acao=exibir_aberto&subacao=semComentarios&idBiblioteca=2005

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  7. David says:

    Don’t know Arianna from Adam’s housecat except through reading her commentaries and seeing her on tv.
    Can’t agree that this is fluff. I’m a retired teacher. That story mattered a great deal to me. And she raises the correct overarching moral question, which is quite possibly a better way to go, since all of the nuts-and-bolts arguments are dead-enders where Israel comes out on top and gets to keep on keeping on.
    Think back to the popularity of Ferrante and Teicher (sp?) and the popularity of “This Land Is Ours, God Gave This Land to Us,” along with the ever-increasing clout of right-wing pro-Israelis in American politics, and it is not hard to see what a mountain progressive Democrats, including progressive Jewish Democrats, have to climb, especially given the popular perception that Muslims are the arch-terrorists out to “wipe Israel off the face of the map” (which, of course, is not what I’m a Dinner Jacket said).
    Jimmy Carter speaks truthfully about the Middle East, and what happens? I am afraid the nightmare in the Middle East will play itself out according to the Likud playbook, only with some truly destructive unexpected consequences – unexpected by Likud, that is.
    Sorry about your banishment from Huffpo, POA. Was it the content or the tenor, or do you have any way to know?
    At any rate, folks, I stand by my take on the value of Arianna Huffington as a bridge between a very clear-eyed, historically comprehensive view of Israel-Palestine and the greater Middle East and the general view held by the major media.
    I also think Robert Wexler is going to prove a positive in his new position. I just have no idea if Israel will permit a just peace or the Palestinians can find their way out of what has been done to them for as long as I can remember.
    I used to wonder what the children trapped in the concentration camps that were subjected to Israeli airstrikes going back as far as I can remember would turn to as adults. I tried to put myself in their place and imagine watching my mother, my brother, my cousin be blown to bits by an Israeli bomb dropped on a camp in which they were trapped. Same question finally came to apply to Israelis who saw their children blown to bits on buses, of course.
    The leaders got what they wanted, and the expendables got blown to bits. What’s new?

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  8. Mr.Murder says:

    Accelerate peace incentives. Tie these into a regional framework. Increase aid to Syria as TWN has mentioned its vast refugee crisis.
    Happiness has a price, all sides should share in the payout.

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  9. samuelburke says:

    given the economic conditions in the u.s of a….i doubt that americas ruling elite will promote an attack of iran even if israel beggs on their hands and knees.
    arianna, steve, and every other political hack in america know exactly what they can and can not say if they wish to be invited to the parties in warshington.
    americas press is sold out and the politicians only want to remain in power…what hope have any peoples who are oppressed.
    what hope did the helpless of europe have in their hour of need during the second world war?
    this crowd is giving the palestinians the same hooey, high minded lunacy.
    the u.s dollar is the thing.
    the world is rushing into gold.

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  10. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “They regard Goldstone as a triumph of lawfare – the effort to make it internationally legitimate for Hamas and Fatah to attack and kill Israeli civilians in large numbers, while rendering any Israeli effort in self-defense a war crime”
    Once again, Nadine, you are a liar.
    123 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians and 1,435 Palestinian children have been killed by Israelis since September 29, 2000.
    http://www.ifamericansonlyknew.org/stats/children.html#source
    1,072 Israelis and at least 6,348 Palestinians have been killed since September 29, 2000.
    http://www.ifamericansonlyknew.org/stats/deaths.html#source

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  11. Jake Hausen says:

    BLOODYISRAEL is a whore for Military/industrial/petroleum/media mafia. Is not a ‘state’ as it as proved over and over and over with it’s special war crimes, (suppressed of course by USofBLOODYISRAEL) it’s ignorance of the rest of the world, it’s apartide, it’s war mongering agents of the MIC, its a WHORE and nothing more. BLOODYISRAEL is also going to attack Iran after Dec. reported today at DU.

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  12. Dan Kervick says:

    “… a border dispute is not a “colony” because you cannot colonize your own country.”
    Who’s country is it, I wonder? Some would say that ever since the Son of God preached his message along the shores of Galilee and replaced the Old Law with the New Covenant, the land between the Jordan and the Mediterranean has been Christian territory, and that the whole territory should be restored to Constantine’s Christian Empire, which the godly crusader armies of the Latin Kingdom liberated from two kinds of infidels: the Saracens and the wandering Jews.

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  13. Dan Kervick says:

    Gosh, Nadine, I hadn’t realized that all those settlers who have moved into Palestine and East Jerusalem since 2000 were just there to give a state away!
    The Israelis are such victims! Why won’t that damn self-hating Jew Goldstone let Jews defend themselves and the whole Land of Israel from those unclean, invading Philistines? Baruch Goldstein would have known what to do.

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  14. ... says:

    nadine – how very typical of you to be so opposed to human rights groups, the UN, and the goldstone report…
    looks like israel has more pr work cut out for itself.. i’m sure you will try and help out!
    keep on spreading the white phosphorous around.. does the thought of reaping what you sow ever occur to you?
    Israel urges world: Reject Goldstone report on Gaza
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1121036.html

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  15. nadine says:

    The irony of your picture of Israeli conquest of the West Bank, Dan, is that it is exactly the reverse of reality. Since 2000, the Israeli/Quarter/American effort has been to make the Palestinians take a state, and the Palestinian effort has been to refuse. Now the Palestinians are demanding that the Israelis give them ALL of Jerusalem before negotiations even begin! These are guys who do NOT want to deal. Abu Mazen and Saeb Erekat have explained why — they think time is on their side, so why make any compromise? This is not the voice of the desperate and colonized, to say the least. They think they are the ones who are winning and protected.
    They regard Goldstone as a triumph of lawfare – the effort to make it internationally legitimate for Hamas and Fatah to attack and kill Israeli civilians in large numbers, while rendering any Israeli effort in self-defense a war crime. They think they are making progress, and the UN is certainly doing its best to help them.
    Why do you have such terrible trouble actually noticing what the Palestinians are doing? It’s as if you were reacting to some Platonic ideal of colonized people, not the real Palestinians.

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  16. ... says:

    david – some critical thinking is necessary… this article is a little piece of fluff not worthy of much more then the trash can…it does make sense however, if you read this last paragraph from the latest post of gidi grinstein someone arianna happened to have dinner with on this same trip she speaks of here.. funny she didn’t mention having dinner with him in this pretty little article…
    “FINALLY, THE project of branding Israel is of strategic importance. The Jewish State is generally associated with war and violence and has little relevance for most people in leading countries. The attempt to focus on hasbara in terms of defending our actions to the world is wrong, as it reinforces the image of Israel as a conflict-ridden place and has at best only short-lived benefits in terms of international legitimacy. By projecting an image of a modern and vibrant country with relevance beyond the conflict, people could learn to identify with Israel on a more human level. The project of branding Israel, currently conducted by the Foreign Ministry, should be endorsed as a national goal and backed with the appropriate budget.”
    http://www.blogidi.com/
    i guess that is where arianna comes in… not sure just where steve clemons at twn fits into all this though…. water boy for arianna?

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  17. Dan Kervick says:

    “Arianna”?
    Are you a personal friend of Arianna Huffington, David?
    Anyway, it seems clear that the message has gone out through Democratic fundraising channels that attempting to resist or reverse the Israeli conquest of the West Bank is just too damn hard, and too politically risky, and that the time has come to support Netanyahu’s plan to convert what is left of Palestine into a semi-autonomous Palestinian neighborhood under some kind of overarching Israeli sovereignty. I don’t know who is behind this new campaign, but clearly something organized is going on.
    Of course, the liberal version of this submission and makeover will be filled with lots of “tsk, tsks” over the blunt talk of those mean old Likud baddies, whose approach is more honest and straightforward, and will attempt to dress the Israeli-policed Palestine Ghetto up with a lot of fluffy civil society and neighborhood improvement initiatives, and maybe a few Potemkin business parks, cheery day-care centers and toney condos housing wealthy, west-leaning cosmopolitans and stamped with west-branded “Palestine chic”.
    This nonsense will never work, since no matter how many layers of shiny paint Israel and its American lackeys try to put on the Bantustans, they will never be able to disguise the underlying, inherently unstable reality that the Israelis have two fatally conflicted aims where the Palestinian Arabs are concerned: (i) to surround and control the Palestinians completely so that the latter experience no genuine independence, and (ii) to ethnically isolate Israelis from Arabs and preserve Jewish ethnic supremacy over the greater part of Palestine. But Separate, Subordinated, and Equal is as doomed a formula in Israel as elsewhere, and will never last.
    The sooner patsies and precieuses like Huffington realize that they can’t just cover this issue up indefinitely, and can’t smooth away the wrinkles, scars and cancerous sores with layers of painted illusion and euphemism, or with soothing melodies of philanthropic happy talk and sentimental anecdotes, the sooner they might find the determination to push for something real. And if they don’t grasp reality, at least the rest of us shouldn’t be lulled to sleep.

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  18. Outraged American says:

    Great- I hate everyone so I’m going to be prosecuted for “Hate
    Crimes”? Israel sure knows how to win enemies.
    Wasn’t Jane Harman, AKA Vampira, behind this extraordinary
    piece of bullshit legislation? I lived in her district *CROSSES
    SELF AND REACHES FOR GARLIC AND A SILVER BULLET*
    It’s fitting that it’s almost Halloween — we have little pretend
    grave stones on the front lawn. I’m going to pin a note on one
    of them saying “Bill of Rights RIP.”
    Before Wig wags in here, I have interviewed Paul Craig Roberts a
    few times. He was the “father” of Reaganomics and I hated
    Reagan. PCR is a lovely man and has obviously regained his
    sanity.
    OK, I have to add this anecdote about Ronnie Reagan. I can’t
    remember what year it was, but it was an election year. Oh right,
    it was 1980.
    So Reagan landed on our college common in a helicopter, and it
    was after he said something about how trees caused pollution.
    So some wit hung a sign on a tree saying “Stop me before I kill
    again.”
    Priceless.

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  19. PissedOffAmerican says:

    With a healthy chuckle, I’d like to say….
    “Gee, Arianna, welcome to the TWN comment section. Aren’t you glad you dropped in?”
    Sometime back, Arianna had a feature on her blog where the readers could vote for their favorite comment. After “winning” the vote on three separate threads, about three separate issues, I was banned from further comment, without explanation.
    I don’t read her blog anymore, nor do I intend to, ever.

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  20. David says:

    As critical as I am of Jewish manifest destiny over Palestine (and that’s what it is, no different than American manifest destiny over North American Indians), I fail to see the value of ripping into Arianna for reporting things she observed on her visit. She saw an example of what human beings can do for youth when their goals are positive, and looked head on at what one group of human beings can do to another group of human beings because they want the land the other human beings are occupying.
    Sorry, folks, but I’m glad Steve included this post. And I’m glad Arianna is going and seeing for herself. There are no lies, no distortions, no misrepresentations. The main apprehension I have at this point is that Israeli occupation and expropriation of Palestinian land is too far along for there to be any hope for justice for Palestinians, at least not unless Israeli apartheid somehow suffers the same fate as Afrikaaner apartheid in South Africa, but that seems unlikely.
    I do agree with those who hold that Israel, at least the Israel that sees itself as a noble enterprise whose founding principles are justice and morality, cannot survive if it continues on its present trajectory. I don’t know that for a fact, and perhaps they can successfully totally subjugate and marginalize Palestinians.
    The rest of the world always goes with a winner, not with a loser, no matter how just the loser’s cause or how little justice has to do with any of it. In fact it is an interesting phenomenon that only in very recent history is there any meaningful concern anywhere except among the oppressed about human injustice. Since when did human rights trump profit, access to resources, geostrategic advantage, or various sectarian fundamentalisms?
    Anyway, some approach other than villifying Arianna Huffington or Steve Clemons seems to me to have a better chance of having any value whatsoever in this debate. Villify Dick Cheney, Obama if he doesn’t change course in Afghanistan, the medical insurance industry for lying their asses off because they want a huge new cash cow in the form of mandatory health insurance for policies crafted of, by, and for the insurance industry’s “moral obligation to its shareholders to maximize profits,” and every member of congress who caves in to the lobbyi$t$ representing Wall Street, Big Pharma, Big Oil, and that small number of superrich who now control a staggering portion of America’s wealth with no regard whatsoever for the rather large number of Americans from whom it is being redistributed upwardly.
    But please thank the wealthy who are willing to stick their necks out, as FDR did, and become “traitors to their class.”

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  21. samuelburke says:

    By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
    “The double standard under which the Israeli government
    operates is too much for everyone except the brainwashed
    Americans. Even the very Israeli Jerusalem Post can see the
    double standard displayed by “all of Israel now speaking in one
    voice against the Goldstone report”:
    http://counterpunch.com/roberts10142009.html
    “This is the Israeli notion of a fair deal: We’re entitled to do
    whatever the hell we want to the Palestinians because, by
    definition, whatever we do to them is self-defense. They,
    however, are not entitled to lift a finger against us because, by
    definition, whatever they do to us is terrorism.
    “That’s the way it’s always been, that’s the way it was in
    Operation Cast Lead.
    “And there are no limits on our right to self-defense. There is no
    such thing as ‘disproportionate.’
    “We can deliberately destroy thousands of Gazan homes, the
    Gazan parliament, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior,
    courthouses, the only Gazan flour plant, the main poultry farm,
    a sewage treatment plant, water wells and God knows what else.
    “Deliberately.
    “Why? Because we’re better than them. Because we’re a
    democracy and they’re a bunch of Islamo-fascists. Because ours
    is a culture of life and theirs is a culture of death. Because
    they’re out to destroy us and all we are saying is give peace a
    chance.
    “The Goldstones of the world call this hypocrisy, a double
    standard. How dare they! Around here, we call it moral clarity.”
    A person would never read such as this in the New York Times
    or Washington Post or hear it from any US news source. Unlike
    Israeli newspapers, the US media is a complete mouthpiece for
    the Israel Lobby. Never a critical word is heard.
    This will be even more the case now that the Israel Lobby, after
    years of effort, has succeeded in repealing the First Amendment
    by having the Hate Crime Bill attached to the recently passed
    military appropriations bill. This is the way the syllogism works:
    It is anti-semitic to criticize Israel. Anti-semitism is a hate
    crime. Therefore, to criticize Israel is a hate crime.
    As the Jerusalem Post notes, this syllogism has “moral clarity.”
    Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations, John Sawers,
    stepped into the hate crime arena when he told Israel Army radio
    that the Goldstone report on Israel’s military assault on Gaza
    contains “some very serious details which need to be
    investigated.”

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  22. nadine says:

    From 1967 to 1987 there wasn’t even a border fence between Israel and the West Bank. Nor did the Israelis just wake up one fine day and say to themselves, “hey! let’s built a Security Fence and lots of separate roads.”
    All this stuff that Arianna is sighing over arose as a response to Palestinian snipers and suicide bombers aiming at Israeli civilians. If you forget that, you draw a skewed picture.
    And Dan, a border dispute is not a “colony” because you cannot colonize your own country.

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  23. Dan Kervick says:

    Israel has been colonizing the West Bank since 1967. During that time, there have been any number of nice, liberal Jews doing nice, liberal things in their bad, expansionist state. These nice, pleasant liberals have had no effect whatsoever on the colonial and expansionist project which seems to grafted into the DNA of their country.
    I hope American liberals aren’t about to be seduced by another round of feel-good, civil society projects, commercials and junkets aimed at clueless, middle-minded milquetoasts in the US.
    This post has the feel of watching a graphic documentary on lynching and church bombings accompanied by a soundtrack of Stevie Wonder singing “Ebony and Ivory”. Steve shouldn’t be promoting this fluff.

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  24. Outraged American says:

    Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are now turning to drugs to escape
    reality. Proud to be A-Murra-Can and have my money going to
    support Israel’s physical and now MENTAL genocide, yup.
    After the bombing, drug addiction strikes Gaza
    Under siege and grappling with joblessness, factional violence
    and the aftermath of war, Gazans are turning to pills as they
    seek to escape reality
    http://tinyurl.com/ykkzufx
    Arianna lost me when she made a cheap joke about Gary
    Coleman’s stature during the CA gov race years ago. Of course,
    Gary Coleman wasn’t qualified, but my now deceased Man-of-
    Honor was a shortie as a result of juvenile diabetes, and I
    watched him suffer dwarf jokes for the 25 years I had the honor
    and pleasure of knowing him. The most delightful, funny and
    compassionate man I’ve ever met. And a non- self-hating Jew,
    who would be appalled if he could see what Israel’s done to the
    Gaza Strip. Oy vey indeed.

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  25. WigWag says:

    Now that Haim Saban looks like he’s buying Al Jazeera. can it be long before Arianna and her business partner (the real brains behind the Huffington Post) Ken Lerer, cash out by selling their blog to Saban as well?
    And in the meantime, on Afghanistan, Laura Rozen is reporting that the British are suggesting that Obama is close to deciding to accept General McChrystal’s recommendation for a dramatic troop build-up designed to quell the Taliban insurgency.
    This is from Rozen’s blog at Politico,
    “With the UK announcing today that it will send an additional 500 troops to Afghanistan, British officials are telling British journalists that they understand Obama is leaning to adopting McChrystal’s larger-scale Afghanistan counterinsurgency plan.”

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  26. dwg says:

    sorry. I get so incensed with such drivel that my grammar and spelling suffers more than usual and I tend to submit before proof-reading sense kicks in. I’m afraid I’m too lazy to correct it all. You get my drift.
    Besides, Wig Wag should be along any minute with defense of all things Israeli and Ariannia’s gushing trite diary to pick at my grammar – since he doesn’t have anything of ANY real substance to add.
    We are all anti-semites you know.

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  27. dwg says:

    Arriana also conveniently neglected to pull aside the curtain of deception regarding the “Moroccan” teacher who is – in all probability – is of JEWISH Moroccan descent since it would be well nigh impossible for an ARAB Moroccan to become an Israeli. Hence the reason the “illegal” Turkish single mother was facing deportation. (though there is a JEWISH Turkish populations – which like Jews of ANY nationality can claim instant Israeli citizenship. Even the most specious claims to Jewish heritage result in the cloak of citizenship. Even for murderers fleeing U.S. criminal charges (or if you prefer embezzlement charges while awaiting pardon by Clinton).
    Meanwhile, the millions of Palestinians who can claim as their country of birth that land where that “immaculate school” sits, languish in a diaspora, scattered to the winds OR squatting in squalor in Ramallah or Gaza City cut off from the world – as miserable and forgotton as any Darfur refugee. And for much longer.

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  28. KK Slider says:

    Well said, other commenters! I was reading this
    blog post and thought “Wow, this is some feel-good
    bullshit, as empty as a jar of air” and I’m glad
    I’m not the only one. I think maybe Ariana doesn’t
    understand that the Washington Note’s readership
    does a little more critical thinking, and expects
    a little more punch, than the average HuffPost
    reader (recent headline: “WATCH: Jessica Simpson’s
    Weight Mocked In Fox NFL Skit!”).
    But that’s really sweet to hear that some school
    over there is “immaculate” and that the teacher is
    from Morocco. And that you’re energized and
    inspired, but at the same time weighed down. Hard-
    hitting journalism, fit for a supermarket
    magazine.

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  29. GPC says:

    Lovely … this ‘school’ took most of the guest-blogging effoert
    ..Darfur, Congo, Georgia … Lovely!
    BUT, …the bigger dump where the Palestinians try to survive … the
    real story, went in a wimper.
    It is neither a land of miracles nor one where old hatreds (are they
    that old?) .. it is a story of usurpation, occupation and massacres.
    Arianna; did you see all this? if you did, out it in writing and ..
    please, spare us the rosy stories!

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  30. Rob says:

    The time has come to give up hope on the future of what was called Israel. Hopefully, its end will come quickly and those who were responsible for it, possibly the dumbest idea in the history of history, should go down with the ship. The key will be that when Iran hits, they do it quickly and the rest of the Arab and surrounding states join in and make sure they do not ever come back. Bomb them and keep bombing them until there are no visible signs of life.

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  31. ... says:

    Huffpep
    by Philip Weiss on September 20, 2009 · 23 comments
    The American Jewish Committee announced that its executive director David Harris, who has run away from his own challenge to debate Walt and Mearsheimer, was “invited” by Huffington Post to start offering his views there. Harris already blogs for the Jerusalem Post. His latest is on the Goldstone report. I wonder where he comes down!
    Too bad about the Huffington Post. It shows that PEP is a meaningful force in American political life: progressive except Palestine. Today on the Washington Post editorial page, Steve Walt, who made his reputation as a realist, not a progressive, spoke warningly of apartheid in Israel/Palestine. But liberals can’t say this. Most of em don’t anyway. Why not? Cause they’re Progressive Except Palestine. Yes, the Israel lobby is among us. Imagine Huffington Post during the days of segregation, hiring segregationists to defend Jim Crow. That’s what’s happening. And of course it has to do with the Jewish presence in the Establishment, including LA, New York, Arianna Huffington’s migration pattern…
    Harris’s presence at Huffpo also underlines something Jeff Blankfort says: that one purpose of the Israel lobby is to evangelize American Jews on the importance of Israel. You have all these Jews who have never been there but are part of a community that is Israel-right-or-wrong. And they have to be kept on board. Huffpo is one way to reach ‘em.
    http://mondoweiss.net/2009/09/david-harris-now-at-huffpo.html

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