Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Michael Ignatieff stars in Diary of a Wimpy Kid

See Michael Ignatieff as the star of the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Be patient with the Michael Ignatieff link.  It takes about 30 seconds for the link to work.

Israel = Apartheid: your thoughts

Dear fellow bloggers and commenters,

I have some questions for anyone to answer:

Why do people feel offended when others equate Israel with apartheid?

Do people feel offended because equating Israel with apartheid is false?

Do people feel offended because equating Israel with apartheid is true?

Are there other reasons?

Feel free to comment.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Message to Ontario NDPers: do not be an activist within the party

Do you care about the Middle East or want the Catholic and public schools systems to combine?  If you are a member of the Ontario NDP, do not bring these ideas to the party.  If you support other causes, your concerns may not get heard in Andrea Horwath's party (unless she gives approval).

In about a year and a half, Ontario will be having an election.  I think the hidden message that Ms. Horwath has sent to her party members and supporters is that she will be setting the party's agenda--not the activists.


NDP divided over Mideast, schools

New Democratic leader urges MPPs not to attend debate on cutting funding for Catholic education

Friday, March 5, 2010

The perfect anthem

Originally, I thought Harper should have sold the Canadian anthem to CTV.  Then, the CBC could have held a contest for a new Canadian anthem with the prize for best anthem being $100,000.

Here's something better. (Courtesy of Ren and Stimpy)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Someone named Larry Derfner writes in the Jerusalem Post the following:

Another brightly-lit sign that Israeli Arabs aren’t living under anything like apartheid is their wall-to-wall opposition to becoming citizens of a Palestinian state – even, as Israel Beiteinu proposes, after a change of borders that would allow them to remain on their land. Israeli Arabs aren’t Zionists, and they have altogether legitimate complaints aboutdiscrimination , but the overwhelming majority are not out to dismantle the Jewish state, only to make it more fair and equitable. (As much as I wish foreign anti-Zionists knew this, I wish even more that Israeli Jews did.) 

When I read the words Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews, I feel that there is a sense of division--that these two groups of peoples do not belong in the same universe.  Arab Israelis live in Israel; they don't seem to belong in Israel.  When I envision Israeli Arabs, I see them being compared to Egyptian Arabs, Syrian Arabs, and Algerian Arabs.  I envision Israeli Jews being compared to Russian Jews, French Jews, and Canadian Jews.  In my opinion, there is no commonality between Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews unless they are redefined as Arab Israelis and Jewish Israelis.  The difference in using Israeli as an adjective instead of a noun may not seem like much.  The semantics are very different.

I do find in interesting when I read Larry Derfner, who I assume is Jewish Israeli, state that the Israeli Arabs are in opposition to bcoming citizens of a Palestinian state.  That may be true.  I just wish I could read or hear Arab Israelis tell their own stories about living in Israel rather than just getting the information from Jewish Israelis and their overseas Jewish kin.