Sunday, May 13, 2007

U.S., European Union Ambassadors to Skip 'Jerusalem Day'

From: Ha'aretz

U.S., EU ambassadors said set to skip Jerusalem Day ceremonies
By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent and Haaretz Service

The ambassadors from the United States and the European Union countries will not attend the celebrations Wednesday to mark the 40th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, the Israeli media reported Sunday. According to Army Radio, the envoy from Germany declined the invitation in the name of all EU states due to a dispute over the status of East Jerusalem as part of the Israeli capital. A short time later, Israel Radio reported that American Ambassador Richard Jones will also not attend.....
All of the embassies in Israel are based in Tel Aviv, and not Jerusalem, due to the disputed status of the capital. The entire city fell under Israeli control during the 1967 Six-Day War, an event marked annually by Jerusalem Day. The Palestinians, however, want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state. On Friday, the [Israeli] Peace Now movement held an alternative event in Jerusalem to "protest against the continuation of the occupation and to create hope for a Jerusalem of peace."

Assorted Comments on the Ha'aretz comment board:
As I have noted in the past, I have never denied that radical statements are also run in the Arabic and Persian media. However, I have become tired of hearing that such radicalism is a one-way street. On any given day there are plenty more where these [below] came from for those who may be thinking, "well, the 'Arabs' do it more." Ha'aretz, for those who don't know, is also a left of center Israeli daily newspaper.
There is something positive to be said about real dialogue between people. I can attest to this from personal experience(s). It's somewhat more difficult to demonize and outright dismiss the "other" when you've actually taken the time to get to know some of the "other."

Neil (Joplin, USA)
Why don`t the Palestinians get supported by and move into the other Arab countries, since there are so many?! Where are the alternative locations for Jews to live? We belong at home where our fathers lived and died. [This statement shows woeful ignorance of the cultural diversity of the supposedly "Arab" identity...Questions? Compare Moroccans, Yemenis, and Omanis...their history, religious practice, cultural traditions, and even Arabic dialects...Good luck understanding a Moroccan or for that matter any North African dialect if you've studied Modern Standard Arabic, i.e. "the King's Arabic" to use an English metaphor.]

Jeremy (Oranit settlement, Palestinian West Bank)
The EU & USA may not realise it but denying the Jewish people`s right to Jerusalem as their eternal capitol is denying the Jewish people`s right to their religion & beliefs & hence dare I say it : pure anti-semitism. [What a jump...Anti-semitism? Having been called an anti-Semite recently, I can say this about this "argument", bollocks mate. As a matter of correcting one of the inaccuracies here, the boycott is not due to a "denial" of the Jewish people's right to Jerusalem. Certainly the Jewish people have a connection to this city, and I have long criticized those who say otherwise. However, if we use the "facts on the ground" analogy, the city has also become central to Muslims and Christians. If radicals on one side or the other want to convince 4 billion people otherwise, feel free and Godspeed.]

Mike (Jerusalem)
I understand that many talkbackers are upset at the US decision not to participate in jeruslaem Day celebrations. This slap in the face should not go unpunished, lobby your representaives and government leaders to reject any further aid from the US, and to even return the billions sent. that will show them Israel means business and will go it alone! [Yes, this makes perfect economic sense to me.....That will teach those Americans...]

Netanel (no city)
Is it any surprise that all the anti-semites posting from European countries wish to see Israel relax all security so the current state of Israel can turn into Gaza and Iraq? Not surprising. They want to see all our historic places bombed and they want to see us massacred, to wipe out the Jewish presence and history there. Advocating the relaxing of checkpoints is just advocating genocide against Jews and advocating the Arabs destroy all our history here, as they already have done with Joseph`s tomb, and tons of Temple Mount archaeology. Their evil will be repaid by Hashem. [Hashem=God]

Sam Weinstein (USA, no city)
Tell the US and the Europeans they have two years to transfer their embassy or they must leave Israel. This prooves they are nothing but backstabbers. [Yes, that will teach those Americans...]

[In response to a post about the billions of dollars in U.S. aid to Israel, much of it spent in quid pro quo at U.S. defense companies] Cool that`s fine since all of the military aid is actually spent in the US at US companies. I`m sure all those american workers will thank you for looseing their Jobs. I have always been a big propanant of Israel becoming Public on her Nukes both as a miltary defence option and a defense against any boycott since any boycott would be a threat on the survival of Israel. [Is it just me or is he inferring that nuclear weapons should be used against those "boycotting?"]

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