AUTHOR:G.
DATE:12/27/2002 08:46:00 PM
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BODY: Greek Orthodox metropolitan is an Anti Semite

Ma’ariv daily had an interesting story yesterday. The newspaper reported that Sharon was trying to appoint in a swiftly move metropolitan Irenaios I as Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem.

The story is complex, The Greek Church has valuable land all over Israel, in Jerusalem that includes the property on which the Knesset, President’s residence and PM residence sits.

Irenaios was elected in August 2001 but the Israeli government didn’t approve his appointment because he is Pro Palestinian with strong ties to the Palestinian Authority. Ma’arive claims Sharon sudden change of mind happened after Likud activists reached all kind of land deals with Irenaios who is anxious to receive Israel’s official recognition. Of course both sides denied any deal of that kind took place. Irenaios is claiming that he is not linked to the PA trying to get the awaited appointment. (you can check AP’s partial report).

The ministers that were to approve Irenaios appointment declined to do so. Another irritating side in Ma’ariv’s story is a letter they got written by Irenaios to Yasser Arafat about a year and a half ago. Here are the excerpts (originally written in English) that Ma’ariv published:

You are finally aware of the sentiments of disgust and disrespect that all the Holy Sepulchre fathers are feeling for the descendants of the crucifiers of our Lord Jesus Christ, actual crucifiers of your people. Sionists Jewish conquerors of the Holy Land of Palestine…

…In the eventuality that with your help and the help of God, I would be elected as the Patriarch, rest assure Mr. President, that the rights of the most beloved Palestinian people on the Holy City of Jerusalem will find the most “hot” supporter. Our beloved Mr. Chourl will inform you accordingly regarding what we have discussed for the possibility of creaing a joint body of management of the real estate of our Patriarchate within the boundaries of the Old City.


Needless to say that Irenaios claimed the letter is a fake. Ma’ariv is quoting a related source that says that in the past Irenaios already claimed that proven letters of his are fakes.



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:12/27/2002 06:56:00 PM
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BODY: Dog fighting

I guess there are downsides to the fall of the Taliban.



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:12/27/2002 06:47:00 PM
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BODY: Good news for a change

It’s been raining here in Israel for 12 consecutive days now. Yesterday the news weatherman said that 11 consecutive rain days in central Israel is a unique phenomena that occurred only 3 times in the last 60 years. Till now the accumulated rainfall in most areas is above the respective average, let’s hope that at least one positive thing is going to happen, a rainy winter.



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:12/27/2002 05:48:00 PM
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BODY: I'm in a "help others" mood

Renatinha is looking for a “shutafa” (roommate) to join her and a girl from France in renting a 3 bedroom apartment in Talpiot Jerusalem.

Ilana from Inner Balance is saying that there is hope for those who’ve bumped into YACCS and HaloScan closed gates. Yariv Habut, the father of the most popular Hebrew blogging system Israblog, has developed a new commenting system called backBlog (that supports English). So if you’re looking for a commenting system why not trying the brand new Israeli backBlog.



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:12/25/2002 06:54:00 PM
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BODY: Directly from Ramallah

All the fuss around Arafat and Bethlehem indicates it’s Christmas time again.

Merry Christmas to my Christian readers!





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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:12/24/2002 03:48:00 PM
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BODY: Are we going this way?





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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:12/23/2002 11:52:00 PM
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BODY: Shinui & Tommy Lapid

There’s a Tommy Lapid festival going on at Not a Fish and gotham2003. I do not want to butt in the little personal quarrel between Imshin and Diane but I think Diane is totally misreading Lapid and Shinui. Lack of time prevents me from writing about Shinui right now, hopefully I'll do so later this week. In the mean while I’ll quote a passage I liked from one of Imshin’s posts on the subject:

…As I said before, it’s (Ha’aretz article on Lapid) part of a whole campaign in Israel, embraced by all and sundry, to de-legitimize and demonize Tommy Lapid and Shinui. For secular parties, Shinui is a big threat, with its clean image and clear message. Shas, doing very badly in the polls, and badly in need of a resident Goldstein (i.e. someone to hate), has apparently published a pamphlet announcing that Tommy is a Nazi. This is rich, coming from a party that, if I am not mistaken (I can’t find a link), was recently cautioned by Judge Heshin, the elections’ overseer, for announcing, as part of its platform, that it intends to appoint only Sephardim for public office.

Whatever you think about Tommy’s often-controversial views, branding him a racist is wrong, and de-legitimizing his party, which represents the views of a large portion of moderate, sensible Israelis, is alarming. His party is not about keeping the Mizrahim down. What nonsense! That’s just Shas propaganda. For one thing, Shinui is about stopping the outrage of the ultra-religious feeding off us like leeches, while refusing to contribute to the economy, to serve in the army, or even to contribute the minimum suggested to them of a fortnight a year doing national service in hospitals or religious schools or the like, and at the same time actively, even vehemently trying to force us secular people into accepting their way of life. The anger about this among Israelis is immense…




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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:12/22/2002 10:19:00 AM
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BODY: Amazon – Alarm off

There is nothing new in today’s Yediot Ahronot but it’s owned web news site Ynet clears things up. Amazon is shipping goods as usual to Israel and there is no change in their policies.

Amazon says that an unfortunate mistake led to a few e-mails (such as the one Lavy got) being sent to Israelis. Patti Smith from Amazon’s Press relations explained to Ynet that federal regulations forbids Amazon from sending goods to customers in places such as Cuba, North Korea and Iraq. Smith said that one of Amazon customer service personal mixed up between Israel to one of those countries and this was the reason that e-mail was sent.

The shipment to Israel of books, CDs, DVDs, VHS videos, music cassettes, vinyl records, and select software continues as usual. Clothing, housewares and electronic appliances cannot be shipped into Israel (no change in Amazon’s policy).

So Alarm off, seemingly it was just a stupid Amazon worker who doesn’t know the difference between Israel and Iraq.



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