SPME Research

Where Ignorance Meets Prejudice

Should the editors of the Globe & Mail be discharged for violating basic journalistic norms? You wont see this question in any instant newspaper or television poll, but it deserves to be asked. A single sentence, in the form of…

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Sharon should prove terror hasn’t won

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Gaza Strip may represent a historical watershed. Despite the chaotic manner in which the initiative was launched and unpleasant accompanying allegations concerning Sharon’s motives, most Israelis are desperate to separate…

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An open Letter to Israel’s Prime Minister

Dear Mr. Prime Minister, The two articles below attest to a new and welcome trend in Palestinian Authority politics. The rank and file of party leaders are rebelling against Arafat and his Old Guard (his “outsiders” or “Tunis Gang”, as…

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Israel’s best option

When Ariel Sharon revealed his plan to evacuate Israeli settlements from Gaza and beyond, he was not simply shifting the focus away from the scandals facing his family. The investigations may have accelerated or delayed the process, but from an…

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Israel offers peace, Palestinan leadership…more terrorism

To the Editors, Today’s editorial, “Pragmatism and Peace” (SF Chron, 2/04/04) http://sfgate.com/cgibin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/02/04/EDGMO4NHAH1.DTL, is comprehensive, but it omits one crucial component of the formula for peace in the Middle East. Since 1937, the UK, the UN, Israel and/or the USA have…

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Human Rights and the New Anti-Jewishness

(The Honorable Irwin Cotler, a Canadian MP when he wrote this article, is now Canada’s Minister of Justice). [This paper was originally published by the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute in November 2002.] What we are witnessing today…is a new,…

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Aspiration, not desperation

I always wanted to be the first woman who sacrifices her life for Allah. My joy will be complete when my body parts fly in all directions. These are the words of female suicide terrorist Reem Reyashi, videotaped just before…

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Whither Hebron? An Objective Indicator For Peace

I was fortunate to visit many places in Judea and Samaria, but one place I did not see was Hebron. “Too dangerous,” I was told, which only increased my admiration for the Jewish communities there. In a land replete with…

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