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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 4, 2011 / 30 Nissan, 5771

Free speech and free press in a future Palestinian U.N. state?

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas presses for the U.N. Security Council to recognize, and therefore establish, a new Palestinian state in September, neither he -- nor the growing number of U.N. members approving this addition -- have said anything about the present state of freedom of speech and press under either the Palestinian Authority (PA) or Hamas-led Gaza. Looming is a recent draft agreement between the PA and Hamas to form a transitional unity government (Washington Post, April 27).

On the West Bank, in Ramallah, an organization very concerned with the fundamental rights of freedom of speech and press in, at last, an internationally authorized Palestinian state, is the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA). Among its goals:

"Promotion (of) a culture of freedom of opinion and expression, and working to develop legislation for these rights" as well as "contributing to human rights defense and democracy to enhance in Palestinian society" (madacenter.org, April 25).

On March 15, MADA reported that Gaza "internal security forces attacked a youth sit-in that was demanding an end to the then internal political divisions between Fatah and Hamas." A Russian TV cameraman was also beaten on the scene.

A Palestinian journalist tried to help him: "so they then began beating me with batons and sticks despite being fully aware that I am a journalist."

Ah, but that's Gaza -- a police state. What about the West Bank where the Palestinian Authority and its Fatah political party are the government? Will the U.N. voting on a Palestinian state be shown Human Rights Watch's April 6 report: "No News Is Good News: Abuses Against Journalists by Palestinian Security Forces"? Not only Gaza's.

This report documents cases in which Abbas' Palestinian Authority security also "tortured, beat and arbitrarily detained journalists, confiscated their equipment."


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This authoritarian contempt for free expression is getting worse and worse. Human Rights Watch cites the Palestinian journalism watchdog, MADA, as revealing that:

"The number of physical attacks, arrests, detentions, arbitrary confiscations of equipment, and other violations of journalists' rights by Palestinian security forces increased in both Gaza and the West Bank in 2010 by 45 percent over the previous year."

I've yet to be aware of President Mahmoud Abbas acknowledging this harsh light on his government. Human Rights Watch continues:

"Like other Palestinian victims of abuse by the Palestinian Authority's security services, these journalists confront a virtual wall of impunity when they try to hold their abusers accountable, leaving the victims (journalists) feeling vulnerable to further harassment and abuse."

Once the Palestinian Authority and Gaza's Hamas are indeed welded into one actual Palestinian state, this new U.N. member nation's brutal enforcers of press loyalty will try to shroud themselves with total immunity for what they do to Palestinian journalists.

Therefore, Human Rights Watch "advises the United States and Europe to make any future funding decisions contingent on the Palestinian Authority taking responsibility and correcting their actions" (dailycaller.com, April 6).

This U.S. funding to the PA for security and program assistance, along with $150 million in direct budgetary support, adds to the European Union's contribution of $315 million for security assistance. Even without this funding, the Arab states would take up the slack.

But will the United Nations, welcoming this newborn Palestinian state into its ranks of sovereign nations, actually limit Palestinian sovereignty by mandating that it have, and protect, a free press and free speech? That would be astonishingly unprecedented!

What is most likely to happen if the state of Palestine takes a seat in the United Nations is that its suppression of free press and speech will quickly help entitle it to a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission, alongside such libertarian members of this shadowy authority as the People's Republic of China, Saudi Arabia and soon Syria.

Consider this if Palestine sat on this commission: On Jan. 14, a film was shown at the SOAS Palestine Society at University College London that precipitated an urgent call to the U.N. Human Rights Commission. The film's core: a prayer by a Hamas imam in Gaza:

"Oh, Allah, loosen your power and strength on the Jews. Please Allah, kill them all… And don't leave any of them alive… Please dear Allah, take revenge for our martyrs blood… Make the earth shake and destroy the pillars of the civilization." (jihadwatch.org).

This urgent sermon was protested in a letter to Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, by David G. Littman, representative to the U.N.-Geneva for the World Union of Progressive Judaism. He asked her and the U.N.-director general to "speak out strongly and condemn 'this growing culture' of Jew-hatred." I await the response.

If the United Nations does establish a Palestinian state, I expect that this Hamas imam there will not be denied his freedom of speech, nor should he be. But will this sovereign nation at least recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state? Hamas still absolutely refuses to do this.

And how free will Palestinian journalists be to voice their own criticisms of the government? If they continue to be suppressed, will this Palestinian state ever be elevated to the U.N. Security Council and be worthy of veto powers?

Next week: Will the United States recognize a new nation -- including Hamas -- that the United States has officially and previously designated as a terrorist government?

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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