Thursday, May 26, 2005

Today's Guests: George, Abu and Sari

At some stage today I saw a brief mention in the media that the PA is thinking of removing Prof. Sari Nusseibah from his position as head of al-Quds University in Jerusalem because he teamed up with the Hebrew University to condemn the AUT (UK) boycott of Israeli universities. What a shame if that happens! (Watch this space...) It was so nice to know that there was a moderate voice on the other side.

Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is the new moderate PA leader who has shown only moderate (if that!) progress in controlling his people and reforming his PA. Still, he's got one step further than Arafat in that today he is rocking and rolling with George, Condi and crew at the White House. I await with anticipation the results of these meetings. George W often comes out with some big statements after similar meetings with Sharon. Rumors are that Bush will not pressure Abbas to dismantle terror until after PA elections (and when will they be you might ask?!!) and that he will also call for an end to settlement expansion. What comes out of George's mouth matters - alot! At least psychologically. Should be interesting...

Last night I ran my 4th session for the Machon group on Israel Advocacy. In evaluating BBC TV clips, it was not hard to notice the shock on the faces of my students who could not believe the filthy bias approach of the British organisation. And my students are not the "rolling burning tyres on to the highway day-to-day" team, trust me. Take a look at BBC reports online. In the last couple of days, they have come up with some shocking headlines that completely mislead the reader.

The AUT (UK) boycott re-vote results will be out soon. This is a crucial event in the ongoing battle for Israel's right to fair treatment in this increasingly unfair world.

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem

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