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Hatewatch Briefing 2005-06-24: Hating on my own
My Hatewatch teammate, Lewy14, is on vacation - the imperialist, capitalist, rich infidel - so this Hatewatch briefing from Winds of Change.NET is brought to you by just me. It's a kinder, gentler hate, with some minor irritations and a few sprinkles of overall gloom. Enjoy.
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How The Next Generation Views Israel
Study: U.S. ‘young elites’ hostile to Israel, see it as burden to U.S.
A new survey of attitudes toward Israel among graduate students at top U.S. universities offers a disturbing, if not frightening, picture of increasing sympathy for the Palestinian cause and blame on the Jewish state for the lack of peace.

The report being issued this week by The Israel Project, a Washington-based group seeking to strengthen Israel’s image, finds that “tomorrow’s leaders. . .are hostile to the Jewish state," a growing trend that could jeopardize American foreign policy toward Israel in the near future.
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Sean Penn Reporting from Tehran
Judith Weizner has a very funny take on Sean Penn's visit to Iran on "assignment" from the San Francisco Chronicle: Sean Penn's First Report from Iran.
After I rested up I went to a prayer meeting at a mosque to see what the locals were saying about the election. I figured they’d be talking about it between prayers, or maybe before and after. Of course I don’t speak Farsi or Arabic or any of their beautiful languages, but I figured I could get the gist of it, and anyway, the paper got me this great translator who says I should just call him Shahid even though his name is something like Adarhormazd. He said it would be easier to remember. I know I can trust him to be accurate because he’s an official translator, so there’s no chance of his just making it up as he goes along.

The sermon was really remarkable. I can’t believe how much these people are like us, Phil. Shahid told me the Ayatollah was urging his followers to vote in such a way as to make America angry. Do you suppose Howie Dean has been doing any consulting here? Just kidding. Everybody knows the Republicans have the lock on anger.
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Let's get a little controversial, shall we?
Israeli officials banned the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, claiming it would offend many of the city's residents. The parade organizers have appealed to the Supreme Court to repeal the ruling, saying it's a violation of the community's freedom of expression.

I'm a firm believer in freedom of expression and I support equal rights for all, needless to say. I believe gay citizens should have the exact same civil rights and protections as everyone else and I think a society should be tolerant of its minorities. I believe minorities should show sensitivity as well.

Jerusalem is one of those cities that hold a very special meaning for many, not just for the majority of people who live there but for people all over the world. Whether we like it or not, it's a holy city for three religions. I think the gay community should be sensitive to this and hold this parade in Tel Aviv. Why does it have to be Jerusalem?
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Death Penalty for a Merchant of Human Misery
An Indian woman caught trying to traffic a four year old boy was sentenced to death by hanging in a Bangladeshi court for it.

Good. If only all countries treated the problem so seriously. Before you assume it's too harsh a punishment, think of how many innocent children she must have trafficked before she got caught, and how many she might have if she hadn't. The sheer scale of human misery her kind cause is an outrage. It's modern-day slavery, written in invisible ink. Her profession needs to be deterred, and meting out the death penalty is a very public way of expressing society's intolerance for these ghouls.

Bangladesh was one of the countries singled out for special praise in the State Department's 2005 Trafficking in Persons report, which zorkie and I have covered here and here.

Unlike some countries, no one can accuse Bangladesh of going easy on the bad guys. Australia just stiffened its laws too.
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VoA: 40,000 child camel jockeys in the Gulf
This is from a transcript of a recent Voice of America broadcast:
VOICE ONE:

Boys are also victims of human trafficking. Each year, thousands of boys are taken from Pakistan and other poor Muslim countries in Asia and sent to the Middle East. There they are forced to race large animals called camels. They become camel jockeys. Human rights activists say the boys are treated like slaves. They are beaten, starved, often permanently injured and left to live on the streets.

Ansar Burney heads a human rights organization in Pakistan. He told VOA reporter Benjamin Sand that many boys in Pakistan are kidnapped from their parents and secretly transported out of the country. An estimated forty thousand child jockeys ride in camel races in countries like Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

VOICE TWO:

For years, international aid groups have urged Middle Eastern governments to end the use of children in camel races. Most Persian Gulf countries have laws banning child jockeys. However, activists say the rules are not followed at private race grounds. They say there is no real effort to charge violators under existing laws because many influential, powerful people enjoy the sport. UNICEF estimates there are about four thousand child jockeys in the United Arab Emirates alone.

However, the United Arab Emirates has recently signed an agreement with the United Nations to take action against child traffickers. The government has promised to enforce an existing ban on children in camel races. It also has agreed to create two treatment centers for former child jockeys.
Child slavery. Can it get any lower than that? Sure. Here's how bad it is:
“We have recovered 270 children so far from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) but according to official statistics, from 5,000 to 10,000 children are still incarcerated in camel clubs of Oman, Qatar and some other Gulf states," the minister said.

[...]

Young jockeys are provided limited and sub-standard food – sometimes worse than that of given to camels. In some cases, they are forced to eat the camel’s food.

The child smuggling and trafficking to the Gulf States for the camel race began probably in the 1970’s when the Arab Sheikh’s visited Pakistan for hunting purposes and started buying children for a sport which had a traditional base in their countries.

Senator Azeem said most of the children were picked up from Southern Punjab and Upper Sindh by smugglers. First the smugglers identify potential families and then convince them that their children would be engaged in petty domestic works there with Rs 5,000 per month. Sometimes poverty-stricken parents voluntarily send their children for the race, the minister said, adding that several cases were registered against parents who put their children’s lives in danger.

In some cases, children travel on their mothers’ passport and after reaching the destination, their mothers apply to Pakistan mission that they want to go back because of some unavoidable reason leaving children behind. The Overseas Ministry requested the Interior Ministry to be vigilant to check every suspicious family leaving from airport or seaport for any Middle Eastern country. Foreign missions are also directed to be more cautious while allowing mothers to leave their children abroad.

The state minister said the injured or crippled children were dumped to their respective foreign missions by camel clubs, and those killed were buried in some unknown locations. Whenever children return to Pakistan they had no information about their homes or parents and their entire is ruined just for the entertainment of the Shaikhs.
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Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester's Silver Star
A woman hadn't received a Silver Star for valor since WWII, but Leigh Ann Hester finally ended that drought. She's a brave fighter, here's why she was recognized:
Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester of the 617th Military Police Company, a National Guard unit out of Richmond, Ky., received the Silver Star, along with two other members of her unit, Staff Sgt. Timothy Nein and Spc. Jason Mike, for their actions during an enemy ambush on their convoy. Other members of the unit also received awards.

Hester's squad was shadowing a supply convoy March 20 when anti-Iraqi fighters ambushed the convoy. The squad moved to the side of the road, flanking the insurgents and cutting off their escape route. Hester led her team through the "kill zone" and into a flanking position, where she assaulted a trench line with grenades and M203 grenade-launcher rounds. She and Nein, her squad leader, then cleared two trenches, at which time she killed three insurgents with her rifle.

When the fight was over, 27 insurgents were dead, six were wounded, and one was captured.

Hester, 23, who was born in Bowling Green, Ky., and later moved to Nashville, Tenn., said she was surprised when she heard she was being considered for the Silver Star.

"I'm honored to even be considered, much less awarded, the medal," she said.

Being the first woman soldier since World War II to receive the medal is significant to Hester. But, she said, she doesn't dwell on the fact. "It really doesn't have anything to do with being a female," she said. "It's about the duties I performed that day as a soldier."
Well done, soldier. As for the 27 terrorists, their war is over now.

A thimbleful of cognac to Pete (Alois).
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Worlds apart
[Jayce wrote this comment in response to the article about Wafa al-Biss, the Palestinian woman who was arrested while on her way to blow up a hospital in Israel- z.]

Wafa al-Biss had been severely burned in a fire in her kitchen and the medical treatment she had received at that Beer-Sheva hospital saved her life. The suicide-bomber recruiters told her that she would never be accepted by Arab society because of her burns. (I don't know, but from the photo I saw, she looked pretty good, with just a quarter-sized mark on her forehead remaining.) Since she was already socially dead, they said, she might as well have a heroic death by killing Jews in a crowded hospital department.

How low can a society go? How sick?

Her story makes me think of another. My dearest friend Margaret and her daughter were shot at by Fatah terrorists, just a few months after Peres and Rabin brought in their warlord Arafat and his army to settle in Gaza. Margaret, MGAHB, was murdered; beautiful, 20-year-old Yael's life was hanging by a thread. Yael had been shot in the head, the face to be exact. Her doctors quietly advised us to dig two graves.

Day and night, for weeks, people from all over Israel, whose lives they had touched, crowded the waiting room and hallways outside the critical care room to beg God to let us keep her. Yael's friends from university and high school, family, her mother's friends, people from towns they had visited throughout Yesha in order to lift their spirits, bus drivers they had run out to give bottles of water to on hot days, soldiers that had found them or were on a break from hunting for the killers, strangers who had heard about them, even friends who were terrified of hospitals came. There were so many people, the hospital asked us to sign-up to come in shifts and to assign persons to handle telephone calls that were flooding the switchboard from around the country.

Our entire town moved to tents outside the Prime Minister Minister's office to mourn Margaret. We worried that we had only 1 day's supply of food and water, but that was all we needed. People from Jerusalem and surrounding cities brought us meals from their kosher kitchens and cafes, buckets of ice, babysitters, teachers for the school kids. People did our laundry, brought us to their homes for showers, visited, honked horns in support as they passed. The city quickly put in water faucets, etc., etc. After the mourning week had passed, another town that loved her asked to take our place. Then another. And another. I don't remember how many exactly because I was in a fog.

Anyway, beautiful Yael survived, thank God. Even though the scarring on her face and lack of cheekbones or teeth made her look 70 years old, one of the soldiers who had been camping out in the hall with his family off and on and loved her inner beauty proposed marriage. Yael regretfully declined. However, she eventually met her intended and had the happiest, largest wedding I have ever been too. We, especially the women, danced like crazy. We old women rocked! We were so happy for Yael, and for Margaret, and for the wonders of God.

Yael and her husband currently have two beautiful children; the little girl named Margolit ("treasure"), her grandmother's Hebrew name. May they continue to live happily ever after.

Two disfigured women. Two different societies. Two vastly different reactions.
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