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Monday, June 13, 2011

Showing appreciation, Arab style

The name James Wolfensohn may ring a bell with some longtime readers. Wolfensohn arranged and paid for - along with Bill Gates - the purchase of Israel's Gaza hothouses in 2005 for about a third of their price. The picture is what they looked like when Israel ran them. Eventually, they were abandoned and turned into weapons tunnels.

Wolfensohn was to receive an honorary degree at the American University of Beirut's commencement ceremony later this month. He was also supposed to be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. But he won't be. Due to a petition drive against him, he won't be speaking at the ceremony and he won't even be getting the degree because the university's rules say you can only get a degree in person. Wolfensohn's plight is a lesson in how the Arabs treat those who try to help them (Hat Tip: Soccer Dad).
The petition tied its objections to Wolfensohn’s work as president of the World Bank from 1995 to 2005, his membership in the International Advisory Council of the Israel Democracy Institute, which according to its website, "acts to promote the values and norms appropriate for Israel as a Jewish and democratic state," and his investment in Better Place, a company that according to the petition, "intends to build infrastructure to serve Israeli settlers in the West Bank."

Moshe Kaplinsky, chief executive of Better Place Israel, previously served as commander of the Sayeret Golani, Golani and Galilee Brigades in the Israel Defense Force. During his tenure, he was promoted to the prestigious rank of major general and appointed military secretary to the prime minister in 2001. In 2005 Kaplinsky served as deputy chief of the general staff.

Lebanon technically remains in a state of war with Israel.

"Israel has been a longtime strategic enemy of Lebanon and has launched several aerial and ground offensives in Lebanon," said Mohamed Ghotmeh, one of the petition's organizers and an engineering student of this year's graduating class.

"Even if we want to forget that we have been historic supporters of the Palestinian struggle, we can't forget that Israel occupied Lebanese territories for years," he said in reference to the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanese towns from 1982 to 2000.
Read the whole thing. You'll never want to do a favor for an Arab again (if you ever did).

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At 1:50 AM, Blogger aparatchik said...

Is it really necessary to close your heart to *all* Arabs?

At 2:22 AM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

If anything the lesson to be learned is, one shouldn't bother wasting their time helping the Palestinians. His money would have been put to more productive use if he set it afire.

At 5:40 AM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

"You'll never want to do a favor for an Arab again."

No. No. The Stupid Jews are more christian than the christians. They will turn the other cheek again and again.

At 11:50 AM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

Carl, stupid Jewish soldiers.

To Aparatchik, why don't you go whine on Arab and Muslim forums about opening their hearts to the Jews. Buh-bye.

At 2:25 AM, Blogger Chayma said...

Look who is complaining about whining, Shy Guy, whose vocabulary is limited to expletives and "stupid jews",

It's hard to open your heart to something like you..

Do you ever have anything to add beyond one line droppings and contempt for everyone "stupid" who doesn't live up to your standards?

At 5:20 AM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

Boo hoo, Chayma. Boo hoo.

At 5:34 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Shy Guy just thinks Jews could live up to their reputation for being smart. How is it that when they received a country, their legendary cunning deserted them? Being nice to Arabs who hate Jews is not going to lead the Arabs to love the Jews and it won't result in peace.

Jews keep failing to absorb that obvious lesson.

At 1:38 PM, Blogger Chayma said...

why was my reply to Norman and the uptight Shy Guy not posted?


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