Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
January 22, 2009
A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF THE AGE AUSTRALIA
Thank you for writing to express your disappointment that the column by Michael Backman headlined “Israel living high on US expense account” was published in The Age last Saturday. It was a grave error on our part. The column was unacceptable and should never have appeared. The error occurred because of a lapse of judgement in the editing process. We completely reject the views in the column. They are antithetical to everything The Age stands for. Those views had no place in The Age. They distressed many in the Jewish community and we have apologised without reservation. We are mindful of our errors and we correct and apologise for them when they are made. Some have suggested that the publication of the column is part of a wider anti-Jewish sentiment in The Age. This is not true. There is no such sentiment. I have been meeting and talking to leaders in the Jewish community each day this week, and I am committed to ongoing dialogue. This morning I met Israel’s Ambassador to Australia, Yuval Rotem.
Rest assured, The Age listens to its readers, and we are determined to uphold the highest standards of journalism.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
A video that appears on YouTube shows an angry crowd in front of a German apartment house and the police forcibly seizing the Israeli flags. The confiscation of the flags was greeted by cheers from the anti-Israeli protesters. The student told the online magazine Spiegel that he wanted to show "solidarity with the sole democracy in the region," and complained about societal indifference in Germany toward Hamas rocket attacks on Israel. "Can anyone imagine the German police going into a private home to remove a Hamas flag?" Dr. Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, said in a statement. "This type of response will only encourage more aggressive and violent behavior by anti-Israel demonstrators and send the message that in Germany, Jews and supporters of Israel do not enjoy the full protection of the law," he said.
Monday, January 12, 2009
"For the last three and a half years, Israel's been bombarded daily by a number of rockets coming from Gaza," said Gov. David Paterson, one of a dozen elected officials who addressed the crowd that filled a block of 42nd Street in Manhattan. "The founding charter of Hamas calls for the obliteration of the state of Israel."
Partisans of the two sides blamed the other side at their New York rallies.
"What country would be asked not to defend itself?" Sen. Charles Schumer asked the pro-Israel rally. "Would any country that had rockets launched at it day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year be told, 'Let the rockets continue? Just sit down and talk?"'
At the smaller pro-Palestinian rally, Lebanese-American Bassem Nassar said Israel "is creating the situation that allows people to fire missiles at them" by occupying Palestinian territory.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I don't know if many of you guys know this, but I am interviewing for a new job. Since I graduated from college I had an interest in becoming a teacher. But since I found out how much they made for a living I decided that I would have to become an entrepreneur first and revisit the teaching thing later. Well, I have signed up to New York City Teaching Fellowship.
An organization that specializes in bringing people from the corporate world into classrooms as teachers. It is a great opportunity and I think I have the right stuff for the job. The interview is today and it is long, 4 pm - 10pm. Thanks to my older sister, who is a grade school teacher, she helped me greatly on my sample lesson that I am to teach. Get this, I am teaching a math lesson, Prime Factorization Trees. If that does not get me the job, I don't know what will.