BY LYN JULIUS/ALGEMEINER.COM
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki has threatened to sue Britain for issuing the 1917 Balfour Declaration because, he claims, that it led to mass Jewish immigration to British Mandate Palestine “at the expense of our Palestinian people.”
Professor Emiritus Hal Lewis Resigns from American Physical Society
The following is a letter to the American Physical Society released to the public by Professor Emiritus of physics Hal Lewis of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Sent: Friday, 08 October 2010 17:19 Hal Lewis
From: Hal Lewis, University of California, Santa Barbara
To: Curtis G. Callan, Jr., Princeton University, President of the American Physical Society
6 October 2010
When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted by the money flood (a threat against which Dwight Eisenhower warned a half-century ago).
Indeed, the choice of physics as a profession was then a guarantor of a life of poverty and abstinence—it was World War II that changed all that. The prospect of worldly gain drove few physicists. As recently as thirty-five years ago, when I chaired the first APS study of a contentious social/scientific issue, The Reactor Safety Study, though there were zealots aplenty on the outside there was no hint of inordinate pressure on us as physicists. We were therefore able to produce what I believe was and is an honest appraisal of the situation at that time. We were further enabled by the presence of an oversight committee consisting of Pief Panofsky, Vicki Weisskopf, and Hans Bethe, all towering physicists beyond reproach. I was proud of what we did in a charged atmosphere. In the end the oversight committee, in its report to the APS President, noted the complete independence in which we did the job, and predicted that the report would be attacked from both sides. What greater tribute could there be?
How different it is now. The giants no longer walk the earth, and the money flood has become the raison d’être of much physics research, the vital sustenance of much more, and it provides the support for untold numbers of professional jobs. For reasons that will soon become clear my former pride at being an APS Fellow all these years has been turned into shame, and I am forced, with no pleasure at all, to offer you my resignation from the Society.
It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. Anyone who has the faintest doubt that this is so should force himself to read the ClimateGate documents, which lay it bare. (Montford’s book organizes the facts very well.) I don’t believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist.
So what has the APS, as an organization, done in the face of this challenge? It has accepted the corruption as the norm, and gone along with it. For example:
1. About a year ago a few of us sent an e-mail on the subject to a fraction of the membership. APS ignored the issues, but the then President immediately launched a hostile investigation of where we got the e-mail addresses. In its better days, APS used to encourage discussion of important issues, and indeed the Constitution cites that as its principal purpose. No more. Everything that has been done in the last year has been designed to silence debate
2. The appallingly tendentious APS statement on Climate Change was apparently written in a hurry by a few people over lunch, and is certainly not representative of the talents of APS members as I have long known them. So a few of us petitioned the Council to reconsider it. One of the outstanding marks of (in)distinction in the Statement was the poison word incontrovertible, which describes few items in physics, certainly not this one. In response APS appointed a secret committee that never met, never troubled to speak to any skeptics, yet endorsed the Statement in its entirety. (They did admit that the tone was a bit strong, but amazingly kept the poison word incontrovertible to describe the evidence, a position supported by no one.) In the end, the Council kept the original statement, word for word, but approved a far longer “explanatory” screed, admitting that there were uncertainties, but brushing them aside to give blanket approval to the original. The original Statement, which still stands as the APS position, also contains what I consider pompous and asinine advice to all world governments, as if the APS were master of the universe. It is not, and I am embarrassed that our leaders seem to think it is. This is not fun and games, these are serious matters involving vast fractions of our national substance, and the reputation of the Society as a scientific society is at stake.
3. In the interim the ClimateGate scandal broke into the news, and the machinations of the principal alarmists were revealed to the world. It was a fraud on a scale I have never seen, and I lack the words to describe its enormity. Effect on the APS position: none. None at all. This is not science; other forces are at work.
4. So a few of us tried to bring science into the act (that is, after all, the alleged and historic purpose of APS), and collected the necessary 200+ signatures to bring to the Council a proposal for a Topical Group on Climate Science, thinking that open discussion of the scientific issues, in the best tradition of physics, would be beneficial to all, and also a contribution to the nation. I might note that it was not easy to collect the signatures, since you denied us the use of the APS membership list. We conformed in every way with the requirements of the APS Constitution, and described in great detail what we had in mind—simply to bring the subject into the open.
5. To our amazement, Constitution be damned, you declined to accept our petition, but instead used your own control of the mailing list to run a poll on the members’ interest in a TG on Climate and the Environment. You did ask the members if they would sign a petition to form a TG on your yet-to-be-defined subject, but provided no petition, and got lots of affirmative responses. (If you had asked about sex you would have gotten more expressions of interest.) There was of course no such petition or proposal, and you have now dropped the Environment part, so the whole matter is moot. (Any lawyer will tell you that you cannot collect signatures on a vague petition, and then fill in whatever you like.) The entire purpose of this exercise was to avoid your constitutional responsibility to take our petition to the Council.
6. As of now you have formed still another secret and stacked committee to organize your own TG, simply ignoring our lawful petition.
APS management has gamed the problem from the beginning, to suppress serious conversation about the merits of the climate change claims. Do you wonder that I have lost confidence in the organization?
I do feel the need to add one note, and this is conjecture, since it is always risky to discuss other people’s motives. This scheming at APS HQ is so bizarre that there cannot be a simple explanation for it. Some have held that the physicists of today are not as smart as they used to be, but I don’t think that is an issue. I think it is the money, exactly what Eisenhower warned about a half-century ago. There are indeed trillions of dollars involved, to say nothing of the fame and glory (and frequent trips to exotic islands) that go with being a member of the club. Your own Physics Department (of which you are chairman) would lose millions a year if the global warming bubble burst. When Penn State absolved Mike Mann of wrongdoing, and the University of East Anglia did the same for Phil Jones, they cannot have been unaware of the financial penalty for doing otherwise. As the old saying goes, you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. Since I am no philosopher, I’m not going to explore at just which point enlightened self-interest crosses the line into corruption, but a careful reading of the ClimateGate releases makes it clear that this is not an academic question.
I want no part of it, so please accept my resignation. APS no longer represents me, but I hope we are still friends.
Harold Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, former Chairman; Former member Defense Science Board, chmn of Technology panel; Chairman DSB study on Nuclear Winter; Former member Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Former member, President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee; Chairman APS study on Nuclear Reactor Safety Chairman Risk Assessment Review Group; Co-founder and former Chairman of JASON; Former member USAF Scientific Advisory Board; Served in US Navy in WW II; books: Technological Risk (about, surprise, technological risk) and Why Flip a Coin (about decision making)
By Tom Olago
Recently released maps that purport to demonstrate a progressive theft of Palestinian land by Israel since the late 1940’s, have caused an uproar in news circles.
The highly controversial graphics were aired on cable news network MSNBC, which later labeled them “factually wrong” in an apologetic retraction.
Perhaps the most obvious discrepancy was reflected in the first of the four maps which showed Palestine, a state that has never formally existed.
Based on the maps, MSNBC anchors Kate Snow and Martin Fletcher concluded that the areas where the Palestinians have been living have “grown significantly smaller” since 1946 and further described the progression displayed as ‘shocking”.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that the images promoted by the network have long been criticized by scholars and anti-Semitism watchdog groups as mere anti-Israel propaganda.
Other experts have also reportedly described the maps as factually inaccurate and highly misleading.
One such reported analysis is that of Breitbart’s Pamela Geller, which in part stated: “The fallaciousness of the map MSNBC used is demonstrated by one simple fact: the flag of Palestine before 1948 featured the Star of David. This is further proof … of the falsity of the vicious historical revisionism by the Muslim world to erase the Jewish State and create a mythical Islamic narrative surrounding five thousand years of Jewish history”.
Another attempt to set the historical record straight was also made by Shany Mor, former director for foreign policy of the Israeli National Security Council. Mor stated that “…none of pre-1948 Palestine was under the political authority of Arabs or Jews.
It was ruled by the British Mandatory government, established by the League of Nations for the express purpose of creating a ‘Jewish National Home.’ It was also—contrary to the claims of innumerable pro-Palestinian activists—the first time a discrete political entity called ‘Palestine’ existed in modern history. And this entity was established in order to fulfill a goal that was essentially Zionist in nature.”
Mor observes that another misleading aspect of the maps is that all non-Jewish owned land is labeled Palestinian. This view, Mor states “…was quite simply not the case”. Additionally, the maps should also show small patches of private Arab land alongside the privately owned Jewish lands, which they do not.
However, the MSNBC broadcast was welcomed and presumed accurate by anti-Israeli activists and journalists, who hailed the network for its analysis. This support is evidently derived from the larger context of the Middle East crisis, and endeavors to further highlight supposed encroachments on Arab land through historical Jewish aggressions.
One might think that the recent MSNBC map distortion was an isolated ‘once in a blue moon’ type oversight.
Yet, there seems to be an increasing number of similar cases in which otherwise reputable map publishers tend to overlook the geographical existence of Israel.
In some past events reported over the past few years:
1. Israel was named Palestine in a map given to Paris schools in an incident reported in September 2015. The omission was blamed on a production error;
2. At the San Diego State University, California in 2013, investigations found that the omission of Israel in a map was deliberate, “in order to reflect the views of Arabic speakers in the Middle East”;
3. Late 2014, UK publishers Harper Collins apologized for the omission of Israel from their Collins Middle East Atlas. It would reportedly have been “unacceptable” to include Israel in atlases intended for the Middle East, so Israel was deleted to satisfy “local preferences.”
4. Giant publisher for children’s books, Scholastic., Inc, omitted Israel from their map publications in 2013. At the time the incident was reported, they remained non-committal as to whether they would correct the omission.
5. In March an Air France in-flight map omitted Israel. This anomaly, described by the airline as a “map scale and display problem” was discovered by a passenger who then blew the whistle. Similarly, in 2009, British Midland International Airlines apologized for omitting Israel from their in-flight maps, also attributed to a technical error.
It would be hard to find such examples of other nations being omitted or factually distorted on such a regular basis. Why is this?
These cases suggest a subtle ongoing propaganda war which some Bible scholars believe will eventually culminate in an international clamor for the total annihilation of Israel and her official removal from the world map:
They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee (Psalm 83:4, 5).
There seems to be no end to the lengths Fakestinians will go to in their attempt to steal the Promised Land from the Jewish people. During the course of a conversation I had with one of them some time ago, he claimed his people were the original Jews, who had converted to Islam.
One of their more regular arguments is that the Jews aren’t indigenous, they are from other parts of the world. I pointed out to one of the journalists working for the propaganda machine: Maan News Agency, that her family name contained the name of the village they came from in Syria. This is common. Over 50% of Arab families living in Gaza are Egyptian. The vast majority of those claiming to be indigenous Palestinians in the West Bank have their family roots in Arab countries, from where they migrated to find work in the Zionist project. Their deified terrorist leader – Yasser Arafat was Egyptian, as was his father. His mother was born in Gaza during the Egyptian occupation.
Their latest absurdity is their claim that the most famous Jew of all time – Jesus Christ, was Palestinian! This is the Jesus Christ who was born in Bethlehem, Judea, 135 years before the Roman emperor Hadrian renamed the land Syria-Palestina. From which we get the English name Palestine. Ask one of those Fakestinians to explain how they got the name when there isn’t a ‘P’ in the Arab language.
We can expect little else if we take into account the absolute garbage these people are taught as history in Arab (especially Palestinian Authority) educational institutions. But there is no justification for Western journalists, who have unfettered access to accurate historical data, to propagate these lies. It is anti-Semitism, pure and simple!
The Jesuit indoctrinated LBC broadcaster – James O’Brien, smugly covers his anti-Semitic butt when he refers to Jesus Christ as a “Palestinian Hippy”. In doing so he commits the most anti-Semitic of acts – robbing a Jew of his identity and homeland. After all, that was why Hadrian gave the name. But O’Brien is smug in the knowledge that no Jewish organisation would take him to task over the issue because it concerns Jesus Christ, and Christian organisations turn the other cheek.
British abortionists were a subject of James O’brien’s LBC show today, complaining about how anti-abortion activists had been instrumental in the closure of an unnamed abortion clinic somewhere in the UK.
O’Brien lambasted listeners with his twisted morality. Telling them how he came to decide abortion was okay when a girlfriend got pregnant, and he realised he had no right to tell her not to have one.
He left out the possibility that his decision might have been influenced by the fact that neither of them wanted their lives interfered with by the arrival of a baby. Child sacrifice may take different forms, but it’s most commonly done to further the parents self-interests!
Such was his anger against anyone who would accuse him of sacrificing his own flesh and blood, that he even claimed that to defend the interests of the innocent child, was in his opinion, a hate crime
But was this genuinely about the closure of some mystery abortion centre? Or was it a diversionary tactic, designed to cover-up a recent exposure of the diabolical market in aborted babies body parts?
A Thank You Letter From Hamas To The Media
by Noah Beck
Dear Members of the Mainstream Media,
You’ve been awesome! Everyone knows that we start unwinnable wars with Israel because the real victory happens when you predictably side with us each time. And you’ve been so supportive of our strategy that we really want to acknowledge your helpfulness. In particular, we thank you for:
◦Focusing so much more on our suffering than anyone else’s. Nigerians must die in far greater numbers before you take notice, so we’re glad that you value our lives so much more.
◦Minimizing your coverage, if any, of our attacks that led up to Israel’s military response and generally providing so little context that outsiders think that Israelis kill Palestinians just for fun. We’re especially grateful to the French media for this. Their distortions of the conflict are so one-sided that they incite Muslims across France to attack Jews and synagogues, and that is welcomed by our anti-Semitic worldview (although, unfortunately, such attacks remind everyone why Jews need a state).
◦Emphasizing our civilian death toll without explaining that (1) our casualty reports are hasty and inflated, and (2) we maximize that total by using Palestinians to shield our weapons and by urging them to stay in the very areas that the IDF — in its annoying effort to minimize our civilian deaths — warns Gazans to evacuate.
◦Never mentioning the fact that if we could kill millions of Israelis, we would (after all, our charter calls for Israel’s destruction). Just as the 9/11 hijackers made the most of what they had but would have liked to kill far more Americans (for example, with the help of WMD), we too would love to kill far more Israelis. Indeed, we have purposely targeted Israel’s nuclear reactor on several occasions, with that very goal in mind. Fortunately, you never highlight the genocidal intent behind our attacks when mentioning Israel’s “disproportionate” response.
◦Never calling us jihadists even though we persecute Christians (like ISIS, which just compelled Mosul’s Christians to convert to Islam). The forced conversion, expulsion or murder of Christians and other religious minorities by Islamists has been happening for millennia, as assiduously documented in Crucified Again, but such historical context is thankfully absent from your reporting on our conflict with Israel.
◦Downplaying how bad we are for Gazans by not reporting on, for example, our attack on the very Israeli power station that provides electricity to 70,000 Gazans. Thankfully, you also ignored how the Israelis — in their stupid display of goodwill — exposed their workers to the perils of our rockets so that they could restore power to Gaza.
◦Minimally reporting on our corruption, unfair wealth, or vast expenditures on tunnels to attack Israel while ordinary Palestinians grew poorer.
◦Overlooking how — to maximize Palestinian deaths — we store our missiles in an UNWRA-run school and how, when UNWRA finds out, they just hand us back our missiles.
◦Disregarding Arabs who have the courage to critique us — like Dr. Tawfik Hamid, an Islamist-turned-reformer who blames Palestinian suffering entirely on us.
◦Ignoring Israelis’ humanitarian folly in providing medical aid to the very terrorists trying to kill them.
◦Failing to acknowledge Israel’s immense restraint. Had we been fighting Syria’s Assad regime, by now Gaza would have been flattened—devastated by barrel bombs, poison gas and other attacks that are far more indiscriminate than Israel’s intelligence-directed strikes. And of course, if Syria were killing us, you’d hardly care. But luckily, we’re dealing with Israel—that country that everyone loves to hate—so we can count on your helpful coverage here.
◦Omitting how Israel chose to sacrifice dozens of IDF soldiers when destroying our tunnels and weapons in densely populated areas like Shejaiya because doing so with airstrikes (which risks no soldiers) would have killed many thousands of Palestinians. Your friendly omission of such crucial facts reminds us of how wonderfully you covered Jenin in 2002, when (again) — rather than praise Israel’s humane but costly decision to use ground troops rather than airstrikes — you very helpfully and falsely accused Israel of a massacre during another IDF operation to stop Palestinian terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians.
◦Not sharing with your English readers what we openly say in Arabic: that we view any truce as just an opportunity to rearm for our next war against Israel (as our spokesman, Musheer Al Masri, recently declared on TV).
◦Not underscoring that Israel can do nothing to make peace with us (after all, Israelis ended their occupation of Gaza in 2005 and we’ve been rocketing them ever since). It’s a bit nervy of Israel to use its border controls to limit our ability to rearm and rebuild cross-border attack tunnels, but—with your help—maybe the next cease-fire will remove Israel’s blockade so that we can more easily replenish our weapons and restore our tunnels for our next attack. And yes, we’re embarrassed that our fellow Arab Muslims in Egypt also choose to blockade us because of the problems that we’ve caused them.
◦Not reminding readers, when you mention potential truce arrangements, that world powers are no more capable of ensuring a demilitarized Gaza than they were capable of disarming Hezbollah in south Lebanon.
Seriously, you’ve been AMAZING. Please keep it up!
P.S. Many thanks also to the countless protesters around the world who follow your lead, embolden us, and make us look legit!
I dedicate this letter to LBC,s James O’Brien, who supported the invasion of Iraq when he believed the WMD reports, and would have continued to argue in favour had those reports turned out to be true, but denies Israel’s right to self defence even though the Gazan terrorist’s and their weapons are a clear and present danger to Israelis.
He of course, would be mortified if accused of anti-Semitism. He would want us all to think that his protestations about there being insufficient Jewish blood spilt, and that Hamas should be given better weapons to even the score, came from his sense of fair play.