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Palestinian Houses Demolished in Gaza: Whose Fault Is It? (page 2)

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Posted on May 18 2010 9:00 am
Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. For extended biography visit The Phyllis Chesler Organization.
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President Obama has not signaled to the Arab or Muslim world that he cares about Arab or Muslim suffering–or democracy, dissent, human rights, or women’s rights. On the contrary.  He has signaled that he does not care about such rights (or will not commit American money or blood to ensure them, not even in Tehran), and that he will accept, appease, and negotiate with the worst tyrants in the interest of … stability? How stable will our world be now that Turkey is selling uranium to Iran, and Russia is offering all kinds of material support to Iran as well? How stable will the tyrants of the Middle East be if Iran sells a nuclear bomb to al-Qaeda in Pakistan? How stable will the rest of the world be?

Obama just rolled out the red carpet for Afghanistan’s President Karzai, a known drug lord and corrupt puppet—but left Prime Minister Netanyahu on his own, alone, held no state banquets in his honor, took no photos together. Now, the Israelis are downplaying this shameful public incident; perhaps they are also right, perhaps it does not amount to anything new; Israeli diplomats have steadily been shamed in the corridors of power. Worse: Perhaps they do not want others to remember this, enjoy it, follow suit.

The good news: It may not matter. Israel has just been accepted by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as a member. Its 34 members are all from high-income economies with only a few exceptions. The Israeli economy and scientific and cultural genius matters after all. Everyone who matters really knows this. In fact, the various petitions to boycott Israel and Israeli academics are signed by anthropologists, not physicists, by literature professors, not by computer scientists. Israel’s contribution to the world is already very considerable. Imagine if the country was not under profound siege how much more it might be able to contribute.

True, Israel has no natural resources like oil and gold. According to Free Republic:

Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world’s population, can lay claim to the following:

Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.

Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin – 109 per 10,000 people – as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.

There are also nine Israeli Nobel Prize winners, including three who won the Peace Prize. Egypt, a much larger and older country, has won only one Nobel Prize for science (in chemistry), one in Literature, and two Peace Prizes. Egypt is eleven times the size of Israel. It is not chronically demonized or isolated, nor has war chronically been declared against it.

Here’s a very short list of only some of Israel’s contributions to the world: Drip irrigation; the cellphone (developed in Israel by Motorola); voice mail technology; AOL Instant Messenger (developed in Israel in 1996); the Pentium MMX chip—and countless medical miracles including nanotechnology, stem cell research, a new anti-cancer detection test, and recently, a way for paraplegics to potentially walk again.

Of course, the Palestinian Authority opposed Israel’s new membership in OECD.

Who could make this up? I have absolutely no comment on this; none is needed.

Special thanks to my assistant Nathan Bloom for helping me translate the Palestinian media source I link to

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