Saturday, December 13, 2003

Great Cartoon!

Check out this cartoon. Very clever and so damn true.

Friday, December 12, 2003

What happens when even the head of the Hebrew department of your university is constantly speaking out against Israel?

The head of the Hebrew Department at UC Berkeley, Rutie Adler, like most Israelis, is quite vocal about her opinions with the politics in Israel. The only problem is, she is always speaking out against the Israeli government and how it deals with the Palestinians.

Now, I will post specific articles to which she is referred to for her anti-Semetic tendencies but I can go one step further. Two years ago I decided to take Hebrew here at Berkeley. The class met everyday and each day, as I walked past her office I had to see her pro-Palestinian propaganda posted on the bulletin board outside her office. She has even signed petitions to end US funding to Israel. And she dares to claim she isn't anti-Semetic. She says, "The idiocy of calling people like me anti-Semitic doesn't even merit an answer. It's ridiculous. This has nothing to do with Judaism. It has to do with politics." Right Rutie, except that Israel is a Jewish state. The two are inseparable. If you speak out against the actions it is one thing, but at the point you begin to say that the US shouldn't help Israel you basically declare that you want to hurt Israel and thus hurting the JEWISH people living there. You know that the relationship between Israel and the US is important and you effectively want to sever that tie with your stupid statements.

But why is it that she has to put her propaganda up in her office? Is her home not enough? I had the "pleasure" of being in her home once for a party and everywhere you turn is another poster about the conflict. Most were promoting peace but a few were disturbing. But I had no problem with any of it. That is HER home. She can post whatever she wants. It bothers me when I see it everywhere I turn on my campus, including the HEBREW department. I already feel alienated enough at this campus and so when I decided to take Hebrew, to make me feel a little closer to Israel, I didn't realize it would end up making me feel even more alienated.

I guess if you have read this far, you have gathered I hold little respect for this woman. In truth, I know she is a very good teacher. That is her saving grace. Ironically, her licence plate says "EEYETOV" meaning: It will be good.

Rutie is just one example of how imbalanced the political views expressed on my campus are (as though you didn't know already). I realize life must be very hard in Israel, and for the Jews in Europe, but if I can just say that I think Berkeley is probably one of the most difficult places for a Jew to have to live in the US.
Update on Finals

I finished three of my finals this week. One more next Tuesday and then it's vacation! Decided to take the evening off to recharge and begin studying again tomorrow.

Did I mention how much I hate finals? You can work hard all semester, do well on all your midterms, and then the final can do you in. This is how I feel. Two of the exams I felt were ridiculously hard in comparison to the rest of the semester. *sigh* It's a frustrating feeling especially when you busted your ass all semester long. So it goes I suppose. Anyway, I have some time to blog today rather than just posting quick notes!

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Doesn't get sicker than this!

From The Jerusalem Post "Jewish cemetery at Auschwitz vandalized".

Read the article. No time to comment. Plus, nothing I say will begin to describe how sick and evil whoever did this is.

Found this through In Context
Put on your yalmulke It's (almost) time for Chanuka

Quick post. Just wanted to share a link sent to me by my Rabbi (note it's a Chabad website so there will be some Moshiach stuff). I found the opening song very cute. Cheered me up in the midst of my studying. Hope you agree.

Only strange thing is the Chanuka Gelt character looks an awful lot like Santa...wonder what that's about. Maybe someone can tell me what he's really suppose to look like.

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Another Bio-Nerd Personal Ad

"I don't always express myself on the surface, but I'm looking for a
signal that you appreciate my complexity. Send me the right message
that will penetrate my membranes, turn on my protein expression and release
my potential energy."

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Alzheimer's Vaccine coming out of Israel

Read the article about it because I don't have time to say much on it other than this is AWESOME!

Another reason I am proud of Israel.

Monday, December 08, 2003

Quick Post on how Bio-Nerds view love (joke!)

"Some dates have called me a promotor. Others have referred to me
as a real operator. Personally, I think I'm just a cute piece of DNA who is still looking
for that special transcription factor to help me unwind."

"This very selective oliogonucleotide has been probing for just
the right target for long term hybridization."

Thanks Neeru for these. I found them really entertaining...heeeheee

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