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Jewish American Heritage Month 2016 | EDSITEment

Posted By on May 2, 2016

Each May, EDSITEment celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month by pointing to the rich array of educational resources on the history of the Jewish people in America. Many of the programs and websites highlighted have been funded in part by grants from theNational Endowment for the Humanitiesover the past decades.

One of the most innovative ways for students to learn about the Jewish American experience of the early years of the 20th century is through Mission US 4: City of Immigrants, where players navigate New Yorks Lower East Side as Lena, a young Jewish immigrant from Russia. Trying to save money to bring her parents to America, she works long hours in a factory for little money and gets caught up in the growing labor movement.

The idea of America as both a haven and a home for the religious faiths of the myriad diverse groups who, over the centuries, have immigrated to the United States is one that deeply resonates with most Americans. The blessings of religious and political liberty that these immigrants found in America were captured eloquently inGeorge Washingtons letter to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport, Rhode Island in 1790. In this letter, Washington quotes a sentence from the Book of Micah of the Hebrew Bible:

May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitantswhile every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid.

A few sentences earlier, Washington addresses American Jews as equal fellow citizens (the first time in history that any national leader had done so):

It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for, happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

Washington’s letter was in response to one written by Moses Seixas, Warden of the Jeshuat Israel Synagogue in Rhode Island. The principles of civil and religious liberty extolled in this letter and embodied in our Constitution encouraged and rewarded active participation in the social, political, and cultural life of the nation with results that will be celebrated in this feature.

A brief history of the Jewish American religious experience in the 19th and 20th centuries can be found in Divining America: Religion in American History from the National Humanities Center.

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A good place to begin if one wants to understand Jewish life in America would beThe Jewish Americans, broadcast on PBS stations and partially funded byNEH. The series website offers a treasure trove of video clips, images, and student interactives on such topics as:

A related NEH-funded website,Jews in America: Our Story,documents the growth of the Jewish community from a group of 23 refugees fleeing from the Portuguese Inquisition in 1654. This comprehensive website on the history and culture includes an interactive historical timeline, with a gallery of over five hundred artifacts drawn from the library, archival, and museum collections of the Center for Jewish History and its partners.

The Humanities magazine article Jewish Pioneers tells the stories of the new lives that European Jews made for themselves west of the Mississippi in the 19th century. According to one scholar there wasnt a single settlement west of the Mississippi of any significance which had not had a Jewish mayor in 1900.

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Over the years, NEH has supported the production of many episodes of the long-running series American Experience. Whether the programs are devoted to well-known figures such as Emma Goldman, the passionate radical, or on the long forgotten New York lawyer,Samuel Leibowitz, who defended the Scottsboro boys, the American Experience website offers new and often surprising insights into the diverse roles that Jewish Americans played in the larger national story.

Another PBS program on American historyThe People v. Leo Franktells the story of the most famous lynching of a white man in American history. According to the program, there were two conflicting legacies of the Frank case, one was the revival of the Klu Klux Klan as an anti-Semitic outfit and the other was the establishment of the Anti-Defamation League as defender of civil rights and social justice for all Americans.

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The Holocaust is one of the greatest tragedies in modern history. Its enormity is difficult for students to comprehend, particularly if it is presented as a general historical event. One effective way of approaching this topic is for students to hear the testimony of individual survivors.Coming of Age in the Holocaust Coming of Age Nowis a free, interactive curriculum for middle and high-school students and their educators created by theMuseum of Jewish HeritageA Living Memorial to the Holocaustin New Yorkand Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum in Israel.

The Diary of Ann Frank remains a classic high school text. EDSITEments lessonsAnne Frank: One of Hundreds of Thousands andAnne Frank: Writeroffer opportunities for your students to examine the historical conditions which impelled Annes family to go into hiding and the writing strategy she employed.

PBSAmerican Mastersoffers rich resources for investigating the exemplary contributions of Jewish Americans to such fields as music, theatre, film, and television. Where would American music be without the dynamic rhythms ofLeonard BernsteinandAaron Copland,or the swinging melodies ofBenny Goodmanand his orchestra? American Theatre would be poorer without the complex characters and conflicts ofArthur Millers plays, the dazzling directing talent ofJerome RobbinsandHarold Clurmanand the brilliant actors developed underthe mentorship of Stella Adler. Similarly, listen to howAllen Ginsbergs life and poemsHowl and Kaddish inspired the counterculture of America in the midpoint of the century or howAnnie Leibovitzturned celebrity photography into an art. It may come as something of a surprise to discover that American Mastersalso produced a program on one of the greatest scientific thinkers of all time, Albert Einstein. Yet he surely deserves recognition in a series devoted to examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists.

Hank GreenbergandSandy Koufax, two Jewish Americans who excelled at the national pastime, are featured on the Ken Burns series Baseball. Further resources on these legends and other players can be found on Chasing Dreams Baseball and Becoming Americanfrom the National Museum of American Jewish History.

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Presidential Proclamation — Jewish American Heritage …

Posted By on April 29, 2016

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At America’s birth, our Founders fought off tyranny and declared a set of ideals including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that would forever guide our country’s course. For generations since, Jewish Americans, having shared in the struggle for freedom, have been instrumental in ensuring our Nation stays true to the principles enshrined in our founding documents. They have helped bring about enduring progress in every aspect of our society, shaping our country’s character and embodying the values we hold dear. This month, as we pay tribute to their indelible contributions, we recommit to ridding our world of bigotry and injustice and reflect on the extraordinary ways in which Jewish Americans have made our Union more perfect.

Many of the Jewish people who reached our Nation’s shores throughout our history did so fleeing the oppression they encountered in areas around the world. Driven by the possibility of charting a freer future, they endeavored, on their own and as a community, to make real the promise of America in their individual lives and in the life of our country. Determined to confront the racism that kept this promise from being fully realized, many Jewish Americans found a cause in the Civil Rights Movement that in its call for freedom and justice echoed the timeless message of Exodus and the Jewish people’s journey through the ages. Reflecting on the march in Selma, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once noted, I felt my legs were praying. From the fight for women’s rights to LGBT rights to workers’ rights, many in the Jewish American community, drawing on lessons from their own past, have trumpeted a clarion call for equality and justice.

We cannot pay proper respect to the legacy of Jewish Americans without also reflecting on the rise of anti-Semitism in many parts of the world, and in remembering the lessons of the Holocaust, we recognize the imperative need to root out prejudice. Subjecting men, women, and children to persecution on the basis of their ancestry and faith, the scourge of anti-Semitism demands that we declare through action and solidarity that an attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths. That is why the United States is leading the international effort to combat anti-Semitism we helped organize the first United Nations General Assembly meeting on anti-Semitism last year, and we are asking countries around the world to join us in giving this challenge the focus it demands. In celebrating Jewish Americans’ contributions to our country, we also reaffirm our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security and the close bonds between our two nations and our peoples. Throughout my Administration, the multifaceted relationship between our countries has grown and strengthened to an unprecedented degree, particularly with regard to U.S.-Israeli security assistance and cooperation.

The Jewish American experience and our Nation as a whole have always been held together by the forces of hope and resilience. During Jewish American Heritage Month, as we reflect on our past and look toward the future, let us carry forward our mutual legacy, grounded in our interconnected roots, and affirm that it is from the extraordinary richness of our bond that we draw strength. And let us renew our dedication to the work of building a fully inclusive tomorrow one where a great diversity of origins is not only accepted, but also celebrated here at home and around the world.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2016 as Jewish American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to visit to learn more about the heritage and contributions of Jewish Americans and to observe this month with appropriate programs, activities, and ceremonies.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of April, in the year two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.


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Connecticut White Wolves – ADL

Posted By on April 27, 2016

Combating Hate: Domestic Extremism & Terrorism


Over the past two years, what began as a small collection of racist skinheads in Stratford, Connecticut, has grown into the largest and most active extremist group in the state. Known as the Connecticut White Wolves, the group describes itself as a “white nationalist skinhead organization” and promotes an ideology espousing hatred of Jews and racial and ethnic minorities. Members, though typically young, have been involved in a number of criminal acts in Connecticut and have forged ties with nationally recognized hate groups, including the National Alliance, the Creativity Movement, White Revolution and the Ku Klux Klan.

The White Wolves were founded by Kenneth and Matthew Zrallack, two brothers from Stratford. Ken Zrallack is the White Wolves’ recognized leader, although the group initially made its presence known in the community in 2002, after Matthew Zrallack and another student appeared on the cover of Stratford High School’s 2002 yearbook giving a Nazi salute. Around that time, the Zrallack brothers and a few of their friends set up a White Wolves Web site and an Internet message board called “The White Order” to attract new recruits and spread their message.

Although based in Connecticut, the White Wolves have not limited their activities to that state. From the group’s inception (ostensibly on April 20, Adolf Hitler’s birthday), members have sought to expand the group’s influence and attract new members outside of Connecticut by traveling to other parts of the country and reaching out to established hate groups. In August 2002, the White Wolves attended a rally in Washington, D.C., to protest U.S. support for Israel that was sponsored by the neo-Nazi National Alliance.

The following year, the group took part in “White Unity Fest,” a racist event held by the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Osceola, Indiana, and participated in a cross burning. White Revolution member Mark Martin described Ken Zrallack and his group in Osceola: “Shortly after I arrived I met Ken and his Whitewolves from CT. Talk about a brilliant display in their black T-shirts, black pants, red suspenders and boot laces! Meeting Ken was truly one of the high points of the weekend. We had communicated several times over the last month and his motivation, determination and yes, tattoos, came through loud and clear”

Two months later, in October 2003, members of the White Wolves joined an anti-immigrant rally at Liberty State Park in New Jersey organized by white supremacist radio talk show host Hal Turner.

The group’s attempt to link to other hate groups paid off in 2003 when Kenneth Zrallack, recruited by Mark Martin, was named the Connecticut contact for White Revolution, an Arkansas-based neo-Nazi group with regional chapters throughout the country. “We are now part of an elite force,” Zrallack proclaimed. This new position provided Zrallack with the opportunity to enhance the groups’ contacts among other like-minded racists locally and nationally.

In Connecticut, the White Wolves have gained notoriety for a series of assaults and other crimes. In September 2002, Hamden police responded to an incident at a bar involving Arthur Legere, a member of the White Wolves. Legere and two other men, including Louis Wagner, a Grand Titan for the Connecticut White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, allegedly made threats against bar patrons. By the time police arrived, Legere had struck a customer in the head with a pair of brass knuckles. Legere was arrested and charged with second degree assault, breach of peace and carrying a dangerous weapon. In April 2003, Legere was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison (the White Wolves consider him to be a “prisoner of war”). No charges were filed against Wagner or his companion.

Legere’s arrest was just the first of several run-ins between the White Wolves and local law enforcement. On May 21, 2003, several White Wolves tried to disrupt a meeting of a lesbian and gay rights group at the Stratford public library by chanting and holding up signs that read “Homosexuality Is a Sin,” and “No Way Will CT Turn Gay.” After being ordered by Stratford police to leave, Matt Zrallack was arrested for grabbing a plainclothes officer by the throat. Zrallack was convicted on third degree assault and breach of peace in January 2004, and sentenced to six months in prison with an additional three years probation. At his trial, Zrallack denied membership in the White Wolves and claimed he did not share his brother’s beliefs.

Another White Wolf, Brian Staehly of West Haven, currently awaits trial on charges of bias intimidation and second degree mischief stemming from an incident in Trumbull in September 2003. Local police, responding to a noise complaint at an underage party, witnessed several white teenagers surround a car containing two African-Americans and their white friend. When the car attempted to pull away, Staehly punched out the rear window with his fist, according to police. Staehly faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

In December 2003 in West Haven, after receiving a call from a woman who complained that her neighbors had yelled racial slurs at her, police showed up at the scene and identified several members of the White Wolves; one member was cited for breach of peace and interfering with police officers, but was later released. Fliers and other materials from Resistance Records, a distributor of racist records, were found at the scene.

Like other established hate groups, the White Wolves promote their hateful ideology through leafleting neighborhoods with white supremacist propaganda. Over Valentine’s Day weekend in 2004, numerous local businesses and residences in Milford and Stratford were leafleted with fliers promoting the Wolves’ ally, White Revolution.

The Wolves have also shown up at events not normally associated with racist skinheads, including anti-war protests, assemblies held by regional civil rights’ committees and other community meetings in Connecticut. In several instances, members of the National Alliance and the Creativity Movement also took part in these events. The Wolves did not gain any converts through these efforts, but garnered considerable publicity.

The White Wolves have received far greater media attention than most other racist skinhead groups, which unsettles Connecticut citizens who fear that the group is trying to recruit new members, especially in area schools. In response, local government and community groups in Stratford, Milford and Trumbull have taken steps to decry hate and reiterate that their communities are accepting of all people. These steps have included town council resolutions reiterating a commitment to acceptance, police training for officers from across the region, the creation of an anti-hate task force, community forums on issues of bigotry and discrimination, the creation of a “Declaration of Tolerance” for local residents to sign and anti-bias educational initiatives.

Despite these efforts, however, police and community leaders in Connecticut will likely continue to contend with ethnic and racial tensions created by the White Wolves.

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Anti-Defamation League | Long Island | New York

Posted By on April 25, 2016

The Woodland School in East Meadow Advocacy Summit, Congressman Steve Israel


ADLs New York Region unites Long Island residents who are dedicated to fulfilling ADLs mission: to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.The Long Island Advisory Committee leads this effort and helps implement multiple programs and engagement events throughout the year.

ADL Long Island Programs

ADL is empowering middle school, high school, and college students to combat and respond to anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias through ourWords to Action programs.Most recently, we facilitated programs at Temple Sinai in Roslyn, The Barry & Florence Friedberg JCC,The CHAI Center in Dix Hills, Shelter Rock Jewish Center and Central Synagogue in Rockville Centre.

ADLsA WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute is a leader in the development and delivery of anti-bias and anti-bullying training for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, educators and families. In addition, our No Place For Hate initiative creates inclusive communities and empowers schools to challenge all forms of bigotry.

No Place for Hate is featured in the Great Neck Record!

We are currently working with the following Long Island Schools:

Are you affiliated with a school, synagogue or JCC that would welcome ADLs educational programming? Please let us know.

Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS)

Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS) is an innovative training that increases law enforcement personnels understanding of their roles as protectors of the American people and the Constitution. ADL, in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, trains officers and recruits from the Nassau and Suffolk County Police Academies.

Long Island Advisory Committee

The Long Island Advisory Committeeempowers local supporters to serve as ambassadors for the ADL through: meaningful educational and service opportunities, relationship-building with community leaders, and programmatic expansion throughout the region; in addition to contributing to the advancement of ADLs mission through philanthropic leadership.

The Long Island Advisory Committee is led by Chair,Louis P. Karol and Vice-Chair, Julia Fenster.

To get involved with the committee or to learn more about ADLs expansion on Long Island, please contact Gabrielle Carlin Sherb, Director of Development at or 212.885.7985.

ADL Long Island Events

The ADL hosts a number of events throughout Long Island during the calendar year, some in partnership with local institutions. ADL on Long Island, our annual community outreach event takes place in the spring and brings together hundreds of ADL supporters. Click here for photos from the 2015 event.

Our other main event, is Cocktails and Conversations with ADL. This event takes place in the fall and is an intimate gathering for ADL supporters. This years event was held at the David Filderman Gallery at Hofstra University in partnership with Hofstra Hillel. The topic wasConfronting Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel Bias on Campus. Click here for photos.

Upcoming Events

May 18, 2016: ADL on Long Island, Engineers Country Club (Roslyn)

Join our mailing list to learn more about upcoming events

Past Events

January 24, 2016: Screening of the nationally acclaimed film Rock in the Red Zone with Jewish Without Walls (JWOW) at the Cinema Arts Center, Huntington

December 2, 2015:The Status of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), an International Campaign to Deligitimize Israel: A Conversation with Susan Heller Pinto, Oceanside Jewish Center.

November 9, 2015:ADL partners with The Torah Restoration Project for a Kristallnacht Commemoration and Re-Dedication of a Holocaust Torah Scroll

October 27, 2015: Confronting Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel Bias on Campus. Cocktails and Conversations with ADL at the David Filderman Gallery, Hofstra University Museum. Jointly presented with Hofstra Hillel.

July 29, 2015: Words to Action with Hofstra University Hillel

April 30, 2015: ADL on Long Island first annual Spring outreach event.

April 19, 2015: ADL participates in A Night of Unity, in response to an off-campus incident involving Commack High School students. See ADL press release here.

March 29, 2015: ADL led a discussion with Second Generation Holocaust Survivors at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County

March 24, 2015: Evan Bernstein speaker presentation at Temple Am Echad in Lynbrook

March 11, 2015: Frank Meeink: A Former Skinheads Fight Against Prejudice

Cosponsored with Hofstra Hillel, JCRCLI, Hofstra Cultural Center and Ask Big Questions

February 24, 2015: ADL Becoming An Ally: Responding to Name-Calling and Bullying Behaviors teacher training at Hofstra University

To get involved with the Advisory Committee or to learn more about ADLs expansion on Long Island, please contact Gabrielle Carlin Sherb, Director of Development, at or 212.885.7985

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About ADL – Albert D. Lawton

Posted By on April 24, 2016

ADLs Mission

A community of learners Developing a nurturing and safe environment to prepare Life-long learners for the global community.

ADLs Vision

We will foster the love of learning and belief of self in a safe, healthy and caring environment. We will value and respect the contributions of all members of our learning community by collaborating and connecting with each other. We will utilize research-based strategies to promote individual growth and encourage positive contributions to the global society.

School Hours (for students): 7:45 AM 2:40 PM

Library Hours: 7:30 AM 3:00 PM

Lunch Times:Parents/Guardians are welcome to join their children for lunch. Please stop by the main office to sign in. 11:38-12:03 Nova (7th) & Discovery (7th) 10:56-11:21- Alchemy (8th) & Discovery (8th) 12:03-12:28 Infinity and NRG (6th)

ADL Moves to Standards Based Reporting

Contact Information: Phone: 802-878-1388 Fax: 802-879-8175

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Experience API ADL Net

Posted By on April 24, 2016

The xAPI Overview

Many learning experiences in the modern world occur outside of a Learning Management System (LMS) and a web browser. The Experience API (xAPI) specification is flexible. It releases us from the constraints of only being able to track web-based formal learning; in addition, it is capable of tracking informal learning, social learning, and real world experiences. Example learning activities that can be tracked include reading an article, watching a training video, participating in a virtual world with augmented reality or simulation, using a mobile application, or having a conversation with a mentor.

When a learner completes a learning activity, a simple human and machine readable activity statement is generated in a format. Previous technologies require programming knowledge to understand the data, but with the activity statement format anyone in the learning process can interpret it. These statements are validated by and stored in a Learning Record Store (LRS).

Third party reporting systems are able to access and query the data in an LRS to create analytics and visualizations. Example analytics that may be generated include how many times a learner attempted a question, how long a learner took to answer a question, or if a learner watched the introductory video and how that affected the overall score on the assessment. Analytics can be formulated for learners, instructors, groups, mentors, peers or any role in a learning environment. Learning designers and managers can use this information to make informed decisions, create more personalized learning, or modify their assessments, resulting in increased learner performance and an improvement in the overall learning experience.

xAPI is adaptable and can be used to augment almost any performance assessment situation. It is currently being used for many LMSs, museums, flight simulators, firing ranges, and emergency medical services.

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Gun Review: Remington 700 ADL Varmint – The Truth About Guns

Posted By on April 20, 2016

Back in November, TTAG ran a post about a Black Friday doorbuster sale at Dicks Sporting Goods. They were offering a Remington 700 ADL Varmint for $350.00. As it turned out, I just so happened to be in the AO about a hour before midnight when the sale started so at the last second I decided to partake in the Black Friday madness. For reasons still unknown to me, I picked up one of these doorbuster 700s, and after putting 200 rounds through the rifle I can report to the Armed Intelligentsia . . .

In the interest of laziness, Ill assume the reader is already familiar with the basic workings of a Remington 700, since over 5 million of them have been produced. Rather than rehash the basics or give you a history lesson on the evolution of the design, my goal here is to simply give you an unbiased, critical assessment of the specific features of the package offered by Dicks, as well as a little G2 on itsaccuracy, fit, and function. Ill also tell you some details on the Nikon Coyote Special scope that now adorns the rifle. Lets get started.

The Dicks Sporting Goods 700 ADL Varmintis an exclusive package consisting of an ADL version of the 700 SPS Varmint and a crappy scope (not shown in above photos). The distinguishing feature of an ADL rifle is the internal (aka blind) box magazine, which lacks a hinged floorplate on the bottom of the rifle. ADL stands for A Deluxe, and was Remingtons no frills economy line until it was discontinued in 2004. From what I understand, Remington now only produces ADL rifles as special runs for the various big box stores, etc.

Despite the fact that the ADL is the low-end of the production line, I was hopeful that I might still score a decent rifle for cheap. My fellow TTAG writer Chris Dumm has a skinny-barrelled Remmy ADL in .270 Win that he picked up for $250, and I have watched him shoot a inch group at 300 yards with that rifle using cheap Wally World ammo.

The rifle features a full-floated 26-inch heavy contour barrel (.820 in. at the muzzle) and a polymer stock with vented beavertail fore-end. The stock is finished in Mossy Oak Brush camouflage and the the Remmy weighs in at 8 lbs, most of it in the barrel.

Dicks offers this rifle in .223 Rem, .22-250 Rem, .243 Win, and .308 Win and I went with a .22-250 Rem. Why? Well, I already have a good TC Icon in .243 Win. and some super-nice precision rifles in .308 Win. I dont think the .223 Rem. benefits much from a 26 barrel. And the .22-250 Rem has a reputation as being a very flat shooting round that can zip out of the muzzle at 4000 feet per second.

I admit that the .22-250 isnt the most versatile of the calibers that Dicks was hawking. The .308 would be a great low-price tactical precision rifle or big-game gun, and the .243 would excel at anything from groundhogs to deer and antelope. The .223 version would do most of what the .22-250 does, but it would do it with cheaper and (until last month) more available ammo. Lets face it, a 26 barreled .22-250 is built for just two things: target shooting and varmint hunting.

Theres a downside to .22-250, though, and thats that it will often toast a barrel in just a few thousand rounds, especially if you shoot the fast loads. But a Remington 700 action can be rebarreled fairly easily, so its not the end of the world if and when that happens. Besides, even if it only lasts 2500 rounds, thats a lot of dead coyotes!

PETA types routinely soil their diapers over any type of hunting, but their hysteria is completely illogical when you think about it. Coyotes typically end their lives in starvation, hypothermia, or the gnashing jaws of other predators. And rodent varmints face the additional horrors of Bubonic plague and hemorrhagic fever. The instantaneous explosive deprogramming of a 4,000 fps .22-250 bullet is a swift and merciful deliverance, compared to these grim and grisly fates. Considered in that light, popping a squeaker with a .22-250 is one of the most ethical things you can do for the poor creature. Or so I justify it, anyway. I figure God put those things on this earth to be targets.

One thing that really attracted me to this rifle is the Mossy Oak Brush camo stock. Its a very effective pattern for the central Oregon high desert scrub lands in which I hunt coyote. Maybe its the military guy in me, but I like my camo to match my duds. So to have a gun that coordinates with my camo huntin clothes, well . . . that frickin cool. You gotta be fashionable when out in the bush; you never know who youll run into out there in the high desert. At some point, Im gonna have to Duracoat the barrel, action, ARD, and Harris bipod in coyote brown and desert tan to match.

Remington does a pretty good job on these stocks, all things considered. They lack the aluminum bedding system featured on the HS Precision stock that came with my 700 PSS. As a result, I figured that such a cheap stock would have a negative effect on accuracy. I expected Id eventually need to replace it with a Manners, McMillan, or Bell & Carlson stock if I wanted to get really fine accuracy. But this gun shoots so well with the factory stock I dont think it really needs to be upgraded. Thats just fine with me, because I doubt I could find an aftermarket stock in that same Mossy Oak camo pattern in any event.

The trigger guard is made out of plastic, but that seems to be the way of the world these days. Sigh.

Update (October 2014). Sure enough, it didnt take long for that crappy plastic trigger guard to break. POS.

And speaking of personal preferences, I really prefer detachable box magazines. Given that even a hinged floorplate makes me feel like Im slummin it, it should come as no surprise that I think the ADL set-up is pure ghetto: the worst-of-the-worst arrangement. I hate it and heres why: you have to really pay attention when you load an ADL, because any mistakes in how you load the rounds will cause the gun to jam. Trust me on this one. And its difficult to load with gloves on, especially if you are situated in a shooting position. Unlike a BDL, you cant easily fix the mess by dumping the mag out the bottom. But, for $350, beggars cant really be choosers, eh? So be it. Just pay close attention when you load er up and you will be good to go.

If youre familiar with the Remington 700s action, this economy version offers no surprises. The action is noticeably less smooth and refined than a Remington Custom shop 40-X, but I think its only slightlyless smooththan the 700 PSS and other mid-range 700s. It certainly doesnt feel rough, or overly cheap like some entry-level guns.

The triggers that come on modern hunting rifles are sweet. Seems like thirty years ago, the gun manufacturers made their factory triggers suck on purpose. It was almost as if gunsmiths around the country were giving kickbacks to the gun makers to ensure that the smiths would get the extra business.More realistically, I think the product liability lawyers were the real culprit.

But times have changed, and these days it seems as if the standard for triggers is set pretty high. Guns are rolling out of the major factories with excellent triggers that dont typically need extra work. This gun features the low-end version of the new X-Mark trigger, which isnt intended to be adjustable by the consumer. But honestly, I see no need to have a smith adjust this trigger, nor do I see any need for an aftermarket unit from Jewell, Timney, or Rifle Basix. The factory trigger breaks at approximately 5lbs. and has no creep or overtravel. Im very impressed, especially considering its price point.

At the end of the day, a bolt gun with a long bull barrel is really only intended to do one thing really well, and that is to allow the shooter to fire lots of bullets into small groups at long range. So does the 700 ADL Varmint deliver? Yes, yes it does in spades. In fact, this rifle shoots sub MOA all day long. It especially likes the 45 grain Winchester JHP Varmint loads (4000 fps), which consistently fired inch or smaller groups. My personal best with the rifle so far is a .39 inch group using Wally World Winchester White Box. Using Hornadys 55 grain V-Max (3680 fps), my groups seemed to average in the .6 to .8 inch group range though I did manage to shoot one 3-shot, .44 inch group with it

Update (October 2014): This rifle has proven to be highly accurate in the field as well. I have taken it on two squeakie (Belding Ground Squirrel) shooting trips, which are high volume affairs where the barrels gethot! I averaged 100+ rounds on both trips and accuracy has been consistently high (roughly 1/2 MOA +/-).Recently, I shot a 1 inch group on steel at 300 yards using Winchester 55 grain ammo. I also took out a coyote at 623 yards. At least in field conditions, this seems to be the outer limit of this rifles capability. I really like how fast the bullet gets to the target!

The fact that the barrel has a 1:14 twist rate does limit the type of ammo you can shoot out of this rifle. Some of the 60 grain factory loads may exceed the limits of the rifle. Certainly, anything over 60 grains will be a no go.

The Scope, Bases, and Rings

The 4 x 12 scope that comes with the Dicks Sporting Goods package is branded with the Remington name. Remington does not, to my knowledge, actually manufacture scopes. Although this scope is shown on the Remington website mounted on a few 700 models, no information is provided on the scope on the website. It appears to be some sort of cheap, no-name, made-in-China optic. Tasco maybe? Who knows. It feels pretty solid, but I tested it out and found it to be marginal at best. At both 50 and 100 yards, I couldnt get the reticle and the background to be in focus at the same time: it was a one-or-the-other deal. I still managed to shoot a few to MOA groups with the scope, so I guess it would do in a pinch. But it wasnt ideal by any stretch of the imagination.

The two-piece aluminum scope mounts that came with the guns are from Leupolds Rifleman serieswhich is their economy line made in Singapore. These mounts retail for $10. Normally I prefer one-piece scope mounts due to the better alignment they achieve, but with the ADL I want as much room to access the magazine and chamber as possible. There isnt a whole lot else to say about the mounts; they seem to work well, and I dont see any need to replace them.

The scope rings that come with the rifle, on the other hand, appear to be extremely cheap. I am not exactly sure who makes them, but Ive seen identical rings marketed under the Simmons brand name, retailing for less than $8.But the rings do not appear on the Simmons websiteor catalog,so I cant be sure as to their origins.

Im certain, however, that the rings need to be replaced with something more rugged. There is no way Im going to have a hunt ruined by an $8 pair of rings, when I can get a decent set for $30-50.

The Nikon 4.5 x 14 x 40mm Coyote Special scope seemed like the perfect optic for this gun, especially when mated with matching Nikon (Warne) scope rings. Ive seen the same Warne rings in black sell for $30, so you pay a hefty premium to get the Mossy Oak camo version, but hey, I gotta match, right?

This scope originates from Nikons popular Buckmaster line, which is their mid-range offering. It focuses in the second focal plane and gives a respectable 92% light transmission, which is comparable to the Leupold VX 1 and VX 2s. I also appreciate the side parallax adjustment as well. Overall, its an impressive scope for the asking price ($299.00 on sale at Cabelas).

It is worth mentioning that for most people, Nikons BCD reticle is either going to be a love-it-or-hate-it affair. According to Nikon, the unique, open circle design doesnt obscure the target, making shots on a moving coyote simple. Well, thats true for the most part. Obviously, you will experience some variation in trajectory for every different load. Plus, even assuming your bullet matches the design specs of the reticle, if you have to take the shot at 300 yards or 400 yards, then you have to aim in between the circles, which is a bit odd. I have not taken a shot yet at those distances, so for me the verdict is still out on this reticle. Given that the .22-250 will shoot Point Blank Range to over 200 yards, you will not likely even need to worry about using the bottom two circles in most instances.

At 100 yards, the largest circle (i.e. the one in the middle of the reticle) measures 3 inches when the scope is set to 14x. In the top photo, above, I tried to show how the reticle appears on a 100 yard target at 14x. For reference, the red circles on the Sight Bright target are two inches in diameter. In the bottom photo I dialed back the power setting to 4.5x and took another photo. The reticles top circle covers approximately 8 inches at 100 yards when set to 4.5x. I initially thought that this reticle design would make it difficult to shoot precise groups on paper targets, but I found it to be quite easy, especially when shooting at circular targets. After all, its pretty easy to line up a circle in a circle. In fact, I shot a few .4 MOA groups at 100 yards with the scope set to 4.5x.

It occurred to me that with a little effort, it would be possible to use the three circles for range estimation, in the same manner as a mil-dot reticle. Although it would probably take an afternoon of testing at the range to work out and tests the charts, Nikon could do its users a service by posting this type of info on their website.

The Coyote Special scope comes with an ARD device, which is a screw-on honeycomb grid filter that prevents sunlight from reflecting off the front glass. BTW, ARD stands for anti-reflective device. Originating from the military, these devices are a tacticool alternative to barrel-style sun-shades. However, they do have the downside of somewhat decreasing the amount of light thats transmitted through the optic. The reduction is definitely noticeable, especially in low light situations.

Parting Thoughts on Dicks Black Friday Sales

Overall, Im really happy with the Remington 700 ADL Varmint. Was it worth going through the Black Friday sales experience just to save a $100.00? Honestly, no. I arrived on the scene at 11:30, and the doors opened a few minutes before midnight. I ended up being the second guy in line at the gun counter. The sales staff were friendly and personable, but it was pretty clear that the store wasnt really set up to handle the deluge of customers. Even though I was second in line, it took over an hour to complete the purchase.

Not only that, but Dicks made you pay for the gun that night, even though you had to come pick up the gun later the next day. WTF? In any event, Id have thought that they would have had the background check completed by the time I came back two days later, but I ended up having to wait around for over another hour to get that done. Overall, I thought the experience was a complete Charlie Foxtrot. Although Im glad I tried out the sport of the Black Friday shopping experience, I can honestly say I wouldnt do it again.


Caliber: .22-250. Also available in .223 Rem, .243 Win, and .308 Win. Barrel: 26 inches, with a 1 in 14 right hand twist. Length: 46 & 1/2 inches Weight: 8 &1/2 lbs. empty. Operation: Bolt action. Metal Finish: matt black oxide finish. Capacity: 4 +1, internal box magazine. Price: Typical street price for 700 ADL Varmint is in the $550.00 range, but it is commonly seen on sale at Dicks for $450.00 to $475.00. Dicks 2012 Black Friday doorbuster price was $449.99 plus $100 factory rebate (net: $349.99).

Ratings (Out of Five Stars):

Accuracy: * * * * * Cant beat the accuracy ( MOA with some factory loads) for the price.

Ergonomics: * * * * Although a little muzzle heavy, the stock is very comfortable. Ill take a one point reduction for that annoying 90 bolt throw.

Reliability: * * * The ADLs internal blind magazines are easy to jam up if you dont exercise care when loading. Be sure to have a visual on the breech when feeding this model.

Durability: * * * * The Remington 700 series of riflesis generally notfailure prone, but I will deduct a point for the crappy plastictrigger guard:4 points.

Customization: * * * * * This is probably the best reason to go with a Remmy 700 over any other brand: tons of aftermarket parts and accessories.

Overall Rating: * * * * In this price range, there isnt much competition out there. The Savage Axis series is closest. Although Im a huge fan of the Thompson Center Venture Predator line, the price of the Remmy comes in two to three bills cheaper.

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As we have learned from the Zionists over the years, the best way to hide your crimes is to accuse your opponents of the same thing. Claiming “we are being attacked and have a right to defend ourselves” when in fact Israel is brutally killing Palestinian civilians in a 1-230 ratio as seen in the last Gaza slaughter. Claiming that Iran should be under nuclear watch and restrictions when the Zionist have 100’s of undeclared nukes. And what will be the focus today, claiming that Muslims were in cohorts with the Nazi’s when in fact the zionist were actively working with them in civil and economy matters. Many people have noted that the Zionists view and treatment of the Palestinians are very like how the Nazi’s were treating the Jews, and as we shall see today, they had a lot in common in terms of policies of single minded goals and a total disregard for “unsuitable” people to join their mission.

This Nazi-Zionist medallion was issued in 1933 by Goebbles to commemorate a joint visit to Zionist Palestine by SS Officer Leopold von Milderstein and Zionist Federation official Kurt Tuchler

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Out takes from the book below.

Embracing the S.S. “Consequently, the Zionists brought Baron Von Mildenstein of the S.S. Security Service to Palestine for a six-month visit in support of Zionism. This visit led to a twelve-part report by Joseph Goebbels, Hitlers Minister of Propaganda, in Der Angriff (The Assault) in 1934 praising Zionism. Goebbels ordered a medallion struck with the Swastika on one side, and on the other, the Zionist Star of David. In May 1935, Reinhardt Heydrich, the chief of the S.S. Security Service, wrote an article in which he separated Jews into “two categories.” The Jews he favored were the Zionists: “Our good wishes together with our official good will go with them.”[82] In 1937, the Labor “socialist” Zionist militia, the Haganah (founded by Jabotinsky) sent an agent (Feivel Polkes) to Berlin offering to spy for the S.S. Security Service in exchange for the release of Jewish wealth for Zionist colonization. Adolf Eichmann was invited to Palestine as the guest of the Haganah.

Feivel Polkes informed Eichmann:

Jewish nationalist circles were very pleased with the radical German policy, since the strength of the Jewish population in Palestine would be so far increased thereby that in the foreseeable future the Jews could reckon upon numerical superiority over the Arabs. [83]

The list of acts of Zionist collaboration with the Nazis goes on and on. What can account for this incredible willingness of Zionist leaders to betray the Jews of Europe? The entire rationale for the state of Israel offered by its apologists has been that it was intended to be the refuge of Jews facing persecution.

The Zionists, to the contrary, saw any effort to rescue Europes Jews not as the fulfilment of their political purpose but as a threat to their entire movement. If Europes Jews were saved, they would wish to go elsewhere and the rescue operation would have nothing to do with the Zionist project of conquering Palestine.”


“Berel Katznelson, editor of the Labor Zionist Davar, described the “cruel criteria of Zionism”: German Jews were too old to bear children in Palestine, lacked trades for building a Zionist colony, didnt speak Hebrew and werent Zionists. In place of these Jews facing extermination the WZO brought to Palestine 6,000 trained young Zionists from the United States, Britain and other safe countries. Worse than this, the WZO not merely failed to seek any alternative for the Jews facing the Holocaust, the Zionist leadership opposed belligerently all efforts to find refuge for fleeing Jews.

As late as 1943, while the Jews of Europe were being exterminated in their millions, the U.S. Congress proposed to set up a commission to “study” the problem. Rabbi Stephen Wise, who was the principal American spokesperson for Zionism, came to Washington to testify against the rescue bill because it would divert attention from the colonization of Palestine.

This is the same Rabbi Wise who, in 1938, in his capacity as leader of the American Jewish Congress, wrote a letter in which he opposed any change in U.S. immigration laws which would enable Jews to find refuge. He stated:

It may interest you to know that some weeks ago the representatives of all the leading Jewish organizations met in conference … It was decided that no Jewish organization would, at this time, sponsor a bill which would in any way alter the immigration laws. [85]”

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Ralph Schoenman was Executive Director of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, in which capacity he conducted negotiations with numerous heads of state. He secured the release of political prisoners in many countries and initiated the International Tribunal on U.S. War Crimes in Indo-China, of which he was Secretary General.


The Uprising

With anger, hatred, and sheer ferocity, thousands of youngsters hurled rocks at their Israeli occupiers, undaunted by the gunfire that greeted them. This was more than civil unrest. …It was the beginning of a civil rebellion. [l]

This is how Jerusalem Post correspondent Hirsh Goodman described the uprising of Palestinian youth in the West Bank and Gaza in mid-December 1987.

Goodmans remarks were written the day before the December 21, 1987, general strike which engulfed every Palestinian community under Israeli rule. The strike was described by the Israeli daily, Haaretz, as writing on our wall even more serious than the bloody riots of the last two weeks. [2]

On that day, wrote John Kifner in The New York Times, the vast army of Arab laborers who wait on tables, pick vegetables, haul garbage, lay brick and perform virtually all Israels menial work, stayed home. [3]

The Israeli response to the uprising was brutal. Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin ordered the use of tanks, armored vehicles and automatic rifles against an unarmed population.

The San Francisco Examiner cited Rabin as openly advocating assassination. They can shoot to hit leaders of disorder, Rabin said in defense of the armys practice of using marksmen with high-powered .22-caliber rifles to shoot indiscriminately at Palestinian youth. [4]

Rabin ordered house-to-house searches, first for young men and later for anyone of whom an example might be made. By December 27, over 2,500 Palestinians were seized, many of them as young as twelve; by the end of January the number reached 4,000 and was rising. [5] The militants were marked for deportation. Israeli high-security jails and detention centers were overflowing. Mass trials of Palestinians were underway.

The act of brutality which most inflamed the Palestinian population was the army seizure of the wounded from hospital beds. This practice, standard procedure throughout the invasion of Lebanon in 1982, made Shifa Hospital in Gaza a center of resistance. Great crowds amassed to defend the wounded, whom, they rightfully feared, would never be seen again.

The youngsters in Gaza and the West Bank where riots erupted, wrote Jerusalem Postcorrespondent Hirsh Goodman have not received any terrorist training, nor are they members of a terrorist organization. Rather they are members of that Palestinian generation that grew up knowing nothing but occupation. [6]

A mother of a Palestinian man shot three times in the head by Israeli soldiers was asked if she would let her remaining sons join the demonstrations. As long as I am alive, she responded, I am going to teach the young people to fight … I dont care whatever happens, as long as we get our land. [7]

Rashad Shawaa, deposed Mayor of Gaza, expressed the same sentiment:

The youth have lost hope that Israel will ever give them their rights. They feel the Arab countries are unable to accomplish anything. They feel that the Palestine Liberation Organization (P.L.O.) has failed to achieve a thing. [8]

Los Angeles Times correspondent Dan Fishers account is even more significant:

This new-found sense of unity has been one of the most striking changes to foreign observers and non-Gaza Palestinians … It is a phenomenon that extends to previous divisions between young and old and between those who work in Israel and those who do not. [9]

Force, Might, BeatingsAs the uprising intensified, the Israeli cabinet and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin implemented collective punishment, a tactic characteristic of the Nazi occupation of France, Denmark and Yugoslavia. Food, water and medicine were prevented from reaching Palestinian refugee camps in Gaza and the West Bank. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (U.N.R.W.A.) personnel reported that children seeking powdered milk at U.N. depots were shot at and beaten with sticks.

The Casbah, where over half of the 125,000 inhabitants of Nablus live, has been sealed off by concrete barricades and iron gates. Qabatiya and the nearby refugee camp at Jenin were placed under siege. At the time of writing, the siege, which has cut off all food, water, fuel and electricity, has lasted fifty-five days.

A Jerusalem Post analyst explained the policies of Rabin:

The first priority is to use force, might, beatings. [This] is considered more effective than detention … [because] he may then resume stoning soldiers. But if troops break his hand, he wont be able to throw stones. [10]

By the next day, the news media were reporting the most bestial beatings by soldiers throughout the West Bank and Gaza. The account by John Kifner was compelling:

NABLUS, Israeli Occupied West Bank, January 22: Both hands encased in plaster casts, Imad Omar Abu Rub explained from his bed in the Rafidiya Hospital what happened when the Israeli Army came to the Palestinian village of Qabatiya.

They entered the house like animals, shouting, the 22-year old student at Bir Zeit University said. They took us from the house, kicking us in the head, beating us, all the soldiers with their rifle butts.

Then he was taken to the construction site of an unfinished house where, he said, the soldiers put an empty bucket over his head. Several of the soldiers held him down, he said, gripping his arms to force his hands against a rock. Two others, he said, beat his hands with lengths of two-by-fours, breaking the bones.

The injuries are the product of a new officially declared policy of the Israeli Army and the police to beat up Palestinians in hopes of ending the wave of protests in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip that began in early December. At least thirty-eight Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire in the protests.

In the bed next to Mr. Abu Rubs, Hassan Arif Kemal, a 17-year old high school student from Qabatiya, told a nearly identical story. [11]

Labor and Likud leaders responded with one voice to world-wide outcry over these practices. President Chaim Herzog declared: The alternative facing us today … is between suppressing these riots or allowing them to develop into a new Teheran or Beirut. [12]

John Kifner reported in The New York Times:

Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin continued to defend the policy, with both men saying publicly that the purpose of the beatings was to instill fear of the Israeli army in Palestinians.

Shamir stated that events had shattered the barrier of fear … Our task is to recreate that barrier and once again put the fear of death into the Arabs of the areas

He concluded that the uprising would never have taken place had the troops used firearms from the very first moment. [13]

Palestinian Resistance GrowsThe rebellion of the Palestinian people of the West Bank and Gaza has engulfed every village, town and refugee camp. Children as young as eight and old people in their seventies and eighties defy the Israeli army daily. Entire village populations, waving makeshift Palestinian flags of bedsheets and cloth, mass defiantly, singing and chanting and hurling stones at soldiers firing automatic weapons.

The Great Uprising the Intifadeh has become a symbol of Palestinian nationhood as the brutal repression that once filled the people with despair now fuels their determination and will, which encompasses the readiness to die.

The Israeli reprisals have been barbarous. The repression has been unleashed with particular savagery against the refugee camps and the old quarters of the cities inhabited by the impoverished.

By April 1988 over 150 Palestinians had died. The Israeli government had admitted to the arrest of 2,000 people, bringing the acknowledged total to 4,000. The real figure was far higher.

Sources in the West Bank and Gaza established that the number detained by the weekend of March 27 had exceeded 13,000. Bassam Shakaa, deposed Mayor of Nablus, placed the total held solely in a hastily constructed barbed-wire encampment at Dhariyah at 10,000.

In the Balata camp outside Nablus, and in the Casbah the old quarter l,000 people were arrested in a period of 48 hours. The discovery of people in ditches in the fields shot in the back or with their heads caved in has been reported from villages throughout the West Bank and Gaza.

Bassam Shakaa described the rampage of the Israeli armed units:

No matter which house one calls, the anguished accounts of family members wounded or arrested pour forth. Convoys of buses cruise the streets of Nablus followed by vans of the Mossad, Israels secret police. Army units go from house to house pulling youths from their beds at 3 a.m. As the buses fill, the soldiers beat the youths viciously around the head, shins, groin and back. Shrieks fill the air.

As the army makes its rounds kidnapping the young from their homes, people gather at their windows and on the roofs of houses shouting in unison, Falistin Arabia, Thawra Hatta al Nasr, Allah Akbar [Arab Palestine, Revolution Until Victory, God is Great]. [13a]

Bassam Shakaa described the attempts by the Israeli army to spread panic and terror in Nablus and outlying villages:

Fleets of helicopters fly over Nablus at night dropping a dense, green toxic gas over the city. The smell pervades every house. Armed units fire canisters of the substance into houses at random. Doctors at Ittihad Hospital reported several deaths and severe lung injuries from this as-yet unidentified asphyxiating chemical, totally distinct from tear gas.

Among the victims were the grandmother of the Daas family and the 100-year-old father of noted Nablus attorney Mohammad Irshaid. Soldiers had entered the house at 2 a.m., smashing furniture and firing a canister of the dreaded green gas while preventing the family from leaving.

Two of the children, ages 9 and 11, were taken by the soldiers in their night clothes, frog-marched in the streets and beaten as they were forced by the jeering soldiers to clear debris.

Simultaneously, the Israeli army targeted the hospitals. Army trucks rammed ambulances and blocked them from reaching the homes of those overcome by the gas. Soldiers entered the Ittihad Hospital in Nablus numerous times, arresting the wounded and those waiting to give blood to family members. Even the operating theater was invaded while surgeons were operating on patients.

Doctors were beaten and equipment smashed. Family members were prevented from entering the hospital and the cars of doctors and nurses were destroyed by soldiers.

Meanwhile, all of Nablus was paralyzed by a total strike. All the streets in every quarter of the city were without open shops or business activity. As gas permeated the city, cries and chants filled the night.

Gas canisters recovered by Bassam Shakaa, Yousef al-Masri [chief of Ittihad Hospital] and American author Alfred Lilienthal bear the markings 560 cs. Federal Lab. Saltsburg, Pa. USA MK2 1988. Biochemists are studying their properties as casualties mount.

John Kifner reported on April 4 that Hundreds of refugees were treated in United Nations clinics for gas inhalation. On April 15, Kifner wrote, …gas has been thrown inside homes, clinics and schools where the effects are particularly severe. [13b]

His report was the first, after four months of the use of such chemical weapons, to acknowledge the fact:

Agency doctors have seen symptoms not normally connected with tear gas, and U.N.R.W.A. is seeking information on the contents of the gas … to provide antidote … especially for the most vulnerable groups … pregnant women, the very young and elderly.

Kifner later reported, Warnings on the canisters say the contents can be lethal. Throughout the West Bank and Gaza, cases of miscarriages, vaginal bleeding and asphyxiation were occurring after the use of the gas.

A Glimpse of the SavageryOne of the most vicious incidents occurred in the town of Qalqiya. Soldiers entered the house of workers and poured gasoline over them, setting them alight. Six workers were covered in flames. Four of the victims managed to rush out of the building and rolled on the ground, ripping off their clothes. Two were severely burned and are in critical condition.

On February 20, two youths were arrested in Khan Yunis, beaten savagely and taken to the beach where they were buried alive under the sand. After the soldiers left, villagers managed to dig them out.

Reports in the establishment press give a glimpse of the scale of Israeli brutality. A soldiers account reported in the Israeli newspaper Hadashot was cited inNewsweek:

We got orders to knock on every door, enter and take out all the males. The younger ones we lined up with their faces against the wall, and soldiers beat them with billy-clubs. This was no private initiative. These were the orders from our company commander. [13c]

The accounts make clear that Israeli protestations about excesses of individual soldiers are transparently false. Newsweek revealed:

Armed with 30-inch wooden clubs and urged by their prime minister to put the fear back into the Arabs, Israeli soldiers have methodically beaten up Palestinians since early January, deliberately breaking bones and beating prisoners into unconsciousness. Casualties included not only young men … but also women. Most of the injured shunned hospitals for fear of arrest.

The avoidance of hospitals by the injured has prevented accurate reporting of the vast scale of the savage beatings and of the deaths of those who endured them. But an indication was provided in the reports of the medical team inspecting the wounded in the hospitals in early February 1988. Dr. Jennifer Leaning, a faculty member of Harvard Medical School and a trauma specialist, reported her findings: There is a systematic pattern of limb injury that is clearly organized to cause fractures … a consistent pattern of bonebreaks across the back of the hand and in the middle of the forearm that … come from holding the hand or arm in place and applying a strong blow to the bone. [13d]

Dr. Leaning and the team of Physicians for Human Rights traveled throughout the West Bank and Gaza. They concluded, It is a pattern that is controlled. A systematic pattern over a wide geographical area. It is as if they have been instructed.

Dr. Leanings account of the new patients brought to Shifa Hospital in Gaza is compelling:

They looked like they had been mauled. What is impressive is the number of fractures per patient. These patients look as if they had been put through a washing-machine wringer. They would have had to hold them down and just keep beating them.

Repeated instances of young males shot deliberately through the testicles were reported in Shifa Hospital in Gaza and Makassad Hospital in East Jerusalem. Soldiers poured boiling water over a 2-year-old infant, rendering her catatonic.

Quelling the ProtestsNew York Times correspondent John Kifner called the systematic roundups part of a series of tough new measures, including economic sanctions and collective punishment, that the Israeli army and other officials are imposing in hopes of quelling the protests, which have grown into an increasingly organized Palestinian mass movement in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. [13e]

The armys new orders allow detention without any specific charge or trials, even in military courts. Moreover, according to the March 23 New York Times, the new procedures do away with judicial review of the administrative detention sentences and allow local commanders to order the arrests.

Immediately after the order, people were seized overnight in more than a dozen refugee districts, villages and towns in the West Bank and Gaza.

Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin announced that Israeli civilians have the same authority as soldiers to shoot. He added that soldiers need not fire warning shots before shooting Palestinians.[13f] Newsweek was more explicit: The decree meant Israeli soldiers could shoot to kill Palestinian youths … Yitzhak Rabin [was] effectively deputizing settlers. [13g] The decision, according to Newsweek, would open the floodgates of the 60,000 settlers pent-up frustration [sic]. It was not long before an attack occurred. On April 6, settlers engaging in a clear provocation shot in cold blood a Palestinian working in his field outside the village of Beita. Attention, however, focused on the death of Tirza Porat, a 15-year-old settler girl among the group. The settlers reported Tirza Porat had been stoned to death by the Palestinian villagers, but an army autopsy report revealed she had been shot in the head by the Kahane follower acting as her nominal guard. [Rabbi Meir Kahane is the founder of the Jewish Defense League.]

Despite the autopsy report, Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir used the occasion to vow that Palestinians would be crushed like grasshoppers … heads smashed against the boulders and walls. [13h]

In Beita village, the scene of the incident, thirty houses were blown up. The number of houses destroyed was confirmed by Hamdi Faraj, a noted Palestinian journalist.

Forms of Self-Government EmergeThe recent Palestinian uprising has done more to challenge Israeli control than had been achieved in twenty years. The entire infrastructure of Israeli rule has unraveled. Spies are asking forgiveness, confessing their deeds and exposing the apparatus of control. Police are resigning.

The Village Leagues, Israeli organizations of collaborators, have collapsed. The Los Angeles Times reports that challenges by the Unified National Leadership of the Uprising have led to resignations by municipal, village, and town councils.

Before the uprising, 20,000 Palestinians worked under Israeli army and police control, providing services to the West Bank and Gaza. They were teachers, clerks and administrators. Most have resigned.

Increasingly, forms of self-government are emerging in the West Bank and Gaza. The Israelis close the schools; the resistance organizes classes. The Israelis order shops to open; the resistance keeps them closed. The Israelis close the shops; the resistance opens them.

The West Bank and Gaza are trapped in what Newsweek calls a colonial setup. Newsweek cites Israeli demographer Meron Benvenisti, the former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, as follows: The Occupied Territories became a source of cheap labor and a captive market for Israeli goods. [13i]

Israels trade surplus with the West Bank and Gaza, Benvenisti reveals, is $500 million a year. The government takes a further $80 million a year in taxes above what it provides in meager social services. The territories import $780 million a year of Israeli goods at high prices.

But the uprising has changed everything. Newsweek states:

The Palestinians have some economic weapons of their own. Thousands of Arab workers had long since walked away from jobs at Israeli farms, factories and construction sites. Palestinian shoppers cut back their purchases of Israeli goods. Arab merchants and self-employed professionals struck a more direct blow at the occupation; they refused to pay Israeli income and commercial taxes.

Thus, as Newsweek acknowledges, the economic sword cut in two directions. Israels construction industry, which drew 42% of its workforce from the Occupied Territories has been hobbled by Arab walkouts. Hotels in Jerusalem report a sharp drop in spring bookings.

Israeli Economic Minister Gad Yaacobi estimated that the first three months of rioting cost Israels economy at least $300 million 10% of U.S. aid for a full year.

Liberated ZonesNo respite can be expected for Israel. The villages in the West Bank and Gaza have responded defiantly to Israels barbaric onslaught, declaring themselves liberated zones, barricading their streets, and flying the Palestinian flag.

Newsweek reports: Their protests are adroitly coordinated through leaflets issued by the shadowy Unified National Command of the Uprising. Their leaflets are the law of the land. [13j]

Despite the massive repression, Palestinian spirits have never been higher. This spirit is perhaps the factor of greatest concern to the Israeli state. Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir told Israeli television:

The people who are throwing stones, the inciters, the leaders, they are today in a situation of euphoria, of great enthusiasm. They think that they are the victors.

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As part of our strong commitment to research community, we offer a full pathology consultation service to veterinarians, universities, laboratory animal facility services, and research institutes.

The board certified, American College of Veterinary Pathology Diplomates consult with researchers on both GLP and non-GLP research projects. In addition to standard light microscopy, immunohistochemistry, interpretation of immunohistochemistry, and other specialized pathology techniques are available.

We welcome the opportunity to work with researchers at the study design and grant writing stage. For further information, please contact us at the general email address or by phone.

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