Hatikvah, Israeli National Anthem

The reason we posted the Israeli National Anthem is because we think that the lyrics have deep meaning.

Here is the lyrics with translation, and we have the link so you can listen to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxbHvBKwZX8&feature=PlayList&p=D8A7172D7CFA08D5&index=2

Hebrew Transliteration English translation
כֹּל עוֹד בַּלֵּבָב פְּנִימָה Kol ‘od balleivav penimah As long as in the heart, within,
נֶפֶשׁ יְהוּדִי הוֹמִיָּה, Nefesh yehudi homiyah, A Jewish soul still yearns,
וּלְפַאֲתֵי מִזְרָח, קָדִימָה, Ul(e)fa’atei mizrach kadimah, And onward, towards the ends of the east,
עַיִן לְצִיּוֹן צוֹפִיָּה; ‘Ayin letziyon tzofiyah; An eye still gazes toward Zion;
עוֹד לֹא אָבְדָה תִּקְוָתֵנוּ, ‘Od lo avdah tikvateinu, Our hope is not yet lost,
הַתִּקְוָה בַּת שְׁנוֹת אַלְפַּיִם, Hatikvah bat shnot alpayim, The hope of two thousand years,
לִהְיוֹת עַם חָפְשִׁי בְּאַרְצֵנוּ, Lihyot ‘am chofshi be’artzeinu, To be a free people in our land,
אֶרֶץ צִיּוֹן וִירוּשָׁלַיִם. Eretz-tziyon vy(e)rushalayim. The land of Zion and Jerusalem.

News: Osama Bin Laden Threatens Americans In New Tape

CAIRO – Osama bin Laden threatened Americans in a new audio recording aired Wednesday, saying President Barack Obama inflamed hatred toward the U.S. by ordering Pakistan to crack down on militants in Swat Valley and block Islamic law there.

Bin Laden claimed U.S. pressure led to a campaign of “killing, fighting, bombing and destruction” that prompted the exodus of a million Muslims from Swat in northwest Pakistan.

The message was broadcast for the first time on pan-Arab Al-Jazeera Television around the same time Obama touched down in Saudi Arabia at the start of a Mideast visit. He is trying repair relations with the Muslim world frayed under the previous Bush administration.

“Elderly people, children and women fled their homes and lived in tents as refugees after they have lived in dignity in their homes,” bin Laden said. “Let the American people be ready to reap what the White House leaders have sown,” he added.

“Obama and his administration have sown new seeds to increase hatred and revenge on America,” bin Laden said. “The number of these seeds is equal to the number of displaced people from Swat Valley.”

Pakistan launched in April a military offensive to expel the Taliban from Swat Valley after the militants abandoned a peace deal with the government that gave them control of the region.

The offensive, strongly backed by Washington, is seen as a test of Pakistan’s resolve against militants in the northwestern border region near Afghanistan. Pakistanis tired of militant attacks in the country that have killed hundreds of civilians have also supported the campaign. But the fighting has uprooted some 3 million people.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, in Saudi Arabia with Obama, said al-Qaida obviously is seeking to shift attention away from what he called the president’s historic efforts to have an open dialogue with the Muslim world.

He said the White House was not surprised bin Laden released the message threatening America just as Obama was preparing to deliver a major speech on U.S. relations with the Muslim world. Obama advisers have not yet been able to completely review the tape, but found it consistent with past bin Laden messages, he said.

Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, promptly dismissed suggestions that anyone but al-Qaida and the Taliban are responsible for the refugee crisis in Pakistan. He spoke during a visit to Islamabad.

“This entire problem began with al-Qaida and its associates and everybody in the world knows that. It’s silly indeed to respond to such a ludicrous charge,” Holbrooke said at a joint news conference with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.

Bin Laden focused entirely on Pakistan in his latest message, claiming Zardari was paid by the White House to start the crackdown.

Zardari “turned the army from its main task of protecting Islam, Muslims and their land,” bin Laden said. He said Zardari “betrayed the nation” to “implement an American, Jewish and Indian conspiracy” against Pakistan.

Al-Jazeera aired excerpts of the recording and did not say how it was obtained. The authenticity of the recording could not be immediately verified.

A U.S. counterterrorism official said the tape is being analyzed by U.S. intelligence but noted there has never yet been a fake bin Laden tape. He said bin Laden is still presumed to be alive and the release of his messages are timed to coincide with major events.

He said this message recycles themes from earlier messages and does not appear to contain any specific or credible threat information.

After the message was broadcast, chatter on militant Web sites speculated that Al-Jazeera had received the tape earlier but aired it to coincide with Obama’s landing in Riyadh. But the station’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief Ayman Gaballah told The Associated Press that suggestion “does not deserve a comment.”

“It is not logical that we comment on anyone who writes something like that on a Web site,” Gaballah said.

Bin Laden, whose last message was released in mid-March, has been sparing in his criticism of Obama in the past. In January, he said only that the U.S. president had received a “heavy inheritance” from his predecessor.

However, his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri has repeatedly condemned Obama, even using racial slurs.

Bin Laden’s message followed just hours after al-Zawahri, an Egyptian, criticized Obama’s planned speech in Cairo Thursday to the Islamic world. He said it will not change the “bloody messages” the U.S. military is sending Muslims in American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Middle East Sport

Soccer/football is very famous sport in the Middle East. There are many talented players, and some players play in famous leagues like Barclays Premier League. The captain of the team is Tuncay Sanli, he is an experienced striker who plays for Football Club Middlesbrough in Premier League.

Here is the current squad.

1 Rüştü2 Servet3 Hakan4 Gökhan Zan5 Emre6 Mehmet Topal7 Mehmet Aurélio8 Nihat9 Semih10 Gökdeniz11 Tümer12 Tolga13 Emre Güngör14 Arda15 E. Aşık16 Uğur Boral17 Tuncay18 C. Kazım19 Ayhan Akman20 Sabri21 Mevlüt22 Hamit Altıntop23 VolkanCoach: Terim

I can tell that Turkey is the best team in the Middle East. In 2002 World Cup, Turkey made a great achievement by playing in quarter finals. The final match for Turkey was against my own country, South Korea. Turkey beat South Korea 3:2. Turkey couldn’t be the champions of the world, but they were the champions of the Middle East.

KAW

First, we are going to talk about what we know, what we assume, and what we want to learn about the Middle East.

What we know abtout the Middle East is that the Middle East is the most notorious region for terrorism. We know that the Middle East is not very safe place to live in. We think that most of people have negative perspectives about the Middle East. So we assume that the Middle East is very dangerous, violent and full of chaos. What we want to learn is that what achievements made us feel like this? Who made people to have negative perspectives about the Middle East?

Middle East Terrorism Groups

Middle East terrorism is an important issue these days. It seems as though Middle East Terrorism isn’t confined to the Middle East anymore – it has been brought to the west. There are a number of Middle East terrorist groups that have an ideology that is starkly different than that of the west. To understand what drives terrorist ideology, please read the following about groups that are involved in Middle East Terrorism:

Tanzim

Fatah-Fateh

Islamic Jihad – Jihad Islami

Hamas

Al-Qaeda

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades

More groups will be added in the future.