<a href=" http://www.adl.org/durban/zionism.asp">What is Zionism?</a>
Zionism is the Jewish national movement of rebirth and renewal in the land of Israel - the historical birthplace of the Jewish people. The yearning to return to Zion, the biblical term for both the Land of Israel and Jerusalem, has been the cornerstone of Jewish religious life since the Jewish exile from the land two thousand years ago, and is embedded in Jewish prayer, ritual, literature and culture.</blockquote>
I don't think that such a "return to Zion" is one bit more meaningful than a "return to Texas." How old is this "Zionism?"
<a href=" http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0862067.html">Early Years</a>
The rise of the Zionist movement in the late 19th cent. was influenced by nationalist currents in Europe, as well as by the secularization of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, which led many assimilated Jewish intellectuals to seek a new basis for a Jewish national life. One such individual was Theodor Herzl, a Viennese journalist who wrote The Jewish State (1896), calling for the formation of a Jewish nation state as a solution to the Diaspora and to anti-Semitism. In 1897 Herzl called the first World Zionist Congress at Basel, which brought together diverse proto-Zionist groups into one movement. The meeting helped found Zionist organizations in most countries with large Jewish populations.</blockquote>
So what does this "neutral" human rights advocacy group, "Anti-Defamation League" have to say about the current ethnic cleansing of Palestinian natives in the Gaza Strip?
<a href=" http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1050676.html">ADL slams UN condemnation of Israel Gaza op as 'sheer hypocrisy'</a>
The Anti-Defamation League on Sunday issued a statement protesting
The United Nations Security Council's call earlier in the day for an immediate end to all violence in Gaza, after and Israeli campaign left nearly 300 Palestinians dead in the Strip.
"The Security Council statement is 'sheer hypocrisy' for suggesting an 'equivalency' between Hamas' terrorism and Israel's attempts to eliminate that terrorism. It demonstrates that there is no real understanding of the circumstances that led to the action taken by Israel against Hamas in Gaza," the ADL statement read.
"By calling on the parties to immediately stop all military activities, the Security Council disregards the terrorist acts of Hamas against Israel and Hamas' responsibility for the condition of Palestinians in Gaza. Hamas is not engaged in military activities but in outright and self-proclaimed terrorism. The UN body also ignores Israel's fundamental right and responsibility to protect its people," the statement continued.
"The Security Council statement is all the more disturbing in light of the outrageous and all too familiar reflexive anti-Israel response from the UN human rights apparatus and the current president of the General Assembly. These totally inappropriate reactions included strong condemnations of Israel and time-worn accusations of disproportionality, war crimes and crimes against humanity coming from the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur for human rights in the territories and the General Assembly President while failing to mention Hamas terrorism and its responsibility for putting the people of Gaza directly in harm's way," the statement went on to say.</blockquote>
So these are the people Google is partnering with to ensure the neutrality of its search rankings.
I have often mentioned the need of bloggers to form small organizations to build their own search platforms. Perhaps some open source developers could help with the requisite software. If this isn't done, the internet could become merely another version of the New York Times.