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  FeedJournal Basicfeedjournal.com7/6/2010 at 8:57:32 PM - 7/7/2010 at 11:20:15 AM The ‘trick’ of Camp David | Rachel Shabi by Rachel Shabi (Hija del Zion para Israel - Daughter of Zion for Israel  ) Submitted at 7/7/2010 1:36:22 AM Palestinians feel they were deceivedby a PR exercise. Now aid carriesdisruptive caveats and the peaceprocess is just a circusIf there are Palestinian textbooks onthe failure of theCamp David talkswith Israel in 2000, they ought tocarry diagrams illustrating the use of smoke-and-mirrors tactics. In thiscase, the confusing burst of smokeused by the Israeli side to suchspectacular effect was the “generousoffer” made by then Israeli primeminster, Ehud Barak – a nowmythically impressive peace proposalwhich Palestinian president YasserArafat, it is claimed, both stubbornlyand stupidly refused.By this narration, the deal wasintended to give back almost all of the 22% of historic Palestine thatPalestinians have already agreed toaccept as their state. And thisairbrushed account has held swayever since; although patientlytakenapart many times, it is still treated asrigid fact within Israel and among itsrightist supporters.A decade on, this spin factor hasendowed a key Camp David legacy:the perception among Palestiniansthat talks undertaken by them in goodfaith are primarily designed to makethem look bad. Ask Palestinians inthe West Bank about the disastroussummit and the words “trap”, “trick”and “public relations exercise forIsrael” keep coming up. According tothis view, the rejection of Barak’smanifestly unacceptable offer wasdeployed by Israel as both proof thatthere is “no one to talk to” and justification for a subsequent hardlineapproach.Analysts observe that the failure of those talks created a political vacuum,clearing a space for extremism onboth sides. Developments after CampDavid read like a chronicle of misery:the violentsecond Palestinian intifadafollowed by Israel’s brutal militaryreoccupation of the West Bank; thecontinued expansion of Jewishsettlements and infrastructure in theWest Bank, along with the increase instifling roadblocks and checkpointsand the construction of Israeli’schoking separation barrier; thedevastating split between Palestinianparties Fatah and Hamas, and Israel’sdeadly, three-week pounding of theGaza strip in late 2008. Ghassan Khatib, media director forthe Palestinian Authority, says:“Much of the deterioration witnessedin the decade that followed can beattributed to the miscalculation thatled to Camp David.” In common withother analysts he says thatPalestinians were strong-armed intothe “all or nothing” negotiations atCamp David, despite repeatedlyadvising US mediators that thesituation was not ripe for such talks.As a consequence, there is now littlefaith in the international communityas independent arbitrators.Lack of trust is compounded by thefact that, since Camp David,international intervention in theIsraeli-Palestinian conflict has beenfocused on the journey – getting talksto resume – rather than thedestination. This endless talks circuit,the status of which shifts frommoribund to resuscitated and limping,is viewed as a distracting sideshow, aprofiteering circus. As theindependent Palestinian MPMustafaBarghoutiputs it: “The peace processbecame a business and a substitute forpeace.”A toxic, humiliating consequence of those peace process years that beganwith the 1993Oslo accordshas beenthe creation of an aid economy in theoccupied Palestinian territories.Palestinians, who place no lessemphasis on education, economy andgood business than do their Israelineighbours, are now ashamed to pointout that they are among the most aid-dependent societies.There is no good reason for this: it isabsolutely a decision made by theinternational community, to allaysome of the more devastatingconsequences of Israel’s occupationwhile refusing to push for a politicalagreement. Now the aid carries itsown disruptive caveats: for instance,USAIDfeeds funds into swathes of the Palestinian NGO sector, but onlyon condition that documents aresigned to assure that the organisationsto be funded are Hamas-free.Observers say that civil societyorganisations and grassroots groups,pre-Oslo, were far better able to takecare of Palestinians than themushrooming, internationallydependent and politicallycompromised NGO economy thatcurrently powers Palestine.And despite Israeli and internationalefforts to thwart Hamas, the party’sposition on negotiations has tractionin the decade-long shadows of thecollapsed Camp David summit.Mahmoud Ramahi, senior Hamasrepresentative and the generalsecretary of the Palestinian legislativecouncil, says that the PalestinianAuthority’s position – financiallyblackmailed by the internationalcommunity into appearing at endless,futile negotiating tables with Israel –is proof of how Camp David“infected policy” within thePalestinian frame.“We accept ‘67 borders,” he says.“But when we saw this proposal atCamp David, the people understoodthat Israel doesn’t want to give usanything and that we have to keepresisting and fighting for our rights.”He says talks should be premised onthe Israeli acceptance of basic tenets,upheld by UN resolutions andinternational law: “When Israel isready to accept our rights, we areready to negotiate on how toimplement that decision.”ã Comments on this article are set toremain open for 24 hours from thetime of publication but may be closedovernightãIsraelãMiddle EastãPalestinian territoriesãHamas Rachel Shabi guardian.co.uk © Guardian News &Media Limited 2010 | Use of thiscontent is subject to ourTerms &Conditions|More Feeds Hija del Zion para IsraelSupportIsraelãSettlements are a blockade to peace| Seth FreedmanNo Israeli words canspeak as loudly as the action of alarge-scale pull-out from illegal WestBank settlementsThere are plenty of thorns in the side of the peaceprocess, but none as sharp andintrac...ãCamp David 10 years on | PetraMarquardt-BigmanThe failure of theMiddle East peace summit in 2000discredited Israel's peace camp but itis still the blueprint for agreementThedeep disappointment I felt when thenews came that the talks at Camp ...ãDiaspora homecomings canbackfire | Khaled DiabA return to anancestral homeland is a dream that'slong inspired diasporas – often withtroubling resultsThe Zionist vision of a return to the promised land hasbeen both a dream come true and ani... Original post source Moroccan Lemon Vegetable Salad b y About.com Kosher Foo d (Hija del Zion para Israel - Daughter of Zion for Israel  ) Submitted at 7/6/2010 9:12:50 PM ThisMoroccan Lemon VegetableSaladis tasty, healthy and easy toprepare. Just cut up cabbage, carrots,bell peppers, and celery. Dress withlots of lemon juice and a bit of oil,salt and pepper. If you make this atthe beginning of the week, you’llhave a low-fat, low-carb side dish foryour meals all week long.Photo © 2010 Giora Shimoni,licensed to About.com, Inc Hija del Zion para IsraelSupportIsraelãPenn and Teller get scared, showthat terrorism worksPenn and Tellerget scared, show that terrorism works...ãRecovering and Living WithHolocaust YearsPosted By AnnRabinowitzShalom Kaplan akaShalom Eilati (Courtesy of ShalomEilati) Many times, JewishGenealogical Societies (JGS) provideimportant and rewarding programsfor their membership and vi...ãRebranding and Renaming iSraelRebranding and Renaming iSraelThe Knesset approved a bill changingthe name of the Jewish state fromIsrael to iSrael, effectiveimmediately. We learned from theiPad, iPhone and iTouch that the ... Original post source  2FeedJournal Basic Objectiveless in Iraq and Afghanistan by Daniel Greenfie ld @ the Sultan Knish blog (Hija del Zion para Israel - Daughter of Zion for Israel  ) Submitted at 7/6/2010 9:18:00 PM The dominant question oneveryone’s mind is when are wegoing to get out. Out of Iraq and outof Afghanistan. Liberals who votedfor Obama with the certainty thatboth wars were the product of someevil plot hatched by Cheney in theWhite House subbasement areconfused and frustrated as to why theUS hasn’t just pulled out. Of coursethose are the same people who werenever troubled by Taliban atrocitiesor Saddam’s rape rooms, and aren’tgoing to be too bothered when theIranian puppet Mahdi Army and theTaliban come back in for a bloodytakeover. And if they do, GeorgeGalloway or Robert Fisk will be byshortly to explain to them that it’s justthe oppressors getting exactly whatthey deserve.The Obama Administration has nocommitment to either war. Much of the Administration from the top ondown, shares Jeremiah Wright’sassessment of the last ten years, as acase of the chickens coming home toroost. But it’s also concerned enoughabout its popularity to underwrite ayear or two of bloody battles betweenAllied forces and the Islamicinsurgents in both countries, just inorder to time a MissionAccomplished pullout before the nextPresidential election. This brand of amoral cynicism is in some waysworse than that of a Galloway or aBuchanan, since unlike the BushAdministration, Barry, Biden and JimJones are not fighting a war theybelieve in. They’re sending troopsinto battle for a cause they don’tbelieve in, to boost a reelectioncampaign.And so what started out as twostraightforward wars to rout a brutalIslamist gang, capture Al Quedaterrorists, and remove a tyrant,morphed into nation buildingexercises in the Bush era, and havenow become completely detachedfrom any strategic goal, but that of “Re-Elect Obama-Biden in 2012. It’sstraightforward enough to see that themore the real goals drift away fromthat of defeating the enemy, theharder it will be to achieve it. Themilitary is essentially a blunt tool. Itis best used for blunt objectives. Youcan only apply so much finesse with ahammer, until you either break whatyou’re trying to fix, or render thehammer unusable. But for the last 7years we’ve been trying to use ahammer with finesse, and the bodycount has climbed horrifically as aresult.The problem is that we’ve nevergotten over WW2 and its nationbuilding aftermath as a victorycondition. And so we shifted fromwinning wars, to rebuildinginfrastructure and winning the heartsand minds of the population. In 1939,the conventional wisdom was that if only an isolationist America hadagreed to stay on in Europe, thewhole mess of WW2 would havenever happened. But while thatconventional wisdom might not bewrong, it ignores the fact that wedon’t know what would havehappened if the US had made thekind of investment that Wilsonwanted. Or the kind of investment wedid make after WW2, maintainingbases for generations, and become thepermanent guarantors of Europeansecurity. History would probablyhave turned out differently, butthere’s no way of knowing exactlyhow.In 1948 the conventional wisdomcertainly said that we had to saveWestern Europe by rebuilding it inorder to keep the Commies out(except for the conventional wisdomcoming from the left, whichdemanded that we get our imperialistasses out and let the “people’sparties” who had resisted the fascistbeast claim their right to rule). And sowe did just that. We saved WesternEurope from the Commies– only tohand it over to the Islamists,rampaging into the senescentremnants of what had once been greatnations, who had forgotten how tostand up for themselves. But is ittypical enough of the FDR-Eisenhower era that the people incharge could never comprehend that ananny state turns men and womeninto children. And that protectingothers too much weakens them so thatthey are unable to protect themselves.What implications does this have forIraq and Afghanistan? Once again werepeated the same mistake we madein Vietnam, cultivating tame uselessarmies of soldiers who won’t standand fight, because they knowAmericans will do the real fightingfor them. We’ve schizophrenicallytried to set up or back governmentswhose only real agenda is stashingaway the dollars we’ve injected intotheir economy with our nationbuilding efforts. And we have no ideahow to fix any of that, because noneof it is fixable.For one thing our goals arecompletely detached from reality.Creating stable working governmentsis a long and painful process. Even inthe United States, it took a long timeto get to the Constitution, and we hadto discard a previous system asunworkable. And that was in acountry which had a tradition of working local governments. Whilewe’re dealing with regions where theonly form of power is either tribal ortyrannical, usually some combinationof both. Despite all the horrors of postWW2 Europe, we were still dealingwith countries that had beenreasonably functional and understoodhow democratic systems of government worked, and were ourequals in most areas. That is again notthe case in Iraq and Afghanistan,where we are not rebuilding, so muchas trying to recreate them into shapesthat we find acceptable. And withoutan extensive colonial project, that issimply not going to happen.But none of that even mattersanymore. As a former resident of theMuslim world, Obama understandsthese things himself already. He’ssimply pandering to the Americanswho don’t, and throwing away thelives of American soldiers, in order towithdraw on a high note. Obamadoesn’t expect to break the Taliban,only to demonstrate enough resolveso they’ll cut a deal that will avoidany mobs chasing after departingembassy helicopters. He’s deluded onthat note, because where the Talibanmight have cut such a deal withMcCain, they won’t with Obama,who is just too weak to be takenseriously.Obama’s outreach to theTaliban turned Karzai into a loosecannon, further destabilizing thenetwork of tribal alliances, andmaking it even more impossible toget the job done.But what is the job anyway? As ablunt tool, the military was never agood choice for winning the heartsand minds of the population. Norshould that have been the goal in thefirst place. The leftover ideas fromWW2 about nation building mightseem fine in theory, but are virtuallyunworkable in reality without turninginto a vast multi-generational colonialproject on the British model. Andsuch a project would change us, asmuch as it would change them. Andthat is the twist in the hook. Becausethe war we are fighting has alreadychanged us. It has imported Islamicand Middle Eastern culture in a waythat we are mostly not aware of. Thatis the flip side of all such efforts, thatthey change the conquerors almost asmuch as the conquered.Colonialism is not an Americanproject. On the other hand destroyingthe ability of our enemies to harm us,is. And a strategy that hinges onkeeping the Islamists out byreconstructing their countries plays totheir strengths, while exposing ourweaknesses. We don’t need multi-generational nation building projectsto stop them. We had the Taliban onthe run in the first wave of attacks,and we removed Saddam with veryfew casualties. Our mistake wastrying to step in and take over their jobs. Our strength is not runningbackward third world countries, it’smaking it clear that if they pose athreat to us, we will destroy enoughof them to end that threat. It’s hard tobuild WMD’s or invade yourneighbors when you lack basicinfrastructure. And tribal leaders whosupport the Taliban should know thatwe will bomb them without regard forthe collateral damage. It’s crude. It’sblunt. And it creates a stalemate thatfavors us.Beyond that our real war was not inAfghanistan, which was a stagingground for the Islamist proxies of oilrich Middle Eastern states and thePakistani intelligence service. We’vebeen suckered into fighting a proxywar, while the emissaries of the realenemy in Saudi Arabia take meetingsat the White House, and advise us onhow we can lose. The enemy is beingarmed and funded with our money.The money that we send overseas inexchange for oil that was ours tobegin with, before a bunch of burnoosed thugs seized it and used itto fund their own terror armies. Forevery billion that we spend, all theyhave to do is spend a few thousand tokeep us on the ropes.The same thing goes for the Shiiteside of the equation, where JimmyCarter’s support for the Ayatollah hasculminated in the ascension of theRevolutionary Guard to the de factorulers of Iran, with an Allah sentmission to expand and confront theGreat Satan. The bulk of our troublesin Iraq come from Tehran. Ourpassivity in that regard hasemboldened Iranto push on intoAfghanistan. Iran is now regularlycarrying out ambushes in Iraq,whether of US troops, Americanbackpackers orKurdish guerrillas.And treating this as a problem that wecan solve with more IraqiOBJECTIVELESS page 6  3FeedJournal Basic Soldier indicted for killing ‘Palestinian’ inOperation Cast Lead by Carl in Jerusalem (Hija del Zion para Israel - Daughter of Zion for Israel  ) Submitted at 7/7/2010 12:28:00 AM Soldier indicted for killing‘Palestinian’ in Operation Cast LeadThe IDF’s Military Advocate Generaltook a number of disciplinary actionsagainst IDF soldiers on Tuesday forincidents that occurred duringOperation Cast Lead. In one of them,an IDF soldier has been indicted forkilling a ‘Palestinian’ woman.The Military Advocate General hasdecided to indict a number of officersand soldiers for their conduct duringthe operation. In one case, an IDFofficer at the rank of LieutenantColonel was summoned to adisciplinary hearing for havingdeviated from military directivespertaining to the prohibition on theuse of civilians for operationalactivity. In a second case, the MilitaryAdvocate General indicted an IDFStaff Sergeant for manslaughter. In athird case, the Military AdvocateGeneral ordered a criminalinvestigation following his review of a field investigation in order to clarifythe circumstances of a specificincident. In a fourth case, disciplinaryaction was taken against an IDFCaptain for his failed professional judgment in authorizing an attack against a terror operative.…Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi ordered anexamination of IDF conduct, and theethical aspects thereof, in fullconfidence of the moral justness of the IDF, its officers and soldiers, aswell as of the IDF’s ability toexamine any incident, to draw thenecessary conclusions, and to takelegal action as necessary. More than150 incidents have been examinedand nearly 50 investigations havebeen launched by the Military PoliceCriminal Investigations Divisionsince the operation’s conclusion.Furthermore, the report of the UnitedNations fact finding mission on theGaza conflict (i.e. the “GoldstoneReport”) was published in September2009, presenting 30 specific incidentsrelated to the IDF, most of whichwere already familiar to the IDF andwere in various stages of examinationprior to the report’s publication.Read the whole thing.JPost adds:IDF Military Advocate General Maj.-Gen. Avichai Mandelblit decidedTuesday to charge a soldier withmanslaughter for allegedly shootingand killing a Palestinian womanduring Operation Cast Lead in theGaza Strip last year.The incident took place on January 4in Juhar a-Dik, near Gaza City, whena group of about 30 Palestiniancivilians, including women andchildren, approached an Israelimilitary position. The group,according to several eyewitnessaccounts, was waving white flags.At a certain point, one of the IDFsoldiers from the Givati Brigadeopened fire at a woman who wasmarching together with the group. Amother and daughter – 35-year-oldMajda Abu Hajiji and her 64-year-oldmother Salama were killed in theincident, although it is not clearwhich of them died from the Givatisoldier’s fire. The incident was laterthoroughly investigated by B’Tselemand mentioned in the GoldstoneReport.During a military probe shortlyfollowing the incident, one soldierwas picked out as responsible foropening fire at the group of civilians.The IDF said on Tuesday that dozensof Palestinians, soldiers and IDFofficers were interrogated and that“gaps were discovered between thedescription provided by thePalestinians to the soldiers’testimonies.” According toPalestinian testimonies, tank firekilled the Hajiji women, while theIDF investigation showed no tank firein the vicinity. However, theinvestigation did uncover a Givatisoldier who admitted firing at awoman who he feared endangered hislife. While the military police cannotidentify the specific woman that thesoldier allegedly shot and killed, theMAG decided nevertheless to pressmanslaughter charges against thesoldier.A senior IDF officer said Tuesdaythat the Israeli penal code allows forcharging a suspect withmanslaughter, without a specific bodybeing accounted for.And the fact that the IDF releasedthis news two hours before PrimeMinister Netanyahu’s meeting withPresident Obama? I’m sure that wasall a coincidence….posted by Carl in Jerusalem @ 10:28AM Hija del Zion para IsraelSupportIsraelãIsrael reserves right to stopLebanon-Gaza flotillaby wallygIsrael reserves right to stop Lebanon-Gaza flotilla Israeli Ambassador tothe United Nations Gabriela Shalevaddresses a United Nations SecurityCouncil meeting in New York,January 6, 20...ãTurkish filmmaker takes aim atU.S. and IsraelTurkish filmmakertakes aim at U.S. and Israel Israelmay not like it, but a popular Turkishtelevision and film franchise whichonce depicted a Jewish doctorstealing organs from Muslimprisoners ...ãHelen Thomas, Israel and thePalestinians – latimes.comHelenThomas, Israel and the PalestiniansThe veteran journalist was pilloriedfor her remark about Israel, butwhere's the uproar over suchcomments directed a... ... Original post source The 1967 borders are not defensible by Carl in Jerusalem (Hija del Zion para Israel - Daughter of Zion for Israel  ) Submitted at 7/6/2010 11:15:00 PM The 1967 borders are not defensibleRick Richman was hoping thatPresident Obama would be askedabout the Bush letter on Tuesday.Unfortunately, that did not happen, atleast in public.As is widely known, after the SixDay War, President Johnsoncommissioned a study of the JointChiefs of Staff to determine on amilitary basis only what territory thatIsrael liberated during that war itneeded to retain in order to havedefensible borders. The study wascompleted within a few weeks afterthe war. I am reproducing part of themap that accompanied that reportbelow (I wasn’t able to include theparts of Sinai that the reportrecommended that Israel maintain inthe screen shot, but there’s a link below that includes the full map). Asyou can see, it does not leave a wholelot of room for a ‘Palestinian state,’which is fine because there was nosuch thing as ‘Palestinians’ then (thePLO was founded in 1964 and did nothave significant support).Note that the video calls for Israel toretain the Jordan Valley and the highground of Judea and Samaria.In any event, going back to the 1949armistice lines (the 1967 border) issuicidal. Even if the result of notgoing back to the 1967 border is thatany ‘Palestinian state’ looks likeSwiss cheese.posted by Carl in Jerusalem @ 9:15AM Hija del Zion para IsraelSupportIsraelãSiouxsie and the Banshees – israellive 1983Siouxsie and the Bansheeswith Robert Smith - israel live 1983royal albert hall...ãA C- for Prof. FishGershomGorenberg? Prof. Stanley Fish has aregular online column in the NewYork Times on education society. Hislatest post is intended as a critique of right-wing efforts to treat universitiesas b...ãNationwide alert issued for 17Afghan military men AWOL fromTexas Air Force BaseNationwidealert issued for 17 Afghan militarymen AWOL from Texas Air ForceBase... Original post source  4FeedJournal Basic EU: Seeking to combat homegrown terrorism by Esther (Hija del Zion para Israel - Daughter of Zion for Israel  ) Submitted at 7/7/2010 2:12:00 AM EU: Seeking to combat homegrownterrorismFive years after the Londonbombings, in which 52 people died,homegrown terror remains a concernacross Europe. More dialogue and acoordinated strategy is how EUcountries hope to tackle the problem.Homegrown terrorism is a relativelynew term – and a new phenomenon.But Europe has learned throughexperience that it is a danger fromwithin that cannot be ignored.Five years ago, on July 7, 2005, fourbomb attacks on the London transportsystem left 56 dead and countlesswounded. One year earlier, theMadrid attacks claimed the lives of 191 people.This article was prepared by theIslam in Europe blog –islamineurope.blogspot.comIn Germany, the so-called Sauerlandterror cell had devised attacks onairports that were only preventedbecause the group’s plans wereuncovered shortly before theyintended to carry them out.Homegrown terrorism is differentfrom attacks like those in the UnitedStates on September 11, 2001. Theperpetrators come from the verycountries they attack, where theygrew up and went to school. Mostcome from secular immigrantfamilies and are brought up withoutreligious zeal.They seem well integrated intosociety – until they come into contactwith Islamist extremists. Some of these homegrown terrorists do noteven have a Muslim background andonly convert to Islam when theybecome adults.Some argue that the crucial lessonlearned in the wake of the Londonand Madrid attacks was that efforts tofoster closer cooperation withMuslims in European countries needto be stepped up.“It’s essential that we work withthose parts of society where trendstoward radicalization can occur,” saysOle Schroeder, a parliamentary statesecretary in the German InteriorMinistry. “For instance we have todirectly work with mosques or withgroups close to radical Islamists.”The best protection, Schroeder says,is to ensure that Muslim communitiesin European countries are notsusceptible to extremist tendencies.The German government has tried totake a step in this direction byfounding a forum on Islam aimed atcreating a dialogue with Germany’sMuslim population on shared societalvalues.(…)After the London attacks, EuropeanUnion member states decided to joinforces on the issue; Spain with itslarge Moroccan population is, forexample, to devise a model on howsuch training can best be done.“The Spaniards have theresponsibility for expertise on thetraining of imams and passing italong to the other countries,” saidMagnus Ranstorp of the SwedishDefense College in Stockholm.In Britain, the authorities are alsoworking together with mosques andMuslim communities to prevent theradicalization of young men. TheBritish government has initiated aprogram with more than 260 publiclyfunded projects aimed at reaching outto the Muslim population. Mentoringschemes are one aspect.(…)Some argue that if a person is notsusceptible to extremist ideologies, heor she won’t turn to terrorism.Among those who subscribe to thisline of thought is Judith Sunderlandof Human Rights Watch.Her group says that banning minaretsor the burqa only leads to furtherradicalization. Terror suspects, theysay, must never be treated withdisrespect to the rule of law – as hasbeen the case in several westerncounties.(…)“Measures that are taken to counterterrorism that ultimately violatehuman rights, in the long run, feedthe grievances and the sense of injustice that can fuel radicalization.”(more)Source:DW-World Hija del Zion para IsraelSupportIsraelãDenmark: European childrenfighting for PKK, claims former ROJTV chief Denmark: Europeanchildren fighting for PKK, claimsformer ROJ TV chiefDanishnewspaper Berlingske Tidendecontinues to publish moreinformation about ROJ TV and thePKK. Their most recent report rev...ãEU: Terrorism financing ringarrestedEU: Terrorism financing ringarrested On 11 May, five allegedkey organisers were arrested as aresult of judicial investigations andpolice operations. The investigationstarted in 2007 in Italy in...ãEU: Benefits restriction on terrorsuspects’ wives ruled illegalEU:Benefits restriction on terror suspects'wives ruled illegalRestrictions on thepayment of welfare benefits to wivesof terror suspects imposed by EdBalls when he was a Treasuryminister have bee... Original post source Probiotics by Chana Rubin, RD (Hija del Zion para Israel - Daughter of Zion for Israel  ) Submitted at 7/6/2010 10:00:00 PM They’re added to yogurt, snack bars,water, baby food and pizza crust.You’ll find them in chewing gum,fruit juice, lozenges and toothpaste.They’re even in dog food.Are probiotics just another “healthfood” gimmick? What are they andwhat do they do? Should you addthem to your diet?Although they don’t have a legaldefinition in the US, the WorldHealth Organization definesprobiotics as “Live microorganisms,which when administered in adequateamounts, confer a healthbenefit on the host.”“Live organisms” can also bedescribed as “friendly or beneficialbacteria”. They’ve been around forthousands of years in fermented foodslike yogurt and kefir. But because thescience of probiotics is just emerging,there are still a lot of unknowns. Intypical fashion, the marketplace isoften ahead of the science. Productscontaining probiotics are all the rage.But not all of them are effective orworth your money.Here’s what you should know:The full name of the probiotic,including genus, species and strainFor instance, a popular yogurt drink contains Lactobacillus (genus) casei(species) DN-114 001(strain), aprobiotic that may help support theimmune system.Another yogurt product containsBifidobacterium (genus) animalis(species) DN-173-010 (strain), aprobiotic that may help relieveconstipation.What’s it supposed to do?Different strains of probioticsprovide different benefits. Targets forprobiotic influence include digestivefunction (traveler’s and antibioticrelated diarrhea, irritable bowelsyndrome, lactose digestion, colic),oral health, allergies, eczema, vaginaland respiratory infections, and evenbrain function.Is there scientific research to back upthe claims?The most important question to ask is whether the claim made for theproduct is true. Has it been tested onhumans and shown to have a benefit?Search the web or call the companyfor details that may not be on thepackage. Check for articles publishedin scientific journals. Some productshave their own website with links toclinical studies.How much probiotic is in a servingsize or a dose? What is the expirationdate of the product?It doesn’t matter if a probiotic isadded to food or if it’s in supplementform. What’s important is whetherreliable research substantiates thehealth claim and whether there’s anadequate amount of probiotic fortherapeutic benefit. The minimumdose must be the dose shown to havea health benefit in controlled studies.Are probiotics for everyone?Check with your physician beforegiving probiotics to infants, theelderly and anyone with a seriouslycompromised immune system.Terminally ill cancer patients andpeople whose conditions have thepotential for leaky bowels (includingacute pancreatitis) should not takeprobiotics.In Israel, there are a number of kosher yogurt products containingprobiotics. In the US, similarproducts may or may not be kosher.Many yogurts in the US contain non-kosher gelatin, so check the labels. Ifound one probiotic supplement in theUS with kosher certification, thoughmost seemed to be non-kosher, due totheir gelatin-based capsules.Considering their possible benefits,probiotics are a low-risk intervention.They’re worth a try as long as you doyour homework and find the rightproduct (and the correct dose) forwhat ails you.For additional information aboutprobiotics, try these websites: http://www.gastro.org/patient-center/ diet-medications/probiotics http://isapp.net http://www.usprobiotics.org Hija del Zion para IsraelSupportIsraelãSalt IIMost of the salt we eatcomes from processed food likedcanned and instant soup, sauces andsalad dressing, canned fish, frozenfoods, noodle and macaroni mixesand the all-time kosher kitchenfavor...ãSalt IOnce again, New York Cityis making nutrition news. First it wasa city-wide ban on trans fat. Nowthey're trying to get us to eat less salt.New York's National Salt ReductionInitiative aims to r...ãToo Much of a Good ThingCanyou eat too many vegetables?Apparently so. I've written aboutorthorexia nervosa – a conditionwhere a person sets severe rules aboutfood and restricts his or her eating tothe point of becomi... Original post source
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