Arlene Peck

I Apologize to the Animals

Speaking of terrorism, the question I have in the coming election is who would be better for Israel and the US war against terror? Because if I were to support Bush, it would only be for that reason. He has been terrible for the economy. Jobs are disappearing to India. I'm pro-choice, all for stem cell research and against almost every other cause that he supports - starting with Halliburton., 7/4/2004, 7:05 PM

Return Me to an Island

I have recently returned from a speaking tour to Portland, Maine. While there, I had a chance to spend a few days visiting cousins on a little island that is only accessible by ferryboat. The people on Peaks Island were totally different from those here on the West Coast. The children look like children instead of baby bimbette Britney Spears clones. Their world was innocent. , 6/24/2004, 11:12 PM

Airing Our Dirty Laundry

I'm writing columns about how there are children in Israel going hungry and the economy is in difficult times, and the powers that be want to pick up the tab for the buildings that were demolished in Rafah? , 6/7/2004, 10:53 PM

Never Thought I'd See the Day

Being out here in Tinsel Town, we sometimes become a bit jaded about what is really happening in the rest of the world. The Hollywood crowd is so insulated that most of them don't even know that there is a war going on and wouldn't know where to find Israel on the map., 5/30/2004, 5:04 PM

The Pendulum Swung

There was a time, actually, not so very long ago, that I would have made a bet that Israel had the worst public relations in the world. Aw, but that was before I realized that we, in the United States , also had a tiger by the tail, the same as Israel., 5/11/2004, 7:44 PM

No Excuse This Time Around

I doubted the conference until later that evening, when I had dinner with a <I>Jewish</I> man from California who told me, "They ought to give Israel back to the Palestinians, to whom it belongs." , 4/4/2004, 12:52 PM

They Kill Only Jews

Someone sent me a joke in the e-mail today, in which Osama Bin-Laden calls Yasser Arafat and says, "Listen, Yassi, there is something that I don't understand. We are both terrorists, we both killed thousands of innocent people, but all the world is hunting only me, and at the same time you are the honorable Nobel-Prize for Peace Winner! What is your secret?" , 3/31/2004, 7:32 PM

Stuck Between Iraq and a Hard Place

Have you noticed the pictures of those raving masses shouting "jihad" in the evening news? Those are not faces of rational people. You cannot sit down and reason with a seventh century mentality. These people live to die. Their cult is one of martyrdom., 3/17/2004, 6:03 PM

Where is Irv Rubin When You Need Him?

Anti-Semitism, is running rampant at our schools and nobody is there to combat them. "Anti-Zionist" Film festivals are becoming the norm at our universities and the students are being taught regularly about the "siege and occupation" of Israel by the Jews. What is being done to combat it? In the old days, my friend Irv Rubin would have traveled there just as he did to Idaho to confront the Nazis. , 3/15/2004, 4:55 PM

Striving to Be Politically Incorrect

To all of you who've written in to tell me how politically incorrect I am, let me take this opportunity to thank you., 3/10/2004, 8:20 PM

One Woman's Advice

It's not "fair" that a gaggle of anti-Semites from all those wonderful bastions of democracy around the globe such as Cuba, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, the Organization of Islamic States, the League of Arab states etc. meet in a world court in The Hague. Gawd. Who cares?, 3/1/2004, 5:36 PM

Walid Shoebat: From Terrorist to Zionist

L-rd, honestly. I truly believe that with some of our friends, we don't need enemies. And, if the truth be told, we, as Jews are often our worst adversaries. What makes those self-haters the way they are? Did their mothers not breast feed them? Did they never have a date for the prom? , 2/16/2004, 5:48 PM

The Inmates Have Taken Over the Asylum

Truly, I think the leaders of Israel have lost it. , 2/8/2004, 10:17 PM

Israel's Revolving Door

Even the fact that they pick such historic good friends of the Jews as Germany to broker the exchange I find astounding. Why not the French? Or maybe the Saudis? Ah, but the logic set by the cabinet is that these busloads of freed terrorist are prisoners with less than two years still to serve and without "blood on their hands." Wow, what exactly does that mean? , 2/1/2004, 6:10 PM

Get Outta Town!

Maybe it's because we in the U.S. are more poetic in our demands that nobody thinks of having "emergency sessions" in the United Nations to complain. For instance, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the commander of the U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq, said at a news conference, "We will be relentless in the pursuit of these targets." He continued, "The timing is perfect for the anti-coalition forces and, 1/20/2004, 6:14 PM

Pillow Talk With Laura Bush

Let me see if I understand it right. If Israel dares mention that they have a cancer in the country called terrorism that they would like to cut out, the world is outraged. The ?Zionist Entity? is called ?Nazi? and the United Nations is sure to have emergency meetings to protest Israel?s right to even exist. However, a recent article in the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, a paper, incidentally, that str, 1/13/2004, 6:24 PM

Jew Hatred - Overblown?

The <i>Los Angeles Times</I>, for once, actually surprised me. This is a newspaper that for years has devoted untold pages to the promoting of Israel-baiting and anti-Semitism, yet suddenly saw fit to devote two pages to the possibility that ?Jews face a widening web of hate.? , 1/4/2004, 6:12 PM

The Righteous Non-Jews

I spoke with a boy of sixteen who, with his father, was at holiday services for the first time. His grandparents were killed and the father fears for his son. He had only recently revealed to his son that he was Jewish. The boy?s name was Chris. , 12/28/2003, 6:19 PM

The Nameless Victims

Yes, they have names, they have faces, some, however, disfigured by bombs. Regardless, they all have stories. Twenty-six of these ?stories? have spent the better part of the past two weeks in the United States traveling from Washington to Los Angeles. They visited the Pentagon and saw Disney. And, best of all, a lot of people saw and heard them... and their stories., 12/15/2003, 6:56 PM

Let Israel Be the Light Unto the World

I think I?ve figured it out. The people of the world have totally lost their identity and don?t want Israel to have their own. No, really. Have any of you traveled around lately? Between the global money, meetings and political correctness, little by little, the nations are losing whatever it was that made them special., 12/7/2003, 5:39 PM

We Just Don?t ?Get it?

The newspapers are filled cover to cover with the latest war or terrorist attack by, amazingly enough, Muslims. We don?t read about dangers of Holland, Norway or even Russia, unless it?s some Islamic bombing there. , 12/3/2003, 5:15 PM

Now It?s Michael Jackson...

The world could be crumbling, and it is, but nothing is more important, it seems, than Michael Jackson. Last week it was basketball player Kobe Bryant, and before that, the Laci Peterson murder trial. Our media gets a hold of a celebrity scandal and forgets, to the detriment of the public, anything else that might be happening in the world., 11/24/2003, 6:46 PM

Equal Bias at the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>

Is it possible that I?ve been wrong all along about the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>? All those times I?ve shaken my head. I keep reading about Israel and the <i>Times</i>? interpretations of the problems in the ?occupied? territories. How could I get so angry when the <i>Times</i> referred to the terrorists, after a homicide bombing, as ?resistance fighters? or ?guerrilla fighters? instead of what th, 11/17/2003, 5:56 PM

What a Difference a Day Makes

What a difference a day makes. Or was that a year? I almost had to laugh the other day when I saw a certain front page picture in the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>. Like they say, ?A picture is worth a thousand words.? It depicted a dozen Iraqi men surrounded by barbed wire. The accompanying story had something about how the entire town of Tikrit was surrounded with fence and barbed wire, and that ther, 11/11/2003, 4:55 PM

A Rose on the Crematorium

As bad as I found the situation in Warsaw, it seemed to me even worse in Krakow. The few Jews that are there, as in Warsaw, are in dire need. I had a marvelous dinner with the rabbi and even attended his Shabbat service at the only functioning synagogue, which was situated near the Eden Hotel. The service was Orthodox; however, they had no books, <i>oneg Shabbat</i> or any of the ?perks? that we J, 10/29/2003, 6:11 PM

Repercussions of Peres? Birthday

It?s not that I have anything against partying. I?ve partied with the best of them. But, folks, I have to admit, I think that it?s more than a little tacky when all these special people are living it up and the people in beleaguered Israel are getting the tab., 9/23/2003, 1:35 PM

Eviction Papers

I?m not a political or military pundit, but some things are just so basic that I marvel that everyone doesn?t see what?s facing us. , 9/16/2003, 7:01 PM

Ignorance is Not Bliss

My momma used to tell me, "Education is the key to life. The Jewish position on abortion is that a fetus is considered a child when it finishes medical school." Okay, maybe that was a little drastic. , 9/10/2003, 9:09 PM

How Much is Enough?

I'm tired of political correctness. Islam is an entity gone mad and, in my belief, a violent culture. If I'm wrong, let?s see Islam protest the terrorism of their Arab brothers. Not surprisingly, virtually all of the current wars around the globe have their origin in Islamic fundamentalism., 9/3/2003, 2:43 PM

Why Fence in the Tigers?

Sometimes I allow myself to be lulled into that false sense of fantasy that so many of us like to live in. There was even a time when I listened to President Bush and felt a twinge of faith in his words. I even felt a little sorry for my columns about him (e.g., ?Like Father, Like Son?). After all, didn?t he say we have a war on terrorism and a terrorist is a terrorist, etc.? But that was before I, 8/24/2003, 8:22 PM

Wanted: New Address

Like most of you, I?m a pretty basic person. When my kids were little, I didn't let them play at places where there might be danger. "Bad kids" never made it into our realm of existence. I wish it were that easy for the Jewish State. , 8/5/2003, 10:47 PM

Would Bush Release His Prisoners?

Terrorists are bad people and they belong in jail. On that, we're all in agreement. However, I?m astounded that there seems to be a growing contingent of morons out there who are pressuring Israel to release between 3,000-5,000 terrorists that have murdered Jews. , 7/27/2003, 6:47 PM

Why Do Jews Do That?

Recently the Los Angeles <i>Jewish Journal</i> ran a story titled, ?Why Aren?t Jews Giving to Jews?? and it got me to thinking. For a long time, I had been pondering this new problem of what I call the ?whys?. Why don?t the Jews of today have that connection that I remember from the days of my <i>bubbie</i>? We had a <I>pushke</I> in the kitchen and always remembered to send charity back to our Je, 7/23/2003, 10:39 PM

What Am I Missing Here?

So folks, let me see if I understand the world situation correctly, in as basic terms as possible. There is a "cease-fire" at the moment in place in Israel. Now, what exactly does that mean? The Arabs will promise to be good - not all of them, mind you, but most of the terrorist organizations. Cute, how the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> and <i>New York Times</i>, and other papers, never say that these , 7/13/2003, 10:25 PM

Ashamed to be ?the Press?

A long, long time ago, when I began writing for the newspapers, I felt I was a little ?special?, identifying myself as a member of ?the Press?. It granted me entry into some great parties and I was able to meet some very influential people. , 7/8/2003, 11:01 PM

Not Always What They Seem

Mr. Ginsberg elaborated how ?they? have to move out, and I was thinking, ?Move out, and then what? Turn over their lovely homes to the rampaging Arabs who would rape and pilfer everything and everyone in their wake?? What makes someone like him be so misinformed and vocal? He and the others of his ilk fill the airwaves speaking of how expelling Arabs is considered racism; however, when it comes to, 7/1/2003, 10:08 PM


How many of us are still reeling after hearing Sharon use the "O" (Occupation) word when referring to those brave Jewish towns and cities in the lands called Judea, Samaria and Gaza? Is the "Bulldozer" now "bulldozing" his own principles? , 6/19/2003, 2:35 AM

Israel, a Banana Republic?

Call me old-fashioned, call me radical, but I think these so-called "Jewish settlers" are the brave, modern-day pioneers of Israel. But, once again, as it was during the reign of Daddy Bush, they are now an "obstacle to peace". These so-called Jewish "settlements" take up less than 2% of the entire "West Bank". Yeah, right, the Arabs need that land. So now, there is talk about abandoning these "ob, 6/2/2003, 6:07 PM

We Just Don?t Get It

I think I?m getting mellower. I used to think that there were only two kinds of people in the world: Jews and anti-Semites. For too long, I overlooked the "good Christians" from the religious right, who truly love Israel. As long as they're not trying to convert the Jews, I am grateful for their love and concern. We need their support and aid in fighting the ?cause of the Lord?. Now, I have broade, 5/25/2003, 7:14 PM

The Greatest Double Cross

Are we supposed to wait with bated breath while Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), who is the figurehead puppet of Yasser Arafat, announces a "breakthrough" in a renewed Middle East 'peace' process? , 5/15/2003, 7:24 PM

The Thought Police

Folks, it frightens me. Moreover, it angers me when I encounter Jews who are such self-haters. They would do anything to stop someone whose ideas don't coincide with their own leftist views, no matter what the cost. , 5/9/2003, 12:42 PM

Transfer? It?s Time.

I?m too young to be a political pundit, but the fact is that for more years than I care to remember, the thought of transfer - the movement of the Arab population of Israel from their homes to Arab countries - has been criticized as irrational, immoral and impossible to implement. However, after the past two years of living through the horror of sometimes-daily terror attacks, almost fifty percent, 4/11/2003, 2:35 AM

Interesting Time To Travel

Although it has only been a little over a year since I was last in New York, it is obvious how the Islamic terrorists have changed our lives, probably forever. Just to get into some of the buildings, or even elevators, you have to show identification and get a pass. The plays now have guards, in addition to ticket takers, checking your bags and purses as you enter. Grand Central and many other loc, 4/6/2003, 9:29 PM