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      Counter-Birthday Party for Peres

      Opposition leader Shimon Peres, a former Prime Minister who is responsible for the Oslo Accords, will be celebrating his 80th birthday next week in a series of taxpayer-supported events. Protestors will be on hand.
      First Publish: 9/14/2003, 7:56 PM

      Opposition leader Shimon Peres, a former Prime Minister who is responsible for the Oslo Accords, will be celebrating his 80th birthday next week in a series of taxpayer-supported events. These will include a reception at the President's Residence; an "artistic event" comprising performances by leading artists, audio-visual clips and special effects; and an international conference entitled "Vision & Reality" at Tel Aviv University on Monday. The Government Press Office states that the conference "will discuss a range of issues that will shape our future world, from science and technology to art and culture, from water and environment to geopolitics and peace." Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will take part, as will Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

      Grassroots organizations such as Women in Green and Jewish Leadership have responded to the occasion. Women in Green writes that they would ordinarily not get involved in such birthday parties and the like, but "so much pain and suffering has been caused by Mr. Peres to Jewish families throughout Israel that we feel compelled to act." They are calling on the public to arrive at the birthday party - at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv on Sept. 21 at 7:30 PM - and "greet the party goers in any legal way you see fit... Since Peres has ruined the birthday parties of 8,000 people in the past three years, 800 of whom never reached their next birthday, it is only fitting that we ruin his." Jewish Leadership explains, "This media-covered birthday party is not a private event. It involves international recognition of the path taken by the person bearing greater responsibility than anyone else for the ongoing slaughter of Jews. We call on all Jewish Leadership members to come..."

      More from Women in Green on Peres:
      "Peres has brought grief and sorrow to those families who have lost love ones or suffered serious injuries. Sadly, he shuns visiting the bereaved, and has become immune to their pain. What is even more disturbing is the fact that he is unrepentant. Mr. Peres is incapable of admitting error. Furthermore, he refuses to descend from the podium. He continues to inject his poor judgment on many issues of the day... Peres' blindness and timidity towards Arab terrorism is well known. He has brought upon the Jewish People the catastrophe of Oslo, of which he is the architect..."

      Peres himself doesn't see what all the fuss is about. In an article entitled "We Did Not Err," Peres writes in Maariv today, "There was no smarter step than the Oslo Agreement, and any long-range move passes through, naturally, its dark and problematic corridors until it reaches fruition."