Israel/Middle East (News & Politics)/Israeli-Palestinian Conflicts

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How does the Middle Eastern Conflicts affect religion? (Not the other way around)

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I have seen no evidence over a period of years that the conflicts affect religion to any great degree. The Orthodox Jews who engage in conflict with Palestinians, for example, still remain Orthodox. Palestinian Christians stay as devout as before. Palestinian Muslims don't change their faith. Palestinians who live in other countries, having escaped to these countries, don't change their religions.

People who changed their religious views did so for personal or private reasons, as far as I have seen. The wars or conflicts may have made them think, but the thinking process was mainly private. If anything, the conflict seemed to have solidified the views of most of those who partook.

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Jerrold Cohen

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I can answer all kinds of questions about Israeli soldier, policeman, and settler abuse(s) of the occupied Palestinian people, including terrorism against civilians and their property, and other violations of international law. In fact I have a book written and published on the subject. My expertise is very high for incidents that have occurred during the past seven years. I can discuss demolitions of Palestinian civilians' homes for strictly administrative reasons, controlled completely by the Israelis, destruction of Palestinian crops, separation of Palestinians from their farms by the "security" wall, and all kinds of confrontation incidents in which Palestinians are harmed, kidnapped, or killed, or tortured. I might be helpful in other questions about Israel in areas such as politics, or specific issues of concern to most Israelis. For example, it is clear to me that at this time, most Israelis fear nuclear buildup in Iran, and there is often talk among Israelis about using a preemptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. I can discuss to some extent Israeli medical advances, possibly fashions. Mainly, my area of attention is and has been the Israeli occupation of the Palestinians.

Experience

Since the year 2000, mainly since 2002, I have spent my time studying Israel online. From 2000 to 2002 my attention was first sporadic, and then intensive, but after 2002 I gave Israel my full time seven days a week. I collected data from news web sites mainly on the occupation, and by 2005 settled on four popular Israeli online daily newspapers and four or five popular Palestinian online daily newspapers. Since the Palestinians often had trouble with at least one of their websites, I kept a fifth website in reserve. My aim was to give Palestinians and Israelis equal space on my computer. Currently, I have approximately 500 MB of text data alone, consisting of news articles culled mainly during the past five years. In 2004 I wrote my novel about the Israeli occupation, Awakened, which was published in 2005. To increase my expertise about the subject, I published an e-mail newsletter from mid-2005 to the end of 2007, The Occupation News, when illness forced me to stop for a few months. The newsletter was well received by a readership of several hundred, many of whom were activists who considered my newsletter an important resource. When I recovered from my illness I wrote my second book, Israeli Terrorism and Other Violations of International Law, which has been recently published, and which is gaining popularity very quickly. This book summarizes abuses reported in both the Palestinian and Israeli news, mainly between 2002 and 2009. It includes a chapter on Israel's recent invasion of Gaza, Operation Cast Lead. In addition, I keep myself on mailing lists ranging from a right-wing Israeli newspaper to activist organizations intent on breaking the Israeli siege of Gaza.

Organizations
Women in Black, Los Angeles

Publications
You will find reader comments I make online at news websites such as those of The Jerusalem Post, Ha'aretz, Yedioth Ahronoth, and Israel National News, practically on a daily basis, since I don't seem to be able to keep my mouth shut when I read news articles that stir my feelings. My comments are often too blunt for these newspapers to publish, since I tell what I see and I feel, without sparing feelings. Other than that, you can buy my current book on Israeli terrorism online or e-mail me for a copy of my novel, Awakened.

Education/Credentials
BA Physics, Brooklyn College, 1951. MS Physics, University of Connecticut, 1952. MA Education, University of Southern California, 1972. PhD Education, University of Southern California, 1975. BA Traditional Oriental Medicine, South Baylo University, 1989. MTOM (Master's Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine), South Baylo University, 1991.

Awards and Honors
Scoutmaster of the Year Award, Orange County, California, 1965. Graduation from USC 1975 Summa Cum Laude.

Past/Present Clients
The list of recipients of my newsletter has always been, and will always be, a private matter between me and the recipients. Terms of receipt of the newsletter included a promise never to reveal the recipient's name to any person or organization. I was there to give news, not exploit people working for world peace.

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