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This is an email I just received. I deleted his home address and email, which were on the original email he forwarded and sent to Dr. Landes. Check it out...


To Whom It May Concern:

I wrote the attached email letter to Dr. Richard Landes in the History Department at the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston University. I copied in most of the department as well some of the faculty at the College of Arts & Sciences. I have no grudge against Dr. Landes nor do I intend any harm to his person or his reputation. I do not know Dr. Landes. For all I know he is a terrific human being.

I sincerely hope Dr. Landes is not very offended by my email letter. Judging by the attendance list at The Jerusalem Conference next week, he appears to be acquainted with a number of people who are very familiar with all manner of death and destruction. With this in mind, I am writing this short note in hopes that someone will look into my circumstances in the event I myself should turn up dead or disappeared or otherwise destroyed. For the record, I am not a depressed loaner; I do not contemplate suicide or murder and I am not looking for attention.

I own two businesses. I pay my taxes. I have no criminal record. I have a beautiful wife and three bright and lovely daughters. In short I am very happy. I wrote the letter to Dr. Landes as a concerned American citizen, wondering why so many of America's prominent military men and academics will be in attendance at the upcoming Jerusalem Conference.

No response is required. If you don't mind, I would appreciate it if you would simply archive this email... or better yet forward it to a friend.

My Thanks,

Jon



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jon
Date: Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 3:34 PM
Subject: Dr. Richard Landes at the Jerusalem Conference, February 2008
To: rlandes@bu.edu
Cc:

Dr. Landes:

There are forces in the world today intent on erasing The Age of Enlightenment from history. Fundamentalists in the Middle East, Evangelicals in the United States and settlers in Israel are all dragging the world backwards; out of the Age of Reason. Political leaders ride the wave. Christian fundamentalists thrust Bush to power. Netanyahu and Likud and Kadima are pushing the Greater Israel agenda of the Israeli settlers and ultra-right Jews. Ahmadinejad and the Muslim Republic backs Hezbollah and Hamas.

These factions feed off each other. The US backs Israel with weapons and money. Israel oppresses Palestinians and threatens the Arab world. Muslims attack Israel and America. Bush and the neoconservatives invade Iraq, inflaming the entire Middle East. Iran launches orbital rockets and develops nuclear power, incensing the Israelis. Israelis push for hard-line Bush policies via the neoconservatives. It is a circle of violence, destruction and death that will lead to nothing but pain and suffering for the entire world.

All men of reason must learn to effectively resist these dangerous and backward looking social movements. All men of reason must find a way to marginalize and overcome these factional elements. If we fail, reason dies. Millions of men, women and children die.

Mr. Landes, why are you meeting with so many men of war at the upcoming Jerusalem Conference? Will you be speaking words of fear and war or will you be speaking words of wisdom and reason? (Jerusalem Conference Program Schedule attached below).

Jon


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The Jerusalem Conference
February 19-20 2008 Adar 1, 13-14 5768 Regency Hotel, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem
5th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
After The Winograd Commission:
Where Are We Going?

Celebrating The 60th Anniversary Of The State Of Israel & The 40th Year Of Reunited Jerusalem, Israel's Eternal Capital

First Day
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008

* Invited, not confirmed
9:30 Morning Sessions
Greetings and Opening Remarks:
Robert Rechnitz - Chairman of the Jerusalem Conference
Chief Rabbi of Israel (Ashkenazi) Yona Metzger -
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs - Tzipi Livni
10:15-11:45 Opening Session
Jerusalem: Eternal Undivided Capital City - Definition of the Jewish State & Nation
Introducing the Chair: Alexander Machkevitch - Pres., EAJC
Participants:
Chairman: MK. Gidon Saar - Chairman Likud Knesset Faction

* Ambassador Dr. Dore Gold - Pres., Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
* Dr. Eilat Mazar - Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University, Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center's Institute for the Archaeology of the Jewish People
* Prof. Eliav Shochetman - Professor, Shaarei Mishpat College of Law, Professor Emeritus Hebrew University Faculty of Law
* Jeffrey Ballabon - Director, Coordinating Council for Jerusalem
* Nir Barkat - Member, Jerusalem City Council

11:50-13:20
Iran, Syria, Lebanon & Gaza: Regional & Global Strategic Threat
- Drawing Red Lines & Required Responses
Participants:
Chairman: Brigadier General (res.) Yaakov Amidror - VP of the Lander Institute, formerly head of the IDF National Defense College and IDF Intelligence Research Division

* Major General (res.) Yom Tov Samiah - former CO IDF Southern Command
* Dr. Meyrav Wurmser - Director, Center for Middle East Policy, Hudson Institute in Washington, DC
* Prof. Raphael Israeli - Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University
* Rear Admiral Norman T. Saunders, USCG (ret.) - Former CO US Coast Guard

11:50-13:20
Aliya – Is It Still Vital To Israel?
Participants:
Chairman: MK Yuli-Yoel Edelstein - former Minister of Immigrant Absorption

* Rabbi Shalom Gold - Rabbi of Kehilat Zichron Yosef ,Jerusalem, and Founder and Dean of the Avrom Silver College and Center for Jewish Unity
* Rabbi Shlomo Bakst - - Chairman Tikva Organization (Odessa)
* Michael Freund - Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel
* Ambassador Danny Ayalon - Co-Chairman of Nefesh B'Nefesh
* Yishai Fleisher - Program Director of Israel National Radio & Founder of "Kumah" Aliyah Movement

11:50-13:20
Social-Economic Welfare: Defining the Problem & Traditional Responses
Participants:
Chairman: MK Gilad Erdan - - (Likud Party)' Chairman Knesset Economic Affaris Committee

* Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon - - Rabbi of Alon Shvut South & Chairman of "Ta'asuKatif"
* Uriel Lederberg - - Chairman, Pa'amonim Organization
* Noam Bedein - - Sderot Media Center
* Daniel Doron - Director, Israel Center for Social & Economic Progress (ICSEP)
* Itai Shonshein - - Chairman, National Union of Israeli Students

13:30 Noon Session
Speakers:
US Senator Sam Brownback - (R-KN)
Hon. Natan Sharansky - Chairman, Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies and Chairman, One Jerusalem
14:45-16:30 Afternoon Sessions
Does Israel, the United States and the West Face World War III?
Participants:
Chairman: Shoshana Bryen - Director, Special Projects, JINSA, Washington DC

* Prof. Uzi Arad - Director, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya
* Brigadier General Harley C. Davis (ret.) - former CO of US Special Forces Command
* Brigadier General Bradley Mark Lott, USMC (ret) - Former Commander of the Marine Warfighting Center
* Shabtai Shavit, - Former Director General of the Mossad, Chairman of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya

14:45-16:30 Afternoon Sessions
Palestinian Media, Education & the View from Israel
Participants:
Chairman: Dr. Uzi Landau - Former MK & Minister of Public Security

* Itamar Marcus - Director, Palestinian Media Watch
* Pinchas Inbari - Journalist, Arab & Palestinian Affairs
* Morton Klein - President, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)
* Daniel Seaman - Director, Israel Government Press Office
* Lt. Colonel (res.) Dr. Anat Berko - Research Fellow, IDC International Institute for Counter-Terrorism

16:30-18:00
The Forgotten "Other Refugees" – Jews From Arab Countries
Participants:
Chairman: Hon. Yossi Ben Aharon - former Director General of the Prime Minister's Office

* MP Prof. Irwin Cotler - Member of Parliament; Former Justice Minister, Canada
* Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Zinni - Rabbi, Techinion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
* MK Eli Gabai - (Ichud Leumi-Mafdal)
* Prof. Shimon Shitrit - Dean, Sacher Institute for Law Research, Hebrew University, former MK & Minister (Labor Party)

16:30-18:00 Late Afternoon Sessions
Israel's Growing Role On The World's Economic Stage
Participants:
Chairman: Harvey Werblowsky - President, Power Legal Support, Inc.

* Yaakov Neeman Esq. - Former Finance Minister
* Ken Abramowitz - Managing Partner and co-founder of NGN Capital
* Prof. Israel "Izzy" Borovich - Chairman, El Al Israel Airlines
* Eli Kazhdan - CEO, CityBook Services Ltd. (for US real estate market)

18:00-20:00
The Winograd Commission: Ethics & Responsibility in Israeli Politics
Participants:
Chairman: Judge Tzvi Tal - Supreme Court Justice (ret.)

* Rabbi Dr. Nachum Rabinowitz - Rosh Yeshivat Hesder "Birkat Moshe"
* Major General (res.) Uzi Dayan - former Dep. Chief of Staff & head of NSC
* Major (res.) Yakir Segev - leader of Post-Second Lebanon War protest movement
* Yisrael Harel - Chairman, Institute for Zionist Strategies
* MK Col. (res.) Otniel Shneller - Deputy Speaker of the Knesset (Kadimah)
* MK Gilad Erdan - - (Likud Party)' Chairman Knesset Economic Affaris Committee

22:00-23:00 Concert for students

Second Day
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008
9:30 Morning sessions
Greetings and Opening Remarks:
Robert Rechnitz - Chairman of the Jerusalem Conference
Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar - Rishon Lezion, Chief Sefardi Rabbi of Israel
9:45-11:30 General Session
Jerusalem: The Temple Mount and the Future of Jerusalem
Participants:
Chairman: Yechiel Leiter - Senior Policy Researcher - the Jerusalem Center for Public & State Affairs

* Nadav Shragai - Journalist and author - Haaretz newspaper
* Hon. Yoram Ettinger - former Minister for Congressional Affairs to Israel's Embassy in Washington, DC
* MK Rabbi Meir Porush - (United Torah Judaism Party)
* Rabbi Yisrael Ariel - Founder of The Temple Institute, Jerusalem
* Nissim Arazi - Director, Jewish Quarter Development Corp.
* Dani Dayan - Chairman, Yesha Council

11:45-13:15 Late Morning Sessions
Defensible Borders in the Age of Missiles
Participants:
Chairman: MK Dr. Yuval Steinitz - (Likud Party)

* Brigadier General (res.) Binyamin Ben Eliezer - Minister of National Infrastructure (Labor Party)
* MK Brigadier General (res.) Effie Eitam - (National Union Party)
* Uzi Rubin - former head of Israel's Arrow-Homa Anti-Missile Defense Program
* Arie Stav - Director, Ariel Center for Policy Research
* Dan Diker - Project Director, Defensible Borders Initiative; Senior Policy Analyst, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

11:45-13:15
The New Anti-Semitism: NGO's, the Campus Confrontation and Preparing for Durban II
Speaker: Minister Yitzhak Herzog - Minister of the Diaspora, Society and the Fight against Anti-Semitism
Participants:
Chairman: Prof. Gerald Steinberg - Professor of Political Studies, Bar Ilan University

* Prof. Robert S. Wistrich - Director, Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism, Hebrew University
* Prof. Anne Bayefsky - Sen. Fellow, Hudson Institute, Washington DC, Dir., Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust
* Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld - Chairman, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
* Rabbi Abraham Cooper - Associate Dean, The Simon Wiesenthal Center and The Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles
* Charles Jacobs - Founder & Director, The David Project Center for Jewish Leadership

13:30
Speakers:
MK Benjamin Netanyahu - Likud Party Leader and Leader of the Opposition; Former Prime Minister
(via video) US Senator James Inhofe - (R-OK)
14:45-16:45 Afternoon Sessions
Israel's Strategic & Tactical Defense: Defining IDF Doctrine, Goals & Deterrence Capabilities
Participants:
Chairman: Col. (res.) Dr. Eiran Lerman - Director, Jerusalem Office of the American Jewish Committee

* Major General (ret.) Yossi Peled - former CO IDF Northern Command
* Major General (ret.) Doron Almog - former CO IDF Southern Command
* Brigadier General (ret.) MK Prof. Aryeh Eldad - former IDF Chief Medical Officer
* Major General (res.) Eitan Ben-Eliahu - former CO Israel Air Force

14:45-16:45
Israel's Hasbara: The War of Words
- Just Confused or Deliberately Non-Existent?
Participants:
Chairman: Caroline Glick - Dep. Managing Editor & Columnist, The Jerusalem Post

* Elyakim HaEtzni Esq. - former MK
* Tzafrir Ronen - Israel Nahalal Forum
* Nitzana Darshan-Leitner Esq. - Founder & Director, Shurat Hadin Israel Law Center
* Melanie Phillips - Journalist and Author, Columnist for Daily Mail
* Isi Leibler - Chairman, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs' Diaspora-Israel relations committee.

17:00-19:00 Late Afternoon Sessions
Israel and the Media: Is Coverage Fair & Accurate?
Participants:
Chairman: Justice (ret.) Dalia Dorner - President, Israel Press Council

* Prof. Eli Pollak - Chairman, Israel Media Watch
* Jeff Jacoby - Columnist, The Boston Globe
* Prof. Richard Landes - Professor of History, Boston University
* Daniel Ben-Simon - Journalist, Haaretz newspaper
* Amnon Lord - Editor, Makor Rishon newspaper

17:00-19:00 Late Afternoon Sessions
Global Economic Stability & Funding Terrorism
Participants:
Chairman: Major (res.) Ayub Kara - former MK & Member of Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee (Likud)

* Dr. Martin Sherman - Research Fellow, International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)
* Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld - Director, American Center for Democracy and the Center for the Study of Corruption & the Rule of Law, NY
* Dr. Lt. Colonel (res.) Gal Luft - Executive Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), Washington, DC

19:30 Closing Session
The "Jerusalem Address"
Gala Dinner (by invitation only)
Speaker:
Professor Bernard Lewis - Professor Emeritus, Princeton University

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I'm confused, who's Jon and Landes?

I wanna Jerusalem Conference here too.. :( so jealous.

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