Saturday, June 30, 2007

The Zionists kill Mickey Mouse

In the final episode of hamas' children's tv show featuring a Mickey Mouse lookalike in which children are indocrinated to kill Jews and Americans, Farfour will receive his 72 virgins in paradise after becoming a shahid at the hands of the Zionist enemy. BTW, I have yet to hear any official statement from Disney over the fact that a terrorist group is using the image of Mickey Mouse to perpetrate extreme child abuse. Why aren't they suing hamas? Anyone else using Mickey's image, even if not for nefarious purposes, would certainly face a lawsuit by Disney.
TV on Friday broadcast what it said was the last episode of a weekly children's show featuring "Farfour," a Mickey Mouse look-alike who had made worldwide headlines for preaching Islamic domination and armed struggle to youngsters.

In the final skit, Farfour was beaten to death by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour's land. At one point, Farfour called the Israeli a "terrorist."

"Farfour was martyred while defending his land," said Sara, the teen presenter. He was killed "by the killers of children," she added.

Muslim on trial for the "crime" of supporting Israel

A Muslim journalist, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, is on trial in Bangladesh on fake charges of treason and blasphemy, because he has said that the Bangladeshi government should recognize Israel, and because he attempted to travel to Israel. He faces allegations of spying for the Mossad. Bangladesh is another one of those supposedly "moderate" muslim states with which we are friendly with.
From Arutz Sheva
A new trial date has been set for July 18th. If convicted, Choudhury will be executed by hanging or be sentenced to 30 years in prison – itself a death sentence, according to Bangladeshi sources.

The Muslim writer was arrested several years ago by agents of the previous government as he was leaving the country for a speaking engagement in Israel. The initial charge was violation of the country’s ban on travel to the Jewish State, which officials used as an excuse to torture and hold the journalist in prison for 17 months.

The real issue, according to the Independent Media Review Analysis (IMRA), is his Zionism, which he expresses in articles that also expose the rise of radical Islam in Bangladesh.

Intense pressure by U.S. Congressman Mark Kirk (R-IL) and human rights activist Dr. Richard L. Benkin led to Choudhury’s release, but the reprieve was temporary. A resolution by the U.S. Congress in March of this year, calling on the government to drop the charges went unheeded.

According to IMRA, there is enough evidence to prove Choudhury’s innocence. The Bangladeshi government, say numerous advocates for the Muslim journalist, knows the charges are false. A coup in January 2007 brought in a new administration, which claims to be free of Islamic radicalism, but the conduct of Choudhury’s case belies the statement.

His brother, Sohail, who sent a desperate appeal to the international community for assistance in saving Choudhury’s life, says the charge stems from “rumors originating in Saudi Arabia.”

“His country proclaims that Shoaib’s support for Israel is treason because it is in opposition to their policy and that is blasphemous, a charge they find convenient……..He is on trial because he writes plainly about the danger of extremist madrassas teaching children as young as five to hate Jews and Israel…..Shoaib works tirelessly for interfaith understanding. Bangladesh considers this treason and blasphemy,” wrote the journalist’s brother, who appealed to the international community to intervene in the case.

Friday, June 29, 2007

I've been tagged

I've been tagged by Soccerdad
The Rules are:Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves.The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed.At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

1. My paternal grandfather came from the Ukraine

2. My maternal great grandparents arrived from Poland

3. I once aspired to be a tv and or film actress

4. I am single

5. I don't have children

6. I'm a New Jersey native

7. I'm a political independent

8. I don't like revealing much about myself online

I tag:


Elder of Zion

Bagel blogger

Shilo Musings

Yid with Lid

Mere Rhetoric

Israel Matzav

Boker tov, Boulder

Where are Israel's priorities?

David Bedein wonders about the priorities of the Israeli government. Israel is going to absorb 5,000 muslim refugees from the Sudan who are temporarily residing in Egypt. Meanwhile there are 16,000 Ethiopian Jews languishing in three temporary compounds in the Gondar region of Ethiopian awaiting to arrive in Israel. The Israeli government is allowing only 3,000 of the Falash Mura into Israel each month.

Hat tip Soccerdad

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Tribute to an American patriot and proud Jew

A memorial website has been created in memory of hero Daniel Agami who was killed in Iraq by an IED on June 21, 2007 at the age of 25. He was affectionately nicknamed "G.I. Jew" by his fellow soldiers.

From the Sun-Sentinal:
In a standing-room-only crowd that snaked outside the chapel, Pfc. Daniel Agami was memorialized Tuesday by hundreds of friends – and even some strangers from the local chapter of Jewish War Veterans – as a happy-go-lucky man who was profoundly patriotic.

Agami, 25, who grew up in Broward County, was killed in Baghdad on Thursday.

Rabbi Yossi Denburg of Coral Springs Chabad Lubavitch remembered him as a young man who had "not been given a chance to grow old" and had joined the Army not for a paycheck, but because he found his calling.

After the tearful memorial service at the Star of David Memorial Gardens in North Lauderdale, Agami's family and friends walked to his burial spot. There were too many people in too many cars to drive to his grave, so they formed a procession and waited until his parents came to take the front row. His mother, Beth Agami, walked while supported in her husband Itzhak's arms. The sight of them made some of his friends wail.

An Army officer gave his mother a folded flag and a handful of awards including the Purple Heart for being wounded in action, the Bronze Star for his dedication and a gold star lapel pin.

His friends first saw hints of his pending military career after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when he consoled them.

"He said, 'America is going to fix the problem,'" said Rachel Kenner, 24, of Boynton Beach, his friend since childhood. "When he puts his mind to something, that's it."

Agami enlisted in the Army two years ago and was assigned to a station in Germany. He had been in Iraq for about a year and was often sent on raids to scope out bombs and other weapons.

He died when an improvised device detonated near his Humvee. The other men in the vehicle were also killed: Alphonso Montenegro II, 22, of Far Rockaway, N.Y.; Ryan M. Wood, 22, of Oklahoma City; Anthony D. Hebert, 19, of Lake City, Minn., and Thomas R. Leemhuis, 23, of Binger, Okla.

Brian Gross, 24, of West Palm Beach, his friend of five years said: "He loved to party. I close my eyes and I remember that." He said he tries to block the attack on Agami's Humvee from his mind.

Sandra Becker, Daniel Agami's grandmother, said the family was moved by the outpouring of hundreds of friends who came to share their tears.

She said she'll remember him by the nickname that his non-Jewish comrades affectionately gave him: "G.I. Jew."

"How can you put it in the words? He was the best of the best," she said.

Agami was well-known for taking pride in teaching his fellow soldiers, many of whom told him they were unfamiliar with his people, about Judaism.

In the Army "Jewish kids often hide the fact they are Jewish," Rabbi Denburg said. "He was the only Jew on base that was openly proud to say he was a Jew."

Agami is survived by his parents, Beth and Itzhak, of Parkland, who are known in the Jewish community for their philanthropy.

He is also survived by his sister Shaina, 7, and a brother Ilan, 23, who married just two weeks ago.

Erik Cilen, 25, of Coral Springs, was Agami's best friend for almost 20 years. Cilen said they spoke the day before his death.

"He told me he was going on a mission and he was scared," Cilen said. "He had said that if, God forbid, anything happened to him, this is where he belonged.

"I can't forget him," he said. Then he started to cry.

Hat tip Israellycool

Juan Cole again defends ahmadenijad

Zealous critic of Israel, professor Juan Cole once again comes to ahmadenijad's defense, making the argument that his calls to wipe Israel off the map have been mistranslated by who he calls 'right-Zionist propagandists', and that ahmadenijad is not really an antisemite and hasn't advocated the genocide of Jews.
It was apparently some Western wire service that mistranslated the phrase as 'wipe Israel off the map', which sounds rather more violent than calling for regime change. Since then, Iranian media working in English have themselves depended on that translation. One of the tricks of Right-Zionist propagandists is to substitute these English texts for Ahmadinejad's own Persian text. (Ethan Bronner at the New York Times tried to pull this, and more recently Michael Rubin at the American Enterprise Institute.) But good scholarship requires that you go to the original Persian text in search of the meaning of a phrase. Bronner and Rubin are guilty disregarding philological scholarship in favor of mere propagandizing.

These propaganda efforts against Iran and Ahmadinejad also depend on declining to enter into evidence anything else he has ever said-- like that it would be wrong to kill Jews! They also ignore that Ahmadinejad is not even the commander in chief of the Iranian armed forces . . .

So here are some things Ahmadinezhad has said that make clear his intentions, and which are translated by the United States government Open Source Center. He is hostile to Israel. He'd like to see regime change (apparently via a referendum on the shape of the government ruling over geographical Palestine, in which all "original" residents of any religion would get a vote). Calling for a referendum on the dissolution of a government is not calling for genocide. Ahmadinejad also says he has no objection to a Jewish state in and of itself, he just thinks it should be located in, say, German territory set apart for the purpose, rather than displacing Palestinians from their homes. He may be saying unrealistic things; he is not advocating killing Jews qua Jews, or genocide.

Note that Ahmadinejad below denies being an anti-Semite (why deny it if he supposedly glories in it?); points out that he supports Jewish representation in the Iranian parliament; and compares his call for an end to the Zionist regime ruling over Jerusalem to the Western call for the dissolution of the old Soviet Union. Was Ronald Reagan inciting to genocide when he called for an end of the Soviet regime?

Judeopundit points out that although ahmadenijad may not have explicitly called for genocide, nontheless his pronouncements leave open the possibility of Israel's Jewish population being absorbed into a muslim majority or in exile. Such a loss of Jewish self-determination in the Middle East of course could lead to a genocide of Jews. He also points out that although Iran again didn't explicitly say it would attack Israel with nuclear missiles, it could provide terrorists with nuclear weapons.

I would also add that Iran arms and funds terrorist groups which have as their goals the genocide of Jews in Israel. Iran of course was responsible for the bombing of the Jewish center and the Israeli embassy in Argentina. ahmadenijad is a holocaust denier. I think all of these things indicate ahmadenijad and the Iranian mullahs indeed wish to literally wipe Israel off the map and slaughter its Jews. Juan cole is a reprehensible individual, and the only explanation for his rabid defense of Iran's vile and genocidal dictator is that he too supports the destruction of the 'Zionist regime'. I don't think Cole would go as far as wanting Jews to be killed though, but I do believe he is among the growing numbers of radical leftists who believe that Israel should cease to exist.
Hat tip Soccerdad

Another surprising revelation

Lebanese PM Fuad Saniora revealed that Syria is sending weapons as well as fighters to Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. Saniora did nothing to prevent hezbollah from receiving weapons from Syria which were used to attack Israel, in fact he sided with hezbollah during last year's war. Now his own army is under attack from other terrorists being armed by Syria, and his government and country are under threat. Karma is a bitch. Frankly I'm gleeful about what is happening to him and his miserable country.

From JPost
Saniora said he was talking to every member country of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, and was hearing an "unequivocal commitment."

He said he has asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to renew the UNIFIL mandate, which expires at the end of August. The 13,000-member force from 30 countries, deployed nearly a year ago, is to implement a UN Security Council resolution that ended the 34-day war last summer between Israel and the Syrian and Iranian-backed Hizbullah. UNIFIL's job also includes creating an area free of weapons in southern Lebanon and bringing peace to the Lebanon-Israel border.

The visiting Lebanese prime minister was meeting Wednesday with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. He met Tuesday with President Nicolas Sarkozy and with visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

France is trying to organize a conference on the Lebanese conflict bringing together representatives of various parties involved, and Saniora said he supported it. However, he held out scant hope that such an initiative could bring peace, saying that the "first goal" of such a conference was, above all, "to break the ice."

Lebanon is facing its most serious political crisis since the end of the 1975-90 civil war. Saniora's Western-backed government and the Hizbullah-led opposition are locked in a fierce power struggle.

Shocking disclosure

A poll conducted by the Pew research center reveals that the majority of palestinians favor Iran having nuclear weapons. Of course if Iran ever launched a nuclear attack on Israel, the palestinians would also be wiped out, given the fact that they are right next door. But being the nihilistic and hateful people that they are, I'm not surprised that the palestinians would be willing to sacrifice themselves as shahids so long as they can annihilate the 'Zionist entity' and exterminate all of its Jews. Is it any wonder why these people are so screwed up? It is as Golda Meir said, they hate the Jews more than they love their own children. For the record, majorities in Pakistan and Bangladesh also favor Iranian nukes.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Renew the spirit of Entebbe

Michael Freund wonders whatever happened to the spirit of Entebbe. In thirty years, Israel went from being a country that frees hostages to one which frees terrorists, he says. It's bad enough Olmert has agreed to release these 250 terrorists, but he hasn't even conditioned their release on the freeing of Gilad Shalit. Not that I believe that terrorists should ever be released in exchange for hostages, mind you. Shalit should never have been allowed to be held for more than a day. Israel should have taken him back by force. It's tragic that today's Israeli leaders lack any backbone whatsoever. Olmert is the guy who said 'We are tired of fighting, tired of defeating our enemies', and his leadership, or should I say lack of leadership has clearly reflected his defeatist words.
IT WAS 31 years ago today, on June 27, 1976, that armed gunmen from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, together with some German accomplices, hijacked Air France flight 139, diverting it to Libya and then on to the city of Entebbe, in Idi Amin's Uganda.

As the world looked on, the terrorists proceeded to separate out the Jewish and Israeli passengers, threatening to kill them if Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails were not set free.

Back then, however, Israel was not yet in the habit of yielding to terrorist demands. No international summits were convened at Sharm e-Sheikh, no "gestures" were made to the terrorists, nor were any tax receipts transferred into their coffers.

Instead, Israel reacted precisely as it should have, by launching a stunning military raid on July 4, 1976, freeing virtually all the captives and bringing the situation to a sudden and dramatic end.

In one fell swoop, Israel had underlined its role as the sovereign defender of Jews everywhere. An entire generation was inspired to believe that the Jewish people were determined to defend themselves whatever the consequences might be.

THE RESCUE at Entebbe was also a powerful symbol for the entire free world. It showed that with a little courage and resolve, and a healthy dose of military force, the scourge of international terror could be defeated.

For years afterwards, it was the "Spirit of Entebbe" which guided this country, and which deterred its enemies from once again thinking that Jews and Israelis were fair game.

Bolton says sanctions can't stop Iran

Former UN ambassador John Bolton bluntly states the truth that sanctions and diplomacy have failed to stop Iran from moving forward with its nuclear program. He says that our options are limited to regime change from within, although it may even be too late for that, or military intervention.

From JPost:
...As a consequence, Bolton said he was "very worried" about the well-being of Israel. If he were in Israel's predicament, he said, "I'd be pushing the US very hard. I am pushing the US [administration] very hard, from the outside, in Washington."

Bolton, interviewed by telephone from Washington, was speaking a day after the International Atomic Energy Agency announced it would send a team to Teheran, at Iran's request, to work jointly on a plan ostensibly meant to clear up suspicions about the nuclear program. Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani had met on Sunday with IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei, and a day earlier with top EU foreign policy envoy Javier Solana.

Bolton, however, was witheringly critical of the ongoing diplomatic contacts with Teheran, which he said were merely playing into the hands of the regime.

"The current approach of the Europeans and the Americans is not just doomed to failure, but dangerous," he said. "Dealing with [the Iranians] just gives them what they want, which is more time...

"We have fiddled away four years, in which Europe tried to persuade Iran to give up voluntarily," he complained. "Iran in those four years mastered uranium conversion from solid to gas and now enrichment to weapons grade... We lost four years to feckless European diplomacy and our options are very limited."

Bolton said flatly that "diplomacy and sanctions have failed... [So] we have to look at: 1, overthrowing the regime and getting in a new one that won't pursue nuclear weapons; 2, a last-resort use of force."

However, he added a caution as to the viability of the first of those remaining options: While "the regime is more susceptible to overthrow from within than people think," he said, such a process "may take more time than we have."

Overall, said Bolton, it was clear that Iran had surmounted "all the technical problems of uranium enrichment," and it "may well be that we have passed the point of Iran mastering the nuclear fuel cycle." If so, it was now merely a matter of time before Iran reached a bomb-making capability - "a matter of resources and available equipment," he said - and it was solely up to Iran to set the pace.

Unfortunately, Bolton's realistic assessment of Iran will be dismissed as warmongering by the left which has its head buried in the sand, and actually believes that it is Israel and America and not Iran, which poses a danger to the world. Unfortunately, dhimmi western leaders also have their heads buried in the sand and will disregard Bolton's warning until it is too late. This is 1938 all over again, only this time there's no excuse for ignoring the threat coming from the Iranian regime since we have the history of hitler and the nazis to learn the lesson of the consequences of appeasing evil. Back in the 30's Churchill was mocked and ignored as a drunken kook when he warned about hitler, just as people like Bolton today are regarded as crazed warmongers for warning about Iran and its genocidal mullahcratic regime. Decades from now people might wonder why no one listened to Bolton and others like him, that is if we are still around.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Let the seething begin

Gates of Vienna has footage of a group in Denmark burning mohammad in effigy, for a Mohammedan-free Denmark. Brace yourselves for the inevitable seething, raging and whining by members of the religion of peace who's fragile sensibilities will be hurt.

Olmert's 'goodwill' gesture

Israeli PM Olmert promised, as a gesture of goodwill to Abbas, to seek the release of 250 terrorists being held in Israeli jails, after they sign a commitment not to return to violence. Here's the story from the WP.

Promise not to return to violence, pretty please, with a cherry on top! Israelis need not worry, since the terrorists will have signed a written pledge promising they won't return to terrorism. This is the kind pathetic "leadership" Israel and the west in general has. Is this what the White House demanded during its meeting with Olmert?
Hat tip Soccerdad

Shalit audio released

The demonic creatures of hamas have released an audio message of hostage Cpl.Gilad Shalit, to mark the one-year anniversary of his abduction. Shalit is being held in a booby trapped building near Rafah.
Hamas on Monday released a recorded message from captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, the first sign of life from the young serviceman since he was abducted exactly one year ago.

In the message, posted on a Hamas website, Shalit sent greetings to his family and said his health was deteriorating. He also expressed disappointment in the "lack of interest" of the Israeli government in his fate.

"Mother and father, my sister and brother, my friends in the Israel Defense Forces. I greet you from prison and miss you all," he said.

"I have spent a full year in prison, and my health is still deteriorating, and I need a prolonged hospitalization. I regret the lack of interest on the part of the Israeli government and the Israel Defense Forces in my case and their refusal to meet the demands of the al-Qassam brigades," he added.
Continue reading and listen to the audio

Iran behind Gaza coup

From JPost:
The Palestinian Authority intelligence chief on Sunday accused Iran of close involvement in Hamas' violent takeover of Gaza, saying Teheran funded the group and trained hundreds of their gunmen.

The intelligence chief, Tawfiq Tirawi, said the battle for Gaza earlier this month was carefully orchestrated. "It was a joint program with Iran," he said.

In implied criticism of Syria, he noted that Hamas' leadership is based there. He said that a month before the battle for Gaza began, the Syrian-based leaders of Hamas met with the heads of the Hamas military wing in an undisclosed Arab capital. "In this meeting, they discussed all the details of the operation." Tirawi told a news conference.

Iran needs to be stopped right now. From Gaza to Iraq to Afghanistan and Lebanon, Iran is waging war on America and Israel, even to the point of aligning itself with former enemies such as sunnis and the taliban.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Child suicide bombers

There are no limits to the depths of depravity that the hideous taliban monsters, as well as other sub-human jihadi creatures will resort to in order to spread their islamic caliphate, and enforce their seventh century death cult upon the world. The UK's Guardian newspaper reveals that coalition forces defused an explosive vest which had been placed on a 6 year old, who had been told to attack Afghan army forces in the east of the country.

And these are the brutal beasts which human rights groups and western leftists believe we should accord Geneva convention rights to. To my way of thinking, there is no torture too extreme to inflict upon these terrorists.

And to think that last summer I believe it was, that our military held off from launching an airstrike on a large group of taliban scum for the absurd reason that they were gathered for a funeral. The reasoning was that attacking them during a funeral would offend the sensibilities of muslims. We have to do away with these ridiculous rules of engagement which hinder our armed forces. Is it any wonder why we are still at war in Iraq and Afghanistan for 4 years and almost 6 years respectively.

The cowardly monsters also use women and children as human shields, with the knowledge that we will not strike at them so long as they surround themselves with civilians. The jihadists take advantage of our humanity and our value for the sanctity of life. On the other hand, the bloodthirsty jihadi death cultists have no value for life, and eagerly send children to their deaths.

Iran's human rights atrocities

Here are photos of human rights abuses by Iran's crazed, fanatical, barbaric mullah regime released by its state run FARS News agency and ISNA. These photos are of young men being beaten in the streets and arrested for wearing western clothing and hairstyles. The regime obviously released the photos as a way to warn Iranians what would happen to them should they defy the mullah's insane dress code. These savages are actually proud of these sick photos and what they have done to these innocent men. Michelle Malkin challenges leftists to speak out in condemnation of these atrocities the way they have spoken out about Abu Ghraib or the fake koran flushing story.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

UN peacekeepers killed in Lebanon attack

Six UNIFIL peacekeepers were killed in a car bomb attack in southern Lebanon.
...UNIFIL said in a statement that the six peacekeepers were killed and two others seriously wounded in an "apparent car bomb attack" while they were on patrol.

In Madrid, Spanish Defense Minister Jose Antonio Alonso said three Colombian and two Spanish peacekeepers were among the slain. He called it a "premeditated attack" and said the "most likely cause" was a car bomb or device activated by remote control.

Lebanese officials said no body parts were found in the car, meaning the bomb was detonated from a distance and did not involve a suicide attacker.

The blast threw the troops' armored personnel carrier to the side of a main road between the towns of Marjayoun and Khiam, a few miles north of the Israeli town of Metulla. Investigators worked under floodlights late Sunday at the scene to determine what happened.

Spain has 1,100 peacekeepers in Lebanon, part of the 13,000-member U.N. force from 30 countries. UNIFIL, along with 15,000 Lebanese troops, patrols a zone along the Lebanese-Israeli border.

I'm sure Syria and Iran are behind this, and I'm also sure that the UN and the worldwide media will find a way to blame it on Israel.

House votes to deny aid to Saudi Arabia

From Yahoo news:
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US House of Representatives has voted to deny all aid to Saudi Arabia, despite repeated assurances by the administration the desert kingdom was cooperating with the United States in the war on terror.

The ban is contained in a little-publicized amendment quietly slipped by a bipartisan group of lawmakers into a 34.2-billion-dollar bill financing US foreign operations in fiscal 2008.

...The amendment, championed by New York Democrat Anthony Weiner, a strong supporter of Israel, states that "none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available" by the foreign operations bill "shall be obligated or expended to finance any assistance to Saudi Arabia" or "used to execute a waiver."

...However, the sponsors of the amendment made it clear they were particularly upset by what they described as Saudi Arabia's support for the militant Palestinian group Hamas, which refuses to recognize Israel and has just taken control of the Gaza Strip.

In a fact sheet released to the media, the lawmakers pointed out that Hamas was receiving more than 50 percent of its financing from Saudi Arabia, and last May alone, the Saudi government planned to send 300 million dollars to the Islamist group.

Representative Weiner charged that Riyadh was in fact actively working against US interests.

"By cutting off aid and closing the loophole we send a clear message to the Saudi Arabian government that they must be a true ally in advancing peace in the Middle East," the congressman said.

The sponsors of the measure also accused the Saudi government of undermining US military efforts in Iraq by making "no official move" to stop about 3,000 Saudi nationals actively fighting US troops in the violence-torn country.

They said Sheik Saleh al-Liuhaidan, head of the Saudi Arabian judiciary, had approved the transfer of money and men to Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, the now slain head of Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

..."By continuing to promote and finance acts of terrorism, including those targeting innocent families, the Saudis are actively undermining our efforts to promote democracy and bring stability to the Middle East," said Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, a Nevada Democrat and another sponsor of the ban.

She insisted that the United States should not be rewarding Saudi Arabia for what she called "their record of broken promises and disturbing terrorist ties."

Why has it taken this long to cut aid to Saudi Arabia, and why does the White House still insist that Saudi Arabia is a reliable ally helping to fight the war on terror when clearly it isn't? It's not much money, however, why should we be giving any aid to a country that, despite what the White House and State Department claim, behaves as our enemy by funding schools which incite hatred and terrorism against America, as well as funding terrorist groups.

IAF training to target Iran nuke sites

From the NYPost:
By ANDY SOLTIS with Post Wire Services

June 23, 2007 -- Israel's air force has been training for potential long-range strikes against Iran, as part of a coordinated effort with the United States to stop the rogue regime from obtaining nuclear weapons, it was revealed yesterday.

The flight drills, including practicing refueling in mid-flight, have been going on for some time, but they were disclosed only yesterday after Israel's military censor approved publication by the Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv.

The Israeli air force and visiting American pilots have had joint drills, as recently as two weeks ago. The exercises fueled speculation they would work together in a joint attack if the showdown over Iran's nuclear program escalates.

There are numerous potential targets in Iran where elements of the country's nuclear program are under way.

The Ma'ariv report said the training is one aspect of a coordinated Israeli-U.S. effort to stop Iran from obtaining the bomb, and that Washington will decide at the end of the year how to go further after reviewing the impact of economic pressure on Tehran.

Regime change should also be our goal, which can be done without a major invasion of U.S. forces. Kenneth Timmerman of Frontpagemag reports that there is a united front consisting of various exile Iranian opposition groups who are working to force regime change from within. We ought to be empowering these groups.

More raging and seething from the religion of peace

Sick muslim fanatics stage rallies in Pakistan condemning Britain's move to bestow knighthood on Salman Rushdie. It's about time Britain exercized some courage against islamists.
From IRIB:
Traders in Lahore announced a reward of 15 million rupees for anyone who kills Salman Rushdie.

The announcement was made during a protest by traders at Press Club.

In Karachi hundreds of political activists, traders and students rallied against the British government's move.

The Chief Minister of southern province of Sindh, Arbab Ghulamrahim, on Thursday announced returning of medals won by his grandfather and other relatives to the British high commission.

Rallies were also staged in major cities Quetta, Peshawar, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Multan, Fisalabad, Rawalpindi and Dera Ismail Khan.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani National Assembly on Friday passed its second resolution to condemn the move.

"The British government has not withdrawn the title which has not only disappointed the entire Pakistani nation but has also hurt it," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sher Afgan Niazi told the Assembly.


Hat tip Soccerdad

Moral clarity from Canada and Australia

Two great leaders and allies, Australia's PM John Howard and Canada's PM Stephen Harper. Canada backs Israel at the UN and Australia's top shiite cleric scum Sheikh Kamal Mousselmani, the head of the Supreme Islamic Shiite Council of Australia, condemns John Howard for rightly supporting Israel.
Former Canadian minister slams UN report on Beit Hanoun incident

Jewish news wrap-up: New Holocaust center may open in Britain; Shiite Cleric slams Australian PM for backing Israel

Yaakov Lappin Published: 06.23.07, 18:00 / Israel Jewish Scene

Former Canadian justice minister Irwin Cotler has slammed a UN report on the November 2006 incident in Beit Hanoun, in which artillery fired by the IDF in response to Qassam attacks killed 19 Palestinians, the Canadian Jewish News reported.

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council, which he says institutionalizes anti-Israel condemnation "as a standing item on the agenda," Cotler said: "The terms of reference deliberately ignored the Palestinian rocket attacks on the Israeli city of Sderot that preceded Israel's actions."

Cotler had turned down an invitation by South African Archbishop Desomond Tutu to join the investigation, saying: "I could not accept a mandate to hear only one side of a dispute."

"How could one accept a fact-finding mission, a kind of Alice-in-Wonderland inquiry, where the conviction was secured and the sentence passed even before the inquiry began?" Cotler said.

Shiite Cleric slams Australian PM for backing Israel

Australia's top Shiite cleric has said that Prime Minister John Howard's support for Israel is "encouraging terrorism," the Australian Jewish News (AJN) reported this week.

"Sheikh Kamal Mousselmani, the head of the Supreme Islamic Shiite Council of Australia, which governs the 30,000-plus Shiites living here, told the Weekend Australian newspaper that John Howard's government is 'encouraging Israel to kill our people daily,'" the AJN said.

"If Australia supports Israel, they are defending terrorism. Because we believe terrorists come from Israel - not from our people. I support Hizbullah," Mousselmani, who was born in Lebanon, was quoted as saying.

"Our opinion is that Hizbullah is not a terrorist group. We consider Hizbullah a resistance group. Put those words down, we are not afraid to say that," he told the newspaper.

The report added that Australian security forces are investigating the Shiite community in Australia.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Muslim MP receives death threats, steps down

Britain's first muslim MP will step down after receiving death threats. And guess who those threats came from? Racist, islamophobic native Brits? No, the threats have come from other muslims. And why? Because he did the honorable and morally correct act of bringing three islamic, racist murderers to justice.
A Labour MP is stepping down after receiving death threats over his role in bringing three racist killers to justice.

Mohammad Sarwar, who became Britain's first Muslim MP in 1997, said he feared the lives of his family were also in jeopardy.

He was instrumental in arranging the extradition of Imran Shahid, Zeeshan Shahid and Mohammed Faisal Mushtaq after they fled to Pakistan.

The three were jailed for life last year for the abduction and racially aggravated murder of teenager Kriss Donald, who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Glasgow in 2004.

Mr Sarwar, 54, told the Daily Record: "Life is not the same, to be honest with you, since I brought them back. I was subjected to threats.

"I was told they wanted to punish my family and make a horrible example of my son - they would do to him what they did to Kriss Donald. I received threats to my life, to murder my sons, to murder my grandchildren."

Mr Sarwar used his high-level connections in Pakistan to arrange the extradition of the Shahids and Mushtaq.

The trio fled to Pakistan shortly after Kriss's murder in February 2004, and were brought back after 18 months of negotiations involving the MP and British and Pakistani authorities. The killers were the main players in a violent gang that terrorised the Pollokshields area of Glasgow.

Mr Sarwar said he recognised the risks of trying to bring them to justice but knew that "it was the right thing to do".

The judge in the case, Lord Uist, said Kriss, 15, had been selected as a victim "only because he was white" and because he was walking in the district where the three men were seeking a victim.

Hat tip LGF

Terrorist vs terrorist

Abbas accused hamas of trying to assassinate him. Why should we care? As far as I'm concerned fatah and hamas can continue to slaughter each other. Thin the herd.

From JPost
"I received a video in which Hamas men are seen transferring a 250-kilogram explosive charge," he said in a speech before Fatah leaders in Ramallah. "They are heard saying that the bomb is for Abu Mazen," he said, referring to his nickname.

Abbas said a Hamas official told him Syria-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal was behind the assassination attempt. He did not say when the assassination plot was uncovered.

Fatah leaders said earlier this year they had discovered a booby-trapped underground tunnel in Gaza City that was supposed to be detonated as Abbas's convoy passed by.

"I tried many times in the past to solve our problems to avoid civil war," Abbas said. "But Hamas did not halt its attempts to stage a coup against the Palestinian Authority until they finally seized control of the entire Gaza Strip, looting and destroying security headquarters."

He accused Hamas of perpetrating crimes against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, as well as PA security installations, figures and churches.

"There will be no dialogue with these murderers," Abbas said. "There will be no dialogue with the forces of darkness."

Abbas refuses to negotiate with the murderers of hamas, yet he criticized Israel for not negotiating with the democratically elected hamas, as well as criticize the west for its boycott. When hamas was only murdering Jews, to abbas, they were "resistance" fighters, now that hamas' barbarism has been turned against his own fatah, he suddenly discovers they are terrorists and murderers who there can be no dialogue with.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Congress urges UN to prosecute Iran dictator

Crackpot Israel hater Ron Paul and ultra leftist Dennis Kucinich were the only two Congressmen who voted against a House resolution to urge the UN security council to charge Iran's genocidal dictator ahmadenijad under genocide conventions. Kucinich even suggested that what ahmadenijad really meant when he called for Israel to be 'wiped off the map', was for the end of Israel through democratic means.
"I am unequivocal in my support for the security and survival of Israel, and I do have serious concerns with the remarks made by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran," said Kucinich, a long-shot candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. "But I object to resolutions that lay the groundwork for an offensive, unprovoked war."

Unprovoked? Iran is engaged in arming and training terrorist forces attacking our troops in Iraq, developing nuclear weapons and threatening to annihilate Israel. If those aren't provocations, I don't know what is.

Anyway, I won't hold my breath waiting for the UN to take action against Iran's dictator, but this resolution, though only symbolic, will further expose the UN's hypocrisy and antisemitism.

Darth Vader

The NYTimes has a story "Muslims' veils test limits of Britian's tolerance". But this isn't merely "tolerance" that's being tested of Brits and other westerners as the NYTimes suggests, this is dhimmitude that's being demanded of us from muslims. The face veil has no place in free western societies. I don't know about anyone else but I would not feel comfortable sitting next to darth vader on the subway or anywhere else. If that makes me islamophobic, then so be it.

Hat tip Marc Shulman of the Moderate Voice

The evil barbarism of hamas

Palestinians who survived the cruel and brutal savagery of hamas tell their stories while being treated in Israeli hospitals.

From Haaretz:
Fatan al-Hinawi, 9, was hospitalized in the children's ward of Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv after being wounded in Gaza. A bullet punctured her side, hit her spine, bowels, a kidney and came out the other side, hitting her arm.

Al-Hinawi is one of five Palestinians, three of them children, who were caught in Hamas-Fatah cross fire and taken to Ichilov. Some are in serious condition.

Shadi, a 23-year-old policemen, is one of them. He was attacked by Hamas gunmen a week ago. "There were five of them. They stood over me and shot my legs from the knee down. One of them put his Kalashnikov to my head. Instinctively I moved the barrel aside and the bullet hit my hand," Shadi told Haaretz yesterday. He arrived at Ichilov with one leg amputated and the other leg crushed.

"I wanted to shoot myself for voting Hamas," another patient said. He came with his brother, who had been shot in the head while evacuating wounded people in his taxi. "We really believed Hamas would change things," he said.

Later yesterday, Zecharia Alrai, 39, an officer in Fatah's elite Force 17 commando unit, arrived. He had been abducted by four Hamas gunmen a week ago. They loaded him into a jeep and drove him to an isolated spot, where they shot three bullets into his leg and dumped him.

"That's not Islam. That's evil and hypocrisy. How ironic that Israel is rescuing us from our Muslim 'brothers,'" he said.

Actually, that IS islam. It just goes to show you, despite all the leftist and arab-muslim rhetoric and propaganda about how evil Israel is, how supposedly brutal they have treated the palestinians, the reality is that Israel has treated them far better and far more humane than their fellow Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world for that matter.
Hat tip Jihadwatch

Australian resolve

The BBC reports that prior to the Iranians taking British sailors and marines hostage, an incident took place in which the Iranian navy attempted to capture an Australian navy boarding team in the Persian gulf, but were vigorously repelled.
'Having none of it'

When Iranian Revolutionary Guards captured the British sailors and Royal Marines in March, it was not exactly their first attempt.

It turns out that Iranian forces made an earlier concerted attempt to seize a boarding party from the Royal Australian Navy.

The Australians, though, to quote one military source, "were having none of it".

The British personnel were eventually released

The BBC has been told the Australians re-boarded the vessel they had just searched, aimed their machine guns at the approaching Iranians and warned them to back off, using what was said to be "highly colourful language".

The Iranians withdrew, and the Australians were reportedly lifted off the ship by one of their own helicopters.

Australia has the will and courage to put up a fight against the jihadists. I love PM Howard, he is a great friend to America and Israel. Contrast the Aussies to the feckless Europeans. It's especially sad to see what is happening to Britain. Why couldn't they have fought back rather than allow their sailors to be taken captive?

Why is the U.S. going to resume aid to the Palestinians?

Even some voices in the Arab world have come to realize what the western left still refuses to acknowledge, since it is not politically correct to say so in progressive circles. It is that the palestinians are incapable and undeserving of statehood. According to this report by Youssef Ibrahim in the NYSun, Arabs are turning their backs on the Palestinian cause. He says that rather than pouring money and weapons into palestinian hands, which will be used to continue the mayhem and end up in the pockets and bank accounts of the crooked leaders, America and Israel should wait for what he believes is a change ocurring in the arab mindset which he says will create new realities and opportunities. I seriously doubt though that there will be any change in the arab mindset in our lifetime. It's not as if the arab world pushed statehood for palestinians for the sake of the palestinians themselves, their cause was only used as a way to destroy Israel.
"It is idle to think that Gaza could be written off as a Hamas dominion while Fatah held its own in the towns of the West Bank," Fouad Ajami of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies noted in a sobering analysis published Tuesday in the New York Times. "The abdication and the anarchy have damaged both Palestinian realms. Nablus in the West Bank is no more amenable to reason than is Gaza; the writ of the pitiless preachers and gunmen is the norm in both places."

"Palestinians today need to be left without a shred of a doubt" as to what other Arabs think of them, a widely read opinion commentator for the Saudi daily Asharq Al Awsat, Mamoun Fandy, thundered on Monday. "We need to tell them the only thing they have proven over 50 years is that they are adolescents who cannot and should not be trusted to run institutions of state or any other important matters."

While it could be argued that the overwhelming public outrage in Saudi Arabia reflects resentment over the collapse of the much-vaunted reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah — which was personally brokered by King Abdullah earlier this year in Mecca — the anger expressed across the Muslim Arab world reflects deep embarrassment at the discredit Hamas has brought, in the name of Islam, through its savagery against Fatah.

For its part, the Egyptian press has become unhinged, spewing vile denunciations of what is universally known as "the cause" — support for the Palestinian Arabs — and describing it as dead. Egypt's government pulled its embassy out of Gaza on Tuesday.

Kuwaitis, who have harbored contempt for Palestinian Arabs ever since they allied themselves with Saddam Hussein's occupation in 1990–91, also dropped all restraint. "Palestinians are neither a modernized nor a civilized people," Ahmad Al Bughdadi wrote Monday in Al Siyassah, an influential Kuwaiti daily. "They are not statesmen. If what happened in Gaza is what they do without a state, what then shall they do when they get one?"

If there could be an editorial coup de grace, it surely was delivered by no less than Abdelbari Atwan, undoubtedly the Palestinian Arabs most influential and respected journalist and a familiar face on both Western and Arab television.

Writing in the London-based Al Quds International, his painfully felt commentary, "Yes, We Have Lost the World's Respect," argued that "the cause" may have lost its legitimacy: "Many, myself among them, find it difficult to speak of Israeli crimes against our people in view of what we have now done," Mr. Atwan wrote. "I never thought the day would come when we would see Palestinians throwing other Palestinians from the tops of buildings to their death, Palestinians attacking other Palestinians to tear their bodies with knives, Palestinians stripping others naked to drag them through the streets."

Hat tip Israpundit

Thursday, June 21, 2007

American tax dollars to fund PA hate "education"

One of the "humanitarian needs" which will be funded when the U.S. renews aid to the "moderate" fatah forces of "moderate" abbas, will be the PA "educational" system.

Despite promises abbas made that he would make improvements in the school curriculum when he was elected in January 2005, PA textbooks for 11th and 12th graders which have recently been published still promote violence against Israel.

Frontpage reports:

Dr. Arnon Groiss, who holds a Ph.D in Islamic Studies from Princeton University, and who serves as a senior researcher for the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, translated these new schoolbooks and was recently invited to make a presentation for the European Parliament in Brussels, because of EU member funding for the Palestinian Authority school system.

Dr. Groiss reported that the new PA schoolbooks teach the following values:
Jews are foreigners and have no rights whatsoever in Palestine.
The Jews have a dubious and even murderous character.
Israel is an illegitimate usurper who occupied Palestine in 1948 and 1967.
Israel is the source of all kinds of evil done to the Palestinians.
Peace with Israel based on reconciliation is never sought.
A violent struggle for liberation is encouraged instead.
The exact area to be liberated is never restricted to the West Bank and Gaza alone.
Jihad and martyrdom are glorified and terrorist activities against Israel are implicitly encouraged.
The West is Imperialist, aspires to world hegemony, and directs a cultural attack against Islam and supports Israel.

Groiss notes that the PA schoolbooks teach students that Palestine and Jerusalem have been Arab since antiquity, on account of the ancient Canaanites and Jebusites who are presented as Arabs. All others, including the Jews, were foreign invaders with no legitimate rights in the country.

In these new Palestinian school books, which were produced by the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, not by the Hamas, Jewish holy places in the country are not recognized.

Instead, they are presented as Muslim holy places usurped by the Jews. Groiss points out that the Jewish holy place of Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem is renamed "Bilal bin Rabbah Mosque" in 2001, while in 1996 it was still called "Rachel's Dome" in another textbook. We are witnessing here a new myth in the making.

In his presentation, Groiss brought up numerous examples of how the new Palestinian textbooks teach that Israel is solely responsible for the conflict and the Palestinians are Israel's victims. The Arab armed opposition to the UN Partition Resolution of 1947 is not mentioned, nor is the invasion of seven Arab armies on the day that Israel declared independence in 1948.

Groiss assembled a list of 25 accusations against Israel that appears in the Palestinian school books, which include the following:
Israel contributes to Palestinian social ills and family violence;
Israel causes the increase of drug abuse cases in Palestinian society ;
Israel pollutes the Palestinian environment;
Israel usurps Muslim and Christian holy places;
Israel strives to obliterate the Palestinian national identity and heritage.

The books also glorify those who kill Jews and achieve martyrdom: One book reads: "…The flow of blood gladdens my soul, as well as a body thrown upon the ground, skirmished over by the desert predators." In other cases, martyrdom is described as a wedding party.

These new Palestinian schoolbooks, thus obliterate Israel as a sovereign state, and present it as an enemy that one should fight to the end.

In other words, as Grioss says, “they teach war rather than peace.”

The question the Bush Administration must now cope with is whether or not to fund the Palestinian war curriculum in the framework of supporting “humanitarian” gestures for “moderate” elements in Palestinian culture or seeing what that culture really is.

Hat tip Israpundit

Russian treachery

Russia has begun to implement the contract signed by Rosoboronexport with Syria this year for the delivery of five MiG-31E fighter-interceptors. That means that Russia is renewing arms deliveries to the Middle East after a hiatus due to the war in Lebanon. Iran may be the big winner from the deal, since there exists an Iranian-Syrian mutual defense agreement, and Iran is financing Damascus's purchase.
Several sources in the military-industrial complex told Kommersant that OAO Nizhny Novgorod Sokol Plant has begun working on the five MiG-31E aircraft. At the beginning of the year, Rosoboronexport signed a contract with Damascus for them. Since production of the MiG-31 was halted in 1994, Syria is receiving planes from the reserve of the Russian Air Force that are being modified to the purchaser's specifications.

Vladimir Vypryazhkin, deputy general director of the state MiG Russian Aviation Construction Corp. told Kommersant yesterday that “export orders are starting to come in for the MiG-31.” He declined to identify the source of the orders, but noted that “We are offering the MiG-31E on a trade-in basis for countries that have the MiG-25 interceptor.”

Only Libya and Syria have MiG-25 fighter-interceptor and recognizance plane at present. India recently retired its MiG-25s.

Boris Aleshin, chairman of the Federal Industry Agency, confirmed that there is a contract for the MiG-31E. He also declined to identify the purchaser. Kommersant has learned that a lot of MiG-29M/M2 jets was sold to Syria as well. They are being sold abroad for the first time and are similar in their technical specifications to the MiG-35 model Russia is now offering India. The total value of the contract for the MiG-31 and MiG-29M/M2 aircraft is estimated at $1 billion.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Another hypocritical call for Israeli boycott

From Ynet
The UK's largest trade union, UNISON, advocated on Wednesday a total boycott of Israel over its continued occupation of Palestinian territories.

A statement issued by delegates meeting in Brighton read: "The conference believes that ending the occupation demands concerted and sustained pressure upon Israel including an economic, cultural, academic and sporting boycott".

In addition, delegates called on the British government to press for an arms embargo against Israel.

Speaking to Ynet, the union's secretary, Miri Maguire, said the call was symbolic and carried little practical consequences.

"We support the State of Israel and will continue our good relations with professional Israeli unions. But the aim of our call is to end Israel's occupation," Maguire said.

The union also called on Israel to retreat to the borders before the Mideast war of 1967, to allow Palestinian refugees to return to a future Palestinian state and to dismantle its settlements in the Golan Heights.

Delegates also condemned an economic boycott imposed on the Palestinian Authority last year when Hamas won the general elections.

So UNISON simultaneously urges a boycott of Israel while condemning the boycott of the hamas terrorist group. Tell me again that these people are not motivated by antisemitism.

Fifth column on campus

From Frontpagemag
Amir Abdel Malik Ali, an African-American convert to Islam who is known for his inflammatory rhetoric, is a favorite speaker of the Muslim Student Union (MSU) at UC Irvine. Ali graduated from San Francisco State University and currently acts as the Imam of the Masjid Al Islam in Oakland, California.

On May 17, Ali informed Muslim students at UC Irvine that a martyr’s death is the most honorable death. Because supporting terrorists is a favorite activity of the MSU and Ali’s main gig on college campuses is justifying terrorism, it was no surprise that the radical Imam delivered a keynote address to wrap up the MSU’s anti-Israel week which featured twice-daily speeches and rallies called “Israel: Apartheid Resurrected.”

An audience made up of primarily Muslim students wearing green armbands (similar to what suicide bombers typically wear) and T-shirts reading “UC Intifada” and “Freedom Fighter” attended Imam Ali’s lecture which was titled “UC Intifada: How you can help Palestine.”

Members of the MSU did not have to wait long for their honored guest to throw them the red meat they were waiting for: “Victory or martyrdom,” Ali asserted are the only two viable options available to the Palestinians in their battle against Israel. Of course, Ali didn’t use the word Israel since he only refers to the democratic country as the “Zionist Apartheid State.” Indeed, he exhorted his followers to “speak truth to power” by articulating their positions with their own definitions, not those of their enemies.

Ali is a proud supporter of terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, perceiving these groups in holy terms. In October 2006 Ali said, "We are celebrating the victory of Hamas over the occupier Zionists and this is only the beginning. What you saw, ladies and gentleman, what you saw this summer is only the beginning.... We got this, we can whoop them."

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The fact that such a subversive and evil event is allowed to take place at American universities is criminal. Our colleges and universities have become havens for the most radical islamic and leftist anti-American and antisemitic groups and activities.

Professor advocates one-state solution

UCLA Professor Saree Makdisi writes an editorial in the LATimes advocating a one-state solution of Israelis and palestinians. Now, when one considers the civil war which occured in Gaza, where fatah and hamas terror gangs shot at each other, threw each other off of high rise buildings, shot up hospitals, shot at peace protesters etc., one can imagine what they would do to Jews. Yet this brilliant professor somehow believes that the palestinians will peacefully share a state with Jews. Unless of course Professor Makdisi would welcome what would be the slaughter and expulsion of Jews from Israel. I can't imagine why anyone would advance such a solution unless they had evil and nefarious motives in mind.
Hat tip Backspin

The UN is a travesty

The UN Human Rights Council has voted to make scrutiny of Israel a permanent agenda item while at the same time ceasing its investigations of Cuba and Belarus. What further proof does one need to conclude that the UN is a complete travesty, an outright antisemitic, terrorist-supporting institution which ought to be dissolved? Something has to be done. There have been ideas bandied about to create an organization consisting of only free nations.

The U.S. is only an observer to the council, therefore it could not vote, but Canada which is a member, objected over singling out Israel. I'm so grateful Canadians had the good sense to elect a leader with the moral clarity of Harper for PM.
The United States — which is only an observer to the 47-nation body — has been skeptical of the council since its inception.

Warren Tichenor, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, said the reforms approved by the members "raise serious questions about the institutional priorities of the Human Rights Council."

Israeli Ambassador Itzhak Levanon said the accord was disappointing because the council had failed to ensure that it would be "non-selective and impartial."

"It is not a bright day for the protection of human rights," Levanon said, adding that the agreement "perpetuates the immoral fixation on Israel."

Rights groups were also skeptical about the agreement.

"The decision presents a floor for the council's work, but a great deal more needs to be built," said Peggy Hicks, global advocacy director for the New York-based Human Rights Watch. She said the agreement "gives leeway to countries that seek to weaken human rights protections."

The council's members had negotiated for a year on the ground rules for how it will operate over the next four years, but last-minute demands by China threatened to scuttle negotiations.

China had demanded that two-thirds of the council's members — rather than the current simple majority — agree before an expert is appointed to make a special investigation of alleged rights violations in a country.

It only dropped its objections after the council's outgoing president, Luis Alfonso de Alba of Mexico, engaged members in 14 hours of tense talks, eventually presenting the meeting with an updated compromise noting that resolutions against a country should have "the broadest possible support" — preferably co-sponsored by at least 15 member countries — before being considered.

Among the other changes was the establishment of a "universal periodic review" mechanism under which all countries will have their rights record examined regularly.

The new agreement also removes two mandates given to U.N.-appointed rights experts to examine the records of Cuba and Belarus, a move strongly criticized by non-governmental organizations, the United States and some European countries. The U.S. accuses Cuba of numerous rights violations, including the jailing of critics and limits on speech.

Nine other expert mandates, including on Haiti, Somalia, Congo, Sudan, Myanmar, North Korea and the Palestinian territories, will continue.

An influential Cuban-American member of Congress, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, said she would seek to halt U.S. funding to the council because of the "hopelessly flawed" rules exempting Cuba and Belarus and targeting Israel.

"To its shame, the U.N. Human Rights Council celebrated its first birthday by giving gifts to Fidel Castro, the authoritarian regime in Belarus and the enemies of the democratic state of Israel," said Ros-Lehtinen, the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Hat tip Backspin

Thomas Friedman takes on anti-Israel boycotters

Thomas Friedman of the NYTimes writes a column castigating Britain’s University and College Union for urging its members to boycott Israel. He actually says the decision is antisemitic.

Those who support boycotting Israel continue to insist they are not motivated by antisemitism, they say its simply the policies of the Israeli government which they abhor and are fighting against. However this explanation does not hold water considering the fact that Israel is being singled out.

There is no denying that Israel is the victim of a double standard. I would like to hear a logical explanation as to why Israel, above all countries, is being singled out for a boycott, especially when you consider the world is full of repressive dictatorships and gross violators of human rights. How about boycotting Sudan, China, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, I could go on and on. For that matter the Palestinians themselves, given their society is run by a terrorist regime.

The same double standard is practiced by the UN in constantly singling out Israel in resolutions but ignoring the world’s worst human rights violators.

You simply can’t deny a sinister motive is at work in these boycott Israel campaigns. There is no other conclusion to be drawn from such a blatant, hideous double standard applied to Israel other than antisemitism.
Hat tip Michael Van der Galien of the Moderate Voice

Israel thwarts another terrorist plot

The Shin Bet and IDF apprehended 12 PFLP members who were plotting to attack a synogogue in Modi’in. They also planned to kidnap American citizens in the West Bank in order to swap them for PFLP Secretary-General Ahmed Saadat.
The Shin Bet got its first lead last February with the arrest of PFLP member Ramzi Sharona, who named his fellow terror cell members and told interrogators he was in close contact with leading group members in the Strip.

Those members, he said, were planning to establish additional cells in Nablus and Jenin and ordered Sharona to set up a cell in Hebron.

The PFLP members in Gaza later asked that he recruit a suicide bomber for an attack in a synagogue in Israel "to avenge the Jewish activities in the Temple Mount (Mugrabi Gate)”.

Sharona, who was an illegal worker at a construction site located near the synagogue in Modi’in, said he planned to blow up the structure when it was empty and then flee to Ramallah.

He also told interrogators he scouted out the synagogue as part of the preparations for the attack.

The investigation revealed that the PFLP cell attempted to kidnap an American citizen over a year ago, but the man resisted and was immediately set free.

The terrorists also plotted to carry out another attack in Modi’in, as well as stab and shoot at IDF soldiers in the Hebron area.

“The cell’s activity gives us further indication that terrorists in Gaza are behind terror in the West Bank,” a security official said.

Whiny, petulant muslims

Muslims in India are seething over the fact that a female candidate for the presidency has said that women should stop wearing the veil. They are whining that she is insulting islam. I wonder if a fatwa will be issued against her now.
Pratibha Patil claimed that veils were only introduced to India in the 16th century to protect women from Muslim invaders, and were no longer needed.

Ms Pratil, 72, a moderate Hindu and Congress party member who is one of the governors of the state of Rajasthan, has been selected by India's governing coalition as its nominee for the mainly ceremonial role of head of state.

But today several Muslim leaders were calling for the Indian Prime Minister to find another candidate before the nominations deadline, accusing Ms Pratil of of insulting Islam.

Maulana Khalid Rashid, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said that it was God who had asked women to wear a veil and that this was enshrined in the Koran, the Muslim holy book. The board is the highest authority for Muslims in India on laws governing personal matters.

“Any statement against the veil means an opinion against Allah and the Koran which no Muslim will tolerate,” Rashid told the Associated Press news agency.

Ms Pratil made her remark at the weekend at a conference in the northwestern city of Udaipur. She told delegates that women started using veils in India to save themselves from Mughal invaders in the 16th century, and that it was time to drop the practice, The Times of India newspaper reported.

hamas fired at protesters

Here's a story I missed from last week which was buried by the MSM. In the midst of all the slaughtering by hamas of rival fatah gangsters and throwing them out of high story windows, they also fired at peace protesters in Gaza City, killing two of them. You can just imagine the hue and cry had Israel done this, which they wouldn't do of course. But once again no outcry from the UN and "progressive" circles.
Before noon, two civilians were killed during a protest held in Gaza City under the banner "Stop the Killing." Some 1,000 Palestinians marched in the city, calling for an end to the fighting, but when they approached a Hamas position, militants fired at the protesters, killing two.

Two employees of UNRWA, which provides Palestinian refugees with assistance, were also killed yesterday. The organization announced that it was suspending its operations in the Strip.

'Fanatics with guns beat liberals with ideas'

That, according to Ralph Peters is why hamas won in Gaza, and why islamo-fascism is on the ascent throughout the Middle East.
June 19, 2007 -- HAMAS won its shut-out victory in Gaza with alarming ease. And the reason Hamas won is even more alarming: Fanaticism trumps numbers.

You'll hear no end of explanations for the terrorist triumph: Hamas was backed by Iran; Gaza is Hamas' base of support; some Fatah units ran out of ammunition . . .

All true. And all secondary factors.

Fatah's security forces in Gaza outnumbered the Hamas gunmen. Fatah had stockpiles of weapons and military gear (now in Hamas' arsenal). Fatah even had the quiet backing of Israel and America.

And Fatah folded like a pup tent in a tornado.

Hamas won because its fighters are religious fanatics ready to die for their cause. Fatah runs an armed employment agency under the banner of Palestinian nationalism. Most of the latter's security men are on the payroll because relatives or ward pols got them jobs. And they want to stay alive to collect their wages.
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Hat tip Israpundit

More on Lieberman and Iran

The editorial board of NRO wonders about the state of American politics when a senator is denounced for suggesting we should be prepared to take military action against a country which is actively engaged in hostilities against our troops in Iraq, through funding, training and providing munitions to terrorist forces. Even the Republicans are fearful of defending Lieberman. What does this say about our resolve as a nation to confront Iran's aggression and prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons, and for that matter our resolve to continue fighting the war on islamic terrorism as a whole? Ahmadenijad must surely be laughing. He has no fear whatsoever of the west, and he knows that he can scare us into submission with his threats.
When one country trains a force to infiltrate and destabilize its neighbor, it has committed an act of war. And by now, it is hardly a secret that Iran has been funding, arming, and training radical factions of the Mahdi army. Still, most American politicians have been reluctant to call Iran’s behavior exactly what it is: an act of war against Iraq, and against the United States.

During a Face the Nation appearance a week ago, Sen. Joseph Lieberman said: “I think we’ve got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq.” Lieberman had recently returned from a visit to Iraq, where he discussed Iran’s role there with Gen. David Petraeus.

Democrats and their “netroots” predictably worked themselves into a frenzy over Lieberman’s comments. The antiwar group Code Pink protested outside Lieberman’s office. Harry Reid said, patronizingly, “I know Joe means well,” during a teleconference with left-wing bloggers. Reid argued that the way to handle Iran is diplomacy: a meeting among regional heads of state and President Bush.

“Senator Lieberman’s saber rattling does nothing to help dissuade Iran from aiding Shia militias in Iraq,” averred Wesley Clark on The Huffington Post. Well, at least he acknowledges Iranian complicity in the killing of Americans and American allies in Iraq. He nonetheless seems more exercised by Lieberman than by the Iranians. Clark concluded: “Only someone who never wore the uniform or thought seriously about national security would make threats at this point.” Clark has now begun an online-petition campaign to tout the message, “War is not the Answer — Diplomacy is.”
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Another example of Zionist evil

The contrast between a satanic 7th century death cult which comprises palestinian and arab-islamic culture in general, and Israel which values life, even to the point of providing medical care for its sworn enemies who seek its destruction. And yet we had the hideous spectacle of Britain's medical association advocating a boycott of the Israeli Medical Association.

"Shot by their own side, healed by the enemy"
In the Gaza Strip's Jab aliya refugee camp, Aref Suleiman was raised on Palestinian struggle against the Jewish state. Today he lies in an Israeli hospital bed, his body riddled with Palestinian bullets, his wounds tended daily by Israeli nurses.

For the 22-year-old Mr Suleiman, who was shot five times point blank by Hamas militants last month during a renewed bout of Palestinian infighting, this is not the Arab-Israeli conflict he learnt about as a child growing up in Gaza's desperate, rubbish-strewn alleys.

"Palestinians shoot me and Jews treat me," he laughs bitterly. "It was supposed to be different."

"The Jews are like honey, like flowers," he says theatrically. "They wash me, clean me, and change my gown every day. Even in my home, my own family wouldn't change me every day."

"Here, everything is beseder," he adds, using the Hebrew word for "okay".

It appears at least this particular Palestinian has been transformed from his experience with Israelis.

Dhimmi Carter is at it again

Dhimmi Carter, in an address to Ireland's eighth annual Forum on Human Rights, said the U.S., EU and Israel must stop favoring fatah over hamas. He also said the Bush administration's refusal to accept hamas 2006 election victory was "criminal". Someone needs to remind Carter that hitler was also democratically elected. What is truly criminal is Carter's insistence that the west legitimize this genocidal terrorist entity which seeks Israel's destruction. Mind you, fatah also seeks Israel's destruction, but is more discreet about its agenda and publicly presents itself as a "moderate" alternative to the west. So I'm certainly not advocating that we do favor fatah, they should be treated as much as a pariah as hamas.

Carter continues to reveal himself as a supporter of terrorism against Israel. There is no other conclusion one can draw from his many comments about the Middle East in recent months, not to mention the scurrilous and false charges in his latest book "Palestine: Peace not apartheid".
Carter said Hamas, besides winning a fair and democratic mandate that should have entitled it to lead the Palestinian government, had proven itself to be far more organized in its political and military showdowns with the Fatah movement of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Hamas fighters routed Fatah in their violent takeover of the Gaza Strip last week. The split prompted Abbas to dissolve the power-sharing government with his rivals in Hamas and set up a Fatah-led administration to govern the West Bank.

Carter said the American-Israeli-European consensus to reopen direct aid to the new government in the West Bank, but to deny the same to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, represented an "effort to divide Palestinians into two peoples."

While seeking to boycott the Hamas leadership for of its refusal to renounce violence and recognize Israel, Europe and the US have continued to send humanitarian aid to Gaza through the United Nations and other organizations.

During his speech to Ireland's eighth annual Forum on Human Rights, the 83-year-old former president said monitors from his Carter Center observed the 2006 election in which Hamas won 42 percent of the popular vote and a majority of parliamentary seats.

Carter said that election was "orderly and fair" and Hamas triumphed, in part, because it was "shrewd in selecting candidates," whereas a divided, corrupt Fatah ran multiple candidates for single seats.

Far from encouraging Hamas's move into parliamentary politics, Carter said the US and Israel, with European Union acquiescence, has sought to subvert the outcome by shunning Hamas and helping Abbas to keep the reins of political and military power.

"That action was criminal," he said in a news conference after his speech.

"The United States and Israel decided to punish all the people in Palestine and did everything they could to deter a compromise between Hamas and Fatah," he said.

Carter said the United States and others supplied the Fatah-controlled security forces in Gaza with vastly superior weaponry in hopes they would "conquer Hamas in Gaza" - but Hamas this month routed Fatah because of its "superior skills and discipline."

He said plans to reopen international aid to the West Bank, but clamp down on aid to Gaza, would imprison 1.4 million Gazans. He called for both territories to be treated equally.

Shocker: Arabs blame gaza mayhem on Jews

Islamic logic: Palestinians are slaughtering each other in Gaza, so of course the first inclination of the arab and muslim world is to respond by unleashing a barrage of hatred at Jews. This of course is to be expected from these infantile people. If the arabs actually ever took responsibility for their barbaric behavior, that would be a miracle.

Inter-Palestinian fighting in the Gaza Strip has unleashed a barrage of virulently anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic cartoons in the Arab and Muslim media, according to the Arab Affairs desk of the Anti-Defamation League Israel.

Cartoons and caricatures in the recent Arab press depict Jews in stereotypical fashion, as manipulative and conspiratorial and with hooked noses, long beards and black hats.

Recent cartoons portray Israel and the Jews as encouraging, mocking and enjoying the conflict between Hamas and Fatah.

“Once again the Arab media have gone out of their way to accuse the Jews and Israel for their plight. In the part of the world when editorial cartoons have great impact, it is not surprising that there is so much animosity toward Israel and the Jews in the Arab street,” the ADL Israel office said in a statement.

One cartoon from Al-Watan in Qatar shows Israel, in the form of an orthodox Jew, laughing out loud as he reads a newspaper headline declaring “The Palestinian Struggle.”

Read the rest of the article and see the cartoons

Gaza's Christians living in fear

From JPost:
Christians living in Gaza City on Monday appealed to the international community to protect them against increased attacks by Muslim extremists. Many Christians said they were prepared to leave the Gaza Strip as soon as the border crossings are reopened.

The appeal came following a series of attacks on a Christian school and church in Gaza City over the past few days.

Father Manuel Musalam, leader of the small Latin community in the Gaza Strip, said masked gunmen torched and looted the Rosary Sisters School and the Latin Church.

"The masked gunmen used rocket-propelled grenades to storm the main entrances of the school and church," he said. "Then they destroyed almost everything inside, including the Cross, the Holy Book, computers and other equipment."

Musalam expressed outrage over the burning of copies of the Bible, noting that the gunmen destroyed all the Crosses inside the church and school. "Those who did these awful things have no respect for Christian-Muslim relations," he said.

I would not count on the international community to do a damn thing. You see, they aren't being victimized by Israel, they are being victimized by palestinian muslims, so therefore their plight is of no concern to the UN, EU or any of those progressive groups and individuals who pretend to care about the plight of the palestinians. We all know that their true agenda is the dismantlement of Israel. You won't see this story being reported in the international press.

Danes stand up to islamists

Members of an islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, who have children in the Salam day care center in Coppenhagen, have taken control of its operations and are instituting islamic law since they gained a majority on its parental committee.

Hizb ut-tahrir refused to allow muslim children to participate in singing and dancing, required an islamic dress code, and segregated boys and girls.

During a Christmas trip to Coppenhagen zoo, the children were given Santa Clause hats, in which afterwards the committe members required the hats to be thrown away or cut into pieces and complained that Christian traditions were being forced on muslim children.

The center is no longer receiving state funding and is currently being administered by the city of Coppenhagen. The city has sent letters to the parents warning them that either they must allow the city to run the center or it will be closed.

'This case demonstrates that there is a parallel society in Copenhagen that plays by its own rules, and we will not accept that,' said Martin Geertsen, deputy mayor for cultural affairs.

Bush conspires with Zionists

Even something as simple as the president meeting with Jewish leaders causes moonbats to crawl out of the woodwork and launch into a frenzy of antisemitic rantings and conspiracy theories of Zionist cabals controlling America and bringing us to war. Here are some of the more endearing responses to the Washington Post article:
As long as we (including our president) are giving Israel our unconditional support with the blood of our boys and girls and our tax money, Israel has no incentive to negotiate for peace. Read Jimmy Carter's new book about apartheid in Palestine and you'll know the facts on the ground.
We should stop giving unconditional support to the brutal regime and in order to do that we need to clean our government from necocon traitors and foreign agents who disguise themselves as consultants and experts in various Zionist think tanks in Washington. We also need to clean up our Congress from greedy AIPAC agents.

MO3, MANY Jews in this country do in fact have dual loyalty. Case in point, MANY Jewish Americans SERVE in the Israeli Army. Our laws say serving in a foreign army means losing your U.S. citizenship. EXCEPT FOR ISRAEL! Why the free pass? Why aren't these people serving in OUR military? Why aren't they being shown the door? Because of the OVERWHELMING PRESSURE from the the pro-Israel lobby.

michel1835 - you ignore history VERY well. Israel also engaged in major terrorism in the 1940s and 1950s against the British government that had control over the region that is currently known as Israel. Massive amounts of British soldiers and diplomats were kidnapped, murdered, and had their corpses dumped out in the streets. Read more about the zionist movement called the Stern gang and Lehi. So, the Israeli's excuse was that they were justified to terrorize and bomb because they were "freedom fighters" - but when the Palestinians use this excuse, they're just a bunch of dumb cavemen who need to be separated by their wives and kids with a wall? You are a sick, sick human.

Why do these people always dominate the boards even in mainstream publications like the WP? Where is our side?

Unfortunately, this type of thinking which used to be predominately part of the far right fringe, now permeates so-called "progressive" circles.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Suicide bomb teams sent to U.S. and Europe

Brian Ross of ABC's the blotter is reporting that large teams of trained suicide bombers are being sent to the U.S. and Europe.

A Pakistani journalist was invited to attend and take pictures as some 300 recruits, including boys as young as 12, were supposedly sent off on their suicide missions.

The tape shows Taliban military commander Mansoor Dadullah, whose brother was killed by the U.S. last month, introducing and congratulating each team as they stood.

"These Americans, Canadians, British and Germans come here to Afghanistan from faraway places," Dadullah says on the tape. "Why shouldn't we go after them?"

The leader of the team assigned to attack Great Britain spoke in English.

"So let me say something about why we are going, along with my team, for a suicide attack in Britain," he said. "Whether my colleagues, companions and Muslim brothers die today or tonight, every drop of our blood will invigorate the Muslim (unintelligible)."

While Israel was facing suicide bombers, Europe at the very least expressed indifference, and many times even blamed Israel itself for these terrorist attacks. Now they are destined to suffer the same fate. Instead of being critical, Europe should have backed Israel in its fight against terrorism all of these years. Now Europe is experiencing the fruit of its policy of currying favor with the arab-muslim world by having done everything it can to undermine Israel.

The neo-nazi-islamic alliance

"Deciphering Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust Revisionism" by George Michael, on the current alliance between the western far right and islamists. Marginalized in the west, the neo nazi movement has sought to form alliances with islamist movements and terrorist groups, as well as the mullahcratic regime in Iran. The neo-nazis have recommended to muslims a strategy of holocaust revisionism rather than weapons, as a way to destroy Israel.
As European countries enacted hate laws limiting Holocaust denial, many Holocaust deniers sought safe haven in the Middle East. Few Arab states have hate speech or liable laws, except where they bear on interpretations of the Qur’an. In November 2000, Jürgen Graf, director of the Swiss revisionist organization Verité et Justice (Truth and justice), fled to Iran to escape a Swiss hate speech conviction.

The Middle East has become a venue of choice to present revisionist theories. In March 2001, the Newport Beach, California-based Institute for Historical Review and Verité et Justice planned a conference in Beirut featuring long-time revisionists Roger Garaudy and Robert Faurisson. Only intense pressure from the U.S. State Department caused the Lebanese government to reconsider its role as host. The organizers simply moved the conference to Amman, Jordan. The Jordanian Writers’ Association was happy to sponsor it.[19] While Graf’s motives may have been purely anti-Semitic, his Jordanian hosts may have appreciated the geopolitical implications. As Graf explained, “Those countries which are authentically anti-Zionist … should make the breakthrough of Holocaust revisionism their foremost priority. A tank costs millions of dollars, yet one soldier can destroy it with a single missile. The revisionists can provide anti-Zionist freedom fighters with a weapon not even a thousand missiles can destroy.”[20]

David Duke, the white supremacist from Louisiana, has been at the forefront of right-wing extremist outreach to the Islamic world. In the fall of 2002, he presented two lectures in Bahrain on “The Global Struggle against Zionism” and the “Israeli Involvement in September 11.” That same year, he appeared on an Al-Jazeera satellite network talk show and, in November 2005, he held a news conference in Damascus, Syria, pledging to do his best to convey to the world the “real peace-loving Syrian” positions.[21] According to Duke, during his visit to Syria, he met with a high-profile Syrian journalist, Nidal Kabalan, who gave a copy of Duke’s book, Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening to the Jewish Question, to Ahmadinejad, suggesting this may have been the genesis for Ahmadinejad’s subsequent Holocaust denial.[22]

Shouldn't david duke and other scum like him be imprisoned for treason? After all, he is aiding and abetting America's enemies by cavorting with the likes of Iran's genocidal dictator ahmadinejad.

Here's more from the article:
Ahmadinejad has become a hero to the extreme right. Kevin Alfred Strom, founder of the white supremacist National Vanguard, expressed solidarity with the Iranian president, especially in his fight against common Jewish and Zionist enemies. He urged Ahmadinejad to use alternative media and advocated for cooperation between the Iranian government and neo-Nazis to reach out to antiwar Americans and break the grip of the “mainstream media monopoly.”[35] Right-wing extremists often cast themselves as “alternative media voices.” When addressing audiences in Muslim countries, they downplay racist themes and emphasize anti-Americanism and anti-Zionism.[36] This was apparent in interviews the official Mehr News Agency conducted with visiting Holocaust revisionists.[37]

Ahmadinejad appears to have listened. He has made Holocaust denial a central tenet of his administration. Following his September 19, 2006 U.N. General Assembly speech, he granted press availability to representatives of the alternative media, including Michael Collins Piper, a journalist for the extreme right newspaper American Free Press and author of Final Judgment, a book postulating that the Mossad killed President John F. Kennedy.[38] After the conference, a personal friend of Piper, Iranian filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh, introduced him to Ahmadinejad, who actually invited Piper to be his personal guest in Iran.[39] Following his press conference, Ahmadinejad spent half of a 90-minute meeting at the Council on Foreign Relations trying to debunk the Holocaust.[40]
The Tehran Holocaust Conference

Foreign Ministry sponsorship of the “Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision” conference in Tehran was therefore a culmination of a longer process. Leading officials including Ahmadinejad and Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki attended.[41] The conference provided a venue for the who’s who of Holocaust denial and revisionism.[42] Duke gave the keynote address. Other prominent participants included Jan Bernhoff, a computer science professor in Sweden; Mattias Chang, a lawyer and an author of conspiracy books from Malaysia; Robert Faurisson, a former literature professor in France and a long-time Holocaust denier; Wolfgang Fröhlich, a Holocaust denier from Austria; Jürgen Graf, a Holocaust denier from Switzerland; Mohammed Hegazi, a pro-Palestinian activist who resides in Australia; George Kadar, originally from Hungary, who now resides in the United States and writes for the far right newspaper, American Free Press; Richard Krege, a Holocaust denier from Australia; Patrick McNally, a Holocaust denier and conspiracy theorist who currently resides in Japan; Michael Collins Piper, a writer for American Free Press; Michele Renouf, an Australian socialite and supporter of Holocaust revisionism; Bradley Smith, an American Holocaust denier who currently resides in Mexico; Georges Thiel, a Holocaust denier from France; Serge Thion, a French sociologist and critic of the politicization of the Holocaust; and Frederick Töben. At the conference, participants agreed to establish a world foundation for Holocaust studies and unanimously appointed Mohammad ‘Ali Ramin as its secretary general.[43] An advisor to President Ahmadinejad, Ramin once lived in Germany and is an ardent defender of Holocaust denial.

As with the Jordanian conference before, anti-Zionism combined with Holocaust revisionism. Former Iranian interior minister ‘Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour conceded that the Nazis “committed horrendous crimes during World War II” but added that “the Zionists’ narration of the massacre of the six million Jews at Nazi death camps is far from reality.”[44]

Right-wing extremists who participated in the conference expressed satisfaction.[45] By working with Muslims, they hope to dilute the stigma of racism. Rather than characterize themselves as “white supremacist,” they now speak of “white separatism,” placing themselves within the third-world vocabulary of self-determination and liberation. While associating with a Middle Eastern despot, especially in the aftermath of 9-11, might not seem expedient, neo-Nazi groups may consider that they have little to lose since they are already marginal. That any head of state would embrace them enhances their stature. So, too, did media attention. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer granted Duke a platform to discuss his participation in the conference.[46]

The Tehran conference may have provided a boost of adrenalin to neo-Nazis. Erich Gliebe, chairman of the National Alliance, the most prominent U.S. neo-Nazi organization, lauded Ahmadinejad and lamented that Western leaders did not have his “guts.” Days after the Tehran conference concluded, he announced that his organization would hold a similar conference at its Hillsboro, West Virginia headquarters.[47] Several revisionists who attended the Tehran conference participated.[48]

Hat tip Israpundit