Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Czech Republic Defends Israel

Finally a voice of sanity in Europe. The Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, Karel Schwarzenberg has defended Israel's counter offensive against hamas. And I'm glad to see that he will be the next EU president. The European countries of the former eastern block seem to be more willing to stand up to the islamists than the countries of western Europe. The seem to be more aware of what's at stake, having lived under communist oppression.

"Let us realize one thing: Hamas increased steeply the number of rockets fired at Israel since the ceasefire ended on Dec. 19. That is not acceptable any more," Schwarzenberg told daily Mlada Fronta Dnes in an interview.

France, which will hand over the EU's rotating presidency to Prague, has condemned Israel's strikes and the rocket attacks from Hamas militants and called for both to stop immediately.

'Luxury of telling the truth'

It also said it deplored the many civilian casualties and condemned Israel's "disproportionate use of force", echoing comments from UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon, who has also called for a ceasefire.

Schwarzenberg, a staunch ally of Washington, said Hamas had excluded itself from serious political debate due to its rocket attacks on Israel. He also indirectly blamed the group for the growing death toll, saying it put its bases and gun warehouses in densely populated areas.

"Why am I one of the few that have expressed understanding for Israel? ... I am enjoying the luxury of telling the truth," Schwarzenberg told the daily.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Extremism in Britain's Islamic Schools

It should come as no surprise that a report concludes that 60% of muslim schools in Britain are linked to extremists and teach hatred of western society, Jews and Christians. Moreover, students are not being taught secular subjects, only islamic indoctrination, thereby insuring that these young people will remain ignorant and isolated from the rest of British and western society, thus being ripe for recruitment as future terrorists, as well as creating a two-tier society with muslims having their own enclaves with their own separate laws. Then eventually through sheer numbers, muslims will turn all of Britain into an islamic state. This scenario will be duplicated in other western countries. As I have said on numerous occasions, muslims are here to conquer and subjugate us, not to assimilate and coexist with us. Their loyalty is to the islamic umma and not to the respective countries they reside in. This should be more than obvious by now, yet British and western elites as a whole still just don't get it. These schools should be shut down immediately. It's astounding that western nations put out the welcome mat to people who make open declarations of warfare against us and our way of life.

Britain's Muslim schools have been sharply criticised in a controversial draft report commissioned by a leading think tank which suggests that over 60 per cent of them are linked to potentially dangerous Islamic fundamentalists.

An early version of the report, entitled When Worlds Collide, alleges that of the 133 Muslim primary and secondary schools it surveyed, 82 (61.6 per cent) have connections or direct affiliations to fundamentalists. The 133 schools are in the private sector but supposedly subject to Ofsted inspection.

The report also claims that some of these schools teach "repugnant" beliefs about the wickedness of Western society and Jews.

The claims in the report, written by Denis MacEoin in response to a commission from Civitas, will provoke ritual cries of "Islamophobia" from the Muslim Council of Britain and fellow travellers such as Koran Armstrong. MacEoin has been careful to back up his claims with evidence - in particular, screen captures of links to Islamic hate-mongers, including supporters of Al-Qaeda.

Civitas, however, is not prepared to endorse MacEoin's 61.6 per cent figure, which will not appear in the published version of When Worlds Collide. A spokesman for Civitas explains: "We want to concentrate on claims that are absolutely robust, rather than complicated material, some of it in Arabic, that might unjustly damage someone's reputation."

Perhaps the most alarming finding of the draft I've seen is that so many of these schools (including ones with no connections to political extremism) are bricking up their pupils behind a wall of Koranic injunctions and Sharia law.

The schools known as Darul Ulooms, which base their curriculum on a seventeenth-century Indian teaching system, include very few secular subjects, claims the report. It says: "Their aim is not to prepare pupils for life in the wider world, but to give them the tools for a more limited existence inside the Muslim enclaves."
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Monday, December 29, 2008

Hamas Uses Wounded For Propaganda

For hamas, the palestinian people only serve the purpose of being used as political pawns and the more that are harmed or killed, the better for hamas. That is why they are used as human shields and also why hamas is refusing to allow Gazans to cross into Egypt for medical treatment. And so long as the western media continues to serve as a propaganda tool for hamas by falsely blaming civilian casualties on Israel, the terror group will continue these practices. Hopefully after this offensive though, hamas will cease to exist. And as always is the case with regards to hamas and other palestinian terrorist atrocities, deafening silence from the human rights community.

"We are waiting for the wounded Palestinians to cross. They are not being allowed to cross," he told reporters. Asked who was to blame, he said: "Ask the party in control on the ground in Gaza."

Subhuman Monsters

If it wasn't for the blogosphere we would be in the dark about much of what is going on in the world. Why does the msm insist on covering for islamic terrorists? They wouldn't even acknowledge that the Chabad house was purposely targeted. The NY Times actually had the audacity to play dumb and report that it wasn't known whether the attack on Chabad house was random or specifically targeted. That is simply unbelievable. The only Jews in the entire city and the NY Times feigns cluelessness, as if its reasonable to believe that the terrorists just so happened to come across the only Jewish institution in the entire city of Mumbai while randomly slaughtering innocent people. The Times obviously thinks their readers are imbeciles. Here is something else the western media has failed to report. The victims were sexually assaulted and their genitals mutilated.

Disturbing photographs made available to this newspapers by police sources indicate that several of the guests at the Taj Mahal Hotel during the siege November 26 were sexually humiliated by the terrorists and then shot dead.

Police sources confirm that even as the terrorists were engaged in a fierce combat with NSG commandos, they were humiliating their hostages before ending their terrifying ordeal[...]

"Even the Rabbi and his wife at Nariman House were sexually assaulted and their genitalia mutilated," said a senior officer of the investigating team, not wishing to be quoted.


The Jawa Report has the best idea I've heard in how to deal with jihadis:

Indian courts should order castration of the last surviving terrorist. Next, wrap it in bacon and send it to the Pakistani ISI.

I would go further in instituting a program of castrating muslim males beginning at adolescence. They genitally mutilate females, so why not turn the tables on them?

Resist Sharia Finance

Besides terrorism, more insidious non-violent forms of jihad are being used to islamize the west. Among these is sharia based finance. Even some people who are otherwise aware of the threat islam represents in other areas, don't perceive sharia finance as harmful. They believe it is merely about prohibiting loans to businesses which involve alcohol, tobacco, pornography, gambling and pork. These are things that even religious Christians and Jews oppose. However sharia finance represents something much more sinister. For one thing, there is the institution of zakat, which involves giving a certain percentage of profits to islamic charities, which are fronts for terrorism. There are those in the business and financial world who are unaware and are not interested in becoming informed about sharia. These people are willing to sell their souls and our values and freedom for Arab money. Thankfully there are enough patriotic citizens to fight creeping sharia into our society. One such organization is the Thomas More Law Center which is suing the US government for bailing out AIG, the financial giant which features sharia based banking.

The Thomas More Law Center has been involved in several cases dealing with the insidious threat of radical Islam. Law Center attorney Robert Muise, who is handling this case involving AIG, is also one of the Law Center's attorneys defending LtCol Jeffrey Chessani, USMC, the senior officer charged in the so-called "Haditha Massacre" case. Those charges were dismissed by a military judge, and the government has appealed that ruling. Muise is also representing former Marine Jesse Nieto, whose anti-Islamic terrorism message was recently banned by military authorities at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune because of some unknown complaints.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Haveil Havalim

Edition #198 of the Jewish blog carnival Haveil Havalim is posted at Material Maidel.

Blood Libels

More claptrap and hyperventilating headlines coming from media coverage of Israel's counterstrike against hamas. In the ultra left British newspaper the Guardian, the Gaza operation is referred to as an atrocity and compared with Dir Yassin and Sabra and Shatila. Never mind that the latter incident was Arabs killing Arabs. Arab Christians killed muslims in response to the slaughtering of Christians by the PLO in Lebanon. And with regards to Dir Yassin in 1948, claims of atrocities were fabricated. Nothing has changed over the decades, blood libels of Israel by the Arabs and the western media's acceptance of such claims are ongoing.

[...] For in the end what has happened in the past few hours is simply an expression of what has been going on for days and months and years: the death and fear that Gaza's gunmen and rocket teams and bombers have inflicted upon Israel have been returned 10, 20, 30 times over once again. And nothing will change in the arithmetic of it.

Not in Gaza. But perhaps in a wider Arab world, becoming more uncomfortable by the day about what is happening inside Gaza, something is changing. And Israel has supplied a rallying point. Something tangible and brutal that gives the critics of its actions in Gaza - who say it has a policy of collective punishment backed by disproportionate and excessive force - something to focus on.

Something to be ranked with Deir Yassin. With the Sabra and Shatila massacres. Something, at last, that Israel's foes can say looks like an atrocity.

This is why I have such utter contempt for the media. This is why hamas and other terror groups are able to thrive, because the western media consistently acts as their propaganda outlets. The coverage of this offensive by Israel will rank with the Jenin "massacre" hoax and the mohamed al dura hoax. No matter how many times these people lie, the western media raises no skepticism when the next claim of an Israeli "massacre" is made.

And still after more than 25 years one would be hard pressed to find anyone who is aware that Sabra and Shatila was an incident in which Arabs killed Arabs. This is still purposely not made clear by the media and left wing propagandists who want people to believe Israel is responsible for those killings. It is no wonder there is so much ignorance about the Middle East throughout the western world.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Bias Reporting

I made the mistake of tuning into various msm outlets in order to be updated about the Israeli air strikes on Gaza. Unsurprisingly the coverage was of course sympathetic to the palestinian side and judgmental towards Israel. This is done in subtle ways such as an anchor reporting that more than 200 "people" were killed by the strikes. The word "people" rather than hamas terrorists were used by every media outlet to describe the dead. One would naturally conclude that these were civilians and the implication is that the IAF just went off in a haphazard manner randomly striking out. They also show hysterical old ladies sobbing and children being carried off on stretchers, likely staged for gullible western media and audiences as the palestinians have frequently done before. This ignorance and more likely outright malevolence, is why I despise the msm so much.

Israel specifically pinpointed hamas installations. And given that the attack came by surprise its unlikely that hamas had a chance to shield themselves with women and children. So when all is said and done, we will find out that the overwhelming majority of casualties were hamas. I would pay no heed to what is being reported about casualties in real time as the msm uses palestinian stringers in its coverage and accepts and reports at face value whatever they may claim about who has been killed. Just remember the Jenin "massacre" hoax.

About Time

This massive Israeli offensive in Gaza has taken hamas by surprise, believing that Israel would not strike on the sabbath. As a result, many of these vermin had crawled out of their ratholes, thus exposing themselves and leading to massive hamas casualities. My favorite part of this operation is the IAF's airstrike upon a hamas graduation ceremony, snuffing out scores of future terrorists. Perhaps that is why Barak allowed the convoys through, in order to lull hamas into believing no offensive operation was imminent.

A Hamas source in Gaza confirmed Saturday that the Israeli Air Force attack on the Gaza Strip, caught the organization completely off guard. Hamas, said the source, did not believe the IDF would launch a strike on Shabbat.

Earlier in the week, many Hamas operative went underground, fearing an Israeli assault, but despite the precautions taken by Hamas, many of its police stations across the Strip were operating as usual, again – believing an Israeli attack will not begin over the weekend.

Hamas spokesman Fauzi Barhum told the media that the organization learned on Friday that Israel was not going to launch any military operation in Gaza. Egypt had recommended Hamas cease all rocket fire immediately, in order to allow Israel to postpone its planned offensive in the Strip.

According to a Hamas source, the organization believed an Israeli offensive would mimic past ones and target Hamas training and other minor facilities, and not offices meant to provide services to the general population.

Among the offices hit were the Gaza passport bureau and the Preventive Security Headquarters.

Hamas further said that the message sent by Israel was one stipulating that that are no more line in the sand, and therefore the organization's would respond accordingly.

Earlier Saturday, Hamas interior minister confirmed that all Hamas infrastructure in the Strip was hit during the string of IAF strikes. The Palestinians further reported that one of the strikes was aimed at a Hamas cadet course readying for its graduation

ceremony. According to the Palestinian police
spokesman in
Gaza, many of the cadets were killed, including Tawfiq Jabar, commander of the Gaza Police.

Eyewitnesses reported black smoke towering over the Gaza Harbor, as well as over several building used by Hamas' armed forces in the city. The Palestinian television is broadcasting images of dead bodied across the city, and of the wounded being rushed to medical facilities.

Official Palestinian reports estimate 150 people were killed in the strike and 300 injured

Israel Needs New Strong Leadership

Israel's current government has forgotten that its primary obligation is to defend Israeli citizens and not worry about the well-being of inhabitants on enemy territory.
(IsraelNN.com) MK Aryeh Eldad (HaTikvah) has requested that Attorney General Menachem Mazuz look into Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s decision to allow supplies to enter Gaza. According to Eldad, Barak should be brought to trial for assisting the enemy in a time of war.

Barak decided Friday to allow 90 trucks carrying food, medicine and fuel to enter Gaza via Israeli crossings in the western Negev. The trucks were allowed to pass despite dozens of rocket and mortar shell attacks from Gaza over the past two days.

Barak’s decision is criminal, Eldad said Friday. “There’s no way to define this other than abetting the enemy in a time of war, and whoever does so must be brought to trial,” he stated.

Barak has frequently allowed aid into Gaza despite rocket attacks, and Israel continues to supply most of Gaza’s electricity. In a controversial move, Barak recently allowed a large shipment of cash to enter Gaza as well in order to save Gaza banks, which were at risk of collapse due to the lack of currency.

This is just fucking nuts. Has there ever been a nation in the history of the world which actively provided money, fuel and supplies to an enemy waging war against it?

Barak and other ministers who favor the shipments to Gaza say the aid is necessary in order to prevent a humanitarian crisis in an area where most residents rely on international aid. The United Nations has put heavy pressure on Israel to open crossings despite rocket attacks in order to keep its Gaza aid program from encountering food shortages.

Enough with worrying over world opinion and caving in to international pressure. Not one of these countries that make demands upon Israel would tolerate rockets being fired and other acts of war against themselves. They certainly wouldn’t be providing their enemy with the means to continue the ability to wage war. Israel is under no obligation to allow money and supplies through to Gaza while it is under attack by its regime. How dare the international community demand that it does and how dare the weak Israeli government oblige and put its own citizens in mortal danger!

Eldad has previous called to enforce laws that he says are violated by Israeli politicians in the name of negotiations and peace. Earlier this year Eldad called for politicians who agree to give territory to Syria to face the death penalty. Giving up the Golan would be treason under Israel’s criminal legislation, he explained.

Regarding Gaza, Eldad has stated that he favors allowing Arab residents of the area who do not support terrorism to voluntarily relocate to Jordan and other Arab countries.

The best idea I've heard yet. Remove the Arabs from the territories.

Muslim Men Frightened of Educated Females

Threatened by educated females, the barbarous taliban is giving an all girls school in Pakistan's primitive Swat district 15 days to close down or else. Hundreds of girls schools in the district have been blown up and torched and female teachers have received death threats. The greatest enemy of islam is free thinking and educated women. These scum must keep women illiterate in order to control and brutalize them. In the sick view of islam, to abuse and oppress women is an expression of manliness. Islam is not a religion, it is a mental illness. There is no fate more horrible for a woman then to have to live under islamic rule.

Islamabad, Dec 24 (DPA) Islamic militants have imposed a ban on female education and warned teachers of severe consequences if any girl is seen heading for a school in the restive Swat district of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, local residents said Wednesday.
The announcement was made Friday by a spokesman of radical cleric Maulana Fazlullah - who has waged armed struggle to impose Taliban rule in the district - on a pirated FM radio frequency regularly used by the militants.
'All the private and government schools have been given a 15-day deadline to close down the female education facilities. They have also banned women from visiting markets,' Mohammad Osman, a school teacher and social worker, told DPA.
'We have no choice but to follow the orders. The government cannot give us protection. Taliban have established a parallel government in 90 percent area of the district and they execute everyone who opposes them,' he added.
Pakistan deployed more than 30,000 troops to quell Fazlullah's rebellion in October, but the government has not been able to establish its writ in the district. Hundreds of troops, insurgents and civilians have died in the continuing clashes.
Rebels have blown up or torched hundreds of girls' schools over the last 14 months while female teachers regularly receive threats.
'From 9.00 in the morning till 3.00 in the afternoon, you can see military patrolling the streets of some towns. As they leave, Taliban take over and for the rest of the day and night they rule the area,' said Osman.

Channel 4 Goes Too Far Even by British Standards

Finally some semblance of sanity has returned to Great Britain. Government representatives across the political spectrum have condemned channel 4 along with Iran's putrid little pipsqueak dictator over his "alternative" Christmas message. This move by channel 4 to placate and legitimize such an evil dictator was a shocking and disgusting act even by British media standards. Looking at it from a different perspective however, perhaps channel 4 did a public service by lighting a fire under the Brits.

A number of British government representatives, Members of Parliament (MPs), and a human rights advocate have taken a strong pro-Israel stance, defended gays, and condemned Channel 4’s decision to allow Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to deliver an “Alternative Christmas Message” to the British people. Channel 4 receives public subsidies, so British taxpayers are paying to provide a platform for one of the world’s most dangerous (and mentally unstable) dictators. From the BBC:



… The decision [by Channel 4 to air Ahmadinejad’s drivel] angered some MPs, who branded him a “dangerous fanatic” with anti-Semitic and anti-gay views.

Channel 4 said it had offered viewers an “alternative world view”. …

However, a Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: “President Ahmadinejad has during his time in office made a series of appalling anti-Semitic statements. …

Labour MP Louise Ellman, chairwoman of the Labour Jewish Movement, said: “I condemn Channel 4’s decision to give an unchallenged platform to a dangerous fanatic who denies the Holocaust, while preparing for another, and claims homosexuality does not exist while his regime hangs gay young men from cranes in the street.

“Who will deliver next year’s alternative Christmas message? Will it be David Irving or Robert Mugabe?”

Conservative MP Mark Pritchard, a member of the Commons all-party media group, said: “Channel 4 has given a platform to a man who wants to annihilate Israel and continues to persecute Christians at Christmas time.

“This raises serious questions about whether Channel 4 should receive an increased public subsidy for their programmes.” …

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell joined the attack, calling the president a “criminal despot, who ranks with Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and the Burmese military junta as one of the world’s most bloody tyrants”. …
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Friday, December 26, 2008

Sharia Punishments in Gaza

The hamas terror group which rules Gaza, has passed a bill establishing a sharia legal code. Punishments such as whipping, hanging and dismembering will be allowed. Notice the deafening silence from various sanctimonious hypocrites who tout the palestinian cause. Where are all of the agitators such as those who sailed to Gaza to protest Israel's blockade which was in response to hamas rocket attacks, and the UK NGO's who slandered Israel as practicing apartheid for putting up a security fence to protect against terrorism? Why don't we hear them screaming about the human rights of the Palestinians now? Where are you Lauren Booth, Greta Berlin, Yvonne Ridley and the ISM? You don't speak out against this because in truth you don't really care about the human rights of the Palestinians, they are merely pawns in your war to destroy the state of Israel. You are pro-hamas, you support terrorism against Israel, you are not about peace.
Where are the human rights groups? Hamas has recently passed a radical Islamic bill ushering whipping, dismembering and execution as standard punitive action into the Gaza penal code, the London-based Arabic-language newspaper al-Hayat reported Wednesday.

According to the report, the bill passed its second reading in the Gaza Parliament, by unanimous majority of three – the only three members of parliament who were present at the meeting.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is unlikely to sanction the bill, as required by the Palestinian law , but Hamas would have little problem implementing it in Gaza – which is under its complete control.

The bill is made up of 214 subsections. Section 59 states that "any Palestinian found guilty of raising a weapon against Palestine in favor of the enemy; countering Palestine's interests in a negotiation with a foreign government; and placing Palestine's existence in danger by committing an act of aggression against a foreign country... will be sentenced to death."

A similar fate awaits anyone found guilty of the following: "Joining a foreign army fighting Palestine or facilitating such action; demoralizing the Palestinian people to any of its resistance movements; spying on Palestine or engaging in espionage during wartime."

Section 84 stipulates that anyone found guilty of "drinking to making wine will be subjected to 40 lashes… drinking and harassing the public will be punishable by 40 lashes and three months in jail."

The whip will be used on anyone "engaging in games of chance, offending religious beliefs and defaming others' character," as well.

The bill also calls for dismembering – mostly of the hands – of anyone convicted of theft.

Dhimmi Priest

Some in Italy are rightfully furious over a local dhimmi priest placing a model mosque in a nativity scene. Another example of diluting what is supposed to be a Christian holiday with politically correct multicultural madness.

The League, which has campaigned against the building of new mosques, bitterly attacked Father Prospero Bonzani as an "imbecile".

The miniature mosque, complete with a minaret, was included in the skyline of Bethlehem in the nativity scene at Father Bonzani's Our Lady of Providence church in the northern port of Genova.

The anti-immigration Northern League has called for a referendum to before any more mosques are built. Mario Borghezio, a Northern League MEP, called the priest an "imbecile" and said: "What on earth possessed him to put a mosque in a traditional Christmas nativity scene? I hope that the Church authorities in Genova will investigate this as a matter of urgency.''

He added: "What will this priest do when he says Mass during Ramadan? Ask us to turn towards Mecca? He may as well have included a suicide bomber wearing dynamite."

But Father Bonzani said that his nativity scene was designed to send a message of inter-faith harmony. "I included the mosque as a sign that we should have more dialogue with the Muslim faith. I do not have any regrets. At the end of the day the most important thing to focus on here is the Holy Family. I have only one had one complaint from within the parish and that's it."

Really? If it's merely about sending a message of inter-faith harmony, why not place a synagogue, a Buddhist temple and a Hindu Temple as well? It would make as much sense. What this is really about is a weak man succumbing to the hostile muslim invasion of his country. He has decided to accept that Italy will be a muslim nation eventually instead of choosing to fight it.

Father Bonzani added that another reason for including the mosque was that it accurately represented today's Bethlehem. "Someone asked me why I had put one in and I said I wanted it to be a modern Bethlehem."

Father Bonzani also responded to his fiercer critics. "They said that I was allowing Islam to infiltrate Catholicism. As for Mr Borghezio, he is showing complete ignorance of his so called Catholic faith to love thy neighbour as thyself."

The problem with that is that muslims do not share the sentiment of loving thy neighbor, they are here to conquer and subjugate us, not to live in peace and harmony with us. Why don't clergy in the west understand this by now? Why don't they see through these phony interfaith dialogues with muslims?

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Refusal to Defeat Hamas

Whenever hamas calls for a ceasefire, they do so obviously because they are in a weakened position and need to replenish their arsenal. That is exactly the time when Israel should step up its counter terror operations against it and destroy hamas for good. Instead time and time again, the nitwits in the Israeli government agree to one-sided ceasefires where only the IDF is hindered from acting, thereby allowing hamas several months of a reprieve in which they build tunnels, smuggle in weaponry and emerge stronger than ever with an even greater rocket range, which puts ever more Israelis in danger. And it also makes any future military operations all the more difficult due to hamas increased arsenal. What kind of screwed up policy is this? Anyhow, this period of “calm” which just ended, saw hundreds of rockets fired at Israeli civilians. Here is another great column from Caroline Glick:

Repeating failure in Gaza

Caroline Glick , THE JERUSALEM POST

If additional proof is needed that Israel is in desperate need of a new government, one needs to look no further than the situation in the South.

After the Olmert-Livni government failed to defeat Hizbullah in the 2006 war, the public demanded that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert resign and enable the people to elect a new government capable of defending the country and fixing the damage that he and his colleagues had just wrought. Olmert refused. He justified his contempt for the public by claiming that since he was the one who had failed, he was in the best position to fix the mess he created.

His reasoning was not simply self-serving. It was strategically devastating. His stubborn insistence on remaining in power made it impossible for the country to embark on a new course.

And today, with the South under siege, the hollowness of Olmert’s assertion that he and his colleagues could be trusted to learn from their mistakes is unmistakable. On Sunday the IDF was forced to order schools around Gaza to bar children from playing outside. And as Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) director Yuval Diskin acknowledged at Sunday’s cabinet meeting, their fate may soon be shared by hundreds of thousands of other children.

Diskin announced that over the past six months of Israel’s one-sided cease-fire with Hamas, Hamas expanded its rocket range from 20 kilometers to 40 and is now capable of attacking the outskirts of Beersheba, Ashdod, Gedera, Kiryat Gat and Kiryat Malachi in addition to Ashkelon, Sderot and Netivot. So due to the so-called cease-fire, Hamas now has more than a million Israelis at its mercy.

SINCE IT abandoned Gaza in September 2005, the government has more or less stood down and allowed Hamas to build its armies and terror arsenals unchallenged. But with the February 10 general elections swiftly approaching, and with public anger at their abandonment of the South daily rising, on Sunday Olmert’s ministers decided that the time has come to launch a military offensive into Gaza.

To prepare the ground for the promised offensive, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has ordered the diplomatic corps to build international support and understanding for the planned military action. Of course, as Likud Knesset candidate and former chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Moshe Ya’alon pointed out on Israel Radio Monday morning, the very fact that Israel today lacks international support for defending the country against Hamas’s illegal terror offensive shows how empty pledges made by Livni and Olmert on the eve of the 2005 surrender of the Gaza Strip truly were.

At the time, Livni, Olmert and their colleagues promised that after Israel left the area, if the Palestinians dared to attack the country, Israel would have full international backing to defend itself. Now, with an Iranian proxy in control of its southern border, Israel finds itself condemned for every action it takes to secure its citizens from murder.
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US Postal Service Submits to Islam

The men and women who are risking their lives to defend us are unable to receive certain gifts while they are serving overseas in muslim countries. That is because the US postal service is the latest government agency to resort to becoming subservient dhimmis. They have set restrictions on what can be sent to military post offices overseas. Among those restrictions are anything that is deemed offensive to islam. I recall back during the first gulf war and throughout the time our servicemen and women were stationed in saudi arabia protecting that putrid kingdom from saddam hussein, they were forbidden from displaying crosses or other religious symbols or bibles and could not celebrate Christmas. Yet muslims freely and openly observe their religious practices, holidays, display their symbols and korans here. When are we going to stop accepting this one-way street in our relations with the muslim world?

Mail addressed to military post offices overseas is subject to certain conditions or restrictions of mailing regarding content, preparation, and handling. The APO/FPO table below outlines these conditions by APO/FPO ZIP Codes through the use of footnoted mailing restrictions codes (see the Restrictions page following the table). [...]

RESTRICTIONS

[...]

C. Cigarettes and other tobacco products are prohibited.

C1. Obscene articles, prints, paintings, cards, films, videotapes, etc., and horror comics and matrices are prohibited.

D. Coffee is prohibited.

E1. Medicines or vaccines not conforming to French laws are prohibited.

E2. Any matter containing religious materials contrary to Islamic faith or depicting nude or seminude persons, pornographic or sexual items, or nonauthorized political materials is prohibited. [...]

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

More Christmas Moonbattery in the UK

A few years ago I used to think that people like Bill O'Reilly were overreacting when they claimed there was a war on Christmas and Christianity. Now I think they are right. In recent years England's channel 4 has had an invited guest to give an annual "alternative" Christmas message to the Queen's annual one. Now although I'm not Christian, I believe Christians are entitled to celebrate Christmas without being inclusive toward other religions. After all, it is a CHRISTIAN holiday. No one demands that ramadan be inclusive. Yet the multicultural crackpots throughout the west have sought to ruin a beautiful and joyous holiday season with their madness. There is no need for an alternative message because some infantile people might be offended and feel marginalized with all of the Christmas celebrations going on. They have chosen to immigrate to a Christian majority country, so get over it.

Anyway, as if it isn't bad enough to ruin a lovely national tradition and air an alternative Christmas message, the UK's channel 4 has chosen to give the message this year, believe it or not, to Iran's crazed, genocidal dictator who has vowed to stop Christianity in his country and who repeatedly has vowed to wipe Israel off the map. That's some way to promote peace on Earth and good will towards men.

Although I don't celebrate it, it is really sad that Christmas is being ruined by moonbats throughout the west, robbing Christians of their tradition and the joy of the season in favor of this multiculti crap. Let's go back to the way it was many years ago before Christmas was hijacked and politicized by the radical left crackpots amongst us.

UK Moonbats Use Christmas to Bash Israel

Assorted moonbats and crackpots have hijacked a wonderful holiday with beautiful traditions and turned it into an opportunity for invective against Israel. UK NGO's are using Christmas cards, carols and charity fund-raising to condemn Israel's security barrier, falsely referring to it as an "apartheid" wall. Yet they have nothing to say about the persecution of Christians at the hands of muslims who have driven most of them out. Leave it to these leftist cretins to take away the joy of Christmas and politicize it, turning its traditions into something ugly and hateful.

In time for Christmas, several British NGOs have returned to past theological offensives against Israel by combining emphasis on Bethlehem, stories of Palestinian suffering, and false allegations of Israeli cruelty, NGO Monitor said in a report issued Tuesday.

Through Christmas cards, carols and charity fund-raising, War on Want, Amos Trust, Pax Christi and others condemn the West Bank security barrier and ignore the Palestinian terror campaign that necessitates it, according to the report.

As in previous years, when NGOs used London Underground station advertisements and greeting cards, these campaigns capitalize on holiday sentiment and Christian religious symbols to declare: "The wall must fall," and present a biased view of the conflict, NGO Monitor said. War on Want and Amos Trust are marketing Christmas cards depicting the security barrier and conflating Jesus with the Palestinians - a familiar theme among British NGOs.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is selling similar items to protest the "illegal structure" of the "apartheid wall," thereby also appealing to religious prejudices.

War on Want's cards feature "the three wise men trying to get to Bethlehem but being forced to dig underneath Israel's separation wall." A second card shows Mary and Joseph encountering a Bethlehem that is "effectively sealed off from the outside world by Israel's Separation Wall," and "Mary and Joseph being frisked on their way to find an inn for the night."

Similarly, Amos Trust advertises cards that portray Santa Claus walking along the security barrier with a bag of gifts, ringing a bell. The inside text ends, "As we celebrate the child born in Bethlehem - let us not forget God's children living in Bethlehem today." Additionally, as in previous years, Amos Trust offers the "Wall Nativity," which comes with a prayer guide and "complete with separation wall [and] depicts the current situation in Bethlehem." This project has been criticized for its anti-Semitic undertones.
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Saudi Court Rules 8 Year Old Girl Can't Divorce Husband

Islam, the religion of violent misogyny and pedophilia. Would it be islamophobic and culturally insensitive if I were to judge harshly a religion in which girls and women are merely property and denied any human rights, in which there is religiously and legally sanctioned child brides and child sex slaves? Would I be racist if I was appalled at a culture in which fathers pimp their underage daughters as young as 8 and younger off to disgusting, vile old men for money?

In the Saudi kingdom, a court rules that an eight year old girl cannot divorce her 58 year old "husband". Those saudi ragheads are an especially repulsive lot. They are nothing but a band of desert savages who acquired wealth only because they unfortunately sit atop the world's largest oil reserves, enabling them to oppressively rule over their people and spread their hideous wahabbi ideology around the world through the funding of mosques and madrassas which indoctrinate and incite millions of muslims to hate and want to kill kuffars. If there ever were those that deserve castration, it is the saudi royals.

A Saudi court has rejected a plea to divorce an eight-year-old girl married off by her father to a man who is 58, saying the case should wait until the girl reaches puberty.

The divorce plea was filed in August by the girl's divorced mother with a court at Unayzah, 135 miles north of Riyadh just after the marriage contract was signed by the father and the groom.

Lawyer Abdullar Jtili said:"The judge has dismissed the plea, filed by the mother, because she does not have the right to file such a case, and ordered that the plea should be filed by the girl herself when she reaches puberty."

"She doesn't know yet that she has been married," Jtili said then of the girl who was about to begin her fourth year at primary school.

Relatives who did not wish to be named said that the marriage had not yet been consummated, and that the girl continued to live with her mother.

They said that the father had set a verbal condition by which the marriage is not consummated for another 10 years, when the girl turns 18.

The father had agreed to marry off his daughter for an advance dowry of £5,000, as he was apparently facing financial problems, they said.

The father was in court and he remained adamant in favour of the marriage, they added.

Mr Jtili said he was going to appeal the verdict at the court of cassation, the supreme court in the ultra-conservative kingdom which applies Islamic Sharia law in its courts.

Arranged marriages involving pre-adolescents are occasionally reported in the
Arabian Peninsula, including in Saudi Arabia where the strict conservative Wahabi version of Sunni Islam holds sway and polygamy is common.

In Yemen in April, another girl aged eight was granted a divorce after her unemployed father forced her to marry a man of 28.

Religion of Murderous Misogyny

As noble an endeavor as it has been, it's apparent that we cannot create a free democratic society out of a barbaric, socially primitive and violent islamic civilization. Savage jihadis beheaded an Iraqi women's rights activist. What makes islamic "men" so insecure in their masculinity that it causes them to go into a murderous rage against women for merely demanding basic freedom and human rights?

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Gunmen broke into the house of a women's rights activist in the volatile northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Thursday and beheaded her, police said.

The victim was identified as Nahla Hussain, the leader of the women's league of the Kurdish Communist Party. She was alone in the house at the time of her death.

It is not known what the circumstances were that led to the attack. Violence against women has been an ongoing problem in Iraq.

The killing comes ahead of next month's provincial elections, a post-Saddam era watershed event that's generating an uptick in civil unrest and political infighting.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Another Traitorous Anti-Israel Jew

Another example of how fellow Jews are some of our worst enemies. Avraham Burg, a former Israeli government minister who has since become an anti-Zionist was profiled in the NY Times. He wants Israel to cease being a Jewish state and compares today's Israel to Germany just prior to the rise of hitler:

JERUSALEM — THERE was a time not so long ago when Avraham Burg was viewed by many Israelis as proof that the inherent tensions of Zionism — religious versus secular, insular versus worldly, Jewish state versus state of all its citizens — could be reconciled with grace. Here was a religiously observant Jew with a cosmopolitan outlook, a decorated paratrooper who believed deeply in peace with the Arabs, an eloquent, fast-rising public figure accessible to a broad range of citizens.

Widely known by his nickname, Avrum, Mr. Burg, a happily married father of six and the son of one of Israel’s most admired and longest-serving government ministers, was talked about as a candidate for prime minister. Long before his 50th birthday, he led the World Zionist Organization and served as speaker in Parliament.

But four years ago Mr. Burg not only walked away from politics, but also basically walked away from Zionism. In a book that came out last year and has just been translated and released in the United States, he said that Israel should not be a Jewish state, that its law of return granting citizenship to any Jew should be radically altered, that Israeli Arabs were like German Jews during the Second Reich and that the entire society felt eerily like Germany just before the rise of Hitler.

Such a radically altered citizenship policy would of course lead to a second holocaust as the Arab-muslim population would overwhelm Israel's Jewish population. This is why I have such contempt for the likes of Berg and his ilk. This whole crap about a binational state or a state of all its citizens, whatever you wish to call it, will not lead to peace but will lead to a bloodbath for Jews. How can one be so blind about the hatred and barbarity steeped into Arab-islamic culture when you've been faced with it for 60 years and more? As long as they remain hateful bloodthirsty savages, they cannot be allowed to be a significant percentage of Israel's population. It is the Arabs who should be compared to Germany during the rise of hitler. Not to mention Israel has every right historically and culturally to have exclusive sovereignty over the land of Israel.

In other words, rather than reconciling the country’s complex tensions, Mr. Burg ended up imploding from them.

“I realized something about myself and Israel that frightened me,” he said recently, looking back over the past few years. “I realized that Israel had become an efficient kingdom with no prophecy. Where was it going? What is a Jewish democratic state? What does it mean that Jews define themselves by genetics 60 years after genetics were used against them?”

Israel is no stranger to self-examination. Its leaders and thinkers, indeed many of its average citizens, are aware that nearly everything about the place defies normal categorization and is subject to debate. This is a source of both pride and irritation. But many said Mr. Burg, 53, was not just asking delicate questions. He was poisoning the well from which the nation — and he — had long drawn their water.

As Ari Shavit, a writer for the newspaper Haaretz, said to him in an interview when the book was published here: “Your book is anti-Israel in the deepest sense. It is a book from which loathing of Israeliness emanates.”

Mr. Burg rejected that accusation and still does. He wrote from love, he said, and if the issues he raised were troubling, if they caused a stir, that was very much his aim.

There is no doubt that he raises some serious questions: Is Israel too focused on the Holocaust as a touchstone of history? Can it stay both Jewish and democratic over the long term, or is it time to look for another model? What kind of future is there for Israeli Arabs?

Less clear, however, is whether Mr. Burg has provided any serious answers. This is partly because his book and discourse vacillate between two poles: congratulating Jews and the Zionist movement for their success so far, but warning them that they are turning into a kind of self-justifying Sparta, a warlike state on the verge of tragedy.

The Arabs have forced Israel into a constant state of war.

His central point is summed up in the English title of his book: “The Holocaust Is Over; We Must Rise From Its Ashes” (Palgrave Macmillan). The Nazi slaughter of six million Jews, he says, has become the central theme of Israeli life, dominating it in a way that distorts the country’s outlook. Teenagers are sent on trips to Auschwitz; every enemy of Israel (Yasir Arafat, the Palestinian leader; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran) is viewed as the reincarnation of Hitler.

They are apt comparisons. Arafat was responsible for the deaths of more Jews than anyone since hitler. And in fact arafat's mentor was the grand mufti of Jerusalem and hitler ally, haj amin al husseini. Iran's dictator has on multiple occasions threatened genocide against the Jews of Israel and is developing the nuclear weapons capability to create that potential nightmare.

The article ends on this note:
WHAT are Mr. Burg’s prescriptions? He wants a new Jewish identity focused not on the particular but on the universal, asserting that “if we do not establish modern Israeli identity on foundations of optimism, faith in humans and full trust in the family of nations, we have no chance of existing.” He wants Israel to dismantle the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem and replace it with the headquarters for the International Criminal Court, making it the epicenter of international prevention of genocide.

It is pretty hard to put faith and trust in the family of nations, who whether motivated by anti-Semitism, greed, dependency on Arab oil, fear of muslim terrorism or just plain indifference, are all too willing allow or even abet Israel's worst enemies in achieving the goal of wiping Israel off the map. I would say the opposite is the case. For Israel to put its faith and trust in other nations will give it no chance of existing. And the suggestion to dismantle Yad Vashem and replace it with the headquarters of the ICC is beyond despicable. He is essentially saying that Jews should just get over the holocaust already and forget our history. So why should Burg be at all concerned about whether Israel has a chance of existing given that his own ideas would render the end of Israel as we know it anyway?

Haveil Havalim

Edition #197 of the Jewish blog carnival Haveil Havalim is posted at Jewlicious.

Monday, December 22, 2008

"Youths" Riot in Sweden

While rioting youths in Greece was a widely reported story, another similar riot in Sweden has been largely kept out of the msm. I bet you can guess why. It is because the Swedish "youths" happened to be muslims enraged over the closing of an islamic center. Will it finally dawn on the west that this great multicultural experiment is an abysmal failure, an outright disaster? Some cultures and their practices, most notably islam, are incapable of being reconciled with western values, and muslims for the most part are incapable of being absorbed and assimilated into western societies. What is to be done about this? In Sweden and throughout the west, what has to be done is to close the door entirely to muslim immigration and undergo a mass deportation process of the vast majority who are already here. You see, the answer is very simple. Take back your countries. However, political correctness, multicultural orthodoxy and fear of being labeled "racist" hinders such necessary actions.

Dozens of youths have rioted in the southern Swedish city of Malmo for a second consecutive night, setting cars on fire and clashing with police.

"We've had a very difficult evening," a police spokeswoman told the AFP news agency late on Thursday.

"There have been fires burning since this afternoon... extensive damage to public property, and... stone-throwing and bomb threats against police."

She said the trouble was linked to the closure of an Islamic centre.

The owner of the building, in an immigrant neighbourhood, had decided not to renew the centre's lease. The centre, which included a mosque, had to move out.

But some youths squatted in the premises, until they were evicted by police earlier this week.

Once police left the premises, the youths returned, setting fires in the area. They then clashed with police.

"The origin of the riots is the occupation of the building. But that's not really the reason now, now other troublemakers have just joined in, taking advantage of the situation," police spokeswoman Ewa-Gun Westford told AFP.

Arab Countries Warn About Hamas

It's a strange state of affairs when Arab regimes are bemoaning the fact that America and Israel are being too soft with an Arab terror group and advising Israel to get tougher and kill the group's leaders. But that is apparently what the Arabs are privately saying to Israel regarding hamas.

Hamas rockets continue to smash into southern Israel today, but this morning's headline in Israel's Maariv daily newspaper will likely not be discussed in Washington media, diplomatic, and policy circles: "Arab Countries to Israel: Cut off the Heads of Hamas' Leaders." Israel's Maariv reports unnamed heads of Arab states that have passed diplomatic messages to Jerusalem encouraging Israel to kill Iranian funded and trained Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas' firing of scores of rockets against Southern Israel during the current "cease fire".

What some Middle East policy analysts and diplomats in Washington may not realize with respect to increasingly optimistic Western assessments of Hamas as a diplomatic partner is that today's news report in Israel reflects more the rule in Arab capitals than the exception. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak expressed his concern to the Arab press that "Egypt shares a border with Iran following Hamas' May 2008 rocket assault on the Israeli city of Ashkelon with Iranian manufactured grad rockets.

Earlier this month Egyptian Foreign Minister Egypt's Ahmed Abul Gheit warned that Cairo would never accept an "Islamic emirate" in Gaza -- a key stated goal of Hamas. Mohammad Abdallah Al Zulfa, member of The Saudi Shoura Council said yesterday on the Arab network's Alhurra news program that "Iran is the big threat in today's world, supporting all the terrorists from Hamas to Hezbollah to some other terrorists that we don't know their names yet". "Iran destabilized the region by supporting all the illegal activities and activists such as Hamas...."

Strangely, while some of Washington's closest Arab allies are recommending Israel kill the Hamas leadership a recent report by the Saban Center of the Brookings Institute, "Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the next President", recommends that Israel and the United States talk directly with the Hamas while jettisoning the U.S. led Quartet's standing pre-conditions for dealing the Iranian backed Muslim Brotherhood group.
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Gag Order Imposed on Obama Family in Kenya

The government of Kenya has placed a gag order on members of the Obama family from speaking to the media. They claim it is to ensure a better flow of information. Or perhaps it is to ensure the truth about Obama's real birthplace remains a secret as well as to ensure his tie to radical islamist, Raila Odinga also remains hidden from the American public.

The Kenyan government has barred unapproved contacts between the media and President-elect Barack Obama's extended family.

Family members will be required to receive permission from the government before making any public statements about their famous relative, according to the Nairobi Star.

"We are doing this because we want to ensure better flow of information," Athman Said, an under-secretary in the Ministry of Heritage, told the Obama family in Kogelo.

"The government has decided that you should inform its officers who will be based here if you want to address the media."

Journalists wishing to speak with the family must first be approved by the government.

This is not the first attempt to block press interest in President-elect Obama's African connections.

Prior to the U.S. election, WND senior staff reporter Jerome R. Corsi was detained in Kenya while investigating Obama's close ties to the nation's prime minister, Raila Odinga.

The Kenyan official who reportedly orchestrated the detention was Odinga himself, according to WND sources inside Kenya.
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Explaining What is Wrong with Islam

Wafa Sultan, who has first hand experience of life under islamic rule, explains what is wrong with being a muslim, contrary to what Colin Powell believes:

If we consider the Islamic texts, their content and the devotion that so many Muslims - including in America - attach to them; if we consider the tragic upshot of these teachings in terms of our current world’s security, is it not a duty for each one of us to view Islam not frivolously but in a most serious manner?

There was an episode during the current Presidential election that greatly disturbed me. It was former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s interview on “Meet the Press.” For me this interview was a defining moment. He expressed his displeasure at some of his colleagues’ accusations that Obama might be a Muslim, and stated: “And what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim?”

Mr. Powell’s admonition at others who dare questioning Muslims, or Islam and its implications, in particular, people like me, who suffered immensely precisely because there is “something wrong with being a Muslim,” would indeed be disheartened. If Powell doesn’t understand what may be the dire consequences for being a Muslim, then who should understand? The man, who once held the post of American Secretary of State, asserts categorically that there is nothing wrong with being a Muslim, even though the country he led has been suffering immensely from Muslim terrorism and has paid a high price because of it.

I appreciate that Powell, who has been nurtured by the American moral code, refuses to judge people on the basis of their religious affiliation. That is his right. But he does not have the right to nonchalantly disregard people’s apprehensions of Muslims, especially at those of us who have lived in Muslim countries. We have risked our lives to escape from them, and are now risking our lives again to speak up against the harm they cause, induced by Islamic theology and culture.

In order to understand my perspective one would have to be a woman, living in Syria, my birthplace, or any other Arab Muslim country.


Then there are the clueless nitwits in Hollywood:
Once, I was browsing through a website in Arabic and came across a news item announcing that the American actress Halle Berry gave birth to a daughter whom she named Nahla; an Arabic name meaning “bee”. I then read readers’ comments on this piece of news. A considerable number of them were jubilant, since they regarded this report as a God’s sign that Islam had begun to advance into America, because the word nahla is mentioned in the Koran.

Halle Berry, another liberal, multicultural dhimmi stupid Hollywood bitch. These people like to think of themselves as so enlightened, sophisticated and tolerant by embracing third world cultures and rejecting our own. The very country that enables them to achieve such extraordinary success. But what they are actually doing is aiding a barbaric medieval religion and culture in which their own profession would not be able to function freely. And as a woman, its disgraceful that Berry embraces this brutally misogynistic culture.

Obama's Dangerous Judicial Agenda

On the judicial front, expect Obama administration appointees to weaken anti-terror laws, expand rights to illegal aliens, subordinate legal decisions to that of the UN and EU. They are going to extend constitutional rights to terrorists and have them tried in civilian courts and end practices such as waterboarding, which provided important information that prevented major terrorist attacks. If they have it their way, Guantanimo will be shut-down altogether. These are not common criminals, they are foreign enemies waging war against America who have been captured on foreign battlefields and therefore not subjected to American constitutional rights. President Bush has kept us safe for seven years, I'm afraid that's about to come to an end.

Six months ago, Eric Holder, now president-elect Barack Obama’s Attorney General-designate, spoke at a convention of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS). Predicting an Obama victory in the November election, Holder told his audience that the U.S. would soon be “run by progressives.”

“With this new administration that will be taking its place in January of 2009…we are going to be looking for people who share our values,” he elaborated. A “substantial number of those people” with their hands on the levers of power, added Holder, were likely to be ACS members. Indeed, Holder was himself a member of the ACS Board of Advisors.

Holder’s comment was not merely designed to stroke the ego of ACS; it was a prophecy of things to come. According to a December 11th article in the New York Times, “observers expect that the Obama team will turn to [ACS] members to fill subcabinet positions and judgeships.” Already ACS members include Obama’s staff secretary, at least two members of the transition team, and Vice President Joe Biden’s chief of staff. Another member is believed to be in the running to become Solicitor General.

That is good news for ACS but bad news for the country. ACS members are outspoken supporters of a kinder, gentler War on Terrorism; Constitutional rights for terrorists; open borders; redistribution of the wealth; radical environmentalism; and the most extreme acts of infanticide.

ACS is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank claiming to have approximately 22,000 affiliates nationwide—mostly law students, law professors, practicing attorneys, and judges. In addition to its student chapters at some 165 law schools across the country, the organization maintains professional chapters in 30 cities.


Perhaps the scariest part of their agenda, which I mentioned:
Through its “International Law and the Constitution” working group, ACS disparages American law as antiquated and inequitable, and calls on judges to make American jurisprudence subservient to United Nations treaties and European Court of Human Rights decisions. Co-chairing this group are Jamil Dakwar, a former Human Rights Watch staffer who currently directs the ACLU's Human Rights Program; Catherine Powell, a Board member of Human Rights Watch; and Cindy Soohoo, Director of the Center for Reproductive Rights’ Domestic Legal Program.
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

So Much for Moderate Islam

If anyone has any doubts that vicious anti-Semitism is an integral part of islam rather than a response to anything Israel does, the following story should dispel that myth. At the Festival of European Cinema in Tunis, infantile, hateful muslims in this supposedly "moderate" country walked out on a film about Jewish life under nazi occupied France. Of course the film had nothing to do with Israel or Mideast politics and yet it was deemed offensive simply because it showed the suffering of Jews at the hands of the nazis. Any kind of sympathy expressed for Jewish victims is repellent to the average muslim. This shows there really is no such thing as moderate islam or moderate muslims.

Tunisians Angered by Screening of Film on Jewish Life in Nazi-Occupied France

The screening in Tunisia of a French film dealing with Jewish life in Nazi-occupied France has raised a storm of criticism. "Un Secret" ("A Secret"), directed by the French-Jewish director Claude Miller and starring the popular French-Jewish singer Patrick Bruel, was shown at the opening of the 15th annual Festival of European Cinema in Tunis.


Filmgoers Walk Out on Film that is "Too Favorable to the Jews"

Tunisian filmgoers walked out 30 minutes into the film "A Secret," which deals with a Jewish family in Nazi-occupied France, claiming that it was "too favorable to the Jews." Filmgoers told aljazeera.net, the website of the Al-Jazeera satellite TV station, that they wondered why Europe was so favorable to the Jews, and France in particular, whose president they described as the "pro-Jewish Sarkozy."

The Tunisian organizer of the festival, Ibrahim Al-Latif, blamed the European delegation, which was responsible for the choice of films. One young filmgoer told aljazeera.net that the decision to screen "A Secret" led some people "to feel that the European delegation, which oversees the festival, is under Jewish control." [1]
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Friday, December 19, 2008

EU Parliament Censors "Fitna"

In yet another craven act of cowardice from western dhimmi governments, The European Union parliament prevented the screening of Geert Wilders' film "Fitna", which exposes the truth about the horrors of islam. If you'll notice the article refers to Wilders as "far right". But Wilders is not at all far to the right, he is a defender of western freedom, culture and civilization. He should be considered mainstream and moderate, but in these topsy-turvy times we live in, someone who condemns the fascism of islam and defends freedom are themselves referred to as extremist.

Between my previous post regarding the Canadian Human Rights Commission and this banning of “fitna” in the EU parliament and so many other examples of western submission to islam, we must come to the conclusion that our own political leaders are our worst enemies. These treasonous scoundrels are abetting the jihad being waged against us. As far as I'm concerned, Geert Wilders is one of the heroes of our time.

STRASBOURG (AFP) — The EU parliament prevented the showing on Wednesday of an anti-Islamic film made by far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders, bringing cries of censorship from the British eurodeputy who organised the screening.

"The banning of this film is a direct attack on free speech," said British MEP Gerard Batten, who had organised the event, though officials pointed out that parliamentary leaders had banned the film from being shown in their Strasbourg building back in March.

"A parliament that constantly talks of freedom, democracy and tolerance has shown once again that these are empty words when it does not agree with what is being said," added Batten, a member of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP).

The 17-minute film called "Fitna," which in Arabic means war, or division, in the heart of Islam, has been called "offensively anti-Islamic" by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

A spokeswoman for the parliament's presidency said the decision not to allow the film to be shown had been taken by parliamentary president Hans-Gert Poettering and party leaders back in March, after it caused "problems" when shown in the Netherlands.

After the Dutch screening there were protests in Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia and Afghanistan.

Featuring shocking imagery of the attacks on New York in 2001 and Madrid in 2004 combined with quotes from the Koran, Islam's holy book, it has drawn protests and outrage in some Muslim countries.

Batten said that at the same time the parliament in Strasbourg was awarding its Sakharov Prize in absentia to jailed Chinese dissident Hu Jia, European party leaders "deny free speech to one of its own members".

Wilders, who was in the parliament building hoping to see the film in a screening room, said he intended to present it during European parliamentary elections next June.

"We are in discussion with other parties," he said, without giving details.

Green group co-president Daniel Cohn-Bendit said his group had been opposed to the ban at the time the decision was taken in March.

"In principle we are against bans," he said, "but the other groups followed the president's decision."

Wilders is the head of the Freedom Party, which has nine seats in the Dutch parliament.

He has called for the banning of the Koran in the Netherlands, calling it "fascist."

CHRC Double Standard

The Orwellian and hypocritical Canadian Human Rights Commission which put Mark Steyn and others in the hot seat for criticism of islam, rejected a complaint filed by Marc LeBuis regarding hate speech from Montreal imam Abou Hammaad Sulaiman Dameus Al-Hayiti against gays, women and Jews. With muslims its always a one-way street, a supremacist attitude aided by feckless western dhimmis. While they are free to spew hatred and incite violence against non-muslims, there is an attempt to silence us from expressing even the mildest legitimate criticism of islam, and in Canada even be charged with human rights violations.

Canadian HRC Sees No Evil When It Comes To Islam


The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) is unstinting in its stifling of criticism of Islam.

Marc LeBuis in his blog, Point de Bascule has the story on this latest example of how Canada throttles free speech. The story of the refusal of the CHRC to investigate his complaint has been picked up in today’s edition of Le Devoir in Montreal and on Ezra Levant’s blog, as well. It has become the buzz on the internet.

Marc Lebuis is to be commended for his 'patience' awaiting receipt of a reply from the mind numbing CHRC before going public about their refusal to investigate his complaint against a radical Salafist Montreal Imam. This is another demonstration that 'free speech' has no protection in Canada, as both Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant know that full stop given their own 'star chamber' grilling by the CHRC and provincial variants. Underneath this refusal to investigate LeBuis complaint is the threat that any criticism of Islam is tantamount to 'blasphemy' a furtherance of the objectives of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
Note this comment from Ezra Levant in his post, entitled CHRC: it's OK to say gays should be "beheaded", Jews "spread corruption", Hindus must "be killed."

Write to Lawrence Cannon, the new Foreign Minister and one of Stephen Harper’s key MPs in Quebec, about this latest inflammatory decision by the CHRC. It’s egregious to all Canadians ; but I believe it’s especially insulting to Quebec, and their culture of equality for women and tolerance for gays."

Why don’t you drop Cannon a quick e-mail, pointing out the hypocrisy of the CHRC. How does Jennifer Lynch, the chief commissar at the CHRC keep her job ? She just gave a free pass to the most vile anti-Semitism, misogyny and, frankly, anti-Quebec rant that I think I’ve ever read."
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UN Hamas Supporter Kicked Out of Israel

Here is the umpteenth reason why we ought to stop conferring legitimacy on the UN with our tax dollars and by having its headquarters on our soil. It's because of scoundrels like Richard Falk, an avowed enemy of freedom, civilization, America and Israel, who get appointed to high positions in the UN. And for the UN it is natural to appoint a hater of Israel to serve as investigator of human rights in Gaza, Judea and Samaria. I don't expect that Falk will have any criticism of hamas' violation of human rights in Gaza or fatah's in Judea and Samaria. Nor will he condemn hamas rocket fire at Israelis. To his way of thinking, Israelis aren't worthy of human rights. And like the rest of his ilk, palestinians are only a concern when Israel can be blamed. He doesn't care at all about palestinians when they are victimized by their own rulers. I've had enough of the UN's extreme anti-Israel bias.

Falk has compared Israel's counter terror operations to the holocaust, defended palestinian terrorism against Israel, praised Iran's islamic revolution and is a 9/11 conspiracy theorist who accuses the US government of orchestrating the attack on the WTC and Pentagon. So this guy is a perfect fit to represent the UN and all that it stands for. The UN is now whining because Israel rightfully detained and ejected this fiend from the country.

TEL AVIV – Israeli authorities here detained upon arrival a United Nations official accused of siding with Hamas, keeping him incommunicado for nearly 24 hours before expelling him from the country in an incident the international body is calling "unprecedented" and "deeply regrettable."

Richard Falk, a U.N. investigator of human rights in the Palestinian territories, has a long history of criticizing Israel, including comparing the country's anti-terrorism military operations to the Holocaust. He has been part of investigations that determined Palestinian suicide bombings were a valid method of '"struggle," vocally supported the Islamic revolution in Iran, and has even considered whether the U.S. government was involved in the 9-11 attacks.

Falk arrived here yesterday purportedly to investigate the condition of Palestinian human rights in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He attempted to gain entry at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport even though Israel has repeatedly informed the U.N. that Falk would not be allowed, accusing him of "legitimizing Hamas terrorism" and citing what the Jewish state says is the diplomat's long record of anti-Israel bias.

According to a statement from Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Falk was denied entry at the airport, where he was separated from two U.N. staff members accompanying him and had his U.N. mobile phone confiscated.
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Liberal Hypocrisy

Throughout the campaign, liberals insisted that Obama's choice of the racist, anti-Semite Jeremiah Wright as his pastor and mentor for 20 years was not an issue. Now Obama's choice of Minister Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration has these same people seething because the minister opposes gay marriage and is pro-life. Suddenly for leftists it matters who Obama chooses as a member of the clergy to befriend now that its someone they don't agree with. Suddenly it becomes a serious and controversial issue.

Muslims Driving Christians Out of Iraq

Islamic nazis in Iraq are driving Assyrian Christians out of the country through murderous threats. The situation is so horrible that the US Commission on International Religious Freedom has now listed Iraq as one of the most dangerous places on Earth for non-muslims. Churches have been bombed, priests abducted and beheaded and nuns stabbed, as well as a 14 year old boy being crucified. Yet in the sick, twisted UN, under the new resolution against defamation of religion, which really pertains solely to islam, to discuss this situation would be considered a crime, rather than these atrocities committed by the muslims against Christians and others. It amazes me that liberals in the west are still in denial that islam represents anything other than hatred, bloodshed and death and that muslims will never coexist in peace with us.

Hundreds of thousands of Assyrian Christians, a minority people who live principally in northern Iraq, have fled the country under murderous threats from Islamic militants that have grown so bad, a U.S. government entity has now labeled Iraq "among the most dangerous places on earth."

In a report released today, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a federally-funded advisory team created and appointed by Congress, recommends that Iraq be designated a "country of particular concern" in light of ongoing, severe abuses against the country's religious minorities – stating that the situation is "particularly dire" for ChaldoAssyrian Christians.

"The lack of effective government action to protect these communities from abuses has established Iraq among the most dangerous places on earth for religious minorities," said USCIRF's chairperson, Felice D. Gaer.

In the first century, Assyrians were among the first Gentiles to follow Christ, and to this day many Assyrian Christians still speak Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus. They are also the people of ancient Nineveh, the city that was visited by the biblical prophet Jonah and that lies today near the modern city of Mosul, Iraq.

Nina Shea, a Washington, a member of the USCIRF, explained that following the onset of the Iraq war, many Assyrian Christians returned to Mosul seeking refuge.

"They want to escape persecution from southern points, like Basrah and Baghdad," Shea told ChristianWeek.

For Iraq's battered Christian community, Shea said, "Mosul in the north was the last refuge within Iraq."

In recent months, however, the city of Mosul has become a hotbed of religious persecution from Islamic militants.

In October, Christians in Mosul protested a change to Iraqi law that stripped minority groups of representation – only to be met with a fierce and violent backlash.

Carl Hetu, national secretary of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association of Canada, reported to ChristianWeek, "What we've heard from people in the field is that each person identified as Christian has received a letter telling them: 'You leave Mosul and Iraq, or you will be killed.'"
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Israel's Own Worst Enemy

The treasonous post-Zionist, or I should say, anti-Zionist current Israeli government continues to relentlessly persecute the most loyal and patriotic Jews, especially those living in Judea and Samaria, contemptibly referred to as "settlers". There is one law for leftists and Arabs and another one for right wing Jews in Israel. While the law is sanctioning the stealing of land and illegal building in the Negev by Beduins, Jews who legally purchase property in Judea and Samaria are being violently removed by the authorities from their own homes. These outrageous and despicable actions on the part of Israeli authorities, makes the court and the state Israel's own worst enemies. What Israel needs are leaders with Jewish pride and Zionist values who are unafraid of world opinion.

People who are concerned about maintaining the rule of law in Israel have great reason for worry these days. The sine qua non of a society ruled by law is the principle of equality under the law. In a society governed by the rule of law, individual citizens can trust that the state's law enforcement arms will treat them in the same manner as their fellow citizens.

When instead, a society's law enforcement arms determine how a citizen will be treated on the basis of his or her political convictions, religious orientation or any other extraneous factor, then the rule of law is trampled. The principle of equality before the law is replaced by the tyranny of law enforcement arms.

Disturbingly, both recent events and empirical data indicate strongly that today Israel is not ruled by law. Instead, and to an alarming degree, Israel has become a society ruled by politicized law enforcement bodies that selectively enforce the law based on an individual's political affiliation and ethnic origin.

Last week, a government-appointed committee charged with assessing the phenomenon of massive illegal seizures of state lands in the Negev by Israeli Beduin submitted its recommendations to Housing Minister Zev Boim. The committee, chaired by retired Supreme Court Justice Eliezer Goldberg, recommended "legalizing" 50,000 illegal buildings constructed on state-owned lands and giving legal recognition and state funding to 42 illegal settlements constructed over the past several years by Beduin on state-owned land.

Boim enthusiastically accepted the Goldberg Committee's recommendations and pledged to bring them before the government for a vote before the February 10 elections.

Both the Goldberg Committee's report and Boim's embrace of its findings are stunning. They represent a complete capitulation of state authorities to criminality of unprecedented dimensions. This lawless behavior, in which vast tracts of the Negev have been stolen from the state, has been actively abetted by the state itself - and particularly by its legal bodies.

The Supreme Court, in response to petitions on behalf of the Beduin lawbreakers submitted by far-Left organizations, has repeatedly prohibited the state from taking any action against the land thieves. And the state prosecution has refused consistently to open criminal investigations or file indictments against the Beduin, not only for their illegal seizure of land, but for their massive criminal activity which spans the spectrum from polygamy, to agricultural theft, extortion, racketeering, drug trafficking and treason.

Responding to the Goldberg Committee's report, right-wing members of Knesset called for the government to legalize all the Jewish Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria that were built without proper authorization over the past decade. Their reasoning is clear and sensible: If the state has decided to ignore the law with relation to the Beduin, then it must also ignore the law as it relates to Jews.
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An Insult to Our Soldiers

Another clueless liberal celebrity shmuck, Billy Joel, puts in his two cents about the war in Iraq. He is giving away a free song he wrote which he has the nerve to claim is a tribute to the troops. Yet reading the lyrics, I can't see how they could view the song as anything other than an insult to them, disrespectful of their service and hateful to our country. See for yourself:

BILLY Joel's CHRISTMAS IN FALLUJAH

IT’S EVENING IN THE DESERT
I’M TIRED AND I’M COLD
BUT I AM JUST A SOLDIER
I DO WHAT I AM TOLD

WE CAME WITH THE CRUSADERS
TO SAVE THE HOLY LAND
IT’S CHRISTMAS IN FALLUJAH
AND NO ONE GIVES A DAMN

AND I JUST GOT YOUR LETTER
AND THIS IS WHAT I READ . . . . . . YOU SAID
I’M FADING FROM YOUR MEMORY
SO I’M JUST AS GOOD AS DEAD

WE ARE THE ARMIES OF THE EMPIRE
WE ARE THE LEGIONNAIRES OF ROME
IT’S CHRISTMAS IN FALLUJAH
AND WE AIN’T NEVER COMING HOME

WE CAME TO BRING THESE PEOPLE FREEDOM
WE CAME TO FIGHT THE INFIDEL
THERE IS NO JUSTICE IN THE DESERT
BECAUSE THERE IS NO GOD IN HELL

THEY SAY OSAMA’S IN THE MOUNTAINS
DEEP IN A CAVE NEAR PAKISTAN
BUT THERE’S A SEA OF BLOOD IN BAGHDAD
A SEA OF OIL IN THE SAND

BETWEEN THE TIGRIS AND EUPHRATES
ANOTHER DAY COMES TO AN END
IT’S CHRISTMAS IN FALLUJAH
PEACE ON EARTH GOODWILL TO MEN

IT’S CHRISTMAS IN FALLUJAH
HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH
IT’S CHRISTMAS IN FALLUJAH
HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH


The lyrics are terrible. WE came to fight the infidel? It's the muslims who think of us as the infidel that must be fought. He makes the war appear like we are a colonialist invader out to grab Iraq's oil, not to bring freedom and democracy to a country which has never experienced it. And he expects the soldiers to appreciate this, when he makes them sound like they are fighting in vein for no worthy cause, are hostile conquerors rather than liberators who rid Iraqis of a tyrant? Or that they are ignoramuses or robots just following orders and have no idea of what they are fighting for and if they knew any better wouldn't be there. Liberals just don't have a clue about the aims of our enemies, or about the necessity of the war we are fighting. With friends like Joel, American soldiers don't need enemies.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Spirit of the Season

Fake Christians at a church in England express the spirit of the season by recreating traditional Christmas carols with anti-Israel lyrics. And meanwhile these nominally "Christian" participants are completely silent regarding the persecution of Christians throughout the muslim world who are subjected to violence and forbidden to partake in Christmas celebrations, to say nothing of the fact that in many if not most muslim countries, churches are not even allowed to be built. Yet this particular church chooses instead to target the only country in the Middle East where Christians have freedom of religion. But don't dare accuse them of anti-Semitism.

sraeli Ambassador to Britain Ron Prosor harshly slammed the Church of England on Wednesday for permitting an anti-Israel carol service with anti-Semitic content at a London church.

"The head of the church gave the stage to incitement which we hoped had passed from this world," he told Ynet.

The alternative service was held at the historic Wren church of St. James’s, Picadily, in Central London about two weeks ago and included nine lessons and Christmas carols with new words.

The participants were a group of anti-Israel activists, most of them Palestinians and some Jews, who are urging a boycott of products made in the Jewish state.

One of the Jewish activists even volunteered to change the songs’ words. The Times newspaper reported that the carol "Once in Royal David’s City" was altered to say "Once in royal David’s city stood a big apartheid wall. . ."

The "Twelve Days of Christmas" was sung as "Twelve assassinations/11 homes demolished/10 wells obstructed/Nine sniper towers/Eight gunships firing/Seven checkpoints blocking/Six tanks a-rolling/Five settlement rings. Four falling bombs/Three trench guns/Two trampled doves/And an uprooted olive tree."
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Monday, December 15, 2008

Facing Jihad Conference

Here is Geert Wilders' outstanding speech at the "Facing Jihad" conference in Jerusalem. If only all western politicians had the courage and moral clarity of Geert Wilders. While so many western leaders are perfectly content to throw Israel to the wolves in the belief it will make their countries safe, Wilders understands that Israel's enemies are also the west's enemies and that we need to present a united front and stand with Israel.

December 14, 2008

Thank you very much.

It’s a privilege for me to be here in this beautiful city Jerusalem, the capitol of the only democracy in the entire Middle East. When I was a teenager I lived some years here in this city and after that I visited Israel more times than I can count. Israel: the only country in the region with a functioning parliament, a rule of law and free elections. The only country in the region that shares the values of our Western societies, in fact is one of the foundations of our Judeo-Christian identity.

We are here to voice our concern over the growing Islamisation of the West. We do this in this city, the city of David. The city that, together with Rome and Athens, symbolizes our ancient heritage.

Perhaps a few of you may be new to Jerusalem, yet, Jerusalem is not new to any of you. We all carry Jerusalem in our blood, in our genes. We all live and breathe Jerusalem. We talk Jerusalem, we dream Jerusalem. Simply because, the values of ancient Israel have become the values of the West. We are all Israel, and Israel is in all of us.

This city is the capital of a democracy under threat. Israel is under siege, like the Jewish community in the Land of Israel is under siege for over a century now. Israel with all its glory and splendour is unique, and its history unparalleled. Yet, Israel’s security situation is not unique, and neither is its enemy.

Samuel Huntington writes it so aptly: “Islam has bloody borders”. Israel is located precisely on that border. This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, just like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines, Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan, Lebanon, and Aceh in Indonesia. Israel is simply in the way of the Islamic advance. Just like West-Berlin was during the Cold War.

Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other places to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Therefore, the war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Thanks to Israeli parents who see their children go off to join the army and lie awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and have pleasant dreams, unaware of the dangers looming.

At present the front-line of jihad runs not just through the streets of Tel Aviv and Haifa, but through the streets of London, Madrid, and Amsterdam as well. Jihad is our common enemy, and we better start Facing Jihad before it is too late.
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Muslim Supremacist Brands Christmas as Evil

I wonder if this nutjob muslim lawyer will be punished under the new UN resolution outlawing defamation of religions? In a sermon which was posted on the internet, Anjem Choudary praised the Mumbai massacre and branded Christmas celebrations as "the pathway to hellfire".

The lawyer, who recently praised the Mumbai terror attacks, urged all Muslims to reject traditional Christmas celebrations, claiming that they are forbidden by Allah.

The 41-year-old shocked Christians and even those of his own faith by branding yuletide festivities as "the pathway to hellfire".

Choudary, who is chairman of the Society of Muslim Lawyers, ruled out all celebrations, including having a Christmas tree, decorating the house or eating turkey.

In the sermon posted on an Islamic website, he said: "In the world today many Muslims, especially those residing in western countries, are exposed to the evil celebration Christmas.

"Many take part in the festival celebrations by having Christmas turkey dinners.

"Decorating the house, purchasing Christmas trees or having Christmas turkey meals are completely prohibited by Allah.

"Many still practise this corrupt celebration as a remembrance of the birth of Jesus.

"How can a Muslim possibly approve or participate in such a practice that bases itself on the notion Allah has an offspring?

"The very concept of Christmas contradicts and conflicts with the foundation of Islam.

"Every Muslim has a responsibility to protect his family from the misguidance of Christmas, because its observance will lead to hellfire. Protect your Paradise from being taken away – protect yourself and your family from Christmas."

Choudary is Principal Lecturer at the London School of Shari'ah and a follower of the Islamist militant leader Omar Bakri Mohammed.

Earlier this year, he led a meeting at the heart of the area where the liquid bombers lived, which warned of a British September 11.


Why is there a London school of sharia in the first place? It is the antithesis of British common law. And why are islamosupremacists allowed to freely disseminate hatred against the host country and culture? England unfortunately is not the only western country with this particular pathology of self-hatred, opening the floodgates to allow its enemies free reign to destroy it. When the history of our times is written, centuries from now historians will wonder with astonishment why the west succumbed and even willingly aided the barbarians in the annihilation of its own civilization without a fight. Just imagine, if you will, a Christian or Jewish lecturer in Iran or Saudi Arabia openly saying ramadan is evil or there even being schools promoting western ideas of freedom. You can't of course, because it would never be allowed.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Norwegian Anti-Semitism

Like much of Europe, Norway has been castrated, afraid to confront the islamic masses who are actually posing a threat to them physically as well as being a threat to their way of life. So what do they do instead? They express hatred of Jews because its safe, unlike standing up to the islamists in their midst who are raping women on the streets because they are blonde or because their arms or legs are uncovered. But what else to expect from a cowardly people who handed Jews over to the nazis.

'I would like to take the opportunity to remember all the billions of fleas and lice that lost their lives in German gas chambers, without having done anything wrong other than settling on persons of Jewish background."

This is what Norwegian comedian Otto Jespersen said on Thursday 27 November on the country's largest commercial TV station. Much worse, however, is that the director of the station defended this expression of "satire."

A week later Jespersen, in his weekly TV appearance, gave a "satiric" monologue of mixed anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli remarks. He concluded by wishing the Jews a happy Christmas. But then as an afterthought, he said this was not proper as the Jews had murdered Jesus. Two years ago the same comedian burned pages from the Tanach in front of a TV camera, but this was no reason to terminate his employment. Jespersen explained that he wouldn't burn the Koran if he wanted to live longer than a week.

LAST WEEK, on four consecutive days, there were anti-Israeli articles in Norway's second-largest daily Aftenposten. The first called for a general boycott of Israel. The second promoted an academic boycott, falsely accusing Israeli physicians of participating in torture and the Israeli Medical Association of remaining silent about it. Any honest debater would have reported that Israeli hospitals routinely treat Palestinian children, some of whom express joy when suicide bombers kill Israelis. One wonders whether any other country would allow this.

The third article stressed the right to criticize Israel. This is a typical attack on a "straw man," as nobody denies this right. The fourth claimed that Israel is not a democracy. Only thereafter a pro-Israeli voice was heard.

Two years ago the conservative Aftenposten got international attention when it published an op-ed by Jostein Gaarder which until this day remains the vilest anti-Semitic article published in a European mainstream paper since the Second World War.
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This Week's Haveil Havalim

Edition #196 of the Jewish blog carnival Haveil Havalim is up at Jack be Nimble.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Obama's Aims Toward Israel

What is important to Obama is being popular in the international arena, and one of the ways to curry favor with the rest of the world and maintain his enormous popularity abroad will be to throw Israel to the wolves. Sources indicate a dramatic shift in the U.S.-Israel relationship under an Obama administration. What for decades has been a special relationship based on shared values as well as strategic cooperation, will become an overtly hostile one, even to the point where America will treat Israel as an enemy. It will be pretty much the kind of attitude and treatment the EU has towards Israel. According to Caroline Glick, the Obama administration intends to pursue Samantha Powers' idea of placing NATO troops on the ground in Judea and Samaria to protect Palestinian terrorists from Israel. Israel needs a far right nationalist government that will withstand enormous international hostility and pressure and stand up to Obama.

People who have been in close contact with Obama’s foreign policy transition team have privately acknowledged that the widespread belief that Obama will move swiftly to put the screws on Israel is fully justified. According to one source who has spent a great deal of time with the transition team since last month’s US elections, Obama’s people are “scope-locked” on Israel.

The source reports that Gen. Jim Jones, Obama’s designated national security adviser, is Israel’s most outspoken critic. The source, who held a two and a half hour meeting with Jones, told his associates that Jones is keen to deploy NATO forces, perhaps including US troops, to Judea and Samaria.

Jones’s plan, which is vociferously opposed by the IDF, would make it impossible for the IDF to carry out counterterror operations in the areas. As a practical matter, the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens who live in the areas would be imperiled. Just as Hizbullah has used UNIFIL forces in south Lebanon as a shield from the IDF behind which it has rearmed and reasserted control over the border zone, so too a NATO force would facilitate an empowerment of Hamas and Fatah, which would unify, arm and organize free from the threat of IDF counterterror operations.

Jones’s plan is not new. In a 2002 interview, Samantha Power - who has been one of Obama’s closest foreign affairs advisers for years and now serves as a member of his transition team for the State Department - called for US forces to be deployed to Judea and Samaria as “a mammoth protection force” to protect the Palestinians from Israel, which she claimed was guilty of “major human rights abuses.”