Thursday, March 31, 2011

Glenn Beck Stands With Israel

Thank you Glenn Beck for expressing your support for Israel and her struggle against the forces trying to obliterate her. I share his frustration over the civilized world's piling on Israel and claiming that Israel, the only free and civilized country in the region, is the obstacle to peace rather than her oppressive, violently misogynistic, terroristic enemies. And while France and Britain are currently fighting a war for oil against a country which doesn't threaten them, they would deny Israel the right to defend itself against terrorists at its doorstep.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Israel Does Not Get Credit For It's Global Humanitarian Missions

Islam is destroying and killing around the world while the Jews and Israel heal the world. This is the fundamental difference between our Judeo-Christian civilization and our jihadist enemies. That western liberals take the side of Israel's enemies is nothing short of depraved. Israel continues to be a light unto the nations even as the nations of the world gather against her.

Ignoring Israel’s goodness


Op-ed: Israel’s amazing altruism largely ignored by media as it doesn’t fit with Zionist stereotypes

Giulio Meotti


Israel was the first country in the world to send aid to Haiti after the earthquake. An impressive mass of goods, people and emergency facilities was sent to the Caribbean island after the natural disaster. It happened also with the tsunami in Asia, when Israel was among the most generous countries. And now again, when disaster struck in Japan, Israel was the first to dispatch a field hospital to assist in the recovery effort.



However, Israel’s amazing altruism never had its legitimate space in the global media, because this radical goodness doesn’t fit in with the Zionist stereotype of the colonialist, fascist and apartheid occupier.



In Haiti, an IDF team worked to identify the victims. After the 9/11 attacks, Israeli pathologists helped their fellow Americans at Ground Zero. In 1979, Israel sent a delegation of medical staff to provide medical relief to thousands of displaced people in Cambodia following the downfall of genocidal communist Pol Pot. The Israelis also ran a pediatric field hospital in Rwanda during the Tutsi genocide, assisted the Albanians during the Kosovo war and helped Turkey following the 1999 earthquake.



There is an untold, sad reason for Israel’s ability to offer such help. For the Jewish State, terrorism has always been an involuntary master of speed, precision and caring. There is an amazing quantity of research, inventions and new techniques for helping the disabled and the paralyzed return to normal life after terrorist destruction.



During the Second Intifada, Dr. David Applebaum invented a special method to treat wounded people transported to the emergency room. In New York, Dr. Applebaum showed slides illustrating how it is possible to treat “44 injured people in 28 minutes,” as he had done after a terrorist attack in Jerusalem. Then he returned to Israel and took his daughter Nava to Cafe Hillel, the day before her wedding was supposed to take place. Both of them were killed by a suicide bomber. Applebaum’s method has been copied around the world.



Boycotters hurting themselves

Israel’s ignored goodness can be extended to the incredible record of scientific and medical discoveries. Especially now that the “light among nations”, as Israel was called by David Ben Gurion, is boycotted by universities around the world. The Jewish State is one of the world’s leaders in the per capita registration of US patents by its scientists and doctors. One of the most important tumor suppressor genes was cloned in 1983 by scientists at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot (defective copies of this gene are found in more than half of all human cancers.)



A non-invasive diagnostic method for detecting breast and prostate cancer was developed by another Weizmann’s pioneer. Israel developed the early diagnosis of “Mad Cow” bovine disease in Creutzfeldt Jakob genetic disease in humans with a urine test instead of a brain biopsy. The list of miracles includes the identification of the gene that causes muscular dystrophy, a revolutionary supportive metal in a coronary arteries to prevent a heart attack, a vaccine that prevents the development of juvenile diabetes, the discovery of a gene linked to post-traumatic stress disorder, the development of drugs to combat Alzheimer, cancer, Parkinson and multiple sclerosis and the late deciphering of the structure of the ribosome - the cell’s protein factory.




Israel is also the definitive model for finding solutions to major climate challenges, from the fight against desertification to water shortages. The boycotters and the haters of Israel are damaging their own interests, because the Jewish State truly is a light that benefits humanity as a whole.



The first child born after the Haiti earthquake came into the world in the tents of the Israeli army. The mother had no doubts about the child’s name: Israel.



Giulio Meotti, a journalist with Il Foglio, is the author of the book A New Shoah. The Untold Story of Israel's Victims of Terrorism


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Melanie Phillips on the British Media's Hateful Incitement Against Israel

Melanie Phillips on the British media's vile incitement against Israel.

European governments are no better and are well aware that by funding the PA they are funding incitement, hatred and terrorism against Israel. It is not a "peace" process they have an interest in promoting, but rather their agenda is to aid those forces which want to destroy Israel.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Queens U Students Want Israeli-Hating Rector Removed

With muslim regimes slaughtering their own people, violent misogyny throughout the islamic world and Christians being persecuted and massacred in islamic countries, you would think the rector of Queens University might just consider that these are the greatest human rights tragedies of his generation. But no, he considers the wholly invented plight of the “palestinians” at the hands of Israel to be the biggest human rights tragedy of our time. In a region full of repressive regimes which routinely violate human rights, this creep chooses to pen an essay viciously attacking the only country where there is freedom and human rights for all of its citizens regardless of religion, gender, race or ethnicity. Day has misused his position as rector to spread ugly lies against Israel. Day is representative of the corruption and moral depravity of academia. Fortunately Queens U students have taken measures which will hopefully get Day removed from his position.

National Post editorial board: Queen’s students send message to their rector

National Post editorial board

Earlier this month, Nick Day, the student-elected rector of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., accused Israel of “genocide.” In an essay published on the left-wing web site rabble.ca, he also claimed that the Jewish state’s treatment of Palestinians represents “perhaps the biggest human rights tragedy of my generation.”

Mr. Day is, of course, perfectly free to express hatred toward Israel. He is also free to make up hysterical claims about the Jewish state -such as the notion that it is engaged in the deliberate extermination of Arabs (a claim that would be true if it were directed at Muammar Gaddafi in Libya or Basha Assad in Syria, whose crimes don’t seem to bother Mr. Day much). But he made a mistake when he signed his article as Queen’s Rector. Not unreasonably, many students felt he was misusing his title to promote his own narrow political opinions. And a group of activist students took it upon themselves to organize a petition to hold a referendum on Mr. Day’s fitness to hold office. In just a day or two, they got all the names they needed.

This week, the university’s Alma Mater Society held that referendum, with 72% of eligible undergraduate voters expressing opposition to Mr. Day’s continued service as rector. The University Council now must decide whether to act on the referendum result.

Whether or not Mr. Day is expelled from his position — and we hope he is — the episode sends two welcome messages to all Canadian campuses.

First: You can run for office and represent your school, or you can be an activist and pursue your own political agenda. But you can’t exploit the former in service of the latter.

Second: Hate is hate. And whether you express hatred toward a group of people or a particular country, your fellow students are going to notice. Perhaps Mr. Day thought that his attitude toward Israel was so widely accepted and uncontroversial that he could get away with implicitly ascribing it to Queen’s student body. If so, he clearly was very wrong.

National Post

Sunday, March 27, 2011

This Week's Haveil Havalim

Edition #310 of the Jewish blog carnival Haveil Havalim is up at Izgad.

The Plot to Destroy Israel

Glenn Beck explains how the intervention in Libya is a prelude to similar action which might be used against Israel for the goal of creating "palestine". I believe that all the actions taken by Obama in the Middle East are designed to destroy Israel.

Warning to Britain and France: the Israeli air force is not the Libyan air force. And as the bible says about those who curse Israel shall be cursed. If Europe wants to save itself, it had better alter its foreign policy in support of Israel.



See also:French PM: Palestinian state must be created in 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Israel Needs To Stop Seeking EU Approval To Defend Itself

Note to Israel’s political leaders, you scare off hamas through the actual use of overwhelming, devastating and dare I say, disproportionate military force. Hamas won’t be deterred by making threats delivered through third parties. You are a sovereign nation and therefore do not need authorization from the EU to defend yourself and take out your enemies. In any case the EU is not your friend and won’t support you. Shouldn’t that be obvious by now?

Israel wants EU help to scare off Hamas

ANDREW RETTMAN

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – Israel wants the EU to tell Hamas that the international community would endorse Israeli military action against Gaza if it continues to fire rockets and mortars.

“The EU is very busy with the situation in Libya … but it should become more aware of the escalating violence by Hamas and others. The EU must do what it can to make Hamas understand this is intolerable and that it will have consequences for Hamas which the EU will endorse,” Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told EUobserver by phone from Jerusalem on Thursday (24 March).

“We don’t want to resort to a military deterrent but of course we will do anything we have to to protect our citizens,” he added.

Asked if he expects the EU to tell Hamas it would endorse a new military campaign against Gaza, Palmor said: “What I’m saying is they must make Hamas understand that all options are on the table.”

The EU classifies Hamas as a terrorist entity and does not have official relations with it. But individual member states talk to it informally and the European Commission has financial leverage by, for example, paying for 30 percent of the fuel for Gaza’s power plant.

Palmor’s remarks come after five days of the worst violence since Israel’s operation Cast Lead in 2009 killed between 1,200 and 1,400 people in Gaza, many of them militants, but also hundreds of civilians and children.

The operation halted rocket strikes, but it saw Israel isolated on the world stage. The EU froze plans to upgrade diplomatic relations and 25 countries in the United Nations Human Rights Council endorsed a report accusing it of war crimes.

Israel’s deputy prime minister, Silvan Shalom, told national radio on Wednesday: “We may have to consider a return to that operation.” The culture minister, Limor Livnat, spoke of “Operation Cast Lead 2.”

Palmor said that Hamas picked a fight in order to raise its profile after its political rival, the Fatah government in the West Bank, recently gained prestige by securing recognition of Palestinian statehood by Uruguay.

The Palestinian Authority’s envoy to Brussels rejected the Israeli narrative.

Leila Shahid said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is keen for a fight in order to block Hamas-Fatah reconciliation because he does not want the Middle East peace process to move forward.

“The Israeli government has used all this to sabotage the proposed visit of [Fatah] President Mahmoud Abbas [to Gaza],” she said.

“The occupation of Gaza has been going on for 44 years. If Mr Palmor thinks he needs European pressure to stop the shooting, we want European pressure to end the occupation … the problem isn’t shelling on this or that day, it’s 44 years of occupation,” she added.

Reacting to the Shalom and Livnat ‘Cast Lead 2′ statements, she noted: “This is very wrong, because Israel actually has the means to do it. I would be surprised if the world would allow Israel to get away with another Cast Lead.”

Pointing out that the UN did nothing to stop Israeli jets from bombing Gaza back in 2009, Shahid said: “It shows how the world community, whether its the UN Security Council or the EU or the Americans, is silent and impotent in front of Israeli violations, when they have been quite effective on Libyan violations.”

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Libya Debacle

The free world under its current leader in the White House is in complete disarray. Our president has long believed that the problem with the world is American power and arrogance, so therefore he has abdicated America's leadership role. Now we see the consequences of a world with the EU, UN and the Arab League in charge instead of America. It is fraught with chaos.

Germans pull forces out of NATO as Libyan coalition falls apart


Who’s in charge?

By Daily Mail Reporter



Deep divisions between allied forces currently bombing Libya worsened today as the German military announced it was pulling forces out of NATO over continued disagreement on who will lead the campaign.

A German military spokesman said it was recalling two frigates and AWACS surveillance plane crews from the Mediterranean, after fears they would be drawn into the conflict if NATO takes over control from the U.S.

The infighting comes as a heated meeting of NATO ambassadors yesterday failed to resolve whether the 28-nation alliance should run the operation to enforce a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone, diplomats said.

Yesterday a war of words erupted between the U.S. and Britain after the U.K. government claimed Muammar Gaddafi is a legitimate target for assassination.

U.K. government officials said killing the Libyan leader would be legal if it prevented civilian deaths as laid out in a U.N. resolution.

But U.S. defence secretary Robert Gates hit back at the suggestion, saying it would be ‘unwise’ to target the Libyan leader adding cryptically that the bombing campaign should stick to the ‘U.N. mandate’.

Unsure: Libyan rebels retreat from the outskirts of the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi. Nato members are also fighting over who will take command of allied forces

Unsure: Libyan rebels retreat from the outskirts of the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi. Nato members are also fighting over who will take command of allied forces

Strikel: Gaddafi’s forces have taken a pounding from allied air offensives. The news comes as Italy has warned it may withdraw use of its military bases if no NATO agreement is reached

Strikel: Gaddafi’s forces have taken a pounding from allied air offensives. The news comes as Italy has warned it may withdraw use of its military bases if no NATO agreement is reached

President Barack Obama, seeking to avoid getting bogged down in a war in another Muslim country, said on Monday Washington would cede control of operations against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces within days, handing the reins over to NATO.

But Germany and European allies remain unwilling to have NATO take on a military operation that theoretically has nothing to do with the defence of Europe.

Today the German defence ministry announced Berlin had pulled out of any military operations in the Mediterranean.

A ministry spokesman said two frigates and two other ships with a crew of 550 would be reverted to German command.

Some 60 to 70 German troops participating in NATO-operated AWACS surveillance operations in the Mediterranean would also be withdrawn, according to the ministry.

Berlin isn’t participating in the operation to impose a no-fly zone in Libya and abstained on the U.N. resolution authorising it.
Who is providing what in the war effort
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Despicable Reportage of the Terror Attack in Jerusalem

Repugnant reporting by reuters which apparently doesn't believe that bombing civilian targets amounts to terrorism. According to reuters, terrorism is merely a term used by Israel to describe this bus stop explosion and similar "palestinian" attacks. Reuters regards these acts of terror as merely "strikes" as if it were legitimate military activity. Sick. The entire western liberal media is deplorable and refuses to ever see Israelis as victims.

Reuters:
A bomb has exploded near a bus stop in a Jewish neighbourhood of Jerusalem, injuring at least 30 people, police and medics said.

Police described the explosion as a terrorist attack, Israel's term for a Palestinian strike. It was the first such bombing in Jerusalem in seven years....

"[We believe] the device weighed about one to two kilograms. It exploded in a small suitcase on the sidewalk next to the bus stop," internal security minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch told Israel's Channel 2 television.

A paramedic said he had been meeting colleagues in an office nearby to discuss the dispatch of a medical team to disaster-hit Japan when they heard a loud explosion....

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

NY Slimes Shills For Hamas

The NY Slimes did not see fit to publish pictures of the brutally butchered Fogel family, but makes sure it features photos of the “palestinian” civilians accidentally killed by an Israeli air strike in response to hamas rocket fire. Civilians which hamas takes cover amongst in order to use them as human shields. Hamas doesn’t need its own media propaganda outlet since it has the NY Slimes and much of the leftist western media establishment.

Backspin:
New York Times: Gaza Edition

by Yarden Frankl

A man holds the bloody body of a young boy. He was one of three young men who were playing soccer, killed along with a 60 year old grandfather by an Israeli attack gone “horribly wrong.” The caption tells us that one of the victims was only ten years old.

With pictures and details like these, we must be reading the Gaza edition of the NYT.

The headline: Israel Attack on Gaza Militants Kills Four Civilians. Right to the point, we know who attacked and who died. And we have a huge, graphic picture of a victim in case there is any doubt. I wouldn’t have a problem with their coverage if they used the same standards when reporting about attacks where Israelis are the victims.

But that’s the point. They don’t.

When a family of five Israelis are butchered in their beds, the Times uses a completely different style. No more sensational pictures. No headlines that identify the attackers. And the victims aren’t civilians, they are “settlers.”
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sarah Palin in Israel

I love Sarah Palin for her moral clarity and her support of Israel and friendship with the Jewish people. She is unafraid to defend Jewish rights to the Jewish homeland when most of the rest of the world is siding with the false claims of the fakestinians and demonizing and delegitimizing Israel. I really wish Israeli leaders would assert their nation’s rights. Enough of this evenhandedness and appeasement of implacable enemies.

‘Palin Asked: Why Apologize to the Muslims?’
by Gil Ronen

Popular conservative politician Sarah Palin understands the importance of the Temple Mount to the Jewish people, according to MK Danny Danon (Likud), who accompanied her on a visit to the Kotel Sunday.

Danon told Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew-language service: “When we toured near the Kotel and in the tunnels near the Holy of Holies, she told me clear things without hesitating. She understands the importance of the place for the Jewish People and even asked me ‘Why do you keep apologizing to the Muslims all the time?’”

“I explained to her the mistakes made by [then-Defense Minister] Moshe Dayan in 1967 and our mistakes in not fulfilling our rights in the Temple Mount and the Old City,” Danon said. He was referring to Dayan’s decision to hand back the keys to the Temple Mount to the Muslim Waqf immediately after the liberation of the Mount in the Six-Day War.

Danon noted that Israel has large-scale support in the Christian world but “we are afraid to take advantage of it. It’s as if we are ashamed about ourselves. But there is great support and I felt it in the tour yesterday.”

Palin was also welcomed by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, the Kotel Rabbi, who told her that not just the prayers of Jews are more readily fulfilled when uttered at the Temple Mount, but those of Gentiles as well. The rabbi told Palin that he believes she will be an even better “ambassador” for Israel after her visit than she was before it.

The prominent freshman MK said that Israel needs to explain to Christians that it is in their interest, too, to let Israel have control of the holy sites. He noted that in places like Bethlehem, where Muslims are in control, Christians are humiliated.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The UN Carries On With Its Anti-Semitic Agenda

Even with all the upheaval taking place in Arab countries, the UN still finds time to continue its jihad against Israel and her people. For the OIC dominated UN, the Jews of Israel simply living on their own land is considered an unlawful act.

The UNHRC: Hard at work condemning Israel
By ANNE BAYEFSKY
03/21/2011 12:35

The Council is poised to adopt six resolutions this week condemning just Israel – the highest number of resolutions dedicated to bashing the Jewish state at a single session.


The meeting on Monday at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva helps explain how it is possible for the horrifying murder of the Fogel family by Palestinian terrorists on March 11 to have been so easily minimized by the “civilized” world. Slashing the throat of a three-month old baby and stabbing a three-year old twice in the heart has sickened and anguished Jews everywhere, but the steady pounding of anti-Semitism at the United Nations has not skipped a beat.

At this session of the Human Rights Council a UN-accredited NGO distributed a publication containing the following picture:



The demonic Jew, with the swastika substituted for the star of David on the Israeli flag, is depicted as an octopus strangling freedom-loving innocents.

The Jews as a vile life-threatening octopus was also a feature of Nazi propaganda. Today, it is how the Turkish NGO, the International Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), is permitted to portray its attempt last May to defy a legal Israeli naval blockade.

An appeal made to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, to take action against the IHH and to object to the distribution of this material on the UN “designated NGO tables outside the plenary room” was ignored.

The UN-accredited IHH “humanitarians” also delivered a statement at this Council’s session in which they said: “we consider the unlawful activities of Israel to be the most serious threat, one that is even more dangerous than that of a nuclear attack.”

Being fanatical hatemongers is evidently no barrier to being UN-accredited.

The IHH is not alone. On March 11 of the current session, the Council “Bulletin of informal meetings” advertised the time and place of a meeting entitled “Human rights in Palestine.” It was organized by the UN-accredited NGO “Nord-Sud XXI” and held in a UN-provided room near the Council chamber. Invited speakers manufactured such accusations as “people are buried alive in Israeli prison cells,” and “one woman had gangrene and they cut her foot off instead of treating her,” followed by “we want a future free of Zionist crimes,” and “we need revolution and intifada against this oppression.” Imad Zuhairi, deputy permanent observer of the Palestinian Authority to the UN in Geneva, was an enthusiastic participant in this event, made possible only with the assistance of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights despite its focus on advocating violence against Israelis. Zuhairi declared a few hours before the Fogel murders: “we cannot equate resistance against occupation with terrorism.”

Such NGOs operate hand-in-glove with the Council. Currently being discussed during the Council session is another resolution on the IHH flotilla, calling for still another report to condemn Israel on the same subject in June. Because the Organization of the Islamic Conference holds the balance of power at the Council, by controlling the regional groups that form the Council’s majority, the resolution is guaranteed to be adopted later this week.

Furthermore, the flotilla resolution is just one of many. There is another resolution on settlements. It condemns only Israel, references the Road Map only to allege Israeli violations, and demands Israel end “all settlement activity, including “natural growth.”

This is not just verbiage. Such UN settlement resolutions intimate that the three young Fogel children, while living and breathing, were criminals.
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

This Week's Haveil Havalim

Edition #309 of the Jewish blog carnival Haveil Havalim is up at To Kiss A Mezuzah.

The Jihad Against Jewish Children

Liberals will give lip service to saying how horrible the massacre of the Fogel family was and that there's no excuse for it, then will proceed to do just that, make excuses. They will go on to lecture to us how the poor "palestian" barbarians have been driven to such depravity by Israeli "oppression". This is the sickness that pervades the thought process of the progressives. Exactly how the Fogels including their two small children and infant "oppressed" or "harmed" anyone they will not elaborate on. When fakestinians claim they are being "harmed" by Israelis, what that actually means is that the mere presence of Jews amongst them is an affront to them as muslims. This is something the left will never acknowledge.

Sultan Knish:
The Muslim Terrorist War against Israeli Families
The brutal murders of the Fogel family, including the partial decapitation of a 3 month old baby, the stabbing a 3 year old twice in the heart, and the murder of both their parents, along with an 11 year old brother who was staying up late reading in bed, have shocked the world. But the Muslim terrorist tactic of massacring families is not a new one. It has been a signature move of the PLO in its various phases, especially the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.

Shalhevet Pass

Many of us would like to think that men who murder children are an aberration even in a terrorist movement. That perhaps the terrorists who murdered the Fogel family did not deliberately target children. It would be nice to think that we live in a world where such acts are an aberration rather than a tactic. Sadly that isn't so. We live next door to evil. And it is vital that we see that and not look away.

Almost 10 years ago to the date, Mahmoud Mahmed Mahmoud Amrou set up a sniper rifle and took aim at a mother and father walking with a stroller. In the stroller was their baby daughter. She was 10 months old. Mahmoud had three targets in front of him. The parents were the easiest targets. Instead Mahmoud took aim and shot a 10 month old little girl in the head.

Consider the head of an adult and a child. Which is easier to hit from a distance? Her parents were young. Her father capable of military service. Her mother could still have more children. Even from the tactical standpoint of a terrorist, they were better targets. But Shalhevet Pass, the 10 month old baby girl was the one he shot in the head. Her father suffered leg injuries because the bullets were aimed at the level of the stroller.

Mahmoud Amrou was no random serial killer. He was a member of the Tanzim militia, a terrorist arm of the Palestinian Authority which crosses over extensively with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. He confessed that the attack had been ordered by Tanzim and Al-Aqsa commander Marwan Zaloum. The terrorist atrocities of these Fatah terrorist groups were backed at the highest level of the Palestinian Authority. And when Palestinian Authority leader Abbas was campaigning in 2002 in Hebron, he called out, "Mercy on the souls of all the martyrs. Mercy on the soul of Marwan Zaloum."

But the backing for it goes even higher than that. The Clinton and Bush Administrations both held meetings with Tanzim leaders. When Tanzim and Al-Aqsa leader Marwan Barghouti was arrested, Condoleezza Rice herself called for him to be freed. Newspaper articles presented Barghouti as a "moderate" and the only hope for the peace process.

The murder of Shalhevet Pass, a 10 month old baby in a stroller, had not just been a random killing. It was another act of terror from the Palestinian Authority's own terrorist organization, many of whose members had been armed and trained by Western security forces. It was part of a strategy targeting Israeli families and their children which goes back for over 50 years of atrocities.
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

“Jewish” Professors For Jihad

Jewish professors at UC Irvine come to the aid of muslim brotherhood thugs who disrupted Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech. Ironically the leftist pro-jihad professors take this stance under the guise of defending free speech. For them, free speech means the right of jihadi thugs to deny the free speech rights of pro-Israel and anti-jihad speakers by whatever means necessary. Not surprising coming from professors who attempt to indoctrinate students through bullying and intimidation and denying students the right to challenge their perverse ideas.

30 UC Jewish Studies Profs Defend Radical Muslim Students

Natan Nestel – Nusbaum – UCI Israel

Thirty Jewish Studies professors at the University of California (UC) signed a petition asking the Orange County District Attorney to drop all charges against members of the UC Irvine extremist Muslim Students Union (MSU) who conspired to disrupt Ambassador Oren’s talk at UC Irvine

last year denying him free speech. These professors are complicit in enabling MSU students to hijack the campus, and eliminate free speech for anyone presenting an opinion which does not jibe with their extremist ideology.

The Muslim Student Union (MSU) is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. It supports Hamas terror, and is part of the “Jihad Network”. The MSU disseminates and promotes militant Islamic ideologies, and is one of the primary organizations spearheading the demonization and delegitimization campaign against Israel. It has promoted Israel Apartheid Week and Nakba protests on campuses nationwide, as well as the boycott campaigns against Israel.

In their petition the 30 professors write:

The use of the criminal justice system to police student speech is detrimental to the values exemplified by the academic and intellectual environment on our university campuses.

The Jewish professors’ petition follows the notorious Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) campaign which denounced the prosecution of the disrupting students (see here). The JVP, which the ADL placed on its list of the top 10 anti-Israel groups in the US (see here and here), supports boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

Many of the 30 UC Jewish Studies professors who signed the petition also have voiced their support for anti-Israel BDS campaigns and for the divestment bill at UC Berkeley. Some have even argued that the Jewish state should not exist.

Ironically, although the petition’s signers are quick to defend the rights of radical Muslim students who have violated university policy and the law, none of them has signed a statement or petition defending Jewish students at the University of California. They do not champion students right to a campus free of the anti-Semitic harassment inflicted on them by extreme anti-Israel groups such as the MSU and the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), nor even seemingly recognize the irony of their defense of the freedom of extremist Muslim students to disseminate hate speech. Nevertheless, they stand mute in the face of Muslim students prohibiting the exercise of free speech by Ambassador Oren.

These professors have not been outraged by the routine and growing abuse of academic freedom in UC classrooms where UC professors, including some signatories, such as Ruthie Adler (who coordinates the Hebrew language program at UC Berkeley), have been abusing their academic freedom by turning their classroom into a venue of propaganda and anti-Israel rhetoric. Ruthie Adler regularly injects anti-Israel vitriol into her classroom intimidating the students who fear to challenge her. Many students who come to UC Berkeley to study Hebrew, Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, etc., have been deterred from taking the classes in which they would otherwise enroll. This after hearing of the experiences of students who took classes taught by professors–such as Adler of the Near East Studies Department, Wendy Brown of the Political Science Department, and Hatem Bazian* of the Near Eastern Studies Department–who turn their classrooms into political venues for anti-Israel indoctrination. Some students have had to change their areas of study as a result of these ideologically abusive instructors. These students have been denied their academic freedom by abusive faculty who debase academia by exploiting the classroom for their own political biases.

It is this dire situation, coupled with the blind eye and complacency of other UC faculty and administration, which creates a climate that mocks the academic and intellectual environment one would expect at the University of California.

Glenn Beck on the Fogel Family

Glenn Beck's follow up on the Fogel family massacre. Yes indeed the Fogels are an extraordinary family as is the rest of the "settler" community. Yet these are the people who have been so unfairly and wrongly demonized by the world as rabid and violent extremists. Nothing could be further from the truth. People around the world are being fed a complete inversion of the reality of this conflict.



Friday, March 18, 2011

Contrast Between Cultures

So while muslim "palestinians" butcher Jewish babies and celebrate, the much
demonized Israeli "settlers" save a palestinian baby's life. Does anyone still
want to make the case that there's any kind of moral equivalence between the two
sides or that the Israelis are the villains?

Honest Reporting:
Baby Saved in Itamar

MARCH 17, 2011 10:44 BY YARDEN FRANKL
You most likely will not read this story of Israeli soldiers and settlers saving
a Palestinian baby's life in the mainstream Western press. That's because it
does not fit the narrative of Israelis acting cruel toward Palestinians. But it
is now all over the Israeli press and people are circulating it on Facebook.

"Just as IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz arrived in Neve Tzuf to offer his
condolences, a Palestinian cab raced towards the community's entrance. In it,
soldiers and paramedics discovered a Palestinian woman in her 20s in advanced
stages of labor and facing a life-threatening situation: The umbilical cord was
wrapped around the young baby girl's neck, endangering both her and her mother.

The quick action of settler paramedics and IDF troops deployed in the area saved
the mother's and baby's life, prompting great excitement and emotions at the
site where residents are still mourning the brutal death of five local family
members."

That's right — as the surviving members of the Fogel family were sitting shiva
for family members brutally murdered in last week's terrorist attack — settlers
and soldiers saved the life of both the Palestinian mother and her baby. It's an
amazing story that deserves to be told and shared by as many people as possible.

Yet the same media who can be counted on to report every act — no matter how
rare — of alleged settler vandalism against Palestinian targets, seem to be
taking a pass on this story. Just as the media have a hard time picturing
settlers as victims (as evidenced by the botched reporting on the terrorist
attack,) they also have a hard time reporting on anything that reflects
positively on the settler community.

Send this story around and force the media to cover the case of settlers and
soldiers who saved a Palestinian baby while paying a condolence call on those
murdered by Palestinian terrorists.

The Moral Bankruptcy of Liberalism

Liberals in the west have the blood of the Fogel family on their hands. They have aided and given legitimacy to this demonic evil. They have promoted the hideous lies of fakestinian victimhood, of fakestinian “rights” to land that was never theirs. They have promoted the hideous lie of Israeli “apartheid” and “genocide” all the while aiding and abetting the real practioners of apartheid and genocide in the Middle East. And most repugnant of all are the “Jewish” leftists of JStreet and Peace Now and similar organizations who have used their supposed Jewishness to provide cover for the demonization and delegitimization of Israel and especially the “settlers”. These scoundrels for whom Judaism plays no role in their lives other than to be used to promote the illegitimate cause of the fakestinians.

Melanie Phillips, The Spectator:

A terrible resonance



The Daily Telegraph, which once was considered to be a quality newspaper, has carried a poisonous little story. It read:

The US has said it is ‘deeply concerned’ over Israel’s plans to build hundreds of new homes in West Bank settlements. In response to an attack on a settler family over the weekend, Israel approved the construction of between 300 to 500 new homes in the West Bank.

The US Embassy called the Israeli settlements ‘illegitimate’ and an obstacle to resuming direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. ‘They murder, we build,’ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday during a condolence call to the grieving family.

Palestinian militants are presumed to have carried out the assault, killing both parents and their three children. ‘We’re deeply concerned by continuing Israeli actions on settlements in the West Bank,’ the statement from the U.S. Embassy said. ‘As we said before, we view these settlements as illegitimate and as running counter to efforts to resume direct negotiations.’ A senior Israeli official responded to the U.S. criticism by reasserting Israel’s position that the major settlement blocs, where most of the 300,000 West Bank settlers live, will remain in Israeli hands under any final peace accord. (my emphasis).

This is how the Obama administration and the Telegraph view the significance of the massacre of Udi and Ruth Fogel and their three children, Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and Hadas, three months old, at their house in Itamar in Samaria last Friday night.

The warped and degraded priorities embodied in this short Telegraph item have been echoed since the massacre throughout the media – on the BBC and Sky, on CNN and in the New York Times, and by both the Obama administration and the British government.

If they reported or acknowledged the terrible details of this atrocity at all, these were nevertheless given short shrift. It has become a given that that the most important aspect of the events at Itamar last Friday night was not the murder of the Fogels and their three young children but the subsequent decision by the Israel government to resume building homes for Jews in the disputed territories.

The western media and political class regard the latter as the ‘obstacle to peace’, while the slaughter of a Jewish family by Arab terrorists is apparently irrelevant to the achievement of peace. This even though if the atrocity turns out to have been committed, as has been speculated, by members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, the armed wing of ‘moderate’ Mahmoud Abbas’s party Fatah, that would be a game changer for a ‘peace process’ predicated on the (ludicrous) assumption that Abbas/Fatah are legitimate ‘partners for peace’.

Such considerations are, it seems, quite irrelevant to Obama, the British government and the western media. All instead blame the ‘settlers’ for producing a ‘cycle of violence’ — even though massacres of Jews by Arabs have been taking place in the land of Israel since the 1920s. And that’s because the ‘settlement’ to which the Arabs react by mass murder is, as it always has been, the presence of Jews in any part of the land they currently occupy in the Middle East, including their own country.

This amoral response by the west is simply devastating. It means that it no longer possesses the capacity even to acknowledge Jewish victimisation at the hands of the Arabs – the actual cause of this nine-decade long conflict. Instead, Israelis have become literally dehumanised in the eyes of these British and American commentators. The murder of Israeli children is simply airbrushed out of the western media and political picture as just too inconvenient, because it gets in the way of what they have all persuaded themselves is an axiomatic fact: that this is merely a dispute over land between two rival peoples, and it is all Israel’s fault that it still isn’t resolved.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

We Should Stay Out of Libya

Israel is always falsely accused of pushing us into war, but its the Arabs who are actually trying to push us into war. Why is Libya our problem? Aren’t we stretched out enough in Iraq and Afghanistan? How many more young American lives are to be sacrificed on behalf of muslim nations which then turn against us?

As I said, if we are going to use military force it needs to be employed against actual threats to us like Iran. If we have no intention of using military force against Iran which would be justifiable, then why Libya?

Via Israpundit:
WSJ:
Arabs Love the Pax Americana
Fearing a U.S. retreat, the Saudis move into Bahrain.


The Arab League’s call this weekend for a no-fly zone over Libya is startling news and has sent diplomats scattering. We’ll now see if the “international community” (to use the Obama Administration’s favorite phrase) decides anything before Moammar Gadhafi’s forces overrun the rebel stronghold in Benghazi. The odds favor Gadhafi.

But the 22-member league’s decision also tells us a lot about Arab views of U.S. power. Throughout the Libyan crisis, we’ve heard from pundits and politicians that the Iraq war tarnished brand America beyond repair, and made U.S. leadership non grata in the Mideast. Both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have insisted that the U.N., NATO, the Europeans, Arabs, anyone but Washington take the initiative on Libya.

The Arab League is begging them to reconsider this abdication. With the unsurprising exceptions of Iranian client Syria and Libya’s neighbor Algeria, the group took the extraordinary step of calling publicly for American intervention in the affairs of an Arab state. Though the League formally asked the U.N. Security Council to approve a no-fly zone, there’s little doubt that the U.S. would carry the military and political burden in imposing one. The Arabs know this well, and their message couldn’t be clearer. Maybe they even thought Mr. Obama meant what he said in calling for Gadhafi to leave power.



Bahraini anti-government protesters wave the national flag as they march past the Embassy of Saudi Arabia last month. On Monday, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states sent military forces into Bahrain.


The weekend decision confirmed what we’ve heard privately from Arab leaders for years about America’s continued engagement in the Middle East. The only people who suffer from an “Iraq syndrome” are American liberals and the Western European chattering classes. The pro-Western Gulf or North African allied states have nothing to gain in seeing American influence or military power devalued in their region—either by others, or as is the current fad in Washington, through American self-abnegation.

Their immediate interest may be to reverse Gadhafi’s recent gains against the lightly armed rebels in eastern Libya. Arab hostility to him goes back many years. As neighbors they have much to fear from a post-revolt Libya turned back into a terrorist haven and pariah state.

For the proverbial “Arab street,” the defeat of the Libyan uprising would be a dispiriting coda to this springtime of democratic revolutions. If he survives, Gadhafi will have taught other dictators that the next time young people demand accountable leadership, turn your guns on them and exploit American diffidence.

Beyond those pressing worries lie bigger Arab concerns over the changing power dynamic in the Middle East. New and unpredictable regional players are a neo-Ottoman Turkey and especially an Iran determined to get nuclear weapons. However much the Arabs like to complain about America, they know the U.S. is a largely benign force and honest broker.

Propelled by a strong domestic economy, the Turks have built their recent regional standing through trade and a political shift from its longstanding alliance with the West. Tellingly, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan opposes a no-fly zone. “We see NATO military intervention in another country as extremely unbeneficial,” he said. Turkey had no such qualms when NATO came to the rescue of Europe’s besieged Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo, but in the 1990s Ankara saw America as an ally, not a potential competitor.

The Sunni Arab states fear the nuclear ambitions of Shiite Iran as much as Israel does. It’s not lost on them that while democratic uprisings toppled two Arab regimes friendly to the U.S. and threaten several others, Tehran has squelched the opposition Green Movement without inhibitions. The nuclear program, meanwhile, is Iran’s secret weapon to become the dominant regional power.

The Administration chose to hear the Arab appeal for American leadership this weekend as if it were no big deal. White House spokesman Jay Carney used the word “international” three times in three sentences and didn’t back a no-fly zone or any other military step. The G-8 foreign ministers yesterday failed to support it as well. A draft Libya resolution (sponsored by Lebanon!) is bouncing around at the Security Council, and likely headed nowhere.

Not by coincidence, Saudi Arabia and fellow Gulf states on Monday sent military forces into Bahrain to help put down an uprising by the majority Shiites against the Sunni monarchy, which yesterday declared a state of emergency. The Saudis fear that the Bahrain contagion, perhaps fueled by Iran, will spread to them.

But their intervention also reflects a lack of confidence that America will assert itself in the region. Remarkably, the Saudis ignored U.S. advice not to intervene in Bahrain. They don’t believe they can count on the U.S. to stop an imperial Iran. When the U.S. fails to lead, every nation recalibrates its interests and begins to look out for itself first.

While the “international community” fiddles, Gadhafi’s troops continue their march eastward, yesterday taking the strategic town of Ajdabiya, the last significant population center before Benghazi. His victory would be a tragedy for Libya’s people. But it would diminish America’s global standing as well, which is an outcome that makes Arabs as nervous as it ought to make Americans.

Stephen Walt’s Appalling Response to the Fogel Family Massacre

The despicable Stephen Walt makes a show of condemning the horrific massacre of the Fogel family as a prelude to a screed against Israel, “settlers” and their supporters? Walt and his equally despicable peers in academia along with the media and various artists and entertainers have the blood of the Fogel family on their hands due to the vicious hatred, demonization and lies they have hurled against Israel, especially the “settlers”. The quartet should also be held accountable for funding the PA and hamas while pressuring Israel to surrender territory, remove “settlements” and remove the checkpoints which were put in place to keep the jihadist cutthroats out. Most appalling and unforgivable of all is the Israeli leadership over the last 18 years since Oslo. They forgot that their priority was supposed to be the protection of their people, not pleasing the international community which in any case was never satisfied with the concessions Israel made. With every concession their only response was to demand more Israeli surrender. Instead of being man enough to resist pressure from Obama, Hillary, Merkel, Sarkozy and Cameron to remove checkpoints, Bibi and Barak obediently obliged and Bibi announced his support for a “palestinian” terror state. All of the above have enabled and given legitimacy to the modern day nazis who seek another genocide against the Jewish people.

Elder of Zion:
Stephen Walt’s disgusting moral equivalence on Itamar


The sickness of the Left:

To say that I am appalled by the brutal murder of an Israeli family in the West Bank settlement of Itamar (near Nablus) is an understatement.

OK, he is appalled. Why?

Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is universally recognized as a violation of international law and depends on force, intimidation, and violence, but there is no justification for anyone to take the lives of an entire family in this way. No good can possibly come from such a senseless act — not for Palestinians, not for Israelis, and not for anyone else — and it should be universally condemned.

To Walt, the self-styled realist, the massacre of the Fogels is simply a counterproductive method of protest. He cannot bring himself to say that the murders are immoral, or sickening, or reflective of constant Palestinian Arab incitement to hate and murder. He cannot be bothered to mention the names of the victims. He cannot even make a passing mention of a baby girl whose throat was slashed in her crib.

And Walt cannot stop himself from implying that the settlers deserved it for somehow being “illegal” before he even pretends to condemn their murder, which, he implied, might have been justified if they were killed in a less brutal manner. Like maybe a suicide bombing that was a little less personal.

Now that Walt got his perfunctory “condemnation” out of the way, he can get to what he really wants to condemn, and what he cynically uses the Itamar massacre to hang his own sick hate on:
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Glenn Beck Speaks About the Itamar Massacre

Indeed this evil is growing rapidly because western liberals have abetted it and given it legitimacy. Genocidal jihadis are celebrated at universities in the west and their Israeli Jewish victims demonized. Western media excuses their atrocities and the fatah and hamas jihadists have been feted by western leaders and their regimes have received money from western governments.

Harvey Weinstein’s Anti-Israel Film

Harvey Weinstein screened his production company's terrorist sympathizing film to a receptive, anti-Semitic audience at the UN. However there will never be a film made about the Fogel family and other victims of jihad atrocities in Israel or elsewhere. Weinstein epitomizes the depraved state of Hollywood and the rest of the current cultural climate. No matter how many atrocities are perpetrated by muslims in the name of islam, the cultural elite insists its a peaceful religion. No matter how many barbaric murders against the Jews in Israel, they don’t see it as proof that peace is not possible with Israel’s genocidal enemies, but rather they conclude that Israel simply hasn’t surrendered enough of its miniscule land to the fatah and hamas terrorists. But how can you expect people who exhibit no moral standards in their own lives to be able to make moral judgements about anything else? Weinstein and the rest of the degenerates, perverts and drug addicts in the entertainment industry deserve to be scorned.

The Sultan Knish:
An Open Letter to Harvey Weinstein


On the same day that a family of five were being murdered in their home in Israel, Harvey Weinstein ran a self-congratulatory promotional piece for his company’s terrorist propaganda flick, Miral. The photos stand out. The fat smirking face of Harvey Weinstein contrasted with the sleeping baby, the smiling little boys and the earnest couple who were their parents. They are all dead, and a Harvey Weinstein lives on to smirk another day. So it is with perpetrators and victims. The innocent children and the fat ugly men who profit from trafficking in the narrative of their killers.

Harvey Weinstein denounces Peter King and urges him to go watch Miral. But perhaps it is Harvey Weinstein who should drive to a small town lost in the Samarian Mountains and retrace the steps of the murderers in the name of the nationalistic mythology that movies like Miral glamorize. To fit himself through the living room window where the two terrorists entered, moving quietly in the dark, not seeing the six year old boy sleeping peacefully on the couch. That six year old boy who survived because like so many other little boys during the Holocaust, the men who were coming to murder him went right past him without seeing him. The six year old boy who was being orphaned around the same time that Harvey Weinstein and his PR people were conferring on a final draft for their Miral puff piece.

Come along Harvey, into the bedroom where a father and his three month old daughter, Hadas, were fast asleep. It can be hard to get a 3 month old baby to fall asleep. Her father must had quite a time of it that night. Babies may not have language, but they do have fears. They are afraid of the strange new world they were born into. And they need parents to comfort them and assure them that everything will be alright. That they are loved and protected. When Rabbi Fogel finally got his little baby daughter to sleep, she must have felt safe with her father there. The man who would have taught her about life. Who would have done his best to protect her. And the man whose throat was slashed in his sleep along with his child’s.

Tell me Harvey, do you know what goes through a three month old baby’s mind when her throat is being slashed? You can’t make a movie about it and you wouldn’t it if you could. Movies are complex stories. The characters change and grow. They become someone else. A three month old baby having her throat cut will never become anyone else. She is fixed in that moment of horror and pain. Dying without knowing why. Only that her parents couldn’t protect her. If you were going to make a movie about this scene, it would be about the killers. You would show their past and explain their actions. Surely an Israeli soldier stepped on their toe once or blew up their house. Stretch it out over two hours and you can justify anything. Even the knife being drawn across Hadas’ throat. That is the magic of cinema. But to three month old Hadas, there is no context. The movie of her life ended the night you were hard at work promoting yours.

The mother had been in the bathroom while the bloody work took place. A small moment of peace while her children slept. She didn’t let them cut her throat, the way they had that of her husband and her baby daughter. Instead she fought them. They had to stab her to death. If you ever make a movie about these particular terrorists, be sure to emphasize how hard it is to stab a mother to death. She will fight for her children. And the terrorists will have to work to kill her. You should swoop the camera down sympathetically on their sweating faces as they do the hard work of murdering her.

From there they went on to murder 11 year old Yoav who was reading in bed. Next was 3 year old Elad. Why stab a 3 year old boy twice in the heart? That is the question, Harvey. I understand once. Once is certainly enough to kill any 3 year old. But twice? Maybe it was that each killer wanted a turn and a share of the glory of murdering a toddler. They had already murdered three children and their parents, but the laws of Islam can be arcane sometimes. Is it possible then that the Shaheed (the martyr) will not enter paradise unless he murders a 3 year old too. Maybe there are more virgins waiting in paradise for each child killed. Murder a child and trade his body in for more virgins. Or maybe it is that the brave Jihadists who climb through living room windows and cut the throats of children in their sleep wanted to feel the violence of that blow. The thrill of the knife slamming home into a child’s heart. Or maybe it is that Elad’s heart was strong enough that even two adult Muslim terrorists had to stab twice to kill him.

I would like to think so.

Your article promoting Miral urges that ‘understanding the “other” requires us to step out of our comfort zones’. Step now out of your comfort zone. And understand the other. I don’t mean the murderers themselves. I think you understand them a little too well. If you didn’t understand them at all, Miral would be lying on a back shelf somewhere. I urge you to understand your own ‘Other’, not those who kill in the name of Islamic terrorism, but those who die of it. Who die and yet refuse to give in. Who cling to their tiny patch of land, more than you would ever cling to your Connecticut estate. See the ‘Other’ in murdered family beneath your regard.

Family members have released photos of their children lying in their blood, but I don’t think you will want to see them. They are too far outside your comfort zone. There is plenty of blood and gore in your movies, but this is different. These are the bodies of inconvenient children. Their deaths don’t fit into your ideological framework. You know quite well that Muslims are good people, and Jews who live on land claimed by the Muslims, are bad people. If they are murdered it is inconvenient because it retards the peace process. The process by which terrorists climb through living room windows and slash the throats of children. Until whole families are at peace.

The Fogel family is at peace now, for the most part. They have found the only form of peace that the terrorist gangs have ever delivered, in return for land, money, weapons and international legitimacy. Not the entire family of course. Three children survived. Three settlers. Three obstacles to peace.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Media’s Culpability in Demonizing “Settlers”

I’m sickened over the coverage of the massacre of the Fogel family by the leftist media. In their morally twisted reports, the demonic murderers are merely described as “intruders” while their victims are among the “extremist settlers”. I refuse to succumb to the politically correct garbage that such savage acts are the result of “occupation”. What this is, is jihad and not only are the perpetrators of this massacre demonic but so is the culture which indocrinated them to such genocidal hatred and murder and celebrates these acts. Also depraved is the western left which essentially provides cover for islamic atrocities against Jews and should therefore be held to account for the monstrous massacre of the Fogel family.

Melanie Phillips, The Spectator:
Armchair barbarism



Today the massacred Fogel family was buried in Jerusalem. And as anticipated, the moral depravity of the Arabs is finding a grotesque echo in the moral bankruptcy and worse of the British and American ‘liberal’ media – a sickening form of armchair barbarism which is also in evidence, it has to be said, on the comment thread beneath my post below.

Overwhelmingly, the media have either ignored or downplayed the atrocity – or worse, effectively blamed the victims for bringing it on themselves, describing them as ‘hard-line settlers’ or extremists. Given that three of the victims were children, one a baby of three months whose throat was cut, such a response is utterly degraded.

The New York Times blamed Israeli ‘defiance’ over renewed ‘settlement’ building in the wake of the massacre for throwing

already shaky peace efforts into a new tailspin.

So to the New York Times, it’s not the Arab massacre of a Jewish family which has jeopardised ‘peace prospects’ — because the Israelis will quite rightly never trust any agreement with such savages — but instead Israeli policy on building more homes, on land to which it is legally and morally entitled, which is responsible instead for making peace elusive. Twisted, and sick.

Both CNN and the BBC, meanwhile, along with Harriet Sherwood in the Guardian, gave the impression that this was not a terrorist attack but the actions of an ‘intruder’ — for all the world as if this was a burglary that got out of hand. CNN said:

Five members of an Israeli family were killed in the West Bank early Saturday morning in what the Israeli military is calling a ‘terror attack’…According to a military spokeswoman, an intruder entered the Israeli settlement of Itamar near the northern West Bank city of Nablus around 1 am, made his way into a family home and killed two parents and their three children.

The BBC similarly reported:

The family – including three children — were stabbed to death by an intruder who broke into their home, Israeli media reported…

Honest Reporting finds the BBC treatment of this massacre, all but burying the details of the attack on the Fogel family beneath a story about those wicked settlements, the most shocking and callous of all this dreadful coverage.

For those who don’t appreciate the role played by the ‘moderate’ PA in glorifying terrorism and inciting the mass murder of Israelis, Palestinian Media Watch has assembled some recent examples here – including the award by Abbas of $2000 to the family of a terrorist who attacked and tried to kill Israeli soldiers two months ago.

(Graphic pictures of the bodies of the slain Fogel family are circulating on the net and on YouTube. The relatives of the massacre victims have made them publicly available in order to show the world the full horror of the Arab barbarism in Itamar. However, I have decided not to link to these pictures. The reported wishes of a distraught family cannot in my view justify what is inescapably a gratuitous invasion of the privacy and dignity of the dead. But read this, and weep.)

What is being deliberately ignored through this travesty of reporting is not just the human tragedy of this terrible massacre. It is the politically crucial fact that it was apparently carried out not by Hamas but by the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, the terrorist wing of Fatah. Fatah is the party of Mahmoud Abbas, the Holocaust denier who is the allegedly ‘moderate’ Chairman of the PA – and who not surprisingly couldn’t even bring himself to express unequivocal horror at the atrocity.

This diabolical deed therefore gives the lie to all those who have been supporting, promoting and funding the PA as ‘moderates’ who deserve a state of their own. The fact is that America, Britain and the EU have been not only promoting this bunch of neo-Nazi fanatics and baby murderers. They have also been forcing their putative victim, Israel, to offer them its own throat to be cut, along with that of Jewish babies. And these craven governments in turn are being egged on by the bigots, useful idiots and worse of the British, European and — it has to be said loud and clear — Israeli ‘liberal’ intelligentsia.

Truly, this is beyond desolation.

See also Natural Disasters and Palestinian Barbarism

Monday, March 14, 2011

Liberal Indifference Over the Murder of an Israeli Family

As far as the depraved, degenerate leftists in the western media are concerned, the murder of five members of the Fogel family is not really an evil act or an act of terrorism at all since according to them they were “settlers” and “occupiers”. This is why there has been scant coverage and the coverage this has received has been met with indifference or has been focused on “settlements”. So, for the leftist media the real victims aren’t the Fogel family but those who cut the throats of this family in their sleep. And of course the slaughter of a Jewish baby and children as other such murders, are celebrated by the “palestinians” by passing out candy.

There are also those who make the pathetic attempt to equate such a horrific act with the IDF killing of “palestinians”. But there is no moral equivalence. The IDF doesn’t purposely target civilians, they do not go into homes and slash the throats of infants. This view exemplifies the morally bankrupt state of liberalism.

Melanie Phillips, The Spectator:
And still western ‘liberals’ support these people



The Palestinian terrorist slaughter overnight of an Israeli couple Rabbi Udi Fogel and his wife Ruth and three of their children, 11-year-old Yoav, four-year-old Elad and three-month-old Hadas who were stabbed to death in their house in Itamar in Samaria — three other children aged under 12 survived — has received scant coverage in the British and western media.

True, the Japanese tsunami is driving out much other news. But there can be little doubt that the sluggish reaction is due in no small measure to the fact that the British media and intellectual class think – and sometimes even say – that the Israeli ‘settlers’ deserve what they get. Thus Israelis living on land to which they are legally entitled are dehumanised, and even their murders are shrugged off as of little account. Thus the moral cesspool into which Britain’s intellectual elite has sunk.

We don’t yet know who perpetrated this latest atrocity. What must be emphasised however is that, quite apart from the open calls to genocide of the Jews by Hamas, as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has said the ‘wild incitement’ by the Palestinian Authority against Israelis, perpetrated without remission through its educational materials, in its mosques and on PA-controlled TV, is directly to blame for creating the incendiary atmosphere of hysterical and fanatical hatred that gives rise to such savagery. Through these channels the PA indoctrinates its people into hatred of Jews and the glorification of mass murder of Israelis. As CAMERA has noted:

The brutal attack comes only days after a West Bank Palestinian youth center announced a soccer tournament named after Wafa Idris, the first female Palestinian suicide bomber, who killed an 81-year-old man and injured over 100 other Israelis… The killer undoubtedly internalized the message, reinforced time and time again, that it’s noble and heroic to kill Jews. The same goes for the person who planned the attack, and the one who transported the killer, and any other enablers.

In the light of this, the sickeningly ambiguous response by the Holocaust-denying PA ‘President’ Mahmoud Abbas was all too telling:
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

This Week's Haveil Havalim

Edition #308 of the Jewish blog carnival Haveil Havalim is up at Ima on (and off)the Bima.

The Truth About Islam

Not even conservatives will go as far as breaking the taboo against telling the truth about islam. It is not "radical" islam or "islamism", but rather islam in itself which is the problem. The terrorists, that is, jihadists, are not misinterpreting islam, but are practicing authentic islam rooted in the koran, hadiths and sura and which has a 1400 year history.

American Thinker:
Dear Rep. King: Forget 'Radical' -- Islam is the Culprit
By Amil Imani

Republican Congressman Peter King has strengthened his security in the wake of "hostile phone calls" and threats from overseas, as he is getting ready to chair a hearing on Islamic radicalization in the United States today.

The Congressman's hearing on this important issue, though much overdue, is perhaps the first step towards recognizing that Islam is the culprit, not radical Islam. Islam by its mere existence is radical. "There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that's it," said Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan, and he's absolutely right.

Decades ago Marshall McLuhan observed, "The medium is the message." As the print and electronic media penetrate more and more every aspect of life, their influence increases greatly in shaping views and the behavior of the public. The power of the media is a mixed blessing. On one hand, it can serve to expose injustices, wrongdoings, and flaws. On the other hand, it is able to propagate misinformation and outright disinformation.

Manipulation and control of the media is of critical importance to the rule of totalitarian states. Free societies, although less subject to laundered information, are still at considerable risk of being selectively informed or misinformed outright. The overlords of the media can deceive the public more easily when political correctness is used as a subterfuge for the promotion of certain ideas.

A case in point is the media's portrayal of Islam, articulated by politicians and pundits -- the talking heads on television and radio, as well as the analysts who write for newspapers and magazines. Time and again we hear and read that Islam is a religion of peace, in spite of the fact that Islam has been a religion of violence from its inception to the present. This mantra, "Islam is a religion of peace" is repeated so often that it has become an indisputable statement of fact in the minds of many.

Even a cursory examination of Islam's history and Islamic texts conclusively proves the exact opposite. Islam was, and continues to be, a movement of unbridled violence.
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

BU Jewish Students Fear Standing Up To Anti-Semites

Pathetic, frightened Jews at Boston University turned down an ad from David Horowitz’ organization countering the genocidal, anti-Semitic lies being pushed by muslim brotherhood front groups during Israel Apartheid Week. They feared it would futher anger the various anarchist, leftist and jihadist Jew-haters on campus. According to the logic of terrified Jewish liberals, standing up for ourselves offends anti-Semites and will therefore lead to further anti-Semitism.

Boston U’s Students for Israel – Anti-Semites Don’t Exist

David Horowitz and Sara Dogan – Response by Rachelle Rubin – FrontPage Magazine,

There’s an old joke that goes like this: Two Jews are facing a firing squad. The officer in charge of their execution asks if they have a last request. One Jew says to the other “I think I’d like a blindfold.” The other Jew says “Let’s not make trouble.”

That Jew turns out to be Rachelle Rubin, president of the Boston University chapter of Students for Israel. Rachelle read a Frontpage Magazine article which recounts the rejection of the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s ad refuting the genocidal lies spread by the Muslim Brotherhood and Palestinian leaders who want to “push the Jews into the sea” (these are their precise words). After reading the article Rachelle felt concerned enough to write a letter to the Freedom Center — urging us not to “push the issue” lest we “offend” BU’s Arab population (which has not said a word in defense of the Jews or in opposition to the lies).

The ad which the David Horowitz Freedom Center attempted to place in the Boston University campus paper, the Daily Free Press, was based on the Center’s campaign to put up a “Palestinian Wall of Lies” on university campuses to combat the “Israel Apartheid Walls” which Muslim Brotherhood front groups are erecting on college campuses this week to delegitimize the state of Israel, and soften it up for jihadist armies of Hamas and Hizbollah massed on its borders.

The Center’s “wall” and its ad refute the ten core lies on which the attacks on Israel mounted by Islamic jihadists and the radical left are based. For example, the lie that Israel is “occupied Palestine.” Israel in fact occupies a tiny sliver of the ruins of the Turkish empire (the Turks are neither Arabs nor Palestinians). Eighty percent of the so-called Palestine Mandate (which refers to a region not a political or ethnic entity) was ceded to Jordan, which is ruled by a Hashemite minority that no one mistakes for Palestinians. Seventy-percent of the population of Jordan are Arabs from the Palestine mandate but no one is calling for the self-determination of these people or the destruction of the Jordanian state, because the agenda of the Islamists is to purge the Jews from the Middle East.

The “Palestinian Wall of Lies” ad was an attempt to confront Boston University’s Israel Apartheid Week, which featured the erection of an “Apartheid Wall,” a speech by Diana Buttu, a former legal adviser to the terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization, and an event with Noam Lekach and Elinor Amit from a group called “Anarchists Against the Wall” which protests Israel’s security fence and what they term “land theft, violence, separation and occupation” – all favored propaganda terms of the left to support the claims of the terrorists of Hezbollah and Hamas. The removal of Israel’s “apartheid wall” would simply give free reign to Palestinian suicide bombers to kill more Jews.
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We Don't Need to be Involved in Libya

The same liberal pundits who have been wringing their hands over our invasion of Iraq for the last eight years, are pushing for military intervention in Libya. These are the same people who also are dead set against any military action against Iran even though Iran is actually a threat to us and is developing nuclear weapons. And at least the Iranian people are genuinely fighting for real freedom as opposed to the muslim brotherhood jihad groups fighting to overthrow gaddafi. Where are their priorities? If we are going to use the American military, it should be against Iran.

Via Israpundit:
In the absence of compelling national-security interests, we should stay out.

By Andrew C McCarthby, NRO

I am against intervention in Libya. In explaining why, four things about the ongoing commentary and handwringing over no-fly zones and other potential U.S. intrusions seem noteworthy.

First are the sudden torrents of disdain for Muammar Qaddafi by commentators who spent the Bush years saying this very same terrorist — who even then was repressing the very same opposition he is fighting now — was a great ally of the United States against terrorism. I carry no brief for Qaddafi; I thought it was reprehensible for our government to try to launder him into a statesman, much like Clinton did with Arafat. But given that this strategy only tightened Qaddafi’s grip on power, it’s a bit much for us suddenly to be told that we are now under a moral obligation to oust him. Some proponents of intervention add, “He must answer for Flight 103.” Why didn’t he need to be removed and answer for Flight 103 some time between 2003 and 2008?

Second is the studied effort to avoid addressing who the Libyan opposition is. As in Egypt, the main opposition is the Muslim Brotherhood — avowed enemies of the West whose goal is the establishment of sharia states. The National Front for the Salvation of Libya is also a largely Islamist opposition group — one that was stronger until many of its Islamist members split off because they objected to the group’s acceptance of U.S. support in the 1980s. There are other Islamist and leftist groups, including violent jihadists. Moreover, Libya is virulently anti-Israeli, and a disturbing anti-Semitism courses through the opposition. (See this Pajamas report, as well as this post by Andrew Bostom on the history of anti-Semitism in Libya.) Whatever regime comes after Qaddafi is likely to be anti-Western, anti-American, and anti-Israeli. That doesn’t mean such a regime might not be marginally better than Qaddafi, but it does affect how much we ought to care and how much effort we ought to expend to hasten the post-Qaddafi era.
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Friday, March 11, 2011

Peter King Should Be Lauded

As far as I know, the American public supports King’s efforts. I don’t know what Wapo is talking about. As far as investigating extremism in other religions, that would be a complete waste of time since there is not a threat coming from other religions. I refuse to succumb to political correctness and pretend that islam doesn't present a specific danger.

I didn't see the program but I heard that Megan Kelly came down hard on Peter King. If this is what we are getting even from FOX, then what hope do we have of defeating our enemies? King is courageous just for holding these hearings at all, but even he caved in and withdrew Robert Spencer, Ayan Hirsi Ali, Steven Emerson and Walid Pharis from testifying under pressure from CAIR.


Via Israpundit:
Peter King vs. the American public
By Robert P Jones, WaPo

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will begin holding hearings Thursday on “the extent of the radicalization of American Muslims.” Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has characterized the hearings as “a witch hunt.” Are they?

King also has said he believes the “self-radicalization” of American Muslims represents “a very small minority” of the overall community. What are the potential consequences of singling out one religious group?

As the congressional hearings on the alleged radicalization of Islam approach, one key question is how Rep. Peter King’s justifications for holding the hearings stack up to what the American public thinks about Islam and the place of American Muslims in society. The recent PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, to date the only barometer for public opinion on the hearings, gives us a window into the differences between King and the public. The poll, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service, reveals that while a majority (56%) of the public may think the hearings are a good idea, they don’t see eye-to-eye with Rep. King on his justifications for the hearings.

King sees the singular focus on Muslims as justified and has dismissed calls to broaden the hearings as “political correctness at its worst.” But an overwhelming majority of the public say the hearings should be broadened to focus on religious extremism wherever it may be found rather than focusing on Muslims alone.

King:

In the face of mounting calls by Muslim and other religious groups to broaden the hearings, Mr. King responded, “I totally reject that. That, to me, is political correctness at its worst…. I’m not going to dilute the hearings by including other extremists.”

The American public:

More than 7-in-10 (72%) Americans believe Congress should investigate religious extremism anywhere it exists and not just focus on the American Muslim community. Support for this broader approach is strong across political and religious affiliation groups, including 77% of Republicans, and 73% of white evangelicals.

This is a loaded question. If people are directly asked the hypothetical question as to whether “religious extremism should be investigated wherever it exists” of course you would expect the respondents to agree. In reality religious extremism resulting in terrorism is only coming from the muslim community. This poll result means absolutely nothing. Despite wapo’s spin, I don’t see any evidence that the American public is at odds with Peter King regarding these hearings.

King has asserted that there is “insufficient cooperation” with law enforcement on the part of the American Muslim community. But the public is divided.

King:

Asked about a recent report saying that 40% of cases involving terrorist plots were the result of tips from the Muslim-American community, King reasserted that he believes there has been “insufficient cooperation.”

The American public:

While the PRRI/RNS poll did not ask directly about cooperation with law enforcement, the poll found that the public is divided on the question of whether American Muslims are doing enough to combat extremism. A plurality (46%) say American Muslims have not done enough to oppose extremism in their communities, but one-third disagree, and 1-in-5 say they are unsure.

So it seems the American public is largely actually in agreement with King on this matter regardless of wapo’s attempt at spin. Read the rest

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Israel Apartheid Week Is Here Again

It’s that time of year again for the vile, anti-Semitic Israel apartheid week on college campuses around the world. Never mind that Israel is the only country in the Middle East which is NOT an apartheid state, which respects human rights and provides freedom for all of its citizens, regardless of religion. Never mind that islamic countries practice gender and religious apartheid and regularly violate human rights, persecute Christians and other non-muslims and practice violent misogyny. There will be no such events on campuses railing against the real apartheid nations in the region.

Also, has-been rock star Roger Waters of Pink Floyd has come out in support of the BDS movement. Let him and his ilk go ahead and boycott and divest from Israel, they may be surprised at who will actually suffer considering Israel’s contributions in science, technology and medicine. Clearly anti-Semitism is now completely acceptable in the world of entertainment.

Israeli Apartheid Week: Political Theater at Its Worst

by Phyllis Chesler

FrontPageMagazine.com

The mob roars its hoarse, ear-splitting chants. “Death to the Jews,” “Death to Zionism,” “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will be Free.” Keffiyas abound: On heads, over faces, around shoulders. The Arab “street” is on the move—in Toronto, Montreal, Amherst, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, St. Louis, Houston, Berkeley, and in Oxford, Belfast, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Zurich, and many other Western cities.

Liberal-fascist westerners are busy “slumming,” all dressed up as presumably persecuted Arabs, but real Arabs are also mob-dancing in the streets of Nablus, Ramallah, Jaffa, Bethlehem, Amman, and Gaza, and in at least five cities in South Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban—yes, Durban, the site of the infamous and sickening United Nations conferences of 2001 and 2009, where, in the name of “anti-racism,” UN members attacked only the Jewish state.

In 2001, the delegation from the United States at Durban withdrew after reviewing the working document which, once again, equated Zionism with Racism. The U.S. boycotted the second Durban conference. In 2009, the European Union delegates withdrew during President Ahmadinejad’s speech, in which he referred to Israel as “totally racist,” and to the Holocaust as an “ambiguous and dubious question.” However, many of the other delegates, from more than 100 countries, remained and applauded him.

The second Durban conference was chaired by a Libyan diplomat.

The lunatics have indeed taken over the asylum—but this time, they are armed with nuclear weapons, surface-to-air missiles, rockets, suicide killers, sarin gas and mustard gas. What’s new is that the supposedly sane people, the truth-tellers, the progressives, the “good people,” have joined them.

Yes, it is that time of year again. March is not only Women’s History Month. It is also the month in which Israeli Apartheid Week is appearing in 55 cities around the world. I use the word “appearing” advisedly. This is political theatre at its worst (or at its diabolical best), the kind of Living Theatre (pace, Judith Malina, I am not writing about your Living Theatre) that is meant to end with a genocidal attack on the Jewish state or, at the very least, its dismantling. There is no such thing as truth, everything is relative, there is no reality, only theatrical subjectivity. One of Berkeley’s Apartheid Week activities is “Resistance Through Rhymes,” a free concert and presentation including various hip-hop artists.

Oh, I am such an alarmist. So selfish, so provincial. The Arab Muslim Middle East is on a major meltdown; even as I write, Daffy Gaddafi is brutally massacring his own people, and here I go again, concerned with the Jews. There are eighty million non-Jews in Egypt alone, and here I am, concerned with the fate of, at most, 13-14 million Jews world-wide, of whom a mere six million live in Israel. Have I no shame?
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The World’s View of Israel

While there are those who fret over Israel’s poor hasbara, ultimately the reason for the results of this poll is far less a reflection on Israel then it is on the respondents. This poll tells me that the western world outside of the United States has completely lost its moral compass not to mention is bigoted, ignorant and uninformed. While I agree with the recommendations to improve Israel’s hasbara, there is little Israel can do to change the world’s attitude towards it. All the power is with the far more populous and oil rich Arab-muslim world. Therefore most countries will never take Israel’s side against her enemies.

Fresno Zionism:
Get out of the Ghetto



The BBC World Service commissions a yearly poll in which respondents are asked whether they think various countries have a positive or negative influence in the world. Here are the results by country:

It’s a little depressing to see that Israel is ahead only of Pakistan, North Korea and Iran. Israel’s overall rating actually improved slightly since last year. These numbers have been almost constant since 2008, although 2007?s were significantly worse, probably reflecting attitudes toward the second Lebanon War.

But look at the ratings for Israel by respondents in various countries:
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Peter King Hearings

To those who protested Rep. Peter King’s upcoming hearings on radical islam in America, where is your righteous anger against female genital mutilation, “honor” murder, the persecution and slaughter of Christians, Hindus, Jews and Buddhists? I'm sick of people pretending that there is not a unique threat coming from islam. There’s a good reason why King is singling out the muslim community to be looked into in these hearings, because islam is where all the current terrorism worldwide is coming from. It is mosques and madrasses in which they are being radicalized.

NY Daily News:
Protesters call Rep. Pete King’s upcoming hearings on Muslim radicalization a witch hunt

BY MICHAEL MCAULIFF, LORE CROGHAN AND RICHARD SISK
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

Proclaiming “Today I am a Muslim too,” about 1,000 protesters gathered Sunday in Times Square to decry Rep. Pete King’s upcoming hearings into homegrown radical Islam.

“Today, they’re targeting Muslims. Tomorrow, it will be Jews. Tomorrow, they’ll close a synagogue,” said Abu Abdullah, 57, a perfumer from Bay Shore, L.I., who stood in the rain at the interfaith rally.

“Peter King is trying to divide us – to make it like shark eat shark,” he said of the Long Island Republican, who heads the House Homeland Security Committee. “It shouldn’t be that way.”

Christians, Jews and Muslims branded the hearings a witch hunt, waved signs and chanted, “Shame, shame Pete King!”

Celebrities from boxing legend Mike Tyson to reality show darling Kim Kardashian added their support online.

“We are bigger than Charlie Sheen – we are the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter,” hip-hop icon Russell Simmons told the rain-drenched crowd.

Magdy Salama, 50, a limo company owner from Astoria, Queens, who held a small American flag on a stick, said he worried his three Muslim kids will grow up facing religious bigotry.

“We’re a free country. There should be freedom of religion,” Salama said.

In an interview with the Daily News, King denied he was on a witch hunt and cited recent homegrown plots to bomb the subways and Times Square, saying the threat of terrorism “is now more from within” than from abroad.
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Monday, March 7, 2011

This Week's Haveil Havalim

Edition #307 of the Jewish blog carnival Haveil Havalim is up at Esser Agaroth.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Middle East Uprisings

As to the call for American military involvement in Libya, if we are not even using military force against Iran, which is developing nuclear weapons and is a direct threat to us, why should we be involved in Libya?

JPost:
Column One: The New Middle East
By CAROLINE B. GLICK
03/04/2011 08:53

If the mullahs aren’t overthrown, the New Middle East will be a very dark and dangerous place.


A new Middle East is upon us and its primary beneficiary couldn’t be happier. In a speech Monday in the Iranian city of Kermanshah, Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Politburo Chief Gen. Yadollah Javani crowed, “Iran’s pivotal role in the New Middle East is undeniable.

Today the Islamic Revolution of the Iranian nation enjoys such a power, honor and respect in the world that all nations and governments wish to have such a ruling system.”

Iran’s leaders have eagerly thrown their newfound weight around. For instance, Iran is challenging Saudi Arabia’s ability to guarantee the stability of global oil markets.

For generations, the stability of global oil supplies has been guaranteed by Saudi Arabia’s reserve capacity that could be relied on to make up for any shocks to those supplies due to political unrest or other factors. When Libya’s teetering dictator Muammar Gaddafi decided to shut down Libya’s oil exports last month, the oil markets reacted with a sharp increase in prices. The very next day the Saudis announced they would make up the shortfall from Libya’s withdrawal from the export market.

In the old Middle East, the Saudi statement would never have been questioned. Oil suppliers and purchasers alike accepted the arrangement whereby Saudi Arabian reserves – defended by the US military – served as the guarantor of the oil economy. But in the New Middle East, Iran feels comfortable questioning the Saudi role.

On Thursday, Iran’s Oil Minister Massoud Mirkazemi urged Saudi Arabia to refrain from increasing production. Mirkazemi argued that since the OPEC oil cartel has not discussed increasing supplies, Saudi Arabia had no right to increase its oil output.

True, Iran’s veiled threat did not stop Saudi Arabia from increasing its oil production by 500,000 barrels per day. But the fact that Iran feels comfortable telling the Saudis what they can and cannot do with their oil demonstrates the mullocracy’s new sense of empowerment.

And it makes sense. With each passing day, the Iranian regime is actively destabilizing Saudi Arabia’s neighbors and increasing its influence over Saudi Arabia’s Shi’ite minority in the kingdom’s Eastern Province where most of its oil is located.

Perhaps moved by the political unrest in Bahrain and Yemen, Saudi regime opponents including Saudi Arabia’s Shi’ite minority have stepped up their acts of political opposition. The Saudi royal family has sought to buy off its opponents by showering its subjects with billions of dollars in new subsidies and payoffs. But still the tide of dissent rises.

Saudi regime opponents have scheduled political protests for March 11 and March 20. In an attempt to blunt the force of the demonstrations, Saudi security forces arrested Tawfiq al- Amir, a prominent Shi’ite cleric from the Eastern Province. On February 25, Amir delivered a sermon calling for the transformation of the kingdom into a constitutional monarchy.

Iran has used his arrest to pressure the Saudi regime. In an interview with Iran’s Fars news agency this week, Iranian parliamentarian and regime heavyweight Mohammed Dehqan warned the Saudis not to try to quell the growing unrest. As he put it, the Saudi leaders “should know that the Saudi people have become vigilant and do not allow the rulers of the country to commit any possible crime against them.”
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