Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wiesenthal Center: Huffington Post Headline on Gaza ‘Takes Art of Lying to New Depths’

By Joshua Levitt
 

A screenshot of the offending Huffington Post headline. Photo: Screenshot.

Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper on Thursday slammed the Huffington Post and reporter Sophie Jones, its Middle East correspondent for The World Post, for the sensationalist headline, “‘They Just Wanted to Kill as Many People as Possible.”’ Cooper said the headline, and Jones’s reporting, “takes the art of lying and self-delusion to new depths.”
The Huffington Post article quoted Israel Defense Forces Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, the IDF’s official spokesman, describing Israel’s policy and procedure to warn civilians before striking Gaza targets, but then accused Israel of targeting civilians as collective punishment.
In an email, Lerner told Jones: “The IDF has no intention to harm civilians. Any instance in which non-involved Gaza residents are harmed is a tragic byproduct of Hamas attempts to maximize local casualties.”
“When arms depots or military targets are deployed within residential areas, the IDF calls residents with a warning minutes before the strike, in order to provide residents time to evacuate,” Lerner said.
“If residents fail to comply, a small non-explosive munition is used to convey the seriousness of the warning, prior to the strike,” he told Jones. “Finally, only after visual confirmation that civilians have exited the premises does the IDF approve the strike.”
Then Jones wrote: “But in dozens of interviews, survivors from Israeli strikes mocked and criticized Israel’s insistence that it actively tries to avoid killing civilians. Instead, they said, civilians are being targeted as a form of collective punishment.”
On Thursday, Cooper told The Algemeiner, “This takes the art of lying and self-delusion to new depths. The people of Gaza know the truth.”
“Israel made a commitment unmatched by any other country in wartime to use technology to minimize civilian casualties,” he said. “Is it perfect, of course not. But Gazans know the truth – Hamas, who they voted into power, has turned them into human shields, their enemy Israel has tried to help them survive.”
Jones’s own reporting contradicted the article’s headline, as several of her “dozens of interviews” described how they and their families safely left their homes after the IDF warned as many as people as possible in their neighborhood.
In the article, Jones wrote: “Civilians living in homes that have been targeted say Israel often gives warnings to their neighbors, nearby relatives or friends. If those people are sleeping, can’t reach the residents by phone, or just can’t run fast enough, families often have no idea they need to evacuate.”
Jones quoted Dr. Nasser al-Tattar, head of Al Shifa Hospital, which has become an unofficial and illegal, according to intentional laws of war, headquarters for Hamas.
Al-Tatter told Jones he had “received a warning earlier this month about an imminent strike from his nephew, Mohammed, who lives in a house nearby.”
They said, ‘We are going to bomb Dr. Nasser’s house, tell the neighbors to evacuate,’ Mohammed recalled, standing next to his uncle’s destroyed home, the first floor cardio clinic now just rubble. ‘You have 10 minutes,’ they said. So I ran and told everyone.
Thanks to Mohammed’s ability to get to the house quickly, no one was injured or killed.
Rabbi Cooper said: “We shouldn’t be surprised that their neighbors won’t acknowledge it, let alone say thank you.”
“Israel made these efforts because its the right thing to do,” he said. “For now, that choice will have to serve as its own reward.”
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Muslims Demand Three ‘Independent States’ Within the UK

Dewsbury, Bradford and Tower Hamlets … where Islamic extremists want to establish independent states with sharia law
  • Medieval ‘emirates’ would operate outside British rule
Sedition, segregation, secession and finally a separate  jihad fiefdom, all paid for by ignorant infidels who looked away while it all happened right under their noses:
Islamic extremists Devout Muslims have called on British Muslims to establish three independent states within the UK.
Islamic extremists have called on British Muslims to establish three independent states within the UK.
The notorious Muslims Against the Crusades (MAC) group have named Yorkshire towns Bradford and Dewsbury and Tower Hamlets in East London as testbeds for blanket sharia rule.
The medieval ‘emirates’ would operate entirely outside British law, according to a document on the MAC website.
Veiled women pictured in the London borough of Tower Hamlets which has seen a rise in extremism
Veiled women in the London borough of Tower Hamlets which has seen a rise in extremism. The Muslims Against the Crusades group says the medieval ‘emirates’ would function as autonomous territories and operate entirely outside British law, according to a document published on their website
Where the group envisages the autonomous areas being set up
Where the group envisages the autonomous areas being set up
The MAC group, led by Abu Assadullah, was set up last year and has become notorious because of its violent protests, most provocatively burning poppies during the Remembrance Day silence.
Under the heading ‘Muslims should set up Islamic emirates in the UK’, MAC says: ‘We suggest it is time that areas with large Muslim populations declare an emirate delineating that Muslims trying to live within this area are trying to live by the sharia as much as possible with their own courts and community watch and schools and even self sufficient trade.
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'They Forfeited Every Hope and Every Dream': British Officer's Farewell to an IDF Soldier

Below are the words of UK Col. (ret) Richard Kemp who was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan after attending the funeral of a young Israeli soldier: My Dear Friends,

It was my honour and privilege this evening at Modiin to be present at the funeral of Lieutenant Nathan Cohen of the IDF Armoured Corps, a 23-year-old platoon commander who was Killed in Action leading his men in Gaza on Tuesday night.

Although I have attended too many funerals of British soldiers, I found this a uniquely beautiful, moving and humbling occasion. As well as Nathan’s family, very large crowds, both civilian and military, came to Modiin Cemetery to pray, to grieve and to pay their respects to him.

I want to briefly reflect on the sacrifices made by the valiant Israeli soldiers, like Nathan, who have fallen fighting to defend their families, their friends and their country, and those who will yet fall in this great cause. These young men have made a greater contribution to their country than it is possible for any of the rest of us to make. Even the most inspiring leader, the finest scholarly mind, the greatest captain of industry, the most munificent benefactor.

By the path of duty they have given up their own life that others might live in safety. They have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. All that they had they gave.  All that they might have had.  All that they had ever been.  All that they might ever have become.

They have forfeited every hope and every dream. Every laugh and every tear. Every tender moment with the girl they married or the girl they might have married. Every smile from a beloved son or daughter, every fatherly cuddle. Every beer enjoyed with friends, every game of football played and watched. Every song, every dance, every joyful holiday. The exhilaration of every achievement, the frustration of every setback, the sorrow of every failure.

They have been taken forever. And they will not return. Not to their mothers or fathers, their brothers or sisters, their wives or girlfriends, their sons or daughters, their friends or their comrades-in-arms. Perpetually, they have given up the fellowship of every human being they ever knew or were yet to meet.

Their departure is of course a matter of ineffable sorrow. It is also a matter of the most sublime pride. At the moment of death, every one of this country’s Great Fallen has ascended to a position of indisputable superiority over us all. The names and the deeds of Israel’s Glorious Dead must and will live for evermore.
Colonel Richard Justin Kemp CBE is a retired British Army officer who served from 1977 to 2006. He was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, an infantry battalion Commanding Officer, worked for the Joint Intelligence Committee and COBR and completed 14 operational tours of duty around the globe.
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Norway Faces 'Imminent' Terror Threat from Syrian Islamic Militants

By AWR Hawkins 

Norway has begun rapidly increasing security after intelligence indicated an "imminent" threat from Islamic militants from Syria. According to BBC News, Intelligence chief Benedicte Bjoernland issued a "national security alert" based on "reliable information" regarding a threat she described as "non-specific" yet "credible."
Last month, Norwegian intelligence (PST) said, "About 50 people traveled to Syria as foreign fighters, and half of them had now returned to Norway."
"Norwegian police are stepping up their presence at airports, stations, and border crossings because of the new threat," BBC reports.
Arutz Sheva 7 reports that information uncovered by PST indicates "a possible attack" somewhere in Europe, with "Norway being specifically mentioned."
Norwegian Justice Minister Anders Anundsen responded to the news by calling Norwegians to diligence and assuring them that "several measures have been implemented to face this threat."
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One Million Strong Gaza March Planned For Saturday in London



By Andre Walker 

Up to one million activists will march in support of Gaza through London this Saturday. The march is the latest in a series of high profile demonstrations to show solidarity between the British left and the Hamas ruled territory. The protest is being organised by the Stop the War Coalition, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and a number of Muslim groups. Last weekend they claimed to have marched 100,000 people from Trafalgar Square, past the Houses of Parliament and on to the Israeli Embassy.
This week they plan to go the other way and start at the Embassy before heading to Westminster.
It is unclear whether the groups involved can muster one million people, but the campaign against operation protective edge is getting increasingly bitter. On Sunday, a pro-Israeli activist was attacked during a peaceful protest by Zionist groups, and others had abuse hurled at them in Arabic.
The pro-Palestinian protest in Paris last weekend turned into a full scale riot with property damaged and vehicles set alight. There are concerns that this protest may also turn violent, and there is likely to be a large police presence to contain it.
Veteran left-wing MP, who is known for his pro-Palestinian stance, George Galloway is likely to speak. Galloway shot to fame in America when he was accused of breaking sanctions against Iraq. He attended the senate hearing to defend himself by admitting that he did take money off businessmen who broke to sanctions but only to campaign against the harsh treatment of Saddam Hussein's regime.
It is unclear how Zionist groups will respond to the protest but it is highly unlikely that Israel itself will loosen the pressure on Hamas. The Israeli Defence Force are determined to make it impossible for the terrorist group to fire any more missiles into their territory.
So far, well over a hundred rockets have been fired at Israel. One of them got so close to Ben Gurion Airport that a number of countries suspended flights to the country.
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Rally against Quds-Day in Vienna

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
Vienna, 4:30 pm
Rally Against Quds-Day
Down with the Iranian regime! Solidarity with Israel!
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Information stand: 4:00-6:00 pm

Like in 2013, STOP THE BOMB is part of the "Alliance against Quds-Day in Vienna" to protest against the anti-Semitic propaganda event of the Iranian regime. The Alliance includes the Jewish Community of Vienna, Green & Alternative Students, HOSI Homosexual Initiative Vienna, Social Democratic LGBT Organization SoHo, Kurdish Society for Education, Integration and Culture, Austrian-Israeli Society, Women's International Zionist Organisation - European Council of WIZO Federations, Hashomer Hatzair, Bnai Brith, and many others. 
Please find our press release here.

New French Immigrants to Israel: ‘Better a Night in a Bomb Shelter Than Stroll In Paris Wearing a Kippah’

By Dave Bender 

A French couple, among a rising wave of recent olim (immigrants to Israel), say they’re so appalled over rising anti-Semitic violence against Jews that they prefer a sprint to a bomb shelter to strolls on les boulevards Parisien.
As anti-Israel rioters torched a Jewish grocery in Paris earlier in the week, Tomy Seroussi, 35, was already in his new home, in Israel, according to a report in Germany’s Der Spiegel.
“I’ll take every siren and five minutes in a bunker, over a walk in the streets of Paris wearing my kipa,” Seroussi said.
Seroussi, like many others who have moved to Israel, left a job in France’s lucrative energy industry, according to the report.
No less than 430 – two planeloads worth – of French Jews arrived in Israel in the last two weeks, according to The Jewish Agency for Israel, the quasi-governmental agency that aids new immigrants.
A source close to the program told The Algemeiner on Thursday that neither incessant rocket salvos fired from Gaza into Israel, nor intense fighting between the IDF and Hamas terrorists within Gaza to halt the barrages, have blunted their plans to make a new home in the Jewish State.
“More than 1,000 new immigrants from around the world have arrived in Israel during Operation Protective Edge,” Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said, greeting the group.
Agency officials say they expect more than 5,000 new French olim by year’s end, and that they saw a 60 percent increase  - 3,289 immigrants – in 2013, compared to the previous year.
“We are seeing real scenes of urban guerrilla warfare,” Thierry Maze, a local law enforcement officer, told Le Figaro, of the waves of anti-Jewish riots .
Multiple Jewish individuals living in one affected neighborhood, which was compared by one to Brooklyn’s Borough Park for the density of its Jewish population, told The Algemeiner that they feared leaving their homes.
Violence on Sunday came on the heels of a similar event on Saturday in which 3000 people gathered near the Gare Du Nord train station and began marching up Barbes Boulevard. 14 policemen were injured and 38 arrests were made in the incident.
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'ID Cards' Are Latest EU Threat to Freedom

 
A UKIP MEP has condemned a proposed EU-wide social security scheme as an attempt to introduce "an EU ID card through the back door". Jane Collins said that the proposals could represent a serious threat to individual freedom, and had already been rejected by the UK parliament.
She also added that there were numerous practical problems, including how information will be collected, stored and updated. Furthermore, any information collected would be held by the European Union, which is unaccountable to the British public.
It may also be possible that the EU could use the data to eventually impose Europe-wide taxes, and a EU-wide minimum wage, thus further bypassing elected national parliaments and handing more power to the unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.
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Turkey: Group of Arabs attack Jew in airport

An "Eda Chareidit" kashrut certifier was attacked in the Istanbul airport earlier this week.  A group of Arabs who saw him gathered round him, cursing and blocking his way.   A Turkish Airlines representative saved the man from the crowd.

In response the "Eda Chareidit" pulled all its kashrut certifiers from Turkey.

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Anti-Israel Rioters Attack Maccabi Haifa Soccer Players in Austria (VIDEO)

JNS.org — A pre-season friendly match between the Israeli Maccabi Haifa and French Lille OSC soccer teams in Bischofshofen, Austria, on Wednesday was interrupted when anti-Israel protesters burst onto the field and attacked the Israeli players.
Throughout the second half, the demonstrators—which included Turkish immigrants—cried out anti-Israel slogans. At the 85th minute of the game, they rushed the field and began beating the Maccabi Haifa players, including defender Dekel Keinan and midfielder Idan Vered. The players defended themselves, and goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic, a Serb, pushed three of the protesters.
Security at the venue was in the hands of a small, unprepared team and a few police officers, who eventually managed to get the rioters under control. The French players fled the field for the locker room.
The riot didn’t end on the grass. Outside the field, another 10 or so pro-Palestinian protesters were waiting, trying to force their way in. They threw chairs and other objects at the Maccabi Haifa players, one of which hit striker Shimon Abuhatzira, who responded by charging the rioters.
After a few minutes, additional police officers arrived and escorted the Maccabi players back to their hotel. The team is currently under heavy security. “It was a miracle no one was injured,” one team member said.
Watch a video of the incident below:

Hollande's Socialism 'Catastrophic', Economy Shows 'No Sign of Recovery' Says French Union Chief

By M.E. Synon 

The economic situation in France is "catastrophic" and "if France were a company, it would be close to liquidation," Pierre Gattaz, head of Medef, the employers' federation, said this week. "There are no signs of recovery," he said. Among other necessary steps, Socialist President François Hollande must make it clear he will abandon the 75 percent tax on high incomes: "It is a symbol which, like the 35 hour [work] week, went around the world and was destructive," Gattaz said.
Gattaz's comments came despite efforts by socialist President François Hollande to woo employers and investors with a "Responsibility Pact," a policy initiative that was meant to be pro-business.
To stabilise the debt of 97 per cent of GDP and make room for tax cuts, earlier this year Hollande promised more than €50bn (£40bn) in public spending savings over the next three years, on top of €15bn (£12bn) this year.
The pact promised €41bn (£32.5bn) in cuts in taxes and expenses for business – in a country where 50 per cent of labour costs are taxes -- over three years in exchange for commitments on investment, hiring and training.
But Gattaz says there is still no confidence: "There is no more investment or recruitment. What I see above all among business leaders is the waiting, the mistrust."
Hollande, already the least popular president in post-war history with an approval rating stuck at 20 per cent, the next day made a personal attack on Gattaz, saying he had not "mastered" his form of expression: "I believe there is a problem with his language," Hollande told a dinner for the presidential press corps on Tuesday.
The president insists the recovery is "real but fragile."
He threatened that Gattaz's "black" and "pessimistic" comments "may have economic consequences."
But Gattaz is not alone in believing the French government’s policies are wrong. There are doubts in Brussels, too.
Hollande intends to nominate his outgoing finance minister Pierre Moscovici as France’s new European Commissioner. The president has indicated he expects such a "high powered" appointee to be given the economic affairs portfolio.
However, because of the way the French government has pushed against German austerity demands in the eurozone and failed to join the recovery being enjoyed by Britain and Spain, it is likely the EU elite will ensure Moscovici is given something to which his French ideas can do less damage, such as the energy portfolio.
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Caliph of Islamic State Orders Genital Mutilation of 4 Million Women and Girls

By Daniel Greenfield 

Islamic apologists have repeatedly claimed that FGM has nothing to do with Islam. The Caliph of the Islamic State disagrees.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Caliph of the Islamic State, has ordered all families around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to circumcise their daughters or face severe punishment.
The female genital mutilation, which would potentially affect four million women and girls, is to “distance them from debauchery and immorality”.
A spokesman for Mosul police, Ahmed Obaydi, said: “Baghdadi’s decision to have all women circumcised is, as he claims, to prevent immorality and promote Islamic attitudes among Muslims. The decision was made by Baghdadi as a ‘gift’ for people in Mosul.”
UN official Jacqueline Badcock said the fatwa, or religious edict, applied to females between the ages of 11 and 46.
Zanun Majid, a citizen in Mosul, told BasNews: “Due to this decision, many girls fear for their lives, not knowing where to flee, otherwise risking severe punishment by staying.”
This is what Islamic law looks like. This is why it has to be resisted and kept out of every country. This is why there can be no compromise with Sharia.
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UK Government Report Confirms Huge Abuse of EU Free Movement Rules

By Alan Murad

Although the Liberal Democrats managed to stall its publication for months, a report analysing free movement within the EU has finally been released. The report exposes how criminals are using this EU law to "import human trafficking victims, illegal immigrants as well as illicit commodities, including rugs and counterfeit goods". Europol argues that "free movement of people and goods across the EU's internal borders reduces the chance of detection," but this is only the beginning of the story.
The report confirms many points that Eurosceptics have been making for years – and have been attacked for making. Rather than being a boon to the economy, unrestricted immigration threatens the livelihoods of ordinary Britons, in particular "those employed in low-paid jobs and directly competing with new immigrant workers".
The report confirms:
  • A 10 percent increase in the proportion of migrants doing semi or unskilled work leads to an overall 5 percent reduction in wages.
  • The number of immigrants from eastern European countries such as Poland has increased from 125,000 in 2004 to over a million, with those from Bulgaria and Romania jumping from 20,000 to 155,000.
  • Sham marriages have soared five-fold between 2008 and 2012, enabling unskilled migrants from outside the EU to settle in Britain.
The supposed positives of free movement are acknowledged as overrated and the report cites research that proved the purported benefits are "negligible".
Free movement has had a withering impact on specific groups such as young job seekers, graduates and those in low-skilled work "by increasing competition and downward pressure on wages".
The report proves the pitfalls of uncontrolled immigration – which the public have been all too well aware of for a long time. There is plenty of support for migrants who come to fill existing labour shortages or perform skilled work. But there is dramatically less support when it comes to migrants who will take work away from existing job seekers at a lesser wage, or even worse, do no work, but are happy to leech off our generous welfare system, demanding more benefits than Britons would have ever dreamed of.
The public clearly support a fair, but more controlled immigration system. After all, why should a doctor from India be prevented from coming to Britain to bolster the NHS while a benefit claimant from Romania is waved straight through customs?
Various options have been proposed to fix this mess. Think-tank Demos wants the domestic labour market protected with caveats to free movement, such as a cap on EU entry. Open Europe wants the principle of non-discrimination to be scaled back. Migration Watch wants Britain to opt out of free movement, while retaining the other EU freedoms. But none of these are credible proposals for reform. A cap on EU migration would not be acceptable to the powers-that-be, nor will the EU permit one country to opt out from such a core EU principle. To do so would open the floodgates for other member states to demand concessions and opt-outs.
The only way to get an immigration policy acceptable to the Great British Public is by leaving the EU and severing the shackles of EU treaties holding Britain back. We won’t get a fair and controlled immigration system whilst we remain a member of the EU. It is crucial we Get Britain Out of the EU before even more economic hardship is inflicted on the most vulnerable in our society.
Our campaign is dedicated to this cause.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

France: Europe’s Clockwork Orange State

By Stephen Brown

“Here is the new France, the one which is emerging, the one which is beginning, the one of the future. You the inhabitants, Islamic or not, of the housing projects, you are the future of France, you are the rising generation, the one which will save this country from ruin…”  
  • President Francois Hollande in a speech to residents of an immigrant ghetto before France’s 2012 national election
French President Francois Hollande was probably correct when he told the Muslim inhabitants of one of France’s suburban ghettos (known as “banlieues”) they were “the future of France.” This community’s high birthrate and his socialist government’s pro-immigration policies will see to that. But if last Saturday’s rioting in the center of Paris is anything to go by, that future will be a bleak and scary one of Clockwork Orange-type violence. And, contrary to the Hollande’s statement, this “new France” will not save the country from ruin, but rather lead to it.
Last weekend, for the second weekend in a row, the French public watched in exasperation while the city that represents the heart of their country and culture to the world was defiled yet again by several thousand rioters of mostly North African and Middle Eastern origin. Demonstrating, allegedly, against the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, over several hours and often to shouts of “allahu akbar” the rioters smashed store windows, burned vehicles and subjected the forces of law and order to a hail of bottles and rocks, injuring a dozen police officials.
“It was war, in the middle of Paris, in the city that receives the most tourists in the world,” said one upset storeowner, whose shop windows were broken, to the French newspaper Le Figaro the next day. “Why isn’t there a (government) minister here this morning to say that these guys who smashed everything are going to go to prison?”
During another “pro-Palestinian” demonstration the previous weekend, rioters had even attempted to attack two Parisian synagogues. But these failed assaults only served to display the protest’s true motivation, which was anti-Semitism and Jew-hatred rather than opposition to Israeli policy. Besides the synagogue attacks, the demonstration’s anti-Semitic overtone was also more than evident in the slogans the rioters were yelling, which included such civilized gems as “death to the Jews” and “Hitler Was Right.”
“[H]atred for Israel and for Jews has become a major component of the identity of French of an Arab or African background; it is the cement of the second generation,” said Gil Mihaely, founder and director of Causeur, a French magazine dedicated to intellectual debate.
Mihaely states the recent Paris demonstrations, “without a doubt,” are about “hatred of Jews and not the taking of a political position.” He cites the fact these rioters do not demonstrate and become violent about the 200,000 Muslims killed in the Syrian or other ongoing conflicts as further proof that the Paris riots were primarily about anti-Semitism.
“I believe that these demonstrations betray a profound need to identify oneself as an adversary of Israel and of the Jews,” Mihaely said.
The anti-Semitism was so evident in the first protest that French authorities banned last weekend’s second, anti-Israel “manif,” as the French call a demonstration. Nevertheless, several thousand people still gathered to wreak havoc and express anti-Jew hatred, the rioters somehow believing that attacking police in France and sacking a part of central Paris will bring peace to Gaza. It is interesting to note no such rioting is occurring in Islamic North African countries, where many ‘manif’ participants have their origins.
Besides the acts of anti-Semitism and destruction that occurred in their greatest city, law-abiding French citizens were more than disturbed by the fact that a prohibited demonstration actually was able to take place at all. To them, this signals a frightening weakness, even a powerlessness, on the part of President Hollande and his socialist government, from which planners of future, violent mayhem will expect to profit. The French government appears incapable of getting these “residents …of the housing projects” to obey the law. Rather, it is the people of Hollande’s “new France” who were dictating to lawful authorities by holding the banned demonstration, telling government officials, in essence, that they are “prohibited from prohibiting.”
Many French were also put out that so few rioters were arrested after so much violent lawlessness. From the demonstration that saw the synagogues attacked, only five people were turned over to the courts, charged with “violence against security forces” and “rebellion.” One of their number was acquitted of the violence charge but was jailed for four months for “rebellion.” The others had yet to have their day in court.
Last weekend’s riot saw 44 arrested, of whom only 19 were kept in police custody.
Some in France regard these numbers as disgraceful, especially when one considers that in 2013, French security forces arrested about 1,000 people protesting at different demonstrations the Hollande government’s pro-gay marriage law. With their children present “in the thousands,” these protesters behaved like angels compared to last weekend’s criminals. Nevertheless, at one anti-gay marriage demonstration alone, in central Paris where the recent anti-Semitic riots occurred, police arrested 293 people.
“Police determined to clear the area seized unarmed people and used brutal violence to force them into vans,” stated one report. “They were taken to police cells where they were left in dirty conditions for as much as 17 hours without charge and access to lawyers.”
It’s a shame that such firmness wasn’t shown towards those gathering for last Saturday’s illegal demonstration before any destruction of private property took place and streets were torn up for projectiles to throw at and wound police.
Besides the small number arrested, the sentences the rioters are expected to receive are already a topic of ridicule among those unhappy with the government’s tepid response to the law-breaking. People can’t understand, for example, why one rioter, as mentioned, received only four months in jail for his violent actions, while a member of the populist National Front Party was sentenced recently to nine months and fined $100,000 for stupidly and inexcusably comparing on Facebook France’s justice minister, who is black, to an ape.
But the discrepancy in numbers concerning those arrested in the recent anti-Semitic riots and last year’s anti-gay marriage law demonstrations is probably a reflection of the political interests and beliefs of France’s ruling Socialist Party. And most likely the same holds true concerning the different sentence lengths meted out to the rioter convicted of “rebellion” and the person who made the asinine, racist comparison.
On the socialist list of unpardonable crimes, racist and anti-gay beliefs probably rank number one and two, and are greater sins in some socialists’ eyes than attacking synagogues and ransacking central Paris. Besides, as indicated in the quote above from Hollande’s 2012 pre-election speech, French socialists regard the Muslim citizens of France’s banlieues as their ideological, and voting, constituency, which may also account for the lenient treatment rioters receive.
“We are encountering in the left of today (the view of) immigrants as being the new face of the group charged with carrying out the downfall of history,” said French philosopher Robert Redeker.
Redeker states immigrants, both legal and illegal, the youth of the banlieues and Roma have replaced the native French proletariat as the socialist weapon to transform French society, because French workers, not being revolutionary enough, were not up to the task. Interestingly, Redeker adds leftist promotion of immigration is also the punishment the Left “inflicted on the proletariat for having failed in its historic duty.”
This socialist partiality for the Muslims of the banlieues was also evident in Hollande’s statement about the synagogue attacks. While he stated he would not tolerate anti-Semitism, Hollande also said he does want the Israeli-Palestinian conflicted brought to French soil. This reprehensible equating of Israel with the terrorist organization Hamas was probably made with his party’s Muslim constituency in mind.
But Hollande’s opposition to Jew-hatred on the one hand and catering to the Muslim vote on the other will not keep the peace. While he tells France’s national Jewish council he supports it in its fight against anti-Semitism, the Socialist Party is pro-Muslim immigration. This is a recipe for disaster. The only hope for France’s future, if there still is one, is to restrict such immigration and adopt a tough, zero-tolerance policy toward all civil disturbances, especially those of an anti-Semitic nature.
If the current situation continues, one only has to look at what happened to the Jewish communities in Islamic countries after the Six Day War in 1967 to predict the fate of France’s 500,000 Jews, Europe’s largest Jewish community. Under severe persecution, their members were forced to flee North African and Middle Eastern states, never to return.
And since Holland and his fellow French socialists do not appear to want to learn from history, then this tragic historical lesson is doomed to be repeated in “the new France,” of which he and his fellow socialists are so proud.
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Pressure on German police over anti-Semitic protests

Demands are growing in Germany for the prosecution of protesters in Berlin, Frankfurt and other cities who led anti-Semitic chants and incited violence against Jews over Israel's military offensive in Gaza. "We cannot and should not let this go," Frankfurt city councillor and head of the local CDU faction Uwe Becker said in comments reported on Wednesday by the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper. The CDU has now filed formal complaints of anti-Semitism and incitement of the people against participants in a rally on Friday who led anti-Israeli chants, Becker said. The head of the FDP Liberal Party faction in the Hesse parliament also demanded that the state's interior minister, Peter Beuth, take action against protesters in Frankfurt who overstepped legal bounds of freedom of expression. "Regardless of all strategies to de-escalate the situation, do not allow slogans of incitement that hark back to the darkest hours of our history to echo in Hesse," the deputy head of Frankfurt's FDP branch, Wolfgang Greilich, wrote to the minister. Meanwhile, Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday pledged the country's 200,000-strong Jewish community her unwavering support, a government spokesman said. "The chancellor and the entire German government condemn the anti-Semitic remarks made at pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli demonstrations in Germany in the strongest terms," Georg Streiter told reporters. "These outbursts are an attack on freedom and tolerance and an attempt to shake the foundations of our free and democratic system. We cannot and will not tolerate this," said Streiter, adding that any violence against Jewish people or institutions would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. In Berlin, there were also calls for legal action after Danish citizen Abu Bilal Ismail, an imam from a mosque in Copenhagen, used an appearance at a mosque in the Neukölln district on Friday to pray for the death of Jews. CDU parliamentarian Burkard Dregger has filed a complaint of incitement against Ismail with the city police. "Such people who call for violence are not welcome in our country," the politician told the Berliner Zeitung. The mayor of Neukölln, Heinz Buschkowsky, said there was only one adequate response to the actions of the imam: "[Send him] back across the border with a ban on re-entering the country," he said. In a video posted online, Ismail is seen imploring, “Oh Allah, destroy the Zionist Jews ... Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don’t spare a single one of them." Despite the taped comments, he later insisted he was referring only to "Jews who have killed people in Gaza." In street demonstrations in Berlin, crowds of pro-Palestinian protesters also shouted "Death to Israel" and "Zionists are fascists, killing children and civilians". Anti-Semitic slogans are illegal in Germany, where atonement for the Nazi killing of some six million European Jews in the Holocaust is a cornerstone of the post-war order. The calls for action were echoed by a senior police officer and professor of law who oversees the police in three of the city's districts. "The police must take action," Michael Knape told the Tagesspiegel newspaper, adding that the slogans shouted were "right on the border of incitement". Public safety was a "central guarantor of the right to assembly", and since the conduct of the protesters had caused fear among people, legal action was justified. But Knape denied that police in the capital had been lax in enforcing the law during the protests. In a telephone conversation with German President Joachim Gauck, the leader of the country's Jewish community, Dieter Graumann, said he had discussed events of recent days and the fear they had created. "Many members of our community are very shaken, worried and absolutely shocked by the worst anti-Jewish slogans that some out-of-control crowds have shouted, calling for Jews to be 'gassed', 'burned' and 'slaughtered'," Graumann said in a statement after the call. Gauck told him he took Jewish fears "very seriously". In Mainz, ex-parliamentarian and former head of the German-Israeli Society, Johannes Gerster, filed charges against the leader of a demonstration on Friday at which participants chanted inflammatory slogans. The actions of the 1,500 mainly Palestinian demonstrators exceeded legally permissible bounds, said Gerster, who is a lawyer. The leader of the protest, Fatih Bayram, had "whipped up hatred and called for violence and arbitrary actions against Israel and Jews in Germany, and thereby disturbed the peace in our country," he told the Allgemeine Zeitung. Further Palestinian-led demonstrations are planned this week.
 thelocal

Dutch IDF Volunteer Livid After Al Jazeera Columnist Uses Her Photo, Calls Her a Jihadist

By Joshua Levitt
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A post from a Dutch IDF soldier appealing for help on Facebook after she was accused of being a jihadist by Al Jazeera. Photo: Facebook / Screenshot.

A young Dutch woman on Wednesday appealed for help on Facebook to counter slurs against her by a columnist for Al Jazeera, who used her photo without permission and called the blonde Israeli Navy recruit a jihadist.
Before describing “Israel’s genocidal campaign in the Gaza Strip,”  Al Jazeera columnist Hanine Hassan, a PhD candidate at Columbia University, the former home of the late unofficial spokesman Palestinian Professor Edward Said, chose to single out and humiliate Katie by featuring her by name, linking to her photo on Instagram and making her an object of scorn, in a long screed vilifying IDF soldiers and the thousands of foreign volunteers who served honorably for the Israeli Defense Forces.
“Her name is Katie. She is from the Netherlands, and chose to serve in the Israeli navy instead of remaining in her country.”
“Will her government label her and the rest of the hundreds of Dutch youth serving in the Israeli military as jihadstrijders (jihad fighters), the name given to the hundred or so that went to Syria? Katie, a Dutch-Israeli dual citizen, is after all a jihadist in occupied Palestinian lands.”
The Algemeiner removed Katie’s full name from a screenshot of her post on the ‘Secret Tel Aviv’ page on Facebook, where it’s since been deleted, as she sought desperately to find out how she could remove herself from Al Jazeera’s sights.
In the post, Katie said, “I’m in the Netherlands right now but I need your help urgently! Again there has been a false post about me being a jihadist with a link to my picture.”
She asked, “Does anyone know how I could do something about it, maybe sue them to take it down?”
On Al Jazeera, Hassan went on to indict U.S. GI’s after World War II who volunteered to serve in Israel’s War of Independence, when the Arab League refused the “two states for two peoples” concept introduced by the United Nations, and declared war on the nascent state.
Hassan wrote, “In the 1948 war, as many as 4,000 World War II veterans from the US, Canada and Europe carried out military operations against Palestinians, serving the Zionist project with their expertise in warfare, artillery, naval and aerial combat…”
“The late Israeli prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, later attributed the successful outcome of the war to the support of foreign fighters: ‘They came to us when we most needed them, during those hard and uncertain days of our 1948 war of independence.’”
“In supporting and developing Israel’s military power, these western recruits deliberately contributed to the ethnic cleansing of Palestinian towns, the dispossession and depopulation of Palestinian communities, and the massacres inflicted on them.”
She said,  ”Israel is applying outright treachery in its recruitment of young Jews worldwide, through tens of programmes… There are many faces to the Israeli occupation, some of which are well-known, and some of which are hidden. The indirect reinforcement of the Israeli army with European and American soldiers is one such opaque form of complicity.”
But it was Hassan’s post on Al Jazeera, which Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has proposed be banned for its incitement against Jews and hate speech against Israel, that showed the scholar’s own “opaque form of complicity.” By targeting Dutch IDF volunteer Katie, and using her image without permission, Hassan contradicted her own doctoral thesis through moral equivalency, doing to Katie online exactly what she accuses Israel of doing in Gaza.
After Hassan’s byline, Al Jazeera said: “Her research focuses on the long-term effects of humiliation as a tool of oppression by Israel in the occupied Palestinian Territories.”
 algemeiner

In Austria, pro-Palestinian thugs attack Israeli soccer players

These thugs in the city of  Bischofshofen (Austria) don’t seem to want peace, to judge by their actions and the swords. They just think the wrong side is winning:
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This busy page being run by the savages in France and their leftists scum friends are listing Jews for targeting, naming them and putting pictures up. If you speak French maybe try to warn the targets, this is for reporting purposes a credible threat of violence.
Jeunes Révolutionnaires Français

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Shouts of ‘Jews Back to Birkenau’ . . . in Boston

By Ian Tuttle
Riots in Paris, protests in Berlin — now an episode of ugly anti-Semitism in . . . Boston. The Times of Israel reports:
For the third time since last week, a handful of Jewish students with Israeli flags was surrounded by demonstrators shouting anti-Semitic epithets and – according to two of the students – a tense minute of “pushing and shoving.”
Soon after the “die-in” ended, Brett Loewenstern — a Berklee College of Music student and pro-Israel activist – entered the fray with his boyfriend, Israeli-born Avi Levi.
According to Loewenstern, he and his boyfriend’s combining of an Israeli flag with a rainbow flag – the symbol for gay rights – set off a hailstorm of insults from demonstrators.
Among other things, the shouts included “Jews back to Birkenau” and “Drop dead, you Zionazi whores,” said Loewenstern and other witnesses.
Police had to extract the pair from among the demonstrators. The incident occurred at last Saturday’s “die-in” on the Boston Common, where anti-Israel demonstrators fell to the ground as protest leaders read the names of Palestinians killed in Gaza since the beginning of the most recent conflict.
As I wrote last week, the conceit that characterizes so many of these protests is that they are merely about borders and territory, war and peace — that they are political protests. But the ease with which “anti-Israel” protesters spew lines such as “Jews back to Birkenau” suggests that opponents of the Jewish state are often averse to Jews themselves.
 nationalreview

Germany 'Like 1938' as 'Berlin Police Cower Before Jew-Haters'

 
By M.E. Synon 

A surge in anti-Semitism in Germany has led Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, Israeli ambassador in Berlin, to say it is like a return to the Nazi era: "They pursue the Jews in the streets of Berlin… as if we were in 1938." His comments came as Islamists were blamed for an "explosion" of anti-Semitism that has undermined Germany’s efforts to banish racism since the Holocaust.
According to German news site dw.de, Hadas-Hannelsman said: "We have nothing against demonstrations or against freedom of expression - that's the core of democracy. But when, as happened this weekend, it leads to violence against the police or against pro-Israeli demonstrators, then it is unacceptable. I think Germans should be worried by that, because you also hear anti-Semitic slogans like 'Jews into the gas' - in Germany?"
It was reported that a group of Arabs shouted "Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone" and "Death to Israel" at a recent demonstration and police officers did not interfere. The Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel ran the headline: "Berlin police cower before Jew-haters."
At a Berlin mosque on Friday, Abu Bilal Ismail, an imam from Denmark, prayed for God "to destroy all Jews."
Speaking at the Al Nusra mosque, Ismail is seen in a YouTube clip calling for the death of Jews: “Oh Allah, destroy the Zionist Jews. They are no challenge for you. Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don’t spare a single one of them.”
“Oh Lord, bring torment upon them.”
Ismail is an imam at Aarhus’s Grimhøjmoskeen mosque. According to the Local the mosque is suspected by East Jutland Police of encouraging 22 young men to take part in Syria’s civil war.  
"We can definitely say that when you go to that mosque, there is an increased risk of heading off for Syria," a police spokesman said earlier this year.
German state security authorities have now launched an investigation into Ismail’s preaching in Berlin.
The Berlin demonstrations come after pro-Palestinian demonstrations in France turned into anti-Semitic riots. As Breitbart London reported, recent attacks on Jewish targets in France have fuelled an increasing exodus to Israel, with 2,200 Jews leaving France in the first six months of the year compared with fewer than 600 a year ago.
Stephan Grigat, a German political scientist and lecturer at the Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna, told dw.de the Gaza conflict has stirred up public opinion and brought Israel-hatred to Germany along with it: "You don't need great differentiation skills to be able to assert that this is straightforward anti-Semitism, in a drastic form that could also be found on the streets of Germany 70 years ago."
While anti-Israeli demonstrations were until recently largely driven by people who identified with left-wing politics, Grigat has observed a growing anti-Israel stance in mainstream German society.
And he finds that the term "Israel-criticism" alone reveals a lot about the negative sentiment. "After all," he said, "nobody speaks of 'Japan-criticism' or 'Sweden-criticism' when they do not approve of something the Japanese or Swedish government does.
"This expression shows what all this is really about: not reasonable criticism of individual decisions made by the Israeli government, but plain resentment of the existence of the Jewish state."
breitbart

Cafe in Belgium: Dogs Allowed, Jews Are Not

By Deborah Danan
 
 Sign in cafe Belgian cafe reads: Dogs are allowed inside, Jews are not. Photo: Screenshot/Yedio

The Belgian League Against Antisemitism (LBCA)  filed a complaint on Wednesday with the mayor of  Saint-Nicolas, Jacques Heleven, against the proprietors of a cafe that hung up a sign banning Jews from entering the establishment, Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot reported.
According to Yediot, the owners of the cafe are likely to have Turkish origins.
The objection was lodged in accordance with a 1981 Belgian law banning acts of a xenophobic or racist nature.
The sign read, “Dogs are permitted to enter this establishment but Jews are not under any circumstances.” A French version of the text replaces “Jews” with “Zionists.”
The window display also included a Palestinian flag, an Israeli flag crossed out with a red “X”, and two Palestinian kaffiehs hanging alongside.
 algemeiner

Who's Really Hitler? Little Old Francois Hollande, or France's 'Pro-Palestinian' Protestors?

By Raheem Kassam 

 A few years ago the French government took the contentious decision to ‘ban the burka’ - or rather, facial coverings in public. That means no bike helmets if you’re not on a motorbike, no surgical masks if you’re not a Japanese tourist, no balaclavas unless you're skiing through the Louvre, and no face veils unless you’re… getting married?
More recently, French civil society was forced into a reaction after a Muslim ‘comedian’ decided to use his celebrity to make neo-Nazi hand signals, encouraging others to do so, and fomenting anti-Jewish sentiment nationally. 
Unsurprisingly, anti-Semitism has been on the rise in France, and Jewish people are leaving the country at an alarming rate. Many, as the Economist puts it, are "undeterred by the prospect of walking into a war zone" as they head to Israel. 
You can see why, when their children are being slaughtered, their places of worship desecrated, and their livelihoods placed under threat by a resurgence of the same kind of fascism that exterminated six million of their co-religionists just over 60 years ago.
But as much as the counter narrative sounds like a sick joke, sadly it is not one at all. Some on the Left, and indeed most people I know of an anti-Israel disposition believe that the above is all happenstance, and completely unconnected to the rise of militant Islamism across Europe. Those ‘Hitler was right’ tweets are, to them, unworthy of comment. Okay, even. Dieudonne M'bala M'bala is simply a funny bloke shaking shit up. And the murders of Jewish children and continued delegitimisation of the State of Israel are just par for the course.
To the people that believe such things, Francois Hollande is a sort of Hitler himself (even though Hitler was right, apparently). To them, France is targeting ordinary Muslims like the Nazis targeted the Jews, by banning the burka, and putting a halt to the increasingly anti-Semitic ‘pro-Palestine’ rallies in the country. Hollande has presided over (allowed for?) the rise of Marine Le Pen and her Front National organisation which is "clearly" on some sort of anti-Muslim crusade. Worse still, he has refused to speak ill of that vicious Muslim killer: Barack H. Obama.
This is the world as they see it - and not for a second could blame lay at the feet of the barbarians who froth at the mouth at the sight of the Star of David. Not for a moment can it be contemplated that those who use civilians as both target and shield should assume the majority of the guilt, and not even a fleeting thought is lent to the notion that blaming Israel, Mossad, or the Jewish people for all things that ail modern Muslims is perhaps no more than a wild conspiracy theory.
All right minded people should be concerned about the prohibition of protest rights. The problem is pro-Palestinian protestors aren’t protesting in favour of Palestine. They’re not even protesting against Israel. Instead, their rallies are wilfully turning into anti-Jewish hatefests, which have a history both recent and not so much, of inciting violence and death against one group. If the English Defence League were doing this in London today, the liberal left would want them banged up faster than you could say “khyber ya yahud”. 
But that’s the thing right? It is targeting the "real" evil. So that's ok. 
No, not the Zionists. Regardless of what Mr M'bala M'bala says, we know Hitler wasn’t rounding up only those concerned with the establishment of a Jewish state. 
No, no the Israelis either, for there are few Israeli citizens in France (for obvious reasons) and the European Union (and therefore French) policy towards Israel is hardly one of prostration, adoration, or even basic support.
The real evil of course is "the Jews". Which, I suppose I should hate to say it but I really don’t, makes these ‘pro-Palestinian’ types and their bedfellows the real modern Hitlers. Which sort of suits their cause really. After all… Hitler WAS right, as we've been reminded recently on Twitter. So why not model themselves on him? Feel free for sure. But then don't be surprised when your rallies get banned. The world has sort of had enough of those already.
 breitbart

Italian Philosopher Calls to 'Shoot Zionists', Arm Hamas

Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo has joined the alarming tide of anti-Israel hate-speech in Europe on Wednesday, saying he wanted to set up a fund to help Hamas "buy better weapons", and saying that he would personally like "to shoot those bastard Zionists."
Vattimo insisted that Hamas is “fighting with toy rockets that don’t really kill anyone.” When asked whether he would like to see more Israelis killed, Vattimo - who edited a book entitled Deconstructing Zionism: A Critique of Political Metaphysics - told Radio 24 broadcasters, “Of course! But unfortunately, I can’t really shoot."
The leading Italian philosopher had previously claimed that he was a "peaceful person" at the start of the interview.
He added that the European Union (EU) should fight alongside Hamas, comparing it to the use of foreign fighters to fight fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War.
Renzo Gattegna, the leader of Italy’s Union of Jewish communities, called Vattimo’s words “unacceptable” and “a mixture of the most heinous allegations” against Israel.
And Stefano Jesurum, the Jewish community's representative to the Milan city council, said he was shocked by the statements.
"Either Vattimo is completely nuts, or he was speaking in bad faith. I refuse to believe that a well-educated European, a scholar, can see any parallel between Israel and Spain under Franco’s regime," Jesurun said.
Vattimo's statements surface just hours after the Foreign Ministers of Germany, France and Italy condemned a shocking spike in anti-Semitism during violent anti-Israel protests in both countries, as well as throughout Europe, since the start of the IDF's operation to stop rocket fire from Gaza.
“Anti-Semitic rhetoric, hostility directed at Jews, and attacks against Jews in synagogues have no place within our society," the joint statement said.
A recent poll by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) showed that 20% of Italians hold anti-Semitic views.
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U.K.’s Independent Posts Gaza Op-Ed by Author Who Supported 9/11 Terror Attacks

 
 By Adam Levick

Mads Gilbert is a Norwegian doctor, commentator, and “radical Maoist politician” who openly supported the “moral right” of Al Qaeda to murder thousands of Americans on 9/11, and who argued that the world’s oppressed have an inherent “moral right to attack the USA with any weapon they can come up with.”
He visited Shifa Hospital in Gaza during the 2008-09 war in Gaza and, according to NGO monitor, “repeatedly and falsely accused Israel of deliberately targeting civilians” while making “no mention of evidence that Al-Shifa hospital has been used for military purposes”.
Well, Dr. Gilbert has returned to Shifa Hospital, and has published an open letter at the Independent about his experiences.
In the opening passage, Gilbert declares that the injured and killed – including, presumably, Hamas fighters – are all civilians and all “innocent.”
The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying… All sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.
As with his previous visit to the hospital in 2009, Gilbert has failed to acknowledge that the hospital is reportedly being used for military purposes and has actually become “a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders.”
Concerning Israel’s treatment of innocent Palestinians, Gilbert adds:
Now, once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world” [sic!].
… the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another dahyia – onslaught on Gaza.
Of course, there’s no mention by the doctor of Hamas’ cruel, cynical, and illegal policy of using the Palestinians he supports as human shields.
The Indy’s decision to publish an extremist like Gilbert simply reinforces our view (which has been solidified while monitoring their coverage of the war) that, at least concerning the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the paper is slouching towards the Guardian.
 algemeiner

Rapists, Robbers and Drug Dealers Among 30,000 Criminals Let Off By London Police

By Andre Walker 

Nearly 30,000 criminals "have escaped the justice system" in London by being given a caution rather than going to court, according to the Evening Standard. New figures show thousands of criminals, including rapists, robbers, and drug dealers, escaped with the so-called "slap on the wrist" reprimand last year. Remarkably, amongst the total number of cautions, there were 1,356 for wounding or grievous bodily harm, 301 for drug dealing and 286 for sex offences, including two for rape. There were also 246 cautions for burglary and 107 for robbery.
Cautions are a legitimate way of getting criminals to admit to minor offences and keep them from clogging up the court system, but there are now worries that they are being dished out in cases that warrant more serious penalties.
In addition to this, there is a growing number of offenders who have multiple cautions, with 236 people having more than five. The figures show that the Metropolitan Police have increased the number of cautions given out over the last year, despite government demands to curb their use.
Critics claimed that the high level of caution use was taking away the rights of victims as criminals see their actions being dealt with in the "privacy of the police station" rather than in open court.
Tony Arbour, a Conservative London Assembly member who requested the figures, said: "The public can't have confidence in a system where so many offenders are dealt with outside of court, just so that cases can be disposed of quickly.
"In effect, these people are being let off - some characters on more than five occasions. Cautions and fines should only be used as a warning the first time a criminal is caught."
He called for a overhaul of the system, including the right of victims to know why police chose to issue a caution or a fine.
However, the Metropolitan Police defended their use of cautions saying: "A caution is a serious matter; they are not taken lightly and we are conscious of the consequences that this judicial disposal can have on a person's future. It should also be recognised that they are used predominately to deal with first-time offenders and as an alternative to court appearance where guilt is admitted."
Last year, the Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper blamed police cuts for increases in the use of the caution. At the time she said: "Theresa May needs to answer urgently whether police cuts mean more criminals are being let off. Cautions should not be used for very serious offences,” she continued “we know that Government cuts of 15,000 officers are putting police forces under serious pressure.
"Is that why they are solving fewer crimes, and fewer criminals are being brought to justice? The Home Secretary should ask HMIC to do an urgent investigation into why fewer criminals are being caught and why so many cautions are being used for serious crimes."
Whilst the government are keen to push the Police into sending more people to court they do face the dual problem of lack of capacity in the justice system and poor relations with the Police. Without changes in the law it can prove very hard for the government to compel the Police to do anything as they remain independent of direction control from Whitehall.
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