Friday, October 31, 2014

Erdogan's Book of Defeat

By Burak Bekdil
In the entire Middle East, Turkey now has only two allies: Qatar, which looks more like a rich, family-owned gas station than a state; and Hamas, a terrorist organization.
Tunisia was the final chapter in Erdogan's book of defeat. Neo-Ottomanism was a childish dream. It is, now, a "sealed" childish dream.
Shortly after the Arab Spring rocked several capitals in the Middle East, the Turks devised a plan that would enable their country to emerge as the new Ottoman Empire. While deliberately and systematically antagonizing Israel, Ankara would: replace the Shia-controlled Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad with a Turkey-friendly Sunni ruler; support the Sunni in Iraq and Lebanon and boost their political influence; support Hamas in the Palestinian territories and provoke it to violence against Israel; and make sure that the Muslim Brotherhood or their various brethren rule Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Saudis were already "our Muslim brothers." Eventually, all former Ottoman lands would produce governments subservient to the emerging Turkish Empire.
Nearly four years later, Syria's Assad is comfortably sitting in his presidential palace in Damascus and possibly laughing at the mess the Turks created by supporting Syria's jihadists. These jihadists have only wreaked havoc along Turkey's nearly 900-mile-long borders with both Syria and Iraq.
The Shia in Iraq are as powerful as before, and remain obedient to Turkey's regional sectarian rival, Iran.
The Shia in Lebanon -- where Turks are a high-value currency on the hostage market -- are increasingly hostile to Turkey.
No one knows who rules Libya after the downfall of Colonel Qaddafi, but none of the warring factions want any Turks meddling in the former Ottoman colony.
Meanwhile, a coup in July 2013 toppled the Turks' most-trusted regional ally, Egypt's then president, Mohamed Morsi. Today, not only the Turks but also Turkish products -- including even soap operas -- are unwanted in Egypt.
With the downfall -- ironically, instead of Assad -- of their Islamist allies in the region, the Turks recently discreetly moved to win back Egypt, the most populous Muslim nation in the region.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu asked to meet with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Hassan Shorky Selim, on the sidelines of the UN summit in September. The Egyptian minister abruptly cancelled the meeting, citing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "insulting words about [Egyptian] President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi." A statement from the Egyptian foreign ministry called Erdogan's words "lies and fabrication."
More recently, Cairo announced that it would not renew a three-year transit trade agreement with Turkey. The decision indicates a further worsening of bilateral ties, which had been downgraded, as in the instance of Israel, to the level of chargé d'affaires. The transit trade agreement, signed in 2012 when Morsi was in power, had facilitated Turkish exports to African nations and the Gulf through Egypt's mainland, via Egyptian ports. Turkish companies previously sent their cargo to Gulf and African customers through Syria, when relations with Syria were normal. After Erdogan chose cold war with Syria, the Syrian route was closed to the Turks. The Turks then signed the transit deal with Egypt to use their ports and mainland as the alternative route. Now that Egypt will terminate this agreement, Turkish companies will be deprived of an easy route to Gulf and African customers.
Ironically, only six weeks before General al-Sisi ousted Egypt's Islamist President Morsi, Turkey had granted Egypt a $250 million loan to finance Turkish-Egyptian joint defense projects. The loan, the first of its kind, was intended to boost defense cooperation and Turkish exports of defense equipment to Egypt. At that time, Turkey was hoping to sell Egypt scores of Turkish-made drones, tactical naval boats and helicopters.
Egypt's hostile move was a "shock" to Ankara, but only to Ankara. "Apparently everyone dealing with the Egyptians knew this was coming, except the Turks," said one EU ambassador in Ankara.
It was not a secret that Egypt and the Turks' "Muslim brothers, Saudi Arabia" aggressively lobbied against Turkey's failed bid in September to win the seat of the non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. The EU ambassador said: "There may be further Egyptian moves to retaliate against Turkish hostilities. After Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Israel, Turkey has completely lost Egypt."
That mishap left Turkey's Islamists with one ideological ally in the former Ottoman lands: Tunisia, where the Muslim Brotherhood-inspired Ennahda party was in a coalition government -- until this past weekend.
Ennahda, the first Islamist movement to secure power after the 2011 Arab Spring revolts, conceded defeat in elections that are expected to make its main secular rival, Nidaa Tounes party, the strongest force in parliament.
This defeat is a huge setback for Erdogan's Tunisian ideological allies, who had headed a coalition government with two non-religious partners for more than two years.
Tunisia was the final chapter in Erdogan's book of defeat. Neo-Ottomanism was a childish dream. It is, now, a "sealed" childish dream.
In the entire Middle East, Turkey now has only two allies: Qatar, which looks more like a rich, family-owned gas station than a state; and Hamas, a terrorist organization. But Turkey has a rich menu of hostilities: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, (discreetly) Jordan, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, (as always) Cyprus, (now) Tunisia, (also discreetly) Morocco and Algeria, and (most warring factions of) Libya.
In an April 2012 speech, then Foreign Minister Davutoglu defined Turkey's policy goal as: "On the historic march of our holy nation, the AK Party signals the birth of a global power and the mission for a new world order. This is the centenary of our exit from the Middle East... whatever we lost between 1911 and 1923, whatever lands we withdrew from, from 2011 to 2023 we shall once again meet our brothers in those lands. This is a ... historic mission."
That was a not-so-covert message of a strategic goal of reviving the Empire. Only nine years before the deadline to "meet our brothers" and the birth of Turkey as "a global power with a mission to build a new world order," Turkey looks rather dramatically isolated.
 gatestoneinstitute

Sweden Recognized 'Palestine' for 'Muslim Votes'



Former Israeli Ambassador to Canada Dr. Alan Baker, the head of the Legal Forum for Israel, on Friday explained to Arutz Sheva why the Swedish government officially recognized the Palestinian Authority (PA) as the "state of Palestine" on Thursday.
Baker, who previously served as legal adviser to the Foreign Ministry, sent a message to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven following the declaration, explaining to him that the move opposes the 1993 Oslo Accords.
"On the one hand they encourage the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, and on the other hand they establish in advance the results of the negotiations," Baker told Arutz Sheva. "According to the Oslo Accords the Palestinians don't have the status of a state."
Baker posits that the recognition is a simple political act that has no juridicial meaning whatsoever, much the same as the UK's recent non-binding vote on the same issue.
"This step puts Sweden in line with states holding a hostile approach to Israel, but it has no legal meaning. It's known that the Muslims are flooding Sweden, and the prime minister needs their support," explained Baker.
The Swedish recognition has led Israel to recall its ambassador, and has also led to a string of quips, with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman saying Thursday "the Swedish government must understand that relations in the Middle East are a lot more complex than the self-assembly furniture of IKEA and that they have to act with responsibility and sensitivity."
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom shot back "I will be happy to send him a flat pack of IKEA furniture and he will also see that what you need to put that together is, first of all, a partner. You also need to cooperate and you need a good manual."
Her comment was met by a crushing riposte from Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon, who said "it's nice to send a piece of furniture from IKEA, but when it comes with a manual in an unintelligible language and is missing screws, it doesn't help."
 israelnationalnews

UK: Head of Child Abuse Inquiry Urged to Resign Over Establishment Links

By Andre Walker 

Fiona Woolf is under increasing pressure to resign as head of the inquiry into historic sexual abuse by members of the British establishment after it was shown she was close to Leon Britton. The Home Office had helped Woolf draft a letter playing down their relationship but she is under pressure after various newspapers pointed out that the two live on the same street and have been to at least four dinner parties together. Lord Britton has been the centre of rumours for many years, although they do remain unproven. He was accused of suppressing evidence of child sex abuse by senior figures when he was Home Secretary, but he strongly denies the allegations. Earlier this week Labour MP Jim Hood used parliamentary privilege to claim Britton had "improper conduct with children".
Woolf was only appointed head of inquiry when Baroness Butler-Sloss was forced to stand down after it emerged her brother Sir Michael Havers tried to stop an MP using parliamentary privilege to name a senior civil servant as a paedophile in the 1980s. Butler-Sloss claimed she was unaware of her brother's activities but stood down because any conclusions she drew about him would lack credibility.
After she left, Woolf was appointed because she is a solicitor and the Lord Mayor of London, although her term ends next month. She is said to deny she is part of the establishment, but her links to senior politicians have made it hard to continue with this claim.
As evidence of her links to both Lord and Lady Britton emerged Woolf wrote to the Home Secretary Theresa May playing down her connections. However, the plan backfired when it emerged the letter had been redrafted seven times with the help of the Home Office.
Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee told the Daily Mail the letter "raises more questions than it answers” he also claimed facts had changed as new drafts were put together.
Mr Vaz said: "It is extraordinary that Mrs Woolf did not even write the first draft of her letter, which was supposed to detail her own personal experiences.
“The letter then underwent seven drafts with a multiplicity of editors. The final version gave a sense of greater detachment between Lord and Lady Brittan and Mrs Woolf than her previous attempts.”
Early drafts of the letter included the phrases “I returned the compliment” and “we engaged in another exchange of dinner parties” but later these were deleted.  The letter also included references to the fact they live on the same street but later drafts changed the wording to say she had a house on the same street.
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UK: Child Sex Exploitation Now the ‘Norm’

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By Robert Spencer 

The UK’s Guardian reported Wednesday that “sexual exploitation of vulnerable children has become the social norm in some parts of Greater Manchester,” and the denial and obfuscation about what is really causing this problem is thicker than ever.
In the very same sentence in which it broke this terrible news, the Guardian stated that this phenomenon is “fuelled by explicit music videos and quasi-pornographic selfies, an MP has warned.” The MP in question, former social worker Ann Coffey, has issued a report on the sexual exploitation of children in Britain that she said would “make painful reading for those who hoped that Rochdale was an isolated case.”
It was in Rochdale that a group of Muslims were involved in a large-scale sex trafficking ring involving young non-Muslim girls. Coffey is right: there is already abundant evidence that it was not an isolated case, as 1,400 British non-Muslim children were gang-raped and brutalized by Muslims in the British city of Rotherham alone, and there are numerous other documented cases in Britain of Muslim sex trafficking and rape gangs, of which the victims were non-Muslim girls.
Why has this been happening, and on such a massive scale? According to the Guardian, it’s all because social workers and others in positions of authority just don’t like troubled young people: “Coffey said police, social workers, prosecutors and juries are often inherently (albeit unconsciously) prejudiced against vulnerable teenagers – perhaps explaining why, out of 13,000 reported cases of major sexual offences against under-16s in the past six years in Greater Manchester, there have been only 1,000 convictions.”
Social workers, prosecutors, and juries are inherently prejudiced against vulnerable teenagers? With that, Coffey could win the prize for the most preposterous evasion offered this year to try to exonerate Islamic doctrine from responsibility for the evils done by those who act upon that doctrine – although she will, as in every year, face stiff competition.
In reality, social workers are not prejudiced against vulnerable teenagers; they’ve dedicated their lives to aiding people such as vulnerable teenagers. No, what social workers, in the U.S. as well as in Britain, are prejudiced against is being called “racist.” In Rotherham, British officials “described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.”
And what were the ethnic origins of those perpetrators? Wednesday’s Guardian report doesn’t mention it (which in itself is telling), but 75%, and probably more (since it is so politically unacceptable to report such things) of these rape and sexual exploitation gangs are “Asian,” which is British Newspeak for “Muslim.” Despite the continuing horror of these revelations, the British continue to take all this with equanimity, for to resist it would be “racist” and “Islamophobic.”
If Ann Coffey and others who are horrified at these rape gangs and the exploitation of children really want to stop this practice, sooner or later they are going to have to stop kidding themselves and their supporters, and confront the politically correct elites who hurl such charges at anyone who ventures any criticism of Islam and Muslims. For the unpleasant truth is that these rape gangs have become “the norm” in all too many cities in Britain because Muslims are taking seriously material from the Qur’an and Sunnah that justifies those practices.
According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war” (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general, as does this passage. “Certainly will the believers have succeeded: They who are during their prayer humbly submissive, and they who turn away from ill speech, and they who are observant of zakah, and they who guard their private parts except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they will not be blamed” (Qur’an 23:1-6).
The rape of captive women is also sanctioned in Islamic tradition:
Abu Sirma said to Abu Sa’id al Khadri (Allah he pleased with him): 0 Abu Sa’id, did you hear Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) mentioning al-’azl? He said: Yes, and added: We went out with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) on the expedition to the Bi’l-Mustaliq and took captive some excellent Arab women; and we desired them, for we were suffering from the absence of our wives, (but at the same time) we also desired ransom for them. So we decided to have sexual intercourse with them but by observing ‘azl (Withdrawing the male sexual organ before emission of semen to avoid conception). But we said: We are doing an act whereas Allah’s Messenger is amongst us; why not ask him? So we asked Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he said: It does not matter if you do not do it, for every soul that is to be born up to the Day of Resurrection will be born. (Muslim 3371)
The twentieth-century Qur’an commentator Maulana Bulandshahri explains the wisdom of this practice, and longs for the good old days when Muslims took sex slaves (days that appear now to have returned):
During Jihad (religion war), many men and women become war captives. The Amirul Mu’minin [leader of the believers, or caliph -- an office now vacant] has the choice of distributing them amongst the Mujahidin [warriors of jihad], in which event they will become the property of these Mujahidin. This enslavement is the penalty for disbelief (kufr).
He goes on to explain that this is not ancient history:
None of the injunctions pertaining to slavery have been abrogated in the Shari’ah. The reason that the Muslims of today do not have slaves is because they do not engage in Jihad (religion war). Their wars are fought by the instruction of the disbelievers (kuffar) and are halted by the same felons. The Muslim [sic] have been shackled by such treaties of the disbelievers (kuffar) whereby they cannot enslave anyone in the event of a war. Muslims have been denied a great boon whereby every home could have had a slave. May Allah grant the Muslims the ability to escape the tentacles of the enemy, remain steadfast upon the Din (religion) and engage in Jihad (religion war) according to the injunctions of Shari’ah. Amen!
This is by no means an eccentric or unorthodox view in Islam. The Egyptian Sheikh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni declared in May 2011 that “we are in the era of jihad,” and that as they waged jihad warfare against infidels, Muslims would take slaves. He clarified what he meant in a subsequent interview:
…Jihad is only between Muslims and infidels. Spoils, slaves, and prisoners are only to be taken in war between Muslims and infidels. Muslims in the past conquered, invaded, and took over countries. This is agreed to by all scholars–there is no disagreement on this from any of them, from the smallest to the largest, on the issue of taking spoils and prisoners. The prisoners and spoils are distributed among the fighters, which includes men, women, children, wealth, and so on.
When a slave market is erected, which is a market in which are sold slaves and sex-slaves, which are called in the Qur’an by the name milk al-yamin, “that which your right hands possess” [Qur’an 4:24]. This is a verse from the Qur’an which is still in force, and has not been abrogated. The milk al-yamin are the sex-slaves. You go to the market, look at the sex-slave, and buy her. She becomes like your wife, (but) she doesn’t need a (marriage) contract or a divorce like a free woman, nor does she need a wali. All scholars agree on this point–there is no disagreement from any of them. [...] When I want a sex slave, I just go to the market and choose the woman I like and purchase her.
Right around the same time, on May 25, 2011, a female Kuwaiti activist and politician, Salwa al-Mutairi, also spoke out in favor of the Islamic practice of sexual slavery of non-Muslim women, emphasizing that the practice accorded with Islamic law and the parameters of Islamic morality.
…A merchant told me that he would like to have a sex slave. He said he would not be negligent with her, and that Islam permitted this sort of thing. He was speaking the truth. I brought up (this man’s) situation to the muftis in Mecca. I told them that I had a question, since they were men who specialized in what was halal, and what was good, and who loved women. I said, “What is the law of sex slaves?”
The mufti said, “With the law of sex slaves, there must be a Muslim nation at war with a Christian nation, or a nation which is not of the religion, not of the religion of Islam. And there must be prisoners of war.”
“Is this forbidden by Islam?” I asked.
“Absolutely not. Sex slaves are not forbidden by Islam. On the contrary, sex slaves are under a different law than the free woman. The free woman must be completely covered except for her face and hands. But the sex slave can be naked from the waist up. She differs a lot from the free woman. While the free woman requires a marriage contract, the sex slave does not–she only needs to be purchased by her husband, and that’s it. Therefore the sex slave is different than the free woman.”
While the savage exploitation of girls and young women is an unfortunately cross-cultural phenomenon, only in Islamic law does it carry anything approaching divine sanction. Here is yet another human rights scandal occasioned by Islamic law that the international human rights community and the mainstream media cravenly ignore. And even when the devastation that this practice has caused is staring them in the face, British officials tell themselves and the public that it’s all because social workers don’t like teenagers.
As Britain descends into madness, we can only hope its demise will serve as a cautionary tale for other countries in the West.
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Austria: Jihadist sought crowds to boost bomb deaths

Investigators have begun to carefully probe the background of Austria's latest radicalized teenage jihadist, whose pre-detention was extended on Wednesday afternoon after a court hearing in St. Pölten in Lower Austria. The 14-year-old boy of Turkish origin had admitted to planning a bombing of Westbahnhof, one of Austria's busiest and largest railway stations, and had begun making enquiries into obtaining necessary parts for a bomb when police arrested him on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday evening, there were media reports that as part of the radicalization process, young people had been lured into jihadism through promises that they could receive up to $25,000 (€19,800) for an assassination. Now police and prosecutors are examining the computer, phone and other aspects of the suspect's life, including acquaintances and possible backers of the young would-be jihadist. The data analysis is expected to take days, or even weeks, according to the police. The Regional Court in St. Pölten agreed with prosecutors that there was a flight risk with the boy, and decided to impose pre-trial detention. The teenager was "strongly suspected to have been involved in a terrorist group," it said in a press release. Police have been investigating the young man since the beginning of October, when it was learned that he had been making increasingly radical statements that supported the Isis terrorist network, and had begun the process to acquire bomb parts. According to one report, the boy has admitted that he had been considering locations where crowds gathered to maximize the impact of a bomb, which is why Westbahnhof was one of his targets.
 thelocal.at

France: Man caught trying to infiltrate Jewish school

Via CFCA:

A man tried to infiltrate a Jewish school in Créteil (Paris).  The man climbed the fence and tried to remove the security camera from there.  He also photographed the school, held up a sign saying "free Palestine" and called out antisemitic insults.
 antisemitism-europe

Jihadist caught on German shopping trip

An alleged jihadist will go on trial in Stuttgart next week after being caught on a shopping trip to pick up goods for Islamic fighters in Syria. The 24-year-old German, Ismail Issa, will be tried on November 5th for supporting a terrorist group, after being caught when he returned to shop in his homeland last year, The New York Times reported. He was back in his home city of Stuttgart, where he was radicalized by Salafists in 2012, to pick up items from shops including discount supermarket Aldi, for his group of Islamic fighters in Syria who have since joined the Islamic State (Isis). His jihad comrades wanted their wounded fighter to bring back four sports watches from Aldi (€28 each), 10 pairs of combat trousers from an online US Army shop (€189.90 each) and night-vision gear from a Stuttgart hunting shop (€4,018). Issa, who was born in Lebanon but grew up in Baden-Württemberg, was also told to bring back sweets, medicine and books. Police discovered the goods in bags when they stopped Issa and another man, following a tip-off, driving back to Syria on November 13th last year, soon after they left Stuttgart. Details of the case were first reported by Focus Magazine in September. Around 500 Germans are thought to have travelled to the Middle East to join jihadist fighters and 130 have returned.
 thelocal

Germany: Pupil representative gets insults and death threats from Muslim pupils

Max Moses Bonifer, 18, has been acting as a pupil representative for a State school in Offenbach. Max is Jewish and has become used to anti-Semitic insults being leveled at him on a daily basis. He is called "Jude", obviously not in a friendly way, and also advised that there would be a "Jewish action".

Things got worse since the Gaza events. Lately, things escalated and he started getting death threats from Muslim teenagers.

He complained that in the school there is an increasing radicalisation of Muslim youths, Salafist militancy coupled with failed integration policies.

Max Bonifer said that as head boy he had to speak for pupils who threatened to kill him.  He just can't do that.  He has resigned from his post with effect from December 1.

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British Jewish Opposition Leader Driving UK Jews Away Over Israel, Angers Iconic Actress

By Ben Cohen 

Ed Miliband, the Jewish leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, is under heavy criticism from members of the UK Jewish community for his party’s growing hostility to Israel.
Among Miliband’s critics is the famed Jewish actress Maureen Lipman, who is a household name in Britain, and the advocacy group Sussex Friends of Israel (SFI,) which has garnered a national reputation for its energetic counter-demonstrations against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigners picketing the store owned by the Israeli company SodaStream in the English seaside town of Brighton.
In an article for Standpoint magazine, Lipman, who had a starring role in Roman Polanski’s 2002 film about the Holocaust, The Pianist, excoriated Miliband for his support for British recognition of a Palestinian state independently of any negotiations with Israel.
“If you recognise a state you can officially arm that state,” Lipman wrote. “Already billions of pounds have been allotted to rebuild Gaza. Ha! Rebuild the tunnels and reequip the arsenal. Oh, how the propaganda has worked on these clever, concerned people again and again and again. If Hamas and Fatah cared one iota for the Palestinians, might they not have built schools and hospitals and streets for their people the first time the billions poured in and were converted into weaponry and hotel suites in Paris and citizens were used as human shields?”
Lipman stated that she will vote for “almost any other party” until Labour is “once more led by mensches” – the Yiddish word for a person of integrity. She also poked fun at Miliband for “being all over the papers, knocking back a bacon sandwich” a few days after the two of them met at a London gathering, during which Miliband suggested that he attend a shabbat dinner at Lipman’s house.
In a separate development, Sussex Friends of Israel has protested Miliband’s forthcoming appearance at a November 26 fundraising dinner for Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East (LFPME,) a pro-Arab group within the party that describes itself as “a proactive voluntary group in an environment long occupied and dominated by the pro-Israeli lobby.”
In a letter to the Labour leader – the son of the late Jewish Marxist academic Ralph Miliband, who came to the UK as a teenager fleeing the Nazi occupation of Belgium – Simon Cobbs of SFI pointed to a statement in an LFPME pamphlet that undermined Israel’s very right to exist. “The one state proposal is not so much unfeasible as implausible. It is a solution maybe to a different problem, but not to this one, or at least not now,” the pamphlet stated.

“My question is this,” Cobbs wrote to Miliband. “If not now, then when? Perhaps later? Maybe as soon as you are elected Prime Minister? Is it Labour Party policy now to accept a two state solution today – and to advocate for the destruction of the State of Israel at some point in the future?”
Fiona Sharpe, a member of the SFI Executive, told The Algemeiner that the letter to Miliband had been sent this morning and shared “multiple times” on Twitter and other social media networks. Sharpe express disappointment that no-one from the Labour Party had been in touch with SFI “just to confirm that our concerns are being addressed.”
Sharpe added that the lack of response so far “can only lead us to believe that either Ed Miliband does indeed support the views of the LFPME, or that he is simply unaware of, and unconcerned by, their position documents. Either way, that makes me very worried about voting for him or his party at the 2015 election.”
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Feminist Author Claims Exposing Minority Sexism is Racist

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By Daniel Greenfield 

This viral video of a woman walking around New York City and being harassed by men has been making the rounds of all the usual sites.
“Not a day goes by when I don’t experience this,” Roberts told NBC. Her experience isn’t unusual. Many women experience street harassment in the form of catcalls, winks or even simple greetings like “hello” that take on a different meaning when they come from a stranger staring at your breasts.
There’s a problem with the video though. Most of the men doing the harassing are minorities. That’s all the more striking because the video seems to be mostly set in Manhattan where only 13 percent of the population is black and less than 20 percent is Latino. (Not coincidentally, Manhattan is also the most expensive place to live in the city.)
So Hannah Rosin, a radical feminist and author of The End of Men decided to jump in and remind us that today’s feminism has nothing to do with helping women and a lot to do with pushing the assorted radical agendas of the left.
On Tuesday, Slate and everyone else posted a video of a woman who is harassed more than 100 times by men as she walks around New York City for ten hours. More specifically, it’s a video of a young white woman who is harassed by mostly black and Latino men as she walks around New York City for ten hours. The one dude who turns around and says, “Nice,” is white, but the guys who do the most egregious things—like the one who harangues her, “Somebody’s acknowledging you for being beautiful! You should say thank you more,” or the one who follows her down the street too closely for five whole minutes—are not.
…the video also unintentionally makes another point, that harassers are mostly black and Latino, and hanging out on the streets in midday in clothes that suggest they are not on their lunch break. As Roxane Gay tweeted, “The racial politics of the video are f___d up. Like, she didn’t walk through any white neighborhoods?”
Actually she seems to be walking through mostly a lot of neighborhoods. She walks around Soho which has a lot of white gay men and hipsters. But the real problem is that the video exposed a reality that the promoters didn’t want discussed.
He wrote, “we got a fair amount of white guys, but for whatever reason, a lot of what they said was in passing, or off camera” or was ruined by a siren or other noise. The final product, he writes, “is not a perfect representation of everything that happened.” That may be true but if you find yourself editing out all the catcalling white guys, maybe you should try another take.
What Bliss obviously isn’t saying is that the white guys were edited out because their material was underwhelming. Sexual harassment and assorted misbehaviors are not distributed evenly across races.
But he can’t say that which leaves him open to accusations of being a racist. That’s the usual pattern. If you can’t tell the truth, you have no defense against a smear.
But the whole thing is a reminder that while feminism was important, the thing called “feminism” today is leftist politics featuring bizarre outbursts of hate which have nothing to do with supporting women. In the debate over groups such as Women Against Feminism, feminists trot out a dictionary definition of feminism as equality that has nothing to do with feminism in reality. That’s what Rosin reminds us of.
The activists of the left operate around a Victim Value Index that determines which groups get priority. Black people have always come ahead of women in the Victim Value Index. That was true during the debate about voting rights. It’s still true today.
Black men got the vote before white women did, and that very issue led to a heated debate over universal suffrage in the Fourteenth Amendment, which was written to include black men, but exclude women. Suffragists were told in Fredrick Douglass’ words, “This is the Negro’s hour.” To explain why that was the hour on the clock, Douglass brought out what would become the Victim Value Index.
“When women because they are women are dragged from their houses and hung upon lamp-posts… then they will have the urgency to obtain the ballot equal to our own,” Douglass sneered. Women had been dragged out of their homes and subjected to horrors because they were women for far longer than the brief few centuries of African slavery in America, but Douglass’ real point was, “My suffering beats your suffering, so my rights beat your rights.” In contemporary progressivism this is expressed in the sneering “White Women’s Tears” meme.
So you can make a video about the harassment of women, just don’t talk about black men. You can condemn rape culture, as long as you limit it to white Ivy League men and don’t talk about hip hop or rape rates in minority communities. There are subjects that feminists place off limits because they aren’t there for women’s causes, their true allegiance is to the larger agenda of the left.
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Israel to Withdraw Ambassador to Sweden

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman has recalled Israel's ambassador to Sweden Thursday, following the Swedish government's decision to officially recognize "Palestine" as a state.
Stockholm's foreign minister announced the decision to recognize the Palestinian Authority (PA) as "the State of Palestine," less than a month after the government announced its intention to make the controversial move.
Liberman issued a withering statement in response, accusing the Swedish government of being unable to grasp the intricacies of Middle Eastern geopolitics.
"The decision of the Swedish government to recognize a Palestinian state is a deplorable decision which only strengthens extremist elements and Palestinian rejectionism," Israel's top diplomat said in a statement.
"It is a shame that the Swedish government chose to take this declarative step which causes a lot of harm and offers no advantage," he said,
In a dig at Stockholm's left-wing government, he added: "The Swedish government must understand that relations in the Middle East are a lot more complex than the self-assembly furniture of IKEA and that they have to act with responsibility and sensitivity."
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nachshon told AFP about the decision, saying "this indeed reflects our irritation and annoyance at this unhelpful decision which does not contribute to a return to negotiations."
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Sweden Recognizes Unelected Government of Bankrupt Terror State That Doesn’t Control its Own Territory

By Daniel Greenfield 

In all fairness, that’s true of some Swedish cities as well these days now that they’ve been properly enriched by Muslim immigration.
Still let’s look at the absurdity of recognizing a Palestinian State.

1. The Palestinian Authority refuses to hold elections because the last time it held them, its leaders got walloped by Hamas. Abbas is treated as the President despite refusing to stand for office. There can be no legislature without seating Hamas so the legislative powers have in practice devolved to the PLO, which is not only a terrorist group but not elected by the general public.
Sweden didn’t recognize an elected government. It recognized the leadership of a terrorist group.

2. The Palestinian Authority doesn’t actually control the territory it claims encompasses its state. Let’s set aside the question of Israel. Ever since the last set of elections and the civil war and the Hamas takeover of Gaza, the Palestinian Authority doesn’t actually control Gaza.
The latest unity government was an attempt at sidestepping that question, but the fact remains that the PLO controls its population in the West Bank and Hamas controls Gaza. Sweden has recognized an unelected terrorist group’s control over territory which it doesn’t control.
It might as well recognize ISIS as the official government of Malmo. That would be closer to the truth.

3. The PLO’s Palestinian State would exist for roughly five seconds without foreign aid. Its economy consists of the UNRWA and other foreign aid. Its chief employers are the Palestinian Authority and the UNRWA.
Not only is it unelected and not control of its own territory, but its funded by foreign interests. If it had to function as a state, it would die tomorrow. Not only doesn’t it have the infrastructure, but it doesn’t even have the economy.

So Sweden recognized the unelected government of a bankrupt terror state that can’t function as a state or a government because… that’s how much its new leftist leaders hate Israel and Jews.
There’s no rational reason for extending state recognition to an entity that fails the test of functioning as a state at every level from the economy to elections to simple territorial control.
But fair is fair.
I recognize Lars Vilks as the President of Ladonia.

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Netanyahu is no Coward, but Obama is a Liar

By Mark Langfan 

PM Netanyahu has been a brave Israeli Prime Minister on the Iranian nuclear issue.  Why?  The entire present-day country of Iran is rung with huge difficult mountains.  In specific, the Zagros Mountains line Iran’s western borders and tower over 4,000 meters high.  For Israel, Iran’s multiple geographically and topographically nested nuke facilities are no Iraqi Osirik in the plains of Mesopotamia.  Iran is tough military nut to crack.  Prime Minister Netanyahu didn’t attack Iran, but not because he is a coward.  Israel didn’t attack Iran because:
1.Obama serially lied to Israel, and promised Israel the US wouldn’t allow Iran to construct a nuclear bomb.
2. Obama also extorted and threatened Israel not to attack Iran.
Netanyahu’s not a coward on Iran; but Obama is liar and an Iranian stooge.
This started in October 2008, not October 2014.  Claims that “ISIS aligned the US and Iran” just recently are pure idiocy.  Obama walked into the Oval Office in 2009 already aligned with Iran, and with Valerie Jarett having a direct telephone line to the Iranian Twelver mullahs.  “ISIS” is only a convenient excuse for Obama to come out of his Iranian closet.  Obama has protected the Iranian-terror state from the start   For instance, when there was the first Iranian uprising Obama doted over Iran's regime like a doting mother over her little new-born babe as Iran machine-gunned protesters in the streets.
Obama has always held an American military supply knife to Israel’s throat.  Obama withheld vital US Hellfire air-to-ground missiles from Israel when Hamas was actively firing Iranian M302mm Khaibar missiles into Tel Aviv; just imagine what American military supplies Obama would have withheld from Israel if Israel had violated Obama’s “don’t-attack-Iran-or-else” threats.  In retrospect, Bibi wasn’t a coward for not attacking Iran, he was a prescient military genius.  One never begins a war without having the supply chain to finish it.
Imagine what horrific concessions in “Judea and Samaria” Obama could have extorted out of Israel if Israel was in the middle of a war with Iran/Hebollah/Hmas, and Obama had pulled the military plug on Israel as in the 2014 Gaza War?  This would expose Israel to a Hamastan 'West Bank' rocket state.  I have always believed Obama would betray Israel in any war, let alone an Israel-Iran war, so I never sided with a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran.
Obama betrayed Israel on a defensive operation, letting Israel understood that it could never trust Obama in any war, let alone an offensive war against Iran’s nukes where Israel would have to project power over a thousand miles away.
Iran was never Israel’s problem; Iran is everybody’s problem.  It is Saudi Arabia’s, Egypt’s, Pakistan’s and America’s problem.  Why should Israel do the dirty work on Iran, and get all the blame and condemnation, where the Sunnis are likely to be attacked first?  Obama may have called Netanyahu a coward, but the unintended consequence of his insults will be to strengthen Israel’s military and strategic bonds with Saudi Arabia and Egypt.  Both the Egyptians and Saudis now see Obama will betray Israel as Obama has betrayed both of them.
An extremely bad Obama-Iran nuclear deal must be very close at hand.  There’s a chance that the Senate may turn Republican, and hence may be a constitutional thorn to consummating an Iranian-nuke deal.  Obama may be forced to get the Iran-nuke-deal done after the congressional mid-term elections, but before the Republican majority Senate is sworn in in January.  A Republican majority Senate will likely constitutionally demand that any Iranian-nuke deal constitutes a treaty, and, therefore, must be put to a Senate treaty ratification vote.  
Obama may even have arranged a pre-emptive verbal attack on Israel to give Israel a taste of what may happen if Israel dares complain about Obama’s deal to empower Iran as a nuclear-weapons’ state.
The only silver lining is that Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia have now seen Obama’s betrayal on the Iranian nuclear track.  This means Obama is planning an even greater betrayal of Israel over the 'West Bank'.  I disagree with Josh Ernst the White House spokesperson, actually the Obama insults were very “productive.”  Obama is exposed as a lying Iranian stooge before hoodwinking Israel on the 'West Bank'.
Prime Minister can now show Obama he is the true hero of Israel by building not just a mere 1,000 homes in Judea and Samaria, but by building 100,000 homes in Israel’s sovereign homeland.
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UK: Imam's 'Sham Marriage' Trial Collapses after Home Office Forgets Evidence

 
By Oliver Lane 

The trial of an imam who was accused of conducting hundreds of sham marriages for British residency permits has collapsed after a Home Office blunder meant the prosecution had no evidence to present at trial. Mohammed Mattar, 62, was accused of performing the ceremonies at an 'Islamic Centre', in fact a bookshop, in North-West London between 2008 and 2012. It is thought there were some 580 of these 'sham marriages' in all, for which Mattar was arrested at the Dar Al Dawa bookshop of Westbourne Grove road in 2012, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The court case against Mr. Mattar for conspiring to facilitate a breach of UK immigration law and money laundering was due to proceed this month but was dropped at the last moment. A spokesman for the Criminal Prosecution Service, which is the government body which brings cases against individuals said: “In early 2014 we identified a large amount of potentially relevant material and we advised the Home Office investigation team to obtain and look into the material for the purpose of disclosure.
“In August it became apparent that this work had not been completed and therefore we would not be able to fully discharge disclosure obligations in the case before the trial.
“We therefore applied for an adjournment. This was refused by the court and we had no option, but to offer no evidence”.
Mr. Mattar's wife maintained her husband's innocence, and her ignorance of goings on in his daily life. She said: "We had a bookshop, that was it. He is a religious man, we are Muslim, but he never carried out any marriages... Police came to our house two years ago … They took some things away, I don't know what it was, they said it was to do with sham marriages but Mohammed never talked about it.
"I am just a housewife... We don't speak about these things”. When asked if her husband was an Imam or not, she said “Not that I know of, I'm too busy looking after my child. He's a trader and he's always out working”.
Mattar's former bookshop in Westbourne Grove is just streets away from the Westbourne Park Al-Manaar mosque, the infamous Kensington place of worship linked to many British young jihadis now dead or fighting abroad. As reported by Breitbart London, the chairman of the mosque admitted earlier this month that his congregation was so large on Fridays he was unable to prevent radicalisation. He said: “On Fridays we have about 2,000 people come. Who meets who? Who says what to who? I think it would be dishonest if I told you ‘No’.
"But we try our best to control what goes on in our premises. We don’t allow people to address the congregation; we don’t allow people to distribute literature. Unfortunately these things happen on the big occasions, like on Fridays. And then you find people on the street outside the mosque, lobbying people, giving out literature — some of it for good causes, some of it for others".
‘Jihadi rapper’ and ISIS fighter Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, who was considered to be a potential man behind 'Jihadi John' has been linked with the mosque, as well as local boys and Al-Manaar worshippers, Hamza Parvez and Mohammed Nasser.
Nasser was killed in an explosion shortly after arriving in Syria in May, but Parvez is still fighting and “is actively taking part” in the establishment of the Islamic State. Other former worshippers are known to have gone to fight abroad, and “underwear smuggler” Amal Al-Wahabi who tried to get large amounts of cash to her jihadi husband in Turkey in her friends knickers was a former employee of the mosque's nursery.
 breitbart

UK: 650 Children At Risk Of Sex Abuse In Manchester Alone

By Andre Walker 

A report into child abuse in Greater Manchester has revealed 650 runaway children were at risk of sexual abuse in less than one year. The report was commissioned in the wake of the Rochdale abuse case and shows a total of 3,242 children were reported missing between January and September this year. The report author Ann Coffey MP said that many of the children involved were “very vulnerable” as they were in care. She claimed they were "at significant risk" of being sexually exploited by predators. In many cases the authorities had no idea where the children were or whether they had become victims of sexual offences.
In the last six years there have been 1,000 convictions for serious sexual offences against 13,000 children. But many cases still go unreported, meaning that offenders often have a free rein to exploit children for long periods of time.
Ms Coffey concluded that around one in five of the children that went missing were at risk of sexual exploitation and of those who went missing 530 were in care. Police do not classify every incident of a child being away from their home as missing, they also categorise some children as being absent. The total number of absent children for this period was 4,923.
In the report, Ms Coffey said: "There must be concern about the high number of looked after children who continue to generate multiple missing reports, as these children are particularly vulnerable to CSE."
She said she had "strong concerns" that some of the independent private children's homes in Greater Manchester were "flaunting government guidance, which says they have to notify the local authority when a child moves in from another area".
"We have, in the North West, about 25 percent of all private and independent children's homes in the country so authorities, often from many miles away, place children in the Greater Manchester area. These are very troubled children who have been moved to get them out of a situation where maybe they have been at risk.
"Those children don't necessarily want to be in Greater Manchester and one of the ways in which children demonstrate they don't want to be somewhere is that they run away. There is a significant risk of CSE of children who go missing from care, [as they] are very vulnerable children and are often preyed on by predators who understand this."
The report warned that some private children’s homes are not doing enough to protect vulnerable young people. Coffey recommended that police should do spot checks on all homes to ensure all the children that lived there were accounted for.
Labour MP Simon Danczuk has said that the report is flawed, however. Speaking to Sky News, he said that it failed to blame the perpetrators of the crimes and didn't mention any details about them, including ethnicity.
He also accused it failing to properly criticise police, saying that they showed "lack of enthusiasm" in prosecuting the abusers, thus letting them get away with their crimes for far too long.
 breitbart

Massive Anti-Islam March Planned For Berlin

By Oliver Lane 

Anti radical-Islam protesters have been accused of having “misused the freedom of assembly” by gathering in Cologne over the weekend, and authorities are calling for further meetings to be banned in anticipation of plans to hold a further rally in Berlin. An estimated 4,800 marched on Sunday in reaction to the recent sectarian violence witnessed on the streets of Germany, as Iraqi migrants from the Salafist Muslim and Kurdish communities clashed over grievances brought with them from the near-east. Despite the violence of the earlier riots by the Iraqi groups, the focus of the German government appears to be on only banning marches by the anti-Salafist or ‘Salafismus’ groups, which has angered some.
Rechtsanwalt Dubravko Mandic, German lawyer, chairman of the court of Eurosceptic party Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany, AfD), and member of Junge Alternative told Breitbart London: "The phenomenon called “Salafismus” brings together otherwise sworn enemies drawn from various soccer fan clubs. Native Germans march side by side with immigrants in the presence of a serious enemy. Thus, our government and the system parties seem to know only one enemy: the german sense of nationality.
“I am not surprised that it is the ‘hooligan’ and nationalist scene in Germany which now opposes Salafists and feels the need to show strength, when at the same moment the police and government have no answers to the growing menace from radical muslims. We, the alternative youth, are not against Islam, but we are convinced that dealing with the threats from radical islam requires politicians with patriotic attitudes. The government has no such politicians and that is why our party is the future of the this country”.
When 1,000 Kurds protested outside a mosque in Hamburg linked to pro-ISIS Salafist Muslims earlier this month a running battle lasting three days culminated in a riot from which German police recovered a firearm, meat cleavers, knives, brass knuckles, and even kebab skewers. Rioters tore up street furniture and battled with police who deployed water canon to keep the warring Salafist Muslims and Kurds apart.
Senior figures in the German law-enforcement community have reacted with concern to the riots. Rainer Wendt, of the German Police Union said: “there's a danger that the battle in Syria spreads out and comes here, that radical groups join together against Salafists... we can't allow a proxy war to take place in Germany”, reports theLocal.de.
The head of the Federal office for Constitutional Protection, the German security service which monitors political extremists agreed that foreign conflicts were spilling over onto the streets of Europe. He said: "the conflict in Iraq and Syria is being reflected in Germany… There's cause for concern that violent confrontations between different extremists will escalate further on our streets". He said by meeting this way the Hooligans had “misused the freedom of assembly”.
Despite the violence, which was described by a local police official as resembling a “civil war”, there has been scant talk of banning Salafist Muslim or Kurdish demonstrations in Germany, which have so often recently descended into violence. This contrasts with the situation around Germany’s right-wing “Hooligans against Salafism” group, which within two days of their Sunday march authorities have discussed banning.
Enthused by what they see as the success of their first march, the anti-Salafist ‘Hooligan’ group has claimed “Cologne was just the beginning” and have vowed to continue in Berlin in November, registering a march against the “Islamic State of Europe” with the police. A local interior minister told German press that the authorities “must convince the courts to forbid such demonstrations in future” and that the demonstration’s political edge was little more than a pretence, as he insisted it was no more than “a platform for violence”.
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Germany: Kids start 'Nazi club', harass Jewish kids




An entire high school class in Germany is being investigated after the teenage pupils allegedly started greeting each other with 'Heil Hitler' and communicating in Nazi slogans. 
Parents and authorities are horrified after it emerged that some of the 29 student have been swapping Nazi sayings and slogans throughout the school day on instant messaging-app WhatsApp.

(...)

Eli Gampel, 54, who has a son in the class, said: 'These discussions about the Nazi class from Landsberg are a load of rubbish. I thought it was a bad dream when I opened newspapers and read the article.'

Gampel, the former head of the local Halle Jewish Community, said his son had experienced harassment at the school.

'My son told me that someone had stuck a far-right NPD [National Democratic Party] sticker on his jacket. It was well known, it seems, that he was Jewish.'

'I have made a formal complaint with police for an investigation, but on the other hand it would definitely be the wrong thing to simply accuse the entire class and tar them with the same brush.'

He said: 'Even after I read about it, I found it difficult to get him to talk about what went on. It was only through a lengthy discussion that he admitted what was in the newspaper article was essentially true.' 

More: Daily Mail / antisemitism-europe

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

UK: Fury over council’s decision not to name Woolwich memorial after Lee Rigby in case it offends Islamic savages


What a disgrace! The depravity of the British establishment is breathtaking. They hobnob with Mohammedans and proudly display their brown noses while denying the victims of jihad the honour of a memorial. People who sink that low deserve to be named and shamed, and the time  can’t come soon enough  when the table is turned on them.

  • Greenwich Council decided not to name memorial after murdered fusilier 
  • Site will be dedicated to ‘all servicemen and women in Woolwich’ instead 
  • Move comes amid fears a Lee Rigby memorial will offend Islamist extremists  
A council has decided not to name a memorial at the site of Lee Rigby’s death after the murdered fusilier for fear it may offend Islamic fanatics.

Israel: Temple Mount Advocate Yehuda Glick Shot in Jerusalem

 
Yehuda Glick, a leading advocate for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount, has been very seriously wounded after being shot in Jerusalem on Wednesday night, Arutz Sheva has learned.
Glick was shot outside the Begin Heritage center in the capital, witnesses said, after a terrorist pulled up in a scooter or motorcycle and shot the victim before fleeing the scene.
Israeli media outlets are indicating that Glick - who is a senior member of the Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) Faithful Movement - was deliberately targeted for nationalistic reasons.
The Begin Center had been hosting an event to help in efforts to re-establish a greater Jewish presence on the Mount Wednesday night, just before the activist was shot.
He has been rushed to Sha'arei Tzedek Medical Center for immediate medical treatment.
Magen David Adom (MDA) spokesman Zaki Heller said that Glick was shot in the upper body no fewer than three times and paramedics had barely had time to speak to him during the initial stages of treatment.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, and MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) are currently at the scene.
 israelnationalnews

Netanyahu Responds to White House “Coward” Attack: “I Have Risked My Life Many Times on the Battlefield”

By Daniel Greenfield 

Some of Obama’s minions chose to smear Netanyahu as a “chickens__t” and a “coward”. Now Netanyahu has responded.
“When Israel is pressured to make concessions on its security, it is very easy to give in. There are ovations and ceremonies on lawns – and afterwards come the missiles and the tunnels,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated Wednesday at a memorial event at the Knesset for IDF Maj.-Gen. Rehavam Ze’evy.
A former tourism minister who had also served as Advisor to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on Anti-Terror Matters and Intelligence and as chairman of the board of the Land of Israel Museum in Tel Aviv, among other prestigious posts, Ze’evi was murdered by Arab terrorists in 1999 who shot him in the head at the Jerusalem Hyatt Hotel.
“As Prime Minister, I am responsible for Israel’s security,” Netanyahu said. “I care about the lives of every citizen and soldier. I have been on the battlefield many times. I have risked my life for the country and I am not prepared to make concessions that will endanger our state. It must be understood that our supreme interests, with security and the unity of Jerusalem first and foremost, are not among the top concerns of those anonymous elements that are attacking us and me personally, because the attack on me comes only because I am defending the State of Israel. If I did not defend the State of Israel, if I did not vigorously uphold our national and security interests, they would not attack me. And despite all the attacks against me, I will continue to defend our state. I will continue to defend the citizens of Israel.”
In his speech, Netanyahu also said that,
“Israel has long faced attacks on its right to exist.  Some people deny the strong affinity of the people of Israel for its land, an affinity that was formed 4,000 years ago in the Land of Israel and 3,000 years ago with Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. Some people are not willing to recognize the right of our people to a nation-state of their own, who are not willing to recognize the right of the people of Israel to a nation-state for the Jewish people. This was and remains the root of the conflict.”

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French Anti-Semites Dieudonné and Alain Soral Announce Formation of New Political Party



By Eli Wishnivetski 

French comedian and political activist Dieudonné M’bala M’bala together with former National Front politician Alain Soral – both widely known for their anti-Semitics beliefs – have announced that they will form a new political party in France, reported Mediapart, a French online investigative journal.
Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director of International Relations at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Europe told The Algemeiner that there is “no doubt” that the party platform for the Réconciliation nationale (or National Reconciliation) party will contain “the most egregious and voracious form of anti-Semitism.”
M’bala M’bala, universally known by his stage name Dieudonné, is infamous for popularizing the “quenelle” gesture, an inverted Nazi salute, within the French subculture. Early in his career, Dieudonné – born to a Cameroonian father and a French mother – was a successful comedian whose act initially focused on anti-far-right social commentary. His first foray into politics was in 1997 when he ran in a regional election against the Front National (National Front), a French far-right political party.
Around 2004, Dieudonné, who is now 48, went through a sudden metamorphosis that turned his stature into what The Independent described as “a French Louis Farrakhan.” His numerous anti-Semitic outbursts have seen him on the wrong side of defamation claims resulting in fines and injunctions based on the criminal grounds of inciting ethnic or racial hatred. After appearing on a show with Robert Faurisson, a notorious Holocaust-denying French academic, authorities fined Dieudonné for publicly insulting “people of Jewish faith or origin.” Roger Cukierman, a prominent leader of French Jewry, called Dieudonné “a professional anti-Semite” – a comment that he, in turn, was indicted for last week.
Alain Soral, a widely published essayist, went through a political transformation of his own – quitting the far-left Communist party to join the far-right National Front. Soral is on record calling societal ills a product of Jewish conspiracies and “American-Zionist plots.” On September 17th, Soral announced his disassociation from the National Front party due its leader Marine Le Pen’s suggestion that her pro-Israel international adviser, Aymeric Chauprade, may become her future Foreign Minister.
Forming Réconciliation nationale will not be the first political venture in which Dieudonné and Soral have cooperated. In 2009, Dieudonné founded the political party Parti antisioniste (PAS) – commonly referred to as the “Anti-Zionist List.” That same year, both he and Soral were on the party’s ballot for elections to the European Parliament. The French authorities briefly looked into banning the party. PAS gained only 1.3% of the votes and the party dissipated.
Despite the earlier low turnout, Samuels believes that Dieudonné is not to be underestimated. “He brings people together – black/white, Sunni/Shia, left/right,” he acknowledged. “He is a cult icon, hero to disaffected Muslims in France. Because he is interconnected, he has to be taken seriously.” The popularization of the quenelle demonstrates a crucial aptitude for reaching the coveted youth demographic. “Dieudonné is good at gimmicks,” noted Samuels. “Social media, after all, was key to the Obama election in 2008.”
Still, Samuels believes that Dieudonné’s “star has begun to decline.” He opined that the formation of the party is a “ploy” and a “trial balloon” to draw attention away from Dieudonné’s legal troubles. He is currently being investigated for tax evasion and money laundering by the French authorities. “Dieudonné is likely to use the platform to paint himself as a victim of conservatives, Jews and Zionists. And if elected, of course, he will gain immunity from prosecution.”
Dieudonné and Soral, who will co-chair the new party, have declared their intention to file an application with the CNCCFP, the French authority that controls campaign spending and financing of political parties. Samuels told The Algemeiner that the Simon Wiesenthal Center Europe plans to file a formal protest in order to deny approval to, or outright ban, any party applications filed by Dieudonné and Soral.
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50,000 Illegal Migrants Go Missing in Britain's Immigration Shambles

By Andre Walker 

The scale of Britain’s immigration mess was laid bare yesterday as a report exposed that 50,000 illegal immigrants are at large in the country, and a further 175,000 are waiting to be deported. The revelation came as the Mayor of Calais called Britain an 'El Dorado' for immigrants due to its generous benefits system and unwillingness to deport illegals. The Public Accounts Committee said the abolition of the UK Border Agency last year had led to an increased backlog of asylum claims. In the first three months of this year there was 16,273 asylum seekers who were still waiting for a first decision, a sharp increase on the 9,559 for the same period in 2013. In addition to that, the Home Office has no idea where 50,000 illegal immigrants are, raising questions about the standard of monitoring.
To add to the problems there are now huge numbers of Africans camped near the ferry port in Calais hoping to enter the UK illegally by jumping on board trucks bound for Dover. Despite the best efforts of French authorities, the camps keep springing up as immigrations believe they will have a better life in Britain than they would elsewhere in Europe.
This has led to the French suggesting that the border be moved to Dover, forcing the UK authorities to deal with the camps. The Mayor of Calais told the Home Affairs Select Committee the UK was a “soft touch” and the new fences erected by the British government in the French town “made everyone laugh”. Natacha Bouchart said: “These people are ready and prepared to die to come to England.”
Although the government has pledged action on immigration, it has so far been powerless to act because of European Union Treaties. This led Conservative MP Nick Boles to tell Total Politics magazine that although "some pretty draconian steps" might limit immigration from outside the EU the controls would be undermined because "there's another big chunk of it that we can't control”.
He claimed the lack of control “troubles” British people.
 breitbart

UK: Cameron Faces Biggest Rebellion Yet on European Arrest Warrant

By A.B. Sanderson 

David Cameron has announced that he will hold a vote in Parliament on the UK opting back in to the European Arrest Warrant. The decision will take place before a crucial by election in Rochester and Strood which, if the Conservatives lose, leaves the sword of Damocles hanging above the Prime Minister’s head.
Since UKIP’s continued rise in the polls, Cameron has been under pressure, particularly from his backbench MPs, to take a firmer line on the EU and immigration in particular.
Up to 100 Tory MPs are expected to vote to opt out of the European Arrest Warrant, which they say gives other countries legal systems unacceptable power of British citizens and exposes them to extradition requests over trivial cases.
Cameron will need to rely on the support of Europhile MPs from Labour and the Liberal Democrats in order for Britain to opt back in to the agreement which has seen travesties of justice take place on the say so of a magistrate in a foreign court.
Crucially, Prima Facie evidence does not need to be presented before a magistrate can sign an order which requires the British justice system to deport someone to foreign custody.
Mr Cameron said that the arrest warrant is vital for "keeping Britain safe from serious criminals and terrorists”.
But student Andrew Symeou disagrees.
He was extradited to Greece after being accused of killing Jonathan Hiles in a nightclub when he was on holiday. Despite the description of the man who threw the punch not fitting Andrew’s description, despite him not being in the nightclub at the time the punch was thrown and despite Westminster Magistrates Court raising concerns about the evidence, they had no power to stop the extradition.
“Being in a maximum security prison at that age (19) in a foreign country when you can’t really understand the language at all – this was the worst stage of my life. I was accused of killing someone I didn’t... I don’t think people can understand how scarring that can be for a young person,” he told BBC 5 Live.
“British courts did not have the discretion to prevent my extradition… I want to stop this happening to other innocent people.”
Andrew had flown home from Zante when his two friends were picked up by police and threatened that they must sign a statement saying their friend threw the punch which killed Jonathan Hiles. When they were freed from the police station they went to the British Embassy to explain the situation they had found themselves in.
"The way they work is not the way we work over here," said Andrew.
"You don’t beat up two people to sign things they don’t understand and then write statements in a language that five other witnesses don’t understand, saying what you want and asking them to sign it. That’s not an investigation, that’s a fabrication."
The EAW was more recently in the news when the parents of Ashya King were chased across the continent because they wanted their son to have life saving treatment which the NHS denied him.
At the time the family called on politicians to help them: when they were discovered Spanish police held them away from their child in custody since they were responding to a warrant for their arrest.
The decision to lock them up earned widespread condemnation, but in fact they were only doing what the European Arrest Warrant demanded of them.
Those who argue against the EAW say that the decision on Justice and Home Affairs should not be given to supranational organisations or officials in foreign countries.
Whichever way the vote goes it will cause problems for the Prime Minister and play straight into UKIP’s hands.
 breitbart

Muslims Gather in Philly Taxi Hall to Demand Death of Heretic

By Daniel Greenfield 

 Can we please send these people back to Bangladesh where it seems the authorities are doing a good job of dealing with them.
Philadelphia (12 October, 2014): Batil Firqa and materialism are enemies of iman, deen and humanity. The believers staged a strong protest rally countering the Satan Minister’s insult to the Prophet and his bad words about the fourth pillar of Islam — the Holy Hajj.
The meeting was presided over by Alhaj Sheikh Mohammad Khorshan and was held at the local Taxi Alliance Hall. The speakers at the meeting said that the former Posts and Telecommunications Minister of Bangladesh, the apostate Latif Siddique, made tasteless statements about Islam and the Great Prophet of the religion. They also said that by hurting the feelings and faith of the Muslims of Bangladesh and the whole world, Mr. Siddique committed a despicable crime. They demanded exemplary punishment of the former Bangladeshi Minister.
The speaker said, Our faith demands we have to love the Prophet above everything of the world. Otherwise, we can not remain faithful. They said, A handful of apostates made bad comments about the Prophet before, and we saw their punishment in this world. We had witnessed Golam Mohammad Kadiani’s tragic death in the toilet. They demanded the arrest of the apostate Latif Siddique and his public hanging.
This is a translation of an original story hosted at Jihad Watch. The Taxi Alliance Hall probably refers to a meeting house of the Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania. If so questions need to be asked why the group allowed its facility to be used to call for Jihad.
The organizing committee for that group has a lot of Muslims on board, but spellings of Muslim names can vary and with a translation become rather ambiguous.
The Golam reference is probably a mention of the founder of the Ahmadiyya movement who Muslims claim died on the toilet, because as we’ve seen from ISIS they’re a classy bunch, which means that aside from the calls for murder, there was also the usual bigotry on display.
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How the Establishment Is Trying to Destroy UKIP - and Why It Will Fail

 
By James Delingpole 

By "the Establishment" I don't, of course, mean the toffee-nosed, elitist right-wing conspiracy which exists largely in the perfervid imaginations of Russell Brand and Owen Jones. I mean the new progressive Establishment which has dominated the cultural and political argument since at least the Blair era: the quangos, the seats of academe, the politically correct corporatists, the Eurocrats, the congenitally bien-pensant luvvies, the liberal media from the Guardian to the BBC, the charities, the identikit politicos in the Westminster bubble. They want to destroy UKIP not out of high principle but simply because it represents such a threat to the communitarian status quo. Here are some examples.
The Electoral Commission

In Standpoint Nigel Vinson tells the full, shocking story of how the Electoral Commission deprived UKIP of two MEP seats in the European elections in May - essentially by rigging the ballot paper.
A hitherto unknown party calling itself An Independence From Europe was allowed by the Electoral Commission onto the top of the ballot paper - and went on to claim nearly a quarter of a million votes from confused people who had almost certainly meant to vote UKIP.
The seats went to Green MEPs instead. At the time UKIP didn't make a big deal of this, presumably because it didn't want to sound petulant at a moment when it needed to sound exultant. But what happened here was the most extraordinary miscarriage of justice, perpetrated by a supposedly neutral, independent regulatory body which is clearly riddled with bias and is unfit for purpose.
Stand-up comics (aka The Wankocracy)

In the old days, on the Eighties alternative comedy circuit, all someone like Ben Elton would have to do was mention the words "Margaret Thatcher" - or even just "Thatch!" - for their audience to dissolve in smug, consensual, righteously scornful laughter.
Now this role as the butt of every second-rate lefty comic's crap jokes has been taken over by UKIP. "I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally it means they have not a single political argument left," Baroness Thatcher once said. As her most plausible current heir, Nigel Farage should find this heartening.
The European Parliament
Last week in Strasbourg, the European parliament's arch-federalist political establishment rigged the rules and gamed the system in a dirty tricks measure which could almost have destroyed UKIP. Christopher Booker tells the story here:
Ever since Ukip last May won 24 seats, the Parliament’s Euro-elite – led by its German president Martin Schulz, the arch-federalist once famously compared by Silvio Berlusconi to a Nazi concentration camp commandant – has been longing to cut Mr Farage down to size. Last week Mr Schulz thought his moment had come. When an obscure Latvian MEP was persuaded to defect from Farage’s group, it meant that it no longer included representatives of seven countries, the minimum qualification to be recognised as an official parliamentary group.
Mr Schulz triumphantly announced that the group was thus disbanded, which would have been for Mr Farage and his colleagues an utter disaster.
Under new rules introduced by Mr Schulz, not only would they instantly have to vacate their plush offices, losing the services of some 40 administrative staff and £13 million in cash and kind, Mr Farage would also have to retire to the back benches, no longer able to make those speeches at the front of the Parliament that have earned him millions of hits on YouTube, such as that in which he told Herman Van Rompuy that he had “the charisma of a damp rag”.
 Scarcely had Mr Schulz exulted at his triumph over the hated Eurosceptics, however, than the group recruited a Polish MEP to make up the numbers again. Despite attempts to discredit this man as a “Holocaust denier”, because his party leader back in Poland once questioned whether Hitler knew about Auschwitz (Farage’s new colleague merely described Hitler as “an evil man”), Mr Schulz soon found himself having to call Farage back to the rostrum as if nothing had happened.
What's almost as interesting as Schulz's plot - and how close it came to succeeding - has been the way the story has been reported across the media. Had these dirty tricks been applied to any other mainstream party, the stink would have been enormous.
Instead, even in supposedly conservative newspapers, reports focused not on the monstrousness of Schulz's wicked, blatantly anti-democratic scheming but on the essentially trivial views of some Polish nobody from a party with whom it was perfectly clear Farage had got into bed out of pure pragmatism rather than deep ideological kinship.
The cultural commissars
Maybe that's too grandiose a title for the likes of Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones who has dismissed the moving and hugely popular poppy-themed art installation at the Tower of London commemorating the British soldiers killed in World War I as "fake" and a "UKIP-style memorial."
Jones is entitled to his artistic snobbery - but the way he shoehorned a gratuitous political cheap-shot into his critique is beneath contempt. And counterproductive. As Guido has rightly noted, "this sort of metropolitan Guardianista sneering is why UKIP are on the rise".

The liberal media attack dogs
Check out this story from Us vs Them. The site represents the Mirror Group's - rather effective, I think - attempt to break into the Buzzfeed/Upworthy market by serving up news in a cunningly-slanted left-wing style for the social media generation. It's about a patriotic, Union-flag hoodie being sold on Amazon with the legend "We're #1" - except unfortunately, the designer has omitted the apostrophe so that it actually says "Were #1".
Note how the site has spun an amusing typographical cock-up into an anti-UKIP story. "Apostrophe error means UKIP hoodie has opposite message than the one intended," says the headline: a flat-out lie since it is not a UKIP hoodie. This lie is then repeated in the standfirst: "What patriotic UKIP supporter WOULDN'T want hoodie with the phrase "we're number 1" over a British flag?"
As well as smearing UKIP, the story also plants in the minds of its readership the notion that patriotism and the Union flag are things which right-thinking people should find mildly distasteful.
Meanwhile in the polls...
...UKIP are riding higher than ever. And I suspect that much of this is not despite but because of the viciously unfair attacks it has been receiving from all quarters. Like many on the right I have my reservations about UKIP - fundamentally, are they genuinely a party committed to smaller government or are they just political opportunists? - but if UKIP are to be effectively critiqued than it has to be done so in a spirit of honesty and fairness.
The attacks I have detailed above are neither honest nor fair. And the effect this has on wavering voters is to convince them more than ever that the reigning political Establishment is irredeemably corrupt and self-serving and that UKIP are their only hope of overthrowing it. It's most certainly the effect it is having on me.
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