Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Faces Jail and 600 Lashes For Insulting Islam

Only 600 lashes? The libs will say that is progress. The question is, how many lashes can any human being withstand? I think beheadng is more .... humane.
"We believe that when public speech is deemed offensive, be it via social media or any other means, the issue is best addressed through open-dialogue and honest debate," said US State Department spokeswoman
As for the State department's hollow remarks, I submit that the State Department should cease meeting with the OIC in Washington in order to impose restrictions on speech in accordance with the blasphemy laws under the sharia. I submit that the State Department should withdraw the Secretary of State's remarks. I submit that the Department of Justice should withdraw its vow to criminalize postings on social media that offend Muslims. I submit that Obama should cease blaming youtube and freedom of expression for murderous attacks on Americans in Benghazi and beyond. I submit that Obama should stop championing the adoption of anti-free speech resolution by the UN.
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Hannah Arendt ‘Banality of Evil’ Theory on Eichmann Revisited On Screen

JNS.org – Fifty years after Hannah Arendt came out with her controversial book, “Eichmann In Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil,” a new film from German director Margarethe Von Trotta revisits the famed Jewish political theorist and her views on the lieutenant colonel of the Nazi SS.
Born to Jewish parents in 1906 in Hanover, Germany, Arendt studied philosophy, was briefly imprisoned by the Gestapo, fled to Paris, was interned in and escaped from the detention camp in Gurs, emigrated to the United States, and became well known for her coverage of the Adolf Eichmann trial for The New Yorker.
Von Trotta’s film “Hannah Arendt,” focusing on the four years around the 1961 Eichmann trial, opens at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival on July 28. Ron Feldman, co-editor of “The Jewish Writings of Hannah Arendt” and a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union, will lead a post-film discussion at Congregation Sha’ar Zahov (Reform).
“The film reasonably portrays a lot of the personal situations Arendt found herself in when she started writing her book, ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem,’ and the intellectual and political controversies around it,” Feldman told JNS.org. “It portrays how she developed her thinking. It’s not a documentary, it’s a biopic.”
In an interview with her publicist made available to JNS.org, Von Trotta talks about her use of black and white archival footage of the trial to capture Eichmann’s “not-thinking” character. The now-famous line—“the banality of evil”—that Arendt used to describe Eichmann still reverberates today and usually leads to a heated discussion about the Holocaust.
“You can only show the true ‘banality of evil’ by observing the real Eichmann,” Von Trotta said. “An actor can only distort the image, he could never sharpen it. As a viewer, one might admire the actor’s brilliance but they would inevitably fail to comprehend Eichmann’s mediocrity. He was a man who was unable to formulate a single grammatically correct sentence. One could tell from the way he spoke that he was unable to think in any significant way about what he was doing.”
Arendt was no stranger to controversy and Feldman, having studied her work for years, understands her more than most.
“There is still interest in these issues that happened 50 years ago,” Feldman told JNS.org. “‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’ is still read in universities and the book has had an amazing lifespan and this film was made. Certain authors have claimed recently that this is one of the more important intellectual and political controversies in American-Jewish intellectual circles in the 20th century. Things have changed recently. When Arendt went to the Eichmann trial and wrote about it, there were ways in which she wrote about it that were provocative and also critical of the way the trial was handled by the Israeli government. Part of it was simply that she wrote things provocatively and could have been a little more subtle and thoughtful. I don’t hold her blameless.”
Feldman said the biggest issue involved in the controversy was Arendt’s criticism of Jewish leadership.
“The biggest issue was she wrote critically about the conduct of Jewish leadership during the war and claimed that Jewish leaders cooperated mostly inadvertently with the Nazis,” he said. “She was not sympathetic to it and so many people claimed that she was blaming the victims. She was not blaming the victims. She was blaming the conduct of some Jewish leaders. That is a subtlety that escaped. This was not a new thing but came out in a new way.”
In “Eichmann In Jerusalem,” which came out in 1963, Arendt’s thesis is that the great evils in history generally, and the Holocaust in particular, were not executed by sociopaths, but by ordinary people who accepted the premises of their state and therefore participated in those evils with the view that their actions were normal.
“With her staunch refusal to obey anything other than her own knowledge and beliefs, Arendt could not be more different than Eichmann,” Von Trotta said. “His duty, as he himself insisted, was to be faithful to his oath to obey the orders of his superiors. In this blind allegiance, Eichmann surrendered one of the main characteristics that distinguish human beings from all other species–the ability to think for himself.”
A refugee from Germany, Arendt surfaced in an Upper West Side apartment and in classrooms of the New School, where she taught. Already a successful writer, The New Yorker magazine sent her to Jerusalem in 1961 to witness and write about the trial of Eichmann, one of the architects of the Nazis’ “final solution.” Transfixed and agitated, Arendt began to formulate the concept of “the banality of evil,” which opened up a flood of controversy that changed her life forever.
Using black-and-white footage from the actual Eichmann trials and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, the new film features Barbara Sukowa as Arendt. Born in Berlin, director Von Trotta is one of the leaders of the New German Cinema movement and one of the world’s best-known feminist filmmakers.
In a key scene, Arendt responds before a lecture theatre full of her students, insisting that anyone who wishes to write about that period in history has a duty to try to understand what makes ordinary people into tools of totalitarianism. American social psychologist Stanley Milgram interpreted Arendt’s work as stating that even the most ordinary of people can commit horrendous crimes if placed in certain situations and given certain incentives. He wrote, “I must conclude that Arendt’s conception of the banality of evil comes closer to the truth than one might dare imagine.”
Arendt did not suggest that Eichmann was normal or that any person placed in his situation would have done as he did. According to her account, Eichmann had abdicated his will to make moral choices, and thus his autonomy. Arendt’s book, criticized by many Jewish leaders who said it exhibited coldness and lack of sympathy for the victims of Holocaust, was only recently translated into Hebrew.
The book’s ending states, “Just as you (Eichmann) supported and carried out a policy of not wanting to share the earth with the Jewish people and the people of a number of other nations—as though you and your superiors had any right to determine who should and who should not inhabit the world—we find that no one, that is, no member of the human race, can be expected to want to share the earth with you. This is the reason, and the only reason, you must hang.”
“A lot of people looked at the subtitle and didn’t read the book and thought she was defending Eichmann and somehow minimizing what Eichmann did,” Feldman told JNS.org. “What Arendt was really claiming was she saw in Eichmann that relatively normal people could be drawn up into a movement like that and act in evil and horrific ways.”
According to Von Trotta, Arendt stayed true to her views on Eichmann despite the criticism.
“Her refusal to be overwhelmed by despair and helplessness makes her, in my eyes, an extraordinary woman whose light still shines today,” Von Trotta said. “A woman who can love and be loved and a woman who can, as she put it, ‘Think without banisters.’ That is to be an independent thinker.”
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Turkey Hawks Bird as Israeli Mossad Spy Beacon, Ruffles Feathers: Bird-brained conspiracy theories keep a tenacious foothold in the Arab Middle East, where science lags behind the West

(Photoillustration Tablet Magazine; original photos Shutterstock)

By Lee Smith

Last week, Turkish authorities released a kestrel after a thorough investigation showed it was not spying for Israel. It’s a good thing the Turks were 100 percent sure because, to hear Israel’s neighbors tell it, the Mossad often employs birds to do its dirty work. One vulture believed to be spying for Israel was detained in Saudi Arabia in 2011, another was apprehended in Sudan in December 2012, and the Turks believed they were also targeted previously, in May 2012, by a European bee-eater.
Like the kestrel, the other birds were all tagged with markers identifying them as research subjects, such as the study of migratory patterns. The very signs then that should have made plain they were part of scientific studies were instead taken as evidence that they had been enchanted by some secret Israeli spell.
The Mossad kestrel is only the latest creature to walk out of the Israeli bestiary, a compendium of God’s creatures lifted from nature and, the story goes, put to work by Jews against Muslims and Arabs. Perhaps the most famous of all Israel’s animal operatives was the shark who attacked German tourists off the coast of Sinai in the winter of 2010, presumably for the purpose of damaging the Egyptian tourism industry—a feat the Egyptians accomplished over the last two and a half years on their own, thanks to the chaos that they’ve unleashed on their now bloody streets, and without any animal collaborators.
If these shaggy dog conspiracy tales are sure to get a laugh from Western readers, it’s worth keeping in mind that magical fantasies seeing Jews as uncanny manipulators of the natural world partake of the same paranoid and sinister narrative structure that authored the blood libel.
There’s nothing funny about it for the Turks, either. Once upon a time, Turkey and Israel enjoyed a strategic relationship. Among other benefits that came from this alliance, Turkey purchased arms from Israel, including drones, of which Israel is the world’s largest exporter. Ankara wanted the unmanned aerial vehicles, among other reasons, to gather intelligence on and then target the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has waged a bloody insurgency against Turkey since 1984. After Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan cashiered the alliance as well as the defense contracts with Israel, the Turks turned to their own domestic industry for unmanned aerial vehicles. The problem, however, was that Turkish drones were unable to beat the nasty habit of crashing.
To say that Ankara has failed to master the science of flight is an understatement. The fact that Turkish authorities believed the bird last week was effectively a new kind of Israeli drone and only released it back into the wild after an X-ray showed it was carrying no surveillance equipment suggests that some in Turkey are incapable of distinguishing science from magic.
Of course some commentators reason that, even accounting for the appetite many Arabs and Muslims have for pre-scientific conspiracy theories, Israeli spies really do pull off some fantastic stunts. However, it’s useful to remember that if Israel, for instance, blew up Imad Mughniyeh in the middle of Damascus, the Mossad’s assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was captured on video cameras in Dubai. That is, the Israelis also make mistakes—they’re talented and proficient, but they’re people, not supermen, or warlocks and witches.
Still, hundreds of millions of Middle Eastern, African, and Asian Muslims can only understand the world as a large Harry Potter set in which they will never be among the initiates, the spell-casters. Paradoxically, the reason that this horrifying recognition boils to the surface only occasionally is the stunning success and availability of Western science and technology. It is because cell phones, for instance, are so cheap that even the tens of millions of Egyptians who, without government subsidies and foreign aid, couldn’t afford to put food on their plate can purchase technology designed in Palo Alto and Herzilya. Otherwise, the divide between a society that makes and one that simply consumes would be clear for all to see.
You can say that there is no such thing as Western science and technology, but that’s just a Western perspective based on hard-won Western values, like empiricism—either F=MA or it doesn’t. What is verifiable is true not just for so-called Westerners but is true for all men in all times. But this may not be how the vast majority of the Muslim world understands reality.
The 19th-century Muslim reform movement that arose after Napoleon’s 1798 conquest of Egypt was impressed with Western science—specifically the military technology that allowed French troops to overrun the lands of Islam so easily. The reformers counseled Muslims to make use of the science, medicine, and technology that the Westerners brought—but at all costs to avoid the Western values, like free thought, that had made those technological advances possible. In other words, Muslims were forever condemned to the role of eternal consumer, end-user, and never a producer. Perhaps their consolation is that, like servants, Westerners will make it for them anyway.
Two hundred years later, the United Nations’ 2003 Human Development Report on the Arab World, “Building a Knowledge Society,” delivered the bill. “Despite the presence of significant human capital in the region,” the paper explains, “disabling constraints hamper the acquisition, diffusion, and production of knowledge in Arab societies.”
“Between 1980 and 2000,” writes Hillel Ofek in The New Atlantis, “Korea granted 16,328 patents, while nine Arab countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E., granted a combined total of only 370, many of them registered by foreigners. A study in 1989 found that in one year, the United States published 10,481 scientific papers that were frequently cited, while the entire Arab world published only four.”
According to Pakistani physics professor Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy, the 57 Organization of Islamic Congress “countries have 8.5 scientists, engineers, and technicians per 1,000 population, compared with a world average of 40.7, and 139.3 for countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Forty-six Muslim countries contributed 1.17 percent of the world’s science literature, whereas 1.66 percent came from India alone and 1.48 percent from Spain. Twenty Arab countries contributed 0.55 percent, compared with 0.89 percent by Israel alone.”
Typically, commentators note that since the Muslim world used to excel in science and technology, there is no reason that it can’t catch up today. The problem is that it’s slipping further behind—and fast. Fifty years ago the gap was costly, but today the price for not understanding science and innovation has increased exponentially. Consider, for instance, the favorite theme of the 19th-century Muslim reformers and rulers—military might. In June 1967, it took Israel six days to defeat the combined Arab armies, including Egypt’s. Despite more than 30 years and many billions of dollars of U.S. military aid, Egypt has fallen further behind the rest of the world, and even its benighted neighbors. Proof can be found in the country’s decision to buy the defective drones that Turkey can’t keep in the air.
Many commentators explain the popular Arab uprisings over the last two and a half years as a consequence of expectations that exceed conditions. This is what happens, Western journalists and analysts reason, when you have millions of college graduates who can only find jobs driving a taxi or pushing a food cart. The reality is that only the rarest of college graduates in Muslim countries is prepared for a Western-style profession.
Cyber-optimists claim that new information technologies will close the gap. Satellite TV, the Internet, Bluetooth will present Muslims with such a clear alternative to their pre-Copernican worldview that they’ll willingly choose to embrace open societies and free markets and become part of the West. But consider some of the ways in which those technologies are used: The Syrian regime used its cell-phone concession to enrich itself. Jihadis set up Internet websites to disseminate propaganda and plan operations. Gulf monarchies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar use their satellite networks not to promote alternative views of the world but to advance the narrow interests of the ruling family. In Egypt, tele-preachers parse passages of the Quran previously impenetrable to much of a population that has a literacy rate of 60 percent to explain why infidels should be killed.
That is, the technology gap isn’t a problem just for the Muslim world, for as the gap grows so does resentment. Consider the region’s most famous research project—the Iranian nuclear program. For decades now this oil-rich Persian Gulf power has been determined to go nuclear—to have a bomb, or as it claims, to provide nuclear energy for its people. Without taking any credit away from the Western intelligence services that have waged inventive clandestine operations to delay the program, including the alleged assassination of nuclear scientists, the reality is that if Iran hasn’t yet mastered the technology, there is something deeply wrong with the scientific culture of the Islamic Republic.
More important, there’s this: Iranians believe that the mastery of this particular field of science—rather than any other field of science, a bustling economy, and world-renowned industries and export goods, or a first-class educational system—will pave the way for Iran’s triumphant re-entry into the community of nations. Not a new microchip, or the cure for cancer, but a nuclear bomb—a weapon of mass destruction, meant to kill tens of thousands of people. A wise man once said never judge a man by his mistakes, but rather by his dreams. In the case of the Muslim Middle East, it is hard not to shudder.
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‘Viva Palestina’ UK Charity Connected to Anti-Israel Activist George Galloway, Under Investigation

By Joshua Levitt
Viva Palestina Convoy. Photo: http://revolutionaryfrontlines.wordpress.com.

A UK charity created in 2009 supposedly to provide aid in the wake of the Israeli ground incursion into Gaza at the time, is being investigated by the Charity Commission after failing to file any annual reports since its inception, Jewish News reported, citing the commission.
Viva Palestina was set up by a group that included far-left British member of parliament, Bradford West MP George Galloway who is known for his anti-Israel rhetoric, and has tried to run convoys carrying supplies into the area.
Last year, according to the Israeli Intelligence and Heritage Commemoration Center (IICC), a convoy organized by Viva Palestina was denied entry to Egypt because Galloway and other activists had been involved in a violent confrontation with Egyptian security forces in January 2010, while heading a similar convoy.
A spokeswoman for the charities regulator told Jewish News: “I can confirm that the Commission currently has a statutory inquiry open into Viva Palestina, and one of the regulatory issues to be examined by this inquiry is the overdue accounts.”
According to the commission’s website, no accounts have ever been filed by Viva Palestina.
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NGO files racism case against Australian academic for BDS

Shurat Hadin Legal Action Center on Tuesday filed a class action complaint under Australia's Racial Discrimination Act 1975 with the Australian Human Rights Commission over a Sydney professor's participation and public support of boycotts of Israel, including an academic boycott of Israeli universities. According to a press release, faculty and students at Sydney University recently called for severing links with Israeli institutions, "actions that would be deemed racist and in violation of Australian Federal anti-discrimination laws." The statement said that the complaint filed by Shurat HaDin's Australian solicitor Alexander Hamilton is the "first time that a Racial Discrimination Act action has been launched in Australia against those promoting boycotts, sanctions and divestment (BDS) against the Jewish State." Further, the statement stated that "it is the first time that Australia's anti-racism laws have been utilized against those seeking to harm Israeli academics or businesses because of their national origin." In its letter sent to the Australian commission, Shurat HaDin pointed out that the Racial Discrimination Act made it unlawful for anyone "to do any act involving a distinction, exclusion…or preference based on race…or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose…of nullifying or impairing…fundamental freedom in the…economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life." The Shurat HaDin complaint also noted that any boycott of Israeli “settlement products,” such as SodaStream and Ahava, harms Palestinian economic interests due to the fact that the factories employ many Palestinian workers and provide an important source of income for local families and villages. This past semester, the university's student body endorsed Associate Professor Jake Lynch's academic boycott of Israel, said Shurat Hadin. Lynch had publicly announced his refusal to work with Dan Avnon of Hebrew University and also called for a boycott of Technion University in Haifa.
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Bipartisan Letter Criticizes Turkish Officials’ Anti-Semitic Comments

JNS.org - Members of U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee have sent a bipartisan letter to Turkish President Abdullah Gül asking for the condemnation of recent anti-Semitic statements by Turkish officials.
The letter by Brad Schneider (D-IL), Randy Weber (R-TX), Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) was signed by 46 U.S. Representatives and noted remarks by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan referring to Zionism as a “crime against humanity.”
Recep Erdoğan also mentioned “the Interest rate lobby” in reference to the protests in Istanbul’s Gezi Park, which the U.S. Representatives’ letter called “a thinly veiled reference to Jews.” Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay also recently blamed the “Jewish diaspora” as one of the communities fueling the Turkish demonstrations against Recep Erdoğan.
The U.S. Representatives wrote of the close relationship between the Obama administration and Turkey, urging the Turkish government “to publicly condemn the use of anti-Semitic rhetoric by government officials,” which “has no place in a democracy.”
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‘Stress’ From Phantom Torture Keeps Terror Suspect in Netherlands

By Abigail R. Esman

In one of the more bizarre interpretations of justice to emerge in a terrorism trial in the West, Dutch courts have blocked the extradition of Dutch-Pakistani terrorism suspect Sabir Khan from the Netherlands to the United States, citing concerns about the quality of psychiatric therapy he would receive in an American prison.
The therapy, they say, is necessary to help him overcome the post-traumatic stress disorder he suffers from, which he developed when being tortured as a prisoner in Pakistan – where he was arrested in 2010 on charges of involvement with al-Qaida and with twice planning suicide bombings on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Khan and his attorneys further maintain that American officials facilitated – and possibly even ordered – his seven-month ordeal.
The problem is, there is no evidence of his having been tortured. Even the Dutch consulate to Pakistan, who visited Khan during his incarceration there, said at the time that he “showed no signs of abuse,” according to the AP.
That should not be all that surprising: Khan has repeatedly lied about his case, maintaining, for instance, that prior to his return to the Netherlands from Pakistan, Dutch authorities had assured him he would be freed once on Dutch soil – a promise they adamantly deny making.
Similarly, the only evidence Khan and his attorney, André Seebregts, have offered to support their allegations of American involvement in his torture are the statements of two other Dutch Muslim terrorist suspects imprisoned with Khan, one of whom told Dutch news agency ANP that he had once heard Americans talking with the prison guards. (He could tell, he claimed, that the man was American by his accent.) Pressed further, however, both suspects admitted they never actually saw an American on the premises.
Nonetheless, according to an AFP report earlier this year, Seebregts maintains that “Khan’s extradition to face five terror-related charges in a New York court would breach the European Convention on Human Rights preventing torture as well as Dutch law, which prohibits the handing over of a suspect to a country suspected of involvement in torture.” Khan, also known as “Younis the Dutch,” faces a 25-year sentence in the United States if convicted.
Clearly, such bullying manipulations of the facts by both the suspect and his lawyer aim at representing the would-be mass murderer as a victim. What is so shocking is that they are so far succeeding: Khan has managed to escape extradition since it was initially requested in June, 2012. Dutch courts have repeatedly first approved the extradition, only to block it later in a dizzying volley of decisions and appeals. Along the way, the courts have ruled in Khan’s favor on the basis of his – unsubstantiated – claims of torture, and against the U.S., demanding America prove it had no part in any torture that may have taken place –  nowing the impossibility of proving a negative in a court of law.
Worse, Khan was released from Dutch prison in April entirely on “humanitarian” grounds, based on the torture that may or may not ever have taken place.
This most recent court order is not just dangerous. It is also puzzling. The United States is not denying Khan access to proper psychiatric treatment; it simply will not (or cannot) provide the same kind of treatment he is used to – and which may or may not even be effective (assuming that the suspect suffered PTSD in the first place).
Moreover, if the Dutch are so deeply concerned about humane treatment and fairness, one would expect them to consider, too, the right of every man, woman, and child – and in this case, specifically of every American soldier – to be safe and protected from being slaughtered in a terrorist attack. By every measure of “humanitarian” concerns, such security should be paramount.
But not, evidently, in the Netherlands, where Sabir Khan now walks the cobbled streets a free man, willing, able – and likely – to kill, a walking bomb with all America as his target. And it seems that no one there will stop him.
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This is not Peace It is Pure Nazi Ideology

By Giulio Meotti

Imagine if any political leader would say: "No blacks will be allowed to live in my state". He would be denounced correctly, as a racist, a bigot.
That does not seem to include Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Arab leader of Ramallah, who on the verge of the new "peace talks" in Washington just declared: "In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli - civilian or soldier - on our lands".
This is not "peace", but pure Nazism, it is ethnic cleansing. And instead of the expression "final resolution", Abbas should have said what he really means,  "final solution".
Addressing a session of Arab League in Doha, Qatar, Abbas in 2011 declared that “when an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital is established, we won’t allow the presence of one Israeli in it”.
A Palestinian Arab State on Western Eretz Israel would be “jüdenrein”, or cleansed of Jews. A state founded on the ethnic cleansing of every single Jewish man, woman and child.
How can you call "peace" a deal in which hundreds of thousands of Jews surrender to expulsion or to becoming refugees like "lambs to the slaughter"?
Can you imagine if Benjamin Netanyahu instead of Mahmoud Abbas would have pronounced such a statement? What would have been the world reaction?
And Abbas said it in front of the long European noses. He proclaimed his Nazi intentions while in Cairo. Lady Ashton, the ridiculous EU foreign chief, was present.
But we must thank Mr. Abbas, because he said clearly that the "State of Palestine" and the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria are exclusive. Israel would have to uproot all the Hebrew towns in order to pave the way for this "peace", which is in fact the new apartheid that he hopes will come into existence upon the ruins of the "settlers'" homes.
What Abbas said is the same message repeated from the Palestinian Arab mosques and streets: "Idbach al Yahud !" (Slaughter the Jews), "Mauwt al Yahud !" (Kill the Jews), "Falastin baladna, al Yahud kalabna" (Palestine is our homeland, the Jews are our dogs).
The PLO Covenant rejects the idea that Jews have any “historical or religious ties” to the land, since “Judaism, being a religion, is not an independent nationality”.
Isn't it pure Nazism?
PLO’s Article Six declares: “The Jews, who had normally resided in Palestine until the beginning of the Zionist invasion (usually dated as the mid-19th century) will be considered Palestinians”. In other words, 98 per cent of the existing Israeli Jewish population must be banished like, like the 8.000 Jews of Gush Katif. Or killed, like the Fogels of Itamar.
The PA's mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Ikremah Sabri, and the Palestinian chief Islamic judge, Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi, issued decrees authorizing the killing of Arabs who sell property to Jews and forbidding Muslims from burying them in Islamic cemeteries. Not even Nazi Germany in the 1930s knew this level of anti-Jewish pathology.
Or take the 'refugee' question. The PLO manifesto claims that the“Palestinian personality” is an “innate, persistent characteristic that does not disappear . . . and is transferred from fathers to sons” (No. 4). And what if all Palestinians had emigrated, or had become refugees from the land? They would still belong to “Palestine” along with their male descendants. Forever. This is like the Nazi “Drang Nach Osten” and “Blut und Erde”.
Abbas and other PLO terrorists are asking Israel and the United States to expel all the Jews, from the youngest to the oldest, so the Hebrew people will be stained by their presence.
If you assume that Area A and Area B are no longer negotiable, which is not true, note that 60 percent of Judea and Samaria is already free of Jews. And with the exception of the Jewish city of Hevron, there are no Jewish citizens in the big Arab cities, Nablus, Jenin, Ramallah, Tulkarem, Qalqilia. And also in Hevron, the city of the Patriarchs you have "Area A" (or H1), the jüdenrein part of Hevron.
To return to the "peace talks", what are these all about? The division of Jerusalem? Maybe, but only in a suicidal end game. The 'return' of the 'refugees'? Certainly not. These talks, like all the previous ones, are about the percentage of Jews of Judea and Samaria to be ghettoized, deported, killed and expelled.
The "State of Palestine" would be the carbon copy of Hans Frank's General Government in Poland. Two thirds of the nations of the world, represented in the United Nations, support the establishment of a state that would be, by definition, the first to officially prohibit Jews or any other faith since Nazi Germany.
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Antisemitic tweets target Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy (Photo: Doha Stadium Plus)

By Marcus Dysch

Dozens of antisemitic messages have been posted on Twitter aimed at Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy.
The tweets highlighted Mr Levy's Jewish background and commented on his business acumen at the Premier League club.
They came amid heightened international scrutiny of Twitter's ability to tackle abusive users of the site, following a series of incidents in which women and British MPs were targeted with messages threatening rape and violence.
The potential transfer of Wales international Gareth Bale from Mr Levy's London club to Spanish side Real Madrid was the apparent catalyst for the antisemitic messages.
Richard Campbell, a tweeter using the handle @rycardcampbell, posted a message on Monday evening which read: "Daniel Levy is a greedy Jewish c***. He should've bit Real Madrid's hands off when they offered £85 million for that diving monkey Bale."
Watford-based Ian Bartrick wrote on his @iBartrick account: "Daniel Levy is a Jew, and his dealings in the transfer market are very 'Jewish'."
He later added: "Haha I love when you mention the words 'Jew' or 'Jewish' on twitter you lose followers."
A Sheffield-based tweeter using the handle @TomHandleyy posted: "Daniel Levy is Jewish as f*** with transfers #PennyPincher."
The messages were highlighted by Jay Stoll, general secretary of the London School of Economics' Students' Union. He challenged some of the abusive users and posted a message saying Twitter was "a cesspit of filth".
A spokesman for the Community Security Trust, which monitors and records antisemitism, said: "Online abuse is fast becoming a constant and depressing feature of modern life. Twitter needs to make it easier to report abuse and police should act when it is actual racist incitement."
It is not thought any of the Twitter users have been reported to police.
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Report: Morsi Rejected ‘Safe Exit’ Offer From EU’s Catherine Ashton

By Joshua Levitt

Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi refused a reconciliation offer from European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, which included a “safe exit” plan, according to an Islamist political ally of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s Ahram Online reported.
The comments were made by Khaled El-Sherif, media advisor of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, the Building and Development Party, which was a close political ally of the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi, who was removed in a popularly-backed Army coup earlier this month.
During her visit to Cairo, Ashton met with Morsi, who is being held at an undisclosed location by the Army, on vague charges related to his role in his own prison break in 2011.
According to Ahram Online, El-Sherif said that Ashton offered Morsi and his party freedom from prosecution and jail in exchange for an end to the marches and protests by Morsi supporters.
Ashton was in Cairo to help reach a settlement between Egypt’s political forces. “We were able to talk about the need to move forward,” she said at a press conference regarding her discussion with Morsi, who, she said, appeared healthy while in captivity.
According to Ahram Online, the Building and Development Party is supporting Islamist Mohamed Selim El-Awa and prime minister under Morsi, Hicham Qandil, who have proposed that the deposed leader, who they feel is still the only elected president of Egypt, should delegate his powers to the cabinet and then initiate parliamentary and presidential elections. Their opponents do not want Morsi involved in the government, in any capacity.
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Anti-Semitism in Sweden Forces Jews to Question their Future

Attacks against Jews in Malmoe, Sweden's third largest city, have left members of the community questioning their future in a place known for its "multiculturalism."
Jewish people have lived in Malmoe for over two centuries, often arriving in the south Swedish port city - a safe haven for generations - after fleeing persecution and intolerance in other parts of Europe.
But though waves of immigration over the past two decades have made the area more diverse, hate crimes appear to be on the rise and many people -
paradoxically - say they feel less secure.
Highlighting a problem many Swedes had thought long relegated to history, the US special envoy for anti-Semitism even visited Malmoe last year.
Typically, but not exclusively, the perpetrators of anti-Semitic hate crimes are "young men with roots in the Middle East", according to Jehoshua Kaufman, a member of Malmoe's Jewish congregation.
Parents are especially worried about their children being subjected to abuse at school.
Bullying has been a problem "not for everyone, not always, but very often", said Kaufman, as he took part in a regular march known as the "kippah walks"
- referring to the Jewish skullcaps worn by the demonstrators - organised to battle anti-Semitism.
Around a third of Malmoe's 310,000 residents were born abroad, with the largest minorities coming from the Balkans, Iraq and neighbouring Denmark.
The total number of Jews in the city is estimated to be around 2,000, with around 600 that are members of its synagogue.
In 2012, 66 anti-Jewish hate crimes were reported, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.
According to figures from Malmoe police, 60 reports were made, compared with just 31 in Stockholm, with more than three times the population. Thirty-five have already been reported in Malmoe so far this year.
The figures seem to be on the up -- in 2010 and 2011, a total of 44 reports were made over the two years combined.
Shneur Kesselman, a US-born orthodox rabbi, has had insults and objects hurled after him on the streets of Malmoe more times than he can remember.
With his traditional Hasidic black clothing, fedora hat and beard, he cuts an incongruous figure in the traditionally working-class, immigrant-heavy
eastern half of the city.
But he insists on staying. "It's a little hard to explain. My wife and I have made Malmoe our project. We feel a sense of responsibility for Jewish life here," he said.
The response by local authorities has been patchy at best.
Malmoe's former mayor, Ilmar Reepalu, gained notoriety after suggesting members of the Jewish community had themselves to blame when a rally they organised during the 2008-2009 Gaza War was attacked with bottles and eggs.
"I wish the Jewish congregation would distance itself from Israel's violations of the civilian population in Gaza," Reepalu told a local newspaper.
Last year, the social democratic mayor courted more controversy by saying the Jewish congregation had been "infiltrated" by the anti-immigrant Sweden
Democrats -- a claim he later retracted.
The Sweden Democrats have sought to use the attacks on Malmoe's Jews for political gain, framing them as a by-product of Sweden's generous immigration laws.
"It's clear that misguided skinheads aren't the major threat against Jews in Sweden today, but the imported anti-Semitism from the Muslim group," parliamentarian Kent Ekeroth wrote in an op-ed.
But members of Malmoe's Jewish community say that anti-Semitism is not just the preserve of immigrants.
In an incident in 2010, local youths in Vellinge, a middle-class town with few immigrants on the outskirts of Malmoe, shouted Nazi slogans at people
attending a weekend event for children at a Jewish recreation centre and threw eggs at the building.
"But in Malmoe it's the young Muslim guys that are the problem, that has to be said. They come from countries where there are racist, anti-Semitic TV programmes," said Barbro Posner, a member of the Jewish community.
The authorities not appear to be addressing the problem. Ilmar Reepalu's replacement Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, who assumed the mayorship this month, told APF the city's schools were trying to combat racism by providing special training for teachers.
The city has also invited community leaders to a "dialogue forum" tasked with "combating religious and ethnic discrimination".
Ala-Eddin Al-Qut, head of the local chapter of Sweden's Islamic Association, said the group had been able to change people's attitudes after getting Muslim organisations to address anti-Semitism in their Friday sermons.
The Malmoe Palestine Network had also banned some signs and slogans from its anti-war demonstrations, he said.
"You have to distinguish between Jews and Israelis," Al-Qut said - though such a sweeping comments about "Israelis" is hardly likely to reassure local Jews either.
Sofia Nerbrand, co-founder of the kippah walks, said the rest of Sweden viewed Malmoe as a litmus test for whether multiculturalism could work in the
once homogenous country, especially in the wake of a series of gang-related shootings involving immigrants.
In late 2011 and early 2012, five people were shot dead in Malmoe in less than six weeks. At least some of the killings appeared to be linked to
organised crime, prompting Reepalu to call for stricter gun laws.
"If we fail here, people will say: 'Look what happens when you bring in too many Muslims'," said Nerbrand.
Jehoshua Kaufman said the racism he and other Jews had encountered was not limited to just Malmoe but simply more visible there than in places like
Stockholm due to the city's compact and less segregated centre.
israelnationalnews

Police hunt for three men over 'brutal' rape of 12-year-old girl in London

A police manhunt has been launched after a 12-year-old girl was "brutally" raped by two men who lured her to a secluded area.The girl was in Walthamstow, east London, when she encountered three men, Scotland Yard said. She was taken to a garage area at the end of Hibbert Road, near Theydon Street, where she was pinned down and raped by two of the men. The girl managed to call a friend who came to the scene and they left together. The suspects then left the area. Detective Inspector Simon Ellershaw, who is leading the investigation, said: "This was a very nasty attack on a vulnerable girl just 12 years old by a group of older males who engaged her in conversation before leading her to a secluded area. "She was pinned down and two of the males then brutally raped her. "I would appeal for anyone with information or any witnesses to please contact police as soon as possible." The trio are described as being between 17 and 19 years old. The first was dark-skinned and of mixed race, with a diamond stud in his left ear and a London accent. He told the girl his name was Mo and that he was 17. He had big brown eyes, short hair, was very skinny and wore a black puffa-style jacket with a hood, black chinos, black trainers and a grey/black T-shirt. The second was described as black and very tall with big lips. His hair was partly shaven and he wore black trousers and a red and blue shirt. The third, who did not rape the girl, was black and had a moustache. He wore a blue-coloured hooded top and a red and blue cap, and told her his name was Miles.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0208 217 7408 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Europe's "Moral Values"

 By Guy Millière
European governments speak as enemies of Israel, behave as enemies of Israel and take decisions only enemies of Israel would take. They are at war with Israel. There is no doubt they hope for results similar to those at Auschwitz, just by other means. If moral values are what Israelis and Jews are looking for in Europe, they are looking in the wrong place.
For nearly two millennia, the European continent has been a land of persecution and hatred for the Jewish people. The blood libels and the vilest accusations against the Jews have been accompanied by violence, pogroms, and confinement in ghettos and of course death camps. Eight decades ago, in the 1930's, anti-Semitism was considered honorable and aroused few objections. Later, the Nazi machine set into motion the "final solution," and zealous collaborators existed in virtually all of continental Europe. "Willing executioners" were not only Germans -- far from it.
After 1945, anti-Semitism suddenly became unmentionable, and European anti-Semites had to be silent. But they did not disappear. In the 1960s, after the Six Day War, a new way of being anti-Semitic emerged that allowed them to recycle their old way: they could not be "anti-Semites", but they could be "anti-Israelis". They rejoiced when General de Gaulle in France spoke of the Jews as a "proud and domineering people," and saw those words as a kind of official sanction, a green light. Since then, "anti-Israelism" rapidly became mainstream. European politicians, diplomats and journalists have done their best never to miss an opportunity to berate and criticize Israel. Anti-Semitic terms used in the 1930s began to be used again, this time to describe the Jewish State.
When the "Palestinian cause" appeared, it immediately became a sacred cause in Europe, never mind what sort of values or governance it espoused. When it seemed possible to accuse Jews of "behaving like Nazis," the opportunity was not missed.
Today, hatred of Israel is one of the most shared and prominent feelings in Europe. Using anti-Semitic terms to criticize Israel is common, normal and "politically correct." Fighting for the "Palestinian cause" in the name of "peace" is the only fight that can bring together politicians from the left and the right. Any terrorist attack against Israel is almost unanimously described as a fruit of the "cycle of violence" and of "Israeli intransigence," never mind that it is actually the Palestinians who historically have been intransigent. An Israeli response to a terrorist attack is immediately criticized by European diplomats as "disproportionate." A Palestinian attack is never criticized at all.
When anti-Israeli groups rally to boycott Israel and violently invade stores selling Israeli products, the only condemnations to be heard are from Jewish organizations.
It is in this context that the recent EU decision to ban its members from dealing with Jewish communities and with any Jew living beyond "1967 borders" must be viewed.
European leaders who took the decision, and those who approved it, know perfectly well that there has never been a "1967 border," only armistice lines drawn in 1949, but they act as if they did not know. European leaders know perfectly well how indefensible the "1967 borders" are for the Israeli army, but again they act as if they did not know.
European leaders also know that the "1967 borders" place the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall and the Temple Mount (the holiest site of Judaism) outside the boundaries of Israel. They know, too, what the loss of these would mean for Israel and the Jewish people, but they stand their ground. They know, as well, that their position is similar to that of the Palestinian Authority, which seeks ethnic cleansing of Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, but self-righteously insist. They know that the Golan Heights, under Israeli law and administration since 1981, was used for years by Syria to shoot down from the plateau at the farmers in the valley, and are fully aware of the situation in Syria and its al-Qaeda affiliates near the Golan Heights today, but nonetheless stand fast.
For more than four decades, several European countries, and the European Union itself, have established close and compromising relationships with various regimes in the Arab world. They have become prisoners of what is called Europe's "Arab Policy" -- with full support for the "Palestinian cause" and "anti-Israeli" activities and movements, regardless of how thoroughly detrimental these might be to their own survival -- as so presented by Bat Ye'or in her prophetic book, Eurabia, published in 2005.
European leaders who voted for the ban and those who approved it also stand their ground in part because migration flows have changed the demographics of Europe, and because in Europe the number of Muslims -- a significant proportion of whom have become radicalized -- has sharply increased. Europe today is therefore not only a prisoner of Europe's "Arab Policy," support for the "Palestinian cause" and "anti-Israeli" activities and movements: it is also hostage to its Muslim population, to Islamists, and to the immense success of the campaign of intimidation waged against it by Muslims, such that any incident, or any political position unpleasant to Muslims, can lead to riots.
When Israel's leaders appeal to Europe's "moral values," they should realize that when the subject is Jews, almost all Europeans abandoned moral values seven decades ago, and the same may be said for their views of Israel. If moral values are what the Israelis and Jews are looking for in Europe, they are looking in the wrong place.
Europe has once again chosen cowardice and complicity.
European governments and the European Union are the biggest donors of financial assistance to the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian Authority. They are also the biggest donors to most anti-Israel movements operating in Europe and in Israel. They in fact funded BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movements long before they took the decision that now makes BDS official.
The Israeli government has warned European governments and the European Union that this may trigger a "serious relationship crisis between Europe and Israel;" in reality the crisis has been ongoing for a long time.
On July 26, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon ordered the Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza to turn down any request by the European Union concerning these regions.
In an article published July 27 in the Jerusalem Post, Caroline Glick suggested further Israeli responses to the European decision: "passage in the Knesset of a law requiring all Israeli entities that agree to operate under the EU's funding guidelines to register as foreign agents and report all EU contributions." "Those contributions," she added,"should be taxed at the highest corporate tax rate."
As "Area C" is the area of Judea and Samaria where Israel exercises most civil and military authorities, Glick writes that Israel should "suspend all EU projects in Area C. Future EU projects should be subject to intense scrutiny by the civil administration. Israel's default position should be to reject, rather than approve such requests, given their hostile intent."
Israel's leaders surely see that European governments and the EU are not friends of Israel.
European governments and the EU have never been friends of Israel. Now, they are less friends of Israel than ever. The likelihood that they will adopt a more positive attitude toward Israel is nil.
They speak as enemies of Israel. They behave as enemies of Israel. They take decisions only enemies of Israel would take.
They are at war with Israel. They do not wage war directly: they engage battle through other channels, hypocritically, viciously, and cowardly.
In the 1940s, Europe was the continent of Auschwitz. Today, Europe is a continent where politicians and technocrats support what Abba Eban called the "Auschwitz borders". There is no doubt they hope for results similar to those obtained in Auschwitz, just by other means.
gatestoneinstitute

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Terrorist Chic in France, From the Jeu de Paume Exhibit to Al Durah to Mohamed Merah: A controversial new exhibit celebrates mass murderers and raises war propaganda to the level of high art

By Richard Landes

This Summer the French National Museum, the Jeu de Paume, once famous for its display of Impressionist paintings, is hosting an astonishing photography exhibit, Phantom House. The work of an Israeli Bedouin woman, Ahlam Shibli, it assembles an eclectic series of photographs that depict a number of different groups whose homes are really not theirs, or who do not have homes—people who “live under oppression.” These include Bedouin “Trackers” who enlist in the IDF, “Palestinians” living in the Galilee and Jordan, Polish children in orphanages, Middle Eastern LGBTs who live in Western countries, the French of Corrèze during the Nazi occupation, and, in by far the most elaborate of the exhibits, the Palestinian families of “martyrs” who “resisted” the “occupation,” standing with the pictures, posters, and graves of their “disappeared” relatives.
The exhibit has elicited predictable controversy. These alleged “martyrs” who “took control of their own deaths,” the object of loving devotion by their families, are actually mass murderers who killed themselves in order to murder as many children, women, civilians as they could. Like so much of the Palestinian narrative, these photos give no place to the “other” except as faceless colonial oppressors. For one Jewish woman, a patron of the museum, the experience was horrifying. Looking at these pictures of “martyrs,” she recognized people who had blown up restaurants and buses, which were chosen precisely because there were children there.
Outraged objections poured in. The museum’s response was to post a notice that insisted that this was not propaganda and quoted the artist insisting that she was “not a militant, not judgmental.”
Of course, all of this is nonsense. If not propaganda (like the famous pipe that is not a pipe), it is a display of lovingly presented photographs of propaganda. The artist is decidedly judgmental, presenting her fellow Bedouin who serve in the IDF as pathetic sell-outs to a colonial regime (they appear strikingly comfortable and secure with themselves in the photos), peppering her exhibit on French victims of the Nazi occupation with comments on how they turned around after liberation and became colonial oppressors in Indochina and Algeria. The unalloyed admiration for the “resistance to occupation” of the Palestinians, juxtaposed with that of the French resistance to the Nazis, plays on a common, if grotesque, theme of Palestinian propaganda—that the Israelis are the new Nazis and the Palestinians the new Jews.
How can the French, who know what Nazi occupation was like, compare their experience to that of Palestinians in the West Bank? How they could not notice that while the Nazis killed hundreds of thousands of civilians in occupied Europe as part of their deliberate policy of collective punishment, the Palestinians kill thousands of civilians as part of their “resistance”? How could they miss the difference between an “occupation” that kills 6 million Jews and one that produces a Palestinian population with the highest standard of living in the non-oil-rich Arab world? How can they glorify a movement that embraces and intensifies Nazi Jew-hatred? And why do they view Jews who attempt to protect themselves from that aggression through the eyes of those who foment hatred? How did such a profound moral disorientation occur, and why has it been elevated to the level of high art?
The answer takes us back to the beginning of the Second Intifada, known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada, on Sept. 30, 2000, when Charles Enderlin, the French-Israeli correspondent for France2 broadcast a news story on how the Israelis targeted a father and son, killing the son and badly wounding the father. The story rapidly gained mythical power in both the Muslim world and in the West. For some Palestinians, Al Durah became “the martyr of the world” and an inspiration to suicide bombers seeking to revenge his death; in the capable hands of Osama Bin Laden, he became a call to all Muslims to join the global Jihad.
In France and beyond, Europeans embraced this story as a liberation from Holocaust guilt. The respected French news anchor Catherine Nay spoke for many when she noted, “This death annuls, erases the picture of the boy in the Warsaw Ghetto.” In other words, the picture of one boy, caught in a cross-fire, replaces a picture that symbolizes the deliberate, cold-blooded murder of over a million children.
Under the aegis of this wildly popular image, which came to be known as an icon of hatred, the morally deranged (and sadistic) substitution theology of Palestinian war propaganda entered the European mainstream. From the first rally of French progressives and Muslims reacting to the Al Durah story—where at least one banner read “Star of David = Swastika = picture of the Al Durahs under fire” in 2000, and protesters cried, “Death to the Jews! Death to Israel!”—to the most recent ravings of the British Liberal Democrat Party, who compared Israel to the Nazis, the idea of Jews as Nazis became acceptable discourse among European elites.
Nothing better illustrates the danger involved in this moral derangement than the way this icon has operated in French society. Ironically, as French TV repeatedly showed this gratifying “get-out-of-Holocaust-guilt-free-card” to their French audiences, they waved the flag of Jihad in front of their restive Muslim youth. Not understanding that this Jihad targeted them as well, they assumed (for some strange reason), that those aroused to violent hatred of both Israelis and their cousins, French Jews, did not also consider them legitimate targets of Jihadi wrath. Thus as violence, both verbal and physical, against French Jews rose sharply, the French privately told Jews who complained that this is payback for Israeli deeds and publicly denied any anti-Semitism.
What might have been a brief disorientation, damaging but limited, has become a disastrous commitment to this new paradigm, even as the evidence for its deleterious effect on France (and, more broadly, Europe) multiplied. In 2004 and 2005, Spanish and English citizens found out that they, too, could be considered legitimate targets of Jihadi wrath. Several months later, in response to a false report that French police had killed two young French Arabs, the suburban “sensitive zones” erupted in rioting and vandalism, while the police stood aside lest intervention lead to photographs of police killing Arab youth and inspire suicide terror attacks.
Those French who, ignoring the plethora of minor subsequent incidents, might have thought their problems were more or less on a path toward resolution were shocked anew in 2012, when a young French-born Algerian Jihadi, Mohamed Merah, after killing three French Muslim soldiers, went to a Jewish school and deliberately killed three children and a father. Why? “To avenge those Muslims in Palestine murdered by the Israelis,” he said.
For the Jihadis, the war against Israel is part of a larger war against the West, and images of Israelis killing Palestinian children feed a war machine that targets all infidels who resist submission to Islam. And yet, few French tread this path of inquiry (although it might be said that their implacable hostility to Israel and its defenders betrays an unconscious knowledge of, and desire to appease, the anger that any support for Israel elicits from Jihadists). On the contrary, French commentators insisted, the riots in 2005, for example, had “nothing to do with Islam,” and the code word for Muslims who misbehave violently is “jeunes.”
Instead of awareness, a school of “lethal journalists” became dominant in Europe (and elsewhere)—information specialists who take Palestinian war propaganda (lethal narratives about the IDF as child-killers) and spread it to unsuspecting (and often gratified) audiences in the guise of news reporting. In 2002, for example, Europe’s lethal journalists told their audiences that the operation in Jenin to stop a two-year campaign of Palestinian suicide terror had massacred hundreds of innocent civilians—a claim that was later proven to be both false and deliberately manufactured for propagandistic purposes.
Yet every time hostilities broke out over the course of the decade, European papers overflowed with images of Palestinian victims, with nary a mention of Palestinian hate propaganda inspiring suicide terror. And not surprisingly, these lethal journalists have done everything possible to protect the sanctity of their icon, Al Durah, the image choc de l’Intifada. The European press did not report on the evidence indicating that the original broadcast by Charles Enderlin was based on material that shows extensive signs—enumerated yet again in the recent Israeli-issued Kuperwasser Report—of having been staged for the cameras. Rarely in the history of the modern press has a story with less substance had so much malevolent power.
The French might have found out more, when Enderlin and France2’s recent attempt to use the courts to silence his critics for “defamation of character” backfired. The judges in one case, despite being on France2’s side, asked to see the “rushes” of the cameraman upon whom Enderlin relied for his devastating broadcast. They discovered that the majority of “action sequences” were staged. They accordingly found his critic, Philippe Karsenty, innocent, and had harsh words for Enderlin’s journalistic principles. But rather than analyze that story and present the evidence to the public, journalists formed a petition in support of Enderlin, warning that the verdict threatened “freedom of the press.” And many of the most prominent people who signed did so without seeing the evidence. A medieval guild of journalists, communautaristes to the hilt—fought for their personal freedom to pass along lethal narratives unimpeded by independent critics and, not coincidentally, preserved their tarnished icon of hatred.
Thus, cognitively disoriented by both their media and their academics to such a degree, it is altogether possible for the curators at the Jeu de Paume to put up an exhibit celebrating mass murderers—and to believe that, in so doing, they were siding with the innocent and “speaking truth” to Israeli “power.” And so they raise war propaganda that targets their own culture to the level of high art.
tabletmag

American Muslim Discovered to be Wanted War Criminal

A naturalized U.S. citizen living in Vermont was taken into custody by special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday charging him for obtaining his American citizenship through fraudulent means, according to a federal indictment. According to law enforcement officials, 54-year-old Edin Sakoc, a Bosnian Muslim, while undergoing the application process for legal immigrant status and subsequent citizen status hid his record of crimes committed during the war in Bosnia. According to the indictment filed in federal court, Sakoc of Burlington, Vt., committed the crime of naturalization fraud by giving false information about his commission of crimes and his participation in the persecution of Bosnian Serbs during the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina. “While President Bill Clinton’s administration and his media sycophants painted the Serbian military as war criminals and supported the Croat and Muslim side in the conflict, we later discovered the Muslims were as brutal and merciless as — if not more brutal and merciless than — the Serbs,” said crime and terrorism analyst Bradley Schreiber. The federal indictment alleges that in July 1992 Sakoc abducted, kidnapped, tortured and raped a Bosnian Serb woman and aided and abetted the brutal killing of the rape victim’s elderly mother and aunt. The suspect also allegedly aided and abetted arsonists involved in torching the victims’ family home.
clashdaily

As The EU Dodders On, Will Markets Intervene?

By Walter Russell Mead

An article in this morning’s FT powerfully highlights how completely sclerotic and status quo-minded the EU’s leadership has become. There’s no more talk of re-jiggering the seemingly untenable terms of the Greek bailout, no talk of setting up an EU banking union to manage future crises—nothing comes up that could possibly upset German voters. Everyone is basically sitting around waiting for Angela Merkel to get re-elected, after which, well… things will probably go on just as they have up until now.
The truth is that unless there is a big policy shift, then whoever wins in Berlin there will be no rush to reform in the rest of the eurozone, especially if that means treaty change. And Berlin won’t move on anything as controversial as a common bank resolution fund, or eurozone bonds, without treaty change.
European elections in 2014, plus municipal elections in France, the appointment of a new European Commission and then British elections in 2015, all point to prolonged postponement of any serious change in the governance of the eurozone or the European Union.
There will be a one-year respite in 2016, before a potential “perfect storm” in the electoral cycle in 2017, with both France and Germany back at the polls – and the UK possibly holding a referendum on EU membership. So 2016 will be the one time when a treaty change might be contemplated.
Anything that can’t go on, won’t—markets usually see to that. When the markets decide to jolt the EU leadership awake is anyone’s guess, but betting on the status quo seems like wishful thinking at best.
the-american-interest

For Germany and Israel, a Textbook Case

JNS.org - Almost 70 years after the Holocaust and 50 years after Germany and Israel established diplomatic relations, a textbook commission is shedding light on how the two countries are promoting their sustained cultural and historical connection.
Dirk Sawdowski, chairman of the German-Israeli Textbook Commission, describes that there is a fundamental difference between the German education system and the Israeli education system that “finds expression in each country’s secondary and high school textbooks.”
“Although both systems try to impart western and democratic values, the Israeli curriculum is largely indebted to educational principles arising from the necessity of nation building,” Sawdowski tells JNS.org. “German textbooks, meanwhile, employ a very different, almost post-national reading of history, which is, of course, a result of Germany’s problematic past.”
Germany and Israel’s school textbooks are currently under review. Beginning in 2010, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli Ministry of Education teamed up to finance a survey of their separate educational systems. Their task: assess how each country portrays the other’s history in school textbooks, for ages 12-18, and make recommendations to improve future textbooks. The survey also probes different textbooks’ treatment of geography, political treaties and issues arising from globalization. Special emphasis is placed on their comparative histories of the Holocaust.
The project is ambitious. Teams in each country have examined hundreds of texts, prepared comprehensive translations, and labored to bridge significant cultural gaps.
“Before we could begin it was necessary that we reconcile our methodologies,” Dr. Arie Kizel, the chairman coordinating the Israeli team, tells JNS.org. “Every textbook is written and read in a cultural context. Therefore we had to work together to filter biases and strategize how we approached each text.”
Developing a fair and mutually agreeable survey methodology wasn’t easy. Over the course of the past three years the two teams hosted conferences in Braunschweig, Germany, and in Tel Aviv. University professors, teachers, educators, and ministry experts were consulted. Their scholarly debates led to a working strategy that brings the commission closer to consensus.
Today, there are three groups of German and Israeli researchers working under the aegis of the commission. Communication is possible through simultaneous language translation.
“We decided to work strictly bilingual,” Sadowski says, explaining the need to facilitate accurate analysis, confronting the language barrier directly. “Of course, there are things that get lost in translation. Hebrew is very concrete and straightforward whereas German is much more abstract. Despite the slow pace of translations, this is still more precise than using a third language, like English.”
Another early obstacle confronted by the commission involves textbook sample size.
“Since Israel is significantly smaller than Germany and there is only one state-approved curriculum, the Israeli team was able to survey all of the textbooks currently being used in Israel,” Kizel says.
In Germany, however, educational matters are administered differently among the country’s 16 federal states. There are also diverse curricula for different school types. Textbook publishers, therefore, try to adapt themselves to the different policies and curricula by publishing a series of schoolbooks in a number of versions. Consequently, there are nearly 1,200 different textbooks in Germany, all relevant to the subjects being surveyed, and the selection of texts varies depending on the region.
“We could never survey such a huge volume of textbooks sufficiently,” Sadowski admits. “Instead we picked out five federal states: Bavaria, Berlin, North-Rhine Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Saxony as the focus for our research.” This choice has resulted in the examination of more than 400 titles bearing either short passages or longer chapters specifically related to Israel.
For Germans, this encompassing view of the German education system is providing useful demographical information. In places like Berlin, where there are many immigrants from Muslim countries, cultural and political factors lead to unique educational policies, and different teaching methods and materials are in use. Discrepancies in how Israel is portrayed reflect underlying cultural evolution, revealing lingering misconceptions about the past.
Already, Sadowski has observed some general trends. “Israel is mainly depicted in the context of the Middle East conflict,” he says. “Only German geography textbooks discuss other topics relating to Israel, like agriculture, technological achievements, water use, and tourism. When Israel is presented in the context of the Middle East conflict, we find texts positively depicting the Israeli position, but also textbooks with increasingly negative stances towards Israel. Most texts, however, try to draw a balanced picture and to maintain neutrality.”
From the Israeli side, Kizel has not commented extensively about his team’s early findings regarding Germany’s portrayal in Israeli textbooks. “There have been significant changes in the way that schoolbooks are written both in the linguistic context and in their choice of subject matter,” he says, emphasizing that it is still too early to draw any conclusions about the textbooks his team is reviewing.
The next phase of the project calls for the completion of research in 2014 and the development of bilateral recommendations for the improvement of textbooks.
“Proposals will be presented in 2015 in celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between both countries,” Sadowski says.
algemeiner

Outrage! UK fails to name future king Muslim name

It should be the outrage that the “royal” family of the English queen failed to name their son the most popular English name – the Muhhammed.
Muhhamed is so dominant a name in the UK that no English should avoid being name as such!
Of course, the “royals” could have played around with the spelling of their new baby name like – Muhhammed or Muhammed or Muhamed – but, in the end, the “royals” failed to provide such uniques, and as the result, failed to captures the British diversity that is becoming.
Instead, the “royals” decided to name the baby – wtf – George!
C’mon now!
How Muslim a name is George especially for an up and coming Islamic power that Britain is becoming?
Let’s face it… Brits don’t believe in God, most of their “believers” are Muslim and Brits have gotten themselves so well atheisized that the only belief that one can attribute to them is Islam.
British love Islam so much that their government is actively supporting al-Qaeda in Syria, backs up Islamists in Nigeria and has bombed Serbia because it has tried to quell Islamist insurgency in Kosovo.
When one looks at the British Isles, one sees the new Muslim nation so well diverse that the Muslims in it are faced with an unprecedented choice – should they even waste time to convert the unbelieving “kafir” with the sword, as their holy book says, when Brits themselves are already set to embrace Islam without having themselves beheaded.
Hard choice, indeed.
M Bozinovich

Protest against the Al Quds Day: Against Islamist and antisemitic propaganda on the streets of Berlin - Solidarity with Israel and the Iranian freedom movement!

STOP THE BOMB is supporting the protests against the Al Quds march, which will take place in Berlin on Saturday, August 3rd.

When: Saturday, 3 August 2013.
Start: 2:30 p.m.
Where: "Joachimstaler Platz", (Joachimstaler Str. / Ecke Kurfürstendamm)
Web: http://www.no-al-quds-tag.de/index.php?site=artikel1&id1=29
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/482458211847798/

Each year at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, Islamist organizations worldwide are proclaiming the so called "Al-Quds Day" as a day of fight against Israel. Ayatollah Khomeini called upon his followers to spread the Islamic revolution worldwide, and to fight for the "liberation "of Jerusalem and the destruction of Israel.

Demonstrate with us:

     Against any form of antisemitic, anti-Zionist and Islamist propaganda,
     Against human rights violations in the Islamic Republic of Iran,
     For a full ban of Hezbollah and
     For solidarity with Israel and the Iranian freedom movement!

Please find information about the protests in Vienna at the same day here: http://gegendenalqudstagwien.wordpress.com/

   

A Taliban "Apology"

 By Fiamma Nirenstein
"The Taliban thought you were waging a campaign of defamation against their efforts to establish an Islamic system in Swat. Return home, adopt Islamic and Pastu culture and enroll yourself in a girl's Islamic madrassa." — Adnan Rashid, Taliban leader, to Malala Yousufzai, shot in the face by his group for wanting a education.
On July 17th, the leader of Pakistan's "Tehriru Taliban," Adnan Rashid, managing to make headlines around the world, apologized to Malala Yousufzai. She received a special message on her 16th birthday, July 12. She had given a moving speech at the UN on how the Taliban wanted to kill her because, despite widespread discrimination against women in Pakistan, she had wanted to go to school and learn. She urged children not get caught up in fear, but rise up against the ban on education. The UN, perhaps forgetting that this was a criticism of the Islamic world, responded with an enormous round of applause.
Then, however, a strange letter addressed to Malala arrived, with a copy delivered to Channel Four News in England. Written by Adnan Rashid, in it he explains that he was shocked by the attack (which he calls as an "incident"), and as they are both part of the Yousufzai tribe; feels remorse for what happened, and wishes it had never happened. Rashid's Tehriru Taliban is the group that had claimed responsibility for the attack on Malala Yousufzai.
While offering his friendship and apologies, he goes on to say that when he was in prison (during an eight-year sentence), he wanted to ask her to avoid any anti-Taliban activities. "Careful, the Taliban did not attack you because you went to school or wanted to learn. We are not against the education of any man, woman or child. The Taliban thought that you were intentionally waging a defamation campaign against their efforts to establish an Islamic system in Swat and that your writings could be provocative." As he continues, Rashid -- without denying his dedication to Sharia, to shooting anyone who violates it, or, in a common form of violence against women, attacking them with acid -- justifies his group's acts of violence: "Why do we blow up schools?" It is, he explains, because schools become places of control and surveillance against the Taliban. Rashid then asks Malala to abandon her ambitions and focus on the future: "Return home, adopt Islamic and Pashtu culture and enroll yourself in a girl's Islamic madrassa."
So, the Taliban leader, evidently aware that the girl has aroused a powerful wave of disapproval towards his organization and Islamic discrimination against women in general, is now concerned with reestablishing the Taliban's good reputation, and understands how more effectively to advance a dialogue with the Americans in Afghanistan.
He starts a debate with a 16-year-old girl who was shot in the head -- an ambitious move but also a signal of internal weakness. His argument falls apart when he explains that it is better to be attacked by the Taliban than by the Americans: "Be honest, if you were hit by a drone, the world would never have cared about your health. Would anyone have asked you to speak before the UN?" The only thing missing is for Rashid to ask Malala to thank him for the bullets that struck her head, face and neck when she was on her way to school on 9 October 2012, leaving her in critical condition at hospital for three months.
Judging by Rashid's words, when the Americans leave Afghanistan, Afghani women had better be ready.
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Abbas: Palestinian State Will Be ‘Judenrein’

"In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli - civilian or soldier - on our lands."

By Yori Yanover

On his visit to Cairo Monday, to meet with Egypt’s interim president, Adli Mansour (With Hamas Out, It’s Abbas’s Turn as Egypt’s Favorite Palestinian), PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas stated emphatically that no Israeli settlers or border forces would be allowed to remain in a future Palestinian state, Reuters reports.

“In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli – civilian or soldier – on our lands,” Abbas told the Egyptian press.

Funny he should use the term “final resolution,” which sounds so disturbingly familiar. It brought to mind two other familiar terms from the same era, Judenfrei (“free of Jews”) and Judenrein (“clean of Jews”), the Nazi terms designating an area “cleansed” of Jewish presence. Judenfrei referred to “freeing” an area of all its Jewish dwellers by deportation, while Judenrein had the stronger connotation that any trace of Jewish blood had been removed as an impurity.

With his demand for a Jew-free country, the revered Palestinian statesman joins the majority of Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, where Jews—especially the Israeli kind—are not permitted to set foot.

And so, as far as Abbas is concerned, there is no way the Jewish settlements of Judea and Samaria that happen to remain on the wrong side of the new border could apply for Palestinian citizenship. For him, the only option is the Gaza Gush Katif option: all the Jews must leave and everything they didn’t take with them is burned down to the ground.

Regarding the status of East Jerusalem, which for a majority of Israelis is a deal breaker—Abbas had nothing new to say, possibly because it’s too early in the negotiations to let go of such an asset, but, more likely, because it’s his deal breaker as well, and he’s hoping Tzipi Livni would blink first.

She would, too.

“We’ve already made all the necessary concessions,” Abbas told the Egyptian reporters. “East Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Palestine … if there were and must be some kind of small exchange (of land) equal in size and value, we are ready to discuss this – no more, no less.”

Palestinian sources have told Reuters that in talks in the coming days, the Americans hope to satisfy Palestinian objections by issuing a statement declaring the 1967 lines the basis for negotiations, and the United States will attempt to compel the Israelis to endorse their note.

Tzipi will do that one, too.
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Jewish outrage over German magazine that glorifies Nazi SS butchers

Pressure was building last night on the German government to close down a pulp magazine that praises Nazi SS soldiers from the Second World War.The pages of Der Landser, which translates as The Squaddie, are supposedly filled with stories of derring-do, glory and chivalry. But it has now provoked outrage after it emerged that those who are feted are foot soldiers in either the Wehrmacht – the German army forces during the Second World War responsible for massacres of civilians – or soldiers from the feared Waffen-SS. A recent issue of the magazine, which is published by the giant Bauer Media group, included Waffen-SS personnel in Greece seen swigging wine after a battle and saying: “The Greeks are a good-natured lot – we conquer them and they are still friendly.” The Waffen-SS is seen as one of the main perpetrators of the Holocaust. In other issues, soldiers of SS divisions such as Das Reich have been portrayed as fighting machines who fought only for honour and their fatherland with no mention made of the atrocities they took part in. But Das Reich, laid waste to the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane in 1944, killing more than 650 people. And the Totenkopf, or Death’s Head division of the SS, murdered 99 British soldiers in Le Paradis, also in France, in 1940. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles, named after the death camp survivor who devoted his life after the war to bringing Nazi killers to justice, claimed yesterday it was time to close down Der Landser, which has been published continuously since 1957. Rabbi Marvin Hier, of the Wiesenthal Centre, said: “It portrays these men as honourable soldiers – such as British, American, Canadian or French soldiers – but the reality is they were murderous thugs.” In a time of rising neo-Nazism in Germany, Rabbi Hier said Der Landser – which glorifies the soldiers of the Third Reich – had no place. When neo-Nazi homes and offices have been raided in Germany, editions of the magazine have been found. Copies are available through Amazon and downloadable through Apple and iTunes. Distributors of the magazine in German have no plans to halt production but the country’s interior ministry has promised to investigate, saying it is taking the complaint by the Wiesenthal Centre “very seriously”. Yet legal experts are unconvinced the state will be able to act. Peter Conrady, a retired professor at the University of Dortmund, said: “Legally there is not much to grab on to.” He added any ban might also simply send such magazines “underground”. Guntram Schulze-Wegener, editor in chief of Der Landser, claimed last night that the content was non-political – and Bauer Media cited previous rulings that the magazine did not, in fact, violate any laws. The respected German magazine Der Spiegel once described the publication as “a specialist journal for whitewashing the Wehrmacht”.
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Estimating the Number of Srebrenica Massacre Victims, Realistically

The knowing and deliberate conflation of battle casualties sustained by the 28th Division during its breakout from  Srebrenica to Tuzla, in the days following the fall of Srebrenica on July 11 1995, with execution victims is a key component of the deceptive official Srebrenica narrative, and it is also perhaps the most cynical. It uses human remains as propaganda props. It also gives the lie to the disingenuous claim that those who invoke facts to question the fictitious 8.000 figure are callous and disrespect “victims of genocide.” Our US colleague Andy Wilcoxson has created a map showing the geographical location of the so-called “secondary mass graves” in relation to the path followed by the column and its combat with units of the Serbian army along that route. All the data are derived from ICTY Prosecution materials submitted in various trials. This confirms the picture of immense column losses that ICTY Chambers have systematically downplayed. The reason is simple. The number of “missing” is finite and the identification tricks played by the ICMP laboratory in Tuzla cannot change that mathematical reality. That means that the more combat casualties are admitted, fewer slots will remain for “genocide victims,” i.e. executed prisoners. Mr. Wilcoxson’s devastating analysis lays bare one of the chief mechanism of Srebrenica disinformation.
By Andy Wilcoxson
Like any war, the warring factions in the 1992-95 Bosnian war used hyperbole, exaggeration, propaganda, and outright lies to demonize their opponents. The Western news media uncritically regurgitated the propaganda spoon-fed to it by the Bosnian government and published absurd reports of 250,000 to 300,000 people being killed in the war.
They went on repeating the myth of a death toll in excess of a quarter of a million for ten years after the war until cooler heads prevailed and sober research revealed that the death toll was really closer to 100,000 – less than half the number originally reported.[1]
It took ten years, from 1995 until 2005, for people to figure out that the death toll of the war itself was grossly exaggerated. If the death toll of the war could be exaggerated, then it stands to reason that individual events that happened during the war could have been exaggerated too, and the particular event that comes to mind is the Srebrenica massacre.
Unfortunately, the same sort of research and logical reasoning that debunked the exaggerated death toll of the Bosnian War itself has not been applied to what happened with regard to Srebrenica.
The reason why there isn’t any serious inquiry is because in 2001 the UN War Crime Tribunal in The Hague (ICTY) passed a verdict stating that it had been “proven beyond all reasonable doubt that genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war were perpetrated against the Bosnian Muslims, at Srebrenica, in July 1995.”[2]
By finding that “genocide” had been committed, the ICTY turned anyone who questioned the allegation that Bosnian-Serb forces “summarily executed 8,000 men and boys” in the “the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II” into a “genocide denier” and in some countries, especially in Europe, genocide denial is a crime.
Debunking the death toll of the Srebrenica massacre isn’t as simple as debunking the death toll of the war itself. When lists of victims were compiled and the numbers didn’t add up to anywhere close to 250,000 it was pretty obvious that the numbers had been fudged.
However, the Srebrenica massacre occurred in the context of combat that was taking place in the area and legitimate combat casualties are being counted as if they were massacre victims that had been captured and executed by Bosnian-Serb forces.
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