Monday, June 30, 2014

It’s Not the ‘Occupation’ —- It’s Islam

By Daniel Greenfield 

The bodies of three murdered Israeli teenagers, 16-year-old Naftali who liked to play basketball, 16-year-old Gilad who had just finished a scuba diving course and 19-year-old Eyal with his guitar, will be met by the same ghastly parade of pallbearers who accompany every victim of terrorism.
The reporters will scribble down something about “settlements” and the “Cycle of Violence.” The diplomats will urge restraint and remind everyone that the only solution can be found through negotiations with the terrorists. And the pundits will put it all into perspective burying them under layers of words and weighting their coffins down with stones of forgetfulness.
But all the empty words about the “Occupation” and the “Cycle of Violence,” the invocation of a peaceful solution that is always about to arrive, but never does, and the maps that cede more territory to terrorists are addressing a problem that doesn’t exist.
It’s not about physical territory. It’s about spiritual territory. It’s not about nationalism. It’s about Islamism.
It’s not about the “Occupation.” It’s about Islam.
“I raised my children on the knees of the [Islamic] religion, they are religious guys, honest and clean-handed, and their goal is to bring the victory of Islam,” the mother of one of the Hamas killers said.
Not a Palestinian nation. Not a Two State Solution. Not forty percent of this and sixty percent of that.
The victory of Islam.
Naftali, Gilad and Eyal were murdered for the same reason that countless people have been killed in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Not to mention the United Kingdom and the United States.
They were murdered in the name of a religious war that has been going on for over a thousand years. Muslims did not suddenly begin killing Jews in 1948 or 1929. They did not begin killing Christians over American foreign policy or the oil business.
Muslims did not begin killing Jews and Christians over foreign policy. They began persecuting and killing their Christian and Jewish neighbors because their religion told them to.
Hamas, the terror group that murdered the three teens, is not a Palestinian nationalist organization, though it occasionally plays the part. Its charter begins with Allah and ends with Allah. Article Five of its charter states that the group extends to “wherever on earth there are Muslims, who adopt Islam as their way of life.”
Its goal is to create an Islamic state. Everything else is secondary.
The Hamas charter describes it as part of the worldwide “Muslim Brotherhood Movement.” Brotherhood terrorists kill Jews in Israel for the same reason that they kill Shiites in Syria or Christian Copts in Egypt.
Article Seven of the Hamas charter concludes with the infamous Islamic Hadith which proclaims that the Muslim end times will come only when “Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”
Aside from the obvious genocidal bigotry, this is a quote from a text that is over a thousand years old. Its author was not preaching the mass murder of Jews because of settlements in the West Bank. At the time Muslims had subjugated and ruled over the Jewish population of the Middle East. The Jews were no threat to them. The idea of a Jewish army was as ridiculous as traveling to the moon.
The hatred that leaks out of that text has nothing to do with Israel and everything to do with Islam.
The insistence on a foreign policy explanation for Muslim anti-Semitism is as ahistorical as claiming that Hitler only hated Jews because of the Yom Kippur War. Except that at least both of these events took place in the twentieth century. Islam has been hating and persecuting Jews for over 1300 years before the rebirth of the modern State of Israel.
There are two ways of looking at the worldwide plague of Muslim terrorism. One is to treat every Islamic conflict with Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and a dozen other religions as being due to some local political grievance of recent vintage. The other is to understand them as local expressions of a historical religious war and the continuation of the wave of conquests that made Islam into a worldwide religion.
We can be like the six blind men feeling around the Islamic elephant and assuming that its trunk and tusks are entirely separate phenomena. Or we can open our eyes and see the elephant in the room.
Hamas’ charter begins with the Koran’s praise for Muslims “as the best people” and damns Christians and Jews to be “smitten with abasement” for having “incurred the wrath of Allah.”
This is not a statement of Palestinian nationalism. It’s Islamic supremacism.
There is nothing negotiable about supremacism. Supremacism cannot be appeased. Supremacism does not want a piece of the pie. It wants the whole pie. The allies learned that the hard way with Hitler. So did the countless kingdoms that attempted to live in peace with the armies of the Mohammedan conquerors.
If Israel had never existed, Hamas would still exist, just as the other branches of the Muslim Brotherhood exist elsewhere throughout the Middle East. Even if Zionism did not exist, the Muslim Brotherhood would persecute the Jews under its control, just like the Christians in Egypt and Syria.
If Netanyahu, Sharon, Begin and a thousand other Israeli villains of the apologists of Islam had never been born, the followers of Mohammed would have gone on killing Jews just as they had for over a thousand years.
If the blue and white had never waved over Jerusalem, if Jews had remained as downtrodden and persecuted in the lands of Islam as the Copts and the Zoroastrians, Naftali, Gilad and Eyal would still have been murdered by two killers who were raised by their mothers to usher in “the victory of Islam.”
There is no political solution to a supremacist conflict. There is no amount of withdrawals that can make bigotry go away. If a thousand years of Jewish humiliation and persecution did not satisfy the ancestors of the murderers of those three teenagers, how will handing over part of Jerusalem do the job?
Solutions begin with truth. The truth is that Islamic violence against Jews is not recent or exceptional. The murder of Jews by Muslims, whether in Israel or Belgium, is not any different than the Muslim butchery of Christians. Hindus, Buddhists and even minority Muslim splinter faiths. These conflicts cannot be resolved through appeasement. They can only be addressed through resistance.
It is not the victims of a thousand year old supremacist campaign who need to appease their conquerors. It is the conquerors who must come to terms with the horrors that they have inflicted through a campaign of colonialism and ethnic cleansing and seek the forgiveness of their victims.
There can be no peace until Muslims understand that the Mohammedan conquests were a genocidal atrocity that destroyed entire peoples and cultures. Only then can they honestly condemn ISIS for trying to repeat those atrocities. And only then will they be able to live in peace with the rest of the world.

Eric Clapton at Auschwitz

By Ruth Ellen Gruber
The Rolling Stones may have played in Israel this summer, but Eric Clapton played at Auschwitz.

Well, not at the Auschwitz death camp, which is now a memorial museum. But in Oswiecim, the town in southern Poland outside which Auschwitz was built.

Clapton’s 90-minute set was the final performance of the annual Oswiecim Life Festival, an event founded in 2010 with the aim of using music and the arts to fight anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia, sending “a message of peace and tolerance” from the place that is a universal symbol of the Holocaust.

The festival was the brainchild of Darek Maciborek, a well-known radio DJ who was born and still lives in Oswiecim. It’s one of the latest steps in Oswiecim’s ongoing struggle to redefine its role as a real, living city—and not just an appendage of the death camp where the Nazis murdered at least 1.5 million people, most of them Jews.

The Festival music line-up each year features a variety of Polish and foreign bands, including Jewish and Israeli artists, as well as big name stars. Matisyahu, Peter Gabriel, James Blunt, and Sting have headlined previous festivals.

More than 10,000 fans spread out on the grassy field of Oswiecim’s stadium Saturday night to hear Clapton play a scorching set of old hits such as “Pretending,” “Cocaine,” “Hoochie Coochie Man” and “Layla”—the acoustic version. His performance in Oswiecim was the last stop on his four-month world tour.

Stalls sold beer and Polish kielbasa, T-shirts, and CDs. But in line with the theme of the Life Festival, there was also a booth staffed by an anti-hate speech organization and another promoting the Auschwitz Jewish Center, an education center founded in 2000 in a former Jewish residence in Oswiecim, which also houses the town’s only surviving synagogue. The center’s newly revamped museum highlights pre-Holocaust Jewish life in Oswiecim, which then had a largely Jewish population.
Unlike some previous headliners, Clapton did not comment publicly on what it meant—or felt like—to perform just a couple of miles from the Arbeit Macht Frei gate.
“This is the fifth Life Festival,” Tomasz Kuncewicz, the director of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, told me. “Five years ago no one was sure how people would react—whether there would be bad publicity or something,” he said. “But after five years it has become, shall we say, normal, even to the extent that he didn’t say anything.”

Clapton took the stage after four supporting groups, including the Israeli band Kerach 9, some of whose songs are based on the poems of a child from the Lodz Ghetto who was murdered at Auschwitz.
The Israelis did, however, have something to say.

Playing at Oswiecim provoked “a complicated feeling because we all know what happened here,” Kerach 9 frontman Noam Rotem said in a video posted by the Life Festival. “But I really tried not to think about it today on stage because today on stage I came to do the things we do best. I think the whole purpose of this festival is trying not to forget the past but to put it behind in some way and let life move forward. And we are part of it and it’s a great privilege for us.”

Drummer Uri Meiselman added, “I’ve visited Oswiecim many times as an educator because I’m also guiding groups and do all kinds of educational activities. I believe that the next time I will come, in a  month, I will see the whole place in a different way. We’re thinking about seeing it with a view for the future.”

Kerach 9 went on the next day to perform at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, an hour’s drive to the east.

Climate change advocate: Workers who lose their jobs 'collateral damage'

By Rick Moran  

What swell bunch of people there are in the climate change movement. One leading advocate for the global warming theory feels just terrible, terrible I say, about hundreds of thousands of workers losing their jobs because of President Obama's new carbon regs.
But the war must go on. Hence, these workers are, sadly, "collateral damage."
Daily Signal:

One of the leading leftwing environmentalists last week described the hundreds of thousands of Americans who may lose their jobs due to the Obama administration’s new anti-carbon regulations as “collateral damage” in the fight against global warming.
The offensive comments were issued by William S. Becker, the head of the Climate Action Project, a well-funded environmental group.
In his piece in the Huffington Post praising the new Environmental Protection Agency regulations to stop climate change, he lamented that “there is nothing explicit in the [Obama] plan to mitigate or adapt to the economic disruption the clean energy transition will cause for coal and oil-country families.”
He said that the pain and suffering to the estimated 200,000 families put out of work is an “evolutionary step in technology and the economy” and a move toward “economic progress.”
Mr. Becker wants more government programs to help the “disrupted” families, as though yet another government job training program will solve the problem that these workers’ lives have been turned upside down. Perhaps this is what the left means by “environmental justice.”
The “let them eat cake” attitude may strike readers as unbelievably offensive and cavalier. Imagine the outcry if a Republican referred to middle class job losers as acceptable “collateral damage.” The story would be on the front page of every newspaper in the country and if Mr. Becker were the head of an industry group he would almost surely be facing intense pressure to resign.
But Mr. Becker is at least giving an honest assessment of the negative  impact of the radical anti-carbon lobby’s crusade on middle class families.
Is there any statement ever made by a climate change advocate that better illustrates that this is not about saving the planet but about destroying industrialized civilization? Perhaps they are sincere about the sky falling and radical, desperate measures are needed to save the planet. Sorry, I'm not buying it. The destruction of the coal industry is based on the notion that climate change is such a huge threat, that we can't slowly ease ourselves into an era of "clean coal," waiting for the technology to catch up to our ambitions. Coal must be destroyed now or we will all die.
If they believe that - and I'm not saying they do - they need to be put away in a nice quiet place where they can receive the best of care and hopefully, fully recover the use of the logic centers of their brains. Otherwise, this kind of hysteria is being taken seriously by those in government who see a perfect opporunity to take control of the energy sector of the economy and run it with the same efficiency and competence as the VA.

Homes of Kidnappers Demolished

 Marwan Kawasmeh (L), Amar Abu-Eisha
Marwan Kawasmeh (L), Amar Abu-Eisha
Israel Security Agency

The IDF demolished overnight Monday the homes of the two main suspects in the kidnapping and killing of three young Israelis, witnesses told AFP.
The witnesses said the houses of Marwan Kawasmeh and Amar Abu-Eisha in Hevron were blown up, in what a human rights group said was the first punitive demolition since Israel halted the practice in 2005.
Kawasmeh and Abu-Eisha were identified by Israel last week as the two terrorists who kidnapped Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Frenkel, whose bodies were discovered earlier on Monday.
Both Kawasmeh and Abu-Eisha have been arrested numerous times and are well known Hamas terrorists in the Hevron area.
The two terrorists remain at large but, according to media reports, security forces believe they likely could not have gotten far and could be located within days.
The demolition of their homes came as the High Court discusses the possible demolition of the home of another terrorist - the murderer of Commander Baruch Mizrahi, who was murdered by a terrorist on the eve of the Passover holiday.

Take Off the Kid Glovesin Terrorist Interrogations - Torture sounds bad, but it brings results and we are not talking about torture as done by the terrorists themselves

By Giulio Meotti 

The IDF, the ISS (Israel Security Services) and the Israeli law enforcement agencies failed to be fast enough in the search for the three Young  Israeli boys kidnapped by Palestinian Arab terrorists. 
Israel should contemplate another measure in crisis terror situations where time is of the essence. torture. This was a ticking-bomb terrorist case in the sense that every minute lost went against the lives of the three students.
You don't kidnap and hide three Jews without the complicity of the local Arab population and its infrastructures. Israel detained several Hamas members who knew about the kidnapping and arrested many Palestinian Arabs involved in the terror operation. It must now begin use physical and psychological force to extort information.
Israel did just that before 1999, when the Supreme Court outlawed the use of what it called "hard" interrogations. In 1987 the Landau Commission decided that the use of force was unavoidable in situations where human lives could be saved in the fight against terrorism.
Wasn't that the case of the three teens? 
This is not about cutting off body parts or watching loved ones being raped before your eyes. Israelis don't do those things. It is about sleep deprivation, pentothal ("truth serum") injections, sensory deprivation, waterboarding, head-messing, hard shaking, climate control adjustments.
This is how the CIA saved many lives after 9/11. Waterboarding worked with Osama Bin Laden's henchmen. It will work on the terrorists from Gaza, Ramallah and Hevron.
Or do you think Israel can govern innocently? The world incites people  to abduct and kill only one country's citizens: the Israelis. Those who oppose torture don't empathize with the innocents, but with the barbarians..
Sometimes it is right to get one’s hands dirty. Might makes right. Israel should stop the bleeding heart pseudo-moral idea of being humane to the very people who want to kill Jews. Stop torturing Israeli parents and torture the terrorists. We don't want to see more funerals of Jews on the televisions.
This must be the last one. Terrorists must suffer, not the innocent Jews.

After Murder of 3 Boys, Obama Urges Israel Not to “Destabilize” Situation

By Daniel Greenfield 
If Obama had a single decent bone in his body, he would have responded to the brutal murder of three teens, one of them an American, by ending his policy of funding the PLO-Hamas unity government.
But no such luck…
If Tel Aviv were nuked tomorrow, Obama and the State Department would put out a statement with some fake commiseration followed by a warning not to destabilize the situation and to show restraint.
That’s just how terrorist sympathizers roll.
First Samantha Power tweeted a statement from Obama, which after the obligatory, “Man that sucks, as a father I really understand how much it hurts to have your kids killed by the terrorists I’ve been funding and conducting backchannel negotiations with”… he gets to the real point.
“I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.”
Jen Psaki at the State Department followed that up by urging more “restraint”. Since ordering Israel to show restraint had worked so well so far, she recommended more of the same.
The United States Department of State called for “restraint” following the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teens kidnapped on their way home from school on June 12th.
Asked shortly after the news was announced if the U.S. message remained one of calling for restraint, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters: “It certainly does,” Reuters reported.
When has the message ever been otherwise? Stop defending yourselves and let the terrorists win.


Report: Arabs Attacked IDF Ambulance Transporting Bodies of Murdered Israeli Teens (PHOTO)

By Shiryn Ghermezian
 An IDF ambulance was attacked as it transported the bodies of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed. Photo: Facebook.

Palestinian Arabs attacked an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) ambulance humvee on Monday that was transporting the recently discovered bodies of three murdered Israeli boys who were kidnapped on June 12, an Israel source told The Algemeiner.
The Muqata blog posted an image of the damaged vehicle on Facebook writing, “8:44pm IDF Ambulance humvee transporting the bodies of the boys attacked by arabs….windows smashed.”
In the picture, the ambulance’s windshield is smashed and splattered with paint.
An IDF spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny the report.
The IDF on Monday discovered the bodies of the three abducted teens — Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel — following extensive searches.
The bodies were found near Hebron in an area north of the community of Telem.  The families of the abducted teens have been notified.

Murdered Bodies of Israeli/American Teens Kidnapped by Hamas Found

By Daniel Greenfield 

The EU and the State Department demanded that Israel show restraint in the search for three kidnapped teenagers, one American and two Israel.
Hamas showed no such restraint.
Israeli troops on Monday discovered the bodies of Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 who, were kidnapped on the night of June at a hitchhiking post outside the settlement of Alon Shvut in the Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem.
Since the start of Operation Brother’s Keeper to find them, 18 days of searches had seen the arrests of over 400 Palestinians, a majority of them members of Hamas.
Israeli authorities on Thursday named two Hamas members as prime suspects in the kidnapping.
On Sunday night, tens of thousands of people crowded into Kings of Israel Square in Tel Aviv to show support for the families of the three kidnapped teenagers, under the banner “Singing Together for Their Return.” President-elect Reuven Rivlin and the parents of the kidnapped teens highlighted the speaker list.
“They know it’s the three, they will know for sure after they do the autopsy.”The official said the three appeared to have been shot to death, likely “very close to the kidnap” time, and that the prime suspects had still not been caught.
Will Obama finally stop funding the PLO/Hamas unity government now?
The mother of another murdered American boy had written an angry letter to Obama.
I would like to know why President Barack Obama has still failed to publicly condemn the kidnapping of Naftali Frenkel here in Israel, who is both an Israeli and American citizen. Two weeks ago, Naftali, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach were kidnapped by terrorists on their way home from school. There has not been any word from them since. I would like to know why President Obama and the First Lady don’t say that Naftali and the other two boys are like their children, as they said about the girls who were kidnapped in Nigeria. Michelle Obama said she was outraged and heartbroken about those girls. I would like to know why the President and First Lady have made no public statements at all about our boys, and especially about Naftali, an American citizen.
After my 13 year old son Koby, also an American citizen, was killed by terrorists in 2001, a law was introduced in Congress called the Koby Mandell Act. It later passed as an omnibus rider (my son’s name was erased), which opened an office in the Department of Justice called the Office of Justice for the Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OVT). The office’s mandate was to actively pursue terrorists who murdered Americans abroad.
At about the same time, the government initiated a Rewards for Justice Program to pay for information leading to the arrest of overseas terrorists. Yet, no terrorist killers of Americans in Israel have ever been apprehended under that program. In fact, today when I checked the Rewards for Justice website, there was not even a listing for my son’s name. His murderers have not been found, yet the Justice Department has seemingly deleted him from their consciousness. They are not looking for his killers. In fact, according to their list of atrocities, no Koby Mandell was ever killed in Israel by terrorists. They have closed his case, if it was ever opened. And if you search the Office of Victims of Overseas Terrorism, you will not find his name either, except in reference to the first version of the law.

Ted Cruz spoke out on the Senate floor. Obama never did.
All of us should stand with Rachel as she stands with her son who’s been kidnapped.
I also want to tell the world about these three boys. Rachel’s son Naftali is sixteen-years-old. His grandparents have lived in Brooklyn and Brooklyn has been a second home to him. He is the oldest of seven children, he likes playing the guitar, basketball and ping pong. Indeed there’s even a video of him on YouTube playing ping pong. I gotta say is pretty good.
He is a talented and gifted student who is on track to take the biology matriculation exams. His teachers say Naftali is brilliant, one of the best they’ve ever had and his mother said his personality is a delightful combination to both serious and fun.
Gilad Shair, who was with Naftali that day coming home also from school was likewise abducted. Like Naphtali, Gilad is 16 years old.
Gil means happiness and ad means forever. His name literally means happiness forever and is a source of joy to those who meet him.
His aunt Lehi Shair, with whom I had the privileges meeting and visiting earlier this week says he has a smile that brings light to the world. Quite fitting for a boy named happiness forever. And she says, “We want him home where he belongs, with his family he so dearly loves.”
Gilad has five sisters and he is described by them as a caring and loving brother. He is the family’s only son and he has family in Los Angeles and New York.
Gilad is witty, he loves to read and watch movies and recently he finished a scuba diving course, but he’s also a talented cook he enjoys baking his sisters cakes and pastries.
We don’t know where Gilad is right now
And then there is Eyal Yifrach, yhe third boy kidnapped that day. He is nineteen years old and is the oldest of six children. He’s a role model for their family and he’s loved by friends who say they would like to have him as a brother.
He loves sports, he should be cheeing the World Cup games today, like so many other teenagers with his friends, a gregarious fellow he likes to cook, to travel, to play guitar, to sing, indeed you can find videos at him on YouTube singing a song that he wrote himself.
They all should be home singing again.
Sadly that won’t happen now.
WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said the thoughts of the entire international Jewish community were with the families of Naphtali Fraenkel, Gilad Sha’ar and Eyal Yifrach.
“Clearly, Hamas is a terrorist organization, and it must be dismantled, and it is the responsibility of Mahmoud Abbas to remove all Hamas-linked officials from his government immediately and fight terrorism vigorously and urgently. Abu Mazen needs to show leadership now,” Lauder declared.
He also urged the international community, and in particular the United States and the European Union, to halt all financial support for the Palestinian Authority until Hamas is excluded from all government bodies. “This murder must spur the world into action, and the fight against fanatic, extremist groups such as Hamas must be stepped up urgently,” said the WJC president.


Bodies of Kidnapped Teens Found Near Hevron

 Murdered (L to R): Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel
Murdered (L to R): Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel
courtesy of the families

In a tragic end to an intensive search by the IDF, intelligence services and police, it has been released for publication this evening (Monday) that IDF forces have discovered the bodies of the three teenagers abducted 18 days ago as they hitchhiked home near the town of Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion region.
Eyal Yifrah (19), Gilad Sha'ar (16) and Naftali Frenkel (16) went missing on June 12th, and officials soon identified Hamas as the culprits. Their bodies were found near Hevron, where the search operation for them - dubbed Operation Brother's Keeper - had been focused.
Last week the IDF authorized for publication the identities of two Hamas terrorists being hunted for being "deeply involved" in the kidnappings of the boys. The two, Marwan Kawasmeh and Amar Abu-Eisha, are well-known Hamas terrorists operating in the Hevron area.
Kawasmeh, 29, was first arrested in 2004 for security violations, and since then has been arrested at least four more times. In an interrogation in 2010, he admitted working on behalf of Hamas in the Hevron area. He has participated in Hamas training camps and has helped the terror group to recruit new members.
Abu-Eisha, 33, was first arrested in 2005, and remained imprisoned until 2006. He was released, only to be arrested again in 2007. His brother was killed while conducting a terror attack in 2005 against an IDF patrol. His father has also been arrested numerous times for security offenses.
A total of 413 terror suspects, mostly Hamas members, have been arrested during IDF operation; Kawasmeh and Abu-Eisha, however, have not yet been found, but are now presumably being hunted on suspicion of murder.
During the past 18 days Israelis and Jews throughout the world had mobilized, holding prayer rallies, social media campaigns and solidarity marches calling for the return of the boys. As recently as yesterday officials were still saying they working working under the assumption that the boys were still alive, as no information had been received to the contrary.
News of their murder will leave the nation of Israel, and the Jewish people, in a state of mourning.

Defending the Indefensible: Honour Killings and the Limits of Free Speech


On Tuesday 24 June, the Sydney Opera House announced the cancellation of a talk entitled "Honour Killings Are Morally Justified", scheduled to be delivered at the annual Festival of Dangerous Ideas by Uthman Badar, a Sydney-based spokesman for the Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir. The full statement read as follows:
The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is intended to be a provocation to thought and discussion, rather than simply a provocation. It is always a matter of balance and judgement, and in this case a line has been crossed. Accordingly, we have decided not to proceed with the scheduled session with Uthman Badar. It is clear from the public reaction that the title has given the wrong impression of what Mr Badar intended to discuss. Neither Mr Badar, the St James Ethics Centre, nor Sydney Opera House in any way advocates honour killings or condones any form of violence against women.
Simon Longstaff, the executive director of the St. James Ethics Centre, which is organising and curating the Festival, then posted the following statement on twitter:
It is unclear from Longstaff's use of the passive voice whether he reluctantly assented to the talk's cancellation or whether it was a decision imposed upon him by the venue. Either way, he was clearly unhappy. But, like the venue, he conceded the title had been "a mistake" unreflective of Badar's arguments.
The difficulty with this is that by Badar's own account (which I have yet to see disputed by anyone connected with the event), the title of the session was not his idea, but was suggested by the St James Ethics Centre. He then wrote the talk to order. So if the title really does not match the content, it is because Badar did not deliver on his brief, which was the unambiguous defence of a barbaric practice. In a facebook post, published after the furore erupted but before the event was cancelled, Badar protested that this was indeed the case:
As for the content of my presentation, I wont [sic] be revealing much before the event itself. Surprise, surprise. I will, however, say that the suggestion that I would advocate for honour killings, as understand [sic] in the west, is ludicrous and something I would normally not deem worth of [sic] dignifying with a response. Rather, this is about discussing the issue at a deeper level, confronting accepted perceptions, assumptions and presumptions and seeing things from a different perspective. Is that too much to ask of the liberal mind?
Had the talk's title been framed as a question rather than an assertion, this would be an acceptable defence. But it wasn't, so it's simply an admission by Badar that he had failed to defend the pre-agreed proposition. That this failure is now being used to berate his critics is both an amusing irony and indicative of his lack of integrity.

Read the full article here.

Mother of kidnappers: “I raised my children on the knees of the (Islamic) religion, they are religious guys and their goal is to bring the victory of Islam”

Motherly Love
Or just another brood-sow from hell?
The mother of one of the prime suspects in the kidnapping of three Israeli teens two weeks ago says that if her son committed the crime, she would be “proud of him.”

Amer Abu Aysha (left) and Marwan Kawasme (right), suspected by Israel of kidnapping three Israeli teens. (Photo: Israeli government handout)The mother of Amer Abu Aysha told Channel 10 she’d be “proud” of her son if he was involved in the abduction. (Image source: Channel 10)
The mother of Amer Abu Aysha told Channel 10 she’d be “proud” of her son if he was involved in the abduction. (Image source: Channel 10)
In an interview with Israel’s Channel 10 on Sunday, Abu Aysha’s mother denied her son was involved, but at the same time voiced pride if it turns out he was behind the abduction.
“If he did the kidnapping I’ll be proud of him,” she said. “I raised my children on the knees of the (Islamic) religion, they are religious guys, honest and clean-handed, and their goal is to bring the victory of Islam,”added Abu Aysha’s mother.


Hate Preacher Accused Of Radicalising British Jihadis Is Jobless Benefit Scrounger

By Andre Walker 

An Islamist Fascist who is accused of radicalising three British jihadis to fight for ISIS, has been exposed as a benefit-claiming hypocrite, by the Mail. Thirty-five year old Abu Waleed spends his days inciting hated against Christians on the internet and has even called for them to be forced to shave their heads and wear red belts around their necks, in a similar way to Jews in Germany being forced to wear the yellow star.
The hate preacher is really called Shahid Janjua and he lives in a council house – a property funded by the taxpayer – in Hounslow, West London. A source close to the family confirmed he was unemployed and claiming benefits for himself, his wife and his three disabled children.
He has used his online rants to encourage his followers to cheat taxpayers out of income support and incapacity benefit. He is a leading member of Need4Khilafah which was banned last week for inciting terrorism. It was also thought to be instrumental in radicalising the three Welsh Jihadis who appeared on an ISIS video, as reported Breitbart London.
Waleed even attended a barbecue in Cardiff earlier this month under the banner of the ISIS terror group, which Al Qaeda split from as they considered it too extreme. The two men in the ISIS video, Reyaad Khan and Nasser Muthana, both 20, were also spotted seven months ago promoting a group closely linked to Waleed outside a Mosque.
As reported on Saturday on Breitbart London, the Mosque they attended has been accused of allowed hate preachers to address children, leading to fears that Cardiff is now becoming a hot bed for radical Islam. The appearance of two jihadis from the town on the ISIS video also came shortly after the revelation that as many as 1,500 highly trained British extremists may be in Iraq and Syria.
In his films Waleed advocates a series of views that would sound ridiculous if he were not in a position of authority over vulnerable young Muslims. He believes the Queen should be forced to wear a Burka, that Christians should pay a special tax to Muslims, that Church bells should be banned and that any non-believer should be formally given second class citizenship status.
His video collection was uncovered by the Middle East Media Research Institute, an American anti-extremism monitoring group. In the most recent film, made in January, Waleed said: “The kaffir [non-believer], when he walks down the street, he has to wear a red belt around his neck, and he has to have his forehead shaved, and he has to wear two shoes that are different from one another.”
In an earlier video, he says: “The nightmare on Downing Street, my dear brothers, is when the door of 10 Downing Street is kicked down by one muwahid [Muslim], and the caliph [Islamic ruler] he walks in, and establishes the sharia.”
He is believed to be close to the hate preacher Anjem Choudary’s and attended the notorious Finsbury Park mosque when it was in the grip of Abu Hamza and his henchmen. His mother Nasreen blamed claims he was “brainwashed” by hate cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed.
Lord Carlile, the Government’s former counter terrorism advisor, said Waleed’s comments border on an incitement to religious hatred. The peer said: “The words he used are inflammatory, discriminatory, offensive and ludicrous.
“The suggestion that a Christian should have his hair shaved and wear a red belt around his neck reminds me of the very worst views and actions of Adolf Hitler.”
The benefit claimant is likely to be supportive of extra taxes on Christians because he is unwilling to get a job for a living, and instead believes he has a right to live a sedentary lifestyle. It is also unclear the cause of his children’s disability but the British Pakistani community does suffer a higher incidence of birth defects due to the practise of continually marrying into their own families, including their first cousins.

ISIS Crucifies Jihadis for Being 'Too Soft'

By Nick Hallett 

 Islamist terror group ISIS has reportedly crucified eight jihadis from a rival rebel group in Syria for being too moderate. The Sun says that the bodies of the eight militants were still on view in a square in Aleppo yesterday, while another man was crucified in the town of Al Bab but survived despite being nailed up for eight hours.
Yesterday, the Iraqi military launched strikes against ISIS positions near the city of Tikrit. Using helicopter gunships, the military launched the action in an attempt to take back control of the north of the country, which has been over-run by the terror group in recent weeks.
ISIS, which has previously been condemned by Al Qaeda for being too extreme, has been fighting a war for control of Iraq and Syria ever since the Syrian civil war began three years ago.
Although initially part of the wider rebellion against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, they broke away and formed their own front after accusing fellow rebels of being too moderate.
They have now carried their fight into neighbouring Iraq, where they have taken advantage of increasing sectarian tensions and a weak Baghdad government.
Five second-hand Russian warplanes have now arrived in the Iraqi capital, and the US have sent 180 of 300 troops promised by President Obama as the world slowly reacts to the ISIS threat.

Cameron's (Mis)Leadership on Brussels: Why His Juncker Protests Mean Nothing to the EU Elite

By M.E. Synon 

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, in what looks like a slippery manoeuvre to draw attention away from his failures in Brussels, is now pretending he secured concessions from the same EU leaders who voted him down 26-2 in his opposition to Jean Claude Juncker as next president of the European Commission. In an article written for the Daily Telegraph the prime minister points to a few words of goodwill the European Council added to their official conclusions at the insistence of Cameron and his diplomats and insists they mean “is moving in the right direction.”
In particular, he says “We also negotiated, with support from our allies, explicit recognition – for the first time – that the concerns of the United Kingdom will need to be addressed.”
This is the line in the conclusions to which he refers:
“The UK raised some concerns related to the future development of the EU. These concerns will need to be addressed.”
Yet both Cameron’s comment on the line, and the line itself, are carefully constructed to mix the obvious with nothing at all. Long-time EU observers know the phrase “to be addressed” has no more meaning in Brussels than a negotiator saying, “I note what you say.” There is in fact no commitment and no concession in the line.
Then Cameron takes this paragraph from the conclusions:
“..the European Council noted that the concept of ever closer union allows for different paths of integration for different countries, allowing those that want to deepen integration to move ahead, while respecting the wish of those who do not want to deepen any further.”
Cameron spins that to mean: “Importantly, we broke new ground on the issue of ‘ever closer union,’ making clear that the wish of countries like Britain – who do not want to deepen integration – must be respected.”
In fact, no new ground was broken by this paragraph, and Cameron does not know – or does not tell his British readers – that “respected” means nothing at all to the EU elite. Following the referenda in the Netherlands, France and Ireland that rejected EU treaties, the EU elite immediately said they would “respect” the votes – then they set about forcing the member states to reverse the referenda results.
In fact this paragraph from the council conclusions confirms that “deeper integration” – known in treaty law as “ever closer union” -- is the path for all member states, and it is only the rate of integration can be variable.
This is far from new, it reflects a long-standing policy of the EU called “enhanced cooperation.”
The European Commission explains that enhanced cooperation “allows those countries that want to work more closely together to do so, while respecting the legal framework of the Union. The Member States concerned can thus move forward at different speeds and/or towards different goals.”
One example of the established EU policy of “different paths to integration” is the passport-free area called the Schengen Zone. The most spectacular example is the eurozone.
At least nine countries must be involved in “enhanced cooperation,” which needs permission from the European Council. The method was established by the Maastricht Treaty signed by Conservative Prime Minister John Major in 1992.
Areas which can be covered by enhanced cooperation have been increased by successive EU treaties, among them the Treaty of Amsterdam signed in 1997 by Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Treaty of Nice signed in 2001 also by Blair and the Lisbon Treaty signed in 2007 by Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Yet in his newspaper article today, the long-standing EU practice of “enhanced cooperation” is either unknown to Cameron, or he deliberately ignores so that he can present the council’s dull statement of this policy as “breaking new ground.”
Cameron himself does not actually claim this line delivers anything at all – but he phrases his article, and assumes a tone, of accomplishment.
In other words, he has used words in such a way in the hope that he can encourage the British people to think he made progress last week in Brussels in repatriating powers to Britain. He didn't. But he hasn’t actually lied, either. He has simply misled. Which some might say is more contemptible than an outright lie.

UK: Germany controls the EU, we must get out now

Fear of Germany was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the European Union. In the eight decades before 1950 aggressive Teutonic militarism had plunged Europe into three savage conflicts, leaving millions dead and entire nations ravaged. The architects of European political integration were determined this should never happen again.So German ambitions were to be suppressed through the construction of a federal superstate. "We are carrying out a great experiment," one that would "put an end to war and guarantee eternal peace", wrote Robert Schuman, founding father of the European Community in the 1950s. But the belief that Brussels would constrain Berlin has turned out to be a dangerous illusion. It is a tragic paradox that an organisation built to hold back Germany has ended up giving the country more influence over her neighbours than at any time since the Second World War. The selfdeceiving dreamers of Brussels thought their federation would act as a straitjacket but it is the rest of Europe that is now trapped in the asylum, with the Germans holding the keys. That bitter truth has been exposed over the farcical appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker, the veteran political operator and federalist fanatic from Luxembourg, as the new President of the European Commission in succession to the equally unimpressive Jose-Manuel Barroso. EVEN within diehard pro-European circles there is little pretence that Juncker is the right man for the job. A cynical careerist who is only interested in backroom deals, not real reform, he has been plagued by allegations he has a serious drink problem. But this is the man who has been imposed on Europe largely because German Chancellor Angela Merkel backed his cause. Initially she hinted to David Cameron she would oppose Juncker in view of his lack of reforming credentials and his unfitness for office but she then reversed her position. It is a sign of Germany's complete dominance of the EU that all the other national leaders, except for Hungary's, fell in obediently behind her. Cameron never stood a chance once the Merkel juggernaut began to move, crushing all dissent. As one British diplomat put it, the other countries "didn't want to be on the wrong side of Germany". There has been nothing humiliating about Cameron's action. At least he had the guts to stand up for what he felt was right instead of colluding in another shabby EU stitch-up orchestrated from Berlin. But the intriguing question is why Merkel was so keen to foist Juncker on the EU Commission. One reason was that Juncker's chief rival for the commission presidency was Martin Schulz, a German bookseller, staunch socialist and head of the European Parliament. Within Germany Schulz is an opponent of Merkel's Christian Democratic Party, which meant she had little enthusiasm for his candidacy. More importantly Germany has huge financial interests in Luxembourg. The German banking group is by far the largest in the tiny state's lucrative financial services industry, with no fewer than 42 institutions. By installing Luxembourg's arch wheeler-dealer in the top post Merkel not only ensured German interests were protected but also that financial reform would receive little priority. On another level the elevation of Juncker suited the power-hungry ambitions of Germany and EU federalists who have acted in an unholy alliance to seize control from the rest of the member states. Until the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 the decision over the EU Commission presidency lay with the heads of government. But Lisbon required them to take account of the European Parliament's wishes. Because Juncker was the candidate of the European People's Party, the largest grouping in the assembly, he became the frontrunner. Yet the idea that because of the European Parliament's machinations Juncker has any sort of a mandate is absurd. His name was on no ballot paper in the recent European elections. Not a single elector voted for him. His EPP actually lost seats in May, securing just 28 per cent of the overall vote. But Merkel gave her backing to this sham of democracy because an extension of the European Parliament's power also extends Germany's influence. Not only are other national leaders weakened but also Germany is proportionately by far the strongest voice in the parliament, holding 98 of the 751 seats. Meanwhile the federalist maniacs see the parliament as another vehicle for reducing the member states to the status of regional provinces under the governance of a United States of Europe. In any federal European entity Germany will have by far the biggest role. This is the country that already runs the eurozone ruthlessly in its own interests while figures such as Barroso and the Council President Herman Van Rompuy are little more than puppets, their strings pulled by Berlin. It is outrageous we should now be governed by Germany's placemen. We went to war in 1914 and 1939 to uphold our national independence from the threat of German domination. The events of recent days have confirmed that our continuing membership of the EU will bring about precisely the result that previous generations, in a spirit of monumental self-sacrifice, tried to avoid.

Hamas Asks Turkey to Stop 'Israeli Aggression'

Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday, asking him for to act against Israel.
Mashaal complained to Davutoglu about the IDF Operation Brother's Keeper, which has cracked down on the Hamas terrorism infrastructure in Judea and Samaria while searching for the three Israeli teens that were abducted by Hamas terrorists on June 12.
The Hamas leader told Davutoglu that Israel is conducting "arrests, aggression and threats" in the operation, reports Walla!.
In the phone call, Mashaal requested that Davutoglu work with the international community to stop the "Israeli aggression," and to lift the siege on Gaza, which has in fact been conducted by Egypt; Israel has partially closed its crossings with Gaza to prevent the Hamas terrorists who abducted the teens from absconding to Gaza with them.
The phone call comes the same Monday that the IDF reports Hamas terrorists fired 15 rockets at Israel over the course of the night and morning, the first time Hamas has been identified as firing rockets since the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense.
While there has been a steady stream of rocket fire even since the Operation Pillar of Defense "ceasefire" that was brokered by Egypt, the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad terror group and terrorist factions other than Hamas have largely claimed the attacks.
Mashaal's phone call to Davutoglu comes after the Hamas leader, who is currently in Qatar, sent a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last Thursday, calling on him to join the "struggle" against Israel.
The Hamas leader called on Iran to aid the struggle of the "Palestinian nation" against Israel so as "to end the aggression." Turkey in 2012 surpassed Iran as the leading sponsor of the terrorist group Hamas.
Speaking about the abduction, Mashaal said last Monday "blessed be the kidnappers, since it is a Palestinian obligation to release prisoners and make the occupation pay the price of the Palestinian suffering."

The Rise and Fall of David Cameron's 'Boy Genius' Tech Guru

By Milo Yiannopoulos 

A former rising star of the Tories’ tech strategy, Rohan Silva was considered the future of the U.K. technology industry. But the Whitehall high flyer’s career has stalled: he’s now an office manager in Shoreditch. His promised “ed tech” startup failed to materialise and questions are being asked about how much he really achieved at Number 10. What went wrong? “Ro,” 33, who raised royal eyebrows earlier this month when he showed up for a reception with the Queen wearing a pair of Converse sneakers, was one of the darlings of Tech City—the Government’s name for a cluster of technology businesses in east London, of which Silva claims in interviews to have been chief architect.
But, as the dust settles after the failure and mothballing of the Tech City quango, local businesses are scratching their heads, wondering how their cheerleader-in-chief ended up renting out desk space, instead of transforming the future of education, as he so noisily claimed he would when he abruptly left the government.
Silva’s track record in government was impressive, if you believe what you read in the papers, the tech blogs and on his own assiduously maintained social media profiles. And with his tousled hair and natty dress sense, it’s easy to imagine why a man who looks more like a Shoreditch barfly than a traditional senior policy advisor might have impressed the suits in Westminster and the blazers in Mayfair.
Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, the son of Sri Lankan immigrant parents who came to the U.K. in the 1960s, his life before 2004 has been scrubbed from the internet. We only know what he tells the papers: for example, that his wife Kate McTiernan is an architect who specialises in designing mosques.
But he has, in his short career, been showered with honorifics from afar: Massachusetts Institute of Technology granted him research affiliate status last year, and he was made a policy fellow at Cambridge University in 2011, a position which lasted until 2013.
Independent editor Amol Rajan said last year that he was “destined for great things.” A fawning profile appeared in trade rag Tech City News in 2013. (It’s a gruesome read: you can almost see the writer’s erection beneath his gushing prose.) TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher similarly described him as “undoubtedly the prime architect of the U.K. government’s sea change in attitudes towards the tech startup entrepreneur community.”
Silva landed at job at the Treasury in 2004, on what his LinkedIn profile earnestly documents as the “Fast Stream.”
After then working under George Osborne, Silva ended up in David Cameron’s inner circle, alongside Andy Coulson and Patrick Rock. He quickly acquired a reputation as the Tory administration’s man in the know when it came to Britain’s digital economy. Seemingly, no one bothered to ask why Silva was so obsessed with consumer internet startups, the one segment of the technology industry the U.K. has never excelled at.
Silva was given broad license to suggest ideas to improve the conditions for internet startups—or, at least, to give the impression that Cameron’s government would care about the scrappy cluster of digital businesses in east London. (The Tories were anxious in opposition to underscore their entrepreneurial credentials, so Silva was charged with dreaming up eye-catching but inexpensive initiatives to remind the electorate that the Conservatives were the party of small business.)
After a great deal of vacillation and several protracted negotiations with potential employers stretching back as far as 2011, Silva eventually left the government. “Rohan’s too big for Number 10,” one of Cameron’s other advisors told the Independent at the time. Silva briefed several newspapers that he was departing to launch a tech startup that would change the face of education.
But the startup never launched, and Silva found himself calling in favours at Index Ventures, whose cosy relationship with the Cameron administration had already yielded dividends, with partner Saul Klein appointed the U.K.’s “Tech Envoy” to Israel. Index threw him a bone, and Silva accepted an “entrepreneur-in-residence” position—considered a stopgap for aspiring entrepreneurs who have failed to come up with an idea, raise funding of their own or join a startup. That position lasted a year. 
Now, he runs Second Home, a co-working space in Shoreditch renting out desk space to startups, and is “Chair” of a website called Spacious that also advertises office space. It’s quite the comedown for the man celebrated ad nauseam in the tech press, though perhaps it’s fitting: after all, his crowning achievement, Tech City, has been a horrible failure, its operations quietly rolled into Boris Johnson’s development agency, London & Partners, last year.
Tech City lost staff, funding and its national remit in the process, and now exists largely as a branding exercise within L&P. Its critics are bolder than ever before: barely a week goes by without an op ed criticising the outfit for inaction or for the negative consequences of its existence, such as prices going up around Old Street.
Of course, Tech City was championed by an eccentric cast of characters, most hand-picked by Silva, in its short but checkered history. Original chief executive Eric van der Kleij jumped ship before the bad press began to accumulate—though not, of course, to start his own company, since van der Kleij is still the subject of an individual voluntary arrangement, an alternative to bankruptcy.
Silva has made a point of claiming credit for the appointment of Joanna Shields, a former female tech role model who bombed out of a promising career at Google and Facebook to do public relations for the London borough of Islington. She then rapidly distanced herself from her “CEO” title at Tech City and now styles herself “Chairman,” which better befits the reality that she has never been contactable by the public.
(Shields’ only communication with startups has been the unsolicited emails she sends to Tech City CEOs, which offer no option to unsubscribe. That’s against the law, and has earned her the nickname “Spam Queen” among some mean-spirited startup founders.)
Rohan Silva has a reasonable claim to other accomplishments in government besides Tech City, which is perhaps just as well. Yet just how much credit he can claim for policy innovations, and how effective those innovations have been, is the subject of debate. The “entrepreneur’s visa,” for example—useless outside the EU—appears to have been more of a team effort than Silva implies in his Index Ventures profile.
Silva also claimed he would be “tough on red tape,” as though that were in any meaningful sense within his remit, but businesses say that, if anything, regulations have been increasing over the past few years, thanks to Brussels legislation over which the British government has no control.
Certainly, Silva can be said to have pioneered the science of ingratiating technology blowhards with government departments. Tens of millions of pounds have been spent on public relations since Tech City officially launched in 2011, but the beneficiaries have not been small businesses, who have only seen their rents go up: instead, careerists and vacuous motormouths have had their obeisance rewarded with lavish receptions at Buckingham Palace and press coverage foisted by the government upon credulous journalists.
In one newspaper profile last year, Silva went so far as to claim he “created” Tech City. That came as news to startups, which are the real, organic drivers of growth in the area. In fact it is difficult to establish what, precisely, has been achieved by the government, since its own metrics are so notoriously unreliable, where they exist.
Numbers that have emerged from the government departments claiming to measure the success of the Tech City initiative, whether they relate to employment, investment or simply the number of companies started, have been plucked from thin air, with the inevitable consequence that no one believes a word anyone in the public sector says any more.
This unnecessarily lost trust, a lack of credibility and the daily ridicule to which the Tech City project is now subjected, perhaps explain why its mastermind’s accomplishments after government have been so bitterly unprepossessing. But the greatest mystery is how Rohan Silva reduced an entire industry to giggling, infatuated schoolgirls—attracting the sort of praise normally reserved for religious deities—while achieving vanishingly little for businesses suffocated by over-regulation and tax.

BBC Blows £500k Asking 33,000 People in Asia Their Thoughts on Climate Change

By Nick Hallett 

The BBC has spent over half a million pounds of tax payers' money asking 33,000 people 5,000 miles away from Britain what they think of climate change. The Mail on Sunday reports that the survey by BBC Media Action, which cost £519,000, is designed to persuade the world to adopt stricter policies on global warming.
It is funded by the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development, and involved asking villagers in India, Vietnam, China, Pakistan, Nepal and Indonesia how climate change is "affecting their lives already".
The respondents reported less predictable rainfall, smaller harvests, dustier soil and droughts, although the survey does not state whether these observations are backed up by hard data, nor whether they are actually caused by climate change.
It concludes with advice that appears to be aimed at climate activists: "Do not talk about scientific or technical abstractions. Talk about the problems they face in their daily lives… Speak in language that makes sense to people in terms of how they experience climate change."
John Whittingdate, chairman of the Commons Media and Culture Select Committee, told the Mail he was "astonished" to see that BBC taking part in such a survey.
"The BBC brand carries with it a huge reputation for impartiality and objectivity. Even though this is not a mainstream, licence-fee-funded activity, for the BBC to attach its label to something which is so politically controversial is unwise.
"The BBC has already been attacked for paying too little attention to climate change sceptics, and this bears those criticisms out."
Professor Richard Tol of Sussex University, a leading authority on climate change, said the BBC "would have been better advised to invest this money in proper research," adding that the survey seems to be contradicted by more reliable sources.
He added: "Objective data do not corroborate the survey's reported impacts on health, droughts, predictability of rainfall, and crop yields. Attribution of any of these effects to climate change is by and large beyond the current level of scientific knowledge."
He also said that the survey was academically useless: "Interviewing 30,000 people across six countries is expensive, and cannot tell us much – previous research has shown people’s recollection of past weather and climate is very unreliable, and people’s attribution of observations to causes is worse."
The survey comes as BBC ruled that a Radio 4 debate on climate change involving former Chancellor Nigel Lawson should have been censored because he does not share the consensus view on climate change.
Fraser Steel, head of the corporation's complaints unit, said the debate should never have been broadcast, in a move that could have huge implications for climate change sceptics.
The decisions has been condemned by MPs across the political divide, with Conservative Peter Lilley, who sits on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, saying it shows the BBC is "afraid of letting a single critic point out  that the climate change emperor has no clothes".
Labour MP Graham Stringer added: "This is a form of censorship."

EU, U.S., Funding Incentives to Kill Jews

By Guy Millière
Children living in territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority, funded by Europe and the U.S., are encouraged to kill Jews and destroy Israel.
There can be no peace so long as financial incentives to kill Jews and destroy Israel continue to be dangled in front of Palestinian populations. It is this aggression, and not humanitarian relief, that much of the well-intended international funding -- with no conditions whatsoever attached -- is used for.
The only conclusion one can draw is the EU and the U.S. are actually on the side of terrorism.
So long as the EU and the U.S continue to fund entities which openly promote acts of terror, they should be held criminally liable as accessories to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Rival factions of Fatah and Hamas formed a new Palestinian "unity government" on June 12. The Israeli government expressed deep concern. Israel's Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, stressed that the alliance could lead to a resurgence of terrorist acts. The European Union and current U.S. administration decided, nevertheless, to legitimize the new government.
No Western leader highlighted that Hamas had not renounced its explicitly genocidal goals, and that Hamas leaders have never renounced the use of violence.
Netanyahu's prediction proved accurate: rocket fire resumed from Gaza.
On June 11th, rockets were fired at one of the main roads in southern Israel. The next day, June 12, three Israeli teens were kidnapped in the Hebron area. The kidnappers are apparently members of Hamas, even though Hamas has so far denied this.[1]
As usual, much of the Western mainstream media immediately blamed the victims. Moreover, although only one of the teens lived in the West Bank, all three were referred to as "settlers".
The European Union reacted five days later, on June 17, only after the Israeli government had voiced its anger at such a long silence.
The U.S. State Department reacted faster, denouncing the abductions on June 15.
On June 18, however, the State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, urged "all parties" to "show restraint," drawing a parallel between actions of terrorists and the efforts of the Israeli government to find the three boys. That one of them is a U.S. citizen did not seem a major concern either to them or to the administration -- as it also does not with either Pastor Saeed Abedini, currently in jail in Iran for being a Christian, or with retired U.S. Marine Andrew Tahmooressi, currently in jail during a sham prosecution in Mexico, which is supposed to be an ally. When a reporter asked Psaki for the name of the American teen who had been kidnapped, she was unable to answer.
On June 26, the Shin Bet [Israel Security Agency] revealed the identity of the two main suspects in the kidnapping; both men are Hamas members.
At first, Palestinian Authority [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas tepidly apologized, but when that proved politically unpopular with his constituents, he pinned responsibility on Israel, said he did not think Hamas was guilty, and accused Israel of killing "Palestinian teenagers in cold blood". In other words, playing both sides.
A few hours after the kidnapping, Abbas's Fatah faction ran the now-famous gloating cartoon depicting the teenagers as three rats branded with the Star of David. Mahmoud Abbas has not condemned the cartoon.
A pro-kidnapping, three-fingered salute called "the three Shalits" -- referring to the previously kidnapped Israeli, Gilad Shalit, who eventually, after five years of captivity, was exchanged for over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners -- has gained popularity as a rallying symbol among Palestinians. Mahmoud Abbas has not condemned the salute.
Al Hayat al-Jadida, the PA's official newspaper, also published a cartoon that glorified the kidnapping at the same time as it spoofed the FIFA World Cup logo. It shows three hands holding three helpless Jews with their hands up in surrender. The FIFA World Cup logo says "Brazil" under it: the spoof says "Khalil," the Arabic name for Hebron. Mahmoud Abbas has not condemned Al Hayat al Jadida.
A few days ago, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said that a third intifada against Israel has begun. Mahmoud Abbas has also not condemned the statement of Ismail Haniyeh.
Anti-Israeli hatred permeates the Palestinian Arab population of the West Bank; Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah bear full responsibility.
The PA, on its totally government-controlled TV, on a daily basis glorifies suicide bombers and portrays them as role models for others to "follow in their path." Children living in territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority, and funded by the Europe and the U.S., are encouraged to kill Jews and destroy Israel.
The PA also pays generous monthly salaries to convicted terrorists jailed in Israel.
A few months ago, Mahmoud Abbas welcomed murderers released from Israeli prisons as heroes.

Although the rivalry between Fatah and Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, has led to bloody episodes of civil war, when it comes to Israel, they share the same goal.
Many commentators think that the purpose behind the unity government was to allow Hamas to receive international funding, as well as absolution, and to take control of the supposedly united Palestinian Authority before Palestinian elections in 2015. In exchange, Mahmoud Abbas could tell the world he represents all Palestinians, and try to acquire more funding as well as unilateral recognition of a borderless Palestinian state -- without needing to negotiate with Israel. Then presumably he could retire.
Although the scenario did not go as planned, the goal of displacing Israel remains the same.
Those who hoped that the kidnapping of three Israeli teens might push European leaders and members of the U.S. administration to think twice and modify their positions about granting funds to Hamas through the PA, can now see they were wrong.
The European Union and the U.S. government have been financing the Palestinian Authority for years, thus providing heavy financial incentives to kill Jews and destroy Israel. They did not, however, stop financing the Palestinian Authority on June 12, and there is no indication that they will stop.
To justify continuing their funding the Palestinian Authority, the leaders of the EU and the U.S. -- as if they do not see what Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas say and do -- pretend to believe that Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas are "moderate". There is no indication that anyone's attitude will change. Hamas leaders speak only of war, and all their acts are acts of war. But the EU and the U.S. have given Hamas absolution, and even though Hamas and Fatah have not reversed there behavior, the EU and the U.S. do not seem to be reversing their decision.
"Moderate" Palestinian leaders speak of "peace" when they speak in English, but of war when they speak in Arabic. Their acts are almost always acts of war, or at the very least hostile, as is -- ostentatiously -- the United Nations.
Israel has no "peace partner" among the Palestinian leadership; no friends or reliable partners in the current U.S. administration, and only a few in the European Union.
The kidnappings, and especially the international response to them, only highlight that Israel must continue to hold Judea and Samaria, stop looking for support or sympathy, and begin treating acts of war as acts of war.
Wars end when there is a winner and a loser. The winner imposes terms on the loser. The loser knows that he has lost when he has no choice but to see that his cause is totally hopeless.
The EU and the current U.S. administration say they want "peace". But they cannot ignore the fact that there can be no peace so long as financial incentives to kill Jews and destroy Israel continue to be dangled in front of Palestinian populations. The only conclusion one can draw is that the EU and the U.S. actually want war, and that they are on the side of Israel's enemies and on the side of terrorism.
In a recent press statement, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, said that "terrorism begins when the seeds of hatred are sown in the hearts and minds of ordinary men and women."
It is the European Union and the current U.S. administration who are sowing them in the hearts and minds of the Palestinian Arab people by funding organizations such as the Palestinian Authority and Hamas that call for and celebrate terrorist actions.
It is this American and European bankrolling of non-stop incitement -- with no conditions whatsoever attached to the funding -- that has led to the kidnapping and to the violence in general that the U.S. and the EU so piously profess not to want.
So long as the EU and the U.S. continue to fund entities such the PA and Hamas, which openly promote acts of terror, the leaders of the EU and the U.S. should be held accountable: criminally liable as accessories to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
If they choose to continue funding the citizens of the PA and Hamas for humanitarian reasons it should only be done with the proviso that they disarm militarily, and that all incitement to terrorism, and all payments to terrorists or their families must stop immediately and totally -- before still another generation is poisoned by it.
Calls to kill Jews pour daily from the Palestinian media. It is this aggression -- and not humanitarian relief -- that much of the international funding is being used for.
Since the founding of the PLO in 1964, American and European financial incentives to kill Jews has led to the deaths of over 3,000 Israeli Jews murdered by Palestinian terrorism, and more than 25,000 wounded.
Western leaders seem to think that the seeds of hatred sown in the hearts and minds of Palestinian Arabs remain within the Palestinian Arab population, and only hurt Israeli Jews.
It might be useful for them to see that the "Palestinian cause" fuels Islamic rage the world over, and that, for Israel, surrender is not an option. Further, as Winston Churchill observed, emboldening killers invariably leads to bloodbath.[2]
The victims of Islamist rage -- as on 9/11 in the U.S., the 2005 London transit bombings in the UK, the 2004 Madrid train bombings and countless other attacks -- come from all backgrounds.
Behind the anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli hatred that is the core of the "Palestinian cause", the essence of Islamic rage: hatred for individual liberty and freedom, and a passion to destroy them.
Yesterday came the news that ISIS has declared a caliphate and is now openly operating in the Gaza strip. They that sow the wind in Israel could soon reap the whirlwind.

[1] On June 27, the Israeli embassy in New Zealand, released an analysis of three of Hamas's kidnappers' handbooks, often entitled, Kidnapper's Handbook, which contain instructions on how to carry out kidnappings. These included speaking in Hebrew and replacing the car immediately.
[2] "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last."

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Think Tank Chief's Whinging is A Clear Sign the Political Classes are in Panic

By Raheem Kassam 

The head of a left-wing think tank has taken to the pages of the Guardian to publicly moan about journalists doing their job. In his bizarre diatribe which tells you more about the ineptitude of his organisation than it does the "Murdoch empire" (his words) – the chairman of Compass claims that because a think-tank meeting was not press released on, that journalists somehow had a duty to steer clear. Just look at some of the utter crap that Neil Lawson writes:
  • "...a journalist or contact of the Sunday Times had sneaked in, surreptitiously recorded it all and turned it into a front-page splash" 
Yes Neil, this is "journalism", or at least a significant part of it. Are you seriously blaming a hack for doing his job, instead of your own staff for ensuring the privacy of your event? Oh wait, yes you are:
  • "Endeavouring to foster a welcoming atmosphere of inclusion, the Compass border guards for the event were obviously to be found wanting. Whoever "passed" the tape to the paper snuck in, didn't reveal themselves, made the recording and snuck back out."
Sack 'em, Neil. Your comms/security staff are obviously rubbish at their jobs. But judging by your article, so are you...
  • "Is nothing private? I've got images of Minority Report running through my mind, and the notion of pre-crime."
Is this a parody? Is this an April Fool? You really think hosting a figure of public interest (John Cruddas, in this case) and then moaning that those tasked with reflecting the public interest by their editors are guilty of thought crime? Have you completely lost your marbles?
  • "What happens next? We either accept that the Murdoch empire – and maybe others – make toxic yet another level of public life and succeed in shrivelling our body politic still further. Or we make whatever stand we can."
Please do take a stand wherever you can, Neil. This kind of ill-thought-through pile of w*nk is precisely what makes the left and the Guardian so easy to mock.
Lawson's article struck me because a similar thing happened to me recently, when I attended a Cabinet Minister's speech that was advertised to young Conservative Party members on Facebook.
I went along and was allowed into the room of people who knew exactly who I was. I was introduced to said Cabinet Minister as a journalist, and he spoke freely to me with that knowledge. At no point was I told it was "off the record", "private", or not for reporting. Not until after my story went up, when I got a text message from his Special Advisor: "Would have appreciated a call before you ran all [my bosses] comments from private event. Thanks".
But the event was not "private" (the same excuse Neil Lawson gives) as it was publicly advertised, and anyone could walk in. Furthermore, I am known to the organisers, and as I say, I was introduced as a journalist before asking my questions. Somehow I'm expected to check my story with government employees before running it?
I'm afraid not. And I'm afraid this attitude is just further proof that the political classes are terrified that their entrenched positions are coming under attack from an active media and more public scrutiny. The days of journalists being servile, sycophantic, and obedient towards politicos are ending.

Terror Investigation Leads to Major Drug Bust at New York Mosque

By Daniel Greenfield 

The NYPD knew there was something going on at the Islamic Center of Flatbush. They thought it was terrorism. It turned out to be drugs.
Two Flatbush, Brooklyn residents, Mustafa Sadeq Ali and Sadeq Hassan Ali, were seen on surveillance video storing boxes of khat in the Islamic Center of Flatbush, a mosque located right next door to their building.
Attorney General Schneiderman confirmed that the surveillance was the result of an ongoing terrorism investigation at the mosque. He said that the investigation did not yield any indication of terrorism.
It did uncover, however, a three layered international narcotics distribution ring, officials said, in violation of U.S. laws against khat sales and distribution, in place for two decades.
“We’re still tracking the funds,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, regarding the khat ring. “But we know it was millions of dollars.”
He said that officers from his agency and the NYPD arrested 17 people in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.
According to the attorney general, the leader of the operation, Yadeta “Murad” Bekri, would ship khat in boxes to two UPS Stores in Manhattan. His two leaders in the U.S., Bayan Yusuf and Ahmed Adem, would pick up the boxes of leaves and send them to distributors, who would, in turn, store the boxes until they could make a sale, the attorney general said.
“It’s key to understand these networks and how the money flows,” said John Miller, the NYPD deputy commissioner for intelligence. He said that, in his travels to Yemen for his job, he had personally observed the devastating effect that khat can have on people who use it. He declined to elaborate.
The drug trade in Islam is often used to fund terrorism. Khat has been linked to Al Qaeda before. So it’s possible that the mosque wasn’t just in the drug business.
It’s good to see that Bill de Blasio hasn’t completely crippled the NYPD. Yet.

VIDEO: Cameron and Clegg's Awkward Ramadan Mubarak Messages

By Raheem Kassam 
 It's that time of the year again - where Prime Minister David Cameron and his Deputy Nick Clegg try to appeal to Muslim voters by awkwardly wishing them "Ramadan Mubarak". Don't believe me? Watch the cringeworthy videos below, and listen to the strain in Cameron and Clegg's voices as they try in some sort of pidgin accent to say, "Ramm-er-dan. Moob-aa-rack".
You'd think the pair were ambassadors for Islam, with Cameron teaching us what "Islam is all about" and Clegg empathising: "If you're one of the many families fasting from sunrise until sunset, I certainly don't need to tell you how challenging it is this year with Ramadan falling during our longest days."
P.S. Sweet of Dave to film his Ramadan message at the same time as his gay pride message eh?



ISIS Now Openly Operating in Gaza – Flags Seen Waving at Funeral (VIDEO)

By Dave Bender 

Mourners in Gaza were seen carrying black flags of the bloody Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group at a funeral on Sunday for one of two terrorists Israel targeted in an airstrike on Friday, Israel’s Ma’ariv daily reported.
Analysts said this was the first such open sign of local support for the group (also known as the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant”), which is engaged in fierce battles for control of Iraq, and in Syria, in order to create a unified Islamic caliphate.
Israeli and other western intelligence services have warned that the group’s influence is spreading and may have set down roots in the coastal enclave.
The Israeli Air Force struck Osama Has​sumi, 29, and Mohammad Fatzih, 24, with a direct missile, as they traveled in a vehicle along the Gazan shore.
“​Militants, like Hassumi and Fatzih, attacking Israel from Gaza, are not safe, do not have immunity, and will not be free to plan, plot and operate,” IDF Spokesman Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner said on Friday.
“We will continue to strike the instigators and agitators with patience, determination and precision. Gaza rocket terrorism does not pay,” he said.
Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon said in Friday that the IDF would foil “rocket fire on Israel or attempted attacks on our civilians or troops. We will hunt down those who carry out or plan [these attacks], like we did today.”
While it is unclear if either of the two were, in fact, directly backed by ISIS, the IDF said the two were behind volleys of rockets fired into Israel over the last two weeks, and belonged to the “Salah e-Din Brigades” of the Popular Front.
Meanwhile, Hamas, which controls the strip, “categorically denied Egyptian security claims that ISIS terrorists infiltrated Sinai through Gaza tunnels,” according to the al-Kassam website.
On Saturday, Iyad Bazam, a spokesman for the terror group, called the claims, “blatant lies,” and said they were “part of the ongoing Egyptian smear campaign against the Gaza Strip.”
On Saturday night, six rockets fired from Gaza struck Israel, with two hitting a populated building.
“Over the course of the weekend 12 rockets hit Israel and over the past two weeks 25 rockets hit Israel. Approximately 50 rockets were launched at Israel over the past two weeks,” the IDF said in a statement.
“In response to the rocket attacks that hit Israel earlier this evening and in order to prevent further attacks on Israeli civilians, an IAF aircraft targeted three terror activity sites and three concealed rocket launchers in the southern Gaza Strip, a weapon manufacturing site in the northern Gaza Strip and a terror activity site and weapon manufacturing site in the central Gaza Strip,” the statement read.
Watch a video below of the Israel Air Force targeting the terror operatives: